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Sunday, April 24, 2011
13-year old boy among five Palestinians injured by Israeli settlers on Sunday
IMEMC - Monday April 25, 2011 - 01:15, Several groups of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian with rocks on Sunday, mainly in the Nablus area in the northern West Bank. At least five were wounded, including a 13-year old boy who was hit in the head with a rock, and taken to Rafidiya Government Hospital in Nablus. Settlers also torched one car, and broke the windshield of another.

Palestinian Prime Minister celebrates Easter with promise of return to Jerusalem
IMEMC - Sunday April 24, 2011 - 18:30, The Palestinian Prime Minister of the appointed Fateh government in the West Bank, Salam Fayyad, told Christian worshipers in Bethlehem Sunday that it would not be long before the blockade would be lifted, and they would be able to celebrate Easter in Jerusalem as they had traditionally done for 2,000 years before Israeli authorities blocked access.

Settler Shot Dead Near Nablus, At Least Three Injured, One seriously
IMEMC - Sunday April 24, 2011 - 11:06, Israeli sources reported Sunday that one settler was shot and killed, and five others were injured, one seriously, after Palestinian gunmen opened fire at them at the entrance of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The slain settler is the nephew of Israeli Culture Minister, Limor Livnat.

Palestinian Prisoner Challenges Arrest By Israeli Forces As 'illegal Extradition'
IMEMC - Sunday April 24, 2011 - 10:34, A Palestinian who was abducted Friday outside of Nablus in a joint operation by Israeli military and police forces has challenged his abduction on the grounds that Israeli police were acting “outside of Israel” by abducting him in the Occupied West Bank, and that this renders his abduction illegal under international law.

P.A Slams Subaru Ad, Subaru-Israel Denies Relation To The Commercial
IMEMC - Sunday April 24, 2011 - 08:54, The Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank expressed on Thursday its anger over an advertisement showing the Subaru car hitting two Palestinian children in Jerusalem with “We will see who will stand in front of you” written in Hebrew on the ad.

Protesters demand reform in Morocco
AlJazeera 24 Apr 2011 - Demonstrators continue their bid for peaceful social and constitutional reform in the kingdom.

Alitalia hijacking attempt fails
AlJazeera 24 Apr 2011 - Cabin crew overpowers a knife-wielding man who demanded that a Paris-Rome flight be diverted to Libya's capital Tripoli.

Protesters killed in Syria shooting
AlJazeera 24 Apr 2011 - At least nine deaths reported in coastal city of Jableh as funerals are held for victims of government crackdown.

Mubarak to be moved to military hospital
AlJazeera 24 Apr 2011 - Egypt's top prosecutor orders the transfer after medical exams showed that the ex-leader is stable enough for the move.

Egypt's Copts vie for bigger role
AlJazeera 24 Apr 2011 - As Egypt tries to forge a new political future, Coptic Christians aim to move out of the political shadows.

Israeli civilian killed in West Bank
AlJazeera 24 Apr 2011 - Victim laid to rest as Israeli and Palestinian authorities investigate shooting incident at a Jewish holy site.

Nigeria rights group says 500 dead in unrest
AlJazeera 24 Apr 2011 - Civil Rights Congress says more than 500 people were killed in post-election violence last week, mostly in Muslim north.

Bahrain prince to skip UK royal wedding
AlJazeera 24 Apr 2011 - Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa declines British royal wedding invite amid criticism by activists following crackdown.

Yemen activists vow to keep pressure on Saleh
AlJazeera 24 Apr 2011 - Protesters concerned that Gulf-brokered deal's 30-day period until Saleh quits, allows him time to "change his mind".

Voters register for Saudi municipal elections
AlJazeera 23 Apr 2011 - Voter registration opens in long-delayed local government elections, but officials again ban women from voting.

Ramallah’s Celebration of the Holy Fire
PNN - By Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D. - Come ye and receive light from the unwaning Light and glorify Christ, Who arose from the dead, is the common repeated chant at the Midnight...

After settler killed in Nablus; Three Palestinians Injured by Army Fire
PNN - Nablus – PNN – At least three Palestinian civilians were injured by Israeli army fire on Sunday during clashes in Nablus that started after a settler was killed in the city. One...

1,000 Handicapped Palestinians Receive Wheelchairs
Relief Web 24 Apr 2011 - Source: Life for Relief and Development Country: Jordan , Lebanon , occupied Palestinian territory , Syrian Arab Republic (the) Last winter, Life for Relief and Development launched a program to provide wheelchairs to handicapped Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, as well...

