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Sunday, October 17, 2010
Israeli inquiry calls on flotilla attack witnesses to testify; despite threatening to arrest them
IMEMC - 18 Oct 2010 - Sunday October 24, 2010 - 20:01, After promising, on multiple occasions, to arrest any participants in the humanitarian aid flotilla to Gaza, Israeli officials have now made an 'open call' to those same participants to testify in an inquiry about the Israeli attack on the aid boats that killed 9 aid workers.

Abbas: “Netanyahu Told Me He Cannot Extend Settlement Freeze”
IMEMC - 18 Oct 2010 - Monday October 18, 2010 - 04:23, During a TV Interview with Israel's Channel 1, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told him that he cannot extend the freeze on settlement activities in the occupied territories.

Soldiers Attack Protestors in East Jerusalem
IMEMC - 18 Oct 2010 - Monday October 18, 2010 - 04:12, Israeli soldiers attacked on Sunday Palestinian protestors in El Ein and Wadi Hilwa areas, in occupied East Jerusalem.

Bulldozer driver and ground commander to testify in Corrie trial
IMEMC - 18 Oct 2010 - Monday October 18, 2010 - 03:43, Supreme Court refuses challenge to use of screen to shield soldiers

Palestinian dies of wounds sustained in October 7th Israeli airstrike
IMEMC - 18 Oct 2010 - Sunday October 17, 2010 - 13:35, An Israeli airstrike in Gaza that killed one Palestinian and wounded five has claimed a second victim, as 22-year-old Muhammad Hisham Zaqout succumbed to his wounds in a Gaza City hospital on Sunday.

Mousa Slams Israel´s New Construction Plan
IMEMC - 18 Oct 2010 - Sunday October 17, 2010 - 06:13, Arab League secretary-general, Amro Mousa, slammed the new Israeli plan to construct new settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem.

The Elders visit Gaza; call for lifting of blockade
IMEMC - 18 Oct 2010 - Sunday October 17, 2010 - 05:48, Mary Robinson, Ela Bhatt and Lakhdar Brahimi say the isolation of Gaza is not only illegal collective punishment, but also an impediment to peace. President Carter will join his fellow Elders in Egypt on their return from Gaza.

2 killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza
10/18/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian succumbed to his wounds sustained Sunday morning during an Israeli airstrike northwest of Gaza City, bringing the death toll up to two. A medical source identified the second Palestinian killed in the bombings as 22-year-old Muhammad Hisham Zaqout. Earlier, Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyya said....

Hebron: Settlers begin work on new road
10/17/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers began construction on a new road Sunday on Palestinian farmland in the Al-Buweira village in the southern West Bank district of Hebron. Bulldozers were seen digging up land near the Kiryat Arba and Kharisna settlements in the district to make way for a road between the latter settlement and....

Second child detained seen struck down by settler
10/17/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police detained a 12-year-old boy on Sunday who was seen on video being struck down by an Israeli settler organization leader in the flashpoint East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on 8 October. Omran Muhammad Mansour was taken to the Russian compound detention center in Jerusalem for questioning and was....

House arrest for child run down by settler
10/17/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court on Sunday ordered the release of a 12-year-old boy, detained on 8 October after he was filmed being run down by an Israeli settler organization leader in Silwan in East Jerusalem. Omran Muhammad Mansour was released on 2,000 shekels bail (around $560), and his family was ordered....

Clashes erupt in Silwan
10/17/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians erupted in the flashpoint East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Sunday. Ma'an's correspondent said large numbers of Israeli forces were deployed in the area, and were firing live ammunition, tear gas canisters, sound grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian youth....

Residents gather to stop removal of Silwan sit-in tent
10/17/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian residents of Silwan gathered Sunday to stop the dismantling of a sit-in tent by Israeli authorities. Israeli police delivered a removal order to Na'im Ruweidi, upon whose roof the tent is located. Ruweidi said Israeli intelligence summoned him two days ago, and threatened to deport him and his....

Israel to close Bethlehem checkpoint for Jewish holiday
10/17/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's Civil Administration said the 300 checkpoint in Bethlehem would be closed to those entering the West Bank on Monday due to a Jewish holiday. The administration said the closure was scheduled because celebrations would be held at Rachel's Tomb, adjacent to the checkpoint. The terminal would....

Grenade found in Rafah school playground
10/17/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A janitor found a grenade in the playground of a boys' high school in Rafah, close to Gaza's southern border, police said. A police statement said officers were called to the scene and evacuated the boys' school before removing the grenade, suspected to be leftover from....

