VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 23 May, 2010: Israeli nuclear whistleblower returned to prison for 3-month sentence

23 May 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli nuclear whistleblower returned to prison for 3-month sentence
IMEMC – 23 May 2010 – Mordechai Vanunu, Israel’s nuclear whistleblower who served 18 years in prison for exposing Israel’s secret nuclear weapons production facility in Dimona, was taken back to prison Sunday after requesting that he be allowed to carry out his ‘community service’ sentence in a Palestinian neighborhood, fearing that he would be attacked by his fellow Jewish Israelis if he volunteered in a Jewish neighborhood.

UN Report: “Siege Still Obstructing, Hindering, Gaza Reconstruction”
IMEMC – 23 May 2010 – The United Nations reported Sunday that the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza and the aftermath of its December 2008 war on Gaza are still hindering the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, and that only %25 of the damaged building and infrastructure were repaired.

Israel Likely To Enforce Further Sanctions On The Detainees
IMEMC – 23 May 2010 – The Israeli Ministerial Legislative Committee is expected to sign a new legislation that imposes further sanctions on Hamas detainees and other political prisoners imprisoned by Israel.

Palestinian Youth Wounded By Army fire In Beit Lahia
IMEMC – 23 May 2010 – Palestinian medical sources reported Sunday that Israeli soldiers shot and wounded a Palestinian youth north of Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Ma’an News

Palestinian MKs slam Knesset approval of ’Shalit Law’
5/24/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – The Knesset’s Ministerial Committee passed a bill on Sunday that would sanction the worsening of conditions of Hamas affiliates in Israeli jails, in a bid to pressure the movement into releasing captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Palestinian Members of Knesset were quick to denounce the move, with MK Talab As-Sana of the United Arab List-Ta’al, saying the law would not expedite Shalit’s release, but lead to an intifada, the Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported. “The decision regarding the Palestinian prisoners is irresponsible. It delays Shalit’s release and encourages a third intifada – a prisoners’ intifada,” he said. “The Israeli government must decide whether it abides by international law or whether it is a gang that bases its conduct on vengeance … Hurting the Palestinian prisoners will lead to riots in jails that will reach Palestinian … Related:Knesset to vote on worsening prison condition bill

Worker injured by Israeli fire in Gaza
5/23/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – A young Palestinian worker sustained gunshot wound injuries on Sunday, after Israeli forces reportedly opened fire at a group of workers in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. Witnesses said Muhammad Sa’dallah, 19, was hit by Israeli machine-gun fire, as workers collected stones and rocks for construction, left behind by Israel forces following the….

Settlers reportedly attack woman, grandson in Beit Safafa
5/23/2010 – Jerusalem – Ma’an – Israeli settlers reportedly attacked an elderly woman and her grandson in Beit Safafa, south of Jerusalem, while she was on her way to visit her son’s house on Tuesday night.Ma’an correspondent said Sheiha Hasan Salah, 90, and her grandson Nasrallah Muhammad Salah, 4, sustained bruising following the assault. [end]

2nd ship joins Freedom Flotilla
5/23/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The second ship to join the Freedom Flotilla en route to Gaza left Istanbul Saturday afternoon, joining eight other boats from three countries carrying 10,000 tons of aid for Gaza’s residents, supplies embargoed by Israel. A statement issued by the Freedom Flotilla’s organizers said the latest ship to set sail is sponsored by….

13 Palestinian lawmakers still in Israel’s custody
5/24/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Thirteen Palestinian lawmakers are still detained in Israel, according to a report released by a former detainee on Saturday. The report, compiled by Abdul Nasser Farawana, said the detainees include two Fatah Palestine Legislative Council members, ten Hamas lawmakers, and the secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Thirty-one detainees….

Youths pelt Israeli army with stones entering Qalqiliya
5/24/2010 – Qalqiliya – Ma’an – Confrontations broke out Sunday morning between young Palestinians and Israeli forces in the northern West Bank city of Qalqiliya, entering in a three-vehicle military convoy, locals said. Witnesses said the military vehicles entered the city from the north, stopping shortly near the Al-Quds Open University campus, where young Palestinians gathered and pelted them….

Israeli security guard shot dead in factory
5/23/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – An Israeli security guard was found dead on Sunday morning at a factory in Caesarea in the northern Israel, Israeli media reported. The Hebrew-language news site Ma’ariv wrote that workers arriving for their morning shift found the 54-year-old security guard shot dead. An ambulance was called to the site, but paramedics pronounced….

UN says damage caused by Israel still un-repaired in Gaza
5/24/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – Nearly sixteen months after an Israeli offensive caused widespread destruction to the Gaza Strip, approximately three quarters of the coastal enclave’s buildings and infrastructure have yet to be repaired, a UN report issued Sunday said. The report from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), produced in partnership with the Gaza-based Engineering and….

Israel’s 5-day drill underway, as Hezbollah mobilizes forces
5/23/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – Israel began its yearly home-front security drill on Sunday, as Hezbollah began mobilizing along the Israel-Lebanon border in response to the exercise, various news agencies reported. The drill, named Turn Point 4, is expected to last five days across Israel, the Israeli daily Haaretz wrote. The Israeli army sent out communiques addressing….

PA: Women working in settlements to seek other jobs
5/23/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – All Palestinian women currently working in Israeli settlements should consult the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Social Affairs in their districts to fill applications for alternative employment with Palestinian institutions, the minister said Saturday. Majida Al-Masri told the Ma’an radio network that an application form was designed and distributed to all the ministry’s branches….

