VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 6 May, 2011: New Israeli Discriminatory Laws

6 May, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Local Leader, Mahmoud Zwahre, Arrested At Weekly Protest Against The Wall At Al Masara
IMEMC – Friday May 06, 2011 – 16:30, The weekly protest against the wall in Al Masara was today disrupted by the Israeli military.

Hamas And Fatah To Meet Soon Over Unity Government
IMEMC – Friday May 06, 2011 – 14:21, Delegations from the rival Fatah and Hamas parties will meet in the coming few days in Cairo to make final arrangements for the new unity government, Azzam Al-Ahmad, head of Fatah’s parliamentary bloc said on Friday.

Netanyahu Fails In Bid To Lobby Allies Into Rejecting Unity Deal
IMEMC – Friday May 06, 2011 – 11:16, The US, Italy, Britain and France have refused to rule out negotiations with the unity Hamas-Fatah government despite intensive lobbying by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

Army Demolishes Ten Homes Near Hebron
IMEMC – Friday May 06, 2011 – 06:07, Israeli soldiers demolished on Thursday ten Palestinian homes in the Hebron district, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Russia Welcomes Palestinian Unity Deal
IMEMC – Friday May 06, 2011 – 05:25, In a statement made by the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russian government welcomed the Palestinian national unity and reconciliation agreement which includes forming a transitional government run by technocrats.

Ma’an News

Fatah official prevented from leaving Gaza
5/6/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Thursday prevented Abdullah Abu Samhadana, secretary of Fatah, from leaving Gaza to attend a Fatah revolutionary council meeting in Ramallah. Abu Samhadana said Israel’s decision amounted to an attempt to separate Gaza from the West Bank, part of a policy of enforcing division that the….

Gaza crossing closed for weekend
5/6/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel shut down the Karem Shalom crossing Friday and Saturday for the weekend, a crossings official said. On Thursday, Israel allowed 238 truckloads of aid in including 102 for the commercial sector, 46 for animal feed, 29 for agriculture, 34 for aid workers, and 20 from the Turkish aid convoy….

5 Palestinians arrested in Jenin operation
5/6/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israel’s army arrested five Palestinians from the northern West Bank early Friday, residents said. An undercover unit raided Jenin refugee camp and seized Islamic Jihad leader Bassam As-Saadi, who had recently been released from Israeli prison after completing an eight-year jail term. Soldiers forced family members into one room….

Anti-wall protests celebrate national unity
5/6/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinians celebrated national unity at anti-wall protests in villages across the West Bank on Friday. Protesters in Al-Ma’sara and Bil’in carried coffins to symbolize the death of the division, after Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo last week. In Bil’in, near Ramallah….

Hamas implies acceptance of Israel
5/6/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Even as Israel slammed the door on any dialogue with the Palestinians after a unity deal with Hamas, the Islamic group has been slowly inching its way toward a tacit acceptance of Israel. Despite being officially dedicated to “liberating all of Palestine,” in recent days Hamas leaders have spoken of accepting a Palestinian….

Activists: 15-year-old arrested at West Bank protest
5/6/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Soldiers arrested a 15-year-old Palestinian boy during a demonstration against Israel’s wall and settlements in the central West Bank village of Bil’in, near Ramallah, protesters said Friday….

Cairo to oversee Palestinian security talks
5/6/2011 – GAZA CITY (AFP) – A senior Egyptian intelligence official will oversee talks between Hamas and Fatah on reshaping their security forces, a Palestinian official said Friday. The unity agreement signed this week called for a security oversight committee to work out the details of the thorny issue of reforming the partisan security forces who have battled….

Palestinian youth rally in Ramallah
5/6/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian youth demonstrated in Ramallah’s Al-Manara square on Monday to celebrate national unity and call for elections. Following the signing of a reconciliation agreement by Hamas and Fatah in Cairo last week, protesters rallied to pressure leaders to implement the deal. Palestinian youth held mass protests in Gaza and….

Israel minister rejects Palestinian unity govt
5/6/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s finance minister said Friday that he rejected any Palestinian government that seeks peace on one hand while on the other it continues to acquire weaponry with money from Israel. Yuval Steinitz told Israel Radio that the the entire Palestinian unity government, including Hamas representatives, must recognize the conditions….

Cyprus upgrades Palestinian delegation to mission
5/6/2011 – NICOSIA, Cyprus (AFP) – The Palestinian delegation in Cyprus has been upgraded to the status of “Diplomatic Mission of Palestine,” delegation head Walid Hasan told AFP on Friday. Hasan, who recently took up his post in Cyprus, said his delegation had received written notification of the upgrade from the Cyprus government. The change meant that he….

Report: Man jailed over mistaken identity
5/6/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Taxi driver Fadel Tamimi says he was arrested by Israel in a case of mistaken identity. The 52-year-old father of nine has been held in detention for the past two weeks on allegations by a soldier that he had thrown stones that struck the soldier in his leg….

