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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Mubarak Will Not Stand In Next Elections
IMEMC - Tuesday February 01, 2011 - 23:57, During a state address, on Tuesday at night, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has stated that he will not stand at the coming elections.

Lieberman to Hire European PR Firms
IMEMC - Tuesday February 01, 2011 - 16:30, In a move to improve Israel's deteriorating image in the world, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has decided to make an unprecedented move by hiring a network of European public relations firms to conduct the state's PR campaign throughout the continent.

P.A. Announces Municipal Elections
IMEMC - Tuesday February 01, 2011 - 16:06, Following the civil unrest in Egypt, and other Middle Eastern States, the Palestinian Authority has announced that they will hold municipal elections, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Jordanian Parliament Dismissed
IMEMC - Tuesday February 01, 2011 - 15:25, Following protests this weekend, King Abdullah II of Jordon has dismissed his government, on Tuesday.

Huckabee Calls Settlement Freeze ' Irrational'
IMEMC - Tuesday February 01, 2011 - 15:18, Mike Huckabee, Republican Party US presidential frontrunner, visited the Israeli Knesset on Monday as part of a tour of Israel and the occupied West Bank.

Arrests and Violent Repression in Silwan
IMEMC - Tuesday February 01, 2011 - 14:35, On Monday, Silwan activists were arrested by Israeli authorities, and a pregnant woman suffered the ill effects of tear gas inhalation.

Egypt Deploys Troops In Sinai
IMEMC - Tuesday February 01, 2011 - 13:25, The Egyptian Army deployed two brigades in the Sinai Peninsula in order to fortify the security presence in the area. The move was made after obtaining an Israeli approval.

Egypt Continues Crackdown on Media
IMEMC - Tuesday February 01, 2011 - 12:27, Amnesty International has condemned the Egyptian government’s continuing crackdown on freedom of expression after six Al Jazeera journalists were briefly detained by the military and their Cairo bureau was shut down by the authorities, disrupting its reporting of mass nationwide demonstrations.

Hamas Slams Arrest Of Legislator al-Natsha
IMEMC - Tuesday February 01, 2011 - 12:20, Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, slammed the Israeli arrest of legislator Sheikh Mohammad al-Natsha, 53, of its Change and Reform Bloc.

Israel Partially Opens Karni, Kerem Shalom Crossings
IMEMC - Tuesday February 01, 2011 - 11:54, The Israeli Authorities decided, on Tuesday, to partially open the Karni and Kerem Shalom crossings to allow the entry of food supplies and construction materials on their way to the UNRWA, the Ma'an News Agency reported.

Israel announces new land seizure near Bethlehem
2/1/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israel's Civil Administration announced in the newspapers on Tuesday plans to seize some 600 dunums of lands southwest of Bethlehem, in the southern West Bank. Residents of Wadi An-Nis and Beit Ummar, locals said, could produce ownership documents for at least 400 dunums of the land. According to an....

Group: Harsh treatment of child detainee
2/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces psychologically tortured a 14-year-old Palestinian detained in a night raid on his Ramallah village, a local rights group said. Islam Tamami was detained on 23 January from his home in Nabi Saleh, a village which holds weekly anti-wall rallies to protest Israel's confiscation of residents'.... Related: PSCC: Harsh Interrogations of Children Escalate in Nabi Saleh

Campaign underway to add Bethlehem to World Heritage list
2/1/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A group of Bethlehemites have launched a campaign to have the city placed on the World Heritage List, seeking to protect and preserve the area's landmarks." World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located," the group said.... Related: SIGN THE PETITION: YES.... Bethlehem is World Heritage

Police in Gaza break up Egypt solidarity rally
2/1/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Police in the Gaza Strip shut down a demonstration Monday in support of the uprising in Egypt. Activists said six women and eight men were arrested at a park in Gaza City, where a few dozen demonstrators had gathered. The women were released after a few hours. It was not immediately....

Suriname recognizes Palestinian state
2/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Republic of Suriname on Tuesday became the latest South American country to recognize a Palestinian state on 1967 borders, Palestinian Authority Foreign Affairs Minister Riad Al-Malki said. Surinamese President Desi Bouterse sent a letter to his PA counterpart Mahmoud Abbas via the Palestinian ambassador in Brazil, Al-Malki said. Bouterse expressed....

Israeli media: 2 projectiles fired from Gaza
2/1/2011 - TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- Israeli media reported the launch of two rounds of projectiles on Monday night and Tuesday morning, hitting two locations east of Khan Younis. No injuries were reported, but Israeli daily news site Ynet said "four people suffered anxiety." The first projectile launch was said to have included two grad-style rockets....

Palestinian media mum on Egypt protests
2/1/2011 - By Nasser Lahham - Silence prevailed, from the Palestinian Authority, the government in Gaza, the factions and the people; all kept a safe distance from the Egyptian hot potato for fear that coming out on the wrong side would impact their future. As with Lebanon and Tunis, the shadow of former President Yasser Arafat's....

PFLP backs Egypt uprising
2/1/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- "At this great and pinnacle moment for the Arab people," the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine announced Tuesday, "we totally and unwaveringly stand by the choice of the Egyptian nation for democracy and progress." In the first public statement issued by any Palestinian faction, the PFLP came out in....

Palestinians join Egyptians to defend properties
2/1/2011 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinians in Egypt say they have been forced to join vigilante groups to protect their property as huge anti-government protests rage for an eighth day."We, like everyone, are holding sticks and defending our homes here," said Marcell Lahham, a first year student in Cairo. As hundreds of thousands of protesters....

Netanyahu: World must demand Egypt respects Israel peace
2/1/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- The international community must demand that any future Egyptian government respects the 30-year peace treaty with Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday....

PLO urges Quartet to back Palestinian state
2/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (AFP) -- Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat urged the Middle East Quartet on Tuesday to recognize a Palestinian state within 1967 borders when it meets later this week." We call on the international Quartet take an historic decision to recognize the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders at its next meeting on February 5....

