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    Israeli soldiers tell Palestinian villagers we will do to you what the Nazis did to us. Dura (West Bank): 2 January, 2003 (IAP News) The estimated 25,000
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      Israeli soldiers tell Palestinian villagers "we will do to you what
      the Nazis did to us."

      Dura (West Bank): 2 January, 2003 (IAP News)

      The estimated 25,000 people of this small town have been subjected
      to a fresh wave of "nightmarish terror" at the hands of the
      notorious Israeli border police unit whose largely undisciplined
      soldiers abducted and brutally murdered a Palestinian teenager in
      Hebron Monday night.

      For two consecutive days, hundreds of soldiers, backed by military
      vehicles, two military trucks, and several large bulldozers,
      rampaged through the town, opening fire and stun grenades in all

      On Wednesday, the force held some 200 Palestinian youths inside the
      town's only cultural Center for 10 hours during which the soldiers
      did, as one hostage put it, "what all Israeli soldiers do in the
      absence of television cameras."

      "They beat each and every one of us without any reason, they started
      cursing our religion and making other blasphemous remarks.
      Afterwards they, using large hammers, smashed all the windows and
      doors of the building. Then they smashed all the 30 computers, which
      had been donated from a European country. In short they were Gestapo
      in real life," said Musa Abu Salameh, one of the hostages.

      Abu Salameh also testified that the soldiers also stole at gunpoint
      28 cellular telephones, large amounts of money and other valuable
      things from the hostages.

      "They told us not to expect help from anybody, and when one of us
      told the officer that what they were doing was wrong, the officer
      said laughingly `what right, what wrong, what God…I'm God."

      When Other Palestinians walked toward the building to know what was
      happening to their sons, the soldiers didn't hesitate to open fire,
      injuring several people, including 11-year-old Jihad Abu Arqoub,
      from whose belly doctors at the Princess Alya hospital in Hebron
      extracted two bullets.

      As dark-fall neared, the soldiers began scouring through the town,
      blowing the sirens of their jeeps and shouting obscenities at the

      Earlier, the huge bulldozers sealed all entries to Dura by dumping
      huge piles of dirt across the streets.

      The draconian, medieval measure effectively meant that Dura became
      cut off from the rest of the West Bank and practically isolated from
      the rest of the world.

      In real terms, the sealing of the town also meant that nobody, not
      even an ambulance, could move either into or out of the town. In
      shot, if some needed urgent hospitalization, he or she would have to
      die because "the army says so."

      Earlier this week, the Israeli army dynamited four homes belonging
      to the families of Palestinian resistance activists, three of them
      already dead.

      Abed Elqiq, whose cousin's home was among the homes demolished
      narrated that one of the Israeli officers who oversaw the
      destruction of the homes told the grieving women at the site
      that "we will do to you what the Nazis did to us" half a century ago.

      "Ok, if you want call us Nazi, we are Nazi, but we have the upper
      hand and we can kill you and destroy your homes and nobody in this
      world can ask us `why'. And we are happy about it."
      In a Further Escalation of Israeli Illegal Military Actions, 25
      Houses Have Been Demolished in Rafah.

      2nd January, 2003 - Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

      This Thursday morning, the second of January 2003, Israeli forces
      instigated another illegal action by destroying 25 refugee houses in
      the Rafah refugee camp rendering 85 families including 313 people,
      homeless. Those civilians were forced to leave their houses at about
      01.00hrs and forced to search for shelter as the bulldozers moved in
      on their property. According to the PCHR's field work unit and the
      testimonies of those whose houses were damaged, approximately more
      than 30 heavy vehicles moved approximately 200m into Block J in the
      Rafah Refugee camp adjacent to the Egyptian border. They shelled the
      area intensely. Palestinian civilians who were sleeping were shocked
      and terrified by these actions and were forced to leave their houses
      to find shelter. The armoured bulldozers demolished the houses over
      their furniture and belongings. 14 houses were totally demolished
      while 2 others were partially demolished rendering 33 families,
      comprised of 180 people, homeless. A number of these people,
      particularly from among the women and children, were evacuated to
      Hospital for treatment.

      Then the armoured vehicles moved east to Block L adjacent to the
      border with Egypt. The soldiers called upon the residents to
      evacuate their houses through loud hailers. This was at
      approximately 02.30hrs. The bulldozers then demolished 9 Palestinian
      houses rendering 25 families, comprised of nearly 130 family
      members, homeless. The families were forced to flee from the area
      due to intensive gunfire from the Israeli soldiers. This wide scale
      military operation is reminiscent of the other illegal actions
      conducted by the Israeli forces within the Rafah refugee camp. On
      the 7-12 of January 2002 the Israeli forces demolished 77
      Palestinian houses while more than 100 houses were rendered
      uninhabitable. This humanitarian crisis rendered more than 100
      Palestinian families including 750 people homeless. The worse scenes
      saw unarmed Palestinian civilians, including hundreds of women,
      children and the aged, escaping from their houses in fear of the
      intensive Israeli shelling.

      We feel disappointed that the International community and the more
      active powers are silent about these illegal and abusive actions
      against the Palestinian civilians. The flagrant human rights
      violations conducted by the Israeli forces require the action of an
      independent international movement to ensure that the Israelis
      respect International Law. We feel this would help stop the
      retaliatory actions that are being carried out against the civilian

      PCHR condemns the escalation in these illegal actions against unarmed
      civilians and reiterates its call for an immediate intervention by
      the international community and calls upon the high contracting
      parties to the Forth Geneva Convention of 1949 to stop these
      actions. Over the past twenty seven months, the Israeli occupying
      forces have carried out many illegal actions within the Rafah area.
      PCHR calls upon the international community to break their silence
      and fulfill their international obligations.

      PCHR considers that; 1) these illegal actions do not occur without a
      political void created by certain world powers, a void that allows
      these actions to occur under the guise of `Security Operations' and
      in the name of self defence. 2) The Israeli claim that the
      demolished houses were used for military purposes is untrue and the
      international community and agencies are invited to visit the area
      to verify that the Israelis demolished inhabited houses.

      PCHR calls upon the United Nations to visit the area immediately in
      order to conduct an investigation and to take the necessary steps to
      bring about an end to these illegal actions. The International
      community is also asked to contribute to the efforts to build
      shelters for the affected Palestinian families. The PCHR also asks
      that the international agencies provide medical support for the
      affected families.




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      Palestinians Subjected to New Israeli Technique Called The Lottery Friday, January 03 2003 @ 07:55 AM GMT In the lottery, they said, border policemen order
      Message 2 of 12 , Jan 6, 2003
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        Palestinians Subjected to New Israeli Technique Called 'The Lottery'

        Friday, January 03 2003 @ 07:55 AM GMT

        "In the lottery, they said, border policemen order apprehended
        Palestinians to pick from folded pieces of paper that have different
        punishments written on them .."

        (Image by Mahfouz Abu Turk/Palestine Chronicle)

        By John Ward Anderson

        HEBRON, West Bank - A Palestinian high school student, 18, who'd
        just finished prayers at a Hebron mosque was detained Monday night
        by Israeli Border Police in this bitterly divided West Bank town.
        Family and neighbors said Tuesday that his badly beaten body was
        found by friends 20 minutes later in the middle of a road half a
        mile away.

        The killing of the youth, Amran Abu Hamediye, who Palestinian
        witnesses said was beaten severely around his head, was part of what
        Hebron residents contend is a dramatic rise in assaults on
        Palestinians by Israeli Border Police since Nov. 15, when
        Palestinian gunmen killed 12 Israeli border policemen, soldiers and
        settlement security guards an ambush near the Tomb of the
        Patriarchs, a religious shrine here that's uneasily shared by Jews
        and Muslims.

        "Beatings by the Border Police are not new," said Abdel Salam Abu
        Khalaf, a spokesman at Al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron. "All the time
        since my childhood we looked at them as if they enjoyed beating us.
        But it's been going on all the time in the last 1 1/2 months."

        "We make complaints — we lie to ourselves and do it for the record —
        because the truth is there's absolutely no punishment for the
        soldiers," said Rashed Rajabi, 30, a construction worker who was
        with Abu Hamediye when he was detained and who found his body a
        short time later. Rajabi said he filed a complaint with Israeli
        authorities about his friend's death but expects no results
        because "the judge and the defendant are the same."

        A spokeswoman for the Israeli Border Police said Abu Hamediye's
        killing is under investigation. Several Hebron residents said that,
        although it's unclear how Abu Hamediye was killed, they and other
        Palestinians here recently have been subjected to a technique
        called "the lottery."

        In the lottery, they said, border policemen order apprehended
        Palestinians to pick from folded pieces of paper that have different
        punishments written on them — such as "broken leg," "smashed hand"
        or "smashed head" — and then administer the chosen punishment.

        An Israeli newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, described the lottery
        technique in a story published Dec. 22.

        A Hebron taxi driver, 43, who declined to be identified, said 10
        days ago he and his family were stopped in their private car and
        given a choice of being beaten or having their car smashed. When
        they chose the latter, he said, border police troops pulled a piece
        of paper from their pocket and announced that that was what was
        written on the paper, then proceeded to smash the windows,
        windshield and lights. Yael Stein, an attorney from the Israeli
        human rights group B'tselem, charged that border police and army
        attacks on Palestinians may be on the rise because the incidents
        aren't adequately investigated by Israeli authorities, and officers
        and soldiers involved are rarely punished.

        "The army does not come out with a clear message that says, `You are
        not allowed to assault a civilian Palestinian.' The message is vague
        and ambiguous," she said. "There is a general atmosphere that
        enables these things to happen and the soldiers are checking the
        limits all the time."

        B'tselem released a report Monday describing an incident in Hebron
        on Dec. 3 in which the organization said four soldiers detained five
        Palestinian men at a barber shop and forcibly shaved the heads of
        two of them.

        The soldiers also used three of the men as human shields, standing
        behind them and firing over their shoulders at Palestinian stone-
        throwers, according to the report. Also Monday, Israeli soldiers
        took over two medical clinics in the West Bank City of Nablus, 30
        miles north of Jerusalem, and used the building as a firing position
        while holding patients inside, according to the organization
        Physicians for Human Rights.

        "It's clear to us that entering a building in which there was a
        medical facility and shooting from the place jeopardizes the
        building and makes it a target for fire, and it's against the Geneva
        Convention, which protects the neutrality of medical facilities and
        patients," said a spokesman for the group, Miri Weingarten. She said
        the incident was part of "an erosion, a general disregard of medical
        neutrality that has increased over the last two years and which has
        become progressively worse."

        A senior Israeli official, who asked not to be quoted by name,
        disputed the assertion that Israeli police and soldiers in the Gaza
        Strip and West Bank act with impunity, saying 32 soldiers have been
        indicted in cases involving alleged theft of Palestinian property,
        excessive violence and unwarranted shootings.

        "It is of great concern to us, and we hope that most of these cases
        turn out to be much ado about nothing," he said. "If there is a body
        or an injured person, we can't dispute that. But if there are police
        and soldiers involved in these incidents, we can try to exonerate
        them, and if they are guilty, they will be dealt with severely."

        The army, in a written response to B'tselem on Dec. 29, said it
        was "unable to locate the case" involving the Hebron barber
        shop. "The case is unknown," a military spokesman said Tuesday.
        Israeli radio said, Tuesday night the matter is under internal
        investigation by military police. A military source said the
        takeover of medical clinics in Nablus on Monday was necessary
        because Israeli soldiers were under attack by Palestinians.

        "There was fighting in the area that included throwing Molotov
        cocktails and opening fire toward our forces, and therefore the
        position was taken," the source said.

        He added that the building was principally an office building and
        was not taken and occupied by soldiers because of the clinics.

        Jonathan Pelled, a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, said
        border police and army officials take Abu Hamediye's death and
        allegations about the lottery "very, very seriously." But, he
        said, "there are several question marks surrounding the whole
        issue," including the number on the police vehicle, which cannot be
        traced to any jeep that was on patrol in the area Monday night, he

        "I hope and pray it has nothing to do with the Border Police and is
        some kind of internal Palestinian business in which people are
        trying to blame someone else," he said.

