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Friday, October 15, 2010
Many Protesters Suffer From Tear Gas During The Weekly Non-violent Protest In Nil'in
IMEMC - 15 Oct 2010 - Friday October 15, 2010 - 16:09, Many suffered from the effects of tear gas inhalition during the weekly non-violent demonstration against the wall in the village of Nil'in, near the centrel West Bank.

Detainees in Nafha prison Attacked by Israeli Military
IMEMC - 15 Oct 2010 - Friday October 15, 2010 - 15:00, Detainees in Nafha prison reported to the 'Wa'ed' society for detainees and ex-detainees that Israeli military invaded, on Friday afternoon, the Nafha prison and attacked detainees.

Israeli Occupation Set Up Roadblocks In Jenin
IMEMC - 15 Oct 2010 - Friday October 15, 2010 - 14:20, The Israeli army erected, on Friday afternoon, a roadblock at the entrance of the town of 'Aja, south of Jenin, and hindered the movement of palestinian citizens.

Jimmy Carter Will Visit The Occupied Palestinian Territories, Beginning On Saturday
IMEMC - 15 Oct 2010 - Friday October 15, 2010 - 12:28, The trip will be the second collective visit by The Elders, a group of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, who are also going to travel to Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Israel.

Soldiers Install Roadblocks In Hebron
IMEMC - 15 Oct 2010 - Friday October 15, 2010 - 11:51, The Israeli soldiers installed, on Friday morning, several roadblocks at the main entrances leading to the southern West Bank city of Hebron, searched Palestinian vehicles and inspected the ID cards of residents.

Israel Declares Bids For New Constructions In Jerusalem
IMEMC - 15 Oct 2010 - Friday October 15, 2010 - 11:36, The Israeli Housing Ministry announced bids for the construction of 240 settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem.

Settlers Attack Olive Pickers In Nablus
IMEMC - 15 Oct 2010 - Friday October 15, 2010 - 11:34, Israeli settlers attacked, on Friday morning, Palestinian olive pickers, and fired rounds of live ammunition at them, near the village of 'Azmout, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Egypt Decides To Prevent A Number of Hamas Leaders From Crossing Through
IMEMC - 15 Oct 2010 - Friday October 15, 2010 - 11:07, The Egyptian Authorities informed a number of Hamas political leaders that they will not be allowed to cross into Egypt on their way for pilgrimage to Mecca.

Gheit: "Arab nations may ask U.N. to recognize Palestinian state if settlements continue"
IMEMC - 15 Oct 2010 - Friday October 15, 2010 - 11:00, The Arab League’s monitoring committee decided last week to consider alternatives to negotiations

Viva Palestina 5 Likely To Sail To Egypt Sunday
IMEMC - 15 Oct 2010 - Friday October 15, 2010 - 10:06, Zaher Beerawy, spokesperson of the Viva Palestina 5 solidarity convoy stated that the flotilla will likely leave the Syrian port of al-Lathiqiyya on Sunday instead of Friday, the originally planned sailing date. Egyptian sources stated that Cairo will likely allow the convoy through but without British MP George Galloway.

10 Palestinians injured in Silwan clashes
10/15/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Ten Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets and dozens inhaled tear gas during clashes with Israeli forces after noon prayers Friday in the Al-Bustan area of Silwan in East Jerusalem. Fatah official Hatem Abdul Qader and Sheikh Ikrima Sabri were among those who inhaled gas. He told Ma'an that....

Settlers torch olive groves in northern West Bank
10/15/2010 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Firefighters were called to a Qalqiliya village on Friday after settlers torched Palestinian olive groves, a civil defense spokesman said. Mohammad Amer said residents of the illegal Gevat Gilad outpost prevented fire engines from reaching Far'ata village. He added that tens of thousands of shekels of damage was caused....

240 settlement units planned for East Jerusalem
10/15/2010 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has authorized construction for 240 housing units in the illegal Jerusalem settlements of Pisgat Ze'ev and Ramot, Israeli media reported Thursday. The units were included in a tender which listed 3,500 housing units across Israel, the Israeli news site Ynet reported. The....

Gaza crossings sealed for 48 hours
10/15/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities decided to close all crossings into and out of the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said Friday. Raed Fattouh said the Kerem Shalom and the Karni crossings would shut down for Friday and Saturday and reopen Sunday. Authorities allowed 194 truckloads and 20 new cars to enter Gaza....

Palestinian detainees organize hunger strike
10/15/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails are organizing a prison-wide hunger strike to protest poor conditions, the head of a detainees committee said Friday. In a letter sent from his cell, Yehya Sinwar said the strike would be called the Al-Furqan battle, and aimed to pressure prison administrations to stop solitary confinement....

Israel blocks teen from visiting home
10/15/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police have decided to temporarily prevent a Palestinian teenager from returning to his home, apparently as punishment for his involvement in an altercation with Israeli settlers. Ayman Nasser Al-Ghawi will not be permitted to return to the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah for 15 days, police determined Thursday, after he....

