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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
4 April, 2009

International Middle East Media Center

Sixteen year old girl shot dead in Be’er Shiva
4 Apr 2009 - Israeli army sources reported on Saturday that a 16-year Bedouin old girl was shot and killed by the soldiers when she opened fire at a military post in southern Israel. ... 

Arabic paper: “Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace talks at the end of this month”
4 Apr 2009 - The London-based Al Sharq Al Awsat (Middle East) newspaper reported on Saturday that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are set to resume peace talk by the end of this month. ... 

Army kills two Palestinians in northern Gaza
4 Apr 2009 - Israeli Army radio reported on Saturday morning that soldiers shot and killed two Palestinian gunmen who approached the border fence in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. ...

All Batsh: “15 out of 18 issues resolved in the second round of Cairo talksâ€
4 Apr 2009 - Khalid Al Batsh, representative of the Islamic Jihad movement at the Cairo internal talks, stated on Friday that Palestinian negotiators from the different factions managed to resolve 15 out of 18 main points obstructing a unity deal. ...

The “Mujahidin Army of Palestine” claims responsibility for Beit Ein attack
3 Apr 2009 - A previously unknown group calling itself “the Mujahidin Army of Palestine” claimed responsibility for the deadly attack that took place on Thursday in Beit Ayin settlement, south of Bethlehem. One Israeli was killed and another was injured. ... 

Delegates leave Cairo, no agreement for now
3 Apr 2009 - Palestinians delegations holding internal talks in Cairo left the Egyptian capital with no agreement on a unity government but they have agreed to meet again. ...

Military court rules in favor of extremist settlers occupying Palestinian lands
3 Apr 2009 - An Israeli military court decided on Friday that it is “illegal” to evacuate Israeli settlers from Palestinian lands they illegally annexed by them more than three years ago in the northern part of the West Bank. ... 

Two brothers, one with learning disability, kidnapped near Hebron
3 Apr 2009 - Palestinian sources in Safa,near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, reported that on Friday night Israeli soldiers kidnapped two brothers, one whom has a learning disability. ...

Israel to allow cleaning materials into Gaza
3 Apr 2009 - Nasser Al Siraj, assistance director of the Economy Ministry in Gaza, stated on Friday that starting on Tuesday Israel would allow the entry of all sorts of cleaning materials into the Gaza Strip. ... 

Two Journalists injured at the weekly Bil'in demonstration
3 Apr 2009 - The residents of Bil'in village, located near the central west Bank city of Ramallah, marched towards the wall today after Friday prayers. The protest was joined by Israeli and international activists. ... 

Ha'aretz Defense page

Shoket Junction gunwoman identified as 15-year-old Bedouin
4 Apr 2009 - Border police kill teen after she opens fire at barracks; IDF, Palestinian gunmen clash along Gaza fence. 

Israel fears Jewish extremists will avenge settlement murder
3 Apr 2009 - 13-year-old killed and 7-year-old wounded in West Bank after being attacked by axeman who fled. 

India Defense Minister: No corruption in Israel arms deal
4 Apr 2009 - AK Antony calls $1.4b deal 'clean;' reports: Middleman received huge kickbacks in Israel arms deals. 

UN to Israel: Ease 'devastating' Gaza blockade
4 Apr 2009 - UNRWA chief says move necessary despite 'real security challenges' to the operation of crossing points. 

Father of Bat Ayin terror victim, 7, gets prison furlough to visit son
3 Apr 2009 - Ofer Gamliel, father of injured seven-year-old Yair, is imprisoned for planning to attack a Jerusalem Arab girls' school. 

U.S. green light for Israeli attack on Iran will have to wait
3 Apr 2009 - Obama's policy on a nuclear Iran differs from that of the Bush administration only in style. 

Haaretz exclusive: The man who bribed Indians for Israeli arms sales
3 Apr 2009 - Sudhir Choudrie is investigated for allegedly bribing Indian officials on behalf of Israeli firms. 

Netanyahu tells IDF: Make every effort to catch Bat Ayin murderer
3 Apr 2009 - 13-year-old killed and 7-year-old wounded in West Bank after being attacked by axeman who fled. 

'He tried to stab me. I kicked him, he kicked me.'
3 Apr 2009 - Avinoam, the passerby who confronted the axe-wielding terrorist after the attack, describes their struggle. 

Israel seizes load of handguns and rifles en route to West Bank
3 Apr 2009 - Suspicious cargo of cloths held up at Eilat border for three weeks, until sawed open by customs agents. 

