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Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - 'We will not go back to an intifada because we have suffered too much,' says Abbas in Argentina.
Netanyahu: We'll have public and Knesset debates on Shalit swap
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - PM seeks to calm hopes over deal for soldier; Shalit's father 'not reassured' after meeting negotiator.
Gaza rocket hits Israel, despite Hamas moratorium on Qassams
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - Hamas declared Sat. that militants agreed to halt cross-border rocket fire; no casualties in attack.
Rightist MKs: 'Cursed' deal for Shalit will bring terror to Israel
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - 'These murderers have killed between one to 65 people each, so start doing the math,' says MK Eldad.
Netanyahu aide hopes PA peace talks will be renewed within weeks
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - Uzi Arad: Our priority is to renew the peace talks; Peres: PM can and must make peace with Palestinians.
Two settlers charged with attacking Palestinian shepherd
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - Suspects claim to have acted out of self-defense when they beat shepherd near Mitzpeh Yair outpost.
Israel looks toward IDF pullout from Lebanon border village
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - Ministers recommend handing control of Ghajar to UN troops, letting residents keep Israeli IDs.
Rabbis at secret meet: Soldiers who refuse orders are 'heroes'
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - Religious Zionist rabbis hold meeting to discuss ways of bolstering refusal to evacuate settlements.
Iran launches 'huge' war games amid threats to strike Tel Aviv
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - War games aimed at helping protect nuclear sites; Iran cleric: We'll strike heart of Tel Aviv if attacked.
IDF vows 'zero tolerance' for soldiers who refuse orders
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - IDF Chief echoes comments made by Defense Minister and PM, says troops will be needed for all missions.
IDF soldier who tried to sell army rifle jailed for 20 months
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - Offending soldier and two others were suspected of burying stolen weapon with the intention of selling it.
Number of IDF recruits seeking combat service jumps by 6%
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - As in previous years, IDF infantry brigades are most highly sought after, of which Golani still most popular.
ANALYSIS / Gaza war brought Israel its quietest year in a decade
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - However, formulating an answer to rocket attacks seems to be a complex and lengthy process.
Jerusalem, november 23, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Report Hamas leaders will meet to study details of plan to swap Israeli soldier for Palestinian prisoners. Israeli President Shimon Peres said on Sunday there has been "progress" in talks to free soldier Gilad Shalit, held captive by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip for the past three years. "Everyone knows there is...
NGO: Israel-Palestinian conflict kills 8,900 in 20 years
Jerusalem, November 23, 2009, ( Pal Telegraph ) - B'Tselem says 7,398 Palestinians killed, 4,300 homes destroyed in 20 years of conflict. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has claimed almost 8,900 lives in two decades, the vast majority of them Palestinians, the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said in a statement published on Sunday. Israeli forces killed 7,398 Palestinians, including 1,537 minors, both in...
Hamas: Gaza armed groups agree to truce
Gaza City, November 22, 2009, ( Pal Telegraph ) - Agreement between Al-Qassam Brigades and other factions seeks to keep together internal front. Hamas's armed wing on Sunday said that armed groups in its Gaza Strip stronghold had finalised a deal to stop firing rockets into Israel, but said they would respond to Israeli raids. "The agreement between (Ezzedine) Al-Qassam (Brigades)...
A New Intifada: Palestinian Refugees and Diaspora also voting?
UK, November 22, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Is it time for a new Initifada? Trying something new? What if Palestinian refugees and diaspora also voted at the some time as Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza? Is it time for them to be seen and heard from the ballot box? Around the world?
Israeli air raids hit Gaza
UK, November 22, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - At least seven Palestinians have been injured in a round of Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian witnesses say. They told Al Jazeera that the first raid hit a metal workshop in the Tufah district of Gaza City early on Sunday, while the second struck a workshop in Burij in central...
The National 23 Nov 2009 - In an unprecedented case, the former prime minister Ehud Olmert faces trial for graft, while some of his ministers have been sentenced.
Hamas-Israel prisoner swap deal in decisive stage
The National 23 Nov 2009 - After months of negotiations a deal could be reached this weekend for Israel to release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Bad blood between Egypt and Algeria runs deeper than football
The National 23 Nov 2009 - Violence is latest incident in escalating diplomatic row between Egypt and Algeria, whose two World Cup qualifying matches this week inflamed decades-old tensions.
