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Thursday, February 25, 2010
Medics: Man shot by Israeli forces east of Gaza City
2/25/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli forces operating east of the Ash-Shuja'iyeh neighborhood of Gaza City shot and wounded a Palestinian man, medics in the Ash-Shifa Hospital said. Muawiya Hassanein, head of emergency and ambulance services in Gaza, said the unidentified man was moderately injured. An Israeli military spokesman said soldiers fired warning shots in the air when a Palestinian approached the border area near Ash-Shuja'iyeh, but stressed that they "did not recognize a hit" and said he was "unfamiliar with reports of a Palestinian injured in the area. " Later Thursday, an army spokeswoman also denied claims by Fatah's military wing that it attacked an undercover Israeli military unit that breached the border in northern Gaza. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed to have hurled an explosive device that caused "deaths and injuries among the soldiers. "

Barred by Israel, Irish FM enters Gaza via Egypt
2/25/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - Irish Foreign Minister Michael Martin arrived in Gaza on Thursday via the Egyptian controlled Rafah crossing after Israel denied him entry to the costal territory. A Palestinian official at the Rafah crossing said Martin was joined by a 10-member delegation. The group was escorted in UN vehicles to the UN compound in Gaza city. In a brief interview, Martin told Ma'an that he came to Gaza to "see for myself" what had transpired in the Strip, which was the target of a three-week military campaign by Israel last year. Martin, who is known as a critic of the Israeli-led blockade of Gaza, said Israel had given "no good reason" for denying him entry to the enclave. He also criticized Israel's eviction of Palestinians from their homes in Jerusalem, house demolition, and arbitrary detention.

Israel detains AFP photographer
2/26/2010 - Hebron - Ma'an - A photographer for Agence France-Presse was briefly detained by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday. Marco Longari was arrested for "acting violently toward security forces" and transferred to police custody, an army spokeswoman said. An Israeli police spokesman confirmed that Longari was briefly held for questioning, but said the journalist was released without charge. Longari is the head photographer for AFP, our correspondent in Hebron reported. A colleague identified him as an Italian national. The AFP declined comment, and several calls to Longari's mobile phone were not immediately returned. Onlookers said Longari was one of three journalists injured during clashes near Hebron's Ibrahimi Mosque on Thursday. The others were identified as Abed Al-Ghani An-Natshah, who reportedly blacked out after inhaling tear gas, and Nasser Shiyoukhi, who was beaten by soldiers.

Silwan families: Israel serves 8 new demolition orders
2/25/2010 - Jerusalem - Ma'an - Eight families in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan were handed orders announcing their homes were slated for demolition, as Israeli municipality workers entered the area accompanied by military guards on Wednesday. The families targeted were identified as those of Azmi Ghanem, Fakhri Ghanem, Mu'een Al-Qaq, Fahmi Meswada, Talib Meswada, Marwan Ash-Shuyoukhi, Mousa Al-Haeiymuni, Naser As-Salfiti and the At-Tawils. All of the homes are in the At-Tanak and Wadi Hilwa areas of the neighborhood. Spokesman for the Israeli municipality Gidi Shmerling, said the "claims are false," noting in an e-mail that "the Jerusalem municipality did not deliver demolition orders in Silwan today [Wednesday]. He said that "during a routine inspection only three warnings were ordered for three buildings in Silwan neighborhood due to building violations.

Expert: UN could ’bury’ Goldstone report
2/25/2010 - Chicago - Ma'an - A year after Israel's assault on Gaza, bureaucratic wrangling is threatening to bury a UN report that accuses Israel and Palestinian militias of committing war crimes, a UN expert on the issue said on Wednesday. Richard Falk, the UN's special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, made the remarks ahead of a Friday vote at the UN General Assembly, which is expected to give Israeli and Palestinian authorities five more months to investigate war crimes charges outlined in the Goldstone report. "I think it's part of the wider effort basically to bury the recommendations of the Goldstone report, unnecessarily delaying the implementation of its recommendations," Falk told Ma'an in a phone interview. As time passes, Falk said, the UN is less likely to hold accused war criminals accountable. The delays "remove the reality of what happened in Gaza from the collective memory of world society. . . . "

Union: Farmer beaten by Israeli forces at Jubarah checkpoint
2/25/2010 - Tulkarem - Ma'an - A farmer on his way to agricultural lands near Tulkarem was told to lie on the floor of the Jubara checkpoint and was subsequently beaten while on the floor, the Agricultural Union said in a report released hours after the alleged event Thursday. The man, identified as Said Walid, is a resident of Khirbet Jubara, a village in the West Bank but on the western side of Israel's separation wall. Residents of the village must pass through the Jubarah checkpoint to reach the city of Tulkarem, and any other of the neighboring villages. Shortly after the checkpoint opened at 5:30am, a statement said, Walid entered the military zone en route to his fields on the far side of the wall. The union said he was badly beaten "without any explanation," adding that Walid was the fourth member of the Tulkarem Agricultural union to have been beaten by soldiers since the start of 2010.

Israeli forces raid kindergarten, detain 5 in Beit Ummar
2/25/2010 - Hebron - Ma'an - Israeli troops detained five Beit Ummar residents from their homes north of Hebron Thursday morning, and handed papers to nine others demanding that they appear in front of Israeli intelligence officials. The Toyur Al-Janneh (Birds of Heaven) kindergarten building was also raided and ransacked, Palestinian Solidarity Project spokesman Muhammad Awad said. Awad identified those detained as: Ibrahim Awad, 18, Iyad Za'aqiq, 34, Nader Bahar, 37, Muhamad Alami, 17, and Hasan Alami, 22. He said they were all taken to an unknown location. [end]Related: VIDEO - Tuiur Al Jannah - Al Maa`

Former PA minister among 5 hurt in Hebron clashes
2/25/2010 - Hebron - Ma'an - Clashes erupted in the West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday, as hundreds of Palestinians protested a declaration that the Ibrahimi Mosque is an Israeli heritage site. At least five Palestinians were hospitalized, medics said, while others were seen receiving treatment for tear-gas inhalation on site. Among the injured was Mustafa Barghouthi, a former information minister. He and four children were treated for tear-gas inhalation at the Al-Muhtaseb Hospital, medics said. Two pairs of sisters were identified as Tahrir Kamel Jaber, 5, and Bara, 10, as well as Suad Taleb Jabber, 8, and Naghem, 7. An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was aware of only one Palestinian injured and four arrested. A member of the country's border police unit was hurt by a rock, she said, as well as the injured Palestinian.

Israel seals West Bank for holiday
2/25/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered a total closure of the West Bank effective Thursday night and continuing through the Jewish holiday of Purim until Monday. Closures generally mean that Palestinian West Bank residents with permits will be banned from entering Israel or East Jerusalem. Foreign nationals are usually not effected. [end]

Fatah wing: Israeli forces targeted in Gaza
2/25/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - Fatah's military wing said it attacked an undercover Israeli army unit that breached the border in northern Gaza on Thursday, claiming to have hurled an explosive. In a statement, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades said the explosive charge struck members of the Israeli unit "directly," and that "there were deaths and injuries among the soldiers. "The supposed attack "comes in response to [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu's statements on including the Ibrahimi Mosque on a list of [Israeli] heritage sites," the statement said, and "as a confirmation of ongoing resistance in order to stabilize national unity among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, and within the ongoing response to the killing of three [Fatah] leaders in Nablus" last December. An Israeli military spokeswoman said that, after an initial inquiry, the army was aware of no such attack.

PA official: Israel to allow glass into Gaza
2/26/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - Israel will allow window panes into the Gaza Strip by the end of next week, a Palestinian Authority official said Thursday. Deputy Economy Minister Nasser As-Saraj said the shipment "includes 100 truckloads delivering glass panes, which will enter in stages. "Two months ago, 100 truckloads were allowed into the enclave, which has been under siege by Israel and Egypt since Hamas took power in 2007. The only other source of domestic window glass in Gaza is via the increasingly restricted tunnel trade. Merchants say prices reached up to US $150 a meter in the months following Operation Cast Lead. . . . .

