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    Palestine News SETTLERS USING PESTICIDES ON PALESTINIAN OLIVE GROVES? Kate, a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) assisting in the olive
    Message 1 of 12 , Dec 4, 2002
      Palestine News

      Kate, a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
      assisting in the olive harvest at Yasuf, West Bank, reported a
      possible use of pesticides on Palestinian olive groves: "The first
      trees we picked were huge, the hugest I've seen yet, and the olives
      were also plump and beautifully purple. As we got closer to the
      fence, we started to notice that the trees were not as healthy, the
      leaves were grayish instead of green; they didn't have very many
      olives and many of them were shriveled. They told us that planes had
      been spraying the trees, they thought with DDT. However, later, when
      we asked their son, Sayed, about it, he said that they have not used
      planes, and no one has seen anything, and but they thought the
      settlers had sprayed something on the trees, because the trees have
      been getting sick since they put up the fence. Claire's husband,
      who's a winemaker, says it can't be DDT, because that's banned
      worldwide, but could be something like Roundup. I took some of the
      leaves and Claire is going to try to take them to a lab in Jerusalem
      Sunday. Kathy and I both noticed that we were having various
      allergic reactions in their fields that we have not had before,
      although some others have had mysterious rashes." (ISM, Oct. 26)
      Kate says the villagers are intending to have the leaves tested.

      In Aqraba, Palestinian olive farmer Abdelmajid Odah reported that
      settlers cut down 300 of his olive trees. The ones they didn't not
      cut down, he said, the settlers ruined with chemicals that made his
      elderly father sick. (AP, Oct. 22)(David Bloom)

      Jerusalem police increase patrols after Arabs attacked

      By Jonathan Lis, Ha'aretz Correspondent

      Jerusalem police increased the number of patrols in the Kiryat
      Menahem, Kiryat Hayovel and Ir Ganim neighborhoods in Jerusalem, due
      to a rise in the number of attacks against Arabs residents after
      last Thursday's suicide bus bombing, in which eleven people were

      An Arab youth was attacked in Kiryat Hayovel on Saturday night and
      taken to Hadassah Ein Karem Medical Center. The youth, a
      pharmaceuticals student who lives in the student dorms in Kiryat
      Hayovel, said that three Jewish youths stabbed him.

      Also Saturday, a group of Jewish youths vandalized an Arab-owned
      bakery in the capital, breaking glass and overturning furniture
      before running away.

      On Friday, Jewish youths threw stones at taxis being driven by
      Arabs, breaking the windows of two, then ran away.

      On Thursday, two Jewish youths tried to stab three Arab students
      near the student dorms. A student that came to help them was lightly
      wounded. The tires of an Arab student's car were punctured in the
      same neighborhood.


      Interview with Caoimhe

      by MG Fri, Nov 22 2002, 1:20pm

      Speaking from her hospital bed shortly before 1pm (Irish time),
      Caoimhe Butterly, the injured Irish woman, explained what happened:

      "I've been living in Jenin camp for the last few months and there
      was a re-invasion of the camp this morning from about five o'clock
      onwards. The Israeli occupation forces are saying that they were
      looking for one wanted man in particular, but they closed off the
      bottom area of the camp - it's a closed military zone. There were
      house-to-house searches going on and around 20 men were rounded up
      in those searches and were beaten very severely, handcuffed and
      blindfolded. I received a call from the family of one of them in
      that zone where nobody was allowed out on to the streets, saying
      that a young girl needed medical attention, that she was very sick
      and they were asking if we could try and bring an ambulance in,
      because the Israelis had refused to co-ordinate with them. So I made
      my way down from where I live at the top of the camp to the bottom
      and when I arrived there I was arrested immediately with a cameraman
      from Reuters for entering a closed military zone and handcuffed and
      held with the group of 20 men for about two hours. I was then
      released and I was told that if I didn't leave the area that I would
      be shot . We managed eventually to get an ambulance in to evacuate
      the girl and then I went up to another part of the camp where there
      were clashes going on, between stone-throwing kids and Israeli
      soldiers. When I got there, the kids told me that a nine-year-old
      had just been killed and three had been shot - one was brain-
      damaged. I tried to negotiate with the soldiers because they were
      still shooting at kids, they were basically shooting live ammunition
      at them and I started engaging in some negotiation soldier and then
      another tank drove up, the guy looked out of his hatch and he opened
      fire on a crowd of kids. Most of them managed to run away, but there
      were around three small ones left on the road, so I was trying to
      basically carry them into an alleyway and then I got shot myself."

      Re death of Ian Hawk: "I don't work for the UN so I wasn't in the UN
      compound when it happened. We had been there earlier on and I had
      seen Ian Hawk there. He had managed to get out the women and the
      children in the morning, however Ian was still trying to co-ordinate
      officially with the Israelis to get safe passage out for himself and
      a number of Palestinians who were stuck inside the compound. At that
      stage, I left with a group of women and children, before I was shot
      in another part of the camp. When I got shot I was brought to the
      hospital here and within about five minutes of getting here Ian was
      wheeled in. He was still alive. He died within a few minutes of
      getting here. I'm only getting stories in bits and pieces because
      I'm in a bed myself, but [I heard] that he was shot hours before he
      was actually brought to the hospital because people were prohibited
      from getting to him. Basically, they had to go over the back wall of
      the UN compound to evacuate him a stretcher to the other side of the
      camp where the hospital is. He's British as far as I know and as far
      as I know he's the head of the UN operation in Jenin, possibly for
      Nablus as well. He was here I think with a foreign delegation, with
      a group of foreign UN workers, just on a rotine tour of the UN
      compound, and had been engaging in some sort of negotiation with the
      Israelis. I know that he had been on to the DCO basically saying
      that they wanted to leave the compound, but there were snipers
      positioned all around that particular compound, although they were
      focusing on houses down the road from it. Again, I think this
      another example of the kind of collective punishment - it's
      generally not the people they are looking for who are the casualties
      in these situations. There's still a very huge military presence in
      the camp at the moment and they're going house-to-house and
      thrashing houses and beating people."

