Israel Resource Review 11th October, 2000


When Mark Twain visited Joseph's Tomb
Mark Twain

Excerpt: "Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain


Joseph became rich, distinguished, powerful -- as the Bible expresses it, "lord over all the land of Egypt." Joseph was the real king, the strength, the brain of the monarchy, though Pharaoh held the title. Joseph is one of the truly great men of the Old Testament.

At two o'clock we stopped to lunch and rest at ancient Shechem, between the historic Mounts of Gerizim and Ebal, where in the old times the books of the law, the curses and the blessings, were read from the heights to the Jewish multitudes below.

About a mile and a half from Shechem we halted at the base of Mount Ebal before a little square area, inclosed by a high stone wall, neatly whitewashed. Across one end of this inclosure is a tomb . . . . It is the tomb of Joseph. No truth is better authenticated than this.

When Joseph was dying he prophesied that exodus of the Israelites from Egypt which occurred four hundred years afterwards. At the same time he exacted of his people an oath that when they journeyed to the land of Canaan they would bear his bones with them and bury them in the ancient inheritance of his fathers. The oath was kept.

"And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for a hundred pieces of silver."

Few tombs on earth command the veneration of so many races and men of diverse creeds as this of Joseph. "Samaritan and Jew, Moslem and Christian alike, revere it, and honor it with their visits. The tomb of Joseph, the dutiful son, the affectionate, forgiving brother, the virtuous man, the wise Prince and ruler. Egypt felt his influence -- the world knows his history."

In this same "parcel of ground" which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor for a hundred pieces of silver, is Jacob's celebrated well. It is cut in the solid rock, and is nine feet square and ninety feet deep. The name of this unpretending hole in the ground, which one might pass by and take no notice of, is as familiar as household words to even the children and the peasants of many a far­off country. It is more famous than the Parthenon; it is older than the Pyramids.

The author once referred to himself as the American Shalom Aleichem

Return to Contents

The Killing of a 12 Year Old Child:
Another Perspective

Gal Luft

On Sept. 30, 2000, the news agency Agence France Presse had a cameraman filming during an exchange of gunfire between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian gunmen/rioters. The cameraman focused in tightly on a father and son who were trapped behind a piece of concrete and the camera caught the gunshots which eventually killed the boy and wounded the father.

This film has been shown over and over again and used as a demonstration of the heartlessness and cruelty of the Israeli soldiers who were said to have fired the killing shots. But neither Agence France Presse nor any other news agency or medium has bothered to explain or show the context in which that shooting took place. So an enterprising person who isn't as automatically anti-Israel as Agence France Presse appears to be (not to mention all the other news outlets -- both television and print -- which showed this event without any explanation or context), obtained a broader view of the scene of that shooting and has made it available to anyone whose mind isn't already closed. It's attached to this email and bears a close look.

If you do that what you'll see is that the scene is a highway junction in the middle of wide open fields, near a Jewish town which was the target of a band of Palestinians, and an Israeli military outpost stationed on that road -- in the lower right hand corner of the picture. Directly to the north and south of the Israelis are two Palestinian locations from which shots were being fired at the Israelis, and diagonally across the intersection from the Israelis is another Palestinian position from which shots were fired at the Israelis.

In other words, the Israeli position, designed to guard the road into the Jewish town, was surrounded and being fired upon from three sides by Palestinian gunmen. For reasons which none of the media has thought worth exploring, the unfortunate father and son are caught in the line of fire between the Israelis and the Palestinians across the intersection. However, the Israelis cannot see the father and son because they're crouched behind the concrete protection right alongside the Palestinian firing position.

Once you've absorbed the physical situation, a couple of questions have to be asked:

1) Since there are no Palestinian homes or towns in the area, what were the father and son doing there to begin with? There are no stores there. No playgrounds. Nothing.

2) Why didn't the Palestinian gunmen, who were right next to the father and son and who had to be aware of their presence, do anything to protect them or at least signal to the Israelis that there were innocent civilians caught in the crossfire?

The answers to these questions are frightening. The Palestinian father and son were undoubtedly there as part of the original confrontation with the Israelis. The Palestinians use children routinely because a) the Israelis are reluctant to shoot when they know kids are there and if the kids get killed, it makes fabulous anti-Israel propaganda -- witness the use to which this incident has been put already. To give you an idea of what I mean, read this short article from the Jerusalem Post of October 6, 2000:

IDF: Palestinians offer $2,000 for 'martyrs' By Margot Dudkevitch

HEBRON (October 6) - The IDF Hebron area commander Col. Noam Tivon suggested yesterday that the Palestinian Authority is encouraging children to participate in clashes with the IDF by offering their families $300 per injury and $2,000 for anyone killed.

