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Soldiers Invade An Area In Jabalia, In Northern Gaza
IMEMC - A number of Israeli military vehicles invaded on Thursday evening [April 24, 2014] the Eastern Graveyard Area, east of Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, and clashed with resistance fighters who targeted a vehicle with a shell. ...

Army Invades Al-Ma’sara Near Bethlehem
IMEMC - [Friday At Dawn, [April 25, 2014] Several Israeli military jeeps invaded the al-Ma’sara village, near Bethlehem, broke into and searched the home of Hasan Breijiyya, coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements. ...

Soldiers Invade Deir Samet Near Hebron
IMEMC - On Thursday evening, [April 24, 2014], Israeli soldiers concluded one of the largest invasions into Deir Samet village, southwest of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, with the arrest of one person, after the soldiers detained and interrogated dozens of Palestinians. ...

Police Investigate Israeli Organ-trafficking Ring
IMEMC - Police Investigate Israeli Organ-trafficking Ring An Israeli man believed to be behind an organ-trafficking ring has evaded capture, according to a month long police investigation, http://www.jta.org/2014/04/23/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/police-investigating-israeli-organ-trafficking-ring report. ...

Netanyahu's Driver Accused of Serially Raping Minors
IMEMC - Attorney says client admits 'some allegations'; victims may include family members A driver for the Prime Minister's Office was arrested in Jerusalem, three weeks ago, on suspicion of serially raping young girls between the ages of 8 and 12, it emerged Thursday. ...

15 Ailing Detainees In Ramla Prison Face Deteriorating Conditions
IMEMC - Hanan Khatib, one of the lawyers of the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, stated Thursday that 15 ailing Palestinian political prisoners, held at the Ramla Prison Clinic, are facing deteriorating conditions amidst the lack of adequate medical care. ...

To Break Strike, Israel Transfers Detainees From Ofer Prison
IMEMC - [Thursday, April 24, 2014] The Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies and Human Rights has reported that the Israeli Prison Administration decided to move several detainees, including detained legislators, from the Ofer prison to Hadarim and Ramla prisons. ...

Israeli Tanks, Bulldozers Invade Farmlands Near Khan Younis
IMEMC - [Thursday Morning, April 24, 2014] A number of armored Israeli military vehicles invaded Palestinian farmland east of the al-Qarara town, northeast of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, uprooted and bulldozed the invaded lands, and opened fire at nearby homes. ...

200 Administrative Detainees Start Hunger Strike
IMEMC - [Thursday, April 24, 2014] The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that 200 detainees, held by Israel under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial, started an open-ended hunger strike protesting their continued illegitimate imprisonment. ...

Soldiers Kidnap Eleven Palestinians In The West Bank
IMEMC - [Thursday, April 24, 2014] Israeli soldiers invaded Deir Samet village, southwest of the southern West Bank West Bank city of Hebron and kidnapped eight Palestinians, two Palestinians in Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, and one near Tubas. ...

Ha'aretz Defense page

A sad evening in Washington, as Palestinians celebrate unity
Ha'aretz - The Palestinian reconciliation announcement caught Kerry off guard only a day before his unveil of a new plan to kick start the Palestinian Authority. He - like Netanyahu- was left fuming.

Why is the Palestinian reconciliation driving Israel into a panic?
Ha'aretz - Contradictions are rife when it comes to Israel's refusal to engage in dialogue with Hamas.

Israel slams 'weak' U.S. response to Fatah-Hamas unity deal
Ha'aretz - Senior official in Jerusalem: 'Americans need to tell Abbas this is a red line - he can't associate with Hamas.'

Palestinian Authority leaders campaign in defense of unity with Hamas
Ha'aretz - Abbas tells Indyk that reconciliation pact does not change his commitment to peace talks; Erekat accuses Israel of 'piracy' for withholding $100 million in PA funds.

Israel suspends talks with Palestinian Authority over Fatah-Hamas unity deal
Ha'aretz - Seeks clarifications of make-up and policy of new Palestinian government.

EU welcomes Palestinian unity, but says talks still 'top priority'
Ha'aretz - Spokesman stresses the EU has consistently called for intra-Palestinian reconciliation and the establishment of a unity government.

Foreign Ministry: Palestinian reconciliation not near implementation
Ha'aretz - Ministry's Intelligence branch's initial evaluation of Hamas-Fatah agreement: Gaps remain wide.

PA official says Hamas accepted two-state solution
Ha'aretz - Wednesday's reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas recognizes the existence of Israel and is based on the two-state model, says Jibril Rajoub.

China welcomes Palestinian unity deal, hopes it will help peace
Ha'aretz - While U.S. reassesses aid to Palestinian Authority after Fatah-Hamas deal, Beijing says unity would lead to coexistence with Israel.

Public panel recommends: Buy private jet for PM
Ha'aretz - Finance Ministry officials say costs are prohibitive.

Settlers living near Palestinians to get subsidized fireworks for Independence Day
Ha'aretz - Anonymous donor promises free firecrackers to those who 'live near hostile population.'

Palestinians are still a long way from real reconciliation
Ha'aretz - Abbas has not yet 'chosen Hamas over peace’ and can press the ejector seat button at any time.

Palestinian reconciliation is an opportunity for Israel
Ha'aretz - Jerusalem chooses to see the unity deal as a threat, even after it long argued that Abbas doesn't represent the entire Palestinian people.

Palestinian reconciliation: Real unity, or tactic?
Ha'aretz - Abbas may be using the agreement with Hamas to pressure Israel and the U.S. by demonstrating that he has other options.

Tunisia divided over Jews' use of Israel passports
Ha'aretz - Protesting lawmakers say recognizing Israeli passports amounts to recognition of the State of Israel, but supporters of new policy say it could help revive country's key tourism sector.

U.S. 'disappointed' by Palestinian reconciliation deal
Ha'aretz - Israel calls off scheduled meeting with Palestinian team after deal between Fatah and Hamas; Israeli security cabinet to meet on deal Thursday; Abbas: pact does not contradict peace.

Rockets hit southern Israel after IDF strikes Gaza Strip
Ha'aretz - 'Counter-terrorism operation' against militants known to be involved in launching rockets at Israel, say Shin Bet security services; 12 civilians reportedly wounded.

Tony Blair just endorsed Benjamin Netanyahu's worldview
Ha'aretz - In his latest speech, the former British prime minister brands Israel as a central player in the Western alliance facing off with Islamic extremism.

Spoon-bending psychic Uri Geller will help Israelis defy disasters
Ha'aretz - Celebrity telepathy expert Uri Geller is the beaming new face of Israeli disaster-readiness.

