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In Pictures: Palestinians killed in Gaza raid
AlJazeera 12/31/2004
Scenes from recent IDF invasions of Khan Younis and other areas of southern Gaza...

Bungled Israeli killing revealed
BBC 1/1/2005
Papers released at the National Archives in London have revealed the details of a political murder by Israeli secret services 30 years ago. A...

News Briefs, December 30 - 31, 2004
International Middle East Media Center 12/31/2004
One resident arrested in Hebron / Family farmland uprooted east of Dir Al-Balah / Resident arrested near Hebron / Army installs surveillance cameras near Rafah / Five arrested...

Two homes leveled, 13 residents arrested near Ramallah
International Middle East Media Center 12/30/2004
Israeli soldiers arrested thirteen residents, mainly family members, after invading three villages, north of Ramallah during military searches of homes conducted in the villages...

Panel to examine IDF policy of home demolitions
Ha'aretz 12/31/2004
Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon has appointed a committee to examine the IDF policy of home demolitions in the West Bank...

Capt. R. in `confirming kill' case denies all charges
Ha'aretz 12/31/2004
Captain R., an Israel Defense Forces officer facing charges for "confirming the kill" of a 13-year-old girl in Gaza, yesterday denied all the...

TA-J'lem train to cross into West Bank
Ha'aretz 12/31/2004
Transportation Minister Meir Sheetrit decided last week to approve plans for an express railway from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, two sections of which will...

11 Palestinains, one Israeli soldier, tens injured in Khan Younis army raid
International Middle East Media Center 12/31/2004
9 Palestinians, one Solider Killed, Army Continue to Operate in Khan Younis. -- Palestinian soruces reported that two Palestinains were killed in an airstrike carried...

Palestinians killed in Israeli army raids
AlJazeera 12/31/2004
An Israeli helicopter has killed two Palestinians in a refugee camp in the occupied Gaza Strip, bringing the toll in the latest military incursion...

Israeli railway to cross West Bank
AlJazeera 12/31/2004
A planned rail line between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is to traverse the occupied West Bank in two areas, according to Israeli officials. A...

9 Palestinians die in Israeli raid in Gaza
Daily Star 12/31/2004
Jewish state urged to make larger pullout from West Bank -- Israeli troops killed nine Palestinians Thursday as tanks pushed into the southern Gaza Strip...

Ten Palestinians Dead in Latest Khan Younis Invasion
International Press Center 12/31/2004
KHAN YOUNIS, Palestine, December 31, 2004 (IPC+ Agencies)-- As the Israeli aggression on the southern Gaza Strip City of Khan Younis continues, the death...

Hamas ignores appeal to stop armed resistance
ReliefWeb 12/28/2004
CAIRO, Dec 28, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A leader of the Islamic resistance movement Hamas rejected calls by Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian...

Israeli Aggressions Against the Palestinian People Continue within 2004
International Press Center 12/29/2004
GAZA, Palestine, December 29, 2004 (IPC) - - The Israeli aggressions against the Palestinian people continued during the year 2004, targeting every aspect of life and...

REPORT - Schools under Israeli fire: 7 Killed, Tens Wounded And Havoc Wrecked Schools in Tulkarem
International Press Center 12/29/2004
TULKAREM, Palestine, December 29, 2004 (IPC) ----Ever since the outbreak of Al Aqsa Intifada on 28 Sep 2000, no vital sector of the Palestinian...

A Palestinian Dies of his Wounds
International Press Center 12/29/2004
KHANYOUNIS, Palestine, December 29, 2004 (IPC) - - Zaid Abu Akar, 21, succumbed to his wounds overnight Tuesday he sustained during an Israeli occupation inside Al...

Three Children Wounded in Mysterious Explosion
International Press Center 12/29/2004
JENIN, Palestine, December 29, 2004 (IPC + WAFA) - - Three children were wounded today when a mysterious object exploded near them in Jenin as Israeli occupation...

News Briefs, December 29, 2004
International Middle East Media Center 12/29/2004
Settler woman lightly wounded in Gaza/ Settlers hurl stones at Palestinian cars, four residents wounded / Woman wounded in Rafah / Three arrested in Betunia / Two...

Sa Nur settlers attempt to block pullout officials
Ha'aretz 12/29/2004
Disengagement Authority officials were forced to cut through the security fence of the Sa Nur settlement in the northern West Bank in order to...

Israeli army gets free rein to respond to rocket attacks
Middle East Online 12/29/2004
Ten Palestinians wounded in Khan Yunis refugee camp as Israeli tanks respond to attacks on Gaza settlers. -- JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon gave...

Three children wounded by an explosive left by Israeli army
International Middle East Media Center 12/29/2004
A Palestinian security source in Jenin reported that three children were wounded in the village of Sier, near Jenin, when an explosive left by...

Three Palestinians killed as IDF tanks roll into Khan Yunis
Ha'aretz 12/30/2004
An Israel Air Force aircraft fired a missile, killing three Palestinians in Khan Yunis refugee camp in southern Gaza, Israel radio said predawn on...

Israel shells Palestinian refugee camp
AlJazeera 12/28/2004
Israeli occupation forces have fired tank shells into the heavily populated Khan Yunus refugee camp in southern Gaza, wounding at least 13 Palestinians. A...

Training for the 'war on terror'
BBC 12/26/2004
The BBC's Matthew Price visited an international bodyguard training course - run by former members of the Israeli secret service - and heard their views about...

Sharon: Gaza terrorists have shoulder-held missile launchers
Ha'aretz 12/28/2004
Gaza terrorist organizations now have shoulder-mounted missiles, and there are mounting concerns that they will shoot down crop dusters flying over agricultural zones next...

MI: Hamas won't halt terror
Ha'aretz 12/28/2004
Hamas will not cease its terror attacks on Israeli targets in the run-up to the Palestinian Authority leadership elections on January 9, according to...

Israel targets Gaza 'mortar crew'
BBC 12/28/2004
An unpiloted Israeli aircraft has fired a missile into a car in southern Gaza, but two Palestinian militants inside managed to jump clear seconds...

9 Palestinians hurt by IDF tank shell; Qassam hits Gush Katif
Ha'aretz 12/28/2004
Nine Palestinians were injured Tuesday evening by an Israeli tank shell in the southern Gaza town of Khan Yunis, Reuters reported. The tank had...

Two Palestinians Arrested in Jenin
International Press Center 12/28/2004
JENIN, Palestine, December 28, 2004 (IPC) - - Israeli occupation forces stormed early this morning the city of Jenin and surrounded the eastern neighborhood, before raiding...

Five Palestinians Wounded In Nablus
International Press Center 12/28/2004
NABLUS, Palestine, December 28, 2004 (IPC+Agencies)--- Five Palestinians were reportedly wounded today noon at Sufian street and Al Dewar area in Nablus city...

Rafah: "When the sunshine disappears"
Rafah Today 12/21/2004
When the sunshine disappears": Questions start chasing the mind of homeless families, and the most important question that they think about at the moment...

News Briefs, December 26-27, 2004
International Middle East Media Center 12/27/2004
Resident critically wounded in Hebron / Resistance fighter wounded in Balata refugee camp / Israeli army invades two areas in Nablus / Stones hurled at an Israeli...

Three residents killed in Tulkarem
International Middle East Media Center 12/24/2004
A local source in Tulkarem, north of the West Bank, reported that Israeli soldiers killed three residents in Tulkarem refugee camp, in the northern...

Israel Plans Turning Separation Wall into De Facto Borders
International Middle East Media Center 12/26/2004
The Israeli security establishment revealed plans to hand crossings between Palestinian Territories and Israel, as marked by the separation wall, to civil authorities; a...

Two activists, one child killed in the Gaza Strip
International Middle East Media Center 12/27/2004
Israeli soldiers fired a tank shell at a group of activists in Al-Boreij refugee camp, in the Gaza Strip, killing two Hamas activists, and...

Israeli army invades Abu Haddaf area
International Middle East Media Center 12/26/2004
Monday evening, Israeli soldiers invaded Abu Haddaf area, east of Al-Qarara in the north of Kahn Younis and called the residents out of their...

Israeli Occupation Continue Rampage on oPt
International Press Center 12/26/2004
PALESTINE December 26, 2004 (IPC+ Agencies) -- In a fresh incursion into the Bedouin village, north of Beitlahia in Gaza Strip, the Israeli occupation forces...

Soldiers club three children near Qalqilia
International Middle East Media Center 12/26/2004
Israeli soldiers severely punched 6-year-old children from the village of Jayyous, near Qalqilia and withheld them in a military jeep for several hours...

Israeli Troops Kill Three Palestinians, A Little Girl Dies of Wounds
International Press Center 12/26/2004
PALESTINE, December 26, 2004 (IPC+ Agencies)-- An Israeli tank fired early on Sunday dawn more than eight shells on a group of Palestinian citizens...

Five Civilians Arrested During Incursion into Nablus as Israeli Forces Shell Khan Younis
International Press Center 12/27/2004
NABLUS, Palestine, December 27, 2004 (IPC + WAFA) - - Israeli occupation forces launched a wide search and arrest campaign early this morning in Nablus province that...

4 Fatah militants killed by IDF
Ha'aretz 12/26/2004
Four Fatah militants were killed over the weekend from IDF fire in Tul Karm and Jenin. In Jenin's old city IDF soldiers besieged a...

Israeli Troops Assassinate a Palestinian Citizen in Balata
International Press Center 12/27/2004
NABLUS, Palestine, December 27, 2004 (IPC + Agencies) -- Israeli occupation troops assassinated on Monday Mohammad Al Rayahi, 38 years-old from the West Bank refugee camp...

Resistance fighter assassinated in Nablus
International Middle East Media Center 12/27/2004
Undercover military units from the Israeli army the Israeli army assassinated a resistance fighter and wounded his associate, at the entrance of Balata refugee...

IDF planning to civilianize West Bank, Gaza crossings
Ha'aretz 12/26/2004
The security establishment plans to upgrade and civilianize the crossings between Israel and the West Bank, to reduce the friction between IDF soldiers and...

Fahima indicted for aiding the enemy
Ha'aretz 12/27/2004
Tel Aviv District Court indicted leftist activist Tali Fahima yesterday on charges of aiding the enemy in wartime, transmitting information to the enemy, contact...

News Briefs, December 21, 2004
International Middle East Media Center 12/21/2004
Three family members wounded in Khan Younis, one critically / Resident critically wounded in Rafah / Farmlands bulldozed, home leveled in Gaza / Child shot in Rafah...

IDF troops, tanks pour into Khan Yunis refugee camp
Ha'aretz 12/22/2004
Israel Defense Forces tanks and bulldozers poured into the Khan Yunis refugee camp early Wednesday as a response to continued mortar and rocket fire...

Six Arrested in WB, Houses Shelled in Gaza Strip
WAFA 12/21/2004
WEST BANK, December 21, 2004, (WAFA) - Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested early Tuesday six citizens in Nablus and Jenin cities of the West Bank...

Israeli Bulldozers Uproot 50 Olive Trees in Jayyous
WAFA 12/21/2004
QALQILYA, December 21, 2004 (WAFA) - Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) uprooted Monday vast areas of olive trees in the West Bank village of Jayyous, witnesses...

IOF Wounds 4 in Gaza Strip, Arrests 3 in West Bank
WAFA 12/21/2004
KHANYOUNIS, December 21, 2004 (WAFA)- Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) wounded Tuesday four citizens in the Gaza Strip and arrested three others in the West...

Three Palestinians Among Are A Senior Woman Wounded In Khan Younis
International Press Center 12/21/2004
PALESTINE, December 21, 2004 (IPC+ WAFA)--Three civilians from one family in khan Younis, south Gaza Strip were wounded when the Israeli occupation started...

Jordanian terrorist nabbed on West Bank
Maariv 12/21/2004
ISA detains Mohammad Abu-Juyad, who planned to set up terror cells and carry out attacks on trains in Nahariya and Israeli facilities in Jordan...

Anti-tank missile hits Gaza synagogue – ten suffer shock
Maariv 12/21/2004
About 20 worshipers were in compound at Netzarim when explosion rocked the structure causing debris to scatter all over the site. -- An anti-tank missile...

Settlers' star protest sparks ire
BBC 12/21/2004
A group of settlers opposed to Israel's plan to force Jews out of the Gaza Strip have begun wearing orange stars recollecting the Holocaust...

Israelis to sue Arab Bank
AlJazeera 12/21/2004
Hundreds of Israelis have filed a lawsuit in a US federal court accusing the Arab Bank of funding a "terrorist campaign of genocide". The...

Israel's Unsettling Settlers
Christian Science Monitor 12/22/2004
Israel appears to be preparing for open conflict with itself next spring, one that need not happen in a democracy. -- This week, leaders of...

Gaza News: Talking peace, killing civilians
Rafah Today 12/17/2004
With photos -- "They destroy my leg, my leg was smashed by the soldiers snipers, my leg was smashed while I was trying to get...

Rafah Today: Blackouts and Death
Rafah Today 12/18/2004
With photos -- Abeer Abu Shalouf, a little girl ten years old, didn't seem to understand what was happening during her father's funeral procession in...

Katif farmers fear collapse as Thai workers flee
Ha'aretz 12/20/2004
Terrorist attacks and pressure by the government of Thailand has led to an exodus of Thai workers from Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip...

Khan Younis families stranded and scattered after weekend's assault
International Middle East Media Center 12/20/2004
The Israeli assault on Khan Younis refugee camp in southern Gaza Friday and Saturday has left hundreds homeless, searching through the rubble for their...

PRCS Weekly Press Release for the period 11 - 17 December 2004
Miftah 12/20/2004
During this reporting period, the Israeli Army has continued to violate International Humanitarian Law and Fundamental Human Rights, by restricting freedom of movement to...

Israel Kills 11 Palestinians, Forms Coalition Cabinet
Islam Online 12/18/2004
GAZA CITY, December 18 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) – Two Palestinians were killed Saturday, December 18, by Israeli occupation forces in the southern Gaza Strip refugee...

News Briefs, December 20, 2004
International Middle East Media Center 12/20/2004
Resident sentenced to three life terms and additional 40 years / Child wounded in the west of Khan Younis / Two arrested near Qalqilia, farmlands bulldozed...

Israeli Army Declares End to Khan Younis Operation
International Middle East Media Center 12/19/2004
The Israeli army ended Saturday its latest military operation in Khan Yunis, in which at least 11 Palestinians were killed, army spokesman said. While...

Occupation Helicopters Raid North Gaza
International Press Center 12/19/2004
GAZA STRIP, Palestine, December 19, 2004 (IPC+WAFA)---An Israel occupation copters fired a missile at a gather of inhabitants in al sheikh Zayed...

Qassams hurt 3 in Sderot; IDF says it may reenter Khan Yunis
Ha'aretz 12/20/2004
Three Qassam rockets were fired at Sderot yesterday, lightly injuring three people. IDF sources warned that if the firing continues, Israel will resume its...

Settlers 'to resist' Gaza pullout
BBC 12/20/2004
Jewish settler leaders have backed a call to resist being evicted from occupied Gaza under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan. The Yesha Council...

3000 Palestinians disabled in the Intifada
International Middle East Media Center 12/20/2004
Dr. Allam Jarrar, director of the rehabilitation program at the Palestinian Medical Relief Society reported that attacks against Palestinians by Israeli soldiers and settlers...

A Jabalya Citizen Dies of Wounds, Two Arabeh Houses Demolished
International Press Center 12/20/2004
PALESTINE, December 20, 2004 (IPC+ Agencies)-- Mohammad Abu Rafei,25 years-old, from the Gaza Strip refugee camp of Jabalya was announced dead yesterday of...

Palestinians Return to Flattened Khan Yunis
Islam Online 12/20/2004
KHAN YUNIS, West Bank, December 20 (IslamOnline.net) – Palestinians returned to the southern Gaza Strip city of Kkhan Yunis to find their homes reduced to...

Eight killed in Gaza incursion
BBC 12/17/2004
Eight Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli army raid in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials have said. Israeli bulldozers, supported by tanks, infantry...

11 IDF soldiers hurt in Gaza mortar attack
Ha'aretz 12/17/2004
Eleven Israel Defense Forces soldiers were lightly wounded yesterday evening when Palestinians fired four mortar shells at an outpost near the Atzmona settlement in...

11 new families settle in Nissanit
Ha'aretz 12/17/2004
Eleven families have recently moved into the northern Gaza Strip settlement of Nissanit with the assistance of the settlers' movement Amana. Most of the...

Israel forms new checkpoint force
BBC 12/17/2004
Israel is to deploy a specialist unit to take over the manning of some of the checkpoints in the West Bank and Gaza.The unit...

News Briefs, December 17, 2004
International Middle East Media Center 12/17/2004
Al-Qassam brigades fires shells at Naveh Dkalim / One soldier wounded in Khan Younis / Home made shells fired at three settlements in the Gaza Strip...

11 Soldiers Wounded in Gaza Mortar attack; Army Invades Khan Yunis
International Middle East Media Center 12/17/2004
Israeli army tanks and bulldozers rolled into the Khan Yunis refugee camp in southern Gaza early Friday and began destroying buildings, Palestinians said. The...

Rescuers battle to save smugglers trapped in collapsed Gaza tunnel
The Independent 12/18/2004
After a marathon rescue effort, Palestinian rescue workers freed six people last night who were trapped when a smuggling tunnel under the border between...

Nine Palestinians Killed, 26 others Wounded and 25 Houses Demolished in Khan Younis
International Press Center 12/17/2004
KHAN YOUNIS, Palestine, December 17, 2004 (IPC +) --- At least nine Palestinian citizens have been killed, more than 30 others wounded and 25 houses have...

9 Palestinians killed in Gaza raid; 6 rescued from tunnel
Ha'aretz 12/17/2004
At least nine Palestinians were killed and 30 were wounded in an Israel Defense Forces raid aimed at ending mortar and rocket attacks from...

