VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 8 May, 2010: Netanyahu To “Legalize” Illegal Outposts

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P.A To Respond To Proximity Talks Offer Saturday
IMEMC – 8 May 2010 – Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, told the U.S. Middle East peace Envoy, George Mitchell, that the Palestinian Authority would provide its final decision on U.S. mediated proximity talks with Israel on Saturday.

Netanyahu To “Legalize” Illegal Outposts
IMEMC – 8 May 2010 – Responding to a request from the Israeli High Court regarding two illegal settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli government stated that it intends to “legalize” Hersha and Givat Hayovel.

Ma’an News

6 injured, 4 missing in Rafah tunnel collapse
5/8/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Six Palestinians were hurt and four others remain missing after a tunnel collapsed under the Egypt-Gaza borders to the south of the coastal enclave on Friday after midnight, a medical official said. Muawiya Hassanein, director of Gaza’s ambulance and emergency services, said medical crews evacuated six individuals who suffocated in the collapse.”The….

Detained Bil’in activist sent into isolation
5/8/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – A prominent anti-wall committee official from Bil’in was reportedly sent into solitary confinement for talking to journalists covering his hearing at an Israeli military tribunal on Friday, members said. Popular committee officials said Abdullah Abu Rahma, detained for the last five months, was placed in an isolation cell under punitive measures by the….

Factions urge Egypt to release more prisoners
5/8/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Egyptian authorities released six Palestinian prisoners after several months of detention on Friday, prompting Palestinian factions to call for further releases, officials said. The Islamic Jihad movement praised the release, saying it hoped “Egypt would continue with such positive steps and release the rest of those who have been detained,” a statement read….

Nativity deportees want issue discussed during talks
5/8/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Nativity Church deportees appealed Saturday to the PLO and Fatah to discuss their case in US-brokered proximity talks. The deportees have insisted that the return to their homes should be a direct outcome of indirect talks, adding that a “basic demand” must include the halt to settlement construction, deportees’ spokesman Fahmi Kan’an said….

3 tunnels uncovered on Egypt-Gaza border
5/8/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Egyptian police took over three tunnels on the border with Gaza on Saturday, security sources said. Six Palestinians were hurt and four others remain missing after a tunnel collapsed hours earlier, a medical official said. Muawiya Hassanein, director of Gaza’s ambulance and emergency services, said medical crews evacuated six individuals who suffocated in….

PLO, Fatah to hold joint meeting on proximity talks
5/8/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – A joint meeting between the PLO’s Executive Committee and Fatah’s Central Committee is scheduled for Saturday to discuss the final stance on indirect talks with Israel. President Mahmoud Abbas will preside over the meeting, which will be held at the presidential office in Ramallah, central West Bank. Abbas is further scheduled to meet….

Israeli official in LA denounces National Geographic water exhibit
5/8/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israeli Consul General in Los Angeles Jacob Dayan reportedly sent a letter of complaint to the venue hosting a National Geographic photo exhibition highlighting Israel’s unequal water policy, Israeli media reported on Friday. The Annenberg Space for Photography exhibit, coinciding with the magazine’s special issue Water: Our Thirsty World, features the works of….

PLO chief: Talks to start in 10 days
5/8/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The first round of indirect negotiations with Israel will begin within 10 days and focus on final-status issues, PLO Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo said hours after Palestinian officials announced that the long-delayed talks were back on track. US Middle East envoy George Mitchell was in Ramallah meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas late Saturday….

Israeli media: Netanyahu seeks direct talks
5/8/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians Saturday, expressing his hope for the launch of direct negotiations in the near future, Israeli media reported. In a statement on behalf of the prime minister quoted by the Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth, Netanyahu said that “Israel’s position….

14 fugitives arrested as over 17,000 travel via Allenby
5/8/2010 – Jericho – Ma’an – Palestinian Authority police said Saturday that 14 fugitives were recently detained whilst attempting to enter Jordan via the Allenby Bridge crossing. The fugitives were detained during the course of the week, which saw some 17,121 individuals travel in both directions – a noticeable rise from previous weeks. The fugitives, police stated, were wanted for….

Leftists unite ahead of July elections
5/8/2010 – Tulkarem – Ma’an – Five PLO parties have joined forces in what is believed to be the broadest national coalition ahead of upcoming elections. Candidates from the Popular Struggle and Palestinian Arab Fronts joined with Feda and the Palestinian and Arab Liberation Fronts at one of the left-wing parties’ headquarters in Tulkarem. The leftist parties tend to….

Jericho to name streets after EU capitals
5/8/2010 – Jericho – Ma’an – Jericho city, one of the oldest in the world, will soon be marking 10 millennia of history with a range of activities and projects aimed at boosting international tourism. Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat met with consuls and EU ambassadors Friday in a bid to foster involvement in the celebrations by funding infrastructural….

