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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
26 November, 2009


International Middle East Media Center

Gaza based Resistance groups fire home made shells into the Negev
IMEMC 26 Nov 2009 - Thursday November 26, 2009 - 17:32, Palestinian resistance fighters fired on Thursday five home made shells from Gaza at the Negev region, southern Israel.

Settlers take over 10 Acers of farm lands owned by Palestinian farmers in northern W.B
IMEMC 26 Nov 2009 - Thursday November 26, 2009 - 17:19, Israeli settlers took over on Thursday 10 Acers of lands owned by Palestinian farmers from Yannon village, northern West Bank.

Israeli soldiers kill a Palestinian man after stabbing two settlers
IMEMC 26 Nov 2009 - Thursday November 26, 2009 - 17:09, A Palestinian man was shot and killed on Thursday evening by an Israeli soldier after he stabbed two Israeli settlers in southern West Bank.

U.S Asked Israel To Release 1000 Fateh Detainees
IMEMC 26 Nov 2009 - Thursday November 26, 2009 - 11:45, Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Foreign Minister, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu fundamentalist party, stated that the United States asked Israel to release 1000 detainees of the Fateh movement, headed by Mahmoud Abbas.

Freeze Not Cease
IMEMC 26 Nov 2009 - Thursday November 26, 2009 - 00:52, Several fundamental Israeli ministers slammed Netanyahu’s temporary settlement freeze proposal, which was approved by his cabinet, and said that “that this issue a submission to the Palestinian demands”.

Netanyahu Announces 10 Months Settlement Freeze
IMEMC 26 Nov 2009 - Wednesday November 25, 2009 - 22:46, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that his government has decided on a 10-month freeze of construction in West Bank settlements,, The temporary 10 months freeze will not include settlements inside Jerusalem city or 3,000 homes under construction in West Bank settlements

Ma'an News

Palestinian shot in Hebron over alleged knife attack
11/26/2009 - Hebron - Ma'an - A Palestinian was shot and wounded after reportedly stabbing and injuring two Israelis outside the settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron on Thursday. The incident reportedly took place near a gas station at the entrance to the settlement. Reuters said witnesses saw the alleged attacker arrive at the station, after which Israeli media sources said he stabbed the owner of a convenience store and a woman. An Israeli military spokesman told Ma'an that after the two Israelis (one male, one female) were attacked, a soldier shot and injured the Palestinian, who was taken to Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital in Jerusalem. The spokesman was not able to say whether the soldier was on duty at the time. The wounded Palestinian was not immediately identified. A hospital spokeswoman, Yael Bosem-Levi, said the man was undergoing surgery for "serious" wounds. 

South Africa: Israeli policy reminiscent of apartheid
11/26/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The South African government urged Israel on Tuesday to end practices toward Palestinians that it said were reminiscent of its own history of apartheid. "We call upon the Israeli government to cease their activities that are reminiscent of apartheid forced removals and resume negotiations immediately," the government said in a statement. The unusually strong statement criticized the demolition of Palestinian houses and the expansion of Jewish-only settlement on land taken from Palestinians. "We condemn the fact that Israeli settlement expansion in East Jerusalem is coupled with Israel's campaign to evict and displace the original Palestinian residents from the City," the statement read. The statement also took note of US and European condemnations of Israel's latest plan to expand by 900 units the settlement of Gilo on Palestinian land south of Jerusalem. 

Senior Palestinian officials condemn Netanyahu’s proposal
11/26/2009 - Ramallah/Jerusalem - Ma'an - Following the chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat's announcement on Thursday that the Palestinian leadership rejected the Israeli Security Cabinet's decision to stall new settlement growth in the West Bank, excluding east Jerusalem, for a 10 month period, senior members of the PLO and PLC declared their support for the leadership's pronouncement, calling on key international figures to end Israeli settlement expansion in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Pursuing a policy of deception - Member of Fatah's Central Committee Mohammad Dahlan accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of pursuing a policy of deception, in news release issued on Thursday. Dahlan added that the Netanyahu's proposal for a 10-month settlement freeze in the West Bank was an erstwhile initiative, and could not be considered a standstill as it excludes east Jerusalem, stressing that ignoring the city will jeopardize the peace process. 

Gaza families upset at jilt from Jericho prisoners conference
11/26/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - The Gaza Committee of Parents of Detainees called the conference on Palestinian prisoners in Jericho a "great national step" in efforts to gain international recognition for the abuse of prisoners by Israeli officials, but expressed disappointment over their exclusion from the proceedings. Members of the Gaza delegation said they had been promised invitations by conference organizers, but said they never received any sort of request for their attendance. According to organizers however, the conference, which ended Wednesday, was not attended by any delegates from Gaza because they could not secure permits for travel to the West Bank. Delegates were frustrated with the lack of communication from the conference organizers, saying they were promised follow-up via the Ministry of Prisoners Affairs. 

Gunmen open fire on car of Nablus deputy governor
11/26/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - Unidentified gunmen opened fire on the car of Deputy Governor of Nablus Anan Al-Ateera in the Al-Mareej neighborhood in the west of the city in the early hours of Thursday morning. Palestinian security sources said no one was injured but noted that they were taking the attack very seriously. Officers said the attack was not likely politically motivated, but added that security services had opened an investigation. Al-Teera said she thought the shots outside her window were from Israeli forces in the city, but when she looked out her window she saw bullets hitting her 2009 Hundi, which had six or seven bullet marks when she inspected the vehicle. The deputy governor said the incident had strengthened her resolve to continue in the post, saying she wanted to continue to serve the people of Nablus. 

PA: Israeli troops detain three teens in north
11/26/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli forces detained three young Palestinians from Deir Estiyah in Salfit and another from Qalqilia on Thursday, aPalestinian Authority police said. The Deir Estiyah detainees were identified as Ahmad and Abdel Aziz Abu Hajlah, and Muhammad Sayel Abu Fares, all 15 years old. The PA report added that in Qalqilia, soldiers overran the city and detained Ala Abdullah Elayan. Israel's military said it detained two Palestinians during a cross-border raid southeast of Bethlehem on Wednesday night. The detainees were not immediately identified. Israel holds an estimated 10,000 Palestinians in its prisons. [end] 

One Gaza crossing opened
11/26/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli authorities opened the Kerem Shalom border crossing in Gaza, as the Karni and Nahal Oz crossings were closed on Thursday. Palestinian crossings official, Raed Fattuh, said that between 110-120 trucks of commercial produce and humanitarian aid would be allowed into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing. Israel opened the Kerem Shalom and Nahal Oz crossings on Wednesday while Nahal Oz remained closed. [end] 

Israel army vows to ease travel during holidays
11/26/2009 - Tel Aviv - Ma'an/IRIN - Israel's military announced Thursday that restrictions on West Bank Palestinians will be eased during the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha. According to the military, the following policies will be implemented beginning on Thursday morning, until Wednesday, 2 December: - Palestinians will be allowed to enter Israel to visit immediate family members; - Israeli citizens will be able to enter the city of Tulkarem by car via checkpoint 407; - Operating hours of the Awarta checkpoint, south of Nablus, will be extended to 10pm; - A roadblock on the Jenin-Tulkarem road will be removed to enable faster passage between the two cities; - A roadblock near the village of Dhahria will be removed, enabling quick transportation between the villages near the city of Hebron; - More than 50 roadblocks throughout the West Bank will be permanently. . . 

Gaza mortar shells land in Palestinian territory
11/26/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Two mortar shells fired from Gaza landed inside Palestinian territory on Thursday, according to Israel's military. A spokesperson said the military was able to confirm the two shells, both of which landed inside Gaza. There were no reports of casualties or damage. Palestinian paramilitary groups did not immediately claim responsibility for any shelling. [end] 

Chavez: Israel is a murderous arm of the Yankee empire
11/26/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez branded Israel a murderous extension of US power on Wednesday during a visit by Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "We know what the state of Israel stands for - a murderous arm of the Yankee empire," Chavez told joint a news conference, according to Reuters. "What the president of Israel said, we take as a threat. "Reuters also reported that Chavez and Ahmadinejad, on the last leg of a tour of three South American nations, hugged, held hands, and praised each other as fellow revolutionaries. Chavez severed ties with Israel last year over the three-week military offensive in Gaza that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians. Chavez denounced the campaign as a genocide. Palestinians killed nine Israelis during the conflict. The two leaders also signed a number of business and industrial projects. 

