VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 5 April, 2011: Palestinians, Israelis Mourn Murder of Artist Activist Juliano Mer Khamis

5 April, 2011 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian Killed in Gaza Buffer Zone
IMEMC – Tuesday April 05, 2011 – 13:45, A Palestinian man has been killed in the buffer zone of the Gaza Strip, on Tuesday. The Israeli military has claimed that they shot the man as he was armed, and approaching the border, but Palestinian medical sources have stated that no weapon was found at the scene.

Gazan Engineer Formally Charged By Israel
IMEMC – Tuesday April 05, 2011 – 13:04, Dirar Abu Sisi, the Gazan engineer who was abducted by Israeli security personnel whilst traveling by train through the Ukraine, has been formally charged by an Israeli court on Monday.

6 Detained from Awarta
IMEMC – Tuesday April 05, 2011 – 11:50, Six men were detained, Tuesday morning, in the village of Awarta, Ma’an News reports.

Goldstone To Visit Israel
IMEMC – Tuesday April 05, 2011 – 11:34, Only a few days after retracting his report on Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip, South African Judge, Richard Goldstone, said will be happy to visit Israel next summer, starting his tour with Sderot settlement, south of the country.

Army Invades Bil’in
IMEMC – Monday April 04, 2011 – 11:47, Under the pretext of searching for international peace activists, Israeli soldiers and policemen invaded on Monday at dawn Bil’in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, broke into and searched several homes.

Ma’an News

Gaza man killed by Israeli artillery fire
4/6/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers on Tuesday shot and killed a Palestinian man near the border in the northern Gaza Strip. Witnesses said two others were injured by the artillery fire. They said the group of men were collecting cement particles for use in construction aggregates near the Erez crossing. An Israeli military….

Israeli shelling destroys phone, internet lines in Gaza
4/6/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli artillery fire that killed one man and injured two others in Gaza on Tuesday also cut the main fiber optic lines providing telephone and internet access to the northern Gaza Strip, government officials said. The Gaza Telecommunications Ministry was in the process of transferring cables to the area so….

6 more detained from Awarta in Itamar investigation
4/5/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers detained six residents of Awarta on Tuesday morning, the latest in a wave of arrests in the village said to be in relation to investigations of the Itamar murders. Village council head Qais Awwad said soldiers searched homes before detaining six men. Those detained were identified as Ahmad Maen….

Itamar settlers uproot tree saplings near Nablus
4/5/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Residents of Itamar settlement who recently erected an illegal outpost destroyed dozens of tree saplings in the area, Palestinian farmers said Tuesday. The outpost was founded in the wake of the murder of five members of the Fogel family in Itamar settlement. It was erected on what villagers said was privately….

Bethlehem police seize unexploded ordnance
4/5/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Police safely detonated an artillery shell Tuesday in the West Bank city of BethlehemA trader found part of an artillery shell inside a consignment of second-hand clothes he bought from Israel. The merchant informed police, who took the ordnance and detonated it. The shell was at risk of exploding at any….

Palestinian efforts to isolate Israel like ‘war’
4/5/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A senior Israeli defense official has warned that Palestinian efforts to isolate Israel and secure recognition of a state were as serious for Israel as a “war,” media reports said. The comments, made by Amos Gilad during a private meeting but recorded and broadcast by Israel’s Channel 10 television on Monday….

Gaza officials protest EU vote on Goldstone report
4/5/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Over 100 Palestinian figures from the Gaza Strip sent a letter of protest to the EU Representative in Palestine, after delegates voted against moving forward on the recommendations of the Goldstone Report at the UN.”Our Palestinian people feel shocked and angered regarding the European vote on Friday, March 25….

Shock in Jenin after theater director’s murder
4/6/2011 – JENIN (AFP) — Jenin refugee camp was in shock on Tuesday after the brutal murder of its theater director, with co-workers refusing to believe he was killed for his work. Juliano Mer-Khamis, a well-known actor and theater director born of Jewish and Palestinian parents, died on Monday when a gunman opened fire on his car as….

Israeli army detains 10 Palestinians overnight
4/5/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli military officials handed out three summons to Jenin residents overnight, and detained 10 from other parts of the West Bank. Local officials said villagers in Kafr Ra’i and Arraba were told to appear at the Salem military camp at the northern tip of the West Bank. Forces entered….

Zahhar: Hamas, Fatah started unity talks in Gaza
4/5/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar said Tuesday that Hamas and Fatah leaders had started reconciliation talks in Gaza, which Egypt would monitor without direct intervention.” Egyptian authorities informed Palestinian factions that Egypt will not directly join dialogue but will monitor from a distance and let the Palestinians reach agreement alone wherever….

Gaza: Fatah military groups want rearmament
4/5/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah-affiliated militant groups in the Gaza Strip have asked the Hamas government to return the weapons seized from fighters in 2007 when the Islamist movement took control of the coastal enclave. Twelve divisions of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades asked to be rearmed in a letter to the government.” Our fighters….

Abbas meets Ramallah hunger-strikers
4/5/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas held a meeting Sunday with youth from the March 15 movement protesting for an end to the national division, informed sources told Ma’an. Abbas updated the protesters on efforts by his Fatah-led Palestinian Authority to reconcile with Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, sources said. Protesters….

Fatah investigating Libya arms deal allegations
4/5/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fatah Central Committee is investigating reports that one of its members was involved in supplying arms to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, a spokesman said. Rebel forces currently battling Gadhafi’s regime said they seized Israeli arms smuggled into Libya. According to media reports, the Transitional National Council said Fatah Central….

Israel releases detained Palestinian patient
4/5/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Monday released a Palestinian detained over a month ago on his way to hospital in Israel. Mahdi Atef Nasser, 21, from Deir Al-Balah, was detained on March 1 at the Erez crossing on the Gaza-Israel border….

Thousands expected for commemoration of slain director
4/5/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Jenin Freedom Theater director Juliano Mer-Khamis will be buried on Wednesday, in Kibbutz Ramot Menashe, following three funeral processions in Haifa, Jenin and Ramallah on Tuesday morning. Hours after the artist was gunned down in his car outside of the theater in the Jenin refugee camp, some 50 Palestinian artists and….

Ashrawi: We will prosecute crimes against Palestinians
4/5/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — PLO leader Hanan Ashrawi expressed concern Monday over Richard Goldstone’s recent comments over his report on Israel’s Operation Cast Lead offensive on the Gaza Strip. In an opinion piece published Friday by The Washington Post, Goldstone reconsidered his report, which found evidence that Israel and Hamas committed….

UN envoy condemns murder of Mer-Khamis
4/5/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The UN Mideast peace envoy Robert Serry on Tuesday condemned the murder of actor and director Juliano Mer-Khamis, who was shot dead in Jenin refugee camp on Monday afternoon.” We are shocked and saddened by Juliano Mer-Khamis’ murder, not only was he a unique and talented actor and director, he….

Austrian Foreign Minister to visit Gaza
4/5/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger will visit Gaza City on Wednesday, the UNRWA media office in Gaza said. The minister will give the former Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Karen Abu Zayd, a Certificate of Merit and will meet with UNRWA deputy director of operations Chris Nordahl. He will also meet with….

Abbas urges Mideast Quartet to make a stand
4/5/2011 – RAMALLAH (AFP) – President Mahmoud Abbas has urged the Quartet to issue a clear statement over Israeli settlements when it meets this month, a senior aide told AFP. Speaking by telephone from Amman, Nabil Abu Rudeina said Abbas had urged the Middle East diplomatic Quartet to publish a statement which calls for an end to settlement….

UN condemns plans for East Jerusalem settler homes
4/5/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) – The UN’s Middle East envoy on Tuesday condemned plans by Jerusalem city council to build over 900 new Jewish-only homes in Gilo settlement.” Israeli settlement activity anywhere in occupied territory, including in east Jerusalem, is illegal and contrary to the roadmap,” said Richard Miron, spokesman for United Nations peace envoy Robert….

Obama, Peres look at Mideast peace
4/5/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Barack Obama held talks Tuesday with Israeli President Shimon Peres in hopes of finding ways to boost Middle East peace efforts, despite a new settlement move in Jerusalem. Peres, a veteran statesman and Nobel laureate whose position is largely ceremonial, opened a meeting with Obama in the Oval Office of the White….

PCBS: 84% of Palestinians are homeowners
4/5/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The vast majority of Palestinians own their homes, living with an average of 1. 6 people per room, while those who rent pay an average of 115 Jordanian Dinars ($162) per month, a housing survey found. The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics released its report on Tuesday, which was compiled for….

Bethlehem teenager dies after work accident
4/5/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teenager died on Sunday after an accident at work in a village near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Mahmoud Walid Thawabteh, 18, was working in a stone quarry Beit Fajjar when rocks collapsed on him, police said. He was taken to the Al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron where he….

