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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
9 June , 2009


International Middle East Media Center

The Israeli Municipality demolishes two Palestinian-owned homes in Jerusalem's old city
9 Jun 2009 - The Israeli municipality of Jerusalem demolished on Tuesday two Palestinian-owned homes located inside the walls of the old city.

Mitchell the U.S. special Mideast envoy arrives to the region for talks with Israeli and Palestinian
9 Jun 2009 - The U.S. special Mideast envoy George Mitchell arrived in Israeli on Tuesday as part of his tour in the region and to meet with Israeli leaders.

30 people injured due to an explosion at a gas station in the southern Gaza Strip
9 Jun 2009 - 30 Palestinians were injured on Tuesday afternoon when a gas tank exploded at a gas station located in the town of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

United Nations urge Israel to change Gaza brutal de facto
9 Jun 2009 - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has demanded that Israel "fundamentally change its policies" in the Gaza Strip.

Israel to demolish 25 Arab stores in Um Al Fahem
9 Jun 2009 - The so-called Israeli Regional Committee for Construction and Planning in Haifa, issued orders for the evacuation and demolishing 25 Arab stores in the Market area, near the main road of Wadi Ara, in Um Al Fahim Arab town. 

Obama presents Egypt and Israel a plan for a two-state solution
9 Jun 2009 - The Al Sharq Al Awsat (Middle East) newspaper reported Tuesday that the US President, Barack Obama, presented Egypt and Israel a plan for Middle East peace with a proposed timeframe of two years. 

Fighters disable an Israeli armored bulldozer east of Gaza
9 Jun 2009 - Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip reported Tuesday morning that Palestinian fighter managed to disable an armored Israeli military bulldozer near the Nahal Oz Crossing, east of Gaza City. 

Israeli Army conducts limited offensive in Gaza
9 Jun 2009 - Palestinian sources in Gaza  reported on Tuesday morning that Israeli Navy ships and infantry brigades conducted  a limited offensive in the Gaza Strip. During the attack several armored vehicles and military bulldozers uprooted farmland  and destroyed hothouses. 

French company to walk out of controversial Jerusalem rail project
9 Jun 2009 - The French company Veolia was supposed to operate the rail project that will connect the city center of Jerusalem with illegal settlements in the West Bank, but now wants to withdraw from the project that is deemed illegal under international law. Observers claim this is the achievement of the Global Boycot Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign that has been mounted on Israel. 

Israeli prosecutor drops charges against settler who was filmed firing at a Palestinian family
9 Jun 2009 - The Israeli Prosecution stated Monday that it is dropping all charges against an extremist Israeli settler, who shot two Palestinians at close range during an evacuation of an illegal settlement outpost in December of 2008. The shooting was captured on tape. 

Netanyahu tells Obama he intends to deliver a speech Sunday
9 Jun 2009 - In a phone conversation between the US President, Barack Obama, and the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, the later said that he intends to deliver a speech next Sunday to explain his government’s policy regarding peace and security. 

Abu Marzouq calls on Obama to hold direct talks with Hamas
9 Jun 2009 - Mousa Abu Marzouq, deputy chief of the Hamas political bureau called on the American President, Barack Obama, to hold direct talks with Hamas, and added that the US administration should realize that a political solution without Hamas will never succeed. 

Ha'aretz Defense page

Barak: U.S. arms likely to fall into Hezbollah hands
9 Jun 2009 - Defense Minister: New Lebanon government needs to be given chance, but must abide by resolution 1701. 

Did a Palestinian try to assassinate a top Abbas aide?
9 Jun 2009 - PA official's guards shoot, seriously wound driver they thought was going to ram his convoy in Ramallah. 

Barak: IDF faces more difficult wars than last Gaza op
9 Jun 2009 - Defense Minister warns cadets of chaotic nature of combat; Netanyahu: We fixed problems from Second Lebanon War. 

IDF kills four Gaza militants, thwarting apparent kidnap bid
8 Jun 2009 - Military sources say Palestinian militants trying to infiltrate Israel had planned terror attack as well. 

Knesset still without panel for top secret intelligence affairs
7 Jun 2009 - Source told Haaretz government has had to 'sweeten the pill' for MKs not asked to join committee. 

Defense officials to meet on easing Gaza blockade
7 Jun 2009 - Decision to reexamine policy follows Obama's recent criticism of 'continuing humanitarian crisis' in Gaza. 

Report: Palestinians plan to file 936 lawsuits over Gaza 'war crimes'
6 Jun 2009 - Cases include alleged IDF shootings of Gaza children at close range, Der Spiegel reports. 

IDF tells officers: Lose the PowerPoint presentations
7 Jun 2009 - Deputy chief of staff sent open letter, saying slideshows make level of discussion, depth of study superficial. 

Ma'an News

Goldstone: Prosecutions unlikely in Gaza probe
6/9/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – The head of a UN probe into alleged war crimes by Israel and Palestinian fighters in Gaza said his investigation was unlikely to lead to prosecutions, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. Justice Richard Goldstone told AP, "From a practical political point of view, I wish I could be optimistic," and cited the lack of a court with the jurisdiction to hear any cases that might result from his investigation and a major obstacle to prosecution. Israel’s refusal to cooperate with the inquiry, he said, meant he was denied access to military sources as well as the Israelis subject to projectile attacks from the Gaza Strip. There were also problems in collecting information in Gaza, he said, explaining that Hamas-allied security forces accompanied his 15-member team during their five-day working visit to Gaza last week, potentially inhibiting the ability of witnesses to speak freely, according to AP. 

Palestinian ordered to demolish own house in Old Jerusalem
6/9/2009 - Jerusalem – Ma’an – Israeli authorities ordered a Palestinian to demolish his own home in the Old City of Jerusalem on Tuesday. Muhammad Ghosheh said police and a demolition crew from the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem arrived at his house in the morning, threatening him with a 100,000 Israeli shekel (25,125 US dollar) fine if he did not destroy the house. Hundreds of Palestinian-owned structures in occupied East Jerusalem are threatened with demolition on the grounds that they are built without Israeli-issued construction permits, which are routinely denied to Palestinian residents. The Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Hatem Abdul Qader, arrived at the scene in the Khan Az-Zeit market and denounced the demolition as a crime committed in defiance of US and international pressure. Abdul Qader was briefly from entering the house prevented by Israeli police,. . . 

