VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 16 May, 2010: Chomsky denied entry by Israel; Barghouti slams move


International Middle East Media Center

Professor Chomsky Denied Entry To The Country
IMEMC – 16 May 2010 – The Israeli Authorities at the Allenby Bridge, between Jordan and Palestine, prevented professor Noam Chomsky from entering the Palestinian territories after detaining him for five hours, and deported him to Jordan.

Ma’an News

Report: Anti-settlement initiative gains ground
5/16/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – At least 17 businesses in the illegal Israeli settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim have closed down since the start of a Palestinian Authority boycott several months ago, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The East Jerusalem-area settlement’s Mishor Adumim industrial zone is facing “an insufferable situation,” Avi Elkayam, who represents its 300 factory owners…. Related:Palestinians turn to boycott in West Bank

Detained civil rights leader refused access to lawyer
5/16/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Petah Tikvah Magistrate Court held two separate hearings on requests by the General Security Services (GSS or Shabak) to extend the detention of Palestinian political activists, Amir Makhoul and Omar Saeed on Wednesday. A statement released by the legal center Adalah, which represents the Palestinian minority in Israel, said Makhoul has been….

Israel renews Al-Aqsa entry ban on Fatah official
5/16/2010 – Jerusalem – Ma’an – Israel’s Interior Ministry has renewed a military order banning Fatah Jerusalem Affairs official Hatem Abdel Qader from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for a further six months. The order, signed Sunday by the Israeli army’s home front commander, Major General Ya’ir Golan, bans Abdel Qader from coming within 150 meters of the compound….

Israel shuts down PA municipal office in Hebron
5/16/2010 – Hebron – Ma’an – Israeli authorities closed down the Palestinian Authority Municipal Inspectors building in the Old City of Hebron on Sunday, the city’s mayor said. Hebron Mayor Khalid Al-Useili said the procedure was “illegal and a violation of the Hebron agreement,” and would endeavor to reopen the office immediately. Al-Useili said Israeli authorities accused the PA….

Chomsky denied entry by Israel; Barghouti slams move
5/16/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – Prominent academic and critic of Israel Noam Chomsky was denied entry by Israeli authorities at the Allenby Bridge crossing between Jordan and the West Bank on Sunday, the Associated Press reported. Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Haddad told the AP Chomsky was turned away for “various reasons” but declined to elaborate. Chomsky was scheduled….

Israel mulls J’lem construction ahead of Mitchell visit
5/16/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Jerusalem’s Israeli district planning and building committee is scheduled to convene this week to discuss major construction projects near Al-Buraq, also known as the Wailing Wall, the Moroccan Gate, and other sites close to the Al-Aqsa compound in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, according to Israeli news reports. The Israeli daily….

Gaza: 1 terminal partially open
5/16/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Israeli authorities will open Gaza’s Kerem Shalom crossing Sunday to allow in limited quantities of humanitarian aid and commercial products including cement and crushed rocks to be used for construction of Jerusalem Hospital. Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said the Palestinian side was told to expect a maximum of 110 truckloads of humanitarian….

Arabic to appear on tourist road signs in Jaffa
5/16/2010 – Jaffa – Ma’an – Starting next week, the Arabic language will be added to road signs for tourists in Jaffa, Ahmad Mashharawi, a member of the municipal council of Tel Aviv, said Sunday. Tourism road signs have been written in Hebrew and English in spite of Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, having a sizable Palestinian-Israeli population.”Before the….

Egypt allows food aid into Gaza
5/16/2010 – Al-Arish – Ma’an – Egyptian authorities permitted the entry of food supplies into Gaza through the Al-Auja crossing on Sunday, sources said. Head of the Egyptian Red Crescent Suzanne Mubarak, wife of President Hosni Mubarak, instructed border officials to permit the delivery of 265 tons of food, including flour, through the southern commercial goods crossing after coordinating….

Man killed in brawl over land
5/16/2010 – Jenin – Ma’an – A Jenin local died of gunshot wounds sustained during an argument over land with a resident on Sunday in the village of Kefrit, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, police said. A Palestinian Authority police spokesperson said Mahmoud Ibrahim Turkman, 55, from the nearby Ya’bad village, was critically injured after an….

Fatah delegation arrives in Saudi Arabia
5/16/2010 – Riyadh – Ma’an – A delegation representing the Fatah movement arrived Thursday night in Riyadh for an official visit to Saudi Arabia. The delegation comprises Fatah Central Committee members Abbas Zaki, Muhammad Shtayya and Jamal Muheisin in addition toAmin Maqboul, the secretary-general of the movement’s Revolutionary Council. The visitors will meet Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faysal and….

Sha’ath meets with PES leader in Brussels
5/16/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Sha’ath met with Party of European Socialists President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen in Brussels on Sunday, to discuss ongoing proximity talks and to decide on further cooperation between PES and Fatah, a statement read. Shaath is visiting Brussels to meet the PES, the European Commission and members of the….

