November 24 2004
Dear Readers, I will have to stop my daily headlines for a few days. Due to new tasks coming at the time of exams, I will have to pause my daily compilation for next two weeks. Until then I would suggest you daily visit http://www.imemc.org
High Court allows construction of fence near J'lem to begin
The petition was made by residents of the Palestinian village Tzur Baher on the edge of Jerusalem where the fence is planned to cross through the center. The petitioners asked that the fence be rerouted further to the east since it would obstruct their daily life.
Wall's Revised Route Still Pending Sharon's Approval
Sharon is not yet decided on how the large settlement blocs in the West Bank will be fenced, and on what will be done with the enclave of four Palestinian villages - Battir, Walaja, Hussan and Nahalin. Defense officials, who prepared the revised route, left it for Sharon to decide whether to allow access to Jerusalem or to Bethlehem.
Anger and Tears at Israel's Apartheid Wall, A Wound Slashing Palestine to the Bone
This wall, built illegally upon Palestinian land without compensation, will be over 450 miles long, 26 feet in height above its base and nearly 500 feet wide. It has consumed more than 10 percent of Palestine's most fertile and productive agricultural land, over a quarter of a million dunums already; when the wall is completed the figure will reach a million dunums.
Caterpillar dismisses calls to stop selling Bulldozers to Israel Army
"Caterpillar betrays its stated values when it sells bulldozers to Israel knowing that they are being used to illegally destroy Palestinian homes. Until Israel stops these practices, Caterpillar's continued sales will make the company complicit in human rights abuses" said Sarah Leah Whitson
Arrested for being a witness
International Solidarity Movement activist Hannah James was singled out and arrested by the Israeli secret police, the General Security Services (GSS) as she took part in a peaceful demonstration against the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements.
Israeli officer: I was right to shoot 13-year-old child
An Israeli army officer who repeatedly shot a 13-year-old Palestinian girl in Gaza dismissed a warning from another soldier that she was a child by saying he would have killed her even if she was three years old. (Hopes to be as successful as Sharon through committing crimes)
Book Review of From Oslo to Iraq and the Road Map: Essays by Edward W. Said
Among other things, Said clearly forecast how Oslo would not improve the lives of the Palestinians who suffered under Israeli occupation and who still endure daily attacks, checkpoints, roadblocks and searches by Israeli forces, supported by the U.S. government with its "two party monopoly." Said analyzes the propaganda of the Israeli lobby and America's corporate media.
Israel Excludes Nonviolent Internationals Seeking to Protect Palestinians
Despite being threatened with force if she did not get on the plane, Petter asserted her right to legal process. While the Israeli judicial system considered her case, airport security held her in detention for 34 days, costing her $5,000 in unreimbursed legal fees and detention charges.
3 Citizens Woundedand 3 Others Arrested in WB
Officials at Abu Hussein hospital mentioned that three Palestinian students wounded when Israeli soldiers wantonly fired rubber bullets and gas canisters towards schoolboys in Yatta town, south of Hebron city.
Take action against the deportation of Ahmad Nafaa
STATELESS PALESTINIAN REFUGEE TAKEN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD BY CANADIAN IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES: CURRENTLY DETAINED AT MONTREAL'S LAVAL DETENTION CENTER & FACING IMMEDIATE DEPORTATION
Israeli court sentences Canadian to four years
Gaza-born Jamal Akkal has maintained his innocence since his arrest more than a year ago. He insists he was tortured into confessing, CTV's Janis Mackey Frayer reported from Jerusalem.
Solidarity for Palestine
The 29th of November 1947 witnessed another step to implement the crime of the age, when the then United Nations General Assembly, controlled by the International Imperialist and colonialist powers was forced to approve the creation of Israel through the resolution of the partition of Palestine into two States.
Schools urged to link with Palestine pupils
Former Coventry journalist Vicky Wayman, currently working as a volunteer teacher in Palestine, would like to hear from schools willing to join her in a project. Speaking from Bethlehem, she said: "What would be nice is if a class - or youth group - would get together to write a letter, perhaps a series of questions and thoughts, and we could then do one back.
Israeli soldier shot wounded in central Gaza
According to the leaflet, the soldier was shot by a Palestinian sniper east of the central Gaza town of Deir el Ballah near the settlement of Kfar Darom while he was standing in an Israeli army lookout post.