Libyan rebels on the run at bogged-down Brega
4/5/2011 – NEAR BREGA, Libya (AFP) – Libyan rebels were sent scattering under a barrage of shelling early Tuesday by Moammar Gadhafi’s forces from the edge of the key oil town of Brega, as a military stalemate entered a sixth day. An AFP reporter said opposition fighters had edged closer to Brega, 800 kilometers east of….

Libya open to reform, rebels pushed back
4/5/2011 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Libya’s government said Tuesday it is ready to negotiate reforms but only provided Moammar Gadhafi is not forced out, as loyalists troops pushed rebel fighters back from the key oil port of Brega. NATO-led air strikes have destroyed 30 percent of the regime’s military capacity since the UN-backed bombing….

Palestine Note

On the so-called Goldstone retraction
Palestine Note 5 Apr 2011 – The Mideast-focused blogosphere erupted over the weekend after Justice Richard Goldstone wrote a piece in the Washington Post about “Reconsidering the Goldstone Report” in which he stated, “If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would…

Palestinians memorialize slain Arab-Israeli actor
Palestine Note 5 Apr 2011 – Washington Post – Scores of tearful Palestinians held a memorial service Tuesday for a popular Israeli-Arab actor who was shot dead outside the theater he founded, and his business partner said the theater would press forward with its work despite…

A congressional double standard on incitement
Palestine Note 5 Apr 2011 – Matt Berkman – This week, in response to the highly publicized murder of a Jewish family in the West Bank settlement of Itamar, a group of 27 U.S. senators signed a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging her…

Israel’s interior minister says Goldstone accepted his invitation to visit Israel
Palestine Note 5 Apr 2011 – Washington Post- South African jurist Richard Goldstone has accepted an invitation to visit Israel and promised to work to nullify his U.N. report accusing Israel of deliberately targeted civilians during its offensive in the Gaza Strip two years ago, the…

Plans for Picasso loan to West Bank a study in complications
Palestine Note 5 Apr 2011 – Washington Post- A Palestinian art academy is preparing to spruce itself up for a famous guest: a $7 million Pablo Picasso masterpiece that would be the first displayed in the West Bank. But simply arranging the painting’s journey remains a…

Israel uneasy over Syrian unrest in Golan Heights
Palestine Note 5 Apr 2011 – BBC- Syria has fought several wars with Israel and has close ties with Iran, and the militant groups Hezbollah and Hamas. The occupied Golan Heights are now seeing ripples from the protest wave sweeping the Arab world and many people…

Zahhar: Hamas, Fatah started unity talks in Gaza
Palestine Note 5 Apr 2011 – Ma’an- Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar said Tuesday that Hamas and Fatah leaders had started reconciliation talks in Gaza, which Egypt would monitor without direct intervention. “Egyptian authorities informed Palestinian factions that Egypt will not directly join dialogue but will monitor…

Taybeh beer offers Germany a taste of Palestine
Palestine Note 5 Apr 2011 – Deutsche Welle – It’s 5 o’ clock in the morning as the machinery roars into life in the Taybeh brewery in the West Bank, watched by master brewer Nadim Khoury. It’s still cold outside, which is not surprising as the…

Book of Khaled tackled immigration to the US
Palestine Note 5 Apr 2011 – Al Arabiya – A century ago, Lebanese writer Amin Rihani released The Book of Khalid, the first English book by an Arab and the first to tackle one of the most important issues that has for years occupied Arabs abroad–immigration….

‘Abducted’ Palestinian Dirar Abu Sisi on Hamas charges
Palestine Note 5 Apr 2011 – BBC- Dirar Abu Sisi says he was abducted by Israel’s secret service in Ukraine while applying for citizenship there. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said he is “a Hamas man” who has provided “valuable information” to Israel. Mr Abu Sisi’s…

Prominent Israelis Will Propose a Peace Plan
Palestine Note 5 Apr 2011 – New York Times – A group of prominent Israelis, including former heads of Mossad, Shin Bet and the military, are this week putting forth an initiative for peace with the Arab world that they hope will generate popular support and…

Arab Israeli Actor Slain
Palestine Note 5 Apr 2011 – Well known director of Freedom Theater likely the victim of pre-meditated killing by Palestinian militants Al Jazeera – A masked gunman has shot dead a well-known Arab Israeli actor, director and political activist in the West Bank town of Jenin…

Other stories from Palestine
Palestine Note 5 Apr 2011 – Al Jazeera- Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi set himself and his nation on fire, Wael Ghonim created a Facebook page in honour of a man killed by the security services and sent millions pouring onto the streets of Egypt, and Iman al-Obeidi…

UN council: Goldstone regret not enough to rescind Gaza war report
Palestine Note 5 Apr 2011 – Hareetz- The United Nations Human Rights Council said Monday that it would continue to treat the report written by former Judge Richard Goldstone about Israel’s incursion into Gaza as legitimate, despite his recently voiced regret regarding some of his damning…

Israeli authors join campaign to keep Arab bookseller in the country
Palestine Note 4 Apr 2011 – Observer- On the edge of the busy forecourt of Jerusalem’s world-famous American Colony hotel, Munther Fahmi is in his usual spot; sitting in the bookshop that has become a haven of tolerance for scholars in a bitterly divided city. For…

Aljazeera

Bahrain workers fired for supporting protests
AlJazeera 5 Apr 2011 – Opposition group says hundreds of mostly Shia workers have been laid off for going on strike in March.

Deaths in Port Sudan air strike
AlJazeera 5 Apr 2011 – Officials say unidentified “foreign” aircraft targets passenger car near airport, killing two people.

Security forces storm Lebanon jail after riot
AlJazeera 5 Apr 2011 – Prisoners demanding amnesty and better conditions have detained three guards as part of their continuing protests.

France’s ruling party discusses Islam
AlJazeera 5 Apr 2011 – UMP members hold criticised debate about Islam’s place in secular France, days before ban on face veils is implemented.

Ivorian leader denies move to surrender
AlJazeera 5 Apr 2011 – Gbagbo says face-to-face talks with president-elect Ouattara is the only way to return the country to peace.

Fresh clashes in southern Yemen
AlJazeera 5 Apr 2011 – A day after at least 15 people were killed, security forces have again fired on anti-government protesters in Taiz.

Policemen shot dead near Damascus
AlJazeera 5 Apr 2011 – Two officers on patrol attacked near suburb where eight protesters were killed last week.

Palestine News Network

Gaza: Israeli Shelling Leaves Palestinian Worker Dead
PNN – Gaza — PNN — One man was killed when tanks bombarded a group of Palestinian workers as they collected construction materials near the northern Gaza Strip’s border with Israel. Palestinian medics announced…

Jenin Mourns Freedom Theatre Founder Juliano Mer-Khamis
PNN – Jenin — PNN – Residents of Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, along with community leaders and officials, gathered on Tuesday at the Freedom Theatre to mourn Juliano Mer-Khamis. Juliano…

UNRWA workers; Temporary Contracts Left them Hostage of Financial Hardships and Foreign Workers
PNN – Jerusalem-Maysa Abu Ghazaleh/PNN Exclusive — “Cut our throats but do not cut our livelihood” is a saying that used frequently among the 22 workers of the UN Relief and Works Agency for…

High Court to Hear Petition Challenging Forced Deportations
PNN – Tel Aviv – PNN – On Wednesday morning the Israeli High Court will hear a petition that challenges both Israel’s control of the Palestinian population registry as well as its forced removal…

Two Workers Injured in Gaza, 11 West Bankers Arrested as Troops Raid the Freedom Theater
PNN – Gaza — PNN — Two Palestinian workers were injured when Israeli tanks fired shells at them near the northern Gaza—Israeli borders on Tuesday morning. Palestinian medics announced that tanks shelling made it…

Abu Sisi’s Family Denies Charges
PNN – Tel Aviv – PNN – On Monday, the Gazan engineer Dirar Abu Sisi saw charges filed against him for assisting Hamas in developing weapons. His family refutes the charges and asserts that…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Military Court in Gaza Sentences a Palestinian to Death and Another to Hard Labor
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Thursday, 31 March 2011

International Solidarity Movement

Israel okays 942 new settler homes in East Jerusalem
4/5/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Ma’an News Agency – Jerusalem city council on Monday approved the construction of 942 new Jewish-only homes in Gilo settlement in occupied East Jersualem, a councillor told AFP. Elisha Peleg, from the right-wing Likud party, confirmed that the new construction in Gilo, close to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, had been approved during….

Gaza: Israeli shelling leaves Palestinian worker dead
4/5/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Palestine News Network – One man was killed when tanks bombarded a group of Palestinian workers as they collected construction materials near the northern Gaza Strip’s border with Israel. Palestinian medics announced that Mohamed Shalha, 21, was killed when tank shells landed near him. Shalha and another worker were injured earlier on Tuesday midday…. Related: PNN – Gaza: Israeli Shelling Leaves Palestinian Worker Dead

Alternative Information Center

Brandeis University Students Protest Visit by Israeli Parliamentarians
Alternative Information Center – Members of Brandeis University’s Students for Justice in Palestine (BSJP) disrupted a university panel discussion of six visiting members of the Israeli Knesset, Monday evening (4 April), to alert the student community to the presence of…

Palestinians, Israelis Mourn Murder of Artist Activist Juliano Mer Khamis
Alternative Information Center – Juliano Mer-Khamis, director of the Freedom Theatre in the West Bank city of Jenin, was shot dead Monday, 4 April. The 52-year-old was sitting in his car in the Jenin Refugee Camp, when masked gunmen shot…

Jerusalem Approves 942 New Homes in East Jerusalem’s Gilo Settlement
Alternative Information Center – The Jerusalem Local Building and Planning Committee approved 942 new homes in the East Jerusalem settlement of Gilo on Monday, 4 April.

