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Sunday, October 3, 2010
Abbas: “No Talks Under Settlement Construction”
IMEMC - 3 Oct 2010 - Sunday October 03, 2010 - 23:46, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated following a Sunday meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan, that he will not return to the negotiations table unless Israel halts its settlement activities in the occupied territories.

Two Israeli soldiers convicted of using 11-year old as human shield during Gaza invasion
IMEMC - 3 Oct 2010 - Sunday October 03, 2010 - 13:35, Despite repeated Israeli assurances that there were no violations of the law by soldiers during last year's invasion of Gaza, each one of the few incidents actually investigated by the Israeli military has resulted in convictions of the soldiers involved. In the latest such investigation, two soldiers were convicted Sunday of using an 11-year old child to open suspicious bags that they were afraid to open themselves.

Artery OF Life 5 Arrives At Syrian Shores
IMEMC - 3 Oct 2010 - Sunday October 03, 2010 - 07:19, The Artery of Life 5 solidarity ship arrived on Saturday night shortly after midnight at a Syrian port carrying dozens of activists and humanitarian supplies. All solidarity ships heading to Gaza will gather at the Lathiqiyya Syrian port before sailing to Al Arish port in Egypt.

Soldiers Attack Nonviolent Protestors In Hebron
IMEMC - 3 Oct 2010 - Sunday October 03, 2010 - 05:53, Israeli soldiers attacked on Saturday evening dozens of Palestinian, Israeli and International protestors who held a march in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, demanding freedom of movement to the residents of Hebron.

Netanyahu Accuses the Palestinians Of Stalling Peace Talks
IMEMC - 3 Oct 2010 - Saturday October 02, 2010 - 01:30, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, accused on Friday that Palestinian side for staling peace talks, and claimed that renewing the construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank should not have any effect on peace talks.

Palestinian shot dead entering East Jerusalem
10/3/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian worker from Hebron was shot and killed by Israeli border guards on Sunday while he attempted to enter East Jerusalem near the village of Al-Isawiya. The deceased was identified as 38-year-old Izz Ad-Din Al-Kawazba from the town of Sa'ir in Hebron. Al-Kawzaba's cousin Salah....

Acting Hebron governor condemns land confiscation
10/3/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The acting governor of Hebron denounced on Saturday the confiscation of 66 dunums of land in the Taffuh village in the district. Samir Abu Zneid said Israeli forces delivered confiscation warrants to the Banat Khalet Hatem area on plot number 24 in the village, which falls under the Dura Municipality'....

In photos: Palestinians call for prisoner release
10/3/2010 - MaanImages / Rami Swidan - Palestinians hold up pictures of jailed relatives during a protest calling for their release from Israeli jails, on 29 September 2010 in the West Bank city of Nablus. More than 7,000 Palestinians, including 270 under the age of 18, are being held in Israeli prisons, data released by the Palestinian Central Bureau....

Gaza power cuts reduced
10/3/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two generators in Gaza's sole power station are now operational, reducing power cuts in the Strip, an energy official said Sunday. Spokesman for the Gaza Energy Authority Jamal Ad-Dardasawi said fuel deliveries had facilitated the operation of the second generator increasing the plant's productivity to 60....

Army court convicts soldiers of using human shield
10/3/2010 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military court on Sunday convicted two soldiers of using civilians in Gaza as human shields during Operation Cast Lead, Agence France-Presse reported. The court found the soldiers guilty of exceeding their authority "to the point of endangering life," and "conduct unbecoming," during Israel's offensive on....

Israeli court sentences Jenin men for murder
10/3/2010 - TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court on Sunday sentenced three men from the West Bank city of Jenin to life imprisonment for the murder of an Israeli taxi driver, Israeli press reported. Gregory Rabonitz, from Ashdod, was 56 when he was mugged and strangled to death near Petah Tikvah in May 2009, the....

Palestinian struck by car driven by settler
10/3/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian was hospitalized Sunday after he was hit by a car driven by an Israeli settler near Hebron, witnesses said. Samir Abu Merya was struck on the Beit Ummar junction north of the West Bank city and transferred to hospital, onlookers said....

Norway grants award to Rafah journalist
10/3/2010 - RAFAH (Ma'an) -- A 25-year-old Palestinian journalist from the southern Gaza Strip has been granted a journalism award from Norway. The award is funded by the Norwegian Union of Journalists, Norwegian weekly newspaper Morgenbladet, Norwegian People's Aid and individuals. In a statement, the Norwegian committee described recipient Mohammed Omer, from Rafah....

