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Mohammed Abdel-Raouf Arafat
As Qudwa al-Hussaeini was born on 24 August 1929 in Cairo**, his
father a textile merchant who was a Palestinian with some Egyptian
ancestry, his mother from an old Palestinian family in Jerusalem.
She died when Yasir, as he was called, was five years old, and he
was sent to live with his maternal uncle in Jerusalem, the capital
of Palestine, then under British rule, which the Palestinians were
He has revealed little about his childhood, but one of his earliest
memories is of British soldiers breaking into his uncle's house
after midnight, beating members of the family and smashing furniture.
After four years in Jerusalem, his father brought him back to Cairo,
where an older sister took care of him and his siblings. Arafat
never mentions his father, who was not close to his children. Arafat
did not attend his father's funeral in 1952.
In Cairo, before he was seventeen Arafat was smuggling arms to
Palestine to be used against the British and the Jews. At nineteen,
during the war between the Jews and the Arab states, Arafat left
his studies at the University of Faud I (later Cairo University)
to fight against the Jews in the Gaza area.
The defeat of the Arabs and the establishment of the state of Israel
left him in such despair that he applied for a visa to study at
the University of Texas. Recovering his spirits and retaining his
dream of an independent Palestinian homeland, he returned to Faud
University to major in engineering but spent most of his time as
leader of the Palestinian students.
He did manage to get his degree in 1956, worked briefly in Egypt,
then resettled in Kuwait, first being employed in the department
of public works, next successfully running his own contracting firm.
He spent all his spare time in political activities, to which he
contributed most of the profits.
In 1958 he and his friends founded Al-Fatah, an underground network
of secret cells, which in 1959 began to publish a magazine advocating
armed struggle against Israel. At the end of 1964 Arafat left Kuwait
to become a full-time revolutionary, organising Fatah raids into
Israel from Jordan.
It was also in 1964 that the Palestine Liberation Organisation
(PLO) was established, under the sponsorship of the Arab League,
bringing together a number of groups all working to free Palestine
for the Palestinians. The Arab states favoured a more conciliatory
policy than Fatah's, but after their defeat by Israel in the 1967
Six-Day War, Fatah emerged from the underground as the most powerful
and best organised of the groups making up the PLO, took over that
organisation in 1969 when Arafat became the chairman of the PLO
executive committee. The PLO was no longer to be something of a
puppet organisation of the Arab states, wanting to keep the Palestinians
quiet, but an independent nationalist organisation, based in Jordan.
Arafat developed the PLO into a state within the state of Jordan
with its own military forces. King Hussein of Jordan, disturbed
by its guerrilla attacks on Israel and other violent methods, eventually
expelled the PLO from his country. Arafat sought to build a similar
organisation in Lebanon, but this time was driven out by an Israeli
military invasion. He kept the organization alive, however, by moving
its headquarters to Tunis.
He was a survivor himself, escaping death in an airplane crash,
surviving any assassination attempts by Israeli intelligence agencies,
and recovering from a serious stroke. His life was one of constant
travel, moving from country to country to promote the Palestinian
cause, always keeping his movements secret, as he did any details
about his private life. Even his marriage to Suha Tawil, a Palestinian
half his age, was kept secret for some fifteen months. She had already
begun significant humanitarian activities at home, especially for
disabled children, but the prominent part she took in the public
events in Oslo was a surprise for many Arafat-watchers. Since then,
their daughter, Zahwa, named after Arafat's mother, has been born.
The period after the expulsion from Lebanon was a low time for
Arafat and the PLO. Then the intifada (shaking) protest movement
strengthened Arafat by directing world attention to the difficult
plight of the Palestinians.
In 1988 came a change of policy. In a speech at a special United
Nations session held in Geneva, Switzerland, Arafat declared that
the PLO renounced terrorism and supported "the right of all parties
concerned in the Middle East conflict to live in peace and security,
including the state of Palestine, Israel and other neighbours".
The prospects for a peace agreement with Israel now brightened.
After a setback when the PLO supported Iraq in the Persian Gulf
War of 1991, the peace process began in earnest, leading to the
Oslo Accords of 1993. This agreement included provision for the
Palestinian elections which took place in early 1996, and Arafat
was elected President of the Palestine Authority.[...]
When the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu came to power
in Israel in 1996, the peace process slowed down considerably. [...]
Since there is no biographical description of Yasser Arafat in
Les Prix Nobel for 1994, this account was written by the editor
of Nobel Lectures, Peace 1991-1995, published by World Scientific
Publishing Co. From Nobel Lectures, Peace 1991-1995, Editor Irwin
Abrams, World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore, 1999
This autobiography/biography was written at the time of the award
and later published in the book series Les Prix Nobel/Nobel Lectures.
The information is sometimes updated with an addendum submitted
by the Laureate.
** The place of Arafat's birth is disputed. Besides Cairo, other
sources mention Jerusalem and Gaza as his birthplace.
As the periodic bloodshed continues
in the Middle East, the search for an equitable solution must come
to grips with the root cause of the conflict. The conventional wisdom
is that, even if both sides are at fault, the Palestinians are irrational
"terrorists" who have no point of view worth listening to. Our position,
however, is that the Palestinians have a real grievance: their homeland
for over a thousand years was taken, without their consent and mostly
by force, during the creation of the state of Israel. And all subsequent
crimes - on both sides - inevitably follow from this original injustice.
The standard Zionist position is that they showed up in Palestine
in the late 19th century to reclaim their ancestral homeland. Jews
bought land and started building up the Jewish community there.
They were met with increasingly violent opposition from the Palestinian
Arabs, presumably stemming from the Arabs' inherent anti-Semitism.
The Zionists were then forced to defend themselves and, in one form
or another, this same situation continues up to today. [...]
What really happened was that the Zionist movement, from the beginning,
looked forward to a practically complete dispossession of the indigenous
Arab population so that Israel could be a wholly Jewish state, or
as much as was possible. Land bought by the Jewish National Fund
was held in the name of the Jewish people and could never be sold
or even leased back to Arabs (a situation which continues to the
The Arab community, as it became increasingly aware of the Zionists'
intentions, strenuously opposed further Jewish immigration and land
buying because it posed a real and imminent danger to the very existence
of Arab society in Palestine. Because of this opposition, the entire
Zionist project never could have been realized without the military
backing of the British. The vast majority of the population of Palestine,
by the way, had been Arabic since the seventh century A.D. (Over
In short, Zionism was based on a faulty, colonialist world view
that the rights of the indigenous inhabitants didn't matter. The
Arabs' opposition to Zionism wasn't based on anti-Semitism but rather
on a totally reasonable fear of the dispossession of their people.
One further point: being Jewish ourselves, the position we present
here is critical of Zionism but is in no way anti-Semitic. We do
not believe that the Jews acted worse than any other group might
have acted in their situation. The Zionists (who were a distinct
minority of the Jewish people until after WWII) had an understandable
desire to establish a place where Jews could be masters of their
own fate, given the bleak history of Jewish oppression. Especially
as the danger to European Jewry crystalized in the late 1930's and
after, the actions of the Zionists were propelled by real desperation.
But so were the actions of the Arabs. The mythic "land without
people for a people without land" was already home to 700,000 Palestinians
in 1919. This is the root of the problem, as we shall see. [...]
We hear lots about Palestinian terrorism. How about the Israeli
"The record of Israeli terrorism goes back to the origins of the
state - indeed, long before - including the massacre of 250 civilians
and brutal expulsion of seventy thousand others from Lydda and Ramle
in July 1948; the massacre of hundreds of others at the undefended
village of Doueimah near Hebron in October 1948;...the slaughters
in Quibya, Kafr Kassem, and a string of other assassinated villages;
the expulsion of thousands of Bedouins from the demilitarized zones
shortly after the 1948 war and thousands more from northeastern
Sinai in the early 1970's, their villages destroyed, to open the
region for Jewish settlement; and on, and on." Noam Chomsky, "Blaming
The Victims," ed. Said and Hitchens.
"However much one laments and even wishes somehow to atone for
the loss of life and suffering visited upon innocents because of
Palestinian violence, there is still the need, I think, also to
say that no national movement has been so unfairly penalized, defamed,
and subjected to disproportionate retaliation for its sins as has
The Israeli policy of punitive counterattacks (or state terrorism)
seems to be to try to kill anywhere from 50 to 100 Arabs for every
Jewish fatality. The devastation of Lebanese refugee camps, hospitals,
schools, mosques, churches, and orphanages; the summary arrests,
deportations, house destructions, maimings, and torture of Palestinians
on the West Bank and Gaza. These, and the number of Palestinian
fatalities, the scale of material loss, the physical, political
and psychological deprivations, have tremendously exceeded the damage
done by Palestinians to Israelis." Edward Said, "The Question of
The U.S. Government and media bias on terrorism in the Middle
"It is simply extraordinary and without precedent that Israel's
history, its record - from the fact that it..is a state built on
conquest, that it has invaded surrounding countries, bombed and
destroyed at will, to the fact that it currently occupies Lebanese,
Syrian, and Palestinian territory against international law - is
simply never cited, never subjected to scrutiny in the U.S. media
or in official discourse...never addressed as playing any role at
all in provoking 'Islamic terror.'" Edward Said in "The Progressive."
May 30, 1996.
