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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
13 April, 2009

News

International Middle East Media Center

National talks to be held as planned on April 26
13 Apr 2009 - A senior official of the Hamas movement stated Monday that the internal Palestinian talks will, as planned, be held in Cairo on April 26.

Syrian aid convoy heading to Gaza
13 Apr 2009 - Hamdi Shaath, head of the governmental committee in charge of welcoming delegates in Gaza, reported on Monday that an aid convoy, presented by the Syrian people in aid to Gaza, left Syria on Monday in an attempt to make it into Gaza.

Hamdan: Hamas never was a detriment to Egypt's national security
13 Apr 2009 - Osama Hamdan, the Hamas representative in Lebanon, categorically denied the presence of tension in relations with Egypt because of what has been known as the Hizbullah cell, asserting that the Hamas Movement has never been a detriment to the Egyptian national security.

Two patients die in Gaza, death toll reaches 320
13 Apr 2009 - Two Palestinian patients were reported dead on Monday in the Gaza strip due to the Israeli continued siege.

Israeli man stabbed in Sinai
13 Apr 2009 - Egyptian sources reported an Israeli man was stabbed by a tourism worker in the seaside town of Nuweiba in Sinai on Monday.

Report: 147 million USD the losses of Agricultural sector in Gaza due to the Cast lead offensive
13 Apr 2009 - The deposed Palestinian Agricultural Minister in Gaza, Mohamed Al Aghaa, announced that the direct losses of the Agricultural sector in the Strip due to the Israeli Cast lead offensive totals 147 million USD.

Scores of Israeli settlers storm the Aqsa Mosque and police arrest one Palestinian worshiper
13 Apr 2009 - Scores of Israeli settlers stormed the courtyard of the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's old city on Monday midday while Israeli police arrested a Palestinian worshiper who was there.

Israeli troops beat civilian and kidnap another near Hebron
13 Apr 2009 - One civilian was beaten by Israeli troops and another kidnapped on Monday in the Al Arop refugee camp near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Israeli military kidnaps eight civilians from village of Budrus near Ramallah
13 Apr 2009 - Eight Palestinian civilians were kidnapped by Israeli troops on Monday at dawn during a military invasion targeting the village of Budrus near the central west bank city of Bethlehem.

Israeli naval forces attack Palestinian fishing boats near Gaza Coast
13 Apr 2009 - A Palestinian fishing boat exploded after it was attacked by Israeli naval boats on Monday off the northern Gaza Strip coast.

Abbas to visit Washington
13 Apr 2009 - The Palestinian Authority Internal Ministry is currently holding talks with the US administration to arrange a state visit of the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, to Washington for talks with the U.S President, Barack Obama.

Soldier steals ATM card from Gaza resident, withdraws money in Israel
13 Apr 2009 - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) in Gaza is preparing to file a complaint to the Israeli military demanding that they investigate an incident in which it is alleged that an Israeli soldier stole an ATM card during the offensive against Gaza and withdrew money in Israel.

Ha'aretz Defense page

Egypt to Hezbollah: We'll strike back if you attack us
13 Apr 2009 - Asharq al-Awsat: Hezbollah agent told Egyptian interrogators cell plotted attacks on Israeli targets.

Russia purchased Israeli drones despite Syria, Iran objections
13 Apr 2009 - Russia bought drones after witnessing their succesful use against them in last Summer's war with Georgia.

Hezbollah No. 2 says western perception of group has changed
13 Apr 2009 - In LA Times interview, Naim Qassem denies claims that Hezbollah agents are operating outside Lebanon.

Egypt hunting for 13 members of Hezbollah cell in Sinai
13 Apr 2009 - Egyptian security official: Men, who are thought to be Lebanese and Sudanese, hiding out with Bedouin.

Kazakhstan: Military hardware bought from Israel flawed
13 Apr 2009 - Kazakh security service probing defense ministry officials who signed contracts with Israeli firms.

Gaza boat explodes near Israel Navy vessel
13 Apr 2009 - IDF chief calls incident 'failed attack;' No one hurt in blast 300 meters off coast of Gaza.

India set to launch Israeli spy satellite
13 Apr 2009 - India had been especially keen to constantly monitor its borders since the deadly bomb attacks in Mumbai last year.

On jumpy Lebanon-Israel frontier, a quiet drug war
12 Apr 2009 - Israeli police say Hezbollah uses drug trade to fund operations and recruit agents inside Israel.

Ma'an News

PA releases jailed journalist
4/13/2009 - Bethlehem Maan The Palestinian Authority (PA) freed journalist Ahmad Al-Bikawi on Monday, according to a group of political independents who said they negotiated his release. Academic and businessman Yasser Al-Wadiyah, who recently led a delegation of independents to the Palestinian unity talks in Cairo, said that the PA released Al-Bikawi after the independents contacted civil community organizations and other concerned parties. Bikawi works for the Al-Quds satellite channel. Al-Wadiyah said that ending politically-motivated arrests is essential to encouraging reconciliation between the rival Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah.

Palestinian media worker detained for documenting settler visit to Al-Aqsa
4/13/2009 - Jerusalem Ma'an Israeli police detained a Palestinian media worker who was documenting an intrusion by right-wing Israeli settlers into the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalems Old City on Monday. According to the Al-Aqsa Foundation, the organizations media coordinator, Mahmoud Abu Atta, was arrested while covering the settlers incursion on Monday morning. The Israeli police said that Abu Atta will be detained for 24 hours until he goes before a judge on Tuesday. The Al-Aqsa Foundation condemned the detention of Abu Atta in a statement: Abu Atta did not commit any crime. He simply attempted to cover what was going on in the Al-Aqsa Mosque area in order to inform the Islamic world about Israeli infringement on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and we call the Israeli court to release him immediately. The third holiest site in Islam, the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is also the location. . .

