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Gazan Worker Injured After Being Shot by Israeli Troops
IMEMC - 1 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 01, 2010 - 16:44, On Wednesday, the Israeli military shot and injured a resident from Gaza, while he was working collecting stones and rubble in the northern area of the strip. The victim has moderate wounds, Ma'an News Agency reported.

Six Arrested During Israeli Military Raids in the West Bank
IMEMC - 1 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 01, 2010 - 12:09, A series of Israeli army raids held during Tuesday night and Wednesday morning concluded with six people being detained, PNN reported.

Troops Kidnap Elected Legislator In Hebron
IMEMC - 1 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 01, 2010 - 12:01, Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday at dawn, legislator Sheikh Khalil Nayef Rajoub, after breaking into his home and searching it.

JCSER: “Israeli Police Used Dogs In Attacking Homeowners In Jerusalem”
IMEMC - 1 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 01, 2010 - 11:31, The Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights in Jerusalem (JCSER) reported that Israeli policemen used dogs during their Tuesday attack against Palestinian homeowners as the police attacked their homes before demolishing them earlier in the day in Al Esawiyya, in occupied East Jerusalem.

Humanitarian Aid Chain from Spain to Gaza
IMEMC - 1 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 01, 2010 - 11:26, Several Spanish and Latin American actors, writers and singers, with the support of the UNRWA Committee in Spain, have begun a humanitarian campaign called Aid Chain, to raise funds to help refugee children in Gaza through the construction of a "virtual human chain" in which everyone can join.

Abbas: “We Are Ready For Real Peace, We Demand A Fully Independent State”
IMEMC - 1 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 01, 2010 - 09:07, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated Tuesday that the Palestinians are ready for real and comprehensive peace with Israel, but will not accept a temporary solution as they demand the implementation of all internationally guaranteed rights.

Wikileaks: “Suleiman Recruited Agents in Syria and Iraq To Counter Iranian Influence”
IMEMC - 1 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 01, 2010 - 08:22, According to released Wikileaks cables, Egypt’s Security Chief, Omar Suleiman, had his intelligence officers recruit agents in Syria and in Iraq in an attempt to counter the increasing Iranian influence and support for militants in Egypt.

Palestinian Woman Abducted While Visiting Detained Brother
IMEMC - 1 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 01, 2010 - 05:03, Palestinian sources reported that resident Miriam al-Hour was abducted by the Israeli soldiers, on Monday, while visiting her detained brother, Jamal al-Hour, at the Nafha Israeli prison.

Palestinian Home Demolished In Jerusalem, Clashes Reported
IMEMC - 1 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 01, 2010 - 04:16, Clashes were reported between dozens of Palestinian residents and Israeli policemen after the Jerusalem municipality demolished a Palestinian home in al-Isawiyya, in occupied East Jerusalem.

Worker shot on Gaza border
12/1/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian worker who was collecting stone aggregates on Wednesday in northern Gaza, medical officials said. The victim was taken to hospital and medics said he sustained moderate wounds. More than 80 people have been injured collecting stone aggregates since the industry became a regular....

Britain placates Israel with war crimes arrest law change
12/1/2010 - LONDON (AFP) -- Britain sought Wednesday to soothe strained ties with Israel by publishing an amendment to a law that puts visiting officials at risk of arrest for alleged war crimes, sparking outrage from rights groups. Foreign Secretary William Hague said the change would ensure that private arrest warrants for offenses under certain international laws, including....

Palestinian lawmaker detained in Israeli raid
12/1/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a Hamas lawmaker Tuesday in Hebron, a prisoners rights group said. Soldiers raided the home of Nayef Ar-Rujoub overnight, ordering him to get dressed before arresting him, the Ahrar center said. Only five months earlier, Ar-Rujoub was released from an Israeli after serving a four-year sentence. An Israeli....

2 Palestinians detained in Nablus raid
12/1/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) - Israeli forces raided the northern West Bank city of Nablus overnight and detained two brothers after ransacking their home in the eastern part of the city. Palestinian security sources identified the detainees as 24-year-old Darwish Al-Usta and his 26-year-old brother Husam. They were taken to Huwwara military base south.... Related: Israeli forces enter homes in northern West Bank

Israeli forces enter homes in northern West Bank
12/1/2010 - TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces entered areas in the northern West Bank on Wednesday morning, entering several homes to question civilians and delivering summons orders to others. The raids came in addition to two confirmed detentions in Nablus. In Tulkarem, Palestinian security officials said the homes of Ala Salah Yassin, Ashraf Sareedy, and Basem.... Related: 2 Palestinians detained in Nablus raid

Haniyeh: Israel planning Gaza escalation
12/1/2010 - Jared Malsin - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel is laying the political groundwork for an escalation of attacks on the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister in the Hamas-led government, said Wendesday." We can sense there is an upcoming Israeli escalation against the Palestinian people in general and the Gaza Strip in particular," he....

Arab Orthodox orgs slam church-Israel 'collaboration'
12/1/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Arab Orthodox Central Council in Palestine and Jordan and the Council of Arab Orthodox Organizations in Palestine issued a statement on Tuesday "strongly condemning" cooperation between Greek Orthodox church officials and Israel's Ministry of Tourism. The institutions organized a joint inauguration of an Israeli road in the Jordan.... Related: Fayyad denounces Greek Orthodox church decision

Dutch government welcomes first export from Gaza
12/1/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Following the first shipment of strawberries and carnations from Gaza under a Dutch government program to support local farmersprohibited from exporting goods under Israel's siege, officials from The Netherlands consulate said they were "pleased" and said they hoped the continued export of limited goods would continue smoothly. Dutch Representative....

Gaza man marks 25 years in Israeli prison
12/1/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Detainees Center in Gaza City announced Wednesday that it was marking the 25th year of incarceration of a local man, sentenced to a life term in Israeli prison. Ghazi Al-Nims, now 52, was detained on 30 November 1985 on charges of being a threat to Israeli security, the prisoners....

US denounces Palestinian claims on Western Wall
12/1/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- The United States Tuesday denounced a Palestinian report from last week that denied Jewish connections to Jerusalem's Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites." We strongly condemn these comments and fully reject them as factually incorrect, insensitive, and highly provocative," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told a briefing." We.... Related: Contentious Palestinian Western Wall 'study' taken offline

Contentious Palestinian Western Wall 'study' taken offline
12/1/2010 - RAMALLAH (AFP) -- A report by a senior Palestinian official denying Jewish links to the Western Wall disappeared on Wednesday from a government website after sparking fierce criticism. The article, which accused Jews of "falsely" claiming ownership of the site, was written by Mutawakel Taha, the Palestinian deputy minister of information, and appeared on the ministry.... Related: US denounces Palestinian claims on Western Wall

Court charges Arab Israeli with aiding Hamas
12/1/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- A court in Haifa on Wednesday charged an Arab Israeli man with trying to set up a Hamas cell after the Islamic group allegedly recruited him to scout sites for terror attacks in the Jewish state. Islam Marei, 26, a resident of the northern Israeli village of Freidis, was charged with having "made....

Report: Egypt financing underground Gaza wall
12/1/2010 - CAIRO (Ma'an) -- An underground steel wall on the Egyptian-Gaza border is valued at $40 million and is due to be completed in December 2010, a US Embassy cable has reportedly revealed. The cable, dated 20 December 2009, was leaked to the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm. It reveals that the wall is being constructed....

Gazans head to Algeria for prisoners conference
12/1/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) - A Palestinian delegation left the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning, en route Egypt and then Algeria where they are set to participate in a conference supporting Palestinian prisoners in Israel's custody. The delegation included head of the Prisoners Studies Center Raafat Hamdouna, member of the politburo of the....

Clashes in East Jerusalem's Al-Isawiya neighborhood
12/1/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Sporadic clashes broke out between teenagers and Israeli forces in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Al-Isawiya on Wednesday evening, injuring one journalist documenting the incident. Muhammad As-Sayyed, a journalist with Dubai TV said his car was stoned as he drove toward the area....

Leaked US cable: Mossad says Palestinians unlikely to join Al-Qaeda
12/1/2010 - 17 March 2005, 10:32SECRET SECTION. . . . MOSSAD CHIEF TO CODEL CORZINE: SOME FOREIGN FIGHTERS BEGINNING TO LEAVE IRAQ. . . . Dagan predicted that these jihadis will have less of a direct impact on Palestinians, because Palestinians are already well aware of militant views and opinions via Internet chat rooms. Furthermore, Dagan said he feels that most Palestinians....

Leaked US cable: MFA says attack on Iran would freeze peace process
12/1/2010 - 17 March 2005, 14:58 SECRET SECTION. . . . Classified By: Ambassador Daniel C. Kurtzer; Reasons: 1. 4 (B) and (D). (S) SUMMARY:Israel sees Iran as the primary threat to its security and sees the enrichment cycle as the "point of no return" for Tehran's nuclear weapons program. The GOI believes that diplomatic pressure....

Germany urged US to threaten Israel with UN vote
12/1/2010 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Two weeks before Israel froze most settlement construction in November 2009, a senior German official urged the US to threaten Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with diplomatic pressure. German National Security Adviser Christoph Heusgen suggested that if Netanyahu did not agree to a moratorium, Washington could withdraw its support....

Iran says nuclear scientist's murder warning from West
12/1/2010 - TEHRAN (AFP) -- Iranian atomic energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Wednesday that the assassination of a top nuclear scientist was a warning from the West ahead of new talks on Tehran's program."These wicked people wanted to show their hideous side which demonstrates their carrot and stick policy in the run-up to the....

Israel's Lieberman: Erase 'freeze' from vocabulary
12/1/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called on Wednesday for the word "freeze" to be erased from the vocabulary in Israel, as he repeated his opposition to new curbs on settlement construction. His comments come as the United States drafts a package of incentives intended to convince Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reimpose a....

WikiLeaks: Jordan fears Arabs could pay for US-Iran dialogue
12/1/2010 - AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) - Jordan fears that any breakthrough dialogue between the United States and Iran could damage the interests of moderate Arab countries, according to US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks this week. In a cable from the US ambassador to Jordan, Stephen Beecroft, dated April 2009, King Abdullah II is quoted as telling Washington....

Abbas sees possible Thursday news on settlement freeze bid
12/1/2010 - RAMALLAH (AFP) -- Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Wednesday he was expecting to formally hear the outcome of US efforts to secure a new freeze on settlement building within a day." We still haven't received an official US response, but we may get one officially on Thursday," Abbas told reporters as he inaugurated....

Fayyad denounces Greek Orthodox church decision
12/1/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Ramallah Prime Minister Salam Fayyad denounced Wednesday the participation of officials from the Greek Orthodox Church in an event marking the opening of an Israeli road in the occupied West Bank. The Tuesday event was slammed by Arab Orthodox associations in Palestine and Jordan, who said church participation in the event.... Related: Arab Orthodox orgs slam church-Israel 'collaboration'

Expert: PA shouldn't delay ratifying penal code
12/1/2010 - JERICHO (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority should immediately ratify a new Palestinian penal code, law professor Dr Kamil Sa'id said at a PA seminar in Jericho. Sa'id, who teaches at the University of Jordan, said the situation was urgent as the Palestinian Legislative Council cannot convene and it was "unbelievable....

Fatah blames Hamas for stalled unity talks
12/1/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Rival Palestinian political factions have not agreed where or when they will hold the next round of reconciliation talks, and Fatah is blaming Hamas for obstructing the deal. The head of Fatah's reconciliation team, Azzam Al-Ahmad, told Ma'an radio that the next round of talks had not....

Hamas: Abbas betrayed prisoners with Shalit comment
12/1/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum spoke out against comments made by President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday,during a press conference along side German President Christian Wulff. Abbas' call to Hamas for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is an "indication that the prisoners issue is not on the....

Gaza cop gets death penalty for manslaughter
12/1/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A police officer in the Gaza Strip charged with killing a civilian during a family brawl in November was sentenced to death Wednesday after a court review. The officer, 22-year-old Ismail Najem, was off-duty at the time of the incident, which took place in a busy Gaza City marketplace....

Fatah slams Hamas ban on delegation to Gaza
12/1/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Fatah lawmaker Faisal Abu Shahla said the Hamas decision to prevent his fellow party officials from entering the coastal enclave was a "dangerous indicator" on the stance of the Gaza government toward national reconciliation. Earlier in the week Fatah officials Rouhi Fattuh and Abdallah Al-Ifranji were told that they would....

Found antiquities handed over to Tulkarem museum
12/1/2010 - TULKAREM (Ma'an) --National Museum of Tulkarem had received antiquities found inside the city's cemetery in a Wednesday hand-over organized by the municipality. Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities specialists said the artifacts included a clay pot and several small parts of what appeared to be storage containers, which experts dated to the....

Ruling party crushes Islamists in disputed Egypt vote
12/1/2010 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party wiped out its Islamist opponents from parliament in the first round of a disputed election, according to official results released on Tuesday night. The NDP won 209 of 221 seats in the first round of voting on Sunday. Two-hundred-and-eighty-seven seats will be contested in the run-off....

SITE: Al-Qaeda-linked group calls for uprising in Lebanon
12/1/2010 - BEIRUT (AFP) -- A group linked to Al-Qaeda has urged Sunni Muslims in Lebanon to rise against the government as well as Shiite militant Hezbollah, a US-based group that monitors jihadist websites said on Wednesday." The Brigades of Abdullah Azzam released a statement from its field commander, Saleh bin Abdullah al-Qaraawi, urging Sunni Muslims in Lebanon....

WikiLeaks defends release of secret U.S. cables as 'perfectly legal'
Ha'aretz - 'If global stability is based on deception and lies, maybe it needs a bit of a shaking up,' says the spokesman of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks: Pakistan tipped off Israel on terror threats in India
Ha'aretz - Pakistan wants contacts with Israel to remain secret in order not to anger anti-government Muslim militants.

WikiLeaks: Israel cautioned U.S. not to arm Arabs against Iran
Ha'aretz - Netanyahu is quoted as warning that should Iran get the bomb, Arab powers could shift loyalties from Washington to Tehran.

Israeli Arab suspected of assisting Hamas in planning terror attacks
Ha'aretz - Haifa District Court indicts the 26-year-old resident of Fureidis, who is suspected of recruiting other Israeli Arabs for Hamas military operations., Islamist leader Ismail Haniyeh says he would accept a deal with Israel based on 1967 borders and denies that Gaza has become a stronghold for al-Qaida., PA removes from official website report claiming Jerusalem site is Islamic property and not holy to Jews.

U.S. condemns Palestinian claim that Western Wall 'isn't Jewish'
Ha'aretz - 'Factually incorrect, insensitive and highly provocative,' says the U.S. government in response to PA official's claim that Jerusalem site has no significance for Jews.

Shin Bet arrests three Palestinians suspected in West Bank shooting
Ha'aretz - Israeli authorities confiscate ammunition and weapons from the three members of Abu-Moussa group, a cell whose leader was trained in Lebanon and Syria.

Barak: WikiLeaks has changed face of world diplomacy
Ha'aretz - Defense Minister says Israel emerged from fiasco unscathed, but adds that diplomats the world over will now have to be more cautious.

Chronicle of Fear: Sixteen Year-Old Palestinian Boy Reports Abuse During Interrogation in Military Jail
Uruknet December 1, 2010 - On November 23rd, 2010, Israeli forces entered the village of Bil'in and stormed the home of imprisoned Bil'in organizer, Adeeb Abu Rahmah. After conducting a short search of the premises, the soldiers arrested Adeeb's only son, sixteen year old Mohammed, who was taken away bound and blindfolded. Mohammed reports being taken to the Maccabim military...

Israelify the US? Not if you Like the Constitution
Uruknet December 01, 2010 - In the wake of the controversy which just passed in the U.S. over full body scans and more hands-on pat down procedures in airports, some pundits and security "experts" are calling for the Israelification of American airports. These supporters sing praises of the system in place Israel’s single international airport. They say it is focused...

Silwan, East Jerusalem - 60 Israeli professionals speak out at violence against Palestinian children
Uruknet December 1, 2010 - – On 24 November 2010, 60 prominent Israeli professionals sent a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu and other senior officials raising their concerns about the violent treatment of Palestinian children at the hands of the authorities in occupied East Jerusalem. According to Israeli Police, in 2010 more than 1,200 criminal cases have been opened against...

Israeli police acknowledge interrogating around 1200 Palestinian children in OJ
Uruknet December 1, 2010 - Official statistics of the Israeli police in occupied Jerusalem indicated that its various apparatuses had detained and interrogated 1,124 Palestinian children during 2010, Hebrew media reported on Wednesday. Ha'aretz said that more troubling than the absolute number is the manner in which youths are being detained and questioned. "Children and youth have reportedly being taken...

Egypt's Duplicity Stands Exposed
Uruknet December 1, 2010 - ...More potentially embarrassing for Egypt, given Arab sensitivity to Palestinian affairs, is a cable from the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv in June 2009 that reports on a meeting between Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak and U.S. congressional leaders. At the meeting, Barak is said to confirm that Israel consulted both Egypt and the Palestinian...

Jaffa Sold to Zionists
Uruknet December 1, 2010 - Ajami is a predominantly Arab district of Jaffa, housing around 8,000 Palestinian Israelis. In May 2009, a plot of land on Etrog Street, hosting the local farmers’ market, was sold by the Israel Land Authority to B’emunah, a housing company that deals mainly in developing housing estates for Zionist communities in Israel...

Warning of Israeli housing plot to expel Palestinians from Old Acre
Uruknet December 1, 2010 - A group of Old Acre residents have warned against action taken by some Israeli governmental institutions to expel the Arab residents of the old city. The latest action has revealed further the government's strategy, locally and nationally, behind similar projects which pose a serious threat to Israel's Arab citizens. The residents' statement, a copy of...

Targeting Silwan's children
Uruknet December 1, 2010 - Earlier this year, "Mahmoud" came home to see a letter with his name on it, instructing him to come to the Russian Compound prison facility in Jerusalem. The 15-year-old Palestinian resident of the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem went to the prison with his father, mother and aunt. He was interrogated for seven hours. "...

Worker shot on Gaza border
Uruknet December 1, 2010 - Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian worker who was collecting stone aggregates on Wednesday in northern Gaza, medical officials said. The victim was taken to hospital and medics said he sustained moderate wounds. More than 80 people have been injured collecting stone aggregates since the industry became a regular source of income in the...

IOF arrests Palestinian mother while visiting her detained brother
Uruknet December 1, 2010 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) guarding Nafha jail arrested a Palestinian mother while visiting her brother Jamal Al-Hur in the jail, relatives of the family said. They said that Mariam Al-Hur went to visit her brother, who is serving three life sentences, but was taken away by intelligence elements and the prosecution asked court on Tuesday...

International Day of Solidarity in Gaza greeted with more bullets in Beit Hanoun
Uruknet December 1, 2010 - Live bullets were fired from snipers at an Erez control tower within a metre of demonstrators on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Tuesday morning in Beit Hanoun, Northern Gaza. A German activist Vera Macht was injured as she stumbled while running for cover. The Local Initiative of Beit Hanoun organized...

New Polls shows 53% of Israeli Jews believe that Arabs should leave
Uruknet November 30, 2010 - A poll released on Tuesday by the Israel Democratic Institute showed that 53% of Jewish citizens would prefer to see Arabs leave Israel. More that half of the Jewish Israelis polled; believe that the state of Israel has the right to encourage Arab citizens to emigrate. The study also found that 55% said Jewish cities...

Raise A Glass to Wikileaks
Uruknet November 30, 2010 - ...Web commenters have noted that the diplomatic cables now released reflect the USA's political agenda, and there is even a substantial wedge of the blogosphere which suggests that Wikileaks are therefore a CIA front. This is nonsense. Of course the documents reflect the US view – they are official US government communications. What they show...

Israel blocks two UN Gaza schools, citing Hamas threat
Uruknet November 30, 2010 — UN plans to address Gaza's schooling shortage have hit a wall, with Israel banning the construction of two new schools on a site it says could be targeted in strikes on Hamas. The two schools at the centre of the dispute between the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and Israeli authorities are part...

Israeli Rights Activists File Complaint Against IDF Deputy Chief, Accusing Him of ‘Crimes’ and ‘Immorality’
Uruknet Alongside the newly named IDF chief of staff, Yoav Galant, his new deputy chief will be Gen. Yair Naveh. Naveh has the distinction of being responsible for the Palestinian targeted killings which Anat Kamm leaked to Haaretz journalist, Uri Blau. These West Bank murders completely contravened Supreme Court rulings which directed that such assassinations be avoided if there were...

Poll: Only 51% of Israeli Jews Believe in Equal Rights for Arabs and Jews
Uruknet November 30, 2010 - According to a report released on Tuesday, conducted by the Israel Democratic Institute, almost half of Israeli Jews refuse the coexistence between Arab and Jews communities in Israel. Only 51 percent of those polled said that Israeli Arabs and Jews should have equal rights. The study showed that 53 percent of Israeli Jews believed the...

Nahr al-Bared reconstruction delay throws civil rights into spotlight
Uruknet November 30, 2010 - More than three years after Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in the north of Lebanon was destroyed, its reconstruction is finally under way. However, the process runs at a slow pace and remains only partially funded as further political obstacles appear on the horizon. Meanwhile, the Lebanese army continues to maintain a tight grip on the...

5 Palestinians Injured By Army Fire In Gaza
Uruknet November 30, 2010 - Five Palestinian workers were wounded, on Tuesday, in an area close to the border north of Gaza after the army opened fire at them. The incident followed a rapid succession of sniper attacks, Ma’an News reported. The attack took place when the men were reportedly gathering stone aggregates in the northern Gaza Strip, near the...

Thoughts on Germany and Palestine
Uruknet November 30, 2010 - ...I listen to Ilan Pappe brilliantly articulating in very simple and common language what the underpinning of this "issue" is about (that it is a simple colonialism and racism, nothing special other than the success of propaganda in drowning this fact with much mythologies, lies, and nonsense). He explains how we are allowed to criticize...

MSD: Israel has razed 1, 485 homes in east Jerusalem
1 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem, December 1, (Pal Telegraph – PIC)  Al-Maqdesi for society development (MSD) foundation said Israel has demolished 1, 485 Palestinian homes in the eastern part of occupied Jerusalem since 1967 and issued 1, 322 orders to raze homes in the same area in 2009 and 2010. The foundation noted that if the Israeli occupation authority carried out these orders, 3,...

IOF shoots worker in north Gaza
1 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 1, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces opened fire Wednesday at Palestinian worker in north of Gaza Strip. Local Medical reported that the worker was shot in his leg while he was collecting gravel in north Gaza. The sources added that the injured worker was evacuated to Kamal Odwan Hospital to receive medication and his health condition is...

Israeli Soldiers Fire at Road to Hope Convoy Members
1 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 1, (Pal Telegraph) Members of the Gaza Road to Hope Convoy were shot at by Israeli soldiers while partaking in activities on the International Day of Solidarity with the People of Palestine. Ken O'Keefe of Aloha Palestine, is a Salem-News.com writer known for his defender role on the ship Mave Marmara last May, which was attacked by Israeli...

IOF raids Tolkarem, searches houses
1 Dec 2010 -   Tolkarem, December 1, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces raided Wednesday  number of houses in the city of Tolkarem in the north of the West Bank, no detentions were reported. Local sources said that the Israeli occupation forces raided the houses of Ala Yasin, Ashraf Sridi and Basem Al-Shari who were forced to evacuate their house and stay in...

IOF raids Hebron, erects military checkpoints
1 Dec 2010 - Hebron, December 1, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) erected Wednesday military checkpoints in crossroads in Hebron city, in the West Bank and raided number of neighborhoods. Israeli soldiers erected military checkpoints at the crossroads of Halhoul, the entrances of Bait Kahel and Kraza village and Al-Samoua town, local sources said. The sources added that IOF roamed at the...

Relatives of prisoners dismayed at German president’s visit to Shalit tent
1 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem, December 1, (Pal Telegraph – OP) Relatives of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails have expressed surprise at the visit by German President Christian Wulff to the tent pitched by family of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in occupied Jerusalem. The relatives said they were dismayed at the fact that Wulff did not visit even one family of the...

Opposition groups quit Egypt runoff
AlJazeera 1 Dec 2010 - Muslim Brotherhood and Wafd parties drop out of second round of voting after failing to win many seats in first round.

Israel accused over 'cruel' Gaza blockade
The Guardian 30 Nov 2010 - Report calls for end to embargo, saying easing agreed by Israel six months ago has done little to improve plight of Gaza civilians Gaza's 1.5 million people are still suffering from a shortage of construction materials,...

Hamas declares it would "accept" Palestinian referendum on peace deal with Israel
Palestine Note 1 Dec 2010 - Washington - Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said his group would honor a Palestinian referendum on a future peace treaty with Israel based on the 1967 borders in a news conference held in Gaza on Wednesday....

Aid agencies slam Israel for "failure" to bring change for Gaza
Palestine Note 1 Dec 2010 - Washington - A new report from aid agencies and rights groups in Gaza has concluded that "little improvement" has been made since Israel announced it would be easing the blockade six months ago. Entitled " Dashed...

Wikileaks and the new global order
Palestine Note 30 Nov 2010 - America’s wake-up call The Wikileaks disclosure this week of confidential cables from United States embassies has been debated chiefly in terms either of the damage to Washington’s reputation or of the questions it raises about national...

Dashed Hopes: Israel’s Continued Blockade of Gaza Strip
Alternative Information Center - A coalition of 21 international humanitarian organizations released a report Tuesday morning (30 November), detailing the present situation in Gaza. 

