|Israel Resource Review
||1st December, 2000
Official PA Radio:
PBC "Voice of Palestine"
December 1 - Official Claim that Israel Dispatched Dogs to the Temple Mount
Summary and Analysis
VOP began its broadcasts with Islamic programming, offering its first
news bulletin at 8 am, leading with the latest deaths and funerals of martyrs.
Shortly before the main Friday prayer service, VOP broadcast several
items in its 10 a.m. news summary to the effect that Israel had begun using
police dogs to attack Palestinians. VOP said Muslim guards at the Al Aqsa
Mosque had repelled Israeli attempts to install police dogs today at the
mosque. (Note: muslims consider dogs to be unclean animals, and any
attempt to put dogs on sacred soil would be even a worse affront than any
"pollution" committed by Ariel Sharon by his visit to the area on September 28.)
Despite Israeli press reports about encouraging signs of a meeting soon
between Yasser Arafat and Ehud Barak, VOP broadcast an Arafat denial about
any such meeting. VOP also quoted Arafat to the effect that he would refuse
any meeting with Israel until it withdraws its tanks, and he further said
the PA would not discuss any partial or gradual Israeli withdrawal plans.
Instead, the PA would insist on a total Israeli pullback.
Friday a.m. headlines
- "Continuation of Israeli aggression against our people: three more
martyrs yesterday and tens of wounded, some in dangerous condition;
- The martyrs are Ismail Abu-Rous, 20 years old…kileld in the Mintaar
transit point in Gaza….the young lady, Warid Ahmad Badan, 17 years old from
the village of Teqoah in the Bethlehem prefecture who was buried yesterday,
and the child Shadi Ahmad Zughul, 14, from the village of Husan in Bethlehem prefecture who was run over by a hateful settler as he was trying to run away, and who was brought to rest yesterday;
- Security officials refuted Israeli claims of withdrawals from the City
Inn and other locations along roads throughout the (West) Bank;
- Dr. Saeb Erikat, Minister for Local Rule, said that the steps
announced by Israel for executing for the purpose of building confidence
were just public relations stunts;
- Occupation forces continued their acts to cause destitution in Bani
Naim village in the Hebron prefecture, by expanding the colony of Bani Sir
(sic) on the lands of the (Palestinian) citizens. And the occupation forces
occupied a house in Dir al-Balah, displacing four citizens, including one child;
- Occupation authorities continued the closure of occupied Jerusalem to
prevent citizens from aropund the West Bank reaching prayers at the Al Aqsa
Mosque on the first Friday of the blessed month of Ramadan;
- Engineer Faiz Zaydan, the head of the aviation authority, announced
the return of service at Gaza airport starting at nine o'clock today through three thirty in the afternoon every day in a partial lifting of the Israeli blockade that was started several weeks ago;
- His Excellency President Yasser Arafat denied readiness to hold a
summit conference with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, stressing the need for Israel first to carry out its obligations under previous agreements, especially the Sharm al-Sheikh understandings, if it wants peace, tranquility and stability in the region;
- And the Palestinian Authority refused the Israeli proposal of
another 10-percent (ten percent) Israeli withdrawal in an elongated interim
- Ahmad Qureia-Abu Ala-the head of the legislature said that the
American administration's continued support for Israeli positions will not
buttress the peace process.
- Colonel Jibril Rajoub, head of security apparatus in the West Bank,
said that the agent Alan Bani Odeh who is responsible for murdering the
martyr Ibrahim Bani Odeh admitted to him that when he killed Ibrahim Bani
Odeh he was carrying out orders of the Israeli security service (i.e. the
Shin Bet or Shabak known as the G.S.S.)."
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Official PA Radio:
"Voice of Palestine" PBC Radio
Summary and Analysis
VOP chose to highlight economic issues in its morning news program,
featuring four items on the deprivations forced on the Palestinian people by the Israeli closures. The news bulletins continued to lead with detailed
coverage of the deaths and funerals of martyrs joining "the stars of the
intifada" (i.e. earlier martyrs now in paradise).
The main morning news interview featured PA Information Minister Yasser
Abd Rabbo, detailing PA efforts to achieve international condemnation of
Israel: not only international condemnation of specific Israeli actions,
but broad-based condemnation for all Israeli policies as well as the
dispatch of an international protection force. VOP features these
diplomatic efforts as "ways to stop Israeli aggression."
Interview with PA Information Minister Yasser Abd Rabbo:
"My visit to New York centered first around a meeting with the
international investigation commission headed by the former American
senator George Mitchell, and the former Turkish president and the Norwegian foreign minister and his excellency the European (Community) representative Salana. This meeting dealt directly with the duties of the commission in our region…Naturally, the commission has been delayed, and we clearly criticized this delay, and it is also clear that this delay was caused by pressures and tactics taken by Israel to prevent the commission from dealing immediately with its task….
It was assumed that the commission would begin its duties after the Sharm
al-Sheikh summit….We therefore believed it should reach the region
immediately and that the center of its activities should be here and not
outside the region-but here meeting all the parties. Its importance is
linked to the Security Council decision condemning Israeli aggression and
condemning Israeli violence and calling for an investigation of the crimes
committed against the Palestinian people.
Also, we expressed our belief …that the commission mandate was… also on
the basis of the Fourth Geneva Convention which has clear provisions
protecting a civilian population against acts of war under occupation. That
dovetails with the Palestinian situation….And therefore the commission
should investigate all Israeli violations -all the aggression and the
killing on a daily basis against the Palestinian people-as well as all the
forms of the economic blockade practiced three million Palestinians …."
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