Islamic Jihad: We won’t sign Egyptian unity deal
5/23/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – The Islamic Jihad movement said Sunday that it would not ratify the Egyptian-sponsored unity document, poised to end inter-factional rivalry, even if Hamas were to ratify the deal. A statement issued by Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ramadan Shallah said the movement’s decision to abstain from signing the deal was because “This proposal is designed….

Syria’s Assad: Israel sowing seeds of sedition
5/23/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Syrian President Bashar Assad said the West must realize that the Middle East has changed and the previously-used language, policies and approaches toward the region are no longer acceptable on Sunday. Assad’s comments were made during a meeting with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner in Damascus, the government owned Syrian Arab News Agency….

Israeli army says it will ease restrictions on West Bank movement
5/24/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Israeli army said Monday evening that it would relieve some of the restrictions placed upon travel in the West Bank, after meeting with Palestinian Authority officials, a statement read. The apparent “good will gestures” include the entry of Palestinians with Israeli citizenship and ID cards through all checkpoints into the West Bank….

How effective are non-violent rallies in Gaza?
5/23/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Since the beginning of 2010, non-violent rallies have taken place across the Gaza Strip to protest Israel’s creation of a vast buffer zone along the border, devouring an estimated 20 percent of arable land, officials say. Gaza residents, officials, and international activists continue testing the no-go zone, with rallies met regularly with live….

UNRWA site vandalized by gunmen in Gaza
5/23/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – A group of 30 armed and masked men attacked and set fire to an UNRWA recreation facility on Gaza City’s beach front on Sunday, the UN body said in a statement. The location is one of 35 beach facilities under construction, which will form part of UNRWA’s annual Summer Games program for over….

Nativity deportees say rent not paid in 5 months
5/23/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Nativity Church deportees exiled to Gaza said the Palestinian Authority had failed to pay their rent for the fifth consecutive month on Sunday. Deportees’ spokesman Fahmi Kan’an said he was appealing for the third time to President Mahmoud Abbas to give directives on the rent’s payment.”Apartment owners said they could get better….

In photos: Putting out fire
5/23/2010 – IDF delays firefighters – Palestinian civil defense officers extinguish a fire in a field in the West Bank village of Nabi Elias near Qalqilia on 20 May 2010. A week earlier in the Kafr Ad-Dik village near Qalqiliya, 200 dunums of land belonging to the village were damaged before Fire Brigades were able to access the….

Knesset to vote on worsening prison condition bill
5/23/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Knesset’s Ministerial Committee on Sunday will vote on a bill that is meant to exacerbate the prison conditions of Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails, Israeli media reported. The vote will take place after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removed his objection to the bill a few weeks ago, the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahranoth wrote.The bill is expected to be approved by the committee, and will then be brought to the Knesset plenum for approval. Aggravating the prison conditions is meant to apply pressure on Hamas over the stalemate in the talks to release kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, various ministers have alleged. Palestinian prisoner societies react Last Sunday, Prisoner Studies’ officials warned that Palestinian prisoners of war, detained for resisting the occupation of Palestinian lands will be treated like violent and dangerous criminals under the proposed Israeli bill. Related:Palestinian MKs slam Knesset approval of ‘Shalit Law’

Israel to open 1 Gaza terminal
5/23/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Israeli authorities are expected to open only one crossing into Gaza to permit the transfer of aid and food on Sunday, a Palestinian liaison official said. Authorities told the official, Raed Fattouh, that the southern Kerem Shalom crossing could see between 104 to 144 truckloads of humanitarian aid and commercial goods, in addition….

US medical delegation performs cleft palate surgery in Hebron
5/23/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – A nine-member team of doctors from the US arrived in the West Bank city of Hebron last Saturday for a week of plastic and reconstruction surgery on children with cleft lip and palate deformities, a statement read. The team was led by Prof. John van Aalst, chief of pediatric plastic surgery at the….

Jordan denies troops to join NATO forces
5/23/2010 – Amman – Ma’an – Responding to reports that President Mahmoud Abbas would consider the deployment of NATO forces along a future Palestinian state’s borders, Jordan denied suggestions that it would deploy troops in assistance, officials said Saturday evening. Jordan’s Minister of State for Media Affairs Nabil Ash-Sharif said “the issue is baseless and has never been discussed….

Nablus races 2010: The need for speed continues
5/23/2010 – Palestine’s women racers compete – Nablus – Ma’an – The second round of the Palestinian Motor Sport races in Nablus on Friday was met with an audience of 7,000 amidst a 400-strong police officer presence. Forty-nine racers competed in two fiery rounds, achieving close scores, with judges and police eagerly awaiting the top-ten announcement. Ambulances were stationed….

PSE: Al-Quds Index down 0.29 points
5/23/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Al-Quds Index was marginally down on Sunday at the close of trade by 0. 06% on the Palestine Securities Exchange, which saw 691,235 shares traded for 1,272,017. 9 US dollars through 420 trades. Banking, insurance and the industry sectors further saw slight dips, decreasing 0. 61%, 0. 82%, and 0. 86% respectively….

