VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 17 October, 2011: Barghouti: Prisoners were not consulted over swap deal

17 October 2011 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Toner: “Quartet Envoys Will Separately Meet Palestinian, Israeli Officials”
IMEMC – Tuesday October 18, 2011 – 02:25, Envoys of the Quartet Committee for the Middle East will be holding separate meetings with Palestinian and Israeli officials, in Jerusalem on October 26, in an attempt to revive direct Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, Mark Toner, U.S State Department spokesperson said.

The Palestinian-swap Deal Will Begin Tomorrow Morning
IMEMC – Monday October 17, 2011 – 14:08, The implementation of the prisoner swap deal will begin Tuesday morning at 6:00 o’clock Israeli media sources reported on Monday.

Erekat: “No Date Set For Meeting With Quartet Committee”
IMEMC – Monday October 17, 2011 – 13:37, Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), long-time negotiator, Dr. Saeb Erekat, stated that the time and date for a meeting with the Quartet, which recently called for the resumption of peace talks, has not been set yet, the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reported.

Teachers Of Qurtuba School Continue Their Protest
IMEMC – Monday October 17, 2011 – 13:07, The teachers of Qurtuba School are still protesting in front of the military checkpoint at the entrance to Martyrs Street, in the middle of the West Bank city of Hebron, the Palestine News & Info Agency (WAFA) reported on Monday.

Qaraqe’ Describes Prisoners-Swap Deal As Unilateral, Party-Oriented
IMEMC – Monday October 17, 2011 – 12:42, The Minister of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs, Issa Qaraqe’, stated on Monday the 17th of October, that the deal is unilateral and party-directed, the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reported.

Army Kidnaps 6 Palestinian Residents In The West Bank
IMEMC – Monday October 17, 2011 – 12:01, The Israeli army detained three Jericho residents, and three from Nablus, after breaking into their homes on Monday morning, the Palestinian News & Info Agency reported.

Hamas Leaders Arrive In Cairo To Welcome 40 Exiled Detainees
IMEMC – Monday October 17, 2011 – 10:51, The Vice president of the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement in Gaza, Mousa Abu Marzouq, will be heading to Cairo on Monday as part of a Hamas delegation, to welcome forty detainees who will be forced into exile as part of the prisoner-swap deal. Khaled Mashal, head of the Hamas Political Bureau in Syria, will be heading the delegation.

Qorea’: “Settlement Activities Prove Israel Not Interested In peace”
IMEMC – Monday October 17, 2011 – 07:22, Head of the Jerusalem Department at the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Ahmad Qorea, stated that Israel’s violations against Jerusalem, settlement activities and annexations, are hostile activities that prove Israel is not interested in peace.

Ma’an News

Minister: Detainees suspend strike after deal on isolation
10/17/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinians jailed in Israel suspended a three-week hunger strike on Monday, the minister of detainee affairs in Ramallah said. Issa Qaraqe told the official Wafa news agency that prisoners ended the strike after Israeli prison authorities agreed to end the practice of solitary confinement. Israel will stop holding detainees in isolation….

Barghouti: Prisoners were not consulted over swap deal
10/17/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Detained Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti said Sunday that Hamas did not consult detainees over its prisoner swap deal with Israel. Hamas has agreed to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. Several prominent political leaders, including Barghouti, were left out of….

Rights groups: Exile of prisoners ‘a war crime’
10/17/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel’s exile of prisoners to the Gaza Strip and abroad is a serious war crime, rights groups said Monday. Israel and Hamas agreed to deport over 200 prisoners as part of a deal to release 1,027 detainees from Israeli jails in exchange for a soldier held in Gaza. Some….

Family of slain Shalit captor appeal for his body
10/17/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The family of a Palestinian killed by Israeli forces in 2006 on Sunday appealed for the return of his body. In a statement, relatives of Muhammad Azmi Farawneh said he was involved in the capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and that they hoped his body would be returned as….

Hamas official: Qatar, Turkey to host prisoners
10/17/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouq said on Monday that three countries are willing to host Palestinian detainees set to be released under a recent exchange deal between Hamas and Israel. Marzouq, deputy head of the Hamas politburo, told the London based pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat that Qatar and Turkey had agreed to….

PRC: Media to be kept away from prisoner release
10/17/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Popular Resistance Committees spokesman Abu Mujahid said Monday that the release of Palestinian prisoners and Gilad Shalit will be kept away from the media.” There will be an official welcoming ceremony for the freed prisoners at the Rafah crossing. Islamic, national and government officials, and members of the parliament, will….

PFLP says it will respond if leader’s health deteriorates
10/17/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — PFLP central committee member Jamil Mizhir warned on Monday that the movement will take action against Israel if the health of their imprisoned leader deteriorates. Ahmad Saadat is on hunger strike as part of a mass prisoner protest against worsening Israeli prison policies launched on Sept. 27. The Popular Front….

Celebrations to greet prisoners as Hamas, Israel close swap sites
10/17/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli and Palestinian officials on Monday finalized preparations for the exchange of over 1,000 prisoners for a captured soldier, establishing closed military zones at swap sites and organizing welcome ceremonies. Hamas officials in Gaza announced that a kilometer span from the southern Rafah border with Egypt would be considered a closed….

PRC leader: Israel must lift Gaza siege
10/17/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel must lift its siege on Gaza with the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, the Popular Resistance Committee secretary-general said Monday.”Israel has no excuses now to keep the siege over Gaza after the release of Shalit,” Zuher al-Qeisi told Ma’an. Israel has agreed to free 1,027….

In photos: Olive harvest in West Bank village
10/17/2011 – MaanImages / Trevor Lewis – The Badar family harvest olives in the village of Beitillu, northwest of Ramallah. Beitillu was historically a farming village but between the first and second Intifada most residents worked in construction within Israel. The village has now turned back to farming as the primary source of income and grows olives, pumpkins, tomatoes….

Timeline: Israel, Hamas prisoner exchange
10/17/2011 – Israel and Hamas have agreed on a deal to swap the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit for the release of over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. The following is a timeline of events since Shalit was captured: 2006 – June 25 – Gaza-based militants — including Hamas’ armed wing — launch raid into Israel from the Gaza Strip, killing two soldiers….

Egypt expects prisoner swap with Israel soon
10/17/2011 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptexpects to swap US-Israeli dual national Ilan Grapel, detained in June on spying charges, for Egyptian prisoners held in Israel, an Egyptian security source said on Monday. The swap would take place after Israel completes a separate prisoner exchange with Hamas involving Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, but the two cases are not linked….

Israel high court discusses prisoner exchange appeals
10/17/2011 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israelis opposed to a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas sought Supreme Court intervention on Monday to block the release of hundreds of jailed Palestinians in return for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. The first phase of the swap, to take place on Tuesday, should bring to a close a saga that has gripped….

Analysis: Hamas success may push Abbas further down UN path
10/17/2011 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — The huge prisoner release won by Hamasin exchange for a lone Israeli soldier has drawn praise from those in the Middle East who believe violence is the only way to deal with Israel, unsettling President Mahmoud Abbas’ camp and chipping away at what faith is left in his strategy of negotiating peace….

Quartet to meet Israelis, Palestinians separately
10/17/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Envoys of the Middle East Quartet will meet separately with Israeli and Palestinian representatives in Jerusalem on Oct. 26 as they seek a way forward on peace talks, the State Department said Monday.” Quartet envoys will be meeting with the parties in Jerusalem on October 26 with the aim to begin preparations and….

UN chief hails prisoner swap
10/17/2011 – BERN, Switzerland (AFP) — UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Monday that Israel’s plans to release 477 Palestinian prisoners in order to secure the freedom of captive soldier Gilad Shalit marked a positive step towards peace.” The recent announcement of the exchange of prisoners is welcome, it is a positive movement for peace,” Ban said….

PCBS: Most businesses using public water network
10/17/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The public network remains the main source of water supply for businesses in the West Bank and Gaza, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics reported Monday. PCBS found 86. 1 percent of businesses used the public water network. with the remainder using wells, water tanks and collected rainwater. As part of….