IDF raps soldiers for images of dead Palestinian babies on t-shirts
3 Apr 2009 - In wake of Haaretz expose, Brig. Gen. Shermeister says soldiers' civilian clothes should match IDF values. 

Sharp rise in number of reports of soldiers harming Palestinian civilians
3 Apr 2009 - IDF's Criminal Investigation Division investigated 47 cases in 2008 in which soldiers allegedly harmed West Bank civilians. 

In Sderot, nighttime is wartime
3 Apr 2009 - Two months have passed since the Gaza op, but one family still struggles to return to a normal routine. 

Ma'an News

PA Police: 142,000 people visited Jericho in March
3 Apr 2009 - 

Report: 101 Hebronites taken by Israeli troops during March; 361 since Jan 1
3 Apr 2009 - 

UN: Access to Gaza buffer zone key to agricultural recovery
3 Apr 2009 - 

Israeli settlers in Hebron occupy four shops in Ash-Shuhada Street
3 Apr 2009 - 

Fisherman injured, three boats damaged by Israeli fire on Gaza coast
3 Apr 2009 - 

Gaza: One Israeli crossing open; Egypt destroys tunnels, delivers aid through Rafah
3 Apr 2009 - 

Two Hebronites freed from Israeli detention
3 Apr 2009 - 

Israel releases Hamas-affiliated PLC member
2 Apr 2009 - 

Arab League: Lieberman remarks a change in tone, not policy
2 Apr 2009 - 

Report: Fatah, Hamas have failed to reach unity deal
2 Apr 2009 - 

Two more counterfeit shampoo and detergents factories closed near Nablus
2 Apr 2009 - 

Thousands of dunums confiscated for Israeli settler road near Nablus
2 Apr 2009 - 

Gaza woman gives birth to quadruplets
2 Apr 2009 - 

Father of Bat Ayin victim is jailed settler militia leader
2 Apr 2009 - 

Palestine Telegraph

UN judge pick for Gaza shocks, awes
4 Apr 2009 - Gaza City, April 4, 2009 - (Pal Telegraph) – Following global concern about Israel's conduct in Gaza, the UN decision to appoint a Jewish judge to head the war crimes probe raises eyebrows. Richard Goldstone, a South African Jewish judge, was appointed...

OCHA: Israel Intensifies its Appalling Policies in Gaza & WB
4 Apr 2009 - Gaza, April 4, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) – Report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) pointed out that the Israeli military apprehended about 48 Palestinian citizens and carried out 107 search operations in the West Bank during March...

IF Troops Kill Palestinian Gunwoman in Israel
4 Apr 2009 - Gaza, April 4, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) – The IF troops shot dead a Palestinian woman after she opened fire on an Israeli Border Guard barracks stationed at the Shoket Junction in southern Israel on Saturday afternoon. According to the Israeli police the...

UNRWA demands Israel to lighten its restriction on crossings
4 Apr 2009 - Gaza, April 4, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Director of operations in Gaza for the UN Refugee and Works Agency on Saturday demanded Israel to ease its restrictions on the entry of Goods into the Gaza Strip. Mr. Ging pointed out that what...

European Campaign to PA: Keep Gaza Patients away from Political Conflict
4 Apr 2009 - Gaza, April 4, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) – The European Campaign to End the Blockade stated its surpris that the Palestinian Authority prevented Patients from leaving Gaza to seek medical treatment abroad.

Two Palestinians killed by Israeli army
3 Apr 2009 - North Gaza, April 4, 2009 - (Pal Telegraph) Muawiya Hassanein, head of the ambulance and emergency service in Gaza announced two Palestinians were killed in armed clashes between Palestinian resistance fighters and Israeli forces east of Jabaliya, northern Gaza.

Students for Palestine put their mark on Australian campuses 
3 Apr 2009 - Australia, April 4, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - University campuses across Australia have seen a new and vibrant student movement for Palestine taking shape in the wake of Israel’s destruction of Gaza at the beginning of the year. These past two weeks have...

IF kidnapped two brothers, one mentally disabled
3 Apr 2009 - West Bank, April 4, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Palestinian sources reported that the Israeli forces apprehended two Palestinian brothers from Safa village, near Hebron after raiding one of their houses Friday night.

Hamas Gov to rub out war ruin in Gaza 
2 Apr 2009 - Gaza Strip, April 2, (Pal Telegraph) - The Hamas government in Gaza announced the start of an intensive debirs removal project today. The desructions resulted from Israels' latest agressive war on the Gaza Strip. Hamas worked to bring Gazans relief. Millions of...