Sentencing of PLC speaker postponed; 59-year-old uncharged since 2006
6/9/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma’an/Agencies - The sentencing hearing of the speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Aziz Dweik at the Israeli military court at Ofer was delayed Monday, the Hamas-affiliated Palestine Information Center said. Sources had earlier predicted Dweik, held in detention since he was snatched from his Ramallah home in 2006, would be formally charged or freed pending an appeal hearing. The health of the 59-year-old politician has deteriorated rapidly since his detention, and dozens of appeals for his release have been filed. It now appears that Dweik will be held until the end of his official term as speaker for the PLC, in 2010. 

Palestinian youth save settler woman and infant after car flips in West Bank
6/9/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – A group of young Palestinian men saved an Israeli woman and her four-month-old infant after her car flipped over on the main road in Tuqu village east of Bethlehem Tuesday afternoon. According to one of the rescuers, Ahmad Sulaiman, the driver lost control travelling at high speed and flipped three times before landing in the center of the road leading to the nearby settlement. A group of youth nearby rushed to the scene and worked to extract the woman and her child from the wrecked car while another of the youth called an Israeli ambulance. The woman and child were evacuated to hospital; there was no word as to the severity of their injuries. The woman, who lives in the Tuqu settlement, built on the village lands where the youth who saved her live. Last summer Israeli soldiers shot a youth throwing stones at a passing militarized jeep,. . . 

Israeli warships fire on Gaza fishing boats
6/9/2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – Israeli gunboats opened fire on Palestinian fishermen in two locations off the coast of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, causing no injuries. Eyewitnesses said the fishermen came under heavy fire from Israeli navy vessels in the Mediterranean, off the coast of the Tal Sultan area, in southern Gaza, and As-Sudaniya, in the south. The fishermen were forced to interrupt their work and rush back to shore to avoid what was described as “random” shooting. Meanwhile, early on Tuesday morning Israeli military vehicles invaded Gaza northeast of the Kerem Shalom crossing, in the southern Gaza Strip. Eyewitnesses reported that they saw Israeli vehicles accompanied by bulldozers razing farmland, noting that there are no houses in the area. The bulldozers knocked down trees and plants to clear space for Israeli forces operating at the Kerem Shalom crossing. 

41 European parliamentarians enter Gaza to observe destruction
6/9/2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – Forty-one European Parliamentarians representing 15 countries headed by vice-president of the European Parliament Luisa Morgantini arrived in the Gaza Strip Tuesday afternoon via Rafah to continue dialogue with the people of the besieged area. In April Morgantini spoke at the Bil’in Non-Violence Conference, and participated in the weekly anti-wall demonstration in the village. She has also lead efforts to bring European lawmakers together with Hamas members, and fostered dialogue between sides. A British effort saw a videoconference between MPs and Hamas leader in exile Khalid Mash’al, and several other mid-level meetings have been held. Spokesperson of the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing Adel Zu’rub said a Qatari delegation headed by Hessa Bint Khalifa, the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability at the UN Social Development Committee, will arrive in the Strip later Tuesday. 

Amnesty: Israel threatening 150 Palestinians with displacement
6/9/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israel is threatening more than 150 Palestinians with the destruction of their homes in a small West Bank village, Amnesty International warned on Monday evening. “Five families in the West Bank hamlet of Hadidiya are under threat of immediate eviction. At least 12 others are fighting eviction and demolition orders in the Jordan Valley area,” the organization said in a statement. The Israeli army destroyed the homes of 18 Palestinian families and their animal pens in the nearby hamlet of Ras Al-Ahmar on Thursday morning, displacing a total of 130 people, including children. According to Amnesty, the soldiers also confiscated a water tank, a tractor and a trailer, which the villagers used to bring water from several kilometres away. They are not allowed access to local wells. The villagers are now without shelter and a source of water during a season of high temperatures. 

Charges on West Bank journalist shelved as Israeli prosecution fails to bring witnesses
6/9/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma’an - The Israeli military court at Ofer Prison froze the case of journalist Hassan Abd Aj-Jawad and has set no date for the resumption of hearings stating only that the military prosecution failed to “prove its statements. ”Aj-Jawad’s lawyer, Khaled Al-A’raj said that the military prosecution failed to bring witnesses in more than 8 sessions so the court was forced to freeze what they have called the “preventive measures” against Aj-Jawad. The court noted the prosecution could reopen the file when witnesses were available. The Israeli military court set bail at 75,000 Israeli shekels (19,000 US dollars). Aj-Jawad was detained in February 2008 and was held without charge for 16 months. He was seized on accusations of being an activist with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. 

’God’s Supporters’ group claims Gaza border attack
6/9/2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – A group calling itself God’s Supporters in Jerusalem (Jund Ansarullah fi Beit Al-Maqdis) has claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack on Israeli forces in Gaza. In a statement issued on Tuesday the group called the operation “the announcement attack,” and claimed to have destroyed an Israeli military Hummer jeep, killing its passengers. In the attack, as many as a dozen Palestinian fighters on horseback and in cars loaded with explosives attacked Israeli forces near the Karni crossing with machine guns, causing the Israelis to respond with tank fire and an airstrike. Israel claimed the operation was an attempt to kidnap soldiers. According to Israel, no Israeli soldiers were killed. The self-proclaimed God’s Supporters said in their message that Israeli forces kill three of the fighters in the airstrike. 

PA denies reports Qalqiliya women arrested while preparing deadly attack
6/9/2009 - Qalqiliya – Ma’an – Israeli news reports saying Palestinian police arrested three Qalqiliya-area women on charges of preparing to blow themselves up amidst PA security officers are false, Spokesperson of the Palestinian Security Services Adnan Dmeiri said on Tuesday. Several Israeli and international news sources published stories Tuesday morning alleging three Hamas-affiliated women were taken into Palestinian Authority custody. The reports came following two gunbattles between Hamas and PA police forces in the city. Dmeiri said “a few” women had been arrested Monday, but on suspicion of “accommodating “fugitives and possessing money which came from “suspicious sources. ” He confirmed the arrests had nothing to do with the alleged “suicide attacks. ”The official did, however, note that papers were found with the women calling for attacks against PA targets. 

