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[January 23, 2008]
Power to the (Palestinian) People

Jeff Halper, the coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, wrote these words after the momentous events of January 23, when Palestinians in Gaza blew up the prison wall that Israel (and Egypt) had erected. This allowed hundreds of thousands to travel into Egypt to obtain supplies that Israel had prevented from entering Gaza.

The people of Palestine have done it again, taking their own fate in their hands after being let down by their own "moderate" political leadership and, indeed, the entire international community in their struggle for freedom.  Early this morning they simply blew up the wall separating Gaza from Egypt, breaking a siege imposed on them by an Arab government in collaboration with Israel.

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[June 12, 2007]
Resistance Begins...And So Does the Repression

Lucia Pizarro
International Coordinator
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
PO Box 2030, 91020 Jerusalem, Israel

Yesterday, June 11, 2007, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) announced the launching of a campaign to rebuild the home of every Palestinian family whose house is demolished over the coming year.  We held our launch in conjunction with the 40th year of the Occupation, for which we returned to the place where the Occupation began—the few houses of what had been the historic Mughrabi Quarter where, on the night of June 11, 1967, 135 Palestinian families were roused from their beds in the Middle of the night and their neighborhood demolished so as to create a plaza in front of the Wailing Wall.  It was an act that had nothing to do with either the war or with security.  It represented only the creation of the first "fact on the ground" of thousands that would come asserting exclusive Israeli claims over the entire country.

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[May 26, 2007]
Senior legal official warned that settlements would be illegal in 1967

By Donald Macintyre
Published in The Independent

A senior legal official who secretly warned the government of Israel after the Six Day War of 1967 that it would be illegal to build Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories has said, for the first time, that he still believes that he was right.

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[April 8, 2007]
Israel doesn't want peace

Gideon Levy

This article appeared in Haaretz

The moment of truth has arrived, and it has to be said: Israel does not want peace.  The arsenal of excuses has run out, and the chorus of Israeli rejection already rings hollow.  Until recently, it was still possible to accept the Israeli refrain that "there is no partner" for peace and that "the time isn't right" to deal with our enemies.  Today, the new reality before our eyes leaves no room for doubt and the tired refrain that "Israel supports peace" has been left shattered.

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[February 23, 2007]
OPT like apartheid South Africa, says UN report

Rory McCarthy in Jerusalem

A UN human rights investigator has likened Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories to apartheid South Africa and says there should be "serious consideration" over bringing the occupation to the international court of justice.

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[January 27, 2007]
Genocide in Gaza, Ethnic Cleansing in the West Bank

Ilan Pappé

On this stage, not so long ago, I claimed that Israel is conducting genocidal policies in the Gaza Strip.  I hesitated a lot before using this very charged term and yet decided to adopt it. Indeed, the responses I received, including from some leading human rights activists, indicated a certain unease over the usage of such a term.  I was inclined to rethink the term for a while, but came back to employing it today with even stronger conviction: it is the only appropriate way to describe what the Israeli army is doing in the Gaza Strip.

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[November 11, 2006]
In one word: MASSACRE

Uri Avnery, 11 November, 2006

"THANK GOD for the American elections," our ministers and generals sighed with relief.

They were not rejoicing at the kick that the American people delivered to George W. Bush's ass this week.  They love Bush, after all.

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[November 2, 2006]
Lovable Man

by Uri Avnery 2 November 2006

In its original German form—Liebermann—the name means "lovable man".  It is hard to imagine a name less appropriate for the new Deputy Prime Minister of Israel.

He is not lovable, neither in his personality nor in his views—and that is the understatement of the year.

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[September 12, 2006]
IDF commander: We fired more than a million cluster bombs in Lebanon

Meron Rappaport

This article appeared in the September 12, 2006 issue of Haaretz.

"What we did was insane and monstrous, we covered entire towns in cluster bombs," the head of an IDF rocket unit in Lebanon said regarding the use of cluster bombs and phosphorous shells during the war.

Quoting his battalion commander, the rocket unit head stated that the IDF fired around 1,800 cluster bombs, containing over 1.2 million cluster bomblets.

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[September 10, 2006]
Palestinians forced to scavenge for food on rubbish dumps

Patrick Cockburn

This article appeard in the 9 September issue of The Independent.

The Israeli military and economic siege of Gaza has led to a collapse in Palestinian living conditions and many people only survive by looking for scraps of food in rubbish dumps, say international aid agencies.

