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Settlers Attack A Palestinian Town In Northern West Bank And Destroy Property And Trees
IMEMC – Thursday April 29, 2010 – 18:38, A group of Israeli settlers attacked on Thursday the town of Huwara, in northern West Bank, and destroyed olive trees and property.

Israeli Troops Detain Nine Palestinian Civilians During Invasions In The West Bank
IMEMC – Thursday April 29, 2010 – 18:28, The Israeli army detained on Thursday nine Palestinian civilians during dawn invasions targeting a number of West Bank communities.

One Palestinian Civilian Injured As Troops Opened Fire At A Nonviolent Protest In Southern Gaza
IMEMC – Thursday April 29, 2010 – 18:08, Israeli soldiers opened fire at a nonviolent protested organized near Rafah city, southern Gaza Strip, on Thursday injuring one Palestinian man.

Israeli Tanks Invade Border Areas Near Central Gaza Strip
IMEMC – Thursday April 29, 2010 – 18:01, Israeli tanks and bulldozers invaded on Thursday border areas near Al Buraj refugee camp in central Gaza Strip.

Abu Zuhri: “Egypt Responsible For The Death Of Four, Gassed In Tunnel”
IMEMC – Thursday April 29, 2010 – 12:48, Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, media spokesperson of the Hamas movement, held the Egyptian Authorities responsible for the death of four Palestinians who died in a tunnel after Egypt’s Border Police gassed it.

Mother Suffocates After Inhaling Gas Fired By The Army At Vehicle Loaded With Children
IMEMC – Thursday April 29, 2010 – 12:12, Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, reported that Israeli soldiers fired a gas bomb at a Palestinian Taxi wounding a 23-year-old mother who was in the vehicle along with a number of women and children.

Jerusalem Post: “Israel Has No Intention To Dismantle Illegal Outposts”
IMEMC – Thursday April 29, 2010 – 11:54, Israeli paper, Jerusalem Post, reported that Israel has no intention to dismantle any of the 23 illegal settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank in the foreseeable future.

Four Killed, Nine Wounded, After Being Gassed In Tunnel By Egypt
IMEMC – Thursday April 29, 2010 – 03:52, Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Wednesday evening that four Palestinians were killed and nine others were wounded after the Egyptian security forces sprayed a border tunnel with Gas.

Ma’an News

Beit Ummar family car hit by tear-gas canister
4/29/2010 – Hebron – Ma’an – Civilians driving home to Beit Ummar said they were stunned when a tear-gas canister shattered the windshield of their car on Wednesday night, a village representative reported. Nancy Muhammad Younis Bahar, 23, her husband and three children were in the car when the tear-gas canister was launched at the vehicle, Palestine Solidarity Project spokesman Muhammad Ayyad Awad reported, noting that Nancy was the only member of the family to suffer tear-gas inhalation during the incident. Awad said the family believed the fire to have come from Israeli forces operating in the area,and an Israeli military spokesman confirmed, saying in a statement that “during the course of a riot in Beit Umar, a town southwest of Bethlehem, security forces responded to rock throwing with riot disposal measures,” and noted that a “a Palestinian vehicle entered the riot area and was hit by a gas. . .

Israeli jeep hits tractor, killing 2 children
4/29/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – An Israeli military jeep collided with a tractor carrying a Palestinian family, killing two young girls and injuring their father and brother on Thursday, witnesses said. The girls, both killed instantly, were identified as Jannah Foqha, 8, and her sister Masa, 10. Their 11-year-old brother Hussien was injured along with father Imad; both remain in hospital. The incident occurred south of the Bisan checkpoint, in the Ein El-Bdeia area of the northern Jordan Valley. An Israeli military spokesman confirmed two had been killed when a military vehicle hit a Palestinian tractor, while a National Police representative said the “unfortunate accident” saw two young girls, riding in a cart pulled behind the tractor, were struck. The spokesman said he was unaware of any allegations that the accident was in fact the result of soldiers targeting the family.

Israel police destroy camp’s wastewater network
4/29/2010 – Jerusalem – Ma’an – A state of tension and rage prevailed among the residents in Shu’fat refugee camp in northern Jerusalem after Israeli bulldozers destroyed a wastewater network near the entrance of the camp. “The sludge turned the street into a swamp and obstructed the movement of schoolchildren, as well as slowed down public and private transportation,” resident Jamil Sanduqa told Ma’an’s correspondent. [end] Related:UNRWA: Shu’fat refugee camp

12 prisoners in Israel denied access to education
4/29/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – As punishment for leading strike action in Israel’s Haradim detention facility, Israeli prison officials revoked permission to continue university studies for 13 Palestinians, sources said Thursday. Tawfiq Abu Na’im, detained in the same facility, told lawyers with the Detainees Society that the men were some of the 25 who had been granted permission to take distance learning courses various different universities. Several of the men were only weeks away from completing their degrees, while others were close to the end of the semester. Revoking their study permissions will mean the academic year was lost for most of them, Abu Na’im said, noting that the studying prisoners were also among the leadership in a continuing strike where prisoners have refused family visits for the month of April, demanding equal treatment for all prisoners. The boycott on family visits was punctuated with three different days of hunger strikes, and Abu Na’im said the men were being threatened to ensure no further strike action occurred.

Overnight raids target Bethlehem
4/29/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israeli troops entered the Wadi Shahin area of Bethlehem early Thursday morning and took two local men from their homes, security sources reported. Those detained were identified as Hussein Suman and Tamer Abu Dayyeh. Israeli media sources said a total of nine Palestinians were targeted by Israeli forces operating in the West Bank, noting other areas that were invaded as Qalqiliya, Ramallah. Reports from the Salfit-district town of Deir Istiya said four were detained from the area overnight. The town mayor, Nathmi Salman, identified those taken as:Ahed Izzat Mansour, 20Jihad Nihad Abdul Kareem Abdullah, 17Muhammad Adnan Abdul Majid Thiab, 21Muntaser Muhammad Ayed Al-Qeisy, 22

Yitzhar settlers destroy Palestinian property
4/29/2010 – Nablus – Ma’an
– Israeli settlers from the illegally constructed area known as Yitzhar south of Nablus rioted, destroying Palestinian property in the town of Huwwara, following the Israeli military arrest of seven settlers. Palestinians reported settlers setting fire to fields and vandalizing homes as dozens of right-wing setters gathered in the Huwwara park. According a police spokesman, settlers were arrested for earlier vandalism and destruction targeting Palestinians, known by setters as a “price tag” policy, aimed at causing harm to Palestinians and making trouble for soldiers who one settler leaders told reporters were “out to get” the settlers. The spokesman said there were several “small disturbances in the area” in the early morning following the arrests, and later clarified that similar events were continuing to take place throughout the day.

