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Settlers Wounded In Jerusalem Scuffle

IMEMC – Sunday April 25, 2010 – 06:32, Israeli sources reported Saturday evening that a number of settlers were wounded during a scuffle that took place with Palestinian residents in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem.

Responding TO Israeli Threats; Syria Says It Can Strike Israel With Hundreds Of Missiles
IMEMC – Sunday April 25, 2010 – 04:50, After an Israeli official stated that “Israel can send Syria to the Stone Age”, a Syrian official told Manbar Al Rai paper in Kuwait, that Syria can send Israel to a “prehistoric era” should it try to attack Damascus.

Soldiers Attack Nonviolent Protest In Hebron, Kidnap Four

IMEMC – Sunday April 25, 2010 – 02:44, Israeli soldiers used excessive force against a nonviolent protest in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and kidnapped Four residents. The protest was organized against the ongoing closure of the Al Shuhada Street in Hebron.

Palestinians protesting land takeover in Gaza fired upon by Israeli troops, six injured

IMEMC – Saturday April 24, 2010 – 23:44, One international peace activist was shot in the leg, and five Palestinians wounded (one seriously) when Israeli troops fired live ammunition at a group of unarmed demonstrators in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday.

Israeli Police Shoots A Tourist In The Church Of Holy Sepulcher

IMEMC – Saturday April 24, 2010 – 13:42, The Israeli police shot and wounded on Saturday a tourist who reportedly attempted to stab a police officer in the Church Of Holy Sepulcher.

Ma’an News

Protester critically injured by live Israeli fire at Gaza rally
4/24/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Six people were injured, one seriously, by live fire from Israeli forces as Gaza residents and international solidarity activists gathered in the central Strip on Saturday to protest the enforcement of the no go zone. Eyewitnesses confirmed early security source reports, saying first three, then six were injured, one seriously as protesters marched with Palestinian flags towards the buffer zone area enforced by Israel around the Gaza border.”The non-violent rally approached the border area to protest the creation of a buffer zone along the borders between Israel and the Gaza Strip,” rally coordinator Mahmoud Az-Ziq said. Coordinator of medical services in the Gaza Strip Adham Abu Silmiyya said three of the six injured were evacuated to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in central Gaza, with one man in serious condition. Coordinator of Beit Hanoun popular committee Saber Az-Za’aneen identified the injured foreign activist as 28-year-old Bianca Zimmit from Malta.

Bruqin inundated by settler sewage
4/24/2010 – Salfit – Ma’an – Israel’s building restrictions in the West Bank are preventing the rehabilitation of sewage lines pumping waste from settlements and Palestinian communities, Water Authority officials said Saturday. The sewage crisis in Bruqin village is acute, the mayor said, with wastewater from the nearby Ari’el settlement pumped into groundwater and contaminating crops. The pumping must be stopped immediately, Mayor I’krimah Samara, said, appealing to all involved parties and human rights groups. The flow of sewage from the settlement, which also includes wastewater from the governorate, destroys the local environment and “is making life unbearable, polluting underground water and springs,” Samara explained. On a recent visit to the villages, head of the Palestinian Water Authority Shadad Al-A’tili told I’kramah that “the occupation authorities are obstructing the implementation of mechanisms that can solve the problem.

De facto report: Rafah crossing opened twice in 2010
4/24/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an -Egyptian authorities have kept the Rafah crossing closed for the past 55 days, with only two border openings since the start of 2010, a report by the de facto border administration said Saturday.”The crossing’s sporadic opening periods have increased suffering and accumulated the number of stranded patients, injured and students with Gaza residency who need to travel in both directions,” the report noted. The border was opened on 3 January 2010 for four consecutive days, with 3,356 residents leaving Gaza while 1,211 residents returned through Rafah, the report said. At the beginning of March, the crossing was further opened for five consecutive days, which saw 4,378 Gaza residents leave with 833 entering. Since then, the crossing has only been open for special cases. The de facto border administration said on Thursday and Friday, that the crossing saw 161 travelers return. . .

Bahar: Abbas yielded to US pressure
4/24/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Deputized speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Gaza Strip Ahmad Bahar said President Mahmoud Abbas showed a “noticeable retreat, yielding to US pressure,” following the Fatah leader’s speech on Saturday. Abbas spoke early in the day before members of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, saying that his leadership was prepared for a two-state solution, and encouraging Hamas to sign the Egyptian unity document.”This does not provide for the appropriate atmosphere for national reconciliation,” Bahar said in a statement.”The speech included untrue accusations about Hamas which do not lay the appropriate ground for Palestinian unity.” While Abbas accused Israel of missing a “historic opportunity” to create peace, Bahar accused Abbas of missing a “great opportunity” to end the internal Palestinian rivalry “had he taken the courageous decisions to free himself of the US veto,” which Hamas maintains has stalled a unity deal.

Settlers reportedly injured in Sheikh Jarrah brawl
4/24/2010 – Jerusalem – Ma’an – A number of settlers were injured following a fight on Saturday afternoon in the flashpoint neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem, residents said. Nasser Al-Ghawi, a resident, said the fight was provoked by settlers around the house of Rifqa Al-Kurd”cursing the [Muslim] Prophet,” igniting high tensions in the area. Israeli police responded to the incident and separated the brawl. No detentions were reported in the area, and Palestinian residents said police provided protection for settlers leaving the Al-Kurd home, whose Palestinian family was forcibly evicted from the premises. [end]

PLC speaker says Israel to ban face coverings
4/24/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – DeputizedPalestinian Legislative Council PLC speaker Ahmad Bahar accused Israelon Saturday of interfering with the private lives of Palestinians and religious minorities in Israel following plans to ban the wearing of face and body coverings. In a statement, the official slammed the proposed bill submitted by Member of Knesset Marina Slodokin from Israel’s centrist Kadima party, to ban the wearing of the niqab, a face covering worn by a small minority of Muslim women, and large robes covering the entire bodies of women. The allegedly proposed bill would see Israel follow in the wake of France and Canada’s province of Quebec, which have both recently outlawed face coverings in public places. France recently fined a woman driving a car wearing a face covering, while Quebec has already imposed fines on women wearing the niqab working at a government-run daycare.

