VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 15 May, 2010: Mother and her Two Children, Wounded When Settler Rammed Vehicle Into Them


International Middle East Media Center

Elderly Man Killed By Army Fire In Gaza
IMEMC – 15 May 2010 – Israeli soldiers shot and killed on Saturday a 75-year old and wounded another Palestinian in a separate incident near the border with Gaza.

Mother and her Two Children, Wounded When Settler Rammed Vehicle Into Them
IMEMC – 15 May 2010 – Palestinian medical sources in Bethlehem reported Saturday at night that a Jewish settler rammed his vehicle into a mother and her two girls in Al Jab’a village near Bethlehem, and fled the scene.

Rachel Corrie Ship Sails After 48-Hour Delay
IMEMC – 15 May 2010 – The Rachel Corrie solidarity ship sailed from Ireland heading towards the Gaza Strip after 48-hour delay due to logistic issues.

Slain Ramallah Youth; Shot By A Settler, Left To Die
IMEMC – 15 May 2010 – Palestinian medical sources reported that Aysar al-Zaben, 16, who was killed on Friday, was shot by Israeli settlers in Wad Al Haramiyya area near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, apparently bled to death as a bullet struck him in the heart.

Report; Palestinian Killed In Gaza
IMEMC – 15 May 2010 – The Israeli army reported that soldiers observed at a Palestinian approaching the fence near the Karni Crossing, east of the Gaza Strip, and shot him dead, the Israeli Radio reported.

Ma’an News

Gaza medics: Elderly man killed by Israel forces
5/15/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – A Palestine Red Crescent Society ambulance retrieved the body of an elderly man on Saturday after he was reportedly shot dead by Israeli forces east of Gaza City, medics said. Muawiya Hassanein, chief of ambulance and emergency services in Gaza, identified the deceased as 78-year-old Fuad Ahmad Matar, and that the evacuation….

Hebron: Israeli army reportedly evicts man from home
5/15/2010 – Hebron – Ma’an – Israeli forces reportedly evicted a man from his home in Ash-Shuhada Street, central Hebron, on Friday. Anas Zuheir Al-Bayed, 21, said soldiers broke into his home and forced him out “under the pretext that it was owned by the Israeli army.”He said he had not received any documentation declaring that the home….

Rachel Corrie boat sets sail to Gaza
5/15/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – A vessel named after the American International Solidarity Movement activist that was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza set sail on Friday evening, forming part of an eight-boat convoy attempting to dock in Gaza by late May. The Rachel Corrie boat, part of the Freedom Fleet, weighed anchor at the….

Arab UNRWA union to strike
5/15/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The UNRWA Arab Workers’ Union said Saturday that it will carry out a series of protests in the West Bank and Jerusalem against what they termed “employment terrorism against Arab employees,” a statement read. The protests were declared following an “uncooperative” meeting between Ibrahim Al-Akhras, a union delegate assigned with meeting UNWRA human….

BADIL: Time to end ongoing Nakba
5/15/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights released a statement calling for an end to what it terms an ongoing Nakba, the Arabic for catastrophe, to mark the 62 anniversary of Palestinian displacement. The center urged for a halt to all negotiations, whether direct or indirect, until Israel completely halts….

Hamas: Return, liberation through resistance
5/15/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Hamas issued a statement on Saturday marking Nakba Day, describing the movement’s adherence to “the project of resistance and steadfastness.””As long as the enemy continues with its offensives against our people, continues arrest our children and desecrating our holy places, resistance will remain an option,” the statement read. Speaking of the right….

Fatah: Hamas finally joins popular resistance
5/15/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf on Saturday welcomed the participation of Hamas leaders in protests against Israel’s wall in the West Bank a day earlier. Assaf said in a statement that the debut attendance of Hamas leaders in popular resistance activities, which are traditionally held by Fatah, amounted to a concession that the Islamists….

PCBS: Palestinian population doubled since 1948
5/15/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Palestine Central Bureau of Statistics released a demographic study compiled to mark 62 years since the Nakba, the displacement of Palestinians in 1948 by pre-Israeli state forces.”Contrary to natural catastrophes, the Palestinian Nakba was the result of man-made military plans and conspiracy of states unfolded a major tragedy for the Palestinian….

Palestinians mark 62nd Nakba Day
5/15/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Sirens were heard across Palestinian cities at noon on Saturday to mark the 62nd anniversary of mass forced displacement of Palestinians from their homes by pre-state Israeli militia in 1948, known as the Nakba or catastrophe. Thousands of Palestinians joined rallies and demonstrations in the West Bank, Gaza and the diaspora refugee camps….

