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Hundreds of Muslim immigrants rounded up in California

Jill Serjeant
19 December 2002

Hundreds of Iranian and other Middle East citizens were in southern California jails on Wednesday after coming forward to comply with a new rule to register with immigration authorities only to wind up handcuffed and behind bars. A disturbing Reuters report by Jill Serjeant.

Appeal to halt construction of Israel's apartheid wall denied

19 December 2002

LAW today received a decision on an appeal filed on September 12 on behalf of four residents of Kufr Aqab in East Jerusalem to temporarily halt construction of a 3.8 km section of Israel’s “security wall,” running between Kufr Aqab and the Ofer military detention center, separating Kufr Aqab from Jerusalem. The wall shall be built near homes and built-up residential areas.

Oscar draws ire for snubbing Palestinian film

Michael Posner
18 December 2002

Although Divine Intervention has been draped with awards at film festivals, including the Jury Prize at Cannes last May, it is not eligible for consideration in the Oscar’s best-foreign-film category because Palestine is not a country. Michael Posner reports for the Globe and Mail.

Fundamentalisms, media, and the new McCarthyism: how demagogues are hijacking Washington, DC

Laurie King
18 December 2002

“It is increasingly clear that Arabs and Muslims are the new enemy in Washington, a national capital that many find reminiscent of the dark days of the McCarthy Era.” A presentation delivered by EI’s Laurie King-Irani at the seventh annual “Common Terms: The Dialogue of Civilizations” conference sponsored by the Imam Musa Sadr Foundation, 13 December 2002, in Beirut, Lebanon.

800 American professors sign document warning of coming Israeli ethnic cleansing

Nigel Parry
18 December 2002

Earlier this year, 187 Israeli professors signed an “Urgent Warning” letter titled “The Israeli government may be contemplating crimes against humanity.” Today, 800 American professors have signed a similar document, warning of coming Israeli ethnic cleansing. EI’s Nigel Parry reports.

Israeli checkpoints result in death of two Palestinian babies

Patricia Smith
Beit Hanina
18 December 2002

Adla Abdel Jaber As-Sayyefi, 37 years old, went into labour at around 3am on the morning of December 10th. Her husband rushed to his parent’s house concerned because Adla was due to go hospital to have an operation as it was going to be a breech birth, but she went into labour too early. Patricia Smith tells the story.

The New York Times gets an 'F' for geography

Michael F. Brown
18 December 2002


“Every six months or so a report comes out detailing the woeful state of geographical knowledge held by many Americans. Usually people chuckle and wonder how it is that so many Americans think California is on the East Coast. After all, every rightly educated American knows it’s on the Left Coast.” Mike Brown writes about what happens when the New York Times sits in on a Middle East geography test.

Exposing the Israeli Occupation: the case of Jaggi Singh

Stefan Christoff
18 December 2002


Above: Jaggi Singh.

Jaggi Singh, a Montreal based activist and writer was granted entry into Israel after winning an appeal filed by Israeli lawyer Shamai Leibowitz on December 16th in Tel Aviv by the District Court. An illegal deportation order was issued by Israeli authorities upon Jaggi’s arrival in Tel Aviv on December 14th. Jaggi spent 2 days in detention at Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv fighting the illegal deportation order from Israel with support from many Israeli peace activists and international solidarity activists. Stefan Christoff reports.

When truth is funnier than fiction: The resistance of humour

Ghassan Abdullah
18 December 2002

It’s never really as bad as it looks on TV. It could always of course be much worse. The Intifada, or uprising, against Israeli military occupation with its curfews, siege, closures and general strangulation of Palestinian society, is also being done with humour. Here are a few quips picked up from people in their daily life under occupation, compiled by Ghassan Abdullah for BNN.

Journalists are under fire for telling the truth

Robert Fisk
17 December 2002

Journalists are being attacked for telling the truth about the situation in the Middle East, especially American journalists, writes Robert Fisk in The Independent. What’s wrong and how can it be fixed?


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