VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 8 May, 2011: Israeli Officials Call For “Reoccupying” the West Bank

8 May, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Detained Legislator Receives Extended Administrative Detention Order
IMEMC – Monday May 09, 2011 – 02:23, The Israeli Prison Authorities decided to renew the administrative detention order against elected legislator, Dr. Mahmoud Al Ramahi, for additional six months. Al Ramahi was placed under administrative detention, without charges, six months ago and was supposed to be released on Monday.

Settlers Attack Wadi Al Hilwa, Demand Bedouin Residents To Leave
IMEMC – Monday May 09, 2011 – 02:01, A group of extremist armed Israeli settlers attacked, on Sunday evening, Wadi Al Hilwa area in the northern plains of the West Bank, and demanding local Bedouins to leave the area.

Haniyya: “Gaza Reconstruction TO Start Under Qatari and Egyptian Support”
IMEMC – Sunday May 08, 2011 – 13:19, Prime Minister of the deposed government in Gaza, Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyya, stated that his government was made by the Prince of Qatar and the Egyptian leaders, and that the reconstruction will start as soon as possible.

Masked Gunmen Execute A Suspected Collaborator Near Ramallah
IMEMC – Sunday May 08, 2011 – 09:56, A group of gunmen killed on Saturday at night a resident from Al Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West bank city of Ramallah, believed to be a collaborator with Israel’s army and its intelligence services.

Palestinian Territories Placed Under Strict Siege
IMEMC – Sunday May 08, 2011 – 09:28, The Israeli Authorities placed the occupied Palestinian territories under a full and strict closure as it marks its “Memorial Day”, an official day in Israel dedicated for Israeli soldiers killed due to the Palestinian-Israeli and Arab-Israeli conflict.

Israeli Officials Call For “Reoccupying” the West Bank
IMEMC – Sunday May 08, 2011 – 09:14, As the Palestinian leadership is gaining momentum among the international community in its intention to declare an independent state at the United Nations, several Israeli leaders started calling for isolating President Mahmoud Abbas and for redeploying the Israeli forces in Palestinian areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

Palestinian Detainees To Start Escalating Hunger Strike
IMEMC – Sunday May 08, 2011 – 09:03, Palestinian Detainees imprisoned in four Israeli detention facilities held a hunger strike on Saturday, as part of the gradually escalating hunger strike demanding the prison administration to release several detainees from solitary confinement.

Ma’an News

Beit Ummar: Residents celebrating unity say attacked by soldiers
5/8/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces violently shut down a rally celebrating Palestinian national unity in Beit Ummar near Hebron on Saturday, injuring several protesters, locals said. During the celebration, demonstrators held signs stating “Unity is our strength” and “Unity = Liberty” in an event marking the signing of an agreement in Cairo reconciling Hamas and….

Detainees protest solitary confinement
5/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinians detained in Israeli jails declared a hunger strike Saturday to demand the release of prisoners from solitary confinement, the Ministry of Detainees in Gaza said. The ministry said detainees would go on a two-day hunger strike every week until Israeli prison authorities released Palestinians from solitary confinement, some of….

Israel seals West Bank for national holiday
5/8/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli troops will seal off the West Bank for three days starting Sunday as Israel celebrates the 63rd anniversary of its founding, the army said Saturday. The Israeli military said the closure was imposed “in accordance with the directives of the Minister of Defense,” in a statement. Israel routinely imposes tight….

Young Palestinians to form ‘shadow cabinet’
5/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip say they will form a “shadow cabinet” once the transitional government has been formed. The group is consulting with youth organizations in Gaza and the West Bank to form the cabinet, which it says will mirror the cabinet in the technocratic government currently being….

Independents: ‘Huge’ efforts to stop political arrests
5/8/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — There are “huge” efforts being made by leaders of the Palestinian factions involved in the Cairo reconciliation deal, independent delegate Khalil Asaf told Ma’an on Saturday. The officials spoke while on a visit to the government-run Al-Junied Prison in Nablus, where many of those said to be political prisoners….

PA condemns demolition of Bedouin village
5/8/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority demanded Sunday the “immediate end to the continued acts of violence, displacement, and destruction carried out by the Israeli forces against Susiya residents.”Referring to the demolition of 12 tent homes in the village of Amniyr, a tiny herding hamlet of Bedouins south of Susiya in the Hebron….

One killed in a Jerusalem gunfight
5/8/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Four armed men opened fire on an East Jerusalem resident near a restaurant in the town Al-Eizariya on Sunday, witnesses said. The target, Samir Muheisen, sustained ten gunshot wounds to the torso and medics said he was declared dead in hospital. Clashes erupted in an area east of the incident, in….

Egypt studies reopening consulate in Gaza, official says
5/8/2011 – RAFAH, Gaza Strip (Ma’an) — Gaza’s caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Planning Mohammad Awad told Ma’an on Sunday that Egypt’s transitional leadership was seriously studying the option of opening a consulate in Gaza City to facilitate communication with Gaza officials. An office in the coastal enclave, the….

Haniyeh plans to revive building projects
5/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh said Saturday that his administration would continue to work in the service of Palestinians until the appointment of a transitional government. Speaking at the opening of a new health center in Gaza City, Haniyeh said his government planned to revive building projects, part of the administration….

Rights group calls for end to executions in Gaza
5/8/2011 – GAZA CITY — The Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights called Sunday for an end to executions carried out without due judicial process, and urged “respect for the law” in a statement. The statement said the Wednesday execution of a man identified only as AS, “violates Palestinian Criminal Procedures, (Law 3/2001), which stipulates that the Palestinian….

Islamic Jihad accuses PA of targeting members for arrest
5/8/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Five Islamic Jihad affiliates were detained for political reasons, officials from within the movement accused Palestinian Authority officials in a statement released on Sunday.”Such arrests are poisoning the conciliation atmosphere,” a statement said, adding that a continuation of political arrests in the wake of the signing of a unity deal….

Limited goods to enter Gaza via Kerem Shalom
5/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities opened the Kerem Shalom crossing for limited imports into the Gaza Strip on Sunday, officials said. Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said Israeli would permit around 280 truckloads of goods, including humanitarian aid, to enter the coastal enclave. Ten trucks would bring cement for construction projects sponsored by….

Sources: Iranian former defense minister in Israeli jail
5/8/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Former Iranian deputy defense minister Ali Riza Asghari has been detained in Israel since his abduction by the Mossad in 2006, sources told Ma’an. The sources said Israeli authorities had imposed a gag order on the country’s media forbidding them from reporting details of the case. Iranian….

European Commission to allocate €85 million for PA salaries
5/8/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The European Commission Friday announced the approval of a $121. 85 million financial package for the Palestinian Authority, said to be for the salaries and pensions of PA civil servants. The decision comes as Israel continues to withhold tax revenues paid by Palestinians for goods imported into Palestinian areas, which are….

West Bank-Jordan crossing to see reduced hours Mon.
5/8/2011 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — The Allenby Bridge border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan will be open from 8:00 a. m. until 4:00 p. m. on Monday, closing early as Israel observes its Independence Day, Palestinian officials said. The Palestinian police department in Jericho announced the curtailed hours on Sunday, noting that….

