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January-February 2006 Table of Contents

Interpreting the Middle East for North Americans—
Interpreting North America for the Middle East

The U.S., Iraq, and the Israeli Occupation of Palestine

January/February 2006 Cover7 Will Syria Be Next?Rachelle Marshall

10 The Giant's Daughter—Uri Avnery

12 FBI Investigation of AIPAC Is Second Attempt to Curb Israel Lobby's PowerAndrew I. Killgore

14 After 10-Year Investigation, U.S. Government Fails To Convict Dr. Sami Al-Arian—Two ViewsMelva Underbakke, Pedro Ruz Gutierrez

16 Bethlehem Voices: Hopes and Fears—Michael Keating and Delinda C. Hanley

20 Mordechai Vanunu Rings a Bell for Justice and Freedom—Delinda C. Hanley

22 Will Ariel Sharon's Latest Bombshell Be a Dud?—Richard H. Curtiss

24 Give Up or...! The Games Gaza's Children Play—Mohammed Omer

26 Congress Passes Foreign Aid Appropriations, Keeping Most Unhelpful Provisions—Shirl McArthur

36 Beyond "Munich": The Ten Movies Steven Spielberg Has Yet to Make—Mas'ood Cajee

50 "Three Cities Against the Wall" Exhibit Opens in New York, Ramallah and Tel Aviv—Robert Hirschfield

58 Letters to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton From an American Muslim and a Palestinian ChristianMike Odetalla, Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb

Special Reports

28 U.N. Report: Australia, Canada Join U.S. and Puppet Reefs in Backing Israel-centric Agenda—Ian Williams

30 Al-Jazeera in the Crosshairs: The Arab Media Scrutinize the Bush-Blair Memo—Peter C. Valenti

32 British Should "Judge Alleged Leaked Downing Street Memo for Themselves"—Lucy Jones

34 The Rebellion of France's Poor: An Act of Anger, Not of Hatred—Samah Jabr

37 Turkey's "Deep State" Surfaces in Former President's Words, Deeds in Kurdish Town—Jon Gorvett

38 On 10th Anniversary of Dayton Accord: Are Changes in Bosnia Real or Rhetorical?—Peter Lippman

40 Southern Thailand Conflict Intensifies, Grows More Vicious—John Gee

44 With Relief Slow to Arrive, Earthquake Death Toll Continues to Rise in Kashmir—M.M. Ali

46 Canada Calling: American Conscientious Objector Wins Right to Appeal Refugee Board Ruling—Faisal Kutty

48 In Memoriam: Moustapha Akkad (1933-2005)—Samir Twair


5 Letters to the Editor

42 Book Reviews: The One-State Solution: A Breakthrough for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Deadlock—Reviewed by Sara Powell
An Open Letter to Amb. Dennis Ross, Author of The Missing Piece—John Goelet

43 AET Book Club

52 New York City and Tri-State News: NYU Students For Justice in Palestine Host Two Events on Israeli OccupationJane Adas

54 Southern California Chronicle: Journalist Robert Fisk Pokes Holes in Myth That U.S. Pullout Will Cause Iraq Civil WarPat and Samir Twair

56 Northern California Chronicle: Hatshepsut—Egypt's Female Pharaoh—Reigns Supreme at New de Young MuseumElaine Pasquini

60 Christianity and the Middle East: Sabeel Conference Considers Economic Leverage as Tool to Fight Israeli OccupationSister Elaine Kelley

62 Judaism and Israel: Justice For Palestinians Is the Path to Redeem Zionism and Secure Israel's Future—Allan C. Brownfeld

64 Arab-American Activisms:

Moroccan Communities From DC, Orlando Meet
Palestinian-American Filmmaker Presents Films for Arab Heritage

64 Muslim-American Activisms:

Senate Committee Clears American Muslim Groups
American Imam Under Scrutiny
American Muslims Welcome Al-Arian Verdict

66 Human Rights:

Reforming Islamic Family Law
Israeli Navy Commando Challenged at AU
The Future of Palestinian Refugees

68 Waging Peace:

Ann Arbor Peace Activists Vigil Local Synagogue
Canadian Peace Alliance Conference Draws More Than Two Hundred
"Open Bethlehem" Campaign Seeks To Save Holy City
El-Funoun Dancers Dazzle DC
Pittsburgh Film Festival a Huge Success
Middle Eastern Scientists Promote Peace at Malta Conference
STAR*PAC Hosts King Challenger Joyce Schulte
Update, Assurance From Saeb Erekat
Debating Insurgency Movements

73 Diplomatic Doings:

Prince Turki Al-Faisal Addresses 59th MEI Conference
Tunisian Painter Reads Poetry

76 The World Looks at the Middle East—Cartoons

77 Other People's Mail

79 Bulletin Board

80 2005 AET Choir of Angels

82 Publishers' Page

35 Index to Advertisers