Palestinian unity talks suspended
2 Apr 2009 - The rival Palestinian Hamas and Fatah factions have suspended unity talks in Cairo after they were unable to reach an agreement, sources say. The Egyptian-mediated process will resume in three weeks, Nabil Shaath, a senior Fatah official, said on Thursday. "There are...


Israeli FM graft questions continue
3 Apr 2009 - Avigdor Lieberman questioned for second days over corruption and bribery claims.

UN appoints Gaza war investigator
3 Apr 2009 - Former war crimes prosecutor to focus on Palestinian victims of Israel's war.

Palestinian unity talks suspended
2 Apr 2009 - Fatah and Hamas halt negotiations with the two sides unable to reach an agreement.

Israeli boy killed in axe attack
2 Apr 2009 - Fatal assault in Jewish settlement south of Jerusalem prompts Israeli police manhunt.

UN agency warns Palestinian staff
1 Apr 2009 - Relief agency warns employees in the Gaza Strip to avoid politics, reports say.

Bashir in S Arabia despite warrant
1 Apr 2009 - Sudanese president makes fifth visit to a foreign country since war crimes charges.

Dutch couple kidnapped in Yemen
31 Mar 2009 - Couple seized by armed men but claim being treated well.


OPT: Access to buffer zone key to agricultural recovery - FAO 
2 Apr 2009 - GAZA CITY Thursday, April 02, 2009 (IRIN) - Gaza’s battered agricultural sector has the capacity to recover but only if there is access to the buffer zone, and only if Gaza’s commercial crossings are fully opened, according to a recent UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report on Gaza. 

OPT: Gaza orphans in the spotlight 
2 Apr 2009 - GAZA CITY Wednesday, April 01, 2009 (IRIN) - An estimated 1,346 children were left without one or more of their parents as a result of the recent 23-day Israeli assault on Gaza, according to Islamic Relief in Gaza.

In Brief: GPS and malaria 
2 Apr 2009 - DAKAR Wednesday, April 01, 2009 (IRIN) - Malaria control has long depended on incomplete infection mapping or “spatial medical intelligence”. But in recent years the Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) has used GPS (Global Positioning System) to plot malaria infections based on community surveys in 84 endemic countries.

Stop The Wall

Friday anti-Wall protests commemorate Land Day
3 Apr 2009 - March 29th, 2009 --, Large numbers of participants was a feature of this Friday’s actions, which were held in commemoration of Land Day. Protests against the Wall were held in the usual locations of Jayyous, Ni’lin, al-Ma’sra and Bi’lin. After a brief hiatus last week, violence is escalating again in Ni’lin, where a local youth was shot with live ammunition. [

List of Actions in Palestine for March 30 - Land Day and Global BDS Day
3 Apr 2009 - March 28th, 2009 --, The people in Palestine are mobilizing for the 32nd annual commemoration of Land Day, March 30. Land Day marks the date of the Palestinian demonstration in the Galilee against a wide-scale land confiscation, when Israeli forces killed 6 Palestinians, injured 96 and arrested 300. See the full list of actions here. [

PCHR Latest

PCHR Contests Distortion of Gaza Strip Death Toll
4 Apr 2009 - 

PCHR Appeals for Action to Save Lives of Gaza Strip Patients
4 Apr 2009 - 

PCHR Demands Investigation into Death of a Civilian Tortured by Members of the Intelligence Services in Gaza
4 Apr 2009 - 

PCHR Warns of Gaza Patients’ Being Denied Treatment Abroad
4 Apr 2009 - 

PCHR Weekly Report

(26 March -01 April  2008)
4 Apr 2009 - During the reporting period, IOF killed two members of the Palestinian resistance and injured two others in the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian woman also died of injuries she had sustained during the IOF offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Somali pirates try to take over Israeli-owned ship
3 Apr 2009 - Somali pirates on Saturday tried to take over an Israeli-owned merchant ship while it was sailing some 700 kilometers off the shores of east Africa. ...

First women to graduate from Palestinian military academy
3 Apr 2009 - The first batch of women set to graduate from the Palestinian military academy marched with their male colleagues on Saturday, in a rare display of women and men training alongside each other in the Middle East. ...

Egyptian Islamists: Deny entry to 'Zionist terrorist' Lieberman
3 Apr 2009 - A key Egyptian opposition faction have submitted a bill to deny entry to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. ...

