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Adalah calls for
ending strip-search policies of female visitors of Palestinian detainees
4 Sep 2009 - Police arrive to break up clashes, after residents say 200 armed Palestinians infiltrated and set fire.
Report: UAE to deport hundreds of Palestinians by month's end
4 Sep 2009 - Hamas wants Arab League to intervene; dozens of Lebanese also face expulsion, says Arab daily.
Gaza war commander: IDF officers must set moral standards
3 Sep 2009 - Colonel Hertzi Halevy: Troops who step out of line should be dealt with during battle, not afterward.
IAF bombs tunnel linking southern Gaza to Israel
3 Sep 2009 - Gaza militants fire five mortar shells into west Negev; no casualties in fresh cross-border attacks.
Steinitz: Shalit campaign doing more harm than good
3 Sep 2009 - Finance Min.: Protests ouside IDF chief's home look 'strange'; Hamas leaders head to Cairo for Shalit talks.
Checkpoints become friction points as Palestinians throng Jerusalem 5 Sep 2009
Abbas: Coming days decisive for peace process 5 Sep 2009
World Council of Churches urges Israel to dismantle settlements 5 Sep 2009
Palestinian stabbed to death in northern Israel 5 Sep 2009
Clashes with settlers reported north of Ramallah 5 Sep 2009
Is the UAE deliberately deporting Palestinians? 5 Sep 2009
BU students say strike to continue as University restarts classes 5 Sep 2009
Two journalists wounded by Israeli fire at Ni'lin demonstration 5 Sep 2009
Teenage Gazan farmer critically injured as Israeli forces open fire 5 Sep 2009
Police ask residents to remember Ramadan as clash injures Nablus man 5 Sep 2009
Elections expert weighs in on prospect of 25/01/2010 vote 5 Sep 2009
Bil'in protesters thank Norway for divestment as two locals injured 5 Sep 2009
Al-Quds Center issues report on continued home demolitions in Jlem 5 Sep 2009
West Banker dies in construction fall in Israel 5 Sep 2009
Abbas: Planned expansion of settlements unacceptable 5 Sep 2009
4 Sep 2009 - In a lush Jewish settlement the grass is always green while Palestinian farmers and their crops go thirsty, resentful of the Israeli water pipes that cross their land.
Netanyahu to approve new settlements
4 Sep 2009 - The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to approve construction of hundreds of new homes in West Bank settlements.
Fasting exemption for football team kicks off debate in Egypt
3 Sep 2009 - Egypt's top religious institution allow the national football team to abstain from fasting before a decisive match.
Iraqi refugees fear expulsion from Syria
3 Sep 2009 - Damascus after the Black Wednesday' bombings and those who fled may be the ones to suffer.
4 Sep 2009 - West Bank residents staging non-violent march are met with tear gas.
Israel plans new settlements
4 Sep 2009 - Aides say PM will consider a construction freeze after sanctioning new homes.
University student council says it will continue striking despite
resumption of classes
soldiers arrest and beat Palestinians in West Bank, reports police
office of information
GAZA CITY Monday, August 31, 2009 (IRIN) - Ramadan, a festive time in many parts of the Muslim world, is bleak in Gaza because basic and traditional foodstuffs are unavailable due to the Israeli blockade, or out of reach due to soaring prices and poverty, according to officials.
MIDDLE EAST: Swine flu keeps Muslim pilgrims at home
DUBAI Wednesday, August 26, 2009 (IRIN) - Far fewer Muslims than normal are undertaking the lesser pilgrimage known as ‘Umrah’ because of coordinated efforts by health ministers in the Gulf and beyond to counter the spread of H1N1 2009.
ISRAEL-OPT: Travel restrictions in West Bank eased for Ramadan
TEL AVIV Monday, August 24, 2009 (IRIN) - Israel has eased some of its travel restrictions for Palestinians in the West Bank during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) spokesperson’s unit.
WASHINGTON, Sep 5 (IPS) - The White House reprimanded the Israeli government Friday over reports that Israel plans to build hundreds of new housing units in West Bank settlements, the latest in a series of showdowns between Washington and Jerusalem over settlement construction.