Study: EU aid policy on Arab world failing
5/8/2011 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — The EU must offer more trade incentives to Arab nations in exchange for true democratic progress after its aid system proved a failure, a study said Sunday just as the EU eyes a policy overhaul. After giving billions of euros to authoritarian regimes for years, the European Union should threaten to suspend aid….

Convicted Iranian film-makers to feature at Cannes
5/8/2011 – PARIS (AFP) — Films by two convicted Iranian directors, Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof, made in “semi-clandestine conditions,” will be shown at this month’s Cannes film festival, organizers said Saturday. Panahi’s “In Film Nist” (“This is not a Film”), will be included in the official selection and screened on May 20, a….

Syrian forces launch deadly raid on hotbed city
5/8/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian forces rained gunfire on Banias as they pushed ahead with an assault on the restive port, killing six people, activists said, as President Bashar Al-Assad’s opponents called for elections to end the crisis. Activists said dozens of tanks and armored vehicles entered Banias, on the Mediterranean coast, from three directions….

Gadhafi steps up assault on rebels across Libya
5/8/2011 – BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) — Moammar Gadhafi’s troops unleashed a salvo of Grad rockets on towns in Libya’s western mountains, and destroyed key fuel supplies in a move that could aggravate a desperate humanitarian crisis. At least nine rebels were killed and 50 others were wounded in fierce clashes in the northwestern town….

Crisis talks in Cairo over sectarian strife
5/8/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s cabinet was in crisis talks on Sunday and the prime minister delayed a Gulf visit after Cairo clashes between Muslims and Christians killed 10 people, injured at least 100 and set a church ablaze. Prime Minister Essam Sharaf had called the meeting to discuss “the regrettable events in Imbaba”, Ahmed….

Bin Laden’s Pakistan ‘farm’ had rustic charm
5/8/2011 – ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AFP) – Three women, 12 children, cows, rabbits and chickens all hid behind the high wall where Osama bin Laden carved out a family life, set to the gentle rhythm of changing seasonal crops outside his gate. Mobile phone video footage taken Tuesday by a Pakistani soldier offered a final glimpse into a life….

Egypt says ‘iron hand’ to halt religious unrest
5/8/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s government warned Sunday it will use an “iron hand” to ensure national security after clashes between Muslims and Christians in Cairo killed 12 people and injured scores. Authorities would “strike with an iron hand all those who seek to tamper with the nation’s security,” Justice Minister Abdel Aziz….


Syria blames ‘armed gangs’ for deadly attack
AlJazeera 8 May 2011 – Government says 10 people were killed in bus ambush near central city of Homs.

Egypt vows to tackle interfaith violence
AlJazeera 8 May 2011 – Tough measures promised following Christian-Muslim clashes that have killed 12 people and led to scores of arrests.

Police kill demonstrators in Yemen
AlJazeera 8 May 2011 – Toll rises as groups leading protests call on Gulf Arab states to pressure Saleh to step down as president.

Scores held in Egypt after sectarian clashes
AlJazeera 8 May 2011 – At least 230 people injured in violence between Muslims and Christians that has left 12 people dead in Cairo.

Bahrain’s king orders end to emergency rule
AlJazeera 8 May 2011 – Royal decree, due to take effect on June 1, comes as 21 opposition activists appear in a special security court.

Iraqi al-Qaeda leader killed in jail fight
AlJazeera 8 May 2011 – Abu Huzaifa Al Batawi and up to 15 others shot dead after prisoners try to overpower their guards in Baghdad prison.

Tensions rise amid Iran political feud
AlJazeera 8 May 2011 – Dispute between president and country’s supreme leader intensifies, amid reports of Ahmadinejad’s possible resignation.

24 year old man from Iraq Burin shot by teargas canister at close range
5/8/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Yesterday afternoon, 24 year old Abdalah Aadus from the village of Iraq Burin was taken to hospital after being shot in the side by a teargas canister which was fired from close range. Abdalah had been participating in a demonstration against the theft of his village’s agricultural land by settlers. At 15. 00…. Related: Iraq Burin

Alternative Information Center

Concluding Declaration of the Conference: A Joint Struggle for an End to the Occupation and Racism
Alternative Information Center – Towards ending Israeli occupation and the racist policies Towards a strategy of joint solidarity work to support the struggle of the Palestinian people

AIC Video: Interview with Hamas on Palestinian Reconciliation
Alternative Information Center – As Fatah and Hamas officials signed a reconciliation agreement on May 4 in Cairo, the AIC spoke with Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member Muhammad Totah from Hamas.

Relief Web

Egypt follows up Palestinian reconciliation deal
Relief Web 8 May 2011 – Source: Government of Egypt Country: occupied Palestinian territory Egypt is closely eyeing the implementation of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement that was signed in Cairo on Wednesday, a high-level Egyptian official said on Saturday 7/5/2011. Egypt is holding contacts with all…

Palestine Telegraph

Israel arrests Palestinians in Hebron
8 May 2011 – West Bank, (Pal telegraph)-Five Palestinians were detained Sunday after raiding their homes in the towns of Deir Samt and Tarqumia in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Settlers attempt to abduct 2 Palestinian children in Hebron
8 May 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-About 20 Israeli settlers attempted yesterday to abduct two Palestinian children who were playing in front of their homes central Hebron.

Israel injures 4 Palestinian protestors in Beit Ummer
8 May 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)- At least, four Palestinians including a child were injured yesterday as Israeli forces attacked the weekly protest held in Beit Ummer town in the north of Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

The National

Ex-Mossad chief sparks furore by calling possible Israeli strike in Iran ‘stupid’
The National 8 May 2011 – Statement by Meir Dagan that it would be difficult for Israel¬øs air force to carry out an effective attack on Iran¬øs nuclear programme, and any such strike was likely to trigger a regional war, is blasted by Israeli ministers.

Violence and killings continue to drive Iraq’s academics away
The National 8 May 2011 – More than 300 academics have been killed in Iraq since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, while more than 30,000 attacks against educational institutions have occurred.

Osama bin Laden’s mother-in-law ‘collapsed and died on news of his death’
The National 8 May 2011 – Nabiha Ossman, mother of Najwa Ibrahim Ghanem, the girl bin Laden married when he was 17, and grandmother to 11 of his children, who lived in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, was in her early 70s and said to have been healthy.

Anti-terror chief among 18 killed in attempted Baghdad jail escape
The National 8 May 2011 – Top al Qa’eda militant Abu Huthaifa al Battawi shot dead trying to flee in stolen police car after killing Brigadier Muaeid Mohammed Saleh, who led an anti-terrorism and organised crime division in eastern Baghdad,

Military prosecutor charges 21 with attempt to overthrow Bahrain monarchy
The National 8 May 2011 – Those charged include Shiite opposition leaders such as Hassan Mushaima, the leader of Al Haq movement, and some of its senior members , including Abdul Jalil al Sangaece.