Hamas demands justice over ‘poison’ tunnel deaths
4/29/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Gaza’s de facto government demanded justice from Egypt over the death of four tunnel workers poisoned by noxious gas on Wednesday night, calling for those responsible to be put on trial. Hamas party spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Thursday that at least 40 tunnel workers had been poisoned by toxic gasses since the siege on Gaza began,accounting for almost 30% of the tunnel-related deaths, which stand at 145, the spokesman said. Abu Zuhri said he considered the targeting of tunnel workers by Egyptian forces illegal, and immoral considering its aggravation of the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza. Wednesday night medics said workers had gone to the tunnel that had in fact been “filled with poisonous gas a week ago, to confirm the toxin had dissipated,” Adham Abu Salmiya, spokesman for Gaza medical services, told Ma’an.”They were shocked to find it had actually remained in the tunnel, resulting in the deaths and injuries. [end]

Rafah: 1 injured as no-go zone protests continue
4/29/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – A Rafah man was injured during a demonstration against the Israeli-enforced no-go zone along the Gaza-Israel border on Thursday, as the rallies continue to end in bloodshed. Ziad As-Sarafandi, coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Buffer Zone in Rafah where the demonstration took place, said Israeli troops opened fire on the protesters. The live fire injured one man, he said. The protests have continued every day for a week, as Gaza residents underline their demand for access to private and agricultural lands subsumed by what Israeli forces call a “combat zone,” that was entirely closed off for Gaza civilians. Individuals entering the area are “considered a threat to the citizens of Israel,” an Israeli military spokesman said, and confirmed that soldiers let off warning shots at the group in an attempt to “drive them away from the border”. The spokesman said an investigation into the reported injury was being carried out by the Southern Command office.

Former settler cosmetic company departs West Bank
4/29/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Gush Shalom Settlement Boycott Team decided to remove the name of the cosmetics company Intercosma from its list of settlement products, following confirmation that the company finally left the Atarot Industrial Zone on the West Bank.”We oppose all settlements in the Occupied Territories and all industries facilitating these settlements’ growth, which are a violation of International Law as well as a major obstacle to peace with the Palestinians,” said Adam Keller, Gush Shalom spokesman.”We are in particular opposed to the Atarot Industrial Zone, whose main purpose is to drive a wedge between the Palestinians in Ramallah and those in East Jerusalem.” When Gush Shalom started compiling its boycott list some 15 years ago, Intercosma had both its manufacturing plant and its management in a 3,700 square-meter structure at Atarot, and it was put on the blacklist of companies. . . .

Gaza flotilla to challenge Israel blockade
4/29/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – On 24 May, the Freedom Flotilla sets sail for Gaza determined to, once again, challenge Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Under the coordination of the Free Gaza Movement, numerous human rights organizations, including the Turkish Relief Foundation (IHH), the Perdana Global Peace Organization from Malaysia, the European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza, and the Swedish and Greek Boat to Gaza initiatives will send three cargo ships loaded with reconstruction, medical and educational supplies. At least five passenger boats with over 600 people on board will accompany the cargo ships, the group stated Thursday. These passengers include members of parliament from around the world, UN, human rights and trade union activists, as well as journalists who will document the largest coordinated effort to directly confront the blockade of Gaza by Israel and Egypt and take in basic supplies. Related:Free Gaza: The Freedom Flotilla Sails to Gaza in May

Reports: PA violating press freedoms
4/29/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Palestinian Human Rights Foundation journalist Muhannad Salahat has been banned from traveling outside the West Bank, and constantly intimidated by Palestinian security services, rights organizations said. Following allegations, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) investigated reports and issued a strong condemnation on Salahat’s confinement by the Palestinian General Intelligence Services, and at the same time revealed the detention of a second man, writer Walid Al-Hodali. PCHR called the cases of both men evidence of illegal restrictions placed on journalists and writers in the West Bank, and formally requested that the Palestinian Authority “respect international human rights standards, the Palestinian Basic Law and other relevant laws applicable in areas under [its] rule.”Prior to the summons, a PCHR statement said, Salahat was arrested by intelligence services on 28 March in Jericho.

Gaza crossing partially open
4/29/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – The southernmost crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip will be partially opened by Israeli crossings officials on Thursday, allowing a limited shipment of aid and commercial goods into the coastal area. The Kerem Shalom crossing is expected to permit the entry of between 121 and 131 truckloads of goods, Palestinian crossings liaison official Raed Fattouh said, noting the bulk of goods that will be transferred in are for the agricultural sector. The official also noted that limited quantities of domestic-use gas and industrial diesel would be pumped through the same crossing, while all others remain closed. Crossings are expected to remain closed for Friday and Saturday, and likely resume limited transfer of goods on Sunday.

US sponsors Jericho cleanup
4/29/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – In celebration of Jericho’s 10,000th anniversary and the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the US Consulate General in Jerusalem and the Municipality of Jericho organized a clean-up and beautification day in Jericho on Thursday. Mayor of Jericho Hassan Saleh and US Consul General Daniel Rubinstein hosted the event, during which hundreds of volunteers, including officers from the US Consulate General, planted over 50 trees and cleared litter from a section of Qasir Hisham Road. Kamel Hameid, Governor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley, and representatives from the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Ed
ucation and Ministry of Culture participated, along with more than 350 members of the Jericho community including local school children, municipality employees, members of the municipality council, representatives from local NGOs and civil society institutions, and representatives from the local security forces and the police academy.

Fayyad calls for lifting Gaza siege
4/29/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – Prime Minister of the caretaker government Salam Fayyad called Thursday for lifting the siege on Gaza. Following talks with South African foreign affairs chief Ibrahim Ismail Ibrahim in his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Fayyad affirmed the necessity of lifting the siege to enable the Palestinian Authority to begin rebuilding Gaza by implementing developmental and vitalprojects similar to those being accomplished in the West Bank. He reiterated his call to the international community to make Israel abide to the rules of international law and a total and comprehensive halt of settlements, particularly in Jerusalem and its surroundings, in a way that would restore credibility to the peace process by guaranteeing its ability to end the occupation, and thus establishing a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital on the 1967 borders.

Fayyad ranked among top world leaders
4/29/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has been placed on the US magazine Time’s annual list of 100 influential people. The Ramallah-based leader ranked tenth in the leaders section of the magazine’s seventh list, which hits newsstands Friday. In it, Quartet envoy Tony Blair describes Fayyad as a “passionate advocate of the Palestinian cause.””Fayyad’s uniqueness strikes you as soon as you meet him,” the former British prime minister wrote, lauding his “unquestionable personal integrity” and “clear vision of the unequivocal, nonviolent path to statehood and peace with Israel.” In his three years in office, according to Blair, Fayyad has greatly strengthened the capacity of Ramallah-based Palestinian government’s ministries and security services despite both physical and political constraints. His reforms have led to dramatic improvements in security and the economy in the West Bank, Blair added.

Hamas tax laws trigger leftist protests in Gaza
4/29/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) called on Gaza residents and particularly the poor to attend a series of peaceful rallies demanding change to the recent tax laws enforced by the Hamas government. Marking a further rise in tensions over the issue and a clear alignment of leftist parties against what Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) officials called “harsh” means of tax collection and an arbitrary mandate for collection, the protests are expected to take place Friday. A DFLP statement expressed concern over draconian tax laws during a time of poverty and severe unemployment in the Strip, calling the measures out of step with the needs of Palestinians. Moreover, the statement said, de facto government officials had allowed severe price increases to cripple families without alternatives to purchasing inflated-rate goods.