AIC Video: Tax Pressure on Jerusalem Palestinians
Alternative Information Center – Over 100,000 Palestinians are at risk of expulsion from Jerusalem as the Jerusalem Municipality has apparently stopped demanding municipal taxes from city residents living behind the Separation Wall.

Relief Web

OPT: Socio-economic Report – February 2011
Relief Web 5 Apr 2011 – Source: UN Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories

UN calls on Israel to halt further settlement activity on occupied Palestinian land
Relief Web 5 Apr 2011 – Source: UN News Service

EU contributes €20 million to the Palestinian Authority’s payment of March salaries and pensions
Relief Web 5 Apr 2011 – Source: European Union

OPT: 121 projects to improve quality of life in the Gaza Strip
Relief Web 5 Apr 2011 – Source: Government of Israel

Palestine Telegraph

Gazan gravel worker killed by Israeli gunfire
5 Apr 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)- One palestinian was killed and another wounded by Israeli gunfire during their work in Beit lahia, northern Gaza Strip.

Israeli army breaks into several homes in Hebron
5 Apr 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli army conducted Tuesday morning intensified search operations to civilians’ homes in Hebron under the pretext of searching for wanted people.

Israeli soldiers storm Palestinian house near Hebron
5 Apr 2011 – West bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces turned yestardy a house in the town of Tarusa in the west of Hebron to a military base and deployed a number of armed soldiers around it.

Settlers seize Palestinian lands in Salfit
5 Apr 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph) — Settlers of the illegal settlement of Tafouh surrounded yesterday about 600 Dunnms belonging to Palestinian citizens with barbed wire around their settlement which was built on the territory of Yasuf town in Salfit city.

The National

Egypt’s new government ready to renew country’s ties with Iran
The National 5 Apr 2011 – Rapprochement between Tehran and Cairo would worry the Arab world, unnerve Israel and dismay the United States.

Lebanon’s online hit Shankabootee wins Digital Emmy Award
The National 5 Apr 2011 – Web drama’s ‘ugly reality’ set on Beirut’s streets as audience follows Suleiman while he makes deliveries on his moped and confronts issues and controversies is world-beater at Cannes event.

Yemeni opposition rejects GCC’s Riyadh peace talks offer
The National 5 Apr 2011 – ‘There is no dialogue with the regime’, say protesters, who insist the president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, must step down.

Omani protesters call for release of demonstrators detained at Sohar
The National 5 Apr 2011 – Detainees accused of ¬øproperty damage and disruption¬ø and ¬øpushing the limits of patience¬ø before they were arrested.

Syrian officials speed up decision-making to head off Friday protests
The National 5 Apr 2011 – At least seven formal orders have been issued by Syria’s president, Bashar al Assad ,that seem designed to placate anti-government activists or convince the silent majority that meaningful change is taking place.

Freed Saudi Arabian terror suspects ‘were not innocent’
The National 5 Apr 2011 – 5,831 were not released after being found innocent, but had been found guilty mostly of ‘minor violations of laws’.

Hamas man arrested over murder of Arab-Israeli actor Juliano Mer Khamis
The National 5 Apr 2011 – Several suspects being interrogated as UN’s Middle East envoy and Palestinian PM condemn killing of Juliano Mer Khamis in West Bank town of Jenin by a masked gunman.

UN mediator pessimistic on Libyan peace deal
The National 4 Apr 2011 – During meetings with officials in Tripoli and Benghazi, Abdelilah al Khatib said both Col Qaddafi’s government and the rebels showed support for a ceasefire. But both had also made statements that suggested they would not lay down their arms.

Ha’aretz

Report: Airstrike on car in Port Sudan kills two
Ha’aretz – Unidentified aircraft flying from the Red Sea bombs car in Sudan’s main port city; in 2009, convoy of arms smugglers was hit by unidentified aircraft, which some reports said was carried out by Israel to stop weapons reaching Gaza.

IMF report: Palestinian financial institutions ready for statehood
Ha’aretz – The International Monetary Fund report credits reforms and prudent fiscal policy with enabling the PA to reduce its dependence on foreign aid for its regular budget.

Obama: Changes in Mideast make Israel-Palestinian peace more urgent than ever
Ha’aretz – Peres spoke after meeting with the U.S. president in Washington, where the two leaders discussed the impact of recent Mideast turmoil on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Former Israeli defense chiefs draft new Mideast peace plan
Ha’aretz – Group who created the plan, which includes ex-IDF chief Amnon Lipkin-Shahak and ex-general Amram Mitzna, hopes to use it to pressure Netanyahu to renew talks with the Palestinians.

Palestinians arrest suspect in murder of Israeli actor Juliano Mer-Khamis
Ha’aretz – PA police arrested and are interrogating former al-Aqsa Martyr Brigades militant who was released from Israeli prison more than five years ago, and is now a suspect in murder of Mer-Khamis.

NY Times: We turned down a different version of Goldstone retraction
Ha’aretz – Newspaper denies reports that it rejected the opinion piece which was later published in the Washington Post in which Goldstone expresses contrition for some of the accusations his UN report made against Israel.

IDF kills armed Palestinian approaching Gaza border fence
Ha’aretz – Gaza militants fire mortar bombs into Israel shortly after Israeli tanks spot man suspected of trying to place explosive device near border with Israel.

Jewish leftists disrupt Kadima MK speech at U.S. University
Ha’aretz – A talk by Avi Dichter, former Public Security Minister and former Director of the Shin Bet, at Brandeis University broken up with accusations of war crimes.

U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ about Israel settlement expansion
Ha’aretz – State Department issues statement calling on Israel to halt settlement building in light of possible building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Peres to Clinton: Mideast ‘storm’ must bring peace and democracy
Ha’aretz – President and U.S. Secretary of State meet in Washington, say optimistic about talks, stress Israel and the United States’ close ties and prospects for peace.

Jerusalem Post

Ex-security officials, business execs to push peace agenda
Jeruslalem Post 6 Apr 2011 – Initiative from TA calls on gov’t to make large-scale territorial concessions, reach solution to Palestinian refugee problem in exchange for peace.

‘Complaints against judges are down, but problems remain’
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Judicial ombudsman, Eliezer Goldberg, said complaints at 866, down from 1,003 in 2009 (13.6 percent drop); too early to tell if marks beginning of trend.

‘Partners in pain,’ rivals in court
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Judges are forced to decide between two groups of bereaved families from Carmel tragedy over posthumous medals for police rescuers.

Mother-of-5 shot to death near Jewish cemetery in Lod
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Police identified the body as that of Yassmin Abu Zoualak; her husband, brother, brother-in-law, and three others have been arrested.

Panel: Should Holocaust funds only go to survivors?
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Some members of committee are in favor of introducing a five-year moratorium on education spending in order to aid aging survivors.

Saleh rival says he was target of assassination attempt
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – 3 dead in clashes in Yemen; expert: Red Sea state could be battleground for proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Fatah to probe reports Dahlan aiding Gaddafi
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Dahlan describes charges as lies and fabrications and launched a scathing attack on Al-Jazeera, accusing the station of having “bad intentions.”

Amnesty Int’l: Iran leads world in known executions
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Amnesty International stated it received reports of over 300 additional executions carried out in Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad, Iran.

Security fence permits for Palestinians petition rejected
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – High Court says it “cannot ignore the necessary security purpose that was basis for closing off the zone” despite “harsh daily realities” for residents.

Obama meets with Peres, calls for intensified peace efforts
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – In White House meeting, Peres brings up Pollard case; both presidents agree on need to work against Iran; Peres warns Europeans against forcing a peace solution; Obama reasserts US commiment to Israel.

Palestinian VC fund bets on West Bank tech potential
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Sadara will invest in mobile, Internet, with backing of Google, Cisco; first-ever fund opens with $29 in capital, heavyweight backing.

Lindenstrauss probe to include all ministers, deputies
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Both sides claim victory as comptroller announces all ministers going back to 2006 will be looked into, PM not sole focus of probe.

Hague prosecutor says Gaddafi planned to kill civilians
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Moreno-Ocampo says he’d like to speak with defectors; crowds gather outside Turkish consulate in Benghazi, demand Erdogan’s support.

Congressional leaders slam efforts to demonize Israel
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Steny Hoyer: “If this is a new era of openness, it matters more than ever that the Arab people have a view of Israel unclouded by bigotry.”

