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right-wingers to organize a provocative tour in Rahat
18 Jun 2009 - Since the Second Lebanon War, the IDF has invested a great deal in the infantry Brigades.
VIDEO: Border Police upload footage of their abuse of Palestinians to YouTube
18 Jun 2009 - Palestinan forced to slap himself, sing 'I love you, Border Police' in clip flimed by cops posted on YouTube.
Israel envoys clash with UN watchdog chief over Syria probe 'bias'
18 Jun 2009 - ElBaradei tells Israelis: Stop preaching to us over strike on Syria nukes.
Iraq lawmakers to seek reparations for 1981 IAF strike
18 Jun 2009 - Lawsuit seeks billions in damages for attack on nuclear reactor, uses UN resolution as basis for claim.
IDF removes Jericho checkpoint in 'goodwill' gesture to Abbas
17 Jun 2009 - Israel has dismantled some 140 West Bank roadblocks over last year to ease Palestinians movement.
Shin Bet arrests 4 Palestinians over 2006 murder of Israeli
17 Jun 2009 - Daniel Yakobi was stabbed to death and his body was burned and placed in the trunk of his car in 2006.
Why aren't Jews outraged by Israeli occupation?
17 Jun 2009 - Defining a humane Judaism in the 21st century means condemning the brutal military occupation in the West Bank and resisting the ongoing siege of Gaza.
Israel can't make up its mind about Iran nuclear timetable
17 Jun 2009 - Constant re-evaluation of deadline for nuclear capacity damages reputation of intelligence agencies.
6/19/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an –Israeli Border Police troops haveuploaded video clips of themselves humiliating Palestinians in the West Bank to YouTube over the past year, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Thursday. The newspaper revealed one clip uploaded to the video sharing website in which a Palestinian boy appears slapping himself, while an off-camera voice, ostensibly an Israeli policeman, orders him to say "I love you, Border Police," and "I will f**k you, Palestine," in Arabic. “The victim is forced to respond to everything he is ordered to do, to the raucous laughter of the cameraman and his friends, all Border Policemen,” Haaretz said. The clips are discussed in an article that is to appear in the Haaretz Magazine on Friday. The paper found, through interviews with Border Police officers that forcing Palestinians to sing is “a common occurrence.
Israeli forces burn down home, detain family’s eldest son in Nablus raid
6/18/2009 - Nablus – Ma’an – Israeli soldiers set fire to a family home in Nablus’ Old City claiming it was a weapons storehouse, and detained the eldest son of the family in a 1:30am raid Thursday morning. Ten Israeli military vehicles stormed the streets around the Al-Aghbar family’s home in the Old City, forcing the family onto the streets as they searched the ancient building. Claiming they found arms inside soldiers set fire to the building with the family looking on, and took 20-year-old Yahya Nidal Al-Aghbar into custody. Soldiers also detained 19-year-old Sa’ed Hamdan from Nablus area during the raids. Umm Yahya, the youth’s mother, said there were no arms in her home, and said soldiers used explosives to destroy her home.
More demolition orders in East Jerusalem; locals stone municipal employees
6/18/2009 - Jerusalem - Ma’an - Israeli Jerusalem Municipality workers were stoned as they distributed 33 home demolition orders in the Bustan neighborhood of Silwan, in Palestinian East Jerusalem Thursday morning. The stones drove the municipal workers out of the neighborhood, but not before they delivered dozens of demolition orders. For the Odeh, Abu Thyab, Al-Ruweidy, Abu Sneineh, Abbasi and At-Tawil families, the orders claimed their homes were built without a permit from the city. Just over one week ago clashes erupted as massive forces of Israeli soldiers and border police descended on the same neighborhood to serve nearly a hundred demolition notices to Palestinian homeowners. The demolition orders were served to the owners of the 88 homes earlier threatened with destruction under Israeli law 212, which allows homes to be demolished or evacuated without any formal legal charges. . .
Hebronite attacked by three settlers; Israeli guard refuses help
6/18/2009 - Hebron – Ma’an – Israeli settlers attacked a Hebron man outside the Kiryat Arba settlement on Wednesday, and escaped into the settlement as guards looked on. The victim of the attack, 36-year-old Mufid Amayreh said his car was parked on the road near the illegal settlement, when three settlers approached. “They came closer and then attacked,” said Amayreh, “then escaped into the settlement. ”Following the attack Amayreh reported the attack to guards at the settlement gate, but the guard sat in the gate-house and responded “go and call the Israeli police!”Amayreh is being treated for moderate wounds at a Dura clinic. [end]
Israeli arrows warn Gazans to stay away from border fence
6/18/2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – Israeli soldiers launched arrows carrying messages to Palestinians in Khan Younis to stay away from the electrified fence that marks the border between Gaza and Israel. The dozens of arrows launched over the past week landed near homes in Khan Younis, and told residents in Arabic to not “come close” to the wire fence, warning “danger. ”Two months ago Israel warplanes launched leaflets on Gazan civilian centers, warning people to stay 300 meters away from the border area. [end]
PRC rally in support of Rafah border protesters
6/18/2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) organized massive demonstration at the Rafah border crossing on Thursday in solidarity with protesters who have been holding a sit-in on the other side of the border the last five days. PRC spokesperson Abu Mujahid told reporters at the demonstration that the group is demanding that Egypt open the crossing unconditionally. He said the closure was a permanently. He said the crossing should be open, specifically, for medical patients, the injured, students, and for shipments of medicine and construction materials. He also praised the international solidarity advocates sitting in on the opposite side of the border, some of whom are on hunger strike. Twenty-six Egyptians and foreign nationals have been camped out at the crossing, including a handful of American activists who reportedly began a hunger strike on Tuesday afternoon.