Hamas flags fly across West Bank
5/6/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Hamas flags are flying across the West Bank for the first time in years. Palestinians rallied Friday to celebrate last week’s signing in Cairo of a reconciliation agreement by Hamas and Fatah. The unity deal ended years of hostility, during which the Hamas-run government in Gaza and the Fatah-led….

18 dead in Syria ‘Day of Defiance’
5/6/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syria’s security forces shot dead at least 13 people Friday as thousands rallied on a “Day of Defiance” against the autocratic regime of President Bashar al-Assad after tanks converged on protest centres. At the same time, armed criminals gangs killed one officer and four policemen, state news agency SANA said. In….


Deaths reported as thousands protest in Syria
AlJazeera 6 May 2011 – Protesters reportedly killed in the cities of Homs and Hama, as people across the country take to the streets.

Tunisian police clash with protesters
AlJazeera 6 May 2011 – Police break up protests in central Tunis as dozens call for “a new revolution” after politician warns of risk of coup.

Ahmadinejad row with Khamenei intensifies
AlJazeera 6 May 2011 – Iranian president said to be considering resignation after intelligence chief he fired was reinstated by supreme leader.

Al-Qaeda vows revenge for bin Laden death
AlJazeera 6 May 2011 – Group confirms death of its leader in an online posting and says it will continue attacks on the West.

Saleh defiant as GCC exit deal stalls
AlJazeera 6 May 2011 – GCC-brokered exit deal on hold as Saleh resists calls to quit and pro- and anti-government crowds return to the streets.

Crackdown reins in Bahrain activists
AlJazeera 6 May 2011 – Massive pro-democracy protests reduced to small skirmishes with security forces in predominantly Shia villages.

Gaza hosts first-ever marathon
AlJazeera 5 May 2011 – The event was organised by UNRWA as a fundraiser to fund its summer camps for Gazan children.

Palestine News Network

Three Injured, Four Arrested as Troops Attack West Bank anti-Wall Protests
PNN – Ramallah – PNN – Three civilians, including a child, were injured, four arrested as Israeli troops attacked the weekly anti-wall protests taking place in Bil’in, Nil’in, al-Nabi Salleh, central West Bank, as…

Seeing With Their Hearts
PNN – Gaza — ANERA TO PNN – “These children can see with their hearts. They feel things. They have a very powerful sense of touch. They ask very detailed questions. I admire their…

The Elders Welcome Palestinian Reconciliation
PNN – Ramallah — PNN – The Elders announced their support to the signing of an agreement between the rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas this week. The agreement, brokered by Egypt, unites the…

PCHR Weekly Report: Seven Palestinians Wounded by Israeli Gunfire Since Last Thursday
PNN – Gaza — PNN/PCHR — Last week’s Israeli military attacks targeting Palestinians in the Gaza strip and the West Bank left seven Palestinians injured, according to the weekly report of the Palestinian Center…

Relief Web

The European Commission approves additional amount of EUR 85 million in support for the Palestinian people in 2011
Relief Web 6 May 2011 – Source: European Commission Country: occupied Palestinian territory IP/11/547 Brussels, 6 May 2011 The European Commission has today decided to provide an additional financial package worth EUR 85 million for the occupied Palestinian territory under the 2011 budget. This comes in…

Anuario 2011 de procesos de paz
Relief Web 5 May 2011 – Source: School for a Culture of Peace Country: Afghanistan , Angola , Armenia , Azerbaijan , Central African Republic (the) , Chad , Colombia , Cyprus , Democratic Republic of the Congo (the) , Ethiopia , India , Israel , Mali , Moldova , Myanmar , Niger (the) , Nigeria , occupied Palestinian territory , Pakistan , Philippines (the) ,…

Palestine Telegraph

Report: Seven Palestinians Wounded by Israeli Gunfire Since Last Thursday
6 May 2011 – Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) – Last week’s Israeli military attacks targeting Palestinians in the Gaza strip and the West Bank left seven Palestinians injured, according to the weekly report of the Palestinian Center of Human Rights (PCHR).


Al-Qaida confirms death of Osama bin Laden
Ha’aretz – In an internet statement posted on militant websites, al-Qaida terrorist group says bin Laden’s blood ‘will not be wasted’ and that it will continue to attack Americans and their allies.

Syria security forces kill six as protests erupt across the country
Ha’aretz – Human rights activist says six pro-democracy demonstrators shot dead, five in Homs, one in Hama; opposition leader Riad Seif arrested at demonstration in Damascus.

Report: Khamenei tells Ahmadinejad, reinstate intelligence chief or resign
Ha’aretz – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all state affairs, issues ultimatum after vetoing President Ahmadinejad’s decision last month to dismiss Heydar Moslehi; according to website Ayandeh the president is yet to respond.

Palestinian official calls on EU to continue support for police in wake of reconciliation
Ha’aretz – Senior West Bank police official implores European Union to continue program to help Palestinian police forces even after Fatah and Hamas join forces; EU official says must see ‘facts on the ground’ before details of support can be discussed.

Noam Shalit: Hamas dominates talks to secure Gilad’s release
Ha’aretz – Father of abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit responds to remark by Defense Minister Barak concerning mistakes Israel had made in talks to release his son, says the only one paying the price for those mistakes is Gilad.

