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Saturday, December 11, 2010
Two Palestinian Fighters Killed, One Israeli Soldier Injured In Gaza
IMEMC - 11 Dec 2010 - Sunday December 12, 2010 - 02:30, Israeli sources reported that two Palestinians were killed and one Israeli soldier was injured on Saturday at night when a resistance group clashed with Israeli soldiers invading an area inside the Gaza Strip.

Clinton: “U.S Committed To The Resumption Of Peace Talks”
IMEMC - 11 Dec 2010 - Saturday December 11, 2010 - 06:43, Addressing the Saban Forum on Friday evening, U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, stated that Washington is serious about perusing a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, and for establishing the foundations of an independent Palestinian State.

Troops Kidnap Former Palestinian Minister in Jenin
IMEMC - 11 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.

2 Palestinians killed on Gaza border
12/12/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were killed and an Israeli soldier wounded in an exchange of fire along the Gaza Strip's border with Israel Saturday night, the country's military said. The military said in a statement that soldiers "identified two suspects near the security fence in the central Gaza....

PFLP: Fighters targeted Israeli unit in north Gaza
12/11/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) - The military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility Saturday for opening fire at Israeli forcesin northern Gaza. The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades said its men opened fire at an engineering unit operating north of the city of Beit Lahiya. The group said in a.... Related: PFLP wing: Clashes with Israeli forces

Fatah leader: 'Dangerous repercussions' if affiliates executed
12/12/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas' decision to execute three Fatah members accused of killing an imam could have dangerous repercussions, a senior Fatah leader warned Saturday. Abu Samhadana, a member of its Revolutionary Council, said the decision would rip apart "the already-torn social structure in Palestine," and that the executions would be "the....

Palestinian donates land for cemetery
12/11/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A resident of Beit Ula, west of Hebron, has donated land to build a cemetery for the town to prevent its confiscation by Israel, the local popular committee said Saturday. Jamil Mousa Al-A'dam donated three dunums of land in the Wad Al-Jalamun area which Israeli authorities are threatening to....

Army: Rocket fired from Gaza into Israel
12/11/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) - A rocket fired from the Islamist-run Gaza Strip hit southern Israel on Saturday without causing casualties or damage, a military spokesman said. The projectile "exploded on open ground," he said, a day after a mortar round or rocket fired from the Palestinian territory exploded, again without causing casualties or damage. Gaza-based Palestinian militants....

Barak raises anew the possible partition of Jerusalem
12/11/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Friday raised anew the prospect of sharing Jerusalem with the Palestinians as part of a peace deal, in sharp contrast with views held by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu." Jerusalem will be discussed at the end with. . . western Jerusalem and the Jewish [areas] for us, the refugee-populated Arab....

Egypt says no information on 'abducted' migrants
12/11/2010 - CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said on Saturday his country has no information concerning reports that hundreds of Eritrean hostages are being held by people traffickers in the Sinai Peninsula." The interior ministry, which is always in contact with the foreign ministry, has no information whatsoever about reports that hundreds of Eritreans....

Grenade blast rocks Palestinian camp in south Lebanon
12/11/2010 - BEIRUT (AFP) -- A grenade attack on the home of a member of an Al-Qaeda splinter group rocked a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon overnight without causing injuries, a security official said on Saturday." No one was injured in the hand grenade attack on the home of a Jund al-Sham member from the Sahmarani family....

PFLP wing: Clashes with Israeli forces
12/11/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades said fierce clashes erupted Saturday with Israeli forces north of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. The group, affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said in a statement it would continue to resist and confront the occupation. An Israeli military.... Related: PFLP: Fighters targeted Israeli unit in north Gaza

Australia FM: Settlements 'destroying' chance for peace
12/12/2010 - CAIRO (AFP) - Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd warned in talks with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday that time is running out on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Canberra is concerned because "no real progress" has been made in the US-brokered peace process and time is "running out," Rudd told reporters after the meeting....

US seeks 'clean start' in peace talks
12/11/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday sought a clean start in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks by urging both sides to tackle "without delay" the core issues of their decades-old conflict. Clinton made the appeal in a speech days after the Obama administration admitted it had failed to persuade Israel to renew a....

30 injured after bus collides with car in Jenin
12/11/2010 - JENIN (Ma'an) - As the first rain started to fall in the northern West Bank Friday evening, 30 Palestinians were injured in a road accident in Jenin, a police report said. The report read that 53 teenagers under 16 were travelling in a bus as part of trip organized by UNICEF when the driver....

