Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 6, August

ADC Conference Draws Record Crowds despite Economic Downturn
THE AMERICAN-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) held its 29th annual convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, DC from June 12 to 14. More than 1,000 attended the sold-out Saturday evening gala to watch Helen Thomas, dean of the White...
ADC Panel Discuss Civil Rights at Home
THE AMERICAN-ARAB Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) held a June 13 panel discussion concerning "Civil Rights in the Era of Hope and Change" during its annual convention in Washington, DC.Preetmohan Singh, a member of the American Civil Liberties Union's...
Administration's Emphasis on Settlements Meets Limited Congressional Resistance
WHEN PRESIDENT Barack Obama met with Binyamin Netanyahu on May 18 he emphasized to the Israeli prime minister that he wants to see a comprehensive stop to all settlement building. The next day, when Netanyahu held a round of meetings on Capitol Hill,...
AFSC Programs Focus on Women and War, and the Damage Combat Wreaks on Humans
"MOTHERSPEAK" was the title of the third program in a series on "Women and War: Searching for Peace" sponsored by American Friends Service Committee-Los Angeles. Five women and one man spoke at the May 3 event examining all negative aspects of war.Firsthand...
After a Desultory Decade, Legal Case against AIPAC Shows Signs of Life
JUDGE JOHN Garrett Penn of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia "sat" on "our" case for seven years-from 1998, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) could classify the American Israel Public Affairs...
Ahmadinejad's Uncertain Future
THE CARNEGIE Endowment for International Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars co-sponsored a June 2 event in Washington, DC on Iran's upcoming presidential elections.Haleh Esfandiari, Middle East Program director at the Woodrow...
Al Jazeera Debates Torture
AL-JAZEERA English held a televised town hall debate headlined: "Truth, Accountability and the Bush Administration's Legacy of Torture," on May 29, at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The debate on torture was moderated by Josh Rushing, the former U.S....
Amira Hass Delivers Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture in Princeton
"ONE OCCUPATION, Two Governments: The Onslaught on Gaza and the Palestinian Internal Rift" was the title of Amira Hass' talk for the fifth annual Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture at Princeton University on May 19. Hass, whose parents were Holocaust survivors,...
Anti-Apartheid Hero Praises Zakat Foundation's Work
ZAKAT FOUNDATION, an international charity organization, held its first "Solidarity Through Generosity Banquet" on May 23, in Bridgeview, IL to present its most recent charitable work to donors and local community leaders. More than 300 guests were in...
Archbishop Hilarion Capucci Speaks at ADC's Sunday Lunch
ARCHBISHOP Hilarion Capucci spoke on Sunday, June 14, at the ADC convention's annual Palestine Luncheon. He was introduced by Ambassador Clovis Maksood, who described the Syrian-born archbishop as the finest example of the Arab nation. Capucci energized...
Bennis Says Americans Should Make Peace
POLITICAL analyst and author Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at both the Transitional Institute in Amsterdam and the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, spoke in Akron, Ohio on May 14, during a recent Midwestern lecture tour, to deliver an address...
Canadian Iranian Community Makes a Strong Showing
MORE THAN 5,000 members of Toronto's large Iranian community came out for a peaceful gathering June 21 at Queens Park (home of Canada's legislature) in support of voters in Iran who'd marched and voiced their opinions in the face of brutal oppression....
Census Impacts Arab- and Muslim- American Community
BY APRIL 1 of next year, the 2010 Census questionnaire will have been sent to every household in America. Because this may be the first time that recent Arab immigrants and non-native English speakers participate in a U.S. census, it is important for...
CODEPINK Delegations Visit Gaza, Hear Eyewitness Accounts of Israeli Assault
IN VISITING Gaza at the end of May, four CODEPINK-affiliated delegations-this writer being a member of the New York-area one-accomplished three goals. First, we broke the siege and got into Gaza via Egypt and the Rafah crossing. Egyptian authorities...
"End the Siege of Gaza" Rally at Israeli Embassy
"OCCUPATION is a crime," said Brian Becker, national coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition. He spoke, under a cloudy sky, at a spirited rally in front of the heavily fortified Israeli Embassy in Washington,DC on the afternoon of Saturday, June 6, 2009,...
"Gaza Conversations" on Exhibit at the Jerusalem Fund
"GAZA CONVERSATIONS: Persistence, Resistance, Renewal" is the title of a powerful exhibit on display at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery in Washington, DC until Sept. 4. In response to Israel's latest attacks on Gaza, three artists got to work and used their...
Gazan Children Create Anti-War Slogans
ITALIAN artist, author and designer aleXsandro Palombo, who has a soft spot for children who are victims of war, has turned his attention and talents to Gaza. Palombo founded a spiritual activist brand called "Palombology," which blends art with cultural...