Conference to be held on Mideast Palestinian refugees
4/24/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – The General Administration for Palestinian Arab Refugees (GAPAR) will hold a symposium on Sunday to discuss the situation of refugees in Arab host countries, Syrian media reported. Director-General of GAPAR Ali Mustafa said in a statement that the symposium will discuss the Israeli authorities’ decision to expel dozens of the West Bank Palestinians, racial discrimination in Jerusalem and the status of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported. Delegations fromSyria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, the Arab League Educational, Cultural and scientific Organization (ALECSO) will take part in the conference, SANA wrote.

Refugee shot in Lebanese camp
4/24/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – Two men were injured on Saturday when a fight broke out in the Palestinian Rashidieh refugee camp, near Tyre, southern Lebanon, Lebanese media reported. According to the government-run National News Agency, a man identified as Mahmoud Assaad shot Ahmad Mohammad Al-Ali in the chest. The NNA report said that a Fatah Movement official, Farouq Said, was also injured in the fight, sustaining minor injuries. , while Al-Ali was transferred to a hospital in Tyre with critical injuries. The NNA reported that the fight was personal, and broke out over an issue related to drugs. The Fatah Movement arrested two people who participated in the shooting, but have not been publicly identified, according to NNA. The Rashidieh camp was built by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in 1963 to accommodate Palestine refugees who were evacuated from Gouraud refugee camp in the Baalbek area of Lebanon.

Abbas: Temporary borders unacceptable
4/24/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – President Mahmoud Abbas stood firm on his position regarding the mandatory halt of settlement construction in the West Bank including Jerusalem before talks with Israel continue, as the Fatah leader addressed his party on Saturday. The speech came following the latest series of meetings of regional leaders with US Special Middle East Envoy George Mitchell, who hoped to kickstart indirect talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.” We gave Israel an opportunity,” Abbas told members of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council in a televised speech, “a historic opportunity to achieve peace. . . But Israel violated this rare opportunity by continuing to build settlements.” The Palestinian stance is the just one, Abbas said, noting increased support for the Palestinian position “from Canada to Japan,” adding that recent polls in Israel have shown that even Israelis see the rightness of Palestinian requirements for peace.

White House to continue pressing for talks
4/24/2010 – Bethlehem/Ramallah – Ma’an – The White House is “probably not” expecting a breakthrough to US-backed proximity talks between Israel and Palestine as the American Middle East envoy George Mitchell finished his first day in the region on Friday. Rather, White House spokesman JP Crowly told reporters, American interests are “trying to move the parties to a point where they agree to proximity talks and to begin to address the substance, the core issues of the process.”The spokesman was frank, and stated, “We know what we want to do. We know what they need to do,” telling journalists that “I’ve said to you many times there’s only one path to a peace agreement, and that is through direct negotiation. We’re trying to move them in that direction, but we’re not there yet.” The Palestinian leadership in the West Bank, however, remains staunchly against talks as long as Israel continues building settlements in illegally occupied Palestinian areas.

Egypt detains Israeli illegally crossing border
4/24/2010 – Al-Arish – Ma’an – Egyptian security detained an Israeli citizen entering Egyptian territory illegally on Saturday, officials said. The unidentified 46-year-old was detained as he attempted to cross over an area of fence destroyed by flooding, and pass into the Egyptian Sinai south of the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza. The detainee was interrogated by Egyptian security, who said this was the third arrest of an Israeli citizen attempting to breach Egypt’s borders. The most recent arrest was an Israeli journalist reporting on African migrants entering Israel illegally via the Egyptian border. He was released without punishment. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that Israeli who illegally crossed into the Sinai peninsula on a motorbike. The police officers say the 46-year-old Israeli set off a police chase when he rode into the Sinai Saturday.

Abbas contacts prisoner deported to Gaza
4/24/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – President Mahmoud Abbas spoke with a former Palestinian prisoner on Saturday who was deported to Gaza by Israeli authorities, after completing his sentence. Abbas told Ahmad As-Sabah that he would pressure Israel, through Europe and international organizations, to ensure Israel revokes two military orders allowing for the deportation of Palestinians broadly defined as infiltrators. The Fatah leader further told the deported prisoner that he would guarantee his safe return to his family living in the West Bank city of Tulkarem. As-Sabbah arrived at the Erez crossing on 21 April 2010, where he has held a sit-in vigil since protesting his deportation. The de facto government in the coastal enclave refused to admit the 36-year-old Tulkarem native, who was thus stranded at the border area. He has called on international and humanitarian rights organizations to have him returned to the West Bank so he can be with his wife and family.

Report: Hamas says Mitchell brings ‘only Zionist proposals’
4/24/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – A Hamas official said Saturday that the US works to thwart Palestinian unity and that US Mideast Envoy George Mitchell will not halt settlement building, Reuters Arabic reported. Izza Ar-Rashiq, member of Hamas’ politburo, said “Mitchell brings with him nothing new, only Zionist proposals which [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu gave him,” according to the news agency. Mitchell, who arrived in the region on Thursday and met with President Mahmoud Abbas and Netanyahu respectively, put forward proposals that avoid bringing an end to settlement building on occupied land and that Israel would “bribe” the Ramallah-based government disguised as “good intentions,” Ar-Rishiq reportedly said. The Hamas official added that “If the Ramallah authority returned to the negotiations table, it will form a cover for Judaizing Jerusalem.”

Hamas: Wave of PA violence targeting supporters
4/24/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – A wave of politically-motivated arrests and the sacking of a Hamas-affiliated teacher in the West Bank last week prompted a statement from Hamas officials condemning the incidents and accusing the Ramallah-government of ramping-up factional tensions. In its statement, Hamas released the names of 12 alleged affiliates reportedly detained by PA security services in the West Bank, adding that all of the 12 were taken forcibly from their homes in the village of Baqat Al-Hatab near Qalqiliya. The statement said computers and personal effects were also confiscated from the 12 party supporters An additional four supporters were also detained, the statement said, from the municipal areas of Qalqiliya, Jenin, and Salfit in the northern West Bank as well as in Ramallah in the center. The statement further accused Palestinian Authority officials of dismissing a teacher for his political beliefs from the Jayyous school in the Qalqiliya region.