Gaza: Al-Aqsa Brigades claim attack on Israeli patrol
6/18/2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Brigades detonated an explosive device beneath an Israeli military patrol east of Beit Hanoun Thursday morning, the group reported. Claiming the attack in a statement the brigades said the violence came in retaliation for all Israeli atrocities committed against Palestinians. Israel has not confirmed the attack. [end]
Israeli troops raid northern West Bank villages; detain one
6/18/2009 - Tulkarem – Ma’an – Israeli troops detained one man from Illar village and handed warnings to several others in Saida village north of Tulkarem. The detention and warnings came as Israeli patrols overran the two villages and searched the homes of Raddad Abbas Raddad, Abdel Hadi - who is currently in Israeli detention - , Nidal Abu Sa’da, Muhammad Sati Al-Ashkar, brother of the “wanted” Samir Al-Ashkar and Loay Al-Ashkar. All of the families had young children in the homes, who were terrified by the aggressive and violent Israeli soldiers. Palestinian security officials identified the detained man as Tha’er Amin Abdel Latif Abu Sa’da , 24. Notices of appointments with Israeli intelligence officers were handed out to dozens of others, including: Anas Mahmoud Ajaj, Mo’men Sleiman Abu Sa’da, Sa’dy Bassam Abdel Ghani, Baker Bassam Abdel Ghani, Muntaser. . .
Israeli army seizes young Tulkarem-area man
6/18/2009 - Tukarem – Ma’an – The Israeli military seized a young Palestinian man from his home during a raid on the northern West Bank town of Seida, north of Tulkarem, on Thursday. Israeli soldiers searched numerous houses and eventually seized Salah Yasser Radad, 24, taking him to an unknown location, Ma’an’s correspondent reported from Tulkarem. Relatives of the Radad said he resides in Jordan and returned to Seida a month and a half ago for the Tawjihi secondary school exam, and planned to return to Jordan after completing the exam. [end]
Lieberman tells Clinton Israel to continue settlement construction
6/18/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma’an/Agencies - Israel will continue building settlements at least to “keep with natural growth,” Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday. The two met in Washington, where Lieberman is reportedly attempting to “soften his image. ” His comments to Clinton followed a Tuesday news briefing by Special US Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell, who affirmed that US policy demanded a complete halt to settlement growth, including “natural growth,” long used as an excuse for rapid settlement expansion. "We have no intention to change the demographic balance in Judea and Samaria [the occupied Palestinian West Bank]," Lieberman said "Everywhere people are born, people die, and we cannot accept a vision of stopping completely the settlements. We have to keep the natural growth.
Three Gaza crossings to open Thursday; 120 truckloads of goods
6/18/2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – Israel will open three entry points into the Gaza Strip and allow 115 truckloads of aid and commercial goods into the Strip including limited amounts of cooking gas and industrial diesel on Thursday. Crossings official Raed Fattouh said animal feed and wheat are expected to be transferred through the Karni Crossing, limited fuel through Nahal Oz and commercial and agricultural products through the Kerem Shalom crossing in the southern part of the Strip. This marks the first time since Monday that three crossings will be open simultaneously, though the lowest number of trucks is set to deliver supplies to the Strip since last week. Crossing activity for the week is as follows: Saturday 13 - closed, Sunday 14 - closed, Monday 15 - three crossings open, 132 truckloads delivered, Tuesday 16 - two crossings open, 132 truckloads delivered. . .
OCHA: Jericho checkpoint only 'partially' removed
6/18/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma’an - Military personnel continue to monitor the Jericho DCO checkpoint area, though infrastructure around the area was removed on Monday, the UN agency OCHA has confirmed. In its efforts to “further ease the daily life of the Palestinian population in Judea and Samaria [Occupied Palestinian West Bank,” the Israeli army announced that the checkpoint was “removed” as a part of a “goodwill measures authorized by the [Israeli] Minister of Defense. ”The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs partially confirmed the Israeli report, saying “most of the infrastructure at the Jericho DCO checkpoint at the southern entrance to Jericho City was removed,” and noting that while military personnel remain at the site, vehicles are not being searched.
