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Rescue personnel evacuating the wounded from the scene of the suicide bombing in Tel Aviv on Monday, 3/17/2006. (Nir Kafri/Ha'aretz)
Child girl injured in Hebron
International Middle East Media Center 2/27/2005
Saturday evening, Israeli soldiers shot and seriously injured a 14-year-old girl in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. The Israeli army claimed...

3 soldiers attempted to kill 2 Israeli Arabs
International Middle East Media Center 2/27/2005
Two Israeli arabs from the city of Sakhnin filed a complain at Misgaf police station on Saturday night, saying that three armed Israeli soldiers...

Extremist threatens Arab politician
YNetNews 2/28/2005
Far right activist Baruch Marzel sends hostile letter following Mohammad Barakeh’s vote in favor of settler evacuation bill -- Right-wing threats: Far right activist Baruch...

Israel: Tel Aviv blast killed soldiers
AlJazeera 3/1/2005
The Israeli press has said three of the five people killed in the bomb attack in Tel Aviv on Friday were members of an...

1000 Dunams annexed near Jerusalem
International Middle East Media Center 2/28/2005
Israeli soldiers handed Jaba’ village council, north east of Jerusalem, military orders to annex 1000 Dunams of family farmlands in erect to erect the...

New IDF weapon: More bark than bite
Ha'aretz 2/28/2005
The Israel Defense Forces has developed - perhaps belatedly - a cannon shell that reproduces the sound of a live shell when fired but does not...

Scars of massacre still fresh in Hebron
By Khalid Amayreh, AlJazeera 2/27/2005
It happened shortly after dawn on 25 February 1994, when an American Jewish immigrant named Baruch Goldstein left his home at the settlement of...

Army' road slashes through Arab land
Ha'aretz 2/28/2005
A new road to Tel Romeida - the six-family Jewish settlement neighborhood in Hebron - is being paved through Palestinian-owned property in the city and involves...

Background / State funded, yet private
Ha'aretz 2/28/2005
Given the nature of Himnuta's operations, yesterday's revelations come as no surprise: Though it is run as a division of the Jewish National Fund...

Family opposes bid to exhume body of Oct. 2000 victim
Ha'aretz 3/1/2005
Acre Magistrate's Court Judge Ronit Yitzhaki will rule in 60 days on a request to appoint a police investigator to exhume the body of...

Israel Plans Air Force 'Umbrella' After Gaza Withdrawal
International Press Center 2/28/2005
GAZA, February 26, 2005 (IPC + Agencies) - - Israeli military officials said that Israel is thinking of having an air force umbrella over Gaza Strip following...

Ring suspected of trading in stolen Palestinian land
Ha'aretz 2/28/2005
Police are investigating suspicions that the former CEO of Himnuta, a subsidiary of the Jewish National Fund, purchased stolen Palestinian lands in exchange for...

Israel Plans to Electronically Fence Al Aqsa Mosque
International Press Center 2/27/2005
GAZA, February 27, 2005 (IPC + Agencies) - - Palestinian sources in Jerusalem revealed that Israeli occupation authorities intends to surround the holy Al Aqsa Mosque with...

PNIC: 3993 Palestinians Killed and More than 44000 Others Wounded in Four Years
International Press Center 2/27/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 27, 2005 (IPC) - - Since the outbreak of the Palestinian uprising (Intifada) in September 2000, through January 2005, 3993 Palestinians have been...

Youth Dies of Wounds in Qalqiliya
International Press Center 2/27/2005
QALQILYA, Palestine, February 27, 2005 (IPC + WAFA) - - Medical sources in Qalqilya province declared early this morning that a 16-year-old young boy died of...

Hamas: Israeli tactics threaten peace
AlJazeera 3/1/2005
The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has warned that a fragile ceasefire with Israel could collapse if Israel continued to ignore Palestinian concerns, including the...

Israeli Forces Conclude Advanced Stages of Apartheid Wall in Jerusalem
International Press Center 2/28/2005
JERUSALEM, February 28, 2005 (IPC + Agencies) - - Israeli occupation forces concluded yesterday the construction of advanced stages in the Apartheid Wall around the city of...

Uzi Dayan says PM bears blame for Tel Aviv attack
Ha'aretz 3/1/2005
Former deputy chief of staff Major General (Res.) Uzi Dayan, who currently heads the Public Council for a Security Fence, placed indirect responsibility for...

Israeli Troops Renew Aggression Across oPt
International Press Center 2/28/2005
WEST BANK, Palestine, February 28, 2005 (IPC+ Agencies)-- Israeli occupation troops renewed over the past 24 hours the aggression, they have been launching since...

IDF destroys bomb-laden car near Jenin
Ha'aretz 3/1/2005
Israeli troops in the area between Jenin and Tul Karm yesterday found and destroyed a booby-trapped car believed to have been assembled by the...

Two guards hurt in West Bank shooting
Ha'aretz 2/28/2005
Two civilian security guards were wounded Monday night in a shooting attack while patrolling in a security vehicle in the community of Kfar Oranim-Menorah...

Bomber's family shunned by whole town
The Guardian 3/1/2005
Scores of chairs lined the rooms and corridors, and jugs of coffee and water and trays of figs were ready to welcome men paying...

Jewish settler runs over two Palestinian children near Qalqilia
Palestinian Information Center 2/24/2005
Qalqilia - A Jewish settler last night ran over two Palestinian children at the northern entrance to Azun village east of Qalqilia city. Local sources...

Aqsa foundation emphasizes support to director of Aqsa Mosque against false Israeli charges
Palestinian Information Center 2/25/2005
Nablus - The Aqsa foundation on Thursday sent a message of solidarity to Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, director and preacher (Khatib) of the holy Aqsa Mosque...

Israeli Settlements (Updated
MIFTAH 2/25/2005
According to a 2004 Foundation for Middle East Peace report, the total settler population in the West Bank and Gaza (including east Jerusalem) is...

Another witness in the case of 13-year-old Gaza girl death
International Middle East Media Center 2/25/2005
The Israeli soldier who witnessed the killing of 13-year-old Gaza girl Iman Al-Hamas couple of months ago testified on Thursday that the officer...

Shkedi: “Army to monitor the skies of Gaza after withdrawal
International Middle East Media Center 2/25/2005
Israeli chief of staff of the air force, Eliezer Shkedi said that when Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip next summer, its apaches, unmanned...

Israel 'to build more West Bank homes
The Guardian 2/25/2005
Israel plans to build more than 6,000 new homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, an Israeli newspaper has reported, in a move...

Gush Shalom: “Sharon is planning to erect settlements in the WB
International Middle East Media Center 2/25/2005
The Israeli Peace Bloc, Gush Shalom, said that the Israeli government is continuing its planes and polices to erect settlements in the West Bank...

News Briefs, February 25, 2005
International Middle East Media Center 2/25/2005
Army imposes curfew over an area near Jericho / Village invaded, south of Tulkarem / Several homes shelled in Khan Younis / Six arrested in Nablus overnight...

Child killed in the southern Gaza Strip
International Middle East Media Center 2/25/2005
Friday afternoon, a Palestinian medical source reported that Israeli soldiers killed a 16-year-old child in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza...

Evacuation and Construction: “new plan to expand settlements
International Middle East Media Center 2/25/2005
Kerin Kayemit (The Permanent Israeli Fund) has prepared a plan to expand Israeli settlements in the West Bank ; the plan includes building 6391 new...

Is Hizbullah behind attack
YNetNews 2/26/2005
Security officials estimate Lebanese terror group involved in Tel Aviv attack, an assessment shared by Palestinian Authority officials -- TEL AVIV - Hizbullah terrorists may have...

Bomb kills clubbers in Tel Aviv
BBC 2/25/2005
A suicide bomber has killed four and injured around 30 outside a popular seafront night club in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. The...

IDF kills Palestinian trying to break through fence
Ha'aretz 2/25/2005
Israel Defense Forces troops shot and wounded a Palestinian man who attempted to break through the Gaza Strip security fence at the Sufa checkpoint...

Peace Now’s Settlements Watch Report: Gaza Settlement Construction Continues
Arabic Media Internet Network 2/23/2005
The Israeli Peace Now movement’s Settlements Watch project February 23, issued a report on settlement construction in the Gaza Strip from August through December...

Report: Israel to expand settlements
AlJazeera 2/25/2005
Israel plans to build more than 6000 homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank this year, an Israeli newspaper has said. The reported...

Abbas pledges to track down those responsible for TA attack
Ha'aretz 2/26/2005
After an emergency meeting with his security officials, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday pledged to track down those responsible for Friday's suicide...

Four people killed in suicide bombing in TA
Ha'aretz 2/25/2005
At least four people were killed and 50 others were wounded Friday night, when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a discotheque on...

Gaza ‘out,’ West Bank ‘in
YNetNews 2/25/2005
Government plans to build thousands of new homes in West Bank settlements, retroactively approve 120 illegal outposts, Yediot Ahronot reports -- TEL AVIV - The government...

Video: Fatalities in Tel Avi club bombing
BBC 2/25/2005
A suicide bomber has killed four and injured around 30 at a night club in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, police say. According...

Israel denies W Bank homes plan
BBC 2/25/2005
Israel has denied a report that it is planning to build more than 6,000 new homes in settlements in the West Bank this year.Yediot...

APN Attacks Plan for 6,000+ New Settlement Houses, Authorization for 120 Illegal Outposts
Americans for Peace Now 2/25/2005
Washington, D.C.—Americans for Peace Now (APN) February 25, denounced an Israeli government plan to substantially boost settlement construction in the West Bank, while...

Tel Aviv bomb rocks peace process
The Guardian 2/25/2005
Four killed in suicide blast claimed by Islamic Jihad --Tentative hopes of reviving the Middle East peace process were jolted last night when a...

Anti-pullout pamphlet: PM bringing a holocaust on Israel
Ha'aretz 2/24/2005
Thousands of anti-disengagement activists who attended a Jerusalem rally led by prominent rabbis in Jerusalem on Thursday, received a pamphlet accusing Prime Minister Ariel...

Sharon's Government Funds Demolition in East Jerusalem
International Press Center 2/24/2005
JERUSALEM, February 24, 2005 (IPC + Agencies) - - The director of Al Quds Center for Social and Economic Rights in Jerusalem, Ziyad Al Hammouri, denounced the...

Israeli Troops Open Heavy Fire in Rafah
International Press Center 2/24/2005
RAFAH, Palestine, February 24, 2005 (IPC+ Agencies)--The Israeli occupation troops opened early on Wednesday four tank shells on Palestinian-owned houses in the Al-Salam...

News Briefs, February 24, 2005
International Middle East Media Center 2/24/2005
Military checkpoint east of Tubas / Settlers and soldiers uproot trees north of Hebron / Military checkpoint erected east of Qalqilia / Two brothers arrested in Jericho...

IDF soldier sentenced to 4 months
YNetNews 2/24/2005
Soldier fired at Palestinian vehicle, killing one occupant, and lied to investigators -- An Israel Defense Forces soldier who opened fire at a vehicle in...

Police prepare for worst
YNetNews 2/24/2005
Police are preparing for possibility of settlers opposing evacuation by using dogs, blocking main intersections and firing from the rooftops -- According to one of...

Cabinet has declared war on God
YNetNews 2/24/2005
Stickers handed out at disengagement rally accuse Sharon of Holocaust; protest held just days after Sharon signs Gaza evacuation orders -- JERUSALEM - Thousands of anti-disengagement...

Yeshiva moving to settlement slated for evacuation
Ha'aretz 2/25/2005
The Nir Yeshiva in Kiryat Arba will soon move to Sa-Nur, one of the four northern West Bank settlements that are slated to be...

Annexation wall; isolated and surrounded areas
International Middle East Media Center 2/23/2005
The annexation wall which Israel started to erect in the summer of 2002 created isolated and surrounded areas, which became surrounding by the wall...

News Briefs, February 23, 2005
International Middle East Media Center 2/23/2005
Army detains dozens of residents near Qalandia refugee camp / Three residents severely clubbed near Tulkarem / Resident injured near Nablus / Resident arrested near Al-Aqsa Mosque...

Peace Now: Construction in the Gaza Strip Settlements Growing
International Press Center 2/23/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 23,2005 (IPC+Agencies)---Information compiled by the Israeli peace now movement "Gush Shalom" from an aerial survey indicates that a considerable...

Israeli Violations of Cease- Fire Understanding by the Last 24 Hours
International Press Center 2/23/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 23,2005 (IPC+WAFA)---The Israeli occupation forces continued today and yesterday night its breaches of the cease fire understandings, clinched at...

Israel ready to react to Hizbullah
Daily Star 2/23/2005
JERUSALEM: Israel is ready to react to any attempt by the Lebanese resistance group Hizbullah to open up a new battle front on the...

New Apartheid Wall construction in two villages near Ramallah - New Israeli measures to isolate and annex East Jerusalem
Palestine Monitor 2/23/2005
Three days ago Israel began building a new section of its illegal Apartheid Wall in the Palestinian villages of Bil’in and Saffa west of...

Israeli Troops Wound Several Residents
International Press Center 2/22/2005
RAMALLAH, Palestine, February 22, 2005 (IPC+ Agencies)-- Ten Palestinian residents from the West Bank village of Bal'een, west of the Ramallah City, were shot...

Erez Crossing, Gaza roads still closed
Rafah Today 2/21/2005
with photos] The Israeli Occupation Forces delivered 15 bodies of Palestinians killed during the past few months in the ongoing Intifada. Numbers of ambulances...

Four injured as IOF randomly shells Rafah
Rafah Today 2/21/2005
Four Palestinians were injured at the Rafah Refugee Camp during random shelling in the middle of the Camp in Rafah. Palestinian medical sources at...

Israeli senior officer: “The Palestinians uncovered and demolished seven tunnels
International Middle East Media Center 2/22/2005
An Israeli senior military officer said that the Palestinian authority uncovered and demolished over the last few weeks seven arm-smuggling tunnels in the Gaza...

P. A security officer killed north of Gaza
International Middle East Media Center 2/22/2005
Tuesday at dawn, a Palestinian security source reported that unknown armed men assassinated a Palestinian security officer in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, north of the...

Israeli MI: Palestinian resistance planning attacks in case cease-fire fails
International Middle East Media Center 2/22/2005
Palestinian resistance groups are planning strategic attacks in case the cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian Authority breaks down. The Israeli Military Intelligence research...

News Briefs, February 22, 2005
International Middle East Media Center 2/22/2005
Military checkpoint erected south of Bethlehem / Soldiers attack a peaceful protest in Hebron / Detainee in administrative detention since 2001 / Seven residents of Bethlehem sentenced...

Israeli Police want NIS 61 million to counter Haram Al-Sharif threats
International Middle East Media Center 2/22/2005
The Israeli police is demanding an additional NIS 61 million to counter increasingly grave threats of an attack by Jewish extremists on Haram Al...

4,000 police officers to keep rightists out of Gaza
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
The police force will deploy 4,000 officers around the Gaza Strip ahead of the planned evacuation to prevent anti-pullout activists from entering the settlements...

20 hurt in anti-wall protest near Ramallah
International Middle East Media Center 2/22/2005
Israeli High Court ordered Tuesday a freeze to the construction of the separation wall near the village of Safa, west of the West Bank...

Mitsna: "There was a pogrom in Maghar
Come And See/Haaretz 2/19/2005
Amram Mitsna, former leader of the Labor Party and mayor of Haifa writes about Maghar: "The rumor alone was ample pretext for the assault...

News Briefs, February 20 - 21, 2005
International Middle East Media Center 2/21/2005
Soldiers attack, beat a youth near Nablus/ Detainee from Hebron sentenced to 13 consecutive years / Resident of Bethlehem sentenced to eleven consecutive years / Two...

Army: Explosive charges planted everywhere in Gaza
International Middle East Media Center 2/20/2005
Israeli army source said Saturday that Palestinian resistance groups has developed a new combat strategy, and are ordering operatives to plant explosive charges almost...

5 Settlers arrested for assaulting Palestinians, soldiers
International Middle East Media Center 2/20/2005
Israeli police arrested Saturday night 5 settlers, including a minor, suspected of physically assaulting Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in the old city of Hebron...

Army kills two Palestinians in Rafah
International Middle East Media Center 2/20/2005
Israel soldiers shot and killed two Palestinians in Rafah in the southern Gaza strip, injured two others, and arrested one resident.The Israeli army claimed...

A Nablus Boy Dies of Wounds, a Rafah Resident Killed
International Press Center 2/20/2005
NABLUS, Palestine, February20, 2005 (IPC+ Agencies)--Mohammad Al-Aboud,16 years-old, from the West Bank City of Nablus died yesterday night at the occupied Jerusalem-based...

Two suspected smugglers killed near Rafah
Jerusalem Post 2/21/2005
Israeli security forces failed to find weapons or bombs in the area where the two Palestinians were killed. -- Soldiers shot and killed two Palestinians...

Palestinians wounded by IDF in separation fence protest
Ha'aretz 2/21/2005
Ten Palestinians were wounded on Monday in clashes with Israel Defense Forces troops during a demonstration against the separation fence east of Modi'in. Several...

Israel to Annex 7% of West Bank, 2 Colony Blocs
Palestine Media Center 2/21/2005
Palestinian Expert Tufakji: New Wall Route Creates 3-colony Extensions -- Israel’s cabinet is expected on Sunday to endorse a change to the route of...

Vandals foul water supply of Palestinian village near Yitzhar
Ha'aretz 2/21/2005
The Madama village's spring was deliberately contaminated and its water supply system was sabotaged 10 days ago, village council head Ayed Kamal said yesterday...

Analysis: Legal implications of new route
Jerusalem Post 2/20/2005
As this is being written, the precise route of the separation fence south and east of Jerusalem has not been officially revealed, but the...

Pe'at Sadeh settlers: Compensation too low
Ha'aretz 2/21/2005
Residents of the Pe'at Sadeh settlement in Gush Katif, who have recently come to an agreement with the Disengagement Administration to evacuate their homes...

Pullout protesters to block major roads
Ha'aretz 2/20/2005
Anti-disengagement headquarters throughout the country are to begin blocking major roads and intersections this week, and will gradually expand the exercise until the disengagement...

Hilltop youth' already in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 2/21/2005
More than 500 "hilltop youth" have changed their identification cards to declare that they live in the Gaza Strip and have already moved there...

Separation fence budget to be determined shortly
Globes 2/21/2005
The Ministries of Finance and Defense have agreed to allocate NIS 5.8 billion for the separation fence. -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Minister of Finance...

IOF Escalates Terror in Gaza Strip & West Bank
WAFA 2/18/2005
GAZA, February 18, 2005 (WAFA)- Israeli occupation Forces (IOF) wounded a child sentenced several citizens to imprisonment terms, arrested internationals, and delivered military orders...

Two International peace activists, two residents arrested near Hebron
International Middle East Media Center 2/18/2005
Thursday afternoon, Israeli soldiers arrested two International peace activists and two residents during clashes which erupted after settlers and soldiers attempted to bar the...

Extreme right wing groups in Israel escalate threats against Al-Aqsa mosque
International Middle East Media Center 2/18/2005
The Israeli media revealed on Thursday that the Israeli security received lately several warnings that extremist right wing Jewish groups are planning to cary...

Palestinians, International peace activists complain of settlers attacks
International Middle East Media Center 2/18/2005
An Israeli military source reported that dozens of residents in Nablus and Hebron , and international peace activists complained of the continuous attacks and harassments...

News Briefs, February 17 - 18, 2005
International Middle East Media Center 2/18/2005
Procession in solidarity with the detainees in Gaza / Resident of Bethlehem receives harsh sentences / Procession in Ramallah in support to the detainees / Four residents...

Israeli Plots Target Identity of Al-Quds Village
Islam Online 2/11/2005
NABLUS, February 11 (IslamOnline.net) – “I was born here in 1924 and my father was buried in the village’s cemetery only 6 months before people...

The killing continues in Rafah
Rafah Today 2/17/2005
with photos] Despite all the optimistic media reports and the omnipresent photos of Sharon and Abbas shaking hands, the killing continues in Rafah. The...

Settler said arrested for attacking Palestinian with a club
Ha'aretz 2/19/2005
A settler in the West Bank was arrested Friday for allegedly attacking a Palestinian in the Hebron area, Israel Radio reported. The Palestinian man...

Israel to end punitive demolitions
AlJazeera 2/18/2005
The Israeli occupation army will stop its punitive policy of destroying Palestinian homes after a recommendation by a military panel, but it will not...

Soldiers bar residents from crossing to their lands behind the Wall
International Middle East Media Center 2/17/2005
Israeli soldiers based at Tzofim checkpoint, east of Qalqilia, barred dozens of residents from reaching their family farmlands located behind the annexation wall, north...

Israel Plans New West Bank Settlement After Gaza Withdrawal
Palestine Chronicle 2/17/2005
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel intends to build a new settlement in the West Bank that could take in settlers uprooted from Gaza, officials said on...

A Child and 2 Peace Activists Wounded by Israeli Settlers
International Press Center 2/17/2005
HEBRON, Palestine, February17,2005 (IPC+WAFA)-- A mob of armed Israeli settlers attacked on Wednesday a number of Palestinians and international peace activists in separate...

Mofaz halts demolition of homes belonging to terrorists
Ha'aretz 2/18/2005
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz on Thursday evening adopted the recommendation made by a military committee to end the policy of demolishing houses belonging to...

Settlers Carry Out a Series of Attacks on Palestinians in West Bank
International Press Center 2/17/2005
HEBRON, Palestine, February 17, 2005 (IPC + WAFA) - - A group of Israeli settlers perpetrated a series of attacks against civilians and international peace activists in...

IDF panel recommends ending punitive house demolitions for terrorists' families
Ha'aretz 2/17/2005
A military committee appointed by Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon to examine the policy of house demolitions has recommended stopping them. The interim conclusions...

News Briefs, February 16, 2005
International Middle East Media Center 2/16/2005
Settler rams a child with his car near Tubas / Settlers burn residents' cars near Nablus / Resident arrested in Bethlehem...

Three Palestinians Killed By Israeli Occupation In The West Bank
International Press Center 2/16/2005
WEST BANK, Palestine, Febraury16, 2005 (IPC+WAFA) ---Three Palestinians were shot dead Tuesday, including a 15-year-old boy....At the same time, the Israeli...

Anti-pullout protestors cause considerable damage in prison
International Middle East Media Center 2/16/2005
The Israeli police released 33 out of 50 Israeli protestors, who were arrested on Tuesday during a violent anti-disengagement in Jerusalem. The Israeli police...

The Mysterious File of Mideast Assassinations
Islam Online 2/16/2005
CAIRO, February 16 (IslamOnline.net) – The grisly assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Al-Hariri opened a new chapter in a bloody book of political...

UN envoy: IDF has destroyed 4,170 houses
Jerusalem Post 2/17/2005
John Dugard, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the territories, told the Knesset Law Committee that the army has destroyed 4,170 Palestinian...

Abbas okays 'collaborator' executions
Jerusalem Post 2/16/2005
In the first decision of its kind since he succeeded Yasser Arafat, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has ratified death sentences against three Palestinians...

IDF panel recommends ending policy of house demolitions
Ha'aretz 2/17/2005
A military committee appointed by Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon to examine the policy of house demolitions has recommended stopping them. The interim conclusions...

Israel provokes Palestinian resistance groups in Nablus, kills two
Electronic Intifada 2/16/2005
Ray Smith writing from Nablus, occupied Palestine -- Since the announcement of the hudna ("cease-fire"), Nablus hasn't seen anything like a hudna. Almost every night...

Senior ILA official admits using non-approved chemicals to spray Bedouin crops
Ha'aretz 2/16/2005
The Israel Lands Administration has been spraying fields cultivated by Bedouin farmers in the Negev with chemicals that have not been approved by the...

Yesterday: Three Palestinians killed in West Bank
Ha'aretz 2/16/2005
Three Palestinians were shot dead yesterday, including a 15-year-old boy. The incidents raised concerns over a renewal of tension in the territories that...

Police plan to charge 33 anti-pullout protesters
Ha'aretz 2/16/2005
The police said yesterday they will raise their alert level to Operation Level C today and reinforce their presence at sensitive locations around the...

Two armed Palestinians killed by IDF troops in West Bank
Ha'aretz 2/16/2005
15-year-old Palestinian boy killed in West Bank during anti-fence protest, apparently by civilians -- Three Palestinians were shot dead Tuesday, including a 15-year-old...

PNIC: Sharm Summit Followed by 290 Israeli Violations
International Press Center 2/15/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 15, 2005 (IPC Exclusive)--Following the Israeli-Palestinian Sharm El-Sheikh summit that came out with a joint ceasefire declaration in February8, 2005...

Israel to Erect a Radar-equipped Wire in West Bank
International Press Center 2/15/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 15, 2005 (IPC+ Agencies)--The Israeli occupation authorities have been recently planning to erect an electronic radar-equipped wire to the north...

Israeli Troops Storm Nablus
International Press Center 2/15/2005
Nablus, Palestine, February 15,2005 (IPC+WAFA)--Israeli occupation troops stormed early on Wednesday dawn the West Bank city of Nablus and broke into several...

Nirit residents ask court to nix adjacent West Bank settlement
Jerusalem Post 2/15/2005
The High Court of Justice has heard a request for a show-cause order by residents of Nirit, one of the "seven star" communities built...

Israel Seizes Palestinian Groundwater
WAFA 2/15/2005
Tulkarem, February 15, 2005, (WAFA)- Deputy Chairman of Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), Fadel Kawash, said that Israel controlled 900 million cubic meters of the...

Israel Delays Withdrawal from Jericho, Release of Detainees
Palestine Media Center 2/15/2005
IOF Shoot Dead in Cold Blood 16-year Old Palestinian Unarmed Boy -- Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) shot dead in cold blood an unarmed Palestinian...

Israeli Forces Attack Peaceful Congregation in Hebron
International Press Center 2/15/2005
HEBRON, Palestine, February 15, 2005 (IPC + WAFA) - - Israeli occupation forces attacked a peaceful congregation of civilians and international peace activists, who were protesting the...

Former border policemen convicted
Jerusalem Post 2/15/2005
A Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court judge on Monday convicted two former border policemen of assaulting Palestinians caught in Jaffa without a permit. The illegal...

Israel Kills Palestinian, Violates Fragile Ceasefire
Islam Online 2/14/2005
AL-KHALIL, West Bank, February 14 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) - Israeli occupation troops gunned down on Monday, February 14, a young Palestinian in the southern West...