"Albert Einstein - "'I should much rather see reasonable agreement
with the Arabs on the basis of living together in peace than the
creation of a Jewish State. Apart from practical considerations,
my awareness of the essential nature of Judaism resists the idea
of a Jewish State,with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal
power, no matter how modest. I am afraid of the inner damage Judaism
"Professor Erich Fromm, a noted Jewish writer and thinker, [stated]...'In
general international law, the principle holds true that no citizen
loses his property or his rights of citizenship; and the citizenship
right is de facto a right to which the Arabs in Israel have much
more legitimacy than the Jews. Just because the Arabs fled? Since
when is that punishable by confiscation of property, and by being
barred from returning to the land on which a people's forefathers
have lived for generations? Thus, the claim of the Jews to the land
of Israel cannot be a realistic claim. If all nations would suddenly
claim territory in which their forefathers had lived two thousand
years ago, this world would be a madhouse...I believe that, politically
speaking, there is only one solution for Israel, namely, the unilateral
acknowledgement of the obligation of the State towards the Arabs
- not to use it as a bargaining point, but to acknowledge the complete
moral obligation of the Israeli State to its former inhabitants
"Nathan Chofshi - 'Only an internal revolution can have the power
to heal our people of their murderous sickness of causeless hatred...It
is bound to bring complete ruin upon us. Only then will the old
and young in our land realize how great was our responsibility to
those miserable Arab refugees in whose towns we have settled Jews
who were brought here from afar; whose homes we have inherited,
whose fields we now sow and harvest; the fruits of whose gardens,
orchards and vineyards we gather; and in whose cities that we robbed
we put up houses of education, charity, and prayer, while we babble
and rave about being the "People of the Book" and the "light of
"In an article published in the Washington Post of 3 October 1978,
Rabbi Hirsch (of Jerusalem) is reported to have declared: 'The 12th
principle of our faith, I believe, is that the Messiah will gather
the Jewish exiled who are dispersed throughout the nations of the
world. Zionism is diametrically opposed to Judaism. Zionism wishes
to define the Jewish people as a nationalistic entity. The Zionists
say, in effect, 'Look here, God. We do not like exile. Take us back,
and if you don't, we'll just roll up our sleeves and take ourselves
back.' 'The Rabbi continues: 'This, of course, is heresy. The Jewish
people are charged by Divine oath not to force themselves back to
the Holy Land against the wishes of those residing there.'" Sami
Hadawi, "Bitter Harvest."
"A Jewish Home in Palestine built up on bayonets and oppression
[is] not worth having, even though it succeed, whereas the very
attempt to build it up peacefully, cooperatively, with understanding,
education, and good will, [is] worth a great deal even though the
attempt should fail." Rabbi Judah L. Magnes, first president of
the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, quoted in "Like All The Nations?",
ed. Brinner & Rischin. [...]
"Since the 1980's,.....Israeli scholars [have] concurred with their
Palestinian counterparts that Zionism was...carried out as a pure
colonialist act against the local population: a mixture of exploitation
"They were motivated to present a revisionist point of view to
a large extent by the declassification of relevant archival material
in Israel, Britain and the United States. [For example,]...
Challenging the Myth of Annihilation - The new historiographical
picture is a fundamental challenge to the official history that
says the Jewish community faced possible annihilation on the eve
of the 1948 war. Archival documents expose a fragmented Arab world
wrought by dismay and confusion and a Palestinian community that
possessed no military ability with which to frighten the Jews...
The Jewish military advantage was translated into an act of mass
expulsion of more than half of the Palestinian population. The Israeli
forces, apart from rare exceptions, expelled the Palestinians from
every village and town they occupied. In some cases, this expulsion
was accompanied by massacres [of civilians] as was the case in Lydda,
Ramleh, Dawimiyya, Sa'sa, Ein Zietun and other places. Expulsion
also was accompanied by rape, looting and confiscation [of Palestinian
land and property]...
The Myth of Arab Intransigence - [The U.N.] convened a peace conference
in Lausanne, Switzerland in the spring of 1949. Before the conference,
the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution that in effect replaced
the November 1947 partition resolution. This new resolution, Resolution
194 of December 11, 1948, accepted [U.N. Mediator] Bernadotte's
triangular basis for a comprehensive peace: an unconditional return
of all the refugees to their homes, the internationalization of
Jerusalem, and the partitioning of Palestine into two states.
This time, several Arab states and various representatives of the
Palestinians accepted this as a basis for negotiations, as did the
United States, which was running the show at Lausanne...
Prime Minister David Ben Gurion strongly opposed any peace negotiations
along these lines...The only reason he was willing to allow Israel
to participate in the peace conference was his fear of an angry
The road to peace was not taken due to Israeli, not Arab, intransigence.
Conclusions - The new Israeli historians...wish to rectify what
their research reveals as past evils...There was a high price exacted
in creating a Jewish state in Palestine. And there were victims,
the plight of whom still fuels the fire of conflict in Palestine."
Israeli historian, Ilan Pappe in "The Link", January, 1998.
"It is no longer my country" "For me, this business called the
state of Israel is finished...I can't bear to see it anymore, the
injustice that is done to the Arabs, to the Beduins. All kinds of
scum coming from America and as soon as they get off the plane taking
over lands in the territories and claiming it for their own...I
can't do anything to change it. I can only go away and let the whole
lot go to hell without me." Israeli actress (and household name)
Rivka Mitchell, quoted in Israeli peace movement periodical, "The
Other Israel", August 1998. [...]
Israel has sought peace with its Arab neighbor states but has
steadfastly refused to negotiate with Palestinians directly, until
the last few years. Why?
"My friend, take care. When you recognize the concept of 'Palestine',
you demolish your right to live in Ein Hahoresh. If this is Palestine
and not the Land of Israel, then you are conquerors and not tillers
of the land. You are invaders. If this is Palestine, then it belongs
to a people who have lived here before you came. Only if it is the
Land of Israel do you have a right to live in Ein Hahoresh and in
Deganiyah B. If it is not your country, your fatherland, the country
of your ancestors and of your sons, then what are you doing here?
You came to another people's homeland, as they claim, you expelled
them and you have taken their land." Menahem Begin, quoted in Noam
Chomsky's "Peace in the Middle East?" [...]
"Why should the Arabs make peace? If I was an Arab leader, I would
never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their
country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter
to them? Our God is not theirs, We come from Israel, it's true,
but two thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has
been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their
fault? They only see one thing: we came here and stole their country.
Why should they accept that?" David Ben-Gurion, quoted in "The Jewish
Paradox" by Nathan Goldman, former president of the World Jewish
"Before [the Palestinians] very eyes we are possessing the land
and the villages where they, and their ancestors, have lived...We
are the generation of colonizers, and without the steel helmet and
the gun barrel we cannot plant a tree and build a home." Israeli
leader Moshe Dayan, quoted in Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, "Original
Sins: Reflections on the History of Zionism and Israel" [...]
"In June 1982 Israel again invaded Lebanon, and it used aerial
bombardment to destroy entire camps of Palestinian Arab refugees,
By these means Israel killed 20,000 persons, mostly civilians...Israel
claimed self-defense for its invasion, but the lack of PLO attacks
into Israel during the previous year made that claim dubious...The
[UN] Security Council demanded 'that Israel withdraw all its military
forces forthwith and unconditionally to the internationally recognized
boundaries of Lebanon'... [...]
"Amnesty International also observed that, when brought to trial,
most Palestinian detainees arrested for 'terrorist' offenses and
tortured by the Shin Bet (General Security Services) 'have been
accused of offenses such as membership in unlawful associations
or throwing stones. They have also included prisoners of conscience
such as people arrested solely for raising a flag.' On a related
point, Haaretz columnist B. Michael noted that there wasn't a single
recorded case in which the Shin Bet's use of torture was prompted
by a 'ticking bomb' scenario: 'In every instance of a Palestinian
lodging formal complaint about torture, the Shin Bet justified its
use in order to extract a confession about something that had already
happened, not about something that was about to happen.'" Norman
Finkelstein, "The Rise and Fall of Palestine." [...]
"There is clearly no need to justify the Zionist dream, the desire
for relief from Jewish suffering...The trouble with Zionism starts
when it lands, so to speak, in Palestine. What has to be justified
is the injustice to the Palestinians caused by Zionism, the dispossession
and victimization of a whole people. There is clearly a wrong here,
a wrong which creates the need for justification... [...]
The aim of Zionism is the restoration of a Jewish sovereignty to
its status 2,000 years ago. Zionism does not advocate an overhauling
of the total world situation in the same way. It does not advocate
the restoration of the Roman empire...[In addition,] Palestinians
have claimed descent from the ancient inhabitants of Palestine 3,000
years ago!... [...]
It was easy to make the Palestinians pay for 2,000 years of persecution.
The Palestinians, who have felt the enormous power of this vengeance,
were not the historical oppressors of the Jews. They did not put
Jews into ghettos and force them to wear yellow stars. They did
not plan holocausts. But they had one fault. They were weak and
defenseless in the face of real military might, so they were the
ideal victims for an abstract revenge.... [...]
Unlike the situation of Jews persecuted for being Jews, Israelis
are at war with the Arab world because they have committed the sin
of colonialism, not because of their Jewish identity...