Hamas militants shell southern Gaza settlement
The group said in a leaflet that its militants fired mortar shells at the settlement in eastern Khan Younis, a southern Gaza town. The group also vowed to pursue the path of resistance "till the enemy leaves our blessed lands."
Report: West Bank Students Humiliated at Israeli Checkpoints
Standing under the sun heat or the rains, detention and beating of Palestinian university students by the Israeli soldiers in Nablus, have become a part of the bitter reality the Palestinians are going through in the West Bank City of Nablus, a special report by the IPC revealed.
Qurei doubts US would change position toward Israel
He reiterated the only side which is able to exert pressure onIsrael is "America", adding "I personally doubt that the United States would practice pressure on Israel to make it become committed to the peace process."
US renews Israel oil deal
US officials say they have renewed an agreement to supply Israel with oil in the case of a blockade. The agreement was initially signed following the controversial Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty of 1979. The deal led to Israel returning the Sinai peninsula and oilfields to Egypt.
American Jews call on Condoleezza Rice to press for peace
Israel, they believe, should put an end to settlement activity, while the Palestinians should mount a genuine effort to prevent terrorism. They warn that "a crucial opportunity may be lost" if this is not done.
Sharon cancels talks with Straw
Mr Sharon had been due to meet Mr Straw today to discuss steps to help Palestinians elect a successor to late President Yasser Arafat in January. "The prime minister is perfectly well, but he has lost his voice and the meeting (with Mr Straw) has been cancelled," the official told Reuters.
Foreign Secretary Visits Israel and the Occupied Territories, 24-25 November 2004
In a press conference with the Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom today the Foreign Secretary explained that the basis for his visit was the five points set out by Prime Minister Blair and President Bush in their joint statement of 12 November, namely: – support for Prime Minister Sharon's disengagement plan;...
Observers OK'd for Palestinian Elections
Israel will allow international observers to monitor upcoming Palestinian presidential elections, fulfilling an important Palestinian demand, Israel's foreign minister said Wednesday. Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Wednesday that Israel would not stand in the way of such missions.
Hamas refuses to return to negotiations with Israel
Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) asserted on Wednesday its refusal to return to negotiations with Israel, considering that negotiations led the Palestinian people to its worst internal and political situations.
Israel bars Palestinians from using Ben-Gurion airport
"The policy on the exit of Palestinians through the Ben-Gurion International Airport is reviewed from time to time according to current security assessment and the circumstances of specific requests," the Shin Bet was quoted as saying.
Israel: Syrian offer of unconditional talks is 'nothing new'
Israel responded coolly to a Syrian offer for a resumption of peace talks Wednesday, saying that the offer, passed on by a United Nations envoy, was "nothing new."
Spreading color and hope in refugee camps
"We are not terrorists," says Mahmoud Halimi, a 17-year-old Palestinian refugee and a member of a newly formed Palestinian cultural club. "Our way to fight is not only through weapons, guns and bombs," he said. "We also know art, and we are talented enough to use art to make our voices heard."
Guest speaker Abunimah gives Arab view on Israel/Palestine conflict
Ali Abunimah recently compared the Israeli treatment of Palestinians to white control in apartheid South Africa and colonial American treatment of Native Americans. He said all three were aggressors who took land from indigenous people and then denied them equal rights.
Blair may visit Israel to revive peace process
Downing Street responded with irritation last night, stressing that no final decision had been taken and that it would be for Number 10 rather than the Israeli government to make any announcement. Mr Blair wants to go to the Middle East as soon as possible
"Doctors in Fallujah are reporting there are patients in the hospital there who were forced out by the Americans," said Mehdi Abdulla, a 33 year-old ambulance driver at a hospital in Baghdad, "Some doctors there told me they had a major operation going, but the soldiers took the doctors away and left the patient to die." He looks at the ground, then away to the distance.
Witnesses say US forces killed unarmed civilians
They said, in interviews with The Independent, that as well as deaths from bombs and artillery shells, a large number of people including children were killed by American snipers. US forces refused repeated calls for medical aid for injured civilians, they said.
Official statement Bellamy speaks out for children in Iraq
UNICEF today again expressed deep concern about the devastating impact the hostilities in Iraq is having on the overall well-being of the country’s children. “This protracted fighting and instability is wreaking havoc on Iraqi children,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said.