Israeli Army raid into southern Gaza kills 8 Palestinians
Daily Star 12/18/2004
At least 2 civilians among the dead, and 600 forced to flee homes after latest incursion into Khan Younis -- Israeli tanks and troops raided...

News Briefs, December 16, 2004
International Middle East Media Center 12/16/2004
Detainee deported to Ramallah for two years / Olive orchards bulldozed south of Hebron/ Three arrested north of Tulkarem / Tulkarem refugee camp invaded / Two arrested...

Three Palestinians Shot Dead South Gaza
International Press Center 12/16/2004
GAZA, Palestine, December 16,2004 (IPC+WAFA)---Three Palestinians were shot dead by the Israeli occupation forces Wednesday overnight, east of Deir al Balah as...

Three Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip
International Middle East Media Center 12/16/2004
A medical source at Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital reported that the Israeli army handed the Palestinian security the body of a third resident who was...

2 Israelis said held in Jordan on suspicion of arms-smuggling to Sudanese rebels
Ha'aretz 12/16/2004
Two Israelis have been arrested in Jordan on suspicion of smuggling arms to Sudanese rebels, a London-based Arabic-language newspaper reported Thursday. According to the...

Five Israelis hurt in shooting attacks in Gaza's Katif bloc
Ha'aretz 12/16/2004
Five Israelis were wounded, two of them moderately, in two shooting incidents last night on the Kissufim-Gush Katif road. Israel Defense Forces soldiers killed...

Israel destroys Gaza workshop
AlJazeera 12/17/2004
An Israeli helicopter has fired a missile at a Gaza Strip workshop which the army said was used by Palestinian resistance fighters to store...

News Briefs, December 15, 2004
International Middle East Media Center 12/16/2004
Soldiers invade Dir Al-Balah, in the Gaza Strip / Israeli army invades refugee camps in Jericho/ Youth arrested near Salfit / New “security measures” bar residents...

Child badly clubbed in the east of Nablus
International Middle East Media Center 12/15/2004
Mr. Aqeel Fares, head of Tallouza village council, reported that soldiers invaded the village, on Wednesday, clubbed several youths arrested a child. Fares stated...

Israeli Soldier: Troops in Philadelphi have an open permit to open fire
International Middle East Media Center 12/15/2004
The investigation in the killing of the British ISM Activist Tom Hurndall by an Israeli soldier in Rafah, reveals that the soldiers in the...

Israelis kill Palestinian on Gaza road
AlJazeera 12/15/2004
Israeli occupation troops have shot dead a Palestinian man as he tried to cross a sealed Gaza road near a Jewish settlement, Palestinian medics...

One Palestinian killed, four Israeli soldiers wounded in the Gaza Strip
International Middle East Media Center 12/15/2004
An Israeli military spokesman reported, on Wednesday at night, that four Israeli soldiers were wounded when a resistance group attacked a military post near...

The Israeli town where no settlers are welcome
The Independent 12/15/2004
The people of this tranquil little community on the Israeli side of the "green line" border between the West Bank and Israel are in...

Two Civilians Killed as Israeli Forces Shell Gaza Strip
International Press Center 12/15/2004
RAFAH, Palestine, December 15, 2004 (IPC + WAFA) - - Israeli occupation forces killed two civilians in different parts of Gaza Strip as it continued to be...

548 children killed since the beginning of the Intifada
International Middle East Media Center 12/14/2004
Palestinenet News website reported that Dr. Na’im Abu Al-Hommus, minister of education, described the situation which Palestinian children face as “worrisome” referring to latest...

Israeli army cuts Gaza into 3 isolated areas
ReliefWeb 12/13/2004
GAZA, Dec 13, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Israeli army divided the Gaza Strip into three isolated areas on Monday, one day after a...

Israelis demolish homes in Gaza Strip
Middle East Online 12/14/2004
Around 15 houses demolished during early morning incursion in Khan Yunis as Israelis fume over Gaza attack. -- Israeli tanks and bulldozers destroyed homes in...

News Briefs, December 14, 2004
International Middle East Media Center 12/14/2004
Army raids Al-Khader / Village invaded near Ramallah / Ten wounded east of Gaza / Five wounded west of Ramallah / Three residents arrested in Jenin / Resident arrested...

Gaza News: Seven year-old killed by Israeli forces
Rafah Today 12/11/2004
Once again, the medics in the morgue at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis had to enshroud the body of a young child. Rania Siam...

In Pictures: Israeli assault in south Gaza
AlJazeera 12/13/2004
In Pictures: Israeli assault in south Gaza...

Tunnel blast was militants' `gift to Arafat'
Ha'aretz 12/13/2004
Hamas' military wing, Iz a Din al-Kassam, and a group known as the Fatah Hawks claimed responsibility for the attack yesterday on an Israel...

Israeli Tank Round Wounds Seven Schoolchildren in Khan Younis
International Press Center 12/12/2004
KHAN YOUNIS, Palestine, December 12, 2004 (IPC) - - At least seven schoolchildren were wounded today when an Israeli tank fired at a school in Khan...

Israeli Bullet Makes It Last Meal for Palestinian Girl
Islam Online 12/13/2004
GAZA CITY, December 13 (IslamOnline.net) – The scene is the house of a Palestinian family in Khan Younis refugee camp, Gaza Strip. The victim is...

3 soldiers wounded in Nablus firefight
Ha'aretz 12/14/2004
Three Israeli soldiers were wounded yesterday in a Nablus firefight that killed a wanted man from Hamas. Also yesterday, the IDF and the Shin...

IDF to step up Gaza operations following tunnel bomb attack
Ha'aretz 12/14/2004
The Israel Defense Forces plan to intensify offensive operations in Gaza in the coming days, in response to Sunday's bombing of an outpost in...

Three Palestinians, Five Israeli Soldiers Killed in Palestinian Territories
International Press Center 12/13/2004
RAFAH, Palestine, December 13, 2004 (IPC + Agencies) - - An explosion followed by an attack on an Israeli military post near Rafah border terminal killed five...

Five soldiers buried, only one in military funeral
Ha'aretz 12/14/2004
Five soldiers from the Bedouin desert reconnaissance unit killed in a tunnel attack on an outpost near Rafah on Monday were buried yesterday, four...

Sharon delays fence approval in effort to include Gush Etzion
Ha'aretz 12/14/2004
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon wants the cabinet to approve the changes to the route of the separation fence as "a single package," and is...

Israeli Forces Tear Down 12 Houses At Least and Wound 15 Civilians
International Press Center 12/14/2004
KHAN YOUNIS, Palestine, December 14, 2004 (IPC + Agencies) - - Israeli sources invaded today the east of Gaza City and wounded 10 civilians there, while five...

Hamas target of bomb in Syria
The Guardian 12/14/2004
A member of Hamas, the militant Palestinian organisation, survived an apparent assassination attempt yesterday when his car blew up in the Syrian capital, Damascus...

Israelis hasten land grab in shadow of wall
The Guardian 12/14/2004
Bulldozers go in as expansion of settlements continues -- Sharif Omar has been waiting two years for the bulldozers, ever since Israel's steel and barbed...

Settlers attempt to kidnap a student in Huwwara
International Middle East Media Center 12/8/2004
Arabs48 news website said that two students of Huwwara School managed to rescue one of their schoolmates when three armed settlers attempted to kidnap...

News Briefs, December 8, 2004
International Middle East Media Center 12/8/2004
Resident critically wounded south east of Khan Younis / Home leveled in Jerusalem/ Student arrested North West of Ramallah/ Settlers critically wound one lad in...

Two Palestinians killed near Rafah Crossing
International Middle East Media Center 12/8/2004
A Palestinian security source, in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, said on Wednesday at night, that soldiers shot two Palestinians near The Palestinian-Egyptian...

Israel 'probed Palestinian death'
BBC 12/8/2004
Israel's army has investigated the shooting of a Palestinian teenager in a field in the Gaza Strip earlier this year, an Israeli newspaper reports...

Palestinians shot dead near Egyptian border
AlJazeera 12/8/2004
Israeli occupation troops killed three Palestinians at a flashpoint Palestinian town on the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt on Wednesday. The three were among...

News Briefs, December 7, 2004
International Middle East Media Center 12/7/2004
Al-Qassam brigades shells two settlements in the Gaza Strip / Army: “lad killed by military fired during training” / Six P.A Policemen arrested south of the...

Palestinian militants kill suspected collaborator
Ha'aretz 12/7/2004
Palestinian militants killed a 19-year-old man who was suspected of helping Israel track down wanted Palestinian fugitives, Palestinian security officials said Monday. The...

Two Palestinians and an Israeli soldier killed in Al-Shajaia
International Press Center 12/7/2004
GAZA STRIP, Palestine, December 7, 2004, IPC + WAFA - Two Palestinian citizens were killed Tuesday morning in Al - Shajaia neighborhood, east of Gaza city when...

IDF soldier killed in Gaza; Hamas: Troops walked into trap
Ha'aretz 12/7/2004
An Israel Defense Forces soldier was killed and four others were wounded in a pre-dawn attack Tuesday, in a bomb blast set off by...

External team to probe killing of Jihad man in Jenin
Ha'aretz 12/7/2004
Maj. Gen. Moshe Kaplinski has appointed an external team headed by a brigadier general to investigate what happened when soldiers from a Shayetet unit...

Israeli unit banned over killing
BBC 12/7/2004
The Israeli army has suspended an elite unit from duty while it investigates the killing of a Palestinian militant during a raid in the...

Video: Palestinian children caught in the crossfire
BBC 12/7/2004
One Israeli soldier has been killed when a booby-trapped chicken coop exploded in the central Gaza Strip. The attack was claimed by Hamas. In...

Blast sparks battle in Gaza Strip
BBC 12/7/2004
Palestinian militants killed one Israeli soldier and wounded four others when they detonated a booby-trapped chicken coop in the central Gaza Strip. The attack...

Gaza: Snipers and Children
Rafah Today 12/5/2004
Israeli Occupation Forces shelled Al Zahra Village with tanks, and fire errupted in one of the building. Four year old Shaima Abu Shamaleh was...

Three killed as violence flares up in Gaza Strip
Middle East Online 12/7/2004
Two Palestinian militants killed in separate spy plane attacks, Israeli soldier killed by explosive device in Gaza. -- GAZA CITY - Two fighters from the radical...

Rafah Today: Other children imitate storybook characters; ours play at being mourners
Rafah Today 12/5/2004
Thousands, of Rafah's citizens routinely join the funeral processions that take place nearly every day here. They have become such a common sight that...

Four Palestinians, one Israeli solider killed in Gaza Strip
International Middle East Media Center 12/7/2004
Hamas's military wing anounced that two of its operatives, who carried out the tuesday attack, were also killed in the operation. number of Palestinians...

Journalist critically wounded in Gaza
International Middle East Media Center 12/4/2004
A Medical source in Gaza said that Abdullah Saafin, 44, head of the American Al-Hurra Satellite Station office in the area, was critically wounded...

Israeli Troops Wound a Citizen in Rafah, Close Roads in West Bank
International Press Center 12/5/2004
RAFAH, Palestine, December 5, 2004 (IPC+ Agencies)-- Mahmoud Abu Hasanain, 20 years-old, from the southern Gaza Strip City of Rafah, was shot and wounded...

News Briefs, December 5 - 6, 2004
International Middle East Media Center 12/6/2004
Three arrested at Al-Matahin checkpoint / Amy raids Beit Sahour / Seven arrested in Hebron / Agricultural fields bulldozed in Khan Younis / Six residents, including a doctor...

Ten Students arrested in Nablus
International Middle East Media Center 12/6/2004
Soldiers conducted thorough searches in Nablus, north of the West Bank, on Monday morning and arrested ten students of Al-Najah University. A local source...

IDF troops arrest senior Hamas militant in Tul Karm raid
Ha'aretz 12/5/2004
Israel Defense Forces troops yesterday arrested Rami Teikh, the head of the Hamas military wing in Tul Karm, as well as two other wanted...

Civilian Wounded Near Rafah as Israeli Forces Arrest Others in West Bank
International Press Center 12/6/2004
RAFAH, Palestine, December 6, 2004 (IPC + WAFA) - - Israeli occupation forces shot and wounded a civilian in the city of Rafah in Gaza Strip in...

Israeli Troops Hold Citizens in Khan Younis, Storm Dehaisha Refugee Camp
International Press Center 12/6/2004
KHAN YOUNIS, Palestine, December 6, 2004 (IPC+ Agencies)--The Israeli occupation troops held on Monday afternoon six Palestinians on the Matahen checkpoint, just north...

Israel deploys Patriot missile battery to defend Haifa against Hizbullah
Daily Star 12/7/2004
BEIRUT: Israel has deployed a battery of Patriot anti-missile missiles in the Haifa bay district, apparently to defend the northern port city from the...

Israeli jailed for role in terror group that attacked Arab schools
The Independent 12/7/2004
An extreme right Jewish settler convicted under counter-terrorism legislation for membership of an organisation that killed eight Palestinian civilians was jailed for eight years...

News Briefs, December 1-2, 2004
International Middle East Media Center 12/2/2004
At least five residents wounded in Beit Liqya/Olive pickers attacked near Bethlehem, three arrested / Al-Tuffah checkpoint closed / Two youths wounded south of Nablus...

Fatah activist assassinated in Nablus
International Middle East Media Center 12/1/2004
An Israeli under covered military unit assassinated, on Tuesday at night, a Fatah activist near his home, in Balata refugee camp, in Nablus. A...

IDF, Gaza settlers mull security after pullout
Ha'aretz 12/1/2004
Israel Defense Forces officers and representatives of communities bordering on the Gaza Strip met earlier this week to discuss ways of protecting Israeli settlements...

Tulkarem raided, 13 residents arrested
International Middle East Media Center 12/2/2004
Soldiers arrested 13 residents, among them five college students, during thorough searches carried out in Tulkarem on Thursday morning. A local source in Tulkarem...

Israelis shoot 4-year-old child in Gaza
Electronic Intifada 12/1/2004
Israeli forces have shot and seriously wounded a four-year-old Palestinian child in Rafah, in southern Gaza, witnesses and medical sources said. Palestinian medical sources...

Israeli Forces Wound Five Civilians, Arrest Six
International Press Center 12/2/2004
RAMALLAH, Palestine, December 1, 2004 (IPC + WAFA) - - Israeli occupation forces shot and wounded five civilians in a town near Ramallah and arrested six others...


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PA President Mahmoud Abbas (Ma'an News)
PM's office rejects Olmert's Call for a Wider Unilateral WB Pullout
International Middle East Media Center 12/30/2004
The Israeli Prime Minister's Office Thursday rejected Remarks by Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, indicating further West Bank withdrawals beyond areas outlined in the...

Abbas Might be Allowed a Visit to Haram Al-Sharif Prior to Elections
International Middle East Media Center 12/31/2004
Israeli and Palestinian officials have been meeting to discuss the possibility of allowing PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas to make an election campaign visit to...

Abbas Speech Echoes Arafat’s Rhetoric
Forward 12/31/2004
TEL AVIV — Delivering his first-ever election speech last week, the leading candidate to replace Yasser Arafat as chairman of the Palestinian Authority sounded very...

Dahlan in Egypt in efforts to release Bargouthi
International Middle East Media Center 12/29/2004
Palestinian informed sources reported that the former PA security advisor Mohammad Dahlan is currently visiting Egypt in efforts to release the jailed Palestinian Law...

Sharon accepts invite to China
Ha'aretz 12/29/2004
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said yesterday that he has accepted an invitation to visit China, though the visit could be overshadowed by friction over...

Abbas: Tear down this wall
AlJazeera 12/29/2004
Taking his campaign to succeed Yasir Arafat to the foot of Israel's West Bank separation wall, interim Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas has said there...

Sri Lanka accepts Israel's offer to send medical supplies, but not IDF delegation
Ha'aretz 12/29/2004
A 150-member Israeli aid delegation canceled its mission to Sri Lanka yesterday after the government in Colombo refused to accept the Israeli team...

Turkish foreign minister to visit Israel
Ha'aretz 12/28/2004
ANKARA - Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul will travel to Israel next week, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, in what appeared to be an effort...

New year, new hope for the Middle East?
BBC 12/28/2004
2004 was the year of Yasser Arafat's death and of Ariel Sharon's decision to withdraw unilaterally from illegal Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip...

Arab League: No Palestine soon
AlJazeera 12/28/2004
Arab League chief Amr Musa has played down talk of the creation of a Palestinian state, dismissing the idea that the peace process is...

French Strategic Expert: Circumstances Suitable for Middle East Peace
International Press Center 12/28/2004
PARIS, December 28, 2004 (IPC+WAFA)-- French expert of international strategic relations, Dr. Boniface Pascal, believed yesterday that underway world and regional circumstances are...

Syria: Israel does not want peace
AlJazeera 12/27/2004
Syrian Vice-President Muhammad Zuhayr Mashariqa has criticised Israel for not responding to his government's peace overtures. In a speech to delegates at the National...

Meeting could pave way for roadmap
BBC 12/24/2004
The visit by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to Israel and the Palestinian territories was designed to help fill a gap in the effort...

Abbas' opening campaign salvo: No settlement blocs
Ha'aretz 12/26/2004
Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) began his public bid to succeed the late Yasser Arafat at a rally yesterday...

PLO Head Marks Christmas in Bethlehem, First Time in 4 Years
International Middle East Media Center 12/25/2004
PLO head Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Bethlehem late Friday for Christmas celebrations. Since 2001, Israel barred former PLO leader President Yasser Arafat from joining...

Abbas Promises Changing Methods, Not Demands
International Middle East Media Center 12/26/2004
New PLO head Mahmoud Abbas began his public bid for presidential elections at a rally Saturday in the West Bank city of Al-Bireh, near...

Hundreds of leading Palestinians urge end to violence
Ha'aretz 12/27/2004
Prominent Palestinian figures yesterday appealed for an end to violence, adding weight to Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' bid to succeed Yasser Arafat...