Biden renews US support for Lebanon
12/11/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- Vice President Joe Biden Friday assured Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri of US support as a UN tribunal probes the the 2005 assassination of his father stoking tensions in Lebanon. Biden "spoke by phone today with. . . Hariri to discuss recent developments in Lebanon and the region," the White House said in a statement....

Syria's Assad warns against interference in Hariri probe
12/11/2010 - PARIS (AFP) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Friday said a UN-backed tribunal probing the killing of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri would be futile if its ruling was tainted by political interference." If the decision of the tribunal is based on evidence, everybody will accept its conclusions, not only Syria but also Lebanon," Assad said....

Poll: Split over sending Palestinian fire crews to Israel
12/11/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - A slim majority of the respondents to a reader poll on Ma'an's Arabic-language news site said sending Palestinian firefighters to help battle Israel's fire was "disgraceful." Firefighters from more than 16 countries helped to extinguish the blaze, the worst in Israel's history, which....

Australia FM: Time running out on peace process
12/11/2010 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd warned on Saturday that time is running out on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, in talks with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak. Australia is concerned because "no real progress" has been made in the US-brokered peace process and time is "running out," Rudd told reporters after the meeting....

Japan calls for settlement freeze
12/11/2010 - GAMMARTH, Tunisia (AFP) - Tokyo wants Israeli settlements to be stopped in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and a freeze on any future developments, Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara said Saturday." Japan calls for an immediate end to and a total freeze on Israeli settlements even in [East] Jerusalem," he said at an economic forum....

Abbas: We will not be late to fulfil moral duty
12/11/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday praised the efforts of Palestinian firefighters who helped extinguish the worst blaze in Israel's history. Palestinian firefighters joined crews from more than 16 countries to battle a huge inferno that erupted in northern Israel on December 2 and spread for four days. Thanking civil....

Israeli guard charged with stealing weapons
12/11/2010 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- An Israeli border guard officer has been arrested on suspicion of stealing weapons from his unit, Israeli news media reported Friday. A Haifa court extended the remand of the officer accused of storing a large amount of arms, including grenades and even an explosive device at a cache in....

Thousands celebrate PFLP anniversary in Gaza
12/11/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) - Thousands of supporters celebrated the 43rd anniversary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Gaza City on Saturday. Politburo member of the leftist faction Jamil Majdalawi delivered a speech urging rival factions Hamas and Fatah to end "the unjustified disagreement which harms the Palestinian people, resistance fighters....

One missing as Israel hit by storm, heavy winds
12/12/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Heavy winds lashed Israel on Saturday, knocking down power lines and trees and sweeping one person into the sea as the country was hit by its first storm of the winter. In the coastal city of Netanya, a 41-year-old Russian tourist was blown off the promenade into the sea and was missing....

Palestinian dies of swine flu
12/12/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian died Saturday in a Jerusalem hospital after being infected with the H1N1 swine flu virus, his family said. Simon Naser Qert, from the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem's Old CIty, was admitted to the intensive care unit of Hadassah hospital on Wednesday, and diagnosed with the H1N1 virus....

Reports: Death toll from Israel inferno hits 43
12/11/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- The death toll from northern Israel's forest fire rose to 43 on Saturday as another prison guard died of his injuries, media reports said. Jalal Bissan, 29, died at Haifa's Rambam hospital, the Ynet news website reported, citing hospital officials. His death raised to 38 the number of prison....

WikiLeaks chief moved to isolation in British jail
12/11/2010 - LONDON (AFP) -- WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange was in an isolation unit of a London jail Saturday, as new leaked US diplomatic cables revealed a row between the Vatican and Ireland over a child abuse inquiry. The 39-year-old Australian had been transferred from the main section of Wandsworth prison to an isolation unit, Jennifer Robinson....

WikiLeaks cables release reshapes diplomatic landscape
12/11/2010 - PARIS (AFP) -- Was the WikiLeaks cable release a stone thrown into the waters of US diplomacy, causing waves that will eventually calm, or a brick though the window of the State Department, causing irreparable harm? With only 1,200 of the quarter million stolen US diplomatic telegrams so far released, it is perhaps too early to....

At rally in Gaza, PFLP calls for Palestinian unity
Ha'aretz - Left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian marks its 43rd anniversary with rally attended by thousands in the Gaza Strip.

