Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 10, December

Against Backdrop of Killings in Gaza and Darfur, U.S. and France Focus on Lebanon
Faced with the continuing crisis in Darfur, where U. N. officials are reporting thousands of deaths a month, and Ariel Sharon's murderous rampage through the refugee camps of Gaza, in October the French and the Americans promptly decided to deal with-Lebanon.Mandated...
AIPAC Comes under Scrutiny as FBI Continues Israel Espionage Probe
It has been widely reported that the FBI is investigating the possibility that Lawrence Franklin, a Pentagon analyst, passed classified material to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which then handed the information over to the Israeli...
Ambassador Gnehm Praises Jordan
The Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan launched a new lecture series on Oct. 26, with a talk by Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm, who spoke about "Jordan and America: Building for Tomorrow." Gnehm, a former U.S. ambassador to Jordan, is now retired...
AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL TRUST: Publishers' Page
Now It's Time to Roll Up Our Sleeves.Throughout the recent election campaign, we were only too aware that, whichever candidate won, the harsh reality of the occupations in Palestine and Iraq would continue. Neither candidate offered a real alternative...
Ames Interfaith Council at FACES
The Ames Interfaith Council once again joined in the festivities at the annual city-sponsored fair, FACES-Families of Ames Celebrating Ethnicities-held Oct. 2, 2004.Under a cloudless Iowa sky on a perfect fall day, council chairperson Sana Akili, who...
Archer Kent Blood (1923-2004)
Archer Kent Blood, a former U.S. foreign service officer, died at Fort Collins, Colorado on Sept. 3 at age 81. In a 35-year diplomatic career he served in Greece, Algeria, Germany, East Pakistan (which became Bangladesh), Afghanistan and India.The writer,...
As EU Decision on Turkey's Application Nears, Both Sides Get the Jitters
With the clock ticking down fast to the crucial December day when European Union leaders are set to decide whether or not Turkey can start membership talks, there has been little else exercising minds in Ankara and Istanbul lately. Major diplomatic initiatives...
Benefit Dinner, Relief Fund, Calendar, Carols, Media Site, Award and Death
Palestine Benefit DinnerGeorge Washington University's Students for Justice in Palestine chapter will hold a benefit dinner on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. with special guests Huwaida Arraf, cofounder of the International Solidarity Movement, and Dr. Naseer Aruri,...
Bereaved Women Urge Reconciliation
Two bereaved women, Nadwa Sarandah, a Palestinian from Jerusalem, and Robi Damelin, an Israeli from Tel Aviv, discussed peace and reconciliation at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC on Oct. 21. Sarandah and Damelin are members of the Parents Circle/Bereaved...
CAIR Holds Its 10th Annual Banquet with Prominent Guest Speakers
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held its 10th annual banquet Oct. 2 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. More than 1,100 attended the fund-raising event, whose theme this year was "Building a Better America: A Decade...
Congress Fails to Pass Foreign Aid, State Department Appropriations before Election
Only a few appropriations bills managed to make it through the whole process of being passed by both houses of Congress, reconciled in a conference committee, then passed again by both houses prior to the congressional adjournment before the elections....
Dr. Sharifa Alkhateeb (1946-2004)
Dr. Sharifa Alkhateeb's smile and her voice, bubbling with optimism and determination, are now gone. But her memory will remain with everyone who knew her for a very long time to come. Alkhateeb died Oct. 21 of pancreatic cancer in Ashburn, VA. After...
Evidence and Analysis: Thomas L. Friedman Deconstructed
Jews, Israel and AmericaBy Thomas L. FriedmanI was speaking the other day with Scott Pelley of CBS News' "60 Minutes" about the mood in Iraq. He had just returned from filming a piece there and he told me something disturbing. Scott had gone around and...
Fourth Annual PSM Divestment Conference
OPENING PLENARY SESSIONThe student-led Palestinian Solidarity Movement (PSM) to divest from Israel in support of Palestinian rights convened its fourth annual conference at Duke University in North Carolina on Oct. 15. Zionist efforts, similar to tactics...
Georgetown Conference Scrutinizes Arab Media
Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies held a conference Oct. 7 titled, "Uncovered: Arab Journalists Scrutinize their Profession." Panelists representing various Arab news media outlets engaged in a lively, and at times heated,...
