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  • See where your Tax money is going: Israel Kills 10 Palestinians, Including 2 Teenagers, in one Day

    Monday, January 13 2003 @ 08:54 AM GMT


    GAZA CITY - Israel killed two Palestinian teenager on Sunday, January 12, in a failed assassination attempt against two members of the Islamic resistance Hamas, on the same day 8 other Palestinians were killed by the Israeli army.





    Israel destroyed several houses
    and workshops


    Two teenage Palestinian bystanders, one of them in a wheelchair, where killed when a missile fired by an Israeli helicopter missed a taxi carrying three Palestinians, including two members of the military wing of the resistance Hamas group, witnesses in Khan Yunis said.

    The three managed to escape before two more missiles destroyed their vehicle, Agence France-Presse (AFP) said.

    The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades confirmed in a statement that two of their leaders had narrowly escaped the missile attack and promised their group would retaliate.

    According to witnesses, a group of Palestinians spontaneously gathered and called for revenge outside a hospital south of Khan Yunis where some of the wounded from the day's Israeli attacks were being treated.

    The Israeli army refused to publicly comment on whether the botched missile attack was one of its patented "targeted killings" that have drawn wide international condemnation as they often cause heavy civilian casualties.

    The attack came hours after the Israeli army raided Khan Yunis with dozens of armored vehicles backed helicopters, in what Palestinian security sources described as the largest incursion into the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the Intifada against the Israeli occupation 27 months ago.

    One Palestinian was killed in the incursion, 18 wounded, and several houses and workshops destroyed, they said.

    The army claimed the workshops were used by militants to manufacture rockets and other weapons. Despite the raid, three Qassam rockets manufactured and named after Hamas's armed wing hit the southern Israeli town of Sderot later Sunday but caused no serious injuries.

    The Israeli army also staged an overnight incursion into Beit Hanun, which left another Palestinian dead, Palestinian security sources said.

    Further south, Israeli troops killed two members of an armed commando unit which had carried out a rare infiltration into the southern Negev desert from Egypt, military sources said, adding a manhunt had been launched for those who managed to escape into Israeli territory, AFP said.

    Private television reported that an Israeli was also killed in the clashes, without specifying whether the victim was a soldier.

    The identities of the attackers were also unknown.

    Palestinian gunmen also attacked the Israeli farming community of Gadish, just a few miles from the northern West Bank city of Jenin, killing one Israeli civilian, before two of the gunmen were killed.

    Israeli television said one of them was crushed by an army jeep while soldiers shot the other man down.

    The Islamic resistance Jihad movement claimed responsibility for the shooting, AFP said.

    Islamic Jihad claimed the gun rampage in a phone call to AFP and identified the attackers as Hani Zakarna, 18, and Rabia Zakarna, 19, from the village of Qabatiya in the northern West Bank near Jenin.

    The farming community of Gadish is only 10 kilometres (6 miles) north of the city of Jenin.

    Three members of the Israeli security forces were also wounded in the ensuing gunfight, medical sources said.

    Jenin was raided by dozens of Israeli armored vehicles early Sunday, in one of the army's almost daily incursions.

    In another incident Sunday, a Palestinian who opened fire on a tanker delivering gas to Jewish settlements in the southern West Bank region of Hebron was shot dead by security guards escorting the tanker.

    The deaths brings to 2,853 the number of people killed since the beginning of the intifada against the Israeli occupation in September 2000, three quarters of them Palestinians.

    Escaping financial scandals

    Palestinians have accused Sharon of escalating his military incursions against them in order to boost his electoral fortunes, which have suffered from various corruption accusations.

    "These operations were an attempt by the Israeli government to escape corruption accusations and influence the Israeli electoral campaign by perpetrating more killings, destruction and state terrorism in the territories," top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat told AFP.

    For his part, the premier ripped Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for issuing a call for restraint ahead of the Israeli legislative vote on January 28, accusing Arafat of being motivated purely by political concerns.

