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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Netanyahu Agrees With Rabin’s Approach
IMEMC - 20 Oct 2010 - Wednesday October 20, 2010 - 17:50, At the 15 anniversary memorial of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, claims: "I am a partner to Rabin’s approach that we must always continue pushing for peace."

Israili Military Invades Ethna near Hebron
IMEMC - 20 Oct 2010 - Wednesday October 20, 2010 - 12:39, Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday morning, the town of Ethna, north-west of Hebron and searched the house of Abed al-Qaisi and many other houses.

Two Detainees Start Their Twenty-Fifth Year in Israeli Jails
IMEMC - 20 Oct 2010 - Wednesday October 20, 2010 - 12:21, The Palestinian national committee for supporting detainees stated, on Wednesday, that two detainees, Ibraheeb A’layan, 45, detained on October 10th,1986 and Sameer Abu Ne’mehn, 50, detained on October 20th,1986, both from Jerusalem, have entered their twenty-fifth year in Israeli jails.

Israeli Settlers Attack Olive Pickers In Nablus
IMEMC - 20 Oct 2010 - Wednesday October 20, 2010 - 12:16, On Wednesday morning, a citizen from the village of Burin, south of Nablus, was wounded by Israeli settlers who attacked him with sharp objects while he was picking olives.

Palestinian Legislator Released After 54 Months Imprisonment
IMEMC - 20 Oct 2010 - Wednesday October 20, 2010 - 11:40, Palestinian Legislator of the Hamas affiliated Change and Reform Bloc, Ali Romanim, was released on Tuesday evening from an Israeli detention center after spending 54 months in detention.

Netanyahu Orders to Redraft the Israeli Loyalty Oath
IMEMC - 20 Oct 2010 - Wednesday October 20, 2010 - 11:33, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a change in his controversial amendment to the Citizenship Act, so that the loyalty oath would also apply to Jews immigrating to Israel.

Settlers Torch A School, Graffiti Racist Slurs On Its Wall
IMEMC - 20 Oct 2010 - Wednesday October 20, 2010 - 11:21, Palestinian sources reported, on Wednesday, that Israeli settlers attacked a secondary school for girls in the southern part of Nablus, and torched the furniture and sports equipment.

Viva Palestina 5 Sails Towards Egypt
IMEMC - 20 Oct 2010 - Wednesday October 20, 2010 - 10:48, Viva Palestina 5 humanitarian flotilla sailed, on Wednesday at dawn ,from the Lathiqiyya Syrian Port, headed for the Al Arish Egyptian port. The flotilla is on its way to the besieged Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian aid that includes medical supplies and vehicles. Thirty peace activists accompany the convoy.

Palestinian Tour Guides Angered By Proposed Jerusalem Plan To Deny Them Permits
IMEMC - 20 Oct 2010 - Wednesday October 20, 2010 - 10:24, Tourism in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is an extremely political issue. The narrative given by tour guides shapes the views of visitors to the area, and the Israeli narrative is far different from the Palestinian one. So when Israeli Knesset (Parliament) members propose a plan to ban Palestinian tour guides from Jerusalem, Palestinians say that what this means is the all-out negation of the Palestinian narrative of the history of the region.

Clashes Reported East of Khan Younis, Gaza
IMEMC - 20 Oct 2010 - Wednesday October 20, 2010 - 10:06, Palestinian sources reported, Wednesday morning, that clashes took place between Palestinian fighters and Israeli soldiers near the Kissufim Israeli military post, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Gaza medics: Elderly man injured by Israeli fire
10/20/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Medics reported Wednesday that a 65-year-old man was injured by Israeli fire near the Sufa crossing east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyya said the unidentified man sustained a gunshot wound to the neck, which was described as a moderate. Abu.... Related: Medics: Elderly man injured by Israeli fire in southern Gaza

Settlers torch, vandalize Nablus school
10/20/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A group of Israeli settlers broke into an all girls' school in the Nablus districton Wednesday, setting fire to its storehouse containing furniture and unused sports equipment, the headmistress said. Maysoon Sawalha said the cleaning woman at the school in As-Sawiya village arrived to find the lock on the main....

Settlers suspected of assaulting farmers
10/20/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A number of Palestinian farmers were "brutally beaten" as they harvested olives in the northern West Bank village of Burin in Nablus on Monday by extremist settlers, locals said. Witnesses told Ma'an that one of the farmers, Munir Qadus, sustained several cuts and bruises in the assault and was....

Center: Israel launches tax crackdown in Silwan
10/20/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces and officers began carrying out a detention campaign and tax crackdown in the flashpoint neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem on Wednesday, the Wad Hilwa Information Center said. Center direct Jawad Siyam said wide-scale raids on stores in Silwan were being carried out, while armoured vehicles patrolled the streets....

Egypt ready to receive Gaza aid convoy
10/20/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egypt has declared a state of alert at the El-Arish port and airport in preparation for the arrival of a Gaza-bound aid convoy, Ma'an has learned. The convoy is expected to arrive at 1 a. m. Thursday, Egyptian security sources said. After a wait in Syria lasting 16....

