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      Palestinians Forced Entering Radiance Rooms in Rafah Cross Point
      http://english.wafa.ps/body.asp?field=Enews&id=2271
      [WAFA is the official Palestine Liberation News Agency]
      GAZA, March 22, 2005, (WAFA) –



      Palestinian medical sources in al-Shifa hospital revealed on Tuesday
      that Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) in Rafah cross point are
      forcing citizens to enter special radiance rooms, ultimately
      prepared to damage passengers.

      Manager of Public Relation Section in al-Shifa, Dr. Joma'a al-Saqa,
      said that Israeli soldiers forced women, children, aged and patients
      to enter this room, adding that these inhuman measures will cause a
      very harmful diseases for citizens in the near future.

      He mentioned that the room is manufactured of class coated by lead
      and holding inside it a one-meter high radiance device, saying that
      only Palestinians are daily entering this room.

      He revealed that this room may cause diseases such as
      Thrombocytopenic, Sterility, Congenital anomalies, Cancer, Leukemia
      and Mental retardation.

      ===

      Photos reveal Israeli West Bank expansion

      Chris McGreal in Jerusalem
      Monday March 21, 2005
      The Guardian
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1442157,00.html

      Aerial photographs by Israel's defence ministry have provided fresh
      evidence that the government is continuing its rapid expansion of
      Jewish settlements in the West Bank despite public statements to the
      contrary.

      The Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz yesterday reported that the pictures,
      taken last summer and again this year, show extensive construction
      on settlements, confirming Palestinian fears that Ariel Sharon is
      using the upheaval around the removal of Jewish settlers from the
      Gaza strip as cover to grab control of more of the West Bank.

      The continued construction is also in breach of Israel's commitments
      under the US-led road map peace initiative which requires a complete
      freeze on settlement expansion.

      A Palestinian cabinet minister, Saeb Erekat, said the continued
      expansion of the settlements and outposts jeopardises the
      Palestinian leadership's attempts to curb violence and negotiate a
      peace agreement.

      "Any settlement continuation at a faster pace puts our effort to
      revive the peace process into danger," he told Associated
      Press. "Everywhere we go in the West Bank we see settlement
      construction that undermines all the efforts being exerted to revive
      hope in the minds of Palestinians that the peace is durable."

      A year ago, the Israeli government promised the US that it would
      demarcate the built-up area of each West Bank settlement and that
      there would be no further construction outside those limits.

      In April 2004, the Israelis wrote to Condoleezza Rice, then US
      national security adviser and now the secretary of state, agreeing
      to the creation of a joint group of Israeli and American experts to
      determine the demarcation.

      But Israel backtracked by refusing to permit the big settlements
      blocs of Maale Adumim, Ariel and Gush Etzion to be included. The
      blocs, which eat deep into the West Bank and divide up Palestinian
      territory, are home to most of the 230,000 settlers in the occupied
      territories outside of East Jerusalem.

      In the same letter, Mr Sharon's chief aide, Dov Weisglass, promised
      the government would give the US a list of Jewish hilltop outposts
      that are illegal but often used as cover to expand established
      settlements, and dates on which they would be removed. But that
      commitment has also fallen flat.

      The aerial photographs were taken on orders of the defence minister,
      Shaul Mofaz, after a former Israeli chief prosecutor investigating
      the construction of the West Bank outposts, Talia Sasson, complained
      that no aerial pictures had been taken since 2000.

      Ms Sasson's report, released a fortnight ago, exposed government
      complicity in systematic fraud, "institutional lawbreaking" and
      theft of private Palestinian land in establishing outposts.

      Last week Mr Sharon said the outposts would be removed but not until
      after evacuation of some 8,000 settlers from the Gaza Strip was
      completed in the autumn.

      A group of 124 Israelis, Palestinians and foreigners has written to
      Kofi Annan, UN secretary general, warning that they do not believe
      Mr Sharon is committed to the road map's vision of a complete end to
      the occupation and creation of a viable Palestinian state.

      "There are many signs to the contrary: not only explicit statements
      by Sharon and his aides ... but also unilateral acts on the ground
      intended to grab Palestinian territory and effectively annex it to
      Israel," the letter said.

      The signatories, who include the Nobel peace laureate Jody Williams,
      academics, former diplomats and peace activists, singled out
      construction of the barrier for dividing communities and grabbing
      land.

      Several thousand leftwing supporters of Mr Sharon's disengagement
      plan rallied in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening to back the Gaza
      pullout.

