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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) Rights group: Local elections must move forward
8/31/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq on Tuesday called on President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw his presidential decree postponing local elections. The decree violates the provisions of the Basic Law and elections law, Al-Haq said. Abbas last week postponed the elections, scheduled forOct. 22, "until appropriate circumstances" exist and to give....

Palestinian Elections Postponed Again
Alternative Information Center - Postponing elections for the fourth time, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently overturned the ruling of the Palestinian Supreme Court and issued a presidential decree further delaying local elections without setting a new date.

Israel may amend military appendix of Egypt peace treaty
Jerusalem Post 31 Aug 2011 - Barak mulls raising level of strategic dialogue with Cairo; official: We would like to find a way to remove peace treaty with Israel as issue in upcoming elections.

Swedish chain boycotts ‘Sodastream’ (West Bank fizzy-water device sold at Brooklyn’s Park Slope coop)
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Palestinians in Jordan refugee camp long to return
Electronic Intifada: 30 Aug 2011 - John Ridley The Electronic Intifada Behind every door in Baqaa refugee camp, one finds tragedy as well as perseverance.more

Islamic Jihad truce 'to protect Palestinians'
8/27/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Islamic Jihad leader Dawood Shibab said Saturday that the movement agreed to a truce with Israel to protect the Palestinian people and leaders. Islamic Jihad agreed to a ceasefire on Friday after a previous truce broke down when Israeli forces killed two Islamic Jihad militants, and the faction launched projectiles....

[uruknet.info] Factions In Gaza Declare Truce
Uruknet August 26, 2011 - The Islamic Jihad Movement in the Gaza Strip reported that a new mediated understanding was reached between Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza, on one hand, and Israel on the other, to declare a truce starting Friday. The understanding was reached after two days of extensive Israeli bombing targeting Gaza leading to the death of...

Israel threatened launching extensive military assault on Gaza Strip
PIC - Israel threatened it would launch a massive ground and air military attack on the Gaza Strip in response to new rockets Palestinian factions fired into southern Israel..

Factions In Gaza Declare Truce
IMEMC - Friday August 26, 2011 - 09:11, The Islamic Jihad Movement in the Gaza Strip reported that a new mediated understanding was reached between Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza in Israel to declare a truce starting Friday.

PFLP brigades claim rocket fired into Ashkelon
8/27/2011 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- A leftist armed group said its forces fired a rocket from Gaza into southern Israel on Friday, hours after a dawn ceasefire deal was announced by Gaza factions. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's armed wing said it fired a Grad rocket at Ashkelon. The....

Gaza militant group pledges resistance of Jewish Jerusalem
8/26/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A little-known militant group in Gaza said Friday it would continue "resistance to liberate Palestine and its capital Jerusalem." The Al-Aqsa Brigades -- Imad Mughniyeh Martyrs said in a statement marking Al-Quds Day that all factions and Jerusalem organizations should work to oppose Israel's attempt to impose a Jewish....

Thousands demonstrations in Gaza to mark world Quds day
PIC - Thousands of people participated in a demonstration which was called for by Palestinian resistance factions on Friday to mark the world Quds day.

French giant Veolia cut down to size for abusing Palestinian rights
Electronic Intifada: 26 Aug 2011 - Maren Mantovani and Michael Deas The Electronic Intifada Nicolas Sarkozy’s government must face up to its obligations not to abet Israel’s crimes.more

Amazing Determination of the Yemeni People
Palestine Chronicle: 26 Aug 2011 - By Mohamed El Mokhtar The current stalemate in Yemen is not politically sustainable. The intransigence of the incumbent president/autocrat, Abdallah Saleh, is causing an unprecedented political standstill. Such paralysis is sucking up the energy of the whole country and creating an atmosphere of near-anarchy. And the responsibility of this mayhem lies squarely in the hands of the president given his lack of predisposition to seriously compromise or step-down. Now the public administration is in shambles throughout the country. In effect, the already structurally fragile civil institutions are working far below their potential capacity, hence the limited access everywhere to public services or lack thereof. These constraining limitations in the delivery of vital services, deliberately engineered by the ruling regime, are exacting a high cost on ordinary citizens as evidenced by the scarcity of fuel, water, electricity and other basic commodities. In spite of all this, the Yemeni people have shown...more

Islamic Jihad: 'We will halt rockets if Israel stops raids'
8/25/2011 - GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Islamic Jihad on Thursday pledged that if Israel halted its air strikes on Gaza, its militants would stop firing rockets into southern Israel, a spokesman told AFP." If Israel stops its attacks, the Palestinian resistance will stop firing rockets," said Daoud Shihab after 24 hours of Israeli air strikes targeting the faction.... Related: Islamic Jihad armed wing: No chance of truce and PRC says its armed wing will scrap truce

PCHR Welcomes President's Decision to Postpone Elections of Local Councils
IMEMC - Wednesday August 24, 2011 - 22:28, The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) welcomes the decision taken by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to postpone the elections of local councils which were scheduled to be organized on 22 October 2011.

PCHR Welcomes President's Decision to Postpone Elections of Local Councils
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Wednesday, 24 August 2011

PCHR Welcomes President's Decision to Postpone Elections of Local Councils
Relief Web 24 Aug 2011 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ref: 89/2011 The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) welcomes the decision taken by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to postpone the elections of local councils which were scheduled to be...