Obama tells Turkey he regrets 'deplorable' WikiLeaks exposures
Ha'aretz - Turkish PM Erdogan had earlier accused U.S. diplomats of slander; on Saturday the two leaders agreed that U.S.-Turkey ties won't be harmed by leaked cables.

Israel sending aid shipment to Colombian flood victims
Ha'aretz - El Al aircraft to depart Israel on Sunday with 50 tons of rescue equipment bound for flood-stricken nation of Colombia.

Palestinians: Clinton should have blamed Israel for failure of Mideast talks
Ha'aretz - In speech on Friday, U.S. secretary of state said both Israel and the Palestinians bear responsibility for the collapse of the recent direct peace negotiations., Turks demand that Israel apologize for the killing of Turkish civilians on a Gaza flotilla raid, while Israel agrees to express 'regret' but not apologize., U.S. aims to eventually renew direct talks despite stalemate, Secretary of State says; Barak says Israel recognizes two-state solution the only option for Zionism.

Turkey lauds 'new page' in ties with Israel, but still demands apology for Gaza flotilla raid
Ha'aretz - Deputy FM Ayalon says Israel must not apologize for killing 9 citizens during Gaza flotilla raid, as this would invite international lawsuits.

Barak: Palestinians didn't mind settlement construction during past peace talks
Ha'aretz - 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.

Espionage Act: How the Government Can Engage in Serious Aggression Against the People of the United States
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - This week, Senators Joe Lieberman and Dianne Feinstein engaged in acts of serious aggression against their own constituents, and the American people in general. They both invoked the 1917 Espionage Act and urged its use in going after Julian Assange. For good measure, Lieberman extended his invocation of the Espionage Act to include a call...

House Approves Major Increase in Israeli Military Aid
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - The House of Representatives earlier this week approved a significant increase in the level of military aid to Israel, pushing the level to $3 billion in flat military aid, with an additional $205 million set aside for a short range rocket system. Both of the increases were already planned as part of a memorandum of...

Wikileaks and arms sales
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - I think what has been most telling in the Wikileaks release has less what has been released—which has been nothing substantively new, and in a moment when there is simple a torrent of information available, simply overwhelming to people not short of information but of people to act on it—but instead what the sifting through...

The Devil’s Advocates
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - ...This is where things are and this alarming trajectory will continue as long as this war of terror goes unchallenged at its foundations, as long as the immoral logic that anything done to allegedly protect American lives is permissible, no matter how atrocious, immoral and illegal, goes unchallenged, and as long as enough people do...

Updating Mohamed Harkat's Persecution -
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - An earlier article explained. Like in America, Canada is waging war on Islam, Mohamed Harkat one of many victims used for political advantage to incite fear and mask Ottawa's support for US imperialism and war on terror, a bogus one affecting innocent victims like Harkat. Based on spurious allegations of ties to Al Qaeda and...

Arab Store Owners In East Jerusalem Forced To Write Store Names In Hebrew
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - 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. Israeli paper, Maariv, reported Thursday that this decision...

Human Rights Mean Nothing in Bil’in
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - International Human Rights Day became a savage irony yesterday in Palestine as peaceful protestors were tear-gassed, shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and arrested for their efforts. The weekly peaceful protests held throughout Palestine yesterday saw a high turnout of international demonstrators in celebration of International Human Rights Day. The increased international support did little to...

Israeli rabbinical racism is no longer the lunatic fringe
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - When Samuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Safed, issued an edict in October calling on Jews to refrain from renting or selling apartments to non-Jews many dismissed him as a lone fanatic. Today, according to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, more than 300 rabbis across Israel have signed a letter backing the ruling. It seems...

Video:West Bank village of Bil’in marks Int’l Human Rights Day
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - Bil’in celebrated International Human Rights Day with a larger than normal demonstration. Hundreds of supporters including Israelis and internationals came from outside Bil’in to support the village’s struggle for human rights, to mark the one-year anniversary of Abdallah Abu Rahmah’s imprisonment, and to commemorate the First Intifada. The demonstration was attacked by IDF soldiers with...

OCHA: Israel killed 3 Palestinians, wounded 10 others in one week
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - The UN office for the coordination of human rights (OCHA) said in a weekly report issued on Saturday that three Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip and 10 others were wounded in different areas of the occupied Palestinian territories during Israeli military attacks. The report covered different violations committed by Israel during one week,...

