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Mitchell To Meet Netanyahu Monday
IMEMC – 13 Dec 2010 – Monday December 13, 2010 – 05:32, U.S. Special Middle East Envoy, George Mitchell, intends to hold a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem on Monday in an attempt to push the stalled peace talks forward.
Army: “Soldier Wounded In Gaza Was Hit By Friendly Fire”
IMEMC – 13 Dec 2010 – Monday December 13, 2010 – 03:57, The Israeli Army stated Sunday that the soldier who was injured on Saturday at night during clashes with Palestinian fighters in Gaza, was not hit by Palestinian fire as previously announced, but was shot by another soldier.
Governor: Israeli factories dump waste in Tulkarem
12/12/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian contractor was hired to dump chemical waste from Israeli factories in the West Bank city of Tulkarem, the governor said Sunday. The issue arose in November, when Palestinian Authority security forces seized a truckload of chemical waste originating from Israeli factories. The waste was examined in PA laboratories and….
Relatives say PA torturing Jihad detainee
12/13/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Islamic Jihad supporter detained by the Palestinian Authority was hospitalized as a result of torture, his family said Sunday. Relatives of Muhammad Jamal Sa’di said he was detained 12 days ago by PA preventative security forces in Jenin, and that he has been tortured by interrogators every….
Salah freed from Israeli jail
12/12/2010 – RAMLA, Israel (AFP) – Islamist leader Sheikh Raed Salah was freed from jail Sunday after serving five months behind bars for spitting at an Israeli policeman, a prison spokesman said. The Palestinian-Israeli leader, who heads the northern wing of the Islamic Movement, was greeted as he left prison in Ramla near Tel Aviv by a crowd….
Report: PA warns media against reporting power struggle
12/12/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Many Palestinian editors and journalists have been warned against making any public reference to the power struggle between President Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah leader Muhamad Dahlan, an Israeli newspaper reported Sunday.”One journalist who dared to report about the dispute was thrown into a prison in Bethlehem for five days,” The….
Israeli forces detain Palestinian near Hebron
12/12/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israeli forces raided the southern West Bank town of Dura south of Hebron on Friday morning and detained a 22-year-old man from his home, relatives said. Family members said that an Israeli military force raided their home in the early morning firing flare canisters inside the house before they detained….
Limited export of strawberries, flowers from Gaza
12/12/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Israeli authorities partly opened the southernmost Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the blockaded Gaza Strip, while the bulk goods Karni terminal in the northeast remained closed. Liaison official Raed Fattouh said the Palestinian side was told to expect entry of 170-180 truckloads of goods and humanitarian aid through….
France cited Palestinians as ‘precedent’ for EU exile
12/12/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — In talks in 2009 on closing America’s detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, French officials cited Israel’s siege of the Nativity Church in Bethlehem as a “useful precedent” for resettling deportees. Three diplomatic cables from the US embassy in Paris, quoting French officials, suggest that the 2002 siege…. Related: Leaked US cable: France says Nativity exile sets ‘useful precedent’
1,500 in Gaza join to combat gender violence
12/12/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — UN agencies and civil society organizations on Thursday joined together with an audience of 1,500 people to open a festival to combat violence against Women in the Gaza Strip. The festival, “Break The Silence”, aimed at increasing in particular youth awareness, understanding and recognition of the problem of violence against….
Leaked US cable: Future EU role in Nativity-style event ‘unlikely’
12/12/2010 – Classified By: POL MC Kathleen H. Allegrone for reasons 1. 4 (B & D). ¬?1. (S/NF) SUMMARY: S/WCI Ambassador Williamson met with French MFA officials on February 16 to discuss detainee issues, France’s role in the EU process and possible resettlement of Guantanamo Bay detainees in France. Williamson noted that France has…. Related: Leaked US cable: France says Nativity exile sets ‘useful precedent’ and Leaked US cable: EU could model Guantanamo deal after Nativity exile
Army: Israeli hit by ‘friendly fire’
12/12/2010 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A soldier wounded in a firefight on the Gaza border in which two Palestinians were killed late on Saturday was hit by so-called “friendly fire,” the Israeli military said Sunday.” According to preliminary findings, an Israeli force operating in the area spotted Palestinians who were approaching the fence. There was an exchange of….
Fatah leader: Abbas asked Clinton to stop MP’s exile
12/13/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas wrote to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking her to stop Israel deporting a Hamas lawmaker from Jerusalem, a senior Fatah official said Sunday. Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad said Israel’s decision to deport elected Palestinian Legislative Council member Muhammad Abu Tir contravened international….
Leaked US cable: France says Nativity exile sets ‘useful precedent’
12/12/2010 – Classified By: Acting POL MC W. William Jordan for reasons 1. 4 (B & D). ¬?1. (S/NF) SUMMARY: France accepted four former Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) detainees with claims to immigration status in France in July 2004 and an additional three in March 2005. Ministry of Interior contact Christophe Chaboud noted that, unlike other European countries…. Related: Leaked US cable: EU could model Guantanamo deal after Nativity exile and Leaked US cable: Future EU role in Nativity-style event ‘unlikely’
Leaked US cable: EU could model Guantanamo deal after Nativity exile
12/12/2010 – Classified By: Political Counselor Andrew R. Young for reasons 1. 4 (B & D). ¬?1. (C/NF) Summary: In response to President Obama’s January 22 Executive Order to close detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (ref a), the French have publicly given their support to at least review the idea of accepting detainees…. Related: Leaked US cable: France says Nativity exile sets ‘useful precedent’ and Leaked US cable: Future EU role in Nativity-style event ‘unlikely’
Report: Israel-Turkey talks stuck
12/12/2010 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Negotiations between Israel and Turkey to resolve the Gaza flotilla crisis stalled late last week, an Israeli newspaper reported Sunday. Israel has refused to apologize for the killings of Turkish activists aboard the Mavi Marmara and Turkey has refused to cooperate with Israel’s demands that it set….
