Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 7, September

51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis
51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration With the Nazis By Lenni Brenner, ed. Barricade Books, 2002, 342 pp. List: $22; AET: $15.It's no secret that Zionism embraced political expediency to advance the cause of carving Eretz-Israel from the land of its native...
ADC Panel Examines Iraq Today
On June 12 ADC presented a panel on "The Present Situation in Iraq" moderated by Anas Shallal of the Mesoptamia Cultural Center.Amnesty International's Beth Ann Toupin said that the only surprises regarding the torture at Abu Ghraib prison were that...
ADC Panel Examines Perceptions of Palestine
The June 13 ADC panel on "Palestine: Perception and Reality" was moderated by ADC communications director Hussein Ibish. Refusenik Charles Lechncr of Jewish Voices for Peace opened the discussion with reminiscences from his time at a peace camp. There,...
ADC's First Town Hall Meeting
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Washington, DC Chapter, held its first Town Hall meeting on May 27, 2004 to introduce ADC and its different committees to the local Arab-American community and to involve it in the organization's...
A Flicker of Hope at Haifa Conference on "Right of Return and Just Peace"
For many close observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Palestinian refugee issue continues to be the heart of the conflict and the key to peace in that region.Recently Democratic presidential nominee-apparent John Kerry joined President Bush...
A Lifeline for Qosin-On the "Road" with the UPMRC Mobile Clinic
Destruction and barriers, the biggest and deepest holes in the torn-up road I have yet seen: this is the Beit Iba roadblock, which the Israelis call a "checkpoint"-what misuse of a word! No words can convey the situation here-we are in acres of mud amid...
American Educational Trust: Publishers' Page
Talk Is Cheap...And America's new master of cheap talk-eat your heart out, Howard Stern!-is Vice President Dick Cheney, who, on the Senate floor June 22, was unable to refrain from telling Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) what to do with himself. The vice president's...
Another Diplomatic Protest
Diplomatic DoingsA new organization, Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on June 16 to announce another letter to the Bush administration in protest of current U.S. foreign...
ANSWER Marches on Rumsfeld
The June 5 march through the streets of Northwest Washington, DC, from the White House to Donald Rumsfeld's house, was smaller than some of the demonstrations that preceded the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Among the approximately 5,000 participants, however,...
Antiochian Heritage Museum Opens with Kahlil Gibran Exhibition
On June 17, the new Antiochian Heritage Museum at the Antiochian Village Conference and Retreat Center in Ligonier, western Pennsylvania opened to the public with a special exhibition entitled "A Man from Lebanon: The Art of Kahlil Gibran." The display...
Arab Americans in a Political Year
An ADC panel focusing on Arab-American voters in the upcoming elections was intentionally controversial and thought-provoking. Martin J. Dunleavy, director of the National Democratic Ethnic Leadership Council, had harsh things to say to Arab Americans...
Arabian Peninsula
Saudi Scholars Denounce KillingsOn June 14 six high-profile Saudi religious figures strongly condemned the wave of armed attacks against non-Muslims in the Kingdom, blamed on the al-Qaeda terror network, the Khaleej Times reported the next day. Islam...
Are the Zionists Beginning to "Lose It" in America?
Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia's 8th District, just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, won his June 8 primary race against challenger Andy Rosenberg by a vote of 59 to 41 percent. The outcome is significant because Rosenberg was openly...
As Understanding of Environment Grows, Fewer Saudis "Throw It in the Desert"
It long has been axiomatic that, as a country develops, the maintenance and protection of the natural environment gives way to the development of an industrial and technological infrastructure. The shift from rural to urban living alters peoples' survival...
At Last, a Debate about U.S. Mideast Policy-And Who Influences It
That the influence of individuals and groups who are committed to the policies of the Israeli government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is altering the course of U.S. foreign policy-often in ways which have proven detrimental to both long-term American...
Bethlehem Besieged
The Rev. Mitri Raheb, pastor of Bethlehem's Christmas Lutheran Church, visited Washington, DC from June 7 to 10 to promote his new book, Bethlehem Besieged. The book recounts Israel's 2002 invasion of Bethlehem and the injustices the town has suffered...
Big Changes in Bosnia, or Just Another Drama?
Several dramatic developments took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina this June and July. A close observer was tempted to say that the logjam preventing significant change in Bosnia finally was broken. However, in the nine years since the end of the war...
Bush and Kerry May Regret Ignoring Concerns of Muslim-, Arab-American Voters
As they court the Jewish-American vote, President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry ignore a far bigger prize, so long as the economy continues to grow and there are no new terrorist attacks inside the United States, Muslim- and Arab-American voters...
