|Israel Resource Review
||29th November, 2000
The Voice of Palestine:
November 28 (afternoon)
-- November 29 (morning)
Summary and Analysis
VOP treated the idea of new elections in Israel somewhat diffidently,
largely downplaying the possibility in the afternoon broadcasts of November
28 and incorporating news of the election law as the number six item in the
November 28 late-night news. The new Israeli elections moved up a bit in the
morning line-up along with some analytical features on the ramifications of
the new development.
The PA also made it clear that it was not going to accept any partial or
gradual political solutions, and several officials emphasized that this
meant not only total Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 frontiers but also
implementation of the Palestinian right of return.
The top of the news was dominated by news of martyrs being brought to
rest in various locations.
The morning news included a long news feature focusing on two sets of
parents who had lost children in confrontations with Israeli forces. The
feature, by Sarah Masarwah, came to following conclusion:
"There is an air of fraternal camaraderie between the 82 Palestinian
mothers of Gaza who lost their children in uneven confrontations with the
Occupation Army firing at them. But these mothers who grieve over the loss of their loved ones glow over their children and their blessed masculinity."
Quote of the Day
"We say to the Israelis 'there is only one way to make peace with us, and
that is by withdrawing completely, to the '67 borders, first of all in holy
(Saeb Erikat, PA Minister for Local Rule, and chief negotiator,
interviewed from Amman for VOP morning show, November 29)
Quotes from Interview with Minister Saeb Erikat, chief PA negotiator, 2 p.m.,
"Mr. Barak realizes completely that the interim stage and the partial
stage are completely over. The Israeli prime minister has to realize that
the only thing possible is the complete ending of Israeli occupation and the execution of Resolution 242 including the complete Israeli withdrawal to the borders of June 4, 1967.
We are saying with complete frankness that
execution of 242 and 338 means a final solution and the release of our
women prisoners and (male) detainees. We are absolutely not willing to
leave anything and that means the three villages Abu Dis, El-Azariyya and
(unclear) al-Sharqiyya must go into Zone A. What is the use of talking about elongated and gradual solutions?"
November 28 afternoon/evening
- "Israel shells neighborhoods in Gaza this morning;
- The Palestinian National Authority rejects interim solutions;
- A Palestinian-Jordanian-Egyptian meeting in Aqaba;
- In the American elections, it was announced that George Bush
defeated Al Gore;
- The Palestinian National Authority welcomes the decision of Iraq to
include Palestinians in oil drilling.
(Detailed story describes Iraqi request of the UN to make
donation to Palestinian fund from incomes derived from
Quotes from interview with MK Ahmad Tibi
(broadcast at end of 2 p.m. news hour, November 28):
Question: "Dr. Tibi, what is your stance as Arabs in the Knesset?"
Answer: "We have said from the beginning of this revolution (i.e. the al-Aqsa
Intifada) we have no links with Ehud Barak and his government, and over the
weekend we made it clear that we had to shatter the political status of Ehud Barak. Therefore we will vote with the opposition for a new date for
elections. Therefore Barak and his government have to fall."
Question: "Dr. Ahmad, what specifically is your stance as Arab members
Answer: "We will hold a meeting at 2:30 for the Arab members to set up a united Arab position, but our tendency is clearly to vote at the end for the fall of Barak."
Evening Headlines, November 28 -- 10 p.m.
- Occupation forces continued their evil attacks against our people
shelling residences in Tulkarm and Jenin and invading the
villages of Hizma, north of Jerusalem, and Ramon, near Ramallah;
- There was news of two more martyrs: Imaya Abdullah, 17 years of
age, who was shot in the head by an Israeli solider, of Shati (refugee)
camp, and the child Karam a-Kurd, 14 years of age, who died of
shots in the head suffered a few days ago;
- 15 citizens were wounded by live fire in Ramon;
- Occupation troops also tried to attack today in Qalqilya;
- Five members of one family were injured in occupied Jerusalem when
Israeli security police invaded their home;
- The tripartite Palestinian-Jordanian-Egyptian meeting just ended in
- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak announced his readiness to accept
early elections, saying he would meet other parties to determine the date of the elections;
- In his remarks, Barak said there was no magical military solution to
the Intifada of our people"
November 29, 11 a.m. Morning Headlines
- The Intifada entered its third month in the expectation that the
international community would show solidarity with the struggle of our
people for their firm national rights which are indivisible: the right of
return, the right of self-determination and building an independent
Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital;
- President Yasser Arafat called on the international community to show
solidarity with the Palestinian people today, the day for solidarity with
the Palestinian people;
- His excellency left the homeland today for Tunis for an official
- The president's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said that continuing
international efforts had not yet brought an end to Israeli aggression
against our people.
November 29, 12 Noon News Round-up
- Three more martyrs are being brought to burial today with the other
stars of the Intifada (then full details of names, ages, addresses);
- The extremist Ariel Sharon says that he will support an emergency
government in Israel until new elections are held.
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