Palestine Note

Report: Israel to ease WB restrictions
Palestine Note 23 May 2010 – Washington – The Israeli army has announced it will ease movement restrictions in the West Bank as a good will gesture, Ma’an News Agency reported Monday. Israeli soldiers stand at a Qalqilya checkpoint in the West…

Report: Islamic Jihad refuses unity deal
Palestine Note 23 May 2010 – Washington – The Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza released a statement Sunday saying it would not ratify the Egyptian-brokered government unity agreement, even if Hamas were to do so, Ma’an News Agency reported . The Islamic Jihad…

Fraud scheme uncovered in Gaza
Palestine Note 23 May 2010 – Washington – Investigators in Khan Younis say police have detained a Gaza man for impersonating a West Bank businessman and soliciting payments illegally, Ma’an News Agency reported Saturday. The scheme came to light when an unnamed…

Netanyahu denies concessions report
Palestine Note 23 May 2010 – Washington – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has denied recent reports that the Palestinians have offered “surprising” land concessions during the past week’s meetings with US envoy George Mitchell, Haaretz reported Sunday. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu appears…

Israeli ‘home-front’ drills begin
Palestine Note 23 May 2010 – Washington – As Israeli begins its annual “home-front security drill,” Hezbollah fighters have mobilized along the Israel-Lebanon border, Ma’an News Agency reported Sunday. Israeli soldiers pose with their weapons [Photo: David Weissman – Flickr] The drill…

Israeli Fatah member sentenced to 7 years
Palestine Note 23 May 2010 – Washington – A Nazareth court has sentenced Ursan Asad, 58, to 7 years for assisting and conspiring with the enemy at a time of war, based on his affiliation with Fatah, Ynet News reported Sunday. The…

Gaza summer camp attacked
Palestine Note 23 May 2010 – Masked men destroy UNRWA camp, threaten administrators Washington – Roughly 30 armed, masked men broke in and set fire to a UNRWA recreation facility early Sunday morning, the agency reported . The recreation facility on Gaza’s beach…

Dan Ariely: How an injury led me to irrationality.
Palestine Note 23 May 2010 – Israeli academic Dan Ariely speaks about how his injury, burnt over 70% of his body in an accident during his army service, led him to the study of irrationality. Here he is explaining what Behavioral Economics…

George Galloway in Brooklyn: ‘Palestine’ will be the last word on my lips
Palestine Note 22 May 2010 – New York – With trademark bombast, former British MP George Galloway exhorted American muslims to do more to fight for the Palestinian cause on Friday night in Brooklyn. He told a half-full banquet hall in Sunset…

Can there be a liberal Zionism?
Palestine Note 22 May 2010 – A version of this article appeared in Zeek Magazine . Peter Beinart’s essay in the New York Review of Books about the demise of liberal Zionism has caused quite a stir. But I don’t really want to…

The new frontiers of Israeli diplomacy, ctd.: Czech Foreign Minister “humiliated”
Palestine Note 22 May 2010 – The Czechs are furious: Diplomatic humiliation Itamar Eichner, Yediot, May 18 2010 [Hebrew original here and at bottom of post] Israel is embarrassed: This week the Czech Republic made an official protest of what it calls…


Gaza children’s camp destroyed
AlJazeera 23 May 2010 – UNRWA chief defiant after masked men ask the UN agency to stop organising such camps.


UN summer camp for Gaza kids vandalized by masked men
Ha’aretz – No claim of responsibility but assailants likely Islamist extremists who view UN camp as Western effort to take over Gaza.

Report: Israel offered to sell nuclear weapons to apartheid South Africa
Ha’aretz – U.K. daily The Guardian quotes new book claiming South Africa wanted the weapons to keep neighboring states and other enemies from attacking them.

Defying Western pressure, Syria refuses to ‘police’ Hezbollah for Israel
Ha’aretz – Syrian FM: Why are arms forbidden to Arabs and allowed to Israel? Assad to visiting French FM: West must stop Israeli aggression in the Mideast.

Lieberman: Palestinians want proximity peace talks to reach dead-end
Ha’aretz – Netanyahu denies Wall Street Journal report that Palestinian negotiators offered to match, and even double the amount of West Bank land Abbas was willing to relinquish during talks with Olmert’s administration in 2008.

IDF launches homefront drill amid rising tensions on Lebanon border
Ha’aretz – Hezbollah’s deputy head says the Shi’ite organization has stepped up its alert status ahead of the ‘war game’ being conducted on Sunday in Israel., Assad Ursan, 58, joined Palestinian Fatah’s Algeria branch and recruited Israeli Arabs in Europe to carry out attacks in Israel., GOC Northern Command issues calming message to residents of north as Israel launches 5-day homefront defense drill to prepare for possible war.

Abbas backs Palestinian boycott campaign of Israeli goods made in settlements
Ha’aretz – Palestinian president dismisses Israeli accusations that the campaign amounts to incitement of hatred against Israel.