Elders: Do not exclude Hamas from peace process
10/17/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Head of the Elders delegation visiting the Gaza Strip said Saturday evening that the international community should not exclude Hamas from the peace process. Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson told reporters in Gaza City that the Islamist movement should be involved in regional talks"because the movement actually controls....

Tension prevails in Silwan
10/17/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The flashpoint East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan remained tense Sunday night following attempts by Israeli authorities to remove a sit-in protest tent. Residents stopped attempts by Israeli police and border guards to destroy the tent, erected on the roof of Na'im Ruweidi's house. Director of Wadi Helwa....

Veteran Palestinian journalist Jamil Hamad dies
10/17/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Veteran Palestinian journalist Jamil Hamad died in Bethlehem on Sunday at the age of 72. Hamad was one of Palestine's most prominent journalists. After studying journalism and law at university in Damascus, Syria, he began a career in journalism in 1965, working for local Arabic publications and the international....

Netanyahu: Lebanon becoming Iranian satellite
10/17/2010 - TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Lebanon is "quickly becoming an additional Iranian satellite," following the Iranian president's tour of the country last week. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed supporters in southern Lebanon on Thursday, at Bint Jbeil, a village destroyed by Israel during its 2006....

Over 1,600 return to Gaza via Rafah
10/17/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza border officials said almost 3,300 Palestinians traveled through Rafah crossing on Egypt's border last week. The Gaza Crossings Administration said 1673 Palestinians stranded on the Egyptian side of the crossing were permitted entry into Gaza. Most of them were patients who had received treatment in Egyptian hospitals....

Report: Israel says Paris Mideast summit postponed
10/17/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Paris summit scheduled for 21 October between President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu has been postponed, the prime minister's office announced Saturday."Following consultations, the parties concerned have agreed to decide on another date," a statement from Netanyahu's office said....

Gaza factions slam Abed Rabbo comments
10/17/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian factions convening in Gaza City on Saturday denounced comments made by PLO Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo on recognizing Israel as a Jewish state if the US were to present a map of the Palestinian state on 1967 borders. Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine politburo member Jamil Muzhir....

PA: Israel isolating itself internationally
10/17/2010 - BETLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel delayed a Paris summit of regional leaders to avoid revealing its rejection of peace negotiations, the Palestinian Authority presidential spokesman said Sunday. In an interview on Ma'an Radio, Nabil Abu Rudaineh said Israel would reject any summit in which its violations of agreements and international law would be....

Hamas: German mediator visited Gaza
10/17/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha said Sunday that a German mediator had visited Gaza to discuss a prisoner swap deal to release captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, but no progress had been made on the issue. The visit did not signify a resumption of talks on the deal, Taha said, describing the....

France FM: Saudis warn of fresh Al-Qaida terror threat in Europe
Ha'aretz - The warning from Saudi Arabia is the latest in a series of alerts that have put French security forces and others in high-vigilance mode.

Peres cancels Morocco trip after king denies request to meet
Ha'aretz - Moroccan King Mohammed VI wrote Peres last Friday that such a rendezvous was impossible at the moment; President's Bureau believes decision was made to protest Israeli policy.

Israeli inquiry issues calls for witnesses in Gaza flotilla probe
Ha'aretz - Turkel Commission asks Turkish embassy to help build list of prospective witnesses to the deadly May 31 raid, which plunged ties between the former allies to an all-time low.

Jordan's Abdullah: EU should help restart stalled Mideast peace talks
Ha'aretz - In meeting with Greek FM, monarch urges EU to aid obstacles facing Israel, Palestinians., Zvi Shalit, grandfather of the abducted IDF soldier, counters PM's remark according to which Israel has resumed contacts with Shalit talks mediator., Remarks come in the wake of Iranian President's recent visit to Lebanon, where he voiced what he termed as his support of Lebanon's resistance of Israeli aggression.

Lebanon media: Massive explosives hoard found in country's south
Ha'aretz - Lebanon's National News Agency says construction workers discover 300kg stockpile dating from 2006 Second Lebanon war.

Netanyahu: Israel has resumed contacts aimed at freeing Shalit
Ha'aretz - Prime Minister's comment comes amid recent reports of renewed negotiations between Israel and Hamas geared toward the release of the IDF soldier, abducted to Gaza in 2006.

