Nablus: Life Under Curfew
- Day 220: Nablus Under Curfew, My moving story
From: "Amer Abdelhadi" <amerhadi@...>
Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 23:12:22 +0200
"My god I hate the occupation. I hate what it stands for and I hate
it when it interferes with my daily life and my plans" My daughter
I lost my father just over a month ago. The curfew prevented me from
visiting him when he was still alive. The odd times I had a chance to
visit him were when he was taken to a hospital near my home.
After my father's death, my mother became all alone in their house.
Although she claims she is strong enough and can manage alone, we
know she couldn't. She is past her seventies and needs to be looked
after and checked upon all the time.
I decided to move from my apartment to another one next door to my
parents' house so I will be close to her, so will my little family.
The apartment we are renting used to be leased to a friend of mine,
Khaled. Khaled is married to Dina, a young lady from Jordan, they
have a two year old son, Walid.
In the first year of their marriage, Dina used to visit her family in
Jordan every once in a while. On her last visit, Dina was not allowed
to return to Nablus because she does not have a Palestinian, Israeli
or a foreign passport. -- According to the Israeli military
regulations, a spouse is not automatically granted citizenship after
marriage through her/his partner. This law applies only on
Palestinians and their spouses. Israelis, on the other hand, are
granted immediate citizenship and bonuses just because he/she were
born Jews. --.
Khaled has not been with Dina and their son Walid since the Intifada
begun. When Khaled's father died two years ago, Dina could sympathize
through phone only.
Dina and Khaled tried everything to reunite. . No avail. They
decided Dina and Walid would stay in Jordan, and Khaled at his
parents in Nablus. An occasional trip would unite them together
everyone once in moonlight. The apartment would be given back to its
owners (I will rent it later).
Back to my story.
For me to move into the new apartment, Khaled has to take his
furniture and belongings out. For that to happen, Khaled has to get
clearance to ship them to Jordan via the Israeli borders, for that to
happen he needs permissions and a special coordination. None was
Upon my pleas and the landlord's request, Khaled agreed to store his
furniture temporarily to a warehouse until he gets his papers
The clearance was supposed to take place Saturday, June 18th. The
curfew was imposed on that same Saturday. It still is.
Today, the Israeli Defense Minister declared a closure on all
Palestinian areas from 4 pm until Wednesday morning, the day after
the Israeli Elections.
The delays are continuing. So will my mother's loneliness.
Curfews do not only stop people like me from getting on with their
plans. They also stop children from reaching their schools, sick
people from reaching hospitals, ambulance drivers from carrying them.
Those poor drivers, who are often beaten up and humiliated, are not
allowed to pick up wounded Palestinians who get shot by Israeli
bullets. The wounded would often die of loss of blood more than from
the actual wound injury.
The curfew also stopped people from going to work; thus, it stopped
them from feeding their children and taking care of their families.
The curfew started on June 20. It was long and continuous. Few weeks
ago we were allowed to `enjoy' our freedom but only in the day time
(not all days).
The curfew is back. Eight continuous days already and no signs of any
The world is watching, yet has done little.
Radio Tariq Al Mahabbeh
Nablus Under Curfew
Malnutrition in Gaza 'as bad as Zimbabwe' says Clare Short
From: "Sam Bahour" <sbahour@...>
To: "readers5" <sbahour@...>
Date: Sat, 01 Feb 2003 00:48:47 +0200
Malnutrition in Gaza 'as bad as Zimbabwe' says Clare Short
The Secretary of State for International Development, Clare Short,
spoke at the launch of Christian Aid's hard-hitting report on
Palestinian poverty in the House of Lords on 29 January 2003.
The disturbing report, Losing ground: Israel, poverty and the
Palestinians, examines in detail how Israel's occupation of the West
Bank and the Gaza Strip has been the primary cause of the destruction
of the Palestinian economy. It calls for full Israeli withdrawal from
the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and for international monitors
to oversee the process.
International Development Secretary Ms Short told a packed meeting in
the House of Lords that if there was no speedy action the possibility
of a viable Palestinian state would be 'eroded'.
'Most people in the world have agreed that the answer is two states
side by side, two states that both people can feel safe in and gain
'There would need to be lots of international intervention to make
people feel safe. But if we don't move quickly, the possibility of a
Palestinian state is being eroded by growing settlements and then we
have no solution.
'President Bush has said he believes in two states, Colin Powell has
said he believes in two states, Prime Minister Sharon has said he
believes in two states. If we don't make progress on that, two states
will be eroded and then we don't have any political solution around
which to mobilise. Then the danger of the crisis becomes enormous.'
William Bell, co-author of the report and Christian Aid's Policy
Officer for Palestinians and Israel said: 'The Palestinians are
currently living in a state of extreme, worsening poverty and fear
for their future. Almost three quarters of Palestinians now live on
less than US$2 a day - below the United Nations poverty line.'
