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Israel, says it wants one bi-national state
5 Sep 2009 - Norwegian physician was present at Shifa during IDF op; says saw no proof Hamas used hospital as HQ.
Palestinians: Gaza teen dies after being shot by IDF near Israel border
5 Sep 2009 - IDF official: Troops fired warning shots Fri. after spotting Palestinians approaching border fence.
Report: UAE to deport hundreds of Palestinians by month's end
4 Sep 2009 - Hamas wants Arab League to intervene; dozens of Lebanese also face expulsion, says Arab daily.
Witnesses: Palestinians storm outpost in north West Bank
4 Sep 2009 - Police arrive to break up clashes, after residents say 200 armed Palestinians infiltrated and set fire.
Gaza war commander: IDF officers must set moral standards
3 Sep 2009 - Colonel Hertzi Halevy: Troops who step out of line should be dealt with during battle, not afterward.
Israeli forces invade Bil'in overnight; no arrests 6 Sep 2009
Nablus refugees to protest UN reduction of services 6 Sep 2009
More strikes in government hospitals next week 6 Sep 2009
Nablus man shoots son three times over alleged financial dispute 6 Sep 2009
Israeli forces shoot youth in legs, detain him 6 Sep 2009
Israeli army invades Tulkarem area, hands out warrants 6 Sep 2009
Abbas doubts validity of talks with Netanyahu at UN GA meeting 6 Sep 2009
Egyptian security arrest four Africans attempting to sneak into Israel 6 Sep 2009
Fuel smuggling truck catches fire in Egyptian Rafah 6 Sep 2009
Palestinian officials press UAE over Palestinian residents 6 Sep 2009
Salfit: Woman attacked by meter-long snake, locals blame setters 6 Sep 2009
Death of Al-Qassam member announced by Hamas as martyrdom 6 Sep 2009
Family fights on rise as southern police halt 80th since Ramadan start 6 Sep 2009
At-Tibi slams special Knesset session on racism toward Ethiopians 6 Sep 2009
PA police report mass rights violations by Israeli forces in WB Friday 6 Sep 2009
5 Sep 2009 - A lawsuit filed by the Free Patriotic Movement in Lebanon threatens the rebuilding of a Palestinian refugee camp.
Gaza resistance in rapid-fire rhyme
5 Sep 2009 - Young Palestinian rap artists use their music to expose the stark realities of life in the occupied territories.
A wet land, a parched land
5 Sep 2009 - In a lush Jewish settlement the grass is always green while Palestinian farmers and their crops go thirsty, resentful of the Israeli water pipes that cross their land.
Netanyahu to approve new settlements
4 Sep 2009 - The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to approve construction of hundreds of new homes in West Bank settlements.
5 Sep 2009 - On two-day visit to Tehran, Venezuelan leader says Iran has right to atomic energy.
Palestinians protest land seizure
4 Sep 2009 - West Bank residents staging non-violent march are met with tear gas.
5 Sep 2009 - Na'lin / PNN - Hundreds of residents of the western Ramallah town of Na'lin held Friday prayers on their land near the Wall. Sheikh Murad Amira led prayers which he referred to as a form of resistance to occupation and a rejection of injustice.International supporters joined the Palestinian nonviolent activists in the weekly action in walking toward the concrete Wall that is replacing...
Nightly arrest raid foiled in Bil'in as Palestinian nonviolent activists confront Israeli soldiers
5 Sep 2009 - Bil'in / PNN - At this Friday’s weekly demonstration in Bil’in Village two protesters were hit by gas canisters, causing minor skin burns. Earlier this year Bassam Abu Rahma was hit and killed by the same weapon. The western Ramallah town, known for its nonviolent resistance to the Wall and settlements, formally protests every week. But for residents, surviving a day is an...
Sheikh at East Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque: we want to say "freeze settlement ...