Booby-trapped boat explodes near Israeli ship
4/13/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - A booby-trapped fishing boat exploded near an Israeli navy ship near the Gaza Strip coast on Monday, according to Israeli sources. There were no injuries in the blast, which occurred after Israel's navy opened fire on the ship about 300 meters from the coast, Haaretz reported. The ship was apparently carrying explosives, but no one was on board. According to Gaza fisherman Nizar Ayyash, the small boat exploded after Israeli forces opened fire on it at sea; no injuries were reported in the strike. Others in Gaza earlier said they had heard a "massive explosion" out at sea, but did not immediately know the cause. [end]

Israeli forces sieze 11 Palestinians in West Bank raids
4/13/2009 - Bethlehem Maan The Israeli army detained at least 11 Palestinians during raids in the West Bank early on Monday, according to the army and Palestinian security sources. An Israeli army spokesperson told Army Radio that most of the raids took place in and around Ramallah. There are currently around 11,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, and more are seized in raids each night. [end]

Gaza Strip siege claims 320th victim
4/13/2009 - Gaza Maan The Gaza-based Health Ministry announced on Monday that 320 Palestinians have died as a result of Israel and Egypt's siege on the the coastal strip. In a statement, the Health Ministry reported the death of Faima Hussein Ash-Shindi, 66, of Gaza City, who required treatment abroad for a blood disorder but was unable to get permit to leave. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Muhammad Akasheh died from cancer that could not be treated in Gaza. The ministry insisted in the statement that dozens of other patients in Gaza hospitals are waiting to receive permits for treatment abroad. It called on "the entire world to intervene to rescue Gazans. " [end]

Undercover Israeli forces seize two men from Beit Ummar
4/13/2009 - Hebron Maan Undercover Israeli operatives seized two Palestinians from the West village Beit Ummar and Safa, north of the city of Hebron on Monday evening. Local sources identified the detainees Samih Mahmoud Abdel Fattah At-Teet, 37, from nearby Safa, and Ashraf Bahjat Al-Allami, from Beit Ummar. According to relatives of Samih At-Teet, four men dressed in civilian clothes arrived the family house in Safa, claiming that they wanted to buy a car from him. The family gave the men At-Teets mobile phone number and informed them that he would be returning from nearby Bethlehem within 15 minutes. Later, when At-Teet arrived in Beit Ummar, men stepped from a civilian car and seized him, spiriting him away. Al-Allami was also grabbed from the street at the same time. Both men are being held in an unknown location.

European Campaign to Break the Siege to launch Gaza convoy
4/13/2009 - Gaza Maan The European Campaign to Break the Siege on Gaza on Monday announced a new convoy to the Gaza Strip for the benefit of Palestinians injured in the Israeli assault that began in late December. Hundreds of trucks loaded with 150 wheelchairs and medical equipment for the disabled and other equipment for the deaf and blind will soon depart for Gaza, according to a statement sent to Ma'an. Dozens of European parliamentarians will join the convoy, planned to set sail in May from Italy to Egypt, where the group will coordinate passage to the Strip via Rafah. "The latest Israeli war against the Gaza Strip increased the Palestinian struggle and suffering, leaving many injured and disabled, and many stories of misery, said Dr Arafat Mady, head of the European Campaign. He added, "There are some cases that we could name where patients have become 100 percent. . .

Gaza woman dead in fourth so-called 'honor killing' in last week
4/13/2009 - Bethlehem Maan A woman was killed on Monday morning in the Gaza Strip in the fourth killing related to so-called family honor in the last week. According to information collected by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), 28-year-old Rihab Al-Hazin, from An-Nusseirat Refugee Camp was killed by her 21-year-old brother, who told police he killed his sister to maintain family honor. Al-Hazins body was brought to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in the city of Deir Al-Balah at 3am on Monday, according to PCHR. The body was then referred to the forensic medicine department at Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. Last Thursday, three members of the Olaiwa family were killed in Gaza City. Police found three bodies belonging to Sufian Arafat Olaiwa, 45, his wife, Miriam Al-Majdoub Olaiwa, 30, and their son, Jawhar Sufian Olaiwa, 5, in their houses in the Ash-Shujaiyya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.

Egyptian soldier shot dead along Israeli border
4/13/2009 - Bethlehem Maan/Agencies An Egyptian border guard was shot dead along the border with Israel on Monday. Quoting Egyptian security officials, the AP news agency said that Magdi Abdellah Hamza was shot in the neck while on patrol on Monday morning. Egyptian authorities have opened an investigation into the killing. [end]

Egypt: Hizbullah agents targeted Israeli tourists in Sinai
4/13/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Egypt claimed on Sunday that Hizbullah agents were planning attacks on Israeli tourists in the Sinai, according to news reports. Both Egyptian and Israeli officials said Sunday that the alleged cell of 49 men arrested in Egypt earlier this week had links to Hizbullah and were planning attacks aimed at destabilizing Egypt. Meanwhile, Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday denied accusations his movement intended to attack Egypt, but announced that at least one member had been dispatched to Egypt. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak reportedly phoned Lebanon's prime minister on Sunday, telling him that Egypt "will not allow anyone to violate its borders or destabilize the country," according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Also on Sunday, Egypt's state-controlled press railed against the Hizbullah leader; in one editorial, Nasrallah was referred to as a "monkey sheikh.

