VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 12 April, 2010: Israeli Order To Expel Thousands of Palestinians and Internationals From the West Bank


International Middle East Media Center

Obama Urges Israel, the Palestinians, To Start Proximity Talks
IMEMC – Tuesday April 13, 2010 – 01:31, United States President, Barack Obama, urged the Palestinians and Israel to start proximity Talks. His statements came during a Monday meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan. He also called on both sides to refrain from any acts that could jeopardize peace efforts.

JCESR:”New Israeli Decision, As Dangerous As the Nakba of 1948″
IMEMC – Tuesday April 13, 2010 – 00:50, The Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights (JSCER) issued a press release slamming the Israeli decision to expel thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank, and stated that this decision is part of Israel’s demographic violations against the Palestinians, and is not less dangerous that the Nakba of 1948 when Israel expelled thousands of Palestinians who became refugees.

Israel To Demolish 13 Homes in Lod
IMEMC – Monday April 12, 2010 – 12:08, While Israel is demolishing Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem and replacing the residents with Jewish settlers, the Israeli government decided to demolish 13 homes in Lod, near Tel Aviv.

Israeli Order To Expel Thousands of Palestinians and Internationals From the West Bank
IMEMC – Monday April 12, 2010 – 00:01, The Israeli government is set to start the implementation of a new order that would lead to the expulsion of thousands of Palestinians, and even internationals living in the West Bank. Gazans living the in West Bank will be considered illegal and would be expelled.

Ma’an News

Report: Owners fear settler takeover in Silwan
4/12/2010 – Jerusalem – Ma’an – Landowners in Silwan fear far-right settler groups are attempting to appropriate their land in occupied East Jerusalem, according to a report released Monday. The Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights (JCSER) said settler groups continue to organize marches on Palestinian land stretching between the Beit Orot settlement andthe Gethsemane Church east of the Old City of Jerusalem. The eight dunums of land in question is known as Al-Hariqah and is owned by Mu’ket Family. Owners fear that the continuous settler marches to the area may finally lead to the appropriation of land, particularly after they were ordered install a light system in the area, the center said. Imad Al-Mu’ket, one of the land owners, told JCSER that employees from the Company for Developing East Jerusalem, requested he install lights in the passage which is used by settlers during the marches.

Beit Ummar detentions continue
4/12/2010 – Hebron – Ma’an – Three men from the Hebron-area town of Bet Ummar were detained during an overnight raid, with residents reporting several military vehicles and the imposition of a curfew Sunday night. The detentions came less than 24 hours after the arrest of five members of Beit Ummar’s popular committee, who were taken following a protest on Saturday and questioned for several hours in an Israeli military facility. Palestine Solidarity Project coordinator Muhammad Ayyad Awad was among the five detained, and said he had to pay 500 shekels bail to secure his release on Sunday afternoon. Awad identified those detained as:Muhammad Awad, 17Nabil Ady, 24Nasser Sabarneh, 20 Awad said all three were taken to an Israeli military compound for questioning. An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed two were detained from Beit Ummar, noting they were “suspected of involvement in terror activity.”

Israeli forces surround school
4/12/2010 – Qalqiliya – Ma’an – Israeli forces surrounded the Yasser Arafat School in the west end of Azzun, a town east of Qalqiliya on Monday. Troops demanded children evacuate the school so boys accused of rock throwing could be detained. The school’s principal, Majid Odwan, said three military vehicles were stationed outside the gates of the building. Soldiers started by calling out the the children with loudspeakers demanding that they empty the school so several boys could be detained, he said. Odwan shouted back that he refused the request and would keep children inside the school compound for the duration of their lessons, he said. Responding to the principal’s remarks, soldiers declared that they would remain stationed outside the school until classes finished and take the children then. Soldiers remained outside the school for more than an hour, reports said.

Aluminum to enter Gaza after 3-year Israeli ban
4/12/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Israel has informed the Palestinian Authority that aluminum and wood will be permitted entry into Gaza, officials said Monday. The announcement was made by Nasser As-Seraj, assistant undersecretary in the Ministry of National Economy, and was confirmed by Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh. Fattouh told Ma’an that the first truckload of wood is expected to enter Gaza on Thursday — the first delivery for over three years — but that it remains unclear when the transfer of aluminum is expected. Israel prohibited the entry of a number of construction goods, including aluminum, since Hamas’ takeover of the coastal enclave in June 2007. As a result, many homes and vital infrastructure destroyed during Israel’s Operation Cast Lea over 15 months ago remain damaged and in vital need of repair, with many residents forced to live in tents.

Extensive checks slow Nablus checkpoints
4/12/2010 – Nablus – Ma’an – Israeli security checks choked off civilian movement at the Za’atara (Tappuah) and Beit Furik military checkpoints around Nablus early Monday, as witnesses said soldiers checked the ID cards of each traveler. Reports of a two kilometer backlog extending from the Za’tara checkpoint to the Beita village road and two hour waits angered residents traveling to work and school. Smaller backlogs were reported at the Beit Furik and At-Tanib (New Beit Iba) checkpoints. An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was unaware of any officially mandated increases in security measures in the area, but was able to confirm an accident between a settler car and a Palestinian civilian vehicle. Witnesses said the settler car collided with the vehicle of a young Nablus man, and thereafter fled the scene. Medics with the Palestine Red Crescent Society identified the injured man as 25-year-old. . .

