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Gates Equal Continuous Suffering
On Monday, August 16, Occupation Forces began closing the Tura gate in Jenin District, which is used by five Palestinian villages. The villages, Tura, Um Rehan, Dhahr al Malih, Al Amrah and Ar Ra'adye are dependent on this gate and were annexed to the West by the Apartheid Wall.

Order to Uproot Olive Trees in Marda...Again
Just last week, settlers burnt some 60 trees in Marda and today it is the Occupation military that will be going to uproot more, all under the same pretense of "security of the road". Already, the village is separated because it no longer has any contact with the other villages beside it.

Sharon allows new settler homes in West Bank
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has approved the construction of 1,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, which were frozen earlier to avoid upsetting the United States. A cabinet official told AFP news agency that the bids would be published after site inspections by the housing minister.

U.S. doesn't condemn Israel for new settlement tenders
The United States on Tuesday refrained from condemning Israel for publishing tenders earlier in the day for the construction of some 1,000 new housing units in existing West Bank settlements.

Water wall
Control over water resources may provide a clue as to the purpose of this wall. Control over water resources has long been one of the primary objectives of Israeli settlement policy, even dating back to before the existence of Israel. It is no accident that the Gaza settlements lie on top of the Gaza Aquifer in the Strip.

Boy, 8, said killed in Nablus
The sources said the boy, identified as Khaled Kusta, was killed during clashes between IDF forces and youths in the area. Relatives said he was sitting outside eating a sandwich when he was hit. Nine other Palestinians...

PA, Israeli Arabs plan show of solidarity with hunger strikers
The Palestinian Authority has designated Wednesday as a day of solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails... Acts of solidarity with the prisoners are also being planned by Israeli Arabs, including demonstrations slated for later this week across from prisons throughout the country.

Children of Political detainees: ”Let us hug our parents”
“The decision infringes the constitutional right to dignity; violates the child's right to receive love from both parents; contradicts and neglects the principle of acting in the best interests of the child; is discriminatory; and constitutes illegal and collective punishment”, Baker said.

Arab League calls on UN to investigate Israeli prison conditions
The Arab League statement calls for "measures to be taken to oblige Israel to respect international conventions and to end crimes and violations of which the prisoners are victim". According to Mussa, Palestinian prisoners are covered by the Geneva Convention on prisoners of war.

PNA to submit issue of prisoners to UN: official
The Palestinian government is "carrying out large-scale contacts with the international community to raise the issue of prisoners in the United Nations," said Hassan Abu Lebda, Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei's chief of staff.

Scores of Civilians Arrested in WB
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested Tuesday tens of civilians in various West Bank cities, witnesses said. Meanwhile, IOF escalated terror against several West Bank cities as it has been carrying out extreme attack operations against Ramallah, Nablus, Qalaqilya and Bethlehem.

Israeli army raids northern Gaza village
Backed by tanks and bulldozers, the army destroyed two Palestinian houses in eastern Beit Hanoun, they said.The Israeli troops stationed in the area opened heavy fire at the Palestinian houses, they added.

Israeli Troops Kill Two Palestinians in Khan Younis, Continues Rampage
Shadi Al-Laqan, 20, and Fadi Douhan, 20, were reportedly killed early on Tuesday by the Israeli occupying forces in the southern Gaza Strip City of Khan Younis, mainly near the illegitimate Israeli settlement of Atsmouna, Palestinian medical sources said.

Water and international law
It is also at the core of the settlement issue simply because one of the many considerations behind the location and building of settlements is water: Israel has been concentrating its settlement expansion policy over the water reservoirs in occupied Palestinian territories.

Israeli Occupation Chokes the International Solidarity
A Tel Aviv District Court ordered a pro-Palestinian American activist Adam Wilson, a 28-year-old union organizer from New Orleans to deport from Israel by next Tuesday, the latest move in a series of the Israeli occupation clamp down measures to warp its immoral and illegal acts from the screen or being exposed.

Palestine makes Olympic debut
Like any Palestinian who wants to travel abroad, the team experienced many hardships on its way to Athens, for instance, the three-week-long closure of the Rafah terminal, the only outlet from Gaza to the outside world.

