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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
7 April, 2009


International Middle East Media Center

Russia to arm P.A with light arms, two armored vehicles and 2 helicopters
7 Apr 2009 - Russian sources reported Tuesday that the Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, approved a request by the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, to provide the Palestinian Authority with weapons. A Russian news agency reported that Medvedev told Abbas he would also grant the P.A two helicopters, and two armored vehicles. ...

Man suspected of plotting to assassinate Obama released
7 Apr 2009 - The Israeli authorities reported on Tuesday that the man who was arrested for plotting to assassinate the U.S President, Barack Obama, after he was detained as he was deemed mentally ill. ...

The Israeli army kidnaps 12 civilians from Hebron
7 Apr 2009 - At least 12 Palestinian men where kidnapped on Tuesday during pre dawn Israeli military invasions targeting the southern West Bank city of Hebron and nearby villages. ... 

150 thousand Gazans still without tap water
7 Apr 2009 - IRIN, the media outlet of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on Tuesday that more than 150,000 people living in Gaza – around 10 per cent of the population – are still without tap water. ...

Israeli police kill Palestinian man and demolish home in east Jerusalem 
7 Apr 2009 - On Tuesday at midday Israeli border police shot dead a Palestinian driver in the Surbaher neighborhood of east Jerusalem whilst bulldozers demolished a Palestinian family home in the area. ... 

Radwan: “Hamas will not be part of government which recognizes the occupation”
7 Apr 2009 - Dr. Ismail Radwan, a senior political leader of Hamas, stated that Hamas will not deal with or be part of any government which recognizes the occupation, and will not accept the demands of thew Quartet. ... 

Netanyahu invited to Egypt
7 Apr 2009 - Israeli sources reported late on Monday at night that Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, received an invitation from the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, to visit the country and hold talks. ... 

Haaretz: “Obama to visit Israel and Palestinian territories in early June”
7 Apr 2009 - Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported on Tuesday morning that the US President, Barack Obama, will be conducting an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. ... 

Mitchell back in Middle East April 13
7 Apr 2009 - The US Department of State reported on Monday that the US Special Middle East Envoy, George Mitchell, will be back in the Middle East on April 13 in an attempt to revive the stalled peace process. ... 

Saudi paper: “Turkish security services arrested a man who planned to assassinate Obama”
7 Apr 2009 - The Al Watan Saudi newspaper reported Monday that the Turkish security services apprehended a man of Syrian descent for planning to stab the U.S President, Barack Obama, with a knife during his visit to Turkey. ... 

Ha'aretz Defense page

'Iron Dome' expected to be operational by summer 2010
7 Apr 2009 - Short-range missile interception system developed to provide protection for the Sderot area. 

Successful Arrow II test could mean continued U.S. funding
7 Apr 2009 - Upgraded anti-ballistic missile system designed to defend against possible attacks by Iran and Syria. 

Israel successfully test fires Arrow missile defense system
7 Apr 2009 - Source: Arrow intercepted missile, simulating an Iranian Shihab, launched from over Mediterranean. 

Police kill Palestinian assailant at demolition of terrorist's home
7 Apr 2009 - Border Police troops preparing to demolish home of bulldozer terrorist shoot driver after he tried to run them over. 

IDF keeps Bedouin trackers in dark about Egypt border ops
7 Apr 2009 - Troops say told not to divulge operational details to trackers, out of fear they may inform smugglers. 

IDF planning largest-ever drill to prepare Israel for war
6 Apr 2009 - Week-long exercise to test response to scenarios including Hamas, Hezbollah missile attacks on home front. 

IDF to impose closure on West Bank ahead of Pesach
6 Apr 2009 - Army says it views holiday as particularly sensitive period; closure to be lifted on April 18th. 

Peres: 'Devious' Iran hiding nuke ambitions
6 Apr 2009 - President says U.S. must enlist EU in struggle against Iran nukes; Iran supports nuclear fuel bank idea. 

Iran may seek compensation for seizure of suspected arms cargo
6 Apr 2009 - UN panel: Ship detained by Cyrpus carried explosives and weaponry; Iran: No legal basis for stopping vessel. 

IDF commandos cited for not wounding innocents in battle
5 Apr 2009 - Four soldiers from Duvdevan unit given award after clashes with Palestinian fugitives in Nablus casbah. 