Report: Israel Continues Ethnic Cleansing in Jerusalem
24 Apr 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - The National Bureau for the Defense of Land and Resisting Settlement said in its weekly report published Saturday that the Israeli government continues its policy of Judaizing Jerusalem and proceeds in its ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians in the city.

Illegal Israeli Settler killed while sneaking into Palestine
24 Apr 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - An Israeli settler was shot and killed while others were wounded on Sunday after a group of settlers snuck into Joseph’s Tomb near Nablus last night without security coordination with the Palestinians.

Israeli army attacks peaceful protest in Beit Ummer
24 Apr 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)- Israeli occupation forces attacked yesterday the weekly anti-wall rally lunched by Palestinian youth, international supporters, and Israelis in Beit Ummer village in the north of Hebron.

Saleh must leave now, Yemeni youths say
The National 24 Apr 2011 - Youth protesters refuse to accept deal to allow Yemen president to stay for another month; rift developing with largest opposition group over proposal.

Report: Hamas seeks to kidnap more IDF soldiers
Ha'aretz - Hamas reportedly wishes to attain additional bargaining-chips in case Gilad Shalit gets killed during Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip, according to a report by Israel Radio, quoting an article in Hamas' Al-Resalah newspaper.

Egypt prosecutor orders Mubarak transfer to prison hospital
Ha'aretz - Mubarak was admitted to a hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh with an unspecified illness the day prosecutors ordered him detained for questioning; doctor says his heart could stop beating at any moment.

NATO jets strike Gadhafi compound
Ha'aretz - The strike – reportedly an attempt on the Libyan leader's life, injuring 45 people – comes one day after government forces fire on Misrata despite announcing withdrawal.

Netanyahu: PA must take severe steps against killers of Ben-Joseph Livnat
Ha'aretz - Ehud Barak says there is no excuse that could justify the Palestinian security forces' fatal use of live fire against the Israelis who entered Joseph's Tomb without authorization.

Minister Livnat: My nephew was killed by a terrorist disguised as a Palestinian policeman
Ha'aretz - Hundreds attend the funeral of Ben-Joseph Livnat Sunday, killed by a Palestinian security officer leaving Joseph's Tomb near the West Bank city of Nablus earlier that day.

Week after emergency laws abolished, Syria arrests dozens of activists
Ha'aretz - Massive police sweeps reinforce opposition claims that the repeal of the state of emergency codes offers no protection against blitz-style detentions.

In focus / When Olmert took on the Israeli mafia
Ha'aretz - Long before he was accused of a litany of fraud and bribe charges, Ehud Olmert appeared before a closed-door committee to testify about the long arm of organized crime in Israel, which he said stretched to the highest levels of the army, the police, sports and more.

Thousands demand 'A New Morocco' in third day of mass protests
Ha'aretz - More than 10,000 people protest in Casablanca joining thousands of marchers in the capital Rabat denouncing corruption, torture and unemployment, which is very high among youths.

Clashes in West Bank after Israeli shot dead near holy site
Ha'aretz - Dozens of masked Israeli youth hurl rocks at Palestinian village, try to torch houses, hours after man killed and three others wounded by Palestinian security forces following an unauthorized visit to Joseph's Tomb.

Israelis shot in West Bank tried to break through Palestinian roadblock, probe shows
Ha'aretz - Nephew of Culture Minister Limor Livnat killed, three others wounded after Palestinian security forces shot at their cars near West Bank holy site of Joseph's Tomb.

UN must probe Syria's deadly crackdown, Human Rights Watch says
Ha'aretz - The international rights group also called on the U.S. and EU to impose sanctions against Syrian officials who are responsible for the use of force that led to deaths of some 300 people.

'Murder of Israeli by Palestinian police cannot pass silently'
Ha'aretz - MK Ben-Ari: Whoever trained and funded the 'enemy army' is directly responsible; MKs Elkin and Eldad: Israel must reconsider its good relations with Palestinian police, which creates terror instead of fighting it.

Libya's foreign minister heads to Ethiopia to talk peace
Ha'aretz - Government spokesman: Libya is intensifying peaceful efforts and is in contact with Russia, Greece, Turkey and Latin American governments in a bid to agree on a peace plan.

