|Israel Resource Review
||24th November, 1997
PA Minister of Religion:
Keep Jews 2 Meters from the Wall
by Aaron Lerner
IMRA interviewed PA Minister Of Waq And Religious Affairs, Hassan
Tahboob, in English on 23 November, 1997. The entire interview
IMRA: Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the Mufti of Jerusalem, said recently
that the "Al Baraq Wall ", known to Jews as the Western Wall, and
the plaza before it, is an Islamic Waqf and that the Wall itself is
part of the Al Aqsa Mosque. What is the practical ramification of
Tahboob: It was already decided by an international committee
that came to Palestine after the events of Baraq in 1929. And
there was a case and it was decided that it was Waqf property and
it is part of the Al Aqsa Mosque of course.
IMRA: What is the practical ramification in terms of the use of
that area by the Jews in prayer.
Tahboob: They are allowed to pray towards the Wall. That was the
decision. They are allowed to face the Wall two meters from it and
to pray as they like.
IMRA: They have to stay two meters away from the Wall.
Tahboob: It is the decision in this way.
IMRA: Right now they pray right up against the Wall.
Tahboob: Right now everything is by force.
IMRA: So the Jews should really be about six feet - two meters -
away from the Wall.
Tahboob: Two meters. Really. Yes.
IMRA: So you think that in the future that will be the set-up.
Tahboob: It's supposed to be so.
IMRA: Practically speaking, what do you see happening? Will
there be some kind of line drawn on the floor before the Wall or
will there be a barrier next to the Wall?
Tahboob: To every accident there is a solution.
Dr. Aaron Lerner,
Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
P.O.BOX 982 Kfar Sava
Tel: (+972-9) 760-4719
Fax: (+972-9) 741-1645
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Iraq Hides Arms Data on US-Made Computers
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - To conceal its deadliest arms from U.N. weapons
inspectors, Iraq has increasingly turned to U.S.-made computers sold in
Baghdad since the end of the 1991 Gulf War in violation of international
sanctions, the Los Angeles Times reported in its Sunday editions.
Quoting U.S. officials and U.N. diplomats, the newspaper said that Iraqi
scientists and defense officials are using Western-made computers to
transfer data from bulky papers to small disks that can be easily dispersed,
making the information difficult for inspectors to track.
In addition, they are using computers for research and development in the
four categories specifically forbidden under the U.N. resolution ending the
war -- nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and long-range missiles.
U.N. sources did not disclose the brands or quantity of U.S.-made computers,
except to say they make up a significant percentage of what was in use in
Iraq, the paper said.
"There are not garden-variety computers that you can go down to Radio Shack
and buy," the paper said, quoting a former U.S. diplomat. "This requires
specialized equipment and programs only available in certain places.
Most of the U.S. equipment was probably purchased through third parties to
circumvent U.S. companies' more rigorous monitoring of such illegal sales,
U.N. and U.S. sources said, according to the newspaper.
The use of high-tech equipment underscored how Baghdad continued to keep
data beyond the reach of the United Nations, the paper said, adding that
President Saddam Hussein's regime was widely suspected of using the
three-week gap while U.N. inspectors were out of the country to further
disperse data on disks.
Peace Research Inquiry
The use of computers also reflected the way Iraq used its limited sources to
modernize its military capability rather than address humanitarian issues,
U.S. and U.N. officials said, according to the report.
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Peace Research Inquiry
by Sara Rosenblum
The Institute for Peace Education Ltd
As the director of the Institute for Peace Education Ltd
in Tel Aviv, I wish to
report that we have conducted an extensive search to determine if there has
been any expression of peace in the Arabic lanaguage by any official of the
Palestine Authority since its inception in May, 1994.
Institute for Peace Education Ltd has yet to discover any such
expression by any official of the Palestine Authority in the Arabic language
that endorses peace with the state of Israel. Our "peace research inquiry"
on this matter reached all levels of the Palestine Authority, the media,
academic institutions, and political organizations.
This inquiry, which lasted exactly one year, was launched one year ago when
Institute for Peace Education Ltd dispatched a representative to meet
with Arafat and ask him if he would make any expression of peace in the
Arafat responded that he does so all the time. We have no record of such.