IDF chief: Troops' Gaza testimonies are completely unfounded
5 Apr 2009 - Army chief Ashkenazi says military police have checked accounts that soldiers targeted civilians. 

Abbas lays down terms for peace talks with Netanyahu
5 Apr 2009 - PA leader: No talks without Netanyahu backing 2-state solution; Barak: Israel committed to signed accords. 

Security sources: Fatah has resumed terrorist activities
5 Apr 2009 - Renewed activity could be result of assumption Israel-PA relations will deteriorate under Netanyahu. 

Was Israel's reported strike in Sudan an exercise in propaganda?
4 Apr 2009 - Nobody knows for sure what was bombed, how much and why; Sudan, after all, is far away. 

Ma'an News

Netanyahu sorts out position on settlements; agrees to meet Mubarak in near future
4/7/2009 - Jerusalem - Ma'an - New Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu may have difficulty forming an internationally-acceptable opinion on peace talks with the Palestinians before his visit with US President Barak Obama, the Israeli daily paper Ma’ariv said Tuesday....

Israeli forces detain four including PA security official in Nablus
4/7/2009 - Nablus – Ma’an – Israeli forces detained four young men including a Palestinian National Security officer east of Nablus while raiding south eastern Nablus. Palestinian local sources reported Israeli forces storming the entire south-east sector of Nablus, including...

Palestinian shot dead after demolition of home of Jerusalem ‘bulldozer attacker’
4/7/2009 - Jerusalem – Ma’an – A Palestinian man was shot dead on Tuesday by Israeli border guards at a checkpoint near the now-demolished East Jerusalem family home of a slain construction worker who went on a deadly bulldozer rampage...

Gaza crossings: fully open for first time in week; to be fully shut for Passover
4/7/2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – For the first time in a week Israeli authorities opened all three of Gaza’s regular commercial, aid and fuel import crossings for operation Tuesday, said Chair of the Gazan Committee for Entry of Goods...

Ramallah police thwart kidnapping attempt; arrest gang members
4/7/2009 - Ramallah – Ma’an – Palestinian police were able to rescue a kidnapped Palestinian man from a gang in Ramallah and arrest the gang members. The men, who havenot been identified, was arrested overnight Monday. Law enforcement officials were...

Gaza: Two Fatah leaders return home to conduct "assessment" on Abbas' orders
4/7/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Two Fatah leaders from Gaza will return for a visit this week in order to assess the situation in the Strip two and a half months after the close of Israel’s war on the...

Hamas set to reject Egyptian proposal for Ramallah-based transitional government
4/7/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma’an/Agencies - Egypt’s proposal to form a transitional government in Ramallah and a liaison committee to communicate with Gaza will likely be rejected, a leading Hamas figure told the newspaper Al-Hayat on Tuesday. The official said...

Israeli forces take five from homes Jenin and Tubas
4/7/2009 - Jenin – Ma’an – Israeli forces detained two civilians from the Al-Far’a Refugee Camp, two from Tubas and another from Qabatiya in the northern West Bank under heavy gunfire overnight Monday. The troops raided homes in all three...

Settler injured as car pelted by rocks near Ramallah
4/7/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – Settler injured after their car was showered with stones driving on a settler-only road north of Ramallah Tuesday. The driver of the car lost control when a stone fractured the windshield and he swerved...

Israel imposes lockdown on West Bank over Passover holiday
4/7/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma’an - From just before midnight on 6 April to the evening of 18 April the West Bank will be under a general closure, announced the office of the Israeli Minister of Defense Tuesday. The closure...

Fire damages Coptic church in Ramallah
4/7/2009 - Ramallah – Ma’an – A newly-built Coptic Christian church was severely damaged by fire in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday. Firefighters and police rushed to put out the blaze but were unable to prevent damage...

2,500 Palestinians leave for Mecca pilgrimage
4/7/2009 - Jericho – Ma’an – More than 2,500 Palestinians left the West Bank on their way to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. Palestinian police at the Allenby Bridge border crossing in Jericho said they...

Refugee committees to close UN offices in protest of aid cuts
4/7/2009 - Nablus – Ma’an – Local committees in refugee camps in the northern West Bank decided to close UN social welfare offices on Wednesday to protest reductions in food aid and the suspension of a cash assistance program. Committee...

De facto court sentences four to death, three to life in prison
4/7/2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – A de facto government military court in the Gaza Strip sentenced four men to death by firing squad, and three others to life in prison Tuesday. A statement from the court revealed few details...