Israeli troops kill two Palestinians
AlJazeera 2/16/2005
Two Palestinians have been shot and killed by Israeli troops near Nablus in the occupied West Bank. An Israeli army spokeswoman said the two...

Court releases far-right protesters
Jerusalem Post 2/15/2005
The Jerusalem Magistrate's court on Tuesday released 33 Israeli far-right activists who were arrested by police a day earlier for taking part in a...

Ten policemen injured as settlers take protests to the streets, not just the squares
Ha'aretz 2/15/2005
Ten police officers were lightly hurt last evening in clashes with right-wing activists, as anti-disengagement protesters snarled traffic at points around the country. Meanwhile...

Israel to Build New Settlement, US Concerned
Islam Online 2/15/2005
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, February 15 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) - Israel intends to build a new settlement in the West Bank that could take in settlers uprooted...

PNIC Report Masses Israeli Violations until December 2004
International Press Center 2/14/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 14, 2005 (IPC) -- The death toll of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) who have been killed by...

Israeli Troops Continue Attacks In OPT Despite Cease Fire
International Press Center 2/14/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 14, 2005 (IPC+WAFA)--Despite ongoing understandings between the Israeli and Palestinian sides on a ceasefire, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have...

Child killed in Hebron
International Middle East Media Center 2/14/2005
A local source in Hebron told IMEMC correspond ant that soldiers shot dead a 15-year-old child in the southern West Bank city of...

Palestinian Cops Can't Stop Militants
Washington Post 2/14/2005
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip - Palestinian policemen, who have been given the task of restraining militants, say they can't or won't do the job. Interviewed...

IOF Turns 2 Houses into Military Barracks, Besieges Security Post in WB
WAFA 2/12/2005
SALFEET, February 12, 2005, (WAFA) - Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) broke early Saturday into the West Bank (WB) city of Salfeet and besieged a Palestinian...

IOF Kills Child in Hebron
WAFA 2/14/2005
HEBRON, February 14, 2005 (WAFA)- Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed Monday a child, sentenced five citizens to severe imprisonment terms and arrested three others...

Israeli ministers receive Jewish threats
AlJazeera 2/14/2005
Israeli security services are stepping up protection of public officials after death threats against cabinet ministers by Jews opposed to a planned pullout from...

Jewish settlers protest Gaza withdrawal
AlJazeera 2/15/2005
Thousands of Israelis opposed to the country's planned withdrawal from Gaza have staged demonstrations blocking traffic on major motorways, burning tyres and clashing with...

News Briefs, February 12 - 14, 2005
International Middle East Media Center 2/14/2005
Three detainees sentenced to 13, 18 and 19 life terms / Five detainees from Bethlehem, including two children, highly sentenced / Settlers attack residents in Hebron...

Israel fears Jewish terror
The Guardian 2/15/2005
Israel's security minister has recommended the arrest of a prominent Jewish extremist and warned of many more possible detentions amid a stream of threats...

Seven held after settlers run amok at Gush Katif junction
Ha'aretz 2/13/2005
Police arrested seven settlers who rioted and tried to block the Gush Katif junction to Palestinian traffic on Friday morning during a protest against...

Pullout foes changing addresses to get into Gush Katif
Ha'aretz 2/14/2005
Dozens of anti-disengagement activists from the right recently have changed their addresses on their ID cards to Gush Katif settlements, in order to get...

Analysis / Hamas in Damascus ordered shelling
Ha'aretz 2/13/2005
The mortar shelling and the firing of Qassam rockets on Thursday on Gush Katif was carried out by three Palestinian groups, not only Hamas...

News Briefs, February 11, 2005
International Middle East Media Center 2/11/2005
PFLP member arrested north of Ramallah/ Resistance detonates an explosive charge near a military jeep in Nablus...

Army officer: Settlers tried to run me over
International Middle East Media Center 2/11/2005
An Israel army officer said Friday that settlers attempted to run him down with a car overnight near the West Bank settlement of Itamar...

Itamar settlers agree to remove caravan
Jerusalem Post 2/11/2005
Overnight Friday, settlers from Itamar, near Nablus in the West Bank, placed an illegal caravan at the nearby Gidonim outpost, reportedly in response to...

Citizen Dies of Wounds in Rafah
WAFA 2/10/2005
RAFAH, February 10, 2005 (WAFA)- Citizen died Thursday of wounds he sustained yesterday when Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened fire at him in the...

Armed men killed three in Gaza Prison
International Middle East Media Center 2/11/2005
Around 50 armed men forcefully entered the Gaza Central Prison and killed three prisoners, Palestinain security soruce reported on Thursday. The source described the...

Gush Katif settlers attack Palestinians, attempt to close Al-Matahin checkpoint
International Middle East Media Center 2/12/2005
Friday evening, an Israeli military source reported that soldiers arrested six settlers who hurled stones at the Palestinian residents and attempted to close Al-Matahin...

Israelis vow action against Arab Bank
AlJazeera 2/9/2005
Lawyers representing victims of bombings in Israel at a US court have threatened further action against the Jordan-based Arab Bank, following the closure of...

Settlers block major Gaza route
Jerusalem Post 2/11/2005
Dozens of Gush Katif residents blocked the Tancher Route in the Gaza Strip on Friday to Palestinian traffic to protest the mortar shell and...

Video: Palestinians mourn man killed by Israeli troops
BBC 2/11/2005
Video clip: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has sacked the chief of Palestinian forces after militants violated a truce with Israel. Militant group Hamas said...

News Briefs, February 9 - 10, 2005
International Middle East Media Center 2/10/2005
Resident arrested in Nablus / Two arrested near Jerusalem / Army erects military checkpoints near Tubas / Ten arrested in Al-Mawasi / Army closes Ramallah and Al-Biereh / Villages...

Gaza death mars truce as Israel to lift roadblocks
ReliefWeb 2/10/2005
JERUSALEM, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Israel said on Wednesday it would soon readmit thousands of Palestinian workers and lift some West Bank roadblocks after agreeing...

More mortars fired in Gaza as Abbas orders forces to stop attacks
ReliefWeb 2/10/2005
GAZA CITY, Feb 10 (AFP) - Three more mortar shells were fired by Palestinian militants at a settlement in the Gaza Strip Thursday in another...

Violence and scepticism follow ceasefire
The Guardian 2/9/2005
Street violence and media hostility today underlined the obstacles to peace in the Middle East, a day after Israeli and Palestinian leaders declared a...

Israeli Troops Arrest Residents
International Press Center 2/9/2005
PALESTINE, February9, 2005 (IPC+ Agencies)-- Israeli occupation troops stormed on Wednesday morning the northern West Bank town of Tubas and blockaded a Palestinian house...

Abbas orders PA forces to end mortar firing
International Middle East Media Center 2/10/2005
Palestinians fire mortars at Gaza settlements -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday afternoon ordered PA security forces to end mortar fire on Gaza Strip...

Army arrests a resident, claim he is planning a bombing in Jerusalem bus
International Middle East Media Center 2/10/2005
An Israeli military source claimed on Thursday afternoon that soldiers arrested a Palestinian resident who was planning a suicide bus bombing in the French...

Hamas man is killed in `work accident
Ha'aretz 2/10/2005
A Hamas militant was killed and two hurt in an incident in Khan Yunis yesterday. IDF sources said the man may have been killed...

Army to annex lands south of Hebron
International Middle East Media Center 2/8/2005
Israeli soldiers handed residents form the village of Yatta , east of Hebron , military orders to annex family farmlands in the areas of Tal Al-Tawani...

Israeli army invades Nablus
International Middle East Media Center 2/8/2005
Tuesday afternoon, Israeli soldiers, supported by two tanks and a number of Jeeps invaded the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and detained residents...

News Briefs, February 8 , 2005
International Middle East Media Center 2/8/2005
1000 Palestinian laborers to be allowed to work in Israel / Military checkpoint erected east of Qalqilia/ Two female detainees released from Al-Ramleh detention / Army...

Mara'ba: Qalqilia Lands Threatened by Israeli Settlement
International Press Center 2/8/2005
QALQILIA, Palestine, February 8, 2005 (IPC Exclusive)Coordinator of the Palestinian national committee for confronting settlement and the Apartheid Wall in the West Bank...

Israeli Forces Besiege Nablus
International Press Center 2/8/2005
NABLUS, Palestine, February 8, 2005 (IPC) - - Israeli occupation forces continued their aggression against the Palestinian people and besieged the city of Nablus, in addition...

Two arrested in Nablus
International Middle East Media Center 2/5/2005
Saturday at dawn, Israeli soldiers arrested two residents from Nablus and Balata refugee camp after invading the city and breaking into dozens of homes...

1000 Dunams to erect a wall around Ariel settlement
International Middle East Media Center 2/5/2005
The Israeli authorities decided to erect a wall around Ariel settlement, the biggest settlement in the West Bank , inhibited by 18.000 settlers. Residents of...

News Briefs, Feruary 5 - 7, 2005
International Middle East Media Center 2/7/2005
Two arrested east of Tubas / Detainee from Nablus sentenced to 33 months / Girl arrested near Jenin / Carni crossing to remain crossing until after the...

Karni checkpoint reopened after fatal attack
Ha'aretz 2/8/2005
Israel reopened the Karni checkpoint between Israel and Gaza on Monday to cargo and humanitarian aid after it was closed for the last three...

Palestinians free attack suspects
BBC 2/5/2005
Palestinian officials briefly held three key members of a group which had claimed responsibility for an attack on Israeli soldiers, before freeing them. The...

Palestinian sentenced to 20 years for “attempting to avenge the assassination of Yassin
International Middle East Media Center 2/8/2005
The Israeli central court in Ten Aviv sentenced of Monday a Palestinian to twenty years after convicting him of attacking three Israelis with an...

IDF kills two men in Gaza no-go zone
Ha'aretz 2/6/2005
IDF soldiers shot and killed two Palestinians who approached a security fence in an off-limits military zone in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday...

News from Gaza
Rafah Today 2/2/2005
with photos] Khan Younis: "Israel doesn’t want peace. All they want is to swallow the land and to kill the Palestinians," said an old...

Defense officials disagree on approach to PA
Ha'aretz 2/6/2005
The disagreement between Shin Bet head Avi Dichter and Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon on how best Israel can act to bolster new Palestinian...

Two Gazans Wounded, a Jeep Crushes a Hebron Boy
International Press Center 2/6/2005
KHAN YOUNIS, Palestine, February 6, 2005 (IPC + WAFA) - - Israeli occupation forces shot and wounded three civilians in different parts of Gaza Strip and the...

Despite Calm in oPt , Israeli Troops Go on Rampage
International Press Center 2/7/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 7, 2005 (IPC+WAFA)-Despite of the full calm from the Palestinian party, the Israeli occupation forces restlessly continued its onslaught...

Palestinian killed in Gaza; teen found with bomb belt
Ha'aretz 2/4/2005
Two Israel Defense Forces soldiers were lightly wounded and an armed Palestinian was killed in an attack yesterday at the Gush Katif junction in...

Ministry of Health: IOF Kills 73 Citizens in January
MIFTAH/WAFA 2/4/2005
The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported that 73 Palestinian citizens were killed including 249 wounded by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) in the Occupied Palestinian...

News Briefs, February 4 , 2005
International Middle East Media Center 2/4/2005
Israeli soldiers annex hundreds of Dunams in the northern Plains / Army fires at homes in Dir Al-Balah / Main roads and crossings still closed in...

Two Palestinians killed by IDF fire in northern Gaza Strip
Ha'aretz 2/5/2005
Israel Defense Forces soldiers on Friday shot and killed two Palestinians who approached a security fence in a off-limits military zone in the northern...

Two Palestinians killed in Beit Hanoun
International Middle East Media Center 2/4/2005
Friday at night, Israeli soldiers killed two residents close to Kibbutz Nier Am, near Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip. Army claims that...

Four IDF soldiers wounded in Hebron attack
Ha'aretz 2/4/2005
Four Israel Defense Forces soldiers were wounded last night when Palestinian gunmen opened fire on their jeep near the settlement of Eshkolot, southwest of...

Rafah Today: When schoolgirls see and feel the death of their classmate
Rafah Today 2/2/2005
with photos] When schoolgirls see and feel the death of their classmate, the classmate of Noran Deeb whom was killed inside the school...Elderly...

News Briefs, February 2- 3 , 2005
International Middle East Media Center 2/3/2005
Curfew imposed over Abu Dis and Al-Ezareyya near Jerusalem / Child arrested near Nablus / Army invades the village of Ithna, near Hebron / Army erects a...

Resident killed, three soldiers injured in the Gaza Strip
International Middle East Media Center 2/3/2005
Thursday evening, Israeli soldiers killed a resident in the Gaza Strip, after claiming that he hurled a grenade at a military post near Orhan...

A Citizen Dies of His Wound in North Gaza
International Press Center 2/3/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February3,2005 (IPC+WAFA)---A Palestinian citizen died of his wounds he sustained last month in Beitlahia, as the Israeli occupation forces stormed...

Background/ Who wants to kill Israel-PA truce: List of suspects
Ha'aretz 2/2/2005
a partial list - Ed.] A cease-fire, by its very nature, is a creature of mistrust. If either side's confidence in the other...

IDF: Settlers still building in outposts
Ha'aretz 2/2/2005
The settlers are proceeding with construction in illegal outposts in the West Bank, even those earmarked for evacuation, according to the Israel Defense Forces...

Six Israelis hurt in shooting attacks in Gaza, W. Bank
Ha'aretz 2/4/2005
Six IDF soldiers were wounded in separate incidents in Gaza and the West Bank on Thursday. Four Israel Defense Forces soldiers were wounded Thursday...

Yesha still undecided about hunger strike
Ha'aretz 2/3/2005
The leaders of the Yesha Council of settlements are still deliberating whether to stage a hunger strike as part of their campaign for a...

Tel Aviv court charges Danish citizen with spying for Hezbollah
Ha'aretz 2/3/2005
Tel Aviv District Court yesterday charged a Danish citizen of Lebanese descent with spying for Hezbollah. Iyad al-Shua, 39, faces charges of trying to...

IDF, Shin Bet fear right-wing campaign targeting religious officers is out of control
Ha'aretz 2/3/2005
The Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet are increasingly concerned by a series of harassment acts by extreme right-wing activists aimed at religious officers...

Killing of Palestinian girl shatters family
By Laila El-Haddad, Electronic Intifada/Al Jazeera 2/3/2005
Ten-year-old Nuran Iyad Dib went to school as ecstatic as any schoolgirl should be. But this crisp winter day was special: she would receive...

Palestinian fighter killed in Gaza
AlJazeera 2/4/2005
A Palestinian resistance fighter has been shot dead by Israeli occupation forces after wounding two soldiers in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli military source...

Factions Could Resume Resistance as Israel Rampages
International Press Center 2/1/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February1,2005 (IPC+Agencies)---The killing of a 10 -year -old UNRWA school girl in Rafah refugee camp on Monday and the continuation...

PNIC Report: 936 Killed, 5964 Wounded Within 2004
International Press Center 2/1/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 1, 2005 (IPC) ---The death toll among the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) by the Israeli occupation troops...

Resistance to continue attacks if army continues incursions
International Middle East Media Center 2/1/2005
Eight Palestinian resistance groups warned Monday night they would resume attacks against Israel in light of “the ongoing policy of army incursions into Palestinian...

UNRWA: Israeli Troops Killed a Palestinian School Girl
International Press Center 2/1/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 1, 2005 (IPC+ Agencies)-- The United Nations Agency for Work and Relief of the Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), accused on Monday the...

IDF: `Axis of evil' seeks to prevent calm in territories
Ha'aretz 2/2/2005
The "axis of evil," which includes Hezbollah, Hamas and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, is determined to prevent Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas from achieving...

2 Citizens Arrested, Dozens Detained, Arable Land Devastated
WAFA 2/1/2005
QALQILIYA, February 1, 2005, (WAFA) - Two citizens were arrested early Tuesday by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) in Qalqiliya city town of Azzoun, witnesses said...

News Briefs, February 1, 2005
International Middle East Media Center 2/1/2005
Seven homemade shells fired at Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip / Army bulldozers family farmlands near Hebron / Army breaks into dozens of homes in...

IDF: Gaza girl killed by Palestinian fire
Ha'aretz 2/1/2005
The fragile quiet that has reigned in Gaza for nearly two weeks was threatened yesterday for the first time, when a 10-year-old Palestinian...

Reshef's urban warfare breakthrough
Globes 1/27/2005
Aryt, IMI, ITL develop smart munitions for M203 grenade launchers, with a multimillion dollar sales potential. -- Aryt Industries (TASE: ARYT), controlled by chairman Shmuel...


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PA President Mahmoud Abbas (Ma'an News)
Sharon: If PA fails to move, we will
International Middle East Media Center 2/27/2005
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Sunday warned halting the peace process unless the Palestinian Authority moves swiftly against Islamic Jihad and other "militants" -- Israel...

Israel to reconsider its decision to release Palestinian detainees
International Middle East Media Center 2/28/2005
Israeli justice minister Tzipi Livni, informed the Palestinian Authority (PA) said Israel is opposing a meeting of the joint Palestinian-Israeli committee to discuss releasing...

Report: Mossad agent in NZ was involved in botched '98 operation
Ha'aretz 2/27/2005
One of the two alleged Mossad agents who served a prison sentence in New Zealand following a botched operation was involved in another failed...

We must not let this opportunity slip away, says Abbas
The Independent 2/28/2005
Mahmoud Abbas interviewed on eve of Palestinian summit in London -- Attacks such as the suicide bombing on Friday that killed four Israelis in Tel...

Delegates to recommend security role for America
The Independent 3/1/2005
The document to be adopted by the Palestinian conference today provides for establishment of a US-led security group which will give the Americans a...

Israel halts transfer of WB cities, will not retaliate militarily
International Middle East Media Center 2/27/2005
Israel will exert pressure on Syria and the Palestinian Authority, but will refrain from launching "major military action" in retaliation to Friday night's bombing...

Jordan's Abdullah may visit in coming weeks
Ha'aretz 2/28/2005
Jordan's King Abdullah is considering extending a trip to the Palestinian Authority planned for the coming weeks and making a visit to Israel. Jordanian...

Weird Australian `spy' case casts shadow on Katsav trip
International Press Center 2/28/2005
President Moshe Katsav had great expectations for his upcoming state visit this week to Australia - the first visit Down Under by an Israeli president...

Blair hopes parley will take him beyond Iraq
Ha'aretz 3/1/2005
U.K. PM Blair hopes that when he stands alongside Arab and Palestinian leaders at his London conference, it will convey the message that having...

World Bank: Arab Countries Fail To Meet Its Pledges to Support PNA
International Press Center 2/28/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 28, 2005 (IPC+Agencies)--The Minister of Planning Dr. Ghassan Al Khatib stated yesterday that a tangible positive developments happened to...

Kofi Annan may visit Israel this month
Ha'aretz 3/1/2005
NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan may visit Israel soon. -- At a meeting yesterday at his UN office, which was attended by...

Israel launches diplomatic, PR offensive against Syria, PA
Ha'aretz 2/28/2005
The cabinet yesterday launched a major diplomatic and public relations offensive against both Syria and the Palestinian Authority in response to Friday's suicide bombing...

Israel insists Syria to blame for Tel Aviv suicide attack
Daily Star 3/1/2005
Troops discover car packed with explosives in northern West Bank -- JERUSALEM: Israel insisted Monday that Syria was to blame for a Tel Aviv suicide...

Blair meets Abbas at No 10
The Guardian 3/1/2005
The prime minister, Tony Blair, held talks at Downing Street last night with the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, on the eve of an international...

Israel blames Syria for Tel Aviv bomb
Middle East Online 2/28/2005
Syrian FM rejects accusations Damascus had role in Tel Aviv bombing as Israel steps up anti-Hezbollah campaign. -- JERUSALEM - Israeli officials briefed EU ambassadors Monday...

London parley statement to omit terrorism
Ha'aretz 3/1/2005
The final statement to be issued at Tuesday?s London Meeting on Supporting the Palestinian Authority will not mention terrorism and refers only in...

Hamas: turning "calm" to "truce" dependant on Israel
International Middle East Media Center 2/25/2005
A West Bank Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef expected Friday that the upcoming Cairo meeting between Palestinian factions will not result in a formal...

Sharon plans visit to Tunisia
AlJazeera 2/25/2005
Ariel Sharon has accepted an unprecedented invitation from Tunisian President Zine al-Abidin bin Ali to visit the north African country, the Israeli prime minister's...

UAE tycoon slammed for Israel talks
YNetNews 2/25/2005
Mohammed Ali Alabbar, who was in Tel Aviv to discuss possible purchase of evacuated Gaza homes, says he is opposed to normalizing ties with...

Israel and Syria engaged in secret talks
YNetNews 2/25/2005
Jerusalem denies reports of secret talks between Israel and Syria; Jordan set to announce new peace initiative at Arab summit -- TEL AVIV - Israel and...

Attack Shows Need for Palestinian Action: Israel
New York Times 2/25/2005
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A senior Israeli official said a suicide bombing at a Tel Aviv nightclub on Friday showed the need for Palestinians to ``dismantle...

Rice defers visits to Middle East
Ha'aretz 2/25/2005
WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is deferring an expected trip to Egypt and other Mideast countries next week, confining her travels to...

U.S. to Press Arab Nations to Pay Pledges Made to Palestinians
Washington Post 2/26/2005
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plans next week to press oil-rich Arab nations to make good on hundreds of millions of dollars that was...

Aid hinges on anti-terror efforts
YNetNews 2/25/2005
Republican house majority leader wants financial assistance to Palestinians conditioned on counter-terrorism effort -- WASHINGTON - Resistance to pledged financial aid to the Palestinians in Congress...

Hamas: Cairo talks won't yield truce unless Israel meets demands
Ha'aretz 2/26/2005
Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a Hamas leader in the West Bank, said Friday that an upcoming meeting of leaders of Damascus-based Palestinian opposition militant groups...

Russia considering renewed arms sales to Palestinians
Ha'aretz 2/26/2005
MOSCOW - Moscow is considering resuming sales of military equipment to the Palestinian Authority, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday. "There have been requests about...

Release all prisoners or else
YNetNews 2/25/2005
Thousands of Hamas supporters demonstrate in Gaza, senior group member threatens to kidnap soldiers if Israel fails to release all prisoners -- GAZA - The Hamas...

Safety check
Al-Ahram Weekly on-line 2/24/2005
Egypt, the Palestinians and Israel brace themselves for the evacuation of illegal settlements in Gaza -- Following months of international pressure and intra-Israeli negotiations, tension...

Egypt: Israeli Withdrawal from Philadelphia Corridor Priority
International Press Center 2/24/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 24,2005 (IPC+Agencies)--Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Abu al-Gait told reporters in Cairo on Wednesday that Egypt wants a full Israeli...

Nato signals closer ties with Israel
AlJazeera 2/25/2005
Nato should increase security cooperation with Israel to fight global terrorism, Nato's secretary-general has said. Speaking in Tel Aviv after meeting Israeli Foreign Minister...

Israeli official attends Mideast seminar in Qatar
Middle East Online 2/24/2005
Organizer of seminar says Israeli Deputy Education Minister’s visit to Qatar is no secret. -- DOHA - Israeli Deputy Education Minister Michael Melchior paid a brief...

Jordan calls for recognizing Palestinian refugees's right of return
ReliefWeb 2/23/2005
JERUSALEM, Feb 23, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Jordanian ambassador to Israel Ma'aruf Bakhit said that recognizing the Palestinian refugees' right of return is important...

Palestinian militant groups invited to Egypt for truce talks
Ha'aretz 2/25/2005
The leaders of eight opposition militant groups have officially been invited to Cairo for truce talks, Israel Radio reported early Friday. The leaders will...

Shalom meets with NATO head
YNetNews 2/24/2005
First time NATO representative visits Israel; Shalom says Israel needs a partnership but does not need to be a member-- Israel needs a close...

European Commission: Conclusions of the General Affairs and External Relations Council
ReliefWeb 2/23/2005
European Commission (EC) 21 Feb 2005 - MIDDLE EAST -- The Council adopted the following conclusions: - Attack carried out in Beirut"The Council firmly condemns the...

Dual registration
Globes 2/24/2005
Jews from Arab countries want to register property claims, but Israel keeps delaying. -- A year ago, the government decided to register the property claims...

Palestinian source: “Cairo to host the Palestinien factions dialogue in March
International Middle East Media Center 2/22/2005
A Palestinian source reported on Monday that the Palestinian factions will hold negotiations and internal dialogue in the Egyptian capital Cairo , March 1st. The...

New Jordanian ambassador urges Israel to gear up towards permanent peace, not interim deals
International Middle East Media Center 2/23/2005
Jordan's new Ambassador to Israel, Marouf al-Bakhit, urged Tuesday Israel to stop gambling on interim agreements and gear up to a permanent one with...

Abbas Welcomes US Criticisim of Israel's Apartheid Wall
International Press Center 2/23/2005
RAMALLAH, Palestine, February23, 2005 (IPC+ WAFA)--President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed yesterday the United States criticism of the Israeli Apartheid Wall, that is cutting deep...

Israeli ambassador booed in Florence
Ha'aretz 2/24/2005
The mayor of Florence has sharply criticized Italian students who tried to stop the Israeli ambassador from delivering a speech at the University of...

Talks with Palestinians falter; territories remain quiet
Ha'aretz 2/24/2005
Talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on the handing over of security responsibility for the West Bank cities to the PA have run...

Sharon won't let Peres go to London summit
Ha'aretz 2/24/2005
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon yesterday rejected Vice Premier Shimon Peres' proposal that Israel take part in next week's London summit on the bolstering of...

State Department: the Israeli Wall Has Become a Problem
International Press Center 2/23/2005
GAZA, February 23, 2005 (IPC + Agencies) - - The US State Department asserted that the Apartheid Wall Israel is building in the occupied Palestinian territories has...

State: Hague fence ruling based on erroneous data
Ha'aretz 2/24/2005
The ruling last year by the International Court of Justice on the separation fence between Israel and the Palestinians was based on erroneous and...

Israeli-Palestinian peace climate vastly improved but threats persist, Security Council told
Electronic Intifada 2/22/2005
Report, UN DPI -- People across the Middle East had had their hopes rekindled for progress towards peace between Israel and the Palestinians, while, at...

