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Binational Currents in Israel and Palestine on the Anniversary of 40 Years of Occupation PDF Print E-mail
Jul 04, 2007 at 03:45 PM

Go to the Alternative Information site to listen to an interview with Michael Warschawski, longtime Israeli political observer and analyst, as well as co-founder of the AIC, on June 12, 2007. He talks about understanding binationalism in both an Israeli and Palestinian context against the backdrop of 40 years of occupation, as well as the Israeli/Palestinian peace movement in the light of the larger struggle against globalization and  neo-colonialism....

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Israel plans 20,000 Jewish homes in East Jerusalem PDF Print E-mail
May 10, 2007 at 12:00 AM

By Avida Landau
Reuters May 10, 2007

Jerusalem - Israel plans to build 20,000 new homes for Jews in a settlement in Arab East Jerusalem, angering Palestinians who want the land for a future state.

An Israeli official said on Thursday that the plan forsees three separate Jewish neighbourhoods being set up on land Israel annexed after the 1967 Middle East War in a move that has not been recognised internationally.

Some 200,000 Jews already live in the eastern part of Jerusalem among about
230,000 Palestinians who, under an agreement forged after Israel's capture of the city, are legal residents.

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UN Committee Questions Israel's Policy of Apartheid PDF Print E-mail
Mar 15, 2007 at 01:04 PM

THE UN ANTI-RACISM COMMITTEE QUESTIONS ISRAEL'S POLICY OF APARTHEID IN ISRAEL AND THE OPT AND CALLS FOR EQUALITY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RIGHT OF RETURN

By Badil Staff

On 22-23 February 2007, after nearly 10 years of evading its responsibility, Israel finally met with the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) to discuss its report on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.  A number of Palestinian, Israeli and international NGOs attended, including Adalah, ACRI, Al Haq, Amnesty International, Badil, B'Tselem, Habitat Coalition International, National Lawyers Guild and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.

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Negev desert nomads on the move again to make way for Israel's barrier PDF Print E-mail
Feb 28, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Security fence and spread of Jewish settlement risks way of life for thousands

Rory McCarthy in Azariya
Wednesday February 28, 2007
The Guardian

The bulldozers came for Hamid Salim Hassan's house just after dawn. Before the demolition began, the Bedouin family scrambled to gather what they could: a fridge, a pile of carpets, some plastic chairs, a canister of cooking gas and a metal bed frame.

Now, with their house a wreck of smashed concrete and broken plastic pipes, Mr Hassan and his family are living in a canvas tent on a neighbour's land. Their possessions are piled outside, along with boxes of supplies, including washing-up liquid, toothpaste, corned beef, wheat flour and tomato paste, provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

His tent is small but it affords Mr Hassan a compelling view of the future. Stretched out before him are the hilltops of the West Bank where he and his family, all Bedouin shepherds who fled Israel in 1948, used to live and graze their sheep. Standing there now is Ma'ale Adumim, one of the largest Jewish settlements which is illegal under international law. Snaking up the hillside towards his tent is the West Bank barrier, also ruled unlawful in advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice. When complete, the steel and barbed wire barrier, which here will be 50m wide and include a ditch and patrol roads, will surround Ma'ale Adumim, attaching it to a greater Jerusalem.

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Occupied Gaza like apartheid South Africa, says UN report PDF Print E-mail
Feb 23, 2007 at 12:00 AM

The Guardian
Friday February 23, 2007

By 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.

The report by John Dugard, a South African law professor who is the UN's special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, represents some of the most forceful criticism yet of Israel's 40-year occupation.

Prof Dugard said although Israel and apartheid South Africa were different regimes, "Israel's laws and practices in the OPT [occupied Palestinian territories] certainly resemble aspects of apartheid." His comments are in an advance version of a report on the UN Human Rights Council's website ahead of its session next month.