Abu Mazen Sticks to the Palestinian Inalienable Rights
International Press Center 12/27/2004
ALBEIRA, Palestine, December 27, 2004 (IPC+ Agencies) -- Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the January 9 presidential candidate, Mr. Mahmoud Abbas (Abu...

Israel to lift curbs before vote
BBC 12/27/2004
Israel has approved measures it says are aimed at ensuring that next month's Palestinian election goes smoothly. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said the whole...

Egyptian diplomats to monitor PA election
Ha'aretz 12/27/2004
CAIRO - Fourteen Egyptian diplomats left yesterday for the Palestinian Authority to join hundreds of election observers from several countries to monitor the January 9...

Hamas wins big in first local elections in W. Bank since '76
Ha'aretz 12/26/2004
Hamas racked up significant achievements in Thursday's elections for local councils in the West Bank. Haaretz has found that of the 26 races held...

Palestinians: Inmate release a PR ploy
AlJazeera 12/27/2004
Palestinians say the release of 160 prisoners by Israel is but a public relations gimmick since most were to be released in any case...

Diplomatic reports: UNIFIL reduction on border definite
Daily Star 12/22/2004
Lack of funds cited, but some here blame 1559 instead -- BEIRUT: Local officials have received two diplomatic reports from New York and Washington saying...

Israeli FM 'discouraged' by new PLO chief
Middle East Online 12/21/2004
Shalom accuses Abbas of being reluctant to confront armed groups, wanting to preserve Arafat's legacy. -- JERUSALEM - Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Tuesday he...

'Third Party' Conference Discusses Ways to Activate International Community in Mid East Peace Process
International Press Center 12/21/2004
The international community has played an important role in mediating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the years, and has brokered many deals and agreements to...

World Bank: Palestinians need hope
Daily Star 12/22/2004
Wolfensohn: israeli withdrawal alone is not enough - Donors are apparently ready to increase funding, but only if the situation on the ground improves -- JERUSALEM...

Gulf call for Palestinian state
BBC 12/21/2004
The leaders of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) have urged President Bush to make the creation of an independent Palestinian state an absolute priority...

Abbas hails 'eternal' Arafat at end of mourning period
Daily Star 12/22/2004
Blair set to visit Mideast on peace drive -- PLO chairman Mahmoud Abbas marked the end of 40 days of mourning Tuesday with lavish praise...

World Bank president: Pullout is not enough
Ha'aretz 12/21/2004
Disengagement is insufficient if it does not also give hope to the Palestinians, World Bank President James Wolfensohn said in an interview with Haaretz...

Palestinians to assume responsibilities in Gaza after Israel pullout: Abbas
ReliefWeb 12/20/2004
AMMAN, Dec 20 (AFP) - PLO chief Mahmud Abbas said Monday the Palestinians were ready to assume their responsibilities when Israel pulls out from the...

Hamas terms peace with Israel as "mirage"
ReliefWeb 12/20/2004
GAZA, Dec 20, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - "In the last few days, there were some Palestinians talking about a coming breakthrough in the peace...

PLO Calls on Bush to Pull back His Pledges to Sharon
Palestine Media Center 12/18/2004
Abbas: Israeli PM’s Herzliya ‘Conditions’ a ‘Disaster, Unacceptable’ -- PLO Chairman Mahmud Abbas and the Palestine National Authority (PNA) have affirmed the Palestinians are not...

Abbas, Blair to Discuss ‘Content’ of Int’l Conference
Palestine Media Center 12/20/2004
PLO Seeks Final Status Negotiations in London, Israel Won’t Attend -- PLO Chairman Mahmud Abbas confirmed Monday there is a strong link between British Prime...

Israel to release 170 Palestinian prisoners as goodwill gesture
Ha'aretz 12/20/2004
A special ministerial committee approved the release of 170 Palestinian prisoners yesterday in what Prime Minister Ariel Sharon described as a "goodwill gesture" to...

Blair pursues Mid-East mission
BBC 12/20/2004
A visit to the Middle East by the British Prime Minister Tony Blair this week is likely to lead to a limited form of...

World Bank head to arrive in Israel
International Middle East Media Center 12/20/2004
World Bank head, James Wolfensohn, is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday, in order to demand Israel to lift the closure imposed over...

Israel Radio: Iran has uncovered spy ring for Israel
Ha'aretz 12/20/2004
Iran announced yesterday that its intelligence services have uncovered a spy ring that collected intelligence information for Israel, according to a report by Israel...

Jordan Rejects Sharon's Remarks over West Bank Settlements
International Press Center 12/19/2004
AMMAN, Jordan, December 19, 2004 (IPC+ Jordan Times)-- The Jordanian government rejected on Saturday Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's statements that Tel Aviv would...

Israel to shun Mid-East 'event'
BBC 12/20/2004
Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says that his country will not take part in a Middle East conference. Reports say Britain is organising a...

Gaza withdrawal must not stall larger pullout, say 'road map' sponsors
Daily Star 12/21/2004
Abbas welcomes any Disengagement -- Sponsors of the "road map" peace plan for the Middle East insisted Monday that they would not allow Israel's planned...

Al Burghothi: Sharon's Remark Is an Obstacle In The Face Of Peace
International Press Center 12/19/2004
GAZA, Palestine, December 19, 2004 (IPC) ---The candidate for the anticipated Palestinian Presidential elections, Dr. Mustafa al Burghothi said that the Israeli prime minister...

For some, no free speech at Herzliya
Ha'aretz 12/17/2004
One session of this week's prestigious Herzliya Conference was funded by the panelists rather than the conference - the session on ideas for an Israeli-Palestinian...

Israeli President Unveils Plan For 'World Knesset'
Forward 12/17/2004
JERUSALEM — Israel's government took its first public step last week toward the formal creation of an international Jewish "parliament," whose purpose would be to...

EU praises Palestinians' peaceful transition
Ha'aretz 12/17/2004
BRUSSELS - European Union leaders praised Palestinian authorities Friday for pursuing a peaceful transition of power after the November 11 death of Palestinian leader Yasser...

British PM visit region, meet Abbas, Sharon
Ha'aretz 12/17/2004
b>Israel supports Blair's peace summit, but won't participate -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair will meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the West...

As Israel Debates Syrian Overture, Washington Presses To Stop Talk
Forward 12/17/2004
State, Defense Departments In Rare Unity on Mideast Policy -- WASHINGTON — While Syria's repeated offers to reopen peace talks with Jerusalem are triggering a fierce...

Sharon Rejects Right of Return; Return to 67 Borders
International Middle East Media Center 12/17/2004
In a televised speech at the Herzliya Conference on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced that he had reached a “strategic agreement” with...

US 'anger' at Israel weapons sale
BBC 12/16/2004
The Israeli defence ministry has confirmed that it faced questioning by Washington over arms sales to China. But the ministry denied media reports that...

Abbas rejects Sharon offer over Gaza
AlJazeera 12/17/2004
Palestinian presidential frontrunner Mahmud Abbas has rejected an offer by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to coordinate Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip...

Unifil chief says cease-fire toughest task
Daily Star 12/17/2004
BEIRUT: Alain Pellegrini, commander of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (Unifil), said Thursday that a cease-fire on the Israeli-Lebanese border is one...

Finally, NATO wants Israel on board
Ha'aretz 12/16/2004
It's been a long time since Israel has received such a firm embrace. When it comes to NATO, Israel is a desirable and sought-after...

Egypt postpones Rafah troop deployment
Ha'aretz 12/16/2004
Egypt has postponed until April 2005 its increased deployment of soldiers along the Egyptian side of Philadelphi route on the Sinai-Gaza Strip border in...

Shalom calls for summit to back new PA leadership
Ha'aretz 12/16/2004
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom has called for "an international summit" that would give backing to the new Palestinian leadership in carrying out reforms. Speaking...

US did not call for Yaron's resignation, Pentagon tells "Globes"
Globes 12/16/2004
Channel 2 reported US officials demanded that Defense Ministry chief Amos Yaron resign over weapons deals with China. -- The US Department of Defense yesterday...

Sharon backs Blair's London summit plan
The Guardian 12/17/2004
Middle East talks to focus on economy and security -- The Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, has thrown his weight behind Tony Blair's plans for...

Abu Mazen: We Want to Negotiate, Armed Uprising Must End
Palestine Media Center 12/15/2004
US Welcomes Abbas’ Call, Israel Mum and Hamas Says Not Ready Yet -- PLO Chairman Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen) said Tuesday the armed uprising against...

Controversy greets Egypt-Israel pact
AlJazeera 12/15/2004
Sporadic demonstrations have broken out throughout the Egyptian capital Cairo protesting against the Egypt-Israel trade agreement. However, Egyptian economists have defended the pact as...

Dahlan: No Hope for Final Agreement with Sharon
International Middle East Media Center 12/15/2004
Palestinian former Security Affairs minister Mohammed Dahaln said Tuesday “Sharon is not interested in cooperation with Palestinians”, therefore, no hopes for a “historical agreement...

Hamas rejects claim that use of weapons 'has got to stop'
Ha'aretz 12/15/2004
A Hamas spokesman dismissed remarks made by Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Mahmoud Abbas, who said Tuesday in an interview with the London-based Arabic newspaper...

Hamas Confirms Secret Talks With US, EU
Islam Online 12/15/2004
GAZA CITY , December 15 (IslamOnline.net) – The United States and the European Union had been in contact with Hamas over the past few months despite...

Egypt, Israel sign deal on free trade with U.S.
Washington Times 12/14/2004
TEL AVIV — Egypt and Israel will sign a joint free-trade agreement with the United States in Cairo today, a sign that a recent thaw...

Gov't: No need to halt settlements approved before 2003
Ha'aretz 12/15/2004
The government decision adopting the road map that obliges Israel "to freeze all settlement activity, including natural growth," has no operative legal standing, according...

Abbas says intifada was mistake
The Guardian 12/16/2004
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader campaigning to succeed Yasser Arafat in elections next month, said the four-year-old armed uprising against Israel was a mistake...

Pentagon demands dismissal of Defense Ministry official
Ha'aretz 12/16/2004
A crisis of confidence has broken out between the Pentagon and the Israeli Defense Ministry in the wake of U.S. complaints about Israeli deviations...

Shalom sees peace on the horizon
Maariv 12/15/2004
In an upbeat speech to the Herzliya Conference, foreign minister says we are entering a new era of hope. Calls for international community to...

U.S. denies claims that it had contacts with Hamas
Ha'aretz 12/15/2004
The State Department on Tuesday rejected claims made by a senior Hamas leader that the United States had initiated contacts with the militant Islamic...

Hamas: Cease-Fire might be possible only with referendum
International Middle East Media Center 12/14/2004
Contacts between Hamas, US and the EU on cease-fire are underway, Hamas leader said in on Monday. Hamas' Politburo chief, Sheikh Khaeld Masha'al said...

Mayor of Bethlehem criticizes the "silence" of the Christian world
International Middle East Media Center 12/14/2004
Mr. Hanna Nasser, Mayor of Bethlehem criticized the “silence of the Christian world” amidst all sort of military aggressions and violations in Bethlehem and...

Israel proposes international fund for Palestinian refugees
ReliefWeb 12/14/2004
JERUSALEM, Dec 14 (AFP) - Israel's foreign ministry put forward proposals Tuesday for the rehabilitation of Palestinian refugees living in the West Bank, Gaza Strip...

PLO chief calls again for end to armed intifada
Daily Star 12/15/2004
Israeli tanks raid Gaza, destroy 15 Palestinian homes -- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas reiterated calls for his people to drop their weapons in the struggle...

Egypt, Israel sign strategic trade deal
AlJazeera 12/14/2004
In a sign of warming ties, Egypt and Israel have signed their first strategic partnership accord in trade and industry since the historic peace...

New Israel-EU plan will upgrade neighborly ties
Ha'aretz 12/14/2004
Israel and the European Union will today announce a plan for actively upgrading relations as part of the EU's "neighbor policy."Foreign Minister Silvan...

Egyptians Receive “QIZs” With Fears, Aspirations
Islam Online 12/14/2004
CAIRO, December 14 (Islamonline.net) – The signing of a controversial trade agreement by Egypt and Israel on Tuesday, December 14, has placed the Egyptians between...

Abbas tours Gulf to mend fences
Ha'aretz 12/13/2004
KUWAIT CITY - Interim Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas yesterday apologized for Palestinian support of Saddam Hussein during the 1990-91 Gulf War. He is touring...

Abbas: Kuwait to unfreeze aid to Palestinians
Ha'aretz 12/14/2004
KUWAIT - Kuwait has promised to provide the Palestinians with financial aid, as the two sides buried the hatchet over a dispute stemming from the...

Ex-French PM to head EU team for PA elections
Ha'aretz 12/14/2004
Former French prime minister Michel Rocard will head the team of 260 European Union election observers that will monitor next month's election for a...

Arafat file fails to halt rumours
BBC 12/11/2004
Yasser Arafat's nephew has said the late Palestinian leader's medical file will not allay suspicions that he may have died of "unnatural causes". Nasser...

Israel to allow voting in Jerusalem
AlJazeera 12/14/2004
Palestinian residents of Jerusalem will be allowed to take part in presidential elections to choose a successor to Yasir Arafat, Palestinian and Israeli officials...

PNA Asserts Brotherly Relations with Kuwait
International Press Center 12/13/2004
GAZA, December 13, 2004 (IPC + KONA) - - The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) welcomed today the statements made by several Kuwaiti officials, in which they considered...

Syria: Bomb shows Israel does not want peace
Daily Star 12/15/2004
DAMASCUS: Syrian Information Minister Mehdi Dakhlallah said Tuesday that the bombing of a car belonging to a member of the Palestinian movement Hamas in...

Denmark reiterates support for UN Palestinian agency
ReliefWeb 12/8/2004
STOCKHOLM, Dec 7, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Denmark will increase its pledge amount to the UN's agency for Palestinian refugees, the Ritzau news bureau...

Meeting of UN, donors draws Israel and Palestinians together for first time in nearly a year
ReliefWeb/UN News Service 12/8/2004
A meeting of donors and the United Nations today in Norway bringing Israelis and Palestinians together found cause for optimism while urging them to...

Israel Downplays Egyptian-reported Peace Deal
Palestine Media Center 12/8/2004
UK: Reports of Plans for Int’l Conference in London ‘Premature’ -- Israel said Tuesday it was still “premature” to confirm an Egyptian-reported Palestinian-Israeli deal “in...

Palestinians call for opening embassy in Beirut on landmark visit
Daily Star 12/8/2004
Palestinian leaders called here Wednesday for opening an embassy in Beirut where they announced an "excellent start" for future ties with Lebanon, following a...

Abbas: Refugees Status in Lebanon to Improve Soon
International Middle East Media Center 12/8/2004
After meeting Lebanese President Emil Lahoud in Beiruit, PLO leader said Wednesday Palestinian refugees status in Lebanon will improve considerable very soon. “We heard...

Egypt pushes Syria, Kuwait to take bold steps in peace effort
Ha'aretz 12/8/2004
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is visiting Kuwait to try to widen the circle of participants in a peace process with Israel and appears to...

US pledges $20m to Palestinians
BBC 12/8/2004
The US government has pledged $20m (£10.3m) in direct aid to help the Palestinians out of a financial crisis. It is believed to be...

Abbas says armed struggle is over
Daily Star 12/9/2004
Palestinian presidential candidate insists right of return is paramount -- BEIRUT: Palestine Liberation Organization chief Mahmoud Abbas said the armed struggle for the Palestinian people...

Israel to ease restrictions on Palestinian polls
Daily Star 12/9/2004
Egyptian reports of peace plan rejected -- Israel has reached an agreement with the Palestinians on the logistics of their upcoming election, a senior Palestinian...

PA visit to Beirut marks new start for strained ties
Daily Star 12/8/2004
BEIRUT: The visit to Beirut Wednesday by top members of the Palestinian Authority marks a new beginning in tense relations between the PA and...

WMD non-proliferation clause delays EU-Israeli deal
Ha'aretz 12/7/2004
Disagreement between Israel and the European Union are delaying the completion of an agreement that would allow Israeli involvement in European projects. According to...

Dispute brews over Blair's call for peace conference
Ha'aretz 12/7/2004
There is a brewing dispute in Israel over British Prime Minister Tony Blair's proposal for an international peace conference on the Middle East in...

Israeli Arab suspected of spying for Iranian intelligence
Ha'aretz 12/7/2004
An Israeli Arab resident of Baka al-Garbiyeh, a village on the border with the West Bank, was arrested last month for allegedly spying for...

Mid-East peace claims 'premature'
BBC 12/7/2004
Israel has dismissed claims it has reached understanding on a peace plan with the Palestinians as premature, despite reports from Egyptian sources. Egypt's state-run...

Abbas tries to woo hardliners during Damascus visit
Daily Star 12/8/2004
Delegation aims to bolster dialogue -- DAMASCUS: PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas held a second day of talks Tuesday with Syrian officials on a mission to...

Israel, PA said to have agreed on basis of peace deal
Ha'aretz 12/7/2004
Palestinians and Israelis have agreed in principle to proposals which could serve as the basis of a comprehensive settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conmflict, Egypt's...

Egypt mulls full diplomatic ties with Israel
Middle East Online 12/7/2004
CAIRO - Egypt raised the possibility Tuesday of returning an ambassador to Israel soon, according to the official Mena news agency, a move that would...

Prime Minister Qorei Decries Assassination and Settlement Expansion
International Press Center 12/5/2004
RAMALLAH, Palestine, December 5, 2004 (IPC+WAFA)-- Palestinian Prime Minister, Ahmad Qorei (Abu Al'a) decried on Saturday the continued Israeli assassination policy that attempts...

Japan lowers travel warning level on visits to Israel
Globes 12/6/2004
Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has lowered its level of warning against travel to Israel for Japanese citizens. Two categories have now been established...

