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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
U.n. Concerned About Home Demolitions In East Jerusalem
IMEMC - 22 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 22, 2010 - 17:54, The U.N.'s Humanitarian Coordinator in Jerusalem, Maxwell Gaylard claimed on Wednesday that the ongoing house demolitions in East Jerusalem "raise serious concerns with regard to Israel’s obligations under international law.”

Palestinian Kidnapped Near Tulkarem
IMEMC - 22 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 22, 2010 - 16:46, On Wednesday morning, Israeli forces detained a Palestinian youth from the Nur Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarem, family members reported.

New Date For Local Elections About To Be Set
IMEMC - 22 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 22, 2010 - 11:30, After the Supreme Court ruled that the P.A.'s decision to postpone local elections in the West Bank as illegal, the cabinet announced on Tuesday that a new date will be set immediately, "In accordance with the law."

French Activist Detained At Ben Gurion Airport, Denied Entry
IMEMC - 22 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 22, 2010 - 10:11, Sabbine Haddad, a spokeswoman for the Israeli Ministry of Interior, stated Tuesday that French peace activist, Olivia Zamour, was detained at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, and was denied entry to the country.

Palestinian-American Meeting Held In Ramallah
IMEMC - 22 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 22, 2010 - 08:42, Head of the Palestinian negotiations team, Dr. Saeb Erekat, stated Tuesday that Palestinian and American officials held a meeting in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, but added that this meeting does not, in any way, mean the resumption of talks with Israel.

Wikileaks cable: Israeli intelligence chief encouraged Hamas takeover of Gaza Strip
IMEMC - 22 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 22, 2010 - 08:23, In the latest revelation to come out of the hundreds of thousands of leaked diplomatic cables provided by the website 'Wikileaks', a diplomatic exchange between then Israeli Director of Military Intelligence, Major General Amos Yadlin, and US Ambassador to Israel Richard Jones showed Israeli support for a Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip which Israel could then declare Gaza to be a 'hostile entity'.

Israel to fund historical renovations in occupied areas
12/22/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel approved funding on Tuesday for renovations at 16 historical and cultural sites, including three in the occupied West Bank and the Golan Heights, the government said." A ministerial committee headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today approved 16 projects and sites for renovation at a cost of 91. 1 million shekels (25....

Gaza power plant to try tunnel diesel from Egypt
12/22/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Gaza Strip's sole power plant has started using a mix of smuggled Egyptian fuel and Israeli industrial diesel, in an effort to reduce the 8-12 hour periods of blackout resulting from fuel shortfalls, officials said Tuesday. Executive manager of the power plant Walid Sa'd....

Israeli forces detain Palestinian near Tulkarem
12/22/2010 - TULKAREM (Ma'an) - Israeli forces detained a Palestinian man from the Nur Shams refugee camp east of Tulkarem on Wednesday morning, family members said. The parents of 21-year-old Yasser Mahmoud Abdul-Rahim said that Israeli troops surrounded the home in the early hours of the day, and waited for an intelligence officer to arrive....

PA security forces release Hebron journalists
12/22/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Two journalists detained by Palestinian Authority forces on Tuesday were released less than 24 hours after their arrest, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate announced Wednesday. Akram An-Natshah and Mamduh Al-Hamamreh, both Hebron natives, were detained from the Pal Media office on Tuesday afternoon. According to the syndicate office, the two were released....

Hamas calls on PA to end cooperation with Israel
12/22/2010 - BEIRUT, Lebanon(Ma'an) -- Hamas representative in Lebanon Ali Baraka called on President Mahmoud Abbas to "stop his futile negotiations and security cooperation with the Israeli occupation state" and release all political detainees from jails in the West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported Wednesday. According to the Hamas-affiliated news website, Baraka made his....

Hamas: Arrests sabotaging reconciliation
12/22/2010 - DAMASCUS (AFP) -- The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on Tuesday accused its rivals in the Fatah party of president Mahmoud Abbas of undermining reconciliation efforts with a wave of arrests in the West Bank." The continuing campaign of arrests and torture against members of Hamas in the West Bank proves that the leaders of the Palestinian....

2 Gaza crossings operate
12/22/2010 - GAZA (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities decided to partially open the Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings for the limited introduction of aid and commercial goods, officials said Wednesday. Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said approximately 190 truckloads of goods would be sent through the Kerem Shalom crossing, with four truckloads of flowers and strawberries scheduled....

UN has 'serious concerns' over home demolitions
12/22/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The UN's Humanitarian Coordinator in Jerusalem told reporters Wednesday that the displacement of a Jerusalem family whose home was demolished the day before "raises serious concerns with regard to Israel's obligations under international law." The UN's Maxwell Gaylard, issued a statement after visiting the family....

Israel complains to UN over Gaza rockets
12/22/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel has called on the Security Council to issue a "clear and resolute" message against rockets fired into its territory from the Gaza Strip, in a letter to the United Nations body that was made public on Wednesday. The December 21 letter, made public by Israel's foreign ministry, comes amid rising....

