September 2011 Archives


Note: I did no highlighting in Joharah’s essay this week.  If I had started highlighting, I would have highlighted the whole thing.   Peace, Roy

The State of Palestine Never Forgets its Own.  Article by Joharah Baker from…

In just over a week’s time, the Palestinians will have made their request to the United Nations to recognize them as a state. Part of this bid is to guarantee that international law is applied to the Palestinians, including laws that guarantee the right of refugees to return to their homes or be compensated for the years of exile and loss of property.

Also, before week’s end, the Palestinians will commemorate an event not entirely disconnected with their UN move. Actually, it is very relevant and is the perfect example of why refugees must not be forgotten. Sabra and Shatilla, the two Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon that were the scene of one of the most horrific massacres in Palestinian history, will be remembered and honored by us all, followed by that harrowing vow of “never again.”…

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See Samia’s note pasted immediately below and read a bit of encouraging news.  Hanan Ashwari will be in New York in about a week when the United Nations meet.  There are a number of videos featuring Hanan on this page: Hanan  Ashwwari – AOL Search Results.



This evening Hanan was on Palestine TV about the UN.  She was so articulate and clear.  Her Arabic is as good as her English.  I called her to congratulate her and thank her  and understood from her that she has been touring around and will be at the UN as well.  Samia

Note:   Those Peers who are new to the mailing list may not know that MIFTAH was founded by Hanan Ashrawi in 1998.   Peace, Roy


Dr. James J. Zogby, author of Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2010) and the founder and president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), writes his response to recent events as posted on….


It took mass demonstrations followed by the takeover of their embassy in Egypt last week for some in Israel to wake up to the fact that the Palestinian issue remains a flash point for Arab public opinion. The U.S. Congress and policy makers in Washington, on the other hand, appear to remain oblivious to this rather obvious reality.

Reflecting this “new” awareness in Israel, an article in the Washington Post (“Israel faces a new consideration: The Egyptian public”), discusses the debate these developments have provoked within Israel. The article cites comments by Elie Podeh,described as “an expert on Egypt and its relations with Israel” at Hebrew University, calling for a “substantive peace initiative” to resolve the conflict with the Palestinians. Podeh is further quoted saying, “if we want to somehow soften the criticism in the Arab World, and specifically in Egypt, we should adopt a different policy. Sometimes we don’t understand the depth of their commitment to the Palestinian issue”….

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Comic Relief for a War Weary World

The N.E.M.


Michelle is reading her e-mail to the President.  

Michelle: Hon, Dante writes that he and his Allies met on-line in an emergency conference last evening.  They’ve a suggestion which will enable you to finesse Benjamin Netanyahu when the two of you cross paths in New York this week.

President: I’d like to finesse him on the basketball court.  What’s the one-liner?

Michelle:  First, Dante says, you will need to put a woeful expression on your face.  Then ask him please to understand the difficult position that you’re in.  Then present your position in a one-liner, i.e., in one short, simple, declarative sentence.

President: What’s the one-liner?

Michelle: Tell him that you cannot veto your own policy.

President: I understand Dante’s point.  If I veto my own policy I’ll lose credibility with the American people.   What’s more, the Free World is insisting that Israel comply with International Law. 

Michelle: What’s holding you back?

President: Israel has nukes and won’t hesitate to use them if it’s deemed necessary for Israel’s “security”.  Netanyahu’s policies could lead us all into another world war and there would be a backlash against Jews which nobody wants.

Michelle: I see your point.

President: What else does Dante suggest?

Michelle: Well, when you get to New York, he suggests that you not allow Bibi to entangle you in his talk.  He’ll try to divert your attention to Iran’s nuclear program, but not to worry.  You can finesse him on that subject, too.

President: How?

Michelle:  By informing him that you’ve recently learned where the faulty intelligence information about Iraq’s WMDs program originated.

President: Anything else?  

Michelle: Well, there’s an article from today’s news pasted below.

President: I’ll check it out.

Michelle: Below that news article is a news article (a repeat) from the day before yesterday which includes one of Gideon Levy’s essays.







In a recent article, writer Warren Clark (CMEP’s Executive Director), outlines Palestine’s attempt to pledge their independence as an State of their own to the United Nations.

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The United States, Israel, and Palestinians are preparing for a full-scale diplomatic crisis this month at the United Nations over UN recognition of a Palestinian state.  Why is this issue suddenly so important?  What are the dangers and opportunities that arise? Over the summer U.S. and Israeli diplomats worked feverishly to head off Palestinian plans to seek recognition of a Palestinian state at the United Nations. Their efforts were unsuccessful. Palestinian leadership has explicitly stated that they will take their cause to the world body. Their bid might come as an application for full UN membership – a step that would require UN Security Council approval, or it might come in the form of a request for upgraded status at the UN – a change from the PLO’s current status as a non-state entity observer to recognition of Palestine as a non-member state observer, like the Vatican. Such a move would recognize that Palestine is in some sense a “state,” even if not a UN member….

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