Haniyeh: Fatah delegation to Gaza soon
4/29/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – De facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Thursday that a Fatah delegation would soon arrive in Gaza, affirming that contacts with the rival movement were ongoing. Speaking at a ceremony at the office of the de facto ministerial council to honor media organizations working in Gaza, he applauded recent remarks by Turkish officials urging an end to the siege of Gaza.” We view Turkey’s support to the Palestinians, and its continued affirmations of the necessity to end the siege imposed upon Gaza, with huge relief,” the Hamas prime minister noted.” When US President Barack Obama was elected, there was an atmosphere of optimism in the region, but US policy has exhibited no positive sign, but rather adopted the Israeli vision, and is pressuring the Palestinian Authority to return to negotiations,” he added.

Nablus teens selected to join US science fair
4/29/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – Three teenagers studying in a United Nations-funded school in a refugee camp in the West Bank have been chosen to join 1,500 finalists, Nobel Laureates and leading scientific minds in the world’s largest pre-college science fair where their prototype of an electric cane could win a $50,000 grand prize.”They are the Albert Einsteins of tomorrow,” the UN News Centre was told today by Chris Gunness, spokesperson for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the agency that provides basic services to about 4. 7 million registered refugees.”In the male-dominated world of science, for three refugee girls to find recognition on the international stage is incredible,” Gunness said. Asil Shaar, Nour Al-Arda and Asil Abu Lil, all aged 14, teamed up for a science project at UNRWA’s Askar Girls’ School in Nablus, north of Jerusalem,. . .

Following several canister explosions, 18 gas stations closed in Gaza
4/29/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – De facto Minister of Labor Ahmad Al-Kurd issued an order to shut down 18 gas stations in the Gaza Strip he said were illegal and failed to pass safety examinations. The Wednesday announcement, Al-Kurd said, came as an effort to protect Palestinian lives in Gaza following a series of accidents at fuel stations. Al-Kurd said several explosions in recent months were the cause of domestic-use gas cylinders being improperly handled by the unsafe stations. [end]

Palestine Note

‘The Arabs have no right to be there’: Pro-Settler rally in New York gets heated
Palestine Note 29 Apr 2010 – Al-Jazeera English blogger Max Blumenthal talks to right-wing Jews and other Zionists at a pro-Israel rally in New York Sunday April 25. Israel rally (unrelated) in New York The group expressed their unfriendly and uninformed opinion…

Israeli bulldozers destroy East Jerusalem camp’s sewage system
Palestine Note 29 Apr 2010 – Tensions are running high in Jerusalem after Israeli bulldozers destroyed the wastewater network in Shu’fat refugee camp, Ma’an News Agency reports. Jamil Sanduqa, a resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood, told a Ma’an correspondent: “The sludge…

‘One Laptop’ program reaches Gaza
Palestine Note 29 Apr 2010 – The UNRWA began distributing computers from the One Laptop Per Child program in the Gaza Strip Thursday, BBC reports. One Laptop’s computer UN personnel handed out 2,100 of the ruggedly-built laptops in Rafah, and the One…

Populist Dem Bad Brad Sherman D-CA, Convenes Hill Hatefest
Palestine Note 29 Apr 2010 – Add Brad Sherman (D-CA) to the list of those supposedly liberal Democrats who, when it comes to Israel, are to the right of Rus
h Limbaugh and Bibi Netanyahu. Chuck Schumer, Anthony Weiner, and Jerry Nadler are…

Video: Israelis shoot, kill teenager protesting at Gaza border
Palestine Note 29 Apr 2010 – Wednesday, Ahmad Silman Salem Dib, 19, was killed by Israeli fire during a peaceful protest on the Gaza border, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem reports. Thursday B’Tselem released a video by Muhammad Sabah showing the demonstration,…

FAYYAD TOPS TIME 100
Palestine Note 29 Apr 2010 – PALESTINIAN PM SALAM FAYYAD COMES IN AT NUMBER 10 ON TIME MAGAZINE’S TOP 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE FOR 2010 PA Prime Minister and former World Bank economist Salam Fayyad has taken the world by storm since…

Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan dissects radicalization in Islam
Palestine Note 29 Apr 2010 – Islamic scholar and “radical reform” proponent Tariq Ramadan discussed the challenges facing Islam today – from intolerance to radicalization – with fellow scholar and Islam expert John L. Esposito at Georgetown University. Watch the video of…

Israeli tourism maps annex Palestinian lands
Palestine Note 29 Apr 2010 – Special US envoy George Mitchell has visited the area, armed with a special letter from President Barack Obama to the Palestinian president reiterating what seems to have been a US-Israel understanding that the proximity talks will…

Administering corporal punishment to a young popular terrorist
Palestine Note 29 Apr 2010 – At bottom is a set of photos is from page 8 of this morning’s (April 28 2010) Haaretz (Hebrew edition only; download as PDF here .) Caption reads: Pepper spray into the eyes of the Palestinian protester,…

Palestinians gassed in Gaza tunnels, Hamas holds Egypt responsible
Palestine Note 29 Apr 2010 – Hamas officials say Egyptian forces pumped noxious gas into Gaza smuggling tunnels on Wednesday, killing four workers, the Washington Post reports. Inside a Gaza tunnel. The Post reports: “Many of the tunnels, dug with electrical drills…

Iran cracks down on ‘immodestly’ dressed women
Palestine Note 29 Apr 2010 – A national crackdown on the opposition movement will extend to women deemed to be dressed immodestly, the Telegraph reports. Tehran chief of police Brig. Hossein Sajedinia has said the authorities will be taking to task all…

Something they can agree on: GOP and Jerusalem mayor criticize Obama
Palestine Note 29 Apr 2010 – House Republicans and Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat bonded Wednesday morning over shared criticisms of Democrat US president Barak Obama, Politico reports. House Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (right) with Danny Plaugher of Virginians for High Speed…

Story time with Queen Rania
Palestine Note 29 Apr 2010 – Jordan’s Queen Rania has taken a new approach to bridging Arab and Western culture and confronting the Arab-Israeli conflict – children’s books. The National reports. Queen Rania penned The Sandwich Swap with Kelly Dipucchio, author or…

US lauches partnership to increase outreach to Muslims abroad
Palestine Note 29 Apr 2010 – Tuesday US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reached out to the Muslim community with the launch of Partners for a New Beginning . The “partners” in the project-including former Secretary of State Madeline Albright as chair, and…

Dialogue is crucial to unity
Palestine Note 28 Apr 2010 – Madrid – Like many other European countries, Spain is grappling with the issue of its diverse immigrant communities. However, unlike most of its neighbours, Spain has a rich diverse heritage that it can draw lessons from….

Putting Timbuktu back on the map
Palestine Note 28 Apr 2010 – Bamako – Abdelkader Haidara is a man who answers his emails quickly. But alongside his connections to the modern world, he is also at home in an entirely different epoch: the centuries when his hometown of…

Celebrating Samaritan passover
Palestine Note 28 Apr 2010 – One of the most exotic religious rituals in the world took place today as the Samaritans celebrated their Passover holiday. There are fewer than 800 Samaritans left in the entire world. Closely related to the Jews…

Conspiracy or cure? An Islamic perspective on interfaith dialogue
Palestine Note 28 Apr 2010 – Lahore, Pakistan – Interfaith dialogue is criticised by some religious leaders as a conspiracy designed to merge all religions into one. Certain individuals and communities fear the loss or weakening of their religious identities as a…

Media should get Islam right
Palestine Note 28 Apr 2010 – Rabat – Given the amount of violence and instability in countries with Muslim majorities, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, some people mistakenly assume the violence stems from Islamic teachings, when in fact Islam does not condone…

The earth is a mosque
Palestine Note 28 Apr 2010 – Brooklyn, New York – Last Thursday, on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, I found myself thinking back to my first hiking trip to New York’s Bear Mountain. I was six years old. Having grown up…

Aljazeera

Hamas slams Egypt for tunnel deaths
AlJazeera 29 Apr 2010 – Officials demand an explanation after four Palestinians are killed near Rafah.