      ===

      A Village (about to be) Divided

      Background: Blocked roads and travel restrictions in Northern
      Municipal Jerusalem



      Palestinians traveling throughout northern municipal Jerusalem face
      a number of obstacles, both physical and administrative. There are
      seven permanently staffed checkpoints; four roadblocks; three road
      gates; some fifteen piles of rubble blocking roads; and in some
      places (soon to be all places on the municipal border), a large
      concrete wall. [1] Palestinians who do not have a Jerusalem ID
      already face travel restrictions and come July of this year,
      Palestinians with Jerusalem ID's will face restriction on travel as
      well. [2] These restrictions come from Israel's illegal annexation
      of East Jerusalem and the attempt to separate East Jerusalem from
      the rest of the West Bank. Each and every one of these travel
      restrictions is done in the name of security. It is with some
      interest that each and every one of these travel restrictions can be
      bypassed without encountering another. [3]

      The separation of Beit Hanina from Beit Hanina

      The village of Beit Hanina lies just north of Shu'fat. It's made up
      of two parts known as Beit Hanina al Balad and Beit Hanina. [4] The
      two parts of Beit Hanina are intertwined economically and in terms
      of family as well. Since the two parts of Beit Hanina have been in
      existence there has been a road connecting them. In 2002 that road
      was blocked with several piles of rubble scattered over the distance
      of a couple of kilometers. [5] Additionally, those from Beit Hanina
      al Balad without Jerusalem ID's have been prevented from traveling
      to or working in Beit Hanina without a special permit. The
      consequences of travel restrictions have been severe. 70 percent of
      the unemployed in Beit Hanina al Balad lost jobs in Beit Hanina
      after the road was closed. Travel restrictions have caused the
      closure of event halls, sweets factories, butcher shops, a dental
      clinic and a private school; to pick just a few. The rent market of
      Beit Hanina al Balad has collapsed as well. 123 apartments were
      vacated as a result of the road closure and an additional 110 sit
      empty. [6]


      About the only residents that haven't been drastically affected by
      the road closure are the Bedouins that live adjacent to the
      blockaded road in the valley between Beit Hanina al Balad and the
      Israeli settlement of Ramot (one of four settlements built on Beit
      Hanina's lands). The recently approved path of the "Security Fence"
      will address this oversight. In addition to separating Beit Hanina
      into three parts, the new path will go right down the middle of the
      valley and again displace the Bedouin living there who were
      originally displaced from the northern Negev in 1950. [7]
      The "Security Fence" will also prevent those in Beit Hanina al Balad
      from reaching hospitals in Beit Hanina. There are none in al Balad
      but luckily Beit Hanina al Balad is the one of the two with the
      cemetery. [8]

      Notes:

      [1]. United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian
      Affairs, West Bank Closures, July 2004. For the purposes of this
      piece, "northern municipal Jerusalem" is defined as the municipal
      area on the Palestinian side of the 1949 Armistice lines north of
      the Ramat Eshkol and French Hill settlements.

      [2]. Amira Hass, "E. J'lemites will need permits to visit Ramallah";
      Ha'aretz, January 25, 2005

      [3]. ICAHD's researcher Jimmy bypassed every checkpoint, road gate,
      and road block in northern municipal Jerusalem on foot during the
      week of 12 March â€" 19 March 2005 without being stopped on any
      occasion despite being within eyesight of each travel restriction.
      The piles of rubble were neglected as they are not designated to
      control foot traffic, merely to restrict vehicle traffic.

      [4]. See attached map.

      [5]. Khaled Odetalah, Beit Hanina: A Ghetto Under Construction, 2005

      [6]. Ibid.

      [7]. Satellite photo showing path of wall viewed by ICAHD on 19
      March 2002.

      [8] Khaled Odetalah, Beit Hanina: A Ghetto Under Construction, 2005.

      Action: What you can do
      One way to help change policy is to contact government
      representatives. Many of them do not seem to be overly concerned
      about, or perhaps they're just ignorant of, Israeli crimes in the
      Occupied Territories. It's possible though, that enough pressure can
      be applied from below to make them feel less elect-able if they
      don't modify their positions. The draft letter below is offered
      below is simply a template to be used or modified as you see fit.

      Those interested in assisting Beit Hanina in its struggle for
      survival can contact Anti-Apartheid Wall Popular Campaign
      Coordinator-Beit Hanina Khaled Odetalah at kodetalah@....
      Those interested in doing further work against the Wall are
      encouraged to contact/support the Palestinian Environmental NGO
      Network through their http://www.stopthewall.org site. There are
      sister campaigns against the Wall as well. Visit
      http://www.stopthewall.us or War on Want's http://www.nowall.org.uk
      for more information.