ElBaradei calls for ‘roadmap’ to new Egypt
10/17/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Potential presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei called on Sunday for a “clear roadmap” to civilian rule in Egypt, accusing all sides of having fallen short in the post-Hosni Mubarak era.” What I ask of (the ruling military) Council is that it announce a clear roadmap, to have a clear vision for citizens and for….

Iran suffers under sanctions, faces threat of more
10/17/2011 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran, OPEC’s second-biggest oil producer, is threatened with new economic sanctions by US President Barack Obama, who has vowed to make it “pay a price” for an alleged assassination plot in Washington. Western and UN sanctions in force over Iran’s controversial nuclear program already weigh heavily on the country….

Official: Jordan king names judge as PM
10/17/2011 – AMMAN (AFP) — King Abdullah II on Monday named International Court of Justice judge Awn Khasawneh as prime minister, replacing Maaruf Bakhit, whose government has been accused of failing to meet growing demands for reforms, a government official said.” Khasawneh is currently meeting with the king, who entrusted him to form the new government,” said the….

Syria ‘targets doctors who treat protesters’
10/17/2011 – NICOSIA (AFP) — Syrian security forces have intensified their crackdown on doctors who treat wounded demonstrators, an activist network spurring protests against the regime of President Bashar Assad said on Monday.” Security forces recently intensified their campaign against doctors, hospitals and private clinics suspected of treating people wounded in pro-freedom rallies,” without notifying security services, the….

UN: Iran secretly executing hundreds of prisoners
10/17/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Iran’s authoritarian regime has been secretly executing hundreds of prisoners, according to a new UN report detailing growing rights abuses in the Islamic republic. The mysterious executions at Vakilabad prison in Mashhad in eastern Iran were highlighted in a report compiled by Ahmed Shaheed, the new UN special rapporteur on….

Palestine Note

Families Anxiously Await Israel-Hamas Prisoner Deal
Palestine Note 17 Oct 2011 – BBC News – The process that will see the release of about 500 Palestinian prisoners in return for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has begun. The Palestinian prisoners have been named and are being gathered in two prisons ahead of…

Aljazeera

Fighting erupts in Yemeni capital
AlJazeera 17 Oct 2011 – Several people killed in Sanaa during early morning clashes between pro-Saleh forces and opposition.

Saudi king’s back surgery ‘successful’
AlJazeera 17 Oct 2011 – Royal Court’s statement says Abdullah underwent back operation in Riyadh after complaining of lower back pain.

Jordan’s king appoints new prime minister
AlJazeera 17 Oct 2011 – Move comes a day after 70 of 120 parliamentarians called on Abdullah to sack leader over lack of reforms.

Deaths reported in violence across Syria
AlJazeera 17 Oct 2011 –

Palestine News Network

PFLP Secretary-General Saadat Transferred to al-Ramleh Hospital
PNN – PNNOn Sunday, Secretary-General of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmed Saadat, the man widely regarded to have started the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike now in its 21st day, was…

In Hebron, A Family Waits to Reunite
PNN – by Ansar AtmayzehNothing makes Amal al-Awawdeh happier than the release of her father Ahmed. She was born while he was in a prison—now 12 and living in the southern West Bank city…

Hamas’ Mousa Abu Marzouq: Syria, Qatar, Turkey to Host Deported Prisoners
PNN – PNNOn Monday, Deputy Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau Mousa Abu Marzouq told al-Hayat newspaper that Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal would arrive in Cairo today to receive 40 deported prisoners to be…

Palestinians Rally in Jerusalem Against Cairo Copt Killings
PNN – PNNPalestinians gathered in Jerusalem on Sunday night to protest the October 9 killing of Egyptian Copts in Cairo. The mass demonstration was followed by Christian and Muslim prayers and speeches denouncing the…

Jerusalem Prisoners?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ Families Prepare for Homecoming, Exile
PNN – by Maysa Abu GhazalaOn Friday, as the news spread from house to house in East Jerusalem that the list of Palestinian prisoners to be released in the much-reported Shalit exchange had been…

International Solidarity Movement

The colonial parade of Hebron
10/18/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – A crowded Palestinian marketplace, mid-afternoon, the sun is slowly descending, and a cool breeze blows plastic bags past the feet of a jumbled crowd of young men, small boys, women in hijab with their daughters, and old men. They have gathered, this midday mass of Palestinians, with outstretched necks and searching eyes, to stare at…. Related: Free Paly

Burin: Zionist soldiers and colonists collaborate against harvesting
10/17/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – The Israeli military conducted arrests, mistreated detainees and continued to prevent villagers from picking olives in certain areas of Burin, near Nablus, yesterday on October 16 2011. International activists have been prevented by the military from attending olive harvests during the past two days in some areas and settlers harassed….

The colonial parade of Hebron
10/17/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 18 October 2011 – Free Paly – A crowded Palestinian marketplace, mid-afternoon, the sun is slowly descending, and a cool breeze blows plastic bags past the feet of a jumbled crowd of young men, small boys, women in hijab with their daughters, and old men. They have gathered, this midday mass of Palestinians, with outstretched necks and…. Related: Free Paly

Alternative Information Center

New Jewish Neighbourhood Planned for East Jerusalem
Alternative Information Center – On 11 October, a new plan for the construction of 2,610 housing units in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat Hamatos was deposited for public review. This plan comes to replace a former one, deposited three…

Israel Forcibly Removes Flags from East Jerusalem Village Preparing to Receive Released Political Prisoners
Alternative Information Center – In the early morning hours of Monday (17 October), Israeli border police entered the East Jerusalem village of Issawiya and removed all Palestinian, Fatah and Hamas flags hung in anticipation of tomorrow’s release of two village…

Relief Web

Coping with Conflict: Poverty and Inclusion in the West Bank and Gaza
Relief Web 17 Oct 2011 – Source: World Bank Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel Donor aid keeps Gaza economy afloat; World Bank report finds poverty reduction fragile and linked to donor aid GAZA, October 16, 2011 – A new report by the World Bank reveals a…

Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange is a positive step, Ban says
Relief Web 17 Oct 2011 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel 17 October 2011 – The recent announcement by Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas to exchange prisoners is a welcome step that should generate positive momentum for ongoing efforts to resolve…

Counter-terrorism and humanitarian action
Relief Web 17 Oct 2011 – Source: ODI – Humanitarian Policy Group Country: World , occupied Palestinian territory , Somalia Briefing paper – HPG Policy Briefs 43, October 2011 Authors: Sara Pantuliano, Kate Mackintosh, Samir Elhawary, Victoria Metcalfe This HPG Policy Brief explores how measures introduced to combat…

Women’s empowerment project builds stronger families and communities
Relief Web 17 Oct 2011 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Syrian Arab Republic (the) , occupied Palestinian territory “The training I received in photography will help me make a much better life for my family, and give…

ACT Appeal: OPT – Follow on Appeal, Gaza and WB, Revision 1
Relief Web 17 Oct 2011 – Source: ACT Alliance Country: occupied Palestinian territory Appeal Target: US$ 2,766,750 Balance Requested: US$ 448,671 Dear Colleagues, The Gaza blockade since 2006 is considered a denial of basic human rights in contravention of international law and amounts to collective punishment….

Ihsanoglu Condemns Israel’s Decision To Construct 2610 Settlement Units In East Jerusalem
Relief Web 17 Oct 2011 – Source: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, strongly condemned Israel for its decision to build 2610 settlement units on lands in the West Bank, located…

UN Women, through the Fund for Gender Equality, Kicks Off New Call for Proposals on Women’s Empowerment in Arab States
Relief Web 16 Oct 2011 – Source: UN Women Country: Bahrain , Egypt , Iraq , Lebanon , Libya , occupied Palestinian territory , Syrian Arab Republic (the) , Tunisia , Yemen Media Contact: Oisika Chakrabarti, Media Specialist, oisika.chakrabarti[at]unwomen.org, +1 646 781-4522. High impact political and economic empowerment programmes sought, grantees to be announced…

Palestininan women become bread makers and bread winners
Relief Web 16 Oct 2011 – Source: UN Radio Country: occupied Palestinian territory Women in Palestine are becoming both bread makers and bread winners through a UN programme that promotes gender equality and empowerment. To earn an income, the women are making meals, and helping ensure…

UN chief concerned over Israel’s plans for new settlements in East Jerusalem
Relief Web 16 Oct 2011 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel 15 October 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern over the continuing planning for new Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, stressing that the recent developments in that regard…

Palestine Telegraph

Palestinians protest Israeli checkpoints
17 Oct 2011 – Palestinians have staged protest rallies against the segregation of roads by the Israeli regime in the occupied West Bank, calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, Press TV reports.