Israeli minister: No peace talks with ‘stopwatch’
12/12/2010 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel will not discuss final status issues in talks with the Palestinians with “a stopwatch in hand,” a senior Israeli lawmaker said Sunday, responding to US pressure for new peace negotiations.” It is neither logical nor in Israel’s interest to negotiate with a stopwatch in hand,” Environment Minister Gilad Erdan told….
Sha’ath: Clinton admitted failure to secure freeze
12/12/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – PLO negotiator Nabil Sha’ath said Saturday that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her last speech “recognized the failure of US efforts to allure Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to comply with the rules of the peace process.”The speech, he said in an interview with the Italian….
Arab Peace Initiative committee to meet in Cairo
12/12/2010 – CAIRO (Ma’an) – The Arab League has informed member states of the Arab Peace Initiative that the ministerial meeting, scheduled for Thursday, will be held Wednesday, the deputy head of the Arab League said Sunday. Ahmad Ben Helli told reporters the meeting was brought forward after consultations between secretary-general Amr Mousa and Qatari prime….
Palestinians skeptical after US freeze failure
12/12/2010 – RAMALLAH (AFP) – Palestinian officials expressed doubt and frustration on Sunday about the future of peace talks after the United States failed to secure a new settlement freeze. In a speech on Friday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged that Washington would remain engaged despite the failure, encouraging the two sides to address core issues….
Netanyahu disavows Barak’s plan on sharing Jerusalem
12/12/2010 – JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday disavowed remarks by Defense Minister Ehud Barak supporting the division of Jerusalem in a future peace deal with the Palestinians, officials said.” The defense minister’s comments were not coordinated with the prime minister,” an official in Netanyahu’s office told AFP, speaking on….
27 detained at Allenby crossing
12/13/2010 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority police said officers stationed at the Allenby crossing between the West Bank and Jordan detained 27 Palestinians wanted for fraud and other crimes, according to a weekly round-up of activity at the crossing. The 27 were detained from 8,221 who traveled into Jordan during the week, including 86 foreign….
Gaza police officer says attacked by workers
12/12/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian workers attacked a police officer Sunday as he tried to stop them collecting gravel in the southern Gaza Strip, a Gaza government police spokesman said. Ayman Al-Batneiji said an officer sustained a head injury after a group of workers hit him with a metal object in Al-Mawasi, west of….
Sand, snow, thunderstorms wreak havoc across Middle East
12/12/2010 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Winds, rain and hail battered the eastern Mediterranean for a second day on Sunday, wreaking havoc across the region as a months-long drought came to a sudden, drastic end. Drought-stricken countries across the Middle East had been praying for rain for weeks when weather conditions turned violent at the weekend, with one person….
Worldwide demos called in support jailed WikiLeaks chief
12/12/2010 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Barack Obama on Saturday offered his strongest condemnation yet of WikiLeaks’ “deplorable” documents dump, as supporters of Julian Assange called for demonstrations to press for release of the website’s founder. In a call to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Obama “expressed his regrets for the deplorable action….
Israel and Turkey Working to Repair Ties
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 – New York Times – Officials from Israel and Turkey said Friday that their governments were working on an agreement to end the hemorrhaging of their relationship but were stuck on several issues, including whether Israel must…
Israeli army ‘kills two militants entering from Gaza’
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 – BBC News – Two Palestinian militants trying to enter Israel from Gaza have been killed in a clash, with one Israeli soldier also injured, Israel’s army says. A 20-minute gun battle erupted when the pair were…
Jordan probe as football stampede and clash injures 250
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 – BBC News – An investigation has been launched in Jordan after violence at a football match left 250 people injured. Police said some fans were hit by stones as they tried to leave the Qawasmeh stadium…
Middle East countries hit by storms
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 – BBC News – Winds, rain, sandstorms and hail battered the southern and eastern Mediterranean on Sunday, killing at least five people, closing ports and disrupting traffic in the Suez Canal. Drought-stricken countries across the Middle East…
Secretary Clinton tries to reaffirm US role in brokering Mideast peace
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 – (Please visit the site to view this media) On December 10, 2010 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the Brookings Institution about the new American agenda for Mideast peace in the wake of collapsed direct…
Rough road ahead for new U.S. Mideast peace push
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 – Alert Net – Neither Israeli nor Palestinian officials showed any enthusiasm on Sunday for a U.S. proposal of a return to indirect peace talks after the swift collapse of face-to-face negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary…
A Message from Israeli Military Prison on International Human Rights Day
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 – Majida Abu Rahmah, Huffington Post – My imprisoned husband Abdullah Abu Rahmah passed the following message through his lawyer: A year ago tonight, on International Human Rights Day, our apartment in Ramallah was broken into by…
Disconnect: Int’l Human Rights Day in Tel Aviv versus the W. Bank
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 – Joseph Dana, +972 Magazine – Before the first heavy rains hit Israel yesterday, thousands people gathered in central Tel Aviv to mark international Human Rights Day . The occasion brought together various Israeli NGOs and thousands of…
The play Chekhov wrote about Israel and Palestine
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 – Yuval Ben-Ami, +972 Magazine – In one week I will be leaving my post as theatre critic for the newspaper Israel Hayom. I may write about the stage again, but so far no one has asked…
Hezbollah strays from Iranian line on WikiLeaks, praises its disclosures
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 – Los Angeles Times – Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah appears to have acknowledged the credibility of WikiLeaks, breaking with the official stance of the group’s patron, Iran, that the leaked diplomatic cables are part of some…
Stand up comes to the Middle East
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 – Palestinian American comic Dean Obeidallah gained notoriety through his involvement in the successful Axis of Evil Comedy Tour in the United States. But for the past three years, he’s also been the executive producer of the…
Israel rejects Jerusalem split plan
AlJazeera 12 Dec 2010 – Prime minister distances himself from remarks made by Defence Minister Ehud Barak in favour of dividing Holy City.