If You Find Yourself in a Hole, Stop Digging
Wherever I first heard that hackneyed phrase, "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging," it applies more today than at any time I can remember. What I don't understand is, when our government has spent billions on bank bailouts (not a good idea),...
In Memoriam: Wally Marks, Jr. (1931-2009)
ON MAY 31 at the Iranian Muslim Association of North America, Wally Marks, Jr. became the first Jew whose life was commemorated in a Los Angeles mosque.Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak, who organized the I.M.A.N. memorial at the request of the Marks family, termed...
Iowa Activists Fined $10 for Ash Wednesday Occupation
A FEDERAL magistrate fined six Iowa peace and social justice activists $10, plus $25 court costs, following a trial on June 11.The charges stemmed from an Ash Wednesday occupation of Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-IA) office in protest of the senator's support...
Israeli Navy Commandeers Gaza Relief Boat in International Waters
FIVE MONTHS after President Barack Obama called on Israel to lift its blockade, Gaza borders are still closed to reconstruction materials and most humanitarian aid. The Spirit of Humanity, a Free Gaza Movement boat, left Cyprus for Gaza full of vitally...
Israelis Say "No" to Obama-What Next?
The only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security.-Barack Obama, speech in Cairo, June 4, 2009.Obama...must win over the large pool of disaffected Arabs...
It's Tents for Most Homeless Families in Gaza, Prefabricated Huts for the Lucky Few
DESPITE THE parade of various international diplomats and aid workers surveying the destruction in Gaza, virtually nothing has changed since Israel ended in January its Operation Cast Lead assault-peversely named after a line in a children's Hannukah...
Lebanon's Election: An International Affair
IT WAS TOUTED as an historic election, a vote to determine the future direction of Lebanon. But even with the winners declared, analysts say the June 7 ballot was far from decisive, and did little to alter the fundamental balance of power in the country.In...
Letters to the Editor
Actions, Not Words"Actions, not words, define who one is."-Aristotle.Obama's speech was like all quality political speeches; it gave both sides (everyone?) something in which to find support.Historically, and probably with Obama (or any American president),...
LONDON DEMO Demands End to Gaza Siege
ASSEMBLING from across Britain under the banner "Remember Gaza...End the siege now!," some 10,000 people marched in London on May 16 from Russell Square to a rally at Trafalgar Square.The demonstration was called by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign,...
Love, Israeli-Style: Visit First, Then Ignore
TIME WAS when Israeli politicians ignored the U.N. Now they turn up in droves-and then ignore the international body. In the last month or so, President Shimon Peres, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, Vice Prime Minister Silvan...
Malik Rides Again
IS IT POSSIBLE? Shahed Hussain, alias Malik, possibly the slimiest character in the history of law enforcement, or at least the slimiest character I have ever personally observed in law enforcement, is back at work.Yes, the same dude who on behalf of...
More and More Jewish Voices Opposing Israel-Promoted Pre-Emptive Attack on Iran
FOR SOME time, there has been a strenuous effort to prepare the way for a pre-emptive strike against Iran, either by the U.S. or by Israel with American acquiesence. Those promoting such a military assault are the same people who promoted war in Iraq...
Mount Mercy College Hosts "Palestine 101: A One-Day Film Festival"
A COALITION of individuals and organizations presented "Palestine 101: A One-Day Film Festival" at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, IA on Saturday, May 2."We were trying to think of ways to continue to get the word out about events in Gaza, and we...
Nakba Events at UCLA
ZIAD ABU-RISH discussed the Zionist colonization of Palestine at a May 16 program on the Nakba at UCLA, where he is a doctoral candidate in history. He pointed out that two of the conditions set by the United Nations to admit Israel into the world body...
Netanyahu Kills the Two-State Solution; Can Obama Rescue It?
ON JUNE 14, Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu laid out his vision for "peace" with the Palestinians. Since his election and the formation of the most hard-line government in Israel's history, he has been under immense pressure from the U.S. administration...
Obama's Speech: "It's Really about the Arabs"
"HE WAS talking about the Arabs," said a Singaporean Malay journalist to me shortly after hearing President Barack Obama's appeal on June 4 for a "new beginning" in relations between the U.S. and the Muslim world. I did not think further about the remark...
Obituaries
Amos Elon, 82, died of leukemia May 25 in Tuscany, Italy. One of Israel's most provocative and critical writers, he helped chronicle Jewish history during his 30-year career as a foreign affairs correspondent and editorial writer for Haaretz. Born in...
OIC Secretary-General Welcomes U.S.-Muslim World Cooperation
IN A SPEECH before a crowd of international reporters at the National Press Club on June 23, Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu offered praise for President Barack Obama's Cairo speech, calling...
"Old Revolutionaries Know When Revolutions Threaten," Notes German Paper
The European press voiced criticism of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei following the country's disputed June 12 election in which the two leading presidential candidates, Mir Hossein Mousavi and incumbent...
