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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Hamas: “Swap Deal Includes Implementing Demands Of Striking Detainees”
IMEMC - Thursday October 13, 2011 - 02:10, Former political detainee, in charge of the Detainees File at the Hamas Movement, Saleh Al Aroury, stated that the mediated prisoners-swap deal reached with Israel “also includes the implementation of all demands set by the detainees held by Israel”.

Israel To Publish List of 450 Detainees To Be Released On Phase One
IMEMC - Thursday October 13, 2011 - 01:33, The Israeli Justice Ministry announced it will be publishing, Sunday, a list containing the names of the 450 Palestinian detainees who will be released on the first phase of the mediated prisoner-swap deal reached between Israel and the Hamas movement, to secure the release of prisoner of war, corporal Gilad Shalit. Shalit will be sent to Israel next Tuesday or Wednesday.

Abbas Leaves Bogotá Empty Handed After Failing To Secure Columbia’s Vote.
IMEMC - Wednesday October 12, 2011 - 16:52, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has failed in his attempt to convince Columbian President, Juan Manuel Santos, to support the Palestinian bid for statehood at the upcoming United Nations Security Council vote.

Netanyahu Creates Task Force To Legalise Settler Outposts In The West Bank
IMEMC - Wednesday October 12, 2011 - 13:09, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to create a task force to explore ways of legalizing settlement outposts built on Palestinian land, Haaretz reported.

Israeli intelligence: Prisoner Swap Deal Doesn’t Include Al-Barghouti, Saadat, Nor As-Syyed
IMEMC - Wednesday October 12, 2011 - 11:08, The prisoner swap deal, reached by the Hamas movement and Israel, does not include several senior political leaders of the major Palestinian factions, senior sources told the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency early on Wednesday.

Israeli Cabinet Approves Prisoner Swap Deal
IMEMC - Wednesday October 12, 2011 - 03:30, The Israeli cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, met Tuesday night after midnight and approved the mediated prisoner-swap deal between Israel and the Palestinian factions that have been holding Israeli corporal Gilad Shalit for the past five years.

Local official: Settlers erect outpost near Salfit
10/13/2011 - SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Settlers on Wednesday set up outpost homes on village land in the Salfit district of the northern West Bank, a local official said. Iskaka village council head Nabil Harris told official news agency Wafa that bulldozers razed land between Yasuf village and Iskaka, before settlers arrived and set up four mobile....

Settlers 'attack Palestinian near Nablus'
10/12/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was moderately injured on Wednesday as a group of Israeli settlers attacked farmers in the Jit village near Nablus, witnesses said. The settlers were armedand they damaged farmland in the village, residents said. They also attacked a Palestinian resident while he was picking olives, they said. The unidentified....

Details emerge of prisoner swap
10/12/2011 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Prospects of a long-elusive deal with Hamasto secure the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for 1,000 Palestinianprisoners began to take off in July, Israel's negotiator said on Tuesday. David Meidan, who did the talking for Israel, said Israeli intelligence identified three months ago that the Islamist movement which....

Official: Barghouti, Saadat won't be freed
10/12/2011 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Two of the most famous militants serving time in Israeli prisons are not part of a mass prisoner swap agreed with Hamas, Israel's top security official said on Tuesday. Marwan Barghouti, a charismatic leader of the Fatah faction serving five life prison terms for murder, and Ahmed Saadat, found guilty of....

4 indicted for bomb attack near Jerusalem bus station
10/12/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Four members of Hamas have been indicted for an attack in Jerusalem in March which killed a British citizen, the Israeli army said Tuesday. The incident took place on March 23, 2011 near the central bus station in West Jerusalem, killing Mary-Jane Gardner and injuring 67. The army said it was....

Tunnels boost Gaza mosque reconstruction
10/12/2011 - GAZA CITY(IRIN) -- An increased flow of building materials entering the Gaza Strip via underground tunnels along the Gaza-Egypt border has allowed reconstruction work to begin on hundreds of religious sites damaged or destroyed during the 23-day Israeli offensive which ended in January 2009. Nearly a quarter of Gaza's 850 mosques were....

Foreign nationals join hunger strike in Gaza
10/12/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Three foreign nationals living in the Gaza Strip entered their fifth day on hunger strike on Tuesday, a statement from the International Solidarity Movement said. Vera Macht from Germany, Silvia Todeschini form Italy and US citizen Joe Catron, have been stationed in front of the Gaza offices of the International Committee....

Palestinian singer joins hunger strike
10/12/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian singer and activist Rim Banna is on hunger strike for third consecutive day in solidarity with the Palestinian detainees who have been on hunger strike for the past two weeks."I am the Palestinian singer Rim Banna," the famous singer wrote on her Facebook page. Monday in Nazareth, Banna said....

Israel closes Gaza border crossing for Jewish holiday
10/12/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Wednesday announced that the Kerem Shalom crossing on the Gaza border would close until Sunday because of a Jewish holiday. The southern crossing is the sole entry point for goods into the Gaza Strip since Israel closed all other terminals. The Rafah crossing on Gaza's....

Egyptian security detain 5 Palestinians
10/12/2011 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian security forces detained five Palestinians who entered the country through Gaza tunnels to film a documentary, officials said Wednesday. Egyptian authorities said five Palestinians, including a journalist, entered via tunnel in the Salad-Ad-Din area of Rafah in order to film a documentary about the border area. They are being....

Activist: Israeli forces detain child in Hebron
10/12/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Confrontations between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian children erupted Wednesday at a junction south of Hebron, local activist Ratib Al-Jabour said. Al-Jabour said soldiers fired rubber bullets, tear-gas and stun grenades at the Palestinians. One Palestinian child was arrested at the event but was not immediately identified....

450 prisoners to be freed 'in days'
10/13/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel will release 450 prisoners "in 10 to 14 days," including 279 detainees sentenced to life imprisonment, a senior Palestinian official familiar with the prisoner swap deal said Wednesday. Of these, 110 prisoners will be released to their homes in the West Bank and 131 will return to the Gaza Strip....

Lawyer: 35 female detainees to be released
10/13/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel is to release more than 27 female detainees under the terms of a swap deal that was agreed between Hamas and the Israeli government, a prisoners society lawyer said Wednesday. Jacqueline Fararja said 35 detainees would be released, a few more than the number mentioned by Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal....

PFLP military wing to Netanyahu: Don't test us
10/12/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Tuesday warned the Israeli government not to harm Palestinian detainees." We say to (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu: Don't test us because we are faithful to our leaders," the Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades said in a....

Abbas falls short of Colombian support for UN bid
10/12/2011 - CARACAS (AFP) -- President Mahmoud Abbas left Colombia empty-handed Tuesday after failing to secure support from President Juan Manuel Santos for his bid to gain state recognition at the United Nations." We want the Palestinian state to exist. But this can only come as the result of a (UN) vote or resolution. It must be the....

Israel welcomes Shalit swap with mixed emotions
10/12/2011 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israelis welcomed on Wednesday a major prisoner swap that will free soldier Gilad Shalit after five years in captivity in return for the release of 1,000 Palestinians, but emotions were mixed over the lopsided exchange negotiated with Hamas." We are proving, for who knows how many times, that each of our soldiers is....

Israel to apologize over Egypt police deaths
10/12/2011 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel is to apologize to Cairo over the deaths of six Egyptian policeman, according to an announcement which coincided with news of an Egyptian-brokered deal for the release of Gilad Shalit. The apology was expected to be formally extended on Wednesday. In a statement released on Tuesday evening Defense Minister Ehud Barak said....

Arab League urges release of all prisoners
10/12/2011 - CAIRO (Reuters) -- The head of the Arab League on Wednesday welcomed a major prisoner swap that will free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in return for the release of over 1,000 Palestinians, but said that thousands of other Palestinians who are also being held by Israel should also be freed. Women will be included among the....

Analysis: Barghouti's fate now firmly in Israel's hands
10/12/2011 - RAMALLAH (Reuters) -- Left out of a prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel, the Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti must now wait for a different type of deal to get him out of the Israeli jail where he is serving multiple life sentences. It may never happen. Hamas's indirect negotiations with Israel to exchange the....