Hamas's Zahar: I don't know who committed Eilat attacks
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2011 - Senior Hamas official says that Israel fabricating reasons to attack Gaza, Palestinian factions reserve right to attack despite truce.

[uruknet.info] Seeking Palestinian Statehood: Sovereignty or Paralysis?
Uruknet August 23, 2011 - It's been since May that we've heard Fatah-Hamas reconciliation via an interim unity government leading to elections in 2012, is imminent. Actually, reconciliation has been impending since 2007. Nothing materialized by way of joint governance, certainly not even coordinated security, as the PA is apparently on track to seek Palestine recognition at the UN...

Romney seems to be positioning himself to capture neoconservative support
Mondoweiss - Two Romney items. Justin Elliott reports at Salon on Mitt Romney's foreign policy adviser's support for a terrorist group that is aimed at Iran. You'll note that Daniel Pipes loves this group: A foreign policy advisor to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been active in...

It’s time for all Palestinians to be heard
Ahmed Moor, Al Jazeera 8/23/2011
      Palestinian leaders lack electoral legitimacy, partly because the Palestinian diaspora has no say.
     The Palestinians have big decisions to make. Their national movement has followed a singular trajectory for decades but now they are at a historic juncture. Yet they lack representative leaders who are capable of steering them ably into the future. That is because no Palestinian currently commands the weighty authority of electoral legitimacy.
     Consequently, the Palestinians must conduct new Palestinian National Council (PNC) elections at the soonest practicable date. Furthermore, those elections must be conducted across the Palestinian communities around the world.
     1948 witnessed the creation of one of the world's few scattered national movements. The Nakba - Arabic for "catastrophe" - was orchestrated by Jewish paramilitaries and resulted in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. More than 750,000 native refugees fled and were dispersed from their homes when the Jewish state was established.
     The Palestinians quickly overcame their geographical isolation from one another to begin rebuilding their national institutions. Representation for all Palestinians - both internally and externally displaced refugees, along with the Palestinians who remained in their villages - was one of their earliest goals. All agreed that the Palestinians everywhere ought to have a say in how their collective struggle to reclaim their homes and lands would be conducted.
     The PNC was formed to represent the isolated Palestinian communities around the world. As the legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which was created in 1964, it continues to be responsible for electing the members of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee, in turn, is the leadership of the Palestinian people both in Palestine and in the Diaspora.
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PFLP military wing not part of Gaza ceasefire
8/23/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) - The military wing of the PFLP, the Abu Ali Mustafa brigades, said Monday that they were not part of the ceasefire agreement between Palestinian factions and Israel. The group claimed responsibility for firing two projectiles at southern Israel on Monday night, a statement from the group said." We will continue....

DFLP official: Elections delay 'illegal'
8/24/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The decision to postpone local West Bank elections scheduled for October 2011 is illegal, Palestinian lawmaker Qays Abdul-Karim said Tuesday. Abdul-Karim, a member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said the president had the right to amend local elections' law. But, "in such case, the president will....

Nunu: Palestinian factions abide by calm as long as IOF abides by it
PIC - The Palestinian government in Gaza announced that a calm agreement was reached between the Palestinian factions and the Israeli occupation authority.

Barren tables at Ramadan as PA loses $35 million in aid each month
Electronic Intifada: 23 Aug 2011 - The Electronic Intifada Ramallah Palestinian families are facing increasing financial woes this Ramadan, as the Palestinian Authority juggles with its dwindling budget.more

PRC agrees to ceasefire deal
8/22/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees said Monday they had signed up to a temporary ceasefire deal agreed by Gaza's rulers with Israel. The An-Nasser Salah Addin Brigades said they would temporarily stop firing projectiles into Israeli towns "for the sake of the Palestinian people'.... Related: Gaza factions agree ceasefire as overnight calm holds

Abbas postpones local elections in West Bank
8/22/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree on Monday postponing local West Bank elections scheduled for October 22. The presidential decree postpones elections "until appropriate circumstances" exist, the statement said, and gives time "to provide the Central Elections Commission with the opportunity to continue preparations for holding elections in all Palestinian districts....

Protection of Civilians Report 19-21 August 2011
Relief Web 21 Aug 2011 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip and rocket and mortar fire by Palestinian armed factions continue to affect civilians and civilian property in the Gaza...

Abbas postpones municipal elections, again
YNet News, 22 Aug 2011 - Palestinian president defers local elections across PA's cities for third time,....

Abbas postpones municipal elections
PIC - De facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Monday issued a decree indefinitely postponing the controversial municipal elections.

Jenin's Third Intifada under Attack
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Aug 2011 - By Richard Lightbown 'The location of the Freedom Theatre [...is] in the middle of the most attacked and poorest refugee camp in Palestine, the refugee camp of Jenin. We are talking about almost three thousand children under the age of 15 suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. It means they pee in their pants when they are eleven. It means they cannot concentrate; they cannot deal with each other without violence. "This camp [...] is [be]sieged by electric fence, all around it. People cannot go out or in unless they have a permit. We have two gates like a big prison, and we are just in the middle, trying to serve this population, trying to bring some normality, some sanity to some people here. "I would say that the Freedom Theatre offers the very basic elements of life to children, to people, to grown-ups, to women, to men: freedom. "And then of...more

Troops Invade Hebron, Kidnap 35 Residents
IMEMC - Sunday August 21, 2011 - 05:04, Israeli soldiers invaded on Saturday, just before midnight, the southern West bank city of Hebron, broke into and searched dozens of homes, and kidnapped more than 35 residents, including elected legislator Mohammad Abu Jheisha, and a number of Hamas political leaders.