Detainees society calls for action to save ill prisoner
4/12/2010 – Tubas – Ma’an – The Tubas Prisoners Society appealed to human rights organizations on Monday, after receiving news that a Palestinian detainee in Israeli custody recently suffered an artery blockage after years of untreated high blood pressure. Mahmoud Sawafta, head of the Tubas branch of the society, said Imad Walid Tayeh from the Al-Far’a refugee camp needed urgent medical attention Tayeh is serving his sentence at the Meggido prison, and relatives say his high blood pressure worsened considerably after he was imprisoned. The 45-year-old also sustained a gunshot wound when he was detained, Sawafta said. [end]

Israeli forces continue to enforce Gaza no-go zo

4/12/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Israeli forces opened fire on a march Monday, as civilians protested the Israeli-imposed buffer zone lining the Gaza borders in the southern Gaza Strip. Continuing the weekly protest against the no-go area, which experts say eats up 20% of Gaza’s arable land, protesters gathered at the southern village of Absan, and marched toward the border.Soldiers fired in the air when marchers reached approximately 200 meters away from the border fence, marking the continued policing of what Israel calls the “buffer zone.” The area is used for Israeli military vehicles patrolling the Gaza border, in contravention to the 2005 unilateral pull-out of Israeli forces from Gaza.Popular Resistance Campaign coordinator Mahmud Az-Ziq said hundreds participated in the protest, marching under the cover of smoke from burning tires toward the border. Related:In photos: Challenging Gaza no-go zoneRelated:In photos: Challenging Gaza no-go zone

Palestinain journalist strip-searched at Allenby crossing
4/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – A woman, journalist and former prisoner in Israel, was strip-searched by an Israeli soldier Monday as she returned from Jordan via the Allenby Bridge crossing, she told the Detainees’ Society. Isra Al-Amarneh was detained for two hours upon returning from a ten-day trip to Saudi Arabia where she performed the Umrah pilgrimage. The former detainee told the society that she was taken to a room filled with cameras and that she was initially being checked by a male soldier, before requesting a female soldier carry out the inspection. In the room, she said, “a female soldier took me and searched me naked.”In addition to an intensive check of her belongings, Al-Amarneh said she was verbally assaulted by the soldiers performing searches. Following her arrest, Al-Amarneh was released from Israeli custody in December 2008 and is currently a student at the Palestine Polytechnic University, where she studies graphic design.

Al-Mezan: Hamas must regulate small arms in Gaza
4/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Gaza-based Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights called on the de facto government to help in the control of small arms, following two documented cases of the misuse of weapons in three days. According to Al-Mezan’s field investigations, a report from the center detailed, two family feuds saw one killed and another injured. The feuds “are personal and family-related, but the weapons which were used were faction-owned weapons,” a statement from the organization said. Given the misuse of weapons supplied by factions for resistance activities and the defense of Gaza in personal disputes, the statement explained, it is incumbent on the de facto government to more tightly regulate their arms. The organization suggested the governmental prosecution of individuals who misuse arms, and also called on the Palestinian resistance and political parties to ensure that small arms are. . .

2 Gaza terminals partly open, limited fuel to enter
4/12/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Two of the crossings between Israel and Gaza were opened by Israeli officials on Monday, to allow limited quantities of aid, commercial goods and fuel into the besieged coastal enclave, officials said. Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said a total of 100 truckloads of goods were expected to enter Gaza via the southernmost Kerem Shalom crossing, including two trucks carrying supplies for the Gaza Water Authority, and another two with supplies for the Palestinian Telecommunications company. Limited quantities of domestic gas and industrial diesel, badly needed to run Gaza’s sole power station, will be delivered through the same terminal, Fattouh said. The fuel, still below the levels needed by the Power Authority, will help maintain the sole generator that produces power for the central Gaza Strip, officials said.

In photos: Challenging Gaza no-go zone
4/12/2010 – MaanImages / Hatem Omar – Continuing the weekly protest against the no-go area, which experts say eats up 20% of Gaza’s arable land, protesters gathered at the southern Gaza Strip village of Absan, and marched toward the border.Soldiers fired in the air when marchers reached approximately 200 meters away from the border fence, marking the continued policing of what Israel calls the “buffer zone.” The area is used for Israeli military vehicles patrolling the Gaza border, in contravention to the 2005 unilateral pull-out of Israeli forces from Gaza. Popular Resistance Campaign coordinator Mahmud Az-Ziq said hundreds participated in the protest, marching under the cover of smoke from burning tires toward the border. The effort seeks to discredit claims that Gaza is no longer occupied, and highlight the violent military nature of the ongoing siege of Gaza. Related:Israeli forces continue to enforce Gaza no-go zoneRelated:Israeli forces continue to enforce Gaza no-go zone

Israeli civilian detained whilst shopping in Jenin
4/12/2010 – Jenin – Ma’an – An Israeli civilian found shopping in a Jenin market, northern West Bank, was detained by Palestinian Authority security forces on Monday. Muzik Yisrael, 50, living in Acre, northern Israel said he came to Jenin to do some shopping with a Palestinian friend. Yisrael, a truck driver, said his friend had warned him against visiting the occupied West Bank but replied that he was not afraid, adding that “Palestinians are my friends.”Police said they are coordinating Yisrael’s return to Israel with the Palestinian military liaison department. Under the 1993 Oslo Accords, Israeli civilians are prohibited from entering territory under the PA’s jurisdiction. [end]

Police solve ‘family honor’ murder case
4/12/2010 – Tulkarem – Ma’an – The Palestinian Authority police’s general investigation unit solved a three-year-old murder case, sources said Monday. Security sources told Ma’an that the suspected murder, known by the initials HJ, 42, killed his brother JJ, 48 over “family honor.”The location of the deceased’s body was found and excavated west of Ba’a, near Deir Al-Ghussun, the West Bank, on Monday. The suspect reportedly confessed to the murder after he was detained and questioned by police, and has been transferred to the general prosecution to commence with legal proceedings against him, sources added. [end]

Islamic Jihad: Hamas has secret ceasefire deal with Israel
4/12/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an -De facto government police in Gaza released on Sunday a group of resistance fighters affiliated with the militant wings of Islamic Jihad and Fatah following a four-hour detention, sources within the movements said. The release was conditional, sources said, and the men were asked to promise to abstain from any resistance activity in the near future. According to a second source, the group was planning a “qualitative operation” against Israeli forces somewhere in Gaza. According to Islamic Jihad officials, de facto government security officers asked the resistance fighters to halt resistance activity because of the existence of a “secret ceasefire agreement” between the Gaza government and Israel. The detention comes amid conflict between Hamas and Islamic Jihad, with the d
e facto government promising to halt the launch of homemade projectiles temporarily, and Islamic Jihad leaders refusing to give up what they call their right and duty to resist Israel.

