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Monday, October 9, 2000
EXCERPTS: Rioting - vandalism - killing.Anti-Israel riots.Israel threatens to bomb region into the dark ages.Arab survival threatened 9 October 2000

EXCERPTS: Rioting - vandalism - killing.Anti-Israel riots.Israel threatens to bomb region into the dark ages.Arab survival threatened 9 October 2000

+++JORDAN TIMES 8 Oct.'00: Editorial:"Vandalism vs activism"

QUOTES FROM TEXT:
"an expression of solidarity with the Palestinians ... became an
unnecessary
expression of stupidity by a few, isolated, and misguided
youths."

"They are mostly teenagers ... from places where dignity is a
luxury, and
hardships are worse than many of us could ever even imagine."

"What we did not understgand was the ban on all protests."

"One 18-year-old was shot dead, and his `file' cannot be closed
with a mere
police statement placing the responsibility for the homicide on
rival
Palestinian factions within the camp.
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EXCERPTS:
We cannot condone the vandalism and the pointless, destructive rage
that
unfortunately some youths expressed on Friday, mainly in Abdoun.

Stopped by tear gas hurled by army contingents and numerous policemen
in
their attempt to reach the US embassy and the residence of the Israeli
ambassador, some of the teenage protesters took out their frustration
on
public and private property, throwing stones and anything they could
grab
against any target they could hit and smash, from traffic lights to
billboards
and private properties.

What was meant to be an expression of solidarity with the Palestinians
. . .
became an unnecessary expression of stupidity by a few, isolated, and
misguided youths.
. . .
. . . we also have to urge the authorities to consider the context and
the
special situation of the perpetrators of these-- isolated . . . acts of
vandalism.

They are mostly teenagers with whom life has not been generous at all.
Most
of them come from places where dignity is a luxury, and hardships are
worse
than many of us could ever even imagine.
. . .
Friday's outbursts of violence in Abdoun were followed by an
understandably harsh warning by the government that it would use a
heavy
hand against any gratuitous violence and destruction of private and
public
property.

What we did not understand was the ban on all protests.

During the whole week, Jordanians had demonstrated a high level of
maturity in taking to the streets without any incident taking place.
His
Majesty King Abdullah and the government thanked the people for their
self-restraint and sense of responsibility.

We do not believe that that was too good to be true.

We believe that a narrow group of desperate teenagers crossed the line
-
as it is bound to happen in such circumstances at all latitudes - and
that the
greatest majority of Jordanians were punished en masse for that, being
denied the right to protest and organise demonstrations.

As for what happened on the second theatre of clashes between security
forces and protesters, in the Baqaa refugee camp, the events there
require a
much more serious and in-depth investigation.

One 18-year-old was shot dead, and his "file" cannot be closed with a
mere
police statement placing responsibility for the homicide on rival
Palestinian
factions within the camp.

Not at least until an independent commission is in charge of
investigating the
matter thoroughly.

We want to continue to believe that our judicial and political system
is
capable of shedding the light of truth, beyond any reasonable doubt, on
each
and any violent death that has occurred on our soil.

+++JORDAN TIMES 9 Oct.'00: " Riot police forcefully disperses protesters"
By Alia Shukri Hamzeh and Saad
G. Hattar

QUOTE FROM TEXT:
" `We do not want an Arab summit ... All we need is a revolution
and a rifle,' shouted the marchers. `Indifferent Arabs! Aqsa is
crying
and lamenting your absence.' "

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EXCERPTS:
AMMAN - Riot police on Sunday forcefully dispersed a group of
protesters near the University of Jordan, in the first such
confrontation
between security forces and demonstrators since the authorities banned
marches on Friday.

At least five protesters were beaten with clubs and more than 10 were
rounded up inside police vans ... .
. . .
Nearly 100 riot police, backed by six armoured vehicles and a water
cannon, were stationed at the Dahiyat Al Rashid police station, a
district
adjacent to the university campus to the east.

They were deployed later at the main entrance to the university, as
policemen barred outsiders from entering the campus.
. . .
"We do not want the filthy embassy on our sacred land," chanted the
demonstrators. "Hamas strike at the heart of Tel Aviv," and "Revenge...

Revenge ... [Izzeddine] Qassam brigades,"... .

Anti-riot police were on alert but did not intervene.

Half an hour later, other demonstrators, who had been waiting across
the
major road to join ranks with the students, began marching alone
towards
the "Israeli embassy," hampering the flow of traffic along the
east-bound
section of the highway.

"We do not want an Arab summit ... All we need is a revolution and a
rifle,"
shouted the marchers. "Indifferent Arabs! Aqsa is crying and lamenting
your
absence."
. . .
Elsewhere, another group of nearly 40 people attempted to reach the
Israeli
embassy, but were driven back by riot police, eyewitnesses said.
. . .
As riot police used teargas and dogs to disperse the protesters, the
angry
crowds responded by throwing stones and destroying public and private
property.
. . .
A high-ranking official told the Jordan Times on Sunday that the
authorities
will "no longer tolerate" any further marches or rallies as they could
lead to
vandalism.

"We have to protect people's properties and lives," he said.

A security source said the ban on marches was imperative to circumvent
any
possible outbreak of violence or unrest by "certain groups out to
undermine
the country's security and stability."

