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Rescue personnel evacuating the wounded from the scene of the suicide bombing in Tel Aviv on Monday, 3/17/2006. (Nir Kafri/Ha'aretz) Factions review unity deal in Gaza
4/30/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Fatah and Hamas met with factions on Saturday in Gaza on Saturday to discuss the reconciliation agreement reached in Cairo to reunite the Palestinian territories. Islamic Jihad invited the parties to its Gaza City offices to review the details of the surprise agreement. It was the first meeting between Hamas....

Benefits of Voter Registration of All Palestinians
PNN - Hugo van Randwyck - PNN - Voter registration of all Palestinians – West Bank, Gaza, refugees, diaspora – will help with unity, Unity Elections, help the world ‘see and hear’ the refugees/diaspora,...

Muslim Brotherhood to contest half of Egypt parliament
Jeruslalem Post 30 Apr 2011 - Group says it will not field a candidate in presidential elections; ruling shura council decides to contest between 45-50% of seats.

[uruknet.info] Factions review unity deal in Gaza
Uruknet April 30, 2011 - Fatah and Hamas met with factions on Saturday in Gaza on Saturday to discuss the reconciliation agreement reached in Cairo to reunite the Palestinian territories. Islamic Jihad invited the parties to its Gaza City offices to review the details of the surprise agreement. It was the first meeting between Hamas and Fatah since the...

[uruknet.info] Fatah Hamas reconciliation part of broader strategic realignment by Egypt
Uruknet April 30, 2011 - On Wednesday, Egypt announced that Fatah and Hamas, the rival Palestinian parties, had agreed a "reconciliation deal" whereby they will form an interim unity government and fix a date for elections following further talks in Cairo. While Egypt has long been trying to broker a deal, its ability to get an agreement is part...

UN's Ban 'cautiously welcomes' Palestinian unity deal
YNet News, 30 Apr 2011 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he hopes Palestinian factions' reconciliation....

Resistance factions desire to co-sign reconciliation deal
PIC - Palestinian resistance factions have praised the Hamas-Fatah national unity agreement as well as Egyptian efforts to achieve Palestinian unity.

Arab League blesses reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah
PIC - The Arab League welcomed the agreement on the Palestinian reconciliation that was initially signed last Wednesday by Hamas and Fatah factions in Cairo.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood creates political party
LA Times 30 Apr 2011 - A popular Islamic movement long banned and called a terrorist group, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood says the new party will put forward candidates in parliamentary elections scheduled for September. The Muslim Brotherhood, the popular Islamic movement long banned from politics by former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak,...

Fatah Hamas reconciliation part of broader strategic realignment by Egypt
WSWS - By Jean Shaoul, April 30, 2011, Egypt announced that Fatah and Hamas, the rival Palestinian parties, had agreed a “reconciliation deal” to form an interim unity government and fix a date for elections.

Is Israel's Rightwing in Eric Cantor's District?
Sabbah report 30 Apr 2011 - Cantor is listed on Maplight.org as the top recipient of campaign money from "pro-Israel" groups in the U.S. House of Representatives, having taken in over $200,000. These groups, most of them affiliated with AIPAC, dump tens of millions of dollars into U.S. elections each cycle. And...

Masha'al, Abbas to sign unity deal
4/29/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Hamas chief Khaled Masha'al will meet President and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo on Thursday to sign a unity deal, said representative of independent politicians Yaser Wadeiyah. Wadeiyah said Palestinian factions would hold meetings in Cairo on Tuesday and Wednesday. Abbas and Masha'al would arrive in....

Negev prison detainees show support for unity
4/29/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian political party representatives imprisoned in an Israeli jail met Thursday to discuss the reconciliation agreement agreed in Cairo by rival factions Wednesday. Elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council in the Negev prison gathered to discuss the deal, and sent their regards to Palestinian leaders, the Palestinian nation, and the....

Three Injured, Three Arrested as Israeli army attacks non-violent protest
29 Apr 2011 - Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - Two children and a youth were injured, three Israeli activists arrested on Friday as  Israeli troops attacked the weekly anti-wall protests taking place in Bil’in, Nil’in, al-Nabi Salleh, central West Bank, as well as al-Ma’ssara village in the south. This week protesters welcomed the National Unity deal signed by Palestinian factions in Cairo on Wednesday.

[uruknet.info] Palestinian Unity Deal Announced
Uruknet April 29, 2011 - On April 27, the International Middle East Media Center headlined, "Rival Palestinian Factions Reach Reconciliation Agreement," saying: Meeting in Cairo, Palestinian media sources announced a Hamas - Fatah reconciliation draft agreement, signaling hope for rapprochement between the two sides. Both parties agreed to form a transitional government soon. The two delegations, headed by Fatah...

[uruknet.info] Masha'al, Abbas to sign unity deal
Uruknet April 29, 2011 - Hamas chief Khaled Masha'al will meet President and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo on Thursday to sign a unity deal, said representative of independent politicians Yaser Wadeiyah. Wadeiyah said Palestinian factions would hold meetings in Cairo on Tuesday and Wednesday. Abbas and Masha'al would arrive in the Egyptian capital on Wednesday evening ahead...

Interior Ministry dispute still holding up Cabinet
Daily Star 29 Apr 2011 A struggle between President Michel Sleiman and Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun over who should name a consensus candidate to the Interior Ministry portfolio is holding up the formation a new government.

Hamas-Fatah agreement a signal of Egypt’s foreign policy shift
Daily Star 29 Apr 2011 The Palestinian reconciliation accord brokered by Egypt means as much to Cairo as the rival factions it united, because it signals a clear shift in Middle East policy from the era of deposed President Hosni Mubarak.

Palestinians to sign unity deal in Egypt
Daily Star 29 Apr 2011 Egypt has invited Palestinian leaders to Cairo next week for the signing of a unity agreement that would end rivalry among ruling factions, Palestinian officials said Friday.

Palestinian Factions Give Differing Views of Unity Pact
New York Times 29 Apr 2011 - The challenge of bringing together two rival parties with distinct ideologies burst into view Thursday, with each side presenting a different picture of what the accord means and what produced it.

The long road to unity
Palestine Monitor - While the April 27 Cairo Agreement took much of the world by surprise, including the infamous security apparatus of Israel, the reunification of Palestine's two major political factions was the work of years of careful diplomacy between Damascus, Ramallah, Gaza City and Cairo. When Azam Al-Ahmed...

The Palestine Solidarity Project Welcomes Moves Toward Unity
Palestine Solidarity Project 29 Apr 2011 - Next Tuesday, members of Hamas and Fatah will meet in Cairo to sign a final document, securing a reconciliation deal between the two parties. The agreements will include intermediary measures for unity politics and a mandate for Palestine-wide elections within a year. The Palestine Solidarity Project...

Fatah, Hamas Make Unity Deal
Palestine Solidarity Project 29 Apr 2011 - Article from Ma’an News Agency Picture from The Jerusalem Post Rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah reached an “understanding” in Cairo on Wednesday to set up a transitional unity government and hold elections, Hamas and Fatah sources said. Hamas leader Izzat Ar-Rishiq confirmed the initial agreement....

Palestinian factions sign reconciliation agreement in the presence of Meshaal and Abbas
Middle East Monitor 29 Apr 2011 - The Deputy Chairman of the Political Bureau of Hamas has announced that Hamas and Fatah have agreed a reconciliation deal. Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk said that it is now time to turn the page on the damaging split and "open a new era of harmony and...

Poetry review: Plunging humanity's depths in "Book of Sins"
Electronic Intifada: 28 Apr 2011 - Patricia Sarrafian Ward The Electronic Intifada Nidaa Khoury is a widely-known Palestinian poet with seven collections already published in Arabic and translated into multiple languages. Book of Sins is the first time her writing is available in English, and as such marks a significant accomplishment in the effort to bring Arab writers to an English audience. Book of Sins Manufacturer: House of Nehesi Publishers Part Number: Price: $25.00more

The long road to unity
Palestine Monitor: 29 Apr 2011 - While the April 27 Cairo Agreement took much of the world by surprise, including the infamous security apparatus of Israel, the reunification of Palestine's two major political factions was the work of years of careful diplomacy between Damascus, Ramallah, Gaza City and Cairo. When Azam Al-Ahmed of Fateh and Mousa Abu Marzouk of Fateh were invited to Cairo by Egypt's new intelligence Chief Mourad Mouafi and foreign minister Nabil Al-Arabi, they discussed and signed a document originally forged in 2009 and then adopted by Fateh. They agreed that security forces would be integrated and commanded by a joint Hamas-fateh defense committee and that the new caretaker government in power until September's elections would be staffed by technocrats with little political affiliation. Both promised to release prisoners alongside changing other clauses, and Hamas embraced unity. Hamas' disdain for Salam Fayyad means the most likely leader of such a caretaker administration would...more

Occupation End Notes: Look Who's Talking
US Campaign to End the Occupation 29 Apr 2011 - April 29, 2011, Palestinian political parties Fatah and Hamas have pledged form a unified Palestinian government with elections within a year. If Palestinians can bypass an unjust and seemingly immovable military and economic system upheld by the United States, then we must now redouble our efforts...