Pirates’ shift north means good business for Salalah
The National 8 May 2011 – Somali pirates are increasingly venturing north to the Omani coast and the key shipping lanes of the northern Indian Ocean, and the Omani port of Salalah has seen record numbers of visitors as pirate hunters and security firms use it as a base

Egyptian government pledges ‘iron hand’ after churches firebombed
The National 8 May 2011 – Clashes between Muslims and Christians leave at least 10 people dead and hundreds injured amid rising concerns that security vacuum in Egypt after the removal of Hosni Mubarak has left Coptic minority vulnerable to assaults from Islamists.

Government tanks and troops storm into Syrian cities
The National 8 May 2011 – ‘Total blackout on numbers of dead and injured’, with telecommunications and electricity repeatedly being cut within districts targeted by military, human rights group says.

Kuwait swears in new government after weeks of political paralysis
The National 8 May 2011 – Sheikh Nasser Mohammed al Sabah choosese six new faces out of 16, as opponents complain that ministers that caused trouble which led to last government’s resignation have been brought back.

Ahmadinejad support under threat
The National 7 May 2011 – President’s backing of Mashaie ends friendly relationship with the ayatollah as allies are arrested for ‘supernatural and occult powers’.


Egypt pushing Hamas to soften stance on Shalit deal
Ha’aretz – Report: Hamas agrees in principle to new proposal; Hamas expected to compromise in order to gain popularity ahead of Palestinian elections.

Peres at official Memorial Day service: Israel is as strong as ever
Ha’aretz – Speaking at the official Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the president says that Israel hasn’t had the possibility to lose ‘even one war.’

Report: Bin Laden warned U.S. over security of Palestine in final tape
Ha’aretz – AFP, quoting an Islamist website, says the al-Qaida chief condemned U.S. support for Israel in his final audio recording before he was killed.

Hamas leader urges West to back Palestinian unity deal
Ha’aretz – Khaled Meshaal says in interview that Palestinians need ‘resistance in all forms, armed and public ones’ and that recognizing Israel could only be addressed after an independent Palestinian state is set up.

Israel considers seeking foreign assistance for jet fuel contamination crisis
Ha’aretz – Israel contacts three chemical laboratories abroad after U.S. Air Force laboratory in Frankfurt refused to test material sent to them by Israeli firm Paz Oil.

Bereaved families petition for break between Memorial and Independence days
Ha’aretz – On their way home from cemeteries and memorial ceremonies, the bereaved encounter roads closed due to preparations for Independence Day, says petition, adding that these families cannot make the quick switch from mourning to celebration.

State expected to oppose Katsav request to put off jail time for rape conviction
Ha’aretz – Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein meets with senior officials to debate whether Katsav deserves an exemption from the general policy regarding convicted criminals who appeal their sentence.

Israel’s textbooks in Arabic are full of mistakes, study finds
Ha’aretz – A new study finds more than 16,000 mistakes; now the authors want to see the Education Ministry after school.

J Street: Israel must move on peace or face prospect of fresh violence
Ha’aretz – Jeremy Ben Ami tells Reuters that only way to delay Palestinian plan to seek UN backing for statehood is for Netanyahu to chart clear path to two-state deal.

Netanyahu at Memorial Day service: We continue to work for Shalit’s return
Ha’aretz – Speaking at a special Memorial Day address, the prime minister says efforts are constantly being made to return kidnapped and missing soldiers, ‘including in ways that may be hidden from view.’

Report: Hamas agrees to new Egyptian draft for Shalit deal
Ha’aretz – Citing Palestinian sources, Al Jazeera reports that Egyptian authorities will present the draft to a new negotiator — presumably Israel’s — set to visit Cairo in the coming days.

Defense officials weigh in after former Mossad chief brands Iran strike a ‘stupid’ idea
Ha’aretz – Two other former Mossad chiefs back Meir Dagan for expressing his opinion publicly, while other senior officials say not all points of view need to be expressed.

Israel’s population stands at 7.746 million on its 63rd birthday
Ha’aretz – Central Bureau for Statistics reports 2% rise in Israel’s population since last Independence Day.

On eve of Memorial Day, Barak equates firefighters who died in service with fallen soldiers
Ha’aretz – Families of the three firefighters battle for recognition of their relatives in Memorial Day ceremonies; Netanyahu sets up committee to probe the matter.

Israel domestic flights resume use of suspect jet fuel after tests show no danger
Ha’aretz – Discovery of ‘greasy’ liquid in fuel had led to mass disruptions at Ben-Gurion last week, with takeoffs halted and incoming flights diverted.

Obama: Bin Laden likely had some support in Pakistan
Ha’aretz – In an interview with CBS, the president said the Pakistani government had indicated that it had ‘a profound interest in finding out what kinds of support networks bin Laden might have had.’

Libya rebel spokesman: NATO troops hit government weapons depots in Zintan
Ha’aretz – Spokesman also says that rebels in the city of Misrata were engaged in intense fighting with government forces near the airport, while fighting in other parts of Libya have reached a stalemate.

U.S.: No evidence Pakistan knew of Osama bin Laden’s presence
Ha’aretz – Obama administration’s national security adviser says there’s no sign Pakistan’s political, military, or intelligence leadership knew where bin Laden was hiding but says the matter needs to be further investigated.

Cleanup to take weeks / State considering using dirty, but filtered jet fuel
Ha’aretz –

Leviev’s grand opening for flagship AFI Moscow project to feature half-empty mall
Ha’aretz –

Fired CEO of Africa Israel USA suing for 2010 bonus
Ha’aretz – Richard Marin wants $1.25m; Africa says he owes them money.

Toward his natural base
Ha’aretz – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be shifting rightward as elections approach. In the meantime, though, he has a speech to deliver in Washington.

Jerusalem Post

Schechter staff declares open-ended strike
Jeruslalem Post 9 May 2011 – Salaries restored, but workers want lost pay at Conservative stream facility.

Police presence boosted following bin Laden death
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Concerns over potential revenge attacks motivate state police to implement heightened security plan for Memorial, Independence days.

Galilee Arabs to hold ‘Nakba march’
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Over 1,000 Arab Israelis expected to hold protest march in Galilee to mourn 63 years since exodus that accompanied the founding of state.

Gov’t delays decision on recognition for firefighters
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Yishai had pushed for cabinet to include the firefighters with a last-minute vote, but was told that there would be no vote.

Abbas ‘absolutely’ still our partner, Peres tells ‘Post’
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Fatah-Hamas accord is “a temporary bridge,” says president; if world recognizes Palestinian state without addressing Israel’s security needs, “that will mean a continuation of the conflict.”

Man who posed as doctor indicted for hospital rape
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – While waiting her turn for an ultrasound examination, Kawasmi allegedly saw the woman and decided to rape her, according to the indictment.

Domestic air travel resumes after fuel problem
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Source and composition of what’s found to be harmless contaminant still unknown.

PM to US: Send clear message to PA not to join Hamas
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – In meeting with visiting J Street delegation, PA president says his preference is for a peace process, not unilateral declaration.

The IDF’s three (top) amigos
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Trio of Spanish-speaking immigrants are among 120 soldiers to receive presidential citations of excellence.

