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PA's Goldstone block linked to tape
8 Oct 2009 - Soldier allegedly threatened Bil'in man that he would end up like the protestor shot and killed by IDF.
Lebanon suspects mass infiltration of Islamist terrorists
7 Oct 2009 - Security officials probing whether Sunni Islamists entered Lebanon as tourists with plans to carry out attacks.
Israel fears violence following arrest of Islamic Movement head
6 Oct 2009 - Court bans Sheikh Ra'ad Salah from Jerusalem for 30 days amid suspicions of incitement, sedition.
IAF jets scramble as plane flies over Dimona nuclear facility
6 Oct 2009 - During the Six Day War, an Israeli jet was shot down after accidentally passing near the nuclear facility.
10/7/2009 - Jerusalem "“ Ma"™an "“ Palestinians in Jerusalem"™s Old City are describing it as a community "œunder siege" as Israeli forces continue to operate in large numbers fearing renewed demonstrations. Restrictions in the city were so severe Wednesday that children were prevented from reaching schools in the Old City. Israeli forces also prevented Islamic Endowment (Waqf) personnel from reaching the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which has been the site of rolling demonstrations and clashes with Israeli forces over the past four days. Meanwhile, a delegation of Palestinian officials from inside Israel, including members of the Knesset, arrived in the Old City to meet with Waqf officials. The delegation also planned to visit a group of worshippers who have been holed up inside the Mosque for the past five days in an ongoing standoff with Israeli police who have threatened to arrest them.
De facto gov’t to file lawsuits on behalf Gaza war dead
10/7/2009 - Gaza "“ Ma"™an -The de facto Ministry of the Interior has begun to file international suits against Israeli leaders on behalf of the Gaza war dead,spokesperson for the ministry said Wednesday. Ihab Al-Ghusein said the ministry would file motions with every international human rights body, and the first files would focus on the deaths of more than 250policemen and those working for the security departments in Gaza. Under international law, police and those whose job it is to maintain civilian safety are categorized as non-combatants. Israel directly targeted the graduation ceremony of a new class of police officers in Gaza City on 20 December, killing more than 250. While Palestinian counts of civilian dead include the police officers slain at their graduation ceremony, the recently released report from the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem put police officers in a third category, deferring the debate over whether the police were combatants.
Signs of anger at Abbas spread in Gaza
10/7/2009 - Photos - Gaza "“ Ma"™an "“ Expressions of anger at the Palestinian Authority reached a new level in Gaza on Wednesday as hundreds of posters of President Mahmoud Abbas with a black "œX" through his face appeared in public locations. The text on one poster under an Abbas photo reads: ''To the trash heap of history, you traitor, Mahmoud Abbas. '' Abbas and his circle of advisors have come under heavy public criticism after they withdrew a resolution from the United Nations Human Rights Council to demand further action on a report on alleged war crimes during Israel"™s war on Gaza last winter. Judge Richard Goldstone"™s UN-backed investigation called for prosecutions of Israeli officials over the war, which left more than 1,400 Palestinians dead. A crew dressed in civilian clothes was seen putting up the posters on Wednesday morning, though it was not immediately clear who was behind the campaign.
Tuesday attack targeted Gaza school for third time in three years
10/7/2009 - Gaza "“ Ma"™an "“ The Israeli artillery attack in Gaza Tuesday hit the Ash-Shuhada (martyrs) Boys Secondary School in the Ash-Shuja"™iyya neighborhood of Gaza City, damaging a classroom, a sport hall, and a book store, locals said Wednesday. The attack, confirmed Tuesday evening by Israeli military authorities, saw seven artillery shells hit near the school, with one making direct impact. It was the third time in the past three years that the school has been attacked. Despite Tuesday"™s shelling, the school opened on Wednesday morning as usual, older students wrote midterm exams and younger students were seen in the morning line doing sports and chanting, "œlong live Palestine," next to a gaping hole in the building. The school hosts 500 students from the northern area of Gaza City, five of whom were killed during Israel"™s Operation Cast Lead over the winter, and a sixth was. . .
Land confiscations resume as Anata targeted with military orders
10/7/2009 - Jerusalem "“ Ma"™an "“ Israeli authorities delivered military orders for the confiscation of Palestinian property to several residents of Anata, next to the illegal Israeli settlement of Mishur Adumim on the pretext of the move being for the "œpublic interest," owners said. The land set to be confiscated is in the Al-Khan Al-Ahmar neighborhood, in the eastern district of Anata, closest to the settler road connecting Mishor Adumim and Ma"™ale Adumim to highway 437 to Tel Aviv. The road also goes past an Israeli military base. The officials presenting the orders were from the Israeli department of Absentee Property. The owners of the lands denounced the decision as unfair, and part of a continuing Israeli plan to drive Palestinians away from areas near Jerusalem. Member of the popular action committee in the town Yousef Al-Hut said the action confirms that Israel intends to. . .
PA asks international telecoms body to press Israel on Wataniya
10/7/2009 - Bethlehem "“ Ma"™an/Agencies "“ The Palestinian Authority (PA) has asked the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to press Israel to release more frequencies for the mobile phone provider Wataniya. According to Reuters the PA wants Geneva-based ITU, which defines and adopts telecoms standards, to urge Israel to release frequencies up to 4. 8 MHz, warning it will sustain heavy financial losses unless it obtains them. The ITU said in a brief statement it had received the request, according to the news agency. "ITU has asked both parties to cooperate," the body said. The phone frequency dispute has been dragging on for more than two years. As occupying power, Israel controls the airwaves of the West Bank. Reuters also reports that under an agreement between Israel and the PA signed in July 2008, Israel has to release 4.
