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Friday, October 22, 2010
Moratinos: "I Regret Leaving Without Seeing Peace in Palestine"
IMEMC - 22 Oct 2010 - Friday October 22, 2010 - 11:58, The former Foreign Minister of Spain, Miguel Angel Moratinos, who was replaced on Wednesday by Trinidad Jimenez, told the media that, despite the efforts, he has been unable to achieve peace in Middle East.

Israel Considers Unilateral Moves
IMEMC - 22 Oct 2010 - Friday October 22, 2010 - 10:37, Israeli officials are considering declaring unilateral steps if the Palestinian leadership of Mahmoud Abbas implements its vows to walk out of the negotiations and seek international recognition of a Palestinian State.

New Electronic Checkpoints to Replace Soldiers in the West Bank
IMEMC - 22 Oct 2010 - Friday October 22, 2010 - 10:33, Some new “soldier-free” checkpoints will replace ordinary checkpoints between Israel and the West Bank beginning next year.

Israeli Soldiers Kidnap Five Citizens From Towns Near Hebron
IMEMC - 22 Oct 2010 - Friday October 22, 2010 - 10:13, On Friday morning, the Israeli military abducted five Palestinian citizens from the towns of Beit Umar and Beit 'Awa near Hebron.

More Clashes Reported In East Jerusalem
IMEMC - 22 Oct 2010 - Friday October 22, 2010 - 09:25, Israeli soldiers invaded on Thursday at night the Al Tour neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, and clashed with dozens of residents.

PCHR Weekly Report: 2 killed, 3 wounded, 13 abducted by Israeli forces this week
IMEMC - 22 Oct 2010 - Friday October 22, 2010 - 08:24, According to its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for the week of 14– 20 October 2010, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights found that two members of the Palestinian resistance were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip; three civilians were wounded, and 13 abducted, including two Israeli peace demonstrators and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

Artery Of Life Makes It Into Gaza
IMEMC - 22 Oct 2010 - Friday October 22, 2010 - 06:08, Participants of the Artery of Life (Viva Palestina 5) solidarity convoy managed to enter the Gaza Strip on Thursday afternoon via the Rafah Border Terminal between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

15 injured at Nabi Saleh protest
10/22/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Fifteen demonstrators were injured including one seriously and three houses caught fire in Nabi Saleh on Friday, as protesters attended weekly demonstrations against settlements and Israel's wall. Israeli forces dispersed the protest by firing tear gas and live and rubber-coated bullets. Dozens inhaled gas and one was hospitalized. Soldiers....

Settlers attack Palestinian farmers in Deir Ibzi
10/22/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers while they were picking olives on Friday, onlookers said. Settlers from the Dolab outpost made the farmers leave as they threw stones before stealing their olives, according to Deir Ibzi locals. One of the farmers said the settlers came by car to the area and as....

Report: Mash'al says ready to accept 2 states
10/22/2010 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Hamas chief Khaled Mash'alsays his group is willing to accept any peace agreement achieved between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, as long as it enjoys a Palestinian consensus, Israeli media reported Thursday. In an interview with Newsweek magazine, which was not online late Thursday, Mash'alreportedly....

Rolling blackouts resume in Gaza
10/22/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- One of the generators in Gaza's sole power plant will stop running Friday as it has run out of fuel, a Gaza Electricity Company spokesman said. Jamal Ad-Dardasawi said efforts to open Kerem Shalom crossing for the entry of fuel had failed. Israeli authorities informed Gaza crossings official....

Settlers attack family picking olives
10/22/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Dozens of settlers attacked a family who were picking olives in Yatta, in the West Bank district of Hebron, witnesses said. Locals said settlers attacked Othman Abu Sabha and his family, damaged his car and stole their olives. Meanwhile, settlers entered Kfir Qaddum village east of Qalqiliya, and wrote graffiti on....

