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400,000 Palestinians under virtual house arrest
Associated Press via Globe and Mail (Toronto) ^ | June 23, 2002

Posted on 06/23/2002 2:38:33 PM PDT by Clive

Jerusalem — Israeli troops are keeping at least 400,000 Palestinians under effective house arrest with round-the-clock curfews and largely barring the media from covering its escalating invasion of the West Bank — an operation that has faced minimal Palestinian resistance and limited international criticism.

The army began Operation Determined Path last week, after two suicide bombings in Jerusalem killed 26 Israelis. An earlier wave of Palestinian attacks set off a similar six-week sweep through the West Bank in late March.

But unlike that first extended foray, when Israeli troops encountered heavy fire in several towns and besieged the office of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, the new operation has been comparatively low-key. Troops have steadily moved into the Palestinian areas, but without the fanfare or the firefights.

The one exception was Qalqiliya, where two Israeli soldiers were killed in a gun battle as soldiers entered the town Wednesday evening. The troops pulled out, only to re-enter Sunday morning without resistance.

During the last incursion, Israeli forces went house-to- house searching for suspected militants and carried out mass arrests of Palestinian men.

In the latest drive into the West Bank, the tanks and armoured personnel carriers have parked in the deserted streets, and for the most part, have just remained there. The significant exception was the northern West Bank town of Jenin, where many hundreds were rounded up late last week.

"We have no choice but take these measures to stop suicide bombers from killing our women, children, and sometimes babies," Israeli government spokesman Danny Naveh said Sunday. "The Palestinian population is suffering, I can acknowledge that as well. We need to put an end to this suffering — in both communities."

One reason for the relative absence of resistance this time is that more than 200 Palestinians, many of them militants, were killed and 1,000 arrested in the first round.

Israel says it must track down suicide bombers because the Palestinian security forces are unable or unwilling to do it. However, the first sweep did not stop the bombings for long.

This time around, Israeli troops are using curfews more, in terms of both extent and duration.

Israeli troops have imposed round-the-clock curfews on the five Palestinian cities and towns they control — Bethlehem, Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarem and Qalqiliya — as well as a suburb of Ramallah.

About 400,000 Palestinians live in these cities and towns, and they cannot leave their houses to go to work, to school or to shop. The only exceptions are medical emergencies.

Typically, the curfew is lifted for about three hours every third day, during which residents rush to the market to stock up on food.

Palestinians say Israel's goal is clear — to destroy the Palestinian Authority and replace it with Israeli rule, as was the case before the two sides signed the breakthrough 1993 Oslo accords.

The Israelis "are continuing the destruction of the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian institutions," said Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator. "We will end up with Israel fully resuming the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, fully replacing the Palestinian Authority, with the Israeli civil administration and military government."

For much of 21 months of fighting, journalists have had considerable freedom to cover the fighting up close. But in this operation, Israeli media restrictions are also being more rigidly enforced than before, and journalists have had little or no access to the areas where the army has invaded.

During the earlier sweep through the West Bank, Israel declared some areas closed military zones, thereby barring journalists. The measure was not strictly enforced, and journalists were able to enter many areas, often by using back roads.

But this time, all of the reoccupied areas are closed military zones and journalists have been consistently turned back at checkpoints.

Some Palestinian journalists working for international news organizations and living in the cities under siege have been able to report — but only to the degree they are willing to play a game of cat-and-mouse with Israeli troops.

"If there are operational considerations at that moment that limit journalists' entry, then they won't be allowed in," said Raanan Gissin, a spokesman for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. "In every place where it is possible, there will be supervised entry, guided by army spokesmen."

Israel has not arranged any such trips so far, and in the past they have included little more than formal briefings from Israeli commanders — and no contact with Palestinians.

"Imposing an indefinite coverage blackout on five urban areas where hundreds of thousands of people live is a flagrant violation of the freedom of the press which Israel is committed to uphold," the Foreign Press Association in Israel said in a statement.

The earlier Israeli incursion drew widespread international criticism, but this time around the response has been muted. In part, this appears related to the increased backing in the United States for Israeli measures to end terrorism.

U.S. President George W. Bush called on the Israelis to pull out of Palestinian areas on April 4, less than a week after Israel went into West Bank cities. However, the Bush administration did not maintain heavy pressure on the Israelis as that operation carried on, and has largely been supportive of the latest Israeli actions.