PLO official admits 'mistake' in delaying Goldstone report
10/7/2009 - Bethlehem "“ Ma"™an/Agencies "“ A senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official admitted for the first time on Wednesday that the Palestinian leadership made a mistake by delaying action on a United Nations report on war crimes in Gaza. "We have the courage to admit there was a mistake," said Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the PLO executive committee and an advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas, according to AP. Abbas"™ government buckled to US pressure last week and withdrew a motion from the UN Human Rights Council to take action on a report by South African Judge Richard Goldstone. Deferral of action on the report caused widespread public outrage among Palestinians, including calls for Abbas"™ resignation and the dissolution of the Palestinian Authority.
PPP: Goldstone affair must not harm unity efforts
10/7/2009 - Gaza "“ Ma"™an "“ Contacts are underway to ensure that Hamas, Fatah and other factions sign a unity deal later in October in spite of the row over the Palestinian Authority"™s (PA) role in delaying a UN war crimes report, an official involved in the negotiations has said. Palestinian People"™s Party (PPP) official Walid Awad said "œthe faulty stance of the Palestinian Authority toward Goldstone"™s report will not get in the way of the huge efforts underway to ensure the success of the Palestinian dialogue and that a reconciliation agreement is signed on 25 October. " Hamas leaders excoriated President Mahmoud Abbas over the PA"™s role in delaying action over the Goldstone report, but have stopped short of pulling out of the unity talks. Awad said in an interview with Egypt"™s Sawt Al-Arab radio station that "œthe conciliation agreement will be difficult and complicated, and needs to intensified Palestinian efforts to make it a reality.
Islamic Jihad: Collapse of unity will rest on Abbas for Goldstone fail
10/7/2009 - Gaza "“ Ma"™an "“ Secretary General of Islamic Jihad Ramadan Shalah accused President Mahmud Abbas of "œblowing any chance of reconciliation. " Referring to the current controversy over the PA-initiated postponement of the Human Rights Council resolution on the Goldstone report under rumored American pressure, Shalah said the move would absolve Hamas and the other factions from any responsibility of failure of the conciliation talks in Cairo later this month. During in an interview on Al-Jazeera Wednesday evening, Shalah said Abbas would bear the responsibility for the fallout from the Goldstone report, and all of the political consequences of its failure. He called the delay of the report a "œdisaster for every free man in the world," but noted there was an opportunity to pass the report in the General Assembly if the United Nations.
Two Gaza crossings open
10/7/2009 - Gaza "“ Ma"™an "“ Israeli authorities opened the Karem Shalom and Karni crossings to allow humanitarian into the besieged Gaza Strip while keeping the Nahal Oz fuel terminal closed. According to Raed Fattouh, a Palestinian official charged with liaising with Israel regarding the crossings, Israeli authorities decided to open Karem Shalom to allow 89-99 truckloads of aid. The Karni crossing was also opened for shipments of wheat and animal feed.
UN Security Council to hold debate on Goldstone report
10/7/2009 - Bethlehem "“ Ma"™an/Agencies "“ The United Nations Security Council will hold a closed-door debate on Wednesday on a report detailing allegations of war crimes committed during Israel"™s winter war on Gaza. Diplomats told reporters that the meeting will take place after Libya, which holds one of the rotating seats on the 15-member council, requested a full debate on Judge Richard Goldstone"™s investigation into the Israeli offensive on Gaza. The Palestinian Mission to the UN in New York reportedly issued a press release saying it fully supported the Libyan request. The United Nations Human Rights Council had been set to vote on the 574-page report on Friday until the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) envoy withdrew a motion endorsing the report, allegedly under pressure from the United States. The withdrawal of the motion meant that the Human Rights Council would delay a vote until March.
Gazan photojournalist up for best war images award in France
10/7/2009 - Gaza "“ Ma"™an "“ Palestinian photojournalist Mohammad Al-Baba was selected by France as a finalist in the Payox competition for best war photographer of the year for his images documenting the use of white phosphorus weapons by Israeli forces in Gaza during the winter war. Al-Baba has not been granted permission by Rafah crossings authorities to leave the Strip to take part in the awards ceremonies and presentations. He has a visa for travel to France but must first travel to the Cairo airport in Egypt. He said AFP officials had contacted Israel for permission to travel through the Erez crossing into Israel, but had not received an answer. If he does not leave before 9 October he will not be able to attend the event. As photojournalist for AFP and the Palestinian newspaper Al-Ayam, Al-Baba was the only photographers able to capture the Israeli bombing of a Beit Lahlia school on 17 January 2009.
Israeli patrol car hits Nablus teacher, man moderately injured
10/7/2009 - Nablus - Ma"™an - An Israeli military vehicle moderately injured a Palestinian teacher when the man was hit near Burin village south of Nablus Wednesday. Sources from south of Nablus said that the teacher, Hamdan Ahmad Saleh, who teaches in Burin mixed high school, was moderately injured in the head and arms while he was going home after school on Tuesday. He was transferred to hospital for treatment.
PFLP: Fighters shelled Israeli forces
10/7/2009 - Gaza "“ Ma"™an "“ The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said Wednesday morning that fighters launched mortars at Israeli military vehicles east of Gaza City. In a statement the group said it fired on Israeli vehicles who were gathering east of the Eastern Cemetery. In response, the Israeli forces fired artillery rounds, the group said. The Brigades added that the attack was a response to Israeli "œattacks" on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, where police have been clashing with unarmed protesters over the past four days. An Israeli military spokesperson said he was unaware of any violence at the time or in the area described in the PFLP statement. On Tuesday afternoon, Israeli shelling wounded several people near a Palestinian security installation the Ash-Shujaiyyah east of Gaza City, witnesses and medics said.
