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Sunday, January 23, 2011
Israel’s internal inquiry into killing of humanitarian aid workers finds no wrongdoing
IMEMC - Sunday January 23, 2011 - 19:21, The commission created by the Israeli government to ‘investigate’ the Israeli attack on a humanitarian aid flotilla in international waters in May 2010 has issued its first report, claiming that Israeli soldiers “acted in self defense”. The “internal investigation” has been called into question by international bodies for its failure to interview any of the hundreds of witnesses on the ships, relying only on the testimonies of the soldiers themselves.

Two Settlers, Detained By P.A Police In Nablus, Handed Over To Israel
IMEMC - Sunday January 23, 2011 - 11:39, After a group of extremist settlers went to the northern West Bank city of Nablus reportedly to visit Joseph’s Tomb, when Palestinian police arrested two of them as they did not coordinate the visit with the Israeli and the Palestinian Coordination Offices. The Israeli army arrested six while the two arrested by P.A police were later handed to Israel.

Two Workers Wounded By Army Fire Near Hebron
IMEMC - Sunday January 23, 2011 - 10:31, Palestinian medical sources reported Sunday that two workers were shot and wounded by Israeli army fire south of Hebron city, in the southern part of the West Bank.

'What more can I give?'
1/24/2011 - DUBAI (AFP) -- Palestinian negotiators offered in 2008 to cede vast swathes of annexed East Jerusalem in peace talks with Israel, Al-Jazeera news channel reported on Sunday, citing "secret documents."Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erakat, however, questioned on the Doha-based channel, said the Palestinian leadership had "nothing to hide" and dismissed most of the report as.... Related: AlJazeera: "The biggest Yerushalayim"

Soldier shoots Palestinians at Hebron checkpoint
1/23/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) - Israeli soldiers shot and injured two Palestinian workers Sunday morning in the occupied West Bank, medics said. Israel's military said they sped through a checkpoint. Muhammad Al-Qimary, 25, was treated for a gunshot wound to the foot and Akram Jamil Samamra, 28, for injuries to the torso that he....

Prison service cancels family visits at Nafha jail
1/23/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - Israel's prison service informed the Red Cross that family visits for Palestinian prisoners held at Nafha prison scheduled for Sunday were cancelled. Activist in Palestinian prisoners affairs Muyassar Atiyani told Ma'an that the decision came to punish prisoners after they carried out comprehensive strike on Friday and....

Israel probe: Gaza flotilla raid was 'legal'
1/23/2011 - By Sara HusseinJERUSALEM (AFP) - An Israeli probe ruled on Sunday that a May 2010 raid on Gaza-bound aid ships that killed nine Turks was in keeping with international law, a finding which "stunned and dismayed" Ankara. In its preliminary findings released the same day, a Turkish investigation said Israeli troops had used "disproportionate" force in.... Related: Israel probe report on flotilla raid due

Islamic Jihad: PA responsible for assault on leader
1/23/2011 - JENIN (Ma'an) - The Islamic Jihad movement said Saturday that Palestinian Authority security services were responsible for an assault by masked men against Sheikh Khadr Adnan, one of the movement's West Bank leaders. A statement from Islamic Jihad claimed that several masked assailants attacked Sheikh Adnan at his place of work in....

PA returns settlers who entered Nablus
1/23/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security on Saturday night detained two Israeli settlers who attempted to visit Joseph's Tomb near Nablus in the northern West Bank. Fifteen settlers arrived in the village of Kafr Qallil before midnight and clashed with locals, officials said. Youths pelted the settlers with stones forcing them to....

Egypt says Palestinian group behind church bombing
1/23/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Egyptian Interior Minister Habib Al-Adly said Sunday that a Palestinian group was behind the New Year's church attack in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria that killed more than 20 people." The Palestinian Islamic Army, which has links to Al-Qaeda, is behind the attack on the Al-Qiddissin church in Alexandria," Adly said....

Hamas, PA reject Lieberman's border proposal
1/23/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erakat on Sunday rejected Israel's foreign minister's plan for a Palestinian state on provisional borders. Avigdor Lieberman has drafted a map which would "freeze the existing situation in the territories, with minor changes," a ministry official told the Israeli daily Haaretz. According to....

Workers union slams PA over ongoing rise in prices
1/23/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The ongoing price rise in Palestinian markets now includes local products, after the Jerusalem Cigarette Co. announced officially Sunday that the company's brands would go up. Sources in the company said prices of all seven brands of cigarettes they produce will increase. Imperial and Alia will be sold for....

Report: Palestinians to set currency this year
1/23/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestine Monetary Authority will in the coming months set the framework for issuing a new currency, a Palestinian Authority official said Saturday."This year will be one of deciding on the monetary regime for the Palestinian state," Ramallah Gov. Jihad Al-Wazir told Bloomberg news. Before the Palestine Pound can be....

Peppers to be exported from Gaza for first time
1/23/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) - Israeli authorities decided to partly open the Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip on Sunday for deliveries of goods, humanitarian aid and fuel while limited quantities of flowers and peppers will be exported to Europe. Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said that 160-170 truckloads....

France urges resumption of Middle East peace talks
1/23/2011 - AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) -- France is ready to host another donor conference for Palestinians if the Palestinian-Israeli peace process is resumed, Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie has said. France is "available to organise a second conference of donors," and "we are ready to host them in Paris," Alliot-Marie said during a meeting with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas....