The main goal of the Tanzim, or Fatah militia activists, is to continue perpetrating attacks, to kill soldiers and settlers, he said.

He noted the cynical use by Palestinians of their children, who are pushed to the forefront of the clashes.

Senior IDF commanders met with Palestinians security officials on Wednesday night and yesterday morning in an attempt to quell the violence.

Tivon also met with his Palestinian counterpart yesterday morning. He said that "the meeting took place after a night of severe, intense fighting, with armed Tanzim later joined by armed Palestinian policemen who perpetrated scores of shooting attacks, firing at the buildings of the Jewish community and IDF soldiers. It is about time that the public understand that the Tanzim are directly linked to PA Chairman Yasser Arafat - he is the only one that can control the situation."

Tivon said it was up to Arafat to issue clearcut orders to his security forces and armed Fatah activists.

From the numerous meetings with Palestinian preventive security officials he has conducted in the past week, it is clear they have no control over the situation and the Tanzim, Tivon said.

"It's a game - one hand operates the Tanzim, the bad guys, and the other hand the security services. But both hands are held up by the same body and head. The Palestinian security officials are fully aware that they have no control and are facing a difficult situation, but without a doubt everything is orchestrated by Arafat."

He said the soldiers have acted with the utmost restraint and have not initiated any shooting attacks or violence.

So that's the context in which you have to understand not only the death of this child, but the participation of all of the kids you see in the news every day.

These kids are taught in school that the best thing that can happen to them is to die as martyrs for the Palestinian cause while killing or attacking Jews. The hatred is so deep and pathological that the possibility of a real peace process with these people right now will one day in the future be thought by historians and psychologists to have been an interesting case of mass self-delusion.

Sadly, there are still many Jews, and a whole lot of others in the media (whose motives may be neither delusional or objective), who continue to insist on the need to run after the Arabs and beg them to sit down, talk and make peace. Their continuing blindness or anti-Israel hostility (take your pick) will surely result in even more deaths and disaster as the Arabs milk this cynical tactic for all it's worth while their politically correct and anti-Israel friends and allies cheer them on and attack the Israelis for defending themselves. Watch it with this in mind and I'll bet it will all look different to you from now on.

The writer, a senior IDF research official, is a senior research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy Policy Studies.


B'Tselem: Press Release (+IMRA critique) "Even in Time of War Not All Is
Dr. Aaron Lerner

[IMRA (Independent Media Review and Analysis) review] of the B'Tselem Human Rights Report Raises Questions about credibility

1. Reading this press release it would appear that B'Tselem considers the throwing of rocks, steel rods and fire bombs to fall within the category of "civilian" activity.

2. They raise no objection to killing settlers with stones or firebombs (a number of settlers have been killed by stones that crashed through their windshields and firebombs have taken their victims).

3. B'Tselem sanctions the Palestinians to shoot settlers who have the gaul to defend themselves against stones and firebombs.

4. B'Tselem makes no mention of restrictions on the use of ambulances to transport forces and weapons - something that has made it difficult for Israel to allow for the free flow of ambulance traffic.

5. B'Tselem fails to recognize that the Palestinian leadership, through Fatah and the other movements as well as the PA has essentially declared war. A war in which many of their forces operate in civilian dress. To suggest that under these circumstances that Israel should ignore this an act as if carte blanche should be afforded to anyone not wearing a uniform is to ignore reality.]

Oct. 9, 2000 PRESS RELEASE
"Even in Time of War Not All Is Permitted"

There have been reports of several violent incidents during this past week in the Occupied Territories. In some cases both sides acted as against international humanitarian law. The provisions of this law place constraints on permissible acts during wartime, in order to minimize injury to those who take no active part in the hostilities: prisoners of war, wounded persons and civilians. Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak, said on Saturday: "Up to now I have ordered restraint. Not to act, only to react. But if we don't see a change within the next two days…we will instruct the IDF and the security forces to take any means at their disposal to stop the violence".

In view of this, B'Tselem would like to inform all parties of the rules which bind them, according to international law, in these cases:

Protection of civilians: Shooting at civilians is permissible only in cases of real and immediate danger to life. Shooting is permitted only against those who pose a threat to life, and such shooting must be proportional to the threat and intended to put it at a distance. Even in the case of real and immediate danger to life indiscriminate shooting at civilians is prohibited.