Despite fuel crisis, Israel has enough supplies to renew all flights
Ha’aretz – Head of Ben-Gurion International Airport says all grounded flights are set to take off using fuel from Israel’s emergency supplies, following a mysterious contamination that brought Israel’s air traffic to a grinding halt on Thursday.

Finance Minister: Ridiculous to give PA money days before signing deal with Hamas
Ha’aretz – Steinitz defends move, says freezing assets ahead of unity accord is meant to act as a warning to PA.

Yossi Melman / Israel was of little interest to Bin Laden
Ha’aretz – Bin Laden is dead, and in Gaza and Sinai, Al-Qaida is not yet a significant threat to Israel. But what was Israel to Osama bin Laden, and what was he to Israel?

Donniel Hartman: J Street and AIPAC: Unite
Ha’aretz – We cannot afford the casualties the self-righteous would inflict on us

Woman, 28, shot dead in front of her two children in Kalansua
Ha’aretz – Killing is the third shooting death in ‘triangle’ of Israeli Arab towns and villages north of Tel Aviv in the last 24 hours.

U.S. drone strike kills eight in Pakistan; Islamists protest bin Laden killing
Ha’aretz – Friday’s drone strike was the first since U.S. special forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden earlier this week.

U.S. officials: Al-Qaida plotted rail attack on 9/11 anniversary
Ha’aretz – Evidence found in Osama bin Laden’s hideout indicates that he or his associates had discussed a possible attack on a train inside the United States on September 11, 2011, say U.S. government officials.

‘Teva overpaid for Cephalon by $880m’
Ha’aretz – Sanford Bernstein analyst Ronny Gal says the Cephalon purchase was a good move.

Sale of Tnuva to Leumi postponed yet again
Ha’aretz – The deal is still waiting for regulatory approval.

Blinded by the price
Ha’aretz – Stores have discovered the group-buying game.

EU approves $124 million in aid to PA after Israel blocks transfer of Palestinian funds
Ha’aretz – The European Union agrees to provide extra money to cover the salaries of essential workers and support families in need; move comes after Israel blocked transfer of 105 million dollars in tax funds to PA due to Hamas-Fatah reconciliation.

Seeing the West Bank for the first time, in a tour bus
Ha’aretz – Settlers are promoting tourism to draw Israelis who might otherwise never set foot in the West Bank, an occupied area Palestinians want as part of a future state.

Jerusalem Post

‘This is a people worth having a dialogue with’
Jeruslalem Post 6 May 2011 – Argentinean-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim reflects on his recent, unprecedented UN-sponsored concert in the Gaza Strip.

‘Syrian forces kill 5 protesters in Homs as unrest spreads’
Jeruslalem Post 6 May 2011 – Rights campaigner in city says pro-democracy demonstrators shot at during large protest, scores injured; forces arrest opposition leader Seif during Damascus protest, his daughter says; violence erupts around country.

‘Forces fire at protesters as unrest spreads in Syria’
Jeruslalem Post 6 May 2011 – Witness says several hundred protesters attacked in city of Tel; Assad deploys tanks in central, coastal areas ahead of Friday prayers in test of will for anti-gov’t demonstrators calling for “day of defiance.”

Katz: Palestinian state will be Iranian foothold
Jeruslalem Post 6 May 2011 – On visit to site of Itamar massacre, Transportation Minister says Israel should annex settlements if PA unilaterally declares state.

Ahmadinjead allies arrested on suspicion of sorcery
Jeruslalem Post 6 May 2011 – Arrests come after Iranian president’s strained relationship with Ayatollah leads him to boycott cabinet meeting.

Tanks take up position around Syria ahead of protests
Jeruslalem Post 6 May 2011 – Assad deploys forces in central, coastal areas before Friday prayers in test of will for anti-gov’t demonstrators calling for “day of defiance.”

Police reconstruct Joseph’s Tomb shooting
Jeruslalem Post 6 May 2011 – Palestinian policemen do not take part in the reconstruction of the incident in which Ben-Yosef Livnat, 24, was killed.

France expels 14 Libyan diplomats for loyalty to Gaddafi
Jeruslalem Post 6 May 2011 – “Many of these people were using their status as diplomats as a cover,” French diplomat says; move follows decision to help fund Libya rebels.

Assad deploys his troops before Friday prayers
Jeruslalem Post 6 May 2011 – Tanks take up positions near urban centers, Damascus suburbs; protests expected to increase “incrementally, not massively.”

Beit Hanassi goes global for Independence Day
Jeruslalem Post 6 May 2011 – A significant segment of the celebrations taking place at Beit Hanassi on Tuesday morning will be webcast from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Israel time.

Noami Shemer song inspires Remembrance Day stamp
Jeruslalem Post 6 May 2011 – A stamp on the theme of “We’re from the Same Village” has been issued by the Israel Postal Company’s Philatelic Services to mark Remembrance Day.