Gaza: After 3 years, permitted goods found ruined
4/12/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Gaza merchants were relieved last week when Israeli officials announced stocks relegated to storage units in Ashdod since 2007 were finally set to be transferred in, easing a three-year ban on clothing imports. However, when merchants recieved the goods on Thursday, they were damaged beyond repair. Merchants who gained permission to import goods into Gaza were forced to pay to store the goods in shipping containers in the Israeli port of Ashdod, only to discover that their wares were not on the list of the less than 50 items permitted into the coastal enclave under Israel’s blockade. Khan Younis clothing retailer Khaled Abu Sahlul said he was devastated when he unpacked a container of jeans stored in Ashdod since 2007.”I was shocked when I opened the containers, the jeans had been left out in the rain for days, months, maybe even years and were damaged beyond repair. . .”

Erekat: World must compel Israel to revoke military order
4/12/2010 – Jericho – Ma’an – Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat called on US Mideast envoy George Mitchell, among others, to immediately intervene and pressure Israel to revoking a military order mandating the expulsion of Palestinians from the West Bank defined as “infiltrators.”Erekat further issued the same communique to EU Mideast representative Marc Otte, the UN’s special coordinator for the peace process, Robert Serry, Russia’s special envoy to the region, Alexander Saltanov, and Quartet envoy, Tony Blair. The PLO official described the orders “racist” and a “flagrant violation of all past agreements, international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention,” in particular article 49, which prohibits any kind of forcible transfer as well as the deportation of protected persons and civilians from the occupied territory. According to the Israeli human rights group Hamoked, the two orders allow for a. . .

Obama, King Abdullah: Israel, PA must restart proximity talks
4/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – US President Barack Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah agreed on Monday on the sidelines of a Washington nuclear summit, that Palestinian and Israeli officials should immediately restart proximity talks, Israeli media reported.”During these discussions, both agreed that Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks should begin as soon as possible, and transition quickly to direct negotiations,” the White House said, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz.”They also agreed that both sides should refrain from actions that undermine trust during these talks.” Abdullah reportedly urged the Obama administration to devise its own peace proposal to submit, the daily added. The US-brokered proximity talks were quickly derailed in March, shortly after being endorsed by the PLO, when the Israeli government announced its plans to expand an Israeli-only settlement on occupied land. . .

Fatah leader received by Hamas MP in Gaza home
4/12/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Fatah Revolutionary Council member Sufian Abu Zaida was received in the home of de facto government Minister of the Interior Fathi Hammad on Sunday night, despite announced intentions to steer away from political meetings. Abu Zaida, ostensibly in Gaza for family visits,sat with Hammad to discuss the issue of Fatah-Hamas division and prospects for unity. Following the sit-down Abu Zaida told Ma’an the meeting was unofficial, and attended by a second Hamas official, Palestinian Legislative Council member Ismail Al-Ashqar. A central theme of the meeting, Abu Zaida said, was ways to reduce “provocative media coverage” on matters of internal division, which the two agreed has “serious effects on the continuation of division.” The Fatah official, who had not been back to Gaza since Hamas took control, said the meeting ended in a “positive and friendly atmosphere,” and noted that. . .

Abbas appoints Salfit, Tubas governors
4/12/2010 – Nablus – Ma’an – President Mahmoud Abbas officially appointed governors for the Salfit and Tubas districts in the northern West Bank on Monday. Issam Abu Baker and Marwan At-Tubasi, the new governors of Salfit and Tubas respectively, were sworn in to the new roles by Abbas at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah. Abu Baker was the former Fatah secretary-general in Nablus, while At-Tubasi was a deputy for the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Tourism in Ramallah. [end]

PA ministry seizes fake olive oil
4/12/2010 – Nablus – Ma’an – The Ramallah-based Ministry of Agriculture confiscated considerable quantities of sub-par olive oil on Monday in occupied East Jerusalem and Hebron. The tainted olive oil, sold at 110 shekels per bottle, was a mixture of low-grade olive and cooking oils and likely originated from Israel, the ministry’s undersecretary Azzam Tubeleh said. Tubeleh said the confiscation was undertaken in coordination with PA security forces, after he was informed by a colleague that a Nablus shop was selling the counterfeit olive oil, which was labeled as originating from the Palestinian Al-Mansha town. Following an investigation, the ministry and forces seized the goods in two warehouses in Ezzariya, East Jerusalem, and Hebron. The ministry is currently testing the produce to verify the olive oil’s source and will release its findings once the investigation is complete, Tubeleh added, further. . .

Ha’aretz Defense page

Gaza militant: Hamas stopping rocket fire into Israel
Ha’aretz 12 Apr 2010 – Last week, Hamas told the BBC that the group was working to curb rocket attacks by Strip militants.

Lebanon seeks death penalty for alleged Israel spies
Ha’aretz 12 Apr 2010 – Lebanon nationals, Palestinian charged with facilitating Israeli aggressions against Lebanon.

Anat Kam: I stole IDF documents to expose West Bank war crimes
Ha’aretz 12 Apr 2010 – In newly released court protocols, indicted ex-soldier says historically whistleblowers were forgiven.

IOF surrounds a school in Qalqilyah
12 Apr 2010 – Qalqilyah, April 12, (Pal Telegraph) The Israeli occupation forces surrounded Yasser Arafat’s school which is placed in the main western town of Azzun east of Qalqilya, claiming that their tanks faced rock-throwing at the main street near the town. The Director of the school, Majid Odwan, said that three militant vehicles surrounded the school and a number of soldiers and…

Israel declares Ain Al-Maleh area a closed military zone
12 Apr 2010 – West Bank, April 12, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – The Israeli occupation authorities, today, declared the area of Ain Al-Maleh, in Tubas in the northern West Bank, a closed military zone and prevented farmers and herd
ers from entering their lands. Security sources said that the occupation forces reinforced their military presence in the village of Ein Al-Maleh and prevented farmers and…

IOF open fire towards demonstrators in Khan Younis
12 Apr 2010 – Gaza, April 12, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened today fire toward the Palestinian demonstrators in Khan Younis in a protest against the Israeli buffer zone around the Gaza Strip, no injuries were reported. The Popular Committee to Resist the Buffer Zone organized the demonstration to express their solidarity with the farmers who are unable to…

Israel detains 3 Palestinians in Hebron
12 Apr 2010 – Hebron, April 12, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained today three Palestinians from Bait Omar village in Hebron, Palestinian sources reported. The spokesman for the solidarity project, Mohammed Awad, told WAFA news agency that the Israeli occupation forces raided some houses in Al-Ain area and fired sound and tear bombs. They also detained three citizens Mohammed Sabarnah,…

Israel detains 10 Palestinians in WB
12 Apr 2010 – West Bank, April 12, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained Sunday night ten Palestinians from Bethlehem and north Ramallah, Palestinian sources reported. Five of them were detained north of Ramallah. The detainees were all taken in for questioning by the occupation forces. The IOF raided different areas in the West Bank and searched some houses then they…

The National

Yemen puts Iran spies’ in the dock
The National 12 Apr 2010 – Four defendants accused of receiving money for passing on state secrets to Tehran and supporting Shiite al Houthi rebels.