        The spokeswoman for the Israeli Border Police said Abu Hamediye's
        killing is being investigated by the Justice Ministry's Department
        of Interrogation of Policemen. "It has to be said that there is no
        proof that this is Israeli Border Police," said the spokeswoman,
        Liat Perl.

        She said the same unit is investigating other allegations of
        brutality by the Border Police, a military corps that often seconds
        the army in controlling the Palestinian population in occupied

        "In the last three months, not even one interrogation indicated that
        these allegations are true," Perl said. But, she added, "if anyone
        violated human rights or goes against the regulations, he will be
        disciplined." Rajabi, the man who found Abu Hamediye's body in
        Hebron, said he, Abu Hamediye and two other men had just left the
        mosque about 7:45 p.m. when a jeep with four border policemen pulled
        to a stop nearby and called for them to approach. For some reason —
        perhaps because he was the youngest, Rajabi said — the Israeli
        troops focused on Abu Hamediye, who was bundled into the back of the
        jeep and driven away.

        Because other Palestinians have been detained by Israeli Border
        Police, Rajabi said, he and the others knew generally where their
        friend was probably going to be taken, so they followed on foot to
        help him.

        About 20 minutes later, Rajabi said, they discovered the body lying
        in the street, bleeding from several gashes to his head.

        Bajes Abu Hamediye, Amran's uncle, said he was watching from his
        second-floor balcony nearby and saw a number written on top of the
        jeep: 113. (LAT-WP)

        -[Arab News (arabnews.com).] Published at the Palestine Chronicle.


        Reuters, 1/2/03

        RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli guards fired tear gas and
        stun grenades in a large West Bank detention camp Thursday to break
        up a protest by Palestinian prisoners over alleged mistreatment.

        Israeli medics and Palestinian human rights workers said several
        dozen Palestinians were suffering from tear gas inhalation at the
        camp next to the Israeli army's Ofer base near the West Bank city of

        Khalida Jarrar, from the Palestinian human rights group al-Dameer,
        said the prisoners had declared a hunger strike Thursday morning to
        protest alleged beatings by camp guards when detainees are taken to
        a nearby military court…

        More than 1,000 Palestinians are being held under administrative
        detention without charge by Israeli authorities, about 100 of them
        at Ofer camp, the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said Thursday.
        Israeli delegation goes to Washington to collect $ 14 billion from
        American tax payers

        Occupied Jerusalem: 4 January, 2002 (IAP News)

        A top-level Israeli delegation is due to fly to Washington on
        Saturday afternoon to press the Bush Administration to speed up the
        transfer to Israel of some $14 billion dollars in loan guarantees.

        Israel hopes to use the money to revive its sagging economy, build
        more Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank and tighten its grip
        on the Palestinian people.

        The Israeli state-run radio quoted sources at the Prime Minister's
        office as saying that the Sharon government "expected the loans to
        be approved very soon."

        Earlier, Israeli Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon indicated the Israeli
        army needed a billion US dollars to maintain the blockade on
        Palestinian population centers as well as keep up settlement
        expansion in the West Bank.

        The Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported on Thursday that the Sharon
        government would undertake not to use the American loans to build or
        expand Jewish settlements.

        However, Israeli sources suggested the Sharon government would
        reallocate budgets for settlement buildings using other financial

        Israel in the past pledged not to use aid money from the United
        States in building settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

        However, consecutive Israeli governments repeatedly failed to keep
        the pledge, taking advantage of the Jewish Lobby's grip on the

        Recently, some voices were raised in the United States demanding the
        Bush Administration stop bankrolling the ongoing slow-motion Israeli
        holocaust against the defenseless Palestinians.

        In a December 30th op-ed piece in the Jordan Times retired US
        Brigadier General James J. David noted that "Israel is a wealthy
        country, sixteenth among all countries in per capita income" of
        $21,000 yet the country "receives $1,200 per person from the United
        States with no strings attached."

        "America needs the money for its own people and for the starving
        people of less fortunate, Third World, countries. The $5 billion in
        annual foreign aid to Israel has got to stop," he wrote.

        "Thanks to American support and protection," David stated", the
        Israelis and their government have been living beyond their means
        and snubbing international law since recognition of Israel. Massive
        American aid only encourages the right-wing in Israel and spreads
        settlements on Arab lands."

        "This unquestionable protection of Israel and our refusal to condemn
        this Jewish state no matter what violations of international law and
        human rights it commits only breeds terrorism," he said.

        "We Americans now see this terrorism on our own soil."

        "Americans have a special responsibility to put a stop to these
        abuses because these abuses are unjust and because they are being
        carried out with our resources and with the military and political
        support of our government," David stated.
        Wide-Scale Campaign of House Raids In Nablus , Israeli Helicopters
        Wage Attacks on Gaza City

        Hear Palestine - Jan 6, 2003

        The residents of Nablus City were placed under curfew this morning,
        while a large number of occupation soldiers spread through-out the
        city and carried out a wide-scale campaign of house raids and
        searches in various residential areas and surroundings of refugee

        At least 11 people were wounded with live ammunition this afternoon
        in Nablus, mostly children. According to Red Crescent sources,
        Israeli soldiers prevent ambualnces from reaching the wounded.

        After Midnight: Israeli Helicopters Wage Attacks on Gaza City

        The Israeli occupation army waged an attack on Gaza City with
        American supplied Apache helicopters after midnight last night.
        Industrial establishments in the center of Gaza City were targeted
        with at least 8 rockets.

        Around 10 civilians were wounded by shrapnel during the shelling
        which lasted for over one hour. Dozens suffered from shock.

        Electricity was cut off in most residential areas in the city. One
        rocket fell on Omar al-Mukhtar Street but did not explode.

        Industrial workshops were targeted in Asqoula and al-Zaytoun
        residential quarters in the center of the city. Among the owners of
        the workshops are al-Bahtiti, Sha'ban and Yassin families.

        Ambulances hurried to the locations where dozens of people were
        running in a panic in search of a safe refuge.




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        Palestine Flags, Badges, Pins: For your solidarity items, or if you like your logo/emblem put on a badge or pin visit site: http://www.sambartrading.com ...
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          29.9% of Gazan schoolchildren anemic

          Gaza - A new Palestinian study has revealed that anemia was
          spreading among elementary stage schoolchildren in the Gaza Strip
          reaching a percentage of 29.9%.

          The study attributed the high percentage, which amounts to one third
          of the total pupils, to the worsening political and economic
          conditions in the Palestinian society due to the continuing Zionist
          aggression, siege and starvation.

          The study, by researcher Mahmoud Daher, won him the MA degree at Al-
          Quds University Abu Dees.

          The researcher pointed out that he collected information for his
          research paper at the end of the second term of the school year 2001-
          2002 when the political and economic conditions of the Palestinian
          society were at its lowest ebb especially in the Gaza Strip.

          He said that the study targeted measuring the spread of anemia among
          elementary schoolchildren and checking the connection between anemia
          and the students' social and economic changes.

          Daher said that he chose a random sample of 204 pupils distributed
          among various areas of the Strip whether in schools run by the
          Palestinian Authority or UNRWA.

          The researcher said he took blood samples from the students that
          were examined at the PA public health's central laboratory while a
          second test was made to a number of random blood samples to double
          check results.

          He noted that a questionnaire was distributed among students to
          collect data on their social background, health conditions and

          He recalled that the percentage in the late nineties was 11%. He
          then elaborated on the percentage in various districts of the Strip,
          noting that Rafah had the highest such percentage with 40% followed
          by Gaza city 33.3%, central areas 29.7%, northern Gaza 29.6% and
          finally Khan Younis 14.8%.

          Daher pointed out that anemia was spread more among children reared
          by unemployed or limited income parents.

          He also noted that children of working mothers were more liable to
          suffer from anemia than children of housewives.

          The researcher in conclusion recommended continuous efforts to
          eliminate causes of health problems and malnutrition namely Zionist
          occupation and its repressive measures and mass punishments. He
          proposed launching surveys of other categories and launching a
          national feeding program to support nutrition of schoolchildren in
          addition to spreading public awareness on a number of health issues.
          He also suggested adding iron to wheat.
          Jason Keyser, Associated Press, 1/6/03

          Tel Aviv, Israel - In response to twin suicide bombings that killed
          22 people, Israel decided Monday to close three Palestinian
          universities, intensify raids against militants and bar Palestinian
          officials from holding key meetings in the West Bank and abroad...

          In the past, particularly deadly bombings have triggered large-scale
          Israeli incursions in the West Bank, and hard-liners in Israel's
          Cabinet have called for expelling Arafat. However, with an Israeli
          election on the horizon, such a move was unlikely.

          Instead, the security Cabinet decided Monday to close three
          Palestinian universities as alleged hotbeds of incitement - a
          measure Israel last took during the first Palestinian uprising,
          which lasted from 1987 to 1993…

          British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told the British Broadcasting
          Corp. that the attacks emphasize the need for political dialogue. "I
          hope very much that the Israeli government will think again," he
          Time magazine's special year-end edition includes "Best Photos of
          the Year," featuring 7 photos relating to the Mideast conflict. The
          photos and captions reveal a pattern of bias, heavily suggesting
          that Israel is the aggressor and Palestinians are the victims.

          Here are the 7 photos:

          (1) Palestinian women mourning in Jenin after "Israeli tanks
          leveled the area." http://www.time.com/time/yip/2002/conflict/5.html

          (2) Time depicts Israeli aggression with a photo of Israeli soldiers
          "engag[ing] in a fire fight" in Ramallah.

          (3) Palestinians "defend[ing] against a possible Israeli
          incursion." http://www.time.com/time/yip/2002/conflict/7.html

          (4) Palestinian boy who "lost his father and grandfather" in a gun
          battle. http://www.time.com/time/yip/2002/conflict/8.html

          (5) Time depicts Israeli aggression and Palestinian victimhood with
          a photo of Yasser Arafat "after Israeli tanks had besieged his
          compound." http://www.time.com/time/yip/2002/people/4.html

          (6) a tagged Israeli arm, after a Palestinian suicide attack.

          (7) "Old Man Alone." Sharon is "surviving three no-confidence votes
          and buying more time to repair his tattered coalition."

          Resolution on the Destruction of Palestinian Libraries, Archives,
          and Other Cultural Institutions

          WHEREAS, In the course of recent events in the Middle East,
          Palestinian computers, photocopiers, books, audio recordings, video
          recordings, data, institutional archives and records, and objects of
          historical, cultural, and artistic importance were destroyed; and

          WHEREAS, The destruction of these cultural resources represents a
          significant loss for the Palestinian people and the world; and

          WHEREAS, Palestinian libraries and cultural institutions are
          urgently in need of restoration and assistance; and

          WHEREAS, The American Library Association deplores the destruction
          of library and cultural resources anywhere in the world; and,
          therefore the destruction of these library and cultural resources;

          WHEREAS, IFLA met in Jerusalem in 2000 and met with Palestinian
          librarians and established a working relationship of cooperation;
          therefore, be it

          RESOLVED, that the American Library Association calls upon the
          government of the United States, as well as other governments,
          intergovernmental organizations and non governmental organizations
          to prevent further destruction of libraries and cultural resources
          and to provide material assistance for the reconstruction and
          restoration of these resources; and, be it further

          RESOLVED, That the American Library Association take leadership in
          recommending that IFLA establish a study group on Palestinian
          libraries and cultural institutions, and establish a mechanism for
          providing assistance to Palestinian libraries and cultural
          institutions; and, be it further

          RESOLVED, That the International Relations Committee of the American
          Library Association is hereby charged with implementing this
          resolution and will report back to Council at Midwinter 2003.