Saleh defiant, day after agreeing to handover plan
Ha'aretz - Yemen president says, 'Who should I hand power to? Insurrectionists?'; some fear Saleh intends to see out presidential term, despite protests demanding his immediate resignation and Gulf Arab plan for him to step down within weeks.

Britain urges its citizens to leave Syria amid unrest
Ha'aretz - U.K.'s Hague condemns crackdown by Syrian security forces in civilians, calls on authorities to respond to the legitimate demands of the Syrian people.

Israeli killed, three wounded in shooting at West Bank holy site
Ha'aretz - Nephew of Culture Minister Livnat dies after Palestinian security officer openfire on cluster of vehicles leaving Joseph's Tomb in Nablus after unauthorized visit; IDF stresses that pilgrims are given monthly opportunity to pray at site with permission and proper security.

NATO jets strike inside Gaddafi compound
Jeruslalem Post 25 Apr 2011 - Libya official says Gaddafi used building for ministerial meetings; Rebel spokesman: Gaddafi forces retreating from Misrata after 2 month siege.

'Hamas planning to kidnap more Israeli soldiers'
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2011 - Report: Palestinian officials say Hamas does not want prisoner exchange to rely on Gilad Schalit alone; Source tells Palestinian media Hamas using recent calm to prepare more IDF kidnappings.

Egypt prosecutor orders Mubarak move to army hospital
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2011 - Doctor declares ousted Egyptian president well enough to be transferred to hospital jail in Cairo, despite his wish to stay in Sharm el-Sheikh.

A former neighbor recalls Ben Yosef Livnat
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2011 - Hebron Jewish community spokesman: “Benyo's name reflects the family’s bond with Joseph’s Tomb, where ironically, he was murdered."

Syrian forces kill 9 civilians, arrest leading Alawite
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2011 - Mansour al-Ali stopped after demanding democracy; thousands chant for Assad's overthrow; rights group calls for probe into Syrian violence.

Thousands attend funeral of Nablus shooting victim
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2011 - Limor Livnat on nephew's murder: "He was murdered simply because he was a Jew"; some mourners stone Palestinian cars, call for revenge.

BoI leaves May interest rate unchanged at 3%
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2011 - Stanley Fischer defies expectations from analysts that he would raise rates by at least a quarter-point.

Misrata under heavy bombardment, Libyan rebels say
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2011 - Rebel spokesman says Gaddafi forces retreating from coastal city after siege of almost two months; rebels claim victory day before.

'PA views Nablus shooting with embarrassment'
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2011 - Security source says Palestinians have unofficially acknowledged that one of their officers erred when he opened fire on Israeli worshipers.

Samaritans celebrate Shavuot atop Mt. Gerizim
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2011 - The Samaritan religion closely resembles Judaism, though it has several marked differences, including its own Torah in the ancient Hebrew.

Human Rights Watch calls on UN to probe Syria violence
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2011 - New York-based group says US, EU should impose sanctions on officials responsible for crackdown; UK advises British nationals to leave country.

Barak condemns Nablus shooting attack; orders IDF probe
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2011 - Defense minister says lack of security coordination cannot justify the opening of fire at innocent people; demands PA investigate incident, take necessary steps against shooter.

'Gulf nations concerned with increased Egypt-Iran ties'
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2011 - Kuwaiti newspaper reports Arab Gulf nations offering financial aid to Egypt following report that Cairo will renew diplomatic ties with Tehran.

Yesha Council: Nablus shooting 'cannot pass silently'
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2011 - Joseph's Tomb should be under Israeli rule to prevent attacks, group says; Ben-Ari blames those who funded, trained PA.

One killed, 4 wounded from PA police gunfire in Nablus
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2011 - Group of 15 Breslev hassidim hit with gunfire from PA policeman as they leave Joseph's Tomb prayers; group didn't coordinate visit with IDF.

Chosen Bites: Quinoa takes over as latest super food
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2011 - Spice up a regular chicken dish with this ancient grain which is easy to cook and is even kosher for Passover.

Is the Palestinian Authority really ready for statehood?
Jeruslalem Post 24 Apr 2011 - Analysis: If bilateral cooperation ceased, the PA would be in no position to pay salaries or meet its other commitments.

Europe votes to label kosher slaughter ‘unstunned'
Jeruslalem Post 23 Apr 2011 - Jewish leaders calls Pessah vote ‘discriminatory’ and ‘insulting’; decision is part of bill setting fresh guidelines for food packaging.

