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SPECIAL JERUSALEM REPORT February 23, 2003 21 Adar I 5763
TENSIONS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE EUROPEAN UNION
The tension between Israel and the European Union that was already high
soared further upward when the EU issued a statement on Friday that
linked the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians to the
confrontation with Iraq. The statement read, In this regional context,
the European Union reiterates its firm belief in the need to invigorate
the peace process in the Middle East and to resolve the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We continue to support the early
implementation of the road map...terror and violence must end. So must
Foreign Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reacted angrily to the statement;
firing off a letter to all fifteen EU members admonishing that tying the
Iraqi situation to the Israel/Palestinian conflict could strengthen the
danger faced by Israeli citizens and strengthen the instability in the
region. Netanyahu expressed his belief that such linkage could provide
Saddam Hussein with an excuse to attack Israel. In addition to the
statement in question, the EU also issued a demarche to Israel last week
(thats a formal rebuke in diplomatic terms), accusing Israels army of
using excessive force against Palestinian Arabs.
PROFESSORS 'SUPPORT' ARRESTED ISLAMIC JIHAD LEADER IN S. FLORIDA
Following the arrest of Sami Al-Arian on a 50-count indictment including
charges that he is the chief fundraiser for the Islamic Jihad terrorist
organization, his colleagues at the University of South Florida in Tampa
have vowed to stand-by him and prevent his firing from his position as
professor of computer science at the college. USF-Tampas suspension of
Al-Arian has been met by a formal grievance filed by the local chapter of
the American Association of University Professors. The suspect will
appear before a Federal Magistrate on Tuesday.
FORMER IRAQI OFFICER GIVES DETAILS OF BANNED WEAPONS
A former senior Iraqi air force officer says Saddam Hussein's air force
has developed a sophisticated delivery and detonation system for weapons
which can allow lethal chemicals to be mixed in bombs moments before
detonation for maximum effect, according to a report in the London
The former officer, who has been in hiding since fleeing Baghdad last
year, claims Baghdad was still pursuing its chemical weapons program when
he left Iraq despite its insistence that it had abandoned its weapons
of mass destruction project after the Gulf war.
''Saddam will never surrender these weapons,'' he told the Telegraph.
"They are as much a part of his life as eating and drinking.''
The former Iraqi officer described in detail how the chemical bombs and
sprays were fitted and operated. He said he last witnessed the new bomb
mechanism being tested with water and oil rather than chemicals in
2000. He says former colleagues confirm the program is still running. He
said the bombs were divided in two by an internal partition. When loaded
with chemicals, there was a black liquid in one compartment and a
yellowish one in the other. The pilots were trained to hit a switch to
open the partition when they approached their targets, allowing the two
substances to combine and reach their greatest potency. A few seconds
later, outer doors on the bottom of the weapon would open automatically,
releasing the mixture.
ANOTHER UN RESOLUTION
President Bush, declaring that Saddam Hussein has not disarmed and does
not intend to, said Saturday the United States will submit a new
resolution to the U.N. Security Council early in the week to set the
stage for war against Iraq.The resolution, to be offered jointly with
Britain and possibly Spain, will make its case in "clear and simple
terms," Bush said. A spokesman for British Prime Minister Tony Blair said
he expected the Security Council to vote on the new resolution by
Bush predicted approval, even though disagreements continued among
sponsors over its wording and whether it should set a specific deadline.
There has been little support thus far in the 15-member council for
moving ahead with any new resolution. "We will not allow the Iraqi
dictator ... to continue to possess or to produce weapons of mass
destruction," Bush said at a news conference on his ranch with Spanish
Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar at his side. Asked if this was the
Security Council's last chance to show its relevance, Bush answered
The president gave another one-word reply -- "No" -- when asked whether
he again was willing to wait two months before U.N. action, the length of
time it took to pass the previous Iraq resolution last fall. "Time is
short," Bush added.
A VERY UNUSUAL PIECE FROM ENGLAND'S 'DAILY MIRROR'
This newspaper which is generally very left wing published the following
article by one of its staff, a British journalist, Tony Parsons, on
September 11, 2002, addressed to his fellow countrymen, the British
citizens of the UK. The paper is not usually supportive of its American
'Colonials' which makes this article all the more significant. Thanks to
Moshe Kempinski of Shorashim in the Old City of Jerusalem for sending
this. Here's the article - well worth reading and pondering.
One year ago, the world witnessed a unique kind of broadcasting -- the
mass murder of thousands, live on television. As a lesson in the pitiless
cruelty of the human race, September 11 was up there with Pol Pot's
Mountain of Skulls in Cambodia, or the skeletal bodies stacked like
garbage in the Nazi concentration camps.