Peace talks or not, both Abbas and Hamas need the PA
Ha'aretz - Besides being a national asset, the Palestinian Authority is the pipeline for international aid.

Israel: Abbas' conditions for extending talks show 'he's not interested in peace'
Ha'aretz - No breakthrough after five hours of talks between Livni and Erekat; Abbas: Talks can be extended, but only on condition prisoners released and borders set.

IDF to send 'voluntary draft notices' to Christian Arabs
Ha'aretz - The policy aims to increase enlistments by members of the community, who are not required to serve in the Israeli army.

After foiling Hezbollah plot, Thailand increases security around Israeli hotspots
Ha'aretz - Despite heightened alert levels in Bangkok and elsewhere, authorities deny there may be more operatives at large.

Abbas: 'Preparations' for peace talks can continue even after April 29 deadline
Ha'aretz - Palestinian President tells Israeli journalists that Jerusalem must demonstrate 'serious intention' to realizing two-state solution, and to discussion of borders and prisoner release.

Ma'an News

Israeli tanks enter Gaza border area, navy fires at fishermen
4/24/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Six Israeli military tanks on Thursday entered a border area in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses said. The tanks crossed into Gaza in an area called al-Qarara, north of Khan Younis, and leveled agricultural fields before leaving. Three helicopters were seen hovering at a low altitude during the incursion. An Israeli army spokeswoman said a "Palestinian vessel deviated from the....

Watch: Israel border police detain 6-year-old in Hebron
4/24/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Video footage has emerged of Israeli border police officers allegedly detaining a 6-year-old child in Hebron after he threw "pebbles" on Wednesday, activists in the southern West Bank city said. Activists affiliated with the International Solidarity Movement said in a statement that Rami Rajabi was walking to school around 7 a. m. in central Hebron on Wednesday when three Israeli....

Israeli forces open fire after northern Gaza explosion
4/24/2014 - GAZA (Ma'an) -- An explosive device was detonated on the Gaza border on Thursday evening in an attack apparently targeting patrolling Israeli soldiers, the Israeli military said. The explosion occurred east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, and Israeli forces subsequently opened fire in the area after the explosion. Witnesses said the incident occurred near the eastern cemetery in Jabaliya. The events come....

Israel halts peace talks after Palestinian unity deal
4/24/2014 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel said on Thursday it was halting peace talks with the Palestinians following their unity deal with the Hamas rulers of Gaza, as the faltering US-backed process approached its deadline. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the agreement between the rival factions as a move that "kills peace," but senior Palestinian official Saeb Erakat blamed Israeli settlement activity for killing off the process. On.... Related: Israel prevents PLO committee members from leaving Gaza and PLO condemns Israeli decision to end talks, UN envoy supports unity

Mass hunger strike launched by Palestinian administrative detainees
4/24/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- More than 100 Palestinians in Israeli prisons launched a mass, open-ended hunger strike on Thursday in protest against their detention without trial, a prisoner rights organization said. The hunger strike is taking place in the Ofer, Megiddo, and Negev prisons and comes after Israeli authorities reneged on a promise made following an earlier mass hunger strike to limit the use of....

Israel prevents PLO committee members from leaving Gaza
4/24/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli occupation authorities refused to allow four members of the Palestine Liberation Organization central committee from Gaza from entering the West Bank on Thursday. The four members were part of a delegation of 17 members of the PLO central committee traveling to take part in committee meetings starting next Saturday in Ramallah. The members blocked from traveling by Israel were.... Related: Israel halts peace talks after Palestinian unity deal

Qatar, Turkey back Palestinian unity deal
4/24/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Thursday urged Qatar and Turkey to provide political and financial support to Palestinian factions in order to help reconciliation between the parties succeed. Palestinian sources in Gaza told Ma'an that Haniyeh had spoken with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani of Qatar to update him on the unity deal signed Wednesday. Sheikh Tamim....

Hamas, Fatah update other parties on unity agreement
4/24/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A delegation representing the Hamas movement and the Palestine Liberation Organization met with representatives of major Palestinian political parties on Thursday in Gaza City. The meeting was held at the Movenpick Hotel in order to update them on the national reconciliation agreement signed on Wednesday. Fatah spokesman Fayiz Abu Eita told Ma'an that the importance of the meeting....

Israeli forces raid West Bank, 4 detained
4/24/2014 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the West Bank overnight Wednesday and ransacked several homes before detaining four people, locals said. Witnesses told Ma'an that 30 Israeli military vehicles raided the village of Deir Samit south of Hebron at 3 a. m. and broke into several homes. The operation continued until daybreak, with several people detained. He was evacuated to hospital for....

Protesters clash with police in southern Jordan city
4/24/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Clashes broke out on Wednesday evening between police and protesters in the city of Maan in southern Jordan, Jordanian news agencies reported. Jordanian news agency Ammon on its Arab language website quoted Jordanian security sources as saying that the protests came in response to the killing of a young man in clashes Tuesday between Jordanian security and "fugitives" during a security....

Israeli forces detain teenager at Allenby Bridge crossing
4/24/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian teenager at the Allenby Bridge crossing between Jordan and the occupied West Bank on Thursday, Palestinian security officials said. Salam Salah Muflih, 18, was detained by Israeli forces while traveling to Jordan. It is unclear why the teenager from Nablus was detained. The Allenby Bridge is the principal land connection between the Israeli-occupied West Bank and....

Body of Hamas fighter found off Gaza coast
4/24/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Fishermen in the Gaza Strip on Thursday found the body of a Palestinian fighter affiliated with Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades, Gaza security services said. Fishermen spotted the body off the coast of Rafah and Hamas naval units immediately rushed to recover it from the sea. It is believed to be the body of Ashraf Nassar, 22, who was killed last....

Martin Indyk and the moral crisis at heart of Obama's peace
4/24/2014 - By Ramzy Baroud - To understand how thoughtless the US latest "peace process" drive has been, one only needs to consider some of the characters involved in this political theater. One particular character who stands out as a testament to the inherently futile exercise is Martin Indyk. Indyk, a former US ambassador to Israel, was selected by Secretary of State John Kerry for the role of....

Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan welcome unity deal
4/24/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Former US president Jimmy Carter and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday welcomed the reconciliation agreement signed a day earlier between Hamas and the PLO."Palestinian reconciliation should not be seen as undermining prospects for a negotiated two-state solution," Kofi Annan said in a statement released by The Elders, an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace.... Related: PLO condemns Israeli decision to end talks, UN envoy supports unity

Palestinian leaders hail reconciliation agreement, Israeli fury
4/24/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- PLO reconciliation delegations from both Fatah and Hamas said on Thursday that the countdown for the formation of a unity government had begun, hailing the end of seven years of Palestinian political division. Senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouq told Ma'an that "the countdown to end the state of disagreement is supposed to begin the moment the reconciliation....

