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Friday, April 1, 2011
Three Fighters Assassinated In Gaza
IMEMC - Saturday April 02, 2011 - 03:22, The Israeli Air Force assassinated, after midnight on Friday night, three fighters of the Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, north of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Major London Retailer For Ahava Dead Sea Salts Forced To Close; Boycott Campaign Claims Credit
IMEMC - Saturday April 02, 2011 - 02:44, After a 2-year long campaign that involved bi-weekly protests, consumer education and petitions challenging the Ahava company’s illegal theft of Palestinian land and resources, British activists are now claiming credit for the decision by Ahava’s flagship store in London to shut its doors.

Israel Calls On UN To Prevent Planned Aid Flotilla To Gaza
IMEMC - Saturday April 02, 2011 - 02:02, The Israeli Prime Minister called the head of the United Nations, Ban ki-Moon, on Friday to insist that the UN intervene to stop an international humanitarian aid mission that is planned for this coming May.

Army Kidnaps A Hamas Leader In Ramallah
IMEMC - Friday April 01, 2011 - 12:37, Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Thursday evening, Mohammad Ahmad Rayyan, a political leader of the Hamas movement in the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Peres, Obama, To Meet In Washington
IMEMC - Friday April 01, 2011 - 12:08, The White House announced that U.S. President, Barack Obama, will be holding a meeting with Israeli President, Shimon Peres, next Tuesday April 5th in Washington.

Hamas: “Israel Is Deluding Its People, Obstructing Swap Deal”
IMEMC - Friday April 01, 2011 - 11:12, Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, issued a press release accusing Israel, and its Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, of acting to sabotage internationally-mediated talks that aims at conducting a prisoner-swap deal.

Abu Zuhri Accuses Fateh Of Plotting To Spread Chaos In Gaza
IMEMC - Friday April 01, 2011 - 10:10, Sami Abu Zuhri, spokesperson of the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, claimed that the Fateh movement of President Mahmoud Abbas “has plans to drag the Gaza Strip into insecurity and chaos”, and that Fateh is also planning to topple the Hamas-led government in the coastal region.

PCHR Weekly Report: 3 Resistance Fighters Killed; 43 Civilians Abducted By Israeli Forces This Week
IMEMC - Friday April 01, 2011 - 09:42, In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 24-30 March 2011, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that 3 Palestinian resistance fighters were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip, one of whom was extra-judicially executed.

Qassam Fighter Killed In Tunnel Accident
IMEMC - Friday April 01, 2011 - 09:03, The Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, issued a press release stating that one of its fighters was killed on Thursday evening when a tunnel collapsed on top of him in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian Woman Attacked By Settlers Near Ramallah
IMEMC - Thursday March 31, 2011 - 14:17, A Palestinian woman was attacked on Wednesday at night by a group of Jewish settlers while she was driving her car on the Bir Zeit Road, near Jalazoun refugee camp, in the central West Bank district of Ramallah.

Medics: 3 killed in Israeli air strike on southern Gaza
4/2/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli war planes struck the southern Gaza Strip overnight Friday killing three Palestinians and seriously injuring a fourth, medics said. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said the deceased were transferred to the Al-Aqsa Hospital in Khan Younis, adding that their bodies were charred from the intensity of the....

Activists: Settlers burn storefront in Hebron
4/2/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers burned a store in the center of the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday, activists said. Protesters assembling ahead of a demonstration said settler tossed flammable materials that burned a storefront on Shalala Street. Palestinian firefighters put out the blaze that caused damage to the stores and prevented....

Settlers attack shop, home in Hebron
4/1/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers attacked a shop and a home in the West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday, witnesses said. Onlookers said settlers destroyed the contents of a store in Jaber neighborhood and damaged a Palestinian home in Tel Rumeida in central Hebron.... Related: Hebron experiences more settler violence

Witnesses: Palestinian child run over by settler
4/1/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- An Israeli settler ran over a three-year-old girl and fled the scene in central Hebron on Thursday, locals said. Lana Al-Ja'bari was transferred to hospital with moderate injuries, her relatives saidShe was run over near the Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in the presence of Israeli soldiers, witnesses said. On Monday, an.... Related: Hebron experiences more settler violence

Qassam operative killed in tunnel collapse
4/1/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A member of the armed wing of Hamas died Thursday after a tunnel collapsed in the southern Gaza Strip. He was identified as Hasan Abu Jaser from Jabaliya in southern Gaza....

Israeli forces shut down anti-wall rally
4/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Protesters commemorated Land Day during a weekly demonstration against Israel's separation wall in the West Bank village of Bil'in. Land Day marks the anniversary of a 1976 shooting in which Israeli troops killed six people during protests against land confiscations. Israel's separation wall cuts through....

Peace Now: East Jerusalem settlement set to grow
4/1/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- An Israeli landowner is seeking to sell plots for 30 homes in a Palestinian neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, where 117 settler families already live, Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now said on Friday. Peace Now spokeswoman Hagit Ofran said that although the landowner has declared himself ready to sell to the highest bidder....

Sha'ath: Palestinian leaders mulling one-state solution
4/2/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Sha'ath said Thursday that a bi-national state was one of "many ideas" being formulated by the Palestinian leadership. Palestinian leaders plan to declare an independent state in September, and to seek UN recognition of that state. The Middle East Quartet -- the UN, US, EU....

Netanyahu seeks UN help to stop flotilla
4/2/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday called on UN chief Ban Ki-moon to stop an international flotilla of ships seeking to break Israel's Gaza blockade, Netanyahu's office said. The flotilla of about 15 ships with activists from 25 countries is to leave next month to mark the first....

PA ambassador: Gaza engineer not linked to Hamas
4/1/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Ambassador to the Ukraine Mohammad Al-As'ad said Friday that the Gazan engineer held by Israel was not affiliated to Hamas or any other faction. Dirar Abu Sisi, director of Gaza's sole power plant, disappeared from a train in Ukraine in February and appeared before an Israeli....

In photos: Palestinians mark Land Day
4/1/2011 - MaanImages / Mimmi Nietula and Khaleel Reash - Palestinians mark Land Day in Nazareth and Qalqiliya on March 30. The day commemorates the death of six Palestinians, killed by Israeli forces while protesting the confiscation of their land in 1976....

Reports: Hamas leader arrested in Ramallah
4/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) - Israeli troops detained a Hamas leader from Ramallah early Friday, websites affiliated with the party said. Muhammad Al-Rayyan was arrested due to suspicions of involvement in attacks against Israel, according to Hamas websites. An army spokesman said the military had no immediate comment on the reports. The reported arrest came a....

Obama to meet Israel's Peres
4/2/2011 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- US President Barack Obama will next week welcome Israeli President Shimon Peres to the White House for lunch, at a time of intense upheaval in the rebellion-torn Middle East. Obama plans to discuss US-Israeli security cooperation, the recent turbulent developments in the Middle East and stalled regional peace efforts at the meeting on....

Report: Israel asks Russia to thwart statehood bid
4/2/2011 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- A senior advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a secret trip to Moscow on Wednesday and met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Israeli media reported Friday. Isaac Molho, a top negotiator, was sent to dissuade Russia from supporting the EU's intention to present in....

Jihad leader: Resistance will respond to Israeli aggression
4/1/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A seniorIslamic Jihad leader said Thursday that the Palestinian resistance would not fail or retreat and will always respond to any Israeli aggression. Marking Land Day in the in Al-Shuja'iyah neighborhood of Gaza City, Khader Habib said that "the resistance will reply against any Israeli aggression and they....