FBI rules out Taliban claim on New York state killings
3 Apr 2009 - The FBI on Saturday ruled out Pakistani Taliban militant leader Baituallah Mehsud's claim that he was responsible for an attack on a U.S. immigration assistance center in New York state. ...

U.S. slams court decision to halt Demjanjuk's deportation
3 Apr 2009 - The U.S. Department of Justice criticized a court decision to halt the deportation of suspected Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk to Germany for possible trial. ...

The Guardian

Letter: Britain and the 'smuggling' of weapons to Gaza
2 Apr 2009 - I am puzzled by the lack of scrutiny afforded to the questions raised by Hazel Blears's assertion that "the prime minister has offered British naval support to stop the smuggling of weapons to Gaza" ( Letters , 26...

Michael Tomasky: Why no Palestinian Gandhi?
2 Apr 2009 - Many weeks ago on this blog, I asked rhetorically what we all thought might have happened in the occupied territories if the Palestinian resistance had been, since 1967, nonviolent. I ventured a guess that they might...

Seth Freedman: Israel's new foreign minister raises fears for peace
2 Apr 2009 - If Israelis think their foreign minister's ascent is an aberration, they're being disingenuous about the nation's rightwing forces Yesterday's tub-thumping tirade by Israel's new foreign minister and deputy prime minister sent tremors through political circles, both...

Doctors to reopen Yasser Arafat death investigation
2 Apr 2009 - Arab doctors to review information about 'strange death' of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat Arab doctors are to investigate the death of the former Palestinian president, Yasser Arafat, re-opening a four-year-old case which is still the...

Antony Lerman: Is Oliphant's cartoon antisemitic, or just offensive?
2 Apr 2009 - Complaints of antisemitism made against a recent cartoon simply confuse the issue and devalue the term Pat Oliphant, the most widely syndicated political cartoonist in the world, has been fiercely attacked by major American Jewish groups...

Avigdor Lieberman rules out 'concessions' to Palestinians
1 Apr 2009 - Israel never ratified 2007 Annapolis Middle East peace talks, new foreign minister says in debut speech Israel's new foreign minister dismayed the international community today with a rancorous analysis of the peace process and an announcement...

Rachel Shabi: Israel prefers to regard army malpractice as deviation, not the norm
1 Apr 2009 - Some may be shocked as the Gaza war crimes inquiry is closed, but Israel prefers to regard malpractice as deviation, not the norm You could all but hear the leftwing jaws thudding to the ground. Shortly...

Israeli papers brush women out of cabinet
3 Apr 2009 - Two female ministers within a 30-strong cabinet may not sound like such a big deal to most. However, it was two women too many for Israeli ultra-orthodox newspapers, so they simply airbrushed the offending female figures...

Israeli exports hit by European boycotts after attacks on Gaza
3 Apr 2009 - A fifth of Israeli exporters report drop in demand as footage of Gaza attacks changes behaviour of consumers and investors Israeli companies are feeling the impact of boycott moves in Europe, according to surveys, amid growing...

Lyn Julius: The term 'Jewish Arabs' ignores the truth of Middle Eastern Jews' unhappy history in Arab lands
3 Apr 2009 - The term 'Jewish Arabs' ignores the truth of Middle Eastern Jews' unhappy history in Arab lands There is no denying that in Israel there is discrimination and an ethnic divide. Choice quotes from Israel's leaders in...

Jewish Chronicle pays £30,000 libel damages to peace activist
3 Apr 2009 - Peace activist accepts damages over false claims he harboured two suicide bombers A peace activist today accepted £30,000 libel damages and an apology at the high court over false claims made in the Jewish Chronicle that...

David Goldberg: I wanted to be among the few civilian Jews to visit Gaza since the invasion. It wasn't to be
2 Apr 2009 - I wanted to be among the few civilian Jews to visit Gaza since the invasion. It wasn't to be It all began promisingly. A former congregant of mine works for an international crisis agency in Jerusalem,...

Khaled Diab: Like the Palestinians, Middle Eastern Jews have fallen victim to political forces beyond their control
2 Apr 2009 - Like the Palestinians, Middle Eastern Jews have fallen victim to political forces beyond their control To the outside world, Israel is either (depending on your political perspective) a proud outpost of the west or a humiliating...

Ha'aretz National page

Tel Aviv kicks off centennial celebrations
3 Apr 2009 - Hundreds of thousands of people crowded into Rabin Square on Saturday night for free extravaganza concert to celebrate the city's 100th birthday. ...