Bahar: Right of return non-negotiable
5/16/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Deputized Palestinian Legislative Council Speaker Ahmad Bahar said the right of return of Palestinian refugees displaced by Israel is a non-negotiable Palestinian constant, during a Gaza City conference on Sunday.”National reconciliation must be reached, based on invariable Palestinian principles, regardless of the US veto and the Middle East Quartet’s stipulations,” Bahar told….

Report: Jordan king offers Al-Aqsa Mosque donation
5/16/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies -King Abdullah IIof Jordan donated funds for five major projects underway at key locations at Al Aqsa Mosque compound in occup
ied East Jerusalem, said Jordan’s Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Abdulsalam Abbadi on Sunday. The Jordan News Agency reported that Abbadi told a local radio station that the total cost of….

American Jews follow in JCall’s steps
5/16/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Following the circulation of a petition signed by European Jewish intellects calling for an end to Israel’s settlement practice in the West Bank, For the Sake of Zion, comprised of American Jewish leaders, has added their voice. Signed by prominent rabbis, judges, authors, academics and philanthropists, petition says its signatories remain devoted to the safety and welfare of Israel…. Related:For the Sake of Zionandhttp://israelpalestineblogs.com/2010/05/16/why-for-the-sake-of-zion-is-too-little-too-late-and-worse-than-the-bush-road-map/

PBC news agency declared independent
5/16/2010 – Jerusalem – Ma’an – The Palestinian Broadcasting Cooperation (PBC) was officially named an independent institution on Friday, following two presidential decrees, PLO Executive Committee Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo said. The announcement was made during the third Palestinian Media Conference, which began in Jericho on Thursday under the sponsorship of the Arab Media Internet Network (AMIN). The two….

Zahhar: Hamas awaits Fatah’s response
5/16/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahhar said Sunday that “Hamas is awaiting a response from Fatah and the Palestinian Authority to a mechanism suggested by Hamas to push forward reconciliation efforts between both sides.” “I telephoned Azzam Al-Ahmad personally to clarify the misunderstanding which followed Munib Al-Masri’s visit to Gaza,” Zahhar told the London-based….

Fatah blames Hamas for shootout injuring leader
5/16/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – The Aqsa Brigades, Fatah’s military wing, accused the Hamas government of opening fire and injuring a brigade leader in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday. A statement released Sunday by an Al-Aqsa sub-division, the Nidal Amoudi Brigade, said the Dark Bats — a moniker given to Hamas gunmen — opened fire at Hasan Abu Zeid….

Fatah: Egyptian deal no longer negotiable
5/16/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Fatah Central Committee member and unity talks official Azzam Al-Ahmad denied receiving new suggestions on entering into a reconciliation deal from rivals Hamas, the official said Sunday.”So far, we haven’t felt that any substantial changes have been made by Hamas toward signing the Egyptian reconciliation document,” Al-Ahmad said, speaking to the Ma’an….

Record-breaking keffiyeh unveiled in Beirut
5/16/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – Lebanese and Palestinian activists on Saturday marked the the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in 1948 by setting a record for the world’s largest keffiyeh head-dress, Agence France-Presse reported. The 6,552-meter chain of scarves was laid out on the grounds of the Sport City Stadium in Beirut, AFP reported….

Graphic novel by Palestinian students launched
5/16/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Project Hope, a voluntary non-profit youth and cultural organization in Nablus, began distribution of the first ever graphic novel, West Bank Graphic Novel Stories, produced by and about young Palestinians.The book, published in English, went on sale officially in Palestine and internationally, following its official launch last month at the French Cultural Center in Nablus, a statement read…. Related:Project Hope

PSE: Al-Quds Index down 0.14%
5/16/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Nablus shares fell slightly on Sunday, with the Al-Quds Index closing at 505. 03, down by 0. 14 percent compared with the last trading session in the Palestine Security Exchange. A total of 663,353 shares were traded, executed through 314 trades at a total volume of 1,126,251. 06 US dollars. Shares in 18….

Palestine Note

Debating the “False religion of Middle East peace”
Palestine Note 16 May 2010 – Yesterday, the New America Foundation and Foreign Policy hosted a great program focusing on the state of play in Middle East peace restart efforts and launching the new ” Middle East Channel ” at FP (which…

Sudanese army seizes Jebel Moun JEM base
Palestine Note 16 May 2010 – The Sudanese army claims to have seized control (ÿ?ÿ±ÿ®Ÿä) of a key Justice and Equality Movement base in west Darfur. Yesterday’s raid on the base, in the Jebel Moun region, reportedly killed more than 100 people ….

