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Thursday, October 14, 2010
Abbas: “We Believe In A Two-State Solution”
IMEMC - 14 Oct 2010 - Thursday October 14, 2010 - 22:15, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas stated that the Palestinian Authority believes in a two-state solution that would ensure the establishment of an independent Palestinian State within the 1967 borders, and that this solution is the best for the future of the two peoples.

Gaza Government Demands Abed Rabbo’s Immediate Resignation
IMEMC - 14 Oct 2010 - Thursday October 14, 2010 - 18:06, On Thursday, the Hamas-led government in Gaza, called for the resignation of a Palestinian Liberation Organization(PLO) official, Yasser bed Rabbo, who was quoted in the press as agreeing to recognize Israel as a Jewish state if Israel agreed to 1967 borders.

U.S. Supports The PLO’s Request To See A Map Of Israel’s Borders
IMEMC - 14 Oct 2010 - Thursday October 14, 2010 - 17:00, With regard to PLO Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo's request to see a map of Israel's borders, U.S. State Department Spokesman Phillip Crowley said it is a “perfectly legitimate question," and a fact that was "the essence of the negotiation.”

Israeli Troups Shoot a Palestinian Youth in Gaza Strip
IMEMC - 14 Oct 2010 - Thursday October 14, 2010 - 16:09, A Palestinian youth was wounded, on Thursday afternoon, by Israeli soldiers near Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israeli Army Detains Journalists Helping with Harvest
IMEMC - 14 Oct 2010 - Thursday October 14, 2010 - 15:44, Israeli army detained, on Thursday afternoon, a number of journalists who participated as volunteers in harvesting olives. Their work was organized by the Palestine Mininstry of Information in Kafir Kadom, near Qalqilia.

Israeli Settlers Attempt to Abduct a Child in Hebron
IMEMC - 14 Oct 2010 - Thursday October 14, 2010 - 13:44, Palestinian security sources reported to Palestine News Agency, WAFA, that a group of Israeli settlers in Hebron, on Wendesday night, attempted to abduct a child.

Detainees Threaten Hunger Strike Until Death
IMEMC - 14 Oct 2010 - Thursday October 14, 2010 - 12:36, On Thursday, Isaa Qaraq’, minister of detainees and ex-detainees said he received many letters from detainees in different Israeli jails. They are threatening to begin a hunger strike lasting until death to protest the Israeli policy of solitary confinement imposed on many male and female detainees .

Israel Willing To Review Presence In Jordan Valley, Depending On Conditions On The Ground
IMEMC - 14 Oct 2010 - Thursday October 14, 2010 - 12:19, Israel could reconsider their future presence in the Jordan Valley, according to Israeli government spokesman, Mark Regev, but the recognition will depend on conditions on the ground.

Israeli Troops Abduct Farmer; Invade Several Towns & Villages In Jenin
IMEMC - 14 Oct 2010 - Thursday October 14, 2010 - 11:47, Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday morning, an elderly farmer from the town of Yasid, south of Jenin, while he was working in his land. They also invaded several communities in the west of Jenin.

Fatah Movement: Netanyahu Conditions Are Evidence For His Political Bankruptcy
IMEMC - 14 Oct 2010 - Thursday October 14, 2010 - 11:44, Ahmad Assaf, the spokesman of Fateh movement, stated on Thursday that Netanyahu's conditions are on one hand a clear evidence for the political fail of the Israeli government which always opposes peace. On the other hand they express the stability of the Palestinian position expressed by the president Mahmud Abbas which led to an unprecedented international council to condemn all forms of settlement and occupation.

Teen injured by Israeli fire near Gaza border
10/14/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Thursday shot at a Gaza teenager collecting rubble near the Strip's border with Israel, medics said. Yahia Mahmud Az-Za'aneen, from Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, was transferred to the Kamal Odwan Hospital with moderate injuries to his right leg. Medics said he was....

Israel expels residents from Bethlehem village
10/14/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Thursday demolished storage units and tents in a village east of Bethlehem. Forces threatened residents of the Kahlet Abu Hamad village east of Rashaydah with arrest in the event they opted to stay in the area. Bethlehem governor Abed Al-Fatah Hamayel denounced "this crime that has displaced dozens....

3 Palestinians injured in clashes in Silwan
10/14/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Three Palestinians were injured including a 35-year-old woman in clashes between young men and Israeli forces Thursday in the Silwan area south of Jerusalem. Jawad Seyam, head of Wadi Helwa Information Center, said that "Israeli soldiers violently and harshly beat Abdallah Gheith, 17, and Mohammad Maher Abed Al-Wahed, 19, before....

Israeli forces detain journalists in Nablus
10/14/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Thursday detained a group of journalists and government employees who were helping to harvest olives in a Nablus village, a Palestinian Authority ministry said. The PA Information Ministry organized a volunteering day for approximately 40 journalists and 20 ministry employees to help villagers in Kafr Qaddum pick olives....

Protest tent set up again in Jerusalem
10/14/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - A member of Fatah's revolutionary council said Wednesday a protest tent was erected in Jerusalem. The tent has been repeatedly taken down and replaced over a period of years protesting settlement activity and expulsions of Palestinians. Demetri Deliani said the tent was set up yet again after Israeli forces....

Hamas: PA arrested 1,000 party members last month
10/14/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas said Thursday that Palestinian Authority security forces arrested 1,008 party members in September."It's clear that the arrest campaign being waged by the Palestinian Authority did not exclude anyone and did take into consideration the circumstances and titles of the people being arrested, whether they were former....