Bloody Attacks: Israel continues to hit Gazans
21 Aug 2011 - Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) - Following two days of Israeli escalation in the Gaza Strip that caused the killing of 15 Palestinians and injuring at least 50 others including, women, children, and older people, Palestinian factions announced halting lull with Israel and factions called on their military wings to carry out attacks on Israel in response to killing 15 people including...

Meeting of Palestinian Factions Postponed, Says Official

Seeking Palestinian Statehood: Sovereignty or Paralysis?
Palestine Chronicle: 21 Aug 2011 - By Issa Khalaf It's been since May that we've heard Fatah-Hamas reconciliation via an interim unity government leading to elections in 2012, is imminent. Actually, reconciliation has been impending since 2007. Nothing materialized by way of joint governance, certainly not even coordinated security, as the PA is apparently on track to seek Palestine recognition at the UN next month—without 'national unity.' Abbas and company plan West Bank-only local council elections in October, preoccupy themselves with blocking sermons of unsympathetic imams, continue to work closely with Israeli security forces, and conduct repression and censor as usual against journalists, activists, dissidents, and even political satire. Hamas, meanwhile, is determined to maintain its Gaza fiefdom and enforce its version of socio-political Islam. Just like mini-state 1, lifeline courtesy of donors, mini-state 2 uses public resources to award and punish, co-opt and repress, dispense favors, money, and positions, depending on one’s political allegiance, and...more

Egypt envoy: Initial agreement to restore ceasefire
8/20/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Egypt's ambassador to the Palestinian Authority said Saturday that Cairo was exerting efforts to calm tensions between Israel and factions in Gaza following a sharp escalation in violence. Yasser Othman said both sides have reached an initial agreement to restore a ceasefire between Israel and factions in the Gaza....

Hamas official: No ceasefire until Israel stops aggression
8/21/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) --Senior Hamas official Ahmad Bahar said Saturday that there would be no ceasefire until Israel stopped its aggression on the Palestinian people." Any talk about ceasefire between resistance factions and the Israeli occupation must be preceded by halting the Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people," Bahar said in a statement....

Spokesman: Fatah will be first to defend Gaza
8/20/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) - Fatah said Saturday it would be in the forefront of the forces defending the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip by all means, calling upon other factions to unite in order to face Israel's aggression and to implement a reconciliation agreement." The Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip....

Demolitions by Israel increase fivefold, says new UN report
Electronic Intifada: 20 Aug 2011 - IRIN The Electronic Intifada Ramallah Skyrocketing Israeli policies of home demolitions in Area C have displaced more than 650 Palestinians In the first six months of 2011 alone.more

Hamas armed wing abandons ceasefire with Israel
8/20/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The military wing of Hamas, the Al-Qassam Brigades, has called off a ceasefire with Israel and will allow factions in Gaza to respond to Israeli attacks, Al-Aqsa Radio reported late Friday." There can be no truce with the Israeli occupation while it commits massacres against the Palestinian people without justification....

Fatah 'ready to discuss' delaying October elections
Palestine Note 19 Aug 2011 - Ma'an- Fatah will consider delaying elections in the West Bank to allow Hamas to prepare for a vote in Gaza, party official Mohammed Al-Madani said Friday. Al-Madani, Fatah's election commissioner, said electoral preparations were complete for municipal elections in the...

Who is the Palestinian group blamed for the attacks?
Ha'aretz - The Popular Resistance Committee is an umbrella group made up of militants from different armed factions.

Video survey: Racism rampant among Israeli youth
Eli Ungar-Sargon, Electronic Intifada 8/18/2011
      Over the past three years, my wife Pennie and I have been working on a documentary film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. During our second production trip to the region, one of the many remarkable people we encountered was Uri Davis. He is one of a handful of Israelis who has built a life for himself among the Palestinians of the West Bank. This made him a very interesting subject for our film, which examines the practical and moral failings of the two-state solution.
     During our interview with Davis, one of the questions we asked was whether he had encountered any anti-Semitism in the West Bank. The question was motivated by a desire on our part to address a narrative — prevalent among American and Israeli Jews — which claims that anti-Semitism is an obvious feature of Palestinian culture.
     As these two groups are an important part of our target audience, we felt that it was our responsibility to address this perception. Who better to ask about the veracity of this narrative than a Jew living among Palestinians? Davis answered by saying that although Palestinian anti-Semitism does exist, it is a marginal phenomenon, while anti-Arab sentiment among Israelis is a mainstream phenomenon. Shortly after the interview, it occurred to us that we could either substantiate or disprove Davis’s provocative statement with our cameras.
     We began our survey in February 2011 and completed it in early March. On the Israeli side, we interviewed a total of 250 Jewish Israelis in Haifa, Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Jerusalem and Beersheba. For this part of the survey I conducted the interviews myself from behind the camera in Hebrew. On the Palestinian side, we interviewed a total of 250 Palestinians in Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron. (Despite multiple attempts, we were unable to procure permission to enter the Gaza Strip.) Here, we collaborated with local journalist Mohammad Jaradat who, using my questions, conducted the interviews in Arabic. -- See also: VIDEO - Anti-Arab Sentiment in Israel and eliungar YouTube Channel
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Palestinian youth in Gaza skeptical about PA's UN bid
Electronic Intifada: 19 Aug 2011 - Mohammed Rabah Suliman The Electronic Intifada Gaza Strip As the Palestinian Authority approaches the United Nations to ask for full membership for the “State of Palestine,” many young people in Gaza are highly doubtful the move can secure Palestinian rights.more

