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28 May, 2004

Bush And Sharon - The Oil Connection
By Conn Hallinan

The Americans can ill afford another war in the Middle East, but the Israelis might be persuaded to take the field. Is giving Sharon a free hand in the West Bank a quid pro quo for an eventual American-supported Israeli attack on the last two countries in the region with any semblance of independence?

26 May, 2004

They Must Pay The Price
By Gideon Levy

On a day when bodies of children were being stuffed into a big refrigerator used to store potatoes, and when thousands of homeless people were fleeing for their lives (some of them refugees rendered homeless for the second or third time), life in Israel went on as usual, as though what was happening in Rafah was not being done in the name of the country's citizens

25 May, 2004

Sharon's Method
By Uri Avnery

The directive for the onslaught on Rafah came from the political leadership, in order to gratify the primitive emotions of a part of the public. Simply put: they hurt us, so we hurt them tenfold. Ten eyes for an eye, ten teeth for a tooth. That's how votes are won

Why I Burned My Israeli Military Papers
By Josh Ruebner

By burning my military papers, I stand in solidarity with more than 1,300 Israelis who have stated openly, at the risk of jail time, that they refuse to serve Israel's occupation of Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem and commit war crimes and flagrant breaches of international law

24 May, 2004

Palestinians Still Unable To Bury Rafah Dead
By Cynthia Johnston

On a blood-stained floor in a makeshift morgue in Rafah, the bodies of 16 Palestinians killed in Israel's bloodiest Gaza Strip raid in years lie in white shrouds, waiting to be buried

Death Of Rawan Abu Zaed
By Mohammad

Rawan Abu Zaed went to buy some sweets from the grocer's. She didn’t know that going to the grocer's would cost her her life. Two bullets:one in her neck and the other right through her head

21 May, 2004

One Step Ahead Of The Bulldozer
By Amira Hass

How Wa'il Mansur's home was demolished by the IDF on Thursday morning in Rafah

Who Really Smuggled Weapons To Rafah?
By Arjan El Fassed

Israel's ongoing assault on human lives and property, killing civilians and demolishing homes is, according to Israeli spokespersons, "aimed at preventing a huge shipment of arms from being smuggled". What no one asks, however, is the question who supplies Israel's military occupation of Gaza

20 May, 2004

Children And Youth Massacred In Rafah
By Amira Hass and Arnon Regular

Eight Palestinians were killed and dozens were wounded yesterday afternoon when IDF tanks fired shells at a crowd of protesters in Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. Four of those killed were children under 14

'140,000 People, 40 Beds And A War'
By Chris McGreal

A visit to Rafah's only one makeshift hospital

Genocide By Public Policy
By Sam Bahour and Michael Dahan

What is happening in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip today is dangerously close to genocide, close enough that photographs of terrified Palestinians in Rafah loading their meager belongings onto carts and fleeing their homes are all too reminiscent of another time, another place another people

The Nowhere People
By Nick Pretzlik

Israelis are proud to announce that their country is the only democracy in the Middle East. But the 150,000 strong Bedouin community of Israel has no democratic rights

19 May, 2004

Homes Wrecked, Lives Destroyed
By Donald Macintyre

Israel was accused by Amnesty International of committing a war crime by its destruction of more than 3,000 Palestinian homes in Israel and the occupied territories since the intifada began three and a half years ago

Gazans Pile Up Their Belongings And Flee
By Amira Hass

The streets of Rafah were filled yesterday evening with horse-drawn carts, trucks and pick-ups, all laden to the brim with any and every item that the town's residents could remove from their homes

18 May, 2004

12 Palestinians Killed In
Rafah Incursion

Twelve Palestinians were killed today as the Israeli army made one of its most sweeping incursions yet into the Rafah refugee camp in Gaza

Death And Destruction In Gaza
By Tamer Ziara

Frantic Rafah residents are running away from their homes as Israel is reigning on them death and destruction, with hundreds of home demolished and the threat of more demolition