Meanwhile, we asked for any such evidence of expressions of peace in Arabic
from the Palestine Authority's ministry of information and from Arafat's
ally in Israeli politics, Mr. Uri Avneri of Gush Hashalom.
They also could not provide any Palestine Authority expression of peace in
the Arabic language.
What the Institute for Peace Education Ltd
has monitored has been a daily
and consistent call throughout 1995, 1996 and 1997 on the Palestine
Authority's American government-funded PBC TV and radio networks that call
for continuing the military struggle against Zionism, Israel and the Jews.
The head of the PBC, Mr. Radwan Abu Ayash, said in a videotaped interview on
October 31, 1997 that he was not permitted by the Palestine Authority to
broadcast or telecast any message of peace or reconciliation with the state
The Institute for Peace Education Ltd
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Complicity in Rabin Assassination
by Emanuel A. Winston
a Middle East analyst & commentator
The assassination conspiracy of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is
bubbling up with terrifying questions that can't be answered by
limiting the Shamgar Commission's investigation only to the actual
shooting by Yigal Amir. By all appearances both the Israeli police
and its most secret intelligence service, the GSS, General Secret
Service (Shabak) were both used by the Rabin/Peres government for
political mischief. This is familiar to Americans as our history
reminds us that often the political parties engaged in "dirty tricks",
using such agencies as the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), the CIA,
FBI and NIS with illegal orders to investigate or harass the
Those involved in Rabin's assassination will try to protect
themselves by suppressing the investigation and destroying evidence.
The alleged assassin, Yigal Amir hasn't yet told his version of the
Nov.4th events. But, he said after the shooting: "Why are you putting
handcuffs on me? I did my job. Now you do yours." (1)
Amir seemed to think he was on some special assignment.
In court Dec. 3, Amir shouted to newsmen: "Why don't you
investigate the death of Rabin's bodyguard? ...The one who yelled the
bullets are blanks." (2) (Note! It was later reported that a GSS agent
had committed suicide, or was helped to commit suicide) (3) Amir went
on to tell the media he knew enough to "to bring down the whole
regime" and "the whole business has been a charade." He also said
that he would be forgiven "later when people know the whole story."
"I didn't think they would start killing people." (4) Were these the
ravings of a man out of control or trying to plead innocent. I think
neither, because there seems to be much more to the story than has
surfaced to date.
The following are questions the Shamgar Commission ought to ask:
- Were the top echelons of the GSS or the police under Minister
Moshe Shahal tasked by government superiors to provoke a "staged
- Who in the Rabin/Peres government had the authority to order
such an illegal mission? (Recall that after Avishai Raviv, the GSS
agent used by Shabak as an Agent Provacateur, (5) took control of a
organization called Eyal and he manipulated its few members to provoke
violence during demonstrations. He even reportedly challenged Yigal
Amir to kill Rabin.(6) Raviv was a Shabak agent perhaps as long ago
as 1987. Shabak reported directly to Rabin as Prime Minister.
- Who but the top echelons of Shabak could have ordered their
field agents and Rabin's bodyguards NOT to clear the people around
Rabin's car including Yigal Amir?
- Why was Yigal Amir asked by police at the scene, "Did you shoot
- Why did they THINK he shot blanks?
- Why did Rabin's driver first head toward Shabak headquarters
instead of a hospital? En route, when Rabin was found to be actually
shot, the car turned toward the hospital. But, even then, in a
country where most ordinary citizens have cellular or car phones,
there was no radio or phone call from the scene of the shooting or the
car to alert the hospital to have surgeons on hand and the operating
theater ready for a very important person. Why was there no first
aid or ambulance at the scene of this massive rally.
Other "odd" notes at the scene: Ballistics reports the spent
shells at the scene did NOT match Amir's gun. And that the gun was
touching Rabin when he was shot: "Rabin felt the gun before he felt
the bullets." The mysterious death of the Shabak bodyguard,
reportedly by suicide, Amir's outcry in court, the ballistics
reports that have been exposed - all combine to call the main question
for the Shamgar Commission:
- Who really shot Rabin? Did Amir THINK he was shooting blanks.
