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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
5 April, 2009


International Middle East Media Center

Settlers attack homes, residents in East Jerusalem
5 Apr 2009 - A group of extremist Israeli settlers attacked on Sunday evening several residents and homes in Al Sa’diyya neighborhood, in East Jerusalem, and occupied the home of Nasser Jaber for the second time, as they claim purchasing it. ...

Court extends remand of father, uncle, of Saturday shooter
5 Apr 2009 - The Israeli Central Court in Be’er Sheva extended on Sunday the remand of the father and the uncle of Basma Al Nibary, 16, who was shot and killed on Saturday after allegedly attempting to open fire at Israeli soldiers manning the gate of a military base in the Negev. ...

Settlers attack homes in Hebron
5 Apr 2009 - Local sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, reported on Sunday that nearly 150 armed settlers attacked dozens of Palestinian homes in Jaber, Wadi Al Nasarah, Wadi Al Hasseen, and Al Ras neighborhoods, in addition to attacking homes near the Keryat Arba’ settlement, northeast of Hebron. ...

Israeli high court rules in favor of further home demolitions in Jerusalem
5 Apr 2009 - Just a few days after ruling to force Palestinian homeowner Darwish Hijazi off his land to allow Israeli expansion in his home and property, the Israeli high court has issued a ruling on the cases of two more families who challenged the Israeli demolition orders placed on their homes. ...

Palestinian teen in critical condition after being shot in head by Israeli forces
5 Apr 2009 - A 14-year old Palestinian boy from Qalqilia was shot by a rubber-coated steel bullet during an Israeli invasion of the town on Saturday, and is in critical condition at a United Nations hospital. ...

Abbas: Israel must accept two-state solution for peace talks to continue
5 Apr 2009 - In a statement on Sunday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas laid down certain conditions for peace talks with the incoming Israeli government, including the condition that Israel must accept a two-state solution. ... 

Israeli police arrest parents of 16-year old girl killed during alleged attack
5 Apr 2009 - After shooting and killing a 16-year old Bedouin teen after she allegedly 'opened fire' toward an Israeli military base, Israeli authorities have arrested the slain girl's parents and uncle and are holding them under interrogation. ...

1346 children lost one or both parents during Israel’s war in Gaza
5 Apr 2009 - The Islamic Relief Organization in the Gaza Strip reported that 1346 Palestinian children lost one parent or both during the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip. ... 

16-year old girl shot dead in Be'er Shiva after attempting to attack military base
4 Apr 2009 - Israeli army sources reported on Saturday that a 16-year Bedouin old girl was shot and killed by the soldiers when she opened fire at a military post in southern Israel. ... 

Arabic paper: “Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks at the end of this month”
4 Apr 2009 - The London-based Al Sharq Al Awsat (Middle East) newspaper reported on Saturday that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are set to resume peace talk by the end of this month. ... 

Ha'aretz Defense page

IDF commandos cited for not hurting non-combatants
5 Apr 2009 - Both incidents took place in Nablus casbah during clashes with Palestinian fugitives. 

IDF chief: Troops' Gaza testimonies are completely unfounded
5 Apr 2009 - Army chief Ashkenazi says military police have checked accounts that soldiers targeted civilians. 

Abbas lays down terms for peace talks with Netanyahu
5 Apr 2009 - PA leader: No talks without Netanyahu backing 2-state solution; Barak: Israel committed to signed accords. 

Security sources: Fatah has resumed terrorist activities
5 Apr 2009 - Renewed activity could be result of assumption Israel-PA relations will deteriorate under Netanyahu. 

Court extends remand of family of Bedouin gunwoman
4 Apr 2009 - Basma Awad al-Nabari, 16, shot dead after opening fire at Border Police at Shoket Junction base in Negev. 

Was Israel's reported strike in Sudan an exercise in propaganda?
4 Apr 2009 - Nobody knows for sure what was bombed, how much and why; Sudan, after all, is far away. 

Shoket Junction gunwoman identified as 15-year-old Bedouin
4 Apr 2009 - Border police kill teen after she opens fire at barracks; IDF, Palestinian gunmen clash along Gaza fence. 

India Defense Minister: No corruption in Israel arms deal
4 Apr 2009 - AK Antony calls $1.4b deal 'clean;' reports: Middleman received huge kickbacks in Israel arms deals. 

UN to Israel: Ease 'devastating' Gaza blockade
4 Apr 2009 - UNRWA chief says move necessary despite 'real security challenges' to the operation of crossing points. 

Father of Bat Ayin terror victim, 7, gets prison furlough to visit son
3 Apr 2009 - Ofer Gamliel, father of injured seven-year-old Yair, is imprisoned for planning to attack a Jerusalem Arab girls' school. 

U.S. green light for Israeli attack on Iran will have to wait
3 Apr 2009 - Obama's policy on a nuclear Iran differs from that of the Bush administration only in style. 

Israel fears Jewish extremists will avenge settlement murder
3 Apr 2009 - 13-year-old killed and 7-year-old wounded in West Bank after being attacked by axeman who fled. 