Israel probe report on flotilla raid due
1/23/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- A commission probing Israel's deadly 2010 raid on a flotilla of aid ships trying to reach Gaza was to release its first report on Sunday, and was expected to exonerate the military of any wrongdoing. The commando raid on the group of aid ships killed nine Turkish activists, souring previously strong.... Related: Israel probe: Gaza flotilla raid was 'legal'

Crisis looming between PA and teachers
1/23/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma-an) -- The Palestinian teachers' union on Sunday issued the Palestinian Authority a time limit to improve workers' salaries and allowances. Union leaders met in Ramallah and released a statement calling on the PA to fulfill its promises and improve salaries by February 6." As a result of the government's failure....

Man sentenced to 12 years on treason charge
1/23/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian Authority court on Sunday sentenced a man to 12 years hard labor in prison on a charge of treason. Three judges presided over the court in the West Bank city of Qalqiliya, and reduced a life sentence to 12 years due to the young age of the man. Qalqiliya....

PA accuses Hamas of firing medical staff
1/23/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry on Sunday released the names of employees who it claimed were dismissed by security forces in Gaza. The Ramallah ministry demanded that the employees were reinstated to their positions in medicine warehouses in the Gaza Strip to facilitate the provision of medicine to residents. The ministry....

Police exhume teenager's body in Hebron
1/23/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Palestinian security forces on Sunday exhumed the body of a teenager buried Friday, police said. Police chief Ramadan Awad said the criminal intelligence department received information that a family near Hebron buried their 18-year-old son on Friday morning. The family did not follow legal procedures, which require that a doctor....

Former PLC member dies
1/23/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Former Palestinian Legislative Council member Beshara Daoud died on Sunday aged 75 in the West Bank city of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem. Daoud was elected in the first legislative vote held after the establishment of the Palestinian Authority. He was known for his struggle against Israel's occupation. In the....

Christian leader backs Hariri for Lebanon PM
1/23/2011 - BEIRUT (AFP) -- Lebanese Christian leader Samir Geagea called on Saturday for caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri to be re-appointed as government leader as the country's political groups jockeyed for power." We are in a tense conflict over every parliamentary vote," Geagea told a news conference at his residence in Maarab, 25 kilometers (15....

Hezbollah chief to address Lebanon crisis
1/23/2011 - BEIRUT (AFP) -- Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah will give a televised speech on Sunday to address a deepening political crisis in Lebanon, the powerful Shiite party said in a statement." Nasrallah will appear on Al-Manar TV at 8:30 p. m. Sunday to address the current situation and developments in Lebanon," read the brief statement, referring....

Two decades of secret Israeli-Palestinian accords leaked to media worldwide
Ha'aretz - Al-Jazeera TV begins leaking 1,600 secret documents: PA agreed to concede almost all of East Jerusalem to Israel, accept Israeli demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Netanyahu: Raid on Gaza flotilla was necessary to protect Israel
Ha'aretz - Turkel Commission finds that Israel's blockade on Gaza is legal, and that Israeli soldiers acted in self-defense during raid on a Gaza-bound ship which killed nine Turkish citizens.

Turkey: Israel's probe of Gaza flotilla has no value or credibility
Ha'aretz - Israel's Turkel Commission finds that IDF soldiers acted in self-defense during raid on Gaza-bound ship, concludes Israel's blockade of Gaza is in accordance with international law.

Gaza flotilla report proves Israel is a law-abiding country, Barak says
Ha'aretz - Balad MK Hanin Zuabi, who took part in the flotilla, says report completely ignored the killing of nine Turkish activists during the May 2010 raid., First part of Turkel Commission report finds that Israel's naval blockade of Gaza does not break international law., Al-Qaida-linked Army of Islam said responsible for attack in Alexandria earlier this month that killed over 20 Coptic Christians.

L.A. Times on Israel: Rising racism, homophobia and discrimination
Ha'aretz - Major U.S. newspaper follows what it calls is a recent 'wave of intolerance' that is washing the country.

IDF soldiers open fire at Palestinian vehicle near West Bank checkpoint
Ha'aretz - Preliminary reports indicate that the Israeli soldiers wounded 2 Palestinians after their car attempted to breach a checkpoint near the city of Hebron

Erekat: Lieberman's reported map of Palestinian state is a 'joke'
Ha'aretz - Speaking with Army Radio, chief PA negotiator urges a return to peace talks, adding that a Palestinian state is coming, and there's nothing Israeli can do about it.

Former U.S. diplomats to Obama: Support UN draft condemning Israeli settlements
Ha'aretz - Letter sent by former U.S. senior officials says the time has come to send clear signal to the parties, world that the U.S. will approach the conflict with objectivity and respect for international law.

Tony Blair: West must be prepared to use force against Iran
Ha'aretz - As six world powers enter second day of talks with Iran in Istanbul the former U.K. prime minister warns that Iran is a 'looming and coming challenge' which preaches 'against our way of life.'

Would the isolation of America persuade Obama not to veto?
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - Despite strong U.S. opposition, a proposed resolution condemning Israeli settlements on the occupied West Bank did make it to the UN Security Council. It was not put to a vote and no vote is expected for some time, if ever, because of the probability as things stand of an American veto. But given growing global...

