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Invisible killings: Israel's daily toll of Palestinian children

Ali Abunimah
10 December 2002

When a Palestinian attack kills Israelis, the TV news networks are quick to cut to “breaking news” reports. Harrowing footage from the scene and interviews with outraged Israeli government officials are swiftly broadcast, and harsh statements are quickly issued by government and UN officials to appear in tomorrow’s front page newspaper stories. Meanwhile, the relentless killing of Palestinian civilians, many of them children, by the Israeli occupation army goes largely unnoticed and unreported.

Oscars' double standard turns Palestinian film into refugee

Benjamin J Doherty and
Ali Abunimah
10 December 2002

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Above: Elia Suleiman in the director’s chair.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences operates a double standard that may have kept Elia Suleiman’s award-winning feature film “Divine Intervention” out of the competition for the Oscars, EI has learned. The film, a dark comedy about a love affair between two people on opposite sides of an Israeli military checkpoint, won a prestigious jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and the European Film Award. EI’s Ali Abunimah and Benjamin Doherty investigate.

Human Rights Day: Addameer on Palestinian detainees

Addameer
10 December 2002

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On this year’s Human Rights Day, over 6000 Palestinians languish in Israeli prisons, detained under arbitrary and unjust military regulations, interrogated through torture, and living in subhuman conditions of detention in the various military detention camps both in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, as well as those located illegally within Israel.

UN Staff Union again calls for full investigation of recent killings of UNRWA staff

United Nations Staff Union
8 December 2002

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In light of the recent attacks, the United Nations Staff Union and its Standing Committee on the Security and Independence of the International Civil Service once again call for a full investigation surrounding the events that led to the killings of three staff member of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Back to square one: the derailed "war on terror" after the Mombasa attacks

Hasan Abu Nimah
6 December 2002

The recent attacks on an Israeli hotel and the firing of missiles on an Israeli plane taking off from Mombassa, Kenya, indicate again that terrorism has neither been defeated, exhausted nor even intimidated by the loudly acclaimed American-led “war on terror.” On the contrary, terrorist activities seem to be gathering strength, spreading faster and hitting harder than the most cynical assessments predicted. Hasan Abu Nimah, in this contribution to EI, explains why America’s failure to distinguish among the difference causes of violence is making things worse. At the same time, he warns Palestinians not to allow their just cause to be hijacked by those who carry out atrocities against civilians.

UN's top human rights official urges probe into Israeli raid on Gaza

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
6 December 2002

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Following the killing in Gaza today of ten Palestinians, including two United Nations relief workers, the top UN human rights official, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, called for an Israeli probe into the recent pattern of serious incidents in the Middle East.

Schooling at Gunpoint: Palestinian Children's Learning Environment in War Like Conditions (part 1 of 2)

Rita Giacaman,
Anita Abdullah,
Rula Abu Safieh and
Luna Shamieh
Ramallah
6 December 2002

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By the end of the 2001-2002 school year, the Palestinian Ministry of Education reported that: 216 students were killed, 2514 injured, and 164 arrested; 17 teachers and staff in the education sector were killed and 71 were arrested; 1289 schools were closed for at least 3 consecutive weeks during the Israeli invasion between March 29 and up till the end of the school year; and approximately 50% of school children and 35,000 employees in the education sector were prevented from reaching their schools.

Schooling at Gunpoint: Palestinian Children's Learning Environment in War Like Conditions (part 2 of 2)

Rita Giacaman,
Anita Abdullah,
Rula Abu Safieh and
Luna Shamieh
Ramallah
6 December 2002

This report was first published on 1 December 2002 and offers a devastating look at the effect of the Israeli occupation on one aspect of Palestinian civil life — school education — in one area, Ramallah.

Ten killed in Gaza including two UNRWA staff

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
6 December 2002

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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has learned that two if its employees have been killed during the Israeli military assault on Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of this morning.

Two UN staff members killed in Israeli raid on Gaza

United Nations
6 December 2002

Reacting to Israel’s deadly raid in Gaza today which left ten people dead, including two United Nations aid workers, Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged that country’s Government to restrain its military and act in accord with international humanitarian law.

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