Chavez meets Abbas, calls for Palestinian state
10/12/2011 - CARACAS, Venezuela (Ma'an) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday welcomed his counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in the capital. The leftist Chavez has long championed the Palestinian cause and has hosted Abbas on previous occasions. Before meeting Abbas at the presidential palace in Caracas, Chavez reiterated his support for a Palestinian state. Chavez said the....

Official: Hamas, Fatah to meet in Cairo
10/12/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Hamas and Fatah delegation members were set to meet in Cairo on Wednesday, Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad said." The meeting was scheduled before, but some Hamas officials and spokesman's negative statements in the Gaza Strip affected setting the date," al-Ahmad told Voice of Palestine radio, official news agency Wafa....

Hamas steals Abbas thunder with prisoner deal
10/12/2011 - RAMALLAH (Reuters) -- Hamas has jumped back into the Middle East spotlight with a prisoner swap deal with Israel that will score points over President Mahmoud Abbas and steal some of the thunder he generated by pushing for statehood at the UN. But the deal hailed by the Islamist group which governs Gaza as a national....

Egypt denies receiving Shalit
10/12/2011 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian security officials on Wednesday denied reports that Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit had been transferred from Gaza into Egypt on Tuesday evening. Egypt had been heavily involved in mediating negotiations for a prisoner release between Hamas and Israel. But head of security forces at the Rafah border crossing said the....

Turkey welcomes Israel-Hamas swap deal
10/12/2011 - ANKARA (Ma'an) -- Turkey on Wednesday welcomed the Israel-Hamas deal to free a captured Israeli soldier in exchange for Palestinian prisoners, saying the country is ready to help, local media reported." Turkey sees this as a positive development for reunification of people with their families and easing tension in the region. Our contact with....

Report: Prisoner list to be published Sunday
10/12/2011 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- A list of prisoners to be released in the first phase of the prisoner exchange deal will be published by Sunday morning, Israel's Justice Ministry said Wednesday. Israel's Ynet news agency said the ministry indicated that the list would appear on the Israel Prisoner Service....

Ashton welcomes release of Shalit
10/12/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said late Tuesday she welcomed the release of an Israeli soldier in an exchange deal between Israel and Hamas."I warmly welcome the news that Gilad Shalit will soon be able to return home after five years of captivity putting an end to the....

Hamas armed wing: Shalit won't be last
10/12/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Gilad Shalit will not be the last Israeli soldier to face capture to force the release of Palestinian prisoners, the armed wing of Hamas declared Wednesday. The Al-Qassam Brigades "is committed to each and every prisoner behind bars," a spokesman said. The armed group said it would "bring them home through....

Families relieved by prisoner swap
10/12/2011 - GAZA CITY (IRIN) -- Palestinian families are eagerly awaiting the publication of the names of the more than 1,000 detainees that are to be released in a ground-breaking prisoner swap deal with Israel. The Israeli cabinet approved the agreement today, under which captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be freed in exchange for 1,029 Palestinian prisoners....

White House pleased by Israeli soldier's release
10/12/2011 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The White House said Wednesday the US was pleased that Israel and Hamas have reached a prisoner exchange deal for the release of an Israeli soldier held since 2006. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the swap, of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in return for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, was long....

Haniyeh briefs Abbas on prisoner swap
10/12/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas received a phone call from the Gaza-based prime minister Ismail Haniyeh on Wednesday to inform him about the details of the swap deal, officials said. Abbas and Haniyeh exchanged congratulations for the coming release of Palestinian detainees, a statement from the Hamas-led cabinet said. Abbas was quoted....

Israeli cabinet approves prisoner swap to free soldier
10/12/2011 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israel's cabinet on Tuesday approved a deal with Hamasto free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, an official statement said. Ministers voted 26 to 3 in favor of the Egyptian-mediated deal for the soldier held captive since June 2006, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged....

Dead Sea candidate for 'new wonder of the world'
10/12/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The environmental and water development center is campaigning to nominate the Dead Sea as a "new wonder of the world." Center director Nader al-Khatib told Ma'an that the nomination would encourage tourists to visit the Dead Sea and "bring back life to the area." Al-Khatib said Israel was damaging....

What the 'sectarian' clashes say about Egypt's revolution
10/12/2011 - CAIRO (IRIN) -- Clashes between Christian protesters and military policemen in Cairo this week have been portrayed as "sectarian" -- but in fact, they say much more about Egypt's revolution than they do about Muslim-Christian tensions." This was no sectarian violence," Egyptian novelist and political commentator Ahdaf Souief wrote in the UK's Guardian....

Egypt general says army never fires on people
10/12/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Egyptian soldiers never fire on citizens and if they did use their weapons the results would be catastrophic, a military general said on Wednesday, days after deadly clashes with Christians." The armed forces cannot direct their fire at the people," General Mahmud Hegazi told a news conference days after the armed forces clashed....

US busts 'Iran plot' to murder Saudi ambassador
10/12/2011 - DEA agent conveniently posing as Mexican druglord entraps Iranian-American? ! - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- Tensions ran high on Wednesday after the United States said it had foiled a high-level Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi envoy to Washington and warned it would hold Tehran accountable. In an explosive twist to the bitter showdown with the Islamic Republic, the....

Tourism in Lebanon falters in face of Middle East unrest
10/12/2011 - JEITA, Lebanon (Reuters) -- All too often the center of Middle East upheaval, Lebanon has taken a back seat as a wave of revolts surge through the region. But the small country is not immune to the tumult around it and tourism here has taken a hit. At the bottom of the Nahr al-Kalb valley, a....

Press group: Arab Spring fails to bring media freedoms
10/12/2011 - VIENNA (AFP) -- The fall of repressive regimes in North Africa and the Middle East in the "Arab spring" has failed to usher in greater press freedom in the region, a global media body said Wednesday. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers said that "little progress has been made in installing legislation that will....

Hamas and Israel Agree to Prisoner Swap
Palestine Note 12 Oct 2011 - Arabiya - Hamas has jumped back into the Middle East spotlight with a prisoner swap deal with Israel that will score points over President Mahmoud Abbas and steal some of the thunder he generated by pushing for Palestinian statehood at...

Thousands rally in support of Syria's Assad
AlJazeera 12 Oct 2011 - Tens of thousands take to streets of Damascus in solidarity with Syrian president, chanting slogans against US and EU.

Deadly car bombings strike Baghdad
AlJazeera 12 Oct 2011 - At least 20 people dead and scores wounded in apparently co-ordinated attacks across the Iraqi capital.

Egyptian army accuses Christians of incitment
AlJazeera 12 Oct 2011 - Members of ruling military council say Christian religious leaders incited Sunday's deadly violence which left 26 dead.

Iran dismisses US murder-plot claim
AlJazeera 12 Oct 2011 - Allegation of bid to kill Saudi ambassador termed "childish, amateur game", as US slaps sanctions on Iranian airline.

Israeli military 'superiors' interfere in Burin's olive harvest
10/12/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - The Israeli military ordered villagers to stop picking olives on their own land in Burin, near Nablus, today. The soldiers refused to give a reason for suspending the harvest."It is nothing to do with us, we just get orders from our superiors," they said. Villagers from Burin were picking....

Ramallah continues to rally support for Ofer prisoners
10/12/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - On Tuesday October 11, about 200-300 Palestinian and solidarity activists held a non violent demonstration near the Israeli Ofer prison, near Ramallah, in support of the demands of prisoners on hunger strike since September 27. The action began at 12:00 PM, as those in solidarity joined the parents....

Seven school children injured over tightened 'security' measures in Tel Rumeida
10/12/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - 11 October 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - Tightened security at Tel Rumeida checkpoint cause an impromptu demonstration by the schoolchildren, resulting in seven injured children, and injuries to the headmaster. Teachers of Tel Rumeida's school were told they must begin to pass through metal detectors and present their bags for search, despite....