Anglos honor their fallen in battles and terror attacks
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Hundreds of English speakers attended evening memorialized Michael Levin, who was killed in the Second Lebanon War on August 1, 2006.

PM: We’re working in ‘unseen ways’ to return Schalit
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – At Remembrance Day ceremony, Netanyahu says amid Middle East turmoil, “Israel is an island of freedom, democracy and progress.”

Moussa vows tough Israel policy if elected president
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Cairo’s FM says Egypt gas agreement intact, but price negotiable; Netanyahu reportedly meets with Qatari PM on new gas deal

Baby steps for Israel’s birthday
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Nefesh B’Nefesh holds a party for 45 little ones, all born to immigrants from English-speaking countries.

Moti Fogel attends TA ceremony with Israelis, Palestinians
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – I “can’t use the loss of my brother as a platform to advance peace,” Fogel says at event where victims of both sides are mourned.

Analysis: Can Palestinians separate peace, statehood?
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – The argument that peace and statehood go together increases the pressure on Netanyahu to find a miracle solution to the impasse.

Syrian tanks enter Homs, southern towns
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Machine gun fire is heard throughout the city of 1 million; rights groups say at least 800 civilians killed in seven-week uprising.

Armed gang kills 10 Syrian civilians
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Workers were ambushed near Homs while returning from Lebanon by bus; doctor tells state news agency they were shot at close range.

Ovadia Yosef calls on faithful to quit smoking
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Shas spiritual leader stresses the importance and plausibility of quitting if one is already addicted.

Jabotinsky Institute chairman Tamir dies at 83
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Receives burial in the Etzel (Irgun) and Lehi (Stern Group) section of Haifa Cemetery.

‘Bin Laden warned US not to support Israel in last tape’
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Islamist website posts purported final audio recording made by al-Qaida leader: Attacks will continue until Palestine knows security.

Hamas’s Mashaal urges West to back Palestinian deal
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – In Reuters interview, Hamas political leader calls on US and EU to back Hamas-Fatah deal, says resistance against Israel will continue.

Peres, Gantz honor nation’s fallen soldiers
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – At Kotel ceremony , President Peres says: “Our sacrifice has transformed our grief and bound us together into an exceptional family.”

Nation mourns 22,867 fallen soldiers as siren sounds
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Remembrance Day for servicemen and women who lost their lives defending Israel opened by President Peres at Western Wall; In the past year, 183 soldiers and security personnel died while serving the state.

Angeleno launches drive for Schalit billboard near UN
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Gal Sitty, 28, campaigns to reach United Nations policy makers with the story of Gilad Schalit; sets fundraising goal of $10,000 for placard.

An Independence Day gift from Canada
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – This Independence Day, there is at least one country that Israel can show gratitude to for making pro-Israel positions both respectable and electable.

Israel’s population hits 7.7 million on 63rd birthday
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – In time for its 63rd Independence Day, statistics show that Israel’s population has grown 2 percent since last year; 75 percent are Jews.

Egypt to grant citizenship to kids of Palestinian dads
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Move marks victory for human and women’s rights, but deals possible blow to national identity.

Egypt to toughen security after 12 die in church clashes
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Shots fired, firebombs thrown as Salafists surround Saint Mina Church in Cairo demanding the release of Christian woman who converted to Islam.

Syria tanks enter southern town, Homs neighborhoods
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – Tanks, troops also storm residential neighborhoods in Homs, Tafas, Dael; mass arrests continue in Banias as soldiers raid homes.

Yom Ha’atzmaut 2011: Events in and around Jerusalem
Jeruslalem Post 8 May 2011 – The capital will be alive with events ranging from street parties to open mic nights as well as museums opening their doors for free.

The Guardian

UN chief presses Israel to release Palestinian funds
The Guardian 8 May 2011 – Ban Ki-moon and Norway lead calls for Israel to hand over tax revenues withheld over Palestinian reconciliation agreement Israel is under pressure to release tax revenues belonging to the Palestinian Authority (PA) which it has blocked…


[uruknet.info] Egypt studies reopening consulate in Gaza, official says
Uruknet May 8, 2011 – Gaza’s caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Planning Mohammad Awad told Ma’an on Sunday that Egypt’s transitional leadership was seriously studying the option of opening a consulate in Gaza City to facilitate communication with Gaza officials. An office in the coastal enclave, the official said, would help smooth communications between Palestinian leaders and factions…

[uruknet.info] 17 killed in Baghdad prison escape attempt
Uruknet May 8, 2011 – Reporting from Baghdad- The suspected mastermind of October’s gruesome massacre at a Baghdad church attempted a daring jailbreak Sunday and killed several police officers before he and his accomplices were shot dead. The running battles inside a detention facility on the grounds of the Interior Ministry ended with 11 detainees and six officers dead,…

[uruknet.info] Nato units left 61 African migrants to die of hunger and thirst
Uruknet May 8, 2011 – Dozens of African migrants were left to die in the Mediterranean after a number of European and Nato military units apparently ignored their cries for help, the Guardian has learned. A boat carrying 72 passengers, including several women, young children and political refugees, ran into trouble in late March after leaving Tripoli for the…

[uruknet.info] Palestinian Detainees To Start Escalating Hunger Strike
Uruknet May 08, 2011 – Palestinian Detainees imprisoned in four Israeli detention facilities held a hunger strike on Saturday, as part of the gradually escalating hunger strike demanding the prison administration to release several detainees from solitary confinement. The strike will be held twice each week, and will be gradually escalating until the Israeli Prison Administration (IPS) fulfills their…

[uruknet.info] Syria shelling kills boy, 12, and sees 10-year-old arrested ‚Äé
Uruknet May 8, 2011 – Gunfire and shelling rattled a city in central Syria today and killed a 12-year-old boy, as President Bashar Assad’s autocratic regime expanded its military crackdown on a seven-week uprising by sending tanks and reinforcements to key areas, activists said. Authorities also reportedly arrested a 10-year-old boy, apparently to punish his parents, and filed charges…

[uruknet.info] UN official: Israel killed 1,300 Palestinian children since 2000
Uruknet May 8, 2011 – Israel directly killed more than 1,300 Palestinian children since the onset of the millennium, a UN official said in a new report. They shot those children dead those children during direct military operations, said Richard Falk, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories. He said seventeen Palestinian children were killed in 2010…

[uruknet.info] Qatar’s PM holds secret meeting with Netanyahu: Israel Radio
Uruknet May 8, 2011 – Israel Radio has reported that Qatar’s prime minister, Sheikh Hamad Ben Jassem, held a secret meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, in London. Diplomatic sources in London said that the Qatari prime minister arrived in his private jet from Paris and met with Netanyahu. “The meeting lasted for an hour and was held…

[uruknet.info] New York Times Attempts to Stifle Torture Debate It Helped Spark in the Wake of Osama bin Laden’s Death
Uruknet May 8, 2011 – On Thursday, the New York Times, having played a major part in creating a buzz in the United States about the role that torture and the existence of Guant?°namo played in locating Osama bin Laden, with an article on Tuesday entitled, “Bin Laden Raid Revives Debate on Value of Torture,” resolutely stepped back from…