IRAQ: Stormy Times as U.S. Withdraws
WASHINGTON, Sep 5 (IPS) - Political violence in Iraq killed 456 Iraqis in August, the highest monthly death toll since July 2008. And with the U.S. showing no sign it plans to reverse the troop withdrawal that is now well underway, numerous struggles for power are shaping up inside Iraq.
MIDEAST: Israelis Target Medical Teams
JELAZON, West Bank, Sep 3 (IPS) - Fourteen-year-old Muhammad Nayif's mother broke down as she spoke to IPS. Nayif died after being shot three times in the chest by Israeli soldiers Monday night.
ISRAEL: Madonna Applauded for her Silence
TEL AVIV, Sep 3 (IPS) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong-il, Hitler, the Holocaust, ecological disasters, poverty in Africa, wars around the world, Obama and Martin Luther King: the appropriate images were all there, an overwhelming backdrop on the huge stage for the Queen of Pop's rendition of her song, 'Get...
During the reporting period, IOF killed two Palestinian civilians, including a child, in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Two members of the 'Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) were also killed in the Gaza Strip, and Hamas accused IOF of killing them.
9/1/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the willful killing of a 15-year-old Palestinian child by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF). The attack occurred yesterday, 31 August 2009, near the entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. According to investigations conduced by PCHR, at approximately 21:30 on Monday, 31 August 2009, IOF troops stationed at a military observation tower inside "Beit Eil" settlement, north of Ramallah, opened fire at five Palestinian children who were near al-Jalazon UNRWA School, located near the southeastern entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp. One of the children, 15-year-old Mohammed Riad Nayef "˜Elayan, was wounded by three bullets to the chest. An ambulance from Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Ramallah attempted to reach the area.
Israeli forces raid Bil’in, arrest one
9/1/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Shortly after 3am, Bil'in was invaded again. 4 Jeeps and a military truck entered the village with over 50 soldiers. The Israeli occupation forces raided three homes simultaneously and arrested Abed Baset Mohammed Abu Rahme (age 19). In the second house, they tried to arrest Yaseen Mohammed Ali Yaseen (21), but he was not at home. They left a military order for him to turn himself in by 9am the next day. In the third house, they wanted to arrest Mohammed Ahmed Yaseen (age 21), but did not find him at his home either. The soldiers acted very swiftly. As they encountered many international activists who stood in their way filming and challenging their action as well as following the movement of the jeeps, the soldiers threw tear gas and sound bombs to disperse them and clear the way. They also used a laser beam on some of the activists as a means of intimidation.
Israel envoy: Spain must rein in Leftists' anti-Semitic attacks
4 Sep 2009 - Israel's ambassador to Spain this week urged the government to control the "anti-Semitic attacks" emanating from Leftists and intellectuals, according to the Spanish news agency Europa Press . ...
Report: UAE to deport hundreds of Palestinians by month's end
4 Sep 2009 - The United Arab Emirates will deport hundreds of Palestinians living within its territory by the end of September, the Al-Quds al-Arabi daily reported on Friday. ...
Suddenly, Netanyahu is popular and Obama is not
4 Sep 2009 - Later this month, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, U.S. President Barack Obama will take the podium at the United Nations General Assembly and, flanked by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, declare the resumption of the Middle East peace process. ...
Holocaust survivors re-create kindertransport trip
4 Sep 2009 - It took 70 years for this reunion, but when the vintage steam train pulled into London with a group of elderly Holocaust survivors, the emotions started to flow. ...
Peres, Moussa face off over creation of Palestinian state
4 Sep 2009 - President Shimon Peres said Friday that a comprehensive settlement to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian dispute was not currently achievable, and he called instead for the creation of a Palestinian state under a provisional arrangement even without a formal peace deal. ...
4 Sep 2009 - Start building an independent Palestine now and international recognition will follow, says Salam Fayyad Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad's blueprint for what he has called "de facto Palestinian statehood" offers a new and important element to...
The colonel's labyrinth | Raza Naeem
3 Sep 2009 - Muammar Gaddafi's revolution, voiding Libya of western powers, has been compromised by his recent appeasement of the west This week, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is celebrating 40 years at the helm of the Libyan revolution . In September...