Analysis / Cease-fire talks - Israel unimpressed by progress
Ha'aretz 12/5/2004
The signs of progress in negotiations between the Palestinian leadership and Hamas have left Israel unimpressed, due to the limited scope of the issue...

U.S., U.K. Preparing for Mideast Peace Conference in London
International Middle East Media Center 12/6/2004
Britain has won U.S. agreement to hold an international peace conference on the Middle East in London early next year; the London based Daily...

Egyptians Irked by Prisoner Swap Deal
Islam Online 12/6/2004
CAIRO, December 6 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) – Despite the Egyptian official denial of any deals behind the release of six Egyptian students detained in Israel...

Galloway declares support for Barghouti in PA election
Daily Star 12/7/2004
BEIRUT: Controversial British parliamentarian George Galloway threw his weight behind Fatah firebrand Marwan Barghouti in next month's Palestinian elections and said he may visit...

Bush Gingerly Re-enters Mideast Fray With Bid To Enlist Groups' Support
Forward 12/3/2004
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is turning to Jewish organizations to rally support for American efforts to kick-start the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In a...

Egypt's Mubarak tells Sharon: I freed Azzam especially for you
Ha'aretz 12/6/2004
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon telephoned Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and thanked him for releasing Azzam Azzam. Sharon also wished to thank Egyptian Intelligence Chief...

German FM Fischer urges Israel to make goodwill gestures toward Palestinians
Ha'aretz 12/6/2004
German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer yesterday proposed "confidence-building measures" with the Palestinian Authority. Among the ideas he raised in talks with Prime Minister Ariel...

Syria and PLO promise to coordinate peace efforts
Daily Star 12/7/2004
Abbas makes 1st official Palestinian visit to Damascus in 8 years -- Syria and the Palestine Liberation Organization opened a new chapter in their often...

PLO holds talks with Syria, Hamas
BBC 12/6/2004
Palestinian leaders are in Damascus for landmark talks with the Syrian leadership and the top Hamas official, who is based in the Syrian capital...

Top Palestinians' visit to Syria signals thaw in relations
Ha'aretz 12/6/2004
The images that will be broadcast today from Syria showing the leaders of the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization talking with Syrian...

Analysis / Egypt set the rhythm
Ha'aretz 12/6/2004
The most important thing is the big picture, the strategic change in Israeli-Egyptian relations that may sweep through other Arab countries," an Egyptian official...

Egypt frees Azzam Azzam after 8 years
Ha'aretz 12/6/2004
Egypt yesterday released Azzam Azzam, an Israeli arrested and jailed in Egypt eight years ago on charges of espionage. In exchange, Israel freed six...

Israel and Egypt in swap of prisoners
The Guardian 12/6/2004
The Egyptian government yesterday freed a convicted Israeli spy in a demonstration of goodwill which leaders of both countries hope will lead to progress...

Abu-Elgeit Wants Movement Eased, Faisal Calls for Independent State
International Press Center 12/1/2004
CAIRO, December 1, 2004 (IPC+ Agencies)-- Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ahmad Abu-Elgeit emphasized on Tuesday the need for an Israeli easing of the restrictions being...

Al Kidwa Warns of Israeli Plot to Change Gaza's Legal Standing Following 'Disengagement'
International Press Center 12/1/2004
GAZA, December 1, 2004 (IPC) - - Palestine's Permanent Observer at the United Nations, Dr. Nasser Al Kidwa, said the advisory opinion of the International Court...

UN Reaffirms Illegality of Any Israeli Procedures to Judaize Jerusalem
International Press Center 12/2/2004
GAZA, December 2, 2004 (IPC + WAFA) - - The United Nations General Assembly reassured that any procedures taken by the Israeli government to impose its laws...

General Assembly concludes debate on Palestine
Electronic Intifada 12/1/2004
Convinced that achieving a final and peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine -- the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict –- would serve as the cornerstone...

Syria denies giving up previous negotiating achievements
Ha'aretz 12/1/2004
Syria denied yesterday that it was forgoing Israel's commitment to withdraw from the Golan as a basis for negotiations. The commitment was made by...

Mubarak: Sharon is Palestinians' best chance for peace
Ha'aretz 12/2/2004
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday described Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as the Palestinians' best chance for peace, and said that Marwan Barghouti's decision...

PMO: Sharon said he would look into freeing Cairo students
Ha'aretz 12/2/2004
The Prime Minister's Office on Thursday played down an announcement from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on the imminent release of six students from Cairo...

Mubarak predicts Abbas victory
AlJazeera 12/2/2004
Egyptian President Husni Mubarak has predicted that Palestinian Liberation Organisation chairman Mahmud Abbas will win the presidential election scheduled for 9 January. Mubarak, who...

Israel 'backs Egypt border force'
BBC 12/2/2004
Israeli leaders have agreed on the deployment of 750 Egyptian troops on the Gaza border ahead of an Israeli withdrawal, Israeli sources say. Israeli...

Sharon will meet Assad 'under certain conditions'
Daily Star 12/3/2004
Damascus says offer 'unacceptable' -- TEL AVIV: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday he was willing to meet Syrian President Bashar Assad under "certain...

Hamas may halt attacks against Israel
AlJazeera 12/2/2004
The Palestinian resistance group Hamas could soon suspend attacks against Israel, according to a senior member. Mahmud Zahhar, a Hamas leader in the Gaza...

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Sharon seals new Israel coalition
BBC 12/31/2004
Israeli PM Ariel Sharon and opposition leader Shimon Peres have agreed a compromise deal which paves the way for a new coalition government. Correspondents...

Palestinian Women Triumph at Polls
Palestine Chronicle 12/31/2004
Female candidates buck societal pressure to run for municipal seats. More than half of those who are elected win their places outright.." -- YABED, West...

Long-delayed IDF historical research on Yom Kippur War sugarcoats reality
Ha'aretz 12/31/2004
Criticism of the commander of Division 143 in October 1973, Ariel Sharon, which characterized the 1992 edition, was softened in the 2004 edition, a...

Peres waives demand to serve as vice PM
Ha'aretz 12/31/2004
Labor Party Chairman Shimon Peres yesterday waived his demand to serve as vice prime minister in the upcoming coalition, and instead will be a...

IDF's chief rabbi stumbles on TV over pullout plan
Ha'aretz 12/31/2004
The IDF's Chief Rabbi, Brigadier General Yisrael Weiss, blundered yesterday with a politically charged statement about the disengagement plan. In an interview for Channel...

Likud clinches coalition deal with Labor
Daily Star 12/31/2004
Peres to serve as deputy premier in new Israeli government --JERUSALEM: Israel came a step closer Thursday to having a unity government that will...

Voters flock to polling stations for the first phase of Palestine's municipal elections
Electronic Intifada 12/31/2004
These are the first local elections I have ever participated in," said Abu Marwan, 72. "I missed the other election in 1976." He and...

SIS Conducts Fifth Upcoming Elections Poll (Acrobat format)
International Press Center 12/28/2004
GAZA, Palestine, December 28, 2004 (IPC)-- The State Information Service (SIS) conducted on Monday the fifth public opinion poll on the January 9 presidential...

PFLP backs independent for polls
AlJazeera 12/29/2004
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has called on supporters to vote for the independent candidate Mustafa al-Barghuti in next month's...

PFLP urges supporters to vote for Mustafa Barghuti
Middle East Online 12/29/2004
Palestinian leftist party endorses independent candidate in next month's presidential election. -- GAZA CITY - The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) called on...

Law panel rejects disengagement bill
Ha'aretz 12/29/2004
The government of Ariel Sharon suffered a serious blow yesterday when the Knesset Law Committee failed to approve the bill for the "evacuation and...

Palestinian campaign gathers pace
BBC 12/29/2004
Campaigning has been stepped up for the Palestinian presidential elections, due to take place on 9 January. Fatah candidate Mahmoud Abbas called on Israel...

Gaza police chief bars gunmen from wearing police uniforms
Ha'aretz 12/28/2004
The Palestinian police chief in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday barred gunmen from wearing police uniforms, as part of a fledgling law-and-order campaign in...

Israel submits report into death of Egyptians
Ha'aretz 12/28/2004
Israel has given Egypt the conclusions of an investigation into last month's killing of three Egyptian policemen mistaken for Palestinian terrorists along the Gaza-Egypt...

Kibbutz merger could pave way for group move of Gaza evacuees
Ha'aretz 12/28/2004
A new idea for advancing the disengagement plan envisions residents of Kibbutz Holit in the western Negev being moved 30 kilometers north to Kibbutz...

Abbas receives warm ovation in 1st public rally
Daily Star 12/29/2004
Israeli parliamentary committee rejects Gaza withdrawal guidelines -- Emergent Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas drew cheers at his first election rally on Tuesday by vowing to...

Disengagement bill fails in committee vote
Globes 12/28/2004
The vote in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee was 8:8 on a bill with heavy penalties for violators. -- The government has...

Katif farmers in discreet talks for Negev land swap
Ha'aretz 12/28/2004
Twenty-five major Gush Katif farmers are negotiating indirectly with the Disengagement Administration to receive large agricultural plots in the Pithat Shalom region of the...

Knesset committee considers alternatives to 'Peres bill'
Ha'aretz 12/29/2004
The "Peres Law" - the proposed amendment to the Basic Law on The Government aimed at allowing Shimon Peres to be appointed a second vice...

Analysis / Lessons from the local elections
Ha'aretz 12/27/2004
One should be wary of definitive conclusions following the results in municipal elections in 26 West Bank local councils on Friday. In local elections...

Labor's new No. 1 Pines-Paz opts for Interior portfolio
Ha'aretz 12/27/2004
MK Ophir Pines-Paz informed Labor leader Shimon Peres yesterday that he would take charge of the Interior Ministry in the new coalition. Having taken...

Panel: Monitoring of defense system is flawed
Ha'aretz 12/26/2004
A public committee warns that the government's supervision of the defense establishment is "partial, flawed and arbitrary."...In its report, the committee notes that...

Hamas gains grassroots edge
Christian Science Monitor 12/27/2004
Hamas made significant gains against the ruling Fatah party in Thursday's municipal elections. -- OBADEIAH, WEST BANK – Huddling near a gas heater in the mayor's...

Final results of Palestinian Municipal Elections
International Middle East Media Center 12/26/2004
According to the unofficial final results of the local elections in 26 Palestinian communities, Fatah won a majority in number of seats; Hamas won...

Seven Candidates for Palestinian Presidential Election Launch their Campaigns
International Press Center 12/27/2004
GAZA, Palestine, December 26, 2004 (IPC + WAFA) -- The campaign for the Palestinian National Authority presidential elections was kicked off on Saturday in the occupied...

Labor won't back budget in today's Knesset vote
Ha'aretz 12/27/2004
The Labor Party yesterday refused to support the 2005 budget in a first reading in the Knesset today, saying it will not behave as...

Israeli settlers and Law makers to discuss protest legalities
International Middle East Media Center 12/27/2004
Israeli members of Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee will meet with the Yesha Council of Settlements representatives to discuss the boundaries of the...

Punitive clauses pulled from pullout bill
Ha'aretz 12/27/2004
The punitive clauses in the Evacuation Compensation Bill, which sets out the financial recompense to be offered to settlers who evacuate their homes in...

Israeli 'failure' on Egypt deaths
BBC 12/27/2004
The recent killing of three Egyptian police officers on the border with Gaza resulted from "professional failure", according to an Israeli army inquiry. Israel's...

Cabinet okays steps to facilitate Palestinian elections
Ha'aretz 12/27/2004
The cabinet yesterday unanimously approved a series of measures meant to facilitate the election for a new Palestinian Authority chairman on January 9. At...

Sasson report on illegal outposts delayed by 3 weeks
Ha'aretz 12/26/2004
The report on the problem of the illegal outposts in the West Bank, under preparation by attorney Talia Sasson, will be presented to Prime...

PA names winners of local elections
Ha'aretz 12/27/2004
The Palestinian Authority yesterday announced the official results of last Thursday's municipal elections - but declined to give a breakdown as to how many of...

Settlers stir uproar in new anti-pullout protest
Maariv 12/21/2004
Right wing movement, which includes dozens of Likud members, decided to distribute and wear an orange Star of David. Yad Vashem pleads with settlers...

In the 40th Day After his Death: The Palestinian Leadership Committed to Arafat's Path
WAFA 12/21/2004
RAMALLAH, December 21, 2004, (WAFA)- The National Committee for the Commemoration of President Yasser Arafat organized Tuesday the central commemoration on the 40th day...

Palestinians Demand Keeping PLO, PA Separate
Islam Online 12/21/2004
GAZA CITY, December 21 (IslamOnline.net) – Palestinians politicians called on Tuesday, December 21, for keeping the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO...

Analysis / Embracing civil disobedience
Ha'aretz 12/21/2004
The Yesha Council had to choose between two contrary approaches on Sunday. One option, which the council termed "doing the minimum," was to continue...

Jerusalem can kick out tent city dwellers
Ha'aretz 12/21/2004
The Jerusalem Municipality can begin evacuating in 10 days the residents of the "Bread Square" tent city who have been camping outside the government...

Shinui's Lapid blasts Peres for demanding acting PM position
Ha'aretz 12/21/2004
Shinui chairman Yosef Lapid blasted Labor chairman Shimon Peres yesterday for demanding the post of acting prime minister in Ariel Sharon's new government, a...

Navy mulls new missile boats
Ha'aretz 12/21/2004
The Israel Navy is examining two new missile boats, Saar 5+, and a new Barak 8 sea-to-sea missile system for defending ships over ranges...

Mazuz orders probe into calls for civil disobedience
Ha'aretz 12/21/2004
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz ordered the state prosecutor yesterday to "examine" the leaflet distributed by settler leader Pinhas Wallerstein, in which he called on...

World freedom survey: Israel is free, but civil liberties are middling
Globes 12/21/2004
Freedom House tells "Globes": "Israel isn’t Sweden, but Sweden doesn’t have to deal with terror." -- The Freedom House 2004 Freedom in the World survey...

Coalition agreement won't be signed before next week
Ha'aretz 12/21/2004
Likud and Labor are hoping to solve their coalition agreement today over the dispute on how to anchor Shimon Peres' role as the No...

Karadi: Public opposition could thwart evacuation of Gush Katif
Ha'aretz 12/21/2004
Police Inspector General Moshe Karadi warned yesterday that public opposition could prevent the evacuation of Gush Katif, on the same day that the Yesha...

A Likud-Labor-UTJ Cabinet to Be Presented On Thursday
International Middle East Media Center 12/19/2004
Likud-Labor Agree to Form a Government -- The Likud and Labor negotiation teams signed a coalition agreement on Saturday, paving way for Israeli Prime minister...

Knesset Passes Bill Allowing Labor to Join Cabinet
International Middle East Media Center 12/20/2004
Coalition in Legal Crisis over Peres' Position -- The Israeli Knesset passed Monday the preliminary reading of a bill aimed at allowing Shimon Peres to...

Israeli Aid for Abbas is Unfair, Says Rival for Palestinian Post
Palestine Chronicle 12/15/2004
Barghouti was beaten in response to his refusal to submit to military procedures at a checkpoint stating that no presidential candidate should be searched...

AG orders prosecution to probe calls for civil disobedience
Ha'aretz 12/20/2004
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz ordered the state prosecutor Monday to "examine" the leaflet distributed by settler leader Pinhas Wallerstein, in which he called on...

Coalition talks snag on acting PM role for Peres
Ha'aretz 12/20/2004
The Likud-Labor coalition agreement hit a stumbling block yesterday after the chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, Likud MK Michael Eitan...

Lieberman: Transfer Arab areas of J'lem to Palestinians
Ha'aretz 12/17/2004
National Union party leader and former minister Avigdor Lieberman said Thursday he supports the transfer of some of Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods and Israeli Arab...

Israeli parties agree coalition
BBC 12/17/2004
Israel's ruling Likud Party and the opposition Labour Party have reached an agreement to form a new coalition government, officials say. Final details are...

Establishment and Location of an Election Appeals Court Declared
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 12/16/2004
After unjustified prolonged delay, the Higher Judicial Council of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) declared the establishment of the Election Appeals Court, and specified...

Labor Role is Likely to Be Limited to Rubber Stamping Likud Decisions
International Middle East Media Center 12/16/2004
Likud coalition negotiations team warned their labor counterparts that “negotiations were over” and that Labor need to decide to accept or reject the offered...

IDF asks to probe legality of report on Palestinian girl's killing
Ha'aretz 12/16/2004
Military Advocate General Major General Avi Mendelbit asked State Prosecutor Eran Shendar on Thursday to probe whether Channel 10 committed a legal offense in...

Unlawful voting suspected in Knesset
Ha'aretz 12/16/2004
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin has asked the Knesset Guard to investigate another suspected case of an unlawful vote by an MK: Likud MK Eli...

Eitan worried by penalty clause in compensation bill
Ha'aretz 12/16/2004
The chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, MK Michael Eitan (Likud), is staunchly opposed to legislating the penalty clauses included in...

"Message received": Hatem Abdel Qader on Barghouti's presidential election withdrawal
Electronic Intifada 12/16/2004
Palestine Report interviews Fateh Member of the Legislative Council from Jerusalem Hatem Abdel Qadar. -- "I think Marwan wanted to make a point about democracy...

Labor-Likud coalition talks stall
Ha'aretz 12/16/2004
Labor and Likud traded insults and accusations yesterday after Labor was dissatisfied with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's offer of the Interior Ministry, as well...

JNF not required to act for good of all, court told
Ha'aretz 12/16/2004
The Jewish National Fund (JNF) is not required to act for the good of all of Israel's citizens and asking it to allocate land...

Report: Qurei to Replace Key Ministers Soon
International Middle East Media Center 12/15/2004
The London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi Newspaper reported on Wednesday that Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei is planning to replace Key cabinet ministers. According to the...

EU team to monitor PA Elections
International Middle East Media Center 12/15/2004
Former French Prime Minister Michael Rocard, will head an EU team to come to the Palestinian areas to monitor the upcoming presidential elections slated...

