|Israel Resource Review
||1st June, 2003
95.4% of Palestinian
ArabRefugees Assert their Right of Return
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May 31, 2003, - 95,4 % of respondents affirmed their clutching
to the Right to return along together with the compensations
while 4. 6% opposed. Meanwhile 91% affirmed their strong
opposition to the principle of compensation in exchange of
ceding their Right to Return, 84 % refused the establishment of
a Palestinian state in trade of giving up their Right to Return,
while 11 % in favor.
At the same time, 88% of the respondents are against the settling motion
including 66.2% strongly opposed and 21.7% opposed. 6.1% of the
respondents are in favor of settling in the host countries.
The abovementioned outfindings finalized by a poll conducted by Human
Rights International Solidarity institute (HRISI) over the Palestinian refugee right of return. The sample included the refugees of northern refugee camps in the West Bank, which make up one-third of the Palestinian refugees in the West Bank.
The poll showed the refugee opinion about the services provided by the
United Nation for Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA), and the living
standard inside the camps. 82. 4% of respondents believed that UNRWA doesn't fulfill properly its duty while 13% believed in the opposite.
As far as the refugees' opinion about the services provided by the UNRWA
is concerned, 75% of them pointed out that the UNRWA sought recently to shrink its services, while 18% were in favor that UNRWA fulfilled its duties.
Polled about the UNRWA to become finished with its services in the
Palestinian territories in turn of a sum of money, vast majority of the
respondents (85%) are against while 8% in favor.
The outcome showed that 78% of the respondents are unsatisfied with the
living standard in the refugee camps while 19% are satisfied.
82% of the respondents said that they have told their sons about their
homes from which they were displaced in 1948 and 5% have never mentioned their displacement to their sons while 12% abstained.
The poll concluded with a question about the proposed solutions to solve
the refugees issue that embodied in any solution based on principally on
a fair solution and bring absolutely an end to such crucible issue ,
which gives the Palestinian refugees a guarantee not forcing them to give up his/her political identity and the Palestinian citizenship.
According to the (HRISI), the proposed solutions based on literal
implementation of UN 194 resolutions. In its part, Israel have to
compensate the Palestinian refugees and settle them. Rather, the moderate
solution is embodied in giving the Palestinian refugees a theoretical
right in return and to allow a limited return inside the "Jewish state", and allow those who willing to return to the Palestinian state with no restrictions and compensate and settling the remaining refugees.
About the proposal to live in the Jewish settlements instead of their
1948 lands, 87% of the respondents opposed, while 4% in favor, 6% with
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Caroline B. Glick
Deputy Managing Editor, The Jerusalem Post
From the beginning of May until last Tuesday, the Palestinians carried out
323 terrorist attacks against Israeli targets. That is an average of 12 per
day. These attacks include suicide bombings, penetrations of Israeli towns
by gunmen, roadside shootings, grenade and anti-tank missile attacks, mortar
shellings, rocket attacks, assaults, and stabbings.
The navy's interception last Tuesday of the Hizbullah arms boat en route to
Gaza was an indication that the Palestinians are not satisfied with the
results of their aggression but are intent on improving their capabilities.
It is also a sign that the Palestinians are not acting on their own; they
are conducting their terrorist war with the direct military support of Iran,
Hizbullah's boss, and Syria, Hizbullah's enabler.
Over the past two weeks, rocket attacks on Sderot from the Gaza Strip have
markedly increased. On Wednesday, Sderot was attacked twice with four
rockets. Two rockets scored direct hits on private homes. Luckily, the
residents were not present when their homes were destroyed, yet two women
and a young girl were hospitalized for shock.
Speaking in Holon last Saturday, Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal explained that while
it seems as though the IDF's actions in the northern Gaza Strip have been
unsuccessful in thwarting the rocket attacks, the truth is that were the IDF
not operating in Beit Hanun, the home of the Kassam rocket industry, Sderot
would be absorbing "not a few rockets a day, but hundreds."