          Adopted by the Council of the American Library Association June 19,

          Copyright © 2002, American Library Association.
          Last Modified: Monday, 16-Dec-2002 10:31:21 CST




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          Right to Education Campaign (ACTION REQUESTED) From: Huwaida Arraf Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 17:53:38 -0800 (PST) Friends, The International
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            Right to Education Campaign (ACTION REQUESTED)

            From: Huwaida Arraf <huwaidaa@...>
            Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 17:53:38 -0800 (PST)


            The International Solidarity Movement is urgently trying to get
            international volunteers to come to the Occupied Palestinian
            Territories to stand with Palestinians against attacks on their very

            Throughout the current intifada school age children have suffered
            from increasing exposure to violence, trauma and poverty as well as
            from confinement and a lack of educational, social and cultural
            outlets due to the closures and curfews. Palestinians' right to
            education has been violated through Israeli military curfews and
            closures, which prevent students and teachers from reaching their
            schools as well as the destruction and closure of some schools by the
            Israeli military. School children have been attacked by the Israeli
            army and illegal Jewish settlers while traveling to and from their
            places of study.

            Please consider joining us in Palestine for the "Right to Education
            Campaign" - March 14 - April 30, 2003. For more information, please
            see: www.palsolidarity.org

            For Immediate Release
            February 22, 2003

            The U.N. agency that provides food for Palestinian refugees says it
            will stop emergency aid unless it receives $1 billion. The United
            Nations Relief Works Agency, or UNRWA, says that it will need
            donations to continue feeding the refugees after March of this year.
            Agency director Peter Hansen said: "We are scraping the bottom of
            every barrel and stretching every dollar we have, but without
            immediate donations our emergency operations are going to grind to a

            UNRWA activities have been necessary to care for the millions of
            refugees (descendants included) who were disenfranchised and banished
            from their land by Israel in 1948. CFL believes that the US and the
            entire world has an obligation to care for the Palestinians who
            suffer under occupation.

            TAKE ACTION: Contact your elected officials
            Talking Points

            *Israeli delegations were in D.C. this week requesting $14 billion
            more in American welfare to continue to carry out atrocities against
            innocent Palestinian civilians. We cannot provide funds to a
            government which is preventing millions of Palestinians from going to
            work and earning enough to eat.

            *The U.S. (and other countries) have a responsibility to care for
            refugees whose rights are not upheld by the UN.

            *It is an affront to humanity that Israel is allowed to starve an
            entire population. Physicians for Human Rights has stated repeatedly
            that Palestinians are suffering from malnutrition and other ailments
            caused by the collective punishment that Israel is inflicting on
            millions of Palestinians.


            From: Jewish Peace News <judithrnorman@...>
            Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2003 07:06:33 -0800 (PST)
            Subject: Israel divides Bethlehem with a wall

            [Israel has been building a fortified barrier through the West Bank
            that will forcibly confine the Palestinian population inside besieged
            enclosures. The so-called separation wall will cut through Bethlehem,
            blocking off one neighborhood from the rest of the city. The 500 or
            so Palestinian residents of this neighborhood will be cut off from
            schools, hospitals, families and jobs, and allowed access to the city
            only at the discretion of their IDF captors.

            It is unclear why Israel is building the wall through Bethlehem, an
            area outside of its internationally recognized borders. This article
            from the British Independent cites a Palestinian researcher who
            speculates that Bethlehem is being systematically walled in with the
            intention of degrading the lives of the inhabitants to the point
            where they will choose to emigrate. If so, this is one more mechanism
            of ethnic cleansing. JN]

            Israel divides Bethlehem with a wall of concrete, fear and suspicion
            By Justin Huggler
            22 February 2003
            The Independent

            As you arrive from Jerusalem, the first street of Bethlehem, lined
            with old, carved limestone houses, is deserted. Where the tourists
            used to throng, the restaurants are boarded up. In a few months, a
            high concrete wall will run down the middle of this street, blocking
            a neighbourhood of Bethlehem from the rest of the city.

            The inhabitants here, predominantly from Bethlehem's fast-dwindling
            Palestinian Christian community, will be cut off from their city by a
            concrete wall guarded by Israeli army patrols. They will be allowed
            to cross into Bethlehem only through an Israeli army checkpoint, with
            permits the army can issue or withhold as it sees fit. They will not
            be allowed into Jerusalem, on the other side of the pocket of land
            they will be walled off in.

            Amjad Awwad will be cut off from the mini-market he runs. His house
            is on one side of the street, the mini-market on the other. After the
            wall is built he will need the Israeli army's permission to go to
            work and to go home again. But that is not his only worry.

            "They told us if you want a doctor in the night the hospital will
            have to phone the Israeli government and arrange permission for him
            to be allowed in. If it's a heart attack, we'll die before they allow
            the ambulance in."

            After the wall is built, the Bethlehem municipality will even need
            military permission to send trucks to collect the rubbish. The wall
            is part of what has become known as Israel's "Berlin Wall",
            electrified fences and concrete walls the Israeli government is
            building around the West Bank to seal it off and stop Palestinian
            militants crossing into Israel.

            Here, as elsewhere, the wall is not following the 1967 border but
            dipping deep into the West Bank. The reason it is slicing into
            Bethlehem, say Israeli authorities, is so Rachel's Tomb, a Jewish
            pilgrimage site inside the city, will be on the Israeli side of the
            wall, guaranteeing easy access for pilgrims.

            For the 500 or so people who will be cut off from the rest of
            Bethlehem, the wall is a disaster. The order to build it was
            announced this week, while the world's attention was on Iraq. The
            Israeli cabinet decision to include Rachel's Tomb was made public on
            11 September, the anniversary terrorist attacks on America.

            No coincidence, says the Mayor of Bethlehem, Hanna Nasser, who will
            be cut off from his relatives by the wall. His son-in-law lives in
            the area that will be walled off.

            "Why do they need the wall?" he asks. "That whole area around
            Rachel's Tomb is already under full Israeli control under the Oslo

            The tomb is already surrounded by a concrete wall, and there are
            Israeli army guard-posts on top of the buildings around it.

            "Why do they need it unless they have hidden intentions?" says Mr
            Nasser, suggesting the real reason for walling off the area is to
            force the people to leave, so the land can be annexed to Israel.

            That sentiment is echoed by Dr Jad Issac, of the Applied Research
            Institute, Jerusalem, a Palestinian organisation that makes maps of
            Israeli settlement-building in the occupied territories using
            satellite images it buys commercially. They show Bethlehem being
            surrounded by fences to protect new settlement suburbs of Jerusalem
            built in the occupied West Bank.

            "There will be no room for Bethlehem to expand naturally," Dr Issac
            says. "The population density will become so high people will start
            leaving freely. We will be forced to migrate."

            Israeli army torments Nablus, kills two civilians in cold blood By
            Khalid Amayreh Nablus (West Bank): 22 February, 2003 (IAP News)
            Trigger-happy Israeli soldiers on Saturday killed two additional
            Palestinian civilians in this city, which of late has been the target
            of a harsh Israeli repression unprecedented since the huge carnage at
            the Jenin Refugee camp last Spring. Eyewitnesses testified that
            Israeli snipers posted at strategic rooftops in downtown Nablus shot
            and killed a 34-year-old man, identified as Sami Murtadha Halaweh, in
            full view of his wife and children. "They ordered him and his family
            out in order to search the home, they kept the them in the rain
            outside, and when he moved to comfort one of his children who was
            crying, a sniper shot him in the chest," said Hatem Shak'a. "They
            just slaughtered him in cold blood like you slaughter a sheep."
            Shortly afterwards, another Israeli sniper opened fire on pedestrians
            for no apparent reason, killing a college student. The student, 23,
            was identified as Hatem al Sardi. Eyewitnesses described the killing
            as "a wanton act of murder." The Israeli army acknowledged the
            killing, but refused to acknowledge responsibility. The murder of the
            two civilians brings to 8 the number of civilian victims killed by
            Israeli occupation troops in the past four days. One Israeli officer
            warned the killing of Palestinian civilians would continue until
            the "score reaches fifty Palestinians for each Israeli soldier or
            settler killed." The officer, speaking via a loudspeaker in Nablus,
            said the Israeli army will show no mercy "neither to an old man, nor
            to an old woman, not even to babies." Palestinians in Nablus have
            described the "campaign of terror" being waged by the Israeli army
            against their town as "conspicuously criminal." "With the world's
            attention focused on Iraq, the Israeli army is perpetrating daily
            atrocities against defenseless civilians," said Hanin al-Masri, a
            journalist working for a local newspaper. "It is shameful that the
            world is allowing Israel to repeat the Gestapo experience against
            housewives, workers, school children and other innocent civilians."
            Al Masri said the Israeli army was systematically destroying and
            damaging people's homes for no reason other than wanting to inflict
            pain and suffering on us. "I want to remind the world that these
            soldiers are sick, they are sadists, they experience pressure by
            inflicting pain on innocent people and seeing people suffer." Nablus
            mayor Ghassan Shaka'a opined that the real goal of the Israeli
            campaign of terror was to get the people to leave their
            country. "They simply would like us to leave so that they could
            establish a racially pure Jewish state…., well it is like Hitler
            sought to create a racially pure Aryan state." "It is Jewish Nazism,
            pure and simple." Israel routinely denies targeting innocent
            civilians deliberately. However, human rights groups as well as
            international peace activists operating in Nablus and other parts of
            the West Bank vehemently dispute Israeli claims to that effect. "How
            can we possibly believe them? They murder, not kill, but murder
            civilians everyday, I just don't believe they do it by mistake, when
            mistakes happen each and everyday, it means there is a policy to
            kill, the world must understand this and stop believing Israel's
            mendacious hasbara (propaganda)," one north American lady said. The
            American peace activist accused the Israeli army of adopting an
            unwritten policy of killing a given number of Palestinian civilians
            everyday, regardless of security considerations. "They have a death
            quota that must be met by any means. Just look at it, they sacrifice
            3-5 Palestinians every day, the bulk of them innocent bystanders
            pedestrians, taxi drivers or passengers." "The soldiers seem not to
            worry, they should have clear instructions to kill and not worry
            about the consequences, since whatever Israel does is sanctioned by
            the American government."

            Day 246: Nablus Under Curfew.
            What are the reasons for the renewed attack?
            Amer Abdelhadi

            For everything that we do, there is a reason. For every aggression
            there must be a reason but what is the reason for attacking Nablus
            the way it is taking place know is totally puzzling.

            We know that the Israeli army has been attacking Palestinian cities
            for a long time to drive people out and prepare to replace
            Palestinians with Jews that are brought up from all over the world.
            We also know that the Israeli government has been rapidly building up
            settlements on Palestinian lands ever since Israel was established on
            Palestinian soil. But is the reason for an attack such as the one
            that started several days ago?

            The Israeli army raided the old city of and moved directly to
            demolishing houses, shops and entire neighborhood when the rain was
            pouring and people are left in the freezing cold with their children
            and elderly. The shops that were demolished belonged to a computer
            Internet service, a jeweler, grocery stores and houses. In addition
            to all that, all men in the attacked areas were arrested, beaten up,
            then taken to detention centers.

            The attack also reached the outskirts of Nablus by demolishing a café
            near Al Najah University in addition to several houses belonging to
            people the army says are on their wanted list.

            From this comes the question as to why the attack has started in the
            first place.

            The military operations have completely stopped in Israeli cities a
            long time ago. Nablus has been under very tight siege to the extent
            that not a single vehicle can enter Nablus whatever it is carrying
            (Even food supplies are forbidden).

            Last Saturday the Palestinian police started working in the city for
            the first time since the occupation and curfews began TWO HUNDRED AND
            FORTY SIX days ago. People wished that this is a sign for normal life
            to resume again (under the circumstances) but the army returned more
            vicious than ever before, their agenda included demolishing of the
            city structure and people' spirits.

            This Friday morning and while the old city is still under attack by
            the Israeli army, a peaceful demonstration took place to denounce the
            new attack on Nablus. The reaction by the army was un-comprehendible.
            More than ten Mirkava tanks were rushed to the city center
            accompanies by armored vehicles and Jeeps, plenty of jeeps which
            opened fire randomly and aimlessly.

            Yesterday, an 11 year old boy walking with his grandfather was shot
            and killed by a sniper bullet as he was returning home. His
            grandfather suffered a critical injury and later died in hospital.