Distinction between armed and unarmed persons: Persons armed with firearms are forbidden to congregate with unarmed persons, even if these be stone throwers. Interfusion of these two groups puts unarmed persons at risk. Nevertheless, the fact that one side to the conflict does not hearken to these prohibitions does not permit the other side to ignore the above rules concerning injury to civilians. In view of this: Shooting by the Israeli security forces at a crowd, from which they are being shot at and their lives put at risk, must be directed, as far as is possible, to the source of danger. Injury to unarmed civilians nearby must be curtailed even if they be throwing stones. Such shooting must be proportional to the danger and it is impermissible, for example, to react to gun-shooting with anti-tank missiles. Furthermore, rubber-covered metal bullets are lethal. Therefore, they must be used only in life-threatening situations and not for crowd dispersal. The Palestinian Authority must ensure that people armed with firearms be placed separately from civilians, even if these be stone throwers. This rule applies until such time as this population must be defended against exaggerated use of force by Israeli security forces which threatens civilian lives.

Shooting directed at settlements by Palestinians, when there is no danger to life, is prohibited.

Protection of wounded persons, medical personnel, and ambulances: It is absolutely prohibited to intentionally attack medical personnel and ambulances, and they are to be permitted free movement for evacuation of the wounded. In any case of casualties, shooting must be stopped at the earliest possible circumstances to enable their evacuation.

Violence perpetrated by Israeli civilians: Israeli security forces are obliged to protect Palestinians from violence perpetrated by Israeli civilians.

Freedom of movement: Passage of food and medical supplies to the territories must be ensured, as well as freedom of movement, including into Israel, in cases of humanitarian emergencies. Curfew will be administered only in extreme circumstances and as a last resort. In no case will curfew be administered as a punitive measure. In cases where curfew is administered, the population must be permitted to exit their homes for provisions of food and medical supplies. In view of this: the curfew administered since Oct. 2nd on H2 areas in Hebron must be called off, Dahania Airport in Gaza must be reopened, and Palestinians must be permitted to travel abroad.

Journalists: As far as is possible, under the circumstances, journalists must be given freedom of operation to report. In no case may journalists, or their equipment, be intentionally attacked.

Damage to Holy Places: Both sides must protect the holy sites and refrain from their defilement.

Collective punishment: Collective punishment of civilian population – such as harm to water or electricity, bombing of civilian infrastructure, or limitation of freedom of movement is absolutely prohibited.

Prisoners: Harm to prisoners by either side is absolutely prohibited. They must, in no case, be tortured or killed in interrogation. They must be permitted to send mail and visitation by the Red Cross.

B'Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories is a Israeli organization that monitors human rights in the West Bank and Gaza Strip B'Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories is a Israeli organization that monitors human rights in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Return to Contents

PA Leadership Calls for Continuing the Intifada
Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)

Speaking to a conference in Tunis, PA Chairman Yasir Arafat said: "Just as the Palestinian and Tunisian blood mixed at Hamam al-Shat [Arafat's headquarters in Tunis which were bombed by Israel in October 1985 in retaliation for terrorist operations] so will the Palestinian blood mix with the Arab blood in defense of the legitimate rights of our people - at the head of which is the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. Whether some [i.e. Israel] like it or not." (1)

PA National Guidance Directorate Head Mazen 'Izz Al-Din proposed, among other things, that: "The continuation of the Palestinian bloodshed might push part of the Arab military to carry out military operations against Israel. As in the case of the Egyptian soldier Suleiman Khater and the Jordanian soldier Al-Daqamsa who both dared to kill groups of Jews. Also, Palestinian bloodshed will push parts of the Arab countries to launch missiles against Israel as the President of Iraq did in 1991 when he launched 39 missiles against Tel-Aviv." (2)

Calls for Continued Violence

PLO Representative for Refugee Affairs As'ad Abd Al-Rahman said, "The negotiations that are being conducted between the Palestinian and Israeli sides are negotiations of blood. Despite the many casualties the Palestinian people are inclined to continue the confrontation because it is beginning to bear fruit." (3)

PLO Executive Committee Committee, Abu Mazen, at a reception for a delegation of Arab intellectuals and poets, said "I don't see an end to the clashes in the foreseeable future. The clashes between the helpless Arab people and the mighty occupation army will not end soon." (4)