NATO chief: We could send troops once treaty is signed
Ha'aretz 2/24/2005
NATO would consider stationing peacekeeping troops here to facilitate the peace process only if an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty were signed, both sides requested a...

Israel hopes to forge ties with Arabs
Middle East Online 2/22/2005
Jewish State hopes to reap diplomatic dividends from its historic pullout from Gaza Strip. -- Israel is looking to reap diplomatic dividends from its historic...

Egypt wants Israeli border strip pullout
Daily Star 2/24/2005
Muslim Brotherhood condemns renewed ties -- Egypt insisted Wednesday on Israeli withdrawal from the corridor between Gaza and Egyptian territory as part of an agreement...

Israel's faith in 'peace partner
BBC 2/23/2005
Earlier this week we got perhaps the most vivid illustration yet of how Israel views the new Palestinian leader. On Thursday morning, dozens of...

Emirati-Israeli meetings cause outcry in UAE
Middle East Online 2/23/2005
Abbar’s meetings with Sharon, Peres over his offer to buy settler homes in Gaza Strip cause furor in UAE. -- An unprecedented visit to Jerusalem...

Peres: “Settlers homes will not be demolished
International Middle East Media Center 2/22/2005
Israeli vice premier Shimon Peres said that he believes that Israeli will not demolish the settlers' homes in Gaza Strip settlements after implementing the...

Israeli report sees crisis with Palestinians after pullout
ReliefWeb 2/22/2005
Jerusalem (dpa) - Relations between Israel and the Palestinians are liable to "explode" after Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip this summer, as the sides...

Palestinians freed, but barrier path still draws ire
Christian Science Monitor 2/22/2005
Israel released 500 Palestinian prisoners Monday, a day after approving Gaza pullout. -- TARKUMIYA, WEST BANK – The hope and skepticism among Palestinians over whether the...

Israel, PA discussing security plan based on Tenet outline: Sharon
ReliefWeb 2/23/2005
JERUSALEM, Feb 23 (AFP) - Israel and the Palestinians are discussing a Palestinian security plan based on the principles of the so-called Tenet ceasefire plan...

Huge obstacles to Mid-East peace
By Barbara Plett, BBC 2/18/2005
Analysis -- Israel has begun implementing relief measures agreed at the recent Sharm al-Sheikh summit between its Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud...

Israel welcomes new Arab envoys
BBC 2/22/2005
Egypt has named its new ambassador to Israel, after withdrawing its previous diplomat four years ago. It comes days after a new Jordanian ambassador...

President Bush: A Palestinian state on scattered territory cannot work
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
U.S. President George W. Bush yesterday placed achieving an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement at the top of NATO's list of priorities. Bush, speaking in Brussels...

New Zealand government rejects Israel's `feeble' apology
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
Wellington has rejected an official Israeli apology on the matter of two alleged Mossad agents who were apprehended and jailed after attempting to obtain...

Jordanian envoy says peace with Palestinians is attainable
Ha'aretz 2/23/2005
Jordan's new ambassador to Israel, Marouf al-Bakhit, believes an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty is within reach. "I followed the talks in 2000 and 2001 closely...

Shalom: 10 Arab states will strengthen ties with Israel in wake of Jordanian decision
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom believes that at least 10 additional Arab states will strengthen ties with Jerusalem in the wake of the decision by...

16 Palestinian deportees arrive at the Eretz Crossing
International Middle East Media Center 2/21/2005
Sixteen Palestinians who were deported from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip arrived at the Eretz Crossing on Sunday evening to be transferred...

Abbas: “All of the deportees will return within two weeks
International Middle East Media Center 2/21/2005
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said after meeting with the first group of deportees which was allowed back in the west Bank, that all of...

Mahmoud Abbas Interview with Der Spiegel
Palestine Media Center 2/21/2005
I Don't Have a Magic Wand" -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he is optimistic about the chances for peace with Israel. But it won't...

Sharon says West Bank barrier not border for Palestinian state: interview
ReliefWeb 2/21/2005
CAIRO, Feb 19 (AFP) - The separation barrier Israel is building along the West Bank will not mark the definitive border of an eventual Palestinian...

Bush stresses need for contiguous Palestinian state
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
U.S. President George W. Bush on Monday placed achieving an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement at the top of NATO's list of priorities. Bush, speaking in...

Move to annex settlements overshadows Israeli cabinet's approval of Gaza pullout
The Guardian 2/21/2005
The Israeli cabinet yesterday approved the first ever removal of Jewish settlers from the Palestinian territories by authorising Ariel Sharon's plan to pull out...

PLO Condemns The Israeli Decision To Continue Building The Wall
International Press Center 2/21/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 21,2005 (IPC+WAFA)The president Mahmoud Abbas chaired a meeting of the PLO Executive Committee in Ramallah to discuss the latest...

500 Palestinian Prisoners Freed Today
International Press Center 2/21/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 21, 2005 (IPC+ Agencies)--500 Palestinain handcuffed prisoners, most of them had already served at least two-thirds of their sentences, sped...

PLO to Take Israel to UN Security Council over Wall
Palestine Media Center 2/21/2005
Beilin: No Justification Whatsoever for Israeli Cabinet’s Wall Decision -- The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has slammed the Israeli cabinet’s decision on Sunday to resume...

Jordan seeks more flights to Israel
Ha'aretz 2/21/2005
Jordan is demanding an increase in its weekly passenger and cargo flights to Israel, now that a new Jordanian ambassador has been posted in...

Palestinians need time to finish dismantling terror infrastructure
Ha'aretz 2/21/2005
The Palestinians "have begun dismantling the terrorist infrastructure," but there is still much to do until this process is complete, according to outgoing Chief...

After four years, Jordan's new envoy to Israel arrives
Ha'aretz 2/21/2005
Egypt names their new man in Tel Aviv-- Jordanian Ambassador Marouf al-Bakhit, a former general and most recently ambassador to Turkey, arrived in Israel...

Abbas apt to try to skip road map stage
Jerusalem Post 2/21/2005
By the end of his term, US President George W. Bush wants to complete the road map for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process that is...

Israel to apologize to NZ for Mossad affair
Ha'aretz 2/20/2005
Israel is to apologize for sending undercover operatives to New Zealand and compromising its sovereignty, and will promise that such incidents will not recur...

Israel to release 500 Palestinians today
Ha'aretz 2/21/2005
Israel is planning to release 500 Palestinian prisoners this morning as part of its goodwill gestures toward the Palestinian Authority. In addition, 16 Palestinians...

Only 200 have served two-thirds of sentence
Ha'aretz 2/21/2005
released today under agreements with the Palestinian Authority have served two-thirds of their sentences, the High Court of Justice heard yesterday during a debate...

Dahlan offers to take Tul Karm first
Ha'aretz 2/20/2005
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz is expected to meet today with senior Palestinian Authority official Mohammed Dahlan for continued discussions on transferring security authority for...

Israel to stop arms sales to Georgia
Ha'aretz 2/20/2005
Israel has bowed to Russian pressure and will suspend all arms exports to Georgia. Sources in the arms industries in Israel expressed anger at...

Sharon Praises Egypt for Efforts to Block Arms
New York Times 2/22/2005
CAIRO, Feb. 19 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel was quoted as saying in remarks published on Saturday that Egypt was doing more...

U.S. pleased with vote on withdrawal
Ha'aretz 2/21/2005
The U.S. government welcomes yesterday's "historic" approval of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan and is looking forward to the coming months with optimism...

Scenes of joy as freed Palestinian prisoners hailed as heroes
Daily Star 2/22/2005
Israel releases 500 as part of deal to help revive peace process -- TULKAREM, West Bank: Hundreds of Palestinians held emotional reunions with their families...

PM pledges: No negotiation on J'lem
Jerusalem Post 2/21/2005
Jerusalem will remain united as the eternal capital of the Jewish people. It will not be divided," Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pledged on Monday...

Bush insists Middle East peace is 'immediate goal
Daily Star 2/22/2005
Israel frees 500 Palestinian prisoners in largest mass release in a decade -- U.S. President George W. Bush pledged support Monday for Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts...

Israel preparing possible strike on Iran
Jerusalem Post 2/21/2005
Israel must be prepared to carry out an air strike against Iran's nuclear program, although it does not expect a nuclear strike from Iran...

European aid official urges Israel to suspend barrier work
ReliefWeb 2/17/2005
JERUSALEM, Feb 17 (AFP) - A European humanitarian official called on Israel Thursday to suspend work on its West Bank barrier in light of the...

Dahlan: PA will ensure a calm Gaza withdrawal
International Middle East Media Center 2/18/2005
According to Israel Radio, Palestinian Authority security official Mohammed Dahlan said that the PA will ensure that Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip is...

Peres: “army might withdraw from the Philadelphi Route
International Middle East Media Center 2/18/2005
Israeli Vice premier Shimon Peres said on Friday that there is a possibility that Israeli might withdraw from the Philadelphi route in the Gaza...

UAE tycoon 'bids for Gaza homes
BBC 2/18/2005
A property magnate from the United Arab Emirates has offered to buy all homes evacuated by Jewish settlers in the Gaza Strip.Billionaire Mohammad al-Abbar...

Israel contacts New Zealand over suspected spies' case
Ha'aretz 2/18/2005
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Israel has approached New Zealand to thaw the chill cast over relations by two suspected Israeli spies who were jailed in...

High Court to hear petition against prisoner release
Ha'aretz 2/18/2005
The High Court of Justice will hear a petition Sunday against the impending release of some of the 500 Palestinian prisoners Israel is slated...

America would back Israel attack on Iran
The Telegraph 2/18/2005
President George W Bush added a new twist to the international tension over Iran's nuclear programme last night by pledging to support Israel if...

Sharon tells U.S. coordinator Ward: PA security is top priority
Ha'aretz 2/18/2005
Reform of the Palestinian security services is paramount to the revival of Middle East peacemaking, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told a new U.S. security...

Israel set to change route of West Bank barrier
Daily Star 2/19/2005
Thousands of Palestinian demonstrators demand release of all prisoners -- Israel's Cabinet is set to to endorse Sunday a change to the route of its...

Gaza crossing re-opened to young
BBC 2/18/2005
Israel has announced it is to re-open the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt to young Palestinians. The crossing was closed to Palestinians...

UAE firm eyes Gaza settlement homes
AlJazeera 2/19/2005
Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres has backed an offer by an UAE property magnate to buy up Gaza settlement homes after Israel's planned...

Hamas: No truce if all Palestinian prisoners aren't released
Ha'aretz 2/19/2005
Peres: IDF evacuation from Philadelphi Route a possibility -- Sa'id Siam, a Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip, said at a Friday protest that if...

Hamas, Jihad: “Dialogue will continue until arriving a final decision on truce
International Middle East Media Center 2/17/2005
Hamas and the Islamic Jihad said on Wednesday that they will continue the dialogue among them until arriving a final decision on declaring a...

PPS: “High deception in prisoners' release deal
International Middle East Media Center 2/17/2005
The Hebron office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society said that the 500 detainees who are slated for release, have already served most of the...

Israeli High Court: Release of prisoners will Prevent Attacks
International Middle East Media Center 2/17/2005
The Israeli High Court of Justice responded to petitions submitted against the government decision to release Palestinian prisoners, saying the release would “prevent attacks...

MPA Rejects Israeli Criteria Set for Prisoners Release
International Middle East Media Center 2/18/2005
The Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners Affairs submitted a report on Wednesday to the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) on the latest situation of the Palestinian...

Ministry of Detainees Stresses Release of All Palestinian Prisoners
International Press Center 2/17/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 17, 2005 (IPC + WAFA) - - The Ministry of Detainees and Prisoners' Affairs asserted today its firm position that all the Palestinian prisoners...

Local Authority heads met Palestinian counterparts in Italy
Globes 2/17/2005
The EU sponsored the meeting. The Israeli and Palestinian local authority leaders agreed to cooperate on joint projects. -- Sources inform “Globes” that Union of...

International companies plan to “control the liberated lands” in Gaza
International Middle East Media Center 2/17/2005
An Israeli economical expert revealed that several international companies have plans to control Palestinian lands which Israel plans to withdraw from in the Gaza...

President Abbas Meets with US Security Coordinator
International Press Center 2/17/2005
RAMALLAH, Palestine, February17, 2005 (IPC+WAFA)-- President Mahmoud Abbas met on Wednesday night with the US special Palestinian-Israeli security coordinator, Lieutenant General William Ward...

Bargouthi: I will be free by the end of the year
International Middle East Media Center 2/17/2005
The Jailed legislator and Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi, said on Thursday that he will be free by the end of the year, and called...

Rice defends channeling $350 million in aid to PA
Ha'aretz 2/17/2005
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Congress Wednesday that most of the $350 million in aid the administration wants to give the Palestinians...

Nasrallah denies Hezbollah links to militants outside Lebanon
Ha'aretz 2/17/2005
BEIRUT - The leader of Hezbollah denied Thursday that his group has been funding Palestinian militants and sending activists to Iraq. "We have no organization...

U.S. security coordinator for Mideast meets with Sharon
Ha'aretz 2/17/2005
U.S. security coordinator for the Middle East, Army Lt. Gen. William Ward, met Thursday with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and American Ambassador to Israel...

Palestinians to be freed include 44 involved in attacks
Ha'aretz 2/17/2005
The 500 Palestinian prisoners who will be released by Israel in the coming days include 44 Fatah members who were convicted of involvement in...

For Sharon and Abbas, political victories buoy cease-fire
Christian Science Monitor 2/18/2005
The Knesset approved $871 million in compensation for Gaza settlers; Abbas allies named for his cabinet. -- JERUSALEM – After four years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting, Israeli...

USAID proposes Palestinian company 'caretaker' for Gush Katif lands
Electronic Intifada/Palestine Report 2/17/2005
One of the major questions facing Palestinians as the time nears for Israel to evacuate 17 Gaza Strip settlements and four more in the...

Israel to allow deportees' return
BBC 2/18/2005
Sixteen Palestinians deported by the Israeli army to the Gaza Strip during the four-year uprising will be allowed to return to the West Bank...

Bush and Europeans set to make common cause on Middle East peace
Daily Star 2/18/2005
BRUSSELS: Spurred by signs of hope in the Middle East, U.S. President George W. Bush and his European hosts will likely make common cause...

PNA: Israel Cannot Have Both Settlements and Peace
Palestine Media Center 2/16/2005
Israeli Housing Minister: Gaza Jewish Settlers Could Move to West Bank -- Palestinians’ worst fears seem to be materializing as Israel plans to build a...

Against All Understandings, Israel Continues Settlement Expansion
International Press Center 2/16/2005
GAZA, February 16, 2005 (IPC + Agencies) - - The Israeli government, and despite the understandings reached at Sharm Al Sheikh summit with the Palestinian Authority, continued...

Palestinian prisoners' names released
Jerusalem Post 2/16/2005
The Prison Service published the names of 500 Palestinian security prisoners scheduled to be released next week in the framework of gestures to PA...

Shalom warns Mideast ceasefire could blow up
Middle East Online 2/16/2005
Israeli FM warns Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire is not enough unless Abbas dismantles ‘terrorist infrastructure’. -- LONDON - The new ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians could herald...

Jailed Palestinian Leader Sees Continued Bloodshed
MIFTAH 2/16/2005
Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouthi says he expects a Palestinian uprising to persist in the West Bank despite President Mahmoud Abbas's pledge to end...

Jericho handover closer, but deal not yet done
Ha'aretz 2/16/2005
The Jericho handover, already delayed for three days, will take place in the coming days, both sides agreed yesterday. Security officials from both sides...

Ya'alon: Situation in PA is `fragile
Ha'aretz 2/16/2005
Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon said yesterday that the Israel Defense Forces will not permit Israelis to enter the Jericho casino because of the...

Sharon stakes claim to key settlements
The Independent 2/16/2005
Ariel Sharon has reaffirmed that Israel plans to hold onto the most populous settlement blocs in the West Bank under any final agreement with...

Sharon to foreign press: Israel stands at crossroads of peace
Ha'aretz 2/16/2005
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said yesterday that Israel is standing at a crossroads of peace after last week's summit meeting in Egypt. Addressing...

U.S. recall of envoy in Damascus pleases Jerusalem
Ha'aretz 2/16/2005
Political sources in Jerusalem expressed satisfaction yesterday at the decision by the U.S. to recall its envoy from Syria following the assassination of former...

France nixes request to list Hezbollah as a terrorist group
Ha'aretz 2/15/2005
French President Jacques Chirac has turned down a request from Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom to vote in favor of placing Hezbollah on the European...

U.S. reevaluating Israel travel warning
Ha'aretz 2/15/2005
The United States is considering lifting the travel advisory warning to Israel, amid growing pressure from Christian and Jewish groups. "We are now evaluating...

President Abbas: Palestinian Territories Must be Free of Israeli Checkpoints
International Press Center 2/15/2005
RAMALLAH, Palestine, February 15, 2005 (IPC + WAFA) - - President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) stressed today that the Palestinian territories must not have any Israeli checkpoints...

Israel hands 15 bodies to PA
Ha'aretz 2/15/2005
Israel transfered the bodies of 15 Palestinian terrorists to the Palestinian Authority yesterday, another confidence-building measure meant to strengthen PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The...

U.S. urges PA to halt flow of money to terror organizations
Ha'aretz 2/15/2005
The United States hopes that the Palestinian Authority will cooperate with Israel in an effort to halt the flow of money to terrorist organizations...

Abbas: We will start a new era
Middle East Online 2/14/2005
Palestinian leader says he will reject roadmap's option of declaring sovereign Palestinian state with temporary borders before final settlement is reached. -- NEW YORK - War...

Israelis leaving Jericho
Christian Science Monitor 2/16/2005
The West Bank town's transfer to Palestinians will set the stage for four more Israeli withdrawals. -- JERICHO, WEST BANK – To cut costs over the...

Russia tells Israel arms deal with Syria will go ahead
Daily Star 2/16/2005
Sharon calls Lebanon 'center of terror' -- JERUSALEM: Russia has informed Israel that a controversial sale of a weapons system to Syria is to go...

PA making big plans for evacuated Gaza property
Ha'aretz 2/15/2005
Palestinian ministries are busy preparing for the post-disengagement era in Gush Katif and the northwest corner of Gaza, planning among other things for the...

PM to use pullout vote to neutralize criticism of fence
Ha'aretz 2/15/2005
The cabinet is slated to approve two major decisions on Sunday: the evacuation of settlements in the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank under...

Tel Aviv coordinates Gaza pullout with Palestinians
Daily Star 2/16/2005
Agreement reached in principle on transfer of security in parts of the West Bank -- Israel has begun coordinating its planned pullout from the Gaza...

Army will not evacuate from Jericho on Tuesday
International Middle East Media Center 2/14/2005
Israeli authorities decided on Monday to delay the transfer of security control over Jericho to the Palestinian authority after differences occurred over details of...

Hamas, Jihad Commit to Truce Provided Israel Reciprocates
Palestine Media Center 2/13/2005
During two separate meetings with the Palestinian Islamic resistance movements Hamas and Jihad in Gaza City on Saturday, President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) secured...

Abbas confronts Hamas after rocket attacks threaten truce with Israel
The Independent 2/13/2005
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, last night confronted Hamas with a demand to observe a strict ceasefire with Israel after the rocket and mortar...

PA: Prisoners' release' list, disappointing
International Middle East Media Center 2/13/2005
The Palestinian Prisoners Ministry described the list of 500 prisoners slated for release in the first stage of the prisoners release' agreement, which was...

Abbas Declares War With Israel Effectively Over
New York Times 2/14/2005
GAZA CITY, Feb. 13 - The new Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, said in an interview this weekend that the war with the Israelis is effectively...

Israeli, PA tourism ministers to meet Pope
Ha'aretz 2/14/2005
Tourism Minister Avraham Hirschson and Palestinian Tourism Minister Mitri Abu Aita will meet with Pope John Paul II on February 25, in an attempt...

Bondevik Urges Final-status Talks ‘As Soon As Possible
Palestine Media Center 2/14/2005
Norway’s PM ‘Embarrasses’ Israeli Counterpart on Jerusalem, Wall -- Following talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Gaza city Sunday, visiting Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell...

Norway's PM embarrasses Sharon
Ha'aretz 2/14/2005
Norway's Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik yesterday embarrassed Prime Minister Ariel Sharon when he began making demands and repeating accusations he had heard earlier...

Shalom delays sending envoy to Australia
Ha'aretz 2/13/2005
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom recently delayed the appointment of Aryeh Sher to the post of Israel's next consul in Australia. Shalom ordered reexamining Sher's...

Prisoners slated for release were told they're staying in prison
By Amira Hass, Ha'aretz 2/14/2005
Most of the Palestinian prisoners that Israel plans to release were about to complete their term, Palestinian Authority officials handling the release said. As...

Palestinian groups maintain truce
BBC 2/13/2005
Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad say they will maintain an undeclared truce while they consider joining a ceasefire with Israel. Senior Hamas...

Israel to hand back remains of militants
The Guardian 2/14/2005
Israel will release the remains of 15 Palestinian militants killed last year during attacks on Israeli settlements and army bases in the Gaza Strip...

Deported militants will be allowed to return to West Bank
Ha'aretz 2/13/2005
Israel will allow 56 deported Palestinian militants to return to the West Bank, Israeli and Palestinian officials said yesterday. The militants include gunmen exiled...

Ministers approve release of 500 Palestinian prisoners
Ha'aretz 2/14/2005
A ministerial committee yesterday approved the release of 500 Palestinian prisoners and administrative detainees in keeping with a promise Israel gave to the Palestinian...

PA to assume security control of Jericho this week
Ha'aretz 2/13/2005
Israel agreed last night to transfer security control of the West Bank city of Jericho to the Palestinian Authority, sources close to the talks...

Top Democrat links aid to PA with contributions from Arab `deadbeats
Ha'aretz 2/11/2005
WASHINGTON - The senior Democrat on the House International Relations Committee said yesterday he would condition U.S. aid to the Palestinians on oil-rich Arab "deadbeats...

Dahlan demands Israel to release detainees imprisoned since 1993
International Middle East Media Center 2/11/2005
Mohammad Dahlan, member of the Palestinian higher negotiation committee, told the Egyptian Al-Ahram newspaper that the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Sharon...

Canadian FM urges Hizbullah to abandon violence
Daily Star 2/12/2005
Plea comes as resistance group calls for 'burying' UN Resolution 1559 -- BEIRUT: Canadian Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew urged Lebanese resistance group Hizbullah to eschew...

More on US Aid for Checkpoint Crossings
Electronic Intifada/CNI 2/11/2005
Press Release, Council for the National Interest -- The modernization of checkpoints between Israel and the Palestinian Territories is now being ironically cast as a...

Palestinian source: “ Israel agreed to cease assassinations outside PA areas
International Middle East Media Center 2/12/2005
A prominent Palestinian source reported Friday that Israel agreed during the Sharm Al-Sheikh summit, to cease assassinations against Hamas and Islamic jihad leaders, and...

Abbas to meet political leaders Saturday
International Middle East Media Center 2/12/2005
Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas will meet on Saturday at night with political leaders to hold talks about cease fire, after he arrived in Gaza...

France probes Israeli firms on arms to Ivory Coast
Ha'aretz 2/11/2005
The French government has demanded that Israel provide information on companies selling arms to the Ivory Coast, where a civil war is now raging...

Abbas Meets Canadian FM
WAFA 2/10/2005
RAMALLAH, February 10, 2005 (WAFA)- President Mahmoud Abbas briefed today the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew on the latest developments on the Palestinian...

Abbas warns Hamas of strong response if cease-fire broken
Ha'aretz 2/11/2005
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas vowed to take action against any future Palestinian cease-fire violations after Palestinians fired more than 40 mortar shells at...

Abbas moves to shore up ceasefire
BBC 2/11/2005
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has arrived in Gaza for talks aimed at persuading militants to join his ceasefire with the Israelis. Mr Abbas is...

Abbas to confront militant leaders
The Guardian 2/11/2005
Mahmoud Abbas is to demand today that militant leaders stop their attacks on Israelis, after the Palestinian president's Fatah movement declared a state of...

Cartoon: "Handshake halts the violence
By Steve Bell, The Guardian 2/10/2005
Humor. For instance, "The road map is back on track." - UK FM Jack Straw, 2/8/2005...

Israel defence deal irks Turkey
AlJazeera 2/6/2005
With senior Israeli military officials recently visiting Ankara, Turkey's controversial relationship with Tel Aviv has once more been in the spotlight. This time, however...

Abu Libda: Israel to Complete Redeployment in 5 Cities
International Press Center 2/9/2005
RAMALLAH, Palestine, February 9, 2005 (IPC+ Al-Ayam)-- Bureau chief of Palestinain Prime Minister, Hassan Abu Libda, declared on Tuesday that, within the next three...

Jericho to be first of West Bank cities
Jerusalem Post 2/10/2005
Jericho will be the first city where Palestinian soldiers will gain full security control once the transfer process swings into action some time next...

Israeli 'Gestures' limited to work permits
International Middle East Media Center 2/9/2005
Following the Sharm Al-Shaeikh summit Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz approved a list of mostly token 'good will gestures' toward Palestinians. With the...

Israel to release 350 Palestinians from Desert Prison
International Middle East Media Center 2/9/2005
Palestinian sources reported that 350 Palestinian prisoners will be released from the desert detention camp, Ansar 3, in the Negev desert. The source said...

Hamas demands an explicit, signed truce document
International Middle East Media Center 2/10/2005
The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas is demanding a written and explicit Israeli announcement of a cease-fire vis-a-vis Palestinian resistance groups. Hamas spokesmen in Gaza...

Barghouthi supports cease fire
International Middle East Media Center 2/10/2005
Arab MK Jamal Zahalka, visited the jailed Palestinian legislator and Fatah leader Marwan Al-Barghouthi, in Eshel detention in Bir Shiva, and discussed with him...

Hamas, Islamic Jihad to lie low
AlJazeera 2/9/2005
Without endorsing the ceasefire declared at the landmark Middle East summit, Palestinian resistance groups have said they will hold off on attacking Israel for...

Envoy denies Israeli Hizb Allah claim
AlJazeera 2/10/2005
A Palestinian envoy sent to Lebanon has denied he met members of Hizb Allah to call on the resistance group to stop operations against...

