|Israel Resource Review
||2nd November, 2000
Official PA Radio News - the PBC Radio, November 1
VOP reports from the field emphasized with renewed vigor today Israel's
alleged use of internationally-banned weapons, underscoring Israel's use of
"chemical weapons" (as featured in simultaneous reports from Jenin and
VOP continues to use a war footing in its broadcasting format-many feature shows have been cancelled, but some have been expanded such as "Ardina Linna" (Our Land Belongs to Us) which focuses on alleged violations committed by Israeli settlers. These alleged violations - including
reports of attacks on Arab olive pickers-have become a regular staple of
the news shows as well. (Last night, VOP also broadcast that Israel had
attacked the Samarian/Jewish community near Nablus.)The morning news show's
interview guest was once again the Palestinian minister of health who provided a full hospital report concerning the Palestinian dead and wounded..
Headlines (7 a.m. / 8 a.m.)
- "Continuation of the Intifada with five new martyrs yesterday;
- Israel uses artillery and tanks in several locations;
- The Leadership condemns Israel's escalation and praises the posture of
the united masses;
Headlines (4 p.m.)
- "Occupation forces escalate their military aggression against the
Palestinian people as Israeli rockets attack al-Khader while artillery
attacks Tulkarm and tanks and armored personnel carriers attack Jenin;
- Three new martyrs in violent confrontations today;
- His excellency president Yasser Arafat presses Germany for the sake of
the Palestinian cause, and Germany agrees to take patients to its hospitals;
- Dr. Saeb Erikat goes to New York and Washington to demand an
international protection force to safeguard our Palestinian people;
- Israel continues worldwide campaign to blame Palestinian Authority for
escalating the popular Intifada;
Attitude to Violence
Today and over the past three days, there has been a clear attempt by
VOP to gloss over or even ignore Israeli civilian casualties.
The continuing shooting incidents at Gilo/Beit Jalla and at
Ramallah-Al-Bireh/Psagot (among other locations) are reported as
continuing premeditated and unprovoked "wicked" and "criminal"
attacks on Palestinian civilians. There is no mention made
whatsoever of the involvement of Palestinian military forces
(Police Force 17) or the role of other armed units (Fatah
As through the first month of this "Al Aqsa Intifada," there has been
no official call (from the Palestinian Authority) for restraint on the part
of the Palestinian people or even for parents to watch their children
closely to make sure they do not get hurt.
Quote of the Day
"Secretary of the PLO Executive Committee, Mr. Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen)
says that the popular intifada in Palestinian lands is a clear political
message to the world which says 'our people and its leadership
will not accept any political solution which does completely
satisfy its rights, and it will not accept a decrease in its
rights.' And Mr. Abbas continued in an interview with our
broadcast service station today that the intifada was a peaceful
message that was not using violence, but violence was the
Israeli message with tanks and artillery.
The Secretary of the Executive Committee stated that the
pollution of the Jerualem Holy Shrine (Haram al-Qudsi al-Sharif,
i.e. the Muslim area atop the Temple Mount) by Ariel Sharon was
the direct cause of the Intifada during this month and the
Israeli procrastinations during negotiations was the indirect
cause for this continuing popular Intifada."
(October 31 evening news round-up on VOP)
(NOTE: THE original interview with Mahmoud Abbas, at 2PM was not
re-broadcast. The original was not taped by our agency because
of a radio frequency collapse on 103.4FM, but other analysts at
the Voice of Israel (who apparently listened VOP'S other
frequency at 91.5FM) say that the Abbas interview said something
slightly different from what was reported by VOP: that the
Sharon visit was NOT the main cause of the Intifada. Israeli
officials have referred to the original interview.)
It would seem that the subsequent report on VOP was an attempt
to put a different "spin" on the embarrassing quotation.
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Official PA Radio News - the
PBC Radio, November 2, A.M.
Following the Peres-Arafat Summit
In its prime-time news round-up at 7 a.m., the Voice of Palestine ignored
the meeting between Yasser Arafat and Shimon Peres last night.
Instead, VOP continued to emphasize military confrontation with
Israel inits headlines and interview subjects. VOP continued to
extol martyrdom and steadfastness in fighting "Israeli crimes."
VOP chose to emphasize the fact that Israel had held up PA negotiator
Saeb Erikat's departure from Jericho to the United States where he is slated
to push for an international "protection force."
Erikat,who was the featured morning interview guest declared
that he would be pressing for an international tribunal to judge
Israeli war criminals.
In a second interview, the PA's Gaza security chief, Muhammad Dahalan,
asserted repeatedly that the last few days proved that "Israel failed" to
impose its version of the recent Camp David understandings on the Palestinians.
Through the first three hours of programming today, there was no call for
Palestinian restraint or for parents to watch their children.
Headlines and Details
During the 8am news summary, the Arafat-Peres meeting was mentioned in
one terse sentence in a low item in the morning line-up (see below for
details) explaining briefly that the meeting was held to stop Israeli
aggression against the Palestinian people.