Tel Aviv man moderately injured in Sinai stabbing
4/13/2009 - Bethlehem Maan Israeli sources reported on Monday that a Tel Aviv man had arrived at Eilat Hospital after being stabbed while he was in Egypt's Sinai Desert. The source added that the 40-year-old man was moderately injured, and that his face was slashed by the knife. [end]

Hamas: Rhetoric against Hizbullah disparages resistance
4/13/2009 - Gaza Maan The Hamas movement on Monday condemned "these fake allegations" that Hizbullah is operating in Egypt, according to a statement sent to Ma'an. The statement went on to declare Hamas' solidarity with Hizbullah, and to express distress at the increasing rhetoric against the group's secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah. Hamas also said that "supporting resistance is not a charge at all, and such action should not be condemned, since it is an honor for [Hizbullah]," the statement said. Egypt claimed on Sunday that Hizbullah agents were planning attacks on Israeli tourists in the Sinai, according to news reports. Both Egyptian and Israeli officials said Sunday that the alleged cell of 49 men arrested in Egypt earlier this week had links to Hizbullah and were planning attacks aimed at destabilizing Egypt.

Abbas makes surprise visit to Iraqs Kurdistan
4/13/2009 - Bethlehem Maan Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Monday afternoon in his second surprise visit to the country in less than two weeks. The president was welcomed at the Irbil airport by Mustafa Barzani, the president of the Autonomous Kurdish Government, as well as Nechervan Idris Barzani, its prime minister. Abbas is expected to hold a news conference later on Monday with the Kurdish leaders, following a meeting with the prime minister. Abbas was recently in Baghdad in his first presidential visit there on 5 April, where he sought guarantees of protection for Palestinian refugees living in Iraq. ***To Follow Ma'an News Agency on Twitter:http://twitter. com/maannewsagency

Nablus teachers' union cancels Monday strike
4/13/2009 - Nablus Maan A Nablus teachers' union said its members have decided to cancel a strike scheduled for Monday after reaching an agreement with local police. The union head, Bassam Naim, said the union managed to reach an agreement with the head of the Nablus police department, Commander Rashid Hamdan, and Deputy Ahmad Abu Ar-Rub. Na'im said the two police officials demonstrated consideration toward teachers and their rights. He added that the detained teacher will be released on Monday, and called on members of his union "not to beat students," saying the union will not be responsible for future cases. On Saturday, Palestinian Authority reportedly arrested one of the teachers of the Al-Kendi school on charges that he beat one of his pupils on Thursday. The teacher shouldnt have been arrested and put in the same place with the criminals, Naim said.

Maan-produced documentary on occupied Jerusalem to be screened at Al-Jazeera festival
4/13/2009 - Doha, Qatar Maan A film produced by Maan Network about the plight of Palestinians in Israeli-occupied Jerusalem will be shown at the Al-Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival which opens on Monday, in Doha, Qatar. Amani Al-Khayyats film The Price of Waiting documents abuses including house demolitions, land confiscation, and the cancellation of Palestinians ID cards and residence permits. Al-Jazeera will award three prizes this year for films dealing with Palestine, and another three for films addressing the issue of freedom more broadly. One hundred four films from 95 countries will be screened at the festival. Al-Jazeera allocates this year three awards for the best three films that deal with the Palestinian issue and another three awards for the best three films that tackles the freedom issue.

Hebron man seized over charges he marketed expired yogurt
4/13/2009 - Hebron Maan A Palestinian man was arrested on Monday on charges that he was reselling expired yogurt products in Hebron, the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry said. The arrest occurred through the participation of both the consumer safety department within the Economy Ministry and the PA Health Ministry. The charged man was taken by intelligence for investigation. He had apparently been in charge of overseeing disposal workers, who would dump expired food into a special area, where the man would gather the yogurt, freeze it, and resell it as frozen yogurt. The man was caught by the consumer safety department "red handed," and was taken to the investigation center for legal proceedings. A search of his home netted a large quantity of yogurt and a number of expired cans.

Palestine Telegraph

Israel works on kicking Palestinians out of Jerusalem
13 Apr 2009 - Gaza Strip, April 13th, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli attacks on Jerusalem and Palestinian civilians saw a horrific increase this month. Many Palestinians were injured, dozens jailed and others lost their houses.

Israel bombs fishing boat in Gaza
13 Apr 2009 - Gaza Strip, April 13th, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - The Israeli army announced that a Palestinian fishing boat in Gaza northern shore was prepared to attack Israeli naval forces. The boat was bombed by Israeli gunboats besieging Gaza.

MANIACS head to Gaza
12 Apr 2009 - Gaza, April 12th, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Yanir Yagna, Haaretz Correspondent: Hundreds of right-wing activists on Sunday began marching through the Negev town of Sderot in an attempt to reach the former Gaza settlement of Gush Katif, despite clear warnings from both...

Israel allows 130 trucks of food out of 500 to Gaza
12 Apr 2009 - Gaza, April 12th, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli authorities reopened Kerem Shalom and Nahel Oz crossing points on Wednesday. The crossings expected to operate on low capacity that will never bridge the gap of the needs of 1.5 million peoples.

Military Court in Gaza Sentences 4 Palestinians to death
11 Apr 2009 - Palestine, April 12th, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) On Tuesday, 7 April 2009, the Military Court in Gaza sentenced four Palestinians, two from al-Shejaeya neighborhood and two from al-Tufah neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, to death. The four Palestinians were convicted...