Official Israel now building wall against unapproved intellectuals
Palestine Note 16 May 2010 – Noam Chomsky ‘s politics are not my own — but I read him and want to remain aware of his views. I also read Alan Dershowitz , who essentially has become a Noam Chomsky of the right…

Response to Akiva Tor
Palestine Note 16 May 2010 – In Principled Opposition , I discussed some of the implications of the divestment vote at UC Berkeley. Akiva Tor, Israel’s Consul General for the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, took the time to write a…

Dershowitz embraces Fayyad
Palestine Note 16 May 2010 – New York – Hardline pro-Israel commentator Alan Dershowitz declared his apparent support for the polices of Palestinian caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in remarks that appeared on Friday in the Jerusalem Post . The Harvard Law professor…

Cairo forum discusses social innovation
Palestine Note 16 May 2010 – New York – A round table on youth social entrepreneurship in the Arab world kicked off in Cairo on Saturday. The King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD) was among the sponsors of the Arab World…

Zahhar: Hamas awaiting Fatah unity response
Palestine Note 16 May 2010 – New York – Hamas is waiting for Fatah and the Palestinian Authority to respond to a proposal for renewed Palestinian unity, senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar was quoted as saying on Sunday. “Hamas is awaiting a…

Israel bars Chomsky from West Bank
Palestine Note 16 May 2010 – Barghouthi tells PN : ‘He was denied entry because of his opinions’ By Jared Malsin New York – Israeli authorities prevented American intellectual Noam Chomsky from entering the West Bank on Sunday. He was turned away while…

Israel bars Noam Chomsky from West Bank
Palestine Note 16 May 2010 – By Jared Malsin New York – Israeli authorities prevented American intellectual Noam Chomsky from entering the West Bank on Sunday. He was turned away while attempting to enter the West Bank from Jordan at the Israeli-controlled…

Report: Dubai suspect carried real UK passport
Palestine Note 16 May 2010 – New York – Dubai has named a British citizen as a new suspect in the murder of Hamas official Mahmoud Mabhouh, who was killed in the emirate in January, Britain’s The Independent reported on Sunday. Dubai…

Israel shuts down Hebron PA office
Palestine Note 16 May 2010 – New York – Israel shut down a Palestinian Authority office in the Old City of Hebron on Sunday, Ma’an News agency reported . Hebron Mayor Khalid Al-Useili said the closure of the Palestinian Authority Municipal Inspectors building…

Hamas ‘awaiting Fatah response’
Palestine Note 16 May 2010 – Hamas leader Zahhar: We proposed unity plan New York – Hamas is waiting for Fatah and the Palestinian Authority to respond to a proposal for renewed Palestinian unity, senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar was quoted as…


Iran ‘agrees’ nuclear fuel swap
AlJazeera 16 May 2010 – Brazil and Turkey reach deal with Iran over uranium stockpile, but details remain unclear.

Israel stops US academic at border
AlJazeera 16 May 2010 – Noam Chomsky denied entry to West Bank to give a lecture to university students.

French woman home after Iran trial
AlJazeera 16 May 2010 – Academic thanks France for securing her release after spying conviction in Iran.


Jerusalem cuts off services to Haredi neighborhoods due to violent protests
Ha’aretz – Hundreds gather to demonstrate against relocation of graves for Ashkelon ER; at least 30 arrested in last two days.

Noam Chomsky denied entry into Israel and West Bank
Ha’aretz – Interior Ministry seeking IDF approval to let American professor just into West Bank; rights group: Decision characteristic of totalitarian regime.

100 IDF recruits fall ill at army base near Eilat
Ha’aretz – The soldiers, mainly recruits from the engineering corps, are suffering from dysentery-like symptoms; doctors are trying to determine the source of contamination.

Court rejects Anat Kamm’s plea to ‘get some air’
Ha’aretz – Former soldier facing spying charges for leaking army documents sought to ease terms of her house arrest.

Yisrael Beiteinu unveils latest drive to link civic rights with ‘loyalty’
Ha’aretz – Proposed law would grant land cut-price higher education and employment assistance to demobilized soldiers.

Lieberman: North Korea calling me an ‘imbecile’ is a compliment
Ha’aretz – North Korea called Lieberman ‘an imbecile in diplomacy’ after he accused Pyongyang of being involved in a ‘mad arms race.’

Gaza: Music to live by
16 May 2010 – Gaza, May 16, (Pal Telegraph — By Eva Bartlet) 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…

Israel detains 4 Palestinians in the WB
16 May 2010 – West Bank, May 16, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – The Israeli occupation forces detained four Palestinians overnight Saturday during operations in the West Bank. Three of them were detianed near Qalkilya, and one near Ramallah. The detainees were transferred to Israeli security forces for interrogation. Israeli sources claimed that the four detainees are “wanted Palestinians”.

Egypt opens Rafah border for the second day in a row
16 May 2010 – Gaza, May 16, (Pal Telegraph) The Borders and Crossings Committee announced today that that the Rafah crossing will be working today for the second consecutive day in both directions to allow the departure of the humanitarian cases and the Palestinian patients of the Gaza strip. According to a statement they issued, this second day will be dedicated to the crossing…

Over 200 Palestinian patients arrived Egypt via Rafah border
16 May 2010 – Gaza, May 16, (Pal Telegraph) The Egyptian authorities announced yesterday evening the arrival of more than 200 Palestinian patients and a number of their companions coming from the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing to receive treatment in Nasser Institute and hospital of Palestine in Cairo, and other specialized hospitals.