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[September 3, 2006]
Gaza's darkness

By Gideon Levy

This article appeared in the 3 September edition of Haaretz

Gaza has been reoccupied.  The world must know this and Israelis must know it, too. It is in its worst condition, ever.  Since the abduction of Gilad Shalit, and more so since the outbreak of the Lebanon war, the Israel Defense Forces has been rampaging through Gaza—there's no other word to describe it—killing and demolishing, bombing and shelling, indiscriminately.

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[July 31, 2006]
Brief Peace Update

Gila Svirsky

In Jerusalem alone, 100 people turned up for a vigil on Sunday in a surge of anger, protest, and mourning following the killing of children and adults in Qana, Lebanon.  Vigils erupted all over Israel, punctuated by the fury of passersby as they read our signs.  I brought candles, but they did not stay lit in the cool evening breeze of Jerusalem. Others brought their own signs.

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[July 26, 2006]
Israel's "new Middle East"

Tanya Reinhart

Beirut is burning, hundreds of Lebanese die, hundreds of thousands lose all they ever owned and become refugees, and all the world is doing is rescuing the "foreign passport" residents of what was just two weeks ago "the Paris of the Middle East".  Lebanon must die now, because "Israel has the right to defend itself", so goes the U.S. mantra, used to block any international attempt to impose a cease fire.

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[July 20, 2006]
The current crisis in Israel, Lebanon and the Occupied Palestinian Territories—Bat Shalom Statement

We, members of Bat Shalom, an Israeli womenís peace organization, dedicated to ending the occupation and achieving a just, sustainable peace based on a two-state solution, regard the continuously escalating use of violence and force in our region as a direct threat rather than a potential solution.

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[July 18, 2006]
"Stop that shit!"

Uri Avnery

A WOMAN, an immigrant from Russia, throws herself on the ground in total despair in front of her home that has been hit by a missile, crying in broken Hebrew: "My son! My son!" believing him dead.  In fact he was only wounded and sent to the hospital.

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[July 17, 2006]
The Real Aim

Uri Avnery

THE REAL aim is to change the regime in Lebanon and to install a puppet government.

That was the aim of Ariel Sharon's invasion of Lebanon in 1982.  It failed.  But Sharon and his pupils in the military and political leadership have never really given up on it.

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[July 3, 2006]
A black flag

Gideon Levy

This article appeard in Harretz on 3 July, 2006 as Israel began its invasion of Gaza.

A black flag hangs over the "rolling" operation in Gaza.  The more the operation "rolls," the darker the flag becomes.  The "summer rains" we are showering on Gaza are not only pointless, but are first and foremost blatantly illegitimate.  It is not legitimate to cut off 750,000 people from electricity.  It is not legitimate to call on 20,000 people to run from their homes and turn their towns into ghost towns.  It is not legitimate to penetrate Syria's airspace.  It is not legitimate to kidnap half a government and a quarter of a parliament.

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[July 1, 2006]
Punishing Palestinians will not save Israeli lives

This Press Release was issued by Not In My Name on July 1, 2006.

Not In My Name, a predominantly Jewish organization based in Chicago, categorically condemns the actions of the Israeli government in Gaza.  Bombing Gaza's only electrical plant, destroying most of its bridges, and arresting one-third of the Palestinians' elected government, simply cannot bring peace and security to Israeli citizens.

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[June 11, 2006]
Paralyzed for life

Gideon Levy

This article by Gideon Levy appeared in Haaretz

The tangle of tubes and the artificial respirator attached directly to her windpipe cannot hide her beauty.  A little 3-year-old girl lying in the pediatric intensive care unit at Sheba Medical Center, Maria Aman's sad, brown almond eyes are wide open, her lips murmur in a whisper: "Food, I want to eat," but all her limbs are paralyzed, forever.  Not far from there, in an intensive care unit at Ichilov Hospital, lies her uncle Nahed, age 33 and father of two, who is in even worse condition: He is not only on a respirator and completely paralyzed, he is being kept asleep.