Report: One killed, two injured in IDF strike in northern Gaza
Ha'aretz - IDF confirms attack on northern Gaza, says target was cells launching Qassam rockets.

Paris peace summit postponed over settlement construction
Ha'aretz - Sarkozy's invitation to Netanyahu and Abbas to hold direct talks in France will not be taken up in late October as originally planned due to Israeli-Palestinian disagreement over settlement construction.

Shalit campaign: Family knows nothing regarding resumption of prisoner swap talks
Ha'aretz - Hamas confirms that talks have resumed regarding a prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel as part of a deal to secure release of Gilad Shalit.

Israeli police launch drive to fill ranks with settlers
Uruknet October 17, 2010 - As US-sponsored peace talks have stalled over the issue of settlements, Israel's national police force has revealed that it is turning to the very same illegal communities in its first-ever drive to recruit officers from among the settlers. The special officer training course, which is chiefly aimed at discharged combat soldiers, includes seven months of...

Settlement Expansion Continues in East Jerusalem
Uruknet October 17, 2010 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized a construction bid for 240 new housing units in East Jerusalem settlements on Thursday (14 October), according to Israel’s Ynet News. The homes will be constructed in the settlements of Pisgat Ze'ev and Ramot. The areas, widely considered to be Jerusalem suburbs by Israelis, were established on land annexed...

Second child detained seen struck down by settler
Uruknet October 17, 2010 - Israeli police detained a 12-year-old boy on Sunday who was seen on video being struck down by an Israeli settler organization leader in the flashpoint East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on 8 October. Omran Muhammad Mansour was taken to the Russian compound detention center in Jerusalem for questioning and was not allowed to be accompanied...

Summary of the UN Human Rights Council’s Fact-Finding Mission Report on Gaza Flotilla
Uruknet October 17 2010 - Free Gaza has been the only organization to send nine voyages to Gaza, successfully entering the port five times in 2008. The 6-boat flotilla was violently stopped May 31, 2010 as we and our coalition partners were trying again to break Israel's illegal siege. That action by Israel has caused several countries to step up...

DCI Report: IOA child arrests on the rise
Uruknet October 17, 2010 -- The Defense for Children International (DCI) marked a sharp rise this year in Israeli arrests against Palestinian children in Jerusalem and the West Bank. According to Military Order 1591, military commanders may legally place Palestinian citizens under administrative detention without charges or trial for up to six months. The order also allows for sentences in...

Poll: 36% of Israelis want to revoke Arab voting rights
Uruknet October 17, 2010 - A survey released Friday by the Dahaf polling agency reveals that many Israeli Jews favor anti-democratic values, with 36 percent in favor of revoking the Palestinian minority's right to vote, Israeli media reported. The poll, headed by Dr Mina Tzemach, was held following an amendment to the Citizenship Act passed on Sunday, in which non-Jews...

URGENT APPEAL - Children of the GravelAppeal to stop the targeting of unarmed children working near the border in Gaza.
Uruknet October 17, 2010 - ... DCI-Palestine documented 12 cases of children shot whilst collecting building gravel near the border fence between Gaza Strip and Israel. Due to a severe lack of job opportunities and a shortage of construction material entering Gaza from Israel, hundreds of men and boys scavenge for building gravel amongst the destroyed buildings close to the border...

Israeli Settler Sewage Floods Beit Ommar Land
Uruknet October 17, 2010 - Thousands of liters of raw sewage from the illegal Gush Etzion settlement flooded over 50 dunams of Palestinian farmland in the village of Beit Ommar last night. The sewage was pumped from a storage unit inside the settlement onto the land of the Sabarna family, flooding trees and submerging a bulldozer. As of 10 AM...

2 killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza
Uruknet October 17, 2010 - A Palestinian succumbed to his wounds sustained Sunday morning during an Israeli airstrike northwest of Gaza City, bringing the death toll up to two. A medical source identified the second Palestinian killed in the bombings as 22-year-old Muhammad Hisham Zaqout. Earlier, Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyya said Mahmoud Jabir Washah, 21, was killed...

Awarta Man Suffers Broken Legs After Settler Pig Attack
Uruknet October 16, 2010 - Farmer Ismael Awad, 57, is recovering in Raffidya hospital, south of Nablus, after a wild boar attacked him in his olive fields yesterday, breaking both of his legs. The animals are believed to have been released from the nearby Itamar settlement. Such attacks are becoming increasingly common. Awad, from Awarta, Nablus, had been harvesting his...