200 Palestinians mark Nakba Day in East J’lem
5/15/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Some 200 Palestinians led by Palestinian Knesset members marked Nakba Day in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood on Saturday, Israeli media reported. Protesters arrived to the rally carrying signs reading “Judaization of Jerusalem – The new Nakba,” the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported. Led by members of the Balad party within the Israeli parliament….

PA bomb sappers dismantle explosives
5/15/2010 – Nablus – Ma’an – Palestinian Authority police bomb sappers dismantled three explosives, a rocket and an anti-tank land mine in Nablus City and the Aseera village north of Nablus, a report read Saturday. Aseera residents informed police that an old grenade was found in the village. PA police and sappers responded immediately to call, the statement read….

Police control 2 fights, arrest 32 in Yatta
5/15/2010 – Hebron – Ma’an – Palestinian police were able to control two family brawls in Yatta, a village south of Hebron, late Friday. The police said in a statement that they rushed to the scene as soon as they heard about the brawls. They were able to control the brawls after detaining 32 people who participated, according to….

Arab Parliament urges states to cut ties with Israel
5/15/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Two Arab Parliament committees called on Arab League members to halt “all direct and indirect contacts with Israel” on Friday. Both the Foreign Affairs and Policy Committee and the National Security Committee suggested that all ties be severed “amidst [Israel’s] continued settlement policy.””All relations should be severed in protest of the policy….

Syria Baath party: Palestine cause remains primary Arab cause
5/15/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Baath Arab Socialist Party in Syria said Friday that the Palestinian cause will remain the primary cause of all Arab states, calling for Arab nations to compound resources in “confronting Israel and restore Arab lands and rights,” Syrian media reported. According to the government-affiliated SANA news agency, a statement from the Syrian….

Sudan to host Palestine for international friendly
5/15/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – President of the Palestinian Football Federation Jibril Rajoub announced Saturday that he met recently with the president of the Sudan Football Association (SFA), Kamal Shaddad, in Doha, Qatar. During the talks, the two agreed to hold a friendly international game between both the Palestinian and the Sudanese teams on Friday, 4 June in….

17 fugitives arrested as 16,000 travel through Allenby
5/15/2010 – Jericho – Ma’an – Palestinian Authority security forces arrested 17 fugitives as they attempted to cross into Jordan via the Allenby Bridge crossing in Jericho, a statement read. The fugitives detained were wanted for a number of charges, including fraud, the statement read. Additionally, PA forces facilitated the travel of 16,000 individuals over the week through the….

Fatah: De facto forces detained supporters
5/15/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Fatah said Hamas affiliated security forces detained a number of the movement’s supporters in the southern Gaza city of Rafah on Saturday morning, a statement read. Those detained were identified as Al-Aqsa Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah, leader Ra’fat Barbakh, as well as Abdul Rahman Deeb, Raed Mussa, and Salah Mussa. The….

Nakba unites Gaza factions
5/15/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Nakba Day has united major factions in Gaza, including Fatah and Hamas, as Palestinians marked the 62nd anniversary of mass forced displacement from their homes by pre-state Israeli militia in 1948. Protesters marched from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to the UN building in Gaza City to affirm their right to return….

Palestine Note

US funds Israel’s apartheid roads plan
Palestine Note 15 May 2010 – Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Settlers benefit from Israeli-only routes The construction of sections of a controversial segregated road network in the West Bank planned by Israel for Palestinians — leaving the main roads for…

Would Americans cross boundaries for peace?
Palestine Note 15 May 2010 – PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida – The Mideast peace “proximity talks” are a step backward from years of direct negotiations. The ethnic Diasporas in the United States have both helped and hindered the resolution of the conflict….

Sunny days in Israel
Palestine Note 15 May 2010 – TEL AVIV – A cool breeze came in from the sea, knocking over salt shakers at the Zorik Caf?©. It was a beautiful day in Israel—clear skies, brilliant light, and the volleyball players were out. Young…

Palestine’s history is Israel’s history, too
Palestine Note 15 May 2010 – This week marks the 62 nd anniversary of the Nakba, the Arabic word for “Catastrophe.” That’s how Palestinians mark the event, whether Israelis like it or not. The fact is, the birth of Israel is a…

George Galloway’s US visit sparks complaint
Palestine Note 15 May 2010 – By Jared Malsin New York – Fresh from a bruising electoral defeat in Britain, firebrand former MP George Galloway launched a US tour on Saturday that has already provoked a denunciation from a conservative pro-Israeli group….

Rachel Corrie ship sets sail for Gaza
Palestine Note 15 May 2010 – New York – The MV Rachel Corrie, a 1,200-ton cargo ship, part of an eight-vessel flotilla set sail from Ireland on Friday determined to challenge Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, organizers said in a statement….