Israel to ease restrictions after ceasefire
The Guardian 2/10/2005
Roadblocks to be lifted around West Bank cities -- Israel is to lift roadblocks around some West Bank cities to permit freer movement and will...

Sharm El-Sheikh summit focus
Al-Ahram Weekly on-line 2/10/2005
Nine articles about the Sharm El-Sheikh summit...

Sharm deal is no long-term solution
AlJazeera 2/11/2005
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas have agreed to a ceasefire, but one commentator sees the deal merely as a...

Prisoners hold the key
By Khaled Amayreh, Al-Ahram Weekly on-line 2/10/2005
Palestinian factions, the real makers or breakers of the truce declared in Sharm El-Sheikh, are setting their conditions in Gaza --The ultimate success of...

New era
By Dina Ezzat, Al-Ahram Weekly on-line 2/10/2005
Behind the expressions of optimism at the Sharm El-Sheikh summit Dina Ezzat finds more than enough cause for caution -- Next week, maybe as early...

Excerpts of Sharon's speech: `Disengagement could pave way to road map
Ha'aretz 2/9/2005
Following are excerpts from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's speech at Sharm el-Sheikh: "I would like to thank you, the president of Egypt, Mr. Hosni...

Sharon's Sharm statement not yet implemented by army
Ha'aretz 2/9/2005
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's announcement at Sharm el-Sheikh yesterday that Israel would halt offensive military operations in the territories has not yet been implemented...

Hamas manoeuvres in wake of truce
BBC 2/9/2005
The smiles and the handshakes at the Palestinian-Israeli summit were barely over before Hamas delivered its bleak verdict. Peace hopes have been revived by...

Hamas says it is not bound by cease-fire
Ha'aretz 2/9/2005
Two key Palestinian militant groups criticized Israeli and Palestinian pledges to end bloodshed, but said they will wait to see what comes next before...

First prisoners due for release brought to Ketziot Prison
Ha'aretz 2/10/2005
The Israel Defense Forces and Prisons Service have begun gathering the Palestinian prisoners chosen to be released early next week from Ketziot Prison in...

IDF freezes plans for Philadelphi channel
Ha'aretz 2/10/2005
Progress in talks between Israel and the Palestinians and relative calm in the territories has led the security forces this month to freeze plans...

Israeli and Palestinian leaders proclaim cease-fire
Daily Star 2/9/2005
Egypt and jordan will return ambassadors to tel aviv after four-year absence -- In a crucial step heralded as a fresh start to peacemaking, Israeli...

Palestinian minister: Israeli authorities should release long-serving inmates
By Amira Hass, Ha'aretz 2/8/2005
There can be no peace settlement or enduring cease-fire without the release of prisoners, Palestinian Authority Minister for Prisoners Affairs Hisham Abd al-Raziq said...

Abed Rabbo, Barnier Discuss Peace Process Support Measures
Palestine Media Center 2/8/2005
French FM Pledges Support to Palestinians, Roadmap -- PLO Executive Committee Member and co-author of the unofficial Geneva Initiative Yaser Abed Rabbo met with French...

Hamas and Jihad Ask Abbas for Conferred Ceasefire
International Press Center 2/8/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 8, 2005 (IPC + Agencies) - - The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) said it expected the Palestinian leadership to confer with the factions before...

Europe won't just sign the checks
Ha'aretz 2/8/2005
A deep sigh of relief was heard in Jerusalem when it was learned in the summer of 2004 that Chris Patten, the British commissioner...

Photo Gallery: Sharm el-Sheikh summit
Ha'aretz 2/8/2005
The Sharm el-Sheikh summit in pictures...

Egypt and Jordan to return ambassadors to Israel
Ha'aretz 2/9/2005
SHARM EL-SHEIKH - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas used almost the exact same words Tuesday to announce a cessation of...

Shalom asks France to include Hezbollah in terror list
Ha'aretz 2/8/2005
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom tried yesterday to persuade his French counterpart Michel Barnier that the Hezbollah should be added to the European Union's list...

Illegal outposts to go only after pullout, official says
Ha'aretz 2/8/2005
Israel will evacuate illegal settlement outposts in the West Bank only after implementation of the disengagement from the Gaza Strip and the northern West...

Nazzal: “The P.A disappointed the Palestinian people
International Middle East Media Center 2/9/2005
Mohammad Nazzal, one of the leaders of Hamas, said that the Palestinian Authority disappointed the Palestinians, and not only Hamas, and that the summit...

US threatens Syria with 'isolation
Middle East Online 2/8/2005
Rice accuses Syria of not doing enough on curbing its support for terrorist, Hezbollah. -- US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Syria on Tuesday...

Syria to import Golan apples
BBC 2/7/2005
Syria has announced that it will buy 10,000 tons of apples from Arab farmers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. It is the first time...

Rice winds up her visit by naming U.S. security coordinator in region
Ha'aretz 2/8/2005
Lieutenant General William E. (Kip) Ward has been appointed America's security coordinator in the region, in which capacity he will assist the rehabilitation of...

U.S. eyes wider Mideast peace, slams Damascus
Daily Star 2/9/2005
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged Gulf states Tuesday to take a greater role in securing Middle East peace, and accused Syria of...

Egyptian students protest Sharon visit
Ha'aretz 2/8/2005
CAIRO - To chants of "Out! Sharon," students at two Egyptian universities poured scorn on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon yesterday and condemned their government for...

NATO: Alliance could have Mideast role
Ha'aretz 2/8/2005
NATO could play a peacekeeping role in the Middle East if a renewed peace process brings a halt to violence between Israelis and Palestinians...

Why this deal might be different
Christian Science Monitor 2/8/2005
Israeli and Palestinian leaders met for first time in four years Tuesday at a summit in Egypt. -- SHARM EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT – With a firm handshake...

Sharon and Abbas agree ceasefire
The Guardian 2/8/2005
Pledge to end four years of violence - 'We are not bound by ceasefire' - Hamas - Sharon invites Abbas to his ranch -- The Israeli prime minister...

Analysis / Winds of change from Washington
Ha'aretz 2/8/2005
WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's calculated absence from the Sharm el-Sheikh summit clearly demonstrates the new American policy formulated during the course...

Palestinian street expects result
Ha'aretz 2/8/2005
The Palestinians are expecting to get something tangible from Israel today after they stopped the terror attacks and shooting. The main issue on which...

Bush asks Congress for $2.5b aid for Israel in 2006
Globes 2/8/2005
Palestinians will receive $390 million aid in the 2005 and 2006 fiscal years. -- US aid to Israel will total $2.528 billion in the 2006...

Hamas, Islamic Jihad demand Abbas to consult with Palestinian factions prior to announcing truce
International Middle East Media Center 2/8/2005
The Islamic resistance movement Hamas, and the Islamic Jihad stressed on the importance of discussing the truce with the Palestinian factions prior to announcing...

US names Mid-East security envoy
BBC 2/7/2005
The US has appointed a special envoy to assist Palestinian security reforms, amid renewed hopes of progress in Middle East peace efforts. Secretary of...

Rice: “leveling the settlements not a good idea
International Middle East Media Center 2/8/2005
An Israeli source said on Monday evening that the U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hinted during her meetings with Israeli officials that she...

Israeli diplomat ousted from Australia
Ha'aretz 2/6/2005
The Foreign Ministry is looking into the reasons for the Australian government demanding that an Israeli diplomat in Canberra be repatriated two weeks ago...

Sharm summit to end with ceasefire, return to talks
ReliefWeb/Deutsche Presse Agentur 2/7/2005
Jerusalem (dpa) - Israeli Premier Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will declare a truce in their conflict and a return to political talks...

Israel to receive $50-80m of PA aid
Ha'aretz 2/6/2005
Israel will get $50-80 million of the special aid package U.S. President George Bush promised the Palestinian Authority. The money will go to...

Egypt seeks increased security presence along Gaza border
Ha'aretz 2/7/2005
Egypt has proposed deploying an additional 3,000 to 3,500 policemen along its border with Israel. This Thursday, the two countries are expected to finalize...

Wrestling with rules of disengagement
The Guardian 2/8/2005
Palestinians and Israelis were optimistic last night at the prospect of ceasefire declarations, although the two sides remain divided on what should happen next...

U.S. to examine censorship in Israel
Ha'aretz 2/6/2005
The United States government is examining reports on the intensified role of state censorship in Israeli media. American officials have begun collecting information on...

Israel, US Spying on Iran From Iraq: Report
Islam Online 2/6/2005
TEHRAN, February 6 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) – The Israeli intelligence services (Mossad) has set up in cooperation with US occupation troops radars and spying devices...

Coalition of Palestinian, Israeli women's groups ask Rice to play peacemaking role
Ha'aretz 2/7/2005
An ad hoc coalition representing 20 Palestinian and Israeli women's groups has written to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, calling on her to...

Mofaz: IDF will freeze operations against wanted men
Ha'aretz 2/7/2005
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said at yesterday's cabinet meeting that he had agreed in talks with Palestinian Authority security advisor Mohammed Dahlan to suspend...

PNA Rejects Israeli Offer to Release 900 Detainees
Palestine Media Center 2/6/2005
Erakat, Weisglass Agree to Set up Joint Committee -- Three days ahead of the Palestinian – Israeli summit meeting in Egypt, the Palestine National Authority (PNA...

Analysis / Israel braces for Rice's visit
Ha'aretz 2/6/2005
There were many "signs" immediately following the announcement that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was planning a visit to Israel and the Palestinian...

Middle East hopes for a new era
By Alan Johnston, BBC 2/5/2005
In the days ahead, the world will be watching events in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Gulf of Aqaba. The...

Israel-Palestinian truce 'likely
BBC 2/7/2005
Israeli and Palestinian leaders will sign a truce on Tuesday to end four years of fighting, reports say. The deal will be agreed when...

Rice warns Iran against provoking Israel
The Guardian 2/7/2005
Condoleezza Rice turned Washington's rhetoric on Iran up another notch yesterday, telling Iranians they would have to "live up to their international obligations" to...

Uraiqat: US should follow road map
AlJazeera 2/7/2005
Palestinian official Saib Uraiqat has called on the US to adopt a policy focused on what is required rather than what is possible. Speaking...

Expulsion of Israeli envoy covered up
Sydney Morning Herald 2/5/2005
Requires registration - free] -- Australia has secretly forced a senior Israeli diplomat to leave the country, for reasons that neither government will divulge. The effective...

Israel, PA agree on panel to handle prisoner issue
Ha'aretz 2/6/2005
Israel and the Palestinians agreed in talks last night on the establishment of a special committee to deal with the thorny issue of prisoner...

Rice urges Israel to take steps to strengthen new PA leadership
Ha'aretz 2/7/2005
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with senior Israeli officials in Jerusalem yesterday and urged Israel to take steps to strengthen Palestinian Authority...

Palestinian election success auspicious, but situation remains fragile, says Kofi Annan
Electronic Intifada/UN DPI 2/7/2005
The year had begun auspiciously with the success of the Palestinian presidential election, but the situation still remained fragile, the Secretary-General of the United...

Iran vows retaliation if attacked
The Guardian 2/7/2005
Iran will retaliate if the United States or Israel attacks its nuclear facilities and will accelerate its drive to master the technology, reports said...

PM: Israel trying to help Abbas, but receiving little in return
Ha'aretz 2/5/2005
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Friday that Israel was working to build support for Palestinian Chairman Abbas, but was not seeing any concessions in...

Sharon: Terrorism must end before talks resume
Daily Star 2/7/2005
PA: Prisoner release 'insufficient' -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Friday that wide-ranging peace talks aimed at ending the conflict with the Palestinians will...

Israel, PA Warm Up for Egypt’s Summit
Islam Online 2/4/2005
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, February 4 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) – Israel and the Palestinians were Friday, February 4, engaged in hot preparations for next Tuesday’s peace summit...

Bush pledges $350m in "aid to PA
Ha'aretz 2/4/2005
WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush pledged $350 million in aid to the Palestinians in his State of the Union speech on Wednesday. The goal...

Erikat: releasing prisoners serving short term only is not acceptable
International Middle East Media Center 2/4/2005
Palestinian cabinet minister Saeb Erakat said Friday that Israel proposes to free prisoners serving relatively short terms only, but hinted that the dispute around...

Rice Suggests to turn Palestinian Operatives on Pension
International Middle East Media Center 2/4/2005
The U.S. secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice proposed establishing "pension fund" for at least one thousand Palestinians who would agree to give up their...

Jordan: decision on Ambasador return to follow summit
International Middle East Media Center 2/4/2005
Jordanian Foreign Minister Hani Fawzi Mulki said Friday that Jordan would hold off on deciding whether to return its ambassador to Israel until the...

Jordanian FM: Deploy Palestinian soldiers to West Bank
Ha'aretz 2/4/2005
Amman is proposing that a brigade of Palestinian soldiers trained in Jordan should deploy to the West Bank pending Israeli and Palestinian approval, Jordanian...

Rice won't join Tuesday's summit
International Middle East Media Center 2/4/2005
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday she does not plan to attend next Tuesday's Middle East summit meeting in Egypt. "Not every...

Rice: U.S. prepared to train Palestinian security forces
Ha'aretz 2/4/2005
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday that the United States is prepared to help train Palestinian security forces - which she said must...

Palestinian-Israeli talks hit snag
AlJazeera 2/4/2005
Palestinian officials have said a pre-Sharm al-Shaikh meeting ended in failure after Israeli officials declined to discuss the release of 237 Palestinian prisoners. The...

Israeli PM warns over peace hopes
BBC 2/4/2005
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has accused the Palestinian leadership of taking insufficient measures against militant groups.Mr Sharon warned the "roadmap" peace plan would...

Hizbullah defiant
Al-Ahram Weekly on-line 2/3/2005
Hizbullah vows to continue its struggle to secure the release of Lebanese prisoners held in Israeli jails -- Defying growing international and domestic pressure to...

Cairo is playing a key mediating role to restart viable Palestinian-Israeli negotiations
Al-Ahram Weekly on-line 2/3/2005
On Tuesday, Egypt will host the first summit between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon intended to launch...

PA nixes `insulting' prisoner release plan
Ha'aretz 2/4/2005
The Palestinians yesterday rejected an Israeli offer to release 900 prisoners as a gesture to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, calling the proposal "insulting...

Turkey to Back Abbas' Struggle for Statehood
Palestine Chronicle 2/3/2005
Ankara says it is ready to assist in the revitalization of the Gaza Strip after Israel pulls its troops and settlers out by the...

Rice: Washington Is Likely To Help the Palestinian Security Forces "To Fully Capable
International Press Center 2/2/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 2,2005 (IPC+Agencies)---Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday that the USA is likely to help training and equipping the...

President Abbas Meets Algerian Counterpart in Ankara, Multilateral Summit Expected in Egypt
International Press Center 2/3/2005
GAZA, February 3, 2005 (IPC + WAFA) - - President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) met with the Algerian president Abdul Aziz Boutaflika in Ankara yesterday, and discussed...

Report: Iran sentences alleged Israeli spy to 10 years
Ha'aretz 2/3/2005
TEHRAN - Iran has sentenced a person to 10 years in prison for spying for Israel, a senior judiciary official was quoted as saying on...

Dahlan: “Truce will be under international supervision
International Middle East Media Center 2/3/2005
Mohammad Dahlan, former Palestinian security minister said that the Abbas-Sharon summit aims to specify the right basis in order to resume the peace process...

Al Shakaa: We Will Demand Rice to Exert Pressure on Israel
International Middle East Media Center 2/3/2005
The member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) Executive Committee, Ghassan Al Shakaa, asserted that the meetings between Mohammed Dahalan and Israeli Defense Minister...

Five West Bank cities to be under P.A responsibility, 500 detainees to be freed
International Middle East Media Center 2/3/2005
An Israeli special ministerial team decided on Thursday afternoon a draft of arrangements with the Palestinian Authority, the draft will be presented by Sharon...

Bush to send quick aid to Palestinians
Ha'aretz 2/4/2005
The Bush administration told Congress on Thursday it would provide an initial $41 million in aid to the Palestinians in an immediate show of...

Hopes rise for Middle East ceasefire
The Guardian 2/3/2005
Israeli and Palestinian officials raised hopes today that next week's meeting between the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, and the new Palestinian leader, Mahmoud...

U.S. official: Europe is 'fertile ground' for terrorism
Ha'aretz 2/3/2005
BRUSSELS -Europe provides "fertile ground" for terrorist cells and could face new attacks like last year's Madrid bombings or worse, a senior U.S. counter-terrorism...

Germany renews pledge to Israel
BBC 2/2/2005
Germany accepts its guilt for the Holocaust and "stands side by side with Israel", its president has told the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem. President...

Syria and Jordan talk about peace
BBC 2/2/2005
Syrian President Bashar Assad has held talks with King Abdullah in Jordan on regional peace prospects. Both leaders say the Arab peace initiative is...

Senior government officials lukewarm on Rice Mideast trip
Ha'aretz 2/2/2005
Senior government officials in Israel are feeling less than enthusiastic about the upcoming visit to Israel by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, fearing...

Analysis / A surprise invite
Ha'aretz 2/3/2005
According to the Israeli version of things, the invitation to the summit meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday caught Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and...

U.S. may punish Israel for not acting against human trafficking
Ha'aretz 2/3/2005
The United States may rank Israel among the group of countries not taking action against human trafficking - a move that could result in the...

Israel, Palestinians to set up joint panel on wanted men
Ha'aretz 2/2/2005
Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to set up a joint committee to deal with the cases of wanted men after a cease-fire is...

Sharon, Abbas to declare security understandings at Sharm summit
Ha'aretz 2/3/2005
A regional summit will take place at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday, attended by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Palestinian Authority Chairman...

Palestinians object to prisoner-release offer
The Independent 2/3/2005
Attempts to prepare the ground for next week's Middle East summit ran into trouble last night when the two sides disagreed sharply over a...

Israel approves West Bank pullback
AlJazeera 2/3/2005
Israeli leaders have approved a troop pullback from West Bank cities and a plan to release Palestinian prisoners, steps crucial to the success of...

Egypt and Jordan remain mum on returning ambassadors to Israel
Daily Star 2/4/2005
Jordan and Egypt were silent Thursday on whether their ambassadors would be returning to Israel, but an Egyptian lawmaker said the atmosphere was right...

Israel to free Palestinian prisoners
The Guardian 2/3/2005
Israeli cabinet ministers today approved the release of 900 Palestinian prisoners, with some 500 to be freed next week, and a withdrawal from the...

Rice: There cannot be peace without viable and contiguous Palestinian state
International Middle East Media Center 2/1/2005
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday that there cannot be peace in the Middle East unless the Palestinians attain a state that...

PM Condemns ‘War Crime,’ UN the Israeli Indiscriminate Gunfire
Palestine Media Center 2/1/2005
IOF Kill 10-Year-Old Palestinian Girl at Refugee School - PM Condemns the ‘War Crime,’ UN the Israeli Indiscriminate Gunfire -- Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei...

Steinitz: Egypt still preparing for military conflict with Israel
Ha'aretz 2/1/2005
Egypt is the only country in the region that is preparing for the possibility of a military confrontation with Israel," MK Yuval Steinitz, chairman...

EU urges Israel, PA to exploit moment of rare hope
Ha'aretz 2/1/2005
BRUSSELS - The European Union yesterday called on Israel and the Palestinian Authority to use a moment of relative good will to make a major...

Germany delays sale of armored cars
Ha'aretz 2/1/2005
The German government is holding up the signing of a contract for the sale of Dingo armored cars to Israel for fear that the...

Abbas sees peace role for Russia
BBC 1/31/2005
The new Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia has a key role to play in the Middle East...

PA: Israel provoking Palestinians
By Khalid Amayreh, Electronic Intifada/Al Jazeera 1/30/2005
The Palestinian Authority has accused Israel of seeking to frustrate Palestinian efforts to achieve a ceasefire ahead of the possible resumption of the Middle...

Israel to Slow Planned West Bank Pullout
The Guardian 2/2/2005
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli and Palestinian leaders argued on Tuesday over a planned troop pullback from the West Bank, with a wary Israel saying it...

Rice backs Palestinian statehood
BBC 2/1/2005
Palestinians must have a state that meets their aspirations or there will be no Middle East peace, the new US Secretary of State has...

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High Court delaying fence
YNetNews 2/28/2005
Sharon: 'Settlers feel rejected' - Prime Minister Sharon slams top court for slowing down construction of West Bank security fence, says judges employ proportionality test...

Abbas reportedly tells security heads: Deliver results or you will have to quit
Ha'aretz 2/27/2005
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas urged the heads of the Palestinian security forces in the West Bank to seek out and apprehend the perpetrators...

Yussuf visits Tul Karm to evaluate PA security service
Ha'aretz 2/28/2005
Palestinian Authority Interior Minister Nasser Yussef yesterday visited Tul Karm, the area in which Friday night's suicide bomber lived, to get a first-hand look...

Monitoring the Media Coverage of the 2005 Presidential Elections in Palestine
MIFTAH 2/28/2005
The participants conducted monitoring of the media for the official campaign period of the presidential elections from 25 December 2004 to 7 January 2005...

Sharon reconsidering plan to raze homes of evacuated settlers
Ha'aretz 2/28/2005
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon plans to reconsider the decision to demolish the buildings left behind after the disengagement from Gaza and the northern West...

Pullout laws `illegitimate,' says Likud party elder
Ha'aretz 3/1/2005
Knesset legislation of the disengagement plan is "a rude and intolerable violation of justice and therefore as a law, it is illegitimate," said retired...

What a Change
MIFTAH 2/28/2005
The Palestinian Legislative Council, comprising 88 MPs, made its voice heard loudly and clearly in Thursday’s parliamentary session. No more reshuffling of ministers, no...

The new government needs to conduct extensive work
International Middle East Media Center 2/25/2005
Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said that the...

Hamas to participate in the legislative elections
International Middle East Media Center 2/25/2005
Sheikh Hasan Yousef, one of Hamas leaders in the West Bank stated that the movement decided to participate in the legislative election next July...

Police probing incitement after Jerusalem rally
Ha'aretz 2/26/2005
Police launched a probe Friday into possible incitement violations by participants at an anti-disengagement rally in Jerusalem.Earlier Friday, Police Commissioner Moshe Karadi ordered the...

New Palestinian cabinet sworn in
BBC 2/24/2005
A new Palestinian cabinet dominated by professional experts has been sworn in in Ramallah, ending days of heated discussions and political deadlock. Earlier legislators...

Abbas 'considering death penalty
BBC 2/24/2005
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is considering bringing back the use of death sentences in a bid to keep law and order in the Gaza...

The new Palestinian government
Middle East Online 2/24/2005
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian parliament on Thursday approved prime minister Ahmed Qorei's line-up for a new government. Herewith a list of his 24...

Shobaki: “2nd stage of local elections May 5th
International Middle East Media Center 2/24/2005
Jamal Shobaki, local government minister and the head of the Higher Election Committee said on Thursday that the second stage of the local elections...

New Palestinian cabinet sworn in
International Middle East Media Center 2/24/2005
Abbas intervention ends new cabinet crisis -- The new Palestinian cabinet took office on Thursday after it was sworn before the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas...

Court: Infiltration law applies only to Arabs from neighboring states
Ha'aretz 2/25/2005
A 1954 law regarding infiltration into Israel applies only to Arab residents of states bordering Israel, and not to all foreigners who try to...

Livni to propose anti-incitement unit
YNetNews 2/24/2005
A week after the decision to pull out of Gaza and parts of the West Bank is approved, justice minister calls to establish anti-incitement...

IDF won't disband hesder yeshivas after all
Ha'aretz 2/25/2005
The Israel Defense Forces is partly retracting a controversial plan to disband its separate hesder yeshiva platoons (where soldiers combine military service and religious...

Analysis / The PA's new power structure
Ha'aretz 2/25/2005
The government of academics and experts approved yesterday by the Palestinian Legislative Council may be viewed as a sign that Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia...

Gaza strongman Dahlan returns to center stage
Daily Star 2/25/2005
The new civil affairs minister will play a key role in peace negotiations -- RAMALLAH, West Bank: Mohammed Dahlan, the strongman of the Gaza Strip...

Palestinian parliament backs cabinet
AlJazeera 2/24/2005
The Palestinian parliament has approved a new government after Prime Minister Ahmad Quraya bowed to lawmakers' demands, bringing in mostly new faces to replace...

29 Likud MKs, ministers demand referendum on pullout
Ha'aretz 2/24/2005
Twenty-nine Likud MKs and ministers, including both opponents and supporters of the disengagement plan, are demanding that a referendum be held on the plan...

Palestinians pick reformist cabinet
The Guardian 2/25/2005
The Palestinian parliament approved a new line-up of ministers yesterday in which technocrats replaced loyalists of the late Yasser Arafat. The vote, which followed...

Mofaz seeks shorter disengagement period
Ha'aretz 2/25/2005
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz Thursday ordered senior defense officials to prepare a shortened timetable for implementing the disengagement plan. The current timetable calls for...

Palestinian Parliament ends impasse and backs new Cabinet
Daily Star 2/25/2005
Fresh faces are unassociated with corruption-plagued era of Arafat -- The Palestinian Parliament approved on Thursday a Cabinet of mostly new faces unassociated with the...

PA seals off 12 arms-smuggling tunnels in Gaza
Ha'aretz 2/25/2005
The Palestinian security services have recently located and sealed 12 arms smuggling tunnels along the Philadelphi route, on the Gazan-Egyptian border, security sources say...

Palestinian PM boycott new cabinet formation meetings
International Middle East Media Center 2/23/2005
Meetings of the Fatah bloc in the Palestinian Legislative Council in Ramallah are taking place with the absence of the acting Prime Minister Ahmed...

Background/Sharon's List: The doomed settlements, a guide
Ha'aretz 2/23/2005
When Ariel Sharon began singling out settlements for future eviction, he knew just where to look. Arguing that Israel could best cement its grip...

Settlers target budget to block Gaza withdrawal
Daily Star 2/23/2005
Parliament vote could bring down government -- Jewish settlers said Tuesday they are setting their sights on Israel's long-overdue 2005 budget as a means to...

Eitam, Levy bolt NRP, set up new party
Ha'aretz 2/24/2005
MKs Effi Eitam and Yitzhak Levy officially announced their break from the National Religious Party yesterday and the creation of a new Knesset faction...

Qureia biding his time as PLC refuses to approve cabinet
Ha'aretz 2/24/2005
Yesterday at 11:00 A.M., when Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia (Abu Ala) had planned to present his cabinet for approval by the Palestinian...

