November 1, 1991 |
Diplomacy: The designated Israeli and Palestinian spin controllers epitomize the way TV continues to be the primary PR battleground in political warfare between the two sides. Whether domestically or globally, the telegenic rule the airwaves. He's handsome and urbane, speaking articulately in perfect English. He could be your brother, your uncle. She's genial and polished, speaking eloquently in perfect English. She could be your sister, your aunt.
December 11, 1993 |
Hanan Ashrawi, the literature professor who became the face and voice of the Palestinian people during peace negotiations with Israel, said Friday that she has declined the job of representing the Palestine Liberation Organization in Washington to concentrate on human rights at home.
November 16, 1991 |
Israeli police have reportedly recommended that the government prosecute Hanan Ashrawi, spokeswoman for Palestinian negotiators at the recent Mideast peace conference, for allegedly meeting with officials of the Palestine Liberation Organization. If the charges are filed, it could be a serious blow to the delicate U.S.-sponsored peace process. However, a senior Israeli government source said Friday the government would take into consideration Ashrawi's prominent role in that process.
November 3, 1991 |
Saeb Erakat, a Palestinian professor and newspaper editor, sat among the rows of delegates at last week's Middle East peace conference, a black-and-white checked scarf folded carefully around his shoulders--the same kind of kaffiyeh that Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat folds into the shape of Palestine every morning and places on his head. It was a quiet statement from a delegation the Israelis had agreed to meet with only because they didn't have PLO membership cards.
December 10, 1991 |
The American television crew took over Hanan Ashrawi's living room and set up their lights, camera and microphones in what amounted to the ultimate recognition of the Palestinian spokeswoman's rise to the status of media superstar: They videotaped her being interviewed by other reporters. "News about making news," commented Ashrawi with characteristic sharp wit. "Perhaps another crew will come in to take pictures of this crew taking pictures of you reporters. It could go on forever."
August 7, 1998 |
Hanan Mikhail-Ashrawi resigned from the Palestinian self-rule government, criticizing Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat over corruption and the handling of peace talks with Israel. Another Cabinet minister, Abdel Jawad Saleh, also resigned. Ashrawi, the minister of higher education, said she declined the new post of tourism minister in Arafat's newly reshuffled Cabinet because "comprehensive reform was not addressed in this new government formulation."