Expats in Israel hold fundraiser for Australia bushfire victims
3 Apr 2009 - The devastating bushfires in Australia in February prompted an outpouring of generosity from the international community - a trend that continued Thursday night at a fundraiser held at the Australian embassy in Tel Aviv. ...

Israel's super-rich lost 40% of their fortunes over last year
3 Apr 2009 - Israel's super-rich lost 40 percent of their fortunes over the last year, a list compiled by TheMarker of the country's 500 most wealthy citizens has revealed. ...

'Failure to appoint health minister is like outbreak of disease'
2 Apr 2009 - 

Police grill Lieberman for second time in three days
2 Apr 2009 - Police questioned Avigdor Lieberman as part of a corruption investigation on Friday for the second time since he was sworn in as foreign minister earlier this week. ...

Relief Web

OPT: Hamas to begin removing Gaza war rubble next week
4 Apr 2009 - Source: Deutsche Presse Agentur

Press conference on Gaza by Operations Director of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
3 Apr 2009 - Source: UN Department of Public Information

Case study on the utilization of the INEE minimum standards: Responding to an educational emergency in the occupied Palestinian territory
3 Apr 2009 - Source: Inter-Agency Network on Education in Emergencies

OPT: UNRWA welcomes retraction of damaging articles
3 Apr 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Press conference by Security Council President
3 Apr 2009 - Source: UN Department of Public Information

New security challenges: Soft and hard, Address by Mr. Sergei A. Ordzhonikidze, Brussels
3 Apr 2009 - Source: United Nations

OPT: Richard J. Goldstone appointed to lead Human Rights Council fact-finding mission on Gaza conflict
3 Apr 2009 - Source: UN Human Rights Council

OPT: US envoy to return to Mideast soon
3 Apr 2009 - Source: Agence France-Presse

YNet News

Friends of Shalit to hold Pesach Seder outside PM's residence 
4 Apr 2009 - 'Rresponsibility to bring captive soldier home has now been passed from Olmert to Netanyahu,' organizer says 

Lebanon's Baroud sees political will for smooth vote 
4 Apr 2009 - Interior minister says some 30,000 police officers, army troops to be deployed around Lebanon on election day in June, but adds it's up to political groups to ensure that no disturbances occur 

IDF grants military chef disability
4 Apr 2009 - Man who served as army kitchener during Second Lebanon War deemed suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome, awarded 70% disability

'We'll fight anti-Israel sentiment in Human Rights Council'
4 Apr 2009 - US ambassador to United Nations says Washington's bid to rejoin human rights council meant to stop its 'obsession' with Israel; adds Durban II statement still problematic 

NYPD sees threat in Israel-Iran tensions
4 Apr 2009 - New York Police Department prepares contingencies concerning Big Apple's Jewish sites fearing escalating tensions between Israel, Iran may result in violence


Punishment of policeman who killed Palestinian increased
31 Mar 2009 - The Israeli Supreme Court has increased the prison sentence of border policeman Yanai Lazla for the killing of 18-year-old ‘Imran Abu Hamdiya in 2002. Lazla and three other policemen threw Abu Hamdiya from a jeep moving at high speed after they had abduct

Gaza and Sderot: Life in spite of everything
30 Mar 2009 - B'Tselem has joined ARTE to continue the award-winning internet documentary series on the lives of civilians in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel. B'Tselem injected into the project attention to International Humanitarian Law.

Daily Star

Egypt 'was aware' of strikes on Sudan convoys 
3 Apr 2009 - Egypt knew about air strikes on convoys in Sudan early this year that were said to be carrying weapons destined for Gaza but remained silent to avoid embarrassing Sudan, state news agency MENA reported on Thursday. Egypt knew about the attacks, which were thought to have been carried out by Israel.

India: irregularities will scrap $2 billion Israel arms deal 
3 Apr 2009 - India warned Friday it would scrap a missile deal with Israel if there was "credible evidence of malpractice" in the $2 billion contract. Leftist parties have demanded a probe, alleging that state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries bribed middlemen to secure the contract for the sale of medium-range surface-to-air missiles to India.

OIC unveils plans to help troubled Darfur 
3 Apr 2009 - The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Friday announced a project to step up help to the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur following last month's expulsion of 13 international aid agencies. The plan envisages "urgent and continued aid services," help for refugees to go home and rebuilding in the war-torn western region.