Israel: Settlements not an obstacle
AlJazeera 12 Dec 2010 – Despite talks with Palestinians being deadlocked over issue, Israel’s envoy to US says building is not blocking peace.
Israel frees Muslim activist
AlJazeera 12 Dec 2010 – Leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel is freed after serving five-month sentence for assaulting a police officer.
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 — 08 December. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
PA expresses discontent with current US administration
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 – Meetings held in Ramallah amid disappointment with US for failing to pressure Israel to halt building in W. Bank settlements and east J’lem.
Palestinian refugee issue comes to fore as Mitchell arrives
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 – US envoy to begin talks on ‘core issues’; in Jerusalem, officials blast Erekat’s “hard-line” position on “right of return” for refugees.
EU paper unlikely to threaten Israel with sanctions
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 – Draft supports right of Palestinian statehood; states that “legitimacy of the State of Israel must never be called into question.”
Jordanian King looks to improve ties with Iran
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 – In meeting with Ahmadinejad’s bureau chief, Abdullah says he wants to change tense relations with Islamic Republic; receives invite to Teheran.
Begin: Measures needed against no-rent rabbis
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 – MK Ya’acov Katz ‘bewildered’ by A-G’s inaction against those who call to not rent or sell to Jews in east Jerusalem.
Livni: Peace is in Israel’s interest, not a favor to Obama
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 – In joint ABC interview with PA prime minister, opposition leader says it was a mistake for Israel to reject 90-day freeze on settlement building.
IDF probe shows soldier injured by friendly fire
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 – Paratrooper wounded as his force prevents a group of Palestinian terrorists from infiltrating Israel along Gaza border.
Rights group calls on Gaza to end capital punishment
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 – Call comes amid increase in death sentences by military court.
Jordan urges US to find new peace formula
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 – Jordanian FM says US officials still trying to move peace process forward; Australian FM states settlement activity “must cease.”
Opposition leader: WikiLeaks show Iran ‘vulnerable’
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 – Ahmadinejad rival blames president for isolating Islamic Republic from Gulf States; cites cables urging US military action to halt Teheran.
Latest Israeli bombing plunges Gaza into darkness
12/12/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – 10 December – The Electronic Intifada, Rami Almeghari – Air strikes by Israeli warplanes at dawn on Thursday caused serious damage to the Gaza Strip’s only power plant, plunging the territory – which already suffers from frequent outages – into darkness. Media reports said the air strikes hit two sites belonging to Hamas near the Gaza power….
Israeli military missile hits family house
12/12/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – 10 December, ISM, Gaza – December 9th is a day that will be remembered by the Al Sirsawi family as a day in which God protected them from what could have been a catastrophe. At 11:15 in the morning, a powerful missile broke through the back wall of the family house, rocketed through one of….
Israel’s crackdown on the border area injures four more
12/12/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – 11 December – ISM, Gaza – The Israeli Offensive Forces are cracking down on people working in the buffer zone. In the past two weeks 20 people have been shot, four of whom were children. Today the atrocities continued: this morning three people were injured in Beit Lahiya; in Khuza’a, near Khan Younis, the army….
Soldier who stole from IDF chief receives 10-year jail sentence
Ha’aretz – Corporal Louis Maskuta took gun, credit card details from office of IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi.
Winter takes Israel by storm; services down, property damaged, flights disrupted
Ha’aretz – 100 km/h winds and massive rains knock out trees and power throughout the country.
Cabinet postpones vote on objection to IDF conversion bill
Ha’aretz – The Yisrael Beiteinu faction in the Knesset has proposed the bill that would prevent the Chief Rabbinate, controlled in part by ultra-Orthodox Jews, from intervening or disqualifying army conversions.
Radical Muslim leader freed from jail after five months
Ha’aretz – Sheikh Raed Salah served time after convicted of assaulting a policeman during a protest in Jerusalem three years ago.
Moldovan ship sinks off Israel coast due to stormy weather, crew safe
Ha’aretz – Israel’s first ‘winter’ weekend leads to accidents, blackouts and injuries, with winds up to 100kmh-strong.
Professors call Israel’s junior high math program ‘scandalous’
Ha’aretz – 30 university mathematics teachers from around the country have issued an open letter to Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar criticizing the new curriculum.
Civil Administration wants Palestinians to submit requests in Hebrew only
Ha’aretz – Civil Administration chief suggests that the thousands of Palestinians seeking the services of the District Coordination and Liaison offices hire Palestinian ‘typists’ to assist them.
