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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Two Years After Gaza War, Gaza Remains Sealed-Off, Suffering Continues
IMEMC - 29 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 29, 2010 - 23:09, Two years after Operation Cast Lead: Gaza Remains Sealed-Off from outside World, Impunity for War Crimes Prevails

Settler Clashes Near Nablus
IMEMC - 29 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 29, 2010 - 17:32, Settler attacks erupted on Wednesday in two locations in the northern West Bank, destroying several vehicles and causing fire damage to agricultural fields, local sources said.

Industrial Buildings Razed North of Jerusalem
IMEMC - 29 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 29, 2010 - 17:03, Israeli forces demolished an agricultural storehouse, a gas station, and several other industrial buildings in the Palestinian village of Hazma, north of Jerusalem, PNN claimed on Wednesday.

Israelis Divided on Rabbis' Housing Proposal
IMEMC - 29 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 29, 2010 - 16:40, Israelis are roughly split between those supporting and opposing the plan of a group of rabbis not to sell or rent property to non-Jews, Press TV reported.

Shelling Reported in Gaza City
IMEMC - 29 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 29, 2010 - 13:44, Residents of Gaza City said shelling was heard, on Wednesday morning, in the eastern part of the city, Ma'an News said.

"No Hope" Message From Gideon Levy on Visit to AIC In Beit Sahour
IMEMC - 29 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 29, 2010 - 13:24, Israeli journalist Gideon Levy left a message of no hope, on Tuesday night, during his visit to the Alternative Information Center in Beit Sahour, the PNN reported.

Israeli Bulldozers Demolish Homes In The Negev
IMEMC - 29 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 29, 2010 - 11:29, Israeli bulldozers demolished on Wednesday morning a number of homes that belong to residents of Al Sadeer “unrecognized” Arab village in the Negev.

Palestinian Factions In Gaza Hold A Meeting To Discuss Israeli Threats
IMEMC - 29 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 29, 2010 - 07:15, Palestinian factions in Gaza, except for Fateh, held a meeting on Sunday calling on Arab and international institutions to pressure Israel into halting its violations and escalations against the Palestinian people, especially in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian Killed, Five Injured, As Army Bombards Khan Younis
IMEMC - 29 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 29, 2010 - 06:43, Palestinian medical sources reported on Tuesday evening that one resident was killed, and five others were injured, when the Israeli Army bombarded an area in Khuza'a town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian Developer Intends To Buy Settlement Construction Firm
IMEMC - 29 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 29, 2010 - 05:52, A construction firm headed by Palestinian businessman, Bashar Al Masry, intends to buy an Israeli Construction Firm that builds Jewish settlements in occupied East Jerusalem. The news angered residents of Nuf Zion settlement neighborhood in Jabal Al Mukabber, in East Jerusalem, as the firm supervises the construction there.

PA: Israel continues land confiscations in West Bank
12/29/2010 - YATTA, Hebron (Ma'an) -- Residents of the Saeer village south of Hebron said Wednesday that settlers had begun work on 1,500 dunums of lands confiscated for settlement expansion. Heavy equipments were brought to the area and lands razed, residents said. A day earlier, the PA cabinet condemned what it called "Israeli attacks on Palestinians....

Israel continues Negev home demolitions
12/29/2010 - AS-SADIR, Israel (Ma'an) -- Several homes in the unrecognized Bedouin village of As-Sadir, in Israel's Negev region, were bulldozed to the ground Wednesday morning, President of the Arab Democratic Party in Israel Talab As-Sane reported. The official said the homes belonged to the Al-Freijat family, adding in a statement that the continued....

Settler clashes in northern West Bank
12/29/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Settler clashes broke out in two locations in the northern West Bank on Wednesday, resulting in the destruction of several cars and fire damage to agricultural fields, officials said. In the town of Asira Al-Qibliya south west of Nablus, farmers reported being attacked by settlers from the neighboring settlement of Yitzhar....

Witnesses: Settlers torch tent in Hebron village
12/29/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Settlers attacked a Palestinian village in the south Hebron hills overnight on Tuesday setting fire to a tent, local peace groups reported. Residents of the illegal Suseya settlement threw flaming bottles at a tent in Susiya village, witnesses told Christian Peacemaker Teams and Operation Dove, who maintain a presence in the....

PA: Israel detained 1,100 children in 2010
12/29/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 1,100 Palestinian children in 2010, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Detainees' Affairs said Wednesday. The arrests were concentrated in East Jerusalem, where 500 children were detained, and in Hebron, the ministry found. PA Detainees' Affairs Minister Issa Qaraqe said the high number reflected the Israeli policy....

FIDA denounces raid on Gaza offices
12/29/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza government security forces on Tuesday shut down the Rafah offices of the Palestinian Democratic Union and detained several leaders of the party, the union said. The leftist faction, known as FIDA, said the move was "a violation to national conventions that had prevailed during all the years of the....

Fatah bans Dahlan from meetings
12/29/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Fatah's Central Committee decided Tuesday to continue to ban member Muhammad Dahlan from meetings until an investigation into his conduct is completed. Meeting in Ramallah, the committee appointed Nabil Abu Rudeina to replace Dahlan as Fatah's Media Commissioner, and named Abu Rudeina as the party's....

Military chase sees Beit Ummar teen hospitalized
12/29/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military vehicle's pursuit of a Palestinian vehicle ended in injury on Monday, with 18-year-old Beit Ummar resident Hammad Ahmad Hammad Abu Maria hospitalized, local officials said. Abu Maria was driving the car with one passenger inside, traveling through the Al-Baq'a and A'seeda....

PA: West Bank shops settlement-good free
12/29/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The PA remains on track to achieving a total settlement boycott by 2011, and has already totally removed settlement products from Palestinian shops in the West Bank National Economy Minister Hassan Abu Libdeh told cabinet ministers Tuesday. The official gave the PA cabinet an update during the body's last....