Ahmadinejad begins visit to Latin America
The National 23 Nov 2009 - Iran’s defiant president aims to show that he enjoys legitimacy in countries far nearer to Washington than Tehran.
Israel softens prisoner swap terms for Gilad Shalit
The National 23 Nov 2009 - A deal to exchange hundreds of Palestinian inmates for an Israeli solider held in the Gaza Strip draws closer.
Tehran residents fear poison from the tap
The National 23 Nov 2009 - Residents in south sector of capital could be exposed to higher levels of nitrates due to pollution from sewage in other parts of the capital.
AlJazeera 23 Nov 2009 - Israeli president raises hopes captured soldier will be swapped for Palestinian inmates.
Lula backs Iran's nuclear programme
AlJazeera 23 Nov 2009 - Brazil president declares support for Tehran's quest for "peaceful nuclear energy".
Gaza groups deny rocket ceasefire
AlJazeera 23 Nov 2009 - Palestinian groups say there has been no deal on suspending rocket fire into Israel.
Iran tests nuclear sites defences
AlJazeera 22 Nov 2009 - War exercises prepare Iran's nuclear sites for possible future attacks.
PNN 23 Nov 2009 - EGYPTIAN President Hosni Mubarak and Israeli counterpart, Shimon Peres, have held discussions in Cairo on efforts to restart Middle East peace talks after the Egyptian leader accused the Jewish State of creating obstacles to a settlement with the Palestinians. The talks, according to Reuters yesterday, came as Israeli aircraft attacked two suspected weapons-making factories and a smuggling tunnel in the Gaza Strip...
Israel arrests 5 top PA intelligence officers
PNN 21 Nov 2009 - Five senior Palestinian General Intelligence Service officers have been detained by Israeli forces near the West Bank village of Salfit in an overnight raid. The detainees include Salfit region intelligence commander Mohammad Abdel Hamid. The Israeli military has also demanded the Palestinians hand over an additional officer who was not apprehended. A Palestinian security source said the Friday morning arrests were apparently...
Coming to Amreeka
PNN 21 Nov 2009 - The filmmaker on her feel-good (sort of) movie, Palestinians in the Windy City, and how personal experiences can trump political arguments. During the first Gulf War, Palestinian-American filmmaker Cherien Dabis’s family, living in Ohio, received death threats; the Secret Service even came to her high school to investigate a rumor that her seventeen-year-old sister threatened to kill the President. When Dabis entered...
UN marks 20 years of Convention on Rights of the Child
PNN 21 Nov 2009 - Ceremonies are taking place around the world to mark the 20th anniversary of a landmark agreement protecting children. The UN says the Convention on the Rights of the Child has transformed the way children are treated. But it says a billion children in the world still go without food, shelter or healthcare and that millions are facing lives of poverty and abuse....
Syrian Actor Duraid Lahham Enters Gaza along with a group of actors and actresses
PNN 23 Nov 2009 - Duraid Lahham is probably considered one of the most prominent Arab actors to participate in breaking the siege on Gaza. The Syrian actor and satirist is perhaps the equivalent of Bob Hope, Larry David and Jon Stewart put in one. Through his most famous character, Ghawar Attoshe, and for several decades, he provided the most stinging political satire and social commentary the...
Jeruslalem Post 23 Nov 2009 - The paper's main focus will be on clarifying the nature of victory in modern warfare.
Abbas: We won't launch a third intifada - we've suffered enough
Jeruslalem Post 23 Nov 2009 - In Argentina, Palestinian Authority President says his people are focused on the path of peace; calls on US to press Israel on settlements.
Hamas confirms progress on Schalit
Jeruslalem Post 23 Nov 2009 - Group says 'it's too early to speak of agreement'; Netanyahu: There's no deal and no decision yet.
PM's brother-in-law urges him to quit
Jeruslalem Post 23 Nov 2009 - Ben-Artzi says if Netanyahu signs prisoner swap deal with Hamas, "It will prove he has no spine."
Arad: Cooperation with US on Iran a high priority for Israel
Jeruslalem Post 23 Nov 2009 - National Security Council head says Jerusalem is working with NSA on Iran.
'Saving the Stones' seeks to preserve Israel's artifacts
Jeruslalem Post 23 Nov 2009 -
Trial of Olmert's travel coordinator gets underway
Jeruslalem Post 23 Nov 2009 -
PM defends building in Gilo to German FM
Jeruslalem Post 23 Nov 2009 - Netanyahu points out it's only minutes from Knesset; Merkel's spokesman: East J'lem construction is a "major stumbling block" to Mideast peace.