Police: 19 fugitives detained at Allenby Bridge
4/24/2010 – Jericho – Ma’an – Palestinian Authority forces deployed at the Allenby Bridge crossing into Jordan arrested 19 men they said were fugitives attempting to flee the West Bank, a statement read Saturday. Those detained were “wanted” by security officials and local courts on charges of fraud and criminal activity, the statement said, noting the arrests occurred during the past week. Police said 7,754 Palestinian residents, 126 foreign nationals and 47 Palestinians with Israeli ID cards returned from Jordan during the week, entering the occupied Palestinian territories via the Allenby Bridge crossing, while 8,773 residents, 77 international passport holders and Palestinians with Israeli ID cards entered Jordan. Over the week, 32 patients entered Jordan in ambulances while 50 individuals were prohibited from crossing by Israel authorities for “security reasons.”

Palestine Note

Netanyahu agrees to capitulations for peace, Al-Hayat
Palestine Note 24 Apr 2010 – London-based Arabic language news outlet Al-Hayat said Saturday that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to a prisoner release, road block removals, and an ease in the Gaza blockade as a positive gesture toward the peace…

Abbas tells Obama to impose peace plan
Palestine Note 24 Apr 2010 – In a speech Saturday, PA President Mahmoud Abbas urged US President Barack Obama to “impose” a peace solution that would effect a Palestinian state, Haaretz reports. Abbas said in Remarks to the Fatah party a day…

Gaza moves to preserve local antiquities from black market
Palestine Note 24 Apr 2010 – A coastal door on the Mediterranean to the ancient world’s great empires, the Gaza Strip is home to both decades-long conflict and an enormous cache of archeological treasures. But now the Gaza government is working to…

ISRAEL TO BAN ISLAMIC DRESS
Palestine Note 24 Apr 2010 – BILL SUBMITTED TO KNESSET TO BAN NIQAB AND OTHER FORMS OF ISLAMIC DRESS Palestinian Legislative Council speaker Ahmad Bahar spoke out against Israeli plans to outlaw forms of Islamic dress in the public sphere including niqab ,…

An “Obama plan” for the Middle East is a good idea
Palestine Note 24 Apr 2010 – WASHINGTON, DC – The Washington Post reported last week that the Obama administration is considering abandoning its support for indirect Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in favour of direct negotiations based on a plan the United States would lay…

Aqaba: Officials say rockets not fired from Jordan
Palestine Note 24 Apr 2010 – Jordanian officials are “100 per cent sure” the rocket fire that exploded an Aqaba warehouse Thursday did not originate in Jordan, the Jordan Times reports. Exploded shell unrelated to Aqaba incident Prime Minister Samir Rifai told…

A new approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Palestine Note 24 Apr 2010 – SYRACUSE – Although the clash between the US and Israeli governments about the Israeli government’s planned housing expansion in east Jerusalem may be abating, the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is no closer. President Barack Obama’s…

Learning to live together
Palestine Note 24 Apr 2010 – TEL AVIV- Rioting in Jerusalem has illuminated the tenuous state of Jewish-Arab relations in Israel. The popular misconception is that this issue is an isolated incident resulting from the opening of a new synagogue. If we…

Prime Minister Fayyad’s plan: development as leverage for independence
Palestine Note 24 Apr 2010 – JERUSALEM – Much has been written about the plan proposed by the 13th Palestinian Government headed by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad for establishing the Palestinian state within two years. However, little has been written about one…

What is left of the Zionist left
Palestine Note 24 Apr 2010 – TEL AVIV – If the Zionist Left still exists, it finds itself today in a quandary which may yet define the future of the State of Israel. It must ask itself several questions: what role can…

Earth day in Israel: Apartheid showing through the greenwash
Palestine Note 24 Apr 2010 – On April 22, as part of the global Earth Day celebrations, homes, offices and public buildings in 14 Israeli cities turned out the lights for one hour in an effort to “increase awareness of the vital…

Aljazeera

Abbas urges Obama to ‘impose’ deal
AlJazeera 24 Apr 2010 – Palestinian leader calls on US president to act and rejects idea of temporary state.

Ha’aretz

Israel repeals iPad ban after two weeks of confiscations
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – The ban has been lifted: The Communications Ministry announced Saturday evening that starting Sunday it will allow Apple?s iPad tablet computer into the country, following two weeks of confiscations and confusion. …

Goldstone to attend grandson’s bar mitzvah as Zionist groups end feud
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – South African Jewish organizations step down campaign against author of UN’s Gaza war report.

Egypt FM: Claims of Scud transfer to Hezbollah ‘laughable lies’
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – Lebanon army chief says there is no way Scuds could have crossed the border from Syria undetected.

U.S. and Israel trying to put crisis behind them
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – Like Begin, PM may be moving toward a political path which chooses America over right-wing coalition.

Egypt police arrest Israeli who crossed border into Sinai
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – Police say the 36-year-old Israeli may have strayed over the border accidentally.

Israeli-Arab delegation in Libya for meeting with Gadhafi
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – Group of 40 politicians, journalists, religious officials to stress their connection to the Arab people.

Iran: We’ll allow UN officials to inspect new uranium enrichment plant
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards dismiss the U.S.-led drive to impose sanctions as ‘ridiculous.’

Abbas urges Obama to impose Mideast peace solution
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – Netanyahu agrees to release prisoners, remove roadblocks as goodwill gestures to PA, Al-Hayat reports.

Public Security Ministry to PMO: Rightists will march in East Jerusalem
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – Netanyahu sought to delay march in Arab neighborhood of Silwan until after departure of U.S. envoy Mitchell.

J Street chief: Obama needs to connect with the Israeli people
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – Ben-Ami: Obama must make the case for why certain compromises are so vital for everybody in the region.

Indirect Israel-PA peace talks to begin by mid-May
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – Obama: Proximity talks would encompass all the conflict’s core issues including Jerusalem.

Memo to Mitchell: Bring a peace plan or stay home
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a black hole swallowing up goodwill ambassadors throughout the ages.

Who will protect Palestinians from growing settler extremism?
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – Palestinians can almost never hope for justice within the legal system, nor can they defend themselves.

IDF fires at group of demonstrators on Gaza border
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – Palestinians report that three were wounded in the incident, including a foreign activist from Malta.

