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» 03/15/2005
ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Wall to encompass East Jerusalem
Jericho is to be turned over to Palestinian authorities. Among Palestinians support for terrorism as a means to achieve Palestinian statehood drops considerably.

Jerusalem (AsiaNews/Agencies) – With construction expected to be completed by the end of the year, the Israeli government confirmed today that the security wall it is building around the West Bank will encompass East Jerusalem, Maaleh Adumim (the West Bank's main Jewish settlement) and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem.

Palestinians have warned that the decision to unilaterally fix the border could jeopardise peace talks. "This is a policy of dictation and not negotiation," said Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.

The route of the barrier goes around Maaleh Adumim (30,000 residents), which is almost ten kilometres east of Jerusalem.

"Does anyone have even the slightest doubt that Maaleh Adumim is an integral part of Israel?" said Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Despite this controversy over the wall, Israel has agreed to hand over control of the West Bank town of Jericho to Palestinian officials on Wednesday, to be followed two or three days later by Tulkarem. Ramallah, Bethlehem and Qalqilya are also set to be returned to Palestinian police control in the near future.

In the meantime, an intra-Palestinian summit is taking place in Cairo (Egypt). Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is hoping to get Palestinian factions and militant groups to agree to a truce with Israel.

Support among Palestinians for terrorist violence in pursuit of Palestinian statehood has dropped sharply in recent months, according to a poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research published yesterday. Only 29 per cent of respondents approved of last month's bombing in Tel Aviv that killed five Israelis, compared to 77 per cent who supported an August bus bombing that killed 16 Israelis in the town of Beersheba. (LF)


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See also
03/15/2005 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Rosary for peace, against wall, says a Bethlehem nun
02/08/2005 ISRAEL – PALESTINE – HOLY LAND
Fasting as jihad for Sharon and Abbas, says Patriarch Sabbah
02/08/2005 ISRAEL – PALESTINE – HOLY LAND
Sharm el-Sheikh summit, a positive and encouraging step, says Nuncio in Jerusalem
04/03/2005 ISRAEL – PALESTINE – HOLY LAND
The Pope was always close to the sufferings of the peoples of the Holy Land, says Patriarch Sabbah
04/03/2005 HOLY LAND – TRIPS IN ASIA (AN OVERVIEW)
A pilgrim to the Holy Land for Christ's Jubilee in 2000

Editor's choices
EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
It looks like someone is trying to shout us down
by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiunThe widespread optimism concerning the dialogue between the Holy See and China is largely groundless. Some Chinese bishops unable to speak freely are asked "leading" questions. The key issues remain unresolved, namely episcopal appointments and the fate of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Benedict XVI's Letter to Chinese Catholics, also cited by Pope Francis, provides guidelines. No agreement is better than a bad agreement. What happened to Msgr. Cosma Shi Enxiang and Msgr. James Su Zhimin? Hong Kong's bishop emeritus, champion of religious freedom in China, delivers a vibrant reflection.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
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