|Israel Resource Review
||11th October, 2000
When Mark Twain visited Joseph's Tomb
Excerpt: "Innocents Abroad" by Mark Twain
EXCURSION TO THE HOLY LAND, EGYPT, THE CRIMEA, GREECE, AND INTERMEDIATE
POINTS OF INTEREST. BROOKLYN, February 1st, 1867 :
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
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
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The Killing of a 12 Year Old Child:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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
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Correcting the AP Wire Story Concerning Joseph's Tomb
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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