Settlers gather on hilltop overlooking village
10/22/2010 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Locals said Friday that a number settlers amassed on a hilltop overlooking a village north of Qalqiliya. Kafr Qaddum villagers, in a bid to protect property, also amassed in the area. The settlers' intentions were not immediately clear, and there were no immediate reports of injury or damage. Settlers have....

Dozens hurt at Ramallah-area demonstrations
10/22/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces dispersed two protests in the West Bank village of Nil'in and Al-Mas'ara on Friday. A 65-year-old French activist was shot in the head with a stun grenade, onlookers in Al-Mas'ara said. There were also reports of arrests but they could not be....

Commander questioned over Gaza killings
10/22/2010 - TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- An Israeli army commander was questioned Thursday over his involvement in the killing of 21 members of a Gaza family during Israel's last war on Gaza, Israeli press said. Colonel Ilan Malka told Military Police that he was unaware of a civilian presence in the Samouni household when....

Sources: 6 detained at dawn from Hebron
10/22/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) - Israeli forces detained six residents of the West Bank district of Hebron at dawn on Friday, Palestinian security sources said. The sources said Israeli soldiers detained Tareq Ahmad, 35, and confiscated 6 laptops and 21 cell phones from his home. Meanwhile, Mahmoud Sawarneh, 18, and his 16-year-old brother Ahmad were....

Settlers rebuild outpost south of Bethlehem
10/22/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers rebuilt an outpost Friday near the Beit Ha'een settlement southwest of Bethlehem. Itwas demolished last week on the grounds that it did not have backing from the state. Israeli officials said the settlers were determined to rebuild any demolished structure....

Poll: Palestinians say they need results from talks
10/22/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinians believe they are of greater need of success in the negotiations, and Israelis think both sides need it equally, but both publics are skeptical about their success. These are the results of a poll conducted by the Harry S Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at Hebrew University....

8 countries absent from OECD tourism conference
10/22/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) Norway, Canada, Ireland, the UK, Sweden, Iceland, Turkey and South Africa will not be present at the OECD tourism conference to be held in Jerusalem this month despite objections from the Palestinian Authority, Palestinian civil society groups said Thursday. The controversy comes amid attempts by Israel to use the conference to....

World Bank grants PA $3 million in social service support
10/22/2010 - WASHINGTON (Ma'an) -- The World Bank approved Thursday an additional grant of $3 million to support the delivery of essential social services to the Palestinian Authority. The program, now totaling $18 million, is designed to assist the PA in sustaining the delivery of education, health and social services to the Palestinian population, the World....

Elders: Israeli violations damaging chances for peace
10/22/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Elders, a group of eminent global leaders, said Thursday that settlement expansion, home demolitions and deportations were eroding chances for a two-state solution. Former US President Jimmy Carter, former Irish President Mary Robinson and Indian women's rights campaigner Ela Bhatt, concluded a week-long visit to Israel and the....

PLO official slams Clinton remarks
10/22/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A member of the PLO negotiating team on Friday slammed remarks by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a day earlier, when she said the Americans had no "magic formula" to restart peace talks. Fatah leader Nabil Sha'ath said in response, "Do we need 'magical formulas' or....

Haniyeh: World remains silent on Gaza siege
10/22/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Ismail Haniyeh, the dismissed prime minister and Hamas leader, welcomed on Friday the Viva Palestina convoy which arrived a day earlier via Rafah. It is a "blow to the Israeli siege and international organizations which remain silent," he said. In remarks Friday at a local mosque, Haniyeh said the convoy....

Report: PA officers secretly visit Rabin Center
10/22/2010 - TEL AVIV, Israel -- Palestinian security officers reportedly participated in a special tour of the Rabin Center in Tel Aviv on Thursday, as Israel commemorated the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. An Israeli news site reported that Palestinian officials arrived at the museum accompanied by Civil Administration head Brig. -Gen. Yoav Mordechai and "Judea....

