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Al Jazeera: Conditions in Gaza continue to worsen: 3/17/08 =Pn_iYJhxzLg

Israel killed 100 Hamas policemen since June
Chief of Hamas Police in Gaza General Tawfiq Jabber said that Israel had killed some 100 Hamas police officers in the Gaza Strip since the movement had taken over the enclave in mid June last year. Israeli air fighters hit several police stations and posts in the Gaza Strip over the past nine months, killing about 100 policemen. Israeli air strikes were retaliatory to rockets attacks carried out by Gaza militants against Israel. /english/2008-03/16/content _7800779.htm

Five Palestinians kidnapped in the West Bank, two among them children

Israeli forces attacked northern and southern parts of the West Bank early Monday morning kidnapping five Palestinians, including two children. /53520

Hamas: PA arrested five of its supporters in West Bank

The Palestinian Authority security forces arrested five Palestinians affiliated with the Hamas movement from Bethlehem, Nablus and Tulkarem on Sunday, a Hamas source stated Monday. /53527

Israeli soldiers shoot peaceful protestor in head at weekly Bil'in demonstration
The shooting of a European activist participating in the weekly non-violent protest in Bil'in village yesterday, just two days before the fifth anniversary of the killing of Rachel Corrie, has once again underlined that international solidarity activists remain the targets of Israeli military violence. The man, a volunteer with the Palestine Monitor, was hit in the head by a rubber-coated bullet after Israeli soldiers began firing directly at demonstrators from positions behind the fence. An Israeli activist was also hit in the leg, and both casualties were taken to hospitals Ramallah and Tel Aviv respectively for treatment. A further four people were injured during the protest. /rwb.nsf/db900sid/KHII-7CT3NV ?OpenDocument&
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Israeli police invade a Hebron neighborhood

A contingent of Israeli police invaded the Abu Snaina neighborhood in the West Bank city of Hebron on Sunday afternoon, media sources and witnesses said. /53513

Bil'in Outpost Under Attack

On Friday night one of the Palestinian activist was beaten and threaten with murder by soldiers on patrol at the outpost. ( The outpost is a small room that the villagers of Bil'in built on their land separated from their village by the Apartheid Wall) Damage was also done to the structure and the water tank. /main/2008/03/16/bilin-outpost -under-attack/

Militant's death unites Bethlehem

Outside Betlehem's Nativity Church, Christians yesterday queued not to celebrate the birth they believe happened here but to mourn a death - that of a Palestinian militant with close links to neighbouring Lebanon's Islamic militia, Hizbollah. Mohammed Shehadeh was one of four Palestinians shot in an Israeli undercover ambush here last week, killings that have fuelled support for Hizbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, among Christians and Muslims alike. /world/2008/mar/16/israelandthe palestinians.lebanon

Palestinian government will rebuild dead militant's destroyed home

JERUSALEM: The moderate Palestinian government will rebuild the home of a West Bank militant leader who was killed by Israeli forces last week, an official said Sunday, in an apparent response to similar offers from the Lebanese Hezbollah and Hamas. Mohammed Shehadeh, the Islamic Jihad leader in Bethlehem, was killed along with three other militants in an Israeli raid there last week. His house was demolished by Israeli forces a week earlier. /2008/03/16/africa/ME-GEN -Israel-Militant.php

Court case reveals how settlers illegally grab W. Bank lands

West Bank settlements have expanded their jurisdictions by taking control of private Palestinian land and allocating it to settlers. The land takeover - which the Civil Administration calls "theft" - has occured in an orderly manner, without any official authorization. The method of taking over land is being publicized for the first time, based on testimony from a hearing on an appeal filed by a Kedumim resident, Michael Lesence, against a Civil Administration order to vacate 35 dunams (almost 9 acres) near the Mitzpe Yishai neighborhood of the settlement. Official records show the land as belonging to Palestinians from Kafr Qaddum. /spages/964843.html

Palestinian Authority expects Cheney to help stop Israel's settlement expansion

A Palestinian minister of the interim government based in this West Bank town said Sunday the Palestinian Authority hopes that U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney would press Israel to stop expanding settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Samir Abdullah, minister of planning in the interim Palestinian government, warned that Israel's settlement activities "threaten the peace process." /english/2008-03/17/content _7802868.htm

Olmert: Israel to keep expanding settlements in E. Jerusalem; No chance Israel will give up areas like Har Homa

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday that Israel would keep expanding a neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem, defying international criticism and triggering a spat with the Palestinians ahead of a new round of peace talks. Israel plans to build hundreds of new apartments in Har Homa, a neighborhood in the section of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinians. The U.S. has said such construction is unhelpful to peace efforts, and the Palestinians say the project is undermining peace talks. /spages/965116.html

B'Tselem to Mazuz: Prevent demolition of home belonging to family of terror attack perpetrator