Erekat: Palestinian leadership rejects 'dangerous' Israeli proposal
11/26/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Palestinian leaders reject Wednesday's unilateral decision by the Israeli Security Cabinet to delay some new construction in West Bank settlements excluding East Jerusalem for ten months, PLO leader Saeb Erekat announced Thursday. Saeb Erekat, the PLO head negotiator, called on Washington to compel Israel to freeze construction completely so it will be possible to renew peace talks. Late Wednesday night officials in Erekat's office called the Israeli plan a diversion, "What Israel is talking about is a slowdown - not a freeze," one PLO official said. The official noted that Netanyahu's definition of a settlement freeze, in which synagogues, schools, and public facilities expand unabated in the West Bank, was not even being offered in East Jerusalem. Earlier Wednesday, the Israeli prime minister told his political-security cabinet that East Jerusalem would. . . 

Israelis tepid on settlement limits
11/26/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - The Israeli public - left, center-right, and right - expressed little support for the government's decision to slow settlement construction in the West Bank announced on Wednesday. The proposed 10-month settlement construction slowdown is, however, expected to pass through the country's cabinet meeting Sunday based on its full support by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Analysts say it was the leader's insistence that convinced 11 out of 14 members of the Security Cabinet to approve the proposal. The proposal is "one step in the fight direction," said Hagit Ofran, who directs a settlement monitoring project for the organization Peace Now, one day after the decision was announced, "but this government has shown it has many words and very little deeds," she couched, echoing statements from US special envoy George Mitchell. 

Obama stresses common origins in Eid Al-Adha message
11/26/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama extended his wishes to Muslims around the world on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha and the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca on Wednesday. The Hajj and Eid Al-Adha "both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world's major religions," Obama said in his message. "During Hajj, the world's largest and most diverse gathering, three million Muslims from all walks of life - including thousands of American Muslims - will stand in prayer on Mount Arafat," the president said, describing a key ritual taking place in Mecca on Thursday. "The following day, Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha and distribute food to the less fortunate to commemorate Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son out of obedience to God. 

Hamas leaders secretly return to Gaza after Damascus talks
11/26/2009 - Al-Arish - Ma'an - Members of the Hamas delegation sent to Damascus to discuss the Shalit prisoner release deal returned to Gaza on Thursday morning at dawn, according to Egyptian security sources. Egyptian security sources told Ma'an that the Egyptian authorities imposed secrecy on the delegation's return through the Rafah border crossing, which included senior Hamas officials Mahmoud Az-Zahhar, Khaled Abu Sido, Issam Rabbah, and Ashraf Saleh. Hamas leaders from Gaza were in Damascus on Tuesday after holding talks in Cairo with a German official who is mediating in the indirect negotiations with Israel. In Damascus, the Hamas delegation met with senior-most leader Khalid Mash'aland other top Hamas figures who are based their in exile, reportedly discussing whether to go forward with a deal in which resistance groups in Gaza would release caputred Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit held in the Strip in return for1,000 Palestinian prisoners. 

French humanitarian aid permitted into Gaza
11/26/2009 - Al-Arish - Ma'an - Egyptian authorities permitted the entry of humanitarian aid and stationary donated by French charities into the Gaza Strip via the Rafah border crossing on Wednesday evening, according to an official for the Arab Doctors' Union, Mustafa Tayeh. In an interview with Ma'an, Tayeh stated that numerous French charities had donated the consignment which included books, pens and school bags, to school children in the Gaza Strip, particularly those children with parents detained in Israeli jails. The French charities' donation included nine tons of medical equipment, which arrived along with the delivery of stationary. Tayeh added that 50 tons of meat for the Eid Al-Adha, donated by the Arab Doctors' Union, will be permitted into Gaza on the second day of the Muslim holiday, as a result of Palestinian and Egyptian coordination. 

Hamas: Return to peace talks would be a national crime
11/26/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - A return to the negotiations with Israeli would be a national crime, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said on Wednesday. "A return to the negotiating table is a national crime that Palestinians will surly reject," AbuZuhri said, reacting to an Israeli announcement of a curb on expansion of West Bank settlements. He also said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement of a freeze which excludes East Jerusalem, the Palestinian capital, is "meaningless. " The official further said the partial freeze amounted to an American capitulation to Israel, and proof that the US cannot be trusted to be an honest broker. Hamas rejects negotiations with Israel on principle, in contrast with its rival Fatah, which has pursued fruitless peace talks since 1991. Fatah's leadership, including President Mahmoud Abbas, are insisting on a total settlement freeze. . . 

PA minister: No peace deal without prisoner release
11/26/2009 - Jericho - Ma'an - Issa Qaraqe, the minister of detainees and detainees affairs, said on Thursday he would not sign a peace agreement with Israel until all Palestinian prisoners had been released from its jails. Speaking at an international conference in Jericho on the plight of Palestinian prisoners, Qaraqe said children and women in Israel's jails deserved the attention of the international community, which he urged to intervene. He also alleged that Palestinians suffer widespread torture and medical neglect, that the issue was at the top of President Mahmoud Abbas' agenda, and that there would never be a peace agreement with Israel that did not address detainees. Among the participants on Thursday were Sinn Féin member and former political prisoner Patrick Sheehan, former EU vice president Luisa Morgantini, UK lawyer and activist Liam Pepper, US ex-detainees activist Victoria. . . 

Israel pardons former Palestinian fighters
11/26/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an Exclusive - Israel has agreed to remove 26 former Palestinian fighters from its list of "wanted" men and relax restrictions on others, on the eve of the Muslim Eid Al-Adha holiday, Palestinian sources said on Thursday. The sources indicated that on Wednesday night the Palestinian Authority (PA) handed Israeli officials a list of 93 people it wants removed from the wanted list during a meeting. Israel agreed to fully pardon 26 of the men, and ease restrictions on the movement and rights of others. Twenty-six men who had to report to a PA compound to sleep at night will now be able to sleep at home. Seven will be released from the PA's Juneid prison, outside the West Bank city of Nablus. Since 2007 former Palestinian fighters signed "amnesty" agreements in which they would hand in their weapons, swear not to fight, and spend a term in a PA jail in exchange. . . 

Abbas plans to stay on until vote
11/26/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - President Mahmoud Abbas vowed on Wednesday to stay in office until elections can be held, but reiterated that he will not seek another term. "At any time we have the election I will go away and will not run," Abbas told reporters in the Chilean capital Santiago, according to Reuters. "If there will be any consensus between us and Hamas after one month or two months, we are ready. . . to conduct the elections immediately," he was also quoted as saying in Chile, on the last leg of a South American tour designed to build diplomatic support. The pronouncement laid to rest speculation that Abbas could quit before an election is held, creating a power vacuum. Abbas' term officially ended in January 2009, but the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah extended his presidency in a move opponents denounced as unconstitutional. 

Expired olive oil and produce confiscated in Hebron
11/26/2009 - Hebron - Ma'an - Palestinian officials confiscated 50 containers of expired olive oil and a significant quantity of expired produce in downtown Hebron, according to the Committee of Local Market Officials on Thursday. The committee, consisting of various Ministry of Economy departments including the Department of Consumer Protection and the Economic Department of the Palestinian security police, conducted an investigation into the produce sold in Hebron markets to ensure that groceries were consumable for the Eid Al-Adha holiday, the committee told Ma'an. The committee added that they will further investigate all Hebron markets on Thursday to guarantee the Palestinian consumer is not at risk of consuming perished produce. The inquiry follows a long line of similar inspections conducted across the West Bank where large quantities of expired goods have been confiscated by the Ministry of Economy. 

Haniyeh: No return to unity talks after Eid
11/26/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - De facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh told a visiting Swiss delegation on Friday there would be no return to Hamas-Fatah unity talks following the Eid Al-Adha holiday. The announcement followed long on the heels of reports in October that Fatah and Hamas would be invited back to Cairo to continue unity talks. Rumors about "going back to dialogue after the Eid are only media reports; until now and we have not received any official invitation," Haniyeh told the civilian delegation. The last talks fell apart, ending with Fatah signing the Egyptian plan as the UN Human Rights Council debated whether or not to accept the Palestinian Authority plea to hold a vote on the postponed Goldstone report. Hamas officials refused to sign the document, saying it prefered to register some reservations before signing. 