      --Phone, fax, or email your representatives directly. If you are a
      U.S. Resident or citizen, find your representative's contact
      information at www.senate.gov and www.house.gov. If you have the
      ability, one fax is generally worth about ten emails.

      --To help us gauge the response, please send a cc of your messages
      to lucia@....

      --To email Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupolianski, write
      lpuri@... or fax him at: 972-2-629-6407

      SAMPLE LETTER


      Dear…,


      Beit Hanina is a Palestinian village just north of Jerusalem but
      still in the Jerusalem municipality. In late 2002, the IDF blocked
      the road that connects the two parts of Beit Hanina together. The
      closure of the road has had drastic consequences for Beit Hanina al
      Balad's economy. 70 percent of the unemployed in Beit Hanina al
      Balad lost jobs in Beit Hanina after the road was closed. Travel
      restrictions have caused the closure of event halls, sweets
      factories, butcher shops, a dental clinic and a private school; to
      pick just a few. The rent market of Beit Hanina al Balad has
      collapsed as well. 123 apartments were vacated as a result of the
      road closure and an additional 110 sit empty.

      About the only residents that haven't been drastically affected by
      the road closure are the Bedouins that live adjacent to the
      blockaded road in the valley between Beit Hanina al Balad and the
      Israeli settlement of Ramot (one of four settlements built on Beit
      Hanina's lands). The recently approved path of the "Security Fence"
      will address this oversight. In addition to separating Beit Hanina
      into three parts, the new path will go right down the middle of the
      valley and again displace the Bedouin living there who were
      originally displaced from the northern Negev in 1950. The "Security
      Fence" will also prevent those in Beit Hanina al Balad from reaching
      hospitals in Beit Hanina. There are none in al Balad but luckily
      Beit Hanina al Balad is the one of the two with the cemetery.

      With these actions Israel is violating Article 12 of the
      International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which confirms
      the right to freedom of movement. Additionally, Article 43 of the
      Hague Regulations demand that the occupying power should make every
      effort it can to ensure that public life continues in the area under
      its control. I would ask that you act to the extent that you are
      able to change Israel's policies that are strangling Beit Hanina and
      attempting to permanently cut Beit Hanina in two. Requesting that
      the current travel barriers be removed and that no new ones be put
      in place would be a good start.

      ===

      Who will prevent the pogrom?
      Ha'aretz, Israel
      March 21, 2005


      Last week, Palestinian laborers were attacked by settlers in what
      the Israel Defense Forces described as an "attempted lynching." At
      various locations throughout the West Bank, Jewish hooligans have
      used guns, iron bars and hammers in an attempt to ignite the
      territories.




      In one case, students of the Yeshuat Mordechai Yeshiva attacked five
      laborers who had come to work in the settlement of Nahliel with
      sticks and stones. In a second case, Nawaf Hanani of Nablus was
      beaten all over his body by armed settlers who forced him to get out
      of his truck. In a third case, Hebron settlers invaded an Arab
      house, attacked the residents and destroyed part of the ceiling with
      hammers. In all of these places, soldiers and policemen were in the
      vicinity. Granted, some of the assailants were arrested the same
      day, but they were later allowed to go home.

      The lenient attitudes shown by the army and police allow the
      settlers to conclude that the state either cannot or will not deal
      with them. If a handful of rioters from Nahliel and Hebron get off
      scot-free after what the army itself defined as an attempted
      lynching, the next pogrom is virtually inevitable. The extreme right
      will stop at nothing to put a spoke in the wheels of disengagement,
      and the current clashes are merely an omen of what is to come.

      Yet faced with the determination of the right-wing battalions
      scattered throughout the West Bank, which are armed with weapons
      that the IDF gave them, the defense establishment is dithering over
      issues that should not be troubling it at all, such as whether it is
      proper to close Gush Katif to visitors now, or whether the residents
      should be allowed to celebrate Pesach first. The coming Pesach will
      be no innocent holiday. Many of those who will visit the Gaza Strip
      will remain in order to disrupt the evacuation. It is important to
      remember the seder that Rabbi Moshe Levinger celebrated at the Park
      Hotel in Hebron 35 years ago: The guests at that seder have not left
      the city to this day.

      Talia Sasson's report on the illegal outposts, like Yehudit Karp's
      report in 1982, is infuriating in its descriptions of the failure to
      enforce the law against the settlers. Similar statements were made
      to the state commission of inquiry on the 1994 massacre at the Cave
      of the Patriarchs. Former police commissioner Rafi Peled told that
      commission that with regard to the settlers, there is only "the
      semblance of law." And nothing has changed since then.

