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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
25 July , 2009

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International Middle East Media Center

PCHR Weekly Report: 1 civilian killed, 21 abducted by Israeli forces this week
25 Jul 2009 - According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, during the week of 16 - 22 July 2009, a mentally disabled Palestinian civilian was killed and another civilian was wounded by Israel forces in the Gaza Strip. Also this week, Israeli forces conducted 25 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and two into the Gaza Strip. Israel has continued measures aimed at establishing a Jewish majority in occupied east Jerusalem, including shutting down a tourist show and a community development center in Jerusalem this week. 

Two Qassam fighters killed in central Gaza
25 Jul 2009 - The Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas movement, reported that two of its fighters were killed late Friday during what the brigades described as a “jihadist mission’ east of Al Boreij refugee camo, in central Gaza. 

Settlers annex 40 Dunams of Palestinian lands in Nablus
25 Jul 2009 - Dozens of armed extremist Israeli settlers, enjoying Israeli army protection, illegally annexed on Friday morning 40 Dunams of Palestinian lands south of Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank. 

US to transfer USD 200 million in aid to P.A
25 Jul 2009 - The United States announced Friday that it decided to transfer M 200 USD as a direct, urgent aid to the Palestinian Authority headed by President Mahmoud Abbas. 

Soldiers attack the Ni'lin weekly Protest with Chemical water
24 Jul 2009 - Israeli soldiers attacked Palestinian villagers along with their international and Israeli peace supporters during the weekly non-violent protest against the wall in Ni'lin village in central West Bank on Friday.

Dozens suffered teargas inhalation during Bil'in Weekly Protest
24 Jul 2009 - Scores suffered on Friday effects of tear gas inhalation during the weekly nonviolent protest against the wall in Bil'in village central west Bank. 

US: We will not impose sanctions on Israel
24 Jul 2009 - The US state department stressed on Friday that President Obama is not at all considering to impose economic sanctions on Israel when it fails to comply with US demands to end construction in settlements. The US is also not willing to consider mounting international pressure on Israel. 

An-Nasser Brigades fire three projectiles at Israeli forces in Gaza
24 Jul 2009 - The military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, the An-Nasser Salah Ad-Din Brigades, stated on Friday that it fired three self made projectiles at Israeli forces that had entered the Gaza Strip in the Rafah area, close to the border with Egypt. 

Israeli army seizes two Palestinian men from the West Bank
24 Jul 2009 - Israeli troops invaded different areas of the West Bank during pre-dawn invasions on Friday, seizing two Palestinian men from Nablus and Ramallah. 

Ha'aretz Defense page

Holland to rethink funding of rights group that slammed IDF in Gaza
25 Jul 2009 - Dutch embassy in Tel Aviv gave 'Breaking the Silence' $19,950 euros to collect testimonies of IDF troops. 

Accused Israel spy hints at FBI anti-Semitism in AIPAC probe
25 Jul 2009 - 'I was asked about every Jew I knew in the [defense] secretary's bureau,' says former top U.S. official. 

Iran: If Israel attacks us, we'll hit its nuclear sites
25 Jul 2009 - Leader of Revolutionary Guards threatens 'firm and precise' answer to a strike against Iran. 

Official: Gaza militants killed in blast en route to 'holy mission'
24 Jul 2009 - Hamas identifies two of its fighters as victims in Gaza refugee camp explosion. 

UN envoy says convinced Lebanon-Israel truce will hold
24 Jul 2009 - Envoy says confident Security Council will renew peacekeeping mandate for south Lebanon next month. 

Ma'an News

Formerly 'wanted' Fatah-affiliated fighters appeal for release
7/25/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - A number of former members of the armed wing of Fatah have appealed to President Mahmoud Abbas to wrap up their cases and release them from prison, according to a statement on Saturday. Israel and the PA initiated the amnesty deals in 2007. Under the agreement, former Palestinian militiamen agreed to turn in their weapons and spend time in prison, under house arrest, or on probation. In exchange, Israel and the PA promised that they would not be arrested or assassinated. But several former members of the Al-Aqsa Brigades, from Jenin and Qalqiliya, said on Saturday that their cases have carried on years longer than they should have. According to the former "wanted" fighters, they have been jailed seven times the agreed-upon length, and have not received benefits generally provided by the Ministry of Interior to other prisoners. 

Greek Orthodox patriarch blocks East Jerusalem land confiscation
7/25/2009 - Jerusalem - Ma'an - Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III has managed to block a recent attempt by Israel's Jerusalem municipality to confiscate 43 dunums of church property near the Beit Safafa village, officials said Saturday. A Palestinian lawyer representing the patriarch told Ma'an that he presented an appeal against a recent decision taken by an Israeli regional planning committee within the municipality to confiscate Greek Orthodox property in order to expand streets and build public facilities. The lawyer, Rami Al-Mughrabi, added that after a decision taken by the ecumenical council, the church decided to fight Israel's decision to develop the structure into 'green land,' which would have prohibited building by the patriarch and its followers. Patriarch spokesman Father Issa Musleh noted that the process of stopping further Israeli land confiscations had become a priority for the church in Jerusalem. 

Two Hamas fighters killed in Gaza explosion
7/25/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Two members of Hamas' military wing were killed late on Friday night during a "Jihad mission" east of Al-Bureij Refugee Camp in the central Gaza Strip, a Hamas statement said. The statement identified the victims as members of the Al-Qassam Brigades Osama Kamal Nabaheen and Bakr Jamal Nabaheen from Al-Bureij Camp. Hamas announced deathd of the two activists over loudspeakers calling on Gaza residents to participate in their funeral processions on Saturday. Separately, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, claimed responsibility on Friday evening for opening fire at Israeli troops east of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip while the soldiers attempted to step out of their military jeep. Pledging to continue with "resistance" as long as occupation continues, the military group asserted in a statement that one soldier was hit. 

