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24 February, 2004

Israel Boycotts International Court On
West Bank Barrier

By Chris Marsden

The Israeli government is refusing to accept the right of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to render an “advisory opinion” on the legality of its West Bank security barrier

20 February, 2004

Palestinian Issue Riddles Bush's 2005 Budget
By Sam Bahour

In the proposed $2.4 trillion Budget of the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2005 the Bush Administration failed in realistically engaging the issue toward a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian conflict, but, viewed through the proposed budget, President Bush has totally adopted the state line of Israel on almost every account. Bottom line, the Israeli military campaign against Palestinians will continue and the US taxpayer is knowingly, or otherwise, footing the bill

19 February, 2004

A Palestinian Authority Steeped In
Paralysis And Corruption

By Hasan Abu Nimah

The PA has been reduced from a national liberation movement and state-building entity to nothing more than a security agent and scapegoat for the occupier

12 February, 2004

Israeli Forces Kill 13 Palestinians
In Gaza And Rafah

On Wednesday morning, 11 February 2004, 12 Palestinians were killed by Israeli occupying forces in al-Shojaeya neighborhood in Gaza city and one Palestinian was killed by Israeli forces in the Rafah refugee camp

10 February, 2004

Sharon's Latest Settlement Move
By Ali Abunimah & Hussein Ibish

While Sharon talks about removing settlements in Gaza, he is continuing to build them all over the West Bank, because he has no intention of permitting a real Palestinian state to be constructed

30 January, 2004

The Hour Before Dawn
By Nick Pretzlik

This moment in time is the Palestinian equivalent of the hour before dawn - their darkest hour. It is also a moment when the Jewish state itself is imperiled

26 January, 2004

Moral Decay And Benny Morris
By Ali Abunimah

In two recent extraordinary documents Israeli historian Benny Morris prepared the ground for Israel to justify any atrocity, no matter how much it transgresses human rights, law and decency

15 January, 2004

The Suicide Message Of A Mother
Who Left Home To Kill

By Justin Huggler

What prompted a mother of two small children to abandon them and carry out such a terrible deed remains mysterious. Gaza is a pressure cooker, where millions of Palestinians are trapped in a small coastal strip, with mass unemployment and poverty

13 January, 2004

Syria Rejects Israeli Invitation To Talks
By Justin Huggler

Syria rejected Israel's invitation to the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, to come to Jerusalem for new peace negotiations dismissing it as a "media manoeuvre"

Israel's Deadly Thirst
By Chris McGreal

Last week Israel agreed an extraordinary arms-for-water deal with Turkey. Whether this goes ahead or not, water lies at the heart of Israel's relationship with its Arab neighbours and the Palestinians - and poses some of the toughest challenges for peace in the Middle East

11 January, 2004

Being Young In Palestine
By Melissa writing from Rafah

Canadian Peace activist Melissa observes the lives of young palestinians and finds what does this mean to be young in Palestine

10 January, 2004

And The Twins Died
By Gideon Levy

Here is another one of those horror stories from the occupied territories. A young woman in labour is made to wait to wait for hours at a check point and the woman give birth to twin girls in the ambulance and both of them die

Sharon Reiterates Threat To Annex
West Bank Territory

By Chris Marsden

Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon used the January 5 congress of his Likud Party to reiterate his threat to permanently annex land on the West Bank and thereby unilaterally determine the shape of a truncated Palestinian entity

08 January, 2004

Israel: Brutal Crackdown On Anti-occupation Activists
By Chris Marsden

The response of the army, judiciary and the government of Ariel Sharon to Jewish opponents of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza—and to foreign peace activists—is becoming ever more brutal

07 January, 2004

The Fundamental Obstacle To A One-State
Solution In Historic Palestine

By Omar Barghouti

The current phase has all the emblematic properties of what may be considered the final chapter of the Zionist project. We are witnessing the rapid demise of Zionism, and nothing can be done to save it, for Zionism is intent on killing itself. I, for one, support euthanasia

31 December, 2003

2003 Israel attacks the Press
By Arjan El Fassed

Year 2003 was a period when Israeli army particularly targeted working journalists in the occupied territories. Two journalists, a Palestinian cameraman and a British documentary filmmaker were killed by the Israeli army

23 December, 2003

Can It Ever Really End?
By Sam Bahour

The world is trying to resolve only the most recent Israeli historic wrong - the 1967 occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. However, the initial wrong that culminated in the 1948 expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from today's Israel is purposely being neglected

06 December, 2003

Divide And Destroy
By Alex Klaushofer

Over the past few months, the barrier that Israel is building to cut itself off from the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank has come to symbolise the divide between the two peoples at the heart of the Middle East crisis

04 December, 2003

The False Hope Of The Geneva Accord
By Ali Abunimah

The Geneva accord looks superficially promising, but close-up it fails to resolve any of the key issues that have torpedoed every earlier peace plan

02 December, 2003

The Killing Fields Of Rafah
By Gideon Levy

Life in the killing fields of Rafah is as cheap as the hundreds of houses that have been demolished there for various, strange reasons