PLO condemns Israeli decision to end talks, UN envoy supports unity
4/24/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestine Liberation Organization on Thursday condemned Israel's decision to withdraw from peace negotiations earlier in the day as "blatantly disingenuous," saying that the decision shows a "lack of commitment" toward peace. The statement comes as the UN special envoy for negotiations "welcomed" word of the Palestinian unity deal, which Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas assured him would entail the.... Related: Israel halts peace talks after Palestinian unity deal and Israel prevents PLO committee members from leaving Gaza

Fatah bloc wins student elections at Hebron University
4/24/2014 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A Fatah-affiliated student bloc won the student council elections at Hebron University by a small margin on Thursday, the dean of students at the university said. The Yasser Arafat bloc won 21 seats with 1,908 student votes, while the Hamas-affiliated bloc won 19 seats with 1773 votes, the leftist bloc won one seat with 105 votes, and the Palestinian initiative bloc....

Gaza teen found dead in home
4/24/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A teenage boy was found hanged to death at his home in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on Thursday. Palestinian security officials said the 18-year-old had committed suicide. Relatives said they were unaware of any psychological issues. Hamas police have opened an investigation into the incident. [END]

'Emergency' after airplane error at Ben Gurion
4/24/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The administration of Ben Gurion International airport declared a state of emergency on Thursday after an error occurred in the wheels of a transport airplane that was carrying only a pilot and a co-pilot. Ambulances rushed to the airport along with emergency forces and police. [END]

Aljazeera

Israel suspends peace talks with Palestinians
AlJazeera 24 Apr 2014 - Talks halted in response to a new unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions.

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IRIN

Access to education an added challenge for refugees in Egypt
IRIN CAIRO 08 April 2014 (IRIN) - As the number of Syrians in Egypt rises, refugees say it has become increasingly difficult to find places for their children in already overstretched government schools. In addition, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Egypt complain of unaffordable school costs in private and public...

Inter Press Service

Split over Ukraine Could Undermine Peace in Syria
IPS Calm and composed, Omar heads a family of seven in his tent at a refugee camp in Jordan, including his elderly mother, Samah. He used to be an Arabic language teacher back in Syria. Credit: EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Mar 13 2014 (IPS)...

Stop The Wall

São Paulo protests Israeli apartheid
Stop The Wall - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign iaw2014 In São Paulo, Brazil, activists held their first protest in front of the chain of “Spicy” stores to protest the sale of Sodastream products. As part of the global BDS campaign and the rising number of actions against SodaStream in particular, activists hels a...

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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (10 - 16 April 2014)
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International Solidarity Movement

Israeli forces target 2 armed group members wounding 13 Palestinian civilians, including 5 Children, in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip
4/25/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Gaza, Occupied Palestine - In an extra-judicial execution attempt, Israeli forces targeted 2 members of an armed group on a motorbike wounding them and another 13 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, in a densely-populated area in the northern Gaza Strip. According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 16:45 on Wednesday, 23 April 2014, an....

Mass Hunger-Strike Launched by Palestinian ‘Administrative Detainees'
4/24/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Ramallah, Occupied Palestine - Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association can confirm the launch of a mass open-ended hunger strike involving over 100 Palestinian political detainees. All those involved are being held under administrative detention, which is a procedure whereby detainees are held without charge or trial. Today's hunger strike can be traced back to May....

Palestinian girl badly injured by Israeli settler attack
4/24/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Operation Dove, At-Tuwani, Occupied Palestine - On Thursday April 24 at around 12 pm, two Israeli settlers coming with a quad-bike from the illegal outpost of Havat Ma'on attacked with stones four Palestinian children and the mother of three of them, as they were returning from school to their homes in the villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed. A seven year old girl....

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

A sad evening in Washington, as Palestinians celebrate unity
Ha'aretz 24 Apr 2014 - The Palestinian reconciliation announcement caught Kerry off guard only a day before his unveil of a new plan to kick start the Palestinian Authority. He - like Netanyahu- was left fuming.

Why is the Palestinian reconciliation driving Israel into a panic?
Ha'aretz 24 Apr 2014 - Contradictions are rife when it comes to Israel's refusal to engage in dialogue with Hamas.

Israel slams 'weak' U.S. response to Fatah-Hamas unity deal
Ha'aretz 24 Apr 2014 - Senior official in Jerusalem: 'Americans need to tell Abbas this is a red line - he can't associate with Hamas.'

Palestinian Authority leaders campaign in defense of unity with Hamas
Ha'aretz 24 Apr 2014 - Abbas tells Indyk that reconciliation pact does not change his commitment to peace talks; Erekat accuses Israel of 'piracy' for withholding $100 million in PA funds.

Israel suspends talks with Palestinian Authority over Fatah-Hamas unity deal
Ha'aretz 24 Apr 2014 - Seeks clarifications of make-up and policy of new Palestinian government.

EU welcomes Palestinian unity, but says talks still 'top priority'
Ha'aretz 24 Apr 2014 - Spokesman stresses the EU has consistently called for intra-Palestinian reconciliation and the establishment of a unity government.

Foreign Ministry: Palestinian reconciliation not near implementation
Ha'aretz 24 Apr 2014 - Ministry's Intelligence branch's initial evaluation of Hamas-Fatah agreement: Gaps remain wide.

PA official says Hamas accepted two-state solution
Ha'aretz 24 Apr 2014 - Wednesday's reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas recognizes the existence of Israel and is based on the two-state model, says Jibril Rajoub.

China welcomes Palestinian unity deal, hopes it will help peace
Ha'aretz 24 Apr 2014 - While U.S. reassesses aid to Palestinian Authority after Fatah-Hamas deal, Beijing says unity would lead to coexistence with Israel.

Public panel recommends: Buy private jet for PM
Ha'aretz 24 Apr 2014 - Finance Ministry officials say costs are prohibitive.

Settlers living near Palestinians to get subsidized fireworks for Independence Day
Ha'aretz 23 Apr 2014 - Anonymous donor promises free firecrackers to those who 'live near hostile population.'

Palestinians are still a long way from real reconciliation
Ha'aretz 23 Apr 2014 - Abbas has not yet 'chosen Hamas over peace’ and can press the ejector seat button at any time.

Palestinian reconciliation is an opportunity for Israel
Ha'aretz 23 Apr 2014 - Jerusalem chooses to see the unity deal as a threat, even after it long argued that Abbas doesn't represent the entire Palestinian people.

