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Saturday, February 19, 2011
Ten Residents Wounded In Tulkarem
IMEMC - Sunday February 20, 2011 - 05:32, Palestinian Medical sources reported Saturday that ten residents were treated for the effects of teargas inhalation after Israeli soldiers attacked a nonviolent protest in Dir Al Ghsoun village, north of Tulkarem in the northern part of the West Bank.

Child, Beit Ummar Mayor, Wounded In Weekly Nonviolent Protest
IMEMC - Sunday February 20, 2011 - 05:21, Palestinian medical sources reported Saturday that a child and the mayor of Beit Ummar town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, were wounded after the Israeli army opened fire at the weekly nonviolent protests against the Wall and settlements.

Settlers Attacks Citizens In Hebron And Yatta
IMEMC - Saturday February 19, 2011 - 14:54, On Saturday, the Israeli settlers attacked several citizens in the city of Hebron and the nearby town of Yatta.

Us Vetoes UN Resolution Condemning Israeli Settlement Expansion
IMEMC - Saturday February 19, 2011 - 11:31, Despite claims by US President Barack Obama that his administration is opposed to Israel's further takeover of land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem for colonial settlements, the US representative to the United Nations Security Council vetoed a resolution Friday that would have opposed Israeli settlement expansion.

Eight injured in 4 separate anti-Wall protests on Friday
IMEMC - Saturday February 19, 2011 - 11:05, Anti-Wall protests were organized this Friday in the villages of Bil’in, Nil’in, Nabi Saleh, and al-Ma’ssara, located in the central and southern parts of the West Bank. Today, the theme of the protests was national unity among Palestinians.

Fury after US vetoes UN settlements resolution
2/19/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A top Fatah leader and former Palestinian intelligence official called Saturday for a "day of rage" against America after the Obama administration blocked a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements. Tawfik Tirawi said Palestinians would protest next Friday, a week after the US directed its UN ambassador to kill the draft Security.... Related: PLO to make fresh UN anti-settlement bid and Full text: UN Security Council draft resolution

Protesters: 7 detained in Ramallah village
2/19/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Seven people were arrested Friday in a village near Ramallah during a weekly demonstration against the Israeli occupation and settlements on Palestinian land. The army seized two Palestinians, four Israelis, and one foreign national in An-Nabi Saleh, protesters said. They were still held being held by Israeli police, their colleagues said....

Army shuts down anti-wall rally
2/19/2011 - TULKAREM (Ma'an) --Israeli forces on Saturday attacked four journalists and detained five teenagers at an anti-wall rally in the West Bank district of Tulkarem, witnesses said. The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine organized the rally, attended by international and local activists, Tulkarem governor Talal Dweikat and leaders of several factions. Israeli....

Army detains 12 at Beit Ummar rally
2/19/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Saturday detained 12 Palestinians at an anti-settlement rally in Beit Ummar near the West Bank city of Hebron. Local popular committee spokesman Mohammad Awad said six demonstrators were injured when Israeli soldiers ambushed the protest. Mayor Nasir Sabarneh was hit in the foot with a sound grenade and....

West Bank protest after US vetoes UN resolution
2/19/2011 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of cars sped through the Palestinian town of Qalqiliya late Friday as the Obama administration vetoed a UN resolution condemning continued Israeli settlements. Protesters honked horns in a show of support for President Mahmoud Abbas' refusal to give in to the US government's last-minute efforts to avoid....

Full text: UN Security Council draft resolution
2/19/2011 - The following is the full text of the draft UN Security Council resolution condemning continued Israeli settlements that the Obama administration vetoed late Friday. All other member states voted in favor. The Security Council, Recalling its relevant resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 1397....

Hamas says US veto of UN settler vote 'outrageous'
2/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Hamas said on Saturday that the US use of its veto to block a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements was "outrageous" and urged an end to Palestinian-Israeli contacts. The Islamist group which controls Gaza said the behavior of President Barack Obama's administration in Friday night's council....