Detained protest leader's daughters join Bil'in rally
10/15/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The daughters of imprisoned protest leader Abdallah Abu Rahmah joined the weekly anti-wall rally in Bil'in on Friday to demand the release of their father. Abu Rahmah's daughters Luma, 7, and Laian, 5, marched to the separation wall carrying photographs of their father. An Israeli military court.... Related: Army court sentences protest leader to 1 year

Hamas leaders banned from entering Egypt
10/15/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities will prevent a number of Hamas leaders from traveling through the country en route to Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj. Hamas officials told Ma'an that among the leaders prohibited from accessing Egypt are lawmaker Salah Al-Bardawil and spokesmen Sami Abu Zuhri and Fawzi Barhoum. Abu....

Minister: Israel seeks to retain PA market
10/15/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) - Israeli policy aims to retain the Palestinian Authority as a market for Israeli goods, PA Planning Minister Ali Jarbawi said Friday. Speaking at a meeting with former Canadian Finance Minister Greg Selinger, Jarbawi said Israel was obstructing the development of the Palestinian private sector. Meanwhile, the PA was working hard to....

Hamas calls for dismissal of US security coordinator
10/15/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas on Friday called for the dismissal of recently appointed US security coordinator for the West Bank Michael Moeller, and said security coordination with Israel was a crime. Moeller replaced General Keith Dayton as military coordinator between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. Dayton was also involved in training PA security....

1 injured in domestic dispute in Khan Younis
10/15/2010 - GAZA (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian was injured in a family brawl in Khan Younis south of Gaza on Friday afternoon. Medical sources in Nasser hospital said "SA," who is in his 30s, arrived to the hospital with a bullet wound to the back. Police were able to control the fight and said there was....

Amnesty: Settlements threaten human rights
10/15/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank threaten Palestinian human rights, Amnesty International's regional deputy director Philip Luther said Friday. In a statement, the human rights organization called on Israeli authorities to abandon plans to construct 238 new housing units in occupied East Jerusalem." Not only....

Netanyahu approves new settlement tenders
10/15/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved tenders for 240 settlement units in the occupied Palestinian territories, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Friday....

Fatah official: Palestinians have options
10/15/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian leaders still have options despite the crisis in negotiations, Fatah Central Committee member Mohammed Shtayyeh said Friday. During an interview with Ma'an, Shtayyeh said Israel was responsible for the crisis in talks. Less than a month after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas met in....

Ex-leaders of US, Ireland to visit region
10/15/2010 - ATLANTA (Ma'an) -- Former US President Jimmy Carter will join global leaders in a visit to the occupied Palestinian territories beginning Saturday, the group announced Friday. The trip will be the second collective visit by The Elders, a group of eminent global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela." The Elders firmly support current efforts to....

Netanyahu `chose settlements over peace`
10/15/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved Friday more settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, the PLO's top negotiator said Israel had all but declared an end to negotiations."It seems to me that Netanyahu has made his choice: settlements over peace," Saeb Erekat said after the Israeli government announced....

PA condemns Jerusalem plan
10/15/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority on Friday condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's approval of tenders for over 200 settlement homes in occupied East Jerusalem. President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman told the official PA news agency WAFA that the approval undermines the peace process's credibility. Nabil Abu Rdeina called....

Finnish president visits EUPOL COPPS
10/15/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Finland's President Tarja Halonen visited the EU police training commission headquarters in Ramallah on Friday. Halonen met EUPOL COPP's Head of Mission Henrik Malmquist. Officials briefed the Finnish leader on the mission's mandate, and the broader EU support to reform the Palestinian security and justice....

Peres invited to Morocco
10/15/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres is expected to leave for an official visit to Morocco in 10 days, the Hebrew-language daily said Friday. King Mohammed VI invited Peres to visit the capital Rabat, and the president is expected to hold other meetings in the country, the report said....

Abbas: We'll never sign deal demanding recognition of Israel as Jewish state
Ha'aretz - 'PA recognized Israel's existence in 1993, and now Israel needs to recognize the Palestinian state in line with the 1967 borders,' Abbas tells left-wing MKs in Ramallah.

Palestinians, settlers clash in East Jerusalem
Ha'aretz - Settlers say Palestinians have surrounded a settler residence; Palestinian youth say settlers pelted stones at them.

Palestinians: Netanyahu harming chance for peace by approving East Jerusalem construction
Ha'aretz - Netanyahu approves tenders for 238 homes east of Green Line; neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze'ev and Ramot included in nation-wide building plan despite controversy over construction in East Jerusalem.

Iran to EU: Let's set date for nuclear talks
Ha'aretz - EU's foreign policy chief called on Iran this week to return to negotiations and proposed a three-day conference in Vienna in mid-November as the venue., Arab League's monitoring committee supports suspension of direct talks with Israel as long as settlement construction continues, resolved last week to reconvene to examine alternatives to negotiations., Neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze'ev and Ramot included in nation-wide building plan despite controversy over construction in East Jerusalem.

