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Sunday, January 18, 2004

Headlines from the Arab press

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January 18, 2004
IN DEFENSE OF THE GENEVA DOCUMENT, FORMER PALESTINIAN INFORMATION MINISTER YASSER ABED RABBO SAID THAT 'THE RETURN OF ALL THE REFUGEES TO PALESTINE WILL MEAN THAT WE ARE AGAIN BRINGING UP THE SOLUTION OF THE FULL LIBERATION [OF PALESTINE] FROM THE SEA TO THE RIVER.' (AL-HAYAT, LONDON, 1/18/04)

January 18, 2004
SYRIAN VICE PRESIDENT ABED AL-HALIM KHADDAM SAID IRAQ IS PART OF THE DANGER THAT THREATENS SYRIA, AND THAT IF CERTAIN FORCES HAD THEIR WAY ALL ARABS AND MUSLIMS WOULD FACE A FUTURE OF OPPRESSION. (TESHREEN, SYRIA, 1/18/04)

January 18, 2004
A FATAH WEB FORUM POSTED A COMMUNIQUÉ BY WHAT APPEARS TO BE A NEW MOVEMENT, THE BLACK CHEETAH, IN WHICH IT PROMISES TO STRIKE AT EVERYTHING CONNECTED WITH THE OCCUPATION, IN AND OUTSIDE OF PALESTINE. THE MOVEMENT WARNED THAT ITS ACTIONS WILL 'STRIKE AT ALL THE ENEMY'S INTERESTS ABROAD,' WILL 'HELP STUDENT MOVEMENTS AT THE UNIVERSITIES, PARTICULARLY IN JORDAN,' AND WILL 'UPROOT THE CULTURE OF THE ENEMY' AND RECRUIT THE YOUNGER GENERATION TO THE CAUSE. (HTTP://MOLTAQA.FATEH.TV/SHOWTHREAD.PHP?S=&THREADID=2877)

January 18, 2004
HAMAS'S MILITARY WING, THE IZZ AL-DIN AL-QASSAM BRIGADES, RESPONDED TO ISRAEL'S THREAT TO RENEW TARGETED ASSASSINATIONS IN A COMMUNIQUÉ BY STATING THAT ISRAEL WOULD PAY DEARLY FOR IT AND THAT 'WE WILL NOT PERMIT THE ZIONISTS TO TAKE PLEASURE IN THEIR NAZI CRIMES BEFORE WE DROWN THEM IN THEIR OWN BLOOD.' (HTTP://WWW.PALESTINE-INFO.INFO/ARABIC/HAMAS/STATEMENTS/2004/17_1_04.HTM)

January 18, 2004
HAMAS'S MILITARY WING, THE IZZ AL-DIN AL-QASSAM BRIGADES, ALSO STATED THAT THE ONES DESERVING DEATH WERE THE LEADERS OF THE ZIONIST GANGS, AND THAT JIHAD AND MARTYRDOM OPERATIONS WOULD CONTINUE UNTIL THE LAND OF THE MUSLIMS WAS LIBERATED, THE LAST PALESTINIAN REFUGEE HAD RETURNED, SECURITY WOULD BE PROVIDED FOR THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE, AND THE AL-AQSA MOSQUE WOULD BE PURGED OF THE ZIONIST DEFILEMENT. (HTTP://WWW.PALESTINE-INFO.INFO/ARABIC/HAMAS/STATEMENTS/2004/16_1_04.HTM)

January 18, 2004
THE SYRIAN COMMITTEES FOR THE REVIVAL OF CIVIL SOCIETY ARE PLANNING A CAMPAIGN OF SUPPORT FOR THE MORE THAN 20 DARIA PRISONERS WHO RECEIVED JAIL SENTENCES FOLLOWING A SECRET TRIAL WITH NO LEGAL DEFENSE. (AKHBAR AL-SHARQ, SYRIA, 1/17/04)

January 18, 2004
THE PALESTINIAN NEWS AGENCY WAFA REPORTED THAT ARAFAT ADVISOR NABIL ABU RUDEINEH DENIED MEDIA REPORTS THAT THE PA HAD ASKED HIZBULLAH NOT TO INCLUDE MARWAN BARGHOUTI ON THE LIST OF PRISONERS THAT ISRAEL MUST RELEASE. ABU RUDEINEH ADDED THAT BARGHOUTI IS THE FIRST PRISONER THAT THE PA REQUIRES RELEASED. (AL-HAYAT AL-JADIDA, PA, 1/17/04)

January 16, 2004
AN EDITORIAL IN THE SAUDI GAZETTE CRITICIZED THE SAUDI GOVERNMENT FOR NEVER HAVING OFFERED A REWARD FOR THE CAPTURE OF OSAMA BIN LADEN, AND CALLED ON IT TO OFFER A REWARD OF $50 MILLION, IN ADDITION TO THE AMERICAN REWARD CURRENTLY OFFERED, SAYING THAT BIN LADEN 'HAS OPENLY THREATENED OUR COUNTRY, OUR SECURITY, AND OUR PROSPERITY FOR YEARS.' (SAUDI GAZETTE, 1/15/04)