Thousands celebrate PFLP anniversary in Gaza
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - Thousands of supporters celebrated the 43rd anniversary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Gaza City on Saturday. Politburo member of the leftist faction Jamil Majdalawi delivered a speech urging rival factions Hamas and Fatah to end "the unjustified disagreement which harms the Palestinian people, resistance fighters and negotiators." The PFLP official...

Video: Israel's unwanted citizens
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Palestinian citizens of Israel are complaining about a string of policies, which they say are designed to drive them out of Israel. First, a bill requiring them to pledge allegiance to a Jewish state was passed by the Israeli cabinet. Now the Knesset is debating whether to stop Arab Israelis from living in cities where...

Rabbis say 'no housing for Arabs'
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Hundreds of Israeli rabbis have signed a religious edict forbidding Jews from renting or selling homes or land to Arabs and other non-Jews. The public letter instructs Jews to "ostracise" those who disobey the order, which is widely viewed as an attack on the country's Palestinian citizens. When the decree was announced on Tuesday, it...

Latest Israeli bombing plunges Gaza into darkness
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Air strikes by Israeli warplanes at dawn on Thursday caused serious damage to the Gaza Strip's only power plant, plunging the territory -- which already suffers from frequent outages -- into darkness. Media reports said the air strikes hit two sites belonging to Hamas near the Gaza power plant in Moghraqa village, central Gaza. Engineer...

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...

Israeli army shoots worker in north Gaza
11 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 11, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces opened fire Saturday at Palestinian workers in north of Gaza Strip, one of them was injured in his foot. Local Medical sources reported that the worker was shot in Biat Lahya town, in north of Gaza Strip, while he was collecting gravel. The sources added that the injured worker was evacuated...

Gaza: Two children die in an explosion of a bomb
11 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 11, (Pal Telegraph-Agencies) –Two Palestinian children were killed on Friday in the explosion of a bomb left by the Israli occupation forces (IOF) during the war on Gaza.   Adham Abu Salmiya, the media coordinator of the medical services in the Strip, told the PIC that Muntasir al-Batniji and Mo’men Hillis, both 16 years of age, were killed...

Israeli army detain Palestinian former minister
11 Dec 2010 - West Bank , December 11, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained Saturday the former Palestinian Minister of Prisoners, Wasfi Qubha, during his visit to Bartah village, north of Jenin, in the West Bank. Palestinian sources reported that the former minister was detained for two hours at an Israeli checkpoint near his village of Bartah during his visit to his...

Israeli Soldiers Attack Bil’in Weekly Protest
11 Dec 2010 - Bil’in , December 11, (Pal Telegraph-IMEMC) – The Friends of Freedom and Justice – Bil’in (FFJ), reported that this week’s protest marked the commemoration of the First Intifada of 1987, the International Human Rights Day, and came to protest the continued imprisonment of Abdullah Abu Rahma, a local leader of the nonviolent movement in the village. “Bil'in celebrated International Human Rights...

Israeli army detains 3 Palestinians from Jenin, Tobas
11 Dec 2010 - West Bank , December 11, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained Saturday three Palestinians from Jenin and Tobas cities in the West Bank. At Al-Hamra military checkpoint, Israeli occupation forces detained Mahmoud Jaes, 26, and his brother Hasan, 27, from Araba, local sources reported. The sources said Israeli occupation forces detained Mahmoud Draghma, 22, student at Al-Najah University. The...

US 'regrets' Middle East impasse
AlJazeera 11 Dec 2010 - Days after dropping settlement freeze bid with Israel, Hillary Clinton says US is "frustrated" by the lack of progress.

Gazans killed in border clash
AlJazeera 11 Dec 2010 - Israeli soldier is also wounded following exchange of gunfire near Gaza's boundary with Israel.

Justice sought over Jordan violence
AlJazeera 11 Dec 2010 - Palestinian-Jordanian fans of Al-Wahdat club cry foul after Thursday's football clashes that left 250 injured.

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...

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 [...

'Netanyahu not in favor of apologizing to Turkey'
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - Gov’t sources deny Turkish report of PM dispute with Barak, Lieberman over apology to Turkey; Turkish, Israeli officials meet to end crisis.

Moscow’s Jewish elite raise funds, campaign for Israel
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - An "oligarch" calls on Russia's richest and most powerful to help Israel recover from the Carmel forest fire, bring European MPs to Israel.

Without moratorium, PA ‘heads toward explosion'
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - Member of the Fatah Central Committee blames the US administration for its continued support of Israel.