Israeli study: Diabetic women have 25% greater risk of developing cancer
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – Diabetic women are at a significantly higher risk of developing cancer during their lifetime than men, according to a new Israeli study based on data on persons insured by the Maccabi Health Maintenance Organization. Overall, the study showed that diabetes increases by 25 percent the chances that women will suffer also from cancer, while there was no indication that the disease increased the risk in men. …

Likud MK: Iran nuclear scientist seeks political asylum in Israel
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – An Iranian nuclear scientist is seeking political asylum in Israel, Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara said on Saturday. …

Suspected meteor lands on beach near Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – An unidentified object fell from the sky on a segregated beach used by religious beachgoers in Bat Yam on Saturday afternoon, Channel 10 reported. …

IDF confirms object found off coast of Eilat is Grad rocket
Ha’aretz 24 Apr 2010 – The Israel Defense Forces has confirmed that the suspicious object found by two Israeli divers early Saturday morning off the shores of Eilat was a Grad rocket fired on Thursday. …

2 Palestinians were shot during a march against Gaza’s buffer zone including foreign activist
24 Apr 2010 – Gaza, April 24, (Pal Telegraph — ISM) El Maghazi, Deir Al Balah, Gaza, Occupied Palestinian Territories, 24th April 2010, 12PM — At a peaceful nonviolent demonstration against the forceful cessation of farming within what Israel defines as a “buffer zone,” which was attended by 150 people, two Palestinians demonstrators and one International activist were shot. Israeli soldiers opened fire on…

Barack hopes to launch indirect talks with Palestinians soon
24 Apr 2010 – Jerusalem, April 24, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, hoped that the diplomatic efforts of U.S. special envoy George Mitchell, will allow the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians “within two weeks.” Barak said, in an interview with Israeli television: “I have the impression that there are intensive efforts being made to launch the peace talks with the…

4 injured during a march in Gaza including foreign peace activist
24 Apr 2010 – Gaza, April 24, (Pal Telegraph) Three Palestinians and one foreign peace activist were shot by the Israeli occupation today during a march against the security line which is located East of Mughazi camp, central of the Gaza Strip. The Director of Emergency Services at Al Shefa hospital, Dr. Muawiya Hassanein, said that the four were injured in the lower limbs,…

Israeli demonstrator badly Injured in Bil’in demonstration
24 Apr 2010 – West Bank, April 24, (Pal Telegraph) An Israeli protester suffered a broken skull after soldiers shot him directly with a tear gas projectile that hit his forehead yesterday. Five demonstrators were arrested. Another protester was hit in the head with a tear gas projectile in Nabi Saleh. Emad Rezqa was hit in the forehead by an aluminum tear gas projectile…

Israeli authorities to demolish 2 houses in Nablus
24 Apr 2010 – Nablus, April 24, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli authorities delivered demolition warrants to two Palestinian families in Tana east of Nablus in the West Bank, notifying them of their intention to demolish the families’ homes within 48 hours. The official of West Bank settlements file, Ghassan Deglis, said that two the Palestinian families of Shaher Hanini and Asad Hanini were…

Uruknet

Three-Day Bil’in Conference ends with a protester badly injured
Uruknet April 24, 2010 – This Friday protest marked the end of the Fifth Bil’in International Conference for Palestinian Popular Resistance. The conference, entitled “Khalas! We are winning!” was held from Wednesday to Friday and saw the participation of more than 300 people, including speakers of all Palestinian political parties, Israeli activists and delegations from all over the world. During yesterday’s…

Earth Day in Israel: Apartheid Showing Through the Greenwash
Uruknet April 24, 2010 – On April 22, as part of the global Earth Day celebrations, homes, offices and public buildings in 14 Israeli cities turned out the lights for one hour in an effort to “increase awareness of the vital need to reduce energy consumption.” The Earth Day celebrations included scenes of green fields, wind generators and rainbows projected on…

Video: An Israeli bulldozer destroys a children’s playground near Bethlehem
Uruknet April 24, 2010 – Guarded by Israeli soldiers, a bulldozer demolishes a garden and children’s playground to make way for the continued construction of Israel’s illegal apartheid wall. International Solidarity Movement activists joined local Palestinians and two Israeli activists to attempt to block the bulldozer. All were violently removed by the soldiers – one Palestinian was hospitalised after his stomach…

What threat did I pose the Israeli soldiers?
Uruknet April 24, 2010 – The latest in a growing number of non-violent protesters shot by well-armed Israeli soldiers, three unarmed demonstrators —two Palestinians and one international—were injured this afternoon by Israeli soldiers’ firing with live ammunition at a protest east of El Meghazi, central Gaza Strip. One week prior, Mahmoud Shawa, 19, was shot just below his knee by an…

No difference between Palestinian Christians and Muslims: an interview with Michel Sabbah
Uruknet April 24, 2010 …

ANTI SEMITISM ON THE RISE IN JERUSALEM AS POGROMS ARE PLANNED
Uruknet April 24, 2010 – Before you read any further‚Ķ. Keep this in mind‚Ķ.. Palestinians are Semites‚Ķ any violence aimed towards them is ANTI-SEMITIC! Also keep this in mind‚Ķ.. Kach is recognized as a terrorist organization by Israel, the US and the European Union. Yet, members of this group (Kach) are planning a massive pogrom tomorrow in the Palestinian neighbourhood of…

Protester critically injured by live Israeli fire at Gaza rally
Uruknet April 24, 2010 — Six people were injured, one seriously, by live fire from Israeli forces as Gaza residents and international solidarity activists gathered in the central Strip on Saturday to protest the enforcement of the no go zone. Eyewitnesses confirmed early security source reports, saying first three, then six were injured, one seriously as protesters marched with Palestinian flags…

Videos: Israel Turns Gaza Farms into Waste Land
Uruknet April 23, 2010 – On April 22, 4 Israeli tanks and 4 large Israeli military bulldozers invaded Al Faraheen, destroying Palestinian farmland in the what the Israeli authorities have unilaterally declared as the “buffer zone”, a 300 metre stretch of land along Gaza’s border to Israel in which Palestinians have been forbidden to enter, doing so at risk of being…

Video: Murder in an Israeli Prison
Uruknet April 23, 2010 – Diana and Ashira are adamant to find out the truth about Raed Abu Hamad’s death while in solitary confinement at Beersheba Prison. Diana heads to Raed’s home and Ashira heads to the Israeli Forensic center where the autopsy is performed. Why did the parents and the PA’s Ministry of Prisoners send a Palestinian doctor and lawyer…

“Occupied” Pollution
Uruknet April 23, 2010 – There are 121 settlements in the West Bank, excluding East Jerusalem. In many of these, violence against the local Palestinian population is common. In a number, however, it is pollution that is a major problem. Waste-water pollution from settlements destroys crops and trees, pollutes ground and drinking water supplies, and damages land and harms wildlife and…

