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Sunday, December 26, 2010
Palestinian Youth Assaulted Near Nablus For Not Understanding Hebrew
IMEMC - 26 Dec 2010 - Monday December 27, 2010 - 01:39, Israeli soldiers stationed at the Za’tara Roadblock, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, stopped three Palestinian youths and violently assaulted one of them for not understanding them when they spoke to him in Hebrew.

Lieberman: “P.A. An Illegal Entity, Not Interested In Peace”
IMEMC - 26 Dec 2010 - Monday December 27, 2010 - 01:22, Israeli Foreign Minister, a leader of the fundamentalist Israel Beiteinu Party, claimed Sunday that the Palestinian Authority (P.A) is not interested in peace with Israel, and stated that the P.A is an illegal entity.

Israeli Army Arrests 9 French Nationals In The West Bank
IMEMC - 26 Dec 2010 - Sunday December 26, 2010 - 16:13, The Israeli troops operating at the military checkpoint of Qalandia, north of Jerusalem arrested nine French protestors and assaulted others at the checkpoint, Sunday at noon.

Two Fighters Killed In Clashes With Israeli Soldiers Invading Khan Younis
IMEMC - 26 Dec 2010 - Sunday December 26, 2010 - 09:47, The Al Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, reported that two of its fighters were killed on Saturday at dawn during clashes with Israeli soldiers invading an area east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

P.A Returns To Israel Stolen Military Vehicle, Weapons, And Hands-in Five Palestinians
IMEMC - 26 Dec 2010 - Sunday December 26, 2010 - 09:30, As part of the ongoing security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority returned to Israel a military vehicle and weapons, and also handed Israel five Palestinians believed to be involved in the issue.

Hamas Started Talks To Form New Government In Gaza
IMEMC - 26 Dec 2010 - Sunday December 26, 2010 - 09:18, Senior Hamas leaders, headed by Legislator Khalil Al Hayya, held meetings on Saturday evening with different Palestinian factions and independent figures, in the Gaza Strip, in an attempt to form a new government.

Soldiers Attack A Nonviolent Protest In Hebron
IMEMC - 26 Dec 2010 - Sunday December 26, 2010 - 05:53, Israeli soldiers attacked on Saturday evening a nonviolent protest organized by the Youth Coalition Against Settlements in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. Dozens of Israeli and International peace activists participated in the protest.

Clashes in southern Gaza as border heats up
12/26/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Islamic Jihad's military wing the Al-Quds Brigades said Sunday that two of its fighters were killed following what a statement described as "fierce clashes" with Israeli forces the southern district village of Khuza'a east of Khan Younis. The group identified the slain men as Issa Abu....

Violent confrontation at Nablus checkpoint
12/26/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A Nablus man was strangled with a radio wire by Israeli soldiers, witnesses said, while Israeli officials said he attempted to stab an officer, prompting his arrest and the temporary detention of two others on Sunday. A witness, standing near the scene at the Tappuah checkpoint south of Nablus, said he....

East Jlem: Evictions expected within day
12/26/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Large numbers of Israeli police officers deployed in the East Jerusalem town of Silwan on Sunday morning, with residents worried that the move came ahead of a police evacuation of the home of Abdullah Abu Nab, which settlers have claimed belongs to Jewish groups. Children in the mostly Arab neighborhood threw.... Related: Fear and unrest in Silwan as soldiers surround village

Fisherman injured by Israeli fire in northern Gaza
12/26/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Gaza fisherman was shot twice, once in each foot, and collected by medics from the northern Gaza shore on Saturday, witnesses said. Medical services spokesman Adham Abu Selmieyah confirmed that medics transported a 25-year-old fisherman, identified only as AZ, to the Kamal Udwan Hospital for treatment. The official....

Israeli banishment of Fatah man from Jlem stayed
12/26/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli High Court decision stayed the banishment of a Fatah official from Jerusalem on Sunday, after an earlier appeal was denied and an order to leave the city by 5p. m. was handed down that morning. Jerusalem affairs official with Fatah, Hatem Abdul Qader told Ma'an on Sunday.... Related: Activist group says Israel to expel Silwan leader

Hamas: Israel on alert for Asia One aid ship
12/26/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas officials in Gaza told the coastal enclave's Popular Committee Against the Siege on Sunday to prepare for the arrival of a South-Asian convoy bringing aid via sea, with plans to sail to the Egyptian port city of El-Arish. Hamas-affiliated news site the Palestine Information Center said the....

Paraguay to recognize Palestinian state in '11
12/26/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Joining a growing number of South American nations to support a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood, Paraguay said it plans to recognize an independent Palestinian state next year, Palestinian officials told reporters on Sunday. Paraguay's Foreign Minister Hector Lacognata gave a spring 2011 deadline for the country's.... Related: MK: World may recognize Palestine soon

MK: World may recognize Palestine soon
12/26/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- In spite of stalled peace talks, the "entire world" could recognize a Palestinian state within a year, a dovish Israeli cabinet minister warned Sunday, urging the resumption of negotiations. The comments from Industry and Trade Minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer come after Ecuador formally recognized Palestine as an independent state on Friday, following the.... Related: Paraguay to recognize Palestinian state in '11

Hebronites hospitalized by Israeli forces
12/26/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were taken to a Jerusalem hospital by Israeli forces after being injured in their car as they passed an Israeli military vehicle, local security sources said. The men were reportedly fired on in the Wad Al-Ghrus area north of Heron on Wednesday night. Officials identified them as Ismail Saleh....

