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The Syrian Community on the Golan Heights

Issue: 2000, Volume 33, Issue 2
Subject: Land and Homes|Settlements|Syria
Author: Tarabieh, Bashar
Issue Description: The author of this issue, Bashar Tarabieh, is a member of the Arab Academic Association for Development of the Golan. Bashar presently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. The story he tells in these pages is indeed the untold story of his people’s oppression under foreign occupation. Much has been reported in the U.S. media of what the 17,000 Israeli colonizers on the Golan might lose should negotiations with Syria succeed. But what of the 140,000 Syrians expelled by Israel in 1967, or the 17,000 who remain there today? What about their 33 years of lost freedoms. This is their story.
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The Lydda Death March

Issue: 2000, Volume 33, Issue 3
Subject: History|Land and Homes|Refugees|War/Conflict
Author: Amash, Charles; Rantisi, Audeh
Issue Description:

On July 12 [1948] Ramle and Lydda were occupied by Zionist forces and a curfew was imposed. At 11:30 a.m., many Lydda inhabitants, shut up in their houses, took fright at the sudden outbreak of shooting outside.… Some rushed into the streets, only to be cut down by Israeli fire...In the confusion, many unarmed detainees in the detention areas in the center of town – in the mosque and church compounds –were shot and killed.… At 13:30 hours, July 12, before the shooting had completely died down, Operation Dani HQ issued the following order to Yiftah Brigade: “The inhabitants of Lydda must be expelled quickly without attention to age.”--Israeli historian Benny Morris, “The Middle East Journal,”vol. 40, No. 1, Winter 1986, pp. 86-87

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On the Jericho Road

Issue: 2000, Volume 33, Issue 4
Subject: Media
Author: Wall, James M.
Issue Description: In 1973, upon assuming the editorship of Christian Century, Jim Wall received an invitation from the American Jewish Committee to take an all-expenses paid trip to Israel. He began his journey a solid, pro-Israel supporter, a position his AJC host had hoped to reinforce. But, then— in a twist of fate not planned by his host— he met LeRoy Friesen, a Mennonite, who convinced him to spend a day with him in the Israeli-occupied, Palestinian West Bank. Now, 23 years later, the editor-politician-minister looks back upon an event that happened that day as a turning point in his understanding of Palestinians and their history.
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Confronting the Bible's Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine

Issue: 2000, Volume 33, Issue 5
Subject: Christianity|History|Holy Land|Theology
Author: Prior, Michael C. M.
Issue Description: Is Yahweh the Great Ethnic-Cleanser?  Did He not instruct the Israelites to rid their Promised Land of its indigenous people?  Few biblical scholars want to wrestle with these questions.  Rev. Michael Prior needs to wrestle with them.  He's been to today's Holy Land and has seen today's variation on biblically sanctioned genocide.  Dr. Prior is Professor of Biblical Sudies in the University of Surrey, England, and visiting professor in Bethlehem University, Palestine.  He is a biblical scholar and author of "Zionism and the State of Israel:  A Moral Inquiry" and "The Bible and Colonialism:  A Moral Critique."
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Issue: 1999, Volume 32, Issue 1
Subject: History|Land and Homes|Refugees|War/Conflict
Author: Mast, Edward
Issue Description: This is the story of one American playwright's willingness to question the world according to the U.S. media. And it is the story of a Palestinian-American’s search for a past that had eluded him. Central to both stories is a village in the Upper Galilee, where horses and cows now graze. “Sahmatah”is a one-act play for two actors. It debuted in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada in 1996. In 1998, it was produced in Arabic in the Masrah al-Midan theater in Haifa, and on the ruins of the village of Sahmatah in the Upper Galilee.
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The Camp

Issue: 1999, Volume 32, Issue 2
Subject: Human Rights|Land and Homes|Refugees|War/Conflict
Author: Hamzeh-Muhaisen, Muna
Issue Description: What is it like to be on the receiving end of the longest military occupation in modern history? Muna Hamzeh-Muhaisen lived in Dheisheh, a refugee camp on the outskirts of Bethlehem, for more than a decade, including the period of the first intifada. This is her account of the people who have lived in Dheisheh all of their lives. As she notes, there is hardly a refugee in The Camp, young or old, who doesn’t remember the names of the camp’s victims and even the years of their untimely deaths.
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Secret Evidence

Issue: 1999, Volume 32, Issue 3
Subject: Civil Rights|Courts
Author: Sugg, John
Issue Description: This issue focuses on a country whose Supreme Court recently ruled that its government, for political reasons, can target particular groups within its non-citizen population for deportation. While deportation is being pursued, the aliens can be jailed indefinitely on the basis of evidence that neither they nor their lawyers are permitted to see. It focuses on a university professor forcibly taken in handcuffs from his home where for years he had lived peaceably with his wife and three young
daughters. There are two authors for this issue of The Link. John Sugg is a reporter in Florida, where a Palestinian professor is spending his third year in jail for no known reason. Kit Gage of the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom monitors other cases of prisoners of Middle Eastern origin languishing in our prisons for reasons known neither to them nor to their lawyers.
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Iraq: Who's to Blame?

Issue: 1999, Volume 32, Issue 4
Subject: Human Rights|Iraq
Author: Simons, Geoff
Issue Description: Many - most? - Americans believe that while the effects of economic sanctions on the Iraqi people are cruel, "we" are not to blame.  Time and again it is said:  "Saddam could end it today if he wanted to."  When Geoff Simons agreed to write about the situation, we specifically asked him to address the question of culpability.
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Native Americans and Palestinians

Issue: 1999, Volume 32, Issue 5
Subject: Civil Rights|Human Rights|Land and Homes|Native Americans|Refugees
Author: Finkelstein, Norman
Issue Description: In 1998, a delegation of Palestinians visited the Lakota Indians on their Pine Ridge Reservation. Soon after, a delegation of Native Americans visited Palestine. What they found is the subject of this issue.

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Israeli Historians Ask: What Really Happened 50 Years Ago?

Issue: 1998, Volume 31, Issue 1
Subject: History|Land and Homes|War/Conflict|Zionism
Author: Pappe, Ilan
Issue Description: This issue’s feature article by Ilan Pappe, an historian at Haifa University, challenges Israel’s official account of what happened 50 years ago in Palestine. Dr. Pappe is one of a growing number of Israeli historians whose analyses of newly released documents by the U. S., England and Israel have led them to conclude that what really happened back then is far closer to what Palestinians have been saying all along.
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