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|Catholic countries mulled seeking control of Jerusalem in late 1940s|
Italy and Spain canvassed Ireland's support in the late 1940s to put the holy city of Jerusalem under Roman Catholic control within the young Jewish state of Israel, according to classified Irish government documents just published.
Occupation authorities to demolish house of wanted activist
Nablus - Zionist occupation authorities have notified family members of the wanted Palestinian activist Yamen Faraj, 25, in Madma village near Nablus city that their house would be demolished if he did not give himself in.
Israel to deport Swedish lawmaker: reports
Israel has decided to deport four foreigners arrested at a protest against a West Bank barrier, among them a member of the Swedish Parliament, Israeli radio stations have reported.
Zionist forces banish West Bank detainee to the Gaza Strip
Gaza - Zionist occupation forces have banished Mustafa Hasan Abed, 40, last night from the West Bank city of Nablus to the Gaza Strip.
ICI bought Israeli war bonds in secret
Imperial Chemical Industries secretly bought Israeli war loans and kept the purchases off its books to avoid jeopardising its efforts to break into Arab markets.
Army lifts Jenin blockade; two IDF officers hurt in Nablus blast
Late Wednesday IDF soldiers shot and killed a 16-year-old Palestinian who was in a group of youths throwing rocks at Israeli cars on a road west of Nablus, relatives said. The military said the youth was building a stone barrier across the road when soldiers told him to surrender.
Egypt optmistic on truce after Mubarak aide meets Arafat
"We should set a good example. We, from our side, should take decisions and measures that can lead the way to a better future," el-Baz said. "Then, we hope the Israelis will do the same, because [resolving] the whole problem depends on the willingness of both sides."
US seeks to clarify Golan expansion moves
"As a general matter, whether in the Golan or the West Bank or Gaza, we oppose all settlement activity," he said. Ereli said that America's longstanding policy is that there should not be settlement activity on land whose final status will be determined through negotiations.
Saudi Arabia promises more aid to Palestinians
The Palestinian delegation visiting Saudi Arabia received promises to increase the Saudi aid to the Palestinians and use the Saudi political leverage to encourage the Quartet increase its role in implementing the roadmap peace plan.
Half of Israelis back Golan expansion
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - About half of Israelis back plans to expand Jewish settlements in the occupied Golan Heights that have outraged Syria and fly in the face of U.S. policy, according to a poll.
Prosecution: Gilad Sharon has not handed Kern documents
The State Prosecution Service said Thursday at the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court that Gilad Sharon is refusing to hand over documents related to the Cyril Kern loan affair, in defiance of a High Court ruling that the documents are not protected by a suspect's right to remain silent.
Reserve IDF major bars daughter from serving in Netzarim
A reserve IDF major has forbidden his daughter from obeying orders to report for duty in the violence-plagued Gaza settlement of Netzarim, saying that since the army had failed to train her for the dangerous duty, it was preferable that she serve a jail term...
The `salvation army'
Israel's strategic situation at the beginning of 2004 is far better than at the start of last year, and not because of the decisions and actions of the government, but thanks to America. The loan guarantees from the United States saved the Israeli economy from collapse...
New Golan Heights settlement plan derails peace talks
The details of the $56m (£31.4m) project to expand settlements on the Golan Heights emerged yesterday, just weeks after Syria's President, Bashar Assad, called for new peace talks with Israel."The goal is for Assad to see from the windows of his home the Israeli Golan thriving and flourishing," the Israeli Agriculture Minister, Yisrael Katz said yesterday.
PALESTINIAN REFUGEES MARK FATAH DAY
Celebrations marking 39 years since the establishment of Fatah are not confined to the Palestinian Authority. Palestinians in Lebanese refugee camps were also in a celebratory mood...
Bound by their conscience
high school graduates who refused to serve in the territories, the military court stated in its decision two weeks ago, among other things, that this case is not one of individual refusal, but a social statement that seeks to induce change and, as such, incorporates an element of civil disobedience.
An Appeal from the International Solidarity Movement + UPDATES
The Israeli DCO reported that on Monday, December 29 (today) at 10 AM the trees belonging to the village of Budrus (Ramallah District) would be uprooted and the land cleared for construction of the Apartheid Wall.
Poll: Sharon - the most popular man in Israel
An Israel Radio poll reveals that 77% of Israelis believe Israel possesses nuclear weapons, and 56% believe they should not be disarmed. 53% believe Israel should go ahead with plans to increase the population of the Golan Heights...
'Road map' deadline passes unnoticed
If all had gone as President Bush planned, the Middle East would have witnessed on Wednesday the birth of the provisional state of Palestine. But in a stark symbol of moribund U.S. diplomacy, Wednesday's deadline for the new state will instead pass largely unnoticed -- with little progress in the ambitious ''road map''...
The year that the Taboos fell - By: Daoud Kuttab
Palestinian refugees decade-long demand of returning to their lands and homes as enshrined in UN Resolution 194 was dealt two major blows this year. Peace proposals signed by patriotic Palestinian leaders and supported publicly by important community representatives shifted the ultimate destination of those refugees expelled from lands and homes...
Fence shatters Israeli society
It is surprisingly amazing to see the Israeli Chief of staff, Moshe Ya’alon recently paid an unprecedented visit to the Israeli protester, Gil Na’amati a former paratrooper, who was shot recently in the leg by an Israeli Paratrooper while he was protesting with other Israeli and foreign protesters the erecting of the separation Wall...
hey came and said - `You name the amount.' But I'm not selling. You don't sell a home," says Hani Amar, 46, from the village of Maskha as he looks at his house that, in recent weeks, has become a heavily fortified location.
Israel continues assassination policy
Israeli security officials had recently indicated they would refrain from targeting Hamas activists after the Israeli army Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon said the group appeared to have halted attacks inside Israel.
FROM OSLO TO GENEVA : UNPRECEDENTED CREATIVITY
Alpher, noted that while the Oslo Declaration had been favorable economically to the Israeli side, allowing it to reach a peace treaty with Jordan and paving the way for economic cooperation with the Arab world, it had proved detrimental to the Palestinian economy which had witnessed a decrease in the standard of living and in productivity since 1993.
The Dream of Return
“My father was a merchant. He went to Jaffa daily and once a week to Jerusalem. We had horses and sheep and cultivated a patch of land nearby, until the Jews came. I wish we had never left and instead died in our village. It would have been better than this humiliation.
U.S. considered oil invasion in 1973, Britain says
A British intelligence committee report from December, 1973, said the United States was so angry over Arab nations' earlier decision to cut oil production and impose an embargo on the United States that seizing oil-producing areas in the region was “the possibility uppermost in American thinking.”
War Takes An Inhuman Twist With Cats, Dogs and Donkeys Turned Into Bombs - By Robert Fisk
Even cats have the same effect these days. American soldiers returning home to the US are giving ambush lessons to incoming members of the 82nd Airborne and the Marines. The "terrorists" or "rebels" or "insurgents" are using the hollowed out carcasses of cats and dogs to hide explosives.
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