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|"If this wall is built, East Jerusalem is lost"|
It says custodian, but this is just PR. They go to Gaza and kill dozens of people and they say that it's "proportionality." They know how to use words. Custodian sounds much better than saying confiscation. It's like the wall. It sounds better to say you are seizing land than confiscating it.
Caterkillar refuses to accept Housewrecker of the Year award
CATERPILLAR D9 bulldozers are used to demolish homes in acts of collective punishment breaching article four of the Geneva Convention. They are also used in the building of Israel’s apartheid wall, splitting Palestine into a series of ghettos separating hundreds of thousands of farmers from their lands.
Settlers step up activities in Jerusalem
In just over a month, settlers – always under Israeli police and army protection – took over two apartments in Abu Dis and a 70-dunam piece of land in the same area – in addition to the two Silwan buildings. They also set their sights on the Cliff Hotel, claiming the owners, under Israel’s absentee property law, were absentee landlords and the property therefore up for grabs.
Israeli Bulldozers Demolish Houses in Rafah
IOF destroyed Thursday several Palestinian houses in the refugee camp of Rafah... 131 houses were demolished in the Gaza Strip and 1100 citizens became homeless in the last ten days.
15 killed, 185 wounded in al-Zaytoon Israeli Massacre
Palestinian official sources said on Thursday that 15 civilians were killed and 185 wounded, including 10 children, in the latest Israeli atrocious massacre in al-Zaytoon neighborhood of Gaza.
Palestinian death toll rises to 12 in Israeli raids on Rafah
Medical sources said that in the first strike that was launched as the Israeli army were storming Rafah, where seven people were killed, while another five Palestinians were killed in the continuous air and ground strikes against Rafah.
Family Says Soldiers Buried Wounded Son Alive; Death Toll Rises to 29
A Palestinian family has charged that Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) buried their wounded son alive as US-made Israeli helicopter gunships bombed densely-populated refugee camps early Thursday...
Palestinian workers trapped inside their factory
Israeli occupation forces surrounded the Star Soda factory located on Salah Al-Din Street near the old car market. They trapped ten workers inside the factory and prohibited them to return to their homes. At the time this press release was written, the workers were still inside the factory, without food, electricity, bedding or a place to sleep.
Israeli Soldiers Prevent Palestinian Schoolboys from Reaching Schools
Ministry of Education told WAFA that Israeli soldiers opened fire and tear-gas canisters at students heading to schools, forcing them back home. The soldiers stormed the "al-Khader Secondary School" and smashed equipment and furniture.
IOF Arrests 40 Civilians, Wounds Others in Hebron
Several civilians were wounded and 40 others arrested in Beit 'Awwa Village of Hebron City when Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed the village Thursday morning, Palestinian officials said.
373 Palestinian Teens Abused in Israeli Jails
Two prominent international rights groups affirmed in reports released on Monday that at least 300 Palestinian teens are now routinely subjected to physical and psychological abuse in the jails of the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF).
Scapegoat for Iraq
The proof of this "cabal" is the famous memorandum from 1996 written by several of the neo-conservatives after Benjamin Netanyahu became prime minister, in which they recommended attacking Iraq and stopping the Oslo process.
Arafat calls on world to stop "Israeli crimes" following Gaza violence
"We call on the entire world to take immediate action, condemn and put an end to these Israeli crimes perpetrated against our people, children, women, institutions, our infrastructure and holy sites," Arafat was quoted as saying by the official WAFA news agency.
EU sends aid to Palestinians as violence escalates
With almost half of Palestinians without proper access to food and water, the European Commission decided on Thursday to send 28 million euros ($33 million) in humanitarian aid due to escalating violence.
NAM urges UN to send peacekeepers to prevent Mideast war
The United Nations should deploy peacekeepers to prevent the Israeli-Palestinian conflict sliding into fully-fledged war, the chairman of the 117-nation Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) warned.
Gazans trudge along beach to bypass Israeli closure
Hundreds of Palestinians trudged wearily along a beach to reach workplaces and schools in Gaza City on Thursday, dodging an Israeli military closure that cut the territory into three parts. "Even if they shoot, I have to go,"...
Palestine delivers six Israeli soldiers' remains
According to the statement, the deal had been conditional on anIsraeli troop withdrawal from Gaza City's Zeitoun district which took place about an hour before the statement was issued.
Abushbak: Handing Over Israeli Soldiers' Remains Came for Moral and Human Reasons
The Director of the Preventive Security in Gaza Strip, Colonel Rashid Abushbak, said that the handing over the remains of the Israeli soldiers who were killed in the Al Zaytoun neighborhood invasion on Tuesday were made possible with the help of Egyptian mediators and for moral reasons.
From Unilateralism to Multilateralism: Suggestions to Rescue Middle East Peace - By: Dr. Hanan Ashrawi
By lending legitimacy to the Israeli occupation’s lawlessness and violations of international law, the US has ultimately negated UN resolutions, including 194, 242, 338, 1397, international humanitarian law, and all other legal foundations on which a viable and just peace must be based.
ANALYSIS: Militants' adoption of guerilla warfare
The success of three attacks in the last 10 days and their effect on the public will probably mean they will be expanded and possibly also copied in the West Bank. The system strengthens the image of Hamas and Islamic Jihad since they are perceived as fighting against a regular army rather than civilians.
Settlements And Master Plans
Ron Nachman is the mayor of this settlement, if it can be called that. It is actually a city, complete with housing, stores, banks, schools and a college -- the College of Judea and Samaria. About 18,000 people live here, and the place, like a Starbucks, is totally wired in a wireless fashion.
3rd annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival, June 4-20
The third annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival begins Friday, June 4, at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The festival moves to the Southwest Youth Collaborative on June 18. The selections this year include 20 films by Palestinian, Israeli, American and European filmmakers.
Syria dismisses effect of any U.S. sanctions
"But we feel that the pressure being applied by the United States smacks of injustice and double standards being applied" in the Middle East, Safar said. He said Washington was "carrying out Israeli policy in the region."
Syrian leader rejects US demand
Mr Assad said "no leaders" of Hamas and Islamic Jihad were in Syria, but only the groups' political spokesmen, expelled from Israel. "If you ask them to go, where could they go?" he told US editors in Damascus, the AP news agency reported.
Shiite faction urges Najaf residents to demonstrate against Sadr followers
One of Iraq's main Shiite Muslimfactions urged residents of the holy city of Najaf Thursday to joina demonstration against the presence of radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's militiamen in the city.
Rise in birth deformities blamed on Allies' deadly weaponry
The number of babies born deformed and children suffering leukaemia have soared because of the "deadly legacy" of depleted uranium shells used by British and American forces in Iraq, human rights campaigners claimed yesterday.
Moscow and Paris get tough on Iraq handover
France and Russia have raised the stakes on a new United Nations resolution on Iraq, warning they will only back a proposal that gives Iraqis genuine control over their political future. With seven weeks to go before the handover...
UNICEF 'disturbed' over child abuse claims
“Any mistreatment, sexual abuse, exploitation or torture of children in detention is a violation of international law,” UNICEF spokesman Damien Personnaz said. “UNICEF is profoundly disturbed by news reports alleging that children may have been among those abused.”
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