Israel allows 20 new cars into Gaza
10/14/2010 - GAZA (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities will allow 20 cars to enter Gaza on Thursday via the southern Kerem Shalom crossing, a Palestinian liaison official said. Raed Fattouh said approximately 220 to 230 truckloads of goods for the commercial, agricultural and transportation sectors would enter through the same crossing, as well as limited quantities of....

Protest in Bethlehem to stand by detainees
10/14/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Demonstrators held a sit-in Thursday in front of the Nativity Church in Bethlehem to protest the torture of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, organized by the local detainees' center. Head of the center Abdul Fattah Khalil welcomed supporters who joined the sit-in, and called for the release of all political....

US backs Palestinian demand to see borders
10/14/2010 - WASHINGTON (Ma'an) -- The US on Wednesday supported the PLO's request to see a map of Israel's borders, but said such demands must be made face-to-face, not through the media. PLO Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo on Wednesday called on Israel and the US to provide a map of Israel'....

Ahmadinejad to visit southern Lebanon
10/14/2010 - BEIRUT (Ma'an) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected Thursday to tour villages in southern Lebanon near Israel's border. Ahmadinejad, on his first state visit to the country, is scheduled to visit villages destroyed by Israel during its 2006 war with Hezbollah, and to deliver a speech in Bint Jbeil, the Qatar-based....

Fatah: Netanyahu is politically bankrupt
10/14/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conditions for negotiations demonstrate his government's "political bankruptcy," a Fatah spokesman said Thursday. Ahmad Assaf said Israeli violations against Palestinians and their land, and the racist laws passed by the Israeli government, would not weaken the resolve of Palestinians to achieve peace....

Gaza government demands Abed Rabbo's resignation
10/14/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Gaza government called on Thursday for the immediate resignation of a PLO official who was quoted in the press as agreeing to a conditional recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo was quoted in the Israeli daily Haaretz as saying the PLO would recognize Israel....

Portugal upgrades Palestinian representation
10/14/2010 - LISBON, Portugal (Ma'an) -- Portugal said Thursday it will upgrade Palestine's diplomatic representation in the country from office to mission. The announcement comes amid ongoing efforts by the Palestinian Authority's Foreign Affairs' Ministry to upgrade Palestinian diplomatic status internationally. Portugal was elected to the UN Security Council on Tuesday....

Finland urges Israel to ease Gaza blockade
10/14/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Finland's foreign affairs minister on Thursday called for Israel to open its crossings with the Gaza Strip. Alexander Stubb arrived in Gaza via the Erez crossing for a brief trip during which he visited homes destroyed in Israel's 2008 assault. The visit marks the fourth time....

PA condemns land confiscation
10/14/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday condemned an Israeli military order to confiscate 1,000 acres of the Palestinian Al-Jalud village, south of Nablus. The order says that the commander of the Israeli army "believes that this is necessary for military needs, following the special security conditions which prevailed in the area and....

Abbas: No choice but 2 states
10/14/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that the Ramallah-based government had yet to rule out the 2-state solution to the Palestinian struggle for self-determination."We fully support the 2-state solution, a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders living side by side with Israel in peace, security and stability," Abbas said....

Socialist youth call for settlement freeze
10/14/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The International Union of Socialist Youth insisted Friday that the continuation of illegal settlement expansion prohibitedthe 2-state solution as a choice for the future. The IUSA in Austria passed a statement calling on the government of Israel to put an end to all settlement activities within the Palestinian territory and....

Erekat: We won't accept population exchange
10/14/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The head PLO negotiator said Wednesday he would never accept proposals to "swap" Palestinian citizens of Israel for settlers in the occupied territories. Saeb Erekat told Ma'an radio that Israel's recent drills involving mass imprisonment of Palestinians were "test balloons" to see the potential reaction to such....

Fayyad sends letter to imprisoned child
10/14/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Prime Minister Salam Fayyad sent a letter to an imprisoned child Thursday. The letter, to Sayel Abu Queider of Hebron, who was detained in September, came as part of a new letter-writing initiative launched by the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs to improve communication with prisoners....

Palestinian price index rises
10/14/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The overall Consumer Price Index in the occupied Palestinian territories rose 1. 39 percent in September compared with the previous month, reaching 130. 68, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics said Thursday. The CPI also increased 3. 49 percent compared with September 2009, with the highest rise seen in Gaza at....

Netanyahu: Lebanon is becoming an extension of Iran's regime
Ha'aretz - Speaking after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address to thousands of Hezbollah supporters in southern Lebanon, Netanyahu says: 'We will continue to build and to protect ourselves as best we can.'

Hezbollah supporters: Ahmadinejad visit to Lebanon a victory over Israel
Ha'aretz - For long a front line in conflicts with Israel, most recently in 2006, Bint Jbeil was an ideal place for Hezbollah to host its main Shi'ite ally, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a sworn enemy of Israel who has called for the state to be wiped off the map.

Families of Gaza flotilla victims accuse Israel of war crimes in The Hague
Ha'aretz - Delegation representing 300 activists files complaint over Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla which left 9 activists dead.

Abbas vows to pressure U.S. to stop Israel settlement construction
Ha'aretz - The Palestinian president says Israel is 'still putting obstacles' in the path of peace talks, singles out West Bank settlement building.