Israel rejects French demands over settlement construction
7/25/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Following a grilling by the French Foreign Ministry Israel reiterated its refusal to halt settlement building in occupied areas and reopen border crossings into the Gaza Strip. "A solution to the settlements can only be reached through a comprehensive and final peace agreement," AFP quoted Israel's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yigal Palmor as saying on Friday. Palmor urged France to press the Palestinian Authority into resuming direct peace talks, despite the PA's position following Israel's war on Gaza that no talks would be held until the country showed serious intentions for peace. This demand was articulated in the demand for a halt to settlement building, seen by many as one of the central obstacles to the creation of a viable Palestinian state. Addressing the issue of Gaza crossings Palmor blamed the lack of a ceasefire deal with the de facto. . . 

Fatah official: Jerusalem demolitions risk repeat of 1996 riots
7/25/2009 - Jerusalem - Ma'an - Senior Fatah official Hatem Abdul Qader warned on Fridaythat Israel risks provoking new upheaval if it continues destroying Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem. "After the incident of opening the tunnel in 1996 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu said that "˜no one warned me of the consequences of opening the tunnel and if I received a warning then I would not have done it. ,"Abed Al-Qader said, referring to the riots that cost the lives of 70 Palestinians and 17 Israeli soldiers after the opening of the Western Wall tunnels. "We are warning [Netanyahu] now of the consequences of the demolitions, because the consequences will surpass those of opening the tunnel in Jerusalem, "he said. Abdul Qader performed Friday prayers alongside hundreds of residents of the Bustan neighborhood in East Jerusalem's Silwan area. 

EU-backed programs offer hope for Palestine’s disabled
7/25/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Recent statistics show that about three percent of Palestinians suffer from a disability, and new initiatives by the Palestinian Authority are seeking to improve their lives, funded largely by the European Union. Samah Abu Ramzy, Gaza projects officer at Handicap International, said that his French organization is working on implementing programs in more than 60 countries to assist people with special needs. Abu Ramzy added that Handicap International's projects "aim at helping disabled children and basically anyone with physical disabilities," and that "it is offering technical and financial support from the EU to carry out activities and programs and offering services and aid to children with special needs in Gaza. " He said that after concluding the first stage of the program in Gaza, the EU found that the project urgently needs to extend its operations. . . 

Marwan Barghouthi to be nominated for Fatah leadership
7/25/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Jailed Fatah strongman Marwan Barghouthi will nominate himself for a seat on the Fatah Central Committee during the movement's sixth congress next month, Palestinian Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe revealed Saturday. "Out of respect to our leaders in Israeli custody as well as their supporters, Fatah will support Marwan Barghouthi's nomination for the central committee," Qaraqe said in a statement. Barghouthi will be officially nominated during the conference meetings in Bethlehem that begin on 4 August. In his statement, Qaraqe said he expects Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails will be given priority during Fatah sixth conference, both in terms of their case as an urgent issue to be resolved, and their position as prominent politicians. He pointed out that Marwan Barghouthi and other Fatah-affiliated prisoners have pinned their hopes on the. . . 

Fayyad says PA executed court orders to release prisoners
7/25/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - Caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad asserted on Saturday that all decisions made by the Palestinian High Court regarding release of prisoners had been executed. "Independence of the judiciary and the execution of court decisions are red lines which nobody can ignore," Fayyad said in a statement. He said that, in seeking to build state institutions, the Palestinian Authority (PA) cares about checks and balances in the government system. He said the PA is obligated to "to strengthen and maintain security and order in accordance with the principles of justice. " "Turning one's back to court decisions does not happen anymore, and will not be resumed," Fayyad explained, asking human rights groups to take notice of what he said was progress in the performance of Palestinian security services. 

DFLP: End bilateral Fatah-Hamas unity talks
7/25/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) demanded on Saturday that Hamas and Fatah stop bilateral talks that leave out smaller Palestinian factions. Speaking at a DFLP rally in Gaza City, politburo member Salah Zeidan said that "the bilateral dialogue between Fatah and Hamas has not gone one step forward, but rather several steps backwards. " The talks had thus far led to nothing but both sides arresting more of their opponents, the leftist faction leader added in remarks to the rally that included members of other factions near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The DFLP official added that "the most dangerous outcome of the bilateral talks has been the surrender to a reality of division, through retreating from a [proposed] national unity government, which was approved in the comprehensive national talks. 

Hamas PM Haniyeh vows to rebuild Islamic University
7/25/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - De facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh affirmed on Saturday that his government would deliver 1 million US dollars for reconstruction at the Islamic University. The university was extensively damaged during Israel's assault on Gaza last winter, and its grounds need major repairs, Haniyeh said during a speech to this year's graduating class in a ceremony on Saturday. He also said his government would begin a program in which it would employ graduating students based on classroom performance, and called on Arab countries to provide scholarships to some of Gaza's best students. Regarding the siege, Haniyeh announced that more than 2,000 dunums of agricultural land left behind by Israel's evacuated settlements had been cultivated to offset the ongoing Israeli and Egyptian blockade on the coastal strip. 

About a community of anti-Zionist Jews
7/25/2009 - By Yirmiyahu Cohen - Last month I wrote an article about Abraham Wieder, mayor of an American town of 20,000 Orthodox Jews, who wrote to President Obama praising his efforts to stop the bloodshed in the Middle East, while denouncing the Zionist state as a contravention of the Almighty's command. For many in the Middle East that may have been the first time hearing about these Orthodox Jews who oppose Zionism, and our community was inundated with questions: who exactly are we and what percentage of Jews do we make up? And most importantly, can the existence of this segment of Jewry raise our hopes that the long-awaited end of the Zionist regime may come from within? To answer these questions, I would like to share with you some history of Zionism and of Orthodoxy, and of the large community of anti-Zionist Jews living in the American town of Kiryas Joel, from where Mayor Abraham Wieder expressed his support for Obama and his peace policy. 

Syrian actor Dureid Lahham leaves Gaza via Rafah
7/25/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Renowned Syrian actor Dureid Lahham and his wife left Gaza via its Rafah crossing with Egypt on Saturday. Lahham attended a play, Gazan Women and Ayub's Patience, at the cultural center in Rashad Ash-Shawwa on Friday night and on Saturday toured areas that were destroyed during the war on Gaza. During the visit, Lahham called Israel's current administration "a criminal gang," according to the AP. The actor also said he was "shocked that the international community that calls for freedom and human rights, how it's silent over this crime. "The actor, who arrived at the border into Gaza on Thursday, was expected a week earlier but Egyptian authorities at Rafah delayed his entry. Nevertheless Lahham managed to enter on Friday, accompanied by his wife Hala Al-Bitar. "I am happy and proud to visit the Holy Land," the actor said immediately upon reaching the Gazan side of the border. 