Mitchell to arrive in Mideast for further talks
10/7/2009 - Bethlehem "“ Ma"™an "“ US President Barack Obama"™s Special Envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, is scheduled to arrive in the region on Wednesday where he will attempt to breathe life into failing peace talks. The former US Senator will hold talks with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday and later travel to Ramallah for meetings with top Palestinian Authority officials, the US State Department said. Mitchell is expected to deliver a progress report on efforts to renew peace negotiations to Obama by mid-November. Formal peace negotiations have been suspended since Israel launched its massive three-week assault on the Gaza Strip last December. Mitchell"™s current visit is his first since a controversy erupted over the Palestinian Authority"™s decision to postpone a key United Nations vote on Judge Richard Goldstone"™s report on alleged war crimes in Gaza.
Europe’s top soccer official touts sport in West Bank
10/7/2009 - Bethlehem "“ Ma"™an "“ The head of Europe"™s football governing body visited the West Bank on Wednesday in a continuing Mideast tour where he has promoted the sport as peace building tool. UEFA President Michel Platini toured the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in the morning before heading to Ramallah for talks with caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Platini was in Israel on Tuesday, where he met with President Shimon Peres. In December 2006, Platini and Peres were brought together a team of Israeli and Palestinian players for a Peace Match against a team from Andalusia, Spain. Football promotes such values as "œpeace, tolerance and friendship," the sporting official told Peres. Football is wildly popular in the occupied Palestinian territories. The European leagues in particular draw huge Palestinian audiences.
EU’s Solana urges restraint after Jerusalem demonstrations
10/7/2009 - Bethlehem "“ Ma"™an "“ The European Union"™s top foreign policy official called on all sides to exercise restraint after days of Palestinian demonstrations against the Israeli occupation of the city. "I am very concerned about the recent clashes in East Jerusalem. I have been closely following the situation around the Al-Aqsa mosque in recent days," said Javier Solana, the EU"™s High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy. "œI would like to urge all parties to refrain from provocative actions that could further inflame tensions or lead to violence," Solana said in a statement. "œEveryone must take action to avoid escalation. Our continued priority remains the re-launching credible negotiations in an atmosphere conducive to their success. " The US government was also reported to be pressing Israel and Palestinian officials to calm the situation in Jerusalem. . .
CSI training in Nablus conducted with EUPOL COPS
10/7/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma"™an - Sixteen Palestinian police officers and prosecutors completed training in Crime Scene Investigation Wednesday, lead by a Palestinian pathologist and German expert with the EUPOL COPPS effort in Nablus. Eight senior Civil Police crime investigators and eight major case prosecutors participated in the four day training course that focused on the implementation of a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be used from now on by police when they engage in CSI. The operating procedure includes on-the-ground methods for ensuring the same mechanisms are used in each investigation, as well as forms to ensure proper documentation. These will assist cooperation between police and prosecutors, a statement from EUPOL COPS said. At the Nablus city morgue trainees were taught to identify signs of death on corpses, take fingerprints and tape the investigation.
Hamas leaders support Security Council meeting on Goldstone rept
10/7/2009 - Gaza "“ Ma"™an "“ Gaza"™s de facto government called on the Security Council, Arab and Islamic parties who support the Palestinians, and on Libya to make the upcoming Security Council session public "œso the world can know about the crimes of Israel. " Spokesperson for the de facto government Taher An-Nunu called specifically on Libya, which holds the rotating presidency of the UN General Assembly and called the session of the Security Council in light of the recent dropping of the report from the UN Human Rights Council meeting. An-Nunu called for the Security Council to accept that the Goldstone report and all its recommendations be referred to the body. "œThe position that President Mahmud Abbas took in withdrawing the Goldstone report will have adverse effects and negative impacts on the Palestinian dialogue if there"™s no amends" An-Nunu said.
Fayyad: Road to statehood will not be of flowers
10/7/2009 - Ramallah "“ Ma"™an "“ "œBuilding the road to the establishment of an independent state will not be furnished with flowers," Palestinian Prime Minister of the caretaker government in Ramallah Salam Fayyad said Wednesday. Fayyad spoke at a ceremony where Palestinian agricultural institutions signed a memorandum of understanding with the caretaker Ministry of Agriculture, in line with Fayyad"™s plan to build all necessary state institutions ahead of the independent declaration of a Palestinian state in two years. The ceremony came as increasing criticism of the Palestinian Authority turned into calls for the resignation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who re-appointed Fayyad to the position of caretaker Prime Minister in April. During the ceremony Fayyad reiterated the desire of the Palestinian Authority and all of the ministers in his cabinet to end the Israeli occupation of. . .
Jerusalem leaders call off visit to Syria, vow to stay in besieged city
10/7/2009 - Jerusalem "“ Ma"™an "“ Former PA Minister and head of the Jerusalem office for the Palestinian Authority Hatem Abd Al-Qader and Archbishop Atallah Hanna called off their visit to Damascus Wednesday, saying they would stay in Jerusalem to protect the city from Israeli violence. The two were set to attend celebrations for the 36 anniversary of the October War of 1976, where Arab armies attempted to re-take the West Bank and Gaza following defeat in the 1967 war. The celebrations in Damascus are set to begin on Thursday. "Current events in Jerusalem make it imperative that all Palestinians and Jerusalemites remain in the holy city," Abd Al-Qader said. Restrictions in the city were so severe Wednesday that children were prevented from reaching schools in the Old City.
Gaza government orders release of Rafah shootout detainees
10/7/2009 - Gaza "“ Ma"™an "“ The Hamas-backed government in Gaza ordered the release of 28 people arrested in connection with the deadly shootout with ultra-Islamist gunmen in the city of Rafah in August. This decision came Tuesday evening during the de facto government"™s weekly cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. Twenty-five people were killed in the gun battle between Hamas government security forces and members of Jund Ansar Allah, a group that claimed allegiance to Al-Qaeda, after it declared a Rafah Mosque the headquarters of a new Islamic Emirate in mid-August. The government released 50 so-called "œsecurity prisoners" on 17 September, some of them arrested during the fighting in Rafah, though earlier indications were that more would be released at that time. Also during the cabinet meeting, the de facto government warned of "œthe dangers of the conspiracies. . .