Ha’aretz

Gilad Shalit to return to Israel within hours after High Court rejects bereaved families’ petitions
Ha’aretz –

Hamas: Israel pledged to lift Gaza blockade as part of Shalit swap deal
Ha’aretz – Mahmoud Zahar, member of Hamas’ negotiating team in Shalit deal tells Haaretz Israel had agreed to lift blockade as part of deal in talks with a German mediator long ago.

Harel & Pfeffer / Shalit affair represents failure of Israel’s security forces
Ha’aretz – ‘The culmination of the Shalit affair in this fashion is a sad day for the IDF,’ Colonel (res. ) Ronen Cohen, who held high posts in the IDF intelligence branch until recently, told Haaretz.

Israel must release more Palestinians to avoid future abductions, Hamas official says
Ha’aretz – Hassan Yousef says ‘So long as Palestinian prisoners continue to suffer in prisons, there will be an incentive to free them via any available means.’

The Jewish people won’t celebrate the freeing of murderers, PM to say following Shalit’s release
Ha’aretz – PM, Defense Minister, IDF chief to welcome released IDF soldier at IAF base upon his arrival; after the meeting Shalit will be reunited with his family.

Peres: Shalit’s life outweighs price of released Palestinian terrorists
Ha’aretz – Speaking to representatives of Terror Victims Association, President says empathizes with the bereaved families, saying that all of Israel shared their pain.

Quartet to hold meetings with Israel, PA officials in Jerusalem in late October
Ha’aretz – Meetings to lay groundwork for fresh peace negotiations to take place on October 26, according to a U.S. State Department statement.

Israeli soldiers should kill terrorists ‘in their beds’ following Shalit deal, former IDF rabbi says
Ha’aretz – Avihai Rontzki says can understand bereaved family members who would want to avenge Palestinian prisoners released in the prisoner swap agreement, adding ‘a normal country would destroy them.’

Major Israeli news channels sign deal on ethical coverage of Gilad Shalit’s return
Ha’aretz – New agreement stipulates that reporters and photographers must keep their distance from the Shalit home following the return of the abducted IDF soldier.

High Court hears petitions against Shalit swap, will rule within hours
Ha’aretz – Session devoted to petitions against the swap repeatedly disrupted by Israelis who lost family members in attacks linked to Palestinian prisoners who will be exchanged for Shalit.

Egypt official: Prisoner swap with Israel for suspected spy to follow Shalit deal
Ha’aretz – Egyptian security source says a prisoner exchange that would set Ilan Grapel free is not linked to Israel’s agreement with Hamas for the abducted IDF solider.

Short-term rentals: Good for the Israeli economy?
Ha’aretz – ‘Everyone benefits from foreign homeowners renting out their properties.’

Ton of bricks / What the banks’ analysts aren’t telling you
Ha’aretz – Analysts conclude that a supply glut looms and that housing prices will probably fall.

Hospital residents ask for day off, annual bonus
Ha’aretz – Residents protesting since doctors’ union signed its agreement with the treasury, which the residents say did not address their concerns.

Be Merry / A taste of summer – in the fall
Ha’aretz – A jar of ’10-hour figs’ cooked with a little sugar will keep in the fridge for months and be a wonderful source for summery desserts.

IDF declares Gaza crossings ‘closed military zones’ on eve of Shalit swap
Ha’aretz – Zones to include all routes through which Palestinian prisoners are slated to be transferred and expelled to other countries, as well as route through which Gilad Shalit will be brought back to Israel.

Barghouti: Hamas did not consult its own prisoner leaders about Shalit deal
Ha’aretz – Fatah leader criticizes Hamas for not including senior political leaders, saying he only learned about the deal in the media.

Shalit promoted to rank of IDF sergeant-major on eve of release
Ha’aretz – The soldier, who was a corporal when he was abducted in a 2006 cross-border raid, has been promoted twice during his captivity.

Iran calls U.S. assassination charges ‘Nazi propaganda’
Ha’aretz – Foreign Minister demands Washington provide information about two suspects arrested for allegedly plotting to assassinate Saudi ambassador to the U.S.

As court hears objections to Shalit swap, petitioner tells Noam Shalit: Hang a black flag over your home
Ha’aretz – Netanyahu sends a letter to Israelis who lost relatives in attacks linked to Palestinian prisoners to be released in deal.

Syria, Qatar, Turkey said willing to take prisoners deported in Shalit deal
Ha’aretz – Hamas official tells Al-Hayat three countries willing to absorb the 40 Palestinian prisoners whose release Israel has conditioned on deportation.

Hamas: Shin Bet director wanted to meet military chief, but we said no
Ha’aretz – Spokesman for Hamas military wing claims Yoram Cohen tried twice to meet Ahmed Jabari in Cairo, says Hamas gained 90% of its demands.

Jerusalem Post

Israel begins moving Palestinian inmates from jails
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Vehicles carrying Palestinian prisoners depart from Israeli jails, setting in motion Schalit-prisoner swap.

Gilad Schalit expected to arrive home today
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – IDF finalizes preparations for prisoner swap; PM, Barak and IDF chief Gantz, together with captive soldier’s parents to greet him at Tel Nof Air Force Base.

Palestinians express mixed feelings on release of prisoners
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Nadia Zubi from Tulkarm in south West Bank says not enough Fatah members were included in the prisoners list.

Analysis: What makes Israel unique
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – While its enemies praise death, Israel sanctifies life, for that reason it is willing to pay heavy price to retrieve one IDF soldier.

Former captive soldier’s father ‚Äòoverjoyed’ by Schalit deal
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – “What he needs now is peace and quiet. I know what we went through when Benny was taken, when he was brought back from captivity.”

Turkey’s acceptance of terrorists reveals Hamas ties
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Ankara’s friendliness in absorbing released Palestinian prisoners is more directed at Hamas than Israel, Israeli officials say.

Quartet to meet Israelis, Palestinians separately
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – International officials attempting to restart stalled peace negotiations between Israeli, Palestinian officials.

Security prisoners hold off on celebrating early releases
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Prison Service finalizes preparations to bus the prisoners in heavily-guarded convoys to release points in Rafah, West Bank.

Arab mothers upset no youth included in swap
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Defense for Children International- Palestine section released a statement on Monday criticizing the deal for not including youth in it.

Mother of terror victim chooses reconciliation
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – “My life is not contingent on the man who killed my son. He doesn’t have to say ‘I’m sorry’ for me to move on.”

11 terrorists to be released to east Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Police prepare carefully-choreographed transfers of prisoners with IDF; prisoners will be brought to Ofer Prison near Ramallah.

Reform Movement: Remove gender barrier at Kotel entrance
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Segregation has still extended into the public domain where segregation is illegal,” said director of Israel Religious Action Center.

Consensus in the presidential succa
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Peres: The nation eagerly awaits the arrival of a special guest in the succa; Rowdy Black Panthers escorted from premises.

Gaza awaits the ships’ whistle
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Prisoners include young and old, men and women, liberals and fundamentalists, Muslims, Christians and many more.

Foreign journalists arrive in Israel to cover swap
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – PMO, IDF Spokesman’s Office operating press center at entrance to Tel Nof IAF base, press expected at Kerem Shalom crossing, Ofer Prison.

The right decision, 1,027 times over
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Hamas may claim victory, but Israel’s has shown the strength and the value the Jewish State places on human life.

Our World: Iran’s war to win
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – It is fairly obvious that the administration will take no military action whatsoever against Iran’s nuclear program.