'World must engage, not isolate Iran'
Jeruslalem Post 23 Nov 2009 - Ahead of meeting with Ahmadinejad, Brazilian president voices support for dialogue with Teheran.
IPS WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (IPS) - As Barack Obama arrives home from his weeklong tour of East Asia, he confronts a growing list of ever more urgent problems in the Greater Middle East that he inherited from George W. Bush's "global war on terror".
MIDEAST: Palestinian Children Face Daily Settler Attacks Getting to School
IPS AT TUWANI, Nov 23 (IPS) - Being able to travel to school in relative safety is something children all over the world take for granted. But, for Palestinian children living in the shadow of the ubiquitous and illegal Israeli settlements dotting the West Bank, simply walking to school can be...
Stop The Wall 23 Nov 2009 - For the past weeks, the village of Jayyus has been subjected to daily military raids. In response to residents’ ongoing resistance to the Wall, soldiers have threatened individuals, destroyed property, set curfews and engaged in shooting on a near daily basis. Collective punishment has feature strongly into this campaign, with Occupation forces targeting house owners, youth and farmers. [
Jayyus still held hostage by invasions
Stop The Wall 23 Nov 2009 - Military incursions into Jayyus continued this past week, as many as three times daily. Clashes and curfews have characterized village life, and undercover units have attempted to trap local youth. Although there has of yet been no serious injuries among the villagers, a group of young men were arrested several days ago. [
PCHR During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child and wounded 6 civilians, including two children, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
11/22/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 20 November 2009 - Some fifty Palestinian, Israeli and international demonstrators marched on Friday noon from the center of Al Ma'asara village towards the route of the Apartheid Wall that is to be built on village lands. Like every other Friday, demonstrators were stopped by Israeli soldiers and boarder police who laid barbed wire on the main road leading to the fence, forcefully preventing the march from proceeding. When asked if their actions had any legal basis, soldiers refused to answer. Protesters then delivered speeches in Arabic, English and Hebrew, and called upon the soldiers to leave their weapons and join the non-violent struggle for two independent states and against war crimes committed by Israel. Slogans were chanted, and the joint drum band, made out of Israeli Qasamba drummers and the village children, played and cheered the demonstrators up.
Why is Israel laying claim to an Arab home in Jaffa?
11/22/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Ha'aretz - Tziona Tajer Street in Jaffa, off the main thoroughfare, Yefet, begins with a lush park and ends in a narrow picturesque alleyway bounded by refurbished old homes. One of these houses, behind a heavy blue gate, belongs to the Shaya family. Hanging by the entrance is a large portrait of the family patriarch, Salim Khoury Shaya, a priest who served in the 1920s as the spiritual leader of the Christian Arab (Greek Orthodox) community. Around that time he also built the house on a hill in Jaffa. Salim Khoury Shaya died at age 90 in 1963. His daughter-in-law, Fadwa Shaya, who married his son George, is now the eldest resident of the house, where she has lived since 1947 and where her children and some of her grandchildren grew up. In the guest room, surrounded by hand-carved dressers and ornate 1930s-era mirrors, she tells the story of the Shaya family, at least the three generations she knows.
Top Israeli diplomat holds secret talks in Oman
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - Foreign Ministry director-general Yossi Gal has held secret state-level meetings in Oman's capital Muscat, a senior official in Jerusalem told Haaretz. Diplomatic relations between Israel and Oman were cut off in 2000 at the start of the second intifada. ...
Funding for Diaspora Jewry in disarray as agencies duel
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - WASHINGTON - Threatening to shake the fragile structure of the American Jewish federations' umbrella organization, one of the key partners for overseas funding has turned down a proposed agreement on distribution of funds, putting the system in a state of disarray. ...
Netanyahu may ask cabinet to okay 10-month settlement freeze
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering seeking either cabinet or governmental approval for a ten-month freeze in West Bank settlement construction, in a bid to relaunch stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. ...
Turkey Deputy PM: Our ties with Israel must improve
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - The Turkish deputy prime minister, Bulent Arinc, said on Monday that Turkey-Israel relations must improve, during a meeting in Ankara with Industry, Labor and Trade Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer. ...
Abbas: Palestinians won't launch new intifada, despite frustration
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - Palestinians will not launch a new uprising against Israel despite their frustration at the deadlock in U.S.-sponsored peace efforts, President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday. ...