Aljazeera

Hezbollah 'plotted to attack Egypt'
12 Apr 2009 - Lebanese group's operatives planned to hit targets in Sinai, Egyptian minister says.

Netanyahu pledges Palestinian talks
12 Apr 2009 - Israel's new PM says he 'intends to resume' negotiations with Palestinians.

Iran claims nuclear advances
11 Apr 2009 - Energy needs will be met through domestically produced nuclear power, president says.

Hezbollah denies Egypt accusations
10 Apr 2009 - Nasrallah says arrests in Egypt are aimed at turning people against the movement.

IRIN

OPT: Hamas-Fatah rift leaves Gaza patients stranded
GAZA CITY Thursday, April 09, 2009 (IRIN) - The rift between the two main Palestinian movements - Fatah which controls the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and Hamas which controls Gaza - has impeded the availability of health care in Gaza, say officials.

ISRAEL-OPT: Over 150,000 Gazans still without tap water
GAZA CITY Tuesday, April 07, 2009 (IRIN) - Over 150,000 Palestinians in Gaza (around 10 percent of the population) are struggling without tap water as a result of the damage caused to wells, pipes and waste water facilities during the recent 23-day Israeli offensive which ended on 18 January.

Inter Press Service

U.S.: Early Friction with New Israeli Govt
WASHINGTON, Apr 11 (IPS) - If the past week was any indication, the U.S.-Israeli relationship, which could scarcely have been smoother during the eight-year presidency of George W. Bush, appears headed for choppy waters.

IRAQ: Virtual Therapy Treats Real Agony
BERLIN, Apr 10 (IPS) - "Oh, dear Lord, what I am going through," 'N', a 25-year-old Iraqi from Baghdad wrote several months ago. "Am I going to see my family again? Sometimes, I even see my own dead body, lying somewhere. And I imagine the pain my death would cause...

ISRAEL-PALESTINE: One-State Supporters Make a Comeback
WASHINGTON, Apr 10 (IPS) - President Barack Obama has spoken out forcefully - including this week, in Ankara, Turkey - in favour of building an independent Palestinian state alongside a still robust Israel. However, many Palestinians have noted that President George W. Bush also, in recent years, expressed a commitment...

MIDEAST: Gaza Needs More Aid
RAMALLAH, Apr 10 (IPS) - John Ging, head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza, has urged Israel to ease aid flow restrictions that are having a devastating effect on the 1.5 million inhabitants.

Stop The Wall

Two shot and hospitalized on Friday
11 Apr 2009 - Two young men were hospitalized after being shot at the weekly demonstration against the Wall in Nilin. People were also wounded at protests in Bilin, when soldiers fired on a crowd with a considerable number of children, and Masara. In Jayyus soldiers clashed with youth and occupied the village until after midnight. [

Azzun fence destroys trees, isolates land
11 Apr 2009 - Occupation forces began constructing a fence on the northern side of Azzun, east of Qalqilya. Soldiers sealed the area, where they began destroying trees for the path of the fence. The projected route cuts across agricultural roads and will block beleaguered farmers from utilizing their land. [

PCHR Latest

PCHR Condemns Attack by Israeli Settlers and Soldiers on Kherbat Safa and Warns of Potential Increase in Attacks under New Israeli Government
PCHR

Military Court in Gaza Sentences 4 Palestinians to death
PCHR

PCHR Weekly Report

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International Solidarity Movement

Israeli forces reintroduce use of high velocity tear gas projectile against demonstrators in Ni'lin
ISM - 4/12/2009 - 10 April 2009 - The villagers of Ni'lin continued their struggle against the construction of the Apartheid Wall on their land with another weeklyFriday demonstration on the 10th of April. After the mid-day prayer, around 100villagers carried signs against the occupation and marched towards the construction site of the Wall. The nonviolent demonstrators split into two groups, but both groups were stopped by the Israeli army, who had already taken up position on the outskirts of the village. After villagers confronted the soldiers withspeeches and chanting, Israeli forces opened fire with tear gas and sound bombs from about 20 meters away. Some of the village youth responded by throwing stones. Due to the large amount of weaponry fired by the soldiers, the demonstrators were forced to return to the village. The army placed snipers on the roof of a Palestinian residence inside the. . .

Key Dutch party: sanctions against Israel if it thwarts peace
ISM - 4/12/2009 - 12 April 2009 - The Netherlands must impose economic sanctions against Israel if the new government in Jerusalem thwarts the peace process with the Palestinians, the Dutch Labor party said last week. Members of Labor, which is a member of government as the country's second largest party, said they intended to write a manifesto on the matter to the foreign minister, Maxime Verhagen, from the centrist ruling CDA party, who is largely seen as a staunch supporter of Israel. In an interview for Radio 1, Labor's Martijn van Dam said his party insisted that Verhagen and the European Union take "concrete" action that demands Israel accept Hamas as a partner for dialog. Van Dam also lamented the Netherlands and the European Union's decision to blacklist Hamas. Van Dam went on to call Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman "an extremist who is on the brink of racism,". . .

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Mossad tip led to capture of Hezbollah cell in Sinai
13 Apr 2009 - Lines separating warring camps in the region are becoming increasingly clearer as news emerged Monday that foreign intelligence services - including Israel's Mossad - provided Egyptian authorities with intelligence that contributed to the uncovering of a Hezbollah-run terrorist ring and led to the arrest of dozens of suspects. ...

Iran and European Union agree on formula for nuclear talks
13 Apr 2009 - Iran and the European Union on Monday agreed to resume talks over Iran's controversial nuclear program, which for the first time could involve direct negotiations with the United States. ...