Palestinian reconciliation: Real unity, or tactic?
Ha'aretz 23 Apr 2014 - Abbas may be using the agreement with Hamas to pressure Israel and the U.S. by demonstrating that he has other options.

Tunisia divided over Jews' use of Israel passports
Ha'aretz 23 Apr 2014 - Protesting lawmakers say recognizing Israeli passports amounts to recognition of the State of Israel, but supporters of new policy say it could help revive country's key tourism sector.

U.S. 'disappointed' by Palestinian reconciliation deal
Ha'aretz 23 Apr 2014 - Israel calls off scheduled meeting with Palestinian team after deal between Fatah and Hamas; Israeli security cabinet to meet on deal Thursday; Abbas: pact does not contradict peace.

Rockets hit southern Israel after IDF strikes Gaza Strip
Ha'aretz 23 Apr 2014 - 'Counter-terrorism operation' against militants known to be involved in launching rockets at Israel, say Shin Bet security services; 12 civilians reportedly wounded.

Tony Blair just endorsed Benjamin Netanyahu's worldview
Ha'aretz 23 Apr 2014 - In his latest speech, the former British prime minister brands Israel as a central player in the Western alliance facing off with Islamic extremism.

Spoon-bending psychic Uri Geller will help Israelis defy disasters
Ha'aretz 23 Apr 2014 - Celebrity telepathy expert Uri Geller is the beaming new face of Israeli disaster-readiness.

The Guardian

Israel suspends peace talks with Palestinians after Fatah-Hamas deal
The Guardian 24 Apr 2014 - Despite confusion over whether Netanyahu or security cabinet took decision, announcement appears to end US-led initiative Israel has hit back hard following an agreement on Palestinian unity by suspending already faltering peace negotiations just days before...

Arab women join Israeli football team video
The Guardian 24 Apr 2014 - Professional Israeli women's football club Hapoel Petha Tikva has recruited five Arab women after losing players to the Israeli national team. Arab players are rare throughout the rest of the Israeli Women's Premier League, but Hapoel...

Israeli boycott case: court strikes out part of racial discrimination lawsuit
The Guardian 24 Apr 2014 - Sydney academic Jake Lynch says judges decision a blow to legal centre Shurat HaDins aim of outlawing BDS in Australia A racial discrimination lawsuit against Sydney academic Jake Lynch over his support for a boycott of...

Fatah and Hamas agree landmark pact after seven-year rift
The Guardian 23 Apr 2014 - Move has aim of forming unity government within five weeks, but Israel says agreement will derail peace talks The two main rival Palestinian factions have signed an accord designed to end seven years of sometimes violent...

Tony Blair's Middle East speech should prick consciences and spur action | John McTernan
The Guardian 23 Apr 2014 - His reflections are as thoughtful, and thought provoking, as of old. But there is a new strain: wisdom Slowly and carefully, Tony Blair is re-entering the foreign policy debate in Britain. Or, more correctly, he is...

Long shadow over Palestine killing
The Guardian 23 Apr 2014 - New book tackles intriguing question of whether the leader of the notorious Stern Gang was really shot 'while trying to escape', Ian Black writes In the ever-controversial history of Palestine, a special place is reserved for...

Israel will have to run Palestine if peace talks fail, Mahmoud Abbas warns
The Guardian 22 Apr 2014 - Stark warning follows reports Palestinian president may disband Palestinian Authority if talks end by 29 April without extension The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, has warned in explicit terms that Israel will have to reassume responsibility for...

New York Times obeys Israeli gag order over journalist's arrest
The Guardian 22 Apr 2014 - The New York Times did not report that a young Palestinian journalist had been arrested in Israel because it obeyed a gagging order issued by an Israeli court. The paper's delayed publication of the story about...

Christian pilgrims in Jerusalem find their path to the Via Dolorosa is an ever harder road
The Guardian 20 Apr 2014 - Palestinians from Gaza and the West Bank say police restrictions on access to the Old City to stop overcrowding are destroying their traditional freedom of worship in Holy Week The limestone stairs of the Nuns' Ascent...

Former Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee holds running clinic for Palestinian women video
The Guardian 17 Apr 2014 - The six-time Olympic medallist visits the West Bank to give running lessons to Palestinian mothers and daughters. The women jump over low-hurdles, compete in a race and take part in basic exercises. The initiative is a...

Jewish organisation opens religious school in Palestinian East Jerusalem
The Guardian 17 Apr 2014 - Ateret Cohanim, which buys property for settlement, completes work on yeshiva in heart of potential future capital of Palestine A Jewish religious organisation that buys properties for settlement has completed renovation work on its most significant...

Bob Carr was right to start a debate on the influence of the Zionist lobby | Antony Loewenstein
The Guardian 14 Apr 2014 - Carrs more eccentric quotes certainly makes it tempting to dismiss his book, but to do so would be missing the vital importance of his remarks on the Israel/Palestine conflict To have a prominent political figure challenging...

Ha'aretz National page

Women, Arabs and gay Israelis to have streets named after them
Ha'aretz - 25 Apr 2014

On Holocaust education, the government got one right
Ha'aretz - 24 Apr 2014

The Israeli army's big, green donation machine
Ha'aretz - 24 Apr 2014

Israeli-Arab MK fined for assaulting man during 2006 demonstration
Ha'aretz - 24 Apr 2014

Israel expected to deport accused British Jewish pedophile
Ha'aretz - 24 Apr 2014

Israel unveils new Holocaust studies program starting in kindergarten
Ha'aretz - 24 Apr 2014

Netanyahu’s former chauffeur arrested for allegedly raping young girls
Ha'aretz - 24 Apr 2014

Doctors prescribe costlier drugs if they’re given free samples, shows study
Ha'aretz - 24 Apr 2014

Mitzpeh Ramon factory escapes closure for 3rd time
Ha'aretz - 24 Apr 2014

Israeli soccer team breaks new ground: Recruits Arab women
Ha'aretz - 24 Apr 2014

Public panel recommends: Buy private jet for PM
Ha'aretz - 24 Apr 2014

Tax Authority grills Physicians for Human Rights over political activity
Ha'aretz - 24 Apr 2014

50,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel live in poverty
Ha'aretz - 24 Apr 2014

Settlers living near Palestinians to get subsidized fireworks for Independence Day
Ha'aretz - 23 Apr 2014

Police find explosives in Tel Aviv apartment following tip-off
Ha'aretz - 23 Apr 2014

Israeli education minister admits he sometimes takes Ritalin
Ha'aretz - 23 Apr 2014

Israeli teen on kibbutz badly sickened by manure fumes
Ha'aretz - 23 Apr 2014

Arabs expelled from village of Ikrit in 1948 ask pope for help
Ha'aretz - 23 Apr 2014

Pro-Palestinians hijack Israeli military's Holocaust Twitter tag
Ha'aretz - 23 Apr 2014

Israeli opposition moves to fight right-wing laws
Ha'aretz - 23 Apr 2014

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Stop Shooting at Gaza Civilians
Relief Web 25 Apr 2014 - Source: Human Rights Watch Country: occupied Palestinian territory Soldiers Kill, Wound Farmers, Demonstrators, Journalists (Jerusalem, April 25, 2014) – The Israeli military should immediately stop shooting at Palestinian civilians inside Gaza, Human Rights Watch said today. Israeli military forces have...