The cargo on board the intercepted boat showed that the Palestinians are
intent on increasing the effectiveness of their attacks. The navy seized 36
CD-ROMs with instructions on how to make bombs, rockets, and various other
types of explosives and how to maximize the kill rate of suicide bombers on
buses. As well, the boat's cargo hold included five boxes of 122 mm. rocket
fuses and other bomb making components, including a radio activation system
and electronic delay units.
In an interview with Yediot Aharonot on Thursday, Palestinian Authority
Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas repeated for the 1000th time that he has no
intention of taking any action against the terrorist infrastructure. While
he maintains that he is presently negotiating with Hamas to stop attacks on
Israelis and states that once he has an agreement for a cease-fire, he will
try to work out arrangements with Fatah and Islamic Jihad, Abbas will take
no military action against any of the terror networks. "We will never have a
civil war," he said.
He also indicated that Israel must help him to convince terrorists to agree
to a work stoppage by "releasing prisoners and avoiding military
For his part, Saeb Erekat was even more succinct. Speaking with the
Associated Press on Wednesday, he explained that Abbas is aiming to get
Hamas and Islamic Jihad to agree to wait until after a Palestinian state is
declared before attacking Israeli targets. In his words, Abbas "will insist
on this declaration [of a cease-fire] because that's the key . . . for him to
go out and tell the Palestinians, 'Look, we've got the Israeli government to
recognize the Palestinian state, [so] we need two years in a peaceful,
meaningful peace process."
With all this taking place before our eyes, the government Sunday agreed to
accept the Quartet's road map plan for the swift establishment of a
Palestinian state. Unbelievably, the cabinet ministers who voted in favor of
the road map stated that they were doing so even though the plan is
antithetical to Israel's national interests. Naively, they excused their
behavior by mentioning that the Bush administration has agreed to consider
Israel's qualifications to its agreement during the implementation stages of
These 14 qualifications, which the government was too cowed to even release
officially and therefore simply leaked to reporters, would, if accepted,
mitigate some of the dangers inherent in the road map. But there can be no
consolation in this, because the Bush administration has made clear that it
rejects these qualifications. Secretary of State Colin Powell said flat out
that there would be "no changes" to the road map.
It is necessary to point out that the road map forces Israel to accept at
the outset the establishment of a Palestinian state ruled by the PLO on land
to which Israel has a legal claim to sovereignty as strong as, if not
stronger than the PLO's.
While Israel is forced to cease taking actions to defend its citizens from
armed aggression carried out by the Palestinians, the Palestinians
themselves are requested only to make statements to the effect that they are
opposed to armed aggression against the State of Israel. While Israel must
recognize the right of the Palestinians to self-determination and to
relinquish the right of return of Jews to lands whose sovereignty is
disputed, the Palestinians are not asked to recognize that the State of
Israel has a right to exist as the Jewish state. The road map makes no
reference to the need for the Palestinians to renounce their demand to
settle millions of Palestinians within Israel.
Israel, which has absorbed 32 months of unremitting terrorist warfare
against its civilians - warfare directed by the Palestinian Authority - is
the side the Quartet points to in the road map as the villain. Israel must
stop defending itself from aggression. Israel must accept Palestinian
political demands lock, stock, and barrel.
Perhaps Prime Minister Ariel Sharon thought that accepting the road map
would throw the ball back into the Palestinian court. For the past two
months, the Bush administration placed unrelenting pressure on the prime
minister to accept the road map "for the president." According to some
reports, the State Department was even threatening Israel with economic and
military sanctions if Sharon were to refuse.
The Middle East Newsline reported earlier this week that the State
Department recommended denying Israel $8 billion in loan guarantees and $1
billion in supplemental military assistance if the government did not accept
the establishment of a Palestinian state by the end of the year as
stipulated by the road map.
The State Department was also recommending that the administration announce
an investigation into the use of Apache and Cobra attack helicopters and
F-16 fighters by the air force in operations against Palestinian terrorists.