One Gaza crossing opens for goods transport
12/29/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities decided to partially open Gaza's southernmost Kerem Shalom crossing to allow aid and commercial goods into Gaza, crossings officials said. Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said approximately 210 truckloads of goods would be allowed to enter. Five truckloads of strawberries and flowers and one truckload of....

In Israel, warnings to avoid intermarriage
12/29/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- At least 27 Israeli rabbis' wives have signed a letter calling on Jewish women to avoid intermarriage with Arabs and even avoid working alongside Arab men, Israeli media reported on Wednesday. The letter also warns Jewish women they risk falling under the sway of Arab men if they serve alongside them in....

Youth groups paint murals in to mark Gaza war
12/29/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two youth groups in Gaza marked the second anniversary of Israel's war on the Strip by painting murals on the walls of the destroyed government compound in Gaza City. The Cultural Club and Free Spectrum organized the activity, commemorating the 22-day offensive which left more than 1,400....

Israeli MK proposes killing Bedouin smugglers
12/29/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli Knesset member Ya'akov Katz on Tuesday proposed putting "a bullet into the head" of Bedouins who lead convoys of foreign workers entering Israel illegally, the Hebrew-language daily reported. Katz, who heads the Committee on Foreign workers, presented his plan to residents of Tel Aviv's southern neighborhoods....

Gaza City residents report shelling
12/29/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Locals in Gaza City said shelling was heard east of the city center near the border with Israel on Wednesday morning. Israeli army officials said they were not familiar with any military activity in the area, and medics said no injuries were reported. Wednesday afternoon the armed wing of the....

PFLP fighters say fired on Israeli forces
12/29/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Abu Mustafa Ali Brigades, announced Wednesday afternoon that its fighters had opened fire on Israeli soldiers carrying out maintenance work in northern Beit Hanoun. The armed group said in a statement that it would "stick to the....

PA looks to expand free-trade networks
12/29/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority Cabinet on Tuesday instructed a committee to complete negotiations for economic cooperation with South American trade bloc Mercosur. In mid-December, Mercosur - which comprises Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay - agreed to negotiate a free-trade agreement with the Palestinian Authority. The start of negotiations was followed by a series of....

PA to update Palestinian registry, include East Jlem
12/29/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian government officials in Ramallah announced Tuesday a plan to update the Palestinian Authority's National Registry, and upgrade the database to an electronic model. The decision, announced during the PA's weekly cabinet meeting, was ratified based on the recommendations of the National Committee to update the registrar....

Army arrests 1 in Nablus village raid
12/29/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers raided a Nablus village on Wednesday and detained a 20-year-old resident, locals said. Ghareeb Ref'et E'zat Amir was detained after forces searched his home in Kafr Qalil. He was taken to an unknown location. An Israeli military spokeswoman said Amir was detained on suspicion....

In photos: Wall art pops up in West Bank
12/29/2010 - MaanImages / Khaleel Reash - Spanish artists paint on the Israeli separation barrier in the West Bank cities of Bethlehem and Qalqiliya, taking time to plant an olive tree near the site of their work in the latter on December 26, 2010. The artists, members of Mujeres Artistas Por La Paz (Artist Women for Peace) were in....

Jenin resident detained at Allenby Bridge
12/29/2010 - JENIN (Ma'an) - Israeli forces detained on Wednesday a resident of Jenin at the Allenby Bridge crossing, the local detainees' center said. Mustapha Abu Rihan, from Tamoun village, was detained as he returned to the West Bank from Jordan, the center said. Center director Mahmoud Sawafta condemned the detention and the practices of....

Spanish band plays at Hebron school
12/29/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A Spanish band on Monday gave a concert at a Hebron school for students who must cross military checkpoints every day. The band performed at Corboda elementary school in Hebron's Old City. The school was named after the Andalusian city in southern Spain. The musicians played several compositions and....

Palestinian leader to lay first stone of Brazil embassy
12/29/2010 - RAMALLAH (AFP) - President Mahmoud Abbas was to travel to Brazil later on Wednesday to lay the symbolic foundation stone of a Palestinian embassy in Brasilia. The ceremony is to take place on Friday and comes after Brazil announced it was recognizing a Palestinian state based on the borders which existed before the 1967 Six-Day War....

Fayyad signs funding agreement with EU
12/29/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Wednesday signed a €31 million financing agreement with the European Union to support the Palestinian Authority's state building plan. The support aims to sustain the PA's public services and strengthen institutions for a future state, according to a statement from the....

Gaza factions meet over Israel tensions
12/29/2010 - GAZA CITY (AFP) - Hamas, the militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, called a meeting of Palestinian factions overnight as tension rises along the border with Israel, a source told AFP. In past weeks, Palestinian militants have fired a series of rockets into southern Israel and the Israeli military has launched retaliatory air raids. At....

Presidential decree appoints Al-Fetyani governor of Jericho
12/29/2010 - JERICHO (Ma'an)-- President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree on Tuesday appointing Majed Al-Fetyani governor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley, after his predecessor Kamel Hamid was appointed governor of Hebron. Former Hebron governor Hussein Al-Araj was named to an advisory post in the office of the President in November. Al-Fetyani had previously served....

Hamas: PA detains 7 supporters
12/29/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas officials in the West Bank accused Palestinian security forces of detaining seven party affiliates in a statement issued on Wednesday. The Islamist party said the men were detained in Nablus, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Qalqiliya, and accused the PA of continuing its policy of detaining Hamas members for political reasons....