Israel opens 2 Gaza crossings
10/3/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities announced the partial opening of two crossings between Israel and Gaza on Sunday for the limited transfer of goods and fuels, a Palestinian crossings official said. Raed Fattouh said between 190 and 200 truckloads of goods and humanitarian aid would be permitted entry through the Kerem Shalom crossing....

Mitchell tours region in bid to save talks
10/3/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- As Palestinian leaders meet in Ramallah, US Envoy to the Middle East peace process George Mitchell began a tour of the region in an attempt to secure the backing of the Arab world for continued peace talks. With an Arab League meeting planned for 6 October, White House officials said Mitchell....

Hamas applauds PLO decision to stop talks
10/3/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas said Saturday it considered the PLO Executive Committee's decision to stop direct negotiations with Israel over settlement construction a step toward national reconciliation with the Islamist movement, applauding the move. Senior Hamas leader Salah Al-Bardawil told reporters Saturday that "Hamas hopes Fatah will take a decision to....

Israeli journalist arrested in Washington
10/3/2010 - WASHINGTON (Ma'an) -- US police arrested the Washington correspondent for Israel's largest tabloid and her journalist husband Saturday on drug charges, officials said. Orly Azoulay of the Yedioth Ahronoth daily and CBS radio's Howard Arenstein were taken into custody on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, The Washington....

Jordan gave 51,000 passports to Palestinians in 2010
10/3/2010 - AMMAN, Jordan (Ma'an) -- Jordan issued over 51,000 temporary passports to Palestinians in 2010, the head of Jordan's Passport and Civil Affairs department told Ma'an on Sunday. Marwan Qteishat said 31,961 passports were issued to Palestinians from the West Bank, and 20,622 passports and 9,000 temporary residency cards for Gaza....

Haniyeh applauds decision to stop talks
10/3/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday that upcoming talks between rival movements Fatah and Hamas would be "a real test for reconciliation." "Achieving serious progress on the security issue will pus one step away from signing the Egyptian document and will the groundwork for the practical implementation of the....

Israeli army chief visits Bethlehem
10/3/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military's chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi met Palestinian Authority security officials in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Sunday. Ashkenazi arrived in Bethlehem with a delegation of senior Israeli officers on a visit coordinated by PA security, Bethlehem Governor Abdel Fattah Hamiyel said. Hamiyel said the....

Report: Talks to free Shalit resumed
10/3/2010 - TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- Talks to secure the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit have resumed, Israeli press reported Sunday. Quoting unnamed Egyptian sources, the Israeli daily Haaretz said Egyptian intelligence was working with a new German mediator to negotiate the soldier's release. Shalit was captured four years ago by fighters....

Egypt, Jordan support Abbas
10/3/2010 - CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Egypt and Jordan on Sunday supported Abbas' refusal to continue negotiations while Israel continues to expand settlements in the West Bank, The Associated Press reported. US Envoy George Mitchell met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo on Sunday before flying to Amman to meet Jordanian KingAbdullah II in efforts....

Israeli media reactions to settlement controversy
10/3/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The issue of settlements has kept all those involved in the peace process busy for several weeks. As the US, EU and regional leaders attempt to find a way out of the crisis, Israel has resumed building in settlements across the region. The Israeli press on Sunday focused on Israeli Prime....

Abbas: No freeze, no talks
10/3/2010 - TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated Sunday that he would not return to negotiations if Israel did not freeze settlement building, the Israeli daily Haaretz said. Full scale settlement construction resumed across the West Bank after a partial 10-month settlement freeze expired on 26 September. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused....

Lebanese-Palestinian committee hosts mass wedding
10/3/2010 - BEIRUT (Ma'an) -- The Lebanese-Palestinian Committee for Dialogue and Development hosted a group wedding on Saturday night in the Lebanese coastal city of Sidon, a Lebanese site reported. During the ceremony, 77 couples tied the knot at the Rafik Al-Hariri Sports City as Lebanese singer Fadel Shaker performed, Beirut Night Life reported. The wedding....

Turkish film in the works imagines revenge for Gaza flotilla
Ha'aretz - Valley of the Wolves - Palestine is a spinoff from the controversial but highly popular TV drama series Valley of the Wolves, which sparked a diplomatic row between Turkey and Israel this year.