    On Friday, the Palestinian leadership issued a statement urging "Palestinian people to show their restraint and not allow themselves to be dragged along by the Israeli escalation and provocation on the approach of Israeli elections."

  • #2
    Monday, January 13 2003 @ 08:54 AM GMT


    GAZA CITY - Israel killed two Palestinian teenager on Sunday, January 12, in a failed assassination attempt against two members of the Islamic resistance Hamas, on the same day 8 other Palestinians were killed by the Israeli army.





    Israel destroyed several houses
    and workshops


    Two teenage Palestinian bystanders, one of them in a wheelchair, where killed when a missile fired by an Israeli helicopter missed a taxi carrying three Palestinians, including two members of the military wing of the resistance Hamas group, witnesses in Khan Yunis said.

    The three managed to escape before two more missiles destroyed their vehicle, Agence France-Presse (AFP) said.

    The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades confirmed in a statement that two of their leaders had narrowly escaped the missile attack and promised their group would retaliate.

    According to witnesses, a group of Palestinians spontaneously gathered and called for revenge outside a hospital south of Khan Yunis where some of the wounded from the day's Israeli attacks were being treated.

    The Israeli army refused to publicly comment on whether the botched missile attack was one of its patented "targeted killings" that have drawn wide international condemnation as they often cause heavy civilian casualties.

    The attack came hours after the Israeli army raided Khan Yunis with dozens of armored vehicles backed helicopters, in what Palestinian security sources described as the largest incursion into the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the Intifada against the Israeli occupation 27 months ago.

    One Palestinian was killed in the incursion, 18 wounded, and several houses and workshops destroyed, they said.

    The army claimed the workshops were used by militants to manufacture rockets and other weapons. Despite the raid, three Qassam rockets manufactured and named after Hamas's armed wing hit the southern Israeli town of Sderot later Sunday but caused no serious injuries.

    The Israeli army also staged an overnight incursion into Beit Hanun, which left another Palestinian dead, Palestinian security sources said.

    Further south, Israeli troops killed two members of an armed commando unit which had carried out a rare infiltration into the southern Negev desert from Egypt, military sources said, adding a manhunt had been launched for those who managed to escape into Israeli territory, AFP said.

    Private television reported that an Israeli was also killed in the clashes, without specifying whether the victim was a soldier.

    The identities of the attackers were also unknown.

    Palestinian gunmen also attacked the Israeli farming community of Gadish, just a few miles from the northern West Bank city of Jenin, killing one Israeli civilian, before two of the gunmen were killed.

    Israeli television said one of them was crushed by an army jeep while soldiers shot the other man down.

    The Islamic resistance Jihad movement claimed responsibility for the shooting, AFP said.

    Islamic Jihad claimed the gun rampage in a phone call to AFP and identified the attackers as Hani Zakarna, 18, and Rabia Zakarna, 19, from the village of Qabatiya in the northern West Bank near Jenin.

    The farming community of Gadish is only 10 kilometres (6 miles) north of the city of Jenin.

    Three members of the Israeli security forces were also wounded in the ensuing gunfight, medical sources said.

    Jenin was raided by dozens of Israeli armored vehicles early Sunday, in one of the army's almost daily incursions.

    In another incident Sunday, a Palestinian who opened fire on a tanker delivering gas to Jewish settlements in the southern West Bank region of Hebron was shot dead by security guards escorting the tanker.

    The deaths brings to 2,853 the number of people killed since the beginning of the intifada against the Israeli occupation in September 2000, three quarters of them Palestinians.

    Escaping financial scandals

    Palestinians have accused Sharon of escalating his military incursions against them in order to boost his electoral fortunes, which have suffered from various corruption accusations.

    "These operations were an attempt by the Israeli government to escape corruption accusations and influence the Israeli electoral campaign by perpetrating more killings, destruction and state terrorism in the territories," top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat told AFP.