Fayyad: No state without Gaza
12/22/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- During his weekly news conference with reporters on Wednesday,Prime Minister Salam Fayyad put the focus on Gaza, and continued efforts made by the Ramallah government to better the lives of the Palestinians in the coastal enclave, as Fatah officials work toward establishing a unity agreement with the government in the....

UN urges Israeli 'restraint', condemns projectiles
12/22/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The UN's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry condemned Wednesday the launch of projectiles toward civilian areas in Israel, and cautioned Israel to show "restraint" in its response to the attacks."I condemn the firing of indiscriminate mortars and rockets by militant groups in Gaza....

EU signs off €100 million of Palestinian aid
12/22/2010 - BRUSSELS, Belgium(AFP) -- European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton announced Wednesday a first, 100-million-euro ($131. 5 million) tranche of aid to the Palestinian people for 2011." This decision is a sign of the strong political and financial commitment of the European Union to the Palestinian Authority and to Prime Minister Salam Fayyad'....

Hamas: Israeli rhetoric seeks new crisis
12/22/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The government of the Gaza Strip denounced Wednesday what it called an Israeli escalation against the Palestinians, saying officials were forced to bring the matter before the UN and would file a complaint. The announcement came hours after Israel announced its intention to complain to the UN over what it....

Netanyahu urges tolerance after anti-migrant protests
12/22/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday called on Israelis to be more tolerant after several protests against migrants from Africa who have flocked to the Jewish state in recent years." We are a country run by the rule of law, we respect all peoples, whoever they are," Netanyahu said in a message....

Bolivia formally recognizes Palestine as independent state
Ha'aretz - Reports earlier this week indicated such a move was imminent; earlier this month, Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela have already recognized Palestine within 1967 borders and Venezuela plans to do so next year.

Egypt: Stop Israeli aggression against Palestinians in Gaza
Ha'aretz - Foreign Ministry in Cairo condemns recent IDF air strikes as bid to divert attention from peace process, warns attacks will inflame negative feelings toward Israel; UN defends Israeli response to rockets, but urges restraint.

'Palestinians uncover Hamas weapons cache in Ramallah'
Ha'aretz - Palestinian security chief says rockets, launchers and mortar shells likely being gathered to target the Palestinian Authority, and not Israel.

EU to grant Palestinians duty free imports of farm and fish produce
Ha'aretz - EU imports from Gaza and West Bank were worth $8.02 million in 2009 and were mostly early potatoes, oils and seeds such as soya and sunflower seeds, according to EU data., Saeb Erekat warns that IDF attack on the Hamas-ruled territory would only elevate anarchy, bloodshed in area; Deputy PM Meridor says Israel won't tolerate rocket fire from Gaza., The Guardian reports that U.S. diplomats accused New Zealand of using the arrest of two suspected Israeli spies in 2004 to bolster its export of lamb to Arab states.

Report: Lebanon PM halts backing of Hariri tribunal amid tensions with Hezbollah
Ha'aretz - Saad Hariri says Lebanon will ask UN to stop investigation of international tribunal into 2005 assassination of his father 'for the interests of the country', according to Lebanese newspaper.

Israel files complaint to UN over rocket attacks from Gaza
Ha'aretz - Israel's ambassador to the UN calls on international community to send a 'clear and resolute' message that rocket attacks are unacceptable; teenage girl was wounded by Qassam on Tuesday in Ashkelon area.

U.S.: Israel welcome to call for Pollard's release, but he remains in jail for now
Ha'aretz - Netanyahu announces decision to issue first formal request to grant clemency to convicted spy.

Gaza anti-tank missile penetrated IDF tank, Ashkenazi reveals
Ha'aretz - IDF chief tells Knesset a Kornet missile was fired more than two weeks ago at tank on the Gaza border, penetrated its outer shell, but did not explode.

Teen gang arrested on suspicion of attacking Arabs in Jerusalem
Ha'aretz - Seven of nine suspects are minors who allegedly used a 14-year-old girl to lure Arabs into a schoolyard, where they would pelt them with rocks, bottles and pepper spray.

Al Jazeera Interview: Wikileaks to release Israel documents in six months
Uruknet December 22, 2010 - WikiLeaks will release top secret American files concerning Israel in the next six months, its founder Julian Assange disclosed yesterday. In an excusive interview with Al Jazeera, Assange said only a meagre number of files related to Israel had been published so far, because the newspapers in the West that were given exclusive rights to...

Video: Bleak Christmas under occupation
Uruknet December 22, 2010 - As millions around the world prepare to celebrate Christmas, a small Syrian Orthodox community in East Jerusalem is trying to survive against the odds. The community is shrinking amid Israel's occupation, which it says makes even the most basic tasks difficult...

The Palestinians have rights too
Uruknet December 22, 2010 - If there is one thing a Palestinian cannot understand, or if he can understand cannot forgive, it is the apathy and hypocrisy with which governments in the "Free World", especially the United States, react towards issues of right and wrong in the Palestinian- Israeli conflict. Indeed, questions of morals and of justice seem to have...

Mazin Qumsiyeh and 7 Others Arrested Today at Al-Walaja
Uruknet December 22, 2010 - If you are currently in the Bethlehem area, please join us for a demo set for this Friday morning December 24, 2010 at 9 a.m. at Al-Walaja. Contact 0569956478 for information. This afternoon at around 2:30 Mazin said that we have to go to Al-Walaja immediately. He said he just got a call from the...