Israel Demolishes 2 Homes, 1 Business in East Jerusalem
Alternative Information Center - The Jerusalem Municipality demolished two homes and a business in two different neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem yesterday, 30 November 2010.

130 New Housing Units Approved in East Jerusalem Settlement of Gilo
Alternative Information Center - The Jerusalem Local Planning Committee on Monday approved the construction of 130 new housing units in the East Jerusalem settlement Gilo. According to Israel’s Channel 7 news, new units will be built on land in the...

Interpol Circulates "Red Notice" for WikiLeaks Editor Assange; Ecuador Retracts Offer ...
PNN - Bethlehem – PNN - The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) issued a “red notice,” its equivalent of an international arrest warrant, for WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange for rape charges stemming from an...

MADA Center and the UNESCO Ramallah Office Sign Partnership Agreement
PNN - Ramallah – PNN - The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) signed an implementation partnership agreement. MADA is independent, nongovernmental,...

Reports: Settlers Bulldoze 60 Dunums near Hebron; Gaza Worker Injured by Gunfire
PNN - Bethlehem – PNN - On Wednesday afternoon dozens of Israeli settlers bulldozed at least 60 dunums of Palestinian land near the southern West Bank village of Saeer, east of Hebron, while reports...

EU Parliamentarians Open Danish House in Palestine
PNN - Ramallah - PNN – On Wednesday three Danish members of the EU Parliament opened the first Danish House in the central West Bank city of Ramallah. The delegation is visiting the city...

Basil Theodori: The Palestinian Musician Who Played for Sultan Qaboos, King Abdullah, and Yeltsin
PNN - Bathina Hamdan – PNN - He was barely five years old when he accompanied his mother to a concert at the Jordanian National Conservatory. He watched without a hint of boredom, seized...

Human Right Groups Voice Opposition to Changing UK War Crimes Legislation
PNN - London – PNN – On Wednesday the Palestine Solidarity Campaign group joined with Amnesty International and other groups in voicing opposition to the British Government’s proposed changes to war crimes legislation. If...

Members of Congress call for Iran sanction enforcement
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 - Lawmakers say "efforts to stop the Iranian threat have been half-hearted at best;" Obama officials say investment, oil trade to Iran way down.

Sarkozy: Not negotiating with Hamas hurts PA
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 - WikiLeaks cables show Jordan believes Iran’s ‘tentacles’ can be severed if deprived of Palestinian issue.

'625 housing units approved in northern Pisgat Ze'ev'
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem's District Committee of Planning, Construction officially approves plan for the establishment of a new neighborhood called "North Pisgat Ze'ev" according to report by Channel 10 News.

PA official says 'economic peace is an illusion'
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 - Palestinian Economic Minister Abu-Libdeh says "We are ready and committed to signing a peace treaty within three to six months."

PA: Economic peace is an illusion
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 - Abu-Libdeh says "We are ready and committed to signing a peace treaty within three to six months. All the issues have been discussed," at meeting in J'lem.

Heated Knesset debate shows tension between Livni, PM
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 - Opposition leader attacks Netanyahu, asking, "When was the last time you told the truth to the public, your ministers?"

PA removes controversial Kotel report from website
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 - Move comes after Israel, US condemn 'study' claiming Kotel is not holy to Jews; PA ministry claims post taken down by hackers.

'By building Hebron, Jerusalem itself will be built'
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 - Knesset Speaker Rivlin celebrates 1st night of Hanukka at Cave of Patriarchs, reiterates Israel's claim to the city, J'lem

'Haniyeh remarks are Palestinian double talk'
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 - Hamas leader says terror group would accept agreement of a Palestinian referendum on peace with Israel.

PMO: Haniyeh remarks are Palestinian double talk
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 - Hamas leader says terror group would accept agreement of a Palestinian referendum on peace with Israel; PMO official says, "They never say that a Palestinian state living alongside Israel will be enough for them."

Iran hangs former soccer player's mistress
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 - Shahla Jahed was hanged at dawn, after spending more than eight years in jail for the slaying of the player's wife

'Hamas will honor Palestinian referendum on peace deal'
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 - In rare Gaza press conference, Hamas PM says "We accept a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, with J'lem as its capital, the release of Palestinian prisoners, and the resolution of the issue of refugees."

PA removes controversial Western Wall report from web site
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 - Move comes after Israel, US condemn 'study' claiming Kotel is not holy to Jews as factually incorrect, insensitive and highly provocative."

Fayyad says Palestinians ready for statehood by August
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 - With 2-year plan in final phase, Palestinian Authority PM says it's time to challenge Israel's exclusive control over vast tracts of the West Bank.

Jewish Democrats press AIPAC on START
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 - US lawmakers back Senate ratification of treaty; view this as "an opportunity to improve relations with Russia" and pressure Iran.

Egypt top opposition party shut out of parliament
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 - Fundamentalist opposition Muslim Brotherhood fails to win any seats in first round of parliamentary elections, claims rampant fraud in elections.

Unexpectedly, Israel Welcomes WikiLeaks Revelations
IPS Embarrassing, damaging or actually helpful? Israeli reactions to the explosive WikiLeaks revelations run the full gamut.

Weekly Repression Update 22-29 November 2010
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International Day of Solidarity in Gaza greeted with bullets in Beit Hanoun
12/1/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - ISM, Gaza - Live bullets were fired from snipers at an Erez control tower within a metre of demonstrators on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Tuesday morning in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza. A German activist Vera Macht was injured as she stumbled while running for cover. The Local Initiative of Beit....

WikiLeaks defends release of secret U.S. cables as 'perfectly legal'
Ha'aretz 1 Dec 2010 - 'If global stability is based on deception and lies, maybe it needs a bit of a shaking up,' says the spokesman of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks: Pakistan tipped off Israel on terror threats in India
Ha'aretz 1 Dec 2010 - Pakistan wants contacts with Israel to remain secret in order not to anger anti-government Muslim militants.

WikiLeaks: Israel cautioned U.S. not to arm Arabs against Iran
Ha'aretz 1 Dec 2010 - Netanyahu is quoted as warning that should Iran get the bomb, Arab powers could shift loyalties from Washington to Tehran.

Israeli Arab suspected of assisting Hamas in planning terror attacks
Ha'aretz 1 Dec 2010 - Haifa District Court indicts the 26-year-old resident of Fureidis, who is suspected of recruiting other Israeli Arabs for Hamas military operations., Islamist leader Ismail Haniyeh says he would accept a deal with Israel based on 1967 borders and denies that Gaza has become a stronghold for al-Qaida., PA removes from official website report claiming Jerusalem site is Islamic property and not holy to Jews.

U.S. condemns Palestinian claim that Western Wall 'isn't Jewish'
Ha'aretz 1 Dec 2010 - 'Factually incorrect, insensitive and highly provocative,' says the U.S. government in response to PA official's claim that Jerusalem site has no significance for Jews.

Shin Bet arrests three Palestinians suspected in West Bank shooting
Ha'aretz 1 Dec 2010 - Israeli authorities confiscate ammunition and weapons from the three members of Abu-Moussa group, a cell whose leader was trained in Lebanon and Syria.

Barak: WikiLeaks has changed face of world diplomacy
Ha'aretz 1 Dec 2010 - Defense Minister says Israel emerged from fiasco unscathed, but adds that diplomats the world over will now have to be more cautious.

Glitch leaves millions of Israelis without cell phone service
Ha'aretz - Cellcom says 'a problem in the heart of the system' to blame for mass network failure across whole country.

Former IDF chief to head Knesset foreign affairs committee
Ha'aretz - Shaul Mofaz replaces Tzachi Hanegbi, suspended from the Knesset in September over a cronyism conviction.

Knesset blocks WikiLeaks debate
Ha'aretz - Governing body rejects request for session on leaked U.S. diplomatic cables and their consequences for national security.

OPT : Silwan, East Jerusalem - 60 Israeli professionals speak out at violence against children
Relief Web 1 Dec 2010 - Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section

OPT: West Bank Closure - Hebron Old City - Oct 2010
Relief Web 1 Dec 2010 - Source: OCHA

Lebanon: Belgium donates EUR 600,000 for Nahr el-Bared
Relief Web 1 Dec 2010 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Assistance to the Palestinians for the Realization of Peace in the Middle East
Relief Web 1 Dec 2010 - Source: Government of Japan

Livni: Netanyahu dishonest, weak
YNet News - After being chastised by Netanyahu for text messaging at Knesset, Opposition....

US: Sanctions inflicting pain on Iran
YNet News - Tehran seems to have underestimated severity, effects of global sanctions, US....

WikiLeaks: Pakistan tipped off Israel on terror threat
YNet News - WikiLeaks revelation: Pakistani spy chief informed Israel of potential India....

Infiltration record: 1,940 illegal aliens entered Israel in Nov.
YNet News - Number of African infiltrators entering Israel from Sinai reaches new heights in....

Hamas: We'll honor referendum on peace
YNet News - Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh says group will back formation of Palestinian state....

Israeli-Arab indicted on terror charges
YNet News - Indictment against 26-year old Amsalem Amin Meri of Fureidis claims he attempted....

Turkey denies defining Israel as threat
YNet News - Turkish Foreign Minister also denies he predicted Israel wouldn't remain....

Mystery: What happened at PM's Office Wed. night?
YNet News - What were Bibi's aides doing in Jerusalem Wednesday night? Officials close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that the PM's aides were convened for an .......

No appeal in Gaza human shield case
YNet News - Military prosecutors decided not to appeal the sentence of two IDF soldiers who forced a nine-year-old Palestinian to open suspicious bags during Operation Cast Lead in .......

Turkish official: Israel initiated massive leak
YNet News - Further deterioration in ties: The Israeli government initiated the massive WikiLeaks disclosure this week in the aims of pushing Turkey into a corner, a senior official .......

More east J'lem homes to be approved?
YNet News - The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee has filed another plan for the construction of 625 housing units beyond the Green Line, at the northeastern .......

Iran: UN, Israel cooperated in attack on nuke scientists
YNet News - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the United Nations on Wednesday of complicity in the murder of a nuclear scientist, days before talks aimed at defusing a nuclear .......

Iran talks must first focus on nuclear issue, says Clinton
Daily Star 1 Dec 2010 ASTANA: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday said the United States welcomed Iran's decision to join talks in Geneva, which she said should focus "first and foremost" on Tehran's nuclear program. "We are encouraged that...

Abbas expects US answer on settlement freeze 'within a day'
Daily Star 1 Dec 2010 RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday he was expecting to formally hear the outcome of US efforts to secure a new freeze on settlement building within a day. "We still haven't received an...

Haniyeh: Hamas will respect any peace deal backed by referendum
Daily Star 1 Dec 2010 GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Hamas would respect any peace deal reached between Israel and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, provided it is approved in a global Palestinian referendum, the top Hamas official in Gaza said Wednesday. In...

Iran hangs footballer's 'temporary wife' for murder of love rival
Daily Star 1 Dec 2010 TEHRAN: Iran hanged Wednesday a footballer's "temporary wife," convicted of murdering her love rival, her lawyer told the official IRNA news agency. Shahla Jahed was hanged after the verdict was confirmed by the supreme court and...

Tehran announces plans to boost security for its nuclear scientists
Daily Star 1 Dec 2010 TEHRAN: Iran said Wednesday it will boost security for its nuclear scientists as a funeral was held for a leading expert killed in a mysterious assassination that Tehran blamed on the Mossad and CIA. Iranian state...

Israeli occupation forces arrest MP Nayef Rajoub
PIC 1 Dec 2010 - The Israeli occupation army on Wednesday arrested Sheikh Nayef Rajoub, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council from his home in the town of Dura..

Israeli police acknowledge interrogating around 1200 Palestinian children in OJ
PIC 1 Dec 2010 - Official statistics of the Israeli police in occupied Jerusalem indicated that its various apparatuses had detained and interrogated 1,124 Palestinian children during 2010, Hebrew media reported.

Hamas condemns Rajoub's detention as violation of int'l law
PIC 1 Dec 2010 - Hamas strongly condemned the Israeli occupation forces' (IOF) detention of MP Nayef Al-Rajoub in Al-Khalil earlier on Wednesday while holding 10 other Palestinian deputies locked up.

Prof. Dhouqan goes on hunger strike in Abbas's jail
PIC 1 Dec 2010 - Professor Ghassan Dhouqan, the lecturer in Najah University in Nablus, has declared a hunger strike in PA jails in the West Bank to protest his detention, his wife said.

IOF troops detain 7 Palestinians, settlers set fire to cultivated land
PIC 1 Dec 2010 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up seven Palestinians in various West Bank areas at dawn Wednesday including MP Nayef Al-Rajoub in Al-Khalil and two brothers in Nablus.

PA erases post from its website refuting Jewish claims to Buraq wall
PIC 1 Dec 2010 - The Hebrew radio said that the information ministery of the Palestinian authority removed documents posted on its official website affirming that the Jews have no right to Al-Buraq (wailing) wall.

Hamas accuses PA, Israel of cooperating to remove it from W. Bank
PIC 1 Dec 2010 - Hamas said that the kidnapping of its MPs and the raids waged on their homes and offices are part of a plan carefully prepared by Israel and the PA to eliminate it completely from the West Bank.

Hamas demands clarification about Wikileaks revelations
PIC 1 Dec 2010 - Moussa Abu Marzouk said the information disclosed by Wikileaks about Gaza war is a serious matter that needs clarification from the parties involved in this scandal.

IOF arrests Palestinian mother while visiting her detained brother
PIC 1 Dec 2010 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) guarding Nafha jail arrested a Palestinian mother while visiting her brother Jamal Al-Hur in the jail, relatives of the family said.

Palestinian teen wounded in IOF shooting
PIC 1 Dec 2010 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired at Palestinian workers collecting gravel near Beit Hanun (Erez) crossing in northern Gaza on Wednesday wounding a teenager, medical sources reported.

U.S. announces new Iran sanctions
LA Times 1 Dec 2010 - The U.S. move against Iran's shipping lines comes as Tehran and the West set a date for talks on the nation's nuclear program. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran will not budge on its rights. On the same day that Iran and the West agreed to meet next week for talks on Iran's nuclear program, the U.S. announced a set of fresh sanctions on the Islamic Republic's shipping lines, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said defiantly that his nation would not budge "one iota" on giving up what he described as its rights.

U.S. scrambled to understand protests in Iran, leaked documents show
LA Times 1 Dec 2010 - Washington talked with allies' embassies and Iranian dissidents and businessmen to gauge the Iranian opposition, according to dispatches disclosed by WikiLeaks. As protesters poured into the streets of Iran in the aftermath of the disputed 2009 reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, U.S. diplomats scrambled to decipher the erupting political crisis and the goals of the opposition's so-called green movement, according to recently disclosed diplomatic cables.

Hamas Leader in Gaza Softens on Vote
New York Times 1 Dec 2010 - Ismail Haniya said for the first time that any resolution of the Palestinian dispute with Israel should be put to a referendum of all Palestinians around the world.

Date Set for Nuclear Talks With Iran
New York Times 1 Dec 2010 - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted in a speech that Iran would not give “one iota” in the discussions.

World Briefing | Middle East: Israel: Easing of Gaza Blockade Did Little, Report Says
New York Times 1 Dec 2010 - A report on Tuesday asserted that Israel’s easing of its blockade of Gaza five months ago had made little difference to the people living there.

Jaffa Sold to Zionists
Palestine Monitor - Ajami is a predominantly Arab district of Jaffa, housing around 8,000 Palestinian Israelis. In May 2009, a plot of land on Etrog Street, hosting the local farmers' market, was sold by the Israel Land Authority to B'emunah, a housing company that deals mainly in developing housing...

Gaza/West Bank Unite Through 'Puppet Shoes'
Palestine Monitor - Yesterday night, the French-German Cultural Center in Ramallah screened a series of short films produced by youth in refugee camps throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The screening was held in coordination with venues in Nablus, Gaza City and Amman, Jordan to commemorate International Day...

The Victims of Sol Or
Palestine Monitor - The Sol Or factory, located in Tulkarem's industrial settlement, has become a killer. The factory produces gas and fuels, which require strict safety regulations, but its owners have neglected them at the cost of their employee's lives. Written by Sophie Crowe. Three people have died from...

Coming soon – The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict
Mondoweiss -   You've heard the controversy - Now read the report for yourself We are excited to announce the publication of our new book - The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict (Nation Books). We were very lucky to work with...

Notes on Hanukkah: The Maccabees and Zionism’s ‘invented traditions’
Mondoweiss - 1. The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, a Hebrew word meaning “to dedicate,” is a minor Jewish festival with no Biblical source. 2. Hanukkah is a historical holiday that commemorates the Jewish defeat of the Seleucidite Syrian Greeks in 165 BCE by a priestly family called the...

‘Daily Kos’ banned me and smeared Rachel Corrie, but we can’t give up on the Democratic Party
Mondoweiss - Daily Kos is the "premier online political community with 2.5 million unique visitors per month and 250,000 registered users.”   Its stated purpose is simple: “It's a Democratic blog with one goal in mind: electoral victory.” Well, that’s a warning right there.  Its goal is simply to...

Some things just didn’t make sense
Mondoweiss - I grew up in the womb of the Jewish Community of Washington, D.C, studied at our Hebrew Academy (a school that my grandfather helped found), and worshiped at the Beth Shalom Orthodox Jewish synagogue. After marrying, I travelled to visit family in Israel. On one trip,...

Solarz said Israel’s security was a reason for Gulf War
Mondoweiss - Steve Kornacki says that the late Stephen Solarz made Chuck Schumer what he is today, though Schumer had the temerity to vote against the 91 Gulf war, as a Brooklyn congressman. And then the next year: When [Bill] Clinton’s [presidential] campaign ran into trouble after a...


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Israel Arrests Man Believed To Be Collaborating With Hamas
IMEMC - 2 Dec 2010 - Thursday December 02, 2010 - 11:28, Israeli sources reported that the Israeli Security Forces have recently detained an Arab man from al-Fredees Arab village, north of the country, who is suspected to be collaborating with the Hamas movement and of committing “security offensives”.

Haniyya: “We Will Accept Any Referendum That Includes All Palestinians”
IMEMC - 2 Dec 2010 - Thursday December 02, 2010 - 10:31, During a meeting with international reporters working in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister of the dissolved government in Gaza, Ismail Haniyya, stated that his government will accept the results of a public referendum on a peace deal with Israel as long as this referendum includes all Palestinians in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and in exile.

Israel Approves Construction Of 625 Units In East Jerusalem
IMEMC - 2 Dec 2010 - Thursday December 02, 2010 - 04:07, The Israeli government approved, on Wednesday, evening the construction of additional 625 units in Pisgat Zeev settlement in occupied East Jerusalem.

2 Islamic Jihad men killed on Gaza border
12/2/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two members of the armed wing of Islamic Jihad were killed by Israeli shelling and aerial bombing east of Jabaliya, in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday. Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the group, also announced that the two were members of the organization. The deceased were identified as....

Houses raided, detentions in Al-Isawiya, Beit Hanina
12/2/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces entered three homes in East Jerusalem neighborhoods Thursday morning, detaining two men and a minor for unspecified reasons, family members said. In the Al-Isawiya neighborhood, the wife and children of Ahmas Moussa Mustafa, 28, said the patriarch was detained after police and sniffer dogs broke into the home shortly....

Palestinian shot in An-Nabi Saleh
12/2/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian in the leg during an incursion Thursday in the West Bank town of An-Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, local sources said. Palestinians in the village said Omer Saleh At-Tamimi was shot with live ammunition while demonstrators confronted the Israeli soldiers, throwing stones. Israeli military forces were said....

Israel restricts Al-Aqsa access
12/2/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces closed most gates leading into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound Thursday morning, leaving only two open. All worshipers under 40 years old were barred by Israeli police from entering the compound, and prayed together in the streets adjacent to the Haram Ash-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) which houses the mosque and....

Ministry: Feed shortage kills animals in Gaza
12/2/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Ministery of Agriculture in the Gaza Stripwarned Thursday of a shortage of animal fodder that has already lead to the starvation of several livestock animals in parts of the coastal enclave. The head of vetrenary services in the enclave Zakariyah Al-Kafarneh said chickens were the hardest hit by the....

Official: Settlers set fire to West Bank land
12/2/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian-owned olive groves near the evacuated settlement of Homesh, near the West Bank city of Nablus Thursday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghasan Daghlas, who is charged with monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an: "The settlers set fire in the....

40 dead in northern Israel fire
12/2/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- About 40 people have been killed in a massive forest fire raging out of control near the northern city of Haifa, Israel's ambulance service Magen David Adom said on Thursday." There are about 45 casualties, of whom about 40 are dead," the ambulance service said in a statement, according....

Israeli court delays trial of Fatah official
12/2/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli's high court delayed Tuesday, the trial of Fatah's Jerusalem Affairs official Hatem Abed Al-Qader, rescheduling a hearing to 28 December upon the request of the official's lawyer. Attorney Jawad Boulus told Ma'an that the delay was successful despite objections from the prosecution....

PA: US says Israel rejected new settlement freeze
12/2/2010 - RAMALLAH (AFP) -- The United States admitted it has failed to win a new Israeli settlement freeze, a Palestinian official said on Thursday, in a potential knockout blow to stalled peace talks." The US administration has informed us that the Israeli government did not agree to a new settlement freeze," said the official, who spoke on....

Islamic bloc says An-Najah students, teachers detained by PA
12/2/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An-Najah National University's student union party affiliated with the Islamic bloc issued a statement on Thursday saying Palestinian Authority security forces had detained 40 members during the month of November. Most of the 40 students remain in detention, the statement said, adding that the student bloc believed that the....

Gaza man released after 18 years in Israeli prison
12/2/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Detainees center in Gaza City said it was preparing to receive 42-year-old Walid Shaath upon his release from Israeli prison, expected to come on Thursday. The Khan Younis native was detained on 2 May 1993, charged with affiliation to the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the armed wing of....

PLO official barred from leaving West Bank
12/2/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities barred PLO official Ziyad Salous from leaving the West Bank Thursday, Palestinian sources said. Salous, the director of Public Relations for the organization, was detained at the Allenby Bridge border crossing for three hours before being denied entry to Jordan. Salous was en route to a conference on Palestinian....

Leaked US cable: Qatar seen as unlikely to break strong Hamas ties
12/3/2010 - SECRET SECTION. . . . Classified By: Ambassador Joseph E. LeBaron, for reasons 1. 4 (b, d)1. (S) Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani (who serves concurrently as Foreign Minister) of Qatar will visit Washington beginning January 4 to continue the strategic consultations that Qatar and the USG have pursued since June, when Near Eastern Affairs....

Leaked US cable: Army officials tell Qatar to condition Hamas aid
12/3/2010 - CONFIDENTIAL SECTION. . . . Classified By: Amb Joseph LeBaron for reason 1. 4 (b) and (d)(C) SUMMARY 1. (C)During their July 20-21 visit to Qatar, Assistant Secretary of Defense (ASD) for International Security Affairs, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, and State Political-Military (PM) Assistant Secretary Andrew Shapiro held meetings with Qatar's military Chief of....

Leaked US cable: Qatar leader says Hamas would accept 1967 borders
12/3/2010 - CONFIDENTIAL. . . . Classified By: Ambassador Joseph E. LeBaron, for reasons 1. 4 (b, d). (C) KEY POINTS - The Amir of Qatar urged the U. S. in his February 14 meeting with Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to do everything in its power to find a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Amir said the best way....

Report: Head of UN Goldstone follow-up body resigns
12/2/2010 - TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- UN Watch Chairman Alfred Moses told Israeli media outlets on Thursday that German professor Christian Tomuschat, who headed the UN committee charged with implementing the findings of the Goldstone Report, resigned for unknown reasons. Tomuschat was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to lead a Committee of Experts to....

Greece sends planes to fight Israel fire
12/2/2010 - ATHENS (AFP) -- Greece said it will send four Canadair fire fighting planes to help Israel bring a deadly forest fire under control near Haifa, the foreign ministry said Thursday. The planes were to take off late Thursday from a military airport near Athens and were due to reach Haifa at dawn on Friday, after refuelling....

Was PA cabinet reshuffle postponed?
12/2/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Fatah Revolutionary Council Secretary-General Amin Maqboul denied Thursday that a reported PA cabinet reshuffle was postponed until the new year, saying discussions were ongoing between President Mahmoud Abbas and his appointed Prime Minister Salam Fayyad."Abbas gave a clear decision about the cabinet reshuffle," Maqboul told Ma'an, adding that....

Hamas: PA must release prisoners
12/2/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Hamas official in Gaza called on the rival Fatah movement in the West Bank to release alleged political prisoners from Palestinian Authority prisoners Thursday. Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri reiterated accusations that the PA has tortured Hamas members in prison."These acts against our brothers and sisters are unpatriotic," he....

Cellcom network back online
12/2/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Topping the news in all the Hebrew newspapers Thursday morning was the debilitating Cellcom malfunction that left 3. 3 million cellphone users without service for most of the day. At 10:00 am. Wednesday morning Cellcom subscribers found their phones disabled. The phones remained offline for much of the day. According....

As Europe shivers, sunny Lebanon prays for rain
12/2/2010 - BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) -- As Europe shivers under freezing temperatures, unusually balmy weather and a lack of rain or snow have spelled disaster for Lebanon's farmers and ski resorts." The delayed rainfall is threatening some of our major springs, in which water is becoming increasingly scarce," said Fouad Hashweh, dean of the Faculty of....

Turkey offers Israel help in controlling fire despite tense relations
Ha'aretz - Officials in Turkish embassy in U.S. say Israel accepted two firefighting aircraft, say Turkey was one of the first governments to offer help.