Video – Ex-Communicated: Enclosure Landscapes in Palestine
Uruknet May 16, 2010 – Ex-Communicated tells the story of Israeli occupation in Palestine through the genre of landscape and the perspective of a camera lens. In his series of remarkable photographs, Gary Fields, a professor of communication at the Unive
rsity of California, San Diego takes us behind the walls, gates, and fences of this deliberately fragmented geography in revealing…

The Fate of Palestine: Caught between Two Delusions
Uruknet May 16, 2010 – 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…

Hamas destroys dozens of homes in southern Gaza
Uruknet May 16, 2010 ‚Äî Hamas police wielding clubs beat and pushed residents out of dozens of homes in the southern Gaza town of Rafah on Sunday before knocking the buildings down with bulldozers, residents said. Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers said the homes were built illegally on government land. Newly homeless residents were furious over Palestinians on bulldozers razing Palestinian…

Dubai police hunt Briton over murder of Hamas official
Uruknet May 16, 2010 – Within 48 hours of becoming Foreign Secretary, William Hague faces a political crisis over the Middle East. The emirate of Dubai has named a British citizen as a 19th suspect of the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, the Hamas official murdered in the emirate four months ago, apparently by a group that included holders of forged…

Uruknet May 16, 2010 – During and after any war, we see and hear the term collateral damage used freely as a coverup to the atrocities committed. Before the war actually started, one wonders how much of that was planned collateral destruction. Planned collateral destruction has been used by the State of Israel since 1948. Knesset session after Knesset session…

Civilians and their Properties in the Gaza Strip; Al Mezan Calls for an End to the Collective Punishment
Uruknet May 16, 2010 – Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights issued its monthly field report on the Israeli violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) against the population of the Gaza Strip during April 2010. The report starts with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) implementation of the Military Order 1650, which allows the IOF to…

Dora McPhee (VIC) responds to Carlill’s “Palestinians architects of their own misery” The Age, 13May10
Uruknet May 16, 2010 – Bren Carlill’s opening sentence: “Palestinians are the only people on Earth that use, as their national day, someone else’s independence day.” signalled the offensive nature of his opinion piece on the Palestinians. Firstly the Palestinians have no nation state to have a national day to speak of as Israel controls all of historic Palestine while…

Slain Ramallah Youth; Shot By A Settler, Left To Die
Uruknet May 15, 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. Al Zaben, from Al Ma’sara Al Sharqiyya village, was shot and by…

The Palestinian Nakba
Uruknet May 15, 2010 – …I experienced exile first-hand. On 13 May 1948 one day before Israel’s declaration of independence, my hometown of Jaffa was captured by Zionist forces. Seventy thousand Palestinian inhabitants of the city were forced to leave, most of them by sea to Gaza, Egypt, and Lebanon. We Jaffans were literally driven out to the sea. I…

Bipartisan Mercs?: Blackwater Hires Powerful Democratic Lobbyist
Uruknet March 15, 2010 – According to federal lobbying records reviewed by The Nation, in the first quarter of 2010, Blackwater has spent more than $500,000 for the services of Stuart Eizenstat, a well-connected Democratic lobbyist who served in the Clinton and Carter Administrations. Eizenstat, who held various positions within the Clinton administration from 1993-2001, including US Ambassador to the…

Palestinians Commemorate Al Nakba [May 9 — May 15]
Uruknet May 15, 2010 – May 15 marks the 62nd anniversary of the 1948 catastrophe, or Al Nakba, which marked the expulsion of over 800,000 Palestinians from their homes when the state of Israel was created. Marches and demonstrations took place throughout the West Bank and Gaza with the various factions agreeing to hold joint marches on the occasion and…

Khiaban No. 69: General Strike Only in Kurdistan?
Uruknet May 15, 2010 – …In its economic deprivation, however, Kurdistan has built within itself the richest political fabric in the Iranian society. It is not without reason that in the aftermath of the protests to the executions of its youth [on May 9, 2010], today the entire region has gone on a general strike. This is in contrast to…

In the Beginning and the Now of Nakba
Uruknet May 15, 2010 – Every May 15th since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, the Palestinian Exodus from the Holy Land, known as Nakba, meaning their “day of the catastrophe” is commemorated as the day the expulsions and flight of Palestinians from their towns and villages began when Israeli troops forced them from their land and…

US funds ‘apartheid’ road network in Israel
Uruknet May 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,…

The Ongoing Erasure of Palestine
Uruknet May 15, 2010 – While many still entertain the idea of two sovereign states, Palestine and Israel, between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, history, politics, and geography have made this solution unattainable for certain people — whatever rhetorical changes in American foreign policy may emerge from the Obama Administration. In fact, if the handling of the Goldstone…

Deir Yassin: Israel’s continued suppression of massacre documents
Uruknet May 15, 2010 – Dear friends, Israeli newspaper, Ha’aretz is currently petitioning Israel’s High Court of Justice to release written and photographic evidence from the Israeli military archives about the Deir Yassin massacre. As many of you are aware, the massacre at Deir Yassin took place on 9 April, 1948. More than 120 members of the Zionist terror gangs…