PA-appointed Al-Aqsa University president replaced by de facto govt
10/7/2009 - Gaza "“ Ma"™an "“ The de facto Ministry of Education and Higher Education fired the president of Al-Aqsa University, Ali Zeidan Abu Zahry, in Gaza on Wednesday, for ongoing poor management practices, officials said. The education ministry under the caretaker government of Salam Fayyad called the move one meant to "œsteal" the university, calling it "œirresponsible and illegal," and saying they would hold the de facto government responsible of the damage done to the education in Gaza. The university will be run by a three-person presidential council, according to the de facto government, and "œlife on campus will get back to normal," a news release said. A statement from Ramallah on the move alleged that "œHamas stormed the University in a barbaric way and took over it by force. Hamas also expelled the University"™s president Dr Ali Abu Zahri and detained a number of student leaders.
Northern forests, residents suffering from wood coal workshops
10/7/2009 - Jenin "“ Ma"™an "“ The northern West Bank forests have fallen victim to a recent industrial upsurge in the Jenin area, destroying green area and producing noxious smoke that some residents say poses a health risk. The mayor of Ya"™bad, Walid Al-Abbady puts most of the blame on the Israeli occupation, whose continuous confiscation of agricultural lands resulted in moving the wood coal workshops to the forests close to residential homes. The population of the city is just over 8,000. It is a single-industry town, with a small portion of residents diversified in growing tobacco plants, but most working in and around the wood coal industry, where dozens of workshops heat wood in pressurized chambers to make the carbonaceous material used for generating power. Not only is the industry non-sustainable, it is contaminating the groundwater and destroying the green forest that gives shelter. . .
PSE surges for third consecutive day
10/7/2009 - Bethlehem "“ Ma"™an "“ Stocks surged for the third consecutive day on the Palestine Securities Exchange in Nablus on Wednesday, with the Al-Quds Index increasing 7. 06 (1. 38%) to close at 518. 37. Trading Volume for Wednesday reached 978,468 shares for a total value of 1,834,392. 05 US dollars, over the course of 626 individual trades. The shares of 23 companies were traded. The shares prices of 12 companies rose, while those of six others declined. The top five gainers were TRUST by (4. 76%), PADICO by (4. 58%), APC by (4. 04%), NCI by (3. 03%), and QUDS by (2. 75%). The top five losers were ARAB by (1. 64%), ISBK by (1. 27%), AIG by (1. 22%), AMB by (1. 16%), and AZIZA by (0. 89%).
Palestinians in London call for Accountability over Goldstone Report dilemma
Gaza, October 8, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Palestinian Return Center (PRC) held an urgent meeting in London, yesterday evening, to discuss the consequences of the withdrawal of the Goldstone report before submitting it to UN Human Rights Council of the United Nations....
Irish activist seeks Latin American support to break Gaza blockade
Mexico city, October 8th, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) — A Free Gaza Movement activist on Wednesday appealed for Latin American support to break the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. Caoimhe Butterly, an Irish human rights activist, said her organization was seeking support...
Israeli "Maniacs" settlers cut olive trees, beat Palestinian child
Palestine, October 7, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Jewish settlers on Tuesday cut off 250 Palestinian fruitful olive trees in Deir Ammar village, west of Ramallah city, local sources reported. One of the owners of those trees Abdullah Odeh, 27, said that the...
UNSC to hold talks on Goldstone report
Gaza, October 7th, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - The president of the UN Security Council said members will meet Wednesday to discuss Libya's request for an emergency session on a report that claimed Israel and Palestinian gunmen committed war crimes and possible crimes...
Stop the settlements
Amman, October 7th, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - It's time to quit waiting for the United States to make everything right. Lawyers from the Palestine Legal Aid Fund offer an alternative approach to resisting the construction of illegal settlements in Palestine.
8 Oct 2009 - The group say safety concerns and social traditions, not Islamic religious values, are behind a ban on women riding motorbikes in the Gaza Strip.
King's visit signals Saudi-Syria thaw
7 Oct 2009 - The reconciliation between Syria and Saudi Arabia takes a step forward with the arrival of King Abdullah in Damascus.
Israel may ban Islamic Movement
7 Oct 2009 - Israel is considering a bill to ban Islamic Movement as tensions rise over al Aqsa.
US envoy hopes to jump-start peace talks
7 Oct 2009 - George Mitchell will arrive in the region today to hold talks with Palestinian and Israeli leaders to try to breathe new life into the long-stalled peace process.
Card game dispute turns into sectarian clash in Lebanon
7 Oct 2009 - Card game turns into a fight between Christians and Muslims in Lebanon, leaving one dead and six wounded.
Banned from Al Aqsa
7 Oct 2009 - The closure of the Haram al Sharif compound has strained relations in Jerusalem to a point unseen in almost a decade.
Egypt suspends ties with Louvre
7 Oct 2009 - Cairo suspends all co-operation with France's Louvre Museum until it returns 'stolen' slabs dating back to the time of the Pharaohs.
UN council to discuss possible Gaza session
7 Oct 2009 - Members of the UN Security Council will discuss a request for a session on claims that war crimes were committed during last winter's Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza.
Sunni cleric calls for peaceful demonstrations
6 Oct 2009 - A prominent Sunni Muslim cleric has criticised Muslims and their leaders for not protecting Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and is calling for public protest on Friday.
8 Oct 2009 - US envoy visits Jerusalem but neither Israelis nor Palestinians expect much progress.
Saudi king in Syria to boost ties
7 Oct 2009 - King Abdullah arrives in Damascus for talks aimed at healing long-standing wounds.
Al-Azhar face-veil ban questioned
7 Oct 2009 - A proposed religious ruling from Egypt's oldest university prompts heated debate.
Israel releases Palestinian leader
7 Oct 2009 - Israel briefly detains Islamic Movement's Raed Salah, expelling him from Jerusalem.
7 Oct 2009 -
How Israel Bought Off UN’s War Crimes Probe Goldstone Report’s Fate Sealed by Threats to Palestinian Economy
7 Oct 2009 - Israel celebrated at the weekend its success at the United Nations in forcing the Palestinians to defer demands that the International Criminal Court investigate allegations of war crimes committed by Israel during its winter assault on...