Hebron: Israeli forces detain Palestinian near Ibrahimi Mosque
4/7/2009 - Hebron – Ma’an – Israeli forces detained a Palestinian man near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron on Tuesday claiming he was armed with a knife and four Molotov Cocktails. Israeli authorities immediately sealed the iron gates leading to...

Obama urges Jews to 'see the Palestinan perspective'
4/7/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – US President Barack Obama reiterated his support for the creation of a Palestinian state on Tuesday, mounting further pressure on Israel’s new right-wing government to return to peace negotiations. "I believe that peace in...

Negotiations without goal of Palestinian state would be “waste of time,” says top PA negotiator
4/7/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – Any negotiations with Israel without a clearly defined goal based on international law and the Arab Peace initiative will be a “waste of time,” said Ahmad Qurei, the head of the Palestinian Authority negotiating...

Abbas visits breakaway Russian republic of Daghestan
4/7/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in the Russian republic of Daghestan on Tuesday after meeting with Russian Prime MinisterVladimir Putin in Moscow, the Russian news Agency RIA Novosti reported. Abbas and an entourage of...

Palestine Telegraph

Israeli soldiers kill young Palestinian, 20
7 Apr 2009 - Jerusalem, April 7, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - A young Palestinian was killed today in east Jerusalem. According to Israeli occupation the victim tried to run over Israeli soldiers who were protecting bulldozers that leveled Palestinian civilian houses in the area of Sor...

Occupation Soldiers Decry Media Treatment
6 Apr 2009 - April 7, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli Occupation soldiers are decrying their media treatment after widespread reports of war crimes committed during the recent Gaza invasion. Palestinians in Gaza are still sifting through rubble and counting their dead, yet those who killed...

Israel on a piracy mission 
6 Apr 2009 - Gaza , April 6, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - In a new piracy mission the Israeli Occupation arrested eight fishermen and confiscated their boats off the Gaza shore.

Israeli MANIACS Attack Palestinian Civilians
5 Apr 2009 - Jerusalem, April 6, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - As part of the ongoing Israeli measures in Jerusalem, hundreds of Israeli settlers attacked Al-Sadya neighborhood in east Jerusalem. The attackers tried to storm houses of the Al Jabir family. Bloody clashes erupted in the...

Institution: IOF destroyed archaeological buildings during the aggression on Gaza
5 Apr 2009 - Gaza strip, April 5 (The Pal Telegraph) - The Jerusalem institution stated the Israeli offensive army devastated four historic buildings belonging to the Islamic, Ottoman, British and Egyptian historical periods during the recent aggression on Gaza. In a press release issued Wednesday...

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) - A report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) states the Israeli military apprehended about 48 Palestinian citizens and carried out 107 search operations in the West Bank on March 15th,...

IF Troops Kill Palestinian Gunwoman in Israel
4 Apr 2009 - Gaza, April 4, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - The IF troops shot a Palestinian woman dead 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.


Israeli police kill Palestinian
7 Apr 2009 - Motorist shot as police demolish home of digger driver who killed three people. 

Netanyahu's new cabinet meets
5 Apr 2009 - Israel's prime minister highlights security and economic challenges facing the country.


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.

Stop The Wall

Commemorating Land Day and calling for boycott
7 Apr 2009 - March 31st, 2009 --, Demonstrations, protests and tree planting occurred across historic Palestine on March 30, as Palestinians commemorated Land Day. The Popular Committees, in cooperation with municipalities and other organizations, planned activities in a number of villages and cities. The growing momentum and support of the boycott movement among Palestinians is becoming more tangible, a result of the grassroots organizing that has been undertaken throughout the West Bank. [

Friday anti-Wall protests commemorate Land Day
7 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. [

PCHR Latest

Israel Closes Investigation into Alleged War Crimes Committed in the Gaza Strip
7 Apr 2009 - 

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

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

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

PCHR Weekly Report

(26 March -01 April  2008)
7 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.

International Solidarity Movement

Settler violence on the rise in Hebron
7 Apr 2009 - 

Gaza wears a face of misery: interview with Philip Rizk
7 Apr 2009 - 

A harsh reality for Palestinians
7 Apr 2009 - 

900 dunums of Palestinian land confiscated in Qaryut village
7 Apr 2009 - 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Obama team warns U.S. lawmakers: Expect confrontation with Israel 
7 Apr 2009 - In an unprecedented move, the Obama administration is readying for a possible confrontation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by briefing Democratic congressmen on the peace process and the positions of the new government in Israel regarding a two-state solution. ... 