Authors defend threatened J’lem Palestinian bookseller
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Munther Fahmi’s residency was revoked when he left to study in the United States, acquired citizenship; Grossman, Oz fighting his deportation.

Court decides to allow Carmel fire medal ceremony
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch describes case as “one of the most difficult to ever come before the court.”

Fayyad says Palestinian institutions ready for statehood
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – The Palestinian Authority prime minister says good government is prerequisite for independence, thriving economy.

‘Goldstone says he’ll work to nullify report in UN’
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Jurist accepts Yishai’s invitation to visit rocket-battered South; won’t take steps against report until “dust settles”; Army Radio reports.

Non-traditional items showing up on Seder plates
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Fruits, vegetables representing a variety of causes from solidarity with oppressed Jews to welcoming the intermarried seen on Passover.

Searching sewers reveals some ironic biblical mistakes
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – CITYsights: A recent excavation reveals the “pool of Siloam,” where Jesus is said to have miraculously cured a blind man.

‘Israel using int’l climate to abandon two-state solution’
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – After new building approval, PLO says region “headed to bloody conflict”; UN slams “illegal” plans; US: Actions counter to talks efforts.

PA forces nab Hamas suspect in Mer-Khamis murder
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Friend of slain actor, former commander of Al-Aksa Martyr’s Brigade, says he fell victim to power struggles among Palestinian factions.

‘German firms finance world champ in Holocaust denial’
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Merkel administration tells ‘Post’ “Iran sanctions will be discussed with Netanyahu”; German Jewish leader slams Iran funding.

Lent in Jerusalem: The Holy Fire ceremony
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Easter in Israel is essentially centered on one specific tradition which is the hallmark of the season for local Christians.

‘Do Touch’: World’s first deaf-blind acting group in Jaffa
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – “Nalaga’at” Center composed of 11 actors; “We ask people who come to our center to communicate, to touch,” says group development manager.

Suspect arrested in Tel Aviv knife attack investigation
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 – Police suspect that a work dispute between young woman who was stabbed in center of city and 33-year-old man may be reason for attack.

Pessah food package requests double over last year
Jeruslalem Post 4 Apr 2011 – NII statistics show a sharp increase in the number of Israeli families joining the poverty cycle.

Uruknet

Interview with the late Juliano Mer-Khamis: “We are freedom fighters”
Uruknet April 5, 2011 – Actor-director Juliano Mer-Khamis was shot dead by a masked gunman yesterday outside the Freedom Theatre that he co-founded in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Jenin in 2006. Born in Nazareth in 1958 to Saliba Khamis, a Palestinian Christian leader of the Israeli Communist Party, and Arna Mer, an Israeli Jewish dramatist, Juliano memorably described…

Israel insists on treating enemies as criminals
Uruknet April 5, 2011 – Israel has kidnapped, apparently with the Ukrainian authorities turning a blind eye, a Gazan engineer named Dirar Abu Sisi. He was detained for several weeks under the usual schtick of a double gag order: one gag order preventing making public the fact that he is held, another denying the public the right to know there…

US and allies gear up for protracted war in Libya
Uruknet April 5, 2011 – The US-led war coalition rejected ceasefire offers by the Libyan government on Monday and reiterated its demand that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his family leave the country as the precondition for any resolution to the crisis. As the US-NATO war entered its third week, the fig leaf of a “humanitarian” intervention to protect Libyan…

Under Heavy Assault, Libyan Rebels Flee Brega
Uruknet April 5, 2011 – Forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi battered rebel fighters on the road outside this strategic oil town on Tuesday with rocket fire, mortars and artillery, driving them many miles to the north and leaving them in disarray…Libyan officials continued to talk about a negotiated solution to the crisis in which the country would “transition” to…

Goldstone To Visit Israel
Uruknet April 5, 2011 – Only a few days after retracting his report on Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip, South African Judge, Richard Goldstone, said will be happy to visit Israel next summer, starting his tour with Sderot settlement, south of the country. Goldstone said that he “bears great love to Israel” and looks forwards to tour the country,…

Video: US Libya Intervention Is Aggression
Uruknet April 5, 2011 – Well, it is an imperial assault. We don’t need to lose sight of the forest just because individual trees are acting this way and that. What we’re seeing is a unified Euro-American assault on a major oil producer. But the context must include what people are calling the “Arab Spring”, this Arab nationalist reawakening. And…

Rights Groups Deplore Order to Try 9/11 Suspects at Guantanamo
Uruknet April 5, 2011 – U.S. human rights groups reacted angrily to the Justice Department’s announcement Monday that the self-acclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on Lower Manhattan and the Pentagon will be tried before a military commission at the Guantanamo detention facility in Cuba. The groups, which described the move as the latest in a series of reversals by…

Despite house arrest Jerusalem activist will fight for Silwan
Uruknet April 5, 2011 – Palestinian activist Jawad Siyam has been under house arrest for nearly three months after being accused of attacking a Palestinian neighbor in the occupied East Jerusalem village of Silwan. The Director of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, Siyam categorically denies the allegation. He says that the real reason he has been targeted is because of…

Gaza man killed by Israeli artillery fire
Uruknet April 5, 2011 — Israeli soldiers on Tuesday shot and killed a Palestinian man near the border in the northern Gaza Strip. Witnesses said two others were injured by the artillery fire. They said the group of men were collecting cement particles for use in construction aggregates near the Erez crossing.

No civilian trial for Guantanamo detainee
Uruknet April 4, 2011 – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, attacks, will be tried by a military commission in Guantanamo Bay instead of in a US civilian court. The news comes as a major reversal for the administration of Barack Obama, the US president. In making the announcement on Monday, Eric Holder, US attorney-general,…

Iraq snapshot – April 4, 2011
Uruknet April 4, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, the US military announces deaths, protesters in the KRG demand the government resign, journalists remain under attack, political jockeying in the Parliament and more…The last weeks have not been a pleasant time to be an Iraqi journalist. As the protests got into full swing, the government began attacking journalists. Not just preventing…

Which way is Syria going? An appraisal of the moment after the Friday of Martyrs
Uruknet April 4, 2011 – Things have been changing very rapidly in Syria, including some violent shifts in the mood of different layers of society. Last Friday, named the Friday of Martyrs, did not meet expectations in terms of the number of protesters, however we saw new towns join the protests as well as the Kurds coming out for the…

Lies, Damned Lies, and Libya
Uruknet April 4, 2011 – The rationale for our latest foreign murder campaign is the ridiculous notion that because Gaddafi is an undemocratic semi-tyrant we have the right to interfere in the affairs of a nation which may very well soon be run by a full tyrant if, and when, Gaddafi is replaced. And then only by having the rebels…

“Our Man in Tripoli”: US-NATO Sponsored Islamic Terrorists Integrate Libya’s Pro-Democracy Opposition
Uruknet April 4, 2011 – Concepts are Turned Upside Down: The US-NATO military alliance is supporting a rebellion integrated by Islamic terrorists, in the name of the “War on Terrorism”. There are various factions within the Libyan opposition: Royalists, defectors from the Qadhafi regime including the Minister of Justice and more recently the Foreign Minister, Moussa Koussa, members of the…

What does Goldstone know now?
Uruknet April 4, 2011 – Retired justice Richard Goldstone started his opinion piece published Friday on the Washington Post by saying, “We know a lot more today about what happened in the Gaza war of 2008-09 than we did when I chaired the fact-finding mission appointed by the U.N. Human Rights Council that produced what has come to be known…

Israel okays 942 new settler homes in East Jerusalem
Uruknet April 4, 2011 — Jerusalem city council on Monday approved the construction of 942 new Jewish-only homes in Gilo settlement in occupied East Jersualem, a councillor told AFP. Elisha Peleg, from the right-wing Likud party, confirmed that the new construction in Gilo, close to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, had been approved during an afternoon session of the…

Civilians massacred by Western-backed forces in Ivory Coast
Uruknet April 4, 2011 – Up to 1,000 civilians have reportedly been massacred in the town of Du?©kou?© in the West African country of Ivory Coast. This is the biggest loss of life in the former French colony since the disputed presidential election in November 2010. There has been a standoff between the two rival presidential candidates since the election….

