Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XII, No. 5, January 31

ADL Didn't Do Anything Wrong and Promises Never to Do It Again!
ADL Didn't Do Anything Wrong and Promises Never to Do It Again!The Anti-Defamation League, which last spring was found in possession of illegally obtained information on Arab Americans, members of the anti-apartheid movement, and other political and...
Al Awda: The Return from Which There Is No Return
Al Awda: The Return From Which There is No Return"For decades, `the return' has been a tortured dream, a mantra of self- affirmation, for thousands of exiled Palestinians. But the advent of limited Palestinian self-rule in Gaza and part of the West Bank...
A Mother's Letter to Israeli Women and Mothers
A Mother's Letter to Israeli Women and MothersBelow is the "Mother's Letter" referred to in the accompanying article on the World Day of Prayer. Rev. Walz welcomes reports from readers concerning its use in World Day of Prayer observances. From such...
A Problem for Palestine: Gaza's Birthrate Highest in Middle East
A Problem for Palestine: Gaza's Birthrate Highest in Middle EastOne of the many challenges for President Yasser Arafat's Palestinian government when it assumes administrative responsibility for Gaza will be the area's extraordinarily high birthrate....
Arab-American Activism
ARAB-AMERICAN ACTIVISMSpeakers at NAAA Convention Duel Over Statehood, Autonomy, BoycottSenator Patrick Leahy and State Department consultant Dennis Ross called for an end to the Arab boycott of Israel in their talks to the 21st anniversary convention...
China and Indonesia Warming Ties with Israel
China and Indonesia Warming Ties With IsraelIt was not a coincidence that the first official visits outside the Middle East that both Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat made, after returning...
Christianity and the Middle East: Palestine Is Focus for Christian Women's 1994 World Day of Prayer
Christianity and the Middle East: Palestine is Focus for Christian Women's 1994 World Day of PrayerThe 107th annual World Day of Prayer will be observed on Friday, March 4. Christian women Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox--in some 170 countries will...
Despite U.S.-European Sellout, Republic of Bosnia Refuses to Die
Despite U.S.-European Sellout, Republic of Bosnia Refuses to Die"The administration has turned confusion into a foreign-policy art form: Clinton's battle is not with Congress but with himself. Put the same policy question to Warren Christopher, Les Aspin...
Discussion of Palestinian Human Rights Taboo at Atlanta School Fair
Discussion of Palestinian Human Rights Taboo at Atlanta School FairThe day of the 1992 Atlanta International School's Fall Fair started out bright and balmy. Booths were set up, food concessions laid out and families trickled in. Before long, however,...
Election Results Enhance Stability in Both New Delhi and Islamabad
Election Results Enhance Stability In Both New Delhi and IslamabadIndia is an ancient land with late 20th century problems. Its organization as a secular democracy is challenged by religion-based political parties; its aspirations for a liberated free-trade...
Expect a Palestinian State, Israeli General Tells Jewish Audience
Expect a Palestinian State, Israeli General Tells Jewish AudienceExpect a Palestinian state.That was the message delivered to U.S. Jewish communities by Retired Maj.Gen. Shlomo Gazit, one of Israel's foremost military experts, on an Israeli government-sponsored...
German Couple Deliver Food, Medicine to Iraqi Children
German Couple Deliver Food, Medicine to Iraqi ChildrenKlaus Doltz sees sick children every day at the intensive care unit of the Hamburg Children's Hospital in Germany. His wife, Alexandra, is a midwife who brings children into the world. Together they...
Hindu Extremists Seek Ties with Israel and Its U.S. Lobby
Hindu Extremists Seek Ties With Israel and Its U.S. LobbyThe Hindutva movement appears to be gaining momentum throughout India, and spilling over its borders. Like a contagious disease, this form of religious fanaticism is spreading even among expatriate...
Human Rights
HUMAN RIGHTS: Middle East Watch Criticizes Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon and ClintonMiddle East Watch, a division of Human Rights Watch, has issued reports critical of Iraq, Kuwait and Lebanon. The New York-based organization also strongly criticized a reported...
Improving Gaza Health Care Is a Major Challenge for Palestine
Improving Gaza Health Care is a Major Challenge for PalestineWhether one considers the Gaza-Jericho-first accords a sellout of the Palestine refugees of 1948 or a breakthrough toward a comprehensive Middle East peace, the principles of peace signed by...