Exhibition of Palestinian industries opens in Hebron
7/25/2009 - Hebron - Ma'an - An exhibition of Palestinian industries opened in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Saturday. Hebron Governor Hussein Al-A'raj welcomed the crowd of thousands on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas, officially opening the exhibition organized by the Chambers of Commerce from Nablus, Ramallah and other cities. In his speech, Al-A'raj highlighted that the exhibition was being held in Hebron's city center close to the Old City, which was off limits not long ago due to Israeli restrictions. He said the Palestinian Authority had exerted large efforts to impose security and order, making the current location accessible. The governor also expressed his hopes that Hebron's traditional industries would take the lead in drawing tourists and activate economic life in the city, and thus encourage residents not to flee in face of constant settler threats. 

The National

Egypt debates true meaning of faith
25 Jul 2009 - Some say the nation's religiosity is superficial and claim it is responsible for the decline of moral values in society.

US looks for compromise with Israel
25 Jul 2009 - Washington officials will focus their diplomatic efforts on Jewish settlement expansion in the West Bank and Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Egypt's workers find their voice
24 Jul 2009 - Faced with increasing hardship as a result of free market reforms and a rising cost of living, labour groups are banding together.

Turkey's peace role in question
23 Jul 2009 - The Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attempts to resume his diplomatic mediation with a one-day visit to Syria.

Aljazeera

US envoy set for Syria talks
25 Jul 2009 - Peace process with Israel expected to dominate meeting in Damascus.

Protesters decry Iran detentions 
25 Jul 2009 - Rights groups stage worldwide demonstrations against Tehran's crackdown on opposition.

Palestine News Network

Day and night demonstrations against Wall, arrests and land confiscation in central West Bank
25 Jul 2009 - Bil’in / Iyad Burnat – On Friday some 200 Palestinian, Israeli and international activists participated in the weekly nonviolent demonstration against the Wall in western Ramallah’s Bil'in. Protesters gathered in the center of town before waling together toward the Wall. They chanted slogans and waved the Palestinian flag.After a few minutes, residents of the town and their supporters were met with noxious gas,...

New Israeli committee undermines achievements made by Palestinians through protest in Israeli jails
25 Jul 2009 - Gaza / PNN - The Ministry involved in the issues of political prisoners said this evening that the situation for Palestinians in all Israeli detention centers is worsening by the day. Although the number is reported between 9,500 and 11,000 Palestinians and Arabs in Israeli prisons the exact count is difficult as arrests occur on a daily basis. The Hamas government’s Ministry of...

Syrian artist Dureid Laham visiting Gaza, says national unity is only way to finally life siege
25 Jul 2009 - Gaza / PNN - Dureid Laham is a Syrian artist who was able to travel to the Gaza Strip. Today he met with Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. Laham and his wife will be leaving shortly through the Rafah border crossing.He said today, Unity within the Palestinian ranks is the only way to dismantle the blockade on Gaza. Speaking with PNN Saturday, Laham said,...

Human rights report includes settler violence and treatment of nonviolent resistance
25 Jul 2009 - PNN - Although the nonviolent Palestinian resistance is tireless in its campaign against Israeli settlements in the West Bank, settler violence is up. Some blame the increase in attacks on new US attention against settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights writes in its report for the period of the sixteenth through the twenty-second of...

Geneva revisited: US moving to revive pending bill that ends in demilitarized state and land grab
24 Jul 2009 - Bethlehem / PPN - The US administration seems to be moving to revive the Geneva Initiative , the informal Israeli and Palestinian arrangement made by delegations in 2003. Rehabilitation will be devoted to the security issue and a description of a demilitarized Palestinian state.According to the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot the US administration adopted the security portion of the Geneva Initiative, which is an...

Palestinian NGO creates project with EU to press for children’s rights including respect and ...
24 Jul 2009 - Jerusalem / Alix de Mauny – The effects on generations of children growing up under occupation are strongly felt locally, prompting Palestinian human rights organization to take action. On Saturday the Al Dameer Association for Human Rights concluded a training course entitled, “Children’s Participation” organized in collaboration with Save the Children- Sweden (SCS-Sweden). Funded by the European Union, the project contributes to the...

Unicef: Rising poverty in Gaza leading to child exploitation
23 Jul 2009 - Gaza/PNN - With blockades driving the Strip into ever deeper poverty, the children of Gaza are being forced out of the classroom and into the workplace.A press release by Unicef yesterday reported that child labor is rising in an area where household incomes are dropping below $250 a month for families with seven or more children.According to Palestinian child laws, employment of...

IRIN

IRAQ: Trenches to protect Christians 
BAGHDAD Thursday, July 23, 2009 (IRIN) - Security measures nationwide have been stepped up to protect the Christian community from militant attacks, security officials say, including digging trenches around Christian towns in remote areas.

AFRICA: Male circumcision slowly taking off 
CAPE TOWN Thursday, July 23, 2009 (IRIN) - The World Health Organization endorsed male circumcision (MC) as an HIV-prevention measure two years ago, but implementation of large-scale male circumcision programmes has been relatively slow.

SOMALIA-YEMEN: Registration programme "to weed out illegal migrants"
SANAA Wednesday, July 22, 2009 (IRIN) - A campaign to register Somali refugees with the aim of creating a government database and identifying illegal African migrants is under way in Yemen, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

Inter Press Service

US-IRAQ: Al-Maliki Dons Mantle of Seasoned Statesman 
WASHINGTON, Jul 25 (IPS) - His visit to the U.S. this week was meant to be a show of statesmanship, much different than when he was in Washington last time.