Ahmadinejad tells Lebanese at rally near Israel border: The Zionists will disappear
Ha'aretz - Ahmadinejad welcomed by thousands of people in Bint Jbeil, location of heavy fighting during Second Lebanon War, where signs hang praising Iranian president as 'protector of resistance'., Foreign Minister Lieberman being urged by his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle to continue direct talks with the Palestinians.

Ahmadinejad: Iran will continue nuclear efforts, Lebanon should follow suit
Ha'aretz - Israeli official: It is a tragedy that Lebanon is allowing Iran's president, a non-Arab, to destroy it from the inside.

U.S.: PLO remarks on borders shows we need direct Mideast talks
Ha'aretz - Yasser Abed Rabbo says Palestinians willing to recognize Israel in exchange for 1967 borders.

U.S. lawmakers: Lebanon's embrace of Ahmadinejad may affect military aid
Ha'aretz - U.S. representatives renew opposition to transfer of $100 million in U.S. assistance to Lebanon in wake of visit by Iran President, Lebanese daily reports.

U.S.: We suspect Iran doesn't have Lebanon's interest at heart
Ha'aretz - State Department spokesman says Iran and Hezbollah are trying to undermine the sovereignty of the Lebanese government.

PLO chief: We will recognize Israel in return for 1967 borders
Ha'aretz - Yasser Abed Rabbo says that in exchange for accepting Palestinian territorial claims, it will recognize Israel as 'whatever it wants.'

Shooting in "buffer zone," air strikes across Gaza
Uruknet October 14, 2010 - Israeli snipers shot a 17-year-old Palestinian boy on Wednesday, 13 October, as he collected aggregate materials near the so-called buffer zone in the north of the occupied Gaza Strip, according to Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency ("Teenager injured by Israeli fire in northern Gaza," 14 October 2010). A medical services spokesperson told Ma'an that this was...

Wolfowitz Directive Gave Legal Cover to Detainee Experimentation Program
Uruknet October 14, 2010 - In 2002, as the Bush administration was turning to torture and other brutal techniques for interrogating "war on terror" detainees, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz loosened rules against human experimentation, an apparent recognition of legal problems regarding the novel strategies for extracting and evaluating information from the prisoners. Wolfowitz issued his directive on March 25,...

US backs Palestinian demand to see borders
Uruknet October 14, 2010 - The US on Wednesday supported the PLO's request to see a map of Israel's borders, but said such demands must be made face-to-face, not through the media. PLO Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo on Wednesday called on Israel and the US to provide a map of Israel's borders before "asking anything else." "Israel is an unknown...

Brazen apartheid
Uruknet October 14, 2010 - The Israeli government on 10 October approved a controversial bill requiring non-Jews aspiring to obtain Israeli citizenship to pledge an oath of allegiance to Israel as a "Jewish and democratic state". The move is being seen as a provocation to Israel's Arab community that amounts to nearly 25 per cent of the population. It is...

Israel Raid on Gaza Flotilla: US Failure to Condemn Despite UN Findings
Uruknet October 14, 2010 - On May 31, the Israeli military attacked a flotilla of ships in International waters. The vessels were carrying humanitarian supplies to the people in the Gaza Strip, who suffer under a punishing blockade by Israel. The stated aims of the flotilla were to draw international attention to the situation in Gaza and the effect of...

Still can't agree
Uruknet October 14, 2010 - Ghazi Hamad, head of the Border Authority in the Hamas Gaza government, jokes during his near daily calls to Azzam Al-Ahmed, leader of the Fatah bloc in parliament and member of the group's Central Committee. The two are trying to reach an acceptable formula to bridge the gap between the two sides on the eve...

The Israeli Knesset's Anti-Democratic Agenda
Uruknet October 14, 2010 - An earlier article discussed the Mossawa Center calling the current Knesset the most racist in history. It reviewed 2008 and 2009 legislation violating Israeli Arab rights, Mossawa saying "almost every day" they're victimized by racist actions, and as a result, they face disruptive social, economic and cultural futures. The upcoming winter Knesset session promises worse,...

Rights Organisations Testify to Israel's Flotilla Inquiry Commission
Uruknet October 14, 2010 - Members of human rights organizations in Israel testified before the Turkel Commission on Wednesday, 13 October, as part of the commission's examination of the fatal actions surrounding the May Freedom Flotilla’s attempt to break the Gaza siege and the "actions of the flotilla's organizers and those who participated in it." Representatives from B’Tselem: The Israeli...

Settlers Level Palestinian Lands To Expand Settlement
Uruknet October 14, 2010 - Israeli settlers started, on Wednesday, expansion work in Elkana settlement at the expense of Palestinian lands that belong to villagers of Mas'ha village, west of the central West Bank city of Salfit. Two days ago, the settlers brought equipment and bulldozers to the scene, and started uprooting trees and leveling the Palestinian lands in order...

Israeli forces train for Arab transfer riots
Uruknet October 14, 2010 - Israel secretly staged a training exercise last week to test its ability to quell any civil unrest that might result from a peace deal that calls for the forcible transfer of many Arab citizens, the Israeli media has reported. The drill was intended to test the readiness of the civil defence units, police, army and...

Israel to demolish 22 Palestinian homes in J'lem to build park
Uruknet October 14, 2010 -- The Israeli municipal council in occupied Jerusalem approved a plan to build a new Jewish park in place of 22 Palestinian homes to be demolished in Al-Bustan neighborhood. In a letter handed to the Israeli premier, head of the municipal council Nir Barakat asked Benjamin Netanyahu to approve this plan and proposed as well the...

