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Heading for olive season catastrophe

Amer Abdelhadi
Nablus,
Palestine
22 October 2002

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Settlers have targeted farmers in Aqraba, Yanoun, Huwara, Kufr el Deek, and other Palestinian villages. Amer Abdelhadi reports on day 124 of the curfew in Nablus.

Protest Arbitrary Imprisonment

Sam Bahour and
Paul de Rooij
22 October 2002

Last week, armed Israeli policemen burst into the East Jerusalem YMCA offices and arrested Haytham Hammouri, a YMCA staff member. He was handcuffed and taken into police custody. No charges were made, and he was kept incommunicado for three days. Finally, he was able to see a lawyer, taken in front of an Israeli court, and sentenced to six months “administrative detention” in an Israeli prison. No charges were made against him, and there has been no trial. Haytham joins more than 12,000 Palestinians in a similar situation, and he may be the only Palestinian resident of Jerusalem held under this arbitrary pretext. To find out what you can do to help, read on.

In Exile: Bethlehem to Gaza

Kristen Ess
Gaza City,
Palestine
22 October 2002

Those Palestinians who were banished following Israel’s siege of the Church of the Nativity languish in Gaza, their families in Bethlehem. Kristen Ess crosses from Bethlehem to Gaza, to report on how families are dealing with the separation.

Israel forbids Palestinians picking olives

LAW
21 October 2002

The Israeli army today issued a directive forbidding Palestinians from picking olives in the West Bank. It’s olive picking season, but Palestinians are not allowed access to their crops.

How to shut up your critics with a single word

Robert Fisk
21 October 2002

Thank God, I often say, for the Israeli press. For where else will you find the sort of courageous condemnation of Israel’s cruel and brutal treatment of the Palestinians? Where else can we read that Moshe Ya’alon, Ariel Sharon’s new chief of staff, described the “Palestinian threat” as “like a cancer – there are all sorts of solutions to cancerous manifestations. For the time being, I am applying chemotherapy.” The Independent’s Robert Fisk continues on to note that meanwhile, mere criticism of Israel outside the country gets you labeled an “anti-Semite”.

Colleges urged to pull funds from Israel; Students manipulated in pro-Palestinian campaign, critics say

Ron Nissimov
21 October 2002

It doesn’t always take much to spark a campus protest. Take the University of Texas, for example. In April, a forum on the Middle East crisis hosted by a UT student organization, the Palestine Solidarity Committee, featured Ali Abunimah, a co-founder of “The Electronic Intifada” Web site and a frequent critic of Israeli and U.S. policies. His remarks wound up in the April 16 edition of the Daily Texan student newspaper.

Of war and population transfer

Terry Rempel
21 October 2002

How real is the threat of population transfer in Palestine-Israel today, asks Terry Rempel, the research coordinator at BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights in this contribution to EI? The fact is that population transfer is ongoing, with or without a US-led war against Iraq, through the revocation of residency rights, destruction of thousands of Palestinian homes over the past two years among other measures. As pro-transfer rhetoric heats up in Israel and the US heads towards war what are the prospects for outright ethnic cleansing?

South African speaker says Israel is apartheid state

MMN
20 October 2002

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Anti-apartheid activist Na’eem Jeenah presented a lecture at McGill University in Montreal entitled “The African Apartheid and the Palestinian Plight.” During his lecture Jeenah made mention of various practices of the South African government during apartheid and showed how these practices share commonalities with the current Israeli government’s treatment of the Palestinian people.

In Middle East, Heaviest Toll Exacted on Civilians

Molly Moore
Rafah refugee camp
19 October 2002

In the space of a few minutes Thursday afternoon, the narrow main street of O Block became a corridor of fiery metal shards and flying body parts. In the end, six Palestinians who had been going about their daily lives — buying snacks, gossiping with neighbors, taking an afternoon nap — were dead, and 45 other Palestinians had been injured, mostly by shrapnel. Two other Palestinian men, who remained unidentified, were reported killed near the edge of O Block, but Palestinian medical officials said the Israeli military had not allowed ambulances to retrieve their bodies. Washington Post reporter Molly Moore writes from Rafah Refugee Camp in Gaza. [may require registration]

The Chain of Command

Uri Avnery
19 October 2002

There is little controversy about the facts: last Thursday, in an IDF action in Rafah, at least eight Palestinians were killed (the number will probably climb, since some of the wounded were severely hurt). Five of those killed were woman and children. Almost fifty people were wounded - many of them children who had just left their school after lessons. Who is to blame? asks veteran Israeli activist Uri Avnery.

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