MIDEAST: Two Police States, No Solution 
RAMALLAH, Jul 25 (IPS) - What remains of Palestinian civil rights is rapidly being eroded by the dictorial Palestinian governments that respectively control the divided Palestinian territories.

MIDEAST: Fatah's Leadership Crisis Deepens 
WASHINGTON, Jul 24 (IPS) - Fifty years ago, a small group of Palestinian teachers and engineers living in Kuwait founded a secretive movement aimed at liberating those portions of previously British-ruled Palestine that became the State of Israel in 1948.

U.S.: Pro-Israel Groups Push Back Against Settlements Policy 
WASHINGTON, Jul 24 (IPS) - As the clash between the U.S. and Israeli governments over settlements in the occupied territories intensifies, many of Israel's traditionally staunch defenders in Washington have been pushing back, tentatively but with increasing assertiveness, to urge the Barack Obama administration to alleviate its pressure on Israel.

Stop The Wall

Eye-Witness to Murder Targeted in Reprisal Arrest
22 Jul 2009 - A member of the Ni'lin popular committee was arrested the day before yesterday on his way back from testifying to Israeli war crimes at the United Nations. Attention will now turn to the UN's response to Mohammed's arrest. [

PCHR Latest

PCHR Condemns Injury of 61 Persons in attack on Wedding Party in Khan Yunis
PCHR

Preventive Security Service Refuse to Implement High Court of Justice Ruling Ordering Release of Journalist Mustafa Sabry
PCHR

PCHR Weekly Report

(16 - 22 July  2008)
During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a mentally disabled Palestinian civilian and wounded another one in the Gaza Strip.  In the West Bank, Israeli forces used force against peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians to protest the construction of the Annexation Wall.

International Solidarity Movement

Bil’in demonstrates against the Apartheid Wall
International Solidarity Movement - Bil'in Popular Committee, 24 July 2009 - Immediately after Friday prayers today, Bil'in citizens, International supporters, and Israeli activists went out in a demonstration, raising Palestinian flags and banners condemning the occupation policies of building the wall, land confiscation, building settlements, roads closures, the siege of cities, killing civilians, house raids, and the arresting of children. Palestinian Minister of Affairs Related to the Apartheid Wall, Mr. Maher Ghuneim, also participated in the demonstration, and listened to a comprehensive explanation from the Popular Committee for Resistance Against the Wall about the experiences of the Bil'in community and its most recent developments. The Minister affirmed the government's support for the popular resistance, pointing to the fact that there are no current negotiations on the question of the presence of settlements and the wall. 

5 VIDEOS - ISM Gaza accompanies Palestinian farmers
International Solidarity Movement - Israel’s Open-Fire Policy: shooting the donkey (as an old woman hides behind it) - Resisting the Zionist Gun – Part 1: Letaemat 07/05/2009 - Resisting the Zionist Gun – Part 2: Letaemat 09/05/2009 - Harvest in the Automated Kill Zone, Part 1 – Khoza'a 21/05/2009 - Harvest in the Automated Kill Zone, Part 2 – Khoza'a 24/05/2009 [end] 

U.S. warns Israel: Don’t build up West Bank corridor
International Solidarity Movement - Ha'aretz, 24 July 2009 - The U. S. administration has issued a stiff warning to Israel not to build in the area known as E-1, which lies between Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim. Any change in the status quo in E-1 would be "extremely damaging," even "corrosive," the message said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed in the past to finally build the controversial E-1 housing project – as have several premiers before him, though none has done so due to American pressure. He opened his recent election campaign with a visit to Ma'aleh Adumim in which he declared: "I will link Jerusalem to Ma'aleh Adumim via the Mevasseret Adumim neighborhood, E-1. I want to see one continuous string of built-up Jewish neighborhoods. "He has also warned in the past that failure to build in E-1 would allow the Palestinians to create territorial contiguity around Jerusalem. 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Lieberman discusses Iranian role in Argentine bombing 
25 Jul 2009 - BUENOS AIRES - Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman addressed Iran's controversial role in Latin America while in Buenos Aires this weekend. ... 

Hamas barring Fatah men from West Bank summit 
25 Jul 2009 - Hundreds of Fatah members from Gaza may be unable to attend the organization's internal election next month because Hamas is refusing to allow them to travel to the West Bank. ... 

Anti-Israel protest planned for Leonard Cohen concert in Belfast
25 Jul 2009 - An anti-Israeli demonstration aimed at persuading Leonard Cohen to cancel his planned Ramat Gan performance in September is scheduled to take place during the singer's concert in Belfast tonight. ...

Lawmakers urge U.K. government to talk to Hamas
25 Jul 2009 - Legislators urged the British government on Sunday to talk to moderates within Hamas, saying the West's policy of shunning the Palestinian Islamist group was showing little sign of success. ...

Clinton: Israel to agree to temporary settlement freeze
25 Jul 2009 - Israel will agree to temporarily freeze construction in settlements in the framework of new understandings that Jerusalem will reach with Washington, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told European foreign ministers last week. ... 

The Guardian

The rising tide of British antisemitism | Mark Gardner
24 Jul 2009 - New figures reveal an unprecedented rise in antisemitic incidents in Britain. Anti-racists must take action against them Figures released today by CST show that January's Israel-Hamas conflict continued the pattern whereby Middle East events trigger outbreaks...

Michael Tomasky: Palestinian p.r. operation
24 Jul 2009 - Some of you weren't so keen on my suggestion last week that the Palestinian leadership should have been a little more concerned down the years about public relations. But now comes this report from today's New...

History used and abused in Israel | Ian Black
23 Jul 2009 - Banning the word 'nakba' from Arab textbooks signals a step backwards for the Middle East The problem with the Israel–Palestine conflict, someone once wisely observed, is that it involves too much history and not enough geography....

1948 no catastrophe says Israel, as term nakba banned from Arab children's textbooks
22 Jul 2009 - Israel's education ministry has ordered the removal of the word nakba – Arabic for the "catastrophe" of the 1948 war – from a school textbook for young Arab children, it has been announced. The decision –...