Video: 'No sign Gaddafi bombed Tripoli - NATO wages war on false claims'
Uruknet April 24, 2011 - In Libya, Colonel Gaddafi's troops are reportedly being withdrawn from the rebel-held city of Misrata in the face of NATO airstrikes. It follows an almost two month standoff. Meanwhile, allied aircraft carried out fresh airstrikes on the capital Tripoli overnight, with a government spokesman saying at least three people were killed in the raid....

"Modern Times" Really Akin To The "Dark Ages"
Uruknet April 24, 2011 - Humans may believe we live in enlightened times but future historians, (if there are any) will look back at our era as "dirty, crowded, superstitious, dangerous, and primitive" as the Dark Ages, ecologist Carl Safina, president of Blue Ocean Institute, says. To avert imminent catastrophe, he calls for replacing "the no-accounting, throwaway, boomeranging, soot-powered...

The Roots of Revolution in Syria: The Sad Tale of Tal Al-Mallouhi, A Girl Imprisoned for Blogging
Uruknet April 24, 2011 - Since protestors first braved the wrath of Syria’s security services five weeks ago, first on a "Day of Rage," and then to demand the release of political prisoners, I have tried to keep a close eye on the Syrian people’s attempts to emulate their neighbors in Tunisia and Egypt, where the revolutionary impulses sweeping...

Yemen in Crisis: Last Impasse Before the Storm?
Uruknet April 24, 2011 - The President of Yemen had been under intense pressure. First, from the U.S. and the European Union. Then from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council, the regional military and economic powers. And so, on Saturday night, Ali Abdullah Saleh appeared to relent — more so than his previous feints and equivocations. But his...

Vittorio Arrigoni
Uruknet April 24, 2011 - Vittorio settled in Gaza in 2008, after arriving on the Free Gaza Movement boats that broke the illegal siege for the first time. I still remember him calling it the happiest day of his life, when he came and hugged his brothers in the Strip. He often put his struggle for human rights on...

Israeli settler shot dead, 4 injured in Nablus
Uruknet April 24, 2011 -- An Israeli settler was shot dead and four others were injured early Sunday after a group of Jewish worshippers snuck into Nablus without coordinating with Palestinian or Israeli security, officials said. Settler sources named the man killed in the incident as Jerusalem resident Ben-Yosef Livnat, a 24-year-old father of four who is the nephew...

Protesters killed in Syria shooting At least three deaths reported in coastal city of Jableh as funerals are held for victims of government crackdown.
Uruknet April 24, 2011 - At least three people have been killed in Jableh, a coastal city in Syria, after security forces opened fire on protesters, witnesses tell Al Jazeera. They said by phone from the city that some of the security men were in uniform, others in plain clothes. Thousands of security forces accompanied by "other armed thugs"...

Arab World Blues...
Uruknet April 24, 2011 - There is not one corner of the Arab world that is not being turned upside down... Why is that ? What is this wabaa in Arabic, a plague in English that has caught up with us ? Could that plague be called democracy ? Like after Iraq's style of Freedom and Liberty? Sure, we have problems, had...

Commemorating Palestinian Political Prisoners
Uruknet April 24, 2011 - Since 1979, April 17 annually is Palestinian Prisoners Day, commemorating Mahmoud Hijazi's 1974 release - the first ever prisoner swap with Israel. Acknowledging the day, the Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association highlighted the thousands of persecuted prisoners, launching a new campaign on their behalf "to raise awareness of specific cases....whose detention (pose)...

Libya NATO raids kill several
Uruknet April 23, 2011 - NATO planes staged raids on civil and military sites in the Libyan capital Tripoli and other cities Saturday, killing and wounding several people, the official JANA news agency said. "A military source said civil and military sites were targeted by the colonialist aggressor," it said, specifying that the strikes had also covered Al-Khums, Gharian,...

Thousands call for Assad overthrow at Syria funeral
Daily Star 24 Apr 2011 Thousands of Syrians called for the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday at a funeral for protesters killed by security forces in the southern town of Nawa, a witness said.

Easter blast near Baghdad church wounds 4
Daily Star 24 Apr 2011 The blast struck a police vehicle providing security at the Sacred Heart church in Baghdad's central Karrada district.