Erdogan opposes Rasmussen bid for top NATO job 
3 Apr 2009 - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday he was opposed to Danish counterpart Anders Fogh Rasmussen's bid for NATO's top job because he doubted he could contribute to global peace.His vocal objections came after reports that Rasmussen officially announced his candidacy to be NATO's.

Israel slams UN investigation into alleged war crimes in Gaza 
3 Apr 2009 - Israel on Friday slammed a UN probe into alleged war crimes committed during the war on Gaza over the new year following the appointment of a former international prosecutor to head the mission."This is not an attempt to find the truth but to tarnish Israel's reputation and to join efforts led by some countries to demonize Israel".

Arad visa dilemma will gauge Obama's resolve in confronting Netanyahu 
3 Apr 2009 - The first official test of wills between the administration of US President Barack Obama and the new Likud-led government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could well be waged over the issuance, or restoration, of a simple entry visa.For the past two years, Dr. Uzi Arad.

Seizure of vessel in Cyprus has no legal basis - Iran 
3 Apr 2009 - The seizure of what a UN panel has described as a shipment of Syria-bound Iranian arms aboard a Cypriot-flagged vessel has "no legal basis," Iran said in a letter released here Thursday. The letter from Iran's UN Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee, addressed to the UN Security Council.

Obama likely to find warm welcome on Turkey visit 
3 Apr 2009 - US President Barack Obama, due in Turkey next week, is poised not only to boost bilateral ties but also make gains on the front of public diplomacy in this mainly Muslim country, where his predecessor left the US image in tatters. Obama, who will be visiting Turkey on Monday and Tuesday.

Palestinian Information Center

Resheq: Fatah obstinacy obstructed national dialog in Cairo
4 Apr 2009 - Ezzat Al-Resheq stated that the rounds of the national reconciliation talks were always obstructed by Fatah representatives' inflexibility and their insistence on sticking to specific points.

WHO: Ramallah authority responsible for blocking treatment of Gaza patients
4 Apr 2009 - The World Health Organization held the PA leadership in Ramallah fully responsible for the death of tens of Palestinian patients in the Gaza Strip for not approving their treatment abroad.

Haneyya's gov't calls on Palestinian factions not to bow to external pressures
4 Apr 2009 - The legitimate PA government under premier Ismail Haneyya has hailed the Egyptian efforts in sponsoring the inter-Palestinian dialogue in Cairo.

Hamas to Fatah: You should rethink agreements after Lieberman's statements
4 Apr 2009 - Hamas Movement has called on Fatah faction to rethink all the "feeble" agreements it had signed with the IOA after the Israeli officials clearly stated they won't be bound with those agreements.

Odwan: An extremist Zionist government should push Palestinians to unity
4 Apr 2009 - Dr. Atef Odwan, the prominent political leader in Hamas Movement, asserted Thursday that the presence of an extremist Zionist government should urge Palestinian factions to unite.

Mansi: We will start removing rubbles in Gaza Strip next week
4 Apr 2009 - The PA minister of Public Works and Communication Dr. Yousef Mansi has announced that his ministry will start removing the rubbles left by the cruel Israeli war on Gaza Strip next week.

Palestinian kills Israeli settler, wounds another in an attack in Bethlehem
4 Apr 2009 - The Israeli radio has reported that an Israeli settler was killed, and another one was seriously wounded after a Palestinian resistance activist attacked them.

Zionists: We hate you because you are evil, not because you are Jewish
4 Apr 2009 - Israel is so manifestly criminal and ugly that we don’t need to deny anyone’s suffering to prove this plain fact.

Al-Qassam: Israel will regret not fulfilling our demands for the swap deal
4 Apr 2009 - Al-Qassam Brigades warned that Israel will regret its intransigence regarding the prisoner swap deal, highlighting that it will never release Gilad Shalit before Israel complies with its demands.

Falk: The Palestinian people have the right to resistance
4 Apr 2009 - Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights, stressed that the Palestinian people have the right to resistance, self-determination and the establishment of their independent state.

Los Angeles Times

World Briefing 
4 Apr 2009 - Gaza Strip: Judge named to head war crimes inquiry / Thailand: 10-year jail sentence for editing royals' photos / Malaysia: New PM frees 13 detainees / Sweden: 'Ferrari guy' in trouble again GAZA STRIP 

Israeli teen killed in West Bank attack 
3 Apr 2009 - A Palestinian enters a West Bank settlement and attacks two boys with a pickax, killing a 13-year-old. Settler groups and right-wing parties demand more restrictions on Palestinians. A Palestinian man slipped into a West Bank settlement with a pickax Thursday and killed an Israeli teenager, bringing Israel's new conservative government under pressure from the extreme right to react forcefully. 