Jerusalem man dies of H1N1 swine flu
Ha’aretz – 33-year-old man arrived on Thursday at Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem.
Livni: Israel should have accepted U.S. deal for settlement freeze
Ha’aretz – In joint interview with Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad on ABC News, opposition leader Tzipi Livni says PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition cannot make a peace deal.
IDF probe: Soldier wounded on Gaza border was hit by friendly fire
Ha’aretz – An initial IDF investigation of Saturday’s border clash reveals that the soldier who was wounded was shot by another IDF soldier due to poor visibility caused by inclement weather conditions.
Jordan to U.S.: Find new formula for restarting Mideast peace talks
Ha’aretz – Australian FM during visit to Jordan: Israeli settlement activity must cease because it undermines the effectiveness of the peace process.
Israeli official: Barak’s vision of dividing Jerusalem is not government policy
Ha’aretz – Defense minister suggested to Washington forum that Israel follow plan laid out by former President Bill Clinton in 2000., Exchange of fire was prompted by an infiltration attempt from the…
Obama tells Turkey he regrets ‘deplorable’ WikiLeaks exposures
Ha’aretz – Turkish PM Erdogan had earlier accused U.S. diplomats of slander; on Saturday the two leaders agreed that U.S.-Turkey ties won’t be harmed by leaked cables.
Israel sending aid shipment to Colombian flood victims
Ha’aretz – El Al aircraft to depart Israel on Sunday with 50 tons of rescue equipment bound for flood-stricken nation of Colombia.
Palestinians: Clinton should have blamed Israel for failure of Mideast talks
Ha’aretz – In speech on Friday, U.S. secretary of state said both Israel and the Palestinians bear responsibility for the collapse of the recent direct peace negotiations.
Report: Turkey seeks to end Israel crisis but phrasing of entente proving problematic
Ha’aretz – Turks demand that Israel apologize for the killing of Turkish civilians on a Gaza flotilla raid, while Israel agrees to express ‘regret’ but not apologize.
Clinton: Palestinian state achieved through negotiations is inevitable
Ha’aretz – U.S. aims to eventually renew direct talks despite stalemate, Secretary of State says; Barak says Israel recognizes two-state solution the only option for Zionism.
Shikh Salah released from Israeli jail today
12 Dec 2010 – Palestine, December 12, (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli occupation authorities released today Shikh Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, after spending five months in Al-Ramlah jail. Sheikh Raed Salah was jailed by the Israeli army in July this year upon fraud charge of assaulting an Israeli policeman. The Sheikh denies the charge. Mr Salah’s denial of the…
Israeli army beats Palestinian, raids towns in Hebron
12 Dec 2010 – Hebron , December 12, (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli occupation forces (IOF) beat Sunday a Palestinian man, 49, and seriously injured him. He was transferred to Abu Al-Hsan Qasem Hospital in Yata, south of Hebron, Palestinian sources reported. Palestinian sources reported that Israeli occupation forces raided Ezna, Noba and Bait Ommer towns in Hebron city and searched the citizens’ houses. The…
Israeli army kills 2 Palestinians on Gaza border
12 Dec 2010 – Gaza, December 12, (Pal Telegraph) — Two Palestinian militants were killed and an Israeli soldier injured Saturday night during an exchange of fire between Gaza militants and Israeli soldiers in central Gaza Strip, local sources reported. An Israeli Army spokesman said that Palestinian gunmen attacked an Israeli army force near the fence of the borders east of Al-Bureij refugee camp…
Israel attacked for arrests of hundreds of children
Uruknet December 12, 2010 – Israeli police have been criticised over their treatment of hundreds of Palestinian children, some as young as seven, arrested and interrogated on suspicion of stone-throwing in East Jerusalem. In the past year, criminal investigations have been opened against more than 1,200 Palestinian minors in Jerusalem suspected of hurling rocks at Israeli soldiers or Jewish settlers,…
AL: Israel trying to eject Palestinians from Jordan Valley to take over region
Uruknet December 12, 2010 – The Arab League’s Palestine and occupied Arab land sector released a report documenting the rise in restrictions Israel has placed on Palestinian residents of the Jordan Valley in what it called an attempt to pressure the locals before seizing the entire region. Israeli authorities have taken a series of actions to boost restrictions on the…
Governor: Israeli factories dump waste in Tulkarem
Uruknet December 12, 2010 – A Palestinian contractor was hired to dump chemical waste from Israeli factories in the West Bank city of Tulkarem, the governor said Sunday. The issue arose in November, when Palestinian Authority security forces seized a truckload of chemical waste originating from Israeli factories. The waste was examined in PA laboratories and found to be hazardous…
Winning Hearts and Minds for Palestine
Uruknet December 12, 2010 – In encounters with latent Zionists (those who view the current situation in Israel and Palestine as a battle between two equally entitled, equally faulted parties for which concessions and compromise on both sides are necessary to end the conflict) many Palestine solidarity activists find themselves dismissed as zealots. In my personal dealings with such people…
U.S. Threatens “War on Terror” Allies Over CIA Kidnapping and Torture Programs
Uruknet December 12, 2010 – As revelations of U.S. government coercive “diplomacy” continue flowing from the whistleblowing web site WikiLeaks, much to the consternation of official Washington, ruling class circles are working feverishly to downplay the seriousness of the leaks. On the one hand, senior State Department and intelligence officials claim the cables offer “few surprises” and, at least according…
LEBANON: Hezbollah strays from Iranian line on WikiLeaks, praises its disclosures
Uruknet December 12, 2010 – Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah appears to have acknowledged the credibility of WikiLeaks, breaking with the official stance of the group’s patron, Iran, that the leaked diplomatic cables are part of some American and Israeli-backed conspiracy. By supporting WikiLeaks, Nasrallah now finds himself in the same camp as an unlikely figure: Iranian opposition leader Mir…
Drone attacks victims left helpless: CIVIC
Uruknet December 12, 2010 – At least 2100 civilians were killed and various others injured during 2009 in the ongoing war on terror, dronre attacks and activities against the terrorists, according to a report released by a US non-government organistation. According to the report by Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), the bereaved families of these people have been…
‘Our lives became something we’d never dreamt’: The former Israeli soldiers who have testified against army abuses
Uruknet December 12, 2010 – For anyone who has covered Israel, the West Bank and Gaza over the past few years, reading Occupation of the Territories, the new book from the Israeli ex-soldiers organisation Breaking the Silence, can be an eerily evocative experience. A conscript from the Givati Brigade, for example, describes how troops in the company operating next to…
Photos: Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine 43rd Anniversary Rally, Gaza City
Uruknet December 12, 2010 – Tens of thousands of members and supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine gathered today, December 11, 2010, in Gaza City’s Palestine Stadium, marking the forty-third anniversary of the PFLP’s founding in a mass rally. Palestinians from all sectors – men and women, elderly and children, workers and farmers, attended the rally…
Connection between the human rights march and West Bank demonstrations?