Israeli delegation bolts lawmaker conference attended by Hamas reps
7 Apr 2009 - An Israeli delegation of lawmakers left a conference gathering of parliamentarians in Ethiopia which was attended by Hamas representatives. ...

Report: Egypt arrests 7 Israeli Arabs for spying for Hamas, Hezbollah
7 Apr 2009 - A prominent Islamist lawyer has told the Arabic news channel Al-Jazeera that security forces have detained about 50 Egyptians, Palestinians and Lebanese for alleged ties to the Lebanese Hezbollah and Palestinian Hamas ...

U.S. reiterates 2-state solution after Lieberman remarks
7 Apr 2009 - Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that Western-backed ...

U.S. giving Palestinian security forces top-level training 
7 Apr 2009 - The United States has been training senior Palestinian security officials in an advanced officers course in Ramallah for top-brass, Haaretz has learned. ... 

The Guardian

Israeli police shoot motorist during house demolition
7 Apr 2009 - Officers say Palestinian driver tried to attack them during demolition of bulldozer killer's home Israeli police today shot dead a Palestinian driver they said had tried to attack them during the demolition of a Palestinian home...

Israel created 'terror without mercy' in Gaza, according to human rights report
6 Apr 2009 - The Israeli military attacked civilians and medics and delayed - sometimes for hours - the evacuation of the injured during the January war in Gaza, according to an independent fact-finding mission commissioned by Israeli and Palestinian...

Norman Stone: Obama brokers rapprochement in US-Turkish relations
6 Apr 2009 - Despite the sticky issue of secularity, Obama's parliamentary address today was the first step in US-Turkish rapprochement In the era of George W, taking a taxi in Turkey could be a bit of a bore: the...

Seth Freedman: An event in Tel Aviv to highlight the plight of refugees was inspired by a Passover ritual
7 Apr 2009 - An event in Tel Aviv to highlight the plight of refugees inspired by a Passover ritual should remind the government of its duty Jewish tradition requires its followers not simply to remember the past, but also...

Sounds Jewish: Heavy metal Jews
6 Apr 2009 - Welcome to the April edition of Sounds Jewish. Joining me in the studio this month are Middle East analyst Hagai Segal and journalist Daniella Peled . As Bibi Netanyahu launches his new administration, what kind of prime...

Ha'aretz National page

Study: More than 30% of Israel's female 12th-graders engage in sex 
7 Apr 2009 - The rate of Israeli high school students having sexual intercourse has risen steadily over the past few years, especially among female students, a new study published in the official journal of the Internatioanl Academy of Sex Research suggests. ... 

Labor Court suspends dismissal of 20 Arab railway workers 
7 Apr 2009 - The Tel Aviv Labor Court this week suspended the dismissal of several dozen Arab employees of Israel Railways who work at intersections of roads and train tracks. The court issued temporary injunction will be in effect until another decision is made on the matter in 10 days. ... 

Army to allow hikers into military areas 
7 Apr 2009 - On the eve of the Passover holiday, which brings thousands of hikers to nature resorts across Israel, the Israel Defense Forces announced it will be opening some off-limits sites to ramblers. But other permanently closed reserves will remain off-limits, and the army will even be closing popular trails near the Palmahim military base. ... 

Teen shot dead by friend playing with his father's gun 
6 Apr 2009 - A Passover vacation sleepover ended in tragedy on Tuesday as 7th-grader Oren Mizrahi of Maccabim-Reut was accidentally shot to death by a classmate playing with his father's handgun. ...

Israeli therapist choreographs dance treatment for Parkinson's 
6 Apr 2009 - Israeli therapist and martial arts expert Alex Kerten has developed a unique dance treatment for patients suffering from Parkinson's, a neurological disease that affects the nervous system. ...

