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  Friday  April 5  2002    10: 40 AM


There are too many pages to link to on this. Again, look at Palestine Independent Media Center for reports from the ground, the Israeli paper Ha'aretz, and the Guardian's Special Report—Israel and the Middle East. Here are a few links.

Under Fire — An American Student in Ramallah

Even though the Israeli army said it had lifted the closure for two hours -- in which we still were not able to transfer medical supplies and still was not long enough to everything that was badly needed -- the Israelis continued shooting people in the streets indiscriminately on their way, so people were running around trying to make it to the store or find a safe route only to have to run back home again. It was an added cruelty and terror tactic in this macabre situation, a sick joke: starve people and then shoot them when they try to find food with your permission.
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thanks to BookNotes


"Why should the Arabs make peace? If I were an Arab leader, I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we came here and stole their country. Why should they accept that?"
David Ben-Gurion

thanks to Ethel the Blog


Bush has finally grasped that Sharon is the problem
American prestige is now on the line: the president must not fail

It has been a long time coming, but President Bush has finally engaged with the Middle Eastern crisis which his administration has skirted for so many months. One American commentator recently called on the United States to wake up, and behave, "for God's sake, like a superpower". Yesterday Bush seemed to be acting on such advice. When the rhetoric, and long exposition of anti-terrorist principles, are set aside, at the heart of his speech was a series of orders.
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A generation of the lost
The Palestinian children of the first intifada, now in their teens, are time bombs in the making, according to a new survey.

The analysis of the results left no room for doubt: The vast majority of the teens in the territories suffered in one way or another from the environmental friction: 87 percent of the adolescents said they had suffered under lengthy curfews in their neighborhoods; 68.5 percent were directly exposed to worry about a relative; 70 percent said that they or one of their relatives suffered during the first intifada by school closings, or other interruptions to their schooling; 21 percent said a relative was deported; 58 percent said at least one relative was denied freedom of movement by arrest, curfew, or travel bans; 41.4 percent said that at least one relative was arrested for political reasons; 22.8 percent had a relative, friend or another member of their community killed as a result of the conflict; 50.8 percent had one of their relatives attacked by the army or settlers; 30.6 percent reported that a relative was wounded by the army or settlers; and 8.3 percent reported that a relative had become an invalid as a result.
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Attacks Strip Away Foundation of Palestinian Rule

After a week of Israeli attacks on Palestinian towns and institutions across the West Bank, these vestiges were all that remained of the Palestinian Authority, the institution that was supposed to administer Palestinian cities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip after the Israeli withdrawals of the mid-1990s.

"There is no Palestinian Authority," said Saeb Erekat, an aide of Arafat and the minister of local government. "Anyone who has an IQ of 14 can see that the goal of this operation has been to make sure that there is no government for the Palestinians."

"This was not the government we wanted," said Adel Yahya, director of the independent Palestinian Association for Cultural Exchange. "The courts and police didn't function, services were lousy. No one used to cry for the authority. Now, we are afraid of its disappearance."

The alternative, in the Palestinian view, will likely be the reorganization of society into underground resistance factions and support groups. The PLO, the group with the longest history of resistance, is still the largest political- military organization. However, the Islamic Resistance Movement, known as Hamas, rivals the PLO in several areas of the West Bank and Gaza. Both groups have large supplies of weapons.

"There are plenty of recruits for armed action. There are plenty of candidates for suicide bombers," said Samir Huleileh, a businessman and one-time political activist. "The real infrastructure of terror will be 3 million people without hope."
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