[uruknet.info] Iran’s Ahmadinejad affirms Khamenei decision, tensions remain
Uruknet May 8, 2011 – Apparently bowing to unprecedented pressure from Iran’s clerical establishment, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad welcomed an intelligence minister he had ousted in April back into his cabinet meeting on Sunday. While Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had publicly reinstated intelligence minister Heydar Moslehi following his dismissal by Ahmadinejad, it took more than three weeks for the…

[uruknet.info] Report: Qatar offering Israel gas Below Cost Price’
Uruknet May 8, 2011 – Several newspapers and Internet forums in the Arab world are reporting that Qatar has expressed its willingness to supply natural gas to Israel instead of Egypt. The reports’ sources have not been disclosed. According to the reports, Qatar’s Industry and Commerce Minister Hassan Abdulla Fakhro told his Israeli counterpart in a phone conversation that…

[uruknet.info] Phantom Jobs and Economic Recovery in America
Uruknet May 8, 2011 – On May 6, headlines cheered the new jobs report, New York Times writer Motoko Rich headlining, “Payrolls Show Strong Growth but Jobless Rate Rises,” saying: “For three straight months, the nation’s employers have delivered solid job growth, easing some concerns that the economy could be slowing.” Bloomberg.com’s Timothy Homan said: At 244,000, “American employers…

[uruknet.info] Scores held in Egypt after sectarian clashes
Uruknet May 8, 2011 – Egypt’s military rulers have detained 190 people in connection with the clashes between Muslims and Christians in Cairo in which at least 12 people were killed and more than 230 wounded. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces ordered “the transfer of all those arrested in connection with (Saturday’s) events, and they number 190,…

[uruknet.info] Soldiers arrest Hamas leader at Jenin checkpoint
Uruknet May 8, 2011 – Israel’s army arrested a Hamas leader Saturday in the occupied West Bank, prisoners advocates said. Khaled Al-Haj, 45, was passing through a military checkpoint at the entrance of Araba when he was arrested, the Ahrar prisoners center said. Al-Haj served as a spokesman for Hamas, and he was recently released from prison. Soldiers had…

[uruknet.info] Troops kill two students south of Yemeni capital
Uruknet May 7, 2011 – Troops opened fire to break up a Yemeni student demonstration Saturday demanding the postponement of exams and killed two students and wounded 15 others, a protest organiser told AFP. Hundreds were taking part in the protest at Al-Maaf, a village in Taez province, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) south of the capital Sanaa, when…

[uruknet.info] Syrian Human Rights: Over 800 killed in Syria so far
Uruknet May 7, 2011 – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement that security forces have killed at least 800 civilians since protests erupted in Syria, Reuters reported on Saturday. The organization also said that it has the names of the 800 people, adding that 220 of them were killed in attacks by the Syrian army…

[uruknet.info] Libyan tribal chiefs urge amnesty to all fighters
Uruknet May 7, 2011 — Libya’s tribal chiefs urged a general amnesty for all fighters engaged in the oil-rich nation’s civil war, as Amnesty International said the regime’s siege of Misrata could be a war crime. Rebels, meanwhile, braced for a new ground assault by Moammar Gadhafi’s forces on Misrata, the main bastion of the insurgents in western Libya….

Daily Star

Egypt to use iron hand to halt religious unrest after 12 die
Daily Star 8 May 2011 Egypt’s government warned Sunday it would use an iron hand to ensure national security after clashes in Cairo between Muslims and Christians killed 12 people and injured scores.

Gunmen kill 10 Syrian workers on way back from Lebanon: SANA
Daily Star 8 May 2011 An armed gang shot dead 10 Syrian civilian workers on their way back from Lebanon in a bus ambush near the city of Homs Sunday, the official state news agency said, as Damascus intensified a bloody…

Syrian woman in Tripoli falls to her death
Daily Star 8 May 2011 A Syrian woman was killed Saturday in a fatal fall from a building in Tripoli.

Heart failure kills daughter of Turkish diplomat
Daily Star 8 May 2011 The 19 year-old daughter of a diplomat died of heart failure Saturday, according to the National News Agency.

Weekend sees numerous thefts across country
Daily Star 8 May 2011 A man stole a black bag containing LL43 million from a parked car in a series of robberies that took place over the weekend.

Remains of two women found in Baalbek, Koura
Daily Star 8 May 2011 The remains of two women were found in separate incidents over the weekend, according to the National News Agency.

Hand grenade detonates behind Tripoli mosque
Daily Star 8 May 2011 A hand grenade exploded behind a mosque in Tripoli and another was deactivated by the army Sunday.

Nurses’ order looks to promote profession as shortage looms
Daily Star 8 May 2011 The Lebanese Order of Nurses will launch a campaign this week to promote the profession on the occasion of International Nurses Day Thursday, as the order’s president Claire Zablit warned that the country will face a…

South Lebanon man kills relative, injures 4 in shooting
Daily Star 8 May 2011 A man killed his relative and injured four others, including a police sergeant, in a shooting that took place Saturday afternoon in the south Lebanon village of Zrarieh, in the qada of Sidon.

More than 90 percent of Beirut residents exposed to air pollution
Daily Star 8 May 2011 Almost all Beirut residents are exposed to high and dangerous levels of air pollution, according to a study released by American University Beirut.

AUB meeting gathers region’s medical experts
Daily Star 8 May 2011 One of the Middle East’s leading medical assemblies, which attracted over 100 regional health experts, concluded in Beirut Sunday.

Activists conduct beach clean-up campaigns
Daily Star 8 May 2011 Even beach clean-up efforts have sought to capitalize on unrest sweeping the Arab world, with Big Blue Association environmental activists claiming that the people want a clean beach in Lebanon, echoing calls elsewhere of the people…

EU increase in Palestinian aid draws Israeli criticism
Daily Star 8 May 2011 Israel Sunday accused the European Union of a certain incoherence over its decision to boost aid to the Palestinians after Israel halted the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority.

Libya’s revolutionaries remake schools for Gadhafi-free thought
Daily Star 8 May 2011 How do you teach in schools where history books omitted revolutions, geography books had few maps and children learned never to question authority?

Al-Qaeda leader, 17 others killed in Iraq jail
Daily Star 8 May 2011 Eighteen people, including an Al-Qaeda leader and a senior Iraqi counter-terrorism official, died in a battle between inmates and security officers during a jailbreak attempt in Baghdad Sunday, security officials said.

Kuwait replaces oil minister but Cabinet mostly intact
Daily Star 8 May 2011 Kuwait named a new oil minister in a Cabinet formed Sunday to replace one that quit rather than allow lawmakers to question three ministers from the ruling family amid calls for economic and political reforms.

Iran leadership row weakens Ahmadinejad camp as president cautioned
Daily Star 8 May 2011 A power struggle between Iran’s top leaders could shake the Islamic Republic to its foundations, with no sign that its hard-line president can regain the trust of conservative politicians and clerics, analysts say.