UNRWA condemns attack on its Summer Games location in Gaza
23 May 2010 – Gaza, May 23, (Pal Telegraph) At 0230 on Sunday 23 May 2010, a group of approximately 30 armed and masked men attacked and set fire to an UNRWA recreation facility under construction on the beach in Gaza city. The location is one of 35 beach facilities currently under construction, which will form part of UNRWA’s annual “Summer Games” program for…

Vanunu again in prison, he accused Mossad & Shin Bet of creating ‘false accusations’
23 May 2010 – Jerusalem, May 23, (Pal Telegraph) Mordechai Vanunu told the journalists before entering the courtroom that both the Shin Bet and the Israeli Mossad the imposed tremendous pressures on him and accused them of trying to strangle him, he added “what the Israeli Mossad and Shin Bet couldnt achieve in 18 years while I’m in prison, will not get it in…

Biggest UNRWA summer camp in Gaza set on fire
23 May 2010 – Gaza, May 23, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – About forty unknown armed people attacked Sunday one of the largest camps set up by the UNRWA on the shores of Gaza Strip, local sources reported. Adnan Abu Hasna, the spokesman for UNRWA, said that the attack on the camp took place in Sheikh Al-Ajlan area in eastern Gaza, media sources reported. “The…

Freedom Flotilla to arrive Gaza soon
23 May 2010 – Gaza, May 23, (Pal Telegraph) The countdown started for the arrival of the fleet of freedom to Gaza, the launching of phase II has started and already three ships have sailed yesterday from Istanbul to Antalya. Sources confirmed that in the twenty-fifth of this month eight ships will start moving towards Gaza (three from Antalya and five from Greece) to…

Israel raids Hebron, no detention reported
23 May 2010 – Hebron, May 23, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided Sunday the city of the West Bank of Hebron, no detentions were reported. Eyewitnesses said to SAFA news agency that Israeli forces supported with military and armored vehicles raided the neighborhoods at 10 pm then withdrew at 7 am. The witnesses added that the forces roamed the neighborhoods…

IOF shoots Gazan worker
23 May 2010 – Gaza, May 23, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli occupation forces opened fire at Palestinian worker in north of Gaza Strip, near Bait Hanoon crossing. The Director of Emergency Services at Al Shefa hospital, Dr. Muawiya Hassanein, said that the worker Mohammed Sad Allah was shot in his limbs, adding that his health condition is moderate. He pointed out that the…


Revealed: how Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weaponsExclusive: Secret apartheid-era papers give first official evidence of Israeli nuclear weapons
Uruknet May 23, 2010 – Secret South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing the first official documentary evidence of the state’s possession of nuclear weapons. The “top secret” minutes of meetings between senior officials from the two countries in 1975 show that South Africa’s defence minister, PW Botha, asked for the…

Israel’s Permanent War on Palestine
Uruknet March 23, 2010 – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) provides weekly snapshots of Israeli killings, targeted assassinations, arrests, home demolitions, destroyed farmland, assaults on peaceful protesters, community incursions, home invasions, and more besides full-scale attacks at its discretion ‚Äî a decades-long onslaught against 1.5 million Gazans and over 2.5 million West Bank and East Jerusalem Palestinians. On…

Vanunu sent back to jail
Uruknet May 23, 2010 – Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli former nuclear technician who gained fame for serving 18 years for disclosing atomic secrets to a British newspaper, has begun a three-month jail sentence for violating the terms of his release, judicial sources have said. An Israeli court had in December sentenced Vanunu to serve three months community service or three…

Who are the victors?Terror reigns on Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier
Uruknet May 22, 2010 – The devastation could not be more heartbreaking. From one end to the other, the whole tribal area presents the spectacle of a war zone. Houses blown up, villages decimated, infrastructure no more. Add Dir, Buner and Swat to that. Vast swaths are in ruins in Maidan, in the Dir region. Whole villages in Buner have…

Video- Bethlehem Checkpoint : Palestinians kept in cages before going to work = DEHUMANISATION
Uruknet May 22, 2010 – People are in these cages for up to 4 hours a day. So nearly one day a week they are in a cage. Thousands of people have to wait in line for hours on their way to work. This is the line leading to the checkpoint itself. Inside the checkpoint they will have to go…

Gaza group reports 2 more deported by Israel
Uruknet May 22, 2010 – Brothers born in Gaza, one married to a Palestinian citizen of Israel, were detained and deported to the Gaza Strip on Friday, officials at the Wa’ed Society in Gaza said. The men, identified as Imad and Hamed Abu Dawaba both in their twenties, were taken from their Beersheba home by Israeli police and taken directly…

The National

South Lebanon goes to the polls
The National 23 May 2010 – South Lebanon went to the polls with Hizbollah-backed candidates running uncontested in mainly Shiite areas.

Gunmen destroy Gaza children’s summer camp
The National 23 May 2010 – Attackers set fire to the camp and assaulted a guard who is left tied up with a letter threatening the director of the UN Relief and Works Agency.

International Solidarity Movement

Hebron protests against Old City closures
5/23/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Palestinian residents of Hebron gathered on Saturday, supported by a large group of Israeli activists, to protest against the continued restrictions on their freedom of movement within Hebron. This includes the total closure to Palestinians of Shuhada Street, a key thoroughfare on which all Palestinian shops and homes have been sealed shut. Approximately 100 people….

Coop and Nordiconad Supermarket Chains in Italy Suspend Sales of Products from the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Alternative Information Center – An important success for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid Following lobbying efforts by the Italian Coalition against Carmel-Agrexco, two major Italian supermarket chains, COOP and Nordiconad, announced the suspension of sales…

Nuclear Whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu Back in Israeli Jail
Alternative Information Center – Mordechai Vanunu, the man renowned for revealing details of Israel’s nuclear program, began serving a 3-month jail sentence on Sunday, May 23rd. In April of 2007 he was convicted by Israel for contact with a foreign…

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: May Is About Memories
IPS GAZA CITY, May 23 (IPS) – This is the month for Palestinians to remember their Nakba, or “catastrophe”, in which more than 700,000 women, men and children were pushed off their land and rendered homeless refugees by the Zionist attacks before, during and after the founding of Israel in 1948.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Bomb Detonated in Beit Lahia Candy Store
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Field Update On Saturday morning, 22 May 2010, a bomb was detonated in al-Qadhi candy shop in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia. The shop was entirely destroyed, but no casualties were reported.