Danish game show winner donates 1 million krones to hospitalized Palestinian children
Ha'aretz - 'Donation to Peres Center does not mean I support Peres,' says former Danish minister, who won prize in Danish version of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'

Report: Ahmadinejad met Nasrallah at Iran embassy in Beirut
Ha'aretz - Hezbollah chief emerges from bunker to hand Iran President a gun he claims was taken from Israeli soldiers during the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

Germany encourages Israel, Arab League to pursue Middle East peace
Ha'aretz - Foreign Minister Lieberman being urged by his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle to continue direct talks with the Palestinians.

Water Crisis in Palestine Is Worsening
Uruknet October 15, 2010 - "The wind finally came to Palestine," a friend of mine told me on the phone today, from his home in Battir, a small village near Bethlehem. "Now we can finally breathe." He said he was relieved that the sweltering Palestinian summer was nearing its end and Autumn was showing its colors in the parched hillsides...

The CIA, the KKK and the USA
Uruknet October 15, 2010 - By assigning covert action roles to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), it is as if the White House and Congress had legitimized the Ku Klux Klan to operate globally. That's because the CIA today resembles nothing so much as the "Invisible Empire" of the KKK that once spread terror across the South and Midwest. Fiery...

An oath for the few excludes the many in an ethnocracy
Uruknet October 15, 2010 - In all likelihood, I will be one of the very first non-Jews expected to swear loyalty to Israel as an ideology rather than as a state. Until now, naturalising residents, like the country's soldiers, pledged an oath to Israel and its laws. That is the situation in most countries. But soon, if the Israeli parliament...

German firm helps Israel cement occupation with light rail
Uruknet October 17, 2010 - Last month, the German company TÜV NORD Group announced that it will test the technical safety of the first line of the controversial Jerusalem light rail project that critics say is being built in violation of Palestinian rights. The light rail project will connect West Jerusalem with several illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank...

Anti-UN protesters block Haiti base
Uruknet October 15, 2010 - Demonstrators have blocked the entrance to the UN military headquarters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, spraying anti-UN slogans on vehicles trying to enter. A crowd of roughly 100 protesters carrying banners saying "Down with the occupation" were forced back by UN soldiers, Sebastian Walker, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Port-au-Prince, said on Friday. "Security personnel traded blows with...

East Jerusalem homes plan ends peace talks moratorium
Uruknet October 15, 2010 - srael's ending of a months-long unofficial building moratorium in East Jerusalem by approving the construction of 238 Jewish homes in the predominantly Arab area drew condemnation from Palestinians yesterday and appeared to further threaten the future of peace talks. Hagit Ofran, a director at the Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now, said the housing approval marks...

Oxfam: Israeli policies damaging to the Palestinian olive oil industry
Uruknet October 15, 2010 - The Israeli occupation of the West bank and siege of Gaza are seriously harming Palestinian olive oil production which contributes up to US$100 million annually for some of the most underprivileged Palestinian families, the international NGO Oxfam said in a report on Friday. The report, entitled, "The Road to Olive Farming: Challenges to developing the...

Video: Andy Worthington and Justine Sharrock at “Berkeley Says No to Torture” Week
Uruknet October 15, 2010 - As part of "Berkeley Says No to Torture" Week (the largest gathering of anti-torture experts and activists since the Bush administration began its "War on Terror" over nine years ago), I was delighted to join Justine Sharrock, journalist and author of Tortured: When Good Soldiers Do Bad Things, at Revolution Books on Sunday evening for...

Israel's Zionism Problem
Uruknet October 15, 2010 - I was struck by a piece I read this morning on The Atlantic's website by Jonathan Tepperman. The piece, which admirably decries Israel's drive toward a loyalty oath, is a perfect example of the type of bend-over-backwards thinking that is produced by the desire to justify an ethnocentric majoritarian state. Tepperman begins:

Smothered by Settlements
Uruknet October 15, 2010 - Negotiations between two unequal parties cannot succeed. Success in Palestinian-Israeli negotiations requires a reasonable balance of power, clear terms of reference and abstention of both sides from imposing unilateral facts on the ground. None of that existed in the talks that were re-initiated in September. Much like previous rounds of talks, these negotiations were dominated...

Deconstructing Israeli Distortions
Uruknet October 15, 2010 - It's a rather ordinary, run-of-the-mill piece of Israeli government propaganda - an op-ed in The New York Times, October 14, by Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren. Precisely because it is so typical, it's a fine specimen to deconstruct, to see how Israeli propaganda works. Oren's theme is that "the Palestinians are still...

Settlers attempt to kidnap toddler in al-Khalil, beat up boy in Jerusalem
Uruknet October 15, 2010 - A number of extremist Jewish settlers tried on Wednesday evening to kidnap a 3-year-old Palestinian toddler in the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil, according to Palestinian security sources. The sources added that the settlers attempted to kidnap Mustafa Qafisha from the old city, but the toddler's mother and her neighbor stopped them and were...

