To adequately understand the underpinnings of the Arab Israeli conflict, it is imperative to know the history of the region. That is why the first item on the site deals with history. The Chronological Table that follows does not pretend to give an exhaustive review of the history of the region. It gives, however, enough information, in a table format, to help the reader situate the different events in their historical context. Hopefully this will arouse the reader's curiosity enough to pursue the matter further. The emphasis on Iraq is due to the fact that, since the Gulf War, this country has been very much in the news and some background information on it can be enlightening.
Chronological Table of Middle East History with emphasis on Iraq
from 1908 to the present
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After spending 6 months in Iraq from May to November 1995 as an interpreter/translator with UNSCOM (United Nations Special Commission in charge of ridding Iraq of weapons of mass destruction), I came away with these Impressions that I would like to share with the readers.
Impressions from Iraq
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This is an attempt to answer the questions posed by an American university professor concerning the Palestine Question. It is being emphasized here that the solution of this complicated problem must be based on justice if what we really want to achieve is a durable solution, even if this creates a dilemma, especially to those in Isarel who look at this problem from a moral point of view.
Letter from Baghdad - Thoughts on the Palestine Question
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A look back at the origin of the Arab-Israeli conflict and a review of the present situation in the context of a flawed Oslo Agreement.
The Palestine Question, the Oslo Agreement put in context
Also in Arabic translation
The story of the Khazars and their kingdom Khazaria is kept a dark secret because it will destroy the Zionist claim to Palestine. The refrain that Zionists keep singing in the media that "the Jewish people are returning to the Jewish people's homeland after almost 2,000 years in exile" (see letter 32) will be meaningless, if it becomes widely known that the majority of the Jews today are, in fact, descendants of the Khazars, a non-Semitic people. The "historic connection" upon which Zionists base their claim to Palestine will turn out to be a hoax.
Initially, I named my site Letters to the Editor because it only had letters that I had written and submitted to the editors of a handful of newspapers. The puropse of these letters to the editor is to provide the average American reader of these newspapers with the factual information he needs to form his or her own opinion. Another goal is to refute, rebut and reply to letters written by Israel's apologists and worshipers who distort the facts and mislead the readers. In a sense, it is "a new way of cross-examining Israel."
List of the Letters to the Editor
In the course of writing those letters to the editor of the local newspaper in Westchester, a kind of debate took place with Israel's supporters in the county on very specific issues. Letters dealing with the same issue are grouped together for easy access.
List of the issues debated
Many more issues were debated and discussed. To facilitate searching for these issues a Subject Index is being provided.
Subject Index of all the Letters to the Editor
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This is a series of Exchanges I had with different people through a mutual friend whose name is Richard. All the exchanges deal with the Middle East and all turned out to be fruitless. What I mean by "fruitless" is that they didn't last long for a variety of reasons that I will try to present when I introduce each one of these exchanges.
One must keep in mind that the issue of the Middle East is a tricky one for two reasons. One is that it involves Israel. While Americans have no problem criticizing their own government they are reluctant to criticize Israel for fear of being labeled anti-Semite.
The other is the mainstream media which gives a biased view of the Middle East in favor of Israel. Since the overwhelming majority of the Americans rely on the mainstream media that deliver them well packaged information they are either shocked or incredulous when they hear the other side of the story.
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I am presenting here the Correspondence I had with White Plains Public Library concerning my gift to the Library of a subscription to the Washington Report of Middle East Affairs. The Library rejected my gift.
Correspondence with White Plains Public Library
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I am presenting here the Correspondence I had with Greenburgh Public Library concerning my gift to the Library of a subscription to the Washington Report of Middle East Affairs. Initially, the Library accepted my subscription gift then canceled it altogether.
Correspondence with Greenburgh Public Library
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L i n k s
UN Information System on the Question of Palestine: http://domino.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF?OpenDatabase
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs: http://www.washington-report.org
American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee: http://www.adc.org
Americans for Middle East Understanding: http://members.aol.com/ameulink/index.html
Council for National Interst: http://www.cnionline.org
Arab American Roman Catholic Community: http://www.albushra.org
Mid-East Realities: http://www.MiddleEast.org
Bat Shalom of the Jerusalem Link: http://www.batshalom.org
The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories: http://www.btselem.org
Middle East Research and Information Project: http://www.merip.org
USS Liberty: http://www.halcyon.com/jim/ussliberty
The Edward Said Archive: http://www.leb.net/tesa
The Chomsky Archive: http://www.zmag.org/chomsky/index.cfm
Norman Finkelstein: http://www.normanfinkelstein.com
Truth, Justice and Human Right in the the Middle East: http://www.mideastfacts.com
Ali Abunimah: uncovering media myths about the Middle East: http://www.abunimah.org/
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