High Court decides not to intervene in Schalit swap
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Decision rejecting petitions against release of terrorists from Israeli prison removes last obstacle to the return of captive soldier.

Digital World: Web 3.0 gets a big ‚ÄòMazal Tov’ from Walla
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – “Walla Mazal Tov” lets you do everything from searching for a wedding hall to having your kid learn his bar mitzva portion virtually.

Schalits await ruling on petition against prisoner releases
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Decision on petitions submitted to High Court by terror victims’ families seeking to prevent prisoner exchange expected within hours; Meir Dagan reportedly opposes deal; Beinishch: The pain and injury is clear.

A mother’s prayers
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Somewhere in my head, Gilad Schalit became my son, Nachshon, and my feelings toward him were totally maternal.

A mother’s pain
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Why are we against the exchange that allows murderers to go free? Because we know the suffering that they leave in their wake.

Economic meltdown has made every house a succa
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Protesters wrong to expect government to subsidize those capable of working, but millionaire bailouts do not trickle down.

Bibi’s Schalit formula is the way forward for peace
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Netanyahu demonstrated an agreement can only be reached when Israel’s security demands are taken seriously.

Gilad Schalit and the peace process
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Informal contacts led to Schalit deal. Our politicians should use same methods to forge political deal with the Palestinians.

From Schalit to Pollard
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Jonathan Pollard is not just an interest for the Jewish community; meeting with Joe Biden should include non-Jewish leaders.

Police preparing multiple routes for Schalit’s return
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Although Schalit is expected to be flown to Tel Nof IAF base, Israel Police planning contingency land routes; no roads to be closed.

Palestinians gear up to greet released inmates
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Rallies and celebrations are planned in Ramallah for prisoners expected to be released in exchange for Gilad Schalit.

Polls show overwhelming support for Schalit deal
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – Between 70 and 80 percent of Israelis, 86% of women, support prisoner swap; surveys doubt Netanyahu’s motives.

At court, bereaved families grapple with prisoner swap
Jerusalem Post 17 Oct 2011 – ‚ÄòI’m happy Gilad is getting out, but the responsibility shouldn’t be on us,’ says mother who lost her son.

The Guardian

Gilad Shalit deal opposed by families of Palestinian prisoners’ victims
The Guardian 17 Oct 2011 – Israeli PM tells families he ‘shares their pain’ but is obliged to bring home every Israeli soldier ‘sent to protect our citizens’ Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has told the families of Israelis killed by some…

Yemen, Israel, Libya and Syria – Middle East live blog Yemen, Israel, Libya and Syria: Middle East live blog – Monday 17 October 2011
The Guardian 17 Oct 2011 – ‚Ä¢ Syria: ‘six killed by security forces’ ‚Ä¢ Libya: Hague visits Tripoli as Bani Walid ‘falls’ ‚Ä¢Gaddafi ‘used university basement to rape students’ ‚Ä¢ Yemen: heavy fighting across Sana’a ‚Ä¢ Israel: 79% support Shalit prisoner swap…

Inter Press Service

World Bank Reveals Crippling Donor Dependency in West Bank, Gaza
IPS The World Bank drew attention to the ongoing devastation wrought by one of the world’s longest standing conflicts with the publication Monday of a report documenting high levels of donor dependency in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Qatar Launches New Global Award to Promote Education
IPS The internationally-renowned Nobel Prizes have been awarded annually for superlative achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace.

MIDEAST: Freedom Is a Move to a Larger Prison
IPS Rawda Odeh had mixed feelings when she heard the news that her son, 33- year-old Loai Mohammad Ahmed Odeh, was going to be released from prison as a result of the recently brokered prisoner exchange agreement between Israel and Hamas.

MIDEAST: Prisoners Deal Changes Rules of Conflict
IPS Israel’s prison authority has begun processing the first batch of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners to be swapped on Tuesday for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who’s been held in captivity by Hamas-affiliated groups for more than five years.

Alleged Plot Weakens Claims of Iran’s Sway in Latin America
IPS Claims by neo-conservative and right-wingers that Iranian influence in Latin America poses a growing security threat to the United States seem exaggerated, at best, with recent allegations that Tehran sought the help of an Iranian- American used-car salesman in a high-profile assassination plot.

Uruknet

Urgent Appeal – Prisoner exchange – Release of Palestinian children
Uruknet October 17, 2011 – As part of the prisoner exchange deal, the Israeli authorities published a list of 477 prisoners, including 27 women, to be released in the first stage on 18 October. The list does not include any children. Please send appeals urging the Israeli authorities to release all Palestinian children currently held in detention….

Burin: Zionist soldiers and colonists collaborate against harvesting
Uruknet October 17, 2011 – The Israeli military conducted arrests, mistreated detainees and continued to prevent villagers from picking olives in certain areas of Burin, near Nablus, yesterday on October 16 2011. International activists have been prevented by the military from attending olive harvests during the past two days in some areas and settlers harassed and threw stones at…

This year’s olive harvest in Walaja may be the last
Uruknet October 17, 2011 – This week, the olive harvest began across the West Bank, with people returning to villages from city jobs to assist with the picking. Many farmers face restrictions, imposed by the Israeli Defence Forces, on when and where they can harvest due to the proliferation of Israeli settlements and outposts. For villagers in al-Walaja, a…

Celebrations to greet prisoners as Hamas, Israel close swap sites
Uruknet October 17, 2011 — Israeli and Palestinian officials on Monday finalized preparations for the exchange of over 1,000 prisoners for a captured soldier, establishing closed military zones at swap sites and organizing welcome ceremonies. Hamas officials in Gaza announced that a kilometer span from the southern Rafah border with Egypt would be considered a closed military zone, bar…

The Legend of Sirte
Uruknet October 17, 2011 – A legend is being created that is going to haunt the people who have been propelled into power in Tripoli. In Sirte a handful of men have set an example of bravery in the face of impossible odds that will eventually find its place in Arab history. Weeks of missile and bomb attacks have…

PFLP Secretary-General Saadat Transferred to al-Ramleh Hospital
Uruknet October 17, 2011 – On Sunday, Secretary-General of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmed Saadat, the man widely regarded to have started the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike now in its 21st day, was transferred from Nafha prison to al-Ramlah prison hospital after his health seriously deteriorated. “My husband has difficulty moving and talking and his…

Barghouti: Prisoners were not consulted over swap deal
Uruknet October 17, 2011 — Detained Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti said Sunday that Hamas did not consult detainees over its prisoner swap deal with Israel. Hamas has agreed to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails. Several prominent political leaders, including Barghouti, were left out of the deal. In…

Secret Session Ends: Arab League Warns But Doesn’t Suspend Syria Alliance Seen Split on Protest Movement
Uruknet October 16, 2011 – Three hours of emergency talks behind closed doors came to an end for the Arab League today, with the alliance issuing a warning to Syria to enact a “ceasefire” in its attacks on protesters within 15-days… The ultimatum makes little sense without the possibility of suspending Syria’s membership, and the statement seems to be…

Amid Calls for ‘Less Democracy,’ German Security Agencies Caught Planting Spyware on Private Computers
Uruknet October 16, 2011 – Revelations by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) that German secret state agencies are installing spyware on personal computers capable of transforming a PC’s webcam and microphone into a listening device, sparked outrage across the political spectrum. It has since emerged that despite legal requirements that police do so only with a warrant and only…

Israeli/Palestinian Prisoner Swap
Uruknet October 16, – …Israel blockaded Gaza in response to Shalit’s capture. With his release imminent, its pretext no longer exists. As a result, PCHR calls for its immediate end and for the international community to intervene to relieve years of Gazan suffering. If demands are made with teeth, perhaps Israel will comply. Urging alone won’t help. A nation…

Despite newfound “friends” Lebanon’s Palestinians require UN action to obtain civil righ
Uruknet October 16, 2011 – ÔªøJalil Refugee Camp is located about 90 km east of Beirut near Baalbek in the Bekaa valley and is home to approximately 8000 of the World’s most destitute Palestinian refugees. It is usually referred to as “Wavell Camp”, after the British Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell’s time at the former French military base during…