Haniyeh: Hamas ready for Israel prisoner swap
6/18/2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – The de facto government of Gaza is eager to exchange prisoners with Israel, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said on Thursday. Haniyeh said in a statement that his Hamas-led government “is keen to conclude a honorable swap deal that would guarantee releasing the Palestinian prisoners jailed in the Israeli prisons, most importantly lawmakers. ”This came in a message in which he congratulated Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Speaker Aziz Dweik on Wednesday’s Israeli court decision to release him from prison in August. Dweik has been held along with more than 40 other lawmakers since 2006. “This decision comes to correct a wrong situation since the arrest was an attempt to thwart the Palestinian legitimacy,” Haniyeh said of the ruling. Israel seized the lawmakers originally in an attempt to pressure Hamas to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was captured in 2006 by Palestinian fighters from Gaza.
Report: US pressuring Israel to ease Gaza blockade
6/18/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – The United States has lodged an official diplomatic protest with Israel over the blockade of Gaza, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Thursday. According to the paper the US sent Israel a diplomatic note three weeks ago demanding “a more liberal opening of the border crossings to facilitate reconstruction. ”The report comes just days after the two-year anniversary of Israel’s imposition of the Gaza blockade. The US said that Israel’s linking the status of the Gaza Strip’s borders to the fate of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is “not constructive,” according to the paper. The note was sent after a decision by senior US officials including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Envoy George Mitchell. The paper said the US demands were raised during Mitchell’s visit to Israel last week and during Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s trip to Washington this week.
Blair: Mideast peace possible within a year
6/18/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – Quartet envoy Tony Blair believes Middle East peace is possible “within a year,” he told an interviewer in remarks that will air on Friday. The former UK prime minister said there is a "great sense of hope and expectation" in the region after US President Barack Obama’s recent speech reaching out to the worldwide Muslim community, according to AFP. "If President Obama gets the right partner, on the Israeli side but also on the Palestinian side, his determination to do this I have no doubt about at all," Clair told veteran UK journalist David Frost in a taping of Al-Jazeera’s Frost Over the World program. He said Obama has made the Middle East a clear priority. "I have no doubt at all of his sincerity or his determination," he said, as quoted by AFP. "So if everyone would commit themselves to a peaceful political negotiation to a two-state solution, you could have this deal within the year.
Abbas to consult Syria, Saudi Arabia on response to Netanyahu speech
6/18/2009 - Ramallah – Ma’an – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will hold talks with leaders in Syria and Saudi Arabia on Friday and Saturday in an effort to form a coordinated Arab policy vis-à-vis peacemaking with Israel. Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah said Abbas would update Syria and Saudi Arabia on his recent meeting with US President Barack Obama in Washington and also discuss a united response to a recent policy speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In the speech last Sunday, Netanyahu laid down conditions for renewed peace talks with Palestinians and Arab states, demanding that any future Palestinian state be demilitarized. said on Thursday that the “Arab tour,” will include meetings with Syrian President Bashar Al-Asad and Saudi King Abdullah.
Lieberman restates rejection of settlement freeze
6/18/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman reiterated on Thursday his rejection of US calls for a total halt to expansion of illegal West Bank settlements. "Everything has to be instilled on mutual trust, we aren't fooling anyone, we're not going to change the demographics in Judea and Samaria and change existing settlements - we will not have our own people strangled,” he said following a meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington, according to news reports. "Everywhere people are born, people die, and we cannot accept a vision of stopping completely the settlements. We have to keep the natural growth," Lieberman was quoted as saying. This remark came after Clinton had said that a total settlement freeze was an "important and essential" step toward Palestine-Israel peace, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
US: Carter consulted State Department before Hamas talks
6/19/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – Former US President Jimmy Carter met with State Department and National Security officials before meeting Hamas leaders in the Middle East, the State Department said on Thursday. According to a statement released by the State Department, Carter met with Near Eastern Affairs Bureau Deputy Assistant Secretary David Hale and National Security staff. This statement was made in response to a question asked at a Washington press briefing on Wednesday about Carter’s meetings with Hamas leaders in Gaza on Tuesday. On his recent Middle East trip, Carter met the exiled chief of Hamas’ powerful Political Bureau, Khalid Mash’al in Damascus, and then met Ismail Haniyeh, the elected Palestinian Prime Minister, in Gaza. US officials had stressed that the former president held these meetings as a private citizen only.