+++JORDAN TIMES 9 Oct.'00:"Editorial: Who beats the drums of war?"

QUOTES FROM TEXT:
"All over the Arab world, voices are calling for calm."

"A `ceasefire' declared early on Sunday in the Gaza Strip seemed
last night
to be holding, with the exception of one instance of violence
around midday."

"The only drums of war we heard still beating last nigfht were
those in Israel."

"we measure the events of the past week, beginning with the visit
of that master
of bloodshed and terror, Ariel Sharon, to Al Haram Al Sharif
{Temple Mount},
and culminating with Israel's threats to bomb the region into the
dark ages at the
behest of a `national emergency govewrnment"
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EXCERPTS:
All over the Arab world, voices are calling for calm.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is counselling that a "wise reaction"
is
necessary to any escalation of tensions ... . The Syrian leadership has
pronounced
clearly that it does not seek war ... . Jordan is undertaking major
diplomatic
initiatives at the UN and has wisely resisted public pressure to expel
the Israeli
ambassador for the sake of keeping all channels of communication open.

A "ceasefire" declared early on Sunday in the Gaza Strip seemed last
night
to be holding, with the exception of one instance of violence around
midday.
By the time this paper reaches our readers, we hope this will still be
the
case.

Even Hizbollah, the last line of resistance, has joined the game of
diplomacy
after its tactical kidnap of three Israeli soldiers on Saturday.

The only drums of war we heard still beating last night were those in
Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak pressed his ultimatum to Palestinian
President Yasser Arafat while threatening to strike Palestinian
commanders.
For added drama, Deputy Defence Minister Ephraim Sneh warned that
Israel had unleashed "only one per cent of its force in dealing with
the
Palestinians." The speaker of the Israeli Knesset, meanwhile, thumbed
his
nose at the UN Security Council resolution on an international
commission to
investigate the violence. (We can only assume that Israel rejects this
because
such an investigation might find blame on Israel's doorstep.)

The Israeli position is now in sharp contrast with all other voices in
the region
and abroad appealing for calm, wisdom and common sense.

If we measure the events of the past week, beginning with the visit of
that
master of bloodshed and terror, Ariel Sharon, to Al Haram Al Sharif,
and
culminating with Israeli threats to bomb the region into the dark ages
at the
behest of a "national emergency government" that will have neither the
foresight nor desire to salvage peace, we might be led to believe that
Israel is
deliberate in its effort to torpedo the peace process.

Indeed, the famous 48-hour deadline is drawing nigh. We hope that
Israel
will have reached her senses by then.

+++JORDAN TIMES 8 Oct:'00: " Rallying Arab ranks is an imperative"
by Dr Musa Keilani
QUOTES FROM TEXT:
"Muammar Qadhafi ... for him, it is hopeless to count on Arab
heads
of state to help the Palestinians."

"Western media showed that they have not changed a bit. ... they
are
telling us that there is nothing called objectivity when it
comes to the
vested interests of big powers and their all-out support for
Israel"

"All international laws and conventions support the right of the
occupied to
fight the occupier with whatever means available to them."

"what the Israelis forget is that in spite of their heavy armour
in sothern
Lebanon they were driven out by ...Hizbollah."

"The message is clear. The Arab states should come together
immediately."
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EXCERPTS:
Col. Muammar Qadhafi... elaborated on why he opted to give priority to
his
African "sphere" rather than an Arab "sphere"... .. For him it is
hopeless to count
on Arab heads of state to help the Palestinians. Israel ...t seems to
have enlisted
some arms of the Western media to project the Israelis as the aggrieved
part in
the conflict. .
. . .
...the Western media showed that they have not
changed a bit. ... they are telling us that there is nothing called
objectivity when it comes to the vested interests of big powers and
their
all-out support for Israel.... .. Some of the best-known
television stations are covering the Al Aqsa Intifada with blatant
bias.
. . .
All international laws and conventions support the right of the
occupied to
fight the occupier with whatever means available to them.
{IMRA:But there is supposed to be a peace process underway.}
Is that the parametre used by the Western media in covering the Al Aqsa
Intifada?
. . .
If anything, the Western media's reports tend to project an Israel on
the
defensive, trying to protect itself from the Palestinians. A classic
example is
the repeated reports by a prominent television stations which very
conveniently fails to mention that most of those killed and wounded
were
Arabs
. . .
The Arab masses have been incensed by the violence that was sparked
when Sharon defiled Islam's holy place of Haram Al Sharif by making a
provocative visit to the site that houses Al Aqsa mosque
. . .
Reports suggest Israelis are planning to depend on heavy fire power to
subdue the Palestinians. But what the Israelis forget is that in spite
of their
heavy armour in southern Lebanon they were driven out by the ...
Hizbollah.. . . The continuing deployment of military, with the toll
rising
among the Palestinians, is expected to bring Prime Minister Ehud Barak
under not only Arab but international pressure. . . .. However, despite

the despicable killings, US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright could

manage only a mild reprimand of Ariel Sharon after meeting French
President Jacques Chirac, who denounced the hawkish leader's
irresponsible behaviour. The message is clear: The Arab states should
come
together immediately. . . .
It is an Arab Must for survival, though Qadhafi thinks otherwise.

Dr. Joseph Lerner, Co-Director IMRA
www.imra.org.il

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