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1 posted on 06/23/2002 2:38:33 PM PDT by Clive
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To: Clive
400,000 Palestinians under virtual house arrest

Let us pray that some day the headline will be more like:

Palestinians Riot in Streets; Oust Arafat, Corrupt Leadership, Hamas and Hezbollah;
Enter Negotiations for Establishment of State and Peaceful Co-Existence With Israel


Yes, I know it's too much to hope for.
I almost fainted when I saw Arafat shake hands with Rabin (?) at The White House.
I should have realized that just couldn't lead directly to peace.
2 posted on 06/23/2002 2:43:31 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Clive
— Israeli troops are keeping at least 400,000 Palestinians under effective house arrest with round-the-clock curfews and largely barring the media from covering its escalating invasion of the West Bank —

Ya gotta love these guys!!!!

3 posted on 06/23/2002 2:46:04 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma
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To: Clive
"We will end up with Israel fully resuming the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, fully replacing the Palestinian Authority, with the Israeli civil administration and military government."

I love it when a plan comes together.

4 posted on 06/23/2002 2:48:58 PM PDT by tet68
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To: Clive
400,000 Palestinians under effective house arrest with round-the-clock curfews

Well that is a start in ending the suicide attacks.

5 posted on 06/23/2002 2:49:43 PM PDT by Mixer
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To: B.R. Burton; veronica; BlueLancer; Lent; dennisw; Cachelot; Alouette
Wohoo
6 posted on 06/23/2002 2:55:02 PM PDT by weikel
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To: knighthawk
At least Israel hasn't surrendered the way the US has.
7 posted on 06/23/2002 2:55:34 PM PDT by weikel
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To: Clive
Keep'em there til they drop. Maybe they can eat the terrorist weapons they seem to have in endless supply.
8 posted on 06/23/2002 3:00:13 PM PDT by Cautor
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To: Cautor
Keep'em there til they drop. Maybe they can eat the terrorist weapons they seem to have in endless supply.

They'll eat their kids before they eat their weapons.

9 posted on 06/23/2002 3:05:33 PM PDT by BrooklynGOP
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To: Clive
GO ISRAEL GO
10 posted on 06/23/2002 3:08:11 PM PDT by OldFriend
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To: BrooklynGOP
So now the Pal terrorists have made their own people prisoners in their homes, just as they have done to many Israelis.
11 posted on 06/23/2002 3:16:50 PM PDT by tomahawk
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To: weikel
You know what I am really afraid of? Just imagine Hellery getting in power the next elections! That would really stop the war on terror, she will let all Jihad Joes in, so they can bomb at will, just like the good ol' days when Clintoon was governing the countriy with his pants on his ankles.
12 posted on 06/23/2002 3:19:57 PM PDT by knighthawk
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To: BrooklynGOP
"They'll eat their kids before they eat their weapons."

Sad, but obviously true since they strap explosives onto their babies and send them out to die - for Peace, of course!

13 posted on 06/23/2002 3:24:11 PM PDT by tinacart
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To: knighthawk
"You know what I am really afraid of? Just imagine Hellery getting in power the next elections!"

That's been my fear since 1992! Not only for Israel, but heaven help us if hitlery gets there. Scarey, but likely. You know the demoncraps are waiting with tricks up their sleeves, the "father" they serve will equip them like he always has.
14 posted on 06/23/2002 3:26:15 PM PDT by tinacart
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To: tinacart
You know, you've got to have to those Israelis....


They invade a land over 35 years ago, kill non-combatants, terrorize the rest, bulldoze olive groves, ration scarce water while filling their pools and get all upset when those "Arabs'' dare to fight back... And still THEY are the victims...Can they spin the truth or what??????

15 posted on 06/23/2002 3:29:51 PM PDT by Ranger Samson
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To: tinacart
She will finish Clintoons job of trying to wreck the US.
16 posted on 06/23/2002 3:31:17 PM PDT by knighthawk
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To: Ranger Samson
Ranger Sampson, I wonder if you would recognize the truth if it bit you on the leg.
17 posted on 06/23/2002 3:34:44 PM PDT by edger
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To: OldFriend
Israel is taking the common-sense approach. Mad dogs need to be kept on a leash and muzzled!!!!!
18 posted on 06/23/2002 3:36:36 PM PDT by LADY J
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To: edger
Whose land was it before 1967???
Say since the Romans left???
19 posted on 06/23/2002 3:44:50 PM PDT by Ranger Samson
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To: Ranger Samson
member since June 22nd, 2002