Teachers in Hebron give lessons at Checkpoint 56
10/12/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - International Solidarity Movement, West Bank - This morning the pupils and teachers from Qutuba School protested against the treatment of teachers at checkpoint 56. When, for the second day running, the teachers were not allowed to use the checkpoint gate that they usually use, they refused to pass through. In response at 8 AM the school....

UNRWA project breaks down stereotypes between Lebanese, Palestinians
Relief Web 12 Oct 2011 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon , occupied Palestinian territory 12 October 2011 The Daily Star, Beirut By Olivia Alabaster Through increasing communication between young Lebanese and Palestinians, “Dignity for All,” a...

Israel-OPT: Families relieved by prisoner swap
Relief Web 12 Oct 2011 - Source: Integrated Regional Information Networks Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel GAZA CITY, 12 October 2011 (IRIN) - Palestinian families are awaiting the publication of the names of the more than 1,000 detainees that are to be released in a ground-breaking...

Statement by the EU High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on the deal between Israel and Hamas on the release of Gilad Shalit and Palestinian prisoners
Relief Web 12 Oct 2011 - Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel Brussels, 12 October 2011 A 407/11 Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Commission Vice-President, made the following statement today: "I warmly welcome the news that Gilad Shalit will...

WAMY donates food for poor refugees in Gaza
Relief Web 12 Oct 2011 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory 12 October 2011, Amman - UNRWA has received an in-kind contribution of canned meat for poor refugees in Gaza from the World Assembly...

Tunnels boost Gaza mosque reconstruction
Relief Web 12 Oct 2011 - Source: Integrated Regional Information Networks Country: occupied Palestinian territory GAZA CITY, 12 October 2011 (IRIN) - An increased flow of building materials entering the Gaza Strip via underground tunnels along the Gaza-Egypt border has allowed reconstruction work to begin on...

OCHA ROMENACA Regional Humanitarian Update September 2011 [EN / AR]
Relief Web 12 Oct 2011 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Libya , Algeria , occupied Palestinian territory , Pakistan , Syrian Arab Republic (the) , Yemen In this issue: P.2 Civil Unrest in Syria P.2 CERF funds to Pakistan P.3 Yemen on ‘Verge of Disaster’...

Israel 'to legalise outposts on private Palestinian land'
Relief Web 11 Oct 2011 - Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel By Jonah Mandel (AFP) JERUSALEM — Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday the establishment of a new committee charged with finding ways to legalise settlement outposts built on private Palestinian...

Mideast Quartet seeks October 23 talks: US
Relief Web 11 Oct 2011 - Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel WASHINGTON — The Mideast Quartet seeking a peace settlement in the Middle East has called for Israel and the Palestinians to resume their talks on October 23 in Jordan, a US official...

Briefing notes on Occupied Palestinian territory / West Bank, Saudi Arabia and Egypt
Relief Web 11 Oct 2011 - Source: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Egypt Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville Location: Geneva 11 October 2011 (1) Occupied Palestinian territory / West Bank The UN human...

Prisoners Swap: 1027 Palestinians to 1 Israeli Solider
12 Oct 2011 - Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) - The Israeli Cabinet approved Tuesday night a prisoners exchange deal with Hamas that will release the imprisoned Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for releasing more than 1000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, reported Israeli media.

Hamas, Fatah to Meet in Cairo Today
12 Oct 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - Delegations from Hamas and Fatah will meet Wednesday in Cairo, said PLO Central Committee Member, Azzam al-Ahmad.

Saudi prince vows: Iran will pay for bomb plot
The National 12 Oct 2011 - The former chief of Saudi Intelligence services promises revenge while US says a line has been crossed with Iran's alleged assassination plan.

Oman's new opera house sparks debate
The National 12 Oct 2011 - The 1,100-seat concert hall opens with the Spanish tenor Placido Domingo conducting Puccini¿s Turandotand but some feel the money should have been used to create jobs.

Dozens perish in suicide bombings targeting Iraqi police
The National 11 Oct 2011 - Attacks fuel concerns about Iraq's ability to secure Baghdad after the scheduled withdrawal of US forces by the end of the year.

White House: Gilad Shalit release 'long overdue'
Ha'aretz - Press secretary says President Obama has repeatedly called for Shalit's release; White House to focus on bringing Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

Voting on Shalit: Behind the scenes of a stormy cabinet meeting
Ha'aretz - Minister Uzi Landau clashes with security chiefs who supported the deal, and calls the agreement 'a great victory for terrorism.'

Gilad Shalit to be returned to Israel within a week
Ha'aretz - Kidnapped IDF soldier to be transferred to Egypt through Rafah crossing, then to Israel, on Tuesday or Wednesday; Hamas delegation arrives in Cairo to finalize deal.

Questions remain over fate of imprisoned Palestinian leader
Ha'aretz - Marwan Barghouti, serving five life sentences in Israel for orchestrating suicide attacks, was left out of the deal but is still seen as a possible successor to Abbas.

Gilad Shalit's family returns home after leaving Jerusalem protest site
Ha'aretz - Noam and Aviva Shalit arrive at Mitzpe Hila in northern Israel following deal to release their son; dozens of activists and neighbors welcome them upon return home.

U.S. steps up efforts to isolate Iran following assassination plot
Ha'aretz - Obama administration instructs diplomats to inform foreign authorities about an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S.

Gaza militant: Shalit has been informed he will be released
Ha'aretz - Popular Resistance Committees spokesman does not say how Shalit reacted to the news; PRC is one of the three groups holding Shalit.

Gilad Shalit's family leaves Jerusalem protest site to head home
Ha'aretz - President Shimon Peres meets with Shalit family; Aviva Shalit pays tribute to families of soldiers killed in 2006 attack that led to her son's capture.

Rightwing minister Uzi Landau: Shalit swap deal is 'great victory for terrorism'
Ha'aretz - National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau – one of three ministers who voted against the Gilad Shalit deal – says prisoner swap will encourage additional murders, abductions.

Shin Bet chief: Israel got best security terms possible in Shalit swap deal
Ha'aretz - Release of Gilad Shalit expected to take place in about a week, along with the release of 479 Palestinian security prisoners, including murderers of three kidnapped IDF soldiers.

U.S. Jewish groups voice cautious support for Shalit prisoner swap
Ha'aretz - American Jewish organizations issue statements identifying with the joy of Gilad Shalit's family, who will soon be reunited with the IDF soldier who has been in captivity for the last five years.

TIMELINE / 1,934 days from Gilad Shalit's abduction to a prisoner swap deal
Ha'aretz - The Israeli soldier has endured five years of Hamas captivity in Gaza, in which Israel and Hamas were negotiating a deal for his release.

Shalit swap becomes trending topic on Twitter and Facebook
Ha'aretz - 'Coming home!!!!!!? I hope so!!!!!!! Amen amen amen amen amen amen amern amen amen,' the model Bar Refaeli tweeted, expressing sentiments widely held in the Israeli public.

Vandals scrawl 'Death to the Jews' on synagogues in Safed
Ha'aretz - Safed mayor calls on public to exercise restraint, says incident does not represent ties between Jews and Arabs in the northern city.

'We have no choice', Netanyahu told ministers of Shalit deal
Ha'aretz - Haaretz goes behind the scenes of the stormy cabinet meeting that led to approval of the deal to secure the release of captive IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

Libyan rebels: Gadhafi's son captured trying to flee port city
Ha'aretz - Officials representing Libya's National Transitional Council say Mo'tassim Gadhafi was captured in Sirte trying to escape the town with his family.

Tens of thousands rally in support of Assad in Syria capital
Ha'aretz - Crowd chants 'America, out, out, Syria will stay free,' and slogans warning the European Union not to intervene; many carry pictures of Assad and Syrian flags.

U.S. says Iran backed plot to kill Saudi envoy
Ha'aretz - Iran denies 'shameful allegation'; U.S. State Department issues worldwide travel alert for Americans.

Syria rejects international demands to join war crimes tribunal
Ha'aretz - UN report comes as Syria President Bashar Assad's government presses ahead with a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters that has killed nearly 3,000 people since mid-March.

'Don't buy property, buy real estate shares'
Ha'aretz - Leader Capital Markets thinks housing contractors are highly undervalued.

