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Today in Palestine 11th of mars

MrParadise | 12.03.2004 15:14 | Repression | London | World

briefing of the 11Th of mars

Court orders 6-day freeze on fence construction near Jerusalem
The Israeli petitioners, represented by advocates Mohammed Dahleh and Suhad Hamoud, wrote in the petition that "there is no justification for the fatal blow to the incomes of the villagers who will be distanced from 7,000 of the 8,000 dunams of agricultural land they own."

Massive demonstration against land confiscation in Beit Dako
Eyewitnesses said that hundreds of farmers and a number of foreign peace activists took part in the march that was organized by the national and Islamic forces in the villages to the northwest of occupied Jerusalem.

Israel seizes Palestinian land to build wall
Confiscation orders were sent to the municipal councils of Masha, Al Zawiya, Rafat and Deir Ballut, southeast of the town of Qalqilya. The documents, copies of which were obtained by AFP, were signed by General Moshe Kaplinsky, who heads Israel’s central command in charge of the occupied West Bank.

Israel's barrier to be cut by 100 miles
At the same time, it was confirmed by Col Dan Tizra, an Israeli official, that there would be no eastern section of the barrier through the Jordan Valley "because of the diplomatic damage" Israel would probably suffer as a result.

International NGO honors Rachel Corrie with Housing Rights Defender Award
In a moving ceremony on 16 February 2004, Craig and Cindy Corrie accepted the Housing Rights Defender Award from the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) on behalf of their daughter Rachel Corrie.

IOF Kills a Child, Arrests 5
The medics confirmed that Thaer Al Halaika, 15, was killed as being shot with more than twenty gunshots allover his body, mainly chest and head. In Nablus City, IOF arrested early Thursday five Palestinians in Balata refugee camp of Nablus, witnesses said.

Palestinians in the Australian Media
"What has enabled Israel to do what it has been doing to the Palestinians for the past 54 years is the result of a carefully and scientifically planned campaign to validate Israeli actions and simultaneously devalue and efface Palestinian actions. This is not just a matter of maintaining a powerful military, but of organising opinion".

UN: Palestinians increasingly unable to get enough food
The report found that 40 percent of Palestinians - or 1.4 million people - are now classified as food insecure, meaning they don't have access on a continuing basis to the food they need to live normal and healthy lives.

Israel marks International Women’s Day with the killing of two young Palestinian mothers
Witnesses said twenty three year old Dalal Sabaa was on the roof of her house in the eastern neighborhood of the city when an Israeli sniper killed her with one shot to the head. Among her other children, Dalal leaves behind a one month old baby.

The Price of an Orange
on the anniversary of the murders of Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurdnall in Palestine, Starhawk remembers her visit with the long-term inhabitants of Rafah, and of their continuing struggle to maintain the old way of life in the face of constant attacks by the Israelis.

IOF Abducts One Palestinian in the West Bank City of Al-Bira
Local residents reported heavily armed Israeli troops and undercover units disguised in civilian clothes and abruptly broke into the city of Al-Bira, handcuffed and arrested the Palestinian Citizen Nour Al-Zein, 23, after beating him by the butts of their rifles for no reason

Israeli troops arrest 13 Palestinians
Israeli troops arrested 13 Palestinians and demolished the home of a militant on Thursday in the West Bank, security sources on both sides said. Among the suspected militants rounded up by the army are nine members of Fatah party, including a woman...

Sharon meets three U.S. envoys on disengagement plan
At the core of Sharon's talks with the officials was expected to be the relationship between the number of settlements Israel evacuates in the West Bank and the depth of the U.S. recognition of the settlement blocs of Ariel, Ma'aleh Adumim and Gush Etzion, which Israel wants to annex in any future peace agreement.

Israeli FM finds Mubarak determined for peace, welcomes fresh start
"I found a determined president to advance the peace process here in the region, especially between us and the Palestinians, and to advance bilateral relations," Shalom said after his talks with Mubarak.

PM Qurei' Visits France, Dismisses Imminent Summit With Sharon
An official statement by the French Foreign Ministry stated that the visit would discuss the restart of the internationally-sponsored "Road Map" peace plan and the situation in the Middle East as well as bilateral relations between France and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).

Palestinian PM says no need for Egyptian presence in Gaza
"I do not think that Egypt will need to enter Gaza" after an Israeli withdrawal, "and I do not think that we will need Egypt to enter Gaza," he told a press conference in Paris, following talks with President Jacques Chirac.

Arafat says any Israeli pullout welcome, Palestinians ready to take over
"We welcome any Israeli withdrawal from any part of our land simultaneously in the Gaza Strip (news - web sites) and in the West Bank," Arafat said in an address marking the opening of the new parliamentary session in Ramallah.

Hamas Unveils Plan To ‘Join’ Running Gaza
Hamas would join taking control of the strip in a "democratic" way "with or without elections", Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin said. "The plan would be tabled before the Palestinian Authority and other factions for approval," Yassin said.

Sharon says U.S. should also disarm Iran, Libya and Syria
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said yesterday that Iran, Libya and Syria should be stripped of weapons of mass destruction after Iraq. "These are irresponsible states, which must be disarmed of weapons mass destruction, and a successful American move in Iraq as a model will make that easier to achieve," Sharon said

Israel says won't raze Gaza settlements in pullout
Israel intends to leave intact any Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip it evacuates as part of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to "disengage" from the Palestinians, senior government sources said on Thursday.

Leaker of nuke secrets curbed
Nuclear whistleblower Mordecai Vanunu, who will complete his 18-year prison sentence in April for having revealed some of Israel's nuclear secrets, will be denied a passport in order to prevent him from ever leaving the country, Israel Radio reported yesterday.

An eye-opening tour of Israel's roadblocks in Palestinian territory
The internal roadblocks in the Territories are unnecessary and destructive. If Israel wants to protect itself, it would better to invest more in guarding its own borders, instead of restricting the Palestinians' movement between their own villages".,13716,599763,00.html

The better things are the worse they get, as history is made in Iraq - By Robert Fisk
Were Israelis born in Baghdad to be given Iraqi passports and return? Why shouldn't they, I asked my Christian friend? Fair enough, he said. But would the Americans then support the return of Palestinians driven from their homes in what is now Israel in 1948?

"Stolen Youth" launched in London
"Stolen Youth: The Politics of Israel’s Detention of Palestinian Children"... Stolen Youth is the first book to explore Israel's incarceration of Palestinian children. Based on first-hand information from international human rights groups and NGO workers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, it also features interviews with children who have been imprisoned.

DeLay tactics could distance Jews from Bush
Both DeLay and Bush have been working extra hard to court Jewish support, and there have been predictions of a sea change in Jewish voting patterns as a result of their outspoken pro-Israel credentials.

Middle East studies seen as against American interests
The American Jewish Congress has also jumped on this bandwagon, asserting that “federal tax dollars are funding Middle East seminars exclusively promoting one-sided anti-American and anti-Israel view”, and aggressively petitioning the secretary of education to amend “this distortion”.

Israeli leaders in talks over disengagement plan from occupied territories
A day after Israeli troops shot dead five Palestinian militants in the West Bank, the army continued its operations in the occupied territories, rounding up suspects and demolishing houses. Sharon was due to meet with three US envoys...

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