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Human Rights

House demolitions hit 12,700 in West Bank and Gaza Strip

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
7 May 2003

The total number of Palestinians made homeless by Israeli’s military demolition campaign climbed above 12,000 this month following a rapid acceleration of the policy in Gaza during the first quarter of this year.

Yet another extra-judicial execution in Gaza

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
8 May 2003

Two Israeli Apache helicopters launched four missiles at a white Peugeot 205 driving through the streets of the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza. Two missiles hit the car, killing the driver, 27-years old Eyad ‘Eissa al-Baik.

Committee members express cautious optimism over recently released 'road map' for Israeli-Palestinian peace

United Nations General Assembly
6 May 2003

Echoing the views expressed by several members of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People this morning, the Permanent Observer for Palestine expressed cautious optimism over the recently released “road map” to Israeli-Palestinian peace.

The Evil Wall

Uri Avnery
6 May 2003


“For a fraction of a second, I was panic-stricken. The terrible monster coming towards me was not more than five meters away and continued to move as if I weren’t there. The giant bulldozer pushed a great heap of dirt and boulders before it. The driver, two meters above me, seemed a part of the machine. It was clear that nothing would stop him. I jumped aside at the last moment. Some weeks ago, in a similar situation, the American peace activist Rachel Corrie expected the driver to stop. He did not, and she was crushed to death.” Israeli activist Uri Avnery reports on the progress of Israel’s apartheid wall.

Israel: incommunicado detention and ill-treatment of Palestinian student

World Organisation Against Torture and
Public Committee Against Torture in Israel
2 May 2003

Iman Shukri Abdl Rahman Jamjum, a student from Hebron, was held in isolation for twenty-two days, without access to legal counsel. Mr. Jamjum was arrested on April 4th, 2003, and has reportedly been held in the GSS Interrogation Unit at the Shikma Detention Center in Ashkelon.

Israeli forces kill three brothers in Gaza

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
1 May 2003

The number of Palestinians  killed by Israeli occupying forcers in Al shojaeya neighborhood in Gaza City on Thursday, 1 May 2003, has increased to 12, including three brothers from the Abu Hain family.

Israeli forces kill 8 Palestinians and demolish 13 homes in Rafah

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
30 April 2003

In the latest Israeli military attack on Palestinian civilian areas, Israeli occupying forces killed 8 Palestinians, including a toddler, two children and a handicapped man, in Gaza city today. At least 37 others have been wounded.

Excerpts of Palestinian PM Mahmoud Abbas Speech Before Palestinian Legislative Council

PLO Negotiations Affairs Department
29 April 2003

On 29 April 2003, the new Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) gave an inaugral speech to the Palestinian Legislative Council. Following are excerpts and a link to his full speech. The excerpts are a fair representation of the speech in its entirety. The main difference between the texts is the removal of extensive salutations.

Text of proposed "road map"

PLO Negotiations Affairs Department
30 April 2003

The following is the text of the performance-based and goal driven roadmap, with clear phases, timelines, target dates, and benchmarks aiming at progress through reciprocal steps by the two parties in the political, security, economic, humanitarian, and institution-building fields, under the auspices of the Quartet. The destination is a final and comprehensive settlement of the Israel-Palestinian conflict by 2005, as presented in President Bush’s speech of 24 June, and welcomed by the EU, Russia, and the UN in the 16 July and 17 September Quartet Ministerial statements.

HRW: "Israel should stop using flechettes"

Human Rights Watch
29 April 2003

The Israeli army should immediately stop using U.S.-supplied flechette shells in the Gaza Strip, Human Rights Watch said today.


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