Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

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Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

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AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL TRUST

Winter Turned to Spring Overnight...

In Washington, DC this year. Cherry blossoms, red buds and pear trees competed with tulips and daffodils to transform the city into a crazy quilt of color. At the same time a flood of articles poured into our office. The death, injustice, humiliation and destruction taking place in the occupied territories and Iraq competed with breaking news from Florida, Texas, Columbia University or, closer to home, on Capitol Hill. The tales were all the more painful as they took place amid the beauty and spoiled promises of spring.

Hours Before Press Time New Stories...

Shoved others aside in the competition for space. (Our "Bulletin Board" was reduced to the box on this page, and our summary of 2004 pro-Israel PAC contributions, along with a history of the Near East Foundation and some of our regular features, won't see the light of day until the July issue.)

AIPAC Fired Two Employees...

Suspected of passing classified information to Israel. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Jewish community are in an uproar. President George Bush's appointment of John Bolton as the next U.S. ambassador to the U.N. became "unbolted." Thanks to a media feeding frenzy in Florida, no jury can be found to fairly try a Palestinian-American. Meanwhile...

Back at the Bush Ranch...

In Crawford, TX, as the president and his "Peace Pardner," Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, discussed Sharon's Gaza "Disengagement Plan," Israel invaded Nablus. We confess we already were starting to wonder if Sharon had any intention of evacuating all of Israel's 21 Gaza colonies and four others in the West Bank. The moving date changed from July 17 to Aug. 15, in order to accommodate the traditional three-week period of mourning for the destruction of ancient Jewish temples. At press time there even was talk of stalling until Oct. 26. Even if Gaza settlers do depart, they'll likely be moved into more illegally occupied territory in the West Bank.

Even We Were Thunder-Struck...

By the audacity of Sharon's latest scheme to add 3,650 homes to trje West Bank's largest settlement, Ma'ale Adumim. The plan would cut off Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods from the rest of the West Bank. Moreover-and not for a change-Israel is demanding that...

U.S. Taxpayers Foot the Bill!

As Americans struggle to pay for costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and ignore skyrocketing oil costs, health care, education and social security woes at home, Israel is seeking to use S3 billion left of $9 billion in loan guarantees American taxpayers granted in 2003 to relocate settlers from one illegal settlement to another.

Before She Was Killed in Iraq...

In a suicide bombing, humanitarian aid worker Maria Ruzicka had succeeded in forcing U.S. military commanders to admit they did in fact keep records of Iraqi civilians killed by U.S. forces, according to Britains' Independent newspaper. The former head of U.S. Central Command, Tommy Franks, had once said the U.S. Army "don't do body counts"-despite being required to do so by the Geneva Conventions. By late April of this year, more than 1,563 U.S. soldiers have been killed along with, according to Iraq Body Count, a group that monitors casualty reports, at least 17,384 Iraqis.

Americans Shocked By Ruzicka's...

Death in Iraq should be equally incensed by the deaths of other aid workers there, such as Margaret Hassan, CARE International's British-born Iraqi director, and other bright young spirits in Gaza, like peace activists Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndell. …

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