Fatah man exiled from Jerusalem by Israel
12/26/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Fatah official in Silwan Adnan Gheith received a military order mandating his expulsion from Jerusalem before 5 p. m. on Sunday, Director of Wadi Hilwa Information Center Jawad Siyam told Ma'an. Gheith's lawyer Rami Othman had appealed to the Israeli military commander of the West Bank two.... Related: Israeli banishment of Fatah man from Jlem stayed and Activist group says Israel to expel Silwan leader

Islamists deny arrival of Syrian, Iranian officials in Gaza
12/26/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas' Al-Qasam Brigades and Islamic Jihad militants the Al-Quds Brigades denied reports Thursday that weapons experts had arrived from Syria and Iran to train the armed units of the Islamist organizations. Spokesman for Al-Qasam Abu Obeidah said reports in the Israeli press were "baseless and untrue" in both the....

Sweet peppers leave Gaza for first time since '07
12/26/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- "The first shipment of Gaza sweet peppers together with strawberries and carnations is on its way to Europe," a Dutch statement announced on Sunday, following long efforts to expand the list of goods permitted for export from the coastal enclave. The 11 loads of goods, grown as part of a....

French activists arrested at West Bank protest
12/26/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Nine French activists were arrested on Sunday during a pro-Palestinian demonstration at a major Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank, police and protest organizers said." Our forces today dispersed protesters who were throwing rocks at us and proceeded to arrest nine people, including some foreigners," Israel National Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said." The....

In photos: Beit Sahour candle light march
12/26/2010 - MaanImages / Luay Sababa - Pilgrims from around the world participate in a candle-light ceremony and march calling for the establishment of the Palestinian State. The march, held every year on 25 December, gathers pilgrims to the holy city of Bethlehem to the town just south of the site believed by Christians believe Jesus was born for....

Lebanese Al-Qaeda leader shot dead in Palestinian camp
12/26/2010 - BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) -- The leader of an Al-Qaeda splinter group was found shot dead execution-style on Saturday in Ain Al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, a Palestinian official said. The report followed one day after the head of Fatah in Lebanon, Muneer Maqdah, announced the death ofthe official on local radio. AT the time....

Egypt: Attacks on Israel will not be launched from Sinai
12/26/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - An Egyptian security source in the northern Sinai Peninsula denied Israeli claims that Hamas is using the area for the production and storage of weapons that will be aimed toward Israel. The source told the London-based Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat on Sunday morning, that "Egypt's strict security measures at the borders....

At Christmas, Pope urges end to Mideast Christians' pain
12/26/2010 - VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI urged an end Saturday to conflict in the Middle East and support for the region's Christians, saying those living in Iraq needed comfort from their pain after deadly attacks. In his traditional Christmas Day address delivered at the Vatican, the pope also called for human rights to....

Israel, Hamas turn up rhetoric on Gaza war anniversary
12/26/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Following clashes that killed two on the Gaza border, and reports from Israel that factions launched two projectiles into the Eshkol region, on Sunday, the anniversary of the start of Israel's last war on the coastal region, both sides said they were prepared for another round of bloodletting." I hope there....

Israeli FM vows no apology to Turkey on raid
12/26/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed on Sunday that Israel would not apologize to Turkey for a commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship that killed nine Turkish activists. Speaking in Jerusalem at a meeting of Israel's ambassadors, Lieberman said Ankara's demand for an apology before normalizing relations between....

Israel's Lieberman: PA illegitimate
12/26/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel's fiery Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday that Israel should not sign a peace deal with the Western-backed Palestinian government because it is illegitimate." It is forbidden for us to reach a comprehensive deal today with the Palestinians. To put it clearly, you have to understand that their government....

Hebron doctors diagnose new H1N1 case
12/26/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) - The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced Saturday that doctors in the southern West Bank district of Hebron diagnosed a woman with the H1N1 virus, better known as swine flu, saying it was the first case diagnosed in the region in 2010. Director of the primary medical care department in the ministry....

Jerusalem mayor holds off eviction of settlers from East Jerusalem home
Ha'aretz - Compromise achieved after settlers agree not to press for eviction of a Palestinian family living in a nearby Jewish-owned building.

Report: Iran passes death sentence on 'Israeli spy'
Ha'aretz - Tehran's chief prosecutor says the suspect's identity is to be announced after approval of the verdict by Iran's Supreme Court.

Lieberman: The Turks are liars, PA is illegitimate, and Netanyahu is unrealistic
Ha'aretz - Foreign Minister slams PM's attempt to achieve peace with PA within a year, says Palestinians will always find a reason not to sign peace deal and calls Turkey's demand for apology 'chutzpah.'