            As I am writing to you my friends, some people are still stuck
            outside their houses unable to reach safety for the third consecutive
            days while others are waiting for the army to blow their residential
            houses up.

            Some analysts think that the army will leave the city of Nablus in
            the coming few days. If this is true then what are the reasons behind
            this attack. Is it because the army wants to leave such an unpleasant
            memory behind?

            One thing the army succeeded in doing for sure. They succeeded to
            change people's minds from wanting peace to wanting revenge.
            The world is watching, yet has done so little.

            Amer Abdelhadi
            Radio Tariq Al Mahabbeh
            TMFM 97.7
            Nablus Under Attack
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            Zionists destroy at least 12 Palestinian homes in Rafah, Bethlehem and Nablus Report by Hear Palestine News Service - May 21, 2003 The Israeli army demolished
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              Zionists destroy at least 12 Palestinian homes in Rafah, Bethlehem
              and Nablus

              Report by Hear Palestine News Service - May 21, 2003

              The Israeli army demolished at dawn today 8 homes and bulldozed
              land during a military invasion southwest Rafah, near the border
              strip that
              separates Palestine and Egypt. 4 bulldozers supported by over 10
              vehicles invaded the area under intense fire directed towards homes.

              3 residents were moderately wounded. Last night a woman was critically
              wounded in Israeli fire in Tel al-Sultan area (See Feature Story

              8 homes were completely demolished and a number of other homes and the
              infrastructure were seriously damaged.

              Over 2 dunums of land cultivated with olive trees were also bulldozed
              during the

              Israeli tanks continue to be based near the borer strip in Rafah.

              This morning, several Israeli tanks and bulldozers reinvaded Beit
              north of the Gaza Strip less than 12 hours of withdrawal that
              followed 6
              days of occupation of the town.

              Israeli armored vehicles and soldiers are based at all the entrances
              within the town especially in the industrial area where Israeli
              attacked and kicked out Palestinian workers from the area.

              A new Israeli military location, 100 meters away from the entrance of
              town was set up.

              Bulldozers continue to level and destroy agricultural land in Beit
              Over 2000 dunums (1dunum=1000m2) of land were leveled in the past 6

              Israeli soldiers also opened fire at journalists who were supposed to
              Abu Mazin's visit to the area. The visit was postponed after the
              reoccupation of Beit Hanoun this morning.

              A tight military closure continues to be imposed on all towns and
              cities in
              the Gaza Strip.

              Bethlehem: Israeli Army Levels 2 Homes South of City

              The Israeli army early this morning demolished the homes of Jamil and
              Nawawra brothers who were killed previously by the Israeli army.

              A large number of soldiers besieged the homes at dawn before blowing
              them up and
              leveling them to the ground at 5:00 am. The homes were inhabited by
              10 people
              now made homeless.

              The 3rd brother Sa'd Nawawra is detained by the occupation

              Two school students 16 and 17 years old were wounded in al-Ubeidiya
              which was raided today by Israeli soldiers. 2 other students were

              Israeli soldiers opened fire inside the school where students were
              exams. The soldiers threatened to open fire at teachers and students
              if they did
              not leave the school. Students were forced to leave their exams and

              This was not the first time in which the school was attacked by the
              army. Last week the same school was raided and several students
              from breathing problems as a result of teargas bombs fired in their

              A tight military siege continues to be imposed on the city of

              Nablus: Israeli Army Blows Up 2 Homes

              The Israeli army at dawn today (3:00 am) blew up 2 homes in the city

              Israeli soldiers in armored vehicles besieged the home of Zarifa
              mother of Abir Hamdan who carried out a suicide attack in Israel. The
              was located in al-Yasmina quarter in the Old City of Nablus. The
              mother and
              her son were forced out of their home without their belongings.
              soldiers then planted explosives inside the house and blew it up from
              distance. 3 other adjacent homes were damaged as a result.

              Another 2-story residential building inhabited by 25 people north of
              city was besieged and blown up. The home belonged to the family of
              Khilfa who carried out a suicide attack in Tel Aviv on 5 January
              2003. 25
              people are now left without refuge and set up a tent near the
              location of
              their demolished homes.

              On another front, the Israeli army arrested a number of people from
              and Beit Forik villages and from the city of Nablus.

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              Jenin: Child killed by Israeli fire while sitting in his school
              classroom, 7
              wounded in Beit Hanoun, Nablus under attack

              Source: Hear Palestine News Service - May 22, 2003

              Israeli soldiers killed 13-year old Kamal Nawahda with live
              ammunition in
              the head this morning during an invasion of the village of Yamoun,

              Witness reported that military reinforcements were carried out on the
              edges of
              the village early this morning before the invasion. During the
              invasion, Israeli
              soldiers opened fire intensively and randomly.

              Nawahda was hit with a deadly bullet in the head while inside his
              located at the entrance of Yamoun Village. He was then transferred to
              hospital in Nablus City.

              The Israeli army also invaded Silat al-Thaher, Ya'bid, Silat al-
              and other villages today. Heavy military presence was reported in the
              and residents are unable to move from one place to another. School
              students were
              unable to reach their schools to sit their final exams.

              Deep ditches were dug on both sides of road between Arraba and Ya'bid

              In Tamoun and Toubas, Israeli soldiers arrested several residents
              home raids and searches. The area continues to be placed under tight
              military siege for the 6th day running.

              Beit Hanoun: 7 School Students Wounded in Israeli Fire

              Seven Palestinian school students were wounded this morning, one
              critically, in
              Israeli fire in the occupied town of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza
              Strip, while
              they were on their way to school to sit their final exams. All 7
              children are
              under the age of 15.

              Israeli soldiers in tanks based at the southern entrance of the town
              fire at them and continued to open fire preventing ambulances from
              reaching the
              location to rescue the wounded.

              The Israeli army reinvaded Beit Hanoun town yesterday for the second
              time in a week. Over 10 homes and hundreds of dunums of agricultural
              land were

              Deep holes were dug in all main streets, including and a large number
              of side
              roads, today.

              The Israeli army occupied the industrial area of Beit Hanoun and
              hundreds of workers from reaching their workplaces. Israeli soldiers
              based on the roof tops of some factories and opened fire
              intermittently at
              residents and workers who approached the area.

              In the meantime, bulldozing activities continue to be carried out
              near the
              border strip in Rafah.

              In Khuza'a area, Khan Younis, ongoing bulldozing activities were
              carried out
              while Israeli soldiers reportedly opened fire intermittently towards
              residents in the area.

              Nablus: Ongoing Israeli Attacks in Old City and Villages

              Israeli soldiers at dawn today raided al-Midani Hospital in al-Yasmina
              quarter in Old City of Nablus after blowing up the main gate of the
              hospital. The Palestinian Medical Relief Agency reported that the
              soldiers ruined large quantities of medicine as well as destroyed the
              hospital's furniture and some of its medical equipment. This was the
              time in which the hospital is subjected to a similar attack in recent
              (See report at:

              At least 8 residents were arrested in Nablus today during home raids
              searches at military roadblocks that spread heavily throughout Nablus
              its villages.

              At the Deir Sharaf military roadblock residents reported being
              attacked by Israeli soldiers.

              The villages of Zawata and Asira al-Shamaliya continue to be
              isolated from the outside world, while escalated closure measures are
              imposed around Nablus and its surrounding villages.

              Separation wall swallows up Rafat land

              Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 12:03:09 +0300
              From: Palestine Report Newslist <prlist@...>
              Subject: Separation wall swallows up Rafat land

              Separation wall swallows up Rafat land
              Published at http://www.palestinereport.org on May 21, 2003.

              Also in this week's issue: Palestinian media outlets are targeted by
              Israeli troops, and Riham Barghouti discusses folklore, politics and
              going beyond in Palestinian popular dance.
              by Ahmad Sub Laban

              "I SEE my land in my village of Rafat every day, but I cannot reach
              it because of the so-called separation wall, which prohibits me from
              reaching the land of my fathers and forefathers," says Abdallah Al
              Rafati. "This land has been passed down through generations, but now,
              I cannot even reach that olive tree, which neither I, nor my father
              or grandfather planted, but rather our first ancestors," he continues.

              More than 33 dunams of Al Rafati's land have been confiscated in
              order for Israel to build the "separation fence," which is
              constructed solely on Palestinian land. More than 75 percent of
              Rafat's land, a village north of Jerusalem, has been confiscated to
              make way for the wall.

              According to a report prepared by the Center for Land Research of the
              Arab Studies Society, Rafat's land has been taken control of through
              confiscation, military closure and land leveling. Rafat, one of the
              closest villages to Ramallah and located on the borderline between
              Ramallah and Jerusalem, has been closed off from three directions -
              to the east, west and south.

              "From the west, the village is surrounded by the Beitunia and Ofra
              military camps. From the east, it is encompassed by the Jerusalem
              Airport, which has been turned into an Israeli army camp. And now,
              from the south, the village has been closed in by the security
              fence," explains Rafat local council head Mohammed Khader Taha. He
              confirms the claim made in the Land Research Report that Rafat is an
              estimated 6,000 years old, and has Canaanite origins. Its ancient
              name is Raphael, meaning that God heals, and was built on an area of
              4,583 dunams.

              Today, the village's area is no larger than 329 dunams, all of which
              falls within Area B, an Israeli categorization of Palestinian land in
              which home construction is permitted. An additional 500 dunams of the
              village's land falls within Area C, where all construction is
              prohibited. But this land is not even fit for agriculture, rendering
              it effectively useless. In all, 75 percent of the village's land has
              been confiscated by Israeli authorities over the past 35 years, sums
              up the council head.

              According to Taha, Israeli forces confiscated the plains in 1967,
              which constituted the village's most fertile agricultural land, and
              on which village residents depended for much of their food and
              income. Approximately 60 percent of the village population worked the
              land at that time. The Israeli confiscation was slated to build the
              Ofra military camp, which was built on 700 dunams of Rafat land.

              But the confiscations continued after that, with the most significant
              taking place after the arrival of the Palestinian Authority. Since
              then, Israeli authorities have confiscated the equivalent of 300
              dunams of land located between the village and Ramallah in order to
              build a settlement bypass road. Then in 1996, Israel built yet
              another street, severing the connecting road between Rafat and Al
              Jdeira, a nearby village. The road was built directly on Rafat land.

              The most recent of these land confiscations took place in August
              2002, when the Israeli army informed village residents that they
              would confiscate around 768 dunams of land from the village,
              including 168 dunams for the purpose of the separation wall and the
              surrounding road. Israeli forces closed off 600 dunams of land that
              fall behind the separation wall, and banned village residents from
              accessing it to plant, harvest or reap the fruit of their olive
              trees. What's more, Israeli occupation forces cut down 638 fruit-
              bearing olive trees, says Taha, including those belonging to Al
              Rafati, which were planted by his ancestors.

              Al Rafati speaks of the impact the separation wall has had on the
              village land. "The impact is huge on the village people. At first, it
              led to a further decline in the already poor economic situation that
              the village is in, especially after 60 percent of the village
              population lost their source of income with the confiscation of the
              remaining land used for agriculture." Rafati adds that the
              unemployment rate has reached 80 percent in Rafat.

              "But economic damage is not the only thing to hit the village because
              of this separation wall," says Rafati. "It also has social and
              academic consequences." He explains that there used to be many
              marriages between the people of Rafat and neighboring villages, such
              as Al Jeeb and Bir Nabala. However, these relationships since have
              been severed, because the fence has completely cut these areas off
              from one another. "Parents no longer go to visit their married
              children who live in other villages," Rafati explains.

              He says there are also grave academic consequences that have recently
              appeared, and will continue to grow, with the construction of the
              separation wall. Many students attend high schools and universities
              outside the village because these facilities are not available in the
              village. But now the separation wall is standing before them and
              their destinations. "Students used to spend half an hour traveling to
              their university," Rafati says. "Now, the journey needs four hours at
              least, if the student is able to get there at all."

