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Arab American Relationship  
No new posts Improving the US/Arab relationship
How can we bridge the gap of misunderstanding and build on mutual respect and trust between Arab and American People? What Issues you think are widening the gap between us? What specific nongovernmental action can we take as individuals to improve our relations?
   
7 19 Thu Jan 15, 2004 2:50 am
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The US war against Iraq  
No new posts What are the real motives of the US for wanting to go to war?
Itís beginning to appear that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein isnít as stupid as the Bush administration believed him to be. He has readmitted the inspectors, heís cooperating with them, and heís made his declaration: We have no weapons of mass destruction; if the United States and Great Britain have evidence to the contrary, give it to the international inspectors. So far, the Bush administration has done nothing but indulge in name-calling, like some bratty kid on a schoolyard. Itís not enough to keep calling Saddam a liar; itís time to prove it. And if the United States lacks proof, as I personally believe, then itís time to shut up or else confess the real motives for wanting to go to war. So far, the Bush administrationís credibility hasnít been that great itself.
   
1 11 Fri May 30, 2003 6:59 am
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The Israeli Arab conflict  
No new posts What do you think are the main reasons for this conflict?
Israel is the only country in the Middle East that has nuclear weapons. Israel is the only country in the Middle East that refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections from its sites. Israel currently occupies territories of two sovereign nations (Lebanon and Syria) in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions? Israel routinely confiscates bank accounts, businesses, and land from Palestinians and refuses to pay compensation to those who suffer the confiscation. Israel stands in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council Resolutions. Israel's illegal settlement-building in the Occupied Palestinian territories more than doubled in the eight years since the Oslo agreements. Based on the above facts and what you know can you identify the main points of the conflict that has to be resolved in order for peace to be achieved?
   
2 3 Sat Jun 28, 2003 5:54 am
Tony View latest post
No new posts The Palestine Problem was created by Britain in 1917
When the Palestine Problem was created by Britain in 1917, more than 90% of the population of Palestine were Arabs, and that there were at that time no more than 56,000 Jews in Palestine. More than half of the Jews living in Palestine at that time were recent immigrants, who had come to Palestine in the preceding decades in order to escape persecution in Europe?... And that less than 5% of the population of Palestine were native Palestinian Jews. The Arabs of Palestine at that time owned 97.5% of the land, while Jews (native Palestinians and recent immigrants together) owned only 2.5% of the land, During the thirty years of British occupation and rule, the Zionists were able to purchase only 3.5% of the land of Palestine, in spite of the encouragement of the British Government?... And that much of this land was transferred to Zionist bodies by the British Government directly, and was not sold by Arab owners. Therefore, when British passed the Palestine Problem to the United Nations in 1947, Zionists owned no more than 6% of the total land area of Palestine. Notwithstanding these facts, the General Assembly of the United Nations recommended that a "Jewish State" be established in Palestine?... And that the Assembly granted that proposed "State" about 54% of the total area of the country. Israel immediately occupied (and still occupies) 80.48% of the total land area of Palestine, this territorial expansion took place, for the most part, before 15 May 1948: i.e., before the formal end of the British forces from Palestine, before the entry of Arab armies to protect Palestinian Arabs, and before the Arab-Israeli war. Since the General Armistice Agreements were signed in 1949, Israel has maintained an aggressive policy of waging military attacks across the Armistice Demarcation Lines, repeatedly invading the territories of the neighboring Arab States...And that Israel has been duly rebuked, censured, or condemned for these military attacks by the Security Council of the General Assembly of the United Nations on eleven occasions-five times by the Security Council and six times by the General Assembly. Israel has additionally imposed a system of apartheid upon the Arabs who stayed in their homeland? More than 90% of these Arabs live in "security zones;" they alone live under martial law, restricting their freedom to travel from village to village or from town to town; their children are denied equal opportunities for education; and they are denied decent opportunities for work, and the right to receive "equal pay for equal work?" Israel allots 85% of the water resources in the occupied territories for Jews and the remaining 15% is divided among all Palestinians in the territories? For example in Hebron, 85% of the water is given to about 500 settlers, while 15% must be divided among Hebron's 120,000 Palestinians. Israel is the only country in the Middle East that has nuclear weapons. Israel is the only country in the Middle East that refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections from its sites. Israel currently occupies territories of two sovereign nations (Lebanon and Syria) in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions? Israel routinely confiscates bank accounts, businesses, and land from Palestinians and refuses to pay compensation to those who suffer the confiscation. Israel stands in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council Resolutions. Israel's illegal settlement-building in the Occupied Palestinian territories more than doubled in the eight years since the Oslo agreements. Palestinian refugees make up the largest refugee population in the world. The right of self-determination is guaranteed to every human being under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December, 1948), yet Palestinians were/are expected to negotiate for this right under the Oslo Accords. Finaly as a note Palestinians have the highest ratio of PhDs per capita in the world. Based on the above facts and what you know can you identify the main points of the conflict that has to be resolved in order for peace to be achieved?
   
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The Arab's Peace Initiative  
No new posts How can we bridge this gap and offer a workable peace plan?
More than seven in ten Palestinians and Israelis indicate that they themselves are ready to Move beyond the cycle of violence and undertake a settlement process based on the. Palestinians refraining from violence and the Israelis agreeing to a Palestinian state based On í67 borders. Less than one in five Palestinians and Israelis (in both cases the Percentages were remarkably symmetrical) were wedded to the idea of regaining historic Palestine or holding on to the Territories. However, a major portion of both the Palestinian and Israeli majorities expressed no confidence in the readiness of the other Side to give up violence or make the necessary concessions.
   
1 1 Mon Dec 23, 2002 3:47 pm
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