UN Won’t ‘Observe’ Palestinian Elections, Opens 2 Offices
Palestine Media Center 12/15/2004
Qasem Drops out of Race, Barghouthi Visits Damascus -- As the UN was preparing to open two electoral offices in Ramallah and Gaza and the...

Sharon Aids Unhappy with Shalom’s call for an Int. ME Conference
International Middle East Media Center 12/15/2004
Israeli FM Calls for Int. ME Peace Conference, Talks with Syria --Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office expressed reservations Wednesday evening over Foreign Minister...

Sharon Intervenes in Coalition Talks; Offers Labor 8 Portfolios
Ha'aretz 12/15/2004
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon took an unusual step and personally intervened in the coalition talks between Labor and Likud. On Wednesday evening, Sharon...

Abu Mazen planning government reshuffle
Maariv 12/15/2004
Report: Leading candidate in upcoming elections likely to carry out new round of appointments that would include dismissal of six of Arafat’s confidantes, including...

Likud MK Hazan draws fire for `racist' views
Ha'aretz 12/15/2004
The director of a center for combating racism, Bakher Ouda, appealed to Attorney General Menachem Mazuz yesterday to issue an indictment against Likud MK...

Labor demand for Interior holds up talks
Ha'aretz 12/16/2004
The Likud is trying to keep the Interior Ministry in its hands and away from Labor, which is now saying it might join the...

Leading Hamas preacher warns of clash with Islamic Jihad
Ha'aretz 12/15/2004
A growing rift between Hamas and Islamic Jihad has led to a break in cooperation between the two groups, and is threatening to lead...

Analysis / Confident Abbas can afford to be anti-weapons
Ha'aretz 12/16/2004
Mahmoud Abbas is a confident man, certain of a landslide victory on January 9 in the Palestinian Authority's presidential elections. That is the conclusion...

High Court bans funding of ultra-Orthodox schools
Maariv 12/15/2004
Rules schools that flout law ineligible for funding. Schools given three-year grace period to comply with core curriculum, or lose access to public coffers...

Latest SIS Poll: Abu Mazen's Support Increasing Fast
International Press Center 12/15/2004
The latest poll carried out by the State Information Service revealed a wide support for the presidential candidate of Fateh movement and the head...

Barghouti withdraws from the race to succeed Arafat
The Independent 12/13/2004
Marwan Barghouti, the popular Fatah leader imprisoned by Israel, dropped out of the contest for the Palestinian Authority presidency last night in his second...

Likud MK praises officer accused of `confirming kill'
Ha'aretz 12/14/2004
Druze MK Ayoub Kara (Likud) on Sunday called for the Israel Defense Forces commander accused of "confirming the kill" of a 13-year-old Palestinian...

Likud MK rebuked for calling Arabs `worms'
Ha'aretz 12/14/2004
It was another day of foul language in the Knesset yesterday, with Likud MK Yehiel Hazan calling Arabs "worms," prompting Arab MKs from the...

IDF accuses top reporter of fixing `confirmed-kill' tape
Ha'aretz 12/14/2004
Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson Brigadier General Ruth Yaron yesterday accused the host of Channel 2's Fact program of "cooking" a tape containing an...

Israel’s "Jews-only" Law Under Fire: Report
Islam Online 12/14/2004
CAIRO, December 14 (IslamOnline.net) - Israeli critics have warned that the proposed law, allowing Jews to bar Arabs from buying homes in their communities, could...

Labor walks out of talks over Netanyahu's `ruthless' policies
Ha'aretz 12/14/2004
Labor Party negotiators stormed out of coalition talks with Likud at midnight last night, charging that Likud is "unwilling to make any changes in...

Peres: Labor won't enter government under Likud's terms
Ha'aretz 12/15/2004
Labor may join coalition just for disengagement -- Labor Party Chairman MK Shimon Peres said Tuesday that his party will not enter a unity government...

Israel coalition talks 'impasse'
BBC 12/14/2004
Coalition talks between Israel's ruling Likud party and the opposition Labour party have hit an impasse over the state budget, reports say. A Labour...

Barghouti exits presidential race
The Guardian 12/13/2004
Jailed leader comes out in support of Abbas - Palestinian guerrillas kill four Israeli soldiers -- The imprisoned military commander Marwan Barghouti dropped out of the...

Sharon Seeks Party Backing on Coalition, Gaza Plan
New York Times 12/8/2004
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon hopes to persuade his divided Likud party to back him on Thursday in a vote on rebuilding...

Peres to seek party's okay for unity talks
Ha'aretz 12/8/2004
Labor Party Chairman Shimon Peres intends to convene the party's executive committee on Saturday night to obtain its approval to open coalition negotiations with...

Candidates Protest Israeli Measures Hindering Elections
International Middle East Media Center 12/8/2004
Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi threatened to turn his election campaign into a protective one, if Israel continues to hinder and interfere in the election campaign...

Al-Barghuthi denies quitting election race
AlJazeera 12/8/2004
Palestinian presidential candidate Marwan al-Barghuthi has denied reports that he has ruled himself out of the upcoming election. A statement issued on Wednesday by...

Mofaz: Merkava Mark 4 production will continue
Globes 12/8/2004
Production of the Merkava Mark 4 tank will continue in the coming years, Minister of Defense Shaul Mofaz said on Sunday at the annual...

Netanyahu to Support Coalition with Labor
International Middle East Media Center 12/7/2004
Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave his support Tuesday to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to invite Labor Party into a unity government, a...

Settlers to press Katsav for referendum on disengagement
Ha'aretz 12/7/2004
A delegation of settlers from the northern Gaza Strip settlement of Alei Sinai is set to meet President Moshe Katsav on Tuesday afternoon to...

Ministers face PM's wrath if they refuse to help enlist Labor
Ha'aretz 12/7/2004
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will settle accounts with any minister or MK who fails to help persuade the Likud Central Committee to approve Labor's...

Background/ Sharon's new Uzi: Loose-cannon key to Gaza exit
Ha'aretz 12/7/2004
When Uzi Cohen talks, statesmen snicker - but they listen. -- A glad-handing loose-cannon who in looks and speech bears an uncanny resemblance to Muhammad Ali...

Barghouti mulls pulling out of Palestinian election
Daily Star 12/8/2004
In the end, he will act responsibly' -- Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti is considering pulling out of a presidential race to avoid splitting his mainstream...

Gilad Sharon silent during interrogation over business deal
Ha'aretz 12/7/2004
Detectives of special police units questioned Ariel Sharon's son Gilad Tuesday over suspicions that a business deal involving the prime minister's Negev ranch was...

Arab MK: Barghouti may pull out of Palestinian election
Ha'aretz 12/7/2004
Jailed senior West Bank Fatah official Marwan Barghouti, widely criticized within the movement for his rival candidacy to former Palestinian Authority prime minister Mahmoud...

Knesset grants citizenship to SLA vets, families
Ha'aretz 12/7/2004
The Knesset Tuesday passed a new law granting Israeli citizenship to members of the South Lebanon Army (SLA) and their spouses, parents, and children...

Palestinian poll race tight
The Guardian 12/7/2004
Two of the first opinion polls since nominations closed for the Palestinian presidential election show a tight race between the establishment candidate, Mahmoud Abbas...

Hamas Considers Joining PLO
Islam Online 12/6/2004
GAZA CITY, December 6 (IslamOnline.net) – In a rare press conference, leading Hamas figure Mahmoud Al-Zahhar signaled Sunday, December 5, the possibility of joining the...

Mofaz: Defense budget cut by NIS 2.2b
Globes 12/6/2004
Minister of Defense Shaul Mofaz: The disengagement plan could be carried out through negotiations and coordination with the Palestinian Authority. -- At the 10th Israel...

Abbas: PA to deal with Hamas in W. Bank, not abroad
Ha'aretz 12/6/2004
The Palestinian Authority will negotiate a hudna (cease-fire) with the Hamas leadership in the West Bank, rather than with the organization's leaders overseas, PLO...

Video: "How Barghouti could govern from his cell"
BBC 12/4/2004
Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life terms, has been entered for next month's presidential election. The main Palestinian faction Fatah has...

Fatah threat to expel Barghouti
BBC 12/6/2004
The Fatah faction has threatened jailed leader Marwan Barghouti with expulsion unless he drops out of the contest to become Palestinian president. Two opinion...

'We will not boycott elections and are willing to declare a truce with Israel'
The Independent 12/6/2004
Sheikh Hassan Yusuf, the recently released Hamas leader, talks to Donald Macintyre -- Hamas will not ask Palestinians to boycott the presidential elections and will...

Sharon looks to Labor after sacking Shinui
Ha'aretz 12/2/2004
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon plans to open coalition talks with Labor in the next few days, after the 2005 budget failed to pass its...

Knesset rejects proposed law for Jewish-only communities
Ha'aretz 12/2/2004
The Knesset plenum yesterday narrowly rejected a bill that would allow the Israel Lands Administration to build communities for Jews only. The bill, submitted...

Hamas urges supporters to boycott Palestinian election
Middle East Online 12/1/2004
Abbas claim to speak for Palestinians could be severely damaged if large numbers steer clear of polling booths in Gaza. -- The radical Islamist movement...

Barghouti decides to run for PA chairman
Ha'aretz 12/2/2004
The wife of jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti yesterday evening filed the necessary papers for him to run as an independent candidate in the...

Background / Sharon's Trump card: The campaign of his life
Ha'aretz 12/3/2004
Never before has an Israeli prime minister been likened to Donald Trump. Then again, never before has an Israeli prime minister sacked or spurred...

PA Lashes at Barghouthi for Filing Candidacy
International Middle East Media Center 12/2/2004
Taib Abdul-Rahim, the head of PA presidency council, on Thursday harshly criticized jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi for failing to support PLO leader Mahmoud...

PA to set up interim police force of 750
Ha'aretz 12/2/2004
Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath said the PA plans to create a 750-member police force to deal with the internal chaos in...

Lebanon Fatah backs Abbas for president
Daily Star 12/3/2004
BEIRUT: The Lebanon chapter of the Fatah Movement has made up its mind to back the head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Mahmoud Abbas...

Treasury enraged as Netanyahu excluded
Ha'aretz 12/2/2004
Finance Ministry officials are furious at Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's decision to conduct personally the negotiations over the state budget for 2005 with the...

Wide Criticism against Bargouthi's Candidacy
International Middle East Media Center 12/2/2004
The decision by the jailed Fatah leader Marwan Bargouthi to run for the upcoming Palestinian presidential elections slated for January 9, 2005. The Egyptian...

Palestinian Leadership Mourns Dr. Fathi Arafat
International Press Center 12/2/2004
RAMALLAH, Palestine, December 2, 2004 (IPC) - - The Palestinian leadership mourned with great grief the death of Dr. Fathi Arafat, the president and founder of...

Sharon to seek Likud okay to Labor joining government
Ha'aretz 12/2/2004
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday evening he would convene the Likud Central Committee as early as next week to ask for its approval...

Islamic Jihad joins poll boycott
AlJazeera 12/2/2004
The Islamic Jihad has urged its followers not to participate in the forthcoming Palestinian elections, becoming the second resistance group in as many days...

Palestinian voters face moderate versus militant choice
Daily Star 12/3/2004
While Abbas is more popular abroad, Barghouti is more admired at home -- RAMALLAH, West Bank: In only the second elections in their history, Palestinians...

Profile: Marwan Barghouti
BBC 12/2/2004
Marwan Barghouti was not well known among Palestinians until his leadership of the current intifada, and conviction in an Israeli court, turned him into...

Defiant Sharon vows Gaza pullout
BBC 12/2/2004
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has said he will complete his plan to disengage from Gaza next year, despite losing a key coalition partner...

Fatah rallies around Abbas and criticizes Barghouti
Daily Star 12/3/2004
Palestinian politics in turmoil as election race heats up -- Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas reiterated Thursday that he was the sole presidential candidate for the...

Barghouti's natural constituents show doubts
The Guardian 12/2/2004
On a roundabout in the centre of Ramallah, the Palestinians' political capital, young men hang out around a steel structure guarded by plastic lions...

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Cabinet To See New Fence Route After PA Vote
Miftah 12/31/2004
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will bring the revised route of the separation fence around Gush Etzion and the South Hebron Hills to the cabinet...

B’Tselem: “Army killed 182 minors in 2004”
International Middle East Media Center 12/31/2004
The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories published a report on Wednesday which revealed that Israeli soldiers have killed 182...

Revised Wall in Hebron Region Penetrates Deeply in WB
International Middle East Media Center 12/30/2004
The revised route of the West Bank separation wall in the Gush Etzion settlement block region in the Hebron region will penetrate deeply into...

On the Second Day of an Ongoing Offensive by Israeli Occupation Forces on Khan Yunis, the Number of Deaths Increases to 10 and the Number of Injuries Increases to 27
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 12/31/2004
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have escalated attacks and retaliatory acts against Palestinian civilians in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis for the...

A special Issue at the End of 2004 - Weekly Report for 23 - 29 Dec. 2004
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 12/31/2004
Continuous Israeli Aggression on the OPT; Palestinian Civilians Pay the Price and the International Community Fails to Stop These Continuous Assults -- This report coincides...

IDF deputy chief Halutz slammed over Shehadeh bombing in Yesh Gvul posters
Ha'aretz 12/31/2004
Large posters calling for the dismissal of Israel Defense Forces Deputy Chief of Staff Major General Dan Halutz went up in Jerusalem yesterday in...

Hundreds Join Anti-Wall Protest in Jayyous
International Middle East Media Center 12/31/2004
The residents of Jayyous village near Qalqilia north of the West Bank organized an anti wall protest in cooperation with Israeli and International peace...

Israel continues attacks on Khan Yunis, killing 5 Palestinians
Electronic Intifada/PCHR 12/31/2004
Report, PCHR - Since the early morning on Thursday, 30 December 2004, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have killed 5 Palestinians, including a child and a...

HRA releases report on Israeli violations against Christian, Muslim holy places
Electronic Intifada 12/30/2004
SANCTITY DENIED? THE DESTRUCTION AND ABUSE OF MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN HOLY PLACES IN ISRAEL -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY- Introduction: At the Declaration of Independence of the...

Knesset Urges Raising Quota for Ethiopian Jews
Forward 12/31/2004
Thousands of Ethiopians, languishing in two compounds, have won critical political support for their bid to immigrate to Israel. Half the members of Knesset...

ISESCO Condemns Israeli Crimes Across Palestinian Cities
International Press Center 12/29/2004
RABAT, Morocco, December 29, 2004 (IPC+Isesco.org)The Rabat-based Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) condemned, with the strongest terms the Isralei 'racist...

Halutz battles in court for his new IDF post
Ha'aretz 12/29/2004
In a High Court of Justice petition filed by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, the Yesh Gvul movement and others to revoke...

Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals to Replant Bulldozed Olive Trees in Jayyous Friday
International Solidarity Movement 12/28/2004
On Friday December 31 at 11:00 AM, farmers from Jayyous, along with Israeli and international human rights activists will replant olive trees bulldozed...

Closures Threaten Palestinians’ Hajj Trip
Islam Online 12/29/2004
GAZA CITY, December 29 (IslamOnline.net) – Thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are holding their breath that Israeli crippling restrictions would block them from...

Israeli Arabs don't trust state institutions
Ha'aretz 12/29/2004
Israel's Arab citizens have little faith in official state institutions, with 93.5 percent saying that the general governmental policy regarding them is unjust, according...

Nablus Update: 12.22.04
International Solidarity Movement 12/22/2004
On Monday our local coordinator gave us a tour of the camp-- a tour which also had the effect of being a re-telling of...

Hebron: A Friend in a Cage
International Solidarity Movement 12/26/2004
It's a myth that roosters only make noise when the sun comes up. In the market in the old city of Hebron, a.k.a. 'al...

A smile behind bars, hope under siege
International Middle East Media Center 12/29/2004
Despite the loneliness of detention, detainees in several Israeli prisons and detention camp have overcome the high walls and barbed wires with a smile...

Release of children should be a priority
Electronic Intifada/DCI 12/29/2004
Defence for Children International-Palestine Section -- Amid the fanfare surrounding Israel's 27 December release of 159 Palestinian prisoners as a "goodwill gesture" to Egypt's President...

Israel stops Palestinians voting in Jerusalem
The Guardian 12/30/2004
Israel was accused yesterday of undermining the election of a Palestinian Authority president by allowing only a few thousand Palestinians to vote in East...

PCHR publishes report on Palestinian voter registration
Electronic Intifada/PCHR 12/29/2004
On 28 December 2004, PCHR published a report evaluating the pre-election stage, including conclusions of the monitoring conducted by PCHR on the registration of...

Israeli Occupation Troops Uproot Trees of a Local Palestinian Farmer
International Press Center 12/28/2004
RAFAH, December 28, 2004 (IPC Exclusive)--Ali Abedrabo Dohair, 50 years-old, from the southern Gaza Strip City of Rafah, has been holding a branch...

Israel accused of obstructing Palestinian election in east Jerusalem
The Guardian 12/28/2004
Palestinian election workers say they are being obstructed and harassed in east Jerusalem by the Israeli security forces. Campaigners for the seven candidates to...

One Palestinian Extra-Judicially Killed by Israeli Occupation Forces
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 12/27/2004
On Monday morning, 27 December 2004, an undercover unit of Israeli occupation forces (IOF), whose members disguise as Palestinian civilians, extra-judicially killed a member...

ACT Appeal Palestinian Territories: Emergency Assistance to Civilians
ReliefWeb 12/23/2004
Action by Churches Together International -- The protracted emergency crisis in the Palestinian territories has severely weakened coping mechanisms of Palestinian families. The virtual lock-up...

IOF Extra-Judicially Kill 3 Palestinians in Tulkarm and Bulldoze a House over a Fourth's Head in Jenin
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 12/26/2004
On Friday and Saturday, 24 and 25 December 2004, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) extra-judicially killed 3 Palestinians in Tulkarm and a fourth one in...