Haaretz exclusive: The man who bribed Indians for Israeli arms sales
3 Apr 2009 - Sudhir Choudrie is investigated for allegedly bribing Indian officials on behalf of Israeli firms. 

'He tried to stab me. I kicked him, he kicked me.'
3 Apr 2009 - Avinoam, the passerby who confronted the axe-wielding terrorist after the attack, describes their struggle. 

Ma'an News

Israeli authorities close section of Hebron to Palestinian residents
4 Apr 2009 - Hebron – Ma’an – Israeli authorities prevented residents of a neighborhood south of the Hebron-area town of Yata from reaching their homes and farms for the fourth day on Saturday. The residents, from the Lasfeer neighborhood, have been ordered to...

Hamas: Talks with Fatah suspended; no scheduled start date
4 Apr 2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – Fatah insisted on its old demands and was not prepared for compromise so talks on conciliation have been postponed indefinitely, a senior Hamas leader said in a statement following his return to Gaza from Cairo on...

Gazans to get soap starting next week, Israeli crossing officials announce
4 Apr 2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – Israel will allow all kinds of soaps and detergents into Gaza as of Tuesday, Deputy of the minister of economy Nasser As-Saraj said on Friday. Gazan officials were informed of the decision following a near year-long...

Abbas to visit Moscow, meet with President Medvedev
4 Apr 2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Moscow on Sunday, where he will meet with Russian President Dmitri Medvidiv. The talks between President Abbas and his counterpart will be on bilateral cooperation and preparing for the international...

PA Social Affairs Ministry to deliver Gaza family allowances
4 Apr 2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – Allowances for more than 24,000 families will be distributed in the coming days, Palestinian Minister of Social Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habash announced on Saturday. He added in a statement that “these families were supposed to receive their...

Jerusalem residents hope to halt demolition orders
4 Apr 2009 - Jerusalem – Ma’an – Palestinian lawmaker andadvisor to the prime minister Hatim Abdul-Qadir said on Saturday that he plans to get an order from the Israeli judiciary to halt the demolition orders against 56 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem. He...

Israeli forces detain severely disabled boy and his brother in Safa
4 Apr 2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israeli forces arrested two brothers from the southern West Bank village of Safa, which has been closed since Thursday following an attack on a settlement just north of the village. Troops closed the city Thursday and...

Israeli forces disperse peaceful sit-in near Hebron settlement
4 Apr 2009 - Hebron – Ma’an – Israeli forces forcibly dispersed a peaceful sit-in organized by the Palestinian People’s Party (PPP) on the occasion of Land Day on Saturday. The sit-in took place at the Beit Anon settlement, which was built on Palestinian...

UNRWA welcomes retractions on damaging articles
4 Apr 2009 - Bethlehem - Ma’an - The Toronto Globe and Mail and Sydney’s The Australian published retractions and corrections to articles in which they accused UNRWA officials of publishing inaccurate information about Israeli attacks around the UN school in Jabaliya during the...

Bethlehem University hosts first conference on Biotechnology Research and Application in Palestine
4 Apr 2009 - Bethlehem - Ma’an - Bethlehem University and the UNESCO Biotechnology Center launched the first ever Palestinian Conference on Biotechnology Research and Application on Friday. Researchers from across Palestine travelled to Bethlehem to present their work in an effort to better...

US hosts filmmaker workshops for Palestinian youth
4 Apr 2009 - Bethlehem - Ma’an - Howcast Media announced on Friday the completion of its pilot Emerging Filmmakers Program (EFP) for Palestinian youth, conducted with funding from the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs of the US...

Unknown militant group claims to have orchestrated Bat Ayin 'axe attack'
4 Apr 2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – A previously unknown Palestinian militant group calling itself “the Palestine Strugglers Army” claimed to have orchestrated the Friday “axe attack” in the Bat Ayin settlement Thursday that saw one teenage settler killed and a young boy...

Israeli forces arrest Palestinian Intelligence officer near Qalqiliya
4 Apr 2009 - Qalqiliya – Ma’an – Israeli forces arrested an officer in the Palestinian Intelligence after detaining him for more than an hour at a military checkpoint in eastern Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank on Saturday. Eyewitnesses said Israeli soldiers manning...

EU efforts see payment of 24,000 delayed social benefits packages; March payment still on hold
4 Apr 2009 - Bethlehem - Ma’an - Special arrangements organized by the PEGASE program have ensured the payment of December social services allowances for 24,000 Palestinian families facing hardship. Israel’s refusal to allow physical cash into the Gaza Strip had prevented the payments...

Palestine Telegraph

Israeli MANIACS Attack Palestinian Civilians
5 Apr 2009 - Jerusalem, April 6, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - As part of the ongoing Israeli measures in Jerusalem, hundreds of Israeli settlers attacked Al-Sadya neighborhood in east Jerusalem. The attackers tried to storm houses of the Al Jabir family. Bloody clashes erupted in the...

