Academic journal article The Middle East Journal


Academic journal article The Middle East Journal


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Feb. 12: Ten police officers were hurt in clashes with right wing activists opposed to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza disengagement plan. Approximately 15,000 people attended a rally at the Gush Katif settlement in the Gaza Strip to protest the disengagement from Gaza. There were several scattered protests in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as well. [Haaretz, 2/12]

Feb. 17: Israel's Attorney General dropped a corruption case against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon but charged his son Omri in connection with illegal campaign fundraising. [Al-Jazeera, 2/17]

Feb. 20: Israel's cabinet approved the evacuation of Jewish settlements under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza pullout plan in a 17-5 vote, marking the first time the Israeli government has approved the removal of settlements from Palestinian areas. [Al-Jazeera, 2/20]

Feb. 25: Israel announced plans to build more than 6,000 new homes in existing settlements and recognize 120 unauthorized outposts in the West Bank. [The Guardian, 2/25]

Mar. 2: According to the disengagement administration, roughly 800 of 1700 settler families from Gush Katif expressed a willingness to negotiate evacuating their homes in the Gaza Strip. Settler leaders dismissed the numbers, adding that far fewer people had approached the disengagement administration than was reported. [Haaretz, 3/2]

Mar. 9: An officially sanctioned report, requested by Prime Minister Sharon and drafted by a former state prosecutor, recommended criminal charges against officials with the Ministries of Defense and Housing, and the settlement division of the World Zionist Organization for secretly diverting millions of dollars to build illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank. …

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