Report: Syria refuses to attend Euromed summit if Lieberman goes
Ha'aretz - The announcement comes just two days after the leaders of Iran and Syria expressed hope of expanding the anti-Israeli bloc in the region, according to an Iranian presidential statement.

Syria FM: Only Turkey can mediate talks with Israel
Ha'aretz - Any other efforts would be subordinate to the Turkish role, Moallem says; U.S. has intensified efforts to see Israel-Syria track resume.

Abbas: Peace talks at impasse, but we are searching for solution
Ha'aretz - U.S. envoy Mitchell says both Israel and Palestinian wants to continue talks, despite PLO announcement that settlement construction must first stop.

Hamas official denies Shalit swap talks have resumed
Ha'aretz - Egyptian sources told Haaretz earlier Sunday that the talks, conducted by a new German mediator, are being held with Egyptian intelligence officers. No breakthrough was reported, but the efforts are ongoing, he said.

IDF soldiers convicted of using 11-year-old as human shield in Gaza
Ha'aretz - Two soldiers forced Palestinian child to open bags, feared to have been booby trapped, during Operation Cast Lead.

Israeli policeman kills Palestinian near East Jerusalem
Ha'aretz - Border Policeman, chasing Palestinian laborers trying to cross into Israel, says gun misfired during struggle with a Hebron man.

Diplomats: Mitchell misrepresented initial success of peace talks
Ha'aretz - Netanyahu refused to hold a serious discussion on any of the core issues apart from security, Abbas reportedly told diplomats.

Don’t Blame the Killer, Blame the Victim
Uruknet October 3, 2010 - Early this morning, 03.10.2010, Israeli occupation border police murdered another Palestinian in cold blood. Izz Id-Din Al-Kawazba, a 38 year old father of 6 from Si’eer in Hebron, was shot dead from point blank range by an Israeli occupation officer. He was with a group of Palestinian labourers seeking work in occupied Jerusalem when they...

Palestinian shot dead entering East Jerusalem
Uruknet October 3, 2010 - A Palestinian worker from Hebron was shot and killed by Israeli border guards on Sunday while he attempted to enter East Jerusalem near the village of Al-Isawiya. The deceased was identified as 38-year-old Izz Ad-Din Al-Kawazba from the town of Sa'ir in Hebron. Al-Kawzaba's cousin Salah told Ma'an that border guards shot the victim at...

Peace talks come and go, but a settlement grows
Uruknet October 2, 2010 – The American president was pushing hard for a Mideast peace agreement when six Jewish families arrived on this West Bank hilltop early one morning with cribs, refrigerators, Israeli flags and flatbed trucks carrying mobile homes.White House condemnation came quickly: "Settlements are an obstacle to peace and their continuation does not contribute to the development of...

Yonatan and Itamar Shapira tells what really happened on The “Jewish boat to Gaza”
Uruknet October 2, 2010 - Yonatan and Itamar Shapira were two of the Israelis on-board the Jewish boat to Gaza, the Irene. They above all were subjected to violence from the Israeli forces who intercepted the boat. These are their words an hour after they returned to their family in Israel : "The Israeli media is being dominated by army propaganda....

Netanyahu humiliates Obama again
Uruknet October 2, 2010 - The Obama administration's attempts at seducing Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, are getting embarrassing. Netanyahu has made it very clear he is not interested. According to Ha'aretz, the latest (and most cringe-worthy) moment in the saga came this week when Dennis Ross, the president's top adviser on Israel-Palestinian issues, convinced Obama that Israel would...

REMEMBERING THE YOUTH THAT DIED FOR OUR FREEDOM
Uruknet October 2, 2010 - Asel Asleh, a seventeen-year-old Palestinian Israeli, was shot to death by the Israeli police on October 2, 2000. He was one of 13 Israeli Arabs killed during demonstrations of Palestinian Israeli citizens against the Israeli government at the outset of the al-Aqsa Intifada...

Settlers expand settlement, burn, bulldoze fields
Uruknet October 2, 2010 - Settlers began bulldozing Palestinian farmland to build a new settlement in the northern West Bank on Friday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Doughlas, who holds the settlements file in the area, said a number of bulldozers were working in the area west of Urif village south of Nablus, which borders the illegal Yitzhar settlement....