Israeli warplanes attack Gaza refuge
Uruknet December 22, 2010 - A heap of ruins and dust is all that remains of a dairy that Israeli warplanes destroyed yesterday in the central Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. The ruins of the dairy are adjacent to an amusement park in the Asdaa grounds which serves as a refuge to residents of the besieged Gaza Strip. Adjacent...

Construction Returns to the Separation Wall in al-Walaja
Uruknet December 22, 2010 - Despite an ongoing trial in the Israeli high court over the legality of the placement of the Separation wall in al-Walaja, a small village just outside of Jerusalem, Israel doubled construction efforts this afternoon. Around 2pm bulldozers accompanied by armed guards started clearing trees, rocks, and shrubs. Three days ago, Israeli authorities marked the wall...

Cast Lead two year anniversary [update]
Uruknet December 22, 2010 - Before I read this article, I was pretty sure that the Israeli leadership was shying away, for the moment, from anything like a reprise of the Cast Lead massacre, even though on the night of the 21 there were eight coordinated F-16 attacks on sites in Gaza. I'm a bit less sure now. Ashkenazi's job...

Another Christmas under siege
Uruknet December 22, 2010 - This Christmas, Christians around the world will be singing such Christmas Carols as "O Little Town of Bethlehem" without knowing that in truth, they could soon be singing of a town where you can no longer find the living presence of Christ, the community of those baptized into his body, the Church; "O Lost Town...

Israeli to deploy new tanks to Gaza
Uruknet December 22, 2010 - The Israeli army has said it will deploy tanks equipped with a miniature missile defence system near the Gaza border, in response to the use of tank-piercing missiles by Palestinian fighters. Army officials alleged that Russian-made Kornet missiles are being fired on Israeli forces, and that they come from Iran, but provided no proof of...

Wikileaks cable: Israeli intelligence chief encouraged Hamas takeover of Gaza Strip
Uruknet December 22, 2010 - In the latest revelation to come out of the hundreds of thousands of leaked diplomatic cables provided by the website 'Wikileaks', a diplomatic exchange between then Israeli Director of Military Intelligence, Major General Amos Yadlin, and US Ambassador to Israel Richard Jones showed Israeli support for a Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip which Israel could then declare...

O Little Town of Bethlehem Today
Uruknet December 21, 2010 - During Christmas time, the town of Bethlehem in the West Bank, the birthplace of Jesus, comes to mind. I wonder what Jesus would think were he to return to Bethlehem, to Jerusalem and to the rest of the West Bank today. Unfortunately, he would still see a foreign military force occupying the land. Since Jesus...

Fatah asked Israel to help attack Hamas during Gaza coup, WikiLeaks cable shows
Uruknet December 21, 2010 - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wanted unprecedented help from Israel in attacking Hamas during the clashes just prior to the militant group's bloody coup of the Gaza Strip, according to a classified cable leaked by WikiLeaks on Monday. In a cable dated June 13, 2007, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Richard Jones wrote that Shin Bet security...

Gaza Officials Appeal for Hold on Israel's Attacks on Civilians
Uruknet December 21, 2010 - The deposed government of Gaza has addressed the world community asking to restrain Israel's escalation of unjustified aggression on civilians in the Strip, The Palestinian Information Centre announced on Tuesday. A press release issued by the deposed government of Gaza, on Tuesday, denounced a series of overnight Israeli force air strikes on different targets in...

Israel to build 180 settlement units in Jerusalem
22 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem,December 22, (Pal Telegraph) - The Israeli municipality of Jerusalem Wednesday revealed a new plan to establish 180 settlement units near Amlesson neighborhood, south Jerusalem.

Israeli army shells east Gaza
22 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 22, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces shelled Wednesday empty areas in east of Al-Zaytoon neighborhood, in east of Gaza, no casualties were reported. Local sources said that the Israeli tanks which  stationed in the east of Gaza shelled Al-Zaytoon neighborhood by ten shells at least. At the time of the shelling, Israeli drones were flying in the...

Israeli army detains 5 Palestinians in Hebron
22 Dec 2010 - Hebron, December 22, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained Wednesday five Palestinians from Hebron city in the West Bank. Israeli occupation forces broke into Bait Kahel and Tarqumia towns in Hebron. They detained five citizens from Bait Kahel known as Sayaf Al-Asafra, 25, Omer Al-Asafra, 22. Besides, they detained two brothers Eyad, 33, and Zeyad Ftafta, 30.  The...

Israeli warplanes raid Gaza
22 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 22, (Pal Telegraph) - The Israeli Air Force carried out an air strike targeting an area in Rafah on Tuesday at night, in the southern of the Gaza Strip, two Palestinians were wounded according to local sources. The Israeli air strikes targeted a training site for the Al Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas. Adham Abu Salmiyya,...

Israel to deploy new tanks to Gaza
AlJazeera 22 Dec 2010 - Tanks are equipped with new missile defence system in response to use of Kornet, tank-piercing missiles by Palestinians.