Employees urged to open new accounts after bank closures
5/8/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – Employees affected by the closure of Arab Bank branches in Gaza are to open accounts at the Cairo-Amman Bank to receive their salaries currently disbursed into their foreclosed accounts, the Civil Servants Union head said Saturday. Gaza residents awaiting payment are to request the transfer from the Arab Bank and are recommended to….

Palestine Note

A different type of Memorial Day
Palestine Note 8 May 2010 – EILOT REGION, South Israel – For The Arava Institute-a college for environmental studies in the south of Israel where Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians and Americans study together-these recent weeks have posed unique challenges. This period included Holocaust…

Peace products
Palestine Note 8 May 2010 – RAMALLAH – The issue of settlements and their illegality under international law should dominate debate surrounding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and a return to negotiations. Israel’s refusal to adhere to international law or its previous commitments, particularly…

Non-violence needs women
Palestine Note 8 May 2010 – RAMALLAH – It is not easy for a Palestinian woman to say that she wants to work against violent extremism in the context of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. To begin with, as a woman, it is harder…

Popular resistance continues
Palestine Note 8 May 2010 – A poll reveals that a majority of Israeli’s are willing to see the banning of human rights organization in the ‘Jewish state’ and a bill was introduced in the Knesset to outlaw any Israeli human rights…

Keith Olbermann’s Countdown: Geopolitical Implications of the Faisal Shahzad Incident
Palestine Note 8 May 2010 – Here is an exchange I had with Keith Olbermann yesterday on MSNBC’s Countdown on what the broader geopolitical implications of the Faisal Shahzad case may be.

Women’s track meet takes off in Gaza
Palestine Note 8 May 2010 – Washington – Roughly 40 women participated in a track meet in Gaza City, the Associated Press reported Saturday. A girl runs in a track meet while wearing hijab in an undated file photo from Southeast Asia […

PLO green-lights proximity talks
Palestine Note 8 May 2010 – The PLO Executive Committee authorizes Abbas to begin indirect negotiations with Israel Washington – The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee announced Saturday its support for the Palestinian Authority to engage in indirect negotiations with Israel,…

BBC Pictures: Gaza prosthesis center
Palestine Note 8 May 2010 – Washington – BBC takes a look at Gaza’s Artificial Limb and Polio Center. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created in excess of 2000 double amputees among US Servicemen and women, as the conflict in Gaza…

UNRWA drastically reduced aid, WB camps say
Palestine Note 8 May 2010 – Washington – West Bank refugee camps have accused the UN refugee committee (UNRWA) of reducing aid to camps by 70 percent, Ma’an News Agency reported Saturday. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees…

Turning the other cheek
Palestine Note 8 May 2010 – By choice or coincidence, US President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas find themselves this week in the same boat, thanks to the mischief of Benjamin Netanyahu.The two leaders have turned the other cheek helplessly,…

Did Palestinians err in not accepting Israel’s camp David and Olmert proposals?
Palestine Note 8 May 2010 – A question has been posed to the Ibishblog via the Goldblog. Jeffrey Goldberg linked to some of my recent blog postings on his own blog at the Atlantic, and received the following query from a Goldblog…

Prescription for survival
Palestine Note 8 May 2010 – The time has come to ask the question: what is Israel turning into? For decades, those of us who fervently support Israel but oppose with equal passion certain Israeli policies could make some allowances for Israeli…

Aljazeera

Lebanon makes arrests over lynching
AlJazeera 8 May 2010 – Two people detained after revenge killing of Egyptian man accused of murder and rape.

PLO approves indirect Israel talks
AlJazeera 8 May 2010 – Palestinian leaders meeting in West Bank give go ahead for negotiations with Israel.

Ha’aretz

Judges start training to prevent backlog of cases
Ha’aretz – The first two-day phase of the program aims to help judges write judicial opinions faster to prevent delays in producing rulings.

Lost in search of lunch: Rare Pacific whale spotted off Israel’s coast
Ha’aretz – Gray Whales usually live in Pacific Ocean; estimated to have reached Israel’s shores in search of food.

Two killed in head-on collision near Dead Sea
Ha’aretz – Preliminary probe shows private car swerved from its lane to hit a bus on the Arad-Dead Sea road.

Netanyahu: Proximity talks must move swiftly to face-to-face negotiations
Ha’aretz – Israel and U.S. laud PLO decision to approve mediated peace talks, despite warnings from Hamas.

Lebanon says it won’t ask Hezbollah to disarm
Ha’aretz – Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said Hezbollah cannot disarm before a defense strategy is reached that would also address future Israeli attacks.

Canada unveils proposal to resolve conflict over Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – Plan was funded by Canadian government but initiated by University of Windsor, with former top Canadian and U.S. diplomats, the Montreal Gazette reports.

Syria’s Assad says still interested in Turkish-brokered talks with Israel
Ha’aretz – In Turkey, Syrian president says Israel objects to Turkish mediation in peace talks as it doesn’t want peace., Brazil and Turkey have been trying to revive a fuel deal with Iran in an attempt to stave off further sanctions against Tehran.

