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Friday, December 17, 2010
Heading To Gaza, Asia Convoy Arrives In Turkey
IMEMC - 17 Dec 2010 - Saturday December 18, 2010 - 04:36, The Asia solidarity convoy heading to the Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian supplies arrived in in Turkey on Friday after it left Iran on its way to deliver humanitarian supplies to the besieged coastal region. Thousands greeted the activists and chanted in support of Palestine.

PLC Head Calls For Releasing Political Prisoners
IMEMC - 17 Dec 2010 - Saturday December 18, 2010 - 04:00, Head of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLS), Dr. Aziz Dweik of the Hamas movement, called on the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank to release all political prisoners in order to create a positive atmosphere for internal unity and reconciliation talks.

Child Killed As Army Chases Fishing Boats Near Rafah Shore
IMEMC - 17 Dec 2010 - Saturday December 18, 2010 - 03:38, A 15-year-old Palestinian child was killed on Friday evening after the Israeli Navy chased a fishing boat close to the Rafah shore, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip; the boat flipped over after the army opened fire at it.

Palestinian Women Suffer Harsh Violations in Israeli Jails
IMEMC - 17 Dec 2010 - Friday December 17, 2010 - 17:00, The P.A. spokesman in Gaza denounced, on Thursday, Israeli jailers for their treatment of Palestinian female prisoners, who suffer harsh and systematic violations, the Palestinian Information Centre reported.

Dozens Injured By Tear Gas at Weekly Protests; Palestinian Shot With Tear Gas Canister
IMEMC - 17 Dec 2010 - Friday December 17, 2010 - 16:54, On Friday, dozens of people were treated from the ill effects of tear gas inhalation, as a result of inhaling said gas during the weekly nonviolent protests against the wall in the villages of Bil'in, Nil'in and al-Ma’sara. Also n an-Nabi Saleh, a Palestinian young was injured after being hit in his head with a tear gas canister; no arrests were reported.

Limits Set on the Stipends for Yeshiva Students
IMEMC - 17 Dec 2010 - Friday December 17, 2010 - 16:27, On Sunday's Parliamentary session, the Knesset pretends to limit to five years the stipends that yeshiva students receive from the government, Haaretz reported.

4 Palestinian Security Officers Detained Near Hebron
IMEMC - 17 Dec 2010 - Friday December 17, 2010 - 14:42, Israeli forces detained, on Thursday, four Palestinian officers at the entrance of Yatta village, near Hebron, Press TV reported.

Clashes Erupt in Silwan, Live Ammunition Fired
IMEMC - 17 Dec 2010 - Friday December 17, 2010 - 14:24, The Wadi Hilwah Information Center, based in Silwan, East Jerusalem, are reporting the use of live ammunition by Israeli soldiers, on Friday.

13 Palestinians Arrested in Pursuit of Activists
IMEMC - 17 Dec 2010 - Friday December 17, 2010 - 14:16, Israeli forces arrested 13 Palestinians for interrogation around the West Bank, on Thursday morning, in a wide-ranging campaign to target suspected activists, the Palestinian Information Centre claimed on Thursday.

EU-PA Social Assistance Allowance Paid
IMEMC - 17 Dec 2010 - Friday December 17, 2010 - 13:20, The European Union, on Thursday, announced it, along with the PA, made a joint social services allowance payment, Ma'an News said.

Gaza teen dead after Israel fires on fishing boat
12/17/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian boy died Friday afternoon after Israeli gunboats opened fire on his fishing boat and flipped it over off the coast of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said 15-year-old Ziad Samir Al-Bardawil died after being treated for his injuries at....

Israel extends detention of Sheikh Jarrah teen
12/17/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police extended by one day the detention of Ayman Al-Ghawi, 19, from the East Jerusalem of Shiekh Jarrah, his family reported Thursday. Al-Ghawi was detained while he was with his mother in the nearby Wadi Aj-Joz neighborhood after an Israeli settler living in the occupied area filed a complaint against....

Clashes erupt in Silwan
12/17/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Young residents of East Jerusalem fathered near a protest tent in the Al-Bustan neighborhood of Silwan on Friday and said they were harassed and assaulted by a patrolling force of Israeli border guards, sparking clashes. One young man said he and friends gathered in the area as a show of solidarity....