Fatah leader wants `day of anger` after US veto
2/19/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Fatah leader Tawfik Tirawi called Saturday for a "day of anger" against America next week after the US administration blocked a resolution condemning Israeli settlements at the UN. Tirawi said the US veto at the Security Council exposed the true face of America and the extent to which its role harms.... Related: West Bank protest after US vetoes UN resolution

PLO to make fresh UN anti-settlement bid
2/19/2011 - RAMALLAH (AFP) -- The Palestinians aim to launch a new bid to clinch UN condemnation of Israeli settlement building, after Washington vetoed a Security Council motion, a senior official said on Saturday. Yasser Abed Rabbo, the Palestine Liberation Organizations secretary general, said Palestinian leaders had decided to make an attempt at the world body's....

Detainee appeals for Palestinian unity
2/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian detained by Israel for 25 years said Saturday he hoped to live to see Palestinian unity and the establishment of an independent state, his lawyer said. Ahmad Abdul Rahman Abu Hasira, from Gaza City, was detained in 1986 at the age of 27. His lawyer said he was....

11 'wanted' Palestinians detained at Jordan bridge
2/19/2011 - JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Security officers at the Allenby Bridge border crossing recently detained 11 Palestinians wanted on various criminal charges, a weekly police report said Saturday. None of the suspects were named and it was not clear what the charges were. Crossings officials reported a decline in the number of travelers at the border....

Abbas aide 'surprised' after UN settlements vote
2/19/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A top aide to President Mahmoud Abbas was "surprised" by the US administration's veto of a UN vote condemning Israeli settlements in the occupied territories, he said Friday. Nabil Abu Rdeineh "was surprised with the US position," he said in a statement. The decision "will further complicate things in....

14 Palestinians released from Egyptian custody
2/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities released 14 Palestinian prisoners who were arrested on the Gaza-Egypt border, a detainees affairs official said Saturday morning. Imad Al-Sayyed told Ma'an that the prisoners were released Friday night from the Al-Aqrab and Burj Al-Arab prisons in Cairo. Their release has been confirmed and they are....

Egypt opens Gaza crossing for stranded Palestinians
2/19/2011 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities said Saturday that they would briefly open the Rafah border crossing into Gaza. The border will open to allow Palestinians stranded in Egypt to return to their homes for the first time since Egypt's uprising began. Hundreds of Palestinians from Gaza are in Egypt - either at....

Haniyeh invites prominent cleric to Gaza
2/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza has invited influential Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi to the Strip. In a phone call on Saturday, Haniyeh congratulated the Egyptian-born cleric on the victory of the revolution which led the the toppling of former leader Hosni Mubarak, a Ma'an correspondent reported....

Abbas: Palestinian interests more important than US pressure
2/19/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that Palestinian interests were more important than US pressure, after the US vetoed a UN anti-settlement resolution. Abbas said the vote was still a victory for Palestinian diplomacy, noting that the other 14 member states of the Security Council voted in favor of the resolution condemning....

Yousef: Hamas, Fatah at risk from regional turmoil
2/19/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas and Fatah will not escape the wave of revolutions sweeping the region, says Ahmed Yousef, former adviser to Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza. Yousef said Fatah and Hamas must work to quickly end the division between Gaza and the West Bank to avoid an uprising in Palestine. They must....

4 workers injured as mosque roof collapses
2/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Four workers were injured Saturday when the roof of a mosque collapsed in the southern Gaza Strip, medics said. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said the builders were constructing a new roof for the mosque when the incident happened east of Khan Younis. The injured were transferred to....

Worker dies in rock collapse
2/19/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- One worker died and another was seriously injured Saturday after rocks collapsed on them on a hillside in Nablus, medics said. The men were employed by a stone factory in Beit Iba west of Nablus. Kamal Al-Habash, 34, was driving a bulldozer to excavate rocks near the factory when he was....

Obama calls Bahrain's king, condemns violence
2/19/2011 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- US President Barack Obama Friday spoke to Bahrain's King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa and condemned violence by government forces against protesters which has killed four people and wounded 200 more....