Blair: European initiative to restart talks
4/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Quartet envoy Tony Blair said Thursday that Britain, Germany and France were pushing forward a joint initiative to bring the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table....

Palestinian detainees held in Egypt to be released Sunday
4/1/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egypt's Supreme Military Council says it will release 14 Palestinians from prisons on Sunday, a rights group said. The UK-based Arab Organization for Human Rights said the council decided to release the Palestinian detainees after lobbying efforts by prisoners' relatives and lawyers. The Egyptian courts had already....

Palestinian woman missing in Egypt
4/1/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A young woman from the Gaza Strip has been missing in Egypt for nine days, her family said. Nida Al-Basayna, from Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, went to Egypt for medical treatment with her husband in January, her father said. Abdullah Izza Abdullah Al-Basayna told Ma'an that his....

Abbas to visit Cairo
4/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to go to Cairo on Wednesday in his first visit since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in February. Egypt's ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Yasser Othman told Ma'an the president was invited by Egypt's foreign affairs minister Nabil Al-Arabi....

Ahead of games, West Bank summons Olympic spirit
4/1/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- "It's one thing winning the medal, that's great, but I think some of the other things I've been able to experience because of this have been enriching as much as completing that original goal," says Jamie Staff, 2008 Beijing Gold medal winner for the UK....

Syria opposition to protest after Assad speech
4/2/2011 - DAMASCUS (AFP) --Syrian opposition movements were readying on Friday for protests after Muslim prayers, their first since President Bashar al-Assad thwarted their hopes for greater freedoms in a long-awaited speech." The real cause, the ultimate cause, is that we have been. . . beaten in our own streets, silenced, for more than 40 years," said one activist....

At least 7 killed in Syria protests
4/2/2011 - DAMASCUS, Syria (AFP) -- Syrian security forces opened fire on protesters on Friday north of Damascus and in the south of the country, killing at least seven people, a witness and a human rights activist told AFP. The shootings came as thousands of Syrians staged demonstrations after Friday prayers. At least six protesters fell in Douma....

Rebels battle for control of Libyan oil town
4/1/2011 - NEAR BREGA, Libya (AFP) -- Libyan rebels failed to secure control of the oil town of Brega from Moammar Gadhafi's forces, as the West shied away from supplying arms to their outgunned rag-tag army. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the rebels needed training more than guns but suggested other nations do that job....

Shell-shocked city resists Gadhafi onslaught
4/1/2011 - MISRATA, Libya (AFP) -- They're fighting house by house in the bombed-out streets of central Misrata, Libya's third largest city, which has held out against a relentless siege by Moammar Gadhafi's forces." Gadhafi is killing us," shouted one opposition fighter in a ragged uniform and a blue beret, as artillery....

Four days at the mercy of Gadhafi's secret state
4/1/2011 - TRIPOLI, Libya (AFP) -- The first shots rang out as ominous but faint pops while the Libyan army Land Cruiser was still several hundred meters away but, as it roared down upon us, the gunfire built into an insistent volley of sharp, earsplitting cracks. Hunched over in the front passenger seat of our car, I stared....

Syria's Assad: A leader in crisis
4/1/2011 - DAMASCUS, Syria (AFP) -- Facing the biggest crisis in his 11 years in power, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad lived up to his reputation of keeping a cool head under pressure on Wednesday when he defied all expectations with a parliamentary speech which failed to address the issues at stake. Assad had been widely expected to pave....

Libya rebels propose ceasefire
4/1/2011 - AJDABIYA, Libya (AFP) - Libyan rebel leaders proposed a conditional ceasefire on Friday while their fighters were doing their utmost to shed their rag-tag image in a battle with Moammar Gadhafi's forces for the oil town of Brega. The opposition is ready for a ceasefire provided Gadhafi's forces end their assaults on....

'At least 4 killed' in Syria protest
4/1/2011 - NICOSIA (AFP) - Syrian security forces killed at least four people and wounded dozens when they opened fire on protesters in the town of Douma, north of Damascus, a witness told AFP by telephone. The death toll could be more than 10, said the witness but he only provided AFP four names for those killed: Ibrahim....

Cairo Revolution Finds New Target: Free Market
Palestine Note 1 Apr 2011 - The Wall Street Journal- The millions of Egyptians who demanded President Hosni Mubarak's downfall last month were drawn not only by opposition to his authoritarian rule; many were also furious about his free-market reforms. Now, as Egypt prepares for elections...

IDF extends arrest of Palestinian protest organizer
Palestine Note 1 Apr 2011 - Joseph Dana , +972- Magazine- Bassem Tamimi, 44, a protest organizer from Nabi Saleh and the coordinator of the village’s popular committee, was indicted at the Ofer military Court today. Tamimi is charged with incitement, organizing illegal marches, solicitation to throw...

Jordan’s pro-king supporters deny link to protest violence reported by Human Rights Watch
Palestine Note 1 Apr 2011 - AP - Supporters of Jordan’s king on Thursday denounced reports alleging they were behind bloody clashes that left one person dead in the worst violence in three months of protests in this key U.S. ally. Clashes between protesters demanding reforms...

Turkish ‘zero problem’ policy hampered by Arab revolts
Palestine Note 1 Apr 2011 - Arabiya- Turkey's ambitious diplomatic policy of "zero problem" with its neighbors, notably aimed at building closer ties with Arab leaders, is hampered by the ongoing rebellions in the Middle East, experts said. "The 'zero problem' policy has been overtaken by...

Israel should endorse UN recognition of a Palestinian state
Palestine Note 1 Apr 2011 - Carlo Strenger - The Palestinian leadership seems to have given up on negotiations with the Netanyahu government and is obviously moving towards seeking recognition for a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, possibly in September this year. Most pundits believe...

Jerusalem bishop appeals Israel’s residency denial
Palestine Note 1 Apr 2011 - Reuters- Jerusalem’s Anglican bishop, a Palestinian, is engaged in a legal battle with Israel over its refusal to extend his residency permit. An Anglican official, who declined to be named, said Israel’s Interior Ministry had written to Bishop Suheil Dawani...

Want Regime Change? Win Over The Military
Palestine Note 1 Apr 2011 - Alan Greenblatt, NPR- One of the big differences between Arab countries where the ruler has stepped down in the wake of recent protests and those where governments have spent weeks shooting at their own people is the role played by...

Visions of Female Identity in the New Egypt
Palestine Note 1 Apr 2011 - Spiegel - Jihan, the eldest, is sitting in an armchair in her second apartment in Cairo. A flowered veil frames her red cheeks, and a glass of apple juice rests in her hand. She says that, Inshallah, even a woman...

Weapons Sales to the Arab World under Scrutiny
Palestine Note 1 Apr 2011 - Spiegel - The revolutions in the Arab world caught British Prime Minister David Cameron off guard. For some time, diplomats had been planning a trip for Cameron that would take him to several countries in the Middle East. In fact,...

Friday Protests Flare in Arab States
Palestine Note 1 Apr 2011 - New and rival rallies held in Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Yemen BBC News - New anti-government protests have erupted in several Syrian cities after Friday prayers, despite heavy security. Witnesses said thousands of people took to the streets chanting "freedom"....

How We Report On Human Rights Matters
Palestine Note 1 Apr 2011 - It is not easy being the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza. It is impossible for them to issue any statement that doesn’t become instantly politicized. And, like many NGOs, their reports are often put in less than ideal...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on YouTube
Palestine Note 31 Mar 2011 - Like U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the hot seat on YouTube's World View, and questions from around the world. (Please visit the site to view this media) In a...