Occupation bulldozes lands in the village of Takku
Uruknet October 1, 2010 - Eyewitnesses said that Israeli occupation bulldozers started on Friday morning to bulldoze Palestinian lands close to a Jewish settlement built on confiscated Palestinian land belonging to the village of Takku to the south east of Bethlehem. Local sources believe that the work of the bulldozers in their land is a prelude to confiscation of the...

Settlement Security Officer Torches Palestinian Olive Trees
Uruknet October 1, 2010 - A security guard working at the Itamar Jewish settlement, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, torched a number of olive trees that belong to resident of Awarta village, east of the city, No'man Awwad, a 40-year-old local villager, told the Maan News Agency that he saw the security officer parking his jeep near...

PLO urges Abbas to quit peace talks
AlJazeera 2 Oct 2010 - Influential Palestinian leaders urge President Abbas to quit direct talks with Israel, owing to settlement construction.

Iran holds 'nuclear spies'
AlJazeera 2 Oct 2010 - Arrests reported as Iran says it is able to fight malware detected on computers at Bushehr nuclear plant.

Lebanon row over Ahmadinejad visit
AlJazeera 2 Oct 2010 - Lebanon's ruling parliamentary bloc describes Ahmadinejad's planned visit to southern Lebanon as "provocation."

Open door: The readers' editor on… how a small distance can make a big difference
The Guardian 3 Oct 2010 - The readers' editor on… how a small distance can make a big difference Few places in the world are more difficult to report from than the Middle East. It is not just the physical danger that...

Israeli soldiers convicted of using Palestinian boy as human shield
The Guardian 3 Oct 2010 - Two members of the military were charged with inappropriate behaviour and overstepping authority in a closed trial Two Israeli soldiers were today convicted of using a nine-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield during the three-week...

Religious leadership and building a culture of peace
Palestine Note 3 Oct 2010 - JERUSALEM - It may very well be that one of the obstacles to the success of the Oslo Process was the absence of any component of religion or religious leadership. Oslo was, essentially, secular Israelis talking...

Paving the way for the advancement of Arab women in Israel
Palestine Note 3 Oct 2010 - NEWE ILAN - How do you achieve integration of Israel's Arab citizens? Pretty simple - just follow this equation: integrate unemployed Arab citizens into the job market. This results in less poverty and more economic independence,...

The terms for an accord
Palestine Note 3 Oct 2010 - JERUSALEM - The direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are now getting under way. It is widely agreed that these talks are critical. A delay or a collapse in the talks is likely to...

Hamas and dialogue
Palestine Note 3 Oct 2010 - LONDON - It is not the first time that Hamas has announced its desire to begin dialogue with the United States. The only thing that is new this time is its insistence. Hamas issued a statement...

Bring religion back to the front lines of peace
Palestine Note 3 Oct 2010 - JERUSALEM - Is religion the problem in the Middle East conflict? Or can religion be the solution? Many people have opted for the former, observing that so often the negative side of religion is what is...

IDF soldiers convicted of "reckless endangerment" of Palestinian boy
Palestine Note 3 Oct 2010 - Washington - Two Israeli infantry brigade sergeants have been found guilty of reckless endangerment and unbecoming conduct in forcing a nine-year old Palestinian boy to search for explosives among bags that were found in a bathroom...

Syrian President Meets With Ahmadinejad
Palestine Note 3 Oct 2010 - Washington - Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Iranian President Ahmadinejad in Tehran on Saturday to discuss the "exceptional ties" between the two countries. Also on the agenda was Ahmadinejad's upcoming visit to Lebanon, the political deadlock...

Iran arrests "nuclear spies" connected to Stuxnet
Palestine Note 3 Oct 2010 - Washington - The Iranian government says it has arrested "nuclear spies" in connection with the Stuxnet computer worm which has infected a number of computers in Iran, some believed to be at the Bushehr nuclear station....

Livni urges Netanyahu not to make decisions based on his own political interests
Palestine Note 3 Oct 2010 - Washington - Head of the leading opposition party Kadima in Israel, Tzipi Livni, has issued a statement calling on Prime Minister Netanyahu to make decisions that will benefit the country in the long-term " rather than...

PLO: No talks until Israel halts settlements
Palestine Note 3 Oct 2010 - Abbas reiterates his threat to quit peace talks unless Israel compromises on settlement construction. Washington - Direct negotiations will not resume until the Israeli government agrees to halt settlements, announced PLO leadership on Saturday. Yasser Abed...

