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>JN Nov. 19, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 192
Powell to Speak on Moving Mideast Peace Process Ahead
By VOA News
Secretary of State Colin Powell is set to give a major speech
Monday on how to move the deadlocked Mideast peace process forward.
On Sunday, Powell said there will be no new initiative. Instead, he
said the U.S.-backed Mitchell plan -- a step-by-step process from
ceasefire to negotiations -- is solid. But Powell said the two
sides must start talking to each other so a real ceasefire can
Late Sunday, the Israeli army said it killed two armed Palestinians
trying to sneak into a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip. Hours
earlier, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told a visiting European
Union delegation there must be seven days of total calm with no
Israeli-Palestinian violence before implementing the Mitchell plan.
He also urged the E.U. to stop giving money to the Palestinian
Authority, which he says spends it on weapons to use against
Israel. Sharon recommended the money instead be given directly to
the Palestinian people to establish industry and infrastructure.
The European Union earmarked tens of millions of dollars in 2001 to
help the Palestinians.
Abu Dhabi Anti-Semitic Incitement
By IsraelNationalNews.com & Ha'aretz
The Israeli Foreign Ministry will submit a serious complaint to the
United Nations against Abu Dhabi for broadcasting a TV program of
a skit in which Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is portrayed drinking
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said he would use a video recording
of the scene in the Israeli public relations campaign. "The
broadcast shows a culture of incitement and blood-libels," Cabinet
Secretary Gideon Sa'ar told reporters.
Abu Dhabi television, considered one of the most popular satellite
stations in the Middle East, on Saturday broadcast a "comedy" show
which displayed an actor impersonating Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
and drinking the blood of Palestinian children.
In the show, Sharon was portrayed as a bloodthirsty terrorist whose
primary business is the draining and drinking of Arab blood. He is
seen sitting opposite a man dressed as an ultra-Orthodox Jew, with
kippah and sidelocks, who is apparently meant to represent an
Israeli citizen. He explains how the bottles of Arab blood are his
In another scene, an actor playing the role of Dracula is seen
about to sink his teeth into "Sharon," who is portrayed as a
terrorist throughout the skit. Immediately, the camera shifts to a
news broadcast in which the newsreader reports that Dracula is
dead, and that the cause is the fact that he drank "cruel, cold and
polluted blood." The newsreader then concludes: "Sharon has taken
responsibility for the incident."
An official at Abu Dhabi television told Ha'aretz by telephone that
the program "is a comedy, that was not produced by our station."
Asked about the program's content, he replied: "I am not interested
in getting into political issues."
Sharon: Week Without Violence or No Talks
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says he is sticking to his demand that
the Palestinians provide seven days without violence as a
pre-condition for reviving the peace process. Sharon made his
remarks at a news conference in Jerusalem with a high-level
delegation of European Union officials.
Sharon made it clear he will not give up his demand for a full
week without violence before Israel agrees to offer any concessions
to the Palestinians. He made his remarks in answer to a question
about the U.S. position on how to carry out peace recommendations by
former Senator George Mitchell.
The Mitchell report calls for a series of confidence-building
measures including a freeze on the building of new homes in Jewish
settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Sharon repeated his
position that no such steps could even be contemplated without
seven days of complete quiet.
Scholar Announces Publication of Dead Sea Scrolls
By VOA News
After 54 years of excitement and hard work, an Israeli scholar has
announced publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Many of the 900 scrolls are more than 2,200 years old and show what
the Hebrew Bible looked like more 2,000 years ago. They are also
invaluable documents of Jewish history. The scrolls were discovered
in caves overlooking the Dead Sea in Israel between 1947 and 1956.
Prof. Emmanuel Tov took charge of the project of translating the
scrolls in 1991. He said he could not have completed the project
without computers, e-mail and digital photography.
One of the scrolls contains a Hebrew song of thanksgiving, which
Tov dedicated to the city of New York for surviving the September
11 terrorist attacks.
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