Relief Web

Statement by the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, following his visit to Gaza - 25 Mar 2009
7 Apr 2009 - Source: UN Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories

OPT: Violence erupts over East Jerusalem home demolition
7 Apr 2009 - Source: Reuters

OPT: Israel opens three Gaza crossing temporarily
7 Apr 2009 - Source: Kuwait News Agency

The Palestinian uprisings: War with Israel, war at home
7 Apr 2009 - Source: Institute for National Security Studies

Israel enforces siege on Palestinian territories for Passover
7 Apr 2009 - Source: Kuwait News Agency

TPO: Accueil des enfants de Gaza
7 Apr 2009 - Source: Government of Belgium

Declaration of the Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organisations
7 Apr 2009 - Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Defence for Children International/Palestine Section

OPT: Egypt proposes putting Fatah-Hamas unity talks on hold
7 Apr 2009 - Source: Agence France-Presse

YNet News

US hits back at Lieberman: The goal is two states
7 Apr 2009 - In response to divisive comments made by new foreign minister, State Department makes clear Washington fully behind two-state solution as only viable option. Opposition at home also seizes on chance to accuse FM of destroying US-Israel diplomatic ties 

Egypt arrests 7 Israeli Arabs for alleged terror ties
7 Apr 2009 - Islamist attorney tells al-Jazeera men are suspected of belonging to Hizbullah and aiding Hamas

Palestinians: Border Guard troops delayed Tony Blair
7 Apr 2009 - PA negotiator Ahmed Qureia slams delay of Quartet envoy's convoy at West Bank checkpoint as 'brutal and provocative;' Army says soldiers followed protocol on uncoordinated entry of armed security detail

Shalits meet with Netanyahu, say 'no reason for optimism' 
7 Apr 2009 - This will be the third Passover Gilad Shalit spends in Hamas captivity in Gaza. His parents, Noam and Aviva, met with Benjamin Netanyahu this evening for the first time since latter took office

Lieberman: World listening to my ideas
7 Apr 2009 - Foreign minister says leftists in Israel are only ones opposed to his new opinions on government policy

Palestinians say attacked by Bat Ayin settlers
7 Apr 2009 - Sources in Beit Omar say armed residents of settlement where youth was murdered last week stormed village, fired into air, and damaged property; Yesha council enraged over alleged IDF plan to cut back troops guarding West Bank settlements

Netanyahu to transfer NIS 100M to Gaza
7 Apr 2009 - Sum, coordinated with United Nations, intended to pay salaries of PA and UNRWA employees in Gaza; sources fear it will end up in Hamas hands


Israel and the Palestinians must assist the UN mission
5 Apr 2009 - B'Tselem welcomes the appointment of the jurist Richard Goldstone to head the fact-finding mission, called for by the UN Human Rights Council, to investigate the recent fighting in Gaza. Particularly welcome is the delegation’s mandate, which covers viola

Palestinian kills a 16 year-old boy and injures a 7 year-old boy
1 Apr 2009 - B'Tselem strongly condemnss the killing of a 16 year-old boy and the injuring of a 7 year-old boy by a Palestinian in the settlement of Bat Ayin in the Bethlehem district. Deliberate attacks against civilians are immoral and illegal. Wilful killing of civ


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.

Daily Star

Dubai police say hard proof against Chechen politician 
7 Apr 2009 - Dubai police said on Tuesday they has concrete evidence of leading Chechen politician Adam Delimkhanov's involvement in the murder of a former Russian army commander from Chechnya. "Dubai police has irrefutable evidence that condemns all those involved in this crime or it would not have published details of the case," said.

Young protesters in Moldova storm Parliament and president's offices 
7 Apr 2009 - Thousands of youth protesters stormed the Parliament building and president's offices in Moldova Tuesday after a rally against a Communist election victory boiled over into violence in Europe's poorest country. Moldova's ruling Communists - the first Communist Party to win power in the former Soviet Union.

Violence erupts over Israel's demolition of Palestinian home 
7 Apr 2009 - Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian on Tuesday who drove a car into officers guarding the demolition of the occupied Jerusalem home of a Palestinian who killed three Israelis in a bulldozer rampage last July. It was the first such demolition since a military commission said in 2005 that destroying a Palestinian attacker's home.

Iran upholds jail sentences of doctors 'plotting coup' 
7 Apr 2009 - An Iranian appeal court has upheld jail terms against two renowned doctors accused of involvement in an alleged US-backed plot to topple the Islamic regime, their lawyer said on Tuesday. Brothers Arash Alaie and Kamiar Alaie, who are well known for their pioneering work in HIV/AIDS, had been sentenced to six.

