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21 Jun 2009 - Security source says Dagan given mandate to sabotage Iran's nukes program before any full-scale Israeli strike.
Truck bomb kills more than 70 in northern Iraq
21 Jun 2009 - Blast came hours after Iraqi PM warned of more violence as U.S. troops withdraw from Iraqi cities.
Israel allows first shipment of cattle into Gaza for 9 months
20 Jun 2009 - Sources: Israel bowed to U.S. pressure to end ban, which didn't prevent cattle from being smuggled by the thousands.
Protesters at Paris Airshow call for Israel boycott
20 Jun 2009 - Police disperse around 20 protesters who blocked entrance to Israeli pavilion.
A settlement road trip after Netanyahu, Obama speeches
20 Jun 2009 - A visit to the West Bank shows that settlers have not changed their determination to keep building.
Israeli troops humiliate Palestinians - and put it on YouTube
19 Jun 2009 - Border Police 'tradition' has Palestinians slapping themselves, singing songs of praise to troops.
6/22/2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – The Israeli navy seized four Gazan fishermen on Monday morning after stopping their boats off the Gaza City coast. They were taken to Israel’s Ashdod port, north of the Gaza Strip. Head of the Palestinian fishermen’s union Nizar Ayyash told Ma’an that Israeli warships obstructed two fishing boats, taking four fishermen, all members of the As-Sultan family, while they were sailing in the As-Sudaniyya area. He said Israeli navy officers beat the fishermen and also confiscated their boats. Ayyash identified the detained fishermen as Uday As-Sultan, Saddam As-Sultan, Hasan As-Sultan, and Muhammad As-Sultan. The Israeli navy prohibits Gazan fishermen from sailing more than three miles from the coast. If fishermen attempt to sail farther, they are pursued, shot at, detained, and often asked to become informers for Israeli intelligence.
Israeli police hand over 65 demolition orders in Jerusalem
6/22/2009 - Jerusalem – Ma’an – Israeli police, along with municipal workers, on Sunday evening carried out a large campaign against Palestinian homeowners in Jerusalem, ransacking 65 houses in different neighborhoods to hand families demolition orders. Residents told Ma’an’s correspondent that some of these families had received the same notices before, such as the owner of the As-Sunbula building in the Nusaiba neighborhood, which consists of 24 apartments, and a building owned by Thamin Abu Qabalah in Beit Hanina, north of Jerusalem, which has 15 apartments. New demolition orders were handed over to Muhammad Abu Khdeir related to a 12-apartment building he owns in Shu’fat, north of Jerusalem. Another 12-room block known as the Ghayth building was also served in Beit Hanina. Two new demolition orders were also handed over to two families living in the Wadi Qaddoum neighborhood in Silwan, south of Jerusalem.
Israeli forces apprehend 12 Palestinians near Hebron
6/22/2009 - Hebron – Ma’an – Israeli forces seized 12 Palestinians from the villages of Safa, north of Hebron in the southern West Bank, and Deir Al-Asal Al-Fouqa in the south after ransacking several homes. A local Palestinian security source told Ma’an’s correspondent that an Israeli military force stormed Safa nad ransacked several homes before apprehending the men. They were identified as: 28-year-old Abdul-Fattah Khlayyil, 24-year-old Alaa At-Teit, 20-year-old Eid Shweiki, 24-year-old Isam Aadi, 20-yerar-old Mahmoud Khlayyil, 22-year-old Layth Addi, and 19-year-old Omar Di’mis. The source added that Israeli forces stormed Deir Al-Asal Al-Fouqa and seized Samir Shawamra, Luay Shawamra, Iyad Dardoun, Uday Shawamra, and Badawi Shawamra.
Bat Ayin settlers uproot trees from Palestinian land
6/22/2009 - Hebron – Ma’an – Israeli settlers uprooted more than 150 olive and grape trees from Palestinian-owned land in Wadi Abu Ar-Rish, near the settlement of Bat Ayin, south of Bethlehem, on Monday, witnesses said. Settlers from Bat Ayin also set fires in the same area. Witnesses said that the settlers carried out these attacks under the protection of Israeli soldiers. The municipal government of the town of Beit Ummar, under whose jurisdiction the land lies, issued a condemnation of the assault, and also called for an investigation. Last Friday, Israeli soldiers assaulted Palestinian and Israeli peace activists who held a demonstration in the same area. Seven protesters were arrested. Bat Ayin is known as one of the more militant settlements in the West Bank, and has been a flashpoint for recent violence.