Ahmadinejad to attend Durban 2 anti-racism conference
12 Apr 2009 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will attend the United Nations anti-racism conference in Geneva in late April, Iran's state-run media reported Monday. ...

Israeli tourist stabbed in face by Libyan worker in Sinai
12 Apr 2009 - An Israeli tourist on Monday was stabbed by a Libyan worker at a resort in the Egyptian seaside town of Nuweiba. ...

Four Lebanese soldiers killed in attack on army patrol
12 Apr 2009 - Gunmen sprayed a Lebanese army unit on Monday with bullets and ...

The Guardian

Mohanad Hage Ali: Hezbollah's political evolution
10 Apr 2009 - The democratisation of the party and its engagement in public life should be an example to other militant Islamic groups Hezbollah the party of God, in Arabic was notorious throughout the 1980s for being...

Antony Lerman: How serious a threat is antisemitism?
13 Apr 2009 - A survey of Jewish leaders and opinion-formers across Europe suggests that a much more measured approach is required I don't think many would disagree that the Jewish press, various websites, some prominent columnists in national newspapers...

Organisers of Cricket for Change initiative hope sport can bring people together close to Gaza border
12 Apr 2009 - The seductive magic of cover drives and leg spin has won cricket fans around the world and now organisers behind a new initiative close to the Gaza border hope the sport could transcend the boundaries on...

Ha'aretz National page

Father, son suspected in death of Tel Aviv woman
12 Apr 2009 - Police on late Sunday discovered the body of a woman wrapped in a blanket in Tel Aviv and have arrested her 23-year-old son and husband in connection with her death. ...

Police split over plan to localize law enforcement
12 Apr 2009 - Senior police officers yesterday expressed their opposition to the government's proposed plan to transfer responsibility for law enforcement to municipal and local authorities saying it would hurt peripheral towns and encourage corruption. ...

Israel's latest burgeoning export: tech education
12 Apr 2009 - The ORT Israel educational network recently won an international tender issued by the European Union for nanotechnology outreach and teaching for middle school and high school students and young adults. The project will run at about 400 schools and information centers in 20 European countries, for a target population of about 30,000 students. The project is worth an estimated 1.5 million euros, making it one of the largest "educational export" deals of recent years. ...

Judge orders release of rightists arrested in Sderot
11 Apr 2009 - A Kiryat Gat magistrates court ordered the immediate release of right-wing protestors arrested in Sderot on Sunday. ...

Hiker dies after 40-meter fall from Mitzpeh Ramon
11 Apr 2009 - An Israeli tourist was killed on Friday as a result of a 40-meter fall suffered during a hike in the Mount Gamal nature reserve, near Mitzpeh Ramon in southern Israel. ...

Relief Web

La Banque aide des millions de personnes touches par la crise
13 Apr 2009 - Source: World Bank

Filling the need: Global Food Response Program
13 Apr 2009 - Source: World Bank

OPT: War-shocked Gaza children 'want to die'
13 Apr 2009 - Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

OPT: Child and Family Care Center in Khan Younis set alight by unknown persons
12 Apr 2009 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Israel's Netanyahu vows to talk peace with Abbas
12 Apr 2009 - Source: Agence France-Presse

Arab foreign ministers discuss Mideast peace process
11 Apr 2009 - Source: Deutsche Presse Agentur

IPU concerned about the plight of legislators in 32 countries
11 Apr 2009 - Source: Inter-Parliamentary Union

OPT: A brighter tomorrow forGaza's children!
11 Apr 2009 - Source: Mercy-USA for Aid and Development

YNet News

Sinai resident charged with smuggling arms to Gaza
13 Apr 2009 - Hassan Ali Suarcha was arrested after infiltrating Israel from Egypt; indictment says he knew weapons he smuggled into Hamas-ruled territory would be used 'against Jews'

Hamas: Shalit deal 'won't be for months'
13 Apr 2009 - Hamas legislator Mushir al-Masri threatens more soldiers may be kidnapped, warns Gilad Shalit will not be released until Palestinian prisoners freed. Group official says negotiations still have chance of succeeding, but composition of new Israeli government will likely delay them

Iran says it welcomes nuclear talks with West
13 Apr 2009 - Tehran's top nuclear negotiator tells EU's Solana talks should be aimed at 'constructive cooperation' between countries. US State Department says international community skeptical Iran's nuclear program peaceful

Netanyahu, Barak, Lieberman meet ahead of Mitchell visit
13 Apr 2009 - Prime minister summons his top cabinet ministers in preparation for arrival of US President Obama's special envoy this week, so will this triumvirate continue to lead the pack or will additional ministers be brought into the fold?

Ariel teens suspected of selling stolen goods to Palestinians
13 Apr 2009 - Four Israeli youngsters arrested on suspicion of breaking into homes in West Bank city, selling stolen cameras, laptops and jewelry to Palestinians residing nearby. Investigator: Crime surge linked to economic downturn

Sensitive Air Force documents found in garbage
13 Apr 2009 - Civilian comes across papers detailing squadron's operations during Gaza offensive, including pilots' names and launch times; military personnel in nearby base promise to clear papers from area, but man finds them in same spot a few days later

Kazakhs say Israel supplied flawed military hardware
13 Apr 2009 - Kazakhstan's security service investigating defense Ministry officials on suspicion of purchasing faulty artillery and other defense systems from Israeli firms

B'tselem

Israel and the Palestinians must assist the UN mission
5 Apr 2009 - B'Tselem welcomes the appointment of the jurist Richard Goldstone to head the fact-finding mission, called for by the UN Human Rights Council, to investigate the recent fighting in Gaza. Particularly welcome is the delegations mandate, which covers viola

Palestinian kills a 16 year-old boy and injures a 7 year-old boy
1 Apr 2009 - B'Tselem strongly condemnss the killing of a 16 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

IRIN

OPT: Hamas-Fatah rift leaves Gaza patients stranded
GAZA CITY Thursday, April 09, 2009 (IRIN) - The rift between the two main Palestinian movements - Fatah which controls the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and Hamas which controls Gaza - has impeded the availability of health care in Gaza, say officials.