PA launches campaign to monitor consumer prices
2/1/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority National Economy Ministry is launching a campaign to monitor consumer prices in the West Bank, the ministry's Hebron office said Tuesday. Maher Al-Qaisy, spokesman for the Hebron office, said the ministry detained 60 traders in January for selling goods at inflated prices. The ministry sets average....

Gaza govt gives okay to re-open cinemas
2/1/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Amid rumors that a new movie theater could open soon in the Gaza Strip, officials at the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Culture announced Tuesday that the move would be welcomed."We believe that art is a basic element of every society, and we encourage art festivals, special film festivals, and have....

PA sends medical aid to Gaza
2/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday dispatched 10 truckloads of medical aid to the Gaza Strip, said PA Health Minister Fathi Abu Moghli. Abu Moghli said the aid was worth around $878,000 and included medicine, laboratory supplies, milk formula and five refrigerators. He added that 55 percent of medicine purchased by the....

Ariel Sharon's sons 'may face bribery charges'
2/1/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) - Police have enough evidence to indict the two sons of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon in connection with a multi-million-dollar bribery scandal, media reports said on Tuesday. The Ynet website, quoting police sources, said investigators had "a basis of evidence" against Omri and Gilad Sharon and that the case would be sent....

Israel drops Galant for top job
2/1/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel on Tuesday scrapped the nomination of Major General Yoav Galant as its next armed forces chief of staff after he was implicated in a land scandal, public television reported Tuesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak took the decision two weeks to the day before Galant -- commander of the....

Consumer fuel prices for February
2/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Finance and Petroleum Authority announced the latest consumer fuel and gas prices effective in the West Bank for February 2011. The prices, which will take effect on Tuesday, were set at follows: -- 1 liter of diesel for 6. 16 shekels. -- 1 liter of benzene....

Jordan king fires govt, Islamists slam new PM
2/1/2011 - AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) --King Abdullah II of Jordan sacked the government on Tuesday after weeks of protests, but his choice of replacement premier failed to satisfy the powerful Islamist opposition's demands for reform. The king named Maaruf Bakhit, 64, to replace Samir Rifai, 43, with orders to carry out "true political reforms," the....

Jewish leader: Synagogue torched in Tunisia
2/1/2011 - TUNIS, Tunisia (AFP) -- Arsonists set fire to a synagogue in the southern Gabes region of Tunisia, a leader of the local Jewish community said Tuesday." Someone set fire to the synagogue on Monday night and the Torah scrolls were burned," Trabelsi Perez told AFP, criticising the lack of action by the security services to stop....

Mubarak effigy hanged at dawn in Cairo protest
2/1/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- "I will stay here till I die," says Osama Allam as the grey Cairo dawn lifts on the biggest day of anger yet against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak, whose effigy hangs from nearby traffic lights. Encircled by tanks and with troops filtering protesters streaming onto the square that has become the....

Ex-US ambassador in Egypt amid turmoil
2/1/2011 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- The United States has sent a veteran diplomat to restive Egypt to meet top officials, as it looked past President Hosni Mubarak's rule and urged a political "transition." The New York Times reported Tuesday that Frank Wisner, a former ambassador to Egypt, would in fact meet with Mubarak directly, as the....

ElBaradei no easy choice for Egypt, say analysts
2/1/2011 - VIENNA (AFP) -- Far from seeing Mohamed ElBaradei as the answer to Egypt's problems, the West fears the Nobel laureate is out of touch with the mood on the Arab street after a two decade absence, experts said on Tuesday. The 68-year-old, a former head of the UN's Vienna-based nuclear watchdog....

Defiant protests up pressure on Mubarak
2/1/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Massive tides of peaceful protesters flooded Cairo and Egypt's second city Alexandria on Tuesday in the biggest outpouring yet of defiance in a relentless drive to oust President Hosni Mubarak. Several hundred thousand demonstrators massed in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre for a "march of a million" in the....

Germany: Egypt unrest not a reason to halt peace talks
Ha'aretz - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told audience at Tel Aviv University the situation between Israel and the Palestinians will get worse if nothing is done.

U.S. Senate Democrats reject Tea Party leader's call to cut Israel aid
Ha'aretz - Republican Senator Rand Paul argued last week that the U.S. can't give money away to allies, including Israel, as the country's debt grows.

Palestinian government calls for local elections amid Egypt unrest
Ha'aretz - Palestinian Authority hasn't held elections since 2006, leaving President and parliament members in power after their elected terms ended.

Livni warns Merkel: Regional instability may be exploited by Iran
Ha'aretz - Tzipi Livni and Angela Merkel discussed Israel's stalled peace process with the Palestinians; Livni was quoted saying that negotiations were in Israel's national interest, and not a favor to the Palestinians or Europeans.

A worms eye view of revolution
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - The worms of the earth are finally turning across the Middle East and while the outcome of events within Tunisia, Jordan and Egypt have yet to be determined, the roots of these protests and revolutions lie in one common factor, which is the shared experiences of millions of people in an already turbulent region. A...

Israel’s Fears Over Egyptian Uprising a Very Good Sign for People of the Middle East
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - If the Arab people succeed in ousting the despotic, treasonous rulers of the Middle East—who oppress their own people while serving the neo-colonial, imperial, and/or geo-political interests of the West, including tolerating and facilitating Israel’s crimes in Palestine—then they may finally be able to live as free and self-determining peoples and eventually help to bring...

Revolution spreads to Egypt's deprived Sinai
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - A Bedouin youth casually spreads out a piece of cloth before a police headquarters in Sheikh Zwayyed town in Sinai, the vast desert area to the east of Cairo across the Suez. "I will leave when Mubarak leaves," he says. He joins hundreds of others. They have broken through into the police station already, and...

Egypt's revolution inspires Gaza's youth
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - The revolution underway in Egypt is being closely watched by Gaza's youth who see it as a source of empowerment and inspiration. It has stirred our sentiments and has moved us to take to the streets to show our solidarity with our neighbors in Egypt. We attempt to absorb every minute event so as to...