Saving Staff Sergeant Shalit | Seth Freedman
3 Sep 2009 - Israel's loyalty to its soldiers means it is willing to take part in prisoner swaps. But negotiation has its limits For more than three years, Staff Sergeant Gilad Shalit has been held captive by Hamas militants...
Obama must provide a 'peace horizon' | Petra Marquardt-Bigman
3 Sep 2009 - The Annapolis peace talks may have failed, but Barack Obama must try to maintain the positive momentum that now exists Even if it is just a coincidence, it is definitely noteworthy that both President Obama and...
3 Sep 2009 - The family of the famed late actor and comedian Shaike Ophir have voiced disappointment and criticism over the decision by Jerusalem municipality to name a street after Ophir that lies east of the Green Line. ...
Yossi Sarid / Divide Jerusalem, before we lose it forever
3 Sep 2009 - Believers the world over do not believe the ape was their ancestor. They are correct - man is apparently descended from the wolf. A pack of Arab wolves lynched a Jewish man in Tel Aviv and a pack of Jewish wolves preyed on an Arab man in Jerusalem this week. They know no God, so what do we expect of the poor apes? ...
Ethiopian students finally enrolled in Petah Tikva schools
3 Sep 2009 - All children of Ethiopian origin were finally placed in various Petah Tikva schools as of Thursday, two days after the beginning of the school year. ...
4 Sep 2009 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet
UNHCR welcomes resumption of Belgium resettlement programme
4 Sep 2009 - Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
OPT: Statement by UNRWA on holocaust education
4 Sep 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
4 Sep 2009 - Sources say conflict still centers on prisoners whom Israel considers to have "blood on their hands"
US, EU slam Netanyahu's approval of construction
4 Sep 2009 - White House publishes statement saying approval of hundreds of West Bank housing units before construction freeze sets in is 'illegitimate' as 'such actions make it harder to create climate for negotiations'
Chavez: Israeli government genocidal
4 Sep 2009 - 'Israel has become murderous lackey at service of imperialism,' says Venezuelan president in Syria
Qassam launch identified from Gaza
4 Sep 2009 - IDF says rocket landing unidentified as yet, forces return mortar shell fire towards launch site
Palestinians, Lebanese Shiites forced out of UAE
4 Sep 2009 - Hamas refugee affairs group says UAE conducting 'mass displacement of Gazans without reason'
Israeli photographer injured in Naalin
4 Sep 2009 - Palestinian sources say David Reeb was injured by live fire, IDF says fired only rubber bullets
Barak calls Norway over Elbit affair
4 Sep 2009 - Defense minister protests to Norwegian FM over country's cutting of ties with leading Israeli company
PA considering asking EU for sanctions against Israel
4 Sep 2009 - Palestinian official tells Ynet, 'Every country in world believes danger to peace is Israeli settlement policy, so we must translate this into sanctions'. Abbas says meeting with Netanyahu contingent upon construction freeze
4 Sep 2009
Palestinian camps protest Nahr al-Bared delay
4 Sep 2009
Two dead in separate family feuds in Lebanon
4 Sep 2009
Jumblatt son calls for non-sectarianism
4 Sep 2009
Hariri set to propose unity cabinet before Sleiman goes to UN
4 Sep 2009
Delays in cabinet formation undermine Hariri's standing
4 Sep 2009
Hizbullah helped locate bankrupt businessman
4 Sep 2009
Israeli minister seeks to counter Iran with Africa tour
4 Sep 2009
5 Sep 2009 - Adalah called in a letter to the Israeli prison authority and the Ofer prison authority for an end to the practice of strip searching women visiting their relatives in prison.
Athan at the Ibrahim Mosque banned by Israeli occupation 59 times last month
5 Sep 2009 - The Awkaf office in al-Khalil said that the Israeli occupation banned the athan (the Muslim call for prayer) at the Ibrahimi mosque in al-Khalil on 59 occasions last month.
IOF troops wound two farmers, occupation airforce bomb a border area
5 Sep 2009 - Two Palestinian farmers were wounded on Thursday evening when IOF troops opened fire during an incursion to the east of Gaza city, while occupation airfoce bombed an area east of Khan Younis.
