|Israel Resource Review
||11th November, 2000
Official PA Radio News
the PBC Radio, November 10
Summary and analysis
The Voice of Palestine has given relatively little coverage to the
Clinton-Arafat meeting Thursday afternoon beyond a recitation of Palestinian
positions. There were no descriptions of the tone of conversations or
of their content-beyond what Arafat said to Clinton.
The question remains: Is this a sign that the meeting, from the
Palestinian standpoint, did not go well?
Morning Headlines, 8 a.m.
- His excellency President Yasser Arafat discusses with Presient Bill
Clinton in the White House a full range of subjects regarding the peace
process and the continuing Israeli aggression against our people;
- The great champion and martyr 'Abayyat will be brought to rest in
Bethlehem, the city of the Messiah, this afternoon;
- The Palestinian Authority strongly condemns [yudeenoo] the
loathsome assassination operation carried out by occupation helicopters
against one of the commanders of the Fatah movement in Beit Sahur;
- Jordan strongly condemns the Israeli escalation as unrighteous and
dangerous to innocent Palestinian citizens;
- The Minister of Cooperation estimates that the diplomatic moves of
the Human Rights Commission in our country will lead to an international
investigation of war crimes committed against our people;
- Ministers from Islamic countries begin the second day of deliberation
on the subject of Palestine.
11 a.m. Headlines (additional)
- Israeli Broadcasting announced that two policemen from the occupying
forces in the streets of the city were injured in an explosion in occupied
- The Qatari foreign minister announced that his country had closed
its trade mission with Israel, and he criticized the United States for
tilting in Israel's favor.
1 p.m. News (includes live coverage from funerals)
- Worshipers at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque raise the Palestinian flag
atop the holy shrine of the Dome of the Rock;
- Bethlehem accompanies the martyr Hussein 'Abbayat to final rest while
Gaza pays homage to martyr Mahmoud Shuraab;
- Confrontations renewed in Qalqilya, Jenin and Hebron;
- President Yasser Arafat discusses with President Bill Clinton the
stationing of an international force for protecting our people.
Quote of the Day
"The Cabinet Secretary of the Palestinian Authority, Mr. Hassan
Abdul-Rahman, in a statement issued yesterday, said this assassination was a
dangerous escalation taken by the Israeli government and its military
command and a new step in the direction of state terrorism practiced by the
Israeli army against our people and its strugglers, and placing the
responsibility for the consequences of these actions on Israel."
From Friday Morning Headlines, 8:05 a.m.
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Official PA Radio News
the PBC Radio, November 11
Evening Headlines 6 p.m., Saturday Evening
- Five youths became new martyrs in the confrontations with the Israeli
occupation army, and more than 120 citizens were wounded;
- 25 citizens hit by live fire in Hebron;
- 46 citizens wounded in Jenin;
- Masses marked a variety of memorial gatherings to honor 13 martyrs
killed inside the Green Line killed by the bullets of the occupation forces
during mass demonstrations supporting our people and their intifada.
The Saturday evening broadcasts did not mention the deaths of Israeli
soldiers Friday or Saturday or the injury to two others involved in a
gunfight with Palestinian fighters in a car near Gush Katif in Gaza. The
Palestinian fighters killed in the car were identified [Muhammad Yasseen al
Madhoum, 22, from Shati Refugee Camp, and Mundhir Hamzi Yasseen, 23, from Gaza
City] but VOP made no mention of their weapons or that they had opened fire.
Instead, the incident was reported as "Israeli occupation forces had
killed two men driving in a civilian car".
Elsewhere, on the diplomatic front, VOP has chosen to highlight the trip
of Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson as well as the activities of
Palestinian officials at the UN and in Europe demanding an international war
VOP opened up a new front on Saturday night with commentary that Israel was
deliberately targeting reporters covering the conflict. Palestinian
Broadcast chief Radwan Abu-Ayyash said in an interview that this was only a
continuation of Israel's attacks on VOP radio transmitters.
VOP continues to give first priority to the battle front: graphic
descriptions of injuries and Israeli "tyranny", stressing the number and
identity of "martyrs", anyone killed in fighting with Israeli forces.
Throughout the broadcasts, there is background music of martial
quality-with highly patriotic and Islamic sub-themes, underscoring the need
for martyrdom and for re-taking Jerusalem.
There is no attempt on VOP to resurrect the idea of negotiating with
Israel. The terms "peace", "cooperation" and "restraint" appear in very
"Peace" is only consistent with a total Israeli withdrawal from
"Palestinian lands" including all settlements and Jerusalem.
"Cooperation" is never used in the Israeli context, but only with
reference to other Arab parties-the Islamic Conference, Hamas, brother Arab
"Restraint" or "limits" are what has to be imposed on Israeli
aggression, and not on any Palestinian action.
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