Hamas Makes a Buck off Gaza's Smuggled Gasoline
The Media Line 2 Oct 2010 - Gazans now pay 100% more tax on gasoline and Diesel entering the Strip from Egypt. Residents of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip are feeling the impact of an increase in the tax imposed on smuggled gasoline and...

Two Israeli Soldiers Court Martialed for Using Arab Kid to Open suspected bombs
The Media Line 2 Oct 2010 - Military court convicted the two combat troops for overstepping authority and conduct unbecoming of a soldier. An Israeli military court on Sunday convicted two combat soldiers who forced a nine-year-old Palestinian boy in the Gaza Strip...

Two Israeli Soldiers Convicted of Using Palestinian Boy as Human Shield
The Media Line 2 Oct 2010 - Two Israel soldiers were convicted on Sunday of using an 11-year old Palestinian boy as a human shield during Operation Cast Lead in January 2009. The boy was ordered by the soldiers to open and search...

Abed Rabbo: Walk-out Imminent if Israel Doesn't Halt Building
The Media Line 2 Oct 2010 - Senior Palestinian official Yassir Abed Rabbo said on Saturday that Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud 'Abbas will leave the direct talks with Israel unless Jerusalem imposes an absolute freeze on building in areas acquired in the 1967...

Remembering Palestinian Village of Iqrit
Alternative Information Center - Located in the Upper Galilee, 15 miles north of Acre, the Palestinian village of Iqrit spanned 25,000 dunams and counted approximately 500 residents in 1948.

Israel to Begin Deportation of Migrant Workers, Children
Alternative Information Center - Starting this week, foreign families with children who do not meet Israel ’s newly decided residency criteria are in danger of being deported.

New Settlement Road in Hebron: More Apartheid in the City
Alternative Information Center - Palestinian residents and local organizations in the southern West Bank city of Hebron were shocked to hear Israeli Minister of Transportation Israel Katz (Likud) order the construction of a new road for settlers. According to the...

Video: The Palestinian Oktoberfest 2010
PNN - Ramallah – PNN – on Saturday the Palestinian Oktoberfest 2010 started in the small village of Taybe in central West Bank. PNN’s Ghassan Bannoura visited Taybeh and made this story: Watch The...

'US promises are like a poison pill in a candy wrapper'
Jeruslalem Post 3 Oct 2010 - Settler leaders lobby ministers to reject potential deal between Netanyahu and the Americans which would lead to extension of West Bank construction moratorium.

Israel in the palm of your hand
Jeruslalem Post 3 Oct 2010 - Tourism Ministry iPhone app will find user's location and let them receive fast and updated information on sites, tours and events in immediate area.

Pressure mounts on PM to reject US ‘benefits package’
Jeruslalem Post 3 Oct 2010 - Netanyahu reportedly trying to drum up support among Likud cabinet members to extend settlement freeze in return for American promises; several ministers oppose deal; poll shows majority of Israelis support continued West Bank construction.

Lawyer: Syria posts arrest warrants in Hariri case
Jeruslalem Post 3 Oct 2010 - Attorney for ex-Lebanese army general formerly jailed in connection with slaying of Rafik Hariri says Lebanese officials misled investigation.

Millions worldwide pray for Jerusalem
Jeruslalem Post 3 Oct 2010 - Evangelical Christian event in capital is beamed abroad; "We will lift our voices loudly, clearly, strongly,saying Israel, you are not alone!"

Peres kicks off Senior Citizens month at Beit Hanassi
Jeruslalem Post 3 Oct 2010 - President also opened the 50th-anniversary door-knock campaign of the Israel Cancer Association.

Irish Nobel laureate challenges Israeli deportation order
Jeruslalem Post 3 Oct 2010 - Free Gaza activist and Noble peace prize winner Maireed Maguire asks Supreme Court to allow to legally visit Israel, ruling expecting tomorrow.

Abbas: 'We will continue to search for solutions'
Jeruslalem Post 3 Oct 2010 - PA President speaks after meeting in Jordan but remains resolute on settlement construction stance; speaking after meeting with Egyptian president in Cairo, US envoy Mitchell claims both sides want to continue negotiations.