Israel detains Abdullah Abu Rahma, places him in solitary confinement
8 May 2010 – Ramallah, May 8, (Pal telegraph) Israeli Jails Management decided to detain the coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Apartheid Wall in Bil’in, Abdullah Abu Rahma, in solitary confinement for a week and the denied him of his visiting rights for a period of one month. The Popular Committee indicated that occupation justified this punishment by claiming that Abu Rahma…

8000 passengers are waiting Rafah’s border to open to leave Gaza
8 May 2010 – Gaza, May 8, (Pal telegraph) According to the Interior Ministry in Gaza’s De-facto government that 8000 passengers registered in it and are waiting the Rafah border crossing to open after being closed for more than two months. It also stressed on their web site that until this moment there is no information about the intention of the Egyptian side to…

PLO: May witnessed a rise in settlers attacks
8 May 2010 – Ramallah, May 8, (Pal telegraph) The Department of Public Defense for the land and resisting the settlements in the Palestine Liberation Organization, declared that the first week of May has seen a rise in the frequency of settlers’ attacks in the West Bank. The GSA revealed in their report today, that several towns and villages were attacked by settlers affecting…

Call to support Al-Mahed deportees
8 May 2010 – Gaza, May 8, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) ‚Äì Kefah Harb the president of the national campaign for the return of Al-Mahd (Church of the Nativity) deportees -Ahya- called for a wide participations in the campaign which supports the right of return for the deportees. She said in a press release issued today that the main aim is to achieve the return…

The pretext of “security” along Gaza’s buffer zone
8 May 2010 – Gaza, May 8, (Pal Telegraph ‚Äì By Eva Bartlet) “There was a single shot without any warning, and a young man was carried away,” Adie Mormech explained. Mormech, currently in Gaza, is a British activist with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). He was an eyewitness at the 28 April demonstration at Nahal Oz, east of Gaza City, when Ahmed Deeb…

Israel Arrests its Own Citizen, a Human Rights Director
8 May 2010 – Ramallah, May 8, (Pal Telegraph) Two days ago at 3:10 a.m., Israeli Security Agency (GSS) agents accompanied by Israeli police raided Ameer Makhoul’s family home in Haifa and arrested him. Mr. Makhoul is a human rights defender and serves as the general director of Ittijah ‚Äì The Union of Arab Community-Based Associations and as the Chairman of the Public Committee…

PCHR Weekly Report: 7 civilians wounded, 40 abducted in 24 Israeli invasions this week
8 May 2010 – Gaza, May 8, (Pal Telegraph) In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for the week of 29 April ‚Äì 05 May 2010, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that 7 Palestinian civilians, including two children and a journalist, were wounded by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip….

Palestinians gather in front of Jalboua prison for a sit-in
8 May 2010 – West Bank, May 8, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) ‚Äì The Palestinian Prisoner Committee conducted today sit-in in front of Jalboua Israeli prison. The Palestinians participated in the sit in to express their solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners and to support their refusal to the arbitrary Israeli procedures carried out against them. The demonstrators hold pictures of Palestinian prisoners and sings written…

Israel detains Palestinian in the WB
8 May 2010 – West Bank, May 8, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) ‚Äì Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained yesterday night a Palestinian from Al-Dhisha refugee camp in the West Bank. Local sources reported that Israeli forces detained Shadi Mali, 34, while he was passing a military barrier erected at the entrance of Bter village in the west of Bethlehem and then transferred them to unknown…

Israel conducts limited incursion in Jabalia
8 May 2010 – Gaza, May 8, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces raided today a limited area in Jabalia to the north of Gaza city. According WAFA news agency, number of Israeli vehicles invaded hundreds of meters in Jabalia town near the borders with the Palestinian occupied land of 48. The Israeli vehicles searched the area and opened heavy fire towards the…

Uruknet

Trauma expert Wentz: Systematic dehumanization in Gaza is unique
Uruknet May 8, 2010 – “Trauma is a way of life in Gaza,” says Sonja Wentz, an American mental health professional who was in the besieged strip recently to support Palestinian professionals who are trying to help Gazans cope with daily and continuous trauma. “I felt abused by their border system,” states Wentz, who is a faculty member at the International…

Five More Suspects Named In Dubai Assassination Of Hamas Leader
Uruknet May 8, 2010 – The police in Dubai managed to name five more persons suspected of involvement in the assassination of a senior Hamas leader, Mahmoud Al Madbouh, who was killed at his hotel room in Dubai on January 20, the Al-Arabiyya TV reported Friday. With the naming of this suspect, the number of total suspects arrives to 32. Two…

Israeli official in LA denounces National Geographic water exhibit
Uruknet May 8, 2010 -Israeli Consul General in Los Angeles Jacob Dayan reportedly sent a letter of complaint to the venue hosting a National Geographic photo exhibition highlighting Israel’s unequal water policy, Israeli media reported on Friday. The Annenberg Space for Photography exhibit, coinciding with the magazine’s special issue Water: Our Thirsty World, features the works of award-winning photographers looking at…