              Published 21/5/03.(c)Palestine Report



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              Zionists wound four year old in Bethlehem and 12 year old in Jenin http://www.iap.org E-mails: iapinfo@iap.org June 16, 2003 - Hear Palestine Four year old
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                Zionists wound four year old in Bethlehem and 12 year old in Jenin

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                June 16, 2003 - Hear Palestine

                Four year old Palestinian Nibal Sleiman was critically wounded today
                when a settler bus drove into her while she was standing in front of
                her home in the town of Tqou', located south of Bethlehem.

                Also today, 12-year old Mohammad Briya was wounded in the Far'a
                refugee camp, East of Jenin, during an invasion of the refugee camp
                by the Israeli army under intense fire.

                The residents of the camp were placed under curfew.

                On another front, the Israeli army tightened the imposed closures on
                Jenin City even further and closed all main and side roads as well as
                set up a number of new military roadblocks. Residents are currently
                prevented from entering or leaving the city or from moving between
                surrounding villages.


                Also in Rafah at noon today, two residents were moderately wounded
                when Israeli soldiers, based in observation towers along the borders
                with Egypt, attacked homes southwest of Rafah with machinegun fire.

                Israeli soldiers also prevented an ambulance with a patient from
                crossing through the al-Matahin military roadblock, north of Khan
                Younis, after subjecting it to tight searches.

                In addition, Beit Hanoun continues to be occupied by the Israeli army
                for the 6th week running, while the Israeli army carries out ongoing
                bulldozing activities and destruction of Salah al-Din road that links
                north and south of the Gaza Strip.

                The Rafah Crossing continues to be closed for an undetermined period
                of time. Hundreds are unable to return to their homes in the Gaza

                Rafah, with a population of 130,000, is situated in the southern part
                of the Gaza Strip in Palestine at the border with Egypt. It is also
                is surrounded by several refugee camps.

                Also today, during searches in the Izbat Salman and Kufer Thulth
                villages in Qalqilya, the Israeli army arrested at least 11 residents
                during home raids.

                At dawn, the Israeli army invaded the eastern quarter of Qalqilya
                City under intense fire and arrested at least 2 residents brutal home

                A tight military closure continues to be imposed on Qalqilya and its
                villages. More military roadblocks were set up on roads surrounding
                the city and linking villages.


                In Ramallah today, the Israeli army set up provocative military
                roadblocks at the al-Irsal and al-Balou' residential quarters,
                northwest of al-Bireh and held several residents under the heat of
                the sun for no apparent reason. Israeli soldiers dealt with the
                residents in a brutal and provocative manner.

                The Israeli army also transferred areas northwest Jerusalem and
                southwest Ramallah into a 'closed military zone', - where movement
                for Palestinians is not allowed. Hundreds of people were unable to
                reach their workplaces or universities today as a result.


                The Israeli army at dawn today arrested at least 3 residents from
                Hebron during home raids and searches in various areas in the city
                and the town of Doura.

                The Old City of Hebron, which continues to be placed under tight
                military curfew, witnessed acts of violence by a large number of
                Israeli soldiers today. Israeli soldiers opened fire with teargas
                bombs pointed randomly towards the city's residents and also closed
                their shops by force. Israeli soldiers also threaten to kill the
                residents through loud speakers.

                The curfew was lifted in other areas outside the Old City from 6:00
                am until 8:00 pm.

                Settlers continue to wage attacks against the residents and their
                properties, mainly south of Yatta Town.


                Israeli Special Forces stopped cars on al-Quds Street in Nablus City
                today and arrested Palestinian student Samar Bader while she was on
                her way to sit a 'Tawjihi' (Final secondary school grade) exam in the
                center of the city. Israeli soldiers previously arrested Samar's
                sister Abir, who is a nurse in a hospital in Nablus.

                Military roadblocks intensively spread at the entrances of the city
                and on roads leading into the city. At least 4 Palestinian youths
                were arrested at these roadblocks.

                Hundreds were unable to enter or leave the city. Dozens of people
                were held at the Hawara military roadblock. Two residents suffered
                from sun stroke as a result.


                Finally, the Israeli army today invaded Qaiza town in Salfeet today
                and arrested a number of residents.

                Palestinians urge PA to install sirens in Gaza to forewarn civilians
                of Zionist air raids

                Occupied Jerusalem: 15 June, 2003 (IAP News)

                Anxious Gazans, tormented by 33 months of unceasing and unrelenting
                Israeli state terror, have urged the Palestinian Authority to install
                sirens throughout Gaza in order to forewarn civilians of impending
                Israeli air raids.

                Israeli warplanes have been attacking the crowded Gaza Streets for
                the past few days, killing as many as 27 people, including 10

                Scores of other civilians were injured and maimed in deadly rocket
                attacks by Zionist Apache helicopter gunships targeting suspected
                Palestinian resistance fighters as well as political leaders.

                Local leaders are arguing that the sirens would give an adequate
                warning for civilians to seek cover and take proper precautions.

                Currently, Gazans use primitive and inadequate means for warning
                against Apache raids, such as car horns.

                Sharon says will continue assassinations even under cease-fire

                Occupied Jerusalem: 15 June, 2003 (IAP News)

                Zionist Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said on Monday the Zionist regime
                would retain the "policy of assassinations" even under a possible
                cease-fire with Palestinian resistance forces.

                The Israeli state-run radio quoted Sharon as saying that the
                occupation army would continue to target "terrorists" and "ticking
                bombs" even under a cease-fire.

                Israel considers as "terrorists" and "ticking bombs" all Palestinians
                opposed to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian homeland,
                including political leaders of resistance movements.

                Last week, the Israeli occupation army carried out a failed
                assassination attempt on Hamas political leaders Dr. Abdul Aziz al

                Moreover, Zionist officials said they would target Palestinian
                Islamic leaders such as Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yasin.

                Hamas retorted, warning that its fighters and "martyr-bombers" would
                target Israeli leaders in likewise manner.

                Hamas and other Palestinian resistance groups have consistently
                demanded an end to Israel's rampageous operations in the West Bank
                and Gaza as precondition for any truce with the Zionist regime.

                The Palestinians have been fighting for freedom from decades of Nazi-
                like Israeli repression which killed and injured tens of thousands of
                Palestinians and destroyed thousands of Palestinian homes and farms.


                Ref: 80/2003
                Date: 12 June, 2003

                Fifth Assassination by Israel in Gaza City in 48 Hours:
                7 Palestinians killed

                PCHR condemns the latest Israeli assassination attack in Gaza city
                this afternoon in which 7 Palestinians were killed, including an
                infant. Today's attack is the latest in Israel's policy of
                extrajudicial killings which has been stepped up in recent days, in
                total disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians. This attack
                brings the total number of casualties from such attacks to 23
                Palestinians in the last 48 hours. Five of those killed were
                targeted by Israel, 18 were non-targeted civilians.

                According to PCHR's initial investigation, at approximately 15:50 this
                afternoon an Israeli helicopter gunship launched 5 rockets at a car
                that was traveling along Al-Jalaa Street in central Gaza city. Four
                rockets hit the car, killing all occupants. The occupants were later
                identified as Yasser Mohammed Ali Taha, 31, from al-Bureij Refugee
                camp, and his 7-month pregnant wife, Islam Abdullah Taha, 25, and
                their baby, Khawla, 18 months.

                According to PCHR's information, Taha had been wanted by the Israeli
                authorities for many years due to his alleged participation in the
                military wing of the Hamas movement. In March 2003, Israeli
                occupation forces raided Taha's family home during an incursion into
                the al-Bureij camp, in the central Gaza Strip. His father and three
                of his brothers were arrested during the raid, but Taha escaped
                capture. The family home was demolished during the incursion.
                Taha's father and brothers remain in Israeli detention.

                Four non-targeted Palestinians were also killed in today's attack and
                more than 20 were injured. The wounded were transferred to Shifa
                hospital in Gaza city, several of whom remain in a serious condition,
                according to medical sources. Several children were among the
                wounded. The four bystanders killed were identified as Jihad Jasser
                al-Saoudi; Ahmed Mohammed Samour; Saed Ziad Gherbaen; and Mohammed
                Khalil Matar.

                The fifth rocket launched by the Israeli helicopter gunship missed the
                targeted car and hit the Abdul Fatah Nijm family home, located only a
                few metres from where the car was hit. No injuries were reported.

                In light of this ongoing escalation in attacks by the Israeli
                occupation forces on Palestinian civilians, PCHR reiterates its calls
                to the international community, in particular the High Contracting
                Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, to fulfill their obligations
                to ensure the protection of the Palestinian civilian population.
                PCHR is concerned that a further escalation in violence, including
                increased attacks on civilians, are likely to take place in the
                coming days. The ongoing failure of the international community to
                intervene will serve only to encourage the Israeli occupation forces
                to perpetrate further attacks against the Palestinian civilian

                Rafah: 10 Homes Demolished and Agricultural Land Bulldozed

                Rafah: June 12, 2003 (IAP News & Hear Palestine)

                The Israeli army at dawn this morning completley demolished 10
                Palestinian homes and partially destroyed 10 others during a military
                invasion of Rafah City under random fire.

                According to eye witness reports received by IAP News, more than 5
                people were injured in the attack, three of them children. Two of the
                injured are indentified as Ahmad Ashour (23 years old) and Mahmoud
                Ghanim (23 years old).

                "No one knows the reason why they are doing this," the eyewitness
                stated, "but it is meant to force people to leave their homes."

                The Red Cross in the area is warning residents that the Israelis will
                damage even more homes.

                The eyewitness also told IAP News that "as the camera has become the
                enemy, they (the Israelis) shoot everyone who carries a camera,
                including internationals."

                Approximatley 15 Israeli tanks and armored vehicles supporting 5
                bulldozers also invaded Block 'J' refugee camp southwest Rafah and
                carried out a wide-scale demolition campaign. They demolished homes
                belonging to the Awaja, Abu al-Naja and al-Jazzar families.

                Israeli bulldozers also leveled agricultural land in the area.

                A tight military siege was also imposed on the area during the
                invasion, which continued for several hours.

                Rafah, with a population of 130,000, is situated in the southern
                part of the Gaza Strip in Palestine at the border with Egypt. It is
                also is surrounded by several refugee camps.

                Zionists resume air strikes on Gaza, 7 more Palestinians killed in
                two separate attacks

                Occupied Jerusalem: 12 June, 2003 (IAP News)

                The Israeli occupation army resumed air attacks on Palestinian
                population centers in Gaza last night and today, killing 7 more
                Palestinians in two separate attacks.

                Palestinian sources said Zionist apache helicopters fired several
                missiles on a stadium in central Gaza shortly before midnight,
                killing two people.

                Also today, in the fifth air strike in 48 hours, the zionist regime
                fired missiles at a car in Gaza City, killing five people and
                wounding 20, according to doctors.

                According to Ha'aretz, the car was driving in the Sheik Radwan
                neighborhood of Gaza City, when it was hit by three missiles,
                witnesses said.

                The Haartez report also stated that the car was engulfed by flames,
                and as bystanders rushed to the rescue, a fourth missile hit,
                according to Mussallam Amaireh, 52, a guard at a nearby mosque.

                When this latest strike took place, the streets were crowded with
                mourners who had attended the nearby funeral of 11 people killed
                in two previous missile strikes.

                This brings at least 16 the number of Palestinians killed by the
                Israeli occupation army in less than 24 hours.

                Earlier, two Israeli attack helicopters fired several missiles on a
                crowded street at the densely populated Shujaiya neighborhood east of
                Gaza, killing seven people and injuring thirty.

                Among the victims was reportedly Tito Massoud, an activist in Hamas
                military wing, the Izzedin al Kassam Brigades.

                The remaining six victims were civilians, including two women and a
                child. The two women have not yet been identified by Palestinian
                medical authorities, and the four men killed were named as Nasser
                Hamid, 26; Khalil Hamid, 34; Rami Shatiwi, 28; and Azam Alja'al, who
                was 23-years-old.

                Four Palestinians are also listed in serious condition as a result of
                this strike.

                Meanwhile, Hamas has claimed responsibility of the bus-bomb attack in
                West al-Quds (Jerusalem) yesterday in which 17 people were killed and
                thirty others injured.