Americans, in a Vet led assembly, gathered in support of Bradley Manning Shock Troops Used to Prevent Vet-Led Flower Laying Ceremony at War Memorial
Uruknet April 4, 2011 – On March 20th, Americans, in a vet led assembly, gathered to support PFC Bradley Manning who is accused of leaking documents to WikiLeaks and who has been held in solitary confinement at the Quantico Marine Base for 7 months. We worked successfully with the Prince William County Police for a safe and peaceful event, but…

Libya: Blood for Oil becomes Blood For Water
Uruknet April 4, 2011 – The only reason besides the geopolitical importance can only be the water supply in Libya, deep beneath the desert. In the year 1953 were oil companies, in addition to oil, large quantities of water deep beneath the desert. Most of the water would be between 38.000 and 14.000 years old. Gaddafi was the one who…

Responsibility to Protect (R2P): Where America Chooses to Back “Armed Struggle”
Uruknet April 4, 2011 – Within a few days, the “Silmiya” (peaceful) popular uprising against the 42-year old rule of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya had turned into an “armed struggle” and in no time the U.S. administration was in full gear backing the Libyan armed violent revolt, which has turned into a full scale civil war, despite being the same…

PCHR Highlight Key Issues Relating to Report of UN Fact-Finding Mission on Gaza Conflict (the ‘Goldstone Report)
Uruknet April 4, 2011 – In light of the media debate and confusion triggered by Justice Richard Goldstone’s 1 April opinion piece in the Washington Post, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) wishes to highlight a few key issues regarding the current status of the UN Fact-Finding Mission’s Report, and the search for accountability in the aftermath of Israel’s…

Juliano Mer-Khamis murdered in Jenin’s Freedom Theater
Uruknet April 4, 2011 – Juliano Mer-Khamis, the 54-year old founder of The Freedom Theater in Jenin, was murdered today by unknown assailants. He was shot five times in his car outside the theater he founded with former Al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade military leader Zakariya Zubeidi. Mer-Khamis was in Ramallah last night at the Al Kasaba Theater for the opening…

Daily Star

Group calls for better treatment of stray dogs
Daily Star 5 Apr 2011 BEIRUT: Animals Lebanon called on authorities to handle the issue of stray dogs in a “humane manner” Tuesday. “Animals Lebanon condemns the mass killing of dogs by poisoning or shooting which goes against the recommendations of…

EU delegates inspect Nahr al-Bared reconstruction
Daily Star 5 Apr 2011 BEIRUT: A delegation of the European Union, comprising the head of the EU delegation to Lebanon, Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst, and seven ambassadors of EU member states (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Spain, Sweden), visited the…

Civil War anniversary sports match postponed
Daily Star 5 Apr 2011 BEIRUT: A sports event scheduled for next week to mark the 36th anniversary of the outbreak of Lebanon’s 1975-1990 Civil War was postponed due to the political situation in Lebanon and the region, the chair of…

Al-Manar fined LL6 million in LF lawsuit
Daily Star 5 Apr 2011 BEIRUT: The Publications Court has fined a Hezbollah-affiliated television station LL6 million and found it guilty of spreading false news, disturbing public peace and inflicting moral harm over a lawsuit filed by the Lebanese Forces. The…

Interactive theater helps women explore taboos of domestic violence
Daily Star 5 Apr 2011 BEIRUT: Ten Palestinian and Lebanese women who took part in a course on interactive theater techniques to address domestic violence were given their diplomas during a graduation ceremony at the UNESCO Palace Tuesday. The course, sponsored…

Yemen’s Saleh urges opposition to attend talks in Saudi Arabia
Daily Star 5 Apr 2011 SANAA: Yemen’s president urged the opposition to join talks in Saudi Arabia to try to end weeks of turmoil and violence in which at least three more people were killed Tuesday. The Gulf Cooperation Council Monday…

Official: Goldstone invited to visit Israel after volte-face
Daily Star 5 Apr 2011 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: South African jurist Richard Goldstone has accepted an invitation to visit Israel and promised to work to nullify his U.N. report accusing Israel of deliberately targeted civilians during its offensive in Gaza two years…

Former Israeli security chiefs draft new peace plan
Daily Star 5 Apr 2011 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Former Israeli security chiefs have drafted a new peace plan that they hope to use as a platform to pressure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to renew deadlocked talks with the Palestinians. An Israeli…

Libyan rebels criticize NATO for allowing army advance
Daily Star 5 Apr 2011 BENGHAZI, Libya: The Libyan rebels said Tuesday NATO was too slow to act while the alliance said western powers have destroyed nearly a third of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s military since launching airstrikes last month. The…

Gbagbo negotiating exit from power
Daily Star 5 Apr 2011 ABIDJAN: Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo was negotiating the terms of his departure Tuesday following a fierce assault by forces loyal to his rival and backed by U.N. and French helicopter airstrikes. A United Nations internal document…

Turkey rejects foreign meddling in Bahrain
Daily Star 5 Apr 2011 MANAMA: The Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu reiterated Turkey’s rejection of any foreign interference in Bahrain’s internal affairs while in Manama Tuesday. Bahrain imposed martial law last month and called in troops from Gulf neighbors, including…

Syrian activists call for fresh wave of demonstrations as Daraa goes on strike
Daily Star 5 Apr 2011 NICOSIA: Syria was bracing Tuesday for a series of demonstrations organized by a Facebook group to mark “Martyrs Week” as the southern town of Daraa held a general strike. Also Tuesday, two Syrian policemen were shot…

Arab revolts set to transform face of Mideast
Daily Star 5 Apr 2011 BEIRUT: In countries which have offered reform – Morocco, Algeria, Jordan – it remains to be seen whether leaders will stick to pledges and peacefully cede real power, or find ways to divide, co-opt or cow…

Algerian state radio strips top officials of duties
Daily Star 5 Apr 2011 ALGIERS: Algerian state radio has stripped top news officials of their duties after an illegal demonstration by about 30 employees, mainly journalists, its director general Tewfik Khelladi said Tuesday. The National Union of Journalists (SNJ) announced…

Gadhafi’s nurse: no sex but he gives gold watches as gifts
Daily Star 5 Apr 2011 MOSCOW: A Ukrainian nurse who treated Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi Tuesday dismissed rumors that he had a nurse as a mistress but said the man they call “Papa” gives his staff gold watches every year. Speaking…

Gadhafi planned civilian killings before unrest, Hague court says
Daily Star 5 Apr 2011 THE HAGUE: The International Criminal Court has evidence Moammar Gadhafi’s government planned to put down protests by killing civilians before the uprising in Libya broke out, the ICC’s prosecutor said Tuesday. The peaceful protests that erupted…

The Guardian

Goldstone report: the unanswered questions | Editorial
The Guardian 5 Apr 2011 – Indiscriminate warfare, as opposed to deliberate killing, was undoubtedly Israel’s state policy It is difficult, in this digital world of instant claim and rebuttal, to say that you were wrong. But Richard Goldstone’s retraction of one…

Goldstone’s Gaza report stands, UN insists
The Guardian 5 Apr 2011 – Judge’s informal remarks ‘do not invalidate findings’, says colleague on fact-finding mission into Israeli attack on Gaza The UN has roundly rebuffed remarks by the South African judge Richard Goldstone that cast doubt on the report…

Richard Goldstone: the judge who ‘regrets’ his Gaza report
The Guardian 5 Apr 2011 – That the distinguished jurist should revise one of his most controversial decisions is perhaps testament to his integrity Richard Goldstone is one of the most distinguished international jurists of his generation. A hero of the anti-apartheid…

Leading Israelis push for two-state solution with new peace initiative
The Guardian 5 Apr 2011 – Many military and security personnel join group pushing for peace treaties with Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinians A group of prominent Israelis, including heads of the army and security services, hope to revive the peace initiative…

Judge Goldstone to visit Israel, says minister
The Guardian 5 Apr 2011 – Richard Goldstone has accepted invitation to Israel and agreed to try to nullify UN report on Gaza conflict, says interior minister The South African judge Richard Goldstone has accepted an invitation to visit Israel and promised…

Gaza: the stain remains on Israel’s war record
The Guardian 5 Apr 2011 – Richard Goldstone’s partial retraction of his own report doesn’t excuse the conduct of Israel’s war in Gaza The Netanyahu government is doing everything it can to interpret a recent Washington Post op-ed article by Justice Richard…

Inter Press Service

LIBYA: Prisoners on Both Sides at Risk
IPS After a month and a half of conflict in Libya, the situation of political prisoners and prisoners of war on both sides is uncertain, and their fundamental rights are at risk.

MIDEAST: Israel Aiming Punitive Measures at Soft Targets
IPS As the international community becomes increasingly critical of Israel’s discriminatory treatment of Israeli-Arabs and the brutal occupation in the Palestinian West Bank, the Israeli authorities are venting their anger against soft targets such as Arab-Israeli parliamentarians and Palestinian and Israeli non-violent peace activists.

EGYPT: Cracks Appear In Mubarak-Era Labour Body
IPS The state-controlled trade union federation that for over half a century was employed by Egyptian rulers to suppress workers’ protests and mobilise voters for sham elections appears to be crumbling with the recent ouster of president Hosni Mubarak.

MIDEAST: Goldstone’s Volte-Face Gladdens Israelis, Angers Palestinians
IPS Israelis have breathed a national sigh of relief following the publication of an absolutely unexpected article in last Friday’s Washington Post. The column’s title and author said it all.

Stop The Wall

New Stop the Wall report: Brazil’s Military Relations with Israel (Portuguese version)
Stop The Wall – Mar 30, 2011— On the occasion of the 3rd global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Action Day on March 30 (Palestinian Land Day), we release Stop the Wall’s disconcerting and potentially explosive report on growing and strategic military relations between Brazil and Israel. (Portuguese version) [

YNet News

Special investigative privileges granted in Bibi tours probe
YNet News, 5 Apr 2011 - State Control Committee agrees to extend scope of State Comptroller's Office....