Presenting the world as naturally unjust, and oppression as nature's
way, has always been the first refuge of those who want to preserve
their privileges...The need to justify Zionism, and the lack of
other defenses, has made it part of the Israeli world view... In
Israel, one common outcome is cynicism, for which Israelis have
Israelis seem to be haunted by a curse. It is the curse of the
original sin against the native Arabs. How can Israel be discussed
without recalling the dispossession and exclusion of non-Jews? This
is the most basic fact about Israel, and no understanding of Israeli
reality is possible without it. The original sin haunts and torments
Israelis; it marks everything and taints everybody. Its memory poisons
the blood and marks every moment of existence." Israeli author,
Benjamin Beit-Hallahami, "Original Sins: Reflections on the History
of Zionism and Israel." [...]
As we have seen, the root cause of the Palestine-Israel conflict
is clear. During the 1948 war, 750,000 Palestinians fled in terror
or were actively expelled from their ancestral homeland and turned
into refugees. The state of Israel then refused to allow them to
return and either destroyed their villages entirely or expropriated
their land, orchards, houses, businesses and personal possessions
for the use of the Jewish population. This was the birth of the
state of Israel. [...]
Any criticism of Israel is traditionally seen by American Jews
as harmful to the Jewish people, even if the criticism is true.
But "my people, right or wrong, my people" is no different than
"my country, right or wrong, my country". Once we start down the
slippery slope where the ends justify the means we have left behind
any claim to morality. Along with millions of other American Jews
unaffiliated with the major U.S. Jewish organizations, we are outraged
at the Israeli government's ongoing oppression of the Palestinians
and feel that it has been the ruination of the high moral standing
of the Jewish people. [...]
The persecution of the Jews for centuries in Europe was the worst
of many stains on the European record, and the Zionists' desire
for a place of sanctuary is certainly understandable. Like all other
colonial enterprises, however, Zionism was based on the total disregard
of the rights of indigenous inhabitants. As such, it is morally
indefensible. And, as previously stated, all subsequent crimes -
and there have been many on both sides - inevitably follow from
this original injustice to the Palestinians.
Q: (L) What realm or area did Jesus come from before he was born
into the earth in the body of Jesus of Nazareth?
A: 5th density. ...
Q: (L) Had he had any other incarnations in other human bodies
on planet earth?
A: Yes. 1009.
Q: (L) Was Joshua, the right hand man of Moses an incarnation
Q: (L) Are there any other incarnations of Jesus with which we
would be familiar if you were to name them?
A: Yes. Socrates. ...
Q: (L) Are there any fifth density souls on the earth today
or any of recent times we would recognize?
A: Yes. Arafat. Sadat. Pope John V. [...]
Q: (L) Were any of the descendants of Jesus famous individuals
that we would know.
A: Yes. Yasser Arafat. Churchill. [...]
Q: (L) On a couple of occasions it has been mentioned that Yasser
Arafat was a fifth density soul and that he was a descendant of
Jesus of Nazareth. What is there about him that demonstrates these
qualities or these genetics?
A: Have you not seen? Imagine what it would be like to be Yasser
Arafat. Look at your perception. What is he doing now?
Q: (L) Well the pro-Jewish point of view is not favorable to
A: Well, what you describe as pro anything is an obsession. And,
as we know, obsession blocks knowledge which in turn blocks the
ability to protect oneself against negative occurrences. Not a
good idea. If you were following circumstances, Yasser Arafat
is now trying to take the world upon his shoulders by making peace
with the Israelis who have been enemies for a very long time.
And, therefore, he is now a peace maker and knowledge dispenser.
Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets,
and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have
gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens
under her wings, and ye would not! 23:38 Behold, your house is
left unto you desolate.
Q: (L) What is going to happen with the Middle-eastern situation;
this Afghanistan or whatever?
A: Herding of population to much finer order of control.
Q: (L) What is the purpose of this control; this increasing control.
A: Preparation for war in Palestine.
Q: (L) But nobody has said anything about having a war in Palestine.
They're all talking about having a war in Afghanistan. How does
Palestine fit in here?
A: It is the ultimate objective of Israel.
Q: (L) Why would they want to have war in their own country?
Well, aside from the fact that they've been having a war in their
own country for a long time. I guess they want to bring it to
a final conclusion. What is going to be the result of this plan?
A: Destruction of Jews.
Q: (L) Well obviously this is not what THEY are planning, is
Revelation: 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity:
he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.
Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
"Now the road is open, and
we are telling the Israelis, welcome - if you want to implement
the road map, then implement it. It was the path of President Arafat,
and we will go on the path of Arafat."
Nabil Shaath, Palestinian foreign minister
"The next phase will not be the same without Yasser Arafat.
He was the only one who understood the importance of national unity
and there will never be a Palestinian leader willing to bear the
consequences of saying 'no' to the Americans and Israel."
Jibril Rajoub, Arafat aide
"Arafat was the embodiment of the Palestinian question and
his absence will certainly be greatly felt. But to all those who
think that his passing away will open all the doors for peace, we
say that this is false and that the answers never really lay with
the Palestinians as much as with the Israelis."
Hossam Zaki, spokesman for the Arab League
"Both Israelis and Palestinians, and the friends of both peoples
throughout the world, must make even greater efforts to bring about
the peaceful realisation of the Palestinian right of self-determination,"
Kofi Annan, United Nations secretary-general
"The values and high virtues that Arafat embodied during his
struggle for the Palestinian cause will inspire the Palestinian
people so that they preserve their cohesion and unity and pursue
their path to win back their national, legitimate and eternal rights".
Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisian president
"Although he has not lived to see the birth of a Palestinian
state, we will work with the Palestinian authorities and the international
community to contribute to realising the aspirations of the Palestinian
Ben Bot, Dutch foreign minister, in a statement issued on behalf
of the European Union
"The best tribute to President Arafat's memory will be to
intensify our efforts to establish a peaceful and viable state of
Palestine as foreseen by the road map. With the passing of Yasser
Arafat the Palestinian people have lost their historic leader. More
than any other, his life stands for the tragic and turbulent history
of the Middle East. A period of grief starts for all Palestinians."
Javier Solana, European Union foreign policy chief
"Yasser Arafat strove during his lifetime to lead the Palestinians
to independence and establish a sovereign, viable Palestinian state.
It was not granted to Yasser Arafat to complete his life's work."
Gerhard Schröder, German chancellor
"It is with emotion that I have learned of the death of President
Yasser Arafat. France, like its partners in the European Union,
will maintain, firmly and with conviction, its commitment to two
states ... living side by side in peace and security. The road map,
approved by Yasser Arafat, opens up that prospect."
Jacques Chirac, French president
"Arafat gave hope to millions of the downtrodden and despised,
by instilling in them the knowledge and consciousness that despite
current difficulties, they hold the gift of freedom in their hands."
Thabo Mbeki, South African president
"Yasser Arafat spent his entire life for the Palestinian cause.
We pray that his mission is completed after his death."
Junichiro Koizumi, Japanese prime minister
"The Holy See joins the pain of the Palestinian people for
the passing of President Yasser Arafat. He was a leader of great
charisma who loved his people and tried to guide them towards national
independence. May God in His mercy receive the soul of the illustrious
deceased and grant peace to the Holy Land with two independent and
sovereign states in full reconciliation between them."
Joaquin Navarro-Valls, Vatican spokesman
"Could I express the British government's deepest sympathy
and condolences for the death of President Arafat. He was a towering
figure not only in the Palestinian world but in the Arab world,
and it is difficult to imagine the Middle East without him."
Jack Straw, foreign secretary
"Throughout a lifetime in struggle, President Yasser Arafat
has not only been a father to the Palestinian people, he has been
an inspiration to people throughout the world as he led the struggle
for a sovereign Palestinian state ... The most fitting legacy to
President Arafat is for the international community to act immediately
to ensure that the Israeli government removes its troops and illegal
settlements from Palestinian lands and a return to the negotiating
Gerry Adams, Sinn Féin leader
| Wherever he may be buried when he
passes away, the day will come when his remains will be reinterred
by a free Palestinian government in the holy shrines in Jerusalem.
Yasser Arafat is one of the generation of great leaders who arose
after World War II. The stature of a leader is not simply determined
by the size of his achievements, but also by the size of the obstacles
he had to overcome. In this respect, Arafat has no competitor in
the world: No leader of our generation has been called upon to face
such cruel tests and to cope with such adversities as he.
When he appeared on the stage of history, at the end of the 1950s,
his people was close to oblivion. The name Palestine had been eradicated
from the map. Israel, Jordan and Egypt had divided the country between
them. The world had decided that there was no Palestinian national
entity, that the Palestinian people had ceased to exist, like the
American Indian nations — if, indeed, it had ever existed
Almost all Palestinians lived under dictatorships, most of them
in humiliating circumstances.
When Yasser Arafat, then a young engineer in Kuwait, founded the
“Palestinian Liberation Movement” (whose initials in
reverse spell Fatah), he meant first of all liberation from the
various Arab leaders, so as to enable the Palestinian people to
speak and act for itself. That was the first revolution of the man
who made at least three great revolutions during his life.
It was a dangerous one. Fatah had no independent base. It had to
function in the Arab countries, often under merciless persecutions.
Those years were a formative influence on Arafat’s characteristic
style. He had to maneuver between the Arab leaders, play them off
against each other, use tricks, half-truths and double-talk, evade
traps and circumvent obstacles.