The re-enactment shown on TV didn't show him touching Rabin with the
gun. Did a second shooter, maybe by a Shabak agent in the car, really
kill Rabin and is that why the Shabak agent was killed in a suspicious
suicide?" And if there is any credence to this theory, who ordered it?
- Who had what to gain?
- What did Rabin and Mrs. Rabin KNOW that night BEFORE he was
After Rabin was shot (some thought with blanks), Leah Rabin was
assured that everything was okay by her Shabak bodyguard. Later, Leah
Rabin told Adi Talmor of Israel Army Radio (Galei Zahal) that "Even
now I don't exactly understand why the Shabak bodyguards told me my
husband was shot with only blanks. Maybe the bodyguards thought that
is what happened or maybe they were in shock because of the situation.
Or, perhaps they really believed that is what really happened." (8)
(That's lots of maybes and maybe lots more to ask of Leah Rabin.)
It was reported that Leah Rabin was immediately driven to Shabak
headquarters where she was made to wait one half hour before being
driven to the hospital. Why was she so patient, so trusting of the
explanation that the shots were only blanks? Presumably she, or any
wife, would have been very impatient, even slightly emotional, having
known her husband had just been shot at. Why the patient wait? Why
not an imperative demand to see her husband immediately?
If the assassination was to be a "Sting", a well-orchestrated,
staged but failed attempt, in order to embarrass the political
opposition, then surely Mr. and Mrs. Rabin had to have been informed
beforehand. This would have been essential, because a sudden attack,
staged or real, could have provoked a heart attack in an aging Prime
Minister who already had health problems. Such a shock to Leah Rabin
could also have disastrous consequences. The conclusion is that,
neither the head of Shabak nor the police under Moshe Shahal would
have dared to carry out such an audacious farce without express
approval and cooperation of the Prime Minister. If there was to be a
staged assassination then Mrs. Rabin, both as a wife, personal
confidante and advisor to her husband, would have been informed well
- Why do such an outrageous act? One answer could be that Rabin
was lagging badly in the polls, with 74% of the electorate demanding a
referendum before implementing Oslo 2. If he was to be reinvigorated
for the 1996 elections and get affirmation for his Oslo giveaways,
then there was a necessity for a drastic act to elevate him and the
Labor party. Another reason would be the vital need by Labor and U.S.
sponsors to insure that the "Peace Process" after 1996 remained under
the authority of Rabin.
- Who would know about such plans and discuss the risk vs. the
benefits? There would have been numerous participants: His closest
friends and advisors such as Eitan Haber should be thoroughly
questioned regarding what he and others knew.
Shimon Peres, as Foreign Minister must be asked how much he knew
and if he alerted Itamar Rabinovich, Israel's Ambassador to the U.S.
If there was a plan to elevate and dramatize Rabin's hero image, then
it would have been urgent that the Embassy communicate immediately
with Congress to put the desired spin on the story. That spin would
include getting Congress, in an moment of shock, to release the $500
million to the PLO's Yasser Arafat on a sympathy vote. This would
also direct Congress and the Administration to be hostile towards the
political Right under Bibi Netanyahu. (In the Middle East, this is
called "Poisoning the Well.") Conversely, the Labor government would
enjoy a groundswell of warmth and understanding against all those
religious people who believed this "peace process" would lead to war.
Presently, it appears as if the Shamgar Commission is limiting
its inquiry to the shooting only. This raises additional questions,
- Who made the decision to suppress the whole truth in "the
- Would full disclosure bring down the government, destroy the
Rabin myth and with it end the Peace Process? (This is reminiscent of
the Kennedy assassination where the Warren Commission inquiry found
everyone innocent except the dead shooter, while also denying that
there was a second shooter.)
We Americans have seen our nation assaulted with scandal upon
scandal. Political "dirty tricks", the use of our investigative
branches to harrass political opponents, illegal support of regional
wars ... we Americans have seen it all. Why don't we recognize the same
syndrome occurring in Israel?
It is with dismay we watch what was once a vigorous, thriving
democracy lower itself to adopt such hostile practices as
Administrative Detention. This allows the government to scoop up any
Jew without charge, without a hearing, without legal counsel and with
confinement to solitary. Shmuel Cytryn, an American citizen and a
father of 5 young children, has been held like this since Dec. 4.