Israel’s ties with Apartheid South Africa explored in book
Palestine Note 15 May 2010 – New York – Days after Israel’s supporters accused justice Richard Goldstone of complicity in the Apartheid-era judicial system, new evidence is emerging of Israel’s deep relation with the Apartheid regime. A new book to be released…

Palestinians mark Nakba Day
Palestine Note 15 May 2010 – Washington – Around 200 Palestinians led by a Palestinian Knesset members marked the 62nd anniversary of the Nakba in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood on Saturday, Maa’n news reported quoting Israeli media. According to the Israeli…

High school students object to quote by Said in AP test
Palestine Note 15 May 2010 – Washington – A high school student in New York has opened a Facebook protest group, called “Protest the 2010 AP English Literature and Composition Free Response Question” to object to one test question in the Advanced…

Israeli forces kill elderly Palestinian near Gaza border
Palestine Note 15 May 2010 – Israeli army spokesman says troops spotted man at night Washington – Israel Radio reported on Saturday , quoting Palestinian emergency services and witnesses, that Israeli Defense soldiers killed an elderly Palestinian and wounded another near the border…


Iran ‘to free’ French spy suspect
AlJazeera 15 May 2010 – Woman arrested after disputed presidential poll to be acquitted by Sunday, lawyer says.

Israeli settler ‘kills Palestinian’
AlJazeera 14 May 2010 – Israeli police investigating claims settler shot Palestinian youth near Ramallah.


Israeli Arab MK: Israel’s actions in Jerusalem are a second Nakba
Ha’aretz – Israeli Arabs mark Nakba day, or ‘day of catastrophe’ in East Jerusalem demonstration; Fatah and Hamas hold rare joint rally to mark the day Israel declared statehood.

Police arrest 14 protesters in Sheikh Jarrah
Ha’aretz – Left-wing activists say police showed it aligned itself with settlers when it allowed them to enter the neighborhood on Jerusalem Day.

‘An imbecile in diplomacy’ — North Korea hits back at Lieberman
Ha’aretz – Pyongyang furious over foreign minister’s allegations of a ‘mad arms race’, accusing Israel of concocting lies.

Report: IDF soldiers kill elderly Palestinian near Gaza border
Ha’aretz – Palestinian sources said IDF soldiers fatally shot 75-year-old man and wounded another man, 22, near the border with Gaza.

Report: Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claim responsibility for West Bank shooting attack
Ha’aretz – Two Israelis lightly wounded on Friday; Palestinians blame settlers for killing stone-throwing teen near Ramallah on Thursday.

Palestinians across all Palestine commemorated Al Nakba’s 62nd anniversary
15 May 2010 – Gaza, May 15, (Pal Telegraph) Sirens Kicked off at the midnight of Saturday in all Palestinian cities, to commemorate Al Nakba’s sixty-second anniversary that has befallen on the Palestinian people, when they migrated from their own homeland in 1948. On the same level, demonstrations and marches began in several areas of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and refugee camps, in…

IOF shoots unarmed old Palestinian man in Gaza
15 May 2010 – Gaza, May 15, (Pal Telegraph) Palestinian medical sources announced today that the ambulance crews were able to evacuate the body of an elderly Palestinian man who was shot dead by Israeli troops east of Gaza City. Dr. Muawiya Hassanein, director of ambulance and emergency sectors in Al-Shefa hospital in Gaza, confirmed that the martyr is still unidentified, and his transfer…

Gaza commemorates Al-Nakbah 62nd anniversary
15 May 2010 – Gaza, May 15, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — The gathering of independent personalities erected today a sit-in tent in Abed Rabu area in the northern Gaza Strip to commemorate the 62 nd anniversary of the Al-Nakba and raised the slogan of “The reconciliation: in order not to live a new Nakba”. Popular range of academics, businessmen, Muslim scholars, intellectuals and representatives…

Gaza’s electricity crisis escalates each day
15 May 2010 – Gaza, May 15, (Pal Telegraph) Energy and Natural Resources Authority has confirmed that the imports of industrial fuel to run Gaza’s only power plant had fallen back, only 1.35 million liters of fuel entered the Gaza Strip this week compared to 1.46 million liters in the past week, which shows a deficiency that increases each week making the life of…

Rafah border opens today after two and a half months of closure
15 May 2010 – Gaza, May 15, (Pal Telegraph) After about two and a half month passed on Rafah crossing’s closure in both directions, its opened today, the Egyptian authorities opened Rafah crossing to allow the departure of about eight thousand passengers leaving the Gaza Strip to Egypt; Arab and foreign countries. Borders and Crossings Authority announced today that Rafah crossing will start operating…