Knesset speaker hints at one-state
AlJazeera 29 Apr 2010 – Senior Israeli leader says he would accept Palestinians as citizens of one country.

Ha’aretz

Bodybuilders in Gaza strip to the waist
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – Hamas doesn’t reject bodybuilding – as long as only men are around to see it.

Egypt: Lebanon in ‘panic’ over fear of Israeli attack
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – Several reports say U.S. officials admit it is still unclear whether Syria has sent Scuds to Hezbollah.

Despite fears of war, Lebanon readies for summer tourism
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – In 2009 nearly 2 million tourists visited Lebanon – a record exceeding even pre-1975-90 civil war years.

From hairy Jewish bedwetter to raunchy Jewish comedian, Sarah Silverman tells all (or most)
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – Comedian Chelsea Handler has written three memoirs. Kathy Griffin wrote one, too. And now comes ‘The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee’ by the most subversive of stand-up comics, Sarah Silverman.

Quietly, Austria is becoming Iran’s biggest partner
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – Austria’s trade with Iran is growing. Many of the deals are being done with firms owned by the Revolutionary Guard.

Report: Obama promised Abbas a Palestinian state within two years
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – Al-Hayat: Egyptian official says Israel refused U.S. bid to remove troops from PA-controlled West Bank.

Why are Palestinians so charmed by Fayyad?
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – Palestinian PM has won over the West Bank with his visions, but Abbas and Fatah view him with hostility.

Mideast nearing ‘explosion,’ Jordan’s Abdullah says
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – Jordanian king: Israel ‘playing with fire’ by carrying out unilateral actions in East Jerusalem.

‘Iran, Syria are united against Palestine’s enemies’
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – Iran VP says during Damascus visit that Palestinians will never surrender their legitimate rights.

Israel official: Accepting Palestinians into Israel better than two states
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – Knesset Speaker Rivlin says does not believe PA chief Abbas is capable of delivering peace deal.

Lieberman: Proximity talks to resume in 2 weeks
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – Foreign minister says Palestinians perpetuate terror while declaring their willingness for peace.

Clinton: Iran can’t deceive world on its nuclear aspirations
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – Ahmadinejad scheduled to attend NPT review conference that opens next week at the United Nations.

Separation fence planner wants to reroute for Jewish neighborhood
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – Campaign is expected to rouse U.S. ire, therefore not likely to be implemented in next few years.

Gaza border towns appeal to Barak over deployment of anti-rocket system
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – Only 2 Iron Dome batteries have been approved, with officials saying 6 to 8 are needed to protect Gaza-area towns.

Nasrallah: Israel should be wary of war against Lebanon
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – Hezbollah chief says rumors of Scud deal with Syria cement Lebanon’s confidence in defending itself.

Israel official: Accepting Palestinians into Israel better than two states
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said Thursday that he would rather accept Palestinians as Israeli citizens than divide Israel and the West Bank in a future two-state peace solution. …

Settlers attack Palestinian village to protest police crackdown
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – Far-rightists from the West Bank settlement of Yizthar on Thursday marched through a neighboring Palestinian village and attacked local homes, to avenge a series of arrests by Israel Police earlier in the day. …

This Lag Ba’Omer, take a pilgrimage to the ‘patron saint’ of Kabbalah
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – As millions of people worldwide – celebrities like Madonna among them – turn to Kabbalah in hopes of solving their problems, hundreds of thousands of Israelis are going one step further by appealing directly to the man some consider to be the author of mystical Judaism’s most important text. …

Supreme Court waiting for Peace Now to weigh in before deciding on outpost demolition
Ha’aretz 29 Apr 2010 – Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch said yesterday that she will refrain from issuing a decision on the future of the unauthorized West Bank outpost of Givat Hayovel until Peace Now expresses its view on the issue. …

Settlers go on vandalizing spree in WB with no repercussions
29 Apr 2010 – West Bank, April 29, (Pal Telegraph) Dozens of settlers from “Yizhar” settlement attacked today the village of “Howara”, south of Nablus, north of the West Bank, and launched extensive attacks on the citizens living there and their properties. The settlers also attacked the garden of Howara’s Municipility and wreaked a havoc in it causing its distruction, and set large tracts…

Gaza: IOF open fire towards Peaceful marchers
29 Apr 2010 – Gaza, April 29, (Pal Telegraph) The Israeli occupation forces opened fire this afternoon towards the weekly march organized by the Popular Committee Against the buffer zone in Rafah, southern of the Gaza Strip. According to eyewitnesses, in the southern region, four militant jeeps from one of Israeli positions in the “Nahda” district were seen moving towards the protestors during their…

Gaza: First Palestinian killed during peaceful march
29 Apr 2010 – Gaza, April 29, (Pal Telegraph) Ahmed Suleiman Salem Deb, 20, is the first to be killed during a peaceful march in Gaza after being shot at by the Israeli occupation during his participation in the peaceful march organized on the eastern border of Gaza City, yesterday afternoon. Dr. Muawiya Hassanein, director of the Emergency Unit in Al Shefa hospital, said…

4 killed, 5 injured of suffocation in tunnel in Gaza
29 Apr 2010 РGaza, April 29, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Four Palestinian workers were killed and five wounded on Wedn
esday evening from suffocation in a smuggling tunnel between southern Gaza Strip and Egypt. Medical sources said according to initial investigations, the nine Palestinian workers had apparently inhaled a poisoned gas spread in the tunnel as they were working there. The workers were evacuated…

2 Palestinian children killed by Israeli jeep
29 Apr 2010 – West Bank, April 29, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) ‚Äì Two Palestinian children were killed yesterday in an accident between an Israeli army jeep and a tractor. In the incident, an Israeli army jeep hit the trailer of a tractor in the Jordan Valley of West Bank. The children Jana Fokaha, 5, and her sister Masa, 6, were on the tractor with…

Uruknet

Jerusalem Post: “Israel Has No Intention To Dismantle Illegal Outposts”
Uruknet April 29, 2010 – Israeli paper, Jerusalem Post, reported that Israel has no intention to dismantle any of the 23 illegal settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank in the foreseeable future. The paper said that those outposts were illegally installed in the West Bank after March 2001, and were named in the Road Map Peace Plan of 2002. But…

Rafah: One injured as no-go zone protests continue
Uruknet April 29, 2010 ‚Äì A Rafah man was injured during a demonstration against the Israeli-enforced no-go zone along the Gaza-Israel border on Thursday, as the rallies continue to end in bloodshed. Ziad As-Sarafandi, coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Buffer Zone in Rafah where the demonstration took place, said Israeli troops opened fire on the protesters. The live fire…

Israeli Occupation Forces Demolish House on Top of Palestinian in the Southwest of Hebron
Uruknet April 28, 2010 – On Monday 26 April 2010, Israeli occupation forces killed a Palestinian man, Ali Isma’el Ali Swaiti, 45, in Beit ‘Awwa in the West Bank district of Hebron, after demolishing a house while he was inside. Israeli occupation forces claim that Ali Swaiti had been wanted for several years. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns…