Israeli troops overrun coffee shop, workshops in Jenin
6/22/2009 - Jenin – Ma’an – Israeli soldiers overran a coffee shop and a number of stone workshops at the Ash-Shuhada area of southern Jenin on Monday. Soldiers checked the identities of a number of workers and residents, but no one was detained, according to local sources. Witnesses reported that five Israeli patrols, accompanied by an Israeli intelligence unit, broke into the coffee shop and demanded that people there identify themselves. Meanwhile, others checked IDs and erected a military checkpoint in Ash-Shuhada but soon removed it, detaining no one. [end]
Gaza demonstration to demand end of siege
6/22/2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – The Popular Committee Against the Siege of Gaza plans to stage a demonstration and press conference at the Erez border crossing in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday. Committee spokesperson Ali An-Nazli said the event is organized in cooperation with Wa’ed association and trade unions, in a joint call for an end to the siege and the release of all Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. He said the event is a response to demonstrations held by on the other side of the border urging Israel to continue the blockade until Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is released from Gaza. An-Nazli also said that Gaza deserves to live freely, like any place in the world, and Palestinian prisoners deserve to be released.
PFLP’s Sa’adat urges unity in message from prison
6/22/2009 - Jerusalem – Ma’an – Imprisoned Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) leader Ahmad Sa’adat is in better condition after ending his hunger strike a little more than a week ago, according to Knesset member Muhammad Barakeh, who visited the leftist official in prison on Monday. Sa’adat was on hunger strike for nine days earlier this months after prison authorities put him in solitary confinement. In a message relayed through Barakeh, Sa’adat said that there is no need for detainees to be remanded to solitary confinement, and are already isolated from the outside world by virtue of being in prison. Sa’adat also said he is worried about the internal Palestinian political situation. Informed by Barakeh about the upcoming round of talks between Hamas and Fatah, Sa’adat said that all factions should be included in the dialogue on the formation of the next government.
Israeli forces re-erect checkpoint evacuated earlier in June
6/22/2009 - Ramallah – Ma’an – Israeli forces on Monday morning re-erected the Atara checkpoint north of Ramallah in the central West Bank, which was removed earlier this month. Earlier in June, Israeli forces evacuated the checkpoint, but did not remove the cement blocks. Regardless, Palestinians were free to cross the checkpoint in both directions. Israel had insisted that the semi-evacuation was part of a wider effort of easing restrictions on the free movement of Palestinians in the West Bank. [end]
Gaza man given 19-year jail term for armed action against Israel
6/22/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – An Israeli court sentenced a Palestinian man from Gaza to 19 years in prison for manufacturing pipe bombs and projectiles and firing them at Israel, the Israeli news site Ynet reported on Monday. The Beersheba District Court also convicted the man of laying pipe bombs, one of them 15 kilograms in weight, in various places in the Gaza Strip with the intention of injuring or killing Israeli soldiers. According to the report the man was a member of Hamas’ armed wing from the city of Khan Younis. The report did not say when or how he was arrested. During its invasion of Gaza in January, the Israeli military detained dozens of men and women, bringing many of them to the Negev (Naqab in Arabic) prison camp.
Three Gaza crossing points open
6/22/2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – Israeli authorities decided on Monday to open the three crossing points into the Gaza Strip, according to Raed Fattouh, a Palestinian border crossings official. Fattouh said that 60-79 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid and commercial goods would pass through Kerem Shalom; limited quantities of cooking gas and industrial diesel for Gaza’s only power will plant be shipped through Nahal Oz. Fattouh added that another limited load of feed and wheat will pass through Karni. Israel and Egypt have maintained a near-total blockade of the Strip by land and sea since June 2007, and the quantities and types of goods allowed into Gaza are subject to tight restrictions.