Palestine Note

U.S. acts as though it seeks regime change in Israel
Palestine Note 12 Apr 2010 – The Obama administration’s lack of a clear strategy to move Mideast peace talks forward raises the question of whether the U.S. is interested in bringing about a new, more pliable Israeli government. Regime change. Generally it’s…

Israeli journalist: ‘I stole IDF documents to expose West Bank war crimes’
Palestine Note 12 Apr 2010 – Israeli journalist Anat Kam , indicted on espionage charges for stealing top secret IDF documents while she was an Israeli soldier, has said she stole the documents to expose Israeli crimes against humanity in the West Bank,…

When pranks go wrong, Mossad edition
Palestine Note 12 Apr 2010 – An Israeli man attempted to convince Iranian authorities that his ex-wife was a Mossad agent planning to overthrow Ahmadinejad’s government through a campaign of fax letters sent to Iranian authorities. The plan did not work out…


Why Netanyahu canceled his DC visit, and why the GOP is applauding
Palestine Note 12 Apr 2010 – Yesterday evening (late night Israel time), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he would not, after all, be attending next week’s Nuclear Security Summit to be hosted by President Obama in Washington, DC. Speaking to Republican…

‘Your conscience, your choice’: PA urges the boycott of settler goods to undermine the Occupation
Palestine Note 12 Apr 2010 – With unarmed protests ending in injury and rock-throwing at illegal Israeli details ending in detention and death , the West Bank Palestinian Authority is looking for a third way to break through the Israeli Occupation, New York…

The Media Line

Clinton: Terrorists Seek Atomic Weapons
The Media Line 11 Apr 2010 – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned on Sunday that terrorists are seeking to obtain atomic weapons, echoing a theme the White House has been pressing in advance of its nuclear summit being held in Washington…

Israeli Newspaper: Jerusalem Building Halted without Fanfare
The Media Line 11 Apr 2010 – A leading Israeli daily reports that without fanfare, all building in Jerusalem that requires the approval of the district planning committee has been frozen for more than a month. The reason cited is tension between the…


Iran criticises US nuclear summit
AlJazeera 12 Apr 2010 – Ahmadinejad dismisses meeting as “humiliating” as world leaders gather in Washington.

Settler Violence Report, January-February 2010
Alternative Information Center – Thursday, 01 April 2010, Hebron and South of West Bank – On 9 January, approximately 30 settlers‚Äîsome of them armed‚Äî coming from the Bat Ayin settlement, north-west of Bait Ommar, attacked a group of farmers from…

Does the OECD Know Where is Israel?
Alternative Information Center – Sunday, 11 April 2010, In May, Israel is expected to join the prestigious organization of developed economies, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Although the OECD claims to be an organization of democratic countries,…

Palestine News Network

Palestinians fear mass expulsions
PNN – Monday, 12 April 2010

IDF bid to expel West Bank Palestinians is a step too far
PNN – Monday, 12 April 2010

Jerusalem Post

‘China prepared to work with US on Iran’
Jeruslalem Post 12 Apr 2010 – White House says Obama, Hu hold “positive and constructive” talks.

Europe ignores Iran’s deadly mix of anti-Semitism and nukes
Jeruslalem Post 12 Apr 2010 – Europeans frequently view Iran’s genocidal threats against Israel as a way to make use of the annihilation of European Jewry as a catharsis to alleviate their guilt-ridden history.

‘Israel won’t be our focus’
Jeruslalem Post 12 Apr 2010 – Arab officials deny plans to turn Israel into issue at nuke summit.

Syria snubbed talks request
Jeruslalem Post 12 Apr 2010 – ‘Post’ learns J’lem sought mechanism for trilateral negotiations.

‘We don’t plan to focus on Israel’
Jeruslalem Post 12 Apr 2010 – Arab officials deny plans to turn Israel into issue at Obama’s nuke summit.

Syria snubbed trilateral talks request
Jeruslalem Post 12 Apr 2010 – ‘Post’ learns J’lem asked Damascus to set up mechanism for negotiations via UN force in Golan.

Taub report: Economy faces existential problems
Jeruslalem Post 12 Apr 2010 – Israel lagging behind Western countries in non-employment rates and education reform.

Kamm tells Haaretz reporter to return to Israel
Jeruslalem Post 12 Apr 2010 – Ex-IDF soldier suspected of espionage waives journalistic immunity, seeks plea bargain.

Shin Bet slammed for transfer of Arab worker at Olmert’s gym
Jeruslalem Post 12 Apr 2010 – Request represents “another layer in the charged relationship between the security services and the Arab public in Israel.”

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

I Stole Army Documents to Expose West Bank War Crimes, Anat Kam Says
WAFA 12 Apr 2010 – TEL AVIV, April 12, 2010 (WAFA)- Classified documents reveal that the Israeli army had committed war crimes in the West Bank, Anat Kam, the former soldier indicted for espionage over an alleged theft

Annul Order Allowing Expulsions of Palestinians, Groups Urge Barak
WAFA 12 Apr 2010 – TEL AVIV, April 12, 2010 (WAFA)- Ten Israeli human rights organizations sent a letter to Israeli Security Minister Ehud Barak yesterday, asking him to rescind two military orders permitting the

Calls to Croydon Council to Cancel Veolia’s Contract in East Jerusalem
WAFA 12 Apr 2010 – LONDON, April 12, 2010 (WAFA) – Green Party campaigners asked yesterday, Croydon Council to cancel Veolia’s contract, in east Jerusalem, International Solidarity Movement said. Campaigners said,

WB: PA Making Steady Progress on Implementing Reform Program
WAFA 12 Apr 2010 – , April 12, 2010 (WAFA)- The World Bank

West Bank:No Protection and No Options, Reliefweb says
WAFA 12 Apr 2010 – RAMALLAH, April 12, 2010 (WAFA)- An Oxfam project is helping farmers in the West Bank’s ‘Area C’, where

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: ‘Poetic Justice’ in Jerusalem
IPS OR AKIVA, Israel, Apr 12 (IPS) – President Barack Obama has made plain he means to deconstruct Israel’s 43-year-old grip on East Jerusalem. But, for all Washington’s pressure, Israel seeks to tighten its hold on the occupied part of the city.