      Aluf Benn, Haaretz, 11/28/02

      Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has rejected Jordan's request that
      Israel issue a public declaration opposing the "transfer" of
      Palestinians from the West Bank.

      Recently, Jordanian officials have displayed concern about the
      possibility that Israel might exploit an American attack on Iraq by
      expelling masses of Palestinians from the West Bank to Jordan.
      Senior Jordanian officials have raised this concern in talks with
      Israeli and American counterparts. The Jordanians asked for
      assurances that Israel will refrain from implementing transfer

      Jordan's Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher brought up the concern last
      September at the United Nations, in talks with former foreign
      minister Shimon Peres. Muasher asked for a formal Israel
      announcement renouncing transfer. The Jordanians asked that the
      declaration come directly from the prime minister...

      William Burns, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern
      Affairs, who visited the region last October, told Israeli officials
      that Jordan's leaders had expressed fears about mass expulsion of
      Palestinians during a coming war against Iraq.

      The U.S. assured the Jordanians that no transfer scenario is in the
      offing, the Jordanian source says. Yet officials in Amman still hope
      that Israel will issue a formal declaration. The Jordanian official
      quoted remarks made by Israeli officials in favor of transfer, and
      cited poll results that indicate a measure of public support for the

      Israeli Soldiers Open Fire at Fishing Boats in Deir al-Balah

      Hear Palestine - November 27, 2002

      Israeli occupation soldiers this morning opened machine gun fire
      fishing boats on the beach of Deir al-Balah in an attempt to prevent
      boats from entering the sea. The attack was random and intense.

      The occupation authorities continue to impose a sea siege on
      fishermen for the past one week, preventing them from entering the
      sea and practicing their profession.

      Thousands of fishermen are unable to secure a living for the
      families as a result, which forced several to try to enter the sea
      with a few hundred meters.

      Israeli soldiers reportedly arrested a number of employees from the
      Palestinian telecommunications company while doing work near 'Kfar
      Darom' settlement

      Jihad al-Faqih (8) killed in Nablus

      November 26 2002 - LAW

      Israeli forces yesterday morning (Monday, November 25) killed Jihad
      Faqih (8), and injured 13 others breaking curfew in Nablus.

      According to information gathered by LAW, on Monday morning, many
      Palestinians in Nablus decided to ignore the curfew placed on the
      and head for their workplaces and schools. At around 11:30am,
      tanks and APCs moved from their regular positions around the city
      its streets, settling in Faisal Street in the middle of the city.
      move coincided with school children returning home. Israeli
      protected in tanks and APCs opened fire in the direction of streets
      residential homes, commercial buildings.

      Once child was injured, Jihad al-Faqih (8), with a gunshot to the
      heart. He was immediately taken to the Rafidya hospital, however he
      died on the way. It appears that at some stage, some children were
      throwing stones. However, Jihad al-Faqih was not among them.

      LAW's field worker stated the forces opened fire from a distance of
      100 - 150 meters. 13 others were also injured, among them seven
      children and two women. One is in a critical condition. They include:

      Ma`an al-Minawi (18), shot in the head, critically injured; `Alaa al-
      Lidawwi (18), shrapnel in the face; Lu'ay `Antar (16), shrapnel in
      waist and right hand; Ibrahim Shalu (18), shot in the left leg;
      Mohammad Nasrallah (18), shrapnel in the left leg; Ahmad Ghazal
      (18), shrapnel in the right leg; Sultan Abu Salim (17), shot in the
      left thigh; Khitam Hashash (32), shrapnel in the right hand; Hanin
      Jaradneh (39), shrapnel in chest; Marwan Dweikan (26), shrapnel in
      the right hand; Jamal Zabarah (20), shot in the right leg; Yassir
      Mir`i (32), shot in the waist; Mahmoud Odeh (41), shrapnel in the

      Children are over represented in statistics of people killed during
      this Intifada. Of the approximately 1966 Palestinians killed since
      beginning of Intifada, 422 are children - i.e., around one quarter
      of all Palestinians killed during this Intifada have been children.

      Willful killings prohibited under article 3 and 147 of the Fourth
      Geneva Convention amount to grave breaches, which under the article
      8 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and
      Protocol One to the Fourth Geneva Conventions are defined as war

      In light of the continuing human rights violations openly practiced
      Israel against Palestinians, LAW reiterates its call for
      protection for the Palestinian people.
      Israelis make Palestinian strip naked -witnesses

      By Mohammed Assadi


      RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Three Israeli soldiers
      forced a
      Palestinian man to strip naked at gunpoint and walk like a dog in a
      West Bank city under curfew, Palestinian witnesses said on Monday.

      A Reuters photographer snapped Yasser Sharaf, 25, standing naked in
      a cold, muddy street in Nablus on Sunday as two men were handing him
      clothes to put on and two Israeli armoured vehicles were pulling
      away from the scene.

      Sharaf declined to comment on Monday about the incident.

      Israeli military sources denied that Sharaf was forced to strip,
      saying checks with soldiers involved determined that he had been
      ordered only to raise his shirt to show whether he was carrying
      explosives. "When he saw members of the media in the area, he
      decided to undress completely," a military source told Reuters.