Rafah crossing to open for three days next week
6/22/2009 - Gaza - Ma’an - Gaza's sole border with Egypt will open next week for three days to enable thousands of Palestinians to exit the besieged Strip, a crossings official told Ma'an on Monday. In a statement received, the staff member said that the Rafah crossing will open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (27-29 June). Travel will be allowed for people who have been registered with the de facto Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza, in addition to coordination tables received from the Egyptian side. The sources added that the border staff have coordinated with the de facto Interior Ministry to facilitate the processing of traveling citizens, affirming their concern for applying regulations so as to ensure transparency and impartiality. Traveling Palestinians will be taken through assembly points and busses only, and it will not be permitted for anyone to gather at the Rafah crossing itself, the statement noted.
PFLP leader: Resistance as long as the occupation exists
6/22/2009 - Ramallah – Ma’an – A senior leader in the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said that Palestinians will continue their “resistance” as long as the Israeli occupation continues. Abdul Rahim Mallouh, the PFLP’s deputy Secretary-General, made this remark in his capacity as a representative of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas during a Fatah movement event in honor of Fakhri Asfour Al-Barghouthi, the longest serving Palestinian prisoner, who has now spend 32 years in an Israeli jail. “As long as there is occupation there is resistance, as long as there is resistance there are sacrifices and we are ready to sacrifice to protect our national rights and to end the occupation,” said Mallouh, himself a former prisoner. He also said that the final status issues in negotiations with Israel cannot be separated from one another, including the issue of the 11,000 Palestinians jailed by Israel.
Progress reported in Hamas-Israel prisoner talks
6/22/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – Progress has been made toward a prisoner exchange between Hamas and Israel, the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat reported on Monday. Quoting unnamed Palestinian sources, the newspaper said that Hamas has begun to show flexibility on the issue of marooning Palestinian prisoners from West Bank in Gaza upon their release. Hamas is demanding the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for freeing Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier who was captured by Palestinian fighters in a raid near Gaza three years ago. Egyptian-brokered negotiations toward a prisoner swap have been frozen since Benjamin Netanyahu took over as Israel’s prime minister. Meanwhile on Monday Egyptian Intelligence Chief Oman Sulaiman, the official in charge of the indirect talks, told a visiting Israeli official that he has not yet met with Israel’s. . .
Fayyad: Palestinian state possible within two years
6/22/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – Palestinian caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said that a Palestinian state is possible within the next two years on Monday. "I call on all our people to unite around the project of establishing a state and to strengthen its institutions. . . so that the Palestinian state becomes, by the end of next year or within two years at most, a reality," he said. "Achieving this goal within two years is possible. " He made these remarks in a speech aat Al-Quds University, in the town of Abu Dis, on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Fayyad’s speech was billed in part as a rebuttal of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at Bar-Ilan University near Tel Aviv last week. In the address Netanyahu laid down harsh conditions for renewed peace talks, including a rejection of Palestinian claims in Jerusalem.
EU funds double allowances for the poor in Gaza
6/22/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – The European Union announced on Monday that it will double social allowances for some of the poorest families in war-torn Gaza, beginning with a payment on Tuesday. The European Commission and the governments of Austria and Italy donated 75 million Israeli shekels (nearly 19 million US dollars), to the Palestinian Ministry of Social Affairs based in Ramallah. The payments will help 49,600 families, including 24,834 in the West Bank, and 24,811 in the Gaza Strip. In a statement Minister Majida Al-Masri said that these allowances are part of the Palestinian Authority's efforts, in cooperation with the EU, to meet the needs of vulnerable families. She said that this payment would be doubled for Gaza beneficiaries due to the special situation faced by vulnerable families in Gaza. The assistance takes the form of an allowance of 1,000 shekels (253 US dollars) per household.
Fayyad to deliver major address
6/22/2009 - Ramallah – Ma’an – The Palestinian Authority (PA) cabinet held its weekly session on Monday and discussed a speech Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is to deliver later at Al-Quds University in the town of Abu Dis. In his speech, Fayyad is expected to focus on the performance and vision of the PA, the need to end Palestinian infighting and strengthen the home front as a step toward ending occupation and establishing an independent state. The speech is expected to be, in part, a response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech last week in which he called for peace talks but laid down harsh conditions for renewed negotiations. The speech is expected at 4:30pm local time. Hamas leader Khalid Mash'al is also expected to deliver a political address on Thursday, according to his office. Fayyad is also expected to stress that Israel implements its part of already. . .