Israeli killed, 4 wounded in West Bank
Daily Star 24 Apr 2011 A Palestinian policeman opened fire Sunday at a group of Israelis who had come to pray at a Jewish holy site in the West Bank without authorization, killing one and wounding four, the Israeli military said.

Sleiman: Government delay internal
Daily Star 24 Apr 2011 President Michel Sleiman said Sunday internal and not external factors were behind the delay in the formation of a new Lebanese government, urging dialogue to iron out differences over shares in the Cabinet.

Egypt orders ex-energy minister, former officials tried
Daily Star 24 Apr 2011 Egypt on Saturday ordered former energy minister Sameh Fahmy and six other officials to stand trial on charges related to a natural gas deal with Israel, the public prosecutor said.

Yemeni president agrees to step down in 30 days
Daily Star 24 Apr 2011 Yemen's embattled president agreed to a proposal by Gulf Arab mediators to step down within 30 days and hand power to his deputy in exchange for immunity from prosecution, a major about-face for the autocratic leader...

Iran on edge as ally Syria fights for survival
Daily Star 24 Apr 2011 A nervous leadership in Iran has imposed a media blackout on Bashar Assad's struggle against a swelling Syrian uprising and Tehran faces the unsettling prospect of losing its most stalwart ally in the region.

Libya's Misrata comes under heavy bombardment: rebels
Daily Star 24 Apr 2011 Captured government troops say they had been ordered to retreat from the coastal city after a siege of nearly two months, and rebels fighting to overthrow Gaddafi had claimed victory there on Saturday.

Syrian forces raid homes, Assad opposition mounts
Daily Star 24 Apr 2011 Secret police raided homes near Damascus overnight, rights campaigners said on Sunday, as popular opposition to authoritarian President Bashar al-Assad mounted following the bloodiest attacks on pro-democracy protesters.

Factbox: International reaction to Syria's crackdown
Daily Star 24 Apr 2011 The European Union, Russia, Greece and France on Saturday joined the United States in condemning Syria's bloody crackdown against protesters calling for political freedoms and an end to corruption.

Obama's Passover liberation theology | Anna Hartnell
The Guardian 24 Apr 2011 - The president's Passover message drew the ire of Glenn Beck over Israel, but the story of Exodus has a civil rights history too Issued on Friday 15 April, ahead of this week's Passover celebrations, Obama's quietly...

Policeman kills Israeli at West Bank holy site
The Guardian 24 Apr 2011 - Four others injured in shooting after Jewish worshippers entered Joseph's tomb in Nablus without Palestinian permission A Palestinian police officer shot an Israeli man dead and injured four other people after they entered a holy West...

Jailing Maikel Nabil betrays the Egyptian people's revolution | Mohammad Talat
The Guardian 24 Apr 2011 - By unjustly imprisoning the blogger Maikel Nabil, the Egyptian army only amplifies his simplistic pro-Israel rantings Maikel Nabil is an Egyptian citizen and blogger who was sentenced to three years' imprisonment on 10 April by a...

Children are the best peacemakers in the Middle East | Izzeldin Abuelaish
The Guardian 24 Apr 2011 - For the sake of my dead daughters, I will never cease striving for peace I always feel great joy every time I deliver a baby. To hear that first cry gives me hope because a new...

Arab Refugees Suffer Mind Disorders
IPS Amidst the political upheavals across the Arab world, a new U.N. study highlights the need for neurological health services to monitor brain disorders among displaced people.

MIDEAST: Nablus Stands Beautiful and Unvisited
IPS Palestine experiences a boom in tourism, as herds of tourists storm the cities of Jerusalem, Jericho and Bethlehem. Meanwhile, the West Bank city of Nablus, rich in historic and religious sites, hardly attracts visitors.

'Hamas planning more kidnappings'
YNet News, 24 Apr 2011 - While the Shalit family marked the fifth Passover without their son, Kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, Hamas threatened to kidnap more Israelis in order to improve their ... ....

PA awards medal to 'Palestinian martyrs'
YNet News, 24 Apr 2011 - The Palestinian Authority will award the "medal of Jerusalem" to Vittorio Arrigoni, the Pro-Palestinian Italian activists killed by Salafi extremist in the Gaza Strip and ... ....

'Heinous act against Jewish worshipers'
YNet News, 24 Apr 2011 - Shooting attack or unintentional mishap? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday evening the shooting incident at Joseph's Tomb in Nablus that killed ... ....