PCHR Is Increasingly Concerned at the further Deterioration in Palestinian Internal Security
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 12/26/2004
PCHR is increasingly concerned for the increase in killings caused by the misuse of weapons, especially by law enforcement officials or other persons who...

Israelis briefly arrest Mustafa Barghouti
Daily Star 12/28/2004
Jewish state frees almost 160 prisoners as 'goodwill gesture' to Mubarak -- Israeli police on Monday briefly arrested a Palestinian presidential candidate as he campaigned...

Israel arrests Palestinian candidate
AlJazeera 12/27/2004
Israeli police have arrested a Palestinian presidential candidate as he campaigned in Jerusalem, witnesses said, in the latest incident to mar the run-up to...

Gazan students' fugitive lives
Electronic Intifada 12/26/2004
On September 12, 2000, Abdel Rahim left his home in the Nuseirat Refugee Camp in Gaza and took a taxi to the Erez crossing...

Vanunu Released on Bail
International Middle East Media Center 12/25/2004
Vanunu Arrested on Attempt to Enter Bethlehem -- Israeli police released Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu on bail on Friday afternoon after he was arrested...

WAFA: Palestinians Stuck at Rafah Terminal Crossing Fear Catastrophe
International Press Center 12/26/2004
RAFAH, Palestine, December 26, 2004 (IPC+WAFA)- Hundreds of Palestinian travelers, being stuck at the Rafah crossing terminal for the fourteen day consecutively, expressed...

Students used as human shields
International Middle East Media Center 12/27/2004
Israeli soldiers forced dozens of students to lineup in front of military jeeps and bulldozers as human shields while the army invaded Betunia, near...

PPS Appeals the International Bodies to Help a Sick Prisoner
International Press Center 12/21/2004
PALESTINE, December 21, 2004 (IPC)--The Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) in Nablus city assured today that an Israeli occupation commando stormed Israeli military Hewara...

Medical neglect in Israeli prisons, execution without Guillotine
International Middle East Media Center 12/21/2004
A report published by the Palestinian Prisoners’ society revealed that there are at least 950 political prisoners in Israeli detention camps and prisons, suffering...

Israeli soldiers urged to refuse orders
Middle East Online 12/21/2004
Parents offer their children serving in Israeli army full support if they disobey orders in Palestinian territories. - JERUSALEM - A group of parents of Israeli...

Peace Activist to Testify in Israeli Military Court
International Solidarity Movement 12/19/2004
Joseph Carr is a former member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) in Rafah, Gaza who now works with the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT...

IDF to hand Megiddo prison to Prison Service
Ha'aretz 12/21/2004
The IDF is planning to hand over Megiddo prison, with its 1,200 Palestinian prisoners, to the Prison Service in the coming months as a...

Costs of conflict: The changing face of Bethlehem
ReliefWeb 12/20/2004
Report released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Office of the Special Coordinator for the Middle...

UN school shelters 600 Gaza families displaced by Israeli offensive
ReliefWeb 12/20/2004
Following a two-day offensive by Israeli forces into the Khan Younis refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, the main United Nations agency helping Palestinian...

Israeli forces kill 10 Palestinians in Khan Yunis, many more wounded
Electronic Intifada/Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 12/18/2004
Since Friday morning, 17 December 2004, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have launched a fierce offensive on Khan Yunis, in an act of retaliation against...

PCHR Calls on International Community to Generate Pressure to Protect Elections
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 12/19/2004
PCHR is gravely concerned about the increasing escalation of attacks launched by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), and their...

Photographer for French TV denied press card for `security considerations'
Ha'aretz 12/20/2004
The Government Press Office (GPO) has refused to issue a press card to a photographer for the French television station FT1 because of "security...

Hamas blasts arrest of municipal candidates as `political targeted killing'
Ha'aretz 12/20/2004
The Shin Bet security service's arrest of four Hamas candidates in the upcoming municipal elections in the West Bank town of Dahariyeh is a...

Nobel peace laureate compares Israeli nuclear program to Nazi gas chambers
Ha'aretz 12/20/2004
During a visit yesterday, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire compared Israel's reported nuclear arsenal to Hitler's gas chambers, while calling for travel...

OPT: Jenin rebuilt
ReliefWeb/UNRWA 12/17/2004
In April 2002 after weeks of savage fighting the centre of Jenin refugee camp was raised to the ground and the camp became the...

Photos: International documents beating of Palestinian is then arrested afterwards
International Solidarity Movement 12/17/2004
Also, Palestinians of Bil'in protest against the Wall, supported by Internationals and Israelis, more photos...

Adalah: JNF lands come from state, not Jewish contributions
Ha'aretz 12/17/2004
Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, yesterday refuted Jewish National Fund claims, saying that most JNF land was not purchased...

Court extends remand of left-wing activist Tali Fahima
Ha'aretz 12/17/2004
The Ashdod Magistrate's Court extended by seven days the remand of left-wing activist Tali Fahima, who is being held at Ashkelon's Shikma Prison. The...

Life stops at coastal road block
Electronic Intifada 12/17/2004
WAFA --Thousands of Palestinian students, merchants, patients and drivers were forced to take cover behind trucks, vehicles and carts on the blocked Gaza coastal...

Peace Now activists released after being detained at outpost
Ha'aretz 12/17/2004
Eight Peace Now activists were detained for questioning and subsequently released by police on Friday at the entrance to the West Bank outpost of...

Caritas Jerusalem calls attention again to the deteriorating Palestinian humanitarian situation
Caritas Jerusalem 12/15/2004
Jerusalem, December 15, 2004) - Caritas Jerusalem, a Catholic humanitarian organization engaged in relief, development and social service projects throughout the West Bank and Gaza...

Prisoners in Jalama jail declare solidarity with Aqsa hostages’ strike
Palestinian Information Center 12/16/2004
Nablus - The Aqsa foundation catering for Islamic shrines in palesitne-1948 quoted a Zionist source yesterday as saying that the prisons authority had gone...

PCHR Warns of the Consequences of Closing Rafah Terminal for a Long Time
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 12/16/2004
PCHR is gravely concerned for the closure of Rafah Terminal on the Palestinian-Egyptian border by Israeli occupation authorities, especially in light of reports that...

Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, 09 - 15 Dec. 2004
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 12/16/2004
5 Palestinians, 4 of whom were civilians, including a child and an elderly man, were killed by Israeli troops. / Israeli troops failed to extra-judicially...

Israel Arrested Five Candidates in Local Palestinian Elections
International Middle East Media Center 12/16/2004
Palestinian Local governing minister Jamal Shubaki urged Wednesday the international community to immediately intervene to end Israeli actions that hinders the ability of Palestinians...

Court asks gov't to reflect on impact of law on Palestinians
Ha'aretz 12/16/2004
The High Court of Justice on Thursday called on the government to take into consideration the way in which a controversial law affects the...

Prisoner release likely next week
Ha'aretz 12/16/2004
A team headed by Justice Ministry Director General Aharon Abramowitz is set to present Sunday's cabinet meeting with a list of Palestinian prisoners due...

Political prisoners to boycott administrative courts
International Middle East Media Center 12/16/2004
Palestinian political detainees in Israeli detention facilities declared on Wednesday that they decided to boycott the courts which continuously extend their administrative detention without...

Protest Against Israeli Wall Construction in Bil'in Attacked by Israeli Forces
International Solidarity Movement 12/14/2004
Protest Against Israeli Wall Construction in Bil'in Attacked by Israeli Forces - International Peace Activists Beaten and Arrested Israeli Activists Arrested -- At approximately 8:00AM...

Mofaz orders closure of Rafah crossing
Ha'aretz 12/15/2004
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz yesterday ordered the closure of the Rafah border crossing in the Gaza Strip until further notice, following the attack Sunday...

Palestinian candidates decry lack of freedom of movement
Ha'aretz 12/15/2004
One of the main requirements for an election campaign is that the candidates be able to present their message to the voters, at rallies...

Section 6 in Bir Shiva detention; darkness and inhumanity
International Middle East Media Center 12/14/2004
Lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoners' Society Fawwaz Al-Shalloudi, after visiting Section 6 in Bir Shiva prison reported that the section is considered the hardest...

Four injured, Seven Arrested in a Peaceful Protest Against the Wall
International Middle East Media Center 12/14/2004
Four Palestinians were injured Tuesday as army forcefully moved to disperse protesters near the village Bil'in, northwest of Jerusalem. Seven peace activists were arrested...

ISM volunteer asks High Court to order police probe of his shooting
Ha'aretz 12/14/2004
An International Solidarity Movement (ISM) volunteer who was wounded in the face by gunfire in Jenin in April 2003 has petitioned the High Court...

MK Lapid warns of potential riots in Israeli Arab sector
Ha'aretz 12/15/2004
Shinui Chairman MK Yosef Lapid harshly attacked the government on Tuesday for not implementing recommendations made for promoting the equality of Israeli Arab citizens...

Israeli Troops Bar Access of Medics Across the Gaza Strip
International Press Center 12/13/2004
GAZA, Palestine, December 13, 2004 (IPC+ Agencies)-- The Israeli occupation troops prevented on Monday Palestinian medical crews from reaching hospitals in the Gaza Strip...

PCHR Calls for Appropriate Mechanism to Ensure Impartiality of Electoral Record
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 12/8/2004
On 1 December 2004, President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Rawhi Fattouh ratified amendments made to the process of preparing the final record...

PCHR Condemns Kidnap and Murder of a Child in Gaza, Calls on PNA to Investigate
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 12/8/2004
PCHR strongly condemns the horrible crime, in which a 9-year-old child was raped and killed by unknown persons and calls upon the Palestinian...

Israeli Army gunfire causes extensive damage to PRCS ambulance
Palestine Red Crescent Society 12/8/2004
Gaza, 07/12/2004 (11:00am): A Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) ambulance was subjected to direct and intensive Israeli Army gunfire while attempting...

AG Mazuz recognizes same sex couples
Ha'aretz 12/8/2004
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz is reversing the policy of his predecessor and now recognizes same sex spousal unions when it comes to fiduciary matters...

MKs, Peace Now blocked from protesting
Ha'aretz 12/8/2004
The Israel Defense Forces prevented a delegation of Peace Now activists and left-wing Knesset members from completing their visit yesterday to a street being...

41 anti-fence demonstrators are arrested
Ha'aretz 12/8/2004
Security forces arrested 41 Israeli left-wing activists who were participating in a demonstration against the separation fence yesterday near the West Bank village of...

Soldiers beat Dr. Barghouthi near Ramallah
International Middle East Media Center 12/9/2004
A Palestinian source in Ramallah said that soldiers hit and held the Palestinian candidate for presidency, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, on a military sudden checkpoint...

IDF probes Palestinian teen's death during soldiers' hike
Ha'aretz 12/8/2004
Israel Defense Forces troops killed a 15-year-old Palestinian boy last March while on a hike in the Gaza Strip marking their graduation from...

Sexual abuse and humiliation of female detainees
International Middle East Media Center 12/8/2004
The Palestinian Prisoners Society issued a report today claiming that soldiers and interrogators in Israeli detention camps conduct continuous violations and abuse against female...

Stop the Deportation of Palestinian Refugees from Canada
Electronic Intifada 12/8/2004
Action Alert from the Electronic Intifada and the Coalition Against the Deportation of Palestinian Refugees -- Under imminent threat of deportation by immigration authorities, many...

Palestinian candidate 'beaten up'
BBC 12/8/2004
A candidate in January's Palestinian presidential election says he has been detained and beaten by Israeli soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint. Mustafa Barghouti...

Photos: Destroying olive trees near Kharsina settlement
International Solidarity Movement 12/7/2004
Photo story: The recently expanded perimeter fence around Kharsina settlement near Hebron cuts through Palestinian farmland. The military chopped down and bulldozed dozens of...

The Challenge of Education in Occupied Palestine
Miftah/Daily Star 12/7/2004
Schools suffer under Israeli closures and the intifada -- Decades of Israeli occupation and Palestinian resistance have led to the steady deterioration of the Palestinian...

In Irtah and Far’un: Demolitions, Ghettoization, Settlement Industrial Zones and Environmental Devastation
StopTheWall.org 12/5/2004
In the two villages of Irtah and Far’un, south of the city of Tulkarem, the Occupation Forces have continued their ongoing confiscation and demolition...

Christians to visit suffering church in Bethlehem for Christmas
Ekklesia 12/6/2004
Christians working for peace and nonviolent solutions to conflict are to express solidarity to Christians in Bethlehem by visiting them this Christmas. Members of...

Continued Targeting of Citizens in the Jerusalem Region: In Anata, Occupation Forces Demolish 3 Houses and 25 Animal Shelters
StopTheWall.org 12/6/2004
On Monday, November 29, 2004, at 2:30 pm, Occupation Forces’ military vehicles and bulldozers demolished three homes in the southwest section of the...

At least 40 Israelis arrested in Anti-Wall Protest
International Middle East Media Center 12/7/2004
At least 40 Israelis were arrested and seven others were injured, in an anti-wall protest in the village of Budrus west of Ramallah on...

International Solidarity Movement to Monitor Palestinian Elections
International Solidarity Movement 12/4/2004
Campaign: December 1-January 15, 2005 -- Israel has so far ignored repeated calls to fulfill its promise to h elp facilitate the upcoming January...

B'Tselem: “Unprecedented Destruction of Palestinian Homes”
International Middle East Media Center 12/6/2004
The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories published a report about house demolitions carried out by the Israeli army in...

Video on House Demolitions
B'tselem 12/5/2004
During the last four years, Israel has demolished houses in the occupied territories on an unprecedented scale...

Results of B'Tselem Investigation: Serious Suspicion that IDF Executed an Unarmed and Injured Palestinian
B'tselem 12/6/2004
On Friday morning (Dec 3), IDF soldiers killed Mahmud Abd a-Rahman Hamdan Kamil (A-Dab'i), in the village of Raba, southeast of Jenin. The IDF...

Palestinians pay traffic tickets promptly - for a reason
Ha'aretz 12/5/2004
Thursday was not a good day for Majed Hamdi, a taxi driver from the Palestinian village of Salfit. At 8 A.M., he reported to...

PPS: Israel Uses Illicit Weapons Against Palestinian Prisoners
International Press Center 12/6/2004
BETHELAHEM, Palestine, December 5, 2004 (IPC)--The Bethlehem-based Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) revealed on Sunday that the Israeli Prisons service has recently used internationally-illicit...

Budrus Residents, Internationals to March Against the Wall
International Solidarity Movement 12/6/2004
Non-Violent Demonstration to Stop Illegal Construction -- Residents of Budrus village, Israeli peace activists, international human rights activists and members of the International Solidarity Movement...

20% of Israeli Soldiers Mistreat Palestinians
International Middle East Media Center 12/6/2004
One of each five Israeli soldiers join the army believing that Arab lives are worth less than Jewish lives, and subsequently mistreat Palestinians, said...

ACRI slams Interior Min. for human rights violations
Ha'aretz 12/6/2004
The Ministry - Violation of Human Rights by the Ministry of the Interior's Population Registry" is the name of a 50-page report published this...

Rights Group Targets Bulldozer Company
Forward 12/3/2004
WASHNGTON — The drive to stop an American company from doing business with Israel has received a prominent boost from a leading human-rights organization. The...

UNRWA chief says aid group suffers deficit
Daily Star 12/7/2004
BEIRUT: UNRWA's director-general in Lebanon, Richard Cook, said Monday that the agency was striving to improve its limited financial resources in order to meet...

Report: Israel biased against non-Jews
AlJazeera 12/6/2004
A civil rights group has accused the Israeli interior ministry of grossly and systematically violating the rights of non-Jews in Israel in order to...

Police hold deaf-mute Egyptian teen in custody for four months
Ha'aretz 12/2/2004
A deaf-mute 15-year-old boy, apparently an Egyptian citizen, has been held in police custody for the past four months, along with adults, without...

Lawlessness Breeding Ground for Gaza Social Woes
Islam Online 12/2/2004
GAZA STRIP, December 1 (IslamOnline.net) – Lawlessness and instability in the Gaza Strip are the main culprit for the unprecedented crimes and social woes, though...

Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, 25 Nov. - 01 Dec. 2004
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights 12/2/2004
7 Palestinians, including a mentally handicapped man and a physician, were killed by Israeli troops / Israeli troops conducted a series of incursions into Palestinian...

Charitable Society raided in Qalqilia
International Middle East Media Center 12/2/2004
A huge military force raided the city of Qalqilia, north of the West Bank, and broke into a charitable society specialized with rehabilitation and...

Lod vice mayor calls for transfer of Jews from Arab neighborhood
Ha'aretz 12/2/2004
Lod vice mayor Emil Haddad has called for the state to finance the evacuation of the Jewish residents of the Ramat Eshkol neighborhood, where...

Four Birzeit University Students Illegally Deported to Gaza
Electronic Intifada 12/2/2004
b>Urgent Appeal, Birzeit University -- Four Birzeit University students from Gaza were arrested by Israeli Army soldiers at their student apartment in Birzeit...

What Will Come Next After the Apartheid Wall Is Completed?
StopTheWall.org 12/1/2004
PENGON/Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign -- In Tulkarem: A Buffer Zone for the Wall on the Eastern Side 300 Meters Wide, New Confiscations, and New Demolitions...