Riot police use tear gas to disperse protesters
22 Jun 2009 - Security forces disperse hundreds of protesters who tried to hold a rally at Tehran's 7-Tir square yesterday in remembrance of those killed in earlier protests.
22 Jun 2009 - Jonathan Spollen makes the argument for both sides as the controversy over the Iran elections continue to grip Tehran.
The scars that will never fully heal
22 Jun 2009 - Israel is resisting any independent inquiry into the Gaza invasion in January in which one family lost 27 relatives in a missile attack.
Tel Aviv changes tone on Iran election
22 Jun 2009 - Just after the bitterly disputed presidential vote in Iran on June 12, Israel appeared pleased at the re-election of hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Opposition supporters in Dubai insist struggle must continue
21 Jun 2009 - Iranian residents in Dubai are feeling shocked and helpless in the aftermath of bloody protests in Tehran, which have left approximately 19 dead and several hundred injured.
Iran lashes out at media coverage
21 Jun 2009 - Confusion surrounds the Tehran demonstrations death toll as media ordered to leave the country and the daughter of former president Hashemi Rafsanjani is arrested.
Obama calls on Iran to stop unjust' actions
21 Jun 2009 - The US President condemns Tehran's post-election response as reports reveal 13 people had been killed in clashes.
22 Jun 2009 - The gesture comes ahead of reconciliation talks to be held in Egypt next month.
'Jewish state' recognition urged
21 Jun 2009 - Israel's Barak says Arab acceptance a pre-condition for creation of Palestinian state.
'Suicide bomber' hits Tehran shrine
20 Jun 2009 - Bomber reported to have blown himself up near former leader's shrine.
DUBAI Sunday, June 21, 2009 (IRIN) - The prevalence of HIV among intravenous drug users (IDUs) in Egypt is relatively low, but needle sharing is rife among this group, putting them at risk of contracting the virus, experts say.
IRAQ: Call to protect, support Iraqi refugees worldwide
BAGHDAD Sunday, June 21, 2009 (IRIN) - Marking World Refugee Day on 20 June, Iraqi non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN agencies working in Iraq appealed for support for Iraqi refugees and called for assistance in creating the right conditions for voluntary, dignified and sustainable returns.
ISRAEL: Still a destination for human trafficking
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.
WASHINGTON, Jun 22 (IPS) - As Iraqis witness a spike in violence after a months-long relative lull, the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has decided to put its security agreement with the U.S. to a public referendum, although the move appears to be only heightening a sense of uncertainty...
EXCLUSIVE-PART1: Al Qaeda Excluded from the Suspects List
WASHINGTON, Jun 22 (IPS) - On Jun. 25, 1996, a massive truck bomb exploded at a building in the Khobar Towers complex in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, which housed U.S. Air Force personnel, killing 19 U.S. airmen and wounding 372.
EGYPT: Unquiet Flows the Nile
CAIRO, Jun 21 (IPS) - Differences over sharing of Nile waters may have deepened following the failure among the nine countries along the Nile to come to an agreement.
MIDEAST: Aid Agencies Slam Gaza Blockade
RAMALLAH, Jun 20 (IPS) - Forty international aid agencies and NGOs have released a joint statement condemning Israel's blockade of Gaza, to mark the second anniversary of the coastal territory being hermetically sealed off from the outside world.
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304 Palestinians face demolition, 20 displaced in June
21 Jun 2009 - Last month, Occupation forces distributed demolition orders to 32 families in the Jordan Valley. The demolitions, if carried out in total, are set to affect 304 people. Demolitions began in June, and on the 17th bulldozers leveled structures in Jiftlik and Wadi Malih, displacing 20 people. For years, the people of the Jordan Valley have faced these types of attacks, which aim to drive them from their lands and clear the land for settlement expansion. [
PCHR and Spanish Civil Society Organize Conferences in Madrid In Defense of Universal Jurisdiction
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 - Ma'an News, 22 June 2009 - Israeli settlers uprooted more than 150 olive and grape trees from Palestinian-owned land in Wadi Abu Ar-Rish, near the settlement of Bat Ayin, south of Bethlehem, on Monday, witnesses said. Settlers from Bat Ayin also set fires in the same area. Witnesses said that the settlers carried out these attacks under the protection of Israeli soldiers. The municipal government of the town of Beit Ummar, under whose jurisdiction the land lies, issued a condemnation of the assault, and also called for an investigation. Last Friday, Israeli soldiers assaulted Palestinian and Israeli peace activists who held a demonstration in the same area. Seven protesters were arrested. Bat Ayin is known as one of the more militant settlements in the West Bank, and has been a flashpoint for recent violence.