Austria’s Jews sue Israeli Central Archives
Jeruslalem Post 6 May 2011 – Community demands return of texts detailing centuries of Jewish life in Central Europe, says they were sent to Israel “temporarily.”

Obama-1, Osama-0
Jeruslalem Post 5 May 2011 – The decision to take out bin Laden deals a severe blow to the narrative of Obama as weak and without true guts..

So targeted killings do work, after all
Jeruslalem Post 5 May 2011 – The killing of Osama bin Laden shows the US recognizes the importance of a type of attack Israel is very familiar with.

A touch of class
Jeruslalem Post 5 May 2011 – For those seeking a fine kosher dining experience, Angelica in Jerusalem more than fills the bill.

A beautiful new world
Jeruslalem Post 5 May 2011 – In the Israel Opera’s production of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute,’ the story is seen as a marvel through the eyes of a child.

The Guardian

The malaise behind CUNY’s affront to Tony Kushner | Sarah Wildman
The Guardian 6 May 2011 – CUNY’s withdrawal of Kushner’s honorary degree exposes the widening rift within American Jewry over attitudes to Israel Tony Kushner may be many things. An American playwright. An instigator. A prodder. A gay man. A Jew. What…

Tony Kushner’s degree snub puts playwrights in their place
The Guardian 6 May 2011 – Academia should be a bastion of intellectual freedom, but this retraction shows writers are expected to keep the status quo Playwrights who speak out often suffer a backlash. It happened to Harold Pinter in Britain, and…

Inter Press Service

Radio Free Libya Transmits Live from Misurata
IPS For residents of besieged Misurata, all it takes is a flick of the dial to tune into freedom.

Former Minister Warns of Tunisia Coup Risk
IPS Tunisia’s former interior minister has warned that lingering members of the country’s former political elite may carry out a coup d’etat if Islamists win a majority in the upcoming election.

Arab Spring Comes in Western Arms
IPS Global spending on arms in 2010 were an estimated 1.6 trillion dollars, with governments in the Middle East dishing out more than 111 billion for weapons – raising questions as to whether Western arms suppliers circumvented international treaties by exporting to repressive regimes.


[uruknet.info] “Team Syria” get a boost from Spin-Doctor
Uruknet May 5, 2011 – The underlying message that Camille want’s to deliver is as follows: that not all Syrians approve of the revolt; that the grievances are legitimate; that the government is honest about its intentions to reform; and that there are foreign elements, from billionaire Syrian business men such as Khaddam and Ribal al Assad, Bandar bin…

[uruknet.info] Iraq snapshot – May 5, 2011
Uruknet May 5, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, Hilla is slammed with a suicide bombing, Baghdad’s cultural scene gets some good news, Iraqi activists gear up for tomorrow, news emerges of more money wasted by Nouri al-Maliki’s government, fingers are pointed at US official Paul Bremer over missing money in Iraq, US Senator Patty Murray leads on providing veterans…

[uruknet.info] Israel’s Separation Wall – the death of Palestinian statehood
Uruknet May 5, 2011 – The Wall facilitates the achievement of Zionism’s primary objective-the establishment and maintenance of an exclusivist Jewish state in Palestine-by separating Palestinians from the Jewish population and aiding in the slow ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. This occurs by confiscating Palestinian land, restricting the free movement of Palestinians, preventing growth and expansion, and breaking up the…

[uruknet.info] Both France and England may recognize Palestinian state
Uruknet May 5, 2011 – The French and British Prime Ministers both gave interviews Thursday morning that indicated their willingness to recognize a Palestinian state if peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians result in failure. The statements came in the midst of a diplomatic visit to both countries by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. British Prime Minister David…

[uruknet.info] Osama bin Laden dead: Blackout during raid on bin Laden compound
Uruknet May 5, 2011 – Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, revealed there was a 25 minute blackout during which the live feed from cameras mounted on the helmets of the US special forces was cut off. A photograph released by the White House appeared to show President Barack Obama and his aides in the situation room watching the…

[uruknet.info] Giving frozen assets to rebels is piracy—Libya
Uruknet May 5, 2011 – The Libyan government rejected on Thursday U.S. plans to unblock its frozen assets and give them to rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi, saying such a move was piracy and would undermine the global financial system. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told anti-Gaddafi countries meeting in Rome that Washington would try to pass legislation to…

[uruknet.info] Dial M’ for murder
Uruknet May 5, 2011 – The US corporate media and members of US Congress and Senate have brazenly advised Obama administration to assassinate Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi and members of his extended family. Senator Lindsey Graham, member of the Senate Armed Services committee, said on CNN: “My recommendation to Nato and administration is to cut the head of the…

[uruknet.info] Palestinians hail rapprochement
Uruknet May 5, 2011 – Having been taken by surprise by the Egyptian-brokered reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, Israeli leaders nearly lost their composure, threatening the Palestinian Authority (PA) with “grave consequences” if the agreement went through and materialised on the ground. Israeli officials argued, rather rudely, that perpetuating Palestinian disunity was an uppermost Israeli national interest and…