Institution: IOF destroyed archaeological buildings during the aggression on Gaza
5 Apr 2009 - Gaza strip, April 5 (The Pal Telegraph) - The Jerusalem institution stated the Israeli offensive army devastated four historic buildings belonging to the Islamic, Ottoman, British and Egyptian historical periods during the recent aggression on Gaza. In a press release issued Wednesday...

UN judge pick for Gaza shocks, awes
4 Apr 2009 - Gaza City, April 4, 2009 - (Pal Telegraph) - Following global concern about Israel's conduct in Gaza, the UN decision to appoint a Jewish judge to head the war crimes probe raises eyebrows Richard Goldstone, a South African Jewish judge, was appointed...

OCHA: Israel Intensifies its Appalling Policies in Gaza & WB
4 Apr 2009 - Gaza, April 4, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - A report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) states the Israeli military apprehended about 48 Palestinian citizens and carried out 107 search operations in the West Bank on March 15th,...

IF Troops Kill Palestinian Gunwoman in Israel
4 Apr 2009 - Gaza, April 4, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - The IF troops shot a Palestinian woman dead after she opened fire on an Israeli Border Guard barracks stationed at the Shoket Junction in southern Israel on Saturday afternoon. According to the Israeli police the...

UNRWA demands Israel to lighten its restriction on crossings
4 Apr 2009 - Gaza, April 4, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Director of operations in Gaza for the UN Refugee and Works Agency on Saturday demanded Israel to ease its restrictions on the entry of Goods into the Gaza Strip. Mr. Ging pointed out that what...

European Campaign to PA: Keep Gaza Patients away from Political Conflict
4 Apr 2009 - Gaza, April 4, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) – The European Campaign to End the Blockade stated its surpris that the Palestinian Authority prevented Patients from leaving Gaza to seek medical treatment abroad.

Two Palestinians killed by Israeli army
3 Apr 2009 - North Gaza, April 4, 2009 - (Pal Telegraph) Muawiya Hassanein, head of the ambulance and emergency service in Gaza announced two Palestinians were killed in armed clashes between Palestinian resistance fighters and Israeli forces east of Jabaliya, northern Gaza.

Students for Palestine put their mark on Australian campuses 
3 Apr 2009 - Australia, April 4, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - University campuses across Australia have seen a new and vibrant student movement for Palestine taking shape in the wake of Israel’s destruction of Gaza at the beginning of the year. These past two weeks have...

IF kidnapped two brothers, one mentally disabled
3 Apr 2009 - West Bank, April 4, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Palestinian sources reported that the Israeli forces apprehended two Palestinian brothers from Safa village, near Hebron after raiding one of their houses Friday night.


Dubai claims Chechen link to murder
5 Apr 2009 - Emirate's police to seek Interpol help in arresting suspects in ex-commander's killing.

Netanyahu's new cabinet meets
5 Apr 2009 - Israel's prime minister highlights security and economic challenges facing the country.

Israeli police kill armed Arab girl
4 Apr 2009 - Officials say Bedouin high school student fired on a guard post in the Negev desert.

UN appoints Gaza war investigator
3 Apr 2009 - Former war crimes prosecutor to focus on Palestinian victims of Israel's war.

Palestinian unity talks suspended
2 Apr 2009 - Fatah and Hamas halt negotiations with the two sides unable to reach an agreement.


OPT: Gaza solid waste management in dire straits 
2 Apr 2009 - GAZA CITY Monday, March 02, 2009 (IRIN) - The lack of technical means to transport and process solid waste in Gaza is posing a severe risk to people’s health in the enclave, experts say. Many Gazans, especially children, have developed breathing problems as a result of the stench emanating from rubbish dumps and the indiscriminate burning of waste.

OPT: Gaza orphans in the spotlight 
2 Apr 2009 - GAZA CITY Wednesday, April 01, 2009 (IRIN) - An estimated 1,346 children were left without one or more of their parents as a result of the recent 23-day Israeli assault on Gaza, according to Islamic Relief in Gaza.

In Brief: GPS and malaria 
2 Apr 2009 - DAKAR Wednesday, April 01, 2009 (IRIN) - Malaria control has long depended on incomplete infection mapping or “spatial medical intelligence”. But in recent years the Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) has used GPS (Global Positioning System) to plot malaria infections based on community surveys in 84 endemic countries.

Stop The Wall

Friday anti-Wall protests commemorate Land Day
5 Apr 2009 - March 29th, 2009 --, Large numbers of participants was a feature of this Friday’s actions, which were held in commemoration of Land Day. Protests against the Wall were held in the usual locations of Jayyous, Ni’lin, al-Ma’sra and Bi’lin. After a brief hiatus last week, violence is escalating again in Ni’lin, where a local youth was shot with live ammunition. [

List of Actions in Palestine for March 30 - Land Day and Global BDS Day
5 Apr 2009 - March 28th, 2009 --, The people in Palestine are mobilizing for the 32nd annual commemoration of Land Day, March 30. Land Day marks the date of the Palestinian demonstration in the Galilee against a wide-scale land confiscation, when Israeli forces killed 6 Palestinians, injured 96 and arrested 300. See the full list of actions here. [