Palestinian Democracy in the Working
Palestine Media Center 2/23/2005
PM Qurei Presents Cabinet of Technocrats for Confidence Wednesday -- Averting a crisis that began on Monday when he presented a 24-member cabinet to...

Palestinian cabinet delays vote again
AlJazeera 2/23/2005
Beleaguered Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmad Quraya's future is on the line after he shied away from a vote in parliament on his prospective cabinet...

More Gush Katif families looking for deal to get out
Ha'aretz 2/24/2005
Some 300 of the 1,700 families living in Gush Katif and northern West Bank have been in touch with the Disengagement Administration or attorneys...

PA PM Qureia to seek approval for new PA cabinet
Ha'aretz 2/24/2005
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Quriea will seek parliamentary approval on Thursday for a new cabinet, after defusing a crisis by meeting lawmakers' demands to...

Press join Palestinian cabinet row
BBC 2/22/2005
Tuesday's newspapers see the postponement of the Palestinian Legislative Council vote of confidence in the new cabinet as a sign of the government's failure...

Palestinian lawmakers oppose prime minister's Cabinet list
Daily Star 2/24/2005
Opposition from Fatah and other legislators could lead to Qorei's collapse -- The Palestinian prime minister had trouble Wednesday securing a parliamentary majority for his...

Palestinian PM's future on line
Middle East Online 2/23/2005
Vote on cabinet postponed again as Qorei fails to persuade majority of council's MPs to back his list of ministers. -- Beleaguered Palestinian prime minister...

Abbas gets cabinet approved
The Guardian 2/23/2005
A Palestinian government crisis was narrowly averted last night when the president, Mahmoud Abbas, persuaded rebellious MPs to approve a cabinet full of new...

MPs force Qureia to purge ministers
The Guardian 2/23/2005
Palestinian MPs have forced the prime minister, Ahmed Qureia, to make sweeping changes to his cabinet, criticised for being dominated by corrupt and incompetent...

Supreme court freezes construction of separation barrier near Ramallah
ReliefWeb 2/22/2005
JERUSALEM, Feb 22 (AFP) - Israel's supreme court on Tuesday issued an interim order halting construction of the vast separation barrier near the West Bank...

Debates in Fateh Postpone Vote on the New Palestinian Government
International Press Center 2/22/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 22,2005 (IPC+Agencies)---Keys leaders of the dominant Fateh movement asked the legislative council (parliament) to skip confidence motion on the...

New government to be presented to the PLC Wednesday
International Middle East Media Center 2/22/2005
The acting Prime Minster Ahmad Qorei said after withdrawing his proposed cabinet that he intends to propose a government which includes none “more reform-minded...

Qureia fails to win majority for his new government
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
Everyone here is shouting and criticizing the government, but nobody is ready to take upon themselves the responsibility for forming a different one," Palestinian...

Defense seeks cash for two spy satellites
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
The Defense Ministry has asked the treasury for a special budgetary allocation of NIS 400-600 million to build two new spy satellites. According...

Former PM Barak blasts `corrupt' Sharon, Labor Party
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
Former prime minister Ehud Barak launched attacks on two fronts simultaneously yesterday, lashing out at Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the Labor Party leadership...

Weisglass foresees quiet pullout
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
Dov Weisglass, adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said yesterday that the government is acting with generosity toward the settlers who are to be...

Analysis / Changes in store for the General Staff
Ha'aretz 2/23/2005
Yesterday's announcement that Dan Halutz is set to become the new chief of staff means that for the first time, the Israel Defense Forces...

MK Bishara blasts NII for cut to guaranteed income
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
MK Azmi Bishara (Balad) wants the Knesset urgently to discuss the issue of the cuts the National Insurance Institute has made in guaranteed income...

Court petitioned over foot-dragging on citizenship law
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
The petitioners in the Citizenship Law amendment case are demanding that the High Court of Justice stop delaying and issue its ruling in the...

Court rejects objection to new `semi' settlement
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
The High Court of Justice yesterday rejected a petition from residents of Nirit, a small suburb just inside the Green Line, asking to block...

Sharon fails to persuade Arab MKs to back budget
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon does not currently have a majority to pass the budget, with the United Arab List still threatening to vote against...

Bitterness of those left in Israeli jails overshadows PLC vote
By Amira Hass, Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
The thing that really bothers me is not the well-known Israeli position, but the helplessness of the Palestinians and their failure to cope with...

Yesha Council regroups to battle evacuation
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
The Yesha Council of Jewish Settlements of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza District decided yesterday to form a new operational team to come up...

Analysis / Abu Mazen versus Abu Ala
By Danny Rubinstein, Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
The ruckus yesterday in the Palestinian Legislative Council, which was followed by a postponement of the vote of confidence in the new government, is...

Halutz tapped as next IDF chief; Ya'alon to retire early
Ha'aretz 2/23/2005
Maj. Gen. Dan Halutz was named Tuesday by Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz as the next chief of staff, the first ever to advance from...

Quraya to present new cabinet list
AlJazeera 2/22/2005
Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Quraya has scrapped his proposed cabinet line-up and will present a radically altered new list of ministers, officials said. Quraya...

Israel court halts wall construction
AlJazeera 2/23/2005
Israel's Supreme Court has issued an interim order halting construction of the vast separation barrier near the West Bank town of Ram Allah. Tuesday's...

Fatah to protest in Gaza against appointing Qorei to form the new government
International Middle East Media Center 2/21/2005
A prominent source in Fatah revealed that hundreds of Fatah members intend to hold a protest on Monday in front of the Palestinian Legislative...

Sharon and Mofaz Agree on Halutz as New Chief of Staff
International Press Center 2/21/2005
GAZA, February 21, 2005 (IPC + Agencies) - - Israeli political and security sources said on Sunday that the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his Defense...

Palestinian cabinet vote delayed
BBC 2/21/2005
The Palestinian parliament has postponed a vote on a new cabinet following a stormy debate. The legislature had been expected to ratify the line-up...

Police consider shortening time frame for settler evacuation
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
Police are considering shortening the time frame for evacuating settlements from the Gaza Strip and the northern West Bank, Israel Radio reported on Tuesday...

PLC delays approval of new Abbas gov't
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
The Palestinian Legislative Council delayed approval of Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' new government on Monday after PLC members said it would not advance reforms in...

Decision on new chief of staff likely to be made this week
Ha'aretz 2/20/2005
A decision on a new chief of staff is likely to be taken in the coming week, military and security sources have said. Defense...

Barak: The Sharon family is corrupt to the core
International Middle East Media Center 2/22/2005
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak accused Monday Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his family with corruption, and slammed the Labor party for...

Premier Qorei Names his New Cabinet Members
International Press Center 2/21/2005
RAMALLAH, Palestine, February 21, 2005 (IPC+ Agencies)-- Prime Minister, Ahmad Qorei, cited on Monday names of his new cabinet members before a Palestinian Legislative...

Asheklon not sure where to place Gush Katif evacuees
Ha'aretz 2/20/2005
The Ashkelon Coast Regional Council still does not know where the dozens of Gush Katif families headed for Moshav Mavki'im, south of Ashkelon, will...

Rebels' to up the pressure on pullout MKs
Ha'aretz 2/21/2005
The Likud "rebels" are expected to exert pressure on Likud ministers and MKs ahead of the party's central committee meeting at the beginning of...

Martyrs' Brigades call on Abbas to counter Hamas inroads
Ha'aretz 2/21/2005
A letter sent from the Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades to a meeting of the Fatah's "revolutionary council" in Gaza two weeks ago indicates the...

PM fails to persuade Lapid to back budget
Ha'aretz 2/20/2005
During his meeting yesterday evening with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Shinui leader Yosef Lapid said that his party would not support the state budget...

The budget block
Globes 2/20/2005
Only the 2005 budget can stop disengagement now. -- Passing the 2005 budget is now Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's main mission, now that passage of...

MPs fail to agree on Palestinian cabinet
AlJazeera 2/21/2005
Attempts to form a new Palestinian cabinet have drawn a blank after a session of parliament was halted amid disputes over the selection of...

Dichter: New fence route makes drivers `sitting ducks
Ha'aretz 2/21/2005
Shin Bet security service chief Avi Dichter warned yesterday that the new route of the separation fence could turn travelers on Road No. 443...

All quiet on the anti-pullout front
Ha'aretz 2/21/2005
As the cabinet in Jerusalem approved the disengagement plan yesterday and preparations for the evacuation of Gush Katif and northern West Bank settlements shifted...

Cabinet sets withdrawal for July 20
Ha'aretz 2/21/2005
The five-month countdown to the start of the historic withdrawal from Gaza and the northern West Bank began yesterday with an overwhelming 17-5...

Labor Ministers to support the new wall route
International Middle East Media Center 2/18/2005
Labor party ministers decided Thursday to vote in favor of the new wall route, proposed by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in Gush Itzion...

Israeli MPs pledge $1bn for settlers
Sydney Morning Herald 2/18/2005
Israel's parliament has approved 3.8 billion shekels ($1.11 billion) in compensation for 9000 Jewish settlers who are to be evacuated from the Gaza Strip...

Sharon to host Lapid in bid to woo Shinui for budget support
Ha'aretz 2/18/2005
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's bureau said Friday that he has invited the chairman of the Shinui party, Yosef Lapid, to his Negev ranch Saturday...

Gov't to okay key issues on `Super Sunday
Ha'aretz 2/18/2005
This coming Sunday is going to be "Super Sunday" in the cabinet. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will ask his ministers to approve two highly...

Ousted Ya'alon rejects claims he was not committed to pullout
Ha'aretz 2/18/2005
Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon told his fellow officers yesterday that the decision not to extend his term of office was...

Analysis / Mazuz's kid gloves
Ha'aretz 2/18/2005
Anyone reviewing the attorney general's decision to end the investigation of the prime minister in the Likud primaries financing affair cannot fail to conclude...

PLC Determines Next Monday to Vote for New Government
International Press Center 2/17/2005
RAMALLAH, Palestine, February 17, 2005 (IPC + WAFA) - - The Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) determined next Monday as the date to cast a vote of confidence...

Supreme Court Suspends a Petition Against Targeted Killings
International Middle East Media Center 2/17/2005
The Israeli Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday to suspend a petition calling for an end to the Assassination Policy, the army conducts against Palestinians...

PM Qurei Submits New Government Next Tuesday
International Press Center 2/17/2005
RAMALLAH, Palestine, February 17, 2005 (IPC + Agencies) - - The Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei declared that he will submit the names of his new government to...

Israeli settlers to defy outcome of vote on Gaza pullout
Daily Star 2/18/2005
Army report concludes demolition of Palestinian homes counterproductive -- The Jewish settler movement defiantly rejected Thursday the outcome of a vote which overcame the last...

Sharon's son faced with fraud charge
The Independent 2/18/2005
Omri Sharon, the Israeli Prime Minister's son, is to be indicted on charges relating to political funding after an investigation found insufficient evidence to...

Cabinet to convene ahead of each evacuation
Ha'aretz 2/17/2005
Cabinet Secretary Yisrael Maimon on Thursday published the draft of the government decision on the evacuation of settlements which will be brought for cabinet...

Omri Sharon, not PM, to face charges over 1999 primary
Ha'aretz 2/17/2005
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz is expected today to announce an indictment against MK Omri Sharon and to close the investigation against Prime Minister Ariel...

No corruption charge for Sharon
BBC 2/17/2005
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will not be indicted in a long-running corruption scandal, officials say. But Mr Sharon's son Omri will face charges...

Army brass slams Ya'alon decision
Ha'aretz 2/17/2005
Harsh accusations were traded yesterday between the office of Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and high-ranking Israel Defense Forces officers in the wake of Mofaz's...

Boost for pullout as Knesset approves compensation law
Ha'aretz 2/17/2005
The Knesset yesterday passed the enabling legislation for the disengagement plan by a large majority of 59-40, with five abstentions. The votes in...

Authorities Tighten Security in Israel After Ministers Get Death Threats
Forward 2/18/2005
Rightists Accost Netanyahu, Others -- JERUSALEM — Israel's police and security service chiefs ordered intensified guard around top officials this week after a series of death...

Israeli MPs approve Gaza package
BBC 2/16/2005
Israel's parliament has approved a compensation plan for settlers who leave Gaza, paving the way for the government's disengagement plan. The Knesset voted 59...

New Palestinian Government is close to be approved
International Middle East Media Center 2/16/2005
An informed Palestinian source reported that the new government will consist of a Prime Minister and 23 ministers in among which 9 are new...

Sharon dismisses Yaalon ahead of Gaza pullout
Middle East Online 2/16/2005
Israeli chief of staff shown the door, prompting questions about seriousness of Sharon’s intention to leave Gaza Strip. -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stunned...

PA officials approve new cabinet
Ha'aretz 2/17/2005
Palestinian officials approved a new Cabinet on Wednesday that is expected to put strong allies of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in charge of key...

Compensation law passes 59-40 to advance disengagement
Ha'aretz 2/17/2005
The Knesset on Wednesday passed the enabling legislation for the disengagement plan by a large majority of 59-40, with fiveabstentions. The votes in...

Cost of pullout compensation now stands at NIS 4.3 billion
Ha'aretz 2/16/2005
Compensation to residents and businesses to be evacuated from the Gaza Strip and the northern West Bank will cost NIS 4.3 billion, as opposed...

PM, Mofaz decide not to extend Ya'alon's term; will leave IDF in July
Ha'aretz 2/16/2005
Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon will retire from the army this summer. He will have served as chief of staff for...

NRP court suspends Eitam as party chair
Ha'aretz 2/15/2005
The National Religious Party's highest court yesterday suspended MK Effi Eitam from his role as party chairman, saying that by pursuing an independent policy...

Final status of settlers' homes in Gaza Strip still undecided
Ha'aretz 2/15/2005
The government has still not decided whether the houses of settlers evacuated under the disengagement plan will be razed or turned over to the...

Fugitives to join PA security forces
Jerusalem Post 2/16/2005
About 350 Palestinian gunmen will be incorporated into the Palestinian Authority security forces soon as part of a deal reached between PA Chairman Mahmoud...

Gaza settlers to be housed in new desert town
Middle East Online 2/15/2005
Israel plans to build new town in southern Negev desert to house 500 settler families from Gaza Strip. -- JERUSALEM - Israel announced plans Tuesday to...

New Palestinian cabinet within 24 hours
Middle East Online 2/15/2005
Parliamentary sources say eight new ministers expected to be appointed, there will be other changes of portfolios. -- RAMALLAH, West Bank - A new government led...

Sharon: Evacuation of Settlements to take 12 weeks
International Middle East Media Center 2/14/2005
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee on Monday that he expects the evacuation of settlements in the...

PLO Reiterates Significance of Heading toward Final Solution
WAFA 2/14/2005
GAZA, February 14, 2005, (WAFA) - Executive Committee (EC) of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) reiterated Sunday the significance of heading toward a peaceful and...

Beilin urges Yahad, Shinui to abstain on budget vote, thus ensuring its passage
Ha'aretz 2/14/2005
Yossi Beilin, the chairman of Yahad, yesterday called for cooperating with Shinui to save the government from toppling in the budget vote. Beilin called...

Peres fails to persuade Yosef to support pullout
Ha'aretz 2/14/2005
Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef reiterated his opposition to the disengagement plan in a meeting yesterday evening with Vice Premier Shimon Peres. Peres...

MK Bishara' vote vital to pass settlers' Compensation bill
International Middle East Media Center 2/13/2005
The Israeli Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee is scheduled to look at and vote on the penalty clauses of the settlers' evacuation compensation...

Knesset committee okays penal clauses of compensation bill
Ha'aretz 2/14/2005
The Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved the penal clauses of the evacuation-compensation bill last night in a vote of 10 to seven...

Analysis / A step toward reforming the PA
Ha'aretz 2/13/2005
The dismissal of Palestinian security officers last Thursday was the first step by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in his effort to restore law...

Israeli radicals may be detained
BBC 2/14/2005
Israel is considering new security measures amid increasing threats from right-wing Israelis opposed to the planned pullout from the Gaza Strip. Internal Security Minister...

Justice Min. would okay requests for detention of extremists
Ha'aretz 2/14/2005
Written threats and verbal attacks on ministers and MKs that verge on physical assault were the main topics on the government agenda at yesterday's...

Refusenik officers appeal dismissals from command posts
Ha'aretz 2/11/2005
Five Israel Defense Forces reserve officers who declared their intentions to refuse to take part in the evacuation of settlements under the disengagement plan...

Israel names new security chief
BBC 2/11/2005
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has chosen a veteran agent of the Shin Bet security service as the agency's next leader, officials say. Yuval...

Palestinian AG temporarily closes the “Egyptian Cement” file
International Middle East Media Center 2/11/2005
Thursday evening, Palestinian Attorney General, Hussein Abu ‘Assy, announced in a press conference that he temporarily froze the “Egyptian Cement” file, which is a...

Abbas uses prison assault to begin security reforms
Ha'aretz 2/11/2005
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas dismissed dozens of security officers in the Gaza Strip yesterday, following a raid by armed men on the main...

Lawyers in belated battle for Gaza Jews
Jerusalem Post 2/11/2005
Pocket-protectors stuffed firmly into breast pockets and ledgers at the ready, lawyers and actuaries are heeding the hushed calls of a settlement movement that...

Victim of own incitement
International Middle East Media Center 2/11/2005
Israeli Attorney General Menachem Mazuz said Friday that he views harassment and violence towards elected officials and security personnel as a grave matter. Mazuz...

Netanyahu: 'A worrying deterioration
Jerusalem Post 2/11/2005
I see a worrying deterioration," Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Friday, a day after he was attacked and his car tires slashed by...

Likud pullout supporters feel the heat from within
Ha'aretz 2/11/2005
At the end of last week, as referendum supporters in the Likud Central Committee were gearing up to collect the 600 signatures required to...

Abbas appoints new Gaza police chief
AlJazeera 2/11/2005
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas has appointed a new police chief for the Gaza Strip. The appointment on Friday came a day after the sacking...

PM praises Barakeh for voting in favor of the evacuation bill
Ha'aretz 2/10/2005
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon admitted yesterday that the Knesset Finance Committee vote on the evacuation-compensation bill only passed because Arab MK Mohammad Barakeh voted...

Referendum may erode US support
Jerusalem Post 2/10/2005
Israel might lose ground in Washington if it carried out a disengagement referendum that would delay implementation of the plan, Israel's Ambassador to the...

Group urges release of Jewish prisoners
Jerusalem Post 2/10/2005
Forty-five Knesset members, from the Left and the Right, have signed a petition calling on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President Moshe Katsav to...

Newsweek: “Abbas is worried Hezbollah might assassinate him
International Middle East Media Center 2/10/2005
The US weekly Newsweek newspaper reported on Wednesday, that the new Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, expressed worries over his life in front of two...

Eitan: Let evacuee groups settle in W. Bank
Ha'aretz 2/10/2005
The chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, MK Michael Eitan, wants the Evacuation Compensation Bill to include a clause that will...

Pines-Paz vows to look into visa policy for immigrants' parents
Ha'aretz 2/10/2005
The interior minister is to look into whether his ministry has revoked the policy of granting temporary residence status to aged parents of immigrants...

Shalom says he will lead campaign for referendum
Ha'aretz 2/9/2005
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said yesterday he intends to lead a public, parliamentary and internal Likud campaign for a referendum on disengagement. Shalom made...

Sharon Faces Problems at Home After Triumph of Egypt Summit
Forward 2/11/2005
THE SITUATION: Top Aide Demands Referendum on Gaza Plan -- TEL AVIV — Fresh from his triumphant summit meeting with Arab leaders in Sharm el-Sheikh, Prime...

Rivlin: Now I back a referendum
Ha'aretz 2/10/2005
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud) decided yesterday that he would support holding a referendum on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan. Until now, Rivlin...

Shalom looks to secure majority for poll
Ha'aretz 2/10/2005
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom met yesterday with Likud rebel leader MK Uzi Landau and Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee chairman MK Michael Eitan...

Yuval Diskin named new Shin Bet chief
Ha'aretz 2/10/2005
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is expected to officially announce today the appointment of Yuval Diskin as the next Shin Bet security service chief. Diskin...

Evacuation bill squeaks through committee
Ha'aretz 2/9/2005
After more than a week of delays due to the government not having a majority, the evacuation-compensation bill passed the Knesset Finance Committee yesterday...

Sharon vows no referendum on pullout, says he'll put an end to threats in Likud
Ha'aretz 2/10/2005
A referendum on the disengagement plan is meant to prevent the pullout from taking place, something which will not happen, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon...

Officials: Abbas Fires Gaza Commanders
The Guardian 2/11/2005
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Reacting forcefully to Hamas rocket and mortar fire in the Gaza Strip in defiance of a cease-fire with Israel, Palestinian...

Extreme-right faction fails to win seats in Likud secretariat
International Middle East Media Center 2/8/2005
Likud secretariat election ended with a major failure for the far-right Jewish Leadership faction, as Moshe Feiglin'sm the main candidate failed to win representation...

Ultra-Orthodox leader backs referendum on disengagement
Ha'aretz 2/8/2005
A key ultra-Orthodox sage announced his support yesterday for holding a referendum on the disengagement plan, but there is still no Knesset majority for...

Worries in Likud of Right-Wing take over
International Middle East Media Center 2/7/2005
Some Likud ministers said they are concerned that right-wingers might take over the party, ahead of Monday's elections for members of the Likud secretariat...

Knesset committee raises compensation by NIS 1.5b
Ha'aretz 2/7/2005
Over the past two weeks, members of the Knesset Finance Committee have increased the compensation to be paid to settlers evacuated under the disengagement...

Fateh's Revolutionary Council Keen to a New Horizon
International Press Center 2/6/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 6,2005 (IPC+WAFA)---Tayeb Abed Al Raheem , the Secretary General of Fateh's revolutionary council asserted on Saturday that a set of...

AG: More administrative detention for settlers
Ha'aretz 2/4/2005
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz said Thursday that administrative detention would be increased as punishment for settlers who resist evacuation under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's...

PLC implements proportional representation, removes quotas for women
International Middle East Media Center 2/4/2005
The Palestinian Legislative Council agreed to implement a proportional representation system and to remove of the quota for female legislators. The Council also agreed...

In Watershed, Israel Deems Land-use Rules of Zionist Icon 'Discriminatory
Forward 2/4/2005
In a landmark decision, Israel's attorney general ruled last week that one of the fundamental tenets upon which the Jewish state was built — acquiring...

PA said to have destroyed arms tunnel
International Middle East Media Center 2/3/2005
Palestinian security announced Thursday that security forces have destroyed a weapons smuggling tunnel Wednesday along the Gaza-Egypt border. The tunnel was destroyed by filling...

Palestinian Policemen head to Egypt for training
International Middle East Media Center 2/3/2005
42 Palestinian policemen from different security devices left to Egypt on Thursday to receive training there, in order to control the security in the...

AG halts East Jerusalem property expropriation
Ha'aretz 2/2/2005
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz has canceled a June 2004 governmental decision made by two ministers to apply the absentee property law to tens of...

Matan Vilnai launches campaign for Labor leadership
Ha'aretz 2/2/2005
Minister Matan Vilnai kicked off his campaign for the Labor Party leadership yesterday by presenting himself as the late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's true...

Slow donor aid hobbles PA, delays budget
Ha'aretz 2/2/2005
Foreign donors have been slow to make good on promises of funding to the aid-dependent Palestinian Authority, and it is struggling to cope, Finance...

Wranglings persist over draft of pullout bill
Ha'aretz 2/3/2005
The Knesset Finance Committee is expected to postpone today's vote on the proposed Evacuation Compensation Law until next week. The law currently lacks a...

Pines-Paz blasts `racist' citizenship legislation
Ha'aretz 2/2/2005
Interior Minister Ophir Pines-Paz is drafting a bill meant to make it easier to bestow Israeli citizenship on Palestinian residents of the territories, including...

Ministers defend right to confiscate E. J'lem property
Ha'aretz 2/3/2005
Minister Natan Sharansky, who chairs the cabinet committee that adopted the controversial decision to apply the Absentee Property Law to East Jerusalem, yesterday indignantly...

Analysis / Mazuz's strategic decision
By Ze'ev Segal, Ha'aretz 2/2/2005
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz's order to Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cease applying the absentee property law to East Jerusalem properties owned by West...

Penury threatens Palestinian Authority
AlJazeera 2/1/2005
The Palestinian Authority is facing crippling financial hardships since foreign donors have not kept promises of donations. Finance Minister Salam Fayyad on Tuesday said...

Yahad faction chair Gal-On urges return to Meretz name
Ha'aretz 2/1/2005
Yahad Knesset faction chair Zahava Gal-On yesterday urged that the leftist party change its name back to its former title, Meretz. "I believe that...

Israel to bring 20,000 remaining Falashmura by '07
Ha'aretz 2/1/2005
The last 20,000 Falashmura who are eligible to immigrate to Israel will be brought here by the end of 2007, the government decided yesterday...

Pines-Paz orders audits to find source of anti-pullout funding
Ha'aretz 2/1/2005
Interior Minister Ophir Pines-Paz wants to know who funded Sunday night's right-wing demonstration in Jerusalem against the disengagement plan. "The settlers are behaving as...

IDF: Pullout will cost army NIS 1.9b
Ha'aretz 2/1/2005
It will cost the Israel Defense Forces NIS 1.9 billion to redeploy troops as a result of the disengagement plan, Deputy Chief of Staff...

Is Hamas going mainstream
AlJazeera 2/1/2005
Despite Israel's efforts to destroy Hamas, including assassination of most of its top leaders, the resistance movement was able to emerge victorious in local...

Police recruiting civilians to help evacuate settlements
Ha'aretz 2/1/2005
The Israel Police has been recruiting hundreds of civilians over the past month who are slated to help with the evacuation of the Gush...

Israel ordered to rescind land grab law
AlJazeera 2/1/2005
Israel's attorney-general has ordered the government to rescind a decision to enforce a decades-old law under which large tracts of Palestinian land in Arab...

Mazuz pleads ignorance about East Jerusalem property decision
Ha'aretz 2/1/2005
The cabinet's decision to apply the Absentee Property Law to East Jerusalem was made without the knowledge or consent of Attorney General Menachem Mazuz...