Militants Put Gazans in Danger, Group Say
Palestine Note 31 Mar 2011 - New York Times- A Palestinian human rights group in Gaza took the unusual step this week of condemning the building and storage of anti-Israel rockets in densely populated areas, a practice that has led to injuries and deaths of civilians....

Israeli map shows nearly 1,000 Hezbollah sites
Palestine Note 31 Mar 2011 - Al Arabiya- The Israeli military on Thursday released a map detailing what it says are nearly 1,000 underground bunkers, weapons storage facilities and monitoring sites built by the militant Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon. Many of the sites on the map...

The Boycott Debate: No Longer Taboo in Progressive Pro-Israel Circles
Palestine Note 31 Mar 2011 - Dov Waxman and Mairav Zonszein, Dissent - To boycott or not to boycott? That is the question that growing numbers of American Jews on the left wing of the pro-Israel community have reluctantly and uneasily begun to ask themselves in...

A look at the fascinating world of Chicago’s Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel – from a distance
Palestine Note 31 Mar 2011 - Wikipedia has some fascinating information on Rahm Emanuel, the mayor-elect of the disputed 2 nd largest city in Chicago. ( Click here to read the bio. ) I have to turn to Wikipedia to get information on Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel because clearly...

Detained Palestinian engineer: I know nothing about Gilad Shalit
Palestine Note 31 Mar 2011 - Hareetz- Palestinian engineer Dirar Abu Sisi, who has been held in Israeli custody for close to 40 days, said Thursday that he had no connection to the abduction of Gilad Shalit, saying that he was only an engineer. "I don't...

Fierce fighting continues to rattle Abidjan
AlJazeera 1 Apr 2011 - Gbagbo rejects calls to step down, even in the face of a rapid military advance that has arrived at his doorstep.

Palestinians killed in Israeli air strike
AlJazeera 1 Apr 2011 - The raid targets a car in the town of Khan Yunis, killing three Hamas members.

UN court rejects Georgia case against Russia
AlJazeera 1 Apr 2011 - International Court of Justice says it cannot rule on dispute over alleged atrocities in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Jordanian police separate rival rallies
AlJazeera 1 Apr 2011 - Hundreds of police deployed to avert a repeat of last week's clashes between protesters and government supporters.

Protesters demand Mubarak face trial in Egypt
AlJazeera 1 Apr 2011 - Protests dubbed "Friday for rescue of revolution" amid calls for ousted president and former officials to face justice.

UN condemns Afghan Quran protest killings
AlJazeera 1 Apr 2011 - Security Council denounces deaths of UN staff and demonstrators in a violent protest over Quran burning.

Deaths in Syria as protests continue
AlJazeera 1 Apr 2011 - Several reported killed in anti-government rallies as security forces respond with live rounds, tear gas and batons.

Syria frees US-Egyptian man held at protests
AlJazeera 1 Apr 2011 - Father claims Mohammed Bakr Radwan, held since March 25 clashes, was released following a presidential pardon.

Thousands attend rival rallies in Yemen
AlJazeera 1 Apr 2011 - Opposition claims protests are biggest so far but thousands also rally in support of Yemen's president, Abdullah Saleh.

Syria braces for mass demonstrations
AlJazeera 1 Apr 2011 - Protesters ready for "Friday of Martyrs" rallies as authorities announce measures aimed at meeting some demands.

PCHR: Three Killed Eight Injured by Israeli Fire this Week
PNN - Gaza - PNN/PCHR – This week the Israeli army killed 3 Palestinian and wounded 3 others in the Gaza Strip. They also wounded 5 Palestinian civilians, including two children, in the West...

Three Injured as Troops Attack Weekly Anti-Wall Protests in the West Bank
PNN - Bethlehem – PNN – Three villagers were injured on Friday by Israeli troops as the forcibly suppressed weekly anti-wall protests in several locations across the West Bank. Today protesters commemorated Palestinian land...

The Year of Living Dangerously: Palestinians on the Brink
PNN - Mikail Jubran - During the past couple of weeks we have witnessed somewhat of a stall of the Arab spring. An ongoing civil conflict that is raging in Libya pits the ‘ancien...

Three killed and eight injured by Israeli fire this week
4/1/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - PNN / PCHR - This week the Israeli army killed 3 Palestinian and wounded 3 others in the Gaza Strip. They also wounded 5 Palestinian civilians, including two children, in the West Bank, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights said in its weekly report. The report, which documents daily human rights violations in the Palestinian territories, covers.... Related: PCHR and PNN

Hebron experiences more settler violence
4/1/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - ISM / Ma'an News Agency - According to Ma'an News Agency, in the past 48 hours the residents of Hebron have suffered a number of attacks by settlers. On Thursday a three year old girl was hospitalised in a hit-an-run attack by a settler car, outside the Al-Ibrahimi Mosque. Witnesses apparently report that.... Related: Witnesses: Palestinian child run over by settler and Settlers attack shop, home in Hebron

Volunteer in Gaza with the ISM
4/1/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - The International Solidarity Movement is appealing for activists to join our team in the besieged Gaza Strip. In recent months numerous people have managed to cross into Gaza through Egypt, so at present, there is a small window of opportunity to enter. ISM Gaza was reinstated in August 2008, when volunteers traveled aboard the historic....

Corrie trial resumes in Haifa court with testimony of bulldozer unit commander
4/1/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 29 March, Rachel Corrie Foundation - After a five month recess, the Haifa District Court will resume hearings Sunday, April 3, in the civil lawsuit filed by Rachel Corrie's family against the State of Israel for her unlawful killing in Rafah, Gaza on March 16, 2003. Rachel was an American student activist and human.... Related: Rachel Corrie Foundation

Nabi Saleh protest organizer, Bassem Tamimi, to remain under arrest
4/1/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 31 March, Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - Tamimi's arrest was extended by an Israeli military judge after the prosecution filed a grievous indictment. The hearing took place in front of a courtroom packed with Tamimi's family, supporters, European diplomats and Israeli intellectuals. Bassem Tamimi, 44, a protest organizer from Nabi Saleh and.... Related: PSCC

Ban stresses concern over stalled peace talks in phone call with Israeli premier
Relief Web 1 Apr 2011 - Source: UN News Service

United Nations Meeting of Civil Society in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Focuses on Latin America's Role in Resolving Bilateral Conflict
Relief Web 1 Apr 2011 - Source: UN General Assembly

Human Rights and Democracy: The 2010 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report
Relief Web 1 Apr 2011 - Source: Government of the United Kingdom

USAID and AMIDEAST Establish Centers for Teaching Excellence in Palestinian Universities
Relief Web 1 Apr 2011 - Source: US Agency for International Development

Israeli Soldiers abuse Palestinians in West Bank
1 Apr 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli soldiers abused Palestinians in the village of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, Thursday night, according to local sources.

UN Report confirms Israeli killing of Palestinians
1 Apr 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - In its biweekly Protection of Civilians report covering the last two weeks of March, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA) said that Israel has killed 15 Palestinians, including six civilians, and injured 53 others, including at least 40 civilians, among them 19 children.

Israel to attack next Gaza aid flotilla as siege continues
1 Apr 2011 - London, (Pal Telegraph) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon must prove his commitment to upholding human rights and international law by rejecting the request by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to help stop the flotilla of ships planning to set sail in May to break the four-year-old blockade of the Gaza Strip, says the European Campaign to End the Siege...

Internationals support Palestinians in Jerusalem
1 Apr 2011 - Jerusalem, (Pal Telegraph) - More than 2000 international, Arab and local literary figures Thursday signed a petition supporting the right of a Palestinian resident of Israeli-occupied Jerusalem to live in the city of his birth and against an Israeli decision to deport him.