Israel stops Palestinian digging in Salfit
10/20/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian farmer said Wednesday that Israel's Civil Administration ordered him to stop his digging work in the Deir Istiya village in the northern West Bank district of Salfit. Hussein Zeidan said Civil Administration forces seized a vehicle used for digging and stopped workers from approaching the area until....

12 injured in blast at Qassam training site
10/20/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Twelve Palestinians, including five children and three women, were injured in an explosion at a training site of Hamas' military wing the Al-Qassam Brigades on Wednesday in Rafah, southern Gaza. Locals said a "huge explosion" occurred in the Tel As-Sultan neighborhood, causing damage to residents' windows. Ambulances and....

Dutch police seize cranes used to build wall
10/20/2010 - AMSTERDAM (Ma'an) -- Dutch police recently raided the offices of a company leasing cranes for building the West Bank separation wall and settlements, the Israeli peace group Gush Shalom reported Tuesday. Company executives, including Israeli Doron Livnat, may face trial for violating international law. The Dutch government warned the Riwal Company two years ago....

Residents allowed access to land after court petition
10/20/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The village council of Wadi Ar-Rasha in the West Bank, with the help of the human rights group Yesh Din, petitioned the Israeli High Court of Justice last week, asking the court to issue an injunction allowing residents to reach their groves and harvest olives. Following the petition, the villagers were....

Jerusalem detainees mark 25 years in prison
10/20/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians from Jerusalem marked 25 years in prison on Wednesday, the detainees center reported. Ibrahim Husein E'lian, 45, and Samir Abu Ne'meh, 50, were detained in 1986 for operations targeting Israeli settlers, the center said....

Gaza wing says fighters fired mortars at Israeli force
10/20/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A military wing in Gaza said its fighters fired two mortar shells toward an Israeli force in the southern Gaza Strip late Tuesday, a statement read. The Jihad Jibreel Brigades, affiliated the Popular Front for the Liberate of Palestine - General Command, claimed responsibility for the fire but did not report....

Israel opens 2 Gaza crossings
10/20/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities told Palestinian crossing officials that two Gaza crossings will be partially functioning Wednesday for the transfer of goods. Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said 220 truckloads of aid and goods for the agriculture and transport sector would enter through the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Gaza, as well....

Medics: Elderly man injured by Israeli fire in southern Gaza
10/20/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Medics reported Wednesday that a 65-year-old man was injured by Israeli fire near the Sufa crossing east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyya said the unidentified man sustained a gunshot wound to the neck, which was described as a moderate. Abu....

Settlers establish memorial to slain leader
10/20/2010 - TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Wednesday commemorated the killing of a settler leader by Fatah's Al-Aqsa Brigades in 2009 in the northern West Bank. Locals said soldiers accompanied the settlers during the event, which was marked by paratroopers dropping down at the site of a memorial at the junction where Meir....

Elders: More urgency needed in peace talks
10/20/2010 - DAMASCUS (Ma'an) -- The Elders have called for a more comprehensive approach to the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks following discussions with officials, civil society, business and young people in Gaza, Egypt and Syria. The leader of the Elders' delegation, former Irish President Mary Robinson, said, "A far greater sense of urgency is needed. People....

EU 'concerned' after Israel jails activist
10/20/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The EU said Tuesday it was concerned by Israel's jailing of an anti-wall activist. Abdallah Abu Rahmah was convicted of incitement, organizing and attending demonstrations against Israel's construction of the separation wall. He was sentenced last Monday to 12 months in prison."The EU Representatives to the....

Hamas: Fatah doesn't want unity meeting in Syria
10/20/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A senior Hamas leader said Wednesday that his movement called on Fatah to convene a meeting in Damascus scheduled for today, which the Islamist movement said was postponed over a disagreement over location. Khalil Al-Hayya said Hamas was "adamant" that the meeting should be held to discuss a unity deal....

Fatah: Syria humiliated us
10/20/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Fatah said it delayed a meeting with Hamas in Damascus on Wednesday to discuss a unity deal because "Syria humiliated us" at a recent Arab League summit, Nabil Sha'ath told Ma'an."Hamas has nothing to do with postponing the meeting, but it would be difficult for us....

PA forces deliver training to 37 new recruits
10/20/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Special Police Force has successfully delivered a training course to 37 new recruits. The training was organized under the direction and supervision of the Head of the Central Force in Ramallah, Mj. Ismael Haneysha. The training included a written test as well as with a practical exam on tactics....

Fatah delegation to visit Gaza
10/20/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Fatah officials will visit the Gaza Strip on Sunday after canceling a meeting with rival Hamas, Ma'an has learned. The Fatah delegation will be headed by Ramallah-based presidential advisor Abdullah Al-Ifranji, party officials said. The delegation will seek to improve the atmosphere ahead of reconciliation meetings aimed to....

U.S. announces $60b arms sale to Saudi Arabia, says 'Israel doesn't object'
Ha'aretz - Official Andrew Shapiro says U.S. consulted with Israel over course of sealing deal, which includes 84 new Boeing F-15 aircraft and 70 upgrades of existing Saudi F-15s.