The Guardian 23 Nov 2009 - The legitimate questions raised by Dispatches deserve better than to be dismissed as Islamophobia and antisemitism So what's it like to go from being Britain's top Islamophobe (Dispatches' Undercover Mosque ) to Britain's top antisemite (Dispatches' Inside...
Gaza militant groups agree to stop firing rockets into Israel
The Guardian 22 Nov 2009 - Deal appears to be attempt by Hamas to prevent another descent into conflict Hamas has won an agreement from other militant groups in Gaza to halt rocket fire into Israel for the first time in almost...
Joe Sacco | interview
The Guardian 21 Nov 2009 - Colleagues laughed when a young journalist in Palestine announced his intention to tell the story of that region though cartoons. Twenty years later, Joe Sacco is one of the world's leading exponents of the graphic novel...
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman has set himself a mid-December deadline for completing the process of appointing a new attorney general. That will allow at least 30 days for the appointee to learn the ropes from Menachem Mazuz, whose term as attorney general ends January 31. ...
IDF: Hundreds of immigrants without Hebrew in combat units
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - Hundreds of new immigrants are serving in combat units even though they don't know enough Hebrew, commanders and officers in the Israel Defense Forces Education Corps say. ...
Yossi Melman / Israelis know the price of bringing Shalit back
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - You don't have to be part of any inner circle to understand that the deal for Gilad Shalit is not advancing because of the German mediator's talents. ...
Pre-state Jewish police force fights for its heritage
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - Eighty six-year-old Haim Karbi raised his voice: "I was one of the Notrim and I am still one of the Notrim," he said, referring to the Jewish supernumerary police force that served under the British police during the Mandate. Karbi, a resident of Kiryat Tivon, spoke on behalf of most of the members of the Jewish force who had been active during the British Mandate, a force which effectively served as a legal arm for the Haganah (a pre-state underground militia). He spoke at a conference held last week in the former British police station in Nahalal, and attended by the former guards as well as pupils from the Reali school in Haifa. ...
Analysis / Who wins and who loses in Shalit deal?
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - 1. Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried hard Monday to lower public and media expectations of an imminent deal for Gilad Shalit, via a statement issued by his bureau and remarks to the Likud Knesset faction. ...
Relief Web 23 Nov 2009 - Source: UN News Service
Letter dated 18 Nov 2009 from the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the UN addressed to the Secretary-General (A/ES-10/469–S/2009/598)
Relief Web 23 Nov 2009 - Source: UN General Assembly, UN Security Council
Lebanon/OPT: UN SG informed of location of remains of UNRWA's Alec Collett
Relief Web 23 Nov 2009 - Source: UN Secretary-General
OPT: West Bank movement and access update - Nov 2009
Relief Web 23 Nov 2009 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Three Israeli air strikes injure 10 Palestinians and damage Palestinian houses and other property; Al Mezan condemns escalation of Israeli aggression
Relief Web 23 Nov 2009 - Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
Ambulances prevented from entering Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem without prior approval or police escort
Relief Web 23 Nov 2009 - Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Physicians for Human Rights
YNet News 23 Nov 2009 - King Abdullah dissolves parliament dominated by independent, tribal MPs criticized for inaction, failure to oversee government
Approved: IDF widows who remarry to continue receiving pension
YNet News 23 Nov 2009 - Knesset passes bill allowing widows of slain IDF soldiers to remarry and continue receiving husbands' military pension. MK Ariel: Great injustice rectified
Abbas sees no new intifada
YNet News 23 Nov 2009 - Palestinian president says his people will not repeat 2000 revolt because they 'have suffered too much'
Minister Shalom: Barghouti, Saadat will not go free
YNet News 23 Nov 2009 - Deputy prime minister tells BBC in London that the two terrorists will not be included in a possible list of Palestinian prisoners to be released in exchange for captive soldier Gilad Shalit, despite earlier reports
Despite Hamas declaration, Qassam hits Negev region
YNet News 23 Nov 2009 - Rocket fired about two days after terror groups in Gaza agree to halt cross-border fire lands in open area near Negev kibbutz. Official: We knew agreement wouldn't mark end to attacks
Netanyahu: No Shalit deal yet
YNet News 23 Nov 2009 - Amid reports of progress on deal for release of captive soldier, Prime Minister's Office stresses reports in foreign media 'not credible', says 'efforts continuously underway, out of media's sight'.' Netanyahu: Any deal will require cabinet's approval. Hamas delegation in Cairo to discuss deal
Senior Fatah figure banned from al-Aqsa for 6 months
YNet News 23 Nov 2009 - Hatem Abdel-Qader, who was arrested during recent east Jerusalem riots, says won't respect ban if it is aimed at 'making it easier for settlers' to take over Temple Mount
Palestinian 'community center' contests shutting down order
YNet News 23 Nov 2009 - East Jerusalem center closed due to intel saying it was used as meeting place for PFLP terrorists
Turkish FM: Crisis with Israel over
YNet News 23 Nov 2009 - After meeting Binyamin Ben-Eliezer in Ankara, Davutoglu says Turkey willing to resume role as mediator in Israel-Syria talks. Israeli minister: Turkey can help solve problems in Middle East'
Daily Star 23 Nov 2009 Iran on Sunday began large-scale air defense war games aimed at protecting its nuclear facilities from attack, state television reported, as an air force commander boasted the country could deter any military strike by Israel. It said the five-day drill would cover an area a third of the size of Iran and spread across the central, western and southern parts of the country.