Hosni Mubarak's Speech to Egypt on February 1 (FULL TEXT)
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - Fellow citizens, I speak to you in very difficult times - Egypt and its people were tested and we were thrown into the unknown. The homeland is undergoing critical events and difficult tests, which have started with honest young people and citizens. They have the right for peaceful demonstrations to express their worries, but they...

The Popular Front salutes the Egyptian people's intifada for dignity, freedom and social justice
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - The Popular Front salutes the Egyptian people's intifada for dignity, freedom and social justice. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine pays tribute to the people of Egypt and their Intifada for dignity, freedom and social justice, and greets the masses of our Arab nation as they move, across the Arab homeland, for freedom,...

Police in Gaza break up Egypt solidarity rally
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - Police in the Gaza Strip shut down a demonstration Monday in support of the uprising in Egypt. Activists said six women and eight men were arrested at a park in Gaza City, where a few dozen demonstrators had gathered. The women were released after a few hours. It was not immediately clear when the men...

Syrian protesters plan 'day of rage'
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - Syrians are organising campaigns on Facebook and Twitter that call for a "day of rage" in the capital Damascus this week, taking inspiration from Egypt and Tunisia in using social networking sites to rally their followers for sweeping political reforms. Like Egypt and Tunisia, Syria suffers from corruption, poverty and unemployment. All three nations have...

Egypt President Mubarak to announce retirement: reports
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - ...CNN followed-up, reporting that an unnamed, senior official in the Obama administration claimed that Mubarak will announce his plans to retire. It was unclear whether that meant he'd resign immediately or wait out the remainder of his term. In previous days amid a growing and mostly peaceful revolt, Mubarak dissolved his cabinet and pledged greater...

American-made tear gas in Cairo and the West Bank
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - People in the street confronting police and army soldiers with revolutionary aspirations. Some youth throw stones in symbolic acts of resistance as the elders try to calm down their rage and focus on chants of unity. Armed forces reply with tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets. This is a regular occurrence in the West Bank...

Egypt protesters play down Islamist party's role
Uruknet February 1, 2011 -..."There is widespread exaggeration about the role of the Brotherhood in Egyptian society, and I think these demonstrations have exposed that," said Khalil al-Anani, an expert on Egypt's political Islamists at Durham University. "At first the movement showed little interest in the protests and announced they weren't going to participate; later they were overtaken by events...

U.S. confirms Cairo meetings include ElBaradei
Uruknet February 1, 2011 – The United States on Tuesday decided to come out in the open with support for the ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations in Egypt. The spokesman for the Department of State in a tweet message disclosed that the American diplomats in Cairo are in touch with Mohammed ElBaradei, the de facto leader of the demonstrators. "As part of...

Jordan's king appoints new PM after protests
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - King Abdullah of Jordan, a close U.S. ally, on Tuesday replaced his prime minister after protests over food prices and poor living conditions, naming a former premier with a military background to head the government. A Jordanian official said the monarch officially accepted the resignation of Samir Rifai, a wealthy politician and former court adviser,...

Abusing Palestinian Children
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - ...In June 2009, DCI/Palestine's report titled, "Palestinian Child Prisoners," documented their systematic, institutionalized torture and abuse, including testimonies providing chilling evidence, including from Mahmoud speaking for others saying: "I went from having a normal life at home to handcuffs, deprivation of sleep, shouting, threats, rounds of interrogation, serious accusations," beatings and other abuse. As a...

Protesters flood Egypt streets
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - More than a million protesters have flooded into central Cairo, turning Tahrir Square in the Egyptian capital, into a sea of humanity in a massive show of protest against Hosni Mubarak, the country's president for three decades. Packed shoulder to shoulder in and around the famed Tahrir Square, the mass of people on Tuesday held...

On the US “left” and the Egyptian Revolution
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - The revolutionary upheaval in Egypt has prompted the country’s ruling elite and US imperialism to prepare a political alternative to Mubarak if he proves a liability or is incapable of crushing the ongoing mass movement. As the WSWS has warned, any replacement sanctioned by Washington would be nothing more than pseudo-democratic window dressing for a...

Al Jazeera English Live Stream of Egyptian revolutionWatch the broadcast here.
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - In July 2003, a USAF Institute for National Security Studies report titled, "Egypt as a Failing State: Implications for US National Security" suggested "Mubarak's traditionally autocratic and oppressive short-term fixes" weren't working. As a result, "the possibility of unrest is real; with the correct confluence of domestic, regional, and international events, Egypt can quickly be...

Egypt's Revolution: Obama Backing Regime Change?
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - In July 2003, a USAF Institute for National Security Studies report titled, "Egypt as a Failing State: Implications for US National Security" suggested "Mubarak's traditionally autocratic and oppressive short-term fixes" weren't working. As a result, "the possibility of unrest is real; with the correct confluence of domestic, regional, and international events, Egypt can quickly be...

'300 killed' so far in Egypt protests
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - The United Nations human rights chief said Tuesday there were unconfirmed reports that an estimated 300 people may have been killed so far in Egypt. Praising the popular revolt in Egypt, Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said she was deeply alarmed by the sharp rise in casualties over the past few...

Giant protest kicks off in Egypt
Uruknet February 1, 2011 - More than 100,000 protesters have gathered for a planned "march of a million" in the Egyptian capital, calling for Hosni Mubarak, the embattled Egyptian president, to step down. Thousands of demonstrators began gathering from early on Tuesday morning in Cairo's Tahrir Square, which has been the focal point of protests in the capital and served...

Israel's human rights abuses in the name of security
1 Feb 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - "Israeli security" is the sacred cow of the Israeli street and ruling establishment. Practically all the manifestations of Israeli racism directed at the state's Palestinian citizens, as well as those living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza, fall within this elastic slogan. In the name of this slogan, too, Israeli human rights organisations working...

