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British solicitor instructed to pursue complaints, particularly against Shaul Mofaz

LAW and
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
30 October 2002


LAW and PCHR acting on behalf of specific individuals and families in the West Bank and Gaza instructed British human rights solicitor Imran Khan to lodge complaints on behalf of their clients in relation to the perpetration of war crimes and crimes against humanity, in particular naming Shaul Mofaz, former Chief of Staff of the Israeli military as a potential defendant.

The killing of Fuad Abu Ghali

Annie Higgins
30 October 2002

Fuad Ahmad Abu Ghali was shot dead by Israeli troops in Jenin on 27 October 2002. University of Chicago lecturer Annie Higgins, working with the medics who went to pick up his body, described an encounter with the soldiers that killed him.

Arbitration court dismisses Berlin's patent claims on Israeli wall

Mandela Ibn Madroob
30 October 2002


Klaus Wowereit, the governing mayor of Berlin, admitted today that a judge at the London Court of International Arbitration dismissed all patent claims raised by the municipality of Berlin last summer. Judge Hubert Dunn ruled that Berlin’s patent on the Berlin Wall was “generically and fundamentally different” from the wall now being constructed by Israel.

Israeli forces assassinate 19 year-old activist

28 October 2002

Israeli forces assassinated Issam Sawafteh (19 from Tubas near Jenin. At least 173 Palestinians have so far been killed in extra-judicial executions committed by Israel, including 63 Palestinian bystanders. This is the third extra-judicial killing to take place over forty-eight hours.

Israel's daily destruction of Gaza

Kristen Ess
Gaza Strip
28 October 2002


In Namsawi, an area of Khan Younis refugee camp directly in the line of Israeli fire, displaced families live in buildings with holes the size of Volkswagen bugs. Apache missle fire and tank shelling have destroyed many areas of the camp made up of soccer fields and cement apartment buildings. There are children playing in the sandy dirt who scatter when shots are fired. Half the population is under 15. Kristen Ess reports from Gaza.

PCHR position on collaborators

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
28 October 2002

In this position paper, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights tackles the thorny question of how one deals with traitors in wartime. PCHR concludes that suspected collaborators should be investigated and tried in accordance with international standards, including the rights to fair trial, not to be subjected to torture and ill treatment, right to legal counsel and others.

Sustained Malicious E-Mail Campaign of Disinformation and Lies Being Perpetrated Against ADC

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
28 October 2002


As in common with many other Middle East-related organisations, including EI, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has been targeted by a malicious campaign of disinformation and lies being perpetrated through e-mail attacks. The following press release is typical of the reaction ot this digital harassment.

Another road map to nowhere

Sam Bahour and
Michael Dahan
27 October 2002


The new US “road map” to peace in the Middle East presented by US Assistant Secretary of State William J. Burns is nothing but a placebo for the Palestinians and the world community amidst war talk and sabre-rattling in Washington, DC. The new plan is not an adequate response to Palestinian and international demands that Israel immediately end the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. Palestinian Sam Bahour and Israeli Michael Dahan weigh in.

Abunimah responds to AJC official's inflammatory rhetoric in <I>Daily Herald</I>

Ali Abunimah
27 October 2002

EI’s Ali Abunimah responds to an inflammatory column in Chicago’s The Daily Herald by Chaya Gil, a vice-president of the American Jewish Committee’s Chicago Chapter. Gil implicitly equates Abunimah’s criticism the Nusseibeh-Ayalon agreement with a lust for violence and extremism.

Naboth had a Vineyard

Uri Avnery
26 October 2002

Had they been there last Saturday at sunset, most Israelis would not have believed their eyes. In the middle of Havarah, a small village south of Nablus, 63 Israelis, men and women, young and old, were standing together with dozens of Palestinian villagers. Jews and Arabs talked together, drank juice offered by the hosts, exchanged addresses and phone numbers. Uri Avnery writes.


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