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Friday, December 10, 2010
Arab Store Owners In East Jerusalem Forced To Write Store Names In Hebrew
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Saturday December 11, 2010 - 05:53, The Jerusalem Municipality is trying to oblige store owners in Arab East Jerusalem neighborhoods to change the language of their store signs into Hebrew, and informed the owners that, unless they do so, their stores will not be licensed and they will have to be shut down.

Soldiers Attack Bil’in Weekly Protest
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Saturday December 11, 2010 - 05:26, As Palestinian residents of Bil’in village, near Ramallah, accompanied by Israeli and international Peace activists, held their weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and settlements, Israeli soldiers violently attacked them and kidnaped two activists.

Soldiers Kidnap Former Palestinian Minister in Jenin
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Saturday December 11, 2010 - 04:58, Palestinian sources reported Friday that Israeli soldiers kidnapped former Minister of Detainees, Wasfy Qabha, while heading to visit his family in Barta’a village, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin. He was moved to an Israeli hospital later on due to a sharp increase in his blood sugar level.

Over 10,000 People Mark International Human Rights Day in Tel Aviv
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Friday December 10, 2010 - 17:25, About 10,000 people marched in Tel Aviv, on Friday, on the International Human Rights Day, reports have stated.

Israel Expects Next 'Big' War on Gaza
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Friday December 10, 2010 - 15:03, Israeli army chief has proclaimed that the next Israel's offensive on Gaza will be 'extensive', a Press TV report said.

P.A. Arrest 28 Hamas Supporters in the Last 24 Hours
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Friday December 10, 2010 - 14:25, The Palestinian Authority's security forces have arrested 28 Hamas affiliates in the West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center claimed on Thursday.

Israel to Destroy Electric Infrastructure Near Hebron
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Friday December 10, 2010 - 13:52, Israeli officials ordered destruction of electricity infrastructure, on Thursday, in two Palestinian villages in the southern area of Hebron, local sources said.

Ex-EU Leaders Urge Action Against Israel Over Settlement Activities
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Friday December 10, 2010 - 13:02, A group of former EU leaders are calling for sanctions against Israel in response to its refusal to end settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, media agencies reported.

Two Children Killed In Gaza, Several Palestinians Wounded In israeli Attacks
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Friday December 10, 2010 - 11:50, Medical sources in the Gaza Strip that the number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip on Friday morning arrived at two after a wounded resident died of his wounds

Israeli Forces Kidnap 5 Palestinians Near Hebron, 2 in Jenin
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Friday December 10, 2010 - 11:25, Israeli troops kidnapped, during a number of overnight invasions, five Palestinians, including three students from the southern West Bank district of Hebron, and two boys in a village near Jenin, in the northern part of the West Bank.

Medics: 2 teens killed by old Israeli shell
12/10/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian teenagers was killed when an artillery shell left behind by Israeli forces exploded in Gaza Friday morning, medics said. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said 16-year-old Victor Batniji was dead when he arrived at Gaza City's Shifa Hospital. Moumin Helles, also 16, died....

Lawyer: Settlers planning to seize Jerusalem home
12/10/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Settler groups are planning to take over another house in Silwan, a flashpoint neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, a presidential legal advisor said Friday. Ahmad Ar-Ruweida, Jerusalem legal affairs advisor, said his office has received information that settler organizations, supported by right-wing parties and Israeli police, plan to seize a Palestinian....

Medic: Soldiers fire at teen near Gaza border
12/10/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers fired at a Palestinian teenager collecting rubble near Gaza's border on Friday afternoon, medics said. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmia said the 16-year-old was shot north of Beit Lahiya and transferred to the Dar Ash-Shifa hospital in a stable condition. Abu Salmia said....

Former minister detained at checkpoint
12/10/2010 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained former Minister of Detainees' Affairs Wasfi Qabha at a West Bank checkpoint on Friday, witnesses said. Qabha was going to visit his family in Bart'a village in Jenin when he was stopped at Bart'a checkpoint. His wife said forces held him for two....

Police: Israeli army detains 5 in Dura
12/10/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers seized five Palestinians from their homes during a raid in the West Bank town of Dura Friday, Palestinian Authority police said. Police said soldiers entered dura firing tear gas and stun grenades. The soldiers burst into the homes of several residents, including the houses of Mariam Rajoub, Mahmoud Roub....