Histadrut declares labor dispute over contract workers' conditions
Ha'aretz - Is a general strike on the way?

Junior faculty to start year with strike
Ha'aretz - 9,300 faculty members, teaching half of the classroom hours in Israeli universities and colleges, will strike against pay and substandard working conditions on October 30.

Libya confirms Gaddafi son Mo'tassim caught in Sirte
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Son of former Libyan leader arrested while trying to escape; Suspected of hiding in hospital in Sirte; Only member of Gaddafi family captured since revolution.

Feast of Tabernacles draws thousands of Christian pilgrims
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Int'l Christian Embassy welcomes 6,000 Christian pilgrims from over 80 countries to Jerusalem for its annual week-long celebration of the Christian celebration of Succot.

'Turkish prosecutor seeks IDF arrests over flotilla raid'
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - CNN Turk reports that Istanbul state prosecutor had written to Turkish Justice Ministry calling for arrest of 174 involved in 'Marmara' raid.

Hamas official: Schalit won't be last solider we kidnap
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Group spokesman says releasing those left in Israeli prisons after exchange is "top priority"; Mashaal reportedly in Cairo to finalize deal.

US praises Schalit deal, says it was long overdue
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - White House press secretary says United States pleased with deal that will see return of captive solider.

2 teens arrested for alleged Safed synagogue vandalism
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - 16-year-olds admit to spraying graffiti reading "Death to Jews" on four synagogues, a car in Safed; remand hearing expected at Nazareth court.

Clinton: Alleged Iran plot a 'dangerous escalation'
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - US secretary of state says plot to kill Saudi ambassador in Washington marks "flagrant violation of international, US law."

Chief rabbi Metzger praises Schalit prisoner swap deal
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - "It's fitting that news of Gilad's return came just before Succot, the time of our joy," Ashkenazi chief rabbi says before meeting parents.

Schalits arrive home in Mitzpe Hila after meeting Peres
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Activists welcome family of Gilad Schalit following prisoner swap deal; Noam Schalit: It's been a long road, it's time for Gilad to come home."

First Schalit prisoner swap list to be released next week
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Justice Ministry set to publish list of 450 male prisoners, 27 female prisoners due for release in 1st stage of deal.

What's changed in the world since Schalit was captured?
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - In 1,935 days in captivity, what has the captive soldier missed? Has he heard of the Arab Spring? Does "WikiLeaks" mean anything to him?

Rediscovering Nazareth
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Galilee cradle of Christianity is tourist destination for holy sites, ancient architecture, ecotourism, hiking and hands-on activities.

Schalits meet Peres before folding tent and going home
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Noam and Aviva thank president, German, French and Egyptian governments; Gilad's parents on way to Mitzpe Hila home.

Weekly Schmooze: Mazal Tov Macca
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - A JPost column wrapping up Jewish culture news worldwide: Paul McCartney marries one of the tribe; Holon to host third Fashion Week.

National Labor Court orders doctors to return to work
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Court President Arad says resignations are collective, therefore prohibited; notes "difficult, severe" time in history of healthcare system.

'If ministers don't want to see 'V' signs, go to Florida'
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Noam Schalit says that deal for his son's release would not have happened without his family's actions to put pressure on the government.

Aviva Schalit: 'Our joy is indescribable'
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - "It took 1,935 difficult days and long nights to bring Gilad home," captured soldier's father, Noam, says after cabinet approves exchange deal.

6 years for E.J’lem man who threw Molotov cocktails at cops
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Defendant’s actions racially motivated, came from ‘ideology of hate,’ says prosecution.

President’s succa to focus on science
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Three-ton rocket, which will be mounted on a simulated launcher, will be one of the many scientific attractions to be featured at the president’s open-house succa.

Former Rothschild tent dwellers petition evacuation
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Forcing the homeless to vacate public spaces is illegal, claims rights group.

Israel’s crude discourse on local fascism
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Left-wing activists stymie debate by throwing around epithets like "fascist" and "anti-democratic."

On My Mind: Eyeing the Jewish vote
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Losing the ninth district to a Republican certainly hurt President Obama, but the heavily Orthodox district is hardly a benchmark for the way American Jews vote.

470 residents stay away from work, but most hospitals cope
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Medical specialists work long hours, patients transferred to hospitals in the periphery and the public try to avoid hospitalization.

Analysis: Hamas boosted, Fatah weakened by deal
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Images of freed Palestinian prisoners will likely convince many Palestinians that Hamas is right.

Jewish communities hail thwarting of Iran terror plot
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - Argentinian, US Jews express gratitude to US security forces for averting alleged Israeli embassy attacks in their countries.

Succot: Time to act like family
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2011 - The time has come for all of us to work on the most basic of Jewish commandments: loving other Jews; 'We are all 1 unit, parts of 1 body.'

Gilad Shalit and Palestinian prisoner swap prompts joy and anxiety
The Guardian 12 Oct 2011 - Israeli soldier's supporters fear last-minute hitches and PLO officials question several high-profile absences from deal Jubilation that the biggest prisoner swap in Israel's history had secured the long-awaited release of captured soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange...

Gilad Shalit release: winners and losers
The Guardian 12 Oct 2011 - Hamas and Binyamin Netanyahu hope to capitalise on deal that Israel may have made out of pique at Palestinian statehood bid The agreement to release the captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian...

Palestinian prisoner swap: rare outbreak of common sense | Editorial
The Guardian 12 Oct 2011 - It is hard to read the prisoner swap agreement to free Gilad Shalit, as anything less than a victory for his captors, Hamas It is hard to read the prisoner swap agreement to free Gilad Shalit ,...

Gerhard Conrad: German Mr Hezbollah who helped to free Gilad Shalit
The Guardian 12 Oct 2011 - BND agent has more than a decade's experience working at the sharpest end of Middle East negotiations One man was singled out for special praise by Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday evening, albeit not by name. Announcing...

Gilad Shalit swap is an important first step between Hamas and Israel | Yossi Mekelberg
The Guardian 12 Oct 2011 - Whatever one thinks of the deal, it shows Hamas and Israel are capable of negotiation, making peace a more viable prospect One of the most prolonged and complex prisoner exchanges in the history of the Arab-Israeli...

Gilad Shalit release: Q&A with Ian Black
The Guardian 12 Oct 2011 - Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held captive in the Gaza Strip since 2006, has been released as part of a prisoner swap with Hamas. The news was met with scenes of celebration in Gaza and Israel,...

Gilad Shalit deal reaction in Israel and Gaza - video
The Guardian 12 Oct 2011 - The prisoner swap deal prompted celebrations in Israel and Gaza, but on the Israeli side it also sparked angry protests

Gilad Shalit bound for Israel 'within days' after prisoner swap deal
The Guardian 12 Oct 2011 - Agreement reached to free 1,026 Palestinians in exchange for Israeli soldier captured in 2006 Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held captive in the Gaza Strip since 2006, could be returned to his family within days after...

U.S.: Alleged Iranian Assassination Plot Suspicious, Experts Say
IPS U.S. Justice Department charges that elements of Iran's government were behind a foiled plot on the life of Saudi Arabia's U.S. ambassador have boggled the minds of many Americans knowledgeable about both Iran and terrorism.

Hamas and Israel Confirm Prisoner Swap
IPS Scenes of celebration in the Gaza Strip and in Jerusalem have greeted the announcement of a landmark Palestinian-Israeli prisoner-swap deal.

TUNISIA: Social Media Lift the Silence
IPS After 23 years of enforced silence, media professionals and artists in Tunisia are enjoying a period in which their freedom of expression is being respected for the first time.

[uruknet.info] Fighting for the Soul of the American Dream
Uruknet October 12, 2011 - ...America never followed Paine's principles. Since the 1980s, Democrats and Republicans adopted neoliberal harshness. Bush I continued Reagan's policies. Clinton hardened them. Bush II much more, and Obama matched Star Trek by going where no administration went before. For decades, working Americans were sacrificed on the alter of unprecedented wealth transfers to Wall Street,...