Teen injured by Israeli fire near Gaza border
Uruknet October 14, 2010 - Israeli forces on Thursday shot at a Gaza teenager collecting rubble near the Strip's border with Israel, medics said. Yahia Mahmud Az-Za'aneen, from Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, was transferred to the Kamal Odwan Hospital with moderate injuries to his right leg. Medics said he was collecting aggregates near the Erez crossing. An Israeli military...

Barghouthi: Declare Palestinian state immediately
Uruknet October 13, 2010 - Palestinian National Initiative leader Mustafa Barghouthi called for the "immediate declaration of an independent democratic Palestinian state" on all territories occupied by Israel in 1967 in response to failed negotiations. Speaking to reporters in Ramallah, Barghouthi proposed a set of initiatives to "surpass the intractable impasse in the so called peace process," which he described...

Finish foreign minister arrived Gaza today
14 Oct 2010 - Gaza, October 14, (Pal Telegraph) Finnish Foreign Minister, Alexander Stubb, arrived to the Gaza Strip today morning through the Beit Hanoun crossing, according to what a security source reported. The Israeli occupation authorities prevented Minister Stubb before from entering into the strip, although he obtained a prior approval. According to a spokesman of the "UNRWA", Adnan Abu Hasna, Stubb will...

Israeli amry erects checkpoints in Hebron
14 Oct 2010 - Hebron, October 14, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation forces erected this morning a number of military checkpoints on the main streets and junctions included most of the entrances to the city of Hebron in the West Bank. Security sources said that Israeli occupation forces established a checkpoint at the junction of “Wadi Jouz” leading to the town of “Bani Na'im” east...

Israeli allows 20 new cars to enter Gaza
14 Oct 2010 - Gaza, October 14, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation authorities allowed today the entry of the fifth batch of new cars into the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Abu Salem commercial crossing, southern Gaza Strip. Chairman of the Coordinating Committee for of Gaza’s Supplies, Raed Fattouh, confirmed that the Israeli occupation authorities have informed the Palestinian side that they would allow today...

Iran leader in Hezbollah stronghold
AlJazeera 14 Oct 2010 - Thousands flock to hear Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Lebanon village close to Israel border on second day of his visit.

'Terror' charges for Bahrain Shias
AlJazeera 14 Oct 2010 - Detained activists accused of conspiring against the Gulf state's government in run-up to parliamentary polls.

ICC urged to act over flotilla raid
AlJazeera 14 Oct 2010 - Lawyers of the victims of Israeli raid on Gaza-bound aid flotilla present The Hague-based court evidence over incident.

Inspired by Indonesia
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Jakarta - Preparing my next book, Ceritalah: Indonesia (Tell Me a Story, Indonesia), for publication - even if it's just a compilation of past articles and essays about various aspects of Indonesia - puts things into...

Would Musharraf‘s return offer Pakistan what it needs?
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Karachi, Pakistan - Pakistan's former president, Pervez Musharraf, recently announced from the UK his return to politics by formally launching a new political party, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML). While he apologises for his past...

ADL lists Jewish Voice for Peace and CAIR among top 10 anti-Israel organizations
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Washington - The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has just released its list of the top 10 anti-Israel groups in America. According to director Abe Foxman, the list is meant to reflect the largest and most organized out...

Suit against Israel for flotilla raid officially filed at ICC
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Washington - The Turkish lawyers, representing the families of victim's in this summer's infamous Flotilla incident, have officially filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague on Thursday. The attorneys said they...

WATCH: Condoleezza Rice on the Daily Show
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Washington - Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice discusses the Middle East peace process with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c Condoleezza Rice Pt....

Abbas: "We fully support the 2-state solution"
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Washington - "We fully support the 2-state solution, a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders living side by side with Israel in peace, security and stability," Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said after meeting with his...

Behind the cheers in Lebanon
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Washington - Though much of the footage coming from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's trip to Lebanon shows throngs of people cheering for him, there is still a significant number of Lebanese who aren't so happy to...

WATCH: Parkour gives hope to three youth in Gaza
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Washington - Three young Palestinian men in the Gaza Strip have become athletes in the French sport of parkour. In this video they show off their amazing acrobatic skills and talk about the difficulties they face...

Assad to urge Hamas to recognize Israel
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Washington - According to Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad recognizes Israel and is willing to convince Hamas to do the same, Ynet news reported Thursday. In President Assad's meeting with Bildt in...

Netanyahu: "We will continue to build and to create"
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the Independence Museum in Tel Aviv, hours after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed thousands of Hezbollah ralliers in southern Lebanon. Prime Minister Netanyahu declared that Israel's very...

WATCH: Ahmadinejad delivers speech in Bint Jbeil
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Washington - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech to a crowd of cheering Hezbollah supporters in Bint Jbeil, saying, "The world should know the Zionists are mortal ... today the Lebanese nation is alive and is...

Israel engages in $400 million deal selling spy drones to Russia
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Washington - Israel Aerospace Industries signed a $400 million agreement to sell unmanned aerial vehicles to Russia on Wednesday, Haaretz reported Thursday. The purchase, undertake by Russian arms maker OPK Oboronprom, will take place over a...

Iran's oil minister elected president of OPEC
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Washington - Iran's oil minister Masoud Mir-Kazemi has been elected president of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and will begin his term January 1, 2011. Iran is the world's second largest oil producer, the...

Largest flotilla convoy to set sail for Gaza
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Washington - The Viva Palestina flotilla convoy, the largest ever to break the Israeli-imposed embargo, is due to set sail for Gaza this weekend, the Jerusalem Post reported Thursday. The flotillas will depart from Syria and...