Demolitions and Destruction Again in the Unrecognized Villages in the Israeli Negev
6 Oct 2009 - On Sunday the government of Israel demolished five homes in the southern Negev: three of these homes in the village of al-Ghrair, south of Ovdat. One of the families in 2004 had agreed to move from...
7 Oct 2009 - Ramallah / PNN – Member of the Legislative Council and Secretary General of the National Initiative, Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi said today that resuming negotiations with the Israelis is at this point impossible. Speaking in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, Dr. Barghouthi called for a collective pause to restore national unity in order to repel external pressure to resume negotiations.“After what happened...
Invitation to World March for Peace and Nonviolence in Bethlehem
7 Oct 2009 - Holy Land Trust, along with World Without Wars, cordially invites you to join the World March for Peace and Nonviolence which will take place in Bethlehem on the 14th of October. The gathering will begin at Nativity Square, 4:30 pm, before making its way to Aida Refugee Camp on the north side of the West Bank city.The World March began in South...
House ransacked in Nablusâ€™ Huwara Village in attempt to humiliate residents says homeowner
7 Oct 2009 - Nablus / PNN – Early morning Thursday Israeli forces stormed the Huwara home of Asad Masoud Khamus. The Nablus town was the site of an invasion that witnesses said “wreaked deliberate havoc.”Khamus told the press today that some 60 heavily armed soldiers broke into his home at 2:00 am and demanded he turn over his weapons. He repeatedly told soldiers that he did...
Report on violations of media freedoms in West Bank and Gaza Strip during September
7 Oct 2009 - Ramallah / Mousa Rimawi - Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) reports on violations of media freedoms in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the month of September. Last month witnessed renewed violations of media freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territory, where Israeli occupation forces continued to target journalists who cover demonstrations against the construction of the separation wall and...
PCHR and OHCHR organize conference in Gaza on death penalty
7 Oct 2009 - Gaza City - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – oPt are organizing a conference titled Death Penalty in the Occupied Palestinian Territory on Thursday, 8 October, in the Commodore Hotel in Gaza City. The conference intends to highlight the issues surrounding the death penalty in the oPt, seeking to...
Concerns over olive harvest increase for families under threat of settlers
7 Oct 2009 - Nablus / Amin Abu Wardeh for PNN – With the onset of olive harvest coinciding with the rise in attacks by settlers, rural Palestinian families have an even more difficult time. They are preparing their work supplies, equipment and storage for the impending season.Israeli settlers are not known to discriminate in the attacks that are particularly brutal in Hebron, Qalqilia and southern Nablus,...
Department of Agriculture to PNN: recent rains did nothing more than wash the olives
6 Oct 2009 - Bethlehem / Hiba Lama for PNN – The Deputy Director of Agriculture in Bethlehem told PNN today that the recent rains are not sufficient for even half the season. Summers and winters both have gotten drier, with a semi-consistent two-year long water crisis experienced in Bethlehem.Other West Bank governorates are suffering similar conditions while the situation in the Gaza Strip is far worse.Ibrahim...
DUBAI Tuesday, October 06, 2009 (IRIN) - The latest issue of Humanitarian Exchange, a monthly magazine for humanitarian practitioners, highlights “the crisis of dignity” in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). A number of articles focus on the impact of the Israeli barrier and closure system.
Analysis: Looming water crisis in Gaza
GAZA CITY Tuesday, September 15, 2009 (IRIN) - Unless urgent action is taken, the supply of water fit for human use in the Gaza Strip will be depleted in 5-10 years, according to the Gaza Coastal Municipal Water Utility (CMWU) and UN agencies working there.
Analysis: Shebaa Farms key to Levant hydro-diplomacy
BEIRUT Thursday, September 10, 2009 (IRIN) - The politics of the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms, a rugged sliver of mountainside wedged between Lebanon, Israel and Syria, have long overshadowed what some Lebanese environmentalists call “the real issue” of the disputed area: its water resources.
JERUSALEM, Oct 7 (IPS) - Amazingly, just when all four parties - the U.S., its allies in the Arab world, the Palestinian Authority, and Israel - seemed to have hit rock bottom in terms of the prospects of moving the region away from conflict and towards peace, all of a...
U.S.: Public Sceptical and Hawkish on Iran
WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (IPS) - Despite strong support for diplomatic engagement with Iran, most U.S. citizens believe such efforts will ultimately fail and that Washington should be prepared to use military force to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, according to a new poll released here Tuesday by the...
5 Oct 2009 - Nearly a thousand people took to the streets today in Ramallah to protest the position of the PNA on the Goldstone Report. Carrying flags and banners and blocking traffic, people marched and vented their rage against the Palestinian Authority (PA) for failing to take the opportunity to see Israeli war criminals tried in international courts. [
More injuries and arrests as the villages of Bil’in and Ma’sara protest the Wall
4 Oct 2009 - Protestors marched against the Wall in Bil’in and al-Ma’sara on Friday. A solidarity delegation from France joined the people of Bil’in, and two people were injured during the course of the day. Occupation forces have also arrested another member of the Bil’in popular committee. [
During the reporting period, a Palestinian child and an Israeli human rights defender were wounded by IOF gunfire in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank respectively.