Netanyahu Approves More Illegal Building in East Jerusalem
Uruknet October 15, 2010 - According to Israeli media, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu approved construction of 238 illegal housing units in the northeast Jerusalem neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze’ev and Ramot, designed to be "as inconspicuous as possible." The construction, all of which falls on the Palestinian side of the Green Line, is comprised of 150 buildings in Ramot and...

Israel expels residents from Bethlehem village
Uruknet October 14, 2010 - Israeli forces on Thursday demolished storage units and tents in a village east of Bethlehem. Forces threatened residents of the Khalet 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 of residents," affirming that "...

The Wars on Drugs and Terror: mirror images
Uruknet October 14, 2010 - ...The most important commonality between these two wars is that they continue -- and will continue -- for reasons having nothing to do with their stated justifications. Both wars ensure an unlimited stream of massive amounts of money into the private war-making industries which fuel them. By itself, the increasingly privatized American prison industry --...

Netanyahu's Jewish Republic of Israel
Uruknet October 14, 2010 - The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has started its latest session full of racism and hatred. It is scheduled to discuss a number of laws devoted to the country's supposed "Jewish identity". The first of these is the "citizenship law", which is backed by the Netanyahu government with the support of the majority of his ministers. It...

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (07– 13 October 2010)
Uruknet October 14, 2010 - sraeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (07 – 13 October 2010): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed two activists of the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank, and wounded 9 Palestinians, including 6 children, in the Gaza Strip and a child in the West...

Israeli authorities bulldoze Palestinian village for the sixth time
Uruknet October 14, 2010 - A large force of Israeli police and special forces supported by armoured bulldozers, machinery and trucks have demolished a Palestinian village for the sixth time. The Israelis entered Al-Arakib in the Negev region (part of Palestine occupied in 1948), on the morning of 13 October. Local sources said that the occupation forces imposed a tight...

Israeli housing plan imperils talks
AlJazeera 15 Oct 2010 - Palestinians criticise plan to build around 240 new homes in East Jerusalem, a move that could stall direct talks.

Gaza tunnels used to export goods
AlJazeera 15 Oct 2010 - The network of tunnels in Gaza, long used to import life-saving goods, are being repurposed to export material to Egypt.

Israel provokes Palestinians and US by going ahead with new settlements
The Guardian 15 Oct 2010 - Plan for 238 new houses in East Jerusalem comes at a time when peace talks are stalled Israel provoked both the US and the Palestinians today by announcing plans to build 238 new housing units in...

Palestinian rejectionism is the main obstacle to peace | Danny Ayalon
The Guardian 15 Oct 2010 - Israeli settlement building has proved a great distraction from the Palestinian's rejection of the principles of the peace process With the Israeli-Palestinian peace process once more sadly hanging by a thread, the international community has already...

My oath to Israel’s “Jewish democracy”
Palestine Note 15 Oct 2010 - Why my fingers will be crossed In all likelihood, I will be one of the very first non-Jews expected to swear loyalty to Israel as an ideology rather than as a state. Until now, naturalising residents,...

The peace process
Palestine Note 15 Oct 2010 - All those coins Jewish children placed in our little tzedakah boxes as kids must have helped: Over the last half century, Israel is the only country in the world that has experienced a net increase in...

The mistake
Palestine Note 15 Oct 2010 - What happened that caused hundreds of thousands of Palestinian people to become refugees from their homes and villages? Some people say that the Palestinians' problems derived from a bad strategic decision, a mistake, made by Arab...

The "Israel As A Jewish State" Mantra
Palestine Note 15 Oct 2010 - Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, is an old-fashioned right-wing Zionist, which is why he is leading the chorus demanding that Palestinians recognize Israel "as a Jewish state" as a precondition for a settlement...

US frowns upon approval of settlement construction
Palestine Note 15 Oct 2010 - Washington - The United States expressed disappointment over Israel's approval on Friday of 238 new settlement constructions to be built in the West Bank, Haaretz reported Friday. Philip Crowley, US State Department spokesman stated: "We were...

Palestinian parkour
Palestine Note 15 Oct 2010 - (Please visit the site to view this media) 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...

Hamas members en route to Mecca denied entry into Egypt
Palestine Note 15 Oct 2010 - Washington - Hamas leaders en route to Mecca for the annual Hajj accused Egypt of barring entry into the country through the Rafiah crossing, the Jerusalem Post reported Friday. Gazans wishing to travel to Mecca and...

International delegation of leaders set to tour for Middle East peace
Palestine Note 15 Oct 2010 - Washington - A delegation of distinguished international leaders known as The Elders is set to tour the Middle East beginning on Saturday in order to help build support for a peace agreement between Israel and the...

Palestinian-Settler clash over olive farms in West Bank
Palestine Note 15 Oct 2010 - Washington - Tensions between the Palestinians and settlers in the West Bank erupted into violence after gunshots were exchanged and fires were ignited on the first day of the olive harvest, Ynet News reported Friday. Both...