Bolivia recognizes Palestinian state
12/17/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Bolivia announced Friday its recognition of a fully sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Israel. President Evo Morales made the announcement in Brazil at a conference with regional leaders, Bolivia's Foreign Affairs Ministry said." Bolivia recognizes the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, like Brazil and Argentina....

Gaza crossings closed; exports remain limited
12/17/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Crossing terminals for the transfer of aid and commercial goods into Gaza were closed by Israeli officials on Friday, cutting short the planned transport week by one day, Palestinian liaison officers said. During the previous week of crossings activity, the bulk goods terminal was remarkably open three days in a....

Demonstrations across the West Bank
12/18/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of demonstrators inhaled tear gas which was fired at them by Israeli forces during peaceful marches around the West Bank on Friday, onlookers said. A demonstration in Al-Ma'sara, near Bethlehem, was launched from a school in the village toward the separation wall. Israeli forces were waiting at the....

Report: Shin Bet to compensate PFLP member for torture
12/17/2010 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- In what Israeli media called "an unusual move," the country's internal security service the Shin Bet reportedly agreed to compensate a Palestinian man disabled while under torture by the service's investigators. The victim, identified by Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz as Jamal Al-Hindi, was detained in....

PA settlement observer says gov't confiscated car
12/18/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian official in charge of the settlement file in the northern West Bank Ghassan Daghlas said Friday that a government decision would see his official vehicle confiscated. Daghlas, who monitors and reports on settler violence, settlement expansions and related tensions, said the decision followed a cabinet decision pushed through by Prime....

Hebron woman detained
12/17/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) - Israeli troops detained on Thursday a young woman near the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron and took her to an unknown location, witnesses said. Friends identified the woman as 30-year-old Rania Abu Samra, and said she was accused of attempting to stab a soldier near the mosque....

In photos: Women’s union does Christmas
12/17/2010 - MaanImages / Luay Sababa - The Arab Women's Union in Bethlehem organized a Christmas event on 16 December, hosting the city's children of prisoners and those slain by Israeli forces. More than 120 children were handed gifts and got visits with Santa. The event, held annually, was attended by the wife of Turkish....

Israeli court sentences Nablus woman
12/17/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israel's military court at Salem in the northern West Bank sentenced Taghreed Abu Ghulmeh to six months in prison and a 2,000-shekel ($557) fine on Thursday, lawyers said. Taghreed was taken from her home in Beit Furiq, in the Nablus district, on 15 June 2010 and has remained....

France gives Lebanon anti-tank missiles
12/17/2010 - BEIRUT (AFP) -- France will give Lebanon 100 anti-tank missiles, a government official said on Friday, confirming a deal that raised concerns in Israel and the United States earlier this year." Prime Minister Saad Hariri was informed on Wednesday of the French decision to supply the army with 100. . . HOT missiles that will be used by....

Egypt detains 15 migrants en route to Israel
12/18/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Egyptian police on Friday detained 15 African migrants caught en route to Israel. Egyptian sources said they were holding intensive operations to search for migrants in the Sinai. According to Israeli statistics, more than 150,000 migrants succeeded in reaching Israel during the last five years....

EU, PA make joint social services allowance payment
12/17/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A combined payment of €11. 5 million will see over 56,400 Palestinian families in need receive their social assistance benefits, the European Union announced on Thursday. The payment, in the past three years totally funded by the EU, was one of the first jointly funded initiatives. Palestinian Minister for Social....

Ashton: Two-state solution needs 'urgent progress'
12/17/2010 - BRUSSELS, Belgium (Ma'an) -- EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton said Thursday that she believed "urgent progress is needed towards a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that ends the occupation that began in 1967." Ashton made the statement following a meeting with US special envoy to the peace process George....

Slovakia delivers $400,000 in medical aid to PA
12/17/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Health announced Thursday that it received a shipment of equipment and medical supplies with an estimated value of some $400,000. The donation came from the Slovakian government's Department of Crisis Management and Civil Protection under the country's Ministry of the....

Hamas leader says time is on our side
12/17/2010 - GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Palestinians have time in their fight for a state, and a victory will come through nation-building rather than military confrontation with Israel, a senior Hamas leader said."We are not in a hurry to buy or to sell our national interest because this is not the proper market," Mahmud Zahar told AFP....

Erekat 'deeply regrets' US House resolution
12/17/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said Friday he "deeply regrets" a resolution passed by the US House of Representatives opposing unilateral measures to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict."We have devoted ourselves to negotiations for nearly two decades and today we are trapped in a framework that thus far has not yet lifted....