EU court: Duties apply to settlement goods
2/26/2010 - Chicago - Ma'an/Agencies - The European Union's high court ruled on Thursday that products made in Israeli settlements in the West Bank are not Israeli and should therefore be subject to import taxes. The EU has agreements with both Israel and the Palestinians exempting the two from import duties. "Each of those two association agreements has its own territorial scope," the court said, according to The Associated Press, adding Israeli goods made in the West Bank cannot enjoy duty-free access to the vast EU market. The court said the EU deal with Israel "applies to the territory of the State of Israel" and the Palestinian one to "the territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. "Israeli companies in West Bank settlements export produce, cookies, pretzels, wines, cosmetics, and computer equipment. . . . .

Journalists: We will go to court to challenge the PJS elections
2/26/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - Members of the Journalists Syndicate will go to court in Ramallah to challenge the outcome of the elections for the Palestinian media body, accusing organizers of corruption. Member of the syndicate Zakareiyah At-Telmas said the 8 February elections results were announced by officials who were not members of the press, not members of the syndicate and had no business being involved with the elections process. "The journalists in Gaza [elected to the syndicate board] are working to prepare a memorandum signed by dozens of syndicate members that accuses elections organizers of culling the membership rolls before calling the elections," At-Telmas said. At the time, observers accused Fatah and Palestinian Authority figures of forcing the syndicate into politics by clouding the elections policy, and running party lists rather than single vote ballots.

Defense for Children International appeals for detained minors
2/25/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Following the detention of 17 minors, many of them children, from the Jalazone Refugee Camp on 11 February, Defense for Children International issued an emergency appeal seeking an intervention for the continued confinement and ill-treatment of the boys. At the time, Ma'an reported the detention of 21 teens and young men from the Jalazone Refugee Camp, 17 of whom were under the age of 18, while all were under the age of 20. According to DCI, the boys were accused of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. They were forced to walk to the Beit El settlement, were transferred to the local police station then brought to the Ofer prison in the West Bank. In their report, the organization called the arrest of the children and teenagers "examples of what appears to be the systematic and institutionalized ill-treatment. . . "

Gaza fishermen under fire
2/25/2010 - Gaza - IRIN - Sami Al-Qouqa, a 30-year-old former fisherman from Ash-Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza, lost his left hand when his boat came under fire from an Israeli gunboat on 12 March 2007, in an incident documented by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. "I was on my small fishing boat in Palestinian fishing waters when two Israeli warships approached me. The Israeli navy shouted at me: 'Go back or we'll kill you!' Initially, I refused, so they began shooting at me. One of the gunboat's shells hit me and seriously wounded my left forearm and hand," Al-Quoqa told IRIN. He was taken to Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City where doctors amputated his hand. He has since been unemployed and depends on the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) for food aid for his wife and two sons. Gaza fishermen say ever-tightening restrictions on where they can fish, frequent attacks by Israeli gunboats. . .

Egypt arrests Chinese nationals en route to Israel
2/25/2010 - Al-Arish - Ma'an - Egyptian authorities arrested three Chinese nationals in central Sinai on Wednesday, security sources said. The three unidentified detainees were en route to Israel, Egyptian security sources told Ma'an. The men surrendered after Egyptian forces fired warning shots in the air, the sources said. Under questioning, the men said they were attempting to enter Israel to search for jobs, the sources said, adding that they had paid 1,000 US dollars to international smugglers. Meanwhile, Egyptian police detained a Palestinian teenager trying to enter the Gaza Strip from Egypt, sources said. He was identified as Ibrahim Ash-Shureiky, 16, and was accused of working in tunnels along the border. As a minor, the teenager will be returned to his parents in Gaza after questioning, sources added. The four arrests come amid an ongoing Egyptian crackdown against foreign migrants.

Two Gaza crossings open Thursday
2/25/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - Two Gaza crossings will open Thursday for the transport of 107-117 truckloads of aid and commercial goods, in addition to limited fuel imports, Palestinian liaison officer Raed Fattouh said. The bulk goods crossing at Karni had been shut since Monday, when it transferred 113 truckloads of wheat and animal feed. The previous week Karni also opened on Monday and Thursday. Two truck of cut carnations will be exported from Gaza under the Dutch government program, ongoing since December 2009. There are no other exports permitted from Gaza. [end]

Israel army: Car flips after pelted with rocks near Qalqiliya
2/25/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - A settler was reportedly injured after Palestinians threw stones at his car in the northern West Bank on Thursday. A military spokeswoman said an Israeli man's car flipped as a result of being hit by rocks thrown by Palestinians near Ma'ale Shomron, a settlement south of Qalqiliya. He was not identified. The spokeswoman said the man suffered light injuries and was treated at the scene of the incident. Israeli forces also arrived, and were searching the area for suspects, the official added. [end]

US delegation in Israel for intel, security talks
2/25/2010 - Chicago - Ma'an - A senior US official arrived in Israel on Tuesday for three days of "strategic dialogue" that the American State Department notes as a show of support for Israel and the country's security. The American State Department said Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg's participation in the talks "demonstrates the United States' continued commitment to Israeli security, including working toward a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. "The statement continued, saying "the Strategic Dialogue is an ongoing process that the United States values as a meaningful tool to discuss a wide range of issues that concern both of our countries. " Other top officials will also reportedly participate in the talks, including Under Secretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence. . .

Australia summons Israeli envoy over Dubai killing
2/25/2010 - Chicago - Ma'an/Agencies - The Australian government summoned the Israeli ambassador in Canberra late on Wednesday, after Dubai authorities alleged that Australian passports were used in January's assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh, reports said. "We will not be silent on this matter. It is a matter of deep concern. It really goes to the integrity and fabric of the use of state documents, which passports are, for other purposes," Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told Australian radio. "Any state that has been complicit in use or abuse of the Australian passport system, let alone for the conduct of an assassination, is treating Australia with contempt and there will therefore be action by the Australian government in response," said Rudd. Earlier in the week, United Arab Emirates released the names and passport information of 15 alleged Israeli Mossad agents they say were involved in the murder.

Hamas vows response to heritage list
2/25/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - Hamas threatened on Wednesday to strike Israel over a controversial government decision to lay claim to West Bank holy sites as part of "Israeli heritage. ""Hamas is restricted in the West Bank but the silence won't last long. This is just the silence before the thunder. The response to these Israeli crimes is coming soon," Hamas leader Yousef Fatahat told a demonstration in Gaza. He was referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pronouncement this week claiming the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem as Israeli heritage sites. The Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) bans Hamas from operating in public in the West Bank, but the Ibrahimi Mosque lies in an area of Hebron under Israeli military control. During last year's assault on Gaza, Hamas staged demonstrations in the area.

Barak, UN chief hold talks
2/25/2010 - Chicago - Ma'an - Israeli Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed efforts to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and other issues during a meeting on Wednesday afternoon. According to The Associated Press, Barak did not speak to reporters after the hour-long meeting, but UN spokesman Farhan Haq said on behalf of Ban, that "they discussed ongoing efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. " Haq said Ban expressed regret over Israeli actions that could hinder those efforts, including new orders to demolish Palestinian buildings in East Jerusalem and the inclusion of West Bank holy sites on an Israeli "heritage" list. The meeting was Barak's first on a brief trip to New York and Washington. He is also scheduled to meet US peace envoy George Mitchell, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Adm.

Clinton: US hopes talks will start soon
2/25/2010 - Chicago - Ma'an/Agencies - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told US lawmakers on Wednesday that she hoped Israelis and Palestinians could resume negotiations toward a peace settlement "soon. "A year of US efforts to bring the two sides back to the negotiating table have failed so far, but Clinton struck an upbeat tone in testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. After demanding last year that Israel halt the construction of all settlements on Palestinian land in the West Bank, the US softened its position, and is now hoping that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will drop his demand that settlement construction halt before peace talks start. "We hope that that will commence shortly," Clinton said, as quoted by Reuters. "We think it's absolutely essential that they begin to talk about the final status issues that divide them. "

PLO: If Netanyahu wants our holy sites, he can’t have peace talks
2/25/2010 - Ramallah - Ma'an - The Executive Committee of the PLO will not support talks with Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu government in light of its decision to declare sites in Palestinian areas "Israeli heritage sites," the body announced after a meeting Wednesday. "We will reject any kind of negotiations, even indirect talks," Secretary General of the PLO body Yasser Abed Rabbo said after the meeting in Ramallah. Netanyahu declared the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem - both sites of historical value to Jews, Christians and Muslims, and both located on lands within the 1967 borders of what would be a Palestinian state - Israeli heritage sites, during his cabinet meeting on Sunday. It was not immediately clear what the practical implications of the move would be. Abed Rabbo said the "extremist right-wing government in Israel is poisoning. . . "