Gaza lifeguards deprived of rescue equipment by Israel
Electronic Intifada: 19 Aug 2011 - Eva Bartlett The Electronic Intifada Gaza Strip Power cuts and a lack of basic rescue equipment due to Israeli restrictions mean that Gaza lifeguards can’t reach swimmers in danger.more

Gaza factional fighting scars taint reconciliation efforts
8/19/2011 - GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Palestinian Musa Abu Jarrad shrugs off any notion of reconciling with the Hamas group he blames for the death of his son, a Fatah member, in 2007 factional fighting in Gaza." The angel Gabriel himself couldn't make me reconcile with my boy's killers," the 70-year-old says, anger....

Over Hamas Objections, Palestinian Authority Opens Voter Registration for October Elections
Alternative Information Center - Hamas is accusing Fatah of violating the reconciliation agreement by opening voter registration for municipal elections in the West Bank, proving that the rift between Palestinian political parties is just as wide as ever.

Details on Palestinian group blamed for attack that killed 8 Israelis
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Israel has blamed a Palestinian faction, the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), of launching attacks along its border with Egypt that killed eight Israelis Thursday.

Anti-Arab racism in Israel
Mondoweiss - Eli Ungar-Sargon writes in The Electronic Intifada about a survey of Jewish Israeli racism and the video above: We began our survey in February 2011 and completed it in early March. On the Israeli side, we interviewed a total of 250 Jewish Israelis in Haifa, Tel...

Deemed guilty
Saleh Al-Naami, Al-Ahram Weekly 8/18/2011
      Contention has flared up between the Gaza government and international NGOs, with the former demanding more financial oversight of the latter's operations.
     Recently, relations between several international organisations operating in the Gaza Strip on the one hand, and the government of Ismail Haneyah, Palestinian factions, the elite, and the people in Gaza have deteriorated greatly. The government in Gaza, along with the elite and most of the population accuse these agencies of harbouring hidden agendas to undermine the Palestinian cause and its foundations, especially the issue of refugees. Also, that they are attempting to instill values that contradict Islamic beliefs, as well as using funds for projects that are not a priority for Palestinians.
     Tensions peaked when Gaza's Ministry of Interior asked international agencies to submit documents outlining spending on projects in the Gaza Strip. Of the 78 international organisations operating in Gaza, 20 refused to cooperate with the ministry, most prominently USAID. The ministry quickly responded by shutting down one international agency that refused scrutiny by the Gaza government. Eventually, USAID warned the Gaza government that it will halt all its aid projects within 48 hours if the government does not rescind its demand and reinstate the organisations that were shut down.
     Ehab Al-Ghosayn, spokesman for the ministry of interior in Gaza, described the threat by USAID as part of the political siege that foreign parties are imposing on the Palestinian government in Gaza. Al-Ghosayn told Al-Ahram Weekly that his ministry is scrutinising foreign and local NGOs operating in the Gaza Strip as part of its powers dictated by Palestinian law. He objected to the sensitivity of international organisations over the application of the law, and refusal to cooperate with bodies that are authorised by law. He emphasised that the application of the law of the land is obligatory for international agencies....
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Video survey: Racism rampant among Israeli youth
Electronic Intifada: 17 Aug 2011 - Eli Ungar-Sargon The Electronic Intifada A survey of 250 Israeli Jews reveals the extent of anti-Arab racism in Israel.more

Preserving Palestinian Heritage One Stitch at a Time
PNN - Hebron - Emily Lawrence - PNN / The Electronic Intifada - A walk through the markets of the Old City in Hebron is a sobering reminder of the effects of the Israeli occupation...

Former Palestinian power broker fighting for political survival
The National 17 Aug 2011 - Mohammed Dahlan is fighting for his political life. Colleagues in the Fatah faction that now runs the West Bank expelled him from the group in June. They have accused him of everything from corruption to building his own private militia.

Leading Labor Party candidate: I don't see Israeli settlements as a crime
Ha'aretz - Shelly Yachimovich claims settlement building was completely consensual move; says it was Labor Party that founded the settlement enterprise in the territories.