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (13 — 19 May 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jerusalem Post

IDF to ease West Bank restrictions
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – Major movement improvements to Palestinians include the opening of 60 road blocks, simplified entry to the region for business and tourism

IDF reviewing new ‚ÄòMagic Spear’ rocket
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – Israel Military Industries artillery system has unprecedented accuracy, 50km range.

Strong turn out for NY’s Salute to Israel Parade
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – Concerted community effort yields tens of thousands marching in annual Fifth Avenue march.

Debate mulls fighting terror under int’l law
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – Dershowitz: There must be one standard for all.

World leaders line up to meet Assad
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – German FM: Talks must take place with Syria.

Nationwide drill simulates heavy missile fire
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – PM reassures Syria: Israel wants calm, stability and peace.

PM: Nations must prevent Iran nukes
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – “Greatest danger to humanity posed by nuclear-armed radical Islam.”

Lieberman: PA wants negotiations to fail
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – “Palestinians’ keeping armed struggle option alive undermines talks.”

‚ÄòSchalit law will raise our demands’
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – Hamas: “Law reflects occupation’s inhumanity”; Arab MKs slam bill.

‚ÄòSchalit law will bring intifada’
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – Arab MKs say bill to deny Hamas prisoners visits is demagogical.

IDF General: Northern border quiet
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – Northern Command General gives assurances as Home Front drill begins.

Lieberman: PA want proximity talks to fail
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – “Palestinians’ keeping armed struggle option undermines negotiations.”

57 ancient tombs with mummies unearthed in Egypt
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – Council of Antiquities says discovery sheds new light on country’s ancient religions.

Gov’t approves ‘Schalit law’
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – Proposed bill to deny Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails visits.

Mubarak, African leaders review Nile River issues
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – Egypt considers agreement on “red line” issue, compromise on “historic” water rights.

‘Curb Israel’s extremist tendencies’
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – Assad urges Kouchner not to keep silent over “seeds of sedition.”

Islamists torch summer camp in Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – Ultra-fundamentalist militia claims UNRWA-run camp immoral.

Arab Israeli who joined Fatah sentenced
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – 57-year-old Oursan Asad gets 7 years in prison for aiding enemy.

PM: No agreement on land swap
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – Netanyahu says Mitchell has yet to approach J’lem with PA proposal.

PM: Drill routine, not retaliatory
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – Barak, meanwhile, stresses “a country like Israel must be prepared.”

Tibi: Lieberman is like Le Pen and Heider
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – Arab MK says Israel is not democratic in LA Times interview.

Night falls on Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – World must realize: Hamas not ready for peace

‘Freedom Flotilla’ headed for Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – UN report: most Cast Lead damage has not been repaired.

Something to write home about
Jeruslalem Post 23 May 2010 – The Editors are thrilled to perform in Israel.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Settlers Establish New Outpost Near Ramallah
WAFA – RAMALLAH, May 23, 2010 (WAFA)- Over a hundred settlers embarked on establishing an outpost on the land allocated to building the city of Al-Rawabi near Ramallah. The settlers decided to stay in the

IOF Injures 3, Arrests 8 in Beit Jala
WAFA – BEIT JALA, May 23, 2010 (WAFA)- Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) injured today, three participants, including a journalist, and arrested eight internationals, during a weekly solidarity march in Beit

Shame on You, Democracy, Vanunu Yells as He Returns to Prison
WAFA – TEL AVIV, May 23, 2010 (WAFA)- Israeli Nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, released in 2004 after 18 years in prison for leaking Israeli nuclear secrets, began serving an additional 3-month

Training Palestinian Traffic Police on Use of Breathalyzers
WAFA – RAMALLAH, May 23, 2010 (WAFA)- EUPOL COPPS officials are delivering a 2 days training programme on the use of Breathlyzers (alcoholmeter device) and on Vehicle Stop to 30 Palestinian Traffic

PCBS: 124,205 Guest in Palestine in 3 Months
WAFA – RAMALLAH, May 23, 2010(WAFA) – The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said Sunday that during the

Relief Web

Militants attack U.N. Gaza summer camp
Relief Web 23 May 2010 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet

USAID West Bank/Gaza Report on Mission Program Achievements – Week of May 3, 2010
Relief Web 22 May 2010 – Source: US Agency for International Development

YNet News

PA minister promises employment for settlement workers
YNet News – Palestinian social affairs minister invites female workers in settlements to PA….

Shfaram rally: Cancel lynch indictments
YNet News – Dozens of Israeli-Arabs waving Palestinian flags wait for Peres at entrance to….

Hamas: ‘Shalit law’ to make soldier’s release more difficult
YNet News – Islamist group says law aimed at aggravating conditions of Palestinian prisoners….

Iran speaker: We’ll ditch fuel plan if new sanctions imposed
YNet News – Larijani says, ‘If Americans want to seek adventure, Turkey and Brazil’s efforts….

Assad: Israel trying to ignite war
YNet News – Syrian president meets with French foreign minister, makes harsh accusations on….

Israeli Fatah member gets 7-year jail term
YNet News – Nazareth District Court hands out seven year prison sentence to man accused of….

Gunmen attack UN Gaza summer camp
YNet News – About 20 men, some carrying assault rifles, tear up large plastic tents and burn….

