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Old 07-23-2004, 04:14 PM   #46
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Originally posted by Jamila
And, sarit, just yesterday I thanked you from my heart for the poems you posted, so I don't know where your anger comes from.
I appreciated the fact that the poems meant something to you. But then your next post came and was completely one-sided and full of generalizations - exactly the opposite from what the poems are about. Everyone made mistakes and wrongs, not just one side.

As fare as for what I'M doing about it? Why I'm "just complaining"? Well, I vote for the party I believe in (or with the kind of corrupted politics we have-the one I least hate), I go to peace rallies when I have the chance, sign petitions. That's the least I can do. True, I'm probably not made from the same stuff Gandhi or Mandela are made of, but I think that that's just a bit to much to be asking from me...

I hope that there are no hard feelings.

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Old 07-23-2004, 10:39 PM   #47
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Originally posted by u2philly

Why is it every situation you bring U2 up in? U2 has nothing to do with this subject. And there is more then life then U2. I have been quiet just a little bit to long here. Sorry everyone1

you said what I was wanting to say but couldn't bring myself to say

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Originally posted by u2philly

And there is more then life then U2.
Wait...what?! Are you sure?!
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Old 07-25-2004, 12:24 AM   #49
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The aparteid wall is failing miseriably, poor palestinian activists were prevented from blowing up a bunch of people because they were faced with a random checkpoint in Haifa, damn you Israel how dare you prevent Palestinians from going about their business with impunity.
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Old 07-26-2004, 12:37 PM   #50
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ok, this site is telling me im not a premuim member. what is up with that? I know I am.
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Jewish settlements expand despite promises, opposition

- John Ward Anderson, Washington Post
Friday, July 23, 2004

Jerusalem -- Jewish settlements and illegal outposts are growing at a rapid pace in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, despite Israeli pledges to the United States to stop the expansion of such communities and dismantle some of them, according to Israeli government statistics and a report released Thursday by settlement opponents.

The growth is particularly pronounced in the Gaza Strip, where Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has proposed removing all Jewish settlers and the Israeli soldiers who protect them, by the end of 2005. Sharon's disengagement plan is on hold as he tries to build support for it in his Cabinet and Israel's parliament.

According to a new report by the anti-settlement group Peace Now, Israeli settlements and outposts grew by more than 100 acres -- at least 60 acres added in the West Bank and about 43 acres in the Gaza Strip -- in the first six months of this year. At least 3,100 apartments are being built in the settlements, "in addition to the preparation of areas for construction of thousands of further housing" units, the report says.

The study included more than 50 satellite photographs and other pictures showing construction work and expansion at settlements and outposts between February and July. Before-and-after satellite images show the clearing of land, the construction of roads and the addition of greenhouses, trailers and homes.

The pictures "show without a shadow of doubt how these illegal outposts were expanded," Ephraim Sneh, a member of parliament from the main opposition Labor Party, said in a recent interview. "It shows that the government not only isn't dismantling settlements, it's expanding them with government funds."

Raanan Gissin, a spokesman for Sharon, said Israel believes it is permitted to build within existing settlement boundaries. As for outposts, he said, "Everything that is unauthorized and illegal will be removed once the legal proceedings are over."

"People are building up settlements and outposts every day in broad daylight," said Dror Etkes, head of Peace Now's Settlement Watch Team. "There's no way the government doesn't know about it."

In adopting a U.S.-backed peace plan called the "road map" 14 months ago, Israel agreed to freeze "all settlement activity" and "immediately" dismantle settlement outposts that had been erected since March 2001. The Israeli government says 28 outposts fall into that category; Peace Now says the real number is 51.

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