Saudis assault Yemeni rebels, arrest scores of insurgents
Daily Star 23 Nov 2009 Saudi air force and artillery pounded Yemeni rebel hideouts to push the rebels away from its southwestern border and stop the war spilling into its territory, a Saudi security source said on Monday. The source said Saudi forces also detained scores of rebels during the military operation in the strategic Jabal Dukhan border area on Sunday., Saudi air force and artillery pounded Yemeni rebel hideouts to push the rebels away from its southwestern border and stop the war spilling into its territory, a Saudi security source said on Monday. The source said Saudi forces also detained scores of rebels during the military operation in the strategic Jabal Dukhan border area on Sunday.
Jordan's king orders early elections
Daily Star 23 Nov 2009 King Abdullah II of Jordan dissolved Parliament on Monday and ordered the holding of general elections two years early. In a royal decree, the king dissolved Parliament from Tuesday and instructed the government to take the necessary steps to organize the poll.
Mubarak warns Israel over Jerusalem construction
Daily Star 23 Nov 2009 Egypt's president on Sunday criticized Israeli construction in occupied East Jerusalem, telling his Israeli counterpart that settlement activity in the disputed sector of the holy city threatens to anger the entire Muslim world. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak emphasized to Israeli President Shimon Peres that the future of Jerusalem, which both Israelis and Palestinians claim as their capital.
Ahmadinejad seeks support for nuclear program during Brazil visit
Daily Star 23 Nov 2009 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Brasilia on Monday seeking support for his controversial nuclear program, the first leg of a South American tour that critics say could dent Brazil's ambitions on the global diplomatic stage. Opposition politicians in Brazil condemned the visit, citing concern over Iran's nuclear program, its denial of the Holocaust and human rights abuses.
Prisoner swap deal with Hamas closer as Israel softens terms
Daily Star 23 Nov 2009 Israel has softened its terms for a prisoner swap with Islamist group Hamas and the two enemies are nearing a deal to exchange hundreds of Palestinian inmates for an Israeli soldier held in the Gaza Strip, officials said on Monday. A delegation from Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, crossed into Egypt for a planned meeting with several Egyptian security officials in Cairo.
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - Hatem Abdelqader, the resigned minister of Jerusalem affairs, launched a scathing attack on the PA, saying it failed to achieve the national goals and became a burden on the Palestinian cause.
Int'l campaign holds IOA responsible for catastrophic water conditions
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - The international campaign to break the siege on Gaza Strip has held the IOA responsible for consequences of the worsening humanitarian and living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Strip.
IOA orders Palestinians to evacuate 25 apartments in north of Jerusalem
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - Palestinian sources reported that the IOA handed last night court orders to evacuate 25 Palestinian apartments in Samiramis area behind the segregation wall in Jerusalem.
Taha denies speaking to the media on prisoners' exchange deal
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - Ayman Taha, one of Hamas's leaders in Gaza, has denied telling anything about the prisoners' exchange deal between his Movement and Israel to any media outlet.
Blind prisoner exposed to harsh interrogation by Israeli officers
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - The information committee of Hamas in Israeli jails revealed that prisoner Obadah Bilal, who is a blind 30-year-old young man, has been exposed to harsh interrogation by Israeli officers.
Abbas's militias kidnap 5 Hamas supporters
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - Militias loyal to former PA chief Mahmoud Abbas kidnapped five Hamas supporters in Anabta village, Tulkarem district, over the past couple of days, locals reported.