Malta pledges assistance to Gaza Strip refugees
12/17/2010 - GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Maltese Foreign Minister Tonio Borg on Friday promised during a visit to the Gaza Strip to donate funds to the UN agency caring for Palestinian refugees. Speaking at the end of a three-day tour of Israel and the Palestinian territories, Borg said he had met businessmen who complained they still faced shortages....

Cyprus, Israel define sea border for energy search
12/17/2010 - NICOSIA (AFP) -- Cyprus and Israel signed an agreement Friday that defines their sea border and allows the neighbours to forge ahead in the search for energy sources in the eastern Mediterranean. The agreement, which delineates an exclusive economic zone between the two countries, was signed in Nicosia by Cypriot Foreign Minister Marcos Kyprianou and Israeli....

Cabinet to establish permanent union liaison
12/17/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Secretary-General of the Palestinian Authority cabinet Na'im Abu Al-Hums announced Thursday the formation of a permanent liaison commission assigned with ensuring union concerns are addressed regularly in an effort to avoid some of the crippling strikes that have caused dozens of days of closure for schools, hospitals and clinics....

Report: PA suspects Dahlan recruiting militia
12/17/2010 - TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- Former Fatah top man in Gaza Mohammad Dahlan reportedly recruited, paid and intended to command a new militia in the West Bank, a report in Israel's daily newspaper Haaretz said on Friday. According to the report, the plan was uncovered by Palestinian Authority security agents who questioned men....

Police detain 'escaped collaborator'
12/17/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian police detained on Friday an escaped prisoner in Ramallah who was sentenced to life in jail for collaboration with the enemy. Police said they acted on a tip that the unidentified prisoner was in a village near Ramallah. Police detained the man with the assistance of national security forces. Police....

Egyptian cinema boosted by new directors
12/17/2010 - DUBAI (AFP) - Under the leadership of new directors, Egyptian cinema seems to have started to bounce back after two decades marked by low production and quality, films screening at a Dubai festival and elsewhere show. Egyptian film production fell from about 85 movies a year in the 1980s to 16 by the end of the....

Hyena population growing 'out of control' near Hebron
12/17/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Police in Hebron recently told residents they would be unable to assist with a recent expansion of the hyena population because they have to seek authorization from Israeli officials first. The increase in the number of wild animals around the town of Halhoul, midway between Bethlehem and Hebron, has resulted in....

Report: France to send Lebanon 100 anti-tank missiles
Ha'aretz - A French official tells AFP news agency that France will transfer the arms to Lebanon by the end of February, without preconditions.

Report: Lebanon suspects citizens aided Israel in planting espionage cameras
Ha'aretz - Lebanon president prepares complaint to submit to UN over the cameras; Lebanon radio attributes explosion Wednesday to IAF covering up espionage.

Cyprus and Israel sign deal demarcating sea borders
Ha'aretz - Agreement will have implications for both naval security and offshore resource exploration and extraction.

Dutch FM: Ties with Israel are like our bond with NATO
Ha'aretz - Uri Rosenthal, a son of Holocaust survivors and married to an Israeli, stresses that his Jewish background and Israeli link don't affect his decisions., Voice of Lebanon radio attributes explosion on Wednesday to Israeli Air Force after finding espionage cameras with Hebrew lettering near Beirut., General Delegation in U.S. says Palestinians' right to 'freedom and self-determination is not contingent on the approval of the state of Israel.'

ADL director: Nixon was a bigot, but a practical supporter of Israel
Ha'aretz - Foxman calls Watergate-era recordings on which Nixon and Kissinger can be heard making disparaging marks against Jews 'ironic.'

Retired IDF general: Deterrence is our best option against Hezbollah
Ha'aretz - Giora Eiland says another war between Israel and Hezbollah 'will be a war between Israel and the State of Lebanon and will wreak destruction on the State of Lebanon.'

WikiLeaks' lesson on Haiti
Uruknet December 17, 2010 - ...One area of US foreign policy that the WikiLeaks cables help illuminate, which the major media has predictably ignored, is the occupation of Haiti. In 2004, the country's democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was overthrown for the second time, through an effort led by the United States government. Officials of the constitutional government were jailed...