Security guards locate suspicious package in Netanyahu's office
Ha'aretz - Following a potential bomb threat, police find no explosives in envelope at Prime Minister's Office.

Deputy FM: 'The state of Facebook' is more real than Palestine
Ha'aretz - In his personal blog, Daniel Ayalon criticizes Latin American countries for their 'irresponsible' recognition of a Palestinian state., Border Police stationed across East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan; many anticipate long-waited evacuation of illegally constructed building of Beit Yonatan.

Palestinian protest leader ordered to leave Jerusalem for four months
Ha'aretz - IDF makes rare use of 1945 law to bar East Jerusalem resident from capital; Adnan Jith's appeal rejected but his lawyer plans to take the case to the Supreme Court.

Senior Labor minister: Without peace talks, even U.S. may soon recognize Palestinian state
Ha'aretz - Trade Minister Ben-Eliezer urges cabinet to expedite process of returning to peace negotiations, 'even if it costs us a settlement freeze for a few months'.

IDF kills two Palestinian militants detonating explosives on Gaza border
Ha'aretz - Troops in conjunction with IAF helicopters open fire on militants in southern part of Strip; IDF: Hamas is responsible for everything that happens in Gaza.

Report: Incoming Mossad chief to apologize for use of U.K. passports in Dubai hit
Ha'aretz - The Daily Telegraph reports that Tamir Pardo will also pledge to British officials that Israeli agents will never again use fake U.K. documents in overseas operations.

And What Rough Beast Slouches Towards Gaza?Operation Cast Lead and the Dismembering of a People
Uruknet December 26, 2010 - ...The attack upon Gaza was clearly part of a longer-term project for the complete subjection of Palestinians by Israel. The attack was not an act of self-defence against miserable Qassam rockets. As Ben White pointed out: "During the truce last year, rocket fire from the Gaza Strip was reduced by 97%, with the few projectiles...

The drums of war are heard again in Israel
Uruknet December 26, 2010 - The drums of war are heard again in Israel and they are sounded because once more Israel's invincibility in is question. Despite the triumphant rhetoric in the various media commemorative reports, two years after 'Cast Lead', the sense is that that campaign was as much of a failure as was the second Lebanon war of...

Gaza aid ship returns to Turkey
Uruknet December 26, 2010 - Thousands of pro-Palestinian activists in the Turkish city of Istanbul welcomed the return of the Mavi Marmara, a ship part of an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip that was subject to a deadly Israeli raid in May. Hundreds of balloons were released on Sunday as the Mavi Marmara sailed into Istanbul's Sarayburnu port,...

Hamas: Israel on alert for Asia One aid ship
Uruknet December 26, 2010 - Hamas officials in Gaza told the coastal enclave's Popular Committee Against the Siege on Sunday to prepare for the arrival of a South-Asian convoy bringing aid via sea, with plans to sail to the Egyptian port city of El-Arish. Hamas-affiliated news site the Palestine Information Center said the proclaimed arrival of the ship, which set...

Israeli Army Arrests 9 French Nationals In The West Bank
Uruknet December 26, 2010 .- The Israeli troops operating at the military checkpoint of Qalandia, north of Jerusalem arrested nine French protestors and assaulted others at the checkpoint, Sunday at noon. The nine arrestees were taking part in a protest at the checkpoint expressing their solidarity with the Palestinian people and their rejection to the closure of Jerusalem by the...

Gaza doctor takes Israel to courtFather of three daughters killed by Israeli forces files case after failing to reach compensation deal.
Uruknet December 26, 2010 - A Palestinian doctor is filing a lawsuit against Israel for the death of his three daughters, just a day before the second anniversary of Israel's war on Gaza. Dr Ezzeldeen Abu al-Aish's daughters were killed during the military assault when Israeli forces fired on his home. People heard the incident unfold as Abu al-Aish was...

Member of Silwan Neighborhood Committee Banished from Jerusalem on Day of Planned Eviction and Installment of a New Settlement
Uruknet December 26, 2010 - Adnan Gheith, a member of the Al-Bustan Neighborhood Committee and a dignitary of Silwan, was officially notified today that an order expelling him from Jerusalem will come into effect at 5 PM today. The order is not part of a judicial process, does not include charges and is based on secret material. An appeal for...

Two years after the Israeli War on Gaza: Israeli leaders threaten to launch a new military operation
Uruknet December 26, 2010 - Deputy of Israeli Prime Minister, Silvan Shalom said today that Israel would launch a new military operation in Gaza. Shalom said that Israel refuses to Two years after the Israeli War on Gaza: Israeli leaders threaten to launch a new military operation 442 320x240 gazaborders accept the current situation in the area around Gaza strip....

Scaling a wall: Santa in Palestine
Uruknet December 26, 2010 - Another Christmas, and another long journey begins for Papa Noel. For the legendary festive gift-maker and giver, a journey of spreading joy in the hearts of the planet’s children awaits. In preparation for Santa’s stop-over in the Holy Land, Rudolph is jabbering in broken Yiddish and Arabic, practising the words tzedaka and sadaqa - words...