Mitchell discusses settlements with Barak, Peres
6/9/2009 - Jerusalem – Ma’an – US Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell met with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and President Shimon Peres to discuss US President Barack Obama’s stance on settlement construction in the West Bank. According to Voice of Israel the Tuesday morning meetings dealt mainly with Obama’s demand that Israel halt all construction in illegal West Bank settlements, remove settler “outposts,” and ease movement for Palestinians. The meetings also addressed recent regional developments including the national election in Lebanon, and the possibility of a comprehensive peace treaty. On Monday Mitchell said Obama was seeking an “immediate” resumption in Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, which are now on hold due to Netanyahu’s refusal to halt settlements and accept the creation of a Palestinian state. 

Report: Obama proposal would end conflict within two years
6/9/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – The US has presented Egypt and Israel a plan to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict with a two-state resolution, within two years, the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat reported on TuesdayQuoting unnamed Egyptian sources, the report states that the proposal was presented to Egyptian Intelligence Minister Omar Suleiman, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during their visit to Washington last month. Egypt and Israel were asked to respond to the offer as soon as possible, with Netanyahu given six weeks formulate an answer, the paper said. According to the report, the Egypt views the offer is a serious one and that the major obstacle it faces is the internal Palestinian split between Hamas and Fatah. According to the paper, Cairo is determined to hash out a deal between the Palestinian rivals. 

Islamic Jihad rejects two-state solution
6/9/2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – A two-state solution benefits only Israel and not the Palestinians, Islamic Jihad leader Khalid Al-Batsh said Tuesday. Al-Batsh said his movement would reject any two-state solution and called the acceptance of the plan by the Palestinian Authority problematic. “The jihad movement totally rejects the two-state solution because it is not legislative” Al-Batsh said, “and the provocative part is that the Arab countries and the PA agree on this solution. ”[end] 

Germany donates 25 million euros to keep Gaza power plant running
6/9/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – Germany announced it will donate 25 million euros to supply fuel for the Gaza Strip’s sole power plant on Tuesday, ensuring the at the plant will keep running during July and August. The German government said the funds would be made available “at short notice” through the European Union’s PEGASE (Mécanisme Palestino-Européen de Gestion de l'Aide Socio-Economique) mechanism. The donation, the government said in a statement, “will serve to prevent the critical situation from deteriorating any further in the already tense area of the 1. 5 million densely populated Gaza Strip. ”The European Union usually supplies the fuel for the Gaza power plant, which is in disrepair because Israel refuses to allow spare parts into the Gaza Strip. GazaCity residents say that that they are suffering up to 56 hours a week of blackouts. 

UN disabilities specialist arrives in Gaza with Qatari delegation
6/9/2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – A Qatari delegation headed by UN Special Rapporteur on Disability at the UN Social Development Committee Sheikha Hessa Bint Khalifa Ath-Thani, arrived in Gaza City through the Egyptian borders at Rafah on Tuesday. The delegation also included several volunteers, and will travel the Strip meeting de facto government officials including the Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Education as they investigate the cases of the disabled in Gaza. The group has organized meetings with several disability specialists in the area, said Spokesperson of the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing Adel Zu’rub. The delegation is scheduled as well to visit Gaza Strip hospitals, and centers for rehabilitation of disabled people, especially those which were bombed by Israeli forces during the 21-day military offensive. 

Sources: Hamas-Fatah deal in the works
6/9/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an Exclusive – Two sets of deals, one between Hamas and Fatah, and a second between Egypt, Israel and the US, relating to unity between Palestinian factions, a Gaza truce and peace deal talks,are in the works and could be announced as early as July, reliable sources told Ma’an. A third deal between Hamas and Egypt is also likely in the coming months, the sources added. The deals would be the first time in three years Palestinian factions have shown willingness to talk about the peace process, and shows hope for a political ‘fresh start. ’Senior security sources said Egypt is determined, after deadly intra-Palestinian violence in Qalqiliya, to listen to Hamas’ final position on its views of the Palestinian Authority (PA). The violence in the northern West Bank saw two shootouts between Hamas gunmen and PA forces, and the skirmishes are. . . 

PA: Hamas planned to tunnel under Nablus security compound
6/9/2009 - Nablus/Qalqiliya – Ma’an – Palestinian Authority forces arrested a Hamas member in possession of plans to dig a tunnel underneath the Palestinian security headquarters in Nablus, sources said on Monday. The sources said the 52-year-old suspect, identified by the initials “WH” was also in possession of one million euro in cash. WH is a resident of the village of Zawata, west of Nablus, and is originally from the village of An-Naqura. The source said that PA forces seized the maps, plans, and cash in a well-planned raid on the suspect’s house. The schematic of the tunnel was found in a Jacuzzi inside the house. The source said the tunnels were suspected to be used in an attack. Meanwhile, security forces confiscated hold of more than two tons of chemical substances used to make explosives hidden in one of the southern neighborhoods in the city of Qalqiliya. 

DFLP confirms Egypt aiming for July agreement in unity talks
6/9/2009 - Gaza – Ma’an – Talks aiming at the creation of a unity government for Palestinians will continue in Egypt, a delegation from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) said Tuesday. Upon the delegation’s return from Egypt, member of the DFLP politburo Saleh Zeidan confirmed rumors that the talks would aim for a unity government by July and would “resume soon. ”Zeidan met with a delegation of Egyptian leaders headed by Commander Muhammad Ibrahim, where sides discussed Palestinian polarization and the recent events in Qalqiliya. The delegations reached a consensus that unity was paramount to make the most of the new international climate, and an essential move to assist the permanent halt of settlement construction and guarantee Palestinians the right to self-determination and the right of return for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. 