Nonviolent resistance in the south Hebron hills
International Solidarity Movement - Electronic Intifada, 18 June 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. As the day drew to an end, Mahmoud, one of the Palestinian elders, excitedly explained to me the strategy he had used in dealing with the Israeli army and settlers that morning. He told me how, even though the army had declared the area a closed military zone, he firmly stood up for his rights. He explained how he pretended to slowly begin to comply with the military order, all the while challenging the soldiers and insisting on his right to graze his sheep.
Over 50 bullets shot towards a fishing boat
International Solidarity Movement - Fishing Under Fire - 21 June 2009 - This video shows a Palestinian fishing boat attacked by the Israeli Navy BEFORE the recent massacres (December 2009, January 2009), that means during the 6 month "CEASEFIRE" (June – December 2008). Finally we counted more than 50 bulletholes! During the interview gunboats of the Israeli Navy were continuing to patrol in Palestinian territorial waters, very close to the shore (for sure closer than the 3 miles "limit" that they suppose to impose) and harassing Palestinian fishing boats. Updated on June 22, 2009 [end]
Israeli forces demolish Aqraba area homes
International Solidarity Movement - On Wednesday, June 17, 2009, the Israeli Army demolished seven houses of shepherds in the small village Qurusdyia in the Aqraba district, southeast of Nablus. About two months ago, the affected families had received eviction orders in Hebrew which they did not understand. Once the deadline had passed for the families to leave the area, the Army moved in with bulldozers and tore everything down. The families now live in tents in Aqraba and moved their livestock to fields nearby. The demolished houses consisted of three family houses and four farm houses. They were simple structures such as large tents, and three separate kitchens built with sheets of corrugated iron. According to the Mayor of Aqraba, about two months ago, the three families that were all related (3 brothers) had received eviction orders in Hebrew. They did not understand the content of these documents and did not inform the Municipality.
Israel to investigate IndyMedia over photo with 'Murderer'¯ accusation
International Solidarity Movement - The Media Line, 22 June 2009 - Israel's Deputy State Prosecutor has launched a criminal investigation into a website that allegedly published a picture of an Israeli soldier with the word "Murderer"¯ over his photograph. Indymedia Israel, a leftist news outlet, accused the soldier of killing a Palestinian protester with a gas canister during a clash in the West Bank village of Bilin in April. The website told its readers to forward the photograph, and asked if anyone knew more information about the soldier. The caption on the site reads, "The soldier in the picture had murdered Abdallah Abu Rahma by direct shooting of a gas canister in Bilin on April 17. Do you know his name or any other details? " ¯However, the Israeli Deputy State Prosecutor claims that the soldier in the photograph was not responsible for the man's death, and released a statement saying, "It seems that. . .
Hearing begins over Palestinian lawsuit against Quebec builders
International Solidarity Movement - CBC News, 22 June 2009 - A Palestinian village in the West Bank will argue Monday that a Quebec court should hear its lawsuit against two Canadian construction companies that it alleges illegally constructed buildings on Israeli-occupied territory. Bil'in, a community of about 1,700 inhabitants located northwest of Ramallah, is suing the Quebec-based companies for $2 million. "They know it's a legal long shot, but if the Quebec Superior Court even agrees just to hear their case, it would be a partial victory, set an international legal precedent, and it would be a public relations coup for the small village," said the CBC's Dan Halton, reporting from Montreal. Beginning Monday, the Quebec Superior Court in Montreal will hear arguments from both sides on whether it should hear the suit. The village's claim was filed July 9, 2008, against sister companies Green Park International and Green Mount International.