As Yemeni Revolt Escalates, Pro-Government Forces Fire on Protesters for a Second Day
Uruknet October 16, 2011 – For the second day in a row, demonstrators in the capital escalated their protest by marching into government-held territory on Sunday, and for the second day in a row they were fired on by pro-government forces. At least five people were killed. As the uprising appeared to enter a dangerous new phase, President Ali…

Syria News – October 16, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet October 16, 2011 – 11 Martyrs during the speech of the Syrian Repesentative : fall of 11 martyrs from security bullets and nail bombs during the speech of the Syrian representative in front of the Arab league, eight martyrs in Homs, two martyrs in Idlib, and a martyr in Zabadany….Damascus Suburbs: Zabadaniy: Martyrdom of Zaher Burhan and multiple wounded,…

Seven Palestinian school children injured over tightened “security” measures in Tel Rumeida – Video
Uruknet October 16, 2011 – Tightened security at Tel Rumeida checkpoint cause an impromptu demonstration by the schoolchildren, resulting in seven injured children, and injuries to the headmaster. Teachers of Tel Rumeida’s school were told they must begin to pass through metal detectors and present their bags for search, despite the permission they have had for the past 7…

Military Resistance 9J11: Americn Troops Here Jeered
Uruknet October 16, 2011 – This year has witnessed a global wave of social and political turmoil and instability, with masses of people pouring into the real and virtual streets: the Arab Spring; riots in London; Israel’s middle-class protests against high housing prices and aninflationary squeeze on living standards; protesting Chilean students; the destruction in Germany of the expensive…

Third Week of Hunger Strike – Action Grows as Sa’adat’s Health in Jeopardy
Uruknet October 16, 2011 – Palestinian prisoners have entered their third week of hunger strike. After two weeks of hunger strike, physical symptoms become increasingly severe and prisoners’ lives and health are increasingly at risk. As prisoners have put their lives and bodies on the line to defend the rights of themselves and their people, international support and solidarity…

10 Reasons Not to Honor Israel
Uruknet October 16, 2011 – This list was compiled in order to dispel the hate propaganda and blatant lies Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is being allowed to spew at Van Buren High School near Findlay, Ohio on October 27, 2011 where they will hold “A Night to Honor Israel.” This is being repeated at other schools across our…

Day 4: When school becomes Israeli Occupation
Uruknet October 16, 2011 – On the 4th day of demonstrations outside of a checkpoint in Hebron, on October 16 2011, IDF soldiers shot tear gas and projected The Scream’ at a group of young schoolchildren and female teachers, who were attempting to hold a lesson outside of the checkpoint as an act of protest. Since Tuesday, October 11,…

Red Cross slammed for silence over arrest of Palestinian lawmaker
Uruknet October 16, 2011 – Undercover Israeli forces arrested Palestinian lawmaker Ahmad Attoun in late September from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) compound in occupied East Jerusalem, where he had taken refuge with two colleagues to avoid deportation from the city of his birth. Palestinians and their supporters have largely condemned the arrest, viewing it as…

Arab League fails to agree on Syria
Uruknet October 16, 2011 – ARAB FOREIGN ministers failed to reach agreement yesterday during a meeting in Cairo to discuss boosting pressure on Syria to end a crackdown on protesters as 121 human rights groups called on the organisation to take action to prevent Syria from sliding into civil war. Discord arose over a Saudi call for suspension of…

Ongoing Israeli Human Rights Abuses
Uruknet October 16, 2011 – Throughout its history, Israel’s been a serial human rights abuser. Count the ways. State-sponsored terror is official policy. So is collective punishment, apartheid, colonialism, premeditated war, torture, and filling prison cells illegally with Palestinians wanting to live free on their own land in their own country. Instead they’ve suffered brutal indignities and persecution under…

Daily Star

Libyan forces claim capture of Gadhafi stronghold Bani Walid
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Libyan interim government forces said Monday they had raised the country’s new flag over Bani Walid after securing control over most parts of the desert town — one of the last bastions held by loyalists of…

Israelis and Palestinians prepare for historic prisoner swap
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Israel and the Palestinians were Monday putting the final touches on preparations for the release of 477 security prisoners in exchange for captive soldier Gilad Shalit.

Clashes across Syria leave at least 41 dead
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 The unrest in Syria edged closer to an all-out armed conflict Monday as 41 people were killed, including 11 soldiers reportedly in clashes with army defectors, as the U.N. chief urged an immediate end to the…

Special Tribunal to start in absentia proceedings
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 The U.N.-backed court investigating the 2005 assassination of Statesman Rafik Hariri asked its Trials Chamber Monday to begin in absentia proceedings against four Hezbollah members accused of the crime.

Cabinet faces test on STL pledge
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 President Michel Sleiman will chair a Cabinet session Tuesday at Baabda Presidential Palace to discuss the 2012 draft budget, the details of which are expected to be unveiled by Finance Minister Mohammad Safadi.

UNIFIL denies forced landing of helicopter carrying Cuevas
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon denied media reports Monday that a helicopter carrying its commander has been forced into an emergency landing over the weekend…

Man arrested in attempt to smuggle narcotic pills
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Airport Police arrested a man Monday for attempting to smuggle 9 kg of narcotic pills to the United Arab Emirates, a security source told The Daily Star.

Daouk: Lebanon’s media example for Arab world
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Information Minister Walid Daouk said Monday that Lebanon’s pioneering experience in media could play a leading role in assisting those looking forward to a free media in the Arab world.

Meeting held to tackle country’s security situation
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 A meeting tackling the security situation in the country was held Monday by the head of the European Union delegation to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst and the General Security’s Director Abbas Ibrahim.

Hizb Ut-Tahrir, Hezbollah discuss regional events
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 A delegation of Hizb Ut-Tahrir in Lebanon discussed Monday with members of Hezbollah’s politburo the recent regional developments and particularly the Arab popular uprisings.

U.N. expert on slavery calls on government to protect domestic workers
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 The U.N. expert on slavery Monday urged the Lebanese government to introduce legislation to protect some 200,000 domestic workers in the country, warning that many are living in servitude.

PFLP-GC denies rumors of military activity in Ain al-Hilweh
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 The Palestine Liberation Organization and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command denied Monday accusations that the PFLP-GC is preparing for military operations inside the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp…

LU professors’ strike exasperates students
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Over a month after the League of Lebanese University Professors announced a strike to protest the government’s delay in passing a draft law to raise professors’ salaries, LU students are speaking out on the impact of…

Saad Hariri currently on a visit to Paris
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri is currently on a visit to France, political sources told The Daily Star Monday. The reasons behind the visit to Paris remain unknown, according to the sources.

Gemayel seeks Muslim-Christian dialogue in Cairo
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Kataeb (Phalange) Party leader Amin Gemayel met the head of Cairo’s Al-Azhar, the most prestigious center of Sunni scholarship…

Taymour Jumblatt becomes second in command of PSP
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Druze leader Walid Jumblatt has given his son, Taymour, a leading position in his Progressive Socialist Party, a PSP official said Monday.

March 14: Syrian envoy is overstepping diplomatic duty
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 March 14 officials renewed their criticism of Syria’s Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel Karim Ali Monday, while Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour reiterated Lebanon would side with Damascus as a guarantee of stability in both countries.

Sleiman says Lebanon’s future bright, calls for tackling poverty
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Declaring that Lebanon’s future will not be bleak amid the prospects of the country becoming an oil producer, President Michel Sleiman called Monday for a quick solution for the poverty problem and tackling unemployment by creating…

Iran asks U.S. for proof of alleged kill plot
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Iran said Monday it would examine seriously and patiently U.S. allegations it planned to assassinate a Saudi ambassador and called on Washington to send evidence of the plot it has dismissed as baseless propaganda.

Jordan king sacks Cabinet, names new intelligence chief
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Jordan’s King Abdullah sacked his cabinet Monday and asked Awn Khasawneh, an international jurist, to head a new administration, in a move to placate protesters calling for faster reforms, said officials and palace sources.

