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September 08 2005

Is Israel Preserving the Mosques
By Meron Benvenisti
 
It would be unworthy to question the sincerity of the motives of those who objected to the cabinet decision to destroy the synagogues in Gush Katif. Some ministers who voted against the decision had supported the disengagement and even offered to hand over the houses of Gush Katif to the Palestinians in one piece. Others had sharply objected to the disengagement, and see leaving the synagogues intact as an opening to the Jews return to Gaza...More

September 07 2005

Israelis Protest Shoot-to-Kill Policy
Breaking a deafening silence, Israeli soldiers are speaking out against illegal shoot-to-kill orders against Palestinian civilians, a leading British newspaper reported Tuesday, September 6. "The reason why I am telling you this is that I want the army to think about what they are asking us to do, shooting unarmed people. I don t think it s legal," Assaf, a discharged Israeli soldier, told the Guardian...More

September 07 2005

Palestinian Christians Are Not Suffering at the Hands of Muslims
By Raja G. Mattar
 
A few weeks ago I received by email an article by a Dr. Walid Phares titled "Arab Christians who are they " Initially I brushed it off as rather inconsequential, but it subsequently came to my attention that Dr. Phares is promoting some rather bizarre ideas about Arab Christians on the lecture and TV circuit in the U.S., contesting their Arab ethnicity and claiming their persecution by Muslims...More

July 1, 2005

Asymmetry Needs to  be Addressed
Daoud Kuttab  
Gazans may no longer have tanks in their streets after disengagement, but it will still be under the control and surveillance of a foreign occupying power. Judging by statements made by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and army officials, and the security stipulations made in the Knesset-approved disengagement plan, Israel will maintain its presence in the air, sea, and at Gaza s borders after its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip...More
 
June 29 2005

East Jerusalem Remains Occupied Territory Under International Law
Al-Haq
 
On 28 June 1967, Israel implemented legislation that established de facto the illegal annexation of East Jerusalem to the State of Israel. Al-Haq takes the opportunity of this anniversary to forcefully emphasise that, despite the claims of successive Israeli governments, Palestinian East Jerusalem remains occupied territory under international humanitarian law. Accordingly, any measures, legislative or otherwise, aimed at altering the status of the city and depriving the Palestinian civilian population of the protections afforded by international humanitarian law, have no validity...More

June 22, 2005

Electronic Occupation
By Ghazi Hamad  
 
Gazans may no longer have tanks in their streets after disengagement, but it will still be under the control and surveillance of a foreign occupying power. Judging by statements made by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and army officials, and the security stipulations made in the Knesset-approved disengagement plan, Israel will maintain its presence in the air, sea, and at Gaza s borders after its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip...More


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