Worried Gazans Stockpile Supplies
1 Feb 2011 - Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) - People in the Gaza Strip are stockpiling supplies due to concerns that Egypt's uprising will affect the flow of basic necessities through the Rafah border crossing.

Israeli soldiers detain 12 Palestinians in WB
1 Feb 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph) -Israeli occupation forces detained at dawn on Tuesday 12 Palestinians from different parts in the west bank . Local sources told that Israeli forces raided several parts in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Qalqilya and detained the Palestinian citizens before their withdrawing.

Poll shows three in five Egyptians say democracy is best
The National 2 Feb 2011 - Survey last year finds Muslims in Egypt split evenly on the role they see Islam playing in political life, with 49% saying it played a large role and 48% seeing it as a small force.

Mubarak tells Egypt 'I'm going - but not yet'
The National 2 Feb 2011 - Announcement by president that he will not stand in forthcoming elections but stay on to ensure orderly handover of power fails to satisfy huge crowds of demonstrators in Cairo , who chant after his speech: 'Down Down Mubarak!' and 'We will not leave.'

Regime change in Egypt worries Israeli government
The National 1 Feb 2011 - Israeli president warns that 'extremist' Islamic groups could take advantage of popular protests in Egypt to try to seize power.

Protesters flood Egypt streets
AlJazeera 1 Feb 2011 - More than a million rally in Cairo as massive countrywide protests are held against President Mubarak.

Turkish PM backs Egypt protesters
AlJazeera 1 Feb 2011 - Erdogan urges Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to "lend an ear to the people's cries" and herald a new era of reform.

US envoy meets ElBaradei
AlJazeera 1 Feb 2011 - US ambassador to Egypt holds talks with opposition figure amid ongoing anti-government protests.

Jordan's king sacks cabinet
AlJazeera 1 Feb 2011 - Monarch asks ex-army general to form new government in the wake of streets protests over prices and reforms.

Letters: Egypt and the credibility of the Middle East peace process
The Guardian 1 Feb 2011 - Ian McEwan misleadingly calls the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra "Daniel Barenboim's … Orchestra" ( Letters , 26 January). In fact the orchestra was established by Barenboim together with my late husband, Edward Said . In responding to the writers urging...

Pro-Democracy movement's success in Egypt is bad news for Israel's intransigience
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - Democracy in Egypt likely bad news for Israel By RAY HANANIA 02/01/2011 JERUSALEM POST Democracy will give Egyptian people a voice, and their voice may demand that peace accord be broken. Egypt’s democracy protests across the...

Cairo in chaos: What’s next?
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - As Hosni Mubarak sends mixed signals about his next steps - from an undisclosed location -, what should Americans expect next? Our best Arab ally for the past 30 years has consistently shown himself to be...

The Daily Show: Mess O'Slightly-to-the-Left O'Potamia
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c Mess O'Slightly-to-the-Left O'Potamia - Egyptian Protests www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog</a> The Daily Show on Facebook America expresses support for...

Where are Egypt's women? Right here.
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - The photos coming from Cairo and other parts of Egypt have many around the world glued to their computers, compulsively clicking through slideshows of the protests and brushing up on recent Egyptian history. On social networking...

The Egyptian military calculus
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - The military has been Egypt's most stable and powerful institution during the entirety of the Mubarak regime, but it has never been called upon to make a political decision - until now. Will its leadership side...

Change is under way in the Middle East
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj, The Hill - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak bragged two years ago as bombs and white phosphorus fell on Gaza, "We have totally changed the rules of the game." He was right and...

Mubarak Announces He Will Not Run For Another Term
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - Insists he will stay in office till the end of his current term Al Jazeera - Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, has said that he would not run for re-election – but refused to step down...

Complicating the transition in US-Egyptian relations
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - Beyond the immediate dilemmas - how and how hard to push Mubarak to stand down, what to say in public versus in private, and how best to pressure the US-backed Egyptian security forces - the transition...

Bolton: Mubarak's downfall would mean we'd have to bomb Iran
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - Think Progress's Alex Seitz-Wald catches former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton advocating for a military strike against Iran on Sean Hannity's show... because it's Tuesday I guess: HANNITY: Do you think that the Israelis are going to...

Europe's Double Dealing with Despots
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - Spiegel - The European Union is capable of bearing down. When it wants to. On Tuesday, EU foreign ministers gathered in Brussels agreed to harsh sanctions against Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko as a result of his...

Equal Rights Takes to the Barricades
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - New York Times - People here are not afraid anymore — and it just may be that a woman helped break that barrier of fear. Asmaa Mahfouz was celebrating her 26th birthday on Tuesday among tens...

Egypt’s Economy Is Near Paralysis
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - New York Times - Egypt ’s economy approached paralysis on Monday as foreign commerce, tourism and banking all but halted, placing acute pressure on President Hosni Mubarak to find a way out of the weeklong chaos....

Mubarak’s Grip on Power Is Shaken
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - New York Times - Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians poured into Tahrir Square on Tuesday in scenes of jubilation and protest that cut across Egypt ’s entrenched lines of piety, class and ideology, marking the largest...

Senate Foreign Relations chairman Kerry calls for Mubarak to 'step aside'
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - Washington Post - Congress has taken an unusually bipartisan approach toward the mounting crisis in Egypt, with House and Senate leaders standing behind the Obama administration's message that Egyptians should make an "orderly transition" to avoid...

Jubilant crowd in Cairo predicts Mubarak's rule soon will end
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - Washington Post - Hundreds of thousands of cheering demonstrators packed this capital city's central plaza Tuesday, triumphantly predicting that their week-old pro-democracy movement was on the verge of ousting long-time President Hosni Mubarak. Unlike last week's...

U.S. Official With Egypt Ties to Meet With Mubarak
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - New York Times - The Obama administration has sent a diplomatic troubleshooter with close ties to Egypt on a mission to Cairo to meet with President Hosni Mubarak and other senior officials, as the administration struggles...