Former EU leaders: Sanction Israel over settlements
12/10/2010 - TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- A group of 26 senior former European leaders are calling for sanctions against Israel in response to its refusal to end construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Friday. The report says the leaders criticized Israeli policies in a letter sent Thursday to the....

Sheikh Raed Salah to be released Sunday
12/10/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Sheikh Leader, a leader of the Palestinian community inside Israel, will be released from prison on Sunday after serving five months for allegedly assaulting a police officer, a charge he denies. Salah's attorney Zahi Nijiadat said a celebration will be held in the city of Umm Al-Fahm in honor....

Gaza crossings closed for weekend
12/10/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza's crossing points used for delivering products and raw materials will be closed on Friday and Saturday. Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattuh said Israeli authorities informed him that the crossing will reopen Sunday....

Over 10,000 march for human rights in Tel Aviv
12/10/2010 - TEL AVIV (AFP) - Around 10,000 Israelis, Palestinians and refugees demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Friday in protest at a rising tide of extremist sentiment in Israel that they warn is posing a growing threat to democracy in the country. The march, which organizers said included almost 1,000 refugees and asylum-seekers from Sudan, Somalia and other....

Witnesses: Israeli troops raid Kifl Hares, detain 1
12/10/2010 - SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the village of Kifl Hares, east of Salfit and detained a Palestinian man, witnesses said. During house-to-house searches in the village, soldiers seized Jalal Abu Yacoub and took him to an unknown location, witnesses added. Residents also said Israeli soldiers secured the village for a visit by a....

West Bank rallies mark intifada anniversary
12/10/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Protesters in villages across the occupied West Bank commemorated the 23rd anniversary of the start of the first intifada on Friday. In Bil'in, the weekly anti-wall rally marked the one-year anniversary of village leader Abdallah Abu Rahmah's detention and International Human Rights Day. The demonstration was larger....

Assange accuser 'postponed' West Bank trip
12/11/2010 - YANUN, West Bank (Ma'an) -- A woman whose sexual assault allegations led to the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has cancelled a 3-month stint volunteering for a Christian service organization in the occupied West Bank, her colleagues said Friday. The Swedish national was one of five new recruits slated to join team....

Officials: No change to prisoner swap list
12/11/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Sources in the Palestinian armed factions holding an Israeli soldier captive denied rumors Friday that the factions had drawn up a new list of Hamas members to be freed in a potential prisoner exchange. Officials in the factions said there was no change to the list of prisoners the captors are....

Barak: Talks must move forward
12/10/2010 - UNITED NATIONS (AFP) -- Israel and the Palestinians must move beyond their dispute over settlement construction to find a new "formula" for peace negotiations, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday. The Israeli minister told reporters after talks with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that the two sides had to find "a way that contains both....

Hariri in 'Shakespearean' dilemma on murder probe
12/10/2010 - BEIRUT (AFP) -- Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri faces a "Shakespearean" dilemma over a UN probe into his father's murder whose pursuit of the assassins could wreak havoc on his country, analysts say." He is being asked to choose between the truth on the blood of his father and the stability of the country....

PLO, Fatah meet on Israel talks
12/10/2010 - RAMALLAH (AFP) -- Top Palestinian officials in the West Bank met on Friday about ways to revive stalled peace negotiations with Israel, officials said. The meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's Executive Committee and senior leaders of the Fatah party of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas comes after Washington failed to get Israel to stop....

EU to demand 'urgent progress' in Mideast
12/10/2010 - BRUSSELS (AFP) - The EU next week will restrict its stand on the deadlocked Middle East peace talks to a call for "urgent progress" on a two-state solution despite a plea for sanctions from former European leaders. A draft statement seen by AFP which is to be released by foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday....

Obama to 'remain engaged' in Mideast peace
12/10/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- US President Barack Obama will "remain engaged" in the Middle East peace process despite a failed US push for an Israeli settlement freeze, the White House said Friday." The president understands that this process is one that would not be easy and that would take the continued and constant engagement of our country....

Split EU narrows Mideast plea to call for 'urgent progress'
12/10/2010 - BRUSSELS (AFP) - The EU, under pressure from former European leaders to sanction Israel over the Middle East peace impasse, is expected due to its own divisions to restrict its stand to a plea for "urgent progress". As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton steps up efforts to break the deadlock following a failed US push for....