"Control Room" Views War on Iraq through Al-Jazeera's Lenses
Ever since the Bush administration described it as the mouthpiece of Osama bin Laden, the Arab satellite TV network al-Jazeera has been a mystery to most Americans.Until June, that is, when as many as 110 cinemas across the country were screening Jehane...
Dissecting U.S. International Broadcasting at Its Most Critical Crossroads in Six Decades
Tell the truth, and let the listeners decide.-Inscription at the VOA Bethany Relay Station Park and Museum, West Chester, OhioA little mouse, a little tiny mouse of thought, appears in a room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into a panic.-Winston...
Egypt's Security Plan for Gaza Depends on Sharon-And Acceptance by Many Critics
Egypt recently announced a detailed security plan to revive the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Arranged by Egyptian Intelligence Chief Maj. Gen. Omer Suleiman and approved by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek, the plan aims to reach a permanent...
Electoral Doings-And Non-Doings-In India, Pakistan and Afghanistan
The recent election results in India have taken nearly everyone-even the victorious Congress Party-by surprise. While the peaceful democratic transfer of power has further strengthened the cause of democracy, reactionary and retrogressive forces have...
Except for U.S. Judge, International Court Rules against Israel's Wall, Occupation
Sometimes one really does get paranoid about the media. I don't think I have read a single news report about the International Court of Justice ruling on Israel's Wall-both when anticipating it and then reporting on it after its delivery July 9-that...
Exhilarating ADC Awards Banquet Dinner
Suheir Hammad's poem "Beyond Words," which the Palestinian-American poet and activist recited, left banquetgoers in complete silence, and some in the audience in tears. Her words were a powerful reminder of the reason activists from around the country...
Fertile Crescent
No Syrian Pullout Until PeaceSyrian President Bashar Al Assad said June 7 that Syrian troops will not withdraw from neighboring Lebanon until a final Middle East peace settlement is reached and Israel no longer is a threat, AFP reported the following...
First-Hand Accounts of Injustice
The June 11 panel entitled "From the Victim's Mouth" at ADC's 21st National Convention provided a forum for victims of profiling. The four panelists who spoke of the horror and humiliation they suffered because of their ethnicity experienced different...
Friday Panel Discussions, Luncheon and Dinner Energize Arab Americans
On Friday morning, the excellent workshops and panel discussions began. ADC Communications Director Hussein Ibish held a workshop entitled "Winning Arguments for Arab Americans," in which he outlined arguments to use on key issues important to the community....
Growing Up Arab American
Four panelists explored what it means to be Arab, the process of forming both Arab and American identities, and how Arab Americans can face racism in ADC's june 12 panel discussion on "Growing up Arab American."The 20-something speakers came from a variety...
Helen Thomas Reflects on Post-911 Changes
Legendary journalist Helen Thomas was the keynote speaker at the ADC conference's concluding luncheon. As White House correspondent for United Press International for 40 years, covering every president from Kennedy to Clinton, Thomas often is called...
Hezbollah May Have "Bright Political Future" in Lebanon, Says Dwight J. Simpson
"Hezbollah: The New Political/Military Model" was the topic of a June 17 lecture by Dwight J. Simpson hosted by the Marin Chapter of the World Affairs Council, and held at Dominican University of California in San Rafael. Simpson, professor of international...
His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan Keynotes the Hope Gala
Human RightsThe Hope Gala, honoring St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, and the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) in Amman, Jordan, raised more than $700,000 for children with cancer. King Abdullah II of Jordan was keynote speaker at...
Hussain Trial "Source of Satisfaction," Says Germany's Süddeutsche Zeitung
Saddam Hussain's entrance into a Baghdad courtroom on July 1 was "unbearably dramatic," reported BBC correspondent John Simpson that day. "Yet when he entered, the effect the new government here had hoped to make was unexpectedly undermined," Simpson...
Hutchinson, Heinz Kerry Keynote Speakers at Banquet
The Friday Banquet later that evening featured keynote speakers Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). Awards were presented...
I. Lewis ("Scooter") Libby: The Nexus of Washington's Neocon Network
It's difficult to categorize I. Lewis Libby, who seems to have lived every minute of his 54 years. He currently is chief of staff to Vice President Richard Cheney-which, of course, makes him one of the most powerful people in Washington. Libby also is...