    For his part, the premier ripped Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for issuing a call for restraint ahead of the Israeli legislative vote on January 28, accusing Arafat of being motivated purely by political concerns.

    On Friday, the Palestinian leadership issued a statement urging "Palestinian people to show their restraint and not allow themselves to be dragged along by the Israeli escalation and provocation on the approach of Israeli elections."

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    • #3
      As much money as I spend each year on taxes, you'd think they could at least have killed more than a dozen!
      Damn I'm mad!
      MeanBob

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      • #4
        ... and how many Israelis have been killed by the Palestinians? Keep up the suicide missions and there'll be many more Palestinians killed.

        ISLAM is a peaceful religion my brothers.

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        • #5
          OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES, January 13,03 (IPC+ Agencies)"”In a bloody day in the life of the unarmed Palestinain people, Israeli highly sophisticated war machine killed Sunday ten Palestinain residents in separate incidents across the Occupied Palestinain Territories, mainly in West Bank and Gaza.



          Early in the day, while dozens of thousands of Palestinians were sleeping, scores of Israeli tanks, backed by combat helicopters, attacked the Palestinain civilian population of Khan Younis, south of Gaza Strip.



          Palestinain medical sources said Israeli tanks and Apache helicopters killed instantly two Palestinian civilians and injured 18 other, two critically, as Israeli explosive devices devastated a number of metal workshops and two Palestinain-owned houses.



          Also, on Sunday evening in Khan Younis, Israeli combat helicopters fired at least four missiles, killing two Palestinian children, while another was injured critically, according to hospital officials.

          The attack was apparently aiming at assassinating two Intifada activists believed to have been linked with Al-Kasam Brigades, to the south-east of Khan Younis city.



          In another incident, three Palestinians were killed by Israeli gun fire on the Egyptian-Palestinian borders near the Negev town of Nitzana, Israeli sources reported.



          The three Palestinians managed to kill an Israeli soldier and injured others in the unprecedented military operation against Israeli occupation.



          In the Gaza Strip city of Biet Hanoun, Israeli occupation forces killed on Sunday dawn a Palestinain civilian after having invaded the city and detonated a Palestinain-owned house, sheltering at least 20 Palestinain family members.



          In the West Bank city of Hebron, an armed Jewish settler shot and killed a Palestinian civilian while traveling on a road leading to Hebron city and passing near a Jewish settlement bloc, which is established on Palestinian-owned lands.



          Eyewitnesses said an armed Jewish settler, driving a car, shot a Palestinian resident in the head, causing the latter's fatal death, and then fled to a nearby settlement.



          In the illegal Jewish settlement of Gaidetch, near the West Bank city of Jenin, Israeli occupation forces and the settlement's guards killed two Palestinians.



          Israeli sources said the two Palestinians killed Israeli security personnel and injured four others before being shot dead by the Israeli soldiers.



          Meanwhile, the Palestinain Center for Human Rights in Gaza condemned Sunday the Israeli offensive against the Occupied Palestinain territories that claimed life of ten Palestinians, including two innocent children.



          Some commentators believe that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's actions against the Palestinain people are intended to cover his financial scandals and remobilize his voters vis a vis his rival Amram Mitzna, Israeli opposition leader, who expressed readiness to resume negotiations with the Palestinain leadership.



          According to commentators, Sharon aims at defeating his Likud rival Foreign Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who promised voters to expel President Yasser Arafat in case he is elected as Prime Minister.



          Noteworthy, Ariel Sharon was elected by the Israeli public as he promises to ensure security for ˜every Israeli citizen'. Yet over the past two years, Sharon has failed to ensure security due to the Palestinain people's steadfastness in the face of the Israeli war machine, which continues to strike Palestinian man and property.



          The Occupied Palestinain Territories including West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem were occupied by Israel in 1967. The Oslo agreement signed between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel in1993 intended at establishing a Palestinain independent statehood, yet Israel failed to comply with the agreement, holding President Arafat responsibility for current Israel-Palestinain violence.