Independent: West Bank, Gaza political detainees to be freed for Eid
11/26/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Representative of independent Palestinians Yasser Al-Wadiyeh said the de facto Gaza and West Bank caretaker governments agreed to release some detainees affiliated with their rival party ahead of the Muslim Eid Al-Adha. Al-Wadiyeh said the promises from both governments came after "continuous efforts of the independent personalities" in both Palestinian areas. The spokesman said he had also secured a list of names of those prisoners who would be released. [end] 

Hamas visits 35,000 Gaza homes to deliver Eid chocolate
11/26/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Hamas officials spent the day visiting the homes of 35,000 families in the refugee camps of the central Gaza Strip on the occasion of the first day of the Eid celebrations, project organizers said. "We expected no success other than making thousands of Palestinians happy," organizer Ismail Ad-Derawi said of the chocolate project. Chocolate is one of the banned items Israel prohibits from entering the Gaza, and most of the available sweets in the Strip are smuggled in via the southern tunnel system, making it too expensive for average families. Locals in the camps said Hamas officials distributed the chocolate to all families regardless of political affiliation. Officials declined to comment on the total volume of chocolate distributed. 

Hajj and Eid Al-Adha
11/26/2009 - PHOTOS - Millions of Muslims of Muslims perform the Hajj, a pilgrimage to the holy shrines in Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia every year. Muslims who can afford to are obligated to make the journey at least once in their lifetime. For Palestinians living under occupation in the West Bank and siege in Gaza, the Hajj can be a rare chance to travel. This year rival Fatah and Hamas authorities cooperated, allowing thousands from Gaza to make the journey. This year Ma'an photographer Khaleel Reash joined the thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza who journeyed to Mecca and Medina, and captured scenes of the holy rites. [end] 

Ha'aretz Defense page

Two Israelis stabbed near Hebron; attacker shot
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - Palestinian stabs, lightly hurts Israelis in West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba; IDF launches probe. 

IDF foils terror attack along Egypt border
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - Infiltrator carrying bomb flees to Egypt; Gaza militants fire 5 mortars into Negev, causing no injuries. 

Report: Lebanon says Hezbollah has right to fight Israel
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - New cabinet has agreed on a policy statement acknowledging Hezbollah's right to bear arms against Israel. 

Report: IDF troops allegedly abused comrade for eight months
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - Kfir Brigade soldier nicknamed 'punching bag' beaten, humiliated on almost daily basis, reports Israel Radio. 

Mumbai commemorates first anniversary of city-wide attacks
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - 166 people were killed in near-simultaneous attacks on hotels, train station and Chabad house. 

Report: Lebanese man charged with spying for Israel
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - Pan-Arab paper says Osama Berri admitted to being in contact with Israeli intelligence since 1990. 

Report: Israel will release Barghouti in Shalit deal
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - Arab paper: Swap to take place next week; Hamas defers Shalit talks, dashing hopes of quick deal. 

U.S. may allow Israeli upgrades to F-35 fighter jet
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - An order from Israel has been delayed for months because of discussions on the issue of Israeli systems. 

Barak: Israel to target Lebanon if Hezbollah escalates tension
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - Defense Min. says Israel does not accept that a militia like Hezbollah sits in Lebanon government. 

Iran official warns Russia of legal action over S-300 missiles
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - Tehran has voiced growing irritation at Moscow's failure to supply it with the S-300 missile defense system. 

Abbas: Palestinians won't launch new intifada, despite frustration
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - 'We will not go back to an intifada because we have suffered too much,' says Abbas in Argentina. 

Wary of pro-settler protest, IDF strip-searches troops at ceremony
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - IDF wary soldiers to declare refusal to evacuate settlements as soldiers from the Kfir Brigade did. 

IDF planes attack Gaza arms depot and smuggling tunnels
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - The rocket attacks violated an agreement over the weekend by militant factions in Gaza to halt them. 

Netanyahu: We'll have public and Knesset debates on Shalit swap
Ha'aretz 26 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 26 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 26 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 26 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 26 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 26 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 26 Nov 2009 - Religious Zionist rabbis hold meeting to discuss ways of bolstering refusal to evacuate settlements. 


[] Israel okays 28 new settlement buildings, despite freeze
Uruknet November 27, 2009 - Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday ordered the IDF to issue a temporary freeze order, but at the same time allowed the construction of 28 new public buildings in settlements. Meanwhile, Haaretz has learned that the state is expected to ask the Supreme Court for more time to evacuate illegal outposts. The State Attorney's Office is...

[] Iran nuclear inquiry at 'dead end'
Uruknet November 26, 2009 - An investigation into whether Iran was seeking to build nuclear weapons has reached "a dead end", the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has told members of the UN body. Mohamed ElBaradei, the director-general of the IAEA, made the remarks at a meeting of the group's governors in Vienna, where a resolution demanding Tehran...

[] International Palestine Solidarity Day marked with an urgent call for the international community to stop aiding and abetting Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people
Uruknet November 26, 2009 - To mark this year's UN's International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) on Tuesday 24th hosted a meeting in the House of Commons on the subject of the implementation of the Goldstone Report, bringing Israeli War Criminals to justice and ending the siege on Gaza. One common theme which underpinned...

[] Help save the Palestinian village of Lifta from total destruction
Uruknet November 26, 2009 - Lifta, a most picturesque Palestinian village, lies on the slopes of West Jerusalem below the highway linking it to Tel-Aviv. It has been abandoned since the invading Hagana underground forces backed by the Stern Gang drove the last of its Palestinian inhabitants in 1948 during the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. It was the one single event...

[] Law and Order: The Systematic Use of Administrative Detainment by Israel
Uruknet November 26, 2009 - The recent media attention concerning ongoing negotiations between Israel and Hamas for the release of the captured soldier Gilad Shalit and the exchange of Palestinian prisoners obscures the historical and contemporary reality of routine imprisonment without trial, illegal detainment, human rights abuses and the discriminatory application of law by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian territory. It...

[] USPCN stands with African American activists against Israeli racism
Uruknet November 26, 2009 - Israel's appalling denial of entry to Palestine for African American activists Dhoruba Bin Wahad and Naji Mujahid comes as no surprise. The state of Israel, inherently racist and exclusionary, has always found common cause with other racist regimes around the world. It was a major military supporter of the South African apartheid regime when that regime...

[] Gaza: one year later, young fisherman still trying to heal 
Uruknet November 26, 2009 - Just as his leg was healing from a gaping bullet wound in his calf, Mohammed Musleh broke it, setting his healing back. Although the re-break happened in April, now in November his leg is still in metal braces. Musleh was initially wounded early in the morning of 5 October 2008 when Israeli soldiers shot at him...

[] Iran seizes Nobel winner Shirin Edabi's medal
Uruknet November 26, 2009 Iran's regime has confiscated the Nobel peace medal and diploma of Shirin Ebadi, the human rights lawyer who is one of its most potent and outspoken critics. Her bank account has also been frozen on the pretext that she owes $410,000 in tax. The seizure of the award, unprecedented in its108-year-old history, caused outrage in Olso where...

[] PA: Netanyahu deceiving world with building freeze
Uruknet November 26, 2009 - A Palestinian Authority official said Thursday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement on a 10-month settlement construction freeze were a show and manipulation aimed at deceiving the international community. Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary-general of the Palestinian Liberation Organization's Executive Committee, told a press conference in Ramallah that there was nothing new in Netanyahu's statement. "It was...

[] The Paucity of Hope
Uruknet November 26, 2009 - ....Things could not seem worse during the Bush administration for the Palestinians, so Obama was an improvement before his first day in office. Many Palestinians felt President Obama would carry out an evenhanded policy for the first time. His lofty and populist rhetoric during the campaign resonated with a people long trying to appeal to a...

[] The Paucity of Hope" by Yousef Munayyer
Uruknet November 26, 2009 - ....Things could not seem worse during the Bush administration for the Palestinians, so Obama was an improvement before his first day in office. Many Palestinians felt President Obama would carry out an evenhanded policy for the first time. His lofty and populist rhetoric during the campaign resonated with a people long trying to appeal to a...

[] Palestinian woman suffers a stroke after settlers invade her family's house in Sheikh Jarrah
Uruknet 26 November 2009 - On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 1:00am, five settlers and settler security, who are currently occupying the Gawi family house in Sheikh Jarrah, attempted to take over a section of a house belonging to the Palestinian al-Kurd family. The Israeli police were alerted immediately, however, before they managed to arrive, the settlers started attacking the Palestinians...