US Congress renews opposition of US military aid to Lebanon
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Washington - In light of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's current Lebanon visit, United States Congress have renewed their opposition of transferring $100 million of aid to Lebanon, Haaretz reported Thursday. Lebanese supporters of President Ahmadinejad line...

Abbas pressures US to halt Israeli settlement construction
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Washington - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared his expectation for the US to halt settlement construction in the West Bank so that peace talks with Israel can be renewed, Haaretz reported Thursday. The United States...

Ahmadinejad called a "protector of the resistance" in southern Lebanon
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Thousands more Hezbollah supporters greet Ahmadinejad in Bint Jbeil. Washington - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continued his tour of Lebanon today, stopping in the southern town of Bint Jbeil to give a much anticipated speech, where...

From preachers to suicide bombers, definition of martyrdom still vague
Palestine Note 13 Oct 2010 - When Palestinian women Hanadi Jradat blew herself up on a Saturday morning inside Maxim's restaurant in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, she was hailed as a "martyr" by her family, even though 22 people were...

Coptic Bishop's Trip to Jerusalem may Contravene Church Ban
The Media Line 13 Oct 2010 - Bishop Theodosius of Giza traveled to Israel for medical treatment and to visit Christian holy sites; the Church bars pilgrimage to the Jewish state. A Coptic bishop has violated a Coptic ban on visiting Israel on...

General Dayton Ends his Tenure, Replaced by US Air Force General
The Media Line 13 Oct 2010 - Palestinian Security Forces expected to be boosted by another 500 next month Lt.-Gen. Michael Moeller has taken over as the new U.S. general coordinating training of the robust 3,100-strong Palestinian National Security Forces, stepping into a...

Palestinians Ask U.S. Mediators for Border Maps
The Media Line 13 Oct 2010 - Palestinian negotiators have asked the American interlocutors overseeing the direct talks with Israel for maps defining "the proposed borders which they want us to recognize." The demand, which was issued by senior 'Abbas aide Yassir Abed...

Solidarity Actions with Palestinian Olive Harvesters
Alternative Information Center - Olive harvest season is a time of personal, political, and economic significance in Palestine, as agricultural villages across the West Bank work hard to harvest their valuable crops and protect their lands from settler attacks.

Rights Organisations Testify to Israel's Flotilla Inquiry Commission
Alternative Information Center - Members of human rights organizations in Israel testified before the Turkel Commission on Wednesday, 13 October, as part of the commission's examination of the fatal actions surrounding the May Freedom Flotilla’s attempt to break the Gaza...

Launch of Norwegian Call for Cultural, Academic Boycott of Israel
Alternative Information Center - A Norwegian petition calling for an institutional cultural and academic boycott of Israel (in line with the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel guidelines) has gathered 100 impressive signatories -- academics, writers,...

Turkey to Boycott OECD Conference in Jerusalem
Alternative Information Center - Turkey ’s Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay has announced that he will not be attending the OECD tourism conference, set to be held in Jerusalem between 20-22 October, saying that politics should not interfere with...

Putting Wolves in Wheelchairs: Mohammed Awwad and His "Portraits of Fear"
PNN - If you spot him before a rehearsal, dancing in front of a room-width mirror to “Staying Alive” or showing an actress how loud she can shout, you see how difficult it is...

CARE International launches New Campaign "United Against Hunger"
PNN - Few places in the world experience a tragedy like the one facing the beleaguered population of the Gaza Strip, where 75% of households are dependent on external aid in order to cover...

Ahmadinejad, Day Two: Lebanon a "School of Resistance Against Tyrants"
PNN - Ahmadinejad appeared at the al-Raya stadium in south Beirut to call Israel “the embodiment of the deception of capitalist world order and materialistic ideas” and Lebanon “the school of resistance against tyrants”...

U.S. State Department: PLO Officials Remarks Shows The Continued Need For Direct Peace Talks
PNN - On Wednesday senior PLO official Yasser Abed Rabbo told the Israeli news agency Haaretz, “We want to receive a map of the State of Israel which Israel wants us to accept. If...

Egypt Allows Viva Palestina Aid Convey Into Gaza
PNN - Hussam Zaki of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that the convoy will be allowed access to Gaza but insisted on his country's decision to keep considering George Galloway, the British ex-parliamentarian leading...

Israeli Company Sells Russia UAVs
PNN - The contract, between Russian arms maker OPK Oboronporm and IAI, was negotiated and signed on Wednesday, but will be implemented in 2011 to last over a three years period. This is not...

Lieberman: Time for Palestinians to show goodwill
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - Such a move "would serve as a trust-building step," says Netanyahu; while on European tour, FM says Israel has made many gestures to PA.

'PM, PA Pres. want to be leaders who resolve conflict'
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - Secretary of State Clinton says parties need to hold “very serious negotiation;" claims lots of evidence sanctions against Iran are working.

Ahmadinejad meets Nasrallah before leaving Lebanon
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - Iranian president ends two-day trip with visit to Hizbullah leader who reportedly gives him a gun taken from an Israeli soldier during the Second Lebanon War.

Halutz: PM angering Obama harms anti-Iran effort
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - Former IDF chief to ‘Post’: "In the balance of interests, if we want them to think of our interests, we have to think of theirs."

Halutz to ‘Post’: PM angering Obama harms anti-Iran effort
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - Former IDF chief: "In the balance of interests, if we want them to think of our interests, we have to think of theirs."