Israel to press US for spy release
AlJazeera 22 Dec 2010 - Jonathan Pollard's case has been an ongoing source of tension between the two allies since his arrest in 1985.

Israeli fighter jets attack Gaza
AlJazeera 21 Dec 2010 - Air raids hit targets in several parts of the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory, injuring several fighters.

Tony Blair: Israel must reassure Palestinians that statehood is possible
The Guardian 22 Dec 2010 - Quartet representative calls on Israel to 'lift weight of occupation' to aid peace process, during interview with the Guardian Tony Blair, the special envoy of the major powers on the Middle East peace process, says Israel...

Jewish refugees must not be neglected in peace talks | Danny Ayalon
The Guardian 22 Dec 2010 - There are two sides to the refugee story, and the Israeli side is one of the best-kept secrets of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict For a long time now, we have been wanting and waiting to sit down...

Tony Blair: Israel must reassure Palestinians that statehood is possible
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - The Guardian - Tony Blair, the special envoy of the major powers on the Middle East peace process, says Israel needs to "accelerate and deepen" measures to build Palestinian confidence that a state is in the...

Enforcing the Peace
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Howard M. Sachar, Foreign Affairs - The Israelis and the Palestinians will never find peace if they are left to negotiate on their own. As has been the case throughout history, great-power leadership is the missing...

Israeli ministers float limited West Bank pullout
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Arabiya - With Mideast peace talks at an impasse, two senior members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party are shopping around a new idea: In the absence of peace, Israel should pull large numbers of...

Brazil: A new face in the Middle East
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Nima Khorrami Assl, The Guardian - Brazil's attempt to portray itself as an enabler in the Middle East is a sign of its ambitions in global political and economic affairs. Despite the worldwide economic downturn, Brazil's...

New Gaza war 'a question of when, not if'
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - BBC News - A senior Israeli army officer has told the BBC that as long as Hamas remains in control of the Gaza Strip, another war is "a question of when, not if". He said the...

Palestinians uncover Hamas weapons cache in Ramallah
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - Palestinian security forces have uncovered in recent weeks a cache of rockets, missile launchers and mortar shells belonging to Hamas militants in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the authority's security chief said on...

Fayyad: No state without Gaza
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Maan - During his weekly news conference with reporters on Wednesday, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad put the focus on Gaza, and continued efforts made by the Ramallah government to better the lives of the Palestinians in...

Hamas: Israeli rhetoric seeks new crisis
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Maan - The government of the Gaza Strip denounced Wednesday what it called an Israeli escalation against the Palestinians, saying officials were forced to bring the matter before the UN and would file a complaint. Read...

Tutu, Carter: Time to move on Mideast peace
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter, USA Today - For nearly two decades, there have been peace processes in the Middle East but no peace. In recent visits to the region — including Israel and the occupied...

Report: Lebanon PM halts backing of Hariri tribunal amid tensions with Hezbollah
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Tuesday that Lebanon will ask the United Nations to halt the probe of an international tribunal into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri,...

2011: Time for a Palestinian state?
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Sherine Tadros, Al Jazeera - If you can’t beat them…try going it alone. That seems to be the new motto in the Palestinian camp. The idea is to get the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian...

Home demolitions cause severe problems, U.N. official says
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Los Angeles Times - After visiting the site of a Palestinian home that Jerusalem municipal workers demolished on Tuesday, a United Nations official said that such demolitions "have a severe social and economic impact on the...

U.N. condemns Gaza militants over rocket attacks
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Alert Net - The United Nations on Wednesday sharply condemned a rise in cross-border attacks by Palestinian militants in Gaza, a day after a rocket exploded close to an Israeli kindergarten. Read Full Article Photo: [Zoriah,...

Palestinians say draft on settlements ready for UN
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Alert Net - A Palestinian draft resolution condemning Israel's West Bank settlement activity is ready to be presented to the United Nations Security Council, a senior Palestinian official said on Wednesday. Read Full Article Photo: UN...

Israelis to deploy new tanks to Gaza border
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Al Jazeera - The Israeli army has said it will deploy tanks equipped with a miniature missile defence system near the Gaza border, in response to the use of tank-piercing missiles by Palestinian fighters. Army officials...

Beneath the Dead Sea, Scientists Are Drilling for Natural History
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - New York Times - Five miles out, nearly to the center of the Dead Sea, an international team of scientists has been drilling beneath the seabed to extract a record of climate change and earthquake history...

Human Rights Watch report says Israel deprives Palestinians in the West Bank
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Alert Net - Israel is preventing Palestinian development in parts of the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem while pouring funding into Jewish settlements, the Human Rights Watch group said on Sunday. Its 166-page report focused...

Street children in Lebanon dream through a camera lens
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Alert Net - Young people from Lebanon's only shelter for street children expressed their dreams of education, recreation and the warmth of a family through a photo exhibition that crowned a ten-day photography workshop as part...

Gazans, cut off from Jerusalem shrine, pose with model
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Alert Net -- Palestinians in the Gaza strip, prevented by Israel from making the short journey to visit the Dome of the Rock, are flocking to have their photos taken with a model of the shrine,...