'Worshippers visit Joseph's Tomb every night'
YNet News, 24 Apr 2011 - Almost every night, Jewish worshippers sneak into Palestinian territory, where Joseph's Tomb is located, without obtaining a permit. On Sunday morning such a "routine" ... ....

Israel ranks 7th in 'happiness index'
YNet News, 24 Apr 2011 - WASHINGTON- A survey conducted by Gallup institute ranked Israel seventh out of 124 states, based on the happiness level of residents. According to the global ... ....

'Murdered simply for being a Jew'
YNet News, 24 Apr 2011 - Thousands gathered at Mount Olives Cemetery in Jerusalem to bid farewell to Ben-Yosef Livnat, who was killed Sunday morning in a shooting at Joseph's Tomb, presumably by ... ....

Britain urges citizens to leave Syria
YNet News, 24 Apr 2011 - Britain has urged its citizens to leave Syria amid worsening unrest there. The Foreign Office said that unless they have a pressing need to remain in the country, ... ....

Rightists threaten vengeance over Nablus shooting
YNet News, 24 Apr 2011 - Shortly prior to funeral of Ben-Yosef Livnat, killed in Joseph's Tomb shooting....

Livnat: My nephew murdered by terrorists masked as policemen
YNet News, 24 Apr 2011 - Funeral procession for Joseph Tomb shooting victim Ben-Yosef Livnat underway.....

Al-Jazeera journalist resigns over 'incitement'
YNet News, 24 Apr 2011 - Ghassan Bin Jeddo director of al-Jazeera’s office in Beirut protested against....

Barak: Nablus shooting a murder
YNet News, 24 Apr 2011 - IDF says PA responsible for Joseph's Tomb shooting that left one Israeli dead,....

Report: Palestinians set Joseph's Tomb on fire
YNet News, 24 Apr 2011 - Nablus agitated after shooting of Israelis; masses gather near holy site,....

Witness: Shooters yell Allahu Akbar
YNet News, 24 Apr 2011 - Breslov Hassid injured in shooting tells Ynet: They were shooting to kill, It....

1 killed, 5 injured in shooting near Nablus
YNet News, 24 Apr 2011 - Group of Israelis heading to Joseph's Tomb for prayers comes under Palestinian....

Syrian forces raid homes, Assad opposition mounts
YNet News, 24 Apr 2011 - Bigger pro-democracy protests met with more force, YouTube video shows attack on....

Egypt oil ministers to be tried over Israel deal
YNet News, 24 Apr 2011 - Sameh Fahmi, Mahmud Latif are accused of costing state $714 million in losses....

IDF: Nablus shooting not a terror attack
YNet News, 24 Apr 2011 - Military, PA investigating shooting of Israelis near Joseph's Tomb. Initial....

Prisoner health deteriorates after tortured in PA prison
PIC - The health of Hussam Bashir Dawud, 27, has deteriorated as he remains prisoner in the Palestinian Authority's Juneid military prison in Nablus.

Prof. Qassem criticizes Israeli-PA probe into Nablus shooting Sunday
PIC - Dr. Abdul-Sattar Qassem has strongly criticized investigations carried out jointly between Israeli security forces and those of the Palestinian Authority after a Nablus shooting.

Ramallah authority prevents municipality chairman from attending inauguration
PIC - The Ramallah authority prevented Sheikh Jamal Al-Tawil, the chairman of El-Bireh municipal council, from attending the inauguration of El-Bireh stadium funded by his municipality.

Hundreds of settlers attack Palestinian cars in Nablus
PIC - Hundreds of Jewish settlers attacked Sunday the cars of Palestinians south and east of the West Bank city of Nablus.

Corruption ring leaders placing funds in Israeli banks
PIC - Director of the anti-corruption authority in Ramallah Rafiq al-Natshe said Palestinian Authority funds and property has been retrieved from its staff through a voluntary initiative by them.

Awad: Ending the Palestinian division is a strategic goal
PIC - Palestinian minister of foreign affairs Mohamed Awad said the Hamas Movement and the government in the Gaza Strip are concerned with the national reconciliation as a strategic goal and not a tactic.

Palestinian Christians accuse Israeli police of blocking religious freedoms
PIC - The Arab Orthodox Institutions in Jerusalem has accused Israeli police of persecuting Christians and violating their right to perform religious rites on Holy Saturday.

Families of two sick prisoners appeal for their treatment
PIC - Relatives of a Palestinian prisoner in Israeli occupation jails appealed to human rights groups to intervene and pressure the Israeli authorities into allowing a liver surgery for their sick son.