Palestinian leaders weak – and increasingly desperateLeaked documents show PA and PLO leaders pleading with dismissive US officials in face of Israel's unyielding negotiators
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - The overwhelming impression that emerges from the confidential records of a decade of Middle East peace talks is of the weakness and desperation of Palestinian leaders, the unyielding correctness of Israeli negotiators and the often contemptuous attitude towards the Palestinian side shown by US politicians and officials. It is a picture that graphically illustrates the...

Secret papers reveal slow death of Middle East peace process
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - The biggest leak of confidential documents in the history of the Middle East conflict has revealed that Palestinian negotiators secretly agreed to accept Israel's annexation of all but one of the settlements built illegally in occupied East Jerusalem. This unprecedented proposal was one of a string of concessions that will cause shockwaves among Palestinians and...

Erekat's solution for the HaramThe PA's chief negotiator suggested unprecedented compromises on the division of Jerusalem and its holy sites.
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - Saeb Erekat, the chief negotiator of the Palestinian Authority (PA), had suggested unprecedented compromises on the division of Jerusalem and its holy sites, the Palestine Papers obtained by Al Jazeera show. Minutes of negotiations at the US State Department in Washington DC indicate that Erekat was willing to concede control over the Haram al-Sharif, or...

"The biggest Yerushalayim"PA offered to concede almost all of East Jerusalem, an historic concession for which Israel offered nothing in return.
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - ...But The Palestine Papers reveal that Israel had no reason to halt construction in Ramat Shlomo. That’s because Palestinian negotiators agreed in 2008 to allow Israel to annex this settlement, along with almost every other bit of illegal construction in the Jerusalem area – an historic concession for which they received nothing in return. The...

The "napkin map" revealedThe Palestine Papers include a rendering of the Israeli land swap map presented in mid-2008 to Mahmoud Abbas.
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - The Palestinian Authority proposed an unprecedented land swap to the Israeli government, offering to annex virtually all of the illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem. Not only did the Israeli government offer no concessions in return, but – as The Palestine Papers now reveal – it responded with an even more aggressive land swap: Israeli...

Introducing The Palestine PapersAl Jazeera has obtained more than 1,600 internal documents from a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - Over the last several months, Al Jazeera has been given unhindered access to the largest-ever leak of confidential documents related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There are nearly 1,700 files, thousands of pages of diplomatic correspondence detailing the inner workings of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. These documents – memos, e-mails, maps, minutes from private meetings, accounts...

14 year old child arrested in night raid in Nabi Saleh
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - The repression of Nabi Saleh continued last night as the army raided the village for the third time in two weeks. Last week, the army raided over twenty Nabi Saleh homes, photographed youth and collected their ID information. Last night, between the hours of two and three in the morning, soldiers raided homes and arrested...

The similarities between Western press and fake anti-imperialism
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - ...One can't expect much from the media that represents the international policies of the US/Israel politico-corporate elites. Now how about the fake leftists? Fake-Leftists, similar to the Western press, cover or sympathize with the oppressed population if their oppressor is known to be on the friend-list of US/Israel and mock and insult the oppressed population...

Water authority discloses Israeli crime on Gaza's water supply
Uruknet January 23, 2011 -- Gaza's water authority has uncovered a crime Israel has been committing against the Gaza Strip's water supply. Over the last three decades, Mekerot, an Israeli water company, has been supplying the strip with no more than 5 million cubic meters of water annually, actually an integral part of the water Israel drains from the occupied...

Israeli soldier shoots Palestinians at Hebron checkpoint
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - Israeli soldiers shot and injured two Palestinian workers Sunday morning in the occupied West Bank, medics said. Israel's military said they sped through a checkpoint. Muhammad Al-Qimary, 25, was treated for a gunshot wound to the foot and Akram Jamil Samamra, 28, for injuries to the torso that he sustained in the incident in Ar-Ramadin...

Turkel Committee's Conclusions on the Gaza Blockade and Israel's Attacks on the Freedom Flotilla Contradict International Law and the UN Fact-Finding Mission
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - Once again, Israel defies international law and all common sense by issuing the first part of their Turkel Committee report, absolving itself from piracy, murder on the high seas and theft. Below is the eloquent response from Adalah, ('Justice’ in Arabic) an independent human rights organization and legal center based in Israel. It works to...

America's treatment of detainees
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - Amnesty International has written a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates objecting to the conditions of Bradley Manning's detention, which was first reported here. The group denounces the oppressive conditions under which Manning is being held as "unnecessarily harsh and punitive," and further states they "appear to breach the USA’s obligations under international standards and...

Another young stone-collector is killed in Gaza
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - It had been only eight days since the last innocent was killed. People die here one after another, killed one by one, without consequences, without justice, without an outcry in the media. Innocent civilians trying to make a living amidst the stifling four-year siege. Palestinian civilians, whose lives become only an entry in the statistics: "...

The Israeli Gaza flotilla inquiry whitewashes evidence of wrongdoing
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - The Turkel Committee, investigating the legality of Israel’s lethal response to the Gaza Flotilla in May 2010, has published the first part of its conclusions. The omens for the report were not good, and unfortunately, its 248 pages (Hebrew) reinforce the impression that this inquiry was a sham, intended to whitewash any Israeli wrongdoing involved...