                The movement named the guerilla who carried out the bombing as
                Abdullah Shabana from al-Khalil in the southern West Bank.

                Israeli sources said a number of soldiers were killed in the bombing.

                Hamas has stated that the bombing was in retaliation for the attempted
                assassination by Israel of Hamas political leader Dr. Abdul Aziz al
                Rantisi on Tuesday.

                Israeli warplanes attack crowded market in Gaza, at least 7
                Palestinians killed, many injured

                Occupied Jerusalem: 11 June, 2003 (IAP News)

                Israeli helicopter gunships attacked a crowded market in central Gaza
                Wednesday, killing as many as seven Palestinians and injuring scores
                of other civilians.

                Eyewitnesses said two Israeli helicopter gunships fired several
                missiles at the Shujaiyya market, east of Gaza, killing and maiming
                numerous civilians.

                Earlier reports spoke of eight people killed and as many as forty
                others injured, many sustaining serious burns and wounds.

                Sources at the Shifa hospital said the death toll of the missile
                attack was likely to rise as some of the injured were in critical

                According to Ha'aretz, one of those killed in the attack was
                identified as Hamas activist Tito Massaoud, who was a leader of the
                Izz-el-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas. According to Palestinain
                Hospital officials, another Hamas activist in the vehicle with
                Massaoud and four passersby were also killed.

                The missile attack took place less than one hour after a Palestinian
                guerilla blew himself up aboard an Israeli bus in the heart of West

                The bombing resulted in the death of as many as 16, and close 80
                people were wounded.

                Hamas declared responsibility for the bombing, saying it came in
                retaliation for the attempted assassination by Israel yesterday of
                Hamas political leader Abdul Aziz al-Rantisi.

                Israeli occupation forces bomb refugee camp, three killed and 30

                Occupied Jerusalem: 10 June, 2003 (IAP News)

                Israeli occupation forces on Tuesday bombarded a Palestinian refugee
                camp in northern Gaza, killing at least three people and injuring
                several others.

                Palestinian sources said the artillery bombardment, which targeted
                the Jabalya refugee camp, north of Gaza, came from nearby Jewish

                Medical sources said as many as thirty other people, all of them
                civilians, were injured in the indiscriminate bombardment.

                According to Haaretz, the three killed were identified as members of
                the Abed Rabbo family, two 19-year-old men and a 16-year-old girl.

                Earlier, the Israeli occupation army asked all foreign diplomats and
                members of international non-governmental organizations to leave the
                Gaza Strip.

                Observers in Palestine suggest the measure may me a prelude to an all-
                out Israeli military campaign against the Gaza Strip.

                Earlier, the Israeli occupation army carried out a failed
                assassination attempt on the life of Dr. Abdul Aziz al Rantisi, one
                of Hamas' chief political leaders in the Gaza Strip.

                Rantisi escaped the attempt, but three other people were killed
                including his bodyguard and a 30 year old woman - identified as
                Khadra Yousef Abu Hamada - and an eight year old girl both of whom
                were crossing the street.

                Medical sources report that at least 27 Palestinians were wounded in
                the attack, seven of whom remain in serious condition.

                According to the Palestine Monitor, today's attack brings to 225 the
                total number of people killed since September 2000 in such extra
                judicial executions or assassinations, 98 of who were bystanders or
                unintended victims, including 16 women and 27 children.

                Hamas vowed to retaliate for the killing and the attempted
                assassination of Rantisi.

                Palestinian prisoner's family calls on Amnesty International to help
                save son's life

                Occupied Jerusalem: 11 June, 2003 (IAP News)

                The family of Palestinian political prisoner Musa Dudin has appealed
                to Amnesty international and other human rights groups to intervene
                to end "the harsh physical and psychological torture" to which Dudin
                has reportedly been subjected to at the notorious Holokdar prison in
                Beir Shiva, in southern Israel.

                "My son is being subjected to extremely severe physical and
                psychological torture for the past three months. I urge, I appeal to
                Amnesty International and the Red Cross Committee to try to alleviate
                his suffering and conditions," said Dudin's father, Haj Muhammed

                According to Dudin's lawyer, Tawhid Sha'aban, the 32-year-old
                prisoner has been continuously and unceasingly handcuffed and foot-
                shackled for the past three months and confined to an extremely small
                cell at the Holokdar prison.

                Sha'aban, who visited Dudin at his cell earlier this month, described
                his conditions as "grim and life-threatening."

                "He is confined round-the-clock to a 2m by 2m cell, he is not allowed
                to talk to anybody, they have even confiscated his most personal
                possessions like his underwear!!"

                Sha'ban said the most immediate danger facing Dudin came from Jewish
                prisoners including convicted murderers, drug addicts and rapists.

                Another lawyer from the Jerusalem-based Mandella Foundation visited
                Dudin recently, finding out that his condition had deteriorated
                considerably to the point that he couldn't stand up to see the lawyer.

                Now, Dudin is on a hunger strike for eleven days, and reportedly has
                lost considerable weight.

                Dudin had been sentenced to life imprisonment eleven years ago on
                charges pertaining to involvement in attacks on Israeli occupation
                soldiers in Hebron prior to the Oslo Agreement.

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                Pakistan: No early recognition of Israel: Khokhar ... Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, June 23: Foreign Secretary Riaz M. Khokhar said on Monday that sooner or later
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                  Pakistan: No early recognition of Israel: Khokhar
                  Staff Reporter
                  WASHINGTON, June 23: Foreign Secretary Riaz M. Khokhar said on
                  Monday that sooner or later Pakistan will have to recognise
                  Israel. He told a press conference that "although that possibility
                  is far off," eventually "we will have to deal with it." But he
                  emphasized that Pakistan's relations with the Palestinian people
                  "would always be at the top of agenda for us. Our Commitment to
                  the Palestinian issue is second to none."

                  He underscored that many Arab nations have recognised Israel.....


                  Justin Huggler, Independent, 6/23/03

                  Just as Colin Powell met with other members of the Middle East
                  Quartet on the Jordanian shores of the Dead Sea yesterday to try to
                  rescue the road-map peace plan, two unexpected moves from Israel have
                  put the plan, backed by President George Bush, in more trouble.

                  First, there was the killing by Israeli special forces of Abdullah
                  Kawasmeh, a senior member of the Palestinian militant group Hamas on
                  Saturday night, which came soon after General Powell's talks with
                  Ariel Sharon, the Israeli Prime Minister, on Friday, and despite
                  intense pressure from the US on Israel to rein in its policy of
                  assassinations to give the road-map a chance.

                  Israel said Kawasmeh was not assassinated, but was shot resisting
                  arrest. A Palestinian witness said he was unarmed. The killing earned
                  Israel a rebuke from General Powell, the US Secretary of State.

                  Then there were Mr Sharon's reported remarks to his cabinet
                  yesterday, in which he was quoted as saying Israel should continue
                  building in the occupied territories but keep quiet about it, even
                  though the plan requires Israel to stop settlement-building.

                  Mr Sharon was said to have made the remarks during a stormy cabinet
                  session. Israel's national infrastructure minister, Yosef Paritzky,
                  came under attack from his cabinet colleagues for suggesting the
                  government could move Jewish people living in settlements that have
                  to be evacuated to underpopulated areas of Israel...

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                  Reuters, 6/22/03

                  JERUSALEM - The Israeli army has charged a female soldier with
                  forcing a Palestinian woman at a checkpoint to drink the cleaning
                  fluid she was carrying, a military spokesman said on Monday.

                  The military charge sheet said the incident occurred four months ago
                  in the Gaza Strip when the soldier pointed her assault rifle at the
                  Palestinian woman, shouted at her and demanded she drink from a
                  bottle she was holding.

                  Military sources said the soldier was arrested over the incident, and
                  that the Palestinian woman received treatment in a Gaza hospital.

                  Palestinian civilians have complained of hundreds of cases of abuse
                  by soldiers at army checkpoints that have spread across Gaza and the
                  West Bank since Palestinian militants began an uprising against
                  occupation in September 2000.

                  Military sources said the case was among 35 lodged against soldiers
                  during the uprising.


                  Susan Taylor Martin, St. Petersburg Times, 6/22/03

                  Among the most moving exhibits at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust
                  memorial, is the story of the Warsaw Ghetto. But black and white
                  photos can only hint at the horror that began in 1940 when the Nazis
                  erected a brick wall around the Jewish quarter of Warsaw, Poland, and
                  condemned thousands of Jews to a terrible fate.

                  From the somber halls of Yad Vashem, it's always a relief to step
                  back into the sunlight and gaze from the Mount of Remembrance at the
                  luminous city of Jerusalem spread out below. But another dark story
                  is unfolding just a few miles away.

                  In the West Bank, contractors are building a 25-foot wall - twice as
                  high as the one in Warsaw - as part of an elaborate barrier that
                  eventually will stretch more than 200 miles and restrict Palestinian
                  movement into Israel.

                  In Gaza, 1.2-million Palestinians have been sealed into a narrow
                  strip of land, and may enter or leave only with Israeli permission.

                  It's a good bet more than a few visitors to Yad Vashem reflect on
                  certain disturbing similarities between the notorious Warsaw Ghetto
                  and what is transpiring in the Palestinian territories. But a British
                  member of Parliament, whose mother is a Jew, dared put into words
                  what others have only thought...

                  Jews torch Palestinian grain fields

                  Occupied Jerusalem: 21 June, 2003 (IAP News)

                  Jewish terrorist colonizers have been torching Palestinian grain
                  fields in the central and southern parts of the West Bank,
                  Palestinian sources reported Saturday.

                  The sources said the terrorists torched several fields of dry grain
                  near Ramallah Thursday and Friday in full view of the Israeli army.

                  "They apparently wanted to avenge the removal by the Israeli army of
                  two caravans from the nearby hilltop, so they burned our harvest of
                  the entire year," said Muhammed Sadaka, one of the peasants afflicted
                  by the arson.

                  "The settlers are the Nazis of our time. Their ideology toward non-
                  Jews is very much similar to the Nazi ideology toward Jews."

                  In the village of Ithna, 20 kilometers west of al-Khalil (Hebron) in
                  the Southern West Bank, another groups of Jewish settlers torched
                  large tracks of barley fields belonging to Palestinian farmers.

                  Palestinian farmers repeatedly complained to the Israeli
                  authorities, demanding an end to the arson, but to no avail.

                  Inaction and perceived connivance by the Israeli government and army
                  have prompted the farmers to stay post guards throughout their
                  fields, especially those adjacent to Jewish colonial outposts.

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                  Israeli parliament votes to perpetuate apartheid

                  Occupied Jerusalem: 19 June, 2003 (IAP News)

                  The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, on Wednesday decided by an
                  overwhelming majority to deny non-Jews in the West Bank and Gaza
                  Strip the Israeli citizenship.

                  The decision stipulated that the apartheid Israeli state "shall not
                  grant Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip the Israeli

                  The decision also stipulated that "Palestinians living in the West
                  Bank and Gaza Strip will not be able to obtain the Israeli
                  citizenship even if they happen to be married to Israeli citizens."

                  Israel has been in control of the estimated 3.5 million Palestinians
                  in the West Bank and Gaza for the past 36 years and vehemently
                  refuses to grant them political, civil and human rights.

                  Israel applies two sets of law to Jews and non-Jews in the occupied
                  territories, a liberal law to the Jews and a draconian law, dating
                  back to the Ottoman empire, to non-Jews.

                  Palestinians and foreign observers contend the real goal of the
                  Israeli policy in this regard is to force as many non-Jews (e.g.
                  Palestinians) to immigrate.

                  There are nearly 5 million Palestinians living under Israeli rule,
                  3.6 millions of them in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

                  The Jewish population in Israel and the occupied territories is
                  slightly over five million.

                  Israel assassinates Palestinian activist in Hebron

                  Occupied Jerusalem: 21 June, 2003 (IAP News)

                  The Israeli occupation army assassinated a Palestinian Islamic
                  resistance activist in al-Khalil (Hebron) Saturday night, Palestinian
                  sources and eyewitnesses said.