Arbor Networks: Internet cut off in Libya
2/19/2011 - SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) -- Internet service was cut off in Libya on Friday as the regime evidently moved to strip anti-government protestors of ways to organize and communicate, according to Arbor Networks....

Human Rights Watch: Libya security forces kill 84 in 3 days
2/19/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Libyan security forces killed at least 84 people over three days of protests, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday, citing telephone interviews with local hospital staff and witnesses....

Bahrain opposition says government must quit
2/19/2011 - MANAMA (AFP) -- Bahrain's main Shiite opposition group said on Saturday that the government must resign and the army withdraw from the streets of the capital before it will take up an offer of dialogue from the crown prince." To consider dialogue, the government must resign and the army should withdraw from the streets....

EU's Ashton calls for Bahrain dialogue 'without delay'
2/19/2011 - BRUSSELS (AFP) -- EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said Saturday that political dialogue promised by Bahrain's crown prince "should begin without delay," adding she was "deeply concerned" by violence against protesters....

Bahrain army withdraws tanks from Pearl Square
2/19/2011 - MANAMA (AFP) -- Bahraini military vehicles, deployed in the capital Manama's Pearl Square after a deadly police raid on protesters, began pulling out on Saturday, a condition the opposition has set to begin talks, an AFP correspondent reported....

Reporter: Bahrain police disperse protest with tear gas
2/19/2011 - MANAMA (AFP) - Bahraini police fired tear gas Saturday to disperse an anti-regime protest at Pearl Square in the capital Manama, shortly after the army pulled out of the area, an AFP journalist reported....

Rights watchdog urges Saudi to release activists
2/19/2011 - DUBAI (AFP) -- Human Rights Watch called on Saudi Arabia on Saturday to free five activists who announced amid the turmoil shaking the Middle East that they were forming the kingdom's first political party." At a time when people throughout the Arab world are out on the street seeking greater freedom, the Saudi secret....

Egypt's largest factory strikes despite warning
2/19/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Workers at Egypt's largest factory will remain on strike, an independent labour group said on Saturday, in defiance of warnings by the ruling military junta that it will no longer tolerate protests. Around 15,000 workers from the Misr Spinning and Weaving -- which employs 24,000 people in the Nile Delta city of....

Bahrain protesters back in square as troops leave
2/19/2011 - MANAMA (AFP) -- Thousands of jubilant Bahrainis returned on Saturday to Manama's Pearl Square, the focal point of bloody anti-regime demonstrations, after police and troops withdrew in an apparent conciliatory move. After the security forces had pulled out, Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa ordered that they were to stay away from demonstrators. Salman....

Libyan regime hits back with deadly crackdown
2/19/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Libyan security forces have killed more than 80 people over three days of protests, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday, after Tripoli pledged to crush opposition." Security forces are firing on Libyan citizens and killing scores simply because they're demanding change and accountability," said the New York-based HRW, citing telephone interviews....

Bahrain union calls indefinite strike
2/19/2011 - MANAMA (AFP) -- Bahrain's general labour union called an indefinite strike on Saturday in protest against "violent acts" by police and demanding the right to demonstrate peacefully....

Egypt Islamists want purge of old regime figures
2/19/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest organized movement, called on Saturday for a purge of former regime figures in government and disbandment of the feared State Security Investigations Service. The Islamist movement, banned in 1954, also called in a statement for a purge of corrupt businessmen and media figures who supported the....

US vetoes UN draft on settlements
AlJazeera 19 Feb 2011 - Washington blocks resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories as an obstacle to peace.

American Veto and the Revolution we Wait for!
PNN - Fadi Abu Sada – PNN’s Editor in Chief – It looks like the American administration did not learn from what happened in Tunisia and its week position towards that Jasmine revolution. It...

HRW: Libyan Security Forces Kill 84 Over Three Days
PNN - HRW – To PNN - Government security forces have killed at least 84 people in three days of protests in several cities in Libya, Human Rights Watch said today, based on telephone...