Troops open fire on Syrian protesters
The National 1 Apr 2011 - A witness said security forces fired tear gas at the protesters to disperse them before firing live rounds.

Oppostion keeps pressure on Saleh with Sana'a protests
The National 1 Apr 2011 - The opposing protests went off without violence except five minor injuries in the port city of Hodiedah where Saleh supporters hurled stones at anti-government protesters.

Jordanian police step in to stop clashes
The National 1 Apr 2011 - Witnesses described a tense atmosphere as at least 500 protesters, calling themselves the March 24 Movement, came close to clashing with some 400 government and monarchy loyalists who were also rallying in the area.

Test for Assad and Syria comes today after calls for mass rallies
The National 31 Mar 2011 - Government adviser says: 'If there are no protests, or just small demonstrations, then the authorities have won and this has ended. But if there are bigger protests, then the country will be walking along an unknown path.'

Egypt's secular parties join forces to fight elections
The National 31 Mar 2011 - Egypt's parliamentary election in September will see new alliances of secularists face better-organised Islamists and the country's former ruling party.

West 'supporting Libyan rebels on ground'
The National 31 Mar 2011 - US president Barack Obama reported to have signed a secret presidential order to supply the Libyan opposition with arms and training.

Hizbollah denies giving military training to Bahraini protesters
The National 31 Mar 2011 - Lebanese Shiite movement insists its support for co-religionists in Bahrain is merely 'moral and political'.

Qaddafi aide Moussa Koussa may face prosecution after fleeing to UK
The National 31 Mar 2011 - Moussa Koussa, the Libyan foreign minister, who has flown to Britain seeking political asylum, could face prosecution over his alleged role in the Lockerbie bombing, the UK's foreign minister, William Hague, said yesterday.

Israel plans 'harbour island' off Gaza Strip
The National 31 Mar 2011 - Israelis' idea for $10bn artificial floating island that would regulate trade through the Gaza Strip is 'pure fantasy', say Palestinians.

Women in Oman whose husbands marry again refuse to be second-best
The National 31 Mar 2011 - Although only one in 20 Omani men go in for polygamous marriages, their first wives, if they have incomes of their own, are deciding they went a divorce when their husband comes home with a younger model.

IDF planes strike Gaza militants said to be plotting attacks on Israelis
Ha'aretz - Those killed were planning to launch an assault on Israeli soldiers and civilians during the upcoming Passover holidays, says IDF Spokesperson.

Gadhafi government dismisses Libya rebels truce offer
Ha'aretz - Rebel ceasefire conditions of army withdrawal and Gadhafi family exile are rejected outright by government officials as Libya violence continues.

U.S.: Violence isn't the answer to grievances of Syrian people
Ha'aretz - U.S. condemns Syrian crackdown on anti-government protests and urges Assad to make reforms; earlier on Friday, Al Arabiya reported that 10 protesters had been killed by Syrian forces across the country.

MESS Report / Assad's 'j'accuse'
Ha'aretz - While the Syrian president predictably blamed 'them' - the Lebanese, the Saudis, the U.S. and Israel - for troubles at home, PA President Abbas made it clear that there is no time to lose when it comes to Jerusalem's renewal of talks with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu to UN Chief: Upcoming Gaza flotilla must be stopped
Ha'aretz - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that the flotilla, scheduled to head toward the Gaza Strip in May, is a provocation and goods can easily be transported to the strip via land.

Aluf Benn / Who's afraid of Barack Obama?
Ha'aretz - Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama are both trying to figure out if, in upcoming addresses, they should convey a sharp, resolute policy message or engage in the usual noncommittal prattle.

Israeli lawmakers to study U.S. Jewish community
Ha'aretz - Likud, Kadima and Labor MKs to attend six-day Ruderman Fellows Program to gain insight into American Jewish community.

Magnitude six earthquake in Crete felt across Israel
Ha'aretz - Although source of quake was almost 800 kilometers from Israel, dozens of residents reported that they felt the trembling.

Teen killed, two others injured in ATV accident in Gilon Forest
Ha'aretz - 17-year-old girl was killed in crash between two All-Terrain Vehicles in the western part of the Galilee; Police are investigating circumstances of accident.

Explosion heard outside home of opposition leader Tzipi Livni
Ha'aretz - Blast probably caused by firecracker thrown at security stand next to Livni's house; Shin Bet forces and bomb disposal unit arrive at the scene to investigate; Livni was not home at the time of the explosion.

Hospital department head arrested on suspicion of rape
Ha'aretz - Dr. Yitzhak Shnirer, Head of the Oncology Department at Poriya Hospital in Tiberias is suspected of sexually assaulting against patients and hospital workers.

Georgia sentences two Israeli businessmen to jail for bribery
Ha'aretz - The businessmen are charged with allegedly attempting to bribe a Georgian minister to expedite the international arbitration which would have mandated that the Georgian government pay Fuchs a sum of roughly 100 million dollars.

US condemns Syria crackdown, presses Assad for reform
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - Witnesses, human rights groups say 9 killed in protests throughout Syria; police reportedly open fire, shoot tear gas at demonstrators.

3 killed, 1 injured in IAF strike on car in Gaza Strip
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - IDF spokesperson says attack aimed at terrorist group planning to kidnap Israelis over Passover holidays; 3 bodies, critically injured man, reportedly brought to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital near Khan Younis.

Galilee: 1 dead, 2 seriously injured in ATV accident
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - 17-year-old girl dies from injuries after accident involving two ATVs; Hit-and-run in Hadera: 10-year-old boy lightly injured by vehicle.

Wholesome goodness
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - The extensive menu at Shiboleth in Ra’anana reveals how diverse and delicious a vegan diet can be.

In the best of spirits
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - Called by experts ‘the best spirit in the world,’ Highland Park is a real treat for whiskey lovers who can afford its steep price.

British ambassador adds a sabra baby girl to his family
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - Matthew Gould is Britain's first Jewish envoy to Israel; Rachel Elizabeth Gould was born at the Tel Aviv Medical Center.

B’nai B’rith chief Dennis Glick indicted on tax fraud
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - Glick arrested on charges of falsifying tax returns for a client and lying about it to investigators; if convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Protests spread across Syria; 3 reported killed in Damascus
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - Witnesses say security forces opened fire to disperse some 2,000 calling for freedom in suburd of Syrian capital; hundreds also take to streets in Deraa, Latakia as anti-gov't demonstrations grow.

9 reported killed as rallies spread across Syria
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - Witnesses say security forces opened fire to disperse some 2,000 calling for freedom in Damascus suburb; thousands gather through Syrian cities.

Earthquake near Greek island felt throughout Israel
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - Residents report feeling buildings shake; no damage reported; tremors from 5.9 magnitude quake 800km away mainly felt in Nahariya, Safed.

Libya: Gaddafi forces storm Misrata, rebels offer truce
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - Insurgents marshal defenses in eastern heartland; rebel leader offers ceasefire on condition Gaddafi leaves Libya, forces withdraw.

UN nuclear agency inspects Syria's Homs site
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - IAEA says agreed inspection carried out as part of probe into suspected covert nuclear activity; US: Visit is "relatively minor" cooperation.

Security forces fire teargas as protests break out in Syria
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - Hundreds take to the streets in and around Damascus after Friday prayers to protest against Baath Party rule; activists say demonstrations also begin in coastal cities of Latakia, Banias.

Explosion heard outside Livni's Tel Aviv home
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - Neighbors say cloud of smoke seen rising from house after firecracker reportedly thrown at security post; Livni not at home at time.