New York Times

Police Continue Questioning of Israeli Foreign Minister
3 Apr 2009 - The questioning of Avigdor Lieberman, the new foreign minister of Israel, continued into Friday, as part of a longstanding investigation into suspicions of bribery, money laundering and breach of trust. 

World Briefing | Middle East: Israel: U.N. Picks Gaza Investigator
4 Apr 2009 - The United Nations Human Rights Council appointed a Jewish South African judge to lead a mission to investigate allegations of war crimes committed by Israel. 

World Briefing | The Americas: Venezuela: Venture With Iran
4 Apr 2009 - President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran inaugurated a joint development bank to finance projects in the two countries. 

National Briefing | South: Florida: Plea in Plot to Export Aircraft Parts to Iran
2 Apr 2009 - A second man has pleaded guilty in a Miami federal court to charges of scheming to illegally export military aircraft parts to Iran. 

Israeli Minister Dismisses Peace Effort
1 Apr 2009 - On his first day as s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman said that “those who want peace should prepare for war.” 

Damascus Journal: Syria Finds Right Ingredients to Start a Stock Market From Scratch
2 Apr 2009 - For many Syrians, a newly opened stock exchange represents a long-deferred dream of economic liberalization and prosperity after decades of socialism and isolation. 

World Briefing | Middle East: Jordan: Inquiry Into Arafat’s Death
2 Apr 2009 - More than four years after Yasir Arafat died, Arab doctors will meet in Jordan this week to look into lingering suspicions that he was poisoned. 

World Briefing | Middle East: Yemen: 2 Convicted as Spies
31 Mar 2009 - A court sentenced two Yemeni Shiite Muslims to death after convicting them of spying for Iran. 


Electronic Intifada
White phosphorus not forgotten in Gaza
3 Apr 2009 - During Israel's three-week-long offensive on Gaza launched on 27 December, the Israeli army used internationally banned weapons according to foreign military and medical experts. Israel used American-made white phosphorus shells in populated areas across the Gaza Strip. Yousef Al-Helou reports from the Gaza Strip. 

Gaza farmers commemorate Land Day
3 Apr 2009 - As farmer Jamal al-Bassyuni plucked a stalk of ripening wheat, a posse of young men danced in his field. The dancers were flanked by a lively crowd, many of them women wearing the traditional Palestinian embroidered thob dress. Despite the nearby rubble of destroyed houses, and tracts of land laid to waste by bulldozers and tanks, the mood was defiantly sunny. Local farmers and their supporters were celebrating Palestinian Land Day. 

Not an analogy: Israel and the crime of apartheid
3 Apr 2009 - With the expanding agreement that the term "apartheid" is useful in describing the level and layout of Israel's crimes, it is important that our understanding of the "apartheid label" be deepened, both as a means of informing activism in support of the Palestinian anti-colonial struggle, and in order to most effectively make use of comparisons with other struggles. Hazem Jamjoum comments for The Electronic Intifada. 

Aid groups work to care for Gaza orphans
3 Apr 2009 - Two-year-old Ahmed from the al-Tufa area of Gaza City lost his father during the recent Israeli assault on Gaza. His aunt (pictured) and uncle are now his primary caretakers. (Erica Silverman/IRIN) GAZA CITY, occupied Gaza Strip (IRIN) - An estimated 1,346 children were left without one or more of their parents as a result of the recent 22-day Israeli assault on Gaza, according to Islamic Relief in Gaza. An orphan is defined by Islamic Relief as a child under 18 who has lost the parent considered the head of the household, most often the father, according to Mahmoud Abudraz, a child welfare program manager, for Islamic Relief in Gaza. 

In Gaza
sharka street poverty
3 Apr 2009 - “This was empty yesterday before you came,” Fathiya said, pointing to the refrigerator now stocked with left-overs from a meal. “We didn’t know how we were going to buy food.” The 100 shekels ($25 roughly) I’d passed on to her husband, Saud, the day before had gone a long way, filling the fridge with fresh vegetables and even fish, what would be a luxury for the family. It wasn’t my money, and I’d told him as much. “This is from people outside of Palestine who want to support you, who know how Israel has crushed your economy and means of existence,” I’d said. [I managed this in broken Arabic!] I’d...

