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Stop the Destruction: The Resistance of Deir Qaddis Continues
Deir Qaddis, a village of 2,000 Palestinians stands to lose 3,500 dunams of land due to the Wall. The people of Deir Qaddis depend on this land for its survival as the majority of it is agricultural land. In addition to this loss of land, Deir Qaddis will be one of nine villages imprisoned within the enclave created by the Apartheid Wall in western Ramallah.
http://www.palsolidarity.org/pressreleases/PR_1May04_01_09_06RamallahISMMediaOffice.htm


Israeli army destroys another 14 houses in Khan Younis
In less than 24 hours after destroying 12 Palestinian-owned houses at predawn in the refugee camp of Khan Younis, the Israeli army bulldozers destroyed on Saturday night another 14 houses belong to Palestinian refugees, Palestinian security sources said.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/02/content_1450871.htm


Israel assassinates four Fatah activists in Nablus as Sharon loses Gaza plan referendum
An Israeli airstrike killed four Palestinian activists, including two leaders of Fatah's al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, in the West Bank city of Nablus late on Sunday, Palestinian security sources said.
http://www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=276016&lang=e&dir=news


Five settlers killed in resistance strike
Palestinian resistance fighters have killed five Jewish settlers in the Gaza Strip before being shot dead by Israeli occupation troops. The dead included a mother and four children... three Israeli soldiers were injured in the clashes with the Palestinian fighters who were shot dead.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/122254F8-A8EE-4C44-AF90-9CBD6DB73A0D.htm


2 Civilians Killed in Nablus and Gaza
A civilian died early Sunday of wounds he sustained earlier when Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed Nablus City amid intensive shooting at civilians’ houses, Palestinian security and medical sources said.
http://english.wafa.ps/body.asp?field=tech_news&id=608


Gaza; Israeli Combat Helicopters Attack Al-Aqsa Radio Station
Eyewitnesses reported that Apache combat helicopters fired two guided missiles at Al-Aqsa radio station which takes Palestine residential building as its headquarters causing massive damages to property.
http://www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_e/ipc_e-1/e_News/news2004/2004_04/204.html


Palestinian woman arrested for trying to stab Israeli policeman
A Palestinian woman was arrested at a checkpoint near the central West Bank town of Ramallah after she tried to stab an Israeli border policeman, an army spokeswoman told AFP.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1515&ncid=1515&e=15&u=/afp/20040502/wl_mideast_afp/mideast_unrest_arrest_040502112256


3 Civilians Arrested, 18-Donum Arable Land Seized
Three Palestinian citizens were arrested Sunday by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF), while armed colonizers seized Palestinian-owned arable land in the West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinian security sources said.
http://english.wafa.ps/body.asp?field=tech_news&id=611


Casualty Toll Mounts as Sharon Turns up the Heat
Despite this, Haaretz correspondent Arnon Regular - who was nowhere near the clashes, let alone Nablus at the time - recounted the incident today in the following terms: "In the West Bank city of Nablus, troops shot dead 22-year-old Jamal Hamdan, who was participating in stone-throwing attacks on Israeli soldiers on Saturday.
http://www.palsolidarity.org/reports/writings/2May04_09_05_25NablusKole.htm


IOF Opens Fire at Palestinian Houses, Cuts Gaza into Three Parts
IOF opened on Sunday heavy machinegun fire at al-Nada neighbourhood, in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Lahya. In the meantime, the IOF blocked the main streets in the Gaza Strip dividing it into three parts, witnesses said.
http://english.wafa.ps/body.asp?field=tech_news&id=607


Israel Escalates Aggressive Policies against Jenin
Witnesses told WAFA reporter that Israeli soldiers blocked the southern entrance of the city, while military tanks were stationed close to al-Shuhada' locality, preventing hundreds of civilians from passing through the only road linking the city with Qabatya Village.
http://english.wafa.ps/body.asp?field=tech_news&id=610


Sharon's Party Rejects His Gaza Plan, Polls Say
Israeli leader Ariel Sharon's party overwhelmingly rejected his Gaza pullout plan Sunday, exit polls showed, handing him an embarrassing defeat. Television polls projected the prime minister losing the vote in his rightist Likud party roughly 60 to 40 percent despite President Bush's endorsement of his strategy
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5009448


Israel may expel Arafat to Gaza: sources
Israel may expel Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who has been besieged in the West Bank city of Ramallah, to Gaza within the coming few days, official Palestinian sources revealed Saturday.
http://english.eastday.com/epublish/gb/paper1/1256/class000100003/hwz193226.htm


