From firstname.lastname@example.org Wed Apr 4 10:25:41 2001
Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2001 13:09:33 -0500 (CDT)
Organization: South Movement
From: Dave Muller <email@example.com>
Subject: [southnews] Palestinians blast US veto as
green light to Israel
green lightto Israel
RAMALLAH, West Bank -The Palestinian cabinet said Saturday it was
shocked by the US veto of a UN resolution that would have
authorized international observers in the territories, calling it a
go-ahead for Israeli
We are perplexed and shocked by the American administration's use
of this veto, the cabinet said in a statement after a weekly
meeting chaired by Palestinian Authority chief Yasser Arafat.
Through this veto the Israeli government saw a green light for its
aggression against the Palestinian people, added the statement,
published by the official Palestinian agency WAFA.
The United States on Tuesday used its veto power at the UN Security Council for the first time in four years to defeat a last-minute resolution to authorize observers in the territories.
On Wednesday, Israeli helicopters raided bases of Arafat's elite bodyguard unit Force 17 after a string of anti-Israeli bombing attacks.
The cabinet had been due to gather in Ramallah on Friday, but had to cancel the meeting after Israel refused to let a number of ministers cross its territory from the Gaza Strip to attend the weekly session.
In its statement, the Palestinian leadership said it sent envoys late Friday to tell Israeli, US and European officials that Israel was not allowing the Palestinian Authority freedom of movement as agreed to under autonomy accords.
Israel barred the Palestinians from crossing after one of the worst days of fighting in months, in which six Palestinians were killed in West Bank clashes.
The meeting, which WAFA said was not attended by several ministers,
an urgent mobilization by the international community to
stop this dangerous Israeli aggression.
It said the government of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon bears
full responsibility for all the crimes and aggression against our
people, and we believe that the regulations on Palestinian life are a
dangerous aggression over which we cannot remain silent.
The cabinet also asked the administration of US President George
to continue its efforts to support the peace process and
protect the Palestinian people and help the application of signed
Palestinian information minister Yasser Abed Rabbo had early Friday said the cabinet meeting would draft a response to Bush's call Thursday for Arafat to put an end to increasing violence.
In the first direct response to Bush's remarks by a Palestinian
official, Palestine Liberation Organization political bureau chief
Faruq Qaddumi said Saturday in Syria that Bush's singling out of
increased the tension.
Mr. Bush is biased and is under the influence of the Zionist
lobby, Qaddumi told reporters on a visit to Syria.