Fatah: PA to release 20 members from West Bank detention centers, more to follow
6/18/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an Exclusive - The Palestinian Authority will release twenty Hamas members in the West Bank Thursday, and dozens of others over the coming days in an effort to create a positive atmosphere for the coming unity talks in Cairo. Senior Fatah official Ibrahim Abu An-Najjah in Gaza revealed the information, crediting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with the initiative in an attempt to “put an end to division. ”The names of the men slated for release were given to Hamas officials, but have not yet been released to the public. In light of the efforts being made by both sides, An-Najjah called on factions to unite and “not to postpone the dialogue. ”He added in a statement that Hamas has no “previous idea about the Egyptian plans regarding the dialogue but we agree on all what is decided by Egypt.
Independents say 'ending political arrests is the first step towards conciliation'
6/18/2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – “Ending the issue of political arrests in the West Bank and Gaza is the first step towards Palestinian internal conciliation,” said independent representative of the Conciliation Committee for the unity talks Yaser Al-Wadieyah on Thursday. “It is necessary to restore a positive atmosphere in order to bring success to the Egyptian efforts so the 7 July unity meetings in Cairo,” Al-Wadieyah said in a meeting with senior officials around conciliation. His words came following Fatah leader in Gaza Ibrahim Abu An-Najjah announced the Palestinian Authority would release 20 Hamas members currently detained in the West Bank. Al-Wadieyah urged officials to criminalize the practice of politically-motivated arrests, and encouraged media to control their incitement campaigns around the issue.
Two new cases of H1N1 flu in Ramallah
6/18/2009 - Nablus – Ma’an – The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced on Thursday that two more people have been diagnosed with H1N1 flu in the West Bank city of Ramallah, bringing the total number of cases in the Palestinian territories to seven. As’ad Ar-Ramlawi general manger of the health care department in the ministry said that the new cases are a female Palestinian student who recently returned from the US and a 13-year-old boy. He said that 13 people had been tested for the virus popularly known as Swine Flu but only two tested positive. Three other Palestinians from Ramallah and four from Bethlehem were previously diagnosed with H1N1. [end]
Key Bethlehem well repaired, easing West Bank water shortage
6/18/2009 - Ramallah – Ma’an – The Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) has managed to bring a key well in the town of Beit Fajjar, near Bethlehem, back on line for the first time in three years, providing some relief for this summer’s water shortage. PWA Director Shadad Al-Atili said that that the three-year shut down of the well resulted from bacterial contamination that resulted when fertilizers from nearby farms seeped into the water supply. He said that Israel had refused to allow the well to operate until lab tests showed that the water was safe, and also demanded that the well be disconnected from the Israeli water network. Al-Atili said that Palestinian caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad managed to raise 150,000 US dollars to rehabilitate the well and connect it to the PWA’s own network. In the meantime, he said, the Israeli water company Mekorot sold 5,000 cubic meters of water per day to Palestinians in Bethlehem and Hebron.
Israel jails two TV journalists
18 Jun 2009 - Two Palestinian journalists from East Jerusalem accused of violating Israel's censorship laws are jailed for two months.
Tehran protest starts
18 Jun 2009 - A new protest rally starts in Tehran, with thousands of supporters of defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi turning out.
Canadian ambassador honoured at illegal park
17 Jun 2009 - The Jewish diplomat and family members are commemorated at a dedication site built on the rubble of three destroyed Palestinian villages.
Opposition detained by security forces
17 Jun 2009 - Mohammad Ali Abtahi is a genial cleric and Tehran's first politician to keep a blog, which has made him an Iranian cyber star.
Reunited after 12 long years apart
17 Jun 2009 - American woman meets the daughter she has not seen since she was kidnapped and taken to Egypt 12 years ago.
Israel beats up children'
16 Jun 2009 - The rights of Palestinian children are routinely violated by Israel's security forces, according to a new report.
18 Jun 2009 - Rally mourns protesters' deaths as legislative body agrees to discuss candidates' complaints.
'Hundreds held' amid Iran protests
18 Jun 2009 - Human rights group says about 200 people have been detained in government crackdown.
Carter: Grief and despair for Gaza
16 Jun 2009 - Former US president says Palestinians treated "like animals" after touring Gaza Strip.
US Iran adviser to move from post
15 Jun 2009 - Dennis Ross to leave state department amid Iran's reported objections over ties to Israel.
TEL AVIV Thursday, June 18, 2009 (IRIN) - The latest US State Department report on trafficked persons, released on 16 June, says Israel is still a destination for men and women trafficked for forced labour and sexual exploitation.
EGYPT: Migrant community leaders trained in pandemic preparedness
DUBAI Wednesday, June 17, 2009 (IRIN) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been training 50 migrant community leaders and NGO staff in Egypt on how to respond to the threat of pandemic influenza viruses, such as A(H1N1) influenza, also known as swine flu.
IRAQ: Government moves to rationalize food aid system
BAGHDAD Wednesday, June 17, 2009 (IRIN) - The Iraqi government has moved to try and rationalize the state-run food aid system by stopping the well-off from benefiting from it. The aim is to ease pressure on the budget and help the most needy, a government statement said on 16 June.