Bahrain’s king orders end to emergency law
Daily Star 8 May 2011 Bahrain’s king ordered an end to the emergency rule imposed in mid-March to quell a wave of anti-government protests as leading opposition figures went on trial Sunday for plotting against the Gulf state’s monarchy.

Tunisian police break up fourth day of protests
Daily Star 8 May 2011 Tunisian police used tear gas Sunday to break up a fourth day of anti-government protests by scores of youths in the center of Tunis.

NATO strike hits government weapons depot: rebels
Daily Star 8 May 2011 NATO launched airstrikes Sunday against a Libyan government weapons depot near the rebel-held town of Zintan and heavy fighting was reported near Misrata airport in western Libya, rebel spokesmen said.

Yemeni security forces fire on protesters, 3 dead
Daily Star 8 May 2011 Security forces backed by army units opened fire Sunday on protesters demanding the ouster of Yemen’s longtime president, killing three, an opposition activist said.

Iran foreign minister in UAE over Gulf tension
Daily Star 8 May 2011 Iran’s foreign minister held talks Sunday with top officials in the United Arab Emirates amid tension between Gulf Arab states and Tehran over trouble in Bahrain, Emirati state news agency said.

Hezbollah voices optimism over Cabinet formation
Daily Star 8 May 2011 New proposals that have surfaced could help speed up Lebanon’s Cabinet formation process, Hezbollah’s deputy secretary-general said Sunday.

Bahrain to lift state of emergency June 1
Daily Star 8 May 2011 Bahrain’s Sunni king has ordered a state of emergency to be lifted from June 1, after imposing it following weeks of Shiite-led street protests in the Gulf Arab kingdom, the state news agency said on Sunday.

Gadhafi “shoot ‘n scoot” frustrates NATO in Misrata
Daily Star 8 May 2011 Despite repeated bombing raids by the Western alliance, Gadhafi loyalists continue to lay siege to the city and its vital port — making it one of the bloodiest battlefields of the two-month-old conflict.

Berri: Resistance’s arms not in way of forming state
Daily Star 8 May 2011 Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said that it was the clinging to privileges and a lack adherence to the Taif Accord, not Hezbollah’s weapons, that were preventing the establishment of the state.

Egypt says 190 face army court over church clash
Daily Star 8 May 2011 Egypt’s army said on Sunday it would try 190 people in a military court over clashes between Muslims and Christians near a Cairo church that left 10 dead.

YNet News

US official: Al-Zawahiri is no bin Laden
YNet News, 8 May 2011 – Obama’s security aide Tom Donilon says huge intelligence cache seized from….

PM: We’re constantly working to free captives
YNet News, 8 May 2011 – Israel launches Remembrance Day events for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers and Victims….

Israel at 63: Population of 7,746,000
YNet News, 8 May 2011 – Independence Day 2011: Central Bureau of Statistics data indicate 75% of….

Report: Hamas agrees to Egyptian draft on Shalit deal
YNet News, 8 May 2011 – Al Jazeera claims Cairo’s intelligence services have been able to formulate….

‘Airport fuel crisis far from over’
YNet News, 8 May 2011 – Days after fuel contamination effectively suspends Israel’s air traffic….

Report: Abbas wants Fayyad to head unity gov’t
YNet News, 8 May 2011 – Palestinian president attempts to convince Hamas to keep Salam Fayyad as PM of….

Barak, Steinitz condemn Dagan remarks on Iran
YNet News, 8 May 2011 – Foreign, Finance ministers criticize ex-Mossad chief’s remarks on Iran as….

Syrian city of Homs under siege
YNet News, 8 May 2011 – Violence continues: At least a dozen killed in Syria’s third largest city is….

Cabinet defers vote of fallen firefighters
YNet News, 8 May 2011 – Government Secretariat informs Interior Minister Yishai that cabinet will not….

Democrat senators to Obama: Cut PA aid
YNet News, 7 May 2011 – Dozens of senators urge president to end aid to Palestinians if Hamas joins….

Syrian tanks storm Sunni districts
YNet News, 7 May 2011 – A day after Syrian security forces kill 30 protesters, army units encircle city….

US releases bin Laden videos
YNet News, 7 May 2011 – Videos seized in terror chief’s hideout show bin Laden watching himself on TV….

Palestinian Information Center

Mishaal: Detentions in West Bank contrary to spirit of reconciliation
PIC – 08/05/2011 – 09:16 AM

Ahrar: Israel blocking prisoner from seeing his little daughter
PIC – 08/05/2011 – 09:22 AM

Muslim brotherhood head meets with Mashaal, other factions in Cairo
PIC – Secretary-general of the Muslim brotherhood Mohamed Badi’a met on Saturday head of Hamas’s political bureau Khaled Mashaal and all the Palestinian delegations that signed the reconciliation deal.

Israel closes West Bank for three days
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority imposed a hermetic closure on the West Bank as of midnight Saturday and for three days, the Hebrew radio reported on Sunday.

Israeli troops attack Palestinians in O. Jerusalem, W. Bank
PIC – Many Palestinians sustained injuries on Saturday when they were attacked by Israeli troops in Jerusalem and some West Bank villages during rallies in protest at settlement and Judaization activities.

IOF troops turn Ramallah village into military barracks
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) clamped a curfew on the Ramallah village of Nabi Saleh on Sunday, local sources reported.

Two Hamas officials kidnapped in Jenin and Ramallah cities
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces kidnapped on Saturday senior Hamas official Khaled Al-Hajj in an ambush south of Jenin city as well as Sheikh Majed Hasan after a raid on his home in Ramallah city.

Egyptian moves to refresh prisoner swap talks between Hamas, Israel
PIC – An informed Palestinian source revealed that the Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs is working nowadays on reviving the stalled prisoner swap talks between the Israeli occupation state and Hamas.

IOA extends administrative detention of MP Ramahi
PIC – The IOA extended the administrative detention, without trial, of MP Dr. Mahmoud Al-Ramahi for six more months, the international campaign to release detained lawmakers said on Sunday.

Nassif: Danger threatening reconciliation
PIC – Detained Hamas leader Ra’fat Nassif has said that the continued detention and summonses in the West Bank posed as dangers threatening the national reconciliation that was signed only a few days ago.

Khater warns of Israeli revenge measures in O. Jerusalem
PIC – Dr. Hassan Khater, the secretary general of the Islamic Christian society for the support of Jerusalem and holy shrines, warned of Israeli revenge measures in occupied Jerusalem.