Arab League may ask UN to recognize Palestinian state
Palestine Note 15 Oct 2010 - Washington - Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit stated that the Arab League may approach the United Nations for recognition of a Palestinian state due to the Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank, Haaretz reported...

Abbas: Under no circumstances will we agree to recognition of Israel as Jewish state
Palestine Note 15 Oct 2010 - Washington - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas stated on Friday that under no circumstances would the PA engage in an agreement that leads Palestine to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, Haaretz reported Friday. "The PA...

Iran ready to resume nuclear talks
Palestine Note 15 Oct 2010 - Washington - Iran's foreign minister stated that Iran will engage in talks regarding its nuclear program with the international community within weeks, the BBC reported Friday. The EU's foreign affairs chief, Catherine Ashton, leads the international...

New settler construction in East Jerusalem announced
Palestine Note 15 Oct 2010 - Washington - On Friday, Israel revealed plans to build nearly 240 new settler homes in East Jerusalem, drawing harsh criticism from the Palestinian Authority. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat told the AFP, "We call upon the...

Ahmadinejad meets with Nasrallah
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Meanwhile, Netanyahu insists Israel will defend itself. Washington - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly met with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah at the Iranian embassy in Beirut on Friday shortly before departing Lebanon. The story first aired...

Israeli forces test transfer scenario
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Secret drill simulates riots by Arab citizens Israel secretly staged a training exercise last week to test its ability to quell any civil unrest that might result from a peace deal with the Palestinian Authority requiring...

Turkel commission has already made its decision on Flotilla
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Israel has, in the past, conducted some reasonably credible investigations of itself. Sure, there is always an issue of credibility when a country investigates itself, and on many, maybe most, occasions (most recently, the investigations Israel...

America looks to Puntland and Somaliland to improve security in Somalia
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Washington, DC - The United States has been involved in Somalia since the early 1980s, first during the Cold War and then in 1992 during the country's massive famine by launching the humanitarian mission Operation Restore...

Religious bias in US textbooks?
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Washington, DC - Last week, the Texas Board of Education adopted a resolution with a 7-6 vote that "accuses textbook publishers of favoring Islam over Christianity and tells them to stop it." Although the resolution is...

Floods reveal political opportunities in Pakistan
Palestine Note 14 Oct 2010 - Berlin - Pakistan's floods have probably been the biggest natural calamity ever faced by a democracy. Beyond the immediate human suffering, they could become a tragedy for Pakistan's political development. Pakistan is making its third attempt...

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...

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...

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...

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...

BDS Victory: Veolia Sells Shares in Jerusalem Light Rail
Alternative Information Center - Veolia has signed a principled agreement to sell its shares in the Jerusalem Light Rail to the Israeli transportation cooperative Egged, reports TheMarker today (15 October). This sale marks a substantial victory for the Palestinian-led international...

Legal Charges against French BDS Activists Dropped
Alternative Information Center - We'll give more details tomorrow, but we can announce tonight (14 October) that the MP Alima Boumediene-Thiery and Omar Slaouti won the trial prosecuting them for having participated in a BDS action inside a Carrefour Supermarket...

Bil'in: Troops Use Tear Gas To Suppress Weekly Anti-Wall Protest
PNN - Today's demonstration was comprised of about 100 local residents, Israeli activists and internationals. As the group moved peaceful y towards the site of the wall, they chanted demands to free Palestinian political...

Dr. Erakat: "Netanyahu Has Made His Choice: Settlements Over Peace"
PNN - “It seems to me that Netanyahu has made his choice: settlements over peace,” Erakat said. The statement comes shortly after the Israeli government announced its decision to approve tenders for 240 housing...

Bethlehem Village Protest The Israeli Wall, Troops Injuries An International Supporter
PNN - The protest started at midday, as Israeli and international protesters joined the villagers and marched to farmer's land, where Israel's wall is under construction. Troops stopped the protest at the village entrance.During...

Egyptian FM Gheit Adds Voice to Statehood Demand
PNN - Gheit’s suggestion depends on Israel’s continued settlement building in the West Bank, a policy that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his negotiating team have said repeatedly is standing in the way of...

Israeli Troops Attack Nil'in Anti Wall Protest; Number Of Injuries Reported
PNN - Villagers along with international and Israeli supporters marched after midday prayers towards the Israeli wall, which is being built on local farmers' lands. The protesters demanded to reach the villagers’ lands on...

PCHR: Israeli Military Killed Two Palestinians, Injured A Child This Week
PNN - The report, which documents daily human rights violations in the occupied territories, covers the period of Thursday, October 7th to Wednesday, October 13th 2010Shooting:During the reporting period, the Israeli army killed two...

US expresses disappointment at Jerusalem construction plans
Jeruslalem Post 15 Oct 2010 - Authorities announce plans for 4,000 units; 240 beyond Green Line; Jordanian minister calls on international community to "stop all Israeli provocations."