Deaths of Detainees in U.S. Custody - Documents Released January 14, 2011
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - On October 16, 2009, the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the government seeking all records relating to the deaths of detainees in U.S. custody as part of the so-called "war on terror." On January 14, 2011, the government released its first batch of documents consisting of 2,624 pages, which include approximately...

Survivors respond to Israeli 'whitewash'
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - Survivors of the raid on the Gaza Flotilla have responded to an Israeli investigation into the incidents. Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip and its deadly raid on a flotilla of aid ships bound for the coastal enclave last year conform with international law, an Israeli investigation has stated. The raid saw nine Turkish...

Israeli panel: Flotilla raid legal
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - An Israeli inquiry commission has defended the actions of the country's troops during a deadly raid on a Turkish-led flotilla of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip last year. The core findings were issued in a 300-page report released on Sunday by an Israeli government-appointed panel. Made up of four Israelis and two foreign...

London’s Foreign Office might as well relocate to Tel Aviv
Uruknet January 23, 2011 - What our Foreign Office minister said on his recent visit to Israel and occupied Palestine shows more clearly than ever why the struggle in the Holy Land extends all the way to our own front door here in the UK. The new minister in charge of Middle East affairs, Alistair Burt, was there to reward...

On Hamas
Uruknet January 22, 2011 - M. came over and discussed the Hamas government. "They are occupying the culture," he told me. "Our grandparents used to dance Dabka together, boys and girls, now this is forbidden. What is Hamas doing?"... Another friend, A., my most radical friend in Gaza, told me, "I don't like Hamas but I hate the left the...

Israel Denies Food to Gaza
23 Jan 2011 - Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli apartheid policies against the innocent population of Gaza continues. Not different from the Nazi regime against the Jews in the 2nd world war, Israel adopts similar policies against civilians in Gaza estimated of 1.7 million.

Al Jazeera Introducing leaked Palestine Papers
23 Jan 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - Over the last several months, Al Jazeera has been given unhindered access to the largest-ever leak of confidential documents related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There are nearly 1,700 files, thousands of pages of diplomatic correspondence detailing the inner workings of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. These documents – memos, e-mails, maps, minutes from private meetings, accounts of...

Al Jazeera reveals: The "napkin map" revealed
23 Jan 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - The Palestinian Authority proposed an unprecedented land swap to the Israeli government, offering to annex virtually all of the illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem.

Al Jazeera reveals documents on Peace Process
23 Jan 2011 - US, (Pal Telegraph) - "The biggest Yerushalayim" - For all the international controversy over construction at this quiet settlement in north Jerusalem, there is little of it in evidence. The controversy came last year, when the Jerusalem municipality approved 1,600 new housing tenders while Joe Biden, the US vice-president, was visiting Israel. But construction has yet to begin, and residents...

Sunni Muslims in Lebanon warn Hizbollah: 'Don't ignore us'
The National 24 Jan 2011 - Leaders of Lebanon's Sunnis warn against 'ignoring the Sunni majority and the parliament majority' and 'the dangers of an imposed government' over choice of country's new prime minister.

Turkish anger as Israel says attack on Gaza flotilla was legal
The National 24 Jan 2011 - Findings of an Israeli investigation into a deadly raid on flotilla of Gaza-bound aid ships 'biased and meaningless. says Turkey.

'Lieberman plan' to cut future Palestine state by half
The National 24 Jan 2011 - Israeli foreign minister's map gives 50% of West Bank to Israel in proposal for a provisional Palestinian state described as a ploy to keep illegal settlements intact.

"The biggest Yerushalayim"
AlJazeera 23 Jan 2011 - PA offered to concede almost all of East Jerusalem, an historic concession for which Israel offered nothing in return.

Erekat's solution for the Haram
AlJazeera 23 Jan 2011 - The PA's chief negotiator suggested unprecedented compromises on the division of Jerusalem and its holy sites.

The "napkin map" revealed
AlJazeera 23 Jan 2011 - The Palestine Papers include a rendering of the Israeli land swap map presented in mid-2008 to Mahmoud Abbas.

"Shocking revelations" on Jerusalem
AlJazeera 23 Jan 2011 - The chief Palestinian negotiator appears disconnected from his own people and his wider Arab and Muslim constituency.

"The biggest Yerushalayim"
AlJazeera - The Palestine Papers23 Jan 2011 - PA offered to concede almost all of East Jerusalem, an historic concession for which Israel offered nothing in return.

The "napkin map" revealed
AlJazeera - The Palestine Papers23 Jan 2011 - The Palestine Papers include a rendering of the Israeli land swap map presented in mid-2008 to Mahmoud Abbas.

Erekat's solution for the Haram
AlJazeera - The Palestine Papers23 Jan 2011 - The PA's chief negotiator suggested unprecedented compromises on the division of Jerusalem and its holy sites.

"Shocking revelations" on Jerusalem
AlJazeera - The Palestine Papers23 Jan 2011 - The chief Palestinian negotiator appears disconnected from his own people and his wider Arab and Muslim constituency.

"Risks for peace"
AlJazeera - The Palestine Papers23 Jan 2011 - The overwhelming conclusion one draws from this record is that the process for a two-state solution is essentially over.