POLITICS-EGYPT: Critics Question ElBaradei’s Promises of Change
IPS CAIRO, Apr 11 (IPS) – Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), rocked Egypt’s political arena last year by announcing his desire to contest the presidency. But while the idea has fired the imagination of political activists, many analysts remain sceptical.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Man Killed in Clan Dispute in Rafah
PCHR 10 Apr 2010 – Field Update On Saturday evening, 10 April 2010, Suhaib Isma’il Barbakh, 18, from Khan Yunis, was killed by a gunshot in the course of a dispute between the al-Akhras and Abu Tahla (Barbakh) families in al-Salam neighborhood in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah…..

International Solidarity Movement

IDF order will enable mass deportation from West Bank
4/11/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Amira Hass, Ha’aretz – A new military order aimed at preventing infiltration will come into force this week, enabling the deportation of tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank, or their indictment on charges carrying prison terms of up to seven years. When the order comes into effect, tens of thousands of Palestinians will automatically become criminal offenders liable to be severely punished. Given the security authorities’ actions over the past decade, the first Palestinians likely to be targeted under the new rules will be those whose ID cards bear home addresses in the Gaza Strip — people born in Gaza and their West Bank-born children — or those born in the West Bank or abroad who for various reasons lost their residency status. Also likely to be targeted are foreign-born spouses of Palestinians.

Ha’aretz Diplomacy page

U.S. delays Syria envoy over Hezbollah arms deal
Ha’aretz 12 Apr 2010 – As Hezbollah builds up its stock of advanced Syrian and Iranian arms, Israel will find it hard to justify a military move.

Band revives Warsaw Ghetto poet’s poem
Ha’aretz 12 Apr 2010 – Israeli band to perform poems of Wladyslaw Szlengel, who was known for his satirical poetry which subtly criticized the Nazi regime as well as wealthy Jews.

‘China agrees to new Iran
nuclear sanctions’

Ha’aretz 12 Apr 2010 – U.S. official says Obama and China President Hu share the same concerns over Iran’s nuclear program.

How to tell when a Mideast Expert is lying
Ha’aretz 12 Apr 2010 – Lying in the Middle East is not the same as lying other places. In the Mideast, lying is a way of life.

Fayyad: New IDF orders threaten to empty West Bank of Palestinians
Ha’aretz 12 Apr 2010 – IDF orders targeting infiltration about to come into force enable the deportation of thousands of Palestinians.

Obama urges Israel, PA to restart proximity talks
Ha’aretz 12 Apr 2010 – Comment comes after president’s meeting with Jordan’s Abdullah on the sidelines of U.S. nuclear summit.

Medvedev: Israeli strike on Iran could cause a global catastrophe
Ha’aretz 12 Apr 2010 – Russian president Medvedev says supports Iran sanctions that would not hurt the Iranian people.

Far right storms to third place in Hungary election
Ha’aretz 12 Apr 2010 – Jobbik party wins 15 per cent of national vote on platform blaming Jews and Gypsies for country’s problems.

Report: Church abuse claims are ‘Zionist attack’, bishop says
Ha’aretz 12 Apr 2010 – Quotes attributed to Italian retired cleric imply Catholic church sex abuse row is Jewish conspiracy.

The Guardian

Palestinian official in sex tape scandal denies he abused his position
The Guardian 12 Apr 2010 – Rafiq Husseini, sacked as chief of staff to President Mahmoud Abbas, condemns secret filming and says he was entrapped A disgraced senior Palestinian official at the centre of a sex tape scandal claims he was entrapped…

Israel’s peace dividend | Seth Freedman
The Guardian 12 Apr 2010 – A peace deal with the Palestinians would boost Israel’s economy and give it greater leverage in halting Iran’s nuclear drive The beauty of Israel ‘s economy is in the eye of the beholder: some sceptics routinely…

The plight of Israel’s ‘targeted citizens’ | Rachel Shabi
The Guardian 12 Apr 2010 – A new documentary examines the many ways Arabs are discriminated against by the government and Israeli society Of all the myriad tags used to define Israel’s Palestinian population, “targeted citizen” has to be one of the…

Ha’aretz National page

Jewish state won’t exist without a Palestinian counterpart
Ha’aretz 12 Apr 2010 – In an column headlined “Crime Without Punishment” (Haaretz, April 6) Moshe Arens proposes a two-pronged policy for dealing with Israel’s Arabs: an uncompromising fight against the Islamic Movement’s radical northern branch and strenuous action to integrate the minority into the fabric of Israeli society. In innumerable other columns, Arens has voiced his total opposition to the establishment of a Palestinian state. …

Shin Bet unable to locate Anat Kam copies of secret IDF material
Ha’aretz 12 Apr 2010 – The two compact disks on which Anat Kam copied 2,000 secret documents and visual presentations from the office of the head of GOC Central Command have disappeared, Haaretz learned Monday. …

Jerusalem corruption probe: Ex-Olmert aide to stay in custody
Ha’aretz 12 Apr 2010 – The Petah Tikva District Court rejected on Monday an appeal by former Ehud Omert aide Uri Messer’s against a recent ruling to extend his remand by five days, following his arrest last week in connection with enabling an alleged bribery scheme related to the Holyland residential development in Jerusalem. …

Ashkelon hospital ER will not be relocated, Netanyahu rules
Ha’aretz 12 Apr 2010 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that the new emergency room at Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center would not be relocated due to the finding of an ancient burial ground in the designated location, Channel 2 news reported. …