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Female detainees facing daily humiliation
International Middle East Media Center 2/27/2005
Mandela Institute reported on Saturday that lawyer of the institute, Ma’moun Al-Hasheem, visited two female detainees in Al-Ramlah detention for women, who informed him...

Palestinians evicted by settlers return to their homes
International Middle East Media Center 2/27/2005
Two-and-a-half years after they were evicted by settlers, the Palestinian of the village of Gawish in the south-Hebron hills on Saturday returned to their...

IDF distributing `resident' stickers to W. Bank settlers
Ha'aretz 2/28/2005
The Israel Defense Forces recently began to distribute "resident" stickers to West Bank settlers to be affixed to their cars' windshields. The stickers are...

Adalah: Marking settler cars is racist
Ha'aretz 3/1/2005
Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel has claimed the IDF's use of stickers to mark settler's cars, reported in Haaretz...

Israel Moves 230 Long-Term Palestinian Prisoners to a New Jail
International Press Center 2/27/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 27,2005 (IPC)--- Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) lawyer Ra'd Mahmeed said following a visit to Al Damon Israeli prison, north of Arab...

Court rules IDF must reopen case of wounded ISM activist
Ha'aretz 3/1/2005
The military investigation into the shooting of International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist Brian Avery, who was wounded in the face by gunfire in Jenin...

Brian Avery's day in Israel's Supreme Court
Electronic Intifada 2/28/2005
On 5 April 2003, in the West Bank city of Jenin, Israeli troops fired at Brian and another ISM volunteer from an armored personnel...

Occupation authorities bar Barguthi’s lawyer from visiting him
Palestinian Information Center 2/24/2005
Ramallah - The Israeli prisons authority was still banning lawyers of Marwan Barguthi, Fatah Movement leader in the West Bank, from calling on him in...

13 Palestinian prisoners in isolation for three years
Palestinian Information Center 2/25/2005
Nablus - Prisoners in the Israeli jail of Kfar Yuna has revealed that 13 Palestinians were held in solitary confinement in that prison for the...

Hamas condemns Israeli incarceration of Sheikh Jamal Al-Tawil under administrative detention
Palestinian Information Center 2/25/2005
Ramallah - The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has condemned the Israeli imprisonment of Sheikh Jamal Al-Tawil, one of the Hamas’ West Bank leaders, under administrative...

Jerusalem Villages meet to plan anti-wall protests
International Middle East Media Center 2/25/2005
As the construction of the separation wall continues, residents of the Palestinian villages north of Jerusalem organized a meeting in the village of Bir...

Women's Resistance Sparks Confrontation at Saffa
International Womens' Peace Service 2/24/2005
More than 100 villagers gathered early Tuesday morning on the olive groves of Saffa, a small village east of Ramallah, to watch and attempt...

Nablus' Prisoners Represent 30 Percent of Total Female Prisoners
International Press Center 2/24/2005
NABLUS, Palestine, February 24, 2005 (IPC) - - The Israeli jails hold scores of Palestinian female prisoners, of them Nablus province constitutes the highest percentage, as...

Unrwa commissioner general pays price for support of Palestinians
Daily Star 2/25/2005
SIDON: Palestinian sources revealed Thursday that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) had retired Commissioner General Peter Hansen after having reached the...

Health and the Wall: Human rights and art launch of a joint Palestinian-Israeli-French campaign on the health impact of the Wall
ReliefWeb 2/24/2005
Médecins du Monde - Date: 14 Feb 2005 -- Three health organizations, Médecins du Monde - France, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel and the Palestine Red Crescent...

Arab students versus ‘racist’ lecturer
YNetNews 2/24/2005
Students claim he said: ‘Arabs are stupid and have contributed nothing to mankind' -- HAIFA - Dozens of Haifa Universitystudents demonstrated Thursday to protest a university...

Hidden costs of Israel's occupation policies
The Guardian 2/25/2005
Israelis are paying a high but rarely acknowledged economic and social cost for nearly 40 years of occupation, says a report commissioned by Oxfam...

Palestinian Prisoners in Salem detention camp, declare an open Hunger Strike
International Middle East Media Center 2/23/2005
The Palestinian detainees in Salem detention camp in the northern of the West Bank started an open hunger strike to protest the harsh living...

Humanitarian needs in WB/Gaza must not be forgotten, EC says
ReliefWeb 2/23/2005
European Commission - Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) - 17 Feb 2005 -- The humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territories must not be overshadowed by the latest...

Palestinians Released by Israel Warn their Release Is Not Enough to Secure Peace
MIFTAH 2/23/2005
Amid a cacophony of jubilant shooting, firecrackers and continuously honking car horns, Tareq Abu Sharkh, an al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade militant who was released from...

World Council of Churches calls for divestment from Israel
Ha'aretz 2/24/2005
PARIS - The World Council of Churches, the main global body uniting non-Catholic Christians, encouraged members earlier this week to sell off investments in companies...

Brian Avery challenges Israeli military impunity
Electronic Intifada 2/23/2005
Press Release, International Solidarity Movement -- On February 23 at 2:45 PM, Brian Avery will arrive in Tel Aviv from the U.S. in order...

Freed Palestinians' cautious joy
BBC 2/21/2005
Um Saleh carried a child and a photograph - the picture showed her four sons. All had been in Israeli prisons, she said. On Monday...

Administrative detainee receives tenth’s consecutive extension
International Middle East Media Center 2/22/2005
For the tenth time, prisoner Raed Qadiri, 35, received an extension to his administrative detention order. Qadiri, who already spent 45 months in Israeli...

Detainees in solitary demand to be on the agenda
International Middle East Media Center 2/21/2005
Detainees placed in solitary imprisonment in Al-Ramleh (Ayalon) detention demanded the Palestinian Leadership to place their case on the agenda and conduct extensive efforts...

Will Abu Mazin give away the Right of Return
International Middle East Media Center 2/21/2005
Reuters claimed on Monday that the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas expressed willingness to give away the right of return of the Palestinian refugees to...

I never saw such fear
The Guardian 2/21/2005
Each year thousands of foreign workers are invited to Israel, lured by the promise of good jobs and a new life. The reality is...

A small but welcome step
Electronic Intifada/ICAHD 2/19/2005
Press Release, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions - It is important to point out that punitive demolitions represent only a small part of house demolitions...

Army surrounds a village near Nablus
International Middle East Media Center 2/18/2005
A local source in Nablus reported that soldiers surrounded the village of Qaddoum, east of Nablus and barred the residents from entering or leaving...

No Justice for Palestinian Victims of Settler Violence in the Old City of Hebron
Al-Haq 2/9/2005
Al-Haq is gravely concerned by Israels lack of effective action regarding settler violence against the Palestinian civilian population in the old city of Hebron...

Al-Mintar Neighborhood in Sur Baher: "Under Occupation …Under Demolition Threat
Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem 2/12/2005
When Israel commenced the building of the Segregation Wall in 2002 along the western parts of the West Bank, it also included occupied East...

War of Attrition in the West Bank
International Womens' Peace Service 2/11/2005
At the end of last year a young man from an agricultural village in the West Bank was issued an order to appear before...

IWPS Human Rights Report No. 179
International Womens' Peace Service 2/17/2005
Date of incident: After the heavy rainfall of beginning of February 2005 - Place: Kufr Qaddom - Witness/es: The village Council of Kufr Qaddom - Contact...

Deluge-hit Palestinians Blame Israeli Separation Wall
Islam Online 2/17/2005
NABLUS, February 17 (IslamOnline.net) – "They have turned a blessing from God into a curse. They have deliberately left us prey to the deluge," said...

Palestinian gives birth at checkpoint
AlJazeera 2/18/2005
A Palestinian woman has been forced to deliver her baby at an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank. Aljazeera correspondent Jivara al-Bidairi said the...

Weekly report on human rights violations, 10 February-16 February 2005
Electronic Intifada/PCHR 2/17/2005
NOT COMMITTING TO THE CEASEFIRE, ISRAELI OCCUPATION FORCES (IOF) LAUNCH MORE ATTACKS IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY (OPT) -- Despite the ceasefire declared by the...

Jerusalem Resident Delivers Baby Boy at Kalandia Israeli Checkpoint
WAFA 2/16/2005
RAMALLAH, 16 February,2005(WAFA) - A woman in labour of Jerusalem resident delivered on Tuesday a baby boy at Qalandia Israeli checkpoint in the...

Palestinian Journalist Protest Assault on Three Colleagues in Gaza
International Press Center 2/16/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 16, 2005 (IPC) - - Palestinian journalist organized a demonstration in Gaza City today to protest the assault on three of their colleagues...

Gazan students unable to study in West Bank
By Amira Hass, Ha'aretz 2/16/2005
Sunday, February 13 was a sad day for Walid Muhanna. He was supposed to begin the final semester of his engineering studies at Bir...

State Department to be Questioned on Silence regarding American Detainees in Israel
Electronic Intifada 2/16/2005
Press Release, Council for the National Interest -- The Council for the National Interest and other concerned organizations will participate Thursday in a meeting at...

The Ultimate Barrier: Impact of the Wall on the Palestinian health care system (Acrobat format - PDF
Arabic Media Internet Network 2/14/2005
By Médecins du Monde -- Since June 2002, the construction of the Wall has steadily added another layer of obstacles isolating, fragmenting and thus deteriorating...

Widow's trees threaten Israeli security
AlJazeera 2/16/2005
Israel’s Supreme Court has sanctioned the uprooting of a Palestinian woman’s citrus grove on the ground it impeded security for Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz’s...

Palestinian women experience major poverty induced by loss of spouses, UN says
Arabic Media Internet Network 2/15/2005
Palestinian women are suffering massively from malnutrition, especially when they are pregnant and nursing, and have high rates of poverty as widowed heads of...

IDF begins gradual phaseout of military prisons
Jerusalem Post 2/14/2005
In a historic ceremony signifying the beginning of the end of military prisons in Israel, Internal Security Minister Gideon Ezra will accept responsibility for...

After 3 Years of his House seizure, Citizen Has Hopes to Get it Back
WAFA 2/15/2005
TULKAREM, February 15, 2005 (WAFA)- Sabir Aref 33, still has hopes to retrieve his house, located in Shufa village, south of Tulkarem, which Israeli...

Days before the Sharm Al Sheikh Summit and following Al Jib: New Confiscation Orders in Beit Hanina to Devastate People’s Lives
StopTheWall.org 2/8/2005
The Occupation Forces gave on February 7th 2005, confiscation orders for the Wall in Beit Hanina village, northwest Jerusalem, four days after those given...

New Settlement in Beit Safafa: Further Isolation of Jerusalemites, further Settlement Expansion
StopTheWall.org 2/10/2005
PENGON/Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign -- Occupation Forces revealed a plan for a new settlement in Beit Safafa, southwest of Jerusalem city. The core of the...

Israel wall prevents healthcare
AlJazeera 2/15/2005
Israel's illegal West Bank seperation barrier is blocking some 10,000 chronically ill Palestinians from access to essential healthcare, three leading health organizations have charged...

US to finance border crossings
Globes 2/15/2005
The Bush administration's budget supplement request includes a $50 million grant for Israel to build border crossings in the separation fence. -- The Bush administration...

Palestinian Political Child Prisoners in Israeli Prisons
Arabic Media Internet Network 2/13/2005
Monthly Update - February 2005 - Issued by Child &Youth Department, Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs -- 321 children are still in jail including 11 girls...

PCHR Organizes a Workshop on the Draft Amended Law of Judicial Authority
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 2/13/2005
On Sunday morning, 13 February 2005, PCHR organized a workshop in its offices in Gaza City on the draft amended law of judicial authority...

PCHR Condemns Kidnapping and Attacking 3 Palestinian Journalists in Gaza
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 2/14/2005
PCHR strongly condemns kidnapping and attacking 3 Palestinian journalists by dozens of armed persons, including a number of members of Palestinian security services. This...

Gush Shalom: “Hands of Israeli leaders are also bloody
International Middle East Media Center 2/14/2005
The Palestinians will be judged by their actions, not by their words,” Ariel Sharon declared at Sharm-al-Sheikh, does this apply to him, too?” Gush...

MPA: 321 Child Prisoners in Israeli Prisons
WAFA 2/13/2005
RAMALLAH, February 13, 2005 (WAFA)- Ministry of Prisoners Affairs (MPA) said that since the outbreak of "Al-Aqsa" Intifada in September 2000, about 3,000 Palestinian...

Protest in front of Bir Shiva detention
International Middle East Media Center 2/12/2005
Dozens of residents, parents of detainees and the Popular Committee protested in support of Sheikh Jamal Abu Al-Haija, one of Hamas leaders confined in...

Barghouti's son was not involved in killing
Ha'aretz 2/14/2005
Marwan Barghouti's son, Qassam Barghouti, was not charged with wounding or killing Israelis or sentenced for such acts, contrary to Israel's statements yesterday. Israel...

PCHR Condemns an Attack by Armed Persons at Gaza Central Prison
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 2/10/2005
Calls upon the PNA to Assume Its Responsibilities to Ensure Respect for Human Rights -- PCHR strongly condemns an attack by a number of armed...

Rights group opposes naming Diskin as Shin Bet head
Ha'aretz 2/11/2005
The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel has urged Prime Minister Ariel Sharon not to appoint Yuval Diskin as head of the Shin Bet...

Justices set a precedent in damages for Palestinian
International Press Center 2/11/2005
In a precedent-setting ruling yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld a damages claim against the state from a Palestinian man, Azam Dahar, who was wounded...

The PA condemns “Israeli measures to silence the voices of truth
International Solidarity Movement 2/9/2005
Anna Nillson from Sweden and Anna Lenna Di Govani from Italy are the latest in a growing number ofhuman rights volunteers that Israel has...

Israel reopens main Gaza Strip crossing point
ReliefWeb 2/9/2005
Jerusalem (dpa) - Israel opened the key Erez crossing point between the Gaza Strip and Israel Wednesday, allowing Palestinian workers to get to jobs in...

Apartheid Wall Harms Health of %32 of West Bank Villages
International Press Center 2/10/2005
RAMALLAH, Palestine, February 9, 2005 (IPC +Agencies)Three health organizations asserted on Wednesday that %32.7 of the West Bank-based Palestinian villages have been going...

Bir Shiva detainees suffering of harsh conditions
International Middle East Media Center 2/10/2005
The Bethlehem office of the Palestinian prisoners’ society reported on Thursday that detainees in Bir Shiva detention are suffering of bad living conditions, and...

Fahima, celebrating 29th birthday, can't get used to prison
Ha'aretz 2/10/2005
Peace activist Tali Fahima probably could not hear her friends and relatives gathered outside the Neve Tirza women's prison in Ramle to celebrate her...

Jewish Voice for Peace welcomes cease fire, calls for more action to end all forms of violence
Electronic Intifada 2/9/2005
Press Release, Jewish Voice for Peace -- OAKLAND, CA - February 9, 2005 - Jewish Voice for Peace, one of the country’s largest and oldest grassroots Jewish...

Prison experience as a normal part of life
By Ray Smith, Electronic Intifada 2/10/2005
An interview with an inhabitant of the Balata Refugee Camp on the outskirts of Nablus -- According to the International Red Cross (ICRC), approximately 8,500...

High Court allows government to resume construction of fence near Jerusalem
Ha'aretz 2/9/2005
The High Court of Justice ruled yesterday that the government can resume construction of part of a segment of the separation fence between northwest...

Weekly report on human rights violations
Electronic Intifada/PCHR 2/10/2005
Report, PCHR, 10 February 2005 - 3 February - 9 February 2005 -- Despite ongoing understandings between the Israeli and Palestinian sides on a ceasefire, Israeli occupation...

I hope that I can see my son before I die
Daily Star 2/11/2005
Mother of longest-serving Palestinian inmate dreams of reunion -- RAMALLAH, West Bank: Widad al-Attaba has been glued to the television news since the landmark Israeli-Palestinian...

Bill for soldiers to serve in prisons passes first reading
Ha'aretz 2/9/2005
A bill requiring soldiers to serve in prisons where security prisoners are being held passed its first reading in the Knesset on Monday by...

Fence construction to remain frozen in east Jerusalem pocket
Jerusalem Post 2/9/2005
The High Court of Justice on Tuesday left intact an interim injunction preventing completion of the security fence in a small section of southeast...

Israeli High allows the construction of the Wall north west of Jerusalem
International Middle East Media Center 2/8/2005
The Israeli High Court allowed, on Tuesday, the resumption of the construction of the annexation wall, North West of Jerusalem. The new decision cancels...

PRCS Weekly Press Release 29 Jan – 4 Feb 2005
ReliefWeb/PCRS 2/7/2005
During this reporting period, the Israeli Army has continued to violate International Humanitarian Law and Fundamental Human Rights, by restricting freedom of movement to...

Captain in `confirm kill' scandal will not return to Givati unit
Ha'aretz 2/8/2005
Captain R., the Givati Brigade company commander charged with "confirming the kill" of a 13-year-old Palestinian girl in Gaza, will not return to...

Israeli Court Allows Rebuilding Apartheid Wall in Jerusalem
International Press Center 2/8/2005
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, February8, 2005 (IPC+Arab48)-- An Israeli Court permitted on Tuesday resumption of construction works of the Apartheid Wall in northern occupied east...

Anti wall protest in a village near Hebron
International Middle East Media Center 2/5/2005
At least ten international peace activists joined on Friday hundreds of the residents of the village of Kharas near Hebron, south of the West...

Israeli authorities release Mervat Taha and her child
International Middle East Media Center 2/5/2005
Thursday afternoon, Israeli authorities released Mervat Mahmoud Taha, from Jerusalem, after she spent nearly three years in Israeli jails, with her baby boy Wael...

500 detainees to conduct hunger strike on Tuesday
International Middle East Media Center 2/8/2005
At least 500 detainees in Ohali Qidar detention Bir Shiva announced on Monday evening that they will conduct hunger strike on Tuesday, in protest...

OPT: New shelters for Rafah homeless
ReliefWeb 2/3/2005
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) today handed over 122 new homes to 135 families from Rafah refugee camp...

The Palestinian National Committee for International Humanitarian Law (PNCIHL) - PDF format
Palestine Red Crescent Society 2/7/2005
In English and Arabic] Introduction: The Palestinian National Committee for the International Humanitarian Law ( hereinafter referred to as “The Committee”) is a national professional...

IFH Calls for Improving Palestinian Prisoners' Conditions
International Press Center 2/6/2005
VIENNA, February 6, 2005 (IPC+ Agencies)--The Vienna-based legal organization, International Friends of Humanity (IFH), called on Saturday the Israeli Defense Minister and the...

Key witness: I lied in `confirm kill' case
Ha'aretz 2/7/2005
The military prosecution's case against Captain R., who is charged with "confirming the kill" of a 13-year-old girl in Gaza, suffered a severe...

Israeli army commander released
AlJazeera 2/7/2005
An Israeli military court has ordered the release of the army commander responsible for shooting to death a young Palestinian girl at point-blank range...

State to tell High Court: Hague ruling on fence is irrelevant
Ha'aretz 2/7/2005
The state prosecution plans to inform the High Court of Justice next week that the opinion of the International Court of Justice at the...

Medical treatment abroad for Gaza residents: closures and access
World Health Organisation 1/31/2005
The Palestinian Authority purchases services from foreign institutions for the residents of Gaza Strip. Some services do not exist at all in the Gaza...

PCHR Publishes Evaluation Report on the Palestinian Presidential Election
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 2/7/2005
Today, 7 February 2005, PCHR has published a report evaluating the polling and counting of votes in the Palestinian presidential election that was held...

An Israeli court Absolves killer of a Palestinian Schoolgirl
International Press Center 2/7/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February7, 2004 (IPC+Agencies)-The Israeli occupation Southern Command's Military Court decided on Sunday to release an Israeli officer R., who is...

Palestinian Families will lose 6000 Dunams for "Ariel" Wall
International Middle East Media Center 2/4/2005
Palestinian sources reported that at least 6000 Dunams (1500 Acre) will be lost from Palestinians villages in the northern West Bank for Israel to...

AG asked to probe `racist' scholarship offered by Agency
Ha'aretz 2/4/2005
Yahad MK Zahava Gal-On has asked Attorney General Menachem Mazuz to review the legality of a Jewish Agency for Israel scholarship fund for students...

Weekly report on human rights violations, 27 Jan - 02 Feb. 2005
Electronic Intifada/PCHR 2/3/2005
8 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and 2 mentally handicapped persons, were killed by IOF. / One of the victim was killed when the tent...

Peaceful Protest against Illegal Road Construction in Hebron
International Solidarity Movement 1/31/2005
Hebron, West Bank] Tuesday February 1 at 11am, Palestinians from Khalet Adar in the Qalqas area of Hebron, with the support of international and...

2000 Palestinian children arrested since September 2000
International Middle East Media Center 2/2/2005
The Palestinian Prisoners Society revealed that Israeli soldiers arrested 2000 Palestinian children since the outbreak of the Intifada in September 2000. 350 child detainees...

Peace Now: 3500 Settlement Units Being Built in West Bank During 2004
International Press Center 2/3/2005
WEST BANK, February 3, 2005 (IPC + Agencies) - - The Israeli 'Peace Now' movement said the Israeli settlement activities have markedly increased in 2004 as many...

Israeli High Court approves land annexation for bypass road to Rachel's Tomb
International Middle East Media Center 2/3/2005
Thursday, the Israeli High Court of Justice rejected a petition filed by Bethlehem and Beit Jala municipalities against the path of the annexation Wall...

Secret Israeli land seizure ruled unlawful
The Independent 2/2/2005
An Israeli government decision, taken in secret, to seize thousands of acres of land around Jerusalem from its Palestinian owners was reversed yesterday when...

Peace Now calls for inquiry into ministers who approved outposts
Ha'aretz 2/3/2005
Peace Now is calling for the establishment of a commission of inquiry to investigate and, if necessary, order indictments against all those, including housing...

One land, two systems: a tale of twin villages
Daily Star 2/4/2005
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands: This Sunday in the neighborhood of De Balie, Amsterdam, "One Land Two Systems," a wide network of architects, planners and human...

400 residents arrested in one month
International Middle East Media Center 2/1/2005
A Palestinian security source reported that the Israeli army arrested since the beginning of 2005, at least 400 Palestinian in several areas in the...

Palestinians cross Gaza border into Egypt for first time in seven weeks
ReliefWeb 2/1/2005
RAFAH, Gaza Strip, Feb 1 (AFP) - Palestinians were given clearance Tuesday to cross into Egypt from the southern Gaza Strip for the first time...

Rafah crossing reopened
International Middle East Media Center 2/1/2005
The Israeli online daily Haaretz reported on Tuesday, that the Israeli defense minister Shaul Mofaz agreed to a response by the Palestinian Authority to...

PCHR Expresses Solidarity with UNRWA Commissioner General Peter Hansen
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 2/1/2005
On the day following that in which a demonstration was held outside the offices of UNSCO in Gaza City, to protest against the decision...

Settlers threaten to demolish Palestinian homes in the West Bank
International Middle East Media Center 2/1/2005
The Israeli online daily Haaretz reported that the head of the Supreme Court in Israel Aharon Barak, issued preemptive ruling barring the “civil administration...

Knesset approves a law which denies Palestinian detainees access to lawyers
International Middle East Media Center 2/1/2005
Monday evening, the Israeli Knesset approved with a noticeable majority. a law which contradicts with human rights agreements and principles, by denying the detainees...

Israeli Soldiers Attack Anti-Land Grab Demonstration
International Press Center 2/1/2005
HEBRON, Palestine, February 1, 2005 (IPC + WAFA) - - Israeli occupation forces attacked a peaceful demonstration organized by civilians to protest the continuous land grab by...

No easy route from Egypt to Palestine
By Laila El-Haddad, AlJazeera 1/30/2005
In a filthy corner of the Rafah border crossing surrounded by empty juice bottles and countless cigarette butts, and as far away as possible...

East Jerusalem land confiscation considered anew
Electronic Intifada/ACRI 1/31/2005
Report, Association for Civil Rights in Israel -- In response to a written appeal by ACRI's Chief Legal Counsel Dan Yakir for an immediate repeal...

Jerusalem land seizures 'illegal
BBC 2/1/2005
Israel's attorney general has told the government to call an immediate halt to confiscating Palestinian property in East Jerusalem under a 1950 land law...