Reaction to the leaked Palestine papers
The Guardian 23 Jan 2011 - Palestinian negotiators have angrily dismissed accounts as lies, fabrications and half truths As Palestinian negotiators named in the secret accounts of negotiations with Israel angrily dismissed them as lies, fabrications and half truths, there was an...

Letters: Ian McEwan and the implications of accepting the Jerusalem prize
The Guardian 23 Jan 2011 - Israel has illegally occupied East Jerusalem since 1967. The Arab residents of what ought to be the capital of a Palestinian state are instead subjected to house demolition, routine humiliation at checkpoints, and arrest and/or expulsion...

Palestine papers: Now we know. Israel had a peace partner
The Guardian 23 Jan 2011 - The classified documents show Palestinians willing to go to extreme lengths and Israel holding a firm line on any peace deal Who will be most damaged by this extraordinary glimpse into the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian...

Israel spurned Palestinian offer of 'biggest Yerushalayim in history'
The Guardian 23 Jan 2011 - Leaked papers reveal negotiators proposed concessions on East Jerusalem settlements, Sheikh Jarrah and Old City holy sites Palestinian negotiators secretly agreed to allow Israel to annex all but one of the settlements built in occupied East...

Secret papers reveal slow death of Middle East peace process
The Guardian 23 Jan 2011 - • Massive new leak lifts lid on negotiations • PLO offered up key settlements in East Jerusalem • Concessions made on refugees and Holy sites The biggest leak of confidential documents in the history of the...

This seemingly endless and ugly game of the peace process is now finally over | Karma Nabulsi
The Guardian 23 Jan 2011 - The peace process is a sham. Palestinians must reject their officials and rebuild their movement It's over. Given the shocking nature, extent and detail of these ghastly revelations from behind the closed doors of the Middle...

Palestine papers: Editor's note
The Guardian 23 Jan 2011 - The background to how the Guardian came to publish the documents revealing details of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks The 1,600 or so documents in the Palestine papers were obtained by al-Jazeera and shared in advance of publication...

Palestine papers: Ahmed Qureia
The Guardian 23 Jan 2011 - Lead Palestinian negotiator in 2008 had close relationship with Yasser Arafat and was known for tolerance and charm Ahmed Qureia, better known as Abu Ala, was born in Abu Dis, near Jerusalem, in 1937. He joined...

The Palestinian papers: Pleading for a fig leaf | Editorial
The Guardian 23 Jan 2011 - The secret notes suggest one requires Panglossian optimism to believe that these negotiations can one day be resurrected Gerald Kaufman once described Labour's 1983 manifesto as the longest suicide note in history. If ever a set...

Timeline: Middle East peace talks
The Guardian 23 Jan 2011 - Key moments in the last 20 years of negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians 1991 October Madrid peace conference held with representatives from Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the Palestinians. The three-day talks lay the groundwork...

Gazans Protest French Foreign Minister, Imprisoned Family Members
Alternative Information Center - A group of Gazans protested French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie as she visited Gaza on Friday (21 January).

Vigil in Dublin for Palestinian Prisoners
Alternative Information Center - Around 25 people attended a candle light vigil at the Israeli embassy in Dublin on Wednesday (January 19).

50 in Ma’asara demonstrate against the Separation Wall
Alternative Information Center - Fifty Palestinian, Israeli and international activists demonstrated Friday in the southern West Bank village of Ma'asara.

Worker killed Four Others Injured in Separate Incidents in Gaza and the West Bank
PNN - Gaza – PNN- A Palestinian worker was killed d two other were wounded in an explosion that took place near the Israeli border fence east in Al Zeitoun neighborhood East of Gaza...

Israel’s Commission: Army Attack on Gaza Flotilla was Legal
PNN - Tal Aviv – PNN – The Israeli Turkel Commission, investigating the army attack on the aid flotilla to Gaza, announced on Sunday that the deadly raid was legal. The report, 300 pages...

Turkel report does good job of convincing the convinced
Jeruslalem Post 24 Jan 2011 - The commission's findings could not have been more favorable for Israel, the Defense Ministry and the IDF.

‘Erdogan and Turkish government supported IHH’
Jeruslalem Post 24 Jan 2011 - Info acquired by the Meir Amit Intelligence, Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) says Turkish PM actively supported flotilla to Gaza.

Analysis: Gaza no longer ‘occupied territory'
Jeruslalem Post 24 Jan 2011 - The Turkel C'tee says with humanitarian aid, import restrictions do not constitute collective punishment since they are imposed for security reasons.

PA: Al-Jazeera has declared war on Palestinians
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jan 2011 - Saeb Erekat: This is part of campaign targeting PA, Abbas like Arafat refused to make far-reaching concessions on to Israel on Jerusalem.

'Palileaks': PA agreed to Israeli annexation of J'lem areas
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jan 2011 - Records show Palestinian side of peace talks: Erekat offered "biggest Jerusalem in history" and minimal right of return; PA leaders suggest one-state solution "and struggle for equality in the State of Israel."

Thousands of confidential Palestinian documents leaked
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jan 2011 - Records show Palestinian side of peace talks: Erekat offered "biggest Jerusalem in history" and minimal right of return; PA leaders suggest one-state solution "and struggle for equality in the State of Israel."

FM sources deny existence of 'Lieberman Map' for peace
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jan 2011 - Ministry denies endorsement of provisional Palestinian state; Fatah, Hamas reject idea; visiting Czech FM says it won't work.