Necessary stories: For Whom the Pole Knells
Jeruslalem Post 15 Oct 2010 - Somehow, whenever we get onto the issue of Israel, instead of reason and reality, our conversation gets governed by esoteric tropes and perverse principles of poesy.

PA Booming – For Now
Jeruslalem Post 15 Oct 2010 - As always, the fate of the Palestinian Authority economy is highly dependent on political developments.

Abbas: We will sign an agreement recognizing Israel
Jeruslalem Post 15 Oct 2010 - PA President meets with Hadash MKs in Ramallah; says any deal requiring recognition of a Jewish state or a land swap is out of the question.

'Israel killing every opportunity to resume talks'
Jeruslalem Post 15 Oct 2010 - Chief Palestinian negotiator calls on US to hold Israel responsible for collapse of peace negotiations after Housing Ministry announces plans to build 240 housing units in J'lem beyond Green Line in Ramot, Pisgat Ze'ev.

Woman shot dead in West Bank settlement
Jeruslalem Post 15 Oct 2010 - Husband is suspect, says wife shot herself with his gun during a heated argument; couple had four young children.

Palestinians slam building plans in Ramot, Pisgat Ze'ev
Jeruslalem Post 15 Oct 2010 - After Housing Ministry announces plans to build 240 housing units in J'lem beyond Green Line, Chief Palestinian negotiator says Israel government insistent on killing every opportunity to resume talks; calls on US to hold Israel responsible.

Arabs may ask UN to recognize Palestinian state
Jeruslalem Post 15 Oct 2010 - Egyptian foreign minister says if Israel continues with West Bank settlement building, "the Arab League will study some other option aside from the peace process."

Yishai says US parent killer suspect to be extradited
Jeruslalem Post 15 Oct 2010 - 30-year-old Staten Island resident, Eric Bellucci to be sent back to US after fleeing to Israel following allegations he murdered his parents.

US man suspected of killing parents arrested at Ben Gurion
Jeruslalem Post 15 Oct 2010 - 30-year-old Staten Island resident, Arik Bellucci, who is not Jewish or Israeli, boards plane to Israel after allegations of murder spread.

Labor MKs call on Herzog to resign from government
Jeruslalem Post 15 Oct 2010 - Following Welfare and Social Services Minister's announcement to challenge Barak for party leadership, MKs say "meaningful leadership actions" needed.

240 housing units approved in Ramot and Pisgat Ze'ev
Jeruslalem Post 15 Oct 2010 - Housing Ministry and Israel Lands Authority announce building plans for 4,000 units; 240 beyond Green Line, more than 1,100 to be built in Netanya, 480 in Ashdod, 450 in Tel Aviv.

US: Ahmadinejad's visit insult to Lebanese sovereignty
Jeruslalem Post 15 Oct 2010 - Iranian president ends 2-day trip with visit to Hizbullah leader; reportedly receives a gun taken from IDF soldier during 2nd Lebanon War.

Israel set to destroy Iran . . . at chess
Jeruslalem Post 15 Oct 2010 - Israeli Chess Champion Alik Gershon plans to break Guinness World Record for largest number of simultaneous games, currently held by Iran.

Website to show Palestinian violence against Jewish farmers
Jeruslalem Post 15 Oct 2010 - Samaria Citizens' Committee attempts to combat "distorted image" of one-sided provocation.

Oxfam: PA and IDF could help olive farmers double crop
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - Report chastises the Palestinian Authority, Israel and the int'l community for failing to help ancient form of West Bank agriculture.

Katz compares TA Light Rail failure to Second Lebanon War
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - "If the defense minister, PM and chief of staff of the time would have acted differently, the result would have been different," says transportation minister.

A View From Israel: Lieberman’s rebuke
Jeruslalem Post 14 Oct 2010 - Was it really so audacious for the foreign minister to advise the Europeans to solve their own conflicts first?

Settler Press Conference and Clash in Sheikh Jarrah
10/15/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - Thursday illegal settlers of the Umm Haroun Compound of Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem gave a press conference about their plans for the upcoming year. The Settlers' Organization stated that they plan to build two new blocks of settlements and a holy tourist park of biblical archeology on the Palestinian owned land of East Jerusalem. The....

International Aid Convoy to Gaza Due to Sail This Sunday
10/15/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - Palestine Solidarity Campaign - Members will throw wreath into sea at spot where Israel attacked Mavi Marmara - LONDON – October 15 – A ship loaded with vehicles and aid for Gaza is due to leave Syria for Egypt this Sunday, carrying members of Palestine Solidarity CampaignUK. The ship will pass the exact place in international waters.... Related: Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Abbas: We'll never sign deal demanding recognition of Israel as Jewish state
Ha'aretz 15 Oct 2010 - 'PA recognized Israel's existence in 1993, and now Israel needs to recognize the Palestinian state in line with the 1967 borders,' Abbas tells left-wing MKs in Ramallah.

Palestinians, settlers clash in East Jerusalem
Ha'aretz 15 Oct 2010 - Settlers say Palestinians have surrounded a settler residence; Palestinian youth say settlers pelted stones at them.

