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Friday, April 30, 2010
Four Injured, Two Journalists Detained, At The Bil'in Anti Wall Protest
IMEMC - Friday April 30, 2010 - 17:37, On Friday Palestinians, Israeli, and International activists marched to the wall built on the central west Bank village of Bil’in lands.

A Number Of Youth Treated For The Effects Of Tear Gas Inhalation At The Nil'in Weekly Protest
IMEMC - Friday April 30, 2010 - 17:35, The villagers of Nil'in, central West Bank, organized on Friday their weekly anti wall protest.

Villagers Organize An Anti Wall Protest In Al Walaja Village
IMEMC - Friday April 30, 2010 - 17:32, Villagers along with international supporters gathered on Friday in Al-Walaja village near Jerusalem to protest the Israeli wall being built on their lands.

Al Ma''sar Village Near Bethlehem Protest The Israeli Wall
IMEMC - Friday April 30, 2010 - 17:28, On Friday midday the residents of Al Ma’ssara village near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem protest the Israeli-built wall on their lands.

PCHR Weekly Report: “Two Killed, 20 Wounded and 45 kidnapped”
IMEMC - Friday April 30, 2010 - 12:46, Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinians, wounded 20 residents, including children, and kidnapped 45 residents in 27 invasions into the West Bank and four limited invasions into the Gaza Strip, the PCHR stated in its weekly report for the period between April 22 and April 22, 2010.

JCSER: “In 2008, Israeli Stripped Residency Rights Of 4672 Palestinians”
IMEMC - Friday April 30, 2010 - 09:51, The Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights (JSCER) published a report revealing that Israel stripped the residency rights of 4672 Palestinians in 2008 comparing to stripping residency rights of 229 Palestinians in 2007.

Witnesses: Israeli warships fire on Rafah-area fishermen
4/30/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - Gaza - Ma'an - Between 2 and 3am Friday morning fishermen working on the Rafah coast reported heavy fire at fishing boats out at sea near the Tel As-Saltan beach. Witnesses reported no injuries and the boats all returned safely to shore. An Israeli military official said neither the southern command offices nor naval officials were aware of any incidents in the area overnight. She noted, however, that when Palestinian fishing vessels cross the enforced three nautical-mile fishing limit, warning shots are routinely fired in the air. Under the Oslo Agreements, a fishing limit of 20 nautical miles was agreed to by Palestinian and Israeli negotiators, but in 2006 it was unilaterally reduced to 6 nautical miles, and in 2009 it was unilaterally reduced to three nautical miles.

Outpost settlers uproot 30 olive trees east of Qalqiliya
4/30/2010 - Qalqiliya - Ma'an -Kafr Qaddum village residents said they woke up to settlers from the Hifat Gilad outpost of the illegal Qedumin settlement bloc tearing up some 30 olive trees on private lands. The trees, part of the agricultural land belonging to Saleh Shtewi and his brothers, were torn up at the south-eastern end of the village, abutting the settlement. Fields in the area had previously been declared a closed military zone, locals said, keeping farmers from planting or harvesting their crops. Some were able to secure special permits during harvest seasons from Israeli authorities, however this did not always guarantee access to groves and orchards if settlers were present in the area.

Palestinians rally against wall, settlements
4/30/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Palestinians rallied across the occupied West Bank on Friday, protesting Israel's wall and settlement enterprise amid new concerns that authorities have begun detaining and expelling Palestinians following a new military order. At least seven demonstrators were detained in villages surrounding Ramallah on Friday, protesters said and Israel's military confirmed. There were no reports of serious injury. In Nabi Salih, four Palestinians and one Israeli were detained at the scene, a military spokeswoman said. They were being held on allegations they broke an Israeli law and were undergoing questioning, she said. In Bil'in, an Israeli woman and Palestinian male were detained at the scene, the military said. The Palestinian was released and the Israeli was being held for questioning, she added. Israel is building most of the barrier inside the West Bank rather than along the. . .

Al-Jazeera crew detained in Bil’in
4/30/2010 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Israeli forces detained three journalists and a peace activist Sunday in the West Bank village of Bil'in, under the pretext they entered a closed military zone. Al-Jazeera crew members Majdi Banura and Nader Abu Zer detained in addition to an Irish journalist identified only as Tom and a female peace activist of unknown nationality. An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed that two people were detained including a female Israeli civilian. Another Palestinian was briefly detained and then released, she added. Marking May Day, Palestinian Minister of Labor Ahmad Majdalani welcomed the unions to Bil'in on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Among the attendees were Jamil Shehada, secretary-general of the Palestinian Arab Front, Hesham Abu Rayya, member of the politburo office of the Palestinian Liberation Front, and Heider Ibrahim, secretary-general. . .

Gaza imports finished for week; supplies low
4/30/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - With Israeli officials announcing a Gaza-crossings closure early Friday morning, the final numbers for goods transported in during the week showed a 38% decrease in imported goods from the previous week, UN officials reported. A total of 434 truckloads entered Gaza during the past week, a report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said, a major reduction compared to the week before, when 697 trucks were permitted to transfer goods into the coastal enclave. The report said the goods represented only 15% of the need in Gaza, citing the average 2,807 truckloads of goods imported weekly into the area before Israel began its three-year siege on the area. Construction materials continued to trickle into Gaza during the week, including 11 truckloads of wood, ten of aluminum and five of glass.