Abandoned in Spain: The Palestinian Freed from Guant?°namo
Uruknet May 8, 2010 – As two former Guant?°namo prisoners begin new lives in Europe (an unidentified Yemeni in Spain, and a Syrian in Bulgaria, whose story I’ll be reporting soon), there are concerns that the ill-defined obligations of countries accepting cleared prisoners from Guant?°namo have left the first prisoner given a new life in Spain — the Palestinian Walid Hijazi,…

Netanyahu To “Legalize” Illegal Outposts
Uruknet May 8, 2010 – Responding to a request from the Israeli High Court regarding two illegal settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli government stated that it intends to “legalize” Hersha and Givat Hayovel. In July of last year, the High Court demanded the Israeli government to provide it with a detailed timeframe regarding orders to demolish the…

Ten Israeli negotiating strategies
Uruknet May 7, 2010 – Israel has a negotiating strategy that is designed to prolong the negotiations, allowing more time for the construction of facts on the ground and putting it in a position to impose its will on the “final-status” talks. In fact, the strategy can be broken down into 10 distinct sub-strategies, done in the article that follows. Overall,…

Obama Will Not Allow Unilateral Palestinian Steps
Uruknet May 7, 2010 – Diplomatic sources in Washington reported that U.S. President, Barack Obama, gave Israel verbal and written guarantees that the United States will not allow the Palestinians to conduct any unilateral steps during indirect talks, or in the case of failure of such talks. The sources did not mention any guarantees that would prohibit Israel from continuing its…

Family say assaulted in Old City by ‘settler’
Uruknet May 7, 2010 ‚Äì A Jewish settler assaulted a 30-year-old Jerusalemite woman and her daughter in front of their Old City home in the Aqbat Al-Khaledia neighborhood on Thursday night, the family reported. Abu Ammar Abu Asab told Ma’an that his wife and two of his daughters were on their way home when a Jewish man, identified by Abu Asab…

Rising to the occasion The Freedom Flotilla to Gaza continues the work of fighting the siege of the Strip
Uruknet May 7, 2010 – I have always marvelled at the human spirit. How some people persevere, overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles against all odds, elevate themselves to new heights and maintain their hope and dignity when all seems lost. And how others have such a profound sense of justice, of right and wrong, and how they are willing to sacrifice their…

Either way, Zionists win in Britain’s confused election
Uruknet May 7, 2010 – The battle of the Israel stooges in Britain’s general election has ended inconclusively in what’s called a “hung parliament” – i.e. no overall winner. We can now expect a few days of horse-trading between David “I’m-a-Zionist” Cameron, Gordon “Me-too” Brown to see which stooge can form a credible government. But regardless of who finally enters Number…

Breaking The Silence
Uruknet May 7, 2010 – Breaking the Silence is “an organization of veterans who served in the Israeli army during the Second Intifada (since September 2000), and have taken upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to everyday life in the Occupied Territories, a routine situation that is never reflected in the media”….

Likud seeks change in law to make prisoners’ conditions worse until Shalit is freed in Gaza
Uruknet May 7, 2010 – Likud seeks change in law to make prisoners’ conditions worse until Shalit is freed in GazaLikud MPs and party activists have demonstrated in front of Israel’s Hadarim Prison to push for harsher conditions for Palestinian prisoners in a bid to put pressure on Hamas to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit held captive since 2006. Knesset (parliament)…

Reproduction of failure
Uruknet May 7, 2010 – At a time when the Obama administration is hailing the imminent resumption of indirect peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a “notable achievement”, very few observers in the region think that the upcoming talks will lead to any breakthrough or tangible progress. Backed by major Arab states, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia,…

Two Little Girls: Murder in the Jordan Valley
Uruknet May 7, 2010 – We stopped by the roadside at the spot where the two little girls had been killed. Their blood still stained the cushion on which they had been sitting, fragments of the military jeep which had rammed their father’s tractor still littered the ground. Janaa Fakha (8), her sister Maasa (5) and their brother Hussein (9) never…

On Goldstone’s Bar Mitzvah and Finkelstein’s Book
Uruknet May 7, 2010 – In his report on Gaza issued late last year, prominent South African jurist Richard Goldstone accused Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes. His language also showed awareness of the fact that the former is an occupying power with most sophisticated weapon arsenal (as reflecting in the number of Palestinian victims), and the latter is a…

Israel’s military indoctrination of children
Uruknet May 7, 2010 – The modern roots of Zionism go back to its founding at the First Zionist Congress in Basle, Switzerland, in 1897, its programme being the “establishing for the Jewish people of a publicly and legally assured home in Eretz Yisrael”. Five decades later, this was accomplished by dispossessing indigenous Palestinians, denying them the right to their land,…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (29 April – 05 May 2010)
Uruknet May 7, 2010 – Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law continued in the OPT during the reporting period (29 April ‚Äì 05 May 2010): Shooting: During the reporting period, 7 Palestinian civilians, including two children and a journalist, were wounded by IOF in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In the West Bank, IOF used force against…

The National

Abbas given go-ahead for peace talks through US
The National 8 May 2010 – PLO says the United States pledged a strong stance against obstructions to negotiations as Likud advances push to legalise outposts.