29 Democrat senators tell Obama to cut aid to PA
PIC – 29 US Democrat senators told president Barack Obama he should cut aid to the Palestinian Authority in the event Hamas joined its government following the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Erekat: Recognition of Palestinian State is Not Unilateral Step

Qaraqe: Prisoners’ File Needs Immediate Political Intervention‚Äè

Palestinian Prisoners Continue Hunger Strike in Israeli Prisons

Fatah: Israel Interferes in Palestinian Internal Affairs

Adalah-NY: New Yorkers Protest Settlement-Builder Leviev, Call for Mother’s Day Jewelry Boycott

Israel Takes Forceful Measures in Jerusalem for Celebration

Fatah: Israeli Instigation against Abbas and Reconciliation is Terrorism

Israel Imposes Total Closure on Palestinian Territory

Jalloud Council Told to Remove Power Lines

Intifada Palestine

Rebuilding Gaza: O’Keefe and Survivors of Cast Lead ‘Massacre’ Join Forces in Safe-Trade Project
Intifada-Palestine: 8 May 2011 – As the door to the outside world gradually opens… Samouni Family in Gaza with Ken O’ Keefe by: Stuart Littlewood No fewer that 29 members of the Samouni family, including many of the women and children, were callously slaughtered by Israeli… more

Intifada-Palestine: 8 May 2011 – Peaceful protesters hold weekly vigils in front of Ann Arbor’s Beth Israel Congregation. (Henry Herskovitz) By: HENRY HERSKOVITZ and MICHELLE J. KINNUCAN After Malcolm X returned from his epiphanic trip to Mecca, he was asked if White people could join his… more

U.S. Support for Brutal Dictators is a Source of Frustration in the Middle East: Anthony DiMaggio
Intifada-Palestine: 8 May 2011 – An in-depth interview with Anthony DiMaggio on Middle East, Iran, Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Egyptian Revolution Interview by Kourosh Ziabari / STAFF WRITER Anthony DiMaggio is a university professor, writer, political commentator and media expert. He is the author of numerous books, including… more

Intifada-Palestine: 8 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…. more

Los Angeles Times

12 dead in Muslim-Christian clashes in Egypt
LA Times 8 May 2011 – Riot police disperse crowds outside a Cairo church burned by Muslim mobs. The violence raises questions about minority rights and Egypt’s transition to democracy. Gunfire rang out as a priest and his congregation prayed Sunday inside a church that hours earlier had been set on…

Egypt’s new foreign policy tests old alliances
LA Times 7 May 2011 – Cairo is reaching out to Iran and the militant group Hamas, a new agenda that angers Israel and will pose a challenge to U.S. ties as it threatens to upend the balance of power in the Middle East. Egypt’s new government has embarked on adventurous…

Mobs set Egypt churches on fire, 10 killed
LA Times 8 May 2011 – Muslim mobs set two churches on fire overnight in a Cairo slum during sectarian clashes that left 10 dead and more than 200 injured, deepening religious violence in military-ruled Egypt while the country is already struggling through a chaotic and lawless transition to democracy.

Libyan forces destroy key fuel supply in Misurata
LA Times 7 May 2011 – The loss of stored fuel in the rebel-held city in western Libya could lead to gasoline shortages and make an already dire humanitarian crisis worse. Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi destroyed three huge fuel tanks in the besieged city of Misurata, aggravating an…

New York Times

Syria Broadens Deadly Crackdown on Protesters
New York Times 8 May 2011 – The crackdown seemed to mark a decisive turn in an uprising that has posed a grave challenge to President Bashar al-Assad.

Clashes in Cairo Leave 12 Dead and 2 Churches in Flames
New York Times 8 May 2011 – Long-suppressed sectarian animosities have burst out since the end of former President Hosni Mubarak’s police state.

Bahrain Says it Will End State of Emergency
New York Times 8 May 2011 – The king of Bahrain said that the state of emergency he imposed to quell antigovernment protests would be ended on June 1st.

Officers and Inmates Are Killed in Iraq Jail Revolt
New York Times 8 May 2011 – An insurgent leader led an hours-long revolt inside a Baghdad jail, security authorities said.

Abbas Urges Continuation of U.S. Aid Despite Agreement With Hamas
New York Times 8 May 2011 – President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority beseeched a group of visiting American Jews to urge Congress not to cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in aid.

Israeli Strike on Iran Would Be ‘Stupid,’ Ex-Spy Chief Says
New York Times 8 May 2011 – Israel’s former intelligence chief has said that an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear installations would be “a stupid idea,” adding that military action might not achieve all of its goals and could lead to a long war in the region.


New York’s The Jewish Week on support for Kushner
Jewish Voice for Peace –

Jeremiah Haber on how Kushner shows the debate changing
Jewish Voice for Peace –

As Nakba Day approaches, Israeli troops ‘conquer’ a simulated Arab village
Mondoweiss – 63 years ago today, before the Arab armies had entered Palestine, and before Israel had declared its independence, Zionist militias were engaged in the conquest and ethnic cleansing of dozens of villages, from Abu al-Fadl near present-day Ramle to Akbara, which was 2 kilometers south of…

Palestinian state could pose legal tsunami to occupier
Mondoweiss – and other news from Today in Palestine: Land, property, resources theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlers Susya and Lasefer, May 7, 2011 / David Shulman Two things strike you immediately, closely followed by a familiar third. The first is the sheer brazenness of the theft — or,…

And they scream when a street is named after Yihia Ayash in Gaza
Mondoweiss – The Menachem Begin Center (state sponsored institution in Israel) salutes the Irgun Zvai Leumi, aka National Military O rganization ( a terrorist organization) on its 80th birthday.

As a writer’s family waits all night outside prison gates, his detention is extended 6 months, without evidence
Mondoweiss – We’re all talking about Tony Kushner losing an honorary degree. Well earlier this week an Israeli military court sentenced Ahmad Qatamish , a leading Palestinian intellectual and writer, to 6 months of administrative detention after he was arrested in his home the week before. The following statement…

The invisible blacklist: Why does MOMA exhibit of Francis Alys’s work not feature his Jerusalem piece?
Mondoweiss – MIT Tech TV This weekend an exhibition opened at MOMA by Francis Alys that does not include a brilliant artwork I assume because it explores the meaning of the division of Jerusalem. MOMA’s exhibit includes three works. It does not include “The Green Line,” likely the…

Hamas rallies for unity in Ramallah
Palestine Monitor – More than two hundred Hamas supporters celebrated the recently announced Palestinian National Unity Agreement in the West Bank. – Videos / 3rd-col-1st-article , Non-violent resistance , Palestinian unity

Jews and Muslims, Confronting Islamophobia, Finding Common Cause
Tikun Olam – This is a talk I delivered at the Confronting Islamophobia: I am My Brother’s Keeper conference on Saturday at St. Mark’s Cathedral here in Seattle. I’m grateful to the organizing committee for inviting me to speak. I’m delighted to report that the event was very well…

Protecting Susya III
Palestine Monitor – In his third field report from the South Hebron Hills, David Shulman tells of brazen theft, settler racism, soldier complicity, and Israeli activists helping the occupied Palestinain harvest. – Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions / 2nd-col-1st-article , Non-violent resistance , International solidarity , Theft , Settlements , Impunity

Meir Dagan: Israel Attack on Iran ‘Stupidest Thing I’ve Ever Heard’
Tikun Olam – OK, Meirke. We get the message. Former Mossad director, Meir Dagan, who was unceremoniously booted from his job by Bibi Netanyahu a few months ago, continues to exact his revenge. This time, he’s weighed in on the notion that Israel should attack Iran (English here ) to…

Does Delta Airlines Endorse Racial Profiling Against Muslims?
Tikun Olam – Masadur Rahman and Mohamed Zaghloul interviewed after being ejected from flight for their ‘Arab garb’ (KCNC) Yesterday, a pilot for a Delta Airlines feeder flight in Memphis threw two Muslim clerics off his plane saying that some passengers “might” be uncomfortable with them aboard. Their crime?…

Misc 2

Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike
Sabr 8 May 2011 – 04 May 2011 | PressTV Palestinian political prisoners in Israel’s Nafha jail have gone on a hunger strike to protest the inhumane treatment of detainees by the Israeli prison administration. Hundreds of Palestinian inmates held in the Israeli military detention center in northern West Bank took part…

Warning after fatal Cairo clashes
BBC 8 May 2011 – Egypt’s justice minister says the government will use “an iron fist” against those who threaten the country’s security following violence between Muslims and Christians in Cairo.