Israel imposes sever punishments on female Palestinian prisoners
15 May 2010 – West Bank, May 15, (Pal Telegraph) A report issued by the Ministry of Prisoners showed that the Palestinian female prisoners in Israeli jails outnumbers 34 captives, they are subjected to a series of measures and severe penalties by the prison’s administration because of a hunger strike that they started on 17 / 4 and 27 / 4 of last month, they also…

‘Rachel Corrie’ solidarity ship resumes sailing after 48 hours delay
15 May 2010 – Gaza, May 15, (Pal Telegraph) “Rachel Corrie” solidarity ship resumed sailing today from the port “Dandrick Dublin” from Ireland to the Gaza Strip through Greece, after a delay of more than 48 hours for logistical reasons. The vessel will be carrying a number of peace activists and legal personnel, in addition to 1200 tones of aid, cement, paper, medical supplies,…

Israel raids east of Gaza, no injuries
15 May 2010 – Gaza, May 15, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces raided today a limited area in the east of Gaza city. The Israeli bulldozers razed agricultural lands near the borders with the Palestinian occupied land of 48. They opened heavy fire towards the citizens’ properties, no injuries were reported. According SAFA news agency, two bulldozers, two tanks and a vehicle…

IOF shoots Palestinian in Gaza
15 May 2010 – Gaza, May 15, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces shot toady the Palestinian youth Mohammed Abu Warda, 25, in north of Bait Hanon town in north of Gaza Strip. The Director of Emergency Services at Al-Shefa Hospital, Dr. Muawiya Hassanein, said that Abu Warda was shot in his limbs by bullets, adding that he was transferred to Kamal Odwan…


Israeli Foreign Minister plans international campaign against Saudi Arabia
Uruknet May 14, 2010 – A Hebrew media source claims that Israel’s Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, is planning to launch an international campaign against Saudi Arabia. The leader of the extreme right-wing Yisrael Beitenu party believes that “Saudi Arabia is behind the hostile campaign that Israel encounters on the international scene”. According to the report, in the online version of Maariv,…

International Solidarity Movement

Mabrouk Wadi Rahhal
5/15/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Today, Friday 14th May, the small farming village of Wadi Rahhal, just south of Bethlehem, held its first demonstration against the theft of its lands by the massive Israeli colony/settlement of Efrat. In particular, the villagers were objecting to the planned encroachment of the apartheid wall to within 30 metres of the village school….

FGM: Israel’s Intimidation Tactics Won’t Stop Us, First Ship Sets Sail for Gaza!
5/15/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Free Gaza Movement – May 14, 2010 – At 22:45 local time tonight, the MV Rachel Corrie, a 1200-ton cargo ship, part of the eight-vessel Freedom Flotilla, set sail from Ireland on its way to the Mediterranean Sea. There, ships from Turkey and Greece will join her, then sail to Gaza. This past week reports….

Palestinian boy shot dead east of Ramallah
5/15/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Popular Struggle Coordination Committee – Aysar Yasser alZaben, 16 years old, was shot in his back yesterday evening in his family’s lands in Mazra’a alSharqia, east of Ramallah, apparently by a settler. Aysar alZaben’s body was found in his plot by family members only hours after he was shot. He was found lying dead on the….

Victory for Iraq Burin as demonstrators commemorate the Nakba
5/15/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Today fifty demonstrators from Iraq Burin, together with international activists, marched in commemoration of the Nakba’s 62nd anniversary, and to protest to the illegal Israeli occupation of the village’s lands. Israeli occupation forces enacted their policy of violent “crowd dispersal” techniques in an effort to thwart the protest, proving no match for the village’s spirit….

Palestine News Network

62 Years After Nakba; Palestinians Continue To Resist
PNN – A four minutes video feature about the Palestinian commemoration of the Nakba with nonviolent resistance against the Wall in the West Bank

Egypt Opens Rafah Crossing
PNN – Gaza — PNN – Around 8,000 Palestinian students, patients, families and business men will be allowed into the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing with Egypt over the next three says starting…

Warning Siren Heard Across The West Bank Marking Nakba
PNN – Ghassan Bannoura — PNN – Warning sirens sounded across the West Bank on Saturday midday for one minute commemorating the 62 anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba. In every May 15th Palestinians mark…

One killed, one Injured, as Israeli tanks attack northern Gaza Strip
PNN – Gaza – PNN – A Palestinian man was killed another injured during separate shelling that targeted Jabalyia town in the northern part of the Gaza Strip on Saturday. Mohamed Abu Mattar, 76…