BADIL Statement: The Nakba is Not Just an Event to Remember…The Nakba is Ongoing, and the Time has Come for it to End
Uruknet May 15, 2010 – At their core, the circumstances surrounding the Palestinian struggle today do not differ from those circumstances that led to the 1948 Nakba and the colonization of Palestine. Today, on the sixty-second anniversary of the Nakba, the nature of the western-backed Zionist-Israeli colonial enterprise appears all the clearer. The indigenous Palestinian people have been denied their…

Video: Palestinians mark Nakba
Uruknet May 15, 2010 – Palestinians across the world are marking on Saturday the 62nd anniversary of Nakba, which means catastrophe.In 1948, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced and many became refugees due to the formation of the state of Israel. Mass gatherings commemorating the day of “catastrophe” in the West Bank and Gaza displayed a rare instance of…

Gaza medics: Elderly man killed by Israel forces
Uruknet May 15, 2010 – 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 was coordinated by…

A people who refuse to be vanished
Uruknet May 14, 2010 – “The land is like an open book on which nature and humans continuously write,” says Palestinian lawyer and writer Raja Shehadeh describing the ecological formation of the majestic geological textures of Ramallah. However, he cautions that this geographical narrative has been withered away through “Israeli settlers [who] have been sedulously writing their own script, causing…

The National

Israel’s ‘Oz’ immigration unit strikes fear in the streets
The National 16 May 2010 – Migrant worker families are worried they will lose their livelihoods as Israel’s immigration police plan to expel more than 3,000 people next month.

Brazil’s Lula takes a last big shot’ at Tehran
The National 16 May 2010 – The Brazilian president meets senior leaders to try to agree a last-minute compromise before the G15 summit on Iran’s nuclear programme.

Patients and doctors have waited 10 years for reform legislation
The National 16 May 2010 – But the bill to reform healthcare in Egypt is in limbo as politicians sort out the details.

International Solidarity Movement

An Nabi Saleh demonstrates against violence in the midst of extensive brushfires
5/16/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – This past Friday, May 14, the town of An Nabi Saleh held its weekly demonstration. Overly aggressive Israeli military tactics started a colossal brushfire, which reaped viable farmland. The weekly demonstration confronts the illegal expansion of Halamish settlement onto village land. Great local support brought out over 100 Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals. The overwhelming drive….

Nakba Day observations span West Bank
5/16/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – The village of Al Ma’asara, near Bethlehem, held a Palestinian cultural festival on Friday to mark the 62nd anniversary of the Nakba. Palestinian music, dance and poetry were all on display, offering a timely reminder of Palestine’s ancient history and vibrant culture. Above all, the event was an assertion of Palestinian identity, and of the….

Palestinian Population of Israel: Israeli Secret Services Promise and Deliver
Alternative Information Center – I do not know on what basis the Israeli General Security Services (GSS) are accusing Dr. Omar Al Said (detained since 24 April 2010) and Ameer Makhoul (who was detained on 6 May 2010). The bombastic…

Palestine News Network

New Plans To Demolish Palestinian Homes in East Jerusalem
PNN – Maisa Abu Ghazaleh — PNN — the Israeli Jerusalem municipality has recently proposed two plans to demolish and evict Palestinians from neighborhoods adjacent to Jerusalem’s old city. Qyis Naser, the lawyer for…

Israel’s Gov. Plans To Bring Back 15,000 Israelis To The State
PNN – Jerusalem – PNN – During its weekly on Sunday meeting the Israeli government announced a plan to being back 15,000 Israelis who are living abroad back to Israel. The Israeli official records…

Israeli Soldiers Attack A Wall Protest Near Bethlehem
PNN – Ghassan Bannoura – PNN – Three civilians were injured and eight others were arrested when Israeli soldiers attacked an anti wall protest at the town of Beit Jala near Bethlehem, southern West…

Video: 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

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Two Civilians Wounded by Unknown Gunmen in Gaza
PCHR 15 May 2010 – Field Update On Saturday, 15 May 2010, Hassan Abu Zeid, from Gaza, was wounded by bullets shot at his feet. Unknown gunmen fired at him after they failed to kidnap him. Bassel Abu Zeid, Hassan’s brother, sustained shrapnel wounds in the same incident while attempting to save his brother. ….

Jerusalem Post

Chomsky blocked from entering Israel
Jeruslalem Post 17 May 2010 – Interior Ministry calls decision ‘misunderstanding’.

Haredim protest grave relocation
Jeruslalem Post 16 May 2010 – J’lem cuts services to some haredi neighborhoods due to violence.

Haredim protest Barzilai grave relocation
Jeruslalem Post 16 May 2010 – J’lem municipality cuts services to some haredi neighborhoods following assaults on workers.

US Jewish group urges concessions
Jeruslalem Post 16 May 2010 – Activist petition calls on Israel, PA to ensure success of talks.