Palestinians: Netanyahu harming chance for peace by approving East Jerusalem construction
Ha'aretz 15 Oct 2010 - Netanyahu approves tenders for 238 homes east of Green Line; neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze'ev and Ramot included in nation-wide building plan despite controversy over construction in East Jerusalem.

Iran to EU: Let's set date for nuclear talks
Ha'aretz 15 Oct 2010 - EU's foreign policy chief called on Iran this week to return to negotiations and proposed a three-day conference in Vienna in mid-November as the venue., Arab League's monitoring committee supports suspension of direct talks with Israel as long as settlement construction continues, resolved last week to reconvene to examine alternatives to negotiations., Neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze'ev and Ramot included in nation-wide building plan despite controversy over construction in East Jerusalem.

Danish game show winner donates 1 million krones to hospitalized Palestinian children
Ha'aretz 15 Oct 2010 - 'Donation to Peres Center does not mean I support Peres,' says former Danish minister, who won prize in Danish version of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'

Report: Ahmadinejad met Nasrallah at Iran embassy in Beirut
Ha'aretz 15 Oct 2010 - Hezbollah chief emerges from bunker to hand Iran President a gun he claims was taken from Israeli soldiers during the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

Germany encourages Israel, Arab League to pursue Middle East peace
Ha'aretz 15 Oct 2010 - Foreign Minister Lieberman being urged by his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle to continue direct talks with the Palestinians.

Minister Herzog announces candidacy for Labor Party leader
Ha'aretz - Announcement marks beginning of intense competition as candidates try to take on current party head, Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Erekat: Israel choosing settlements over talks
YNet News - Chief Palestinian negotiator demands US, EU blame Israel for 'collapse of direct....

Settlers fire at Palestinians in West Bank
YNet News - Settlers, Palestinians blame each other for torching of fields, other violence....

Jews seek to reclaim houses in Shiekh Jarrah
YNet News - Three elderly Jews claim they were raised in east Jerusalem neighborhood before....

Hariri to Ahmadinejad: Lebanon won't join axis
YNet News - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri told Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad his country would not join the regional axis, members of the Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc .......

US: Resumption of Jerusalem construction disappointing
YNet News - WASHINGTON – The US administration expressed its disappointment on Friday with Israel's plan to build some 240 housing units in the Jerusalem's Pisgat Ze'ev and Ramot .......

Abbas: We won’t recognize Israel as Jewish state
YNet News - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday he would not recognize Israel as a Jewish state, adding that he was also opposed to population exchanges as part of any .......

Hamas accuses Egypt of planning hajj travel ban
YNet News - Hamas on Friday accused Cairo of planning to bar a number of the Palestinian Islamist movement's leaders from crossing into Egypt on their way to the annual pilgrimage to .......

Israel to extradite US man suspected of killing parents
YNet News - American citizen Eric Bellucci, 30, who fled to Israel after allegedly stabbing his parents to death in New York on Wednesday, will be extradited to the US on Saturday. .......

Presidency Condemns Approval of Tenders for 238 Homes in Settlements
WAFA - RAMALLAH, October 15, 2010 (WAFA)- The Presidency condemned Friday the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approval of tenders for 238 homes in the West Bank settlements. Presidency

President Abbas: Once again Chile has Made her Friends Proud
WAFA - RAMALLAH, October 15, 2010 (WAFA)- President Mahmoud Abbas has pledged the steadfastness of Chilean miners that were liberated after 69 days of being trapped in San Jose, Chile. “After 69 day

Fuel to Paris cut off as French protests escalate
Daily Star 15 Oct 2010 Reported Israeli plans to build 238 new settler homes in East Jerusalem provoked a furious response on Friday from the Palestinians who said Israel was bent on "killing" peace talks.The move came as Egypt's foreign minister...

Israel's plans for new East Jerusalem settler homes anger Palestinians
Daily Star 15 Oct 2010 Reported Israeli plans to build 238 new settler homes in East Jerusalem provoked a furious response on Friday from the Palestinians who said Israel was bent on "killing" peace talks.The move came as Egypt's foreign minister...

Iran welcomes Ashton offer for resumption of nuclear talks
Daily Star 15 Oct 2010 BRUSSELS: Long-stalled talks between world powers and Iran over its controversial nuclear program look set to resume after Tehran on Friday welcomed an offer to get back to the negotiating table next month. "Iran welcomes the...

UN troops to be moved to Sudan border over Southern fears of war - official
Daily Star 15 Oct 2010 UNITED NATIONS: UN troops are to be moved to the tense North-South Sudan frontier to head off violence ahead of a referendum that could break up Africa's biggest nation, a top UN official has said. But...

IOF troops storm prison wards and assault captives at Nafha prison
PIC 15 Oct 2010 - Media spokesman of the Waed society for prisoners and ex-prisoners, Abdullah Qandil, said that soldiers of the Nahshon unit stormed a number of wards in the Nafha desert prison.