Nasrallah: We will not reject any candidate for PM
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jan 2011 - Hizbullah leader says Hariri probe was meant to pressure him; Nasrallah says his party seeks a unity government with a strong leader.

Egypt says Gaza terror group behind Coptic church attack
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jan 2011 - Interior minister says al-Qaida linked group responsible for attack that killed 21; number of people detained in connection with bombing.

Erekat: Palestinian state is coming, Israel can't stop it
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jan 2011 - PA chief negotiator says in interview that there is no partner in Israel, says: "The prime minister told us we should not wait for next government, but we are not waiting for it. We are waiting for you."

'US warns Lebanon against Hizbullah-led gov't'
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jan 2011 - Arab press reports that US will not provide aid if Hizbullah forms new government in Lebanon; Christian leader Samir Geagea warns Shi’ite party will ruin economy, repress personal rights.

EU Pushed to Get Tougher With Israel
IPS In what could be a seismic shift in international attitudes towards Israel's illegal occupation of East Jerusalem, European diplomats are calling for strong action against Israeli policy in a secret document made public recently.

Occupation forces arrest al Nabi Saleh minor in night raid
Stop The Wall - Occupation forces raided the village of al Nabi Saleh late last night, arresting a 13-year-old Islam Tamimi. According to residents, soldiers entered the village at 2:00 in the morning and burst into the family home. They proceeded to severely beat Islam, as well as his mother and father, with both their fists as well as the butts of their rifles. [

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (13-19 January 2011)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Hebron: Checkpoint soldiers shoot driver
1/22/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 21 January, Ma'an News - Soldiers at a flying checkpoint on Route 60 north of Hebron shot and critically wounded a Palestinian citizen of Israel on Thursday night. The Israeli military said events around the shooting were unclear. Security sources identified the man as 28-year-old Jalal Al-Masri, and said he sustained a bullet....

Two decades of secret Israeli-Palestinian accords leaked to media worldwide
Ha'aretz 23 Jan 2011 - Al-Jazeera TV begins leaking 1,600 secret documents: PA agreed to concede almost all of East Jerusalem to Israel, accept Israeli demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Netanyahu: Raid on Gaza flotilla was necessary to protect Israel
Ha'aretz 23 Jan 2011 - Turkel Commission finds that Israel's blockade on Gaza is legal, and that Israeli soldiers acted in self-defense during raid on a Gaza-bound ship which killed nine Turkish citizens.

Turkey: Israel's probe of Gaza flotilla has no value or credibility
Ha'aretz 23 Jan 2011 - Israel's Turkel Commission finds that IDF soldiers acted in self-defense during raid on Gaza-bound ship, concludes Israel's blockade of Gaza is in accordance with international law.

Gaza flotilla report proves Israel is a law-abiding country, Barak says
Ha'aretz 23 Jan 2011 - Balad MK Hanin Zuabi, who took part in the flotilla, says report completely ignored the killing of nine Turkish activists during the May 2010 raid., First part of Turkel Commission report finds that Israel's naval blockade of Gaza does not break international law., Al-Qaida-linked Army of Islam said responsible for attack in Alexandria earlier this month that killed over 20 Coptic Christians.

L.A. Times on Israel: Rising racism, homophobia and discrimination
Ha'aretz 23 Jan 2011 - Major U.S. newspaper follows what it calls is a recent 'wave of intolerance' that is washing the country.

IDF soldiers open fire at Palestinian vehicle near West Bank checkpoint
Ha'aretz 23 Jan 2011 - Preliminary reports indicate that the Israeli soldiers wounded 2 Palestinians after their car attempted to breach a checkpoint near the city of Hebron

Erekat: Lieberman's reported map of Palestinian state is a 'joke'
Ha'aretz 23 Jan 2011 - Speaking with Army Radio, chief PA negotiator urges a return to peace talks, adding that a Palestinian state is coming, and there's nothing Israeli can do about it.

Former U.S. diplomats to Obama: Support UN draft condemning Israeli settlements
Ha'aretz 23 Jan 2011 - Letter sent by former U.S. senior officials says the time has come to send clear signal to the parties, world that the U.S. will approach the conflict with objectivity and respect for international law.

Tony Blair: West must be prepared to use force against Iran
Ha'aretz 23 Jan 2011 - As six world powers enter second day of talks with Iran in Istanbul the former U.K. prime minister warns that Iran is a 'looming and coming challenge' which preaches 'against our way of life.'

Student Union appeals to High Court against yeshiva student stipends
Ha'aretz - Director general of Reform Movement which took part in petition says 'the government decision to continue paying stipends to Yeshiva students is conscientious bankruptcy.'

World leaders send condolences to President Shimon Peres on loss of his wife
Ha'aretz - The President receives phone calls from Hillary Clinton, King Abdullah of Jordan and Egyptian President Mubarak after his wife, Sonia Peres, passes away at age 87.

Israel moves to turn deserted Palestinian village into luxury housing project
Ha'aretz - Israelis and Palestinians dedicated to the village Lifta's preservation have called the plan to build 212 luxury units and a small hotel the end for the last Arab village of its kind.