Netanyahu Commits to Colonizing East Jerusalem; First Palestinian Expelled under new Policy
Uruknet April 23, 2010 – The new Israeli policy of deporting Palestinians from the West Bank on arbitrary grounds has kicked in with Ahmad Sabah, who has just been deported to Gaza and separated from his family in the West Bank. The measure contravenes the Geneva Convention of 1949 on the treatment of occupied populations, and it also goes contrary to…

Jewish Settler website attacks, incites against Palestinian journalist
Uruknet April 23, 2010 — An Israeli news-and-views website affiliated with the Nazi-minded Gush Emunim movement, which spearheads the manifestly- fascist settler movement, has attacked and incited against a Palestinian journalist for criticizing Ed Kcoh, the supremacist Jewish ex- mayor of New York. Koch, a notorious Israel-firster and supporter of Jewish territorial aggrandizement, recently urged President Obama to give Israel a…

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli forces shoot unarmed demonstrators in Gazan ‚Äòbuffer zone’
4/24/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – ISM Gaza – El Maghazi, Deir Al Balah, Gaza, Occupied Palestinian Territories, 24th April 2010, 12PM — At a peaceful nonviolent demonstration against the forceful cessation of farming within what Israel defines as a “buffer zone,” which was attended by 150 people, two Palestinians demonstrators and one International activist wereshot. Israeli soldiers opened fire on the demonstrators from the border fence. Nidal Al Naji (18) was shot in the right thigh. Hind Al Akra (22) was shot in the stomach and is undergoing emergency surgery. Bianca Zimmit (28) from Malta was filming the demonstration when she was shot in her left thigh. The wounded are currently being treated in Al Aqsa Hospital. Shortly after 11 a. m. , women and men, including 6 ISM activists, marched from Al Maghazi towards the Israeli fence closing off the Gaza strip.

Inter Press Service

U.S. Nuclear Option on Iran Linked to Israeli Attack Threat
IPS WASHINGTON, Apr 23 (IPS) – The Barack Obama administration’s declaration in its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) that it is reserving the right to use nuclear weapons against Iran represents a new element in a strategy of persuading Tehran that an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites is a serious possibility…

Israel Winning its War on Goats
IPS GAZA CITY, Apr 23 (IPS) – Nine-year-old Ismail spends every afternoon herding his family’s flock of sheep and goats, a scraggly group of roughly 20 animals. They live in a shanty house district near Tel el Howa in Gaza City, where growth is sparse to non-existent.

Stop The Wall

Mass rally in Ni’lin: Free our prisoners!
Stop The Wall – This Friday’s protest was attended by people from Ni’lin and the surrounding villages. Hundreds of people were targeted once again with live rounds as they protested against the Wall and the arrest of local activists. [

Bil’in: Israel shoots Palestinian from Yafa
Stop The Wall – Imad Rizqa was shot in the head while attending the protest to mark the conclusion of the Fifth Annual Conference on Popular Resistance in Bil’in. New weapons were tested on the protestors as the IOF clamped down on the protest. [

Jerusalem Post

Poll: US upset by Obama’s Israel ties
Jeruslalem Post 25 Apr 2010 – 44% of Americans disapprove of Obama’s Israeli-Palestinian approach.

Abbas: No PA ‘temporary border’ state
Jeruslalem Post 25 Apr 2010 – Mitchell expected to leave Israel without launching proximity talks.

Army chief: No Scud missiles in Lebanon
Jeruslalem Post 25 Apr 2010 – Kahwaji: “Talk about the issue is political.”

Nuclear scientist seeks asylum in Israel
Jeruslalem Post 25 Apr 2010 – Iranian scientist awaits a decision in a “friendly country.”

Abbas: Forget about Palestinian state with temporary borders
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2010 – Mitchell expected to leave Israel without launching proximity talks.

‚ÄòThere are no Scud missiles in Lebanon,’ says army chief
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2010 – Kahwaji: “Talk about the issue is political.”

Palestinians wounded at Gaza fence
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2010 – Protesters were wounded by IDF fire for refusing to leave barrier area.

Egypt arrests Israeli illegally entering
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2010 – IDF at work to release biker who apparently crossed border by accident, with handgun.

‘No Scud missiles in Lebanon’
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2010 – Lebanese army chief meets with Egyptian FM, denies allegations.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Bright Idea Takes Nablus Girls to California
WAFA 24 Apr 2010 – NABLUS, April 24, 2010 (WAFA) – Three schoolgirls from Nablus have been chosen to represent Palestine at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in California next month. The

OCHA: 1 Palestinian Killed, 10 Injured in OPT Last Week
WAFA 24 Apr 2010 – RAMALLAH, April 24, 2010 (WAFA)- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in its weekly Protection of civilians report, that ten Palestinians were injured by Israeli

Bilin’s 5th International Conference for Popular Struggle Ends
WAFA 24 Apr 2010 – BILIN, April 24, 2010 (WAFA)- “During this fifth annual conference, we felt the absence of our friends who are prevented by the occupations cells and bars from joining us, imprisoned for struggling

President Abbas Calls for Open Palestinian-Israeli Dialogue
WAFA 24 Apr 2010 – RAMALLAH, April 24, 2010 (WAFA)- President Mahmoud Abbas, called, today, for an open political dialogue between the different Israeli and Palestinian forces, parties and leaders, aside from

Relief Web

Week in Review – Palestinians ‘Just Say No’ to Temporary Borders [April 18 — April 24]
Relief Web 24 Apr 2010 – Source: MIFTAH

Increased humanitarian aid to Gaza after IDF operation 17 April 2010
Relief Web 24 Apr 2010 – Source: Government of Israel

YNet News

‘Iranian nuke scientist seeks asylum in Israel’
YNet News – Deputy Minister Kara says senior scientist currently staying in ‘friendly….

Foreign peace activists reportedly hurt by IDF
YNet News – Three protestors hurt by IDF fire while marching near Gaza fence, Palestinians….

Israeli held by Egypt for crossing border
YNet News – Man who mistakenly crossed into Sinai on motorcycle is immediately taken in for….

Egypt rejects Scud suspicions
YNet News – Foreign minister says Israel’s fears Syria supplied Hezbollah with long-range….

Report: Abbas rejects offer of 60% of West Bank
YNet News – Al-Hayat reports Palestinian president won’t accept Netanyahu’s offer due to….