[uruknet.info] Video: Diego Marin: "Rebel said that everyone in Sirte with a weapon will be Executed" (Oct 12, 2011)
Uruknet October 12, 2011 - Diego Marin is reporting from downtown Sirte where, for second day in a row, insurgent forces are trying to gain control over the city by street by street fighting, heavy artillery attack and with the help of NATO bombings. However, Gaddafi's loyalist are still offering a strong resistence. The situation of the prisonners of...

[uruknet.info] A Downhill Crash...
Uruknet October 12, 2011 - Of course, you are going to crash, you may stall it for a while but ultimately it's inevitable... Nearly 3 TRILLION spent on the "war on Terror" and you don't expect to crash ? You terrorize the whole world, and you don't expect to crash ? Of course you will crash, and you will crash bad....

[uruknet.info] Baghdad slammed with bombings
Uruknet October 12, 2011 - Baghdad is slammed by bombings today. Muhaimen Mohammed and CNN report, "A string of six explosions killed at least 22 people and wounded more than 70 in Baghdad on Wednesday, Iraq's interior ministry said." Other reports count five bombings. Details will be firmed down as reports are filed throughout the day. Rebecca Santana and...

[uruknet.info] The lesson from Sirte: NATO protects civilians from terrorists by murdering them
Uruknet October 12, 2011 - Sirte must go down in history as one of the world's epic tales of heroism and bravery, the tremendous resistance of a handful of courageous and resolute warriors standing fast against the hordes of sheer evil, cowards cowering behind a relentless and inhuman NATO bombing campaign, strafing civilians and soldiers alike in support of...

[uruknet.info] Official: Barghouti, Saadat won't be freed
Uruknet October 12, 2011 -- Two of the most famous militants serving time in Israeli prisons are not part of a mass prisoner swap agreed with Hamas, Israel's top security official said on Tuesday. Marwan Barghouti, a charismatic leader of the Fatah faction serving five life prison terms for murder, and Ahmed Saadat, found guilty of ordering the murder...

[uruknet.info] NATO's TNC ground troops commit summary executions in Sirte
Uruknet There is no doubt that the TNC ground troops, which were recognized as Libya's government forces by Western countries, commit grave war crimes in their assault on the Libyan city of Sirte. Many videos and photos show TNC ground troops firing heavy weapons on the city of Sirte, targetting opponent forces and civiians alike and doing so committing...

[uruknet.info] Sectarianism and the Revolution
Uruknet October 12, 2011 - ...Only eight months ago the international media had made so much of the professionalism' of the Egyptian military - of the refusal of soldiers to take aim at the peaceful protesters on Tahrir Square and elsewhere. And now we were confronted with breathtakingly disturbing images of Egyptian soldiers deliberately running over fellow Egyptians with...

[uruknet.info] Military Resistance 9J8: Yes
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - So for Marx, exploitation forms the foundation of the capitalist system. All the billions in bonuses for the Wall Street bankers, every dividend paid to the shareholders of industrial corporations, every dollar collected by capitalist landlords--all of this is the result of the uncompensated labor of working-class people. And because exploitation is at the...

[uruknet.info] US aid freeze designed to further punish Palestinians
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - Amid the drama of the Palestinian statehood bid, the United States Congress has voted to freeze up to $200 million in aid that USAID, the State Department's international development agency, would normally use to support programs designed to improve the Palestinian private sector as well as the domestic investment environment. A program dedicated to...

[uruknet.info] Internationals in Gaza join hunger strike for Palestinian prisoner rights
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - Three foreign nationals residing in Gaza have entered their fifth day of an open-ended hunger strike and protest encampment in front of the ICRC. The internationals are available for interview. Vera Macht, Germany, stated: "The situation of Palestinian prisoners is truly heartbreaking. Parents are separated from their children, and wives from their husbands, for...

[uruknet.info] A Right Derived From Might The Real Story of How Israel Was Created
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - To better understand the Palestinian bid for membership in the United Nations, it is important to understand the original 1947 UN action on Israel-Palestine. The common representation of Israel's birth is that the UN created Israel, that the world was in favor of this move, and that the US governmental establishment supported it. All...

[uruknet.info] Syria News - October 11, 2011
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - Homs: Martyrdom of the brothers Mohammed and Haitham Khalid Zabtah in addition to martyr Abdulbaset Wardah today in Rastan, the funeral is after a short while. Aleppo: Yasser Al Hafez is killed under torture, after a month imprisonment. His body was given to his family this morning, with the order to burry him immediately....

[uruknet.info] Israeli-Style Peace and Justice
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - Israel is a repressive rogue state. Netanyahu bombs Gaza and attacks fishermen while talking peace. On October 10, without provocation, Israeli jets bombed northern Gaza. An explosion rocked Rafah city. So far, no cause is known but Israel most likely is responsible. Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian home near Bethlehem after military forces invaded...

[uruknet.info] Libya: "rebels" plunder and destroy near Sirte, protected by NATO!
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[uruknet.info] The Gilad Shalit Deal - Something Stinks
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - I don't believe that Gilad Shalit has only now, after five years, been released simply because of the so-called Arab spring and because of improved relations between Egypt and Hamas. I think that Shalit has been released because Hamas are unhappy with Mahmoud Abbas' attempt to push for UN recognition of a Palestinian state,...

[uruknet.info] The getting' of Assange and the smearing of a revolution
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - The High Court in London will soon to decide whether Julian Assange is to be extradited to Sweden to face allegations of sexual misconduct. At the appeal hearing in July, Ben Emmerson QC, counsel for the defence, described the whole saga as "crazy". Sweden's chief prosecutor had dismissed the original arrest warrant, saying there...

[uruknet.info] Israeli Army Demolishes Mosque In Jordan Valley
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - Israeli soldiers demolished a mosque at dawn on Tuesday, in Khirbit Izra village in Wadi El-Maleh, in the north of the Jordan Valley. Aref Daraghma, head of the Wadi El-Maleh Village Council and the Bedouin areas in the Jordan Valley, stated that a number of Israeli military bulldozers and officers of the so-called "Civil...

[uruknet.info] Pelican Bay and American Torture: Prisoners in Long-Term Isolation Continue Hunger Strike Despite Authorities' Brutal Response
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - When it comes to America's domestic prison system, no one in a position of authority wants to use the word "torture," but I defy anyone whose heart is not made of stone to argue that total solitary confinement - for years and even decades - with no contact allowed with other human beings, and...

[uruknet.info] NATO to stay in Libya as long as it takes: Rasmussen
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - The North-Atlantic alliance is to remain deployed in Libya as long as there are threats to the local civil population, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday. "We are in Libya to protect the civil population from attacks and we are going to keep our operation as long as it takes so...

[uruknet.info] US says Iran backed plot to kill Saudi envoy
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of backing a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington, escalating tensions with Tehran and stirring up more tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran. US authorities said they had broken up a plot by two men linked to Iran's security agencies to assassinate Saudi Ambassador Adel...

[uruknet.info] US-backed Egyptian junta massacres peaceful protesters
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - On Sunday evening the Egyptian military launched a brutal attack on protesters in Cairo, killing at least 36 and injuring hundreds. The crackdown happened after a peaceful demonstration by 10,000 protesters headed from Shubra, a working class suburb of Cairo, to the state television building in Maspiro in downtown Cairo. Most of the demonstrators...

[uruknet.info] Changing of the Guards: The New Road of the Occupation Movement
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - The Occupation movement, which has erupted across the world this year -- and is now spreading through the United States from the epicenter of Wall Street -- is not the Sixties come again. It might, in small part, build upon some of the fragments left by that now long-dimmed eruption -- and others that...

[uruknet.info] "The prisoners are the living martyrs"
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - I haven't been getting enough sleep lately. Last night I was exhausted in body and mind, but tried to keep my eyes open to follow updates on the Palestinian prisoners' conditions. My heart and mind were with them completely, in every corner of the horrible Israeli prisons where our heroes continue to display persistence...

