Israel/Palestine News and Information Links December 1 - 17 2003

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December 17 2003

The fog of peace By Khaled Amayreh, Al-Ahram Weekly on-line 11 - 17 December 200
   Despite feverish diplomatic activity, demographics were the only indication of progress for the Palestinian cause. -- In the occupied territories, Palestinians continued to protest against the Geneva Accord, with Fatah -- the backbone of the Palestinian Authority -- leading the opposition to the unofficial document. This week the movement organised several demonstrations in the Gaza Strip against the increasingly unpopular accord. The largest demonstration took place in Rafah, the devastated southern Gaza town, with protesters warning the PA leadership, particularly Chairman Yasser Arafat, against adopting the "surrender document". The protesters were mostly cadres and supporters of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the armed wing of Fatah. They are Arafat's men and as such cannot be dismissed easily by the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah.>

Night and day By Ibrahim Nafie, Al-Ahram Weekly on-line 11 - 17 December 200
Last week's meeting of Palestinian factions in Cairo has paved the way for future progress -- That the dialogue between the Palestinian factions in Cairo ended on Sunday without an agreement led many to judge the talks as a failure. A more astute reading of what transpired, though, makes clear progress has been made, and can be built on.

International Press Center 12/17/2003

IOF Kills Two Palestinians, One on Checkpoint, Wounds Girl
RAFAH, Palestine, December 17, 2003 (IPC + Agencies) - - The Israeli occupying forces (IOF) killed two Palestinian citizens and wounded a girl in the occupied Palestinian territories....In the West Bank, Palestinian medical sources declared that an elderly Palestinian citizen died at...

IOF Wounds 17 Palestinians, One Clinically Dead, During Massive Invasion in Balata
International Press Center 12/17/2003

NABLUS, Palestine, December 17, 2003 (IPC + Agencies)-- During a massive invasion into the West Bank refugee camp of Nablus, several West Bank cities, the Israeli occupying forces (IOF) shot and wounded 17 Palestinian citizens, including a child who was pronounced...

Boy killed in Rafah, Palestinian militants attempt to blow up IDF outpost
Ha'aretz 12/17/2003
Palestinian sources said Wednesday afternoon that a 17-year-old Palestinian had been shot dead by IDF troops in the Gaza town of Rafah. Earlier in the day, Palestinian militants attempted to blow up an Israel Defense Forces post on the...

Israel planned mission to kill dictator in 1992 The Independent 12/17/2003

In the best "now it can be told" tradition, Israel revealed yesterday that it planned to assassinate Saddam Hussein in a daring commando raid deep inside Iraq in 1992. The chosen site was close to where United States forces took him alive on Saturday. The operation, "Bramble Bush", was aborted after a missile killed five soldiers during a dry training run in southern Israel. Their commander mistakenly fired live ammunition....Avi Dichter, head of the Shin Bet security service: "Iran has marked the Israeli Arabs as a potential fifth column for them to exploit."

Palestinian MP goes on trial in Israel Al-Jazeera 12/17/2003

The trial of Palestinian member of parliament Husam Khadar has opened at an Israeli military court in the occupied West Bank. Khadar, 42, is a member of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's Fatah party and was arrested by Israeli occupation troops in the Nablus refugee camp of Balata last March. He is charged with belonging to one of Fatah's armed offshoots, the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, for which he allegedly recruited resistance fighters to carry out anti-occupation attacks. The Palestinian MP says that he was jailed for his "political opinions."

Israel denies Qatari report saying Sharon secretly met Saddam in Baghdad following arrest Al-Bawaba 12/17/2003

Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon paid a brief visit Sunday to Baghdad to secretly meet former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, a Qatari newspaper reported Tuesday. Al-Raya, citing Nasser Mahmoud – a top Iraqi politician with close links to the interim council, reported that "Sharon, accompanied by intelligence officers, landed at around 20:00 at the Baghdad airport." According to the report, top civil administrator Paul L. Bremer received the Israeli leader and accompanied him during the meeting with Saddam Hussein.

Sharon, In Iraq?
Israel denies Qatari report saying Sharon secretly met Saddam in Baghdad following arrest

12/17 Poll: Almost half of Americans see Israel as threat :
About 37 percent of Americans said the United States itself was the greatest threat.

Coalition of American groups tries to shut off source of funding for Israeli extremists Daily Star 12/17/2003

California Casino owner has funnelled millions of dollars to fund radical settlement movements -- WASHINGTON: A small group of Californians is trying hard to contribute to the Bush administration's "war on terrorism" by shutting down an important source of financing for religious extremism in the Middle East. No, the effort is not directed against Arab funding of radicalterrorist groups linked to Al-Qaeda. In this case, the target is Jewish extremism in Israel and the Occupied Territories, and the source is a gambling casino located in Hawaiian Gardens, a small, impoverished, predominantly Latino town in greater Los Angeles.

Hindi: Egyptian delegation tabled American proposal Palestinian Information Center 12/17/2003

Gaza - Dr. Mohammed Al-Hindi, one of the Islamic Jihad Movement leaders in the Gaza Strip, has disclosed that the visiting Egyptian security delegation had offered American promises in return for a Palestinian ceasefire. Hindi, who was speaking to reporters after meeting the delegation this morning, said that the Americans promised to pressure the Hebrew state into withdrawing its troops to the pre September 28 [2000] borders if the Palestinian factions approved a hudna or ceasefire. He said that his Movement had nothing new to offer, pointing out that his Movement did not trust in American promises.

Chance of a lifetime By Avi Temkin, Globes 12/17/2003

   In the globalization era, we don't have the luxury of saying „No‰ to the EU -- Not many Europeans have heard about European Commission Foreign Affairs Directorate (FoNet) deputy director-general manager Michael Leigh, but he is a very important person. His prosaic title covers a difficult task Leigh is the man charged with guaranteeing that countries slated for European Union (EU) membership in May 2004 will not disturb general European tranquility, sound off too much, engage in noisy quarrels, or dirty the general common courtyard.

Palestinian old man suffering brain hemorrhage as a result of Zionist assault
Palestinian Information Center 12/17/2003
Tulkarm - Medical sources in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm have said that a 67 years old Palestinian man had suffered brain hemorrhage and was a in state of coma following Zionist severe beating. The sources said that Zionist...

Zionist occupation soldiers desecrate mosque in Balata

Palestinian Information Center 12/17/2003

Nablus - Zionist occupation soldiers have stormed the Ebadul Rahman Mosque at the entrance to the refugee camp of Balata to the east of the West Bank city of Nablus amidst a large-scale incursion into that camp that wreaked havoc in...

Bethlehem Faces Another Gloomy Christmas,1280,-3516861,00.html

The Guardian 12/17/2003

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) - The Church of the Nativity was empty, a few ornaments hung forlornly on trees in a deserted Manger Square and no tourists or pilgrims were to be found in the town where Jesus was born, just...,1280,-3516861,00.html

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Activists say Israel hides human rights abuses

Daily Star 12/17/2003
Occupiers arrest, deport nonviolent objectors - Efforts of Palestinian-led peace movement, whose members include Americans, Israelis, meet fierce resistance from Sharon government -- GAZA CITY: They leave comfortable, safe environments to live in one of the most volatile areas in the world...

Five Israeli "Refuseniks" Indicted, Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

International Press Center 12/17/2003
GAZA, December 17, 2003 (IPC + Agencies)-- Five Israeli soldiers who refused military service in the occupied Palestinian territories have been indicted by the Israeli Jaffa military court on Tuesday. The soldiers; Noam Bahat, Hagay Mattar, Adam Mouar, Shimi Tzamrit and...