10/5/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Akiva Eldar, Ha'aretz - A video tape made during a guided tour of the archaeological excavations at Silwan (the City of David) near Jerusalem’s Old City walls reveals how Elad, the association that runs the dig, works together with the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Jerusalem municipality to dig under the homes of Arab residents. In the tape, made a year ago, the founding head of Elad, David Be’eri, says: “At a certain point we came to court. The judge approached me and said, ‘you’re digging under their houses. ’ I said ‘I’m digging under their houses? King David dug under their houses. I’m just cleaning. ’ He said to me, ‘Clean as much as possible. ’ Since then, we’re just cleaning; we’re not digging. ” Be’eri goes on to describe an excavation method in which “we built from the top down” and “everything’s standing in the air” [due to the removal of fill].
Prominent rabbi to Peres: Jews forbidden on Temple Mount
7 Oct 2009 - As tensions flare once again over a Jerusalem holy site claimed by Israel and Palestinians as their own, one of the most influential leaders of Israel's religious community told the president on Thursday that Jews should not make pilgrimages to the Temple Mount so as not to evoke global outrage. ...
Sweden: Israel erred in not cooperating with Gaza probe
7 Oct 2009 - The Swedish foreign minister said he supports a UN report claiming war crimes were committed by both sides during the Israel-Hamas Gaza conflict. ...
Study: Muslims make up 25 percent of world population
7 Oct 2009 - Princeton professor: Report obliterates notion that Muslims are Arabs and Arabs are Muslims.
Mitchell hopeful Israel-Palestinian peace talks can resume soon
7 Oct 2009 - Lieberman: No chance for Mideast peace soon; both sides should strive for interim deal, leave tough issues for 'much later.'
Ahmadinejad, Netanyahu and the Holocaust: The ethics of memory
7 Oct 2009 - In using the Holocaust to defend indefensible policies, Netanyahu harms the ethics of memory that Ahmadinejad is incapable of endorsing.
7 Oct 2009 - Holmfirth, and all towns and villages across England, should be watching out for Tesco sneaking in the back way ( In praise of... Holmfirth, 6 October ) my village has just woken up to the fact that Tesco...
It's not just about Iran | Hans Blix
7 Oct 2009 - A WMD-free zone in the Middle East could be the answer to rising nuclear tensions in the region The possibility that Iran is seeking to develop a nuclear weapon and the reality that it is building...
Dropping UN resolution on Gaza war a mistake, says Palestinian official
7 Oct 2009 - Abbas aide is first senior West Bank figure to publicly denounce decision to delay vote on endorsing war crimes investigations A senior Palestinian official admitted today it was a "mistake" to drop support for a UN...
Hamas bans women from riding motorbikes
7 Oct 2009 - Move 'to preserve citizen safety' is latest sign of Islamisation campaign in Gaza The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas has banned women in Gaza from riding on motorbikes. The ban, posted on the movement's interior ministry website,...
Syria rolls out red carpet as Saudis fly in to kiss and make up
7 Oct 2009 - Sudden rapprochement between King Abdullah and President Assad ends bitter feud over Lebanon and US invasion of Iraq Syria is rolling out the red carpet today for an unusually important visitor, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia,...
Jerusalem's troublesome sheikh | Mick Dumper
7 Oct 2009 - Ra'ed Salah is mobilising opposition to the undermining of the Islamic presence in the city. His actions play to a wider audience A subtle shift in power has recently taken place on the street in Jerusalem....
Interactive: Jerusalem's holiest site
6 Oct 2009 - Sacred to both Jews and Muslims, the Temple Mount (Al-Haram al-Sharif) is still a hugely significant site 3,000 years after it was first built Paddy Allen
Israel deploys police as Jerusalem tensions rise
6 Oct 2009 - Clashes with Palestinians mar Jewish holiday week of Sukkot • Interactive: Jerusalem's holiest site Israel deployed thousands of police on the streets of Jerusalem today to protect a Jewish holiday parade after days of rock throwing...
Peace must be made on Temple Mount | Seth Freedman
6 Oct 2009 - Palestinians are right to air their grievances, but violence against Israeli worshippers at this holy site damages the wider cause With home demolitions and evictions occurring on a near daily basis, the theft of villagers' land...
Letters: Time for action on Goldstone report
5 Oct 2009 - It is deplorable that the Goldstone report was removed from the agenda of the UN human rights council last week ( Palestinians bow to US pressure on Gaza report , 3 October). In effect this means no action...
7 Oct 2009 - Prize goes to German author Herta Muller; Oz win would have made him second Israeli to receive Nobel this year.
Israeli media mogul Haim Saban mulls stake in Al Jazeera
7 Oct 2009 - Israeli businessman Haim Saban is negotiating with Qatar's emir the purchase of 50 percent of the Al Jazeera television network, the independent Egyptian newspaper Al-Mesryoon reported earlier this week. ...
Israel's Nobel winner: People called me a dreamer
7 Oct 2009 - Israeli scientist Ada Yonath, a leading researcher in the structural biology field, was awarded a Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday, the Nobel committee in Stockholm announced. ...
Settler leader: Obama, keep your hands off Israel
6 Oct 2009 - Some 3,000 members of Likud, as well as thousands of right-wing supporters gathered on Wednesday in the Samaria National Park in the northern West Bank, to voice their support for further construction in the settlements. ...
Cornerstone laid in East Jerusalem for Jewish quarter
6 Oct 2009 - Security was tight on Wednesday as a cornerstone was laid for the expansion of a Jewish quarter in East Jerusalem, not far from the Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber. ...