And now PM Shimon Peres has adopted the law of Sedition, which
has been declared unconstitutional and a threat to liberty by the U.S.
Supreme Court. Indictments of legal protestors, demonizing of the
Right and the religious, harassment, arrests in the middle of the
night, accusations in the media vilifying the opposition freely,
closure of religious sites and confiscation of religious articles...
unconscionable violations of civil, human and religious rights and
justice has accelerated under Shimon Peres. And the Labor/Meretz is
changing the Law of Return to fit its radical philosophy.
Labor MK, Dalia Itzik requested that the Attorney General have
Nadia Matar, co-chairman of Women in Green, prosecuted for incitement
and deported for dramatizing the fallacies, faults and failures of the
Labor/Meretz government policies of appeasement and surrender.
Because she has inspired the grandmothers, mothers and children to
stand up for their rights to a Jewish State, she's been dubbed the
Jewish Joan of Arc. No wonder the Left is trying to neutralize her.
Former Soviet Refuseniks and Prisoners on Zion, including Ida
Nudel, Yosef Mendelevitch, Yosef Begun, Vladimir Slepak and others
have called on President Ezer Weizman to intercede and stop the
government's blatant human-rights violations and witch-hunts against
the right and religious opposition.
It wouldn't be shocking to find that Israel's Labor/Meretz
government, in order to retain power, staged what was to be a failed
assassination intended to arouse sympathy for Rabin. We Americans
expect a maximum effort to cover up this scandal to protect important
individuals and save the government from crashing.
Perhaps for once the Israeli Courts and former Chief Justice Meir
Shamgar will not allow the coverup, even if it is intended to
preserve the government or for the "sake of the peace Process".
Perhaps, too, Congress will no longer follow the dictates of
Israel's Foreign Ministry and will hold long-delayed hearings on
America's Middle East (real) foreign policy. The excuses from the
Administration that such hearing are "Premature", are the same excuses
used to get American soldiers into harms' way in Bosnia. Once an
Israeli withdrawal from all the Golan Heights is announced, with
American troops to provide the security guarantees, it will be too
late to hold meaningful hearings.
I must close with one observation. It is a tragedy for any nation
when its police, army and intelligence services are co-opted by the
politicians - for the purposes of staying in power. So many good men
and women have been sacrificed to serve the hunger and ambitions of
politicians who no longer understand honor, ethics
- "Who Else Was Behind the Murder of Yitzhak Rabin?" by Barry
Chamish, Inside Israel, Email from the Freeman Center for
Strategic Studies: BSaphir@aol.com
- Associated Press, December 3, 1995 5:32 EST V0053
- "Rabin Bodyguards Draw New Suspicion" by Yaroslav Trofimov (London
Observer) Washington Times 12/2/95
- "Assassin Hints Bodyguard Helped Him Kill Rabin" by Joel Greenberg
NY Times 12/4/95
- "The Agent Provocateur" by A.M. Rosenthal, New York Times, 11/24/95
- "Was Raviv Under Orders or Out of Line?" by Steve Rodan,
Jerusalem Post, 12/3/95
- Ibid Inside Israel
- Interview with Mrs. Leah Rabin,
by Acdi Talmor, Galei Zahal (Israel Army Radio)
As written 19th November, 1997
Avishai Raviv ... TODAY
by Emanuel A. Winston
a Middle East analyst & commentator
The only reason that we know about Avishai Raviv is that Yigal
Amir had a relationship with this agent provacateur. Until the time of
the assassination Raviv was an unknown - except to the GSS (Israel's
Secret Service) and its head, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Emerging
information indicates that both Amir and Raviv were merely small bit
players with more important figures in the shadows. The real story is
yet to surface. But, the expos, of the Shamgar Report's secret annex
reveals that Yitzhak Rabin bore ministerial responsibility for the
"incitement" leading to his own assassination.
Since there is no longer any doubt that the GSS, with PM Rabin's
knowledge, was running Raviv as an agent provacateur, presumably that
are numerous other agents also assigned to penetrate and provoke the
so-called extreme Right. This operation was ordered under Rabin and
Peres, reflecting the views of a Leftist Labor government. The only
possible reason for setting up such a macabre operation was to destroy
any efforts by the Right to halt the failing agreement called Oslo.