Uruknet December 12, 2010 – …Unlike the police presence in Tel Aviv, the army in Ni’ilin is present to attack, not defend. It is there to crush the spirit of unarmed resistance in the West Bank. It is there to reinforce that Palestinians are a controlled people living under constant Israeli occupation. As Naomi Chazan began her speech in Tel…
Two Palestinian Fighters Killed, One Israeli Soldier Injured In Gaza
Uruknet December 12, 2010 – Israeli sources reported that two Palestinians were killed and one Israeli soldier was injured on Saturday at night when a resistance group clashed with Israeli soldiers invading an area inside the Gaza Strip. The army claimed that soldiers spotted two fighters approaching the security fence separating Gaza from Israel before Israeli tanks fired shells at…
State Department’s WikipocrisySo Who Exactly is Sowing Strife in Lebanon?
Uruknet December 11, 2010 – On October 24, 1970, during its 25th session, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Declaration of Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations. The UN Declaration provides in part:
Former EU Leaders Urge Sanctions on Israel, UN Solution from April 2011
Alternative Information Center – A group of 26 former European Union leaders are urging the EU to impose sanctions on Israel for continuing to build settlements on occupied Palestinian territory.
Mousavi: Leaked cables show Iran is ‘vulnerable’
Daily Star 12 Dec 2010 TEHRAN: US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show Iran’s hardline policies have left it without “a single ally” among neighboring countries, an Iranian opposition leader said Sunday in a direct challenge to Tehran’s official view that…
British ambassador’s human rights criticism angers Iran
Daily Star 12 Dec 2010 TEHRAN: Several conservative MPs Sunday slammed British ambassador Simon Gass for criticizing Iran’s human rights record on his embassy website and calling for the release of a prominent lawyer. “Simon Gass must learn the ethics of…
Heavy rain and strong winds batter the Middle East
Daily Star 12 Dec 2010 BEIRUT: Heavy rain and fierce winds pummeled countries across the Middle East Sunday, prompting Egypt to close its largest Mediterranean port and sinking a ship off Israel’s coast. The storm, which caused temperatures to plunge to…
Rough road ahead for new US Mideast peace push
Daily Star 12 Dec 2010 RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank: Neither Israeli nor Palestinian officials showed any enthusiasm Sunday for a US proposal of a return to indirect peace talks after the swift collapse of face-to-face negotiations. US Secretary of State Hillary…
OPT: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report, 1-7 December 2010
Relief Web 12 Dec 2010 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Stop the Wall Campaign receives Human Rights Defenders Award to mark Human Rights Day
Stop The Wall – This week celebrated the 62nd anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To mark it, the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR), along with An Najah University and the Independent Commission of Human Rights, organised an event entitled ‘Speak Up! Stop Discrimination’. [
Probe: Friendly fire cause of soldier’s injury in Gaza
YNet News – Initial Southern Command investigation finds Armored Corps soldiers who killed….
Kadima: PM sold IDF soldiers in return for Shas vote
YNet News – Opposition party says decision to defer vote on army conversion bill ‘cynical….
Cabinet fails to vote on IDF conversions
YNet News – PM Netanyahu strikes deal with Shas ministers, forcing entire coalition to vote….
Soldier who stole from IDF chief gets 10 years
YNet News – Corporal Louis Mascotta, who was convicted of stealing rifles and Gabi….
Prominent Iran journalist ‘jailed for 16 months’
YNet News – Heads of Journalists’ Association Mashallah Shamsolvaezin accused of insulting….
Friedman: Israel, PA detached from reality
YNet News – New York Times’ senior columnist criticizes Israeli and Palestinian leaderships….
Senior minister: US bridging plan bad
YNet News – Israel yet to form stand on Clinton speech, which determined that Washington….
Shas: PM to ‘bury’ IDF conversion law
YNet News – Cabinet expected to approve Yisrael Beiteinu bill recognizing military….