Israel’s Intimidation Tactics Won’t Stop Us: First Ship Sets Sail for Gaza!
PNN – London – PNN – The MV Rachel Corrie, a 1200-ton cargo ship, part of the eight-vessel Freedom Flotilla, set sail from Ireland on its way to the Mediterranean Sea. There, ships from…

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: New Solution for the Old City?
IPS WASHINGTON, May 14 (IPS) – As the 43rd anniversary of the “reunification” of Jerusalem is observed this week in Israel, marking Israel’s annexation of the eastern portion of the city, a new initiative that calls for a sustainable and unified solution for the historic city is generating a buzz in…

Shielded by U.S. Umbrella, Israel Joins Rich Man’s Club
IPS UNITED NATIONS, May 14 (IPS) – With tongue firmly entrenched in his cheek, an Arab diplomat recounts an Israeli cabinet meeting interrupted by an aide rushing in with the latest statistics on the state of the economy.

Stop The Wall

62 years of Nakba in the West Bank
Stop The Wall – May 15 is ‘Nakba Day’ – the day upon which Palestinians commemorate the expulsion of Palestinians from their lands and homes which resulted in the establishment of the State of Israel. The program of mobilization for the West Bank includes, demonstrations, public lectures, festivals, events in schools, cultural activities, graffiti actions and sessions where the young generation can listen to the oral history of the survivors of the Nakba. [

Al- Ma’sara: Village calls on PNA to stop negotiations on an-Nakba day
Stop The Wall – The weekly march culminated in a cultural festival. The people set up three tents as a symbol for the thousands of tents the Palestinian refugees were forced to live in after they had been driven out of their homes. These tents were a symbolic representation of the Palestinian’s right of return. [

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory ( 06-12 May 2010)
PCHR 12 May 2010 – A peaceful protest organized by Palestinian civilians in Beit Jala town against the construction of the annexation wall….

Jerusalem Post

Court: Barak to hold vote for JNF head
Jeruslalem Post 15 May 2010 – Labour rules that chairman cannot appoint his ally, Shalom Simhon as JNF world chairman.

Russia, Damascus sign arms deal
Jeruslalem Post 15 May 2010 – Syria to receive warplanes, air defense systems and armored vehicles.

Israel concerned by Russia, Damascus arms deal
Jeruslalem Post 15 May 2010 – Russia to sell MiG-29 fighter jets, armored vehicles to Syria.

Thousands join left-wing J’lem rally
Jeruslalem Post 15 May 2010 – National Left, Peace Now groups call for “an end to the occupation.”

Thousands take part in left-wing J’lem rally
Jeruslalem Post 15 May 2010 – Rally aimed to “reclaim the Zionism of Ben-Gurion.”

‘Russia to sell Syria weapons’
Jeruslalem Post 15 May 2010 – Russian official says warplanes, artillery and air defense on the menu.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Third-Generation Refugees still retain their Plight
WAFA – By Ahmed AldabbaGAZA, May 15, 2010 (WAFA) – 26-year-old third-generation refugeeMohammed Akila, has done a lot to retain his identity as a refugeedespite the fact that he has never seen

Rafah Crossing Open in Both Directions for 3 Days

Old Palestinian Man Killed in Gaza
WAFA – GAZA, May 15-5-2010 (WAFA)- Mohammad Abu Mattar (76) from Jabalia town was killed, today, by Israeli Gunfire. Medics have found, this morning, Abu Mattar’s body lying by the Martyrs Cemetry, took it

Israel’s Intimidation Won’t Stop Us Freedom Flotilla to Gaza!
WAFA – London May 15, 2010 (WAFA)- The MV Rachel Corrie, a 1200-ton cargo ship, part of the eight-vessel Freedom Flotilla, set sail from Ireland on its way to the Mediterranean Sea. There, ships from Turkey

Erakat ”The Catastrophe continues” After 62 Years
WAFA – RAMALLAH, May 14, 2010 (WAFA)- On the 62nd anniversary of the Nakba, Dr. Saeb Erakat, Head of the Negotiations Affairs Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said ”The Catastrophe

OCHA: Israeli Forces Injure 24 Palestinians Last Week
WAFA – JERUSALEM, May 14, 2010 (WAFA)- UN OCHA said that Israeli forces injured 24 Palestinians during the reporting period, significantly above the number of Palestinians wounded the previous week (14). An

Relief Web

Gaza-Egypt border post opens for three days: Hamas
Relief Web 15 May 2010 – Source: Agence France-Presse

Gaza rally raises Palestinian reconciliation hopes
Relief Web 15 May 2010 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet

Week in Review – Palestinians Commemorate Al Nakba [May 9 – May 15]
Relief Web 15 May 2010 – Source: MIFTAH

OPT: BADIL Statement: The Nakba is Not Just an Event to Remember…The Nakba is Ongoing, and the Time has Come for it to End
Relief Web 14 May 2010 – Source: BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights

YNet News

Arabs: Jerusalem’s Judaization new Nakba
YNet News – Some 200 protestors mark Nakba Day by marching to Sheikh Jarrah, waving….