Raviv is being cast as an out-of-control agent, operating on his
own, who conducted a personal campaign to show the political Right
were radical, but the facts speak otherwise. If the GSS, under the
direct command of Prime Minister Rabin was playing only one man
(Raviv), the effort would have been marginal at best. Clearly, if the
Right was to be cast in the role of spoiler, Rabin and the GSS would
need many more agents provocateurs who are doubtlessly still operating
under deep cover.
The Shamgar Commission explicitly avoided questioning the GSS
about other agents tasked to discredit the Right. Then there are the
political considerations. With dropping polls showing him as a no-win
liability for the coming elections, who in the Labor Party would want
Rabin out? From Rabin's point of view a dramatic but unsuccessful
assassination attempt on his life would increase his lagging position
in the polls. This would focus all the nation with him and against
the danger he faced from a supposedly out-of-control Right, bringing
back the image of the hero defying danger. It was a political gamble
but not too surprising, given past incidents in Israeli politics.
Then there would be another view and other interests.
Who would like to see a staged fake assassination attempt turn real?
Who would benefit politically? Obviously, those involved at the
highest levels of the GSS and the Labor Party should have been
questioned. Or were they supposed to get away with murder?
Assuredly, the GSS would never, on its own, agree to assassinate
the Prime Minister. But, if its bosses were convinced by the Labor
politicians that Rabin was moving toward a level of perceived
incompetence as Oslo was failing and would thereby lose the election,
they could have considered removing Rabin - "For the Good of the
Remember the political Left were already engaged in a covert
black operation, to insure that no politically Right candidate would
become Prime Minister. Remember there was a major concurrent
operation underway by President Clinton and the State Department to
place Shimon Peres in office if they could not have Rabin. Would the
sacrifice of one man stand in the way of a US foreign policy dedicated
to Oslo and keeping Arab oil nations placated by a diminished Israel?
Remember that most of the Arab nations, including especially the PLO
backed by the US were relying on the Labor Party to be re-elected and
complete all the concessions. For all of them It was vital to have
Rabin in the PM's office and, if not him, then Shimon Peres, because
both were dedicated to a total withdrawal from the territories, the
Golan Heights and significant parts of Jerusalem.
Assassination of a failing leader in order to keep control of the
levers of power is not new nor surprising. Keeping power is not
merely a goal, it is the only goal.
Ultra-Leftists like Yossi Sarid who sat on the Knesset
Intelligence Committee pressured Shamgar NOT to release the true and
complete findings of the Shamgar Commission in real time. What then
were these pacifists hiding? Why did the Shamgar Commission go along?
Regretably, Shamgar didn't protest his being used for his
reputation and credibility as a mask for who may have really
precipitated the assassination of Rabin. To protect his reputation as
an honest judge, he must either suppress his full report or lie.
It seems (or it was made to seem) as if Yigal Amir was provoked
by Raviv into being the instrument of what was supposed to be a fake
assassination with blank bullets. Putting live rounds in his gun
which he thought held only blanks was really not too difficult. More
and more information is oozing out about a shooting that may actually
have been elaborately staged. This now must be re-investigated by a
panel who will not shield any government officials and will not ignore
any of the facts for "the Good of the Nation".
I wouldn't be surprised to see Yigal Amir killed in prison or
Raviv disappear with no trace or body to be found. Both became a
liability for those who operated at the highest levels of government
and the GSS.
There are thousands of unanswered questions and here are a few:
Are dozens of Ravivs tasked to be agent provocateurs roaming
Israel, creating havoc to smear the Right?
What other staged incidents have they already caused in the
operation to cast the Right as radicals?
Why was only the Right targeted when the Left was also known for
its own radicals?
Was the GSS the only intelligence agency tasked to stain the
Right or were other agencies also involved?
Were there other military groups who were assigned by the
Rabin/Peres Prime Ministry to conduct their own operations either
within the army or against civilians? (Many recall the beatings of
elderly and even children when they protested Rabin-Peres-Beilin
policies.) We also recall the pre-election ads by military officers
who had a Leftist orientation and who supported Labor.
