EI’s Ali Abunimah and Joan Mauer, communications director of Radio Sawa, discuss the new US government sponsored effort to win the hearts and minds of the Arab world on the BBC World Service’s outlook. Read the transcript.
The UN Security Council passed a resolution demanding Israel ends its siege on Yasser Arafat’s Ramallah compound. EI’s Ali Abunimah argues that while the international community scrambles to respond to such artificial crises, the real issues are being ignored, and greater danger is to come.
’Israel must unconditionally withdraw from the territories it occupied since 1967 and implement all relevant UN resolutions’. This petition has been signed by two hundred prominent Dutch citizens, including politicians, writers, and artists and will be published in an advertisement in the Dutch daily newspaper De Volkskrant. EI’s Arjan El Fassed reports.
Will this be just another deal? Remember the previous Israeli siege of Arafat’s compound? Remember Bethlehem and the deportation? Remember the hostage taking of Ahmad Sa’adat by British and American agents in Jericho? What about the old city of Nablus and Jenin refugee camp? It seems that people have a short memory. Arjan El Fassed writes from Ram, occupied Palestine.
The 18-member Caritas Internationalis delegation visited the Holy Land from September 15 to 19 2002 in response to the rapidly deteriorating situation and the gross violations of human rights in the region.
This is the real conflict, not the movies. Palestinians are threatened, humiliated and oppressed everyday. The greedy neighbor that stole most of their land wants to take what’s left for them and drive them out. When Palestinian choices are limited, the phrase ‘over our dead bodies’ would be their natural promise.