[uruknet.info] #TweepStrike: A Call from Gaza to Support Palestinian Prisoners
Uruknet October 11, 2011 - In solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held under harsh conditions in Israel's jails, a new twitter trend emerged today from Gaza. The trend is #TweepStrike and is an open invitation to everyone across the globe to go on a hunger strike on Wednesday Oct. 12th. A few months ago, I was on visit to one...

[uruknet.info] Qaddafi loyalists put up fierce resistance in street-by-street defence of Sirte
Uruknet NTC fighters surrounded their vehicles and searched them for weapons - a mark of the deep mistrust in Sirte, where many people belong to Col Qaddafi's tribe and opposed his overthrow. "There are explosions all the time," said one woman, who was in a white van with seven children. "There is no water. There is nothing," she said,...

NTC forces take all but 2 pockets of Sirte
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Fighters loyal to deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi were holding out in just two small pockets of his hometown Sirte Wednesday, government commanders said after making gains overnight.

Egypt generals on defensive over fallout from deadly clashes
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Egypt’s finance minister said Wednesday his offer to resign succeeded in sending a message of protest over the military’s handling of deadly weekend clashes in Cairo even if the military rulers ultimately refused to allow him...

Pro-Assad Syrians in Damascus rally in show of strength
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Syrian pro-government protesters put on a show of strength Wednesday as tens of thousands rallied in the Syrian capital in support of President Bashar Assad’s rule...

Gang arrested for theft, forgery, vandalism
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Police arrested a gang of men Wednesday on charges of theft and forgery, the National News Agency reported.

Fires consume vegetation across the country
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Members of the Civil Defense and Lebanese Army battled a number of fires that broke out across the country, the army said in a statement Wednesday.

Electricity cuts to come due to maintenance works
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Power cuts will be rampant in several of Beirut’s eastern suburbs from Thursday to Saturday due to maintenance work on the Mkalles power station, Electricite Du Liban announced.

New AUB fund for natural, social sciences research
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 The American University of Beirut announced Tuesday the establishment of a new fund for interdisciplinary research in the natural and social sciences.

Raouche prostitution ring broken up
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Members of General Security have broken up a prostitution ring in the Beirut neighborhood of Raouche, the Central News Agency reported Wednesday.

Metn residents slam Aoun’s remarks on power lines
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Residents of the Metn towns Mansourieh and Ain Najem condemned Wednesday statements made by the Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on the government’s plan to install high-voltage electricity lines in the region.

Campaign groups slam draft election law
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Campaign groups criticized Wednesday elements of Interior Minister Marwan Charbel’s draft electoral law, accusing it of disappointing those who had called for greater democracy in Lebanon.

U.K. warns Britons against travel to Syrian border
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 The United Kingdom advised its nationals Wednesday to avoid all but essential travel to the Syrian border, as London’s ambassador to Beirut pledged increased support for the Lebanese Army.

Geagea, Keyrouz move to make marital rape illegal
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Bsharri MPs Strida Geagea and Elie Keyrouz have proposed amending the penal code to make marital rape illegal and abolishing an article that allows rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victim.

March 14 condemns Syrian border incursions
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 The March 14 Secretariat General condemned Wednesday Syrian violations of Lebanese sovereignty after repeated incursions by the Syrian army into the Bekaa region last week.

Hezbollah praises Hamas prisoner deal as victory
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Hezbollah Wednesday praised as a victory for the resistance in Palestine a deal between Hamas and Israel to release over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.

Prison break foiled after guards tipped off on plot
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Authorities foiled six inmates’ plan to escape from Amioun prison in north Lebanon early Wednesday morning, according to a security source.

draft law offers options on districts
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Interior Minister Marwan Charbel’s draft electoral law would see the formation of a committee that is tasked with supervising the parliamentary elections in coordination with the Interior Ministry.

Youth shadow minister eyes future in politics
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Ziad Mabsout was 14 years old when he decided he wanted to become a minister. He’s not one yet, but he’s definitely making progress.

Lebanese Civil Coalition launch demands rule of law
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 A new Lebanese Civil Coalition demanding the rule of law and the departure from a society build around sectarianism was launched Wednesday by a group of 30 intellectuals, journalists and lawyers.

Sleiman: Dialogue would help contain conflict
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Bringing rival political parties together for National Dialogue remains a top priority for Baabda Palace, in the face of divisions over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and increasing uncertainty in the region.

March 8 hail pro-Assad Damascus demonstrations
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 March 8 coalition members hailed Wednesday popular demonstrations in Damascus in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad as proof of the people’s rejection of foreign intervention in Syrian affairs.

Morabito, UNDP envoy visit Dahiyeh
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Italian ambassador Guiseppe Morabito and U.N. Development Program resident representative Robert Watkins toured a vocational training center and a health center in Beirut’s southern suburbs Wednesday.

Rifi kidnapping remarks spark calls for probes
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 ISF commander Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi’s remarks during a parliamentary committee meeting on a string of abductions unleashed a flurry of reactions from political leaders...

Cabinet firm on plan for wage hikes
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 The Lebanese government said Wednesday it would press ahead with its plan to raise wages and increase benefits despite fierce opposition from the private sector...

Turkey, France and EU welcome Israel-Hamas deal to trade prisoners
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Turkey welcomed Wednesday a deal between Israel and Hamas in which a Franco-Israeli soldier, held for five years, is to be exchanged for more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners.

Talks on prisoner swap ‘began in July’
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Prospects of a deal with Hamas to secure the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners began to take off in July, Israel’s negotiator said Tuesday.

Abbas departs from Colombia empty handed
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas left Colombia empty-handed Tuesday after failing to secure support from President Juan Manuel Santos for his bid to gain state recognition at the United Nations.

Hamas steals Abbas’ thunder with prisoner exchange
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Hamas has jumped back into the Middle East spotlight with a prisoner swap deal with Israel that will score points over President Mahmoud Abbas and steal some of the thunder he generated by pushing for Palestinian...

Clinton says Palestinian statehood effort ‘not going anywhere for now’
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 The Palestinians’ push for U.N. membership is not going anywhere for now, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday, arguing that they should resume peace talks with Israel quickly.

Al-Qaeda’s Zawahri calls on Algerians to revolt against country’s leaders
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri urged Algerians in a video released on Islamist websites Wednesday to follow the example of Libyans and revolt against their leaders.

Fear of renewed fighting sees Mogadishu residents flee homes
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Fearing renewed warfare, hundreds of Somalis loaded up small children and household goods on donkey-powered carts Wednesday in a northern Mogadishu neighborhood where Islamist militants are taking up positions.

Suspect in ambassador plot ‘no mastermind’
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 A friend of a former Texas used-car dealer accused of plotting to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in the United States says he never thought of his one-time business partner as politically motivated, much less a key...

U.S.: Iraq controls airspace for first time since 2003
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Iraq this month took responsibility for all of its airspace for the first time since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, the U.S. embassy said Wednesday.

Suicide bombers, attacks hit Baghdad police, kill 28 people
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Suicide bombers and roadside blasts targeted police across Baghdad Wednesday, killing at least 28 people and wounding dozens on the second day of serial bombings in the Iraqi capital in less than a week.

Iran: U.S. demonstrations will topple capitalism
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Iran’s top leader said Wednesday that the wave of protests spreading from New York’s Wall Street to other U.S. cities reflects a serious crisis that will ultimately topple capitalism in America.

Man accused of spying on Syrian dissidents in US
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 The U.S. accused Syrian President Bashar Assad's government of using an American citizen to spy on anti-Syrian protesters in the U.S., an accusation that further strains relations between Washington and Damascus.

Hezbollah describes Hamas, Israel deal as victory
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Hezbollah praises as a victory for the resistance in Palestine the deal between Hamas and Israel to release over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

U.K. warns nationals in Lebanon about travel near Syria border
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Britain advised its nationals living in Lebanon Wednesday to avoid travelling to within five kilometers of the Syrian border, following a spate of military incursions by the Syrian Army.

Mkalles station to shut down, power cuts for 3 days
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Electricity supply will be affected in several of Beirut’s suburbs from Thursday to Saturday due to maintenance work on the Mkalles power station, Electricite Du Liban announced.