Indian-American Activist Faces House Arrest in Israel

Egypt continues peace efforts Al-Jazeera 12/17/2003
Egyptian has stepped up efforts to secure an agreement by Palestinian resistance factions to halt anti-occupation attacks even as Israel shot dead a Palestinian teenager. Israeli soldiers shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian boy in the Rafah refugee camp in...

Palestinians Insist On Guarantees, Sparing Civilians Islam Online 12/17/2003

GAZA CITY, December 17 ( - Palestinian factions reiterated that no truce will be possible without Israel first giving guarantees for an end to its daily aggressions on Palestinian civilians and long-standing occupation of their country. During talks with a visiting...

Islamic Jihad will only agree to truce with U.S. guarantees Ha'aretz 12/17/2003

Egyptian-sponsored talks on a possible cease-fire ended in Gaza on Wednesday with Islamic Jihad saying that there would be truce without American guarantees that Israel would hold up its end of the deal, Israel Radio reported. The militant group said...

Olmert explains logic behind unilateral steps Jerusalem Post 12/17/2003

Industry, Trade, and Labor Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday that he believes the United States opposes the kind of Israeli unilateral steps he suggested recently because it is concerned that "winking" at the idea would impede progress along the road...

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State wants Gilad Sharon to hand over more documents Ha'aretz 12/17/2003

The State Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday asked the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court to hold a further discussion on the documents the Supreme Court ordered Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s son, Gilad, to surrender on the Cyril Kern loan affair and the...

Netanyahu rules out unilateral withdrawal Jerusalem Post 12/17/2003

In his first diplomatic address since becoming Finance Minister in February, Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday criticized Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Industry, Trade, and Labor Minister Ehud Olmert's plans for a unilateral withdrawal from settlements. Attacking Olmert's argument that demographic...

Jerusalem residents fight plans for new U.S. consulate Ha'aretz 12/17/2003

Residents of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Arnona asked a court Wednesday to block plans to construct a United States consular office on their doorstep, claiming that it could be a terrorist target. A U.S. consulate official confirmed that discussions were...

IDF gives high marks to PA treasury head Fayad Ha'aretz 12/17/2003

A report prepared by the IDF's military intelligence research division credits Palestinian Authority Finance Minister Salam Fayad for making genuine efforts to institute economic reforms in the territories. The same report, however, points to conspicuous examples of corruption among top...

Unemployment rate still 10.7% Globes 12/17/2003

The effective jobless rate is 16.5%. The unemployment rate has risen 2% since the violent conflict with the Palestinians began. -- Unemployment in Israel is not falling, despite the government's optimistic declarations and the talk of and end to the recession...

Diesel excise tax to provide NIS 700m for fence Globes 12/17/2003

The separation fence and Jerusalem envelope will cost NIS 3.1 billion in 2002-04 at this stage. -- The NIS 0.30 per liter excise tax hike on diesel and oil will finance the separation fence and Jerusalem envelope. Minister of Finance...
Yam Thetis US partners threaten to involve Cheney

Yaron: We'll need a $5b defense industry for a long time Globes 12/17/2003

Economic Models Israel CEO Yaakov Sheinin: The IDF can be made capital intensive. -- „The defense industry will continue to prosper, because our current strategic situation will continue for a long time. We'll need a $5 billion-a-year defense industry,‰ Ministry of...

Bethlehem Mayor: Only Religious Ceremonies This Christmas
International Press Center 12/17/2003

BETHLEHEM, Palestine, December 17, 2003 (IPC + Agencies)-- Mr. Hanna Nasser, the mayor of Bethlehem, declared that this year's Christmas celebrations would only include religious ceremonies. During a press conference held in the Bethlehem municipality yesterday, mayor Nasser said that the...

CIA report predicts no peace here until 2020 Ha'aretz 12/17/2003
The death of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat would set in motion a sequence of events that could culminate in an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, a report released this week by the U.S. intelligence community predicts. The intelligence estimate casts doubt...

Poll: Almost half of Americans see Israel as threat Ha'aretz 12/17/2003
Almost half the American people believe Israel is a threat to world peace, according to a poll presented Wednesday by a Jewish group, but many more are concerned about North Korea, Iraq and Iran. The Anti-Defamation League said its survey...

Iran sets date for nuclear accord BBC 12/17/2003
Iran has said it will sign a protocol that will allow snap inspections of its nuclear sites on Thursday. This is the first time that Iran has set a date to sign the treaty. Iran was "most likely" to sign...

Conference for Egyptian opposition demanding fundamental reform Arabic News 12/17/2003
The Egyptian opposition parties are convening a gathering on December 24th demanding fundamental political reform. The spokesman for the committee in charge of defense for democracy, Hussein Abdul Razzaq, said that the conference was presumed was supposed to be held...

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One-state awakening By Peter Hirschberg, Ha'aretz 12/17/2003

   For almost his entire thinking life, Daniel Gavron has been a Zionist. The first inkling that he did not belong in the country of his birth, England, came at age 11, at a middle-class boarding school. "Lots of the kids there were the sons of farmers," he recalls. "They had this very strong link with the land that I felt I lacked. Once I heard about Zionism, it all seemed to fit. That England was not my land and that my land was in another place - this country in the Middle East."

Read it before you criticize it By Ron Pundak, Ha'aretz 12/17/2003

   The Geneva Accord is regarded by its framers as an initiative that would in effect fulfill the true Zionist vision. -- The Geneva Accord, as expected, was met with harsh criticism at home. The unbridled attacks and mendacious claims made by the Israeli right were to be expected. The attacks from associates of former prime minister Ehud Barak, or based on the blindness of his distorted doctrine, were also not surprising. What was most worrisome, however, was the criticism by those who are meant to join the initiative, without any unnecessary envy or sniffing, and to help explain the advantages the initiative presents to the state of Israel and its Zionist outlook.

The Khaled Mishaal Interview (2 of 7) By Ghassan Charbel, Al-Hayat 12/17/2003

   In 1996, Khaled Mishaal was elected chairman of the Hamas political bureau. - Where did Hamas come from? What led to declare its establishment in 1987? Who were the first people to think about it? -- Hamas was declared a political and jihad faction strongly participating in the first Intifada. Its first Intifada action was on December 8, 1987. The first official statement of the movement was issued on December 14, 1987. Practically, the movement started its jihad activity ever since the first day of the first Intifada. The Muslim Brotherhood, which was present in several Arab countries, was also present in Palestine. The Muslim Brotherhood movement started in the 1940s. Its first sections (center or organizational unit) were founded in 1945 in Haifa, Yafa, Gaza, Jerusalem and Hebron. When the 1948 war erupted, the number of Muslim Brotherhood sections exceeded 20. Later, geography imposed a new reality for the Muslim Brotherhood. Members who were in Gaza became closer to Egypt and those who were in the West Bank became closer to Jordan. This movement participated in the 1948 war and the battles that took place between 1953 and 1955 in Gaza. This jihad (holy war) atmosphere paved the way for the establishment of Fatah. Khalil Al Wazir belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood and he participated in jihad in Gaza.

December 16 2003

The Political Representation of Palestinian Women in Local Politics in Israel – 2003
Mossawa Center 12/16/2003
Another Municipal election has ended and the results regarding the representation of Palestinian women in Israel is as disappointing as ever, if not more so: each time there is hope that this time – since Palestinian women are more educated, more active, have greater initiative and willingness to compete in the political field and confront conventions – their representation will grow. This time, however, only three women were elected as council members – two in Nazareth and one in Ilabon, a village in the Galilee – two from Hadash and one from the Islamic Movement. The names we heard prior to the election evaporated, just as they did in previous elections.