PCHR Latest

PCHR Contests Distortion of Gaza Strip Death Toll
5 Apr 2009 - 

PCHR Appeals for Action to Save Lives of Gaza Strip Patients
5 Apr 2009 - 

PCHR Demands Investigation into Death of a Civilian Tortured by Members of the Intelligence Services in Gaza
5 Apr 2009 - 

PCHR Warns of Gaza Patients’ Being Denied Treatment Abroad
5 Apr 2009 - 

PCHR Weekly Report

(26 March -01 April  2008)
5 Apr 2009 - During the reporting period, IOF killed two members of the Palestinian resistance and injured two others in the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian woman also died of injuries she had sustained during the IOF offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Saudi prince: Divisions among Arabs helped Iran's regional rise
4 Apr 2009 - Saudi Arabia's former ambassador to Washington has described Iran as a paper tiger with claws of steel and cited differences among Arabs as the main reason for its increased regional role. ...

U.S. envoy: Arab peace initiative will be part of Obama policy 
4 Apr 2009 - The Arab peace initiative will be part of the Obama administration's policy toward the Middle East, the United States special envoy to the region said. ... 

Who are the 50 most influential rabbis in the U.S.?
4 Apr 2009 - The U.S. weekly Newsweek was set to publish its annual list of the 50 most influential rabbis in the U.S. on Monday. ... 

NATO condemns 'highly provocative' North Korea rocket launch
4 Apr 2009 - NATO condemned the launch by North Korea on Sunday of a long-range rocket as "highly provocative" and in breach of its commitments to the UN Security Council. ...

Obama arrives in Turkey on first visit to Muslim country
4 Apr 2009 - United States President Barack Obama arrived in Turkey on Sunday in his first visit as president to a Muslim country. He plans to boost bilateral ties between the two allies. ...

The Guardian

Letter: Britain and the 'smuggling' of weapons to Gaza
2 Apr 2009 - I am puzzled by the lack of scrutiny afforded to the questions raised by Hazel Blears's assertion that "the prime minister has offered British naval support to stop the smuggling of weapons to Gaza" ( Letters , 26...

Michael Tomasky: Why no Palestinian Gandhi?
2 Apr 2009 - Many weeks ago on this blog, I asked rhetorically what we all thought might have happened in the occupied territories if the Palestinian resistance had been, since 1967, nonviolent. I ventured a guess that they might...

Seth Freedman: Israel's new foreign minister raises fears for peace
2 Apr 2009 - If Israelis think their foreign minister's ascent is an aberration, they're being disingenuous about the nation's rightwing forces Yesterday's tub-thumping tirade by Israel's new foreign minister and deputy prime minister sent tremors through political circles, both...

Doctors to reopen Yasser Arafat death investigation
2 Apr 2009 - Arab doctors to review information about 'strange death' of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat Arab doctors are to investigate the death of the former Palestinian president, Yasser Arafat, re-opening a four-year-old case which is still the...

Antony Lerman: Is Oliphant's cartoon antisemitic, or just offensive?
2 Apr 2009 - Complaints of antisemitism made against a recent cartoon simply confuse the issue and devalue the term Pat Oliphant, the most widely syndicated political cartoonist in the world, has been fiercely attacked by major American Jewish groups...

Israeli papers brush women out of cabinet
3 Apr 2009 - Two female ministers within a 30-strong cabinet may not sound like such a big deal to most. However, it was two women too many for Israeli ultra-orthodox newspapers, so they simply airbrushed the offending female figures...

Israeli exports hit by European boycotts after attacks on Gaza
3 Apr 2009 - A fifth of Israeli exporters report drop in demand as footage of Gaza attacks changes behaviour of consumers and investors Israeli companies are feeling the impact of boycott moves in Europe, according to surveys, amid growing...

Lyn Julius: The term 'Jewish Arabs' ignores the truth of Middle Eastern Jews' unhappy history in Arab lands
3 Apr 2009 - The term 'Jewish Arabs' ignores the truth of Middle Eastern Jews' unhappy history in Arab lands There is no denying that in Israel there is discrimination and an ethnic divide. Choice quotes from Israel's leaders in...

Jewish Chronicle pays £30,000 libel damages to peace activist
3 Apr 2009 - Peace activist accepts damages over false claims he harboured two suicide bombers A peace activist today accepted £30,000 libel damages and an apology at the high court over false claims made in the Jewish Chronicle that...

David Goldberg: I wanted to be among the few civilian Jews to visit Gaza since the invasion. It wasn't to be
2 Apr 2009 - I wanted to be among the few civilian Jews to visit Gaza since the invasion. It wasn't to be It all began promisingly. A former congregant of mine works for an international crisis agency in Jerusalem,...

Khaled Diab: Like the Palestinians, Middle Eastern Jews have fallen victim to political forces beyond their control
2 Apr 2009 - Like the Palestinians, Middle Eastern Jews have fallen victim to political forces beyond their control To the outside world, Israel is either (depending on your political perspective) a proud outpost of the west or a humiliating...

