Monthly Archive for December, 2006

Action Alert: Palestinians Stranded on Iraq Border

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other relief agencies, several hundred Palestinians who were forced to leave their homes in Iraq are now stranded in no man’s land on the Syrian and Jordanian borders.

Al-Hol and Al-Tanaf camps, located on Iraq’s border with Syria, consist of makeshift tents. The camps have become the home of 655 displaced Palestinian men, women and children who continue to languish there under extremely difficult conditions. Another camp, Al-Walid, was just established recently to house an additional 41 Palestinians, all of whom were forced to leave by militias loyal to the US-backed Iraqi government.

Al-Tanaf camp with its 350 residents is located in a remote area about 260 kilometers away from the nearest populated area. The only services the camp receives are provided by local area organizations whose access to the camps may be limited at any time. About 10% of the refugees in Al-Tanaf need urgent medical care which they are not receiving.

In Al-Ruweished refugee camp, which is located on the border with Jordan, there are 148 Palestinians caught in a similar untenable situation. Some of Al-Ruweished’s residents have been there for close to three years. Most of the children in the camp have been denied education during that time.

Full report can be read here.

Peace, Propaganda & The Promised Land

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites — oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others — work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported. Continue reading ‘Peace, Propaganda & The Promised Land’

Kissimmee hotels

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Will Israel honor its peace agreement?

CSMonitor

The Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank are suffering every day living under a brutal Israeli occupation. This is an inconvenient truth for Israel and its apologists who will never be able to justify depriving the Palestinians of their fundamental human rights.

Since Israel began its latest offensive in Gaza, more than 150 Palestinians civilians have been killed by Israeli soldiers. The idea that only “some” innocent Palestinians have been “unintentionally killed” in Gaza is false, misleading and refuted by Amnesty International, which condemns Israel’s “reckless disregard” for civilian lives. There were many more Palestinian victims of Israeli violence during the “reign of terror” unleashed against both peoples from 2000-05.

President Carter states that during the second intifada, 3,982 Palestinians, including 708 children, were killed. Israel lost 1,084 people killed, including 123 children. There was no justification for attacking innocent civilians on either side. However, Israel is the occupying power, and to deny that it perpetrates much of the violence grossly distorts history.

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Israel won’t free Palestinian prisoners ahead of Muslim holiday

Seems that Israel recalcitrance has reared its ugly head again. What do they have to hold Palestinian prisoners anyway?

JERUSALEM Dec 29, 2006 (AP)— Israel has rebuffed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ request to free Palestinian prisoners ahead of a major Muslim holiday, insisting that Palestinian militants first agree to release a captured Israeli soldier.

The decision was at odds with recent overtures by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to bolster the moderate Abbas in the eyes of the Palestinian people, who voted the militantly anti-Israel Hamas group into power nearly one year ago.

Separately, the Yediot Ahronot newspaper reported that Olmert was prepared to hold back-channel talks on a blueprint for a final peace deal, as Abbas has proposed. Olmert spokeswoman Miri Eisin had no comment on the report.