Two Fighters Killed In Clashes With Israeli Soldiers Invading Khan Younis
Uruknet December 26, 2010 - The Al Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, reported that two of its fighters were killed on Saturday at dawn during clashes with Israeli soldiers invading an area east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The Brigades identified the slain fighters as Mosab Abu Rock and Mahmoud...

What do the latest "de-legitimization" reports tell us about Israel?
Uruknet December 26, 2010 - Israel must be losing too many battles in the war to win global public opinion. This is the conclusion to be drawn from the release of a 66-page document by the Tel Aviv-based Reut Institute, which was followed quickly by a similar report from the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs (JCPA). Both documents must be...

Israel uses British emergency law to banish activist
Uruknet December 26, 2010 - The Israeli military is making rare use of an emergency regulation enacted by the British Mandate in 1945 to order the temporary banishment of a Palestinian activist from his home city of Jerusalem. Adnan Gheith, 35, faces expulsion for four months from the city because of his part in protests at mounting encroachment by Jewish...

Video: Gaza: A Child's Point of View
Uruknet December 25, 2010 - Video features Palestinian children's drawings depicting their

WikiLeaks: How U.S. tried to stop Spain's torture probe
Uruknet December 25, 2010 — It was three months into Barack Obama's presidency, and the administration -- under pressure to do something about alleged abuses in Bush-era interrogation policies -- turned to a Florida senator to deliver a sensitive message to Spain: Don't indict former President George W. Bush's legal brain trust for alleged torture in the treatment of war...

Israeli demolitions traumatic for Palestinian children, says UN official
Uruknet December 25, 2010 - A senior United Nations official today condemned the demolition of two refugee homes in East Jerusalem, stressing in particular the trauma caused to Palestinian children forced to witness their homes being destroyed. "These condemnable acts have a devastating impact," Barbara Shenstone, the West Bank Field Director for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine...

An Open Letter from Gaza: Two Years after the Massacre, a Demand for Justice
26 Dec 2010 - UK, December 26, (Pal Telegraph) - We the Palestinians of the Besieged Gaza Strip, on this day, two years on from Israel's genocidal attack on our families, our houses, our roads, our factories and our schools, are saying enough inaction, enough discussion, enough waiting – the time is now to hold Israel to account for its ongoing crimes against us....

Israeli settlers seize 20 dunums near Nablus
26 Dec 2010 - Nablus, December 26, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli settlers from Shilo settlement seized on Sunday 20 dunums from Khrba Sera, in the south of eastern area of Nablus. The official of the settlement file in the West Bank, Ghasan Deglis, said that numbers of Israeli settlers are in the seized area and plowing the land. In the same context, Deglis said...

Israeli army intensifies its forces in Silwan
26 Dec 2010 - Juresalem, December 26, (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli police, Border Guards and Special Forces intensified their existence in the streets of Silwan town, in the south of Al-Masjed Al-Aqsa, in Jerusalem. Fakhri Abu Dyab, the member of the defense committee for Al-Bostan neighborhood in Silwan town, said to SAFA news agency that unprecedented number of Israeli forces have existed since the...

Several sites raided by Israeli army in Jenin
26 Dec 2010 - Jenin, December 26, (Pal Telegraph) -The Israeli occupation forces raided Sunday several sites in Jenin and erected a military checkpoint at the entrance of Al-Yamoun town, in the west of Jenin, in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli army detains 2 Palestinians in Bethlehem
26 Dec 2010 - Bethlehem, December 26, (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli occupation forces detained Sunday two Palestinians from Bait Fogar town, south Bethlehem, WAFA news agency reported.

Israeli army shots dead 2 Gaza freedom fighters
26 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 26, (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli occupation soldiers shot dead two Palestinians on the Gaza Strip Sunday morning, Palestinian sources said. The two fighters died in Khoza’ town to the east of Khan Yunis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, during an exchange of fire with Israeli occupation soldiers, the sources said. Local sources reported that the...

Israel and Gazans trade threats
AlJazeera 26 Dec 2010 - War of words follows Israel's killing of two members of al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad.

Israeli leaders differ on apology
AlJazeera 26 Dec 2010 - PM rejects Avigdor Lieberman's statement that Israel should not apologise to Turkey for deadly Gaza flotilla raid.

Gaza aid ship returns to Turkey
AlJazeera 26 Dec 2010 - Thousands in Istanbul greet the Mavi Marmara, the ship on which protesters were killed by Israeli forces in May.

Gaza doctor takes Israel to court
AlJazeera 26 Dec 2010 - Father of three daughters killed by Israeli forces files case after failing to reach compensation deal.

Israeli foreign minister says Gaza violence prevents a peace deal
The Guardian 26 Dec 2010 - Avigdor Lieberman tells diplomats that tit-for-tat shootings mean that Israel should seek a more limited settlement Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said today that a peace deal with the Palestinians is impossible and that Israel should...