Ha'aretz National page

'Warsaw Ghetto cigarette seller' dies aged 83
5 Apr 2009 - Between medical treatments for cancer, Jorek Plonski, 83, used to travel from his home on Kibbutz Megiddo in the north to Givat Haviva, between Haifa and Tel Aviv, to help create a museum commemorating typical Polish towns before the Holocaust and tell young people about his time in the Warsaw Ghetto and his experiences as one of a group of Jewish children who sold cigarettes in the city's Three Crosses Square. ... 

Court hands secular victory in ban on prayers in Jerusalem home
5 Apr 2009 - Secular residents of Jerusalem's Kiryat Hayovel neighborhood chalked up a victory against their ultra-Orthodox neighbors Thursday when a court barred prayer services in a residential apartment. ... 

Ramat Gan safari gets fugitive lemur back, safe and sound
5 Apr 2009 - The brown lemur that escaped from the Ramat Gan Safari over the weekend was found Sunday night and returned safely to the zoological center. ...

Arab professor 'kicked out of eatery over bartender's racist T-shirt'
5 Apr 2009 - An Arab psychology professor at the University of Haifa said Sunday he was booted out of a restaurant over the weekend after complaining that the bartender was wearing a shirt advocating killing Palestinian children. ... 

'Jesus Trail' in Galilee to be completed by Pope's visit
5 Apr 2009 - The Jesus Trail, a Galilee path that supposedly traces the route of Jesus, will be completed in time for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI next month, its planners said. ... 

Relief Web

European Union supports regular payment of salaries and pensions through PEGASE for nearly 78,000 Palestinian beneficiaries
5 Apr 2009 - Source: European Union

Over 24,000 Palestinian families facing hardship in the Gaza Strip to collect their social allowances due in Dec 2008
4 Apr 2009 - Source: European Commission, Palestinian National Authority

Ban hails 'life-saving work' of eliminating landmines on International Day
4 Apr 2009 - Source: UN News Service

Palestinian Child Day: Children face an increasingly insecure environment
4 Apr 2009 - Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section

OPT: Hamas to begin removing Gaza war rubble next week
4 Apr 2009 - Source: Deutsche Presse Agentur

Press conference on Gaza by Operations Director of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
3 Apr 2009 - Source: UN Department of Public Information

Case study on the utilization of the INEE minimum standards: Responding to an educational emergency in the occupied Palestinian territory
3 Apr 2009 - Source: Inter-Agency Network on Education in Emergencies

OPT: UNRWA welcomes retraction of damaging articles
3 Apr 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

YNet News

Gazan doctor nominated for Nobel
5 Apr 2009 - Dr. Abu al-Aish, who lost three daughters to fighting in Gaza, receives news of candidacy for peace prize. 'This prize will make my tragedy into something positive,' he says

Israel fears US budget cuts may hurt missile defense 
5 Apr 2009 - Congress to discuss plans to cut security budget, including funding of Arrow-3 missile defense system; Israel fears policy may also jeopardize future sale of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft 

Muslims attack Christian-owned shops in Egypt
5 Apr 2009 - Police say shops in Alexandria attacked as crowd gathered near mosque to bury Muslim stabbed during quarrel with his Christian neighbors

Syria urges US to play more active role in Mideast 
5 Apr 2009 - Congressman, Assad discuss humanitarian situation in Gaza, need for active US role in achieving Mideast peace 'after experience has proven that wars create more problems and human catastrophes' 

IDF chief of staff glad troops' Gaza 'testimonies' were thrown out
5 Apr 2009 - Ashkenazi tells soldiers in letter that accounts of military misconduct in Gaza lack factual basis

First gov't conflict centers on papal visit
5 Apr 2009 - Internal security minister says not enough funds have been allotted by Finance Ministry to secure pope during his visit to Israel next week

Barak 'uncomfortable' in new government 
5 Apr 2009 - Labor chief tells fellow party members still unsure whether decision to join Netanyahu coalition was correct, says will try to encourage government to take steps 'that contradict Lieberman's statements'. Tamir: Deep ideological crisis in Labor


Palestinian kills a 13 year-old boy and injures a 7 year-old boy
1 Apr 2009 - B'Tselem strongly condemnss the killing of a 13 year-old boy and the injuring of a 7 year-old boy by a Palestinian in the settlement of Bat Ayin in the Bethlehem district. Deliberate attacks against civilians are immoral and illegal. Wilful killing of civ

Punishment of policeman who killed Palestinian increased
31 Mar 2009 - The Israeli Supreme Court has increased the prison sentence of border policeman Yanai Lazla for the killing of 18-year-old ‘Imran Abu Hamdiya in 2002. Lazla and three other policemen threw Abu Hamdiya from a jeep moving at high speed after they had abduct

Daily Star

Former Saudi envoy to US says Arab divisions helped Tehran's regional rise 
5 Apr 2009 - Saudi Arabia's former ambassador to Washington has described Iran as a paper tiger with claws of steel and cited differences among Arabs as the main reason for its increased regional role. Prince Turki al-Faisal's remarks came at a closed-door meeting Saturday at the University of Jordan's Strategic Studies Center.

