Palestinian Public Opinion Polls No. 5
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The Israeli Government revealed an intention to pull out from Gaza as a part of a more comprehensive unilateral disengagement plan. Thus, Israel in an undeclared manner, abandons the Road Map while the Palestinian Authority still adheres to it and calls on concerned countries to put pressure on Israel to force her to commit itself to the Road Map despite the fact that some of these countries expressed their understanding of the Israeli position. On the other side of the Palestinian scene, the Palestinian cities witnessed marches and sit-ins protesting the Israeli against international and local media institutions. The Gaza Strip witnessed a series of atrocities against journalists, Legislative Council Members and public figures. As for the construction of the Separation Wall, the Palestinian Authority filed a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice in The Hague seeking a decision concerning the legal status of the Wall. Israel, however, boycotted the hearings of the Court. Palestinian cities as a well as other Arab and European cities witnessed massive marches in support of the Palestinian stand at The Hague and protesting the international silence concerning the wall and its impact. Further, Fateh Revolutionary Council held a meeting described by some observers as necessary and important to correct the general Palestinian course and to lead Palestinian people out of their crisis if realistic decision are made touching the Palestinian reality.