PFLP: We have not received an invitation to Cairo talks yet
6/9/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has not received an invitation from Egypt to partake in any national dialogue sessions in Cairo, sources within the party said Tuesday. Member of the DFLP’s Executive Committee Kayid Al-Ghoul said in a statement that while news reports talked about Fatah, Hamas, and other Palestinian factions getting ready to sign an agreement soon, the PFLP has received no invitation to dialogue sessions in Cairo. Palestinian media outlets have reported that an agreement will be signed in Cairo crowning Palestinian national dialogue sessions and ending rivalry between the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, and the Gaza-based de facto government run by Hamas. Most reports, however, have projected talks will begin “soon” but no date has been set. 

Abbas aide’s motorcade feared attacked in Ramallah
6/9/2009 - Ramallah – Ma’an – A car broke through the motorcade of an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Tuesday in what is feared to be a deliberate attack. A Palestinian security source told Ma'an the accident took place near the Palestine Tower in the center of Ramallah. The source said guards accompanying the convoy opened fire on the suspected car. The driver was injured, and evacuated to Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Ramallah. The driver was 26-year-old Awad 'Atif Issa from the central West Bank village of Ajjul, north of Ramallah. He sustained moderate wounds, according to medics. The motorcade was that of At-Tayyib Abdul-Rahim, the secretary-general of the Palestinian Presidency. Abdul-Rahim and his guards were not injured. The security source said Palestinian Authority (PA) security sealed off the area of the incident and have launched an investigation. 

Ministry of Health issues summer heat precautions and safety guidelines
6/9/2009 - Ramallah - Ma’an - The Palestinian Ministry of Health issued an official warning to all Palestinians to begin implementing summer-heat precautions around the home and workplace. The Ministry noted that children, the sick and elderly were especially susceptible to heat-stroke and the exacerbation of existing conditions as temperatures climb into the 30s and even 40s. Officials advised laborers and those who work outside during the day to drink plenty of water, stay in the shade when possible and cover their skin. The following guidelines were also issued:Individuals, especially children, should drink water or natural juices before and after exposure to the sun. Being outside at midday should be avoided when possible; dark curtains should be used to cover windows to block direct sunlight, and windows should remain open to allow air into homes. 

Mash’al: Hamas ready to talk; new government must replace 'illegal Fayyad' institution
6/9/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma’an - Hamas hopes the Egyptian-brokered talks set for 7 July will be successful, said party leader-in exile Khalid Mash’al following a rare meeting with Egyptian officials Tuesday. He also warned, however, that a Palestinian Authority campaign was in process to “uproot” Hamas in the West Bank. Before entering into dialogue, he said, “these intolerable practices… impeding dialogue must be subdued. ”Mash’al lead a delegation of Hamas leaders to Cairo where they discussed the future of unity talks, following similar visits by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party on Sunday, and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) on Monday. The renewed efforts come as internecine tensions boil over in the northern West Bank city of Qalqiliya, which saw two shootouts between Palestinian Authority police and Hamas-affiliates. 

The National

March 14 coalition wins in Lebanon
8 Jun 2009 - There is little optimism on the streets of Beirut that violence can be avoided following the defeat of the group's Hizbollah-led rivals.

Hizbollah chief congratulates winners
8 Jun 2009 - Lebanon's pro-Western coalition declares victory after fending off the Shiite militant group Hizbollah and its allies for the majority in parliament.

Loyalty oath' to keep Arabs out of Galilee town 
7 Jun 2009 - A community in northern Israel changes its bylaws to demand new residents pledge support for Zionism, Jewish heritage and settlement of the land". 

Festive atmosphere on polling day
7 Jun 2009 - Crowds start out early on Mount Lebanon, with supporters waving the colourful flags of their chosen parties as they go to vote.

Lebanon's heroes tell their stories
7 Jun 2009 - Documentary film-maker focuses on people cleaning up unexploded Israeli cluster bombs in Lebanon speaking of their fears and hopes for the future.

Polls close in Lebanon
7 Jun 2009 - Early results were expected during the night but official results were not expected before Monday.


Nasrallah concedes election defeat
8 Jun 2009 - Leader of Lebanese Hezbollah congratulates March 14 bloc after it retained its majority.

US envoy to visit Lebanon and Syria
9 Jun 2009 - George Mitchell to make trip this week as part of push for regional peace initative.

Hamas: Fatah raids disrupting talks
9 Jun 2009 - West Bank raids by Fatah are hampering reconciliation, Hamas leader says in Cairo.

Mass rallies before Iran election
9 Jun 2009 - Rival supporters of presidential candidates fill streets of the capital Tehran.

Palestinian PM seeks aid money
8 Jun 2009 - Aid received over past five months amounts to less than half of the $1.5bn needed, IMF says.


OPT: Sewage warning to swimmers, fishermen
GAZA CITY Friday, June 05, 2009 (IRIN) - The World Health Organization (WHO) in the Gaza Strip, in conjunction with the Gaza health ministry, began a public awareness campaign this week to warn swimmers and fishermen of raw sewage discharges, and the potential dangers.

OPT: Gaza building project experiments with clay, rubble 
GAZA CITY Thursday, June 04, 2009 (IRIN) - In the face of the ongoing Israeli ban on imports of building materials Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are looking at new building methods, and one project is using clay and rubble. 

Inter Press Service

US: Washington Heaves Sigh of Relief After Allies Win in Lebanon 
WASHINGTON, Jun 9 (IPS) - The victory of the Western-backed coalition in Lebanon’s Sunday elections will likely allow the U.S. to avoid making tough decisions about how to deal with the country had the opposition, led by an armed Islamist militia, won.

LEBANON: March 14 Marches Ahead 
BEIRUT, Jun 8 (IPS) - The Jun. 7 election in Lebanon has provided another dramatic turn of events in the country's tumultuous political arena. While early opinion polls had pointed to a landslide sweep for the March 8 opposition that prominently includes Hizbullah, the Western and Arab backed March 14...

MIDEAST: Israel Cracks Down on Minority Rights 
RAMALLAH, Jun 8 (IPS) - Three bills recently making the rounds in the Israeli parliament have caused outrage amongst Israel's Arab minority.