Explosion rips through Hamas military compound in Gaza
Ha'aretz - Several women and children wounded; Hamas did not give cause for explosion and IDF says it wasn't involved, signaling blast was an accident.

Palestinian school set on fire, vandalized with 'regards from the hills' graffiti
Ha'aretz - Incident appears to be the latest action in the 'price tag' campaign of extremist settlers.

Canada denies arrest of suspect in Dubai assassination
Ha'aretz - Dubai police chief says Canadian official informed him of the arrest in July, though Ottawa officials say the claim is 'baseless', the Canadian daily The Globe and Mail reports., List of popular websites to be blocked on army bases, offices, to avoid inadvertent leaks of classified information., Michael Oren speaks at event marking 25 years since establishment of Free Trade agreement between Israel and the U.S.

Netanyahu still wary of razing six West Bank outposts slated for demolition in 2004
Ha'aretz - High Court to deliberate state refusal to raze six West Bank outposts; Netanyahu: Demolition carries political implication.

'Iran's nuclear program poses a major risk to Mideast stability'
Ha'aretz - Senior U.S., Israeli officials pledge to keep Iran from acquiring atomic arms during semiannual U.S.-Israel Strategic Dialogue.

“Zionism and peace are incompatible”
Uruknet October 20, 2010 - At last somebody has said it in the most explicit way possible. The somebody also said: "The problem is Zionism and the solution is dismantling the Zionist framework and instituting a secular democracy that does not discriminate between Israelis and Palestinians." The somebody was Miko Peled, a Jewish peace activist who was born in Israel...

AMID PAPER IN GAZA
Uruknet October 20, 2010 - "My name is Adnan Hassan Ismail, I was born on 16 January 1964 in Gaza. I am a refugee from Es-Sawafeer village in Palestine. "My father is 76 now. In 1948, he was 14. Till three years ago he was in good health, but now he is ill, he has a sort of cancer. My...

Settlers damage Palestinian trees 'with impunity': study
Uruknet October 20, 2010 – Jewish settlers who vandalise Palestinian trees are not being brought to justice, with police inquiries repeatedly failing to lead to prosecutions, a human rights group said on Tuesday. In an examination of around 100 Palestinian complaints of damage to their trees, Yesh Din researchers found that the police investigations did not result in a single...

Palestinian shepherd made homeless, livelihood threatened, 14 year old son injured and in prison
Uruknet October 20, 2010 - Noah El-Rajabi is a shepherd, with two hundred sheep and goats. He lives in Bani Na’im, 17 kilometres from Hebron. He is married, and has seven children. Ten weeks ago the Israeli military demolished his house. His wife and younger children now live in two rented rooms in Hebron. Noah and his oldest son lived...

Dutch company raided over involvement in occupation
Uruknet October 20, 2010 - Last week, the Dutch National Crime Squad raided and searched the headquarters of Riwal in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, following criminal complaints lodged by the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq. Riwal is a European company that makes large-scale cranes and access equipment for construction sites and has been involved in the construction of Israel's wall and...

Rabbis Issue Letter Urging Jewish Landlords to Refuse Palestinian Tenants
Uruknet October 20, 2010 - Eighteen prominent Israeli rabbis recently issued an open letter calling on Jews to refuse to rent or sell property to Arabs, and to ostracize any Jew who rents or sells to non-Jews. The letter included the statement, "The neighbors and acquaintances [of a Jew who sells or rents to an Arab] must distance themselves from...

Gaza medics: Elderly man injured by Israeli fire
Uruknet October 20, 2010 -- Medics reported Wednesday that a 65-year-old man was injured by Israeli fire near the Sufa crossing east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyya said the unidentified man sustained a gunshot wound to the neck, which was described as a moderate. Abu Silmiyya said the injured was transferred...

This Peaceful Position Takes Courage
Uruknet October 20, 2010 - A former captain in the Israeli Air Force, previously an ardent Zionist who lost many members of his family in the Holocaust, has been labelled a psychopath and denounced by many Israelis for the moral stand he has taken against the Israeli occupation. Yonatan Shapira, 38, was fired from his job, has been verbally abused...

Olives - A Palestinian family affair
Uruknet October 20, 2010 - Mommy wake up! It’s time to go pick olives! The sweet voice of my five-year-old Yasser this Friday morning didn't feel so sweet. It was six in the morning on my first day off in a while and I was hoping to stay well-planted in dreamland until 9am. But Yasser was too excited about his...

A new round of "strategic dialogue" between US and Israel begins
Uruknet October 20, 2010 - The latest of a series of regular sessions of "strategic dialogue" between the US and Israel has opened. Such sessions take place every six months or so. Israel's delegation to the talks is headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon and includes the Prime Minister's National Security Advisor Uzi Arad, the head of the Israeli...

Israel to raze more 220 graves in Islamic cemetery of Mamanullah
Uruknet October 20, 2010 - Palestinian minister of religious affairs Taleb Abu Sha'ar warned that the Israeli municipal council in occupied Jerusalem intends to demolish more 220 graves in Mamanullah cemetery soon. In a press release on Wednesday, Abu Sha'ar condemned this decision as unjust reflecting the size of Israel's hatred against Islam and Muslims and its keenness on demolishing...