Clinton intensifies meetings in bid to end Mideast impasse
12/10/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped up her efforts Friday to break the deadlock in Middle East peace negotiations but there was no immediate sign of progress. The White House said meanwhile that US President Barack Obama will "remain engaged" in the peace process despite his failure to win a new Israeli....

Hamas: PA detains 12 supporters
12/10/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security forces arrested 12 Hamas affiliates in the West BankHamas movement said in a statement Friday. The statement said the arrests took place in Hebron, Nablus, Bethlehem, Tulkarem, Qalqilia and Jenin....

Expired produce seized in Hebron market
12/10/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) - Palestinian Authority police seized expired food and goods at a Hebron village market on Friday. Expired milk, sugar, out-of-date cosmetics and smuggled cigarettes were found in Sa'ir village, a police report said. The owner of the goods was detained, the report added....

Religious Affairs minister calls for national unity
12/10/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- National unity is the strongest weapon Palestinians have to face the occupation, Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmud Habbash said Friday. Speaking at a Ramallah mosque during Friday prayers, Habbash said the national division between the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and the PA-governed West Bank could lead to the loss of....

Istanbul jolted by bombings
12/11/2010 - ISTANBUL (AFP) - Four homemade bombs exploded simultaneously in Istanbul, damaging property but without causing casualties, Turkey's Anatolia news agency reported on Friday. Several windows smashed when the bombs went off late Thursday on the European side of the city. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for bombings....

U.S. says recognition of Palestinian state premature
Ha'aretz - Undersecretary of State William Burns responds to decision by Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay to recognize a Palestinian state based on borders before the 1967 war.

U.S.: We're not starting from square one on Mideast peace process
Ha'aretz - Ahead of Hillary Clinton's speech to the Saban Forum, State Department spokesman says secretary of state will call on Israelis and Palestinians to begin to grapple with core issues of the conflict.

Clinton meets Livni in U.S. ahead of speech on Mideast talks
Ha'aretz - Clinton-Livni meeting at the State Department marks the first time the opposition leader has met with the U.S. secretary of state in Washington since Benjamin Netanyahu became prime minister.

Report: Two Gaza teens killed playing with leftover IDF artillery
Ha'aretz - The two 16-year-olds were playing with the artillery east of Gaza City when it exploded., Deputy FM Ayalon says Israel must not apologize for killing 9 citizens during Gaza flotilla raid, as this would invite international lawsuits., Speaking after meeting with UN chief Ban, Defense Minister claims settlement activity was 4 time what it is today during negotiations with former PA President Arafat.

EU foreign policy chief applauds Israel for allowing exports out of Gaza
Ha'aretz - Catherine Ashton calls Israel's decision to allow Gaza to export goods to the West Bank and abroad 'a positive further step in the right direction.'

Israel draws international rebuke over refusal to freeze settlement construction
Ha'aretz - The EU, UN and Arab League criticize Israel on its failure to renew freeze on West Bank settlement construction, which expired in late September, leading to the halt of direct Israel-PA peace talks.

The returning issue of Palestine's refugees
Uruknet December 10, 2010 -- Before his murder in 1948, Lord Folke Bernadotte, the first UN mediator to the Arab-Israeli conflict, stated: "It would be an offence against the principles of elemental justice if these innocent [Palestinian] victims of the conflict were denied the right to return to their homes, while Jewish immigrants flow into Palestine." Lord Bernadotte paid for...

A Message from Israeli Military Prison on International Human Rights Day
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - A year ago tonight, on International Human Rights Day, our apartment in Ramallah was broken into by the Israeli military in the middle of the night and I was torn away from my wife Majida, my daughters Luma and Layan, and my son Laith, who at the time was only nine months old. As the...

Reply to Phil Wilayto on Iran
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - ...CPD has two fundamental differences with Phil Wilayto. First, we don't believe that the current regime in Iran is one that the left ought to admire. Governments that outlaw labor unions, oppress religious minorities, deny rights to women, criminalize gays, execute minors, censor university curricula, persecute journalists and students, impose religious rule and torture and...