European nations answer Netanyahu's call for help with Carmel fire
Ha'aretz - The prime minister asks Cyprus, Greece, and other countries to send firefighting aircraft after rescue services say they have lost complete control of the fire.

Palestinians: Israel has chosen West Bank settlements over peace
Ha'aretz - After Israel announces plans for 625 new homes in Pisgat Ze'ev, Palestinians say Jerusalem has signaled it is 'not willing' to resume peace negotiations.

IDF troops kill two Palestinian militants trying to infiltrate Israel
Ha'aretz - The troops opened fire on the two militants as they were in the midst of laying explosives at the fence near Kibbutz Kfar Aza. None of the soldiers was wounded.

WikiLeaks cable warns of 'widening crime war' in Israel
Ha'aretz - The cable is signed by Ambassador James Cunningham, but appears to have been written by the American consul in Tel Aviv as a note on visa restrictions for members of Israel's organized crime syndicate., Julian Assange tells Time: Netanyahu says leaders must speak in public like they do in private; Turkey: Israel engineered WikiLeaks release.

Senior Turkey official says Israel behind WikiLeaks release
Ha'aretz - Deputy leader of Turkish PM Erdogan's AKP party hints that Israel engineered the release of U.S. diplomatic cables as a plot to pressure Turkey, the daily Hurriyet reports.

Israel approves plan for 625 new housing units in East Jerusalem
Ha'aretz - Move comes despite wide international opposition to Israeli construction beyond the Green Line.

Hamas vows to honor Palestinian referendum on peace with Israel
Ha'aretz - Islamist leader Ismail Haniyeh says he would accept a deal with Israel based on 1967 borders and denies that Gaza has become a stronghold for al-Qaida.

Palestinians drop claim that Western Wall is 'not Jewish'
Ha'aretz - PA removes from official website report claiming Jerusalem site is Islamic property and not holy to Jews.

Gaza's blockade silences women
Uruknet December 2, 2010 - We have just visited the Gaza Strip where we met many courageous people trying to live relatively normal lives despite the crippling effects of the illegal Israeli blockade. The blockade was imposed to punish the Hamas-led government, but it is women and children who are paying the highest price. In our conversations with a range...

New settler enclaves in East Jerusalem
Uruknet December 2, 2010 - On 23 and 24 November 2010, settler organizations took control of two houses in Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem. In the first case, the Qara’in family, 14 persons, were evicted from their home, which is located next to the UN compound in Jabal Mukabber. The eviction was carried out in accordance with court order and...

IOF troops kill two Palestinians in Gaza, destroy water well in Al-Khalil
Uruknet December 2, 2010 -- Two Palestinians were killed east of Gaza city on Thursday morning after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired at them, the Israeli radio said. It added that the two Palestinians approached the security fence and the IOF soldiers fired at and killed them, claiming they were planning an attack on Israeli targets...

Kashmiris’ movement is totally indigenous: MirwaizIndian troops martyr 29 innocent Kashmiris in November
Uruknet December 2, 2010 - In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that the Kashmiris’ struggle for securing their right to self-determination is totally indigenous. Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, today, the APHC Chairman said, the indigenous character of the movement is fully recognised by the people in India and this...

SOAS Academic: "No Palestinian State While Zionism Exists"
Uruknet December 2, 2010 - Mushtaq Kahn, a lecturer from the School of Oriental and African Studies, was the speaker at a special development lecture convened in memory of the Palestinian development economist, Yusif A.Sayigh. Speaking at the Palestinian Economic Research Institute, Khan spoke plainly about the problems facing a potential Palestinian state. In analysing the failure to create a...

Ministry: Feed shortage kills animals in Gaza
Uruknet December 2, 2010 - The Ministery of Agriculture in the Gaza Strip warned Thursday of a shortage of animal fodder that has already lead to the starvation of several livestock animals in parts of the coastal enclave. The head of vetrenary services in the enclave Zakariyah Al-Kafarneh said chickens were the hardest hit by the shortage...

New warning of Gaza plight
Uruknet December 2, 2010 - Issued by group of international humanitarian and legal rights organisations, Dashed Hopes is a 12-page report that examines the current humanitarian situation in Gaza and warns of grave consequences should the needs of civilians living in the densely populated and harshly impoverished Strip continue to be denied. According to the report, only seven per cent...

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (25 Nov.. – 01 Dec. 2010)
Uruknet December 2, 2010 - Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (25 November – 01 December 2010):

Israel Approves Construction Of 625 Units In East Jerusalem
Uruknet December 2, 2010 - The Israeli government approved, on Wednesday, evening the construction of additional 625 units in Pisgat Zeev settlement in occupied East Jerusalem. The so called Regional Construction Committee decided to approve the construction plan, that was originally approved by the Israeli Interior Ministry more than two years ago, but the initiators of the construction project were...

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
Uruknet December 2, 2010 - On November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 181, the Palestine Partition Plan, granting 56% of historic Palestine to Jews (with one-third of the population), 42% to Palestinians, with Jerusalem designated an international city (a corpus separatum - separate body) under a UN Trusteeship Council. The area included all Jerusalem, Bethlelem, and Beit...

Palestinian property destroyed as Israeli settlements grow
Uruknet December 2, 2010 - Israeli bulldozers and armed soldiers implemented a swath of demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures for more than a week in multiple areas across the West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley. On 24 November, two bulldozers and approximately 200 soldiers swarmed the farming village of Abu al-Ajaj in the Jordan Valley, destroying...

40 dead in northern Israel fire
Uruknet December 2, 2010 - About 40 people have been killed in a massive forest fire raging out of control near the northern city of Haifa, Israel's ambulance service Magen David Adom said on Thursday. "There are about 45 casualties, of whom about 40 are dead," the ambulance service said in a statement, according to AFP. According to the Israeli...

JCSER: “Israeli Police Used Dogs In Attacking Homeowners In Jerusalem”
Uruknet December 1, 2010 - The Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights in Jerusalem (JCSER) reported that Israeli policemen used dogs during their Tuesday attack against Palestinian homeowners as the police attacked their homes before demolishing them earlier in the day in Al Esawiyya, in occupied East Jerusalem. The Research and Documentation Unit of the JCSER reported that resident...

EXCLUSIVE: Controversial Drug Given to All Guantanamo Detainees Akin to "Pharmacologic Waterboarding"
Uruknet December 1, 2010 - The Defense Department forced all "war on terror" detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison to take a high dosage of a controversial antimalarial drug, mefloquine, an act that an Army public health physician called "pharmacologic waterboarding." The US military administered the drug despite Pentagon knowledge that mefloquine caused severe neuropsychiatric side effects, including suicidal thoughts,...

WikiLeaks website pulled by Amazon after US political pressure
Uruknet December 1, 2010 - The United States struck its first blow against WikiLeaks after Amazon.com pulled the plug on hosting the whistleblowing website in an apparent reaction to heavy political pressure. The main website and a sub-site devoted to the diplomatic documents were unavailable from the US and Europe on Wednesday, as Amazon servers refused to acknowledge requests for...

Belgium Donates 600,000 Euros to Help Palestinian Refugees
2 Dec 2010 - Beirut, December 2, (Pal Telegraph – Agencies)Belgium donated 600,000 euros ($786,000) to help with relief for displaced Palestinian refugees in northern Lebanon, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees said. The donation supplements Belgian assistance for reconstruction of the Nahr Al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp that was destroyed during combat between the Lebanese army and Fatah al-Islam militants...

Israeli army prevents Palestinian from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque
2 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem, December 2, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli soldiers prevented Thursday Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque to pray to ease the entry of Jewish extremists to the Mosque under police protection,local sources said . Israeli police had tightened security procedures on the parameters of the Holy Muslim site, preventing Palestinians under the age of 40 from entering the Mosque. That was to...

Abbas expects US answer on settlement freeze
2 Dec 2010 - Ramallah , December 2, (Pal Telegraph) – Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Wednesday he was expecting to formally hear the outcome of US efforts to secure a new freeze on settlement building within a day. "We still haven't received an official US response, but we may get one officially on Thursday," Abbas told reporters as he inaugurated a new building...

Israeli army raids Jerusalem, detains 3 Palestinians
2 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem, December 2, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces raided Thrusday two hosues in Al-Aswya and Hnina towns in north Jerusalem and detained three Palestinians. Local sources reported that Israeli soldiers broke into the house of Ahmed Mostafa, 28, after searching his house with police dogs. The sources added that they detained another citizen under 18 years, his name is...

Kuwaiti charity rebuilds 400 Palestinian houses
2 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 2, (Pal Telegraph) – Kuwaiti delegation, part of a larger delegation from the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) now visiting Gaza Strip, launched Wednesday a construction project to rehabilitate the Palestinian homes destroyed by the Israeli war on the strip in early 2009. The project is being sponsored by the Kuwaiti International Al-Rahma Charity. A ceremony was held...

Deadly forest fire hits Israel
AlJazeera 2 Dec 2010 - A massive forest fire has killed an estimated 40 people and sparked evacuation from areas near the Carmel Forest.

Ireland 'blocked' weapons to Israel
AlJazeera 2 Dec 2010 - Released cable says Irish blocked US arms shipments to Israel during war with Lebanon.

Why I'm building Palestine
Palestine Note 2 Dec 2010 - This article appeared originally on the Middle East Channel. When we launched our state-building plan for Palestine in August 2009, many dismissed it as an exercise in eggheadedness, extraordinary optimism, a dream. But here we are,...

Israel's deadliest fire leaves 40 dead
Palestine Note 2 Dec 2010 - Ynet News - Firefighters battled a large blaze Thursday in the Carmel Forest near Haifa, which left dozens dead and brought life to a halt for many communities. The 40 people killed on the bus, making...

Some things just didn’t make sense
Palestine Note 2 Dec 2010 - I grew up in the womb of the Jewish Community of Washington, D.C, studied at our Hebrew Academy (a school that my grandfather helped found), and worshiped at the Beth Shalom Orthodox Jewish synagogue. After marrying,...

The Syrian poet Adonis talks about the power of poetry
Palestine Note 2 Dec 2010 - The National - The poet known as Adonis - whose work marked a great transformation in 20th-century Arabic poetry - has just had breakfast. Now, smiling indiscriminately, he settles into a chair in the basement cafe...

Palestine Youth Orchestra at Greece's Megaron
Palestine Note 2 Dec 2010 - Athens News - Performing before a packed audience of all ages and descriptions at the Athens Megaron Concert Hall on Sunday night, the musicians of the Palestine Youth Orchestra (PYO) - ranging in age from 12...

Israel approves plan for 625 new housing units in East Jerusalem
Palestine Note 2 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee announced Wednesday its plan to build 625 new housing units in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood of East Jerusalem. The move comes despite wide international opposition to Israel's...

Ahmadinejad's Getting Pretty Tired of This Dead Scientist Crap
Palestine Note 2 Dec 2010 - Wired - On Monday, unknown assailants on motorcycles attached bombs to the cars of two Iranian nuclear scientists, Majid Shahriari and Fereydoun Abbasi , killing Shahriari and wounding Abbasi. In the past, Iran has been content to...

Wikileaks reveals cable saying Lebanese defense minister gave Israel invasion advice
Palestine Note 2 Dec 2010 - Los Angeles Times - Lebanon's Defense Minister Elias Murr told Americans the army would stay out of the way if Israel tried to wipe out Hezbollah, according to a secret March 2008 conversation revealed in a...

Abbas still waiting for U.S. answers on Israeli settlements
Palestine Note 2 Dec 2010 - News on the most recent settlement freeze proposal is slow in coming Los Angeles Times - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday took the opportunity of laying the cornerstone for the new presidential headquarters just...

UPDATE assange wrong: WikiLeaks do not advance peace by advancing Bibi
Palestine Note 2 Dec 2010 - UPDATE Check this out . Julian Assange buys into Netanyahu line that by demonstrating anti-Iran sentiment is rampant in region, WikiLeaks will help Netanyahu achieve peace. Peace? Netanyahu? I guess Assange is no Commie, more like a...

Football, bombs, and Iran
Palestine Note 2 Dec 2010 - In football, there is a famous saying attributed to both Woody Hayes and Duffy Daugherty, two run oriented coaches: Only three things can happen when a football team passes the ball, and two of them are...

Lebanon at stake: Turkey must reveal its cards
Palestine Note 2 Dec 2010 - The timing of the Turkish Prime Minister's two-day visit to Lebanon could not be more judicious. Lebanon's enemies have been banging the drums of war louder than ever before. All the malevolent plans hatched following the...

Hamas declares it would accept Palestinian referendum on peace deal with Israel
Palestine Note 1 Dec 2010 - Washington - Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said his group would honor a Palestinian referendum on a future peace treaty with Israel based on the 1967 borders in a news conference held in Gaza on Wednesday....

Israel to Demolish Two Homes, Mosque in Bethlehem-Area Village
Alternative Information Center - On Monday (29 December) Israeli authorities gave demolition notices to a mosque and the owners of two homes in the Al-Ma'sara village south of Bethlehem, locals reported.

Children of East Jerusalem's Silwan
Alternative Information Center -  The Palestinian village of Silwan sits just south of the Old City walls in East Jerusalem. It counts 55,000 residents, 50 percent of whom are below the age of 18.

Press Conference to Protest Planned Deportation of East Jerusalem Resident
Alternative Information Center - The Al-Bustan Popular Committee in the Silwan neighbourhood of Jerusalem held a press conference today in response to the recent deportation order issued against Silwan resident and General Secretary of Fatah in Silwan, Adnan Geaith.

US Unable to Stop Jerusalem Settlements; Peace Talks to "Collapse"
PNN - Bethlehem – PNN - The three-week period Palestinian negotiators gave their American counterparts to solve the issue of Israeli settlements expired on Thursday, leading chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat to blame Israel...

Druze Youth Imprisoned for Refusing to Serve in Israeli Army
PNN - Tel Aviv – PNN - Israeli troops arrested Ajoud Jamal Zaydan, an 18-year-old Druze resident of the village of Beit Jan, and sentenced him to 14 days of administrative detention for refusing...

At Least Two Killed in Gaza; Israel Claims Attempted Infiltration
PNN - Bethlehem – PNN - An Israeli military broadcast said two armed Palestinians were killed trying to infiltrate a kibbutz outside of the Gaza Strip. Army spokespersons said the two men were “approaching...

Possible Syrian nuke facility identified by satellite
Jeruslalem Post 2 Dec 2010 - Footage of Masyaf shows missile shaped items; IAEA urges Syria to let inspectors visit reactor that IAF destroyed in 2007.

US, Palestinians rebuke Israel over Pisgat Ze’ev project
Jeruslalem Post 2 Dec 2010 - State Department "urges both parties to avoid actions which could undermine trust, including in J'lem."

Further evacuations as result of spreading Carmel fire
Jeruslalem Post 2 Dec 2010 - Areas of Denya neighborhood of Haifa begin evacuations; European fire suppression aircraft to arrive at IAF bases in hours; US sends 747 from NY; Egypt to supply fire retardant chemicals; 40 dead so far.

Turkey offers assistance in Carmel fire despite tensions
Jeruslalem Post 2 Dec 2010 - Ankara to send firefighting aircraft to Israel in attempt to extinguish raging blaze; Greece, Cyprus, Spain also lend support.

Ashkenazi: IDF will do all it can to help extinguish fire
Jeruslalem Post 2 Dec 2010 - PM requests help from foreign states; Peres expresses concerns over fire near Druze village of Usfiya which left 40 dead, dozens injured.

Iran says it arrested killers of nuclear scientists
Jeruslalem Post 2 Dec 2010 - Teheran's intelligence services claim to uncover wide network operating against Islamic Republic; allege Mossad, US, UK involvement.

PA: Pisgat Ze'ev plan proves Israel doesn't want peace
Jeruslalem Post 2 Dec 2010 - Abbas aide responds to J'lem c'tee's approval of new neighborhood of 625 housing units in northeastern Jerusalem called "North Pisgat Ze'ev"; Erekat: Israel has chosen "settlements and not peace."

WikiLeaks: US wary of rising organized crime in Israel
Jeruslalem Post 2 Dec 2010 - Cable from Tel Aviv embassy discusses spread of mafia and measures to keep Israeli crime figures from gaining entrance to US.

Turkish official: Israel is responsible for Wikileaks
Jeruslalem Post 2 Dec 2010 - Deputy leader of Turkish PM's party says it is suspicious that "Israel is very pleased" by the released documents.

Meet the most original guitarist you never heard of
Jeruslalem Post 1 Dec 2010 - Freestyle improviser and US indie rock hero Eugene Chadbourne brings his warped sense of pop to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

The Roof Is Now the Field
IPS "We grow on our roof because we are farmers but have no land now," says Moatassan Hamad, 21, from Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip.

PCHR Concludes Training Course on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in Jabalia
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Ref: 88/2010 In the context of the International Campaign for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which started on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December 2010, the Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Training Unit and Women's Rights Unit of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) concluded

Turkey offers Israel help in controlling fire despite tense relations
Ha'aretz 2 Dec 2010 - Officials in Turkish embassy in U.S. say Israel accepted two firefighting aircraft, say Turkey was one of the first governments to offer help.

European nations answer Netanyahu's call for help with Carmel fire
Ha'aretz 2 Dec 2010 - The prime minister asks Cyprus, Greece, and other countries to send firefighting aircraft after rescue services say they have lost complete control of the fire.

Palestinians: Israel has chosen West Bank settlements over peace
Ha'aretz 2 Dec 2010 - After Israel announces plans for 625 new homes in Pisgat Ze'ev, Palestinians say Jerusalem has signaled it is 'not willing' to resume peace negotiations.

IDF troops kill two Palestinian militants trying to infiltrate Israel
Ha'aretz 2 Dec 2010 - The troops opened fire on the two militants as they were in the midst of laying explosives at the fence near Kibbutz Kfar Aza. None of the soldiers was wounded.

WikiLeaks cable warns of 'widening crime war' in Israel
Ha'aretz 2 Dec 2010 - The cable is signed by Ambassador James Cunningham, but appears to have been written by the American consul in Tel Aviv as a note on visa restrictions for members of Israel's organized crime syndicate., Julian Assange tells Time: Netanyahu says leaders must speak in public like they do in private; Turkey: Israel engineered WikiLeaks release.

Senior Turkey official says Israel behind WikiLeaks release
Ha'aretz 2 Dec 2010 - Deputy leader of Turkish PM Erdogan's AKP party hints that Israel engineered the release of U.S. diplomatic cables as a plot to pressure Turkey, the daily Hurriyet reports.

Israel approves plan for 625 new housing units in East Jerusalem
Ha'aretz 2 Dec 2010 - Move comes despite wide international opposition to Israeli construction beyond the Green Line.

Hamas vows to honor Palestinian referendum on peace with Israel
Ha'aretz 2 Dec 2010 - Islamist leader Ismail Haniyeh says he would accept a deal with Israel based on 1967 borders and denies that Gaza has become a stronghold for al-Qaida.

Palestinians drop claim that Western Wall is 'not Jewish'
Ha'aretz 2 Dec 2010 - PA removes from official website report claiming Jerusalem site is Islamic property and not holy to Jews.

Former Chief of Staff Halutz enters politics
Ha'aretz - Dan Halutz, who commanded IDF forces during the Second Lebanon War, officially joins center-right party Kadima.

'Flames spread on a scale we've never seen'
Ha'aretz - Reports stream in from eyewitnesses to the massive fires raging in the north of the country.

Disaster in the North: 40 dead as fire rages in Carmel Mountains
Ha'aretz - Forty dead and 13,000 evacuated - Netanyahu appeals for international aid as blaze swamps Israel's emergency capacity and threatens city of Haifa; prison guards killed when fallen tree traps bus in flames.

Livni to Netanyahu: When was the last time you told the truth?
Ha'aretz - Opposition leader rips into the prime minister at a boisterous session of the Knesset, saying he's weak and at fault for the country's weakness.

OPT/GAZA: MAG proud of achievements in reducing risks posed by UXO
Relief Web 2 Dec 2010 - Source: Mines Advisory Group

Palestinians still need relief assistance: OCHA
Relief Web 2 Dec 2010 - Source: UN Radio

OPT: USAID and the PWA Inaugurate a Newly Built Water Reservoir in Bani Nai'm
Relief Web 2 Dec 2010 - Source: US Agency for International Development

OPT: PRCS provides relief aid to distressed persons in Yarza (Al Aghwar)
Relief Web 2 Dec 2010 - Source: Palestine Red Crescent Society

Israel's deadliest fire leaves 40 dead
YNet News - Blaze breaks out in Carmel, forcing authorities to evacuate Damon Prison, Beit....

Former IDF Chief Halutz joins Kadima
YNet News - Halutz, who resigned as chief of staff following failures of Second Lebanon War,....

PA: Israel snubs talks with building plans
YNet News - Plan for 625 new homes in Pisgat Ze'ev near east Jerusalem shows Jewish state....

US cable: French FM says Abbas 'lost'
YNet News - Kouchner told Clinton in 2009 that PA leader is 'completely isolated', secret....

IDF kills 2 gunmen on Gaza fence
YNet News - IAF aircraft, tanks open fire at Palestinians believed to be trying to cross....

'France lauded Assad in bid to hurt Iran'
YNet News - Leaked US cable reveals Paris sought to exaggerate Syrian role in French....

Northern fire: More than 15,000 residents evacuated, flames near Haifa
YNet News - Mass evacuation on, Haifa under threat: More than 15,000 people were evacuated from their homes by late Thursday as a massive fire continued to rage in northern Israel. .......

IDF joins firefighting efforts in north
YNet News - Hundreds of IDF soldiers have been deployed in northern Israel following the Carmel fire disaster in an effort to battle the flames and assist rescue operations. The .......

Fire disaster: PM to declare national day of mourning
YNet News - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will declare a national day of mourning to mark a massive northern Israel blaze that claimed at least 40 lives. The PM made .......

Russia, Qatar get World Cups in 2018, 2022
Daily Star 2 Dec 2010 HAIFA, Israel:  A huge fire swept through a forest in northern Israel  Thursday, killing up to 40 people, many of them prison guards who were trapped in a bus trying to flee the flames, security services...

Huge Israel forest fire kills dozens - rescue services
Daily Star 2 Dec 2010 HAIFA, Israel:  A huge fire swept through a forest in northern Israel  Thursday, killing up to 40 people, many of them prison guards who were trapped in a bus trying to flee the flames, security services...

Israel to blame for 'collapse' of peace talks - Erekat
Daily Star 2 Dec 2010 RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank: The United States should blame Israel for the "collapse" of the peace process, a senior Palestinian official said Thursday, giving one of the bleakest assessments yet on recent Middle East diplomatic moves.Israeli...

WikiLeaks revelations serve Israel, says Turkish minister
Daily Star 2 Dec 2010 ANKARA: A senior Turkish minister said Thursday Israel seemed to be "benefitting" from the impact of US cables disclosed so far by the WikiLeaks website as he questioned whose interests the leaks served."One should analyze why...

Sheep may have angered Egypt shark
Daily Star 2 Dec 2010 CAIRO: A shark that attacked swimmers off an Egyptian resort might have become frenzied after a transport ship dumped dead sheep in the sea, South Sinai's governor said Thursday, adding that experts believe they have caught...

Egypt party to boycott vote despite struggle
Daily Star 2 Dec 2010 CAIRO: One of Egypt's main opposition parties said it is sticking by its decision to pull out of parliamentary elections despite violent inter-party disagreements over the move Thursday.Supporters and opponents of the vote boycott faced off...

Israeli police round up 600 Palestinian workers
PIC 2 Dec 2010 - Israeli police in the 1948 occupied Palestinian land rounded up 600 Palestinian workers from the West Bank for working in those lands without permit.

Israeli prosecution indicts Palestinian in 1948 land for cooperation with Hamas
PIC 2 Dec 2010 - The Israeli attorney general filed an indictment against Islam Amin, a young man from Fredees village in the 1948 occupied Palestine, for alleged cooperation with Hamas in recruiting youth.

IOF troops kill two Palestinians in Gaza, destroy water well in Al-Khalil
PIC 2 Dec 2010 - Two Palestinians were killed east of Gaza city on Thursday morning after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired at them, the Israeli radio said.

Tadamun report: IOF troops killed 3 Palestinians, detained 200 in November
PIC 2 Dec 2010 - The IOF killed three Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and arrested more than 200 citizens in the West Bank over the past month of November, the Tadamun institute said in a report.

UN: Situation in Gaza still catastrophic
PIC 2 Dec 2010 - The UN has underlined that the situation in Gaza Strip was still catastrophic and that one and a half million people including 800,000 children were living as captives in the Strip due to the siege.

Abu Zuhri: Fatah authority crimes in WB reflect total allegiance to IOA
PIC 2 Dec 2010 - Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, told a press conference in Gaza on Thursday that crimes committed by the Fatah authority in Ramallah affirmed its allegiance to the IOA.

Sabri: Historical facts are non-negotiable
PIC 2 Dec 2010 - Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, the head of the higher Islamic authority, has asserted that none could dispute historical facts, stressing the Islamic identity of the Buraq Wall and the holy site.

Jewish settlers desecrate Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalemite worshipers face them
PIC 2 Dec 2010 - Palestinian worshipers on Thursday evening clashed with extremist Jewish settlers after they stormed under police protection the courtyards of the Aqsa Mosque.

Palestinian premier denies presence of any Qaeda members in Gaza
PIC 2 Dec 2010 - Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya warned the world of being deceived by Israeli claims about the presence of Qaeda cells in Gaza and described them as lies aimed at justifying a new war on the Strip.