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          • #6
            The rate of Palestinian children killed at the hands of Israeli soldiers requires immediate international intervention.


            NABLUS, January 15 (IslamOnline & News Agencies) – Mohamed Al-Madhoun is a 16-year-old Palestinian boy living in the Al-Sheikh Radwan district, Gaza City. Al-Madhoun decided along with other two friends of the same age to infiltrate into the illegal Jewish settlement of Dugit.

            Backed with just knives, the three young would-be resistance activists were arrested by Israeli occupation forces earlier last month.

            The three boys were tortured and their bodies were deformed beyond recognition only to be killed in cold blood. To cover up for their crimes, the Israeli occupation forces handed over the bodies to their families after four days.

            But the death toll of other unarmed Palestinians younger than 18 killed by Israeli soldiers in 2002 raised up to 115, an increase of more than 50 percent from the previous year.

            The toll underlines the Israeli army's failure to quell riots without killing civilians, particularly minors.

            Most of the youngsters killed in 2002 were stone-throwers or bystanders hit by Israeli army fire, the Washington Times said Wednesday, January 15.

            The Palestinian fighters, who target Israeli civilians, killed 36 Israeli minors in bombings and shootings last year, claimed the American agency.

            Saying its soldiers operate in a hostile environment under threat from Palestinian militias, the Israeli government contends that gunmen often take cover behind civilians, and that children and teens are sent to the front lines by adults trying to win the world's sympathy by provoking casualties among the young.

            But these claims were rubbished earlier in the day by both Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's Fatah group and the Islamic resistance movement Hamas.

            In exclusive statements to IslamOnline, Abdel Aziz Al-Rantissi, a Hamas politburo member, said that Palestinian children who attempted to attack Jewish settlements were armed with nothing but knives.

            "And it is not logical that Hamas wants to see those children slain for the fun of it."

            The Hamas official added that the Israeli occupation forces want to justify their killing of the Palestinian children in cold blood, noting that the death toll of Palestinian children since the start of Al-Aqsa Intifada, which entered its third year, had risen to up to 600 children.

            "We are fully aware of your noble goals and that you are determined to avenge your colleagues who had been brutally slain at the hands of the Israeli troops," Rantissi passionately told Palestinian children.

            Last week, Hamas issued a statement in which it lashed out at the phenomenon of younger martyrs as a "national catastrophe", calling on all of mosque Imams and school teachers to handle the problem and raise the awareness of the children without harming the "jihad spirits of this younger generation".

            In the Gaza Strip, the number of Palestinian children killed in the Israeli operations since the beginning of the intifada hit 196, out of the total number of deaths for the period that are estimated by the Palestinian human rights group Al-Mizan Center at 726 martyrs.

            The Fatah Organization slammed the demands to allow the children to carry out martyrdom operations.

            "To use the children in Palestinian martyrdom operations against Israel smacks of ridiculing with their fates to the advantage of narrow-minded interests" said a statement of the Fatah group last week.

            Fatah lashed out at this phenomenon as harming "the Palestinian people's image and shows a coarse blackmail of the innocence of children."

            However, Israeli human rights activists say Israeli soldiers often receive vague open-fire orders and are not punished if they overreact.

            "There is no culture of deliberately shooting children. There is a culture of impunity," the Washington Times quoted Lior Yavneh of the human rights group B'tselem.

            Palestinians charge that the Israeli army does nothing to prevent killings of civilians because it wants to instill fear among Palestinians.

            "The rate of Palestinian children killed at the hands of Israeli soldiers is alarming and requires immediate international intervention," said Saeb Erakat, a Cabinet minister in the Palestinian Authority.

            On the Palestinian side, 2,014 persons have died and on the Israeli side, 713 since September 2000.