Palestine Chronicle/India West 12/16/2003

An Indian American activist, currently under house arrest in Tel Aviv after being arrested by plainclothes policemen for visa violations, has accused the Israeli government of illegally detaining her for 53 hours following a lawsuit she filed against the Israeli...

Israel kills 21, injures 55 in two weeks
Electronic Intifada/American Muslims for Jerusalem 12/16/2003
Have you been wondering what has become of Palestinian life in the occupied territories as the world's attention was turned towards Iraq? While there have been no Palestinian attacks inside Israel for ten weeks, Israeli attacks against Palestinians have not...

Will A Poor President From Brazil Succeed In Changing The Capitalist System? By Selim Nassar, Al-Hayat 12/16/2003

   On Wednesday December 10, 2003, the Brazilian President, Luiz Ignacio Lula De Silva, took a leave of President Moammar Gadhafi, ending a one-week tour during which he visited Syria, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Libya.

Campaign money laws examined: Laws unlikely to affect Jewish giving JTA 12/16/2003

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (JTA) – Jewish community officials say the new campaign finance laws will not change the way they do business or affect the Jewish community's influence in politics. Most Jewish groups were silent last week when the Supreme Court upheld a ban on unlimited contributions to political parties, known as soft money. The Jewish community had, with some exceptions, remained out of the fray during the years-long debate over campaign finance reform...."Soft money clearly bought access to people and got them seats at various meeting tables and convention tables," said Ken Goldstein, professor of political science and Judaic studies at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison. "Jews have been major soft money contributors."

Life Under Siege: Hebron's al – Shal La La Palestine Monitor 12/16/2003

On Friday, Israeli soldiers in Hebron permitted 75 Palestinian shops in the city's al-Sha La La market to reopen for the first time in over a year. The move was hailed in the Israeli and Western press as a gracious concession by the Israeli government and a significant step forward in the notoriously fragile relations between Israeli occupying forces and the Jewish settlers they protect in Hebron's old city, and the Palestinian local population. A picture in The New York Times bore the caption, "Back in business in Hebron". The reality, for the al-Sha La La shopkeepers finally permitted to return to their source of livelihood, is somewhat different. The old city remains subject to severe military restrictions and an unrelenting curfew. The area around the market itself is closed off by iron gates guarded by Israeli soldiers who limit Palestinian access to the market with id and security checks....
Bringing worlds together: a Palestinian celebration at the British Museum Daily Star 12/16/2003

Daylong event features storytellers, musicians, artists - and a lot of laughter -- LONDON: The question of cultural and historical legacy has long been a hotly debated issue in the Middle East, tied up so intrinsically with the region's territorial disputes. Given that, it is significant that the British Museum saw fit to hold its own day of activities structured around events with a Palestinian theme, including music performances, storytelling and art workshops. At a time when the essential Palestinian identity is at risk of being negated, the decision is a timely and brave one, granting a people with a proud past the opportunity to show their best to the world.

The war we never should have fought:
Most embarrassing for the present government of Israel, details of how Rumsfeld carried on his 1983 visit a letter from the then Israeli prime minister Itzak Shamir offering to sell arms to a man whose capture Israel now regards as great news "for the democratic world and for the fight for freedom and justice".,5744,8183793^7583,00.html

Israel Planned Hit on Saddam :
The Israeli military planned a daring assassination attempt against Saddam Hussein in 1992 - a plot that would have involved landing commandos in Iraq and firing sophisticated missiles at him during a funeral, an Israeli newspaper reported Tuesday.,1280,-3511107,00.html

Pat Buchanan: Stand Up to Sharon:
Israel is a "thunderously failed reality" that "rests on a scaffolding of corruption, and on foundations of oppression and injustice."

Pat Robertson: Eliminate Arafat:
US Christian leader Pat Robertson called Monday for the "elimination" of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat as a follow-up to the US capture of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Two Palestinians shot dead in Gaza while international volunteers are rounded up in Belata refugee camp Palestine Monitor 12/16/2003

Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip yesterday as they went to rent a plot of land. Wael abu Daharuj (26) and his friend Younis Assawerka (29), from the town of Jebalia in the northern area of the Gaza Strip, had traveled to the town of Beit Hanoun to rent a piece of land and begin work cultivating it....The Israeli army and media have claimed that the two friends were shot trying to break through the border fence and enter Israel. Palestinian ambulance crews called to the scene said that although Younis' body was recovered from near the fence, Wael's body was over 300 meters away. Doctor [at] Gaza City's Shifa hospital said that the two men's bodies each bore more than 20 bullet wounds, and that it looked as if they had been shot at close range....Meanwhile in Belata refugee camp near Nablus, three international volunteers were rounded up and interrogated by Israeli occupying forces. An American girl was seized by Israeli soldiers, beaten with the butt of a gun and dragged into a military jeep.

Nine Palestinians, including two children injured in raid on Nablus refugee camp Palestine Monitor 12/16/2003

A Palestinian boy was left in coma today after being shot in the head by Israeli troops during a raid on the Belata refugee camp in Nablus. Eight more Palestinians were injured in the raid, including a two year-old boy. This morning at 2 am, Israeli soldiers in 15 military jeeps invaded the Belata refugee camp in Nablus and began house-to-house searches looking for Palestinian militants. The troops surrounded the area and occupied four tall buildings overlooking the camp using them as observation and sniper posts. In one of these, the Badra building at the northern entrance to the camp, some 50 inhabitants of the building were forced at gunpoint into a single apartment and restrained. This tactic was repeated in the other three buildings occupied.

Palestinian Public Opinion Poll Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research 12/16/2003

These are the results of the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between December 4 and 9, 2003.Total size of the sample is 1319 adults interviewed face to face in 120 randomly selected locations. Margin of error is 3%....Geneva Document: 73% have heard of the Geneva document and the rest has not. But only 4% say they have full knowledge of it. Only 7% have learned about Geneva from the pamphlet containing the document that were distributed with al Quds and al Ayyam newspapers while 79% have heard about it from the media. Support for the document among those who have heard of it (i.e., among 73% of the public) reaches 25% (19% of all the public), opposition 61% (44% of all the public), and the undecided 14%. 37% of all the public are either undecided or have not heard of it.

Palestinian Public Perceptions on Politics, Government, and Media in Palestine Palestine Media Center 12/16/2003

Introduction: Politics in Palestine has always played a major role in the day-to-day life of Palestinians. While this can be said about most other people, there is a certain level of specificity in the Palestinian case, namely occupation. Thus, the absence of self-rule rendered them more politically active. Moreover, almost all Palestinians were in one form or another engaged in „resisting‰ occupation and this has raised the political awareness of the average Palestinian and enabled them to comprehend and appreciate the values of political participation, at least, more intensely than most peoples in the region.

On Hamas' 16th Anniversary By Anne Gwynne, Palestine Chronicle 12/16/2003

   Nablus, West Bank -- Whenever I light a cigarette I think of B and the many companionable cigarettes and cups of strong, sweet coffee we took together in Nablus. I smoked my last one in the beautiful, moonlit city with him, very late, on the night before I left for the USA for a summer visit. To meet was a huge risk for him but he wanted to say "until we meet again". I hadn't made it to an earlier rendez-vous, and was sad that I had missed him – he knew, so he came back at a very dangerous time when the soldiers were in the city! To my profound sorrow some four months later he has finally been trapped and captured in Raffidiya during an Israeli occupation army undercover operation in which his brother was also dragged in shackles from his bed.

Teen critically wounded from IDF gunfire in Nablus Ha'aretz 12/16/2003
Israel Defense Forces troops shot a 15-year-old boy in the head Tuesday, critically wounding him, in the Balata refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian hospital officials said. Soldiers opened fire after a group of youths...