[uruknet.info] The Politics of Revenge and Submission “When the individual feels, the community reels”
Uruknet May 5, 2011 – …Osama bin Laden was taken out by a rival gang of terrorists: And, across the land, the parade of death-reveling fools prattles onward. Hence, the desperate, diminished souls of the empire are driven to contort themselves, collectively, into all manner of positions of casuistry, in a vain attempt to rationalize being complicit in the…

[uruknet.info] Bin Laden death: Call it execution, not ‘justice’
Uruknet May 5, 2011 – Asked about the killing of Osama bin Laden, the human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson called President Obama’s statement about “justice” a perversion of the term. “Justice means taking someone to court, finding them guilty upon evidence and sentencing them,” Mr. Robertson told an Australian television network. “This man has been subject to summary execution,…

[uruknet.info] Osama bin Laden’s Death, and the Unjustifiable Defense of Torture and Guant?°namo
Uruknet May 5, 2011 – With the reported assassination of Osama bin Laden, one of the most alarming responses has been a kind of casual and widespread acceptance that the death of America’s number one bogeyman would not have been achieved without the use of torture, and without the existence of Guant?°namo. This is wrong on both fronts, as…

[uruknet.info] Palestinian Unity: Done Deal or Wobbly? –
Uruknet May 5, 2011 – In late April, Fatah and Hamas announced a reconciliation draft agreement, including a transitional government and planned presidential and legislative elections within a year. It signaled hope for rapprochement between the two sides, as well as better prospects for Palestinian independence within 1967 borders, UN membership, achieving peace, and ending Israel’s 44 year occupation….

Daily Star

Learning the ways of CSI … at AUST
Daily Star 6 May 2011 The American University of Science and Technology will be launching this fall a degree in forensic science, the first of its kind in Lebanon, the institute said this week.

Three separate protests in Downtown Beirut
Daily Star 5 May 2011 With no acting executive branch in power, the area surrounding a statue of the country’s first Independence-era prime minister has become the go-to place to air grievances.

YNet News

Joseph’s Tomb shooting reenacted
YNet News, 6 May 2011 – Convoy of police vehicles enters Nablus under tight security with three of….

Info shows Qaeda has US trains in sights
YNet News, 6 May 2011 – Some of first information gleaned from Osama bin Laden’s compound indicates his….

Israel to honor its 22,867 fallen Monday
YNet News, 6 May 2011 – With 183 Israelis killed in line of duty or terror attacks over past year,….

‘Bin Laden shoved his wife at soldiers’
YNet News, 5 May 2011 – Sources involved in covert operation shed light on last moments of al-Qaeda….

B-G Airport reeling from fuel hitch
YNet News, 5 May 2011 – Israel’s international airport slowly returns to normal activity after fuel….

Aerial firefighting squadron holds first drill
YNet News, 5 May 2011 – Unit formed after devastating Carmel fire holds first exercise in Golan Heights….

US: Republican, ADL butt heads over Shoah remarks
YNet News, 5 May 2011 – Anti-Defamation League Director Abe Foxman slams presidential candidate Mike….

PM: Peace with PA only via negotiations
YNet News, 5 May 2011 – Benjamin Netanyahu meets with French President Sarkozy, says Palestinian….

Fuel contamination halts flights
YNet News, 5 May 2011 – Air traffic at Ben Gurion International Airport halted after contamination is….

Gaza Strip hosts its first marathon
YNet News, 5 May 2011 – Over 1,000 runners participate in first-of-its-kind 26 miles running event….

Palestinian Information Center

Israeli occupation steps up measures in the W.B. in response to reconciliation
PIC – The Israeli occupation has stepped its military measures in the West Bank, through reinstating road blocks and repeated raids of Palestinian villages and towns over the past few days.

Netanyahu’s military secretary skips UK visit fearing arrest
PIC – The Israeli Prime Minister’s military secretary, Gen. Yohanan Locker, decided not to accompany Benjamin Netanyahu on his trip to London fearing arrest, according to Israeli army radio.

Qassam Brigades mourn a field commander
PIC – The Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, mourned on Thursday field commander Shadi al-Zatmah.

Beitawi: national reconciliation and security coordination with IOF incompatible
PIC – MP Hamid Al-Beitawi, a prominent Hamas figure in Nablus city, has underlined Thursday that Palestinian national reconciliation and security coordination with the Zionist enemy are incompatible.