US: Syria providing ‘wider array’ of missiles to Hezbollah
YNet News – Senior State Department official says US concerned with ‘broadening nature of….

Is food the answer to rift with Turkey?
YNet News – Delicious public relations effort: The Association of Turkey-natives in Israel held a special feast Saturday aimed at warming up ties between Jerusalem and Ankara. …….

AG rejects Bibi’s request to delay rightist march
YNet News – The Prime Minister’s Office has asked the Internal Security Ministry to postpone the rightist march in east Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood, which is scheduled for …….

Syria threatens to send Israel back to ‘prehistoric times’
YNet News – Syria has threatened to “send Israel back to the era of prehistoric man” if the Jewish state attacks it with unconventional weapons. A source close to …….

Abbas: Forget temporary state, begin final-status talks
YNet News – While special US Mideast envoy George Mitchell tours the region in hopes of jumpstarting the peace process, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his objection …….

Judge Goldstone to attend grandson’s bar mitzvah
YNet News – The internationally respected jurist who accused Israel of war crimes in a UN report said he will attend his grandson’s bar mitzvah now that he no longer faces protests …….

Daily Star

Mitchell: US wants Mideast solution soon, not in distant future
Daily Star 25 Apr 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: US Middle East envoy George Mitchell told Israel and the Palestinians on Friday that President Barack Obama wants a comprehensive peace deal to be a reality “soon, not in some vague and distant future time.” In a busy first day of meetings on his latest shuttle mission – amid strains between Israel and its closest ally

Zimbabwean president voices support for Iran’s nuclear program
Daily Star 25 Apr 2010 Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has backed Iran’s controversial nuclear program and accused the West of seeking to punish the two countries for asserting their independence. Iran faces a possible new round of United Nations sanctions over its refusal to halt uranium enrichment. The West accuses Tehran of trying to build nuclear weapons

Israeli Arab wounded by tear-gas canister during separation-barrier protest
Daily Star 25 Apr 2010 BILIN, Occupied West Bank: An Arab-Israeli man was hit in the head by a tear-gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier on Friday at a protest along the route of Israel’s separation barrier in the occupied West Bank. Blood could be seen gushing from a huge gash on his forehead as he was rushed by ambulance from the village of Bilin to hospital in nearby

Major UK parties show little difference in fight on terror
Daily Star 25 Apr 2010 LONDON: All three of the politicians vying to be Britain’s next prime minister said they would sanction another Afghanistan-style military operation to attack terrorists based in other countries. In the second televised debate between the three party leaders ahead of next month’s election, opinion polls indicated that the leader of the Liberal Democrats

Swiss diplomat says Americans jailed in Iran in poor health
Daily Star 25 Apr 2010 MINNEAPOLIS: Two of three American hikers jailed in Iran for nearly nine months are in poor health and told Swiss diplomats – their first outside visitors since October – that they were considering a hunger strike, their mothers said late Thursday.Sarah Shourd, who is being held alone in a cell, is suffering a serious gynecological condition and battling depression

Palestinian Information Center

Qassem to Abbas: Reconciliation does not match with security coordination
PIC 25 Apr 2010 – Political science professor Abdul Sattar Qassem on Saturday told Mahmoud Abbas that wanting reconciliation does not match with maintaining security coordination with the IOA.

PLC castigates IOA for proposing ban on Niqab
PIC 25 Apr 2010 – The chairmanship of the Palestinian legislative council (PLC) has castigated the reported draft proposal by a member of the Israeli parliament to ban Niqab in public places in 1948 occupied Palestine.

IOA to demolish 2 Nablus homes, settlers smash 2 Palestinian cars in Al-Khalil
PIC 25 Apr 2010 – The IOA has warned the landlords of two homes in Khirbat Tana, east of Nablus, that they should evacuate their homes along with their families within 48 hours in preparation for their demolition.

Hamas: The national reconciliation is practices, not a signature on paper
PIC 25 Apr 2010 – Hamas said it did not see any serious tone in Mahmoud Abbas’s speech, affirming that the national reconciliation is not slogans or a signature on paper, but it is procedures and practices.

Prisoners’ center: 20 Palestinians in solitary confinement in Israeli jails
PIC 25 Apr 2010 – The prisoners’ center for studies said there are more than 20 Palestinian prisoners in solitary confinement inside Israeli jails living in harsh incarceration conditions threatening their lives.

IOF soldiers shoot & wound six Palestinian citizens
PIC 25 Apr 2010 – IOF soldiers fired live bullets at Palestinian citizens taking part in a protest demonstration east of Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza Strip on Saturday and wounded six of them.

Israeli policeman critically injures foreign tourist
PIC 25 Apr 2010 – An Israeli policeman fired at a foreign tourist inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday, police sources said.

Abu Sha’ar warns of Talmudic gardens project
PIC 25 Apr 2010 – Dr. Taleb Abu Sha’ar warned that Israel is embarking on encircling the occupied city of Jerusalem with Talmudic gardens as part of a wider project aimed at Judaizing the holy city.

Bahar warns Abbas of accepting Netanyahu’s proposal on Palestinian state
PIC 25 Apr 2010 – Dr. Ahmed Bahar warned Mahmoud Abbas of accepting the offer from Benjamin Netanyahu about the Palestinian state, stressing that the Palestinian cause must be kept away from cheap compromises.

Kuwait files complaint with UN on IOA desecration of Mamunallah cemetery
PIC 25 Apr 2010 – Kuwait tabled a complaint at the UN on behalf of the Arab countries on Friday against the Israeli occupation authority’s (IOA) desecration of Mamunallah cemetery in occupied Jerusalem.

Los Angeles Times

TV show deals with Israel POWs
LA Times 24 Apr 2010 –

New York Times

Companies Feeling More Pressure to Cut Iran Ties
New York Times 24 Apr 2010 – While the U.S. struggles to negotiate stronger sanctions on Iran, companies are being pushed to sever ties.