UC Berkeley set to vote on historic divestment bill
Uruknet April 28, 2010 – On Wednesday 28 April, the UC Berkeley Student Senate will make a final attempt to pass a bill calling for divestment of university funds from companies that profit from Israel’s war crimes and occupation of Palestine. The senate had previously approved the bill in a 16-4 vote on 18 March. The student president subsequently vetoed. A…

The Freedom Flotilla Sails to Gaza in May
Uruknet April 28, 2010 – On May 24, 2010, the Freedom Flotilla sets sail for Gaza determined to, once again, challenge Israel’s blockade of 1.5 million Palestinians trapped in an open-air prison. Under the coordination of the Free Gaza Movement, numerous human rights organizations, including the Turkish Relief Foundation (IHH), the Perdana Global Peace Organization from Malaysia, the European Campaign to…

Fomenting Armageddon: Jerusalem’s Colonization and Western Apathy
Uruknet April 28, 2001 – The Israelis are instigating a Jewish holy war staged in Jerusalem; and they are playing a superb game of propaganda painting the Palestinians as the “real” fundamentalists, despite the fact that the Knesset has more active right-wing political parties than any state in the civilized world. It’s a strategy that has caught the West by surprise…

PCHR Condemns the Policy of Restrictions Imposed on Writers and Journalists in the West Bank
Uruknet April 28, 2010 – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns restrictions imposed and arbitrary actions an taken by the Palestinian General Intelligence Service (GIS) in the West Bank against Muhannad Salahat, a writer, journalist and human rights activist. PCHR also condemns the arrest of writer Walid al-Hodali, from his home by the Preventive Security Service (PSS), which has…

Video – Gaza: Protesting Under Fire In The Buffer Zone
Uruknet April 28, 2010 – A Palestinian youth, Ahmad Sliman Salem Dib, aged 19, died in the last hour at Shifaa Hospital, Gaza City. Earlier this morning, Dib was injured by Israeli fire, while attending a demonstration near the border fence with Israel, east of Gaza City, to protest the imposition of “no-go” zones by Israeli armed forces…

PFLP: Hamas government detaining affiliates
Uruknet April 28, 2010 ‚Äì Kayed Al-Ghoul, a leader in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said de facto government security forces raided PFLP headquarters in Khan Younis and detained two members and took the ID of the third. Al-Ghoul told Ma’an that the raid came because of a statement issued by the PFLP on Tuesday, which referenced taxes…

Tunneling for Life in Gaza
Uruknet April 28, 2010 – Naseem has a closely-cropped goatee, and was wearing glasses and a black Fila sweatshirt when I met him. He is a bit heavy-set, and is 25 years old. The same as me, I tell him. Last December, he spent a couple of full days underground. He wasn’t spelunking-he was practically buried alive. He used to work…

The National

Hizbollah pressures Egypt over jailed terror cell
The National 29 Apr 2010 – The organisation described the jail sentences imposed on a terrorist cell and vowed to pursue their immediate release.

ElBaradei declares democracy is priority for Egypt
The National 29 Apr 2010 – In his highest-profile television appearance since his return to Egypt in mid-February, Mohammed ElBaradei explained his agenda for political change.

Nasrallah calls Egypt verdicts badge of honour’
The National 29 Apr 2010 – Hizbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah calls an Egyptian court’s conviction of 26 men for plotting attacks on Egypt a ‘source of pride to us’.

International Solidarity Movement

Demonstrations, live fire continue in Gaza Buffer Zone
4/29/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Less than 24 hours after the fatal shooting of Ahmad Sliman Salem Dib, over 100 demonstrators gathered in Rafah, Gaza to protest the Buffer Zone. Marching within 100 meters of the border, the non-violent and unarmed demonstrators were faced with live fire from the beginning of the demonstration. As the march progressed, fi
re was aimed progressively closer and bullets were shot through a banner held by participants. One man was lightly injured in the foot. Today’s Buffer Zone demonstration was the fourth since Friday. Live ammunition was used as a form of crowd dispersal in all four, killing Ahmad Dib yesterday. Dib, 19, was shot in the leg near Nahal Oz border crossing and died after emergency surgery from blood loss. More than twenty rounds were fired at Monday’s demonstration in Al Faraheen, east of Khan Younis. On Friday, Palestinians Hind Al Akra (22) and Nidal Al Naji (18), and ISM activist Bianca Zammitt were shot with live ammunition in Maghazi. Related:Ahmad Dib kiilled

Israeli Minister of Interior Prevents Ittijah Director from Leaving the Country
Alternative Information Center – Tuesday, 27 April 2010, On April 22, 2010 the Israeli Border Police prevented Mr. Ameer Makhoul, the Director ofIttijah ‚Äì Union of Arab Community-Based Associations inside Israel,from leaving the country. Makhoul, who also serves as the…

Palestine News Network

Shallow, confusing and time-wasting words
PNN – By: Mitri I. Musleh Ehud Barak, Israel’s Defence Minister, declared on Israeli Radio on Israel’s Memorial Day, that the world will not accept decades more of Israel’s colonization of Palestine and its…

Hamas slams Egypt for tunnel deaths
PNN – The Hamas movement has criticised Egyptian security forces after four Palestinians were killed when a smuggling tunnel from the country’s Sinai desert region into the Gaza Strip was destroyed. Al Jazeera’s Ayman…

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: Egypt, Hamas Complicit in Israel’s Gaza Blockade
IPS RAMALLAH, Apr 29 (IPS) – A convoy of boats laden with humanitarian goods and accompanied by hundreds of journalists, human rights activists and European parliamentarians, is due to challenge Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza at the end of May.

EGYPT: New Head of Al-Azhar Quits Party Politics
IPS CAIRO, Apr 28 (IPS) – When Ahmed al-Tayeb, the newly-appointed grand sheikh of Egypt’s prestigious Al-Azhar religious institution, relinquished his membership in President Hosni Mubarak’s ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), it carried significance.

Stop The Wall

Palestinian youth united against normalization with Israel
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Emboldened by impunity: Israel kills two children at Ein al Beida
Stop The Wall – Last night at 9 pm, close to Ein al Beida in the northern Jordan Valley, an Israeli military jeep rammed into a tractor of a Palestinian family, killing two little girls and injuring their father and brother. This killing comes only a day after the Israeli military acquitted the soldiers who had killed four youth in Nablus district. [

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Killed in Jabaliya
PCHR 27 Apr 2010 – Field Update On the morning of Wednesday, 28 April 2010, medical sources in el-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City announced the death of Mahmoud Ahmed el-Masri, 21, from Jabaliya refugee camp in the north of the Gaza Strip. El-Masri died from wounds he sustained when he was targeted by unknown gunmen two days earlier…..

Jerusalem Post

J’lem sees J Street inch to consensus
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – Lobby denies shift in positions, says Israel just knows it better now.

‘Israel must remove 23 outposts’
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – P.J. Crowley: “we expect [Israel] to fulfill responsibilities.”

Colombia’s FM: We share your resilience
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – Says election’s winner will back Israel.

J’lem fears UN may recognize PA state
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – As proximity talks near, Israeli officials wary of Abbas’s intentions.