Netanyahu repeats 'Jewish state' demand
10/22/2010 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated Friday his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported quoting Army Radio. Speaking at a meeting of worldwide Jewish leaders in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said that only upon such recognition will the Palestinians be ready to....

Palestinian MK on 'the other citizens of Israel'
10/22/2010 - PARIS (Ma'an) -- Is there no limit to what the American government will accept from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his hard-line foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman? That's the question Palestinian-Israeli Knesset member Ahmed Tibi posed to the Obama administration Friday in an International Herald Tribune op-ed comparing Israel's proposed.... Related: Tibi: The Other Citizens of Israel

Falk: Settlements 'almost insurmountable' obstacle to statehood
10/22/2010 - PARIS (Ma'an) -- Israel's settlement construction in the occupied territories has become an almost insurmountable obstacle to creating an independent Palestinian state, a UN envoy was quoted as saying Friday. A Palestinian state "seems increasingly problematic as a solution because it would require a substantial reversal of the settlement process," said Richard....

Palestinian crime scene technicians graduate
10/22/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A graduation ceremony was held Thursday in Ramallah for 36 Palestinian crime scene technicians following a 6-week training program, a EUPOL COPPS statement said. Technicians received forensic training, and were taught how to use equipment installed in crime scene investigation vans recently donated by the Netherlands and Norway. The training....

Syria to officially invite Fatah to Damascus
10/22/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Syria will officially invite Fatah to continue Palestinian reconciliation talks in Damascus as a dispute between the two has been resolved, sources told Ma'an. A meeting was scheduled to be held in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, but Fatah delayed the meeting over a perceived snub at the recent....

Report: PA confirms uncovered Hamas arms cache
10/22/2010 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian Authority security spokesman said Friday morning that his men have uncovered a "huge" Hamas weapons storage facility in Ramallah. Many shells and arms where found on site, the English-language Israeli news site Ynet reported. Adnan Damirireportedly said the weapons were intended for attacks against the PA leadership....

Palestinian graveyard vandalized in settler 'price tag' operation
Ha'aretz - Witnesses report seeing three suspects at the graveyard in West Bank village of Kfar Kadum.

Netanyahu: Only when Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state will they be ready for peace
Ha'aretz - PM tells Jewish leaders that peace requires security and that Israel's security needs are growing more and more.

Report: PA uncovers Hamas arms cache in Ramallah
Ha'aretz - PA security forces find rockets and automatic weapons in warehouse, which may have been meant for use on PA officials as well as targets in Israel.

Berlusconi 'hopes' Israel won't take military action against Iran
Ha'aretz - Italian PM doubts effect of sanctions on Iran, says sanctions tended to reinforce regimes in countries such as Cuba, suggests more prudent approach would be more effective., Speaking in front of worldwide Jewish leaders in Jerusalem, President says U.S. should allow Arab states to choose for themselves whether or not they want to be democratic., Most of the activists arrived at the Egyptian port El-Arish on flights from Syria, while just 30 activists made the journey with the aid supplies by ship.

Lebanon PM: Israel's loyalty oath akin to South Africa apartheid
Ha'aretz - Hariri also says law will make ongoing peace talks with Palestinians unbearable, and urges EU to intervene.

IDF soldier involved in Rachel Corrie's death testifies in public for first time
Ha'aretz - Soldier, who has not been tried nor identified, delivers testimony anonymously over 2003 death of American pro-Palestinian activist.

Center Reports on Israeli Abuse of Children
Uruknet October 21, 2010 - The Palestinian, Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights published, on Thursday, new reports about Israeli abuse and random detention of Palestinian children and their parents in the town of Silwan next to the old city of Jerusalem. One of these reports came from Abdullah Ghaith, 17. He told a social worker in the Center...