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IMI wins $130m tender from India
Ha'aretz 12/29/2004

Israel Military Industries won a tender to set up five chemical plants in India as part of a $130 million deal with the Indian...
Israeli poverty rate 30% higher than NII figures, economist says
Ha'aretz 12/29/2004

The poverty rate in Israel is at least 30 percent higher than the measurement by the National Insurance Institute, according to Dr. Daniel Gotlieb...
Report: Israeli children getting poorer and more violent as state's help dries up
Ha'aretz 12/28/2004

Israel's children are becoming poorer, more violent and more neglected while the solutions to these problems offered by the state are becoming fewer, according...
China to include Israel in approved tourist destinations
Globes 12/28/2004

Only 29 countries were on the list at the end of 2003. -- "I will ask the government to consider adding Israel to its list...
IMI to set up 5 chemical plants in India for $122m
Globes 12/28/2004

Israel Military Industries chairman Arie Mizrachi: IMI will utilize all its accumulated military industry know-how and capabilities in this deal. -- Israel Military Industries (IMI...
Israel invited as observer to OECD trade committee discussions
Globes 12/28/2004

The Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor is concerned that the dispute with the US over drug patents will affect Israel’s chances of being...
Heinz gets five offers for Heinz Remedia
Globes 12/28/2004

Heinz will let the sale of all its activities in Israel be carried out in stages. -- Heinz (NYSE:HNZ) is about to sell its...
Officials attack IMF critique of Bachar report
Globes 12/21/2004

The Ministry of Finance is readying a public information campaign to reverse the IMF recommendations in its final report. -- Ministry of Finance and Bank...
Report: It pays to pollute here
Ha'aretz 12/21/2004

It pays to pollute in Israel. Polluters are punished infrequently and usually not very harshly. In addition to evading punishment, sometimes the polluter even...
Bad pollution days seen this winter
Globes 12/20/2004

The Israel Union for Environmental Defense describes the air quality in Israel as "catastrophic". -- "Clear and cold winter days are actually more hazardous in...
Closer Israel-China cooperation in civilian trade
Globes 12/20/2004

A delegation of 30 representatives from 20 Israeli agrotechnology and high-tech companies visited Guangdong last week. -- Chinese communications equipment giants are showing great interest...
Israel, Jordan to sign agreement for customs-exempt exports to EU
Globes 12/20/2004

The agreement includes a one-third reduction of customs duties on Israeli exports to Jordan, while customs duties on Jordanian exports to Israel will be...
IMF: Growth depends on fiscal discipline, expansive monetary policy
Globes 12/20/2004

The International Monetary Fund submitted its report to the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Israel. -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) supports the...
Microsoft dominates region with 'incredible' growth
Daily Star 12/20/2004

BEIRUT: Buoyant growth in the Middle East IT market is fueling Microsoft's growing presence in the region, where the U.S.-based software giant claims...
Report: Palestinians could get up to $8b in aid
Ha'aretz 12/17/2004


Talking up trade
Al-Ahram Weekly on-line 12/16/2004

On Tuesday Egypt signed an agreement, which it had long resisted, with Israel and the US allowing Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZ) to be established...
Super-Sabras to the rescue
Globes 12/16/2004

Avi Arad and Isaac Perlmutter turned Marvel Enterprises around, and became Hollywood's newest Israeli dynamic duo. -- Blade Trinity, the new comic book-based action movie...
IMI wins $40m artillery rocket contract with European country
Globes 12/16/2004

Israel Military Industries has upgraded its launching systems for artillery rockets in recent years. -- Israel Military Industries (IMI) has signed a $40 million contract...
WTO backs Israel on reciprocal procurement
Globes 12/16/2004

Israel has protected its right to demand 30% reciprocal procurement from international companies. -- srael has attained a signal achievement in the World Trade Organization...
Big Blue and White
Globes 12/16/2004

IBM Israel’s development division wants to penetrate the Eastern European market. -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) is a huge company: 319,000 employees, a $160 billion market...
FMShalom signs tax treaties with Luxembourg, Belgium
Ha'aretz 12/15/2004

Israel signed tax treaties yesterday with Luxembourg and Belgium. From the exporters' perspective, the more significant agreement is the one Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom...
Development Projects for Palestinians: FAD
Islam Online 12/9/2004

CAIRO, December 9 (IslamOnline.net) – The Federation of Arab Doctors (FAD) has called upon Arab and Islamic charity organizations to set up development projects in...
We were here first
Globes 12/14/2004

In 1948, Motorola defied the Arab boycott by establishing a branch in Israel. That branch now employs 4,200 workers, and its developments help fuel...
Israel signs economic agreements with Belgium, Luxembourg
Globes 12/14/2004

The agreement with Belgium is for customs authorities cooperation. The tax convention with Luxembourg prevents double taxation. -- Israel today signed economic agreements with Belgium...
Israeli banks profit from Holocaust
By Jonathan Cook, Al-Jazeera 12/7/2004

Investigations by the Israeli parliament have dug up disturbing evidence that Israel has been profiting for decades from vast sums invested in local banks...
Cash-strapped PA seeks $4.5 billion in aid
Daily Star 12/9/2004

OSLO: Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath urged the world community Wednesday to provide $4.5 billion in reconstruction aid to help the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority...
Mizrahi Bank signs cooperation agreement with India's ICICI Bank
Globes 12/8/2004

Mizrahi Bank initiated the cooperation as part of its strategic plan to develop and expand its overseas business. -- United Mizrahi Bank (TASE:MZRH) today...
Palestinians to seek $4 billion at Oslo aid talks
Ha'aretz 12/7/2004

The Palestinian Authority will ask donor countries at a meeting in Oslo for about $4 billion over three years to stave off an economic...
Huge Indian company wants to invest in R&D with Israelis
Ha'aretz 12/7/2004

MUMBAI - The head of Reliance Industries, India's largest holding company, Monday expressed interest in investing in an R&D center with Israeli investors. Reliance...
Dmatek announces $500,000 in new prisoner monitoring system orders
Globes 12/6/2004

CEO Yoav Reisman: “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the French and Spanish ministries of justice." -- Dmatek (LSE:DTK), a provider of...
Polished diamond exports rose 27% in November
Globes 12/6/2004

So far this year, exports to the US rose 17%, to Hong Kong - 35%, Belgium - 22%, Switzerland - 12%, and England - 30%. -- Israel's diamond industry...
Alternative poverty report: Food aid requests rise 30% in 2004
Ha'aretz 12/6/2004

At least 20 percent of poor Israelis who turned to food organizations for assistance in 2004 were employed. Some 40 percent of those dependent...
US Court dismisses class action appeal against Amdocs
Globes 12/6/2004

The court dismissed a consolidated class action suit filed after Amdocs published two consecutive severe profit warnings in 2002.-- Billing giant Amdocs (NYSE:DOX...
Israel launches credit card that keeps Sabbath
The Independent 12/4/2004

Israel's Orthodox shoppers are to be offered the world's first kosher credit card. While much of the rest of the world is maxing out...
Another 4,000 entrance permits issued to West Bank workers
Ha'aretz 12/6/2004

An additional 4,000 entrance permits will be issued to workers from the West Bank, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told the cabinet yesterday. Israel has...
World Bank sets conditions for PA aid
Ha'aretz 12/2/2004

The World Bank wants to condition increased international aid to the Palestinians upon a series of measures to be taken by Israel and the...
USAID constructs five West Bank highways, $8 million project
ReliefWeb 11/30/2004

US Agency for International Development -- JENIN, West Bank - Palestinian contractors, funded by the American people, completed construction and rehabilitation work Monday on five important...
UN official: Water shortage will hurt region
Daily Star 12/3/2004

BEIRUT: A top UN official said surging water demand - and limited supply - may hinder regional development, especially in the agricultural industry. "The gap between...
World Bank: Little chance economic revival without lifting closures
Electronic Intifada 12/2/2004

WASHINGTON -- A Disengagement Plan that is accompanied by a rolling back of Israel's closure policy and a stronger Palestinian commitment to reform will bring...

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Beirut exhibitions spill out of the gallery in a year of only select hits
Daily Star 12/31/2004
BEIRUT: This year, the popularity of Islamic art skyrocketed at major museums in the West, from Britain to Boston, and ancient artifacts proved to...
Israel's population crosses 6.8m mark
Ha'aretz 12/31/2004
Israel's population stands at 6,862,000, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics. Based on the current annual 1.7 percent growth rate, the country's population...
Israel: 117,000 Christian Arabs at the end of 2003
Come And See 12/24/2004
A total of 144,000 Christians live in Israel, of whom 117,000 are Arab and 27,000 are new immigrants, according to a report released yesterday...
Film review: "Edward Said: The Last Interview"
By Jenny Gheith, Electronic Intifada 12/31/2004
Filmed within three days in 2002, just one year before his death at the age of 67, Edward Said: The Last Interview is a...
201 immigrants from N. America due today
Ha'aretz 12/29/2004
A group of 201 immigrants from North America is expected to land this morning at Ben-Gurion Airport, the fourth such group from the U.S...
A strong showing at Western festivals, yes - but does this reflect the state of Arab film?
Daily Star 12/30/2004
LONDON: 2004 has been an important year in the world of Middle East cinema. Not only has it spawned a number of movies and...
Palestinians give Israeli couple money to flee Thailand after tsunami disaster
Ha'aretz 12/29/2004
The tsunami that devastated parts of Southeast Asia brought an Israeli and a Palestinian couple together in the most trying of circumstances, the Israelis...
Students at Tel Aviv high school protest `militarization'
Ha'aretz 12/29/2004
The principal of Ironi Aleph high school in Tel Aviv, Ram Cohen, couldn't believe what was happening to him. As he prepared to enter...
4 Indicted on Charges of Antiquities Fraud
The Guardian 12/29/2004
JERUSALEM (AP) - Four Israeli antiquities collectors and dealers were indicted Wednesday on charges they ran a sophisticated forgery ring that spanned the globe and...
Grave concern over 70 missing Israelis
Ha'aretz 12/29/2004
There are grave concerns for the safety of some 70 Israelis who are missing from the Thai tourist resorts of Koh Phi Phi and...
Christians made up 2.1% of Israel's population in 2003
Ha'aretz 12/28/2004
A total of 144,000 Christians live in Israel, of whom 117,000 are Arab and 27,000 are new immigrants, according to a report released yesterday...
Livni: Immigration down 13% on last year
Ha'aretz 12/28/2004
The latest immigration figures for 2004 show that 21,744 immigrants are expected to arrive this year, down 13 percent down from last year's 25,009...
Marianne Heiberg, player in Oslo peace accords, 59
Globes 12/28/2004
OSLO - Marianne Heiberg, who helped mediate secret peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians in the Norwegian capital a decade ago, has died. She was...
100 Israelis still missing in SE Asia
Ha'aretz 12/28/2004
PHUKET, Thailand - The Foreign Ministry's Situations Room in Jerusalem said last night that close to 100 Israel travelers in Southeast Asia had yet to...
'Paradise Now' takes guerrilla filmmaking to a new level
Daily Star 12/27/2004
Palestinian director's latest film is the first to be shot in the West Bank during the current intifada -- Making a film is not easy...
In Bethlehem, a stronger feeling of Christmas this year
Christian Science Monitor 12/24/2004
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK – Flickers of holiday spirit and a limited easing of security tensions are raising hopes for a better Christmas in Bethlehem than...
Bethlehem marks hopeful Christmas
BBC 12/25/2004
Christmas celebrations have been held at the Church of Nativity in the Palestinian town of Bethlehem, the historic birthplace of Jesus Christ. For the...
Ancient village located near coast
Ha'aretz 12/27/2004
Archeologists have discovered a village on the coast near Tel Aviv dating from the fourth century B.C.E, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced yesterday. The...
Living into Hope: Christmas in Zababdeh, Palestine
Electronic Intifada 12/24/2004
Marthame and Elizabeth Sanders writing from Zababdeh, Palestine -- December 21 — Grace and Peace from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we write this...
The search for the real Bethlehem
By Jonathan Cook, AlJazeera 12/20/2004
For centuries Christians around the world have accepted the Nativity story at face value - that Jesus was born in a stable in the little...
Engineer: Western Wall embankment could collapse
Ha'aretz 12/21/2004
The Jerusalem Municipality is demanding that an embankment leading from beside the Western Wall, via the Mughrabi Gate, to the Temple Mount be demolished...
Hundreds flock to first Jewish and Arab conference for busineswomen
Ha'aretz 12/21/2004
Several years ago, Rajaa Abu Roken started working in her husband's photo shop in Ussifiya on Mt. Carmel southeast of Haifa. "Bit by bit...
Palestinian Text Books Incitement-free: Report
Islam Online 12/18/2004
CAIRO, December 18 (IslamOnline.net) – Thorough independent analyses of the Palestinian curricula by respected US and European research institutes found Palestinian textbook free from any...
Immortalizing South Lebanon's anguish
Daily Star 12/17/2004
Josee Lambert's 'They Called Them Terrorists' captures region's suffering from the 1920's throughout the 22-year Israeli occupation -- BEIRUT: "I think I am...
Jordan's Christians may feel safe, but they are also leaving
By Rana Sabbagh-Gargour, Daily Star 12/17/2004
Jordan's indigenous Arab Christian minority is not in high spirits these days. Political uncertainty next door, both in Iraq and Palestine, and growing popular...
Documentary film review: "Israeli Wall in Palestinian Lands"
By Maureen Clare Murphy, Electronic Intifada 12/15/2004
The new documentary The Israeli Wall in Palestinian Land is a prime example of how low-cost digital technology has great potential for activists - with...
Glasgow University students elect Vanunu new rector
Electronic Intifada 12/15/2004
Mordechai Vanunu won with 1033 votes, with John Ross Beattie declared the runner up having gained 793 votes. The University Rector is elected by...
Eight students arrested at Hebrew U. demo
Ha'aretz 12/15/2004
Police arrested eight students, including the chairman of the Students Association, Idan Ilan, during a violent scuffle yesterday at a demonstration at the Hebrew...
No way to die
The Guardian 12/16/2004
Yasser Arafat's death last month in a French hospital was shrouded in mystery, accusation and acrimony. While a nation mourned, those nearest to him...
New public health magazine by Israeli and Palestinian health professionals addresses the health situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
ReliefWeb 12/14/2004
14 December 2004, Geneva - Israeli and Palestinian health professionals-supported by the World Health Organization (WHO)-have joined together to co-author Bridges - the Israeli-Palestinian Public...
Poem: Eye to Eye
By Gihad Ali, Shia News 10/21/2001
Look into my eyes And tell me what you seeYou don't see a damn thing, 'cause you can't possibly relate to me. You're blinded...
Poll in PA: Majority of Palestinians oppose terror attacks
Ha'aretz 12/8/2004
A poll conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Center indicates a dramatic decline in Palestinian support for acts of violence targeting Israelis. For...
Some would rather stay under the PA, Katsav hears
Ha'aretz 12/8/2004
Rabbi Yishai Bar Chen, regional rabbi for the northern Gaza Strip settlements, told President Moshe Katsav yesterday that if they must, he and his...
Palestinian author reclaims the past for generations of Arab women
Daily Star 12/9/2004
Memoir of family history contradicts popular beliefs about premodern Middle Eastern society -- BEIRUT: "What does it really mean to be a modern woman?" asks...
Darwish wins top Dutch prize
Middle East Online 12/7/2004
Palestinian poet wins Prince Claus prize for impressive body of work, lifelong achievement. -- THE HAGUE - Palestinian poet Mahmud Darwish has been awarded the Dutch...
Vanunu: Israel's nukes push neighbors to get atomic weapons
Ha'aretz 12/6/2004
LONDON - Israel's atomic weapons are pushing other countries in the Middle East to develop similar arms, nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu said yesterday. He also...
Poll: 73% of the Israelis against early elections
International Middle East Media Center 12/2/2004
A poll conducted recently by Dr. Mina Zimah from DAHAF institute for the Israeli newspaper Yedoth Ahronot shows that most of the Israelis are...