Islamic conference condemns Israeli brutalities against Palestinians
The declaration also denounced Israel for its continued incursions into Palestinian cities, house demolitions and killings of innocent civilians, calling on the international community to intervene to protect the Palestinians and put an end to blatant Israeli violations.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/02/content_1450865.htm


From Vanunu to Amir - By Azmi Bishara
Accordingly, opponents are turning the Gaza pullout into a real war to show the ruling establishment in Israel and in the United States that they need to think thousand times before removing any West bank colony. Therefore defining on ground what Bush meant as he recognized "demographic realities"
http://www.imemc.org/headlines/2004/April/week4/043004/from%20vanunu.htm


Sharon: "Israel Will Keep its Nuclear Blackout"
The Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday that Israel will maintain ambiguity about its nuclear capacity despite of the international requests of subjecting it to international inspection.
http://www.imemc.org/headlines/2004/April/week4/043004/nuclear.htm


Full text of Sharon's disengagement plan
Upon completion of the move, no permanent Israeli civilian ormilitary presence in the areas that are evacuated in the continental expanse of the Gaza Strip will remain. As a result, there will be no basis for the claim that the Gaza Strip is occupied territory.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/02/content_1451376.htm


Analysis / Either way, a victory for Sharon
In the diplomatic arena, Sharon won renewed support from the Bush administration, and received the president's written assurances. Even if Sharon loses in the referendum today, President Bush's promises will remain on the agenda.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/422397.html


Gaza disengagement: The left is split, too
The many disagreements that arose in the meeting, which were not reflected in the laconic communique issued afterward, show that the prime minister's plan is not only splitting the right, but is also sowing tremendous confusion among the Zionist left.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/422426.html


Killing dampens slim Likud backing for Gaza plan
Even before the attack, though, few Likud voters in Jerusalem had appeared ready to back the plan to uproot more than 7,500 settlers from hard-to-defend enclaves where they live among 1.3 million Palestinians.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L02643540.htm


US reoffers $5m reward for bomber info
The offer, published in two Palestinian newspapers, was made due to the Palestinian Authority's slow-moving investigation into the bombing, an American official said on condition of anonymity. It was at least the third time this year the Americans have publicized the reward, another US official said.
http://www.arabtimesonline.com/arabtimes/world/Viewdet.asp?ID=2462&cat=a


Report: Saudi Crown Prince blames 'Zionism' for shooting
Crown Prince Abdullah was quoted Sunday as blaming "Zionism" for a shooting rampage the previous day that killed at least six people - two Americans, two Britons, an Australian and a Saudi - and wounding dozens.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=422635&contrassID=1&subContrassID=8&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y


President Katsav to Arab leaders: "Shame on you"
The President asked. "How can you carry the name of Allah in vain? Shame on you Arab leaders. Time after time you stand and do nothing in the face of these evil acts. The nation of Israel will be strong... We will stand united and fight this war".
http://www.maarivintl.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article&articleID=6802


11 Troops Die in Iraq; American Escapes
11 soldiers were killed in separate attacks, the military said, raising the U.S. death toll to 151 since a wave of violence began April 1. At least 753 U.S. troops have died in Iraq since the war began in March 2003. Six U.S. service members were killed and another 30 were wounded in a mortar attack near the western city of Ramadi.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=540&ncid=540&e=5&u=/ap/20040502/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq


Shock new details of torture by US troops
Detainees were subjected to 'sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuses', according to a military investigation suggesting that last week's photographs of US soldiers humiliating their naked captives may only have been the tip of the iceberg
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1208078,00.html


Seven Iraqis die in British custody. How many soldiers are charged? None
But it is a year and two days since Ather Karen al-Mowafakia died in British custody in Basra. During the next five months another six men died while in the custody of British soldiers.
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=517303


UN-sanctioned multinational force to be sent to Iraq: Annan
"The (UN Security) Council will probably authorize a multinational force to remain in Iraq to help create a secure environment," Annan told NBC's "Meet the Press" news programme."I think it will be part of the new resolution that the Council will be discussing and approving that will cover the period after the 30th of June,"
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1515&ncid=1515&e=7&u=/afp/20040502/wl_mideast_afp/un_iraq_force_040502162001


The "Good Guys" Who Can Do No Wrong - By Robert Fisk
the eve of a visit by Tony Blair, I visited the British Army's press office in the city to ask about the death of 26--year--old Baha Mousa. The dead man's family had given me British documents proving that he had been beaten to death in custody, that the British Army had itself tried to pay off the family if they would give up any legal claim against the soldiers who so cruelly killed their son.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6125.htm


Germany Says Protection of U.S. Bases to End
German Defense Minister Peter Struck said Germany will stop protecting U.S. military bases in the country at the end of 2004 and would not send troops to help a NATO force police Iraq, a newspaper reported Sunday.
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5008675
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