Go back to the DU sand box and play with your terrorist apologist friends.
20 posted on 06/23/2002 3:46:59 PM PDT by Hazzardgate
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To: Hazzardgate
Why is it if you dare to ask about Israeli history or question what the Nation of Israel does; you are brandied a anti-Semite a terrorist lover?? Why the personal attacks? Is it because you either do not know what's transpired in the mid-east since the Balfour Declaration ? Or you do and you don't care, what ever Israel does is OK??
22 posted on 06/23/2002 4:05:32 PM PDT by Ranger Samson
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To: Clive
"One reason for the relative absence of resistance this time is that more than 200 Palestinians, many of them militants, were killed and 1,000 arrested in the first round."

MAYBEEEEE.....or maybe the terrorists hightailed it to Lebanon to hide, or maybe the terrorists are lying VERY low, in order to draw Israel into a huge propaganda trap.

23 posted on 06/23/2002 4:09:01 PM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: Ranger Samson
"Why the personal attacks?"

Because A:) you are a newbie who made his first post about B:) nothing more than the same tired old accusations which many disruptors have.

"Is it because you either do not know what's transpired in the mid-east since the Balfour Declaration ?"

Once you are here a while, you should browse the rather extensive and exhaustively well researched FR archives on the Israeli-Palestinian struggle. All of your (to us) EXTREMELY redundant questions on this thread will be answered, without forcing the rest of us to repeat the same things and find you the same sources for you as we have for what seems to be a hundred others just like you.

24 posted on 06/23/2002 4:17:01 PM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: cake_crumb
Once you are here a while, you should browse the rather extensive and exhaustively well researched FR archives on the Israeli-Palestinian struggle. All of your (to us) EXTREMELY redundant questions on this thread will be answered, without forcing the rest of us to repeat the same things and find you the same sources for you as we have for what seems to be a hundred others just like you.

Thank you. This is a super reply to those agents...

25 posted on 06/23/2002 4:26:24 PM PDT by cibco
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To: Ranger Samson
Ranger Samson sympathizer with mass murderers of innocent women and children since June 22nd, 2002

Guess you haven't been on a terror-bombed bus lately, eh Sam?

26 posted on 06/23/2002 4:34:12 PM PDT by john in missouri
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To: cibco
Why thank you kindly!

I imagine most of us feel like I do, and are sick and tired of covering the same old ground, week after week after week after week...

27 posted on 06/23/2002 4:37:26 PM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: knighthawk
If Hillary gets in it will be time to cash in our chips as much for what would be the proven lack of intelligence of the American electorate, as for the lame-left socialist government she would usher in. We would be terminal.
28 posted on 06/23/2002 4:39:12 PM PDT by luvbach1
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To: Ranger Samson
No, but you sure can spin. Go back to being a lurker along with your blame America/blame Israel first, America-had-it-coming buddies on DU.
29 posted on 06/23/2002 4:43:09 PM PDT by luvbach1
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To: Ranger Samson
Not the land of the Palestinians (which of course it was not called) nor of interlopers like the Egyptian, Yasser Arafat.
30 posted on 06/23/2002 4:45:33 PM PDT by luvbach1
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To: Clive

For much of 21 months of fighting, journalists have had considerable freedom to cover the fighting up close. But in this operation, Israeli media restrictions are also being more rigidly enforced than before, and journalists have had little or no access to the areas where the army has invaded.

Just remember one thing, the news “media” is not your friend.


31 posted on 06/23/2002 4:47:08 PM PDT by CIB-173RDABN
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To: cake_crumb
Your welcome and yes... these clowns get to be tiresome.
32 posted on 06/23/2002 4:47:38 PM PDT by cibco
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To: Clive
A good start to slowing down the death cult that Islamofascism is...
33 posted on 06/23/2002 4:49:13 PM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: Clive
Easy solution...Give 'em the whole of Afghanistan.

There's lots of space there...practice Islam to your heart's content.

34 posted on 06/23/2002 4:52:39 PM PDT by joyful1
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To: Ranger Samson; edger
After the Romans the land belonged to the Christian Byzantine Empire. In 635 AD the 'fatah' (Arabic for conquest) was launched, and in 638 AD these lands were conquered by Arabic muslims.
35 posted on 06/23/2002 4:54:36 PM PDT by knighthawk
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To: Ranger Samson
What kind of kool-aid are you drinking?
36 posted on 06/23/2002 4:55:35 PM PDT by old school
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To: Ranger Samson

Arabs'' dare to fight back.