ISRAEL-OPT: Over 150,000 Gazans still without tap water
GAZA CITY Tuesday, April 07, 2009 (IRIN) - Over 150,000 Palestinians in Gaza (around 10 percent of the population) are struggling without tap water as a result of the damage caused to wells, pipes and waste water facilities during the recent 23-day Israeli offensive which ended on 18 January.

Daily Star

Jordan seeks single Arab stance on peace process
13 Apr 2009 - Jordan's King Abdullah II on Saturday told Arab foreign ministers that a unified position on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process was key to a solution in the Middle East. "A unified Arab position toward the peace process and speaking one language with the international community, particularly the United States.

Nour ready to run in Egypt's 2011 presidential polls
13 Apr 2009 - A prominent Egyptian opposition politician said he was ready to run for president in 2011 if he could overturn a ban that now disqualifies him from competing. But Ayman Nour, who came a distant second in the last presidential elections in 2005 and then spent more than three years in jail, said he did not expect a fair race in 2011.

Jerusalem buzzes with activity as Christians mark Easter
13 Apr 2009 - Christians prayed at an ancient church and sang in a garden outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City as they marked Easter Sunday in the city where they believe Jesus was crucified and resurrected. The city buzzed with religious activity. Orthodox Christians, who observe a different calendar, marked Palm Sunday.

Netanyahu and Abbas have first 'friendly' chat
13 Apr 2009 - Israel's new prime minister spoke to the Palestinian president on Sunday for the first time since taking office, telling him that he seeks close cooperation to drive peace efforts forward. Talk of cooperation alone, however, is unlikely to satisfy the Palestinian leadership, which wants Israel's new government to make.

Iran ready to discuss 'constructive cooperation' with group of six
13 Apr 2009 - Iran on Monday said it was ready to talk with a group of six world powers over its nuclear program, a move that could help resolve the deadlock over Tehran's controversial atomic push. Saeed Jalili, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, told EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana in a phone call that Tehran was willing to discuss the issue, Iranian news agency ISNA reported.

Palestinian Information Center

Masri: All options open before resistance to capture more Israeli soldiers
13 Apr 2009 - MP Mushir Al-Masri, the secretary-general of Hamas parliamentary bloc, stated Monday that all options and means are open before the Palestinian resistance to capture more Israeli soldiers.

Gov't committee welcomes Syrian aid convoy, Scottish delegation
13 Apr 2009 - The Government committee assigned to receive visiting delegations to Gaza on Monday welcomed the Syrian aid convoy and the Scottish delegation that are expected in Gaza within the few coming days.

Bardawil: The fourth round of dialog will be central to all Palestinian parties
13 Apr 2009 - Hamas official Salah Al-Bardawil said that the fourth round of the national dialog will be pivotal in terms of reaching a consensus on a unity government acceptable to all Palestinian factions.

Jewish settlers barge into Aqsa plazas, try to offer rituals
13 Apr 2009 - Tens of Jewish settlers on Monday barged into the plazas of the holy Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem and tried to offer their rituals on the occasion of the Jewish Passover, local sources reported.

Hammouri: The Zionist schemes in Jerusalem are almost completed
13 Apr 2009 - Ziyad Hammouri said that the demolition of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem is aimed at decreasing the number of Palestinians, warning that the Zionist schemes in the holy city are almost completed.

Barghouthi: Israeli decision to exile female ex-detainee to Gaza is a war crime
13 Apr 2009 - Dr. Mustafa Al-Barghouthi, a Palestinian lawmaker, deplored the IOA for banishing ex-detainee Shireen Khalil to Gaza, saying that international law condemns such measure as a war crime.

Masri: Press reports on government formation worthless test balloons
13 Apr 2009 - Hamas MP Mushir Al-Masri has asserted that the press speculations on the formation of the Palestinian national unity government were mere test balloons that are of no value.

Hamdan: Hamas never was a detriment to Egypt's national security
13 Apr 2009 - Osama Hamdan denied tensions in relations with Egypt because of what has been known as the Hizbullah cell, asserting that Hamas has never been a detriment to the Egyptian national security.

British foreign office: Dialog with Hamas after Palestinian conciliation
13 Apr 2009 - The British foreign office spokesman John Wilkes has said that there was a possibility for opening dialog with the Hamas Movement in the event a Palestinian national unity government was formed.

Ghoul calls on resistance to adhere to its conditions on Shalit
13 Apr 2009 - The minister of prisoners and justice in the Palestinian government in Gaza city Dr. Mohammed Faraj Al-Ghoul has called on captors of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit not to ease their conditions.

Los Angeles Times

Iran alleges foreign-funded plot to undermine government
12 Apr 2009 - Revolutionary Guard says 'Dutch project' aims to undermine the government by 'exaggerating the enemies' threats . . . and depicting Iran's current administration as incompetent.' The cyber-crimes unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guard announced Saturday that it had uncovered a Dutch-funded plot to use the Internet to undermine the Islamic Republic, Iranian news media reported.