Palestine Telegraph

Gazan infant diagnosed with brittle bone disease
Gaza Strip, November 26, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Gaza health officials have diagnosed a Palestinian baby girl with a rare condition caused by a genetic mutation in the production of collagen, commonly called brittle bone disease. "About 10 days after her birth, while her mother was changing her clothes, I noticed a fracture like that of a pencil tip in...

For Gaza's Homeless, Eid is a Time of Despair
Gaza, November 26, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - In the days leading up to Eid al-Adha, Zaid Khadar would usually be buying new clothes for his children and stocking up on traditional foods to celebrate one of the most important dates on the Muslim calendar.

Children in Occupied Gaza, living in Containers as Israeli siege continues
Gaza, November 26, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - A tent, a container, and a lot of wood suspended in the air by a metal column: who can imagine this as a home? Nobody. And before the Gaza War, neither could Om Ramadan.

Death Penalty: A State Of Assassins !!!
There’s a worldwide debate over the “legality” of Death Penalty, Execution or Capital Punishment as it is referred to in the different legal systems. There are people and organizations who support capital punishment and even with increasing its rates and the legislation that widens its range alleging that it deters and reduce capital crimes within the society. However, others, people...

Marking 60th anniversary of UNRWA: Report and Study to be released
US, November 25, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - The Palestinian Return Center (PRC) continues its preparations for the upcoming International Conference, UNRWA and the Future of Palestinian Refugees, which will highlight the Performance of UNRWA through studies conducted by PRC.

The National

Hamas and Fatah wage rivalry on Gaza’s walls
The National 26 Nov 2009 - Each Palestinian faction has its own team of graffiti artists, hand-picked by its leaders, stalking the streets and spread the message of the day.

Lives changed in wake of terror
The National 26 Nov 2009 - Since India’s version of 9/11 left almost 200 dead after a series of attacks, security has been substantially tightened across India.

Netanyahu to restrict West Bank settlements
The National 26 Nov 2009 - The Israeli prime minister announces a restriction on construction of settlements in the West Bank for 10 months.

Bad blood between Egypt and Algeria runs deeper than football
The National 26 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.

Yemenis protest against Iran for alleged support of rebels
The National 26 Nov 2009 - Sana’a faces growing demands to break off relations with Tehran, as fighting continues between the army and al Houthi insurgents in northern provinces.

The legal legacy of a ‘hedonist’
The National 26 Nov 2009 - In an unprecedented case, the former prime minister Ehud Olmert faces trial for graft, while some of his ministers have been sentenced.

Dark waters
The National 26 Nov 2009 - World Sign of a self-determined Egypt, tool of foreign profiteers, emblem of a populist movement, and reminder of its failure – 150 years after work began on the Suez Canal, Maria Golia tallies the project’s many faces.


Iran nuclear inquiry at 'dead end'
AlJazeera 26 Nov 2009 - UN body set to table resolution demanding Tehran abandon Qom atomic facility.

Palestinians reject Israeli offer
AlJazeera 26 Nov 2009 - Fatah says Israel's 10-month settlement suspension move is "nothing new".

Gaddafi to mediate in football row
AlJazeera 25 Nov 2009 - Libyan leader to calm tension between Algeria and Egypt after World Cup matches.

Alternative Information Center

Tainted Cement: BDS Campaign Against CRH Irish Construction Company’s Business Dealings with Israeli Company That Exploits Resources on Occupied Lands
Alternative Information Center 25 Nov 2009 - On 15 November, hundreds gathered in Dublin, Ireland for a demonstration against the CRH Irish construction company. The demonstration was organized by the Irish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (IPSC). CRH owns 25% of Mashav (“resource” in Hebrew),...

Palestine News Network

Three Palestinians Wounded In An Israeli Air Strike In Rafah
PNN 24 Nov 2009 - Palestinian medical sources reported on Tuesday morning that three Palestinians suffered mild-to-moderate wounds after the Israeli Air Force shelled the ‘Tunnels Area’ in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The wounded residents were moved to a local hospital while dozens of residents rushed out of their homes fearing additional strikes. In related news, the Israeli Air Force bombarded a...

Jerusalem Post

IAEA chief: Iran probe at 'dead end'
Jeruslalem Post 26 Nov 2009 - Near end of tenure, ElBaradei slams Teheran for withholding information about Qom nuclear reactor.

Website for Anglos launched in Haifa
Jeruslalem Post 26 Nov 2009 - is a guide for English-speakers in Haifa and around Israel.

Ayalon: Today's UN wouldn't form Israel
Jeruslalem Post 26 Nov 2009 - Former envoy to the UN Dore Gold: "The UN now seeks to undermine the legitimacy of the state."

Bomber may have been heading for Eilat
Jeruslalem Post 26 Nov 2009 - IDF troops detonate explosives after bomber is spotted and flees; two women stabbed in Kiryat Arba.

Ninety Fatah terrorists 'pardoned'
Jeruslalem Post 26 Nov 2009 - Fugitives are allowed to move freely in Palestinian cities but must refrain from terrorist activity.

Philanthropic portal to raise funds for Israel's charities
Jeruslalem Post 26 Nov 2009 - IsraelGives promises to reduce reliance on major donors by increasing access to micro-donors.

PA intensifies attacks on settlement freeze
Jeruslalem Post 26 Nov 2009 - Castigates US, and renews call for E. J'lem freeze.

Fertility doctors return to Israel
Jeruslalem Post 26 Nov 2009 - Levitt, Ziskind were arrested and held in Romania on suspicion of illegal activities in fertility clinic.

2 lightly hurt in Hebron terror attack
Jeruslalem Post 26 Nov 2009 - Attacker wounded after stabbing man, woman in Kiryat Arba; Ben Ari: It's payback for PM's freeze offer.


ISRAEL-OPT: Travel restrictions eased
IRIN TEL AVIV Thursday, November 26, 2009 (IRIN) - The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has announced that restrictions on the West Bank's population in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) will be eased during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha between 26 November and 2 December.

MIDDLE EAST/ASIA: Crunching the swine flu numbers 
IRIN DUBAI Wednesday, November 18, 2009 (IRIN) - More people have died from H1N1 influenza in Iran than in any of the 22 countries in the World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Region, according to WHO’s 14 November update.

SYRIA: Drought response faces funding shortfall 
IRIN DAMASCUS Tuesday, November 24, 2009 (IRIN) - With a few weeks left before the end of this year’s planting season, UN officials have raised concerns over the lack of funds to help drought-hit farmers and herders in northeastern Syria.

Inter Press Service

BRAZIL-IRAN: New Boost to South-South Diplomacy 
IPS RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 24 (IPS) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial visit to Brazil further underscored the independence of this country's diplomacy, and gave Tehran a chance to defend its points of view on the construction of a lasting peace in the Middle East.

MIDEAST: Settlements "Moratorium" Still Short of Freeze 
IPS WASHINGTON, Nov 25 (IPS) - U.S. special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed an announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday that Israel will impose a 10-month "moratorium" on settlements, but warned that the move falls short of a freeze on...

Stop The Wall

Jayyus still held hostage by invasions
Stop The Wall - 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. [
Stop The Wall - On 23 November 2009, after 61 days of detention for the purpose of interrogation by Israeli Security Agency officers, human rights defender Mohammad Othman received his first administrative detention order. The administrative detention order is set for a three month period, during which time Mohammad will be held without charge or trial. The judicial review of the order is scheduled to take place on 25 November at the Military Court of Administrative Detainees in Ofer Military Base. [

PCHR Weekly Report

(25-11-2009) Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

International Solidarity Movement

Palestinian woman suffers a stroke after settlers invade her family’s house in Sheikh Jarrah
11/27/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 1:00am, five settlers and settler security, who are currently occupying the Gawi family house in Sheikh Jarrah, attempted to take over a section of a house belonging to the Palestinian al-Kurd family. The Israeli police were alerted immediately, however, before they managed to arrive, the settlers started attacking the Palestinians living in the house. One settler violently pushed a member of the al-Kurd family, Maysa, against a wall and thereafter grabbed her son, Munjad, by the lapel. After their arrival and a long discussion with the al-Kurd family concerning the legal status of the house, the Israeli police reluctantly escorted the settlers out. As a result of the tumult, Refka Kurd, 85, suffered a stroke. She was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition. This is the third settler incursion into the al-Kurd family house in. 

