January 20, 2003

Are the Palestinian Arabs Fulfilling
President Bush's Conditions for Statehood?

A Survey of Week #30: Jan. 14 - Jan. 20, 2003


THE BUSH PLAN:

On June 24, 2002, President Bush set forth the conditions that the
Palestinian Arabs must fulfill in order to merit U.S. support for the
creation of a Palestinian Arab state.  Among the major obligations
are that the Palestinian Arabs must "dismantle the terrorist
infrastructure,"
"end incitement," "elect new leaders not compromised by terror," and
unequivocally embrace democracy and free market economics.

This report analyzes Palestinian Arab actions during the 30th week
following President Bush's speech, January 14 through January 20, 2003.


I.  "Dismantle the Terrorist Infrastructure"

What They Must Do:  President Bush said that the Palestinian Arabs
must "engage in a sustained fight against the terrorists and dismantle their
infrastructure."  Those terms were previously defined in the Oslo and Wye
accords as including arresting and imprisoning terrorists; shutting down
bomb factories; seizing terrorists' weapons; extraditing terrorists to
Israel;
punishing factions of the PLO that engage in terrorism; and outlawing
terrorist groups.

The Bush administration has also said that in rebuilding its police and
security forces, the PA must reform them so that they fight against
terrorists instead of taking part in terrorism.  The training, under the
supervision of U.S., Egyptian, and Jordanian security officials, began on
September 19, 2002; however, Israel has protested the fact that at least
100 of the 150 PA security officers participating in the course "were
involved in attacks on Israeli civilians." (Middle East Newsline, September
17, 2002)

What They Did During Week #30:

A.  No Terrorists Arrested:  There were no reports of terrorists being
arrested or imprisoned.

B.  No Terrorists Extradited:  The PA continued to ignore Israel's 45
requests for the extradition of  terrorists.

C.  No Terror Groups Outlawed:  The PA did not outlaw Hamas, Islamic
Jihad, Fatah, or any other terrorist groups.

D.  No Terrorists' Weapons Seized:  There were no reports of the PA
seizing terrorists' weapons.  By contrast, Israeli forces searching homes in
Tulkarm found an explosives belt, pipe bombs, boob-trapped computer screens,
materials for making explosive devices, and ammunition stored in the homes
of Fatah Tanzim members.

E.  No Closing of Bomb Factories:  There were no reports of the PA
shutting down any bomb factories.

F.  No Punishing of PLO Terror Factions:  There were no reports of the
PLO leadership punishing PLO factions that are engaged in terrorism, such
as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the
Democratic
Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP).

G.  New Terrorist Attacks:  During week #30, Jan.14, 2002 - Jan.20, 2003,
there were at least 15 terrorist attacks or attempted attacks:

January 14:  Firebomb attack on Israeli soldiers near Tulkarm ... Shooting
attack on Israeli soldiers in Jenin ... Shooting attack on an Israeli Army
outpost near Rafah ... Grenade attack on an Israeli Army patrol near Rafah.

January 15:  A terrorist was intercepted trying to infiltrate a Jewish
neighborhood in Gush Katif ... A terrorist was intercepted trying to
infiltrate the town of Slav ... Two terrorists were captured northeast of
Shechem (Nablus) while preparing a suicide bomb attack.

January 16:  Three suicide bombers arrested --one in Kalkilya, two in
Tulkarm -- while preparing attacks ...  Bomb attack on a road near a
Jewishtown near Gaza.

January 17:  A bomb-laden terrorist boat was intercepted near the
beachfront community of Dugit.

January 18:  Shooting attack on Israeli soldiers in Gaza.

January 19:  Shooting attack on Israeli soldiers in Gaza.

January 20:  Shooting attack on an Israel Army outpost in Gaza.

II.     "End Incitement"

What They Must Do:  President Bush stated that the Palestinian
Arabs must "end incitement to violence in official media and publicly
denounce homicide bombings."

What They Did During Week #30: The PA's official newspapers,
television, and radio continued to broadcast a steady stream of anti-Israel,
anti-American, and pro-violence incitement, and PA officials continued to
make inciting statements.

For example, the PA declared the week beginning January 17 "Iraq Solidarity
Week," and encouraged mass demonstrations of support for Saddam Hussein,
in Gaza.  Arafat's Fatah joined hands with Hamas and other terror groups at
the rallies. At one rally in Gaza, Hamas leader Abd el-Aziz Rantisi
declared:
"I call on Iraq to establish an army of future martyrs (suicide terrror
bombers) and to prepare tens of thousands of explosive belts. Explode next
to American soldiers. Blow them up in Baghdad. I call upon all Arab states
to
scorch the earth the Americans walk on in every Arab capital city."