4 Sep 2009 - Jerusalem / Maisa Abu Ghazaleh for PNN - Beginning early morning yesterday tens of thousands of people from different regions of the West Bank and Jerusalem attempted to reach Al Aqsa Mosque for prayers on the second Friday of Ramadan. Director of Endowments of Jerusalem, Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib, told PNN that the number of worshipers exceeded 200,000.The yards of the compounded were filled...
PM Fayyad: nonviolent resistance has become a milestone on the path of the Palestinian struggle
4 Sep 2009 - Bil'in / PNN – The current poster-child of Palestinian nonviolent resistance is Bil’in, a village to the west of Ramallah City. During a Ramadan breakfast, the iftar, or evening meal that breaks the fast, was attended last night by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. He was hosted by the citizens of the town and the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements. The neighboring...
PFLP plans international campaign to support Gaza fishermen against Israeli attacks
4 Sep 2009 - The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine pledged to intensify and build upon its work with Gaza fishermen to raise awareness about their suffering due to the aggression of the occupation, and work to build Palestinian, Arab and international support for the fishermen of Gaza. Dr. Rabah Muhanna, a member of the Political Bureau of the PFLP and its leader in...
Oktoberfest in Taybeh: the fifth annual festival will be held on the third and forth of next month
4 Sep 2009 - Maria C. Khoury - During the 5th Annual Taybeh Oktoberfest, 3 and 4 October 2009, the Taybeh Beer tour is surely to be popular. Amazingly, people from all over the world somehow discover Taybeh and actually visit without having been enticed by major advertisements. Taybeh Beer tours are given daily but even when the brewery is closed on Sundays, if a family...
European Commission aid project aims to reach all afflicted communities within Palestine
4 Sep 2009 - A note from the European Commission: Dear citizen, only with the will, hope and sacrifice, you can reach excellence and success. With will and hope every human being can accomplish any impossible task, in the darkest circumstances that any person might face in this life; which is filled with problems and tragedies, conflicts and wars. Photos allocated in all regions of the...
GAZA CITY Monday, August 31, 2009 (IRIN) - Ramadan, a festive time in many parts of the Muslim world, is bleak in Gaza because basic and traditional foodstuffs are unavailable due to the Israeli blockade, or out of reach due to soaring prices and poverty, according to officials.
MIDDLE EAST: Swine flu keeps Muslim pilgrims at home
DUBAI Wednesday, August 26, 2009 (IRIN) - Far fewer Muslims than normal are undertaking the lesser pilgrimage known as ‘Umrah’ because of coordinated efforts by health ministers in the Gulf and beyond to counter the spread of H1N1 2009.
ISRAEL-OPT: Travel restrictions in West Bank eased for Ramadan
TEL AVIV Monday, August 24, 2009 (IRIN) - Israel has eased some of its travel restrictions for Palestinians in the West Bank during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) spokesperson’s unit.
WASHINGTON, Sep 5 (IPS) - The White House reprimanded the Israeli government Friday over reports that Israel plans to build hundreds of new housing units in West Bank settlements, the latest in a series of showdowns between Washington and Jerusalem over settlement construction.
IRAQ: Stormy Times as U.S. Withdraws
WASHINGTON, Sep 5 (IPS) - Political violence in Iraq killed 456 Iraqis in August, the highest monthly death toll since July 2008. And with the U.S. showing no sign it plans to reverse the troop withdrawal that is now well underway, numerous struggles for power are shaping up inside Iraq.
MIDEAST: Israelis Target Medical Teams
JELAZON, West Bank, Sep 3 (IPS) - Fourteen-year-old Muhammad Nayif's mother broke down as she spoke to IPS. Nayif died after being shot three times in the chest by Israeli soldiers Monday night.
ISRAEL: Madonna Applauded for her Silence
TEL AVIV, Sep 3 (IPS) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong-il, Hitler, the Holocaust, ecological disasters, poverty in Africa, wars around the world, Obama and Martin Luther King: the appropriate images were all there, an overwhelming backdrop on the huge stage for the Queen of Pop's rendition of her song, 'Get...