Report details hopeless conditions in Gaza
Uruknet December 17, 2010 - Residents of Gaza see no hope for a brighter future -- and that's one of the most distressing aspects of the situation in the Middle East, according to an international Christian aid-and-development group’s advocacy officer for the region. Hanan Elmasu of the United Kingdom-based organization Christian Aid worked on a new briefing detailing the impact...

Gaza teen dead after Israel fires on fishing boat
Uruknet December 17, 2010 - A Palestinian boy died Friday afternoon after Israeli gunboats opened fire on his fishing boat and flipped it over off the coast of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said 15-year-old Ziad Samir Al-Bardawil died after being treated for his injuries at the Abu Yousef An-Najjar Hospital...

Israel leaves us no choice but to boycott
Uruknet December 17, 2010 - Israel's deputy minister of foreign affairs, Danny Ayalon, paints a picture of an innocent Israel yearning for peace, virtually begging the intransigent Palestinians to come negotiate so there can be a "two-states-for-two-peoples solution" ("Who's stopping the peace process?" Dec. 14). But it's one that bears no resemblance to the realities Palestinians experience and much of...

Derail Israel's Unlawful A1 Train Project– End International Complicity
Uruknet December 17, 2010 - Israel's A1 high-speed train project designed to connect Jerusalem and Tel Aviv violates international humanitarian law and human rights law. The A1 rail project forms a component of Israel's ongoing plans to cement its regime of occupation, colonial rule and apartheid over the Palestinian people, particularly in the occupied West Bank. It constitutes yet another...

Military Violence in the Hebron Hills
Uruknet December 17, 2010 - The Israeli military demolished three water cisterns and two wells in the Khashem Ad Daraj - Hathaleen region on December 14. The military have given no reason for the destruction. The demolitions follow a pattern of destruction of Palestinian property by the Israeli military in Area C, as defined by the Oslo Accords. Rather than...

US Senate calls for diplomatic campaign against recognition of a Palestinian state
Uruknet December 17, 2010 - The US Senate has called on the Obama administration to launch a diplomatic campaign "to convince the world not to recognise a Palestinian state, in case the matter is presented to the UN Security Council." The Senate confirmed its opposition to any attempt by the Security Council to recognise a Palestinian state on the 1967...

Resisting an ideology of inequality: Jody McIntyre interviewed
Uruknet December 17, 2010 - Over the past month, journalist and activist Jody McIntyre has joined a growing number of students, workers, activists and others in the United Kingdom in protesting a government decision to cut public sector funding, especially in the field of education. Last week, as tens of thousands of students took to the streets of central London,...

Palestinian Women Suffer Harsh Violations in Israeli Jails
Uruknet December 17, 2010 - The P.A. spokesman in Gaza denounced, on Thursday, Israeli jailers for their treatment of Palestinian female prisoners, who suffer harsh and systematic violations, the Palestinian Information Centre reported. Riyadh al-Ashqar, spokesman of the P.A. ministry of prisoners and ex-prisoners in Gaza City, commented on the sever treatment against Palestine women held captive in Israeli jails...

Shin Bet to Compensate PFLP Member After Torture
Uruknet December 17, 2010 - The Shin Bet security service agreed to compensate a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine for torturing him in what the Haaretz daily newspaper called "an unusual move," sources reported on Friday. The Palestinian man, reportedly identified as Jamal al-Hindi, is due to receive an undisclosed amount of compensation for partial...

Israel - Poll: 55% back rabbis' anti-Arab ruling
Uruknet December 16, 2010 - A significant segment of Israel's adult Jewish population agrees with a religious ruling forbididng Jews from selling or renting apartments to Arabs or other non-Jews, according to a recent survey commissioned by Ynet and the Gesher organization. The controversial ruling was issued by a group of 50 municipal rabbis. Some 55% of those polled said...

Cable: Egypt scared of Iran threat
AlJazeera 16 Dec 2010 - Leaked US diplomatic file says that Egyptian officials were worried about Iran sending money, smuggling weapons to Gaza.

Robert Malley and Hussein Agha | These concrete constraints have quashed any hope of peace
The Guardian 17 Dec 2010 - Yet another impasse is reached in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations – is peace now simply unattainable? After weeks of fruitless endeavour, the United States has finally – and wisely – given up on its efforts to secure a...

A Third Way to Palestine
Palestine Note 17 Dec 2010 - Robert Danin, Foreign Affairs - Palestinian leaders first embraced armed struggle and then turned to negotiations. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has now initiated a third, pragmatic stage of Palestinian nationalism by building institutions and counting down...