Israel's Longstanding Middle East Plan
Uruknet October 20, 2010 - In 1982, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs senior advisor Oded Yinon published a revealing document for regional conquest and dominance. Still relevant today, it's titled "A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s, translated, edited, and retitled

Rachel Corrie case: Israeli soldier to testify anonymously
Uruknet October 20, 2010 - The Israeli soldier at the controls of a bulldozer that crushed to death 23-year-old Rachel Corrie in Gaza in March 2003 is due to give evidence tomorrow in the civil lawsuit brought by the American activist's family. However the judge hearing the case in Haifa has ruled that, for security reasons, the soldier can testify...

Settlers torch, vandalize Nablus school
Uruknet October 20, 2010 - A group of Israeli settlers broke into an all girls' school in the Nablus district village of As-Sawiya on Wednesday, setting fire to its storehouse containing furniture and unused sports equipment, the headmistress said. Maysoon Sawalha said the school's cleaning woman arrived to find the lock on the main door broken as well as that...

Dutch Company Face Criminal Charges For Building Separation Wall
Uruknet October 19, 2010 - Human rights group Al-Haq have initiated criminal proceedings against a Dutch construction company for supplying equipment used to build the Separation wall and settlements. A complaint has been lodged with the state prosecutor, who pending the results of a police raid on Riwal’s headquarters in Holland, may pursue criminal convictions...

The Return of Kahane
Uruknet October 19, 2010 - Perhaps no one in the world wields as much power as Avigdor Lieberman. In Israeli coalition politics, he is a kingmaker. In the current peace talks, he is a deal-breaker. In the Middle East, he exemplifies Zionist bigotry. In world diplomacy, his belligerence destabilizes a fragile region...

Palestine: New events and more
Uruknet October 19, 2010 - After a third trip to Ofer military compound near Ramallah on October 18, 2010, and much expenses in terms of time and money, I am pleased to report that my trial based on manufactured charges by Israeli police was dismissed by the military judge. It was partially observed by Tamar and Aya, Israeli women of...

Israeli Settlers Torch Olive Trees near Bethlehem
Uruknet October 19, 2010 - On Tuesday afternoon, Beitar Illit settlers torched a number of olive trees that belong to residents of the village of Husan.The settlement of Beitar Illit is located between the villages of Wadi Fukin, Nahalin and Husan, west of Bethlehem. Jamal Sbatin, the president of the council of the village of Husan reported that settlers torched...

Hasbara drills deep
Uruknet October 19, 2010 - So what is it with Chile then? Chile has, again according to Mario Gmuer, the right distance, the medium distance if you want. It's not too close, so looking at it would hurt discretion, would make you a gawper, but also not too far away - culturally, politically - so we are not touched anymore....

OPT: Oxfam urges lifting of barriers to olive production
Uruknet October 19, 2010 - The first day of the Palestinian olive harvest officially began on 15 October, and Rani Ali and his family – like hundreds of others – were out among their olive trees, starting to bring in what looks like being a good harvest. But Rani and his family have a problem. Although they are not among...

Israel shows high militant activity in Gaza
20 Oct 2010 - Gaza, October 20, (Pal Telegraph) Deadly clashes erupted last night when a group of Palestinian resistance tried to stand up against an Israeli force penetrated the outskirts of the town of “Qarara”, north-eastern Khan Younis city in southern Gaza Strip. During the clash, Israeli forces launched an artillery shell toward the Palestinian resistance  but with no reported injuries because the...

Israeli settler burns warehouse in Nablus
20 Oct 2010 - Nablus, October 20, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli settler burned today morning a warehouse belonging to “Sawiya” secondary school for females located to the southern city of Nablus, and wrote slogans on the walls of the school. Palestinian official, Ghassan Daglas, said  that the Palestinian residents of the village saw ab Israeli settler coming out of the school this morning after he...

Canadian police deny Mabhouh arrest
AlJazeera 20 Oct 2010 - Officers reject claim by Dubai's police chief that they have made secret arrest over murder of Hamas operative in Dubai.

Egypt elections set for November 28
AlJazeera 20 Oct 2010 - Government clamps down on opposition as Hosni Mubarak, the president, announces date for parliamentary elections.

Last rapper in Gaza struggles to make voice heard
The Guardian 20 Oct 2010 - Sponsors, studio owners and party organisers shun Mothafar Assar's Street Band Rappers due to Hamas disapproval Mothafar Assar's spell in the limelight lasted only 30 minutes before the Hamas security forces came to break up his...

Rachel Corrie case: Israeli soldier to testify anonymously
The Guardian 20 Oct 2010 - Family criticises decision to allow soldier who drove bulldozer that killed daughter to give evidence from behind screen The Israeli soldier at the controls of a bulldozer that crushed to death 23-year-old Rachel Corrie in Gaza...

Fatah to visit Gaza
Palestine Note 20 Oct 2010 - Washington - A Fatah delegation, headed by presidential advisor Abdullah Al-Ifranji, is set to visit the Gaza Strip on Sunday, Ma'an News Agency reported Wednesday. The delegation seeks to improve relations with rival faction, Hamas, a...

Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail to be blocked on Israeli army bases
Palestine Note 20 Oct 2010 - Washington - The IDF is planning to block several social media websites on its bases and offices where classified material is kept in order to prevent inadvertent leaks of information. Among these sites are Facebook, Twitter...

Hamas willing to welcome peace deal with Israel
Palestine Note 20 Oct 2010 - Washington - In an interview with Newsweek, Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal stated that the militant political faction would be willing to accept a peace deal between the Palestinian Authority and Israel so long as a Palestinian...

WATCH: Ahmadinejad and Chavez united against common foes
Palestine Note 20 Oct 2010 - Washington - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Iran on Wednesday declared that two leaders were united in their efforts to defeat common enemies, Haaretz reported Wednesday. President Chavez...

US to sell arms to Saudi Arabia
Palestine Note 20 Oct 2010 - Washington - United States officials have announced that the US intends to sell $60 billion worth of arms, including helicopters and jets, to Saudi Arabia, the BBC reported Wednesday. The US State Department has forwarded the...

Iran to take US hikers to trial
Palestine Note 20 Oct 2010 - Washington - The three US hikers who have been detained in a prison in Tehran after straying across the Iran-Iraq border will be taken to court in November, the BBC reported Wednesday. One of the hikers,...

Guerilla artist who pasted photos on separation wall wins TED 2011 prize
Palestine Note 20 Oct 2010 - Washington - TED has announced that their 2011 prize is being awarded to an anonymous innovative French guerilla artist known only as "JR". JR is known for pasting his photographs of local people onto buildings, buses,...

PA ready to build West Bank international airport
Palestine Note 20 Oct 2010 - Washington - The Palestinian Authority announced last week plans to begin construction of an international airport in the West Bank, Haaretz reported Wednesday. The project is valued at approximately $340 million. "We are ready to start...

Labor member threatens party may quit government
Palestine Note 20 Oct 2010 - Washington - Senior Israeli Labor Party member and Minorities Affairs Minister Avishay Braverman said on Wednesday that his party would walk out of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government if direct negotiations with Palestinians do not recommence...

Palestinian school warehouse torched
Palestine Note 20 Oct 2010 - Washington - The warehouse of a Palestinian girls' school near the West Bank city of Nablus was vandalized and set on fire early Wednesday morning. The culprits are believed to be Jewish extremists acting on the...

Israeli officials gather at Rabin memorial ceremony
Palestine Note 20 Oct 2010 - Speakers emphasize overcoming differences in Israeli society Washington - Speaking at the 15th annual memorial ceremony on Mount Herzl for slain Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister Netanyahu said that he was "a partner" to Rabin's...

American Hikers Held by Iran for Espionage On Trial November 6
The Media Line 19 Oct 2010 - Two American hikers who are being held by Iran on charges of espionage will go on trial on November 6th. A third American was recently released by Tehran. On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton...

McClatchy: Israel and P.A. Agree to Keep Up Appearances to Help Obama's Midterm Prospects
The Media Line 19 Oct 2010 - McClatchy Newspapers is reporting that Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to keep up appearances through Election Day in America as a personal gesture to President Obama as he struggles to minimize losses in the House...

Students Denounce Demonisation of Student Activism by ADL
Alternative Information Center - On campuses around the country, groups promoting Palestinian freedom respond to attack by the Anti- Defamation League UNITED STATES (October 17, 2010) – Representing campus organizations at over 60 campuses around the country, university students promoting...

BDS Court Cases in France – Updates
Alternative Information Center - We have more good news to announce (after that of the dismissal of charges against Alima and Omar last Thursday):  The 9 Spanish comrades who were in court on 18 October in Madrid for having participated...

3500 Olive Trees Victims of Settler Crimes in Past Week
PNN - Ramallah – PNN - The PLO International Relations Department warned of a war by Israeli settlers against olive trees, saying that in the past few days over 3500 trees had been burned...

Palestine To Build New Airport in West Bank
PNN - Jerusalem – PNN - According to reports, the Palestinian Authority is ready to begin construction on a new international airport in the West Bank, just east of Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority said...

Sources: News Reports Disagree on Qassam Site Explosion in Rafah
PNN - Gaza – PNN - News reports disagree on the cause of the explosion that occurred this morning at one of the al-Qassam Brigade (Hamas) sites near Rafah, in the southern Gaza strip....

Settlers Burn Al-Sawiya Secondary Girls' School Storeroom in Nablus
PNN - Nablus – PNN - The Nablus governorate chief spokesman denounced this morning’s burning of a storeroom at Al-Sawiya Secondary Girls’ School in southwest Nablus by settlers as a “criminal assault.” The storeroom...

Knesset Won't Approve Extension of Loyalty Oath to All New Citizens
PNN - The Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, lacks support for a bill that would require Jews as well as non-Jews to pledge alligence to Israel as a Jewish and Democratic state. Justice Minister Yaakov...

Lieberman, the Rules of Diplomacy, and Naivety About Peace
PNN - Fadi Abu Saada - PNN -If the extremist Lieberman’s comments before the UN General Assembly weren’t enough, unbridled as they were, all Netanyahu could say was that Lieberman’s views were his own,...

