(Associated Press, Paul Garwood, 2/3/05): But in the wake of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s Nov. 11 death, Mubarak–like millions across the region–recognized an opportunity for an end to the cycle of Palestinian-Israeli bloodshed sparked by Sharon’s September 2000 visit to a revered Muslim shrine in Jerusalem.
: The contention that Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount (Judaism’s most sacred site, in addition to being a Muslim shrine) sparked the intifada–passed off in this news article as fact–is contradicted by earlier AP coverage. A March 2, 2001 article from Sidon, Lebanon begins: “A Palestinian Cabinet minister said Friday that the 5-month-old uprising against Israel was planned after peace failed in July, contradicting contentions it was a spontaneous outburst by Palestinians. Communications Minister Imad Falouji said during a PLO rally that it was a mistake to think the uprising, in which more than 400 people have been killed, was sparked by Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in late September” (“Palestinian Cabinet minister says Palestinian uprising was planned”).
(Associated Press, Paul Garwood and Maggie Michael, 12/30/03): Kuwait expelled hundreds [of Palestinians] because Arafat sided with Saddam Hussein after the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
: The number of Palestinians expelled from Kuwait during the first Gulf War was in the hundreds of thousands, not the hundreds. According to an Aug. 12, 2003 AP report, “About 450,000 Palestinians lived in Kuwait before the invasion. Most were expelled or pressured to leave after the U.S.-led 1991 Gulf War liberated Kuwait” (“In reversal, Palestinian prime minister condemns Iraqi invasion of Kuwait,” Diana Elias). A May 30, 2001 BBC report corroborates this much higher figure: “About 450,000 Palestinians lived in Kuwait before the Iraqi invasion [in 1990] ... the Palestinian community has dwindled to around 9,000” (“Angry Welcome for Palestinian in Kuwait”).