During the last few days, the media has reported that Israel's Minister of Internal Security has directed the police to demolish the family home of the Palestinian who perpetrated the attack on the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem. According to the media, the Minister of Defense supports the intention to demolish the home. /rwb.nsf/db900sid/KHII-7CT37N ?OpenDocument&
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Mideast Players Differ On Approach to Hamas
During a trip to the Middle East this month, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice served as an informal go-between for Hamas and its sworn enemy, the government of Israel, helping to arrange a tentative truce, according to U.S., Israeli and Arab officials. The United States has long considered Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that seized the Gaza Strip last year, to be a terrorist group, and the Bush administration remains firmly opposed to direct talks until Hamas renounces violence and recognizes Israel. President Bush has decried Hamas's "devotion to terrorism and murder" and said there cannot be peace until the group is dismantled. /wp-dyn/content/article/2008 /03/15/

Poll: IDF raids boost popularity of Hamas chief Haniyeh

Israel Defense Forces attacks in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip have boosted the popularity of the Islamist group's leader Ismail Haniyeh among Palestinians in that territory and in the West Bank, according to a poll released Monday. /pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo =965204

Hamas popularity on the rise: poll
The popularity of Hamas has risen in recent months since the Gaza Strip's border breach with Egypt, deadly Israeli strikes and the lack of progress in renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, according to an opinion poll released on Monday. "A major shift in Hamas's favour occurred during the last three months with about 10 percent of the population shifting their attitudes and perceptions," said the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research in a statement accompanying the results. /ALeqM5h0OliK4Bt6SkEkQKS23xL9vA C6sg

Member: Abbas' delegation to Yemen not to talk with Hamas
A delegation sent by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to Yemen will not hold talks with the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) which will also send representatives to the Arab country, a delegation member said on Sunday. Saleh Ra'fat, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), told Voice of Palestine radio that "the delegation will only meet with the Yemeni leadership and is not allowed to hold any talks with Hamas." /english/2008-03/16/content _7801671.htm

Officials: Israel, PA negotiators held secret talks last week

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held secret talks after a deadly Israel Defense Forces offensive in the Gaza Strip led to their brief suspension. Negotiators were set to meet again on Monday, Israeli officials said. /spages/965211.html

Dialogue: Hamas and Fatah to Yemen for reconciliation

Palestinian media sources reported Monday that representatives of the rival Palestinian parties , Hamas and Fatah will be heading for the Yemeni capital of San'a for talks over possible reconciliation. /53521

Hamas salvoes spur Israeli rocket defence rethink
Spurred by a surge in Palestinian rocket salvoes and charges of arms industry protectionism, Israel is rethinking its rejection of deployable foreign defence technologies so a local system can be produced. Defence Minister Ehud Barak has staked his reputation on Iron Dome, a device in the works at Israeli state weapons firm Rafael that would use missiles to shoot down the short-range rockets favoured by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. /thenews/newsdesk/L1650800.htm

President Abbas concerned over Annapolis, report
President Abbas has been reportedly concerned over of the Annapolis peace summit, hosted by Washington last November, the Jerusalem-based aL-Manar Arabic online publication reported. /53512

Palestinian Old Guard: Defiance, Regret

Looking back to the U.N. partition plan of 1947, which envisaged Jewish and Palestinian states living side by side in peace, Nayef Hawatmeh comes to the painful acknowledgment of an opportunity missed. "After 60 years, we are struggling for what we could have had in 1947," laments the leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine. "We have missed many historic opportunities." /ALeqM5g7KOlZqK6XdyqCvbkaeETVxy SUnQD8VE1JQO0

Action of silence and peace for Gaza and Rachel Corrie
Popular Committee Against Siege in the Gaza Strip has held a new action to lift siege. The action was pretty-unique in which a scene of siege was embodied on the ground. A commemoration of fifth anniversary of the American-Palestinian peace Martyr "Rachel Corrri" was done as well. The siege scene has included many facets of Gazans sufferings. Disabled Medical instruments and machines, ambulances, electrical machines, travelers luggage in addition to many samples of siege were brought into the ground. /index.php?scid=100&id=363 &extra=news&type=40

5 years on, we remember Rachel Corrie
It is impossible to underestimate quite how much life for Rachel Corrie's family has changed since she was killed by an Israeli army Caterpillar D9 bulldozer in the Gaza Strip on 16 March 2003. /main/2008/03/16/5-years-on-we -remember-

Denied Entry
By Starhawk Today is March 16. Five years ago, I was in a small village in the Occupied Territories of the West Bank of Palestine with a group of volunteers from the International Solidarity Movement, which supports nonviolent resistance against the Occupation. /main/2008/03/16/denied-entry -2/

US Protests call for an end to the occupation of Iraq and Palestine
Protests were held throughout the United States on Saturday to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and calling for an end to the dual occupations of Iraq and Palestine. Tens of thousands of Americans gathered in dozens of cities to march, rally and carry out acts of civil disobedience to call for peace in the Middle East. /53514

Activists to Waldorf-Astoria: Cancel Friends of IDF fundraiser

As 13 organizations working for human rights, social justice, and peace, we demand that The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan rescind its agreement to host the 18 March fundraiser for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. The Israeli military has historically been a flagrant violator of human rights and international law as demonstrated by the recent attacks on Gaza that killed over 100 Palestinians, the 2006 attack on Lebanon, and the 60-year assault on and dispossession of the Palestinian people.