Gaza flotilla ship welcomed back to Turkey by thousands of activists
The Guardian 26 Dec 2010 - Site of bloodshed and nine deaths during Israeli raid in May returns as activists promise more boats to beat blockade Thousands of pro-Palestinian activists today welcomed back to Istanbul the ship that was the scene of...

MK: World may recognize Palestine soon
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - Maan - In spite of stalled peace talks, the "entire world" could recognize a Palestinian state within a year, a dovish Israeli cabinet minister warned Sunday, urging the resumption of negotiations. The comments from Industry and...

Egypt building 30-meter towers along Gaza border
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - Al Masry Al Youm - Egyptian security officials on Saturday said that the government is building several 30-meter observation towers to improve security along the border with the Gaza Strip, stopping infiltration and sniper attacks. Read...

Egypt and Israel, a souring relationship?
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - Al Masry Al Youm - During his December visit to Cairo, US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell said that his country was pressing Palestinians and Israelis to sign a general framework agreement, seen by many Palestinians...

East Jerusalem evictions expected within day
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - Maan - Large numbers of Israeli police officers deployed in the East Jerusalem town of Silwan on Sunday morning, with residents worried that the move came ahead of a police evacuation of the home of Abdullah...

Preserving Heritage, and the Fabric of Life, in Syria
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - New York Times - At first glance it seems an unremarkable scene: a quiet plaza shaded by date palms in the shadow of this city’s immense medieval Citadel, newly restored to its looming power. Foreign tourists...

Israel's Lieberman: PA illegitimate
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - Maan - Israel's fiery Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday that Israel should not sign a peace deal with the Western-backed Palestinian government because it is illegitimate. Read Full Article

Minister: Egypt will not supply water to Israel
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - Al Masry Al Youm - Egypt's Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Mohamed Nasr Eddin Allam, dismissed the possibility of Egypt supplying Israel with Nile waters, stressing that the issue is not on the country's political...

Egyptian court sets 15 January for trial of Israeli spies
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - Al Masry Al Youm - An Egyptian court on 15 January will commence trial of Tarek Abdel Aziz, an Egyptian spy accused of working for Israel’s Mossad. Two Israeli defendants, including a Mossad officer, will be...

Israeli foreign minister scoffs at Turkey's demand for an apology over flotilla raid
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - Deutsche Welle - Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman rejected Turkey's request that Israel apologize for its commando raid on a Turkish Gaza-bound aid ship that left nine activists dead, saying it "borders on chutzpah." Read Full...

Hamas: Israel "playing with fire"
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - Al Jazeera - Hamas has warned that it would escalate hostilities against Israel unless tensions along the Gaza-Israel border were defused. Abu Obeida, the group's spokesman said on Saturday that they would respond aggresively to Israeli...

Turkey insists on Israel apology
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - Al Jazeera - Turkey's foreign minister has said that the country wants improved ties with Israel, but that this would be contingent on Israel apologising and offering compensation for its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid...

Scientific mystery in the skies above old Bethlehem
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - Deutsche Welle - For centuries, myths have orbited the star of Bethlehem. Was it a comet? Perhaps a supernova? Today, astronomers and physicists still struggle to form a clear image of how the famed star came...

Egypt: Attacks on Israel will not be launched from Sinai
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - Maan - An Egyptian security source in the northern Sinai Peninsula denied Israeli claims that Hamas is using the area for the production and storage of weapons that will be aimed toward Israel. Read Full Article...

Israel kills Gaza militants amid cross-border violence
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - BBC News - Palestinians in Gaza have fired two rockets into Israel, its military says, hours after Israeli aircraft killed two militants in Gaza, amid rising tension. Read Full Article

Gaza aid ship returns to Turkey
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - Al Jazeera - Thousands of pro-Palestinian activists in the Turkish city of Istanbul welcomed the return of the Mavi Marmara , a ship part of an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip that was subject to...

The Holy Land is on a tourism high
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - The Guardian - Dawn Lawrence pulls her wheeled suitcase up and down the narrow, cobbled streets of Bethlehem. Shouts of "welcome, welcome" ring out as she passes shopkeepers standing in the doors of their stores selling...

Lebanese Al-Qaeda leader shot dead in Palestinian camp
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - Maan - The leader of an Al-Qaeda splinter group was found shot dead execution-style on Saturday in Ain Al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon, a Palestinian official said. Read Full Article

Israeli Deputy FM: "The state of Facebook" is more real than Palestine
Palestine Note 26 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon has compared recognition of a Palestinian state to using the "like" button on Facebook, writing in his personal blog last week that "the state of Facebook is more real...

Protest during Christmas in Al Walaja
PNN - With thousand of people celebrating chrismas in the place this time, the people from Al Walaja faced another reality. With thousand of people celebrating chrismas in the place this time, the people...

Israel tracking aid ship headed from Asia to Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 26 Dec 2010 - Activists aboard ship docked in Syria plan to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza to bring $1 million in supplies.