                  The sources said undercover Israeli occupation soldiers opened fire
                  on Abdullah al Qawasmi outside the Ansar Mosque in the western
                  section of the city, killing him on the spot.

                  The sources also reported that hundreds of worshipers were being held
                  up inside the mosque with Zionist troops refusing to allow them to

                  The Zionist regime accuses Qawasmi, a member of Hamas military wing,
                  the Izzedin al Qassam Brigades, of responsibility for a series of
                  resistance attacks that killed a number of Israeli soldiers and

                  The assassination is expected to complicate efforts aimed at reaching
                  a cease-fire between the Israeli occupation army and Palestinian
                  resistance groups such as Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.

                  The murder is seen here as a further indication that Zionist Prime
                  Minister Ariel Sharon is not really interested in restoring calm and
                  putting an end to violence.

                  Palestinian Resistance groups: We accept cease-fire if Israel ends

                  Occupied Jerusalem: 19 June, 2003 (IAP News)

                  The main Palestinian resistance groups, including Hamas, Fatah,
                  Islamic Jihad and PFLP, said Thursday they would agree to a cease-
                  fire with the Israeli occupation army if and when the Zionist
                  apartheid regime agreed to end its colonialist occupation of
                  Palestinian land.

                  "We are fighting for our freedom from foreign occupation, if that
                  occupation departs, our resistance will cease," said Dr. Mahmoud al-
                  Zahhar, a Hamas spokesman in the Gaza Strip.

                  Al-Zahhar said the resistance groups were not opposed to the
                  principle of reaching a truce with the apartheid Israeli regime, but
                  insisted on reciprocity.

                  "You know, the world knows that the occupation breeds resistance,
                  hence if the occupation ends, the resistance will end automatically."

                  He scoffed at American and European claims that the Palestinian
                  resistance to the Israeli occupation was the cause of violence and
                  instability in Palestine.

                  "We didn't invade them, they invaded us, we didn't destroy their
                  homes, they destroyed our homes, we didn't send tanks and armored
                  personnel carriers to wreak havoc on their streets and neighborhoods,
                  but they did send their tanks and warplanes to kill our men, women,
                  and children and wreak havoc on our population centers."

                  Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Mahmoud
                  Abbas will begin another round of talks with representatives of the
                  resistance groups in Gaza.

                  PA sources said Abbas was hoping he would be able to convince the
                  resistance leaders to give international efforts to restore calm a

                  Abbas also hopes that Israel will agree to pull out its occupation
                  troops from the main Palestinian population centers in the West Bank
                  and Gaza.

                  The sources intimated that in the absence of a genuine Israeli pledge
                  to that effect, Abbas would fail to reach any accords with the
                  resistance factions.

                  On Wednesday, President Bush reportedly asked Egypt to help rebuild
                  PA security forces, now virtually completely destroyed by a sustained
                  Israeli campaign which started soon after the outbreak of the
                  Palestinian intifada or uprising nearly 34 months ago.

                  However, it seems highly unlikely that, even with outside assistance,
                  Abbas will be able to overcome deep anti-Israeli resentment,
                  emanating from years of institutionalized Israeli repression and
                  terror against the 3.6 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

                  Six Israeli soldiers gang up on teenager in Dura, beat him savagely

                  Occupied Jerusalem: 19 June, 2003 (IAP News)

                  Six Israeli occupation soldiers, including a female soldier, on
                  Wednesday ganged up on a Palestinian teenager in the town of Dura, 12
                  miles south west of Hebron, beating him savagely and mercilessly on
                  the head.

                  Eyewitnesses said the soldiers beat Mahmoud Jaf'ar Tubasi, 17, using
                  the butts of their rifles, and kicked him all over his body, causing
                  an internal head hemorrhage.

                  "I was going to buy some vegetables for my family when I suddenly
                  encountered an army jeep near the Mosque. Five male soldiers and a
                  female soldier stopped suddenly by me, and began beating me savagely
                  all over my body. I tried desperately to explain to them that I am
                  innocent, but they wouldn't relent. Then they dragged me to the
                  ground, with one soldier pressing his big military boots against my
                  neck. I nearly suffocated. Other soldiers were kicking me and
                  beating me all over my body. I lost consciousness for three hours,
                  when I regained consciousness, I found myself in the hospital,"
                  Tubasi said.

                  Asked what may have prompted the soldiers to act in such bestial
                  manner, he said he saw no justification for this "manifestly criminal

                  "I didn't do any thing, I didn't provoke them, I was only buying some
                  vegetables for my family. I didn't throw stones at them, maybe others
                  did, but I didn't."

                  Tubasi described his experience as "nightmarish."

                  "These are not real soldiers, these are thugs, gangsters and common
                  criminals. How would you describe soldiers who gang up on a young boy
                  and beat him savagely and kick him all over his body…just for the fun
                  of it?"

                  An Israeli army spokesman, when asked about the incident, said rather
                  tersely and dismissingly he had no knowledge of it.

                  http://www.iap.org E-mails: iapinfo@...

                  Neturei Karta goes to Boston

                  Members and supporters of Neturei Karta demonstrated at a rally
                  hosted by the New England Committee to Defend Palestine, to protest
                  the "Boston Celebrates Israel Festival" in Boston, Mass. on Sunday,
                  June 15, 2003. Images from the demonstration, audio clips and
                  transcripts of the speeches by Rabbi Beck and Rabbi Feldman can be
                  accessed at our website at:


                  This page also includes an audio clip of the sounds of the
                  demonstrators and a link to the Neturei Karta "Anthem", a song
                  written by Rabbi Amram Blau during the late 1940's while he was
                  imprisoned by the Zionists for demonstrating against them.

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                  AL BRAZIL IS BEING INVADED NOW Thursday 16th October, 2003 Mohammed and Laura in Rafah (International Solidarity Movement) (palsolidarity@yahoogroups.com) The
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                    AL BRAZIL IS BEING INVADED NOW

                    Thursday 16th October, 2003

                    Mohammed and Laura in Rafah (International Solidarity Movement)

                    The situation in Rafah has intensified further still. At midnight,
                    yet another
                    area of Rafah was invaded by the Israeli army. This time it was the
                    Al Brazil
                    refugee camp, again situated along the border with Egypt. It is a
                    of the previous raids on Yibnah and Block J, and the ongoing
                    operation in Hay

                    The army has advanced at least 400 metres deep into the area, with 65
                    tanks as
                    well as a number of bulldozers and APC's. Two Apache helicopters
                    were also
                    deployed. One Palestinian man has been reported killed. Four people
                    have been
                    injured. The local hospital was already desperately overstretched.
                    Now it will
                    have reached crisis point.

                    Further details are not yet known. It is extremely difficult to know
                    what is
                    happening inside the area due to the severity of the lock-down. No-
                    one can even
                    approach, due to the threat from Israeli snipers. The streets
                    surrounding the
                    occupied area are deserted.

                    Israeli tanks are reported to be assembling on the border near an
                    area called
                    Tel Zorob. This is the on the opposite side of Rafah to where the
                    army is
                    currently operating in Hay Salaam and Al Brazil. Local residents are
                    this area will be invaded next. Fear is also mounting among the
                    residents of
                    the Salah-El-Deen area of Rafah. This is also situated on the
                    border. It is
                    also not inconceivable that the IOF will return to the Yibnah refugee
                    camp, the
                    scene of last weekend's devastation.

                    Last night Rafah's main transformer, located in Al Brazil by the
                    Rachel Corrie
                    Nursery School, was shot at and damaged. The entire city has been
                    a power blackout since 2 a.m. this morning.

                    The international media is not reporting the plight of Rafah's
                    population. International governments are not condemning Israel's
                    Support from the UN Relief and Works Agency is limited. This is an
                    Urgent action must be taken immediately. Please friends, pick up the
                    phone and
                    call your representatives! Demand that your country take a stand
                    against what's
                    happening here! Someone stop the Israeli war machine.....

                    The repeated practice by the Israeli army of deliberate and wanton
                    of homes and civilian property is a grave violation of international
                    rights and humanitarian law, notably of Articles 33 and 53 of the
                    Fourth Geneva
                    Convention, and constitutes a war crime," said Amnesty International.

                    Israeli Occupying Forces Continue to Perpetrate Violations of Human
                    Rights in
                    the OPTs

                    Weekly Report : On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied
                    Territories by Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
                    http://www.pchrgaza.org ( 09
                    - 15 October 2003 )

                    10 Palestinians, including 3 children, killed by Israeli

                    Israeli forces conducted a series of incursions into
                    Palestinian areas
                    in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

                    Israeli forces moved into Rafah refugee camp, killed 8
                    Palestinians and
                    destroyed 170 houses

                    Israeli forces moved into Qalqilya and Tulkarm and imposed a

                    Continued arbitrary arrests and detentions

                    More areas of agricultural land were razed in the Gaza Strip

                    Indiscriminate shelling of Palestinian residential areas

                    A house in Nablus was destroyed by Israeli forces as part of
                    continued campaign of retaliation against the families of
                    Palestinians accused
                    of involvement in attacks against Israeli targets

                    Israeli forces ordered the transfer of 18 Palestinians from
                    the West
                    Bank to the Gaza Strip

                    Continued siege on the OPTs
                    Continued construction of the "separation wall"


                    This week, Israeli occupying forces have escalated violations of
                    human rights
                    against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
                    including extra-judicial and willful killings, indiscriminate
                    shelling of
                    residential areas, incursions into Palestinian areas, house
                    demolitions, land
                    leveling, unlawful transfers, and arbitrary arrests and detentions.
                    They have
                    also imposed a comprehensive siege on the OPT.

                    This week, 10 Palestinians, including 3 children, were killed by
                    occupying forces.

                    On Friday morning, 10 October 2003 , Israeli occupying forces
                    conducted a large
                    scale incursion into the Rafah refugee camp, adjacent to the Egyptian
                    border in
                    the southern Gaza Strip. Under cover of intense shelling and gunfire
                    from tanks
                    and helicopters, Israeli forces invaded the area which is one of the
                    densely populated in the Gaza Strip. During this incursion, which
                    lasted for
                    two days, 8 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including 3 children,
                    were killed
                    and 56 others were wounded, including 20 seriously. Israeli occupying
                    destroyed 170 Palestinian houses, a number of civilian facilities and
                    infrastructure in the area. More than 2000 Palestinians, mostly
                    children and
                    women, have been rendered homeless.

                    This number is added to hundreds of families whose homes were
                    destroyed in the
                    same area by Israeli occupying forces in previous incursions.

                    Two days after they had withdrawn from Rafah refugee camp, Israeli
                    forces moved into al-Brazil and al-Salam neighborhoods in Rafah,
                    adjacent to the
                    Egyptian border. At time of writing, one Palestinian has been
                    killed and 10
                    others, including 6 children, have been wounded by Israeli
                    shelling. Israeli
                    forces also arrested 3 Palestinians, demolished a number of houses
                    and razed
                    areas of agricultural land.

                    They have also damaged the infrastructure in the two neighborhoods.

                    In the West Bank , Israeli occupying forces moved into Qalqilya and
                    They also moved into Nablus and arrested a number of Palestinians.
                    forces have continued to impose a curfew on Jenin and its refugee
                    camp for the
                    11 th consecutive day (see PCHR's press release issued on 11 October
                    2003), on
                    Qalqilya for the 5 th consecutive day, on parts of Hebron for the 4 th
                    consecutive day and on Tulkarm and its refugee camp for the 2 nd day.

                    On 15 October 2003, in an apparent willful killing, Israeli soldiers
                    shot dead a
                    Palestinian civilian in Tulkarm. They claimed that he did not obey
                    orders to
                    stop. Israeli soldiers did not offer him any medical assistance and
                    access for an ambulance for about an hour, during which time he

                    Further confirming Israel as "a state above law," the United States
                    used its
                    veto on Wednesday, 15 October 2003, to oppose a UN Security Council
                    that calls upon Israel to stop construction of the "separation wall."