GAZA CITY, Jun 18 (IPS) - 'Biddun mey, fish heyya', they say in Arabic for a universal truth: 'Without water, there is no life'.
US-MIDEAST: Parsing Netanyahu’s Palestinian State
WASHINGTON, Jun 17 (IPS) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has laid out his terms for peace in the Middle East. In a highly anticipated speech at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University last Sunday, Netanyahu said – for the first time – that he was willing to consider a "demilitarised" Palestinian state,...
U.S.: Report Blasts Terror Financing Laws and Investigations
WASHINGTON, Jun 17 (IPS) - Muslim charities in the United States are subject to unfair treatment by the government under terrorism financing laws, according to a new report which says the effect has been a chill on charitable giving that violates Muslims’ right to freely practice an important requirement of...
LEBANON: Law to Stop Violence Against Women Takes Time
BEIRUT, Jun 16 (IPS) - There was some good news for women’s activists in Lebanon last week.
16 Jun 2009 - Following the recent killings in Ni'lin and Bil'in and the arrests in al Ma'sara, the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign organized a national conference to promote ways to support grassroots resistance against the Wall. Some 70 people, among them popular committee representatives from affected areas along with the families of the injured, arrested, and martyred participated in the conference. The aim of the meeting was to assess ways in which to respond to the mounting repression and violence against popular resistance movements. Participants focused on three main areas: official leadership, legal action and the media, and how to best integrate them with the ongoing actions against the Wall. [
(15 June) Policemen Fire on Peaceful Demonstration Injuring Three Civilians
During During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 26 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. IOF arrested 11 Palestinian civilians, including a child.
International Solidarity Movement - B'Tselem - 18 June 2009 - On Friday, 5 June 2009, "˜Aqel Sror, 35, was killed when a border policeman fired a live, 0. 22 inch caliber bullet at his chest during a demonstration held in Ni'lin. Four other demonstrators were injured by 0. 22 bullets that day. One of them suffered a severe wound to the spinal cord, which his physicians estimate will leave him permanently paralyzed. B'Tselem's investigation indicates that Sror, who was part of a group of youthswho were throwing stones at border policemen, was shot while he ran to aid a young man who had been injured a few seconds earlier. The shot was fired by a Border Police sniper, from a distance of 40 to 50 meters away. Sror and the injured person whom he had gone to aid were struck in their torsos. B'Tselem demanded a criminal investigation in the matter.
Attack on water brings sanitation crisis
International Solidarity Movement - Eva Bartlett, Inter Press Service - 18 June 2009 - While diminishing water resources are a global concern, in Palestine the struggle for water is not against global warming or multinational corporations, but for access to water, and against contamination of what precious resources there are. Mohamed Ahmed, director of the Water Control Department in the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), says "there continues to be a very rapid depletion and deterioration of ground water. "The main source of water is the coastal aquifer and ground water, which serves Gaza's agriculture, commercial, industrial and public sectors, says Ahmed. But through the three weeks of Israeli attacks on Gaza last December and January, much of the water network infrastructure was destroyed or damaged, rendering already scarce water all the more scarce.
Independent Jewish Voices Canada joins BDS campaign
International Solidarity Movement - Independent Jewish Voices Canada - 16 June 2009 - Independent Jewish Voices (Canada) voted to join the growing international campaign in support of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, at its first Annual General Meeting this past weekend. This decision makes IJV the first national Jewish organization in the world to do so. The adopted resolution states that IJV will "Support the Palestinian call for a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people's right to self-determination and complies with the precepts of international law, including the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194. " "Independent Jewish Voices has voted to join the international boycott campaign because we stand in solidarity with the Palestinian. . . "
Lieberman has a vision for first stage of peace talks
18 Jun 2009 - WASHINGTON - Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday outlined his vision for the first stage of peace talks with the Palestinians, saying that the parties must begin negotiations with points "where there are no disputes." ...
Red Cross urges Hamas: Let us visit Gilad Shalit
18 Jun 2009 - The International Red Cross has urged Hamas to allow it to visit abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, the humanitarian organization said Thursday. ...
U.K.: We`ve frozen $1.6b in Iranian assets under nuclear sanctions
17 Jun 2009 - Iranian assets of nearly one billion pounds' ($1.64 billion) are frozen in Britain under international sanctions imposed over Tehran's nuclear program, the British government said on Thursday. ...
Hundreds of thousands on Iran's streets for candlelight protest
17 Jun 2009 - Hundreds of thousands of protesters wearing black and carrying candles filled the streets of Tehran again Thursday, joining opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi to mourn demonstrators killed in clashes over Iran's disputed election. ...
ANALYSIS / Iran soccer protest particularly shaming for Ahmadinejad
17 Jun 2009 - The anti-government protest by several members of the Iranian national soccer team Wednesday dealt a particularly embarrassing blow to Iran's rulers, despite their small scale in comparison to the mass demonstrations in Tehran this past week. ...
