Editor's Note: Is this news? Does anyone really expect the PA to live up to its commitments when there are NO consequences for non-compliance. Excuse me, there is a consequence: David Bar-Illan, Director of Communications and Planning in the Prime Minister's Office, will publish a list like this one, which will be ignored by the Israeli government, the Palestinian Authority, the US, the UN, the European Union etc. ad nauseam. Will anyone admit that Oslo has failed? Is there anything the Arabs can do that will cause the government to publically admit that this bloody "peace" experiment has FAILED. Will anyone stand up and say "the emperor has no clothes?" Well I did in a press release from the Freeman Center (published in the Jewish Herald-Voice on September 3, 1993). Here is an excerpt:
"Despite the media hype surrounding these developments (Oslo), let me make something very clear: A leopard does not change its spots. And you can say a berachaha (Hebrew blessing) over a ham sandwich, but that doesn't make it kosher. And a deal with the PLO is like a dance on quicksand --before you realize it, you have sunk into the muck and slime."......Bernard
The Israel Government Press Office released a comprehensive 35-page report today assessing Israeli and Palestinian compliance with the Hebron Accord. The report is being issued to mark six months since the signing and implementation of the agreement in January 1997. Copies of the report are available at the Government Press Office, tel: (02) 623-3385, or on the internet site of the Prime Minister's Office (www.pmo.gov.il) in the policy papers/fact sheet section.
Israeli Compliance: The report notes that since the signing of the Hebron Accord, Israel has fulfilled all of its commitments. Israeli forces redeployed in Hebron. Israel approved the first stage of the further redeployment from the West Bank, released Palestinian women prisoners, resumed negotiations with the PA on outstanding Interim Agreement issues and offered to resume final status talks.
Palestinian Security Violations: According to the report, the PA has violated the fundamental security provisions of the Hebron accord. Rather than contain disturbances, the Palestinian police organized riots in Hebron in March-April 1997 and June-July 1997 and failed to contain Palestinians who surged towards the Jewish Quarter. In many cases, the PA paid youths 30 to 50 shekels per day for taking part in riots and attacking Israeli soldiers. The PA has deployed 1,500 policemen in Hebron, which is nearly four times the 400 allowed, and it has armed them with weapons forbidden by the agreement.
Palestinian Violations of the Note for Record: The report notes that the PA has failed to fulfill any of its 4 obligations contained in the Note for the Record: amending the Covenant, combating terror, reducing the size of its police force and restricting its governmental activity to areas under its control.
1. Failure to Change the PLO Covenant - The Palestinians have not taken any steps toward completing the amendment process. To date, no new version of the Covenant has yet been submitted to the Palestinian National Council.
2. Failure to Fight Terror and Prevent Violence - One of the PA's gravest violations of the Note for the Record has been its failure to combat terror, an obligation which the Note breaks down into six specific measures required of the PA:
2a. Strengthening Security Cooperation - The PA broke off security cooperation with Israel earlier this year, despite warnings of impending terrorist activity. Palestinian security officials refused to meet their Israeli counterparts and refrained from exchanging intelligence information. Recently, security cooperation has improved slightly, but the PA has thus far refused to restore the level that existed previously.
2b. Incitement to Violence Against Israel - Senior PA officials have repeatedly engaged in incitement to violence against Israel. They have praised Hamas and the intifada, threatened Israel with war, and accused Israel of injecting Palestinians with the AIDS virus and poisoning Palestinian food products. More than 30 such statements made by senior PA officials are documented in the report.
2c. Combat Systematically and Effectively Terrorist Organizations and Infrastructure The PA has taken no steps to outlaw terror groups, whose infrastructure remains intact. At a secret meeting held in Gaza on the night of March 9, 1997, Arafat met with the heads of Hamas, the DFLP and the PFLP, who left the meeting with the understanding to renew terror against Israel. Eleven days later, 3 Israelis died in a Hamas bombing in Tel Aviv on March 21, 1997.
In mid-July 1997 it became clear that the Palestinian police have been actively involved in terror. Israeli intelligence has confirmed that Asst.-Cmdr. Jihad Masimi of the PA police in Nablus has ordered attacks, that there are several terror cells in the Palestinian police, and that there are strong indications that Palestinian Police Chief Ghazi Jabali is involved.
2d. Apprehension, Prosecution and Punishment of Terrorists - Terrorists have not been tried by the PA for terror activity against Israel in the past 6 months. The PA has drafted numerous terrorists to serve in the ranks of its security services, including at least 23 wanted for the murder of Israelis. The PA Police Commander has acknowledged that more than 150 members of Hamas and the PFLP are currently working in key positions in the Palestinian police. Since the signing of the Hebron Accord, the PAhas released dozens of terrorists from detention, including: Muhammad Khawaja, a senior Islamic Jihad leader who planned the January 1995 Beit Lid bombing; Nabil Sharihi, a member of Islamic Jihad who helped prepare the bomb used in the April 1995 Kfar Darom attack in which 7 Israelis and 1 American were killed; Imjad Hinawi - a Hamas member who took part in the murder of 17-year old David Boim in Beit El in May 1996.