Meanwhile, the official website of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade of Yasir
Arafat's Fatah movement,  
http://www.idf.il/newsite/images/0108-1p1.jpg
reported the movement's celebrations of the January 5, 2003 suicide bombing
which murdered 23 Israelis, stating:

"[Headline]: The Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades in Jenin are celebrating the
success of the suicide attack. Eyewitnesses have reported that a dozens of
the movement's activists, members of the Fatah movement in Jenin and the
refugee camp, have begun to shoot in the air from happiness at the success
of the double suicide attack that took place on Sunday [5 Jan. 2003] in Tel
Aviv. They said that the Al Aqsa activists sang through a megaphone, songs
that praise the terrorists groups and fired shots in the air. They added
that
members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades read a message in which they
emphasized [the fact] that the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades claimed
responsibility
[for the suicide bombings in Tel Aviv]. The message stated that 'those who
denounce the dead, should first and foremost denounce the traitors and
spies"
[meaning - criticism against the stance of senior leaders of the Fatah and
Palestinian
Authority who disclaimed responsibility for the attack]. They emphasized
that 'we
will strike every place and everywhere and at any time until the occupation
is
eradicated.'"

The web site contains a section dedicated to the suicide bomber Samer
El-Nuri:
http://www.idf.il/newsite/images/0108-1p3.gif
It reads:

"[Fatah emblem] the National Palestinian Liberation Movement
[sign of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades]
The Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades
The suicide bomber, the hero Samer El-Nuri
Hero of the [suicide] attack [in Tel Aviv]

Source 
http://www.fateh.tv/sameralnouri.htm

Below is the page dedicated to the suicide bomber Bruak Halifa:
http://www.idf.il/newsite/images/0108-1p4.gif

Here is the translation:
"[Fatah emblem] the National Palestinian Liberation Movement
[sign of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades]
The Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades
The suicide bomber, the knight Bruak Halifa
Hero of the [suicide] attack [in Tel Aviv]

Source
http://www.fateh.tv/buraqkhalafa.htm


III.  "Elect New Leaders Not Compromised by Terror"

What They Must Do: President Bush stated that the Palestinian Arabs must
hold "fair multiparty elections by the end of the year, with national
elections
to follow," in which they "elect new leaders, leaders not compromised by
terror."

What They Did During Week #30:  After previously announcing that it will
hold elections for chairman of the PA and members of the Palestinian
Legislative Council on January 20, 2003, the PA subsequently declared
that those elections will be indefinitely postponed because Israeli forces
are continuing to pursue terrorists in various parts of Judea, Samaria, and
Gaza.  Even if those elections are eventually held, it remains to be seen if
they will be free and fair, as President Bush has required, or will be
marred
by ballot-stuffing and intimidation of voters and potential non-PLO
candidates, as were the last PA elections, in 1996.

IV.     "Build Democracy Based on Tolerance and Liberty"

What They Must Do: President Bush said that the Palestinian Arabs must
"build a practicing democracy based on tolerance and liberty," with "a new
constitution" and "a truly independent judiciary. He said they must
"confront
corruption," and "the Palestinian parliament should have the full authority
of a legislative body." They must implement "market economics," and create
"a vibrant economy where honest enterprise is encouraged by honest
government." In addition, there must be "an externally supervised effort to
rebuild and reform the Palestinian security services" with "clear lines of
authority and accountability and a unified chain of command."

What They Did During Week #30:

Despite President Bush's conditions, corruption continues to be the norm in
the Palestinian Authority.  The Jerusalem Post reported on January 2, 2003:

"Palestinian Authority officials and institutions in the Gaza Strip are
involved in
stealing basic food supplies and medicine provided by United Nations Reliefs
and Works Agency (UNRWA) and Arab countries, according to documents
seized by the IDF during a recent raid on the Protective Security Service
headquarters in Gaza City.

"The documents show that PA officials have been selling the food and
medicine on the black market since 1996. Food distributed by UNRWA to
residents of refugee camps in the Gaza Strip have made their way to private
merchants, who are selling them on the black market.

"The documents also indicate that large supplies of medicine and other
equipment donated by Arab countries as humanitarian aid to the Palestinian
people were being sold at private pharmacies and other markets in the Gaza
Strip. (...)

"[M]ost of the thefts were taking place at the Rafah border crossing and
that PA Minister of Supplies Abu Ali Shahin is responsible. Shahin is one of
the top leaders of Fatah in the Gaza Strip and one of Arafat's confidants.

"The Rafah crossing is controlled by the Preventive Security Service, which
is cooperating with Shahin in stealing humanitarian aid, the sources said,
noting that Shahin is being referred to by many Palestinians as the
'minister
of theft'"


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