Gaza man released after 6 years in Israeli custody
5/1/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - A 37-year-old Gaza man was released from Israeli custody on Thursday evening, after serving six years in detention facilities, family members said. Sami Az-Zawar'a, 37, from Johur Ad-Dik in the central the Gaza Strip, was received by friends and family members at the Erez crossing north of Gaza City. The Hamas movement released a statement congratulating Sami on the occasion of his release, and established a welcome tent outside Az-Zawar'a's home to receive visitors. [end]

Full text: Israel profs back Gaza students
4/30/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Israeli human rights group Gisha on Wednesday released a letter signed by 10 Israel Prize winners and other Israeli academics backing residents of Gaza who hoped to study in the West Bank. To:Mr. Ehud Barak, Minister of DefenseMr. Matan Vilnai, Deputy Minister of DefenseWe have learned that since the year 2000 there has been a blanket ban preventingresidents of the Gaza Strip from traveling to the West Bank for studies. The ban isuniversal and applies to any student wishing to study in the West Bank, includingresidents of the Gaza Strip who have never been accused of posing any security threatwhatsoever.The ban has dealt a severe blow to higher education in Gaza and to society at large,especially considering the fact that the study of vital professions, such as occupationaltherapy, dentistry, physical therapy, speech therapy and health system management isoffered only in the West Bank and not in the Gaza Strip. Related: Gisha

145 Palestinians enter Gaza from Egypt
4/30/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - Border officials in Gaza say 145 citizens are back in the coastal enclave after spending time in Gaza. In a statement, the crossings authority called for the Rafah crossing to be opened "to ease the suffering of the besieged Palestinian people."Authorities said the crossing was closed for 59 days, with the exception of a 48-hour window each week in one direction. The Kerem Shalom crossing with Israel opened Wednesday for 148 truckloads of aid, including fuel and cooking gas, officials said. [end]

Bethlehem hosts wall studies conference
4/30/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Wall studies provides a new focus point to discourse on the "conflict" and a chance to discuss the impact of the wall in particular on the people of the region, conference organizer Toine van Teeffelen said Friday. By posturing the wall as the center of a new discipline, Toine, with the Arab Educational Institute, said research on Palestine can be extended to other areas facing comparable segregation. The conference, which started Friday and runs through Saturday, was sponsored by Oxford Brookes University, Paris-Est University, and the AEI, in cooperation with Al-Quds Open University, Bethlehem University, and Utrecht University's Center for Conflict Studies. Speakers from the sponsoring universities presented papers at the event, in addition to several academics from Europe and North America. Hosted in Bethlehem, organizers said it was difficult to bring in Israeli. . .

Israeli forces ’search for weapons’ after raid
4/30/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Six Palestinians were detained from villages in the Jordan Valley overnight Thursday, with military officials telling Israeli media that the men were "wanted" by Israel for questioning. Residents from the Al-Jiftlik village identified one of the men detained as Nimr Shabban, taken by a patrol of at least 60 solders who told family that he would be taken for questioning and returned. Nimr's sisters said he was the third brother of the family to be taken by Israeli forces in three months, with brothers Basim and Munir detained in February and March respectively. Neither has yet returned home, they said. An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed that one man was detained from the village overnight. Several military vehicles stayed in the village following the detention, residents reported, with five soldiers increasing to some 25 after 1pm.

Nil’in protesters honor detainees
4/30/2010 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Several Palestinians suffered tear-gas inhalation during the weekly protest in Nil'in on Friday, onlookers said. Protesters marched for the second consecutive week carrying pictures of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, participants explained. Some of the demonstrators threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who fired tear-gas canisters toward the crowd, eyewitnesses said. An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed that forces opened fire against stone-throwers. Forces acted in response to a violent and illegal riot involving some 30 people, she added. In recent months, Israeli military authorities have arbitrarily arrested and denied due process rights to several dozen Palestinian anti-wall protesters, Human Rights Watch has reported. Authorities have also denied detainees from villages that have staged protests against the barrier, including children, access to lawyers and family members.

Letter spells out US assurances
4/30/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Obama administration's private assurances encouraging the Palestinians to join indirect negotiations with Israel came in writing, Ma'an has learned. In a letter delivered by Mideast envoy George Mitchell, Obama informed President Abbas of the US stance on the peace process - including its rejection of Israel's settlement enterprise. A top PLO official confirmed the letter's existence a day after The Guardian of Britain reported that the Americans had presented an offer to allow the UN to condemn any significant Israeli settlement activity. The US has historically used its veto to thwart international resolutions concerning Israel's conduct. Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat refused to disclose details of the letter, but said that the message "clarified the US stance on the peace process and Israel's intransigence on the issue of settlements.

