|Israel Resource Review
||5th December, 2000
Radio News - the PBC Radio,
Summary and Analysis
Behind the headlines and the rhetoric, it appears that VOP is working
hard to keep the martial spirit alive among Palestinians whose commitment to
fight may be sagging. For the last two weeks, there has been an attempt to
inflate casualty figures and to keep alive week-old stories of martyrs and
wounded, recycling the material through several days of news cycles.
It is also apparent in the last two weeks, but particularly since Nov.
30, that VOP has further exaggerated its rhetoric and introduced items of
very questionable authenticity in an effort to rekindle mass activities, for
- Broadcasting shortly before mosque prayers on Friday December 2 that
Israel was using dogs against Palestinians, including an attempt to
introduce dogs into the holy shrines of the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif;
- Reports about attacks on women prisoners;
- Deliberately exaggerated accounts of atrocities and attempted
massacres, replete with gory bodily descriptions.
VOP has at the same time been very conscious of the growing economic and
physical strains of the conflict. It has not reported what the Israeli media
are reporting-that the Barak Government has decided to allow the entry into
Israel of 16,000 Palestinian workers daily. It may be that VOP has better
information than the Israeli media about Barak Government policies (which
has happened more than once), but it also may be that such a report would go
against the grain of VOP policy: to show the Palestinians as victims of
continuing Israeli aggression on both the military and economic fronts.
VOP reported that PA Health Minister Dr. Riyad al-Zaanoun said there
were officially 269 martyrs in Al-Aqsa Intifada along with the addition of
another 50 who had not yet been officially registered for various reasons.
He told a press conference that there were 6,869 wounded Palestinians as of
last night in Gaza, with another 4,760 in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
(Ed. Note: the figures were a bit contradictory because PA narrator Samir
Interr, who seemed to get mixed up in the middle of the casualty count, also
read a second casualty figure of 4,615 for Gaza, leaving a discrepancy.
Interr also quoted a figure of 5,890 Palestinians wounded by gas, and it was
not clear if this was part of the previous total or another new category. He
made it clear that there were 1,604 casualties "inside the Green Line." This
in itself is symbolically very interesting because it again shows that the
PA has come to regard Israeli Arabs as part of its community.)
The VOP went to great lengths in its morning news round-up to underscore
Yasser Arafat's denial of any secret contacts with Israel (a story that has
been widely circulated among the Israeli media). Arafat's own denial was
supported by a detailed accounting of his recent itinerary and a specific
quotation from him that his last meeting with any Israeli official was the
prominent meeting with Shimon Peres several weeks ago.
Quote of the Day
"Of the casualties, 40 percent were under the age of 18, and 60 percent
were over the age of 18. Head wounds were 18 percent. Stomach wounds were 20
percent. Chest wounds 20 percent. And in the four limbs 44 percent." (PA
narrator Samir Interr, citing PA Health Ministry summary of the Al
Aqsa/Independence Intifada [tr: Intiadat al-Aqsa wa Intifadat al-Istiqlal])
Quotes from Interview with Nabil Abu Rudeina,
spokesman for Yasser Arafat:
"The reality is that there are no secret talks with Israel. All these
reports are unfounded.
Question: What are our conditions for talks with Israel?
Answer: First of all agreements exist, and these agreements bind Israel. The
interim stage of talks is over, and we are now in the stage of final status,
which Israel has evaded with its confrontations. The Arab, international and
Palestinian positions cling to international legitimacy..But we are dealing
with Israeli obstinacy.And that has plunged the region into the throes of
instability. The present Israeli government has struck at all the
agreements. The return to peace is dependent on Israel executing its
agreements, on international legitimacy and the equation of land for peace.
The thing that can accomplish this is the establishment of an independent
Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital."
- "Heavy Israeli artillery attacks on populated areas of Ramallah,
Al-Bireh, Jenin and Bethlehem;
- Settlers concentrated in the colony of Giloh firing their weapons on
citizens in 'Aida Camp and Beit Jallah, and three citizens were wounded as a
result of the evil shelling;
- The martyring yesterday of Awad Salah Silmi, 27 years old, from the
Zeitoun neighborhood in Gaza. Citizens found the martyr's body ripped
apart, smeared and cast behind the cement factory near the Mintaar
Crossing Point in Gaza;
- Settlers and occupation soldiers continued attacks without reason at
various points in Gaza and near Qalqilya, wounding five citizens;
- Israeli forces moved tanks and artillery at Kufr Dik and Burqeen near
- President Yasser Arafat denies any diplomatic meetings with Israel;
- Occupation soldiers from what is known as 'the border patrol' invaded
the Shatta Prison last night to attack women prisoners and to transfer
several of them. In a message sent by the prisoners to the Palestinian News
Service, they said the occupation forces had used all kinds of chemical
means against them, also striking them with clubs;
- This is only part of the escalations taken by Israeli prison
authorities during the blessed month of Ramadan."
Notable and Noteworthy
"What the 'Independence Intifada' has made it clear is that there can be
no peace with the settlements . . ." (PA morning news show host, Samir Interr)
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