Misc

Checkpoints
Palestine Monitor – “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…

Three-Day Bil’in Conference ends with a protester badly injured
Palestine Monitor – This Friday protest marked the end of the Fifth Bil’in International Conference for Palestinian Popular Resistance. The conference, entitled “Khalas! We are winning!” was held from Wednesday to Friday and saw the participation of more than 300 people, including speakers of all Palestinian political parties, Israeli…

Earth Day In Israel: Apartheid Showing Through the Greenwash
Palestine Monitor – On April 22, as part of the global Earth Day celebrations, homes, offices and public buildings in 14 Israeli cities turned out the lights for one hour in an effort to “increase awareness of the vital need to reduce energy consumption.” The Earth Day celebrations included…

Israeli leftist: Join us in our war against this fatal affliction, the occupation
Mondoweiss – Rami Elhanan, who lost his daughter Smadar to a suicide bomber in 1997, in a speech last week, picked up at Kibush : I think about the stations of my life, on the long journey that I have taken on my way to a redefinition of myself,…

Israelis shoot Maltese photographer as she films Gaza demonstration
Mondoweiss – Just a flesh wound to the leg, I’m told: a Maltese volunteer was shot in Gaza by Israeli soldiers as she filmed a demonstration yesterday. Eva Bartlett of International Solidarity Movement (ISM) reports : Bianca Zammit, shot in her outer thigh (leg) by armed Israeli soldiers as…

Israel’s ‚Äòguardian,’ Sen. Schumer says Gazans are suffering but they deserve it
Mondoweiss – Ben Smith picks up a disturbing radio interview of Chuck Schumer by Nachum Segal, who is apparently to the right of Schumer and of course has influence, in which Schumer repeatedly sides with Israel over Obama and says the collective punishment of the Palestinian people in…

Haber: BDS is about justice and self-determination, not one-state/two-state
Mondoweiss – Jerry Haber (Magnes Zionist) responds to Ahmed Moor in their dialogue about liberal Zionists and BDS. Since Ahmed Moor and I agree on many fundamental goals — transforming Israel from an ethnic Jewish state to a state of all its citizens, dispensing justice to those who…

Left roots need to make common cause with libertarian right on the issue
Mondoweiss – Republican Ron Paul gave a great speech on the House floor about special interests pushing us to war in Iran. Last year at J Street , leftleaning Dem congressman Bob Filner said the same thing: “On the issue of Israel, people are taking positions that could lead…

Articles


Yasher Koah, Judge Goldstone
Larry Derfner, Jerusalem Post4/22/2010
What the South African Jewish community did last week was shameful.
Judge Richard Goldstone, talking last October with a group of liberal North American rabbis, explained why he agreed to head the UN’s investigation of the war in Gaza.
“I knew,” he said, “there would be strong and negative opposition to my doing it on the part of members of the Jewish community and particularly with the government of Israel and its supporters in Israel and the Diaspora. But I really felt that to live with myself and to live with my own conscience, I couldn’t justify having gotten involved in the investigations in many other countries and because I was Jewish refuse to use the same norms and the same principles in relation to Israel.”
I don’t think there is a single Israeli or Diaspora Jew in a high position of leadership today who understands what Goldstone was talking about. What he was talking about, plainly and simply, was moral courage.
It’s not here. It’s not what Israel is about, not what Diaspora Jewry is about, certainly not the leadership, and not the followers, either, who want to stay inside the warmth of the consensus. To be a good, patriotic Zionist Jew today, you have to pour out your wrath on Goldstone. A “small man,” was how President Shimon Peres described him. An “evil” man, a “traitor,” was Alan Dershowitz’s description.
As far as I’m concerned, neither Peres nor Dershowitz nor any of the legions of other proud, patriotic Zionist Jews who’ve ganged up on Goldstone are worthy of carrying his briefcase.
He is the absolute best of the Jewish tradition. He stands up for justice, he stands up for the oppressed and he speaks truth to power — no matter who holds the power and no matter what it costs him. This is one of the great Jews of our time….more..e-mail

US warms to strike on Iran
Victor Kotsev, Asia Times4/23/2010
“With sufficient foreign assistance, Iran could probably develop and test an intercontinental ballistic missile [ICBM] capable of reaching the United States by 2015,” claimed a Pentagon report that was declassified on Monday. The almost simultaneous timing of two key recent revelations – this and Israeli accusations that Syria had transferred Scud missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon – has contributed to a fresh escalation of tensions in the Middle East and to speculation that the stage is being set for a military show-down.
The war of words has become particularly harsh, and threats are now being exchanged openly between the United States and Iran: the first salvo since President Barack Obama’s inauguration, and a troubling development. “We are not taking any options off the table as we pursue the pressure and engagement tracks,” the
Pentagon’s press secretary, Geoff Morrell, said this week. “The president always has at his disposal a full array of options, including use of the military … It is clearly not our preferred course of action but it has never been, nor is it now, off the table.” Days ago it was revealed that the US military was actively preparing for war against Iran. “The Pentagon and US Central Command are updating military plans to strike Iran’s nuclear sites, preparing up-to-date options for the president in the event he decides to take such action,” CNN reported on Monday.
The Iranians, meanwhile, have embarked on a show of force of their own. “Iranian armed forces on Sunday displayed three generations of modern home-made ballistic missiles in military parades marking the country’ Army Day,” Fars News reported. Last week, the agency quoted the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, as saying, “As I have already announced, if the US attacks Iran, none of its soldiers [in the region] will go back home alive.”more..e-mail

Israel, a New Decade
Ran HaCohen, Antiwar.com4/10/2010
The deep racism of the Israeli psyche is on the rise. The 1990s, at least in hindsight, marked some liberalization of the public discourse; the first decade of this century crushed it, and now the mildly critical, left-liberal discourse hardly exists in the mainstream. No wonder the liberal left has just 3 seats out of 120 in the Knesset; all the other parties are various shades of right-wing, far right, or fascism (except the small outcast “Arab” parties). The racist mindset can be observed in the most trivial daily situations, like my elderly neighbor, when told I saw someone peeping at my window the other night, instinctively reacting with a single question: “Have you seen whether it was a Jew or an Arab?”
I turn on the television just before dinner. Prime-time. An Israeli series: “The Pilots’ Wives” (“Meet the Women behind Our Heroes”, said the promo), interrupted occasionally by a commercial depicting a soldier missing his mother’s soup (“disclaimer: the actor is not a soldier”). After the series, a short public service broadcast showing a group of young men, each in turn boasting his military service, until they notice one of them — a violent zoom-in — keeps quiet; the message is clear. Then the news, with at least one public relations item pushed by the military: “teen-age girls eager to become fighters”, “a remote-control watch-and-shoot system on the Gaza fence”, “a unique glimpse into a top-secret air-force base” or the like. Not to mention the real news, be it about the Palestinian territories, Lebanon, Iran, or even the billions of terrorists disguised as miserable African refugees allegedly waiting on the Egyptian border to inundate Israel: all these issues, and many more, are predominantly managed and framed by the military.
The military service has been made a major issue in Israeli public discourse. Not that the army is short of soldiers: on the contrary, the number of recruits requesting “to serve their country” in combat units is at record level. Nevertheless, uniting the nation around the military as the ultimate good is a goal in itself, especially when it implicitly excludes the Israeli-Palestinians, who are not conscripted…..more..e-mail