Wide campaign to brief European officials on reality of Israel's siege on Gaza
PIC 2 Dec 2010 - The European campaign to end the siege initiated a comprehensive campaign to brief the officials of the European union on the reality of Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Forest fire in Israel kills 37 prison guards trapped in fleeing bus
LA Times 3 Dec 2010 - Wind-swept flames of an out-of-control fire in Carmel Forest in northern Israel trap the bus, which burns as firefighters struggle to rescue those inside. 'This is an unprecedented disaster,' says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A raging forest fire in northern Israel killed at least 37 prison guards Thursday when their bus was engulfed in flames while they rushed to evacuate a detention facility. Nearby firefighters tried desperately to rescue them as some guards hugged the floor of the vehicle in search of shelter, witnesses said.

Syria's Assad seems to suggest backing for Hamas negotiable, leaked cables say
LA Times 2 Dec 2010 - But even as President Bashar Assad appeared willing to reduce ties with the Palestinian militant group ruling the Gaza Strip, he brushed off pressure to alter the dynamics of his friendship with Iran. Syrian President Bashar Assad described Hamas as an "uninvited guest" in his country in confidential conversations with American lawmakers, and appeared to suggest he would be willing to give up the alliance in exchange for incentives, according to several documents contained in the trove of leaked diplomatic cables posted online by the website WikiLeaks.

Lethal Fire Rages Through Forest in Northern Israel
New York Times 2 Dec 2010 - A spokesman for the fire service in northern Israel said the fire was the biggest and deadliest in Israel’s history.

Iran Arrests Suspects Over Scientist's Murder
New York Times 2 Dec 2010 - Iranian security has made a number of arrests in the assassination of a prominent nuclear scientist, the country's intelligence chief said Thursday.

World Briefing | Middle East: Iran: Arrests in Attacks on Nuclear Scientists
New York Times 2 Dec 2010 - Some perpetrators of the recent bomb attacks on two of the country’s top nuclear scientists have been arrested.

Sharek Youth Forum Closed in Gaza
Palestine Monitor - The Sharek Youth Forum in Gaza City was forcibly closed by police on Tuesday. The forum's liberal agenda had resulted in frequent clashes with the Hamas government prior to its closure. Sharek staff protest the action is illegal and unjust. In the past seven months the...

Jaffa Sold to Zionists
Palestine Monitor - Ajami is a predominantly Arab district of Jaffa, housing around 8,000 Palestinian Israelis. In May 2009, a plot of land on Etrog Street, hosting the local farmers' market, was sold by the Israel Land Authority to B'emunah, a housing company that deals mainly in developing housing...

Oh, Canada: Al Jazeera investigates ‘the other special relationship’
Mondoweiss -

The big fat national conversation could actually start w/ California divestment initiative
Mondoweiss - IDC is the acronym for California Divestment Initiative . To fully understand the importance of this initiative please hear me out. The Israel Divestment Campaign (IDC) is the first citizens' effort in the country to appeal directly to voters to hold Israel accountable for violations of international...

The Middle East’s only pretend democracy
Mondoweiss - Haaretz notes a recent survey , revealing the hollowness of Israel's claim to be a democracy: A comprehensive survey compiled by the Israel Democracy Institute and reported in yesterday's Haaretz paints a gloomy, worrisome picture... ...Only 17% of the public believes the state's self-definition as a democracy...

Watching The Pianist in Gaza
Mondoweiss - The Pianist is a movie that tells the disheartening story of a Jewish pianist,  Władysław Szpilman, who struggles to survive during the holocaust along with his family in Warsaw. Although it is primarily the story of one man, the movie instilled in me the notion of...

US admits it failed to get settlement freeze; Israel announces new building near East Jerusalem and Palestinians say ‘Israel has chosen West Bank settlements over peace’
Mondoweiss - And other news from Today in Palestine: Settlers/ Land, Property, Resource Theft & Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing '625 housing units approved in northern Pisgat Ze'ev' Report: Jerusalem's District officially approves plan for the establishment of a new neighborhood called "North Pisgat Ze'ev." http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?ID=197583&R=R1 Israel unveils new residential plan...


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Hamas Denies Al-Qaeda Presence but Claims Extremist Group on Rise
IMEMC - 3 Dec 2010 - Friday December 03, 2010 - 17:40, Hamas Prime Minister Haniyeh firmly declared that there is no al-Qaeda in Gaza but also denounced a new group of zealots is rising, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

Dozens of Injured Due To Tear Gas Inhalation in the Weekly Protest in Bil'in
IMEMC - 3 Dec 2010 - Friday December 03, 2010 - 16:49, On Friday, dozens of people suffered tear gas inhalation during the weekly nonviolent protests against the wall and settlements in Bil'in, west Ramallah; no arrest were reported.

Erekat Claims Israel Uses Christmas to Deepen the Separation of the Holy Land
IMEMC - 3 Dec 2010 - Friday December 03, 2010 - 14:08, With regard to a pre-Christians reception that the Israeli government has organized in East Jerusalem on December 6, Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erakat denounced on Thursday that "the Israel Ministry of Tourism has hijacked Christmas for political purposes."

Israeli Forces Raid Refugee Camps Near Jenin
IMEMC - 3 Dec 2010 - Friday December 03, 2010 - 12:23, Israeli troops entered the refugee camps of Barqin and Aqaba, in the proximity of Jenin, on Friday morning, PNN claimed.

Asia's First Aid Convoy to Leave for Gaza
IMEMC - 3 Dec 2010 - Friday December 03, 2010 - 11:50, Asia's first humanitarian convoy is due to begin its journey to the Gaza Strip, trying to break Israel's siege, Press TV reported.

Four Palestinians Killed In A Traffic Accident In Yemen
IMEMC - 3 Dec 2010 - Friday December 03, 2010 - 11:31, On Thursday, four Palestinian students were killed and others were injured due to a car accident in the city of Aden, western Yemen, the Maan News Agency reported.

Controlling Carmel Fire Could Take At Least Several Days
IMEMC - 3 Dec 2010 - Friday December 03, 2010 - 11:20, As the fires continue to consume more areas in Al Karmel, and with 41 residents dead, 14.000 evacuated from their homes, and more than 20.000 Dunams burnt, Israeli sources stated that controlling the fires could take at least several days while the devastating environmental effects of the fires could last 20 -40 years.

Clashes Reported In East Jerusalem
IMEMC - 3 Dec 2010 - Friday December 03, 2010 - 11:03, Clashes broke out in Al-Isawiya neighborhood, East Jerusalem, on Thursday evening, between dozens of Palestinian residents and Israeli forces, the Ma’an NewsAgency reported.

Female Detainees Safely Moved Out Of Al Damoun Prison
IMEMC - 3 Dec 2010 - Friday December 03, 2010 - 05:16, Amin Shooman, head of the Higher Committee for West Bank Detainees imprisoned by Israel, stated that all female detainees imprisoned at the Al Damoun Israeli prison were evacuated to the Hasharon prison due to raging fires in the north.

Army Shells Khan Younis
IMEMC - 3 Dec 2010 - Friday December 03, 2010 - 05:00, Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip reported that Israeli soldiers shelled on Thursday evening a number of homes east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

88th worker shot in northern Gaza 'no go zone'
12/3/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Gaza man was shot in the foot Friday morning, medics in the coastal enclave confirmed saying the wound was inflicted by Israeli sniper fire targeting a man collecting gravel particles in the northern border area. The injured man was evacuated to the Kamal Udwan Hospital in Jabaliya and identified....

Brazil recognizes Palestinian state
12/3/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Fatah leader Nabil Sha'ath on Friday welcomed Brazil's decision to recognize the State of Palestine on 1967 borders." It is a day of joy and enthusiasm for the peoples of Palestine and Brazil. It is the confirmation of the brotherhood between both peoplesand the friendship with President....

Evening clashes in East Jerusalem
12/3/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Clashes erupted in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Al-Isawiya on Thursday evening, between residents and Israeli forces conducting patrols on the area northeast of the Old City. Eight residents were treated for tear-gas inhalation, head of the Union of Arab Medics Mohammad Al-Gharabli told Ma'n. An Israeli police spokeswoman....

Report: Lebanese court convicts Israeli collaborator
12/3/2010 - BEIRUT, Lebanon (Ma'an) -- A Lebanese Military Court sentenced a citizen to 15 years of hard labor on charges of collaboration with Israel, the country's National News Agency reported on Thursday. The man, identified as Ziad Homsi was found guilty of providing Israeli intelligence agencies with classified information about military and civil....

1,000 children send Christmas message from Bethlehem
12/3/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A thousand children from across the West Bank gathered in Bethlehem on Friday to send a Christmas message to children around the world. The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation organized activities and theatrical performances for the children at the Catholic Action Center. The children then marched from the Center to Nativity....

Thousands battle to tame Israel's worst fire
12/3/2010 - HAIFA, Israel (AFP) -- Thousands of Israeli firemen and rescuers fought Friday to control a massive forest fire that has killed 41 people, as global help poured in to battle the biggest inferno in the country's history. As high winds drove the blaze towards the northern port city of Haifa, police and medical officials....

Gaza facing wheat crisis
12/3/2010 - GAZA (Ma'an) --The head of Gaza's bakeries' association said Friday that the Strip is facing a crisis due to wheat shortages. Abdul Nasser Al-Ajramy said Israel has decreased the amount of wheat it allows into Gaza, leaving mills in the Strip empty. Israel opens Karni crossing once a week to....

Clashes re-ignite in East Jerusalem neighborhood
12/3/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Clashes broke out after a brief period of calm in the Al-Isawiya neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem on Friday afternoon. Clashes centered on the western side of the neighborhood, when a march of peace activists and villagers passed through the area protesting the continued closure of roads leading to the residential....

Gaza: Brigades claim military action in south
12/3/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades announced Friday morning that fighters from the militant group fired three mortar shells toward a gathering of Israeli soldiers east of Khan Younis. The Israeli troops, a statement from the military wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said, were near the....

Palestinian firefighters join efforts to control blaze
12/3/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian firefighters are aiding efforts to control a forest fire which has spread across northern Israel, Palestinian civil defense officials said. The blaze, which has killed at least 41 people and devastated more than 10,000 acres of land, was still burning out of control 24 hours after it started in the....

Fire crews struggle to control blaze
12/3/2010 - HAIFA, Israel (AFP) - Thousands of Israeli rescuers and firemen backed by fire crews from around the globe battled on Friday to conquer the biggest inferno in Israel's history, which has already killed 41 people. As high winds drove flames towards the northern port city of Haifa, officials said they had found 41 bodies....

Workers unions declare partial strike Monday
12/3/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The unions of health and education employees announced a partial strike set to take place Monday, affecting workers in government service jobs as a protest against the amendment of pension laws, health insurance, severance pay and the right to strike. A Thursday statement released by the unions said the strike would....

Families of Haifa detainees worry as fire rages near city
12/3/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Ramallah's International Solidarity Institute called on Haifa's Damoun women's prison administration to ensure the safety of detainees, following requests for information from more than a dozen families of prisoners who fear for their safety. The prison was evacuated as part of a massive fire rescue....

Nablus villages targeted in overnight raids, 4 detained
12/3/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained four men overnight, and searched several homes in villages surrounding Nablus, officials said. An Israeli military statement confirmed the detention of four "wanted Palestinian suspects," with PA security officials saying two of those detentions were in Taluza village north of Nablus. According to Israel's Army Radio....

Hebron woman released from Israeli custody
12/3/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court in Bersheba released Mariam Al-Atawnah, 44, from detention after she was taken into police custody during a visit with her brother five days earlier, Hebron's prisoners center reported....

Gaza crossings closed
12/3/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli officials announced the closure of all Gaza-Israel crossing terminals on Friday, a day ahead of the scheduled weekend, with passages remaining sealed on Saturday for the Jewish sabbath. Palestinian crossings liaison official, Raed Fattouh told Ma'an that service would resume on Monday. Recapping the previous day'....

WikiLeaks database - DOHA
12/4/2010 - A database of leaked American diplomatic cables originating from the US Embassy in Doha, Qatar, as relating to Washington's relations with the Palestinians and their institutions. The cables -- selected from 250,000 diplomatic communiques -- were obtained and released by the whistleblowing group WikiLeaks. Relevant passages are highlighted in bold. 09/08/2009: Army officials....

Erekat: Israel hijacking Christmas for political gain
12/3/2010 - JERICHO (Ma'an) -- "The Israel Ministry of Tourism has hijacked Christmas for political purposes," chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said Thursday, denouncing the occupying nation for hosting a pre-Christmas reception in East Jerusalem. The reception, set for 6 December, will see diplomats, heads of churches and other community members gather in the city to....

Obama offers 'condolences,' aid in fighting Israel fire
12/3/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- US President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed his "deepest condolences" for the victims of a massive forest fire in Israel and said the United States had offered to help fight it. The blaze engulfed a forest near the northern Israeli city of Haifa, killing 40 people, most of them prison guards on board....

Hezbollah image at stake in Hariri case, experts say
12/3/2010 - BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) - An indictment of Hezbollah members in connection with the murder of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri could forever tarnish the party's image as a resistance movement and threaten its raison d'etre, analysts say." Whether one single member or 100 are implicated makes absolutely no difference, Hezbollah won't....

Hizb Ut-Tahrir says Hamas giving up principles
12/3/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Islamist movement Hizb Ut-Tahrir on Thursday slammed Hamas, saying the party was giving up its principles. Hizb Ut-Tahrir (Liberation Party) issued a statement following a rare news conference held by Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza on Wednesday. The party said Hamas was heading toward the same track....

Clinton: US 'intensively' working on peace
12/3/2010 - MANAMA, Bahrain (AFP) -- The United States is working "intensively" to secure peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisted on Friday, a day after Palestinians said US efforts failed, an allegation that was later denied by other PA sources."The United States is working intensively to create the conditions that will....

Lebanon defense minister denies WikiLeaks cable content
12/3/2010 - BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) -- Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr denied on Friday allegations in a diplomatic cable revealed by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks that he gave advice to Israel in 2008 on how to get rid of Hezbollah, an aide said." The information posted by WikiLeaks is not complete and is not accurate," said Murr aide....

Army: Israel detonates 'spy' devices in Lebanon
12/3/2010 - TYRE, Lebanon (AFP) - The Israeli army on Friday detonated two of its espionage devices in southern Lebanon, slightly injuring two passers-by, a Lebanese army spokesman said." Around noon today, the Israeli enemy detonated two spying apparatuses by remote control in Wadi Qaysiyya outside of Majdal Selem" near the southern coastal city of Tyre, the spokesman....

US: Hariri justice will not destabilize Lebanon
12/3/2010 - MANAMA (AFP) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that the UN Special Tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of ex-premier Rafiq Hariri will not destabilize Lebanon." The Special Tribunal represents a statement by the world that the era of political assassination with impunity in Lebanon must end," Clinton said at a major security....

Fatah's armed wing demands release of member
12/3/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Fatah's armed wing, the Al-Aqsa Brigades, called on the Gaza government Fridayto release one of its members. Amir Ash-Shareef was detained one month earlier by internal security forces from the Hamas-led government, the brigades said in a statement. Ash-Shareef is listed as "wanted" by the Israeli army, and....

Bethlehem prepares for Christmas
12/3/2010 - But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting."Micah 5:2The prophecy came true 2,000 years ago, and Bethlehem has for centuries been....

WikiLeaks: US, Britain argued over spy flights
12/3/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- US and British officials clashed over the use of a Cyprus air base for US spying missions in 2008, with London worried about complicity in potential rights abuses, leaked cables showed Thursday. The British were particularly concerned about U2 spy plane missions to track militants in Lebanon, Turkey and northern Iraq that provided....

Obama ensures Netanyahu forest fire assistance top U.S. priority
Ha'aretz - U.S. is sending a team of expert firefighters and supplies to Israel to help the country contain the worst forest fire in its history.

Netanyahu makes fresh appeal for international help to battle Carmel blaze
Ha'aretz - Prime Minister speaks with the leaders of Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, asking them to send fire-fighting planes.

Hezbollah claims it has found Israeli spying device
Ha'aretz - Group says Israel was spying on its private telecommunications network.

Lebanon defense minister 'offered invasion advice for Israel'
Ha'aretz - Elias Murr advised U.S. diplomats on how Israel could 'clean out' Hezbollah from southern Lebanon, WikiLeaks cable shows., U.S. pledges assistance as blaze creeps toward Haifa; Netanyahu calls emergency cabinet meeting., Officials in Turkish embassy in U.S. say Israel accepted two firefighting aircraft, say Turkey was one of the first governments to offer help.

WikiLeaks founder: Netanyahu believes exposé will aid Mideast peace
Ha'aretz - Julian Assange tells Time: Netanyahu says leaders must speak in public like they do in private; Turkey: Israel engineered WikiLeaks release.

Brazil recognizes Palestinian state on 1967 borders
Uruknet December 3, 2010 — Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva recognized a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders Friday in a public letter addressed to Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas. The decision came in response to a personal request made by Abbas on November 24, according to the letter published on the foreign ministry's website. "Considering that the demand...

Wiki weakens Iran war driveThe Saudi endorsement could be the kiss of death for Netanyahu's push for a military strike on Iran.
Uruknet December 3, 2010 - Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, is ecstatic. He has come to the conclusion that a diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks, revealing that the Saudis privately favour a military strike on Iran, has vindicated Israel's hawkish stance. With Saudi Arabia aboard the war train, how can it possibly be derailed? Of course, he is totally...

Boycott Amazon.com
Uruknet December 3, 2010 - As many of you know, Amazon.com kicked WikiLeaks off its servers on Wednesday. Amazon didn't bother to give WikiLeaks any notice. It just pulled the plug, causing the website to be inaccessible for a few hours. Amazon made the decision after speaking with Senator Joe Lieberman's office. Evidently Liberman staffers called to ask why Amazon...

Why we walked out
Uruknet December 3, 2010 - Students across the US are protesting a public relations campaign that brings soldiers from the Israeli army to speak on campuses. These tours are an attempt to justify recent war crimes committed by the army and are coordinated by various organizations, the most well-known being the Zionist organization StandWithUs. Our protests have drawn attention to...

88th worker shot in northern Gaza 'no go zone'
Uruknet December 3, 2010 - A Gaza man was shot in the foot Friday morning, medics in the coastal enclave confirmed saying the wound was inflicted by Israeli sniper fire targeting a man collecting gravel particles in the northern border area. The injured man was evacuated to the Kamal Udwan Hospital in Jabaliya and identified only as 20-year-old "AB." Medics...

UN: situation in Gaza is "not improving"
Uruknet December 3, 2010 - Millions of Palestinians are living in precarious conditions and need help to survive, the United Nations said Thursday, as it sought $575 million for them in 2011. Despite recent improvements in the situation in the Gaza Strip, things are "not improving" for the 4.5 million people who live in the Palestinian Territories, said Maxwell Gaylard,...

One-Third of Israeli Support Wartime Concentration Camps for Palestinian Citizens
Uruknet December 3, 2010 - One nugget I overlooked (pg. 142) in the Israel Democracy Institute annual survey which I featured here a day or so ago is this one that Ofer Neiman pointed out to me. 33% of Israelis support placing Israeli Palestinian citizens in concentration camps during wartime. Only 50% of Israeli Jews oppose this approach. The actual...

WikiLeaks Exposes Israeli Mafia’s Growing InfluenceCable reveals Mafia-government connection -- But US media don't care to dig for the
Uruknet December 3, 2010 - I love how the pundits are yawning over the latest WikiLeaks revelations: oh, there’s nothing to see here, it’s all so boring, no "smoking gun," so let’s just move right along. These people are just plain lazy: they want "scoops" delivered to their front doors, all neatly packaged and labeled as such. In short, they...

Settlers Torch Olive Orchard near Nablus
Uruknet December 3, 2010 - Israeli settlers torched on Thursday evening Palestinian Olive Orchards near the Homesh evacuated settlement, west of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Ghassan Douglas, in charge of settlements file at the Palestinian Authority in the northern part of the West Bank, stated that a number of extremist Israeli settlers set fire to dozens of...

Obama's Israel Policy: Speak softly and carry a very big carrot
Uruknet December 3, 2010 - Even those familiar with the long and shameful history of America's appeasement of Israel were taken aback by the Obama administration's extraordinary offer to Benjamin Netanyahu. In exchange for a paltry one-off 90 day freeze on illegal settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank (excluding East Jerusalem), Israel will get twenty F-35 stealth fighter jets...

All Guantánamo Prisoners Were Subjected to “Pharmacological Waterboarding”
Uruknet December 3, 2010 - ...As has been clear for many years, since prisoners and former prisoners began speaking about the conditions of their confinement, medical and psychiatric personnel were intimately involved in a regime that involved withholding medical treatment for those who refused to "cooperate" with their interrogators — in other words, by providing false confessions — and the...

Gaza facing wheat crisis
Uruknet December 3, 2010 - The head of Gaza's bakeries' association said Friday that the Strip is facing a crisis due to wheat shortages. Abdul Nasser Al-Ajramy said Israel has decreased the amount of wheat it allows into Gaza, leaving mills in the Strip empty. Israel opens Karni crossing once a week to allow around 100 truckloads of wheat and...

NGO Monitor Targets Truth for Israel
Uruknet December 3, 2010 - Its web site (ngo-monitor.org) says it "was founded to promote accountability, and advance a vigorous discussion on the reports and activities of NGOs claiming to promote moral agendas, such as humanitarian aid and human rights." In fact, it's a Jerusalem-based pro-Israeli front group, disseminating propaganda and hate, debasing legitimate human rights organizations, independent journalism, and...

Gaza: The Roof Is Now the Field
Uruknet December 2, 2010 - BEIT HANOUN, Gaza, Dec 2, 2010 – "We grow on our roof because we are farmers but have no land now," says Moatassan Hamad, 21, from Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip. "Our family is large and thankfully what we grow feeds us," he says. They grow a variety of staple vegetables. "Cabbage and eggplants...

Video: The other special relationshipSeen as an honest-broker in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Canada has become one of Israel's most fervent supporters.
Uruknet December 2, 2010 -- In Canada, a high-stakes battle is being waged between a powerful pro-Israel lobby close to the conservative government, and a growing Palestinian solidarity movement that calls Israel an apartheid state that should be subject to boycott, divestment and sanctions. But there is one point on which both sides agree: over the past five or six...

Corporations found guilty at Russell Tribunal second session
Uruknet December 2, 2010 - On 22 November a jury of international experts announced their verdict that compelling evidence shows corporate complicity in Israeli violations of international law. The verdict followed two full days of presentations in London at the second international session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine from 20 to 21 November. The session examined the role of...

More Joe Lieberman-caused Internet censorship
Uruknet December 2, 2010 - Following up on my post from earlier today about Joe Lieberman's Chinese-replicating Internet censorship efforts (and please read that first for the context), I wanted this to be highlighted separately: The New York Times reports that another company has now capitulated to Lieberman's demands: "a Seattle-based software company, Tableau, which provides a free Web platform...

Joe Lieberman emulates Chinese dictators
Uruknet December 2, 2010 - ...Talking Points Memo -- in an article headlined: "How Lieberman Got Amazon To Drop Wikileaks" -- detailed that Lieberman's "staffers . . . called Amazon to ask about it, and left questions with a press secretary including, 'Are there plans to take the site down?'" Shortly thereafter, "Amazon called them back . . . to say they had kicked Wikileaks off."...

Today in Palestine: hypocrisy watch
Uruknet December 2, 2010 - An IDF press release reads:

TOO TOXIC TO HANDLE?FOLLOW-UP ALERT ON ISRAEL’S POLICY OF NEAR-STARVATION FOR GAZA
Uruknet December 2, 2010 On November 17, we sent out a media alert that highlighted the corporate media’s lack of interest in official documents revealing Israel’s deliberate policy of near-starvation for Gaza. The documents had been obtained by Gisha, an Israeli human rights group, which won a legal battle in October to compel the Israeli government to release the information....

Israel battles deadly forest fire
AlJazeera 3 Dec 2010 - Assistance arrives from other countries as firefighters struggle to put out blaze that has killed at least 41 people.

Yvette Cooper calls for Israeli settler labelling on food imports
The Guardian 3 Dec 2010 - Cooper wants EU to follow example of supermarkets which identify goods produced in occupied West Bank Britain should step up pressure on Israel to stop building illegal settlements in the West Bank by pressing for greater...

Clashes re-ignite in East Jerusalem neighborhood
Palestine Note 3 Dec 2010 - Maan - Clashes broke out after a brief period of calm in the Al-Isawiya neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem on Friday afternoon. Clashes centered on the western side of the neighborhood, when a march of peace...

Clinton: US "intensively" working on peace
Palestine Note 3 Dec 2010 - Maan - The United States is working "intensively" to secure peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisted on Friday, a day after Palestinians said US efforts failed, an allegation that was...

Former Fatah star Mohammed Dahlan falls from favor
Palestine Note 3 Dec 2010 - The National - Where is Mohammed Dahlan? For days rumours have swirled of a falling out between the one-time heir apparent to Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas. Palestinian Authority officials will not confirm...

PA lends firefighters a hand in Carmel blaze
Palestine Note 3 Dec 2010 - Palestinian official says authority decided to help because blaze in north is 'human catastrophe' Ynet News - Israel received help from a number of unexpected sources as firefighters attempted to battle one of the worst blazes...

Abbas aide says Israel to blame for "collapse" of peace talks
Palestine Note 3 Dec 2010 - Al Arabiya - The United States should openly blame Israel for the "collapse" of the peace process, a senior Palestinian official said on Thursday, in one of the bleakest assessments yet on Middle East peace efforts....