LEBANON: Hizbullah Punching Above Its Numbers 
BEIRUT, Jun 6 (IPS) - Understanding Lebanon's complex political system is no easy task. In a relatively small country of about four million, Lebanon has more than 18 religious communities and dozens of active political parties. The sectarian political system divides the 128 seats of parliament between 10 of those...

Stop The Wall

Another killed in Ni'lin
5 Jun 2009 - Occupation forces shot and killed Yousef Sadiq Srour during a demonstration against the Wall this afternoon in Ni'lin. He was shot in the chest with a live bullet while he was trying to remove an injured person from the front lines of the demonstration. Soldiers attacked Ni'lin in the morning, shooting at villagers who were in the midst of praying with tear gas and live ammunition. Four other people were shot with live bullets today; three were hit in the leg and the fourth in the kidney. [

Boycotting in Qalqilya
6 Jun 2009 - On Wednesday, Palestinian students, activists, professors and politicians gathered in Qalqilya to discuss the boycott movement in the West Bank. Some 70 people attended, a majority of them students, to present ideas and assess the current successes as well as the obstacles to moving BDS forward in their schools and communities. [

PCHR Latest

(08-06-2009) PCHR Is Concerned Over Arrest Campaigns against Fatah Activists in Gaza and against Hamas Activists in the West Bank

Palestinian Security Officer and 2 Members of the 'Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades Killed in Qalqilya

PCHR Weekly Report

(28 May- 03 June  2008)

International Solidarity Movement

UN’s Gaza war crimes investigation faces obstacles
International Solidarity Movement - YNet News - 9 June 2009 - After interviewing dozens of war victims and poring through the files of human rights groups, a veteran UN war crimes investigator acknowledged that his probe into possible crimes by Israeland Hamasis unlikely to lead to prosecutions. Israel has refused to cooperate, depriving his team access to military sources and victims of Hamas rockets. And Hamas security often accompanied his team during their five-day trip to Gaza last week, raising questions about the ability of witnesses to freely describe the militant group's actions. But the chief barrier remains the lack of a court with jurisdiction to hear any resulting cases. "From a practical political point of view, I wish I could be optimistic," Judge Richard Goldstone said, citing the legal and political barriers to war crimes trials. 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Yossi Sucary / U.S. wrecking ball crushed Israel leaders' aspirations 
9 Jun 2009 - It seems as if the term "spirit" has never contradicted itself as it did in Jerusalem on Tuesday night: Instead of remaining an abstract concept detached from the material world, it took on a form more tangible than cast lead. ...

Aluf Benn / Netanyahu failed to build bond of trust with Obama 
9 Jun 2009 - Three weeks after Benjamin Netanyahu returned from his visit to Barack Obama, there is no longer any doubt that the prime minister has failed in his most important mission - to build a bond of trust with the U.S. president. The signs are clear: Israel and the United States are trading messages through speeches and headlines instead of through discrete consultations. Netanyahu is convinced that Obama is seeking a confrontation with Israel, while the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are publicly demanding that the prime minister change his political stripes, just as his predecessors Menachem Begin, Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert did. ... 

Hamas political chief: Israeli settlement freeze essential
9 Jun 2009 - Hamas political chief Khaled Meshal said Tuesday that ... 

Hariri rules out independent Lebanon-Israel peace track
9 Jun 2009 - Pro-West Sunni lawmaker Saad Hariri ruled out on Tuesday an independent peace track between Israel and Lebanon, speaking a day after his coalition beat its Hezbollah-led rival in Lebanon's national election. ...

U.S. envoy assures Israel policy rift won't break alliance
9 Jun 2009 - U.S. special Mideast envoy George Mitchell assured Israel on Tuesday that Washington would remain its close ally despite differences over West Bank settlements and peacemaking with the Palestinians. ...

The Guardian

Video: Gaza: The destitute and the forgotten
9 Jun 2009 - Nearly six months since the devastating war in Gaza ended, Palestinians are still living amid the rubble

Israel's settlement setback | Seth Freedman
8 Jun 2009 - Obama's anti-settlement stance is giving the Israeli right a taste of its own medicine – and its howls of protest ring hollow President Obama's anti-settlement stance has, unsurprisingly, prompted an outpouring of wailing and teeth-gnashing among...

Letters: Obama's battle for Muslim hearts and minds
7 Jun 2009 - In his speech ( Barack Obama pledges new beginning between US and Muslims, 4 June ), President Obama preaches to the Palestinians living under a brutal military occupation that they "must abandon violence. Resistance through violence and killing...

Supermarkets may face action on Israeli labels, say lawyers
7 Jun 2009 - Retailers including UK supermarkets may be at risk of prosecution for misleading consumers by selling goods from the Palestinian Territories under the label "West Bank", lawyers have warned. Fruit, wine and cosmetics originating from illegal Israeli...

Ha'aretz National page

Liad Shoham / Supporting actors stealing the show in drama of Katsav trial 
9 Jun 2009 - It seemed like everything was in place, that nothing further would postpone the show so many have been waiting for: the trial of former president Moshe Katsav for alleged sexual offenses. But just as the main actors were about to take the stage (Katsav on one side, the complainant on the other), the supporting actors intervened and started to squabble. ... 

Alon Hilu / Who goes to holy men's graves in Israel? 
9 Jun 2009 - I came to the grave of the Moroccan holy man Rabbi David And Moshe entirely consumed by doubts: Not only is the whole business of prostrating oneself on holy men's graves foreign to me (if magic and mysticism at all, I'm more into readers of coffee grinds and Tarot cards), but also it turned out that in the apartment in the workers' housing project in the Canaan neighborhood, a modest neighborhood at the edge of Safed that for 36 years now has been a pilgrimage site, there isn't even a single grave to save one's soul. This is because Rabbi David AndMoshe (whose name, incidentally, David VeMoshe in Hebrew, is apparently a corruption of David Ben Moshe, David Son of Moshe), is still buried in the Atlas mountains. ... 