Eisenkot: IDF prepared for all-out war within hours
YNet News – Council heads north to meet with Northern Command chief on backdrop of Hezbollah….

Activists en route to Gaza: We won’t resist IDF if boats seized
YNet News – Pro-Palestinian activists aboard one of the ships that will head for Gaza’s shore as part of the efforts to “break the Israeli blockade,” practiced a possible takeover by …….

IDF eases restrictions in West Bank
YNet News – GOC Central Command Avi Mizrahi announced Sunday that for the first time in 10 years Israeli tour guides would be allowed into Bethlehem and Jericho, both of which are …….

Syria says won’t be Israel’s ‘policeman’
YNet News – Syria defied Western pressure on Sunday over its support for Hezbollah and said it will not act as a policeman for Israel to prevent weapons from reaching the Lebanese …….

PM: Radical Islam with nukes — danger to mankind
YNet News – Amid international efforts to impose fresh sanctions against Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Russia to cooperate with Israel in order to curb the …….

High Court slams Yishai for preventing author’s trip to Lebanon
YNet News – The High Court of Justice criticized Interior Minister Eli Yishai Sunday for attempting to prevent Palestinian writer Ala Hlehel from traveling to Lebanon in order to …….

Egypt’s military ends maneuvers in Sinai
YNet News – Egypt’s armed forces have ended large scale military maneuvers in the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Israel. The official Middle East News Agency says the weeklong …….

The Media Line

Qatar Reigns Supreme in MidEast Competitiveness
The Media Line 20 May 2010 – Qatar has remained the Middle East’s economic kingpin and Israel is showing great signs of improvement, an annual study of economic competitiveness has found. The 2010 World Competitiveness Yearbook, issued by the International Institute for Management…

New York Times

Iranian Says New Sanctions Will End Uranium Deal
New York Times 23 May 2010 – The speaker of the Parliament said Iran would abandon a deal to ship nuclear fuel to Turkey if the U.S. pushes new sanctions through the U.N. Security Council.

No Worries, Israel Insists, Defense Drill Is Just a Drill
New York Times 23 May 2010 – As Israel embarked on a large-scale civil defense exercise, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to reassure Israelis and some jittery Arab neighbors.


Two Italian Supermarkets Suspend Sales of Settlement Products
Palestine Monitor – COOP AND NORDICONAD SUPERMARKET CHAINS SUSPEND SALES OF PRODUCTS FROM SETTLEMENTS IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: An important success for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid May 22, 2010 – Following lobbying efforts by the Italian Coalition Against Carmel-Agrexco, two major Italian…

Nuclear Whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu Back in Israeli Jail
Alternative Information Center 1 – Mordechai Vanunu, the man renowned for revealing details of Israel’s nuclear program, began serving a 3-month jail sentence on Sunday, May 23rd. In April of 2007 he was convicted by Israel for contact with a foreign national without authorization, and sentenced to six months in jail….

Coop and Nordiconad Supermarket Chains in Italy Suspend Sales of Products from the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Alternative Information Center 1 – An important success for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid Following lobbying efforts by the Italian Coalition against Carmel-Agrexco, two major Italian supermarket chains, COOP and Nordiconad, announced the suspension of sales of products from Agrexco,…

Even Peter Beinart couldn’t say this here
Mondoweiss – Haaretz is way ahead of the New York Review of Books. Gideon Levy in Haaretz : But the U.S. had one McCarthy, one Nixon, one Spellman, one Stripling, one Mundt, one Pegler and Winchell. Israel has dozens of all the above and an army close to fully…

Boycott racial profiling in Arizona now
Mondoweiss – A number of students from Wayne State University in Michigan went out to Israel and Palestine to study the issue. This article doesn’t say how many , but one got turned back, guess who? One of the students, U.S.-born Abeer Afana, 20, said she was interrogated by…

FDR had vision
Mondoweiss – I’m going to be citing a lot of quotations from this book: A Calculated Risk: The U.S. Decision to Recognize Israel , by longtime State Department officer Evan Wilson, who died in 1984. Wilson found the following quotation in government records from 1945. “President [Roosevelt] told [mideast…

Has ‘Zeek’ gone into the bunker?
Mondoweiss – Moshe Yaroni has an attack on the “bunker mentality” of American Zionists who are helping Israel to commit suicide, in Zeek , a journal of ideas that is “presented by [the Jewish] Forward”. Yaroni makes these wise observations: Most Jews are liberal. They are uncomfortable with the…

Thinly-attended neocon event at American Enterprise Institute mocks ‘Princess Obama’
Mondoweiss – On CSpan earlier today they showed a panel at the American Enterprise Institute from a couple of weeks back, featuring neoconservatives Richard Perle and Melanie Phillips, discussing her latest book. Perle looked snowy-haired and grandfatherly. Phillips has a severe look, sharp cheekbones, short hair. She said…

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Attack on UNRWA Summer Camp Sites on Gaza Beach; Al Mezan Condemns the Attack; Holds Gaza Government Responsible for Bringing Perpetrators to Justice and Protecting Camps and Children
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights –

Irish4Palestine – link Three ships carrying Turkish activists have set off from Turkey to Gaza on Saturday, the biggest effort by international aid groups to break the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip. The biggest of the nine ships from Istanbul is heading to the south western city…

Iran looks for swap for ‘hikers’
BBC – An Iranian minister urges the US to propose a prisoner swap to secure the release of three US nationals arrested last year.