Gaza family finds Hamas officer living in home
4/30/2010 - Gaza - Ma'an - A family apartment was seized and handed over to de facto government police after its owner temporarily moved out of the home to take care of her sick father-in law. A'lyiaAweida said she returned to the apartment on 3 April to collect some belongings, only to find a de facto government police officer, who she identified only by his initials, RAH, and his wife living in her home."What right and by what religion does he feel permission to take over my home and my belongings? "Aweida asked, "How can he himself accept to live in a home where the things are not his? How does he sleep on a bed he knows was taken by force? " The first hint of the problem, Aweida said reflecting on the matter, came months before, when a de facto government ministry of the interior official asked her to provide papers showing that her family in fact owned the home. It was the end of January, and Aweida had already moved in with her father. . . .

10 affiliates arrested by PA, Hamas says
4/30/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - In a statement released on Friday Hamas officials accused Palestinian Authority police officers of detaining ten party-affiliates from locations across the West Bank over the past week. The statement said the detentions were politically-motivated, and demanded a halt to the practice, saying it only served to deepen mistrust between the parties and failed to foster an environment amenable to reconciliation. rDetentions of Hamas members were made primarily in the regions of Salfit, Tulkarem and Nablus, the statement said, and included the names of the men allegedly detained. Ma'an has not been able to independently verify the claims, and for the sake of privacy for those named in the statement, has declined to re-publish them pending confirmation.

Ma’an journalist nominated for international media award
4/30/2010 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - A Ma'an journalist has been nominated for an award by the pro-peace Next Century Foundation. Soraya Bauwens-Nusseibeh, already responsible for having broken a number of important stories, writes in English for Ma'an. She was listed as a candidate for The Breakaway Award, one of foundation's International Media Awards awarded annually to journalists who, through the consistently high standard of their work, promote better understanding of the people and politics of the Middle East. Last year's Breakaway went to Abdulrahman Abdulla of Al-Sharqiya satellite TV. Also nominated in separate categories were Amira Hass of the Israeli daily Haaretz and Rory McCarthy of The Guardian daily, among several other Palestinian, Israeli, and international journalists whose work focuses on the region. Winners will be announced next month in London.

Yitzhar extremists: All settlers must fight construction freeze
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - Yitzhar settlement leaders send letter to neighboring settlers urging them to fight against IDF restrictions.

Israel's best intentions may not be enough to avert war in Lebanon
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - Any attempt to alleviate the Arab world's suspicions tends to have the opposite effect.

Hezbollah: Israel should be wary of war against Lebanon
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - Sheikh Nasrallah says rumors of Scud deal with Syria cement Lebanon's confidence in defending itself.

Boycott campaign links with Irish university
Uruknet April 30, 2010 - An international videoconference has taken place linking Gaza with Ireland to discuss Palestinian rights and the boycott of Israel. The conference was organised by the Palestinian Campaign for an Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) in partnership with the Palestinian Students' Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI) and the National University of Galway,...

Amnesty International: Iran: Journalists under siege
Uruknet April 30, 2010 - "Around 70 journalists are now in the prisons of the Islamic Republic and many others, like me, are free on bail, lacking any security. We are afraid that anything that we write may be used as evidence of "propaganda against the system" or "conspiracy against national security". My colleagues and I try to write as little...

4901 Palestinians lost their Jerusalem residency in two years
Uruknet April 30, 2010-- A report issued by the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights (JCSER) on Thursday states that the Israeli occupation ministry of interior withdrew the residency rights of 229 Jerusalem residents in 2007 and 4672 residents in 2008 as part of the occupation's policy of ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. The centre published on Thursday new data which...

Video: Jerusalem's secret land deals
Uruknet April 30, 2010 - For years the Greek Orthodox Church has been criticised for leasing its land in Jerusalem and the West Bank to the state of Israel. Now, Al Jazeera has been shown documents revealing the full extent of secret land deals, made by the former Patriarch with a powerful Israeli settler organisation. The new patriarch says he is...

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (22-28 April 2010)
Uruknet April 30, 2010 - Israeli Occupation Forces Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)· Two Palestinian civilians were killed in the West Bank in a new extra-judicial assassination.· 20 Palestinian civilians, including three children, 4 women, 3 international human rights defenders and 2 cameramen, were wounded in the West Bank and the Gaza...

Pro-Israel group monitoring, intimidating Columbia faculty
Uruknet April 30, 2010 - In the summer of 2000, preeminent scholar Edward Said sparked what became conventionally known as a "controversy" when he was photographed hurling a small stone into the no-man's land between Lebanon and Israel. What Said, one of the 20th century's most important literary theorists, considered a trivial gesture of jubilation following the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon...

Jerusalemite woman says expelled to West Bank
Uruknet April 30, 2010 - A Jerusalemite woman whose residency card was confiscated on Thursday said she was concerned that the practice was a continuation of an Israeli policy to expel Palestinians from areas under Israeli control. Referring to the 13 April Israeli military orders no. 1649 and 1650, which expanded the definition of "infiltrator" to include any individual in Israeli-controlled...