7 Oct 2009 - Source: Oxfam
OPT: Food enters Gaza through crossings while fuel pipeline remains shut down – UN
7 Oct 2009 - Source: UN News Service
Lebanon: Spain contributes to rebuild Deir Yassin School in Tyre Area
7 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
Humanitarian Update: Regional Office for the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, Sep 2009
7 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
OPT: Letter dated 29 Sep 2009 from the Permanent Representative of Egypt to the UN addressed to the UN SG (A/64/473–S/2009/507)
7 Oct 2009 - Source: UN General Assembly, UN Security Council
OPT: Identical letters dated 2 Oct 2009 from the Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN addressed to the UN SG and the President of the Security Council (S/2009/493)
7 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Security Council
8 Oct 2009 - Court reportedly sentences to death Mohammad-Reze Ali-Zamani, who took part in opposition protests over disputed June election, authorities give no immediate comment
CIA chief: We already knew about Iran's 2nd plant
8 Oct 2009 - Leon Panetta says US knew Islamic Republic had secret facility in Qom three years before Tehran owned up to it, adds, Israeli, British and French intelligence agencies helped prepare facility's dossier
Security Council to discuss Goldstone Report on Oct. 14
7 Oct 2009 - UN agrees to advance monthly meeting on Middle East following Libyan request for urgent discussion on report claiming Israel, Hamas committed war crimes in Gaza
Professors say Israel must invest in research
7 Oct 2009 - Heads of higher education system warn budget cuts in academia will make it difficult for Israelis to reach achievements like Prof. Ada Yonath's Noble Prize. 'Recent success is the fruit of past investments,' says Prof. Trajtenberg of Council for Higher Education
Future foreign policy may forgo permanent peace deal
7 Oct 2009 - Unapproved Foreign Ministry document says temporary accord leaving out core issues should be reached in order to prevent international frustration, violent Palestinian response
7 Oct 2009 - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah held talks on Wednesday with President Bashar Assad to heal a rift that has aggravated Arab discord over Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Lebanon. Abdullah's visit to Damascus, his first as king, coincides with Syria's emergence from Western isolation as US President Barack Obama seeks its help in his quest for Middle East peace.
UN Security Council to discuss Libyan call for Gaza session
7 Oct 2009 - The president of the UN Security Council said members will meet Wednesday to discuss Libya's request for an emergency session on a report that claimed war crimes were committed by both sides during last winter's Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza. Vietnam's ambassador Le Luong Minh, who holds the council presidency this month, told the Associated Press.
Hamas asks to delay Cairo reconciliation deal with Fatah
7 Oct 2009 - Hamas has asked Egypt to delay the signing of a Palestinian reconciliation deal Cairo had announced for later this month, a source within the Islamist group said Wednesday, asking not to be identified. Hamas "asked Egypt to postpone the session for the signature of the agreement" with the rival secular Fatah faction headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, the source told AFP.
Iran police find no evidence of rape in jail
7 Oct 2009 - Iran's police chief said on Wednesday that an investigation had found no evidence that election protesters detained in a now closed detention center had been raped as alleged by opposition groups. "It has been proved that there was no rape in Kahrizak," the ISNA news agency quoted Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam as saying, referring to the notorious detention center south of Tehran.
Iran's Ahmadinejad calls Geneva talks a 'step forward'
7 Oct 2009 - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in his first comment on last week's talks in Ge neva between Iran and six major powers, said Wednesday that they were a "step forward." The hardline president said Iran considered the talks to be "positive" and that during the discussion there had been "better behavior" from some of the countries taking part.
Top powers press Sudan on peace deal ahead of vote
7 Oct 2009 - Envoys from the UN Security Council's top powers called on Sudan's feuding parties Tuesday to urgently implement a 2005 peace accord and prepare for the 2010 elections. Top envoys from Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and the European Union "underlined the urgency of progress to further efforts for the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement," a US statement said.
8 Oct 2009 - Islamic Jihad sectary-general Ramadan Shallah stated that Mahmoud Abbas’s withdrawal of support for Goldstone’s report torpedoed the national reconciliation efforts made by Egypt.
OIC Secretary General condemns the gravest spate of attacks against Al-Aqsa
8 Oct 2009 - The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, vigorously condemned the escalation of Israeli aggressions against Al-Aqsa Mosque.
IOA retains siege on Jerusalem, ban entry of worshipers into Aqsa
8 Oct 2009 - The IOA continued its siege of occupied Jerusalem and its various suburbs and banned entry of worshipers heading to the Aqsa Mosque except those over 50 years old for the sixth day running Thursday.
Masri: Hamas studies deferring the signing of an agreement with Fatah in October
8 Oct 2009 - Mushir Al-Masri, the secretary-general of Hamas parliamentary bloc, stated that his Movement mulls over delaying the signing of a reconciliation agreement with Fatah faction on 26 of October in Cairo.
Haneyya gov't: Refer Goldstone report to Third Committee
8 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian government of Ismail Haneyya in Gaza has asked Libya to refer the Goldstone report on Israeli war atrocities in Gaza to the UN General Assembly's Third Committee.
Falk: The PA betrayed its own people
8 Oct 2009 - Richard Falk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said PA in Ramallah betrayed its own people at a moment when the international community was so close to endorse Goldstone’s report.
Informed sources: Abbas advised not to return to Ramallah
8 Oct 2009 - Informed Palestinian sources revealed that Mahmoud Abbas was advised by some of his aides to delay his return to Ramallah until the popular anger against him subsides.
Abu Marzouk: W. Bank people deprived showing support for Jerusalem
8 Oct 2009 - Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk said that the repressive practices of Mahmoud Abbas’s authority in the West Bank prevented the Palestinian citizens there from interacting with the issue of occupied Jerusalem.
IOA to start building 105 new housing units in occupied Jerusalem
8 Oct 2009 - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) is to initiate on Wednesday the construction of 105 new housing units near Jabal Al-Mukabir in occupied Jerusalem, the Israeli radio reported.
Libya calls for UNSC session on Goldstone report
8 Oct 2009 - Libya has called for an emergency session for the UN Security Council to discuss Richard Goldstone's report on Israeli war crime violations during the Gaza Strip invasion.
8 Oct 2009 - The 10-day program, at the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, features art from a country with a long history of storytelling. Perhaps no country in the world has garnered more attention this year than Iran, from the street protests over the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to revelations about its nuclear program. Yet somehow in the midst of turmoil and upheaval, the country's cinema is thriving.