Mideast Conflict Plays Out In A House Divided
Palestine Note 3 Dec 2010 - NPR - On the surface, Jerusalem's Old City seems like the ideal melting pot of cultures and religions. Muslims, Christians and Jews live in this ancient walled enclave of less than half a square mile. It...

Clinton urges Iran to "engage seriously" on nuclear program
Palestine Note 3 Dec 2010 - Voice of America - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging Iran to "engage seriously" with the international community about its nuclear program. Read Full Article Photo: [US Department of State, Flickr]

Israeli PM Netanyahu thanks Turkey for airplanes to battle Carmel Fire
Palestine Note 3 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem Post - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Friday evening was at the PMO making contact with additional foreign governments in continuing efforts to secure firefighting equipment and planes. Earlier Friday, Netanyahu thanked his Turkish counterpart Recep...

Wikileaked: The Gulf Between Dictators and Their People
Palestine Note 3 Dec 2010 - Yousef Munayyer, The Palestine Center - Now that a few days have gone by since the initial release of some secret U.S. State Department cables by the website WikiLeaks , we can pause and reflect on some...

New chief named to take over Israeli Mossad from Meir Dagan
Palestine Note 3 Dec 2010 - Los Angeles Times - Monday's announcement of the next chief of Israel's Mossad ended the mystery about who will succeed leadership of the country's spy agency. Tamir Pardo, known to the public until now only as...

Israelis make cover of Iranian magazine
Palestine Note 3 Dec 2010 - Ynet News - Metal band Orphaned Land, popular in Arab world, stars on cover of Iranian rock music publication Divan. 'Music demolishes political barriers,' says frontman Kobi Farhi. Read Full Article Here Photo: [Orphaned-Land.com]

Palestinian delegate to U.S.: Congress shouldn't interfere in Mideast peace process
Palestine Note 3 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - Maen Rashid Areikat: Israelis and Palestinians, not the U.S. Congress, will decide the future of the conflict; parents of Rachel Corrie receive award at event marking International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People....

Some things just didn’t make sense
Palestine Note 2 Dec 2010 - I grew up in the womb of the Jewish Community of Washington, D.C, studied at our Hebrew Academy (a school that my grandfather helped found), and worshiped at the Beth Shalom Orthodox Jewish synagogue. After marrying,...

Israel approves plan for 625 new housing units in East Jerusalem
Palestine Note 2 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee announced Wednesday its plan to build 625 new housing units in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood of East Jerusalem. The move comes despite wide international opposition to Israel's...

Omar Ubeidat and the Biggest Animals on Earth
PNN - Jerusalem – Maysa Abu Ghazala – PNN/Exclusive - His childhood dreams and his love of working with animals pushed OmarUbeidat, 33, to train and care for the largest animals on the face...

Israeli Troops Enter Jenin Area Refugee Camps, No Arrests
PNN - Jenin – PNN - On Friday morning Israeli forces entered the refugee camps of Barqin, north of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and Aqaba, near Tubas. Local sources reported five...

Thoughts on Germany and Palestine
PNN - Mazin Qumsiyeh - Guest Writer - The conference in Stuttgart about Palestine was themed Separated in the past, together in the future , was sold-out, and had some high powered speakers and lots...

Brazil says it recognizes Palestinian state
Jeruslalem Post 3 Dec 2010 - President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sends letter to Mahmoud Abbas expressing hope that recognition will contribute to peace and security.

US rushes assistance to Israel to combat Carmel fires
Jeruslalem Post 3 Dec 2010 - Obama expresses condolences; sends 45 tons of fire-retardant spray to quell fires; British PM also sends sympathies, offers assistance.

This Week in History: ‘The Palestine Post’ is established
Jeruslalem Post 3 Dec 2010 - The paper was established in 1932 in British-mandate Palestine, survived a terror attack and eventually became 'The Jerusalem Post.'

Wikileaks: Lebanon advised on how to defeat Hizbullah
Jeruslalem Post 3 Dec 2010 - Lebanon's defense minister offered US officials advice on how Israel could defeat group in future war.

Wikileaks: Lebanon advised Israel how to defeat Hizbullah
Jeruslalem Post 3 Dec 2010 - Lebanon's defense minister offered US officials advice on how J'lem could defeat group in future war, vowed to keep Lebanese army out of fighting.

World Jewry to raise funds to help victims of Carmel fire
Jeruslalem Post 3 Dec 2010 - Jewish Agency, JDC have people on ground in northern Israel helping residents flee flames, putting plans in place to help victims rebuild lives.

Analysis: Heroism, resilience… and gnawing questions
Jeruslalem Post 3 Dec 2010 - Israel, with world help, is rising to fight the northern inferno. When the flames are finally doused, there will be some harsh lessons to learn.

Health, humor and a holistic approach
Jeruslalem Post 2 Dec 2010 - Chef Jessica Porter will be giving cooking classes in Israel. Here, she talks about how macrobiotics can transform bodies and souls.

Obama ensures Netanyahu forest fire assistance top U.S. priority
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2010 - U.S. is sending a team of expert firefighters and supplies to Israel to help the country contain the worst forest fire in its history.

Netanyahu makes fresh appeal for international help to battle Carmel blaze
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2010 - Prime Minister speaks with the leaders of Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, asking them to send fire-fighting planes.

Hezbollah claims it has found Israeli spying device
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2010 - Group says Israel was spying on its private telecommunications network.

Lebanon defense minister 'offered invasion advice for Israel'
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2010 - Elias Murr advised U.S. diplomats on how Israel could 'clean out' Hezbollah from southern Lebanon, WikiLeaks cable shows., U.S. pledges assistance as blaze creeps toward Haifa; Netanyahu calls emergency cabinet meeting., Officials in Turkish embassy in U.S. say Israel accepted two firefighting aircraft, say Turkey was one of the first governments to offer help.

WikiLeaks founder: Netanyahu believes exposé will aid Mideast peace
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2010 - Julian Assange tells Time: Netanyahu says leaders must speak in public like they do in private; Turkey: Israel engineered WikiLeaks release.

Small fires break out across Galilee; police suspect arson
Ha'aretz - Police Commissioner David Cohen had warned local police chiefs to prepare for a spate of fires that were purposely started.

Animals at Carmel nature reserve face new threat from wildfire
Ha'aretz - The lives of hundreds of rare animals are threatened as flames spread towards the Hai-Bar nature reserve.

Wildfire spreads to Ein Hod, Nir Etzion
Ha'aretz - Operations of firefighting aircraft have been called off until Saturday morning, leaving ground crews with the task of battling the blaze overnight.

Victims of the Carmel fire / 'Now we must deal with this tragedy'
Ha'aretz - 42 people have been killed in the wildfire that is raging through a large area of northern Israel.

PM calls Erdogan, thanks international community for aid in Carmel fire disaster
Ha'aretz - Netanyahu speaks to Turkish PM Erdogan for the first time since taking office, says incident may portend improvement in bilateral relations.

Animals saved when flames heading for Carmel wildlife reserve stopped short
Ha'aretz - Hundreds of rare species of animals saved from almost certain death.

Netanyahu: Israel can't fight massive brushfire alone
Ha'aretz - In emergency cabinet meeting convened over brushfire raging through North, PM thanks nations sending aid, which include including Egypt, Jordan and Turkey.

'We can't say that fire in the North is under control'
Ha'aretz - Police commissioner says blaze may be contained by Saturday afternoon; death toll reaches 42; over 17,000 Northern residents have been evacuated from their homes.

First Carmel fire victims identified, as Israel grapples with national tragedy
Ha'aretz - Medical crews continue task of identifying brushfire victims, most of whom died on a Prison Service bus consumed by flames en route to aid a prison evacuation.

Carmel inferno proves Israel can't afford war with Iran
Ha'aretz - Just like Israel's army in the 1973 Yom Kippur war, the emergency services were wholly unprepared to handle a shock on this scale.

17,000 evacuated as huge blaze threatens Haifa
Ha'aretz - Carmel-area esidents moved to safety as brushfire sweeps across northern Israel, leaving 42 dead.

Carmel fire: Haifa Police Chief critically injured
Ha'aretz - Minutes after being interviewed, Deputy Commander Ahuva Tomer drove behind the bus of prison guards that caught fire.

OPT: PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS Weekly Report 24 - 30 November 2010
Relief Web 3 Dec 2010 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Funerals held across Israel following fire disaster
YNet News - Thousands attend funerals of Prison Service cadets who died in Carmel fire....

PA lends firefighters a hand
YNet News - Palestinian official says authority decided to help because blaze in north is....

Netanyahu thanks Erdogan for aid
YNet News - At emergency Cabinet meeting, prime minister says response to Israel's call for....

Fire moves west, more evacuated
YNet News - Firefighting teams from Greece, Bulgaira, Cyprus, and Britain arrive in Israel,....

Lieberman: Gov't knew of plane shortage
YNet News - 'Issue of firefighting planes was discussed, but nothing moves here until....

Turkey: Israel aid no sign of improved ties
YNet News - Turkish clarification: Turkey’s decision to send two firefighting planes to Israel to assist in battling the Carmel blaze does not attest to improved ties with the Jewish .......

Police face arson wave
YNet News - Dozens of blazes were reported across Israel Friday, on top of the massive forest fire still raging in northern Israel, as the police raised its alert level nationwide. .......

Firefighters: Blaze spreading towards Haifa University
YNet News - The massive fire still raging in northern Israel is spreading towards the University of Haifa, firefighting officials said Friday evening. Students have been .......

Hezbollah overjoyed by fire
YNet News - Arab networks celebrate fire disaster: Many Arab media outlets have been taking advantage of Israel's fire disaster to disparage the Jewish state and rejoice over its .......

Clinton says US still working to resume Middle East talks
Daily Star 3 Dec 2010 MANAMA: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday the United States was still working to relaunch Middle East peace talks despite the Palestinian assessment that negotiations with Israel had collapsed. "The US is working intensively...

International crews help Israel fight forest fire
Daily Star 3 Dec 2010 TIRAT CARMEL, Israel: International firefighting teams were helping Israel battle a huge forest fire close to the port city of Haifa Friday that has killed at least 42 people and forced mass evacuations. European planes and...

What we must do for Iraq now
Daily Star 3 Dec 2010 Under this title, American Vice President Joseph Biden wrote an op-ed in The New York Times on November 20, 2010, coinciding with a NATO summit aimed at confronting the rest of the world, a European endeavor...

Copt candidate blames NDP 'Islamists' for Egypt poll defeat
Daily Star 3 Dec 2010 CAIRO: A Coptic opposition candidate defeated in a parliamentary election accused "extremist" Islamic elements in the ruling party Friday of trying to further marginalize Egypt's beleaguered Christian minority."The situation in Egypt is very serious. There is...

Damascus brushes off IAEA probe, urges scrutiny of Israel
Daily Star 3 Dec 2010 VIENNA: Syria dismissed Friday calls to grant UN nuclear inspectors prompt access to the remains of a suspected nuclear site bombed to rubble by Israel, saying they should focus their investigation on the Jewish state instead....

Dershowitz: Zionist liar par exellance
PIC 3 Dec 2010 - Alan Dershowitz, the American Zionist fanatic, is notorious for his brashly racist views about just anything non-Jewish.

Palestinians attend the Friday prayers at Aqsa amidst strict security measures
PIC 3 Dec 2010 - Thousands of Palestinians participated in the Friday prayers at the Aqsa Mosque despite Israeli occupation strict measures around occupied Jerusalem, the old city and the Aqsa Mosque’s surroundings.

Clashes between protestors and occupation police in Eisaweyya
PIC 3 Dec 2010 - Clashes broke out, Friday evening, in the Eisaweyya suburb of occupied Jerusalem after a protest march in which local residents and foreign sympathisers participated.

Funeral for two martyrs in the northern Gaza Strip
PIC 3 Dec 2010 - Residents of the northern Gaza Strip participated in the funeral of two martyrs, affiliated with the Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, who were killed by IOF troops.

Abbas’s militia kidnap five Hamas supporters, 3 of them university students
PIC 3 Dec 2010 - Abbas’s militia continue its campaign against Hamas supporters in all districts. They kidnapped 5 activists in the districts of Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarem and Salfit, said local sources on Friday.

Ministry of prisoners holds Fatah responsible on lives of hunger strikers in Jer
PIC 3 Dec 2010 - The PA ministry of prisoners in Gaza has held the authority of Fatah in the West Bank fully responsible for the lives of six Palestinian prisoners who went on hunger strike for the tenth day..

Palestinian delegation depart for Algeria to attend conference on Palestinian pr
PIC 3 Dec 2010 - A delegation from the supreme national committee for supporting the prisoners has left the besieged Gaza Strip going to Algeria to attend a conference on the prisoners in occupation jails.

Gaza citizen wounded by IOF bullets
PIC 3 Dec 2010 - IOF troops fired at a Palestinian man on Friday while he was collecting scrap in the northern Gaza Strip wounding him in the foot, according to Palestinian medical sources.

US deals Abbas another serious blow with regard to settlement freeze
PIC 3 Dec 2010 - An official PA source said on Thursday that the US has informed them of the failure of its efforts to get the Israeli occupation to renew the “freeze” on settlement expansion..

Ministry of agriculture warns of severe shortage in fodder
PIC 3 Dec 2010 - The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza said that livestock in the Gaza Strip is facing a real threat because of the severe shortage in fodder.

International help pours in as Israel battles forest fire
LA Times 4 Dec 2010 - From Bulgaria to Jordan and Greece, even Turkey, send firefighters, equipment, helicopters and other help as a fire rages in Carmel Forest. The toll rises to 41 as officials hope to control the blaze by weekend. From Jordanian firefighters to Greek aircraft, a rare outpouring of international support for Israel helped the nation battle its worst-ever forest fire Friday, but the blaze continued to rage out of control.

Israel Struggles to Quell Lethal Forest Fire
New York Times 3 Dec 2010 - Israel was still struggling on Friday to control a fire raging in a rain-starved forest in northern Israel that has left at least 41 people dead.

Urban Planning Forcing Arabs From Israeli Cities
Palestine Monitor - An urban development plan in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality is driving up property prices and causing an influx of higher income groups to the area. Jaffa is an attractive alternative to nearby Tel Aviv, luring numerous wealthy Jewish buyers. The urban planning project and its consequent...

Double your donation in December, get two gifts!
Mondoweiss - Normally we don’t encourage people to donate any specific amount. We're grateful for both the time you give to the site and whatever financial contribution you can make.   This month is a unique situation though. We have a donor who has agreed to match any...

‘Wikileaks’ cable drop is a giant power move for the left
Mondoweiss - (Source: Wikileaks ) I love the rage against Julian Assange. It shows how effective the Wikileaks drop has been. Schumer: "This man has put his own ego above the safety of millions of innocents... He should be extradited, tried for espionage, and given the most severe penalty...

Mt Carmel fire is huge news– what about the arson all over Palestine??
Mondoweiss - Because, I document the news every single day and am aware of the fact that a week does not pass without settlers setting fire to Palestinian schools, homes and agricultural land it’s almost impossible for me not make “political hay” out of the fact that while...

The latest from Haiti
Mondoweiss - I'm just back from Port-au-Prince, where, as always, I met people with extraordinary courage.  Here is my up-to-date report in The Nation, in which I present one of them -- Pierre France, a 35-year-old electrician who, along with his friends, risked their own lives to prevent...

Why doesn’t the world offer assistance when settlers set fire to West Bank land?
Mondoweiss - And other news from Today in Palestine: Settlers/ Land, Property, Resource Theft & Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing Official: Settlers set fire to West Bank land NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian-owned olive groves near the evacuated settlement of Homesh, near the West Bank city of...


Saturday, December 4, 2010Top of page
Report: “280 Palestinians, Including 43 Children and Three Women, Kidnapped Last Month”
IMEMC - 4 Dec 2010 - Sunday December 05, 2010 - 04:35, The Higher Committee for Supporting the Detainees stated that Israeli soldiers kidnapped in November 280 Palestinians, including 43 children and three women, in several areas in the occupied West Bank and in occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli And International Firefighters Continue To Combat Wildfires
IMEMC - 4 Dec 2010 - Sunday December 05, 2010 - 03:40, Despite ongoing efforts of Israeli and international firefighters and rescue teams, fires continue to consume more areas in the Carmel while also spreading to Jerusalem Forrest, and to an area on the Israel-Lebanon border.

Efforts Continue As Fires Spread
IMEMC - 4 Dec 2010 - Saturday December 04, 2010 - 10:41, Firefighters continued their efforts to control the fires in Haifa; more firemen were injured due to smoke inhalation while the fires reached Ein Hoad and Nir Tzion areas.

As Fires Continue To Consume More Areas in Haifa, Extremists Torch Islamic Graveyard
IMEMC - 4 Dec 2010 - Saturday December 04, 2010 - 08:54, The Al Aqsa Foundation told the Maan News Agency that a group of Jewish extremists torched the Al Qassam Graveyard in Haifa under the guise of the ongoing fires that started Thursday in the area and continues to spread.

Abbas Threatens To Dissolve P.A
IMEMC - 4 Dec 2010 - Saturday December 04, 2010 - 08:13, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, threatened to dissolve the Palestinian Authority and the self-rule government in the occupied territories should Israel fail to stop all of its settlement activities.

Hamas Denies Al-Qaeda Presence In Gaza
IMEMC - 4 Dec 2010 - Friday December 03, 2010 - 17:40, Hamas Prime Minister Haniyya firmly declared that there is no al-Qaeda in Gaza but also denounced a new group of extremists is rising, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

Israeli fire injures 3 in north, central Gaza Strip
12/4/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two separate incidents of reported Israeli fire injured three Gaza residents on Saturday morning, including two workers collecting aggregates in the northern Strip and a third bystander near his home in the central region. Medics reported the incidents when responding to emergency calls for help, spokesperson of the Gaza Strip....

Lebanon complains to UN about Israeli 'spy' devices
12/4/2010 - BEIRUT (AFP) - Lebanon on Saturday filed a complaint with the United Nations over "spying" devices planted by Israel on its territory which it said the Israeli army later detonated. The foreign ministry said in a statement it filed the complaint after Israeli troops "on Friday detonated by remote control spying devices that Israel had planted....

Israel inferno closes in on Druze village
12/4/2010 - ISFIYA (AFP) - Residents watched from rooftops on Saturday as a raging fire that has devoured swathes of land in northern Israel closed in on Isfiya, with flames already reported to be licking at the Druze village's outskirts." Please leave the area! It is for your own safety," police and officials barked at villagers....

PFLP activist sentenced to 26 years
12/4/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian activist affiliated to Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was sentenced on Friday to 26 years in Israeli prison. Ibrahim Salem from the Ein Beit Elma refugee camp in the northern West Bank district of Nablus was sentenced at....

US lawmakers blast Brazil's Palestinian move
12/4/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- US lawmakers condemned Brazil's "severely misguided" and "regrettable" decision Friday to recognize a Palestinian state on borders pre-dating Israel's seizure of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967. Brazil's decision "is regrettable and will only serve to undermine peace and security in the Middle East," charged Representative.... Related: Brazil recognizes Palestinian state and Israel 'saddened' as Brazil recognizes Palestinian state

An-Nasser Brigades claim clash with Israeli troops
12/4/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A group of Palestinian fighters affiliated with the An-Nasser Salah Addin Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, said they clashed with an Israeli force attempting to cross into the central Gaza Strip. The brigades said the force withdrew, no injuries were reported....

PA fire crews join efforts to tame inferno
12/4/2010 - RAMALLAH (AFP) - Palestinian civil defense forces have joined the huge international operation to tame the massive blaze ravaging northern Israel, the president's office said on Saturday." The three units of the Palestinian civil defense were sent to assist in extinguishing the fires in the Carmel," said a statement from the office of President....

Art group seeks to bring Picasso canvas to Palestine
12/4/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A joint initiative between Ramallah's International Art Academy Palestine and the Dutch Van Abbe museum in Eindhoven hopes to bring an original masterpiece by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso to Ramallah to be placed on public display at the academy. The project has raised questions about the status of Palestine....

Ex-prisoner barred from traveling
12/4/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities barred an ex-prisoner from leaving the West Bank for Jordan, officials said. Nader Mahmoud Jaffal, a student at Al-Quds University in Abu Dis, spent 14 years in Israeli custody. He was to attend a prisoners conference in Algeria coinciding with Human Rights Day, which is 10 December....

In photos: Islamic Jihad mourns slain operative
12/4/2010 - MaanImages / Wissam Nassar - Mourners carry the body of Islamic Jihad militant Jalal Nasser during his funeral in the northern Gaza Strip's Jabaliya refugee camp on 3 December 2010. Nasser was one of two militants killed by Israeli forces early Thursday in a clash along the Gaza-Israel border fence. Israeli military officials said the....

Leaked US cable: Netanyahu outlines 3-track approach to Palestinians
12/4/2010 - 28 April 2009, 08:08 SECRET SECTION. . . . Classified By: Ambassador James B. Cunningham, Reason 1. 4 (b) (d) 1. (S) Summary. CODEL Kyl, accompanied by the Ambassador, called on Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu April 6 in the first official U. S. meeting with Netanyahu since he formed a government. The main topics of discussion were....

Leaked US cable: Israel consulted Fatah before war on Gaza
12/4/2010 - 2 June 2009. . . . . Summary:Post hosted two CODELS during the week of May 25: one from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee led by Senator Casey, the other from the House Committee on Foreign Affairs led by Congressman Ackerman. Both delegations met with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who conveyed similar points on the Peace Process and....

Leaked US cable: Netanyahu says settlement freeze US issue
12/4/2010 - 2 June 2009. . . . . Summary. CODEL Ackerman and Casey met separately May 26 and 27 with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The Prime Minister discussed his visit to Washington, focusing on his discussions of Iran, a regional approach in support of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and his approach to the Palestinians and settlements, including his opposition to a complete....

Abbas hints at PA dissolution over settlements
12/4/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas threatened Friday to end autonomy in the Palestinian territories if Israel insists on going ahead with settlement construction on lands that would be a Palestinian state. Speaking with Palestine TV, Abbas said he would not "afford to remain the president of a nonexistent Palestinian Authority" if the Israeli....

Sarkozy receives credentials of first PA ambassador
12/4/2010 - PARIS (Ma'an) -- French president Nikolas Sarkozy received credentials for the first Palestinian ambassador to France Hayil Al-Fahoum on Friday, following an upgrade to the status of the Palestinian mission in Paris in June. In a summer move seen to support Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's plan to establish a Palestinian state by.... Related: PLO missions upgraded in France, US

UN offers help to battle Israel fire
12/4/2010 - UNITED NATIONS (AFP) -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday offered to mobilize international help for Israel to battle a major forest fire which has killed at least 41 people, diplomats said." This is a terrible tragedy," Ban said in a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which was released by the Israeli mission....

Ramallah FM confirms Brazillian state recognition
12/4/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Foreign Minister for the Ramallah government Riyad Al-Maliki on Saturday confirmed statements made by PLO official Nabil Sha'ath announcing that Brazil had recognized a Palestinian state. In a statement, Al-Maliki said the recognition came in a letter from Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to President Mahmoud.... Related: US lawmakers blast Brazil's Palestinian move and Brazil recognizes Palestinian state

Jordan: Talks must be rescued for peace
12/4/2010 - MANAMA, Bahrain (AFP) -- Jordan's King Abdullah II said on Saturday that Israeli-Palestinian peace talks must be rescued from collapse to ensure regional and world stability." Our region will not enjoy security and stability unless we solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and Arabs, Muslims and Israelis find peace," the king told the Manama Dialogue conference....

Israel 'saddened' as Brazil recognizes Palestinian state
12/4/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel on Saturday said it was disappointed by Brazil's decision to recognize a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, saying it flew in the face of efforts to negotiate a peace deal. The decision was announced by outgoing Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a public letter addressed to.... Related: US lawmakers blast Brazil's Palestinian move

PFLP: Gambling on US endangers Palestinians
12/4/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian government in Ramallah's willingness to rely on the United States as a broker for Middle East peace was dangerous and harmed the Palestinian cause, the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Saturday. The leftist Palestinian faction said in a statement that the PA should....

German FM calls for settlement freeze
12/4/2010 - AMMAN (AFP) - German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in Amman on Saturday that his country would make every effort to promote Middle East peace, Jordan's official Petra news agency reported. In a meeting with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Jawdeh, Westerwelle underscored his country's backing for "all efforts to support and promote....

Allenby traffic slows, 26 detained during week
12/4/2010 - JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority police said officers stationed at the Allenby border crossing arrested 26 Palestinians wanted for fraud and other crimes, a weekly round-up of activity at the crossing said. The 26 were detained amidst 9,674 who traveled from the West Bank into Jordan, including 96 foreign nationals and 31 Israeli ID....

PA closes TV station linked to Dahlan
12/4/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority has closed the offices of a Ramallah satellite TV station affiliated with Muhammad Dahlan, the once Fatah strongman who fled his native Gaza for the West Bank in 2007. PA police raided the offices of Falastin Al-Ghad ("Palestine Tomorrow") and informed employees that it was closing. They said....

Fatah says Hamas escalating arrests of Gaza affiliates
12/4/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Fatah on Saturday accused Hamas of arresting more than 30 party affiliates across Gaza in recent days. In a statement, Fatah said Hamas security forces raided the home of Fatah Revolutionary Council member Abdullah Abu Samhadana and arrested Fatah official Ibrahim At-Tahrawi. At-Tahrawi was arrested four days ago, and his whereabouts....

Firefighters put out blaze in Jerusalem
12/4/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli firefighters extinguished a fire that broke out in a forest near the western entrance of the city Saturday afternoon. Police spokeswoman Luba As-Samari said fire experts arrived on the scene to determine the cause of the blaze. No injuries were reported. Earlier, police said they were searching for suspicious individuals....