Netanyahu intends to approve 2500 settlement units in the West Bank
5 Sep 2009 - Israeli sources revealed on Friday that Netanyahu intends to approve the building of 2500 new settlement units in the West Bank prior to announcing a temporary halt of settlement activity.
Abbas's Militia kidnap six Hamas supporters
5 Sep 2009 - The militia affiliated with Mahmoud Abbas has continued its campaign against Hamas supporters, kidnapping six supporters in the districts of Ramallah, Tulkarem and al-Khalil.
Abbas relieves Qaddumi of his post as head of the PLO's political department
5 Sep 2009 - Former PA President Mahmoud Abbas, who is also the chairman of both of Fatah and the PLO, has issued a decree sacking Farouk al-Qaddumi from his post as the head of the PLO's political department.
Assad: Blockade on Gaza is a massacre that affects all Palestinians
5 Sep 2009 - The Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, said on Thursday that the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip is a massacre that affects all Palestinians..
IOF troops arrest six Palestinians and assault two others
5 Sep 2009 - IOF troops arrested on Thursday and Friday six Palestinians from various parts of the West Bank and assaulted two others according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.
Zionists resort to “black propaganda” to counter Hamas
5 Sep 2009 - Zionist and pro-Zionist internet websites are resorting to manifestly malicious black propaganda to counter increasingly successful media efforts exposing the evilness of the Israeli occupation.
Bahar: Releasing MPs from IOA jails allows reactivation of the PLC
5 Sep 2009 - Dr. Ahmed Bahar, the first deputy speaker of the PLC, has opined that the release of nine Hamas MPs from IOA jails was an opportunity to reactivate the stalled PLC.
4 Sep 2009 - A reported decision by Israel's Netanyahu to build hundreds of new homes prompts a U.S. expression of 'regret.' Israel signaled its intention Friday to build hundreds of new homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank, provoking a new clash with the Obama administration and complicating a U.S. effort to restart Middle East peace talks this fall.
Director Cherien Dabis straddles two worlds
4 Sep 2009 - The filmmaker examines the complexities of modern Arab American identity in 'Amreeka.' Before the Persian Gulf War exploded in the early 1990s, Cherien Dabis and her family were popular, well-respected members of their adopted Ohio town. Her father, a physician, and mother were Palestinian immigrants from the West Bank and Jordan who'd moved to the United States shortly before Dabis' birth. Dabis says she grew up wanting "so badly" to be an all-American girl.
Belgian arms trader jailed in Alabama
4 Sep 2009 - In a six-count federal indictment, Jacques Monsieur is accused of trying to help Iran get fighter jets. How Mobile, Ala., fits in isn't totally clear. The alleged arms deal involved sit-down meetings in Paris and London, a front company in Kyrgyzstan and shipments via Colombia to the ultimate destination, Iran.
4 Sep 2009 - A plan to approve new West Bank construction before a building freeze drew protests from the White House.
Jerusalem Journal: Religious-Secular Divide, Tugging at Israel’s Heart
2 Sep 2009 - The opening of a parking lot underneath city hall has helped start another round of what local residents call the “Sabbath wars.”
World Briefing | Middle East: Lebanon: Financier Is Detained
4 Sep 2009 - A prominent Lebanese businessman with ties to Hezbollah has declared bankruptcy and been detained after it appeared that he lost several hundred million dollars' worth of investors' money.
Mondoweiss - 4 Sep 2009 - Above is a recent ad for the Birthright program which offers free trips for young Jewish adults to Israel in order to "diminish the growing division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world." The ad would seem to be the first product from Birthright’s new...
Israel fires live ammo on protesters, tear gas on media, during weekly protests against the Wall
Mondoweiss - 4 Sep 2009 - The International Solidarity Movement is reporting that two people, an Israeli and Palestinian protester, were shot with live ammunition during the weekly nonviolent protest in the West Bank village of Ni’lin. Both protesters were shot in the leg, and both evidently are known to film the...
Force, provocation, disaster…. more force
Mondoweiss - 4 Sep 2009 - Notice the page 1 story in today’s New York Times on the internal White House debate about Afghanistan. Holbrooke and Clinton want more troops, Gates mostly agrees, Biden is opposed to the idea. The Times doesn’t say, but we know: McChrystal and Petraeus (pictured) want more...