Hamas and Fatah: Dawn of New Reality for Palestine
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Apr 2011 - By Iqbal Jassat – Pretoria Unity at last between Hamas and Fatah! Shocking says Israel. Unacceptable declares America. “The Palestinian Authority must choose either peace with Israel or peace with Hamas. There is no possibility for peace with both,” Israel’s rightwing leader Netanyahu said in a rather somber mood on television. The Obama administration retained it’s back to the wall approach by declaring that Hamas was “a terrorist organization” and that any Palestinian government would have to “renounce violence”, respect past “peace deals” and recognize Israel’s “right to exist”. As Palestinians celebrate news of the agreement reached between Hamas & Fatah, reports from Israel suggest that the Netanyahu regime is extremely angry and dismayed with President Mahmoud Abbas for daring to defy Israel. Extensive secret talks between the factions have been hosted by the interim post-Mubarak government in Cairo and included a number of independent Palestinians along with key Egyptian...more

Israel rejects Palestinian unity government with Hamas
Palestine Note 28 Apr 2011 - BBC News - Israeli officials have criticised a reconciliation deal between rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas. The foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman warned that Israel would not negotiate with the new unity government. The US also responded coolly, saying the...

Palestinian reconciliation: Is it for real?
Palestine Note 28 Apr 2011 - The Economist - The announcement on April 27th that the Palestinians’ two main factions, the secular-minded Fatah and the Islamist Hamas, will form a government of national unity and hold elections could be a dramatic game-changer in the long-stalled Middle...

Israeli leaders reject Palestinian unity deal
AlJazeera 28 Apr 2011 - Israeli leaders rule out talks with any Palestinian government including Hamas after rival factions agree unity deal.

Palestinian factions in reconciliation bid
AlJazeera 28 Apr 2011 - Fatah and Hamas agree to form interim government and fix general election date following talks in Cairo.

AIC Video: Palestinian Unity
Alternative Information Center - Leaders of both the Hamas and Fatah Palestinian political factions came to a unity agreement on Wednesday April 27.

Fatah, Hamas in unity govt 'understanding'
Relief Web 27 Apr 2011 - Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Samer al-Atrush (AFP) CAIRO — Rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah reached an "understanding" in Cairo on Wednesday to set up a transitional unity government and to hold elections, prompting a swift...

Palestinian unity could end Israel's 'ruthless' occupation, Iran official says
Ha'aretz - Iranian FM hails reconciliation agreement between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, encourages the factions' resistance against Israel.

Egypt sends invites for signing ceremony
Uruknet April 28, 2011 - - The Egyptian government sent invitations on Thursday to Palestinian political parties for the signing of the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement, in a ceremony to be held next Tuesday in Cairo. The event will be used to set an implementation mechanism for the unity deal, to be approved by all political groups. Factions welcomed the...

Fatah and Hamas sign reconciliation deal
Uruknet April 27, 2011 - Fatah, the Palestinian political organisation, has reached an agreement with its rival Hamas on forming an interim government and fixing a date for a general election, Egyptian intelligence has said. In February, Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority and a member of Fatah, called for presidential and legislative elections before September, in...

Egypt's revolution brings new players to move Palestinian pieces into place
The Guardian 28 Apr 2011 - Reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas is partly the result of efforts of members of the post-Mubarak government After years of unsuccessful lobbying by the Egyptian authorities for a reconciliation of the warring Palestinian factions, the post-Mubarak...

Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad must go, Hamas insists
The Guardian 28 Apr 2011 - Islamist faction makes demand as part of Palestine unity pact with Fatah, set to be signed in Cairo next week Hamas has insisted on the departure of Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian prime minister favoured by Israel...

How Hamas-Fatah unity could break Middle East deadlock | Daniel Levy
The Guardian 28 Apr 2011 - If Palestinian reconciliation holds, it may release all the players, the US and Israel included, from the ossified roles of the process For the better part of 20 years, the policies of Fatah (the leading faction...

Hamas and Fatah sign agreement of understandings in Cairo
PIC - Mousa Abu Marzouk said his Movement reached thorough understandings with Fatah delegation in Cairo and the Palestinian factions would meet on Wednesday to sign the reconciliation agreement.

Reconciliation now, liberation tomorrow
Palestine Monitor - We at the Palestine National Initiative (Al Mubadara) welcome the historic reconciliation announcement by Hamas and Fatah from Cairo. Soon there will be elections, they say, prisoners will be released, and bridges will be built to harness this regional revolutionary wave to finally break the yoke...

Spain a bastion of support for Palestine?
Electronic Intifada: 27 Apr 2011 - David Cronin The Electronic Intifada The notion that Spain’s government is more favorably disposed to the Palestinians than to the State of Israel falls apart under scrutiny. David Cronin analyzes for The Electronic Intifada.more

Israel arrests writer, activist Ahmad Qatamesh, again
Electronic Intifada: 28 Apr 2011 - Jillian Kestler-D'Amours The Electronic Intifada Last week, Israeli forces raided the West Bank home of Suha Barghouti, arresting her husband, activist and writer Ahmad Qatamesh. Qatamesh was a political prisoner in the 1990s and was the longest-serving prisoner held without charge by Israel under administrative detention orders.more

Reconciliation now, liberation tomorrow
Palestine Monitor: 28 Apr 2011 - We at the Palestine National Initiative (Al Mubadara) welcome the historic reconciliation announcement by Hamas and Fatah from Cairo. Soon there will be elections, they say, prisoners will be released, and bridges will be built to harness this regional revolutionary wave to finally break the yoke of our 63-year old occupation. This announcement represents the culmination of the reconciliation efforts which developed rapidly over the past weeks in response to popular grassroots demand. It is a national victory for those young people who demanded “the end of the division.” Every effort must be made to support and develop this unity and immediately begin dialogue leading towards unshakeable national reconciliation. Benjamin Netanyahu's recent statements against the national unity – which echo George W. Bush's “you're either with us or against us” – is evidence enough that Palestinian unity is valid. It is the best tool for dismantling the Zionist colonization of...more

5 Years After U.S.-Backed Clashes, Palestinian Factions Fatah, Hamas Reach Unity Deal
Sabbah report 28 Apr 2011 - The rival Palestinian political organizations, Fatah and Hamas, have reached an agreement to end a nearly five-year internal schism, form an interim government, and hold a general election within a year.

Palestinian Factions Welcome Fateh-Hamas Draft Unity Deal
IMEMC - Wednesday April 27, 2011 - 21:39, Palestinian factions welcomed on Wednesday a draft unity deal that was signed in Cairo on Wednesday between the rival Fateh and Hamas movements, and expressed hopes that the four years of internal conflict will come to an end.

Rival Palestinian Factions Reach Reconciliation Agreement
IMEMC - Wednesday April 27, 2011 - 19:35, Hamas and Fatah sign a reconciliation draft agreement in Cairo Egypt Wednesday evening following rounds of talks, with hope to end a four-year internal unrest in the Palestinian Territories, Palestinian media sources reported.

'Initial' reconciliation deal signed in Cairo
4/27/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas and Fatah signed an initial reconciliation agreement in Cairo on Wednesday, officials told Ma'an. The deal is to form a caretaker government and set a date for elections. The details will be made clear at a news conference in Cairo, said Ash-Shaqaqi, the head of a delegation of.... Related: US rejects Palestinian reconciliation bid and Fatah, Hamas in unity govt 'understanding'

Fatah, Hamas in unity govt 'understanding'
4/28/2011 - CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah reached an "understanding" in Cairo on Wednesday to set up a transitional unity government and hold elections, Hamas and Fatah sources said. Hamas leader Izzat Ar-Rishiq confirmed the initial agreement. Ar-Rishiq said Cairo will call all factions to sign the final reconciliation within the week.... Related: 'Initial' reconciliation deal signed in Cairo and US rejects Palestinian reconciliation bid

Fatah and Hamas agree to Palestinian reconciliation deal
Palestine Note 27 Apr 2011 - Parties to form interim government, move toward elections Haaretz - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement hammered an agreement with the rival Hamas group on Wednesday on forming an interim government and fixing a date for general election within the...

Fatah and Hamas sign reconciliation deal
AlJazeera 27 Apr 2011 - Palestinian factions agree to form interim government and fix general election date following talks in Cairo.

Fatah and Hamas agree to historic Palestinian reconciliation deal
Ha'aretz - Rival groups will form interim government and then move toward setting a date for a general election, four years after their government collapsed when Hamas overran the Gaza Strip.

Israel's officials urge energy independence following Egypt pipeline blast
Ha'aretz - Infrastructure Minister: We must prepare for prospect of life without Egyptian gas; Israel Electric Corp: Our power plants will keep running.

Netanyahu plans cabinet meet to discuss upcoming Gaza flotilla
Ha'aretz - Flotilla organizers delaying launch until after outcome of election to Turkish parliament, leading Israeli Foreign Ministry officials to speculate a strengthening of ties between flotilla organizers and Turkish government.

Fatah: Palestinian unity is best weapon against occupation
Jeruslalem Post 27 Apr 2011 - Hamas, Fatah announce "national unity" deal, set date for elections; Netanyahu says PA must choose between peace with Israel, peace with Hamas.

Rival Palestinian factions announce surprise reconciliation deal
Daily Star 27 Apr 2011 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement has inked a deal with Hamas to end their long-running feud and form an interim government ahead of elections this year, officials said Wednesday.

Fatah, Hamas agree to form interim government
Daily Star 27 Apr 2011 The Palestinian Fatah movement hammered an agreement with the rival Hamas group Wednesday on forming an interim government and fixing a date for general election, Egyptian intelligence said.

Rival Palestinian factions in Cairo for unity talks
Daily Star 27 Apr 2011 Delegations from rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas arrived in Cairo on Wednesday to hold Egyptian-mediated reconciliation talks, Palestinian sources said.