            Among them were 275 Palestinian minors and 72 Israeli children, not including Palestinian teenagers involved in bombing or shooting attacks, the paper reported.

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            • #7
              Jerusalem
              15 Jan 2003, 13:52 UTC


              AP
              Israeli soldiers take cover behind a wall as they wait for an explosion to demolish the house of a convicted Hamas militant
              Three Palestinians have been killed in Israeli security sweeps in the West Bank overnight and the military demolished the homes of four Palestinians convicted of carrying out a series of attacks against Israelis.

              Two Palestinian teenagers were killed near the West Bank town of Tulkarem in clashes with Israeli troops. A third fatality was reported in the village of Kabatiya in the northern West Bank as soldiers searched for two Palestinian militants. The dead man was described by witnesses as an innocent bystander who was mentally ill.

              The military says more than 20 suspected militants were arrested in overnight security sweeps.

              In East Jerusalem, Israeli troops poured concrete to seal off the homes of three Palestinians convicted of involvement in a series of bombings that killed 35 people, including an attack at Jerusalem's Hebrew University last July, which killed seven people. The home of a fourth bomber was later blown up.

              Israel routinely demolishes the homes of suicide bombers and suspected militants in what the army describes as a necessary deterrent. It was the first time, however, that the army destroyed homes in East Jerusalem for security reasons. Arabs living in that part of the city carry Israeli identity cards and have much greater freedom of movement than do Palestinians living in the West Bank or Gaza Strip. The demolition policy is widely criticized by human rights groups as collective punishment.

              Israel has also closed down the Islamic University and the Polytechnic Institute in the West Bank city of Hebron. The army says the two schools were being used by extremists to plan attacks. Clashes briefly erupted between stone throwing students and troops who fired back with rubber-coated bullets.

              The latest violence comes just a few weeks before general elections in Israel. Both sides have accused each other of ratcheting up the violence ahead of the vote.

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              • #8
                It is War Like situation .
                it is going on today .
                if one do not understand ,then it will go on
                and on and on and on.
                You requier will to stop it.
                I said stop this topic here
                ok

                God

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                • #9
                  How much Jewish blood has been shed by their hateful hands? JEHOVAH will destroy Israel's enemies. You might not like to hear that but you can't do anything about it. Ha, ha, ha. Arabs will never prevail over the Jews. Oh, no, no, no. Never, never, never. Call on Allah for help.
                  awe law ohh ackbar.

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                  • #10
                    The number of Palestinian casualties in the conflict with Israel grew, as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon saw his re-election prospects recovering from corruption allegations just two weeks before the general election.

                    Three Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops in the West Bank overnight, and three Palestinian children wounded in the Gaza Strip.

                    In one of the army's nightly sweeps for suspected militants, two people were killed in the West Bank village of Qabatiya, south of Jenin, Palestinian security sources said.

                    One of them was a 16-year-old shot dead after throwing stones at troops, the sources said, though the army said he had lobbed "incendiary devices."

                    The other was a mentally-ill 44-year-old shot as he stood in one of the streets where the operation was taking place, the Palestinians said.

                    The all-too-familiar pattern of Palestinian stones being met by Israeli bullets had already left another teenager dead overnight in the Palestinian refugee camp of Tulkarem.

                    According to security sources on both sides, more than 25 suspected Palestinian militants were arrested overnight.

                    In the Gaza Strip, two children, aged 12 and 13, were wounded by Israeli gunfire in a wooded area as bulldozers cleared land alongside a nearby road close to the central town of Deir el-Balah, Palestinian security sources said.

                    The Israelis denied there had been any shooting.

                    Another Palestinian youth was wounded by Israeli gunfire in Rafah, near the Gaza border with Egypt, hospital source.

                    And Israeli bulldozers razed two houses and damaged another during an incursion several hundred metres (yards) into autonomous Palestinian territory in the Beit Hanoun area, in the northern Gaza Strip, security sources said.