Police called to Tzipi Livni's home after explosion heard
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - Firecracker reportedly thrown at security post; neighbors say cloud of smoke seen rising from Tel Aviv house; Livni not in area at time.

Netanyahu asks UN's Ban to help stop Gaza flotilla in May
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - PM tells UN secretary general that fleet of ships scheduled to arrive in Gaza in May is being organized by "radical Islamists."

Turkey kills 7 Kurd fighters crossing from Syria
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - PKK militant activity on the rise after ceasefire is called off and unrest flares on Syrian border.

2 Israelis face jail time in Georgia bribery case
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - Roni Fuchs and Ze'ev Frenkel were convicted of attempting to bribe Georgia's Deputy Foreign Minister, sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Germany: 'Libyan situation cannot be resolved militarily'
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - Over 400 missing since uprising against Gaddafi began, most of whom are unemployed young men who flocked to the rebel army.

This Week in History: Vanunu convicted for treason
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - The former Dimona nuclear technician had a romance with a Jewish-American woman who turned out to be a Mossad agent.

More than 400 rebel supporters missing in east Libya
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - Mostly unemployed young men who flocked to the rebel army missing; four Libyan doctors and three journalists have not been found.

Gasoline set to reach highest rate ever
Jeruslalem Post 1 Apr 2011 - A small group of young activists from the Dror Israel movement gather in Jerusalem to protest rising fuel prices.

Jordan’s would-be revolutionaries express pessimism
Jeruslalem Post 31 Mar 2011 - Activists from Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan and elsewhere in the region, to discuss strategies for the changing Middle East at Amman workshop.

Politics: Two years, minor tremors, ‘Bibitours’
Jeruslalem Post 31 Mar 2011 - Israel's gov't is looking fairly stable as it passes the two-year mark, with only ‘Bibitours’ newly clouding the prime minister’s horizon.

Iraq: power shortages continue in Anbar
Uruknet April 1, 2011 - From one moment to the next, Sami al-Dulaimi’s life changed from joy to sorrow. His family was celebrating the 7th birthday of their youngest child, Uthman, at their house in Hay al-Taameem, in Ramadi city, when they heard their father screaming. He had gone to the garden to add fuel to his electricity generator, while...

Libya, imperialism and the prostration of the “left” intellectuals: The case of Professor Juan Cole
Uruknet April 1, 2011 - Among the most striking features of the US-NATO onslaught against Libya has been the widespread support that this "war of choice" has evoked among left-liberal parties and the affluent middle-class milieu that comprise an important part of their constituency. Waving the banner of "human rights"—the most hypocritical and deceitful of all justifications for imperialist war—the...

NATO takes to the air, CIA takes to the ground
Uruknet April 1, 2011 - NATO has taken command of the war in Libya as the US deploys covert CIA operatives to the field to work the ground and coordinate with the rebels. US intelligence sources confirmed to CNN that the CIA is working to foster "military and political understanding" with rebel fighter and Libyan civilians in an effort to...

Libya government rejects rebel ceasefire
Uruknet April 1, 2011 - A Libyan government spokesman has termed the conditions set by the opposition for a ceasefire "mad", and asserted that troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, will remain stationed where they are. "They are asking us to withdraw from our own cities. .... If this is not mad then I don't know what this is....

Medics: 3 killed in Israeli air strike on southern Gaza
Uruknet April 1, 2011 -- Israeli war planes struck the southern Gaza Strip overnight Friday killing three Palestinians and seriously injuring a fourth, medics said. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said the deceased were transferred to the Al-Aqsa Hospital in Khan Younis, adding that their bodies were charred from the intensity of the strike. A fourth man was...

Netanyahu seeks UN help to stop flotilla
Uruknet April 1, 2011 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday and asked him to stop an international flotilla of ships seeking to break Israel's Gaza blockade, his office said. A statement said Netanyahu told the secretary general that among the organizers of the flotilla, expected to set sail next month, are "extremist Islamic...

Deaths in Syrian protest march for freedom
Uruknet April 1, 2011 - Several deaths have been reported as anti-government protests got under way in several Syrian cities after Muslim prayers on Friday, activists have said. Protest marches against Baath Party rule demanding freedoms broke out in cities in the north and south, including the flashpoint city of Daraa. Hundreds of people took to the streets in and...

Rebels offer Muammar Gaddafi a ceasefire
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Israel holds secret talks with Russia in bid to thwart recognition of Palestinian state
Uruknet April 1, 2011 - Isaac Molho, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s senior adviser and top negotiator on the Palestinian channel, made a secret trip to Moscow on Wednesday and met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The purpose of the visit was to dissuade Russia from supporting the European Union’s intention to present in two weeks’ time a plan for...

In Palestine, curse anything but the land
Uruknet April 1, 2011 - On 30 March 1976, while thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel were protesting against the expropriation of their lands, Israeli security forces shot and killed six of them and injured many. Had Israeli security forces been able to foresee the consequences of this foolish act, they might have practiced the highest level of self-restraint. They...

US-NATO bombings kill civilians in Tripoli
Uruknet April 1, 2011 - US-NATO air strikes on Tripoli and other Libyan cities have claimed growing numbers of civilian victims, according to the Vatican’s top representative in the Libyan capital. The report represents a severe blow to the attempts by Washington and its NATO allies, backed by the overwhelming majority of the Western media, to dismiss the Libyan government’s...

Target Col Gaddafi,Western Democracies Descend to Middle Ages
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - It was the axis of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined by US Ambassador to UN Susan Rice and the influential Office of Multilateral and Human Rights Director Samantha Power who argued for airstrikes against Libya. Their advice triggered an abrupt shift in U.S. policy, overturning more cautious administrations' counselors. Both Obama and defense secretary...

Tehran welcomes overture by Egypt to establish ties with Iran
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has welcomed a proposal by his Egyptian counterpart Nabil el-Arabi that Cairo is willing to reestablish diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran... , Salehi again praised the Egyptian revolution and said, "The Egyptian people by taking steps toward realizing their just demands opened a new chapter in the...

Israel Warns Against Recognition of Independent Palestine
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - The Israeli government has warned the U.N. Security Council and the EU that it will resort to unilateral countermeasures if the international community recognises Palestine as an independent state at the U.N. General Assembly session next September.... Last week Israel informed 15 members of the United Nations Security Council, and major EU (European Union) countries,...

Obama’s North African War Face
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - Whatever happens to Moammar Gaddafi, an independent Libya is not on the U.S. agenda. "Obama hopes to 'stabilize’ Libya under indirect U.S. dominion through a kind of protectorate involving various 'international’ entities, on the Haitian model." The president’s doctrine of "humanitarian" warfare – like his rhetoric – is merely a sweetened derivative of George Bush’s...

Anti-war campaigners and pro-Palestinian activists under FBI fire in US
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - You know you've made it, Joe Iosbaker said with a tight smile, when Glenn Beck, the right-wing Fox News host, dedicates a good 10 minutes of his show to you. But that is all Mr Iosbaker, an administrator at the University of Illinois in Chicago, had to smile about. A veteran union rights activist and...

You didn’t need to be an expert on Libya to know which way the wind was blowing…
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - One thing is correct: legitimacy matters, and the absurd adventurism of the opposition elements in Libya shows that they knew from the outset that they could not gain legitimacy. In lieu of a social program, they called for a bombing program. The West surveyed the scene until it decided that the opposition -- helmed by...