Ministry closes 4 kindergartens
12/29/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority Social Affairs Ministry closed four kindergartens on Wednesday which failed to meet government standards, Minister Majida Al-Masry announced. The kindergartens had failed to improve conditions despite warnings from the ministry, Al-Masry said. The minister stressed the importance of monitoring educational facilities to ensure they meet health and safety....

Man found hanged in Qalqiliya garden
12/29/2010 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- The body of a Palestinian man was found hanged in his garden in Azun village south of Qalqiliya on Wednesday, police said. Fawzi Saleh Al-Sheikh, in his twenties, was known as a truck driver in the region, locals said. The man's body was transferred to the Dr Darwish Hospital....

Fayyad: Palestinians seek more than a 'Facebook state'
Ha'aretz - Palestinian PM responds to comment by Danny Ayalon that recognition of Palestine by foreign countries was similar to clicking 'like' on Facebook.

Report: Accused Egyptian spy says Israel paid Syrian agent for nuclear plan details
Ha'aretz - According to Egyptian media, the official's information led to Israel's alleged bombing of a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007.

Erekat: We want UN settlement condemnation, not recognition for state
Ha'aretz - Chief PA negotiator says 'Israeli government is witnessing an international isolation that it hasn't witnessed before.'

Deputy PM: West has three years to stop Iran nuclear program
Ha'aretz - Moshe Ya'alon says Iran remains the government's biggest worry, hopes for success of U.S.-led actions against Teheran., Fatah investigating Mohammed Dahlan's financial assets as well as accusations Dahlan incited against PA President Mahmoud Abbas., IDF says soldiers opened fire at a number of suspected militants who were approaching the Israel-Gaza border to plant explosives.

Report: Egypt seizes anti-aircraft missiles destined for Gaza
Ha'aretz - Egyptian security forces found a weapons stockpile, including the missiles, in an abandoned warehouse in Sinai, Palestinian media reported.

PA: Israel detained 1,100 children in 2010
Uruknet December 29, 2010 -- Israeli forces detained 1,100 Palestinian children in 2010, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Detainees' Affairs said Wednesday. The arrests were concentrated in East Jerusalem, where 500 children were detained, and in Hebron, the ministry found. PA Detainees' Affairs Minister Issa Qaraqe said the high number reflected the Israeli policy to systematically pursue children, particularly in...

Students for Justice in Palestine condemns US government witch hunt
Uruknet December 29, 2010 - As students at over fifty American universities, we unequivocally condemn the abuse of grand jury subpoenas to chill the exercise of First Amendment rights by university students and anti-war activists speaking and organizing against Israel's continued oppression of the Palestinian people. Since 24 September 2010, the FBI has served at least 24 grand jury subpoenas...

Gaza Patients Access to Medical Treatment AbroadIsrael disregards its legal obligation towards civilians, including patients in Gaza
Uruknet December 29, 2010 - The Gaza Strip constitutes an integral part of the territory occupied by Israel in 1967. Therefore, as Israel maintains effective control over the Strip it represents an occupying power and must uphold its legal obligations in its treatment of the population, including ensuring and facilitating effective access to medical treatment for patients. However, facts on...

Brief Report on: On-going Displacement: Gaza’s Displaced Two Years after the War, Gaza December 27th 2010
Uruknet December 29, 2010 - Two years after Israel’s aggression on the Gaza Strip (Operation Cast Lead), tens of thousands of Gaza residents continue to live a life of displacement. While the United Nations (UN) agencies and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have had the willingness and resources to support the re-construction of the houses Israel destroyed during the war, Israel...

Israeli Courts Used As Instruments of Political Coercion
Uruknet December 29, 2010 - Two recent 'show trials’ provide clear evidence that the course of justice is being perverted in Israel, with coercion applied purposefully to intimidate those who challenge zionist brutality, land theft and ethnic cleansing. High profile Jewish activist, Jonathan Pollak, attended court two days ago. Bearing witness in court were a throng of journalists and supporters....

Israeli politician urges "a shot in the head" for Bedouins
Uruknet December 29, 2010 - A Knesset member describes illegal immigration into Israel as "demographic terrorism" and called upon the Israeli military to execute Bedouins who aid the immigrants with "a shot in the head". A prominent Israeli member of the Knesset has called for the killing of all Bedouins in Sinai involved in smuggling people into the country. The...

Israel Hardens Repression as Palestinian Recognition Increases
Uruknet December 29, 2010 - On December 24, Ecuador became the fifth Latin American country to recognize "the Palestine state as free and independent within its borders since 1967." An accompanying statement said: "Sadly, the Middle East continues to face wars and violent events that have led to the death of many innocent people, a situation contrary to the humane...

Gaza farmers pack strawberries and hope for export
Uruknet December 29, 2010 - On a Wednesday afternoon, farmers bearing cartons of strawberries lined up in front of the office of a local agricultural organization in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya. "This is a moment that fills me with hope," said Ibrahim al-Musallami, 58, one of the farmers. "I hope I will be able to resume...

Israeli army: leave Khirbet Tana or else
Uruknet 29 December 2010 - Last week, the Israeli army ordered the inhabitants of a small shepherd village near Nablus to vacate the premises because their homes were to be demolished. The village was destroyed, but Khirbet Tana’s men are still there, every day welcoming PA officials and NGO and international organisations’ workers coming to assess the rebuilding costs. They...

Palestinian Killed, Five Injured, As Israeli Army Bombards Khan Younis
Uruknet December 29, 2010 - Palestinian medical sources reported on Tuesday evening that one resident was killed, and five others were injured, when the Israeli Army bombarded an area in Khuza'a town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Adham Abu Salmiyya, spokesperson of the Medical and Emergency Services in Gaza, reported that the army...