PRC Report on Israeli Mass Expulsion
Uruknet April 29, 2010 - Behind the euphuism 'prevention of Infiltration' lies a truth which Israeli officials are trying desperately to conceal. This simple truth has been cardinal throughout Israel's existence and continues to be so. It is a truth that connects the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948 and the recent military order that would result in the forced expulsion...

Insulting the Memory of an Anti-Apartheid Activist
Uruknet April 29, 2010 - In recent years, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) has announced its plans to rebuild a section of the Birya forest, located in the Galilee, and to name it after the late Coretta Scott King, the renowned civil rights and anti-apartheid activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr. The Coretta Scott King Forest is being built...

National Public Radio’s (NPR) Pro-Israeli Bias
Uruknet April 29, 2010 - Since established in 1970, NPR ignored its public trust in favor of privilege, corporatism, militarism, imperial wars, and Israel’s vilest crimes, including collective punishment, illegal occupation, targeted killings, land theft, dispossessions, home demolitions, crop destruction, mass incarcerations, torture, violence, and the 2008 – 09 Gaza war inflicting mass deaths, permanent injuries, vast devastation, and human misery...

PALESTINE: DEPORT THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS
Uruknet April 29, 2010 - Every time I watch the news on Israel TV I have flashbacks to my childhood watching 'Shoot 'em out’ Spaghetti Westerns. The 'players were foreigners in the films, the players are foreigners, for the most part, in the news. Foreigners living in illegal settlements in the illegally Occupied West Bank. Foreigners that have made the lives...

Jeff Blankfort critic of Noam Chomsky [Podcast]
Uruknet April 29, 2010 - Quite apart from his dismissal of the power of the pro-Israel lobby and, consequently, the role of Congress which I have found to be the foremost obstacle in trying to educate people around that issue, Chomsky's opposition to BDS, (what he now describes as qualified support) and his ongoing efforts to dissuade people from using the...

Analysts say Obama should go to Israel to resuscitate peace process
The National 30 Apr 2010 - The US president has no plans for a trip, but some believe a dramatic gesture' may generate momentum for a major breakthrough' in peace process.

America needs to take charge
Palestine Note 30 Apr 2010 - Special Envoy George Mitchell banned the term "peace process" from common usage by his team because he recognized that it had become synonymous with failure and with a managerial approach to the conflict. He now needs...

National Public Radio's pro-Israeli bias
Palestine Note 30 Apr 2010 - Since established in 1970, NPR ignored its public trust in favor of privilege, corporatism, militarism, imperial wars, and Israel's vilest crimes, including collective punishment, illegal occupation, targeted killings, land theft, dispossessions, home demolitions, crop destruction, mass...

Schumer's mission from God
Palestine Note 30 Apr 2010 - You know the old definition of chutzpah? A guy kills his mother and father and pleads for mercy on the grounds that he is an orphan. I think we are ready for a new definition. It...

Israel Hayom: Israel concerned that Fayyad becoming more extreme, weakening Abu Mazen
Palestine Note 30 Apr 2010 - Israel Concerned: Fayyad becoming more extreme, and weakening Abu Mazen Shlomo Cezana, Israel Hayom, April 30 2010 The political rivalry between Abu Mazen and Salam Fayyad is causing the latter to become more extreme in his...

Gil Scott-Heron boycotts Tel Aviv, sends powerful message to Israelis
Palestine Note 30 Apr 2010 - This is a translation of my article regarding the cancellation of spoken words artist Gil-Scott Heron 's gig in Tel Aviv. His show was scheduled for late May, but it was later removed from Scot-Heron's site...

Listen to affected voices and we will have Middle East peace
Palestine Note 30 Apr 2010 - A question continually asked: Why has peace in the Middle East not been attainable? Clues to the answer are shunted from biased minds but are revealed in the Lebanese and Gaza conflagrations. It comes from asking...

Israeli diplomat attacked in England
Palestine Note 30 Apr 2010 - The Oldest of All English Sports: Bashing-in-the-Police-Car-With-the-Foreign-Diplomat-Inside When does protest against a government's policies cross the line? One good benchmark is when protesters physically attack a diplomat, climb on the hood of a moving police car...

Ola's journey to become Ahmed: A Gaza teen tells his story of transformation and acceptance
Palestine Note 30 Apr 2010 - By Omar Graieb in Gaza - Special to Palestine Note Ola spent her life wishing to become someone else, wishing to live life that doesn’t require her to be trapped in her all-girls' school uniform. It...

MITCHELL DELIVERS US ASSURANCES TO ABBAS
Palestine Note 30 Apr 2010 - MIDEAST ENVOY GEORGE MITCHELL GIVES LETTER TO PA OFFICIALS OUTLINING US ASSURANCES IN RESUMED PEACE NEGOTIATIONS US Middle East envoy Sen. George Mitchell has delivered President Obama's "assurances" to the Palestinians to encourage the PA to...

Iran threatens to 'cut off Israel's feet' if it strikes Syria
Palestine Note 30 Apr 2010 - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered stern warnings to Iran and Syria regarding threats against Israel's security at Thursday night's annual American Jewish Committee gala, but Iran's vice president has warnings of his own, AFP...