Boycott roundup: day of action against TIAA-Cref
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Palestine solidarity activists are organizing a day of action today, 10 December, to encourage "people of conscience" to join the more than 18,000 who have already signed a US-wide petition urging financial holdings corporation TIAA-CREF to disinvest from construction vehicle manufacturer Caterpillar Incorporated. According to campaign coordinating group Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), TIAA-CREF has...

Two Children Killed In Gaza, Several Palestinians Wounded In israeli Attacks
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Medical sources in the Gaza Strip that the number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip on Friday morning arrived at two after a wounded resident died of his wounds The two were killed after an explosive left by the Israeli army detonated near them. The sources added that Mo’men Hallas, 16, dies of his...

On Human Rights Day, A Call to Release Shaker Aamer from Guantánamo
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Today is the 60th anniversary of Human Rights Day, declared by the United Nations in 1950 to mark the adoption by the UN of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — essentially, the founding document of the human rights movement — on December 10, 1948. To mark the occasion, and, I think, to highlight American...

New Poll Underlines Gloom Shrouding "Peace Process"
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Hope among both Jewish and Palestinian Israelis that a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians can ever be achieved appears to be fading, according to two major new polls released here Thursday. A solid majority of 63 percent of Palestinian Israelis and a plurality of 47 percent of Jewish Israelis say they don't believe...

WikiLeaks cables cast Hosni Mubarak as Egypt's ruler for life
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's long-serving president, is likely to seek re-election next year and will "inevitably" win a poll that will not be free and fair, the US ambassador to Cairo, Margaret Scobey, predicted in a secret cable to Hillary Clinton last year. Scobey discussed Mubarak's quasi-dictatorial leadership style since he took power in 1981; his...

Arab authorities urge rabbis to be prosecuted for inciting racism against Palestinians
Uruknet December 2010 14:40 - The National Committee for the Heads of the Arab Local Authorities in Israel has called for the prosecution of all who incite racism or the promotion of "racial hostility" against Palestinian citizens. The committee has urged Israel’s Justice Minister and the public prosecutor to take legal action against the group of rabbis who this week...

Three Palestinians Wounded By Army Fire In Gaza
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Eyewitnesses reported that Israeli soldiers, stationed at the border with the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at farmers and residents collecting wood, and wounded two of them, one seriously. Adham Abu Salmiyya, spokesperson of the Emergency Department at the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, confirmed that the two, both from Beit Lahia in the...

Medics: 2 teens killed by old Israeli shell
Uruknet December 10, 2010 -- Two Palestinian teenagers was killed when an artillery shell left behind by Israeli forces exploded in Gaza Friday morning, medics said. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said 16-year-old Victor Batniji was dead when he arrived at Gaza City's Shifa Hospital. Moumin Helles, also 16, died shortly after arriving at the hospital, after being...

Defiant Jerusalem Palestinians say "we will remain here"
Uruknet December 9, 2010 - A huge Palestinian flag was carried up a steep hill in Issawiya on 3 December, passed hand-to-hand between the at least 200 Palestinians, Israelis and international activists taking part in the first-ever solidarity march and demonstration in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood. People cheered and shouted as the flag passed over their heads, and many...

Israel to demolish electric infrastructure near Hebron
Uruknet December 9, 2010 - Israeli authorities delivered demolition orders Thursday for electric transformers and powerlines in a Palestinian community south of Hebron, a local official said. Local Popular Committee chairman Azmi Ash-Sheiyukhi said Israeli officials handed the orders to Muhammad Al-Adrah, the head of the village council of Rifaya and Ad-Deirat. The orders call for the demolition and removal...

Iran media airs 'murder confession'
AlJazeera 10 Dec 2010 - State television shows fourth interview with woman whose sentence to death for adultery has sparked global outrage.

Rival Jordan football fans clash
AlJazeera 10 Dec 2010 - At least 250 injured as fence collapses during violence between Al-Wahdat and Al-Faisaly supporters.

Israel proposes Turkey compensation
AlJazeera 9 Dec 2010 - Israel offers compensation to relatives of the nine Turks killed during a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May.

Israel faces tougher line from EU after former heads call for Palestinian state
The Guardian 10 Dec 2010 - Former EU leaders sign letter urging creation of state with East Jerusalem as capital and settlement freeze Twenty-six European grandees have urged the EU to adopt a tougher stance towards Israel including taking "concrete measures" and...