Sami Michael / What have we done to your newspaper? 
9 Jun 2009 - Haaretz Editor Dov Alfon asked me to introduce the commendable and challenging mission his newspaper has taken upon itself - to ask writers to take the place of journalists in today's issue to mark the opening of Hebrew Book Week. ...

David Grossman / Addicts find bubble of care at Jerusalem rehab center 
9 Jun 2009 - That precious moment, when from beneath the stereotype of the "addict," the "junkie," the face of a youth - almost a child - emerges and something in his gaze beseeches: Look at me, notice me. ... 

The Writers' Haaretz: Israel's best authors report the news 
9 Jun 2009 - Dozens of writers and poets replaced Haaretz's regular journalists Tuesday and reported the day's news as they experienced it, in a special tribute to the start of Hebrew Book Week. ... 

Relief Web

UN and Pacific meeting on Question of Palestine expresses strong support for two-State solution
9 Jun 2009 - Source: UN General Assembly

UN Asian and Pacific meeting on Question of Palestine addresses issue of Jerusalem
9 Jun 2009 - Source: UN General Assembly

Raids hamper Palestinian reconciliation - Hamas
9 Jun 2009 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet

OPT: Mercy Corps receives $10 million from Quatar charity to boost economic development in Gaza
9 Jun 2009 - Source: Mercy Corps

OPT: ANERA to deliver needed hygiene kits to Gaza
9 Jun 2009 - Source: American Near East Refugee Aid

Human Rights Council concludes general debate on human rights situations that require its attention and on human rights bodies and mechanisms
9 Jun 2009 - Source: UN Human Rights Council

OPT/Syria: Refugee stories - Dara'a goes green
9 Jun 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

OPT: Commissioner-General's opening statement at the Advisory Commission meeting, Amman, 9 Jun 2009
9 Jun 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

YNet News

Palestinians rescue wounded settlers
9 Jun 2009 - Palestinian villagers come to aid of mother, infant son after vehicle flips over in West Bank

Hamas leader: Israeli settlement freeze essential 
9 Jun 2009 - 'There is a new language from Obama, but we expect real pressure on Israelis,' Mashaal says, while appealing for international community to consider Islamist group 'positive element' in search for Middle East peace 

Minister Yaalon rejects swift peace process
9 Jun 2009 - Creation of Palestinian state within two years may lead to establishment of Hamastan in West Bank, strategic affairs minister tells Washington audience; 'Let us begin to talk about building infrastructure for peace,' he says

Barak: US arms may reach Hizbullah
9 Jun 2009 - Defense minister expresses concern over American weapon transfers to Lebanon

Hariri: No independent peace track with Israel
9 Jun 2009 - Lebanon's leading premiership candidate rules out possiblity of peace with Israel at this time; Legislative allies say son of a slain former PM expected to replace Siniora 

Egypt renews effort to end Palestinian rift
9 Jun 2009 - Intelligence chief Suleiman reportedly holding talks in Cairo with top Hamas delegation headed by Mashaal in bid to reach power sharing deal 

Former official slams Gaza pullout preparations
9 Jun 2009 - Former official in Sharon government says top brass had no clear plan for dealing with Gaza Strip evacuees; financial handling of Gush Katif residents 'scandalous,' he says, warns of deeper rift in case of future evacuations


Bring the shooter in Hebron to justice
7 Jun 2009 - In December '08, settler Ze'ev Braude was filmed shooting and wounding three Palestinians in Hebron. On 8 June '09, it was reported that, following a Supreme Court order that the state reveal privileged evidence in the case, the indictment against Braude 

Investigation closed in case of Susiya settler attack
6 Jun 2009 - On 8 June '08, four settlers clubbed Palestinian shepherds near Susiya. A relative of the victims documented the attack with a B'Tselem camera. Recently, the Hebron police closed the investigation on grounds of "offender unknown".

Daily Star

Egyptian officials meet Meshaal to contain crisis 
9 Jun 2009 - Egypt's intelligence chief Omar Suleiman held talks with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal on Tuesday aimed at containing a crisis after Occupied West Bank raids by Western-backed Palestinian security forces on Hamas targets sparked clashes. Damascus-based Meshaal's visit to Cairo is his first in many months.

Top clerics implore Khamenei to halt Ahmadinejad's 'lies' 
9 Jun 2009 - One of Iran's most senior politicians accused President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday of lying in a televised presidential election debate and called on the country's supreme leader to take action. In an unprecedented public attack, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said tens of millions of Iranians had witnessed "misstatements.

US envoy assures Israel of strong alliance 
9 Jun 2009 - US envoy George Mitchell said on Tuesday Washington was seeking swift renewal of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and promised Israel its alliance with the United States would remain strong despite differences. "We all share an obligation to create the conditions for the prompt resumption and early conclusion of negotiations," Mitchell said.

Assad tells visiting Sudan minister he rejects foreign meddling over Darfur 
9 Jun 2009 - Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday told Sudan's foreign minister that he rejects foreign interference over its war-torn western region of Darfur, the official SANA news agency reported. Assad in talks with Khartoum's visiting Foreign Minister Deng Alor "insisted on the need to preserve the territorial and national unity of Sudan.

UN: No prosecutions likely for Gaza war crimes 
9 Jun 2009 - A veteran UN war crimes investigator acknowledged his probe of possible war crimes by Israel and Hamas - which included interviewing dozens of victims and poring through the files of human rights groups - is unlikely to lead to prosecutions. Israel has refused to cooperate, depriving his team access to military sources and victims of Hamas rockets.

Ahmadinejad still commands loyalty among poor 
9 Jun 2009 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is seeking re-election on Friday, has earned worldwide notoriety with his hardline rhetoric but still commands strong loyalty among swathes of Iran's poor. His repeated diatribes about Israel and the Holocaust have made him a bogeyman for the West and have drawn criticism even from some fellow conservatives.

Karroubi, Rezai: Two hopefuls in race can shape outcome of vote 
9 Jun 2009 - Even as Iran's presidential election has emerged as a fight between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and former Premier Mir Hossein Mousavi, two other candidates in the race can shape the outcome of the vote.

