The role of leadership in a democracy

Hasan Abu Nimah
25 September 2002

The Palestinian people are stuck between a brutal and lethal Israeli occupation, and leaders who have served them poorly. Hasan Abu-Nimah writing for EI, argues that root and branch reform is needed, but not the kind advocated by Israel and the United States.

Why did they demonstrate?

Awatef Sheikh
Dahiye al-Barid
25 September 2002

Last week, Palestinians went out in the streets, defying the curfew, to protest Israeli actions against the Palestinian president and the demolition of his compound. Some asked why did they demonstrate? Was it in order to show their support for Yasser Arafat? Or did they protest against something else? Awatef Sheikh explains.

Donors request report on humanitarian aid funds diverted to Israeli security procedures

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
24 September 2002

UNRWA has been asked by its major donors to detail the funds that are being diverted from its humanitarian aid work because of the Israeli security regime in Gaza and the West Bank.

AI: International justice for Sabra and Chatila victims

Amnesty International
24 September 2002

As the world marks the 20th anniversary of the massacres in the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps in Beirut in September 1982, Amnesty International reiterates that the Belgian criminal justice system has jurisdiction under international law to conduct a criminal investigation into the killings.

Ali Abunimah discusses Radio Sawa on the BBC World Service

24 September 2002

EI’s Ali Abunimah and Joan Mauer, communications director of Radio Sawa, discuss the new US government sponsored effort to win the hearts and minds of the Arab world on the BBC World Service’s outlook. Read the transcript.

Artificial Crisis, Artificial Response

Ali Abunimah
24 September 2002

The UN Security Council passed a resolution demanding Israel ends its siege on Yasser Arafat’s Ramallah compound. EI’s Ali Abunimah argues that while the international community scrambles to respond to such artificial crises, the real issues are being ignored, and greater danger is to come.

Nine Palestinians killed and dozens wounded in new Israeli invasion of Gaza City

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
24 September 2002

Nine Palestinians, including a 14-year-old child, were killed and 20 civilians were wounded when Israeli occupying forces last night invaded the eastern residential areas in Gaza City.

Prominent Dutch citizens: 'End the occupation'

Arjan El Fassed
23 September 2002

’Israel must unconditionally withdraw from the territories it occupied since 1967 and implement all relevant UN resolutions’. This petition has been signed by two hundred prominent Dutch citizens, including politicians, writers, and artists and will be published in an advertisement in the Dutch daily newspaper De Volkskrant. EI’s Arjan El Fassed reports.

Short memory, history repeats itself

Arjan El Fassed
23 September 2002

Will this be just another deal? Remember the previous Israeli siege of Arafat’s compound? Remember Bethlehem and the deportation? Remember the hostage taking of Ahmad Sa’adat by British and American agents in Jericho? What about the old city of Nablus and Jenin refugee camp? It seems that people have a short memory. Arjan El Fassed writes from Ram, occupied Palestine.

"For peace in the Holy Land, end the occupation"

Caritas Internationalis
23 September 2002

The 18-member Caritas Internationalis delegation visited the Holy Land from September 15 to 19 2002 in response to the rapidly deteriorating situation and the gross violations of human rights in the region.


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