Israeli Jews celebrate Palestinian Oktoberfest
Jeruslalem Post 3 Oct 2010 - Held in the Christian village of Taybeh — the name of the village, and the beer, means "tasty" in Arabic.

Sa'ar to Netanyahu: Let children of foreign workers stay
Jeruslalem Post 3 Oct 2010 - Defense Minister Ehud Barak also requested that the cabinet discuss deferring or preventing the expulsion of 400 workers' children next week.

Mitchell: Palestinians are interested in talks with Israel
Jeruslalem Post 3 Oct 2010 - Speaking after meeting with Egyptian president in Cairo, US envoy claims both sides want to continue negotiations, they do not want to stop talks.

Life sentences for Ashdod cabbie's 3 Palestinian murderers
Jeruslalem Post 3 Oct 2010 - Petah Tikva District Court convicts Mahmad Haldi, Mahmoud Uda, Ahmed Hanaini year and half after they murdered 55-year old Gregory Rabinovitch.

2 Givati soldiers convicted of inappropriate behavior
Jeruslalem Post 3 Oct 2010 - Military Prosecutor’s Office convicts infantrymen of overstepping authority and inappropriate behavior when they ordered Palestinian boy to open bags suspected of containing bombs during Operation Cast Lead.

Police shoot dead Palestinian climbing security fence
Jeruslalem Post 3 Oct 2010 - Man shot after reportedly attempting to grab policeman's weapon; 15 men caught trying to climb over fence along road from French Hill to Ma'ale Adumim.

Education Ministry summons principal over textbook
Jeruslalem Post 3 Oct 2010 - High school in Sha'ar Hanegev using textbook banned by Education Ministry over 5 years ago, which gives Palestinian narrative to 1948

Occupation Forces supress Al-Masara weekly demonstration,
Stop The Wall - Tens of activists and children suffered from tear-gas inhalation fired at them by the Occupation Forces during the weekly demonstration against the Apartheid Wall in Al-Masara. [

Gabi the Jerusalem elephant to set sail for his new home in Turkey
Ha'aretz - Gabi, the product of artificial insemination, came to fame after images of his ultrasound were published for the public. Admirers from around the world followed a live internet broadcast of his birth, and he has since turned into one of the zoo's main attractions.

The week that was: Sukkot 5771
Ha'aretz - Last week of September 2010 captured in images by Haaretz photographers.

Barak: Deportation of foreign workers' children is against Judaism
Ha'aretz - Starting this week, some 400 children born in Israel who don't meet residency criteria are in danger of being deported.

Rabbi and his family suspected of settling dispute with guns
Ha'aretz - A rabbi from northern Israel brought male relatives and weapons to a meeting with a man he suspected of dating his daughter.

Israel, with one of world's highest breast cancer rates, marks awareness month
Ha'aretz - High incidence of breast cancer in Israel attributed to 'Jewish gene' mutation common among Ashkenazi Jews.

30% rise in cancer among Israeli children since 2000, report reveals
Ha'aretz - However, according to Health Ministry report, recovery rates among children also on the rise.

Settler activists face eviction from East Jerusalem stronghold
Ha'aretz - Jewish families living in the Beit Yonatan structure in Silwan are slated for evacuation, and that operation now seems almost unavoidable.

Israel set to start deporting foreign workers
Ha'aretz - Aid organizations have told those in danger of deportation to continue with their daily lives and keep sending their children to day care and school as usual.

Israeli Arab MK: Racism in Israel has reached frightening levels
Ha'aretz - Some 6,000 Israeli Arabs march in memory of 13 youths who were killed by Israel Police officers in October 2000 riots; Israeli Arabs call for suspects to be tried, declare general strike.

OPT: Abbas insists on settlement freeze before talks
Relief Web 3 Oct 2010 - Source: Agence France-Presse

Through conflict and poverty, students in the Occupied Palestinian Territory struggle to learn
Relief Web 3 Oct 2010 - Source: UN Children's Fund

OPT: Q&A-Mideast peace talks face collapse over settlements
Relief Web 3 Oct 2010 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet

Officer: Shooting death of Palestinian infiltrator accidental
YNet News - Izz al-Din Qawezba, 38, killed during confrontation with Border Guard force....

Gaza mom says convicted troops traumatized her son
YNet News - Mother of boy ordered by soldiers to open potentially dangerous bags says after....