Iran touts nuclear technology gains
10 Apr 2009 - On a day marking its first enrichment of uranium, Iran announces two new types of centrifuges and a nuclear fuel production plant. Iran announced fresh advances Thursday in its steady drive to master nuclear technology, trumpeting two new devices to enrich uranium and inaugurating a plant to produce fuel pellets for a heavy-water reactor.

New York Times

Lebanese Soldiers Killed in Grenade Ambush
13 Apr 2009 - Four Lebanese Army soldiers were killed in the hashish-growing hinterlands of eastern Lebanon in an apparent escalation of the armys recent battles with drug dealers there.

Amos Oz, Approaching 70, Sees Israel With a Birds-Eye View
12 Apr 2009 - The new novella from Amos Oz, one of Israels most esteemed authors, is a somewhat brutal look at the life and sensibility of a literary celebrity.

New Bid to Find Missing Ex-F.B.I. Agent
11 Apr 2009 - At a time when the United States is seeking greater engagement with Iran, it is intensifying efforts to resolve the case of a former agent who disappeared there two years ago.

Articles


Israels Master Plan for Transfer
Ellen Cantarow, CounterPunch 4/9/2009
The Problem Isnt Avigdor Lieberman
No one doubts that Avigdor Lieberman is a thug. His ultimata (Those who think that through concessions they will gain respect and peace are wrong, etc, New York Times Thursday, April 2, 2009) were designed to shock. On this site Neve Gordons revelations of Liebermans many corruptions, his beating of a 12-year-old child, his exhortation to bomb Gaza as the US bombed Hiroshima, supply further ugly evidence against the man, and fuel the flash-fires burning through the Internet in the wake of his appointment as Israels foreign minister.
So he should be denounced by all means, but it is certain that the problems attaching to his name are not going away. On the contrary -- particularly given President Obamas repudiation of Lieberman during the Presidents speech in Ankara, Turkey, and his avowed loyalty to a two-state solution these problems will appear in a different form, specifically in regard to the nature of the two states under the guidance of Obama, Netanyahu & Co.
If the Lieberman appointment wasnt specifically designed to have him play bad cop to everyone elses good cop, its certainly turning out that way. A recent J Street petition urges me and thousands of on-line others to denounce Lieberman as a threat to our communitys values, and also to endorse J Streets offer of our best wishes and congratulations . . . pledging to help Benjamin Netanyahus government where possible, and push when necessary, to achieve the goal of real peace and security for Israel, the Palestinians, and the whole Middle East.

Olmerts Nightmare
Nadia Hijab, CounterPunch 4/9/2009
The Growing Belief in a One-State Solution
Ehud Olmerts nightmare is at hand. Not only does the former Israeli prime minister now really have to fight those corruption charges. He also faces the realization of his fears that the Palestinians might give up on a two-state solution in favor of a struggle for equal rights that would mean, as he put it, the "end of the Jewish state."
Yo, Ehud, that struggle is a growing movement, and it isnt a threat to Jews -- on the contrary, Jews are very much a part of it.
Just last weekend in Boston, American and/or Israeli Jews accounted for nearly a third of the 29 speakers at a conference organized by TARI (Trans Arab Research Institute) with the William Joiner Center at the University of Massachusetts.
This is the second major public conference on how to achieve a single democratic state for Palestinians and Israelis. The first was held in London in November, and a third is slated for Toronto in June.
In a sign of the one-state movements persistence, the conference was over-subscribed weeks before it was held; dozens were turned away because the hall only seated 500 people. Those who got in remained glued to their seats as one intense presenter followed another, in spite of limited time for questions and, on day two, no lunch.
For my part, I remain agnostic. As I said in my remarks at the conference, both states must provide equality for all their citizens -- Muslim, Jewish, or Christian, women or men, whatever their ethnicity. And, by the way, this isnt currently the case in either the established Israeli state or the putative Palestinian state.


Electronic Intifada
Should Palestinian citizens vote in Israel's parliamentary elections?
13 Apr 2009 - The moment in which boycott of Israeli elections could become a serious and viable option is fast approaching, if the necessary preparations are made. Nonetheless, the boycott is not an end in itself and must not be used in the context of a feeling of resignation towards politics and the possibility of having an impact. Otherwise, it will be no more than another means of depriving the people of hope. Nimer Sultany comments.

Empire and agency: "A World of Trouble: America in the Middle East"
13 Apr 2009 - While nowhere in his invaluable diplomatic history of eight presidencies, A World of Trouble: America in the Middle East , does Patrick E. Tyler use the phrase "the Israel lobby," it nevertheless looms largest among the reasons why all US efforts to feign balance between the competing concerns of good relations with Arab-Muslim states and unwavering allegiance to Israel have foundered. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad reviews for The Electronic Intifada.

Gaza needs more aid
12 Apr 2009 - RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) - John Ging, head of the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza, has urged Israel to ease aid flow restrictions that are having a devastating effect on the 1.5 million inhabitants. Ging says the amount of aid being allowed into Gaza at present is "wholly and totally inadequate. It's having a very devastating impact on the physical circumstances and also the mindset of people on the ground," Ging told IPS.

Israel's Arab students cross to Jordan
9 Apr 2009 - Obstacles to Israel's Arab minority (Palestinian citizens of Israel) participating in higher education have resulted in a record number of Arab students taking up places at universities in neighboring Jordan, a new report reveals. Jonathan Cook reports.