Canadian follows in path of fallen friend as IDF officer
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - 'I feel a big satisfaction. This is a dream come true. I wanted to keep my friend’s memory alive, and now I have the tools to do that.'

Abbas: What Israel calls itself is none of our business
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - PA President says he believes in "Palestinian state in '67 borders and State of Israel, living next to each other in peace and security."

The Weekly Schmooze: Israeli tweens have Bieber Fever
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - A 'Jpost' column wrapping up the hottest Jewish culture news worldwide: Matisyahu says L'Chaim, Ashton and Demi think Israel is a Better Place.

Israel set to destroy Iran . . . on the chess board
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - Israeli Chess Champion Alik Gershon plans to break Guinness World Record for largest number of simultaneous games, currently held by Iran.

'Viva Palestina' flotilla set to depart on way to Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - Egypt announces it will allow aid convoy to dock at Al Arish seaport on route to Gaza, will deny George Galloway entry into country.

Turks accuse Israel of war crimes in flotilla raid
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - Lawyers lodge complaints to In'tl Criminal Court calling for probe into alleged torture, inhuman treatment, violations of Geneva convention.

'Where you sit often determines where you stand'
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - 20 Jerusalem municipal workers explore city from a wheelchair to understand accessibility issues; “90% public space is not accessible.”

Egypt tightens media grip ahead of elections
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - Telecommunications regulator cancels permits of private companies providing live broadcasts, requiring them to get new licenses from state television.

PM denies asking Peres to enlist Livni into coalition
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - Coalition MKs sign petition led by Kadima initiating a special session of the Knesset with the prime minister over Israel's diplomatic isolation.

Barak: I pity Ehud Olmert
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - Barak says that the accusations against him in the portions of Olmert's book that have been published are incorrect.

/CORRECTED REPEAT*/: U.S. Jews Increasingly Hawkish on Iran, Sceptical of Obama
IPS U.S. Jews, who, next to African Americans, have constituted the minority most supportive of Barack Obama, are growing more sceptical of his performance and increasingly hawkish on Iran, according to a new poll released Tuesday by the American Jewish Committee (AJC).

EGYPT: Cornered Bedouin Play the Border Card
IPS Since June, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has witnessed an unusual flurry of local crises. The peninsula shares a border with both the Gaza Strip and Israel, and is inhabited mostly by the Bedouin tribe.

The legacy of Abdullah Abu Rahmeh and other human rights defenders: time for Israel to face justice for its ongoing repression
Stop The Wall - The Occupation has increased its violent and systematic campaign against the popular resistance and the grassroots activists, using several brutal methods which attempt to stop their actions. [

PCHR Concludes Training Course in Rafah on Women's Rights
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Ref: 80/2010 On Thursday, 14 October 2010, the Training Unit of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) concluded a training course on women's rights, in cooperation with Palestine Without Borders Association in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. The 20-hour training course was held in offices of the Association in the period 10-14 October 2010. The number of

Al-Arakib Destroyed a Sixth Time Wednesday
10/14/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - October 13th, 2010 - Al-Arakib, the Bedouin village in Negev, was demolished for a sixth time Wednesday morning. Haya Noah, leader of the Forum for co-existence in the Negev, was hit by police officers and arrested following her request to see a court warrant. Israel Land Administration officials refer to the village as "unrecognized" and have.... Related: YNet: Bedouin village razed for 5th time

Eviction at Al Araquib, July 27th 2010.
10/14/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - Bulldozers tear apart the village of Al Araquib - The Israeli authorities demolished the entire village of Al Araquib in which 300 residents live. 30 homes, infrastructure and animal pens were demolished. Residents of unrecognised villages are unable to get building permits for their houses. Updated on October 14, 2010 [end....

Netanyahu: Lebanon is becoming an extension of Iran's regime
Ha'aretz 14 Oct 2010 - Speaking after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address to thousands of Hezbollah supporters in southern Lebanon, Netanyahu says: 'We will continue to build and to protect ourselves as best we can.'

Hezbollah supporters: Ahmadinejad visit to Lebanon a victory over Israel
Ha'aretz 14 Oct 2010 - For long a front line in conflicts with Israel, most recently in 2006, Bint Jbeil was an ideal place for Hezbollah to host its main Shi'ite ally, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a sworn enemy of Israel who has called for the state to be wiped off the map.

Families of Gaza flotilla victims accuse Israel of war crimes in The Hague
Ha'aretz 14 Oct 2010 - Delegation representing 300 activists files complaint over Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla which left 9 activists dead.

Abbas vows to pressure U.S. to stop Israel settlement construction
Ha'aretz 14 Oct 2010 - The Palestinian president says Israel is 'still putting obstacles' in the path of peace talks, singles out West Bank settlement building.

Ahmadinejad tells Lebanese at rally near Israel border: The Zionists will disappear
Ha'aretz 14 Oct 2010 - Ahmadinejad welcomed by thousands of people in Bint Jbeil, location of heavy fighting during Second Lebanon War, where signs hang praising Iranian president as 'protector of resistance'., Foreign Minister Lieberman being urged by his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle to continue direct talks with the Palestinians.

Ahmadinejad: Iran will continue nuclear efforts, Lebanon should follow suit
Ha'aretz 14 Oct 2010 - Israeli official: It is a tragedy that Lebanon is allowing Iran's president, a non-Arab, to destroy it from the inside.