And yet, immediately after the cabinet announced its decision, Washington
announced its plans for a trilateral summit among President George W. Bush,
Sharon, and Abbas next week. Top administration officials are now here
busily working to ensure that Sharon will be forthcoming with concrete
concessions at the Akaba summit to ensure the meeting's "success." So if
Sharon thought accepting the road map would decrease US pressure, he was
dead wrong. Far from lessening the pressure, Sharon's decision to accept the
road map has only increased US pressure on him tenfold.
Since assuming office, Bush has been viewed by many Israelis, including by
this writer, as the best friend Israel has ever had in the White House. In
his June 24 speech last year about the Palestinian war against the Jewish
state, he made quite clear that the Palestinians are the aggressor.
And yet, in light of the recent actions by the administration, actions that
are quite simply hostile to the State of Israel, the president's credibility
as a friend and an ally of the state is necessarily placed in doubt.
Parallel to his calls for democratization of the PA and demands for PA
action against terrorism, Bush has distinguished himself as the most
outspoken champion of Palestinian statehood to have ever occupied the Oval
Office. Bush is the first US president to have ever adopted the
establishment of a Palestinian state as an aim of US foreign policy.
Bush first made this statement in a letter to Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah on
August 29, 2001. The announcement came 36 hours after Saudi Ambassador
Prince Bandar delivered a breathtakingly hostile message from Abdullah to
the White House that amounted to little less than a declaration of war
against the US. According to press accounts, Bandar informed National
Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice that because of the administration's
support for Israel, "the crown prince feels that he cannot continue dealing
with the United States."
Subsequently, the Bush administration sponsored UN Security Council
Resolution 1397 that for the first time gave Security Council support for
the establishment of a Palestinian state. Bush, while acknowledging Israel's
right to self-defense, has never allowed Israel to take decisive action
against the Palestinian war machine.
In spite of the fact that the Palestinian terror threat to Israel is backed
by the same forces that back al-Qaida and in spite of the fact that
Palestinians fought at the side of Iraqi Republican Guard units in Baghdad
against US forces, the Bush administration refuses to accept that the
Palestinian terrorist war against Israel is related to the Arab-Islamist
jihad against the US. Indeed the administration has labeled "illegitimate"
Israeli counterterrorism tactics that are identical to those of the US.
And now, today, all that remains of the contents of Bush's historic address
last June, all that has survived the events of the past year, is an
unwavering demand from Israel to accept Palestinian statehood - immediately.
Critics of the president's newest actions against Israel have argued
persuasively that this new hostility toward Israel and embrace of
Palestinian terrorists is inimical to US national security interests and
deals a harsh blow to the US war on terrorism. From Israel's perspective,
however, the largest problem with this policy is the one with which we never
imagined having to contend.
This problem is that when judged solely on its actions, the Bush
administration has shown that while in the past it could be relied on for at
least a modicum of support, today it no longer views such support as
concordant with its interests. Therefore we can no longer blindly trust its
Whether the current, openly hostile US policy toward Israel is the result of
the president's own preferences or of bad advice he has received from his
advisers is impossible to know. But whatever the case, this crushing and
heartbreaking reality cannot be swept under the rug. The threats arrayed
against us are too foreboding.
We must accept the truth. As presently constituted, the Bush
administration's Middle East policy is hostile to the national security
interests of the State of Israel.
This also ran on the front page of the
Jerusalem Post on May 30th, 2003
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Preparing for the Next Murdered
News Analyst, HaTzofeh
- The saying is that a smart man learns from
his own experience, while the wise man learns from the
experience of others. What can be said about a person who has
not learned even from his own experience?
After all, we are not talking about distant history. Just three weeks
ago, on May 11, the security establishment announced with a flourish the
lifting of the full closure on Judea, Samaria and Gaza. On that same day
Zion David was murdered in a shooting attack north of Ofra, a terror
attack that opened a series of terror attacks that cost the lives of 12 murder victims and 70 injured within the space of four days-from the terror attack in which the couple in Hebron were murdered in the afternoon, through the terror attack on Bus no. 6 in Jerusalem, up to the terror attack at the Afula mall. Exactly one week later, after the terror attack at French Hill intersection, the full closure was applied again to all
of Judea, Samaria and Gazafor two weeks. The same closure that was lifted this morning once again.