Israeli occupation bar farmers from harvesting their olives
PIC 15 Oct 2010 - Israeli occupation authority barred Palestinian farmers from reaching their fields while extremist Jewish settlers opened fire at farmers and set fire to olives groves.

15 injured in Silwan in Jerusalem
PIC 15 Oct 2010 - Clashes between residents of the Silwan suburb and IOF troops broke out anew on Friday afternoon resulting in 15 Palestinians being injured and dozens suffering breathing difficulties..

Resheq calls on Abbas to fire Abd Rabbo
PIC 15 Oct 2010 - Ezzat Al-Resheq has strongly deprecated Thursday the statements issued by Yasser Abd Rabbo agreeing to recognize the Zionist entity as a Jewish state, urging Mahmood Abbas to fire him..

Oxfam: Palestinian olive oil profits affected by settler violence
PIC 15 Oct 2010 - A new Oxfam report highlights that obstacles ranging from a lack of investment in farming practices to settler violence are stifling the true potential of the olive oil sector in the West Bank.

Bardaweel: We shall never give legitimacy to occupation
PIC 15 Oct 2010 - MP Dr. Salah Al-Bardaweel, a senior leader in Hamas Movement, has reiterated Thursday his Movement's firm stand not to recognize the Israeli occupation in Palestine at any cost..

Lawyers of freedom flotilla victims want ICC to prosecute Israel
PIC 15 Oct 2010 - Defense lawyers of the victims of the Mavi Marmara ship have decided to take the issue to the International Criminal Court, stressing that the Israeli occupation must not escape punishment..

Settlers attempt to kidnap toddler in al-Khalil, beat up boy in Jerusalem
PIC 15 Oct 2010 - A number of extremist Jewish settlers tried on Wednesday evening to kidnap a 3-year-old Palestinian toddler in the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil, according to Palestinian security sources.

A woman is injured and two youth are arrested in renewed clashes in Silwan
PIC 15 Oct 2010 - Clashes between local Palestinian youth and IOF soldiers erupted again on Thursday evening in the Silwan suburb to the south of the Aqsa Mosque in the holy city.

National campaign wants immediate halt of torture in Abbas's jails in W. Bank
PIC 15 Oct 2010 - The National campaign for the defense of kidnapped Palestinian citizens in the PA jails in the West Bank has expressed anxiety over the continued torturing of kidnapped Palestinian activists..

Israel OKs new homes in East Jerusalem, raising doubts about peace talks
LA Times 16 Oct 2010 - The planned 238 houses on disputed land end a de facto construction freeze and lead Palestinian officials to accuse Israeli leaders of trying to sabotage negotiations. Defying U.S. and international calls to restrain home-building on disputed land, Israel said Friday it would construct 238 more homes atop territory in East Jerusalem seized during the 1967 Middle East War.

Israel Plan to Build Clouds Peace Talks
New York Times 15 Oct 2010 - The Palestinian negotiator condemned a decision to end an unofficial construction freeze.

In Iran, Future of University Is in Flux
New York Times 15 Oct 2010 - The future Azad University is in question after the supreme leader stepped into a tug of war between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his rival Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani over control of the university.

Living History: From Sydney To Askar
Palestine Monitor - 22 years ago, at the beginning of the first Intifada, Gillian moved from Sydney, Australia to Askar refugee camp in Nablus, West Bank. Nablus was viewed by Israel as a hub for rebellion movements and the refugee camps surrounding it were some of the hardest hit...

At NYU, Israel is held up as the model for US counter-terrorism effort
Mondoweiss - Is Israel a good counter-terrorism role model for the US? This question has been on my mind ever since the morning of September 12, 2001, when professors in two consecutive lecture classes told us first-year law students that we needn’t worry, that they had been talking...

The new threats to Israel’s Palestinian citizens
Mondoweiss - Two related articles of note. First, from ynet , a new poll finds that 36% of Israeli Jews want to revoke voting rights for Palestinian citizens. Of course, this exclusion would represent a change only for the 1.4 million or so Palestinians who are citizens, and not...

‘60 Minutes’ set to look into colonized E. Jerusalem
Mondoweiss - This coming Sunday, "60 Minutes" will go to Silwan, the neighborhood just outside the walls of the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem that Jews are colonizing. The trailer suggests that she will put some emphasis on the biblical stories that rightwingers tell themselves to justify...

The IDF kills 1 Palestinian civilian every 2 days, on average, with impunity
Mondoweiss - Every other day, the IDF kills a Palestinian civilian with impunity in the occupied territories. And the Israelis have treated these killings as "combat action," reports B'Tselem in a report on Israeli military killings in the occupied territories, 2006-2009, not including the Gaza war. From 2006...

The plan
Mondoweiss - This is the new neoconservative echo-chamber. Marty Peretz at the New Republic has adopted Jeffrey Goldberg's tactic (and Michael Oren's too): to rattle the sword for Americans to hear and so give our permission to Israel to bomb Iran: Iran now has three frontiers with Israel....

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