Jordan’s king wants improved ties with Iran
YNet News – Jordan’s King Abdullah II said Sunday he was seeking “practical steps” to improve his frosty relations with Iran, a contrast to his regime’s frequent criticism of Iran’s …….
Chief of staff: Yeshiva students significant force in IDF
YNet News – Chief of Staff Lt.- Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi responded to criticism of the IDF hesder yeshivas program, saying “yeshiva students come to the IDF armed with faith and a strong …….
Livni: Israel should have accepted freeze deal
YNet News – WASHINGTON — In a rare joint interview with ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, Opposition leader Tzipi Livni and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad agreed peace was a common …….
Iranian students threaten to destroy Esther’s tomb
YNet News – A group of extremist Iranian students threatened to destroy the mausoleum of Queen Esther and Mordechai should Israel cause damage to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, …….
Police delegation returns from Haiti
YNet News – An Israel Police delegation to Haiti returned Sunday after three months in the small disaster-torn country. The delegation members, 14 Special Patrol Unit officers, …….
Opposition leader: Cables show Iran ‘vulnerable’
YNet News – US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show Iran’s hard-line policies have left it without “a single ally” among neighboring countries, an Iranian opposition leader …….
AL: Israel trying to eject Palestinians from Jordan Valley to take over region
PIC 12 Dec 2010 – The Arab League released a report documenting the rise in restrictions Israel has placed on Palestinian residents of the Jordan Valley in what it called an attempt to seize the entire region.
Ging: Gaza inhabitants experiencing bad living conditions
PIC 12 Dec 2010 – John Ging, the director of UNRWA operations in Gaza Strip, has said that the inhabitants of Gaza were still living in bad conditions as a result of the ongoing siege.
IOF troops assault old woman, arrest her son
PIC 12 Dec 2010 – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed a Palestinian home in Doura village, south of Al-Khalil, and detained a young man after battering his mother and injuring her.
Hamas congratulates Sheikh Salah on his release
PIC 12 Dec 2010 – Khaled Mishaal on Sunday extended warmest congratulations to Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, the leader of the Islamic movement in 1948 occupied Palestine, for his release from Israeli jail.
Hassan: Mideast peace process has come to an end
PIC 12 Dec 2010 – Palestinian journalist Bilal Al Hassan said on Sunday that the Mideast peace process has come to an end, and was carrying no meaning except imposing an Israeli solution on the Palestinians.
Ahrar: Qabaha in critical condition in Ramle prison hospital
PIC 12 Dec 2010 – The Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights held the Israeli occupation government fully responsible for the life of former minister Wasfi Qabaha.
Palestinian worker injured in IOF gunfire
PIC 12 Dec 2010 – A Palestinian worker was shot and wounded by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, medical sources reported.
Taha denies Mishaal asked for meeting Dahlan
PIC 12 Dec 2010 – Ayman Taha, a Hamas leader, said that his movement’s political bureau chairman Khaled Mishaal did not ask for a reconciliation meeting with Fatah MP Mohammed Dahlan.
Sheikh Salah: The days I spent in Israeli jails were the best in my life
PIC 12 Dec 2010 – Sheikh Ra’ed Salah stated immediately after his release from Ramle prison that the five months he spent in jails was the best days in his life and heavenly moments he spent in worshiping God.
Nazzal: The PA asked Israel to imprison MP Qabha
PIC 12 Dec 2010 – Hamas official Mohamed Nazzal said that the Palestinian authority asked the Israel side to kidnap Palestinian lawmaker Wasfi Qabha after he had launched lately a scathing attack on its policies.
Human Rights Group Calls on Gaza to Abolish Capital Punishment
The Media Line 11 Dec 2010 – Call came amid increase in death sentences by military court A military court in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip has sentenced at least four men to death, prompting a Palestinian human rights organization to level harsh criticism…
Storm shuts down eastern Mediterranean
The Media Line 11 Dec 2010 – Ports and Suez Canal closed, ship sink in storm following severe Mideast drought Mother Nature was wreaking havoc in the eastern Mediterranean, sending a surging storm across the region Sunday which sank a ship, shut ports…
Gas Companies Take Offensive Against Israeli Tax Plan
The Media Line 11 Dec 2010 – Recommended increase of government’s take to 60% reflects third world thinking TEL AVIV — Israel’s decision to reconsider its tax and royalty regime for energy is creating an atmosphere of uncertainty and risks future exploration, the…
Palestinians Killed, Israeli Soldier Wounded in Gaza Clash
The Media Line 11 Dec 2010 – aching the security fence separating Israel and the Gaza Strip Saturday night killing two. A short time later, when soldiers began a search of the scene of the incident, they were targeted by automatic rifle fire…
Palestinians Honor Firefighters Who Fought Israeli Blaze
The Media Line 11 Dec 2010 – ast week’s massive wildfire in Israel were honored on Saturday at a ceremony presided over by Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud ‘Abbas. ‘Abbas drew a historical parallel, explaining that, ” Palestinian history shows we have never hesitated to…
Netanyahu Tries to Straddle Religious-Secular Divide as Parliament Considers Conversion Bill
The Media Line 11 Dec 2010 – bill that will approve religious conversions conducted by Israel ‘s military is set for its first of three readings in the parliament, but its passage presents political difficulties for Prime Minister Netanyahu. Strongly opposed by the…
Heavy Storms Hit Mideast, Sinking a Ship
New York Times 12 Dec 2010 – The storm brought unusually cold temperatures, below freezing in some spots; in Syria, snow blanketed the streets of Damascus for the first time this winter.