Islamic Jihad calls for ’Day of Anger’ in face of continued occupation
2/25/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - Islamic Jihad called for a day where Palestinians can collectively express their anger against the Israeli occupation of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, the third and fourth holiest sites for Muslims respectively. What the party termed the "Day of Anger" will be held on Friday, less than a week after Israel's government declared the Hebron mosque an "Israeli heritage site. "The day will be an opportunity for "Arab and Islamic nations to show solidarity with the Palestinians by carrying out rallies and popular conferences," a statement from the movement said. Outrage over the expansion of Israeli takeover of Palestinian religious sites should be a rallying point for Palestinians, the movement said, and called on citizens throughout the West Bank, Gaza and occupied Jerusalem to "escalate confrontations against the occupation and to confront the settlers. "

Abu Libdeh, Quartet discuss Bethlehem economic conference
2/25/2010 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Palesitnian Authority (PA) Economy Minister Hassan Abu Libdeh held talks with Quartet officials in Ramallah on Thursday about preparations for a planned repeat of the 2008 Bethlehem investment conference. More than 1,000 business and political figures from around the world attended the Palestine Investment Conference, which Libdeh organized. He is now hoping for a repeat performance in Bethlehem in June. At Thursday's meeting Libdeh asked the Quartet (a grouping of the US, EU, Russia, and UN) to pressure Israel to ease the movement of conference delegates into Bethlehem, and also the easing of restrictions on tourists' access to the city. Libdeh also asked the Quartet to ease restrictions generally on commerce and industry, particularly the export economy, in the West Bank. The World Bank and United Nations say that the main obstacle to economic development. . .

PA arrests four PFLP members in Nablus
2/26/2010 - Nablus - Ma'an - Fatah-allied Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces arrested four members of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in the West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday. Senior PFLP officials said PA forces deployed across the city and arrested Muhammad At-Teriaqi, 17, Muhammad Jihad An-Natur, 18, Omer Tayseer Abdul Haq, 18, and Muhammad Al-Madani, 17. A source close to the PA security establishment told Ma'an that the arrests were made at Israel's request. If they four had not been arrested,the source said, Israeli forces would have invaded Nablus and taken them to Israeli prisons. Khalida Jarrar, a PFLP-affiliated member of the Palestinian Legislative Council slammed the arrests as "serving Israeli security interests. " "It was a concession to the Israeli conditions and dictates that are imposed on the Palestinian Authority,". . .

Hebron police make 25 arrests
2/25/2010 - Hebron - Ma'an - Palestinian Authority police said they arrested 25 suspected criminals and seized 30 unlicensed cars and motorcycles in the Hebron area on Wednesday. The suspects included several suspected of robbery, a police statement added. Police also said these actions took place as a part of a "security campaign to impose law and order. "In Jericho, police seized cocaine and pills from a man who was admitted to a hospital after overdosing on a cocktail of drugs. A police report said the man was "under heavy guard" in the hospital, but his condition stabilized. An initial investigation revealed that the man had never taken illegal drugs before. [end]

Fatah delegation to Gaza postponed
2/25/2010 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Fatah Revolutionary Council Undersecretary Amin Maqboul said a planned visit of party delegates to the Gaza Strip was postponed Wednesday night, when Hamas officials denied the group permission to enter Gaza. Other members of the delegation said the delay resulted from Israel's refusal to issue permits to the delegation. A seven-member delegation from Fatah was set to enter Gaza via the Erez crossing, on the heels of a historic visit to the region by Fatah Central Committee Nabil Sha'ath between 3 and 6 February. Israeli officials have not yet granted the delegation permission, Maquboul said. Sha'ath was the highest-ranking party member to visit Gaza following the Hamas takeover of the coastal strip in 2007. Maqboul told Sawt Ash-Shab radio that though "the seven members of the Revolutionary Council were expected to visit Gaza on Thursday, the visit was postponed because Hamas didn't allow them to access Gaza and they have not received permits [from Israel] yet. "

Gaza authorities ban late-night parties
2/25/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - Weddings in the Gaza Strip will no longer run past midnight, authorities announced on Thursday, a move critics say is the latest in an ongoing government crackdown on perceived immorality. In a statement, the de facto Ministry of the Interior announced that wedding parties will be allowed to continue up until midnight, after which they would be "prohibited to ensure people's rest and relaxation. " The ministry urged residents of Gaza to cooperate with the move, the legal basis for which was not specified in the ministry's statement, and warned that anyone who violated the decree would be prosecuted. The Ministry of the Interior in Gaza has operated for the past two years under jurisdiction of the de facto government, which was formed by Hamas when it took over the coastal enclave following a brief but violent civil war in the occupied Palestinian territories in 2007.

George Habash (2 August 1926 - 26 January 2008)
2/25/2010 - George Habash was a Christian Palestinian nationalist who founded the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). He is considered a founding father of the resistance movement of the Palestinians and a pioneer of armed struggle and revolutionary violence as the sole means for the liberation of Palestine. Habash served as the secretary-general of the PFLP until 2000, when ill health forced him to resign. He died in Amman, Jordan on 26 January 2008. Despite a politically tumultuous life, Habash remained faithful to his conviction that only by force could Palestinians regain their rights, including the recovery of the original Palestinian territory. Habash was born in Lydda, Palestine (today's Lod in Israel) to a family of Greek Orthodox grain merchants. He later studied medicine at the American University of Beirut (AUB), where he would eventually graduate at the top of his class.

Volleyball coach to attend course in Germany
2/25/2010 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Volleyball player Rani Asfour will leave the West Bank on Thursday to participate in a five-month training course at Leipzig University in Germany. Asfour, from the village of Sinjil near Ramallah, was chosen to participate in the course by the Palestinian ministries of education and sport. Twenty volleyball players will attend the course from throughout the Arab world. The group will be trained in coaching methods and volleyball technique for children and teens. Courses for coaches will include topics like team building, physical training, mental preparation and managing an athletics program, organizers said. Asfour received a bachelor's degree from An-Najjah University in Nablus and works as a sports instructor in Al-Bireh. He was selected as Palestine's top volleyball player in 2000 and won first place at several championships.

In photos: Media on strike in Nablus
2/25/2010 - MaanImages/Rami Swidan - Staff of nine Palestinian TV stations protest exorbitant broadcast fees instituted by the Ministry of Communications, in the West Bank city of Nablus on 24 February 2010. The stations halted broadcasts on Tuesday, protesting the Palestinian Authority's decision to shut down their operations within 48 hours for failure to pay the fees. Station owners said they had called President Mahmoud Abbas to urge him to personally intervene in the matter, which affects some 150 media workers. [end]

PCBS: Tourism numbers inch up in Q4 of ’09
2/25/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - A total of 142,504 tourists visited Palestinian hotels in the fourth quarter of 2009, more than double the third quarter numbers, a report from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics released Tuesday said. In December of 2009 there were a total of 97 operating hotels, offering 4,986 rooms with a total available bed number of 11,042. Thirty three of the hotels were in Jerusalem. The overall number of hotels increased from 2008, when PCBS recorded a total of 82 with 26 in Jerusalem. The average number of workers increased by 17% over 2008, while the number of guests was up 21% over the previous year. During the fourth quarter 2009, the total number of guests in in Palestinian hotels reached 142,504, of which 11% were Palestinian, 37% from European Union countries.

Barak to U.S.: Impose new Iran nuclear sanctions
Ha'aretz 25 Feb 2010 - In meet with Defense Sec. Gates, Barak says Hezbollah arming for the sole purpose of harming civilians.

IDF soldier attacked, stripped of his rifle in North
Ha'aretz 25 Feb 2010 - Police suspects soldier was accosted by 2 men while hitchhiking in road near northern town of Kiryat Shmona.

Netanyahu: 'Heritage' list won't change West Bank status quo
Ha'aretz 25 Feb 2010 - PM says outrage over addition of West Bank shrines to list of heritage sites stems from a 'misunderstanding.'

'Hamas leader killed in Dubai used multiple passports in arms deals'
Ha'aretz 25 Feb 2010 - Confidant of al-Mabhouh, killed last month in Dubai, says he supplied money and arms to Hamas.

Dubai hit did not affect intel ties, Israel official says
Ha'aretz 25 Feb 2010 - Former CIA official says January assassination of Hamas strongman will not effect Mossad ties.