A Jewish journalist is not sincere about Jewish ownership of media
Mondoweiss - 4 Sep 2009 - Writer/attorney Ronald Goldfarb, who is Jewish , penned the following for The Hill : That conservatives have successfully propagated the propaganda that liberals control media is mind-boggling. It is right up there with the other myth — that the Jews own the media. A client of mine heard...
Defied by Netanyahu again, Obama expresses… appreciation!?
Mondoweiss - 4 Sep 2009 - From Haaretz : Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will soon approve the construction of hundreds of new housing units in West Bank settlements before he declares a moratorium on building in those locales, according to a senior government source. From th e White House : We regret the reports...
Toronto Declaration: No Celebration of Occupation
Alternative Information Center - 4 Sep 2009 - An Open Letter to the Toronto International Film Festival: September 2, 2009 As members of the Canadian and international film, culture and media arts communities, we are deeply disturbed by the Toronto International Film Festival’s decision to host a celebratory spotlight on Tel Aviv. We protest...
Norwegian Pension Fund Divests from Israeli Military Giant Elbit
Alternative Information Center - 3 Sep 2009 - The Ministry of Finance has excluded the Israeli company Elbit Systems Ltd. from the Government Pension Fund – Global, on the basis of the Council on Ethics’ recommendation. The Council on Ethics has found that investment in Elbit constitutes an unacceptable risk of contribution to serious...
The Elders Visit Palestine/Israel
Alternative Information Center - 3 Sep 2009 - The Elders visited Israel and the Palestinian territories for the first time as a group from 25-28 August 2009. As an independent and non-affiliated group, the Elders do not participate in any negotiations but are supportive of the current peace talks. The timing of their visit...
Did Leviev's Empire Succumb to Boycott?
Alternative Information Center - 2 Sep 2009 - On 31 August 2009, Lev Leviev, the sixth richest Israeli according to Forbes Magazine , convened a press conference and announced that his company Africa Israel will be unable to meet its financial obligations and repay its debts on time. Leviev's debt is estimated at nearly Euro...
“This is Israel Here, not Palestine”
Alternative Information Center - 31 Aug 2009 - While the U.S. administration and the main EU Foreign Ministries seem to be in favor of slowing down the colonization process of occupied or annexed territories, the Israeli government is still responding to those efforts with a flat refusal.
"Sense of duty": interview with Bilin journalist
4 Sep 2009 - Haitham al-Katib is a journalist living in the occupied West Bank village of Bilin. During the last few months, village residents have been the victims of constant night invasions by the Israeli military. Al-Katib films the night raids, as well as the weekly nonviolent demonstrations against the wall, and has become a well-known figure for his brave attempts to document the struggle. The Electronic Intifada contributor Jody McIntyre, currently based in Bilin, interviewed him about his work.
A big thank you
4 Sep 2009 - The significance of this -- alas short lived -- exposure of what lies behind the apartheid wall and the fences that encircle the West Bank and the Gaza Strip stems from the seniority of Kristin Halvorsen, the Norwegian finance minister who herself announced the decision to divest. It is the first official act of such a kind by a Western government. It is reminiscent of the first day when governments heeded the pressures of their societies in the West to act against apartheid South Africa. Ilan Pappe comments for The Electronic Intifada.
Why Israel is after my son
3 Sep 2009 - The persecution of Palestinian citizens inside Israel is not a new phenomenon. Yet, for me, this time it hit home. The Israeli intelligence agency Shabak, also known as the Shin Bet, accuses my son Rawi Sultani of "contact with a foreign agent" and "delivering information to the enemy." Both are grave security offenses in Israeli law. Fouad Sultani comments for The Electronic Intifada.
Faithful warned against buying "occupation dates" this Ramadan
2 Sep 2009 - Israel's largest produce exporter, Agrexco, is once again under fire because of its dates produced in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. This year, the company's dates arrived in time for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, during which faithful Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and traditionally break their fast by eating a date. Adri Nieuwhof reports for The Electronic Intifada.