Al-Jazeera reporters detained at Bil'in protest
Palestine Note 30 Apr 2010 - Two Al-Jazeera crew members, another journalist, and an activist were detained Friday by Israeli forces in Bil'in Sunday, Ma'an News Agency reports. AJ crew members Majdi Banura and Nader Abu Zer were detained along with an...

Clinton says peace talks will begin next week
Palestine Note 30 Apr 2010 - Friday US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced indirect negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will get back on track next week, Al-Jazeera English reports. Over the past week, both Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and...

Clinton warns Syria, Iran against threatening Israel
Palestine Note 30 Apr 2010 - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reaffirmed America's "unshakeable" bond with Israel at the American Jewish Committee annual gala when she warned pariah states Syria and Iran against actions that would threaten Israel's security, Al-Jazeera English...

Fayyad: Palestine's architect or ultimate dreamer?
Palestine Note 30 Apr 2010 - PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has made himself a master of statecraft. He's left the politicking to Abbas and concerns himself to preparing the West Bank (as his authority does not reach Hamas-controlled Gaza or Israeli-controlled...

OLA'S JOURNEY TO BECOME AHMED
Palestine Note 30 Apr 2010 - A GAZA TEEN TELLS HIS STORY OF TRANSFORMATION AND ACCEPTANCE By Omar Graieb in Gaza - Special to Palestine Note Ola spent her life wishing to become someone else, wishing to live life that doesn’t require...

Israel revokes woman's Jerusalem residency
Palestine Note 30 Apr 2010 - A Jerusalem woman has been expelled to the West Bank under Israel law, Ma'an News Agency reports. Maysoon Ahmad Nabhan Mussa is a resident of Jerusalem, but she lives in the West Bank with her husband....

Israeli tourism maps annex Palestinian lands
Palestine Note 29 Apr 2010 - Special US envoy George Mitchell has visited the area, armed with a special letter from President Barack Obama to the Palestinian president reiterating what seems to have been a US-Israel understanding that the proximity talks will...

Israeli troops kill Gaza protester
AlJazeera 29 Apr 2010 - Teenager shot dead as he demonstrated against a buffer zone along the border.

Mideast peace talks 'set to begin'
AlJazeera 30 Apr 2010 - US says peace process between Israel and the Palestinians will get back on track next week.

Hamas slams Egypt for tunnel deaths
PNN - The Hamas movement has criticised Egyptian security forces after four Palestinians were killed when a smuggling tunnel from the country's Sinai desert region into the Gaza Strip was destroyed. Al Jazeera's Ayman...

Iran on UN women's rights c'tee
Jeruslalem Post 30 Apr 2010 - Teheran apparently wins seat by default due to lack of candidates.

US: Indirect peace talks next week
Jeruslalem Post 30 Apr 2010 - But Clinton urges resumption of direct negotiations soon.

'Iran won't agree to fuel swap'
Jeruslalem Post 30 Apr 2010 - Top Khamenei adviser says West has proven its "diabolical" intents.

Iran: We'll cut off Israel's legs
Jeruslalem Post 30 Apr 2010 - Vice president vows to stand by Damascus if Israel attacks.

J'lem fears PA may seek UN recognition
Jeruslalem Post 30 Apr 2010 - Exclusive: Top coalition figures say Abbas doesn't want peace.

What united city?
Jeruslalem Post 30 Apr 2010 - So-called east J'lem has no more sanctity than any village in the W. Bank.

Abdullah: Israel playing with fire
Jeruslalem Post 30 Apr 2010 - Jordanian monarch reiterates warning over J'lem, W. Bank policies.

'US may stop using UN veto on resolutions targeting Israel'
Jeruslalem Post 30 Apr 2010 - 'Guardian' says US official assured Abbas Washington could consider allowing such measures to pass if there's provocative settlement activity.

Nasrallah won't confirm or deny Scud transfer
Jeruslalem Post 30 Apr 2010 - Hizbullah head calls claims an attempt to exert pressure on Lebanon and Syria, doesn't believe war with Israel on horizon.

Iran rivalry behind Cairo’s Hizbullah tension
Jeruslalem Post 30 Apr 2010 - Arab leaders in way of Iran's hegemonic ME goal.

Yitzhar settlers detained after clashes with police
Jeruslalem Post 30 Apr 2010 -

Al Jazeera Staff Arrested in Bil’in
RAMALLAH, April 30, 2010 (WAFA)- Dozens suffered from teargas inhalation during the weekly protests in the West Bank village of  Bil’in west of Ramaallah, which was joined by international and

Israel's Choice: Make Peace or Disappear
SAN FRANSISCO, April 30, 2010 (WAFA)- The student senate at Berkeley University in California recently passed a resolution calling for divestment from Israel, Tzvia Greenfield  wrote Friday in

Clinton Urges Netanyahu to Stop Building Settlements
WASHINGTON, April 30, 2010 (WAFA)- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stressed America's commitment to brokering Middle East peace, urging the Netanyahu government to stop building settlements

Shepard to Clinton: Put Your Promises into Action
WASHINGTON, April 30, 2010 (WAFA)- U.S. Congressional Candidate Dr. Jack Shepard urged Secretary of State  Hillary Clinton to put the $300 millions the United State of America promised to help

Israeli Officials: Obama to Call World Summit if Mideast Peace Talks Fail
TEL AVIV, April 30, 2010 (WAFA)- U.S. President Barack Obama has told several European leaders that if Israeli-Palestinian talks remain stalemated into September or October, he will convene an

When Israel is 64
IPS TEL AVIV, Apr 29 (IPS) - "Mine forever more, Will you still need me, Will you still feed me, When I'm sixty- four." Israelis weren't explicitly intoning the Beatles when they gathered around their Bar-B-Q get-togethers or followed the live broadcasts of official state ceremonies.