                    Security forces also sealed three houses and bulldozed a fourth in east Jerusalem belonging to a Hamas cell responsible for a string of eight attacks, which killed a total of 35 Israelis.

                    On the political front, Sharon received new evidence that his decline in the opinion polls had come to a halt, as the January 28 election nears.

                    After allegations of a loan scam had lost him much of the commanding lead he held over Labour party rival Amram Mitzna, a poll aired Tuesday night on public television gave his Likud party 33 seats in the 120-member parliament. That figure dropped to a campaign low of 29 last week.

                    But his dovish opponent was still stuck with the prospect of Labour taking no more than 20 seats in the next Knesset.

                    Sharon also got at least a temporary reprieve Wednesday over the probe into a 1.5 million dollar loan his two sons received from a South African businessman to cover campaign costs for their father.

                    The Supreme Court prohibited the Shin Beth internal security service from investigating the case, a judicial source said. However, the ruling allows officials to show cause why they should be allowed to investigate the matter, which the court does not consider related to national security.

                    Meanwhile, the United States said a conference on Palestinian reform in London Tuesday had been "positive and constructive" and pledged continuing US support to help the Palestinians transform their governing bodies.

                    "We found the meeting positive and constructive and believe that it will help further the cause of reform and transformation of the Palestinian community that remains so important to us all," State Department Richard Boucher said.

                    At the British-hosted conference, Palestinian delegates were able to participate only via video link because of a travel ban slapped on them after a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv on January 5.

                    They vowed to produce a draft constitution for the Palestinian Authority by the end of the month and undertake administrative and civil service reforms.

                    It is to be based "on the principles of democracy, political pluralism, rule of law, independence of the judiciary and the protection of individual freedoms," the British Foreign Office said.

                    Tuesday's talks are to be followed next month by a meeting of the task force on reform created by the international diplomatic "quartet" on the Middle East -- the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia.

                    For his part, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, whose country is hosting consultations between Palestinian factions, said "we are working towards a halt in Palestinian operations for a certain time, and progress has been made in this direction.

                    "We are working to establish a new climate which would allow negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians to resume," he said.

                    But top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat accused Sharon of not wanting peace.

                    "Sharon's answer to the London conference came this morning, with more killing and destruction," he told AFP.

                    He was referring to the three latest Palestinian deaths and to the closure of the Hebron university on Wednesday morning.

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                    • #11
                      DID YOU UNDERSTAND FOLLOWING SIMPLE ENGLISH
                      I said stop this topic here

                      It is War Like situation .NOT GOOD
                      NO WAR ANY WHERE ON THIS PLANET.PEACE PEACE .
                      it is going on today .
                      if one do not understand ,then it will go on
                      and on and on and on.
                      You requier will to stop it.
                      I said stop this topic here
                      ok

                      God

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                      • #12
                        I am not Jewish. I 'm really not sure about the "chosen people" thing. But I admire these people greatly. They have one tiny little strip of land and are surrounded by people who hate them and want them dead. There is not a day that goes by that some group or other isn't plotting to destroy their tiny little country.Yet while enduring all that they have managed to build the only country worth living in in the whole Godforsaken region. They are a Democratic government in the middle of stone-age dictators and kingdoms. The only place that women are treated equally. The only place you can differ with your leaders and live. A .bright shining light in a dark hell hole.And they don't even have oil. Can you imagine what they could be like with the riches that the other horrible countries have??They took nothing and made something. The rest had everything and have done nothing,but fight each other and hate Israel for its ability to prosper. They only ask to be left in peace. They are not trying to convert anyone. I know many Jewish people, I have yet to have one try to tell me that I should become a Jew.They have ,however worked at our hospital on Christmas day so that Christians could have the day off. I have never had a muslim do that.

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                        • #13
                          "'The year 2002 was the worst in the state's history, not because of problems related to security, economy and corruption; it was the year of moral degeneration .."