Barak secures JNF appointment
Jeruslalem Post 16 May 2010 – Labor chairman defeats challenge Sunday on Jewish National Fund chairmanship at Labor’s Executive Committee.

30 tons of building material to enter Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 16 May 2010 – Israel allows shipment following a special request by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

HU gets grant to study European structures that mirror J’lem
Jeruslalem Post 16 May 2010 – Grant director: “EU communities would make structures that would convey the atmosphere of being in the Holy City.”

Israel may let Chomsky into W. Bank
Jeruslalem Post 16 May 2010 – Interior Ministry to check with IDF, denied entry “a misunderstanding.”

Ben-Eliezer presents plan to boost employment among haredim
Jeruslalem Post 16 May 2010 – Main components include more training options, support for employers and haredi mothers, and encouragement of IDF and civil service.

‘Chomsky denied entry into Israel’
Jeruslalem Post 16 May 2010 – Radical intellectual was to speak at Bir Zeit University.

Lieberman slams Russia, Syria arms deal
Jeruslalem Post 16 May 2010 – Foreign Minister: “Weapons sales don’t contribute to an atmosphere of peace.”

Scotsman suspected in Mabhouh hit
Jeruslalem Post 16 May 2010 – Alleged Hamas arch-terrorist assassin identified via camera footage.

Academic Commando program launched
Jeruslalem Post 16 May 2010 – IDF to let soldiers complete free “university year” during service.

Steinitz: Revoke Islamists’ citizenship
Jeruslalem Post 16 May 2010 – Finance minister calls to “limit” those who oppose Israel’s existence.

Palestinians mark Nakba Day
Jeruslalem Post 15 May 2010 – Fatah, Hamas leaders march in Gaza 62 years after “catastrophe.”

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Noam Chomsky Denied Entry to West Bank
WAFA – RAMALLAH, May 16, 2010 (WAFA)- Israeli occupation authorities prevented, today, the American writer Noam Chomsky, from entering the West Bank without giving reason to the prevention and forced him to

Palestinian and Israeli HR Groups Call to End Israeli Deportation
WAFA – TEL AVIV May 16, 2010 (WAFA)- “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

Al Mezan Calls for an End to the Collective Punishment
WAFA – RAMALLAH, May 16, 2010 (WAFA)- Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights expressed its “outrage at the lack of any meaningful international protection of Gaza’s population.” This has encouraged the IOF to

American Songwriter Kareem Salama Sings in Jerusalem
WAFA – JERUSALEM, May 16, 2010 (WAFA)- During his visit to Jerusalem and the West Bank, American country and pop singer and songwriter, Kareem Salama ,will give free live concerts on Thursday, May 20 at

Using IT Doubled in Palestine during Past 5 Years
WAFA – RAMALLAH, May 16, 2010 (WAFA)- he Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said Sunday that percentages of access and use of Information Technology (IT) among the Palestinians was

Demonstrators outside Downing Street Demand Justice for Palestinians
WAFA – LONDON, May 16, 2010 (WAFA) – Hundreds of demonstrators demanding justice for the Palestinian people gathered outside Downing Street Saturday, in the first rally outside the Prime Minister’s

Israeli Court Rejects Anat Kamm’s Plea to ‘Get Some Air’
WAFA – TEL AVIV, May 16, 2010(WAFA)- A Tel Aviv court on Sunday rejected a plea by Anat Kamm, a former soldier arrested for leaking secret military documents to the press, to ease the terms of her house

Israel will Never Chill Construction in Jerusalem, Israeli Minister Says
WAFA – TEL AVIV, May 16, 2010 (WAFA)-Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai declared Thursday that Israel had not agreed to freeze construction in East Jerusalem, adding that American demands to do so would

The Guardian

Noam Chomsky barred by Israelis from lecturing in Palestinian West Bank
The Guardian 16 May 2010 – US academic denies claim that misunderstanding by border officials was to blame for ban Noam Chomsky, whose withering critiques of political establishments have earned him the wrath of regimes of all persuasions around the world, was…

Relief Web

Health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan
Relief Web 16 May 2010 – Source: World Health Organization

Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Fishermen in Gaza
Relief Web 16 May 2010 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

IOF Continues its Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and their Properties in the Gaza Strip; Al Mezan Calls for an End to the Collective Punishment
Relief Web 16 May 2010 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights

YNet News

Report: Iran fuel swap could take place in Turkey
YNet News – Turkish TV chancels say Prime Minister Erdogan has decided to go to Tehran to….

France: No info on Scuds in southern Lebanon
YNet News – ‘All in area interested in stability,’ French defense minister says during visit….

Archeologists: Ashkelon graves belong to pagans
YNet News – Israel Antiquities Authority workers say no Jewish tombs found in excavations at….

French academic leaves Iran after 10 months
YNet News – Clotilde Reiss, 24, convicted of provoking unrest and spying, but her lawyer….

Jerusalem protest: Twins in India want to come home
YNet News – On backdrop of continued red tape in granting legal status of Dan Goldberg’s….