PM paints himself as left of Rabin on Palestinian statehood
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - At Knesset ceremony for slain leader, Netanyahu points out that no predecessor froze settlement construction.

IDF to train officers to reduce civilian casualties
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - First courses to start in December; new posts created after waves of criticism following Gaza fatalities in Operation Cast Lead.

Iran, Venezuela leaders seek 'new world order'
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - Chavez says US is "on the verge of collapse" as he pledges friendship to Ahmadinejad in an effort to end "imperialism."

'Israel not expected to object to $60b. US-Saudi arms deal'
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - US official says deal would not affect Israel's qualitative military edge in Middle East, no objections from Jerusalem expected; deal will include 84 new F-15 fighter jets, upgrades to 70 existing Saudi F-15.

PA: Obama midterm fall could give Netanyahu raise
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - With Democrats expected to experience strong losses, PLO official, Abed Rabbo, says "PM is not negotiating with us, he is negotiating with US."

PA wary that Obama midterm fall could give Netanyahu raise
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - With Democrats expected to experience strong losses, PLO official, Abed Rabbo, says "PM is not negotiating with us, he is negotiating with US."

Rabin memorial defaced with Kahane graffiti in Acre
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - PM says "we're no longer divided into two political camps" during speech at official memorial ceremony for Yitzhak Rabin held at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

Pentagon notifies Congress of $60 billion Saudi arms deal
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - US Defense Department plans to sell M.East state weapons, fighter jets, attack helicopters to help combat Iran threats, regional extremists.

Iran doubles enriched uranium stockpile to 30kg
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - Turkish deputy PM: sanctions on Teheran won't harm business between 2 countries, overall trade expected to increase.

PM: We won't allow an Iranian state in the West Bank
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - During Knesset session to remember Rabin, PM says Rabin himself believed that West Bank building does not impede peace process.

'Rabin's murder for Israel was like Lincoln's death for US'
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - Knesset Speaker compares Israeli nat'l trauma to American civil war; official memorial ceremony held for Yitzhak Rabin held at Mount Herzl, Netanyahu says political positions coming closer together, gaps narrowing.

Thirteen injured in Kassam training site explosion in Rafah
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - Five children and three women among casualties after blast at Hamas's al-Qassam Brigades site located in southern Gaza Strip.

Israel remembers Yitzhak Rabin 15 years after assassination
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - Official ceremony held at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, attended by Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Barak, President Peres, Vice Prime Minister Yaalon,and IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi.

Beersheba cut-off from water supply as temperatures soar
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - Disruption caused after Israel Train workers drill into city's main waterline; head of local water company says water will return Thursday.

Twelve injured at Hamas Kassam training site explosion
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - Five children and three women among casualties in the Al-Qassam Brigades site located in southern Gaza Strip.

Hizbullah accuses UN of meddling in Lebanese affairs
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - "It would seem that Ban Ki-moon... failed to notice that Hizbullah... has been at the heart of Lebanese politics," group says in statement after UN report calls for disarmament in Lebanon.

'Palestinian web landscape dominated by radicalism'
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - New research focuses on search engines, social media sites, YouTube, Twitter, and other sources used to gauge views of general population.

Study of Palestinian social media yields troubling results
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - Search engines, social media sites, YouTube, Twitter, and other sources used to gauge views of general population.

Palestinians: Settlers graffiti school near Nablus
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - Security forces suspect vandalism is another case of "price tag" revenge by settlers for demolition of Bat Ayin homes overnight Tuesday.

'The role of this country's leadership is to remind us'
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni speaks about democracy on the anniversary of Yitzak Rabin's death; says the PM is "manipulating" the peace process.

Leaders to debate future of Jewish people
Jeruslalem Post 20 Oct 2010 - Leaders, academics from Israel and around world, including Netanyahu and Peres will attend annual gathering sponsored by Jewish think tank at Mount Zion Hotel.

6th Palestinian battalion to deploy in West Bank
Jeruslalem Post 19 Oct 2010 - Battalion finishes training in Jordan, will raise number of American trained Palestinian security personnel in territories to 3,000.

EGYPT: Gag Tightens on Media Ahead of Elections
IPS Media watchdogs see the "invisible hand" of the ruling party behind a string of firings and resignations that have removed some of Egypt's most prominent government critics from their soapboxes just weeks before parliamentary elections.

MIDEAST: This Peaceful Position Takes Courage
IPS A former captain in the Israeli Air Force, previously an ardent Zionist who lost many members of his family in the Holocaust, has been labelled a psychopath and denounced by many Israelis for the moral stand he has taken against the Israeli occupation.

Shepherd made homeless, livelihood threatened, 14 year old son injured and in prison
10/20/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - CPT and Ramona - Hebron – Noah El-Rajabi is a shepherd, with two hundredsheep and goats. He lives in Bani Na'im, 17 kilometres from Hebron. He is married, and has seven children. Ten weeks ago the Israeli military demolished his house. His wife and younger children now live in two rented rooms in Hebron....