Rate Of Israeli Settlement Construction Quadrupled In Last Month
Uruknet October 21, 2010 - At least 500 new buildings have been constructed since Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, lifted the partial hold on new permits that was in place for six months prior to September. Even while the so-called 'moratorium' was in place, construction continued in dozens of West bank settlements, but with the hold lifted, Israeli settlers have...

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (14– 20 October 2010)
Uruknet October 21, 2010 - Summary: Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (14 – 20 October 2010): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed two members of the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip, and wounded 3 civilians, including a child, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In...

Israeli fire injures 2 workers in northern Gaza
Uruknet October 21, 2010 - Israeli forces fired live ammunition injuring two Gaza residents near the Strip's northern border on Thursday morning, medics reported. Medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmieh said the injured men were collecting rubble near Beit Lahiya, and were taken to Kamal Adwan hospital for treatment. An Israeli military spokeswoman said she would look into the report....

Israeli-Arabs fear for their future
Uruknet October 20, 2010 - Like other Arab citizens of Israel, Leyla Ahmoud is anxious about her future. A young mother of two girls with another on the way, Ahmoud says recent moves by the Israeli government are making it increasingly obvious that the Arabs are not welcome in their own country. "I feel like my life is not in...

Leading rabbi encourages IDF soldiers to use Palestinian human shields
Uruknet October 20, 2010 - A leading rabbi in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar has encouraged Israel Defense Forces soldiers to make use of the outlawed "neighbor procedure" while operating in Palestinian areas. "Anything you do to keep the war tough is permissible, and obligatory according to the torah," Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, headmaster of the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva,...

Viva Palestina convoy reaches Gaza
AlJazeera 21 Oct 2010 - Pro-Palestinian activists enter Gaza through Rafah crossing with $5m of aid for residents of Israeli-blockaded strip.

Israeli army officers investigated over Gaza air strike that killed 21
The Guardian 22 Oct 2010 - Military police question commander and colonel over air strike that killed members of the Samouni family during Gaza war Senior Israeli army officers are under investigation by military police over the authorisation of an air strike...

America's tea party phenomenon
Palestine Note 22 Oct 2010 - Tea Party.org calls itself "a grassroots movement (for making Americans aware of) any issue that challenges the security, sovereignty, or domestic tranquility of our beloved nation, the United States of America. From our founding, the Tea...

Juan Williams and the slew of fired journalists
Palestine Note 22 Oct 2010 - Should Juan Williams have been fired for expressing an opinion tinged with racism? I don't think so. Not that I support racist views. But I do believe strongly in freedom of speech and the tolerance of...

Tomorrow's Youth Organization hosts Bill Clinton
Palestine Note 22 Oct 2010 - Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works in disadvantaged areas of the Middle East, enabling children, youth and parents to realize their potential as healthy, active and responsible family and community members....

Syria to mediate Fatah-Hamas reconciliation
Palestine Note 22 Oct 2010 - Washington - Syria has officially invited Fatah and Hamas to continue stalled reconciliation talks in Damascus, Ma'an News Agency reported Friday. A meeting in Damascus between the two groups was originally scheduled for Wednesday, however Fatah...

McAuliffe: Americans need to know that mess Obama inherited will take more time to fix
Palestine Note 22 Oct 2010 - This week in Washington, I have worked with leading Palestinian-American entrepreneurs and political activists Hani Masri, Samia Farouki and Huda Farouki in raising awareness of the work in Nablus, Palestine of a women's and children services...

They are calling out for Bill Clinton's magic
Palestine Note 22 Oct 2010 - Last night, I got to talk to and briefly hang with former President of the United States Bill Clinton (along with 400 other folks) who temporarily paused his "rejuvenation tour" for beleaguered Democratic Party friends in...

Report: PA discovers Hamas arms depot
Palestine Note 22 Oct 2010 - Washington - Palestinian Authority security forces uncovered and confiscated a large amount of Hamas ammunition hidden in a residential area of the West Bank city of Ramallah, the Jerusalem Post reported Friday. PA security forces spokesman...