What threat did I pose the Israeli soldiers?
In Gaza: 24 Apr 2010 – The latest in a growing number of non-violent protesters shot by well-armed Israeli soldiers, three unarmed demonstrators —two Palestinians and one international—were injured this afternoon by Israeli soldiers’ firing with live ammunition at a protest east of El Meghazi, central Gaza Strip. One week prior, Mahmoud Shawa, 19, was shot just below his knee by an Israeli soldier while demonstrating near the Nahal Oz crossing, eastern Gaza. March 30, four Palestinians were shot by armed Israeli soldiers while participating in non-violent demonstrations against the Israeli-imposed “buffer zone”. Three of the four were injured by bullets or bullet shrapnel to their legs, while the fourth was shot in the head. *[photo: Emad Badwan] Bianca Zammit, 28, from Malta was one of three injured by the Israeli soldiers’ shooting today. Zammit, an International Solidarity Movement (ISM) colleague was standing roughly 3 metres to my left, both of us roughly 50 metres from…

Three-Day Bil’in Conference ends with a protester badly injured
Palestine Monitor: 24 Apr 2010 – This Friday protest marked the end of the Fifth Bil’in International Conference for Palestinian Popular Resistance. The conference, entitled “Khalas! We are winning!” was held from Wednesday to Friday and saw the participation of more than 300 people, including speakers of all Palestinian political parties, Israeli activists and delegations from all over the world. During yesterday’s rally an Arab Israeli protester, Emad Rezqa was injured by a high velocity tear-gas canister fired at his head by Israeli Army. Despite the fact that the rally was entirely peaceful, demonstrators reported that soldiers showed an indiscriminate use of violence, firing and shooting directly at the faces. Dozens suffered from tear-gas inhalation and 5 demonstrators were injured. Dr Mustapha Barghouthi, the General Secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative and Luisa Morgantini, former Vice-President of the European Parliament took part into the rally. / Demonstrators marching Photo:FLV / A French delegation Photo:FLV / Demonstrators marching towards the…

Earth Day In Israel: Apartheid Showing Through the Greenwash
Palestine Monitor: 24 Apr 2010 – On April 22, as part of the global Earth Day celebrations, homes, offices and public buildings in 14 Israeli cities turned out the lights for one hour in an effort to “increase awareness of the vital need to reduce energy consumption.” The Earth Day celebrations included scenes of green fields, wind generators and rainbows projected on the walls of the Old City in Jerusalem, the Green Globes Award ceremony recognizing “outstanding contributions to promote the environment” and a concert in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv powered by generators running on vegetable oil as well as volunteers on 48 bikes pedaling away to produce electricity. The irony was not lost on the 1.5 million residents of Gaza who have been living with daily power outages lasting hours on end for nearly three years due to the Israeli siege on the coastal territory. The Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (…

Earth Day in Israel: Apartheid Showing Through the Greenwash
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Apr 2010 – By Stephanie Westbrook On April 22, as part of the global Earth Day celebrations, homes, offices and public buildings in 14 Israeli cities turned out the lights for one hour in an effort to “increase awareness of the vital need to reduce energy consumption.” The Earth Day celebrations included scenes of green fields, wind generators and rainbows projected on the walls of the Old City in Jerusalem, the Green Globes Award ceremony recognizing “outstanding contributions to promote the environment” and a concert in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv powered by generators running on vegetable oil as well as volunteers on 48 bikes pedaling away to produce electricity. The irony was not lost on the 1.5 million residents of Gaza who have been living with daily power outages lasting hours on end for nearly three years due to the Israeli siege on the coastal territory. The Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities…more

From Neptune to Gaza
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Apr 2010 – In excerpts from a speech prepared for the Hetherington Memorial Lecture, Ramzy Baroud argues for a history of the people, by the people and for the people. By Ramzy Baroud Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune. — Noam Chomsky My name is Ramzy Baroud, and I am from Neptune. In actual fact, I am a Palestinian from Gaza. And I am a Palestinian from other places too, places that no longer exist. Sometimes it’s not who you are but where you come from that shapes your identity, your moral convictions, your sense of purpose, your priorities in life, and eventually who you become. We Palestinians are cursed in many ways, but blessed in others. We live in a constant state of physical loss and spatial bewilderment. We know where we belong physically…more

Israel’s Open Secret: Nuclear Armed and Dangerous
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Apr 2010 – By Stephen Lendman For many years, Israel’s open secret is that it’s one of eight known nuclear powers, including America and Russia with about 97% of the world’s arsenal according to Helen Caldicott in her book “Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer.” The others are Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, and Israel – North Korea a declared but unverified one. In her January 20, 2009 Canadian Medical Association Journal article titled, “Obama and the opportunity to eliminate nuclear weapons” Caldicott wrote: “The Cold War is over, but the threat of nuclear war is not. Little progress has been made since 1989 when the Berlin Wall collapsed. In fact, the threat of nuclear annihilation has escalated. In 1972, when 5 nuclear nations….signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty, they agreed to rapidly disarm. They have done the opposite,” resulting in a greater than ever threat, the Pentagon’s new Nuclear Posture Review and US-Russia deal…more

What Anglicans Need is Another Tutu
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Apr 2010 – By Stuart Littlewood – London My ears pricked up when I heard the Archbishop of Canterbury was planning a visit to Gaza last February, and Lambeth Palace (his headquarters in London) was “actively engaged in humanitarian relief and advocacy”. I asked for more information. Whom would he meet? Would he see the health minister? Would he sit down and talk with elected prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, man of God to man of God, Mr Haniyeh being an imam? I’d like to be a fly on the wall at such a meeting. Would he “do Gaza proud by spending a generous amount of his time with senior members of the Islamic faith”? And would he look up Fr Manuel Mussallam, the redoubtable old priest who was a mainstay of the Christian community thoughout Gaza’s darkest hours and tells it straight? His office didn’t reply. Looking at his website again now, I…more

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