Lawyer pushes for jail reform in Egypt
The National 8 May 2010 – Rights groups hail advocate’s initiative on the plight of prisoners, but critics say he is fighting for better treatment of the Brotherhood men behind bars.

Nuclear watchdog shows signs it may scrutinise Israel
The National 8 May 2010 – Putting Israel on the agenda of IAEA meeting alongside Iran could take some of the heat off Tehran just as the West is lobbying hard for tough new UN sanctions against it.

International Solidarity Movement

Fields ablaze in Iraq Burin
5/8/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Despite the recent unprovoked, fatal shooting of two of its young men by Israeli forces, the village of Iraq Burin, just south of Nablus, turned out in force again this Saturday, 8th May, to protest against the annexation of village lands. Supported by human rights activists from the International Solidarity Movement, the Michigan Peace Teams….

Palestine News Network

Settlements Boycott Law Benefits Local Farmers
PNN – Ramallah – PNN – It looks like that first settlements product to be effected by the new Palestinian law banning such products are watermelons. At a local market in the West Bank…

Dubai: Five More Europeans Involved In Hamas Leader Assassination
PNN – Dubai ‚Äì PNN ‚Äì the Dubai police accused additional Europeans of the assassination of a Hamas leader, bring the total of those accused to 32. Mahmoud Al Mabhouh, Hamas leader in exile,…

When Leaders Lead
PNN – Sami Awad – For many years, Palestinians have engaged in nonviolent actions aimed at resisting the Israeli military occupation and its violent and humiliating policies aimed at suppressing the will of the…

Hamas Warns PLO form Resuming Peace Talks
PNN – Ghassan Bannoura – PNN- The Hamas movement warned the Palestinian Liberation Organization from resuming indirect peace talks with Israel as its gives “the occupation opportunity to commit more crimes”. The Islamist group…

Stop The Wall

PNGO statement: Free Ameer Makhoul! Stop repression of Palestinian civil society!
Stop The Wall – May 6, 2010 at 6 am the Israeli General Security Service and Israeli police raided Ameer Makhoul’s home in Haifa and arrested him. Makhoul, serves as General Director of Ittijah ‚Äì The Union of Arab Community-Based Associations and Chairman of the Public Committee for the Protection of Political Freedoms in the framework of the High Follow-up Committee for the Arab Citizens in Israel. [

Ramallah district: People resist the ongoing Nakba
Stop The Wall – In Bil’in, six people were detained and one injured during a march in which activists carried a coffin symbolizing the Palestinians’ loss of land and the impossibility for deceased Palestinan refugees and exiles to be buried in their homeland. In Ni’lin, young people continued to battle the ongoing theft of their land. [

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (29 April – 05 May 2010)
PCHR 5 May 2010 – A mosque that was burnt by Israeli settlers in al-Lubban al-Sharqi village near Nablus, 04 May 2010 Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)….

Jerusalem Post

PA approves proximity talks
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2010 – Israel denies assurances on J’lem building; Kassam hits near Ashkelon.

Gov’t may legalize outpost where hero majors lived
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2010 – It’s the second time in a month the state showed a willingness to authorize West Bank outposts.

PM welcomes PA green light for proximity talks
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2010 – Israel denies giving any assurances on J’lem building; Kassam hits near Ashkelon.

Assad: Israel unready for peace
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2010 – Syrian president says Syria is working to prevent war.

PLO authorizes proximity talks
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2010 – Mitchell scheduled to meet with Abbas again before returning to US.

Iran mulls uranium exchange
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2010 – Iran reconsiders compromise in light of new sanctions proposal.

A conflict of interest and non-interest
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2010 – Has the spirit of J’lem day remained intact?

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Erekat: Proximity Talks to Discuss Border Security
WAFA – Ramallah, May 8, 2010 (WAFA)- Head of the Negotiations Department of the PLO, Dr. Saeb Erekat, said that proximity talks would discuss issues of border security during the next four

Bedouin Land Case: No Need to Examine Situation on Ground
WAFA – TEL AVIV, May 8, 2010 (WAFA)- In a Bedouin land case, the Israeli state’s expert witness, Prof. Ruth Kark, sees no need to examine the situation on the ground or meet with the Bedouin inhabitants

Organizations, Artists Thank Gil Scott-Heron for Heeding Call to Boycott Israel
WAFA РNEW YORK, May 8, 2010 (WAFA) – More than 50 organizations and artists from eight countries have written to legendary political singer and poet Gil Scott-Heron to thank him for his decision to drop

Relief Web

Palestinian Human Development Report 2009/10: “Investing in Human Security for a Future State”
Relief Web 8 May 2010 – Source: UN Development Programme

Four hurt, four missing in Gaza tunnel collapse
Relief Web 8 May 2010 – Source: Agence France-Presse

FACTBOX-Factors to watch as Israel, Palestinians near talks
Relief Web 8 May 2010 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet

OPT: Week in Review РSettlements or Peace? Israel Needs to Choose [May 3 – May 8]
Relief Web 8 May 2010 – Source: MIFTAH

YNet News

Iran says may agree to fuel swap deal
YNet News – Foreign Ministry spokesman says Iran may be able to ‘arrive at practical….