Lebanese Forces MPs urge amendments to 'discriminatory' rape laws
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Lebanese Forces MPs Strida Geagea and Elie Kayrouz propose amending the penal code to make marital rape illegal, and abolishing an article which allows rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victim.

Prominent Syria activist Walid al-Bunni 'freed on bail'
Daily Star 12 Oct 2011 Prominent Syrian dissident Walid al-Bunni, arrested in August, freed on bail, lawyer says.

Turkey seeks Israeli arrests over flotilla raid
YNet News, 12 Oct 2011 - A Turkish prosecutor is seeking the arrest of 174 Israelis allegedly involved in the naval commando raid that killed nine Turks on a ship carrying aid to the Gaza Strip ... ....

Amnesty to Canada: Arrest George Bush for torture
YNet News, 12 Oct 2011 - Amnesty International urged Canada on Wednesday to arrest former US President George W. Bush for human rights abuses when he visits the province of British Columbia later ... ....

US aims to punish Iran for Saudi envoy plot
YNet News, 12 Oct 2011 - The alleged Iranian plot to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States is a "dangerous escalation" in Iran's support for terrorism and must draw an international ... ....

Court orders doctors to return to work
YNet News, 12 Oct 2011 - The National Labor Court on Wednesday morning accepted the State's request and issued injunctions against hundreds of medical residents who resigned in protest of the ... ....

US issues travel alert linked to Iran plot
YNet News, 12 Oct 2011 - The US State Department late on Tuesday issued a worldwide travel alert for US citizens, warning of the potential for anti-US action after the United States accused Iran ... ....

Police baffled by mosque arson case
YNet News, 11 Oct 2011 - Court extends remand of 18-year-old suspect of price tag act in Tuba Zangaria;....

Nael al-Barghouthi: we are soldiers returning to their bases with high spirits
PIC - The longest serving captive Nael al-Barghouthi congratulated the Palestinian people on the conclusion of the exchange deal with the Israeli occupation..

“Al-Aqsa in danger festival 16" starts Friday
PIC - The Islamic movement in 1948-occupied Palestine are making the final preparations for the 16th yearly festival "Al-Aqsa in danger" which starts on Friday 14 October 2011.

50 thousand settlers will desecrate the Ibarahimi Mosque
PIC - The Israeli occupation forces are preparing for the protection of tens of thousands of Jewish settlers expected to head to the Ibrahimi Mosque during the Sukkot festival over the coming few days.

Dr. Qasim: Exchange deal historic, honouring and a defeat for occupation
PIC - Dr. Abdel-Sattar Qasim, Professor of political science, said that the prisoner-exchange deal was a historic and honouring deal and represents a defeat of the occupation government's premier.

Settlers grab more land in Salfit and install mobile homes
PIC - Jewish settlers continue to grab Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. Israeli occupation bulldozers levelled agricultural fields in between east of Salfit.

Dweik and Islamic MPs organise sit-in to support captives
PIC - Dr. Aziz Dweik, speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and Islamic MPs in the West Bank organised a sit-in on Tuesday to support captives in occupation jails..

Occupation extends detention of MP Hatem Qafisha
PIC - Israeli occupation renewed the administrative detention of Dr. Hatem Qfisha, MP for al-Khalil, for another six months for the third time running.

Sources: the first stage will see the release of all female captives
PIC - Well-informed sources said that the first stage of the prisoner-exchange deal which will be implemented in a few days will see the release of 450 male captives and all 27 female captives.

Ashton Welcomes Release of Gilad Shalit
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US Expert Discusses Restructuring Official Media
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Israeli Soldiers Shoot, Arrest Palestinian during Confrontations in Hebron
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Confrontations Erupt South of Hebron
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Hamas, Fatah to Meet in Cairo Today
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Newspapers Review: Prisoners Exchange Deal Dominates Dailies
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Prisoners Swap: Release of 450 Palestinians within One Week
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Commercial Strike Supporting Prisoners’ Open Hunger Strike
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Naqab Prisoners Join Open Hunger Strike
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Erekat Denies Quartet Proposal of Palestinian-Israeli Meeting in Jordan
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Barghouti, Sa’adat Not to be Released in Exchange Deal, says Israel
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Alleged assassination plot heightens Iran-Saudi tension
LA Times 12 Oct 2011 - Allegations that Iran sought to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. have given rise to new drama. It comes as the two Mideast powers seek to outmaneuver each other at a time of regional upheaval. The two Middle Eastern powers have been battling for...

Egypt military says soldiers didn't intentionally kill Copts
LA Times 12 Oct 2011 - Generals' comments are first public statements by the military on clashes between Coptic Christian demonstrators, thugs and military police that left 22 protesters and three police officers dead. In an attempt to stem widening criticism of their grip on power, generals in Egypt's ruling Supreme...

Israeli-Palestinian prisoner swap brings joy and soul-searching
LA Times 11 Oct 2011 - Some in Israel wonder whether the price paid for the release of soldier Gilad Shalit will be too high. Images of the lanky soldier with dark eyes have haunted Israel for five years, but Gilad Shalit may finally be heading home.

Baghdad Journal: An Embrace of the U.S., Spun and Mixed by Young Iraqis
New York Times 12 Oct 2011 - The sounds of rappers and the moves of dancers are defiant gestures of rebellion in a social order with little space for individual expression, especially of the sort draped in Western mores.

Egyptian Minister Reverses Resignation Decision
New York Times 12 Oct 2011 - Egypt’s finance minister, Hazem el-Beblawi, reversed his decision to resign over the deaths of two dozen unarmed Coptic protesters.

Syrians Rally in Support of Assad
New York Times 12 Oct 2011 - Tens of thousands rallied in support of President Bashar al-Assad, who still enjoys support among many Syrians, nearly seven months into an uprising against his rule.

A Blogger at Arab Spring's Genesis
New York Times 12 Oct 2011 - Lina Ben Mhenni was one of the thousands of Tunisian protesters who helped break a regime’s stranglehold on the media and accelerate a revolution that brought down a 23-year dictatorship.

Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap May Reshape Regional Politics
New York Times 12 Oct 2011 - One result of the deal could be a more confrontational, Hamas-imbued Palestinian movement that could reshape regional relationships and pose a challenge to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

Palestinians in Gaza Celebrate Prisoner Swap Deal
New York Times 12 Oct 2011 - Celebrations spread quickly in Gaza City as details of the prisoner swap agreement became clearer.

U.S. Accusations of Iran Plot Face Skepticism
New York Times 12 Oct 2011 - Iran’s leaders said allegations that it schemed to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington were made up to distract Americans from economic problems highlighted by the Wall Street protests.

Insurgents Attack Security Forces Across Baghdad
New York Times 12 Oct 2011 - Insurgents mounted several attacks on Iraqi security forces in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 70.

Lupe Fiasco performs with a Palestinian flag and Occupy Wall Street shirt at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards
Mondoweiss - Bet Hip Hop Awards 2011 Lupe Fiasco holding a Palestinian flag throughout his powerful performance of Words I Never Said in front of millions in the 6th Annual BET Hip Hop Awards warms my heart. Sami Kishawi @ Sixteen Minutes to Palestine says of Lupe's nationally televised...

Supporters around the world are fasting today in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike
Mondoweiss - I've been fasting since yesterday. The following text from the BDS National Committee explains why. I'm hungry for justice in Palestine. The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) supports the legitimate demands of Palestinian political prisoners in their open-ended hunger strike, and calls for...

Criminal Mastermind Behind Saudi Terror Plot Was Failed Texas Used-Car Salesman
Tikun Olam - No sooner was Eric Holder’s press conference done at which he trumpeted the government’s penetration of a Massive Plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S., than progressive bloggers and journalists like Spencer Ackerman ,  Glenn Greenwald  and Prof. Muhammad Sahimi began to take it...

Alex Odeh’s murder, 26 years ago, was an early sign of Southern California’s treatment of Palestinian dissent
Mondoweiss - Today is the 26th anniversary of the murder of Alex Odeh in Southern California. Odeh -- the ADC West Coast director -- was targeted because he spoke up on behalf of Palestinians, earning him the hate of the extremist Jewish Defense League (JDL).  But what must...