Palestinians claim elderly man killed by IDF in Gaza
YNet News – Israel Defense Forces say suspect shot after approaching border fence near Karni….

Haredim protest tomb removal
YNet News – Dozens of ultra-Orthodox protestors rioted in Jerusalem Saturday night to protest the removal of graves at Ashkelon’s Barzilai hospital. The protestors gathered at …….

Leftist rally: Zionists don’t settle
YNet News – Some 2,000 people from across the nation took part in a leftist demonstration near Jerusalem’s Zion Square Saturday evening. The rally, organized by members of the …….

New tactic: Dogs against leftists
YNet News – Leftist protestors and Palestinian residents are already quite familiar with tear gas, stun grenades and even rubber bullets, but on Friday they were in for a surprise: …….

Escaped killer Ben-Ivgi nabbed in Argentina
YNet News – Moshe Ben-Ivgi, who murdered taxi driver Derek Roth and fled Israel in 2004, was detained in western Argentina along with another Israeli. Ben-Ivgi, who fled Israel …….

North Korea: Lieberman an imbecile
YNet News – North Korea Saturday blasted Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman as an “imbecile” and denied his claims that it was supplying Iran and Syria with weapons technology. …….

Jordanians burn Israeli produce
YNet News – Cold peace with Jordan: Israelis good were burned in Jordan Saturday, during protests against Israel in the Hashemite Kingdom’s capital marking Nakba Day. Hundreds …….

New York Times

French Teacher Held in Iran Will Be Allowed to Leave
New York Times 15 May 2010 – A court had convicted Clotilde Reiss on spying charges for photographing demonstrations, but it then reduced a 10-year sentence to a fine of about $300,000.

World Briefing | United Nations: Committee Calls on 3 Countries to Investigate Torture Allegations
New York Times 14 May 2010 – The United Nations Committee Against Torture urged Syria, Yemen and Jordan to investigate what it called numerous and credible allegations of torture.


BDS – Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions
Palestine Monitor –

“Alternative” Tours Of Hebron
Palestine Monitor – Saturday is the day that the Settlers’ Tour of the casbah of Hebron takes place. Visitors come from either the settlements within the old city itself or nearby Kiryat Arba. The tour leaves the Beit Romano settlement, in the heart of the old city of Hebron,…

Israeli Military West Bank Deportation Policy Must Be Stopped
Palestine Monitor – We, the undersigned, express our opposition to Israel’s policy of unlawful transfer and deportation from the West Bank, which has escalated in the form of the Order regarding Prevention of Infiltration (Amendment No. 2) (No. 1650) (“Order 1650”). The order, effective April 13, 2010, defines anyone…

Angry in Ames
Mondoweiss – Susan Johnson just completed a roadtrip through Illinois and Iowa talking about Gaza. Some more of her notes: Des Moines . People were very concerned about condition of children, especially children’s trauma. Wanted to know what was and could be done to help them. Bombing of schools,…

Israeli soldiers drag, beat and kick Israeli woman
Mondoweiss – This is video of the Israeli occupying army breaking up a demonstration in Nabi Saleh in the West Bank yesterday. Thanks to Joseph Dana , who points out that after the first ugly portion involving an Israeli woman (beaten to the point that her head was bleeding),…

Even Reform American rabbis are fanatical about Jerusalem
Mondoweiss – Here’s a Reform group, the Central Conference of American Rabbis , attacking the Kairos document , issued by Palestinian Christians last year. One point I need to land on: The rabbis say at the start that they seek “an end to the occupation of Palestinians lands” and then…

‘NYT’ offers neoconnish shelter to Berman, leaving liberal response to ‘American Prospect’
Mondoweiss – It is important to emphasize how much the New York Times remains a haven for neoconservative thinking about the Islamic world and US policy in the Middle East. The reformation/restoration have not occurred. Last week the New York Times Book Review allowed Harold Bloom to devote…

This sure beats Niger yellow cake
Mondoweiss – Wowie, zowie. This’ll get your hair on fire. I gather this is the Apollo affair . From FAS secrecy blog : In 1965, over 200 pounds of weapons-grade highly enriched uranium went missing from the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC) plant in Apollo, Pennsylvania. Circumstantial evidence and…