He became a world champion of manipulation. This way he saved the
liberation movement from many dangers in the days of its weakness,
until it could become a potent force.
Gamal Abdul Nasser, the Egyptian ruler got worried about the emerging
independent Palestinian force. To choke it off in time, he created
the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and put at its head
a Palestinian political mercenary, Ahmed Shukeiri. But after the
shameful rout of the Arab armies in 1967 and the electrifying victory
of the Fatah fighters against the Israeli Army in the battle of
Karameh (March 1968), Fatah took over the PLO and Arafat became
the undisputed leader of the entire Palestinian struggle.
In the mid-1960s, Yasser Arafat started his second revolution:
The armed struggle against Israel. The pretension was almost ludicrous:
A handful of poorly armed guerrillas, not very efficient at that,
against the might of the Israeli Army. And not in a country of impassable
jungles and mountain ranges, but in a small, flat, densely populated
stretch of land. But this struggle put the Palestinian cause on
the world agenda. The PLO was recognized as the “sole representative
of the Palestinian people”, and thirty years ago Yasser Arafat
was invited to make his historic speech to the UN General Assembly:
“In one hand I carry a gun, in the other an olive branch.”
Immediately after the October 1973 Yom Kippur, Arafat started his
third revolution: He decided that the PLO must reach an agreement
with Israel and be content with a Palestinian state in the West
Bank and the Gaza Strip. That confronted him with a historic challenge:
To convince the Palestinian people to give up its historic position
denying the legitimacy of the State of Israel, and to be satisfied
with a mere 22 percent of the territory of pre-1948 Palestine. Without
being stated explicitly, it was clear that this also entails the
giving up of the unlimited return of the refugees to the territory
of Israel. He started to work to this end in his own characteristic
way, with persistence, patience and ploys, two steps forwards, one
Historic justice demands that it be clearly stated that it was
Arafat who envisioned the Oslo agreement at a time when both Yitzhak
Rabin and Shimon Peres still stuck to the hopeless “Jordanian
option”, the belief that one could ignore the Palestinian
people and give the West Bank back to Jordan. Of the three recipients
of the Nobel Peace Prize, Arafat deserved it most. From 1974 on,
I was an eyewitness to the immense effort invested by Arafat in
order to get his people to accept his new approach. Step by step
it was adopted by the Palestinian National Council, the Parliament
in exile, first by a resolution to set up a Palestinian authority
“in every part of Palestine liberated from Israel”,
and, in 1988, to set up a Palestinian state next to Israel.
Arafat’s (and Israeli) tragedy was that whenever he came
closer to a peaceful solution, the Israeli governments withdrew
from it. His minimum terms were clear and remained unchanged from
1974 on: A Palestinian state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
I respected Arafat as a Palestinian patriot, I admired him for
his courage, I understood the constraints he was working under,
I saw in him the partner for building a new future for our two peoples.
| Many Americans cannot appreciate
the link between the anger of 1.5 billion Muslims and the plight of
few million Palestinians on a small piece of land that makes less
than one percent of the Muslim world. To them, this is a sorrowful
affair, but not enough of a cause for the resultant clash of civilizations.
Instead, they suggest, Palestinians could easily be absorbed in the
Arab and Muslim world. Life goes on. End of story.
Just imagine if someone suggested that the destruction of a couple
of towers in New York, and a single wall in the Pentagon, and the
death of some 3,000 people, not all of them Americans, do not deserve
the anger of 260 million Americans. There are more people killed
in accidents and crimes in a day. An earthquake or a hurricane could
have caused similar destruction and loss of lives.
What is the big deal? The buildings can be easily rebuilt. The
families of the victims and the owners of affected buildings can
be nicely compensated. Life goes on. End of story.
But no. America was rightly upset, rightly angry, and rightly resolute
on punishing those responsible for mass-murdering Americans and
insulting America. We do disagree on why this happened, what is
the appropriate response, and who should be punished. But we certainly
agree that America was attacked and insulted and must respond in
kind. Punishment should match the crime.
Similarly, how could any just person suggest that the uprooting
of millions from their ancestors’ homeland can be easily compensated
somewhere else? I understand that in America people move around.
Except for Natives, all came from other continents. In the Old World,
it was different. A land where my ancestors were buried, my history
was made, my culture is based can’t be easily replaced. Given
the choice, an old family house in a poor village is a world better
than a luxurious Manhattan apartment or a Swiss chalet.
If the Jews of the world feel the same toward a homeland they left
four thousands years ago, what of the Palestinians who were kicked
out only forty or fifty years ago and have no place they could call
But if that is the case for the Palestinians, what is the stake
for Muslims and Arabs? I could ask the same question of Americans.
What was in it for the West to intervene on behalf of Christians
of East Timor, Sudan and the old Soviet republics of Estonia, Latvia
In Islam, we are a big family, all for one, one for all. Fellow
Muslims are regarded as brothers and sisters. What affects one in
Chechnya or Kashmir hurts us all.
In addition, Palestine is a holy land. Jerusalem is as holy to
Muslims as it is to Christians and Jews.
For us, Palestinians, Muslims and Christians, are an extended family.
Of course, we care about the schoolgirl who was shot twenty times
by an Israeli solider who wasn’t justly punished for it. Surely,
we feel bitter about what happened to the little boy who was targeted
by Israeli soldiers and died in his father’s hands. You bet
we feel the pain of hundreds of families, whose homes were destroyed
in days by Israeli bulldozers as a collective punishment.
We don’t need to be Arabs or Muslims to feel sorry for them,
any decent human should, as Americans, rightly, expected us to feel
about the victims of 9/11. The world felt the pain of both Americans
and Palestinians and demanded justice. The difference is: America
is a nuclear superpower, and can take justice into its hands, never
mind the UN, world law and opinion. The Palestinians can only hit
back against the sophisticated, overwhelming Israeli killing machines,
with stones, small fire, and human bombers.
Now that our stand, as Muslims and Arabs, is, hopefully, clear,
let me explain why we blame America, more than Israel, for our pain.
First, America was the first in the world to recognize Israel. It
took President Truman 10 minutes to do so in 1948. On the other
hand, it took generations for the US to recognize any Palestinian
representative. The US was the last country in the world, other
than Israel, to recognize the PLO, years after the UN recognized
it as the legitimate representative of the Palestinians.
For fifty years now, the US chose to blindly support Israel against
the Arabs. It vetoed tens of Security Council resolutions. It voted,
mostly alone, with Israel some eighty UN resolutions. It supplied
Israel with hundreds of billions of dollars in cash and sophisticated
arms and guaranteed loans. In short, by providing the bloodline
to an otherwise failed state, the US is more than a partner in crime.
It is the mother ship.
| The Israeli former nuclear technician
Mordechai Vanunu, released in April after 18 years in jail, has been
re-arrested, police say.
He is being held on suspicion of passing on classified information,
police sources say.
Vanunu was convicted of treason over his disclosures about Israel's
nuclear weapons programme and jailed in 1986.
Strict conditions were imposed on him after release, including
a ban on giving interviews to foreign media.
However, Mr Vanunu has repeatedly been in contact with journalists
and was interviewed on BBC television a couple of weeks ago.
Mr Vanunu revealed details of Israel's secret nuclear facilities
to a British newspaper, in the face of Israeli denials.
There have been suggestions that Mr Vanunu's detention, coming
on the day of Yasser Arafat's death, may have been timed to avoid
widescale media coverage, says the BBC's Richard Miron in Jerusalem.
NABLUS, Palestine, November 10, 2004 - - Israeli
occupation forces killed a civilian in the city of Nablus while
two children were wounded in the city of Rafah as two bodies of
Palestinian resistance activists were handed over yesterday.
IPC correspondent in the city of Nablus said that dozens
of Israeli military vehicles invaded deep into the city and opened
heavy gunfire at civilians, killing Fayez Ashour, 24.
Eyewitnesses confirmed that Ashour was going to his home to have
the fast-breaking meal when Israeli forces started shooting. The
forces prevented ambulances from reaching him and evacuating him
In the Gaza Strip, medical sources declared yesterday that they
received two bodies of Asaad Jouda, 22, and Mohammed Matar, 21,
who were killed earlier on Tuesday morning.
Security sources further mentioned that both Jouda and Matar were
shot dead by Israeli forces near the Martyrs Cemetery, east of Gaza
City. They are both residents of Jabalia refugee camp.
Medical sources in the city of Rafah declared yesterday night
that two children were wounded by Israeli gunfire towards the city.
The sources added that Fatema Al Hashash,
8, and Asmaa Al Hashash, 9, were both wounded and evacuated
to Abu Yousef Al Najjar Hospital, when Israeli forces near the illegal
settlement 'Morag' opened heavy gunfire at civilians' homes nearby.
Elsewhere, Israeli tanks near the illegal settlement 'Netzarim'
south of Gaza City opened heavy gunfire yesterday night towards
several Palestinian security outposts, causing moderate damages
in the outpost buildings.
In Hebron, medical sources in the town of Yatta south of Hebron
said four civilians suffocated when Israeli
troops fired gas canisters inside their homes during a house-to-house
search campaign in the town.
