AMERICANS FOR A SAFE ISRAEL/AFSI
1623 Third Ave., Suite 205, New York, N.Y. 10128
Tel: 212-828-2424; Fax: 212-828-1717;
afsi@onterport.net
Contact: Helen Freedman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - FEB. 21, 2000

THE FATAL POSITION

Americans for a Safe Israel/AFSI views with alarm the present full retreat of the Israeli government. Herbert Zweibon, AFSI Chairman, states, "The Barak government has clearly abandoned its Jewish citizens by giving up huge portions of Judea and Samaria, clearly leading to the uprooting and 'transfer' of the 150,000 Jews now living in those communities."

Helen Freedman, AFSI's Executive Director, notes that, "According to the rough draft of the permanent status map of Judea and Samaria, only six settlement blocs in Yesha will remain under Israeli sovereignty. The plan details the future evacuation of 21 Yesha communities. Kiryat Arba/Hebron will be abandoned, as well as Netzarim, Kfar Darom, and Morag in Gaza's Gush Katif. Travelers to and from some blocs will have to pass through PA territory."

Zweibon goes on to deplore the "quiet division of Jerusalem." He asserts that, "The Jewish neighborhoods at the northern end of the city such as Beit Hanina and Shuafat will be surrounded by PA areas. Neve Yaakov and Pisgat Ze'ev, home to 80,000 Jews, are also threatened by their proximity to PA autonomous areas." Zweibon quotes Gabi Ganish, head of the Neve Yaakov neighborhood council who has been living there since the neighborhood was founded 27 years ago, "This is not a matter of politics, but a matter of our daily lives, and our private homes. Already today, when there is no formal PA in the Arab areas bordering our neighborhoods we are putting up fences, increasing the street lighting, and operating patrols with the Border Police and the Civil Guard... we worry about PA terrorists infiltrating our neighborhood and then getting away to the safe haven of the PA areas."

Helen Freedman condemns the Barak policy on Jerusalem. She says, "Barak's pattern of ignoring the Arab violations in the eastern part of Jerusalem, and permitting increased PA activity will subconsciously get Jewish Jerusalemites to accept the loss of east Jerusalem to the Arabs, as well as the outlying areas of the city." Freedman quotes a spokesman for the new movement to save Jerusalem, "Six years ago our sacred cow was Jerusalem -- and now even she is being slaughtered."

The AFSI chairman concludes, "We accuse the Barak government of creating policies that weaken the will of the people, destroying their ability to fight for their survival. AFSI offers its support to those prepared to fight."

RESPONSE TO HELPING PA ECONOMY

The PA decided to reserve the Erez Checkpoint for the passage of people and the new, streamlined Karmi checkpoint for the passage of goods. To help the PA economy, Israel will lower fees for trucks passing through Karmi. The PA will reduce tariffs on trucks carrying cement into Gaza. What did Arafat's economic advisor, Mahr el-Kurd, think of that? It is like "Nazi policies against the `Palestinian' population." "Israel wants to turn Gaza into a concentration camp similar to that of the 2nd WW."

The IDF commander of the Erez Checkpoint protested those "evil, stupid, and insensitive statements." (IMRA, 2/9 from Coordinator of Activities in the territories). The good commander might have noticed by now that the Arabs do not try to be sensitive. Their Islamic duty is to humiliate the Jews.



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