Lieberman rejects foreign 'intervention' in Israeli politics 
7 Apr 2009 - Israel's hawkish new Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told foreign powers on Tuesday to stay out of Israeli politics, in an apparent reference to the flagging Middle East peace process. "We have never interfered in the affairs of others, and we expect from others that they not interfere in ours," Lieberman told.

Israel test fires Arrow missile interceptor 
7 Apr 2009 - Israel on Tuesday tested its Arrow ballistic missile interception system, a costly project launched two decades ago aimed at countering strikes mainly from archfoe Iran. The Arrow (Hetz in Hebrew) intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile similar to Iran's Shahab-3, which can reach Israel.

Bashir vows his own officials will track down war criminals 
7 Apr 2009 - Sudan's embattled president told a rally on Tuesday that his own officials would track down war criminals in Darfur, dismissing Western attempts to bring justice to the region. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir - who is himself wanted on charges of masterminding atrocities in Darfur - addressed a crowd of thousands in Zalingei.

Italy death toll rises to 207 as aftershocks hamper rescuers 
7 Apr 2009 - Earthquake aftershocks rocked the Italian city of L'Aquila on Tuesday, raining fresh lumps of debris as rescuers pulled out more survivors and the death toll passed 200. The government rushed to provide shelter for the victims and police began patrolling against looters.

Palestinian Information Center

Khudari meets with delegation of int'l council of Swedish industry
7 Apr 2009 - MP Jamal Al-Khudari met with a delegation of the international council of Swedish industry who visits the Gaza Strip to get informed about the humanitarian and economic conditions.

Family visit to Palestinian prisoners cancelled because of Israeli closure of WB
7 Apr 2009 - A responsible source in the ICRC announced on Tuesday that all scheduled family visits to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails on Tuesday were called off.

Israeli border guards kill Palestinian youth
7 Apr 2009 - A 20-year-old Palestinian youth was shot and killed by Israeli border policemen in occupied Jerusalem's Sur Baher neighborhood at noon Tuesday.

Hamad: The authority of crossings works hard to get the Rafah crossing open
7 Apr 2009 - Dr. Ghazi Hamad, the head of the crossings' authority, stated that the authority of crossings in Gaza works actively and daily to get the Rafah crossing open for all passengers without exception.

Radwan: Hamas won't deal with any proposal not upholding the national constants
7 Apr 2009 - Dr. Ismail Radwan stated that Hamas will not deal with any proposals which do not maintain the Palestinian national constants and call for abiding by the international quartet's terms.

Children the Biggest Victims of the War on Gaza (Report)
7 Apr 2009 - The recent war waged by Israel against Gaza Strip resulted in nearly 1500 children joining the already lengthy list of orphans in Gaza.

IOA steals stone block from Aqsa Mosque and puts it in Knesset
7 Apr 2009 - The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage revealed that the Zionist state stole historical blocks of stone from the Aqsa Mosque and put one of them in front of the Knesset building.

IOF troops wound Palestinian boy, close West Bank
7 Apr 2009 - Israeli occupation forces shot at Palestinian villagers south of Nablus district on Monday and wounded a 16-year-old boy with two bullets in the hip and thigh, medical sources said.

PMRS and PHR reveal Israeli human rights violations in Gaza war
7 Apr 2009 - The Palestinian medical relief society and physicians for human rights held a news conference in Brussels to reveal the results of investigations into war crimes committed by Israel in Gaza.

Barhoum: Hamas-Fatah meeting in Gaza seeks to break the ice
7 Apr 2009 - Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, has underlined that the meeting between Fatah and Hamas delegations in Gaza was meant to break the ice between the two movements and to prepare for national dialog.

Los Angeles Times

If Obama gambit works, Tehran's hard-liners would suffer, Iranian says 
7 Apr 2009 - Political scientist Sadegh Zibakalam is an independent observer in Iran of U.S.-Iranian relations. Rapprochement with Washington would undermine dominant conservatives' worldview, he says. The U.S. government is pursuing a high-stakes gambit to improve relations with Iran, with President Obama delivering a conciliatory speech last month and later dispatching deputies to two international conferences in an attempt to find common ground with Iranians in attendance. 

Mideast rappers take the mic 
7 Apr 2009 - From Egypt to Iran, youths infuse hip-hop with their culture, dropping rhymes and even doing time when the state objects to lyrics. But these homies focus more on injustice than sex and bling. The police were polite but firm as they arrested Shahin Felakat , a lanky teen whose mussed-up strands of dirty brown hair reach in all directions, and charged him with singing lyrics that threatened Iran's Islamic order. 

