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With Sharon and Arafat locked in a cycle of conflict, Palestinians are left to cower in their basements.
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Recent Israeli attacks on Palestinian targets have damaged several European-funded projects.
By Peter Ford, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
PARIS - European leaders sent Israel a sharp note of complaint Monday, protesting damage worth more than $15 million that Israeli troops have inflicted recently on European-funded aid projects in Palestinian-ruled territories.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat should be given more room to operate and the "political time to act," United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today as he began an official visit to Austria.
The Council of General Affairs Ministers has issued a firm call to the parties to take all the necessary steps for a ceasefire, and has expressed its concern at the destruction of Palestinian infrastructure, some of which had been financed by the European Union.
(Adam Hanieh is research co-coordinator at Defense for Children International/Palestine Section and member of the Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Group, both in Ramallah, the West Bank. The opinions herein are the author's only.)
By Timothy Heritage
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Yasser Arafat called on the United States to do more to promote Middle East peace on Saturday after President Bush harshly criticized the Palestinian president and suspended a cease-fire mission.
In fresh violence, Israeli troops killed a Palestinian member of the militant Islamic group Hamas at a West Bank army checkpoint.
Palestinian sources said Israeli troops fired surface-to-surface missiles at the eastern Gaza Strip, but Israeli military sources denied this, saying three tank shells were fired at …
On January 24, an OCHA team travelled to Tulkarem to meet with the governor, mayor and members of the municipal council. OCHA was accompanied by a team from Oxfam GB which is undertaking an assessment of the impact of the present conflict on household and community level access to water throughout the West Bank. The visit took place after the recent shelling and reoccupation of the northern West Bank city and is a follow-up to an earlier OCHA-lead inter-agency fact-finding mission and report on Tulkarem, posted on ReliefWeb on 12 December.
Strasbourg 24.01.2002: "We can no longer watch and wait. You can no longer watch and wait. I have come here because I know that Palestinians and Israelis need the help of a third party that is the USA, the Council of Europe, the European Union, Russia and the UN", Palestinian Local Government Minister Saeb Erekat told the Parliamentary Assembly today. "It is time for their representatives to be amongst us there, not to make new proposals, but to plan the implementation of the Mitchell recommendations".
Israeli and Palestinian leaders must come up with a new vision of the future which allows both sides to fulfill their people's national aspirations.
The Israelis and Palestinians must accept that they were both responsible for the collapse of the Oslo agreement.
AI Index: MDE 15/010/2002
Some analysts suggest Sharon's tough measures deliberately undermined efforts.
By Ben Lynfield | Special to The Christian Science Monitor
JERUSALEM - As Israelis reeled from a devastating shooting attack in downtown Jerusalem late Tuesday, and Palestinians faced unprecedentedly broad army incursions in the West Bank, there was a sense that Middle East violence was again spinning out of control.
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Sitting in the yellow light of a canvas tent in Rafah, southern Gaza, 41-year-old Atef Al Najjar spoke of the horror he had felt when he awoke in the early hours of 10 January to the sound of bulldozers crashing into his neighbour's wall. "Our houses lay in the third row back from the Egyptian border," he explained to two visitors and a crowd of onlookers, drawing lines in the sand with his finger. "Everyone rushed outside when they heard the machines coming, and the children ran from door to door to wake up those who were still asleep."
As an independent Palestinian state is inevitable, Israel should help initiate its creation by relinquishing control of the Gaza Strip.
By Jeffrey Heller
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Two Israeli women wounded in a Palestinian gunman's rampage died Wednesday and U.S.-led hopes of ending Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed were buried deeper under a mountain of violence and vengeance.
Israel vowed to respond and put its forces on alert for more attacks after Tuesday's shooting on Jerusalem's main shopping street, in which 14 other people were hurt. Police shot dead the gunman, from the militant Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.
Strasbourg 23.01.2002 - Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres today told the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly that Israel's fight was not against Palestine, but against terrorism. He appealed to the 43-nation Organisation to act alongside other countries: "not against the rights of the Palestinians, but to save them from their own mistakes and put an end to terror". When terror stopped, he said, Israel would negotiate.
BRUSSELS, Jan 23 (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Wednesday Israel had wrought 17.3 million euros ($15.34 million) worth of damage to Palestinian projects funded by European taxpayers in the last year, revising an earlier estimate.
On Tuesday, the Commission had put the total damage at 14.5 million euros.
Commission spokesman Gunnar Wiegand said the new figure included the destruction of the Voice of Palestine radio station in Ramallah by Israeli helicopter gunships last weekend.
"We are talking about 17.3 million worth of damage," he told a daily news …