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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 1 of 12 , Jan 6, 2003
      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 ...
      Message 2 of 12 , Jan 14, 2003
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        For your solidarity items, or if you like your logo/emblem put on a
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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
        Message 3 of 12 , Feb 22, 2003
          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
          Message 4 of 12 , May 24, 2003
            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
            Message 5 of 12 , Jun 17, 2003
              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
              Message 6 of 12 , Jun 24, 2003
                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.

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                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
                Message 7 of 12 , Oct 17, 2003

                  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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