Goldstone to visit Israel in July
YNet News, 5 Apr 2011 - Accepting Interior Minister Eli Yishai's invitation, South African judge says he....

UN Human Rights Council stands by Goldstone Report
YNet News, 5 Apr 2011 - Council spokesman claims op-ed article expresses judge's personal views, not....

Palestinian gunman shot near Gaza border
YNet News, 5 Apr 2011 - Tensions rise in southern Israel as mortars hit Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council;....

New initiative bases peace on '67 lines
YNet News, 5 Apr 2011 - Ex-senior defense establishment figures, including ex-Mossad, Shin Bet chief,....

US welcomes Goldstone retraction
YNet News, 5 Apr 2011 - State Department clarifies administration never saw evidence Israel....

NYT: Goldstone's never submitted retraction op-ed
YNet News, 5 Apr 2011 - Prestigious publication denies claims suggesting South African judge's piece....

Settlers angry expansion plans exclude Itamar
YNet News, 5 Apr 2011 - Leaders of Samaria councils demand all settlements be included in government's....

Responding to Goldstone
B'tselem 4 Apr 2011 - B'Tselem responds to an op-ed published by Richard Goldstone regarding the Goldstone Report into Operation Cast Lead. While Goldstone retracts the allegation that Israel intentionally targeted civilians, grave questions remain regarding others aspects of

Palestinian Information Center

Hayya: Hamas's calls for Abbas visit still pending
PIC 4 May 2011 - Hamas politburo member Khalil al-Hayya has said his party's invitation for Abbas to visit Gaza is still up, but he emphasized that the visit should culminate in a comprehensive agreement.

OIC will continue to back Goldstone report
PIC 4 May 2011 - The OIC has said it will continue to support the Goldstone report that condemned Israel for committing war crimes during the last war on Gaza after Goldstone retracted accusations against Israel.

Report: Israel kidnapped over 440 Palestinians last month
PIC 4 May 2011 - The Palestinian ministry of prisoners' affairs said more than 440 Palestinians including 60 children were kidnapped last March by the Israli occupation forces in the West Bank.

Rizqa: Goldstone has no right to withdraw the UN report on Gaza war
PIC 4 May 2011 - Political advisor Yousuf Rizqa said that Richard Goldstone has no right to back away from the UN report on Gaza war because it belongs to the international organization which adopted and endorsed it.

Khafsh: Israel uses isolation cells to damage prisoners' psyche
PIC 4 May 2011 - Director of Ahrar center Fouad Al-Khafsh said that the policy of solitary confinement pursued by Israel is intended to humiliate the Palestinian prisoner, break his will and damage his psyche.

UN Human Rights Council refuses to retract Goldstone report
PIC 4 May 2011 - The UN Human Rights Council said in a statement that it would not retract the Goldstone report on the Israeli war on Gaza Strip in late 2008 and early 2009.

Settlers sabotage water spring of Palestinian village
PIC 4 May 2011 - Jewish settlers attacked the village of Madma on Tuesday and polluted and damaged its water spring, local sources said.

Calls for connecting Gaza to Egyptian electricity grid
PIC 4 May 2011 - Suhail Sakik, the director of the power plant in Gaza, has called on Egypt to restart a project that would enable the Gaza Strip to buy its electricity from Egypt.

Palestinian worker dies in IOF shelling
PIC 4 May 2011 - A Palestinian working in collecting gravel was killed on Tuesday morning when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened tank fire at workers in northern Gaza, medical sources reported.

Hamas receives Fatah for reconciliation talks in Gaza
PIC 4 May 2011 - Delegations from Hamas and Fatah have convened to discuss Palestinian reconciliation in a meeting isolated from the media.

PPC: Prisoner Amour's Health Deteriorating
WAFA

WAFA: Israel Committed 14 Violations against Journalists in March
WAFA

Palestinian Prisoner Subjected to Physical, Sexual Abuse
WAFA

Israeli Police Confronts Worshipers Protesting against Jewish Extremists' Entering in Al Aqsa Mosque
WAFA

Return of 102 Palestinians Stranded outside Egyptian Boarders to Gaza
WAFA

Jewish Extremists Severely Attack Palestinian in West Jerusalem
WAFA

Settlers Escalate razing, constructing in Salfit
WAFA

US Boat to Gaza Leaders Challenge Netanyahu Threat to Impending Flotilla
WAFA

Hammad : Settlements' Policy Destruct Two-State Solution
WAFA

UNRWA: West Bank Home Demolition Hit Record High
WAFA

Former Israeli Lawmaker says Government Reason for Goldstone Blunder
WAFA

Israeli Municipality of West Jerusalem Discusses Plan to Construct 1900 Settlements in Gilo
WAFA

Los Angeles Times

More Yemeni protesters killed in fresh wave of bloodshed
LA Times 4 Apr 2011 - Yemeni police open fire as tens of thousands mass in Taiz while demonstrators in Hudaydah are met with tear gas and bullets. President Ali Abdullah Saleh shows no sign of going quietly amid U.S. and European efforts to broker his exit. The long and incendiary...

Italy recognizes rebels as Libya's government
LA Times 4 Apr 2011 - Two Western countries now see Kadafi's opponents as the legitimate rulers. The strongman's representative has failed to gain support on a diplomatic trip. Italy on Monday formally recognized the rebel government of eastern Libya, dealing yet another blow to the embattled regime of Col. Moammar...

New York Times

Gunfire Erupts During New Clashes in Yemen
New York Times 5 Apr 2011 - Security forces and other armed men opened fire on antigovernment demonstrators, witnesses said.

Unrest in Yemen Seen as Opening to Qaeda Branch
New York Times 5 Apr 2011 - With the unrest in Yemen, counterterrorism efforts there have halted, allowing Al Qaeda to increase plotting for possible attacks against Europe and the United States, officials say.

Head of Gaza Inquiry Is Said to Plan Israel Trip
New York Times 5 Apr 2011 - Richard Goldstone, the South African jurist who led a United Nations report accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza has agreed to visit Israel in July and to work to annul the report.

Awarta Journal: Israel Scours Palestinian Village in Hunt for Killers
New York Times 5 Apr 2011 - The brutal killing of five members of the Fogel family in the Israeli settlement of Itamar has further hardened an already hostile relationship with neighboring Awarta.

Cairo Journal: When a Punch Line Is No Longer a Lifeline for Egyptians
New York Times 5 Apr 2011 - The sudden turn from humor points to a sense of revolution fatigue that has swept over a nation where people had hoped for overnight change.

Misc

Mounting evidence of CIA ties to Libyan rebels
WSWS - The US and British media now speak openly of the CIA connections of the top commander of the Libyan rebels.

Over one hundred thousand protest military rule in Egypt
WSWS - Strikes and demonstrations against deplorable working conditions are accompanying mounting protests against the anti-strike legislation and interim constitution of Egypt's ruling military junta.

US and allies gear up for protracted war in Libya
WSWS - The US-led war coalition rejected ceasefire offers by the Libyan government on Monday and reiterated its demand that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his family leave the country as the precondition for any resolution to the crisis.

US-backed regime in Yemen carries out new slaughter of protesters
WSWS - By David Walsh, April 5, 2011, The Saleh regime in Yemen continues to enjoy the support of the Obama administration despite repeated massacres.

SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Israeli military demolishes village of Amniyr for second time in five weeks
Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine -

AT-TUWANI: Soldiers prevent At-Tuwani residents from vigiling for recent stabbing victim
Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine -

Samouni family members respond to Goldstone, say attack was not accidental
Mondoweiss - Ken O'Keefe responds to Richard Goldstone's assertion in the Washington Post that Israel's January 2009 attack on the al-Samouni family, killing 29, was an accident by interviewing several members of the extended family in Gaza, and asking, Was it an accident? The piece includes graphic video...

'LA Times' urges Goldstone to explain his 'flipflop'
Mondoweiss - What a week. The Goldstone Report isn't going away, it's sticking with us. This great editorial in the LA Times observes that the Goldstone Report was so powerful as to "help reframe" the Israeli-Palestinian debate around the world. And the editorial includes this reflection on the...

Itamar video says settlement had night-and-day perimeter surveillance
Mondoweiss - Check out this video from the Friends of Itamar posted December 23, 2010, promoting emigration to the settlement. We are introduced to the "Control center" in the West Bank settlement. At 7:55 the narrator describes the video surveillance system (camera zooms in on a tower) attached...

Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs: In March, Israel conducted more than 690 raids on West Bank homes, kidnapping at least 440 Palestinians including 60 children
Mondoweiss - Report: Israel kidnapped over 440 Palestinians last month GAZA, (PIC)5 Apr — The Palestinian ministry of prisoners' affairs said it documented more than 690 raids carried out last March by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on homes in the West Bank during which they kidnapped more...