Rachel Corrie case: Israeli soldier to testify anonymously
10/20/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - The Guardian - The Israeli soldier at the controls of a bulldozer that crushed to death 23-year-old Rachel Corrie in Gaza in March 2003 is due to give evidence tomorrow in the civil lawsuit brought by the American activist's family. However the judge hearing the case in Haifa has ruled that, for security.... Related: Source: The Guardian

U.S. announces $60b arms sale to Saudi Arabia, says 'Israel doesn't object'
Ha'aretz 20 Oct 2010 - Official Andrew Shapiro says U.S. consulted with Israel over course of sealing deal, which includes 84 new Boeing F-15 aircraft and 70 upgrades of existing Saudi F-15s.

Explosion rips through Hamas military compound in Gaza
Ha'aretz 20 Oct 2010 - Several women and children wounded; Hamas did not give cause for explosion and IDF says it wasn't involved, signaling blast was an accident.

Palestinian school set on fire, vandalized with 'regards from the hills' graffiti
Ha'aretz 20 Oct 2010 - Incident appears to be the latest action in the 'price tag' campaign of extremist settlers.

Canada denies arrest of suspect in Dubai assassination
Ha'aretz 20 Oct 2010 - Dubai police chief says Canadian official informed him of the arrest in July, though Ottawa officials say the claim is 'baseless', the Canadian daily The Globe and Mail reports., List of popular websites to be blocked on army bases, offices, to avoid inadvertent leaks of classified information., Michael Oren speaks at event marking 25 years since establishment of Free Trade agreement between Israel and the U.S.

Netanyahu still wary of razing six West Bank outposts slated for demolition in 2004
Ha'aretz 20 Oct 2010 - High Court to deliberate state refusal to raze six West Bank outposts; Netanyahu: Demolition carries political implication.

'Iran's nuclear program poses a major risk to Mideast stability'
Ha'aretz 20 Oct 2010 - Senior U.S., Israeli officials pledge to keep Iran from acquiring atomic arms during semiannual U.S.-Israel Strategic Dialogue.

West Bank: Reports of Torture in Palestinian Detention
Relief Web 20 Oct 2010 - Source: Human Rights Watch

OPT: Teaching Healthy Habits with Nutritious Snacks
Relief Web 20 Oct 2010 - Source: American Near East Refugee Aid

OPT: PM Salam Fayyad and USAID Inaugurate a Newly Constructed Co-ed School in Beit Ijza
Relief Web 20 Oct 2010 - Source: American Near East Refugee Aid

OPT: Water for Halhoul
Relief Web 20 Oct 2010 - Source: American Near East Refugee Aid

Internet study finds worrying Palestinian trends
YNet News - Research hoping to affect US policy-makers finds Palestinians unlikely to....

School warehouse torched near Nablus
YNet News - Palestinians say settlers infiltrated village of Sawiyeh, sprayed 'regards from....

Queria: Rabin's murderers led to the current state
YNet News - Former Palestinian PM, senior negotiator during Oslo peace talks sounds....

Canada denies arrest of Mabhouh hit suspect
YNet News - Senior official in Ottawa calls Dubai police chief's claim that one of top Hamas....

ECHR denies Russian appeal over Klein extradition
YNet News - Former Israeli IDF officer Yair Klein escapes extradition from Moscow to....

Iran, Venezuela leaders seek 'new world order'
YNet News - The leaders of Iran and Venezuela hailed what they called their strong strategic relationship on Wednesday, saying they are united in efforts to establish a "new world .......

Mashaal: Hamas willing to accept peace deal with Israel
YNet News - Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal says his group is willing to accept any peace agreement achieved between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, as long as it enjoys a .......

Iran says higher-enriched uranium stockpile rising
YNet News - Iran has increased its stockpile of 20% enriched uranium, a senior official said on Wednesday, showing it is pursuing the sensitive process even as major powers are .......

SPF Deivers Tonfa Training to 37 Recruits
WAFA - RAMALLAH, October 20, 2010 (WAFA)- The Palestinian Special Police Force (SPF) has successfully delivered a Tonfa training course to 37 new SPF recruits, according to a press release by EUPOL-COPPS,

Jordan's king warns of heavy price should peace talks fail
Daily Star 20 Oct 2010 CAIRO: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, in Cairo on a regional tour to rally support for his candidacy, said Wednesday his country would "soon" have a new government, seven months after an inconclusive poll. "Discussions are...

Jewish settlers 'set fire' to West Bank girls school
Daily Star 20 Oct 2010 Palestinians say Jewish settlers have set fire to a school in the occupied West Bank. The girls school, near Nablus in the northern West Bank, was found vandalized Wednesday morning with Hebrew graffiti on the wall...

Iran to try American hikers on November 6 for spying
Daily Star 20 Oct 2010 TEHRAN: Iran will begin trying three American hikers for espionage on November 6, their lawyer told AFP Wednesday, as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said there was no basis for a trial.Two of the three...

Tehran: Stockpile of enriched uranium has almost doubled
Daily Star 20 Oct 2010 Iran said Wednesday it has almost doubled its stockpile of uranium that the country began enriching to higher levels earlier this year in defiance of UN demands to halt the program.Vice president Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's...