The recent past has proven countless times that every time relief
measures are given to the Palestinians, they immediately facilitated the
execution of successful terror attacks. Removing the closure means more
Palestinians who enter for work or trade in Israel. Removing the closure
means more traffic on the roads of Judea and Samaria.
And when thousands of workers stay in Israel,with permits that are
issued after security checks,then the lone terrorist who succeeds in
infiltrating will arouse less suspicion by virtue of his being an Arab in
Relief measures mean, therefore, capability to carry out terror attacks.
And contrary to the prevalent public impression, the IDF has not been
stationed permanently inside the cities of Judea and Samaria as it was
after Operation Determined Path, but rather only enters and leaves. The
ability to launch terror attacks while the IDF maintained a permanent
presence inside the cities was very small.
So that one really does not to have the gift of prophecy. Removing the
closure, just like all of the other relief measures and gestures of
good-will, are a proven recipe for terror attacks and more slain people.
And the Sharon government, time after time, repeats that proven recipe.
This piece ran in HaTzofeh on June 1, 2003
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Excerpted from Interview:
Mazen Continues to Doubt that Six Million Jews were Murdered by
Nachum Barnea and Ronny Shaked
Senior Correspondents, Yediot Aharonot
interviewers forgot to inform their readers that Abu Mazen's Ph.D.
remains a text for study in the schools of the Palestinian
National Authority today]
. . . Abu Mazen wrote his doctorate in 1982 in Moscow, at the Institute for
Oriental Studies. The institute was headed by Yevgeny Primakov, a Jew, an
Arabist, an avowed friend of Saddam Hussein and other Arab rulers, and
eventually the prime minister of Russia. Of all these qualities, Abu Mazen
emphasized mainly Primakov's Jewish origin.
The heading of his doctoral thesis was: "Zionist leadership and the
Nazis." The introduction dealt, among other topics, with a loaded
issue: How many Jews perished in the Holocaust. In the Soviet period, especially in the anti-Israel institute that Abu Mazen attended, they often dealt with such questions. The Soviet Union, more than any other country, was addicted to Holocaust denial. The victims were not recognized by their
origin, but rather by their nationality.
And this is what the diligent researcher Mahmoud Abbas wrote: "World War
Two caused the death of 40 million people from different parts of the
world. 10 million Germans, 20 million Soviets, and more… Rumors at the
end of the war said that 6 million of the world's Jews were among the
victims in the war of extermination that was waged against the Jewish
people and later on against other peoples. The fact is that no one can
confirm this number or deny it. The number could be 6 million, but it
could be much smaller, perhaps even smaller than one million. The
controversy over the number must not divert us from the severity of the
crime committed against the Jewish people. The murder of a human being is
a crime that the cultured world must not accept."
"Many researchers who discussed the number reached the unconventional
conclusion that it is no more than several hundred thousand." Later on,
Abu Mazen quotes a Holocaust denier who claimed that "at first the
Zionists spoke about 12 million Jews who were killed in the death camps. They later narrowed the number down to 6 and to 4 million. It is not possible that the Germans murdered more Jews than existed in the world
at the time." He quotes another Holocaust denier who counted 896,000 Jewish victims in all.
On Wednesday, in his office, Abu Mazen placed the photocopy of the
problematic page of his paper on the table and said: "I am not a Holocaust
denier. I have never been a Holocaust denier. I discussed the numbers,
but I said: It is not a matter of numbers. Any murder is a heinous crime."
"I wrote this in 1982. We were enemies then. What do you expect of me,
as a historian? To accept the numbers as they are written in the books?"
If we were Abu Mazen, we would say: I made a mistake, and I am sorry for it.