      Witnesses including two Palestinian firemen said Israeli soldiers
      stopped Sharaf after spotting him walking in a street in violation
      of curfew and, "pointing their rifles at him, ordered him to start

      "Yasser told them he had nothing to hide but they continued shouting
      and readied their rifles to shoot," fireman Samir el-Lifdawi told
      Reuters by telephone from Nablus.

      "They forced Yasser to take off all his clothes including his
      underwear...They ordered him to walk like a dog and then he burst
      into tears," Lifdawi said.

      He said he watched the incident unfold from a fire station a few
      metres (yards) away. A colleague, Sultan al-Minawi, provided the
      same account.

      "He kept crying and was in a very stressful situation... "Many
      residents, including women, watched him and he was very
      embarrassed," Minawi said.


      Palestinian civilians have often complained of being humiliated and
      abused by Israeli troops who have reoccupied Palestinian-
      administered West Bank cities to combat an uprising for statehood
      spearheaded by armed militants.

      The army says strict controls on Palestinian residents are necessary
      because militants hide among the population and wear civilian
      clothing when they carry out suicide bombings.

      Scenes of Palestinians rolling up their shirts to prove they are not
      hiding bomb belts have become frequent since the Israeli army swept
      into West Bank cities in June after a spate of suicide attacks which
      have killed scores of Israeli civilians.

      Sunday's incident in Nablus would be the first time a Palestinian
      was reported to have been ordered to strip naked in a security
      operation. Palestinian civilians have complained of being ordered to
      strip to their underwear at roadblocks.

      At least 1,678 Palestinians and 662 Israelis have been killed in the
      two-year-old uprising.
      HEBRON UPDATE: November 23-29, 2002

      From: CPTnet.editor.guest.445947@... (CPTnet editor,
      Webster, NY)
      Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2002 16:25:08 CST
      Subject: HEBRON UPDATE: November 23-29, 2002

      December 2, 2002
      HEBRON UPDATE: November 23-29, 2002

      Saturday, November 23, 2002
      Curfew on entire city
      CPT members Kristen Anderson, Sue Rhodes, Mary Yoder, LeAnne
      Clausen, Jerry Levin, and John Lynes spent the night in Jabel Johar
      neighborhood with Palestinian families. A settler rally began at 9PM
      and neighbors reported groups of settlers tried to enter the
      neighborhood, but soldiers stopped them.

      Families in the area reported that soldiers entered houses the
      previous day and evening, pulling male family members out of their
      homes and beating them. As a result, some men were sleeping in
      relatives' houses outside the neighborhood. One family's house was
      searched three times. On the third search, soldiers took a puppy
      belonging to a 14- year-old boy. That morning, the boy found his
      other puppy--taken earlier in the week by settlers--shot full of
      holes and half buried near the house. The team later met members of
      Doctors Without Borders, who said they would have a trauma counselor
      visit the home.

      Sunday, November 24, 2002 Curfew lift in H1 several hours,
      No curfew lift in H2
      At 3:00AM Yoder and Clausen awoke to the noise of an Israeli
      military bulldozer destroying a vineyard in the middle of the
      neighborhood. They videotaped the destruction. Soldiers had
      bulldozed a new road about 300 meters long. A tanked pushed a car
      belonging to Abdel Salam Dana down the road and flattened it. After
      interviewing neighbors, CPTers learned this new mud path was for
      Palestinians to use while the paved road would be used exclusively
      for settlers and soldiers

      Rhodes and Clausen went shopping and discovered soldiers blocking
      crowds of Palestinians in Bab iZaweyya being from opening half the
      market. The other half of the market was busy. The team investigated
      and heard contradicting reports given about which parts of the city
      were open. The soldiers began declaring curfew and pushing the
      shoppers. A Palestinian man collapsed in the middle of the
      intersection. Two soldiers went to resuscitate him. One of the
      soldiers asked Clausen, "Was that good?" Clausen responded, "Hey,
      you guys can save all the lives you want." Soldiers then resumed
      declaring curfew.

      Monday, November 25, 2002 Curfew lift in H1 2PM-5PM
      No curfew lift in H2
      Anderson, Lynes, and Yoder grocery shopping. Temporary International
      Presence in Hebron (TIPH) told CPTers that curfew would be lifted in
      H2 from 2-5PM. The Red Cross has been unable to deliver food to H2
      for the previous eleven days and planned to deliver 300 aid packages
      during the time curfew was lifted. However, curfew was not lifted
      and soldiers prevented the Red Cross from entering Bab iZaweyya.

      At 3AM, Rhodes heard trucks in Shuhada Street and discovered that
      they were carrying concrete blocks toward the apartment. A crane
      lifted the blocks to make a fortification surrounding the army base
      near Beit Romano.

      Tuesday, November 26, 2002 Curfew on entire city
      Anderson and Rhodes did follow-up visits in Jabal Johar. One family
      had been interrogated by fifteen soldiers the night before who took
      many pictures inside and outside the house. The family requested
      that the CPTers return for the night and told them that soldiers had
      given a close neighbor a house demolition order.

      The delegation and team members visited Abdel Hadi Hantash, who
      works for the Palestine Land Defense Committee. Hantash confirmed
      that fifteen Palestinian houses in Hebron are slated for demolition.

      Wednesday, November 27, 2002 Curfew in H2 lifted in AM
      Delegation members visited the Jabel Joher area. While they were
      there, groups of tourists brought in by settlers entered the
      neighborhood accompanied by Israeli soldiers. The Palestinians,
      fearing attack, hid in their homes for several hours.