1 Sep 2009 - The Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, its popular committees and member organizations call on activists to launch a week of global mobilization against the walls of apartheid in the West Bank and Gaza from November 9 to 16 2009. See the full call in English and French here. [
Norwegian Pension Fund divests from Elbit Systems!
3 Sep 2009 - The Norwegian Pension Fund has announced its decision to divest $6 million from the Israeli firm Elbit Systems. The firm contributes surveillance technology to the Wall as well as military equipment to Occupation forces. This is an important victory for the BDS movement, and Elbit has been the target of a long campaign, with Stop the Wall working closely with Norwegian activists in the divestment effort. [
During the reporting period, IOF killed two Palestinian civilians, including a child, in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Two members of the 'Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) were also killed in the Gaza Strip, and Hamas accused IOF of killing them.
9/1/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the willful killing of a 15-year-old Palestinian child by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF). The attack occurred yesterday, 31 August 2009, near the entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. According to investigations conduced by PCHR, at approximately 21:30 on Monday, 31 August 2009, IOF troops stationed at a military observation tower inside "Beit Eil" settlement, north of Ramallah, opened fire at five Palestinian children who were near al-Jalazon UNRWA School, located near the southeastern entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp. One of the children, 15-year-old Mohammed Riad Nayef "˜Elayan, was wounded by three bullets to the chest. An ambulance from Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Ramallah attempted to reach the area.
Israeli forces raid Bil’in, arrest one
9/1/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Shortly after 3am, Bil'in was invaded again. 4 Jeeps and a military truck entered the village with over 50 soldiers. The Israeli occupation forces raided three homes simultaneously and arrested Abed Baset Mohammed Abu Rahme (age 19). In the second house, they tried to arrest Yaseen Mohammed Ali Yaseen (21), but he was not at home. They left a military order for him to turn himself in by 9am the next day. In the third house, they wanted to arrest Mohammed Ahmed Yaseen (age 21), but did not find him at his home either. The soldiers acted very swiftly. As they encountered many international activists who stood in their way filming and challenging their action as well as following the movement of the jeeps, the soldiers threw tear gas and sound bombs to disperse them and clear the way. They also used a laser beam on some of the activists as a means of intimidation.
Swedish FM cancels Israel visit amid 'organ harvesting' controversy
5 Sep 2009 - Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has canceled his visit to Israel, scheduled for September 11, in view of the continued tension in relations between the two countries. ...
Netanyahu seeks Likud okay for settlement freeze
5 Sep 2009 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with several Likud cabinet ministers and Knesset members over the weekend, in an attempt to persuade them to support a freeze on construction in the West Bank settlements. ...
Spain FM 'regrets' interview with Holocaust denier
4 Sep 2009 - Spain's foreign minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos, "regrets" that the major Spanish newspaper El Mundo published an interview with a British Holocaust denier, David Irving, AFP quoted a spokeswoman as saying. ...
Hamas chief arrives in Cairo to discuss Shalit deal
4 Sep 2009 - Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Meshal is in Cairo to discuss a prisoner exchange deal for the release of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, a spokesman for the Islamist group said on Saturday. ...
IDF filmed aiming tear gas at Al-Jazeera reporter in West Bank
4 Sep 2009 - Video footage that aired Friday shows an Al-Jazeera reporter covering an anti-separation fence rally in the West Bank dodging a tear gas grenade fired by Israel Defense Forces troops. ...
5 Sep 2009 - George Mitchell, the US envoy to the Middle East, will return to Jerusalem this week for talks on a temporary Israeli suspension of settlement activity in the occupied West Bank, despite a highly public row breaking...
Hamas in talks on freeing kidnapped Israeli soldier
5 Sep 2009 - Top Palestinian meets Egyptian intelligence chief amid reports of progress over a deal for prisoner exchange Khaled Meshal, the leader of Hamas, has made a dramatic visit to Cairo amid a new diplomatic effort to secure...
The burden of history | Antony Lerman
5 Sep 2009 - It's sometimes too much to expect individuals to transmit memories of great suffering, as my father's life showed The manipulation of history is the continuation of politics by other means, to coin a phrase. And this...