Breaking News: Child wounded in Balata camp dies International Press Center 12/16/2003
13:00 -- The wounded boy Noor Ahmed Ezat,15, whom has been wounded during the Israeli incursion into balata refugee camp , is now clinically dead due to a live bullet hit his head by the Israeli soldiers, Raphedia hospital sources...

Fresh IOF Invasion into Nablus and Troops Seriously Wound an Elderly Palestinian
International Press Center 12/16/2003
NABLUS, Palestine, December 16, 2003 (IPC + Agencies)-- In a serious military escalation by the Israeli occupying forces (IOF), large forces of the Israeli occupation invaded the Balata refugee camp and several other surrounding villages, while an elderly citizen was seriously...

Child wounded in Israeli raid Al-Jazeera 12/16/2003
Fifty Israeli armoured vehicles, including tanks, have stormed a Palestinian refugee camp near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, even as a US envoy planned to mediate talks between the two sides in an effort to revive peace moves...

Israeli troops kill 2 civilians in Gaza Strip Daily Star 12/16/2003
Israeli troops shot and killed two unarmed Palestinians early Monday when they tried to infiltrate Israel from the Gaza Strip, while Israeli police scuffled with some teenage Jewish settlers while dismantling an unauthorized outpost near the Palestinian city of Nablus...

New weapon can fire round corners BBC 12/16/2003
A new weapons system that allows soldiers to fire guns round corners has been unveiled in Israel. The Corner Shot device can be used with any handgun and enables the user to shoot with maximum accuracy while keeping out of...

Israeli army raids Nablus Middle East Online 12/16/2003
NABLUS, West Bank - Fifty Israeli armoured vehicles, including tanks, moved into a Palestinian refugee camp near the West Bank town of Nablus early Tuesday, Palestinian security sources said. There were exchanges of fire at the start of the Israeli operation...

Court: State must explain why fence splits village Ha'aretz 12/16/2003
The High Court of Justice on Tuesday ordered the state to explain why it is building the West Bank separation fence along a route that residents of a village east of Jerusalem say will trap part of the village between...

5 IDF conscripts convicted for refusal to serve Ha'aretz 12/16/2003
The Jaffa military tribunal convicted five conscientious objectors Tuesday of refusing an Israel Defense Forces order. The five - Hagai Matar, Shimri Zameret, Adam Maor, Noam Bahat and Matan Kaminer - had claimed conscientious objector status on the grounds that they oppose...

Palestinian refugees long for homeland Al-Jazeera 12/16/2003
Ahmad Jizawi, a Palestinian refugee forced out of his village by Israelis in 1948, is determined not to abandon his homeland. Jizawi, nicknamed Abu Firas, unveiled a key for his lost house and said: "We will never give up our...

Israel Rejects Truce as Mediators Return to Gaza Reuters 12/16/2003
GAZA (Reuters) - Egyptian mediators returned to Gaza for a new round of talks with Palestinian factions Tuesday, but Israel ruled out a demand from militant groups that it must also guarantee any cease-fire. Talks in Cairo collapsed earlier this month...

Israel's Sharon Says Gaza Settlements Could Go Reuters 12/16/2003

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has told ministers ahead of a major policy speech that Israel must be ready to quit Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip, senior political sources said on Tuesday. Sharon, for decades the champion...

New Egyptian Mediation for New Palestinian "Hudna" With Israel International Press Center 12/16/2003
GAZA, December 16, 2003 (IPC + Agencies)-- Palestinian security services declared that a Palestinian delegation headed by the deputy chief of Egyptian intelligence, Major-General Muhsen Al Nu'mani, was due to arrive in Gaza Tuesday to run a new round of talks...

Arafat Barred From Christmas Celebrations The Guardian 12/16/2003
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel on Tuesday barred Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat from Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem for a third straight year, as Egyptian mediators again pressed Palestinian militants to halt attacks. With efforts to revive peace talks at a standstill, Israeli...,1280,-3514484,00.html

Paper: Israel Planned Hit on Saddam The Guardian 12/16/2003
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - The Israeli military planned a daring assassination attempt against Saddam Hussein in 1992 - a plot that would have involved landing commandos in Iraq and firing sophisticated missiles at him during a funeral, an Israeli newspaper reported...,1280,-3511107,00.html

Israel Unveils Plan to Kill Saddam, Camouflaging it as Nasrallah's Execution An Nahar 12/16/2003
The Israeli military planned a daring assassination attempt against Saddam Hussein in 1992 by landing commandos in Iraq and firing sophisticated missiles at him during a funeral, an Israeli newspaper reported Tuesday. The attempt was called off after an accident...

A-G orders Israeli legal case prepared against Saddam Ha'aretz 12/16/2003
Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein on Monday asked several government legal departments to start collecting data on Saddam Hussein's crimes against Israel to prepare for the trial that is expected to follow his capture by American forces over the weekend. Rubinstein...

Sharon could face fraud chargesAl-Jazeera 12/16/2003
Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon's son complied with a court order to hand over documents sought by police investigating a series of political funding scandals involving his father. Gilad Sharon's lawyers brought boxes of documents to the national fraud squad... 

Free internet in Palestine could have negative impact on local ISPs Daily Star 12/16/2003
Service providers worry about unfair competition - In 2004, Paltel will market its new services, which are expected to increase usage, but many local businesses fear negative consequences -- RAMALLAH: The Palestinian telecommunications provider Paltel caused a stir in the Palestinian IT...

Gov't to support mandatory pensions from January 2005 Globes 12/16/2003
The mandatory pension bill aims to provide comprehensive pension protection to the self-employed, non-union and low-income workers by directing savings to existing pension funds and Israel's capital market. -- Minister of Finance Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset Finance Committee chairman MK Abraham...

Fitch revises Israel's foreign currency outlook to "Stable" Globes 12/16/2003
The agency also affirmed Israel's long-term foreign currency rating at ''A minus''. -- Fitch Ratings, the international rating agency, today revised the outlook on Israel's long-term foreign currency rating to Stable from Negative. At the same time the agency affirmed Israel's...

S. Arabia Triples Number Of Palestinian Pilgrims Islam Online 12/16/2003
GAZA CITY, December 16 ( – Saudi Arabia decided to triple the number of Palestinian pilgrims this year from 3,500 to 10,000 persons, who will be chosen through a public lot, a Palestinian official said on Tuesday, December 16. Sheikh Youssef...

Fewer Palestinians back suicide bombings-poll Ha'aretz 12/16/2003
Palestinian public support for suicide bomb attacks in Israel has dropped to its lowest level in three years of Middle East conflict, according to a poll released on Tuesday. Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's rating also declined but he remained more...

The Peace Cycle 2004: London-Jerusalem Bike Ride Electronic Intifada/The Peace Cycle Project 12/16/2003
The main aim of this event is to raise awareness of the plight of the Palestinian people due to the continuing Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, which is denying peace and security to all the people of the region. The...

Daniel Barenboim to apologize, receive Wolf Award Ha'aretz 12/16/2003
Conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim will receive Israel's prestigious Wolf Prize after expressing regret Tuesday for any harm caused by his performance in Israel of music by Hitler's favorite composer, Richard Wagner. Education Minister Limor Livnat had demanded Barenboim apologize...

Assad "not worried" about sanctions Daily Star 12/16/2003
European Union has no plans to imitate American punishment against Syria -- Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday he was not worried that his country could become the Washington's next target after Iraq, despite Israeli remarks that its key Arab foe...