The Zionist System Shows its True Face
Uruknet October 16, 2010 - Recent headlines and editorials have been sounding the alarm on a new Israeli policy requiring non-Jewish immigrants to Israel to swear allegiance to a "Jewish and democratic" state. Commentators and academics around the world are calling the just-approved measure fascist and some even compare it to racist laws in Europe that lead up to the...

Settler Rabbi: Celebrating Murder of Palestinians ‘Great Mitzvah’
Uruknet October 16, 2010 - ... Now picture this, Palestinian militants murder four Jewish settlers from the most extremist of all settler groups. In the ensuing days, the IDF hunts down those it alleges to have planned and executed the attack and mows them down, in at least one instance killing a sleeping man in his bed. No proof ever offered....

Israeli settlers begin new settlement expansion outside Jenin
Uruknet October 16, 2010 - Despite a statement by US officials Friday that they were disappointed in Israel's decision to continue expanding settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem, new and existing settlements have begun a massive building spree, including in several settlements near Jenin. The Jenin-area settlements are particularly controversial due to their proximity to Palestinian cities and towns...

International Aid Convoy to Gaza Due to Sail This Sunday
Uruknet October 16 - 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 where Israel boarded the Mavi Marmara in May and killed nine Turkish humanitarians on board as they attempted to sail to Gaza...

Settlers caught on camera torching cars
Uruknet October 16, 2010-- Three Israeli settlers were caught on security cameras setting fire to two Palestinian cars in the village of Qusra in the northern Nablus district overnight Saturday. The suspects, residents of the illegal Migdalim settlement, were filmed entering the nearby village at 1:40 a.m. and torching the two cars that were parked outside Ayman Hamdan's home...

Talks over captured Israeli resume
AlJazeera 17 Oct 2010 - Hamas says discussions over possible swap for Gilad Shalit continue but that Israeli PM's position is obstacle to deal.

Israeli raid kills Gaza fighters
AlJazeera 17 Oct 2010 - Two Palestinian fighters were killed and two others injured in a pre-dawn strike north of Gaza City.

Hamas-Israeli prisoner swap talks 'have resumed'
The Guardian 17 Oct 2010 - Israel says German negotiator is back in contact with Hamas rulers of Gaza for Gilad Shalit discussions Israel said today it had resumed talks with the Hamas rulers of Gaza on swapping about 1,000 Palestinian prisoners...

Let’s put our emotions aside and think logically
Palestine Note 17 Oct 2010 - One of the things I often love to do on my iPad is checking out a photo app, called " TheGuardian Eyewitness. " Today, I came across one of the photos that kind of struck me...

Israel Strikes at Hamas in Gaza; Conflicting Reports Follow
The Media Line 16 Oct 2010 - The Israeli military issued a bulletin early Sunday morning claiming that it's air force had "targeted and hit" a cell of presumed Hamas operatives seen preparing to fire missiles "from the northern Gaza Strip into Israel."...

Sarkozy Postpones His Planned Peace Conference
The Media Line 16 Oct 2010 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy has postponed plans to host an Israeli-Palestinian peace summit in Paris at the end of October. Although no exact date was released, the participants were to include Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu; the...

Turkish Prime Minister Blasts American Support for “State Terrorism”
The Media Line 16 Oct 2010 - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday blasted the American administration for its support of Israel following the May 31 Gaza flotilla affair. He reiterated his demand that Israel apologize for the incident in which...

Jerusalem Municipality Destroys Vendor Stall in East Jerusalem, Confiscates Merchandise
Alternative Information Center - Jerusalem Municipal inspectors and police demolished a street vending stall on Sultan Suleiman Street , across from the Old City 's Damascus Gate, on Friday 15 October at 12.45 a.m. The stall belongs to Faiz Abu Ramuz...

Settlement Expansion Continues in East Jerusalem
Alternative Information Center - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized a construction bid for 240 new housing units in East Jerusalem settlements on Thursday (14 October), according to Israel ’s Ynet News.

More Countries Pull out of OECD Conference in Jerusalem
Alternative Information Center - Sweden , Ireland , Turkey and South Africa have all announced that they will not be taking part in the annual tourism conference of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), according to a press release from the...

Yosef: Gentiles exist only to serve Jews
Jeruslalem Post 18 Oct 2010 - According to Rabbi, the lives of non-Jews in Israel are safeguarded by divinity, to prevent losses to Jews.