Hamas supporters demonstrate in Nablus in support of national reconciliation
PIC – Thousands of jubilant Hamas supporters demonstrated in the northern West Bank city of Nablus Thursday in support of the Palestinian reconciliation that Hamas and Fatah signed in Cairo.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Media Breathes Again in Gaza

Israel Raids Hebron and Arrests Palestinians

Palestinians in Ramallah Celebrate Agreement

Intifada Palestine

SYRIA: Who is Behind The Protest Movement? Fabricating a Pretext for a US-NATO “Humanitarian Intervention”
Intifada-Palestine: 6 May 2011 – Syrians display a giant national flag with a picture of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad during a pro-government rally at the central bank square in Damascus March 29, 2011. (Reuters Photo) by: Prof. Michel Chossudovsky There is evidence of gross media manipulation… more

Los Angeles Times

In Libya, a long-dead hero rises again in east
LA Times 5 May 2011 – Omar Mukhtar, a resistance fighter executed by Italian occupiers 80 years ago, has become the spiritual leader of the Libyan revolution. In eastern Libya, the spectral image of an elderly, bearded man in a skullcap or Bedouin cloak is everywhere ‚Äî on bumper stickers and…

Suicide attack kills 16 at Iraqi police station
LA Times 5 May 2011 – The car bombing during a police shift change in the city of Hillah comes as the country braces for retaliatory attacks from Al Qaeda in Iraq over the killing of Osama bin Laden. Dozens are injured. A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people in…

New York Times

Al Qaeda Confirms Bin Laden Death
New York Times 6 May 2011 – Al Qaeda released a statement on militant Web sites Friday confirming the death of Osama bin Laden, news agencies reported.

Protests Across Syria Despite Military Presence
New York Times 6 May 2011 – Thousands of protesters gathered in dozens of cities and towns as the government deployed security forces.

Once Feared Egypt Official Gets 12 Years and Fine
New York Times 6 May 2011 – The sentencing of Habib el-Adli, the once-feared former interior minister, ended the first in a series of corruption trials of top figures in the government of Hosni Mubarak.

Syria Arrests Scores in House-to-House Roundup
New York Times 6 May 2011 – Syrian forces arrested scores of people in a broad campaign against men between the ages of 18 and 50, rights groups said.

Accord Brings New Sense of Urgency to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
New York Times 6 May 2011 – A day after Palestinian factions signed a unity deal, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton strikingly refused to rule out further negotiations with a Palestinian side that includes Hamas.


PALESTINE: Hundreds celebrate popular struggle at 6th Bil’in conference
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine – On April 20, Christian Peacemaker Teams and Operation Dove accompanied members of the South Hebron Hills Popular Committee to the 6thBil’in Conference on Popular Resistance. The delegation, representing the whole South Hebron Hills community, was composed by about 50 people from 12 different villages.

Wiesenfeld says his mother would call Kushner a Nazi collaborator
Mondoweiss – From Jeffrey Goldberg’s interview with Jeffrey Wiesenfeld , who is the child of Holocaust survivors. More evidence of the deep damage to the American Jewish community of the Holocaust, and the crazy projection of Nazis on to Arabs. Maybe this will get the Nakba ball rolling in…

Palestinians are not ‘human,’ says CUNY trustee who rejected Kushner
Mondoweiss – The shoe is finally on the other foot. The pro-Israel folks have overplayed their hand. Or one of them anyway— so how long before Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, the CUNY trustee who helped to kibosh the Tony Kushner honorary degree out of concern that he had hurt Israel,…

The European Union must support the Palestinian reconciliation
Palestine Monitor – The ECCP calls upon the EU to firmly support the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, and its fundamental rights as enshrined by the UN Charter and UN relevant resolutions. – Press release / 4th-col-1st-article , International solidarity

Unification: Hamas rallies in Ramallah
Palestine Monitor – For the first time in four years, Hamas members waved their green flags in the West Bank without persecution. – In pictures / photostory , Non-violent resistance , Youth , Gaza , Palestinian unity

Israeli Prime Minister’s Military Attache Stayed Home for Fear of Arrest in Britain
Tikun Olam – Maj. Gen. Yochanan Locker, commanded Israeli air force during Cast Lead Bibi Netanyahu’s military attache, Maj. Gen. Yochanan Locker, decided not to join the prime minister on his visit to Britain because there is an arrest warrant waiting for him there. Locker is one of the…

Protest CUNY’s Rejection of Kushner Honorary Degree
Tikun Olam – Lots of fallout from the CUNY board of trustees vote to reject an honorary degree for Tony Kushner, a campaign spearheaded by noted far-right pro-Israel Republican fixer Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, a board member. CUNY has issued a mealy-mouthed statement telling the world that its atrocious treatment of…

Confronting Islamophobia: Major Seattle Conference Promotes Religious Tolerance
Tikun Olam – Tomorrow begins a major Seattle conference, Confronting Islamophobia: I am My Brother’s Keeper , to be held at St. Mark’s Cathedral and sponsored by a host of Christian, Muslim and Jewish groups. The keynote speaker is Imam Faisal Rauf, founder of Cordoba House and the former religious…

Misc 2

Popular Committee Member, Two Others Arrested at Al Ma’asara Demonstration
Palestine Solidarity Project 6 May 2011 – On Friday, May 6th, Al Ma’asara Popular Committee member Mahmoud Zwahre was arrested during a peaceful demonstration organized by the village’s popular committee. Around twenty international and Israeli solidarity activists joined with about thirty Al Ma’asara residents in a march towards the proposed site of the…

What the Tony Kushner Affair Says About the Changing Discourse on Israel in the United States
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Morocco’s Vision Forward
Middle East Monitor 6 May 2011 – The fatal terrorist bombing of a tourist cafe in Marrakech that took the lives of 16 people makes it more urgent for Morocco to implement its vision, which is a new social contract. In a rapidly transforming North Africa and Middle East whose people are demanding…

Gaza Strip holds first marathon
BBC 5 May 2011 – The Gaza Strip holds its first-ever marathon, with money being raised to send children in the Palestinian territory to summer camp.

