April 4, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - The top Palestinian envoy to the United States recently hosted longtime American journalist Helen Thomas at his Washington residence and honored her for taking a tough stand against Israeli occupation, a senior Palestinian official said Tuesday. Thomas' observation that Israelis should get "out of Palestine" forced her into retirement in 2010 and was denounced by the White House and her press corps colleagues. Palestinians "are occupied and it's their land," she said at the time.
February 24, 1988 |
Palestinians lynched an Arab suspected of collaborating with Israeli occupation authorities today after he shot dead a 4-year-old boy and wounded 13 people who attacked his home, police sources said. The incident occurred in the northern West Bank village of Khabatiyeh, near Jenin, as Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories observed a general strike to protest tomorrow's visit by U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz. The sources said Mohamed al-Ayad opened fire with an Israeli-licensed Uzi machine gun when villagers set his house on fire.
September 12, 2002 |
FOR THE Jewish High Holy Days, a time of self-examination, I confess that my capacity as an Israeli for self-criticism has been exhausted. The terror war that began two years ago and provoked campaigns of Jew-hatred throughout the Arab world has convinced Israelis like me who are ready to make far-reaching compromises for peace that there will be no acceptance of a Jewish state in the Mideast no matter how much territory we concede. Once I was prepared to reach different conclusions.
October 3, 1991 |
Here's a good "Jeopardy" answer: Croatians, Palestinians, Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians. Questions: Who are five groups of people whom the world recognizes as having a right to self-determination? To America and Israel, however, the answer would be wrong, since neither country believes in self-determination for the Palestinians. The answer and question also presume that all people bound by an ethos, common geography and pride in their heritage are entitled to the same right of self-determination.
May 29, 2007 |
ON MAY 15, the Palestinians commemorated the 59th anniversary of al-Naqba ("the Catastrophe"), a day of "mourning" the establishment of the modern state of Israel on May 15, 1948. In a sense, al-Naqba is the quintessential event that separates the Palestinians' historical experience from that of other Arab Muslim groups and forges their unique national identity. It is worth noting that the Palestinians use the same day Israel declared its independence to mark their national day. As is the case with so much of Palestinian society and culture, it is the actions of their Jewish neighbors - not anything of their own doing - that's the constant focus of their attention.
May 21, 1999 |
The election of Ehud Barak as Israel's new prime minister changes nothing. The terms of the Jewish state's surrender and the methods that will be used to annihilate it remain the same. From the Clinton White House, to State Department Arabists, to Israeli secularists who define evil as something done by Israeli leaders but not by their enemies, there is the misplaced hope that the election is an indication that "peace" is at hand. A top official in the outgoing government of Benjamin Netanyahu, who wishes to remain anonymous, tells me he believes the "moderate" Barak, like the late Yitzhak Rabin, will be quickly pushed to the left by the Labor Party.
March 8, 1991 |
Secretary of State James A. Baker 3d, beginning a week-long peace tour of the Middle East, is willing to meet with Palestinians to discuss their dispute with Israel but will snub Jordan because of King Hussein's support for Iraq during the Persian Gulf war. Baker, who already had scheduled visits in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Kuwait and Israel, did not set up a meeting with Palestinians in advance because of the "turmoil" in their leadership,...
March 8, 1999 |
Israeli Ambassador Zalman Shoval said here yesterday that Palestine was stalling the peace process and exacerbating political tensions in Israel by not living up to its end of the U.S.-brokered Wye River agreement. "Approximate, best effort, so-so commitment and compliance is what we have had so far," Shoval said. "The purpose of this agreement was 100 percent compliance. " Shoval, who was in Cherry Hill as part of his tour of duty, spoke to about 400 people at the community center of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey on the Middle East peace accord and the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations, which, right now, looks bleak.
October 22, 1989 |
Sukkot, the eight-day Jewish harvest festival, has been used by some Israeli peace advocates in Jerusalem as an occasion to publicize their call for a just and equitable solution to the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. So it was fitting that on Wednesday, as part of the celebration of Sukkot, a group of American Jews invited a well-known West Bank Palestinian activist to observe the festival with them before engaging in a discussion about how to bring about a lasting peace in Israel and the occupied territories.
May 9, 1991 |
Ali and three fellow Palestinians took seats along the hard concrete curb by 6 a.m., and already hundreds of other foreigners were sweating in the parking lot. The earliest ones had arrived before the call to predawn prayers echoed over the loudspeakers in the gritty neighborhood. Now, the sun had scorched its way into the overhead haze, and the chant from the white stone mosque across the street called people to midday worship. And 500 men were still waiting. They were waiting to officially record their presence in a land many no longer wanted to live in. They were there because the Kuwaiti government ordered last month that all foreigners show up to register by May 16. But Ali, a gray-haired employee of the Communications Ministry, suspected that the real purpose of the policy was to make Palestinians suffer and squirm.