Iranian hard-liners seek payback in parliamentary elections
Daily Star 17 Aug 2011 Iran’s internal power struggles are shifting into election mode with hard-line political forces banding together to groom candidates for next year’s parliamentary elections and punish the allies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Why was the PA hosting American Kabbalah tourists in Nablus?
Michelle Gyeney, Nablus, Electronic Intifada 8/17/2011
      The message cut through the narrow passageways and abundant staircases of Nablus with remarkable speed on 11 August: a huge group of tourists was on their way to the city, and the governate was in desperate need of local, English-speaking tour guides to lead these invitees throughout Nablus. In exchange for 100 shekels (about $30), each guide was expected to lead his or her group through the Ottoman-era Old City as well as to religious sites such as Joseph’s Tomb and Bier Yacob church — and, most importantly, to refrain from political discussion of any kind throughout the day.
     Official guests of the Palestinian Authority, the 1,200 students of the Kabbalah International Center in Los Angeles — wearing matching white t-shirts bearing Arabic, English, or Hebrew messages of peace — streamed into Nablus throughout the day and ended their visit in the downtown area where the visitors took part in the inaugural launch of “Peace and Freedom Day.” As part of this new Nablusi celebration, governor Jibril al-Bakri, his deputy Anan al-Ateera, and a number of other community officials spoke about the need for peace and statehood and then led the crowd in singing peace-related songs. While the Nablus governate was the official coordinator of the day, several of the roughly 100 Palestinian participants, including tour guides, organizers and volunteers, were quick to suggest that the invitation for the Jewish mysticism group came at the behest of PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
     The themes of peace and freedom were discussed without reference to their political context and were simply described as abstract concepts that Palestinians should have the right to enjoy. Ironically, the organizers’ emphasis that guides not discuss political issues with their groups was, in and of itself, an affront to Palestinian freedom. Further complicating the matter was the logistical impossibility of leading people through the Old City, which was a bastion of the resistance movement and bore a heavy civilian burden during both intifadas, without referencing politics.
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Donors help keep Palestinians in cages
Electronic Intifada: 16 Aug 2011 - Charlotte Silver The Electronic Intifada Ramallah International aid donors are using Palestine as a laboratory for a neo-liberal economic experiment.more

Why was the PA hosting American Kabbalah tourists in Nablus?
Electronic Intifada: 17 Aug 2011 - Michelle Gyeney The Electronic Intifada Nablus The Palestinian Authority cooperated with Israeli forces to host a fabricated “Peace and Freedom Day” rally in Nablus, while prohibiting local Palestinian tour guides from discussing politics with Kabbalist tourists from the US .more

Committee formed in Gaza to monitor UNRWA's performance
PIC - Leaders of factions, academics, popular committees and independent figures declared the establishment of "UNRWA Watch," a committee which will monitor the performance of this UN relief agency.

Elections commission begins registration
8/13/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) - The Palestinian Central Elections Commission has announced that registration for local elections will resume Saturday across the occupied West Bank. Saturday morning to Wednesday afternoon will be dedicated to completing registration and submitting objections at 295 centers in city halls and municipality buildings in the West Bank. Hisham Ikheil, head of....

[uruknet.info] BDS activists in Israel stand with Australian counterparts facing repression [ 80440 ]
Uruknet August 12, 2011 - Boycott from Within, a coalition of citizens of Israel, both Palestinian and Jewish, organizing in support of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) issued a statement today expressing their solidarity with Australian BDS activists facing severe state repression. The full statement is below. Kim Bullimore reported for The Electronic Intifada on...

Politics: Shelly Yacimovich’s serendipity
Jerusalem Post 11 Aug 2011 - Labor Party leadership candidate and former radio and TV broadcaster has emerged as one of the big winners from the social protests.

[uruknet.info] Republican presidential candidate wants to destroy UN if it recognizes Palestine
Uruknet August 11, 2011 - In an op-ed published by the pro-Netanyahu tabloid Yisrael Hayom, Republican Newt Gingrich calls upon the United States to stop supporting the United Nations if it votes for Palestinian independence. "We don't need to fund a corrupt institution to beat up on our allies," says Gingrich. Washington should make immediately clear that it has...

GOP nomination battle heats up
YNet News, 12 Aug 2011 - 2012 Republican presidential candidacy is underway as 8 candidates take on....

Israel’s Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi to Glenn Beck: ‘G-d will bless you for what you did’
Mondoweiss - It's T minus twelve days until Glenn Beck's big End Times powwow in Jerusalem (an event he has predicted "will change the direction of the world"), and the wing-nuts are coming out of the, well, wings to support it.  Tea Bagger-turned-Presidential candidate Herman Cain is set...

Gazans vent anger as Israel deprives prisoners of education
Electronic Intifada: 12 Aug 2011 - Mohammed Omer The Electronic Intifada Gaza City Access to education for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails is getting worse. The 1,800 Palestinian prisoners who were supposed to complete their secondary school exams were not permitted to do so by the Israeli Prison Service.more

Film review: women footballers struggle to play (and win)
Electronic Intifada: 12 Aug 2011 - Michelle Gyeney The Electronic Intifada Sawsan Qaoud documents how the idea for a Palestinian women’s football team was brought to life — and recounts the difficulties the players face on a regular basis just to play — in Women in the Stadium .more

Families of political prisoners rally in Hebron
8/11/2011 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Relatives of political prisoners organized a sit-in and rally in the West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday, protesting an escalation in arrests by Palestinian Authority security forces. Hamas officials said the rally demanded the release of prisoners and an end to arrests, particularly as Palestinian factions meet in Cairo to....