Abbas urged to name deputy
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – Fatah calls on president to groom a heir amid reports his health is deteriorating.

J’lem sees J Street moving into consensus
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – Lobby denies shift in positions, says Israel has come to know it better.

Israel fears PA will seek UN recognition for ’67 borders
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – Ahead of proximity talks, many senior coalition figures dispute US assessment that Abbas wants negotiated peace.

‘Israel still must remove those 23 outposts’
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – US State department spokesman says “we expect [Israel] to fulfill their responsibilities.”

Colombia’s FM tells ‚ÄòPost’: We share your resilience
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – Winner of presidential election next month will continue to back Israel, says Jaime Bermudez.

Analysis: Rivalry with Iran behind Cairo’s Hizbullah tension
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – Iran’s goal is to emerge as the hegemonic power in the Mideast. The Arab world’s traditional leaders are an obstacle in the way of this ambition.

Analysis: A harbinger of future resistance?
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – IDF and Shin Bet assessments of the level of extremism in some Jewish settlements in the West Bank are not encouraging.

Fayyad’s ‚ÄòPalestine’
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – PA prime minister’s downfall would be negative development for Israel.

Lebanon slams US tour near Syrian border
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – Beirut says it wasn’t informed in advance; Hizbullah: Major violation.

Ashkenazi f
ires Faris from active duty

Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – One of Israel’s highest-ranking Druse officers punished for lying in car accident report.

Lieberman: Proximity talks within 2 weeks
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – But FM says PA can’t talk peace while naming squares after terrorists.

Egypt denies gassing Gaza tunnels
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – Intelligence official says several tunnels destroyed but no gas used.

Feiglin: “The story is Jerusalem”
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – Faction leader accuses Netanyahu of planning a second disengagement.

‘One-sided Palestinian state won’t work’
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – Egyptian ambassador to Israel says, “It takes two to tango.”

Nuclear cynicism
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – Egypt knows Teheran doesn’t only imperil Israel.

‘Unliateral Palestinian state won’t work’
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – Egyptian ambassador to Israel says “It takes two to tango.”

Hamas: Egypt kills 4 tunnel smugglers with gas
Jeruslalem Post 29 Apr 2010 – PA official: This a “terrible crime” against simple Palestinian workers.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

PCBS: 32.8% have Work Contract
RAMALLAH, April 29, 2010 (WAFA)-Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) on International Workers Day, said, about 32.8% of wage employees in the private sector have work contract, and 22.4%

UN’S Role in OPT Impeded
JERUSALEM, April 29, 2010 (WAFA)- The ability of the United Nations to play a full role in meeting the basic needs and aspirations of the people of Gaza Strip is impeded by the current restrictions

ICRC: Violence Claims more Lives as Blockade Continues to Stifle Gaza
GAZA, April 29, 2010 (WAFA)- Restrictions on transfers into Gaza of supplies and on freedom of movement continue to plague the daily lives of Palestinians, reported the ICRC about its activities

U.S. Consulate General, Jericho Municipality Sponsor Jericho Beautification Day
JERICHO, April 29, 2010 (WAFA)- In celebration of Jericho’s 10,000th anniversary and the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem and the

CCI Increased by 0.16%, RCI by 1.01%, PCBS Says
RAMALLAH, April 29, 2010 (WAFA)- Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) reported Thursday that the overall Construction Cost Index (CCI) in the West Bank (Excluding those parts of Jerusalem

One Laptop per Child
RAFAH, April 29, 2010 (WAFA)- One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a non-profit organisation whose mission is to help provide every child in the world access to a modern education, is partnering with the

The Guardian

US gives Abbas private assurances over Israeli settlements
The Guardian 29 Apr 2010 – Exclusive: Americans consider withholding veto protecting Israel at UN if building goes ahead at Ramat Shlomo The US has given private assurances to encourage the Palestinians to join indirect Middle East peace talks, including an offer…

Look to Israel for a case study in proportional representation’s flaws | Seth Freedman
The Guardian 29 Apr 2010 – PR can produce as fraught and fractious a system as FPTP Unease over the machinations of the British electoral process is prompting calls for electoral reform, with many commentators extolling the virtues of proportional representation (PR)….

Egypt sentences 26 for Hezbollah terror campaign
The Guardian 29 Apr 2010 – A Cairo court convicts the men on charges of spying, arms smuggling and for plotting the attack in Sinai

Relief Web

OPT: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report, 21 – 27 Apr 2010
Relief Web 29 Apr 2010 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

UN’S Role in the occupied Palestinian territory impeded
Relief Web 29 Apr 2010 – Source: UN Development Programme

One Laptop Per Child and UNRWA Partner to Provide Laptops for Palestinian Children
Relief Web 29 Apr 2010 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Israel and the occupied territories: violence claims more lives as blockade continues to stifle Gaza
Relief Web 28 Apr 2010 – Source: ICRC

YNet News

PA official: Obama to act if Mideast talks derailed
YNet News – Palestinian official says US envoy George Mitchell handed President Abbas letter….

Egypt denies pumping gas into Gaza smuggling tunnel
YNet News – Following accusations from Hamas, Egyptian foreign ministry denies causing death….

No Israelis in Time’s 100 most influential list
YNet News – Time weekly magazine issues annual list which includes Palestinian Prime….

British protesters attack Israel’s deputy ambassador
YNet News – Pro-Palestinian protesters storm towards Talya Lador-Fresher after her speech at….

Lieberman: Scuds threaten stability
YNet News – After US defense secretary declares Hezbollah has more missiles than most….

State: Clear Beit Yehonatan immediately
YNet News – Prosecution says it dismisses Jerusalem mayor’s appeal to delay sealing of house….

Yitzhar settlers vandalize Palestinian homes
YNet News – West Bank Jews react to wave of arrests and attempt to stop construction at….

Police arrest 7 Yitzhar residents
YNet News – In early morning raid, security forces arrest seven West Bank settlers who….

Hezbollah: Egypt verdict unjust
YNet News – Nasrallah slams ‘political, unjust’ verdict convicting 26 Hezbollah members of….

Clinton to warn Syria of US commitment to Israel
YNet News – WASHINGTON ‚Äì US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is slated to warn Tehran and Damascus Thursday that Washington’s commitment to Israel’s security is “unshakable” in a …….

Hezbollah leader won’t confirm or deny Scud claims
YNet News – Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has refused to confirm or deny Israeli allegations his group has obtained long-range Scud missiles from Syria. Nasrallah, in …….

Brig.-Gen. Imad Fares dismissed
YNet News – Brigadier-General Imad Fares has come to the end of his road in the Israel Defense Forces. Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi on Thursday notified the former Galilee Division …….

UN to distribute 200,000 laptops to Gaza refugees
YNet News – The UN agency for Palestinian refugees on Thursday launched a campaign to distribute 200,000 laptops to schoolchildren in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, a spokesman said. …….

Settler fires at Palestinians near soldiers
B’tselem 28 Apr 2010 – On 26 Feb. ’10, during a joint protest by Palestinians and Israelis in ‚ÄòAsira al-Qibliya, Nablus District, a settler fired at the demonstrators although they posed no danger to him. Soldiers who were present did nothing to stop the firing or arrest him.