The "Ripple Effect": King of Jordan Sacks Cabinet
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - Meanwhile, PA declares it will hold local elections "soon" New York Times - King Abdullah II of Jordan fired his government in a surprise move on Tuesday, in the face of a wave of demands of...

At a crucial moment, road map toward democracy
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - Amr Hamzawy, Los Angeles Times - Egypt is at a crucial moment of democratic change being driven by a dynamic popular movement. The time available to press for a transition toward democracy and a genuine response...

Heavy rains cause floods in Gaza City
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - Ma'an - Civil Defense responded Tuesday to massive flooding in the Zaitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, after heavy overnight rainfall clogged drain systems and water levels rose into first floor homes. Read Full Article

What the Future May Hold for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - Der Spiegel - The Muslim Brotherhood has been Egypt's largest opposition group for years. Now, with the regime of President Hosni Mubarak wobbling, the organization could find its way into power -- and is doing its...

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan joins call for Egypt's Mubarak to make big changes
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - Los Angeles Times - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sided with the Egyptian protesters against their president in a televised speech on Tuesday in which he rebuked Hosni Mubarak and urged him to take a...

Mubarak, the end of military rule in Egypt.
Palestine Note 1 Feb 2011 - The embattled and much hated Hosni Mubarak spent 30 years of hard work to add to the already existing police and emergency state, an extension of Nasser and Sadat regime. However Mubarak outdone all of his...

Suleiman selection reassures Western allies
Palestine Note 31 Jan 2011 - Omar Suleiman is many things to Egypt: spy chief, eminence grise to President Hosni Mubarak, point man for Egypt's secret relations with Israel, and the bulwark between the Muslim Brotherhood and all the security services that...

Unmasking Mubarak’s “chaos”
Palestine Note 31 Jan 2011 - President Hosni Mubarak's speech to the nation on Saturday was a patent attempt to create a negative and fearful image of the uprising in Cairo. In his terse speech, he repeatedly used such words such as...

Time for the U.S. to put its money where its mouth is
Palestine Note 31 Jan 2011 - "For 60 years, the United States pursued stability at the expense of democracy in the Middle East -- and we achieved neither. Now, we are taking a different course. We are supporting the democratic aspirations of...

Egypt's military in the crosshairs
Palestine Note 31 Jan 2011 - CAIRO, Egypt-After years of observing the increasingly toxic relationship between the Egyptian people and the country's police forces, I had no idea what to expect late Friday night as I approached Cairo's Tahrir Square on foot...

Concerns about Israel mean getting on the right side of history
Palestine Note 31 Jan 2011 - While it is impossible to predict what kind of relationship Israel might have with a post-Mubarak Egypt, it is perfectly legitimate to be concerned about possible negative ramifications. But these concerns should not be an excuse...

Brooklyn College reverses decision and rehires controversial professor fired for his "pro-Arab" views
Palestine Note 31 Jan 2011 - In an amazing turn of events, Brooklyn College released the following statement this evening (Monday Jan. 31, 2011 at 7:15 pm) Here's my earlier column on the topic written only 9 hours earlier from this morning...

Palestinian Police Prevent Solidarity Demonstration with Tunisia, Egypt
Alternative Information Center - On Sunday Palestinian security forces prevented a solidarity demonstration from taking place in front of the Egyptian Embassy in Ramallah, contending it was a “closed security area”.

Facebook Caves in to Demands of Israeli Radical Right
Alternative Information Center - The Facebook corporation shut down the pages of tens of Israeli left-wing organizations in recent days following an organized campaign by radical right-wing activists.

OPGAI Brings Together Palestinian Political Forces, Kairos Initiative
Alternative Information Center - The Occupied Palestine and Syrian Golan Advocacy Initiative (OPGAI) called upon all national and Islamic political parties and movements in Palestine to join in support of the Kairos Palestine Document .

Cornerstone Laid for New Settlement in Jerusalem
Alternative Information Center - The cornerstone was laid for a newly approved settlement project being built on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives, Monday 31 January. The new neighborhood is called Beit Orot, and will house 24 new residential units.

Palestinian Authority Pledges Local Elections "As Soon As Possible"
PNN - Ramallah – PNN - The Palestinian Authority (PA) Legislative Council affirmed after a meeting in Ramallah that it would hold local elections “as soon as it is possible to find a day...

Egypt: Impunity for Torture Fuels Days of Rage
PNN - Cairo - HRW- Torture is an endemic problem in Egypt and ending police abuse has been a driving element behind the massive popular demonstrations that swept Egypt over the past week, Human...

Over Million People Gather in Cairo’s Tahrir Square Demanding an End to Mubarak's Regime
PNN - Cairo – PNN – over a Million People gathered on Tuesday at Cairo’s Tahrir Square denuding an end to President Hosni Mubarak's regime. Thousands gathered in other cities to protest. “Mubarak-bye–bye,“ read...

Jordan: King Abdullah Replaces PM Samir Rifai with Former Security Chief
PNN - Amman – PNN - According to an official press release, King Abdullah II of Jordan replaced Prime Minister Samir Rifai on Tuesday afternoon, yielding to the demands of Jordanian protesters inspired by...

Health Ministry Warns of Crisis in Gaza
PNN - Gaza- PNN – the Palestinian Health ministry in the Gaza Strip announced that a health crisis may happen soon in the costal enclave due to medical supplies storages. The Minister announced in...

Egyptian Army Returns to Sinai, Israeli Army Locks Down Border
PNN - Cairo – PNN - For the first time since the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty of 1979, Egyptian army units moved into the Sinai Peninsula as part of an effort to...

Obama: Egypt's transition to democracy 'must begin now'
Jeruslalem Post 1 Feb 2011 - After Mubarak announces he won't seek re-election, Obama speaks to Egyptian leader, says: "He recognizes that the status quo is not sustainable and that change must take place."

Analysis: No longer a sacred IDF
Jeruslalem Post 1 Feb 2011 - How is it that with the ME on the verge of upheaval, the country’s defense chiefs can’t get along to work together for just 2 more months?