Easing of Gaza blockade fails to reverse housing crisis
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Alert Net - Farid Batch and his brother Wasfi live about 500m from their old houses in Jabalia, north Gaza. The homes of four Batch brothers once stood next to each other overlooking a grove of...

Brazil donates land for Palestinian embassy
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Maan - Palestinian ambassador to Brazil Ibrahim Az-Zein received the title to a piece of land Monday, where the Palestinian embassy in Brazil will stand following that country's recognition of a Palestinian state earlier in the...

After Freeze, Settlement Building Booms in Israel
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - New York Times - In the three months since Israel ended its settlement construction freeze in the West Bank, causing the Palestinians to withdraw from peace talks , a settlement building boom has begun, especially in more...

Leaked Abbas Cable Stirs Fatah-Hamas Animosities
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - New York Times - Tensions were rising on Wednesday between Fatah and Hamas, the two main Palestinian political factions, over a leaked American diplomatic cable and ongoing accusations by each side regarding the other’s arrests, plans...

The U.S. needs to get tough with Israel
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Yousef Munayyer, Los Angeles Times - When diplomatic sources revealed that the United States was abandoning efforts for an Israeli settlement freeze, many surely did not know whether to laugh or cry. The first two years...

Another Score: Joe Biden & Ad Melkert Deliver on Iraq
Palestine Note 22 Dec 2010 - Remember Iraq? Well, for the moment, it is not blowing up or engaged in a raging civil war -- and thus is not at the height of the news. Which is sad. Iraq, for the time...

Israeli fighter jets attack Gaza
Palestine Note 21 Dec 2010 - Al Jazeera - Israeli fighter jets have attacked the Gaza Strip, wounding two Palestinian fighters, according to a Palestinian medical source and witnesses. The overnight raids came after the Israeli army accused Palestinian fighters of firing...

PA submits objection to US House over anti-state vote
Palestine Note 21 Dec 2010 - Maan - Following the approval of a measure condemning unilateral measures to declare or recognize a Palestinian state by the US House of Representatives on Wednesday, the Palestinian Authority submitted its official objection, PLO negotiations chief...

Settlers Attack Palestinian Family in South Hebron Hills
Alternative Information Center - On Monday, 13 December 2010, 17 settlers from the settlement of Sussya attacked the Nawaj'a family from the Palestinian village of Sussya.

Israeli Troops Arrest 8 Civilians Near Bethlehem While Protesting the Wall
PNN - Ghassan Bannoura – PNN – Israeli soldiers arrested on Wednesday afternoon eight civilians as they protested the Israeli construction of the wall on lands owned by the villagers of al-Walajeh near the...

House Arrest for Assaults on Arabs in Jerusalem
PNN - Jerusalem – Maysa Abu Ghazala – PNN/Exclusive - Israeli police revealed on Tuesday that they captured nine members of a Jewish extremist cell suspected of carrying out a series of violent, racially...

Airstrikes Continue in Gaza; Three Reported Injuries
PNN - Gaza City – PNN - Israeli warplanes continued raids on the Gaza Strip throughout Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, injuring three Palestinians and one severely. One young man’s foot was blown off...

Court to Rule on Charges against Israeli Activist Jonathan Pollak
PNN - Tel Aviv – PNN - The verdict in the case of Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak, charged with illegal assembly for his participation in a January 2008 Critical Mass ride against the siege...

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Ready to play hardball
Jeruslalem Post 22 Dec 2010 - The new House Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman says she is determined to ‘show Israel that we are strongly in its corner.'

Two arrested for allegedly stealing 30 Torah scrolls
Jeruslalem Post 22 Dec 2010 - Suspects from Jerusalem and Hadera may have broken into synagogues in Negev villages of Yated, Shuva and Pri Gan.

Israel Police delegation praised upon return from Haiti
Jeruslalem Post 22 Dec 2010 - Lieberman says officers enhance Israel's image and status at ceremony in honor of officers who helped impose law and order in Haiti.

Poll: Netanyahu trounces Livni as prime minister
Jeruslalem Post 22 Dec 2010 - Almost twice as many prefer Netanyahu over Livni, according to survey, despite drop in satisfaction with current PM.

US stop-gap budget missing pledged increases for Israel
Jeruslalem Post 22 Dec 2010 - Aid will be reevaluated in three months when current measure expires; budget does not include promised funding for Iron Dome missile defense project.

PA, Hamas warn Israel against response to rocket fire
Jeruslalem Post 22 Dec 2010 - PA president says IDF operation will lead to collapse of int'l peace efforts; Erekat blames Israel for escalation; Hamas to file UN complaint.

Abbas: 'Israeli aggression' will threaten peace process
Jeruslalem Post 22 Dec 2010 - PA president tells EU rep. that IDF operation will lead to collapse of int'l peace efforts; Erekat blames Israel for escalation; Hamas to file UN complaint against "recent Zionist escalation"; UN ME envoy Serry condemns rocket fire.

UN Middle East envoy: Israel has right to self defense
Jeruslalem Post 22 Dec 2010 - Deputy PM Meridor states Israel cannot accept continued rocket fire from Gaza; hopes Cast Lead II not necessary; Erekat warns military measures will only make matters worse, Israel Radio reports.

