Date: Sun, 24 Mar 1996 19:29:02 GMT
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Subject: 'Antiterror' Summit Props Zionism
U.S. president Bill Clinton hastily cobbled together a
peacemakers at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheik March 13 in
an effort to buttress the Israeli regime. Heads of state and other
high- level government officials from 30 countries, including Egyptian
president Hosni Mubarak, Russian president Boris Yeltsin, and
Palestine Liberation Organization head Yasir Arafat, posed together
after the meeting to release a brief statement. The gathering was
called following four suicide bombings in Israel by Palestinian
activists that resulted in 62 people getting killed.
Clinton later promised Tel Aviv $100 million in aid on a one-day stop
in Jerusalem March 14, in addition to stepped up collaboration in
spying on Palestinian fighters. According to the Washington Post, the
declared purpose of Clinton's visit was to
Zionist regime in the face of
their Arab enemies.
Israeli government officials say negotiations to begin beefing up military and security agreements between the two countries may be announced by Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres before the May 29 elections. U.S. secretary of state Warren Christopher, CIA director John Deutch, and Lt. Gen. Daniel Christman remained in Jerusalem for further military talks on March 15.
On March 5, Israeli troops barricaded 465 West Bank communities and
confined some 1.2 million residents to their villages in a campaign of
collective punishment against the Palestinians following the
suicide bombings. Clinton backed the sweeping assault meted out to
Palestinians as justified
at a time when it's hard to tell who may
be wrapped in plastique explosives.
After Clinton's departure from Jerusalem, the Israeli government announced that much of the U.S. funds would be spent on building a high-tech border fence between Israel and the West Bank.
Representatives of the Syrian and Lebanese governments skipped the
summit. Syrian state radio called the gathering an
propaganda rally where the Zionist regime hoped to exploit the
bombings and withdraw from the so-called peace process as a way
put the blame for that on Arabs in general and Syria in
particular. Damascus released a statement calling for the return
by Israel of all occupied territories in order to remove the impetus
for armed attacks. Negotiations between the Israeli and Syrian
governments on the return of the Golan Heights were suspended after
Many of the participating Arab governments paid lip service to the
need to address the crackdown imposed on the Palestinians by the
Zionist state, and the continuing occupation of West Bank
Collective punishment, closure and every type of
violence against innocent people will in turn generate more
violence, declared Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal in his
remarks at the closing ceremony. President of the Palestinian
Authority, Yasir Arafat, who played a central role through his
presence in giving the imperialist-inspired gathering a facade of Arab
representation, also condemned the blockade of West Bank towns and the
Shimon Peres, speaking to Israeli correspondents, explained the
significance of the summit in helping to break down the isolation of
the Zionist state in the region.
For 13 Arab countries to get up
and express in a loud voice that their hearts are aching for the
victims in Israel - only Israel was mentioned - is something, he
Meanwhile, the Zionist state has begun to allow a trickle of food shipments into the Gaza Strip and West Bank towns under siege since February 25. After border closures caused several deaths of children needing medical treatment, the Israeli government announced March 13 that emergency cases will now be allowed through the check points.
Palestinian officials report that the closure has caused unemployment to rise to around 70 percent. Schools are having difficulty functioning as some 20 percent of the 700,000 students in the West Bank and up to 50 percent of 40,000 teachers cannot get to the schools.
Following the conference, Arafat told reporters that
informed us that there has been a partial lift of the security cordon
and we hope that during the next few days there will be a total lift
of the blockade.
On March 17, however, Shimon Peres announced that the closure would continue indefinitely. He proposed the creation of an international fund of $100 million to help provide jobs for the Palestinians. Previously the Israeli government had announced a decision to import 16,500 more workers to replace Palestinians who are blocked from traveling to Israel because of the closure.
Peres also postponed the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank town of Hebron scheduled for the end of March. He stated that the withdrawal will depend on Arafat's cracking down on Hamas and on fulfilling his pledge to strike from the PLO charter the call for a democratic secular Palestine to replace the Zionist state of Israel.
Israeli troops blew up a number of homes of Palestinians Tel Aviv
alleges were suicide bombers. In the West Bank town of Burka, youth
defied a curfew and threw stones at soldiers performing the
This will not stop the people from struggling against
the occupation, remarked 72-year-old Aysla Awdeh as he watched the
The Israeli-Palestinian accords have given limited self-rule to six cities and hundreds of small towns in the West Bank. Less than 30 percent of the West Bank has been conceded by Tel Aviv to be under Palestinian control. The surrounding areas, as well as vital resources, remain under Israeli occupation.
The March 9 issue of the Jerusalem Post international edition reported that Israeli army colonel Shaul Arieli suggested several ways for pressuring Arafat to accept Israel's demands on suppressing the Palestinian struggle for self-determination, including cutting off water, electricity, telephone and Israeli medical services to the Palestinian Authority. This plan was supposedly dropped, but the suggestion illustrates the limits of Palestinian autonomy gained in the accords.
In this peace, they are putting us in reservations like
the Indians here, Hamas leader Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook told
the New York Times March 8, from a jail in Manhattan where he
is being held for possible extradition to Israel.
The Israeli crackdown is provoking more resistance throughout the region. On March 20, another suicide bomber attacked Zionist army units occupying a part of southern Lebanon, near the border with Israel, killing one Israeli soldier.