New York Times

Israeli Police Kill Palestinian Motorist in East Jerusalem
7 Apr 2009 - The attack occurred while the government demolished a Palestinian home less than a mile away. 

Radio Review | 'Israel's Barrier': The Two Sides of One Wall: NPR Reports on the Mideast
5 Apr 2009 - This four-part report is everything you would expect from NPR: intelligent, informative and polished to a high, somewhat narcoticizing sheen. 

Memo From Cairo: For Egypt, Promise of 1979 Peace Still Unfulfilled
4 Apr 2009 - Public sentiment in Egypt points to the treaty with Israel, signed 30 years ago, as the start of Egypt’s decline and diplomatic impotence. 

Israeli Nonprofits, Shaken by Madoff Scandal, Regroup
4 Apr 2009 - Bernard L. Madoff’s Ponzi scheme created losses in Israel amounting to at least hundreds of millions of dollars. 

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. 


Electronic Intifada
In Gaza, farming under fire
7 Apr 2009 - KHAN YOUNIS, occupied Gaza Strip (IPS) - "They're always shooting at us. Every day they shoot at us," says Alaa Samour, 19, pulling aside his shirt to show a scar on his shoulder. Samour said he was shot on 28 December last year by Israeli soldiers positioned along the border fence near New Abassan village, east of Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza Strip. 

Civil society shows its moral strength
7 Apr 2009 - At a time when Western governments refrain from using their power to stop Israel's ongoing violations of international law, many civil society organizations silently watch the moral corrosion of their governments. At the "Israel Review Conference" in Geneva this month and the Russell Tribunal slated for early 2010, however, civil society will use its power and call Israel to account. Adri Nieuwhof comments for The Electronic Intifada. 

Sheikh Jarrah residents organize in the face of mass house evictions
7 Apr 2009 - "We are like the roots of a tree. The Israelis may cut us in places, but we will never die. We will not be transplanted from Jerusalem. I will not leave this house," Maher Hanun tells a crowded room of Palestinian community members supported by Israeli and international solidarity activists. Jeff Pickert writes from occupied East Jerusalem. 

Cultural solidarity in Quebec: An interview with filmmaker Malcolm Guy
7 Apr 2009 - "People who were not that open to the boycott campaign previously [are now] willing to support the international boycott campaign against Israel." The Electronic Intifada contributor Stefan Christoff interviewed Canadian filmmaker Malcolm Guy about a Quebec film festival's recent decision to cancel a "tolerance award" and the growing movement for a cultural boycott of Israel. 

In Gaza
Lost in the Buffer Zone
6 Apr 2009 - KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza, Apr 6 (IPS) - “They’re always shooting at us. Every day they shoot at us,” says Alaa Samour (19) , pulling aside his shirt to show a scar on his shoulder. Samour said he was shot on Dec. 28 last year by Israeli soldiers positioned along the border fence near New Abassan village, east of Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza Strip. “We were cutting parsley like we do almost every day, and the soldiers began shooting. We started crawling away. When I got out of the line of fire I realised my shoulder was bleeding and that I had been shot.” A month later, out...

Palestine Chronicle
Netanyahu: 'I Will Not Evacuate Any Settlement'
7 Apr 2009 - By Ira Glunts This weekend the Israeli daily, Ma'ariv, published an interview in Hebrew with Professor Ben Zion Netanyahu, the 99-year-old father of the new Israeli prime minister. The elder Netanyahu is known for his outspokenness and extreme right-wing views--and he did nothing to contradict his reputation. He decreed that the only solution to the conflict with the Palestinians is the use of military force. He stated that he would not return the Golan Heights to Syria because "you do not return land." He also explained that in his view it is impossible to compromise with Arabs. The Prime Minister's father further opines that the Turks used brutal deadly force to suppress the Arab population and that should be an example to Israel in dealing with Arabs whose nature dictates that they live in a state of perpetual war. There are reports that the Prime Minister's Office unsuccessfully tried to convince Ma'ariv to suppress publication of this article since the elder Netanyahu's controversial views would be embarrassing for his son. When I learned of the interview, I searched Google hoping to learn more about the father. In doing so, I stumbled across a February television interview with both father and son, again, in Hebrew. In this brief television appearance the then-candidate Benjamin Netanyahu appears very comfortable when his father states that Israel is today in great danger of being completely destroyed and that the "holocaust never ended and is continuing at this very moment." In this dual appearance, Benjamin Netanyahu,...

