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Where day to day living has had its heart cut out
"I can't bear it," said Mrs Zen, who until a few days ago lived a three minute walk from her two adult children and four grandchildren. "My son came to visit me two or three times a day. Imagine you live in the same street as your son but you cannot see him because they built a wall."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1126633,00.html


New Stretch of Israel’s Apartheid Wall Engulfs Hebron
IOF Bulldozers were seen Monday digging a 10-meter wide corridor around the existing perimeter of the settlement, which was built illegally as home to 6,500 Jewish settlers, on land belonging to native Palestinians.
http://www.palestine-pmc.com/details.asp?cat=1&id=1184


Occupation forces employ university lecturer as a human shield
The soldiers forced Dr. Akl at gunpoint to walk in front of them into the neighboring house of Basila family where they arrested the young man Ali Basila. The soldiers freed the university professor at conclusion of their operation at 4 am.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/am/publish/article_4243.shtml


Israeli operation destroys 36 buildings in Gaza refugee camp - UN agency
The buildings housed some 81 families, or approximately 400 people, the UN Refugee Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) reported. Not including today's operation, 56 buildings in the Rafah camp had already been destroyed in January, UNRWA said.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=9494&Cr=unrwa&Cr1=


IOF launch Large-scale Offensive on Palestinian Cities, Jewish Settlers Beat a Woman in Hebron
Witnesses in the Wadi Elnasara neighborhood, east of the city, said that the Jerwish settlers of the Kiryat Arba' illegitimate settlement, attacked the adjacent Palestinian houses, resulting in the wounding of a woman of the De'na family.
http://www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_e/ipc_e-1/e_News/news2004/2004_01/080.html


Palestinians take to the streets
ABOUT 1000 people took to the streets of this northern West Bank town today in support of Palestinians detained in Israeli jails. Demonstrators marched through Jenin waving Palestinian flags and brandishing pictures of their jailed relatives in a protest...
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,8452050%255E1702,00.html


Israeli army uses tear gas to disperse Palestinian workers at Erez
Israeli troops used tear gas grenades to disperse a crowd of Palestinian workers who were trying to cross from Gaza into Israel via the Erez border crossing, Palestinian witnesses told AFP.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1515&ncid=1515&e=19&u=/afp/20040120/wl_mideast_afp/mideast_unrest_gaza_040120100752


Zionist housing ministry builds settlement on Bedouin lands
Beer Sheba - The Zionist housing ministry last night confiscated vast areas of Bedouin lands “under the cover of darkness”, a spokesman for Okba tribe, legitimate owners of the lands, stated.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/am/publish/article_4236.shtml


German MPs: Israel's Apartheid Wall Can Never be Imagined in Today World
Dajmar Smedin, President of the German delegation, was quoted by WAFA News Agency as saying:" what we heard about the Apartheid Wall is different from what we have personally observed. Such a wall can never be imagined in any place in the universe in today world".
http://www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_e/ipc_e-1/e_News/news2004/2004_01/079.html


PA security chief: Israel hinders probe of anti-U.S. attack
Abu Shbak, the Palestinian Authority internal security chief in Gaza, said Israel was making the inquiry more complicated by repeated military raids into Gaza and was trying to persuade the U.S. the Palestinians were not serious.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/385106.html


Israeli Wall to be high on agenda of Russia-Palestine talks
“Russia has invariably advocated a comprehensive settlement in the Middle East, within the framework of which the Palestinian people can exercise their unalienable rights, including the right to form an independent state capable of coexisting in peace and security with Israel.”
http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=327685&PageNum=0


Israel scrambles to defend fence
Mr Sharon acknowledged that the decision was influenced by the "difficult opinion" of Israel's acting attorney general, Edna Arbel, who said she would have trouble defending portions of the route to the high court. The government is divided over whether to fight the case in the Hague.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1126657,00.html


PM Qurei' During Weekly Cabinet Meeting: No Peace with Apartheid Wall and Endangered Jerusalem
The Palestinian Prime Minister expressed his hope that the world and the Quartet committee would realize the real threats of the wall, stressing that the US President George Bush, who launched the two-state solution, would take a serious and committed stance towards this issue.
http://www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_e/ipc_e-1/e_News/news2004/2004_01/078.html


Hamas says more determined by Israel's threats against spiritual leader
Hamas said that Israel's threats to assassinate its spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin only served to reinforce the Palestinian radical Islamic group's determination to fight occupation.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1515&ncid=1515&e=10&u=/afp/20040120/wl_mideast_afp/mideast_unrest_israel_040120175529