PA fears new Israeli offensive on Gaza, Erekat says
Jeruslalem Post 22 Dec 2010 - Amidst escalated tensions in South, PA chief negotiator warns military measures will only make matters worse; Meridor states Israel cannot accept continued rocket fire from Gaza; hopes Cast Lead II not necessary.

Vote for the biggest Jewish World news event of 2010
Jeruslalem Post 22 Dec 2010 - A year in review: Hecklers disrupt PM speech, conversion bill controversy, de-legitimization of Israel turns mainstream, slurs against Jews, Chelsea Clinton marries a Jew.

'Lebanese PM will tell UN to stop Hariri tribunal'
Jeruslalem Post 22 Dec 2010 - Panel expected to indict members of Hizbullah for 2005 assassination loses backing, funding of Saad Hariri, according to Lebanese newspaper report: "I have sacrificed a lot and cannot sacrifice more."

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

Eight arrested in al-Walaja as Israel ramps up construction on the Separation Wall
12/22/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - 22 December, Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - Despite an ongoing trial in the Israeli high court over the legality of the placement of the Separation wall in al-Walaja, a small village just outside of Jerusalem, Israel doubled construction efforts this afternoon. Around 2pm bulldozers accompanied by armed guards started clearing trees, rocks, and shrubs. Three days.... Related: Photo: A Resident of al-Walaja is Attacked with Pepper Spray for confronting Israeli bulldozers

Bolivia formally recognizes Palestine as independent state
Ha'aretz 22 Dec 2010 - Reports earlier this week indicated such a move was imminent; earlier this month, Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela have already recognized Palestine within 1967 borders and Venezuela plans to do so next year.

Egypt: Stop Israeli aggression against Palestinians in Gaza
Ha'aretz 22 Dec 2010 - Foreign Ministry in Cairo condemns recent IDF air strikes as bid to divert attention from peace process, warns attacks will inflame negative feelings toward Israel; UN defends Israeli response to rockets, but urges restraint.

'Palestinians uncover Hamas weapons cache in Ramallah'
Ha'aretz 22 Dec 2010 - Palestinian security chief says rockets, launchers and mortar shells likely being gathered to target the Palestinian Authority, and not Israel.

EU to grant Palestinians duty free imports of farm and fish produce
Ha'aretz 22 Dec 2010 - EU imports from Gaza and West Bank were worth $8.02 million in 2009 and were mostly early potatoes, oils and seeds such as soya and sunflower seeds, according to EU data., Saeb Erekat warns that IDF attack on the Hamas-ruled territory would only elevate anarchy, bloodshed in area; Deputy PM Meridor says Israel won't tolerate rocket fire from Gaza., The Guardian reports that U.S. diplomats accused New Zealand of using the arrest of two suspected Israeli spies in 2004 to bolster its export of lamb to Arab states.

Report: Lebanon PM halts backing of Hariri tribunal amid tensions with Hezbollah
Ha'aretz 22 Dec 2010 - Saad Hariri says Lebanon will ask UN to stop investigation of international tribunal into 2005 assassination of his father 'for the interests of the country', according to Lebanese newspaper.

Israel files complaint to UN over rocket attacks from Gaza
Ha'aretz 22 Dec 2010 - Israel's ambassador to the UN calls on international community to send a 'clear and resolute' message that rocket attacks are unacceptable; teenage girl was wounded by Qassam on Tuesday in Ashkelon area.

U.S.: Israel welcome to call for Pollard's release, but he remains in jail for now
Ha'aretz 22 Dec 2010 - Netanyahu announces decision to issue first formal request to grant clemency to convicted spy.

Gaza anti-tank missile penetrated IDF tank, Ashkenazi reveals
Ha'aretz 22 Dec 2010 - IDF chief tells Knesset a Kornet missile was fired more than two weeks ago at tank on the Gaza border, penetrated its outer shell, but did not explode.

Teen gang arrested on suspicion of attacking Arabs in Jerusalem
Ha'aretz 22 Dec 2010 - Seven of nine suspects are minors who allegedly used a 14-year-old girl to lure Arabs into a schoolyard, where they would pelt them with rocks, bottles and pepper spray.

Israel to increase health care tax by 0.5% to help senior citizens
Ha'aretz - Today, geriatric nursing is not included in the health basket and is not the responsibility of the Health Maintenance Oragnizations.

Israel to tailor AIDS and TB care to migrant workers
Ha'aretz - The Health Ministry currently funds treatment for TB and HIV/AIDS only when the carriers are pregnant and for six months after they give birth.

Public Security Ministry backtracks after firing Bar-Lev's accuser
Ha'aretz - Dr. Orly Innes, who lodged a sexual harassment complaint against a senior police officer, claims she was terminated despite having been offered an extension of her contract; the ministry said she refused to resign, but decides to keep her on while it evaluates the matter.

Suspected arson sparks flames in same area Carmel fire began
Ha'aretz - Firefighters quickly extinguish flames at Isfiya garbage dump; the Carmel wildfire, considered the worst in Israel's history, also allegedly began at a dump in the same town.