How Palestinian Authority’s UN “Statehood” Bid Endangers Palestinian Rights
Intifada-Palestine: 11 Aug 2011 - by Ali Abunimah / The Electronic Intifada The Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC), the steering group of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign, has issued further guidance in the run up to the Palestinian Authority’s effort to gain UN membership... more

Analysis: Solution for Jerusalem
aoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 8/11/2011
      Chambers of commerce in some Palestinian cities held elections over the past few weeks and municipal elections are planned for October. One Palestinian city that will not see any local elections just happens to be Palestine’s capital in waiting.
     For the past 44 years, East Jerusalem has been prevented from carrying out any activity that might represent any sort of local government.
     Israel’s unilateral annexation of occupied East Jerusalem and the forced municipal unity with Israeli West Jerusalem has left the holy city in limbo. Palestinians rejected the annexation and unification of the city, and have boycotted municipal elections since 1967.
     A number of US-Israeli-Palestinian agreements give the PLO permission to hold offices in East Jerusalem and stipulate that Israel should not close down existing Palestinian organizations and institutions. But Israel has been ignoring these understandings and effectively ensured that Palestinians in the city remain leaderless.
     In addition to banning East Jerusalem municipal elections, Israel closed down the Jerusalem Chamber of Commerce, the Orient House and many other Palestinian institutions.
     Any public event Palestinians consider holding in East Jerusalem is quickly dubbed a “Palestinian Authority” event and therefore illegal, according to Israel’s draconian emergency laws.
     Last spring a celebration in honor of the West Bank champion football team, which happens to be from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Baher, was canceled by the Israeli police....
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Israel uses "primitive, racist" policies against Palestinian prisoners
Electronic Intifada: 10 Aug 2011 - Mel Frykberg The Electronic Intifada Ramallah The conditions for Palestinians held without charge under administrative detention are harsh, just as they are for all political prisoners.more

Frustration simmers over Egypt-Gaza border closure
Electronic Intifada: 11 Aug 2011 - Jared Malsin The Electronic Intifada Palestinians in Gaza are still waiting for Egypt’s promise to ease the closure of Rafah crossing to materialize.more

Israel's rights groups condemn 'Jews only' businesses
Palestine Note 10 Aug 2011 - The National- We don't employ Arabs - so dozens of companies listed in Israel's Yellow Pages plainly state. The businesses, which include a bus firm, plumbers, electricians and a removal firm, openly advertise under the banner of "Hebrew labour" -...

Communications cut off in Gaza Strip
PIC - All forms of telecommunications as well as electricity were suddenly cut off in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night.

Could Arab staying power ultimately defeat Zionism?
David Hearst, The Guardian 8/5/2011
      Abbas's UN appeal, combined with the civil rights fight inside Israel, is changing the nature of the Palestinian struggle
     There is an Arabic word you come across a lot when Palestinians talk about their future. Sumud means steadfastness, and it has turned into a strategy: when the imbalance of power is so pronounced, the most important thing to do is to stay put.
     Staying put against overwhelming odds is regarded as a victory. But it is more than just a word. It's the look in Rifqua al-Kurd's eyes as she fights eviction in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem. She lives out of boxes, because when the police throw her out and the settlers move in she doesn't want the clothes thrown into the street. Sumud is the tenacity with which Mohammed Hussein Jibor, a farmer, clings to a rock-strewn patch of land in the South Hebron hills in 38 degrees heat. His water cistern has been destroyed three times this year because he does not have a permit for it, even though the court acknowleges it is his land. Sumud sums up the attitude of the Bedouin struggling to stay in 45 unrecognised villages in the Negev, without a supply of water, electricity or schools. Once the entire Negev was theirs, now only 6% is. Israel wants to put the Bedouin in townships while establishing 130 Jewish villages and agricultural settlements on the land. Talab al-Sana, their MP, says: "They want Jews to be Bedouin and Bedouin to be Ashkenaz [European Jews]."
     Sumud crops up in some unexpected places – not only East Jerusalem, the West Bank or Gaza, but in Jaffa, Lod, and in Arab communities all over Israel among people who have nominally the same rights as any other citizen. As September looms and with it the attempt by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, to get a declaration of statehood from the UN, the spotlight has swivelled on to these.
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Sources of fun dwindle for Gaza's children
Electronic Intifada: 10 Aug 2011 - Eva Bartlett The Electronic Intifada Gaza City Palestinian families in Gaza are keen for a change and some leisure activity in their lives encaged and under siege.more

Israel's social protest leaders form own expert team
Ha'aretz - Protesters' formation of expert team coincides with first meeting of Netanyahu's Team for Socio-economic Change; about 200 people protest rising electricity tariffs outside PM's residence in Jerusalem.

Protesters: We'll pull cabinet's plug
YNet News, 9 Aug 2011 - Leaders of the social protest sweeping across Israel added another item to their growing list of demands Tuesday – electricity rates. In what has already been deemed ... ....

Does your Congressperson represent you – or Israel?
Mondoweiss - In this time of economic austerity, when jobs are being slashed and Americans are fearful about their future, the Congressional recess is the time for our elected representatives to be home in their districts, reaching out to their constituents and servicing the people they are paid...

Australia's repression of BDS movement coordinated with Israel
Electronic Intifada: 8 Aug 2011 - Kim Bullimore The Electronic Intifada Melbourne Nineteen Melbourne activists are facing fines of up to $32,000 for participating in an action in support of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions.more

Hamas and Fatah agree to release political prisoners
Palestine Note 8 Aug 2011 - Ma'an- Hamas and Fatah have agreed to release all political prisoners after meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss the reconciliation deal signed in April, official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported. The two factions also agreed to the formation of...

Top Islamist: All to blame in Ain al-Hilweh clash
Daily Star 8 Aug 2011 A senior Islamist official in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh held all Palestinian factions – Islamist and non-Islamist ones – responsible for armed clashes which erupted over the weekend.