Israeli NGO to Goldstone: Your statement is already being used to justify and legitimize future crimes
Mondoweiss - Dear Justice Richard Goldstone, The recent escalation in the Israeli army incursions into the Gaza strip is of grave concern to us at the Coalition of Women for Peace. The prospect of yet another flare out of large scale violence against civilians is alarming. Your recent...

The Freedom Theater
Palestine Monitor - In his own words, Julian Mer-Khamis describes his innovative project in Jenin called The Freedom Theater in this short documentary. A collaboration of donkeysaddle Productions and Friends of The Jenin Freedom Theater. donkeysaddle Projects

Israel Files Charges Against Abusisi, Accuses Him of Being Hamas Weapons Maker, Channel 10 TV Interview
Tikun Olam - Earlier today, the Israeli State prosecutor released its charges (full Hebrew version, this is a partial English translation prepared by Dena Shunra) against Dirar Abusisi. And to read it, you'd think he was the Werner von Braun of Hamas, it's chief rocket designer and the brains...

Juliano Mer-Khamis' Last Freedom Theater
Palestine Monitor - Photographs by Lazar Simeonov. Juliano Mer-Khamis founded the Freedom Theater in Jenin and led it until his tragic murder today . His influence as an artist and an activist resounds throughout Palestine and the world. His last show with The Freedom Theater was a dark and kaleidoscopic...

Juliano Mer-Khamis murdered in Jenin's Freedom Theater
Palestine Monitor - Juliano Mer-Khamis, the 54-year old founder of The Freedom Theater in Jenin, was murdered today by unknown assailants. He was shot five times in his car outside the theater he founded with former Al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade military leader Zakariya Zubeidi. Mer-Khamis was in Ramallah last...

Rachel Corrie Trials resume in Haifa
Palestine Monitor - Yesterday, 3 April, hearings for the Rachel Corrie trial resumed in Haifa's District Court after a five-month recess since the last hearing in early November. The Corrie family brought a civil lawsuit, charging Israel with criminal negligence and the intentional killing of their daughter. In addition,...

Abusisi's Co-Workers: Shocked at Israeli Kidnapping, Say He Criticized Hamas
Tikun Olam - Walla publishes a persuasive article interviewing two of Dirar Abusisi's long-time colleagues at the Gaza power plant where he served as deputy director, who deny emphatically the claims of Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu that the engineer was affiliated with Hamas: "It's easy to identify Hamas...

Goldstone's forced redaction does not clear Israeli war crimes
Palestine Monitor - Goldstone's personal revision — done under duress — does not change anything related to the report. While carrying his name, it was not developed or written solely by him, but by a Commission he headed. The report remains a document adopted by the Human Rights Council...

Shabak Strikes Again, Israeli Palestinian Boy Arrested Under Gag for Alleged Security Offenses
Tikun Olam - Similar conditions to those likely faced by Ahmad Ghanem I reported a few days ago that the Shabak has arrested an 18 year old Nazareth resident, Ahmad Khaled Ghanem under gag order. He is suspected of alleged security offenses. I contacted a staff member of the...

Goldstone's Tawdry Turn, Israel's False Dance of Vindication
Tikun Olam - An Israeli reporter wrote to me today saying that Israel is "aflame" with the news that Judge Goldstone has finally given the nation the vindication it so richly deserved by renouncing his human rights report on Operation Cast Lead , which found that Israel may've committed numerous...

Army Raids Bil'in Looking for International Activists
Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - The Israeli army has resumed night raids in the village of Bil'in. Last night they raided many buildings and homes in the village looking for both international activists and information about the weekly demonstrations which the international community have proclaimed to be legimate nonviolent resistence to...

Misc 2

Israel keeps the Longest Serving Political Prisoner in the World
Sabr 5 Apr 2011 - Monday, 04 April 2011 10:58 Via Wafa Palestine, ( Pal Telegraph ) - The Palestinian Prisoner's Club (PPC) said Sunday that Nael Barghouti, who on Monday begins 34 years in Israeli prisons, is considered the longest serving political prisoner in the world. Barghouti was arrested on April 4,...

Israeli court extends administrative detention of female prisoner for 4 months
Sabr 5 Apr 2011 - [ 05/04/2011 - 12:46 PM ] RAMALLAH, ( PIC )— An Israeli court extended the administrative detention of female prisoner Kifah Qutaish, 38, from Al-Beira town for more four months. Director of Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies Fouad Al-Khafsh said it was the third time an Israeli court…

Report: Israel arrested 204 Palestinian minors in 2011
Sabr 5 Apr 2011 – [ 05/04/2011 - 12:26 PM ] RAMALLAH, ( PIC )— Israeli occupation forces have arrested 204 children since the onset of this year, a Palestinian rights group reported. Most of them were beaten or abused during the arrests. The report was issued on Monday, marking Palestinian child day….

Suffering From Cancer, Child Detainee Released From Israeli Prison
Sabr 5 Apr 2011 – Tuesday April 05, 2011 00:09 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies Palestinian sources reported Monday that detainee Mustafa Shihab Abdul-Wahab, 16 years old, from a village near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, was released from an Israeli detention facility due to a sharp…

Gaza truck drivers strike to protest Karni Closure
Gisha 5 Apr 2011 – Bread prices expected to rise, [2011-03-06]

Gisha response to closing of Karni Crossing: Gaza’s Crossings Squeezed Shut
Gisha 5 Apr 2011 – , [2011-03-03]

Israel invites UN war crime envoy
BBC 5 Apr 2011 – Israel’s interior minister invites UN war crimes prosecutor Richard Goldstone to visit after he retracted key findings of his Gaza war report.

Israel approves new settler homes
BBC 5 Apr 2011 – Israel approves the construction of 942 homes in the Jewish settlement of Gilo on the eve of President Shimon Peres’s White House visit.

Arab Israeli actor is shot dead
BBC 4 Apr 2011 – A well-known Arab Israeli actor, Juliano Mer Khamis, dies after being shot in an attack in Jenin’s refugee camp.

Monday: 2 US Soldiers, 18 Iraqis Killed; 15 Iraqis Wounded
Antiwar.com 4 Apr 2011 – At least 18 Iraqis were killed and 15 more were wounded in a number of attacks that focused on Baghdad and nearby cities. Two U.S. soldiers were killed in a non-hostile incident as well. Meanwhile, Iran shelled parts of Iraqi Kurdistan but no casualties were reported…

(en) Palestine-Israel, More and more activists involve in the joint struggle with Palestinian adopting AAtW mode of non violence confrontation
A-infos 5 Apr 2011 – The heroic struggles of the Israeli Beduins of Al-Arakib and the inhabitants of the small village Nabi Saleh, are on the background of the persistent struggles in Bil’in, Ni’ilin, Ma’asara, Beit Ommar, South of Hebron mountain. Villages who were long ago the flag bearers of the…

(en) France, OCL journal Courant Alternatif 209, avril 2011 EDITORIAL + content (fr) [machine translation]
A-infos 5 Apr 2011 – AC Current No. 209, April 2011, 32 pages, 3 euros New formula, larger format (24×32) to download at oclibertaire http://oclibertaire.free.fr/spip.php?article973 – EDITORIAL – That hope endures and revolutions born here and now! —— The “Arab Spring” never ends, creating a political and journalistic treatment by different…

Articles


Juliano Mer-Khamis: Taken Too Soon
Yousef, The Jerusalem Fund4/5/2011
Shocking news broke this morning about the murder of Juliano Mer-Khamis in a refugee camp in Jenin where he lived. The 53 year-old apparently fell victim to masked gunmen who opened fire on his car. I met Juliano on a few occasions and his work and dedication for the Palestinian cause was remarkable. His loss will be tremendously felt. (Image right: Juliano working with Palestinian kids at the theater)
I had first learned about Juliano through a movie about his mother Arna. The film, “Arna’s Children,” is the story of Arna Mer, an Israeli Jewish woman who served in the Israeli Palmach (Armored Brigades) only to marry a Palestinian man and dedicate her life to working with Palestinians. She opened a theater in Jenin’s refugee camps which became a source of comfort and an arena for expression for countless refugee children. In the film about the theater and Arna’s work, which was made by her son Juliano, Juliano returns to the camp after the intifada to find out what happened to the kids he remembered from the theater his mother established. Through interviewing those that remained, he found out many of them had been killed.
To continue his mother’s work and provide a creative space for Palestinian children, Juliano established the Jenin Freedom theater. Through his work, he gave voice to Palestinian children to express themselves through art. He was also a tireless advocate for Palestinian independence in his individual capacity. As a filmmaker, actor and artist, Juliano could have chosen to live in many places, but he spent a great deal of time living in the refugee camp of Jenin where he worked on the Freedom Theater. Ultimately, he gave his life there. more.. e-mail

 