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Newman's Own in talks with Olivia
YNetNews 2/28/2005

Company owned by actor Paul Newman investigating working with Israeli company -- Newman's Own , the American producer of sauces owned by Hollywood icon Paul Newman...
Study: Poverty among Israeli children above Western levels
Ha'aretz 3/1/2005

Poverty among Israeli children is far worse than in other Western countries, according to a comparison between National Insurance Institute data and a UNICEF...
New rules aim to deter contractors' use of foreign labor
Ha'aretz 2/25/2005

The new rules for employing foreign construction workers that will take effect on May 1 are liable to attract criminal elements, even though their...
Numerous U.S. programs back Palestinian women's development
ReliefWeb 2/24/2005

State Department February 22 fact sheet details forms of assistance -- The United States sponsors numerous programs that support Palestinian women in politics, business, legal...
Intel buys Oplus for $100m
Globes 2/24/2005

Yokne'am-based Oplus develops system-on-chip and software solutions for digital display and flat panel TVs. Investors include Benchmark Capital, BRM, and Giza VC, and foreign...
Americans in Jerusalem land rush
YNetNews 2/24/2005

Jerusalem was the most hard hit-city during the Intifada, but in the few months since Arafat's death it has turned into Israel's hottest real...
OPT: USAID unveils girls' school in Artas and garden for senior citizens in Beit Jala, West Bank
ReliefWeb 2/24/2005

ARTAS, West Bank – American aid officials unveiled Thursday a beautiful new primary school for girls and a recreational park for senior citizens in nearby...
In Israel, money can't buy you peace
Christian Science Monitor 2/24/2005

It's not just peace that seems to be breaking out in Israel. Its economy is showing new life after four years of Palestinian intifada...
Israeli Newspaper Brawl Moving to the Internet
Forward 2/25/2005

TEL AVIV — In a bid to supplant the two major English-language newspapers produced in Israel, Yediot Aharonot, Israel's most influential and widely read newspaper...
Donations to Palestine refugees pass $500 million in 2004
ReliefWeb 2/24/2005

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) -- Gaza - The international community underlined its ongoing commitment to the...
UNRWA Allocates Funds, London Hosts a Conference
International Press Center 2/23/2005

GAZA, Palestine, February23, 2005 (IPC+ Agencies)--The United Nations Agency for Work and Relief of Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) allocated yesterday a sum of $12.4...
Egyptian gas for Israel
AlJazeera 2/21/2005

Egypt is to provide Israel with 1.7 million cubic metres of natural gas per year for the next 15 years, an Israeli business daily...
Industrial output rose 6.6% in 2004
Globes 2/21/2005

2004 was also a good year for high tech. -- Industrial output rose by 6.6% in 2004, and industrial exports rose by 19.1%, the Central...
Emergency grant aid to the Palestinian Territories
ReliefWeb/Government of Japan 2/18/2005

On February 18 (Fri), the Government of Japan decided to implement emergency grant aid totaling 30 million dollars through the United Nations Development Programme...
IMI chairman: Tavor rifle to go into use in a month
Globes 2/17/2005

Outgoing Israel Military Industries chairman Arie Mizrachi: IMI's main reason for selling Magen is to enter new markets. -- For the first time, Israel Military...
Arab billionaire offers to buy evacuated settlements
Ha'aretz 2/18/2005

A billionaire from the United Arab Emirates has offered to buy the real estate assets of settlements in the Gaza Strip that are slated...
JNF-owned company bought land in the territories
Ha'aretz 2/17/2005

Fund used subsidiary Himnuta to acquire land near Green Line in the Jerusalem area -- Since 1967, tens of thousands of dunams of land have...
Exports down to US, Asia, imports up
Globes 2/17/2005

Exports to the European Union have jumped 21.9% in the past three months. -- Trend figures in recent months show that exports of goods to...
ECHO Allocates €34 million for Aid to Palestinian People
WAFA 2/16/2005

JERUSALEM, February 16, 2005 (WAFA)- European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) said it will allocate at least €34 million for humanitarian aid to the...
Agriculture Sector Losses Exceed US $ 1161.640.658 since September 2000 to January 2005
WAFA 2/16/2005

GAZA, February 16, 2005, (WAFA) - Ministry of Agriculture declared early Wednesday that the losses of the Agricultural sector, during the period between September 28...
PCBS: Israeli Measures Caused 55 Percent of Families Half Their Income
International Press Center 2/16/2005

GAZA, Palestine, February 16, 2005 (IPC + WAFA) - - The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) announced today that the arbitrary Israeli occupation measures have resulteds...
OPT: IOCC launches West Bank job creation, education project
ReliefWeb/International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) 2/15/2005

Jerusalem (IOCC) -- In some parts of the West Bank, school children meet for class in tents. In other parts, authorities cannot build schools fast...
Mofaz approves cement plant at Sufa crossing
Globes 2/16/2005

Minister of Defense Shaul Mofaz today approved a plan for a cement manufacturing and packing plant at the Sufa crossing between Israel and the...
Israel, Jordan to market tourism packages again
Globes 2/16/2005

This is the first joint tourism effort in four and a half years. -- For the first time in four and a half years, Israel...
Israeli wireless operators revenue from Palestinians: NIS 400-500m a year
Globes 2/15/2005

The aggregate revenue of Cellcom, Partner Communications, and Pele-Phone is NIS 15 billion a year, which means that the Palestinian market accounts for 3%...
Record growth in exports to EU in 2004
Globes 2/15/2005

Israel's trade deficit with the EU is expected to shrink further this year. -- Industrial exports, excluding diamonds, to the European Union (EU) grew by...
Wheels of justice spin slowly in Jericho casino case
Ha'aretz 2/15/2005

Since January 2002, far from the limelight and the armed clashes between Israel and the Palestinians, the civil court in Ramallah has slowly been...
CPI confounds expectations: Down 0.6% for January
Globes 2/15/2005

The drop was twice as much as forecast. The Bank of Israel is likely to cut its key rate by another 0.2%. -- The Consumer...
Jericho looks to security handover to revive tourism
Middle East Online 2/15/2005

Palestinian businessmen hope Israelis will quickly return to Jericho, jumpstart tourism after four years of violence. -- The casino slot machines flash away but gamblers...
PCBS: Consumer Price Index Increased by 1.21% during January 2005
WAFA 2/14/2005

RAMALLAH, February 14, 2005, (WAFA) - Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) reported early Monday that the consumer price index increased by 1.21% during January...
Lockheed aids Israeli cos in US homeland security market
Globes 2/14/2005

Four Israeli HLS companies have been chosen to undergo a business development program in Baltimore. -- Israeli companies seeking to penetrate the US homeland security...
IMI workers: No break-up, privatization before 2006
Globes 2/14/2005

Israel Military Industries workers committee chairman Yitzhak Yehuda expressed surprise at the decision. -- Israel Military Industries (IMI) workers committee chairman Yitzhak Yehuda was rather...
Revised CPI index likely to show 0.3% fall for January
Globes 2/14/2005

The CPI is expected to rise by 0.1% in February, and fall by 0.2% in the first quarter of 2005 -- The Consumer Price Index...
Israeli economy still growing at 4%
Globes 2/14/2005

After falling for three years, per capita GDP rose in 2004, by 2.6%. -- Israel’s economy is still growing by an annualized 4%, with steep...
Growth amid poverty
By Avi Temkin, Globes 2/8/2005

Latest family spending figures are further proof of Israel's widening social gap -- If further proof of the trends in Israeli society in the past...
China's Nuctech to provide Karny crossing inspection systems
Globes 2/10/2005

The $10 million project is the first to be jointly financed by Israel and the Palestinian Authority. -- Sources inform “Globes” that Chinese company Nuctech...
Drugs IP: Israel vs. The world
Globes 2/3/2005

Israeli legislators face enormous, and conflicting, pressures as they decide on changes to intellectual property law. How the forces line up - part one. -- In...
Consumer confidence back to October 2000 level
Globes 2/10/2005

The "Globes" Consumer Confidence Index rose by 6 points in January. The public is also optimistic about jobs. -- This week's declaration in Sharm el-Sheikh...
Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner announces €250 million support to the Palestinians in 2005
ReliefWeb 2/9/2005

Brussels, 09 February 2005 - Following her visit to the Middle East 6-8 February, and the Ceasefire Declaration made by the Israelis and Palestinians...
Israel unveils tiny drone at Indian weapons fair
Jerusalem Post 2/9/2005

Seeking to boost sales of sophisticated weapons, 14 of the country's top defense firms are displaying their best at an arms fair to open...
70% of Israeli families own their homes
Globes 2/8/2005

57% own at least one car, 65% have a VCR, 55% a computer, and 81% have at least one cellular telephone. -- 18% of Israeli...
Israel's exports to Arab countries up 48% in 2004
Globes 2/7/2005

Exports totaled $180 million. Exports to the Palestinian Authority rose 9% to $1.6 billion. -- Israeli exports to Arab countries rose by 48% in 2004...
Survey: 1 in 6 Bedouin 1st-graders suffers from malnutrition
Ha'aretz 2/7/2005

One out of every six Bedouin first-grade pupils - and one out of every eight Jewish first-graders - in the Negev, suffers from malnutrition, according to...
Factsheet: United States assistance to the Palestinians
ReliefWeb/United States Department of State 2/7/2005

United States Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, Jerusalem -- The President announced in the State of the Union on February 3 that he...
Warmer regional relations will bring $3b foreign investment
Globes 2/7/2005

Manufacturers Association: Better relations with Palestinians will boost trade with Arab countries. -- Foreign investment will triple to $3 billion in 2005, predicts Manufacturers Association...
First 4 Israeli export consortia to begin operating
Globes 2/3/2005

The program aims at boosting exports by NIS 360 million. The first consortia will operate in China, Europe, and the US.-- The first consortia...
Wisconsin plan gets underway: Employment centers to open in July
Globes 2/1/2005

The four winning companies will form partnerships with Israeli companies to operate the employment centers. -- Minister of Finance Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Industry...
Germany's Dertour resumes Israel activity
Globes 2/1/2005

Dertour brought 4,000 German tourists to Israel in 2000. -- Germany's third largest tourism wholesaler, Dertour, will resume marketing Israel, after a four-and-a-half year hiatus...
Defense News": Elta to sell AWACS planes to India for $1.1b
Globes 2/1/2005

Elta and partners are bidding against Boeing in a tender to supply AWACS planes to the Republic of Korea. -- "Defense News" reports in its...
David Klein: Interest rate will almost certainly rise
Globes 2/1/2005

The former central bank governor: Israelis will invest more overseas as part of the public's portfolio diversification. -- "The Bank of Israel will almost certainly...

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Still from ‘West Bank Story’ (Middle East Online)
Local film wins international award
YNetNews 2/27/2005
Yaov Shamir’s “Checkpoint,” which shows daily routine at West Bank roadblocks, already won 12 international awards -- TEL AVIV - Yoav Shamir’s “Checkpoint,” a local documentary...
until when will we remain refugees
By Anne Gwynne, Al-Jazeera Info 2/28/2005
Writing from Nablus, occupied Palestine - Review of the film “until when…”, and Interview with Jess Ghannam on Pacifica Radio -- A superb new documentary film...
Immigrant hotline swamped with calls
YNetNews 2/25/2005
Hundreds of newcomers contact recently opened call center to complain of racism and discrimination -- TEL AVIV - An experimental immigrant hotline opened about week ago...
Photography exhibit maps out uncharted space
Daily Star 2/24/2005
Collection aims to show how photographic practices in the Arab world are symptomatic of evolving capitalist systems and established conventions -- NEW YORK CITY: "Good...
Observing the Intifada Though Common Palestinian Eyes: Amal Uweida's Latest Book
International Press Center 2/22/2005
GAZA, Palestine, February 22, 2005 (IPC) - - In her latest book "Palestinian affairs: scenes from inside? notes from outside", which won the Ahmad Bahaeddin Award...
Israel backs suicide-bomber film
The Guardian 2/24/2005
A controversial film about Palestinian suicide bombers has won unexpected support from Israel. The Israeli Film Fund has agreed to help finance the distribution...
Film review: Paradise Now
By Arjan El Fassed, Electronic Intifada 2/23/2005
Hani Abu Assad's Paradise Now won the AGICOA’s Blue Angel Award for the best European film at the Berlinale last week. The film has...
E-Learning Defeats Israeli Restrictions
Islam Online 2/23/2005
CAIRO/GAZA, February 20, 2005 (IslamOnline.net) – Stringent visa restrictions imposed by Israel were no obstacle to Moussa Mohammad’s unrelenting resolve and vaulting academic ambitions...
It's a small, small world in Israeli classrooms
Ha'aretz 2/23/2005
Geography teachers and geographers fear the subject will be hurt by plans to merge it with Land of Israel studies. The ministry's social science...
P.A security hands the army an Israeli entered Ramallah
International Middle East Media Center 2/22/2005
The Palestinian security in Ramallah handed the army an Israeli resident after he entered Ramallah to search for an apartment; Israeli police says he...
Survey of elderly in Israel shows abuse, neglect are widespread
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
Almost one out of five elderly Israelis is exposed to verbal, economic or physical abuse and one out of four suffers from neglect. The...
Palestinian director of `Paradise Now' wins two prizes at Berlin Film Festival
Ha'aretz 2/22/2005
Paradise Now," Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad's film about two young Palestinians who set out to carry out a terror attack in Israel won two...
Jewish fifth-graders to learn conversational Arabic
Ha'aretz 2/23/2005
A pilot project launched in February in 14 elementary schools in northern Israel is meant to bridge the deep divide between Jews and Arabs...
A Ramallah Conference Tackles Arab Media Concerns
International Press Center 2/20/2005
RAMALLAH, Palestine, February 20, 2005 (IPC+WAFA)-- Several Palestinian media professionals from the West Bank tackled yesterday various concerns regarding the Arab media, in...
QUIT! premieres latest line of "Estee Slaughter" products on Valentine's Day
Electronic Intifada 2/21/2005
Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT!) premiered "Eternally Mine," "a stench beyond occupation," from Estee Slaughter at its Valentine's Day Extravaganza at Macy's Union Square...
All things considered: Golnaz Fathi on art in troubled times
Daily Star 2/21/2005
Trained formally as a calligrapher, this 32-year-old Iranian painter breaks all the rules -- BEIRUT: Golnaz Fathi is picking small bits of shattered glass...
Haaretz photographer Alex Levac wins Israel Prize
Ha'aretz 2/18/2005
Haaretz photographer Alex Levac will receive the Israel Prize for photography, Education Minister Limor Livnat said Thursday. The prize will be awarded in an...
Gaza settlers refuse to contemplate life beyond their rooms with a view
ReliefWeb 2/17/2005
SHIRAT HAYAM, Gaza Strip Feb 16 (AFP) - "Evacuating the settlers of the Gaza Strip? It's like trying to empty the sea with a straw...
Daily Star reporter wins 'Inquirer Award
Daily Star 2/18/2005
BEIRUT: The Daily Star newspaper's reporter Majdoline Hatoum, 25, won the esteemed "Inquirer Award 2004" for her article "Religion can affect employment prospects," published...
The Frozen Chosen
Forward 2/18/2005
How the Israeli Bobsled Team Slid Into Existence -- If you think an Israeli bobsled team seems like an alien concept, you are not alone...
Rabbi fixes a sticky problem
The Guardian 2/18/2005
Your chewing gum has just lost its flavour, but there is no dustbin in sight. What do you do? According to Jewish law, the...
Poll # 132 about Sharm el-Sheikh Summit
MIFTAH/Palestinian Center for Public Opinion 2/16/2005
The summary of The latest poll No. (132), which has probed the resonance of Sharm el-Sheikh summit results among the Palestinian people in the...
Cultural exchange: a relationship with life and history
Daily Star 2/16/2005
Dialogue between East and West needs nurturing -- BEIRUT: Lebanese poet and cultural editor of Arabic daily As-Safir, Abbas Beydoun compares Berlin to the heart...
Bassi: Most settlers ready to move
Jerusalem Post 2/14/2005
Most settlers have realized that they are "running out of time," and in the past month have had a "significant change" in attitude about...
Gazan youths open to disengagement
Jerusalem Post 2/15/2005
A third of secular high-school students from Gush Katif believe that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza Strip disengagement plan is a "legitimate possibility," a...
Israel rabbis pray for summit failure
AlJazeera 2/6/2005
Israeli rabbis are planning to hold special sessions in 100 synagogues to pray for the failure of this week's summit between PM Ariel Sharon...
Petition stirs debate among Gaza Strip settlers
Ha'aretz 2/14/2005
The settlers are circulating a new petition stating that they will evacuate their homes voluntarily, on condition that a referendum is held on the...
Come to Palestine, come stay with friends
Ha'aretz 2/14/2005
WASHINGTON - Registration for the upcoming season of Palestine Summer Encounter (PSE) is at its height. After a successful first season last year, organizers hope...
Calm restored in Maghar following clashes
Ha'aretz 2/13/2005
Calm was restored in the Galilee village of Maghar yesterday, following two days of violent clashes between Druze and Christian residents that resulted in...
Christians and Druz scuffle in Mrar
Come And See/Ha'aretz 2/12/2005
A brawl broke out in the Druz village of Mrar in the western Galilee on Friday after some Christian Arab Israeli youths made a...
U.S. using bandage invented by IDF medic
Ha'aretz 2/11/2005
An innovative new bandage, invented by an American-born Israeli combat medic adapting an improvised Israel Defense Forces field practice of placing a rock on...
Palestinian refugees uncertain about Sharm el-Sheikh deal
Daily Star 2/12/2005
Camp residents say Abbas is not addressing the real problems - Refugees would rather immigrate than continue living in harsh conditions -- BEIRUT: Powerless to decide...
Those Kids Must Choke - new record label captures free improv on disc
Daily Star 2/12/2005
Experimental Beirut music scene gets chance to reach wider audience -- BEIRUT: "The records I want to release on this label are the records I...
Film portrays 'human face' of suicide bombers
The Guardian 2/12/2005
A film about Palestinian suicide bombers is to have its premiere at the Berlin film festival on Monday. Hany Abu-Assad, its Palestinian director, hoped...
A fresh 'Canvas' for Arab artists
Daily Star 2/11/2005
New magazine promoting Middle East art and culture hits news stands with a mission -- BEIRUT: "If a fraction of what is spent on weapons...
Majorities of Palestinians and Israelis now support permanent two-state settlement, survey finds
ReliefWeb 2/10/2005
WASHINGTON - For the first time since the outbreak of the second Intifada, there is majority public support among Israelis and Palestinians for a permanent...
Peace Now waves familiar banner
Ha'aretz 2/9/2005
Peace Now, the movement founded more than a quarter-century ago to put pressure on Menachem Begin to make peace with Egypt, came full circle...
Snow blizzards sweep Holy Land
Middle East Online 2/8/2005
Some countries in Mideast blessed with snow showers, heavy rain after years of drought. -- AMMAN - Snow showers, heavy rain and high winds gripped the...
Palestinians react to Sharm al-Shaikh
AlJazeera 2/8/2005
Palestinians have responded to the Sharm al-Shaikh Summit with a mixture of skepticism, disappointment, and guarded optimism. Many Palestinians in occupied Gaza said on...
Immigration drops as Jews from FSU choose Germany
Ha'aretz 2/7/2005
Immigration to Israel fell by more than 9 percent in 2004, led by a sharp drop in arrivals from the former Soviet Union, officials...
Women on the edge of destruction
The Guardian 2/7/2005
Housed in a prison in the heart of Israel are the female suicide bombers who didn't complete their deadly missions. Manuela Dviri hears their...
Lebanese art teacher revives old spirit of Ras Beirut
Daily Star 2/8/2005
Exhibition showcases painter's latest work -- BEIRUT: For artist and art teacher Omayma Ydlibi Soubra, preparing for her latest exhibition of floral paintings - on view...
Fewer Israelis emigrate to US
Globes 2/3/2005
The number of Israeli tourists to the land of unlimited opportunity also plummeted last year. -- Hebrew daily “Yediot Ahronot” reports that the US has...
Artist evokes an old souk vibe with a millefeuille of metaphors
Daily Star 2/5/2005
Halim Mahdi al-Karim's latest exhibition in Beirut explores the physical potential of Espace SD's exhibition hall -- BEIRUT: While the reconstruction plan for the fabled...
Some settlers choose Gaza over citizenship
Ha'aretz 2/4/2005
A number of Gush Katif settlers have come out with a new initiative: They want to remain in their communities despite the disengagement plan...
Palestinian seeks to enter Guinness Book Record
International Press Center 2/3/2005
WEST BANK, Palestine, February 3, 2005 (IPC)---A Palestinian citizen seeks to enetr his name into (Guinness Book of World Records), wirtting the longest...
Gaza families okay Ashkelon relocation
Ha'aretz 2/2/2005
Dozens of families from two Gaza Strip settlements signed an agreement in principle yesterday that will see them move to a farming community near...
Palestinians Ambivalent over Iraq Poll
By Khalid Amayreh, MIFTAH 2/1/2005
While Palestinians in general strongly support democratic reforms in the Arab world, most have not been enthusiastic about Sunday's general election in Iraq. Indeed...
The art of war in occupied Palestine
By Eoin Murray, Daily Star 1/31/2005
Murals become a political tool allowing Palestinians to reclaim the streets, at least symbolically -- GAZA CITY, Gaza: There is something about the art of...
Producing award-winning Arab cinema
Daily Star 2/2/2005
Frenchman Humbert Balsan gets Mid East films made where others won't -- LONDON: For many film producers in Hollywood and Europe today, the Middle East...
UNIFIL battalion aids Southerners
Daily Star 2/2/2005
Group begins it training for residents in south - Officers who recently arrived from India also provide medical and veterinary services -- SOUTH LEBANON: The seventh...

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Jumblatt calls for dialogue with Nasrallah
Daily Star 2/28/2005

Chouf MP believes only head of resistance deserving of talks -- MUKHTARA: Chouf MP Walid Jumblatt called for dialogue with Hizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan...
Syria hands over Saddam half-brother as 'goodwill
The Independent 2/28/2005

Syrian forces have captured Saddam Hussein's half-brother, accused of aiding the insurgency, and handed him to Iraqi security officers as a "goodwill gesture". Sabawi...
Hizbullah likely to vote 'yes' for Cabinet
Daily Star 2/28/2005

Resistance becomes middle ground between loyalists, opposition -- As Parliament convenes Monday to discuss former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination and most likely renews its...
White House weighs joining Europe in offering incentives to Tehran
Daily Star 3/1/2005

Russian nuclear energy chief defends Iran deal as means to prevent spread of nuclear material -- In a potential strategy shift, the Bush administration is...
Judge orders 'enemy combatant' freed
AlJazeera 2/28/2005

A US federal judge has ordered terrorism suspect Jose Padilla to be released within 45 days. The release order on Monday came after District...
Satterfield: Lebanese government insulting its people
Daily Star 3/1/2005

U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state criticizes rhetoric that threatens violence and instability -- BEIRUT: A senior U.S. State Department official said Lebanon's government is...
IAEA seeks more Iranian cooperation
AlJazeera 2/28/2005

The head of the UN's atomic watchdog has said Iran must be more open with inspectors examining its nuclear programme, which the US says...
Democratic moves snowballing across Mideast
Middle East Online 2/28/2005

Arab regimes fearful of reform witness democratic awakening though changes remain timid. -- Under the combined impact of US pressure and rumblings on the home...
Carnage in Iraq’s Hilla
Middle East Online 2/28/2005

Car bomb blows up in crowd of civil servants gathered outside medical centre in Hilla, killing 114, wounding 133 others. -- A suicide bomber killed...
EU urges Lebanese political continuity
AlJazeera 3/1/2005

The European Commission has appealed for the Lebanese parliamentary elections to go ahead as scheduled, following the resignation of Prime Minister Umar Karami's government...
Assad predicts US onslaught on Syria
Middle East Online 2/28/2005

Syrian leader denies his country’s involvement in Harir’s murder, says Syria is essential to peace' in Mideast, Iraq. -- ROME - Damascus is "essential to the...
Mubarak’s election reform stuns Egyptians
Middle East Online 2/28/2005

Egyptian leader delivers democratic electric shock with after allowing multi-candidate direct presidential polls. -- President Hosni Mubarak's call for Egypt's people to elect their head...
Beirut on knife edge as parliament meets
Daily Star 2/28/2005

Thousands occupy Martyr's Square before midnight in defiance of ban -- BEIRUT: Lebanon is bracing itself for further turmoil after the country's political opposition vowed...
Lebanon's government tenders resignation
Middle East Online 2/28/2005

Lebanese PM’s announcement of his cabinet’s resignation greeted with laud applause in national assembly. -- Lebanon's pro-Syrian Prime Minister Omar Karameh resigned on Monday, bringing...
Karami Announces Cabinet’s Resignation
Daily Star 2/28/2005

Lebanese Prime Minister, Omar Karami, declared his cabinet’s resignation on Monday evening. The government’s resignation caused heavy argument between Karami, and Speaker Nabih Berri...
Group of men beat up Egyptian opposition leaders
Ha'aretz 2/25/2005

CAIRO - A group of 22 men broke up an Egyptian opposition party meeting in a Cairo hotel and beat up at least three leading...
Why Syria is resisting full withdrawal of troops
BBC 2/25/2005

Syria is to move some of its troops stationed in Lebanon closer to its own border, Lebanon's Defence Minister has said. The UN has...
UN chief warns Syria over Lebanon
BBC 2/25/2005

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has called on Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon by April. In an Arab satellite television interview, Mr...
Russia to ink Iran atom fuel deal
BBC 2/25/2005

Moscow and Tehran are set to sign a deal over the supply of fuel for Iran's new nuclear reactor in Bushehr. The deal, forcing...
Could Syria withdraw by March
YNetNews 2/25/2005

The U.S. and France set to propose U.N. draft resolution calling on Damascus to withdraw from Lebanon by end of next month, Arab sources...
U.S. orders Arab Bank in New York to end wire transfers
Daily Star 2/26/2005

A U.S. bank regulator has ordered Palestinian-managed Arab Bank Group to convert its New York branch to a federal banking agency, ending the bank's...
Russia set to sign nuclear deal with Iran
Ha'aretz 2/24/2005

MOSCOW - Russia, ignoring U.S. concerns, is set to sign a deal with Tehran this weekend that will pave the way for the start-up of...
Lebanon: Syrian troops pulling back
AlJazeera 2/24/2005

Lebanese Defence Minister Abd al-Rahim Murad has told Aljazeera that Syria has started pulling back its troops in Lebanon into the eastern Bakaa Valley...
Top Palestinian Activist To Address Policy Conference
Forward 2/25/2005

WASHINGTON — America's largest Jewish policymaking body will host an unlikely guest at its annual gathering this weekend in Washington: the head of America's most...
Ex-Pentagon Aide Cautions Neocons On Mideast Push
Forward 2/25/2005

A former top-level Pentagon official is opening up a new front in the Middle East: He's taking aim at the neoconservatives who he says...
No charge' over Falluja killing
BBC 2/24/2005

A US marine filmed apparently shooting dead an injured Iraqi in a Falluja mosque last year may not be formally charged, according to media...
Iraq 'rebels' claim Syria backing
BBC 2/23/2005

Your tax dollars at work. - Ed.] A US-funded Iraqi television station has aired what it says are confessions by Iraqi insurgents who claim to...
Egyptian leader on hunger strike
AlJazeera 2/24/2005

Detained Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nur has gone on hunger strike in his prison cell. Nur's wife, Jamila Ismail, said on Thursday said that...
Bush Plan for Funding of Palestinians Facing Resistance in Congres
Forward 2/25/2005

DeLay, Democrats Seek Conditions -- WASHINGTON — The Bush administration's efforts to revive the Palestinian economy and boost the peace process with a quick infusion of...
Syria 'to shift Lebanon troops
BBC 2/24/2005

Syria is to move some of its troops stationed in Lebanon closer to its own border, Lebanon's Defence Minister, Abdel Rahim Mrad, has said...
UN in Beirut to probe al-Hariri killing
AlJazeera 2/24/2005

A UN-appointed commission has arrived in Lebanon to join the investigation into the assassination of former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri. The three-member team of...
Kharazi: Iran will continue uranium enrichment
Middle East Online 2/23/2005

Defiant Iranian FM says West cannot do anything with bullying, threats and pressure.-- TEHRAN - Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said Wednesday that Iran was determined...
Lebanon's religious red lines
BBC 2/23/2005