Iranian threat to destroy Israel doesn't hold up
Ha'aretz 25 Feb 2010 - Israel needs to internalize the insight that all talk about an Iranian bomb is irrational and meaningless.

Army police winds down Gaza human shields investigation
Ha'aretz 25 Feb 2010 - Inquiry finds no basis for claims that IDF troops hid behind noncombatants during Operation Cast Lead.

The predicament of Palestinian workers in Israel
Uruknet February 25, 2010 - The Palestinian economy is in a state of total collapse with a 31% rate of unemployment in the West Bank. As a result, despite the difficult circumstances they face, the number of Palestinians seeking work inside Israel is increasing. Of the approximately one million Palestinian workers living in the West Bank, only a small number are...

Four decades of occupation in Hebron
Uruknet February 25, 2010 - I have been to Hebron three times, but each visit was like entering a different city. In May of 1967, the entire West Bank including Hebron was under Jordanian rule. A Palestinian family living in Jerusalem had invited me to visit their village south of Hebron, where they owned acres of land with olive trees they'd...

Researcher claims that Israel experiments on prisoners, causes cancer
Uruknet February 25, 2010 - The Israeli occupation forces have been accused by a Palestinian Researcher of carrying out "thousands of experiments on Palestinian prisoners every year" which have lead to an increase in the number diagnosed with cancer. The specialist in Palestinian prisoners' affairs, Abdul Naser Ferwana, himself a former prisoner of the Israelis, claims that "more than five thousand...

Knesset criminalises the commemoration of the "Nakba"
Uruknet February 25, 2010 - A new law in Israel makes it a crime to commemorate what Palestinians call the "Nakba", the "catastrophe" of their dispossession by the creation of the Zionist state in 1948. The Knesset, Israel's parliament, has passed "The Nakba Draft Law" after just one reading. Penalties will be imposed on anyone showing signs of sadness and mourning...

Former PA minister among 5 hurt in Hebron clashes
Uruknet February 25, 2010 – Clashes erupted in the West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday, as hundreds of Palestinians protested a declaration that the Ibrahimi Mosque is an Israeli heritage site. At least five Palestinians were hospitalized, medics said, while others were seen receiving treatment for tear-gas inhalation on site. Among the injured was Mustafa Barghouthi, a former information minister...

German Jews prepare solidarity aid ship to Gaza
Uruknet February 25, 2010 - As groups and organizations across Europe plan for a solidarity flotilla of aid ships to Gaza, the organizing includes a group of Jews in Germany, some of them Holocaust survivors, who hope to show their support for the people of Gaza with their humanitarian aid ship. In their press release, the group states, "We are a...

Medics: Man shot by Israeli forces east of Gaza City
Uruknet February 25, 2010 - Gaza – Ma'an – Israeli forces operating east of the Ash-Shuja'iyeh neighborhood of Gaza City shot and wounded a Palestinian man, medics in the Ash-Shifa Hospital said. Muawiya Hassanein, head of emergency and ambulance services in Gaza, said the unidentified man was moderately injured. The Israeli military had no immediate comment on the report...

Israel's new war on Islamic sites
Uruknet February 25, 2010 - In a move that appears to be a celebration of the 16th anniversary of the massacre of 29 worshippers by the terrorist Baruch Goldstein, the Israeli government has proclaimed that the Ibrahimi Mosque in Khalil (Hebron) and Masjid Bilal ibn Rabah (mosque) in Bethlehem are "Jewish Heritage sites". Goldstein, an American-born Israeli settler who served as...

One Friday Morning in Occupied Palestine – The Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre 25.02.1994
Uruknet February 25, 2010 - ...It was a Friday in the month of Ramadan, so hundreds of Palestinians had gone to the Ibrahimi mosque for the dawn prayer. At around 5 am, and as the worshippers were kneeling in prayer, Zionist colonist Baruch Goldstein, a leader of the fanatic terror movement Kach, who was hiding behind one of the pillar, started...

NYT, Ethan Bronner and Conflicts of Interest
Uruknet February 24, 2010 - A recent assignment of mine covering Israel's presumed links to the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh provoked some more thoughts about the New York Times reporter Ethan Bronner. He is the Jerusalem bureau chief who has been at the centre of a controversy since it was revealed last month that his son is serving in...

Harvard Professor's Modest Proposal: Starve the Gazans into Having Fewer Babies
Uruknet February 24, 2010 - Martin Kramer revealed his true colors at the Herzliya Conference, wherein he blamed political violence in the Muslim world on population growth, called for that growth to be restrained, and praised the illegal and unconscionable Israeli blockade of civilian Gazans for its effect on reducing the number of Gazans...It is shocking that Kramer, who has made...

The Abraham Mosque of Hebron
Uruknet February 24, 2010 - I was 12 years old when my family forced to move from Hebron, on 1977. I don't know if I was lucky or not, as I was born in this historical holy city, which is located in the south of the West Bank (WB). I was born in the old city, very close to the Abraham...

Raed Salah sentenced to prison by the Israeli occupation
25 Feb 2010 - Palestine, Feb. 25, 2010 (Pal Telegraph)- The Israeli Jerusalem's Court of Magistrates has sentenced Raed Salah, the prominent Palestinian leader, to prison on January 13, 2010. Salah is one of the most renowned leaders of the 1948's Palestinians (i.e. located in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1948).

Tension to mount in Hebron due to Israeli measures
25 Feb 2010 - West Bank, Feb. 25, 2010 (Pal Telegraph)- Israeli occupation forces are gearing up in Hebron in anticipation of clashes with the Palestinians marking the 20th anniversary of Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi massacre, which coincides with Israel's decision to add the mosque to its Jewish national heritage. The massacre was carried out on the fifteenth day of Ramadan, when the Jewish terrorist Baruch...

Egypt building military towers on border with Gaza
25 Feb 2010 - Gaza Strip, Feb. 25, 2010 (Pal Telegraph)- Egypt building military towers on border with Gaza Egyptian authorities began on Wednesday evening to build fortified military towers along the border with the Gaza Strip. It was reported that the Egyptian army, before the middle of the night, brought in military iron towers into Al-Salam and Yebna areas, south of Rafah. Huge...

Israel kidnaps 20 Palestinians in West Bank
25 Feb 2010 - West Bank, Feb. 25, 2010 (Pal Telegraph)- Israeli occupation forces launched at dawn on Thursday a raid and search campaign in different areas of the occupied West Bank, during which more than 20 Palestinians were kidnapped Israeli Yediot Ahronot, on its website, said that Israeli army launched at dawn today a wide search and arrest campaign in different cities of...

IOF detains 2 reporters in Hebron
24 Feb 2010 - West Bank, Feb. 24, 2010 (Pal Telegraph)- Some Israeli intelligence agents briefly detained on Wednesday morning two reporters: Hassan Al-Rjoub, SAFA's reporter, and Awad Al-Rjoub, Al-Jazeera's reporter, during an Israeli raid on Ras al-Jura area in the center of Hebron in the West Bank. It was reported that members of the Israeli intelligence and occupation army deleted the images from the men's...

IOF kidnaps 11 Palestinians in West Bank
24 Feb 2010 - West Bank, February 24, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli occupation forces launched on a dawn raid today in different cities of the West Bank and detained 11 Palestinians. In one incident, the IOF closed Hawara checkpoint to the south of Nablus and detained a citizen and seized dozens of vehicles. Eyewitnesses in Nablus said that the Israeli forces stopped a...

Israel conducts limited incursion in northern Khan Younis
24 Feb 2010 - Gaza Strip, Feb. 24, 2010 (Pal Telegraph)- Several Israeli military vehicles partly penetrated on Wednesday morning the Al-Amour area in Khan Younis, amid sporadic shooting towards the Palestinian farmers. Eyewitnesses reported five Israeli armored vehicles, four bulldozers and three jeeps, which penetrated about 250 meters to the north of the Sufa Crossing and stopped in the Al-Amour area. The witnesses...

IOF sets up checkpoints in Jenin
24 Feb 2010 - West Bank, February 24, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli occupation forces raided Jenin after midnight this morning, also carrying out a training operation and setting up checkpoints. Eyewitnesses told the SAFA news agency that Israeli occupation forces were stationed in the western mountains of Jenin and did not break into any houses or make arrests, indicating it was a military...