Carter joins protests in East Jerusalem
Palestine Note 22 Oct 2010 - Washington - Former US President Jimmy Carter addressed protesters in East Jerusalem, saying that the evictions and destruction of Palestinian homes was not conducive to attaining peace in the region, The Jerusalem Post reported Friday. Carter...

West Bank cemetery vandalized
Palestine Note 22 Oct 2010 - Washington - A Muslim cemetery in the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum east of Nablus was vandalized, Ynet News reported Friday. Several headstones were desecrated with "Kahane was right" sayings, referring to the late Rabbi...

Netanyahu: Recognition of Israel necessary for peace
Palestine Note 22 Oct 2010 - Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed worldwide Jewish leaders and emphasized the need for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state as a pre-requisite for a solution to the ongoing conflict, Haaretz reported...

IDF commander questioned over 21 Gaza civilian deaths in 2008
Palestine Note 22 Oct 2010 - Malka testified that he was unaware of the civlians' presence in the building, and insisted that he done a number of checks to be sure that no civilians would be harmed. Washington - Colonel Ilan Malka,...

Viva Palestina convoy reaches Gaza
Palestine Note 21 Oct 2010 - Washington - The Viva Palestinian convoy of flotilla reached the Gaza Strip on Thursday with $5 million worth of aid, PressTV reported Thursday. The convoy protests the Israeli blockade imposed on Gaza since 2007, since political...

Netanyahu Reiterates Demand for Jewish State Recognition
PNN - Bethlehem – PNN - Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who has frequently denounced Palestinian negotiators for bringing up a settlement freeze as a “precondition” for peace talks, said on Friday in an...

Protestors March Against Wall in Beit Awla
PNN - Hebron – PNN - A protest march against the Israeli wall was launched on Friday morning from the village of Beit Awla, north of Hebron. Issa al-Umla, a coordinator for the Popular...

Dozens Suffer from Gas Inhalation at Ni'lin Weekly Wall Protest
PNN - Bethlehem - PNN – Dozens were injured in the weekly march against the wall in the central West Bank village of Ni’lin. After Friday prayers, Ni’lin villagers listened to a speech from...

Fifteen injured, Three Homes Burned In Nabi Saleh Village
PNN - Ramallah – PNN – At least 15 civilians were injured on Friday and three homes were burned by the Israeli military when troops attacked the weekly anti-wall protest in the village of...

Giant Communal Wedding Comes to Nablus
PNN - Sidqi Musa – Nablus – PNN - The cheers of a thousand Nablus families echoed around the Roman amphitheater in Gamal Abd al-Nasser Park. The podium was splayed with lights, chairs had...

One Injured, Two Arrested, During Wall Protest Near Bethlehem
PNN - Bethlehem – PNN – One international supporter was injured and two others were arrested by Israeli soldiers during the weekly anti-wall protest in Al Ma’ssara village near Bethlehem on Friday. Israeli and...

UN envoy: Settlements major obstacle to Palestinian state
Jeruslalem Post 22 Oct 2010 - Special rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, David Falk, tells General Assembly that two-state solution "seems increasingly problematic because it would require a substantial reversal of the settlement process."

NY Times Friedman says many in US 'fed up' with Israel
Jeruslalem Post 22 Oct 2010 - Columnist contends Americans no longer care about Israeli-Palestinian conflict and this could eventually hurt Israel's national security interests.

Ashton, Russia call on Iran to agree to nuclear talks
Jeruslalem Post 22 Oct 2010 - EU foreign affairs chief and Russian Foreign Ministry urge Teheran to agree to talks on nuke program to be held in Vienna in November.

Muslim cemetery found desecrated near Kalkilya
Jeruslalem Post 22 Oct 2010 - Slogans such as "Kahane was right" and "price tag" scrawled on tombstones in graveyard on outskirts of West Bank village of Kfar Kadum.