U.S.: PLO remarks on borders shows we need direct Mideast talks
Ha'aretz 14 Oct 2010 - Yasser Abed Rabbo says Palestinians willing to recognize Israel in exchange for 1967 borders.

U.S. lawmakers: Lebanon's embrace of Ahmadinejad may affect military aid
Ha'aretz 14 Oct 2010 - U.S. representatives renew opposition to transfer of $100 million in U.S. assistance to Lebanon in wake of visit by Iran President, Lebanese daily reports.

U.S.: We suspect Iran doesn't have Lebanon's interest at heart
Ha'aretz 14 Oct 2010 - State Department spokesman says Iran and Hezbollah are trying to undermine the sovereignty of the Lebanese government.

PLO chief: We will recognize Israel in return for 1967 borders
Ha'aretz 14 Oct 2010 - Yasser Abed Rabbo says that in exchange for accepting Palestinian territorial claims, it will recognize Israel as 'whatever it wants.'

3 wounded in Rehovot car explosion
Ha'aretz - Bomb explodes as man known to the police opens his car door; two passersby also lightly wounded.

Did Netanyahu predict Chile mine collapse 23 years before it happened?
Ha'aretz - In the midst of a successful rescue mission to save 33 Chilean miners, PMO distributes quotes from a book Netanyahu wrote in 1987.

OPT: UNRWA to partner with Morocco-Palestine association
Relief Web 14 Oct 2010 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Safety and security of humanitarian personnel and protection of UN personnel - Introductory remarks by EU Head of Delegation Serrano
Relief Web 14 Oct 2010 - Source: European Union

To 'Truly Universalize' Child Rights Global Community Must Reach Neediest Children in Critical Early Years with Nutrition, Protection, Third Committee Told
Relief Web 14 Oct 2010 - Source: UN General Assembly

OPT: UNITED AGAINST HUNGER
Relief Web 14 Oct 2010 - Source: CARE, European Commission Humanitarian Aid department

Ahmadinejad: Zionists will not last long
YNet News - Iranian leader arrives in south Lebanon's Bint Jbeil, where masses await in....

'Assad said will press Hamas to recognize Israel'
YNet News - Swedish FM Bildt tells Beilin Syrian president sincere in desire to jumpstart....

Lieberman willing to adopt American pledge of allegiance
YNet News - Foreign minister addresses loyalty oath bill during visit to Berlin, stresses....

Israelis: For every stone Ahmadinejad throws we'll build another home
YNet News - Residents of Israel's border communities not letting Iranian president's....

Egypt takes new steps to control media
YNet News - Sequence of new restrictions on journalists intended to stifle vibrant media....

Compensation proposed to Kishon divers 'insulting'
YNet News - Members of elite navy unit who fell sick after working in Israel's infamously....

E. Jerusalem construction bid underway
YNet News - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized the construction of 240 new housing units in the northeastern Jerusalem neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze'ev and Ramot, Ynet learned .......

PM: Lebanon's turning into Iranian satellite tragic
YNet News - As Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon draws to an end, Israel remain wary of the latter's strengthening ties with Tehran. Prime Minister .......

NY man flees to Israel after allegedly killing parents
YNet News - An American man has fled to Israel after allegedly stabbing his parents to death, police said. According to the New York Post, Eric Bellucci, 30, from Staten Island, .......

PM: Best answer to Ahmadinejad given 62 years ago
YNet News - After threatening Israel in Bint Jbeil Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continued to tour south Lebanon. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented .......

Turks accuse Israel of war crimes at ICC
YNet News - Turkish lawyers representing pro-Palestinian activists filed a complaint Thursday with the International Criminal Court accusing Israel of committing war crimes in May .......

US: Europe terror alert stands
YNet News - The US still believes Britain and the rest of Europe is at grave risk from a terrorist attack, a government official has warned. US State Department counter-terrorism .......

Prisoners Threaten of Open Hunger Strike
WAFA - RAMALLAH, October 14 (WAFA)- Minster of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qraqe’ said that he received several  letters from the prisoners that threatened to start an open hunger strike until the end of

Israeli Government Pushes its Arabs into Intifada
WAFA - RAHAT (NEGEV), October 14 (WAFA)- After demolishing the homes in Rahat and Arakeeb,  Arab Knesset (Israeli Parliament)  member Talab El Saneh warned that Israeli police is engaged in

Initiation of Food Assistance Program in Gaza
WAFA - RAMALLAH, October 14, 2010 (WAFA)- Marking World Food Day 2010, CARE International has embraced this year’s theme “United against Hunger”, by starting fresh food distributions to more than 60,000

Finnish President Visits EUPOL COPPS
WAFA - RAMALLAH, October 14, 2010 (WAFA)-  The President of the Republic of Finland,Mrs. Tarja Halonen, paid an official visit to EUPOL COPPS’ Headquarters, located in Ramallah, within her regional

Abbas expects US to persuade Israel to halt construction
Daily Star 14 Oct 2010 OTTAWA: A Canadian court late on Wednesday upheld a rape victim's right to testify in court while wearing the Islamic veil, but only if it does not impede the accused's right to cross-examine witnesses. The Ontario...

Turks accuse Israel of war crimes at international court
Daily Star 14 Oct 2010 AMSTERDAM: Turkish lawyers representing pro-Palestinian activists filed a complaint on Thursday with the International Criminal Court accusing Israel of committing war crimes in May when its troops raided a boat trying to break Israel's blockade of...