      At 2PM, Clausen observed soldiers enforcing a curfew in Bab iZaweyya
      by firing tear gas grenades into crowded streets. Shoppers and
      storeowners began to flee immediately. Soldiers then moved up the
      street to Al Amanara where they took keys from five taxi drivers and
      left their cars blocking the road. The soldiers also detained a
      Palestinian ambulance and searched it. They grabbed one driver by
      the neck and tried to pull him out of the car. Clausen and two
      journalists approached the vehicle and the soldiers let the man go.
      Clausen then followed the soldiers into a crowded vegetable market
      where they screamed orders at a 70-year-old man and kicked over his
      eggplant crate. Clausen helped pick up the eggplants and was
      subsequently tear-gassed by the soldiers.

      Thursday, November 28
      Curfew in H2
      Yoder made several unsuccessful attempts tocoordinate food delivery
      by the Red Cross to the Old City. The Red Cross has been unable to
      deliver food in the Old City since implementation of curfew on
      November 14.

      Yoder and Lynes spent the night with the Mohmoud Jaber family in the
      Jabel Johar neighborhood. The family moved back into their home
      after the Israeli military demolished the bathroom and kitchen. The
      house is very close to the new Kiryat Arba settlement extension, and
      settlers broke every window in the remaining structure on November

      CPTers learned that the Israeli military killed a four year old boy
      from Abu Sneineh, a Hebron neighborhood. Soldiers, enforcing curfew,
      shot randomly in the air. A bullet hit the child, who was watching
      from an upper level window.

      Friday, November 29Curfew in H2
      Israelis kill 95-year-old Palestinian woman
      RAMALLAH, Dec 3: Israeli soldiers on Tuesday shot dead a 95-year-
      old Palestinian woman who was taking a taxi home after a medical
      check-up in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

      Troops opened fire on the van the woman was riding in when it
      tried to bypass rubble that Israeli forces had used to block the
      road between Ramallah and her home village of Atara.....(Reuters)





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      Palestine News PALESTINIANS MEET DEATH IN BID FOR BETTER LIFE Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters, 12/13/02 KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Poverty and despair
      Message 2 of 12 , Dec 14, 2002
        Palestine News

        Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters, 12/13/02

        KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Poverty and despair drove Ahmed
        al-Astal to try to sneak across a frontier where an infiltrator's
        life can end in the flash of a tank shell.

        Astal was one of five unarmed Palestinians, all members of an
        extended family in the Gaza Strip, killed by an Israeli tank Thursday
        as they tried to cross a border fence and find work in Israel.

        "He told me he was going to earn a good living for our children,"
        Astal's wife, Wafa, told Reuters Friday.

        "He promised us a better life and he lost his own," she said,
        cradling a 3-year-old child in her arms. The couple have three other
        children aged between 7 and 10.

        Unemployment in the Gaza Strip and West Bank has rocketed to 65
        percent since the start more than two years ago of a Palestinian
        uprising for statehood that led Israel to largely stem the flow of
        Palestinian workers into the Jewish state…

        In Jerusalem, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Jonathan Peled
        called the killings a "tragic event" but added: "They were five
        suspicious persons in a prohibited area."

        Inside the Astral family home -- which lacks electricity and where
        mattresses strewn on a cement floor serve as beds -- a widow
        contemplated a bleak future.

        "Is this a life? It is no life," she said. "He was the sole supporter
        of the family. Who is going to take care of us now?"

        6 Palestinians, 2 Israelis shot dead

        TEL AVIV, Dec 12: Two Israeli soldiers were killed on Thursday by
        Palestinian gunfire as they guarded a wildcat settlement in the
        flashpoint West Bank city of Al Khalil.

        The male and female soldier were struck down as they guarded a rogue
        settlement outpost erected not far from the spot of a sniper attack
        that killed 12 Israelis on Nov 15.

        Earlier, Israeli troops shot dead six Palestinians, including five in
        a single incident, in the Gaza Strip.

        The identities of the dead men were not yet known, but Palestinian
        medical sources in Gaza City said the Israeli army had contacted them
        to collect the five bodies.

        The Israeli army said in a statement it had shot dead five men
        spotted crawling towards a no-go area near the Karni crossing point,
        between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

        It did not specify whether the men were armed, but said it had
        earlier received information that a group of Palestinian militants
        was planning to infiltrate. It said the bodies were discovered in the
        morning with ladders next to them.

        A top aide to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Nabil Abu Rudeina
        denounced the shooting as "a crime".

        He was referring to the meeting planned in Washington next week of
        top US, UN, EU and Russian officials, during which a Middle East
        peace plan they have been working on is due to be finalized.-Reuters

        Christian Science Monitor

        Regarding the Dec. 9 "Economic Scene" column "Economist tallies
        swelling cost of Israel to US" (Work&Money): If Americans were not
        constantly subjected to a veritable blitzkreig of pro-Israel
        propaganda by mainstream press and broadcast news organizations, they
        might have noticed that, but for the cost of supporting Israel's
        illegal and brutal occupation of 1967 Palestine, nearly a million
        unemployed Americans would probably not be losing their unemployment
        benefits just three days after Christmas.
        Israeli censor bans Palestinian film on Jenin assault

        11/12/2002. ABC News Online
        [This is the print version of story

        Wednesday, December 11, 2002. Posted: 01:25:46 (AEDT)

        Israeli censor bans Palestinian film on Jenin assault

        The Israeli censorship board banned on Tuesday a screening of the
        Palestinian documentary Jenin, Jenin on the grounds it distorted the
        facts of an April assault on the city's refugee camp, Israel army
        radio reported.