                    The United States was the only state that rejected the resolution.
                    Four other
                    states; Bulgaria , Cameron , Germany and the United Kingdom ;

                    The resolution stated that the construction of a fence inside the
                    OPTs is
                    illegal and violates international law. The resolution further
                    called for the
                    immediate cessation of construction. The resolution further stated
                    that "the
                    UN Security Council rejects the settlement activities in the OPTs and
                    confiscation of land that may affect sources of income." PCHR is
                    that this the US veto serves to encourage Israel to perpetrate further
                    violations of international human rights and humanitarian law,
                    including war
                    crimes, in the OPTs.

                    In addition to restrictions imposed by Israeli occupying forces
                    Palestinian civilians as a result of the construction of
                    the "separation wall"
                    in the West Bank, Israeli occupying forces have maintained a total
                    siege on the
                    Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem.

                    Israeli occupying forces imposed a total internal and external
                    closure on the
                    Gaza Strip from early morning on Sunday, 5 October 2003 .
                    All main internal roads were closed, segregating the Gaza Strip into
                    4 isolated

                    In the West Bank , Israeli occupying forces have declared some areas
                    military zones.

                    This week, there were a series of attacks on medical personnel and
                    facilities by
                    the Israeli occupying forces and restrictions on movement of

                    In violation of the prohibition on collective punishment, Israeli
                    continued to take retaliatory measures against the families of
                    Palestinians they
                    allege were involved in attacks against Israeli targets.

                    In this context, they destroyed a Palestinian house in Nablus.

                    On Tuesday, 14 October 2003 , Major General Moshe Kaplinsky, GOC of
                    the Central
                    Command of the Israeli Occupying Forces, issued a military order
                    transferring 15
                    Palestinians, who were being held in administrative detentio n, from
                    the West
                    Bank to the Gaza Strip. On Wednesday morning, 14 October 2003 ,
                    Occupying Forces transported a further three Palestinian detainees to
                    the Erez
                    military compound under a similar procedure. All 18 are currently
                    detained in
                    Erez pending an appeal against the transfer order.

                    The full report is available online at:


                    Israel Sequesters Palestinian Farmland West Of Wall
                    Kicks farmers out of their orchards, claiming land is "Israel"

                    Wednesday, 15 October 2003, 9:04 am
                    Press Release: International Solidarity Movement (via Scoop.co.nz)


                    [Occupied West Bank] Contrary to what the Israeli establishment has
                    been saying,
                    the government of Ariel Sharon has made another big land grab. A new
                    issued by the military commander of the West Bank announced to
                    Palestinians that
                    they are no longer allowed to be on their land west of the separation
                    wall. The
                    order, which was distributed in Hebrew and illegible Arabic last
                    week, states
                    that the land west of the wall is a closed military area and that
                    only Israelis,
                    those eligible to be Israelis under the Law of Return (i.e.
                    practically every
                    Jew in the world) or those issued special permits would be allowed to
                    be on the
                    land. (See below for English translation of order)

                    The military order announcing the new restrictions, signed by Major
                    Moshe Kaplinski, the commander of IDF forces in "Judea and Samaria",
                    and dated
                    October 2, 2003, declares that lands west of the barrier are closed
                    zones and farmers who want access need to apply for a "long-term
                    permit. Palestinians also found at least two accompanying orders,
                    signed by
                    Brigadier General Ilan Paz, the head of the civil administration, and
                    October 7, 2003. These orders detail how Palestinians are supposed to
                    go about
                    applying for the appropriate permits to be on their land west of the

                    Of course, nothing in the order guarantees that permits will be
                    granted to these
                    Palestinian landowners, nor even respecated if granted.

                    The idea of applying for a permit to be on one's own land is rejected
                    Palestinians who have been on these lands for generations. In
                    addition to the
                    thousands of dunams of farmland, water wells, and greenhouses that
                    are being
                    isolated from their owners, thousands of Palestinians reside in 15
                    villages that
                    fall between the wall and the Green Line. According to this new
                    order, these
                    Palestinians are "illegally" residing in their homes now.

                    In building the Separation Wall, the Israeli government has insisted
                    that it is
                    not confiscating more Palestinian land and has argued against the
                    impact of this wall on Palestinians by claiming that farmers with
                    land falling
                    on the other side (west of the wall) will have access points -
                    openings that
                    they can pass through into their farmlands. Since the concrete walls
                    have been
                    built and the fences erected, a small number of gates have been built
                    into the
                    barricade and a prison-like system of access to orchards for farmers

                    Due to the random open/close schedule of the gates, however, and the
                    faced by farmers attempting to pass daily, dozens of farmers in
                    [Qalqilya region] had taken to camping out on their land to ensure
                    that they
                    could tend to their fields, while other farmers faced up to the abuse
                    and daily
                    attempted, sometimes successfully, sometimes not, to reach their
                    fields. (For
                    video footage of events at the gate in Jayyous on October 8, please
                    www.palsolidarity.org). For the farmers that have been camping out on
                    land, ISM volunteers have been helping with the delivery of food to
                    them from
                    the village, passing bread, water and some home-cooked meals through
                    the barbed
                    wire to the farmers on the other side.

                    On Friday October 3 the gate was not opened at all for the farmers of
                    and Palestinians throughout the West Bank. The gates have remained
                    closed since.

                    On Monday, October 13, 2003, in Jayyous, over 30 of the farmers who
                    were camping
                    on their land were rounded up, their IDs confiscated and told that
                    they could no
                    longer be on the land, because the land was "now Israel". A 17-year-
                    old boy,
                    Nael Zaher Nofel, who was riding his bike near Jayyous' west gate was
                    by Israeli soldiers yesterday and has yet to be released.

                    As opposed to Israeli government claims that the wall is a security
                    this military order is seen by Palestinians as another political
                    move, part of a
                    political initiative - the Seperation Wall, in Israel's overall
                    political plan
                    to remove them from the area, taking their land. According to Israeli
                    State Law,
                    land that is neglected for 3 years or more can be siezed for state
                    use. Making
                    it almost impossible for Palestinians to be on their land ensures
                    neglect and thus "legalized" confiscation of the land by the Israeli
                    Soldiers enforcing this new order have already called it for what it
                    is - "this
                    land is now Israel" an Israeli soldier screamed at a Palestinian
                    farmer in
                    Jayyous as he forced him off his land yesterday.

                    US vetoes resolution on Israeli fence
                    By Masood Haider
                    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 15: The United States on Tuesday vetoed a UN
                    Security Council resolution condemning the security barrier Israel
                    is building across the Palestinian territory in the West Bank.

                    After the US killed the resolution with its lone negative vote for
                    the second time in two months blocking a measure criticising
                    Israel, Palestinians promised to seek a UN General Assembly vote
                    on a resolution condemning Israel for building the massive
                    security fence cutting across their territory.....


                    --------------West Bank wall illegal: Pakistan
                    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 15: Pakistan on Tuesday urged the Security
                    Council to declare the separation wall constructed by Israel
                    as "illegal, since it is an unlawful annexation of the occupied
                    Palestinian territory."

                    "It entails enormous humanitarian suffering for the affected
                    Palestinian people. And, it seriously undermines the prospects for a
                    just and lasting solution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute."

                    Addressing the UN Security Council, Pakistan's permanent
                    representative to the UN said: "The government of Israel must by
                    asked to cease and reverse its construction."

                    Ambassador Munir Akram said: "We have returned to this Chamber,
                    again, to discuss one grave aspect of the disturbing situation in the
                    Middle East."

                    He said that a fundamental principle of international law, flowing
                    from the UN's Charter was the illegality of the acquisition of
                    territory "by the use of force."

                    Resolutions 242, 338 and all subsequent international agreements on
                    the Middle East were based on the principle and require Israel's
                    withdrawal from Arab occupied territories.

                    The separation wall, being built in the occupied territory, he
                    said, "incorporates substantial areas of occupied West bank into
                    Israel and (it) does not follow the so-called Green Line. There is a
                    contention that the wall is a temporary measure ... (enhancing
                    measures against terrorism) ... This is not a tenable argument."

                    "There would have been no terrorism had there been no foreign
                    occupation. The objective, we fear, is indeed to pre-empt the
                    solution of the Middle East conflict on the basis of the principle of
                    land for peace," Mr Akram said. -APP




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                    9 killed, 100 injured, in fresh Zionist bombing of central Gaza - Total of 11 Palestinian killed today Occupied Jerusalem: 20 October, 2003 (IAP News) Israeli
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                      9 killed, 100 injured, in fresh Zionist bombing of central Gaza -
                      Total of 11
                      Palestinian killed today

                      Occupied Jerusalem: 20 October, 2003 (IAP News)

                      Israeli warplanes renewed attacks on central Gaza Monday afternoon,
                      killing 8
                      and injuring at least 100 Palestinian civilians.

                      Eyewitnesses said Zionist attack helicopters fired air-to-ground
                      missiles at a
                      car in the heart of Gaza, killing two persons and injuring others.

                      One of the victims was identified as Imad Akel, a prominent member of
                      military wing, the Izzedin al Kassam Brigades.

                      However, when hundreds of people hastened to the scene to rescue the
                      Israeli war planes targeted the rescuers with two more missiles,
                      killing four
                      more civilians and injuring as many seventy others.

                      All of the victims are innocent civilians.

                      Earlier in the day, the Israeli occupation army carried out a failed
                      assassination attempt on Sheikh Abdullah al Shami, spokesman of the
                      Jihad resistance group in Gaza.

                      Al-Shami was not hurt in the bombing which destroyed a house under
                      next to his home in eastern Gaza.

                      A few hours afterwards, an Israeli helicopter attacked another
                      Palestinian car
                      in which two Hamas fighters, Khalid al-Masri, 28, and Iyad al-Hilo,
                      26, were
                      riding, killing them both and bystander 35 year old Marwan al-Khatib.

                      The Zionist regime said the killing and maiming of so many civilians
                      was in
                      retaliation for the killing of three Israeli soldiers near Ramallah

                      Zionist carnage in Gaza leaves scores of civilians dead, maimed

                      Occupied Jerusalem: 21 October, 2003 (IAP News)

                      The Zionist regime last night launched further air raids on
                      population centers in Gazat, killing and maiming scores of Palestinian

                      Medical sources reported that 15 Palestinians, including several
                      children, were
                      killed and as many as 100 people injured in five air strikes by
                      American-supplied F-16 fighter Jets and apache helicopter gunships,
                      home and a busy street.

                      In one raid, an Israeli helicopter gunship fired several hell-fire
                      missiles into
                      a crowd of people gathered round a destroyed vehicle, causing at
                      leasing 70 more

                      Among them were 8 people dead, including a doctor who came to treat
                      the wounded.

                      Eyewitnesses described the targeting of innocent civilians as a

                      The Israeli media admitted that the victims were innocent civilians
                      but refused
                      to criticize the Sharon' government policy of targeting Palestinian

                      The attack on the Gaza crowd followed a wave of air strikes
                      throughout Monday in
                      the heavily populated neighborhoods of Gaza.

                      One of the raids targeted Islamic Jihad political leader Abdullah al

                      However, the 48-year-old spokesman of the resistance group escaped

                      Later on, Israeli helicopters attacked a car in the Nuseirat refugee
                      camp near
                      Gaza, killing two people, believed to be members of Hamas military
                      wing, the
                      Izzedin al Kassam Brigades.

                      Following the killing, thousands of protesters in the Nusseirat
                      refugee camp
                      called for revenge.

                      They also called on the Palestinian Authority to quit talks with

                      "Where is the world, where is the United States and the United
                      Nations? Aren't
                      we humans and have rights? Why do they keep silent to see us being
                      cried one man.

                      It is widely believed that the carnage in Gaza was in retaliation for
                      killing by Palestinian resistance fighters of 3 Israeli soldiers near
                      on Sunday.

                      Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qrei condemned the "wanton
                      killing of
                      innocent civilians by Israel."

                      He called on the international community to intervene immediately to
                      Israel to stop Israel's "genocidal war" against an unarmed and
                      civilian population.

                      Israel's guardian-ally, the United States, refused to condemn the
                      killings in

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