Palestine rivals Fatah and Hamas on verge of historic deal
The Guardian 27 Apr 2011 - The two sides say an interim national unity government will be established, with elections within a year Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah are on the verge of a historic reconciliation which will put them on...

Hamas: We won't negotiate peace with Israel
YNet News, 27 Apr 2011 - The Palestinian factions have reconciled in the hopes of establishing an independent state, they said in a press conference on Wednesday. Fatah Central Committee Member ... ....

Hamas and Fatah restart reconciliation talks in Cairo
PIC - Head of the Palestinian center for studies Ibrahim Al-Derrawi said that delegations from Hamas and Fatah factions resumed on Wednesday the inter-Palestinian reconciliation talks in Cairo.

Palestinian rivals Fatah, Hamas to share power
LA Times 27 Apr 2011 - After several days of secret meetings, the two Palestinian factions agree to end a four-year rift in which Fatah has controlled the West Bank and Hamas the Gaza Strip. They will form a caretaker government and hold new elections in 2012. Rival Palestinian factions Fatah...

Faculty strikes in Palestine
Palestine Monitor - The usual crowds of students and staff flooding the halls of Birzeit University were missing today due to a countrywide strike. The staff union is demanding higher wages to offset inflation, a new election of Council of Higher Education members, and for the exchange rate to...

Remembering Palestinian prisoners, renewing our struggle
Electronic Intifada: 27 Apr 2011 - Ameer Makhoul The Electronic Intifada Palestinian Prisoners Day was marked on 17 April, an annual day to contemplate the individual and collective suffering and impossible pain of political prisoners and their families. Ameer Makhoul writes from Gilboa prison.more

London festival expands view of films about Palestine
Electronic Intifada: 27 Apr 2011 - Naira Antoun The Electronic Intifada The London Palestine Film Festival, opening on 29 April, features thirty works ranging from documentary to fiction and animation. Four very different works typify the breadth of the program. Naira Antoun reviews for The Electronic Intifada.more

Faculty strikes in Palestine
Palestine Monitor: 27 Apr 2011 - The usual crowds of students and staff flooding the halls of Birzeit University were missing today due to a countrywide strike. The staff union is demanding higher wages to offset inflation, a new election of Council of Higher Education members, and for the exchange rate to be set between Israel's and Jordan's money at six to one – now less than five to one. A money trader holding Jordanian dinars and Israeli shekels. Photo marketplace.publicradio.org The Palestine plan to establish an independent currency has yet to be realized. Until then, many organizations like Birzeit University refuse to balance payments with the New Israeli Shekel (NIS) as a symbolic act of resistance to colonial exploitation. The NIS dime is not used in the West Bank because it features a large menorah, another symbolic act resulting in loose approximations of change at most Palestinian stores. As the Jasmine Revolutions spreads past Tunisia...more

Abbas says he is 'fed up' with stalled talks (and Obama)
4/27/2011 - TUNIS, Tunisia (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas told the New York-based magazine Newsweek that President Barak Obama had let him down when it came to peace efforts, and he would not wait for the US leader to be elected for a second term to pursue a Palestinian state. Speaking with a Newsweek reporter over....

Poll Finds Egyptians Full of Hope About the Future
Palestine Note 26 Apr 2011 - DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and MONA EL-NAGGAR, New York Times- Egyptians are looking forward with extraordinary confidence and enthusiasm to their first free and fair elections this fall after the defining revolution of the Arab spring, according to the first major...

Netanyahu plans meet to discuss response to upcoming Gaza flotilla
Ha'aretz - Flotilla organizers delaying launch until after outcome of election to Turkish parliament, leading Israeli Foreign Ministry officials to speculate a strengthening of ties between flotilla organizers and Turkish government.

Israel to present its version of ‘Marmara’ incident to UN
Jeruslalem Post 26 Apr 2011 - UN commission probing flotilla expected to release its findings on the incident on May 15; Jerusalem sources: New attempt to reach Gaza being delayed until after Turkish elections.

"For as long as I can, I will continue": Hajo Meyer interviewed
Uruknet April 26, 2011 - Since being interviewed by The Electronic Intifada in 2009, Auschwitz survivor Hajo Meyer has toured numerous countries to speak about his efforts to combat Zionism and his support for the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom and equality. In 1939, Meyer had to flee alone from Nazi Germany to the Netherlands at the...

Egypt: Unity efforts intensifying
Palestine Note 25 Apr 2011 - Ma’an - Egypt is committed to its role as mediator for rival Palestinian factions and is ready to sponsor conciliation talks, Egyptian ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Yaser Othman told Ma’an on Sunday. "Facilitating Palestinian will be a boost to...

Top Oman cleric backs females standing in Shura elections
The National 25 Apr 2011 - Oman's top Islamic cleric makes a rare political statement to strongly support women candidates in upcoming Shura Council elections and urge voters to avoid tribalism and graft.

Popular resistance joins efforts to heal Palestinian rift
PIC - Secretary-general of the popular resistance movement Abu Qasem Daghmash said his movement would meet with Hamas and Fatah factions in an attempt to bridge the gap between them.

Costs of arming Israel can no longer be ignored
Electronic Intifada: 25 Apr 2011 - Josh Ruebner The Electronic Intifada Israel may be forgiven for failing to realize the current fiscal woes of the United States. After all, US military aid to Israel not only sailed unscathed through this month’s passage of the 2011 budget, but reached the record level of $3 billion. Josh Reubner comments.more

Interview: Raja Khalidi on the neoliberal consensus in Palestine
Electronic Intifada: 25 Apr 2011 - Ray Smith The Electronic Intifada The Electronic Intifada contributor Ray Smith interviews Raja Khalidi, a senior economist with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, about the PA ’s economic policies and its implications for statehood.more

Pressure on Law Conference Threatens Free Speech
Dissident Voice: 23 Apr 2011 - The Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and the Bay Area’s Jewish Community Relations Council interfered in an academic conference last month called “Litigating Palestine: Can Courts Secure Palestinian Rights?” at the UC Hastings College of the Law. They pressured the Hastings Board of Directors into an emergency meeting in which the board decided to “take all steps necessary to remove the UC Hastings name and brand” from the conference. Frank Wu, dean and chancellor, was barred from giving a welcoming talk; a major foundation withdrew funding. Professors dislike academic intimidation, and this case is no exception. Nearly all of UC Hastings’ tenured professors signed a letter warning that the board’s capitulation to outside pressure on academic freedom risked “great damage to Hastings’ reputation.” The elected student government, joined by 30 student organizations, charged the board with “stifling their academic freedom” and “prospectively chilling free speech” at future academic conferences....more

Freedom Coalition: No request from Fatah to participate in Flotilla
PIC - The Freedom Coalition has denied Thursday it received any request from Fatah faction to participate in the Freedom Flotilla 2 that it plans to send to Gaza next month.

The fruits of revolution: Parties must present equal numbers of male and female candidates in Tunisia’s July vote
Mondoweiss - and other news from the Arab uprisings: Bahrain Bahrain security forces 'tortured patients' Bahrain’s security forces stole ambulances and posed as medics to round up injured protesters during a ferocious crackdown on unarmed demonstrators calling for reform of the monarchy, an investigation by a rights group...

Pro-Israel pressure on law conference threatens free speech in USA
Cecilie Surasky, Redress 4/23/2011
      The Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and the Bay Area's Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) interfered in an academic conference last month called "Litigating Palestine: Can Courts Secure Palestinian Rights?" at the University of California (UC) Hastings College of the Law.
     They pressured the Hastings Board of Directors into an emergency meeting in which the board decided to "take all steps necessary to remove the UC Hastings name and brand" from the conference. Frank Wu, dean and chancellor, was barred from giving a welcoming talk; a major foundation withdrew funding.
     Professors dislike academic intimidation, and this case is no exception. Nearly all of UC Hastings's tenured professors signed a letter warning that the board's capitulation to outside pressure on academic freedom risked "great damage to Hastings's reputation".
     The elected student government, joined by 30 student organizations, charged the board with "stifling their academic freedom" and "prospectively chilling free speech" at future academic conferences.
     They are right, of course. But there are bigger issues at stake.
     Why were these mainstream Jewish organizations so troubled by the academic pursuit of legal approaches to securing Palestinian rights and freedom?
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"Hypocrisy-seeking missile": Omar Barghouti's "BDS" reviewed
Electronic Intifada: 22 Apr 2011 - Abraham Greenhouse The Electronic Intifada “ Our South Africa moment has finally arrived,” said Palestinian author-activist Omar Barghouti in a series of speeches delivered in 2010. With the publication of BDS : The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights , the first book dedicated to the game-changing boycott, divestment and sanctions movement — known by the initials BDS — has itself finally arrived. Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights Manufacturer: Haymarket Books Part Number: Price: $16.00more

Interview: daughter of Frantz Fanon on Palestine solidarity
Electronic Intifada: 22 Apr 2011 - Adri Nieuwhof The Electronic Intifada The Electronic Intifada contributor Adri Nieuwhof interviewed Mireille Fanon-Mendes France, an activist and daughter of the celebrated anti-colonialist thinker Frantz Fanon, about her involvement in the Palestinian struggle for liberation.more

Pressure on Conference Threatens Free Speech
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Apr 2011 - By Cecilie Surasky The Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and the Bay Area's Jewish Community Relations Council interfered in an academic conference last week called "Litigating Palestine: Can Courts Secure Palestinian Rights?" at the UC Hastings College of the Law. They pressured the Hastings Board of Directors into an emergency meeting in which the board decided to "take all steps necessary to remove the UC Hastings name and brand" from the conference. Frank Wu, dean and chancellor, was barred from giving a welcoming talk; a major foundation withdrew funding. Professors dislike academic intimidation, and this case is no exception. Nearly all of UC Hastings' tenured professors signed a letter warning that the board's capitulation to outside pressure on academic freedom risked "great damage to Hastings' reputation." The elected student government, joined by 30 student organizations, charged the board with "stifling their academic freedom" and "prospectively chilling free speech" at...more

Fatah may partake in upcoming Gaza flotilla, Palestinian official says
Palestine Note 21 Apr 2011 - Haaretz - Senior Fatah officials will be allowed to take part in a planned aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip, a senior faction official said on Thursday, departing from the party's previous policy of only supporting Gaza initiatives from afar....