Attack of the Cruise Missile Liberals
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - Americans are warlike – as long as they think they can be victorious. These nominal Democrats and Republicans "differ only on who they want to see doing the dominating." Today, a Black Democrat is the head killer in charge, allowing the likes of Ed Schultz, Bill Maher and Juan Cole to endorse the criminal assault...

Apres Moi ... Aw, C'mon, Who Gives a Crap?
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - Thank God the moronic, lying and/or hugely ignorant "humanitarians" are no longer embarrassed by the militant anti-intellectualism of the criminal Bush administration. Today they can enthusiastically embrace the militant anti-intellectualism of criminals with whom they feel entirely comfortable. Progress of this kind causes me to weep uncontrollably. The weeping part is true. However, I am...

Iraq snapshot - March 31, 2011
Uruknet March 31, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, Human Rights Watch notes the closing of one Iraqi secret prison doesn't end the problems, the US military was on the ground in Tikrit Tuesday storming into a government building despite US military command claims otherwise, Iraqis call for the United Nation to intervene and protect them, more political parties in Iraq...

War Criminal Obama Killing Civilians in 6 Counties Accuses Gadhafi of Same
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - The President, in his speech of March 28, intended to explain his ordering air strikes on Libyan government forces, made so many seemingly unnecessary untruthful statements? Surprising was his falsely quoting Gadhafi. If, as the president and media have charged, Gadhafi has been indeed targeting civilians and not heavily armed insurgents, why should Obama have...

For the Love of Egypt: When Besieged Palestinians Danced
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - A dear friend of mine from Gaza told me that he hadn't slept for days. "I am so worried about Egypt, I have only been feeding on cigarettes and coffee." My friend and I talked for hours that day in early February. We talked about Tahrir Square, about the courage of ordinary Egyptians and about...

Iran jails nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - A NUCLEAR scientist at the centre of a spying row last year between Iran and the US has been jailed in Tehran and could face the death penalty. Shahram Amiri, who returned to Iran in July after apparently defecting to the US, is under investigation for divulging secrets about Iran's clandestine uranium-enrichment program, The Times...

Iraq: Closing Torture Prison Won't End Abuse Independent Inquiry Needed to Investigate Torture at Camp Honor; Fears of Abuse at Other Prisons Remain
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - ..."Shutting down Camp Honor will mean little if detainees are shuffled to other facilities to face torture again," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "There needs to be a genuine, independent investigation and criminal prosecution of everyone, regardless of rank, responsible for the horrific abuses there." The Justice Ministry announced...

Years of Franco-Qatari cooperation in practice over Libya
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - Brought together by a common cause and a shared experience, French and Qatari fighter crews are flying joint missions out of Greece to enforce the UN-mandated no-fly zone over Libya. A section of the Greek base of Souda on the island of Crete has now become home for the two nations' pilots and some 300...

The impoverishment of Palestinian Arabs in Israel
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - The Palestinian population living within Israel is estimated to be 1.5 million citizens, approximately 20 per cent of the Israeli population. Of this number, about 370,000 are 'internally displaced'; they live in Israel but are not allowed to return to their homes or villages from which they were displaced during the 1948 Nakba (Catastrophe). Often...

Lod’s Growing Resistance to Ethnic Cleansing
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - Lod Under Attack: At present 3,000 demolition orders are currently issued against the Palestinian residents of the city of Lod. In what residents of city are calling a "calculated process of ethnic cleansing," all Palestinian residents of Lod live in a constant state of fear that their home will be next on the chopping block....

Quench My Thirst....
Uruknet March 31, 2011 , How many of you out there quenched our thirst ? , How many of you out there cared enough about that dry mouth...seeking... , I am thirsty.. , I am thirsty ... , I am thirsty...I drink you up , Sewage water... , Sewage water and my words , fall in puddles , putrid waters...

CIA, British Special Forces Crawl Through Libya, Unable to Stop Gadhafi Military Onslaught
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - ...And yet, it hasn’t been enough. The CIA presence hasn’t been enough. The close air support, including attack helicopters, hasn’t been enough. The defection of key officials hasn’t been enough. There’s obviously a ways to go here, but the trajectory is not what the coalition would hope. And before too long, someone in one of...

Rachel Corrie trial resumes
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - The civil lawsuit brought by parents of slain American peace activist Rachel Corrie against the state of Israel will resume Sunday, the foundation named after her said Wednesday. The Haifa district court will open hearings on April 3 and 6, in which Israeli soldiers and colleagues of Corrie who were present at her death will...

Israel lays Gaza-like siege on West Bank village
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - Since 24 March, Israeli forces have sealed the southern occupied West Bank village of Beit Ommar for an indefinite amount of time as soldiers continue to arrest young Palestinian residents and hold them in Israeli detention centers. In a move akin to the four-year-long economic blockade against the occupied Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers have closed...

Jeremy Scahill and Ex-DIA Analyst Joshua Foust on "The Dangerous U.S. Game in Yemen" & CIA Ops in Libya
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - Hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Yemen on Wednesday as part of the unwavering protests for the resignation of U.S.-backed President Ali Abdullah Saleh. We speak to independent journalist Jeremy Scahill, who argues the U.S. secret war has unintentionally played a significant role in weakening Saleh’s regime, and Joshua Foust, who recently left...

Heartwarming Massacres from Iraq to Libya
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - ...And so it is with Libya. Wanting to gain access to Libya’s oil, the United States is not just helping one side in a civil war, but directing the fight. The rebel’s military leader is a long time CIA asset, Khalifa Hifter. Before returning to Benghazi last week, Hifter spent two decades in Northern Virginia,...

At least 40 civilians dead in Tripoli strikes: Vatican official
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - At least 40 civilians have been killed in air strikes by Western forces on Tripoli, the top Vatican official in the Libyan capital told a Catholic news agency on Thursday, quoting witnesses "The so-called humanitarian raids have killed dozens of civilian victims in some neighborhoods of Tripoli," said Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, the Apostolic Vicar of...

Abu Sisi Detention Extended
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - An Israeli court decided to extend the detention of Dirar Abu Sisi on Thursday, 31 March. The Gazan man was abducted in Ukraine on 19 February, and secretly transported to Israel, where has been held in the Shikma prison in Ashkelon since. An Israeli court decided to extend the detention of Dirar Abu Sisi on...

Syria: the boldness of Bashar al-Assad
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - ...It was when Assad came to the now-obligatory section of his speech where embattled presidents blame foreign conspiracies for the demonstrations that I started to feel confused. Surely he had got it the wrong way round. Others have been saying that the aim of the "foreign conspiracy", if such it is, is to keep Assad...

Libyan rebels massacre black Africans
Uruknet March 31, 2011 - The opposition forces in Libya attempting to march on Tripoli with the assistance of American, French and British bombs are far removed from the image of innocent civilians fighting for freedom and democracy promoted by the media and political circles. This is made clear in a March 22 article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung by...

Are US Soldiers Using Rape, Murder, And Bombing Of Children As War Strategy?
Uruknet March 30, 2011 - "Some doctors in Libya have accused pro-Gaddafi fighters of using rape as a weapon of war. On Sunday, five men were arrested for raping and torturing a Libyan woman. The international press learned of the incident when the woman, Eman al-Obeidi, burst into a hotel full of foreign journalists in Tripoli. She was quickly detained...

Mocking the law, judges rule that evidence is not necessary to hold insignificant Guantánamo prisoners for the rest of their lives
Uruknet March 30, 2011 - If I was an American lawyer who had fought for many years to secure habeas corpus rights for the prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba -- in other words, the right to ask an impartial judge to rule on my captors' reasons for slinging me in a legal black hole and leaving me to rot...

