March 2005 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

March 2005 Cover7 Did Palestinians Elect a Leader or Their Own Prison Warden?Rachelle Marshall


The Palestinian Presidential Election

10 Campaigning Under OccupationMohammed Omer

12 East Jerusalemites Sent Hither and Yon to Vote for PresidentChristian Richmond
14 After the Election: Palestine's New President Faces Israel's Old AttitudesMohammed Omer
15 Media Grossly Exaggerates Palestinian Voter TurnoutAli Abunimah


18 Life, Sustenance and Love: The Ambulance, the Olive Tree and FerasAnne Gwynne

22 Succumbing to Israeli, U.S. Pressure, U.N.'s Kofi Annan "Dis-Appoints" UNRWA Head HansenIan Williams

24 Wanted: Middle East MediatorSam Bahour

26 Neocons Setting Up Rumsfeld as Iraq Fall Guy—Patrick J. Buchanan

27 What Is Bush's Real Goal in Iraq?—Paul Findley

28 The Midnight Shift at Abu Ghraib—Richard H. Curtiss

30 Arab Press Review: Democracy Under Occupation: A Self-Defeating Concept—Peter C. Valenti

32 Neocons Concentrate on Promoting U.S.-Iran War—Andrew I. Killgore

46 Israeli Human Rights Lawyer Defends Activists in Tradition of Langer, Tsemel—Pat McDonnell Twair

Special Reports

34 Iraq, Aceh Wars Affect Handling of Tsunami Catastrophe—John Gee

36 The Subcontinent: Tsunami's Colossal Human Toll, And Its Social, Economic and Political Ramifications—M. M. Ali

38 The Tsunami Disaster—Two Views—Hasan Abu Nimah, Peter C. Valenti

42 On the Oasis of Douz: Tunisia's International Sahara Festival—Michael J. Keating

44 Cairo Tries to Accentuate the Political Positives of QIZ Agreement With Israel—Willa Thayer

48 Following December's EU Summit, Turkey Forced To Reassess Issue of "Minorities"—Jon Gorvett

50 European Press Review: Turkey's EU Assession "Indispensable," or Have Overtures to Ankara Gone "Too Far"?—Lucy Jones

In Memoriam

41 Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1918-2004)—Andrew I. Killgore

58 Dr. Hisham Sharabi (1927-2005)—Sara Powell

60 Bill L. Turpen (1940-2004)—Karen Billings Hamel


5 Letters to the Editor

52 Northern California Chronicle: Israelis, Palestinians Must Seize "Window of Opportunity," Says Jordan's King Abdullah—Elaine Pasquini

54 Southern California Chronicle: JDL Member Takes Down Hate Signs After Prolonged Campaign by Activists—Pat and Samir Twair

57 New York City and Tri-State News: Princeton Professors Ponder Post-Arafat Prospects for PeaceJane Adas

62 Judaism and Israel: As Mideast Process Proceeds, Will American Jewish Groups Be a Help or Hindrance—Allan C. Brownfeld

64 Islam in North America: Ontario Report Affirms Right to Use Islamic Principles in Arbitration—Faisal Kutty

66 Other People's Mail

68 Human Rights: "Eyes Wide Open" Boot Display Shows Impact of War

69 Waging Peace: Religious Leaders Call for Appointment of Presidential Envoy

73 Diplomatic Doings

74 Book Review: Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle—Reviewed by Sara Powell

75 AET Book Club Catalog

76 The World Looks at the Middle East—Cartoons

77 Bulletin Board

78 2004 and 2005 AET Choirs of Angels

81 Middle East Marketplace

82 Publishers' Page

49 Index to Advertisers