January 16, 2004
THE WORLD ASSEMBLY OF MUSLIM YOUTH (WAMY), A SAUDI CHARITY THAT HAS BEEN SUSPECTED OF HAVING TERRORIST TIES, REPORTS THAT ITS DONATIONS COLLECTED OVER THE PAST YEAR HAVE DROPPED BY 70%. (SAUDI GAZETTE, 1/15/04)

January 16, 2004
THREE MEN WITH 19.5 BILLION IRAQI DINARS ($12 MILLION) WERE ARRESTED AT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. IT HAS NOT BEEN ESTABLISHED WHO OWNS THE MONEY. (AL-SHARQ AL-AWSAT, LONDON, 1/16/04)

January 16, 2004
THE PALESTINIAN PARLIAMENT APPROVED THE FY2004 BUDGET WHICH SHOWS A DEFICIT OF $890 MILLION. MINISTER OF FINANCE FAYYADH SAID DONOR COUNTRIES WILL COVER MOST OF THE DEFICIT WITH GRANTS OF $650 MILLION. IT WAS IMPERATIVE, HE SAID, THAT SALARIES ARE PAID TO INDIVIDUAL SECURITY OFFICIALS DIRECTLY RATHER THAN IN A LUMP SUM TO SECURITY AGENCIES TO AVOID CORRUPTION AND WASTE. (OKAZ, SAUDI ARABIA, 1/16/04)

January 16, 2004
FRIDAY SERMONS ACROSS IRAQ TODAY ECHOED DEMANDS BY SHI'A CLERIC AYATOLLAH ALI AL-SISTANI FOR DIRECT ELECTIONS BEFORE THE TRANSFER OF SOVEREIGNTY TO THE IRAQI PEOPLE. (AL-JAZEERA TV, 1/16/04)

January 16, 2004
A NEWS STORY ABOUT THE ARREST OF SADDAM SAYS THAT HE WAS ARRESTED BY AN IRAQI GROUP OF THE AL-BOGHER TRIBE WHICH DEMANDED $100 MILLION FROM THE U.S. TO TURN HIM OVER. THE NEGOTIATIONS LASTED FOR 20 DAYS. ACCORDING TO THE STORY THE NEWS ABOUT HIS ARREST WAS LEAKED TO RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE, WHICH CAUSED THE U.S. TO EXPEDITE THE NEGOTIATIONS FOR SADDAM'S SURRENDER. (OKAZ, SAUDI ARABIA, 1/16/04)

January 16, 2004
A CAR BOMB EXPLODED OUTSIDE A CHRISTIAN BIBLE SOCIETY AND CHURCH IN PAKISTAN, INJURING SEVEN PEOPLE AND DAMAGING THE EXTERIOR OF THE CHURCH. THE TARGET HAD PREVIOUSLY RECEIVED THREATS AGAINST IT. (SAUDI PRESS AGENCY, 1/15/04)

January 16, 2004
HAMAS SPIRITUAL LEADER SHEIKH AHMAD YASSIN SAID REGARDING HAMAS'S AGREEMENT TO A PALESTINIAN STATE WITHIN THE 1967 BORDERS THAT THE MOVEMENT'S AGREEMENT WAS SUBJECT TO SEVERAL CONDITIONS: REALIZATION OF THE RIGHT OF RETURN, NON-RECOGNITION OF THE ZIONIST ENTITY, AND NO CONCESSIONS ON 'OUR RIGHT TO OUR LAND AND OUR HISTORIC HOMELAND IN HISTORIC PALESTINE.' (HTTP://WWW.PALESTINE-INFO.INFO/ARABIC/HAMAS/HEWAR/YASEEN3.HTM, 1/16/04)

January 16, 2004
AT THE FUNERAL OF RIM AL-RAISHI, WHO BLEW HERSELF UP AT THE EREZ CHECKPOINT, HER BROTHER SAID HE FELT HONOR THAT SHE HAD CARRIED OUT THE OPERATION, AND THAT HE HAD NOT EXPECTED HIS SISTER TO DO SUCH A THING. (AL-HAYAT AL-JADIDA, PA 1/16/04)

January 16, 2004
SAUDI ARABIA HAS AGREED TO REBUILD 600 HOUSES DESTROYED BY ISRAEL IN PA AREA. THEY WILL BE BUILT IN CLUSTERS OF 100 HOMES EACH. U.A.E. HAS AGREED TO REBUILD THE JENIN REFUGEE CAMP. (AL-SHARQ AL-AWSAT, LONDON, 1/16/04)