Syrian- Greek presidents joint press conference Arabic News 12/16/2003
Greek President Konstandinos Stephanopoulos on Monday said that Athens is willing to further develop its relations with the Arab states. President Stephanopoulos told reporters in a joint press conference with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad that "Today we receive President Bashar...

With the Media Focused on Saddam, Israel Makes Hundreds Homeless
By Sharif Hikmat Nashashibi, Palestine Chronicle 12/16/2003

   Out of sight, out of mind - a ploy Israel has often used with brutal effect, most recently today. With the media and world attention on Saddam's capture, Israeli occupation forces demolished 22 homes in a Gaza refugee camp, making over 200 people destitute (again). As shameful as this atrocity is the fact that if you followed British news coverage, you would be none the wiser.

FM: Israel will coordinate with U.S. any unilateral steps Ha'aretz 12/16/2003
Israel will not take any unilateral steps vis-a-vis the Palestinians without coordinating them in advance with the United States, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom told National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and Vice President Dick Cheney in talks Monday in Washington. "Israel...

Date: 15 Dec 2003

The soldiers at my front door By John Dear, S. J., Straight Goods 12/15/2003
A priest in New Mexico faces intimadation from the militia over his anti-war stance -- I live in a tiny, remote, impoverished, three block long town in the desert of northeastern New Mexico. Everyone in town--and the whole state--knows that I am against the occupation of Iraq, that I have called for the closing of Los Alamos, and that as a priest, I have been preaching, like the Pope, against the bombing of Baghdad.

Israel Kills Two Palestinians, Demolishes 18 Houses Islam Online 12/15/2003
GAZA CITY, December 15 ( & News Agencies) - Israeli occupation forces have killed two Palestinians in the small hours of Monday, December 15, claiming they were sneaking into Israel from northern Gaza Strip, and demolished 18 Palestinian houses in Khan Yunis...

Israeli invasion leaves 200 homeless Al-Jazeera 12/15/2003
The Israeli occupation army in Gaza has destroyed 22 Palestinian homes in the town of Khan Yunis, leaving about 200 people homeless. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) based in Gaza area says the occupation troops entered the southern...

Five Palestinian children wounded in Zionist gunfire Palestinian Information Center 12/15/2003
Ramallah - Five Palestinian children today sustained light wounds in confrontations with Zionist occupation forces in the village of Kufr N'ema to the west of Ramallah city. Eyewitnesses said that occupation soldiers sprayed the children, who threw stones at their position...

OCHA Weekly Briefing Notes 10-15 Dec 2003
ReliefWeb/UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 12/18/2003

Casualties / Incidents involving ambulances and medical teams / Curfews / House demolitions / Land levelling/confiscation / General Situation

Israelis kill unarmed Palestinians :
Israeli soldiers have shot and killed two unarmed Palestinians, and were searching for a third in southern Israel.

Quebec Jews upset as paper lists Arafat as possible ‘Man of the Year’

Guiding children through an occupied life
By Anna, Palestine Monitor 12/15/2003
The occupation has not hurt all children physically, but mentally they all suffer to some extent. UNICEF estimates that some 1.3 million children have suffered some kind of psychological harm because of the occupation. Together with its partners, the YMCA...

JTA 12/15/2003

MONTREAL, Dec. 15 (JTA) &Mac173; Outrage from Montreal Jews has prompted a French-language newspaper to withdraw a Person of the Year competition that included Yasser Arafat as a candidate. The competition in the daily La Presse – which also featured Canada's new prime minister, Paul Martin, Quebec Premier Jean Charest, French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac, champion cyclist Lance Armstrong and author Yan Martel, among others – asked readers to vote at the newspaper's Web site.

Israel: Ghosts of a Dream:
My parents rise up from the grave, demanding to know: How has it come to this? How did a great and persecuted people become the persecutors?

Beware of Ariel Sharon's latest trick:
He is at it again, and again it is working. He is launching colourful balloons, and the whole world is looking on with rapture and wonderment.

Advance Praise for "An End to Evil":
Why are we occupying Iraq, bombing the living hell out of Afghanistan, pestering Iran and Syria, genuflecting to Sharon, failing to deal with real threats to our nation while piddling away our resources building an empire nobody wants?

Syria says Israel's friends in Congress behind US sanctions:
"These partisans of Israel want more than anything for Syria to end its support for the resistance of the Palestinian people," the statement added.

Terror in the Mirror: Denial, Projection, and the Israeli-Arab War :
Following 9/11, we heard that Americans finally knew what terror meant to places like Israel. It was not acceptable to suggest that we finally knew what terror meant to places like Guatemala, or Iran, or Vietnam, or Chile, or Palestine, or dozens of other places where civilians have been terrorized by our military.

Camp starts 19th December 2003: Deir Ballut International Womens' Peace Service 12/15/2003
A group of Palestinian, international, and Israeli activists have chosen the village of Deir Ballut, in the Salfit Governorate, as the site for the next round of activities in opposition to Israel's continued building of Phase II of the Apartheid...

Thurow: Get ready for US aid to end Globes 12/15/2003
Economist Prof. Lester Thurow says the world’s last surviving Bolsheviks are right here in Israel. -- When Professor Lester Thurow, one of the world's most prominent economists, talks about Israel's demographic problem, he doesn't just mean the number of Arabs living...

China's changing views of terrorism BBC 12/15/2003
China is stepping up its efforts to convince the outside world that there is a direct link between the US-led war on terror and its own fight against Muslim separatists. But many remain unconvinced by Beijing's latest claims against those...

Rafah, a city that struggles to exist ReliefWeb/Xinhua Feature 12/15/2003

   "I started my day by becoming homeless," Fouad said, while still looking through between the broken bricks in attempt to find anything that was not completely broken and could at least remind him of his house. -- Misbah Mwafi, a 65-year-old resident of the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, woke up early Monday as he does everyday to take his daily morning walk in the neighborhood and talk to his neighbors.

Israeli occupying forces destroy 22 Palestinian houses in Khan Yunis, leaving approximately 200 civilians homeless Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 12/15/2003
This morning, in the latest attack against Palestinian civilians and property, Israeli occupying forces destroyed 22 houses in the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip. Contrary to Israeli claims that the houses were uninhabited, preliminary investigations conducted...

US envoy 'brokers Mid-East talks' BBC 12/15/2003
High-level Israeli and Palestinian officials are to meet on Monday following intervention from a US envoy. A US State Department official spent the weekend trying to arrange the meeting. It is to be attended by top aides to the sides...

PA: Egypt to hold new truce talks with Palestinian militants Ha'aretz 12/15/2003
Egyptian mediators planned to start a new round of negotiations with Palestinian militants on Tuesday after Cairo talks on suspending attacks against Israel collapsed last week, Palestinian sources said Monday. They said the two-day talks, to be held in Gaza...

Satterfield succeeds in arranging a Palestinian- Israeli meeting Arabic News 12/15/2003
A high ranking Palestinian official said that a meeting will be held today between Palestinian and Israeli officials, in order to discuss means of implementing the Roadmap peace plan, and prepare for the forthcoming meeting between the Palestinian prime minister...

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Palestinian-Canadian Charged in Israel The Guardian 12/15/2003
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's military on Sunday charged a Gaza-born Canadian citizen with conspiracy to commit murder for allegedly planning attacks against Israelis and Jews in North America. Jamal Akkal, 23, collaborated with the Islamic militant group Hamas to plan shooting...,1280,-3506198,00.html

Background / Unsettling the West Bank - Sharon's Altalena Ha'aretz 12/15/2003
This Thursday, all eyes will be on Ariel Sharon as he addresses the annual Herzliya Conference on Israeli strength and security, waiting for the prime minister to lift the mantle of secrecy from a plan that he may or may...

