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Israel Update: January 2002

Israel Update: January 2002

In this issue: PA pays fake prisoners, celebrity status for the mothers of rioters, and Arab MK's are at it again.

by Staff


"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


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, 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." 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, where individuals can also sign up for weekly e-mail updates.


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.


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."


Online book-seller has disqualified from their associates program, making them ineligible to earn referral fees. Amazon has also asked to remove all its links to, but as of this writing it has not been done.

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In September 2001, public pressure forced Amazon to terminate its associate's arrangement with, when it was determined that money raised from the sale of Amazon books was being used to fund terror activities.

Published: January 12, 2002

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Visitor Comments: 6

(6) Anonymous, January 14, 2002 12:00 AM


After having read this and your other latest postings on the "situation" and the rise in anti-Semitism is it not about time that the leaders of Orthodox Jewry throughout the world, and I include our Charedi bretheren in this, convened an Assembly of Rabbanim and lay leaders to discuss the situation and decide what we have to do if we are to prevent a similar catastrophe to the Holocaust.

Some of us may prefer to hide our heads in the sand but I believe the Jewish people are facing a dark period as bad if not worse than we faced in the 1930s and 1940s and unless immediate steps are taken to unite the Jewish people behind a common leadership we will, heaven forbid, be like lost sheep to picked off by our enemies.

There would have to be a massive education campaign because it is obvious having seen correspondence from so called Liberal Rabbis in the UK that once again we are becoming our enemies' best spokesmen in denigrating our position as Jews and our right to nationhood.

Through your site may I urge all your readers to contact their local rabbonim to press for urgent action before it is too late. In the meantime please say daily tehillim in which merit may our sins be foregiven and our speedy redemption be assured.

(5) Martha Gomez, January 13, 2002 12:00 AM

Good news report

Succinct report of news

(4) Doris Snyder, January 13, 2002 12:00 AM

Arab MK's are committing treason

Can someone please tell my why Arab members of the Knesset are allowed to remain members of the Israeli government, after many statements amounting to treason? This is beyond my comprehension. Can anyone imagine a U.S. Senator or Representative, telling the world that the U.S. deserved the attacks on September 11?

(3) Alberto Corcos, January 13, 2002 12:00 AM

Thank you for your info! In Italy we are starting an activity similar to honest reporting and this newsletter helps our task. Yours
Alberto Corcos

(2) Anonymous, January 13, 2002 12:00 AM

at last the real truth

It is so good to get the truth of events inIsraelas Australian news is presented in pro Palastinian ways sadly

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