Tehran says U.S. had role in nuclear scientist's disappearance
8 Oct 2009 - Shahram Amiri, who might have worked at a recently disclosed nuclear plant, went missing during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. Iran's foreign minister says Tehran has proof of U.S. interference. Intrigue over Iran's nuclear program deepened Wednesday when Tehran accused the U.S. of involvement in the disappearance of a nuclear scientist it claims vanished after leaving for a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in late May.
Dozens arrested in US, Egypt in ID theft scheme
7 Oct 2009 - U.S. and Egyptian authorities are arresting dozens of people to crack an identity theft ring that victimized thousands.
7 Oct 2009 - The nation’s antiquities department says reliefs in the possession of the French museum were stolen in the 1980s from an ancient Egyptian tomb.
Furor Sends Palestinians Into Shift on U.N. Report
7 Oct 2009 - Leaders are pursuing accusations against Israel over the Gaza conflict after acquiescence to the United States on the issue set off angry protests.
World Briefing | Middle East: Syria: Saudi King Arrives for Talks
7 Oct 2009 - King Abdullah flew to Syria on Wednesday for a meeting with President Bashar al-Assad aimed at healing a rift that has aggravated Arab discord.
Mondoweiss - 7 Oct 2009 - Weiss got a queasy feeling about a piece in the LA Times attacking the Orthodox for intolerance but saying nary a word about treatment of the Palestinians. Nancy Kricorian of Code Pink exposes the black heart of the matter in a letter the LA Times has...
not Fonda, Vanessa
Mondoweiss - 7 Oct 2009 - Vanessa Redgrave and Julian Schnabel , after the fact, come out against the Toronto Declaration, mislabeling it as a boycott. (Yes I know, if it was a boycott I’d be for it anyway). They wrote to the New York Review of Books. "Thousands of Palestinians have died...
Oren screed written off as ‘crazy… ridiculous’ on Huffpo
Mondoweiss - 7 Oct 2009 - Great post by MJ Rosenberg saying just how crazy the Oren piece in the New Republic is. Sad reflection on the Israel lobby: Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, writing in The New Republic , says that the Goldstone Report "portrays the Jews as the...
Oren likens Goldstone to… Nazi threat
Mondoweiss - 7 Oct 2009 - Sometimes the Israel lobby is just, well, Israel. The New Republic is turning itself into a laughing stock by publishing the unexpurgated ramblings of the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. as.. journalism? This has tinpot propaganda stamped all over it. Michael Oren: "Recognizing the murder of...
‘Non-Jewish Jews’: We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it!
Mondoweiss - 7 Oct 2009 - The battle is joined. Scary excommunication article in the Jerusalem Post by Isi Liebler. So scary it’s funny. "Marginalize the renegades" is the big idea: purge the bad Jews. Get rid of "the rot in the Diaspora." Because why? Because Jews are in a permanent war:...
Discussion of the Importance of the BDS Movement With Ahmad Jaradat of the AIC
Alternative Information Center - 7 Oct 2009 -
How Israel Bought Off UN’s War Crimes Probe Goldstone Report’s Fate Sealed by Threats to Palestinian Economy
Alternative Information Center - 7 Oct 2009 - Israel celebrated at the weekend its success at the United Nations in forcing the Palestinians to defer demands that the International Criminal Court investigate allegations of war crimes committed by Israel during its winter assault on the Gaza Strip.
Demolitions and Destruction Again in the Unrecognized Villages in the Israeli Negev
Alternative Information Center - 6 Oct 2009 - On Sunday the government of Israel demolished five homes in the southern Negev: three of these homes in the village of al-Ghrair, south of Ovdat. One of the families in 2004 had agreed to move from their former location by the army base of Ramon to...
A poverty of leadership
7 Oct 2009 - Whether or not the clumsy attempt to shelve the Goldstone report on last winter's Gaza attacks is the tipping point for Mahmoud Abbas's rule, the succession process has been underway for several years. However, it is being coordinated by the US and Israel and is no reflection of the wishes and desires of the Palestinian people. Abbas's likely successor is Salam Fayyad, who somehow manages to be an even more uninspiring and unpopular character. Osamah Khalil comments for The Electronic Intifada.
Volvo providing armored buses for Israeli settlements
7 Oct 2009 - Following reports published by The Electronic Intifada on the use of Volvo equipment in the demolition of Palestinian houses in 2007, the Volvo Group stated that it did not condone the use of its equipment for such purposes. Claiming to have no control over the use of its products, Volvo affirmed that its Code of Conduct decries unethical behavior. In spite of these claims, The Electronic Intifada has found that through its Volvo Buses branch, the Volvo Group is providing armored buses to transport Israeli settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Haram al-Sharif sovereignty under threat
7 Oct 2009 - Tension over control of the Haram al-Sharif compound of mosques in Jerusalem's Old City has reached a pitch unseen since clashes at the site sparked the second Palestinian intifada nine years ago. Ten days of intermittently bloody clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem culminated yesterday in warnings by Palestinian officials that Israel was "sparking a fire" in the city. Israel's Jerusalem Post newspaper similarly wondered whether a third intifada was imminent. Jonathan Cook reports from Nazareth.
Israeli highschoolers choose jail over occupation army service
6 Oct 2009 - Israeli youth who refuse to cooperate with Israel's military occupation are sent into a lengthy and relentless labyrinth of court martials and consecutive jail terms in what Israeli lawyer Michael Sfard calls a "price tag" meant to deter other young Israelis from non-participation. "Otherwise," he says, "[the Israeli government's] argument says, everyone -- of ideological or personal reasons -- will refuse to serve." The Electronic Intifada contributor Nora Barrows-Friedman recently interviewed two young Israeli women who have refused to serve in the army.