Israel Says Troops Killed 2 Militants
New York Times 12 Dec 2010 – The army reported that an Israeli soldier was wounded, and two Palestinians were shot dead, at a security fence along the Gaza border.
AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) REFLECTION: We love the land
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SOUTH HEBRON HILLS: Israeli Army arrests young Palestinian man in South Hebron Hills
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Al Kamandjati Bring the Classics to Life in Ramallah
Palestine Monitor – The Ramallah Orchestra brought Beethoven’s Symphony No.1 and Haydn’s Cello Concerto to the Ramallah Cultural Palace last night. Written and photogrpahed by Brynn Utela. Some of the youngest members of the orchestra play the violin. Both of these boys are ten years old. The encore brought…
Adeeb Abu Rahma, a leader of nonviolent protest, is freed after 17 months in prison
Mondoweiss – What a beautiful smile! A Gandhi of nonviolent protest, Adeeb Abu Rahma, has been released by the Israelis after two years in detention. You can see Joseph Dana’s picture of Abu Rahma holding his daughter as he leaves prison here . And Hamdi Abu Rahma, who took…
‘Washington Post”s new blogger promptly calls for force against Iran
Mondoweiss – The Washington Post has replaced the American Enterprise Institute as the primary hub of neoconservative arguments for U.S. aggression in the Middle East. AEI operated during a Republican administration, the Post operates in a Democratic one. Old wine in a new bottle. Jennifer Rubin, the latest…
Friedman seeks to blame Palestinians for breakdown of talks
Mondoweiss – When Camp David went down in 2000, Arafat was blamed, famously. Well the failure of the Obama peace talks are clearly in Israel’s lap this time. Tom Friedman is trying to change the optics by blaming both sides, over and over, in a form of rhetorical…
Israel: PA must change school curriculum
Mondoweiss – Palestinian kids shouldn’t be learning that the occupation is bad while they are being occupied. So says Minister Uzi Landau : Israel declared Sunday that it does not expect a final settlement with the Palestinian Authority (PA) until the Ramallah-based administration completely changes the Palestinian educational curriculum….
Israel has lately shot 20 Palestinans working in Gaza ‘buffer zone,’ and killed 2
Mondoweiss – and other news from Today in Palestine: Land, property, resource theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlers Demolition on the Road 90 – No. 2 8 Dec – (Photo) Wednesday Israeli bulldozers didn’t only destroyed a vegetable shop on the Road 90, they also cut six trees…
Sheikh Salah: We’ll Expel Israeli Occupation from Jerusalem, al-Aksa
Al-Manar 12 Dec 2010 – Head of the Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch Raed Salah was released from the Ayalon Prison in Ramle after five months imprisonment, Sunday morning. Speaking to supporters who awaited his release outside the prison, Salah said, “In this welcoming I see confirmation of our eternal victory over…
Israeli Gun Battle Kills Two Palestinians
Al-Manar 12 Dec 2010 – Two Palestinians have been killed and an Israeli soldier has been wounded in an exchange of gunfire in the besieged coastal enclave of Gaza. Reports said the two Palestinians died near the border fence with the occupied Palestinian territories, east of the al-Bureij refugee camp,…
Following local pressure, Adidas reconsiders sponsorship of Jerusalem marathon
Coteret 12 Dec 2010 – This Maariv article [full translation below] from Friday is particularly badly written and repetitive, so I’ll summarize. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat decides to hold the firstJerusalem International Marathon in March 2011. He gets Adidas to sponsor the event. An Israeli runner registers and then discovers that…
Maariv: How to build another nuclear reactor without signing the NPT
Coteret 12 Dec 2010 – Dimona nuclear reactor Dome Like most of the world, Israel is facing a major energy crisis. Our population is growing and per-capita energy consumption is on the rise. Nuclear energy is emerging as the solution favored by the government, as reported in a December 8 2010…
Ahrar: Qabaha in critical condition in Ramle prison hospital
Sabr 12 Dec 2010 – [ 12/12/2010 – 06:45 PM ] NABLUS, ( PIC )— The Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights held the Israeli occupation government fully responsible for the life of former minister Wasfi Qabaha. Fuad Al-Khafsh, the director of Ahrar, said in a statement on Sunday that Qabaha…
Sheikh Salah: The days I spent in Israeli jails were the best in my life
Sabr 12 Dec 2010 – [ 12/12/2010 – 06:30 PM ] GAZA, ( PIC )— Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement in the 1948 occupied lands, stated immediately after his release from Ramle prison that the five months he spent in jails was the best days in his life and…
Health risks threatening detainees in Israeli jails for lack of winter clothes
Sabr 12 Dec 2010 – [ 12/12/2010 – 10:53 AM ] GAZA, ( PIC )— The prisoners’ center for studies said that the Israeli prison authority prevents Palestinian prisoners from getting winter clothes in its jails for the fourth consecutive year, the thing which exposes them to health risks, especially because of the…
Salah freed from Israeli jail
Sabr 12 Dec 2010 – Ma’an AMLA, Israel (AFP) – Islamist leader Sheikh Raed Salah was freed from jail Sunday after serving five months behind bars for spitting at an Israeli policeman, a prison spokesman said. The Palestinian-Israeli leader, who heads the northern wing of the Islamic Movement, was greeted as…
Egypt Red Sea beaches to reopen
BBC 12 Dec 2010 – Egypt is to reopen beaches in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh after a series of shark attacks, with new measures to protect swimmers.