Yes We Can
PNN - By Rafat Shomali - As a Palestinian, the United States presidential elections where never interesting to me, if you ask a Palestinian kid that is 12 years old, who is behind Israel?...

Bil'in marks sixth anniversary of anti-Wall demonstrations
2/19/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - During the weekly demonstration five people were injured and dozens suffered from server cases of asphyxia from tear gas. Hundreds of Palestinians joined by Israeli and international solidarity actives marched under the banner of unity and an end to the occupation. Today's demonstration marked six years of struggle in.... Related: Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

Action Alert: tell Egypt to open Rafah crossing
2/19/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - Gazan human rights organizations - The International Solidarity Movement has received a request from Palestinians in Gaza that concerned people contact the Egyptian embassies to ask them to reopen the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza. They have prepared a statement which you can sign and fax to your embassy in order to raise awareness of....

Seven arrested in An Nabi Saleh
2/19/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - Bethlehem Solidarity - Seven people were arrested yesterday in An Nabi Saleh during the weekly demonstration against the occupation and settlements. After the Israeli army invaded the village two Palestinians, four Israelis and one international were arrested. They are still held by Israeli forces, and we are told that the two Palestinians were separated from the....

Hebrew learning centers to be updated in bid to end immigrants' language woes
Ha'aretz - Israel is following the movement of the warships closely, although it does not believe the Iranian vessels have hostile intentions toward Israel.

Hundreds mark Gilad Shalit's 1,700th day in captivity with rally outside Netanyahu's house
Ha'aretz - Prime minister's office releases statement saying Netanyahu feels the pain of the Shalit family and that actions to return Gilad safe and sound are continuing.

Peres calls Abbas to discuss peace process in wake of failed UN settlement resolution
Ha'aretz - Palestinian president reiterates that in order to return to negotiating table, Israel must halt all settlement building, including in East Jerusalem.

Abbas: Ties with U.S. won't be severed over veto of UN settlement resolution
Ha'aretz - Palestinian president says it isn't in Palestinian interests to break ties with U.S. administration, despite their veto of UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement building.

Palestinians plan 'Day of Rage' to protest U.S. veto on UN settlement resolution
Ha'aretz - Top Fatah official next Friday will be a day of Palestinian protest against the U.S. for vetoing a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement building.

U.S. restricts staff movement in West Bank as 'precaution'
Ha'aretz - Move comes a day after the U.S. vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israel's policy of settlement building.

Israel 'deeply appreciates' U.S. veto on UN resolution condemning settlements
Ha'aretz - Prime Minister's Office thanks Obama for nixing Security Council resolution proposed by Arab states censuring Israeli settlement activity.

Palestinian envoy: U.S. veto at UN 'encourages Israeli intransigence' on settlements
Ha'aretz - Hamas says the veto shows the American administration's bias towards the occupation and slams it as immoral behavior disregarding the international community.

U.K. novelist Ian McEwan makes no apology for coming to Israel
Ha'aretz - McEwan set to receive the main prize at the annual Jerusalem International Book Fair; Palestinian writers threaten to boycott the author who sought to help foster peace.

Badly burnt body of teen found near southern Israel Bedouin town
Ha'aretz - Preliminary police estimates say the boy was abducted, brutally beaten, and burnt in an attempt to prevent him reporting the incident.

From Gaza to Egypt: I Had a Dream…
19 Feb 2011 - Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) - What happened in Egypt some days ago has reverberated through my spine and my heavy heart as much as it did through the whole world. The best part of this triumphant ending was that it came so unexpectedly and at a time when our emotions started to retract a bit.  I had been switching the TV...

Ten Palestinians injured in anti-wall rally near Tulkarem
19 Feb 2011 -     West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Ten Palestinians were injured as Israeli soldiers suppressed anti-wall rally launched in the village of Deir Al-Gusun near Tulkarem in the West Bank .Five other civilians were detained in the same attack.