UAE 'held back full story of hotel assassination'
Uruknet December 29, 2010 - Authorities in the United Arab Emirates hesitated for nine days before deciding to reveal details of the assassination of Hamas militant Mahmoud al-Mabouh in a Dubai hotel in January, cables published by WikiLeaks reveal. The eventual revelation by Dubai police of their suspicions over the killing exploded into a worldwide row which in which Israel...

Video: I Shall Not HateDr. Izzeldin Abuelaish tells the story of the death of his daughters during the Israeli attack on Gaza
Uruknet Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian medical doctor who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee Camp. Dr. Izzeldin has written a book called "I Shall Not Hate" published in April 2010 about his three daughters who were killed during the Gaza tragedy of January 2009...

Israeli MK proposes killing Bedouin smugglers
Uruknet December 29, 2010 - Israeli Knesset member Ya'akov Katz on Tuesday proposed putting "a bullet into the head" of Bedouins who lead convoys of foreign workers entering Israel illegally, the Hebrew-language daily reported. Katz, who heads the Committee on Foreign workers, presented his plan to residents of Tel Aviv's southern neighborhoods who attended a Knesset meeting to lobby for "...

Report: 44% of Israeli Jews support rabbis' edict forbidding rentals to Arabs in Safed
Uruknet December 28, 2010 - A new survey has revealed that 44% of Jewish Israelis support rabbis' calls to refrain from renting apartments to Arabs in Safed. Less than half - 48% - of Jews in the country oppose these calls. The revealing survey was conducted by the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew...

Top Fatah body revokes Dahlan's powers
Uruknet December 28, 2010 - The Central Fatah Committee decided yesterday to freeze the membership of Mohammad Dahlan in the group's top decision-making body until an investigative committee completes its inquiries into the Fatah leader on variouus charges. Dahlan will no longer be allowed to attend the meetings of the Fatah Central Committee...

Barrier separates Palestinian farmers from their land
Uruknet December 28, 2010 - Even after he dies, 63-year-old Ahmed Barghout worries that Israel's separation barrier will be a burden on him. Construction recently started on the section of the sprawling network of barbed-wire fence and concrete wall that when completed will encircle his village of Walajeh, in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem. So far, the barrier is little more than...

Let Iran go nuclear. I want light in my apartment!
Uruknet December 28, 2010 - ...Lebanese politics is geopolitics and although nobody in Lebanon seems to care about politics, it affects everybody at one point or another. We were victims of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon - the Hariri tribunal investigating the assassination of the Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 - and affected by the question if Iran's...

Gallery Patrons Ejected Over Gaza Flotilla T-Shirts
Uruknet December 28, 2010 - Four activists were forced to leave an art gallery in New York this month for wearing T-shirts promoting an effort to include an American boat in the next blockade-challenging Gaza flotilla. The incident came on the final day of an exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery called "Next Year in Jerusalem," featuring pieces by the German...

'Shin Bet tortures prisoners and denies access to lawyers'
Uruknet December 28, 2010 - As many as 90 percent of Palestinian prisoners being interrogated by the Shin Bet security service are prevented from consulting with an attorney, even though civilian and military legislation state clearly that such prohibition should be rarely applied, according to a report published by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel and the Palestinian Prisoners'...

Israeli leaders, soldiers fear arrest over Gaza War Crimes
29 Dec 2010 - Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli newspaper, Jerusalem Post, published a report warning Israeli soldiers from travelling abroad. The warning is built upon great concerns that they might be arrested of war crimes they have committed in the last war perpetrated against Gaza civilians.

Racist Israeli Knesset member calls for killing all Bedouins in Sinai
29 Dec 2010 - London, (Pal Telegraph) -A Knesset member describes illegal immigration into Israel as "demographic terrorism" and called upon the Israeli military to execute Bedouins who aid the immigrants with "a shot in the head". A prominent Israeli member of the Knesset has called for the killing of all Bedouins in Sinai involved in smuggling people into the country.

Palestinians turn to UN for support
AlJazeera 29 Dec 2010 - Proposed draft resolution calls on Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements after impasse over US-brokered talks.

Iran halts oil sales to India
AlJazeera 29 Dec 2010 - Trade row escalates as new rules from New Delhi prompt Tehran to refuse payments for crude.

Iran court: Man to lose eye and ear
AlJazeera 29 Dec 2010 - In a literal interpretation of its eye-for-an eye law, an Iranian court orders a man to lose an eye and part of an ear.

Fatah suspends 'strongman' Dahlan
AlJazeera 29 Dec 2010 - Palestinian faction bans former Gaza security chief from its meetings as it embarks on internal probe into his affairs.

Detained journalist questions right to freedom of speech for Palestinians
The Guardian 29 Dec 2010 - West Bank security forces allegedly held George Canawati for five days after he reported on tensions within Fatah party An independent West Bank journalist detained for five days by Palestinian security forces after broadcasting a news...

Belonging to the land, not owning it
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - JERUSALEM - Even back in those tempestuous years of the 1960's and 1970's when the possibility of peace was just a dream in the minds and heart of a few, Arie "Lova" Eliav and Issam Sartawi...

Familiar enemies
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - JERUSALEM - Israelis and Palestinians will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the world's most bitter arch enemies. To the world, the word "Palestinian" is automatically associated with "Israeli" and vice versa. However, a...

Poll: Israelis split over ban on renting to Arabs
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - Arabiya - Israeli Jews are divided over a call by rabbis for Jews to avoid renting or selling property to non-Jews, with 44 percent in favor, and 48 percent opposed, a new poll showed Tuesday. The...

"Do not date non-Jews," warns Israeli rabbis wives
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - Arabiya - At least 27 Israeli rabbis' wives have signed a letter calling on Jewish women to avoid intermarriage with Arabs and even avoid working alongside Arab men, Israeli media reported on Wednesday. Read Full Article...