Nasrallah's 'IDF rifle' gift to Ahmedinajad dates to '70s
Jeruslalem Post 17 Oct 2010 - Hizbullah leader claimed present to Iranian president was taken from soldier in 2006 war; IDF says rifle went out of active service 30 years ago.

Over half of capital’s kids live in poverty, report finds
Jeruslalem Post 17 Oct 2010 - The fertility rate for women in Jerusalem is the same for both Jews and Arabs, with the exception of haredi women, who have an average of 7.7 children.

Soldier who danced around detainee: It wasn't a war crime
Jeruslalem Post 17 Oct 2010 - Former IDF soldier was filmed dancing around a bound Palestinian female security suspect in 2007.

Uni program for haredi students marks anniversary
Jeruslalem Post 17 Oct 2010 - We need you in the workforce, Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer tells participants of conference in Jerusalem.

University program for haredi students marks anniversary
Jeruslalem Post 17 Oct 2010 - We need you in the workforce, Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer tells participants of conference in Jerusalem.

Turkel C'tee asks Turkish embassy to provide witnesses
Jeruslalem Post 17 Oct 2010 - Internal investigation of Gaza flotilla sends open invitation for passengers, crew to testify; Turkish embassy yet to respond.

Hamas will pay heavy price if it attacks again, IDF source
Jeruslalem Post 17 Oct 2010 - Israel’s increased deterrence since Cast Lead remains, has prevented the terrorist organization from launching a major attack so far.

Interview with Barak housekeeper prompts reopening of case
Jeruslalem Post 17 Oct 2010 - Investigation into defense minister hiring illegal foreign worker was closed after Shin Bet investigators failed to locate the Filipino woman.

Lebanon becoming Iranian satellite, Netanyahu warns
Jeruslalem Post 17 Oct 2010 - "This is tragedy for Lebanon, but we know how to defend ourselves," PM says at Kibbutz Degania cabinet meeting; Schalit family protests outside.

Edelstein confirms Pollard release discussions underway
Jeruslalem Post 17 Oct 2010 - High-level discussions in Israel on how to get clemency in the US for Israeli agent; Knesset panel to invite US envoy to hearing on the matter.

Hamas says no progress in negotiations on Schalit
Jeruslalem Post 17 Oct 2010 - Netanyahu confirms reports that contacts have been renewed with German mediator Gerhard Konrad.

New Gaza flotilla expected to arrive in al-Arish, Egypt
Jeruslalem Post 17 Oct 2010 - IDF to monitor journey of "Gaza aid" expedition as it readies to embark from Syrian port; activists include group that participated in infamous May 31 flotilla.

Nasrallah's 'IDF rifle' gift to Ahmedinajad dates back to 1970s
Jeruslalem Post 17 Oct 2010 - Hizbullah leader claimed that present to Iranian president was taken from IDF soldier in 2006 war, but IDF says rifle went out of active service 30 years ago.

Mike Leigh cancels visit over ‘Israeli policies’
Jeruslalem Post 17 Oct 2010 - "Since flotilla attack, your gov’t has gone from bad to worse," British director writes in letter to Jerusalem film school.

British director Mike Leigh cancels Israel
Jeruslalem Post 17 Oct 2010 - Leigh, scheduled to teach at film school, cites several Israeli policies, including proposed loyalty oath, as reason for change of heart.

K-long and Lolipot perform at Tel Aviv's Wigstock Festival
Jeruslalem Post 17 Oct 2010 - Photo Gallery: Annual drag event Wigstock, named after 1969 Woodstock Festival, raises money for AIDS services in Israel.

Schalit family to rally at Degania for Gilad's release
Jeruslalem Post 17 Oct 2010 - In response to reports that talks were renewed with Hamas for release of the captured soldier, Schalit family says they are not optimistic.

'12 Angry Lebanese' Touch So Many More
IPS Straddling the hills overlooking the Mediterranean Sea is Roumieh, Lebanon's largest and most notorious high-security men's prison. Crowded into its dank and depressing concrete cells are those convicted as religious extremists, murderers, mobsters and spies.

Weekly anti-Wall Protest Update
Stop The Wall - Palestinian and international activists came together for the Friday protests, with several reports of injuries from tear gas and rubber bullets. [

PCHR Hosts Meeting of Civil Society Organizations and Public Figures with the Elders' Delegation Leaded by Mary Robinson
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Ref: 81/2010

Israeli Settler Sewage Floods Beit Ommar Land
10/17/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - Thousands of liters of raw sewage from the illegal Gush Etzion settlement flooded over 50 dunams of Palestinian farmland in the village of Beit Ommar last night. The sewage was pumped from a storage unit inside the settlement onto the land of the Sabarna family, flooding trees and submerging a bulldozer. As of 1 PM....