IOF attacks Beit Lahia in north Gaza
24 Feb 2010 - Gaza Strip, Feb. 24, 2010 (Pal Telegraph)- A number of Israeli military vehicles penetrated partly on early Wednesday the areas adjacent to the town of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.  Local sources said that 2 Israeli vehicles suddenly struck the liberated zone 'Dugit', to the north of Beit Lahia town, and began razing lands. Recently, Israel has escalated...

Israeli protesters stop fuel from entering Gaza, calling for Shalit release
24 Feb 2010 - Gaza, February 24, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) -- Activists seeking the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit blocked fuel tankers from entering Gaza Tuesday, witnesses said. The protesters, including Shalit's father, Noam Shalit, held banners urging Gazans to pressure Hamas into releasing the soldier, kidnapped June 25, 2006, in a cross-border raid. "Hamas is deceiving you and keeping you in the...

Palestinians clash with Israelis over holy sites
The National 25 Feb 2010 - Around 100 Palestinians clash with Israeli troops in the West Bank over a plan to renovate two deeply contested holy sites in the occupied territory.

Tehran aims to mobilise regional allies at Syria talks
The National 25 Feb 2010 - Ahmadinejad is to meet with Syria, Hizbollah and Hamas in Damascus as a show of strength in the face of growing international pressure.

Are serious Mideast negotiations around the corner?
Palestine Note 25 Feb 2010 - Palestinians and many others around the world are trying to figure out whether the current US-backed push to restart Mideast talks will lead to serious negotiations or will it be just another act that leads nowhere....

Palestinian economy: Al-Quds index on the rise
Palestine Note 25 Feb 2010 - The Al-Quds index on the Palestine Securities Exchange is up 2.96 points at close of trading on Thursday, Ma'an News Agency reports. Al-Quds is up 0.57%, standing at 520.74 points and is valued at $1,325,668.96 USD....

Stalled peace talks open the floor to 'alternatives'
Palestine Note 25 Feb 2010 - The Palestinian-Israeli peace process has lost steam of late while contentious issues have Israel and the Palestinian Authority waiting in their corners. But that doesn't mean the wider conversation about Israel and Palestine has stopped, Reuters...

Clashes erupt at Hebron Massacre commemoration
Palestine Note 25 Feb 2010 - Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police have erupted in Hebron, Al-Jazeera English reports. Protesters had gathered to mark the anniversary of an attack killing 29 people praying at a El-Ibrahimi Mosque in 1994. The site,...

Civil rights museum opens
Palestine Note 25 Feb 2010 - On February 1, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum opened in Greensboro, North Carolina. The museum opened in the former Woolworth's building, site of lunch counter sit-ins that helped end racial segregation. The museum is...

PLO responds to Netanyahu's holy site land-grab
Palestine Note 25 Feb 2010 - The PLO Executive Committee says it will not support peace talks with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in light of Israel's decision to declare Palestinian territory "Israeli heritage sites," Ma'an News Agency reports. Synagogue at the Cave...

Palestinians Form New Faction in Lebanon
The Media Line 24 Feb 2010 - Faction opposes negotiations but will not take up arms. A group of ten Palestinian figures announced the formation of a new Palestinian faction in Beirut on Wednesday. The organization, The National Body for the Protection of...

Arab States Back UAE in Iranian Island Dispute
The Media Line 24 Feb 2010 - The United Arab Emirates receives Arab support in territorial claim over three small islands held by Iran. Tensions between Iran and the United Arab Emirates regarding three small islands in the Gulf have been reignited by...

Egypt Barring Women from Judiciary
The Media Line 23 Feb 2010 - Egypt is still barring women from senior positions in the country's judiciary, despite a government decision to allow them in courts. A New York based human rights group has accused Egypt of not allowing enough women...

Foreign Direct Investment in Lebanon Up 20%
The Media Line 23 Feb 2010 - Lebanon shows signs of recovery as foreign direct investment increased by 20 percent in 2009. The Lebanese Finance Minister has announced that during 2009 foreign direct investment (FDI) grew by 20 percent. Local media reported Tuesday...

Dubai List of Hit Suspects Reaches 26
The Media Line 24 Feb 2010 - The list of suspects in the killing of a Hamas operative in Dubai has now reached 26. Police in the Gulf nation accuse Israel of cloning legitimate passports and providing them to agents of the Mossad...

Three Lebanese Suspected of Spying for Israel Indicted; Face Death Penalty
The Media Line 24 Feb 2010 - Three indictments have been handed down in Lebanon where 27-suspects were arrested during the past year on charges of spying for Israel. Two of the three face the death penalty if convicted. According to the military...

Ahmadinejad Flies to Damascus for Talks “On Israel”
The Media Line 24 Feb 2010 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Damascus on Thursday morning for talks with Syrian President Bashar Al-Asad. An Iranian news agency described the purpose of the talks as being "the threat Israel poses to the Middle...

Russia opposes harsh Iran sanctions
AlJazeera 24 Feb 2010 - Official says Moscow will not back crippling measures to isolate Tehran over nuclear issue.

Hebron protest sparks clashes
AlJazeera 25 Feb 2010 - Tensions increase as Israel declares site of Hebron mosque Israeli heritage location.

Syria and Iran defend strong ties
AlJazeera 25 Feb 2010 - Iran president visits Syria amid US bid to drive wedge between Tehran and Damascus.

Australia warns Israel over 'fraud'
AlJazeera 25 Feb 2010 - Ambassador warned over reported use of forged passports in Dubai assassination.

News from Within Videocast: Bil'in Celebrates Five Years of Struggle
Alternative Information Center - Tuesday, 23 February 2010, One week after work to reroute the path of the Wall in Bil'in had began, more than a thousand demonstrators celebrated five years of struggle by dismantling a section of the Wall...

Israel Includes Two West Bank Holy Places to National Heritage List
Alternative Information Center - Thursday, 25 February 2010, While Israeli rhetoric and propaganda argue that Israel’s push for a resumption of negotiations shows its commitment to a peaceful settlement with the Palestinians, Israeli actions on the ground show another political...

First International Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, Barcelona
Alternative Information Center - Thursday, 25 February 2010, The first international session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine will be held in Barcelona on 1-3 March 2010. The mandate of the Tribunal constituted in Barcelona will be to consider the...

Arab-Sponsored Draft Resolution on Goldstone Report Denies Victims' Rights and Fosters a Situation of Impunity
Alternative Information Center - Thursday, 25 February 2010, On 26 February 2010, the General Assembly of the United Nations will debate the implementation of the Report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (the Goldstone Report). An...

15 more suspects in Hamas death plot
PNN - Thursday, 25 February 2010

Whose ‘Dove of Peace’?
Jeruslalem Post 25 Feb 2010 - Is a Jerusalem dentist's prized painting a Picasso or the work of a troubled Israeli artist?

Olmert: Trial to prove my innocence
Jeruslalem Post 25 Feb 2010 - But prosecutors confident on first day of testimony in former PM's trial.

So far, PM alone in calling for Iran sanctions
Jeruslalem Post 25 Feb 2010 - After China, Israeli delegation scheduled to visit Africa to lobby for sanctions.

90 in Congress back Israel ahead of UN discussing Goldstone
Jeruslalem Post 25 Feb 2010 - “We must ensure that our allies help us to prevent the referral of the Goldstone Report to the International Court of Justice," Congressmen write.

IDF completes major drill
Jeruslalem Post 25 Feb 2010 - General Staff Headquarters exercise drilled regional commands, branches and functional directorates in the North and along the border with Gaza.

Deaf-blind celebrants feel Purim spirit at unique party
Jeruslalem Post 25 Feb 2010 - Beth David Deaf-Blind Center holds annual Purim fest in conjunction with Jerusalem’s Association of the Deaf in Israel.

Ahmadinejad craves Zionist-free ME
Jeruslalem Post 25 Feb 2010 - In Damascus, Assad calls US stance on Iran "new colonialism."

Parliamentarians: Why has IDF abandoned 2 settlements?
Jeruslalem Post 25 Feb 2010 - Residents of two southern Hebron Hills locales have been left without IDF security details for the past month.

Background: Long, complex, unusual
Jeruslalem Post 25 Feb 2010 - Indictment accuses Olmert of four interrelated sets of offenses.