Prominent rabbi to yeshiva heads: Don't hire Arabs

"The rabbi added that Jews should refrain from employing any non-Jews, not just Muslim Arabs, and instead grant livelihood to Jews, "unless there exists a huge disparity between the costs of the labor". /Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticleP rintPreview/
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US official: Return of Palestinian refugees will 'help' Lebanon

US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Welch said on Sunday that both the Palestinian and Lebanese people believe that Palestinian refugees in Lebanon should live "inside a Palestinian state." "Lebanon has quite a large number of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon," Welch said during a hearing of the Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee titled "Israel's disengagement from Gaza." /article.asp?edition_id=1 &categ_id=2&article_id=89968

The Children of Palestine and Israel are Cannon Fodder for the Rapture
Safa Abu Saif, a 12-year-old Palestinian girl, was visiting a friend's apartment when the bullet fired from an Israeli rifle slammed into her chest, punching a gaping exit wound in her back. No ambulance could reach her because of the fighting. Safa died in her father's arms three hours after being shot. Danielle Shafi, a 5-year-old Israeli girl, was killed by the bullet fired from a Palestinian rifle as her mother combed her hair in the child's upstairs bedroom. Drenched in the blood of her wound, Danielle slowly stopped breathing and died in her mother's arms minutes after being shot. /articles/opedne_robert_w _080315_the_
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U.S. Amnesia in the Middle East

What amnesia, what loss of political essence, makes the powers-that-be and the citizenry overlook such a successful formula for peace in Palestine? Is it that the Northern Irish are white Christians and the Palestinians are Arab Muslims?

Germany's immoral policy toward the Palestinians
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Israel Sunday on a three-day visit during which she is expected to reassert Germany's "solidarity" and "special relations" with the Zionist state. In her weekly video message broadcast last week, Merkel said she planned to stress Germany's deep commitment to "defending" Israel when she addresses the Israeli Knesset or parliament on Tuesday.

Nablus' olive oil soap: a Palestinian tradition lives on
Its formula is strikingly simple - a combination of virgin olive oil, water, and a basic sodium compound - but the history of the olive soap industry in the West Bank city of Nablus has been a complex one of development in the face of constant adversity, ranging from natural disasters to an ongoing military occupation. 132.shtml

Book Review: "An Israeli In Palestine Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel"

Jeff Halper's new book is, in part, the story of the evolution of a "white moderate" peace campaigner to a radical Israeli campaigner for justice for the Palestinians. En route, he maps his development from "ethnic Jew to Jewish national to Israeli," disregarding his grandmother's warning that "Israel is no place for a Jewish boy!" Raymond Deane reviews for EI. /v2/article9392.shtml

5 years after Iraq's 'liberation,' there are worms in the water
BAGHDAD Iraq's most prominent clerics have ruled that using a water pump on one's own pipes is akin to stealing resources from a neighbor, so what does a person do when it takes half an hour to fill a cooking pot with water from the tap? /iraq/story/30316.html

Occupation and resistance: Haifa Zangana interview

WHILE many of those people who opposed the 2003 US-British invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq have often been disingenuously smeared as apologists for Saddam Hussein, this certainly can not be said about the Iraqi novelist Haifa Zangana. Born in Baghdad in 1950, Zangana joined a faction of the Iraqi Communist Party that was committed to armed struggle against the ruling Ba'ath Party while she was a student at Baghdad University. /znet/viewArticle/16872

Most Iraqis want foreign occupation forces out
More than two-thirds of Iraqis believe the American-led occupation forces should leave, according to a poll conducted for British television ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion. .asp?news_id=252016

Red Cross, Amnesty paint grim picture of post-invasion Iraq
GENEVA (AFP) - Five years after the US-led invasion, Iraq faces a major humanitarian crisis, with law and order and economic recovery a distant prospect, international aid and human rights groups said Monday. The International Committee of the Red Cross highlighted the plight of millions of Iraqis who still have little or no access to clean water, sanitation or health care. /20080317/wl_mideast_afp /iraq5yearsredcrossamnestyright s_080317103730

How to Destroy a Country in Five Years, Iraq's Blood-Sodden Anniversaries
"It reminds me of Iraq under Saddam," said a militant opponent of Saddam Hussein angrily to me last week as he watched red-capped Iraqi soldiers close down part of central Baghdad so the convoy of Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki might briefly venture into the city. /patrick03152008.html
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