Egypt opens Rafah border crossing- one way
19 Feb 2011 - Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)-Egyptian authorities decided yesterday to reopen Rafah crossing in one way to allow the return of hundreds of stranded Palestinians from Egypt to Gaza Strip.

Occupation attacks Palestinian farmers in Hebron
19 Feb 2011 - West Bank,  (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli authorities banned yesterday Palestinian farmers from plowing and planting their lands in the west of Hebron in the West Bank.

Egypt's largest factory strikes despite warning
Uruknet February 19, 2011 - Workers at Egypt's largest factory will remain on strike, an independent labour group said on Saturday, in defiance of warnings by the ruling military junta that it will no longer tolerate protests. Around 15,000 workers from the Misr Spinning and Weaving -- which employs 24,000 people in the Nile Delta city of Al-Mahalla al-Kubra -- "...

The Indictment for Torture Filed Against George W. Bush (Part One: The Facts)
Uruknet February 19, 2011 - Just two weeks ago, as former US President George W. Bush was preparing to make his first visit to Europe since the publication, last November, of his biography Decision Points, the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, and the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, with support from the International Federation for...

Fury after US vetoes UN settlements resolution
Uruknet February 19, 2011 - A top Fatah leader and former Palestinian intelligence official called Saturday for a "day of rage" against America after the Obama administration blocked a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements. Tawfik Tirawi said Palestinians would protest next Friday, a week after the US directed its UN ambassador to kill the draft Security Council resolution even though...

Samir Amin Speaking About the Egyptian Revolution
Uruknet February 18, 2011 - .... Do not believe a word of what Obama said. Obama is Bush, but with a different language. There is a constant duplicity. In fact, in the case of Egypt, the United States supported the regime. They may eventually find it more useful to sacrifice the person of Mubarak. But they will not give up on...

THE JUNK BOND “TEFLON GUY” BEHIND EGYPT’S NONVIOLENT REVOLUTION
Uruknet February 18, 2011 - On February 9, Al Jazeera aired an episode in its People and Power series entitled "Egypt: Seeds of Change." The programme offers a revealing behind the scenes look at a core group of activists from the April 6 Youth Movement who played a crucial role in Egypt’s nonviolent revolution. "This is not a spontaneous uprising,"...

EGYPT: Military says strikes hurting economy, won't be tolerated
Uruknet February 18, 2011 - Strikes by Egyptian public workers are prolonging the nation's instability and threatening its economic future, the ruling military council said Friday as it warned that steps would be taken to halt the disruptions. A week after widespread protests forced President Hosni Mubarak to step down and take refuge at a seaside compound, the Supreme Council...

Action Alert: US delays visa for BDS leader Barghouti on eve of tour
Uruknet February 18, 2011 - Effectively canceling a planned speaking tour, the US consulate in Jerusalem has inexplicably delayed the granting of a visa for Omar Barghouti, founding member of the Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment, Sanction (BDS) campaign, due to tour the United States this April for the release of his new book, Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle...

US veto of UN resolution unites, angers Palestinians
The National 20 Feb 2011 - Palestinians warn US veto of Arab-backed UN resolution condemning Israel's settlement expansion will hurt Washington's image in the Middle East

Syria's poor receive cash aid from government
The National 20 Feb 2011 - Impoverished Syrians began receiving cash aid as government moves to lessen impact of rising food prices

US vetoes UN draft resolution condemning Israeli settlements
The National 19 Feb 2011 - US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice tells council members that the veto "should not be misunderstood to mean we support settlement activity."

Ian McEwan to accept Israel book award but criticise occupation
The Guardian 19 Feb 2011 - Novelist defends his acceptance of prize after calls to reject it in protest at occupation of Palestinian territories The novelist Ian McEwan will criticise Israel's occupation of Palestinian land in his speech accepting the Jerusalem Prize...