PA Minister of Supplies, Abd Al-Aziz Shaheen, stated "We will turn ourselves into invisible bombs against [Israeli] soldiers. The blood will always defeat the sword. This is human history." (5)

Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member and Chair of the PLC's Land Committee Salah Al-Ta'mari, stated, "The Israeli soldiers must be routed from Rachel's Tomb and the area in its entirety should be returned to the boundaries of Bethlehem [as was done in Joseph's tomb in Nablus]." (6)

Jerusalem and the Refugees

The Arafat appointed Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine Ikrimi Sabri said, "There is no room for compromising solutions with regard to occuppied Jerusalem. Israeli citizenship is forbidden for Palestinians according Shari'a [Islamic law] those who have already acquired it should give it up because it does not honor them particularly since Israel's days are numbered. (7)

Abu Mazen said, "Israel is fully responsible for the creation of the refugee problem. It is Israel that forced them out of their towns and villages by using all forms of violence against them in 1948 through its army and armed gangs. These facts were admitted by the New Historians who revealed in their books the Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people. Their return will not be to the future Palestinian state but to their lands from which they were driven out in 1948." (8)

A Fatah Communiqué

On October 8, 2000, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, published a communiqué from the Supreme Committee of the Fatah Movement. The Fatah movement is a group within the PLO that is directly controlled by Arafat. Following are excerpts from the 13 point communiqué:

Point 1: "The Fatah movement asserts the [need] to continue the Intifada of Al-Quds with all its activities. It calls upon all its courageous sons who led the ranks of fighters in all confrontations to continue their struggle and escalate it even more…"

Point 2: "The movement blesses and esteems our brothers in the security apparatuses who defend their people with their blood."

Point 4: "The Movement calls upon our people to prevent joint patrols from passing through the PA areas and calls for the suspending security coordination with Israel."

Point 5: "It calls upon [the people] to cut all bypass roads and stop the movements of the settlers."

Point 11: "It calls upon the people to participate in women's parades which will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 10 in various districts of the homeland."

Point 12: "It calls upon the people to participate in Arab rage marches on Friday, Oct. 13 after Friday prayers."

Point 13: "The movement blesses our people on the liberation of Joseph's Tomb by the fighting arms of the Fatah on the way towards the liberation of all of sites of the homeland." "Revolution until victory until victory until victory!"

Sha'ath the PLO's Strategy

Following are excerpts from an October 7, 2000, interview with Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nabil Sha'ath to the ANN Channel, an Arabic language, London based, satellite TV channel:

QUESTION: Is the Palestinian leadership saying 'we support negotiations, settlement, peace,' or is it turning things upside down in the direction demanded by the [Palestinian] opposition?

SHA'ATH: Historically many people fought and negotiated at the same time…There are many examples of this…Vietnam, Algeria… special conditions were created [in recent years] that forced negotiations on us as an alternative to fighting. But that too has a limit… The Palestinian people should not limit either its popular activity or its political activity…

QUESTION: Can we say then that the Intifada is another weapon in the negotiations?

SHA'ATH: …Negotiations with Syria were conducted parallel to the fighting in Lebanon… The question is not a question of a specific choice saying that this is the time for negotiations and this is the time for fighting… But the political way of action has its limits too, when sixty martyrs fall… it is the right of the Palestinian people to burst out. It is the right of the people and its leadership to take all measures for the liberation of the homeland.

QUESTION: Have you ever considered the option of refusing to negotiate?

SHA'ATH: Under no conditions will the PA oppose its people when they rise up in Intifada. There is always a certain limit after which the PA would say there is no use in these negotiations being conducted parallel to the Intifada. After all even if the Intifada succeeds it has to lead to negotiations again. You cannot leave our people with only one option when they fight an enemy that is ten times stronger. You cannot exclude the use of any weapon that can be used with international legitimacy in order to end the occupation of our lands. International legitimacy - that is resolution 242.

This option of fighting to force the occupation out was removed… when there was a hope that negotiations would lead to Israel's leaving all the territories occupied in 1967. But there always existed the… possibility that Israel won't leave. Therefore President Arafat always said, 'All options are open.' No one believed him when he said that, but in fact throughout the period [of] negotiating three 'Intifadas' occurred…. The Palestinian people never ceased during seven years of negotiations from bursting out into 'Intifadas' against Israel and from saying its words in ways different from the way of the negotiating table.