Iran says it will make own nuclear fuel plate within 5 months
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Iran plans to produce the first of its own enriched nuclear fuel within five months, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Monday, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Iran-U.S. tensions rising as both nations prepare to hold elections
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 A U.S. push to isolate Iran looks unlikely to make Tehran back down over its nuclear program and other disputes, setting the scene for sharpening rhetoric and rising tension at a time when the two foes…

Al-Shabaab threatens retribution in Kenya
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab militants rushed reinforcements to Somalia’s southern border with Kenya Monday, in response to a Kenyan cross-border offensive and threatened to take the flames of war across in Kenya.

Battles kill 8 people in Yemeni capital
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 At least eight people were killed in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, in overnight clashes between government forces and fighters allied with activists demanding an end to Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33 years in office, witnesses said Monday.

Saudi’s King Abdullah back surgery successful
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Saudi King Abdullah underwent successful back surgery in Riyadh Monday, the royal court of the world’s top oil exporter said in a statement.

Quartet to meet Israelis, Palestinians separately
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Envoys of the Middle East Quartet will meet separately in Jerusalem October 26 with Israeli and Palestinian representatives as they seek a way forward on peace talks, the State Department said Monday.

Timeline: How the Shalit prisoner swap will happen
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Israel is to release a first tranche of 477 Palestinian prisoners as part of a two-stage deal to secure the release of captive soldier Gilad Shalit.

Jaafar clan urges army to probe killing of member
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Jaafar family of Baalbek, east Lebanon, called on the Lebanese Army to investigate the circumstances of the death of one of its members.

Shura advice could eliminate wage increase ceiling: source
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 The government is likely to refer its decision to increase workers’ salaries to the Shura Council for advice on the legality of its action, a ministerial source told The Daily Star Monday.

5 Syria troops killed fighting ‘defectors’: rights group
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Syrian soldiers fight gunmen suspected to be army defectors in the flashpoint central province of Homs in clashes that leave five troops dead.

Jumblatt son one step away from becoming PSP chief
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Druze leader Walid Jumblatt has given his son, Taymour, a leading position in his Progressive Socialist Party, a PSP official said Monday.

Jordan sacks cabinet, appoints jurist as new PM
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Jordan’s King Abdullah has sacked Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit, a conservative former army general and asked Awn Khaswaneh, an international jurist, to head a new government, senior political source says.

TV confirms death of Gadhafi son Khamis in Libya
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Pro-Gadhafi TV channel confirms the death of the toppled Libyan leader’s youngest son, Khamis, who had been reported killed by National Transitional Council fighters late in August.

Iran says ready to examine U.S. plot accusations
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Iran is “ready to examine” information the United States says supports accusations Tehran plotted to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Monday.

Saudi king to undergo 3rd back surgery in a year
Daily Star 17 Oct 2011 Saudi Arabia’s official news agency says that the kingdom’s aging ruler has been transferred to hospital in the nation’s capital for back surgery.

Cabinet won’t approve tribunal funding
Daily Star 16 Oct 2011 The government will not approve the financing of a U.N.-backed court and Prime Minister Najib Mikati is not likely to resign as the dispute over the payment of Lebanon’s share to the court’s funding escalates…

YNet News

US: Quartet to meet Israelis, Palestinians
YNet News, 17 Oct 2011 – Envoys of the Middle East Quartet will meet separately in Jerusalem on October 26 with Israeli and Palestinian representatives, the State Department said Monday. … ….

Grapel may be released Monday or Tuesday
YNet News, 17 Oct 2011 – Ilan Grapel, a dual US-Israeli national who is held in Cairo on espionage charges, will likely be released on Monday or Tuesday via the Taba border crossing to Eilat, … ….

Arab League gives Syria 15-day ultimatum to enact cease-fire
YNet News, 17 Oct 2011 – Gulf countries seeking to suspend Syria’s membership to the Arab League over its bloody crackdown on protesters failed to gain enough support to push the measure through, … ….

Palestinian Information Center

PFLP warns against any harm befalling Saadat
PIC – Jamil Mizher, PFLP politburo member, has held the Israeli occupation authority fully responsible for the life of the front’s detained leader Ahmed Saadat.

IOA isolates detained Palestinian MP
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority transferred detained Palestinian MP Abdulrahman Zeidan from Megiddo jail to an isolation cell in Shatta jail.

Resheq: Turkey, Jordan, Syria to receive exiled prisoners
PIC – Turkey, Jordan, and Syria have expressed readiness to host the 40 Palestinian prisoners who will be freed from Israeli jails on condition of being banished outside Palestine.

A delegation led by Mishaal travels to Cairo to welcome freed captives
PIC – A Hamas delegation led by the political bureau chief, Khaled Mishaal, will arrive Monday at Cairo to welcome Palestinian captives due to be released from Israeli occupation jails.

New Israeli excavations in Wadi al-Hilwa
PIC – AFEH said that Elad settler organisation started new excavations in Wadi al-Helwa neighbourhood of Silwan to the south of the Aqsa Mosqu with a plan to take over an old well and Judaize it.

Main mission of collaborators in Gaza was to find out whereabouts of Shalit
PIC – A security source in Gaza said that 95% of occupation’s collaborators in the Gaza Strip were tasked primarily with gathering intelligence on the whereabouts of IOF soldier Gilad Shalit.

Occupation carried out 31 demolitions in Jerusalem in 2011
PIC – Maqdisi organisation published on Monday a report about home demolitions in Jerusalem since the start of 2011 which the occupation authorities carried out or ordered the owners to carry out.

Arouri: we are awaiting the Israeli reply regarding the nine female captives
PIC – Sheikh Saleh al-Arouri said that his movement submitted to the occupation a list of 9 female captives who were excluded from the exchange list to be included.

WAFA

Homecoming for Prisoners Planned at Muqata
WAFA

Courts Reject Appeals against Released Prisoners
WAFA

Prisoners Suspend Hunger Strike
WAFA

World Bank Study Links Poverty to Israeli Occupation
WAFA

PA Initials Free Trade Deal with Mercosur Bloc
WAFA

PLO Warns of Explosion in Israeli Prisons
WAFA

Gaza Women Struggle to Survive Economically, Says UN Study
WAFA

Abbas to Receive Released Prisoners in Ramallah
WAFA

Poll: Palestinian Bid to UN a Good Move
WAFA

Saudi Arabia Gives $2 Million to WFP in Palestinian Territory
WAFA

Saadat Moved to Hospital after 20 Days of Hunger Strike
WAFA


Intifada Palestine

Revealed: Fox’s Best Man and his Ties to Iran’s Opposition and Mossad
Intifada-Palestine: 17 Oct 2011 – An IoS Investigation: The murky world of Adam Werritty: Self-styled adviser ‚Äòhad links to Mossad’. Liam Fox on his wedding day, with Adam Werritty, right By Jane Merrick and James Hanning Adam Werritty, the man at the centre of the Liam… more

Lebanon’s Palestinians Require UN Action to Obtain Civil Rights
Intifada-Palestine: 17 Oct 2011 – Franklin Lamb / Jalil refugee Camp, Baalbek, Lebanon Jalil refugee camp, Baalbek, Lebanon Jalil Refugee Camp is located about 90 km east of Beirut near Baalbek in the Bekaa valley and is home to approximately 8000 of the World’s most destitute Palestinian… more

No tears for warmonger Fox
Intifada-Palestine: 17 Oct 2011 – The powerful Israel lobby will no doubt be sad to see their man go. Fox jumps! (image courtesy Veterans today) by Stuart Littlewood Dangerous beliefs and connections to the political underworld made him unemployable as a British minister Britain’s defence secretary… more

Los Angeles Times

Libya survivor sheds light on piles of bodies around Surt
LA Times 17 Oct 2011 – A former prisoner of Kadafi loyalists says dozens of bound men with gunshot wounds had also been inmates of the deposed leader’s forces. Transitional government fighters say loyalists executed them. The remains of more than two dozen men lay facedown in the dirt, their hands…

New York Times

In Cairo Quarter, Islamists Try to Profit From Revolution
New York Times 17 Oct 2011 – Egypt’s parliamentary election may be nearly two months away, but the contest has already begun in the neighborhood of Imbaba, where the arc of the Egyptian revolution is on display.