While the assassination of Rafik Hariri has raised fears that a new period of violence may engulf Lebanon, the grief uniting the country's different...
Likud's Republican Party Connection
By Bob Feldman, Electronic Intifada 2/23/2005

Most U.S. anti-war activists do not support the Israeli establishment's Likud party because Likud's leaders have violated many United Nations resolutions which require the...
Arab Roadmap to Help Syria Out of Lebanon
Islam Online 2/21/2005

CAIRO, February 21, 2005 (IslamOnline.net) – Fearing a recurrence of the Iraqi scenario, Arab countries are intensively moving on various levels to spare Syria the...
Jaafari officially named Shiite candidate for PM
Middle East Online 2/22/2005

Negotiations on Iraq’s new government line-up are set to continue for several days, perhaps weeks. -- Iraqi Vice President Ibrahim Jaafari was officially chosen by...
Lebanon government ready to quit
BBC 2/23/2005

Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karameh has said he is prepared to resign once a new cabinet is agreed. Mr Karameh said he would be...
Jordan urges Syrian Lebanon pullout
AlJazeera 2/24/2005

Jordan's King Abd Allah has expressed hope that Syria would respect a UN resolution calling it to withdraw troops from Lebanon. In an interview...
Syrians flee Lebanon fearing reprisals
Middle East Online 2/23/2005

Reports of spate of beatings, robberies, arson attacks targeting Syrian migrant workers after Hariri assassination. -- A growing exodus of Syrian workers, fearful they will...
HRW accuses Egypt of mass human rights abuses
Middle East Online 2/22/2005

Human Rights Watch says Egypt holding 2,400 without charge since Taba bombings. -- CAIRO - Egypt is still holding as many as 2,400 people without charge...
Aoun expects murder will topple government Monday
Daily Star 2/23/2005

Beirut: Former Army Commander General Michel Aoun said he expected former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination to topple the government in Monday's parliamentary session...
Syrian intellectuals and human rights activists urge withdrawal from Lebanon
Daily Star 2/23/2005

BEIRUT: Some 60 intellectuals and human rights activists in Syria urged Damascus to withdraw its troops from Lebanon on Monday in a message delivered...
Beirut demonstration sends clear message
Daily Star 2/23/2005

Arab league chief: Syrian president 'determined' to withdraw troops -- BEIRUT: One week after the brutal slaying of former Premier Rafik Hariri, as tens of...
London mayor declines to apologize
Ha'aretz 2/23/2005

LONDON - London Mayor Ken Livingstone remained defiant yesterday in the face of widespread criticism, after again refusing to apologize for the "concentration camp guard...
Shia list selects al-Jafari as Iraqi PM
AlJazeera 2/22/2005

Iraq's main Shia alliance has named Ibrahim al-Jafari as its candidate for prime minister in the new government, Aljazeera has learned. Al-Jafari,currently the...
ElBaradei calls on U.S. to join Iran nuclear talks
Daily Star 2/21/2005

BERLIN: The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog, Mohammed ElBaradei, called on the United States to join European countries attempting to ensure Iran does...
International pressure on Damascus intensifies
Daily Star 2/22/2005

Bush and chirac demand immediate withdrawal of syrian troops -- Beirut: International pressure on Syria in the wake of the assassination of Rafik Hariri is...
Egypt delays Mideast reform conference indefinitely
Daily Star 2/21/2005

Cairo's announcement coincides with escalating tension with U.S. -- A meeting of Arab and other countries and the Group of Eight industrialized powers has been...
U.S. Feeling Pressure To Rebuild Fallujah
Washington Post 2/20/2005

FALLUJAH, Iraq -- A few days before U.S. ground forces invaded her city in early November, Raja Hamdi Hussein locked the gate of Taburak primary...
US launches fresh raids in Iraq
BBC 2/22/2005

The US military has been carrying out raids in the western Iraqi province of Anbar in a crackdown on insurgents. The focus of the...
Syria Pledges Pullout Again Amid Protests by Lebanese
New York Times 2/21/2005

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 21 - Syria repeated longstanding promises on Monday to withdraw its troops from Lebanon, as tens of thousands of people marched through...
Prisoner Uprising In Iraq Exposes New Risk for U.S
Washington Post 2/21/2005

Four inmates died and six were injured in the uprising -- Nonlethal Weapons Proved Ineffective as Chaos Spread -- CAMP BUCCA, Iraq -- A bloody inmate riot...
Under pressure, Beirut hunts suspects
AlJazeera 2/18/2005

Lebanon has been hunting for six suspects over the killing of former premier Rafiq al-Hariri as the Syrian-backed government faces escalating calls to stand...
Putin convinced Iran has no nuclear weapons program
Ha'aretz 2/18/2005

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that he is convinced Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program, and that he plans to...
BBC apologizes for airing erroneous story on IDF soldier
Ha'aretz 2/18/2005

The British Broadcasting Corporation apologized Thursday for an item on a religious program that angered the Jewish community by "demonizing" Israel, The Daily Telegraph...
Putin defends Iran and eyes up nuclear fuel deal
The Guardian 2/19/2005

President Vladimir Putin openly defied Washington yesterday by announcing a visit to Iran less than a week before a summit with President Bush. Mr...
Syria replaces intelligence chief
BBC 2/18/2005

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has appointed his brother-in-law as head of military intelligence, reports say. Brig Gen Asef Shawkat replaced Gen Hassan Khalil, who...
Attacks on mosques intensify in Iraq
AlJazeera 2/19/2005

A car bomb has exploded outside yet another Shia Muslim mosquekilling eight people and wounding 13, doctors said late on Friday. The dead and...
Opposition demands 'intifada for independence
Daily Star 2/19/2005

Feud with government escalates as protesters continue to take to the streets -- BEIRUT: Lebanon's political opposition has called for an "intifada for independence" as...
Wrangling over PM delays Iraqi government
The Independent 2/18/2005

Despite the official certification of Iraq's election results yesterday, a new government is unlikely to be appointed for weeks, say senior elected officials, because...
U.S. Jewish groups' stand on pullout attacked
Ha'aretz 2/17/2005

The annual Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (CPMAJO) opened in Jerusalem on Wednesday amid criticism by the president of the Union...
Shias secure narrow majority in Iraq
The Guardian 2/18/2005

Iraq's clergy-backed Shia coalition secured a narrow parliamentary majority yesterday when the electoral commission certified results from last month's election. The United Iraqi Alliance...
Hizbullah rejects US call to disarm
The Guardian 2/18/2005

Hizbullah, the Lebanon-based militia organisation, rejected US demands to disarm yesterday, one of the main causes of tension between Washington and Iran and Syria...
Who benefits from al-Hariri's death
AlJazeera 2/16/2005

Brutal assassinations continue to be the signposts of Lebanon's political history despite the passage of 15-odd years since the end of the civil...
Protestant Churches Consider Anti-Israel Divestment
Forward 2/18/2005

Even as Israeli and Palestinian leaders talk of a breakthrough, two more mainline Protestant denominations — the United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ...
US Army files reveal more abuse
AlJazeera 2/17/2005

US soldiers beat up an Iraqi prisoner, broke his nose and arms and then coerced him to drop an abuse claim to gain his...
GOP Ads Try To Tie Dean To Terrorism
Forward 2/18/2005

A Jewish Republican group greeted Howard Dean's election to chair the Democratic National Committee this week with an ad campaign seeking to depict him...
Chalabi still in the fight
By Sami Moubayed, Asia Times 2/17/2005

Ibrahim al-Jaafari, a brother-in-law of Shi'ite leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, is the favorite to be Iraq's next premier. Also in the frame is...
Opposition steps up attacks on government
Daily Star 2/16/2005

Qornet Shehwan pleads for international inquiry -- BEIRUT: Condolences and condemnations continued to pour in 24 hours after former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination with...
Iran 'helped' US in Iraq polls
AlJazeera 2/17/2005

Iran cooperated closely with the United States to win support among the Iraqi population for elections there last month, the Iranian ambassador to Britain...
Foreign help' for Hariri inquiry
BBC 2/16/2005

Lebanon is to ask foreign experts to investigate the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The former leader, credited with reviving Lebanon's economy...
Guantánamo inmate tells of Libyan death threat
The Guardian 2/17/2005

Claim that US allowed Gadafy's agents to interrogate UK resident -- A British resident held by the US in Guantánamo Bay was directly threatened with...
Iran threatens to shoot down U.S. spy craft
Daily Star 2/17/2005

Tehran claims suspicious blast part of excavation works -- TEHRAN: Iran warned Wednesday it would shoot down any American spy craft in its skies as...
Analysis / U.S. puts pressure on Syria
Ha'aretz 2/16/2005

The American administration indirectly joined French President Jacques Chirac's call for an international investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri...
Iran and Syria talk alliance
AlJazeera 2/16/2005

Iran and Syria - both locked in rows with the US – have said they are to form a common front to face challenges and threats...
Fury at al-Hariri's funeral
AlJazeera 2/16/2005

Former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri was laid to rest in central Beirut on Wednesday amid scenes of anger as thousands of mourners poured into...
Government claims suicide bomber behind murder
Daily Star 2/16/2005

ISF seizes computer from suspect's home as Franjieh rules out international inquiry -- BEIRUT: The Lebanese government said initial investigations indicate former Premier Rafik Hariri...
Iran to aid Syria against threats
BBC 2/16/2005

Iran has vowed to back Syria against "challenges and threats" as both countries face strong US pressure. "We are ready to help Syria on...
U.S. Recalls Its Envoy in Syria, Linking Nation to Beirut Blast
New York Times 2/16/2005

ASHINGTON, Feb. 15 - The Bush administration recalled its ambassador to Syria on Tuesday to protest what it sees as Syria's link to the murder...
State Agencies Behind Hariri Killing: Expert
Islam Online 2/15/2005

CAIRO, February 15 (IslamOnline.net) – The assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri was more likely the work of state security agencies, an Egyptian...
Lebanon fears economic fallout
Middle East Online 2/15/2005

Hariri’s murder triggers fears of economic meltdown in Lebanon already teetering under mountain of debt. -- The killing of five-time prime minister Rafiq Hariri, Lebanon's...
IAEA report on Egypt’s nuclear activities damning
Middle East Online 2/15/2005

UN nuclear agency accuses Egypt of failing to report nuclear materials, activities. -- The UN nuclear agency, in a confidential report obtained by AFP, said...
Sunnis admit poll boycott blunder and ask to share power
The Guardian 2/15/2005

Iraq's Arab Sunnis will do a U-turn and join the political process despite their lack of representation in the newly elected national assembly, Sunni...
Syria under pressure after bomb
BBC 2/15/2005

In the immediate aftermath of the bomb which killed the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and at least nine others, most eyes were...
U.S. contractors in Iraq allege abuses
MSNBC 2/15/2005

Four men say they witnessed shooting of unarmed civilians -- There are new allegations that heavily armed private security contractors in Iraq are brutalizing Iraqi...
U.S. pressure mounts on Syria
CNN 2/15/2005

Killing of former Lebanese PM sparks war of words -- (CNN) -- U.S. pressure is mounting on Syria in the wake of the deadly bomb blast...
Beirut shocked into silence
BBC 2/15/2005

On any day, a street corner in the centre of Beirut would be a busy intersection. But today, traffic is almost non-existent. The only...
Beirut blast 'was suicide attack
BBC 2/15/2005

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was "almost certainly" killed by a suicide bomb, initial findings show. The US has recalled its ambassador to...
Moscow trades in ideology for business in Middle East
Daily Star 2/16/2005

Turkey cast as conduit for West European Export markets -- MOSCOW: Figuring out the Kremlin is often like solving a puzzle. Despite faint attempts at...
US accused of plan to muzzle al-Jazeera through privatisation
The Independent 2/15/2005

America and its key ally Saudi Arabia are being accused of quietly seeking to muzzle al-Jazeera, the Arab satellite news station that has often...
Iraq's vote winners start to divide positions of power
The Independent 2/15/2005

With the votes counted, Iraq's political parties are discussing who might fill the newly elected 275-member Iraqi National Assembly's most powerful positions. There...
Iran starts production of stealth torpedoes
Ha'aretz 2/13/2005

TEHRAN - Iran yesterday officially launched production of a line of stealth torpedoes, the latest effort to step up its defense capabilities against possible threats...
India hopes to conclude gas pipeline deal with Iran by June
Daily Star 2/12/2005

New supply should meet the growing needs of billion-plus population --NEW DELHI: India is hoping to clinch a deal by June with Iran for...
Who killed Rafiq al-Hariri
AlJazeera 2/14/2005

Analysts were reluctant to point fingers after the assassination of former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri in Beirut, saying there were many parties who had...
NATO: Alliance should ready for Mideast peace role
Ha'aretz 2/13/2005

MUNICH - NATO should be ready to play a major role in supporting any peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, if the two sides...
Firms flock to Abu Dhabi for largest arms bazaar in Mideast
Daily Star 2/14/2005

U.A.E. buys $358 million worth of weaponry -- ABU DHABI: The Middle East's largest military show opened in the capital of the United Arab Emirates...
The evidence for and against Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program
Asia Times 1/15/2005

PART 1: Circumstantial evidence / PART 2: Two-track weapons program / PART 3: In search of the 'grand bargain' / PART 4: Iranians state their case...
Shiite parties triumph in Iraq elections
Daily Star 2/14/2005

Kurdish bloc comes second as Sunnis are marginalized -- BAGHDAD: A Shiite Islamist bloc won Iraq's first election since Saddam Hussein's overthrow, sealing the political...
Army 'on alert' after Beirut bomb
BBC 2/14/2005

Lebanon's army has been put on high alert after former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was killed in an apparent assassination in west Beirut. The...
Former PM killed in Beirut blast
The Guardian 2/14/2005

Lebanon's former prime minister Rafik Hariri was killed today in a bomb attack on his motorcade in Beirut, the city which he was credited...
Iraq trapped in a terrible vice between ruthless insurgents and unloved occupiers
By Rory McCarthy, The Guardian 2/12/2005

Rory McCarthy, the Guardian's Baghdad correspondent since the end of the war, leaves the city today. Here he gives an account of two tumultuous...
Arabs, Turkmen demonstrate in Kirkuk
AlJazeera 2/11/2005

Hundreds of Arab and Turkmen protesters took to the streets of Iraq's disputed northern oil city of Kirkuk, saying that last month's election had...
Lahoud accuses U.S. of using Lebanese to 'stab Syria
Daily Star 2/12/2005

Larsen meets Maronite patriarch - BEIRUT: President Emile Lahoud accused U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield of trying to use "the Lebanese as...
Sectarian massacres shake Iraq
The Guardian 2/12/2005

Violence swept Iraq yesterday as insurgents switched the focus of their attacks from the security forces to Shia civilians, killing at least 12 in...
Jordan bars Kurdish refugees
AlJazeera 2/12/2005

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has voiced concern over 120 Iranian Kurds stranded on the Iraqi side of the border after Jordan...
EU wants to help Iran build light-water research reactor
Daily Star 2/12/2005

Rafsanjani: U.S. can't stop Tehran's atomic ambitions - Crucial uranium enrichement issue remains unresolved as negotiations -- EU negotiators were to offer Friday to send a...
U.S. to deport Muslim fund-raiser
International Herald Tribune 2/10/2005

Judge finds charity a threat to security -- LOS ANGELES A U.S. immigration judge has ordered a former fund-raiser for a prominent Islamic charity deported...
AP: U.S. Aims to Oust U.N. Nuke Official
Yahoo! News 2/9/2005

VIENNA, Austria - The United States is lobbying allies in a bid to oust the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, perhaps as early...
More Responsibility for Rove
Forward 2/8/2005

Washington — Karl Rove, the senior political strategist who orchestrated U.S. President George W. Bush's re-election campaign, has been promoted to deputy chief of staff...
Columbia Students Say Firestorm Blurs Campus Reality
Forward 2/11/2005

Even as Columbia University faces a torrent of allegations of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish bias, the Jewish students at the center of the controversy say...
Iran 'will stick to nuclear plan
BBC 2/9/2005

Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has said Tehran will never give up nuclear technology, as international pressure on his government continues to mount. He warned...
Rights group says US killed detainees
AlJazeera 2/11/2005

A US human rights group has alleged that at least 37 detainees died of torture in US detention centres at Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo...
Saudi men vote in historic poll
BBC 2/10/2005

Voters have gone to the polls in Saudi Arabia's first nationwide municipal election, as the kingdom's government aims to bring in elements of democracy...
Arab Bank may quit American market
Ha'aretz 2/10/2005

AMMAN - Arab Bank, one of the Middle East's largest, may quit the United States owing to an increasingly awkward climate exemplified by recent lawsuits...
Larsen finally meets with Assad after several delays
Daily Star 2/11/2005

UN special envoy delivers letter from Annan -- BEIRUT: UN special envoy Terje Roed-Larsen finally met with Syrian President Bashar Assad Thursday, after three days...
Allawi aims to lead opposition to Shiites
Daily Star 2/11/2005

Iraqi PM travels to Irbil to discuss possible coalition with Kurdish leader Barzani -- Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi met with a key Kurdish...
Recounts delay Iraqi election result
AlJazeera 2/9/2005

Ten days after the Iraqi elections, the announcement of the final results has been delayed further by the recount of votes in about 300...
British Labour Party Slammed for ‘Antisemitic’ Ads
Forward 2/11/2005

LONDON — Britain’s governing Labour Party is under a hail of criticism following the release — and hasty withdrawal — of a pre-election poster campaign widely condemned...
Bush seeks regime change in Iran
Middle East Online 2/8/2005

Experts say US President’s route to regime change in’ world's primary state sponsor of terror’ is unclear. -- US President George W. Bush has been...
CIA prisoners 'tortured' in Arab jails
BBC 2/8/2005

A former CIA official has confirmed suspicions that dozens of terror suspects have been flown to jails in Middle Eastern countries where torture is...
Larsen heads back to Syria for Assad meeting
Daily Star 2/9/2005

UN envoy upbeat about Lebanon visit -- BEIRUT: UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen is heading back to Damascus to meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad, following...
Shia and Kurds poised to dominate Iraqi government
The Independent 2/8/2005

Negotiations between the successful parties in the Iraqi election will start shortly and are likely to produce a national unity government dominated by the...
Teen sues Canada over citing 'Jerusalem, Israel' as birthplace
Ha'aretz 2/7/2005

Eliyahu Yehoshua Veffer was born in Jerusalem 17 years ago. His parents came to Israel from Canada, but later went back there. A few...
Pro-Israel Neocon Steers Bush’s Democracy Drive
Islam Online 2/5/2005

Infamous for lying to Congress -- WASHINGTON, February 5 (IslamOnline.net) – A staunch advocate of Israel has jointed the neocon-studded Bush administration as Deputy National Security...
College tells students to reverse Israeli ban
The Guardian 2/5/2005

The student union at the School of Oriental and African Studies is being accused of censorship after attempting to ban a senior Israeli embassy...
Yemen to Close 4,000 Religious Schools
Islam Online 2/6/2005

SANAA, February 6 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) – The Yemeni government is set to close 4,000 religious schools allegedly run by “suspicious” organizations, an official has...
Koranic duels ease terror
Christian Science Monitor 2/4/2005

SANAA, YEMEN – When Judge Hamoud al-Hitar announced that he and four other Islamic scholars would challenge Yemen's Al Qaeda prisoners to a theological contest...
Primakov calls for increased trade between Russia and Arab states
Daily Star 2/8/2005

More incentives need to be offered to investors -- BEIRUT: Former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov called on Monday for further economic integration between Russia...
Assad ready to comply with Resolution 1559
Daily Star 2/8/2005

European envoy on official visit to Syria -- Syrian President Bashar Assad is ready to comply with UN Security Council Resolution 1559, according to a...
US Afghan prisoner treatment decried
AlJazeera 2/8/2005

A human-rights expert has accused the US of ill-treatment in Afghanistan and backed Human Rights Watch reports that question the legality of detentions. Cherif...
Dozens killed in multiple Iraq blasts
AlJazeera 2/8/2005

Bombers have killed at least 27 people in attacks in two Iraqi cities in the worst bloodshed since the country's election on 30 January...
Iran agrees to UN inspection of military base
Daily Star 2/5/2005

Condoleezza Rice insists U.S. attack 'is simply not on the agenda at this point' -- Iran has agreed to give the UN nuclear watchdog agency...
U.S. questions Assad's control in Syria
Daily Star 2/5/2005

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz said Syria's attitude toward Iraq casts doubt on whether President Bashar Assad is really in charge in...
Sistani's Shia coalition takes commanding poll position
The Independent 2/5/2005

With more than three million votes counted, the United Iraqi Alliance, whose leaders have close ties to Iran, was sweeping ahead of its nearest...
Syria witnesses sharp rise in tourists in 2004
Middle East Online 2/1/2005

More than three million tourists, mostly Arabs, visited Syria in 2004, up from 2.1 million in 2003. -- DAMASCUS - The number of tourists to Syria...
Israeli-Russians wanted by Moscow hosted at White House
Ha'aretz 2/4/2005

U.S. President George Bush yesterday hosted two Israeli-Russian businessmen who are wanted by Moscow for alleged tax offenses. The two men, Mikhail Brudno and...
US 'war is fun' general rebuked
BBC 2/3/2005

The US Marine Corps has publicly upbraided one of its generals for his comments describing shooting people in Iraq as "fun". Discussing fighting in...
IAEA finds no Egyptian nuke plan
AlJazeera 2/4/2005

UN nuclear experts investigating undeclared Egyptian atomic experiments have found no evidence of a nuclear programme. Western diplomats on Friday said the UN International...
Iran blasts Rice's speech
AlJazeera 2/5/2005

Iranian officials have criticised US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's speech, saying her comments were inaccurate. Speaking to Aljazeera from Tehran on Friday, adviser...
Mideast commentator brings protest at CMU
Electronic Intifada/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2/4/2005

Ali Abunimah, a writer and commentator on the Middle East and Arab-American affairs and co-founder of the Web site "Electronic Intifada," laid out his...
Growing Hostility Toward Israel in Europe
Palestine Chronicle/Washington Post 2/3/2005

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (WP) - It may not have been apparent on the surface, but Europe’s recent commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of...
Rice kicks off tour with warning to Iran
The Guardian 2/5/2005

Condoleezza Rice delivered an uncompromising warning yesterday to what she described as "the loathed" Iranian government at the start of her first foreign visit...
Rare Cairo rally against Mubarak
BBC 2/4/2005

About 100 people have taken part in a rare anti-government demonstration in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, demanding free elections for the presidency. Reports say...
CIA faces pressure to divulge ties to ex-Nazis
Ha'aretz 2/3/2005

WASHINGTON - A U.S. senator demanded on Wednesday that the CIA director release thousands of pages of documents detailing the agency's ties with former Nazis...
Redistricting of Beirut threatens divisions
Daily Star 2/4/2005

Attempts to correct Christian representation in the capital will hurt Sunnis - BEIRUT: Tripoli MP and Democratic Renewal Movement member Mosbah Ahdab, an outspoken member...
Lebanese PM warns anti-Syrian lobby
AlJazeera 2/4/2005

Lebanon's Prime Minister Umar Karami has issued a strong warning to the country's anti-Syrian opposition in the face of growing criticism over Syria's involvement...
Jumblatt takes gloves off as row with Syria intensifies
Daily Star 2/4/2005

Chouf MP reminds Baath Party that its 'dregs' were involved in his father's murder -- BEIRUT: Leading Lebanese opposition MP Walid Jumblatt has publicly accused...
Anger as American troops kill four inmates in jail riot
The Independent 2/2/2005

American troops killed four detainees and injured six others to quell a riot at a prison in British-controlled southern Iraq. The deaths, on the...
Iraq's Sunni leaders reject poll as flawed and unjust
The Independent 2/3/2005

As the tight security surrounding Sunday's Iraqi elections began to wind down yesterday, leading Sunni clerics condemned the poll as illegitimate and said the...
Israeli divestment fails amid opposition from local groups, Mayor
Electronic Intifada 2/2/2005

RESOLUTION CALLED FOR SEVERAL COMPANIES TO BE CUT-OFF FROM SOMERVILLE INVESTMENT -- The Somerville Board of Aldermen recently found itself embroiled in a controversy with...
First partial result in Iraq vote
BBC 2/3/2005

Iraq's electoral commission says 1.6m ballots have been counted at its headquarters over the past two days. The ballots represent about 10% of registered...
Bush warns Syria and Iran over terror
The Guardian 2/3/2005

President George Bush last night issued clear warnings to Syria and Iran that they were next in his sights in his declared mission to...
Aljazeera voted fifth best global brand
AlJazeera 2/1/2005

Aljazeera has been voted the world's fifth most influential brand in a poll of branding professionals that gave the top slot to US iPod...
Reconstruction pledges remain just that
AlJazeera 1/31/2005

Both George Bush and Tony Blair have said the new Iraq is going to be a prosperous country with an improved standard of living...
US extends Guantanamo abuse probe
AlJazeera 2/2/2005

The US military has extended its investigation into allegations of prisoner abuse at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre by four weeks. The extension came...
Jewish groups blast `Israeli Apartheid Week' at U. of Toronto
Ha'aretz 2/1/2005

TORONTO - Jewish groups are condemning the University of Toronto for permitting an Arab student club to hold a weeklong series of lectures entitled, "Israeli...
Flashback: U.S. Encouraged by Vietnam Vote
FairUse.com 9/4/1967

Officials Cite 83% Turnout Despite Vietcong Terror - by Peter Grose, Special to the New York Times (9/4/1967) -- WASHINGTON, Sept. 3-- United States...
Iraqi officials admit vote irregularities
AlJazeera 2/2/2005

Tens of thousands of Iraqis – mainly Sunni Arabs – may have been denied their right to vote on Sunday because of insufficient ballots and polling...
Iran's patience running thin
Asia Times 2/1/2005

JERUSALEM - Iran is unwilling to maintain its freeze on uranium-enrichment activities for much longer, according to Iranian government spokesman Abdullah Ramazanzadeh. In his weekly...
Where the missing $9 billion went
Asia Times 2/2/2005

WASHINGTON - The US-run administration in Baghdad failed to keep track of nearly US$9 billion of money it transferred to various Iraqi ministries, according...
Iraqi president insists U.S. troops should stay
Daily Star 2/2/2005

Election workers begin final tally of historic vote -- Iraq's president said Tuesday it would be "complete nonsense" to ask foreign troops to leave the...

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