UN camp for Gaza children torched
BBC – Masked gunmen attack a summer camp being set up for children in the Gaza Strip, UN officials say, burning tents and equipment.

(en) Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle change every week with lot of surprises to both sides
A-infos – Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle change every week with lot of surprises to both sides Beit Jala, Bil’in, Court solidarity, Hebron, Ma’asara, Nabi Salih, Ni’ilin, Wallaje, Sheikh Jarrah, Tel Aviv. In spite of the expanding of the joint struggle of the Israeli radical left and the Palestinian…


Palestinian nonviolence relies on global non-silence
Yousef Munayyer, Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development5/23/2010
When will there be a Palestinian Gandhi? I’m often asked this question by people who sympathise with Palestinian suffering but are uncomfortable associating themselves with resistance movements that they see as violent or terrorist.
The reality of course is that Palestinian nonviolent resisters are not only active today but have a long and storied history in the Palestinian struggle. The real question is: why haven’t we heard about them?
Like many resisting oppression, Palestinian Gandhis are likely to be found in prisons after being repressed by Israeli soldiers or police or in the hospital after being brutally beaten or worse.
In recent years, the Israeli repression of Palestinian nonviolent dissent has increased significantly and Israel is showing signs of transforming into a fully-fledged police state. Even Israeli citizens, both Palestinian such as Ameer Makhoul and Jewish, have faced intimidation in one form or another for being critical of Israel’s policies. Surely, Israel has realised that its ongoing occupation, continued colonisation of Palestinian land, and its bombardment of civilian-packed Gaza have significantly and negatively impacted on its image abroad. The images of nonviolent Palestinian protests against the Israeli occupation aren’t helping Israel’s reputation either.
Perhaps that is why recently many nonviolent activists and initiatives have been shut down and repressed. Jamal Juma, Muhammad Othman and Abdallah Abu Rahman may not be household names like Gandhi or Mandela but they have been just as consistent in resisting Israel’s illegal segregation wall in the West Bank by organising nonviolent demonstrations for years. And, like Gandhi and Mandela they have paid a price by being arrested on multiple occasions.
The Israeli repression efforts extend far beyond the arrests of nonviolent demonstrators against the wall…. — See also:Source: The Guardianmore..e-mail

Gaza’s virtual connection to the rest of the world
Eva Bartlett, The Electronic Intifada, Electronic Intifada5/23/2010
GAZA CITY, occupied Gaza Strip (IPS) – “I’ve learned most of what I know about photo editing and graphic design via the Internet,” says Emad, 27-year-old filmmaker and editor. In Gaza, this sort of thing has become usual in a different way.
“This program isn’t available here,” he says, smiling triumphantly as he finishes downloading the latest edition of an advanced video editing program. “Even if it was, I can’t afford to pay $600 for it, not even if I worked for two months. But I need this for my work, so I looked for a free online version.”
Isolated under a siege which began shortly after Hamas was elected in 2006 and heightened severely in mid-2007, Palestinians in Gaza have suffered the effects of such alienation in all aspects of their lives. The economy has been destroyed both by the prolonged and choking siege and the 2008-2009 Israeli assault on Gaza, leaving unemployment hovering near 60 percent.
Aside from denying Palestinians in Gaza an astonishing number of the most basic of daily items, as well as material vitally needed for reconstruction or in the health sector or for schools and universities, the siege is a psychological attack and strangulation which has pronounced affects on Palestinians dreams, hopes and daily realities.
“I’ve tried on various occasions to leave Gaza, for workshops abroad and for study,” says 24-year-old Majed. “But even when I’ve secured visas and invitations, the closed Israeli and Egyptian borders have prevented me from leaving.”
Likewise, Hatem has held a number of scholarships to study in the US and Europe, all of which have been lost to the whims of the Israeli and Egyptian officials imposing the siege. — See also:Source: The Electronic Intifadamore..e-mail

AP Reporter Explains What ‘Israel’s Right to Exist’ Really Means
John Spritzler, Turn the World Upside Down, Axis of Logic5/16/2010
AP reporter Rizek Abdel Jawad broke a taboo by providing truthful background in his report today on Palestinians in Gaza marching to commemorate the Nakba, which mean “catastrophe” in Arabic and refers to the Zionist removal of Palestinians from what is now Israel in 1948. Jawad may have sacrificed his career by letting the cat out of the bag: he broke an American mass media taboo by explaining why the very existence of Israel as a Jewish state is a catastrophe for Palestinians. This is what he wrote in an article titled Palestinians recall ’48 displacement:
“The plight of the refugees—who fled or were driven from their homes during the 1948 Israeli-Arab war—is one of the most emotionally charged issues for Palestinians and Israel to resolve…Some 4.7 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants are scattered across the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria, according to UN figures. About one-third still live in UN-supported refugee camps…
“Palestinian negotiators have demanded at least partial repatriation. Israel has refused, saying an influx of refugees would dilute Israel’s Jewish majority and threaten the existence of the state.”
The Boston Globe ran this report below the fold on page A17, where relatively few people will read it. Nonetheless, it may be the first time that a Globe article informed its readers about what “Israel’s right to exist” really means. Because Israel officially defines itself as a Jewish state, a state of “The Jewish People” and not a state of all its citizens, a state that, in order to be a “Jewish state,” must use ethnic cleansing (i.e. removal) of non-Jewish Palestinians to ensure that Jews are at least 80% of the population allowed to live inside it, a state that considers non-Jewish citizens to be a “dilution” of its very essence, because of this the phrase “Israel’s right to exist” really means the right of Zionists to enforce the ethnic cleansing of non-Jews from their homes and villages by refusing to allow them to return…. — See also:Source: Turn the World Upside Downmore..e-mail