Grapes Flourish on Afghanistan's Now Mine-Free Former Battlefields
Turning mines to vines has been the mission of Roots of Peace (RoP) founder and director Heidi Kühn since she began her efforts to rid the world of landmines in September of 1997, after the death of Princess Diana.Speaking at the San Francisco Commonwealth...
Heroism in the Holy Land: Americans Beaten for Walking Children to School
There are a small number of people around the world who exhibit extraordinary courage. An even smaller number commit repeated acts of heroism. San Francisco resident Chris Brown is one of them.On Wednesday morning [Sept. 29], Brown, with his colleague...
Hume Horan (1934-2004)
"But imagine, if you can, a more normal, middle-class Lawrence [of Arabia], an American of the Cold War era rather than a Briton of Empire days; someone with both the intellectual and operational brilliance, who suffered from no identity crises, whether...
ICJ Ruling, Implications Assessed
The International Court of Justice's July 9 ruling that Israel's apartheid wall violates international law was the topic of a panel discussion at American Bar Association headquarters in Washington, DC.Co-hosted by the ABA and the United Nations Association...
India-Pakistan Relations, and Elections in Afghanistan
On the face of it, relations between India and Pakistan appear to be on the mend, although nothing substantive has yet emerged. It is becoming more evident each day that India is finally trying to break out of its long preoccupation with Pakistan and...
Indonesian Election Results Reflect Country's Internal Impetus for Reform
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won a dccisive victory in October's second round of Indonesia's presidential elections, taking 60.6 percent of the more than 110 million votes cast. Defeated incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri had hoped to the very end that the...
In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story
In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story By Ghada Karmi, Verso, 2002, 451 pp. List: $16; AET: $11.Like Edward Said's Out of Place, Karmi's memoir is a story of loss and alienation, but it is also a story of growth, adaptation and reclamation. I cried...
Into Africa: A Low-Profile, High-Impact Charity
In about the time it takes to consume the hors d'oeuvres in the business-class cabin of a modern jetliner, the traveler passes from oil-rich Saudi Arabia west across the Red Sea from Jeddah and over the coast of Africa. From that continent, images of...
Israel Aids and Abets Rising Intra-Palestinian Violence
Susan* was having dinner on the porch of her in-laws' home in a village near Jenin when she heard the sound of a Hummer army vehicle, then a shot. Her husband, Imad, tensed, assessing the situation in an instant. His sister Maysoon and a neighbor, Ghada,...
Israel's "Days of Penitence" Drown Gaza in a Sea of Blood
Jabalya Camp, Northern Gaza, Oct. 10, 2004-It smells unbelievably bad here. To walk down any street-if you dare to-you skirt, or sometimes unavoidably walk through, pools of blood. There are shreds of human flesh some of them unrecognizable as human...
Letters to the Editor
Hang In There!You can't go under. The Washington Report is a source of Middle East/American news that is not available anywhere else. Your magazine, Web site, and direct involvement are simply too important. Of all the organizations attempting to hold...
Margaret Hassan, the Heroine Who Offered Hope for Iraq
Margaret? Margaret Hassan kidnapped? She who said to me that soon, very soon, "there will be more than one lost generation" in Iraq?Is there no end to the kidnappers' targets? Margaret Hassan was abducted Oct. 19, at 7:30 in the morning, on her way to...
Military Power Wins Battles for the U.S. and Israel, but Not the War
"You can destroy their lives and their houses, but they are staying put. Their spirit is strong."--Raji Sourani, head of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, on Oct. 3, during an Israeli invasion of Gaza that killed 110 Palestinians in two weeks."The...
Muslim-Americans Gave Qualified Support to Kerry to "Protest" Bush Policies
The long-heralded Muslim-American "bloc vote" was announced Oct. 22 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The coalition American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections-Political Action Committee (AMT-PAC) called for a "protest vote" against...
NAAP Conference Seeks to Empower Arab-American Community
The Network of Arab American Professionals held its second annual conference in Boston, MA over the weekend of Sept. 24 to 26. Founded to advance Arab Americans and Arab culture, as well as to promote full participation in U.S. society, the theme of...