Abbas threatens to dissolve PA, let Israel take over West Bank
Ha'aretz - Palestinian President says that he will ask Israel to resume control if peace talks fail in a TV interview.

In wake of WikiLeaks, Iran tells Gulf Arabs: We're not a threat to Mideast
Ha'aretz - Iran FM tries to lower tensions with Gulf Arab leaders after a WikiLeaks cable reported they are worried about Tehran's nuclear program.

Netanyahu, Abbas hold rare phone chat over Carmel fire
Ha'aretz - The Palestinian President expressed condolences and offered help; Netanyahu committed to establishing a pan-Middle Eastern firefighting fleet.

Netanyahu: Battle to stop Carmel fire will be determined in the air
Ha'aretz - World responds to Prime Minister's request for firefighting aircraft; 21 aircraft have arrived so far with more landing throughout the day., Ban says inspired by the generous international assistance rendered to Israel, 'especially from your neighbors in the region.', U.S. is sending a team of expert firefighters and supplies to Israel to help the country contain the worst forest fire in its history.

Obama offers help as fire ravages Israel's north
Ha'aretz - U.S. pledges assistance as blaze creeps toward Haifa; Netanyahu calls emergency cabinet meeting.

Israel’s Carmel Fire: Racism Rears Its Ugly Head Even in Tragedy
Uruknet December 4, 2010 - The worst forest fires ever to have struck Israel are sweeping through the Carmel Mountains surrounding Haifa. 42 prison guard trainees died when their bus was blocked on a highway and burned, thus cutting off their escape. It is the worst loss of life in a natural disaster in Israel’s history. 17,000 have been evacuated....

Abbas hints at PA dissolution over settlements
Uruknet December 4, 2010 -- President Mahmoud Abbas threatened Friday to end autonomy in the Palestinian territories if Israel insists on going ahead with settlement construction on lands that would be a Palestinian state. Speaking with Palestine TV, Abbas said he would not "afford to remain the president of a nonexistent Palestinian Authority" if the Israeli occupation of the West...

PFLP: Gambling on US endangers Palestinians
Uruknet December 4, 2010 - The Palestinian government in Ramallah's willingness to rely on the United States as a broker for Middle East peace was dangerous and harmed the Palestinian cause, the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Saturday. The leftist Palestinian faction said in a statement that the PA should take the issue to the UN and...

As Fires Continue To Consume More Areas in Haifa, Extremists Torch Islamic Graveyard
Uruknet December 4, 2010 - The Al Aqsa Foundation told the Maan News Agency that a group of Jewish extremists torched the Al Qassam Graveyard in Haifa under the guise of the ongoing fires that started Thursday in the area and continues to spread. The Foundation said that there were two attempts to burn the graveyard that includes the grave...

The world should take Iraqi government’s statements on ‘terror’ with a pinch of salt
Uruknet December 4, 2010 - Every now and then the government has a television program exhibiting certain individuals and presenting them as operatives of al-Qaeda organization. These individuals are usually presented as leaders in the group in order to tell Iraqis that the government is succeeding in its battle to eradicate terror and reinstate law and order...When the government says...

As Palestinians 'Commute' to Work
Uruknet December 4, 2010 - It's 5am. The late autumn dawn is about to break. But for 3,500 Palestinian workers, a hard day's work began hours ago. Young and old men push and shove their way out through the narrow lane, barely a metre wide, bars of iron rising above them on either side. Over their heads sits a corrugated...

IOF soldiers open machinegun fire at civilians in Gaza, wound three
Uruknet December 4, 2010 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stationed north and east of Gaza Strip opened machinegun fire at Palestinian citizens at dawn Saturday wounding three of them including two workers who were collecting gravel, medical sources reported. Adham Abu Salmiya, the coordinator of medical services in the Strip, told the PIC reporter that a 22-year-old youth was hit...

Uprooting the Bedouins of Israel
Uruknet December 3, 2010 - Despite the fact that it was the seventh demolition since last July, this time the destruction of the Bedouin village Al-Arakib in the Israeli Negev was different. The difference is not because the homeless residents have to deal this time with the harsh desert winter; nor in the fact that the bulldozers began razing the...

Gaza facing wheat crisis
Uruknet December 3, 2010 - The head of Gaza's bakeries' association said Friday that the Strip is facing a crisis due to wheat shortages. Abdul Nasser Al-Ajramy said Israel has decreased the amount of wheat it allows into Gaza, leaving mills in the Strip empty. Israel opens Karni crossing once a week to allow around 100 truckloads of wheat and...

Knesset members demand annexation of Ariel settlement
4 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem, December 4, (Pal Telegraph) A group of Israeli parliament members including ministers and heads of committees signed a memorandum calling on premier Benjamin Netanyahu to annex the settlement of Ariel in the West Bank. Israel Today published on Thursday said that the 35 signatories urged Netanyahu and his government to impose Israeli sovereignty on the ever growing settlement and...

Israeli army raids Bethlehem, erects checkpoints
4 Dec 2010 - Bethlehem, December 4, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) erected Saturday military checkpoints in crossroads in Bethlehem city, in the West Bank and raided number of neighborhoods. Israeli soldiers erected military checkpoints at the crossroads of Al-Asakra village, local sources said. The sources added that IOF roamed Takoa town and raided Al-Douha towm in south Bethlehem. Eyewitnesses said to...

Israeli army shoots 2 workers in north Gaza
4 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 4, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces opened fire Saturday at two Palestinian workers in north of Gaza Strip. Local Medical sources reported that the workers were shot near Bait Hanoon(Erez) crossing while they were collecting gravel. The sources added that the injured workers were evacuated to Kamal Odwan Hospital to receive medication and their health conditions are...

Abbas threatens to disband PA
4 Dec 2010 - Ramallah , December 4, (Pal Telegraph) – The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has said that if no peace deal can be agreed with Israel and the international community cannot approve a Palestinian state, he may dissolve his governing body. If Israel continued to build settlements in the West Bank, leading to the breakdown of peace talks, the Palestinian Authority (PA) would...

Egypt set for runoff polls
AlJazeera 4 Dec 2010 - Ruling party is set to dominate the second round of parliamentary elections after pullout of two main opposition blocs.

Brazil recognises Palestine
AlJazeera 4 Dec 2010 - Israel expresses disappointment over Brazil's decision to recognise a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.

Iran seeks to calm Gulf fears
AlJazeera 4 Dec 2010 - Iran's foreign minister tells Gulf Arab states that they should not be concerned over the country's nuclear programme.

Abbas threatens to dissolve PA
AlJazeera 4 Dec 2010 - President of Palestinian Authority says he may disband his governing body if peace deal with Israel cannot be agreed.

Ignoring Obama's call, AIPAC backs GOP on START
Palestine Note 4 Dec 2010 - According to Nathan Guttman in the Forward and Ron Kampeas at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, AIPAC is in agony. It desperately wants to support the US-Russia START treaty aimed at limiting nuclear warheads because the treaty...

Unusual facts and figures
Palestine Note 4 Dec 2010 - My occupation (the pecuniary one, not an in the West Bank settlements one) is selling property and casualty insurance to motorsports sanctioning organizations. So I do know some unusual facts and figures that you’ll never be...

Why is the Zionism a protected entity?
Palestine Note 4 Dec 2010 - Helen Thomas came out swinging against her detractors, refusing to back down from her criticism of Israel and unleashing another salvo against one of Israel’s strongest American defenders, the Zionist Organization of America. Thomas was pilloried...

As fires ravage the Carmel, there are helping hands -- and some finger-pointing
Palestine Note 4 Dec 2010 - Los Angeles Times - Israel is burning. Since Thursday, raging flames have ravaged the Carmel, devastating one of the country's largest and most scenic forest expanses. Blown out of control by high winds that haven't let...

Abbas threatens to dissolve PA
Palestine Note 4 Dec 2010 - Al Jazeera - Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, has said that if no peace deal can be agreed with Israel and the international community does not approve a Palestinian state, he may dissolve...

Brazil recognizes Palestinian state based on 1967 borders
Palestine Note 4 Dec 2010 - Declaration comes from official letter addressed to PA President Mahmoud Abbas AFP - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva recognized a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders Friday in a public letter addressed to Palestinian...

Clashes re-ignite in East Jerusalem neighborhood
Palestine Note 3 Dec 2010 - Maan - Clashes broke out after a brief period of calm in the Al-Isawiya neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem on Friday afternoon. Clashes centered on the western side of the neighborhood, when a march of peace...

Thoughts on Germany and Palestine
PNN - Mazin Qumsiyeh - Guest Writer - The conference in Stuttgart about Palestine was themed Separated in the past, together in the future , was sold-out, and had some high powered speakers and lots...

Analysis: Time to stop waiting for wake-up calls
Jeruslalem Post 4 Dec 2010 - Israel can expect devastation, not only in its cities, but in its forests as well, in a future war with Hamas and Hizbullah.

Northern blaze delights many in the Arab world
Jeruslalem Post 4 Dec 2010 - Many Arabs also strongly condemned Egypt and Jordan for agreeing to help in extinguishing the blaze, according to Arab media outlets.

Blaze delights many in Arab world
Jeruslalem Post 4 Dec 2010 - Many Arabs also strongly condemned Egypt and Jordan for agreeing to help in extinguishing the blaze, according to Arab media outlets.

Grateful prime minister hails international response
Jeruslalem Post 4 Dec 2010 - Netanyahu calls help Israel received from other nations "heartwarming"; Greek and Turkish pilots fly together in flame-filled skies.

'Fire is God punishing Israel for occupying Arab lands'
Jeruslalem Post 4 Dec 2010 - Many Arabs also strongly condemned Egypt and Jordan for agreeing to help in extinguishing the blaze, according to Arab media outlets.

'Study' denying Jews' right to Kotel resurfaces
Jeruslalem Post 4 Dec 2010 - Document which sparked strong condemnations from Israel and the US returns on official website of the PA’s news agency Wafa.

'Study' denying Jews right to Kotel resurfaces on website
Jeruslalem Post 4 Dec 2010 - Document which has sparked strong condemnations from Israel and the US returns on official website of the PA’s news agency Wafa.

MIDEAST: As Palestinians 'Commute' to Work
IPS It's 5am. The late autumn dawn is about to break. But for 3,500 Palestinian workers, a hard day's work began hours ago.

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (25 Nov.. – 01 Dec. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Abbas threatens to dissolve PA, let Israel take over West Bank
Ha'aretz 4 Dec 2010 - Palestinian President says that he will ask Israel to resume control if peace talks fail in a TV interview.

In wake of WikiLeaks, Iran tells Gulf Arabs: We're not a threat to Mideast
Ha'aretz 4 Dec 2010 - Iran FM tries to lower tensions with Gulf Arab leaders after a WikiLeaks cable reported they are worried about Tehran's nuclear program.

Netanyahu, Abbas hold rare phone chat over Carmel fire
Ha'aretz 4 Dec 2010 - The Palestinian President expressed condolences and offered help; Netanyahu committed to establishing a pan-Middle Eastern firefighting fleet.

Netanyahu: Battle to stop Carmel fire will be determined in the air
Ha'aretz 4 Dec 2010 - World responds to Prime Minister's request for firefighting aircraft; 21 aircraft have arrived so far with more landing throughout the day., Ban says inspired by the generous international assistance rendered to Israel, 'especially from your neighbors in the region.', U.S. is sending a team of expert firefighters and supplies to Israel to help the country contain the worst forest fire in its history.

Obama offers help as fire ravages Israel's north
Ha'aretz 4 Dec 2010 - U.S. pledges assistance as blaze creeps toward Haifa; Netanyahu calls emergency cabinet meeting.

Interior minister denies responsibility for lack of firefighting resources
Ha'aretz - Eli Yishai, who is responsible for the country's firefighting services, contends that he did much to improve them.

Netanyahu: Israel not ashamed of asking for foreign aid to put out Carmel fire
Ha'aretz - PM speaks at Haifa press conference as Carmel fire still rages, says Israel will soon purchase fleet of firefighting aircraft.

Carmel fire: Bus blaze victims have all been identified
Ha'aretz - Prison service officers course cadets were on their way to evacuate inmates from the approaching fire when the bus they rode in became trapped and engulfed in flames

Police arrest two brothers suspected of starting Carmel wildfire
Ha'aretz - Police suspect that the two 16-year-olds from Isfiya lit a fire near their home which ultimately spread and set the entire Carmel ablaze.

Ein Hod residents report homes bursting into flames
Ha'aretz - Homes in northern part of artist community sustain damage from Carmel wildfire, but town center remains untouched.

Police have a 'good idea' who started Carmel wildfire
Ha'aretz - Chief of Israel Police David Cohen says massive brushfire in northern Israel was caused by negligence.

World's largest fire fighting plane to join bid to halt Carmel inferno
Ha'aretz - Evergeen Supertanker will arrive in the coming days, has been used to contain fires in California.

Firefighters say Carmel fire will take a week to be extinguished
Ha'aretz - Police spokesman says negligence, not arson, is most likely the cause of the worst forest fire in the country's history.

Remains of teen firefighter killed in blaze identified
Ha'aretz - The 16-year-old, who worked for a special volunteer unit, was killed on Thursday while trying to extinguish the wildfire.

Fire still raging in four Carmel sites, reports say it 'will take a week to put out'
Ha'aretz - Firefighting crews say fire currently weakened, though likely to intensify again overnight; residents of several towns allowed to return to their homes.

Israeli conductor Barenboim wants to 'liberate' Wagner from Nazi association
Ha'aretz - Argentine-born conductor has long championed Wagner's merits, but his comments anger a leader of a Holocaust survivors group.

Houses burn in Ein Hod, Nir Etzion as wildfire spreads
Ha'aretz - Firefighting aircraft renew attempts on Saturday morning to stop Carmel wildfire; 7 rescued from burning building in Ein Hod.

IDF: Carmel fire dying down
YNet News - Home Front Command rep says work of foreign firefighting planes yielding....

Israeli, Palestinian ministers trade blame for stalled peace process
YNet News - Ben-Eliezer, Abu Libdeh meet to resolve economic issues, but agree talks take....

Ban: We'll help Israel in every way we can
YNet News - In message to Netanyahu, UN chief extends his condolences to families of....

Yishai: I tried to increase firefighters' budget
YNet News - Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who is in charge of Israel's firefighting services, responded to criticism Saturday following a wildfire in the Carmel region which claimed .......

Huge planes to fight Carmel fire
YNet News - Firefighters on Saturday night continued their efforts to contain a wildfire on Israel's Mount Carmel, which has claimed the lives of 41 people since it broke out on .......

Fire suspects' mother: They were in school
YNet News - A 16-year-old boy and his 14-year-old brother from the Druze village of Usfiya were arrested Saturday on suspicion of causing a wildfire in Israel's northern Carmel .......

Evergreen Supertanker on its way to Israel
YNet News - VIDEO - Efforts to put out Carmel wildfire continue: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday ordered an immediate transfer of the budget needed to rent the .......

Taha: Abbas is confused
PIC 4 Dec 2010 - Ayman Taha, a Hamas leader, has described de facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas as confused after his last statement that he was thinking of dissolving the Palestinian Authority.

Mother of detained journalist appeals for his release
PIC 4 Dec 2010 - The mother of Moaz Mishaal, a journalist in Nablus, denounced the continued detention of her son in Abbas's jails for the 100th day running.

Death toll of Haifa fire rises to 43 Israelis
PIC 4 Dec 2010 - The death toll from the massive bushfire in the heavily-forested Carmel hill, southeast of Haifa, rose to 43 on Saturday morning.

Israeli official: Collapse of Aqsa Mosque is imminent
PIC 4 Dec 2010 - Col. Yoram Lev-Ran, the Commander of the Jerusalem district of the Home Front Command, has warned that a disaster might befall the holy Aqsa Mosque and that the old Marwani Mosque might collapse soon.

Hamdan urges Fatah, Abbas to face external pressures obstructing reconciliation
PIC 4 Dec 2010 - Director of Hamas's international relations Osama Hamdan called on Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas to confront the external pressures that hinder the national reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.

MP Attal: All Hamas cadres detained by PA in Jericho jail in isolation cells
PIC 4 Dec 2010 - Palestinian lawmaker Mohamed Attal said that the Hamas-affiliated detainees imprisoned by the Palestinian authority in Jericho prison are separated from each other in very small solitary cells.

Bahar urges Arab leaders to prioritize the issue of Palestinian prisoners
PIC 4 Dec 2010 - First deputy speaker of the Palestinian legislative council Dr. Ahmed Bahar appealed to the Arab leaders to pay more attention to the issue of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Knesset members demand annexation of Ariel settlement
PIC 4 Dec 2010 - A group of Israeli parliament members including ministers and heads of committees signed a memorandum calling on premier Benjamin Netanyahu to annex the settlement of Ariel in the West Bank.

IOF soldiers open machinegun fire at civilians in Gaza, wound three
PIC 4 Dec 2010 - IOF troops stationed north and east of Gaza Strip opened machinegun fire at Palestinian citizens at dawn Saturday wounding three of them including two workers who were collecting gravel.

Dweik: The stated failure of the PA-Israeli peace talks was predictable
PIC 4 Dec 2010 - Speaker of the PLC Dr. Aziz Dweik said that the declared failure of the peace negotiations between the Israeli occupation state and the Palestinian Authority was a foregone conclusion.

Iran Tries to Reassure Gulf States
New York Times 4 Dec 2010 - Iran’s foreign minister told Arab officials from the Persian Gulf that Iran was not a threat and wanted cooperation, in what seemed to be an attempt to lower tensions after the WikiLeaks revelations.

Clinton Says Leaks Don’t Strain Gulf State Ties
New York Times 4 Dec 2010 - In Bahrain, the secretary of state and leaders of the kingdom display a unified front in concerns over Iran.

Suspects Held as Deadly Fire Rages in Israel for Third Day
New York Times 4 Dec 2010 - Israel’s rain-starved and wind-whipped north burned for a third day on Saturday as the police announced the arrest of two men they suspect of negligently starting the blaze.

Odious NGO Monitor smears Electronic Intifada, tries to cut funding
Mondoweiss - NGO Monitor was captured perfectly in  The Forward  by liberal jewish thinker Leonard Fine who  said  it was “an organization that believes that the best way to defend Israel is to condemn anyone who criticizes it.” But now, no longer satisfied with its McCarthyite efforts to not...

Jeffrey Goldberg doesn’t work for ‘The Forward’ any more– and that’s appropriate
Mondoweiss - A foreign journalist asked me what was with the Atlantic Monthly and Jeffrey Goldberg: why did a magazine which was a classic voice of the Eastern seaboard elite have a full time blogger on staff whose writing was devoted almost entirely to Israel? (including inside-baseball issues...

The American Jewish belief in the endurance of anti-Semitism is at the core of the problem
Mondoweiss - Often I've wondered what perversity of character I must retain into middle age to want to talk openly about Jewish numbers in the Establishment. For instance, the fact that Jews from Mike Bloomberg to David Steiner to Shael Polakow-Suransky are all over the schools chancellor decision...

Meet Moshe Soprano
Mondoweiss - I try to give the people what they want (I've been a news guy most of my life), and a lot of people are talking about the cable on Wikileaks from Tel Aviv a year ago about all the organized crime in Israel, and the fears...

Engel and Ros-Lehtinen are quick to try to stifle Palestinian state
Mondoweiss - This is amusing/concerning/the same old story. The Brazilians decide they're sick of the neverending peace process that only results in Palestinian dispossession, and let's recognize a Palestinian state, and who jumps in with four feet? The Israel lobby. Two congresspeople. Note that Eliot Engel is sanctifying...


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Carmel Fires Contained, 41 Dead and 50.000 Dunams of Land Burnt
IMEMC - 6 Dec 2010 - Monday December 06, 2010 - 02:46, On Sunday evening, after approximately 77 hours of battling the fire, firefighters have finally been able to contain the fires in the Carmel after it consumed 50.000 Dunams of land. Death count now stands at 41.

Israel Approves The Construction Of 846 Settlement Units In Jerusalem
IMEMC - 6 Dec 2010 - Monday December 06, 2010 - 02:15, A report prepared and published by the National Bureau For Protecting the Land and Countering Settlements, revealed that the Israeli government approved the construction of 846 units in Jewish settlements in occupied East Jerusalem.

Wikileaks documents: Israel's 'security concerns' often clash with US interests
IMEMC - 6 Dec 2010 - Sunday December 05, 2010 - 23:18, Among the revelations revealed by the US diplomatic cables released last week are a number of discussions between Israeli and US diplomats. In one such leaked conversation, an Israeli official told his US counterpart that he understood, "the sometimes difficult position the U.S. finds itself in given its global interests, and conceded that Israel's security focus is so narrow that its...concerns often clash with broader American security interests in the region."

Netanyahu Thanks Abbas For Palestinian Firefighters Help
IMEMC - 6 Dec 2010 - Sunday December 05, 2010 - 08:50, Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, received on Friday a phone call from Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, for sending Palestinian firefighters to help in controlling the fires in the north of the country.

Unions confirm strike on Monday
12/5/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian unions announced a nation-wide strike to be held Monday despite rumors it had been canceled. Meanwhile, a sit-in will be held Monday in front of the prime minister's office in Ramallah, a union statement said. The strike includes public and private sector workers and UN employees, the statement....

Protest, arrests in Gaza over closure of youth organization
12/5/2010 - Jared Malsin - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian police detained at least 13 young people who were protesting Hamas authorities' closure of the Sharek Youth Forum, a large independent NGO in Gaza Sunday. Police spokesman Ayman Al-Batniji said 13 young men were taken into custody for holding a demonstration without a permit from the.... Related: Sharek Youth Forum

MSF says Israel, Hamas blocking Gaza work
12/5/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) charged on Sunday that both Israel and the Islamist movement Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip were impeding its medical aid work in the Palestinian territories. In the past two years, Israel has granted entry to only one Palestinian staff member from the territories to take part in training....

Gaza to export 6 truckloads of strawberries
12/5/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities partly opened the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip for limited deliveries of goods and fuel as well as exports of strawberries on Sunday. Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh, in charge of coordinating deliveries of goods, explained that the Israeli side told the Palestinians to....

HRW urges PA to release West Bank blogger
12/5/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Human Rights Watch on Sunday urged the Palestinian Authority to release a blogger detained over his religious opinions. PA intelligence officers arrested Walid Hasayin on 31 October at an internet cafe in the West Bank city of Qalqiliya. Ahmad Mbayyad, the head of the PA's military judiciary, told HRW....

Shepherd loses 3 fingers in explosion
12/5/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A shepherd in Bethlehem lost three fingers on Sunday after an ordnance exploded in his hand, police said. The shepherd was herding sheep east of the West Bank city and picked up the explosive device, a police report said, adding that unexploded ordnances had caused several injuries and one death in....

Experts: Israeli exit from Ghajar spells trouble for Lebanon
12/5/2010 - BEIRUT (AFP) -- Israel's plan to pull its troops out of northern Ghajar, a disputed village on the flashpoint border with Lebanon, is likely to prove more of a headache than a political victory for Beirut, experts say." The people of Ghajar do not want to be part of Lebanon," said Timur Goksel, former....

Union head: Palestinians need alternatives to settlement jobs
12/5/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - Palestinians employed in settlements will not give up their jobs until the Palestinian Authority provides alternative work, Palestinian trade union official Shahir Sa'd said Sunday. The PA issued a ban prohibiting Palestinians from working in West Bank settlements as part of a wider campaign which included a national boycott....

Prayer for rain in Gaza
12/5/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) - Palestinian worshippers held prayers for rain Sunday in Gaza City, in an event attended by local government figures. Palestine and other countries in the Middle East are on the verge of drought as a result of high temperatures and lack of winter during the winter, when rainfall is usually expected....

Palestinians dispatch reinforcements in fight against Israel blaze
12/6/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- More Palestinian firefighters on Sunday joined their colleagues battling a massive wildfire that killed several dozen Israelis and sparked an unprecedented global response. Bethlehem's civil defense chief Ibrahim Ayish told Ma'an that 21 men from the West Bank and four fully equipped fire engines were assisting Israeli....

Leaked US cable: Israel slams Egyptian mediation efforts
12/5/2010 - 18 November 2009. . . . Classified By: A/DCM Marc Sievers, reasons 1. 4 (b),(d)1. (S) Summary:As part of the 40th Joint Political Military Group (JPMG), U. S. and GOI counterparts discussed security issues in the Near East region. GOI officials expressed support for the P5 plus 1 engagement process with Iran, but doubted....

Leaked US cables: Netanyahu says Goldstone report key threat to Israel
12/5/2010 - 23 December 2009. . . . Classified By: DCM Luis G. Moreno, Reason 1. 4 (b) (d)1. (C) Summary. CODEL Skelton met with Prime Minister Netanyahu November 16 at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem. Their discussion covered Netanyahu's meeting with President Obama the previous week, Netanyahu's interest in resuming negotiations....

WikiLeaks database - TEL AVIV
12/5/2010 - A database of leaked American diplomatic cables originating from the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, as relating to Washington's relations with the Palestinians and their institutions. The cables -- selected from 250,000 diplomatic communiques -- were obtained and released by the whistleblowing group WikiLeaks. Relevant passages are highlighted in bold. 05TELAVIV1580: Mossad says Palestinians....

Abbas departs for 3-day visit to Turkey
12/5/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to arrive in Turkey Sunday for an official 3-day visit where he will meet Turkish officials, the PA's official news agency reported. WAFA quoted Palestinian officials saying Abbas would meet with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan. He will....