Romanein after release: We will not be silenced over crimes against our people
PIC 20 Oct 2010 - Addressing the press for the first time since his prison release Wednesday evening, MP Ali Romanein said “will not be silenced over crimes against their people and their cause.”

IOA extends custody of Palestinian detainee for seventh consecutive time
PIC 20 Oct 2010 - The Israeli intelligence renewed the administrative detention, without trial or charge, for the seventh time running of Bakr Sa'eed Bilal on Wednesday one hour before his scheduled release.

Israeli settlers set fire to more than 2,500 olive trees in Burin
PIC 20 Oct 2010 - A group of Israelis from the Bracha settlement attacked noon Wednesday famers in the village of Burin, moderately injuring a Palestinian man and destroying a number of olive trees.

PJC asks PLO to sack Abbas over recent statements
PIC 20 Oct 2010 - The PJC has urged the PLO's executive committee to sack its chief Mahmoud Abbas, who is the de facto Palestinian president, over his recent statement in an interview with an Israeli TV channel.

13 Palestinians injured in explosion of unknown source in southern Gaza
PIC 20 Oct 2010 - A violent explosion rocked one of the training camps of the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in Rafah on Wednesday afternoon injuring 13 citizens including three children.

Qatar and Syria intervene with Egypt to facilitate Lifeline 5 mission
PIC 20 Oct 2010 - The PIC was informed that Qatar and Syria intervened with the Egyptian authorities to facilitate the travel of the fifth aid convoy "Lifeline for Gaza" to the Egyptian city of Al-Arish.

Israel to raze more 220 graves in Islamic cemetery of Mamanullah
PIC 20 Oct 2010 - Palestinian minister of religious affairs Taleb Abu Sha'ar warned that the Israeli municipal council in occupied Jerusalem intends to demolish more 220 graves in Mamanullah cemetery soon.

PA Intelligence head in Al-Khalil brags about using torture in W. Bank jails
PIC 20 Oct 2010 - Director of the intelligence Mahmoud Hamdan proudly admitted that the security apparatuses in the West Bank use torture against prisoners, describing it as a policy that cannot be dispensed with.

Fatah declines Hamas invitation to hold reconciliation talks in Gaza
PIC 20 Oct 2010 - Senior Hamas official Dr. Salah Al Bardawil said Fatah refused Hamas’s proposal to hold a meeting aimed at achieving Palestinian reconciliation in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian old man wounded in IOF shooting
PIC 20 Oct 2010 - A 65-year-old Palestinian man was shot and wounded by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) east of Rafah city, south of the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday morning, medical sources reported.

Moves to free convicted spy Pollard pick up in U.S. and Israel
LA Times 20 Oct 2010 - As convicted spy Jonathan Pollard approaches 25 years behind bars, Israelis and others renew efforts to secure freedom for the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, who is serving a life sentence. As convicted spy Jonathan Pollard approaches 25 years behind bars, Israelis and others are renewing efforts to secure freedom for the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, who is serving a life sentence for relaying military documents to Israel.

Palestinians Shift Focus in Strategy for Statehood
New York Times 20 Oct 2010 - The Palestinian leadership, despairing of attaining a negotiated agreement with Israel, is focusing on how to get international bodies to declare a Palestinian state.

U.S. Plans to Sell Jet Fighters and Helicopters to Saudis
New York Times 20 Oct 2010 - The Obama administration notified Congress on Wednesday that it planned to sell up to $60 billion in advanced weaponry to Saudi Arabia, a deal intended to counter the rising influence of Iran.

New Web Life for the Dead Sea Scrolls
New York Times 20 Oct 2010 - The Israel Antiquities Authority is collaborating with Google on uploading newly digitized images of the closely guarded 2,000-year-old biblical and apocryphal texts.

Ayed Morrar, the moral giant of Budrus
Mondoweiss - All 1500 residents are heroes in the documentary film Budrus , named for their West Bank Palestinian village, as are the international and Israeli solidarity activists who joined their nonviolent protests against the military occupation back in 2003-04. But one person stands out: Ayed Morrar, a thoughtful,...

public sculpture in Israel… uh, really?
Mondoweiss -

Jewish settlers, returned to the land of the bible, burn a girls school and beat farmers trying to harvest olives
Mondoweiss - and other news from Today in Palestine: Settlers/Land, property & resource theft and destruction/Ethnic cleansing Settlers torch, vandalize Nablus school NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A group of Israeli settlers broke into an all girls' school in the Nablus district village of As-Sawiya on Wednesday, setting fire to...

3 Jews showed this video last night at NYU, challenging Zionism
Mondoweiss - Three years ago a Palestinian friend sauntered down Broadway and said, I have only one goal in life, I want to end Zionism. I was shocked that a person would say something like that, I thought he must be a violent revolutionary. Well a lot has...

I felt the earth move
Mondoweiss - How would it feel if god really came down from the mountain, if you weren't doing ecstasy or a 10-day wheatgrass fast but were just sitting at your kitchen table reading the newspaper and god appeared? I think like this. Tom Friedman writes in the Times...

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