Other People's Mail
Some letters by or to other people are as informative for our readers as anything we might write ourselves.Death and "Liberation"To The Independent, Oct. 2, 2004According to the Iraqi Ministry of Health, the number of recorded casualties during the last...
Palestinian Heritage Foundation Holds 17th Annual Banquet
The 17th anniversary banquet of the Palestinian Heritage Foundation, held Sept. 12, was devoted to a memorial for Prof. Edward W. Said. Last year's honored guest, Dr. Clovis Maksoud, sent a letter from Jordan in which he remembered that Said, very near...
Palestinians Face Oppression and Discrimination
Three speakers discussed "What Palestinians Are Up Against: Oppression and Discrimination" during the final day of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement (PSM) conference at Duke.Brian Avery, who volunteered with the International Solidarity Movement (LSM)...
Project MAPS Announces American Muslim Poll Results
Muslim - American ActivismThe results of the American Muslim Poll 2004 were announced at an Oct. 19 press conference at Georgetown University's Levey Center. Speakers included Prof. John Esposito, founding director of Georgetown's Center for Muslim-Christian...
Rachel Corrie's Iowa Family Seeks "Thorough, Credible" Investigation into Her Death
Hearing about Rachel Corrie, bulldozed to death on March 16, 2003 by an Israeli military conscript, I was horrified and saddened-just as I'd been on hearing about other deaths in Gaza, the West Bank or Israel. Rachel's story kept me awake nights. Some...
Shackled Dreams: A Palestinian's Struggle for Truth, Justice and the American Way-The Story of Sami A. Al-Arian
Shackled Dreams: A Palestinian's Struggle for Truth, Justice and the American Way-The Story of Sami A. Al-ArianCompiled by the National Liberty Fund, National Liberty Fund, 2004, 220 pp. List: $14.95; AET: 112.50.Shackled Dreams is not a biography per...
Struggle for Palestine
On the second day of the Palistianian Solidarity Movement (PSM) conference speakers at an early morning panel entitled "The Struggle for Palestine: History and Future" provided an historical background of the conflict and outlined the history of dissent...
The Children of Palestine: A Generation of Hope and Despair
More than half the Palestinians population-53 percent-are children under the age of 17. The majority of Palestinians, therefore, consist of the community's most vulnerable members. Not only are they in a crucial stage of physical and mental development,...
Time to Begin Application Process for Mideast Study Opportunities
Several opportunities present themselves to us this autumn, and foremost among them may be the fellowships offered at the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan.ACOR's facilities include room and board, a library, non-stop coffee...
'Tis the Season for Charitable Giving: A Washington Report Compendium
American Friends Service Committee: 1501 Cherry Street * Philadelphia, PA 19192-1479 * <www.afsc.org>AFSC is collecting family hygiene kits and cash donations for food, medicines, tents and blankets to the people of Iraq. Cash donations can be...
"Turkey Is Not Europe," According to Germany's Die Welt
"Turkey's accession would destroy the European house as we know it," wrote Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Oct. 6, a day after European commissioners took the milestone decision to recommend the opening of talks on the admission of Turkey...
Two Israeli Views: Yasser Arafat
The Importance of Being IrrelevantBy Uri AvneryI remember standing on the roof of a warehouse near Beirut harbor and observing the armed and uniformed PLO fighters, headed by Yasser Arafat, getting on the ships that took them westward. "End of the Arafat...
"War on Iraq Still Won't Be over on Nov. 3," Says Dead Soldier's Mom at Rally
Emotions were high Oct. 17 in the landmark Hollywood United Methodist Church, where superstar Cher headlined a roster of speakers. It was as if the more than 300 people assembled there knew they were making history in launching the latest incarnation...
"We're in a Mess," Zogby Warns
"We're in a mess. Our leadership has failed us and enmeshed us in a war in Iraq with no exit." So said Dr. James Zogby at an Oct. 12 meeting of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.The president of the Washington, DC-based American Arab Institute said...
Wheels of Justice Bus Tour Rolls into Iowa
The Wheels of Justice Tour Bus rolled into Iowa on the weekend of Sept. 25 and 26. The bus and its ever-changing roster of activist-speakers brings news of the occupations of Palestine and Iraq to audiences at middle and high schools, colleges, universities,...
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