17 Jun 2009 - The Israeli prime minister's tough conditions for a Palestinian state will be music to his ultra-nationalist coalition partner's ears The commentariat is all over the place on the implications of Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's recent...
Israel must be a secular state for all citizens | Maajid Nawaz
16 Jun 2009 - Just as Islamists should not call for nations exclusively for Muslims, Jews should not label Israel as a Jewish state "My state is at war with my nation." These are the words of an Arab-Israeli public...
No peace from Netanyahu | Laila El-Haddad
16 Jun 2009 - Israel's prime minister called for talks without preconditions while imposing conditions that would make peace impossible "Eight nos, but nothing new." This is the reaction I hear over and over again from Palestinian refugees here in...
Ex-US president Jimmy Carter to meet Hamas leadership during Gaza visit
15 Jun 2009 - • Former US president to travel to Gaza • Netanyahu raised new obstacles to peace, Carter says The former US president Jimmy Carter will visit Gaza for a rare meeting with senior Hamas officials following his...
18 Jun 2009 - The so-called Tehran children, now in their 70s, are bitter. The name refers to a group of 836 Jewish children who fled Nazi-occupied Poland for Siberia in 1939 and finally reached pre-state Israel, via Tehran, in 1943. But they have never seen a penny of the billions in reparations that Germany paid Israel after the Holocaust, even though the 1953 reparations agreement awarded each survivor $1,500. And now, they say, many of them are dying while their suit against the state drags through the courts. ...
Yossi Sarid / Netanyahu's acceptance of my ideas only made me angrier
18 Jun 2009 - I had two conversations the day after the prime minister's speech. Ran Cohen phoned and asked how people like me are supposed to feel, when even Benjamin Netanyahu has already uttered the two forbidden words; then the legendary taxi driver - vox populi - who picked me up from my house also asked how I was feeling. Contrary to my opinion, he said, my daughter, who is now a doctor, voted for you. She was right and I was wrong, I won't take money from you for this trip. Just explain to me, he asked, what did they actually want from you all those years, and why did they portray you as traitors? Had they listened to you, we could have paid less; now the Palestinian state will cost a mint. ...
Police object to Israel poker tourney slated for end of month
17 Jun 2009 - Police are objecting to holding a poker tournament slated for the end of the month, arguing it is a forbidden game that attracts criminal elements. ...
Yisrael Beitenu threatens to vote against budget over tourism VAT
17 Jun 2009 - Yisrael Beiteinu threatened to vote against the budget in second and third reading if a clause enforcing VAT on incoming tourism would not be removed from the Economic Arrangements bill, Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov said Thursday. ...
Entertainer Dudu Topaz indicted for attacks on TV execs
17 Jun 2009 - One of Israel's most famous entertainers was charged Thursday with hiring thugs to assault top Israeli media executives he blamed for keeping him off the air. ...
18 Jun 2009 - Source: United Nations
OPT: Gaza Strip - Areas Restricted for Palestinian Access (June 2009)
18 Jun 2009 - Source: OCHA
OPT: Welcoming remarks by John Ging Director of UNRWA Operations Gaza on the occasion of the visit of President Carter to UNRWA's Student Human Rights Ceremony in Gaza
18 Jun 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
OPT: Remarks of President Jimmy Carter to the United Nations Relief Works Agency's human rights graduation in Gaza
18 Jun 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
OPT: Israeli human rights organizations to EU - Use Association Council meeting to stop settlements and open Gaza
18 Jun 2009 - Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
OPT: Protection of civilians weekly report, 10 - 16 Jun 2009
18 Jun 2009 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Influenza A (H1N1): Eastern Mediterranean Region - WHO latest update, 18 Jun 2009
18 Jun 2009 - Source: World Health Organization
OPT: Joint press conference - FM Liberman and US Secy of State Clinton
18 Jun 2009 - Source: Government of Israel
18 Jun 2009 - Defense minister, Egyptian president scheduled to meet Sunday, expected to discuss abducted soldier
Foreign minister: US wants to bridge gaps
18 Jun 2009 - Lieberman tells reporters in Washington both sides displaying 'good will' to overcome conflict
Iran: Israel involved in election day bomb plot
18 Jun 2009 - Intelligence Ministry says it uncovered several terrorist groups linked to Israel and US
Iran protestors: Why did you kill our brothers?