Gaza Strip land crossings weekly status report 9 - 15 January 2011
Relief Web 23 Jan 2011 - Source: Government of Israel

OPT: Japan donates US$10 million for Palestine refugees
Relief Web 23 Jan 2011 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

OPT: Farmers can export again, but livelihoods precarious
Relief Web 23 Jan 2011 - Source: Integrated Regional Information Networks

Egypt blames group behind Shalit kidnapping for church bomb
YNet News - New proof that Army of Islam, a Palestinian group linked to al Qaeda responsible....

Ahmadinejad hopes for more talks with powers
YNet News - Iran hoping to resume talks with world powers says Iranian president, after....

Erekat on Lieberman plan: No partial state
YNet News - Chief negotiator rejects FM's plan for Palestinian state on 50% of West Bank....

2 Palestinians shot after breaking through IDF checkpoint
YNet News - Laborers, both in their 20s, shot near Hebron after breaking through army....

US diplomat: No aid if Hezbollah heads government
YNet News - High-ranking American official tells Asharq Al-Awsat Congress would deny Lebanon....

Settlers arrested in attempt to enter Joseph's Tomb
YNet News - Dozens of teens try to enter holy site in Nablus without first coordinating....

Foreign leaders extend condolences to Peres
YNet News - Egyptian President Mubarak, King Abdullah II of Jordan among those to console....

Secret docs: PA ceded much of Jerusalem
YNet News - Secret documents published by Al-Jazeera reveal that the Palestinian negotiations team to talks with Israel agreed to cede almost all Jewish neighborhoods in east .......

Iran: Warships to sail to Mediterranean
YNet News - A senior official in the Iranian navy revealed Sunday that the Islamic Republic plans to extend its naval range to Mediterranean waters near Israel. Rear Admiral .......

Hezbollah: We won't exclude any party
YNet News - Hezbollah and its allies will not exclude any political party if their candidate for premiership wins a parliamentary majority in talks due to begin on Monday, the Shiite .......

Labor chooses temporary chairman
YNet News - Former Minister Michael Harish has been chosen to be the temporary chairman of the Labor Party, whose chairman Ehud Barak abandoned it last week. Faction members .......

Erdogan dismisses Turkel report
YNet News - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan MK slammed the results of the Turkel committee probe into the events of the May 31 IDF flotilla raid, saying it had "no value .......

Machsom Watch slams checkpoint delays
YNet News - Women belonging to the human rights group Machsom Watch complained Sunday that IDF soldiers manning a checkpoint in the Jordan Valley kept Palestinians waiting for two .......

Jewish Agency: Raid led to global anti-Semitism
YNet News - Though the Turkel committee cleared the IDF and Israel of any illegal actions during the May 31 flotilla raid, a Jewish Agency report says the deaths of the nine Turkish .......

Protesters from poor rural heartlands rally in Tunis
Daily Star 23 Jan 2011 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' administration proposed in 2008 that Israel annex most of the settlements it has built in and around Jerusalem since 1967, according to a document published by Al-Jazeera Sunday. The leaked...

Leak: Abbas pitched in 2008 Israel annex most Jerusalem settlements
Daily Star 23 Jan 2011 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' administration proposed in 2008 that Israel annex most of the settlements it has built in and around Jerusalem since 1967, according to a document published by Al-Jazeera Sunday. The leaked...

Iran hopes for more talks with world powers over nuclear file
Daily Star 23 Jan 2011 TEHRAN: Iran hopes to resume talks with world powers on its nuclear program, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday, a day after discussions ended in stalemate with no clear agreement to meet again. "If the other party...

Egypt blames Palestinian group for Coptic church bombing
Daily Star 23 Jan 2011 CAIRO: Egyptian Interior Minister Habib al-Adly Sunday accused a Palestinian group of masterminding the New Year's church attack in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria that killed 23 people. "The Palestinian Islamic Army, which has links to...

Lieberman pitches limited independence for Palestinians
Daily Star 23 Jan 2011 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM/AMMAN: Israel's foreign minister is putting together an interim peace plan that would grant the Palestinians limited independence in an attempt to blunt their efforts to win international recognition of an independent state, a government...

Israeli probe draws criticism after ruling flotilla attack legal
Daily Star 23 Jan 2011 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: An Israeli probe ruled Sunday a May 2010 raid on Gaza-bound aid ships that killed nine Turkish activists did not violate international law, a finding which Turkey said lacked credibility. Turkey said its own...

Jordanian king listens to popular grievances
Daily Star 23 Jan 2011 AMMAN: King Abdullah II has consulted various political strands in Jordan, hoping "to come closer to the demands of the people," before planned further street protests this week, a source close to the king said Sunday.

Hamas condemns Turkel probe's exoneration of Israel
PIC 23 Jan 2011 - Hamas strongly denounced the results of the Turkel probe into the lethal attack by Israeli troops on the Freedom Flotilla during an attempt to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

Detainees in PA jail declare hunger strike
PIC 23 Jan 2011 - 13 detainees in the PA jail of Junaid in Nablus have declared their intention to go on hunger strike as of tomorrow Monday demanding their release.

Nafha prison authority cancels relatives' visits
PIC 23 Jan 2011 - The Israeli administration of the Nafha desert prison told the Red Cross on Sunday that it would not allow visits by relatives of detainees until further notice.

Water authority discloses Israeli crime on Gaza's water supply
PIC 23 Jan 2011 - Gaza's water authority has uncovered a crime Israel has been committing against the Gaza Strip's water supply.