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Car-bombings, gun battles rock Riyadh
AlJazeera 12/30/2004

Saudi security forces have killed 10 suspected anti-government fighters in two days of clashes in the capital, Riyadh. The clashes came after the city...
Iraq to dissolve National Guard
BBC 12/29/2004

Iraq's interim rulers say the National Guard (ING), currently spearheading anti-insurgency activity, is to be dissolved and merged with the army. The merger was...
Inside Falluja: 'Nothing to come back to'
BBC 12/24/2004

Scenes of widespread destruction have greeted residents allowed back into the Iraqi city of Falluja following the US assault in November. BBC News spoke...
Syria pressed to hand over Iraqis
BBC 12/31/2004

Iraqi PM Iyad Allawi has sent a letter to Syria's Bashar al-Assad calling for the handover of Saddam loyalists who are disrupting security in...
UN nuclear chief eyes third term
BBC 12/31/2004

The deadline for the nomination of candidates for the position of the next head of the UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, passes on Friday...
Israeli Envoy’s Bid To Head U.S. Group Torpedoed
Forward 12/31/2004

The controversial attempt by one of America’s oldest Jewish organizations to hire a high-profile Israeli diplomat as its CEO appears to have collapsed. A...
Leaders Fear Probe Will Force Pro-Israel Lobby To File as ‘Foreign Agent' Could Fuel Dual Loyalty Talk
Forward 12/31/2004

WASHINGTON — As the Department of Justice intensifies its investigation of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Jewish communal leaders fear that the goal of...
Spat Erupts Between Neocons, Intelligence Community
Forward 12/31/2004

Skepticism recommended - Ed.] — Last June, leading neoconservative Richard Perle received an unexpected phone call at his home. It was Larry Franklin calling. Franklin is...
U.S. Memo Broadens Definition of Torture
The Guardian 1/1/2005

WASHINGTON (AP) - A prisoner doesn't have to undergo excruciating pain to be considered a victim of torture, the Justice Department now says. But it's...
U.S. Launches Offensive After Iraq Ambush
The Guardian 12/30/2004

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - U.S. forces launched a new offensive Wednesday against insurgents in an area south of the capital dubbed the ``triangle of death...
Egyptian Imam Agrees to Leave US for Qatar
Islam Online 12/29/2004

ANAHEIM, US, December 29 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) – After almost two months of detention without bond, a US mosque leader said he's innocent of terrorist...
International Red Cross Can't See Lebanese Prisoners in Syria
An Nahar 12/29/2004

The International Committee of the Red Cross has declared that Syrian authorities have banned the All-Swiss ICRC delegates from entering Syrian jails, which rendered...
Senior U.S. envoy to visit Turkey, Syria, Jordan
Daily Star 12/30/2004

Trip aimed at boosting efforts in Iraq -- WASHINGTON: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage will leave this week on a trip to Turkey...
30 killed as Baghdad house is blown up
Daily Star 12/30/2004

Suicide bombers lure U.S. patrol into trap in Mosul --Thirty people were killed when a house rigged with explosives blew up during a police...
Dozens killed, wounded in Mosul fighting
AlJazeera 12/29/2004

US troops backed by warplanes have clashed with anti-US fighters in the Iraqi city of Mosul, after being attacked by bombs and rocket-propelled grenades...
Britain Joins U.S., France to Pressure Syria out of Lebanon
An Nahar 12/29/2004

Britain will soon be joining the escalating Franco-American campaign to coerce the Syrian leadership into implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1559, according to a...
Two car bombs hit Saudi capital
BBC 12/30/2004

Two car bombs have exploded in the centre of the Saudi capital, Riyadh. Reports say one person was killed by the first bomb, near...
Bloodbath in Iraq follows bin Laden call for holy war
Daily Star 12/29/2004

24 killed in latest violence --At least 24 people were killed in a string of attacks on Iraqi security forces and other targets Tuesday...
Lebanese president inaugurates $80 million theme park
Daily Star 12/29/2004

Lahoud: Project will make country a global tourist destination -- BEIRUT: An $80 million theme park stretching over an area of 107,000 square meters was...
Sri Lanka rejects Israel rescuers
BBC 12/28/2004

Israel has cancelled plans to send a 150-person rescue mission to Sri Lanka after the devastated island objected to the military composition of...
Mazal tov! Baby boy born to Syria's Assad
Ha'aretz 12/28/2004

Syrian President Bashar Assad's wife, Asma Akhras, has given birth to a baby boy, their third child, a relative of Akhras said yesterday. The...
Sunni party boycotts Iraq polls
BBC 12/27/2004

Iraq's main Sunni Muslim political movement, the Iraqi Islamic party, says it is withdrawing from next month's general elections. Party leader Mohsen Abdul Hamid...
FPM invite Hizbullah to join discussion
Daily Star 12/28/2004

BEIRUT: The Free Patriotic Movement's initiative to bring all Lebanese parties to one table to discuss post civil war-related issues resulted Monday in an...
Jordan acquits four of anti-US plot
AlJazeera 12/27/2004

A Jordanian military court has acquitted 10 nationals and three Saudis on charges of a conspiracy to launch attacks on US targets in and...
Mosul attack 'an inside job'
Asia Times 12/25/2004

The deadly suicide attack on a US military base in Mosul this week was an "inside job" carried out by insurgents who are part...
Iran's air force ordered to defend nuclear facilities from `flying objects'
Ha'aretz 12/26/2004

TEHRAN - Iran's air force has been ordered to shoot down any unknown or suspicious flying objects in Iran's airspace, an air force spokesman said...
Censors ease up on Syrian press
Christian Science Monitor 12/28/2004

New information minister encourages more critical media in a country known for its censored press -- DAMASCUS, SYRIA – Long scorned as tools of state propaganda...
Hakim escapes Baghdad bomb as prominent Sunni party snubs poll
Daily Star 12/28/2004

Cleric calls for restraint -- A suicide car bomber hit one of Iraq's biggest Shiite parties running in elections next month, killing nine people but...
Coalition trash proves lucrative for Iraqis deprived of Western goods
Daily Star 12/22/2004

Out-of-date foodstuffs, medicines, magazines sell like hotcakes - For many people in Baghdad, the product is less important than the origin -- Baghdad: From his pavement...
UN yields to US, Egyptian pressure over Arab world report
Middle East Online 12/21/2004

UNDP decides not to officially publish report on human development in Arab world whose contents anger US, Egypt. -- A UN-commissioned report on human development...
US army base hit in Mosul
AlJazeera 12/22/2004

A US military base in northern Iraq has come under heavy attack, leaving at least 22 people dead and up to 50 more wounded...
Support for Iraq war slipping in US
AlJazeera 12/21/2004

A majority of Americans now say the war in Iraq was not worth fighting, a view that has driven down the ratings of President...
US to pay compensation for WW II gold train robbery
Globes 12/21/2004

The parties notified the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida they had reached a settlement in the case. -- The US government...
'A Tree Instead of a Mine' campaign kicks off in the South
Daily Star 12/22/2004

Project will reforest and economically improve the area - Time4Sharing, an international NGO, helped plant seedlings across the region while entertaining disadvantaged children -- BEIRUT: The...
Syrian frontier becomes frontline in Iraqi conflict
Daily Star 12/22/2004

Authorities increase border security but lack equipment, training -- HARI, Syria-Iraq border: Hassan Qabbor clutches a photograph of his son, Mari, and points to the...
Guantanamo Bay torture scandal deepens
AlJazeera 12/22/2004

A civil liberties group has released information suggesting the US president George Bush approved abusive interrogation methods by military officials at Guantanamo Bay. Releasing...
Former Libyan Jews to seek payment for seized property
Ha'aretz 12/20/2004

ROME - Jews who were expelled from Libya after the 1967 Middle East war have formed an international committee to seek compensation for their seized...
Allawi warns of civil war
Jordan Times 12/21/2004

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's interim prime minister warned Monday that insurgents are trying to foment sectarian civil war as well as derail elections, while thousands...
Bush defends embattled Rumsfeld, threatens Syria
Jordan Times 12/21/2004

WASHINGTON (Agencies) — President George W. Bush acknowledged Monday that US-trained Iraqi troops are not ready to take over their country's security and cautioned that...
U.S.: Al-Manar a terrorist group
Daily Star 12/18/2004

Qabalan blames decision on the 'israeli campaign' - Hizbullah, the SSNP and Fatah all strike out at U.S. designation of television station -- BEIRUT: The U.S...
Miscalculations prompt political chaos in Beirut
Daily Star 12/18/2004

Miscalculations have once again plunged the Lebanese political situation into confusion and instability. Several recent events have proven that only miscalculations are behind the...
EU, Turkey strike deal
AlJazeera 12/17/2004

The European Union and Turkey have reached a historic agreement on starting talks to admit Ankara into the bloc after overcoming last minute haggling...
Belmarsh: a new affront to justice
The Independent 12/18/2004

The Government's refusal to withdraw its anti-terror laws has left Britain on the brink of a constitutional crisis that threatens centuries of hard-won civil...
Holiday Invite List Showcases White House's Ties to Orthodox
Forward 12/17/2004

The White House's budding relationship with the Orthodox Jewish community was on display last week at three public events that some participants said signaled...
At Guantanamo, a Prison Within a Prison
Washington Post 12/17/2004

CIA Has Run a Secret Facility for Some Al Qaeda Detainees, Officials Say - Under a presidential directive and authorities approved by administration lawyers, the...
General: Iraqi Insurgents Directed From Syria
Washington Post 12/17/2004

A top Army general said yesterday that the Iraqi insurgency was being run in part by former senior Iraqi Baath Party officials operating in...
Annan resists further Iraq pledge
BBC 12/16/2004

The UN is "doing the job" of supporting elections in Iraq and no more staff are needed there, its Secretary General, Kofi Annan, has...
EU justice commissioner to push law against anti-Semitism
Ha'aretz 12/16/2004

ROME - Europe's new justice commissioner said Wednesday he will lobby European Union countries for a continentwide law cracking down on anti-Semitism. Franco Frattini told...
Indiana Jones leads Hollywood version of battle for Falluja
The Guardian 12/17/2004

Hollywood has joined the war. Universal Pictures announced yesterday that it is to make The Battle for Falluja. To prove it is serious, it...
U.S. authorities mull ban on Al-Manar
Daily Star 12/17/2004

Demonstrators blast France's move to outlaw TV station -- BEIRUT: While protesters demonstrated against France's ban of Al-Manar televisionThursday at the French Embassy in Beirut...
Saudi forces thwart protest march
Daily Star 12/17/2004

Authorities arrest demonstrators calling for regime change -- Saudi security forces thwarted planned protest marches in the kingdom's two main cities on Thursday, deploying in...
'Bin Laden' tape urges oil attack
BBC 12/16/2004

An audio tape said to have been recorded by al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has called on his supporters to attack Gulf oil supplies...
Powerful blast rocks central Baghdad
AlJazeera 12/16/2004

A powerful blast has shaken areas of central Baghdad and smoke can be seen rising from a southwestern area of the city, witnesses said...
Thousands of Iraqis Have No Votes
Islam Online 12/15/2004

BAGHDAD, December 15 (IslamOnline.net) – Tens, and may be hundreds of thousands, of Iraqi voters will most likely be unable to cast their ballots in...
US mulling military options against Syria
Maariv 12/15/2004

Despite recent Syrian overtures towards Israel. Intelligence information confirms Damascus is continuing to actively aid and abet Iraqi insurgency. Washington is reassessing its policy...
Karbala blast kills many
AlJazeera 12/15/2004

A bomb has exploded near the office of a senior Shia cleric in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala, killing 12 people and wounding...
Chemical Ali will be the first to be tried, minister announces
The Guardian 12/15/2004

One of Saddam Hussein's most feared lieutenants, known as Chemical Ali for ordering gas attacks on Kurdish villages, will appear in court in Baghdad...
Bush warns Iran and Syria on Iraq
BBC 12/16/2004

US President George W Bush has warned Iran and Syria not to interfere in Iraq in advance of next month's elections.Mr Bush said he...
Battle for Fallujah not over
Middle East Online 12/14/2004

Insurgents in Fallujah have proven smart opponents despite US formidable firepower unleashed on city. -- US marines say they are facing "fanatics" as they clear...
Suicide bomber kills seven on anniversary of Saddam's capture
The Independent 12/14/2004

A suicide bomber blew himself up and killed seven people in Baghdad yesterday on the first anniversary of the capture of Saddam Hussein. Far...
Respite
Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches 12/14/2004

December 11-13, 2004 - 11 Dec. -- “My list is now 32,” says Salam as he arrives at the hotel, “Now 32 of my friends...
U.S. Military Obstructing Medical Care
Electronic Iraq 12/13/2004

BAGHDAD, Dec 13 (IPS) - The U.S. military has been preventing delivery of medical care in several instances, medical staff say. Iraqi doctors at many...
Allawi accused of rushing trials for Saddam's aides
The Independent 12/15/2004

War crimes trials against senior lieutenants of Saddam Hussein will start in Baghdad next week, the interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said yesterday...
Turkey, IMF draft new economic deal
AlJazeera 12/14/2004

Turkey and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have completed talks on a new three-year stand-by deal supported by a loan of $10 billion, Turkish...
French foreign minister praises decision to ban Al-Manar TV
Daily Star 12/15/2004

France's foreign minister on Tuesday praised an administrative panel's decision to ban satellite broadcasts by Al-Manar Television station, as officials in Lebanon slammed the...
Aznar 'wiped files on Madrid bombings'
The Guardian 12/14/2004

All computer records in PM's office destroyed, says Zapatero -- Spain's former prime minister José María Aznar wiped all computer records at his office referring...
Sarkozy Defends Muslims on Anti-Semitism
Islam Online 12/14/2004

CAIRO, December 14 (Islamonline.net) - In an indirect dismissal of Israeli Premier Ariel Sharon’s accusations to European Muslims of encouraging anti-Semitism, ruling Union for a...
IMF: Lebanon's debt is 'totally unsustainable'
Daily Star 12/15/2004

BEIRUT: World Bank vice president Francois Bourguignon warned Lebanon's $35 billion debt is "totally unsustainable" adding a "very serious situation" could develop unless the...
Red Cross to press US on Guantanamo
AlJazeera 12/8/2004

The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross has said he was planning to meet senior US administration officials in Washington early...
Hamas victim's family get $156m
BBC 12/8/2004

A court in Chicago has ordered a group of Islamic charities to pay $156m (£81m) to the parents of a US teenager killed by...
AIPAC Probe Intensifies
Jewish Times 12/7/2004

A federal prosecutor's decision to bring an investigation involving the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to a grand jury is, at the least, an...
Gulf states seek greater independence from U.S.
Daily Star 12/9/2004

Prince Faisal floats plan to broaden GCC alliance -- MANAMA: Gulf countries are making noises about new security arrangements that would reduce their traditional alliance...
US Plans Police State Measures for Fallujans: Report
Islam Online 12/6/2004

FALLUJAH, December 6 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) – The tens and maybe hundreds of thousands of Fallujans who fled the western Baghdad city before the US-led...
Curfews Turn Mosul Into Ghost City
Islam Online 12/7/2004

MOSUL, December 7 (IslamOnline.net) – Residents of Iraq’s northern city of Mosul have been living a continuous nightmare due to the mid-day till early morning...
Bush administration planning to increase pressure on Iran
RealCities.com 12/8/2004

WASHINGTON - As 150,000 U.S. troops battle to stabilize Iraq, some officials in the Bush administration are already planning to turn up the heat on...
Islamophobia...A Term Criticized in UN Seminar
Islam Online 12/8/2004

CAIRO, December 8 (IslamOnline.net) - Addressing the opening session of “Confronting Islamophobia: Education for Tolerance and Understanding”, prominent Muslim thinker criticized as derogatory the use...
U.S. GIs Hit Rumsfeld With Hard Questions
The Guardian 12/8/2004

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait (AP) - In a rare public airing of grievances, disgruntled soldiers complained to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Wednesday about long...
Abuse 'continued after Abu Ghraib'
The Guardian 12/8/2004

US military officials witnessed the mistreatment of Iraqi detainees at a second Baghdad prison at the height of the Abu Ghraib scandal and were...
Fallujah as a “Model City”
Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches 12/6/2004

Driving across Baghdad yesterday a GMC full of armed men races past our car, missing it by inches. Along with guns pointed out their...
Running battles in Baghdad as US death toll nears 1,000
The Independent 12/7/2004

American forces and Iraqi insurgents fought running battles in the heart of Baghdad yesterday as the latest American losses brought the number of US...
So much loss…
Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches 12/7/2004

Last weekend alone, over 70 Iraqis were killed in violence around their country. Yet these are only those reported as a result of spectacular...
CIA adds to gloom over Iraq
BBC 12/7/2004

The CIA station chief in Baghdad has sent a pessimistic end-of-tour assessment about Iraq, according to the New York Times. The report will not...
Survey shows how Arabs feel about reform
Daily Star 12/8/2004

WASHINGTON: A new survey commissioned by the Arab American Institute of Arab public opinion asked respondents to evaluate the importance of 10 different reform...
Fallujah refugees wait in dire settings to finally go home
Daily Star 12/8/2004

We've got somewhere to stay, but it's just walls and a ceiling' - As Coalition forces comb the city for weapons, exiled families are growing...
U.S. hopes to energize Mideast "reform" at Morocco meeting
Daily Star 12/8/2004

Conference will focus on issues of finance and education -- WASHINGTON: The United States hopes to energize plans to push sweeping reform in the Middle...
Syria frees political detainees
BBC 12/7/2004

The Syrian authorities say they have released 112 political prisoners under a presidential amnesty. It is reported to be the biggest single amnesty for...
Supporters pledge solidarity with Al-Manar TV
Daily Star 12/7/2004

BEIRUT: Supporters of Al-Manar television station announced Monday their intention to begin a "counter-attack to the Zionist campaign" in cooperation with the station. At...
AIPAC Investigation Resumes After Hiatus
Electronic Intifada 12/3/2004

Press Release, Council for the National Interest -- December 2, 2004 -- The FBI resumed its investigation of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the...
US Navy to investigate new images of apparent abuse of hooded detainees
The Independent 12/5/2004

Eight months after the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, the US Navy is investigating newly emerged photos that seem to show special forces soldiers...
Hariri's Man in Bekaa Escapes Assassination Ambush
An Nahar 12/6/2004

Jamal Jarrah, leader of ex-Premier Hariri's Tayyar Al Mustaqbal (Tide of the Future) Movement in east Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, miraculously escaped an assassination ambush...
Al-Qaida claims US consulate attack in Jedda
AlJazeera 12/7/2004

The Saudi wing of al-Qaida claimed responsibility for an attack on the US consulate in the Saudi city of Jedda in which at least...
70 die as Iraq violence escalates
The Guardian 12/6/2004

Despite the assault on Falluja, insurgents appear capable of intensifying attacks in the run-up to elections -- Insurgents in Iraq mounted a third straight day...
FBI raids AIPAC offices once again
Ha'aretz 12/2/2004

WASHINGTON - For the second time in 13 weeks, FBI agents raided the pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) offices yesterday searching for information...
Abu Ghraib abuses known to US generals before photos
Middle East Online 12/1/2004

Special Operations, CIA mission in Iraq abused detainees, held them at secret facility to hide their activities. -- WASHINGTON - One month before the Abu Ghraib...
Galloway wins court damages against Daily Telegraph
Middle East Online 12/2/2004

British MP accused of taking bribes from Saddam awarded substantial libel damages. -- A British lawmaker accused by a newspaper of being in the pay...
FBI and Israeli-Jewish Lobby Square Off
Mid-East Realities 12/2/2004

But Washington Newspapers Hardly Report -- MIDDLEEAST.ORG - MER - Washington - 2 December: You'd think that when the Capitol Hill offices of the most important foreign policy...
U.S. rep.: Orthodox love the Republicans
Ha'aretz 12/2/2004

America's Orthodox Jewish community has begun a long-term "love affair" with the Republican Party, according to a U.S. congressman speaking yesterday in Jerusalem. "What...
Former editor of Financial Times defends American corporate system at AUB
Daily Star 12/3/2004

BEIRUT: Sir Geoffrey Owen, former editor of the Financial Times, the Middle East has been "a bit slow" to embrace liberalization and modernization of...
US set to boost troop strength in Iraq
AlJazeera 12/2/2004

The United States has announced it will boost its forces in Iraq to their highest war-time level before of January's polls, with President George...

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