2e. Transfer of Terror Suspects to Israel - On March 31, 1997, Israel submitted 31 requests to the PA for the transfer of terror suspects. Thus far, the PA has failed to hand over any of the suspects to Israel. Of the 31 terror suspects whose transfer is being sought by Israel, 11 are either serving in the Palestinian police or are in the process of joining its ranks. Among those being sought are: Ibrahim Alkam, Abdel Nasser Alkaisi and Ibrahim Hani, wanted for the murder of Etta Tzur and her 12-year old son Ephraim on December 11, 1996; Bassam Issa - behind the terror attack in Jerusalem on October 9, 1994 in which two people were killed; and Hisham Salim Dib, who was behind the March 4, 1996 Dizengoff suicide bombing which killed 13 people.
2f. Confiscation of illegal firearms - No public campaigns or major sweeps have been undertaken by the PA to confiscate illegal weapons. As a result, virtually none of the tens of thousands of weapons circulating in the autonomous areas have been collected by the PA in the past six months. Five illegally armed groups continue to operate in the PA areas:
1) Hamas; 2) Islamic Jihad; 3) Fatah; 4) PFLP and 5) DFLP. Smuggling, illicit production and lax PA enforcement have led to a rise in the number of illegal weapons in the PA areas.
3. Size of Palestinian Police - The PA has deployed more than 30,000 policemen in the West Bank and Gaza, exceeding the agreed upon limit by over 6,000, or more than 25%.
4. Restriction of PA governmental activity to Areas Under its Control - The PA is active in Jerusalem in spheres ranging from education to health to religious affairs. Numerous PA offices such as the Orient House, the Religious Affairs Ministry and the Education Ministry are operating in the city. Plainclothesmen from four Palestinian security forces are currently active in the eastern part of the city, operating on its main thoroughfares and on the Temple Mount. They conduct detentions, intelligence-gathering, criminal investigations and enforce orders issued by PA Chairman Arafat.
Under the terms of the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is obligated to safeguard holy sites and ensure free access to them. According to Annex III, Appendix I, Article 32 of the Oslo 2 accord which was signed on September 28, 1995:
"2. Both sides shall respect and protect the listed below religious rights of Jews, Christians, Moslems and Samaritans:
a. protection of the Holy Sites;
b. free access to the Holy Sites; and
c. freedom of worship and practice."
In addition to this general obligation, the Oslo 2 accord (Article V of Annex I) also spells out specific arrangements concerning particular sites such as the Tomb of Joseph in Nablus, the Shalom al Yisrael Synagogue in Jericho, and the Tomb of Rachel near Bethlehem. These arrangements are designed to ensure free access to the sites and their protection.
Assaults on Holy Sites by the PA
1) Abraham's Oak Russian Monastery - located in the Palestinian-controlled part of Hebron, the monastery belongs to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. On July 5, 1997, Palestinian policemen arrived at the monastery and ordered the monks and nuns to vacate the premises. When they refused, the Palestinian policemen broke down the doors and began to curse and beat them. One nun was assaulted by both male and female Palestinian policemen, who punched her in the stomach and pounded her head against a wall. The Abbess of the monastery was physically dragged along the floor as her head hit the stones, and she had to be hospitalized. One of the monks was handcuffed, thrown to the ground and stomped upon by Palestinian policemen. The PA officers physically removed all of the monks and nuns, and took over the site.
2) Tomb of Rachel - The Tomb, located on the outskirts of Bethlehem, is the burial site of the Biblical matriarch Rachel and is under Israeli control. During the September 1996 riots, the PA orchestrated riots near the Tomb in which a Palestinian mob assaulted the site and hurled rocks and firebombs at it, causing damage to the outer part of the structure. Palestinian policemen on the scene shot and wounded Israeli soldiers guarding the Tomb.
3) Tomb of Joseph - Located in Nablus, the Tomb is the burial site of the Biblical figure Joseph. During the September 1996 riots, a Palestinian mob led by Palestinian policemen assaulted the Tomb. Palestinian security agents opened fire on Israeli troops at the site, killing 6 Israeli soldiers. After the Israeli forces temporarily withdrew, the Palestinian mob entered the site and set fire to it. They burned the Jewish prayer books, Bibles and religious articles inside the structure and caused extensive damage.
Denial of Freedom of Access by the PA
There is a Jewish holy site which the PA has actively prevented Jews from visiting:
Ancient Synagogue in Gaza - Located in Gaza are the remains of an ancient Jewish synagogue which is one of the oldest ever found in the region. Prior to the signing of the Oslo Accords, prayer sessions were held there on a regular basis. Since the establishment of the PA, the Palestinians have refused to allow Jews to visit the site, claiming that it is in a "closed zone" near the offices of PA Chairman Arafat.
ARAFAT HAS PROVEN TO BE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PERSECUTOR
He is willing to Torture, Murder and Violate the Human and Religious Rights of all:
JEWS AND CHRISTIANS, AS WELL AS HIS FELLOW ARABS