US vetoes UN resolution on Israeli settlements
Relief Web 19 Feb 2011 - Source: Agence France-Presse

OPT: Israel - US Veto on Settlements Undermines International Law
Relief Web 19 Feb 2011 - Source: Human Rights Watch

OPT: Security Council Fails to Adopt Text Demanding that Israel Halt Settlement Activity as Permanent Member Casts Negative Vote
Relief Web 18 Feb 2011 - Source: UN Security Council

OPT: Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton following the vote in the UN Security Council on resolution on the settlements
Relief Web 18 Feb 2011 - Source: European Union

EGYPT: Pharaoh Fixes his Fortune
IPS As Egypt's popular uprising gained momentum and Hosni Mubarak's downfall looked increasingly inevitable, he used his final days in office to secure his vast wealth, say analysts.

Bil'in marks 6 years of resistance
Stop The Wall - The people of Bil’In, along with international supporters and Palestinian political leaders, marked the sixth anniversary of the popular resistance, and entering the seventh year under the slogan "The people demand an end to the division and the occupation.” [

Palestinians want 'day of rage' against US
YNet News - Fatah, Hamas leaders incensed by decision to veto UN vote to condemn Israeli....

Georgian Jews wary of Hezbollah
YNet News - Synagogue attendance in Tbilisi drops by 70% Saturday after Israel issues....

'Israel's isolation may affect financial ties with Europe'
YNet News - State officials said Saturday that the US veto which prevented a UN condemnation of settlement construction is not a reason for celebrations. "Israel is becoming .......

'Clinton threatened to cancel aid to PA'
YNet News - While the Palestinians continue to express their anger over the US veto against a UN vote condemning Israel's settlement construction policy, new details have surfaced .......

Anti-Islamist protest in Tunisia
YNet News - After upheavals in Egypt and Tunisia and uprisings throughout the Arab world, unrest has reached former French colony Djibouti where two people were killed in clashes on .......

Outrageous veto underscores futility of counting on US for peace
PIC 19 Feb 2011 - The decision by the Obama administration to veto a Palestinian draft resolution denouncing Jewish settlement expansion is undoubtedly a slap in the face of the PA.

Mishaal: Hamas has new initiatives in store
PIC 19 Feb 2011 - Hamas politburo chief Khalid Mishaal said his party has in store new initiatives relating to developments in Palestine after consulting with Palestinian factions.

Haneyya invites Qardawi to visit Gaza
PIC 19 Feb 2011 - Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya reached Dr. Yousef Al-Qaradawi, head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars Association, on the phone on Saturday and invited him to visit the Gaza Strip.

Palestinians jailed in Egypt announce hunger strike demanding freedom
PIC 19 Feb 2011 - Palestinians held in a prison in Egypt announced Saturday they will go on hunger strike after hopes for freedom under the new hold of power were crushed.

Jewish settlers attack Palestinian village
PIC 19 Feb 2011 - Armed Jewish settlers attacked Palestinians in Um Al-Khair area south of Yatta village, in Al-Khalil district, on Saturday, local sources said.

Hamas condemns US veto of resolution condemning settlement activity
PIC 19 Feb 2011 - Hamas condemned the move by the United States to use the veto to prevent a Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israel's construction in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Report: Israel sold 1,400 West Bank, J'lem settlement homes in 2010
PIC 19 Feb 2011 - The Israeli Ministry of Housing sold 1,400 to settlers in East Jerusalem and the West Bank in 2010, a Palestinian researcher inside 1948-occupied Palestine said in a report on Saturday.

Radwan: American veto blatant bias in favor of Israel
PIC 19 Feb 2011 - Dr. Ismail Radwan, a Hamas leader, has charged that the US veto against a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity reflected absolute bias in favor of Israel.

Report: 218 attacks on Palestinian journalists in 2010
PIC 19 Feb 2011 - A report shows a significant increase in attacks on Palestinian journalists in 2010.

Israeli prison administration blocks medical visit to Palestinian prisoner
PIC 19 Feb 2011 - The Israeli Jalbo prison administration refused the entry of a specialized medical team into the facility to check up Jerusalemite prisoner Essam Jandal.