Eyewitnesses added that an Israeli force raided the downtown mall
amidst heavy gunfire and gas canister firing, pointing out that
the soldiers fired their gas canisters intentionally inside the
houses and shops, though they knew they were packed with customers
Early on Tuesday morning, Israeli forces arrested six civilians
from the village of Marda, east of Salfeet province, after raiding
and searching several houses. The arrested ones were led to an undisclosed
In Bethlehem province, Israeli forces arrested four civilians
in the city of Bethlehem after raiding and searching their homes.
Local sources confirmed that an Israeli force stormed the Wad
Maali and Wad Shaheen neighborhoods in the city and searched several
houses in them, arresting four civilians and leading them to an
At the same context, Israeli forces raided civilians' houses in
the town of Abidiyya, east of Bethlehem, and the Ayda refugee camp,
arresting two civilians after assaulting
As for the Tulkarem province, Israeli forces raided civilians'
homes and arrested one civilian, in addition to storming Tulkarem
refugee camp amidst heavy gunfire and house search campaign.
In the meantime, local sources at the village of Deir Abu Meshaal,
west of Ramallah and Al Bireh province, reported that
Israeli forces closed the only entrance of the village completely,
cutting it from the outside world.
The villagers of Deir Abu Meshaal said they were having difficulties
moving between their homes and working places outside the village,
as the entrance of the village was blockaded with sand piles, forcing
them to take other bypass roads to the neighboring villages on foot.
|Bush Appoints Hager
| From a Reader
| President Bush has announced his
plan to select Dr. W. David Hager to head up the Food and Drug Administration's
(FDA) Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee. The committee
has not met for more than two years, during which time its charter
lapsed. As a result, the Bush Administration is tasked with filling
all eleven positions with new members. This position does not require
The FDA's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee makes crucial
decisions on matters relating to drugs used in the practice of obstetrics,
gynecology and related specialties, including hormone therapy, contraception,
treatment for infertility, and medical alternatives to surgical
procedures for sterilization and pregnancy termination. Dr.
Hager is the author of "As Jesus Cared for Women: Restoring
Women Then and Now." The book blends biblical accounts of Christ
healing women with case studies from Hager's practice. His views
of reproductive health care are far outside the mainstream for reproductive
technology. Dr. Hager is a practicing OB/GYN who describes
himself as "pro-life" and refuses to prescribe contraceptives
to unmarried women.
In the book Dr. Hager wrote with his wife,
entitled "Stress and the Woman's Body," he suggests that
women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome should seek help from
reading the bible and praying. As an editor and contributing
author of "The Reproduction Revolution: A Christian Appraisal
of Sexuality Reproductive Technologies and the Family,"Dr.
Hager appears to have endorsed the medically inaccurate assertion
that the common birth control pill is an abortifacient. We are concerned
that Dr. Hager's strong religious beliefs may color his assessment
of technologies that are necessary to protect women's lives or to
preserve and promote women's health.
Hager's track record of using religious beliefs to guide his medical
decision-making makes him a dangerous and inappropriate candidate
to serve as chair of this committee. Critical drug public policy
and research must not be influenced by antiabortion politics. Members
of this important panel should be appointed on the basis of science
and medicine, rather than politics and religion. American women
deserve no less.
Alberto Gonzales, the White House counsel who
advised that the Geneva Conventions and international anti-torture
treaties did not apply to terrorist suspects held by the US, was
yesterday selected by President George Bush as his new attorney
Officials said that if confirmed by the Senate, Mr Gonzales would
succeed John Ashcroft, whose resignation from the post was announced
on Tuesday. Mr Gonzales, 49, would be the first Hispanic to hold
If the right-wing, evangelical Mr Ashcroft was among the most polarising
members of the Bush cabinet, Mr Gonzales
is not without considerable controversy. He
was at the centre of the effort to publicly defend the administration's
policy of holding prisoners captured in the so-called "war
on terror" without access to lawyers or the courts, a stance
opposed by the Supreme Court. He also
wrote a memo in February 2002 in which the Bush administration claimed
the right to ignore international treaties prohibiting torture of
prisoners. Campaigners said that memo led directly to the sort of
abuses that were uncovered at Abu Ghraib in Iraq and which have
been alleged at Guantanamo Bay.
But the controversy surrounding Mr Gonzales dates back further,
to the time when he worked as general counsel to Mr Bush when he
was governor of Texas. An article last year
in Atlantic Monthly examined Mr Gonzales's role in the preparation
of memos to Mr Bush on 57 death penalty cases in which the governor
was required to consider the granting of clemency.
The magazine's investigation found Mr Gonzales
"repeatedly failed to apprise the governor of crucial issues
in the cases at hand: ineffective counsel, conflict of interest,
mitigating evidence, even actual evidence of innocence".
The magazine said Mr Gonzales appeared to
exclude factors such as "mental illness or incompetence, childhood
physical or sexual abuse, remorse, rehabilitation or racial discrimination
in jury selection".
Mr Bush allowed the executions to proceed in all
but one of the 57 cases, including that of Terry Washington, a 33-year-old
mentally retarded man with the communications skills of a seven-year-old.
Mr Gonzales had also been considered a possible candidate for the
Supreme Court if an opening should emerge. In recent weeks, his
name had been mentioned increasingly, with the announcement that
Chief Justice William Rehnquist was suffering from thyroid cancer.
Reports suggested that in the end it was decided,
somewhat ironically, that Mr Gonzales was not sufficiently conservative
on certain basic issues to please right-wing Republicans looking
for a zealot on the bench.
Senator John Kerry, the former Democratic presidential candidate,
yesterday offered a statement in which he called Mr Ashcroft "one
of the most divisive faces in this administration". He said:
"With the end of the era of John Ashcroft, the President now
has an opportunity to heal those divisions and make good on his
promise of renewed bipartisan co-operation."
But, in an early sign of the increased control
held by Republicans, the Energy Secretary, Spencer Abrams, said
he believed the new Congress would vote next year to permit drilling
for oil in the Alaskan wildlife reserve
is perhaps no figure who has his fingerprints on more short-sighted,
backward and counterproductive Bush administration policies than
does White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales. [...]
Gonzales has also been a fierce defender
of presidential secrecy, helping to put prior presidential records
and Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force records out of
reach. "He has been a major advocate of virtually untrammeled
presidential prerogatives," said Elliot Mincberg, general counsel
for People for the American Way, who worries about a Gonzales nomination
if Bush is re-elected.
He is the conservative bastion
of the US supreme court, a favourite of President Bush, and a hunting
partner of the vice-president. He has argued vociferously against
abortion rights, and in favour of anti-sodomy laws.
But it turns out that there is another side to Justice Antonin
Scalia: he thinks Americans ought to be having more orgies.
Challenged about his views on sexual morality, Justice Scalia surprised
his audience at Harvard University, telling them: "I even take
the position that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought
to be encouraged."
ANGELES, - At 7:50 PM armored tanks showed up at an anti-war protest
in front of the federal building in Westwood.
The tanks circled the block twice, the second time parking themselves
in the street and directly in front of the area where most of the
protesters were gathered.
Enraged, some of the people attempted to block the tanks, but
police quickly cleared the street.
The people continued to protest the presence of the tanks, but
after about ten minutes the tanks drove off. It
is unclear as to why the tanks were deployed to this location.
CHICAGO Authorities say they've indicted a
former senior Homeland Security inspector and six others. The federal
charges stem from an alleged conspiracy to get bribes in exchange
for bogus immigration papers and special favors.
Robert Butman worked at the O'Hare International Airport and is
accused of working through middle men to shake down illegal immigrants.
Officials arrested the senior inspector in the Department of Homeland
Security's Bureau of Customs and Border Protection on June 30th.
The 40-year-old Butman, of suburban Niles, is free on 50-thousand
Five of the six other defendants were charged for the first time
in the 19-count indictment returned yesterday.
The charges in the indictment carry maximum penalties ranging
from five years to 20 years in federal prison if convicted.
President Bush yesterday moved aggressively
to resurrect his plan to relax rules against illegal immigration,
a move bound to anger conservatives just days after they helped
The president met privately in the Oval Office
with Sen. John McCain to discuss jump-starting a stalled White House
initiative that would grant legal status to millions of immigrants
who broke the law to enter the United States.
The Arizona Republican is one of the Senate's most outspoken supporters
of expanding guest-worker programs and has introduced his
own bill to offer a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
"We are formulating plans for the legislative agenda for next
year," said White House political strategist Karl Rove. "And
immigration will be on that agenda."
He added: "The president had a meeting this morning to discuss
with a significant member of the Senate the prospect of immigration
reform. And he's going to make it an important item."
While the president was huddling with Mr. McCain, Secretary of
State Colin L. Powell was pushing the plan during a visit to Mexico
"The president remains committed to comprehensive immigration
reform as a high priority in his second term," he told a meeting
of the U.S.-Mexico Binational Commission. "We will work closely
with our Congress to achieve this goal."
But key opponents in Congress said Mr. Bush's proposal isn't going
"An amnesty by any other name is still an amnesty, regardless
of what the White House wants to call it," said Rep. Tom Tancredo,
Colorado Republican and chairman of the Congressional Immigration
"Their amnesty plan was dead on arrival when they sent it
to the Congress in January, and if they send the same pig with lipstick
back to Congress next January, it will suffer the same fate,"
With the House and Senate already clashing over border security
and deportation provisions in the pending intelligence overhaul
bill, some Capitol Hill aides said it's almost impossible that Congress
could agree on a broader immigration proposal.
Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration
Reform (FAIR), said he "suddenly went from calm to stressed
out" after learning of the president's renewed push for immigration
He predicted the plan would continue to meet vigorous opposition
from House Republicans.
"If the House wouldn't deliver this bill
before the guy's election, when he claimed he needed it for the
Hispanic vote, why would they deliver it after the election, when
their constituents overwhelmingly oppose it?" he said. "Why
would House leaders follow the president over a cliff?"
White House officials insisted the move was not "payback"
to Hispanic voters who supported Mr. Bush in greater numbers last
week than in 2000. Although the president first proposed relaxing
immigration shortly after taking office, he mothballed the idea
after September 11, 2001, and downplayed
it on the campaign trail.
"The president has long believed that reforming our immigration
system is a high priority," White House deputy press secretary
Claire Buchan said yesterday.
Mr. Stein said Mr. Bush is already a "lame duck president"
whose proposal "has no credibility." He expressed astonishment
that the president resurrected the plan before pushing other second-term
agenda items, like tax simplification or Social Security privatization.
"There's a sense of obstinacy in the face of overwhelming evidence
that it's a losing approach," he said. "I mean, the definition
of insanity is to keep doing the same thing, expecting a different
Though most members of Congress agree on the need for a guest-worker
program to fill unwanted jobs, House Republican leaders, including
Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Texas Republican, have panned other parts
of the president's proposal as an amnesty.
Mr. Bush has not sent immigration legislation to Congress, though
seven bills have been introduced by members of the House and Senate,
according to Numbers USA, an organization that lobbies for stricter
They range from a proposal to give legal status to fewer than 1
million agricultural workers to a bill that
could legalize most of the estimated 10 million illegal immigrants
currently living in the United States. But none of the bills
has passed even one chamber.
Mr. McCain is sponsoring a bill, along with Reps. Jim Kolbe and
Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans, that would go further than
the president's principles by explicitly allowing those now here
illegally to enter a guest-worker program and eventually apply for
White House press secretary Scott McClellan said the president
wants to "provide a more humane treatment" of illegal
aliens from Mexico.
"America has always been a welcoming society, and this is
a program that will match willing workers with willing employers,"
he said. "It will promote compassion for workers who right
now have no protection."
He added of Mr. Bush: "It's something that he intends to work
with members on to get moving again in the second term. It's something
he believes very strongly in." [...]
SUITLAND, Md. -- The Census Bureau's decision
to give to the Department of Homeland Security data that identified
populations of Arab Americans was the modern-day equivalent of its
pinpointing Japanese American communities when internment camps
were opened during World War II, members of an advisory board told
the agency's top officials yesterday.
"This for the Arab American community is 1942," said
Barry Steinhardt, a civil liberties lawyer and member of the panel,
the Decennial Census Advisory Committee. "Thousands
of Arab Americans have been rounded up and deported."
The criticism came at a daylong special meeting held at the Census
Bureau's headquarters to discuss the disclosure this summer that
on two occasions after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the agency
provided comprehensive reports to Homeland Security listing Arab
American populations by city and ZIP code.
The data, from the 2000 Census, already had been made public on
the agency's Internet site and did not include any individual names
or addresses, information the agency is prohibited from disclosing.
Further, Homeland Security officials have
said the data were requested simply to help them decide at which
airports they needed to post Arabic language signs, not for law
But the Census Bureau director acknowledged at the meeting that
by tabulating and handing over the data to the Department of Homeland
Security, even though it broke no laws, the agency had undermined
public trust, potentially discouraging Arab Americans or other minority
groups from filling out future census forms. [...]
climate change and world poverty are inextricably linked.
We must conquer them before they destroy
us, argues broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby
For a moment forget about the charge sheet against Messrs Bush
and Blair - the alleged lies about WMD or the illegality of the
invasion of Iraq - and glance at the bigger picture. Global terrorism,
global poverty and global warming form a toxic trio that promise
a catastrophe that will make the horrors of 9/11 look like the Boston
Do I exaggerate? In the Middle East untold thousands of Arabs are
being slaughtered by US warplanes and artillery, supported by the
British, to impose Western democracy on Iraq at the point of a gun.
In Beirut, once dismembered by civil war but now at ease with itself,
the young parade through the squares with grace and elegance. But
listen to what they say and you discover a coruscating sense of
humiliation and a deepening rage against America, startling in this
most genuinely Westernised Arab state.
Aliya Saidi, a young lecturer at the American University, was discomfited
to be asked about Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld: 'I don't want to say
I hate them but they are terrible people.' After an embarrassed
pause, she added: 'I don't know if I should say that; my husband
The resentment against the US administration (not the American
people who are presumed to have been duped) crosses all classes
and backgrounds. 'If the US continues to despise the Arab nation
in this way,' the owner of a sportswear shop, Hadi Baalbaki, warns,
'I fear the whole Arab nation will form itself into one big al-Qaeda.'
Richard Clark, Bush's former anti-terrorism coordinator who took
charge in the White House on 9/11 and who retains close contact
with intelligence agencies around the world, tells me that 'by almost
any measure... the war on terrorism is being lost'. He cites the
rate of terrorist atrocities, more than doubled since 9/11, and
insists that the number of terrorists has risen to around 100,000
active 'jihadists' around the world. Chillingly, he believes these
zealots are likely to be supported 'philosophically, politically,
and perhaps with money' by upwards of 700 million Muslims - roughly
half the global population of the Islamic faithful.
When I was first in Lebanon, some 30 years ago, the young Palestinians
in the refugee camps were taught how to use Kalashnikovs. Now, two
generations on and still without any escape from their humiliation,
they live in an emotional swamp of resentment and anger. Ahmad Iskandar
is in his early twenties, educated and courteous and speaks as if
explaining the self-evident to a backward pupil: 'I am ready to
explode myself in Israel.' Ready to be a suicide bomber? 'It is
not suicide, sorry. It is a martyr operation.' And what about the
innocents who will die? 'Our heart is now dead. They make us forget
everything. Just to go and kill them.' And he shrugs his shoulders.
Already the poison of al-Qaeda is seeping into the Palestinian
camps. Munir Maqhdar, a refugee, is holed up in south Lebanon where
he leads a small band of gun-toting guerrillas who swagger around
him as he says 'anybody who supports the killing of Arabs and Muslim
people in Afghanistan and Iraq is a legitimate target. Any Arab
or Muslim organisation is entitled to take revenge if the opportunity
arises... the White House has to demonstrate that the historic injustice
perpetrated against Palestinians matters every bit as much as the
protection of the state of Israel.' According to the UN, 60 million
Arabs live on less than two dollars a day, the population is growing
rapidly, and unemployment is set to double in five years. The finance
director of the Central Bank of Lebanon, Youssef el-Khalil, says
that young people have a choice between corruption or fundamentalism.
'Fundamentalism is very much seen as the alternative to corruption...
the war on terrorism has to address the war on poverty.'
The neocons who hold sway in Washington do not flinch under this
kind of fire. For them, in the words of Richard Perle: 'We are winning
the war on terrorism. We have killed a significant number. We have
put terrorists in many parts of the world on the defensive.'
Try telling that to the two doctors I met in Ethiopia, who told
me of impoverished young Muslims in the south-east of Ethiopia who
'are being indoctrinated under the coverage of religion with the
beliefs and attitudes of al-Qaeda' and who, in some cases, are already
in training for future operations. Try telling it to the American
diplomat in Addis Ababa who gave me an 'off the record' briefing,
holed up in the US compound which, like US embassies around the
world, is protected from terrorist attack by armed guards, concrete
barriers and razor-wire. He showed me a list of 'wahabi' clerics
and business leaders in Ethiopia suspected of allegiance to al-Qaeda
and volunteered that US special forces are now operating alongside
Ethiopian soldiers in an effort to break up al-Qaeda cells in the
Ogaden region. And how were they doing? He shrugged: 'We have already
lost the war against terrorism in Africa.'
Try telling the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, that 'we'
are winning the war on terror. 'Yes,' he confirms (for the first
time), US forces are indeed engaged in military operations alongside
their Ethiopian counterparts but this 'police work' is only part
of the solution - 'the most important part is fighting poverty'.
This is not so much an issue of morality but of urgent necessity
in a country stricken by familiar but excruciating indices of misery.
'There is a very frustrated population that sees no light at the
end of the tunnel and therefore is susceptible to all sorts of saviours,
false saviours,' he says.
Ethiopia's 70 million population divides its religious affiliations
almost equally between the Orthodox Church and Islam. Traditionally
this has not been a cause of strife and inter-marriage is commonplace.
But you now hear rage against America on the streets of Addis Ababa
just as in Baghdad or Beirut. Meles is a member of Tony Blair's
Commission for Africa though he has no illusions about its potential
to deliver salvation. But in a continent where thousands of children
die every day from preventable diseases and where (despite the ravages
of HIV) more than 300 million live on less than a dollar a day,
you are bound to grasp any outstretched arm and twist it to your
As it is the grotesque distortions of the global
market mean that for every dollar the West dispatches to Africa
in the form of aid, two dollars are clawed back through subsidies
and tariff barriers: a monumental rip-off by the rich as they instruct
the poor to accept 'free' trade or else.