Thousands attend March of the Living in Auschwitz
Ha’aretz 12 Apr 2010 – Thousands of young Jews along with Holocaust survivors marched Monday at Auschwitz to remember those who perished in the Nazi death camp. …

Relief Web

General Assembly President discusses Middle East crisis with ruler of Kuwait
Relief Web 12 Apr 2010 – Source: UN News Service

Israel military denies West Bank expulsions policy
Relief Web 12 Apr 2010 – Source: Agence France-Presse

Israel moves to deport ‘illegal’ Palestinians from West Bank
Relief Web 12 Apr 2010 – Source: Christian Science Monitor

PCHR Concerned by Deterioration of Humanitarian Conditions in the Gaza Strip as Gaza Power Plant Forced to Shut Down
Relief Web 12 Apr 2010 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

YNet News

Obama, China’s Hu want action on Iran
YNet News 12 Apr 2010 – US, Chinese presidents meet on sidelines of Washington nuclear summit. White House official says both leaders instructed diplomats to devise potential sanctions on Tehran

35 MKs to Netanyahu: Don’t raze IDF heroes’ homes
YNet News 12 Apr 2010 – Members of Knesset’s Land of Israel Lobby urge PM to withdraw demolition order issued for illegal buildings in West Bank outposts that were home to fallen officers Eliraz Peretz and Roi Klein. ‘It’s a shame that such an issue has to involve a struggle,’ MK Elkin says

Barak: We won’t hesitate to act against those who seek our demise
YNet News 12 Apr 2010 – During traditional ceremony concluding Holocaust Day events, defense minister calls to expand coalition ahead of ‘fateful decisions,’ adding, ‘Unfortunately, the Jewish nation still has to fight for its

Sheikh Jarrah: Jews tear fence erected by Arabs
YNet News 12 Apr 2010 – (Video) Fence set up by Arabs in divided compound in east Jerusalem neighborhood seen destroyed while police fail to intervene

Obama, Jordan’s King Abdullah press for Mideast talks
YNet News 12 Apr 2010 – Meeting held on sidelines on nuclear security summit in Washington focuses on Iranian nuclear standoff and how to get indirect Israel-PA talks going. Abdullah raises concerns about ‘Israeli unilateral actions in Jerusalem’

Holyland case: Messer’s appeal on remand denied, again
YNet News 12 Apr 2010 – Court orders attorney linked to Jerusalem real estate scandal remain in police custody despite defense’s claims that authorities’ request stems from the absence of other suspects

Rare meeting between senior Hamas, Fatah figures held in Gaza
YNet News 12 Apr 2010 – ‘Childhood friends’ Fathi Hamad, Sufian Abu Zaida meet in Strip in effort to stop mutual incitement between rival Palestinian factions in media

Palestinian Information Center

Jordan rejects Israel’s decision to displace thousands of West Bankers
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – Jordan rejected Israel’s military decision to exile thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank at the pretext that they are not from its native residents.

Israel resorts to more Gestapo-like measures in West Bank
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – The Israeli occupation army has introduced a set of draconian measures aimed at uprooting more Palestinians from their ancestral homeland as well as suppressing prospective Palestinian protests.

Abbas’s militias kidnap 16 Hamas members in W. Bank cities
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – Mahmoud Abbas’s militias kidnapped 16 Palestinian citizens affiliated with Hamas in the districts of Nablus, Al-Khalil, Qalqiliya and Bethlehem.

El-Baradei: Israel only understands the language of force
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – Dr. Mohammed El-Baradei, former head of the IAEA and one of the contenders for the Egyptian presidential elections in 2011, said that the Palestine cause was passing through its worst stages.

Mishaal confers with Mousa on Palestinian reconciliation
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – Political bureau chairman of Hamas Khaled Mishaal conferred in Damascus on Monday with Arab League secretary general Amr Mousa on a number of Palestinian issues topped by national reconciliation.

Bahar asks the world community to support the Palestinian prisoners
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – First deputy speaker of the PLC Dr. Ahmed Bahar has asked the world community to step in and alleviate the suffering of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails.

Hamas: HRW report lacks objectivity
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – Hamas said that the report issued by Human rights watch in which it called for holding both the Movement of Hamas and Israel responsible for the war crimes committed during Gaza war lacks objectivity.

Informed sources: Secret talks between the PA and Israel in Washington
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – An informed source affirmed that the US administration is currently hosting secret preliminary talks between the negotiators of the Palestinian Authority and Israeli officials in Washington.

Hit-and-run Israeli driver leaves Palestinian injured
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – A Palestinian young man was injured when an Israeli female settler driving in a speeding car hit him on a main road south of Nablus on Monday morning before fleeing the scene.

Crossings authority calls for opening Rafah terminal
PIC 12 Apr 2010 – The crossings and borders authority has asked the Egyptian authorities to open the Rafah border terminal to facilitate travel of patients, students and holders of foreign residence permits.

Los Angeles Times

Dwindling numbers, but the memories remain strong
LA Times 12 Apr 2010 – On Holocaust Remembrance Day, a few dozen survivors are met with a standing ovation at Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles. ‘You triumphed against all odds,’ says Israel’s consul general in L.A. Two decades ago, they numbered in the hundreds. On Sunday, there were just a few dozen.

New York Times

Human Rights Groups Warn of New Powers for Israel
New York Times 11 Apr 2010 – An amended military order that allows Israel to remove people from the West Bank could lead to the expulsion of thousands of Palestinians, rights groups said.

Kuwait Deports Critics of Egyptian President
New York Times 12 Apr 2010 – 17 Egyptian residents of Kuwait were deported last week for meeting to discuss political change in Egypt, where Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has emerged
as a potential presidential candidate.


