July 24 2004
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The nation was torn asunder 30 years ago
The demonstrators planning to hold hands between Gush Katif and the Western Wall on Sunday say they symbolize the unity of the country and the people. It’s no accident that they’re proud of the overseas Jews who flew in to join the line, which is meant to prove Ariel Sharon’s unilateral disengagement plan will rip asunder the nation.
Israeli Army prevents blocs the way of over 1000 nonviolent protestors
Besides, other busses were also turned back on Atarah, and Zatara checkpoints. This was supposed to be one of the big Jerusalem Marches, but Israel does not want to allow Palestinians to protest nonviolently, they keep pushing for violence because it gives Israel justifications.
Detailed Report of March to Jerusalem
By threatening busdrivers the military was able to prevent large numbers of people from gathering at any checkpoint. When soldiers at Atara were asked why they were preventing peaceful groups, of mostly women, from entering Ramallah and Jerusalem, they said they were not allowed to give any explanations, but that they had their orders.
MPs sign up against Sharon's barrier
A Birmingham MP's House of Commons motion calling on Israel to dismantle the wall being built inside the occupied West Bank has now been signed by more than 200 British MPs. Few Commons motions on any subject attract this level of support.
Hanegbi: Extreme-right may carry out attack on Temple Mount
"There is no information on specific persons, otherwise the Shin Bet and the police would not have enabled them to act," Hanegbi told Channel Two news, "but there are worrying indications pointing to a purposeful - not just philosophical - frame of mind."
Palestinian activist dies after giving speech
Farouk Abdel-Muhti, 57, a Palestinian activist who up until three months ago was incarcerated for two years in nine jails in Pennsylvania and New Jersey following his arrest during the post-Sept. 11 crackdown on illegal immigrants, died of a heart attack Wednesday night after addressing an audience at the Philadelphia Ethical Society.
6 Houses Destroyed in Rafah
Official Palestinian sources figured out the number of Palestinian owned houses that the IOF had destroyed during this week only to 35 houses in the Rafah area.
Israeli Settlers and Occupation Go Wild in Hebron
The locals said that more than 60 settlers sit- in an unauthorized outpost that were established two years before on the forcibly seized land of the citizen Mohammed Bouti Jabber ,during which the horde chanted racist chants “ death doe Arabs” and “kill the Palestinians” .
Child Wounded, Another Arrested in Hebron
Medics at “al-Khalil Hospital” in Hebron said that the a12-year-old child was shot with a live bullet in the leg when Israeli soldiers randomly opened fire at civilians’ houses in Beit Awwa village in Hebron.
Gaza police station torched, regional governor's office taken over
in Al-Zawaida, a village near Deir al-Balah, was burned to the ground by unidentified assailants, witnesses said. There were no reports of casualties. And in Khan Yunis, further south, some 20 armed and masked men forced everyone out of the governor's office and took over the building.
Palestinian territories sliding into chaos, minister admits
"What's happening is a dangerous drift toward chaos," Erakat told reporters after visiting former Palestinian information minister Nabil Amr, who is recovering in a hospital in the Jordanian capital after being shot. " Some are presenting it as a power struggle, but that's false," he said.
Arafat: My government is not in crisis
In his first public comments since the upheavals in Gaza spilled over into a political confrontation with Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia last week, Arafat denied the government was in a crisis, and said he had approved changes in the Cabinet.
Inter-Palestinian dialogue will continue: PLO statement
The PLO executive committee made the pledge in a statement released following a meeting held Thursday night under Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. In the statement, the PLO leadership underlined the necessity of confronting attempts to sow dissension among Palestinians.
Powell to push Gaza withdrawal plan in Mideast trip
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell aims to promote Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and support stability in Iraq during a visit to the Middle East and Europe next week.
Powell due in Cairo to reactivate peace process
"Powell is expected to discuss with the Egyptian leadership ways to reactivate the roadmap peace plan and how to promote bilateral ties," Fahmi was quoted as saying.
World Bank: Let Gaza economy thrive
In a new report entitled Disengagement, the Palestinian Economy and the Settlements, the World Bank warned that the Gaza Strip pullout plan "does not incorporate a change in border trade regimes". Israel has said it would keep control of entry points in and out of Gaza after it evacuates all 21 illegal settlements in the Gaza Strip...