A growing number of Africans, especially the young (mostly unemployed),
use radio, television and the internet to keep themselves disconcertingly
well-informed. The hypocrisies and injustices that are inflicted
on them drives Meles Zanawi to warn that Africa, no less than the
Middle East, could become the source of tomorrow's 9/11. 'Whether
it is people in the rural areas of Ethiopia or the centre of Manhattan,
we are in the same boat,' he comments, echoing outgoing European
commissioner Chris Patten, who says, 'sometimes people are very
angry, when they think that fairness is denied them until the crack
The president of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn, tells me 'it
is not that someone who is poor immediately becomes a terrorist...
but what are the children going to do, young people with similar
values to our own, can't get a job and are frustrated in everything
they try to do?'
As it is, the West can't even find the resolve to meet its UN 'Millennium
Goals' - to reduce world poverty by 50 per cent by 2015. According
to Wolfensohn and Gordon Brown, this target date, at the present
rate of progress, will be overshot by more than 100 years. There
is no excuse: as the Chancellor tells me in great frustration, 'What
is lacking is the political will'.
It can be done. If every Western nation were to contribute 0.7
per cent of GDP to overseas aid, write off the debt of poorest countries,
and eliminate agricultural subsidies to their own farmers, they
could find in the order of $785 billion dollars annually for development
aid - more than 12 times the present commitment.
Which takes us - or should take us - from global poverty to global
warming. It is the greatest challenge facing humanity, to combat
both at once - to deliver justice, fairness and prosperity to the
poor without destroying the planet in the process. Already we are
consuming the Earth's natural but finite resources faster than they
can be replenished. Already Britain's chief scientific advisor,
Sir David King, tells us global warming is a greater threat than
So what happens when the poor have their just deserts? Will we
see the melting of the ice-caps, catastrophic floods that drown
hundreds of thousands of people and turn millions into refugees
and famished migrants? Will we all perish in some Siberian or Saharan
Armageddon? Or find ourselves caught in a Malthusian end-game as
we perish for lack of food and water? Or will we start to control
our profligate use of carbon fuels and persuade whoever wins the
American election that the resources of the planet must be more
As with winning the war on poverty, so with global warming: it
is a matter of political will. Which is why a deeply frustrated
president of the World Bank says: 'If someone came here from Mars
and looked at the way we run the place, he'd get back in his spaceship
and go back to Mars and say, "You don't have to worry about
them, they are going to destroy themselves".' Which means,
as I argue in The New World War, we had better get serious about
global terrorism, global poverty, and global warming. Fast.
Deja Vu Anyone?
Is anyone having deja vu yet?
Remember way back when Osama was terrorist flavor of the month and
the brainwashed US Marines were running around Afghanistan trying
to find him in holes in the ground? Remember we were told repeatedly
that, despite the fact that the US military had bombed most of Afghanistan
back to the stone age, Osama seemed always to escape just in the
nick of time?
Well, it's happening again folks, but this time it's the mythical
al- Zarqawi that seems to have intimate knowledge of US plans, which
he repeatedly uses to evade capture.
US military reports out of Fallujah are again telling us not
to get our hopes up that the killing of hundreds of innocent Iraqis
will in any way contribute to the achievement of the goals of the
war on terror. Nope, there will be no netting of any "terrorist
ringleaders", because, sadly, al-Zarqawi seems to have already
fled the city, long before the assault began. What a pity, eh? Or
rather, how convenient.
Well, not to worry, the NeoCons and their the US military are not
the sort to let utter failure deter them, they will continue to
chase al-Zarqawi, and any other "terrorist masterminds"
they can dream up , around Iraq, and if need be around the entire
Middle East, bombing maiming and killing as they go.
What a boon these elusive, crafty terrorists are for the NeoCons
and their "War on Terror". The relationship between them
converges in such a wonderfully symbiotic way, one would almost
think that they were partners in some sort of grand deception of
the population. Truly, if the terrorists didn't exist Bush and the
Neocons would have to invent them...
But thankfully, the terrorists really do exist (at least in name)
and with the incessant government terror warnings, it's enough to
scare the bejeezus out of most dumbed-down fundie Americans.
Of course, the last thing the NeoCons want to see is any of their
beloved "terrorists" being captured, after all, if peace
ever broke out terrorists and Neocons alike might have go and find
real jobs, and Cheney's just too old for flippin' burgers.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. trade deficit
narrowed sharply in September, aided by a
slide in the value of the dollar, which helped push exports
to record levels, a government report showed on Wednesday.
The monthly trade gap totaled $51.6 billion, down from a revised
$53.5 billion in August, the Commerce Department said. Economists
had forecast the September trade deficit would come in at $53.5
billion, only slightly lower than the original estimate for August
of $54.0 billion.
The narrower-than-expected shortfall brightened
expectations for third-quarter U.S. economic growth.
"It is pretty encouraging news and says that we will probably
get an upward revision to third-quarter GDP (gross domestic product),"
said David Resler, chief economist with Nomura Securities International
in New York.
But it did little to ease worries about the overall trade deficit
which is on track to exceed $500 billion this year.
"I don't see enough details in the report that would suggest
to me that it's a structural shift" in the trade deficit, said
Anthony Chan, managing director and senior economist with JPMorgan
Fleming Asset Management in Columbus, Ohio. [...]
| ABIDJAN, Nov 10 (AFP) - Thousands
of protesters flush with anti-French hatred filled the streets of
the main Ivory Coast city Abidjan on Wednesday, spoiling for a fight
to defend President Laurent Gbagbo.
Egged on by national radio, which interrupted "hate"
messages with snippets of Ivorian reggae star Alpha Blondy's anthem
against the French military, they streamed through the downtown
Plateau business district to "protect" the radio station.
Thousands more headed for the upmarket Cocody district, which has
been ransacked by four days of looting and vandalism that sent French
schools up in smoke and left long-time European residents of the
west African former French colony beaten and stripped of all they
Tuesday between French troops and the so-called "patriots"
outside the luxury Hotel Ivoire in Cocody, just a kilometre from
the presidential residence and where French tanks had taken up positions
Their presence around the hotel, which was stripped of its once-grand
but now shabby furnishings on Tuesday, sparked a rumour - fed by
state radio - that France was preparing a coup bid against Gbagbo,
which French military chief General Henri Poncet moved swiftly to
A senior adviser to Gbagbo told Europe 1 radio that 10 people had
died in what he called a French "massacre" of Ivorian
French Defence Minister Michelle Alliot-Marie insisted that the
victims had been caught in the crossfire between the patriots, many
of whom were armed, and the Ivorian military that had moved in to
defuse tensions between the French troops and the crowd.
Life in Abidjan, once one of Africa's most modern and sophisticated
cities but now a battered symbol of the two years of conflict that
has split Ivory Coast into two, was slowly returning to normal despite
the unease and presence of French and Ivorian tanks in the streets.
Markets and shops around the economic capital were open and buses
and shared taxis plied their regular routes, careful to avoid the
mounting piles of garbage that have not been collected in days.
The latest chapter in Ivory Coast's turmoil opened Thursday with
a series of government air raids on key positions in the rebel-held
north, one of which hit a French military camp in the second city
Bouake killing nine French troops and a US civilian.
France responded by wiping out virtually the entire Ivorian air
force and seizing control of the airport, which sparked a frenzy
of violence in Abidjan that has left at least 600 people injured,
according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
PORT DARLINGTON, Ont. -- About 500 people
were still without power Wednesday morning after a massive explosion
at a southern Ontario propane plant forced hundreds from their homes.
One controlled fire continued to burn hours after blasts began
rumbling from the Caledon Propane Inc. at about 8 p.m. Tuesday,
but officials said Wednesday the area was safe for most residents
to return. [...]
Roughly 500 people were ordered to leave the area when explosions
sent debris shooting into the air and fire lit up the night sky
east of Toronto.
While the municipality set up emergency shelter, police said the
majority went to friends' or relatives' homes for the night.
The fire erupted only kilometres from the
Clarington nuclear plant, setting in motion a series of emergency
procedures to protect the facility and workers on the scene.
Police said Wednesday the fire didn't seem to pose a danger to
No injuries were reported.
The Ontario Fire Marshal's office was investigating. There was
no word on how the fire began or the extent of the damages.
DUBLIN - A patient at a hospital in Dublin
is suffering from what is believed to be Ireland's first locally
contracted case of the human form of mad cow disease.
The hospital, which has asked not be named, says it's ruled out
almost all other possibilities except the incurable variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob
The patient, a young male in his 20s, has never donated nor received
blood and has not been infected during the course of an operation,
according to doctors. This suggests he contracted the deadly brain
disease from eating infected beef, they say. [...]
SEATTLE, Washington -- Mount Rainier shook
with a 3.2-magnitude earthquake, but scientists
said Tuesday the quake was not related to recent rumblings at Mount
St. Helens, its sister volcano 50 miles to the south.
The quake was centered one mile below the surface of Rainier's
crater, said Bill Steele of the Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network
at the University of Washington.
"Directly under the volcano, that's a significant size,"
Steele said. One other 3.2-magnitude quake has been recorded at
the mountain in the past 30 years: on February 19, 2002.
Sunday's quake occurred within a cluster of 17
to 18 shallow temblors over several hours, he said.
Steele said quake activity at Rainier has increased
over normal levels in recent weeks. Five quakes greater than magnitude
2.0 were recorded October 25-31, he said.