Israeli authorities deny Palestinian prisoners access to lawyers
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - The Guardian - Palestinian detainees are systematically denied the right to meet a lawyer during interrogations by Shin Bet, the Israeli internal security service, according to a report published today by an Israeli and a Palestinian...

Detained journalist questions right to freedom of speech for Palestinians
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - The Guardian - An independent West Bank journalist detained for five days by Palestinian security forces after broadcasting a news item relating to frictions within the ruling Fatah party has questioned the extent to which freedom...

On Palestine, the US is a rogue state
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - John Whitbeck, The Guardian - On 17 December, Bolivia extended diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine within its full pre-1967 borders (all of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem). Coming soon...

Erekat: We want UN settlement condemnation, not recognition for state
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - The Palestinian Authority’s chief negotiator Saeb Erekat denied Wednesday he had claimed the PA would ask the United Nations Security Council to recognize an independent Palestinian state as early as January, saying that he...

Israel says London home to Hamas hub
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - Arabiya - Israel's defense ministry has accused a London-based Palestinian centre of "terror-affiliated activities" and being the organizational arm of the militant Islamic Hamas movement in Europe. Read Full Article

Egypt permits 'Asia 1' convoy entry into Gaza
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - Al Masry Al Youm - Egyptian authorities have given the Gaza-bound humanitarian aid convoy "Asia 1" permission to cross into the Gaza Strip through its Rafah border crossing, the Middle East News Agency (MENA) said on...

Alleged Egyptian spy for Israel: Mossad planned to recruit, kill Palestinian financier
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - Al Masry Al Youm - Investigations into the espionage case of Tarek Abdel Razek Hussein revealed that the Israeli Intelligence Agency Mossad tried to recruit a Palestinian business tycoon who finances the Palestinian resistance. Hussein said...

Abbas heads to Brazil to found Palestinian embassy
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - Arabiya - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will travel to Brazil on Wednesday to lay the symbolic foundation stone of a Palestinian embassy in Brasilia. The ceremony is to take place on Friday and comes after Brazil...

Palestinians to take settlement battle to UN
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - Arabiya - The Palestinians will ask the U.N. Security Council in the coming days to condemn Israeli settlement construction, a senior Palestinian official said Wednesday, part of a growing Palestinian campaign to rally international pressure against...

Fayyad: Palestinians seek more than a "Facebook state"
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - Palestinians expect wider recognition of their statehood in the coming year and it will mean more than the mere "Facebook state" predicted by Israel's deputy foreign minister, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said on...

Gaza factions meet over Israel tensions
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - Maan - Hamas, the militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, called a meeting of Palestinian factions overnight as tension rises along the border with Israel, a source told AFP. In past weeks, Palestinian militants have...

PA looks to expand free-trade network
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - Maan - The Palestinian Authority Cabinet on Tuesday instructed a committee to complete negotiations for economic cooperation with South American trade bloc Mercosur. In mid-December, Mercosur - which comprises Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay - agreed...

PA: West Bank shops settlement-good free
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - Maan - The PA remains on track to achieving a total settlement boycott by 2011, and has already totally removed settlement products from Palestinian shops in the West Bank National Economy Minister Hassan Abu Libdeh told...

Israel continues Negev home demolitions
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - Maan - Several homes in the unrecognized Bedouin village of As-Sadir, in Israel's Negev region, were bulldozed to the ground Wednesday morning, President of the Arab Democratic Party in Israel Talab As-Sane reported. Read Full Article...

World music Israeli style: Idan Raichel Project
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - BBC News - "If I got an invitation to perform from the president of Syria or the prime minister of Lebanon, I would be the first to go," says Idan Raichel, one of Israel's biggest-selling musicians....

Israel - Iran nuclear bomb 'still three years away'
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - BBC News - Iran's nuclear programme has been hit by technical problems, and it could be still three years away from making a bomb, an Israeli minister has said. The statement came a month after Iran...

The tragedy of a two-state solution
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - Ahmad Tibi, Washington Times - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is toying with the Obama administration, professing an interest in peace while doing his utmost to stymie a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is...

Record pilgrims in Bethlehem for Christmas
Palestine Note 29 Dec 2010 - AFP - Bethlehem hosted a record number of pilgrims this Christmas, Palestinian officials said Saturday as tens of thousands flocked to celebrate in the birthplace of Jesus. With thousands still heading to the West Bank city...

Ecuador becomes fifth Latin American country to recognize Palestinian state
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - Ecuador President Rafael Correa formally recognized Palestine as an independent state on Friday, following its neighboring countries Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay earlier this month, French news agency AFP reported. Read Full Article Photo:...

Israeli companies to help build first modern Palestinian city
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - About 20 Israeli suppliers will help build the first modern Palestinian city in the West Bank but only after promising they will not use products or services from Israeli settlements, the project's developer said...

UAE considered keeping Mabhouh hit under wraps, WikiLeaks cables reveal
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - The United Arab Emirates chose to release details of a Hamas leader's assassination in Dubai nearly a year ago, after deciding silence would be seen as siding with Israel, U.S. cables released by WikiLeaks...

Gaza cabinet shuffle deepens division, factions say
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 - Maan - Independent faction the Popular Struggle Front urged Gaza government Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh not to go ahead with a planned cabinet shuffle, saying Sunday that the move would only deepen division with the West...

Report: UK may upgrade PLO diplomats
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 - Maan - Officials in London may support an elevation of the diplomatic status of PLO officials in Britain and raise the status of the Palestinian representative's office to a full diplomatic mission, Israel's daily news site...

Initiative seeks end to politically motivated arrests
Palestine Note 28 Dec 2010 - Maan - The association of independent Palestinian figures in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip announced Friday an initiative sponsored by Egypt to end politically motivated arrests, which Fatah and Hamas practice reciprocally. Read Full...