Dubai says ally of Chechen leader killed Yamadayev 
5 Apr 2009 - Dubai authorities accused a close ally of Chechnya's Kremlin-backed President Ramzan Kadyrov on Sunday of masterminding the brazen midday assassination of a decorated Chechen war veteran. The allegation could have broad implications for Kadyrov, a former rebel now closely allied with Moscow and its campaign to quell a 14-year insurrection in Chechnya.

Obama outlines sweeping goal of nuclear-free world 
5 Apr 2009 - Declaring the future of mankind at stake, President Barack Obama on Sunday said all nations must strive to rid the world of nuclear arms and that the US had a "moral responsibility" to lead because no other country has used one. A North Korean rocket launch upstaged Obama's idealistic call to action.

A letter from an Armenian to President Obama 
5 Apr 2009 - Dear Mr. President,Indeed, I am as happy as those millions around the world who had great expectations of your presidency, from a man known for this bravery, wisdom, and more importantly, as a remarkable president.

Netanyahu pledges to produce 'peace policy' soon 
5 Apr 2009 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chaired his first Cabinet meeting on Sunday, after less than a week in power dominated by his top diplomat sparking concern over the fate of peace talks. Vowing to "pull up our sleeves and get to work," Netanyahu said his government will set its peace and defense policies within weeks.

Obama throws weight behind Turkey's EU aspirations 
5 Apr 2009 - US President Barack Obama endorsed Turkey's troubled bid for European Union membership Sunday, exposing a rift with France and Germany. Obama, who flew to Turkey on Sunday night after attending an EU-US summit in Prague, said Turkey's membership of the 27-nation bloc would firmly wrap the mainly Muslim nation into the Western fold.

Israeli forces kill pistol-wielding teenage bedouin girl 
5 Apr 2009 - Israeli forces on Saturday shot and killed a 16-year-old bedouin girl who opened fire at a police base in southern Israel and two Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip, security officials and medics said. In the rare incident in southern Israel, the teenager opened fire at a guard post at the base and was gunned down by border police, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

Threat to shut Boston Globe shows no paper is safe 
5 Apr 2009 - When it bought the Boston Globe for a record $1.1 billion in 1993, the New York Times Co. added one of the nation's most acclaimed and profitable newspapers to its empire. But analysts say the 137-year-old Globe has been a money-loser in recent years, and the Times, now $1.1 billion in debt.

Palestinian Information Center

Anti-siege national initiative committee to send aid fleet to Gaza next month
5 Apr 2009 - The government committee against the siege stated that the national initiative committee to break the siege intends to send an aid convoy by sea called the "fleet of freedom" to Gaza in next month.

Mousa: Israeli interior minister's threats prove impossibility of coexistence
5 Apr 2009 - Hamas MP Dr. Yehya Mousa on Sunday said that the threats of the new Israeli interior minister revealed that coexistence with such "criminals" was impossible.

Zaza: The swap deal is frozen but under indirect negotiations
5 Apr 2009 - Deputy premier Ziad Al-Zaza stated that the prisoner swap deal is frozen but still under indirect negotiations, adding that the Palestinian people need a truce away from the foreign dictates.

Naim: IOF used 10 new weapons in its war on Gaza
5 Apr 2009 - Dr. Basem Naim, the PA health minister, has affirmed that the Israeli occupation forces had used ten new kinds of weapons in the war on Gaza along with internationally banned arms.

Gov't committee against siege initiates int'l campaign for human rights respect
5 Apr 2009 - The government committee to break the siege announced the launch of an international media campaign to demand respect for human rights especially the Palestinian people's right to travel and movement.

IOF troops isolate Palestinian village from the outside world
5 Apr 2009 - The IOF on Sunday continued to isolate the Palestinian village of Safa for the fourth consecutive day from the outside world and persisted in large-scale search operations in all village homes.

Israel isolates Hamas and Islamic Jihad detainees in Nafha prison
5 Apr 2009 - The Israeli Nafha prison administration started recently to isolate Hamas and Islamic Jihad prisoners from others as a prelude to taking punitive measures against them.

Poll: Israel is aggressive and arrogant
5 Apr 2009 - A poll recently conducted by the Israeli foreign ministry has revealed that %59 of wealthy and educated people in thirteen countries think that Israel is an aggressive and arrogant country.

Two Hamas leaders start hunger strike in Israeli jails
5 Apr 2009 - Dr. Nasseruddin Al-Shaer and Ra'fat Nassif, two of the Hamas political leaders in the West Bank, have gone on hunger strike in protest over their incarceration conditions.

Abu Marzouk: There are no new proposals on the national dialog
5 Apr 2009 - Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk, the deputy chairman of Hamas political bureau, denied the presence of any new proposals on the inter-Palestinian dialog, pointing out that the differences are on core issues.