Lebanon: Israel stole 185 goats
YNet News – UN forces appeal to Israel, retrieve goats Lebanon says were stolen from its….

Report: IAEA set to focus on Israel
YNet News – Document obtained by AP says UN nuclear agency may discuss Israel’s atomic….

Rocket hits south Israel
YNet News – A Qassam rocket fired from the northern Gaza Strip exploded Saturday evening south of Ashkelon. The Color Red anti-rocket alert system was activated at several …….

Iran: Arrests at ‘illegal show’
YNet News – Islamic Republic continues to limit its citizens: Police in Tehran detained 80 “intoxicated” youngsters at an “illegal” musical performance, conservative newspaper Kayhan …….

Netanyahu seeking direct talks
YNet News – Israel hopeful: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians Saturday, expressing his hope for the launch of direct …….

Assad: Israel no peace partner
YNet News – Israel is not ready for peace with Damascus, Syrian President Bashar Assad said Saturday in a joint press conference with Turkish counter Abdullah Gul. “I do not …….

PLO, Fatah approve proximity talks
YNet News – The Palestine Liberation Organization has approved together with the Fatah’s central committee the American proposal for indirect negotiations with Israel, which have …….

Lebanon won’t ask Hezbollah to disarm
YNet News – Lebanon’s president says the government cannot ask Hezbollah to give up its weapons at a time of heightened tension with Israel. A UN deal to end the 2006 war …….

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas: PLO decision to return to negotiations a sin
PIC 8 May 2010 – Hamas movement described on Saturday the PLO executive committee’s decision to return to negotiations with the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) as a “political sin”.

Sheikh Salah announces participation in flotilla heading to Gaza
PIC 8 May 2010 – Sheikh Ra’ed Salah announced in Berlin on Saturday that he would be among the passengers aboard the flotilla of ships carrying relief material to the Gaza Strip later this month.

Egyptian state security electrocuted Abu Zuhri
PIC 8 May 2010 – Yousef Abu Zuhri, the brother of Hamas’s spokesman in Gaza Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, has been killed in the Egyptian state security jails as a result of repeated, severe electric shocks.

The Independent: New evidence implicates Israeli commander in killing Corrie
PIC 8 May 2010 – The British Independent reported that further evidence started to surface proving that an Israeli commander obstructed an official investigation into the murder of US peace activist Rachel Corrie.

Saadi starts her 9th year in IOA jails
PIC 8 May 2010 – The higher national committee for the support of prisoners has said that Qahera Al-Saadi, 34, had started her 9th year in Israeli occupation authority (IOA) jails on Saturday.

OCHA: IOF soldiers kill one citizen in Gaza Strip, wound 14 in West Bank
PIC 8 May 2010 – OCHA said in its weekly report that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed one Palestinian in Gaza Strip and wounded 14 Palestinians in the West Bank last week.

Massive participation in 8th Palestinians in Europe conference in Berlin
PIC 8 May 2010 – Under the slogan, “Our return is certain and freedom for our prisoners,” the eighth Palestinians in Europe conference has kicked off today in the German capital Berlin.

Tahboub: The Palestinians inherited calamities from the logic of settlement
PIC 8 May 2010 – Dr. Dima Tahboub, a noted Palestinian political writer, stated that the logic of settlement bequeathed to the Palestinians inflicted on them more humiliation, vulnerability and calamities.

Official sources: Egypt’s iron wall is not the only threat to tunnel trade
PIC 8 May 2010 – Security and official sources stated that Egypt’s steel wall is not the most serious threat to the tunnel trade in the Gaza Strip, but rather the other tight measures that target tunnels and workmen.

IOA offers two Gazan prisoners their freedom if they accept exile
PIC 8 May 2010 – The higher national committee supporting prisoners has announced that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) had offered two prisoners from the Gaza Strip to set them free if they accepted exile.

Los Angeles Times

PLO agrees to indirect Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
LA Times 9 May 2010 – The U.S.’ top Mideast envoy will shuttle between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in an effort to narrow differences. But both sides have doubts about the negotiations.

New York Times

Anwar al-Awlaki: From Condemning Terror to Preaching Jihad
New York Times 8 May 2010 – Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric, has become a central figure in the luring of Western Muslims to violent extremism, harnessing the Internet for Al Qaeda’s goals.

