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The end of Ramadan

Kristen Ess
Gaza Strip
4 December 2002

On this, the final day of Ramadan 2002, Israel continues its decades old illegal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Israeli soldiers killed two Palestinians in the West Bank city of Khalil (Hebron), under effective curfew for years. Apache helicopter missiles fired into Gaza City. Israeli bulldozers continued to raze houses in the Gaza Strip and thousands of Palestinians were held under another day of curfew throughout the occupied West Bank and parts of the Gaza Strip. Kristen Ess writes from Occupied Gaza.

Middle East unrest hits grocery store

Jenny Strasburg
4 December 2002

The tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have spilled into the aisles of a San Francisco supermarket, where certain departments of the co-op Rainbow Grocery have removed Israeli-made products from their shelves. Although Israeli products remain on the shelves of other Rainbow departments, which are run independently, some workers are pushing for a storewide boycott, an employee of the Mission District store said Tuesday. Jenny Strasburg reports in The San Francisco Chronicle.

Income Tax: Foreign Journalists in Israel

Itamar Ekhner
4 December 2002

Did the Income Tax Authority in Israel decide to harass hundreds of foreign media personnel in Israel for their coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? The following report from Yediot Ahranot’s Arabic website looks at recent developments.

Salvaging the Wreck

Laurie King
3 December 2002

This is the Big Secret, which Osama Bin Laden, George Bush, Jr., and Ariel Sharon do not want you to know: There are no Jews, Muslims, Christians, Arabs, Israelis, or Americans in this world. There are only human beings. They cannot be boxed in, excluded out, extra-judicially killed, illegally imprisoned, economically disenfranchised, collectively deported, silently tortured, or buried in mass graves without risking a further descent into the wreck where all of us now live.

WFP urges restraint after Gaza warehouse destruction

World Food Programme
2 December 2002

In response to the weekend demolition of a WFP warehouse by the Israeli Defence Forces, WFP is urging the Israeli government to observe humanitarian principles and compensate the agency for its losses.

B'Tselem report: Israel's failure to stop settler attacks on Palestinian olive harvesters

B'Tselem
2 December 2002

Groups of armed settlers have been disrupting the olive harvest in the West Bank since the harvest began in October. These groups have carried out systematic and violent attacks on Palestinians who were harvesting olives. B’Tselem reports on Israel’s response to settler attacks on olive harvesters.

Israeli forces search journalist's home

1 December 2002

Three men, one dressed as an Israeli soldier and two wearing masks, entered the home of an Associated Press photographer at about 3 a.m. Sunday, rummaging through cabinets, desks and closets and emptying a jewelry box before leaving after about 30 minutes, the family said.

Israeli forces kill two Palestinian civilians and demolish three houses

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
1 December 2002

Two Palestinian civilians were killed and 20 people wounded when Israeli forces late last night moved in to Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. During the incursion they also demolished three houses. PCHR reports from Gaza.

Why Does the Leopard Hide his Spots?

Uri Avnery
30 November 2002

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I loath Binyamin Netanyahu, and therefore I hoped that he would be elected leader of the Likud. I am sorry that Sharon won the primary election instead. Veteran Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery comments.

Curfew tensions in Bethlehem

Toine van Teeffelen
Bethlehem
30 November 2002

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While walking up into the main Madbasseh street, Mary saw a toshe (quarrel) at a falafel place; about nothing she later heard, but the atmosphere and people’s faces were so threatening that she decided not to do shopping and return home. The tension is also palpable in the refugee camps which are crowded and bear a large share of the arrests. Toine van Teeffelen writes from Bethlehem.

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