Goldstone has cracked under Zionist pressure, but UN Report still stands
Samira Quraishy, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)4/5/2011
The UN’s Goldstone Report into Israel’s war against the people of Gaza has, since its publication in September 2009, been attacked and disputed by leading Zionist and pro-Israel campaigners from around the world. However, rather than disputing the claims contained therein, the attacks have focused primarily on the chairman of the UN mission, South African Judge Richard Goldstone, who is an ardent Zionist and Jewish with close links to Israel.
Following the publication of the report, which accused Israel of being “systematic and deliberate” in its violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention by targeting civilians, Goldstone has had to endure a barrage of accusations that he is a “self-hating Jew”, even from within his own community in South Africa. This constant harassment and questioning of his allegiance to his Zionist ideology and Jewish faith may have been why, on 1 April, Goldstone published a partial whitewashed apology to Israel for publishing the UN-commissioned report in 2009; he wrote, “If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone report would have been a different document.” The article itself does not have any real ground-breaking facts, and reiterates the claim that Israel’s initial non-compliance with the investigation was to blame for any disparities therein.
The facts in the UN-commissioned report have all been investigated and verified by several leading human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, PCHR and Bt’Selem. Facts, however, do not seem to matter to Israel and its “right or wrong” supporters. The question to ask is this: what made Goldstone finally crack?
Attacks by the Israel lobby on Goldstone’s reputation since 2009 have included the labelling of his work on the war against Gaza as the ‘biased and bigoted report’; he has been called an “anti-Semite” and a “self-hating Jew”. One commentator highlighted that within a few weeks of the publication of the report Goldstone had 5000 entries under the latter insulting epithet. Today, there are around 33,000. — See also: YNet: ‘Goldstone’s road to atonement long’ more.. e-mail

Goldstone report: the unanswered questions
Editorial, The Guardian4/6/2011
Indiscriminate warfare, as opposed to deliberate killing, was undoubtedly Israel’s state policy
It is difficult, in this digital world of instant claim and rebuttal, to say that you were wrong. But Richard Goldstone’s retraction of one of the claims of the report that he chaired — that Israel targeted civilians in the war on Gaza as a matter of policy — is one such instance. Mr Goldstone deserves credit for honesty. It is another matter altogether to decide whether all the other claims of a 575-page report are now invalidated. The Goldstone report was a fact-finding mission, not a judicial inquiry. It was not a document of verdict, but put forward evidence for further investigation. So which facts caused Mr Goldstone to retract? Three, principally: that the shelling of a home in which 22 members of one family died was the consequence of an Israeli commander’s erroneous interpretation of a drone image; that the officer was still under investigation; and that Israel has since investigated over 400 allegations of operational misconduct. Had he known then what he knows now, he concludes, the report would have been very different.
Two of the three other members of the mission disagree with their former chairman’s change of heart. Hina Jilani, who served on a similar fact-finding mission on Darfur, said that nothing changed the substance of the original report, and Desmond Travers, an expert on international criminal investigations, still feels the tenor of the report stands “in its entirety”. Mr Goldstone has parted company with the other members of his mission. It is therefore worth returning to the original report. The retracted allegation refers to the attack which killed 22 members of the Samouni family, who, following instructions from Israeli soldiers, were sheltering in a house in Zeitoun. But there are 35 other incidents that Goldstone’s team investigated. It found seven cases where civilians were shot leaving their homes waving white flags; a direct and intentional attack on a hospital which may amount to a war crime; numerous incidents where ambulances were prevented from attending to the severely injured…. more.. e-mail

Interview with the late Juliano Mer-Khamis: “We are freedom fighters”
Electronic Intifada: 5 Apr 2011 – Actor-director Juliano Mer-Khamis was shot dead by a masked gunman yesterday outside the Freedom Theatre that he co-founded in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Jenin. Maryam Monalisa Gharavi reflects on Mer-Khamis’ art and excerpts from a previously unpublished interview she did with the artist in 2006.more

Despite house arrest, Jerusalem activist will fight for Silwan
Electronic Intifada: 5 Apr 2011 – Palestinian activist Jawad Siyam has been under house arrest for nearly three months after being accused of attacking a Palestinian neighbor in the occupied East Jerusalem village of Silwan. Jillian Kestler-D’Amours spoke to Siyam about his recent arrest, what life is like for Palestinians in Silwan, and what he thinks will happen in the future.more

The Freedom Theater
Palestine Monitor: 5 Apr 2011 – In his own words, Julian Mer-Khamis describes his innovative project in Jenin called The Freedom Theater in this short documentary. A collaboration of donkeysaddle Productions and Friends of The Jenin Freedom Theater. donkeysaddle Projectsmore

Goldstone’s Rethink: Cleansing of Israel’s War Crimes
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Apr 2011 – By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth Israeli leaders have barely hidden their jubilation at an opinion article in last Friday’s Washington Post by the South African jurist Richard Goldstone reconsidering the findings of his United Nations-appointed inquiry into Israel’s attack on Gaza in winter 2008. For the past 18 months the Goldstone Report had forced Israel on to the defensive by suggesting its army — as well as Hamas, the ruling faction in Gaza — had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during Israel’s three-week Operation Cast Lead. Some 1,400 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of women and children. Goldstone’s report, Israeli officials worried, might eventually pave the way to war crimes trials against Israeli soldiers at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. In what appeared to be a partial retraction of some of his findings against Israel, Goldstone argued that he would have written the report differently had…more

Silwan: A Shard of Glass
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Apr 2011 – By Stephen Williams ‘Welcome to Palestine.’ ‘What is your name?’ ‘Where are you from?’ The questions came thick and fast, the handshakes frequent, as the teenagers crowded around me. I had been wandering the narrow streets of Silwan and a group of boys had been watching me warily; but a smile, a “salaam alaikum” and soon the boys were practising English phrases learnt in school. I put my hand on my heart and said, “Falestini.” It was enough. My hand aching from the handshakes, I said goodbye and continued my explorations. Returning to the road that leads to Al Bustan, I was greeted by a vendor who handed me some delicious felafal. “Welcome to Silwan,” he said. Everywhere I went there were smiles; yet Silwan is a community under attack, its future uncertain, threatened. Settlers are moving in with their armed guards. The Israelis wish to transform Silwan into a…more

Darkness in the House of Hate
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Apr 2011 – By Lillian Rosengarten It was a dark day last September 2010 when our little boat Irene was towed away from our destination. Our dream to reach the shores of Gaza only a few hours away had been high jacked by armed ships of the Israeli Defense Navy. Stern faces in full military regalia with guns pointed surrounded our Catamaran. There were only a few of us on board, four passengers all Jews including our captain and two Israeli soldiers of conscience who were members of Combatants For Peace. As they came aboard with their tasers and guns in hand, I tried to imagine what it would be like if Jews and Palestinians lived as brothers and sisters in dignity, if there were no house of hate. How could the IDF have tasered our soldier of conscience? It was a dark day prior to my forced deportation at the immigration detention…more

UK-Israel Mutual Admiration Provokes ‘Technicolor Yawn’
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Apr 2011 – By Stuart Littlewood Last week a stomach-churning love-in was conducted between the British Government and the racist state of Israel at Chatham House, also known as the Royal Institute of International Affairs. The theme was ‘Sixty Years of British-Israeli Diplomatic Relations’. Britain’s foreign secretary William Hague, in his keynote address said the UK’s relationship with Israel goes far beyond the realm of diplomatic relations. “It is based on bonds between families and communities as well as shared values and common interests. Israel is a friend and a strategic partner of this country in the Middle East, and we are very grateful for that.” Dear reader, you can see where this is leading. You are strongly advised to have a sick-bag ready… “…This Government is firmly opposed to those who seek to deligitimise Israel, and… we are firmly opposed to boycotts,” continued Hague. “It is my personal hope that the ties…more

Goldstone’s Rethink
Dissident Voice: 5 Apr 2011 – Israeli leaders have barely hidden their jubilation at an opinion article in last Friday’s Washington Post by the South African jurist Richard Goldstone reconsidering the findings of his United Nations-appointed inquiry into Israel’s attack on Gaza in winter 2008. For the past 18 months the Goldstone Report had forced Israel on to the defensive by suggesting its army — as well as Hamas, the ruling faction in Gaza — had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during Israel’s three-week Operation Cast Lead. Some 1,400 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of women and children. Goldstone’s report, Israeli officials worried, might eventually pave the way to war crimes trials against Israeli soldiers at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. In what appeared to be a partial retraction of some of his findings against Israel, Goldstone argued that he would have written the report differently had Israel cooperated at the time…more

Goldstone’s U-turn
Dissident Voice: 5 Apr 2011 – If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document,’ writes Richard Goldstone in an attempt to retract his own UN report. And yet I wonder: how different would it be? How different could it be? Goldstone is impressed with Israel dedicating some “significant resources to investigate over 400 allegations of operational misconduct in Gaza’, but it somehow leaves me bewildered. Let us assume that at the time Goldstone and his team looked into the cold blooded murder of more than 1400 Palestinians, they would also be aware of an Israeli enquiry. What difference would it make? ‘For example,’ says Goldstone, ‘the most serious attack the Goldstone Report focused on was the killing of some 29 members of the al-Simouni family in their home. The shelling of the home was apparently (according to the Israeli investigation) the consequence of an Israeli commander’s…more

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