Ha'aretz National page

The Israeli generation that chose to worship force
25 Jul 2009 - On Monday, at the funeral for former Mossad espionage agency chief Meir Amit, an 85-year-old man went over to a bench in the Ramat Hasharon cemetery. Sitting on the bench was a young soldier who would shortly join the honor guard in the funeral ceremony. The old man, who wore a denim shirt and a black cap, launched into a conversation, but the soldier seemed to have no idea what he was talking about. You're lucky, the elderly gentleman with the cap told him, sizing up the soldier with narrow eyes; if you were part of a tank crew, I would've tested you by now. The soldier mumbled something and walked away. The 85-year-old, Major General Israel Tal, leaned back and looked for real members of tank crews to exchange a few words with. ... 

Tel Aviv seeks to allow some migrants to stay
25 Jul 2009 - The Tel Aviv municipality is pushing to allow certain foreign residents to remain in the city, despite the government policy forbidding migrants from staying in the center of the country. ... 

New Jersey DA: Religious leaders allegedly acted like 'crime bosses'
25 Jul 2009 - Religious leaders allegedly acted like 'crime bosses' in a massive money-laundering and illegal organ trading case that broke this week, New Jersey District Attorney Ralph Marra said Saturday. ...

Relief Web

OPT: Week in review - Israel, the US at loggerheads over settlement expansion
25 Jul 2009 - Source: MIFTAH

Israelis, Palestinians negotiate unofficial security document
25 Jul 2009 - Source: Deutsche Presse Agentur

OPT: Growing concern over possible eviction of Arab a-Ramadin al-Janubi, a village isolated by the separation barrier 
25 Jul 2009 - Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

YNet News

Nasrallah threatens to hit Tel Aviv 
25 Jul 2009 - Hezbollah leader tells visiting exiles his group will hit Tel Aviv should Israel strike organization's Beirut stronghold; addressing recent election defeat, Nasrallah says he was scared of criticism in case of victory 

Protesters call for end to Iran rights abuses
25 Jul 2009 - Demonstrators worldwide urge Tehran to release post-election detainees 

Hamas: Abbas visit to Gaza? No chance
25 Jul 2009 - Senior Hamas man al-Zahar said Palestinian president will not be visiting Strip 

Jerusalem protests resume
25 Jul 2009 - After relatively calm week, hundreds of ultra-Orthodox demonstrators protest opening of parking lot on Shabbat; two haredim detained on suspicion of hurling stones at vehicles traveling on Bar-Ilan Street; no injuries reported 

Lieberman: Iranian regime illegitimate
25 Jul 2009 - Regime that denies Holocaust, fires at citizens must lose its global legitimacy, foreign minister says

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas denies release of any political prisoner from PA jails
26 Jul 2009 - Hamas denied the release of any of its prisoners from the Palestinian authority’s jails, asserting that Salam Fayyad’s statement about the release of some political prisoners are unfounded.

Zahhar: Abbas’s visit to Gaza is impossible for security reasons
26 Jul 2009 - Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahhar, a member of Hamas political bureau, on Saturday rejected any visit by Mahmoud Abbas, the ex-chief of the Palestinian authority (PA), to the Gaza Strip for security reasons.

Dugard calls on criminal court to probe Israel’s war crimes in Gaza
26 Jul 2009 - John Dugard, the head of the independent fact-finding committee, called on the international criminal court to probe Israeli war crimes committed in Gaza so as not to be condemned for double standard.

Salah: Home demolition will not force Palestinians to recognize a Jewish state
26 Jul 2009 - Sheikh Ra’ed Salah stated that the Israeli attempts to pressure Palestinians through demolishing their homes in Jerusalem would never force them to recognize the Israeli occupation as a Jewish state.

Haneyya hails security and enforcement of law in Gaza
26 Jul 2009 - Ismail Haneyya stated that his government succeeded to consolidate security and enforce law in the Gaza Strip despite the internal and external obstacles it had faced during the last four years.

Zaidan: The world should move against Israel's measures in Jerusalem
26 Jul 2009 - Palestinian lawmaker Abdul Rahman Zaidan has called on the Arab and Muslim worlds to take decisive measures against the heinous Israeli practices in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Ministry of culture denounces deleting Nakba term from Arabic curriculum
26 Jul 2009 - The PA ministry of culture in Gaza has strongly condemned the Zionist decision to remove the term Nakba "catastrophe" from the curriculum of the Arabic schools..

Palestinian MPs: Netanyahu's conditions prove futility of PA-Israeli negotiation
26 Jul 2009 - Palestinian lawmaker Ibrahim Abu Salem has derided the conditions put forward by Israeli premier Binyamin Netanyahu to make "peace" with the Palestinians.

Haneyya: The siege will be broken
26 Jul 2009 - The Palestinian Prime Minster, Ismail Haneya, stressed during his Friday sermon on the importance to protect the resistance as the Palestinians' strategic option in the face of occupation.

Hamas renews its commitment to struggle for liberation
26 Jul 2009 - On the anniversary of the assassination of four of its leaders Hamas has issued a statement renewing its commitment to struggle against occupation until liberation is achieved.

Los Angeles Times

Son of Iranian politician's aide dies in prison 
25 Jul 2009 - Mohsen Ruholamini, whose father was a senior advisor to conservative politician Mohsen Rezai, was reportedly arrested during a July 9 protest against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The son of a top aide to Mohsen Rezai, a prominent conservative politician, died while in Tehran's infamous Evin Prison after being swept up in the recent unrest, news websites reported today, in the latest sign of the extent the discord unleashed by the June 12 presidential election has shaken the country's establishment. 

Iran plane crash kills at least 16 
25 Jul 2009 - The Russian-made airliner slides off a runway in Mashhad during an emergency landing. An Iranian air crash last week killed 168. Experts point to the poor state of the nation's airline industry. A Russian-made airliner skidded off the runway and caught fire Friday as it made a hard landing at an airport in eastern Iran, leaving at least 16 people dead and 21 injured, Iranian state television and official news agencies reported. 

Israeli warships' passage through Suez Canal causes a stir 
24 Jul 2009 - The mission prompts speculation that Israel sought to send a message about its military might to Iran and give the impression of close cooperation with Egypt against regional security threats. There's no sneaking a warship through the Suez Canal, so it's best to sail through and remain coy. 