Sight of women-deminers in southern Lebanon grows more familiar
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 MARJAYOUN: De-mining operations in Lebanon are nothing new, but the participation of hijab-wearing women in such efforts is becoming a customary sight in the country's still-dangerous south. Salam Oweidi works in a demining team in south...

Judicial Council defers Gadhafi proceedings
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 BEIRUT: The Judicial Council postponed Friday for the second time trial proceedings against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and his aides over the disappearance of Imam Musa al-Sadr. The session was postponed after Judicial Council president Ghaleb...

Two killed, another injured in traffic accidents
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 BEIRUT: Two people were killed and another injured in two car accidents Friday. Police sources said one man was killed and another injured in a car accident in Choueifat involving a Daewoo and a Mercedes early...

Authorities make arrests linked to thefts, drugs
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 BEIRUT: Members of a gang of suspected motorcycle thieves were arrested Friday, according to security sources. In Choueifat, a police patrol apprehended two men, Hassan Zahreddine and Hassan Othman, for allegedly stealing motorcycles and using drugs....

Bishop Kfoury urges haste in government formation
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 SIDON: The Orthodox Bishop of Sidon and Tyre Elias Kfoury urged Lebanese officials to assume their responsibilities and promptly form a new government to meet the people's daily needs. Kfoury made his remarks Friday during a...

UNIFIL helps prevent Blue Line altercation
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 BEIRUT: The Lebanese and Israeli armies narrowly avoided altercation Friday after Israeli soldiers erected a provocative statue close to the Blue Line, according to reports from the south. A spokesperson for the United Nations Interim Force...

Workshop looks to conserve, protect forest resources
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 ZGHORTA: A workshop on Policies and Legislation on Forest Management was launched Friday as part of a project to conserve and protect forest resources in the north, in the run-up to what people hope will be...

Efforts begin to renovate detention cells
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 BEIRUT: The head of the EU delegation to Lebanon and a local association launched Friday works to renovate the detention cell at Baabda's Justice Palace as part of a nationwide effort to improve similar facilities. The...

Activists call for Tripoli to be national, not sectarian
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 TRIPOLI: A march against the sectarian system in Tripoli scheduled for Saturday should be an opportunity for the city to prove that "it is the capital of the north, and not the capital of a single...

Second half dominance gives Riyadi easy win over Byblos
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 BEIRUT: Riyadi's push for the top seeded playoff position continued Friday with a 97-70 win over Byblos. With the West Asian League final just three days away, Riyadi had hoped for an easy first half to...

3 killed as thousands call for freedom in Syria
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 DAMASCUS: Syrian security forces killed at least three protesters in a Damascus suburb Friday, witnesses said, as thousands turned out in pro-democracy marches despite a reform gesture by President Bashar Assad. The White House Friday condemned...

Somali transitional government needs new mandate: official
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 MOGADISHU: The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) force commander said Friday he sees no way of managing Somalia's political transition other than by extending the mandate of the transitional government (TFG). "I don't see any...

Three dead in bombing near Iraq mosque, monthly attacks toll up
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 BAGHDAD: Officials say a suicide bomber disguised as a street cleaner struck Iraqi soldiers protecting a mosque in the country's west, killing two of the troops and a passer-by. A senior police official in the city...

East Jerusalem settlement set to expand: Peace Now
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: An Israeli landowner is seeking to sell plots for 30 homes in a mainly Palestinian neighborhood of Jerusalem, where 117 settler families already live, Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now said Friday. Peace Now spokeswoman...

Gadhafi rejects rebels' ceasefire proposal
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 TRIPOLI: A Libyan rebel conditional cease-fire offer was spurned Friday by the regime of Moammar Gadhafi as the forces battled each other for the oil town of Brega. Transitional National Council leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil said...

Saleh defiant at loyalist rally as separate protest demands he step down
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 SANAA: Embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh told a huge rally of supporters Friday that he would sacrifice everything for his country, suggesting he has no plans to step down yet. Tens of thousands, both for...

Nigeria hopes polls will mark break from past
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 LAGOS: Nigeria embarks on general elections Saturday which could reshape its political landscape, weakening the decade-long dominance of its ruling party and breaking a history of rigged and violent polls. Africa's most populous nation votes over...

Heavy clashes spread in Ivory Coast showdown
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 ABIDJAN: Fierce fighting spread across Abidjan in Ivory Coast Friday as troops loyal to Laurent Gbagbo fended off attacks by forces supporting Alassane Ouattara's rival claim to the presidency. The heaviest clashes centered around the state...

35 people injured in clashes at Iraq demonstration
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq: Thirty-five people, most of them policemen, were injured Friday in clashes during protests against the two main Kurdish parties in Sulaimaniyah in northern Iraq, hospital sources said. Some 4,000 people gathered in Tahrir Square...

Jordanian police separate activists at rival rallies in Amman
Daily Star 1 Apr 2011 AMMAN: Jordanian police separated hundreds of government supporters and pro-reform activists holding rival rallies outside the municipal offices in the capital of Amman Friday. No one was hurt, in contrast to clashes a week earlier between...

Shimon Peres welcomes Arab uprisings
The Guardian 1 Apr 2011 - Israeli president says events in Tunisia, Egypt and other Arab countries represent an opportunity for Israel and the Palestinians The Israeli president, Shimon Peres, has welcomed "the winds of change" blowing through the Middle East and...

We in Israel welcome the Arab spring | Shimon Peres
The Guardian 1 Apr 2011 - Unlike Hamas and Hezbollah, the young want peace and progress in our region The Middle East has to make a historic choice: to join the new global age of democratic peace and liberal economy, or to...

Gaza journalists accuse Hamas of harassment
The Guardian 1 Apr 2011 - Journalists covering protests in Gaza this week have complained that they were obstructed and harassed by Hamas security forces. Four reporters - Wissam Mohamed Yasin of Al-Hurra ; Ayyad Talal Taha and Mohamad al-Hassoun of Radio Watan ;...

Sky-High Oil Prices Here to Stay
IPS As the Arab world continues to pitch and heave with flashes of popular uprisings here and sparks of brutal crackdowns there, analysts are painting a grim picture of the regional unrest's economic consequences, predicting the persistence of high oil prices in the coming years.

Syria Braces for Mass Demonstrations
IPS Syrian opposition movements are readying for a day of rallies, dubbed "Friday of Martyrs", across the country even as authorities announced a raft of measures aimed at meeting some of the protesters' demands.

Firecracker blast rocks Tzipi Livni's neighborhood
YNet News, 1 Apr 2011 - Security forces arrive at opposition leader's northern Tel Aviv home, suspect....

Georgian court finds Israeli businessmen guilty of bribery
YNet News, 1 Apr 2011 - Ron Fuchs and Zeev Frenkel convicted of trying to bribe Georgian deputy finance....

Likud MKs plan media counter-attack over 'Bibi-tours'
YNet News, 1 Apr 2011 - Embarrassing reports of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's travel habits have....

NY court asserts jurisdiction for PLO bombings lawsuit
YNet News, 1 Apr 2011 - Manhattan Federal Court judge says bench may hear, rule on lawsuits filed....

Summertime is here: Daylight Savings Time activated
YNet News, 1 Apr 2011 - Israel joins nations implementing Daylight Savings Time, moves clocks one hour....

US urges citizens to avoid most travel to Syria
YNet News, 31 Mar 2011 - Ahead of planned 'Friday of Martyrs' demonstrations, State Department warns....

Soldiers save deer hunted by Palestinian
YNet News, 31 Mar 2011 - Doe found bleeding in backseat of Palestinian vehicle near Beit El undergoes....