The Story of Elias Murr, Saboteur
Rannie Amiri, CounterPunch12/10/2010
A Damning Wikileaks Revelation
When Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers crossed into southern Lebanon and were caught snooping around the village of Ayta al-Shab on July 12, 2006, it was the pretext needed for Israel to launch a vicious 34-day land, sea and aerial assault on the country. The offensive’s principal objective—the destruction of Hezbollah—was not achieved. Two years after the war’s end we now learn, thanks to WikiLeaks, that Lebanese Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Elias Murr gave Israel strategic military advice on how to finish the job.
The 2006 Lebanon War resulted in the widespread destruction of civilian infrastructure, primarily in the Shia Muslim-majority areas of southern Lebanon and southern suburb of Beirut known as the Dahiyeh. Of the 1,200 Lebanese killed and 4,400 injured, the vast majority were civilians. A full quarter of the population was displaced. Of the 160 Israelis killed, most were soldiers.
Evidence soon surfaced that the Lebanese government under the leadership of then-Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, was complicit in the Israeli attack.
Haaretz correspondents Amos Haren and Avi Issacharoff write in their book “Spider Webs — The Story of the Second Lebanon War” (2008, published in English as “34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah, and the War in Lebanon”):
“For the first time, we reveal … that moderate Arab states and the people close to the Lebanese government have conveyed messages to the Israeli government via different sides demanding Israel continue the war until Hezbollah was completely crushed.”more.. e-mail
Latest Israeli bombing plunges Gaza into darkness
Rami Almeghari, Electronic Intifada12/10/2010
Air strikes by Israeli warplanes at dawn on Thursday caused serious damage to the Gaza Strip’s only power plant, plunging the territory — which already suffers from frequent outages — into darkness.
Media reports said the air strikes hit two sites belonging to Hamas near the Gaza power plant in Moghraqa village, central Gaza.
Engineer Darar Abu Sisi, director of operations for the Gaza plant, told The Electronic Intifada that at 2:47am an Israeli air attack on a Hamas site near the power plant scattered rocks and debris into the air. A rock crashed into the a current transformer and voltage transformer in a substation, causing the unit to shut down.
The damage forced the plant to reduce production from its usual 65 megawatts daily to about 35 megawatts, Abu Sisi said, far short of current needs. Unless the damage is repaired it may lead to even longer outages than the power cuts people in Gaza already live with.
“I believe that the Gaza power company has been able to coordinate with the Israeli side and we hope that this time they will be able to bring the needed spare part through Israeli land crossings, which are closed of course because of the Israeli siege,” Abu Sisi told The Electronic Intifada.
Even before Thursday’s bombing, Gaza residents face prolonged power outages of six to eight hours per day, adding to the severe hardships caused by the prolonged Israeli siege that prevents people and goods from moving freely in and out of Gaza. Abu Sisi estimated that the outages would increase to eight to ten hours per day. more.. e-mail
Top 10 Wikileaks Palestine Nuggets
Yousef, Palestine Center12/7/2010
Wikileaks, the website set up to be a clearinghouse for classified information leaked through secure online channels, has once again published thousands of leaked documents, this time pertaining to American diplomacy around the world. The leaked reports are in the form of “cables” which are diplomatic communications or reports shared between embassies and U.S. diplomatic officials. The origins of the cables vary from different U.S. embassies around the globe to the Department of State in Washington, D.C. While the communications cover relations with many different countries, a significant portion deals with nations in the Middle East.
This post will focus on the most recent leaks as they relate to Palestine, and below are 10 of the more interesting passages relating to Palestine, the Palestinians and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Note that quotes in the text below are from the documents themselves, which may be paraphrased summaries of conversations and are not necessarily verbatim. There is very little here that should come as a surprise to those closely following the international relations of the Middle East and the politics around Palestine. These documents do, however, provide interesting context and color to these relations that were previously unavailable. Since this seems to be the first part of a large document dump by Wikileaks, I will update this post or create another one as the information becomes available.
#1. Qatar’s Prime Minister met with Senator John Kerry and discussed a variety of issues including Qatar’s views on the Palestinian issue. At the time, the Prime Minister suggested proximity talks which were ongoing between the Israelis and Palestinians would waste time – in his estimate 4-6 months. He also emphasized that negotiations without Hamas are unlikely to be fruitful since the “Palestinian Authority (PA) cannot sign off on an agreement on behalf of the Palestinians where open divisions exist.” To no one’s surprise, Qatar’s PM was not keen on the role Egypt has been playing in the region…. more.. e-mail
Al Kamandjati Bring the Classics to Life in Ramallah
Palestine Monitor: 12 Dec 2010 – The Ramallah Orchestra brought Beethoven’s Symphony No.1 and Haydn’s Cello Concerto to the Ramallah Cultural Palace last night. Written and photogrpahed by Brynn Utela. Some of the youngest members of the orchestra play the violin. Both of these boys are ten years old. The encore brought professional violinist Simon Hewitt Jones onstage to lead the strings in a rousing modern gypsy piece titled Csardas, by the Italian composer Monti. The Ramallah Orchestra has been brought together by the Al Kamandjati Association in order to allow their students to experience the opportunity of playing in a symphonic orchestra. The orchestra brings together students, teachers, and professionals, with students as young as ten playing alongside professional musicians from the U.K. and Germany. Fourteen-year-old cello player Laila Salah of Ramallah, explained how she feels as she plays with the symphony. “It is very beautiful to play with the group, because you have all…more
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