Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Waging Peace

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Waging Peace

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French Television Poll Supports Palestinian State

French television channel Le Cinq conducted a poll recently which determined that a full 56 percent of French citizens support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. A televised debate between Hammadi Essid, Arab League ambassador in Paris, and French Jewish community leader Jean Kahn preceded the opinion poll. Essid has asserted that the creation of a Palestinian state is a prerequisite to a peaceful settlement in the Middle East. He further denounced the brutal Israeli represssion of the intifada, noting the many and broad concessions made by the PLO in an effort to promote the peace process in the face of continued Israeli intransigence.

Amnesty International Condemns Israeli Use of Lethal Force

Among the increasing number of Arab cases undertaken by Amnesty International (322 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10001; (212) 807-8400) is the killing of a 17 year-old Palestinian, Yasser Muhammad Abu Ghawsh, shot to death in the head and back under suspicious circumstances in Ramallah on the West Bank. AI has published a briefing paper detailing the incident, including eyewitness statements, local media coverage and the official Israeli response. The document also states that, since the onset of the intifada in December 1987, AI "has repeatedly voiced concern about a pattern of killings of Palestinian civilians by Israeli forces in which there appears to have been unjustifiable use of lethal force, condoned if not encouraged by Israeli authorities."

Canadian Group Funds Health Care for Intifada Victims

A much needed physiotherapist will serve in the Nablus area for a one-year period, thanks to a grant facilitated by the Near East Cultural and Educational Foundation of Canada (NECEF, 106 Duplex Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5P 2A7; (416) 483-6467). Health care workers and residents alike will receive training in physiotherapeutic techniques in a clinic designed to respond to the overwhelming number of injuries and disabilities on the West Bank. NECEF has also funded a dental clinic to serve the remote villages and a number of refugee camps on the West Bank, and a child care program which includes the services of two psychological counselors. …

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