UN slams Iran for civil rights violations
22 Jun 2009 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged an immediate stop on Monday to use of force against civilians in Iran and urged authorities to respect civil rights in dealing with protests over presidential election results. ...
ANALYSIS / Twitter won't make Iran protesters bulletproof
22 Jun 2009 - Outside of Iran, it's easy being green these days. The streets of major cities worldwide host swirling masses of light-emerald protestors on a semi-daily basis, the throngs blending into a peaceful mix of nationalities hoisting V signs to the sky. ...
Iran riots resume despite Revolutionary Guard warning
21 Jun 2009 - Riot police attacked hundreds of demonstrators with tear gas and fired live bullets in the air to disperse a rally in central Tehran Monday, carrying out a threat by the country's most powerful security force to crush any further opposition protests over the disputed presidential election. ...
Netanyahu: I will make Gilad Shalit's return a personal responsibility
21 Jun 2009 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that he will make the return of captive Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit a personal responsibility. ...
Gay-lesbian synagogue turns hate rally into fundraising event
21 Jun 2009 - When a predominantly gay synagogue in Manhattan learned that a group of ultra-Evangelical Christians were planning a protest outside their building, the congregation decided to turn the hate rally into a fundraising event. ...
22 Jun 2009 - A Tel Aviv bar's illogical ban on uniformed soldiers tars all IDF personnel with the same dismissive brush It's one thing for a bar or club to employ a dress code for sartorial reasons, quite another...
Dispatches: Cameras for action | Funding the truth | Too much reality?
21 Jun 2009 - Media awards Cameras for action A pioneering Israeli human rights project in which Palestinians have been given cameras to film human rights abuses is tipped as the favourite to win the Special Award at tonight's One...
Doctors demand Yoram Blachar resign as ethics chief for ignoring Israeli torture | Sarah Boseley, health editor
21 Jun 2009 - More than 700 doctors from 43 countries have written a letter of protest to their governing ethical body, the World Medical Association, alleging that its recently appointed Israeli president has turned a blind eye to the...
The Middle East in motion| Joschka Fischer
20 Jun 2009 - Since Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world in Cairo things in the Middle East have been in flux Great speeches are all too often underestimated as being mere words. In fact, they can have powerful...
21 Jun 2009 - Tel Aviv District Court on Monday sentenced the head of the Abutbul crime syndicate, Asi Abutbul, to 13 years in prison. ...
Health Ministry may test all Maccabiah athletes for swine flu
21 Jun 2009 - The Health Ministry has suggested that all participants in the upcoming Maccabiah sports games be tested for swine flu before allowed entrance into Israel next month. ...
Israeli woman denied social benefits for visiting Palestinian husband
21 Jun 2009 - S. was born in Lod, where she lived all her life and is raising her four children. Her only sin, apparently, was in marrying a resident of the territories. ...
Father killed in road crash hours after son's wedding
21 Jun 2009 - A man who was driving home following the wedding of his son was killed in a road accident late Sunday night. Four other sons who were in the car with him were injured. ...
Health Ministry: HMOs, not hospitals, will treat swine flu patients
21 Jun 2009 - The Health Ministry announced Sunday that swine flu patients will from now on be treated by the four health maintenance organizations instead of the hospitals. ...