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[April 15, 2006]
Appeal for Support of Nonviolence in Palestine

—Jerusalem, 15 April 2006

Visit the Middle East Nonviolence & Democracy (MEND) web site

In light of the severe food crisis in the Gaza Strip and the impending food and fuel crises in many parts of the West Bank, and the unfairness and hypocrisy of punishing the entire Palestinian people collectively for exercising their democratic right to vote;

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[March 25, 2006]
One racist nation

Gideon Levy—Ha'aretz March 25, 2006

Contrary to appearances, the elections this week are important, because they will expose the true face of Israeli society and its hidden ambitions.  More than 100 elected candidates will be sent to the Knesset on the basis of one ticket—the racism ticket.  If we used to think that every two Israelis have three opinions, now it will be evident that nearly every Israeli has one opinion—racism.  Elections 2006 will make this much clearer than ever before.  An absolute majority of the MKs in the 17th Knesset will hold a position based on a lie: that Israel does not have a partner for peace.  An absolute majority of MKs in the next Knesset do not believe in peace, nor do they even want it—just like their voters—and worse than that, don't regard Palestinians as equal human beings.  Racism has never had so many open supporters.  It's the real hit of this election campaign.

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[March 21, 2006]
The Power of Saying No

Jeff Halper—20-March-2006

As the new Hamas government is sworn into power in the Palestinian Authority, we might ask: What would bring a people, the most secular of Arab populations with little history of religious fundamentalism, to vote Hamas?  Mere protest at Fatah ineffectualness in negotiations and internal corruption doesn't go far enough.  While warning Hamas that their vote did not constitute a mandate for imposing an Iran-like theocracy on Palestine, the Palestinians took the only option left to a powerless people when all other avenues of redress have been closed to them: non-cooperation.

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[March 20, 2006]
A Disgusting Exercise

Uri Avnery—18-March-2006

THE CENTRAL theme of this article is disgust.  Therefore I apologize in advance for the frequent use of this and similar words.

In the thesaurus I find quite a number of synonyms: loathing, revulsion, dislike, nausea, distaste, aversion, antipathy, abomination, repulsion, abhorrence, repugnance, odium, detestation, and some more.  They are all present in my feelings about the action that took place in Jericho on Tuesday.

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[February 19, 2006]
As the Hamas team laughs

Gideon Levy—Ha'aretz, February 19, 2006

The Hamas team had not laughed so much in a long time.  The team, headed by the prime minister's advisor Dov Weissglas and including the Israel Defense Forces chief of staff, the director of the Shin Bet and senior generals and officials, convened for a discussion with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on ways to respond to the Hamas election victory.  Everyone agreed on the need to impose an economic siege on the Palestinian Authority, and Weissglas, as usual, provided the punch line: "It's like an appointment with a dietician.  The Palestinians will get a lot thinner, but won't die," the advisor joked, and the participants reportedly rolled with laughter.  And, indeed, why not break into laughter and relax when hearing such a successful joke?  If Weissglas tells the joke to his friend Condoleezza Rice, she would surely laugh too.

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[December 4, 2005]
Not In My Name expresses deep concern for members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams abducted in Iraq
The Chicago-based peace group, Not In My Name, expresses our deep concern for the four members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) who were abducted in Baghdad on November 26.  The four men, from the U.S., Canada, and Britain, were en route to a meeting with members of the Islamic Scholars Association. 

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[September 11, 2005]
Final Declaration of the EJJP 2005 Annual Plenary Session
Refuse to support the Israeli occupation!  In defence of international law and human rights: boycott, divestment and sanctions against the occupation.

At its meeting in London in September 2005 the EJJP decided to add to its declaration of aims the following clauses:

  1. EJJP supports non violent action aimed at ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and Israeli breaches of international law
  2. EJJP calls upon all states to ensure that their relations with Israel are in accordance with international law and comply with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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[August 20, 2005]
This Was The Day

Uri Avnery—August 20, 2005

This was the day on which the settlement enterprise in this country went into reverse for the first time.

True, the settlement activity in the West Bank continues at full speed.  Ariel Sharon intends to give up the small settlements in the Gaza Strip in order to secure the big settlement blocs in the West Bank.

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[August 6, 2005]
Goodbye, Gaza

Despite the political turmoil in Israel, I have not written for a while because I have been otherwise engaged—more about that in a moment.

First, the good news about the Gaza disengagement: Above all, the million plus Palestinians in Gaza who have had the Israeli boot in their neck for 37 years will finally see that boot lifted, beginning in 10 days.  That, above all, is the achievement of leaving Gaza—giving Gazans back their lives.  My friend 'Inam may find her highly educated children (doctor, engineer, computers, etc.) begin to drift back home from their overseas jobs, bringing grandchildren and strengthening the fabric of Gazan society.  Insh'Allah.