Israel Beiteinu, Shas lock horns over IDF conversion bill
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - Government is expected on Sunday to debate and vote on an appeal by Shas against decision to support the bill.

Analysis: Clinton speech, EU letter, explain J'lem policy
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - The reason Israel trusts the US, is wary of the European Union was shown by public statements of the past week.

Israel pleased Clinton rejects idea of imposed solution
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - At Saban forum address, Clinton says US may offer "bridging proposals when appropriate;" Barak discusses solution with divided Jerusalem.

2 terrorists killed, 1 soldier hurt in Gaza encounter
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - Two Palestinians seeking to infiltrate Israel from Gaza exchange fire with IDF forces after being discovered near border fence, army responds with tanks and paratroopers.

US cables call Spain magnet for terror recruiters
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - Wikileaks: US planned to create counter-terror center in Barcelona; Catalonia described as "major Mediterranean center for radical Islamists."

Abbas honors Palestinian firemen who put out Carmel fire
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - Some 21 Palestinian firefighters took part in the effort to put out the huge wildfire along with other fire rescue teams from around the world.

PA furious US cannot persuade Israel to renew freeze
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - Yasser Abed Rabbo: Implementing Palestinian "right of return" top of PA priorities; Palestinians tell US to stop selling them "old merchandise."

Jordanian and Palestinian soccer fans clash in Amman
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - There is a long history of violence between supporters of the two teams, partly stemming from decades of tension with Jordan's large Palestinians.

Turkish officials say Barak preventing flotilla apology
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - Ankara says defense minister and IDF don't have problem with compensation to families, but refuse to apologize; Turks lower expectations but say talks will continue between the two countries.

Support for Right bloc rising according to JPost poll
Jeruslalem Post 10 Dec 2010 - Under Barak's leadership, Labor's supporters defecting to other parties; Meretz likely main beneficiary of Labor decline.

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

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Prison guard, 29, dies of injuries from Carmel forest fire
Ha'aretz - Jalal Bissan succumbs to wounds sustained on the bus carrying Prison Service guards during Carmel forest fire, in which 43 people were killed.

Stormy weather throughout Israel leads to power cuts and closed roads
Ha'aretz - Trees fall in Jerusalem, Acre, Kiryat Shmona, Bnei Brak and Eilat, as winds of up to 110km/h rip through the north and sandstorms rage in Negev.

Stormy weather hits Israel, signaling onset of winter
Ha'aretz - Isolated showers and thunderstorms pop up throughout Israel on Friday; heavy rains, strong winds expected on Saturday; snow predicted for Mount Hermon and Golan Heights.

OPT, Haiti: Setting the Standard for Global Resource Rights Defense
Relief Web 11 Dec 2010 - Source: Grassroots

Identical letters dated 2 December 2010 from the Permanent Observer of Paletine to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council
Relief Web 10 Dec 2010 - Source: UN General Assembly, UN Security Council

Bilin: Activists mark anniversary of leader's arrest
YNet News - Protesters against security fence at West Bank village organize procession to....

'Erdogan seeks reconciliation; Barak won't apologize'
YNet News - Turkish prime minister wants to normalize relations with Israel before upcoming....

Barak backs Jerusalem partition plan
YNet News - Defense minister expresses support in division outline proposed by former US....

US: Ready to hit Iran with new sanctions
YNet News - Despite renewed talks over nuclear program, White House senior official says....

Clinton: Time to grapple with core issues
YNet News - US secretary of state urges Israel, Palestinians to discuss key matters such as....

IDF soldier injured, 2 terrorists killed in Gaza
YNet News - An IDF soldier sustained serious wounds and two Palestinian terrorists were killed during an incident near the Gaza border late Saturday evening. The incident began .......

Abbas honors firefighters who helped douse Carmel blaze
YNet News - During a ceremony held in the West Bank Saturday in honor of the Palestinian firefighters who helped Israel extinguish the deadly fire in the Carmel region, Palestinian .......

Jordanian, Palestinian soccer fans clash
YNet News - Fans of rival Jordanian soccer teams clashed after a match, injuring 250 people in violence that pointed to the deep divisions between the nation's native Bedouin clans .......

PA: Clinton should have blamed Israel
YNet News - Palestinian officials said Saturday they'll decide in coming days whether to agree to a US proposal to return to indirect peace negotiations with Israel, after .......

Former IDF Chief Halutz: PM to blame for fire
YNet News - Former IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General (res.) Dan Halutz called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the other ministers and senior officials to take .......