Carter, Robinson join anti-settler protest in Sheikh Jarrah
Jeruslalem Post 22 Oct 2010 - Former US president addresses demonstrators in east J'lem, saying destroying houses and evicting families from homes they have inhabited for generations are unjust actions that are not conducive to attaining peace.

PM: Future of Jews depends on ensuring Israeli security
Jeruslalem Post 22 Oct 2010 - Netanyahu speaks at conference of Jewish leaders, warning that Iran has "spread its tentacles throughout the Middle East."

PM: Future of the Jews depends on ensuring Israeli security
Jeruslalem Post 22 Oct 2010 - Netanyahu speaks at conference of Jewish leaders, saying he's willing to make painful compromises for peace as long as Israel's citizens not harmed; warns that Iran has "spread its tentacles throughout the Middle East."

PM: Imagine what Iran would do if it had nuclear weapons
Jeruslalem Post 22 Oct 2010 - Netanyahu speaks at conference of Jewish leaders, emphasizing the gravity of the Iranian threat to Israel and the need for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish State as well as defensible borders.

Israeli champ takes chess Guinness record from Iran
Jeruslalem Post 22 Oct 2010 - Alik Gershon, 30, plays against 525 opponents simultaneously in Tel Aviv, to honor the 20th anniversary of FSU aliyah, wins 454 of games played.

Report: PA claim capture of Hamas arms cache in Ramallah
Jeruslalem Post 22 Oct 2010 - Security forces spokesman claims arms were to be used attack senior PA officials or to sabotage Palestinian security obligations in W. Bank; Hamas issues denial.

MK Rotem to propose bill to dissolve Chief Rabbinate
Jeruslalem Post 22 Oct 2010 - Yisrael Beiteinu member reacting to conversion controversy threatens to pass with opposition support new bill to recognize IDF rabbis conversions, claims Chief Rabbinate has ulterior motives for challenging validity of process.

Netanyahu: Kadima isn't joining the coalition
Jeruslalem Post 22 Oct 2010 - After meeting and phone call with Livni, rumors spread about coalition negotiations; Netanyahu reportedly says talks were routine.

Egypt's emboldened press now feeling the backlash
Jeruslalem Post 22 Oct 2010 - After the development of a growing independent media sector, the Egyptian government cracks down to keep "calm and obedience."

Peres: We cannot exist without the US
Jeruslalem Post 22 Oct 2010 - The president says Israel should end Palestinian conflict to help build anti-Iran coalition; says "We cannot give back to the US what the US is giving us, but in our own small way, we can be of help."

Security and Defense: Quietly taking over
Jeruslalem Post 21 Oct 2010 - The PA’s and Israel’s interests dovetail in the West Bank, as both work to prevent Hamas from taking power there.

Cityfront: More than a single problem
Jeruslalem Post 21 Oct 2010 - Flyers have been posted around Jerusalem urging people to be more considerate toward religious singles.

MIDEAST: Treasure House Under Threat
IPS Few outside of Gaza would consider its history much beyond the decades of Israeli occupation. But Gaza is a historical treasure house. Many of those treasures are now in Israeli museums, and those that remain are becoming difficult to preserve due to the Israeli siege.

PRESS RELEASE: Israeli Settlers Attack a Palestinian Boy and Two Internationals in South Hebron Hills
10/22/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - October 21st, 2010 - At-Tuwani - On Thursday, 21st October, at around 9. 20 am, two Operation Dove volunteers, coming back to the village of At-Tuwani after having visited some Palestinian families in the village of Tuba, were attacked by Israeli settlers from the illegal outpost of Havat Ma'on (Hill 833). While walking, the internationals....

Palestinian graveyard vandalized in settler 'price tag' operation
Ha'aretz 22 Oct 2010 - Witnesses report seeing three suspects at the graveyard in West Bank village of Kfar Kadum.