18 Jun 2009 - Wearing black and carrying candles, tens of thousands of reformist candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi's backers rally in Tehran on Thursday afternoon to mourn deaths of protestors killed in this week's election riots. Meanwhile authorities bar Rafsanjani's children from leaving country
Israel accuses IAEA chief of bias on Syria
18 Jun 2009 - Jewish state's chief delegate to IAEA says ElBaradei refusing to meet Israeli officials on alleged Syrian nuclear activities, refers to his repeated calls for Israeli cooperation in probe redundant; IAEA chief says accusations 'totally distorted'
Brigade commander softens stance on troop violence
18 Jun 2009 - Col. Itai Virob presents decidedly more lenient position in court after being reprimanded for saying troops could strike Palestinian detainees they were interrogating. Now, he says, violence can only be used against 'ticking bombs'
17 Jun 2009 - B'Tselem reiterates its demand to prohibit use of 0.22 bullets to disperse demonstrators. Despite the prohibition on using this lethal weapon since 2001, two persons have been killed by it recently, one of them a 14-year-old boy.
Lift the closure on Gaza
16 Jun 2009 - To mark the two years of closure that Israel has imposed on the Gaza Strip, Israeli human rights organizations have released a new online film with the message "Lift the closure - give life a chance".
18 Jun 2009 - UN watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei sparred with an Israeli envoy Thursday after being accused of bias in the handling of an investigation into Syria's nuclear activities, diplomats said. The United States meanwhile accused Syria of obstructing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) probe into allegations.
Cyber wizards worldwide help Iranians defy state censors
18 Jun 2009 - Cyber-sympathizers from around the world have joined forces online to help Iranian protestors dodge censorship, get out news of violent clashes and avoid real-world capture following Iran's disputed election. Pictures, videos and updates from the streets of Iran continued to pour in Thursday to social-networking.
Egypt deports 4 Chechen students to Moscow
18 Jun 2009 - Egypt on Thursday forcibly deported four Chechen students to Russia, where Amnesty International says they risk being tortured, but a traffic jam prevented police from getting a key warlord's son to the aiport in time to join them. Four students among dozens rounded up by security services on May 27 were put on a flight to Moscow.
Clinton and Lieberman clash over settlements
18 Jun 2009 - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman clashed over US demands for a freeze on settlements in Palestinian territory. At a press conference after talks in Washington on Wednesday, Clinton reaffirmed US demands for an end to settlement building but her Israeli counterpart rejected the call.
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18 Jun 2009 - Besides holding demonstrations, they use tools like Facebook and Twitter to share information with and from friends and family in the motherland. As authorities in Tehran have blocked opposition websites, jammed satellite TV channels and banned foreign journalists from covering demonstrations against last week's disputed elections, Iranians living in the U.S. have rushed to fill the communications gap.
Hillary Clinton defends Twitter efforts for Iran
17 Jun 2009 - The U.S. urged the networking service to delay maintenance so the system would keep running, leading to complaints from Iran's government. Twitter has helped protesters communicate amid a clampdown. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday defended U.S. efforts to ensure that the Twitter social networking service has remained available for use by Iranian protesters, even as Tehran complained about U.S. interference in its affairs.
A duel for legitimacy plays out in Iran rallies
17 Jun 2009 - Both sides stage massive gatherings. At least 12 people have been killed in the unrest over the disputed presidential election that kept Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in office. Pressing their claim to victory, pro-government supporters staged a mass rally in Tehran on Tuesday, responding to calls from state media to come out in support of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and against protesters they described as "looters and arsonists."
18 Jun 2009 - Hundreds of thousands of protesters massed in Tehran as the government made its first move toward a dialogue with the opposition.
Clerics May Be Key to Outcome of Unrest
17 Jun 2009 - A central question lurking behind the post-election tumult in Iran is which side the country’s highly influential clerics will back.
Stark Images, Uploaded to the World
17 Jun 2009 - As foreign journalists are forced to leave Tehran and others are confined, news organizations are looking more and more to the Iranians themselves to provide the news.
Antiwar.com - Lieberman Insists Israel Committed to 'Natural Growth' - Jason Ditz, June 17, 2009 - At a DC meeting described as ‘tense’ by some in the media, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman publicly clashed on the question of West Bank settlement growth, with Lieberman absolutely ruling out the US demand to freeze all settlement growth. The major issue which seems to be keeping the two sides apart is the claim that the Bush Administration had secretly made a deal with the Israeli government about the settlements, though it kept no actual record of the deal anywhere. Lieberman cited the deal during the discussion, though Clinton dismissed the reports, claiming former Bush officials had confirmed that no informal agreement existed. Lieberman insisted that the Israeli government had to ensure natural growth continued in the settlements, citing concerns
Right-wing settlers reveal plan to build 30 new outposts over the summer
IMEU - IMEMC, JUN 17, 2009 - The Land of Israel Faithful group responded to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech by saying that they are planning to construct 30 new outposts in the West Bank. In his speech Netanyahu declared that no new settlements would be built and no extra land would be confiscated from Palestinians for settlement development. The group told Israeli media that it was "recruiting activists for this summer's outpost building". It is planning to create outposts between the settlement of Ofra and Shiloh, in Gush Etzion, near Hebron and near the settlements of Elon Moreh and Bracha. The settler group has been engaged in building and rebuilding outposts for the past two years. Many of them have been demolished several times by Israeli forces, but the group keeps rebuilding them with determination. One of the outposts that was destroyed was the Moaz Esther outpost.