New York Times

Iran Looms Over Gates Visit to Israel
25 Jul 2009 - The visit by the defense secretary, part of a regular consultation, will not involve “contingency planning for some strike on Iran,” an American official said. 

Iran Clerics Urged to Act on Detainees
25 Jul 2009 - The letter was the latest sign of the opposition movement’s continuing defiance, despite stern warnings by leading clerics to drop the issue. 

In Iran, President’s Deputy Is Stepping Down
24 Jul 2009 - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s controversial new deputy withdrew on Friday in response to a letter from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, state television and news agencies reported. 

Misc

Israel Warns Gaza Reconstruction Aid Might Help Hamas 
Antiwar.com - Accuses UN Agencies of Setting Up "Joint Committees" With Hamas-Linked Unions - July 24, 2009 - Six months after the end of the Israeli invasion, the Gaza Strip remains in ruins, with the billions of dollars pledged for its reconstruction largely unused in the face of a restrictive Israeli blockade. Today, the Israeli Defense Ministry is distributing a document warning that it thinks Hamas would probably end up with a measure of control over the funds. The document also accuses the United Nations aid agencies of setting up “joint committees” with unions it claims have ties to Hamas. While they have contact with the Hamas-led government of the Gaza Strip, the UNRWA insists aid is distributed purely on the basis of need and not according to Hamas dictates. The Israeli government has maintained a blockade since the end of its invasion, barring the importation of steel, cement and glass, claiming 

Documentary sparks uproar at Jewish film fest 
San Francisco Chronicle - July 25, 2009 - The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival has come under siege after deciding to show a documentary about Rachel Corrie, a Washington state 23-year-old killed in 2003 while trying to prevent an Israeli military bulldozer from demolishing a Palestinian's home. Whether Corrie naively put herself in harm's way in support of terrorists or was intentionally killed by the Israeli military is the nexus of the controversy. Compounding the issue, festival organizers invited Corrie's mother, Cindy, to speak after today's showing at the Castro Theatre of the film "Rachel. "It is one of 71 films at this year's festival, which includes two films profiling kidnapped Israeli soldiers. The reaction has been outrage. The festival board's president stepped down from her role, opening-night ceremonies were boycotted by some, and Israel Consul General Akiva Tor said it was a "big mistake to invite Mrs. Corrie. " 

Hamas Shifts From Rockets to Culture War
New York Times - July 23, 2009 - GAZA — Seven months after Israel started a fierce three-week military campaign here to stop rockets from being fired on its southern communities, Hamas has suspended its use of rockets and shifted focus to winning support at home and abroad through cultural initiatives and public relations. In Gaza City, a poster advertised a movie about Emad Akel, commander of the Hamas military wing who was killed by Israel. The aim is to build what leaders here call a “culture of resistance,” the topic of a recent two-day conference. In recent days, a play has been staged, a movie premiered, an art exhibit mounted, a book of poems published and a television series begun, most of it state-sponsored and all focused on the plight of Palestinians in Gaza. There are plans for a documentary competition. “Armed resistance is still important and legitimate, but we have a new emphasis on cultural 

Palestinians ask Canada to seize Dead Sea Scrolls 
The National - July 23. 2009 - Parts of the War Scroll, one of the non-biblical Dead Sea Scrolls, are included in the exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum. Courtesy Israel Antiquities Authority - TORONTO // A new exhibit featuring the Dead Sea Scrolls at Canada’s largest museum has ignited Palestinian claims of cultural theft. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), in partnership with the Israel Antiquities Authority, is displaying 17 of the scrolls, including four for the first time, until Jan 3. The scrolls contain the earliest written sources for the Old Testament as well as prayers, biblical commentary and religious laws that served as the foundations for Judaism and Christianity. Titled Words that Changed the World, the collection includes fragments of Genesis, Deuteronomy, Psalms, Daniel and Isaiah and the War Scroll, one of the first found. 

Free Gaza needs your help to prepare next mission to Gaza 
Uruknet - Free Gaza Team - July 25, 2009 - Dear friends, As part of our Summer of Hope campaign, the Free Gaza Movement was planning to make 3 boat voyages to Gaza this summer, one in June, one in July and one in August. On our July and August voyages we had planned to take into Gaza all of the books that you have sent us as part of our Right to Read campaign (see below for update). Due to Israel's hijacking of our boat, the Spirit of Humanity last month, we have had to change our plans. No, we are not backing down. Now, more than ever, we believe it's critical to continue these missions, and demonstrate the power of the international civilian community to stand up to cruelty, human rights abuses, and oppression. If we let Israel's attack on our last mission stop us, we will be giving in to the violence that is perpetrated 100-fold against the occupied Palestinian people. 

The Heart of the Israel/Gaza Conflict: What Does Gaza Have that Israel Desperately Needs? 
The Palestine Telegraph - By Peter Eyre - Mari_B_PlatformGaza, July 24, (Pal Telegraph) - Since British Gas (BG) first discovered huge offshore reserves of natural gas in Gazan waters Israel has attempted to dictate and secure the future of these reserves. At one stage they almost signed up for the entire reserve but then political change took place in Gaza when Hamas came to power. This was a severe blow to the Israeli Government which had by now established a war footing. This was confirmed back in 2007 when Lt-Gen. (ret) Moshe Yaalon published an article in the Jewish Center for Public Affairs (Vol 7, No 17 19 October 2007) titled: Does the Prospective Purchase of British Gas from Gaza's Coastal Waters Threaten Israel's National Security? It was in this article that he quoted the following: "It is clear that without an overall military operation to uproot Hamas control of Gaza, no drilling work can take place without the consent of the radical Islamic movement". 