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[July 27, 2005]
Uri Davis on Avnery's "March of the Orange Shirts"

Uri Avnery's piece [see here] is interesting, if only because of his failure to recognize that the origins of the "March of the Orange Shirts" and his correctly projected possible "[Orange] March on Jerusalem" have their origin in the the war crimes and crimes against humanity of ethnic cleansing of the indigenous people of Palestine, the Palestinian Arab people, perpetrated by the Israeli army in the course of and in the wake of the 1948-49 war.

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[July 23, 2005]
The March of the Orange Shirts

Uri Avnery—23 July 2005

For some weeks now, a red light has been flickering in my mind, illuminating a word in large Gothic letters: Weimar.

As a 9-year old I saw with my own eyes the collapse of the German republic that came into being after World War I. It was generally referred to as the Weimar Republic, because its constitution was written in the town of the two towering figures of German Kultur, Goethe and Schiller.  Some months after its breakdown, we fled Germany and thus our lives were saved.

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[July 2, 2005]
Arik's Horror Show

Uri Avnery published this on July 2, 2005.  The Hebrew version can be read here.

MawassiLynchJune2005.jpg All the world saw the horror on TV: a Palestinian boy lying on the ground, unconscious.  An Israeli soldier bending over him, not knowing what to do. A settler coming up from behind and throwing a stone at the head of the injured Palestinian.  Another settler dropping a big stone on him at point-blank range.  A bearded medic, also a settler, approaches the wounded boy, hesitates, and then goes away without treating him, pursued by the chants of a chorus of settler boys and girls: "Let him die! Let him die!"

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[June 22, 2005]
Withdrawal is a prelude to annexation

US hypocrisy is not new but Condi Rice has taken it beyond chutzpah

This article by Avi Shlaim first appeared on Wednesday June 22, 2005 in the Guardian.  It is reprinted here with the kind permission of the author.

Condoleezza Rice hailed the understanding between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on the need to destroy the homes of the 8,000 Jewish settlers in Gaza as a historic step on the road to peace.  This is a fatuous statement by one of the most vacuous US secretaries of state of the postwar era.

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[May 25, 2005]
Israel—Tear Down this Wall

June 5, 2005 marks the beginning of the 39th year of Israelís occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza.  Millions of Palestinians have grown up under this military dictatorship, which is now the longest military occupation in modern history.  Palestinians and Israelis deserve a chance to live in peace, yet the Occupation prevents this.

Not In My Name will hold a special Vigil on June 5, 2005 to protest this Occupation and to demand that Israel demolish its Apartheid Wall.  The Vigil will be held between Noon and 2:00pm at Water Tower Park (830 N Michigan), in downtown Chicago.

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[March 26, 2005]
The Israeli left is opting for suicide

Judging by the political discourse, being a Leftist today means supporting Sharon.  Even when his government decides yet again to postpone the evacuation of the illegal outposts to an unknown future date, the pundits explain that the mere fact that he even raised the matter for discussion in the government is indicative of the seriousness of his intentions.  Sharon will evacuate Gaza first, they say, and afterwards the outposts, and in the end maybe even the West Bank.  And those who most believe that Sharon will dismantle settlements are the parties of the Left.  On what basis?

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[February 13, 2005]
"New" Israeli Shministim

We the undersigned, Israeli girls and boys, believing in the values of democracy, humanism and pluralism, hereby declare that we shall refuse to take part in the occupation and repression policy adopted by the Government of Israel.  Our backgrounds are diverse, but we are all agreed that these values are the bases of a just society.  Every human being has the right to life, equality, dignity and freedom.  We are bound by our conscience and as citizens of Israel to act in defence of these rights, by refusing to participate in the occupation and repression policy.

Read the entire letter here.

[January 27, 2005]
The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)

Sanctions Against the Israeli Occupation: Itís Time

ďIf apartheid ended, so can the occupation.  But the moral force and international pressure will have to be just as determined.  The current divestment effort is the first, though certainly not the only, necessary move in that direction.Ē—Bishop Desmond Tutu

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[January 23, 2005]
Israel Seizes Palestinian Land in Jerusalem Cut Off by Barrier

Associated Press Monday, January 24, 2005
© 2005 The Washington Post Company

JERUSALEM, Jan.  23—Israel has quietly seized large tracts of Jerusalem land owned by Palestinian residents of the West Bank after they were cut off from their property by Israel's separation barrier, attorneys for the landowners said.