Iran/iraq
Iran, Uzbekistan Fight Drug WarOn June 3, Ali Hashemi, secretary of Iran's Drug Control Headquarters, met with Uzbek Health Minister Feruz Nazirov to discuss increased cooperation in the countries' anti-drug campaigns, Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency...
Iraqi Ambassador to U.S. Urges Expatriates to Vote in January National Elections
Getting out the vote was the main message of Iraq's ambassador to the U.S., Rend al-Rahim, at a June 26 reception at Cal Poly Pomona. The election she was talking about, however, won't be in the U.S. this November, but in Iraq next January."This will...
Islamic Democrats
Somebody ought to tell President George Bush something he obviously doesn't know. He keeps talking about wanting democracy in the Middle East and reform in general as an antidote to extremism.What apparently his staff members have not told him, probably...
Israel/palestine
Palestinian Quits Israeli PageantOn June 16, the BBC reported, Dina Mukhreiz became the last of nine Palestinian Christian women from Bethlehem to withdraw from a beauty pageant "designed to bring Israeli and Palestinian communities together." While...
It's Time for an Apology from Bush to the World
Harry Truman left a famous legacy to the presidents who succeeded him: "The buck stops here." It is an honored tradition in the best of our fighting forces that a commander be praised for the success of his troops and held accountable for their failures.In...
Job Opening, Film Series, Research Funding, Award Dinner, Conferences, Retreat, Death
Job Opening at KaramahKaramah Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights is accepting applications for a full-time, salaried, and motivated executive director. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, fund-raising, overseeing Karamah's programs...
Lausanne Conference Considers One Democratic State in Palestine/Israel
An international conference to consider "One Democratic State in Palestine/Israel" was held June 23-25 at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Organized by The Collective for Peace in Palestine/Israel, the gathering attracted some 150 Palestinian,...
Lawsuit against Voices in the Wilderness Plods Along
On June 4, 2004 at noon, about 20 people from Voices in the Wilderness (ViTW) gathered in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, to protest a $20,000 fine the U.S. government slapped on the organization for illegally sending medicine...
Letters to the Editor
Krauthammer the Last StrawThree years ago I knew almost nothing about Israel, Palestine, Iraq, and U.S. involvement in the Middle East. After Sept. 11, and particularly because I have a son in the military, I got interested. Now, after a just a couple...
Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11": A Searing Portrait of Bush's America
Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11": A Searing Portrait of Bush's AmericaFilmmaker Michael Moore's latest effort, "Fahrenheit 9/11," has set a higher goal for itself than most films: regime change.The title-a modern take on Ray Bradbury's classic science-fiction...
Mideast Women Leaders Speak Out
Recognizing the transforming role that women play in society, Vital Voices Global Partnership has developed a Women's Leadership Initiative in the Middle East. According to Melanne Verveer, chair of the Board of Directors of Vital Voices, "This initiative...
Mohammed Ayoob on "Political Islam: Image and Reality"
Muslim-American ActivismDr. Mohammed Ayoob, professor of international relations at James Madison College, Michigan State University, discussed the preconceived notions of political Islam and its realities in the Muslim world at a June 15 lecture at...
North Africa
Egyptian Detainees to Be ExaminedEgyptian state security prosecutors have agreed to let doctors examine a group of Muslim Brotherhood detainees, upon the request of their lawyers, following allegations of torture, AFP reported june 15. "The decision...
Other People's Mail
Some letters by or to other people are as informative for our readers as anything we might write ourselves.Three Rules for GlobalTo Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 18, 2004How to succeed in the world without really trying:Give the Palestinians back...
Pakistani American Congress Tackles Big Issues
In the wake of President George W. Bush's naming of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally earlier this year, and a $400 million U.S. aid package with a proposed $3 billion in the works, relations between Pakistan and the U.S. government have improved in...
Palestinian Activism in the U.S
Rosemarie Esber moderated a distinguished panel for a lively discussion on the state of Palestine activism in the U.S. at a June 12 ADC presentation.Nadia Hijab, executive director of the Palestine Center, analyzed who Palestine activists were, what...
Panel Examines Academic Freedom
Richard Byrne of the Chronicle of Higher Education and Dr. Hamid Dabashi, professor at Columbia University, where he chairs the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, expressed different views on the issue of academic freedom at...
Perceptions of U.S. in the Arab World
An ADC Saturday morning panel on "Perceptions of the U.S. in the Arab World" examined America's image among Arabs and the reasons it recently has been the target of criticism among many in the Middle Bast.Producer Saul Landau, whose 2002 film "Iraq:...