Israel and Palestinians Prepare to Swap Prisoners
New York Times 17 Oct 2011 – Each side prepared Monday for the handover that will end five years in captivity for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, and hundreds of the Palestinians who have been held for much longer.

Ilan Grapel, American Held in Egypt as Israeli Spy, Could Be Freed in Prisoner Swap
New York Times 17 Oct 2011 – Ilan Grapel, an American law student from Queens, is expected to be released in the coming days in exchange for scores of Egyptians held in Israel.

King Abdullah II of Jordan Fires His Government
New York Times 17 Oct 2011 – King Abdullah II of Jordan fired his government in response to public pressure for faster political reform, appointing Awn Khasawneh, an international judge, as his new prime minister.

Iran Accuses U.S. of Sowing Discord with Murder Charges
New York Times 17 Oct 2011 – Iran’s foreign minister implicitly acknowledges the possibility that the suspected plot to kill the Saudi ambassador might not be pure American fantasy.

Violence in Yemen’s Capital Escalates as Clashes Enter Third Day
New York Times 17 Oct 2011 – The fighting that broke out late Sunday night between a rebel commander’s troops and government forces escalated into explosions and mortar fire on Monday morning.

Lebanon Tribunal to Try 4 in Absentia
New York Times 17 Oct 2011 – A judge at the United Nations-backed tribunal investigating the killing of a former Lebanese prime minister asked that the four suspects be tried in absentia.

Misc

Israeli High Court allows prisoner swap to go ahead; prisoners hunger strike suspended
Mondoweiss – High Court sanctions Shalit deal Ynet 17 Oct 23:01 — The High Court of Justice rejected the petitions filed by four bereaved families against the Shalit deal, saying that it saw no room to intervene in the government’s decision. The petitions were filed as part of…

Rep. Steve Israel’s anti-Israel, anti-Semitic record on Occupy Wall Street (which must be news to him)
Mondoweiss – Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) apparently hates Israel because he hasn’t denounced Occupy Wall Street. He has even gone so far as support for it. So says a hit-piece published by Jeff Dunetz, YID with LID blogger and pal to Pamela Geller, on Andrew Breitbart’ right-wing fringe…

The joyful theater of Tahrir
Mondoweiss – Many people had warned me not to go to Tahrir Square, not to talk politics. Things are tense now— you’re foreign, American, they don’t want interference! But the moment you set foot in Tahrir, everyone wants you to take their picture! And as I walked around…

Now Israel is stealing Palestinian…. waste
Mondoweiss – First they took the houses. Then they took the lands. Then they took the sh-t. I heard this story when I was in East Jerusalem earlier this month and couldn’t believe it. It was explained to me that Israel has several sewage processing plants that turn…

Terrific young Israeli journalists are indispensable
Mondoweiss – Some of the young Israeli journalists who started the vital web-based magazine 972mag.com are in the United States to promote their new venture, and I was lucky enough to meet them here in New York City, at the premises of The Nation . I was already familiar…

Haaretz Columnist: Bibi, Barak No Mandate for Iran Attack
Tikun Olam – Haaretz columnist Sefi Rachlevsky raises the quaint notion (in a country which honors democratic principle in the breach, if at all) that plans, of which many reputable Israeli military and security correspondents have begun writing in the past weeks, for an Israeli attack on Iran do…

Besieged Former UK Defense Minister’s Buddy Funded by Pro-Israel Lobby, Linked to Mossad
Tikun Olam – Not to be outdone by the ludicrous goings-on in Washington DC, where our own Justice Department has tried to turn a drug-dealing, wife abusing, failed businessman into an Iranian Terrorist Mastermind, the Brits are trying to best us. The Tory government’s recently resigned defense minister, Liam…

Misc 2

Predicament of cruel capitalism
Voltaire Network 17 Oct 2011 – International affairs Editorial: Predicament of cruel capitalism October 15 was set as a date for the occupation of the international stock markets following the escalation of the “Occupy Wall Street” campaign in the United States. The step was agreed on during international forums that included activists…

Awakenings foil anti-Iran US plots
Voltaire Network 17 Oct 2011 – A senior Iranian lawmaker says the Islamic, European and American Awakenings have raised international awareness, ultimately foiling the US and Zionist conspiracies against Iran. “The US psychological warfare against Iran will have no impact on the people of the world’s impression of Iran, because the people…

Lybia: Human rights impostors used to spawn NATO’s fraudulent war
Voltaire Network 17 Oct 2011 – The names change but the methods remain the same. In Iraq the imperial war facilitator was Ahmed Chalabi. In Libya he goes by the name of Soliman Bouchuiguir, a shadowy human rights figure whose baseless allegations against Gaddafi were endorsed by the UN system and its…

Egypt: FM Receives Iraqi Counterpart to Tackle Bilateral Ties
allAfrica.com 17 Oct 2011 – Foreign Minister Mohammed Amr received on 16/10/2011 his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari for talks on some issues of mutual concern mainly the latest developments on the Arab arena and preparations for the Arab FMs meeting in Cairo dedicated to probe the Syrian crisis.

Berlin Demonstrates in Solidarity with Palestinian Hunger Strikers
Palestine Solidarity Project 17 Oct 2011 – Sunday 16 October: Palestinian solidarity activists in Berlin today held a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. In front of the Brandenburg Gate in central Berlin, protestors displayed banners and chanted in support of the hundreds of Palestinian prisoners who are now entering…

Turaath: Celebrating Arab Culture in America
Arab American Institute 17 Oct 2011 – By Maha Neouchy If you will be in Washington D.C. this Veteran’s Day Weekend, be sure to attend ‘Turaath: Celebrating Arab Culture in America’ at the historic Lincoln Theatre on November 10. The event, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m., is a part of a new…

Exchange deals between Israelis and Arabs
Middle East Monitor 17 Oct 2011 – Freedom for Samir Al-Qantar in a 2008 exchange deal between Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Israel was one of the last of such deals between Israel and an Arab entity prior to the recently announced agreement with Hamas for the release of Gilad Shalit. The ongoing conflict between…

Illegal Jewish settlers continue attacks against Christian and Muslim places of worship
Middle East Monitor 17 Oct 2011 – In early September, illegal Jewish settlers set fire to the ground floor of Al-Nurain Mosque in the occupied West Bank village of Qasra to the south of Nablus. This was not an isolated act of violence, but one of many incidents which have seen Muslim and…

Egypt and Israel prisoner swap in the offing
Middle East Monitor 17 Oct 2011 – Hot on the heels of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal between Israel and the Palestinian authorities in Gaza, Egyptian media sources have revealed that serious talks are taking place about a similar deal between Tel Aviv and Cairo. According to Al-Ahram newspaper, Egyptian prisoners being held…

Israel to grab 950 acres of Palestinian land for illegal settlement plan
Middle East Monitor 17 Oct 2011 – A Palestinian expert has warned that the Israeli government intends to grab nearly a thousand acres of land in south Jerusalem and Bethlehem to implement its recently announced illegal settlement plan for the southern West Bank. Khalil Al-Tufkaji, a cartographer and expert on Israeli settlements at…

PFLP warns against any harm befalling Saadat
Sabr 17 Oct 2011 – [ 17/10/2011 – 10:37 AM ] GAZA, ( PIC )— Jamil Mizher, politburo member of the popular front for the liberation of Palestine, has held the Israeli occupation authority fully responsible for the life of the front’s detained leader Ahmed Saadat. He said in a press release on…

Resheq: Turkey, Jordan, Syria to receive exiled prisoners
Sabr 17 Oct 2011 – [ 17/10/2011 – 11:04 AM ] BEIRUT, ( PIC )— Turkey, Jordan, and Syria have expressed readiness to host the 40 Palestinian prisoners who will be freed from Israeli jails on condition of being banished outside Palestine, political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq revealed. He said in…

IOA isolates detained Palestinian MP
Sabr 17 Oct 2011 – [ 17/10/2011 – 11:04 AM ] TULKAREM, ( PIC )— The Israeli occupation authority transferred detained Palestinian MP Abdulrahman Zeidan from Megiddo jail to an isolation cell in Shatta jail. A statement by the office of Hamas lawmakers in the West Bank said that the transfer was a…

Israel moves hundreds of prisoners near swap site
Sabr 17 Oct 2011 – A Palestinian prisoner gestures from the window of a bus as it leaves Nafha Prison in the southern town of Mitzpe Ramon on Oct. 16, 2011, before a prisoner swap that is expected to take place on Tuesday. (REUTERS/Ilan Assayag) Maan JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel bused…

Shalit to end five-year captivity
BBC 17 Oct 2011 – Final preparations are taking place for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in return for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

Iran pours scorn on Saudi ‘plot’
BBC 17 Oct 2011 – Iran’s president says US allegations of a plot to assassinate a Saudi envoy are as false as its claims were about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Libyan forces ‘seize Bani Walid’
BBC 17 Oct 2011 – Forces loyal to Libya’s interim authorities say they have raised their flag over Bani Walid, one of the last towns still loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi.