France to supply Lebanon with 100 anti-tank missiles
Palestine Note 17 Dec 2010 - Arabiya - France will give Lebanon 100 anti-tank missiles, a government official said on Friday, confirming a deal that raised concerns in Israel and the United States earlier this year. "Prime Minister Saad Hariri was informed...

Last throw of the dice for Mideast peace, experts say
Palestine Note 17 Dec 2010 - Deutsche Welle - A new round of shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East took place this week as US envoy George Mitchell tries to restart peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. However, regional experts remain...

Radical Islamists defy Gaza's Hamas rulers
Palestine Note 17 Dec 2010 - Arabiya - Radical Islamist factions are challenging Hamas's rule in the Gaza Strip, denouncing a de facto ceasefire with Israel and accusing the group of failing to uphold Islamic law. Though small in numbers, the groups...

Report: PA suspects Dahlan recruiting militia
Palestine Note 17 Dec 2010 - Maan - Former Fatah top man in Gaza Mohammad Dahlan reportedly recruited, paid and intended to command a new militia in the West Bank, a report in Israel's daily newspaper Haaretz said on Friday. According to...

Hamas leader says time is on our side
Palestine Note 17 Dec 2010 - Maan - Palestinians have time in their fight for a state, and a victory will come through nation-building rather than military confrontation with Israel, a senior Hamas leader said. "We are not in a hurry to...

Bolivia recognizes Palestinian state
Palestine Note 17 Dec 2010 - Maan - Bolivia announced Friday its recognition of a fully sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Israel. President Evo Morales made the announcement in Brazil at a conference with regional leaders, Bolivia's Foreign Affairs...

Gaza Mends, but Israelis See Signs of Trouble
Palestine Note 17 Dec 2010 - New York Times - The shops are full of Israeli food and clothes but most people here can barely afford them. Construction projects — sewage treatment plants, schools — are getting started but far fewer than...

Arab League Will Go to Security Council on Settlements
Palestine Note 17 Dec 2010 - Refuses Direct Negotiations Without “Real Offer” Yahoo News - Arab foreign ministers on Wednesday rejected more Palestinian-Israeli peace talks without a "serious offer" and said they will seek a UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlement...

Leapfrogging barriers to a two state deal
Palestine Note 17 Dec 2010 - I'm coming out of the closet as a fan of David Makovsky . Makovsky is the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East...

Season for Jews, Christians and Muslims to look back at 2010
Palestine Note 17 Dec 2010 - Amman - At the time of Eid ul-Adha, which marks the end of the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca; Hanukkah, when Jews commemorate the dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem; and Christmas, when Christians celebrate the...

Linkage and its discontents: What WikiLeaks reveals about Israel-Palestine
Palestine Note 16 Dec 2010 - In March 2010, then-CENTCOM chief Gen. David Petraeus set off a storm of protest among neoconservatives when, in his statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee, he named "insufficient progress toward a comprehensive Middle East peace"...

Palestinians appeal to European countries: Recognize statehood even without peace deal
Palestine Note 16 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - Palestinian negotiators on Thursday asked a number of individual European countries to recognize a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip - even without a peace deal with Israel. The Palestinian Authority...

Israel condemns Norway's upgrade of Palestinian standing in Oslo to 'diplomatic delegation'
Palestine Note 16 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - Israel harshly condemned Norway on Thursday for upgrading the standing of the Palestinian representation in Oslo from a 'general delegation' to a 'diplomatic delegation'. Naor Gilon, who heads the Western Europe division at the...

US House opposes declaration of Palestinian state
Palestine Note 16 Dec 2010 - Maan - The US House of Representatives late Wednesday approved a measure condemning unilateral measures to declare or recognize a Palestinian state, and backing a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The House measure comes after...

Israel approves construction for Jerusalem yeshiva
Palestine Note 16 Dec 2010 - Maan - Israel's Jerusalem Municipality approved for construction an additional 24 housing units near the ultra-Orthodox center Beit Orot in occupied East Jerusalem, Israel Radio reported Thursday. Read Full Article Photo: East Jerusalem. [reutC, Flickr]

Arabs rule out new peace talks
Palestine Note 16 Dec 2010 - Al Jazeera - Arab foreign ministers have said there will be no more negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis unless the United States makes a "serious offer" for resolving the conflict. "The negotiation track between the...

