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November 23, 2007

Iran TV Editorial on Jerusalem Road Division Project

Broadcast 23 November on Iranian state satellite TV (IRINN)

[on-screen announcer] In a racist measure, the Zionist regime has implemented the first phase of the project to divide the streets of Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians. This measure has cut geographical connections between the north and south of the Gaza Strip and facilitates the Israeli plan to build settlements.

[off-screen announcer] Based on this racist project, the streets of Jerusalem have been divided between the Israelis and the Palestinians and two separate roads are to be allocated, one for the Israelis and one for the Palestinians. These roads are to be separated by a 5-meter wall.

Donnie Zeigman, expert on the Zionist regime's mapping affairs, said this road has been named the Jerusalem Beltway; he said it creates conditions for the creation of a new region in Ma'ali and will cut the geographical connections between the north and south of the Gaza Strip.

According to this mapping expert this project will facilitate connections between existing Israeli settlements in Jerusalem; it will separate Palestinian families from one another and will lead to their transfer to Ramallah and Bethlehem, in such a way that the Palestinians will no longer have a way to go to Jerusalem.

Likewise the Zionist regime's deputy defense minister said concerning this project that the government will complete this road before it connects to the high wall surrounding Jerusalem, and this route will separate the Palestinians and the Israelis by means of a wall.

HAMAS Spokesman Fawzi Barhoum condemned this measure by the Zionist regime. He said: [voice of interpreter] This project is the continuation of the Isreali regime's racist policies to surround Jerusalem and to facilitate continuation of the projects to build settlements, especially in the Israeli settlement of Ma'ali Adomim.

[announcer] These measures are being taken at a time when not much time remains before the Annapolis Conference and the Zionist regime has claimed that it is willing to recognize officially the rights of the Palestinians and concede to their demands that the construction of settlements be stopped, the Palestinians be granted the right of free return and that Israel stop building walls.

On the other hand the last meeting before the Annapolis Conference between Abu Mazen, the President of the Palestinian Authority and Ehud Olmert, the Zionist prime minister, failed and ended without the issuance of a joint statment. In this context America is trying in the framework of this meeting to persuade the Arab nations, and especially the president of the Palestinian Authority, to grant more concessions to the Zionist regime. Yet the existing indications show the emergence of new disagreements among the Arab and Israeli groups invited to this conference.

Saudi Arabia has set as a condition of its attendance an Israeli withdrawal behind its 1967 borders, and the Egyptians have also said that the Annapolis meeting will not get anywhere under current Israeli policies.

[on-screen announcer] In view of the current situation in the Palestinian areas it is clear that the Annapolis Conference will not accomplish anything to solve the Palestine Crisis, because the disagreements over this meeting are quite sharp, and America knows this.

Crossposted to The Satellite News

Posted by John at November 23, 2007 6:50 PM

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