Israeli Settlers Set Fire to a House-Tent in the Palestinian Village of Susiya
Alternative Information Center - On the night of  28 December 2010, Israeli settlers attacked the Palestinian village of Susiya, setting fire to a house-tent .

Settlers Attack Reuters Journalist's Car South of Hebron
PNN - Hebron – PNN - On Wednesday evening settlers attacked a car carrying two journalists, one from Reuters and another from “Ball Media,” as they took pictures on the road east of Yatta...

Poll: 33% of Palestinians Confident Economic Status Will Improve in 2011
PNN - Jerusalem – PNN - According to a comprehensive new poll released by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO) and authored by Dr. Nabil Kukali, 33.2% of Palestinians believe their economic situations...

Dutch Government Cuts Funding for Cordaid, NGO Involved in Palestine
PNN - The Hague – PNN - The Dutch Non-governmental Organization (NGO) Catholic Organization for Development Cooperation, or Cordaid, became the latest victim of both the European trend toward austerity and a rightward leaning...

Israel Demolishes Industrial Buildings North of Jerusalem, Settlers Uproot 30 Olive Trees
PNN - Jerusalem – PNN - Citing lack of license and proximity to a military crossing, Israeli forces demolished an agricultural storehouse, a gas station, and several other industrial buildings in the Palestinian village...

Al-Aqsa Brigades Announce Official Ceasefire with Israel
PNN - Gaza City – PNN - The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the armed wing of the Fatah party, announced on Wednesday an official ceasefire with Israel. Ayhab Maqdad, the leader of the brigades, said...

Erekat Denies Palestine Will Ask for UN Statehood Recognition in January 2011
PNN - Jericho – PNN - Chief Palestinian negotiator Dr. Saeb Erekat denied earlier reports from the Deutsch Press Agency (DPA) that he told a group of reporters in the West Bank city of...

Analysis: Ups and downs in Europe-Israel 2010 ties
Jeruslalem Post 29 Dec 2010 - Tougher Iran stance, harsh criticism of flotilla raid mark relationship; Europe’s tango with Israel will continue to be filled with rocky dance steps.

US against anti-settlement resolution in Security Council
Jeruslalem Post 29 Dec 2010 - Palestinian Authority looking for draft calling settlements "illegal"; Israel dismisses claims of isolation, noting Arabs from the region come here for medical treatment.

Massive offshore reserve holds $45b in natural gas
Jeruslalem Post 29 Dec 2010 - Noble Energy: Israel has potential to be gas-exporting nation; Landau: Greatest earnings to be felt by citizens of Israel; GDP increases 4.5%.

It’s fight or flight
Jeruslalem Post 29 Dec 2010 - The 2006 Second Lebanon War found Israel woefully unprepared for the Islamist enemy and its new battlefield tactics, says Jonathan Spyer.

US expresses opposition to discussing settlements in UNSC
Jeruslalem Post 29 Dec 2010 - State Department spokesman says “final status issues can only be resolved” through direct negotiations, after PA prepares draft resolution asking UNSC to declare settlements illegal.

Dahlan returning to West Bank to answer coup charges
Jeruslalem Post 29 Dec 2010 - Source close to Dahlan accuses Abbas of being “paranoid”; Fatah Central Committee suspends former Fatah security commander.

Dahlan says returning to West Bank to answer coup charges
Jeruslalem Post 29 Dec 2010 - Source close to Dahlan accuses Abbas of being “paranoid”; Fatah Central Committee suspends former Fatah security commander.

IDF warns reservists to be wary when traveling abroad
Jeruslalem Post 29 Dec 2010 - Hizbullah, Iran may be targeting officers, army says; advises to avoid routine, like shopping, when overseas.

Palestinians target settlements in UN resolution
Jeruslalem Post 29 Dec 2010 - Draft resolution says settlements "major obstacle to peace," calls for continued negotiations; Erekat denies reports PA to seek UNSC recognition of Palestinian state.

Barak slams "wave of racism" in rabbi, rebbetzin letters
Jeruslalem Post 29 Dec 2010 - Says Labor Party "working on outreach between all Israeli citizens, from all groups;" Reform women rabbis issue counter-letter.

2010: 'Ajami' at the Oscars as housing shortages run wild
Jeruslalem Post 29 Dec 2010 - A year in review: Where will the issue of affordable housing take Israel in 2011, after a year of gentrification in the Arab sector?

Erekat denies earlier report on PA proposal to UN
Jeruslalem Post 29 Dec 2010 - Chief Palestinian negotiator initially said PA will request the UN Security Council unilaterally recognize Palestinian state along 1967 borders; says report was erroneous, PA will demand settlement criticism.

Year in Review: Most read 'Post' opinion articles of 2010
Jeruslalem Post 29 Dec 2010 - Six dealt with the Obama administration and US-Israel relations and nine out of 10 were written as reactions to attacks on Israel or Jews.

Assad: Israel has extremist gov't not interested in peace
Jeruslalem Post 29 Dec 2010 - Syrian President says 'occupation' source of all Arab world's ills; doesn't think Iran wants nuclear weapons.

Iran hangs man convicted of spying for Israel
Jeruslalem Post 28 Dec 2010 - Teheran prosecutor says man was arrested several times for espionage; received $60,000 for information on military, Revolutionary Guard navigation systems.

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

Beit Hanoun demonstration commemorates 'Cast Lead' as victims' families mourn
12/29/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - 28 December, ISM, Gaza - A demonstration commemorating the beginning of "Operation Cast Lead" was held Tuesday in the Gazan city of Beit Hanoun. Families of victims were in attendance, as were 5 International Solidarity Movement activists. Two years have passed since the Israeli attacks on Gaza, which killed over 1400 people in just 23 days....