Israeli Troops Bury Family Alive
Under Demolished House

By Palestine Media Center

Israeli Occupation Forces buried a husband, his wife and her sister alive in a refugee camp on Friday when they refused to evacuate their home before the occupation troops demolished it together with at least 39 houses in the southern Gaza Strip

Israel's Revenge In Zaytoun, Gaza
By Eoin Murray

The past few nights have been sleepless. The Israeli forces have attacked from land, sea and air. The centre of Gaza the people of Zaytoun (which means 'olive') have been imprisoned in the scene of some of the most intense fighting since the Intifada began

17 May, 2004

Gaza: Horror Beyond Belief
By Ghada Ageel

Since Tuesday, May 11, thousands of people have been denied the simple right to return to their homes; this includes infants, children, students, employees, women, and men of all ages. Ghada Ageel recounts the humiliating experience she and her family experienced at a Gaza check point

12 May, 2004

More Land Grab For The Wall
By Nick Pretzlik in the West Bank

Two weeks ago 176 dunums of land (176,000 square meters) were stolen from the beautiful hilltop village of Beit Jalla. Five thousand olive trees, together with orchards of apricots and apples, have been confiscated

08 May, 2004

A Guiding Light Falls On Ramallah
By Sam Bahour

Tonight the deafening silence of Ramallah was broken, not by the frequent Israeli tanks and jeeps that now enter and exit the city at will, but rather by the music of the distinguished Daniel Barenboim, one of the great musicians of our time

06 May, 2004

Biddu: The Struggle Against The Wall
By Yediot Aharonot

A unique struggle is going on the Palestinian village of Biddu. Israelis and Palestinians jointly protest against the building of the separation wall dividing the village

04 May, 2004

Living In A Bubble
By Uri Avnery

Palestine and Israel each live sealed in its closed bubble, cut off from the other, and, indeed, from the world at large. Inside its bubble, each people cultivates their grievances, the conviction of being the ultimate victim, the memory of the injustices done to them, the anger at the other, cruel, murderous and detestable people

24 April, 2004

Next Target Arafat
By Conal Urquhart

Ariel Sharon issued an ominous warning that Yasser Arafat could be the next Palestinian leader to be in Israel's line of fire

21 April, 2004

'Living In A Grave'
By Mordechai Vanunu

Today, after spending 18 years in prison for exposing Israel's clandestine nuclear weapons programme, the whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu will finally walk free. For much of his time in jail he corresponded with the actor Susannah York, a member of the campaign to release him. Here, in a selection of his letters, he talks about censorship, solitary confinement and the struggle to maintain his sanity

19 April, 2004

Birth Of A New Resistance In Gaza
By Conal Urquhart

As the whole of Palestine gather to bury the Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi we may be witnessing the birth of a new resistance

Sharon's Skin And Bush's Spots
By Uri Avnery

Sharon is prepared to evacuate the 7,000 Jewish settlers who are living in Gaza strip, in return for the consolidation of the West Bank settlements, where 250,000 Jewish settlers live

18 April, 2004

Another Hamas Leader assassinated
By Donald Macintyre

Israel assassinated the Hamas leader, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, in a missile attack on his car only three weeks after killing the man he replaced as the leader of the militant faction in Gaza, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin

16 April, 2004

Bush Backs Sharon’s West Bank Land Grab
By Bill Van Auken

With his endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s “disengagement” plan Wednesday, President George W. Bush broke with nearly four decades of official US diplomacy, dropping even the pretense that Washington is committed to a negotiated settlement of the Middle East conflict

08 April, 2004

The Third World War Is Now
By Prince El Hassan bin Talal

From Palestine to Iraq, the Region is Aflame with Conflict yet the Need for Dialogue is Ignored

03 April, 2004

As in Tiennamen Square
By Tanya Reinhart

An extensive discussion has already taken place in Israel regarding the cost-benefit ratio of Yassin's assassination. But the question of justice has hardly been raised