Netanyahu to Iran: 'We will know how to defend' Israel
Daily Star 14 Oct 2010 Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu chose to respond to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remarks in Lebanon about Israel's "demise" from the hall in Tel Aviv where Israel's first premier, David Ben-Gurion, declared the creation of Israel in...

Until when will this conspiracy of silence go on?
Daily Star 14 Oct 2010 Seconds passed like an eternity for a heart beating for freedom, a soul which fought against occupation and its humiliation and a body shrinking into itself trying to avoid 21st-century brutality in a prison cell without...

Egypt takes new steps to control media before vote
Daily Star 14 Oct 2010 CAIRO: Egypt has handed down new media requirements that will effectively put all live broadcasts, including TV talk shows and news bulletins, under the control of state television.Critics say a sequence of new restrictions on journalists...

Israeli security makes preparations to deport 1948 Palestinians
PIC 14 Oct 2010 - Israeli Internal Security Minister said security forces are gearing for all potential scenarios if a decision is passed to deport all Palestinians from 1948 occupied lands into the West Bank.

Haneyya discusses reconciliation with AL secretary general
PIC 14 Oct 2010 - Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya discussed inter-Palestinian reconciliation and latest developments in a telephone contact with Arab League secretary general Amr Mousa.

Boy hit by settler’s car in Silwan arrested
PIC 14 Oct 2010 - Israeli police arrested Tuesday one of the boys in Jerusalem’s Silwan district who was deliberately hit by the car of a Jewish man several days back.

Beirawi: Lifeline 5 to set sail Saturday
PIC 14 Oct 2010 - The Lifeline 5 aid convoy to the Gaza Strip is set to sail for Egyptian port of Al-Arish on Saturday evening en route to Gaza, its media spokesman Zaher Al-Beirawi said on Thursday.

Palestinian prisoners to go on hunger strike soon
PIC 14 Oct 2010 - Palestinian prisoners are getting prepared to go on hunger strike that will extend to include all prisoners in an attempt to pressure the prison administrations to improve their prison conditions.

Israel to demolish 22 Palestinian homes in J'lem to build park
PIC 14 Oct 2010 - The Israeli municipal council in occupied Jerusalem approved a plan to build a new Jewish park in place of 22 Palestinian homes to be demolished in Al-Bustan neighborhood.

Finland,s FM lands in Gaza after Israel denied his entry a few days back
PIC 14 Oct 2010 - Finland's Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb landed Thursday morning in the Gaza Strip after several days of Israel denying him entry.

Haneyya gov't lashes out at Abedrabbo's remarks
PIC 14 Oct 2010 - Taher Al-Nunu strongly denounced Yasser Abedrabbo, the secretary-general of the Palestine liberation organization (PLO), for declaring his readiness to recognize the Jewish state.

Hamas MPs: Asking the PA to recognize the Jewish state bias against the victim
PIC 14 Oct 2010 - The Hamas parliamentary bloc said that the US administration's attempt to pressure the PA to recognize the Jewish state is a blatant bias in favor of the executioner against the victim.

Egypt allows entry of lifeline 5 after banning ten activists
PIC 14 Oct 2010 - The Egyptian authorities on Wednesday night gave final approval to the entry of lifeline aid convoy to the Gaza Strip through Al-Arish port, Zaher Beirawi, the convoy's spokesman, said.

Iran’s President Praises Hezbollah
New York Times 14 Oct 2010 - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the militant group a model for the world.

Iran’s Leader Cements Ties on State Visit to Lebanon
New York Times 14 Oct 2010 - The presidents of Iran and Lebanon announced several bilateral agreements on energy, water, and other issues, underscoring how Iran’s influence has reached beyond Hezbollah.

AL KHALIL (HEBRON): Two Palestinians killed, four families made homeless.
Christian Peacemaker Teams - Palestine -

Intellectual Healing At The Freedom Theatre
Palestine Monitor - At Jenin's Freedom Theatre, the guiding principle is to use art as resistance. As Nabil Al-Raee, director and acting instructor says, “theatre can open the minds of people, it can make them free from the occupation mindset.” This is the message the theatre wants to send...

When will Americans be informed of what is stirring in Israel?
Mondoweiss - This is reportedly a Gush Shalom ad in Haaretz : A state That declares war On a fifth Of its citizens – Can it be called “Democratic”? A state That persecutes Its minority – Can it be called “Jewish”? Tomorrow, Saturday evening, we shall demonstrate against the...

The yearly settler festival of destroying the Palestinians’ olive trees and orchards
Mondoweiss - and other news from Today in Palestine Settlers/ Land, Property, Resource Theft & Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing Abbas pressures U.S. to aid in stopping Israel settlement building The Palestinian president says Israel is 'still putting obstacles' in the path of peace talks, singles out West Bank settlement building....

Brooklyn-Jenin: ‘The Messiah will only come the day after his arrival.’
Mondoweiss - Jenin State of Emergency: Subject I finished off my last post with a heartfelt cry to the residents of the Occupation Matrix to help Mustafa get to New York, for a film festival which could dramatically promote him, and help establish a cinema center for young...

Blogging for the enemy
Mondoweiss - The author has done a couple of earlier posts. First here , then here .   With this post I include my name and not just my nom de blog, wondering jew.   Weeks ago when I informed a right wing Israeli friend of mine that I had visited...

‘The Palestinians have won’
Mondoweiss - A friend in Jerusalem just told me : The Israelis won't negotiate because they won't give up land. They'll fudge and fret but this time their intransigence will be made plain to the world. The world is behind the '67 borders, and Israel can't go near that...

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