Israeli military confiscates electricity pylons; Palestinians prohibited from improving quality of life
11/26/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Christian Peacemaker Teams and Operation Dove, 25 November - At-Tuwani, South Hebron hills - On Wednesday, 25 November, the Israeli military and police removed and confiscated two standing electricity pylons from the village of At-Tuwani. The electricity pylons had been installed bythe villagers of At-Tuwani in an effortto connect to the electrical grid in Yatta, a Palestinian city to the north. The Israeli military declared the area around the pylons a closed military zone in an attempt to prevent Palestinians and international activists from obstructing or documenting the confiscation. Nonetheless, dozens of villagers came out in protest, and barricaded a police jeep from entering the village. Despite a recent visit by Tony Blair, the Quartet's special Middle East envoy, in which Blair assured villagers of At-Tuwani that the Israeli authorities gave oral permission to carry out the. . . . 

Extensive Israeli campaign against Palestinian civil construction activities in Area C
11/26/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, 19 November - New demolition orders issued against 60 Palestinian houses, apartments and other civilian facilities in the West Bank - Israeli Occupation Forces have escalated their systematic campaign against Palestinian civilian construction activities in areas under their full control according to the Oslo Accords signed by the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1993. Areas classified as Areas C in the West Bank are currently subjected to extensive Israeli campaigns aimed at undermining the Palestinian presence. Israel is also expanding construction activities in settlements and the annexation of new areas of Palestinian lands in Area C, including occupied East Jerusalem and its surroundings. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns all these measures taken by Israel and stresses the legal status of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). 

Residents of Salim demonstrate against the occupation and its consequences on Palestinian villages
11/26/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 22 November - On Sunday about 90 demonstrators gathered in the village of Salim near Nablus to show support of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and to protest the occupation and its consequences for Palestinian villages such as Salim. UNSC Resolution 1325 addresses the impact of conflict on girls and women, and calls for extra protection of women in conflict areas. The demonstration began at the center of the villages and from here the demonstrators walked out to some of the houses near road 557 that have received demolition orders. Here speeches were given by local politicians, representatives from women groups in the area, family members of martyrs and a representative of the present international groups. The settler-only road 557 near the village of Salim leads to the settlement Elon Moreh and cuts up the village's land, and in addition to this, the army has. . . . 

Israeli police escalate harassment of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah
11/23/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 21 November - In the past few days, Israeli police have twice harassed Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem. First, in the evening of Thursday 19 November 2009, an Israeli police officer threatened to murder Saleh Diab, who's family is at risk of being evicted from their home in Sheikh Jarrah. The situation arose when Palestinians in the neighbourhood gathered around a concussion suffering victim of a fight between two Palestinians, and an ambulance and three police vehicles arrived at the scene. The police talked to Palestinians in the crowd and after a while grabbed Saleh (who was not involved in the fight) by the arm and took him away from the crowd to behind their vehicle as if they intended to arrest him. An international activist following Saleh to observe his treatment was instructed by the police to back well away. The police then talked to Saleh before releasing him. According to Saleh, one of the police officers said that he would kill Saleh. 

8216; Settlement freeze’ won’t bring about peace
11/27/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Akiva Eldar, Haaretz - Newspaper headlines across the world this morning will trumpet the courageous and unprecedented initiative of Israel's prime minister. Who could have imagined that the right-wing leader Benjamin Netanyahu and the settler Avigdor Lieberman would lend a hand to freezing settlement construction? How the settlers' fuses will blow. Now Daniel Ben Simon can end his love affair with the Labor rebels and go back to being faithful to Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Indeed, from Israel's point of view, the government took a major step yesterday. Prime Minister Netanyahu says the move is designed to return the Palestinians to the peace talks. If this is really his intention, the prime minister has managed (temporarily) to pass the hot potato to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. No peace process will come out of it. 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Two documents handwritten by Kafka sold at Swiss auction
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - BERLIN - While a legal battle is still underway in Israel over the fate of Franz Kafka's manuscripts in Tel Aviv, two documents in the noted author's own hand were auctioned off Thursday in Basel, Switzerland. ... 

Despite delays, Arab media report progress in Shalit talks 
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - Hamas' decision to put its response to the Shalit deal on hold has temporarily suspended negotiations and dashed Israeli hopes for an agreement by the end of this week. ... 

Israel wages campaign to win support for settlement freeze
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - The Foreign Ministry on Thursday instructed its delegates abroad to work to gain international support for the 10-month freeze on West Bank settlement construction announced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. ...

Likud Min.: We are in the hands of a terrible U.S. government 
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday denounced the negative remarks made by Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat (Likud) about the Obama administration. ...

European Jews ask Russia to mark Holocaust memorial day
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - European Jews asked Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday if his country would observe International Holocaust Day starting from next year. ...

The Guardian

The Golan Heights' long wait | Simon Tisdall
The Guardian 26 Nov 2009 - The city of Quneitra is preserved in devastation as attempts to improve Syria's relations with its neighbours and the US stall Little has changed in the ruined city of Quneitra , former capital of the Syrian Golan...

Letters: Threat of war in the Middle East
The Guardian 26 Nov 2009 - With the western allies having been entangled in two destructive and illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Benny Morris ( Obama's nuclear spring , 24 November) is eager and willing to start a third one. The history professor...

Israel's occupation, linked by rail | Seth Freedman
The Guardian 26 Nov 2009 - The Jerusalem light railway is set to link to illegal settlements such as French Hill. Palestinians need help stopping it The architects of Israel's occupation of the West Bank are highly skilled at the art of...

Israel is Europe's blind spot | Isi Leibler
The Guardian 26 Nov 2009 - Many have been seduced by a false Islamic narrative. In fact, the more concessions Israel makes, the more it is attacked I recently met with a group of Australian journalists, including editors of some of the...

Israel offers partial halt to West Bank settlement building
The Guardian 25 Nov 2009 - Netanyahu says proposed 10-month halt is 'far-reaching and painful step' but Palestinians dismiss offer as insufficient Israel tonight proposed a 10-month partial halt to settlement building on the occupied West Bank as a prelude to restarting...

Hamas officials hold talks on Shalit prisoner swap deal
The Guardian 24 Nov 2009 - Reports say deal to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in return for release of Palestinian prisoners may be close at hand Ian Black: deal could herald big breakthrough Senior figures from the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas...

Netanyahu's Syrian distraction | Chris Phillips
The Guardian 24 Nov 2009 - France-brokered talks between Syria and Israel are unlikely to provide an avenue for peace neither is offering anything new A glimmer of hope in the moribund Middle East peace process surfaced in Paris recently when Nicolas...

Israeli prisoner swap with Hamas could herald big Middle East breakthrough
The Guardian 24 Nov 2009 - Deal for captive soldier Gilad Shalit may include return of the one man able to rebuild Fatah and unite the Palestinians: Marwan Barghouti Prisoner exchanges have been part of the terms of trade of the Middle...

Obama's nuclear spring | Benny Morris
The Guardian 24 Nov 2009 - An Israeli attack on Iran's atomic weapons plants rests on one thing the US president's approval The talk in Israel, explicit and open including in the country's leading daily, Haaretz , last week is about a war...

Ha'aretz National page

Gag order leads media to shy away from Katsav rape trial coverage
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - Former president Moshe Katsav is scheduled to take the witness stand in his trial on charges of rape and indecent acts against female employees in his office on January 5. However, the public may not be allowed to hear his testimony as the trial, already in its third month, has been held behind closed doors and there is a gag order on testimony. ... 

Left-wing radio caller ordered to compensate rightist for on-air insult
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - A left-wing activist from Ramat Gan never dreamed that a comment he made on a radio chat show a year and a half ago would cost him NIS 40,000 in compensation fees, for insulting a right-wing activist. ... 

Nazareth toddler third Israeli to die after receiving swine flu vaccination 
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - A toddler from Nazareth died Thursday at home, three days after receiving a swine flu vaccination at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. ... 

The Golan is moving closer to Israel, geologists say 
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - It is difficult to know whether the Golan Heights will be Israeli or Syrian territory in the future. However, one thing scientists at the Geological Survey of Israel can tell us is that for the past million years, the Golan has been moving slowly toward Israel. ... 

ANALYSIS / Is Netanyahu positioning himself to be the next Ariel Sharon?
Ha'aretz 26 Nov 2009 - These days are especially tough for Benjamin Netanyahu - perhaps his roughest since returning to the prime minister's office eight months ago. Ministers and confidants describe him as a man who hardly recognizes himself in the mirror anymore. ... 