ECOSOC Denounces Israeli Practices in the OPTs
The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) voted late Friday overwhelmingly to condemn the Israeli practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs). 51 member states(of 53) vote with the resolution against 2. The USA objected while Australia abstained.
Chirac ends row over Sharon's call for Jews to flee France
French President Jacques Chirac sent a message to his Israeli counterpart Moshe Katsav in which he says he views the crisis over Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's call for French Jews to immigrate to Israel because of "wild anti-Semitism" as over
Sharon to Chirac: France still anti-Jewish
Israel's leader has rebuffed an attempt by French President Jacques Chirac to tamp down a public feud between the two over alleged French anti-Semitism.
200 French Jews to make Israel their new home this week
Five days after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called on French Jewry to immigrate to Israel, 200 French Jews are slated to arrive in the country this week under the framework of the “Communal Aliyah” project.
Poll: Arab view of U.S. worsens since 2002
Ratings of the United States dropped from 38 percent favorable to 11 percent favorable in Morocco from 2002 to 2004, the poll found; the drop in Saudi Arabia was from 12 percent to 4 percent; in Jordan, from 34 percent to 15 percent; in Lebanon, from 26 percent to 20 percent and in Egypt, from 15 percent to 2 percent.
A Stranger in My Own Land: An excursion to Tel Aviv (6 of 6)
Very few of Yafa's Arab inhabitants received those permits, meaning that Arab houses, mosques, churches, and other public buildings were simply left to rot and decay. Arabs venturing to build without a permit, even to fix a leak in the roof or add a room to house their children, risked their whole house being bulldozed by the Israeli authorities.
Palestinian internal crisis deepens but is not new
For most Palestinians the demands of reform are not only connected to the PA's financial corruption and nepotism. It also reflects the gap between younger generations and the "Oslo gang" — those from the inside and "those from Tunis". It also reflects anger at political corruption, the mistake made with the Oslo agreements.
What became of Zion?
The "disenchantment" of the Guardian is largely due to the limits of its liberal philo-semitism once Jews could no longer be loved primarily for their victimhood. When it became clear, after 1967, that the creation of Israel had given rise to another set of victims, the Palestinians, Jews could no longer be unequivocally embraced.
Palestinians Peek Past Arafat at the Future
"It could be the beginning of the end for him — there's no doubt he'll come out of this conflict weaker than going in," said Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab. "But he's clever enough not to allow any particular thing to be the issue that breaks him. I wouldn't count him down or out."
A democratic, not demographic, threat
A democratic state cannot exist if paranoid fears about the demographic threat lurk perpetually around the corner, and are fanned now and then by demagogic politicians. Demographic fears lead to racist policies.
An Occupation by Any Other Name
In other words, the U.S. occupation of Iraq has officially gone underground. The Bush administration is indeed putting an "Iraqi face" on the occupation by keeping its operations outside the media spotlight. Since the White House can't come up with a strategy to actually get out of Iraq, it is now hoping that voters will simply forget we're over there.
Iraqi Kurds demonstrate for independent Kurdistan
Around 500 intellectuals and students marched through the city of Suleimaniya on Saturday to demand an independent Kurdistan, incorporating Iraq's main northern oil centre of Kirkuk. Holding aloft banners saying "Independence for Kurdistan," and "Kirkuk: Kurdish City,"
Russian Foreign Ministry: Russia has no plans to send its peacekeepers to Iraq
Kosachev pointed out, however, that "in his opinion, it is premature for Russia to get itself involved into the current mess there and correct others' mistakes at the expense of Russian peacekeepers' lives or health."
Iraqi general assassinated by unknown gunmen
Maj. Gen. Salim Majeed Blaish, 58, who had been a top commander in the Iraqi army, was travelling with one of his neighbors when they were assassinated by the gunmen in a drive-by shooting.
Gunman Kidnap Boss of Iraq-Owned Firm
Police Col. Adnan Abdel-Rahman said unidentified armed men riding in two cars snatched Ra'ad Adnan, the general director of Al-Mansour Contracting Co... Abdel-Rahman told The Associated Press that the kidnappers blocked Adnan's vehicle with their cars. His company carries out construction contracts for Iraqi government ministries.