Syria security forces enter Homs
BBC 8 May 2011 – Syrian security forces enter the city of Homs making a number of arrests, as nationwide operations continue against anti-government protests.

Egypt and Israel heading for crisis
Sabbah report 7 May 2011 – Jonathan Cook argues that post-Mubarak Egypt’s reassessment of its policies towards Israel and the Palestinians is plunging the Zionist state into a mood of deep depression and anxiety.


Palestinians Drop America-Israel — For Now
Rami G. Khouri, Agence Global5/9/2011
BEIRUT — Much of the American-Israeli reaction to the reconciliation agreement that the leading Palestinian movements Fateh and Hamas signed last week has focused on what this means for the peace process with Israel. Not surprisingly, much of this same American-Israeli reaction to Palestinian issues once again misses the point. This is mainly because there is no peace process with Israel, and Palestinian leaders are signaling that they have essentially stopped playing the game of Middle East diplomacy according to the American-Israeli rules, and instead wish to focus on the internal development and national unity needs of the Palestinian people they serve.
Whether or not the reconciliation impacts positively or negatively on the diplomatic front with Israel will be determined in about 18 months from now, after the year-long Palestinian interim technocratic government paves the way for new elections in the occupied territories and a newly elected and relegitimized Palestinian Authority leadership takes office. Equally significantly, the coming year will see moves to reactivate and also relegitimize the organs of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which will allow the re-emergence of a coherent, integrated and credible voice that speaks for all Palestinians around the world.
A unified Palestinian national leadership with robust democratic pluralism will chart out a diplomatic position that will reflect nothing new, because the existing common ground among the Palestinians is already manifested in both internal Palestinian documents and in the 2002 Arab Peace Plan that remains on the table. This position demands full Israeli withdrawal from lands occupied in 1967 (with agreed land swaps), establishing a sovereign Palestinian state in those areas, resolving the refugee issue on the basis of agreed options for refugees anchored in existing international law and UN resolutions, and normal, peaceful bilateral relations in all spheres. This is what the Palestinians will reaffirm yet again — but this is not what the Cairo-brokered reconciliation agreement is all about. more.. e-mail


Israel’s worst fears
Ayman El-Amir, Al-Ahram Weekly5/5/2011
The strategic situation for Israel turned 180 degrees in 2011, while the full impact of the rise of Arab dignity has not yet been felt.
As if the downfall of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and its implications for the relationship with Israel were not enough, Israel has now to grapple with another challenge — the reconciliation between Palestinian Fatah and Hamas. Of all the revolutionary change currently sweeping the Arab world, the Egyptian people’s revolution of 25 January has stirred deep concerns in Israel. The overarching worry is that Israel can no longer count on the continuation of the status quo guaranteed by the Mubarak regime. Under Mubarak’s submissive policy, Israel has expropriated and settled 40 per cent of Palestinian territory, killed thousands of Palestinians in Gaza, laid siege to and starved the Strip and bombed the Egyptian border on claims of destroying Palestinian-dug tunnels. In return, it expected and received little more than tepid bleating from Mubarak and his representatives. All this is bound to change.
In a matter of two months, Egypt has sent a number of worrying signals to Israel. Egypt does not accept the inhuman Israeli siege of Gaza and will soon reopen the Rafah Crossing permanently. A reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas has been signed, which will pave the way for the establishment of a government of national unity and agreement on the modalities of Palestinian national elections. A number of European countries, including France, Germany and Russia, have indicated preparedness to do business with a Palestinian government backed by Fatah and Hamas, which is an anathema for Israel that considers Hamas a “terrorist” organisation. Egypt is broaching the idea of an international conference on the settlement of the Palestinian problem, which is welcome neither to Israel nor to the United States. The Palestinian Authority has recently brandished the possibility of declaring a Palestinian state, much to the chagrin of Israel…. more.. e-mail

O’Keefe and survivors of Cast Lead ‘massacre’ join forces in safe-trade project to rebuild Gaza
Stuart Littlewood, Redress5/9/2011
No fewer that 29 members of the Samouni family, including many of the women and children, were callously slaughtered by Israeli troops during their assault on the Gaza Strip, known as Operation Cast Lead, some two years ago.
For the benefit of those who have not seen the Goldstone Report, extracts describing events in considerable detail are included in an appendix below. After reading the report it is no surprise that the Israeli regime has pulled out all the stops to discredit Judge Goldstone and his colleagues for daring to reveal the true behaviour of “the most moral army in the world”.
….O’Keefe served as a US marine. Now a peace activist, he is remembered especially for his part in resisting the Israelis’ murderous assault in international waters on the Mavi Marmara, the lead vessel in the Free Gaza flotilla last year.
The economic strangulation of the tiny coastal enclave by Israel’s five-year blockade and the devastation to homes, factories, infrastructure and livelihoods caused by the blitzkrieg of 2008-09 (Operation Cast Lead) and the daily air-strikes ever since, not to mention US and EU sanctions, have caused chronic suffering and despair.
As O’Keefe puts it:
“Parents are not only unable to protect their children from Israeli aggression but also incapable of providing even the bare essentials without the aid. Children become both witness and victim of this reality. Many begin to lose respect for their parents, and that in turn causes parents to suffer from diminishing self-respect and depression.” more.. e-mail

Hamas rallies for unity in Ramallah
Palestine Monitor: 8 May 2011 – More than two hundred Hamas supporters celebrated the recently announced Palestinian National Unity Agreement in the West Bank. – Videos / 3rd-col-1st-article , Non-violent resistance , Palestinian unitymore

Protecting Susya III
Palestine Monitor: 8 May 2011 – In his third field report from the South Hebron Hills, David Shulman tells of brazen theft, settler racism, soldier complicity, and Israeli activists helping the occupied Palestinain harvest. – Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions / 2nd-col-1st-article , Non-violent resistance , International solidarity , Theft , Settlements , Impunitymore

Fayyad calls for release of Palestinian tax revenues
Palestine Monitor: 8 May 2011 – At a press conference Monday, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad criticized Israeli authorities for making it impossible for the Palestinian Authority to pay last month’s salaries to staff members and contractors by withholding Palestinian tax revenues. – In Focus / Economy , Theft , Occupation , Impunity , Palestinian unitymore

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