                          OCCUPIED JERUSALEM - A former Israeli cabinet minister and founder of the liberal-oriented Meretz party has castigated the current state of affairs in the Jewish state, saying Israeli Jews effectively have became barbarians in the year 2002.





                          Shulamit Aloni: "The year
                          2002 was the worst in the
                          state's history"


                          Shulamit Aloni, former Minister of Education, was quoted by the Israeli newspaper Yedeot Ahranot Wednesday as saying the year 2002 was "the worst in Israel's history."

                          "The year 2002 was the worst in the state's history, not because of problems related to security, economy and corruption; it was the year of moral degeneration during which we became an apartheid state, it was the year in which the government's legal advisor began burying the democratic system."

                          Aloni especially lambasted the Israeli government for adopting conspicuously-brazen discriminatory actions against Israel's growing Arab community.

                          "In the year 2002, Israel sought to negate the rights of the Arab community, they censored a film on Jenin, they closed down an Arab newspaper and they barred an Arab political party from taking part in the elections."

                          Aloni argued that the year 2002 was the "worst ever from the moral view point."

                          "We transformed ourselves into barbarians; we turned 3.5 million human beings into hostages, we turned every town and village into a detention camp; we destroy ancient buildings dating back 800 years in order to build a park...we allowed an officer to decide to destroy an entire neighborhood with a mere hand signal..."

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                          • #14
                            Is this posting related to immigration discussion?
                            people read the news ,you don't have to paste here.
                            please keep the board clean. these kind of postings generates hate slurrs.

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                            • #15
                              GAZA CITY, Jan 16 (AFP) - The Israeli army demolished 13 houses in the Gaza Strip and West Bank Thursday and arrested 11 wanted militants in Bethlehem, security sources said.

                              In the Brazil neighbourhood of Rafah refugee camp, the army bulldozed five houses near the border with Egypt, the sources said, adding that nine other houses were damaged in the process.

                              In the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun, another three houses were demolished, the sources added. Beit Hanun has often been used as a launching pad for militants firing home-made rockets over the border with Israel.

                              Meanwhile, in the northern West Bank town of Qabatiya, south of Jenin, troops dynamited a house that belonged to a militant from the radical Islamic group Hamas who was killed a year ago in armed clashes with the army.

                              In the southern West Bank near Hebron, troops also destroyed the house of a militant who blew himself up last April in Jerusalem, killing six Israelis, security sources on both sides said.

                              In the southern West Bank village of Dhahar Al-Maleh, near Jenin, three houses were bulldozed by the army because their owners did not have the required construction permits, Palestinian security sources said.

                              The Israeli army has bulldozed or dynamited some 130 houses in the West Bank since August, when it launched its demolition policy that human rights groups have condemned as collective punishment.

                              However, it has been razing Palestinian houses in Rafah for much longer, creating an ever-widening strip of rubble that serves as a buffer zone between the first row of inhabited houses and Israeli-controlled border posts.

                              The army charges that these houses shelter Palestinian militants as well as the entrances to tunnels, which Israel says are used by Palestinians to smuggle arms from Egypt.

                              On Thursday, the army also arrested 11 wanted Palestinians in the southern West bank town of Bethlehem, two of them Hamas members, an army spokeswoman told AFP.

                              But Palestinian security sources said only four men had been arrested in the course of extensive house-to-house searches in Bethlehem and its Aida refugee camp.

                              The sources added that the men, all in their 20s, were not wanted by Israel.

                              Also in Bethlehem, the army searched three Palestinian Authority offices, forcing its way in by blowing up the front doors, the Palestinian sources said.

                              The local government ministry, the Palestinian water authority's office and the civilian coordination office were raided. Some computers were damaged and files stolen, the sources said.

                              To the west of Bethlehem, the village of Bateer was placed under curfew and several Palestinians beaten up for defying the army's order. Two of them had to be hospitalized, Palestinian medical sources said.

                              The army could not immediately confirm these informations.

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