Rally in north: Shalit cries out from Hamas dungeon
YNet News – Kiryat Motzkin raises flag calling for kidnapped soldier’s release. Noam Shalit:….

Noam Chomsky denied entry to Israel
YNet News – Jewish intellectual Noam Chomsky, one of the prominent speakers against the Israeli policy, was stopped Sunday while trying to enter Israel through the Allenby Bridge, …….

Haredim: Extreme protestors causing damage
YNet News – After a day of riots following the removal of graves from the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, which ended with a Jerusalem Municipality decision to halt service to …….

Jerusalem man says attacked by Arabs for no reason
YNet News – VIDEO – A Jerusalem resident claims he was attacked by Palestinians for no apparent reason last Wednesday. After deciding to head back home from the Emek Zurim Park, …….

Hamas destroys dozens of homes in Gaza
YNet News – Hamas police wielding clubs beat and pushed residents out of dozens of homes in the southern Gaza town of Rafah on Sunday before knocking the buildings down with …….

Turkey, Brazil seal deal on Iran nuclear fuel swap
YNet News – Turkey said on Sunday that Iran had agreed on a nuclear fuel swap deal which could help end Tehran’s stand-off with the West over its atomic program. Full details of …….

Erekat: Palestinians’ patience wearing thin
YNet News – Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on Sunday entreated Israel to take advantage of US support in the negotiations and put an end to the conflict. Erekat told the …….

Haredim riot in J’lem over graves removal
YNet News – Some 60 haredim clashed with police officers on Sunday in Jerusalem’s Shabbat Square while burning trash cans and shouting out against the removal of graves in Ashkelon …….

Daily Star

Erdogan flies to Tehran for nuclear talks
Daily Star 16 May 2010 TEHRAN/ISTANBUL: Turkish Premier Tayyip Recep Erdogan flew to Tehran on Sunday seeking to seal a deal with Iran on a nuclear fuel swap that could help end a stand-off with the West over its atomic program….

Sudan arrests Islamist opposition leader Turabi
Daily Star 16 May 2010 KHARTOUM: Authorities in Sudan arrested Islamist opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi on Sunday and closed down his newspaper a month after the country’s first competitive elections in two decades, party officials said. “At around midnight, a group…

The Jews of Conscience
Daily Star 16 May 2010 Before the state of Israel was founded in 1948, and since its 60-year history, the Jews of Conscience have existed. They were opposed to what was to come and are opposed to what is happening now….

Iran sentences top women’s rights activists to jail and lashings, arrests reformist former lawmaker
Daily Star 16 May 2010 TEHRAN: Iran has sentenced in absentia award-winning women’s rights activist Shadi Sadr and another fellow activist to jail and lashes over a protest in 2007, their lawyer told ILNA news agency on Sunday. Former MP Mohsen…

Israel says Russian arms sales to Syria ‘don’t help peace’
Daily Star 16 May 2010 Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday criticized Russia for supplying arms to Syria, saying the move did not help efforts to bring peace to the region. “The sale of these weapons does not contribute to…

Los Angeles Times

Researcher out of Iranian jail, home in Paris amid talk of backroom deal
LA Times 17 May 2010 – Clotilde Reiss left Iran just days after France refused to extradite accused arms smuggler Majid Kakavand to the U.S. and instead released him to Iran.

New York Times

Brazil and Turkey Say a Nuclear Deal With Iran Is Near
New York Times 16 May 2010 – A deal could undermine efforts in the United Nations to impose new sanctions on the Iranians.


Palestinian Population of Israel: Israeli Secret Services Promise and Deliver
Alternative Information Center 3 – I do not know on what basis the Israeli General Security Services (GSS) are accusing Dr. Omar Al Said (detained since 24 April 2010) and Ameer Makhoul (who was
detained on 6 May 2010). The bombastic charges…

Dr. Barghouti condemns Israel for banning intellectual and activist Professor Noam Chomsky from entering the West Bank
Palestine Monitor – MP Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative denounced the refusal of permitting entrance to the Israeli intellectual Professor Noam Chomsky from entering the Palestinian territories. After the Israeli Occupation Authorities detained Professor Chomsky for five hours on the bridge, he was then…

Chomsky says Israelis were upset that he was only lecturing at a Palestinian school
Mondoweiss – Al Jazeera interview with the great linguist from Amman, below. “I’m not very angry about it, I was disappointed and surprised…” Chomsky wasn’t the only one turned back: “My daughter and I were informed that we were denied entry.” Q. “The Interior Ministry is saying that…

A thought from Jean Amery
Mondoweiss – The thought is this: that the judgment against the torturer that persists in the mind of the tortured has a moral authority unequaled by any verdict of official justice. Thus Amery offers a clue to the metaphysical lie underneath the political lie of omission in Barack…

The greatest lecture Chomsky never gave is boost to BDS movement
Mondoweiss – For me it’s less about what that apartheid regime does and more about the fools in this country who stand behind Israel’s actions and attack the BDS movement. In a normal society someone from the NY Times would now call Margaret Atwood and say, “Now that…