Relief Web

OPT: Protection of civilians weekly report, 18 - 24 Nov 2009
Relief Web 26 Nov 2009 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OPT: Three hurt in knife, gun attack at WBank settlement
Relief Web 26 Nov 2009 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet

Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP): Appeal 2010 for occupied Palestinian territory
Relief Web 26 Nov 2009 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

For Gaza's homeless, holiday is time for despair
Relief Web 26 Nov 2009 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet

OPT: Following the Goldstone Report - Adalah, Al Mezan and Al Haq submit new complaints and demands to Israel for criminal investigations into suspected war crimes in Gaza 
Relief Web 26 Nov 2009 - Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights

OPT: Refugee stories - 'We were like birds in the cage' Al- Tanf graduation ceremony
Relief Web 26 Nov 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

YNet News

PA was informed in advance of settlement freeze
YNet News 26 Nov 2009 - Ynet learns Israel, Palestinians conducting talks in secret so as not to draw criticism against Abbas, Fayyad; officials in Jerusalem estimate PA will announce return to negotiation table within a few weeks. Jordan says West Bank construction freeze 'insufficient' 

Palestinians say Israel pardoned 92 wanted Fatah men
YNet News 26 Nov 2009 - In apparent bid to bolster Abbas' regime ahead of possible release of hundreds of Hamas prisoners as part of Shalit deal, Israel grants amnesty to dozens of al-Aqsa Brigades men 

Large bomb seized near Egyptian border; terrorist escapes 
YNet News 26 Nov 2009 - IDF reservists spot man approaching border with rucksack, order him to stop; terrorist gets rid of 15-kilogram bomb, flees scene 

Yesha Council: West Bank construction freeze illegitimate 
YNet News 26 Nov 2009 - Construction beyond Green Line continues despite government's decision to enforce 10-month freeze. 'If we don't build now, permits will be put on hold or lost,' say right-wing sources 

Lebanon acknowledges Hezbollah's right to use arms against Israel
YNet News 26 Nov 2009 - New Lebanese cabinet agrees on policy recognizing Shiite group's right to use weapons against 'any future aggression by Israel' 

5 mortars hit Negev region; no injuries 
YNet News 26 Nov 2009 - Despite Hamas' reported agreement between Gaza factions to halt attacks on Israel, five shells land in Negev region; no injuries, damage reported. Eshkol Council head: Maybe they were only referring to Qassams 

2 Israelis lightly hurt in West Bank stabbing attack
YNet News 26 Nov 2009 - Israeli man, woman sustain light injuries after being stabbed by terrorist near a 'Paz' gas station in West Bank town of Kiryat Arba. Assailant in critical condition after being shot by soldier. 'This is the result of government's weak policy,' Jewish settlement spokesman says 


Olive harvest 2009: army better prepared
25 Nov 2009 - This year, security forces were better prepared to protect farmers from settler violence during the olive harvest in the West Bank. However, they continued to limit Palestinian farmers' access to land lying near settlements or on the other side of the Sep

Daily Star

'Unconcerned' Israel snubs Palestinians' moratorium rejection
Daily Star 26 Nov 2009 Israel's foreign minister Thursday shrugged off the Palestinian dismissal of a 10-month moratorium on some building in illegal West Bank settlements, saying winning international support was more important. "The last thing that should interest us is the Palestinians' concern. Before the Palestinian issue, what should interest us is our friends in the world," Avigdor Lieberman told Israel Radio.

World powers press Iran to mothball Fordow site
Daily Star 26 Nov 2009 Six world powers are demanding Iran immediately mothball a uranium enrichment site it hid for years in a resolution to be voted on by UN nuclear agency governors, calling it a message to Tehran to change its ways. Diplomats forecast the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) would approve the resolution in a vote in Vienna Thursday or Friday, in its first action against Iran in almost four years.

Rabbis maintain senior Israeli Army officers contaminated by politics
Daily Star 26 Nov 2009 Israelis were perturbed when new recruits at a recent passing-out parade at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the remains of Judaism's holiest site, suddenly unfurled banners reading, "Our Sons Do Not Evacuate Jews." The concern became more acute last week. After the demolition of two hilltop settler houses in the occupied West Bank.

Leading Iran reformist faces six-year jail sentence
Daily Star 26 Nov 2009 An Iranian court has sentenced leading reformist Behzad Nabavi to six years in prison for his part in June demonstrations but freed him on bail pending a possible appeal, his lawyer said Thursday. It was the latest in a string of tough jail terms handed down against prominent critics of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over the mass protests that broke out after his disputed re-election.

Israel-Hamas prisoner-swap talks on hold until Tuesday
Daily Star 26 Nov 2009 Indirect talks between Israel and the Hamas movement over a prisoner exchange have been suspended until Tuesday, a Palestinian official said. "Negotiations - will resume after Eid al-Adha in Cairo on Tuesday," the official told AFP on Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Maliki warns election dispute poses risks to security
Daily Star 26 Nov 2009 Iraq's prime minister on Thursday warned that a political dispute likely to postpone January elections was a threat to security, but said American troops would not have to delay their timetable for leaving because of the vote. "Linking the withdrawal process with the elections is meaningless," Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Human Rights Watch slams Syria for 'repressing' Kurds
Daily Star 26 Nov 2009 Syrian authorities should end their "unlawful and unjustified" practices of attacking Kurdish gatherings and detaining Kurdish activists, said Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report released Thursday. The report documents what HRW says are efforts by Syria   to "ban and disperse" Kurdish gatherings, and "the detention of leading Kurdish political activists and their ill-treatment in custody.", Syrian authorities should end their "unlawful and unjustified" practices of attacking Kurdish gatherings and detaining Kurdish activists, said Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report released Thursday. The report documents what HRW says are efforts by Syria   to "ban and disperse" Kurdish gatherings, and "the detention of leading Kurdish political activists and their ill-treatment in custody."

Palestinian Information Center

Haneyya: Palestinian state with provisional boundaries absolutely rejected
PIC 26 Nov 2009 - Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya has emphatically denied that he or that the Hamas Movement had accepted the establishment of a Palestinian state with temporary borders.

IOF troops detain two Palestinians
PIC 26 Nov 2009 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained two Palestinian young men in Qabatia village during an incursion that started at midnight Wednesday and ended on Thursday morning, locals reported.

Fadwa: We have full confidence in Palestinians negotiating Shalit deal
PIC 26 Nov 2009 - Fadwa Al-Barghouthi, the wife of detained Fatah leader Marwan Al-Barghouthi, has stressed that she was fully confident of the skill of the Palestinian party negotiating the prisoners' swap deal.

Health ministry: 141 types of medicines and medical items out of stock
PIC 26 Nov 2009 - The department of pharmaceutics at the health ministry in the Gaza Strip has announced that a big number of medications and medical items were out of stock in its stores.

Hamas: PA return to negotiations with IOA national crime
PIC 26 Nov 2009 - Hamas has warned the PA in Ramallah that returning to negotiations with the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) would constitute a national crime and would not be accepted by the Palestinian people.

Barghouthi: Netanyau's statement on temporary settlement freeze deceptive
PIC 26 Nov 2009 - MP Dr. Mustafa Al-Barghouthi has described the Israeli premier's temporary settlement freeze as "malicious" and aimed at excluding Jerusalem from the Palestinian occupied lands.

Palestinians eager to embrace their beloved ones as prisoner-swap deal nears
PIC 26 Nov 2009 - Seventy-year-old Muhammed Yousuf has kept his eyes glued to al-Jazeera TV to know the latest regarding efforts to conclude a prisoner-exchange accord.

IOA demolition threatens family of 207 members
PIC 26 Nov 2009 - The family of Ja'abis in Jabal Al-Mukabir expressed concern that the IOA would demolish their 53 apartments which, if implemented, would render 207 citizens homeless including 117 children.

Al-Tahrir party slams Abbas’s speech in Argentina
PIC 26 Nov 2009 - Al-Tahrir party strongly denounced the speech of Mahmoud Abbas in Argentina in which he stressed his adherence to the policy of negotiation with Israel.

Haneyya gov't condemns silence regarding continued political detention in WB
PIC 26 Nov 2009 - The Palestinian government headed by Ismail Haneyya denounced the continued campaign of political arrests in the West Bank at the hands of militias loyal to former PA chief Mahmoud Abbas.