Australia sends urgent bushfire assistance to Israel
12/5/2010 - SYDNEY (AFP) -- Australia said Sunday it would urgently send fire-fighting experts to Israel to help it combat a massive blaze that has raged for three days, killing more than 40 people. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she had spoken to her Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu to confirm Australia's assistance and convey her condolences....

US supertanker set to join battle against Israel blaze
12/5/2010 - HAIFA, Israel (AFP) -- Dozens of firefighting planes from around the world were in the skies over a blazing Israeli forest from early Sunday, as a giant US aircraft was poised to join the battle against the deadly inferno. Despite fires sweeping hills around the northern city of Haifa for a fourth day, hopes were high....

Iran produces first uranium yellowcake from mine
12/5/2010 - TEHRAN (AFP) -- Iran has produced its first batch of uranium yellowcake, the raw material for enrichment, from a mine in the south of the country, atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Sunday." The West had counted on the possibility of us being in trouble over raw material but today we had the first batch of....

Lawyer: 'Political motivations' behind Assange hunt
12/5/2010 - LONDON (AFP) -- The pursuit of WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange appears to have "political motivations," his lawyer told British Broadcasting Corp. television Sunday." I'm really rather worried by the political motivations that appear to be behind this," Mark Stephens said during an interview. His comments came after Swedish prosecutors issued an international arrest....

Iran declares nuclear 'self-sufficiency' ahead of talks
12/5/2010 - TEHRAN (AFP) -- Iran said Sunday it has produced a first batch of uranium yellowcake, the raw material for enrichment, insisting the new step "strengthens" its position in upcoming nuclear talks with world powers. Atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi said that having previously been obliged to import yellowcake from abroad, Iran was now "self-sufficient" in the....

US supertanker joins air war on Israel blaze
12/5/2010 - HAIFA, Israel (AFP) -- The world's biggest firefighting plane Sunday joined an international offensive against the worst forest fire in Israel's history, dumping tons of water and chemicals on the flames. Despite fires sweeping hills around the northern city of Haifa for a fourth day, hopes were high that the arrival in....

Abbas visits Turkey
12/5/2010 - ANKARA (AFP) - President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Turkey Sunday for a two-day visit to discuss troubled efforts to end the Middle East conflict, Anatolia news agency reported. He was scheduled to meet behind closed doors with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan later Sunday, before talks Monday with President Abdullah Gul, officials said earlier. The leaders.... Related: Turkish PM says Israel must 'clear blood' to mend ties and Turkey, Israel in bid to overcome crisis

Turkish PM says Israel must 'clear blood' to mend ties
12/5/2010 - ANKARA (AFP) - Turkey's prime minister insisted Sunday on an Israeli apology and compensation over a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship in May as the only way to mend bilateral ties, Anatolia news agency reported. His remarks followed media speculation that the crisis between the one-time allies might thaw in the wake.... Related: Abbas visits Turkey and Turkey, Israel in bid to overcome crisis

Abbas: US proposal for peace talks expected soon
12/5/2010 - AMMAN (AFP) - A US proposal to bolster troubled Middle East peace talks was expected within days, President Mahmoud Abbas said following a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday." His majesty and I agreed to continue our cooperation and coordination in light of an expected US position in the coming few days....

Turkey, Israel in bid to overcome crisis
12/5/2010 - ANKARA (AFP) - Turkish and Israeli officials met Sunday in Geneva in a bid to overcome a deep crisis over a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship in May as Turkey's premier insisted on an apology and compensation. The fence-mending talks followed Turkey's dispatch of two helicopters to help fight.... Related: Turkish PM says Israel must 'clear blood' to mend ties

Islamic Jihad says PA detained member
12/5/2010 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Islamic Jihad accused Palestinian Authority security forces of detaining one of its members in the West Bank city of Jenin on Saturday. The movement said PA intelligence services had issued several summons to Mansour Hafeth Melhem, 27, prior to his arrest. Melham spent six years in Israeli jails, accused of affiliation....

Hamas says waiting for Fatah to call meeting
12/5/2010 - GAZA (Ma'an) -- Hamas official Salah Al-Bardawil said Sunday it was up to Fatah to initiate the next meeting in Damascus to discuss national unity. Despite several meetings in the Syrian capital, the rival factions have so far failed to reach agreement on security issues, said to be stalling Hamas signing the Egyptian-mediated unity....

Palestinian football chief hospitalized in Yemen
12/5/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - Head of the Palestinian Football Federation Jibreel Rajoub was hospitalized in Yemen Sunday after suffering a sudden illness. Rajoub's office said he was taken to a military hospital in Yemen suffering from exhaustion, but denied media reports that he had a stroke. He would leave for Doha on Monday....

WikiLeaks faces donations blow as it fights for survival
12/5/2010 - LONDON (AFP) -- WikiLeaks faced a fresh threat to its survival Saturday as the online payment service PayPal cut off the account used for donations to the whistle-blowing website. WikiLeaks is already fighting to stay on the Internet. It switched its domain to Switzerland because its original web address was shut down by a US provider....

Turkey demands Israel apologize for Gaza flotilla raid despite its help in Carmel fire
Ha'aretz - Turkish PM Erdogan says he still expects compensation from Israel over Gaza flotilla raid, calls Turkey's aid in fire purely humanitarian.

Iran to use domestically produced uranium for first time, official says
Ha'aretz - Iran's use of local uranium could mean that Tehran may become completely self sufficient in its attempts advance its nuclear capabilities.

Dutch MP Wilders to Haaretz: There is a witch hunt against my party
Ha'aretz - Controversial anti-Islam Dutch politician Gert Wilders to visit Israel on Sunday; demonstration expected at site of his planned speech in Tel Aviv.

UN chief to Netanyahu: Carmel forest fire a 'terrible tragedy'
Ha'aretz - Ban says inspired by the generous international assistance rendered to Israel, 'especially from your neighbors in the region.'

Obama assures Netanyahu forest fire assistance top U.S. priority
Ha'aretz - U.S. is sending a team of expert firefighters and supplies to Israel to help the country contain the worst forest fire in its history.

Israeli Media Falsely Accuse Palestinians of Arson in Carmel Fire
Uruknet December 5, 2010 - ...That’s what caused this disaster: government negligence. As the residents of Oakland who survived the devastating 1989 fire can tell you, a small fire left unattended becomes a monster given the right conditions. In that incident, a fire crew extinguished the initial flames but did not do so completely and the fire reignited. Death and...

Open Letter to Amazon.com
Uruknet December 5, 2010 - To Customer Service and Jeff Bezos, I’m disgusted by Amazon’s cowardice and servility in abruptly terminating its hosting of the Wikileaks website, in the face of threats from Senator Joe Lieberman and other Congressional right-wingers. I want no further association with any company that encourages legislative and executive officials to aspire to China’s control of...

Protest, arrests in Gaza over closure of youth organization
Uruknet December 5, 2010 - Palestinian police detained at least 13 young people who were protesting Hamas authorities' closure of the Sharek Youth Forum, a large independent NGO in Gaza Sunday. Police spokesman Ayman Al-Batniji said 13 young men were taken into custody for holding a demonstration without a permit from the Ministry of Interior. He said the male detainees...

Photostory : East Jerusalem Clashes Follow Raids, Demolitions
Uruknet December 5, 2010- Demonstrators gathered on Friday to show support for the occupied town of Al-Isawiyya, East Jerusalem. After a peaceful rally, Israeli police fired tear gas canisters into the unarmed crowd. The confrontations follow a month of severe harassment of the village by occupying forces. Israeli police have raided Isawiyya on eight previous occassions. Last Tuesday, Israelis illegally...

Peace Requires JusticeNew Language for Middle East Peace
Uruknet December 5, 2010 - It is normal practice for parties to a dispute to use terminology which favors them. In this regard, Israel has been spectacularly successful in imposing its terminology not simply on Israeli consciousness and American usage but even on many Arab parties and commentators. It has done so not simply in obvious ways like use of...

Demostartors Place Flag Atop The Wall in Ni’ilin; Israeli Army Responds with Massive Amount of Tear Gas
Uruknet December 5, 2010 - The weekly demonstration against the Separation Wall in Ni’ilin took place Friday afternoon with a smaller than normal group of Palestinians and a handful of Israeli supporters. After afternoon prayers, roughly thirty people walked to the gate of the wall under the banner of "The Intifada Continues, No Peace with the Occupation. Demonstrators placed the...

Four more workers shot in Gaza buffer zone: an ordinary day in Gaza
Uruknet December 5, 2010 - On Tuesday, the 30th of November 2010, four different individuals were wounded by Israeli gunshots while trying to make their living in the only way they could given the desperation in Gaza’s current economy. Ismael Sa’aed Qapeen, 31 years old, was doing his daily work collecting stones when he was shot in the foot, causing...

Industrial Workers of the World Union Votes to Officially Support BDS
Uruknet December 5, 2010 - Resolution in Support of the Workers of Palestine/Israel" was adopted in an overwhelming vote both at the IWW’s convention in Minneapolis and by the membership via referendum, making the IWW the first union in the US and the third union in Canada to officially support the Palestinian United Call for BDS, according to a statement...

Report: “280 Palestinians, Including 43 Children and Three Women, Kidnapped In November”
Uruknet December 5, 2010 - The Higher Committee for Supporting the Detainees stated that Israeli soldiers kidnapped in November 280 Palestinians, including 43 children and three women, in several areas in the occupied West Bank and in occupied East Jerusalem. Two of the kidnapped residents are elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. The two are Nayef Rajoub from Hebron,...

Navid Mohebbi: The youngest blogger in prison
Uruknet December 5, 2010 - Repeatedly summoned for advocating women's rights. Navid Mohebbi was first interrogated in 2008 after attempting to organize events for International Women’s Day. After two years of pressure and repeated summons, he was arrested again on September 18, 2010 at his father’s home in Amol, Mazandaran Province, in northern Iran by the Caspian Sea. Eight security...

Boycott roundup: French companies to drop out of Jerusalem rail project
Uruknet December 4, 2010 - In a significant victory for the global Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, French companies Veolia and Alstom have dropped out of the Jerusalem light rail project due to sustained pressure from Palestine solidarity groups. The companies were contracted by the Israeli government to construct and manage the tramway linking Jerusalem to several illegal...

Abbas hints at PA dissolution over settlements
Uruknet December 4, 2010 -- President Mahmoud Abbas threatened Friday to end autonomy in the Palestinian territories if Israel insists on going ahead with settlement construction on lands that would be a Palestinian state. Speaking with Palestine TV, Abbas said he would not "afford to remain the president of a nonexistent Palestinian Authority" if the Israeli occupation of the West...

PFLP: Gambling on US endangers Palestinians
Uruknet December 4, 2010 - The Palestinian government in Ramallah's willingness to rely on the United States as a broker for Middle East peace was dangerous and harmed the Palestinian cause, the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Saturday. The leftist Palestinian faction said in a statement that the PA should take the issue to the UN and...

As Fires Continue To Consume More Areas in Haifa, Extremists Torch Islamic Graveyard
Uruknet December 4, 2010 - The Al Aqsa Foundation told the Maan News Agency that a group of Jewish extremists torched the Al Qassam Graveyard in Haifa under the guise of the ongoing fires that started Thursday in the area and continues to spread. The Foundation said that there were two attempts to burn the graveyard that includes the grave...

Israeli official: Collapse of Aqsa Mosque is imminent
5 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem, December 5, (Pal Telegraph) Col. Yoram Lev-Ran, the Commander of the Jerusalem district of the Home Front Command, has warned that a disaster might befall the holy Aqsa Mosque and that the old Marwani Mosque might collapse soon. He told an Israeli weekly published on Friday that a collapse would happen, but the only “question is when? And how...

34 ships to carry aid to Gaza next April
5 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 5, (Pal Telegraph) The international campaign for solidarity with the Palestinian people is preparing to send 34 ships loaded with humanitarian relief material to the Gaza Strip by next April, Mariam Zakut, the director general of culture and thought society, said. She added that the vessels would also carry Arab and foreign solidarity activists from various world continents....

Dozens hurt in Bilin weekly anti wall march
5 Dec 2010 - Ramallah, December 5, (Pal Telegraph) Tens of Palestinian citizens were treated for teargas inhalation n Bilin village, west of Ramallah city, after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) used teargas canisters to disperse the weekly anti wall march. Many foreign activists took part in the peaceful march along with the village inhabitants, local sources reported. They said that the participants hoisted Palestinian...

Israeli army raids Hebron, Nablus
5 Dec 2010 - West Bank, December 5, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided Sunday Hebron and Nablus cities, in the West Bank. Israeli soldiers with two military vechles raided Asai town in Hebron and notified number of Palestinian citizens to visit the Israeli intelligence for questioning , local sources said. The sources added that IOF raided some neighborhoods in Hebron. Israeli soldiers...

Abbas visits Greece, Turkey
5 Dec 2010 - Ramallah , December 5, (Pal Telegraph) – The Palestinian President Mhamoud Abbas visits Sunday Turkey where he will meet Turkish officials, Palestinian official said. He added that the president will discuss the Turkish-Palestinian relationship, in addition to the peace process in the light of the Israeli refusal to freeze the settlement in the Palestinian land. Besides, he will discuss the situation...

Israel forest fire 'under control'
AlJazeera 5 Dec 2010 - Evacuated villagers to be allowed to return home after an international firefighting effort reins in deadly blaze.

Tourist dies in Egypt shark attack
AlJazeera 5 Dec 2010 - Body of German tourist washes up on shore of Sharm el-Sheikh, just days after four divers were injured by sharks.

Iran talks set to open in Geneva
AlJazeera 5 Dec 2010 - Tehran to discuss its nuclear programme with global powers, a day after announcing advance in uranium enrichment.

Israeli forest fires under control as government faces criticism over disaster
The Guardian 5 Dec 2010 - Israeli ministers accused of funding ultra-orthodox causes rather than fire service as police arrest two boys on suspicion of starting blaze through negligence The raging forest fires that devastated swaths of northern Israel and killed 41...

Hanukkah message
Palestine Note 5 Dec 2010 - The story of Hanukkah was not just the story of Jewish triumph over foreign forces, it was also a story of a fight among Jews about the direction of Judaism. A similar fight is happening now...

Danny Ayalon needs to thank Palestinians too
Palestine Note 5 Dec 2010 - Israel Deputy Foreign Minister penned a heartfelt oped in the Jerusalem Post expressing thanks to various international players for their offered and provided relief in the terrible Carmel fire disaster in Israel. To Ayalon's credit, he...

Protest, arrests in Gaza over closure of youth organization
Palestine Note 5 Dec 2010 - Maan - Palestinian police detained at least 13 young people who were protesting Hamas authorities' closure of the Sharek Youth Forum , a large independent NGO in Gaza Sunday. Police spokesman Ayman Al-Batniji said 13 young men...

Iran reports nuclear advance before Geneva talks
Palestine Note 5 Dec 2010 - The National - Iran will use domestically produced uranium concentrates for the first time at a key plant in its nuclear programme today, a senior official said, a day before the Islamic state resumes talks with...

Palestinians battle bid to bulldoze road to statehood
Palestine Note 5 Dec 2010 - The National - Freedom Road, as the Palestinians now call it, represents two kilometres of their defiance of Israeli control over land that they want for an independent state. The charge is being led by someone...

Dutch politician says West Bank is Israeli
Palestine Note 5 Dec 2010 - Alarabiya - A contentious Dutch politician on Sunday called on Israel to build more settlements in the West Bank in defiance of international demands for a construction freeze. Geert Wilders, who has made a name as...

Iran will "never use" force against Muslim neighbors
Palestine Note 5 Dec 2010 - Alarabiya - Iran will never use force against its Muslim neighbors, its foreign minister told a conference on Middle East security on Saturday, after the United States said Arab states were worried by Tehran's suspected attempts...

Poll shows majority of world's Muslims want Islam in politics; feelings mixed on Hamas, Hezbollah
Palestine Note 5 Dec 2010 - Los Angeles Times - A majority of Muslims around the world welcome a significant role for Islam in their countries' political life, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center , but have mixed feelings...

More help on the way to fight Carmel fire
Palestine Note 5 Dec 2010 - Los Angeles Times - As more international help continues to fly into Israel to help combat the fire decimating the Carmel woodland, the worst in the country's history, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed thanks for the...

Abbas threatens to dissolve PA
Palestine Note 4 Dec 2010 - Al Jazeera - Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, has said that if no peace deal can be agreed with Israel and the international community does not approve a Palestinian state, he may dissolve...

Stop Further Cuts to Dutch International Development Aid
Alternative Information Center - Dutch development organizations join forces to stop further budget cuts. The new Dutch government is planning a second round of budget cuts on international aid meant for entrepreneurial men and women living in developing countries, and...

Brasil Recognises Palestinian State
Alternative Information Center - Brasil’s Foreign Ministry announced Friday (3 December) that the country has recognized the state of Palestine along the pre-1967 borders, the Foreign Ministry said in a notice posted to its website.

Weekend of Confrontations in East Jerusalem’s Issawiya
Alternative Information Center - Confrontations broke out in the East Jerusalem village of Issawiya on Friday (3 December) at the end of a demonstration organized by activists from Solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah.

Industrial Workers of the World Union Votes to Officially Support BDS
Alternative Information Center - The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) has officially voted to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in support of Palestinian rights, according to a press release from the IWW’s website on 2 December....

California Residents Launch Israel Divestment Initiative Campaign
Alternative Information Center - Residents of the U.S. state of California launched a divestment initiative campaign in fall 2010. The initiative, known as the Israel Divestment Campaign (IDC), is the first citizens' effort in the United States to appeal directly...

Rabbi who survived Hizbullah fire among dead on bus
Jeruslalem Post 5 Dec 2010 - Uriel Malka, former Winnipeg school principal and Denver emissary, 32, was working as a chaplain in the Prisons Service.

'Israel and Turkey meet to reduce tensions'
Jeruslalem Post 5 Dec 2010 - Erdogan says Israel must show "sincerity" by apologizing, paying damages for raid on "Mavi Marmara," before ties with Turkey can improve.

Dutch politician says West Bank belongs to Israel
Jeruslalem Post 5 Dec 2010 - Controversial political leader Geert Wilders visiting Tel Aviv, calls for continued settlement building and defensible borders for Israel.

'Ties between PA president and Dahlan deteriorating'
Jeruslalem Post 5 Dec 2010 - Sources close to Abbas reveal his fears that formerly Gaza-based Fatah strongman is seeking to replace him atop the PA.

'Lebanon' takes home two European Film Awards
Jeruslalem Post 5 Dec 2010 - Director Samuel Maoz wins discovery award; Giora Bejach receives award for cinematography; Polanski's "Ghost Writer" wins best film.

Photo Gallery: Israel fights fire with international help
Jeruslalem Post 5 Dec 2010 - American "Super Tanker" sprays blaze in Carmel; gov't holds meeting in the North, as ministers visit victims, firefighters.

Nuclear chief says Iran to process own raw uranium
Jeruslalem Post 5 Dec 2010 - Scientists deliver the first domestically produced raw uranium; Nuclear chief Salehi says UN nuclear watchdog agency will supervise the work.

Abbas: As a last resort, I'd ask Israel to take over
Jeruslalem Post 5 Dec 2010 - PA president warns he may dissolve his self-rule government, ask Israel to resume full control of the West Bank if troubled peace talks fail.

Egypt holds parliament runoffs amid fraud claims
Jeruslalem Post 5 Dec 2010 - Mubarak's party scores sweeping victory in first round of balloting; country's 2 main opposition groups boycott to protest alleged fraud.

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (25 Nov.. – 01 Dec. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Israelis and Palestinians march together against demolitons
12/5/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - 3 December - Friday, hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians marched together in the Issawiya neighborhood of East Jerusalem against recent brutality toward the village by the Israeli government: house demolitions by Israeli authorities, a siege on entrances to the neighborhood, and police misconduct with local residents. This is the first joint protest to be held in....

Four more workers shot in Gaza buffer zone: an ordinary day in Gaza
12/5/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - On Tuesday, the 30th of November 2010, four different individuals were wounded by Israeli gunshots while trying to make their living in the only way they could given the desperation in Gaza's current economy. Ismael Sa'aed Qapeen, 31 years old, was doing his daily work collecting stones when he was shot....

Turkey demands Israel apologize for Gaza flotilla raid despite its help in Carmel fire
Ha'aretz 6 Dec 2010 - Turkish PM Erdogan says he still expects compensation from Israel over Gaza flotilla raid, calls Turkey's aid in fire purely humanitarian.

Iran to use domestically produced uranium for first time, official says
Ha'aretz 6 Dec 2010 - Iran's use of local uranium could mean that Tehran may become completely self sufficient in its attempts advance its nuclear capabilities.

Dutch MP Wilders to Haaretz: There is a witch hunt against my party
Ha'aretz 6 Dec 2010 - Controversial anti-Islam Dutch politician Gert Wilders to visit Israel on Sunday; demonstration expected at site of his planned speech in Tel Aviv.

UN chief to Netanyahu: Carmel forest fire a 'terrible tragedy'
Ha'aretz 6 Dec 2010 - Ban says inspired by the generous international assistance rendered to Israel, 'especially from your neighbors in the region.'

Obama assures Netanyahu forest fire assistance top U.S. priority
Ha'aretz 6 Dec 2010 - U.S. is sending a team of expert firefighters and supplies to Israel to help the country contain the worst forest fire in its history.

Carmel fire: 250 houses destroyed, damage estimated at NIS 270 million
Ha'aretz - Four government work teams appointed to deal with damage in the Carmel; cabinet secretary: citizens have insurance coverage, but it's partial.

Firefighters subdue Carmel fire after 77-hour blaze
Ha'aretz - All the small blazes in northern Israel successfully put out; firefighters to stay at the scene to complete all extinguishing operations.

Gaza Hamas leader: Carmel fires are Israel's divine punishment
Ha'aretz - Ismail Haniyeh says Allah is punishing Israelis for 'what they did,' during emergency prayers in Gaza City to ask for rain.

Peres: Carmel fire disaster proves Jews, Arabs share the same fate
Ha'aretz - Speaking at the funeral of a teenage fire-fighting volunteer, President says that while Israel missed firefighting equipment, it made up for that lack with courage and a volunteering spirit.

Major Carmel wildfire sources have been doused, firefighters say
Ha'aretz - Netanyahu blocks new foreign fire-fighting missions amid reports that Israeli, international fire-fighting crews are close to dousing the worst wildfire in Israel's history.

Court remands brothers suspected of starting Carmel wildfire
Ha'aretz - Police suspect two brothers from the Druze village of Isfiya of lighting a fire near their home, which allegedly spread and set the entire Carmel ablaze.

IN PICTURES / Carmel blaze attracts bystanders looking for some 'reality'
Ha'aretz - From all over Israel, people crowd the highways and overpasses to get a glimpse of the fire that has been ravaging northern Israel.

World's biggest fire-fighting plane joins fight to contain Carmel blaze
Ha'aretz - 'Evergreen' Boeing 747 Super Tanker releases over 40 tons of fire-extinguishing material; IAF official says fire sources on the ground have decreased.

Firefighters' prayers answered, as forecasts predict longed-for rain
Ha'aretz - Expected light rain comes after what many consider as Israel's driest autumn in recorded history.

Carmel wildfire nearing its end, minister says
Ha'aretz - Fire officials cautiously optimistic as crews continued to battle flames raging in the massive brushfire still burning across the Carmel Mountains.

New photos document tragic last moments of bus caught in Carmel fire
Ha'aretz - 36 Prison Service cadets perished after their bus trapped in flames on its way to evacuate a nearby prison.

Father of Carmel fire suspects: My sons are treated like terrorists
Ha'aretz - Police suspect 2 brothers from the Druze village of Isfiya of lighting a fire near their home, which allegedly spread and set the entire Carmel ablaze.

Fire chief: We find ourselves in best situation since start of Carmel blaze
Ha'aretz - Fire still burning in four sites in Carmel; U.S. supertanker arrives in Israel to take part in firefighting effort.

OPT: OIC Secretary General addresses OSCE Summit in Astana and holds talks with the President of Kazakhstan
Relief Web 5 Dec 2010 - Source: Organization of the Islamic Conference

Iran 'dominant player' in Iraq politics
YNet News - Leaked US diplomatic cable reveals Tehran using 'all means of diplomacy,....

Lebanon complains to UN about Israeli 'spy' devices
YNet News - Lebanese Foreign Ministry says Israeli troops detonated by remote control two....

Assessment: Carmel fire nearing its end
YNet News - Largest firefighting aircraft lands in Israel overnight, begins dumping water,....

Palestinian firefighters help battle Carmel blaze
YNet News - Head of Palestinian team says assistance is a 'humanitarian gesture' that has....

Barak in Beit Oren: Major disaster
YNet News - Defense minister tours kibbutz that was severely damaged in Carmel fire,....

Where are Israel's fire extinguishing planes?
YNet News - Israel Aerospace Industries could have converted passenger planes to refueling....

Carmel fire fully extinguished
YNet News - Firefighting services on Sunday night announced the end of the biggest fire in Israel's history after putting out all blazes on Mount Carmel. The forces were to remain at .......

Israel bids farewell to foreign firefighting teams
YNet News - Farewell ceremonies were held Sunday in the Nevatim and the Ramat David airbases in tribute to the foreign firefighting teams from 10 different countries around the .......

Erdogan insists on Israeli apology before 'page is turned'
YNet News - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed Sunday that the aid sent from Turkey to Israel following the Carmel fire disaster does not signify an improvement in .......

Soldier badly hurt by stray bullet
YNet News - An Israel Defense Forces soldier was seriously wounded from a stray bullet at the Avivim Post on the northern border while arguing with another soldier. He was evacuated .......