Moshe Feiglin and Shmuel Sackett were convicted "Sedition"
because they were effective leaders in mobilizing the public to depose
Rabin and Peres in order to protest Oslo. This was intended to remove
the protest leaders in anticipation of a withdrawal on all fronts in
what would be called the "Final Settlement".
We observed the courts and its judiciary conduct itself under the
Rabin/Peres government in a way that indicated political bias against
the political Right. Here, too, the trail leads back to a Labor
government determined to carry out Oslo no matter what.
It would appear that collusion was orchestrated on a massive
scale by a Labor government linked to foreign governments who paid for
obedience. The US is believed to have funneled considerable amounts
of money into the Labor Party to insure that it would win the
elections and continue Oslo no matter what its failings. Rabin was
dropping in popularity as the nation reeled from PLO killings. Oslo
was growing less popular by the day and Netanyahu's star was rising
steadily. The US desperately needed Labor to continue Oslo no matter
what the cost. Perhaps Rabin was selected to pay that price because
Israel's capitulation under the terms of Oslo was more important than
the life of one man.
This is just in from the Israeli newspaper Hatzofeh: Attorney
General Elyakim Rubenstein has decided NOT to re-open criminal files
against Avishai Raviv that were closed while he was a GSS agent. Let
us remember that Rubenstein himself has a background worth noting.
When he was employed under Rabin and Peres, he was reportedly the man
in the Washington Embassy who turned away Jonathan and Anne Pollard.
As PM Netanyahu's Attorney General, he issued the indictment against
Moshe Feiglin and Shmuel Sackett asking for a 10 year sentence on the
spurious charge of Sedition.
Clearly, the coverup of Avishai Raviv's activities and his
association with various Israeli government administrations and high
level party officials on both sides goes on.
To protect whom?
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Committee on the Middle East
Organizing "Statement of Principles"
U.S. policies in the Middle East have for too long been determined by
the power and money of special interest groups as well as by narrow
nationalist economic exploitation. This has led to a grossly
hypocritical situation in American foreign policy in dealing with the
nations and peoples of the Middle East. While the U.S. government
constantly professes a strong belief and commitment to democracy,
human rights, and national self-determination, far too often the same
U.S. government actually supports tyranny, repression, massive arms
sales, despotism, and ongoing subjugation.
The Committee On The Middle East, COME, is an independent association
of concerned individuals, many of whom have personal connections to the
Middle East region and many of whom are experts about the region. As an
organization COME is primarily concerned with helping the peoples of the
Middle East achieve true democracy and self-determination along with
safeguarding the human rights and improving the economic conditions of
all the peoples in the region.
To these ends COME is concerned with helping Americans understand the
realities and the complexities of the situation in today's Middle East
and with stimulating new American policies that are fully consistent
with professed American values.
COME's Ten Principles for a new U.S. Middle East foreign policy
- A complete withdrawal of the Israeli army and intelligence services
from the territories occupied by Israel during the 1967 war in
accordance with numerous United Nations resolutions thus allowing for
the creation of a fully sovereign Palestinian State with U.N.
membership, capital in East Jerusalem, and serving as a democratic
homeland for all people of Palestinian origin including those who
were forced to flee Palestine during the 1948 and 1967 wars and
during the years of Israeli occupation.
- A major redistribution of American aid throughout the Middle East
region including providing the new Palestinian State -- once
established, internationally recognized, and having held totally free
national elections unfettered by Israeli constraints and manipulations
and to which all Palestinians everywhere were enfranchised including
those forced to live in exile -- with a significant amount of economic
aid as was done for Israel during its formative years.
- Serious and consistent support for true democratic principles, an
independent press, truly free elections, and rapid political evolution
away from the repressive monarchies, dictatorships and "client regimes"
that prevail in the Middle East region today, most of whose origins can
be traced back to Western manipulations that began earlier in this
century and have continued to the present day.
- A rapid phasing out by the turn of the millennium of American
economic, military, and intelligence support for monarchies and
dictatorships that engage in press censorship, torture, and political
intimidation, or that refuse to allow their people the basic rights
enshrined in the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other
widely recognized international human rights covenants.
- A major yearly decrease in American arms sales to the Middle East
making it possible for the countries of the region to quickly shift
toward desperately important economic and social priorities.