Bulldozer driver and ground commander to testify in Corrie trial
10/17/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - Rachel Corrie Foundation - The driver of the bulldozer that crushed to death Rachel Corrie in Rafah, Gaza, in March 2003, and the military commander in charge of the unit on the ground that day, are scheduled to testify on Thursday, October 21 in the civil lawsuit filed by Rachel's family against the state....

France FM: Saudis warn of fresh Al-Qaida terror threat in Europe
Ha'aretz 18 Oct 2010 - The warning from Saudi Arabia is the latest in a series of alerts that have put French security forces and others in high-vigilance mode.

Peres cancels Morocco trip after king denies request to meet
Ha'aretz 18 Oct 2010 - Moroccan King Mohammed VI wrote Peres last Friday that such a rendezvous was impossible at the moment; President's Bureau believes decision was made to protest Israeli policy.

Israeli inquiry issues calls for witnesses in Gaza flotilla probe
Ha'aretz 18 Oct 2010 - Turkel Commission asks Turkish embassy to help build list of prospective witnesses to the deadly May 31 raid, which plunged ties between the former allies to an all-time low.

Jordan's Abdullah: EU should help restart stalled Mideast peace talks
Ha'aretz 18 Oct 2010 - In meeting with Greek FM, monarch urges EU to aid obstacles facing Israel, Palestinians., Zvi Shalit, grandfather of the abducted IDF soldier, counters PM's remark according to which Israel has resumed contacts with Shalit talks mediator., Remarks come in the wake of Iranian President's recent visit to Lebanon, where he voiced what he termed as his support of Lebanon's resistance of Israeli aggression.

Lebanon media: Massive explosives hoard found in country's south
Ha'aretz 18 Oct 2010 - Lebanon's National News Agency says construction workers discover 300kg stockpile dating from 2006 Second Lebanon war.

Netanyahu: Israel has resumed contacts aimed at freeing Shalit
Ha'aretz 18 Oct 2010 - Prime Minister's comment comes amid recent reports of renewed negotiations between Israel and Hamas geared toward the release of the IDF soldier, abducted to Gaza in 2006.

Report: One killed, two injured in IDF strike in northern Gaza
Ha'aretz 18 Oct 2010 - IDF confirms attack on northern Gaza, says target was cells launching Qassam rockets.

Paris peace summit postponed over settlement construction
Ha'aretz 18 Oct 2010 - Sarkozy's invitation to Netanyahu and Abbas to hold direct talks in France will not be taken up in late October as originally planned due to Israeli-Palestinian disagreement over settlement construction.

Shalit campaign: Family knows nothing regarding resumption of prisoner swap talks
Ha'aretz 18 Oct 2010 - Hamas confirms that talks have resumed regarding a prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel as part of a deal to secure release of Gilad Shalit.

Former Umm al-Fahm mayor gets suspended sentence for attacking police officer
Ha'aretz - Dr. Suleiman Aghbaria fought with police at a demonstration in Jerusalem's old city in 2007 with Sheikh Raed Salah, who is serving jail time for a similar offense.

Israelis face greater poverty risk than Europeans, but are more optimistic
Ha'aretz - Nearly a third of the Israeli population is in danger of sliding into poverty, compared to average 16 percent in EU countries; figure comprises mainly children and elderly.

Customer slits teller's throat in Be'er Sheva bank
Ha'aretz - Be'er Sheva police arrest the attacker, a known customer at the bank.

Thousands march in Tel Aviv against loyalty oath bill
Ha'aretz - Hadash MK Dov Khenin warns concept of a population transfer of Israel's Arab citizens has turned from a nightmare into an operational plan.

OPT: Monthly Report: Referral of Patients from the Gaza Strip September 2010
Relief Web 17 Oct 2010 - Source: World Health Organization

OPT: Oxfam urges lifting of barriers to olive production
Relief Web 16 Oct 2010 - Source: Integrated Regional Information Networks

Abbas: Netanyahu fears for his government
YNet News - In interview with Channel 1 TV, Palestinian president says there is worldwide....

IDF uses disguised troops in anti-fence rallies
YNet News - (Video) Palestinians document members of security forces hiding behind....

