Defining Apartheid: Israel's Record

Uri Strauss
19 September 2002

The following document was compiled by Uri Strauss for the Electronic Intifada, from a UN document and from a report by Palestinian human rights organisations LAW and Al-Haq. The document presents the internationally-accepted definition of ‘Apartheid’ alongside relevant examples of Israel’s human rights record in the occupied territories.

How the US Media Forget and Remember an Anniversary

Ali Abunimah
18 September 2002

September 2002 marked the 30th anniversary of the murder of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, and the 20th anniversary of the murder of thousands of Palestinian refugees in Beirut’s Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. The US media remembered only one of these anniversaries. Guess which one? The Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah investigates.

Arafat & Co. celebrate 'VIP' status

Hasan Abu Nimah
18 September 2002

When the PLO moved its leadership and cadres from exile to the Occupied Territories, they did not come as liberators, but merely to join their people as fellow prisoners of the Israelis. From the first days of the Oslo accords, even Palestinian leaders were subjected to the most humiliating controls by the occupier, except when “VIP” passes were granted as a favor and privilege to be withdrawn at any time. Today, “VIP” stands only for “Very Important Prisoner.”

Israel fires warning shots in direction of UN officials travelling in Gaza Strip

United Nations
17 September 2002

United Nations officials travelling in the Gaza Strip were forced to take cover today when Israeli soldiers fired warning shots in the direction of a delegation headed by the senior UN relief official in the region.

Massacres Don't "Just Happen"

Laurie King
17 September 2002

To forget a massacre is to murder the victims a second time; to forget the dead is to condone the crime and to excuse the killers. And the dead of Sabra and Shatila have been killed many, many times. EI’s Laurie King-Irani writes about the massacre.

Caterpillar Executives "Arrested" For War Crimes

Stop U.S. Tax-funded Aid to Israel Now
17 September 2002

SUSTAIN activists served arrest warrants to Caterpillar executives in Washington DC today, in protest against the company’s sales of armored bulldozers to Israeli army for the demolition of Palestinian homes. Read the SUSTAIN press release.

Israeli newspaper prints attack on EI, refuses to publish response

Ali Abunimah and
Nigel Parry
17 September 2002

The widely respected Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz has published an hysterical attack on The Electronic Intifada by a former Israeli cabinet minister, and is now refusing to publish a response.

Days of Darkness, Days of Awe: Yom Kippur in Palestine

Jennifer Loewenstein
15 September 2002

“I was afraid you’d gone to Rafah”, I say to Ahmad over the wires to Gaza City. More families in Rafah lost their homes to Israeli bulldozers this past week and a young man died for objecting to the zillionth incursion onto his land. I worried that Ahmad had gone to investigate. His extended family lives there. “No one is going anywhere”, Ahmad responds cynically. “It’s Yom Kippur”.

Exchange of correspondence with Ha'aretz newspaper

The Electronic Intifada
15 September 2002

Following a baseless attack on EI by a former Israeli cabinet minister, published in Ha’aretz newspaper, EI’s attempts to get Ha’aretz to print a very reasonable correction ended in an unsatisfying exchange with Ha’aretz editor David Landau.

Nablus: 'Get the soldiers out of my town, I want to live too'

Ghadeer Shaka'a
14 September 2002

‘I want to go to school and play with my friends. We cannot get our of our homes. We cannot buy books. We cannot play. The summer holiday is finished and we spent it all locked up in our homes under Israeli curfew’, writes 10-years old Nabih, who is a seventh grade student.


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