Syrian Arab Republic: The crisis in Yarmouk camp, 24 April 2014
Relief Web 24 Apr 2014 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 24 APRIL 2014 "UNRWA gained access to the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus today and started to distribute...

Syrian Arab Republic: Syria ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #13, Fiscal Year (FY) 2014
Relief Web 24 Apr 2014 - Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United States of America HIGHLIGHTS Suspected poisonous gas attacks target civilian areas as international organizations continue efforts to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons....

occupied Palestinian territory: Mideast peace talks: staring into the abyss
Relief Web 24 Apr 2014 - Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 04/25/2014 00:14 GMT by Jo Biddle WASHINGTON, April 25, 2014 (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry's single-minded and relentless efforts to drag reluctant Israelis and Palestinians towards peace hit rock bottom...

occupied Palestinian territory: UN envoy discusses Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal with Palestinian President
Relief Web 24 Apr 2014 - Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory 24 April 2014 – The reconciliation deal reached by rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas will be implemented on the basis of previous commitments such as the recognition of Israel and non-violence,...

World: Jihadi jurisprudence? Militant interpretations of Islamic rules of war
Relief Web 24 Apr 2014 - Source: IRIN Country: World DUBAI, 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - In 2012, the Taliban wrote an open letter to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in response to its accusations that the militant group had killed civilians. “According to us,”...

YNet News

Death toll rises to 9 after voting in India
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US/EU discussing new Russia sanctions
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The evenhandedness trap
YNet News, 24 Apr 2014 - Op-ed: US support for Palestinian statehood, despite Palestinians' endorsement of terrorism, creates contradiction between policy towards Palestinians and other policies towards radical Islam. ....

Jews hail new papal saints who revolutionized ties with Catholics
YNet News, 24 Apr 2014 - Simon Wiesenthal Center hail the late Popes John XXIII and John Paul II as 'heroes to the Jewish people' for their work to end Catholic anti-Semitism. ....

Explosive device explodes near Gaza border fence; none hurt
YNet News, 24 Apr 2014 - ....

Iran dismisses US criticism of its election to UN NGO committee
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Palestinian reconciliation receives international support
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Five Hasidic Jews arrested for assaulting gay man in NYC
YNet News, 24 Apr 2014 - 'I'm walking down some block by myself and then the next thing I know, I'm surrounded by a group of Hasidic Jewish men and they're attacking me'; Perpetrators charged with gang assault, but won't face hate crime charges. ....

Yeshiva students urged not to report to IDF recruitment centers
YNet News, 24 Apr 2014 - Radical haredi leaders fear young men arriving to receive exemption from military service will be 'brainwashed' to join army or labor market instead of studying Torah. ....

The bi-national state nightmare
YNet News, 24 Apr 2014 - Op-ed: Within a short period of time, will become landlords of millions of Palestinians. We will take care of their sewage, schools and kindergartens, and they will take care of terror. ....

Ending illusion of peace-seeking Abbas
YNet News, 24 Apr 2014 - Op-ed: Fatah-Hamas unity agreement is a stinging insult to Arab regimes and anyone who ever saw the Palestinian leader as a 'peace partner.' ....

Hamas wins, Abbas loses
YNet News, 23 Apr 2014 - Anaylsis: The unity agreement signed Wednesday is a lifeline for the Islamist organization struggling to ruling Gaza, and poses a threat to the development in the West Bank. ....

Tunisia divided over Jews' use of Israel passports
YNet News, 23 Apr 2014 - As Jew prepare to make annual pilgrimage to Tunisia's Ghriba synagogue, local politicians slam decision to allow use of Israel passport. ....

What would you do if you had to serve in an IDF checkpoint?
YNet News, 23 Apr 2014 - The camera rolls, and the people at the Bat Yam boardwalk are asked to participate in a reality show: Playing soldiers at a checkpoint and deciding whether to allow a Palestinian child to visit her sick grandmother. What would you do? ....

Two policemen, militant killed in Egypt
YNet News, 23 Apr 2014 - Cairo bomb kills senior Egyptian police general as Egyptian forces raid radical Islamist hideout in Alexandria, killing one. ....

US: 'Disappointed' by Palestinian unity deal
YNet News, 23 Apr 2014 - Despite claim by Abbas that unity deal with Hamas does not contradict peace talks, US express concern over move, echoing claims made by Israel; announcement comes amid Israeli attack on Gaza terrorist, rockets fired at south. ....

Spoon-bending psychic Geller helps Israelis defy disasters
YNet News, 23 Apr 2014 - Uri Geller will participate in a new Israeli commercial helping to educate the Israeli public on how to seek shelter during a missile attack. ....

Missouri mayor quits over anti-Semitic remarks
YNet News, 23 Apr 2014 - Dan Clevenger enraged Jewish community after saying in televised interview that he 'kind of agreed with' views of man charged with murdering three people at two Jewish community facilities in Kansas. ....

Netanyahu: Abbas chose Hamas over peace with Israel
YNet News, 23 Apr 2014 - Israel nixes negotiators' meet after Fatah, Hamas sign deal; Abbas: Unity does not contradict peace talks; announcement comes amid Israeli attack on Gaza terrorist, rockets fired at south. ....

IAF targets suspected terrorist in Gaza
YNet News, 23 Apr 2014 - 'Code red' rocket alert sounds in Hof Ashkelon communities in southern Israel; Gaza air strike comes as Fatah, Hamas sign reconciliation deal. ....

US to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt
YNet News, 23 Apr 2014 - New delivery underscores importantance of Sinai security and reconciliation with responsible Egyptian regime. ....

B'tselem

B'tselem

B’Tselem strongly condemns the shooting attack yesterday, in the southern West Bank
15 Apr 2014 - Media reports state that Palestinians firing live ammunition killed an Israeli civilian, and injured his wife. A nine year old boy riding in another car was injured. Since 2009, Palestinians have killed 17 Israeli civilians in...

