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Friday, January 09, 2004

Arab Headlines via MEMRI News Ticker

January 9, 2004
IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER KAMAL KHARRAZI HAS ANNOUNCED IRAN'S SUPPORT FOR A ONE-STATE SOLUTION TO THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT, IN WHICH ALL PALESTINIANS WOULD BECOME CITIZENS OF PALESTINE. (SAUDI PRESS AGENCY, 1/9/04)

January 8, 2004
AT A MEETING IN RAMALLAH AGAINST USAID'S REQUIREMENT THAT ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVING US AID SIGN AN AGREEMENT NOT TO SUPPORT TERROR ORGANIZATIONS, THE PARTICIPANTS CALLED FOR PUNISHING ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE SIGNED. (AL-HAYAT AL-JADIDA, PA, 1/6/04)

January 8, 2004
THE CHAIR OF THE INFORMATION COMMITTEE IN THE IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL SAID THAT MORE THAN 100 DAILY AND WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS ARE PUBLISHED IN BAGHDAD TODAY, IN ADDITION TO 30 RADIO STATIONS; ALL OF THEM ARE OPERATING WITHOUT THE COUNCIL'S CENSORSHIP OR DIRECTIVES. (AL-SHARQ AL-AWSAT, LONDON, 1/7/04)

January 8, 2004
THE ISLAMIC JURISPRUDENCE ASSEMBLY IN LEBANON CRITICIZED SHEIKH MUHAMMAD SAYID TANTAWI, HEAD OF AL-AZHAR UNIVERSITY, AND DEMANDED HIS APOLOGY OR HIS RESIGNATION BECAUSE OF HIS POSITION THAT THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT IS NOT WRONG TO BAN THE HIJAB. AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE ASSEMBLY DESCRIBED THE FRENCH DECISION 'AN ACT OF TERROR.' (AL-WATAN, QATAR, 1/7/04)

January 8, 2004
SYRIAN FOREIGN MINISTER FAROUQ AL-SHARA SAID: 'THE ESSENTIAL POSITION OF SYRIA AND TURKEY IS AGAINST THE PARTITION OF IRAQ ... BECAUSE IT IS GOING TO AFFECT THE WHOLE REGION.' (AL-HAYAT, LONDON, 1/8/04)

January 7, 2004
A HAMAS OFFICIAL DISCLOSED THAT HAMAS HAS PREVIOUSLY HAD MEETINGS WITH U.S. OFFICIALS, BUT DID NOT SAY WITH WHOM THE MEETING TOOK PLACE, OR WHEN. THE SOURCE STATED, 'WE ARE FOR THE OPEN-DOOR POLICY WITH ALL PEOPLE AND OFFICIAL SIDES… AND THE ONLY EXCEPTION OF THIS POLICY IS THE ZIONIST ENTITY.' (ARABICNEWS.COM, 1/7/04)

January 7, 2004
AT THE END OF THE ARAB INTERIOR MINISTERS CONVENTION IN TUNISIA, THE PARTICIPANTS DECIDED TO HELP THE PALESTINIANS REBUILD THE POLICE AND SECURITY APPARATUS STATIONS DESTROYED IN ISRAEL'S ATTACKS. THEY ALSO STRESSED THE NEED TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN TERRORISM AND THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLES TO RESIST OCCUPATION AND AGGRESSION. (AL-HAYAT AL-JADIDA, PA, 1/6/04)

January 7, 2004
PLO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER YASSER ABED RABBO SENT A LETTER TO FOREIGN REPRESENTATIVES IN THE PA AND TO INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS ACTIVE IN THE PA, CALLING ON THEM TO CONSIDER THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT A 'RACIST SEPARATION GOVERNMENT.' (AL-HAYAT AL-JADIDA, PA, 1/6/04)

January 6, 2004
SADDAM HUSSEIN SPENDS HALF OF HIS DAYS IN PRISON IN INTERROGATION AND THE OTHER HALF SLEEPING AND CLEANING HIS CELL, INCLUDING ITS SMALL TOILET. HE WAS ALLOWED TO HANG PHOTOGRAPHS OF HIS TWO SLAIN SONS, UDAY AND QUSAY IN ADDITION TO THE PICTURE OF PRESIDENT BUSH IN HIS CELL. (AL-SHARQ AL-AWSAT, LONDON, 1/6/04)

January 6, 2004
A KUWAITI DAILY REPORTS THAT A MEETING LIBYA AND ISRAEL WAS HELD IN VIENNA LAST FRIDAY UNDER THE AUSPICES OF A SENIOR AMERICAN DIPLOMAT. IT WAS AGREED THAT AN ISRAELI DELEGATION WOULD VISIT TRIPOLI IN LATE JANUARY TO PUT AN END TO HOSTILITY BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES AND INITIATE NORMAL DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS. THE QATARI FOREIGN MINISTER PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN THE PROCESS. (AL-SIYASSA, KUWAIT, 1/6/04)