Jihad: Death of settler natural result to occupation's aggression
PIC - Daoud Shihab, a spokesman for the Islamic Jihad movement, said that the killing of a Jewish settler in Nablus on Sunday was a natural result to continued provocation.

Syrian ex-detainee Wali dies after struggle with cancer
PIC - Syrian ex-detainee Saytan Al-Wali, from the occupied Golan Heights, passed away at dawn Sunday at age 45 after his struggle with cancer.

Jewish Settler Opens Fire in East Jerusalem Neighborhood
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Fatah Warns against Settlers’ Escalation in Violence against Palestinians
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PPC Appeals to Rescue Prisoner Odeh`s life
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Jewish Settlers Attack Palestinian School Buses, Injure Student
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Ashrawi Warns from Israeli Unilateral Measures in Jerusalem
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Hebron Names Park after Arrigoni
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Jewish Settlers Attack Quarry in Nablus, Burn Car in Hawara
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Israeli Settlers Injure 3 Palestinians in Nablus
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Abbas Honors ‘ Medal of Jerusalem’ to Mer-Khamis and Arrigoni
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Appeal to Allow Surgery for Palestinian Prisoner
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Israeli Forces Raid Villages in Hebron Area
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Israeli Settler Killed, Others Injured after Sneeking into Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus
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MOCKING JESUS ON ISRAELI TV – צליבת ישו – THE CRUCIFIXION OF “YESHU” [VIDEO]
Intifada-Palestine: 24 Apr 2011 - From the show “Toffee VeHa-Gorillah” – WARNING!!! Explicit and offensive anti-Christian material contained. Show host to monkey depicting Jesus on the cross – “You are a Nazi, Yeshu (Jesus), you are a Nazi”. by: Tim King/ Salem-News.com (SALEM) - So, a... more

One Israeli killed, three hurt in West Bank shooting
LA Times 24 Apr 2011 - A Palestinian security officer opens fire on a convoy of ultra-Orthodox Jewish worshippers who had entered a religious site in a Palestinian-administered area without permission and then refused to stop, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. An Israeli man was killed and three others wounded Sunday...

An Egyptian cafe on the sidelines of history
LA Times 24 Apr 2011 - In his 68 years at Cafe Riche in Cairo, waiter Felfel has accumulated many tales of the movers and shakers in modern Egypt. 'It will take time to lift the country again,' he says of the latest upheaval. Azer Farag Azer is here. So are...

Syrian bloodshed continues as regime turns guns on mourners
LA Times 23 Apr 2011 - Protesters mourning those killed the day before are fired upon by security forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. Activists say 107 people were killed Friday. Antigovernment protests move closer to Damascus. Syrian security forces opened fire Saturday on protesters mourning the scores of demonstrators killed...

Opposition in Yemen Divided Over Offer From President
New York Times 24 Apr 2011 - An offer by President Ali Abdullah Saleh to leave office in 30 days after signing an agreement that would grant him and his sons immunity has divided his opponents.

More Syrians Are Missing, Hinting at a Wider Crackdown
New York Times 24 Apr 2011 - Dozens have vanished since Friday, activists said, another indication that the government’s decision to lift emergency rule may prove mostly rhetoric.

Palestinian Police Kill Israeli Visiting West Bank Holy Site
New York Times 24 Apr 2011 - Palestinian police shot dead one Israeli and wounded four others early Sunday after the Israelis surreptitiously visited a Jewish holy site inside a Palestinian controlled area.

McCain Raises Specter of Libyan Stalemate
New York Times 24 Apr 2011 - Senator John McCain warned on Sunday that he feared the conflict in Libya threatened to create a vacuum that could result in Al Qaeda gaining control.

Syrian Forces Open Fire at Protesters’ Funerals
New York Times 24 Apr 2011 - Shootings by security forces came after the bloodiest day of protests since the Syrian uprising began last month.

Easter in Palestine
Mondoweiss - Christians in Palestine in pictures 24 Apr - not to be missed, gorgeous photos WATCH: Miracle of the Holy Fire, Jerusalem 2011 23 Apr -- Holy Saturday in Jerusalem, 2011. The Holy Fire is a thousand year old tradition where a fire miraculously appears in the...