        The film, produced by Palestinian actor and director Mohammed Bakri,
        includes testimony from Jenin residents after the Israeli army's
        Defensive Wall operation, during which the city and camp were the
        scenes of fierce fighting.

        The operation ended with the refugee camp flattened, 52 Palestinians
        and 13 Israeli soldiers dead, and the Palestinians accusing Israel of
        a massacre.

        On Tuesday, the radio quoted censors as saying: "In the disguise of
        democratic truth, a propaganda film has been made which presents the
        Palestinian position in a one-sided way."

        Mr Bakri will appeal the decision to Israel's High Court, the report

        © 2002 Australian Broadcasting Corporation
        Palestinian man says Mossad sought to induce him to set up fake
        Qa'ida cell in Gaza

        Occupied Jerusalem: 11 December, 2002 (IAP News)

        A Palestinian citizen from Gaza has revealed how the Israeli
        intelligence Service, the Mossad, had been trying to enlist him to
        set up a terrorist cell in Palestine under the name of "al-Qaida,"
        the group headed by Osama bin Laden.

        "Ibrahim" (not his real name) said during a news conference in Gaza
        Monday night that he had been contacted by a man who identified
        himself as "Haj Yousuf" from the city of Akka, who told him that he
        was working for Osama Bin Laden and that he was able to carry out
        bombings in Tel Aviv and Haifa and other Israeli towns.

        "He told me that all he wanted from me was to declare responsibility
        for the bombings in the name of al-Qaida," said the masked "Ibrahim."

        "He spoke very nicely and told me he would help me financially; then
        he asked me to try to enlist a number of sincere Islamic-minded
        youths to set up al-Qaida cell in Gaza."

        Ibrahim said his contacts with "Haj Yousuf" (the Mossad agents)
        became more frequent, adding that at one point the Mossad agent
        offered him a monthly salary of up to 3000 US dollars.

        At a later date, the Mossad agent asked "Ibrahim" to rent an
        apartment in Gaza in order to facilitate communications between them.
        He also promised to provide "Ibrahim" with a computer and fax
        machine, saying that communication between the two would be conducted
        via the internet.

        "Ibrahim" said the man would inject his telephone conversations with
        a lot of Quranic verses and would exhort him to perform daily
        prayers, particularly the Dawn prayer.

        However, "Ibrahim," said he began to be suspicious of the man when he
        told him that he knew him and his family.

        "Every thing he told me made me suspect his true identity. He told me
        he knew me, my home, my friends; he also told me to expect a visit to
        my home or place of work."

        "Ibrahim" said his contacts with "Haj Yousuf" lasted for five months
        after which he decided to inform the Preventive Security Force in
        Gaza of the entire affair.

        The Israeli government and media have been dumbfounded by the

        A spokesman at the Israeli Prime Minister's office issued a terse
        statement on Tuesday describing "these allegations as nonsense."

        Earlier, a gleeful-looking Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told
        reporters that Israel had discovered an al Qa'ida cell in Gaza and
        that Israel was a "key partner in the worldwide war against terror."

        The Israeli claims were instantly and vehemently denied by the
        Palestinian Authority whose leader Yasser Arafat labeled Sharon's
        remarks as "a big, big, big lie."

        Moreover, the PA briefed the US, EU, Russia and the UN on the affair
        and urged them to be mindful of Israeli designs to carry out
        massacres and acts of wanton killings in the Gaza Strip under the
        false rubric of fighting al-Qa'ida.


        SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dalai Lama, Tibet's
        spiritual leader and one of the world's most recognized moral
        authorities, is "particularly troubled" by the suffering of the
        Palestinians at the hands of the Israelis, Scott A. Hunt notes in his
        new book The Future of Peace: On the Front Lines with the World's
        Great Peacemakers.

        At the advice of one of the highest officials in the Dalai Lama's
        government, Hunt went to the Holy Land to "figure out what can be
        done" to end the violence in that land. In the course of his
        investigation, Hunt traveled throughout Israel, the West Bank, and
        the Gaza Strip. He interviewed Hanan Ashrawi, and two Israeli
        political leaders, Uri Avnery and Shulamit Aloni. He also met
        hundreds of civilians and soldiers on both sides. His book shows the
        clear blueprint to peace in that region.

        The Dalai Lama abhors violence from all quarters. He has been
        extremely supportive of Judaism and Jewish people throughout the
        world. He holds that the Wailing Wall is one of the most sacred
        spots on earth. After visiting the Holy Land, though, he could not
        help but notice the dire poverty and social instability facing the
        Palestinian people, as opposed to the relative comfort and wealth in
        Israel proper. He notes that this inequality does not contribute to a
        culture of peace…

        Citibank invests billion dollars in Zionist infrastructure

        Occupied Jerusalem - The American Citibank is to offer a credit of
        one billion dollars to finance projects in “Israel’s
        infrastructure”, according to the Hebrew daily ‘Yediot Ahronot’

        It noted that the step would allow the completion of a number of
        major projects financing of which was doubted by the Zionist banking

        The bank credit is guaranteed by the American governmental company
        “OPIC”, which assists American institutions in investing abroad.

        The step was taken after the visit to Washington by the director
        general of the Zionist finance ministry during which he tabled a
        number of proposed projects before representatives of OPIC in the
        presence of a representative from Citibank.

        Financing would start in one of those projects that cost between 250
        million to 300 million dollars, the paper pointed out, adding that
        the project would probably be transfer of natural gas to the Zionist

        boycott citi bank
        Justin Huggler, The Independent, 12/3/02

        Beside the pile of flattened concrete, all that was left of his home,
        Maher Salem described yesterday how his 68-year-old father was killed
        when the Israeli army demolished the house on top of him. When he
        found his father, Mr Salem said, the old man's head was "like a bar
        of chocolate, it was only two centimetres thick".