Coming to America: Gaza boys take trip of a lifetime
The Guardian 10 Dec 2010 - Film documents experience of 15 students who were taken on an eye-opening journey to New York arranged by a UN agency The distance from Gaza to New York is 9,150km, but for 15-year-old Motaz Al-Jamal the...

The returning issue of Palestine's refugees | Saeb Erekat
The Guardian 10 Dec 2010 - It's 62 years since the UN passed a resolution on the rights of Palestinian refugees – rights Israel must recognise for peace Before his murder in 1948, Lord Folke Bernadotte , the first UN mediator to the...

An ugly video to get Jews to support war with Iran
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - (Please visit the site to view this media) A friend just sent me this video. It's posted on the website of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, one of the largest mainstream Jewish organizations with offices...

Over 10,000 march for human rights in Tel Aviv
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Maan - Around 10,000 Israelis, Palestinians and refugees demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Friday in protest at a rising tide of extremist sentiment in Israel that they warn is posing a growing threat to democracy in...

Celebrating investigative journalism in the Arab world
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Investigative journalism in the Arab world has been an alien type of journalism that was never really powerful or effective, if existed. But in recent years, it has become more and more visible, despite the risks...

They bombed al-Jazeera's reporters. Now the US is after our integrity
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Wadah Khanfar, The Guardian - A lot can change in five years. In December 2005 the Guardian opened its pages for me to respond to a leak – the Bush-Blair memo in which both leaders discussed...

A bad blip but not the end of the affair
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Economist - NEVER say never, when it comes to the prospect of peace in the Middle East. Yet even the most straw-clutching of optimists must wonder whether the Israelis and Palestinians will ever agree to live...

A familiar obstacle to Mideast peace: Mahmoud Abbas
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post - U.S. diplomats had labored for months to persuade Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace negotiations. Just as it appeared they had succeeded, there came a provocation: Israel took a step toward...

Apologising to Turks for raid legal risk - Israel
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Alert Net - Israel should not apologise to Turkey for killing nine of its citizens aboard an aid ship that tried to breach the Gaza blockade, as this would invite international lawsuits, an Israeli official said...

Palestinians weigh options as talks freeze
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Alert Net - Paralysis in U.S.-backed peace talks is prompting debate among Palestinians on alternatives to the two-decade old diplomatic process. The chances of another Palestinian uprising, or Intifada, similar to that which erupted when peace...

Disobedient: A potential Palestinian Gandhi is in an Israeli jail
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Michelle Goldberg, Tablet - Last month, the yearlong prison sentence of Abdallah Abu Rahmah, a schoolteacher and activist involved in nonviolent civil disobedience in the West Bank, came to an end. But an Israeli military court...

Israel's Katrina
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Osamah Khalil, Los Angeles Times - As Hurricane Katrina demonstrated the misplaced priorities of the George W. Bush administration, the Carmel fire has similarly exposed the reality of Israel's domestic and foreign policy priorities. Rather than...

The Palestinians Won This Round
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Daniel Levy, The National Interest - The leaders of the Israeli right and of the settler movement have been wearing their Cheshire Cat grins since the United States announced its pullback from negotiations to extend a...

The way out of the Middle Eastern morass
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Martin Indyk, Financial Times - The Middle East peace process just died, but nobody seems to be in mourning. Twenty months of US efforts to freeze Israeli settlement activity to create a conducive environment for negotiations...

US debates role in Mideast peace effort
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Los Angeles Times - The Obama administration's abandonment of a failed strategy for Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking has sparked a debate within the White House about what kind of approach — and how much energy — America's overbooked...

Syria’s Assad Says Peace Talks Shouldn’t Focus on Settlements
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Bloomberg - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians shouldn’t focus on the settlements issue, echoing the U.S. position, while adding that Israel wasn’t a “partner for peace.” Assad, who met...

The "Real Jew" Debate
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Roger Cohen, New York Times - Ira Stup was raised in Philadelphia attending Jewish day school and camps. He found his home in the Jewish community and was “intoxicated with Jewish democracy” as framed in the...