Public Security Ministry fires woman who accused senior cop of harassment
Ha'aretz - Dr. Orly Innes, who lodged complaint against Maj. Gen. Uri Bar-Lev, said she was terminated despite having been offered an extension of her contract; Ministry: She refused our request to resign.

Netanyahu warns Israelis: Violence against minorities won't be tolerated
Ha'aretz - Premier releases video clip on YouTube channel urging Israeli citizens 'not to take law into their own hands' and to refrain from any activity that might provoke violence.

Health Ministry: 17 percent of AIDS carriers over last decade were foreign migrants
Ha'aretz - Data also reveals that 13 percent of those stricken with tuberculosis were foreign migrants.

Study: 850,000 children live in poverty in Israel
Ha'aretz - Non-profit organization Latet publishes annual 'alternative poverty report': 1.77 million people in Israel are poor, 75% of them forgo meals due to economic status.

Hundreds in Tel Aviv call for deportation of foreign workers, refugees
Ha'aretz - Protesters in Tel Aviv's working class Hatikva neighborhood claim foreign workers and refugees are responsible for violent incidents and drive up apartment prices.

Statement on the increase in house demolitions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem by Mr Maxwell Gaylard, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory
Relief Web 22 Dec 2010 - Source: UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the oPt, UN Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories

Statement by Robert H. Serry, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, on the Escalation of Violence in Southern Israel and Gaza
Relief Web 22 Dec 2010 - Source: UN Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories

Commission approves first package of €100 million in support to the Palestinian people in 2011
Relief Web 22 Dec 2010 - Source: European Commission

Tibi demands diplomas in Arabic
YNet News - Arab MK's appeal to education minister turns into Knesset debate on Israel's....

Migrants fearful after rally
YNet News - 'It's no longer safe to walk around Tel Aviv,' says Congolese resident of Israel....

UN official: 45% rise in home demolitions
YNet News - Humanitarian official in Palestinian territories says rise in home demolitions....

'NZ chose trade with Arabs over ties with Israel'
YNet News - More WikiLeaks wonders: US diplomats say New Zealand's reactions over 2004....

Holy Land Patriarch voices hope for peace
YNet News - Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal says Palestinian assistance during Carmel fire 'could....

Video: Soldier assaults B'Tselem worker on latter's land
B'tselem 21 Dec 2010 - On 18 Nov. '10, Nasser a-Nawj'ah, a B'Tselem worker, came with a camera to his family's land in the southern Hebron hills, where soldiers were detaining two of his relatives who had been grazing sheep there. A soldier claimed he was forbidden there and vigram Files\QuickTime\

Compensation ruled in torture case researched by B'Tselem
B'tselem 20 Dec 2010 - Mustafa al-Hindi was tortured in an ISA interrogation, as detailed in B’Tselem's 1999 report Cooperating against Justice, on human-rights violations by Israel and the PA following the murder of two Israelis in Wadi Qelt. Al-Hindi sued Israel for psychologgram Files\QuickTime\QTSystem\

Saudi king walks out of New York hospital after surgeries
Daily Star 22 Dec 2010 Israel will deploy tanks equipped with a new defense system along the Gaza border after Palestinian fighters for the first time used an advanced Russian-designed missile against an Israeli tank this month, Israeli defense officials said...

Israel to bolster defense along Gaza after new missile attack
Daily Star 22 Dec 2010 Israel will deploy tanks equipped with a new defense system along the Gaza border after Palestinian fighters for the first time used an advanced Russian-designed missile against an Israeli tank this month, Israeli defense officials said...

Bolivia formally recognizes sovereign Palestine
Daily Star 22 Dec 2010 LA PAZ: Bolivia formally recognized Palestine as an independent state Wednesday, following the lead of its neighbors Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay earlier this month. President Evo Morales told reporters that he made Bolivia's recognition official Wednesday...

Massive challenges ahead as new Iraq Cabinet begins work
Daily Star 22 Dec 2010 BAGHDAD: Iraq's new Cabinet held its first meeting Wednesday faced with "enormous" challenges to improve security, public services and ties with other countries, following months of political deadlock. "We must have a clear policy in the...

PA police: Hamas cell plotted attack on security forces
Daily Star 22 Dec 2010 RAMALLAH: Palestinian police said Wednesday they uncovered a Ramallah-based Hamas cell that stockpiled weapons intended for use against Palestinian security forces. Major General Adnan Damiri, a spokesman for the Palestinian Authority's (PA) security forces, said the...

Sunni group threatens to kill Iran plant worker
Daily Star 22 Dec 2010 DUBAI: Jundallah has threatened to execute a kidnapped Iranian nuclear plant worker and denied the 11 men hanged in Iran this week were members of the Sunni group, its spokesman told a Saudi daily Wednesday. "We...

When will the time come to end Palestinian suffering?
Daily Star 22 Dec 2010 The children gathered around what was, moments ago, their safe haven, the reservoir of their memories, the focus of their happiness, the link between them and their fathers and grandfathers, to see with their innocent eyes...

Ahmadinejad arrives in Turkey ahead of nuclear talks
Daily Star 22 Dec 2010 Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Istanbul Wednesday looking for at least moral support from his increasingly influential neighbor a month before nuclear talks with six major powers in Istanbul. Iran's agreement to hold another round...