Fayyad: Palestinians seek more than a 'Facebook state'
Ha'aretz 29 Dec 2010 - Palestinian PM responds to comment by Danny Ayalon that recognition of Palestine by foreign countries was similar to clicking 'like' on Facebook.

Report: Accused Egyptian spy says Israel paid Syrian agent for nuclear plan details
Ha'aretz 29 Dec 2010 - According to Egyptian media, the official's information led to Israel's alleged bombing of a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007.

Erekat: We want UN settlement condemnation, not recognition for state
Ha'aretz 29 Dec 2010 - Chief PA negotiator says 'Israeli government is witnessing an international isolation that it hasn't witnessed before.'

Deputy PM: West has three years to stop Iran nuclear program
Ha'aretz 29 Dec 2010 - Moshe Ya'alon says Iran remains the government's biggest worry, hopes for success of U.S.-led actions against Teheran., Fatah investigating Mohammed Dahlan's financial assets as well as accusations Dahlan incited against PA President Mahmoud Abbas., IDF says soldiers opened fire at a number of suspected militants who were approaching the Israel-Gaza border to plant explosives.

Report: Egypt seizes anti-aircraft missiles destined for Gaza
Ha'aretz 29 Dec 2010 - Egyptian security forces found a weapons stockpile, including the missiles, in an abandoned warehouse in Sinai, Palestinian media reported.

Palestinian activist withdraws appeal of order banning him from Jerusalem
Ha'aretz - The IDF Home Front commander banned Adnan Jith from Jerusalem for four months, saying he threatens public order.

Prosecutors' strike nears end as negotiations reach breakthrough
Ha'aretz - According to possible agreement with the finance ministry, state prosecutors would receive immediate pay rise of 12 percent.

Arad man suspected of murdering his wife
Ha'aretz - 30-year-old woman was found lying lying on a street with a severe head injury; the woman had complained to police about her husband.

Supreme Court chief criticizes state for its management of prosecutors' strike
Ha'aretz - Dorit Beinisch questions why the Finance Ministry has not conducted talks with state prosecutors under the auspices of the Labor Court.

Barak: Anti-Arab letters by rabbis and rabbis’ wives leading Israel into dark place
Ha'aretz - During the last month, several letters have been published urging Jews not to date, lease or rent to Arabs, African refugees or migrant workers.

Hundreds pay tribute to Israeli soccer legend Avi Cohen
Ha'aretz - Cohen, 54, died Wednesday morning, after he had been in coma for eight days due to a motorcycle accident near Tel Aviv.

Israeli population stands at 7,695,000 at end of 2010
Ha'aretz - Central Bureau of Statistics: 75.4% of population is Jewish, 20.4% is Arab and 4.2% is of other ethnicity.

Ballroom dance teacher arrested on suspicion of assaulting teenage pupils
Ha'aretz - Arrest came after teenage girl accused 44-year-old instructor of raping her.

Brothers arrested for allegedly attempting to extort contracting company
Ha'aretz - Police say arrest is part of larger crime trend of extorting money at building sites; undercover cops have been placed with workers to combat the trend.

Israel's top Reform rabbi: Israeli society falling into deep pit of racism
Ha'aretz - Rabbi Gilad Kariv condemns letter by 30 rabbis' wives calling on Jewish girls to stay away from Arab men.

More than 19,000 Jews move to Israel in 2010
Ha'aretz - About 7,700 new immigrants came from former Soviet Union; around half that many came from North America.

Palestinians Will Ask UN Security Council to Condemn Settlements
Relief Web 29 Dec 2010 - Source: Voice of America

OPT: UPDATED URGENT APPEAL - Shooting of children collecting building gravel
Relief Web 29 Dec 2010 - Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section

Additional €31 million from the EU to support the PA's drive to build the institutions of the future Palestinian State
Relief Web 29 Dec 2010 - Source: European Union

OPT: UAE Red Crescent brings new life to old camp in Aleppo
Relief Web 29 Dec 2010 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

'Saudis, Syria proposed Hariri-Hezbollah compromise'
YNet News - Beirut media outlets report compromise offer drafted by King Abdullah, Assad....

Minister: West has 3 years to rein in Iran
YNet News - Deputy PM Yaalon estimates US–led action against Tehran 'will include areas....

London is home to Hamas hub, says Israel
YNet News - Defense Ministry says Palestinian Return Center in north London involved in....

Abbas to lay cornerstone of Palestinian embassy in Brazil
YNet News - Palestinian president to hold ceremony following Brasilia's decision to....

Katsav 'confident' ahead of verdict
YNet News - The Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday will deliver its verdict in one of the most important trial in the history of the State of Israel. Four years, five months and 22 .......

PA targets settlements in UN resolution
YNet News - The Palestinians will ask the United Nations Security Council in the coming days to condemn Israeli settlement construction, according a copy of the draft resolution .......

IDF officers warned of Iranian revenge
YNet News - Israel Defense Forces reserve officer are urged to take extra precautions following the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists: A detailed letter was sent Wednesday .......

Erekat: I did not say PA will ask UN to recognize state
YNet News - Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat denied saying that the Palestinians will ask the United Nations Security Council to unilaterally recognize an independent .......

Video Summary of 2010
B'tselem 28 Dec 2010 - In a video clip to mark the end of 2010, B'Tselem makes 6 wishes for the coming year

US travel chaos continues after ‘Snowpocalypse’
Daily Star 29 Dec 2010 Palestinians expect wider recognition of their statehood in the coming year and it will mean more than the mere “Facebook state,” Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Wednesday as Palestinian officials said they plan to ask the...

Fayyad: Palestinians seek more than a Facebook state
Daily Star 29 Dec 2010 Palestinians expect wider recognition of their statehood in the coming year and it will mean more than the mere “Facebook state,” Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Wednesday as Palestinian officials said they plan to ask the...