The returning issue of Palestine's refugees
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Saeb Erakat, The Guardian - Before his murder in 1948, Lord Folke Bernadotte , the first UN mediator to the Arab-Israeli conflict, stated : "It would be an offence against the principles of elemental justice if these innocent [...

Time for the Palestinians to make their own history
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Movies tend to have similar scripts; there is a hero, a villain, comic relief, and a host of bit characters who flesh out the adventures of the main protagonists. No one goes home after the movie...

Former European leaders: Sanction Israel over settlement building
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Leaders say Israel should be made to feel "the consequences" EUobserver - A large group of former EU leaders and commissioners, including Catherine Ashton's predecessor Javier Solana, has urged the Union to take sanctions against Israel...

Israel offers compensation for Gaza flotilla deaths
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 - The Guardian - Israel has proposed paying compensation to relatives of Turks it killed during a raid on a Gaza -bound ship, in exchange for Ankara's help in indemnifying the Israeli navy against lawsuits, officials said...

Two-year-old Child Among Injured in Weekly Anti-Wall Protest
PNN - Bethlehem – PNN – Anti-wall protests took place on Friday across the West Bank in the villages of Bil'in, Ni'lin, al-Nabi Saleh, and al-Ma'sara. Israeli and international supporters joined villagers at all...

Gaza: Two Children Killed by Leftover Israel Bomb, One Injured by Troops
PNN - Gaza-PNN – Two 16-year-old Palestinian children were killed when an Israeli bomb from 2009 exploded in al-Shojaya area of central Gaza. Eyewitnesses said Montasir al-Batniji and Mo’men Halas, both 16, were playing...

Israel Offers to Compensate Families of Flotilla Victims, Refuses to Admit Guilt
PNN - By Saed Bannoura - The Israeli government made an offer to pay thousands of US Dollars to the families of the of the nine Turkish citizens who were killed during the Israeli...

US planning new sanctions against Iran, official says
Jeruslalem Post 10 Dec 2010 - Obama's chief nuclear adviser skeptical about Teheran's sincerity in newly relaunched nuclear talks: "We need to send the message to Iran that sanctions will only increase if Iran avoids serious negotiations."

Livni meets Clinton as US tries to salvage peace process
Jeruslalem Post 10 Dec 2010 - US secretary of state also to meet with Fayyad, Barak; expected to give speech saying Obama administration disappointed but not giving up on peace deal; Mitchell to meet Abbas and Netanyahu next week.

WJC asks Pope to denounce delegitimization of Israel
Jeruslalem Post 10 Dec 2010 - World Jewish Congress leadership meet with Italian FM, pontiff; Benedict XVI says Church recognizes "historical connection" of Jews to Israel.

Gates says Gulf states support sanctions against Iran
Jeruslalem Post 10 Dec 2010 - Following visits to Oman and UAE, US defense secretary expresses belief that Teheran's neighbors are concerned over Iran's "aggressive behavior."

This Week in History: Ben-Gurion retires to the Negev
Jeruslalem Post 10 Dec 2010 - Israel's first prime minister moved to Kibbutz Sde Boker 57 years ago, but returned to politics less than two years later.

'PA to stop coordinating security with Israel'
Jeruslalem Post 10 Dec 2010 - Report: PLO, Fatah plan meeting to push for a cancellation of all Oslo and Road Map commitments, in response to failed peace talks.

Arab World: Fight or flight?
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 - Saudi FM Saud al-Faisal observes that Iran is advancing on a number of "regional fronts." But the Saudis are loath to confront the threat alone.

Swept up in a split second
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 - Parsons Dance returns to thrill and delight audiences in Herzliya and Jerusalem.

SYRIA: Getting Away Legally With Assaulting Women
IPS Iman Wannouss was just 21 years old when she was married off to a close relative. For the next two decades she gave up her work and raised three children in a loveless and violent marriage.

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 – 08 December. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

A message from Israeli military prison on International Human Rights Day
12/10/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - Majida Abu Rahmah, The Huffington Post - My imprisoned husband Abdullah Abu Rahmah passed the fallowing message through his lawyer: A year ago tonight, on International Human Rights Day, our apartment in Ramallah was broken into by the Israeli military in the middle of the night and I was torn away from my wife Majida, my.... Related: Source

U.S. says recognition of Palestinian state premature
Ha'aretz 10 Dec 2010 - Undersecretary of State William Burns responds to decision by Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay to recognize a Palestinian state based on borders before the 1967 war.