Two Italian Supermarkets Suspend Sales of Settlement Products
Palestine Monitor: 23 May 2010 – COOP AND NORDICONAD SUPERMARKET CHAINS SUSPEND SALES OF PRODUCTS FROM SETTLEMENTS IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: An important success for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid May 22, 2010 – Following lobbying efforts by the Italian Coalition Against Carmel-Agrexco, two major Italian supermarket chains, COOP and Nordiconad, announced the suspension of sales of products from Agrexco, the principal exporter of produce from Israel and the illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Nordiconad director Mr. Covili announced that as of the end of April Agrexco products will no longer be found in their supermarkets. Nordiconad is a cooperative responsible for central purchasing and distribution operations for CONAD in northern Italy. COOP Italia, via quality assurance director Mr. Zucchi, instead confirmed that there is a problem with traceability, namely that the consumer is unable to verify whether or not the product in question comes from the…

Nakba: Three Videos
Palestine Monitor: 22 May 2010 – Three investigative videos to coincide with the 62nd anniversary of the “Nakba” . Israeli NGO Zochrot, Hebrew for “Remembering”, an organisation that works to raise awareness about the Nakba, goes out into the streets of Jaffa and discovers what Israelis think about the rights of refugees. Excerpt from “Checkpoints and More”, a film by anarchist film collective A Films, which tells the story of Nahr al-Bared, a refugee camp in Lebanon home to 20,000 displaced Palestinians who are trying to rebuild the camp after its destruction in 2007. Sands of Sorrow, a film produced in 1950 by the Council for the Relief of Palestinian Arab Refugees, documents the lives of those refugees displaced two years before. At the time, the possibility of returning home still seemed like a possibility. More info on Zchrot: http://www.nakbainhebrew.org/index…. More info on GRITtv: http://www.grittv.org/

The Foreign Policy Legacy of George W. Bush
Palestine Chronicle: 23 May 2010 – By Deepak Tripathi Despite the ‘surge’ that General Stanley McChrystal asked for and President Obama approved after weeks of reflection, militants on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border continue to defy American power. High-profile military operations against the Taliban in Helmand and elsewhere illustrate both abilities and limitations of a superpower. This is not new. The Soviet occupation forces went through a similar experience during their occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s. Like the Soviets, the Americans are increasingly finding that it is possible to wrest control of specific areas, but only as long as their troops are in occupation of those areas. As they move on for other operations, the insurgents make a come back. There are similarities between the recent American surge approved by President Obama and the increase in the Soviet occupation forces in Afghanistan after Mikhail Gorbachev became leader of the USSR in 1985. Early on,…more

Mearsheimer and the Right Wing of the Israeli Left
Palestine Chronicle: 23 May 2010 – By Edwin Rutledge — Munich Professor John Mearsheimer, co-author together with Professor Stephen Walt of the well known book “The Israel Lobby” gave a speech on ” The Future of Palestine ” at the Palestine Center in Washington DC on April 29. His words ruffled the feathers of several members of the Israeli left. In his speech Professor Mearsheimer maintains that Israel will be unable to agree to the formation of a viable Palestinian state; instead, it will incorporate the West Bank and Gaza into a greater Israel similar to the apartheid state of South Africa, and will at some point in the future succumb to world pressure and failing US support to become a Bi-national democratic state. This would mean the end of the Jewish Zionist state. It is, in fact, this very assertion that splits the left wing of Israel. On the left side of the left there…more

Hallelujah, the World is Against Us!
Palestine Chronicle: 23 May 2010 – By Uri Avnery — Israel A local TV station told us this week about a group of Israelis who adhere to conspiracy theories. They believe that George W. Bush planned the destruction of the Twin Towers in order to further his wicked aims. They believe that the big pharmaceutical corporations spread the swine flue virus in order to sell their worthless vaccines. They believe that Barack Obama is a secret agent of the military-industrial complex. They believe that fluoride is put into drinking water to sterilize men, in order to reduce mankind by exactly two billion. And so on. I wonder that they have not yet uncovered the most nefarious conspiracy of all: the one perpetrated by the gang of anti-Semites who have taken control of the government of Israel and are using it to destroy the Jewish State. Proof? Nothing easier. One has only to read the papers. The…more

‘Overcoming the Bush Legacy’: New Language Is Not Enough
Palestine Chronicle: 22 May 2010 – By Ramzy Baroud When former US President George W. Bush left the White House, he left behind one of the most unpleasant legacies in history. He redefined the US’ role in world affairs, tainted the country’s reputation, and left his successor with a political inheritance that seemed almost irrevocable. This, of course, says nothing of the terrible toll Bush’s policies inflicted on millions of innocent people, many of whom have so unjustly suffered and perished, and many more who are still held hostage to unyielding pain. While reputable author and world renowned journalist Deepak Tripathi agrees with this grim view, he doesn’t think all is lost. He believes that there is still a chance, an opportunity even to redress the injustice and reverse the terrible mistakes that were made. A compelling writer and a meticulous researcher, Tripathi’s work is both gripping and comprehensive. His latest book, Overcoming The Bush Legacy…more

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