Los Angeles Times

Israel's Netanyahu sets moratorium on West Bank growth 
LA Times 26 Nov 2009 - The 10-month hiatus in building new homes for Jewish settlers is aimed, the Israeli prime minister says, at restarting peace talks with the Palestinians, who say his move falls short. Israel imposed a 10-month moratorium Wednesday on approvals for new homes in Jewish settlements across the West Bank. But it appeared unlikely that the restriction, applauded by the Obama administration, would be enough to coax the Palestinians back to U.S.-brokered peace talks. 

U.N. nuclear agency head laments 'dead end' over Iran 
LA Times 27 Nov 2009 - IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said world powers had made no progress over the last year in settling concerns about Iran's nuclear program. The agency's board is pondering resolutions on Tehran. In unusually direct language, the outgoing chief of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency on Thursday took Tehran to task for failing to resolve unanswered questions about its nuclear program and lamented a "dead end" in resolving the standoff between the Islamic Republic and world powers. 

New York Times

Half-Truths Dim Chances for Renewing Mideast Talks
New York Times 27 Nov 2009 - Despite Israel’s plan for a 10-month settlement freeze and Palestinians’ claim that attacks are over, tensions seem set to rise.

Israel Offers a Pause in Building New Settlements
New York Times 26 Nov 2009 - The offer had been anticipated and offered previously to the Palestinians, but had been turned down on the grounds that it did not include Jerusalem.

In Welcoming Iranian President, Chavez Blasts Israel
New York Times 26 Nov 2009 - President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela described Israel as “the murderous arm of the Yankee empire.”

Netanyahu Plays Down Talk of a Prisoner Exchange
New York Times 25 Nov 2009 - Israel’s prime minister sought to dampen speculation about a deal with Hamas to recover an Israeli soldier. 

Prisoner Swap Appears Near in the Mideast
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.


Tainted Cement: BDS Campaign Against CRH Irish Construction Company’s Business Dealings with Israeli Company That Exploits Resources on Occupied Lands
Alternative Information Center - 25 Nov 2009 - On 15 November, hundreds gathered in Dublin, Ireland for a demonstration against the CRH Irish construction company. The demonstration was organized by the Irish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (IPSC). CRH owns 25% of Mashav (“resource” in Hebrew), an Israeli company controlled by the Israeli billionaire Nochi Dankner....

New Campaign to Defend Gaza Workers in Israeli Courts: Call for Solidarity and Action
Alternative Information Center - 24 Nov 2009 - In the area between Israel and the industrial zone of Erez, the rights of thousands of workers from Gaza have disappeared The Closure of Factories in the Erez Industrial Zone The industrial zone of Erez, constructed more than 30 years ago and located on the border...

Art Exhibition Organized by the AIC: Jerusalem...Like Heaven or Closer
Alternative Information Center - 24 Nov 2009 - 

‘Tikkun’ dares readers to imagine one-state future
Mondoweiss - 26 Nov 2009 - The breakdown of the two-state solution– evidenced by Netanyahu’s announcement that some greet as progress but that continues the solidification of Jerusalem as a Jewish settlement– is producing important discussions at the periphery, including efforts by leftish Jewish outlets to imagine a binational future in Israel/Palestine....

Reflections on the BDS conference at Hampshire
Mondoweiss - 26 Nov 2009 - The spirit of the Hampshire College conference on Boycott Divestment and Sanctions that I attended last weekend is captured by Adam Horowitz’s post of Sunday . There was a stirring sense of youthful leadership, and a sense that the left in America can no longer seek to...

Viral video puts modish Brits in Palestinians’ shoes
Mondoweiss - 26 Nov 2009 - People keep sending me this British short about checkpoints and the Palestinian experience reimagined. When people keep sending you something, that means it’s important. Related posts: Brits have no trouble talking about elephant in the room As usual, ‘NYT’ puts Palestinians inside the parenthesis Obama’s Jewish...

Levy: Obama has endorsed return to ‘67 lines
Mondoweiss - 26 Nov 2009 - Interesting analysis of the latest statements by Daniel Levy: that a pugnacious Netanyahu has continued to overstep , and that the U.S. may be drawing the line at the ‘67 borders: Netanyahu also repeated the totally (meaningless) commitment of no new settlements or land confiscations (meaningless because...

Ali Abunimah’s speech at Hampshire
Mondoweiss - 25 Nov 2009 - The highlight of the Hampshire conference on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions was a speech by Ali Abunimah on Saturday night. An amazing performance, it begins with a great joke about Prilosec. Very Borscht Belt. Myron Cohen used to do heartburn humor, Abunimah tops him. We’re hoping...


’Settlement freeze’ won’t bring about peace 
Akiva Eldar Haaretz Correspondent, Ha’aretz 11/27/2009
      Newspaper headlines across the world this morning will trumpet the courageous and unprecedented initiative of Israel’s prime minister. Who could have imagined that the right-wing leader Benjamin Netanyahu and the settler Avigdor Lieberman would lend a hand to freezing settlement construction? How the settlers’ fuses will blow. Now Daniel Ben Simon can end his love affair with the Labor rebels and go back to being faithful to Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
     Indeed, from Israel’s point of view, the government took a major step yesterday. Prime Minister Netanyahu says the move is designed to return the Palestinians to the peace talks. If this is really his intention, the prime minister has managed (temporarily) to pass the hot potato to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. No peace process will come out of it.
     It is hard to decide what would cause greater harm to whatever is left of Abbas’ status in the Palestinian public - American pressure to settle with the deal Netanyahu offered him yesterday, or the prisoner-exchange deal that the prime minister is offering his great enemies in Hamas. It is unlikely that Netanyahu really believed Abbas would thank Israel’s government for deciding to temporarily freeze the settlements in the West Bank, praise it for building synagogues and new schools, agree to the completion of 2,500 partially-built housing units and the construction of 492 new apartments.
     It is unlikely Netanyahu thought that on the eve of Id al-Adha the Muslim leader would adopt the Jewish people’s position that East Jerusalem is part of the State of Israel. Is Netanyahu really expecting Abbas to recognize Israel’s sovereignty on Gilo, not to mention Sheikh Jarrah and the Temple Mount? more.. e-mail

A Right of Return primer (Arabic and English) 
Ali Hattar, Palestine Think Tank 11/24/2009
      A referential drafting extracted from the Human Rights Covenants and human principles and the laws related to it based on the basis that Palestinian Arabs should have the same human rights as the rest of the peoples of the world. Also included in English are excerpts from relevant Covenants. 
     1- The Right of Return is the right for individuals and groups to return at any time to their land and homeland and the original and historical place of residence in which they actually used to live at the time the incidents took place which resulted in their leaving it, without considering their absence temporally for work, study and tourism as a diminutive of this residence.
     2- The Right of Return is a natural right. Not only that, it is also a right that is human, absolute, unconditional, individual and collective, material and moral, regional and national, inheritable (even for those who were born in the diaspora=Ashatat) to all their children. It is irrevocable and cannot be relinquished nor can anyone be delegated to represent another in relinquishing this right or negotiating it, nor can it be exchanged for compensation. It is indivisible, there shall be no distortion and disguising of it or shall it be limited to particular time or date. It also depends on personal proprietorship that doesn’t terminate by occupation, and should not be subjugated to restrictions that deteriorate or contradict with what is stated in covenants of international human rights and/or human and international laws. It also not cannot be diminished or distorted under the motto of the right of self determination. 
     3- It is a right for individuals and/or a collective right for those persons or their relatives expelled or dislodged from their places of residence, or who have been displaced or left their land and homes by forceful driving away, or who voluntarily left their homes under threat, or who ran away due to oppression and massacres from their homeland to other places inside it, or who were outside their place of residence at the time of the war that resulted in leaving their land and its occupation and confiscating it by others or delivering it to others occurred. And in the case of repeated dislodging inside their land, the Right of Return means to original place of residence before the first displacement.... more.. e-mail