Palestinian Information Center

Israel forces Palestinian citizen to demolish his own home in O. Jerusalem
9 Jun 2009 - The IOA forced on Tuesday a Palestinian citizen called Mohamed Ghosheh to demolish his home located in Souk Khan Al-Zeit in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem.

Batesh: Jihad refuses two-state solution
9 Jun 2009 - Khaled Al-Batesh, one of the Islamic Jihad leaders, has renewed his movement's rejection of the two-state solution, explaining that it was in the interest of Israel rather than the Palestinian people.

Hamas: The meetings in Cairo address the recent developments in W. Bank
9 Jun 2009 - Hamas said that the meetings held Tuesday in Cairo between its delegation led by political bureau head Khaled Mishaal and Egyptian officials would address the recent developments in the West Bank.

Hamas asks new Lebanese parliament to reconstruct Nahr El-Bared refugee camp
9 Jun 2009 - Hamas has asked the Lebanese parliament and its upcoming government to reconstruct the Nahr El-Bared refugee camp and to endorse the Palestinian refugees' civil and humanitarian rights in Lebanon.

Hamdan: West Bank incidents top Mishaal-Suleiman talks
9 Jun 2009 - Osama Hamdan, the Hamas representative in Lebanon, said that the Ramallah security apparatuses' practices in the West Bank would top the agenda of the talks between Mishaal and Omar Suleiman.

Hamas calls on Abbas's authority to release Taysir Amran
9 Jun 2009 - Hamas has called on the Ramallah authority controlled by former PA chief Mahmoud Abbas to release Sheikh Taysir Amran, a member of Hamas's political leadership, immediately.

IOF kidnaps 11 Palestinians, Israeli gov't plans expansion of settlements
9 Jun 2009 - Israeli occupation forces violently quelled angry demonstrations by Palestinian citizens in Buwaira east of Al-Khalil and in Sa'ir town north of the city, media sources reported.

Abu Marzouk: Qalqilia massacre would be discussed on the dialog table
9 Jun 2009 - Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk, the deputy-head of Hamas's political bureau, has confirmed that the Movement's delegation would discuss the recent events in the West Bank with the Egyptian officials in Cairo.

Bahar: IOA committed all forms of war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza
9 Jun 2009 - Acting PLC speaker MP Dr. Ahmad Bahar has accused the IOA of committing war crimes against the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip as he briefed a Norwegian delegation on the brutal Israeli war.

Ramahi: The PA practices in W.B are a practical application of the roadmap plan
9 Jun 2009 - Dr. Mahmoud Al-Ramahi, the secretary-general of the PLC, said that the Qalqiliya events and the political arrest campaigns were a practical application of the roadmap plan.

Los Angeles Times

More political strife in Lebanon expected after victory of U.S.-backed coalition 
9 Jun 2009 - The March 14 coalition campaigned on a platform of disarming Hezbollah. A U.S.-backed coalition's election victory over an alliance led by the militant Hezbollah movement sets the stage for a new period of political discord in Lebanon, analysts and officials said Monday. 

Pro-U.S. March 14 coalition wins in Lebanon 
8 Jun 2009 - The Western-backed March 14 bloc upsets Hezbollah's alliance in general elections, unofficial results show. The American-backed political alliance of Lebanese parties fended off a strong challenge from a coalition led by Hezbollah on Sunday in a closely watched election that could have major repercussions, Lebanese news media reported, citing unofficial preliminary figures. 

Iranian presidential candidate Mohsen Rezai calls for peace 
8 Jun 2009 - The former soldier and insurgent who launched two of Iran's most acclaimed news websites says he can smooth Iran's relations with the international community. Like so many of his generation, Mohsen Rezai is a fighter. 

New York Times

News Analysis: Hopeful Signs for U.S. in Lebanon Vote
8 Jun 2009 - Gains by the American-aligned coalition could mark a significant shift in regional dynamics, with another major election, in Iran, just four days away. 

U.S. Envoy Meets Israeli Officials
9 Jun 2009 - George J. Mitchell met Israeli officials Tuesday to stress America’s friendship and urge the “prompt resumption” of peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. 

Huge Campaign Rallies Snarl Tehran
8 Jun 2009 - A pair of sprawling rallies brought Iran’s capital virtually to a standstill ahead of Friday’s presidential elections. 


Electronic Intifada
Obama talks democracy, endorses dictatorship
9 Jun 2009 - CAIRO (IPS) - Egyptian officials are lining up to praise US President Barack Obama's address to the Islamic world delivered in Cairo last Thursday. But local campaigners for political reform say the speech was disappointingly light on the issues of democracy and human rights. "Obama spoke very briefly and in very general terms on these two subjects," opposition journalist and reform campaigner Abdel-Halim Kandil told IPS. "Despite the hype, Obama's speech was little more than an exercise in public relations." 

Women battle for citizenship rights
9 Jun 2009 - BEIRUT (IPS) - One can be born in Lebanon and live here all one's life, and still not be a Lebanese citizen. Lebanon is one of few remaining countries in the Middle East where a mother is unable to pass citizenship to her children. Campaigners have succeeded in securing that right in countries such as Egypt, which amended the law in 2004 to allow women to pass citizenship to their children, and in Algeria, which granted women full citizenship rights in 2005. In Lebanon the struggle continues. 

South African study: Israel practicing apartheid and colonialism
9 Jun 2009 - The Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa (HSRC) has released a report confirming that Israel is practicing both colonialism and apartheid in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The HSRC commissioned an international team of scholars and practitioners of international public law from South Africa, the United Kingdom, Israel and the West Bank to conduct this study. 

Hamas leader to Obama: Policy, not rhetoric
8 Jun 2009 - DAMASCUS (IPS) - The head of Hamas's political bureau, Khaled Meshal, gave a qualified welcome here Thursday to the big speech that US President Barack Obama addressed to the Muslim world in Cairo. "The speech was cleverly written in the way it addressed the Muslim world ... and in the way it showed respect to the Muslim heritage," Meshal told IPS in an exclusive interview. "But I think it's not enough. What's needed are deeds, actions on the ground, and a change of policies." 