Egypt backs Palestinian position on settlements
YNet News - As US special envoy meets with Egyptian president, Cairo's foreign minister says....

Ahmadinejad: Israel savage dog unleashed in region
YNet News - Iran's president calls for US leaders to be 'buried' over threats of military....

Court: Soldiers endangered Palestinian boy
YNet News - Two Givati soldiers convicted of ordering 9-year old Palestinian boy to open....

Palestinian killed in clash with Border Guard
YNet News - A-Din Qawezba, 38, caught trying to infiltrate Israel near village of Issawiya,....

Will Lieberman be leaving government?
YNet News - Minister close to PM says foreign minister's conduct during peace talks signals....

Lieberman: Obama trying to force agreement on Israel
YNet News - Israel must not be tempted to adopt US President Barack Obama's suggestion to declare a two-month settlement construction moratorium, as it may lead to a forced (peace) .......

Gilad Shalit asked to renew driver's license
YNet News - The Transportation Ministry sent the Shalit family a letter summoning Gilad, who has been in Hamas captivity in the Gaza Strip for more than four years – to renew his .......

Lawyer: Syria posts arrest warrants in Hariri case
YNet News - A Syrian lawyer said Sunday that his country's judiciary has issued arrest warrants for 33 people, including senior Lebanese judges and international officials, for .......

IDF: No escalation in violence expected
YNet News - The IDF predicts that the stalemate in the Israel-Palestinian negotiations is not expected to lead to a significant escalation in violence, Ynet reported Sunday. .......

Abbas insists on settlement freeze before talks
YNet News - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas insisted on Sunday that Israel should freeze settlement building before he returns to peace talks, a statement in Jordan said. "Of .......

Egypt, Iran to resume direct flights
YNet News - Egypt and Iran have signed an agreement to resume direct flights between their capitals for the first time since the two nations' diplomatic relations fell apart in 1979. .......

Nobel Laureate Petitions Court against Deportation from Israel
WAFA - TEL AVIV, October 3, 2010 (WAFA)- Nobel Prize Laureate Mairead Maguire's lawyers petitioned the Supreme Court against the State's decision to deny her entry to Israel over her participation in the

Israeli Soldiers Convicted Of Using 11-Year-Old as Human Shield in Gaza
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Elderly People Represent 4.4% of Total Population
WAFA - RAMALLAH, October 3, 2010 (WAFA)- On the occasion of the World Elderly Day, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) revealed that elderly people in the Palestinian Territory represent

Petition: Allow Ein Yabroud Citizens Free Access to their Lands
WAFA - TEL AVIV, October 3, 2010 (WAFA)- A petition filed by Israeli 'Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Rights' on behalf of three citizens  of  a West Bank village asked the Israeli High Court to

Assad warns Mideast peace talks only aim at boosting domestic support for Obama
Daily Star 3 Oct 2010 TEHRAN: Syrian President Bashar Assad said in Tehran on Saturday that direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were aimed only at bolstering support for President Barack Obama inside the United States. Meanwhile, his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad praised...

Israeli police shoot dead Palestinian in East Jerusalem
Daily Star 3 Oct 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israeli paramilitary border police killed a Palestinian on Sunday after he entered East Jerusalem from the occupied West Bank without a permit. A police spokesman said the man, 37, was shot while trying to...

Egypt, Jordan back Palestinian demands for settlement freeze
Daily Star 3 Oct 2010 CAIRO: Key US Mideast allies Egypt and Jordan backed on Sunday the Palestinian refusal to negotiate with Israel as long as it continues to build West Bank settlements, but they urged more efforts to salvage peace...

Report: Israel arrested 485 Palestinians last month
PIC 3 Oct 2010 - A report issued by Palestine’s supreme national committee to support prisoners said Israeli occupation forces have ramped up in this last month of September arrest campaigns against Palestinians.

Human rights groups demand release of political detainees in WB
PIC 3 Oct 2010 - Two Palestinian human rights groups on Sunday demanded the immediate release of Sheikh Khader Adnan, an Islamic Jihad leader, and all political detainees in the West Bank jails.

Haneyya: The next round of talks the real test for reconciliation
PIC 3 Oct 2010 - The Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haneyya said the real test for the latest inter-Palestinian reconciliation efforts will be the next round of dialogue.

IOF troops advance into eastern Gaza during funeral of minister's wife
PIC 3 Oct 2010 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) mounting tanks advanced into eastern Gaza city on Sunday during the funeral procession of the wife of Palestinian health minister Basem Naim.