Los Angeles Times

For Iranian director Majid Majidi, it's all about balance 
5 Apr 2009 - His film 'Song of Sparrows' ponders technology's effect on humanity. Over the past 17 years, Iranian director Majid Majidi has sought out everyday people to serve as the inspiration for films such as "The Color of Paradise," "Baran" and the Oscar-nominated "Children of Heaven." So in some ways it's not surprising that his latest film -- the gentle fable “The Song of Sparrows,” opening Friday at Laemmle's Music Hall in Beverly Hills and Laemmle's Town Center 5 in Encino -- stems from a visit to an ostrich farm in the countryside, far from the hustle and bustle of Tehran. 

Laugh Factory owner is serious about comedy 
5 Apr 2009 - Jaime Masada emigrated from Iran at age 14 and opened the Laugh Factory in 1979 at age 16. Thirty-three years later, the club is still a popular place for comedians to dish out one-liners. The gig: Owner of the Laugh Factory, considered one of the best comedy clubs in the country. The flagship club on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood has been open since 1979. Last year, Masada opened a $10-million location in Long Beach. 

New York Times

Memo From Cairo: For Egypt, Promise of 1979 Peace Still Unfulfilled
4 Apr 2009 - Public sentiment in Egypt points to the treaty with Israel, signed 30 years ago, as the start of Egypt’s decline and diplomatic impotence. 

Israeli Nonprofits, Shaken by Madoff Scandal, Regroup
4 Apr 2009 - Bernard L. Madoff’s Ponzi scheme created losses in Israel amounting to at least hundreds of millions of dollars. 

World Briefing | The Americas: Venezuela: Venture With Iran
4 Apr 2009 - President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran inaugurated a joint development bank to finance projects in the two countries. 

World Briefing | Middle East: Israel: U.N. Picks Gaza Investigator
4 Apr 2009 - The United Nations Human Rights Council appointed a Jewish South African judge to lead a mission to investigate allegations of war crimes committed by Israel. 

Police Continue Questioning of Israeli Foreign Minister
3 Apr 2009 - The questioning of Avigdor Lieberman, the new foreign minister of Israel, continued into Friday, as part of a longstanding investigation into suspicions of bribery, money laundering and breach of trust. 

National Briefing | South: Florida: Plea in Plot to Export Aircraft Parts to Iran
2 Apr 2009 - A second man has pleaded guilty in a Miami federal court to charges of scheming to illegally export military aircraft parts to Iran. 

World Briefing | Middle East: Jordan: Inquiry Into Arafat’s Death
2 Apr 2009 - More than four years after Yasir Arafat died, Arab doctors will meet in Jordan this week to look into lingering suspicions that he was poisoned. 

Damascus Journal: Syria Finds Right Ingredients to Start a Stock Market From Scratch
2 Apr 2009 - For many Syrians, a newly opened stock exchange represents a long-deferred dream of economic liberalization and prosperity after decades of socialism and isolation. 


Electronic Intifada
Motorola drops bomb fuse unit following boycott campaign
5 Apr 2009 - Motorola has sold a controversial unit that produced bomb fuses and other equipment for the Israeli military, according to the Israeli financial newspaper Globes . The sale rids Motorola of some activities that had made it the target of a growing boycott in the US and worldwide. 

White phosphorus not forgotten in Gaza
3 Apr 2009 - During Israel's three-week-long offensive on Gaza launched on 27 December, the Israeli army used internationally banned weapons according to foreign military and medical experts. Israel used American-made white phosphorus shells in populated areas across the Gaza Strip. Yousef Al-Helou reports from the Gaza Strip. 

Gaza farmers commemorate Land Day
3 Apr 2009 - As farmer Jamal al-Bassyuni plucked a stalk of ripening wheat, a posse of young men danced in his field. The dancers were flanked by a lively crowd, many of them women wearing the traditional Palestinian embroidered thob dress. Despite the nearby rubble of destroyed houses, and tracts of land laid to waste by bulldozers and tanks, the mood was defiantly sunny. Local farmers and their supporters were celebrating Palestinian Land Day. 

Not an analogy: Israel and the crime of apartheid
3 Apr 2009 - With the expanding agreement that the term "apartheid" is useful in describing the level and layout of Israel's crimes, it is important that our understanding of the "apartheid label" be deepened, both as a means of informing activism in support of the Palestinian anti-colonial struggle, and in order to most effectively make use of comparisons with other struggles. Hazem Jamjoum comments for The Electronic Intifada. 

In Gaza
warmth and support
4 Apr 2009 - * newly-bought mattresses, blankets and pillows to replace those destroyed by Israel’s attacks on Gaza. I met Ramadan and Sabrine Shamali at a Sheyjayee market a couple of days ago. They were going to buy new blankets, mattresses, and other essentials, including clothing, to replace what was lost when their house was attacked by the invading Israeli army during Israel’s war on Gaza.  They were using money sent from those outside of Gaza in solidarity with Palestinians. Ramadan knew the best place for blankets, a small store in the district, with blankets mostly brought in through sporadically-opened borders or, more likely, the tunnels. I was told that immediately after the...