Two alternatives: backward or forward 
Ghassan Khatib, Ma’an News Agency 11/26/2009
      Palestinian officials have always and consistently reiterated their commitment to the peace process. Bilateral negotiations are seen as the main strategy to achieve the legitimate Palestinian objectives of ending the Israeli occupation, achieving statehood and freedom as well as solving the issue of Palestinian refugees in accordance with UNGA Resolution 194.
     However, the peace process has so far lasted 18 years and there are diminishing reasons to believe that it will accomplish its objectives and bring an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Although the process has been through severe crises before, the one we are experiencing now appears to be the most difficult.
     This is so for several reasons. First, both Israeli public opinion and Israel’s political elite have been moving away from the basic assumption underpinning the peace process, namely the end of occupation. Second, the prolonged process has enabled Israel to expand its control over most of the occupied territories through the illegal settling of Jewish populations in those territories, contrary to international law.
     Third, public opinion in Palestine is less confident than ever of the effectiveness of the bilateral approach as a means to ending the occupation and as part of a comprehensive peace settlement. Finally, international actors have been using the peace process mostly as an excuse not to fulfill their obligations to the human and political rights of the Palestinian people.
     Thus, while this latest crisis was brought on by the failure of the new American administration to make Israel comply with its obligations under the first phase of the roadmap, particularly freezing settlement construction, it has become a crisis of the bilateral process itself rather than of aspects of it. This has caused Palestinians to think of alternative strategies for achieving their legitimate objectives. more.. e-mail

Electronic Intifada
Book review: Post-September 11 "Homeland Insecurity"
Electronic Intifada: 26 Nov 2009 - After the 11 September 2001 attacks there have been many books and articles regarding the misuse of justice and harsh treatment of Arab Americans and Muslims in the United States. Louise Cainkar's extensive research and excellent analysis is the most complete published so far. Homeland Insecurity is an ethnography which took three years to complete and benefits from more than a hundred interviews. Barbara Aswad reviews for The Electronic Intifada. 

Refugees remain skeptical of Nahr al-Bared reconstruction
Electronic Intifada: 26 Nov 2009 - NAHR AL-BARED, Lebanon (IPS) - More than two years after their refugee camp was destroyed in a war between the Lebanese army and the Islamist militant group Fatah al-Islam, Nahr al-Bared refugees Wednesday witnessed the start of the camp's reconstruction. Their relief is mixed with skepticism, however. Established in 1949, the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared in north Lebanon's Akkar region has become home to more than 30,000 residents. 

Palestinian trade unions unanimously support boycott movement
Electronic Intifada: 25 Nov 2009 - In reaction to reports alleging that a Palestinian trade union official has stated his reservations about the Palestinian civil society campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), the full spectrum of the Palestinian trade union movement has expressed solid support for the BDS National Committee and for the global BDS campaign against Israel as an effective form of resisting its military occupation, war crimes and apartheid policies. 

"We will have to kill them all": Effie Eitam, thug messiah
Electronic Intifada: 25 Nov 2009 - Eitam, who since then has held several senior posts in the Israeli government, has recently toured the US as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "Special Emissary" to the "Caravan for Democracy" program of the Jewish National Fund (JNF). This is a marriage made in heaven. Since Israel was founded, the JNF has organized the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and the settlement of Jews on their expropriated land; Eitam sees himself as the messianic soldier-prophet directing future expulsions of Palestinians from Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Jim Holstun and Irene Morrison comment for The Electronic Intifada. 

In Gaza
one year later, young fisherman still trying to heal
In Gaza: 26 Nov 2009 - Just as his leg was healing from a gaping bullet wound in his calf, Mohammed Musleh broke it, setting his healing back. Although the re-break happened in April, now in November his leg is still in metal braces. Musleh was initially wounded early in the morning of 5 October 2008 when Israeli soldiers shot at him from a distance of 100 metres. “Doctors told me there was an entry wound of two square centimetres and an exit wound of 10-15 square centimetres. They said the shot fractured my shinbone and severed arteries in my leg,” Musleh testified to B’Tselem , the Israeli human rights group. At the time of his shooting,...

Palestine Chronicle
Tame Israel Lobby with Seven Principles of Public Life
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Nov 2009 - By Stuart Littlewood – London The recent Channel 4 TV Dispatches programme, which probed the antics of the pro-Israel lobby in British politics, has opened up this hitherto forbidden subject to public debate. Basic questions now need answering – for example, why are agents of a foreign military power allowed to meddle in our democratic and parliamentary processes? That was the concern of a group of citizens nearly two years ago. They decided to press the Committee on Standards in Public Life to examine whether there was undue Israeli influence at the heart of British government. The Standards Committee, chaired by newly-appointed Sir Christopher Kelly (the same Kelly who is currently making heavy weather of investigating the way MPs have been fiddling expenses), refused to look into it. His reply, sent in a note from a member of his office staff, said: "I regret that the Committee on Standards in Public Life has no remit to help you in this matter." This infuriated the citizens. The public’s watchdog - the Standards Committee - was formed to uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life. Its remit calls on it "to examine current concerns about standards of conduct of all holders of public office, including arrangements relating to financial and commercial activities and make recommendations as to any changes in present arrangements which might be required to ensure the highest standards of propriety in public life." This, surely, is the kind of plain English even dyed-in-the-wool bureaucrats like Kelly can understand. The...

Turkey Has Role to Play
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Nov 2009 - By George S. Hishmeh - Washington A new bright star seems to have risen above the Arab world, heralding new relationships that could benefit the region as a whole. The Arab change of heart towards Turkey, the successor of the dreaded Ottoman Empire, a colonial regime that ruled the Arab world for centuries and collapsed about 90 years ago, came when the moderate Islamist Justice and Development Party was elected five years ago. And for the first time in nearly 100 years, Turkish troops descended on Lebanon as part of a UN peacekeeping force following Israel's occupation of the Shiite-dominated South Lebanon. But what has impressed Arabs recently has been Turkey's protests against Israeli policies, especially its brutal assault on Gaza last December, which left about 1,400 Palestinians dead and, in the opinion of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict's Goldstone Report, amounted to war crimes. In the aftermath, Turkey cancelled joint air force exercises and there have been unconfirmed reports that Turkey may stop buying Israeli arms. Turkey's new focus on its neighbours is also believed to be a reaction to the lackadaisical attitude of the European Union, which has yet to act on Turkey's 10-year-old application for membership in the 27-member organisation. This is over and above US President Barack Obama's symbolic gesture in visiting Turkey in April, which is believed to have underlined Turkey's geostrategic importance, emphasising the country's role as a bridge between East and West and acknowledging its mediation in the...

J Street and the Jewish Tradition
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Nov 2009 - By Bernard Avishai During the first night of the J Street conference, when delegates were just getting settled, a half dozen speakers—activists, rabbis and students—unexpectedly poured their hearts out. The 1,500 people in the hall, the speakers insisted, were not only gathered to represent the majority of American Jews who think US policy should put its weight behind bringing about a two-state solution. We were gathered also to redeem “Jewish values”. You heard a good deal of the phrase “Tikkun Olam”, the repair of the world, that night. And I confess to cringing at times. Was social improvement a peculiarly Jewish desire? Could Tikkun Olam, a kabalistic concept turned into a leftist cliché, cancel out the fact that the Occupation is advanced by zealots of Jewish law, or that rightist, neoconservative ideas are particularly strong (so polls show) among the quarter of American Jews who attend synagogue at least once a month? And yet something in the claim of these J Street speakers seems vaguely true. After all, 78 percent of American Jews voted for Barack Obama. Why, as the neoconservative Commentary Magazine complained in 1969, do Jews not just vote Republican and advance their class “interests”? Wasn’t McCain a more avid “supporter of Israel”? Sure people who have been pushed around as much as Jews might be expected to be for the underdog, including Palestinians under occupation. But suffering, though ingrained in Jewish literature, is not uniquely Jewish either; nor does it necessarily make you peaceful or empathic. Are...

A People's History of Thanksgiving
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Nov 2009 - By Ramzy Baroud This week Americans will observe 'Thanksgiving' commemorating a romanticized era in their nations record, celebrating the supposed solidarity and brotherhood enjoyed by the first settlers and the indigenous people of what is now called the United States. However, this fantastic tale of friendship contradicts the candid remarks of many notable personalities in US history. Few can be as blunt regarding the legacy of the United States toward the native people of this land as the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. In his narrative, "The Winning of the West," Roosevelt spoke about the "spread of the English-speaking peoples over the world's wasted spaces." He wrote: "The European settlers moved into an uninhabited waste...the land is really owned by no one.... The settler ousts no one from the land. The truth is, the Indians never had any real title to the soil." In an interview with the British Sunday Times, on June 15, 1969, former Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir made similar claims, stating, "There was no such thing as Palestinians. It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country from them. They did not exist." While Native Americans and Palestinians were the ancient indigenous peoples of their lands, this was of little or no relevance to the foreign settlers. What really mattered was "Manifest Destiny", what really mattered was "Zionism". Roosevelt goes on: "The world...

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