U.S.: We're not starting from square one on Mideast peace process
Ha'aretz 10 Dec 2010 - Ahead of Hillary Clinton's speech to the Saban Forum, State Department spokesman says secretary of state will call on Israelis and Palestinians to begin to grapple with core issues of the conflict.

Clinton meets Livni in U.S. ahead of speech on Mideast talks
Ha'aretz 10 Dec 2010 - Clinton-Livni meeting at the State Department marks the first time the opposition leader has met with the U.S. secretary of state in Washington since Benjamin Netanyahu became prime minister.

Report: Two Gaza teens killed playing with leftover IDF artillery
Ha'aretz 10 Dec 2010 - The two 16-year-olds were playing with the artillery east of Gaza City when it exploded., Deputy FM Ayalon says Israel must not apologize for killing 9 citizens during Gaza flotilla raid, as this would invite international lawsuits., Speaking after meeting with UN chief Ban, Defense Minister claims settlement activity was 4 time what it is today during negotiations with former PA President Arafat.

EU foreign policy chief applauds Israel for allowing exports out of Gaza
Ha'aretz 10 Dec 2010 - Catherine Ashton calls Israel's decision to allow Gaza to export goods to the West Bank and abroad 'a positive further step in the right direction.'

Israel draws international rebuke over refusal to freeze settlement construction
Ha'aretz 10 Dec 2010 - The EU, UN and Arab League criticize Israel on its failure to renew freeze on West Bank settlement construction, which expired in late September, leading to the halt of direct Israel-PA peace talks.

Israel's Left and Right march separately for human rights
Ha'aretz - 5,000 marchers mark International Human Rights Day in Tel Aviv; Im Tirtzu Chair at march: Jews and even settlers have rights too.

After arid November, winter to storm into Israel over the weekend
Ha'aretz - A weather system arriving on Friday will bring with it heavy rains and wind speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour; snow expected on Mount Hermon.

OPT: U.S. to push on core Mideast peace issues -Clinton
Relief Web 10 Dec 2010 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet

Gaza blast kills two Palestinian teenagers
Relief Web 10 Dec 2010 - Source: Agence France-Presse

Israeli troops used prohibited teargas rounds
Relief Web 10 Dec 2010 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet

2010: Frustrating Year for Middle East Peace
Relief Web 9 Dec 2010 - Source: Voice of America

Clinton meets Livni, Barak
YNet News - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will tell Israel and the Palestinians on Friday it is up to them to settle their conflict and urge them to get to work on its core .......

Report: 2 killed in Gaza blast
YNet News - Two Gaza residents were killed Friday as an old shell exploded in the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Sajaiyeh, Palestinian sources reported. According to the .......

Assad warns against interference in Special Tribunal for Lebanon
Daily Star 10 Dec 2010 PARIS: Syrian President Bashar Assad Friday said a UN-backed tribunal probing the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri would be futile if its ruling was tainted by political interference. "If the decision of the...

Mubarak 'could be in power for life' - leaked US cable
Daily Star 10 Dec 2010 CAIRO: Egypt's 82-year-old President Hosni Mubarak is likely to seek re-election next year and serve for the rest of his life, British daily The Guardian reported, citing WikiLeaks. The disclosure came in a secret US diplomatic...

Hamas holds Israeli occupation responsible for the wellbeing MP Kabaha
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - Hamas held the Israeli occupation responsible for the wellbeing of MP Wasfi Kabaha who was detained by IOF troops on Friday and then taken to Khedira hospital after his health condition deteriorated.

Two children die in an explosion of a bomb left by the IOF during war on Gaza
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - Two Palestinian children were killed on Friday in the explosion of a bomb left by the IOF during the war on Gaza. Four others were wounded in IOF gunfire in northern and southern Gaza.

Abu Marzook: The PA is an Israeli interest
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - Dr. Mousa Abu Marzook, the deputy-head of Hamas's political bureau, has ruled out Thursday the possibility that Mahmoud Abbas would make true his threats of dissolving the PA..

Widespread condemnation for Zionist decision to deport MP Abu Tair
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - The arbitrary Israeli court decision on Thursday to deport MP Mohammed Abu Tair out of the occupied city of Jerusalem, his birthplace, was widely condemned..