Gaza-born Canadian charged with planning attacks for Hamas Ha'aretz 12/15/2003
Israel's military on Sunday charged a Gaza-born Canadian citizen with conspiracy to commit murder and illegal military training, for allegedly planning to carry out attacks against Israelis and Jews in North America. Jamal Akkal, 23, collaborated with the violent Islamic...

Palestinian marble looks abroad Daily Star 12/15/2003
Selling direct to foreign markets raises profits - Despite problems within Occupied Territories, local material – the "Rolls Royce" of stone – is in high demand -- RAMALLAH: Palestine's resilient business community has made its stone and marble industry a thriving one. It is...

Interior Ministry offices to open Tuesday Ha'aretz 12/15/2003
Interior Ministry and Population Registrar employees will open their offices on Tuesday and provide service to the public, as part of the Histadrut's policy of easing sanctions, which includes opening of striking government offices for a few hours daily. The...

Israel's 'cloud of demographics' Christian Science Monitor 12/15/2003
A dovish politician is forcing even hawkish Israelis to consider ceding land to the growing population of Palestinians. -- JERUSALEM – Even now, nearly four months after it was first published, an article by a dovish Israeli politician continues to irritate and...

Invitation for Mubarak to visit Iran Khatami: there are still differences Arabic News 12/15/2003
The Iranian President Muhammad Khatami said that there are still differences between Egypt and Iran despite the summit meeting they held in Geneva last week. This is at a time Tehran had extended two invitations for Mubarak to visit it...

US not an enemy of Syria, says Assad Jang Group 12/15/2003

ATHENS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview published here on Sunday he did not consider the United States an enemy despite their sharp differences. The interview appearing ahead of a visit to Greece, was given before the announcement...

Hariri: Dialogue, Not Sanctions, May Solve U.S.-Syria Rift An Nahar 12/15/2003
Lebanon's] Prime Minister Hariri has described the so-called Syria Accountability Act, which George W. Bush endorsed this weekend, as a new obstacle to Middle East peace, An Nahar reported Sunday. Hariri said in a statement that instead of introducing the...

Needed in Mreyjeh: Christians to return to their homes Daily Star 12/15/2003
Despite government encouragement, only 15 families have come back -- The southern Beirut suburbs of Mreyjeh, Tahwitat Al-Ghadir and Laylakeh, which come under one municipality, have experienced phenomenal demographic change and pronounced sectarian tension over the past three decades....„In 1967...

December 14 2003

Arbel attacks PM: Explain where the millions came from Ha'aretz 12/14/2003
In a rare comment on the probe into Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his sons' affairs, State Attorney Edna Arbel said yesterday that anyone who has large sums of money in his bank account must prove where it came from...

The Pervasive Fear of Talking About the Israeli Connection
By Bill and Kathleen Christison, CounterPunch 12/14/2003

   It is wide open now. Israelis are training Americans at Fort Bragg on their well tested techniques for carrying out targeted--and of course extrajudicial--assassinations. Americans in Iraq are copying this and all the other wretchedly cruel, unjust (and failed) Israeli occupation tactics in the West Bank and Gaza, tactics that the U.S. through its massive aid enables and encourages Israel to pursue. It is impossible to exaggerate the stupidity and just plain evil of the Bush administration in transferring such copycat policies to Iraq, at a time when hatred of U.S. policies is already rising daily around the world. The training of assassination teams is only one of many manifestations of the United States' "Israeli connection."

Jewish Settlers Rampage Through Hebron as IOF Invades Village International Press Center 12/14/2003
HEBRON, Palestine, December 14, 2003 (IPC + Agencies) - - Gangs of armed Jewish settlers guarded by the Israeli occupying troops started attacking Palestinian vendors and wrecking their shops at a marketplace in the city of Hebron, as IOF continued its military aggression...

IOF Kills a Palestinian near Ramallah, Wounds Three Children and a Woman in khan Younis
International Press Center 12/14/2003
RAMALLAH, Palestine, December 14, 2003 (IPC + Agencies) - - The Israeli occupying forces (IOF) shot and killed a Palestinian citizen near the city of Ramallah, while its forces in the Gaza Strip stepped up its military aggression against the Palestinian people. Eyewitnesses...

Eyewitness: News from Gaza Rafah Today 12/14/2003
Demolishing houses, killing innocent children, demolishing trees, blocking roads and torturing people, became some thing normal in Palestine because the media's policies have changed into a trading process.. now they look at who pays more, never mind if the people...

Int'l Organizations: 21 Palestinian Children Killed by Suspicious Objects and Mines International Press Center 12/14/2003
GAZA, December 14, 2003 (IPC + Agencies) - - Several international organizations caring for the children worldwide and their welfare said that 21 Palestinian children were killed during the three years of the Al Aqsa Intifada because of getting close to or playing...

Charity knows no boundaries for Islamic group Ha'aretz 12/14/2003
Early in October, the microwave oven at one of the children's wards at the Afula Ha'emek hospital broke down. In better days, the microwave would have been replaced the same day. But in the current days of economic hardship, the...

'Don't think about the children' By Gideon Levy, Palestine Monitor/Ha'aretz 12/14/2003

   Why was Asma Abu al-Haija arrested? Why did she have to spend nine months in prison, sleeping on the floor of her cell? Why was a woman arrested, not interrogated, not accused of anything and then released nine very difficult months later, without any explanation? Just because she is a Palestinian, so anything can be done to her? Was she really arrested solely in order to put pressure on her husband, the Hamas spokesman in Jenin, who is also in Israeli prison? Is this legal? Moral? Could there be any other reason? If so, why wasn't she brought to trial for it? Forget justice, but what about a drop of compassion for a sick woman with a brain tumor, who is going blind, has undergone brain surgery twice, who has five children left alone at home in the refugee camp, without a mother, without a father, without their older brother?

December 13 2003

Carols for Palestine, CD by Duo Doloroso
Palestine Chronicle 12/13/2003
In the following interview, the Palestine Chronicle asked the new singing group Duo Doloroso about their new album 'Carols for Palestine ..'" -- WASHINGTON - While millions of people across the world will celebrate Christmas over the next few weeks, hardly a thought...

IOF Murders a Palestinian Woman in Nablus, Wounds Five in Gaza International Press Center 12/13/2003
NABLUS, December 13, 2003 (IPC + Agencies) - - The Israeli occupying forces (IOF) murdered morning today a Palestinian woman from Assera Al Shmelia of Nablus. In a cold-blooded murder, the Israeli occupying forces manning a military checkpoint close to the illegitimate Jewish...

Palestinian-Israeli-International rally at Al Ram: Gush Shalom report Palestine Monitor/Gush Shalom 12/13/2003
Gush Shalom (Israeli Peace Bloc)" wrote: "The Wall must fall, must fall, must fall!" [Dec. 13, 2003] -- Once again, the organisers underestimated the number of people who would come to participate in a protest against the monstrous Wall which the...

Palestinian poet Fadwa Tuqan dies Al-Jazeera 12/13/2003
Fadwa Tuqan, revered among her compatriots as the "Poet of Palestine", died on Friday in her West Bank hometown of Nablus at the age of 86. She died in a local hospital where she had been in a coma for...

Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2003 12:50:53 -0800

Subject: Rafah Reports, Palestine, home demolitions, photos

December 12 2003

PCRS: Weekly Press Release 6 - 12 Dec 2003 ReliefWeb/Palestine Red Crescent Society 12/14/2003
During this reporting period, the Israeli Army has continued to violate the First and Fourth Geneva Conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by denying freedom of movement to Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulances and its medical teams...

Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 21:29:50 —0800
Subject: Terror in the Mirror: The U.S. & Israel, james Brooks

The voice behind the intifada By Syed Saleem Shahzad, Asia Times 12/12/2003

   KARACHI - For many centuries, the politics of the Muslim world have revolved around the massive al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, first built in 715 AD. The mosque complex, which includes the Dome of the Rock, is regarded as the third most holy shrine in Islam, after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Rafah incursion toll climbs:
Six Palestinians are now known to have been killed and 18 others wounded during an Israeli army incursion into Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian hospital sources have said

Israeli offer a myth :
Throughout history, mankind has believed in erroneous and fanciful myths such as: the world is flat, handling toads will give you warts, and now the idea that Israel's former prime minister Barak made a "generous offer" for the establishment of a Palestinian state in 2000. Let's look at this offer.

Congressional Black Caucus: Target of Pro-Israel Lobby?

India West, News Report, Ashfaque Swapan, Dec 12, 2003
An Indian-American activist under house arrest in Israel has accused the Israeli  government of illegally detaining her for her human rights work among Palestinians.

Readings in Bir Zeit University Students' Council Elections
By Ghassan Andoni, International Middle East Media Center 12/12/2003
For the first time in 3 years students and the University administration decided to run elections for the student's council in Bir Zeit University. The decision to run the elections was a difficult one and faced serious objections from the...

World Food Programme Emergency Report ReliefWeb/World Food Programme 12/12/2003
In fact, many towns and villages in the northern part of the West Bank have witnessed continuous incursions and curfews. Other towns and villages are facing strict closure, including internal ones....In November, WFP and implementing partners including ICRC distributed...

Working in the West Bank ReliefWeb/Operation Mercy 12/12/2003
Operation Mercy has started working in the Nablus area of the West Bank to help raise the standard of living for Palestinians in the areas of health, education, and living conditions in the H.E.L.P. Project (Health/Education/Living Conditions/People...

The Machines Take Over Editorial, Miftah 12/12/2003

   Envisioning the Likud and the other extremist Israeli parties' ideal plan for resolving their conflict with the Palestinians is not difficult, but is most certainly terrifying. In short, lock all the Palestinians up and throw away the key! Imagining the practicalities needed to achieve this goal might lead some to venture into the realm of science fiction, and then have the natural inclination to discard the possibility of actual implementation.

December 11 2003

Intifada spurs Palestine internet boom Electronic Intifada/Al-Jazeera 12/11/2003
The internet, with its ability to transcend borders, distance and government censorship, has become the preferred medium of information exchange for local Palestinians and foreign activists alike. One of the indirect results of the ongoing Israeli occupation has been an...

Review: Arna's Children By Arjan El Fassed, Electronic Intifada 12/11/2003

   Speechless. Silent. I could not move. I just sat there, watching the screen, the scrolling text of dedication and the names of Arna's children: Youssef, Nidal, Ashraf, Ala, Zakaria and the others. Arna's children form a small theatre group of Palestinian children in Jenin refugee camp.

Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2003 21:47:43 —0800
Subject: The Salt Lake Tribune -- Israeli offer a myth

December 10 2003

Winning Over Arabs Using Israeli Tactics:
The Bush administration's escalation of the violence, in an attempt to quell the Iraqi insurgency before next year's election, comes as no surprise. But such escalation will kill, wound or anger even more Iraqi civilians and thus make long-term stability in Iraq even more unlikely.

Manhunt in Iraq: Israel Trains U.S. Assassination Squads:
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh reveals how a new Special Forces group assembled to "neutralize" Iraqi resistance is working with Israeli commandoes to train in assassination and other tactics – comparable to the Phoenix Program in Vietnam. One of the key planners is Lt Gen. William Boykin who declared that Bush was not elected but appointed by God.


Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 10:34:50 —0800
Subject: INTERNATIONAL PRESS CENTER-PALESTINE: Heavy new israeli attacks & abuse of farmers

Israelis give a course in urban warfare:
NEW TRICKS: Israeli counter-insurgency specialists have been sent to Fort Bragg to teach US special forces how to keep an unruly Iraqi population under control.

An occupier tells all - the story of Israeli brutality towards Palestinians:
"I ran toward them and punched the Arab right in the face, never before did I do such a thing, he collapsed on the road·I dragged him over behind the jeep, I grabbed him by the hair and twisted his head to the side. He cried out loud· One of the soldiers approached him and punched him in the stomach. The Arab suffered from pain and grunted, we all giggled, it was funny·I kicked him real hard in the bottom and he whirled inside, just as I planned. They shouted that I am crazy and laughed – and I felt great".

Israel True to Values, Ashcroft Says :
Attorney General John D. Ashcroft yesterday told a conference of evangelical Christians and Jews who are united in support of Israel that in the face of almost daily terrorist threats, Israel has remained "steadfastly true" to "the values our two nations share."

Israel trains US assassination squads in Iraq :
"This is basically an assassination programme. That is what is being conceptualised here. This is a hunter-killer team," said a former senior US intelligence official, who added that he feared the new tactics and enhanced cooperation with Israel would only inflame a volatile situation in the Middle East.,2763,1102940,00.html

Demographer: Holy Land already has non-Jewish majority :
A Haifa University demographer said Tuesday that there is already a majority of non-Jews within the total area of Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Israel Building Nuclear-Proof Bunker :
The bunker command post would be Israel's second. An underground compound beneath the Tel Aviv headquarters of the Israeli military has been in use for more than 30 years, starting with the 1973 Middle East war.

UN votes 90-8 to ask Hague court for opinion on Israeli Wall:
The United Nations General Assembly approved on Monday a Palestinian-initiated resolution asking the International Court of Justice to issue an advisory opinion on the legal consequences of Israel's construction of the separation fence. Ninety nations voted in favor of the draft, eight opposed and 74 countries abstained.

December 9 2003

Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2003 11:13:47 —0800
Subject: israelis building nuclear bunker

December 8 2003

US using Israeli tactics in Iraq: General:
The commander of US forces in Iraq, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, says his troops have begun cordoning off Iraqi villages with barbed wire as the Israeli army does in the Occupied Territories.

Covert war in Iraq includes Israel, former Baathists: report:
US special forces fighting a covert war in Iraq are receiving help from both Israel and former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party regime, according to a report released Sunday.

Israel 'Aiding US In Iraq':
The US and Israeli governments had decided to keep their co-operation secret, according to the report.

Sharon's Phony War:
The war that Sharon is waging is not aimed at the defeat of Palestinian terrorism but at the defeat of the Palestinian people and their aspirations for national self-determination.

The peace threat from Damascus :
The most astounding thing about the Syrian president's proposal to resume talks with Israel is the response of official Israel. Is Israel really interested in achieving peace with its neighbor to the north?

Hamas leader rejects Israeli state:
In an interview published in the German magazine Der Spiegel, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin said there was no place in the region for an exclusive Jewish state; if Israelis wanted one "they can found a state in Europe".

Israel accused over dud Saddam reports:
The findings will re-ignite the speculation over whether Israel was the "third country" that supplied intelligence used in Tony Blair's Iraq dossier, claiming Iraq had tried to get "significant quantities of uranium from Africa".

Manufacturing Anti-Semites :
The Sharon government is a giant laboratory for the growing of the anti-Semitism virus. It exports it to the whole world.

The Privilege of being a Jew :
"Where were you when the Israeli army massacred the Palestinian people?"

Olmert: Israel Must Draw Its Own Borders:
A top Israeli official proposed Friday that Israel draw its own border with the Palestinians and pull out of most of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and parts of Jerusalem, saying quick action is needed before Arabs outnumber Jews in areas under Israeli control.