Norway upgrades PLO mission, supports statehood
Palestine Note 16 Dec 2010 - Maan - Norway's foreign ministry announced Wednesday that the status of the Palestinian representative's office in Oslo would be upgraded to a diplomatic mission as part of an effort of the scandanavian nation to support Palestinian...

Bolivia Recognizes Palestine on 1967 Borders; Abbas Telephones Ecuador
PNN - Jerusalem – PNN - Two weeks after the South American nations of Brazil and Argentina recognized the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the recognition of...

Universal Jurisdiction at Risk of Sabotage, War Criminals Let Free
PNN - Alessandra Bajec - PNN - Last 1st December, the British government announced new proposals in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill which include legal changes restricting citizens' right to seek the...

Incapable of Making Peace
PNN - By Daoud Kuttab - If the past three months have proved one thing it is that the present Israeli government is not ready or willing to take the minimum steps needed for...

Dr. Erakat "Deeply Regrets" US House Resolution 1765
PNN - Bethlehem – PNN - Chief Palestinian negotiator Dr. Saeb Erakat stated on Friday that he “deeply regrets” the resolution passed by the United States House of Representatives opposing international efforts at resolving...

One Critically Injured, Many Treated for Tear Gas Inhalation During West Bank Anti-Wall Protests
PNN - Ramallah – PNN – A civilian was critically injured and many protesters were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation on Friday when Israeli troops attacked anti-wall protests organized in a...

France to supply Lebanon with 100 anti-tank missiles
Jeruslalem Post 17 Dec 2010 - Shipment to be delivered by February with no conditions attached, French official says; letter of confirmation sent to PM Hariri

Egypt arrests 34 African migrants trying to enter Israel
Jeruslalem Post 17 Dec 2010 - Police official says 8 Eritreans, 9 Ethiopians caught on pickup trucks belonging to Bedouin traffickers near town of Nekhil.

Human rights group calls for release of Syrian activist
Jeruslalem Post 17 Dec 2010 - Ali Abdullah of Damascus Declaration opposition group completed 30-month prison term in June for earlier criticism of Iran.

Cyprus, Israel sign deal demarcating sea borders
Jeruslalem Post 17 Dec 2010 - The two countries are attempting to facilitate the search for mineral deposits in the east Mediterranean.

'Lebanon probing collaborators on Israeli spy device'
Jeruslalem Post 17 Dec 2010 - Lebanese press report: "Expert technicians" installed alleged Israeli spy cameras; devices take pictures, tap phones.

'Vice' witnesses Palestinian car thieves in action
Jeruslalem Post 17 Dec 2010 - "So if you just jacked a car in posh Emek Refaim," Vice writes, "you can usually count on the IDF cuties to wave you through to Kalandia."

Iran reportedly in nuclear fuel swap negotiations
Jeruslalem Post 17 Dec 2010 - 'Telegraph' reports US, Russia, France and Turkey involved in talks that would supply Teheran with fuel rods in exchange for enriched uranium.

Breakthrough in Palestinian waste-water treatment
Jeruslalem Post 17 Dec 2010 - Multi-national team of water experts lay cornerstone for plant near Jericho; project to be pilot for larger program.

Austria under fire for promoting trade with Teheran
Jeruslalem Post 17 Dec 2010 - "The Chamber of Commerce is advising firms on how to circumvent the sanctions against Iran," Vienna Jewish group says.

Security and Defense: ‘We will know how to smash them’
Jeruslalem Post 16 Dec 2010 - IDF commanders this week reviewed lessons learned from the Second Lebanon War and military readiness for future wars.

MIDEAST: Where to Park a Hospital
IPS At the Rambam medical centre here in Israel's third largest city just 30 odd kilometres from Lebanon, they are working around the clock, racing against time.

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (09 – 15 December. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Report: France to send Lebanon 100 anti-tank missiles
Ha'aretz 17 Dec 2010 - A French official tells AFP news agency that France will transfer the arms to Lebanon by the end of February, without preconditions.

Report: Lebanon suspects citizens aided Israel in planting espionage cameras
Ha'aretz 17 Dec 2010 - Lebanon president prepares complaint to submit to UN over the cameras; Lebanon radio attributes explosion Wednesday to IAF covering up espionage.

Cyprus and Israel sign deal demarcating sea borders
Ha'aretz 17 Dec 2010 - Agreement will have implications for both naval security and offshore resource exploration and extraction.