If you build it, the state will come | Ziad Asali
4 Sep 2009 - Start building an independent Palestine now and international recognition will follow, says Salam Fayyad Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad's blueprint for what he has called "de facto Palestinian statehood" offers a new and important element to...
5 Sep 2009 - El Al passengers flying from Israel to the U.S. spent a night in Iceland last week after an emergency landing. The passengers were put in hotels, and departed 22 hours later. ...
Israel's World Cup hopes fade after loss to Latvia
5 Sep 2009 - Kaspars Gorks scored the lone goal Saturday to give Latvia a 1-0 victory over Israel in a World Cup qualifier at Ramat Gan stadium. ...
Sa'ar makes fresh defense of Netanyahu against rightist, PA critics
4 Sep 2009 - Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar on Saturday continued to lash out against critics of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who have assailed his policy over settlement construction in the West Bank. ...
5 Sep 2009 - Source: MIFTAH
Palestine and US condemn Israeli settlement move
5 Sep 2009 - Source: Agence France-Presse
OPT: Statement by the Press Secretary on Israeli settlements
5 Sep 2009 - Source: Government of the United States of America
5 Sep 2009 - Yesha Council disappointed over plan to build only hundreds of homes in West Bank
Jazeera reporter 'under attack'
5 Sep 2009 - Watch al-Jazeera's Jacky Rowland dodge IDF tear gas grenade while covering anti-fence protest
Carter: Israel wants bi-national state
5 Sep 2009 - Ex-President Carter slams ongoing settlement expansion in Washington Post op-ed; 'A more likely alternative to present debacle is one state, which is obviously the goal of Israeli leaders who insist on colonizing the West Bank,' he writes
Terrorists fire at Israel
5 Sep 2009 - Anti-rocket alert activated in southern Israel, but mortar shell lands in Palestinian territory
For 1st time in months: Peaceful haredi protests in capital
5 Sep 2009 - En route to restoring calm in Jerusalem? For first time since start of demonstrations against opening of parking lot on Shabbat, haredim hold peaceful rally; demonstrators stay away from disputed parking lot, avoid clashes with police
Palestinian teen killed in Gaza shooting
5 Sep 2009 - Medical workers in Strip say 14-year-old died of wounds he sustained when IDF troops fired shots at Beit Hanoun neighborhood
Chavez: No proof Iran building nuclear bomb
5 Sep 2009 - Upon his arrival in Tehran, Venezuelan leader says Islamic Republic pursuing peaceful nuclear energy
Hamas chief in Cairo for Shalit talks
5 Sep 2009 - Mashal, Egyptian Intelligence chief Suleiman to discuss prisoner exchange deal with Israel, jumpstarting Palestinian reconciliation talks
4 Sep 2009
Palestinian camps protest Nahr al-Bared delay
4 Sep 2009
Two dead in separate family feuds in Lebanon
4 Sep 2009
Jumblatt son calls for non-sectarianism
4 Sep 2009
Hariri set to propose unity cabinet before Sleiman goes to UN
4 Sep 2009
Delays in cabinet formation undermine Hariri's standing
4 Sep 2009
Hizbullah helped locate bankrupt businessman
4 Sep 2009
Israeli minister seeks to counter Iran with Africa tour
4 Sep 2009
6 Sep 2009 - Palestinian lawmaker Hatem Kufaisheh, a prisoner in Israeli jails, warned of the seriousness of the Zionist schemes and plots carried out against the Aqsa Mosque and the occupied city of Jerusalem.
Education official: HRW claim baseless
6 Sep 2009 - Dr. Yousef Ibrahim, the education undersecretary, has described as "baseless" the HRW claim that Gaza schools were turning back home female students not wearing the hijab at government's orders.
Abu Zuhri: Mishaal's visit to Cairo targets overcoming dialog snags
6 Sep 2009 - The visit to Cairo by Khaled Mishaal is aimed to overcome snags impeding progress in the Palestinian national dialog, Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said on Saturday.