PA agrees to local elections
Jeruslalem Post 1 Feb 2011 - Delayed from June, vote would be in West Bank only; decision comes after PA expresses alarm at Tunisia, Egypt popular uprisings.

'After Egypt, US must tell allies it won’t abandon them'
Jeruslalem Post 1 Feb 2011 - Exclusive to ‘Post’: Possible presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says land for peace in Israeli-Palestinian conflict is "not rational."

Jordan's king scraps entire cabinet
Jeruslalem Post 1 Feb 2011 - Abdullah taps ex-envoy to Israel, Marouf al-Bakhit, as prime minister after Jordanians take to streets calling for current PM to resign.

Protesters to stay in square 'as long as necessary'
Jeruslalem Post 1 Feb 2011 - Egyptians call on Israel to oppose Mubarak, say if support continues for leader, "we will start to hate Israel more and more."

Naveh – first religious chief of General Staff
Jeruslalem Post 1 Feb 2011 - Background: Deputy IDF chief to temporarily take Ashkenazi's spot in wake of Galant scandal; could receive permanent appointment.

Barak, Netanyahu decide: Galant will not be next IDF chief
Jeruslalem Post 1 Feb 2011 - A-G says not "morally appropriate" to appoint Galant to chief of staff; Yair Naveh will serve as acting IDF head for 60 days when Ashkenazi resigns.

US orders personnel to leave Egypt amidst protests
Jeruslalem Post 1 Feb 2011 - Washington sends envoy to meet with members of gov't; Sen. John Kerry calls on Muibarak to "step aside gracefully.

Gaza activist: Hamas stops pro-Egypt rally in Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 1 Feb 2011 - Fayyad's cabinet announces PA municipal elections "as soon as possible;" demonstrator says police beat up protesters in Gaza.

Jordan's king sacks entire Cabinet amid street protests
Jeruslalem Post 1 Feb 2011 - Adullah nominates ex-army general Marouf al-Bakhit as PM after 1000s of Jordanians take to streets calling for the current PM to resign.

Arab lawyers call for support for Hariri tribunal
Jeruslalem Post 1 Feb 2011 - Legal professionals meet to discuss the Special Tribunal for Lebanon as court prepares to publish the first indictment naming suspects.

Analysis: Egypt realities running ahead of Mubarak
Jeruslalem Post 1 Feb 2011 - The Egyptian president's concessions to demonstrators suggest he knows his time at the top may be growing short.

'Intolerant textbooks may prevent democracy in Egypt'
Jeruslalem Post 1 Feb 2011 - Study: Israel and Tunisia rank highest on Mideast tolerance index, while Egyptian curricula deny Israel's existence, emphasize war narratives.

UAE Espionage points to friction between gulf countries
Jeruslalem Post 1 Feb 2011 - Details of case remain murky, but divisions over Iran's nuclear ambitions may have prompted arrests of suspects of spying in Oman.

UN human rights chief: Up to 300 killed in Egypt protests
Jeruslalem Post 1 Feb 2011 - Navi Pillay calls for system change; 200,000 demonstrators fill Cairo's Tahrir Square for planned Million Man March by opposition as Egyptian soldiers in tanks guard checkpoints.

Kinneret rises only 16 centimeters in January
Jeruslalem Post 31 Jan 2011 - Water Authority Spokesman Uri Schor says Israel has only gotten about a third of the rain compared to last year when the level rose 60 centimeters.

Palestinians shell Negev with Grads, mortar attacks
Jeruslalem Post 31 Jan 2011 - Fire from Gaza hits southern Israel; rocket lands near wedding hall in Netivot; 4 treated for shock; rocket alert system fails.

EGYPT: Litany of Abuses Fuelled Protesters' Fury
IPS In Egypt, where protestors continued to demonstrate Tuesday for the eighth day in a row, the use of torture by law enforcement officials over the past two decades has contributed to the growing unrest, rights groups say.

EGYPT: A Million Voices, One Message
IPS Organisers called it Egypt's "million man march". Whether they achieved that targeted head count is unclear, but their message was unequivocal.

Bil'in Popular Committee, GUPW, STW: Protest for Jawaher Feb. 10!
Stop The Wall - Don’t forget Jawaher! Stand with Palestinian women against Israeli violence! The Bil'in Popular Committee, The General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW) and STW call for women all over the world to unite behind the popular resistance and the determination of Palestinian women in defense of their land, rights and dignity. Join and mobilize in protests in your countries on February 10! [

14-year-old to be exiled from al Nabi Saleh as arrest wave hits the village
Stop The Wall - Occupation authorities at the Ofer military court have sentenced 14-year-old Islam Tamimi to house arrest in Ramallah, effectively banishing him his home in al Nabi Saleh. With Islam’s arrest, more than half a dozen have people, primarily youth, have been arrested in the village. [

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (20-26 January 2011)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Livni warns Merkel: Regional instability may be exploited by Iran
Ha'aretz 1 Feb 2011 - Tzipi Livni and Angela Merkel discussed Israel's stalled peace process with the Palestinians; Livni was quoted saying that negotiations were in Israel's national interest, and not a favor to the Palestinians or Europeans.

Palestinian government calls for local elections amid Egypt unrest
Ha'aretz 1 Feb 2011 - Palestinian Authority hasn't held elections since 2006, leaving President and parliament members in power after their elected terms ended.

U.S. Senate Democrats reject Tea Party leader's call to cut Israel aid
Ha'aretz 1 Feb 2011 - Republican Senator Rand Paul argued last week that the U.S. can't give money away to allies, including Israel, as the country's debt grows.

Attorney General: Netanyahu and Barak must decide future of IDF chief post
Ha'aretz - Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant designated to succeed IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi this month, but his appointment has been delayed due to allegations that he seized public lands near his Moshav Amikam home.

Study finds cancer number one cause of death in Israel, and rising
Ha'aretz - Ahead of World Cancer Day, Ministry of Health report reveals that one in every 2.5 Israeli men have chance of developing cancer, and one in every three women.