Dutch FM: Ties with Israel are like our bond with NATO
Ha'aretz 17 Dec 2010 - Uri Rosenthal, a son of Holocaust survivors and married to an Israeli, stresses that his Jewish background and Israeli link don't affect his decisions., Voice of Lebanon radio attributes explosion on Wednesday to Israeli Air Force after finding espionage cameras with Hebrew lettering near Beirut., General Delegation in U.S. says Palestinians' right to 'freedom and self-determination is not contingent on the approval of the state of Israel.'

ADL director: Nixon was a bigot, but a practical supporter of Israel
Ha'aretz 17 Dec 2010 - Foxman calls Watergate-era recordings on which Nixon and Kissinger can be heard making disparaging marks against Jews 'ironic.'

Retired IDF general: Deterrence is our best option against Hezbollah
Ha'aretz 17 Dec 2010 - Giora Eiland says another war between Israel and Hezbollah 'will be a war between Israel and the State of Lebanon and will wreak destruction on the State of Lebanon.'

Minister, opposition slam cabinet's proposal for yeshiva stipends
Ha'aretz - According to new recommendations, full-time yeshiva students will be able to receive government stipends for five years only.

Another near-accident as planes land on wrong track at Ovda Airport
Ha'aretz - On the same day, lightning struck an El Al plane that was about to land at the airport.

Cabinet to approve limits on stipends for yeshiva students
Ha'aretz - According to new recommendations, full-time yeshiva students will be able to receive government stipends for five years only.

Attorney general gives legal clearing to Danino in race for police commissioner
Ha'aretz - Danino, currently Southern District commander is running for the appointment against Maj. Gen. Shahar Ayalon.

Malta pledges aid to Gaza refugees
Relief Web 17 Dec 2010 - Source: Agence France-Presse

OPT: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 8 - 14 December 2010
Relief Web 17 Dec 2010 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

The Inauguration of the Emergency Services Section in Al-Quds Hospital of PRCS in Gaza
Relief Web 16 Dec 2010 - Source: Palestine Red Crescent Society

S. African politicians 'beaten up by IDF'
YNet News - Parliament members say 'shoved' by soldiers during anti-Israel protest in....

US appeals to India over Syria ties
YNet News - Leaked document reveals Washington asked government in New Delhi to look into....

Report: Iran in secret talks on nuke swap
YNet News - Telegraph says Turkish-brokered deal would see Tehran suspend uranium enrichment....

Palestinians: Navy killed teen
YNet News - A 15-year-old Palestinian drowned to death near the Rafah shore after his fishing boat was shot at by Navy forces, Gaza sources reported late Friday. The IDF’s .......

Bolivia recognizes Palestinian state
YNet News - Fourth state endorses ‘Palestine’: Bolivia announces Friday that it is officially and fully recognizing the Palestinian state in line with the 1967 borders, according to .......

France gives Lebanon anti-tank missiles
YNet News - France will give Lebanon 100 anti-tank missiles, a government official said on Friday, confirming a deal that raised concerns in Israel and the United States earlier .......

Nasrallah: We’re not scared of Israel
YNet News - Last week, a senior IDF officer told Yedioth Ahronoth that Hezbollah faces the gravest crisis in its history. The army official warned: “Should a new war break out, the .......

Palestinian land appropriated for train
YNet News - The Civil Administration has decided to appropriate about 12 acres of land from the Palestinian village of Beit Iksa, located near the Ramot neighborhood and the .......

Two million throng Iraq's Karbala for Ashura finale
Daily Star 17 Dec 2010 The Palestinian Authority Friday said it regretted a US House of Representatives decision to oppose any unilateral measures to declare or recognize a Palestinian state, a day after it requested pressed European countries to commit to...

Palestinians 'regret' US House move against state
Daily Star 17 Dec 2010 The Palestinian Authority Friday said it regretted a US House of Representatives decision to oppose any unilateral measures to declare or recognize a Palestinian state, a day after it requested pressed European countries to commit to...

Khamenei blames West for suicide bombing at Iran mosque
Daily Star 17 Dec 2010 Iran's supreme leader Friday blamed the West for a deadly suicide bombing at a mosque this week, saying the country's enemies were trying to divide Muslims and halt its nuclear activities.The Sunni militant group Jundallah, or...