Netanyahu: Only when Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state will they be ready for peace
Ha'aretz 22 Oct 2010 - PM tells Jewish leaders that peace requires security and that Israel's security needs are growing more and more.

Report: PA uncovers Hamas arms cache in Ramallah
Ha'aretz 22 Oct 2010 - PA security forces find rockets and automatic weapons in warehouse, which may have been meant for use on PA officials as well as targets in Israel.

Berlusconi 'hopes' Israel won't take military action against Iran
Ha'aretz 22 Oct 2010 - Italian PM doubts effect of sanctions on Iran, says sanctions tended to reinforce regimes in countries such as Cuba, suggests more prudent approach would be more effective., Speaking in front of worldwide Jewish leaders in Jerusalem, President says U.S. should allow Arab states to choose for themselves whether or not they want to be democratic., Most of the activists arrived at the Egyptian port El-Arish on flights from Syria, while just 30 activists made the journey with the aid supplies by ship.

Lebanon PM: Israel's loyalty oath akin to South Africa apartheid
Ha'aretz 22 Oct 2010 - Hariri also says law will make ongoing peace talks with Palestinians unbearable, and urges EU to intervene.

IDF soldier involved in Rachel Corrie's death testifies in public for first time
Ha'aretz 22 Oct 2010 - Soldier, who has not been tried nor identified, delivers testimony anonymously over 2003 death of American pro-Palestinian activist.

Israeli grandmaster takes chess world record back from Iran
Ha'aretz - Alik Gershon broke Guinness World Record for concurrent games after facing 527 opponents. Iranian held previous record with 500 games.

Netanyahu may be eyeing Livni and Kadima as coalition partners
Ha'aretz - Officials believe Netanyahu seeks to include largest opposition party in coalition ahead of a possible resumption of settlement freeze.

Gaza blockade continues to exact high humanitarian toll – UN rights expert
Relief Web 22 Oct 2010 - Source: UN News Service

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 (A/65/331)
Relief Web 22 Oct 2010 - Source: UN General Assembly

West Bank: a breach in the barrier
Relief Web 22 Oct 2010 - Source: ICRC

OPT: PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS 13 - 19 October 2010
Relief Web 22 Oct 2010 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

US man home after release from Iran jail
YNet News - Reza Taghavi, 71, an American businessman accused of passing money to rebel....

IDF boosts presence near Kafr Qaddum
YNet News - IDF forces deployed around the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum, west of Nablus, Friday night, in an attempt to prevent settlers from nearby Kedumim, from infiltrating .......

PM: We'll work to ward off radical Islam
YNet News - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday addressed world Jewish leaders at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem as part of the Jewish People Policy Institute's conference on .......

PA says Israel hogging water resources
YNet News - Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Friday urged the international community – especially the Palestinian Authority's Mediterranean neighbors – to work to find a .......

'Politics overshadowing racism'
YNet News - WASHINGTON – Several prominent Jewish leaders in the United States have spoken up against what they called "the growing atmosphere of racism in Israel," as apparent from .......

Israeli artist: IDF an army of evil
YNet News - Several Israeli artists and creators joined by dozens of other Israelis took part in a MachsomWatch tour of the West Bank Friday, in order to "get first hand knowledge of .......

W. Bank Palestinian cemetery desecrated
YNet News - The Muslim cemetery at Kafr Qaddum, a West Bank village located some eight miles west of Nablus, was vandalized Friday. Security forces called to the scene found .......

Palestinian captives at Atzion live on bread and water for the past 10 days
PIC 22 Oct 2010 - Director of the PPS in the district of al-Khalil called on all human rights organisations to intervene to put a limit to the suffering of Palestinian captives at the Atzion detention centre

Jewish settler attacks al-Jazeera reporter in Jerusalem
PIC 22 Oct 2010 - A Jewish settler attacked on Thursday night Elias Karram, who works as a reporter for al-Jazeera satellite television, in a market street in Jerusalem while accompanied by two cameramen.