Irish FM in Gaza to Examine Situation
WAFA 25 Feb 2010 -

UN Palestinian Committee Troubled' by Israel's Announcement Concerning Religious Sites
WAFA 25 Feb 2010 - NEW YORK, February 25, 2010 (WAFA)- The Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People expressed Wednesday its serious concern about Israeli Prime

PA, USAID Celebrate New Roads in Al Taybeh
WAFA 25 Feb 2010 - RAMALLAH, February 25, 2010 (WAFA) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Palestinian Authority celebrated the completion of three new roads near Ramallah: Al Taybeh

UN Chief Voices Concern over Recent Developments to Israeli Official
WAFA 25 Feb 2010 - NEW YORK, February 25, 2010 (WAFA)- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday voiced his concerns over the situation in Gaza and recent developments on the ground to Israeli Security Minister Ehud

PSE: “Al-Quds Index” Decreased by 3.75 Points
WAFA 25 Feb 2010 - NABLUS, February 24, 2010 (WAFA)- Palestine Security Exchange (PSE) reported that “Al-Quds Index” decreased today by %069 a decrease of 3.57 points, ending today’s session at 517.78 points. Today's

PRC: Israel Steals Heritage after Lands
WAFA 25 Feb 2010 - LONDON, February 24, 2010 (WAFA)- The Israeli government’s designation of two more places in the West Bank as “Israeli Heritage Sites”—the Ibrihimi Mosque (or Cave of the Patriarchs, a mosque that

Statistical Report on Building Licenses
WAFA 25 Feb 2010 - RAMALLAH, February 24, 2010 (WAFA)- Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) released a Statistical Report on Building Licenses for the Fourth Quarter 2009 which indicates that the total

Palestinian Justice Sector: 5 New Legal Libraries Opened in WB
WAFA 25 Feb 2010 - RAMALLAH, February 24, 2010 (WAFA)- EUPOL COPPS and the Palestinian Bar Association (PBA) today opened the fifth Legal Library in Hebron. Since the beginning of the year, 4 other legal libraries

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
PCHR Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

CPT: Israeli soldiers arrest Palestinian shepherd, assault Palestinian youth
2/25/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - Christian Peacemaker Team - On Tuesday afternoon, February 23, 2010, Israeli soldiers arrested a Palestinian shepherd, Khalil Ibrahim Abu Jundiyye, from the village of Tuba. Abu Jundiyye, 19, was grazing his flock near Tuba when four Israeli soldiers, coming from the nearby Ma'on settlement, chased him and another shepherd back to Tuba. The soldiers aggressively pursued the two shepherds while Tuba families attempted to keep the soldiers away from them. One soldier head-butted a Palestinian youth who was pleading for an explanation why his brother was being arrested. Another soldier loaded his rifle and pointed it in the air, threatening to shoot, forcing the families to quell their protest. Handcuffing him, the soldiers quickly led Abu Jundiyye away, threatening arrest for anyone who followed. Two members of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), standing at a distance, saw that the. . .

Settler and IOF violence at Sheikh Jarrah erupts into riot
2/25/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement - One Palestinian man arrested, one woman and child pepper sprayed and two children injured as settler provocation turns into a riot. Spirits were high in the protest camp outside the Gawi and Al-Kurd families' houses. Each Wednesday the community gathers for a meal, bridging the gap between the Palestinian, Israeli and international activists bringing a sense of unity crucial for an effective movement. But things change quickly in the holy land. Just after dinner and during a lively session of jump rope, Israeli police arrested on Palestinian man for allegedly throwing rocks though eyewitnesses report no rock throwing. Just after the arrest, a large group of settlers entered the occupied area of the Al-Kurds family house in preparation for Purim, a Jewish holiday celebrated on February 27th and 28th of this year. According to Israelis present at the neighborhood dinner, this would soon mean intoxicated settlers.

U.S. officials: Expect new Iran sanctions by late March, early April
Ha'aretz 26 Feb 2010 - Barak to U.S.: Impose new Iran sanctions; Hezbollah arming for the sole purpose of harming civilians.

Will the Dubai hit increase Israel's global isolation?
Ha'aretz 26 Feb 2010 - If Israel is responsible in Dubai assassination, what appears to be cumulative damage is getting worse.

Report: Australia already warned Israel against faking passports
Ha'aretz 26 Feb 2010 - Former Australian FM says in 1990s Israel was warned not to issue fake passports to Mossad agents.

N.Y. Jews accuse Be'er Sheva Kabbalist of massive fraud
Ha'aretz 26 Feb 2010 - Unknown number of Jews paid Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira tens of thousands of dollars for broken promises.

Palestinians threaten to adopt one-state solution
Ha'aretz 26 Feb 2010 - New paper reveals PA considering pursuing bi-national state existing on all lands of historic Palestine.

UN to urge Hamas, Israel to probe claims of Gaza war crimes
Ha'aretz 26 Feb 2010 - Earlier this month, the UN said an Israeli report on Operation Cast Lead followed on every allegation.

Ahmadinejad: Arab world will usher in new Mideast without Zionists
Ha'aretz 26 Feb 2010 - Iranian president meets with Syrian counterpart; Assad: U.S. stance on Iran is 'new colonialism.'

EU: West Bank goods aren't Israeli
Ha'aretz 26 Feb 2010 - High court ruling says products made beyond the 'green lines' should be made subject to import duties.

Dubai hit did not affect intel ties, Israel official says
Ha'aretz 26 Feb 2010 - Former CIA official says January assassination of Hamas strongman will not effect Mossad ties.

Man gets 6 months in jail for anti-Israel riots in Sweden
Ha'aretz 26 Feb 2010 - 23-year-old convicted for violent protest outside last years' Davis Cup tennis match between Israel, Sweden.

Peres: Chance of peace with Syria about to dissipate
Ha'aretz 26 Feb 2010 - President: Iran and Hezbollah use Israel as excuse to hide real goal of Iranian hegemony.

Dispersing white phosphorous clouds over Gaza
Ha'aretz 26 Feb 2010 - Israel's Information Ministry web site presents an insult of intelligence to Israeli 'ambassadors.'

Iran: U.S. pushes sanctions to ensure its nuclear supremacy
Ha'aretz 26 Feb 2010 - Secretary of State hopes that Iran sanctions resolution will emerge from UN in next 30 to 60 days.

Vodka-fueled spat over tax reform straining Israel-Ukraine ties
Ha'aretz 26 Feb 2010 - Tax Authority submitted plan to Knesset to increase import duties on imported alcohol, much to the Ukraine's dismay.

U.S. slams Israel over designating heritage sites
Ha'aretz 26 Feb 2010 - Clinton: It's absolutely necessary that Israel, Palestinians begin to talk about final-status issues.

Palestine's strongest weapon is peace | Ghassan Khatib
The Guardian 25 Feb 2010 - We cannot pretend occupation doesn't exist, but we can continue to build the institutions of state without violence To live under occupation is to face many indignities and dilemmas. How to deal with the occupier? By...

Dubai murder suspects: flight movements into and out of Dubai
The Guardian 25 Feb 2010 - The Dubai police have released flight information for 22 of the suspects in the Mabhouh murder last month. See the data as a spreadsheet • Get the data • Interactive guide to the flight patterns The...

Dubai police identify 15 more suspects in Mabhouh murder
The Guardian 24 Feb 2010 - Six new suspects in killing of Hamas official were carrying British passports Dubai police today identified 15 more suspects wanted over the murder of a senior Hamas official in the Gulf emirate last month, including a...

Dubai murder: the suspects
The Guardian 24 Feb 2010 - Police graphic of the 26 suspects in the Hamas murder and their travel movements in and out of Dubai this year

Son of senior Hamas figure claims to be Israeli informant
The Guardian 24 Feb 2010 - Christian convert Mosab Hassan Yousef tells newspaper he supplied valuable intelligence to Shin Bet security agency The son of a senior Hamas leader, who converted to Christianity and renounced his family's Islamist background, was named by...

Rain returns, putting a damper on weekend Purim festivities
Ha'aretz 25 Feb 2010 - After weeks of sunny skies, stormy weather has returned just in time for Purim. ...

PM didn't consult IDF over West Bank 'heritage sites'
Ha'aretz 25 Feb 2010 - The Prime Minister's Office did not consult with intelligence or law-enforcement officials over the security implications involved in including Hebron's Tomb of the Patriarchs on a list of national heritage sites slated for preservation, Haaretz has learned. ...