Iran vows to hit Israel’s atomic sites if attacked 
Reuters - Jul 25, 2009 - TEHRAN (Reuters) - The Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday that Iran would strike Israel's nuclear facilities if the Jewish state attacked it, state television reported. " If the Zionist Regime (Israel) attacks Iran, we will surely strike its nuclear facilities with our missile capabilities," Mohammad Ali Jafari, Guards commander-in-chief, told Iran's Arabic language al-Alam television. The Revolutionary Guards are the ideologically driven wing of Iran's military with air, sea and land capabilities, and a separate command structure to regular units. Iranian leaders often dismiss talk of a possible strike by Israel, saying it is not in a position to threaten Iran, the world's fifth-largest oil exporter. They say Iran would respond to any attack by targeting U. S. interests and Israel. " We are not responsible for this regime and other enemies' foolishness. 

Accusations Of Conspiracy To Murder Yasser Arafat Continue To Surface
Desert Peace - July 25, 2009 - The Kaddumi bombshell - Accusations of conspiracy to murder continue to reverberate across the Palestinian arena, threatening to break the Fatah movement in two, writes Khalid Amayreh in the West BankFarouk Kaddumi’s recent bombshell accusations that Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and his aide, former Gaza strongman Mohamed Dahlan, had connived with Israel to murder late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat continue to reverberate throughout the Palestinian arena. The allegations made by the second highest-ranking leader of the Fatah organisation during an impromptu press conference in Amman last week, have overshadowed the Hamas-Fatah rift and even the standoff over Jewish settlement expansion in the West Bank. The increasingly ugly showdown between Fatah’s two divergent camps is already polarising the group at all levels, including the grassroots level, 

Orthodox Jews take to streets in Jerusalem to save their simple life 
The Guardian - The Haredi population believe in big families and reject TVs, computers, and Zionism - 24 July 2009 - The headlines declared it a holy war, an almighty stand-off between the city's religious and secular residents. For weeks West Jerusalem has been rocked by fierce street battles as ultra-religious Jewish protesters have clashed with police, resulting in countless injuries, dozens of arrests and thousands of pounds damage. Protests first erupted over the opening of a municipal car park on Saturdays, seen as a desecration of the Sabbath. Then riots flared again at the arrest of an ultra-religious woman accused of starving her toddler son, which protesters viewed as heavy-handed police interference. These furious protests have been reported as the actions of a tiny minority, supporters of a violent and backward religious fundamentalism. 

Articles

'The War is With the Arabs' 
Hannah Mermelstein, CounterPunch 7/24/2009
      The True Height of Insecurity
     I saw this sign as I was entering Nablus last week, again on my way to Ramallah, and again near Bethlehem. The phrase is printed in Hebrew, presumably by Israeli settlers, on huge signs throughout the West Bank. Israeli racism rarely shocks me anymore, but its blatant display still makes me stop and catch my breath as I translate it into other contexts. Imagine driving through the middle of a predominantly black neighborhood in a US city or town and seeing a enormous sign that says, “The war is with the Blacks.”
     I think about security. Israel’s abuse of the word has rendered the concept almost meaningless in the region, but the importance of security on individual and communal levels cannot be underestimated. However, most discussions I see in the media about security ignore the Palestinian people’s right to security. “The war is with the Arabs” is a new sign, as far as I know, but for years in the West Bank I have seen stars of David scrawled on Palestinian shops and homes, and signs like “Death to Arabs” and “Kahane was right” (Kahane was an extremist political leader who promoted ethnic cleansing of Palestinian people; this sign is essentially equivalent to “Hitler was right” in the middle of a Jewish neighborhood).
     But signs are not only created; they are also destroyed. Since 1948, Palestinian people inside Israel have experienced erasure and denial of their identities that is perhaps stronger than that of any other group of Palestinian people. I visited a friend in Lyd last week who lives on Giborai Yisrael (“Heroes of Israel”) Street. Driving around the Palestinian neighborhoods in Lyd, we passed roads bearing the names of Herzl, Jabotinsky, and other Zionist leaders. None of the old Arabic street names remain. Even large cities with considerable Palestinian populations are now seeing Arabic names officially erased from signs. In Arabic script, “Yaffa” will become “Yafo,” “Nasra” will become “Natzeret,” and “Al Quds” will become “Yerushalayim.”

Gaza artist, survivor finds power in paint 
Eman Mohammed, Electronic Intifada 7/23/2009
      From the entrance of the house, one can observe the whole tragedy. On 6 January 2009, an Israeli artillery shell landed in the front yard of the Deeb family home in the Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza strip. A large, wide hole in the ground and two missing walls are all that remain. Sitting in his wheelchair in the corner, Ziad, 22, is the last survivor of the Deeb family. He lost both legs during the attack, and 10 relatives were killed including his father, grandmother, brothers, nieces and nephews.
     Ziad choose a different and unlikely way to mourn. He was a graduate of Gaza’s College of Fine Arts when Israel’s winter invasion began. When it was over, he started drawing -- on wood, on the walls of the city streets, in front of destroyed government buildings, and public squares.
     Ziad explained that his art is "the best way I can express myself." He added that, "It took me only seconds to look around and see my family members drowning in their own blood. I didn’t hear the explosion, it was only a loud whistling sound, and dark smoke blocked my vision. But I could smell the strong odor of blood and when I tried to move myself I saw my legs ripped apart. Then the smoke became less and I saw everyone around me was dead and I thought I was too."
     Ziad says that memories of the massacre inspire him "to keep painting more and more, I believe this is the only thing that can’t be taken away from me and my disability can’t be an obstacle." He adds that "as weird as it might sound, this ugly memory urges me to go further with my arts. If I can’t be heard, my paintings can be seen. I draw for peace, now that’s how much I believe in the power of colors, paintbrushes and art itself."


Electronic Intifada
Families celebrate academic excellence amidst the siege
24 Jul 2009 - The Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Education announced the results of the annual tawjihi -- the general secondary school examination -- on 21 July. Graduating high school students take exams either in the science stream or humanities stream, with those getting the highest grades best able to compete for university places. Rami Almeghari reports for The Electronic Intifada. 

"The best place one could be on Earth"
24 Jul 2009 - Rolling into Gaza I had a feeling of homecoming. There is a flavor to the ghetto. To the Bantustan. To the "rez." Last March, poet and novelist Alice Walker traveled to the Gaza Strip just weeks after the 22-day Israeli assault. The Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple, now recounts the stories of people she met in Gaza, and offers a lyrical analysis that ties their struggle to what she and her community experienced in the segregated American South. 