No problem– Obama’s State Dep’t spokesperson is married to Romney’s neocon foreign policy adviser
Mondoweiss - Here is a crazy story no one is talking about that is evidence of the Israel lobby's role in our politics. Last week, Mitt Romney announced a foreign policy team that includes Robert Kagan, a neocon who pushed for the Iraq war. But Kagan is married...

Israeli embassy tried to get alarmist Iran question into 2008 presidential debate, then coordinated Gaza onslaught’s end with Team Obama
Mondoweiss - At Truthout, Richard Silverstein has a fascinating post describing his relationship with Shamai Leibowitz, the former FBI translator who pled guilty to charges of leaking U.S. wire-taps of the Israeli embassy. Silverstein says he and Leibowitz decided to go public in 2009 because they were disturbed...

Yediot: Bibi Did Shalit Deal Because He Has Something Bigger Prepared for Iran
Tikun Olam - A number of very peculiar things have happened or been published today that relate directly or indirectly to the Shalit deal.  First among them is an  official IDF statement  that the Israeli and Egyptian militaries have completed their investigation of the Israeli assault on Egyptian forces...

(en) US, Update from Occupy Boston
A-infos 12 Oct 2011 - - it is reported that the police have arrested over a hundred people last night. this includes medic and law personal, a well as WWII veterans. they were beating veterans. - they beat people, cuffed people by their arms and legs, and carried them out. --...

(en) US, Occupy Richmond- October 15th at 4pm
A-infos 12 Oct 2011 - There was another meeting for the Occupy Richmond plan last night at 4pm in Monroe Park. The next get together will be on Thursday October 13that 5:30 pm in Monroe Park. The Occupation will begin on October 15th at 4pm. Everyone will meet in Monroe Park....

(en) US, Anarkismo.net: Build on the Anarchist and Revolutionary Potentialities of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. by C. Alexander
A-infos 12 Oct 2011 - FROM OCCUPATION TO EXPROPRIATION! ---- We should strive to convince the movement that the problem in the US today is not just Wall Street or the corporations or the fact that the economic system is somehow being “gamed” or “rigged” by tricky selfish individuals. We need...

(en) US, Bring the Ruckus*: Reports from Occupations, Part 1: Portland
A-infos 12 Oct 2011 - The following is a reportback from the first four days of Occupy Portland, from a member of BtR-Portland. It was written in the hopes of beginning a discussion regarding the relationship of revolutionaries to the occupation, its limitations, and where to go from here. ---- This...

Mid-East prisoner swap welcomed
BBC 12 Oct 2011 - Israelis and Palestinians take to the streets in celebration over a prisoner exchange deal which will free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Confusion over Gaddafi son's fate
BBC 12 Oct 2011 - Reports that Col Muammar Gaddafi's son Mutassim has been captured spark celebrations in Libya, although there is no official confirmation.

Iran airline hit by US sanctions
BBC 12 Oct 2011 - The US imposes sanctions on an Iranian airline it says flew members of an elite force linked to an alleged plot to kill the Saudi envoy on US soil.

Egypt army defends protest action
BBC 12 Oct 2011 - Egypt's army denies troops opened fire and drove vehicles into crowds during Sunday's deadly clashes between Coptic Christians and soldiers in Cairo.

Latest Update on the Palestinian Prisoners’ Campaign of Disobedience
Sabr 12 Oct 2011 - Addameer Ramallah 11 October The campaign of civil disobedience launched by Palestinian prisoners on 27 September is now entering its third week. Hundreds of prisoners have joined the campaign by going on either open-ended or 3 day hunger strike. On 10 and 11 October, the entire...

Analysis: Barghouti's fate now firmly in Israel's hands
Sabr 12 Oct 2011 - Ma'an By Tom Perry RAMALLAH (Reuters) -- Left out of a prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel, the Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti must now wait for a different type of deal to get him out of the Israeli jail where he is serving multiple life sentences....

450 prisoners to be freed 'in 10 - 14 days'
Sabr 12 Oct 2011 - Palestinians chant slogans as they take part in a rally celebrating a prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel, in Gaza City October 12, 2011. (REUTERS/Mohammed Salem) BETHLEHEM ( Ma'an ) -- Israel will release 450 prisoners "in 10 to 14 days," including 279 detainees sentenced to life imprisonment,...

Sources: the first stage will see the release of all female captives
Sabr 12 Oct 2011 - [ 12/10/2011 - 09:22 AM ] GAZA, ( PIC )-- Well-informed sources said that the first stage of the prisoner-exchange deal which will be implemented in a few days will see the release of 450 male captives and all 27 female captives. The sources informed PIC correspondent that...

Event Review: The Cold War on British Muslims - The Instigators and Funders
Middle East Monitor 12 Oct 2011 - EXCLUSIVE PICTURES On Tuesday 11th October, the Middle East Monitor (MEMO) and the Cordoba Foundation (TCF) co-hosted the authors of the recent SpinWatch report on the spread of Islamophobia in the UK. The event took place in the House of Parliament and was sponsored by Simon...

Jubilation in Gaza after prisoner exchange deal
Middle East Monitor 12 Oct 2011 - EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas has reached an agreement with the government of Israel which will see more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners exchanged for the release of the Israeli prisoner Gilad Shalit. Khalid Mishal, the head of Hamas political bureau, said the exchange would...

Netanyahu moves to legalise West Bank settlements
Middle East Monitor 12 Oct 2011 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the formation of a legal panel to examine ways to legalise settlement-outposts in the Occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. Media reports in Israel say that Justice Minister Yaakov Neema will set up a task force consisting of a number...

Beit Ommar Youth Shot in Shoulder by Israeli Army
Palestine Solidarity Project 12 Oct 2011 - Beit Ommar 12th October 2011: 20 year old Ameer Ibrahim Haled Savarna was today shot in the shoulder by Israeli military forces, who used live ammunition in the main street of Beit Ommar. Ameer was shot as residents of Beit Ommar demonstrated in support of the...

One Arrested in Late-Night Army Raid in Beit Ommar
Palestine Solidarity Project 12 Oct 2011 - Beit Ommar 11th October 2011: Yousef Ahmad Halil Abu Hashem was arrested along with his father, Ahmad Abu Hashem, at 02:30 Tuesday morning in the old city of Beit Ommar. Ahamd Abu Hashem is an active member of the popular committee in Beit Ommar. The Israeli...

House Demolished in Al-Jab`a
Palestine Solidarity Project 12 Oct 2011 - October 11th 2011: In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Israeli army bulldozers demolished a house in Al-Jab`a, not far from the illegal settlement of Bet Ayin. The owner Naser Hassan Salim Alin Athous witnessed the demolition from his fields. His family have lived in the...

New Farmers’ Committee Planned in Beit Ommar
Palestine Solidarity Project 11 Oct 2011 - October 10th 2011: Beit Ommar farmers met today to discuss problems they are facing due to the occupation. The agenda addressed many serious problems, including land confiscation, land rehabilitation and problems on land adjacent to settlements. The meeting decided to establish a committee which purpose is...

Sudan: Country Refuses U.S. Demand to Sever Ties With Iran and Hamas - Nafie
allAfrica.com 12 Oct 2011 - Sudan has rejected an American request to cut its relations with Iran and the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) catalogued respectively as supporting terror and as a terrorist group by the State Department.

Nigeria: Palestine - Give Peace a Chance
allAfrica.com 12 Oct 2011 - Watching the influencing pattern exhibited by Israel's representatives, most especially its Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was very worrisome. Also listening to the US President's assertion that it will deny the request by Palestine for statehood, emits intense contradictions for principles it claims to stand for. Was...

Obama betrays Palestinians, stepping deeper into Zionist trap
Voltaire Network 11 Oct 2011 - President Barack Obama's groveling before Israel at the UN General Assembly is already paying off as Zionist funds pour into his re-election campaign coffers. However, sacrificing the Palestinians is not the only service that his Zionist patrons will demand of him. Their laundry list, as James...

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