Sheikh Sabri hails thousands of Palestinians for praying in Aqsa
6 Sep 2009 - Sheikh Ikrema Sabri, the preacher of the Aqsa Mosque, on Friday hailed thousands of Palestinians who managed to pray in the Mosque despite the Israeli restrictions in the occupied city of Jerusalem.
Two injuries in IOF quelling of peaceful march
6 Sep 2009 - Two Palestinian citizens were wounded including a boy when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired sonic and gas bombs at a peaceful march in Bil'in village, Ramallah district.
Jewish settlers attack Palestinian homes, uproot trees
6 Sep 2009 - Tens of Jewish settlers attacked a number of Palestinian homes in Tal Al-Rumaida suburb in downtown Al-Khalil on Friday while others uprooted olive trees near Ramallah.
European campaign warns of mass thirst and poisoning in Gaza
6 Sep 2009 - The European campaign to end the siege on Gaza warned Friday that Gaza people would suffer from mass thirst and poisoning as a result of the contamination of drinking water.
Palestinian boy dies of wounds sustained in IOF shooting
6 Sep 2009 - A 13-year-old Palestinian boy was pronounced dead in Gaza on Saturday after suffering serious wounds on Friday after IOF soldiers fired at him in northern Gaza, medical sources reported.
Norway boycotts Israeli firm involved in building apartheid wall
6 Sep 2009 - Norway's finance minister Kristin Halvorsen announced that the government stopped funding the Israeli arms company Elbit for its role in the construction of the apartheid wall in the West Bank.
Adala: Ofer prison authority imposes strip searches on female visitors
6 Sep 2009 - Adalah called in a letter to the Israeli prison authority and the Ofer prison authority for an end to the practice of strip searching women visiting their relatives in prison.
5 Sep 2009 - A decision by Israel's Netanyahu to build hundreds of new homes prompts a U.S. expression of 'regret.' Israel signaled its intention Friday to build hundreds of new homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank, provoking a new clash with the Obama administration and complicating a U.S. effort to restart Middle East peace talks this fall.
Iran's Mousavi urges continued civil disobedience
6 Sep 2009 - The opposition leader tells supporters to keep up the 'struggle against cheaters and liars.' He demands the government launch an investigation of the disputed presidential election. Iran's leading opposition figure Saturday called on his supporters to continue acts of peaceful civil disobedience, in his first major statement in weeks.
Director Cherien Dabis straddles two worlds
4 Sep 2009 - The filmmaker examines the complexities of modern Arab American identity in 'Amreeka.' Before the Persian Gulf War exploded in the early 1990s, Cherien Dabis and her family were popular, well-respected members of their adopted Ohio town. Her father, a physician, and mother were Palestinian immigrants from the West Bank and Jordan who'd moved to the United States shortly before Dabis' birth. Dabis says she grew up wanting "so badly" to be an all-American girl.
5 Sep 2009 - Officials in the Hamas-led government have pushed back some efforts by guardians of religious morality, but it remains unclear for how long.
Jerusalem Journal: Religious-Secular Divide, Tugging at Israel’s Heart
2 Sep 2009 - The opening of a parking lot underneath city hall has helped start another round of what local residents call the “Sabbath wars.”
U.S. Rebukes Israel Over Settlement Plan
4 Sep 2009 - A plan to approve new West Bank construction before a building freeze drew protests from the White House.
Mondoweiss - 5 Sep 2009 - Jack Ross responds to the recent campaign underwritten by the Israeli government to characterize American Jews who have intermarried as "lost" or "abducted." I have grown up in the shadow of intermarriage and all that it represents, but I never realized it until I was an...
Chazan: Israelis have abandoned the democratic ‘ethos’
Mondoweiss - 5 Sep 2009 - Naomi Chazan is an Israeli Jew of considerable standing. A former member of Knesset and leader of the leftish Meretz party, she has also endorsed J Street in the U.S. In this important piece, she offers the shocking news that Israel has abandoned democracy. It’s in...