Attorney General: I cannot defend appointment of incoming IDF chief
Ha'aretz - Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant designated to succeed IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi this month, but his appointment has been delayed due to allegations that he seized public lands near his Moshav Amikam home.

Haredi man convicted of sexually assaulting minors in Jerusalem
Ha'aretz - Hezkiyahu Kahalani, a previously convicted sex offender, was imprisoned in 1992-1993 after he was found guilty of indecent assault, and was sent to prison again for three years in 2001 after he sexually abused two minors.

OPT: Kuwait joins UNRWA's Advisory Commission
Relief Web 1 Feb 2011 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

COMMISSION DECISION of on the financing of humanitarian aid operational priorities from the 2011 general budget of the European Union (ECHO/WWD/BUD/2011/01000)
Relief Web 1 Feb 2011 - Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department

Jordan's king sacks government
YNet News - After weeks of opposition protests inspired by regime ouster in Tunisia and....

Peres on Egypt: Learn from Gaza
YNet News - President reminds German chancellor that Hamas rose to power following....

Egypt protestors gather for mass march
YNet News - Some 200,000 people arrive at Cairo's Tahrir Square, joining masses who spent....

Report: Jihad post attacked in Gaza
YNet News - Several hours after Grad rockets hit southern Israeli towns, Palestinian sources....

Police to boost security around Egyptian Embassy in TA
YNet News - Egyptian ambassador to Israel, Tel Aviv district police chief decide to step up....

AG rules against Galant appointment
YNet News - Ynet learns Attorney General Weinstein has decided not to defend IDF....

Galant loses IDF chief nomination
YNet News - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak canceled the nomination of General Yoav Galant for the position of IDF chief of staff Tuesday, after he .......

A million people protest in Egypt
YNet News - CAIRO – A million people headed out to protest on the streets of Egypt's cities Tuesday, creating a spectacle that far surpassed any protest in the country's modern .......

Merkel: Israel missing historic opportunity
YNet News - German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday for the continued construction in West Bank settlements and the stalemate in peace .......

Mubarak down, not out ... yet
Daily Star 1 Feb 2011 AMMAN: King Abdullah II of Jordan sacked the government Tuesday after weeks of protests, but his choice of replacement prime minister failed to satisfy the powerful Islamist opposition's demands for reform. The king named Maaruf Bakhit,...

Jordan names new prime minister after protests
Daily Star 1 Feb 2011 AMMAN: King Abdullah II of Jordan sacked the government Tuesday after weeks of protests, but his choice of replacement prime minister failed to satisfy the powerful Islamist opposition's demands for reform. The king named Maaruf Bakhit,...

Turkey urges Mubarak to heed Egypt's call
Daily Star 1 Feb 2011 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak should heed his people's desire for change, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday, amid more world reactions to the popular uprising in Egypt. Iran, meanwhile set its official stance by...

Merkel: Israel should not let Egypt chaos detract from progress of peace talks
Daily Star 1 Feb 2011 Israel should not let the chaos in Egypt halt efforts to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday, but hinted that both sides could eventually opt for interim accords.

Tunisia interior minister says predecessor arrested
Daily Star 1 Feb 2011 Tunisia's new interior minister said Tuesday his predecessor had been arrested and accused some members of the Tunisian security forces of conspiring to undermine state security. A new interim government also met to review Tunisia's tense...

Rights watchdog cites police torture as key driver of unrest
Daily Star 1 Feb 2011 CAIRO: Anger against routine police abuse and torture has been a driving force behind the massive protests sweeping across Egypt, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Tuesday. "The Egyptian government's foul record on this...

Army chief candidate for Egypt president
Daily Star 1 Feb 2011 A member of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said Tuesday the armed forces chief of staff could be an acceptable successor to President Hosni Mubarak while a coalition of opposition groups said they would only begin talks with...

Gov't building ties with Christian community in Gaza
PIC 1 Feb 2011 - The Gaza religious affairs ministry said it is working to strenghten ties with the Christian community in the strip.

IOA confiscates 600 dunums of Beit Ummar village land
PIC 1 Feb 2011 - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) informed Beit Ummar village council, in Al-Khalil, of its military order to confiscate 600 dunums of its land near to Gush Etzion settlement.

Report: 23 Palestinians killed, 400 arrested last January
PIC 1 Feb 2011 - A monthly report reveals Israel killed 23 Palestinians in January 2011 and arrested more than 400. Many of the victims were minors, the report says.

Jordanian government bows to public pressure, resigns
PIC 1 Feb 2011 - Jordanian king Abdullah II accepted the resignation of Samir El-Rifai's government on Tuesday and asked Maruf Al-Bakhit to form a new one in response to growing popular anger.

PA arrests 11 Hamas men across West Bank
PIC 1 Feb 2011 - Palestinian Authority security agencies arrested 11 Hamas supporters across the West Bank on Tuesday.

Hamas MPs: Israel's arrest of our employee will not hamper operations
PIC 1 Feb 2011 - Hamas MPs in Salfit say the arrest of their office director was intended to harm the operation of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

South African Embassy meets with Hamas MPs in Ramallah
PIC 1 Feb 2011 - Officials from the South African Embassy in Palestine met West Bank Hamas MPs Monday in Ramallah to discuss diplomatic solutions to problems faced by Palestinian elected officials.

Ultra-orthodox Jews push for non-employment of Arabs
PIC 1 Feb 2011 - Ultra-orthodox Jews have launched an onslaught of racial campaigns targeting Arabs in the workplace.

Settlement expert: Israel sold 1400 housing units in OJ, WB in 2010
PIC 1 Feb 2011 - The Israeli occupation authority sold around 1400 settlement units to Jews in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank in 2010, Qais Yousef Nasser, a settlement expert, said on Monday.

IOF troops detain 12 Palestinians, ask people on Egypt
PIC 1 Feb 2011 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up 12 Palestinians in the West Bank after forcing their families out of their homes in the cold winter weather in pre dawn raids on Tuesday.