        20 YEARS
        STEVE WEIZMAN, Associated Press, 12/3/02

        JERUSALEM (AP) - A demographic study released Tuesday shows the
        Jewish population outside Israel declining and predicts that in
        Israel and the Palestinian territories, Arabs will outnumber Jews by
        the year 2020.

        The survey, commissioned by a new Jerusalem-based institute chaired
        by former Mideast peace negotiator Dennis Ross, says the world Jewish
        population stands at 12.8 million, with 5 million in Israel and 7.8
        million elsewhere.

        While the number of Jewish Israelis has doubled since 1970, boosted
        by a million immigrants from the former Soviet Union, the Jewish
        population overseas has shrunk by 2.2 million, much more than the
        number of emigrants to Israel…


        France condemns Israeli action

        By Our Correspondent

        PARIS, Dec 4: France has criticized Israel for destroying a UN World
        Food Programme warehouse in Gaza that was meant to keep food supplies
        for the Palestinian refugees.

        Foreign Ministry spokesman Francois Rivasseau noted that "we are
        gravely preoccupied by the destruction by the Israeli Army of the
        foodstuffs that are stocked in a Gaza warehouse of the United Nations
        World Food Programme."

        "At a moment when the humanitarian situation has become seriously
        degraded in the Palestinian territories, a situation aggravated by
        months of encirclement, we demand that the Israeli authorities
        undertake a thorough investigation into these events and that they
        rapidly repair the damage that has been caused."

        The spokesman noted that a demand for a governmental inquiry and for
        reparations had also been sent to the Israeli government by the
        United Nations Secretary-General and by the World Food Programme, a
        specialized agency of the UN.

        In reply to a question about Egyptian allegations of the changed
        French stand on the Middle East had "encouraged" Israeli Prime
        Minister Ariel Sharon to continue his policy of destroying
        Palestinian areas," Mr Rivasseau replied by remarking that "we think
        today that what is essential is the humanitarian situation of the
        Palestinian population in the Gaza strip."

        "And," he continued, "there having been an urgent humanitarian
        situation (in the Palestinian territories), it's for this very reason
        that the World Food Programme of the United Nations had sent a stock
        of foodstuffs to Gaza that the UN felt indispensable to the
        Palestinian population. What is most important today, as far as we
        are concerned, is that these stocks of food (destroyed by Tsahal) be
        immediately replenished by the Israeli authorities."
        Hunger in Palestine
        By Peter Hansen
        The Hindu, December 10, 2002
        [The writer is Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and
        Works Agency.]

        The world has grown used to the idea that hunger manifests itself
        only in the hollow cheeks and distended stomachs of an African
        famine. But today in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, an insidious
        hunger has the Palestinian people in its grip. Hidden in the anaemic
        blood of children or lost in the statistics of stunted growth, a
        dreadful, silent malnutrition is stalking the Palestinians. The
        populations of Gaza and the West Bank have lived for over two years
        with checkpoints, closures and curfews that have ravaged their
        economy. Over 50 per cent are now unemployed and more than 60 per
        cent are living below the poverty line.

        The effect of this economic collapse was felt first in the erosion of
        family savings, followed by increased indebtedness and then the
        forced sale of household possessions. The Palestinian extended family
        and community networks have saved the territories from the absolute
        collapse that might have been found elsewhere in the face of such
        rapid decline. Every dollar is shared in the occupied territory.
        Anyone with an income, or a cousin working abroad, supports as many
        as seven other adults.

        Nevertheless, after two hard years of the intifada (Palestinian
        uprising), poverty is increasingly being felt in the stomach. In the
        terminology of experts, the Palestinians are suffering in the main
        from micronutrient deficiencies - what the World Health Organisation
        calls the "Hidden Hunger." It may be less dramatic than the protein-
        energy malnutrition that stalks African emergencies, but on the scale
        that it is being found among the Palestinians it is just as serious.
        Micronutrient deficient children fail to grow and develop normally;
        their cognition is damaged, often severely and irreversibly; their
        immune systems are compromised; in both adults and children, mental
        and physical capacities are impaired. In extreme cases, blindness and
        death result. The mental and physical development of a generation of
        Palestinian children hangs in the balance. An ongoing study funded by
        the United States Agency for International Development has found that
        four out of five children in Gaza and the West Bank have inadequate
        iron and zinc intake, deficiencies that cause anaemia and weaken the
        immune system. Over half the children in each territory have
        inadequate caloric and vitamin A intake.

        The stark fact is that 22 per cent of the Palestinian children are
        suffering from acute or chronic malnutrition for purely man- made
        reasons. No drought has hit Gaza and the West Bank, no crops have
        failed and the shops are often full of food. But the failure of the
        peace process and the destruction of the economy by Israel's closure
        policy have had the effect of a terrible natural disaster. Nursing
        and pregnant mothers too are suffering. On an average, they consume
        15-20 per cent fewer calories per day than they did before the
        outbreak of strife in 2000. The consequent anaemia, low folic acid
        intake and lack of proteins threaten both their health and the normal
        development of their children.