FM: Abbas regime illegitimate, PM making false expectations
Jeruslalem Post 26 Dec 2010 - Lieberman admits coalition can’t "reach common model" for peace; PM: Only I speak for the government.

IDF warns troops: Facebook can bring terrorists to you
Jeruslalem Post 26 Dec 2010 - Army responds to publication of Cast Lead troops’ details; letter sent to officers says enemies can use social networking sites to get info.

Hamas claims PA plans to deport its W. Bank leaders
Jeruslalem Post 26 Dec 2010 - Threat to exile 50 members of Islamist group tied to Schalit prisoner swap, senior official tells ‘Post’.

Hamas says 50 leaders to be deported from West Bank by PA
Jeruslalem Post 26 Dec 2010 - PA security officials deny report; Hamas officials claim dozens were warned of deportation by Fatah-dominated PA.

J'lem Mayor: Beit Yehonatan won't be evacuated
Jeruslalem Post 26 Dec 2010 - Barkat says he’ll remove Jewish and Arab squatters "on the same day"; attorney-general to hold special discussion on Beit Yehonatan.

Iran passes death sentence on 'Israeli spy'
Jeruslalem Post 26 Dec 2010 - Iranian chief prosecutor says verdict needs to be approved by Supreme Court; Egypt may charge Kung Fu coach of spying for Israel.

90 Palestinians riot at crossing into Jerusalem
Jeruslalem Post 26 Dec 2010 - Rioters throw stones at security forces at Kalandia crossing; Border Police arrests two in Silwan for alleged rock-throwing.

Ashkenazi: 'IDF to take every effort to bring Gilad home'
Jeruslalem Post 26 Dec 2010 - IDF chief of staff discusses captive soldier Schalit, importance of Jerusalem with high school students headed for the army.

Israeli sound company wins a Grammy
Jeruslalem Post 26 Dec 2010 - It may not be best song of the year or best new artist, but Israel is taking home a Grammy Award at the music industry’s annual extravaganza in LA.

Mubarak aims for 8 percent annual economic growth
Jeruslalem Post 26 Dec 2010 - Egypt's president spells out financial program, hopes economic policies would help combat his country's critical poverty problems.

Slum-touring millionaires put off the Ritz in Israel
Jeruslalem Post 25 Dec 2010 - 'Hands On Tzedakah' takes would-be donors off the beaten track to see the underbelly of society.

MIDEAST: Racist Jews to the Fore
IPS Emotions are running high in this working class town on the Mediterranean adjacent to Tel Aviv, the Israeli metropolis that has long been the symbol of liberal laissez-faire Israel. Principally, anti-Arab emotions: Racism is on the march.

Several hundred march in al Walaja
Stop The Wall - On Christmas Eve, several hundred people protested against the Wall in al Walaja. Located next to Bethlehem, the small village is struggling to halt the recently renewed construction of the Wall. If completed, the village will be encircled on all sides. Residents living near the path of the Wall have faced harassment by Occupation soldiers, and local activists who have tried to stop bulldozers have been beaten and arrested. [

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16 – 22 December. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Fear and unrest in Silwan as soldiers surround village
12/26/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - Since early this morning, Israeli forces have been surrounding the village of Silwan, creating fear among the villagers that a Palestinian family will be evicted. A new wave of unrest has overcome Silwan in the past few days, with two houses demolished on Christmas day, and clashes sweeping through the village on Friday after a.... Related: Court orders eviction of Palestinian family

Jerusalem mayor holds off eviction of settlers from East Jerusalem home
Ha'aretz 26 Dec 2010 - Compromise achieved after settlers agree not to press for eviction of a Palestinian family living in a nearby Jewish-owned building.

Report: Iran passes death sentence on 'Israeli spy'
Ha'aretz 26 Dec 2010 - Tehran's chief prosecutor says the suspect's identity is to be announced after approval of the verdict by Iran's Supreme Court.

Lieberman: The Turks are liars, PA is illegitimate, and Netanyahu is unrealistic
Ha'aretz 26 Dec 2010 - Foreign Minister slams PM's attempt to achieve peace with PA within a year, says Palestinians will always find a reason not to sign peace deal and calls Turkey's demand for apology 'chutzpah.'

Security guards locate suspicious package in Netanyahu's office
Ha'aretz 26 Dec 2010 - Following a potential bomb threat, police find no explosives in envelope at Prime Minister's Office.

Deputy FM: 'The state of Facebook' is more real than Palestine
Ha'aretz 26 Dec 2010 - In his personal blog, Daniel Ayalon criticizes Latin American countries for their 'irresponsible' recognition of a Palestinian state., Border Police stationed across East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan; many anticipate long-waited evacuation of illegally constructed building of Beit Yonatan.

Palestinian protest leader ordered to leave Jerusalem for four months
Ha'aretz 26 Dec 2010 - IDF makes rare use of 1945 law to bar East Jerusalem resident from capital; Adnan Jith's appeal rejected but his lawyer plans to take the case to the Supreme Court.