Tunisian gender-parity 'revolution' hailed
AlJazeera 21 Apr 2011 - In a regional breakthrough, parties must present equal numbers of male and female candidates in Tunisia's July vote.

Fatah may partake in upcoming Gaza flotilla, Palestinian official says
Ha'aretz - Nabil Sha'ath, the faction's head of foreign relations, says Fatah officials do not require either the permission of Israel or Hamas before arriving at the blockaded Strip.

Turkish policeman, civilian wounded during Kurdish protest
Daily Star 21 Apr 2011 A police officer and a civilian were wounded by gunshots during a protest in Turkey’s southeast Thursday as Kurds furious over a decision to bar some independent Kurdish candidates from a national ballot clashed with police...

Bieber's empty pop can't drown out Palestine's cry
Electronic Intifada: 21 Apr 2011 - Alexander Billet The Electronic Intifada Marred though it might have been by the paparazzi and diplomatic fiasco, Benjamin Netanyahu probably couldn’t be happier with how pop star Justin Bieber’s visit to Israel went.more

Israel issues demolition orders for Jerusalem school
Electronic Intifada: 21 Apr 2011 - The Electronic Intifada The one-room school building in a Palestinian village on the “wrong” side of Israel’s wall is facing demolition orders as Israel refuses to grant permits to build extra classrooms.more

Kurdish protester killed in Turkey clash
AlJazeera 20 Apr 2011 - Demonstrator killed after police open fire to disperse rally amid anger over legal hurdles for election candidates.

Hundreds dead in Nigeria post-poll violence
AlJazeera 20 Apr 2011 - More than 200 killed and 40,000 displaced after supporters of defeated candidate go on a rampage in northern Nigeria.

Israeli army erects electric towers in Awarta
20 Apr 2011 - West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces erected on Wednesday electric towers in the territories of Awarta village in the south east of Nablus city.

Man sits outside Fayyad office demanding medical costs
PIC - A Bethlehem man has begun a sit-in outside of the office of the illegitimate premier in Ramallah Salam Fayyad demanding cost of fitting an electronic hand that would replace his own.

A crime against Palestine
Wissam Abu Zeid, Ma’an News Agency 4/21/2011
      The last thing a supporter of the Palestinian cause expects is to be kidnapped and killed in an atrocious way by a “ Palestinian group.”
     Vittorio Arrigoni a member of the international solidarity movement, was killed few days ago. Arrigoni, who left his country, Italy, and his fiancee, to come to the Gaza Strip to be with thousands of Palestinians who have been under Israeli siege for more than five years. He was representing many pro-Palestine activists from all over the world who believe that the Palestinians should get their legitimate and inalienable rights.
     These supporters started their struggle alongside the Palestinian struggle many years ago. Many of them died for the sake of our freedom, like Rachel Corrie who was crushed to death by an Israeli caterpillar bulldozer, while trying to prevent the demolishing of a Palestinian house in Gaza.
     This crime should raise awareness of the need to end Palestinian division. The “deposed government” in Gaza is responsible for this crime due to the environment it is creating, which allows the mushrooming of fundamental groups that carry extremist and criminal acts. Instead of protecting their factional interests, they must stop all kinds of incitement in the Palestinian society.
     As a Palestinian I was shocked to hear that a Palestinian group kidnapped Arrigoni and demanded a ransom to set him free. Those who committed this crime are not Palestinians in patriotism nor in traditions. They are strangers to our struggle and serve a non-Palestinian agenda.
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Interview: Hamas lawmaker defies order to leave Jerusalem
Electronic Intifada: 20 Apr 2011 - Jillian Kestler-D'Amours The Electronic Intifada The Electronic Intifada contributor Jillian Kestler-D’Amours spoke with Muhammad Totah on the 289th day of his refugee at the Red Cross headquarters in East Jerusalem about why he has refused Israel’s orders to leave the city.more

Turkey ignores Israel in '2023 manifest'
YNet News, 19 Apr 2011 - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan presented an updated political platform Tuesday in preparation for June's parliamentary elections, however he ignored the ... ....

Views from the Jordan Valley
Jack Curry, International Solidarity Movement 4/19/2011
      The cluster of Jordan Valley villages located around Fasayil offer a twisted microcosm of the fickle barbarity of Israel's illegal occupation. Families who seemingly share land, live side by side with no separation except the invisible borders enshrined in Israel's military law. Yet, as you tread amongst the stones between the close lying villages it is clear where the limited rights afforded to Palestinians ends and the increased terror of the occupation begins.
     To the south lies Fasayil, which is classified as Area B under the misleadingly named Oslo Peace Accords. Because of the status afforded to it by the 1994 treaty, villagers are entitled to build schools and houses, as well as run water and electricity to their homes. Life is by no means perfect, and the Palestinians who live there are still deeply affected by Israel's occupation. Yet, being in Area B does afford them a limited right to education and healthcare.
     Just under five kilometres to the north is the village of Fasayil al-Fauqa, classified as Area C under Oslo. In 2008, after a project by Jordan Valley Solidarity to build a school, Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair negotiated a special status for Palestinians living there. All solid structures built since the signing of the 1994 Oslo agreement were allowed to stand, despite being ‘illegal’ under Israel’s punishing military law. Yet Fasayil al-Fauqa is still Area C, and these small gains can be cruelly taken away at any time the occupation decides.
     Nestled between the two, Fasayal Al Wusta is home to a small community of Bedouin, many of whom travelled to the area from Bethlehem during the late 1980s and 90s following harassment by the army. Fasayal Al Wusta lies in Area C, and it’s inhabitants are thus denied the basic necessities afforded to their neighbours in Area B. This includes water, and electricity from the power lines that criss cross above their homes to Area B and the surrounding agricultural colonies (settlements) of Tomer and El’Fasail.
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Boom times in the West Bank?
Electronic Intifada: 19 Apr 2011 - Ray Smith The Electronic Intifada The Palestinian Authority is preparing to establish a state in the near future. But the Palestinian economy remains strongly tied to Israel, and manufacturers are struggling to recover from the second Palestinian intifada.more

Palestinians silently transferred from East Jerusalem
Electronic Intifada: 18 Apr 2011 - Jillian Kestler-D'Amours The Electronic Intifada The Israeli government has been increasingly revoking Jerusalem residency IDs and using tax collection as a means of forcing Palestinians out of the city. Jillian Kestler-D’Amours reports.more

Gaza protests murder of Italian activist
Electronic Intifada: 18 Apr 2011 - Rami Almeghari The Electronic Intifada Gaza Strip Palestinians in Gaza have reacted to the kidnapping and murder of Vittorio Arrigoni, a prominent Italian solidarity activist, with profound sadness.more

Fatah spokesman: Unity file needs movement
4/18/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Fatah spokesman Usama Al-Qawasmi called Monday for unity efforts to move forward. Hamas should accept President Mahmoud Abbas' initiative, and not oppose the Palestinian Authority's proposals, he said in a statement. Rivalry between the Hamas and Fatah political movements heightened after Hamas trounced Fatah in 2006 legislative elections....

We apologize to Arregoni, his family and Italy
Rashid Shahin, Ma’an News Agency 4/19/2011
      A sense of shock, amazement, disbelief and a lot of pain prevailed between Palestinian people, after news agencies reported the killing of an Italian peace activist in the Gaza Strip.
     Vittorio Arregoni, who was known in the Gaza Strip as Victor, was murdered at the hands of an extremist Salafist group of Palestinian fanatics, a group which claims affiliation to Palestine, Arabism and Islam. In fact, by committing such a crime, such a group has nothing to do with Palestine, Arabism or Islam. A crime serves only the enemies of Palestine, its people and their cause.
     Circumstances dictated that the killing of Victor came synchronized with the death of my brother in Italy; this is what allowed me to meet with hundreds of friends and good people who came to offer condolences and sympathy. It was obvious that the crime was the main issue which everybody is interested in; they were speaking with a lot of pain, anger, indignation and condemnation of the cowardly act.
     A young man sat next to me, a normal young man, not interested in politics, not affiliated to any faction or political party, he asked me naively and spontaneously, why the Italian activist was killed? Then, he mumbled, but whom do you think killed him? Were the killers arrested? I am trying to tell this just to demonstrate the general mood in the Palestinian street after the heinous crime committed against Arregoni.
     Why kill Victor, and who benefits?
     When or if thinking rationally and logically, the conclusion we reach is that the only party that can benefit from this crime is the occupation authority....
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Hamas: Prisoners to be free if more soldiers captured
Sabr 18 Apr 2011 - GAZA CITY ( Ma'an ) -- Hamas lawmaker Ahmad Bahar on Sunday urged Palestinian factions to form militant groups with the aim of capturing Israeli soldiers. The deputized Palestinian Legislative Council speaker said kidnapping soldiers would pressure Israeli authorities to release Palestinian political prisoners. He made the remarks...

