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IFJ accuses Israel after journalists are terrorised and cameraman is beaten up

International Federation of Journalists
20 November 2002

The International Federation of Journalists said today that Israeli border police who terrorized a group of journalists and assaulted a cameraman in West Bank city of Hebron reflected a “continuing mood of prejudice and intolerance” among Israeli security personnel in their dealings with media.

Peace Fire: "An explosive story unfolds"

Arjan El Fassed
20 November 2002


Peace Fire: Fragments from the Israel-Palestine Story, edited by Ethan Casey and Paul Hilder, joins public figures and analysts with vivid street-level diaries from the people in the conflict - Israeli soldiers, peace activists, settlers, Palestinian gunmen, NGO workers, and refugees. “As the individual narrators offer their accounts, an explosive story unfolds.”

"USS Liberty: Dead in the Water" now available in VHS and DVD

Nigel Parry
20 November 2002


During the Six Day War between Israel and the Arab States, the American intelligence ship USS Liberty was attacked for 75 minutes in international waters by Israeli aircraft and motor torpedo boats. Thirty-four men died and 172 were wounded. The most recent documentary, a 2001 production from the British Broadcasting Corporation is USS Liberty: Dead in the Water, is now on sale in North America. EI’s Nigel Parry offers more information.

NPR ignores killing of six Palestinians, two children

Ali Abunimah
20 November 2002

While NPR reported quickly and repeatedly false Israeli claims of an appalling ambush of “Jewish worshippers” in Hebron, and highly dubious accounts of an alleged 9/11-style “hijacking attempt” of an El Al jet, it has been completely silent this morning about the overnight killings of six Palestinians, two of them children, as an Israeli undercover death squad carried out the extrajudicial execution at his home of 25-year-old Mohammed Zaghal in the occupied West Bank city of Tulkarm.

What is happening in Palestine?

Hasan Abu Nimah
20 November 2002

Ambassador Hasan Abu-Nimah surveys the Palestinian-Israeli situation five months after President Bush’s famous “vision” was announced, and on the eve of another Israeli election. He writes, “It is astonishing that there are still many around who would warn against the grave risk of losing Sharon because the alternative could be Netanyahu, or would hope that a Labour victory would instantly remove the barricades from the way of a just, comprehensive and lasting peace; they had pinned their hopes on Barak before, but do not seem to have learned the lesson. How many more precious years do we need to spend switching from a seeming “dove” to a seeming “hawk” in a futile process of trial and error, while our people’s suffering continues, before we realise that until and unless we take the initiative ourselves, we will continue to long for the mirage and count disasters.”

Stop mass home demolitions in Hebron

Rich Meyer
20 November 2002

Christian Peacemaker Teams visited the area where hundreds of Palestinian homes may be slated for demolition in an Israeli plan to expand illegal colonies in the Occupied West Bank. They urge immediate contact with public officials to stop the threatened demolitions.

Chicago: Palestine-Ireland Art Exhibit Opens

Gallery 400
20 November 2002

This exhibition will bring together the work of eight artists from Palestine, Ireland and the United States. The exhibition will explore the impact and effects of military occupation, faltering attempts at settlement, and the importance of history and memory in both regions, drawing comparisons and parallels where necessary. At Gallery 400, 400 North Peoria Street, Chicago, November 19-30

Five Palestinians killed in an extra-judicial execution in Tulkarem

19 November 2002


Yesterday, Tuesday November 19,in the evening, an extra-judicial assassination killed Tareq Zaghal (20) alongside four civilians, including a child. According to LAW’s findings, at least 179 Palestinians have so far been killed in extra-judicial executions committed by Israel, including 68 Palestinian bystanders.

Israel spins "massacre" of "worshippers" to grab land in Hebron

Nigel Parry and
Ali Abunimah
19 November 2002

In this follow-up to EI’s special feature, “Israel falsely claims “massacre” of “worshippers” in Hebron” (16 November 2002), Nigel Parry and Ali Abunimah look at how Israel is using international outrage about an attack against “worshippers” to justify more ethnic cleansing.

Update from Jenin

Annie Higgins
19 November 2002

The city and the Refugee Camp breathed more easily when the Israeli Army withdrew from its two-week invasion about a week ago, but everyone knew that the Army would maintain its presence, if slightly less visibly. Annie Higgins writes from Jenin.


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