Cabinet meets, postpones long-awaited appointments
Daily Star 8 Aug 2011 The issue of the long-awaited appointments was once again not tabled at Monday’s Cabinet meeting due to lack of agreement on names of candidates, parliamentary sources told The Daily Star.

Scenes from an occupation: Israeli forces hold ambulance w/ Palestinian crash survivors at checkpoint for 1/2 hour as archaeologists search for Jewish roots in ancient Jerusalem
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Jamal Juma': PA "killing popular resistance"
Electronic Intifada: 8 Aug 2011 - Ida Audeh The Electronic Intifada Ramallah Ida Audeh interviews grassroots activist Jamal Juma’ about the dearth of popular resistance in areas of the West Bank under Palestinian Authority jurisdiction, the UN statehood bid and the role of the Palestinian diaspora in national liberation.more

Hamas and Fatah agree to release political prisoners
8/7/2011 - CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Hamas and Fatah have agreed to release all political prisoners after meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss the reconciliation deal signed in April, official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported. The two factions also agreed to the formation of a committee to issue passports to Gaza residents before the end of....

One dead as Palestinians clash in Lebanon camp
Relief Web 7 Aug 2011 - Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Lebanon BEIRUT — One person was killed and eight others wounded in Lebanon's notorious Ain al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp on Saturday when armed clashes erupted between rival factions, an official in the camp...

'Knesset may not complete its tenure due to Israel's social protests'
Ha'aretz - Reuven Rivlin, the Knesset Speaker, says he believes elections will be moved ahead of the November 2013 date.

Radio Israel
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2011 - There is no public oversight; Only leverage elected officials have over Army Radio is threaten its right to sell commercial airtime.

'Fatah, Hamas agree to release all political prisoners'
Jerusalem Post 7 Aug 2011 - Factions meet in Cairo to rekindle Palestinian reconciliation talks; Ma'an news agency reports agreement reached on prisoner release.

[uruknet.info] Report: Hamas and Fatah agree to release political prisoners
Uruknet August 7, 2011 -- Hamas and Fatah have agreed to release all political prisoners after meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss the reconciliation deal signed in April, official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported. The two factions also agreed to the formation of a committee to issue passports to Gaza residents before the end of Ramadan, as well...

Fatah, Hamas agree on prisoners' release
YNet News, 7 Aug 2011 - Hamas and Fatah delegations met in Cairo on Sunday to discuss ways to implement the Palestinian reconciliation agreement the two factions signed in late April. Fatah ... ....

Gaza electricity crisis 'due to faulty power line'
8/6/2011 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinians in Gaza have been breaking their daily fast in darkness this Ramadan due to an electricity crisis in the coastal enclave. Gaza's energy authority said the blackouts were caused by a faulty power line from Israel. Officials in Gaza said Israeli authorities were stalling maintenance of the....

1 dead as Palestinians clash in Lebanon camp
8/6/2011 - BEIRUT (AFP) -- One person was killed and eight others wounded in Lebanon's notorious Ain Al-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp on Saturday when armed clashes erupted between rival factions, an official in the camp said." One civilian was killed and eight others wounded, most of them in critical condition, in clashes today in the camp....

Telecoms minister: Draft law will not harm online privacy
Palestine Note 5 Aug 2011 - Ma'an- The PA telecommunications minister said Wednesday that a draft law on electronic applications would pave the way to open e-government, denying that the Palestinian Authority wished to restrict citizen's internet privacy. Appearing on Ma'an TV show, Huquq An-Nas [People's...

Republican candidate Herman Cain: Anybody that messes with Israel, messes with the U.S.
Ha'aretz - The only black presidential candidate of the Republican Party, Herman Cain, will be in Israel later this month to show his support for the Jewish state.

Israeli protesters: 'We are prepared to die for our country ... but we can't live in it' - video
The Guardian 6 Aug 2011 - Thousands gather in Tel Aviv, where protesters have pitched tent villages on Rothschild Boulevard, to demonstrate over the high costs of housing, rearing children, fuel, electricity and food Mat Heywood

Lebanon: Clash in Palestinian camp kills 1
YNet News, 6 Aug 2011 - Palestinian security officials say armed clashes between rival factions in Lebanon's largest refugee camp have killed one person and wounded two others. It was not ... ....

Telecoms minister: Draft law will not harm online privacy
8/5/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The PA telecommunications minister said Wednesday that a draft law on electronic applications would pave the way to open e-government, denying that the Palestinian Authority wished to restrict citizen's internet privacy. Appearing on Ma'an TV show, Huquq An-Nas [People's Rights] Mashhour Abu Daqqa said his.... Related: Jordan's 'voluntary' registration of news websites will not work

Yacimovich asks court to expel ex-Likud members
Jerusalem Post 5 Aug 2011 - Labor leadership candidate demands disqualification of some 5000 ex-Likudniks who joined party in controversial recent membership drive.