Israel reportedly denied Noam Chomsky entry to West Bank
Mondoweiss – Oh my. Wake up America. The great Chomsky, pride of American intellectual life and Jewish life and a liberal [ok, left] Zionist if ever there was one, kept from entering at Allenby Bridge/Jordan. Do you know what is happening to Israel? Only in Hebrew so far ,…

‘Haaretz’ covered Berkeley BDS struggle while ‘NYT’ turned a deaf ear
Mondoweiss – One might think that the so-called paper of record, The New York Times, would find the landmark UC Berkeley student campaign to divest from weapons manufacturers that profit from Israel’s occupation and war crimes worthy of coverage. However, the Times has yet to print one word…


Israel’s Master of Deception – The Career of Shimon Peres
Rannie Amiri, Jnoubiyeh5/14/2010
“The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.”— André Gide
“For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, who art as black as hell, as dark as night.”— William Shakespeare
The international community has long been enamored by current Israeli President and former Prime Minister, Shimon Peres. Regarded as a voice of reason and a dove among hawks, he adroitly assuages fears and reassures critics with soothing, yet empty words advocating dialogue and the creation of a Palestinian state. By duping the world into believing significant differences exist between his “left wing” views and those of Israel’s far right, he has proven himself a master at deception.
Peres was at it again this past week after he attended Victory Day celebrations in Moscow and met with President Dmitry Medvedev prior to the Russian leader’s first official visit to Damascus. Peres did not miss the opportunity to reiterate the spurious claims of Scud missiles being transferred into Lebanon while paradoxically emphasizing that Israel had no interest in escalating tensions with Syria.
Before the United States-mediated “proximity talks” were launched, he also told U.S. Mideast envoy George Mitchell that Israel’s “security issues” should take precedence in the negotiations, “especially against the background of the [Israeli] army’s withdrawal from Gaza and the evacuation of settlements at the end of which thousands of rockets were fired at Israeli communities.”
Harkening back to Israel’s withdrawal from occupied Gaza at the end of 2005, Peres neglected to mention what Israel subsequently did to the most densely-populated area on earth. After democratic, free and fair parliamentary elections….more..e-mail

Israel’s red line: Shin Bet arrests boycott leader
Jonathan Cook, Ma’an News Agency5/14/2010
The recent arrest of two respected public figures from Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority in night-time raids on their homes by the Shin Bet secret police – brought to light this week when a gag order was partially lifted – sent shock waves through the community.
The arrests were not the first of their kind. The Shin Bet has been hounding and imprisoning politicians and intellectuals from the country’s Palestinian minority, a fifth of the population, since the birth of the Jewish state more than six decades ago. Currently, two MKs from Arab political parties, as well as the leader of the popular Islamic Movement, are facing trials.
But the detention of Amir Makhoul and Omar Sayid by Israeli intelligence forces has been seen differently – as the gathering storm clouds in a political climate already fiercely hostile to its Palestinian citizens.
Mohammed Zeidan, the head of the Human Rights Association in Nazareth, said: “We are used to our political leaders being persecuted but now the Shin Bet is turning its sights on the leaders of Palestinian civil society in Israel, and that’s a dangerous development.”
Makhoul and Sayid were not accused of the usual public order offenses, nor were they simply violated chauvinistic legislation that criminalizes Palestinian citizens’ visits to neighboring Arab states. Both are facing the much more serious charge of espionage, on behalf of Lebanon’s Hizbullah.
Makhoul, who appears to be the chief object of the Shin Bet’s interest, is the head of Ittijah, an umbrella organization coordinating the activities of Palestinian human rights groups in Israel. More specifically, he has become the leading voice inside Israel backing the growing international campaign for boycott, sanctions and divestment against Israel.more..e-mail

Dr. Barghouti condemns Israel for banning intellectual and activist Professor Noam Chomsky from entering the West Bank
e Monitor: 16 May 2010 – MP Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative denounced the refusal of permitting entrance to the Israeli intellectual Professor Noam Chomsky from entering the Palestinian territories. After the Israeli Occupation Authorities detained Professor Chomsky for five hours on the bridge, he was then deported to Jordan. Dr. Barghouti said that the Israeli Occupation Authorities informed Professor Chomsky that the decision to prevent him from entering came from the highest level of authority in Israel and the Ministry of the Interior. His denied entry was specifically because of his ardent views, the planned visit to the Palestinian territories, and the intent to deliver a lecture at Birzeit University, which clearly indicated the arbitrary procedure that illustrates the nature of Israel’s racism. Dr. Barghouti was scheduled to personally welcome Professor Chomsky this afternoon as he was a guest of the Palestinian National Initiative. Dr. Mustafa Barghouti stated that, ‘It…

BDS – Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions
Palestine Monitor: 15 May 2010 –

US Funds Israel’s Apartheid Roads Plan
Palestine Chronicle: 15 May 2010 – By Jonathan Cook – Jerusalem 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 114km 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 circuitious dirt tracks or by building tunnels…more

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