Israel's UN envoy says only peace can halt settlements
YNet News - Sinai settlements did not prevent 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, Israel's....

Hamas exposes 38-year collaborator
YNet News - Gaza government's interior minister says security organizations have uncovered....

Ahmadinejad urges West to 'clarify stance on Israel's nukes'
YNet News - Iranian president endorses nuclear talks with international community on....

'Gaza pullout proved strategically sound'
YNet News - IDF Southern Command gears for change as current GOC Yoav Galant makes way for....

Fatah considering 'stone intifada' in J'lem
YNet News - On backdrop of stalemate in peace talks with Israel, Palestinian source says....

PM: Lebanon becoming Iranian satellite
YNet News - Government holds special session at Kibbutz Degania in honor of its centennial....

Another flotilla sets sail for Gaza
YNet News - 'Viva Palestina,' carrying over 100 vehicles, $5 million in medical supplies, to....

Officials: Illegal maid case against Barak's wife to be reopened
YNet News - Senior law enforcement officials estimated that the Attorney General's Office will order the reopening of the investigation against Defense Minister Ehud Barak's wife, .......

French minister: Saudis warn of new terror threat
YNet News - Saudi intelligence services have warned of a new terror threat from al-Qaeda against Europe, particularly in France, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said Sunday. .......

500 Arabs begin studies in Ariel: 'There's no racism here'
YNet News - Some 11,500 students, among them 500 Arab and Druze Israelis, began the academic year Sunday at the Ariel University Center of Samaria, which is located in the West Bank, .......

Galant: Gaza op didn't solve south Israel's security issues
YNet News - Addressing the effects of Operation Cast Lead, Southern Command chief and incoming chief of staff Major-General Yoav Galant said, "It did not solve the problem in the .......

Israel takes center stage in Illinois election campaign
YNet News - Forget the financial crisis; in the Ninth Congressional District of Illinois, it is Israel that has taken center stage in the election campaign. A Jewish candidate has .......

Havat Gilad settlers damage army vehicles
YNet News - Settlers from Havat Gilad punctured the tires of army vehicles and threw stones at soldiers on Sunday after a truck suspected of carrying construction material was .......

AFD’s 10 Year Commitment in Palestinian Territory
WAFA - RAMALLAH, October 17, 2010 The French Agency for Development (AFD) is celebrating its 10 years of commitment in the Palestinian Territories and has organized on this occasion a reception on Sunday

Observer: Israeli Government on Division Verge, Netanyahu Negotiates Kadima
WAFA - LONDON, October 17, 2010 (WAFA) - The British Newspaper ‘Observer’ wrote that the Israeli government is facing the division risk because of the deadlock in the negotiations with the Palestinians

IOF Arrests Child Run Over by Jewish Settlers
WAFA - JERUSALEM, October 17 (WAFA) - The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested the child Imran Mansur, run over by a settler two weeks ago, from his home in Wadi el Hilweh in Silwan despite his terrible

Two Citizens Killed in Israeli Air Strike on Gaza
WAFA -

Scholarships Transform Young Refugees' Lives in Lebanon
WAFA - SAIDA (LEBANON), October 16, 2010 (WAFA) - August was particularly long for the family of Kamilia Abu Hawwash, a student from Saida in Lebanon: they spent the month praying for good news concerning

New date sought for Paris peace summit - Israel
Daily Star 17 Oct 2010 Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday affirmed his country's "total support" for stability in Iraq and the unity of its people during a meeting with visiting premier Nouri al-Maliki, a palace statement said.The king promised "the...

Jordan's King Abdullah promises Maliki 'total support' for Iraq reconciliation
Daily Star 17 Oct 2010 Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday affirmed his country's "total support" for stability in Iraq and the unity of its people during a meeting with visiting premier Nouri al-Maliki, a palace statement said.The king promised "the...

Elders brand Israel's restrictions on Gaza Strip an obstacle to peace
Daily Star 17 Oct 2010 GAZA CITY:A delegation of the Elders group of retired world figures on Saturday visited the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and called Israeli restrictions on the Palestinian enclave both illegal and an obstacle to peace."Mary Robinson, Ela Bhatt...

American freed in Iran denies links to rebel group
Daily Star 17 Oct 2010 TEHRAN: An Iranian-American businessman said Sunday he spent some of his more than two years in prison alongside protesters detained in Iran's postelection crackdowns and praised his first taste of freedom as a blessing "no one...