Clashes with the IOF in al-Tur Jerusalem suburb
PIC 22 Oct 2010 - Violent clashes erupted on Thursday night between Palestinian youth and IOF troops in al-Tur suburb of the occupied city of Jerusalem when IOF troops raided the suburb and provoked the residents.

Lifeline 5 enters Gaza Strip amidst big jubilation
PIC 22 Oct 2010 - Members of the lifeline 5 convoy have arrived Thursday to the besieged Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing point after the Egyptian authorities allowed them entry..

Global Elders meet residents of the Silwan Jerusalem suburb
PIC 22 Oct 2010 - The Global Elders delegation visiting the Middle East have met Thursday with Palestinian residents of the Jerusalem suburb of Silwan, and listened to their stories of suffering ..

Sawalha: The Siege on Gaza must end now
PIC 22 Oct 2010 - Mohammed Sawalha, the deputy-head of the international committee for breaking the siege on Gaza, said on Thursday that the convoy's message to the world was that the blockade must end immediately.

Birawi: Lifeline carries 5 million dollars worth of aid
PIC 22 Oct 2010 - Spokesman for Lifeline 5 convoy to the Gaza Strip, Zaher Birawi, said on Thursday that the convoy carries with it 5 million US dollars worth of aid including medical, humanitarian and educational aid.

As government pressure mounts on Egypt's media, new technologies offer an out
LA Times 22 Oct 2010 - The government and politically connected businessmen are pressuring editors, silencing columnists and booting talk show hosts. But Egypt is finding it hard to silence protest voices in emerging media. Hisham Kassem crunches over mortar and dust, passes along rough brick walls and steps into his unfinished newsroom, which, if the investors come through , will soon house 100 journalists Twittering and typing out longer tales on the troubled state of the nation.

Leaked Reports Detail Iran’s Aid for Iraqi Militias
New York Times 22 Oct 2010 - The American military reports disclosed by WikiLeaks say Iran trained Iraqi militias and gave them weapons like rockets and bombs.

World Briefing | Middle east: Gaza: Donated Vans Driven From Egypt
New York Times 22 Oct 2010 - A convoy of 140 donated vans drove into Gaza on Thursday through Syria and Egypt.

Obama’s gonna have to leave politics before he denounces the occupation
Mondoweiss - Today Jimmy Carter and the Elders joined the weekly protest in occupied East Jerusalem of Israel's evictions of Palestinians so as to make way for Jews.  (Thanks to Ofer Neiman)

Viva Palestina’s ‘Lifeline 5′ convoy reaches Gaza
Mondoweiss - Viva Palestina 2010 (Photo: Reuters) Viva Palestina Lifeline 5 convoy reached Gaza today , with 140 vehicles, 300 activists and over three million pounds worth of aid. Each consecutive convoy is larger than the last one, increasing the number of activists involved (from 30 countries) and publicity...

The Democratic-Likud Party
Mondoweiss - Ynetnews.com today publishes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “list of millionaires,” a group of people Netanyahu identified as potential donors to him ahead of the 2007 primary elections in Israel. What’s important about the list of donors that Netanyahu identified is what it says about the...

Ethnocracy: The true ‘core of the conflict’
Mondoweiss - Ari Shavit recently offered seven reasons to recognize Israel as a Jewish state in a Haaretz article entitled "The core of the conflict ". There are in fact seven reasons why his thinking forms the primary basis for conflict rather than offer any solution. Here I address...

Liberal rabbis Lippman and Bachman urge Brooklynites to buy products from Occupied West Bank!
Mondoweiss - This is amazing. Next Tuesday evening, several groups will be picketing Ricky's NY, a cosmetics store in Brooklyn Heights that sells Ahava products, which are made in the occupied West Bank from minerals that belong to Palestinians. Nancy Kricorian of Code Pink, one of the organizers (...

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