Israel Gets Full Foreign Aid Package for 1994 Fiscal Year
Israel Gets Full Foreign Aid Package For 1994 Fiscal YearAlthough five-term former Florida Democratic Rep. Larry Smith began serving a three-month sentence in federal prison Nov. 1 for income tax evasion and using campaign funds to pay gambling and other...
Israeli Cultivation of Cuba Reflects Contempt for U.S. Policies
Israeli Cultivation of Cuba Reflects Contempt for U.S. PoliciesAs confidence grows that there will be no U.S political or financial pressure on Israel so long as Bill Clinton occupies the White House, writers for the Israeli press feel increasingly free...
Israeli Participants Discuss Internal Factors Behind Peace Agreement at NGO Meeting
Israeli Participants Discuss Internal Factors Behind Peace Agreement at NGO MeetingThe Tenth United Nations International NGO meeting on the Question of Palestine took place in Vienna just prior to the diplomatic breakthroughs announced by Israel and...
Jews and Israel
JEWS AND ISRAELSign of the TimesNine trustees of the American Jewish Congress met recently with Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat in Cairo. The meeting occurred during the trustees' visit to the Middle East to persuade Arab leaders...
Journalist Roni Ben-Efrat: Building Israeli Opposition to Occupation
Journalist Roni Ben-Efrat: Building Israeli Opposition to OccupationSince the agreement of Meretz bloc members in the cabinet of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to expulsion of 415 Muslim Palestinians on Dec. 17, 1992, the Israeli left has appeared to the...
Journalists in Egypt Fear Return to "Bad Old Days" of Strict Censorship
Journalists in Egypt Fear Return to "Bad Old Days" of Strict CensorshipEnglish-reading Cairenes at the beginning of November could pick up at any newsstand a copy of Cairo Today magazine with a grim cover photo of barbed wire strung around the words...
Likudists within Administration Fuel Reckless Anti-Boycott Drive
Likudists Within Administration Fuel Reckless Anti-Boycott Drive"The nation's top trade official ordered a year-long investigation today into the costs to American companies of the Arab economic boycott of Israel and of companies that do business with...
Maghreb Mirror: Libyans Debate Post-Qaddafi Era
Maghreb Mirror: Libyans Debate Post-Qaddafi EraOn Nov. 28-29, Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted a conference on "Post-Qaddafi Libya: The Prospect and The Promise." The conference was unique in that all of the panelists...
Middle East History: It Happened in January; Israel's 1971 "Pacification" of Gaza Refugee Camp
MIDDLE EAST HISTORY: IT HAPPENED IN JANUARY; Israel's 1971 "Pacification" of Gaza Refugee CampIt was 23 years ago, on Jan. 2, 1971, that Palestinian guerrillas attacked an Israeli car in occupied Gaza, killing two Jewish children and wounding their mother....
NAAA Chapter Hosts Republican Congressmen
NAAA Chapter Hosts Republican CongressmenAlthough Republican congressmen meeting separately with members of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Arab Americans expressed differing views on Bosnia and aid to the Middle East,...
On Its 50th Anniversary, Lebanon Still Struggles to Be Free
On Its 50th Anniversary, Lebanon Still Struggles to Be FreeNeither pride nor prejudice took a holiday last Nov. 22 when the Republic of Lebanon celebrated 50 years of independence. While the army paraded its modest force, Lebanon's labor unions boycotted...
Original Sins: Reflections on the History of Zionism and Israel
Original Sins: Reflections on the History of Zionism and IsraelBy Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi. Interlink, 1993, 224 pp. List: $14.95; AET: $11.95 for one, $14.95 for two."Out of the original sins of the world against the Jews, grew the original sins of Zionism...
Palestinian Speaker Cites Outstanding U.N. Resolutions
Palestinian Speaker Cites Outstanding U.N. ResolutionsNovember 29 was the anniversary of the 1947 U.N. resolution partitioning Palestine, which is why, with a sense of irony, it was adopted as the "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian...
Peace an Urgent Need for Kashmir
Peace an Urgent Need for KashmirThe barbaric situation in Bosnia has outraged the world, which regrets that the enormous toll of human lives and suffering was not averted by timely action at an earlier stage. The failure of the international community...
