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US likely to reject Israeli request to delay human rights report
The United States is likely to reject an Israeli request to delay the release of the State Department's annual human rights report until after a world court hearing on Israel's controversial West Bank separation barrier, US officials said.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1312&ncid=1312&e=10&u=/afp/20040203/pl_afp/mideast_us_israel_rights_040203001417


World court rejects Israeli demand to dismiss Egyptian judge
"The International Court of Justice decided, by 13 votes to one, that certain matters brought to the attention of the Court by letters from the government of Israel, were not as such as to preclude Judge Nabil Elaraby from participating in the present case," the ICJ said in a statement.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1515&ncid=1515&e=7&u=/afp/20040203/wl_mideast_afp/mideast_israel_barrier_040203175448


EU against court case over West Bank barrier
The European Union believes it is "inappropriate" for the UN to refer a protest about the controversial Israeli-built barrier in the West Bank to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), diplomats said Tuesday.An EU official noted that the EU has expressed "strong reservations" about the barrier.
http://www.eubusiness.com/afp/040203162312.penqwy77


Occupation army demolishes three houses in Silwad
Ramallah - Zionist terrorist forces demolished three civilian houses in the village of Silwad to the north of the West Bank city of Ramallah on the first day of Eidul Adha.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/am/publish/article_4419.shtml


Palestinian premier Qorei to embark on first tour to Europe
Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qorei is to embark on a six-nation visit to Europe next week -- his first visit outside the region -- in a bid to build up opposition to Israel's separation barrier, diplomatic sources said.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1515&ncid=1515&e=15&u=/afp/20040203/wl_mideast_afp/mideast_palestinians_europe_040203143612


Qurei says Sharon's plan of settlement evacuation "good news"
"It is good news for us," Qurei told Voice of Palestine... "We hope that Israel will withdraw from all Palestinian areas," he added. Sharon had ordered plans to be drawn up for the evacuation of 17 of the 21 settlements that Israelis set up in the Gaza Strip.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-02/03/content_1296977.htm


Sharon's plan: 20 settlements to go within a year or two
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, set to visit Washington at the end of the month, will present President George W. Bush a detailed list of the settlements he plans to dismantle in the Gaza Strip, Army Radio reported Tuesday.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=390070&contrassID=1&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y


Now Sharon Plans to Move Arab Towns Out of Israel
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is considering redrawing Israel’s border to place parts of Israel’s Arab population under Palestinian control in a final peace deal, a senior official said today.
http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2485661


One nurse for 4,700 people and the doctor faces a roadblock
The small village Umm a-Rihan, home to some 360 residents, has found itself part of the same fenced off enclave that features the main "district city," Bartaa Sharkiyya, whose population is 3,500. The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry clinic at Bartaa can serve residents of Umm a-Rihan; but there is no paved road between these two localities.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/390065.html


Archaeologist: Jewish Relics Endangered
An Israeli archaeologist charged that Muslim authorities are excavating a disputed holy site in Jerusalem in a way that endangers what she says may be remains of the biblical Jewish Temples.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1312&ncid=1312&e=6&u=/ap/20040203/ap_on_re_mi_ea/israel_holy_site_1


AG holds first meeting on Greek island, probes against PM
Sharon is due to be questioned about the affair on Thursday. The prime minister is expected to be asked about the alleged bribe he received from Appel to advance the Lod development project.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/390360.html


Fewer soldiers refusing to serve in territories
There has been a dramatic fall in the number of soldiers refusing to serve in the territories, the head of the Israel Defense Forces' Manpower division told the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Tuesday.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/390329.html


Panel favors granting citizenship to non-Jewish IDF soldiers
The individuals in question immigrated to Israel, but are not recognized under the Law of Return, and are not eligible for Israeli citizenship. The government has yet to approve the decision.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=390396&contrassID=1&subContrassID=7&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y


Poll: 59% favor dismantling all Gaza settlements
Thirty-four percent were opposed in the poll, conducted by the Dahaf Institute for Yedioth Ahrononth newspaper, hours after Sharon announced the plan
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/390315.html


Palestinians open fire at army posts in Gaza
In a similar incident earlier Tuesday, shots were fired at an army outpost guarding the settlement of Rafiah-Yam in the Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported in both incidents.
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1075782427365&p=1008596981749


On This Day 1978: Sadat in US for Mid East talks
His White House statement said they were, "to hold an extensive review of the progress that has been made in the Arab-Israeli negotiations and of how they might proceed effectively towards the common objective of a comprehensive peace in the Middle East."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/3/newsid_2525000/2525341.stm


Is the two-state solution in danger?
Some on the right in Israel have responded with the argument that the Palestinians can be afforded voting rights in Jordan. But, with demographers predicting that Jewish-Arab parity is only a decade away, the fear voiced by the left has also begun to permeate right-wing thinking.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=383879&contrassID=2&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y


Analysis / Could Sharon finally be serious?
No Israeli leader has ever undermined the legitimacy of the settlement project as has Sharon, the settlements' father. Anyone after him will be able to do whatever he wants to, with no real interference. The three year stalemate brought Sharon to a point in which the political move seems to clash with the personal, legal issue.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/390020.html


Palestinians began reforming, then Israel ended the process
The first Palestinian authority is only 10 years old, but its short life span has been characterized by an inordinate amount of discussion and debate over the issue of corruption and reform. This focus comes from three directions: Palestinian watchdogs, officials and governmental organizations; international donors; and, finally, Israel.
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/opinion/03_02_04_e2.asp


44 countries file statements to International Court
The request for an advisory opinion was transmitted to the Court by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in a letter dated 8 December 2003 which was received in the Registry on 10 December 2003. On 19 December 2003 the Court made an Order organizing the proceedings.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article2394.shtml


Tales of Tel Aviv
We and the Palestinians are pressured by so many factors, so many conflicts are inside ourselves, that it will take really strong leaders to make peace. I really hoped Rabin would be one of them. I don't see anyone on our side now.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1137659,00.html


Beyond Wall and Propaganda: Violence Begets Violence
It is needless to say that suicide bombings play well into the hands of Israel, thanks in part to unbalanced and out-of-context media coverage throughout the United States, and to a lesser extent, Europe. Only Palestinians seem to target civilians "in the hearts of their cities."
http://www.amin.org/eng/uncat/2004/feb/feb022.html


Is the Apartheid Wall an Israeli Roadmap to Palestinian Annihilation?
“An unprecedented level of restrictions on the movements of Palestinians inside the Occupied Territories is depriving Palestinians not only of their freedom of movement, but of their right to food. Restrictions on movement means that many Palestinians cannot feed themselves: they cannot go to work, go to harvest their fields or go buy food…
http://www.amin.org/eng/uncat/2004/feb/feb023.html


Oil rich Arabs get ‘poorer’ every day
The reasons Arab states can’t generate enough jobs to match their high birth rates are regularly explained in editorials and economists’ reports: potential investors are put off by the Arab countries’ corruption, high taxes and tariffs, vague and shifting government rules, and state-run monopolies.
http://www.arabtimesonline.com/arabtimes/business/Viewdet.asp?ID=1803&cat=a
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