Knesset panel: Defense establishment humiliates disabled IDF veterans
Ha'aretz 25 Feb 2010 - The defense establishment's rehabilitation system humiliates and scorns disabled veterans, a parliamentary inquiry committee on the subject charged in an interim report released on Wednesday. ...

IDF keeps volatile Hebron rioters in check
Ha'aretz 25 Feb 2010 - The defense establishment expressed satisfaction Thursday with the handling of unrest in Hebron, on the fourth straight day of disturbances since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that a religious shrine in the contested West Bank city would be included among national heritage sites slated for preservation. Thursday's demonstration was the largest yet this week, but ended without major confrontations between protesters and security forces. ...

Comment / Haredi rabbis vs. the Internet, and the Internet is winning
Ha'aretz 25 Feb 2010 - There is no clearer sign that leaders have lost control than when they and their people can no longer trust each other. This breach of trust is at the root of an increasingly frantic campaign on the part of ultra-Orthodox rabbis against the Internet. The latest edict, announced at a gathering of rabbis and senior Haredi educators this week in Jerusalem, demands that all parents enrolling their children in ultra-Orthodox schools sign a written commitment that their home computers are not connected in any way to the poisonous web. ...

Human Rights and Rule of Law at the Heart of the EU – Palestinian Relationship
Relief Web 25 Feb 2010 - Source: European Union

Palestinian Authority steps up boycott of goods made in Israeli settlements in West Bank
Relief Web 25 Feb 2010 - Source: Christian Science Monitor

Close Gaza tunnels? Some Palestinians say yes.
Relief Web 25 Feb 2010 - Source: Christian Science Monitor

OPT: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report, 17 - 23 Feb 2010
Relief Web 25 Feb 2010 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Bureau of Palestinian Rights Committee 'Deeply Troubled' by Israel's Announcement Concerning Religious Sites in Occupied Palestinian Territory
Relief Web 25 Feb 2010 - Source: UN General Assembly

The Palestinian Authority and USAID Celebrate New Roads in Al Taybeh
Relief Web 25 Feb 2010 - Source: US Agency for International Development

Clinton: Goldstone problematic for other countries
YNet News 26 Feb 2010 - US secretary of state tells House of Representatives that report accusing Israel of committing war crimes in Gaza could cause problems for United States, other states fighting terror. Congress members urged Obama administration to keep report from advancing to International Court of Justice

Escalation in Hebron clashes feared
YNet News 25 Feb 2010 - Security forces prepare for possible escalation following Friday prayers, in wake of Jerusalem's heritage list decision

Barak to Gates: Impose tough Iran sanctions
YNet News 25 Feb 2010 - Tough Israeli stance: Defense Minister Barak tells US counterpart Iran is not only Israel's problem, calls for harsh sanctions to be imposed; earlier Thursday, US says it will not be seeking crippling sanctions against Tehran

PA against PFLP: 3 arrested in Nablus
YNet News 25 Feb 2010 - Security source says detainees likely to be freed after committing to cease activities. PFLP member calls on PA to end 'persecution' of Palestinians

Ahmadinejad: Criminal Zionist regime doomed
YNet News 25 Feb 2010 - Ahmadinejad pledges to support Palestinian terrorists, says grand victory is near

Soldier attacked in north, weapon stolen
YNet News 25 Feb 2010 - IDF soldier waiting at hitchhiking post wounded by two men who hit him with blunt objects

Australian report: Israel warned in past about fake passports
YNet News 25 Feb 2010 - Ex-foreign minister: Israel was warned in past against forging passports for intelligence missions

IDF practices 2-front war
YNet News 25 Feb 2010 - Senior officers complete drill involving war against Hezbollah in north, Hamas in south

EU court: West Bank goods not Israeli
YNet News 25 Feb 2010 - Products made in settlements subject to import duties because they are not produced in Israel proper, European Union's high court rules Thursday; decision follows German case filed by Brita

Hamas report shamefully evades responsibility
B'tselem 23 Feb 2010 - The report, submitted to the UN on 3 Feb. '10 following the Goldstone report, includes groundless claims that the armed Palestinian groups aimed the rocket fire at Israeli military objects and harmed civilians only due to technical failure, and that they

Iran, Syria leaders brush aside US call to weaken ties
Daily Star 26 Feb 2010 DAMASCUS: The presidents of Syria and Iran signed a visa-scrapping accord on Thursday, signaling even closer ties and brushing aside United States efforts to drive a wedge between the two allies."I am surprised by their call to keep a distance between the countries - when they raise the issue of stability and peace in the Middle East, and all the other beautiful principles.

Growing diplomatic fury at Dubai killing reaches Australia
Daily Star 26 Feb 2010 CANBERRA, Australia: Mounting diplomatic fury over the killing of a top Hamas commander in a Dubai hotel reached Australia on Thursday, with Israel's envoy summoned over the use of Australian passports by a suspected assassination squad.Dubai authorities have now identified 26 people suspected of involvement in the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

Fresh clashes erupt in West Bank town
Daily Star 26 Feb 2010 HEBRON, Occupied West Bank: Around 100 Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops in the West Bank town of Hebron early on Thursday over an Israeli plan to renovate two holy sites in the occupied territory, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the decision. The plan has infuriated Palestinians and been criticized by the United States as a "provocative" act that could further complicate efforts to re-launch Middle East peace talks.

Medvedev calls for 'responsible behavior' from Tehran
Daily Star 26 Feb 2010 Iran must act responsibly and transparently to end the standoff over its nuclear program, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday, in a fresh sign of Moscow's growing impatience with Tehran."I think the way out of this situation is responsible behavior by Iran itself," Medvedev said in an interview with the French magazine Paris-Match, according to a text posted on the Kremlin website.

EU court keeps West Bank out of Israel trade deal
Daily Star 26 Feb 2010 LUXEMBOURG: A European court ruled Thursday that Israeli goods produced in the Palestinian territories cannot benefit from EU trade privileges, in a politically sensitive judgment centering on illegal Jewish settlements. In its decision, the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice maintained a clear legal distinction between Israel and the Palestinian territories, regardless of whether Israel controls any of those areas.

Low-income families in Egypt uprooted as government revives 'Avenue of Sphinxes'
Daily Star 26 Feb 2010 LUXOR, Egypt: Hajj Khodari lifts a defiant fist at the demolition machinery now just meters away from his front door. "I will not be forced out of my home without fair compensation," the village elder vows as a hydraulic hammer reduces his neighbor's brick home to rubble. "If they try to destroy my house I will lock myself inside it." Khodari is the patriarch of an extended family of 14 who live in the two-storey house.

Medvedev rejects foreign interference in Lebanese affairs
Daily Star 26 Feb 2010 BEIRUT: Russian President Dimitri Medvedev stressed Thursday the importance of dialogue among the Lebanese in order to resolve controversial domestic issues, while highlighting Russia's rejection of foreign interference in Lebanese affairs. "I told President Michel Sleiman that Russia always stood by Lebanon's sovereignty and we consider that it is unacceptable to interfere in Lebanese domestic affairs.

Salameh rules out any real estate bubble
Daily Star 26 Feb 2010 BEIRUT: Central bank Governor Riad Salameh said on Thursday that he does not expect a real-estate bubble to take place in Lebanon, and that the surge in property prices in the country is due to a real increase in demand. "The central bank issued in 2009 circulations aimed at decreasing interest rates on housing loans and other environmental and educational project loans.

US folly unites Iran and Syria
Daily Star 26 Feb 2010 The show of unity between the Iranian and Syrian presidents during a meeting in Damascus Thursday puzzled some Western observers who thought that Syria's recent rapprochement with the US would have transformed the country into a servile ally. Despite an earlier call from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressing Syria to tone down its relations with Iran, leaders from both these countries proudly reaffirmed their warm ties.

Podcasts tell stories from the Arab world
Daily Star 26 Feb 2010 BEIRUT: A podcast can't change the world, but it can help change perceptions. Stories of Our City is a new non-governmental organization in Beirut hoping to transform stereotypes about the Arab world, one podcast at a time. Stories of Our City was started up by American citizens Katy Gilbert and Bart Cochran in an effort to contribute to peace and provide a better understanding of the troubled Middle East.