Palestinian Approval Clears Way for Mideast Talks
New York Times 8 May 2010 – The formal approval of indirect talks with Israel cleared the way Saturday for President Barack Obama’s first sustained on-the-ground attempt to bring peace to the Middle East.

Misc

Boston: Activists Disrupt Israeli Event At Museum Of Science
Palestine Monitor – Local activists protested the so-called “Israeli Innovation Weekend” (IIW) at the Museum of Science in Boston through multiple, disparate actions on Sunday. IIW’s sponsors, including the Consulate General of Israel to New England, were left flummoxed by the activists’ efforts and largely unable to prevent their…

Latest Israel-Palestinian Talks Hold Little Hope
Palestine Monitor – After 18 months with no direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, so-called proximity talks between intermediaries, rather than face-to-face meetings between the direct parties, are scheduled to begin this week. An announcement is anticipated shortly. These shuttle deliberations are expected to continue for four months with Arab League backing….

Sheldon tries to monopolize the conversation
Mondoweiss – My Gaza talk Thursday night was in the Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting, with 30-40 people. Some in the audience had been to Gaza in the late 90’s and also to the West Bank. They were better informed about issue than other venues. Questions began even…

Student protests force Israeli hasbara retreat
Mondoweiss – The Israeli Foreign Ministry is considering stopping speaking events around the world in the face of protests that seem to follow them where ever they go. From a recent article in Maariv , “Foreign Ministry officials are considering stopping the lectures by senior figures around the world,…

Dershowitz and Jeffrey Goldberg are against apartheid
Mondoweiss – Desperate times calls for desperate measures. Alan Dershowitz is now calling Richard Goldstone a “hanging judge,” based on his actions during apartheid South Africa, and Jeffrey Goldberg has picked up the mantra . “…he is a man without a moral compass.” And I thought Palestinians were always…

The news from Bil’in yesterday
Mondoweiss – This picture features Ashraf Abu Rahme, who was arrested in Bil’in yesterday. Abu Rahme’s brother Bassem was killed in Bil’in a year ago. Date of photo unknown. Report on yesterday’s Bil’in demonstration, by Hamde: Today’s demonstrators, consisting of Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals, proceeded from the Bil’in…

Jewish charity blacklists and the Israel question
Mondoweiss – What do Jewish Voice for Peace, Madre, Amnesty International, New Israel Fund, American Friends Service Committee, Media Matters and Institute for Policy Studies all have in common? There has been a growing backlash since the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation first announced the most restrictive funding…

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Latest talks hold little hope
Mustafa Barghouthi, Ma’an News Agency5/8/2010
After 18 months with no direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, so-called proximity talks between intermediaries, rather than face-to-face meetings between the direct parties, are scheduled to begin this week. An announcement is anticipated shortly. These shuttle deliberations are expected to continue for four months with Arab League backing. They hold little hope.
Israel’s governing coalition, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is unprepared to comply with international law and meet the minimum demands of Palestinian negotiators. Yes, last year, Netanyahu voiced support for a two-state solution, but he loaded it with so many caveats as to make it a meaningless commitment. He said no on a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, no on the return of Palestinian refugees to homes and land in Israel, no on crucial control over borders, no on essential dismantlement of settlements illegal under international law. And, in fact, Israel’s Likud Central Committee, approximately 3,000 of the party’s most active members, voted in 2002 — at Netanyahu’s behest — never to permit a Palestinian state west of the Jordan River. The vote still stands today.
These negotiations will not bring peace. The best outcome that can be hoped for is if they expose Netanyahu to American intermediaries as devoid of positive contributions to peace and intent solely on scuttling progress. Last month, Middle East envoy George Mitchell’s deputy, David Hale, according to a Wall Street Journal story, informed Palestinian officials that the United States would consider allowing a United Nations Security Council resolution that censured a recalcitrant Israel intent on further settlement activity if Palestinians would return to talks.
If accurate, and the US followed through, this would be a monumental moment as the US has repeatedly vetoed Security Council resolutions directed at Israel, including efforts to stop the Har Homa settlement in occupied East Jerusalem undertaken in the 1990s under Netanyahu….more..e-mail

Will Turkey veto Israel’s OECD membership?
Alaa Tarti, Ma’an News Agency5/8/2010
Israel starts its countdown to join the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and to prove to the international community that it is a “civilized” country that respects human rights and democracy, that it deserves to be in the most developed countries’ club, and it deserve to be the 31st member of the OECD.
This might be great news and a dream to be fulfilled for the “admission engineer,” Stanley Fischer, the governor of the Bank of Israel. However, is it good news for the OECD itself to accept the membership of a country that violates the fundamental values of the OECD? Is it good news for the peace process in the Middle East where the international community may legalize the Israeli occupation in the West Bank? Is it good news for the Palestinian state’s formation process that is supposed to be announced next year? And will Turkey, represented by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, show again its commitment to stand with the oppressed people in the occupied Palestinian territories, and veto the Israeli membership in the OECD?
After his visit to Israel in January 2010, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria stated, “We are probably going to complete (the membership process) in 2010, that’s when it was scheduled for.” This statement was declared after three years of the issuance of the Road Map for the Accession of Israel to the OECD Convention. However, such a statement arguably ignores the fundamental values of the OECD, ignores the facts on the ground, and only adds more darkness and disappointment to the peace process.
As the Road Map document itself states on its second page, these fundamental values that Israel must comply with include “a commitment to pluralist democracy based on the rule of law and the respect of human rights, adherence to open and transparent market economy principles and a shared goal of sustainable development.”….more..e-mail

