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Deported!

Kathleen Kern
5 November 2002

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Peace activist Kathy Kern was recently deported from Ben Gurion airport after arriving for her 11th term of service with the Hebron-based Christian Peacemaker Teams. In this article about the experience, Kathy asks why the Israeli government is afraid of people reporting what it is doing in the Occupied Territories?

Settlers and Trash

Walid Hamad
al-Bireh
5 November 2002

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Just as the Israeli occupation to suppress the entire Palestinian population has taken on new shapes and forms in the absence of any international considerations, Israeli settlers are camouflaging this latest round of land confiscation with a facade of environmental issues, namely a solid waste landfill site on the eastern front of the Palestinian West Bank town of Al-Bireh. Walid Hamad, Mayor of Al-Bireh writes about the problem.

A smaller space each day

Kristen Ess
Rafah,
Gaza Strip
5 November 2002

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A pile of gray cement, once a family’s home, sits next to the street. Directly in front is a small white tent. This is where the family now lives. There is no furniture, no clothes, no family pictures. They are all somewhere under the rubble. Each day at least 6 Palestinian homes are demolished, except Saturday which is a holiday for Israelis. Kristen Ess writes from Rafah, Gaza.

The farmers of Qaffin

Rachel Engler-Stringer
Tulkarem,
Palestine
4 November 2002

Just after we came home for the evening we received a call informing us that the army was attacking the Tulkarem refugee camp. We also learned that people in the camp had been shot, and there were helicopters circling overhead. Rachel Engler-Stringer reports from Tulkarem.

UNRWA faces historic crisis

United Nations
4 November 2002

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As the agency responsible for the provision of humanitarian aid and basic services to nearly half the population of the occupied Palestinian territory, UNRWA today faced perhaps one of the most serious challenges in its history, UNRWA’s Commissioner-General, Peter Hansen, told the Fourth Committee this morning.

AI: Israeli Defence Forces' war crimes must be investigated

Amnesty International
4 November 2002

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Israel committed war crimes, including unlawful killings, in Jenin and Nablus during a military offensive in those and other West Bank cities earlier this year, the human rights group Amnesty International said today. In its report, Amnesty said there is “clear evidence that some of the acts committed by the Israel Defense Forces during Operation Defense Shield were war crimes.”

PCHR condemns attack on journalists in Gaza

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
3 November 2002

On October 31, a number of journalists were reporting on an explosion that occurred in a house in Gaza. A number of people, who were located on the scene, assaulted the journalists. PCHR condemns the attack.

Israeli general linked to Jenin atrocities named defence chief

Justin Huggler
1 November 2002

A former Israeli army chief who presided over the controversial invasion of Jenin this year, and who is being investigated by Scotland Yard over allegations of war crimes, was named as Israel’s new Defence Minister yesterday, an aide to Ariel Sharon said. Lieutenant-General Shaul Mofaz, who has flown back to Israel after Scotland Yard started investigating him during a fund-raising tour of Britain, had been Chief of Staff for most of the current Palestinian intifada until he retired in July. Justin Huggler writes in The Independent,

Human Rights Watch releases report on suicide bombings

Human Rights Watch
1 November 2002

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The people responsible for planning and carrying out suicide bombings that deliberately target civilians are guilty of crimes against humanity and should be brought to justice, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released on 1 November 2002.

Nablus bullets ricochet in Hartford

Elliot Jager
1 November 2002

The obituary was placed anonymously by Gale Courey Toensing, 56, of Canaan, wife of the chairman of the Connecticut board of education, Craig Toensing. What motivated Toensing, an Arab-American, to pay $ 300 for the notice was a posting by Amer Abdelhadi “writing from Nablus, occupied Palestine” on a Web site called Electronic Intifada Diaries. “The reason I did it was so people would know what’s going on there,” Toensing told the Courant after her involvement became public.

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