Emblaze group subsidiary in US homeland security contract
Neged Neshek - Emblaze Group’s partially owned subsidiary, Canada -based Visual Defence, is the first graduate of a US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) project called ‘ SECURE ‘. SECURE (System Efficacy through Commercialization, Utilization, Relevance and Evaluation) is a business-oriented DHS project that “leverages the experience and resources...

‘Commentary’ concedes Christians n Jews no longer enemies. Ergo–
Mondoweiss - Amid some actually quite pleasant ruminations on Easter at Commentary, the neoconservative flagship, there was this little comment at the end of a post by D.G. (David) Myers about the calendrical confluence of Judaism's Passover and Christianity's Holy Week:  What might also be recognized at this...

A liberal NY Jewish institution invites an ethnic cleanser and a neocon to its stage
Mondoweiss - Every once in a while I get on my high horse, oh I'd say only three times a day, and right now is one of those times. Here is the tragedy of American Jews. It's all you need to know.The 92d Street Y is hosting the...

She was a Christian Zionist, right up to her first checkpoint
Mondoweiss - For Easter, here is a portion of a great piece by Alicia von Stamwitz published on America, a Catholic weekly, in February. It describes her conversion in college to Zionism as a born-again Christian, and her trip to Israel and Palestine last year, in a faith-based...

Continuing Vittorio's Resistance
Palestine Monitor - Today I will humbly join thousands of family, friends and colleagues of Vittorio Arrigoni to celebrate his struggle to liberate the people of Gaza. By satellite, we will be able to talk, mourn and share stories with people touched by his warmth, humility and passion. Whether...

Goldstone Report gave us a moral vocabulary to describe the conflict
Mondoweiss - Adam Horowitz, Lizzy Ratner, and I wrote a piece for the Nation this past week on the Goldstone reconsideration. Sorry it's taken me a few days to pick it up (horn-tooting-muting issue) but here's the heart of the piece: Indeed, the largest lesson of the controversy...

The global wake of Vittorio
Palestine Monitor - The International Solidarity Movement and activists around the globe will connect via webcast for the funeral of Vittorio Arrigoni. The International Solidarity Movement will join synchronized funerals in Italy and Gaza for Vittorio Arrigoni. At 6pm tonight, activists, supporters and the public will converge on the...

Syria: Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution This Time?
Tikun Olam - NY Times map News from Syria is grim, with over 100 people killed after Friday prayers in mass protests against the authoritarian rule of Bashar Assad and the forty-year dynasty his family has maintained in Syrian politics.  Another 11 people were killed on Saturday at funerals...

Activists Demonstrate, Work Land Despite Israeli Military Harrasment
Palestine Solidarity Project 24 Apr 2011 - On Saturday, April 23, eight Israeli activists and 24 international volunteers joined residents of Beit Ommar for an action near Karmei Tsur organized by the Beit Ommar National Committee Against the Wall and Settlements. The international contingent included volunteers from the Palestine Solidarity Project and International...

'New deaths' as Syria cracks down
BBC 24 Apr 2011 - Security forces in northern Syria reportedly kill three people and injure several, two days after the worst bloodshed since unrest began.

Israeli killed in Nablus shooting
BBC 24 Apr 2011 - An Israeli has been shot dead, reportedly by a Palestinian policeman, near the shrine of Joseph's Tomb in the West Bank

Sunday: 12 Iraqis Killed, 28 Wounded
Antiwar.com 24 Apr 2011 - State-run television broadcast Mass last night so that Iraq’s Christians could safely celebrate Easter at home today. Nevertheless, attacks left 12 dead and 28 wounded across the country. At the signing of a prisoner exchange agreement between Iraq and Iran, Justice Minister Hassan al-Shimari reminded those...

(en) Anarkismo.net: In the heart of Tunisia. Thala: the occupied police station (ca)
A-infos 24 Apr 2011 - The second instalment of a series of reports from a couple of CGT members visiting Tunisia. Here, the author visits the town of Thala in northwestern Tunisia, a town where the people's protests led to the town's police taking to their heels. ---- Thala, Kasserine governorate (...

(en) Slovakia, Protest in Banskà Bystrica: Another red card for OTTO Workforce agency
A-infos 24 Apr 2011 - On Wednesday, 20th April, Priama akcia* organized a protest against the practices of OTTO Workforce. The office in Banskà Bystrica was visited by almost a dozen activists. We wanted to express solidarity with the workers who have been cheated by the agency. With this action, Priama...

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