Analysis: Syria’s tired slogans compete with a new dawn
Ramzy Baroud, Ma’an News Agency 8/5/2011
      There is no linear narrative capable of explaining the multifarious happenings that have gripped Syrian society in recent months. On March 23, as many as 20 peaceful protesters were killed at the hands of the Syrian regime’s security forces, and many more were wounded.
     Since then, the violence has escalated to a level of brutality and savagery that can only be comparable to the regime’s infamous massacres in the city of Hama in 1982.
     Listening to Syrian presidential adviser Dr Bouthaina Shaaban -- one of the most eloquent politicians in the Arab world -- one would get the impression that a self-assured reform campaign is indeed underway in Syria.
     Her words also suggest that while some of the protesters’ demands are legitimate, the crisis has been largely manufactured abroad and is being implemented at home by armed gangs bent on wrecking havoc.
     The aim of the protests, as often suggested by officials, is only to undermine Syria’s leadership in the region and the Arab world at large.
     Indeed, Syria has championed, at least verbally, the cause of Arab resistance. It has hosted Palestinian resistance factions that refused to toe the US-Israeli line. Although these factions don’t use Damascus as a starting point for any form of violent resistance against Israel, they do enjoy a fairly free platform to communicate their ideas.
     Israel, which seeks to destroy all forms of Palestinian resistance, is infuriated by this freedom.
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The two-state solution will die in September
Ami Kaufman, +972 Magazine 8/1/2011
      If all goes as planned, the U.S. will effectively send the two-state solution into oblivion this September, after caving into Israeli demands to torpedo the Palestinian unilateral declaration of independence at the United Nations
     Sometime in September, in just over a month, U.S. President Barack Obama will effectively close the door on the two-state solution. Some say this solution has already been dead for years, due to the immense growth of settlements that would obstruct any option of a viable Palestinian state in the West Bank. Others have held a certain amount of optimism, particularly believing that after his election, President Obama would usher in a solution. But one thing is for sure: come September, the two-state solution can be taken off the drawing board.
     Palestinians and Israelis have done almost everything they could to squander the past two years and bring the negotiations to a halt, yet it is the Obama administration’s failure to fulfill its role as a fair and neutral mediator that has damaged the process the most. The latest example of this doomed policy came in February with its veto of the UN Security Council Resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank – despite the fact that the resolution echoed Washington’s long-standing criticism of the settlements.
     The administration will have a chance once again to betray its own faith when Palestinians bring their unilateral declaration of independence to the UN in September. Whether they do it through the Security Council or the General Assembly is no longer of any importance, seeing as how the Administration has caved in to Israeli and American-Jewish pressure to block such an initiative. It is hard to understand the American stance that Palestinian statehood should not be discussed at the UN, when it is precisely the most relevant venue for such issues (as Israel found out in 1947), and even more difficult to defend their claim that UN recognition would be the end of diplomacy, when in fact it should be seen as an impetus for negotiations.
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New book exposes brutal treatment of Palestinian prisoners
Electronic Intifada: 5 Aug 2011 - Asa Winstanley The Electronic Intifada The new, high-quality anthology Threat: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel focuses on different aspects of Israel’s system of political prisons. Threat: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel Manufacturer: Pluto Press Part Number: Price: $34.00more

Arab wounds exposed in "Vanishing Spaces" film series
Electronic Intifada: 3 Aug 2011 - Naira Antoun The Electronic Intifada A series of six short films from Palestine and Syria screened in London last month were produced over a period spanning four decades and contend with the effects of political and industrial change, the importance and fragility of memory, home and belonging.more

PA announces schedule for local elections in West Bank
8/2/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Ministry of Local Government on Tuesday announced its schedule for local elections, which will be held in the West Bank on October 22. The Palestinian Authority cabinet announced it would hold elections in October following a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The Ministry of Local Government said in a statement Tuesday....

Resheq: Hamas, Fatah meeting in Cairo next Sunday
PIC - Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq has said that his movement would meet with Fatah faction in Cairo next Sunday to activate the reconciliation agreement.

Poverty rife among Bedouin women denied status by Israel
Electronic Intifada: 2 Aug 2011 - The Electronic Intifada Tel Aviv Unemployment and poverty rates among the Negev Bedouin in unrecognized villages are the highest in Israel.more

Army: Israeli woman injured by Gaza projectile
8/1/2011 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli woman was moderately injured by a projectile fired from Gaza into southern Israel, the army said. The projectile landed in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that a 50-year-old woman sustained shrapnel wounds to her legs. No Palestinian faction has claimed responsibility for the....

[uruknet.info] Israel cuts electricity to the Negev desert prison as temperatures soar
Uruknet August 1, 2011 - The Ahrar Centre for Prisoners' Studies and Human Rights has stated that the Israeli Prisons Service has cut power to the tents and cement rooms of the Negev desert prison. The Centre considered the Israeli measure a new 'crime' aimed at making things more difficult for the prisoners and killing them. It noted that...

Bahar: World still punishing us over Hamas-won elections
PIC - Deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council has said that the world continues to punish the Gaza Strip and all Palestinians because of democratic election results that put Hamas in power.

Israel cuts electricity to the Negev desert prison as temperatures soar
Middle East Monitor 1 Aug 2011 - The Ahrar Centre for Prisoners' Studies and Human Rights has stated that the Israeli Prisons Service has cut power to the tents and cement rooms of the Negev desert prison.   The Centre considered the Israeli measure a new 'crime' aimed at making things more difficult...

End blockade now, says UN group in rare Gaza visit
Electronic Intifada: 1 Aug 2011 - Thalif Deen The Electronic Intifada For the first time in 43 years, members of the UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices in Occupied Territories gained entry into Gaza in July, through Egypt which ousted its Israeli-friendly president Hosni Mubarak following massive public protests earlier this year.more

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