From Libya to Yemen, no sign of unrest easing
LA Times 19 Feb 2011 - The death toll, and frustrations, rise as anti-government demonstrations in Libya, Yemen and Jordan are met with security forces and intimidation. The unrest shaking the Middle East and North Africa showed no signs of calming Friday as protesters determined to overthrow governments and remake a region plagued by corruption, poverty and decades of limited political freedoms continued to confront security forces and regime loyalists.

Bahrain troops open fire on demonstrators
LA Times 19 Feb 2011 - At least 50 people are wounded in Bahrain's capital, Manama, when troops attack marchers with live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas. A violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators in this Persian Gulf kingdom illustrated a troubling new chapter in the unrest sweeping the Middle East, as embattled rulers turn to force to silence calls for reform.

Iran Releases Two Germans Who Reported on Stoning Case
New York Times 19 Feb 2011 - The two journalists had been sentenced to 20 months in prison for interviewing the son of a woman who has been condemned to die by stoning.

Essay: Egypt: The Cultural Revolution
New York Times 19 Feb 2011 - The poems and songs of Tahrir Square directly challenge the official worldview propagated by the Mubarak regime.

Activists around the world are way ahead of the U.S.
Mondoweiss - I read this article in the Times: "Cellphones Become the World's Eyes and Ears on Protests [ link] and got the following links: Storyful ; Yfrog ; Citizentube ; Bambuser . I hadn't heard of any of them. American activists have been leapfrogged. The more I find out about what happened...

Israeli military attacks nonviolent protest in southern West Bank village and arrests 13 boys from village playground
Mondoweiss - The following is a press release from the Palestine Solidarity Project . These arrests are part of an Israeli policy across the West Bank to target children in an attempt to intimidate and harass peaceful protesters: Saturday, February 19, 2011, 3pm: Thirteen Palestinian boys, all between the...

Tahrir demonstrators say they aim to liberate Jerusalem
Mondoweiss - From Angry Arab News Service For those who say that there are no foreign policy goals for Egyptian protesters, you need to watch this. In it, Egyptians (more than 2 million [yesterday]) in Tahrir Square chant: "To Jerusalem we are heading, Martyrs in the millions." (Yes,...

A massacre committed by another “close friend and ally” of the United States
Mondoweiss - Bahrain on Friday (warning graphic videos): The protesters are chanting "Peacefully, peacefully, peacefully" The same march from a different angle. More of the latest headlines from the protests around the region: Bahrain Fresh rally in key Bahrain square Thousands of jubilant protesters in Bahrain enter Pearl...

Barghouti: For the US, ‘freedom’ in the Middle East amounts to the ‘liberty’ to bow to its hegemony
Mondoweiss - Omar Barghouti sent us this in response to our post on the US refusing to issue him a visa for his upcoming speaking tour. Barghouti is the author of the upcoming book Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights   : Ms. Clinton can sing...

Popular uprisings spread across Middle East despite brutal crackdowns
WSWS - Unprecedented upheavals from Algeria to Iraq are causing consternation in the Obama administration and among the major European powers.

German reporters set free by Iran
BBC 19 Feb 2011 - Iran frees two German reporters who were jailed after interviewing the son of a woman sentenced to death by stoning, officials say.

Not at Jordan's expense
Sabbah report 19 Feb 2011 - The refugees' right of return has become a key issue in political discourse in Jordan. Neither the government nor opposition forces can afford to suggest an alternative point of view. Explicit in official statements is that Jordan will accept nothing short of a "just" solution to...

Rethinking Palestinian refugeehood
Sabbah report 19 Feb 2011 - The long-standing issue of the Palestinian refugees' right of return, remains dramatically unresolved. The recent release of the Palestine papers has, if anything, confirmed the lack of any serious plan that would bring justice to four generations of displacement and statelessness.

Tawtin or Return: Divergent views from Lebanon, but one common goal
Sabbah report 19 Feb 2011 - Lebanese opponents of civil rights for Palestinian refugees often use less objective and more crude wording to define "tawtin" ("settlement") than is normally employed in civil society discussions.

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