Read the UN report (pdf): www.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/4session/A.HRC.4.17.pdf

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Half of Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza malnourished PDF Print E-mail
Feb 22, 2007 at 12:00 AM

By Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem
Published: 22 February 2007
The Independent

Around 46 per cent of Gaza and West Bank households are "food insecure" or in danger of becoming so, according to a UN report on the impact of conflict and the global boycott of the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority.

The unpublished draft report, the first of its kind since the boycott was imposed when the Hamas government took office last March, says bluntly that the problem "is primarily a function of restricted economic access to food resulting from ongoing political conditions".

The report, jointly produced by the UN's World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organisation, paints a bleak picture of the impact on food consumption and expenditure throughout the occupied Palestinian territories. It says that the situation is "more grim" in Gaza where four out of five families have reduced their spending - including on food - in the first quarter of last year alone.

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Racism, Apartheid, and the Lie of 'Balance' PDF Print E-mail
Feb 20, 2007 at 02:15 AM

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Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2006 10:01 AM Subject: [endapartheid] Statement of the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid in Response to Raja Khouri

*Racism, Apartheid, and the Lie of 'Balance'*
- Statement of the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid in Response to Raja Khouri -

[Background: On 13 December 2006, former president of the Canadian Arab Federation, Raja Khouri, wrote an op-ed for the Globe and Mail that harshly attacked a leaflet distributed at the recent Liberal Party convention. The leaflet had described Bob Rae as a supporter of Israeli apartheid, a characterization that Mr. Khouri implied was "racist" and "hateful". CAIA has issued this response to Mr. Khouri's op-ed. The original op-ed is re-printed below.]

December 15, 2006

Before turning directly to Mr. Raja Khouri's op-ed in the Globe and Mail of December 13, 2006, we must point out a few facts to place matters in context.

Gaza is starving. Israel controls all entry and exit and prevents the entry of food and other aid. A significant number of children are suffering permanent developmental damage from malnutrition. Over the past several months, the Israeli military has killed 400 people in Gaza alone. Israel holds ten thousand Palestinians as political prisoners, hundreds of whom are children, over one thousand of whom have not been brought to trial or charged. For years, Israeli bulldozers have been demolishing Palestinian homes, leaving thousands homeless each year. In the summer, the Israeli military killed over 1000 Lebanese, the vast majority of these civilians, while deliberately destroying much of the infrastructure of that country. Over one million cluster bomblets were dropped on the country (90% in the last 72 hours of Israel's attack) and this unexploded ordnance continues to kill and maim.

Contrary to what Mr. Khouri may believe, these facts are not a question of "emotion". They are the daily life experience of Palestinians. They are well documented by UN agencies, and human rights organizations such as B'tselem, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch. They bear restating because they so often drop from view amidst calls for "balance".

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Israel planned for Lebanon war months in advance, PM says
  • Olmert's leaked testimony contradicts earlier remarks 
  • Criticism from inquiry may force resignation

Conal Urquhart in Tel Aviv
Friday March 9, 2007
The Guardian

Preparations for Israel's war in Lebanon last summer were drawn up at least four months before two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by Hizbullah in July, Ehud Olmert, the prime minister, has admitted.

His submission to a commission of inquiry, leaked yesterday, contradicted the impression at the time that Israel was provoked into a battle for which it was ill-prepared. Mr Olmert told the Winograd commission, a panel of judges charged with investigating Israel's perceived defeat in the 34-day war, that he first discussed the possibility of war in January and asked to see military plans in March.

According to the Ha'aretz daily, which obtained details of Mr Olmert's testimony, the prime minister chose a plan featuring air attacks on Lebanon and a limited ground operation that would be implemented following a Hizbullah abduction. Hizbullah had made several attempts to capture Israeli soldiers on the border since Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in 2000.

Israeli commentators believed that Mr Olmert and Amir Peretz, the defence minister, took the opportunity of the kidnapping to show they could manage a war in spite of their limited military experience. But the outcome of the war seemed to highlight their lack of experience and also deficiencies in Israel's military planning.

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