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UPDATE FROM THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA 28/12/207

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Palestine : Opinion/Editorial:

BEWARE OF BARAK By Ran HaCohen, The Electronic Intifada, 28 December 2007

The person who destroyed the Oslo process and initiated the second intifada, the person who demolished the Israeli peace camp from within, by spreading legends about a “generous offer” rejected by the Palestinians, by persuading the Israelis that he “unmasked” Arafat and that there was no Palestinian partner — this person still calls himself “the leader of the Israeli peace camp.” That’s one of Israeli “Defense” Minister Ehud Barak’s most dangerous traits: his inherent untruthfulness, his presenting himself as the very opposite of what he actually is.

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Palestine : Diaries: Live from Palestine:

A PALESTINIAN LOVE STORY By Ghassan Abdullah, Live from Palestine, 27 December 2007

A few months ago, a European professional in Ramallah threw a farewell party after completing part of the project for which he was recruited. The European himself, a Belgian, spent many years previously in the Palestinian territories and was very well liked locally, not least because he married a Palestinian woman, but that’s another story. A friend and old colleague of mine came up to me at the party and asked me discretely about A., a good-looking and outgoing woman who works with us.

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Palestine : Development:

EGYPT AID CONDITIONED ON ENFORCING GAZA SIEGE By Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani, The Electronic Intifada, 27 December 2007

CAIRO, December 27 (IPS) – Last week, both houses of US Congress agreed to withhold 100 million dollars in financial assistance to Egypt following Israeli claims that Egyptian authorities were failing to prevent weapons smuggling to the Gaza Strip. Cairo, for its part, denounced the decision, while local political analysts saw the move as a heavy-handed pressure tactic on the part of Washington’s pro-Israel lobby.

electronicintifada.net/v2/article9183.shtml

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Palestine : Business & Economy:

BLAIR’S MISGUIDED ECONOMIC OPTIMISM By Adri Nieuwhof, The Electronic Intifada, 27 December 2007

The Quartet’s Middle East envoy, Tony Blair, wanted to raise $5.6 billion US at the donor conference in Paris in December 2007. Since 1999 the per capita gross domestic product in occupied Palestine has declined by 40 percent. As a result Palestinians are getting poorer and 65 percent live below the poverty line. To give the hard hit economy a boost, Blair came up with a cure of ten “quick impact projects.” The World Bank has another opinion: pouring money into the occupied Palestinian territory will do little to revive the economy unless the occupation is ended. Instead, some of Blair’s proposed projects are firmly rooted in the structure of the occupation.

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