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[January 21, 2005]
Injustice and stupidity in Jerusalem

This editorial appeared in the Israeli daily, Haaretz on January 21, 2005

In July 2004, Israel's cabinet adopted a decision that was neither made public nor even published in the official government gazette, Reshumot: to apply the Absentee Property Law to East Jerusalem, and thereby to confiscate thousands of dunams of land from owners who live in the West Bank.  The reason for the decision was security-related: Since in practice, West Bank residents are barred from entering East Jerusalem because of the intifada, the cabinet decided to enact an official measure that would prevent any use of these lands by their owners in the future as well, and would explicitly state that henceforth their property belongs to the State of Israel.

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[January 16, 2005]
Not In My Name Supports Selective Divestment as a Tool to Oppose the Israeli Occupation

Not In My Name is a predominantly Jewish group that was established in 2000 to organize opposition to Israelís illegal and unjust occupation of the Palestinian territories it seized in 1967.  We continue to add our voices to the growing anti-Occupation movement and make it clear that Israel neither speaks nor acts in the name of all Jews.

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[January 10, 2005]
Israel's Culture of Martyrdom

Nations like to imagine themselves as unique, but one belief they have in common is that it is noble to die in their name.  Death and redemption are the themes of almost every form of patriotism.  In the case of Israel, however, the connection between nationalism and death is especially visceral.  For the Jewish state is a nation that emerged from the ashes of a project of extermination, and that sees itself as the best defense against the renewal of violent persecution.  Zionism, the state's ruling ideology, is a triumphal creed shadowed by death.

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[January 9, 2005]
Yet another historic day

Read the full article by Ali Abunimah at The Electronic Intifada

While the peace process scriptwriters insist that Mahmoud Abbas can bring peace where Arafat failed, the Israelis at least know better.

The day before the election, Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper published a lengthy report by Aluf Benn headlined "Quietly carrying on building," about how Israel's settler colonies are growing apace across the West Bank.  Israel is drawing up construction plans in over 120 settlements across the occupied West Bank with the full approval and knowledge of incoming US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Benn says.

[January 7, 2005]
Palestinian candidate ejected

Full article at: BBC News

A chief candidate in the Palestinian election has been barred from East Jerusalem after his arrest by Israeli police on the last day of the campaign.

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[December 22, 2004]
Two Americans face deportation for anti-wall activities

This was issued by the Internaitonal Solidarity Movement (ISM)

Activist Kate Raphael Bender plans to put Israel's Wall on trial.  Bender, a Jewish lesbian activist from the Bay Area in the United States, was arrested on December 14 at a protest against the construction of the Apartheid Wall in Bil'in village in the Ramallah district.

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[December 17, 2004]
A Whole Year

This ad was placed in Haaretz by Gush Shalom.

A whole year has passed since Ariel Sharon announced his "Disengagement Plan."

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[December 16, 2004]
UNRWA Rebuilds Jenin

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) undertook to rebuild their lost homes and repair hundreds of others. Despite the problems of unexploded ordnance, regular incursions, curfews, closures and the killing of the projectís British manager, the rebuilding of the lost homes in Jenin camp is now complete.

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[December 15, 2004]
ACTION ALERT from Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions in The Netherlands has called for urgent support from Washington Report readers.

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[December 11, 2004]
What is Hanukkah?

This is a question that has been asked throughout the ages, and it has many answers.  Some Jews embrace the holiday as a celebration of religious freedom.  Others see it as a triumph of a pure form of Judaism over foreign influences. 

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[December 10, 2004]
Settlers uproot Palestinian olive grove

This article appeared in Haaretz on December 10, 2004.

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[December 1, 2004]
ICAHD Volunteers Dragged from House; Demolition Proceeded

BEIT HANINA, JERUSALEM, December 1, 2004—Israeli and international volunteers occupied the one-room house of Muhammed Shabani in order to prevent its demolition by the municipality of Jerusalem accompanied by over forty Israeli police. 

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[October 26, 2004]
UNRWA

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has completed its humanitarian assessment of the Israelís latest incursion into northern Gaza.  The report, in PDF format, can be downloaded from their web site.

[October 10, 2004]
NIMN Benefit

3rd Annual NINM Benefit