Palestine Chronicle
Israel on Trial
4 Apr 2009 - By George Bisharat – San Francisco Chilling testimony by Israeli soldiers substantiates charges that Israel's Gaza Strip assault entailed grave violations of international law. The emergence of a predominantly right-wing, nationalist government in Israel suggests that there may be more violations to come. Hamas’s indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israeli civilians also constituted war crimes, but do not excuse Israel’s transgressions. While Israel disputes some of the soldiers’ accounts, the evidence suggests that Israel committed the following six offenses: • Violating its duty to protect the civilian population of the Gaza Strip. Despite Israel’s 2005 “disengagement” from Gaza, the territory remains occupied. Israel unleashed military firepower against a people it is legally bound to protect. • Imposing collective punishment in the form of a blockade, in violation of Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. In June 2007, after Hamas took power in the Gaza Strip, Israel imposed suffocating restrictions on trade and movement. The blockade — an act of war in customary international law — has helped plunge families into poverty, children into malnutrition, and patients denied access to medical treatment into their graves. People in Gaza thus faced Israel’s winter onslaught in particularly weakened conditions. • Deliberately attacking civilian targets. The laws of war permit attacking a civilian object only when it is making an effective contribution to military action and a definite military advantage is gained by its destruction. Yet an Israeli general, Dan Harel, said, “We are hitting not only terrorists and launchers, but also the whole...

Student Foils Israeli Bid to Wreck Family's Hopes
4 Apr 2009 - By Stuart Littlewood – London Bethlehem University has been closed a dozen times by Israeli storm-troopers and shelled by their tanks, but it remains one of those magical places in the Holy Land where you always feels good 'vibes'. Meeting the students is a continual source of inspiration, as so many apply themselves to their studies with cheerful determination in spite of difficult family circumstances and almost insurmountable obstacles put in their way by the occupation. So I enjoy the newsletters the Brothers regularly send me. Their latest includes the heart-rending story of a young girl, Merna, an honors student in her final year majoring in English. For most people studying for a degree is tough enough, but this youngster also has to battle against armed intruders who invade her home and have systematically destroyed her family life. Merna is described by the Brothers as "a joyful and engaging person, full of life and love". The tragedy is that Israeli soldiers frequently rampage through her refugee camp in the middle of the night and have taken away her loved ones, one by one. From childhood Merna remembers the constant night raids and soldiers randomly searching Palestinian homes, ransacking their contents and arbitrarily arresting residents. She remembers, too, her home being bombarded with missiles fired from Gilo, an illegal Israeli settlement outside Bethlehem. Merna's family, like thousands of others, became refugees when their village was attacked by Jewish terrorist forces in 1948. The villagers were forced to flee to a camp...

It's a Lieberman Government
4 Apr 2009 - By Uri Avnery – Israel On the first day of the new Israeli government, the fog cleared: it's a Lieberman government. The day started with a celebration at the President’s office. All the members of this bloated government – 30 ministers and 8 deputy ministers – were dressed up in their best finery and posed for a group photo. Binyamin Netanyahu read an uninspired speech, which included the worn-out clichés that are necessary to set the world at ease: the government is committed to peace, it will negotiate with the Palestinian Authority, bla-bla-bla. Avigdor Lieberman hurried from there to the foreign Office, for the ceremonial change of ministers. He, too, made a speech – but it was not a routine speech at all. “Si vis pacem, para bellum – if you want peace, prepare for war,” declared the new Foreign Minister. When a diplomat quotes this ancient Roman saying, the world pays no attention to the first part, but only to the second. Coming from the mouth of the already infamous Lieberman, it was a clear threat: the new government is entering upon a path of war, not of peace. With this sentence, Lieberman negated Netanyahu’s speech and made headlines around the world. He confirmed the worst apprehensions connected with the creation of this government. Not content with quoting the Romans, he explained specifically why he used this motto. Concessions, he said, do not bring peace, but quite the reverse. The world respected and admired Israel when it won the...

Arab 'Reconciliation' Summit a Bust
3 Apr 2009 - By Rannie Amiri The 21st Arab League summit held this week in Doha, Qatar ended up being little more than a summit of egos. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir – just indicted for war crimes in Darfur by the International Criminal Court (ICC) – arrived to a red-carpet and hero’s welcome; Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak boycotted the entire gathering; Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi walked out during the opening session; King Abdullah II of Jordan left early, apparently for not having been greeted by the Emir of Qatar but by another member of the royal family; and Hamas was not even invited. Having accomplished little, the summit adjourned one day early. Overshadowing the gathering of Arab leaders and the League’s stated agenda of ‘reconciliation’ between the decidedly pro-American, anti-Iranian camp of nations (represented by Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia) and those more willing to recognize Iran as an important regional power (namely Syria and Qatar), was the presence of al-Bashir. In embracing al-Bashir and “rejecting” his indictment, the Arab League thumbed their noses at the West and the ICC, who called for his arrest but ignored the war crimes committed by Israel in Gaza. It may have been an understandable move by the League (which no doubt involved a bit of collective self-preservation), but certainly was not good public relations. Next, attention was focused on the volatile and unpredictable Libyan leader. In the morning session, he railed against Saudi King Abdullah who he said was “made by Britain and protected by the...