Gaza artist, survivor finds power in paint
23 Jul 2009 - Ziad Deeb, a young artist, lost his entire family and both his legs in the Israeli attack on Gaza six months ago. In his grief, Deeb has found solace in his work. Memories of the massacre inspire him "to keep painting more and more, I believe this is the only thing that can't be taken away from me and my disability can't be an obstacle." Eman Mohammed reports for The Electronic Intifada from Gaza. 

In Gaza
summer
23 Jul 2009 - * taking out the trash [photo: Emad Badwan ] how will your kids pass summer? lemonade stand? ymca courses? family vacation? hope so, and as a child i did these myself. here’s how a vast number of kids spend summer (and others fall, winter, spring) in Gaza: boy with birds dump sifter tea seller * beach sales [photo: Emad Badwan ] * Sharef Barbakh, one of Namaa Barbakh ’s surviving children; three were matryed by a drone attack in the Israeli winter 2008/2009 attacks on Gaza . * waiting , Deir el Balah camp * creating fun , Deir el Balah camp * Deir el Balah camp

Palestine Chronicle
Mr. Obama: Yes, You Can!
25 Jul 2009 - By Uri Avnery First, an honest disclosure: I loved the Shepherd hotel very much. In the first years after the Six-Day War, I was a frequent guest there. My work in the Knesset demanded that I stay in Jerusalem at least two nights every week, and after the war I switched from the hotels of West Jerusalem to those in the Eastern part of the city. My favorite was the Shepherd. I felt at home there. The charm of the place lay in its special atmosphere. It is located in the middle of that ancient Arab town which itself aroused my intense curiosity. Its rooms have high ceilings and old furniture, and it was run by remarkable people - two elderly Arab ladies who were educated in Beirut and steeped in Palestinian-Lebanese culture. The area surrounding the hotel is the neighborhood of the al-Husseini clan. The holdings of this vast extended family, with more than 5000 members, comprise the greater part of the Sheikh Jarrah quarter, which also includes the legendary Orient House. The al-Husseini family is one of the handful of aristocratic Jerusalemite families, and perhaps the most respected one (its members certainly think so). For centuries the family has filled at least one of the three most important positions in the town: those of Grand Mufti, mayor and the notable in charge of the Islamic shrines. Shepherd was built by Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the mufti who led the Arab Rebellion in the 1930s and became the Arab the...

Thomas Friedman Goes to Afghanistan
25 Jul 2009 - By Belen Fernandez After producing only one column during his recent visit to Iraq, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has already churned out two in Afghanistan, the next stop on his tour of areas affected by US diplomacy. The tour is occurring in the company of chairman Admiral Mike Mullen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and there is a pedagogical theme running through all three columns, starting with Friedman’s assertion that “[w]e are going to find out just what Iraqis have learned soon.” What they should have internalized from the US occupation is, Friedman implies, the value of cooperation between US troops of different backgrounds—“men, women, blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics.” Afghanistan meanwhile has not yet reached final exam time, as evidenced by the title of Friedman’s July 18 article: “Teacher, Can We Leave Now? No.” The article begins: “I confess, I find it hard to come to Afghanistan and not ask: Why are we here? Who cares about the Taliban? Al Qaeda is gone. And if its leaders come back, well, that’s why God created cruise missiles.” I in turn must confess that I sometimes find it hard to read the New York Times without asking questions of a similarly existential nature, such as whether God intended for his arsenal to be used on Afghan wedding parties. Friedman recognizes that secularism may in fact be preferable to certain types of gods when he poses a question to a group of young girls in the village of Pushghar, who...

Who Killed Arafat and Why?
24 Jul 2009 - By Ramzy Baroud Who killed Yasser Arafat? When the Palestinian leader was declared dead in a French hospital on Nov. 11, 2004, there was no way of knowing how questions related to his death should be phrased. Was he killed or did he die from old age? If he was killed, then who killed him and why? The “mysterious” nature of his symptoms gave birth to a theory that he was poisoned over a period of time, provided enough evidence that foul play was involved, even accusing some of those closest to him. Although the man’s story has been recorded in the ever-growing chronicle of the Palestinian struggle and Palestinians have somehow moved on, recent breaking news has blown his story wide open once again, breeding new controversy and stories of conspiracy. Nearly five years have passed since Arafat died. During those years, a number of high-ranking Palestinian leaders, especially from the Hamas movement, have been assassinated by Israel in various and consistently gory methods. Among Palestinians, Arafat is referred to like all those killed by Israel, as a “martyr”, an indication of the widespread belief that his death was hardly the result of natural causes. If Arafat was indeed killed and since his death was not caused by an Israeli airstrike or an assassin’s bullet, a key question has been lingering, giving rise to all sorts of answers — who killed Arafat and how? Israelis made little secret of their desire to see Arafat dead. Former Israeli Prime Minister...

The Reality of Israel's 'Open' Jerusalem
24 Jul 2009 - By Jonathan Cook - Jerusalem No one would have been more surprised than Fawziya Khurd by the recent pronouncement of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, that Israel operates an “open city” policy in Jerusalem. Mr. Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday that Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem following the 1967 war -- what he called the city’s “unification” -- meant that all residents, Jews and Palestinians alike, could buy property wherever they chose. “Our policy is that Jerusalem residents can purchase apartments anywhere in the city,” he said. “There is no ban on Arabs buying apartments in the west of the city, and there is no ban on Jews building or buying in the city's east.” Mr. Netanyahu was trying to justify recent construction in East Jerusalem by settler organizations in defiance of demands from the US that Israel halt all such work. In particular, US officials are objecting to the recent takeover of property by settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where Mrs. Khurd used to live, as well as the Old City, Silwan and Ras al-Amud. According to experts, however, the reality is that in both a practical and legal sense Mr. Netanyahu’s “open city” is a fiction, extended only to the settlers and not to Mrs. Khurd or to the 250,000 other Palestinians of East Jerusalem. Mrs. Khurd, for example, has been forced to live in a tent after settlers ousted her from her East Jerusalem home of five decades in November. She also has no...

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