Masri: The Palestinian pilgrims performing Hajj away from political differences
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - MP Mushir Al-Masri stated that the Palestinian pilgrims are performing their religious rituals away from the political differences between his Movement and Fatah faction.
Khudari asks donor countries to fulfill promises on reconstruction of Gaza
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - The head of the popular anti-siege committee, MP Dr. Jamal Al-Khudari, has asked the donor countries and governments to live up to their promises for reconstructing the Gaza Strip.
Haneyya meets Syrian artists, reiterates Keenness on national untiy
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - Premier Ismail Haneyya stated during his meeting with Syrian actors and film directors that the inter-Palestinian division is exceptional and that his government is keen on ending it.
Abu Obaida: No agreement with factions on halting missile fire
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - The armed wing of Hamas Movement, the Qassam Brigades, has denied reaching an agreement with other Palestinian factions to halt firing missiles at Israeli targets from the Gaza Strip.
LA Times 24 Nov 2009 - Israeli officials are tight-lipped as negotiators hammer out details in Cairo to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, being held by Hamas, in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. Expectations of a swap of hundreds of jailed Palestinian militants for an Israeli soldier held by Hamas soared Monday after some of the most promising signs of progress in years of negotiations.
Egypt's Nile Delta: Fertile land, but not for jobs
LA Times 23 Nov 2009 - Young men scatter from the area like seeds on the wind, taking what work they can get in neighboring countries, hoping to save enough, perhaps, for that apartment that would allow them to marry. The rice has been harvested, the chaff burned. It's time for planting winter wheat, seed sunk deep into new furrow, as white birds with razor beaks land on fields to feast.
Iran begins air-defense drills to protect nuclear sites
LA Times 23 Nov 2009 - Iran says Israel would pay a heavy price if the West launched airstrikes. Meanwhile, opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi praises anti-government protesters. Iran on Sunday launched what it described as its biggest air-defense drill ever with the aim of preparing to protect its nuclear sites from possible airstrikes as international talks to resolve the long stalemate over the nation's atomic research program falter.
Lula takes risk in welcoming Ahmadinejad to Brazil
LA Times 23 Nov 2009 - President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva may lose global influence by playing host to the Iranian leader, who is searching for new economic opportunities ahead of stiff sanctions the West has threatened. Reporting from Bogota, Colombia Borzou Daragahi, and Beirut -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives today in Brazil on a Latin American and African tour amid U.S. and domestic criticism that, by playing host, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is squandering his newfound global influence.
Sabbath protest in Jerusalem
LA Times 22 Nov 2009 - Thousands of the city's ultra-Orthodox Jews demonstrate at a new Intel chip factory that operates on Saturdays. About 3,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews demonstrated Saturday outside an Intel plant in Jerusalem to protest its operating on the Jewish Sabbath, an action they view as a desecration of the sanctity of the holy city.
Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza Strip
LA Times 22 Nov 2009 - The strikes targeted two weapons factories in central and northern Gaza and a smuggling tunnel under the border with Egypt, an Israeli army spokesman said. Israeli planes carried out airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip today, injuring seven people, Palestinian medical workers said.
New York Times 24 Nov 2009 - Hundreds of prisoners could be exchanged for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, and officials said the deal would likely include Marwan Barghouti, a popular West Bank leader.
11/23/2009 - Times of London - Israel and the Palestinians are close to reaching agreement on a prisoner swap that could mean freedom for an Israeli soldier held for more than three years in exchange for the release of nearly a thousand Palestinian militants. Gilad Schalit, the young Israeli corporal captured by Hamas in a cross-border raid in June 2006, could be freed as early as Friday, when Palestinians observe Eid al-Adha — a traditional period for amnesties. Among those expected to be released by Israel is Marwan Barghouti, a leading candidate to succeed the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, who has threatened to step down over a lack of progress in the peace process. Barghouti, the leader of the Fatah young guard, is serving multiple life sentences for murder and attacks on Israelis during the last intifada. Seen as a more militant leader, Barghouti is one of the few figures who may be able to bridge. . . .