Release of All Prisoners Would Be Welcome Sign for Middle East Peace
Release of All Prisoners Would Be Welcome Sign for Middle East PeaceThe staged release of Palestinian prisoners by Israel, starting with some 660 ill, female, juvenile, and aged detainees on Oct. 25, is a welcome sign that the PLO-Israel Declaration...
Saudi Economic "Problems" Would Be the Envy of Most Other Countries
Saudi Economic "Problems" Would Be the Envy of Most Other CountriesThe one thing Saudi Arabia's government economists won't discuss, almost three years after the end of the Gulf war, is the total cost of that war to their country. Journalistic estimates...
Sea Level Changes Document 20,000-Year Mideast Rainfall Cycles
Sea Level Changes Document 20,000-Year Mideast Rainfall CyclesObservant visitors see the evidence all around them that the Middle East was not always so arid as it is today. Mighty canyons carved by raging rivers stand austere and bone-dry today. Bones...
Solarz' Indian Dreams Dashed
Solarz' Indian Dreams DashedLast October, a New York City weekly newspaper that specializes in news related to India reported unusual delay in the long-expected formal nomination of former Congressman Stephen J. Solarz, for many years Capitol Hill's...
Syria and the Middle East Peace Process
Syria and the Middle East Peace ProcessBy Alasdair Drysdale and Raymond A. Hinnebusch. Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1991, 244 pp. List: $16.95; AET: $12.95.Despite its title, this book is not about the Middle East peace process. It is a discussion...
Taking a Second, Informed Look at Israel's Tribulations
Taking a Second, Informed Look at Israel's TribulationsIf the Israelis had lost the Six-Day War of June 1967 against the Arabs, I would have shed tears of anguish. Jews, I believed, deserved a homeland.In World War II, two members of my infantry intelligence...
The New Republic: Israel's "Most Articulate Friend in the U.S. Media"
The New Republic: Israel's "Most Articulate Friend in the U.S. Media"This magazine has reported in the past the story of Martin Peretz, who used inherited wealth to found Ramparts magazine. It became the voice of the "new left" of the 1960s. Everything...
The True Cost of Israel to U.S. Taxpayers: U.S. Grants and Credits to Israel Will Exceed $6 Billion in 1994
The True Cost of Israel to U.S. Taxpayers: U.S. Grants and Credits to Israel Will Exceed $6 Billion in 1994When Yitzhak Rabin visited Washington shortly after Bill Clinton's inauguration, the newly elected U.S. president assured the Israeli prime minister...
Toll of Bosnian Rape and Death Camps Increases Steadily
Toll of Bosnian Rape and Death Camps Increases SteadilyIn the first two years of war and "ethnic cleansing" in Bosnia, approximately eight percent of Muslim Bosnian women were raped by Serbs, according to a statistical study done by BISER, the International...
Tunisia's Beaches, Antiquities and Crafts Attracting 3.6 Million Tourists Annually
Tunisia's Beaches, Antiquities and Crafts Attracting 3.6 Million Tourists AnnuallyTunisian Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts Mohamad Jegham, a handsome man with just a touch of grey in his carefully combed hair, radiates friendly competence. At age...
Vienna Center Marks Decade of NGO-U.N. Collaboration on Palestine
Vienna Center Marks Decade of NGO-U.N. Collaboration on PalestineThe Vienna International Center, still recovering from the impact last summer of the World Conference on Human Rights and its 5,000 NGO observers, was the venue in late August for the 10th...
Who Killed Albert Glock? after Two Years, Archeologist's Murder Remains Unsolved
Who Killed Albert Glock? After Two Years, Archeologist's Murder Remains UnsolvedJust before 3 p.m. on Jan 19, 1992, American archeologist Albert Ernest Glock parked his car on the street above his administrative assistant's house in Bir Zeit, 13 miles...
Will Clinton Yield to Pressure and Free American Who Spied for Israel?
Will Clinton Yield to Pressure and Free American Who Spied for Israel?Five years ago, shortly before a federal judge handed confessed spy Jonathan Jay Pollard a lifetime prison sentence for selling classified intelligence documents to Israel, Pollard...
World Bank Awaits Donor Countries' Approval of PLO Commission
World Bank Awaits Donor Countries' Approval of PLO CommissionThe expectation that large sums of money would be offered to reconstruct the debilitated Palestinian economy was a basic incentive for both parties to the accord on principles of peace between...
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