In Gaza
One Of
11 Apr 2009 - * Emad Badwans award-winning film One Of * funeral procession for martyred medical worker, killed by Israeli targeting during the war on Gaza. [image on display in the Al Quds hospital] I have never seen anything like what happened Never in all my years have I seen this many health workers and facilities targeted in this way. Dr. Moawiah Hassanin, the director of the Emergency and Ambulance department in the Ministry of Health in Gaza. [ Under attack: how medics died trying to help Gaza's casualties ] Tuesday April 7 was World Health Day, an annual recognition of global health issues, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). In honour...

Palestine Chronicle
'Rest Has Come to the Weary'
11 Apr 2009 - By Uri Avnery Israel Passover week is a time for outings. News programs on radio and television start with words like: "The masses of the House of Israel spent the day in the national parks.." It is also a feast of homeland songs. On television one sees groups of white-haired oldsters surrounded by their children and grandchildren fervently singing the songs of their youth, the words of which they know by heart. Rest has come to the weary / And repose to the toiler / A pale night spreads / Over the fields of the Valley of Jezreel / Dew below and the moon above / From Beit-Alfa to Nahalal The camera focuses on the furrowed face of a grandmother with wet eyes, and it is not hard to imagine her as the beautiful girl she once was. It is easy to see her in a Jezreel kibbutz, with short pants and a long braid swinging behind her, smiling, bowed over tomato plants in the communal vegetable garden. Nostalgia is having a field-day. I admit that I am not free from this nostalgia. Something happens to me, too, when I hear the songs, and I join in them involuntarily. Like many others, I am suffering from cognitive dissonance. The heart and the head are not coordinated. They operate on different wavelengths. In other words: my head knows that the Zionist enterprise has imposed a historic injustice on the people who lived in this land. But my heart remembers what we felt in those days....

Rotten Orchard: Israeli Soldiers Testify to War Crimes
11 Apr 2009 - By Nima Shirazi On March 19th, two months after the 22-day devastation of Gaza and the slaughtering of over 1,400 Palestinians, the Israeli daily newspaper Ha'aretz published harrowing testimonies by numerous Israeli soldiers who had participated in "Operation Cast Lead." The soldiers, all recent graduates of the Yitzhak Rabin pre-military preparatory program, were speaking at an open academic forum about their recent military experiences and, as Sarah Anne Minkin of Jewish Peace News reports, "confessed that they'd knowingly shot civilians to death in Gaza, that they'd intentionally vandalized Palestinian homes, and that the rules of engagement in the war - rules handed down from above - were exceptionally permissive." In response to these testimonies, the Israeli military denied the claims made by their own personnel, stating that even if some of the allegations and anecdotes were true (since the troops had "no reason to lie"), they were isolated incidents and did not represent the IDF as a whole. Nonetheless, the IDF promised to conduct "intensive and comprehensive inquiries" and an investigation was launched. Eleven days later, on March 30th - half the time it took the Israeli air force, navy, and army to murder 313 children, 116 women, 497 civilian men, and 255 non-combatant police officers, wound over 6,000 more, and leave tens of thousands homeless - the Israeli military concluded that the soldiers' stories of gross misconduct and war crimes were baseless, that they were "based in hearsay" and "rumors," and declared an end to the probe. Even though...

Marching to Israel's Drummer
11 Apr 2009 - By William A. Cook Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's new Prime Minister, in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg (Atlantic Monthly, March 2009), ordered the new President of the United States to complete two great missions on behalf of Israel: fix the economy lest Israel not be able to collect its annual alimony of 3 billion plus the 30 billion promised by the Bush administration, and prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons lest Israels monopoly on such weapons be challenged in the Mid-East. The interview is a primer into the mentality of Israels new government. As always with any utterances from Israeli officials, one has to translate the assertions from the reality. Lets consider his pronouncements in their order of utterance. First, he asserts, the Iranian nuclear challenge represents a hinge of history adding that Western civilization will have failed if Iran is allowed to develop nuclear weapons. Now the reality. The true hinge of history was the clandestine development of nuclear weapons, in the plural, by Israel against the better judgment of then President John F. Kennedy, a development that the deceptive state continues to deny despite having placed Mordechai Venunu into solitary confinement for 18 years and continues him under house arrest for exposing that development. But truth to Israel is only what words it officially utters, not what is known and documented or corroborated by an eye witness found guilty by Israel of a traitorous act. Say it is not so enough times and it morphs into truth. Why is...

Zionist Colonial Enterprise Superseded Judaism
11 Apr 2009 - By Hasan Afif El-Hasan Jewish people are observing the Passover tradition of escaping slavery in Egypt and enjoying freedom. While they celebrate their ancient struggle against slavery and claim having Jewish moral superiority, they at the same time accept terrorizing, starving, strangulating, detaining and humiliating another people on a daily basis and occupying and colonizing their lands under false narratives. Last time I read the Ten Commandments that were given to Moses by God in the form of two stone tablets, according to Judaism, the sixth and eighth commandments prohibit murder and stealing. Murdering a human being is a capital sin according to God, but the Israelis murder Palestinians and steal their lands and properties every day. I wonder how the Jewish people, despite their achievements and contributions to science, philosophy, music and art, could have descended into the madness of suppressing a people and denying them free life in only one fifth of the land that they owned for centuries. Where is the morality in calling the indigenous Palestinians only as Arabs to deny their linkage to their home land? It is sad that some Jewish intellectuals routinely use the tragedy of the Holocaust to vindicate the obliteration of the Palestinians society and human rights. Have they accepted the fiction that their occupation of the Palestinian lands is part of their enlightenment? Even some Israelis here and there question the morality of their fellow countrymen who abuse the indigenous Palestinians. The respected Israeli novelist, Yizhar Smilansky expressed his feeling...

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