May 03 2005

A special donor, Allenby Bridge, VIP service and bureaucrats

Published by at 5:47 am under Blogs

Today was a special day for me. For the first time since I began my media work, one of the main donors to my various projects was coming to visit. Aryeh Neir the president of the Open Society Institute. Anthony Richter, OSI’s man in the region, and a good friend, wanted me to set up a round table discussion for Aryeh with local Palestinian journalists. A day before the meeting, I was in touch with Anthony and waited for him at the American Colony. They were held up at the Qalandia checkpoint for about an hour and by the time they got in, they were so exhausted that we decided to wait till to following day. Knowing the OSI had been active for some time in Uzbakistan, I asked Anthony if he knew more of what was happening. He did but was waiting to make it official in a strategic way in a couple of days. He confided with me that his information was that the number of those killed in the country following the demonstrations was closer to 750. He also thought that American weapons were most likely used in the shootings at demonstrators.

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