|Israel Resource Review
||8th November, 2000
Official PA Radio News - the PBC Radio, November 8
Summary and Analysis
The Voice of Palestine downplayed the murder of an Israeli woman near the
Gaza Airport this morning, first largely ignoring the event and then
treating it only as an Israeli claim.
The item was "the Israelis claim a woman was killed near the Rafah
terminal this morning," said the VOP announcer at 11:05 a.m., tacking the
"claim" of murder to a much longer item about the Israeli closure of the
Gaza Airport -and without mentioning that the woman's attackers had actually
cut through the airport fence and attacked her on airport grounds.
Later, the item about the woman (which only appeared at 11 a.m.) was dropped
entirely from the newsline-up.
VOP instead emphasized that Israel had closed down the airport without
justification, hurting the people of Gaza with this "act of aggression."
This item ran continuously at the top of the news throughout the day.
VOP continues to press hard for an international investigation (in
addition to the commission setup by Bill Clinton) as well as an
international war crimes tribunal. VOP commentators and reporters now
regularly refer to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Army Chief of
Staff Shaul Mofaz as "war criminals." Palestinian Authority Justic Minister
Freih Abu-Medein even advocated yesterday having Israeli war criminals
brought to justice in an Arab capital (suggesting perhaps the kind of
Eichmann-like mission by which Israelis brought Adolf Eichmann to Israel for
trial from Argentina. Excerpts of Abu-Medein's comments yesterday appear at
the bottom of this report.
As it did earlier this week, VOP continues to lead its news shows with
list of martyrs who are often referred to as "stars of the Intifada."
November 8 Morning Interview of Saeb Erikat by Reem Abu Ghazala:
"And now we will look at the diplomatic efforts by the Palestinian
Leadership to stop Israeli attacks and to put an end to the Israeli
occupation forever. We asked Dr. Saeb Erikat about the trip to the United
States of President Yasser Arafat to meet with President Bill Clinton and
this is what he said:
Erikat: "President Yasser Arafat will demand an end to Israeli aggression,
Israeli sieges, Israeli closures as well as (installing) an international
protection force along with the formation of an international tribunal. The
international force we are demanding will be not fixed to locations but
mobile units along fixed locations and these are the June 4 1967 borders
including Holy Jerusalem."
Detail and Headlines
7 a.m. morning headlines
- "The masses will accompany today the three martyrs of yesterday who
fell before the bullets of the occupation and the terrorism of the
settlers-and their names: the child Ahmad Amin Hufash, his age 7 years who
was deliberately and criminally killed by a settler, the youth Abdullah
Ghanam of Bethelem and Said Abu Hatlah of Rafah;
- Occupation forces shell with heavy artillery the mosque of Ribah, Beit
Jallah, Beit Sahur and the Aida Refugee Camp;
- President Yasser Arafat heads to Cairo today before his trip to the
- The Security Council to discuss Palestinian request for international
- The approaching results of the contest for the White House between
George Bush and Al Gore;
- The United States last night officially announced the formation of
the fact-finding commission in Palestinian lands since the beginning of
the Israeli aggression.
2 p.m. Lead Headline
- "A fourth martyr was laid to rest a short while ago today with the other
stars of the Intifada-and his name Muhammad Nusbah Abu-Ghalib,19 year old,
from the workers' neighborhood in Khan Yunis, who was martyred when
occupation bullets struck him straight in the heart"
(Note: This broadcast also highlighted the closure of Gaza airport but made
no mention of the murder of the Israeli woman in the airport precincts.)
6 p.m. headlines
- "Occupation forces escalated their aggression against our innocent
people, turning six into and wounding tens more, some gravely;
- At the same time, occupation forces closed off Palestinian air
corridors, while tightening the siege on the entry to the cities, closing
the Rafah terminal, and using artillery to shell Eastern Gaza;
(Note: There was no mention of the killing of the Israeli woman in
Gaza -- either in the headlines or in the news in detail.)
Song of the Day
"Hands, Hands, Hands
Hands, Hands, Hands
The Voice of the Rocks
Above the Voice of the Thieves.
The Eyes cry with yearning,
The small hands hold a stone
Daring the aggressors"
(Opening words of song broadcast as lead-in to morning news round-up, 7 a.m.,
November 8, 2000)
Bringing War Criminals to Justice
Remarks of Freih Abu-Medein, Palestinian Justice Minister, advocating that
the Arab governments set up their own war crimes tribunal and bring Israeli
officials to judgment (Voice of Palestine, November 7, 2:45 p.m.)
"We have to take measures, according to international law, against the
war criminals. The meaning of that is that even if one of them cannot be
judged in Israel, then they can be brought to judgment in an Arab capital as
what happened with (name unclear) in Britain. They have to be brought to
trial-as what happened in Bosnia and Kosovo."
"We don't expect everything to take place like a bolt of lightning, but
we, in the situation of continuing aggression against us, we have to find
an answer with our brother Arab (government) ministers for all our
demands an answer for all the cases of all the generals: (Ariel) Sharon in
Sabra and Chatilla and continuing with (current Israeli Chief of Staff
Shaul) Mofaz in the current situation who gave instructions to fire at the
heads and the eyes (of demonstrators)."
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