VIDEO - Even in death, no mercy is shown
Uruknet - Video: Recovering dead body under Israeli fire (version with effects) - ISM, June 16, 2009. A Bedouin teenager - Ahmed Salama Eid Abu Hashish, 18 - from the border area east of Beit Hanoun has been missing since 21st April, 2009. His family believe that he may have been killed in the "buffer zone" - an area of Gaza next to the border that Israeli soldiers attempt to prohibit access to by shooting at people. On Sunday 14th June his family, along with members of The Local Initiative from Beit Hanoun, and volunteers from the International Solidarity Movement - Gaza Strip attempt to search for his body in this area. Soon they become under fire by the Israeli occupation forces, along the Green Line. Despite that, the group manages to find the body and take it to Beit Hanoun hospital.
The Case of Netanyahu and the Curious Incident
Uri Avnery, CounterPunch 6/18/2009
What Does He Mean When He Says "Yes"?
"You must be celebrating,” the interviewer from a popular radio station told me after Netanyahu’s speech. “After all, he is accepting the plan which you proposed 42 years ago!” (Actually it was 60 years ago, but who is counting?)
The front page of Haaretz carried an article by Gideon Levy, in which he wrote that “the courageous call of Uri Avnery and his friends four decades ago is now being echoed, though feebly, from end to end (of the Israeli political spectrum).”
I would be lying if I denied feeling a brief glow of satisfaction, but it faded quickly. This was no “historic” speech, not even a “great” speech. It was a clever speech.
It contained some sanctimonious verbiage to appease Barack Obama, followed right away by the opposite, to pacify the Israeli extreme right. Not much more.
NETANYAHU DECLARED that “our hand is extended for peace.”
In my ears, that rang a bell: in the 1956 Sinai war, a member of my editorial staff was attached to the brigade that conquered Sharm-al-Sheikh. Since he had grown up in Egypt, he interviewed the senior captured Egyptian officer, a colonel. “Every time David Ben-Gurion announced that his hand was stretched out for peace,” the Egyptian told him, “we were put on high alert.”
Dedication Site Built on Razed Palestinian Homes
Jonathan Cook, CounterPunch 6/18/2009
Canadian Ambassador Honored in Illegal Park
Canada’s chief diplomat in Israel has been honoured at an Israeli public park -- built on occupied Palestinian land in violation of international law -- as one of the donors who helped establish the park on the ruins of three Palestinian villages.
Jon Allen, Canada’s ambassador to Israel, is among several hundred Canadian Jews who have been commemorated at a dedication site. A plaque bearing Mr Allen’s name is attached to a stone wall constructed from the rubble of Palestinian homes razed by the Israeli army.
Mr Allen, who is identified as a donor along with his parents and siblings, has refused to talk about his involvement with the park.
Rodney Moore, a Canadian government spokesman, said the 58-year-old ambassador had not made a personal donation and that his name had been included as a benefactor when his parents gave their contribution. It is unclear whether he or they knew that the park was to be built on Palestinian land.
Canada Park, which is in an area of the West Bank that juts into Israel north of Jerusalem, was founded in the early 1970s following Israel’s occupation of the West Bank in the 1967 war. It is hugely popular for walks and picnics with the Israeli public, most of whom are unaware they are in Palestinian territory that is officially a “closed military zone".
Canadian diplomat honored on confiscated Palestinian land
19 Jun 2009 - Canada's chief diplomat in Israel has been honored at an Israeli public park -- built on occupied Palestinian land in violation of international law -- as one of the donors who helped establish the park on the ruins of three Palestinian villages. Jon Allen, Canada's ambassador to Israel, is among several hundred Canadian Jews who have been commemorated at a dedication site. Jonathan Cook comments.
Nonviolent resistance in the south Hebron hills
18 Jun 2009 - A couple of months ago I had the great pleasure of watching Palestinians successfully graze their sheep near Avigail settlement, on land where they are regularly attacked and harassed. The joy I felt in watching my friends and partners grazing their sheep on their ancestral lands was overwhelming. Sitting on the hill and eating lunch together felt like having a party. Joy Ellison writes from Hebron.
National Canadian Jewish organization votes to boycott Israel
18 Jun 2009 - Independent Jewish Voices (Canada) voted to join the growing international campaign in support of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, at its first Annual General Meeting this past weekend. This decision makes IJV the first national Jewish organization in the world to do so.
Netanyahu's "brilliant" peace plan
17 Jun 2009 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed a peace plan so ingenious it is a wonder that for six decades of bloodshed no one thought of it. Some people might have missed the true brilliance of his ideas presented in a speech at Bar Ilan University on 14 June, so we are pleased to offer this analysis. Hasan Abu Nimah and Ali Abunimah comment.