UN Lebanon court mulls next move
BBC 17 Oct 2011 – Judges at the UN-backed tribunal investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri are considering whether to try the suspects in absentia.

Bring the Cost of Israeli Occupation to the #Occupy Movement
US Campaign to End the Occupation 17 Oct 2011 – October 17, 2011

Articles


Prisoner Exchange, Symmetry and Israel’s Siege of Gaza
Michael Warschawski, Alternative Information Center10/17/2011
The Palestinian political prisoners, women and men, who will be freed are all freedom fighters who fulfilled their political and moral duty in the struggle against the Israeli colonial occupation. Gilad Shalit, on the other hand, was a soldier, and a soldier in Israel’s colonial occupation army, which violates international law on a daily basis and regularly commits war crimes.
In two days we can celebrate the return home of 1037 Palestinian political prisoners and the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. For the thousands of Palestinian families who will soon meet their loved ones I’m happy, and for the Shalit family I’m also happy. However, beyond happiness over the release, there exists no symmetry: The Palestinian political prisoners, women and men, who will be freed are all freedom fighters who fulfilled their political and moral duty in the struggle against the Israeli colonial occupation. Gilad Shalit, on the other hand, was a soldier, and a soldier in Israel’s colonial occupation army which violates international law on a daily basis and regularly commits war crimes. As was done by hundreds of Israelis before him, Shalit should have refused to take part in this war, which he did not do.
Those in Israel dubbed the “kidnappers” of Gilad Shalit actually took a prisoner of war and according to all testimonies at our disposal, he was treated as such. The Palestinian political prisoners, on the other hand, do not even dare dream of receiving treatment similar to that received by Shalit.
Just as an injured soldier is not left on the battlefield, the state is obligated to do everything in its power to return its prisoners of war, whatever the price may be. There is no “particularly special Jewish humanism” here, as related by the Israeli media, which is nourished by the office of Benjamin Netanyahu, but a regular and accepted act in a situation of war. What is not usual, and is in fact scandalous, is the intentional foot-dragging which characterized the governments responsible for the Shalit file…. more.. e-mail

The Real Enemy of the Palestinians
Dr. Elias Akleh, Intifada-Palestine10/15/2011
When I was young I perceived the Zionist Israelis to be the Palestinians, and my, only enemy. The Zionist terrorist gangs had forcefully occupied my country, razed about 400 Palestinian towns, perpetrated many massacres against their Palestinian residents, and evicted many hundreds of thousands others out of the country into refugee camps. Among them was my family, whose property; home and ranch planted with citrus and olive trees and vineyards, were seized by Israeli terrorists.
Researching deep in the history and nature of the Arab/Israeli conflict, watching the unfoldment of the Palestinian struggle for freedom and independence against the savage Israeli oppression and territorial expansion, and examining the Western political policies towards the conflict I came to a new different realization. Israelis, themselves, are as victims as the Palestinians although to a very lesser extents. Those Israelis are being misguided, mass-brainwashed, and militarily driven by deliberately distorted and misinterpreted theology, political Rabbis, and Western Zionist imperialist powers to execute the colonial Zionist project of establishing Greater Israel in the heart of the Middle East.
It has become obvious to all, by now, that Israel could not have been created nor could it continue to exist as a viable state without the assistance of the West especially the USA. Israel is a military subsidiary of the US; a forward-deployed American military base in the Middle East, who is totally dependent on American funds. Since its creation, 63 years ago, Israel received more American tax money, $3 Trillions as reported by Army War College in 2003, than any other country on earth. This money is used to cover the expenses of hoarding to Israel, housing, re-socializing, and absorbing every Zionist Jewish immigrant. It subsidizes homes for every Israeli citizen. It pays for free education of every Israeli child from elementary school until university graduation. It is used to create industries and jobs in Israel. It pays for complete medical coverage and for hefty monthly social security payment for every Israeli senior citizen. Even during the current economic crisis, when American tax-paying citizens are losing their jobs, losing their homes, the majority are without medical benefits…. — See also: The Costs to American Taxpayers of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: $3 Trillion more.. e-mail

Palestinian prisoners must become part of the overall solution
Dimi Reider, +972 Magazine10/13/2011
The Schalit exchange will see nearly a thousand Palestinian and one Israeli prisoners of conflict go home. But the hostage-exchange practice cannot be allowed to go on. Prisoners should be invited to take an active part in dealings with Israel, and their release should become a part of the diplomatic process.
It’s hard to overestimate the significance of the upcoming prisoner exchange. I’m not aware of any abduction or wartime captivity case in recent history that has become as significant to a nation as the plight of Gilad Schalit. He has become the sole point of near-total consensus, with even most active rightists merely disagreeing on the way in which he should be released (former IDF chief military rabbi Avichai Rontski is an ignoble exception to the rule). His ongoing captivity had become a symbol of the weakening trust between citizens, soldiers and the state, of the state’s incompetence, and of the general hopelessness of the conflict. But while Schalit’s impending release is likely to relieve (not cure) some of these rifts, we should ask ourselves what can be done to avert the next hostage situation: If anything, the deal increases, not decreases, the possibility that similar tactics will be used by Hamas or any other paramilitary group in the future.
Although Netanyahu strove hard to present the deal as a result of Hamas buckling down to pressures, he himself has once again provided proof positive that if you want something from Israel, you need to get it by force. From the unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon and the eviction of settlements and redeployment of IDF forces around Gaza, to all previous significant prisoner releases, Israel has proved far more susceptible to violence than it ever was to any diplomatic advances. The withdrawal from Lebanon would have been far more advantageous to both Lebanon and Israel if it was negotiated, but even in the unilateral framework, Israel could have released all Lebanese POWs after the withdrawal, sparing itself the nauseating body-snatching exercise by Hezbollah and the sado-masochistic haggling that followed. But the issue of Palestinian prisoners merits more delicate treatment. more.. e-mail

Forced Israeli curriculum violates Palestinians’ education rights
Electronic Intifada: 17 Oct 2011 – Jillian Kestler-D’Amours The Electronic Intifada Jerusalem A plan to force Palestinian schools in occupied East Jerusalem to only use textbooks assembled and published by the Israeli ministry of education is part of an ongoing attempt to erase Palestinian identity, history and culture from the city.more

Tunnels prove vital in rebuilding Gaza mosques
Electronic Intifada: 17 Oct 2011 – IRIN The Electronic Intifada Gaza City Israel is still restricting imports of material need to repair mosques bombed during Operation Cast Lead.more

The Legend of Sirte
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Oct 2011 – By Jeremy Salt – Ankara A legend is being created that is going to haunt the people who have been propelled into power in Tripoli. In Sirte a handful of men have set an example of bravery in the face of impossible odds that will eventually find its place in Arab history. Weeks of missile and bomb attacks have reduced the centre of the city to ruins and killed an unknown number of civilians. The photos coming out of the city show Beirut-style devastation. The fighters defending the city would seem to be doomed. They have their backs to the sea and are surrounded on three sides. We don’t know who they are or how many of them there are. Some might be the remnants of the Libyan army and others civilians who have taken up arms to defend their city. We don’t know why they are fighting. We are…more

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