Palestine Chronicle
Arab 'Reconciliation' Summit a Bust
3 Apr 2009 - By Rannie Amiri The 21st Arab League summit held this week in Doha, Qatar ended up being little more than a summit of egos. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir – just indicted for war crimes in Darfur by the International Criminal Court (ICC) – arrived to a red-carpet and hero’s welcome; Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak boycotted the entire gathering; Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi walked out during the opening session; King Abdullah II of Jordan left early, apparently for not having been greeted by the Emir of Qatar but by another member of the royal family; and Hamas was not even invited. Having accomplished little, the summit adjourned one day early. Overshadowing the gathering of Arab leaders and the League’s stated agenda of ‘reconciliation’ between the decidedly pro-American, anti-Iranian camp of nations (represented by Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia) and those more willing to recognize Iran as an important regional power (namely Syria and Qatar), was the presence of al-Bashir. In embracing al-Bashir and “rejecting” his indictment, the Arab League thumbed their noses at the West and the ICC, who called for his arrest but ignored the war crimes committed by Israel in Gaza. It may have been an understandable move by the League (which no doubt involved a bit of collective self-preservation), but certainly was not good public relations. Next, attention was focused on the volatile and unpredictable Libyan leader. In the morning session, he railed against Saudi King Abdullah who he said was “made by Britain and protected by the...

Robots with Missiles: A Closer Look
3 Apr 2009 - By Kathy Kelly It's one thing to study online articles describing the MQ-9 Reapers and MQ-1 Predators. It's quite another to identify these drones as they take off from runways at Nevada's Creech Air Force base, where our "Ground the Drones…Lest We Reap the Whirlwind" campaign is holding a ten-day vigil. This morning, during a one hour walk from Cactus Springs, Nevada, where we are housed, to the gates of Creech Air Force base, we saw the Predator and Reaper drones glide into the skies, once every two minutes. We could easily distinguish the Predator from the Reaper, - if the tailfins are up, it’s a Predator, tail fins down, a Reaper. The MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones both function to collect information through surveillance; both can carry weapons. The MQ9 Reaper drone, which the U.S. Air Force refers to as a “hunter-killer” vehicle, can carry two 500 pound bombs as well as several Hellfire missiles. Creech Air Force Base is headquarters for coordinating the latest high tech weapons that use unmanned aerial systems (UASs) for surveillance and increasingly lethal attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, (UAVs), take off from runways in the country of origin, controlled by a pilot, nearby, “on the ground.” But once many of the UAVs are airborne, teams inside trailers at Creech Air Force base and other U. S. sites begin to control them. We’ve become more skilled in spotting and hearing the vehicles. I guess I had some added...

Palestine and the Arab World: Raping Sovereignty
3 Apr 2009 - By Dina Jadallah-Taschler Proclamations (and delusions) of sovereignty in the Arab world create and necessitate resistance. As a political concept, sovereignty means the independence and power to exercise control over a political and territorial entity free from external interference. But in this age of selective and externally-defined “democracy,” of “fighting terrorism,” of “international consensus,” and of “globalization” and its concomitant neo-liberal privatizing “reforms,” how can any Arab state or an aspiring-to-be-a-state like Palestine be sovereign? The reality or non-reality, as the case may be, of sovereignty in the Arab world is especially frustrating. Sovereignty in Arabic is generally described as sulta or siyada. But descriptively, it also extends to kingship (mulk), hegemony (haymana), control (saytara), and rule (hukm/tahakkum). (1) In ancient times, the legitimacy underlying sovereignty originated in a (claimed) divine right (2) – and we still see extensions of that today in non-constitutional monarchies in the Arab world, which as a region, has the most monarchical regimes of any other place in the world. Elsewhere however, that concept of sovereignty went out of style hundreds of years ago. Especially in this post- axis-of-evil Arab world, the reality of sovereignty within a state much more resembles mulk and tahakkum than it does a more social-contract type of relationship between citizens and their governments. Internally, and legally-speaking, it is assumed (but increasingly contested) that the sovereign has the right to exercise exclusive control over subjects (de jure). I use “subjects” intentionally because Arab people are under no delusions whatsoever about being...

Al Nakba – A Poem
3 Apr 2009 - By Mary Pneuman Deir Yassin Almond and cactus, clinging roots of memory— ghosts of massacre. Ein Karem Almonds in green velvet, swelling pomegranate buds grow more bitter now. Hawara Dreams of motherhood lie stillborn at the checkpoint, hope of Palestine. - Mary Pneuman contributed this poem to