1) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"There is a heavy burden on Chairman Arafat and the Palestinian Authority to explain what they know about this and get to the bottom of this, because this is an escalation." - Colin Powell in The Washington Times
2) DUMMY PRISONERS IN PALESTINIAN JAILS
A senior PA security official recently tried to convince Tanzim militants in Nablus to give themselves up and enter PA jails -- in order to bluff US and European observers, Israel Radio has reported.
The PA official reportedly offered $3,000 to anyone willing to spend a month in PA detention, in lieu of Hamas of Islamic Jihad terrorists.
3) DISHONEST REPORTING "AWARD" 2001
HonestReporting.com, the pro-Israel media watch group, has granted its ignoble Dishonest Reporting "Award" 2001 to BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), for demonstrating consistent anti-Israel bias.
BBC's journalistic record is perhaps summed up best by one of its own employees, Fayad Abu Shamala, the BBC correspondent in Gaza for the past 10 years. Speaking at a Hamas rally on May 6, 2001, he declared: "Journalists and media organizations [are] waging the campaign shoulder-to-shoulder together with the Palestinian people."
In the face of this blatant violation of journalistic ethics, BBC mustered a lame response: "Fayad's remarks were made in a private capacity. His reports have always matched the best standards of balance required by the BBC."
HonestReporting.com also accorded "Dishonorable Mention" for anti-Israel bias to: Associated Press, CNN, Robert Fisk (The UK Independent), Suzanne Goldenberg (The UK Guardian), Joshua Hammer (Newsweek), Chris Hedges (Harpers), Lee Hockstader (The Washington Post), Reuters, and Deborah Sontag (The New York Times).
The full media bias report is online at HonestReporting.com, where individuals can also sign up for weekly e-mail updates.
4) MOTHERS' MARTYRS MILLIONAIRE
The mothers of three Palestinians killed in the Intifada have won a total of $100,000 in the Arab world's version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"
The three women -- "martyrs' mothers" as they are known in Arabic -- have been accorded celebrity status in the Arab world. They were invited to Paris to take part in the Saudi-owned MBC satellite television game show, which hosted celebrities during the Ramadan.
5) MORE FROM ARAB MK'S
In light of the Karine-A affair, Knesset Member Ahmid Tibi warned that there would be more attempts to smuggle weapons into Israel. "This will not be the last attempt to smuggle weapons, as long as Israeli attacks against Palestinians continue," Tibi told Yediot Achronot.
Meanwhile, Knesset Member Abdulmalik Dehamshe (United Arab List) said that Israeli Arab October rioters were "noble and right," and "prisoners of conscience," Ha'aretz has reported.
Speaking before the Or Commission of Inquiry, which is investigating the October 2000 riots in which 13 Israeli Arabs were killed, Dehamshe said: "From their point of view, they did something so noble and so right."
Dehamshe was asked to explain why he had called for the use of force against Israeli policemen who were sent to guard workers busy with demolishing illegal buildings. Shortly before the October riots, Dehamshe said that the policemen's "legs and arms should be broken."
6) AMAZON UPDATE
Online book-seller Amazon.com has disqualified www.alaqsaintifada.org from their associates program, making them ineligible to earn referral fees. Amazon has also asked alaqsaintifada.org to remove all its links to Amazon.com, but as of this writing it has not been done.
You can write a reminder to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In September 2001, public pressure forced Amazon to terminate its associate's arrangement with Intifada.com, when it was determined that money raised from the sale of Amazon books was being used to fund terror activities.