Senior Labor minister: Without peace talks, even U.S. may soon recognize Palestinian state
Ha'aretz 26 Dec 2010 - Trade Minister Ben-Eliezer urges cabinet to expedite process of returning to peace negotiations, 'even if it costs us a settlement freeze for a few months'.

IDF kills two Palestinian militants detonating explosives on Gaza border
Ha'aretz 26 Dec 2010 - Troops in conjunction with IAF helicopters open fire on militants in southern part of Strip; IDF: Hamas is responsible for everything that happens in Gaza.

Report: Incoming Mossad chief to apologize for use of U.K. passports in Dubai hit
Ha'aretz 26 Dec 2010 - The Daily Telegraph reports that Tamir Pardo will also pledge to British officials that Israeli agents will never again use fake U.K. documents in overseas operations.

Verdict in Katsav sex crime trial to be read in open-door hearing
Ha'aretz - Former President Moshe Katsav is charged with sexual offenses against three women, two of whom worked under him at the President's Residence.

Netanyahu vows to intervene in month-long prosecutors' strike
Ha'aretz - The strike has affected hundreds of court cases, as prosecutors have been instructed to appear only in cases involving most serious allegations.

Tens of thousands of Israelis visit site of Carmel fire
Ha'aretz - Nature and Parks Authority announces the reopening on hiking trails in the Carmel Hills region, which three weeks ago suffered Israel's worst-ever forest fire.

RCA begins the second phase of rehabilitation programme in Palestine
Relief Web 26 Dec 2010 - Source: Emirates News Agency

Ashkenazi: We're risking lives to bring Shalit back
YNet News - Army chief tells Jerusalem students IDF 'doing things it cannot discuss' to free....

Thousands greet Turkish protest ship; chant 'death to Israel'
YNet News - Pro-Palestinian activists gather at Istanbul port to greet ship raided by....

Palestinian protester ordered to leave Jerusalem
YNet News - Man who heads anti-demolition campaign in eastern part of capital says will....

Egypt: 8 Americans killed in a bus crash
YNet News - Tour bus making its way to ancient temple slams into parked truck killing six....

Ben-Eliezer: US may recognize Palestinian state
YNet News - After four Latin American countries recognize Palestinian state within 1967....

IDF kills 2 terrorists on Gaza border
YNet News - Israeli forces open fire on group of terrorists trying to plant explosive....

Barkat: Seal Arab home along with Beit Yonatan
YNet News - Jerusalem mayor equates between Jewish home, old synagogue in which Arabs now....

Lieberman 'won't accept Turkish lies'
YNet News - Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman took aim at Turkey Sunday just hours after the Mavi Marmara ship, which led the flotilla to Gaza in May, was cheered into Istanbul with .......

Jewish flotilla passenger speaks at Marmara rally
YNet News - Dror Feiler, the former Israeli who participated in the Turkish flotilla to Gaza in May, delivered a speech Sunday during a large reception rally to mark the homecoming .......

Iran to put 'Israeli spy' to death
YNet News - Iran has imposed a death sentence on a man suspected of spying for Israel, local media reported on Sunday. The semiofficial Mehr news agency quoted Abbas Jafari .......

Barkat delays Beit Yonatan eviction
YNet News - Jerusalem Municipality announced Sunday that it would not seal off a Jewish building in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, after the right-wing organization that .......

Suspicious envelope discovered at PM's Office
YNet News - A suspicious envelope was discovered Sunday afternoon at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem. After it was found, the area was closed off and .......

Israel bans political activist from East Jerusalem
B'tselem 25 Dec 2010 - Adnan Gheith, from Silwan, is a political activist against Israeli settlement in the village. This morning, the Israel Police gave his attorney an order banning him from Jerusalem for four months, as of 5 P.M. This step breaches the Fourth Geneva Conventigram Files\QuickTime\QTSystem\

Israel kills two Gaza militants along border
Daily Star 26 Dec 2010 JOS, Nigeria: Clashes broke out between armed Christian and Muslim groups near the central Nigerian city of Jos Sunday, a Reuters witness said, after Christmas Eve bombings in the region killed more than 30 people.

Lieberman says peace deal impossible
Daily Star 26 Dec 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel's foreign minister said Sunday a peace deal with the Palestinians is impossible under current conditions while an Israeli cabinet minister said with talks stalled, the "entire world" could recognize a Palestinian state within...

Israel to boycott UN racism meet over links to Durban process
Daily Star 26 Dec 2010 UNITED NATIONS: Israel vowed Sunday to boycott a 2011 UN summit commemorating a controversial conference on racism that became overshadowed by disputes over the Middle East. Canada has already said it will not take part in...

Mubarak underlines his hold on Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party, government
Daily Star 26 Dec 2010 CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak has presented himself to his party conference as a man firmly in charge of both party and government less than a year before Egypt's presidential election. Mubarak, who has not yet said...

Lieberman: Israel will not apologize to Turkey over flotilla raid
Daily Star 26 Dec 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel's ultrana­tionalist foreign minister Sunday dismissed as "chutzpah" a Turkish offer to restore ties if Israel apologizes for a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound ship, saying it was up to Ankara to make amends....