Palestinian citizens call for their rights during Land Week
Electronic Intifada: 18 Apr 2011 - Budour Youssef Hassan The Electronic Intifada Land Week 2011 was kicked off with a massive demonstration of approximately 2,000 protesters in the southern city of Lydd on 29 March.more

Israel appropriating historical sites for colonial ends
Electronic Intifada: 18 Apr 2011 - Sarah Irving The Electronic Intifada Moves by the Israeli government and settler movement to appropriate historical sites undermine Palestinian cultural rights and highlight how Israel exploits archaeological claims for colonial ends.more

Israel Becomes the Settler State
Antiwar.com 18 Apr 2011 - The other day, the almighty General Security Service (Shabak, formerly Shin Bet) needed a new boss. It is a hugely important job, because no minister ever dares to contradict the advice of the Shabak chief in cabinet meetings. There was an obvious candidate, known only as...

Hamas: Prisoners to be free if more soldiers captured
4/17/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas lawmaker Ahmad Bahar on Sunday urged Palestinian factions to form militant groups with the aim of capturing Israeli soldiers. The deputized Palestinian Legislative Council speaker said kidnapping soldiers would pressure Israeli authorities to release Palestinian political prisoners. He made the remarks in a speech commemorating Palestinian Prisoners' Day....

Gaza lawyer elected president of Arab Organization for Human Rights
4/17/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian lawyer and activist Raji Sourani was elected president of the board of trustees of the Arab Organization for Human Rights on Saturday. Sourani was elected to the position at a vote in Cairo on Saturday evening. He is the first Palestinian ever to hold the post. The Gaza-based lawyer.... Related: PCHR

Israel brutal as ever
Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem, Al-Ahram Weekly 4/14/2011
      Despite unprecedented Arab revolutions that suggest a new dawn in the region, Israel presses ahead with its old provocative policies.
     An uneasy and fragile calm is hovering over the Gaza Strip less than 48 hours after the latest Israeli aggression, considered the bloodiest since the 2008-9 onslaughts that caused widespread death and destruction.
     The latest offensive began soon after an anti-tank rocket, fired from the Gaza Strip, hit an Israeli bus travelling on a military road frequented by Israeli military vehicles. A 16-year-old boy was badly injured along with the bus driver who sustained minor injuries.
     Soon afterwards, the Israeli army unleashed its immense firepower from land and air on all but unprotected Gazans. A series of air raids and artillery bombardments, which lasted for more than 96 hours, left as many as 19 Palestinians, the bulk of whom innocent civilians, dead. Dozens were badly injured.
     Israeli leaders and spokesmen sought to give the impression that the deadly aggression was a morally justified response to the attack on the bus. However, the attack on the bus, which Hamas said was not intended to harm Israeli children, was a response to earlier Israeli attacks that killed innocent Palestinians.
     For example, on Friday 1 April, Israel assassinated a 24-year-old member of a Palestinian resistance faction. The next day, the Israeli air force murdered three members of the same resistance group. Similarly, on Tuesday, 5 April, Israeli forces shot dead an innocent Palestinian in Northern Gaza....
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Abbas: Iran orders Hamas to block Palestinian unity
4/16/2011 - RAMALLAH (AFP) -- President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that Iran has ordered the Islamist movement Hamas not to reconcile with its long-time foe and his secular party, Fatah." Until now Hamas refuses to say yes or no to the initiative" to put an end to divisions, form a new government and prepare for elections." Now the....

Lydd residents protest home demolitions
Uruknet April 15, 2011 - The Electronic Intifada attended a demonstration against home demolitions in Lydd on Tuesday night, 12 April. The demonstration was part of regular weekly protests against the increasing ghettoization of the heavily-segregated Palestinian areas of the city, which is located southeast of Tel Aviv. The weekly protest have been held since the December 2010 demolition...

Vittorio Arrigoni, "hero of Palestine"
Uruknet April 15, 2011 - Palestinians and international solidarity activists around the world are collectively mourning the shocking death of Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian journalist and solidarity activist. Arrigoni was also an occasional contributor to The Electronic Intifada (see "Gaza's record-breaking children," 16 August 2010 and "No words to console Gaza child after mother is killed by Israeli shelling,"...

Haniyeh says no to Shalit compromise
YNet News, 16 Apr 2011 - Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, urged the Palestinian factions holding Gilad Shalit to insist on their prisoner swap demands. Haniyeh made the remarks ... ....

Haneyya: Shalit's captors will not fail POW families
PIC - Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya has said that the resistance factions who have captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will not fail the families of Palestinians held in Israel prisons.

Palestinian factions denounce murder of Italian activist
4/16/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian factions have condemned the murder of Italian peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni found dead in Gaza early Friday morning. Salafist extremists in Gaza were suspected of kidnapping Arrigoni, an activist for the International Solidarity Movement, last seen alive in a video posted online Thursday. In the video, the kidnappers threatened....

Palestinian factions denounce murder of Italian activist
Uruknet April 15, 2011 - Palestinian factions have condemned the murder of Italian peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni found dead in Gaza early Friday morning. Salafist extremists in Gaza were suspected of kidnapping Arrigoni, an activist for the International Solidarity Movement, last seen alive in a video posted online Thursday. In the video, the kidnappers threatened to kill Arrigoni unless Hamas...

Vik: a friend, a brother, a humanist
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza 4/15/2011
      He was hung.
     I first heard of Vik before arriving in Gaza. Vik had just been injured by IOF water canoning which shattered the windows of the fishing boat he was accompanying. Vik had some injuries from the shattered glass.
     When I met Vik he was nothing but humble and humour. A compassionate man, living to do good and do anything for Palestinian justice. Others knew him better and longer, and told me of Viks arrests by the IOF, deportation, and other interesting stories. But above all, what shone, aside from his intelligble English and random Italian curses, was his humanism.
     He was taken from Gaza, briefly, by the IOF navy, when they kidnapped 15 Palesitnian fishermen and 3 accompanying activists, including Vik, in November 2008, from Palestinian waters. At the time of his abduction, he was electrically shocked while non-violently avoiding abduction by very violent IOF soldiers by diving into Gazas cold waters.
     He returned to Gaza, via Free Gaza again, before Israel began its war on Gaza. He continued to write and report from the enclosed, bombed Strip.
     Stay human, he always said. And so was the title of his book on the Israeli massacre of Gaza in 2008-2009. Stay human.
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Epic series "The Promise" dramatizes Palestine, past and present
Electronic Intifada: 15 Apr 2011 - Broadcasters across Europe are facing a storm of protests from pro-Israel groups over the screening of a TV drama about Palestine past and present. Neville Rigby asks if the controversy over The Promise is really because the program confronts some uncomfortable truths.more

Vittorio Arrigoni, "hero of Palestine"
Electronic Intifada: 15 Apr 2011 - Palestinians and international solidarity activists around the world are collectively mourning the shocking death of Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian journalist and solidarity activist. Arrigoni was also an occasional contributor to The Electronic Intifada.more

The Settler State
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Apr 2011 - By Uri Avnery The other day, the almighty General Security Service (Shabak, formerly Shin Bet) needed a new boss. It is a hugely important job, because no minister ever dares to contradict the advice of the Shabak chief in cabinet meetings. There was an obvious candidate, known only as J. But at the last moment, the settlers’ lobby was mobilized. As director of the “Jewish department” J. had put some Jewish terrorists in prison. So his candidature was rejected and Yoram Cohen, a kippah-wearing darling of the settlers was appointed instead. That happened last month. Just before that, The National Security Council also needed a new chief. Under pressure from the settlers, General Yaakov Amidror, formerly the highest kippah-wearing officer in the army, a man of openly ultra-ultra nationalist views, got the job. The Deputy Chief of Staff of the army is a kippah-wearing officer dear to the settlers, a...more

Jihad calls on resistance factions to capture more IOF soldiers
PIC - The Islamic Jihad movement has called on all Palestinian resistance factions to capture more Israeli occupation soldiers to trade them for Palestinian prisoners.

Lydd residents protest home demolitions
Electronic Intifada: 14 Apr 2011 - The Electronic Intifada attended a demonstration against home demolitions in Lydd on Tuesday night, 12 April. The demonstration was part of regular weekly protests against the increasing ghettoization of the heavily-segregated Palestinian areas of the city, which is located southeast of Tel Aviv.more

Woman killed in Gaza air strike was anticipating wedding
Electronic Intifada: 14 Apr 2011 - Jihad al-Qarra was eagerly anticipating his wedding to Nidal Qdieh later this month. But those plans were destroyed when an Israeli missile hit the Qdieh family home.more

Israeli Court Extends Remand Of Two Legislators For Additional Six Month
IMEMC - Wednesday April 13, 2011 - 21:26, An Israeli court decided on Tuesday at night to extend the remand of two elected Palestinian legislators for additional six month under administrative detention, once again, without an indictment.

Fatah wins Bethlehem University elections
4/13/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - Fatah has won the student council elections at Bethlehem University in a vote that was boycotted by Hamas. Fatah picked up 18 seats, defeating a joint list by the Popular and Democratic Fronts for the Liberation of Palestine that won 13. About 60 percent of students participated in the elections, student....