[In answer to another question] …I don't want anyone to be surprised that the Palestinian people are engaged in an Intifada. This is not the first time. Eighty years ago the Palestinian people were already fighting the Zionist existence and the British occupation [of Palestine]… The Palestinian people are a fighting people using weapons, martyrdom, 'Intifadas,' and suicide bombings. It is his fate to fight and negotiate at one and the same time.

QUESTION: If tomorrow it is agreed to return to negotations will you stop the Intifada?

SHA'ATH: Israel always says: 'stop the Intifada in order for us to return to negotiations.' Israel said it from day one. But the Intifada would not stop. I believe that today we are absolutely not speaking any longer about resuming negotiations. Now we are talking about… an Israel withdrawal and about the need to stop the Israeli occupation…. Namely full withdrawal to the June 4, 1967 lines and the return of the refugees…

QUESTION: Why aren't you releasing the Jihad warriors [Hamas and Islamic Jihad prisoners] from PA jails?

SHA'ATH: Had it not been for the siege that is imposed on us and for the danger that Israel would try to assassinate or kidnap those people - we would have released them all. [By holding them in prisons] we protect them. …the agreement with Israel states that any act of killing or injuring Israelis gives Israel the right to demand the perpetrator's extradition unless the PA tries them. Therefore their arrest and trial by us were always the necessary minimum to protect those people from being kidnapped, arrested, or assassinated by Israel."


(1) Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (PA), October 7, 2000.
(2) Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, October 7, 2000.
(3) Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, October 7, 2000.
(4) Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, October 7, 2000.
(5) Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, October 8, 2000.
(6) Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, October 8, 2000.
(7) Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, October 5, 2000.
(8) Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, October 7, 2000.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) is an independent, non-profit organization providing translations of the media of the Middle East and original analysis and research on developments in the region. Copies of articles and documents cited, as well as background information, are available upon request. All material copyrighted by MEMRI

Return to Contents

Correcting the AP Wire Story Concerning Joseph's Tomb
David Bedein

The AP wire story of October 8, 2000 about Joseph's tomb contains a major factual error when it raises the question as to whether there is an absolute Jewish tradition as to whether Joseph is buried in Nablus(Shechem). The book of Exodus and all of Rabbinic literature through the centuries relate that Joseph's coffin was personally taken by Moses out of Egypt at the time of the Exodus, and buried by Joshua when the people of Israel in Nablus when they arrived at the land of Canaan(Israel).

The AP graph to be corrected is:

"The tomb's holiness is disputed, as tradition holds that the biblical patriarch Joseph was actually buried in Egypt; the connection of the site to Joseph is a relatively recent local Arab tradition also observed by some Jews"

The AP phraseoology, if it is not corrected, would downplay the newsworthiness of a Jewish holy site that has been burned to a crisp by the forces loyal to Yassir Arafat. This brings to mind the actions of Arab forces in Jerusalem who burned every Jewish holy site in East Jerusalem in 1948 - that included 57 synagogues, after which they went on to desecrate the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives. All this with the blessing of Arafat's cousin, the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin El Husseini.

the writer is a media research analyst and the bureau chief of the Israel Resource News Agency

Return to Contents

Official Fatah Website Editorial: Negotiating through Blood

Israeli threats and bribes failed to weaken the adherence of the Palestinian to their sovereignty over Jerusalem which was occupied in 1967.

At Camp David II, President Arafat insisted that our sovereignty should be applied to all of East Jerusalem including al-Aqsa mosque as one of the most sacred places to Muslims all over the world.

As a result, the Israelis thought of putting an end to the role of the negotiating table where issues can be peacefully resolved, instead, they introduced new tactics to make the Palestinians succumb to their will. At first, the Israeli prime minister, Barak, hinted at the possibility of forming a national unity government that includes the right wing Likud headed by Sharon, the terrorist.

To do so, it became necessary to involve Sharon in the new type of negotiations-negotiations through blood.

It seems that Barrak decided that al-Haram al-Shareef would be the best location for demonstrating the inclusion of Sharon in the negotiations.

After all, the issue of al-Haram was the most complicated at Camp David II.

On September 28th, 2000 Sharoon, who was guarded by 3000 soldiers, stormed into al Haram. His obnoxious visit coincided with the anniversary of the death of the late Egyptian president, Jamal Abdul Nasser and while Palestinians were commemorating the anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre which he engineered. Amid the fury, that Palestinians were feeling, Sharon's visit was more than provocative. He aimed to support Barak's proposal concerning al_Haram according to which Israel shares sovereignty over al_Haram since what Israel calls the temple mount lies under al-Haram.