22 Jun 2009 - Source: Gisha, Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, Physicians for Human Rights
Increasing pressure on the humanitarian space worldwide: Louis Michel and John Holmes sound the alarm
22 Jun 2009 - Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department
OPT: European Union funds double social allowance for vulnerable families in Gaza
22 Jun 2009 - Source: European Commission, Palestinian National Authority
Israel ups sales of Palestinian refugee property: watchdog
22 Jun 2009 - Source: Agence France-Presse
OPT: A child protection assessment - Palestinian camps and gatherings, Tyre, South Lebanon
22 Jun 2009 - Source: Terre des hommes
OPT: Helping the deaf in the Gaza Strip to communicate with the community
22 Jun 2009 - Source: Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children
OPT: Epidemiological bulletin for Gaza Strip vol 1, issue 9
22 Jun 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
OPT: The Organization of the Islamic Conference opens the first specialized eye hospital in Gaza
22 Jun 2009 - Source: Organization of the Islamic Conference
22 Jun 2009 - During visit to Canada, FM calls for urgent Security Council meeting on situation in Islamic Republic, says 'danger of such a regime being in possession of nuclear arms must be clear to everyone'
Fianc? of slain Iranian protestor: Neda wanted freedom
22 Jun 2009 - Two days after video depicting death of Iranian protestor in Tehran who has become symbol of reformist struggle, young woman's fianc? speaks to press, saying she was not politically affiliated. Iranian exile who uploaded footage to Web: I knew world would be shocked
Families of UK diplomats leave Iran
22 Jun 2009 - After day of relative quiet, hundreds of supporters of Iranian reformist camp not deterred by Revolutionary Guard threats, mourn in Tehran center. Security forces reportedly use tear gas, live bullets to disperse rally. Meanwhile, UK says withdrawing families of embassy staff in Iran due to violence; Syrian FM: Regime won't fall
HRW urges Syria to charge or free Hariri case detainee
22 Jun 2009 - Human Rights Watch calls for release of Ziad Ramadan, held without charge since 2005 in connection with the murder of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri
Fayyad: Palestinian state in 2 years
22 Jun 2009 - Palestinian PM says Netanyahu's recent policy speech attempt to dodge international agreements, calls for end to settlement building, Gaza blockade
Minister Shalom to EU: Press PA to return to negotiating table
22 Jun 2009 - Regional cooperation minister tells 20 European ambassadors to Israel 'you cannot accept 100 percent of the Palestinians' complaints and demands and not hear Israel's positions'; adds nothing standing in way of resuming peace process after PM accepted 'two-states for two peoples' paradigm
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".
22 Jun 2009 - Israel has stepped up sales of the properties of Palestinians who in 1948 fled or were driven out of what is now Israel, a human rights group said on Monday, adding that the move went against both Israeli and international law. "Selling these properties constitutes the final expropriation of the right to property of Palestinian refugees.
Amateur video turns woman into icon of Iran election unrest
22 Jun 2009 - Amateur video of a young Iranian woman lying in the street - blood streaming from her nose and mouth - has quickly become an iconic image of the country's opposition movement and unleashed outrage at the regime's crackdown. The footage, less than a minute long, appears to capture the woman's death moments after she was shot at a protest.
Iran's Guards threaten to 'firmly confront' protests
22 Jun 2009 - Iran's hardline Revolutionary Guards threatened on Monday to crush demonstrations, after opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi urged supporters to pursue their protests over a disputed presidential election. Shouts of "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) again reverberated around Tehran at nightfall.
Preliminary analysis of voting figures in Iran's 2009 presidential polls
22 Jun 2009 - Working from the province by province breakdowns of the 2009 and 2005 results, released by the Iranian Interior Ministry, and from the 2006 census as published by the official Statistical Centre of Iran, the following observations about the official data and the debates surrounding it can be made.
22 Jun 2009 - The conference of Palestinians in Europe said that the escalating campaigns waged by Israel against Jerusalem and its people are a “silent and slow war” that needs to be confronted quickly.
Hamas: It is too early to judge Abbas’s decision to release political prisoners
22 Jun 2009 - Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri stated that it is premature to judge the decision issued by Mahmoud Abbas on the release of all political prisoners affiliated with Hamas in West Bank jails.
Palestinians stage sit-in at Erez to demand end of siege, release of prisoners
22 Jun 2009 - The popular committee against the siege is to organize a press conference at noon Tuesday in front of the Beit Hanun (Erez) crossing in northern Gaza Strip that would be coupled with as a sit-in.
Rafah crossing to open for three days starting next Saturday
22 Jun 2009 - The Palestinian crossings and borders department has announced that the Rafah border terminal between the Gaza Strip and Egypt would open for three days starting next Saturday 27/6/2009.
IOF troops storm home of MP, kidnap her son
22 Jun 2009 - Israeli occupation forces after midnight Sunday stormed the home of MP Dr. Mariam Saleh in El-Bireh city and took away her son Salah Musleh, a computer engineering student.
Islamic-Christian committee: Israel translates Netanyahu’s speech in J'lem
22 Jun 2009 - The Islamic-Christian committee warned that Israel started to carry out big settlement projects in occupied Jerusalem as a practical translation of its premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech.