The savior in each of us
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD, Qumsiyeh: A Human Rights Web5/5/2010
We live in an era of psychological warfare and mass hysteria generated by mass communication that already led us to the catastrophic first and second world wars. And after the US dropped nuclear bombs on civilian cities in Japan, all gloves were off instead of people being horrified enough to forsake war all together. Over 100 major conflicts in the last 60 years costing tens of millions of lives. It is even getting worse as wars are started by a few special interest groups, a few rich media owners can push for them, and a few soldiers can execute them via remote control and pilot-less planes that butcher thousands at the push of a button. The maddening era where sanctions on Iraq were introduced to satisfy a special lobby caused the death of over a million Iraqi civilians and then a war and occupation in which a million more have been killed. Many claim a clash of religions or of ‘civilizations’ to justify these abominations when excess greed can explain it better. But humans also fail to learn the lessons of history or to reexamine our own dogmatic beliefs that allow greedy people to exploit us and take us into wars in the name of ‘nation’ or ‘religion’ or ‘ideology’. Here in Palestine, at every turn we are inundated with messages about conflicting religious and/or political beliefs; group think that seems hard to dispel.
When religion enters into it, it becomes extremely volatile. By religion, I do not mean the original teachings of the prophets, but that which has been hijacked by the greedy for profits. Mohammed and Jesus had far simpler messages of truth mostly dealing with personal behavior towards God and the needy people in society. Here in these hills of Palestine Jesus told the truth to the many different groups of people that inhabited this multi-ethnic and multi-religious society. His message of reform and logic was not directed only to the tribalistic Hebrew Judeans but to all people. Some rejected the message precisely because they could not claim it for their tribe or advance their social status using the message. He spoke plainly to both tribalistic Judeans who believed that they are better than the goyim and to the Roman officials who believed they were civilized superior democrats. He spoke to Idumeans, Jebusites, Hebrews, Ammonites, Samaritans, and others and taught that all are equal before God…. — See also:Former Yale professor among 4 detained in Walajamore..e-mail

Defying appeal from Gaza students, Atwood set to accept Israeli prize
Electronic Intifada: 9 May 2010 – On Sunday, Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood will accept the Dan David Prize at Tel Aviv University and her portion of the $1 million payout that goes with it. Meanwhile, a mere 40 miles away, students in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip will still be struggling to find the ways and means to continue their educations. Kristin Szremski reports for The Electronic Intifada.

Boston: Activists Disrupt Israeli Event At Museum Of Science
Palestine Monitor: 8 May 2010 – Local activists protested the so-called “Israeli Innovation Weekend” (IIW) at the Museum of Science in Boston through multiple, disparate actions on Sunday. IIW’s sponsors, including the Consulate General of Israel to New England, were left flummoxed by the activists’ efforts and largely unable to prevent their successful, multi-pronged disruption of the event. / Protesters targeted IIW because it was part of a state-sponsored campaign to “greenwash” Israel’s discriminatory, apartheid regime and atrocious human rights record. IIW was officially sponsored by the Israeli Consulate, which also played a major role in funding and planning the event; nearly half of IIW’s steering committee was composed of Consulate staff and the Consulate was one of the top donors. Throughout the day, protesters maintained a visible public presence outside the Museum. Protesters held signs drawing attention to Israeli “innovation” in technologies of death such as white phosphorus and cluster bombs, parodying the exhibit’s slogan, “Healing…

Latest Israel-Palestinian Talks Hold Little Hope
Palestine Monitor: 8 May 2010 – After 18 months with no direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, so-called proximity talks between intermediaries, rather than face-to-face meetings between the direct parties, are scheduled to begin this week. An announcement is anticipated shortly. These shuttle deliberations are expected to continue for four months with Arab League backing. They hold little hope. Israel’s governing coalition, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is unprepared to comply with international law and meet the minimum demands of Palestinian negotiators. Yes, last year, Netanyahu voiced support for a two-state solution, but he loaded it with so many caveats as to make it a meaningless commitment. He said no on a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, no on the return of Palestinian refugees to homes and land in Israel, no on crucial control over borders, no on essential dismantlement of settlements illegal under international law. And, in fact, Israel’s Likud Central Committee, approximately 3,000 of the party’s…

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