Barak succeed in initiating the new type of negotiation. On Sep 29,and in an attempt to change the Palestinian position over Jerusalem, Barak's soldiers shed the blood of several Palestinians who were doing their Friday prayer al-Haram. The massacre reminded every body of an earlier massacre that took place in another sacred place in Hebron few years ago when a Jew called Goldshtein killed many Palestinians while they were doing the morning prayer.

Introducing the new method of negotiating through blood was not confined to al-Haram compound. The killing spread to other places all over mandatory Palestine. Many fell as martyrs in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Galilee and in the Naqab.

This strengthened the Palestinian position rather than weakened it.

The Palestinian leaderships met on Sep 29 to declare that all options are open including the blood, confrontations that showed the true nature of Israeli's government as a bunch of killers.

The stiff resistance that the Palestinian demonstrators showed against the Israeli Killing reversed Barak's expectations. The solid position of the Palestinian leadership and that of Egypt made Barak phone Arafat to offer his condolences over the victims of the Israeli violence. He asked for President Arafat's help in normalizing the situation. In his reply, President Arafat insisted on Israel's withdrawal of its tanks and soldiers. He added that we are not in a state of war with Israel, we are being attacked and hundreds of our people have been wounded. Arafat refused to meet with some leaders of the Israeli army as Barak suggested.

The Palestinian leadership refused to put an end to the public protests against the Israeli attacks. Israel it was felt, have to pay this time for its mistakes. The following statement was issued.

The Israeli army is amassing its tanks and heavy weapons around our cities. They are using missiles against Palestinian suburb adjacent to the Israeli settlement, Netzarim. The Israeli army is using live ammunition against our people who are demonstrating peacefully to express their refusal of Israeli 's violation against our holy sites.

During the last three days, our people showed their determination to defend their rights and sacred places, be they Muslim or Christian. They are sending a message to the world that a real comprehensive peace can be achieved through occupation, the Judaization of Jerusalem or Sharon's fanaticism.

The Palestinian people has emphasized to the world its unity under the leadership of the PLO They expressed this through their defending al-Haram against the barbaric attacks of the Israeli army. They also expressed this in the statement issued by Christian patriarchs in Jerusalem who considered al-Haram as a national symbol that embodies our national sovereignty.

The Palestinian leadership calls on all concerned all over the world to stop Israeli's attacks against our people and holy sites and to withdraw its forces from al-Harm and from the outskirts of our cities.

The Palestinian Leadership calls on the U.N. Secretary General and on the Secretary Council to set up an international investigation committee to specify and condemn those responsible for al-Haram's massacre.

On Sep 30, the national and Islamic forces met and issued the following statement.

The planned crime committed by Barak's government against our people in al-Harm, and the protection of Sharon's provocative visit to al-Harm show how far Israel has gone in disregarding our feelings and rights. The national and Islamic forces would like to stress the following:

To Condemn the massacre committed by Barak's government, to call on the trial of those responsible, and to condemn the U.S. bias for Israel.

To Call on our people to continue their protests against the massacre and any violation against Muslim or Christian holy sites, until our sovereignty is restored to Jerusalem.

We call on the PNA to avoid any moves that may hinder or slow these protests. In this regard we announce the following:

A state of alertness should be declared among Palestinian forces and factions to support the public protests and guarantee their continuity.

On Monday, October 2,the anniversary of the restoring of Jerusalem by the Muslim leader, Salah el-Din, public protests should be escalated

To arrange a permanent sit-in al-Haram and to invite our students for participation.

To show appreciation to our Palestine brothers in Israel proper for their support and sacrifices.

In defending Jerusalem, certain steps should be taken to enhance our national unity. This includes releasing all political prisoners.

To halt the present negotiations on a protest against Israel's violation of our feelings and rights and against the U.S. bias for Israel and in particular the law passed by the U.S. Congress

To immediately release the Palestinian soldier who shot at Israel's soldiers in Qalqilya.

To urge Arab and Muslim countries take the step necessary for defending Jerusalem and the Palestinian national rights including sovereignty over holy sites in Jerusalem.

The national and Islamic Palestinian forces will remain faithful to those who fell in defending the right of their people, unit we gain our independence.

Revolution Until Victory

Return to Contents

Go to the Israel Resource Review homepage

The Israel Resource Review is brought to you by the Israel Resource, a media firm based at the Bet Agron Press Center in Jerusalem, and the Gaza Media Center under the juristdiction of the Palestine Authority.
You can contact us on