      Sasson expressed shock over the fact that settlers cut down
      thousands of Palestinian olive trees under the eyes of watching IDF
      soldiers and spoke of "the spirit of the commander" in the
      territories, from which the soldiers understood that they should not
      intervene, as everything the settlers do is for the sake of Zionism.
      The unhindered violence of the past few days indicates that this
      spirit is still active.

      The Gaza Strip should be closed to visitors now. Similarly, all
      those who engage in violence, who push the envelope, who are working
      day and night to reignite the intifada in order to disrupt the
      evacuation of settlements by keeping the army busy with other tasks,
      must be arrested without hesitation. In places with a reputation for
      hooliganism, such as the settlements and outposts around Nablus, the
      army must keep an especially sharp eye out. The writing is already
      on the wall, and it sometimes seems as if the preparations being
      made by the police and army are less determined and less
      sophisticated than those being made by the settlers.

      ===

      Palestinians decry settler attacks
      Saturday 26 March 2005, 22:12 Makka Time, 19:12 GMT
      Aljazeera.net


      Attacks by settlers against Palestinians have increased

      The Palestinian Authority has urged international sponsors of the
      peace process to put pressure on the Israeli government to stop
      attacks by Jewish settlers on Palestinian villagers.



      Attacks recently have been reported throughout the West Bank, with
      settlers assaulting Palestinians, vandalising property and poisoning
      livestock.



      "We urge the international community, including the Quartet (which
      sponsors the roadmap plan for peace between Israel and the
      Palestinians) to intervene immediately to stop this unmitigated
      aggression," Ahmad Subh, a Palestinian deputy minister of
      information, said.



      The Quartet is made up of the US, European Union, Russia and the
      United Nations.



      In an interview on Saturday with Aljazeera.net, Subh accused the
      Israeli government and army of "lacking the will and determination
      to rein in the settlers" and "even acquiescing to settler
      provocations".



      "Does anybody in this world believe that the mighty Israeli army
      can't control a few extremist settlers who are hell-bent on savaging
      and terrorising peaceful and defenceless Palestinian villagers?



      "It is not a matter of inability, it is a matter of unwillingness if
      not outright complicity. Inaction here implies acquiescence," Subh
      said.



      Daily attacks




      Jewish settlers in Gaza are accused
      of impeding Israeli withdrawal


      According to Palestinian and Israeli sources, settler attacks and
      provocations in the Palestinian countryside have increased recently.



      On Friday, heavily armed Talmudic students from the settlement of
      Yitshar near Nablus attacked a nearby Palestinian village, Asira al
      Kibliya, smashing windows and injuring a number of Palestinians.



      However, when troops later sought to investigate, the settlers
      reportedly erected roadblocks, preventing soldiers from entering the
      settlement.



      Last week, as many as 30 Talmudic students attacked four Palestinian
      labourers west of Ram Allah with sticks, hoses and sharp objects.



      One worker suffered serious head injury in the attack. None of the
      perpetrators was arrested.



      Sheep poisoned


      Jewish settlers were said to have
      tried to poison Palestinian sheep



      In the southern Hebron hills, settlers on 21 March distributed
      poisoned feed across a 10-acre area used as grazing land for local
      shepherds near the village of Tuwaani.



      "The pellets are small and turquoise blue, similar to rodent poison
      in the US. They are spread under bushes and in the grass, pretty
      much anywhere the sheep graze," Kim Lamberty, a Christian peace
      activist who inspected the area, said.



      The next day, several sheep died and many others were ill after
      grazing. Palestinians have also found two dead gazelles in the area.



      Problem



      "We are afraid that Israeli government's flaccidity and inaction
      toward the settlers might embolden them to commit real massacres
      against our people"

      Ahmad Subh,
      Palestinian Foreign Ministry

      When the Palestinians informed the Israeli police, they were told
      that a settler investigator would take care of the problem.



      "This malicious act not only affects the economic livelihood of the
      area farmers, it could have grave impact on the wildlife in the
      area. The local Palestinian people along with international
      activists are currently attempting to clean up the contaminated
      site," Lamberty said.



      On 24 March, masked settlers attacked Palestinian shepherds and two
      American activists, an 18-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man. They
      were injured as the settlers tried to prevent them from filming the
      attacks.



      A spokesman for the Israeli army told Aljazeera.net that the army
      was not responsible for "these communal riots" and that
      responsibility for "such problems" lay with the police.



      "We are afraid that Israeli government's laxity and inaction toward
      the settlers might embolden them to commit real massacres against
      our people," Subh told Aljazeera.net.


      Aljazeera

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