IDF, settlers clash during removal of W. Bank structure
Critics of the operation, which took place in front of TV cameramen, photographers and reporters, said it was a meaningless display. In past evacuations of this nature, settlers simply rebuilt demolished structures after the IDF soldiers left.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/385042.html


Five objectors appeal convictions, sentences
Five conscientious objectors yesterday appealed against their convictions and jail sentences to the military appeals tribunal. The five were sentenced two weeks ago to serve one year in prison.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=384767&contrassID=2&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y


Lebanon says UN probe found Israeli bulldozer hit on its soil
"The investigation carried out by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) command has shown that the Israeli bulldozer was inside Lebanese territory," Lahoud said in a statement. "And this constitutes a clear violation of the Blue Line,"
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1312&ncid=1312&e=9&u=/afp/20040120/wl_mideast_afp/lebanon_israel_un_lahoud_040120153858


Israeli army changes account of Hizbollah attack
The Israeli army, changing its account of a Lebanese border incident, said on Tuesday that an Israeli soldier killed by Hizbollah guerrillas on Monday was several metres inside Lebanon at the time.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L20571938.htm


Hezbollah 'caused' Israel to bomb southern Lebanon: Powell
"I would hope the Syrians would once again understand that any support -- whether it's vocal support or allowing their leadership to stay in Damascus or whether it's serving as a transshipment point for weapons to Hezbollah -- is destabilizing in the region and not in the interest of peace," he said.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1515&ncid=1515&e=7&u=/afp/20040120/wl_mideast_afp/mideast_us_hezbollah_040120193805


Cook: White House now ignoring Palestine
Maybe the Bush administration approached the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with naiveté unbecoming a superpower. Or maybe the administration was committed only as long as it could take credit for progress without expending political capital. Either way, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is nowhere closer to being resolved...
http://www.cjonline.com/stories/011904/opi_cook.shtml


Background / Sharon, bulldozer diplomacy, and fear of transfer
"It's a large population that won't have any alternative livelihood and will only be able to leave through Jordan," the Jordanian source continues. "We've received insufficient explanations from Israel and are not persuaded Israel will make a genuine effort to prevent Palestinian emigration to Jordan."
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=385091&displayTypeCd=1&sideCd=1&contrassID=2


Journey into prison
Another teacher tells how on the west side of the Bethlehem area, the beautiful fields of Cremisan, the Salesian monastery, will be cut off from Beit Jala. On the north the already existing wired fence separates Bethlehem from its olive groves now annexed to Har Homa/Abu Ghneim.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article2362.shtml


A ton of regret
But before exploring the reasons for the statement, it is important to first clarify any misunderstanding. While many interpreted Qurei's comments to be an _expression of support for a binational state, this was not at all the context of his statement.
http://www.bitterlemons.org/issue/pal1.php


Soft partition
It is only when [Palestinians] face the total bankruptcy of the PNA and its failure that they will understand that not only did [the PNA] not do anything, it ruined the chances of the Palestinians to get anything out of the Israelis. The notion that there is a PNA is what allows the ongoing occupation.
http://www.bitterlemons.org/issue/isr2.php


Noam Chomsky Interview: The Democratic Facade
US planners surely intend to establish a client state in Iraq, with democratic forms if that is possible, if only for propaganda purposes. But Iraq is to be what the British, when they ran the region, called an "Arab facade," with British power in the background if the country seeks too much independence. That is a familiar part of the history of the region for the past century.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5555.htm


New Jewish peace groups emerging
Organizations such as Israel Policy Forum (IPF) and Americans for Peace Now (APN), two of the more prominent Jewish activist groups, are generally considered left-of-centre in the political discourse because of their willingness to publicly scrutinise US-Israeli policies.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D0E6A0B3-DB46-430B-B60E-58847247628A.htm


Quartet, Arab Summit Expected to Adopt Geneva Initiative: Abed Rabbo
The Geneva Initiative is expected to be adopted both by the Quartet of the United States, the United Nations, Russia and the European Union, as well as the Arab League at its upcoming March summit in Tunis, the Palestinian co-author of the blueprint Yasser Abed Rabbo said in Paris following a meeting with French foreign minister on Monday.
http://www.palestine-pmc.com/details.asp?cat=1&id=1185


Britain's Iraq 'war crimes' dossier to be sent to The Hague
LONDON - British use of cluster bombs in the Iraq war could count as a war crime and justifies further investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor in the Hague, a group of international lawyers said Tuesday.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=385122&contrassID=1&subContrassID=8&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y
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