Nobel Laureates: ’We are all peace makers, and we believe that no amount of dialogue without economic pressure can motivate Israel to change’
4/30/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - Mondowiess, 28 April 2010 - Support for divestment continues to grow. Here is the latest amazing statement urging the University of California to divest: "To the ASUC Senate, We the undersigned Nobel Women Peace Laureates support your courage and call on you to reaffirm the ASUC Bill in Support of UC Divestment from War Crimes. We stand united in our belief that divesting from companies that provide significant support for the Israeli military provides moral and strategic stewardship of tuition and taxpayer-funded public education money. We are all peace makers, and we believe that no amount of dialogue without economic pressure can motivate Israel to change its policy of using overwhelming force against Palestinian civilians. Last year's nearly 400 women and children casualties in Gaza, and thousands more injured and killed, were all victims of a well armed military machine allowed to operate unchecked. . . ."

Clinton: Indirect peace talks to begin next week
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - U.S. Secretary of State: Ultimately we want to see Israel, PA in direct talks, working out all difficult issues.

Obama declares May Jewish American Heritage Month
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - Obama says the U.S. is a stronger, more hopeful country because so many Jews have made it their home.

Steven Spielberg, Coen brothers urge release of jailed Iranian filmmaker
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - Film industry luminaries sign petition urging Tehran to free opposition supporter Jafar Panahi.

U.S. rules out meeting with Ahmadinejad at UN nuclear talks
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - Iranian leader set to speak at UN nuclear non-proliferation talks Monday; Jewish groups urging walkout.

Iran: We'll 'cut off Israel's feet' if it attacks Syria
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - Iran's vice president defends Damascus on accusations that Syria transferred Scuds to Hezbollah.

Religious Jew attacked with knife, iron rod in Strasbourg
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - Man, 42, was hospitalized with serious injuries after two men wearing djellabas attacked him.

Khamenei aide: Iran will never agree to nuclear fuel swap
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - Countries including Turkey have offered to mediate with West to defuse Iran's nuclear program.

Clinton: Syria's provocations may plunge Middle East into war
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - Transfer of weapons to Hezbollah risks throwing region into instability, warns U.S. Secretary of State.

'U.S. told Palestinians it would consider allowing UN censure of Israel'
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - Mitchell's deputy gave Palestinians assurances in bid to draw them into peace talks, says The Guardian.

Israel's choice: Make peace or disappear
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - In order to save Israel, we must immediately separate from the territories and their inhabitants.

Israeli officials: Obama to call world summit if Mideast peace talks fail
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - President informed European leaders of plans for peace conference this fall, sources tell Haaretz.

Netanyahu and Barak know that the time for peace is now
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - The goverment's unlikley allies have come to realize they must hang together - or hang separately.

Lieberman: Proximity talks to begin in two weeks
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - Foreign minister says Palestinians perpetuate terror while declaring their willingness for peace.

Gay, Jewish, HIV-positive: Scott Fried speaks out
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - Fried, 46, is the author of three acclaimed books for teens and an avid activist for sexual and relationship education.

Arab MKs' Libya trip a path to Mideast peace
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - Rather than pillory Arab MKs, Israel should encourage them to build more bridges with Arab states.

Frankie Boyle criticises 'cowardly' BBC for Israel joke apology
The Guardian 30 Apr 2010 - BBC apologised for joke in which comedian compared Palestine to a cake being 'punched to pieces by a very angry Jew' Frankie Boyle has accused the BBC Trust of cowardly behaviour after it apologised for a...

Goldstone family drawn into row over Gaza report
The Guardian 30 Apr 2010 - • War crimes jurist attacked for report critical of Israel • Jewish groups threaten to disrupt bar mitzvah Richard Goldstone, the former international war crimes prosecutor, is being forced to meet South African Jewish leaders to...

The Palestinian cold war | Jonathan Spyer
The Guardian 30 Apr 2010 - The split between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority is reflective of the foreign influences dominating the Middle East Though rarely alluded to by those engaged in trying to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the split between...

The last interview with Avigdor Arikha
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - A few minutes after the interview begins Avigdor Arikha asks me to turn off the tape recorder. Before I have a chance to ask him why he is making his way to the attic, he returns with an oil painting of a typical Israeli rocky field. ...

IN PICTURES / Celebrating Israeli workers' fashion on May Day
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - On International Workers' Day, a fashion tribute to those Israelis who still wear uniforms to work. ...