Specialists: The siege on Gaza imposes harsh psychological effect on people
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - Local and international psychologists and human rights activists have urged Thursday the international community to pressure the Zionist entity into lifting the siege on the Gaza Strip..

IOF troops use highly destructive bombs against civilians in Gaza Strip
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - Palestinian security sources and eyewitnesses in the Gaza Strip said Thursday that the bomb dropped by an Israeli F-16 warplane on the eastern part of Gaza city was of high destructive power.

Al-Asha’l: Oslo’s PA only serves occupation
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - Dr. Abdullah Al-Asha’l said that the dissolution of the PA should become a Palestinian national demand, so that the confrontation can return to its natural state.

Islamic Jihad: The PA’s alternatives do not constitute a solution for the Palest
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - The Islamic Jihad movement said that the PA’s declared alternatives to the stalled negotiations do not constitute a solution to the Palestinian problem..

Two Palestinians wounded by IOF bullets in northern Gaza
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - Two Palestinians were wounded Friday morning to the north of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip when IOF troops opened fire towards cultivated lands in the area.

Israeli occupation releases prisoner four months after end of his sentence
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - Israeli occupation released on Thursday a Palestinian prisoner from the Gaza Strip four months after the end of his seven-year sentence.

White House plans more Iran sanctions
LA Times 10 Dec 2010 - Gary Samore, the Obama administration's top nuclear nonproliferation official, acknowledges that Iran may be trying to manipulate the West by moving slowly on negotiations. The Obama administration said Friday that it was planning additional economic sanctions against Iran and acknowledged that the Islamic Republic might be trying to manipulate the West by continuing slow-moving talks with the U.S. and five other major powers.

Hopes of Fatah-Hamas reconciliation still alive
LA Times 11 Dec 2010 - Palestinian businessman Munib Masri, head of an advocacy group that is trying to press Fatah and Hamas into some sort of accord, explained why he's still optimistic when others fear the break in 2007 is irreparable. With reconciliation talks between leading Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas apparently at another impasse, hopes of an accord are fading fast.

Clinton says U.S. remains committed to Mideast peace
LA Times 10 Dec 2010 - Despite a recent failure to restart talks and internal debate on strategy, Secretary of State Clinton says the U.S. will continue its efforts and will not be a 'passive participant.' Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that the administration would continue to pursue an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal despite the failure of its central strategy, and it intends to do so by pushing hard on both sides.

U.S. and Allies Plan More Sanctions Against Iran
New York Times 10 Dec 2010 - President Obama’s chief nuclear adviser said that tougher measures would be part of an effort to force Iran into suspending production of nuclear fuel.

Israel and Turkey Working to Repair Ties
New York Times 10 Dec 2010 - The governments were stuck on several issues, including whether Israel must apologize — or merely express regret — for a deadly flotilla raid.

Iran Denies Freeing Condemned Woman
New York Times 10 Dec 2010 - Human rights campaigners stoked confusion about the status of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who has been sentenced to death.

Reverse peristalsis moment
Mondoweiss - Palin's going to Israel .

Two Gaza teens killed playing with leftover IDF artillery; 2 year old among injured during weekly anti-wall protests
Mondoweiss - and other news from Today in Palestine: Settlers/ Land, Property, Resource Theft & Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing Israel to Destroy Electric Infrastructure Near Hebron Israeli officials ordered destruction of electricity infrastructure, on Thursday, in two Palestinian villages in the southern area of Hebron, local sources said. http://www.imemc.org/article/60137 Barak:...

Proportionality: ‘Human Rights Watch’ files report on Jordanian restaurant turning away Israeli Jews
Mondoweiss - I think this is genuine, though it reads almost like a parody. From Human Rights Watch : (New York) - Jordanian authorities should fully investigate and publicly condemn the recent refusal by the owner of an Aqaba restaurant to serve Israeli Jews, Human Rights Watch said today....

Fmr Israel ambassador Lubrani says using force against Iran would be giant mistake
Mondoweiss - I'm a sucker for the wisdom of old diplomats --  an establishment orientation I can never entirely  shake. So from one of the  Washington  centers of the neocon power yesterday morning---the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies conference on tightening the screws on Iran-- it was...

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