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13/8/05

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13 August 2005

EI SPECIAL: GAZA DISENGAGEMENT

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Opinion/Editorial
WITH OR AGAINST THE GAZA DISENGAGEMENT PLAN
Tamar Amir, 13 August 2005

As we waited at the Modi’in junction for the traffic light
to turn green, Jewish settlement youth were distributing
ribbons in two colors, orange and blue/white. The orange
ribbons represent those ‘against’ the Gaza disengagement
plan. The white/blue on the other hand represent those
‘with’ the Gaza disengagement plan. As these dedicated youth
approached our car I contemplated for a moment which ribbon
I would choose. I decided not to disappoint either team and
took one of each. However, the main question is, which of
these ribbons would I display on my car antenna to publicly
reflect my political opinion?

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Development
GAZA SMOKESCREEN: AN INTERVIEW WITH MINISTER OF
JERUSALEM AFFAIRS
Palestine Report, 13 August 2005

“The Gaza disengagement has been used by the Israeli
government as a smokescreen to cover for what it is doing in
East Jerusalem. These measures include the continued
construction of the wall, and, as per their decision this
July, to practically close off East Jerusalem from the West
Bank starting September 1. People will then have to pass
what they call crossings but are in reality de facto
borders.” Palestine Report Online interviews Hind Khoury on
Israel’s unilateral actions in East Jerusalem.

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Human Rights
GAZA TOWN TO BE CLOSED DURING PULLOUT
Laila El-Haddad, 12 August 2005

Israeli forces have notified Palestinians living near a Gaza
settlement of a month-long closure of their community, just
days prior to the upcoming withdrawal from the area.
Abdullah Maani, a local leader of the al-Ma’ani area in the
Central Gaza Strip town of Dair al-Balah, told Aljazeera.net
that Israeli forces notified him on Friday of a closure that
would seal off his community from the rest of the Gaza Strip
for three to four weeks, starting this coming Wednesday.
“The soldier told us there will be a complete closure, and
that he is giving us advance notification so we can
stockpile water and food, adding that no one will be allowed
in or out, except in extreme cases and with prior
coordination,” Maani said.

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Development
UNICEF: “CHILDREN MUST BE SAFE DURING GAZA WITHDRAWAL”
UNICEF, 12 August 2005

UNICEF today urged that children be kept out of harm’s way
during the planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and parts
of the northern West Bank. “Palestinian and Israeli children
have suffered terribly over recent years as a result of this
conflict,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said
Friday. “Next week’s events offer new hope for peace, and
it’s critical to ensure the safety of the children in the
region.” Along with the entire UN system, UNICEF expressed a
hope that the withdrawal that is set to begin next week
would occur smoothly and peacefully. If the disengagement
does not proceed peacefully, children could be in particular
danger, said Veneman, noting that children under 18 make up
about half of the Palestinian population.

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Human Rights
UN TO ADOPT PATHBREAKING NEW GLOBAL STANDARD
WHICH DEMANDS RETURN OF CONFISCATED REFUGEE
LAND AND HOUSING
COHRE, 11 August 2005

The United Nations is expected to adopt a sweeping series of
principles today that urge governments everywhere to ensure
all refugees and persons displaced due to conflict and
natural disasters are entitled to return to, recover and
reside in their original homes, lands and properties.
Prepared by the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Housing and
Property Restitution, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro of Brazil, the
‘Pinheiro Principles’ will provide the first consolidated
global standard on the housing, land and property rights of
the displaced. “The best solution to the plight of millions
of refugees and displaced persons around the world is to
ensure they attain the right to return freely to their
countries and to have restored to them housing and property
of which they were deprived,” said Pinheiro.

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Human Rights
WEEKLY REPORT ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
PCHR, 11 August 2005

This week, Israeli forces killed two Palestinians, including
a child. Israeli forces conducted a number of incursions
into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza
Strip. Israeli forces raided homes and arrested at least 45
Palestinians. Israeli forces turned ten Palestinian homes
into military posts. Israeli forces continue to use
Palestinian civilians as human shields during military
operations. Israel continues to impose a total siege on the
occupied Palestinian territories. Israel closed al-Mawasi in
the southern Gaza Strip and Israeli forces prevent
Palestinians aged 16-35 from traveling through the Rafah
border. Israeli forces arrested at least 8 Palestinians at
military checkpoints in the West Bank and Israel continues
to construct the Wall in the West Bank.

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Human Rights
ISRAEL TO KEEP CONTROL OF GAZA ACCESS
Khalid Amayreh, 10 August 2005

Israel has said it will probably retain control of Gaza
skies and territorial waters after the implementation of its
withdrawal plan from the area. “I think it is very likely
that we will continue to control the skies and territorial
waters of Gaza,” Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz said
on Tuesday. Mofaz did not say if Israeli troops would
completely leave the Rafah border crossing as the Egyptians
had been demanding. The defence minister told the Israeli
cabinet on Monday that Tel Aviv could not allow a free flow
of goods and services between Gaza and the rest of the
world, suggesting that “alternative border crossings” be
created where Israel can control cross-border movements
between Gaza and Egypt.

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Opinion/Editorial
PALESTINIANS IN ISRAEL FIND THEMSELVES PART OF THE
DISENGAGEMENT DEBATE
Jonathan Cook, 9 August 2005

Until this weekend Israel’s one million Palestinian citizens
had stayed out of the debate about the country’s imminent
disengagement from Gaza. “It’s not our story,” they said
when pressed, “this is an entirely Jewish conversation.”
Although Israeli Jews have been flying blue and orange
ribbons from their cars for months – showing respectively
support for and opposition to the disengagement – car
aerials in Israel’s Arab towns and villages have remained
resolutely bare. That is no longer the case. At the weekend
the Arab drivers in the Galilee could be seen flying black
ribbons to commemorate the killings of four Arab citizens by
a young Jewish extremist with his Israeli army-issued rifle.
Now Israel’s Palestinian citizens find themselves part of
the conversation, whether they like it or not.

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