Egypt's Hosni Mubarak says he'll leave at the end of his term
LA Times 1 Feb 2011 - Amid another day of massive protests in Egypt, Mohamed ElBaradei says that's not good enough. White House envoy Frank Wisner also encourages Mubarak to step down. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak bent to a week of deadly anti-government unrest, announcing in a nationwide speech that he would not seek reelection this year but that he intended to stay in power "for the remaining months" of his fifth term.

Mubarak supporters mount own protest
LA Times 1 Feb 2011 - A smaller but vocal group of Egyptians who back President Hosni Mubarak march in front of the Foreign and Information ministries. Not everyone in Egypt wants President Hosni Mubarak to go.

Jordan's king sacks Cabinet; protests possible in Syria
LA Times 1 Feb 2011 - King Abdullah II of Jordan instructs new Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit to 'correct the mistakes of the past.' In Syria, recent popular revolts in the Arab world spur calls for anti-government protests. The dramatic political unrest in Egypt, long a pivotal nation in the Arab world, has intensified demands for change across the region and spurred attempts at reform by nations long ruled by autocrats.

Scenes from Egypt's uprising
LA Times 1 Feb 2011 - In Cairo, people from all walks of life band together, day or night. For years, Egyptians fearful of their country's pervasive secret police apparatus would reflexively lower their voices and glance around before daring to speak a word against President Hosni Mubarak. During these heady days in Tahrir, or Liberation, Square, they've felt free to speak their minds, and vent their anger.

Antiquities imperiled amid Egypt protest
LA Times 1 Feb 2011 - Tumultuous protests sweeping the country carry hope of a new government. But as looters move to take advantage of the unrest, archaeologists warn that Egypt's treasure trove of antiquities is in peril. Egyptians are hoping against hope that forging a new future won't cost them their past.

Mitt Romney calls for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down
LA Times 1 Feb 2011 - Sounding more like a potential GOP presidential contender, Mitt Romney says Hosni Mubarak 'needs to move on.' WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney became, on Tuesday, the first of the potential 2012 GOP presidential contenders to call for the exit of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak.

Obama Urges Quick Transition in Egypt
New York Times 1 Feb 2011 - President Obama said that an “orderly transition” in Egypt “must begin now,” but he stopped short of demanding that President Hosni Mubarak leave office immediately.

Largest Crowds Yet Demand Change in Egypt
New York Times 1 Feb 2011 - Hundreds of thousands of people in Tahrir Square on Tuesday demanded the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, despite government efforts to block access to Cairo.

New Service Lets Voices From Egypt Be Heard
New York Times 1 Feb 2011 - Callers are using a new social-media platform to evade attempts by the authorities to suppress communications.

Galant is Out, Naveh is in as Interim IDF Chief of Staff
Tikun Olam - Yair Naveh, interim IDF chief of staff: 'Stop bothering me with the Supreme Court!' Galant is out .  Naveh is in, at least temporarily. It appears my fears of yesterday are being realized regarding the replacement for Yoav Galant as IDF chief of staff.  Any sentient person...

Ahmed Moor from Cairo: ‘The people here are determined and have reached the point of no return’
Mondoweiss - More scenes from today in Tahrir Square posted by Al Jazeera English I just spoke with Ahmed Moor who has been reporting from Cairo since the beginning of the protests last week . He was in Tahrir Square today for the " march of a million people " and...

The ugly American: ‘This is an American grenade. American! American!’
Mondoweiss - The Obama administration has not taken a strong and unequivocal stand against Hosni Mubarak’s regime yet, and has instead opted for calling for an “orderly transition” to a new government. The latest news on the administration’s reactions to the Egyptian uprising is that the U.S. ambassador...

Egyptian revolution: a war of attrition has begun
Mondoweiss - and long lines of blood donors at hospitals and women and girls in the streets, and other news from the revolution: The Egyptian Revolution Breaking: Estimated 2 million protesters converge on Cairo’s Tahrir Square; similar protests across Egypt; opposition releases unified demands calling for Mubarak ouster,...

Yousef is gone
Mondoweiss - The following is a piece Bekah Wolf posted on Facebook about Yousef Fakhri Ikhlayl. Ikhlayl is a 17-year-old boy who was shot in the head and killed by Israeli settlers last Friday. Wolf worked with him in the Center for Freedom and Justice . According to a...

All eyes on Egypt– but Pipes looks at Iran
Mondoweiss - This is a crosspost from Lobelog. Everyone’s watching Egypt. Everyone. But Daniel Pipes sees right through it, to where Iran is lurking in the background. It’s right there in the opinion section of the Washington Times , where even Frank Gaffney is zoomed in on the Muslim...

Amnesty International Condemns sentence of long time human rights activist, Ameer Makhoul.
Palestine Monitor - On 30 January, Palestinian human rights worker, Ameer Makhoul was sentenced to nine years in prison for alleged crimes of spying for a foreign agent. Makhoul is a prominent human rights activist in Haifa and the General Director of Ittijah, the Union of Arab Community Based...

IDF Chief of Staff-Designate Likely to Lose Job Before He Starts…and for All Wrong Reasons
Tikun Olam - Yoav Galant's home and stolen land (Edo Erez) Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant, the prime minister’s choice to be the next IDF chief of staff, has an almost insurmoutable obstacle in the path to his assuming his new job.  He stole (or ‘appropriated’ if you prefer niceties)...

America’s Multiracial Baby Boom, Coming to Israel…Ever?
Tikun Olam - The NY Times reported this week on a rising demographic phenomenon in American life: multiracialism.  One in seven new marriages in the U.S. in 2009 involved members of different races.  Multiracial Americans are one the fastest growing groups: Many young adults of mixed backgrounds are rejecting...

Harsh Interrogations of Children Escalate in Nabi Saleh
Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - 14 year old Islam Tamimi was arrested in a night raid on Sunday 23 January 2011 and subjected to psychological torture in order to extract dictated false testimony that will be used to incriminate and prosecute villagers in Nabi Saleh.

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