Fatah wins seats in Gaza union election
Palestine Note 13 Apr 2011 - Ma'an - Representatives aligned with the Fatah party won the majority of seats Monday night, in a union election in Gaza City. The Workers Union at the Al-Azhar University carried out the elections, saying they were carried out in a...

Kerry: Obama wasted time on settlement freeze
YNet News, 13 Apr 2011 - Former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry slams US president's 'wrong....

Mer Khamis murder: Palestinians must reinforce freedom of expression
Aziz Abu Sarah, +972 Magazine 4/12/2011
      The murder of Juliano Mer Khamis was a national tragedy for Palestinians that drew shock and outrage. However, it is imperative that we learn from this horrific event that the rights to freedom of art and expression must be protected and upheld at all costs.
     Since the beginning of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, artists have played a vital role in Palestinian society. Palestinian artists have helped create community for Palestinians in diaspora, and have drawn international attention to the Palestinian cause. Palestinian artists have also inspired resistance at home, taking leadership roles in every Palestinian intifada.
     From Ibrahim Tokan to Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian poets and writers have provided a motivating force for thousands of activists, to the extent that their influence has frequently attracted the attention and retaliation of Israel. Ghassan Kanafani is perhaps the most well-known Palestinian writer to be assassinated by Israel in 1972 because of his writing and involvement in the Popular Front. However, despite the political differences between Palestinian writers and despite internally criticizing Palestinian society, there was an unwritten code that no Palestinian faction should harm a Palestinian artist. Except for a few rare exceptions, this red line was respected: interfering with the freedom of expression of Palestinian artists was always a red line that was not to be crossed.
     In the recent years, however, the Palestinian community has increasingly faced threats against the freedom of art. Academics have been attacked and even in some cases fired because of their political and religious beliefs. The Freedom Theater in Jenin was torched twice. In 2007, Hamas Minister of Education Naser El-Shaer decided to ban a Palestinian cultural book from school libraries because of references to sexual issues. The attempt failed, though, when thousands of educators demonstrated the decision and El-Shaer was forced to change his decision. The red line was shaken, but remained in place.
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Insects in disguise
Electronic Intifada: 13 Apr 2011 - The buzzing "insect" that disturbs any moment of peace in Gaza is the really the sound of the Israeli spy drones that constantly hover overhead.more

Israeli education ministry launches Land Day witch hunt
Electronic Intifada: 13 Apr 2011 - Educators and students who took part in annual Land Day commemorations on 30 March are being investigated by the Israeli Education Ministry, which sent letters to Palestinian schools inside Israel demanding to see attendance reports.more

Ceasefire holds, despite opposition
4/12/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Reports of a ceasefire deal reached late Saturday between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza, were received coolly by leftist and Islamist groups on Sunday. Israeli and Palestinian sources reported that a truce had been offered Saturday. On Sunday, Hamas politburo member Salah Al-Bardawil said Palestinian factions in Gaza accepted.... Related: Near-total blockade of Gaza hits seventh day

Palestinians deny Syria to host factional mediation
4/12/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egypt has not nominated Syria to host dialogue between Fatah, Hamas and other Palestinian factions, officials told Ma'an, denying reports in the London-based daily newspaper Al-Hayat. The report cited Egyptian officials saying that as the country prepares for elections and continues its transition from out of the 30.... Related: Official: Egypt won't abandon reconciliation file

Official: Egypt won't abandon reconciliation file
4/12/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Egyptian ambassador to the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Othman, has denied reports that Cairo handed the Palestinian reconciliation file to Syria. Othman told Ma'an radio that Egypt's leadership would not abandon the issue. He added the Palestinian-Egyptian relations are the same and did not change despite the.... Related: Palestinians deny Syria to host factional mediation

Student Elections at Bethlehem University: The Day Before
Alternative Information Center - The two candidates competing for the position of President of Bethlehem University’s Student Council Senate gave their last speeches this morning before the university elections that will be held tomorrow, 13 April.

Haaretz WikiLeaks exclusive / Labor official called former Israeli defense minister 'aggressive, Moroccan'
Ha'aretz - Labor leadership candidate Isaac Herzog spoke to U.S. diplomat in 2006 about party's perception by electorate.

Israel Leads the Electric Charge
IPS A woman takes the driver's seat, turns on the radio, sliding through broadcasts of the tit-for-tat battles between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas till she finds a quiet music station.

Zoabi: Palestinians entitled to defend themselves
PIC - Arab member of the Israeli parliament Hanin Zoabi said that Hamas and other Palestinian resistance factions are entitled to fire rockets for the sake of attaining their people’s freedom.

Post-Mubarak Egypt may end Gaza closure
Electronic Intifada: 12 Apr 2011 - CAIRO (IPS) - Two months since the ouster of longstanding president Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's new transitional government is turning its attention to unpopular Mubarak-era foreign policies -- with the ongoing Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip top of the list.more

EU turns blind eye to Palestinian citizens in Israel
Electronic Intifada: 12 Apr 2011 - The EU's unwillingness to address the treatment of Palestinians within Israel was exposed in a February report published by Adalah, a human rights organization based in Haifa, and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network.more

Hamas: We won't surrender or violate truce
4/11/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) - Hamas politburo member Salah Al-Bardawil said Sunday that Palestinian groups "will be committed to a truce as long as Israel is committed as well." Palestinian factions in Gaza "do not want to drag the Palestinians to war amidst the changes taking place in Arab countries without media outlets focusing on....

Sources: Ceasefire deal reached in Gaza
Uruknet April 10, 2011 - Palestinian sources say UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Robert Serry managed to reach a ceasefire agreement late Saturday between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza. The agreement, according to the sources, necessitates that Israel stops strikes on the Gaza Strip and Palestinian military groups commit to stop firing shells toward Israeli...

West Bank villages mark Land Day
Stop The Wall - Apr 2, 2011-- Protests along the Wall this Friday have marked Land Day, the commemoration of the killing of six Palestinians in 1976 by Israeli forces during protests against large scale land confiscation in the Galilee. This year the calls insisted on the need for continued resistance and unity – not only between the political factions but as well between the Palestinian people in the ’67 occupied territories, inside the Green Line and in the diaspora. [

Memoir a microcosm of the Palestinian experience
Electronic Intifada: 11 Apr 2011 - Rather than engage with Sami Al-Jundi's actual experience and narrative, Raymond Deane uses his review for a cliched critique of Israeli-Palestinian dialogue. Deane's account misrepresents the book, as well as Al-Jundi's character, work and vision.more

Resilience in the green fields of Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 11 Apr 2011 - A visit to Khuzaa village in the Gaza Strip is a lesson in Palestinian sumoud or steadfastness.more

Sources: Ceasefire deal reached in Gaza
4/10/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian sources say UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Robert Serry managed to reach a ceasefire agreement late Saturday between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza. The agreement, according to the sources, necessitates that Israel stops strikes on the Gaza Strip and Palestinian military groups commit to.... Related: Israel warns of stronger response to rockets

Sources: Ceasefire deal reached in Gaza
4/10/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian sources say UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Robert Serry managed to reach a ceasefire agreement late Saturday between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza. The agreement, according to the sources, necessitates that Israel stops strikes on the Gaza Strip and Palestinian military groups commit to.... Related: Israel warns of stronger response to rockets

Popular Front rejects Israel ceasefire deal
4/10/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine came out Sunday against a ceasefire proposal that has the support of Hamas and other factions in the Gaza Strip. Popular Front leader Jamal Mezher described the truce as a "mistake" because Israel's army did not stop "its assault, is....

Popular Front rejects Israel ceasefire deal
4/10/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine came out Sunday against a ceasefire proposal that has the support of Hamas and other factions in the Gaza Strip. Popular Front leader Jamal Mezher described the truce as a "mistake" because Israel's army did not stop "its assault, is....

Haaretz WikiLeaks exclusive / 'We're doomed if Hamas takes power'
Ha'aretz - Comment distinguish top defense advisor Amos Gilad from other Israeli officials, most of whom failed to predict the effect the 2006 elections would have on the Palestinian Authority.

Haaretz WikiLeaks exclusive / 'We're doomed if Hamas takes power'
Ha'aretz - Comment distinguish top defense advisor Amos Gilad from other Israeli officials, most of whom failed to predict the effect the 2006 elections would have on the Palestinian Authority.

Hamas: Palestinian factions not interested in escalation
Jeruslalem Post 10 Apr 2011 - Spokesperson for Hamas says that "it would be natural for calm to be restored" in Gaza if Israel ceases attacks.

Hamas: Palestinian factions not interested in escalation
Jeruslalem Post 10 Apr 2011 - Spokesperson for Hamas says that "it would be natural for calm to be restored" in Gaza if Israel ceases attacks.

[uruknet.info] Sources: Ceasefire deal reached in Gaza
Uruknet April 10, 2011 - Palestinian sources say UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Robert Serry managed to reach a ceasefire agreement late Saturday between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza. The agreement, according to the sources, necessitates that Israel stops strikes on the Gaza Strip and Palestinian military groups commit to stop firing shells toward Israeli...

[uruknet.info] Sources: Ceasefire deal reached in Gaza
Uruknet April 10, 2011 - Palestinian sources say UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Robert Serry managed to reach a ceasefire agreement late Saturday between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza. The agreement, according to the sources, necessitates that Israel stops strikes on the Gaza Strip and Palestinian military groups commit to stop firing shells toward Israeli...