Lieberman: After all the insults, Turkey can’t mediate Syria talks
11/22/2009 - Ha'aretz - Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday said Turkey could not resume mediating Israel-Turkey peace talks, shortly before another minister, Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, was reportedly set to propose that the country did exactly that. " Fuad's trip to Turkey is. . . an important trip, but has not been agreed upon by the Foreign Ministry," said Lieberman at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, referring to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor by his moniker. " After all of Turkey's insults and tongue-lashing against Israel, they can't be a mediator. " Tensions flared between the two countries in September after Turkey banned Israel from participating in a NATO air force drill. Ankara further strained relations last week when it refused to take off the air a television drama depicts Israeli soldiers killing Palestinian children. On Saturday, sources in Jerusalem said Ben-Eliezer was expected to propose. . . .
Palestinians looking to U.S.-style suburban housing, financing
11/23/2009 - Washington Post - The hills around this city have seen plenty of construction, often the distinctive red-roofed homes favored by Israeli settlers. But the bulldozers and laborers active here recently are laying foundations and building roads for a different type of development -- planned communities targeted to middle-income Palestinians, including one billed as the first "new city" for Palestinians in modern memory. These communities are patterned after American suburban development -- the new city, Rawabi, is specifically designed for upwardly mobile families of a sort that in the United States might gravitate to places such as Reston, Va. The developments are also relying on another American import, the home mortgage, including creation of a Fannie Mae-style institution for the West Bank. Though Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have stalled, Palestinian officials have put a focus on building the institutions of a future state. . . .
IOA orders Palestinians to evacuate 25 apartments in north of Jerusalem
11/23/2009 - Palestinian Information Center - OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- Palestinian sources reported that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) handed last night court orders to evacuate 25 Palestinian apartments in Samiramis area behind the segregation wall in the north of occupied Jerusalem. Hatem Abdelqader, the Palestinian Authority’s resigned minister of Jerusalem affairs (who seems to be still functioning in the position), said that a large number of Israeli troops and policemen along with an extremist Jewish figure known as Aryeh King stormed at night the neighborhood and handed the residents evacuation orders. Abdelqader noted that these apartments accommodate more than 200 individuals most of them are children and women. He said that according to the documents that the residents of these apartments received, the Israeli settlers claim ownership of 33 dunums of the Palestinian lands. . . .
Blind prisoner exposed to harsh interrogation by Israeli officers
11/23/2009 - Palestinian Information Center - OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- The information committee of Hamas in Israeli jails revealed Monday that prisoner Obadah Bilal, who is a blind 30-year-old young man, has been exposed to harsh interrogation by Israeli officers since he was transferred a week ago to Petah Tikva interrogation center where his wife is also detained. The committee said that after the kidnapping of Bilal’s wife last week, he was transferred from Negev prison to join his wife in Petah Tikva, where Israeli interrogators maltreated and physically assaulted him despite the fact that he cannot see. In another incident, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) prevented the mother of prisoner Hamza Qa’kour, an Islamic Jihad leader in Jenin, from visiting him in Shata prison and confiscated her visit permit which she obtained from the Red Cross without giving reasons.
NATO had better steer clear of Israel
Gilad Atzmon, Redress 11/23/2009
As a senior NATO official visits Israel to learn tricks of the killing trade to employ in Afghanistan, Gilad Atzmon warns that all the Israelis can offer NATO is the art of murdering civilians, and all NATO can look forward to in consequence is the prospect of war crimes charges.
"The IDF [Israel Defence Forces] didn’t win a single war since 1967. Yes, it murdered many civilians, it flattened many cities, it starved millions, it has been committing war crimes on a daily basis for decades and yet, it didn’t win a war. Thus, the IDF cannot really teach NATO how to win in Afghanistan. If NATO generals are stupid enough to follow IDF tactics, like the Israeli generals, they will start to see charges of war crimes pile up against them. They may even be lucky enough to share their cells with some Israelis in due course, once justice is done."
“Israel is the light onto the nations,” says the Torah. Indeed it is, and not just because the Torah says so. Israel is ahead of everyone else in many fronts. Take, for instance, terrorizing civilian populations and using some of the most devastating and murderous tactics against elderly people, women and the young.
The Jerusalem Post reported yesterday that the chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, visited Israel earlier this week to study “IDF tactics and methods that the military alliance can utilize for its war in Afghanistan”. A senior Israeli military official added: "The one thing on NATO’s mind today is how to win in Afghanistan... Di Paola was very impressed by the IDF, which is a major source of information due to our operational experience."