Zionist settlers block Palestinian villagers from harvesting olive crop
PIC 3 Oct 2010 - Zionist settlers stormed the village of Al-Mughir in northern Ramallah on Sunday and wreaked havoc in olive fields, cutting trees, and stealing the harvest.

Ashaal belittles all attempts to achieve peace between Palestinians and Israelis
PIC 3 Oct 2010 - Noted Egyptian diplomat Abdullah Al-Ashaal downplayed the international, Arab and Palestinian efforts to achieve any breakthrough in the peace process.

Hamas: The absence of int'l justice caused Jerusalem killing
PIC 3 Oct 2010 - Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum stated that the absence of international justice and the American bias were the reasons that encouraged Israeli troops to kill a Palestinian young man in Jerusalem.

Masri: Hamas will not allow the reconciliation to be a cover for the peace talks
PIC 3 Oct 2010 - Hamas MP Mushir Al-Masri stated that the national reconciliation is an irreversible strategic option for his Movement, but it rejects to let Fatah use it as a cover for its negotiations with Israel.

Egypt to issue decision over entry of Gaza-bound Lifeline 5 convoy
PIC 3 Oct 2010 - The spokesman for the British Viva Paletina’s fifth convoy to Gaza, dubbed “Lifeline 5”, said efforts are being made with the Egyptian government to allow the convoy to transit through the country.

National bureau for lands: Settlement activities reported during alleged freeze
PIC 3 Oct 2010 - The national bureau for defending lands said that Israel's settlement activities in the West Bank and Jerusalem were taking place during last September before the alleged freeze period expired.

Iran, Egypt to resume direct flights after 31-year freeze
LA Times 4 Oct 2010 - Civil aviation and tourism officials agree to begin 28 weekly flights between the two countries, though a start date is unclear. The deal could be 'a prelude' to renewed diplomatic ties for the regional rivals. Iran and Egypt, two countries that long have been openly hostile to each other, made a surprise agreement Sunday to resume direct flights for the first time since radical clerics ousted Iran's monarchy in 1979.

2 Israelis Convicted for Using Boy as Shield in Gaza
New York Times 3 Oct 2010 - An Israeli military court convicted two soldiers of forcing a 9-year-old Palestinian to check bags for explosives.

Iran Says It Arrested Computer Worm Suspects
New York Times 3 Oct 2010 - Iran has arrested an unspecified number of “nuclear spies” in connection with a damaging worm that has infected computers in its nuclear program, the intelligence minister said.

Strangled By Aid
Palestine Monitor - A two-day conference at Birzeit University last week assembled scholars from around the world to discuss one of Palestine's most complex problems: aid. Dr. Sara Roy, the keynote speaker, claimed aid has depoliticised the root causes of Palestinian suffering. By focusing exclusively on the humanitarian aspects...

Nobel Women's Delegation Touring The West Bank
Palestine Monitor - From September 28 to October 5, Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams (USA) is leading a delegation of women to visit Palestinian Territories and Israel to bear witness to the struggles of women working on the ground in the region towards building a sustainable peace. The delegation...

Security Disparities In East Jerusalem Make Conflict Inevitable
Palestine Monitor - “What's happening in Silwan is not just these past two weeks, it's been happening for months,” Zakaria Odeh, the Director of the Civic Coalition for Defending Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem, told me when I visited him in his office in East Jerusalem. Israeli police and security...

U.S. Presses Israelis on Renewal of Freeze
Palestine Monitor - WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is trying to cajole the Israeli government into a 60-day renewal of the freeze on Jewish settlement building by offering it security guarantees, ranging from military hardware to support for a long-term Israeli presence in the strategically sensitive Jordan Valley, according...

IDF soldiers convicted of using 11-year-old as human shield in Gaza
Mondoweiss - And more news from Today in Palestine: Land and property theft and destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Apartheid Acting Hebron governor slams land confiscation HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The acting governor of Hebron denounced on Saturday the confiscation of 66 dunums of land in the Taffuh village in the...

Meeting Alan Dershowitz
Mondoweiss - Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz is currently in Sydney for the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and last night debated, in front of 2000 people at the Sydney Opera House, lawyer Geoffrey Robertson on The Sins of the Father; Should the Pope be Held to Account? over...

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