|Israel Resource Review
||1st January, 2000
Official PA Radio News: Voice of Palestine January 1, 2001
Summary and Analysis
VOP ended its holiday schedule following the month of Ramadan and the
Festival of the Feast ('Eid al-Fitr), but it entered into the day of the
36th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah Movement, with calls for
increased "struggle" and "escalation" and "rage" against Israel. (Note:
although Fatah was actually founded in the late 1950's, the movement marks
today as the anniversary of its first military action: the attack on the
Israeli National Water carrier in 1965.) "Thirty six- years ago, the Fatah
movement fired its first shots and began its operations with blood, and it
continues to pave its way in blood (opening sentence in anniversary report
by Nizar al-Ghul 7:50 am)."
VOP focused on PA condemnation of Israel's "assassination policy,"
warning of the consequences of a policy of "state terrorism," following the
killing of Dr. Thabet Thabet (whom the Palestinian Authority called a leader
in the Fatah movement and not a "PA health official," as erroneously
reported in The New York Times). The PA Information Ministry called for
Israelis leaders to be treated as war criminals.
Several PA spokesmen noted that there was a difference between killing
PA military men and killing PA political leaders and hinting that this was
new dangerous territory in which Israeli leaders themselves might not be
immune from attack. According to Palestinian count -by Dr. Hader Shukeirat
of PA Law Committee-- there have now been 12 "assassinations." Shukeirat, in
a long morning interview said Israel should be brought up on war crimes
charges to the new International War Crimes Tribunal (to whose charter
Israel tentatively subscribed yesterday, along with the United States).
VOP referred to the murder of Binyamin and Talia Kahane yesterday as
"an armed attack" but did not offer any details as to which organization or
units might be responsible or had broadcast claims of responsibility.
VOP reported that PA President Yasser Arafat said he was willing to go to
the White House next week to "develop what was concealed" within the
American proposals put forward by President Bill Clinton.
Meanwhile, his cabinet secretary Ahmad Abdul-Rahman made light of Barak's
threats to execute a unilateral implementation of Clinton's proposals, and
he and Tawfik Tirawi also called for increased Palestinian organization and
self-defense against Israeli "state terrorism." (see interviews below)
Quotes of the Day
"The Fatah Movement declares that all options are open to our people for
the sake of its freedom, self-determination and the establishment of its
independent state, and the (artillery) shelling and the continuing barbaric
Israeli aggression will not frighten us or prevent from progressing in our
just national quest." (From Fatah Movement statement, read during morning
"These American ideas do not serve the Palestinian people but rather
safeguard the occupation and the settlements..We will not accept any
settlers no matter what the pressure and no matter what America says."
(PA Cabinet Secretary Ahmad Abdul-Rahman , prime-time morning interview)
Morning Headlines 7:00/8:00 a.m.
- "Five citizens, including a 14-year-old child, martyred yesterday
evening in shooting and artillery attacks by settlers and occupation forces
in a variety of towns and villages (full listing of those martyred, their
ages, where martyred, where they lived);
- Masses will accompany the funeral in Tulkarm today of the martyr Dr.
Thabet Thabet, the secretary of the Fatah movement in Tulkarm who was killed
by Israeli special forces yesterday. And the National Authority warned
Israel of the dangerous consequences of these assassination operations and
the continuation of the policy of state terrorism;
- The Fatah movement declares the continuation of the Intifada until
the liberation of Palestine and the realization of the rest of our
- Formal casting of blame and condemnation on Israel for escalating the
Occupation and strengthening the siege.;
- Extremist settlers and racist Jewish elements from the racist Right
commit evil acts against Palestinian citizens under the gaze of Israeli
soldiers and policemen, especially in Jerusalem;
- His Excellency President Yasser Arafat holds discussions in Cairo
today with Egyptian President Husni Mubarak, and His Excellency states his
readiness to discuss American ideas;
- PA Cabinet Secretary Ahmad Abdul-Rahman says the Authority is
preparing a formal request to the UN Security Council for an international
- General Tawfik Tirawi, director of General Intelligence Forces in the
West Bank, announced the arrest of groups of workers in Bethlehem.for
helping proved information to Israel that led to assassination of
(Palestinian) commanders. And General Tirawi called on our citizens to
exercise great caution and to cooperate with the intelligence and security
- Occupation authorities arrested the youth Ali Khadr al-Ghul from
inside Makassid Hospital, and our correspondent says the youth was in
treatment in the hospital because his hand had been injured during an
explosion at Ras al'Umud. And the occupation forces took him an unknown
location for interrogation ((Note: Israeli Police Commander Mickey Ha-Levi,
on Israeli Radio, said the youth's hand was hurt when a bomb he was throwing
apparently exploded prematurely));
- National and Islamic Forces called on citizens to join prominent
marches and protests today to mark the Palestinian Revolution .and to
protest Israel's assassination policy and continued siege. And in a
statement, the forces urged the organization of the marches for Wednesday to
show our refusal to American proposals in their present form.;
- The special emissary of His Holiness Pope John Paul II reaches the
homeland today, carrying a message from His Holiness to His Excellency
President Yasser Arafat."
Interview with Ahmad Abdul-Rahman, PA Cabinet Secretary
Q: "This escalation of a chain of crimes, culminating in the assassination
of Dr. Thabet Thabet.This escalation, how can we respond to it?"