Daily Star

Iran cuts portion of gasoline subsidies
Daily Star 25 Apr 2014 Iran has cut a portion of its gasoline subsidies, nearly doubling some prices at the pump as part of a second round of cuts delayed since 2012.

Lebanon's Arabic press digest - Apr. 25, 2014
Daily Star 25 Apr 2014 A selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers.

UN names 21 countries with rape in conflict
Daily Star 24 Apr 2014 A new U.N. report names 21 countries where rape and other sexual violence has been committed in current and recent conflicts, from Afghanistan and Central African Republic to Myanmar and Syria.

Israel, Palestinians must make 'compromises': Kerry
Daily Star 24 Apr 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday urged Israel and the Palestinians to make the compromises needed to forge ahead with peace talks, admitting the negotiations had reached "a difficult point."

Algeria seizes 8 tonnes of cannabis smuggled from Morocco
Daily Star 24 Apr 2014 Algerian security forces have seized more than eight tonnes of cannabis in the port city of Oran, smuggled from neighbouring Morocco, and arrested six traffickers, the police said Thursday.

US protests Iran's election to UN NGO committee
Daily Star 24 Apr 2014 U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power has protested the election of repressive regimes including Iran to the U.N. Committee on Non-governmental Organizations which deals with civil society groups accredited to the United Nations.

UN rights monitor criticises Bahrain over Shiite expulsion
Daily Star 24 Apr 2014 The UN's religious freedom monitor on Thursday urged Sunni-ruled Bahrain to halt discrimination against its Shiite majority and its spiritual leader, who was expelled from the Gulf kingdom this week.

'Al-Qaeda's librarian' denies recruiting jihadists in Spain
Daily Star 24 Apr 2014 A Saudi man dubbed "Al-Qaeda's librarian" on Thursday denied belonging to the organisation and recruiting jihadists for the group over the Internet during a Madrid court appearance.

Palestinian Information Center

IOF raids homes, kidnaps citizens in villages west of Al-Khalil
PIC - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Thursday kidnapped more than 10 Palestinians and raided dozens of homes in the villages of Beit Awwa and Deir Samit to the west of Al-Khalil city.

Israeli naval forces arrest Palestinian fishermen in Gaza waters
PIC - Israeli naval forces arrested Palestinian fisherman off northern Gaza shores on Thursday morning.

Israeli raids and arrests in al-Khalil, Nablus
PIC - Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have closed on Thursday several main streets and junctions west of al-Khalil southern occupied West Bank, where they intensified their presence in the city.

IOA turns part of Maghariba Gate area into synagogue for Jewish women
PIC - The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage said that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) turned a corner in Al-Maghariba Gate area into a small synagogue for Jewish women.

Haneyya calls for safety net to protect reconciliation process
PIC - Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haneyya has called for an immediate political and financial safety net to tie up the reconciliation agreement signed on Wednesday evening.

Abbas: There is no incompatibility between reconciliation and peace talks
PIC - Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas said that the Palestinian reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah does not oppose the peace talks with Israel.

Abu Marzouk: We will overcome all obstacles to achieve reconciliation
PIC - Member of Hamas's political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk confirmed that Palestinian factions will overcome all obstacles that stand before achieving reconciliation.

200 Palestinian administrative detainees declare hunger strike
PIC - 200 Palestinian administrative detainees have started an open-ended hunger strike Thursday 24th April in 30 Israeli jails demanding an end to their administrative detention.

Boulos:We need to reconsider the viability of appealing to Israeli Supreme Court
PIC - Lawyer Jawad Boulos called for an immediate reassessment of the viability of appealing to the Israeli Supreme Court to lift administrative detentions.

Heavy firing of artillery shells north of Gaza Strip
PIC - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired artillery shells on Wednesday evening at northern Gaza Strip.

Los Angeles Times

Video shows Syrian rebels may have U.S.-made antitank missiles
LA Times 24 Apr 2014 - AMMAN, Jordan -- Video has surfaced that appears to show antitank guided missiles in the hands of a rebel faction operating in southern Syria, the latest indication that sophisticated U.S. weaponry is making its way to antigovernment fighters in Syria.

Israel suspends peace talks with Palestinians
LA Times 24 Apr 2014 - Israel objects to Palestinian unity deal between Fatah and Hamas. JERUSALEM — Israel suspended its involvement in peace talks Thursday after a Palestinian deal that would bring the militant Islamic group Hamas into a broader Palestinian government.

Israel suspends peace talks with Palestinians over unity deal
LA Times 24 Apr 2014 - JERUSALEM -- Israel is suspending its involvement in peace talks and planning a series of sanctions against the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced Thursday.

Deadly Middle East respiratory virus surge continues in Saudi Arabia
LA Times 23 Apr 2014 - Eleven new cases of the occasionally fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, were reported in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, two days after the nation’s health minister was replaced.

Palestinians' Hamas and Fatah factions say they have a unity deal
LA Times 23 Apr 2014 - A Hamas-Fatah reconciliation accord could halt the faltering Israeli-Palestinian talks and complicate relations with the U.S. GAZA CITY — Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas on Wednesday announced a reconciliation deal to end their seven-year schism, in a further blow to U.S.-led efforts to broker...

New York Times

2 Journalists in Lebanon Are Charged by Tribunal
New York Times 24 Apr 2014 - The international tribunal dealing with the killing of a former Lebanese prime minister has charged two journalists with contempt of court and obstruction of justice.

Memo From Damascus: If Assad Wins War, Challenge From His Own Sect May Follow
New York Times 24 Apr 2014 - Some loyalists of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria would be likely to push for a bigger share of power if they came to feel safe from the threat of insurgent revenge.

World Briefing: Saudi Arabia: 4 New Deaths Reported From Virus
New York Times 24 Apr 2014 - In the past 24 hours, Saudi Arabia has reported four new deaths from a Middle East virus and 36 more cases of infection.

World Briefing: Iraq: Bomber Kills at Least 11 People South of Baghdad
New York Times 24 Apr 2014 - A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-filled car into a police checkpoint south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 11 people, officials said.

U.N. Finds Humanitarian Aid Still Blocked in Syria, Despite Resolution
New York Times 24 Apr 2014 - Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have no access to medical supplies, blocked by the warring sides, a report concludes.

Israel Halts Talks, Citing Palestinian Unity Agreement
New York Times 24 Apr 2014 - The Israeli government said that it would not under any circumstances negotiate with a Palestinian government that was backed by Hamas, the militant Islamic group.

Britain Moves to Prevent Young People From Joining Syrian War
New York Times 24 Apr 2014 - The campaign reflects growing concern in Europe that jihadists returning home from the conflict represent a “great danger.”