Who’s attacking the veil? Why?
Mondoweiss - 5 Sep 2009 - David Horowitz, Jamie Glazov, and Phyllis Chesler are all attacking the Muslim veil. Chesler’s headline is "The Hundred Year War Begins." Why do these people care so much about what women on the other side of the world are wearing? Why is it a source for...
a good excuse to run a foto of the great Amira Hass
Mondoweiss - 5 Sep 2009 - I email a Jewish friend: I just did a post with two savage items of racism from Israel in the last couple days, contrasted with Tony Karon saying that Olmert says American Jews won’t stand for apartheid. But I dont believe it. I believe they’d swallow...
Birthright gone wild
Mondoweiss - 4 Sep 2009 - Above is a recent ad for the Birthright program which offers free trips for young Jewish adults to Israel in order to "diminish the growing division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world." The ad would seem to be the first product from Birthright’s new...
Toronto Declaration: No Celebration of Occupation
Alternative Information Center - 4 Sep 2009 - An Open Letter to the Toronto International Film Festival: September 2, 2009 As members of the Canadian and international film, culture and media arts communities, we are deeply disturbed by the Toronto International Film Festival’s decision to host a celebratory spotlight on Tel Aviv. We protest...
Norwegian Pension Fund Divests from Israeli Military Giant Elbit
Alternative Information Center - 3 Sep 2009 - The Ministry of Finance has excluded the Israeli company Elbit Systems Ltd. from the Government Pension Fund – Global, on the basis of the Council on Ethics’ recommendation. The Council on Ethics has found that investment in Elbit constitutes an unacceptable risk of contribution to serious...
The Elders Visit Palestine/Israel
Alternative Information Center - 3 Sep 2009 - The Elders visited Israel and the Palestinian territories for the first time as a group from 25-28 August 2009. As an independent and non-affiliated group, the Elders do not participate in any negotiations but are supportive of the current peace talks. The timing of their visit...
Did Leviev's Empire Succumb to Boycott?
Alternative Information Center - 2 Sep 2009 - On 31 August 2009, Lev Leviev, the sixth richest Israeli according to Forbes Magazine , convened a press conference and announced that his company Africa Israel will be unable to meet its financial obligations and repay its debts on time. Leviev's debt is estimated at nearly Euro...
Accountability and the organ theft controversy
5 Sep 2009 - The hyperventilating by Israel's leaders over a story published in a Swedish newspaper last month suggesting that the Israeli army assisted in organ theft from Palestinians has distracted attention from the disturbing allegations made by Palestinian families that were the basis of the article's central claim. Jonathan Cook comments.
Israel targets medical teams
5 Sep 2009 - JALAZONE, occupied West Bank (IPS) - Fourteen-year-old Muhammad Nayif's mother broke down as she spoke to IPS. Nayif died after being shot three times in the chest by Israeli soldiers Monday night. Palestinian medical personnel who tried to reach the critically injured boy near the Jalazone refugee camp north of Ramallah were threatened at gunpoint by Israeli soldiers and shot at.
"Sense of duty": interview with Bilin journalist
4 Sep 2009 - Haitham al-Katib is a journalist living in the occupied West Bank village of Bilin. During the last few months, village residents have been the victims of constant night invasions by the Israeli military. Al-Katib films the night raids, as well as the weekly nonviolent demonstrations against the wall, and has become a well-known figure for his brave attempts to document the struggle. The Electronic Intifada contributor Jody McIntyre, currently based in Bilin, interviewed him about his work.
A big thank you
4 Sep 2009 - The significance of this -- alas short lived -- exposure of what lies behind the apartheid wall and the fences that encircle the West Bank and the Gaza Strip stems from the seniority of Kristin Halvorsen, the Norwegian finance minister who herself announced the decision to divest. It is the first official act of such a kind by a Western government. It is reminiscent of the first day when governments heeded the pressures of their societies in the West to act against apartheid South Africa. Ilan Pappe comments for The Electronic Intifada.