Other People's Mail
What Is Military's Mission?To The Washington Post, June 15, 2009In Michael O'Hanlon's analysis that the Obama administration is underfunding the Pentagon, he failed to address the most important question: What is the mission that would justify perpetuating...
Palestinian Crafts Sale Held after Israel Finally Releases Handmade Items from Gaza
AFTER ISRAEL finally allowed handmade art and crafts to leave Gaza, Joining Hands held its spring sale May 3 at the Berkeley offices of the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA). At its pre-Christmas bazaar last December in Berkeley's St. John's Church,...
Panel Examines U.S. Mideast Policy
AT A JUNE 13 panel discussion during the annual conference of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), University of Chicago political science Prof. John Mearsheimer, and Harvard University visiting fellow...
Path to Peace in Israel/Palestine
A LIVELY PANEL discussion at the ADC convention on June 14 focused on the path to peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Panelists discussed how the war on Gaza affected the status of Israeli-American relations, and the urgent need for humanitarian...
Polling for Peace
THE WOODROW Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC hosted an informative panel discussion June 15 regarding the public opinions of Israelis and Palestinians on issues of peace. The discussion, entitled "The Two-State Majority: Polling...
President Obama's Cairo Speech
The Two Surprises of the Obama SpeechBy William PfaffPRESIDENT BARACK Obama's eloquent Cairo speech was distinguished by the quality of his previous major speeches, that of speaking as an adult to adults. He promised to say what he thought, and did so...
Publishers' Page
Terror on the High Seas.On June 30, the Israeli navy hijacked a civilian relief boat carrying humanitarian relief to the besieged Gaza Strip (see story p. 20). Apparently it doesn't take much to threaten the nuclear-armed international outlaw. But Israel...
Speech to the United Nations Relief Works Agency's Human Rights Graduation in Gaza
DIRECTOR of UNRWA operations John Ging, thank you for inviting me to Gaza. Distinguished guests, children of Gaza, I am grateful for your warm reception.I first visited Gaza 36 years ago and returned during the 1980s and later for the very successful...
The Omar Yussef Mysteries
The Collaborator of BethlehemMariner Books, 2007, paperback, 264 pp. List: $13.95; AET: $11.A Grave in GazaMariner Books, 2008, paperback, 340 pp. List: $13.95; AET: $11.The Samaritan's SecretSoho Crime, 2009, hardcover, 310 pp. List: $24.95; AET: $18.Reviewed...
The Palestinian Doctor, Israeli Journalist, and A Nobel Peace Prize Nomination
GAZA-BASED gynecologist Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, 54, a widower and father of five, represents hope and a brighter future to many in Israel. Fluent in Hebrew, Abuelaish is a quasi-celebrity on Israeli television, due to his guest appearances to discuss...
"The World Is Watching".A Blurry Picture in Iran
WHEN THE Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance issued a media blackout for foreign journalists in Iran, mainstream U.S. media outlets resorted to social networking sites in order to provide some coverage-any coverage-of the events unfolding...
United for Justice with Peace Hosts Gerson, Najam
DR. JOSEPH Gerson and Prof. Adil Najam assessed the crises in Afghanistan and Pakistan for an audience of activists who gathered for a United for Justice with Peace (UJP) strategy conference at the Friends meeting house in Cambridge, MA on June 13.Gerson,...
Upcoming Events
The AET Book Club will host a discussion with journalist and Washington Report contributor Ben White about his latest book, Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide, Tuesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at its store located at 1902 18th St. NW in Washington, DC....
Update on Whistleblower Vanunu
MORDECAI VANUNU, who spent 18 years in an Israeli prison for providing evidence in 1986 of Israel's nuclear arsenal, has coffee at the American Colony Hotel's garden restaurant in occupied East Jerusalem most every day between 3 and 5 in the afternoon....
USS Liberty Crew Tries to Give Obama a Jacket
FORTY-TWO years after Israel attacked the USSLiberty, survivors and friends gathered in Arlington Cemetery on Monday, June 8, 2009 to remember the heroes who were killed that day, those who have died in the intervening years, and the rest who still wait...
Uzbekistan: The Former Soviet Republic's Silk Road Glory Days a Faded Memory
OTHERWISE unknown, the British Arabist diplomat James Elroy Flecker immortalized the Central Asian cities of the Silk Road with his poem, "The Golden Journey to Samarkand." His merchants sing as their caravan embarks from Baghdad:We travel not for trafficking...
What Do Muslims Really Think?
UNITY PRODUCTIONS Foundation (UPF) and Gardner Films presented the June 3 world premiere of "Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think" at Georgetown University's Gaston Hall in Washington, DC.The documentary film explores data gathered by Gallup,...
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