Obama Pressed to Take Stronger Action Against Assad
Antiwar.com 6 May 2011 – Amid a continuing crackdown against opposition forces, U.S. President Barack Obama is coming under growing pressure to impose tougher sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Two key lawmakers with close ties to the powerful “Israel Lobby” on Capitol Hill called Thursday for Obama…

Oppressing West Bank Palestinian Children
Sabbah report 6 May 2011 – Under military occupation, Palestinian children are treated like adults. Each year, about 700 are arrested, brutally interrogated, and prosecuted in military courts, denying them justice.

New Israeli Discriminatory Laws
Sabbah report 6 May 2011 – Arab minority in Israel are treated like a fifth column, denied equal rights as Jews in a country just as much theirs. More so, in fact, as their forebears lived there for centuries or longer.

Return to Palestine
Sabbah report 6 May 2011 – On the 15th of May of every year, Palestinians and the whole world remember how it all started. How the Israelis’ ethnic cleansing of a people and the destruction of a society – the Nakba – was met with global indifference.


Palestinian unity and the new Middle East
Ramzy Baroud, Ma’an News Agency5/6/2011
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to the Hamas-Fatah deal in Cairo was both swift and predictable.
“The Palestinian Authority must choose either peace with Israel or peace with Hamas. There is no possibility for peace with both,” he said, in a televised speech shortly after the Palestinian political rivals reached a reconciliation agreement under Egyptian sponsorship on April 27.
Despite numerous past attempts to undercut President Mahmoud Abbas, stall peace talks and derail Israel’s commitment to previous agreements, Netanyahu and his rightwing government are now arguing that Palestinians are solely responsible for the demise of the illusory “peace process.”
Israeli bulldozers will continue to carve up the hapless West Bank to make room for more illegal settlements, but this time their excuse may not be “natural expansion.” The justification might instead be Israel has no partner. US and other media will merrily repeat the dreadful logic, and Palestinians will, as usual, be chastised.
But frankly, at this juncture of Middle East history, Israel is almost negligible. It no longer has a transformative influence in the region. When the Arab people began revolting, a new dimension to the Arab-Israeli conflict emerged.
As the chants in Cairo’s Tahrir Square began to adopt a pan-Arab and pro-Palestinian language, it became obvious that Egypt would soon venture outside the political confines of Washington’s patronizing labels, which divide the Arabs into moderates (good) and radicals (bad). more.. e-mail


Jeff Goldberg vs Ma’an News: Media Bias Obsession
Mitchell Plitnick, Palestine Note5/5/2011
In the latter part of the 20th century, trying to uncover bias became all the rage. Once it was acknowledged that news, history, academic papers, and all sorts of information sources reflected the inherent bias of the author, de-construction became a full-time job.
As with most such things, it got taken to an extreme. The result, in its worst form, was the ability of a right wing, massively funded news network to call itself “fair and balanced” as juxtaposed against an allegedly liberal media.
Nowhere is this dissection of alleged bias more visible than in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Both sides complain endlessly about the bias against them in media and academia. And both sides are right, to some extent. One should, indeed, read a history book or news report with a consciousness about who is writing it and what the publication that is dispersing it might have invested in it. If you do that, there is only a very small, and easily spotted, amount of material that needs to be summarily dismissed.
Not everything written by a Jew who supports Israel is necessarily false or misleading, or that everything written by an Arab is false or misleading in the opposite direction.
There are huge strains of this on both sides: on the pro-Palestinian side, we have the “Zionist-controlled media” canard, as well as more serious examinations that look at how a close US ally might be given quite a few breaks in the media. On the “pro-Israel” side there is a virtual industry (populated by such well-heeled organizations as CAMERA and Palestinian Media Watch [PMW]) built around it. more.. e-mail

Britain’s Jewish ‘anti-Zionist’ pretenders lose another battle
Gilad Atzmon, Redress5/6/2011
Gilad Atzmon considers the failure of “anti-Zionist” pretenders embedded in the Palestine solidarity movement in the UK to prevent a recent public debate in London on the subject of “Jewishness, Zionism and Israel”, including the use by the fake anti-Zionists of tactics that included bullying and harassment of panelists.
Despite relentless underhand efforts by Israeli operators in the UK and their close allies in the Jewish “anti-Zionist” network to block a public debate on “Jewishness, Zionism and Israel”, the event went ahead as scheduled on 3 May.
In fact, the event was a tremendous success.
Speaking to a full hall, Alan Hart, Karl Sabbagh, Sameh Habeeb and I elaborated on the meaning of “Jewishness” and the essence of Zionism.
We also tried to understand once and for all why it is that some Jews who claim to be the most sincere “supporters of Palestine” are always among the first to stifle debate on such crucial issues. Stifling debate
Six years ago, I was shocked to learn about the destructive impact of elements within the UK Jewish “anti-Zionist” network. At the time they were intent on burying Deir Yassin Remembered (DYR), probably the most significant Nakba memorial group in the Palestinian solidarity movement. Unfortunately, they succeeded: by putting into action the most repulsive Zionist tactics, the Jewish “anti-Zionists” eventually managed to bring down DYR. more.. e-mail