Post-Phalcon and 9/11, China and Israel Get Back to Business
In Mao Zedong's day, there was little to be seen at Shenzhen but countryside. As plans advanced for Britain to hand Hong Kong back to China, however, and economic reform gathered pace, a new city shot up into the sky. It is at the heart of a great industrial...
Pro-Israel Activists Start Media Campaign
WASHINGTON-Hundreds of American Jewish activists launched a concerted pre-emptive media campaign this week to minimize negative publicity for Israel, as the International Court of Justice in The Hague rules on Israel's West Bank security fence.The activists...
Release of Kurdish Parliamentarian Leyla Zana Ends Awkward Episode for Ankara
After a 10-year campaign for her release, Kurdish politician Leyla Zana finally walked free from an Ankara courtroom in early June. Freed along with her, pending an appeals court ruling due mid-July, were Hatip Dicle, Orhan Dogan and Selim Sadak- thus...
Release of Palestinian-American Demanded
On June 17, MAS Freedom Foundation, the public affairs arm of the Muslim American Society, held a press conference in front of the U.S. State Department to protest what it called the "illegal detention" of Palestinian-American student Ahmed Abu-Ali,...
Remember Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
There is a new version of the old tale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves playing in Iraq, at a theater near you. If it were not true, one would have thought its authors must have swallowed half a dozen LSD hallucination pills to spin such a tale.Among the...
Robert Kagan: Honeyed Words and Neat Phrases, with a Neoconservative Twist
Robert Kagan is a professional writer and a very good one, who uses his impeccable education to the best possible advantage. Unlike many of his fellow neoconservatives, he gets along easily with people and doesn't argue over nonessentials.Kagan got his...
Saudi Arabia-Tragedy and Triumph
"If all those who hate Arabs and Muslims, and their culture and humanity, had gathered in order to create the best way to malign us," suggested Ahmad al-Ruba'i in his June 20 op-ed in Saudi Arabia's Asharq al-Awsat, "even they wouldn't have done what...
Some Members of Congress Move to Restore Civil Rights, America's Honor
Both houses of Congress have been increasingly preoccupied with trying to get their priority egislation, especially the appropriations bills, dealt with, so that members can tend to the important business of getting re-elected. As a result, there has...
Survivors, Friends Honor USS Liberty Victims
Nearly 37 years after Israel attacked the USS Liberty during the Six-Day War, survivors and friends held a reunion from May 20 to 23 at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City, NE, an hour's drive south of Omaha. Nearly 50 people gathered...
Text of Letter from Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change
The undersigned have held positions of responsibility for the planning and execution of American foreign and defense policy. Collectively, we have served every president since Harry S. Truman. Some of us are Democrats, some are Republicans or Independents,...
The Battle of Rafah-This One in Madison, Wisconsin
From March to August 2002, Jennifer Loewenstein, a citizen of Madison, Wisconsin, lived in the Gaza Strip, working as a volunteer with a Palestinian human rights non-governmental organization (NGO). She became close with several families in the city...
"The Media Roundtable"
ADC's "The Media Roundtable" on June 11 consisted of 90 minutes of back-and-forth discussion about the crisis facing American media, as news outlets grapple with accurately covering a post-Sept. 11 world. The panelists criticized the media's systemic...
The New Republic on Saudi Arabia
On June 8, The New Republic magazine hosted a panel discussion entitled "Inside the Kingdom: The Views and Perspectives on Journalists in Saudi Arabia" at the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, DC.Moderator Lawrence Kaplan, a senior editor...
The Subcontinent
New Pakistan Jobs PromisedThe Pakistani government announced to parliament June 13 details of its new budget, promising more than a million jobs through a spending drive on housing and infrastructure, AFP reported that day. Under the new plan, officials...
Things Heat Up for Bush at Home
As elections approach and the summer days grow hot and sticky in Washington, DC, a grassroots "Anyone But Bush" movement has begun to gather some serious steam. The president's war on terrorism, and especially the war on Iraq, may be the deciding factor...
Transition of Power in Iraq
Waging PeaceThe think tank Foreign Policy in Focus (FPIF) held a June 22 panel discussion in Washington, DC to consider the prospects for Iraq following the June "transition" of power from the U.S. to Iraq. The panel was moderated by Salih Booker of...
Will Sharon Withdraw from Gaza? Has Iraq Regained Sovereignty? Can Pigs Fly?
Two of the most frequently used phrases in recent news from the Middle East have been "sovereignty for Iraq" and "Israel's withdrawal from Gaza." Both phrases hold out false promises. The events taking place in Iraq and Israel are the outcome of plans...
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