Palestine Monitor – 17 Dec 2010 – “The right to freedom of movement provides that people are entitled to move freely within the borders of the state, to leave any country and to return to their country.” Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 12 of the International Covenant…

Reflections on the value of respect
Mondoweiss – 12 Apr 2010 – Four years ago, Rory Stewart wrote: A great many of the failures in Afghanistan and Iraq arise from a single problem: the American-led coalitions’ lack of trust in local politicians. Repeatedly the Western powers, irritated by a lack of progress, have overruled local leaders, rejected compromises…

Israeli activists to J Street: ‘stop trying to gain political capital at the expense of dedicated peace activists’
Mondoweiss – 12 Apr 2010 – The following form letter has been circulating on an Israeli activist listserv criticizing J Street’s leadership for their stance on the Berkeley divestment bill : Letter from Israel to Jstreet: Please Do Not Call Me “anti-Israeli” ! Dear J Street folks I am an Israeli citizen, I support…

Suddenly in vogue, book banning spreads to Canada
Mondoweiss – 12 Apr 2010 – Earlier today, Phil posted on a leading Israeli book chain that has removed a book critical of the settler movement . Seems the trend is spreading. Tablet reports on an effort by the Canadian Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center to ban the book The Shepherd’s Granddaughter…

Cohen on Poland
Mondoweiss – 12 Apr 2010 – Roger Cohen, who was so stirred by Tehran, is now moved by Polish history to imagine a different Middle East. His teaching re “victimhood” is aimed at those of us who harp about “justice” in Palestine in historical terms. And I think it’s a good teaching,…

Settler Violence Report, January-February 2010
Alternative Information Center – 12 Apr 2010 – Thursday, 01 April 2010, Hebron and South of West Bank – On 9 January, approximately 30 settlers‚Äîsome of them armed‚Äî coming from the Bat Ayin settlement, north-west of Bait Ommar, attacked a group of farmers from the village working the land in the area of Wadi…

Does the OECD Know Where is Israel?
Alternative Information Center – 12 Apr 2010 – Sunday, 11 April 2010, In May, Israel is expected to join the prestigious organization of developed economies, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Although the OECD claims to be an organization of democratic countries, in the past year it has accelerated efforts to invite…


Divesting Is The Right Thing To Do
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, CounterCurrents4/12/2010
Dear Student Leaders at the University of California — Berkeley,
It was with great joy that I learned of your recent 16-4 vote in support of divesting your university’s money from companies that enable and profit from the injustice of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and violation of Palestinian human rights. Principled stands like this, supported by a fast growing number of US civil society organizations and people of conscience, including prominent Jewish groups, are essential for a better world in the making, and it is always an inspiration when young people lead the way and speak truth to power.
I am writing to tell you that, despite what detractors may allege, you are doing the right thing. You are doing the moral thing. You are doing that which is incumbent on you as humans who believe that all people have dignity and rights, and that all those being denied their dignity and rights deserve the solidarity of their fellow human beings. I have been to the Ocupied Palestinian Territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid. I have witnessed the humiliation of Palestinian men, women, and children made to wait hours at Israeli military checkpoints routinely when trying to make the most basic of trips to visit relatives or attend school or college, and this humiliation is familiar to me and the many black South Africans who were corralled and regularly insulted by the security forces of the Apartheid government.
In South Africa, we could not have achieved our freedom and just peace without the help of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the Apartheid regime. Students played a leading role in that struggle, and I write this letter with a special indebtedness to your school, Berkeley, for its pioneering role in advocating equality in South Africa and promoting corporate ethical and social responsibility to end complicity in Apartheid….more..e-mail

Martin Kramer, Harvard and the Eugenics of Zion
Jeff Klein, CounterPunch4/12/2010
Genocidal in Effect, If Not Intent
People were outraged when Martin Kramer’s support for measures to limit the births of “superfluous young men” among Palestinians in Gaza was circulated in the US recently. Kramer, Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and lately a Visiting Scholar at Harvard, had made the remarks in a presentation at the annual Herzliya Conference in Israel in January. Pro-Palestinian activists and human rights supporters called his proposal an incitement for genocide; students at Harvard argued that such racist ideas had no place at their University.
Readers may judge for themselves whether Kramer’s proposal was “genocidal in effect, if not intent” — to paraphrase the words of former Harvard President Lawrence Summers in another context. However, few commentators have taken note of just how commonplace it is to encounter a discourse of eugenics in contemporary Israel. Kramer’s proposal is not some aberration of current right-wing Israeli politics: “Demographic struggle” is a theme which pervades the whole history of the Zionist project. Such a peculiar obsession is perhaps not surprising, given the movement’s adoption of a 19th century European racialized concept of Jewish identity, joined with the religious/tribal definition of Jewishness by matrilineal descent. It is an outlook embedded in the very DNA of modern Zionism.
From the start, Zionists were committed to demographic victory over the Arab population of Palestine. Ideologists l
ike Israel Zangwill could repeat the old catchphrase about “a land without a people”, but more practical Zionist leaders were aware that Palestine was already densely populated by indigenous Arabs. Until 1948 the hope was to achieve a majority in the territory of the British Mandate through Jewish immigration. Among other things, this was why Zionists showed so little interest in saving European Jewry — unless it facilitated their immigration to Palestine. David Ben-Gurion famously said “If I knew that it was possible to save all the children of Germany by transporting them to England, and only half by transferring them to the Land of Israel, I would choose the latter, for before us lies not only the numbers of these children but the historical reckoning of the people of Israel.”….more..e-mail

Hiba’s Story
Franklin Lamb, CounterPunch4/12/2010
Can Lebanon Clean Up Its Act?
Ein el Helwe Palestinian Refugee Camp, Lebanon
More than six decades after their expulsion from Palestine, Lebanon’s unwanted refugees just might be granted some basic civil rights. Granting even the most elementary and normally taken for granted civil rights to Palestinians in Lebanon won’t be easy and it may not be pretty. Yet there is undeniable and growing Lebanese and international resolve for Lebanon’s politicians to end a dark bleak chapter in Arab brotherly relations.
The disturbing paradox of Lebanon depriving its refugees of the most elementary civil rights, some of which are even granted Palestinians by their arch-nemesis, the Zionist occupiers of their own country, is increasingly being condemned in Lebanon. In addition, there is the gaping contradiction between the sweet words and the clarion trumpeting calls by groups wanting to liberate Jerusalem and all of Palestine and enforce the internationally mandated Right of Return (UNSCR 194), while at the same time appearing to avert their eyes from the very ones seeking to return and who exist in abject squalor, humiliation and indignity, thus appearing to tolerate their brothers and sisters’ degradation. These contradictions are motivating an expanding panoply of Lebanese leaders, civil society organizations, side by side with local and international NGO’s, to demand civil rights legislation from the current Cabinet and Parliament. What civil rights advocates seek is compliance with basic international law and indeed Lebanon’s Constitution, both sources of law mandating civil rights for Palestine refugees including the right to work and to own a home.
In plenty of Lebanese neighborhoods, polite society often avoids the subject of ‘haydoulik’ (‘they’) when a foreigner mentions the teeming and squalid Palestinian camps, or brings up the subject of yet another local media or NGO’s report detailing the alarming and accelerating deterioration of the world’s oldest and largest refugee population. Close to half of Lebanon’s Palestinian refugees are crammed into 12 camps and 27 unofficial ‘gatherings’….more..e-mail