        The United Nation's relief agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, is
        the largest aid organisation in the territories. Before the start of
        the intifada, it was providing food aid to around 11,000 families in
        the West Bank and Gaza - families that had lost their breadwinner or
        were otherwise especially at risk. For the last two years, as part of
        its emergency programme, the UNRWA food programme has grown to
        2,20,000 families - or almost half the Palestinian population of the
        territories. To fund this huge food security effort, and its other
        emergency activities, UNRWA has turned to the international community
        with a number of emergency appeals. The latest appeal, to cover
        emergency operations for the first half of next year, has just been
        launched and contains a request for $32 million to provide food for
        Gaza and the West Bank. It would be a sad indictment of the world's
        priorities if funding for this feeding programme were not forthcoming
        because of the invisible nature of the crisis. There are as yet no
        skeletal faces in Gaza for the television cameras to record, no
        bloated bellies to shock the world to action. Instead, the
        Palestinians face hidden hunger and the quiet horror of a generation
        that will be physically and mentally stunted for the rest of their

        (c) Copyright 2000 - 2002 The Hindu.



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        ISRAEL TROOPS ACCUSED OF SHAVING PALESTINIANS HAIR Reuters, 12/30/02 JERUSALEM, Dec 30 (Reuters) - A prominent Israeli human rights group accused Israeli
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          Reuters, 12/30/02

          JERUSALEM, Dec 30 (Reuters) - A prominent Israeli human rights group
          accused Israeli troops on Monday of forcibly shaving the heads of
          two Palestinians in a West Bank barber's shop and called for an army

          B'Tselem said four soldiers entered a barber's shop in Hebron early
          this month and found five Palestinian men apparently violating a
          military curfew imposed on the city.

          It said the soldiers beat the men, aged 19 to 24, for an hour. The
          troops also used three of the men as human shields, firing over
          their shoulders at Palestinians throwing stones, and sheared the
          hair off two of them, B'Tselem said.

          "One of the soldiers inside told me to sit on the (barber's) chair
          and didn't say why. When I sat down, he picked up an electric
          razor," a B'Tselem statement quoted Bassem Maswadeh, 24, as saying.

          "When the soldier put the machine in my hair, I grabbed his hand and
          asked him what he was doing. He slapped me and told me in Arabic to
          shut up. The soldier put the machine to my hair forcefully. It hurt.
          He cut my hair in random lines…"

          SEE ALSO:

          Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 12/30/02

          DEIR ISTIYA, West Bank -- Fuad Awad rolls his own cigarettes these
          days to save the $3 that his two-pack-a-day habit demanded. With the
          extra money, he buys a little chicken for his children.

          The house that Saeed Zeidan was building for his family sits half-
          finished, concrete blocks bare to the wet wind. No job, no money.

          Nazmi abu Ali burns tree bark in a tin can to heat the rooms where
          his two toddlers sit most of the day, passing the time.

          Across the West Bank, villages and towns like this one are dying a
          slow death. More than two years of closures, curfews and the
          pressure of Israeli army tanks have ruined the livelihood, the
          economy, the agriculture, the education and in some cases the health
          of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian men, women and children…

          Israeli Physicians for Human Rights, after a survey in the West
          Bank, concluded that stillbirths were up fivefold in rural
          Palestinian areas and vaccination programs depleted. Palestinians
          give even bleaker statistics.

          According to the World Bank, nearly three-quarters of Palestinians
          are living below the poverty line, defined as $2 a day, unemployment
          has soared to more than half the population and Palestinian industry
          is on the verge of collapse. The Palestinian economy loses $7.6
          million a day, according to the U.N…

          Numerous villages that live on what they grow simply decided not to
          plant this season, he said. Unable to reach a market for their
          products, and in some cases unable to reach the fields themselves,
          residents decided it wasn't worth it…
          Hundreds of Palestinian travelers have been stuck for days on the
          Egyptian side of the Rafah Terminal due to Israeli restrictions

          29 December 2002 - Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

          Due to Israeli restrictions, hundreds of Palestinian travelers have,
          for several days, been waiting on the Egyptian side of the Rafah
          Terminal to enter the Gaza Strip. Among the travelers are children,
          women and patients, who have been abroad to receive medical
          treatment. PCHR strongly urge the international community, and its
          organizations, in particular the ICRC, to immediately intervene to
          pressure the Israeli authorities to allow the travelers back into
          the Gaza Strip.

          As a result of the restrictions imposed by the Israeli occupying
          forces, for more than two years now, the Rafah Terminal, between the
          Gaza Strip and Egypt, are almost always crowded with travelers. This
          situation has further deteriorated in the past two weeks on both
          sides of the terminal. PCHR's field workers report that 400-600
          travelers have been forced to spend two to three days on the
          Egyptian side of the Rafah Terminal under inhumane conditions and in
          extremely cold weather. They also report that the crisis is
          expected to further deteriorate as travelers continue to arrive at
          the terminal; many after having done the Lesser Pilgrimage ('Omra)
          in Saudi Arabia during the month of Ramadan.

          The Israeli authorities have tightened the siege and closure of the
          Gaza Strip since the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada. They have
          closed the Rafah Terminal completely or partially since the 8th of
          October 2000, which has sharply decreased the number of Palestinians
          traveling through the terminal. Furthermore, it has prevented
          thousands of Palestinians living abroad from spending their summer
          vacations with their families in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli
          occupying forces have also expelled all Palestinian officials and
          security men from the terminal, and have allowed only a small number
          of porters in. Furthermore, they decreased the work hours at the
          terminal to six hours a day instead of 24 hours. Consequently, the
          number of travelers has decreased to 200 per day, instead of more
          than 1000 during normal times.

          The Rafah Terminal is the only border out of the Gaza Strip for
          Palestinians since Gaza International Airport was closed in February
          2001. Gazans have also been prohibited from traveling through the
          al-Karama Bridge on the Palestinian-Jordanian border and through the
          Israeli Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.