The report details how, in the ten years of the Oslo peace process,
living standards have worsened for almost all Palestinians living in
the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Last year, due to Israeli closures
of these regions, Palestinian earnings from agriculture fell by 70
per cent, as farmers were unable to market their produce, for
Doctors report clear growth in important indicators of poverty -
including child malnutrition, anaemia in pregnant women and a sharp
increase in numbers of underweight babies. Stress-related conditions
such as heart disease and hypertension have also increased. Since the
beginning of the second intifada, in September 2000, new cases at
mental health clinics have grown by 100 per cent - alarmingly, most
of these cases are children.
Ms Short said that according to UNICEF figures, children in the Gaza
were now as malnourished as children in the Congo and Zimbabwe.
Christian Aid recognises that the Palestinian Authority has failed to
tackle poverty among Palestinians. The report calls on the
international community to support reforms of the Palestinian
Authority in order to serve the interests of the Palestinian people.
Christian Aid unreservedly condemns suicide bombings and all other
attacks on civilians, Israeli or Palestinian. Israel's right to
recognition and to safety for all its citizens, as well as its right
to economic development, is not in question. Christian Aid believes
that the Palestinian people should also be afforded that right.
Clare Short backs Losing ground - Extracts from her speech at the
The full 67-page report may be found at: http://www.christian-
2) Hebron: a city without streets
[mailto:owner-palmongeneral@...] On Behalf Of Palestine
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 9:39 AM
Subject: Hebron: a city without streets
The Palestine Monitor
A PNGO Information Clearinghouse
Hebron: a city without streets
31 January 2003
In the largest incursion seen in the city for several months, Israeli
forces yesterday entered the city of Hebron in full force, imposing a
strict curfew, destroying homes and businesses and shutting down
radio and television stations.
Israeli soldiers have also blockaded all roads in the city with
concrete blocks and piles of dirt and rubble - preventing residents
from making any movement in and around the city.
Soldiers destroyed two homes early this morning and also bulldozed
about 100 stalls in the vegetable market, set up by owners after they
were forced out to the Old City due to its close proximity to illegal
Israeli settlers. In the operation, Israeli tanks and bulldozers
leveled stall after stall as soldiers fired at Palestinian civilians
in the area.
According to Hebron Mayor Mustafa Natsheh, Israeli soldiers - in
addition to closing down the local radio and a television stations -
also shut down several buildings belonging to the Palestinian
Authority and three Palestinian police stations. "They even released
all of the criminals being held in the stations," he said.
"Tanks have been rolling up and down the streets constantly ever
since yesterday," said Mayor Natsheh. "It is impossible for us to
move, to communicate - and we have no idea how long this will last.
Looking at the blockades on every street corner, we are in for a long
Hebron's 130,000 residents are often the victims of Israeli
incursions, due to the presence of about 450 militant Israeli
settlers who insist on living in the center of the Palestinian city -
although their presence there is illegal under international law.
"If this is an early example of Israeli 'democracy' in action, we
fear that the worst is yet to come," said Dr Mustafa Barghouthi, a
leading Palestinian democracy and human rights activist. "They are
already at the point where they are shutting down private radio and
television stations - what's next?"
For more information contact: The Palestine Monitor +972 (0)2 298
5372 or +972 (0)59 387 087 http://www.palestinemonitor.org
3) [Israeli] Commanders chided for officer's 'moral' refusal to
Tuesday, January 28, 2003 Shvat 25, 5763 Israel Time:Ý 16:30 Ý(GMT+2)
Commanders chided for officer's 'moral' refusal to provide data
By Amos Harel
A colonel in Intelligence Corps Unit 8200 has been reprimanded for
his part in the affair of a first lieutenant's refusal on moral
grounds to provide intelligence for a military operation in the
Ma'ariv daily yesterday reported that the first lieutenant was
relieved of his post for the refusal, for which he pleaded "moral
The affair dates to the start of the month after the suicide bombings
at the old central bus station in Tel Aviv. Following the attack, the
political leadership ordered a series of retaliatory operations in
the territories, including an aerial attack on the Fatah office in
The lieutenant was asked to check whether the office was occupied.
However, the officer's comrades in the unit say the intelligence
requested was unusual. They say he was asked to find out if there
would be any people at all in the office at the time of the attack,
and was not asked for intelligence about any specific individual.
The officer took this to mean that the objective of the attack was to
cause random casualties, and he balked at the order. He then took the
matter up with the colonel, who responded that the directive was
indeed "puzzling" but had to be carried out nevertheless. In
retrospect, it emerged that the young officer continued to hold back
intelligence at his disposal because of his concern that the military
operation would lead to the death of innocent Palestinians, and
because he believed the order to be "blatantly illegal."
Withholding of the intelligence eventually led to the scrapping of
the assault on the Fatah office and the commander of Unit 8200
decided to relieve the first lieutenant of his post. Ha'aretz has now
learned that Military Intelligence wasn't happy with the colonel
either and together with other officers, he was reprimanded.
The IDF Spokesman's Office yesterday refused to respond to Ha'aretz's
questions on the reprimanding of the officers, or to inquiries about
the intelligence the first lieutenant was ordered to gather.
The affair is causing a storm in Unit 8200, one of the Intelligence
Corps' most prestigious units. It appears many officers and soldiers
have expressed support for the considerations of the first
lieutenant, with some believing that he was right in defining the
order he received as illegal.
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