IOF troops round up 12 Palestinians
22 Jun 2009 - Israeli occupation forces at dawn Monday rounded up 12 Palestinians from the West bank districts of Al-Khalil, Bethlehem and Qalqilia, the IOF command announced.
British researcher: Israel used dirty bombs during its war on Gaza
22 Jun 2009 - Peter Eyre, a British researcher in the usage of uranium during wars, revealed that the laboratory tests showed that Israel had used dirty bombs which have devastating results in the long run.
Taha: Fatah leaders justify the PA immoral practices in West Bank
22 Jun 2009 - Ayman Taha said that Fatah is not serious about the Egyptian-sponsored national dialog, adding that its leaders cover up and justify the PA security apparatuses’ immoral practices in the West Bank.
Hamas MP denounces IOA refusal to release Fatah MP after completing his sentence
22 Jun 2009 - Hamas MP Dr. Salem Salama has condemned the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) for refusing to release Fatah MP Jamal Huwail after completing his sentence.
22 Jun 2009 - Some wonder how far Iran's opposition leader is willing to go. They note that as premier, he was sidelined by his inability to play factional politics. Backers say he is an open-minded technocrat. Iran's economy stood in shambles and its international status was at a nadir. Disturbed by the leadership of then-President Ali Khamenei, Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi wrote him a letter and threatened to resign from his high-ranking post, according to news accounts at the time.
Split deepens among top clerics in Iran
22 Jun 2009 - The Guardian Council questions 3 million votes but says they won't change the outcome. Relatives of opposition figure Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani are briefly detained. Western officials say the death toll could be as high as 100. As the power struggle inside Iran's political class appeared to intensify, with reformist and conservative leaders exchanging sharp statements that blamed one another for last week's deadly street violence, authorities announced irregularities that could affect 3 million votes in 50 cities.
Israel's top leaders voice support for Iran demonstrators
22 Jun 2009 - They are asking whether the theocratic regime may be crumbling. The new outspokenness appears to reflect a belief that reaching out to moderates in Iran would be in Israel's long-term interest. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been a convenient bogeyman for Israel. So the early claim of his reelection as Iran's president brought quiet sighs of relief to many Israeli leaders, who figured it would be easier to rally Western pressure against Iran as long as the Holocaust-denying hard-liner remained in power.
22 Jun 2009 - The police broke up a group of about a thousand protesters in Tehran as officials acknowledged voting discrepancies in at least 50 cities.
U.S. Scrambles for Information on Iran
22 Jun 2009 - Without a direct connection, American officials rely on allies’ embassies, a Dubai listening post, YouTube and spies.
News Analysis: In Iran, Both Sides Seek to Carry Islam’s Banner
21 Jun 2009 - Both the government and the opposition are portraying themselves as pursing the ideal of a just Islamic state.
Africa-Israel under scrutiny for settlement construction
22 Jun 2009 - Africa-Israel is the latest target of a boycott campaign by Palestine solidarity activists because of the company's involvement in the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. American and European financial institutions hold a substantial stake in Africa-Israel Investment, investigations reveal. Adri Nieuwhof reports for The Electronic Intifada.
Aid agencies slam Gaza blockade
22 Jun 2009 - RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) - Forty international aid agencies and non-governmental organizations have released a joint statement condemning Israel's blockade of Gaza, to mark the second anniversary of the coastal territory being hermetically sealed off from the outside world. "We, United Nations and non-governmental humanitarian organizations, express deepening concern over Israel's continued blockade of the Gaza Strip which has now been in force for two years."
Attack on water brings sanitation crisis
22 Jun 2009 - GAZA CITY, occupied Gaza Strip (IPS) - " Biddun mey, fish heyya ," they say in Arabic for a universal truth: "Without water, there is no life." 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.
Nahr al-Bared's future remains unclear as army holds on to neighborhoods
19 Jun 2009 - The three-month-long war between the Lebanese army and Fatah al-Islam militants in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared in northern Lebanon ended on 2 September 2007. While the Lebanese army has allowed displaced residents to return to some parts of the camp, the fate of other parts of the camp still under the army's control remains unclear. Ray Smith reports for Electronic Lebanon.