Qassam follows ceasefire declaration
YNet News, 10 Apr 2011 - A Qassam rocket exploded within the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council on Sunday evening, shortly after the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip issued an official ... ....

Qassam follows ceasefire declaration
YNet News, 10 Apr 2011 - A Qassam rocket exploded within the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council on Sunday evening, shortly after the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip issued an official ... ....

Palestinian factions resume firing homemade shells into Israel, causing no injuries
IMEMC - Saturday April 09, 2011 - 22:50, After Palestinian factions declared a ceasefire Thursday, saying they would stop firing homemade shells if Israeli forces ceased its airstrikes, Israeli forces killed ten Palestinians in airstrikes, including a young child. The Palestinian resistance groups declared Saturday that since Israeli forces refused the ceasefire, they would begin firing shells toward Israel again.

Erekat condemns 'systematic Israeli escalation'
4/10/2011 - JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Member of the PLO Executive Committee and caretaker negotiations chief Saeb Erakat issued a statement Friday, saying he "emphatically condemns the systematic Israeli escalation and brutal military attacks against the civilian Palestinian population in the besieged Gaza Strip." In the statement, Erekat called on Palestinian factions to "deny the occupying Power....

Peru to vote for president in tight election
AlJazeera 9 Apr 2011 - Four candidates are regarded as having good chances of making it to the June 5 runoff.

Palestinian factions condemn Israeli escalation on Gaza
9 Apr 2011 - Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)-All Palestinian factions denounced yesterday Israeli violations and escalation against residents of Gaza Strip that killed 17 Palestinians and injured more than 60 urging the international community to provide immediate protection for innocent citizens.

Despite Ceasefire Declared by Palestinian Factions, Army Bombards More Areas In Gaza
IMEMC - Friday April 08, 2011 - 09:29, Despite the fact that the Palestinian factions, including the Hamas movement, in Gaza declared a ceasefire with Israel starting Thursday midnight, the Israeli army bombarded several areas, and carried out a number of aerial attacks in Gaza.

Factions resume projectile fire at Israel
4/8/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian resistance factions resumed projectile fire toward Israeli targets Friday, less than a day after Hamas officials declared a ceasefire, seeking to avoid further casualties. The leading Gaza party said it had secured pledges from most resistance factions in the coastal enclave, to stop fire if Israel would agree to....

Moussa to mediate between Palestinian factions
Palestine Note 8 Apr 2011 - Al Arabiya- Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa announced Wednesday his willingness to accompany Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the Gaza Strip in order to facilitate the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas. Palestinian President Abbas has officially asked Moussa to...

Palestinians: 9 killed in IDF air strikes on Gaza
Ha'aretz - Israel attacks reportedly kill four Hamas militants and five Palestinian civilians as cross-border violence continues for second day despite Hamas announcement of unilateral cease-fire on part of all militant factions.

Witness to Deceit
Palestine Monitor - “Thorough, credible and transparent” means “collusion, sabotage and deceit” in Israel. The Palestine Monitor has witnessed nearly half of the Rachel Corrie family's civil suit against Israel. Since last March, we, along with Al Jazeera , Electronic Intifada , Haaretz , Ynet and many others, have brought the world...

Corrie lawsuit challenging Israeli impunity
Electronic Intifada: 8 Apr 2011 - Several Israeli soldiers testified at the witness stand in the Haifa district court earlier this week, as trial hearings continued in the case of Corrie vs. the State of Israel. As the trial drags on, years after Rachel Corrie's killing, Israel's impunity is being challenged and carefully cross-examined.more

Village remains under siege weeks after settlement murders
Electronic Intifada: 8 Apr 2011 - Under the guise of an investigation into the murders of the Fogel family in a nearby settlement, Israel laid siege to Awarta village though the identity of the perpetrator of the attack is unknown.more

Witness to Deceit
Palestine Monitor: 8 Apr 2011 - “Thorough, credible and transparent” means “collusion, sabotage and deceit” in Israel. The Palestine Monitor has witnessed nearly half of the Rachel Corrie family's civil suit against Israel. Since last March, we, along with Al Jazeera , Electronic Intifada , Haaretz , Ynet and many others, have brought the world shameful stories from Israel's halls of justice in Haifa: witness contradictions, investigative negligence, tampered evidence, amnesiac witnesses, judicial prejudice and continual perjury. Through public, political and now judicial pressure, our hope was that Israel would finally explain how Rachel Corrie died. We know they can - they have the video and audio tapes and nearly a dozen eyewitnesses. But now we know they won't, ever. The last court session, we heard two witnesses - men present when Rachel fell beneath a nine-ton steel blade. Both gave testimony after the event, sworn statements in affidavits, and (one would assume) felt some guilt some eight years...more

Palestinian Factions In Gaza Declare Ceasefire
IMEMC - Friday April 08, 2011 - 01:41, Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip declared a ceasefire starting at 11 P.M on Thursday. The declaration came following a day of escalation that led to the death of five Palestinians while dozens of residents, including children, were wounded. One student was seriously injured when a Palestinian shell hit a bus in southern Israel.

5 Palestinians killed in Gaza after missile strikes Israeli bus
4/8/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli fire killed five Palestinians and injured dozens more after a projectile from the Gaza Strip hit a school bus in southern Israel, injuring two people, medical and security officials said. Late Thursday, in a bid to prevent further Israeli strikes, Hamas said it had got most armed Palestinian factions.... Related: 1 dead as Israel fires on Gaza after projectile strikes bus and Hamas military wing claims attack on Israeli school bus

Poll: 60% of Egyptians want peace with Israel to remain
Jeruslalem Post 7 Apr 2011 - Study conducted by UN-affiliated group also finds that if presidential elections were held today in Egypt, Amr Moussa would win, 'WSJ' reports.

Another war on Gaza?
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada 4/4/2011
      In recent weeks an escalation in violence between Israel and Palestinian resistance factions in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip has claimed the lives of more than a dozen Palestinians, the youngest of them 10-year-old Mahmoud Jalal al-Hilu.
     Does this escalation increase the likelihood of another large-scale assault on Gaza similar to "Operation Cast Lead" in winter 2008-2009 that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians? There are worrying signs Israel -- by its words and deeds -- could be laying the ground for an attack.
     The ratchet of violence took another turn in the small hours of 2 April when Israel carried out an air attack on the Gaza Strip killing three members of Hamas' military wing.
     Israel did not claim that the three Hamas men were engaged in any hostile activity at the time they were killed (riding in a car), but a statement from the Israeli army alleged that they were "planning to kidnap Israelis over the upcoming Jewish holiday of Passover" -- several weeks in the future.
     Israel's latest attack constituted an extrajudicial killing, in which Israel, the occupying power, acted as judge, jury and executioner, issuing allegations for which it offered no evidence, after it had already carried out the death sentence. Under international law, this is a war crime.
     Global media tend to report these events as Israeli "retaliation" for Palestinian attacks, but a close reading of Israeli media presents a very different picture: deliberate provocation and escalation by Israel.
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Israeli attacks on Gaza kill 5, injure 30
Electronic Intifada: 7 Apr 2011 - As Palestinians were preparing for their weekend this Thursday afternoon, all of a sudden barrages of Israeli artillery fire and air raids by warplanes struck several regions of the Gaza Strip.more

Police training programs twin US-Israeli racism
Electronic Intifada: 7 Apr 2011 - The racism of the American "war on drugs," especially in the south, is notorious. So is the racism faced daily by Palestinians. In Atlanta, a university program allows these two manifestations of racism to feed off each other and community activists are organizing to shut the program down.more

Palestinian left skeptical on unity prospects
4/7/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian factions agree that national reconciliation will not be achieved in the near future because Hamas and Fatah are deeply entrenched in partisan interests despite positive statements from both sides. The popular and democratic fronts said Hamas has not offered anything new during a meeting Wednesday in the Gaza Strip and....

Arab and Muslim candidates face uphill challenges in Chicagoland elections
Palestine Note 6 Apr 2011 - I first ran for public office in November 1992, for the Illinois House of Representatives. It was the first time a candidate in Illinois ran openly as an Arab American candidate. It was in a tough Republican District against a...

Obama begins bid for second term: A president of war and social reaction
Uruknet April 5, 2011 - US President Barack Obama announced his candidacy for reelection in 2012 in a video statement posted on the Internet Monday and delivered via e-mail. He became the first candidate to formally declare for the 2012 presidential election, filing papers with the Federal Election Commission, a legal requirement to begin campaign fundraising. Obama has already been...

Egypt invites Mishaal, Shallah to visit Cairo
PIC 4 Jun 2011 - Egypt is planning to invite a number of Palestinian factions and independent figures to visit Cairo in the few coming days to discuss reactivating reconciliation efforts.

Goldstone reconsideration undermines justice for Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 6 Apr 2011 - Israeli leaders have barely hidden their jubilation at an opinion article in last Friday's Washington Post by the South African jurist Richard Goldstone reconsidering the findings of his United Nations-appointed inquiry into Israel's attack on Gaza in winter 2008-09. In reality, however, he offered far less consolation to Israel than its supporters claim.more

Zahhar: Hamas, Fatah started unity talks in Gaza
4/5/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar said Tuesday that Hamas and Fatah leaders had started reconciliation talks in Gaza, which Egypt would monitor without direct intervention." Egyptian authorities informed Palestinian factions that Egypt will not directly join dialogue but will monitor from a distance and let the Palestinians reach agreement alone wherever....