- An immediate end to sanctions against Iraq -- sanctions whose result
has been nearly genocidal according to numerous international studies
and one of whose main goals has been to keep Iraqi oil from reaching
world markets -- except for military arms sales restrictions that are
equally applied to all other key countries in the region.
- An end to the misguided policy known as "dual-containment" designed
to perpetuate long-pursued Western policies of "divide and rule" and
which continue to encourage the development of competing blocks and the
resultant further escalation in regional tensions and arms sales.
- An end to the excessive power and intimidation of special interest
groups and Political Action Committees (PACs) over the policy choices of
the American Congress and Presidency, especially the inordinate and
self-serving influence of both the Israeli/Jewish lobby and that of the
Arab Gulf States led by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
- The immediate release of Israeli "Nuclear Prisoner of Conscience"
Mordechai Vanunu from imprisonment and establishment of a nuclear free
zone by the turn of the millennium throughout the region so that no
country in the area will feel compelled to possess nuclear, biological,
chemical or other weapons of mass destruction.
- A serious new commitment to the principles of political and economic
democracy which have been flagrantly violated throughout this century by
repeated Western intervention in regional affairs designed to control
natural resources and economic markets through the establishment and
manipulation of pliable "client regimes" who have in turn seriously
damaged the economic, social, and political institutions of the area
and grossly retarded the entire region's development.
In pursuit of these basic principles and concerns COME sponsors a weekly
television program, Mid-east Realities; provides expert independent,
honest, and knowledgeable spokespersons to speak with the media about
Middle Eastern developments; issues Statements and Reports dealing
with key concerns; and provides weekly information and analysis updates
on the Internet at www.MiddleEast.org.
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Professor Faris Albermani - University of Queensland (Australia);
Professor Jabbar Alwan, DePaul University (Chicago);
Professor Alex Alland, Columbia University (New York);
Professor Abbas Alnasrawi - University of Vermont;
Professor Michael Astour - University of Southern Illinois;
Professor Charles Black - Emeritus Yale University Law School;
Professor Francis O. Boyle, Univ of Illinois Law School (Champlain);
Mark Bruzonsky - COME Chairperson (Washington);
Linda Brayer - Ex. Dir., Society of St. Ives (Jerusalem);
Professor Noam Chomsky - Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Ramsey Clark, Former U.S. Attorney General (New York);
John Cooley, Author, Cyprus;
Professor Mustafah Dhada - School of International Affairs,
Clark Atlanta University;
Professor Mohamed El-Hodiri, University of Kansas;
Professor Richard Falk - Princeton University;
Professor Ali Ahmed Farghaly - University of Michigan (Ann Arbor);
Professor Ali Fatemi - American University, Paris;
Michai Freeman - Berkeley;
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Professor Elie Katz - Sonoma State University, CA;
Professor George Kent, University of Hawaii;
John F. Kennedy - Attorney at Law, Washington;
Samaneh Khader - Gruadate Student in Theology, University of Helsinki;
Professor Ebrahim Khoda - University of Western Australia;
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Jeremy Levin - Former CNN Beirut Bureau Chief, Portland;
Professor Seymour Melman, Columbia University;
Dr. Avi Melzer, Frankfurt;
Professor Alan Meyers, Boston University;
Kamram Mofrad, Idaho;
Professor Peter Pellett - University of Massachussetts (Amherst);
Professor Glenn Perry, Indiana State University;
Professor Shalom Raz - Technion, Haifa;
Professor Tanya Reinhart, Tel Aviv University;
Professor Knut Rognes - Stavanger College (Norway);
Professor Masud Salimian - Morgan State University (Baltimore);
Professor Mohamed Salmassi, University of Massachusetts;
Qais Saleh - Graduate Student, International University (Japan);
Ali Saidi, J.D. candidate in international law (Berkeley, CA);
Dr. Eyad Sarraj - Gaza, Occupied Palestine;
Henry Schwarzschild - New York (original founder - deceased);
Professor Herbert Schiller - University of California (San Diego);
Dr. Manjra Shuaib - CapeTown (South Africa);
Professor J. David Singer - University of Michigan (Ann Arbor);
Professor Majid Tehranian - Director Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy (University of Hawaii);
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