Rebels: Gaddafi using Israeli weapons
YNet News, 31 Mar 2011 - Libyan opposition forces say army is using bombs, rockets that originated in....

Turkey says seizes illegal Iran arms shipment
YNet News, 31 Mar 2011 - Report submitted to Security Council's Iran sanctions committee says March 21....

Love song for Palestine
YNet News, 1 Apr 2011 - As events unfold in Arab world, West Bank youth yearns for its own revolution.....

'Israeli intolerance' concerns UK
YNet News, 31 Mar 2011 - Human rights report released by Foreign Office in London calls 'Nakba Law'....

Rocket hits south of Ashkelon; no injuries
YNet News, 31 Mar 2011 - Rocket fired by terrorists in north Gaza lands in open space near Israeli city....

IDF hits Gaza terror cell; 3 killed
YNet News, 1 Apr 2011 - Three Palestinians were killed Saturday in an IDF air strike in the Gaza Strip, medical staff and witnesses said. Another Palestinian was wounded in the attack and ... ....

Libya: Allied strikes crime against humanity
YNet News, 1 Apr 2011 - Libya described coalition air strikes against it on Friday as a "crime against humanity," saying at least six civilians were killed in an attack on a village in the east ... ....

At least 10 killed in Syria
YNet News, 1 Apr 2011 - At least 10 people were killed on Friday after security forces fired at demonstrators across the country. At least eight people were killed in Douma, north of ... ....

US girl survives freak accident at border
YNet News, 1 Apr 2011 - Girl survives freak accident: A four-year-old Arab girl who arrived in Israel with her family from the US was caught in a suitcase conveyer belt and narrowly escaped ... ....

Syria: Thousands protest in 'Day of Martyrs'
YNet News, 1 Apr 2011 - Thousands of Syrians shouting "We want freedom!" marched Friday in a southern city that has become the epicenter of an extraordinary protest movement as security forces ... ....

Earthquake felt in Israel
YNet News, 1 Apr 2011 - An earthquake was felt in Israel around 4:33 pm Friday, with hundreds of concerned residents from across the nation flooding Ynet with reports of tremors. The ... ....

Occupation seek to settle more Jewish families in East Jerusalem
PIC 31 Mar 2011 - A Peace Now official said on Friday that the Israeli occupation government is seeking to settle about 30 more Jewish families in Ras Al-Amoud neighbourhood of East Jerusalem.

LIBYA RHETORIC – AN ANALYSIS BY DR. LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Intifada-Palestine: 1 Apr 2011 - by: Dr. Lawrence Davidson Spokespersons for NATO, European politicians, members of the Obama administration, and the President himself have been out and about seeking to articulate justifications for the ongoing intervention in Libya. For better or worse, their public statements do... more

“PERPETUAL HELL” OF THE PALESTINIAN REFUGEE CAMPS
Intifada-Palestine: 1 Apr 2011 - British Parliamentary Delegation to Lebanon February 2011 by: Stuart Littlewood A delegation of parliamentarians has returned from a tour of the refugee camps in Lebanon and made its report http://www.prc.org.uk/newsite/images/stories/pdfs/PRC_lebanon_delegation.pdf . It was led by former British government minister Sir Gerald Kaufman... more

THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY: PALESTINIANS ON THE BRINK
Intifada-Palestine: 1 Apr 2011 - Apartheid Wall: this is the beacon that is Israel. (ActiveStills) Mikail Jubran During the past couple of weeks we have witnessed a somewhat stall of the Arab spring.  An ongoing civil conflict that is raging in Libya pits the ‘ancien regime’... more

On the Nile, Egyptian fishermen saw a nation adrift
LA Times 1 Apr 2011 - Two who grew up on the water say they don't know much about politics, but they know that fish were scarce under Hosni Mubarak. Oars skim the marsh grass and men slip their nets upon the water.

Some in Germany critical of decision to sit out Libya operation
LA Times 1 Apr 2011 - Critics say Berlin has lost credibility and risks an isolationism it can ill afford. One former defense minister called the decision to break from longtime allies a 'mistake of historic dimensions.' As NATO takes full command of the jet fighters cruising over Libya, one member...

Pentagon to withdraw ground-attack aircraft, leaving allies to handle bulk of Libya sorties
LA Times 31 Mar 2011 - But with Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi's troops regaining the offensive against beleaguered rebels, questions have deepened as to whether NATO can handle the mission without U.S. firepower. The Pentagon said it would soon withdraw jet fighters and ground-attack planes from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led...

Libyan rebels losing their nerve
LA Times 1 Apr 2011 - Visions of Moammar Kadafi falling quickly to the revolution have given way to low morale and a tendency to flee. The nascent rebel effort in eastern Libya, sustained for weeks by revolutionary passion and zeal, has begun to fray in the face of chaotic battlefield...

Qaddafi Envoy Visits London as Tensions Mount in Libya
New York Times 1 Apr 2011 - A senior aide to one of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s sons has reportedly held talks with British officials in recent days.

Syrian Protesters Clash With Security Forces
New York Times 1 Apr 2011 - Violent confrontations erupted in the city of Douma, near the capital, with security forces beating protesters before opening fire. News reports indicated there were victims.

Radicals’ Turn to Democracy Alarms Egypt
New York Times 1 Apr 2011 - Fundamentalist religious groups are leaping aboard the democracy bandwagon, alarming those who believe that radicals hope to put in place strict Islamic law through ballots.

Protesters Scold Egypt’s Military Council
New York Times 1 Apr 2011 - Disenchantment with the military was the focus of many speeches and chants in Tahrir Square on Friday, where protesters lamented the lingering aspects of the old regime.

Dueling Protests Grip Yemeni Capital
New York Times 1 Apr 2011 - Thousands prayed in the streets for the end of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule while his supporters staged large demonstrations of their own in the capital.

Shiites in Iraq Support Bahrain’s Protesters
New York Times 1 Apr 2011 - Shiites in Iraq are rallying to support the cause of Shiites in Bahrain, who have been violently suppressed by Sunni authorities.

Protesters Rally Into Night in Jordan
New York Times 1 Apr 2011 - The protesters hailed mostly from the Muslim Brotherhood and the March 24 Movement, a new organization that had originally planned to camp out from that date until their demands for reform were met, like those who took up temporary residency in Tahrir Square in Cairo.

Pastor Who Burned Koran Demands Retribution
New York Times 1 Apr 2011 - Terry Jones said the United States and United Nations must take “immediate action” in retaliation for the 12 killings by an Afghan mob protesting his actions.

Grassroots International launches Elbit divestment campaign against TIAA-CREF
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Ha'aretz Magazine on the Jewish community debate over Israel
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Brandeis JVP member's op ed in campus paper
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HEBRON: Settlers from Givat Ha Harsina attack Palestinian home in Beqa’a Valley.
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New protests flare across Syria
BBC 1 Apr 2011 - Security forces in Syria reportedly kill at least four people as new anti-government protests erupt across the country.

Court win for Palestinian plotter
BBC 1 Apr 2011 - A Palestinian jailed for 45 years for plotting to blow up an Israeli airliner, wins a court challenge against government refusals to allow his early release.

Help Us "Move Over AIPAC"!
US Campaign to End the Occupation 1 Apr 2011 - May 21-24, 2011, The United States government authorized delivery to Israel of 47 million pieces of ammunition and ordnance, valued at $9.5 million, from 2007 to 2009, even though the ongoing misuse of these weapons to injure and kill civilians violates U.S. laws. Yet, securing MORE...

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