Date: Mon, 08 Dec 2003 23:06:01 —0800
Subject: - UN defers to Hague on Israel's fence-building

December 6 2003

Nablus Press Release Jerusalemites/Union of Health Care Committees 12/6/2003
On the past two days Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) at Beit-Ieeba checkpoint near Nablus did not allow medical teams to go to their clinics & medical centers under pretence of "law allows only the passing of an ambulance that carries a patient, one paramedic, & one doctor". We as a health institution runs number of clinics & medical centers in the Palestinian countryside & remote areas, as there are not enough medical crews in those villages or any ones near by. Therefore medical teams from the nearest cities are sent to offer medical services at those areas, as this is considered the only possible mean to do so. Israeli forces forbid patients from crossing the checkpoints unless they were in ambulances; & at the same time the numbers of ambulances are little & can not cover the increase number of patients.

December 5 2003

US Arab Population Doubled Over Past 20 Years Arab American Institute 12/5/2003

The Arab population in the United States has nearly doubled in the past two decades, according to the Census Bureau's first report on the group. Experts cited liberalized US immigration laws and unrest in the Middle East that led many people to come to America. The bureau counted nearly 1.2 million Arabs in the United States in 2000, compared with 860,000 in 1990 and 610,000 in 1980. About 60 percent trace their ancestry to three countries: Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. The census report stops at 2000, so there are no data to measure the impact of the attacks of September 11, 2001. But tighter immigration procedures imposed after then have reduced the flow of Arabs to the US.

Canadian forced to confess in Israel, says lawyer :
Israel used psychological torture to get a Canadian man to confess he was plotting terrorist attacks in Canada, says his lawyer.

Ethnic cleansing on the Jordan River:
"It's none of their business," responds Zitrin Eliezer, an Israeli settler in the West Bank. In fact, Israel's policies wouldn't be America's business if Washington wasn't backing Israel. And if that backing didn't in turn foster hatred of and terrorism against America and its allies.

Israel offers housing plots in West Bank settlement :
Israel invited public bids today for 98-year leases of 13 plots of land designated for private home construction in a major Jewish settlement in the West Bank, an offer that ran against a US-backed peace plan.

The Brutal Zionist Role In The Holocaust: The price of Zionism

Jewish Friends of Palestine:
An Online Initiative of Jewish Activists for a Free Palestine

Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2003 23:10:43 —0800
Subject: Jewish Friends of Palestine Organization

December 4 2003

Report: Israel played key role in failed intelligence assessment before Iraq war:
It appears Israel not only provided false intelligence to other Western intelligence agencies, but also played a crucial factor in pushing the US and its allies into launching a war against Saddam Hussein and his regime.

Israel: Sarid calls for inquiry into intelligence ahead of Iraq war :
Meretz MK Yossi Sarid on Thursday called for the creation of a committee to probe the conduct of Israeli intelligence ahead of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

Who caused Palestinian Diapora?: Israel needs to apologize, let them back:
Like slavery for African-Americans, internment for Japanese-Americans and the Nazi holocaust for Jews, the "Nakba" ("Catastrophe") was a seminal event in the consciousness of the Palestinian people.

Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 11:11:59 —0800
Subject: The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies Jerusalem, Washington:"A CLEAN BREAK"for Israel

Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 10:56:15 —0800
Subject: Report: Israel played key role in failed intelligence assessment before Iraq war

December 3 2003

Ink of ID numbers may wash off, but humiliation is everlasting By Rime Allaf , Lebanon Wire/Daily Star 3/12/2002
If one puts to the side, momentarily, the moral, ethical, principled aspects of marking numbers on prisoners' foreheads and forearms, then one could perhaps work out why the Israeli armed forces have begun using this method with Palestinian prisoners: Given the immense death toll that is rising faster than victims' lists can be updated, it is clearly easier to count the dead when they are numbered, just as it is clearly easier to calculate how many more must be killed before Israel is purged of the Palestinian "problem."

How Sharon resurrected Arafat by trying to get rid of him :
Yasser Arafat completes his third year in virtual captivity on Wednesday. Once the atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001, had taken place, Ariel Sharon’s government began a concerted campaign to equate the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation with the senseless violence perpetrated by 19 Al-Qaeda hijackers.

Israel Fumes at U.S. Opening to Doves, Steps Up Raids :
Israel fumed on Wednesday over Secretary of State Colin Powell's plan to meet the authors of a symbolic Middle East peace deal that the Israeli government has rejected as capitulation to Palestinian demands.

Israel: 25% Of Population Live In Poverty:
The gaps between the rich and poor in Israel are reminiscent of the Third World. There are 1,312,000 people living below the poverty line and every third child in the country is poor.

Israel Approves Construction Of More Homes At Settlements :
The government of Israel has approved the construction of more than 1,720 new houses in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip this year.

Instead of being dismantled, settlement outposts slowing digging in:
Just six months after Israel committed to a peace plan requiring it to dismantle scores of illegal Jewish settlement outposts, an Associated Press inspection of 18 of the encampments found the settlers have expanded significantly.

'We're air force pilots, not mafia. We don't take revenge' :
For two months, a rebel group of Israeli Black Hawk helicopter and F-16 fighter pilots has been denounced as traitors for saying they will no longer bomb Palestinian cities.,2763,1098456,00.html

No, anti-Zionism is not anti-semitism :
As an idea, a Jewish homeland was always controversial. As a reality, Israel still is - and it is not anti-Jewish to say so.,10551,1098625,00.html

Date: Wed, 03 Dec 2003 12:21:42 —0800
Subject: INTERNATIONAL PRESS CENTER-PALESTINE: Israel Plans toTransfer 100,000 Palestinians from Jerusalem

Date: Wed, 03 Dec 2003 10:57:46 —0800
Subject: NO, Anti-Zionism IS NOT "Anti-semitism', B.Klug, Jewish Forum for Justice & Human Rights,10551,1098625,00.html

December 2 2003

Palestine peace plan branded treacherous:
Thousands of Palestinians staged protests in Gaza and the West Bank against the plan on Monday, also branding it as "treason" and a "black day in the history of the Palestinian people".

Geneva Accord offering only false hope:
Israel continues to do everything possible to undermine the basis for peace, and the Bush administration, which could use its enormous influence with Israel, chooses instead to do almost nothing.

Boy among dead in Ramallah raid :
A nine-year-old boy is among four Palestinians killed during an Israeli raid in the West Bank town of Ramallah.

Neo-Nazis, Extremist Jews Unite :
French neo-Nazis formed an alliance with extremist Jewish groups on the Internet to publish a torrent of hate messages directed against Arabs and Muslims, according to a report by a leading anti-racist group.,1284,59662,00.html

December 1 2003

Buying Up Iraq:
The United States cannot tolerate Arab democracy at the national level because of its unilateral support of Israel's occupation of Palestine and no freely elected Arab government will support Israel against the Palestinians. If real democracy means letting people have a real voice in governing themselves then there is little hope of this happening in any Arab state, including Iraq.

Israeli Threats Against Egypt:
Let Netanyahu ask the Jewish clergy why they have a special prayer every day wishing illness, ruin, death and destruction upon the Egyptians.

Carter Slams Mid-East 'Bias':
FORMER US president Jimmy Carter has criticised the White House for favouring Israel and abandoning "a bipartisan commitment" to Middle East peace.

The killing fields of Rafah :
Quietly, far from the public eye, Israeli soldiers continue killing Palestinians. Hardly a day goes by without casualties, some innocent civilians, and the stories of their violent deaths never reach the Israeli consciousness or awareness.

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