An unspeakable act so cruel, so calculated and so utterly merciless that
surely the world could agree on one thing - nobody deserves this fate.
Surely there could be consensus: The victims were truly innocent, the
perpetrators truly evil.
But to the world's eternal shame, 9/11 is increasingly seen as America's
comeuppance. Incredibly, anti-Americanism has increased over the last
There has always been a simmering resentment to the USA in this country;
too loud, too rich, too full of themselves, and so much happier than
Europeans - but it has become an epidemic. And it seems incredible to me.
More than that, it turns my stomach.
America is this country's greatest friend and our staunchest ally. We are
bonded to the US by culture, language and blood. A little over half a
century ago, around half a million Americans died for our freedoms, as
well as their own. Have we forgotten so soon? And exactly a year ago,
thousands of ordinary men, women and children - not just Americans, but
from dozens of countries, were butchered by a small group of religious
fanatics. Are we so quick to betray them?
What touched the heart about those who died in the Twin Towers and on the
planes, was that we recognized them. Young fathers and mothers,
somebody's son and somebody's daughter, husbands, wives, and children,
And these people brought it on themselves? Their nation is to blame for
their meticulously planned slaughter?
These days you don't have to be some dust-encrusted nut job in Kabul or
Karachi or Finsbury Park to see America as the Great Satan. The
anti-American alliance is made up of self-loathing liberals who blame the
Americans for every ill in the Third World, and conservatives suffering
from power-envy, bitter that the world's only superpower can do what it
likes without having to ask permission.
The truth is that America has behaved with enormous restraint since
Remember, remember --
Remember the gut-wrenching tapes of weeping men phoning their wives to
say, "I love you," before they were burned alive.
Remember those people leaping to their deaths from the top of burning
Remember the hundreds of firemen buried alive.
Remember the smiling face of that beautiful little girl who was on one of
the planes with her mum.
Remember, remember --
And realize that America has never retaliated for 9/11 in anything like
the way it could have.
So a few al-Qaeda tourists got locked without a trial in Camp X-ray? Pass
the Kleenex . . .
So some Afghan wedding receptions were shot up after they merrily fired
their semiautomatics into a sky full of American planes? A shame, but
maybe next time they should stick to confetti.
AMERICA could have turned a large chunk of the world into a parking lot.
That it didn't is a sign of strength. American voices are already being
raised against attacking Iraq - that's what a democracy is for. How many
in the Islamic world will have a minute's silence for the slaughtered
innocents of 9/11? How many Islamic leaders will have the guts to say
that the mass murder of 9/11 was an abomination?
When the news of 9/11 broke on the West Bank, those freedom-loving
Palestinians were dancing in the street. America watched all of that -
and didn't push the button. We should thank the stars that America is the
most powerful nation in the world. I still find it incredible that
9/11did not provoke all-out war. Not a "war on terrorism." A real war.
The fundamentalist dudes are talking about "opening the gates of hell" if
America attacks Iraq. Well, America could have opened the gates of hell
like you wouldn't believe.
The US is the most militarily powerful nation that ever strode the face
of the earth. The campaign in Afghanistan may have been less than perfect
and the planned war on Iraq may be misconceived.
But don't blame America for not bringing peace and light to these
wretched countries. How many democracies are there in the Middle East, or
in the Muslim world? You can count them on the fingers of one hand -
assuming you haven't had any chopped off for minor shoplifting.
I love America, yet America is hated. I guess that makes me Bush's
But I would rather be a dog in New York City than a Prince in Riyadh.
Above all, America is hated because it is what every country wants to be
-rich, free, strong, open, optimistic. Not ground down by the past, or
religion, or some caste system. America is the best friend this country
ever had and we should start remembering that.
Or do you really think the USA is the root of all evil? Tell it to the
loved ones of the men and women who leaped to their death from the
Tell it to the nursing mothers whose husbands died on one of the hijacked
planes, or were ripped apart in a collapsing skyscraper. And tell it to
the hundreds of young widows whose husbands worked for the New York Fire
To our shame, George Bush gets a worse press than Saddam Hussein. Once we
were told that Saddam gassed the Kurds, tortured his own people and set
up rape-camps in Kuwait. Now we are told he likes Quality Street. Save me
the orange center, Oh Mighty One!
Remember, remember, September 11 --
One of the greatest atrocities in human history was committed against
No, do more than remember. Never forget.
For Zion's sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not
hold my peace...
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