Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. IX, No. 3, August 31

An Autonomous Kashmiri State Would Bridge the Present Gulf between India and Pakistan
Kashmir continues to be the cause of a widening division between India and Pakistan. The two countries, established in 1947 when the British Empire lowered its colonial flag in the Indian subcontinent, have since fought three wars and are now on the...
Anglican Church Comes under Fire
Jewish community leaders have sharply criticized the Anglican Church of Canada for the third time in as many months. Early this year, the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) described as "anti-semitic" sections of a Sunday school curriculum used by Anglican...
As Middle East Drifts toward War, Heedless Congress Rushes to Adjourn
The Summer SlumberAlthough the 1990 congressional elections are still four months away, Congress is rushing toward a scheduled October 5 adjournment. With only eight weeks remaining on the congressional work schedule, a host of important issues remained...
Bitter Harvest
By Sami Hadawi. Olive Branch Press, 1989. 352 pp. List $13.95; AET: $10 for one, $13.95 for two.History, it is said, is written by the victors. The Arab-Israeli conflict has been no exception. In the United States in particular, the language used to...
Cold War or Not, Middle East Remains Key US Security Concern
Do the changes in Eastern Europe and the emergence of Europe 1992 mean the US and the Soviets will now put the Middle East on the back burner? The evidence seems otherwise in the case of the US, for whom several vital interests remain at stake.The Arab-Israeli...
Facts for Your Files: A Chronology of US-Mideast Relations
May 1: In Jerusalem, all but 20 militant Jewish nationalists vacated St. John's Hospice in the Old City's Christian Quarter under terms of a court order. Elsewhere in Israel, a district judge sentenced Rabbi Moshe Levinger to five months in prison for...
Israel's "Massive Censorship"
Betselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, has issued a 40-page information sheet documenting what it calls "massive censorship" by Israel of the East Jerusalem press. The 40-page study also points out that...
Israel's Religious Militants and Their Disdain for Muslims and Christians
A few years back when in Jerusalem I visited a so-called "religious school" where militant Jews had been trained, it appeared to their Arab neighbors, in sadistic methods of how best to torment the Palestinians.After I climbed the steps to the offices...
Once Prosperous Lebanon Facing Mass Exodus of Young People
Inveterate traders, the Lebanese have learned to do business and make money with whatever is at hand. If rents are too high, they set up shop on the sidewalk. If the electricity is cut, they sell generators. If a tiny money-changing establishment gets...
Peace Lobby as "Enemies"
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), associated with the right-wing Likud bloc in Israel, has sent its members an "Enemies List" with the names of prominent supporters of the Jewish Peace Lobby. The Peace Lobby, which supports the creation of a...
Physicians Document Withholding of Medical Treatment
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are being poorly treated by Israeli medical staff, according to a report released by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR).The Massachusetts-based group conducted trips to Israeli prisons in March 1989 and concluded...
Presbyterian General Assembly's Middle East Resolution
Full text of Peacemaking and International Relations Resolutions pertaining to the Middle East and adopted at the 202nd General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church, held June 1990 in Salt Lake City, UTWhereas the 1974 General Assembly of the United...
Reflections from a Classroom in Jaffa
I have lived by the sea for most of my life, so Jaffa presented itself as a splendid opportunity to get away for a few days' break from the depressing tedium of daily life during the intifada on the West Bank. We had a very short break between the intensive,...
Saddam Hussein's Militant Strategy Gains from Halt in Peace Process
Recently, due largely to the new militancy of President Saddam Hussein of Iraq, a radical turning point may have been reached in the protracted Arab-Israeli conflict. That turning point consists of the revival of a strategy of military confrontation...
Save the Children Accuses Israel of Violence against Children
The Swedish branch of Save the Children accused Israel of massive human rights violations aimed at children in the occupied territories, in a report issued in May.The report blames Israeli military forces for more than 150 deaths of children aged 15...
Shamir Stonewalling and US Vacillation Puncturing the Bubble of Peace
During the first heady months of the uprising, Palestinian society inside and outside the occupied territories was transformed by an energizing optimism that allowed many to dare to dream that peace with independence would be realized in the not-too-distant...
Soviet Jews Pushing Israelis into Territories
The whole world, including the United States and the Soviet Union, is formally demanding that the Soviet Jews, now arriving in Israel in large numbers, not be settled in the occupied territories. In my opinion, however, this is not the major question,...
Trade and Finance
Qatar Pushing Huge Gas ProjectQatar has begun implementing long-term plans for an international gas pipeline distribution network in the Gulf region and for large exports of liquified natural gas (LNG) to the Far East, particularly Japan. The country...
Two Sets of Congressional Rules: One for Israel, One for All Others
It is no longer news that Congress follows two sets of rules when it comes to foreign policy -- one for Israel and another for the rest of the world. Most recipients of US aid are expected to at least pay lip service to foreign aid regulations prohibiting...
Why 95,000 Americans Should Support Expanded Mideast Trade
There's a story about the late Governor George Wallace's first trip to Washington in which, it is said, he stepped onto the Mall, looked at the various government buildings, and blurted out the question: "What do all those people do?"One of the things...

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