Testimony: Mother and newborn baby held outside in the cold
B’tselem 28 Apr 2010 – According to the testimony of Nancy Hamdiya, on 3 March ’10, soldiers came at night to her home in al-Yamun, Jenin District and took her outside with her four small children, including a 5-day-old baby, and her husband. The soldiers kept them in the bittegram FilesQuickTimeQTSystem

Youth killed in demonstration against Gaza “death zones”
B’tselem 27 Apr 2010 – A Palestinian youth, Ahmad Sliman Salem Dib, 19, died yesterday (28 April) after Israeli security forces shot him near the border fence with the Gaza Strip, while he was participating in a demonstration against Israel’s prohibition on Palestinians enterigram FilesQuickTimeQTSystem

Daily Star

Ahmadinejad plans to join UN nuclear talks
Daily Star 29 Apr 2010 WASHINGTON: Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans to join a major UN nuclear disarmament summit next week in New York, even as the US and other powers seek tougher sanctions at the world body to halt Tehran’s suspect atomic work. Iran’s UN mission said Ahmadinejad applied Wednesday for a US visa to lead Iran’s delegation

Israeli prime minister takes on hardliners in party vote
Daily Star 29 Apr 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced off against hardliners in his own party on Thursday in what his opponents said was a bid to neutralize internal opposition as momentum builds for renewed peace talks with the Palestinians.The right-wing Likud party’s ruling central committee is overdue for its members to face reselection

Egypt denies allegations that it gassed Gaza tunnels
Daily Star 29 Apr 2010 CAIRO: An Egyptian intelligence official on Thursday denied allegations leveled by Hamas that Egypt pumped gas into a cross-border tunnel used to smuggle goods into the Gaza Strip, killing four Palestinians.Egypt has been under pressure to shut down the hundreds of tunnels that are a key economic lifeline for the blockaded Palestinian territory but which are also used

Palestinian Information Center

Netanyahu discusses activating peace talks with Mubarak
PIC 29 Apr 2010 – Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to leave for the Egyptian resort of Sharm Al-Sheikh next week to meet with Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and discuss with him the peace process.

Hamas holds Egypt responsible for killing four tunnel workmen
PIC 29 Apr 2010 – The Movement of Hamas held Egypt fully responsible for the killing of four Palestinian workmen in Rafah area after its security forces pumped poisonous gas into the tunnel they were working in.

Resheq slams Abbas for his intention to resume talks with Israel
PIC 29 Apr 2010 – Ezzat Al-Resheq slammed Abbas for his approval to resume indirect negotiations with Israel, stressing that this position constitutes compliance with the Zio-American pressures.

Baraka asks Lebanon to stop discriminating against Palestinian refugees
PIC 29 Apr 2010 – Ali Baraka has asked the Lebanese government to cancel all oppressive decisions against the Palestinian refugees in Nahr El-Bared refugee camp.

Two little girls murdered by Israeli soldiers in Jordan valley
PIC 29 Apr 2010 – Two little girls were killed Wednesday when the vehicle they were riding along with their father and brother was deliberately hit by an Israeli armored jeep in the Jordan Valley area.

Palestinians warn of judaizing Silwan
PIC 29 Apr 2010 – Palestinian figures addressing a press conference on Silwan town, in occupied Jerusalem, has warned that the IOA aims at judaizing the entire town and the vicinity of the Aqsa Mosque.

Abbas’s militias kidnap three Hamas supporters including mother of two children
PIC 29 Apr 2010 – PA security militias loyal to former PA chief Mahmoud Abbas rounded up three of Hamas supporters in the West Bank over the past 24 hours, Hamas said in a statement in the West Bank on Thursday.

Zahhar: Zionists do not want to pay the price for Shalit
PIC 29 Apr 2010 – Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahhar, a political bureau member of Hamas, said that Israel was not willing to pay the price for its soldier Gilad Shalit’s freedom.

The Media Line

Palestinians: Israeli Cell Companies Exploiting Us
The Media Line 28 Apr 2010 – Communications minister accuses Israeli cellphone companies of profiting off Palestinian consumers without paying taxes to the Palestinian Authority. Israelis say all is fair in business. The Palestinian Authority has outlawed the sale of Israeli mobile phone…

Hamas Charges Egypt Gassed Smuggling Tunnel, Killing Four
The Media Line 28 Apr 2010 – Hamas officials on Wednesday charged Egypt with using poison gas to clear out workers from a smuggling tunnel dug between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, killing four and wounding six in the process. Egypt has used…

Egypt Convicts 26 As Agents of Hizbullah
The Media Line 28 Apr 2010 – An Egyptian court has convicted 26 men who were alleged to have been planning terror attacks on behalf of the Lebanese-based Hizbullah terrorist organization. Prosecutors demanded the death penalty, but sentences ranged from six months to…

New York Times

Iran Reformist Woos Workers and Teachers
New York Times 29 Apr 2010 – Mir Hussein Moussavi made a bold attempt to broaden the flagging protest movement, saying labor and the opposition shared grievances.

Diplomatic Memo: 2 Officials and 2 Views on Discussing Mideast Peace
New York Times 29 Apr 2010 – In Washington, Israel’s defense minister and the mayor of Jerusalem presented differing views of the peace process.

Egypt Convicts 26 in Hezbollah Cell in Plot
New York Times 28 Apr 2010 – An Egyptian court on Wednesday convicted 26 men of belonging to a Hezbollah cell charged with planning to attack Israeli tourists in the Sinai Peninsula.

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…

Israeli Minister of Interior Prevents Ittijah Director from Leaving the Country
Alternative Information Center – Tuesday, 27 April 2010, On April 22, 2010 the Israeli Border Police prevented Mr. Ameer Makhoul, the Director ofIttijah ‚Äì Union of Arab Community-Based Associations inside Israel,from leaving the country. Makhoul, who also serves as the head of thePopular Committee for the Defense of Political Freedoms,…

Shocker: Speaker of Knesset calls for making one state with Palestinian citizens
Mondoweiss – Amazing. My heart is leaping. Once again, the Israeli press and the Israeli discourse is way ahead of the American one, where the belief in a thriving “Jewish democracy” stops all free thinking. Here is the speaker of the Knesset, Reuven Rivlin, saying that Palestinians are…

Berkeley student body sustains veto of divestment measure
Mondoweiss – It’s evident from the thrilling twitter feed in Adam’s post below, but that’s the news . The Berkeley student senate voted 13-5 to override the student government president’s veto, at 4 a.m. California time. They needed 14 votes. Note that the measure urged the university to divest…

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb will speak on BDS in Brooklyn tonite
Mondoweiss – Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb—”one of the first eight women to serve as rabbi”—will be speaking in Brooklyn tonight on Why divestment? 7 o’clock. Here’s Brooklyn for Peace announcement. Co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews Say No!