US funds Israel’s ‘apartheid’ roads plan
Jonathan Cook, Jerusalem, Ma’an News Agency5/15/2010
The construction of sections of a controversial segregated road network in the West Bank planned by Israel for Palestinians — leaving the main roads for exclusive use by settlers — is being financed by a US government aid agency, a map prepared by Palestinian researchers has revealed.
USAid, which funds development projects in Palestinian areas, is reported to have helped to build 114 kilometers of Israeli-proposed roads, despite a pledge from Washington six years ago that it would not assist in implementing what has been widely described as Israel’s “apartheid road” plan.
To date the agency has paid for the construction of nearly a quarter of the segregated road network put forward by Israel in 2004, said the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ).
The roads are designed to provide alternative routes to connect Palestinian communities, often by upgrading circuitous dirt tracks or by building tunnels under existing routes.
Meanwhile, according to human rights groups, Israel has reserved an increasing number of main roads in the West Bank for Israelis so that Jewish settlers can drive more easily and quickly into Israel, making their illegal communities more attractive places to live.
The US agency’s involvement in building a segregated West Bank road infrastructure would run counter to Washington’s oft-stated goal, including as it launched “proximity talks” last week, to establish a viable Palestinian state with territorial contiguity.
“The displacement of Palestinians from the West Bank’s main roads improves the appeal of the settlements by better integrating them into Israel,” said Suheil Khalilieh, the head of settlement monitoring at ARIJ….more..e-mail

Israelis’ state of denial over treatment of Palestinians
Yitzhak Laor, Haaretz, Israeli Occupation Archive5/12/2010
Israelis love military secrets. Books by retired security officers, former spies and former members of the Shin Bet security service and Mossad sell well. An entire culture is built around “what it is forbidden to talk about but nevertheless we like to know.” Not merely stories from the past — for example, how the “Red Prince” (Ali Hassan Salameh of Black September ) was assassinated in Beirut in 1979 — but also the Dubai affair, which is an excellent example of the public’s lust to know, hear, see and consume news. Even the failure was of interest to the public, and the matter had moral backing. This moral backing goes well with the desire to know: “Even if we did not kill him, he deserved to die,” they said on TV.
There is one thing the public does not want to know, or perhaps “most of the public” is a more cautious expression, and we are not talking about a military secret. A survey carried out two weeks ago by the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, which was published in Haaretz, touched on the issue: The only thing the public does not want to hear about is the repression of the Palestinians. This is not a matter of keeping secrets, but of denial.
It is doubtful whether a survey is necessary. It suffices to watch the news on commercial television in order to understand that what is going on in the territories “doesn’t sell.” But the matter is more grave. What is happening in the territories is becoming taboo. Not only do people not want to know because there is something to know (otherwise people would not refuse to know ), the army is seen as the sole legitimate source of information about events in the territories.
But the army lies, to put it mildly. The language it uses to describe firing at non-violent Palestinian demonstrators is always laden with euphemisms, and the need to explain arises only when organizations like B’Tselem publish pictures in which it can be seen, for example, how settlers open fire and the army does not lift a finger. That is an example of the kind of things Israelis do not want to know about. — See also:Sourcemore..e-mail

music to live by
In Gaza: 15 May 2010 – *photo by Emad Badwan first published: (IPS) — “Why are you rushing? Isn’t it nicer like this?” Mohammed Omer, oud teacher (an oud is similar to a lute) at the Gaza Music School, asks his student. Omer takes the oud and demonstrates, playing the song slowly, gracefully, with the ornamentations that are key to Arab music. Mohammed Abu Suffiya, the 10-year-old student, has only been studying for six months but has already learned to read music and play a working rendition of a well known song by Lebanese singer Fairouz. Glancing only now and then at the sheet music, he begins to play again, more slowly and with more expression, his teacher accompanying him on a tabla (hand drum). *photo by Emad Badwan Mohammed Omer, 28, is one of five teachers at the Gaza Music School in Tel el Howa, Gaza City. Formerly in the Al-Quds hospital Red Crescent complex,…

BDS – Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions
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“Alternative” Tours Of Hebron
Palestine Monitor: 15 May 2010 – Saturday is the day that the Settlers’ Tour of the casbah of Hebron takes place. Visitors come from either the settlements within the old city itself or nearby Kiryat Arba. The tour leaves the Beit Romano settlement, in the heart of the old city of Hebron, at the edge of the dim, and takes the visitors on a tour through the casbah. Throughout the tour, settlers are protected by Israeli soldiers; meanwhile, Palestinians are blocked from entering the old city. Photo: Brady Ng / Photo: Brady Ng / Photo Brady Ng / Photo: Brady Ng / Photo: Brady Ng / Photo: Brady Ng / Since the end of April, Palestinian, Israeli and international activists have gathered on Saturday afternoons during the tour and protested next to the checkpoint gate separating Shuhada Street from the casbah. The organisation behind the demonstrations, a Palestinian group based in Hebron called Youth Against Settlements (YAS), intends to hold these protests…