Sabreena da Witch: the first lady of Palestinian R&B
Electronic Intifada: 12 Apr 2010 – It was Sabreena da Witch’s first time performing tracks from her self-produced album A Woman Under the Influence . When her performance had concluded, the Palestinian hip hop artist, also referred to as the “First lady of Palestinian R&B,” left the Toronto crowd wanting much, much more. Tania Tabar writes for The Electronic Intifada.

Attack on Berkeley divestment bill dishonest and misleading
Electronic Intifada: 12 Apr 2010 – A coalition of nearly 20 Jewish groups, ranging from the right-wing David Project and the Jewish National Fund to the liberal J Street, is distributing a misleading statement condemning a Student Senate bill calling for divestment from the Israeli occupation at the University of California, Berkeley. They refer to the bill as “dishonest” and “misleading” and “based on contested allegations.” Yet it is their letter that is both dishonest and misleading. Sydney Levy and Yaman Salahi comment.

Talking Palestine to power
Electronic Intifada: 12 Apr 2010 – It is indeed possible for all of us to “squeeze out of reality some of its potentialities,” the reality that University of Melbourne Professor Ghassan Hage has said is found in those utopic moments that come from challenging our own thoughts, fears and biases. In that space lies the untapped power we seek, to speak the truth without fear or favor. Sonja Karkar comments.

affecting and affected
In Gaza: 11 Apr 2010 – Abu Basel (right) is one of the long-termers, having served over 20 years as a medic in Gaza. “Who will take care of people if not us? Someone has to do this work. Without medics, who will care for the injured? Everyone has something to contribute,” he replied to the question: why do you do such dangerous work. Dangerous work. Being a medic hardly seems dangerous…anywhere else. But in a place like Palestine, medics have to contend with more than tending to the injured or bringing in the dead. They have to be aware of Israeli soldiers’ shooting, shelling from Apaches, F-16s, tanks, the sea… Having spoken with Abu Basel many times during and after the Israeli massacre of Gaza last year, I thought I’d heard most of his horror stories. He is a calm man, when not driving the ambulance, and relates all his stories in the same laid-back…

IDF Bid To Expel West Bank Palestinians Is A Step Too Far
Palestine Monitor: 12 Apr 2010 – A new military order will take effect this week, enabling the army to deport tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank and prosecute them on infiltration charges, which carry long prison terms. The order, uncovered by Amira Hass in Haaretz yesterday, bears the signature of Maj. Gen. Gadi Shamni in his previous capacity as commander of the Israel Defense Forces in Judea and Samaria. The order’s vague language will allow army officers to exploit it arbitrarily to carry out mass expulsions, in accordance with military orders which were issued under unclear circumstances. The first candidates for expulsion will be people whose ID cards bear addresses in the Gaza Strip, including children born in the West Bank and Palestinians living in the West Bank who have lost their residency status for various reasons. This would be a grave and dangerous move, unprecedented during the Israeli occupation. For years, Israel…

Cultural Cartography: “Ramallah: Work and Days”
Palestine Monitor: 12 Apr 2010 – Building up fragments of everyday life piece by piece — a martial arts class, rows of nargila in a shop — “Ramallah: Work and Days”, a photo exhibition by Jorge Perez, on show at Al Hoash in Jerusalem, stitches together a bigger picture of daily life in the West Bank’s most international city. It is a process one
might call cultural cartography, since it charts a map of the socio-economic contours of life in Ramallah. Perez himself, in the text accompanying the exhibition, likens it to a ” visual mosaic that captures a pulsing city of contrasts”. “Amjed making sfiha. I like how relaxed and direct his gaze is and the fact that he keeps working while I photograph him.” Each photo, each individual ” fragment “of city life is personal, sometimes intimate. This was not as a result of a conscious decision to work stealthily; rather, he explains that…

The Big Gamble
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Apr 2010 – By Uri Avnery – Israel I met Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Prime Minister, two weeks ago, and was again impressed by the calm and modesty he radiates. Generally, I meet him at demonstrations, such as those at the Bil’in fence. This time, too, there was no opportunity for more than a perfunctory handshake and a few polite words. We appeared together at the Land Day event in a small village near Qalqilyah, whose name is known only to a few: Izbat al-Tabib. The village was established in 1920, and the occupation authorities do not recognize its existence. They want to demolish it and transfer its extensive lands to the nearby Alfei Menashe settlement. We were surrounded by a large group of respectable personalities — the heads of neighboring villages and officials of the parties that belong to the PLO — as well as the inhabitants of the village. I could…more

Indispensable IslamOnline Must Not Fail
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Apr 2010 – By Ramzy Baroud A widely popular Islamic website has been, until very recently, an undisputed success story. IslamOnline arrived at a time that millions of Muslims needed a common platform and a unifying outlet. Here was a website that neither shunned nor alienated. Its influence was upbeat and positive, rather than destructive or divisive. While it wasn’t an apologetic outlet, it reached out to patiently and progressively present Islam and Muslim issues to the world. These were understood and communicated by hundreds of scholars and qualified journalists, who toiled day and night from their Cairo offices. Then something happened to abruptly bring the noble mission to an end. The success story suddenly became a terrible nightmare for hundreds of IslamOnline’s principled employees. The website (IslamOnline.net) remained online, but it was barely updated. Instead, videos were circulated on youtube, showing tired-looking IslamOnline staff chanting in the lobby of their building in…more

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