Gaza factions meet over rising Israel tensions
Daily Star 29 Dec 2010 GAZA CITY: Hamas called a meeting of Palestinian factions overnight as tension rises along the border with Israel, a source told AFP Wednesday.Tensions have been rising on Gaza’s border over retaliatory and often deadly Israeli air...

Croatian MPs back reshuffled government
Daily Star 29 Dec 2010 ZAGREB: Croatia’s Parliament backed Wednesday a reshuffle of Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor’s Cabinet in a bid to revive Croatia’s recession-hit economy.Martina Dalic, an economic expert, is the new finance minister, replacing veteran Ivan Suker who has...

Murder trial for British security contractor opens in Iraq
Daily Star 29 Dec 2010 BAGHDAD: The trial of a British security contractor charged with killing two of his colleagues last year opened Wednesday in Baghdad with testimony from a guard who said the contractor shot him.Danny Fitzsimons, who attended the...

Khatami sees rise in Iran election restrictions
Daily Star 29 Dec 2010 Two-time former president turned opposition backer Mohammad Khatami predicts that more and more “restrictions” will be imposed on elections in Iran, an opposition website reported Wednesday.Khatami said all sections of Iran would take part in future...

Israel plans to demolish homes in Yasul
PIC 29 Dec 2010 - The Wadi Silwan information center revealed Wednesday a wide-ranging Israeli plan to link Jerusalem's Wadi Yasul district with Jewish settlements in Jebel al-Mokabbir.

Israelis replace parts of Jerusalem Old City walls with Jewish symbols
PIC 29 Dec 2010 - Israel in an alleged project to restore and maintain Jerusalem's city walls has replaced some of the structure's original features with stones marked with Jewish biblical symbols.

PA militias kidnap two children east of Qalqiliya
PIC 29 Dec 2010 - The PA security militias stormed on Tuesday Immatin village east of Qalqiliya city and kidnapped two children from their homes and handed another boy a summons from the intelligence apparatus.

Higher national committee slams kidnapping of MP Attal
PIC 29 Dec 2010 - The higher national committee for the support of prisoners denounced Israel for re-kidnapping Palestinian lawmaker Mohamed Attal, saying his detention is a blatant violation of international law.

Analyst Assawaf: Freezing Dahlan's Fatah membership proof of his corruption
PIC 29 Dec 2010 - Political analyst Mustafa Assawaf said that the decision taken by the central committee of Fatah to freeze the membership of Mohamed Dahlan is clear proof of his involvement in many corruption cases.

Bahr praises Arabs after successful parliamentarian tour
PIC 29 Dec 2010 - PLC deputy speaker Ahmed Bahr said the Arabs are doing well, confirming that all of the countries visited responded to Palestinian requests for political, material, and moral support.

About 90 percent of Palestinian prisoners deprived of meeting with lawyers
PIC 29 Dec 2010 - A study issued by the Israeli public committee against torture and the Palestinian prisoner society revealed that the Shin Bet prevents 70 to 90 percent of detainees from meeting with an attorney.

Israel agrees to place Fatah officers at Gaza crossings
PIC 29 Dec 2010 - Israel and the West Bank-governing Fatah authority have reached an agreement to post PA officials at the commercial crossings on the Israeli-Gaza border, Israeli media reported.

IOF troops fire artillery shell in Gaza, detain 7 West Bankers
PIC 29 Dec 2010 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired an artillery shell at an area east of Gaza city at dawn Wednesday without any damage or casualties reported.

Rights groups announce plans to sue PA leaders
PIC 29 Dec 2010 - Rights groups are demanding that the West Bank-ruling Fatah authority releases the six hunger strikers from its prisons, and have announced plans to prosecute PA security militia leaders.

B'Tselem's Video Summary of 2010
Palestine Monitor - With six wished for the new year, Israeli human rights group B'Tselem summarizes its work in throughout Palestine through clips from field videographers. B'Tselem

Israeli army: leave Khirbet Tana or else
Palestine Monitor - Last week, the Israeli army ordered the inhabitants of a small shepherd village near Nablus to vacate the premises because their homes were to be demolished. The village was destroyed, but Khirbet Tana's men are still there, every day welcoming PA officials and NGO and international...

‘The Palestine Cables’: Other countries want to ’smoke out’ Israel on NPT and Mossad use of passports
Mondoweiss - Whether it's the Mossad's use of foreign passports or the refusal to open up about its nuclear weapons program, Israel is developing a reputation as a rogue state.  Some of the nearly 2,000 secret State Department cables so far released by WikiLeaks and its media partners...

Lanny Davis drops Ivory Coast account
Mondoweiss - Ben Smith reports at Politico ... He has Lanny Davis's letter of resignation. This is almost as good as the Marc Rich scandal... He blames the Africans for not picking up the phone. I thought it was spelled Abidjan? Unfortunately, as you know, the decision was made...

Gaza was #11 in the long sad caravan of Israel’s wars of regime change
Mondoweiss - This is a crosspost from Helena Cobban 's Just World News: This week is the start of the 22-day-long second anniversary of Operation Cast Lead-- a.k.a. # 11 in the long, sad caravan of wars of forced regime change that Israel has launched against its neighbors since...

Am I allowed to be a Palestinian Jew?
Mondoweiss - Two brothers are on the couch next to me, speaking rapid Arabic and sipping their beers. Though they look white, they have no discernible accent and to my ear, their Arabic is flawless. I assume they're Arab, even though there's something not-quite-Arab about them. But this...

Cast truth
Mondoweiss - The human rights attorney Michael Sfard on Cast Lead, at Coteret (original in Hebrew at Ynet): Operation Cast Lead was our second war of independence. In the first, we freed ourselves of 2,000 years of living under and being oppressed by foreign regimes. In the second,...

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