Hamdan: Tunisians gave a model for "will for change"
PIC 23 Jan 2011 - Osama Hamdan, in-charge of foreign relations in Hamas, praised the "political change revolution" in Tunisia, describing it as a model for what the will for change could achieve.

Right-winger Lieberman draws map of provisional Palestinian state
PIC 23 Jan 2011 - Avigdor Lieberman dealt a blow to de facto president Mahmoud Abbas and drafted his own map of a future temporary Palestinian state within an area of 42 percent of the West Bank.

Hamas: Egypt, Arab security our strategic depth
PIC 23 Jan 2011 - Hamas expressed concern over a statement by Egyptian interior minister Habib Adly in which he charged Army of Islam in Gaza of responsibility for the blast in an Alexandria church.

Gaza church goes under second stage of restoration
PIC 23 Jan 2011 - The Gaza Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has launched the second phase in a project to restore the Byzantine Church in Jabalia (northern Gaza Strip).

UK officer: Britain involved in the torture of detainees in PA jails in W. Bank
PIC 23 Jan 2011 - Senior British officer James MacInnis admitted that Britain are involved in the torture of Palestinian political detainee in the Palestinian authority's jails in the West Bank.

Israel builds new road connecting settlements in east with west J'lem
PIC 23 Jan 2011 - The Israeli building and planning committee in Jerusalem approved a plan to establish a new road connecting the settlements of Pisgat Ze'ev and Neve Yaakov with the western part of Jerusalem.

Egypt has 'conclusive' evidence that Al Qaeda group was behind church bombing
LA Times 23 Jan 2011 - Palestinian militants linked to Al Qaeda are blamed in the New Year's Day attack that killed 25 Coptic Christians. With foreigners named as the culprits, religious tensions may ease. The Egyptian government announced Sunday that it had "conclusive proof" that an Al Qaeda-linked Palestinian militant group orchestrated the New Year's Day bombing outside a Coptic Christian church that killed 25 worshipers and exacerbated sectarian tensions across Egypt.

Deadly commando raid on Gaza flotilla did not violate law, Israeli panel says
LA Times 23 Jan 2011 - The government-appointed commission says in a report that the protesters aboard the ship trying to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip instigated the violence. Activists discount the findings: 'It's a whitewash.' A commission appointed by Israel's government concluded Sunday that the country's military did not violate international law in carrying out a deadly commando raid last spring against a protest ship that was attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip in defiance of Israel's naval blockade.

Israeli intolerance shows up on Internet, in Knesset, on the street
LA Times 23 Jan 2011 - Racism, homophobia and religious discrimination seem to be more prevalent, taking the form of threats and even a government motion. But one journalist says the trend is just a sign of 'growing pains.' The intent of the anonymous Internet video was unambiguous: "This person should be killed — and soon," read a message underneath a photo of Israel's deputy state prosecutor, Shai Nitzan.

Al Jazeera Cites Palestinian Offer of Concessions
New York Times 23 Jan 2011 - Palestinian negotiators agreed to cede tracts of Jerusalem to Israel, according to documents Al Jazeera says it has.

Hezbollah Seeks to Ease Misgivings Before Talks
New York Times 23 Jan 2011 - The movement’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, promised an easy transition should it prevail in forming a new government in Lebanon.

Egypt Links Palestinians To Attack At Church
New York Times 23 Jan 2011 - Egypt charged Sunday that a Palestinian extremist group with links to Al Qaeda was behind the New Year’s Eve bombing that killed 21 people and set off days of sectarian rioting.

Child Arrested in Night Raid in Nabi Saleh
Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - For the third time in two weeks, the village of Nabi Saleh was raided in the middle of the night by fully armed soldiers. One 14 year old child was arrested while sleeping in his bed during the violent raid.

Al Jazeera publishes bombshell leak concerning the peace process; ex-CIA official ‘The overwhelming conclusion one draws from this record is that the process for a two-state solution is essentially over’
Mondoweiss - Today, al-Jazeera has obtained a cache of nearly 1,700 confidential  files – memos, e-mails, maps, minutes from private meetings, accounts of high level exchanges, strategy papers and even power point presentations – dealing with the so-called peace process from 1999 to 2010. Al Jazeera has shared them...

Report: US will not veto UN resolution condemning settlements
Mondoweiss - And other news from Today in Palestine: Land, property, resources theft and destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlers Obama will not veto UN resolution  condemning settlements / Saleh Naami US President Barak Obama opposes using veto against a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement, Israeli media reported. "President...

Gisha: Israeli flotilla inquiry cannot authorize the collective punishment of a civilian population
Mondoweiss - In response to today's publication of the interim report of the Turkel Commission to Examine the Maritime Incident of 31 May, 2010 , and its conclusion that the naval closure of the Gaza Strip, as well as the actions Israel took to enforce it, are consistent with...

My Khan Yunis
Mondoweiss - I felt no difference. Although I hadn’t physically been there before, every single street I passed through looked so familiar to me. I felt I belong to a place my feet had never trod and my eyes never seen. I wasn’t a mere visitor and I...

Encounters with Israeli cinema
Mondoweiss - Production still from  Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel This post is a consideration of Ella Shohat’s discussion of her book, Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation , on the occasion of its 25th anniversary at Alwan for the Arts in New York...

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