Abu Marzouk: No reconciliation meeting with Fatah without releasing detainees
PIC 22 Dec 2010 - Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk affirmed that there will be no reconciliation meeting with Fatah as long as its authority in Ramallah continued to ignore demands of the detained hunger strikers.

Israel files complaint with UN against Gaza rockets in a new PR ploy
PIC 22 Dec 2010 - The Israeli government filed an official complaint with the UN against what it called Palestinian "military attacks" against Israeli targets, holding Hamas responsible for the rockets fired from Gaza.

15 Lebanese figures taking part in Asia aid convoy
PIC 22 Dec 2010 - Deeb Hijazi, the rapporteur of the national initiative committee to break Gaza siege in Lebanon, said that the number of Lebanese participants in Asia aid convoy amounted to 15 figures.

Meshaal: Palestinians do not want a nominal state
PIC 22 Dec 2010 - Khalid Meshaal said Wednesday that the Palestinians do not want a nominal state that asks the world to recognize it, but a real state with sovereignty over its own land and free of occupation.

Syrian 80-ton aid heads to Gaza
PIC 22 Dec 2010 - The Syrian Arab popular committee for the support of the Palestinian people has sent a new aid batch of foodstuffs and medical material to the besieged Gaza Strip.

Khreisheh: Palestinian reconciliation absurd in light of West Bank situation
PIC 22 Dec 2010 - PLC second deputy speaker Hassan Khreisheh said that talking about Palestinian reconciliation at the present time is a form of illusion despite rounds of talks, smiles, and handshakes as aired on TV.

New Israeli plan to build 180 settlement units near Amlesson area in J'lem
PIC 22 Dec 2010 - The Israeli municipal council in the occupied city of Jerusalem unveiled a new plan to establish a new settlement outpost of 180 housing units near Amlesson neighborhood, south of the holy city.

UN officials visit Jerusalemite officials facing eviction from their city
PIC 22 Dec 2010 - Top UN officials visited Tuesday the sit-in tent at the Red Cross headquarters where three Jerusalemite officials have been protesting against Israel's intention to exile them from their native city.

Hamas MPs ask chief justice to implement verdicts
PIC 22 Dec 2010 - Hamas lawmakers in the West Bank addressed a message to the Palestinian chief justice asking him to adopt all measures necessary to accelerate implementation of high court verdicts.

Baraka calls on Abbas to end talks and security cooperation with occupation
PIC 22 Dec 2010 - Hamas representative in Lebanon Ali Baraka called on Mahmoud Abbas to stop his futile negotiations and security cooperation with the Israeli occupation state and release all political detainees.

Prices in Iran rise after lifting of subsidies
LA Times 23 Dec 2010 - The austerity measures generate work stoppages and embolden the political opposition. Critics contend that the price increases hurt those with modest incomes while leaving the wealthy unscathed. The Iranian government's removal of decades-old subsidies for food and energy in an attempt to boost its troubled economy has spurred price increases on everything from fruit and vegetables to gasoline, generated work stoppages and emboldened the political opposition.

After Freeze, Settlement Building Booms in Israel
New York Times 22 Dec 2010 - In the three months since Israel ended its freeze, construction is booming in places that are least likely to be part of Israel after any two-state peace deal.

Leaked Cable Stirs Animosities Between Palestinian Sides
New York Times 22 Dec 2010 - An American diplomatic cable from 2007, which claimed that Fatah asked Israel to attack Hamas, has added to tensions between the two main Palestinian political factions.

Obama affirms the right of return (for gay soldiers)
Mondoweiss - I've been as moved as anyone by the liberation story that the repeal of Don't-ask-don't-tell represents for American gay people, and really for all of us. As I confessed when I talked about this last month , I had pretty conventional homophobic attitudes 20 years ago; and...

‘The Palestine Cables’: Gaza is a burning issue from Egypt to Latin America to Pakistan, to John Kerry being ’shocked by what I saw’
Mondoweiss - This is the third entry in "The Palestine Cables," Alex Kane's series on what WikiLeaks is telling us about the Palestinian position in world politics. Forsaken by the "peace process," ignored by mainstream media , denied justice two years after Israel committed what many rights groups called...

Well at least it’s a debate
Mondoweiss - From the Seattle Times ' Keith Ervin, on the controversy over the bus ads that are critical of Israel. The battle has been joined by the frightening David Horowitz and Pam Geller . Conservative writer David Horowitz said his Los Angeles-based David Horowitz Freedom Center has submitted an...

‘I would have gone on believing what my own family told me till I actually saw the settlements, saw the roadblocks–’
Mondoweiss - A central function of this website is informing Americans about what is happening in Israel/Palestine and then pressing them to engage so as to change the political conditions here and there. In that effort, yesterday I posted a statement from a reader (and donor) who had...

Awake and bear witness!! Israel has destroyed this Palestinian school in the Occupied West Bank 3 times in recent years
Mondoweiss - This is a December photo from Khirbet Tana, a Palestinian village in the Occupied West Bank near Mekora, a Jewish settlement. Khirbet Tana's people have been expelled, their homes demolished by the Israelis . Photographer must remain anonymous.

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