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|Protests as Israel's barrier is challenged|
More than 10,000 Palestinian demonstrators, including many government employees and students, marched in most West Bank towns against the controversial barrier.
Anti-Apartheid Wall Palestinian rallies sweep through the Palestinian cities and villages
The Palestinian peaceful rallies were met by violent bloody Israeli reaction. As the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) opened fire and fired tear gas bombs at the rallies wounding tens of Palestinian citizens. Further. IOF arrested today three Palestinian citizens and other ten school students while in an anti Apartheid Wall rally set out in Occupied Jerusalem.
South Africa urges Hague court to rule West Bank fence illegal
South Africa on Monday called on the 15-justice panel to rule that the fence it is building to separate from the West Bank is illegal, just as the same tribunal ruled in 1971 that apartheid South Africa's occupation of Namibia was illegal.
Israel: West Bank Barrier Violates Human Rights
The Human Rights Watch briefing paper argues that the barrier imposes arbitrary and excessive restrictions on the freedom of movement of tens of thousands of Palestinians and violates Israel’s obligation under the Geneva Conventions to ensure the welfare of the population under occupation.
Al-Ahram: AL: Israel is avoiding International Court of Justice on apartheid Wall because of weak case
The Arab League (AL) described Israel's decision to boycott Monday's scheduled hearings by the International Court of Justice in the Hague on the apartheid separation wall being built in the West Bank as a reflection of its weak position and pretext marketed to justify its anti-peace move.
EU blasts 'unlawful' West Bank barrier
The European Union underlined Monday its opposition to Israel's "unlawful" West Bank barrier, warning it will be counterproductive for Middle East peace -- but the bloc stressed it is against UN legal action.
The Apartheid Wall in Hebron: Isolating 68 Villages and Annexing 49% of the Governorate
The maps and settlement expert in the Hebron governorate, Abdel Hadi Hantash, revealed in an interview that the Israeli Apartheid Wall section passing through Hebron would eventually annex 49% of the governorate, as well as trapping 68 Palestinian villages behind it.
Dr. Al Tibi: 73% of the Palestinians Living West of the Wall Lack Health Care
The Palestinian Health Minister Dr. Jawad Al Tibi, stated that 73% of the Palestinians living to the west of the Apartheid Wall, currently being built by Israel, are not getting the proper health care service.
IOF Blows up 2 Palestinian Houses, Arrests Eight including Medical Worker
Ahmad, 25, and Amjad Abu Lail, 23. Both brothers were led into an undisclosed location. Earlier last night, the Israeli occupying forces arrested six Palestinian citizens at two military checkpoints, middle of Gaza Strip, including a medical worker.
PM narrowly survives no-confidence vote on disengagement plan
The Knesset plenum also rejected two other no-confidence motions brought against the government Monday, in reaction to a government transfer of NIS 96 million to settlements.
Middle East: Annan condemns suicide bombing in Jerusalem
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the suicide bombing in Jerusalem yesterday as a “heinous crime” and called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to punish those responsible.
PA Condemns, Hamas Vows More Attacks
As the Palestinian Authority strongly condemned the Jerusalem bus bombing attack and threatened with decisive measures against "the ones who act contrary to Palestinian national interests", Hamas and Islamic Jihad described the bombing as a "natural response to occupation crimes".
Analysis: Bombing sows consternation in PA, Fatah
"Who cares anyway about the decisions they'll make in The Hague? There are hundreds of international decisions in favor of the Palestinians, and how do they help? Who cares? No international decision is going to remove the fence. Only we, in a struggle using force, will do that."
Israel won't negotiate with Palestinian leadership: Sharon
Israel will not negotiate with the current Palestinian leadership because it has failed to meet all its obligations under the US-backed roadmap for peace, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was quoted as saying by public radio.
Israel to seek U.S. `compensation' for evacuation
"The greater the evacuation, the greater the compensation," the sources said. Sharon spoke in private conversations in the last few days of his intention to evacuate all the settlements in the Gaza Strip and 17 others in the West Bank.
Report: authorities looking into possible tax fraud by Sharon family
Among the suspicions looked into are that the Sharon family created false records and evaded taxes during Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's campaign for the Likud primaries in 1999.
EU: Gaza withdrawal must not transfer activity to W. Bank
Irish Foreign Minister Brian Cowen, whose country currently holds the EU presidency, also called for the proposed withdrawal to be incorporated in the "road map" peace plan which envisages a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.
On This Day 1972: Hostages freed by Lufthansa hijackers
A group of Palestinian hijackers who took over a Lufthansa jet in the skies over India two days ago has released the crew and surrendered to Yemeni authorities. All the 172 passengers were freed yesterday after painstaking negotiations with Yemenis and West German officials.
A Wall as a Weapon - By Noam Chomsky
The wall has already claimed some of the most fertile lands of the West Bank. And, crucially, it extends Israel's control of critical water resources, which Israel and its settlers can appropriate as they choose, while the indigenous population often lacks water for drinking.
Palestinians to Get Their Day in Court - By Mustafa Al Barghouthi
Any judgment from the International Court of Justice must be supported and enforced by the international community and in so doing, shatter Israel’s belief that she stands above the confines of international law.
Israel's Apartheid Wall on Trial
To make its point clear, Israel has brought a shattered bus -- the remains of a bloody suicide attack -- to the Hague. Parents whose children have been murdered have been flown in, as has an entourage of university students. Their goal is to convincingly present Israel's position, which can be summed up in four words: We are the victims.
In the shadow of Sharon's wall
We were a rare oasis of coexistence where Israelis came to buy our fruit, eat in our restaurants and visit our zoo. More than 40 Palestinian-Israeli business ventures were based in our town. Almost all of us speak Hebrew and see Israelis as our neighbours, not our enemies. Then came Sharon's wall...
Jordanian Charged With Spying for Israel
A Jordanian government employee has been charged with spying for Israel, after he allegedly confessed to providing the Jewish state with information about the Jordanian military and other installations.
Why is Israel not negotiating with Syria?
They reasoned that an early agreement with Syria, and by extension with Lebanon, would round out the circle of peace around Israel and deprive the Islamist and secular Palestinian radical terrorist organizations of support, thereby leaving the PLO in a weaker negotiating position.
New book examines question of Palestinian refugees
The clause in the Geneva Initiative which is causing the most opposition within the Palestinian community is the one which forgoes the right of return for Palestinian refugees a right previously enshrined in UN resolutions.
New book claims Israel possesses 82 nuclear warheads
The report states that Israel "will maintain an arsenal of about 80 nuclear devices." The classified assessment quoted in the book was said to have been prepared by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.
Protest at Baghdad university against detention of Iraqi scientists
"My husband has been detained for 28 days in an unknown location," said Galshin, the wife of 49-year-old Ali Abdelraa al-Zaaq, who heads the university's faculty of genetics. "The Americans had already detained him from May to August and then released him, saying that he was not on the list of wanted scientists," she told AFP.
Gunned down with abandon - By Robert Fisk
I was in the police station in the town of Fallujah when I realised the extent of the schizophrenia. Captain Christopher Cirino of the 82nd Airborne was trying to explain to me the nature of the attacks so regularly carried out against American forces in the Sunni Muslim Iraqi town.
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