World Briefing: Syria: First Candidate Announces Presidential Run
New York Times 23 Apr 2014 - A Syrian lawmaker, Maher Abdul-Hafiz Hajjar, registered Wednesday as a candidate for the country’s June 3 presidential election, which President Bashar al-Assad is likely to win.

World Briefing: Britain: Blair Speaks Out on Islamic Extremism
New York Times 23 Apr 2014 - Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, said Wednesday that the spread of Islamic extremism represented “the biggest threat to global security of the 21st century.”

Palestinian Rivals Announce Unity Pact, Drawing U.S. and Israeli Rebuke
New York Times 23 Apr 2014 - The deal between Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization appeared more serious than past attempts, experts said, and came as hopes faded for a resolution to peace negotiations with Israel.

Iranian Prison Chief Is Removed After Reports of Attack on Inmates
New York Times 23 Apr 2014 - The move by the judiciary, called a promotion, came amid criticism over a violent raid on political prisoners at Evin, Tehran’s largest prison facility.

Diplomatic Efforts on Syria Have Failed, U.N. Chiefs Say
New York Times 23 Apr 2014 - Civilians in war zones remain in need of urgent assistance, the heads of five United Nations agencies warned in a joint statement.

World Briefing: Egypt: U.S. to Deliver Helicopters
New York Times 23 Apr 2014 - The United States will deliver to Egypt 10 Apache helicopters that were held up last year after President Mohamed Morsi was deposed.

World Briefing: Iraq: 10 Guards Are Killed at Polling Center
New York Times 22 Apr 2014 - Militants wearing military uniforms attacked a balloting center in a remote northern area and killed the guards, a senior police official said on Tuesday.


Articles


Why Fatah-Hamas reconciliation might just work this time
Samer Badawi, +972 Magazine 4/23/2014
      Unlike previous efforts, the current Palestinian reconciliation agreement appears to have been cemented from within; and it might just offer a lifeline to Gaza.
     Just as word emerged early Wednesday of an imminent unity accord between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seized upon the news to issue his Palestinian counterpart an ultimatum: Make peace with Hamas, and you can forget about peace with Israel. In lockstep, Netanyahu’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman immediately dubbed any intra-Palestinian reconciliation a veritable “termination of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.”
     If that was a bluff, the Palestinians did not flinch. By the end of the day, the rival factions had announced a way forward on deals they had previously inked in Doha and Cairo. There would be elections within six months, and in the interim, a unity government—with Mahmoud Abbas the “prime minister” at its helm.
     Welcome to the post-Oslo world.
     It’s not as if Netanyahu and Co. didn’t see it coming. After all, it was the Israeli government, which controls Palestinians’ access to Gaza from the West Bank, that had waved Fatah delegates through the Erez crossing a day earlier. The rationale must have been simple. One week ahead of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s deadline for a so-called “framework agreement,” the Israeli premier is hell-bent to pin Kerry’s failure on Abbas — even if that means pushing the latter closer to Israel’s sworn enemy, Hamas.
     Abbas, for his part, seems oblivious to the charge. As if anticipating Liberman’s bluff, he again threatened on Tuesday to disband the Palestinian Authority should a framework agreement with the Israelis remain elusive....

Martin Indyk and the moral crisis at heart of Obama’s peace
Ramzy Baroud, Ma’an News Agency 4/24/2014
      To understand how thoughtless the US latest "peace process" drive has been, one only needs to consider some of the characters involved in this political theater.
     One particular character who stands out as a testament to the inherently futile exercise is Martin Indyk.
     Indyk, a former US ambassador to Israel, was selected by Secretary of State John Kerry for the role of Special Envoy for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
     Under normal circumstances, Kerry's selection may appear somewhat rational. Former ambassadors oftentimes possess the needed expertise to navigate challenging political landscapes in countries where they previously served. But these are not normal circumstances, and Indyk is hardly a diplomat in the strict use of the term.
     As the US-sponsored peace process began to falter, Kerry made a peculiar move by dispatching his envoy Indyk to Jerusalem. On Friday, April 18, Indyk took on the task of speaking to both sides separately. International media depicted the event as a last ditch effort to revive the talks, and to help bridge the gap between the PA's Mahmoud Abbas and Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu.
     The envoy visit took place a day after intense and difficult talks were reported to have taken place between Israeli and PA negotiators. "No breakthrough was made," an official Palestinian source told AFP of the Thursday meeting.
     It was not that any progress was expected. Both sides are not talking about resolving the conflict per se, but the deliberations were mostly concerned with deferring Kerry's deadline for a "framework agreement," slated for April 29.

Israel suspends talks, and Washington’s hypocrisy on Hamas
Michael Omer-Man, +972 Magazine 4/24/2014
      By suspending talks over Hamas’s inclusion in the Palestinian leadership, Netanyahu is proving that he was never seeking either a legitimate partner, or a legitimate peace.
     The Israeli government announced that it is suspending peace talks with the Palestinians on Thursday as a response to the reconciliation deal signed a day earlier by Hamas and the Fatah-dominated PLO.
     In choosing to disconnect from the already flailing peacemaking process, Israel is demonstrating that it never intended to make peace with the Palestinians, but rather with the “good Palestinians.”
     Refusing to conduct peace talks with Hamas is one thing, but Netanyahu has decided to boycott Abbas because he had the gall to reconstruct his fractured government – a Palestinian societal and political wound that was one of the biggest obstacles to peace. (Read Noam Sheizaf on why the reconciliation deal is good for peace.)
     Israel and the United States may have given Mahmoud Abbas a mandate to conduct peace negotiations without Hamas, but his mandate from the Palestinian people — at least a democratic one — expired a long time ago.
     President Abbas’ term in office ended over five years ago. The last elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council, which Hamas won, took place eight years ago. (Fifty PLC members have seen the inside of Israeli prisons since, many under administrative detention.) The PLO (its Central Committee), too, hasn’t seen a ballot box in 18 years.
     A reconciliation deal with Hamas that ensures new elections would renew Abbas’ mandate to negotiate peace, or revoke it once and for all. Furthermore, Abbas, like Netanyahu, has declared that any peace deal must be put to referendum, which could not take place absent some rapprochement with Hamas....