I would advise both the Israeli official and Admiral Di Paola to slightly curb their enthusiasm. The IDF didn’t win a single war since 1967. Yes, it murdered many civilians, it flattened many cities, it starved millions, it has been committing war crimes on a daily basis for decades and yet, it didn’t win a war. Thus, the IDF cannot really teach NATO how to win in Afghanistan.... more.. e-mail
Federation? Why not?
Uri Avnery, Ma’an News Agency 11/22/2009
Three days mark the 5th anniversary of the murder of Yasser Arafat, and bring back to me our last conversation at his Ramallah compound, a few weeks before his death.
It was he who brought up the idea of a threefold federation "“ Israel, Palestine and Jordan. "And perhaps Lebanon, too. Why not?" "“ the same as he did at our very first meeting, in Beirut, July 1982, in the middle of the war. He mentioned Benelux, the pact between Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg that predated the European Union.
Lately, the term "federation" has come into fashion again. Some people believe that it can serve as a kind of compromise between the "two-state solution," now a world-wide consensus, and the "one-state solution" that is popular in some radical circles. "Federation" sounds like a miracle: there will be both "two states for two peoples" and a single entity. Two in one, one in two.
The word "federation" does not frighten me. On the contrary, I was already using it in this context 52 years ago.
On 2 June 1957, my magazine, Haolam Hazeh, published the first detailed plan for an independent Palestinian state that would come into being next to Israel. The West Bank was then under Jordanian occupation and the Gaza Strip under Egyptian occupation. I proposed helping the Palestinians get rid of the occupiers. According to the plan, the two states, the Israeli and the Palestinian, would then establish a federation. I thought that its proper name should be "the Jordan Union". more.. e-mail
Saving Human Lives And Olive Trees In Palestine
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD, Desert Peace 11/22/2009
Today over 150 Palestinians and internationals participated in an activity to reclaim and plant olive trees on a threatened hill in an area called Um Salamuna. Um Salamuna already lost significant amount of its land to colonial Jewish-only settlements like Efrata and Migdal Oz.The wall that includes the settlements has not been completed in this area and is slated to zig-zag to capture the hill we worked on to add it to the colonial settlement area that is already stolen. The village is one of over 20 villages and towns in the Bethlehem area that lost land to these illegal colonial settlements. In total the Bethlehem district had already been shrunk to about 20% of its original size. This 20% is a concentration camp with few openings (that could be closed at whim by the colonial occupiers) but 97% of its residents (including me) are not even allowed into occupied Jerusalem (a mere five miles away). On my way out of the area, I stopped by to take some pictures and talk with some of the occupation soldiers. Most would not talk to me. A black (Ethiopian) soldier exchanged a few words with me before his officer came and ordered me not to talk to him or other soldiers (lest they get a glimpse of the war crimes they are engaged in!). I think these grass-root Palestinian activities are critical but they have to be far better organized, planned, and managed. There were no instructions and many of the volunteers did not know what to do. Representatives of the PA (Palestinian authority who a friend jokes as standing Public Announcement) spent much of their time talking to the media. I urged them to speak to the people assembled and to organize better/bigger activities and most importantly to participate themselves (and their security staff) in planting and in clearing the land of the rocks etc.
Many Palestinians want the PA to develop real influence instead of fictional authority under occupation (and we are here talking about both the West Bank and Gaza). They have lots of resources at their disposal: most of all people they could mobilize to organize and resist. Our options are not really restricted to endless useless negotiations or shooting home-made rockets.....
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Hebron's architecture of occupation
Electronic Intifada: 23 Nov 2009 - The word "revenge" is scrawled in Hebrew on a Palestinian school in Hebron in the occupied West Bank. The windows are covered with screens and the play yard obstructed with more screens tipped with barbed wire, to obstruct the stones regularly pelted down by Jewish settlers. Sarah Lazare and Clare Bayard write from Hebron, occupied West Bank.
Palestinian students cross barriers to discuss boycott
Electronic Intifada: 23 Nov 2009 - The right of Palestinian students to an education was the main theme of a video conference between students from the occupied Gaza Strip and the West Bank on 12 November 2009, sponsored by the al-Quds Bank for Culture and Information Society and Bethlehem University. Bianca Zammit reports for The Electronic Intifada.
South Africa deports Israeli airline official spying on citizens
Electronic Intifada: 23 Nov 2009 - South Africa deported an Israeli airline official last week following allegations that Israel's secret police, the Shin Bet, had infiltrated Johannesburg international airport in an effort to gather information on South African citizens, particularly black and Muslim travelers. Jonathan Cook reports.