So What Did We Learn about Anti-Semitism?
7 Apr 2009 - By Dima Omar – London Well, not much really .. Just that when you invite people who don't consider each other to be 'within the pale', as British columnist David Aaronovitch said, then the discussion on anti-Semitism turns into character assassination. No one expected a calm discussion during the debate entitled 'Anti-Semitism – Alive and Well in Europe?', which was organized by the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival. Along with Aaronovitch, the panel included Gilad Atzmon and the Observer columnist Nick Cohen. It’s not clear why Cohen was invited to join at the very last minute when his views, to the naked eye at least, are akin to those of Aaronovitch’s. It would be fair to describe both men as supporters of Zionism who believe that anti-Semitism is on the rise and that much of it is “unfairly” blamed on Israel’s actions. Atzmon’s views, on the other hand, are well-known to those who follow websites on Palestinian activism. He has very strong views on “Jewishness” and “Jewish identity”, and makes a clear distinction between Jews as a people and those who commit crimes in the name of “Jewish ideology”. Both Aaronovitch and Cohen launched an attack on Atzmon. Aaronovich took the podium for 18 minutes (when we were told each speaker would only have 10, and indeed Atzmon had less than 10) during which he gave a theatrical performance, reading out paragraph after paragraph of Atzmon’s articles to prove the point that the man was “fascist”. I doubt anyone in the...

Iraq: Whither the Palestinian Minority?
7 Apr 2009 - By IRIN – Baghdad The remaining estimated 14,000 Palestinians in Iraq or holed up in camps on the Iraqi-Syrian border still face a precarious existence, despite a slowly improving security situation, say observers. During a recent visit to Iraq in a bid to improve their plight, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked the Iraqi government to issue Palestinian refugees with internationally recognised passports rather than Iraqi travel documents, a Palestinian diplomat told IRIN on 5 April. Iraq has been issuing travel documents to Palestinians since 1948 “when they were exiled from Palestine”, said the Palestinian chargé d’affaires in Baghdad, Dalil al-Qasous. According to al-Qasous, the options proposed were: an Iraqi passport; an Iraqi passport with a specific mark or number to indicate Palestinian origin; a Palestinian passport issued by the Palestinian Authority. During his visit, Abbas also called for the release of 49 Palestinian refugees in Iraqi custody who had been arrested for various reasons since 2003, al-Qasous said. “Our Iraqi brothers have promised they will mull these demands and offer all necessary help to all Palestinian refugees in Iraq,” al-Qasous said. The Palestinians in question he said, comprised some 3,000 stranded in two makeshift camps on the Iraqi-Syrian border, and about 11,000 living in Baghdad and the provinces of Mosul and Basra. Skeptical News of Abbas’s efforts were welcomed by O.A., a 24-year-old Palestinian refugee in Baghdad’s eastern Baladiyat neighbourhood who preferred anonymity, but he was not optimistic of rapid improvements. “We’ve been hearing such statements and promises since 2003...

Double Standards at the Nuclear Club
7 Apr 2009 - By Jim Miles – Canada It was only a short news item, and it probably received much more commentary in the U.S. but on Canwest Global’s evening news (Sunday, April 05, Vancouver, Canada) was an item titled "Breaking the Rules". This is quoting Obama’s comment that "North Korea broke the rules." In order to be clear, I would need to know what rules are being referred to. Are they rules established under international law? Are they rules for the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty to which they never belonged? Or are they the continuing neocon rules that the 'axis of evil' should not be allowed to have nuclear weapons while the U.S. works towards first strike capability, helped in part by expanding its anti-missile 'defences'? As far as I know, there are no international rules for firing missiles into space, or even into the air. Perhaps he is referring to UN Resolution 1695 (2006) that says in part: "3. Requires all Member States, in accordance with their national legal authorities and legislation and consistent with international law, to exercise vigilance and prevent missile and missile-related items, materials, goods and technology being transferred to DPRK’s missile or WMD programmes.." Otherwise there is only 'grave concern' at: "the launch of ballistic missiles by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), given the potential of such systems to be used as a means to deliver nuclear, chemical or biological payloads.." Certainly the world needs to have “grave concern” over ballistic missiles being launched, whether they...