Zahhar: Hamas, Fatah started unity talks in Gaza
Palestine Note 5 Apr 2011 - Ma'an- Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar said Tuesday that Hamas and Fatah leaders had started reconciliation talks in Gaza, which Egypt would monitor without direct intervention. "Egyptian authorities informed Palestinian factions that Egypt will not directly join dialogue but will monitor...

PA forces nab Hamas suspect in Mer-Khamis murder
Jeruslalem Post 5 Apr 2011 - Friend of slain actor, former commander of Al-Aksa Martyr's Brigade, says he fell victim to power struggles among Palestinian factions.

Civilians massacred by Western-backed forces in Ivory Coast
Uruknet April 4, 2011 - Up to 1,000 civilians have reportedly been massacred in the town of Duékoué in the West African country of Ivory Coast. This is the biggest loss of life in the former French colony since the disputed presidential election in November 2010. There has been a standoff between the two rival presidential candidates since the election....

Calls for connecting Gaza to Egyptian electricity grid
PIC 4 May 2011 - Suhail Sakik, the director of the power plant in Gaza, has called on Egypt to restart a project that would enable the Gaza Strip to buy its electricity from Egypt.

Interview with the late Juliano Mer-Khamis: "We are freedom fighters"
Electronic Intifada: 5 Apr 2011 - Actor-director Juliano Mer-Khamis was shot dead by a masked gunman yesterday outside the Freedom Theatre that he co-founded in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Jenin. Maryam Monalisa Gharavi reflects on Mer-Khamis' art and excerpts from a previously unpublished interview she did with the artist in 2006.more

Despite house arrest, Jerusalem activist will fight for Silwan
Electronic Intifada: 5 Apr 2011 - Palestinian activist Jawad Siyam has been under house arrest for nearly three months after being accused of attacking a Palestinian neighbor in the occupied East Jerusalem village of Silwan. Jillian Kestler-D'Amours spoke to Siyam about his recent arrest, what life is like for Palestinians in Silwan, and what he thinks will happen in the future.more

Goldstone's Rethink: Cleansing of Israel's War Crimes
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Apr 2011 - By Jonathan Cook - Nazareth Israeli leaders have barely hidden their jubilation at an opinion article in last Friday's Washington Post by the South African jurist Richard Goldstone reconsidering the findings of his United Nations-appointed inquiry into Israel’s attack on Gaza in winter 2008. For the past 18 months the Goldstone Report had forced Israel on to the defensive by suggesting its army – as well as Hamas, the ruling faction in Gaza – had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during Israel’s three-week Operation Cast Lead. Some 1,400 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of women and children. Goldstone’s report, Israeli officials worried, might eventually pave the way to war crimes trials against Israeli soldiers at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. In what appeared to be a partial retraction of some of his findings against Israel, Goldstone argued that he would have written the report differently had...more

Goldstone’s Rethink
Dissident Voice: 5 Apr 2011 - Israeli leaders have barely hidden their jubilation at an opinion article in last Friday’s Washington Post by the South African jurist Richard Goldstone reconsidering the findings of his United Nations-appointed inquiry into Israel’s attack on Gaza in winter 2008. For the past 18 months the Goldstone Report had forced Israel on to the defensive by suggesting its army – as well as Hamas, the ruling faction in Gaza – had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during Israel’s three-week Operation Cast Lead. Some 1,400 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of women and children. Goldstone’s report, Israeli officials worried, might eventually pave the way to war crimes trials against Israeli soldiers at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. In what appeared to be a partial retraction of some of his findings against Israel, Goldstone argued that he would have written the report differently had Israel cooperated at the time...more

Israeli zoning stifles Area C village
4/4/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The 1,200 residents of Furush Beit Dajan, 60 kilometers north of Nablus, have no water, sewage or electricity networks, and say that despite appeals to the Palestinian Authority, little has, or can be done to improve conditions. Surrounded by settlements and the Hamra military checkpoint, officials say the past 30 years....

Unity delegation leaves for Cairo
4/4/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Representatives of several Palestinian factions and independent figures left for Cairo on Monday, for a series of talks under Egyptian mediation, and meetings with delegates from the Middle East and Europe, a source close to the meetings said. The focus of the trip will be on Palestinian unity, the official....

First female leader of Palestinian party elected
Palestine Note 4 Apr 2011 - Ma'an- The Central Committee of the Palestinian Democratic Union convened Saturday in Ramallah and Gaza City and elected the first ever female secretary-general of a Palestinian faction, Zahira Kamal. Kamal was born in Jerusalem in 1945 and has held several...

Another war on Gaza?
Uruknet April 4, 2011 - In recent weeks an escalation in violence between Israel and Palestinian resistance factions in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip has claimed the lives of more than a dozen Palestinians, the youngest of them 10-year-old Mahmoud Jalal al-Hilu. Does this escalation increase the likelihood of another large-scale assault on Gaza similar to "Operation Cast Lead" in winter...

Another war on Gaza?
Electronic Intifada: 4 Apr 2011 - Until now, there have been good reasons to believe Israel would hesitate to launch a new major military assault on Gaza. But EI's Ali Abunimah sees warning signs Israel could be laying the ground for another big attack.more

Military groups in Gaza 'will retaliate' to Israel's attacks
4/3/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The military wings of Palestinian factions operating in Gaza announced Sunday that they were preparing to respond to Israel's recent targeted assassinations in the coastal enclave. In a press conference held in Gaza City, spokesmen of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other factions' armed wings said that Israel....

First female leader of Palestinian party elected
4/3/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Central Committee of the Palestinian Democratic Union convened Saturday in Ramallah and Gaza City and elected the first ever female secretary-general of a Palestinian faction, Zahira Kamal. Kamal was born in Jerusalem in 1945 and has held several official political positions. She was the first Palestinian Minister of Women'....

Palestinian factions invited to Cairo
4/3/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Egyptian officials have invited representatives of several Palestinians and independent figures to Cairo ahead of President Mahmoud Abbas' visit on Thursday, informed sources told Ma'an." A number of independent figures have already traveled from the Palestinian territories to Cairo, including a delegation of independent figures including Yasser Al-Wadiyeh....

GLOBAL ACTIONS MARK PALESTINE’S LAND DAY
Intifada-Palestine: 2 Apr 2011 - Report, The Electronic Intifada Direct actions, rallies and protests took place across Palestine and in numerous cities across the world on 30 March to commemorate the 35th annual Land Day, an important day of remembrance for six Palestinians with Israeli citizenship... more

The Year Of Living Dangerously: Palestinians On The Brink
Mikail Jubran, Intifada-Palestine 3/31/2011
      During the past couple of weeks we have witnessed a somewhat stall of the Arab spring. An ongoing civil conflict that is raging in Libya pits the ‘ancien regime’ against a rag-tag rabble of self-proclaimed freedom fighters who thought that international intervention would guarantee their success. It appears they may have miscalculated terribly the tenacity of their well-entrenched opponent. Now, even Syria is showing signs of popular revolt. While this new Arab Order may appear to be in some disarray, among the Palestinians a simmering anger percolates. This fury could be about to spill over into popular rage.
     One stark fact confronts the Palestinian leadership and that is they never faced a more seminal moment in time. While there is always hope for the future, the Palestinian people need to search for it and seek it in the right places. They should no longer allow themselves to be blinded by their own ideological hallucinations and obsessions. The Palestinian Authority is fearful of their own population, who has been closely watching the explosive events in their backyard.
     The stirs of echoes for a new Palestinian political strategy reverberate within the power circles of Ramallah, with ideas and notions in abundance. However, can and will the Palestinian leadership show the boldness to grasp a new direction before its ongoing dilemma deepens further? To escape this ever-widening stalemate, and act to progress forward, the PA must grasp true political reform in which the past must not become prologue. In other words, any basis for reform and elections in the Palestinian territories – formulas embodied in the Oslo accords – are defunct. The Palestinian leadership must shed the burdens of its past failures. They need to enumerate an entirely new basis for their political legitimacy. This can only be created by the ultimate and sole source of authority – the Palestinian people; for it is only their leadership that can articulate and implement authentic programs of structural, legal and procedural reform; fundamental change that is proactive and not reactive, and is fully guided by the Palestinian people themselves, and for their specific benefit.
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Global actions mark Palestine's Land Day
Electronic Intifada: 2 Apr 2011 - Direct actions, rallies and protests took place across Palestine and in numerous cities across the world on 30 March to commemorate the 35th annual Land Day, an important day of remembrance for six Palestinians with Israeli citizenship gunned down by Israeli forces in 1976 during a general strike in protest of expanded land confiscation inside the state.more

PA ambassador: Gaza engineer not linked to Hamas
4/1/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Ambassador to the Ukraine Mohammad Al-As'ad said Friday that the Gazan engineer held by Israel was not affiliated to Hamas or any other faction. Dirar Abu Sisi, director of Gaza's sole power plant, disappeared from a train in Ukraine in February and appeared before an Israeli....

Cairo Revolution Finds New Target: Free Market
Palestine Note 1 Apr 2011 - The Wall Street Journal- The millions of Egyptians who demanded President Hosni Mubarak's downfall last month were drawn not only by opposition to his authoritarian rule; many were also furious about his free-market reforms. Now, as Egypt prepares for elections...

In Palestine, curse anything but the land
Electronic Intifada: 1 Apr 2011 - On 30 March 1976, while thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel were protesting against the expropriation of their lands, Israeli security forces shot and killed six of them and injured many. Thirty-five years later, Mohammed Rabah Suliman writes about the significance of Land Day for Palestinians.more




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