This piece ran on May 30, 2003 in Yediot Aharonot
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"Hello Uncle Lewy":
Foreign Ministry Unwittingly Borrows an Old Mel Brooks Parody
Uncle Lewy heard that his millionaire nephew was dying.
Every day he would call him and ask him to remember his dear uncle in
After many months of nudging, Uncle Lewy's persistence paid off.
His dear nephew died, and Uncle Lewy received an old 45 inch record
which contained his last will and testament.
Uncle Lewy went home and listened to the record from his dear nephew.
He opened his record player with great expectation.
And there was the voice of his dying nephew:
"Hello Uncle Lewy.Just wanted you to know that I did remember you
in my will". The dear late nephew then proceeded to bequeath his
millions to every one he could think of, although not to Uncle Lewy.
Uncle Lewy's nephew had been true to his word.
He had taken Uncle Lewy's request "into consideration".
Uncle Lewy signed a rental contract for an apartment with his nephew
the landlord which stated that his landlord did have not to fix the
After Uncle Lewy signed the rental agreement, he sent a letter
to his nephew the landlord in which he politely asked his
landlord to fix the plumbing.
The landlord, who liked his Uncle Lewy, immediately called his new
tenant and said that he would take his letter "into consideration".
Well, Uncle Lewy's toilet overflowed the day after his rental
agreement went into effect. Uncle Lewy called his nephew the
landlord right away.
The landlord was waiting for Uncle Lewy's call.
He left a recorded message on his answering machine in which he said,
"Hello Uncle Lewy. Just wanted to know that I have taken your letter
into consideration. Good luck in fixing the toilet". .
And so it was on Sunday May 25, 2003 in Jerusalem.
Under duress, the government of Israel agreed to accept the
US "road map" which dictates that Israel relinquish the areas that
it had gained in the a defensive war that Israel fought and won in 1967. That same road map is explicitly based on the March 2002 Saudi Arabian
plan which requires Israel to recognize "the right of return" for all Palestinian Arabs and their descendents to take back lands that Israel gained in the defensive war that it fought and won in 1948
After the Israeli government accepted the road map, the Jewish state dispatched a letter to the US government which contained 14
Yet on the same day that the Israeli government accepted the "road map", the US state department circulated a memo to the world media and to the government of Israel in which it said that it would not allow for any changes in the "road map", but that it would "consider" comments from both sides
Hello Uncle Lewy.
The last thing that the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs wants he world to know is that the Road Map agreement of May 25th transformed the government of Israel into one great unhappy Uncle Lewy.
Therefore, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a world
wide effort to convey the impression that Israel's comments on the road
map were accepted by the US government as a binding, integral part of the road map.
From reports that our agency has received, that line has been communicated in briefings conducted for the World Jewish Congress, AIPAC and the UJC. According to one director of a major Jewish Community Relations Council, he was given to understand from his local Israeli consul that the US had accepted Israel's 14 reservations as "binding" upon the road map.
In a May 29th statement issued by Moshe Fox, The Minister for Public Affairs at The Embassy of Israel in Washington DC "Israel views its comments on the Road Map, and the American commitment to address these comments, as integral parts of the Road Map's implementation process. Consequently, Israel's comments were attached to the government decision itself"
And so the deception begins. How similar it is to the deception policies
of the Israeli government ten years ago, when the government of Israel conveyed the impression among all of Israel's friends in the world that Arafat and his colleagues had made ironclad commitments to peace and reconciliation, while obfuscating the message that the nascent Palestinian Authority was communicating to its own people.
The Israeli government then went so far as to orchestrate official visits for Arafat with major Jewish organizations, while arranging for
the Isaiah Award for Peace to be bestowed upon Arafat by the Prime Minister's mission of the UJC in October 1999, until our news agency disclosed the plans of that ill-fated award which caused its cancellation.
Well, Israel's Foreign Ministry can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.
It will not be long for many people to invoke Mel Brooks' image of a
silly Uncle Lewy as the face of the state of Israel today.
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