Ranger,

I don’t think anyone on this forum would object if the Arabs were to join forces in a military unit, and put on uniforms, and attempt to attack the state of Israel.

I think the Israeli Army would make short work of defeating such an Army, and most likely do so in a way that limits civilian causalities.

But your side does not want to play fair. They dress in civilian clothes, and attack woman and children (as a policy). If the Israeli Military can not tell who is a combatant and who is not, does that mean they can not ever defend themselves? Just curious, I do not really expect a answer.


37 posted on 06/23/2002 4:56:09 PM PDT by CIB-173RDABN
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To: john in missouri
Ranger Samson Osama-loving-sycophant since, June 22nd, 2002
 

38 posted on 06/23/2002 5:04:03 PM PDT by ChadGore
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To: Brad's Gramma; Clive
400,000 Palestinians under virtual house arrest

It's about time.

Whatever happened to the "....Wanted Dead Or Alive...." brass knuckles President we had on September 12th. Seems like the NWO UN controlled State Department - led by that incompetent affirmative action poster boy - succeeded in removing his brass.

39 posted on 06/23/2002 5:04:21 PM PDT by Robert Drobot
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To: Ranger Samson
Educate yourself, then get back to us:

Why Israel Is The Victim And The Arabs Are The Indefensible Aggressors In the Middle East

The Big Lie

"The Arabs Are Responsible"

The Myth Of The Palestinian People

-Ariel Sharon & Israel-- The myths of Sabra and Shatilla and the war in Lebanon --

-Online book debunking the "Sharon Terror story--

-Israel Arabs Palestinians THE BATTLE FOR TRUTH--

-Crash Course in Middle East History--

-Setting the Historical Record Straight--

Why Europe Hates Israel

A History of Terror in Israel

Great concise explanation of 67 borders and UN res 242 here.

Islam Unveiled -Dr. Ergun Caner

A LETTER FROM ISRAEL

-"In their own words"-Translations of Arab Publications--

40 posted on 06/23/2002 5:15:16 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: Clive
"We have no choice but take these measures to stop suicide bombers from killing our women, children, and sometimes babies," Israeli government spokesman Danny Naveh said Sunday. "The Palestinian population is suffering, I can acknowledge that as well. We need to put an end to this suffering — in both communities."

It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it.

41 posted on 06/23/2002 5:23:49 PM PDT by Dec31,1999
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To: Robert Drobot
Interesting. I thought he was President of the United States! Something happen that I missed????
42 posted on 06/23/2002 5:30:34 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma
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To: Ranger Samson
whatever Israel does is Okay
43 posted on 06/23/2002 5:39:48 PM PDT by OldFriend
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To: john in missouri
BINGO BINGO BINGO, or is it Bravo Zulu, I am stealing that code, dude!!!! (With your permission!)
44 posted on 06/23/2002 5:58:02 PM PDT by Yehuda
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To: backhoe
Hmmm....in there own words:

There will be no peace until "the restoration of the Muslim glory and power, when the banner of Tawhid is raised to control the world and direct it, with no resistance."

From "Qa`idat al-Jihad" (the Jihad base)

45 posted on 06/23/2002 5:58:46 PM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: Ranger Samson
Let me guess. You're not pro Isreal are ya?
46 posted on 06/23/2002 6:00:26 PM PDT by Disgusted in Texas
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To: cake_crumb
It's all Jihad. The Islamics all know this secret. Say and do anything to promote Islam. Lie, cheat, kill, whatever to promote their God. Make no bones about it.
47 posted on 06/23/2002 6:08:34 PM PDT by Dec31,1999
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To: CIB-173RDABN
173rd,
As one who as served 23 years on AD, who received a CIB in 83 from Granada and then went on to fly in Panama and Iraq, I wonder who's really right???...

Still no has answered my questions why it is right for Israel to seize land that does not belong to them and commit what would be for any other nation a war crime.

However, this will be an interesting class discussion for my CGSC history class when the class of 2003 arrives soon.

Hooah
48 posted on 06/23/2002 6:14:58 PM PDT by Ranger Samson
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To: Disgusted in Texas
I am only "Pro-American".


49 posted on 06/23/2002 6:18:55 PM PDT by Ranger Samson
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To: Yehuda
It's simply the code from the individual's page, with "member" replaced by a more descriptive phrase.
50 posted on 06/23/2002 6:34:46 PM PDT by john in missouri
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