Abunimah: Refugees returned to Bosnia, why not Israel?
Mondoweiss – Ali Abunimah, writing from South Africa, publishes a piece in The Hill criticizing the Zbig Brzezinski-Stephen Solarz plan for a two-state-solution: Even more devastating to Palestinian rights, Brzezinski and Solarz float “a solution to the refugee problem involving compensation and resettlement in the Palestinian state but…

Is the binational state becoming a realist argument?
Mondoweiss – Meron Benvenisti in the New York Times— oh wait, sorry, in the Guardian . The Times won’t cover this! Note that on the same day as this sympathetic coverage of Benvenisti’s ideas, Steve Walt challenges American leadership: if the peace process is dead, as it seems to…

Articles


National Public Radio’s (NPR) Pro-Israeli Bias
Stephen Lendman, Dissident Voice4/29/2010
Since established in 1970, NPR ignored its public trust in favor of privilege, corporatism, militarism, imperial wars, and Israel’s vilest crimes, including collective punishment, illegal occupation, targeted killings, land theft, dispossessions, home demolitions, crop destruction, mass incarcerations, torture, violence, and the 2008 ‚Äì 09 Ga
za war inflicting mass deaths, permanent injuries, vast devastation, and human misery against defenseless civilians, imprisoned under siege since June 2007, and afflicted by a dire humanitarian crisis as a result — exacerbated by conflict and intermittent attacks, issues NPR ignores or understates.
It’s notorious for its biased, shoddy reporting, pseudo-journalism, creeping commercialism, distracting non-news, and deceiving listeners it’s public, non-profit, and impartial. Savvy media consumers know better and tune them out for delivering the same slanted coverage found on major networks and in broadsheets like the New York Times, Washington Post, and others — grossly favoring power, and when it comes to Israel it’s interests matter. Palestinian ones don’t, so news is carefully filtered to distort facts, and report lies that when repeated enough become truths.
In its May/June 2004 issue, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) asked “How Public Is Public Radio?” in examining its guest list choices — on all issues (including Israel), mostly government officials, corporate think tank representatives, professionals representing their interests, and other elite sources, the public comprising a tiny 7%.
“For a public radio service intended to provide an independent alternative to corporate-owned and commercially-driven mainstream media,” it said, “NPR is surprisingly reliant on mainstream” sources, the public nearly entirely shut out, and when included they’re largely nameless “people in the street,” quoted in one-sentence sound bites with no impact.
In December 2001, FAIR’s Seth Ackerman discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “Illusion of Balance” along with a companion November/December 2001 “Study of NPR’s Coverage of Deaths in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”more..e-mail

Fair Trade and the Palestinian Context
Shadi Mahmoud, This Week in Palestine4/29/2010
Although Palestine is the most active country in fair trade in the whole Arab region and Middle East, as demonstrated through its prominent role in the First Arab Fair Trade Forum held by the Palestinian Fair Trade Network (PFTN)* in Amman in December 2009, the term “fair trade” is still unfamiliar to many Palestinians. According to the World Fair Trade Organization (the WFTO), fair trade is “a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It also contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South.”
Given that we Palestinians have been suffering from brutal occupation for almost 62 years, the concept of fair trade comes naturally to Palestinians, by instinct; it was neither a foreign concept learned abroad nor was it imported or imposed from the outside. The fair trade movement in Palestine started as a spontaneous relief intervention during the first Intifada (1987-1993), at a time when Israeli-imposed curfews, mass arrests, and widespread unemployment caused extreme economic hardship for many Palestinians. During that period, the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC) started to support and spread the concept of household economies and rural productive cooperatives. PARC began a “Home Garden” programme that distributed seedlings, seeds, and sheep to thousands of poor and marginalised rural families who were living under the Israeli-imposed siege and curfew. Then it started to assist those co-operatives in selling their produce in Palestinian cities.
During that time, fair trade in Palestine was relief work. Today, however, fair trade has grown tremendously to become an important means for achieving sustainable development. It has become a culture that helps the poor avoid humanitarian aid and earn a living in dignity.
In 1993, PARC established a separate fair trade department in order to better organise the Palestinian fair trade movement and to expand the movement’s reach into international fair trade markets for the benefit of thousands of disadvantaged small-scale farmers and women in rural areas of Palestine….more..e-mail

Israel’s tyranny of the majority is dangerous
Gideon Levy, Haaretz, Israeli Occupation Archive4/29/2010
The only democracy in the Middle East is perhaps unique, but it’s doubtful if it’s the real thing. Results of a poll published in Haaretz yesterday reflect what has been known for a long time: a combination of ignorance, a basic lack of understanding and a fascist mood. An ill and dangerous wind is blowing toward a government that is threatened with collapse.
According to the poll, which was conducted by the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research at Tel Aviv University, there is a clear, solid anti-democratic majority. It’s a majority that wants to punish people who expose wrongdoing by the military, and it’s not willing to allow human rights groups to operate freely. It’s a majority in favor of punishing those who call for a boycott on Israel, and it wants heavy sanctions against journalists who reveal information about immoral acts committed by the Israel Defense Forces.
Punishing and punishing, and delighting in the silencing of the critics ‚Äì that’s what the people want. That’s their opinion. Of all the real and manufactured dangers lurking against Israel, this is the greatest, most real and most immediate.
Take accountant Haim Yoavi-Rabinovich in the Anat Kamm case. He called for the arrest and trial of Haaretz’s publisher, Amos Schocken, for blackmail and treason, no less. “Kamm is not a spy, she’s a traitor,” Rabinovich wrote, calling for Kamm to be punished accordingly, too. It can be assumed that in the view of people like him, an execution in a public square would not be an excessive punishment.
Rabinovich is not alone. His ideas are all over the Internet and have attracted plenty of support. But he’s not the problem. The likes of him exist in every proper, civilized society. The problem is that in the Israel of 2010 almost no system remains to halt this dark and ignorant Rabinovichism and defend freedom of expression, which 98 percent of the respondents in the survey, believe it or not, said is important to them. — See also:Sourcemore..e-mail

Caterpillar equipment used in extrajudicial killing near Hebron
Electronic Intifada: 29 Apr 2010 – On Monday 26 April 2010, Israeli occupation forces killed a Palestinian man, Ali Ismael Ali Swaiti, 45, in Beit Awwa in the West Bank
district of Hebron, after demolishing a house while he was inside. Israeli occupation forces claim that Ali Swaiti had been wanted for several years.

Volvo equipment: Israel’s weapons to destroy al-Walaja homes
Electronic Intifada: 29 Apr 2010 – On 16 April, approximately 100 Palestinian villagers and internationals walked towards the construction site of Israel’s wall in the occupied West Bank village of al-Walaja, four kilometers northwest of Bethlehem. Adri Nieuwhof reports for The Electronic Intifada.

Villages contaminated by settlement sewage
Electronic Intifada: 29 Apr 2010 – BEIT UMMAR, occupied West Bank (IPS) – Residents of this Palestinian village refuse to buy the idea that the flood of raw sewage from the adjacent Israeli settlement of Kfar Etzion, that destroyed vineyards and contaminated their drinking water, was an accident.

The South Reduced: How News Promotes Mistaken View of the World
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Apr 2010 – By Ramzy Baroud I am not good at flying kites. But during a recent visit to the Olympic Village of Beijing, I felt compelled to do so. Despite the cold and late hour, there were many kite runners around me. A salesman insisted that I try my hand before committing to any purchase, and I did. Once I finalized the purchase of ten small kites, I shared the one I was already flying one with a most adorable boy. He thanked me, then asked me not to play with his hair. Earlier, at Tiananmen Square, I had watched throngs of people giddily roam the vast expanse, snapping endless photos in front of the Gate of Heavenly Peace, in the Imperial City and around every monument in the Square. A formation of about 10 soldiers was suddenly in tatters when I asked if I could take a photo with them. Their…more

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