In the 9am bulletins in Hebrew, English and French, the Arafat-Peres
meeting was the second item in the news line-up and was discussed more
prominently, but again in the context of a cessation of Israeli aggression
9 a.m. Headlines
- "The masses of our people will give final honors to the six martyrs who
fell before the bullets of the occupation forces(tne list of the martyrs);
- In the confrontations yesterday about 170 citizens were wounded, eight
of whom are considered in dangerous condition;
- Israeli artillery shelling and fire continued through the late hours
of the night, including populated areas in Al-Bireh, Beit Jallah, Beit
Sahur, Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, al-Khader, the neighborhoods of
AbuSneina and Tel Rumeida in Hebron, the Western approaches to Tulkarm.
- President Yasser Arafat met last night with the Israeli Cooperation
and Regional Development Minister Shimon Peres,and the meeting concentrated
on stopping Israeli aggression against the sons of our people;
- Fatah movement secretary Marwan Baghrouti clarified that the National
and Islamic forces would NOT call today for a FULL strike in the West
Bank and that the strike announced yesterday would encompass only Gaza;
- Israeli tanks have withdrawn in the approaches of Gaza.
- Settlers from Talmon which was built on Arab land near Ramallah and
al-Bireh prevented citizens from picking olives.
- Israeli authorities continuing closure of Gaza airport until tonight;
- The 83rd anniversary of the dastardly Balfour Declaration under
which Britain consented to the Zionist movement building a national home in
Palestine for the Jews. And this accursed anniversary connects with the
battle campaign of popular intifada by our people in defense of their
land, their rights and their holy places and the establishment of an
independent Palestinian state with holy Jerusalem as its capital."
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Official PA Radio News -
the PBC Radio, November 2 - P.M.
The Palestinian Authority today broadcast its leadership's tentative,
halting and conditional acceptance of a ceasefire "understanding" with
Israel under the terms of the Sharm al-Sheikh summit.
The communique, which called for Palestinians to use "peaceful means" to
achieve national aims, was broadcast one hour after a car bomb exploded in
a crowded Jerusalem market. But there was no mention of the bomb blast on
VOP radio (for several hours), nor any clear condemnation of this attack or
any earlier violence (except by Israeli forces) at any time during
"The Palestinian National Authority and the government of Israel reached an
understanding for the two sides to implement the understandings of Sharm
al-Sheikh as set forth in the statement of President Clinton and the speech
of President Mubarrak," the statement began.
It was clear that the communique was both more and less than what many
Israeli officials wanted. The PA statement did not speak directly about the
need for Palestinian restraint, but it made many demands on Israel, thus
leaving potential "escape clauses" for itself if Israel fails to meet all
The communique stressed the Palestinian view that Palestinian compliance
was contingent on a withdrawal of Israeli forces from all Palestinian
areas-especially Israeli tanks from approaches to Palestinian towns, and it
also demanded Israel "restrain settler gangs who have continuously committed
crimes against our people."
The PA cabinet communique, which was read at 4pm on Voice of Palestine
Radio, actually came more than two hours later than originally expected, and
it followed PA President Yasser Arafat's decision to pull back from his
original agreement to read the communique himself on both Palestinian
television and radio. (According to Israeli officials, Arafat first pulled
back from the idea of a tv statement, and he subsequently refused to make
any live statement on radio as well.)
Indeed, when the communique was released at 4pm, it followed several
hours of halting hints to the communique's content-as released by three
close advisors of Arafat: spokesman NabilAbu-Irdeineh, Information Minister
Yasser Abd-Rabbo and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Nabil 'Amr.
Palestinian execution of the agreement, 'Amr asserted, "is subject to a
complete cessation of the aggression against our people."
The PA's communique also included a demand for a restoration of
the borders of June 4, 1967, "safeguarding" the Palestinian right of return
and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as
its capital, but its main subject comprised four key paragraphs:
"The Palestinian National Authority and the government of Israel reached
an understanding for the two sides to implement the understandings of Sharm
al-Sheikh as set forth in the statement of President Clinton and the speech
of President Mubarrak . . ."
"The Palestinian leadership always conscious of its desire to abide by
mutual obligations will closely observe what the Israeli side carries out,
regarding its commitments to withdraw its occupation and its military units
from populated areas occupied after September 28, as well as ceasing
hostilities against the innocent sons of our people along with the removal
of closures . . ."
"The Palestinian leadership sees the Israeli government's ability to
restrain settler gangs who have committed crimes against our people as a
fundamental element in the cessation of violence and terrorism to which our
people have been continuously exposed . . ."
"The Palestinian leadership which always stands by the popular and
peaceful nature of the Intifada calls on the masses and the national forces
to adhere to its stance, to continue mass demonstrations and expressions
while clinging to peaceful means in all proceedings . . ."
After the 4pm news, VOP reverted to what has been its standard fare in
the last few weeks: news programs opening with detailsf martyrs' deaths
and burials sandwiched between patriotic and Islamic songs with martial
melodies. The 5pm news was introduced by a song in which a father sings
about his son's death as a martyr. The song, which has been very popular at
VOP and on Palestinian state television, is about Muhammad Dura, the young
boy shot while caught in the middle of a firefight between Israeli and
Palestinian forces in Gaza.
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