Dwaik: Hundreds of political detainees still in Abbas's jails in W. Bank
PIC 17 Dec 2010 - MP Dr. Aziz Dwaik, the speaker of the Palestinian parliament, has urged Friday the militia of Mahmoud Abbas to release all political detainees in the PA jails in the West Bank..

Families of hunger strikers in Abbas jails deny the strike ended
PIC 17 Dec 2010 - Families of the six Palestinian detainees on hunger strike for the fourth week now denied reports disseminated by Fatah-controlled media in the West Bank that the captives decided to end the strike.

Palestinian captives in Hawwara complain of harsh conditions
PIC 17 Dec 2010 - Captives at the Hawwara detention centre complained that the administration is failing to protect them from the extreme cold weather which prevailed in the region lately.

US Senate call for diplomatic campaign against recognition of Palestinian state
PIC 17 Dec 2010 - The US Senate has called on the Obama administration to launch a diplomatic campaign to dissuade countries from recognising a Palestinian state within 1967 borders..

An elderly woman allowed to return to Gaza after 62 years of exile
PIC 17 Dec 2010 - Egyptian authorities allowed an elderly Palestinian woman to return to the Gaza Strip after she spent 62 years in exile in Jordan apart from her husband and children.

Occupation demolish water tanks and troughs in the southern West Bank
PIC 17 Dec 2010 - IOF bulldozers demolished on Wednesday night 11 water tanks and troughs used by Palestinian shepherds in the southern West Bank, in an Israeli attempt to force Palestinians to leave the area.

IOA continues settlement construction in Occupied Jerusalem
PIC 17 Dec 2010 - The IOA has continued settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, as it gave the green light for the construction of 24 settlement units near Al-Zaiton Mount.

Ashqar: Palestinian women captives suffer harsh violations in Israeli jails
PIC 17 Dec 2010 - Riyadh Al-Ashqar, the spokesman of the PA ministry of prisoners and ex-prisoners in Gaza city, has asserted Thursday that Palestinian women captives in Israeli jails suffer harsh conditions.

Former Egyptian official: Israel plans to reoccupy the Sinai Peninsula
PIC 17 Dec 2010 - Hassan Esa, the former Egyptian official in the ministry of foreign affairs, has warned of Israeli attempts to reoccupy the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula..

Bahar highlights Yemen's role in supporting the Palestinian cause
PIC 17 Dec 2010 - MP Ahmad Bahar, the first deputy-speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), has noted the Yemini role in supporting the Palestinian issue..

Military Violence in the Hebron Hills
Palestine Monitor - The Israeli military demolished three water cisterns and two wells in the Khashem Ad Daraj - Hathaleen region on December 14. The military have given no reason for the destruction. The demolitions follow a pattern of destruction of Palestinian property by the Israeli military in Area...

State Department says it has ‘raised’ Rahmah case with Israelis…
Mondoweiss - We have just learned that Matthew Lee of AP again raised the Abdallah Abu Rahmah case this afternoon at the State Department, and the following dialogue ensued, with Ass't Sec'y P.J. Crowley: Crowley: We have raised this case with the Israeli government. We continue to follow...

Mr President, answer Matthew Lee of the AP: ‘Why is it beneath the United States to come out and say something about this practitioner of nonviolence?’
Mondoweiss - Please just watch this. If you don't do anything else today, watch this. Promise me. Then send it to your friends. Words escape me this is so brilliant. It breaks my heart with moral urgency and sorrow. Awake America. Matthew Lee of the Associated Press stands...

Jeffrey Goldberg likens BDS movement to Nazi Germany policies
Mondoweiss - If you can’t beat ‘em, smear ‘em.  And throw in the word Nazi for good measure. As the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement continues full-steam ahead in its efforts to force Israel to comply with international law, pro-Israel hawks are increasingly attempting to link the...

Say it ain’t so: Zakaria, Huffington and Tom Friedman go to bat for center that is desecrating Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem
Mondoweiss - This one stopped me, made me wonder if I need to have my eyes adjusted. This is an invitation to a benefit next spring for Canadian friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies. On the cover of the invite you will see Arianna Huffington,...

Dozens tear-gassed in Bil’in as they walk toward lands owned by people of the village
Mondoweiss - Today dozens of people were injured as a result of inhaling the tear gas due to the clashes that took place in the village of Bil'in. Many people from Bil'in village joined this march along with the peace activists and foreigners who came to give solidarity...

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