Is the Vatican willing to give legitimacy to Jewish Nazism?
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - Today, Zionist circles are waging a rabid campaign aimed at convincing as many Western institutions to deal with and treat Israel as above the laws of mankind..

PA re-arrests activist hours after chest operation
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - The family of Dr. Adnan Maswadi said his blood is in the hands of the PA security forces, who returned him to political detention right after undergoing an angioplasty on Thursday.

Palestinians injured, American arrested after Israeli troops quell peace march
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - Several Palestinians were injured Saturday after Israeli troops cracked down on a weekly anti-wall march in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar near Al-Khalil.

Jerusalem merchants forced to have signboards of their stores written in Hebrew
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - The Israeli municipal council in occupied Jerusalem decided to force owners of stores to change all kinds of outdoor signboards into the Hebrew language instead of Arabic or English.

Bardawil: Fatah should cut contacts with US over denial of Palestinian state
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - Top Hamas official Salah Al-Bardawil called on the Fatah Authority in the West Bank to sever contacts with American officials in response to the US denial of Palestinian rights.

OCHA: Israel killed 3 Palestinians, wounded 10 others in one week
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - The UN office for the coordination of human rights said that three Palestinians were killed in Gaza and 10 others were wounded in different areas of the occupied Palestinian territories.

LPS: The Aqsa Mosque is about to collapse
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - The LPS has warned the Arab and Islamic countries of the escalating Israeli demolitions, settlement activity, and judaization in occupied Jerusalem especially in the vicinity of the holy Aqsa Mosque.

UN concerned over illegal exile of Jerusalem lawmakers
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - UN special coordinator for the Mideast peace process Robert Serry expressed concern over illegal Israeli court rulings to exile Arab MP Mohammed Abu Tir and other public officials from Jerusalem.

IOA court orders 6 months administrative detention of MP Rajoub
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has ordered the administrative detention of Hamas MP Nayef Al-Rajoub for six months without presenting any indictment against him.

Palestinian worker wounded in IOF shooting
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - A Palestinian worker was shot in his foot on Saturday when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stationed north of the Gaza Strip fired at him, medical sources said.

Hillary Clinton's Empty Words Inspire Pessimism
Palestine Monitor - Yesterday found Hillary Clinton clutching at straws in her talk on the Israeli/Palestinian peace process at the Brooking Institute, Washington D.C. Following the US's failure to secure a settlement freeze Clinton's superficial positivity about the peace process demonstrated a lack of understanding and sincerity. Clive Granger...

Human Rights Mean Nothing in Bil'in
Palestine Monitor - International Human Rights Day became a savage irony yesterday in Palestine as peaceful protestors were tear-gassed, shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and arrested for their efforts. Written by Brynn Utela. Photographs courtesy of Activestills. Peaceful demonstrators march together in recognition for International Human Rights Day, and...

Goldberg/Netanyahu: Because of Spanish Inquisition, and Holocaust, Israel gets to have a nuclear monopoly
Mondoweiss - At the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies conference, Jeffrey Goldberg gave a plug for the worldview of Ben Zion Netanyahu, the 100 year old father of Israel’s prime minister who is reportedly much more a nationalist extremist than his son Bibi. In his essay published...

Israel used lethal tear gas grenades but promises not to use them again
Mondoweiss - and other news from Today in Palestine: Land, property, resource theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlers Lawyer: Settlers planning to seize Jerusalem home 10 Dec - Settler groups are planning to take over another house in Silwan, a flashpoint neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, a presidential...

Gutenberg… Assange
Mondoweiss - Ann Blair, writing in the Boston Globe , "Information overload, the early years:" But around 1500, humanist scholars began to bemoan new problems: Printers in search of profit, they complained, rushed to print manuscripts without attention to the quality of the text, and the sheer mass of...

The Jewish community begins to embrace… the Goldstone Report!
Mondoweiss - I went to the Rabbis for Human Rights conference in New York this week, and my chief impression was that the Jewish community is warming up to the Goldstone Report 15 months late. Maybe this is the effect of the boycott movement, which is a bridge...

Assange is held in cell where they once held Oscar Wilde
Mondoweiss - Huffpo . And Assange is as shocking to the old information order as Wilde was to the sexual order. It's amazing to me how many old-school journalists are trashing this guy, who has delivered more information about how the world operates than anyone, ever. The New Republic...

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