World powers have no option but talk with Tehran - Ahmadinejad
Daily Star 17 Oct 2010 TEHRAN: World powers have no option but to talk with Iran over its nuclear program, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday in defiant comments ahead of next month's negotiations."We said from the start that the...

IOA refuses to allow medical specialists to visit prisoners in Ramla hospital
PIC 17 Oct 2010 - The Palestinian prisoner committee said that the IOA refused to allow a specialized medical committee to visit the Palestinian patients under detention in the Ramla prison hospital.

Israel preparing for Abbas-Netanyahu meeting
PIC 17 Oct 2010 - Israeli official sources disclosed that a meeting between de facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu was possible on the sidelines of the Mediterranean forum.

Zionist settlers drench Palestinian grapevines with sewage water
PIC 17 Oct 2010 - Zionist settlers flooded grapevines in the Palestinian village of Beit Ummar, Al-Khalil city, on Sunday with sewage water damaging the crops over tens of dunums.

Netanyahu to relaunch efforts towards prisoner swap deal
PIC 17 Oct 2010 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said continued action will be taken to release Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier captured by Palestinian resistance, through a swap deal with Hamas.

Hamdan: Visit by German mediator did not bring anything new to Shalit deal
PIC 17 Oct 2010 - Hamas foreign relations head Osama Hamdan denied TV reports about the German mediator bridging many of the gaps in the prisoner swap deal.

Bahar hails Jordan's role in helping Gaza in medical field
PIC 17 Oct 2010 - Dr. Ahmed Bahar hailed the Jordanian role in helping the Gaza Strip in the medical field and called for an Arab and Palestinian unity to confront the Israeli arrogance.

Abu Marzouq: Gaza siege to end soon
PIC 17 Oct 2010 - Deputy political bureau chairman of Hamas Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouq has opined that the Israeli siege on Gaza Strip was living in its last days.

IOA renews building in Revava settlement
PIC 17 Oct 2010 - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) resumed construction in Revava settlement established on land of the Hares and Deir Estiyya villages north of Salfit district on Sunday.

Abu Marzouk slams Abdelrabo's remarks on Jewish state
PIC 17 Oct 2010 - Moussa Abu Marzouk condemned the latest remarks made Yasser Abed Rabbo about the Palestinian authority's readiness to recognize the Jewish state as serious, threatening the Palestinian cause.

Tensions mount in Silwan as Israel detains child, threatens to take down tent
PIC 17 Oct 2010 - Israeli forces arrested Sunday morning the child Imran Mansur, 11, while in poor medical condition in his Wadi Halwa home in Jerusalem’s Silwan district.

Israel Renews Bid to Free Soldier Held by Hamas
New York Times 17 Oct 2010 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel renewed contacts with a German mediator to negotiate the release of a captured Israeli soldier, Staff Sgt. Gilad Shalit.

Palestinian child abuse
Mondoweiss - For me, the most spectacular thing about Zionist hasbara has been how they've managed to convince most Americans that Palestinian parents "don't care about their children," "send them out to blow themselves up,"  and "celebrate the martyrdom of their children."  They've even created a word for...

Palestine, I hear you
Mondoweiss - Palestine! You call to me with whispers of pain. You speak of lost poets, children who cry for lost parents, lost teachers lost childhoods, dreams torn from their roots, mangled in a desert gone dry. In this place, water is poisoned, air putrid from the blood...

British director Mike Leigh cancels trip to Israel on account of loyalty oath
Mondoweiss - and other news from Today in Palestine: Settlers / Land, property & resource theft and destruction / Ethnic cleansing IOA renews building in Revava settlement SALFIT, (PIC)-- The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) resumed construction in Revava settlement established on land of the Hares and Deir Estiyya villages north...

Trainwreck in Boston: Dershowitz calls a Palestinian novelist a bigot and a Holocaust-denier
Mondoweiss - Here is further evidence that the collapse of the two-state solution is creating despair and anxiety inside the Israel lobby: Alan Dershowitz going ballistic as a young Palestinian novelist with whom he is sharing a stage calls for one democratic state in Israel and Palestine. At...

Why didn’t Dershowitz give up his American citizenship?
Mondoweiss - Tell me if I'm wrong, but Dershowitz seems to get defensive on the dual-loyalty front at the beginning of this conversation with Eliot Spitzer on CNN . He confirms the rumor that Netanyahu "urged" him to be Israel's UN ambassador, and says he "would have loved to...

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