Ukraine arrests former interior minister
Daily Star 26 Dec 2010 KIEV: Ukrainian authorities Sunday arrested the country's former interior minister amid an ongoing investigation into the pro-Western Cabinet of former prime minister turned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. Yury Lutsenko was detained by at least 10 Alpha...

Resheq: Consultations ongoing for participation of factions in Gaza gov't
PIC 26 Dec 2010 - Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq has affirmed that the Palestinian government in Gaza was consulting with factions and forces to propose including them in the government.

First ever encyclopedia documenting the Gaza war released Sunday
PIC 26 Dec 2010 - The “creativity” studies and training foundation released Sunday the first ever electronic encyclopedia that documents Israel's late 2008 early 2009 war on the Gaza Strip.

Qabaha: Threatening deportation of Hamas cadres serious precedence
PIC 26 Dec 2010 - Hamas MP and former minister Wasfi Qabah has described the Fatah authority's threats to deport more than 50 Hamas leaders and supporters as a "serious precedence".

Bardawil denies Hamas moved rockets to Sinai
PIC 26 Dec 2010 - Hamas MP Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil has denied Hebrew press reports claiming that his movement had moved rockets and workshops to the Sinai Peninsula.

800 Israeli troops raid flashpoint section of Nafha prison
PIC 26 Dec 2010 - 800 Israeli troops raided Sunday the 11 section of the Israeli Nafha prison, the Wa'id prisoners society said, adding that the move was the most recent of a string of attacks.

Masri warns Israel of repercussions of waging new war on Gaza
PIC 26 Dec 2010 - MP Mushir Al-Masri warned Israel of the consequences of any new military aggression against Gaza, stressing that the Palestinian resistance is much stronger than before and ready to defend its people.

Israel hints at launching new aggression on the Gaza Strip
PIC 26 Dec 2010 - Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom during a press conference Sunday hinted that Israeli military may spark new aggression against the Gaza Strip.

PA intelligence threatens top Hamas officials, members with exile from Palestine
PIC 26 Dec 2010 - The Palestinian authority's intelligence apparatus summoned and threatened dozens of Hamas officials and members that they would be exiled from occupied Palestine.

Abu Zuhri: Threats to exile Hamas leaders reflects Fatah's security downfall
PIC 26 Dec 2010 - Sami Abu Zuhri called threats by the PA security militia to eject Hamas leaders from the West Bank outside the country a serious decline reflecting the agencies' security and moral downfall.

Israel to expel family from its home in Silwan, give it to Jewish settlers
PIC 26 Dec 2010 - A large number of Israeli troops and border guards were deployed in Silwan district on Saturday morning as a prelude to expelling the Jerusalemite family of Abdullah Abu Nab from its home.

8 Americans killed in Egypt bus crash
LA Times 27 Dec 2010 - The tourists were headed to the Abu Simbel tombs near Aswan, southern Egypt, when their tour bus hit a parked truck. At least 23 are injured. A tour bus heading to an archaeological site in southern Egypt crashed Sunday, killing eight Americans, Egyptian and American officials said.

Americans Die in Egypt Crash
New York Times 26 Dec 2010 - Eight Americans were killed in a bus accident in Egypt Sunday morning. Twenty-one other American tourists and two Egyptian tour operators were injured as well.

Critic’s Notebook: Preserving Heritage, and the Fabric of Life, in Syria
New York Times 26 Dec 2010 - Inovative restoration projects in the ancient city of Aleppo, Syria, could become a blueprint for preservation in the Middle East.

The drums of war are heard again in Israel
Mondoweiss - The drums of war are heard again in Israel and they are sounded because once more Israel's invincibility in is question. Despite the triumphant rhetoric in the various media commemorative reports, two years after 'Cast Lead', the sense is that that campaign was as much of...

Thank you
Mondoweiss - Thank you. We have reached our goal of raising $40,000 in the month of December. When we were challenged by a generous donor to ask our readers to match their $20,000 donation we were doubtful we could do it. The most we had raised in the...

Saving children from spiritual damage caused by toy pigs…
Mondoweiss - Shmarya Rosenberg of FailedMessiah .com has a funny/terrifying blotter up at Heeb of some of the achievements of orthodox Jews in the last week. Go to the link to read the whole thing, but, excerpts (h/t Ali Gharib): Seven minors and two young adults, all Jewish...

Rabbi threatens civil war if settlements are evacuated
Mondoweiss - Jerusalem Post reports thousand of mostly religious demonstrators attended a New Year's rally in Jerusalem. Shalom Dov Wolpe, a prominent religious author and political activist and a Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi, threatens civil war if any settlements are evacuated: There will be a civil war and the creation...

International protests in West Bank meet attacks, arrests
Mondoweiss - and other news from Today in Palestine: Land, property & resources theft and destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Deportation / Settlers Israeli settlers seize 20 dunums near Nablus Nablus, December 26, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli settlers from Shilo settlement seized on Sunday 20 dunums from Khrba Sera, in the...

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