Netanyahu beats off right-wing challenge in Likud party ballot
Ha'aretz 30 Apr 2010 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu registered a resounding victory at yesterday's Likud Central Committee ballot, taking 77 percent of the votes, compared to the opposition's 23 percent. ...

Firefighters aim to retain cool on Israel's fieriest night
Ha'aretz 29 Apr 2010 - Lag Ba'omer is the firefighter's busiest time of the year. On the eve of the holiday they beef up their teams and go from one bonfire to another, warning the celebrators to keep away from trees, dried-out shrubs and high-voltage wires. The next day they look out for fires that haven't been put out properly. ...

Haredi school segregation survives High Court challenge
Ha'aretz 29 Apr 2010 - The High Court of Justice yesterday instructed the Beit Yaakov school in the ultra-Orthodox town of Immanuel to figure out a way to run classes for both Ashkenazi and Sephardi girls without racial segregation. This means the students would continue to be segregated, but not based on racist or ethnic criteria, representatives of the Immanuel ultra-Orthodox community said. ...

GZ-Palestinian P. NGO IV Project
Relief Web 30 Apr 2010 - Source: World Bank

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 22-28 April 2010
Relief Web 30 Apr 2010 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

PCHR is Deeply Concerned Regarding Measures Taken By Security Services in the Gaza Strip against Members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Relief Web 29 Apr 2010 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Jordan's Abdullah: Israel playing with fire
YNet News - King tells foreign envoys Israel must choose between 'living in a fortress' or....

Report: US gives Abbas assurances over Israeli construction in Jerusalem
YNet News - Guardian reports as part of efforts to launch indirect Israel-PA talks, Abbas....

EU-China talks over how, not if, to sanction Iran
YNet News - Countries move to discuss issue of how to target sanctions on Iran, not whether....

Clinton warns Iran, Syria on threats to Israel
YNet News - US Secretary of state tells AJC Syrian transfers of weaponry to Hezbollah may....

US: Proximity talks to begin next week
YNet News - Back on track? US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday she expects Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks - indirect discussions through US mediators - to begin .......

Protests, arrests across West Bank
YNet News - As is the case every Friday, hundreds of leftist and Palestinian activists protested against Israel's security fence at various sites across the West Bank. At least .......

Iran: We'll cut Israel's legs off
YNet News - Iran threatens Israel, again: Iran's Deputy President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi warned Friday that Tehran would "cut off Israel's legs should it dare strike Syria and .......

Price tag: Who's to blame for settler violence?
YNet News - Torching fields, vehicles and houses, uprooting olive trees, vandalizing kindergartens – these are part of a long list of almost routine violent acts of settlers against .......

Khamenei ally says Iran not to accept fuel swap abroad
YNet News - Iran will never accept swapping its low-enriched uranium with nuclear fuel abroad, a senior adviser to the country's top authority said on Friday, making clear Tehran's .......

Clinton expects resumption of indirect Mideast talks next week
Daily Star 30 Apr 2010 WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday she expected Israel and the Palestinians to begin indirect peace talks next week, breaking months of deadlock over a key US foreign policy goal. "We will be starting with proximity talks next week," Clinton told reporters, saying US special envoy George Mitchell would return to the

EU and China discusss how, not whether,to sanction Iran
Daily Star 30 Apr 2010 European talks with Chinese leaders over Iran have moved toward how to target sanctions rather than whether they should be applied at all, the European Union said on Friday. EU Foreign Affairs chief Catherine Ashton said she told Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao sanctions were needed to keep pressure on Iran over its nuclear activities and that she felt

Italy frees two Iranians jailed for arms trafficking
Daily Star 30 Apr 2010 TEHRAN: Italy has freed two Iranian men jailed since March on suspicion of trafficking arms to the Islamic Republic but is keeping them under house arrest, Tehran's ambassador to Rome said on Friday. Ali Damirchi-Lou and state television reporter Hamid Masoumi-Nejad were released from jail on Thursday and "placed under house arrest, " Ambassador

Mideastern leaders on 'TIME 100' list of influential people
Daily Star 30 Apr 2010 BEIRUT: A number of Middle Eastern leaders were named among the most influential people in the world in TIME Magazine's "TIME 100" issue released on Thursday, signaling the growing clout of the region's leaders and thinkers. Palestinian President Salam Fayyad and Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan were named among the most influential

Netanyahu claims major party victory, media calls it spin
Daily Star 30 Apr 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed a major victory against hardliners in his right-wing Likud party in a procedural vote some media on Friday dismissed as a major spin campaign. The party's 2,525-strong central committee voted by 77 percent in favor of the premier's proposal to delay by a year internal

4901 Palestinians lost their Jerusalem residency in two years
PIC 30 Apr 2010 - A report issued by JCSER on Thursday states that the Israeli occupation ministry of interior withdrew the residency rights of 229 Jerusalem residents in 2007 and 4672 residents in 2008..

Ihsanoglu urges strong Muslim stand against Israeli practices in Jerusalem
PIC 30 Apr 2010 - Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said that Israeli practices in occupied Jerusalem call on the Muslim countries to take decisive stand against them, stressing that Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims.

