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Diary of an Invasion: Ramallah, April 2002

Diary of an Invasion: Ramallah, April 2002 As dawn broke on March 29, 2002, Israeli tanks, under cover of helicopter gunships, and accompanied by armoured personnel carriers, rolled into Ramallah. Hundreds of soldiers made house-to-house searches, destroyed offices, besieged hospitals, arrested ambulance drivers and medics and prevented wounded civilians from reaching hospital. Hundreds of Palestinian males over the age of fourteen were detained and brutally treated, some died resisting along with other innocent civilians. Operation ‘Defensive Shield’, long planned, and with the aim of destroying the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), had found its opportunity with the suicide bombings of the week before—months of ‘closure’ of Palestinian towns and villages by the Israelis before that had brought the Palestinians to a state of increasing impoverishment and despair. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Holy Land Studies Edinburgh University Press

Diary of an Invasion: Ramallah, April 2002

Holy Land Studies , Volume 1 (2): 220 – Mar 1, 2003

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Edinburgh University Press
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© The Continuum Publishing Group Ltd 2003
ISSN
1474-9475
eISSN
1750-0125
DOI
10.3366/hls.2003.0004
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Abstract

As dawn broke on March 29, 2002, Israeli tanks, under cover of helicopter gunships, and accompanied by armoured personnel carriers, rolled into Ramallah. Hundreds of soldiers made house-to-house searches, destroyed offices, besieged hospitals, arrested ambulance drivers and medics and prevented wounded civilians from reaching hospital. Hundreds of Palestinian males over the age of fourteen were detained and brutally treated, some died resisting along with other innocent civilians. Operation ‘Defensive Shield’, long planned, and with the aim of destroying the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), had found its opportunity with the suicide bombings of the week before—months of ‘closure’ of Palestinian towns and villages by the Israelis before that had brought the Palestinians to a state of increasing impoverishment and despair.

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Holy Land StudiesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2003

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