Israeli Military West Bank Deportation Policy Must Be Stopped
Palestine Monitor: 15 May 2010 – We, the undersigned, express our opposition to Israel’s policy of unlawful transfer and deportation from the West Bank, which has escalated in the form of the Order regarding Prevention of Infiltration (Amendment No. 2) (No. 1650) (“Order 1650”). The order, effective April 13, 2010, defines anyone present in the West Bank as an “infiltrator”, unless he or she is in possession of a permit from Israel, and subjects those without permits to deportation, transfer, criminal charges, fines, and/or imprisonment. It is part of a series of steps taken by Israel to remove Palestinians from the West Bank by declaring them to be illegally present in their own homes. The order is vaguely worded, such that it could apply to anyone, but the groups that appear to be targeted are: 1. Bearers of Palestinian ID cards whose registered addresses are in the Gaza Strip in the Israeli copy of the Palestinian…

Israel: A Black Hole on the Left
Palestine Chronicle: 15 May 2010 – By Uri Avnery — Israel Just to die of envy. How the British manage to do these things! What a democracy! What dignity! Elections within a month. A new coalition within five days. A change of government within 70 minutes. A visit to the queen. The departing prime minister takes his wife and two small children, leaves the prime minister’s residence and walks away. The new prime minister enters the residence. Elegant, smooth, brief, and with good grace. The people have spoken, and that’s that. And with us? Our election campaigns go on for months and months. Tumult fills the air, a cacophony of curses and general vulgarity. After that, months pass before a new coalition is formed. In the meantime, the victors and the vanquished trade insults. Lefties, fascists, traitors, destroyers of Israel, despoilers of Jerusalem, lackeys of the occupation, thieves — anything goes. Chaos reigns supreme. New parties…more

When Your Neighbor Does Not Love You
Palestine Chronicle: 15 May 2010 – By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D. Here in the Holy Land, as Christians we should be in the forefront of non-violent action since one of our very basic commandments is not just to love our neighbor but love our enemy also. We know this directly from Christ who always forgave others no matter what. However, in a high conflict area like the West Bank, this is easier said than done. It’s a struggle for Christians, Muslims and Jews to get along. First, the only Jewish people we know are the Israeli soldiers. And truly, it takes all of Christ’s love in your heart to love people who are always pointing guns at you. We are completely segregated and forbidden to go anywhere near any settlement with their extreme security of the Israeli army. Settlers can carry arms and of course Palestinians are not allowed; not that I would want to…more

The Fate of Palestine: Caught between Two Delusions
Palestine Chronicle: 15 May 2010 – By Dr. Manal A. Jamal Blind optimism, group think, and a fundamental misreading of developments are not unique to Palestinian politics; all movements are lost in disarray at some points in history. The trouble with Palestine is that these two delusions, a debate trapped between the limited parameters of the one-state and truncated two-state narratives, has lost complete touch with reality. On the one hand, we have the ‘Fayyadists,’ over-confident as they are illegitimate, convinced that unilateral economic projects, lip service to good governance, and a nod from the European Union will somehow yield sovereign, autonomous statehood. Along with Fatah, they are obstinately convinced that negotiations to nowhere without pre-conditions, maintenance of their power at the helm, and a criminal blockade against Gaza is in the interest of the Palestinian people. On the other hand, and sometimes more out of touch with reality, are the bi-national, one-statists, as overly-confident, as…more

Israel’s Permit System
Palestine Chronicle: 15 May 2010 – By Stephen Lendman On April 23, Arizona’s racist immigration bill became law. Called “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act,” it requires proof of legal entry or citizenship or face arrest, fines, jailing, and/or deportation. Under South African apartheid, pass laws segregated blacks from whites, restricted their movements, required pass books be carried at all times, and produced on demand or face arrest and prosecution. Evolving from the 18th and 19th century until their 1986 repeal, they restricted entry to cities, forcibly relocated blacks, denied them most public amenities and many forms of employment, and became apartheid’s most hated symbol. Under Israeli military occupation, repression is worse than South Africa’s. It’s a sophisticated form of social, economic, political and racial discrimination, strangulation, and genocide, incorporating the worst elements of colonialism and apartheid as well as repressive dispossession, displacement and state terrorism to separate Palestinians from their land and heritage,…more

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