In Gaza
hundreds call for Erez to open, siege to end
9 Jun 2009 - Upwards of 300 Palestinians, with a number of international supporters, rallied at the road to the Erez crossing in northern Gaza on Wednesday morning, calling for the crossing to be opened and an end to the 3 year long siege, in place since shortly after Hamas was elected in early 2006 and escalated dramatically following June 2007, when Hamas gained control of the Gaza Strip. Women were a strong presence in the demonstration, as were elderly, and children. A number of ill and disabled Palestinians highlighted the importance of the crossings being opened. Nearly 340 Palestinians have died as a result of denied medical care, according to the Palestinian Ministry...

Palestine Chronicle
Obama Spoke to Muslims for Oil, Not Humanity
9 Jun 2009 - By Kevin Gosztola Obama's speech to Muslims, which he made during his trip to the Middle East last week, may have seemed like it was made to show America shares "principles of justice and progress, tolerance and dignity of all human beings," but more precisely, this was a speech to the Muslim world that Obama made so America could ensure access to Muslim oil. Ask any foreign policymaker or analyst in America and you will likely get he or she to agree that typically, if you substitute one individual for another and if the setting remains the same, so too does the foreign policy. Additionally, foreign policy has always been about bargaining and compromise, a result of a political process. Obama, whose campaign slogan could have been “Continuity We Can Believe In,” is just the right statesman for guaranteeing future access to resources and cooperation with American interests. He has made his actions about finding middle ground on issues so that compromises and bargains which will satisfy as many as possible might be achieved. Giving a speech to the Muslim world was an act of power---Obama was using what Robert O. Keohane and Joseph S. Nye Jr. call “soft power” to get a desired outcome and to lay the foundation for the achievement of goals “through attraction rather than coercion.” Al-Azhar, the university where Obama gave his speech, claimed it was the “highest Sunni Muslim authority” and asserted that it was “a fortress of Islam” in a statement given to...

Lebanon's Election Results and the Age of Resistance
9 Jun 2009 - By Franklin Lamb - Hezbollah Election HQ, Dahiyeh Hundreds of Muazzen called believers to Lebanon's Mosques at 3:35 AM this morning for the Al Fajr (the Dawn) prayer. The haunting and beautiful strains of "Allahu Akbar", (God is great) and "Ash-'hadu ana la elaha ella Allah", (I bear witness that there is no God by Allah) wafted from Minarets and flowed softly, pushed by the morning sea breezes, along Beirut's sandy, but trash strewn beaches at Ramlet al Baida. Drifting along the Corniche Mazzra and Raouche, below the American University of Beirut, they swirled around the silent and narrow streets and alleys of Lebanon’s Capitol and drifted east and up along her mountains. Caressing the mountain tops they embraced the majestic Basilica at Harrissa, high above Jounieh, topped by its 15-ton bronze statue of "Saydet Libnan" or Notre Dame du Liban. Proclaimed the “Queen of Lebanon,” by the Patriarch of Antioch at the beginning of the last Century, this Blessed Virgin is a shrine with claimed healing powers for Pilgrims, and the patron saint of Lebanon’s Christians. She is held in the highest esteem by Shia and Sunni Muslims, as well as Druze. The Koran contains 253 references to Mary, two hundred more than in the New Testament. On a personal note, it was inside L’Eglise de Notre Dame that this wretch and his true love had pledged to marry one day—now so very many years ago-- and yet not so-- more like yesterday-had fate not turned. When today’s predawn...

Jewish Town in Galilee Demands 'Loyalty Oath'
9 Jun 2009 - By Jonathan Cook – Misgav A community in northern Israel has changed its bylaws to demand that new residents pledge support for "Zionism, Jewish heritage and settlement of the land" in a thinly veiled attempt to block Arab applicants from gaining admission. Critics are calling the bylaw, adopted by Manof, home to 170 Jewish families in Galilee, a local “loyalty oath” similar to a national scheme recently proposed by the far-Right party of the government minister Avigdor Lieberman. Other Jewish communities in the central Galilee -- falling under the umbrella of a regional council known as Misgav -- are preparing similar bylaws in response to a court petition filed by an Arab couple hoping to build a home in Misgav. “It looks very much like this is being co-ordinated by the Misgav council in an attempt to pre-empt the court ruling,” said Ronin Ben Ari, resident of another Misgav community, Mikhmanim, and an opponent of the bylaw change. Manof’s move comes in the wake of efforts by Ahmed and Fatina Zbeidat, who live in the neighbouring Arab town of Sakhnin, to win admission to the Misgav community of Rakafet. Traditionally some 700 rural communities in Israel, including 30 in Misgav, have weeded out Arab applicants by issuing automatic rejections through special vetting committees. Arab citizens make up one-fifth of the country’s population. According to a legal rights group, rural communities, which are home to only five per cent of the population but have control over four-fifths of the countryside, are...

The Bonds that Shackle: Stealth Strategy in Cairo
9 Jun 2009 - By William A. Cook Consider the potential consequences of Obama's speech in Cairo last week. Set aside the complaint that he offered no actions to correct the crisis; ignore the fact that he did not repudiate the absolute bond that tethers United States policy to that of Israel; avoid his silence regarding the racist urgings of Lieberman and the arrogance of Netanyahu as they dictated foreign policy for the U.S.; and forego any latent desires to have heard criticism of U.S. complicity in the 60 years of occupation as the people of Palestine lost all but 22% of their homeland to the Zionist forces controlling Israel. Consider instead the possibility that Obama, without fanfare or hint of change, struck out on a new stealth strategy toward reconciling the crisis in Palestine. What if Obama’s intentions have been carefully thought out over a prolonged period of time, before he won the Presidency, before he decided on his Cabinet, before a continuation of the plans was forced on him that merely extended the failures of the past to bring resolution to the conflict but furthered the interests in Israel as it continued to take absolute control of all of Palestine by occupation, coercion, and land theft, with the intent of forcing no other resolution than “conditions on the ground” dictated, leaving only three bantustans and the Gaza strip. What if he understood that no man can win the Presidency without the support of AIPAC and the Jewish lobbies it supports and had,...

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