          PCHR condemns these Israeli measures, which violates the rights of
          Palestinians to free movement. PCHR considers these measures an
          escalation of the policies of collective punishment practiced by the
          Israeli authorities. Consequently, PCHR calls upon the international
          community, especially humanitarian organizations, to immediately
          intervene to force Israel to stop their violations of the Palestinian
          human rights.
          Israel bars two Arab political parties for demanding civic equality,
          opposing occupation and apartheid

          Occupied Jerusalem: 1 January, 2003 (IAP News)

          In a draconian measure which observers say underscores the drift
          toward fascism among Israelis, the Israeli election committee on
          Wednesday barred a second Israeli Arab party from taking part in the
          general elections slated for 28 January.

          The committee ruled Arab law-maker Dr. Azmi Bishara, who heads the
          Arab Unionist Party posed a danger to the Jewish identity of Israel.

          Bishara, a former Professor of Philosophy, had repeatedly called for
          full civic equality between all Israeli citizens irrespective of
          religion and race.

          However, a majority of the committee members interpreted Beshara's
          statement as a call for the destruction of the Jewish state.

          Israel is defined as a Jewish state, not a state of and for all its

          On Monday, the same committee barred another Arab party, headed by
          Dr. Ahmed Teibi, for supporting the Palestinian people's right to
          self-determination and for criticizing the Israeli occupation of the
          Palestinian homeland.

          The committee ruled that any criticism of the Israeli occupation of
          the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East al-Quds (Jerusalem) amounted to
          encouraging terrorism.

          Teibi described the committee decision to bar him from running in
          the election as "a black day for democracy."

          "This is certainly a black day for democracy in Israel. I can't
          understand how Israel can any longer claim to be a democracy,
          Israeli democracy has become a mockery. There is not a better word
          for it."
          Gaza City: Occupation Soldiers Run Over Unidentified Man with Tank,
          Shelling in

          Hear Paslestine - Dec 30, 2002

          An unidentified man was killed in Gaza Valley, Gaza City, in tank
          fire. Then occupation soldier drove over his body, according to
          witnesses. A 'Mirkva' tank drove over the man near the dividing line
          between the Gaza Strip and the 'green line', east Gaza City.

          Witnesses confirmed that the man was shot dead before a tank were
          brought in to run him over.

          2 hours following the murder, the occupation army invaded the area
          with tanks and bulldozers under intense heavy fire directed at homes
          and raided and searched several homes brutally and provocatively.

          Abu Holi and al-Matahin military roadblocks were closed this
          morning, while occupation soldiers carried out searches and
          oppressive measures against those attempting to reach their work in
          Gaza City. Long queues of cars were held for several hours.

          Western Khan Younis refugee camp was attacked with heavy fire and 1
          missile this morning. No casualties were reported.

          Al-Tuffah military roadblock at the entrance of al-Mawasi area
          continues to be closed for delegations and residents attempting to
          bring medical and nutritious aid to the besieged residents for the
          3rd day running.

          Rafah: Shelling and Israeli Plan to Demolish Hundreds of Homes

          Israeli occupation soldiers based on the border strip between Gaza
          Strip and Egyptian territories shelled this morning Rafah refugee
          camp, resulting in severe material damage.

          The Israeli army has escalated attacks in Rafah lately, in what
          seems as an implementation of the plan to expand the border strip to
          150 meters into the refugee camp, which means the demolition of
          hundreds of the refugees' homes. The occupation army has already
          started the implementation of the plan in al-Barahima area on the

          The occupation army since the beginning of the Intifada demolished
          over 255 homes.



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          Israeli soldiers tell Palestinian villagers we will do to you what the Nazis did to us. Dura (West Bank): 2 January, 2003 (IAP News) The estimated 25,000
          Message 4 of 12 , Jan 4, 2003
            Israeli soldiers tell Palestinian villagers "we will do to you what
            the Nazis did to us."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            2nd January, 2003 - Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

              Friday, January 03 2003 @ 07:55 AM GMT

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

              (Image by Mahfouz Abu Turk/Palestine Chronicle)

              By John Ward Anderson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


              Reuters, 1/2/03

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

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

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

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

              Occupied Jerusalem: 4 January, 2002 (IAP News)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

              Hear Palestine - Jan 6, 2003

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

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

              After Midnight: Israeli Helicopters Wage Attacks on Gaza City

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

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

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

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

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




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                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 7 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 8 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 9 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 10 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.

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

                        Neturei Karta goes to Boston

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


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

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                        AL BRAZIL IS BEING INVADED NOW Thursday 16th October, 2003 Mohammed and Laura in Rafah (International Solidarity Movement) (palsolidarity@yahoogroups.com) The
                        Message 11 of 12 , Oct 17, 2003
                          AL BRAZIL IS BEING INVADED NOW

                          Thursday 16th October, 2003

                          Mohammed and Laura in Rafah (International Solidarity Movement)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                          10 Palestinians, including 3 children, killed by Israeli

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

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

                          Israeli forces moved into Qalqilya and Tulkarm and imposed a

                          Continued arbitrary arrests and detentions

                          More areas of agricultural land were razed in the Gaza Strip

                          Indiscriminate shelling of Palestinian residential areas

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

                          They have also damaged the infrastructure in the two neighborhoods.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                          The full report is available online at:


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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                          9 killed, 100 injured, in fresh Zionist bombing of central Gaza - Total of 11 Palestinian killed today Occupied Jerusalem: 20 October, 2003 (IAP News) Israeli
                          Message 12 of 12 , Oct 23, 2003
                            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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