Egypt breaks from US, Israel by brokering unity deal
Electronic Intifada: 5 May 2011 – Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani The Electronic Intifada Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo on Wednesday, paving the way for the formation of a Palestinian national unity government. The move, say local analysts, reflects the changing political equation in the Middle East amid the ongoing wave of Arab popular uprisings.more

Unification: Hamas rallies in Ramallah
Palestine Monitor: 6 May 2011 – For the first time in four years, Hamas members waved their green flags in the West Bank without persecution. – In pictures / photostory , Non-violent resistance , Youth , Gaza , Palestinian unitymore

The Assassination of bin Laden: Its Use and Abuse
Palestine Chronicle: 6 May 2011 – By James Petras The assassination of bin Laden has been celebrated as a great strategic victory by the White House, the European capitals and all the major mass media outlets throughout the world. The killing has served as a major propaganda tool to enhance the standing of the US military in the eyes of the domestic public and to serve as a warning to overseas adversaries. Contrary to this immense propaganda campaign and despite whatever symbolic value the killing may have in the eyes of his executioners, there is no evidence that the death will have any impact on the deteriorating military and political position of the US in South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. Bin Laden and Al Qaeda Even in terms of weakening, let along defeating Al Qaeda, the killing will have minimal effect. Al Qaeda is a highly decentralized organization, a loose collection of…more

Egypt and Israel Headed for Crisis
Palestine Chronicle: 6 May 2011 – By Jonathan Cook — Nazareth Israeli officials have expressed alarm at a succession of moves by the interim Egyptian government that they fear signal an impending crisis in relations with Cairo. The widening rift was underscored yesterday when leaders of the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation pact in the Egyptian capital. Egypt’s secret role in brokering the agreement last week caught both Israel and the United States by surprise. The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, called the deal “a tremendous blow to peace and a great victory for terrorism”. Several other developments have added to Israeli concerns about its relations with Egypt, including signs that Cairo hopes to renew ties with Iran and renegotiate a long-standing contract to supply Israel with natural gas. More worrying still to Israeli officials are reported plans by Egyptian authorities to open the Rafah crossing into Gaza, closed for the past…more

‘Jewishness’, Scare Tactics, and a Sense of Humour
Palestine Chronicle: 6 May 2011 – By Lauren Booth — London Cloak and dagger antics outside a campus in central London, Tuesday night, as the University of Westminster, caved into threats of disturbance, from UK based Zionists. Why? Because, Gilad Atzmon, world renowned saxophonist, author and anti Zionist racconteur had put together a panel to debate the following; ‘Jewishness and Israeli criminality.’ To a packed venue just round the corner from the campus the discussion began with breathtakingly robust opening statements. Consider, as you read, the immense pressure not to take part placed on each panelist and the threats against the university of Westminster of disturbance or even violence if the talk took place. Alongside Gilad Atzmon, the panel consisted of Alan Hart, author, former Middle East Chief Correspondent for Independent Television News and former BBC Panorama presenter, specialising in the Middle East. And Karl Sabbagh, author, TV producer and publisher. Gilad began his talk by…more

Americans May Trust In God, But Not Government
Palestine Chronicle: 6 May 2011 – By Lina Sawan As the Arabs watch, with justified trepidation, how their efforts to change regimes and establish better lives unfold in the hands of those currently in charge; it may be helpful to consider trust issues ascending on the opposite side of the Atlantic. Within three days of the announcement of Barack Obama that Osama Bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan by American forces in an authorised operation, American officials had revised the original storyline and changed essential details. Obama has also announced that the eagerly-awaited photos of Bin Laden’s body, which we are told has been hurriedly buried at sea, will not be released. Suspicions that the truth may never be revealed are spreading worldwide, and despite their determination to celebrate, even the American people are doubting that their government is coming clean. It is easy to understand that the Americans distrust their government, including the President,…more

Erasure — A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 6 May 2011 – Erasure — A Poem Translator’s note: My father Abdul Karim Sabawi never published this poem before although he did publish countless of books of poetry. He said this one he kept in his heart like a blade that pierced him and released a bitter poison of doubt that he too would become part of a nation ethnically cleansed and driven into extinction. By Abdul Karim Sabawi When you were parched We quenched your thirst With our blood Now We carry your burden Disgraced We cry in shame When asked Where do you come from? Dishonoured we die If only the stray bullets From the occupier’s guns Were merciful That they pierced through our legs It only they tore through our knees If only we sunk in your soil Deep to our necks If only we got stuck And became the salt of your earth The nutrients in your fertile soil…more

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