A: "Barak, who waxes eloquent about peace, has given the settlers a most
dangerous role as well as the special units of 'arabists' from the
Shin-Bet and the Mossad and units from the Israeli army in order to
escalate the military blow against the Palestinian people, against all
Palestinians, because this (Palestinian) people has refused the initiative
presented by the United States which is in its essence an Israeli
Barak believes that by pressure and bloodshed will bring the Palestinian
people before him to terms of acceptance.
These American ideas do not serve the Palestinian people but rather
safeguard the occupation and the settlements..
It is incumbent to organize all the national forces in the cities and
villages and camps and neighborhoods and all regions in order to resist and
confront the gangs of settlers sent by Mofaz and Barak and others among the
Israeli extremists. We have no choice but to organize the Palestinian
masses, organize the political entities to supervise what happens in our
villages, to supervise what happens in our streets. This is the way to
strike (back) at the settlers, and the 'arabists' units who now penetrate
into our lands."
Q: "Israeli Prime Minister Barak is threatening implementing unilateral
separation if the other side-the Palestinians-refuses the American ideas.
What's your reaction?"
A: "That's just complacent talk what Barak says. What is one side going to
do to separate, set up electrified fences, set up by-pass roads, make
permanent the settlements in our land, make permanent the control of the
Jordan River, and make permanent the existence of settlements and occupation
in Jerusalem and so forth...I say there is only one way for peace and that
is or Israel to withdraw from the occupied lands, first of all Jerusalem.
These are the lands that were occupied in '67 and on which must be
established a Palestinian state. If Israel withdraws, the door to peace
opens. If they try unilateral separation-meaning the deepening of the
economic closure, then there will be no stopping an intifida the likes of
which they have not seen . . .
There will be no settlers no matter what pressure from Israel and no
matter what pressure from the United States. There is only one way. Israel
has only one way: it has to withdraw from the occupied lands and first of
all from holy Jerusalem."
Quotes from Interview with Gen. Tawfiq Tirawi, PA General Intelligence
"These crimes (i.e. assassinations by Israel) are an attempt to change
to a level of assassination by those in the government of Israel. It's an
operation of pressure upon the Palestinian Leadership until it is ready to
accept what is offered and until it is ready to retreat from Palestinian
principles. Really this language Israel is using is an attempt to change
level of the dialogue (between Israel and the Palestinians). Dialogue can be
by words or by bullets and fire. Now the dialogue is changing to the level
of assassinations: a level that did not exist before. This is transition to
state terrorism in an official and announced manner with the knowledge of
the military and political leadership in Israel.They believe they can
terrorize our people, extinguishing its intifada, but not just against our
innocent citizens, but also against the pillars of our Authority,
assassinating senior Palestinian officers."
Q: "Do you have information about political assassinations?"..
A: "Our whole society is subject to assassination. The child who was
killed yesterday. That wasn't assassination? That was assassination. Every
Palestinian in the homeland-from Gaza to Jenin is subject daily to
assassination. The five martyrs yesterday: they aren't victims of
assassination? Only the means are different (i.e. the way they died).
The Zionist Enemy by this way or that is trying to inflict maximum losses
on our Palestinian people in order to .undermine our steadfastness. We must
first of all be steadfast in order to get our lands and to establish our
independent Palestinian state."
Holiday Interview with Sahir Habash, Member Fatah Central Committee
(January 1, 2001, 8:05 a.m.-8:20 am)
Q: "Thirty six years since the founding of Fatah and the unleashing of the
Palestinian Revolution. What do you say?"
A: "In the name of God, the compassionate and merciful, after thirty-six
years of the quest, we can really say that the revolution continues.. We had
three principles: the principle of independence.realization of independence
or our people and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with
Jerusalem its capital. And the second principle is basic, our principles .no
possibility of retreat from any of them under any solution whatsoever, and
the struggle goes on, no matter what stage we were at-the stage of armed
struggle, the stage of intifada, the stage of negotiations, stage of
negotiations without intifada, stage of negotiations with intifada and so
forth. The struggle operation goes on for our people.
This long march has cost thousands and tens of thousands of martyrs and
wounded (gives list of Palestinian and other Arab nationalists no longer
among the living).We live under difficult national conditions, but our
linkage to our firm principles is strong. We believe in our ultimate
victory." (He then quickly reviewed the development of Palestinian thought
from the refugee problem as a humanitarian issue through the '67 and '73
wars, the Arab summit of 1974 and the acceptance of the PLO at the UN.)
"We went to the United Nations and became firmly rooted in the United
Nations as a people struggling for its freedom and its self determination.
The circumstances were hard, from East and from West. We had to face big
conspiracies run by the Zionist Enemy whose ally was imperialist America.
We continued in our struggle despite all the conspiracies, all the attempts
against us. The Battle of Beirut, our steadfastness, where we were firm. The
Battle of Karameh. The Battle of Steadfast Beirut. From where we were
released into the homeland. The organization of the Tanzim and the Shabiba
(Fatah organziations) and the explosion of the Intifada in '87. This itiada
which shattered the occupation and which led to the historic step in 1988
of the Palestine Liberation Organization declaring independence-not just
representing an organization but as a state, the state of Palestine in the
United Nations. The struggle continued. The Intifada continued. There were
successes and retreats, progress and regression, ups and downs resulting in
that the Zionist Enemy could not but be intimidated into the peace
process, the peace of the brave which we grasped..We continue.
We are now in the heart of the battle, the battle for the liberation of
Jerusalem, the right of return."
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