Antagonising Iran: A strategic miscalculation?
Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Al Jazeera 4/22/2014
      How the 'crippling sanctions' policy has started to cripple the tormentor.
     Even though it was a major exporter of crude oil and held some of the world's largest natural gas reserves, Iran made a compelling case over half-a-century ago that it needed, almost immediately, to produce an additional 20,000 megawatts of electricity by constructing 23 nuclear power plants. At the same time, Iran's government made the case that the country needed to acquire the capacity to enrich uranium in order to fabricate the reactor fuel for such an ambitious programme.
     Western governments eagerly endorsed these arguments, praising Iran's then Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's ambition to rapidly modernise Iran while overlooking the reality that he was presiding over a ruthless dictatorship and diverting much needed capital to purchase massive amounts of weapons from the US and other Western countries. And so, during the 1960s and 1970s, billions of dollars were invested in establishing an Iranian nuclear programme and training thousands of Iranian nuclear experts in the West - until Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution replaced the monarchy with an Islamic Republic.
     After charging enormous sums of money to build the infrastructure for a comprehensive nuclear industry in Iran, Western companies pulled out of the country, leaving large numbers of highly qualified experts and scholars wondering about their fate. Iran's new political leaders recognised the importance of an advanced nuclear programme to progress in fields such as medicine, agriculture, industry and energy; attempts were made to find foreign partners to complete the projects, but with little success. Progress in Iran's nuclear development only resumed after Iranians learned to rely on themselves and their own scientists to move the programme forward.
     The US, which had enthusiastically supported Iran's nuclear programme under the Western-backed shah, had now become Tehran's leading antagonist, relentlessly threatening countries to refrain from cooperating with Iran....


Electronic Intifada
Palestinians celebrate Easter in reclaimed Galilee village
Electronic Intifada: 24 Apr 2014 - Descendants of Iqrit refugees “did not wait for the Israeli authorities’ permission to return to their land.” more..

In Gaza
love, life, loss
In Gaza: 24 Apr 2014 - It’s 9 pm and an engagement party raging in hotel has just started. It’s the usual insanely-loud and energetic music I know from Gaza, Palestine. The small crowd in the courtyard below clap, hoot and cheer for the couple. The singer is blasting a patriotic, speaking of Syria and the president…”ya Reis, ya baladi…” (my president, my country)… Life goes on despite the “rebel” mortars shelling Damascus, the “rebel” car bombs tearing into Homs, the martyrs, the (documented) decapitations by the “rebels”, their pillages, their desecration. As with Palestine, the more I get to know Syria, the more personal it does become, knowing that inevitably people who’ve conversed with me will be among the statistics (or friends of mine here who are suffering the loss of their friends)…the sadder I am at at the loss of lives and at the manufactured destruction of a country which many have told me...more

Palestine Chronicle
Colombia Professor Victorious in His Quest for Academic Freedom – Video
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Apr 2014 - After Iymen Chehade’s class at Columbia College Chicago was canceled, he realized that his academic freedom had been violated and skillfully protested until his class was reinstated. In this exclusive KAKE interview, Chehade discusses the importance of recognizing and fighting for academic freedom in schools across the globe. (Interviewer: Kellen Winters @_ITSKELS @_KAKEME – Filmed and edited by @AndrewZeiter & @FragDfilms.)more

UN Report on Palestine: Military Occupation, Apartheid, and Torture
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Apr 2014 - By Ludwig Watzal The outgoing Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard A. Falk, submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution 5/1 his last report on the dire conditions under which the Palestinian people have to live.  Falk’s final presentation addresses Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the wall in the eyes of the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice, and considers Israel’s policies and practices in Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) in light of the prohibition on segregation and apartheid. It also addresses concern in relation to the deterioration of the human rights situation of Palestinians living under the Israeli blockade in the Gaza Strip. The report focuses on the wall and the 2004 Advisory Opinion; Israeli colonies and the fragmentation of occupied Palestine, the besieged Gaza Strip, the Question of apartheid and segregation,...more

Survival Is the Saudi Key Word
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Apr 2014 - By Nicola Nasser Survival is the key word to understand the Saudi dynasty’s latest external and internal policies. These are designed to pre-empt change but paradoxically they are creating more enemies in a changing world order marked by turbulent regional geopolitics and growing internal demands for change. The seventy-year old strategic oil for security US-Saudi alliance seemed about to crack on its 69th anniversary ahead of the summit meeting of US President Barak Obama and king Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz in March. With the US now committed to pivoting east and possibly on track to become an oil exporter by 2017, American and Saudi policies are no longer identical. Former US President George W. Bush’s democracy campaign, which Saudi opposed, alerted its rulers to be on guard. The Arab popular protests since 2011 pushed them into leading a regional defensive counterrevolution and ever since the gap in bilateral relations has...more

The Signing of the Palestinian Spring
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Apr 2014 - By Vacy Vlazna At the low point of the farcical ‘peace’ process stalemate, President Mahmoud Abbas signed, on Tuesday 1st April 2014, letters of accession to 15 multilateral treaties and conventions, (a right gained following Palestine’s upgrade to Observer State status by the UN General Assembly back in November 2012) in defiance of Israel’s refusal to release 30 pre-Oslo prisoners on 29 March 2014. Instead, once ratified, Palestinians should look forward to a mass release of political prisoners detained by the Palestinian Authority (PA) headed by the unelected Mahmoud Abbas. Al Haq estimates that there are 60 political prisoners in PA detention centres where torture , such as suffered by Osamah Nayef al-Shawamreh, is rampant. Among the conventions are The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) and The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) which will have liberating implications for Palestinians living...more

Boston and Baghdad
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Apr 2014 - By Ralph Nader Greater Boston and its citizens are the focus of media attention in recognition of the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that took three innocent lives and injured over 264 people, some of them severely. City leaders praised the heroism of the first responders and the deepened community spirit (“Boston Strong”). Addressing 2,500 invited Bostonians, including the bereaved families, Vice President Biden said “You have become the face of America’s resolve, not unlike what happened in 9/11…for the whole world to see. People know all about you. They know your pride, they know your courage, they know your resolve, they know who you are.” There followed a procession down Boylston Street with bagpipers playing. Meanwhile six thousand miles away in Iraq, there are terror bombings of innocent civilians almost every day. A sample: On April 9, 2014, the New York Times reported that “The Iraqi capital,...more

The Idea of Israel – Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Apr 2014 - Reviewed by Jim Miles (The Idea of Israel – A History of Power and Knowledge. Ilan Pappe. Verso/New Left Books, London, 2014.) This is a powerfully written unsettling work that relates the story of Israel from the perspective of how ideas are changed and manipulated for the benefit of the state. Unfortunately the majority of citizens of most countries are susceptible to the ideation/ideology of the mainstream of political thought as it is supported by the mainstream press. In the case of Israel, image and ideation, its narrative and ideology, are of paramount importance for the survival of the state beyond its military strength and relatively successful integration into the globalized corporate governed world. For a brief decade, generally within the 1990s, the Israeli narrative, its foundational ideas, were challenged by a small group of academics known as the new historians. In a factual sense they brought forward many details...more


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