Resheq criticizes rulings against "hizbullah cell", describes it as political
PIC 30 Apr 2010 - Ezzat Al-Resheq has described the court verdicts against the "Hizbullah cell" in Egypt as political, stressing that those supporting the Palestinian resistance should be honored.

Haneyya: Fatah delegation is set to visit the Gaza Strip soon
PIC 30 Apr 2010 - Palestinian Prime Minister Ismael Haneyya has disclosed Thursday that both Fatah and Hamas Movements were in direct contacts to arrange a visit of high-level delegation from Fatah to Gaza.

Settlers plan provocative march near the Aqsa Mosque
PIC 30 Apr 2010 - Israeli occupation police gave permission for the organisation of a Zionist march around the Aqsa Mosque called "the flag march" to mark the anniversary of the "unification" of Jerusalem.

Human rights organisation: Egypt deliberately targets tunnel workers
PIC 30 Apr 2010 - The London based Arab Organisation for Human Rights (AOHR) condemned the Egyptian government for using "lethal force" against the workers in tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip..

IOF troops fire at a peaceful demonstration
PIC 30 Apr 2010 - IOF troops on Thursday fired at a peaceful demonstration, east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, against the "security zone", which the Israeli occupation imposes on the Gaza Strip.

Ethiopian Jews experience Israeli racism at a very early age
PIC 30 Apr 2010 - An Israeli kindergarten in Beir al-Saba' (Beersheba) in southern occupied Palestine was reported in the Israeli media to segregate Jewish children of Ethiopian descent from the rest of children.

Israeli occupation bar 13 captives from completing their university education
PIC 30 Apr 2010 - The Hadarim prison administration barred 13 Palestinian captives from completing their university education as a punishment for protesting occupation authority's measures..

Female captive Qaherah al-Sa'di completes nine year in occupation jails
PIC 30 Apr 2010 - Palestinian female captive, Qaherah al-Sa'di, who is serving a sentence of 3 life-terms plus 30 years in an Israeli occupation jail, has completed nine years in captivity.

Gaza gets a kick out of revived soccer
LA Times 30 Apr 2010 - Gazans’ favorite professional sport had been in hiatus, stymied by Palestinian infighting, military clashes and the blocked border, until an accord between Fatah and Hamas. Now, league play has begun. Most days you'll find Hazim Enseo, 11, with a yellow soccer ball tucked under an arm, hanging out around Gaza City's Beach Club to watch his favorite soccer team practice kicks, blocks and headers.

Egypt Convicts 26 in Hezbollah Cell in Plot
New York Times 28 Apr 2010 - An Egyptian court on Wednesday convicted 26 men of belonging to a Hezbollah cell charged with planning to attack Israeli tourists in the Sinai Peninsula.

An Open Letter To UC Berkeley Students
Palestine Monitor - Dear Berkeley students and the ASUC Senate: I commend the effort of the wide coalition at Berkeley to pass the Bill in Support of UC Divestment from War Crimes. American students can play a powerful role in Palestinian liberation by supporting divestment from companies that enable...

Israel's Choice: Make Peace Or Disappear
Palestine Monitor - The student senate at Berkeley University in California recently passed a resolution calling for divestment from Israel. Prof. Judith Butler, the feminist theoretician, expounded to the enthusiastic audience on her new "Jewish" vision, which calls for renouncing the State of Israel. In this way, the intellectual...

The Arab turf at Brookings
Mondoweiss - Someone passed me an email from the Brookings Institution in Doha, Qatar, hiring for two jobs: Salaam all, Brookings-Doha, where I'm deputy director, is hiring for two positions, Research Assistant and Communications and Program Assistant. The job descriptions are below. Please pass along to anyone you...

Report: Junior Israel lobbyist eavesdropped on Massad’s class at Columbia
Mondoweiss - The pursuit of Joseph Massad at Columbia continues. Here's an excerpt from an investigation by Jared Malsin at Electronic Intifada . [A] student group at Columbia called Campus Media Watch (CMW), backed by the pro-Israeli media monitor the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (...

You may be too afraid or too far away to join the Friday Bil’in protest but you can be there in spirit
Mondoweiss - Pictures are frrom Hamde Abu's photostream. On facebook , Hamde reports that CRH refers to an Irish cement company. Four people were arrested today, including a female journalist and an international activist. Prior to the demonstration, two Israeli activists broached the Wall and attempted to post flyers...

the great American awakening is upon us (and the CFR is clueless)
Mondoweiss - I always miss the best lines. A friend, Ilene Cohen, spotted the best line in Henry Siegman's takedown of Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. It's the last one, below: Forty plus years into this conflict and into the creeping Israeli annexation of...

Ask Haaretz: What drives ’secret’ US policymaking?
Mondoweiss - From Haaretz, on the Israel lobby, its sociological roots. Why doesn't this stuff ever get exhumed here? Note the reference to money. The Washington Post has said 60 percent of Democratic giving. I guess that's not a story; and Jews and money is an antisemitic, pogrom-producing...

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