Palestinian commmader detained
Mr Sadaka, who has been on Israel's wanted list for three years, took command of the PFLP cells around Nablus after his predecessor Yamen Faraj was killed during heavy clashes with the Israeli army in Ain Beit Ilma on July 6.,4057,10483813%255E1702,00.html

Israeli plans for new West Bank homes killing roadmap: Erakat
"This is a very serious development and will lead to the burying of the roadmap," Erakat told AFP. "This shows that Sharon has no respect for any of the commitments that he has given to President Bush to dismantle the outposts and freeze construction in the settlements."

Egypt said to have reached deal with Hamas, Jihad on post-pullout Gaza
An agreement has apparently been reached by all the organizations to stop their attacks against Israelis in the Gaza Strip, including the firing of Qassam missiles. They have also agreed that the Palestinian Authority will conduct final status talks with Israel.

MI official: Palestinians plan to kidnap soldiers
Kuperwasser told a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the Palestinian public is not going out of its way to aide the security prisoners, who announced a hunger strike on Sunday.

Court to rule Thursday on petitions in Greek island case
The High Court of Justice will rule Thursday on challenges to Attorney General Menachem Mazuz's decision against bringing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his son Gilad to trial in the Greek island bribery affair, the court announced on Tuesday.

Local authorities ordered to fire 2,200 school workers
The local authorities must fire 13 percent of school administrative workers - 2,200 in total - or cut all school administrative employees' salaries by 13 percent by September 1...

Eighty settler families file compensation demands
The families argued that compensation should cover the cost of an equivalent house inside the Green Line, the pain and suffering caused by loss of their community, the loss of work for people employed either in their own settlement or in nearby settlements, and moving costs.

The intellectual, the maestro, and the "piece process"
Daniel Barenboim, it seems, possesses some of the same endless energy and courage that Edward so miraculously conjured up throughout his illness, and especially in the last years of his life. In these dark times it is a powerful reminder that we too must pick up the slack and do our parts to fill in the emptiness left by Edward's departure.

Death and destruction across the divide
Tamar Trabelski, a teacher and mother of four, said: "We don't sleep here at night. We go to my parents and come back in the morning. They [the rockets] are rarely fired after 7.15 am. Hamas sees them as essential against Israel's military superiority. Israel has sophisticated defence systems against ballistic missiles but can do nothing to stop the unpredictable Qassams.,2763,1284418,00.html

It won't work without Europe
The limits of America's ability to act alone, in war as in peace, are becoming ever clearer, but those who seek an exclusive American involvement need not panic. After all, the differences between the United States and Europe regarding the nature of the final settlement between Israel and the Palestinians are minute, if they exist at all.

An Open Letter in Support of the Presbyterian Church's Decision to Divest from Israel
Our Campaign organizers strongly feel that non-violent resistance to Israel's oppression cannot win without solid, persistent and far-reaching pressures, like yours, applied by the international community against Israel to bring about its compliance with international law, the requirements for a genuine, just peace and for historical reconciliation in the Holy Land.

Iraqis continue to accuse US troops of pillaging civilian homes
Hundreds of claims alleging that US troops have stolen money and property during raids on Iraqi homes have been filed at the Iraqi Assistance Center in Baghdad, one of 60 such claims offices established across Iraq. Stealing from civilians in lands occupied or invaded is strictly addressed as a war crime by both the Geneva and Hague conventions of war.

Iraqi intelligence officer seized
The group calling itself the Brigades for Defending the Holy Sites named the intelligence officer as Usama Abd Al-Jabbar. The video tape showed the officer revealing his personal information to his captors. The armed group was also heard saying in the tape the capture was in response to the current fighting in Najaf city.

Fighting in Najaf exposes an unpopular, isolated Iraqi regime
Falah Hassan from the Shiite Political Council declared: “The Iraqi government bears responsibility for what is going on in Najaf. It has brought US forces to hit our people in Najaf. Our demand is to halt the military operations in Najaf and other parts of Iraq. We will withdraw from the conference within 24 hours if our demands are not met.”

Vatican ready to mediate in Najaf standoff
A spokesman for Sadr, whose foreces are locked in an intense battle inside the Shiite holy city with US and Iraqi troops, has already welcomed the proposal. But Vatican spokesman Ciro Benedettini told journalists on Tuesday the Holy See was only willing to mediate if requested to do so by both sides in the conflict.
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