Burrowing into the sands of old Dubai
Daily Star 26 Feb 2010 BEIRUT: What springs to mind with the name "Dubai?" High-rise buildings, luxurious lifestyles and deliriously endless beaches are likely images. Not many people will immediately think of poverty, hardship, or oppression. "The Sand Fish," Maha Gargash's first novel, deliberately portrays itself as a novel "from" Dubai, one which deconstructs today's perceptions by recalling the recent history of this now ultra-developed country.

Calls to end sectarianism fall on deaf ears
Daily Star 26 Feb 2010 BEIRUT: The uproar witnessed on the Lebanese political scene following calls to abolish political sectarianism is unprecedented. Speaker Nabih Berri's January call to form a National Higher Commission to Abolish Political Sectarianism received an angry reception from March 14 Forces, even from the speaker's allies in the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM).

Irish foreign minister arrives in Gaza
PIC 26 Feb 2010 - Irish foreign minister Micheal Martin arrived in Gaza Strip on Thursday on a brief visit during which he is scheduled to visit hospitals, schools and devastated areas.

500 Jewish settlers storm Nabi Yousef tomb
PIC 26 Feb 2010 - Tens of Israeli military vehicles escorted 500 Jewish settlers on an unwelcome visit to the Nabi Yousef or Joseph tomb in Nablus city at dawn Thursday.

Change and reform bloc asks ATP to visit Gaza
PIC 26 Feb 2010 - The change and reform parliamentary bloc has invited the Arab transitional parliament's chairman and members to visit the Gaza Strip and break the siege imposed on it for more than three years.

Abu Shaar: Demolishing Omari mosque prelude to targeting Aqsa
PIC 26 Feb 2010 - Minister of endowments Dr. Taleb Abu Shaar in Gaza has warned that the IOA was planning to eliminate the biggest number of Islamic shrines to pave the way for destroying the Aqsa Mosque.

IOF soldiers detain 20 Palestinians, shoot at protestor
PIC 26 Feb 2010 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Thursday rounded up 20 Palestinians in various West Bank areas and shot at a man protesting the demolition of his water well in Jenin district.

Farahat: Israel probing Arab, Islamic reaction
PIC 26 Feb 2010 - Yousef Farahat, one of Hamas's leaders in Gaza, has said that the Israeli occupation authority's decision to include Islamic holy sites in Jewish heritage was meant to probe Arab and Islamic reaction.

Grandi champions dignified life for Palestinian refugees
PIC 26 Feb 2010 - UNRWA commissioner general Filippo Grandi has said that Palestinian refugees in host countries should be allowed to live a dignified and secure life.

Hamdan: Europeans either cooperated with Mossad or suffered serious breach
PIC 26 Feb 2010 - Osama Hamdan, Hamas's representative in Lebanon, has said that suspicion is there on the involvement of European countries in the assassination of Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh along with the Israeli Mossad.

Jewish settlers, IOF soldiers assault Jerusalemites
PIC 26 Feb 2010 - Jewish settlers attacked Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem on Wednesday night and wounded a number of them.

Khudari: Annexing W. Bank mosques is a prelude to escalation against Aqsa
PIC 26 Feb 2010 - MP Jamal Al-Khudari warned that the Israeli decision to annex two historical Islamic mosques in the West Bank would pave the way to more serious violations against the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Unity lacking for U.N. sanctions against Iran
LA Times 25 Feb 2010 - There are enough votes on the Security Council to pass another resolution punishing Tehran for its nuclear activities. But as many as four nations are opposed, countering U.S. hopes for unanimity. As many as four countries may refuse to support an expected United Nations resolution imposing new sanctions against Iran, threatening a setback for Western efforts to show a unified international effort, according to foreign diplomats close to the issue.

Dubai names more suspects in Hamas assassination
LA Times 25 Feb 2010 - Passport authenticity is again an issue as 15 people are added to the list of suspects in the killing of Mahmoud Mabhouh in his Dubai hotel room. Adam Korman loves to travel. According to police in Dubai, an Australian passport holder by that name visited the United Arab Emirates city-state three times in 10 months.

Egypt's Mohamed ElBaradei creates National Front for Change
LA Times 24 Feb 2010 - The former head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency says the new group will push 'for constitutional reforms and social justice.' What many want to know is: Will he run for president? After a meeting this week with opposition groups, the Egyptian who gained international renown as head of the U.N.'s nuclear agency stepped up pressure on his government by announcing the establishment of the National Front for Change.

GOP Senate race grows heated over Israel
LA Times 25 Feb 2010 - Fiorina and DeVore question Campbell's level of commitment to the U.S. ally. Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz calls Campbell's support for the nation 'unwavering.' In a dispute that commingles foreign policy and a quest for political advantage, U.S.-Israel relations have taken an unexpectedly central role in the California race for Senate.

Mayor’s Housing Offer Sets Off Row in Jerusalem
New York Times 25 Feb 2010 - Disagreements have arisen over matters of ownership and the demographics of East Jerusalem.

More Clashes Over Israeli Claim to Shrine
New York Times 25 Feb 2010 - Dozens of Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli forces in Hebron for a fourth day Thursday over the inclusion of a hotly contested religious shrine on a list of Jewish heritage sites.

On Assignment: Syria Changes, to a Point
New York Times 25 Feb 2010 - Ed Kashi has been photographing Syria for 20 years. He has seen it change in some ways but, as a journalist, he still feels he operates under a cloud.

Inquiry Grows in Dubai Assassination
New York Times 25 Feb 2010 - The police in Dubai released the names of 15 more suspects in the killing of a senior Hamas operative in a Dubai hotel room, expanding the range of an investigation.

Do you have to be Jewish to report on Israel for the New York Times?
Mondoweiss - 25 Feb 2010 - A recent assignment of mine covering Israel’s presumed links to the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh provoked some more thoughts about the New York Times reporter Ethan Bronner. He is the Jerusalem bureau chief who has been at the centre of a controversy since it...

People Are Talking About BDS
Mondoweiss - 25 Feb 2010 - The following post first appeared on the new website Israel: The Only Democracy in the Middle East? People are talking about Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). People should be talking about BDS. If you’re not talking about BDS in the context of Israel/Palestine, you should be...

‘At the end of every sentence you say in Hebrew sits an Arab with a Nargilah’
Mondoweiss - 25 Feb 2010 - Yesterday I did a blogpost quoting from journalist Noam Sheizaf’s blog . I saw Sheizaf in Israel last month and he told me a line of poetry with political resonance about the connection of Israelis to Palestinians. I’ve been thinking about it ever since, and well, I...

Where’s BDS? Israeli firms to secure World Cup
Mondoweiss - 25 Feb 2010 - For readers active in the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) Movement , here is an obvious target that has been overlooked. According to today’s Jerusalem Post , "Over 30 Israeli companies are set to help South Africa secure this summer’s Soccer World Cup, via hi-tech security products ranging...

more on mayhem, mass death, and genocide
Mondoweiss - 25 Feb 2010 - Max Ajl at Jewbonics had an interesting take on the Martin Kramer genocide charge: The question about Kramer’s insane burblings is not whether use of the word “genocide” is ana­lyt­i­cally appro­pri­ate to describe what has been going on in Palestine for the last 60+ years. The...

News from Within Videocast: Bil'in Celebrates Five Years of Struggle
Alternative Information Center - 25 Feb 2010 - Tuesday, 23 February 2010, One week after work to reroute the path of the Wall in Bil'in had began, more than a thousand demonstrators celebrated five years of struggle by dismantling a section of the Wall and taking over a military post. Among the demonstrators were...

Israel Includes Two West Bank Holy Places to National Heritage List
Alternative Information Center - 25 Feb 2010 - Thursday, 25 February 2010, While Israeli rhetoric and propaganda argue that Israel’s push for a resumption of negotiations shows its commitment to a peaceful settlement with the Palestinians, Israeli actions on the ground show another political will. Even if the exact contours of this plan are...

Arab-Sponsored Draft Resolution on Goldstone Report Denies Victims' Rights and Fosters a Situation of Impunity
Alternative Information Center - 25 Feb 2010 - Thursday, 25 February 2010, On 26 February 2010, the General Assembly of the United Nations will debate the implementation of the Report of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (the Goldstone Report). An Arab-sponsored draft Resolution requests that all parties be given a...

First International Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, Barcelona
Alternative Information Center - 25 Feb 2010 - Thursday, 25 February 2010, The first international session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine will be held in Barcelona on 1-3 March 2010. The mandate of the Tribunal constituted in Barcelona will be to consider the extent to which the European Union and its member states...

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