Mount Rainier, which has been volcanically active for between a
million and a half years, last erupted about 150 years ago and scientists
say it's likely to erupt again at some point.
Rainier calmed down Monday and has been "blessedly quiet"
since, he said.
Scientists are watching for continuing earthquakes near the volcano's
surface and a particular type of seismic activity that results from
fluid moving through rocks. Those clues might signal an eruption,
Despite Mount St. Helens' notoriety, Rainier is
considered the most hazardous of all Cascade Range volcanoes because
it is closer to more populated communities, Steele said.
Mount St. Helens rumbled back to life September 23, with shuddering
seismic activity that peaked above magnitude 3 as hot magma broke
through rocks in its path. Molten rock reached the surface October
11, marking resumption of dome-building activity that had stopped
St. Helens continued Tuesday to build its lava dome, with molten
rock reaching the surface at the rate of about one large dump-truck
load per second.
A more explosive eruption, possibly dropping ash within a 10-mile
radius of the crater, is possible at any time, scientists have said.
Taipei - An earthquake measuring
6.0 on the Richter scale rocked Taiwan on Thursday, causing high-rise
buildings to sway, seismologists said.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
The tremor struck at 10.16am (02h16GMT) with its epicentre located
46,8 kilometres (29 miles) south-east of Suao along the north-eastern
coast, 13,9 kilometres below the seabed, the seismological centre
in Taipei said.
The strength of the tremor, the third major quake to hit Taiwan
this week, was reduced in the sea, seismologists said.
One earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale shook the island
midnight on Monday followed by a second measuring 5.5 late on Wednesday.
Taiwan's worst tremor, measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, struck
in September 1999, leaving about 2 400 people dead.
A new map released by the U.S.
Geological Survey depicts Bay Area earthquake activity over the
last 30 years as well as major faults in the area, the USGS announced
The map, Earthquakes and Faults in the San Francisco Bay Area,
depicts more than 62,750 earthquakes that occurred over the last
30 years as well as the San Andreas, Hayward and Calaveras faults.
The map shows 22 quakes with magnitude 5.0 and greater and has
an accompanying table that lists the time, date, depth and coordinate
location of each quake.
The large-format map was created using several types of geospatial
data from a variety of sources including seismic records and the
survey's fault database.
"This map is intended to increase public awareness of hazards
associated with Bay Area earthquakes," said U.S. Geological
Survey geographer Ben Sleeter in a prepared statement.
The survey reports that earthquakes are a significant hazard in
the Bay Area and to 75 million Americans in 39 states.
The map can be obtained through the USGS by calling (888) ASK-USGS
or on the Internet at http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/2004/2848.
NEW DELHI: An earthquake measuring
4.6 on the Richter scale rocked the Dharamshala and Chamba regions
of the hill state of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday.
"A tremor of slight intensity with a magnitude of 4.6 occurred
at 7.44 in the morning. The epicentre was Chamba district at the
latitude of 32.5 and longitude of 76.3," R S Dattatrayam, director
of Seismology Division, India Meteorological Department, said.
"It's not a serious one," Dattatrayam said. No causalities
have been reported.
However, panic gripped the residents as the tremors lasted a few
seconds. The residents, who were still sleeping enjoying a local
holiday, rushed out of their houses.
The area has always been a tectonically sensitive region. In 1986
a major earthquake rocked Dharamshala. There was a major earthquake
in Chamba in 1995.
A major earthquake rocked the
northern Japanese island of Hokkaido today but there were no immediate
reports of casualties.
The town of Kushiro-cho was closest to the centre of the 6.3 magnitude
quake. Officials said there had been no reports of damage in the
town, which has a population of 22,000.
“It only shook for a brief moment,” said Noriaki Okubo.
“Nothing fell off our shelves.”
A magnitude 6 earthquake can inflict widespread damage in a populated
It comes just weeks after a magnitude 6.8 quake rocked the northern
Japanese region of Niigata, killing 40 and injuring over 2,700 people.
November 10 - If a major earthquake triggered
a deadly tsunami in the Pacific Ocean, what impact would the wave
have on millions of residents living along the U.S. Pacific Coast?
We'll know more on Nov. 15.
As part of a live, simulcast grand opening event of a new national
earthquake engineering research network, which links 15 large-scale
research facilities across the continent, researchers at Oregon
State University's Tsunami Wave Basin will unleash a tidal wave
on a scale model of a U.S. city on the Pacific Coast.
The program can be viewed via the Internet and Internet2 starting
at 10:30 a.m. PST at this website.
The OSU presentation will be one of four remote demonstrations streamed
live via the Internet to Washington, D.C., where the National Science
Foundation is hosting the grand opening of the George E. Brown,
Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation. The NSF created
this network to give researchers tools to learn how earthquakes
and tsunamis affect the buildings, bridges, utility systems and
other critical components of today's society.
More than 75 million Americans in 39 states live in towns and
cities at risk for earthquake devastation, and much of the Oregon
and Washington coastline is susceptible to impacts from tsunamis.
Among the proposals for diverting an asteroid collision with
Earth, one involves gently pushing the incoming rock over the course
of a year. This low-thrust solution has its challenges since at
various stages of that perilous year, if it ever came, locations
on Earth would naturally see human influences as they became the
Astrobiology Magazine -- Russell
Schweikart is the Chairman of the B612 Foundation, an advocacy group
endorsing 'a gentle push' approach to asteroid risk mitigation.
Schweikart was also an Apollo 9 astronaut and uses his experiences
in mission planning to design a strategy for diverting incoming
--and potentially life-threatening--space debris. The B612 Foundation's
charter proposes a demonstration to alter the trajectory of an asteroid
in a controlled manner by 2015.
The origin of the foundation's name, B612, stretches back into
historical literature. B162 was the asteroidal address for The Little
Prince, authored by the French writer Antoine de Saint Exupery in
1943. Their call for action is founded on
four principles: asteroids have led to planet-scale disasters historically,
a sea of near-earth asteroids surrounds us, an unacceptable collision
this century carries a two-percent risk, and actions to avert a
collision should be started now. To astrobiologists familiar
with the geological record, asteroids and comets have shaped our
own planet's biology, but are best preserved in the geological records
among the craters on neighboring moons and planets. [...]
The BBC is planning to axe as many as 50 per
cent of jobs across the board, insiders revealed today.
A raft of cuts is being designed to prove the BBC is giving value
for money before a review of its 10-year royal charter in 2006.
High-ranking sources say earlier rumours of 6,000
losses from 28,000 staff may turn out to be a wild underestimate.
It has also emerged that Director-General Mark Thompson is planning
to announce the cuts in four weeks - at least two weeks earlier
than expected. Unions have been told to set aside two dates, 6 December
and 9 December, to meet management.
The new dates will fuel speculation of unprecedented job cuts that
bosses want to announce as far from Christmas as they can. A source
said: "They know if they wait another week or two it's going
into the Christmas period."
Mr Thompson is expected to reveal the results of four wideranging
reviews he launched on his first day in the job in June.
It was thought he would report on three - commercial activities,
moving staff to the regions and general cost-cutting - this year.
The fourth study, into production and commissioning, was seen as
the most complex and unlikely to be complete until the New Year.
But sources told the Standard today they expected him to make all
the announcements in one go.
Job losses would then increase dramatically, especially
if the BBC chooses to pre-empt government proposals that independent
companies should produce half of all programmes - not a quarter
"That would have impact on a huge number of BBC staff,"
Luke Crawley, an official for broadcasting union Bectu.
Meanwhile, BBC News and Current Affairs is expected to lose at
least 30 per cent of its personnel.
Among staff tipped to be moved out of London are those on BBC Five
Live, sports and children's programmes - but these services are
already spread around, giving rise to speculation that the regions
will suffer huge individual job cuts.
The BBC says staff have been consulted in a series of forums.
But one insider said: "It's basically the BBC saying 'This
is the plan, what do you think? We're moving some big departments
out, is it a good idea?' But staff aren't actually being encouraged
to say, 'No, actually, it's not'. The feeling is the management
has already taken these big decisions."
A BBC spokeswoman insisted: "It would be wrong to say there
aren't going to be job losses and redundancies [but] any figures
are no more than speculation.
"There is no answer on anything until the governors meet at
the end of this month. Any losses or redundancies would be phased
over a period of years."
(Fort Wayne, Indiana) - After about a month
of silence, Fort Wayne's mysterious "boom" has returned.
"You can't describe it," said Helene
Lilly, who heard it almost 10 times Tuesday night and Wednesday
morning. "You think you're in a war."
Newschannel 15 and the Fort Wayne Police Department have each received
dozens of phone calls about the noises. This time, the loudest ones
seem to have come from near Parkview Hospital on eEst State Boulevard.
The people in that neighborhood said their houses were rocked and
their windows were rattled repeatedly sinceTtuesday night. According
to residents, there were four loud booms between 9:30 p.m. and midnight,
and another round of four between 6 a.m. And 8:15 a.m. Wednesday.
As of right now, neighbors are concerned. "I need help because
I can't sleep, it scares me, and it scares my whole neighborhood
and the children over there, they're upset, too. And it just isn't
right you know?" Lilly said.
The Fort Wayne Police have no answers. "It's a rabbit we're
still trying to chase down the hole right now," said PIO Michael
Joyner. "We don't know what the source
is." Joyner said the FWPD has already increased patrols
of the area to try to identify the source.
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