January 6, 2004
THE SALFITE CLERICS IN IRAQ, WHO ADHERE SAUDI WAHHABI ISLAM, THREATENED THE COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY THAT FURTHER TRESPASSING INTO MUSLIM MOSQUES WILL CAUSE THE CLERICS TO DECLARE THAT IRAQIS SHOULD 'KILL AN AMERICAN AND ENTER HEAVEN.' (AL-HAYAT, LONDON, 1/4/04)

January 6, 2004
HUNDREDS OF ARMED INDIVIDUALS, MOST OF THEM PALESTINIAN SECURITY APPARATUS MEMBERS, ATTENDED THE FATAH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVITIES IN GAZA. SOME CARRIED RPGS AND AUTOMATIC WEAPONS. GUARDS OF PA MINISTER OF SECURITY AFFAIRS MUHAMMAD DAHLAN SCUFFLED WITH FATAH GAZA SECRETARY GENERAL AHMAD HALAS, WHICH LED TO SHOOTING. (AL-QUDS AL-ARABI, LONDON, 1/2/04)

January 6, 2004
AT A CONFERENCE ORGANIZED BY THE DUBAI PRESS CLUB, PLO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER YASSER ABED RABBO SAID THAT THE GENEVA DOCUMENT DID NOT CONCEDE THE RIGHT OF RETURN, AND THAT IT WAS THE FIRST JOINT PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI DOCUMENT IN WHICH UN RESOLUTION 194 CONSTITUTED THE BASIS FOR THE SOLUTION OF THE REFUGEE PROBLEM. (AL-WATAN, OMAN, 1/2/04)

January 6, 2004
HAMAS WEEKLY AL-RISALA: 'PALESTINIAN MEDICAL SOURCES REPORTED THAT TEAR GAS GRENADES USED BY THE ISRAELI ARMY FOR SCATTERING PALESTINIAN DEMONSTRATORS CONTAIN CHEMICALS MAKING PALESTINIAN WOMEN STERILE.' (AL-RISALA, HAMAS, 1/1/04)

January 6, 2004
THE JORDANIAN ECONOMY IS EMERGING AS THE BIGGEST LOSER IN 2004. THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ ENDED THE FLOW OF IRAQI OIL TO JORDAN, HALF OF WHICH WAS SOLD AT CONCESSIONARY PRICES WHILE THE OTHER HALF WAS 'A PRESIDENTIAL GIFT' FROM SADDAM. (AL-HAYAT, LONDON, 1/3/04)

January 5, 2004
A THIRD COMMUNIQUE ATTRIBUTED TO THE 'ISLAMIC BAYAN MOVEMENT' THREATENING ATTACKS ON THE U.S. WAS PUBLISHED ON AN ISLAMIST WEB SITE. THE COMMUNIQUE, TITLED 'VERY URGENT - FROM THE NATION OF ISLAM TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE,' WAS PUBLISHED TODAY AND IS DATED DECEMBER 21: 'WE ARE SERIOUS IN THIS WARNING. THE NEXT FEW DAYS WILL PROVE TO YOU THIS WARNING WAS GENUINE... THIS LYING GOVERNMENT KNOWS WELL THAT WE ARE CAPABLE, RIGHT NOW, OF DESTROYING AN AMERICAN CITY IN ITS ENTIRETY.' (1/5/04)

January 5, 2004
SAIFUL AL-ISLAM AL-QADDAFI, THE LIBYAN LEADER'S SON, SAID PAKISTAN WAS THE MAIN SOURCE OF LIBYA'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAMS. (AL-SHARQ AL-AWSAT, LONDON, 1/5/04)

January 5, 2004
AT THE FATAH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS IN AL-RAM, ARAFAT'S POLITICAL ADVISOR AHMAD ABD AL-RAHMAN SAID IN ARAFAT'S NAME: 'WE ARE NOT FAR FROM JERUSALEM AND VICTORY… THE FALLEN SHAHIDS HAVE PAVED THE WAY TO JERUSALEM, THE CAPITAL OF THE INDEPENDENT PALESTINIAN STATE AND THE HEART OF THE ARAB AND MUSLIM NATION, AND WE WILL NOT CONCEDE AN INCH OF IT.' (AL-QUDS, PA, 1/4/04)

January 5, 2004
SADDAM HUSSEIN HAS REFUSED AN OFFER TO ALLOW ONE OF HIS DAUGHTERS OR WIVES TO VISIT HIM FOR FEAR THEY MAY COME UNDER PRESSURE TO REVEAL HIS NUMBERED BANK ACCOUNTS (AL-MUSHREQ, BAGHDAD, 1/3/04)

January 5, 2004
THE ARAB STANDING COMMITTEE OF HUMAN RIGHTS OPENED ITS 3RD MEETING AT THE ARAB LEAGUE WITH DELEGATIONS FROM ALL ARAB STATES, A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UN HIGH COMMISSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, AND ENVOYS FROM 18 ARAB ORGANIZATIONS. ARAB LEAGUE SECRETARY GENERAL AMR MOUSSA SAID IN AN OPENING SPEECH THAT ARABS AND MUSLIMS ARE SUBJECT TO FALSE ACCUSATIONS THAT THEY DO NOT RESPECT HUMAN RIGHTS. (ARABICNEWS.COM, 1/5/04)