Carmel wildfire contained after 77 hours
YNet News - The Mount Carmel wildfire has been contained, Israel's firefighting authorities declared at 4:30 pm Sunday – about 77 hours after the initial fire broke out near the .......

Defiant Iran reports nuclear advance ahead of talks
Daily Star 5 Dec 2010 ABU DHABI: Gulf Arab leaders are to hold a summit Monday with their concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions exposed, courtesy of WikiLeaks, and at a time of economic relief as a result higher oil prices. The...

Gulf Cooperation Council leaders to hold summit under cloud of exposed Iran fears
Daily Star 5 Dec 2010 ABU DHABI: Gulf Arab leaders are to hold a summit Monday with their concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions exposed, courtesy of WikiLeaks, and at a time of economic relief as a result higher oil prices. The...

Abbas: US proposal to prop up stalled peace talks expected soon
Daily Star 5 Dec 2010 A US proposal to bolster troubled Middle East peace talks was expected within days, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said following a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II Sunday. "His majesty and I agreed to continue our...

Carmel fire costs 454 million dollars
PIC 5 Dec 2010 - The material losses as a result of the huge forest fire that ravaged Carmel Mountain near Haifa might reach 454 million dollars, Israel media sources reported on Sunday.

Israel to build 130 new housing units in O. Jerusalem
PIC 5 Dec 2010 - Hours after the IOA declared its intention to build more than 652 housing units in Pisgat Ze'ev settlement last week, it approved a plan to build 130 other units in Gilo settlement.

Dweik, Hamas MPs join solidarity sit-in with Jericho detainees on hunger strike
PIC 5 Dec 2010 - Dr. Aziz Dweik and other Hamas MPs in the West Bank joined the solidarity sit-in organized by relatives of detainees in the PA Jericho jail who went on hunger strike nine days ago.

PA transfers six hunger strikers from Jericho solitary jail to other prisons
PIC 5 Dec 2010 - The families of the six Palestinian detainees who went on hunger strike in Jericho prison said the PA transferred their isolated sons from this jail to other prisons in different West Bank areas.

Islamic Movement delegation visits Jerusalemite officials facing exile
PIC 5 Dec 2010 - A delegation from the Islamic Movement visited the protest tent at the Red Cross headquarters to check on the Jerusalemite officials threatened with eviction from the holy city.

Families of detainees in Jericho jail appeal for saving lives of their sons
PIC 5 Dec 2010 - The families of six Palestinian prisoners in Jericho jail appealed to all human rights organizations to save their sons from the slow death and torture they are exposed to by PA interrogators.

Night clashes in Eisawiye
PIC 5 Dec 2010 - Violent clashes took place in Eisawiye in occupied Jerusalem on Saturday night between Israeli border police and citizens, local sources said on Sunday.

Report: 280 Palestinians kidnapped by Israel last November
PIC 5 Dec 2010 - The higher national committee for the support of prisoners reported that the Israeli occupation forces kidnapped last month 280 Palestinian citizens in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Lebanon files official complaint with UNSC against Israel
PIC 5 Dec 2010 - Lebanon filed a complaint with the UN Security Council on Saturday against Israel for planting two espionage devices on Lebanese territory, which were detected on Friday.

Israel criticizes Brazil for recognizing Palestinian state
PIC 5 Dec 2010 - Israel on Saturday criticized the Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for recognizing the Palestinian state within the 1967 occupied lands in a message published on Friday.

Iran announces nuclear breakthrough on eve of talks
LA Times 6 Dec 2010 - As diplomats arrive in Geneva, the head of Tehran's nuclear program says his nation can produce its own yellowcake, used in the process of creating nuclear fuel. As diplomats began arriving in Geneva ahead of long-awaited talks to resolve the standoff over Iran's nuclear ambitions, the head of Tehran's nuclear program on Sunday upped the ante, claiming a breakthrough that could make the Islamic Republic self-sufficient in the production of uranium.

Majority of Muslims want Islam in politics, poll says
LA Times 6 Dec 2010 - They have mixed feelings about the militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah, the survey shows. A majority of Muslims around the world welcome a significant role for Islam in their countries' political life, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, but have mixed feelings toward militant religious groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

Iran's entrepreneurs do business of a sort in face of sanctions
LA Times 5 Dec 2010 - The key to success nowadays in business is giving the impression that you are flush. If that fails, creditors funding the pricey work-arounds needed to skirt the international embargo will come calling. If Mohsen doesn't come up with $100,000 by the end of the week, he's a dead man.

Abunimah: The Native American analogy doesn’t work
Mondoweiss - Earlier today Weiss did a post mentioning Native Americans and the argument that American historical sins immunize the Israelis from the Palestinian right of return.   Citing the ethnic cleansing of Native Americans as a way to justify not recognizing the Palestinian right of return, as...

Happy holidays
Mondoweiss - From a friend. These cards are available at If Americans Knew .

An Israeli’s Wiki-piphany
Mondoweiss - WikiLeaks keep resonating. My friend David Bromwich writes : Here, an Israeli liberal centrist, after a small step in anti-colonial self- criticism, swings back to self-justification. All it took was the Wikileaks cables saying what everyone in Israel already knew: that Iran is dangerous. On November 18,...

MI university deems Helen Thomas’s Zionist-control comments to be anti-Semitic
Mondoweiss - Report on AOL : Wayne State University has terminated its Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity in Media award after the former White House correspondent claimed that the United States is controlled by "Zionists." Thomas, 90, told a workshop on anti-Arab bias in Dearborn, Mich., that Jewish influence...

The Witch Tree
Mondoweiss - My friend, Minnesota novelist Tony Schmitz , was paddling on Superior last week, and his buddy made this shot near Grand Portage. It's of a famous cedar on the Ojibwe Reservation, known as the Witch Tree. Sacred, over 400 years old, historic, and only 15 feet tall ,...


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Israeli Man Missing In Jericho
IMEMC - 6 Dec 2010 - Tuesday December 07, 2010 - 04:49, The Maan News Agency reported that an Israeli man went missing on Monday evening near Nabi Mousa area, near Jericho, and that the Israeli army declared the area as a closed military zone.

Israeli troops surround mosque, question worshipers
IMEMC - 6 Dec 2010 - Tuesday December 07, 2010 - 04:41, According to local sources, Israeli forces entered a town south of Qalqilia, in the northern West Bank, and surrounded a mosque where Palestinians were praying, preventing people from leaving and then questioning worshipers on their way out of the mosque.

PCHR Condemns Shutdown of Peaceful Assembly and Arrest of 16 Participants by the Palestinian Police
IMEMC - 6 Dec 2010 - Tuesday December 07, 2010 - 04:09, The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the shutdown of a peaceful assembly and the arrest of 16 participants by the Palestinian police. The peaceful assembly was held by a number of young people protesting against the Attorney General in Gaza’s decision to close Sharek Youth Forum.

Turkey and Israel Set to Restore Relations
IMEMC - 6 Dec 2010 - Monday December 06, 2010 - 17:32, Turkish and Israeli diplomats met in Geneva on Sunday, and discussed repairing relations between the two countries cooled since after Israeli military raid on the Gaza flotilla last May, Ha’aretz said.

Banks in Nablus Protest New Tax
IMEMC - 6 Dec 2010 - Monday December 06, 2010 - 16:33, A number of banks in Nablus suspended work at 10 a.m. on Monday, protesting the P.A.'s decision to impose a new tax, the Ma’an News agency reported.

Argentina Recognizes Palestine Within its 1967 Borders
IMEMC - 6 Dec 2010 - Monday December 06, 2010 - 16:05, After Brazil's decision to recognize a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, confirmed, on Sunday, that she would also recognize an independent Palestine with the same parameters.

Six Palestinians Arrested During Israeli Army Raids
IMEMC - 6 Dec 2010 - Monday December 06, 2010 - 13:00, A series of Israeli military raids that were held during Sunday night and Monday morning in the area of Ramallah, concluded with six Palestinian residents detained, PNN reported.

Peres: "Israel Does Not Tell Spain How to Resolve its Problem of Terrorism"
IMEMC - 6 Dec 2010 - Monday December 06, 2010 - 11:57, During a meeting with Spanish media covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Israeli President Simon Peres stated, on Sunday, that peace negotiations are "still half way" and added that "any deal would be better than not to reach any agreement."

Carmel Fires Contained, 41 Dead and 50,000 Dunams of Land Burnt
IMEMC - 6 Dec 2010 - Monday December 06, 2010 - 02:46, On Sunday evening, after approximately 77 hours of battling the fire, firefighters have finally been able to contain the fires in the Carmel after it consumed 50,000 dunams of land. Death count now stands at 41.

Researcher says detainees used in medical experiments
12/6/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Former detainee and researcher Abdul-Nasser Farwana said Monday that Israel performs medical experiments on Palestinians held in Israeli detention centers. Speaking at a workshop in Algeria, Farwana said more than 5,000 experiments had been performed in Israeli jails, and that this number was increasing. Many prisoners left Israeli jails with....

Argentina recognizes Palestine
12/6/2010 - BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Argentina said Monday it recognized a "free and independent" Palestinian state, days after Brazil drew sharp criticism from Israel and US lawmakers for taking the same step. Argentine President Cristina Kirchner wrote to her Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas saying her country recognizes a Palestine defined by 1967 borders, officials said." The Argentine.... Related: Israel blasts Argentina recognition of independent Palestine and Uruguay to recognize Palestine in 2011

Minister: Israel detained 423 Palestinians last month
12/6/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 423 Palestinians, including 80 children in the month of November Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Monday. Qaraqe said most of these arrests took place when Palestinians attempted to fight off Israeli settlers who encroached on West Bank land. He was speaking during a visit....

20 diplomats attend hearing of anti-wall activist
12/6/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Twenty diplomats attended a military court on Monday to hear an appeal to extend the sentence of non-violent protest leader Abdallah Abu Rahmah, the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee said. Abu Rahmah was due to be released on 18 November, having served a 12-month sentence. The anti-wall activist was convicted of....

Witnesses: Israeli forces surround mosque
12/6/2010 - QALQILIA (Ma'an) - Israeli forces surrounded a mosque south of the West Bank city of Qalqiliya on Monday, witnesses said. Three military jeeps arrived the Beit Amin mosque and refused to allow those inside to leave, onlookers said. Soldiers questioned worshipers and checked their identity cards, locals said, adding that intelligence officers were also....

Medic: Israeli policies to blame for Gaza health woes
12/6/2010 - STOCKHOLM (AFP) - The head of an award-winning group of Israeli medics said Monday the health woes of Palestinians in Gaza and Arab Bedouins living in Israel were the direct consequence of government policies. As her group "Physicians for Human Rights Israel" prepared to receive the annual Right Livelihood Award in Stockholm, Ruchama Marton said the.... Related: Physicians for Human Rights - Israel

Uruguay to recognize Palestine in 2011
12/6/2010 - BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Argentina and Uruguay said Monday they were joining Brazil in recognizing an independent Palestinian state, earning an immediate sharp rebuke from Israel and causing unease in the United States. Israel called the announcement by Buenos Aires "regrettable" and said it went against an Israeli-Palestinian agreement that such a state should only be.... Related: Argentina recognizes Palestine and Israel blasts Argentina recognition of independent Palestine

Gaza cartoonist opens exhibition in Nablus
12/6/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Gazan cartoonist Muhammad Nimnim on Monday opened a cartoon exhibition titled Malanak Sirr, "Stay as you are," at the An-Najah National University in Nablus. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Nimnim, who draws under the pen name Abu Noon, said his work described the suffering in Gaza and that he hoped his.... Related: Mohammad Al Nimnim (Abul Noon)

PA security: 'Atheist' blogger in jail for own safety
12/6/2010 - RAMALLAH (AFP) - A young Palestinian blogger jailed for posting "blasphemous" remarks online is being kept in jail over fears he will be killed by his family, security sources said on Monday. Walid al-Husseini, 26, was arrested in the northern West Bank city of Qalqilya at the end of October accused of "blasphemy against the prophet....

Israel releases Nablus detainee
12/6/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities released a 33-year-old Palestinian detainee on Monday after detaining him for over three years, an international solidarity group said. Hassan Zahi Safadi was detained from his home in Nablus' Old City in June 2007, and had been detained three times prior to that, the group said....

Army: RPG and projectile fired from Gaza
12/6/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army said militants in Gaza fired a Rocket-Propelled Grenade towards an army force stationed near the Gaza border on Monday. Further, a projectile launched from Gaza landed in the Ashkelon Regional Council, a military spokeswoman said. No injuries were reported from either incident, she added....

Gaza brigade claims projectile fired toward Israel
12/6/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for firing a projectile into southern Israel on Monday. In a statement, the Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades said the projectile marked the anniversary of the PFLP's establishment, and that the militant wing would continue....

Erdogan pledges support for '67 state
12/6/2010 - ANKARA, Turkey (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas visited Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan in his Ankara home on Sunday, to discuss developments in the peace negotiations between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators. Following the meeting, Ambassador of Palestine to Turkey Nabil Ma'roof told the official PA news agency WAFA that Erdogan pledged to....

EU gives €20.7 million to PA for November salaries
12/6/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The European Union said it transferred €20. 7 million to help the Palestinian Authority pay the November salaries and pensions of 84,948 public servants and pensioners. Almost a third of the recipients are based in Gaza. This contribution is channelled through PEGASE, the European mechanism for support to the Palestinians....

Israel FM: No reason for settlement freeze
12/6/2010 - LJUBLJANA (AFP) - Israel sees no reason to reimpose a freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank after an initial moratorium failed to break the deadlock in the peace process, its foreign minister said Monday." I do not see any reason to extend this moratorium. After 10 months of moratorium, we are still in a....

Dutch MP: Settlements key to Israel's survival
12/6/2010 - TEL AVIV (AFP) - Israel must keep on building settlements in the occupied West Bank to defend itself against the forces of Islam out to destroy the Jewish state, visiting ultra-rightwing Dutch MP Geert Wilders said. According to a transcript of a speech late on Sunday at a Tel Aviv conference organized by a far-right Israeli....

Egypt FM: Give US more time for peace efforts
12/6/2010 - BUCHAREST (AFP) - Arab states believe US efforts to save direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks should be given more time to succeed, Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Monday." Arab countries and members of the peace Follow-up Committee (of the Arab League) feel that they have not to close the door and to allow....

WikiLeaks: some key dates
12/6/2010 - PARIS (AFP) - Here are some key dates in the history of WikiLeaks, a site specialized in publishing secret documents:December, 2006: WikiLeaks, a site created with the help of powerful encryption software, is founded to let whistle-blowers in authoritarian countries post sensitive documents on the Internet without being traced. From January, 2007, the site, which....

Iran: Resistance is the only thing Israel understands
12/6/2010 - ATHENS (AFP) - Resistance is the only thing Israel understands, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Monday during a visit to Greece." History has shown that Israel understands no language other than resistance," Mottaki told a press conference on the sidelines of his two-day visit to Athens for talks with Greek leaders. Iran and Israel have....

Israel blasts Argentina recognition of independent Palestine
12/6/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel on Monday described as "regrettable" a decision by Argentina to recognize a "free and independent" Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, just days after a similar move by Brazil." This regrettable decision will not help at all to change the situation between Israel and the Palestinians," foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told.... Related: Argentina recognizes Palestine and Uruguay to recognize Palestine in 2011

Hamas: PA security detained 8 supporters
12/6/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Hamas officials in the West Bank accused the Palestinian Authority security services of detaining eight party supporters during spot checks and raids overnight. The Islamist movement said Monday that the detentions, which it alleged were politically motivated and unfairly targeted members, occurred in the West Bank districts of Nablus, Jenin, and....

7,000 workers join picket line in Ramallah
12/6/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Around 7,000 striking workers joined a picket line in Ramallah on Monday to protest new legislation proposed by the Palestinian Authority. Employees of ministries, official institutions and banks joined a strike organized by Palestinian trade unions over legislation related to taxes, retirement and end of service benefits, health insurance and unions....

PA anti-corruption unit says files received daily
12/6/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -The Palestinian Authority Anti-Corruption Commission receives daily complaints over corruption, commission head Rafiq Natsheh said Monday. The commission is studying the complaints and some files have been transferred to a court established in November, Natsheh told reporters at a press briefing. The attorney general transferred more than 70 files to the....

Hamas court orders execution of 'collaborator'
12/6/2010 - GAZA CITY (AFP) - A Gaza military court has convicted three men of collaborating with Israel, sentencing one to death and two more to prison terms, the Hamas interior ministry said on Monday." The military court handed down a death sentence against one collaborator with the occupation, and prison terms of seven years and three years....

Slippery roads see death, injuries
12/6/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A woman was killed and five were injured including 3 school-age students when a minivan and a transport truck collided south of Nablus. Police said slick roads from the first fall rains were to blame. Eyewitnesses at the Yetsahhar junction south of Israel's Huwwara military checkpoint said the vehicles....

Rain falls on forest after devastating blaze
12/6/2010 - BEIT OREN, Israel (AFP) -- A fine rain fell Monday morning on the forests of Mount Carmel, near the northern Israel city of Haifa, where a the country's worst forest fire raged for four days, killing 42 people. Around five millimetres of rain had already fallen on the area, dampening the ground, and another....

Bodies of students killed in Yemen crash arrive in Jericho
12/6/2010 - JERICHO (Ma'an) -- The Bodies of four Palestinian students, killed last Thursday in a car accident in Yemen, crossed the Allenby Bridge from Jordan to the West Bank Monday. Palestinian officials, victims' families, and a crowd of citizens received the bodies as they entered Jericho. Amongst officials was Dr. Hussein Al-Araj, the Palestinian....

Israel police arrest 4 teens over huge inferno
12/6/2010 - BEIT OREN (AFP) - Israeli police said Monday they arrested four teenagers suspected of starting a blaze that swept through a forest and killed 42 people in the country's worst fire disaster." We have made four arrests -- two teenagers from the Druze village of Isfiya who were arrested on Saturday, and another two who....

Argentina joins Brazil in recognition of Palestinian state
Ha'aretz - Argentine President sends Abbas letter stating it recognizes Palestine defined by 1967 borders; Uruguay says it will recognize Palestine in 2011; Israel calls announcement 'regrettable'.

Ex-wife of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard brought to Israel in grave physical condition
Ha'aretz - Netanyahu comes to the aid of Anne Pollard who was found in serious condition in New York, says Israel has moral obligation toward the Pollards.

Critics fear WikiLeaks list of global U.S. interests could aid terrorists
Ha'aretz - WikiLeaks publishes details of sites around the world which U.S. considers vital to its interests, among them Mideast oil facilities.

WikiLeaks: Qatar using Al-Jazeera as diplomatic tool in Mideast
Ha'aretz - A November 2009 cable obtained by The Guardian surmises that the network could one day be used 'as a bargaining tool to repair relationships with other countries... including the United States.', Classified document dispatched by U.S. charge d'affaires reflects anti-Hezbollah sentiment that Iran was 'taking over' Lebanon by funding its fiber optic system., Israel sends diplomat to meet with Turkish officials after Netanyahu phoned Turkish PM to thank him for his help in battling Carmel fire.

YOU CAN’T PUT GOD ON TRIAL
Uruknet December 6, 2010 - ...The Ashkenazi led country seems set on putting the actual blame either on a Palestinian or a Sephardic Jew. Heaven forbid they look at the real cause, the fact that none of the billions of dollars they receive in foreign aid was used for firefighting equipment in an arid area which is prone to these...

New Israeli laws threaten Palestinian civil society
Uruknet December 6, 2010 - A bill recently proposed in Israel's parliament, the Knesset, requires organizations to pledge loyalty to Israel as "Jewish and democratic." The legislation continues the trend of anti-democratic laws spreading throughout the country and threatens the existence of civil society organizations working for Palestinian rights within Israel. In a 4 November press release, Adalah, the Legal...

Researcher says Palestinian detainees used in medical experiments
Uruknet December 6, 2010 - Former detainee and researcher Abdul-Nasser Farwana said Monday that Israel performs medical experiments on Palestinians held in Israeli detention centers. Speaking at a workshop in Algeria, Farwana said more than 5,000 experiments had been performed in Israeli jails, and that this number was increasing. Many prisoners left Israeli jails with unique diseases and skin infections...

B'Tselem: Jerusalemite children tortured by Israeli interrogators
Uruknet December 6, 2010 - The Israeli information center for human rights in the occupied territories B'Tselem said in a report that Palestinian children in Silwan town, occupied Jerusalem, were severely tortured at the hands of Israeli interrogators. The report published on Sunday by the Israeli channel 7 said that the Israeli police had arrested children suspected of committing violations...

Argentina Recognizes Palestine Within its 1967 Borders
Uruknet December 6, 2010 - After Brazil's decision to recognize a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, confirmed, on Sunday, that she would also recognize an independent Palestine with the same parameters. The announcement was made by a phone call to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in which Kirchner added that that...

Flotilla Support for Gaza
Uruknet December 6, 2010 - ... FreeGaza.org has global volunteers. Besides the above countries, they're in Argentina, Australia, Chile, Denmark, England, France, India, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Poland, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and elsewhere. More flotillas are coming until Gaza is free, the siege ended, rebuilding can begin, and what passes for normal life can resume. Banned from Gaza since...

Geneva hosts Iran nuclear talks
Uruknet December 6, 2010 - Iran has began talks on its controversial nuclear programme with global powers, 14 months after a previous round of negotiations broke off. The talks, which started in the Swiss city of Geneva on Monday, are spearheaded by Catherine Ashton, the European Union's top diplomat, who will be negotiating on behalf of the five UN Security...

Prohibition of visitation rights for Palestinians violates international laws and conventions
Uruknet December 6, 2010 - As part of a series of reports I am preparing to document Israel's violations against Palestinian prisoners and detainees in its jails, this article looks at the Zionist state's prohibition of visitation rights. This is, of course, against international law, conventions and norms. In dealing with the humanitarian aspects of prisoners' rights, I have always...

Medic: Israeli policies to blame for Gaza health woes
Uruknet December 6, 2010 - The head of an award-winning group of Israeli medics said Monday the health woes of Palestinians in Gaza and Arab Bedouins living in Israel were the direct consequence of government policies. As her group "Physicians for Human Rights Israel" prepared to receive the annual Right Livelihood Award in Stockholm, Ruchama Marton said the causes of...

IN ANOTHER CRIMINAL ACT, ISRAELI FORCES INJURE TWO “SCRAP COLLECTORS” NEAR THE BEIT HANOUN (EREZ) BORDER CROSSING
Uruknet December 6, 2010 - Saturday, December 4th, Israeli forces opened fired at and injured two Palestinian "scrap collectors" near the Beit Hanoun (Erez) border crossing while they were collecting rubble and stones. Guilty of having just approached the "buffer-zone", an illegally restricted "no-go area" along the whole border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, they have been hit in...

Defending Palestinian solidarity
Uruknet December 6, 2010 - The Electronic Intifada, the online publication about Palestine that I co-founded in 2001, finds itself at the centre of a storm as a pro-Israel group applies pressure to have a grant from a Dutch foundation withdrawn. This assault on our freedom of conscience is about much more than our website. It is part of a...

Protest, arrests in Gaza over closure of youth organization
Uruknet December 5, 2010 - Palestinian police detained at least 13 young people who were protesting Hamas authorities' closure of the Sharek Youth Forum, a large independent NGO in Gaza Sunday. Police spokesman Ayman Al-Batniji said 13 young men were taken into custody for holding a demonstration without a permit from the Ministry of Interior. He said the male detainees...

Report: “280 Palestinians, Including 43 Children and Three Women, Kidnapped In November”
Uruknet December 5, 2010 - The Higher Committee for Supporting the Detainees stated that Israeli soldiers kidnapped in November 280 Palestinians, including 43 children and three women, in several areas in the occupied West Bank and in occupied East Jerusalem. Two of the kidnapped residents are elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. The two are Nayef Rajoub from Hebron,...

Israel to build 130 new housing units in Jerusalem
6 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem, December 6, (Pal Telegraph) Hours after the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) declared its intention to build more than 652 housing units in Pisgat Ze’ev settlement in the eastern part of occupied Jerusalem last week, it approved a plan to build 130 other units in Gilo settlement. This came in a report on Israel’s settlement activities and its violations in...

Four more workers shot in Gaza buffer zone
6 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 6, (Pal Telegraph) On Tuesday, the 30th of November 2010, four different individuals were wounded by Israeli gunshots while trying to make their living in the only way they could given the desperation in Gaza’s current economy. Ismael Sa’aed Qapeen, 31 years old, was doing his daily work collecting stones when he was shot in the foot, causing...

Israel obstructs MSF operations in Gaza
6 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 6, (Pal Telegraph) Israel has been "systematically" complicating international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF)'s operations in the occupied Palestinian lands for the past two years. The group would want Tel Aviv to allow the Palestinian staff, who account for 90 percent of its workforce in the Gaza Strip, to cross into Israel to receive the required...

Night clashes in Eisawiye
6 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem, December 6, (Pal Telegraph) Violent clashes took place in Eisawiye in occupied Jerusalem on Sunday night between Israeli border police and citizens, local sources said on Monday. They said that tens of young men threw stones and empty bottles at the policemen who responded by firing rubber bullets and teargas canisters. They said that the police forces are still...

Israel conducts limited incursion in east of Khan Younis
6 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 6, (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli occupation forces conducted Monday a limited incursion in the Khoza’ town to the east of Khan Younis, in central Gaza Strip. According SAFA news agency, three bulldozers and four vehicles invaded tens of meters in the area near the borders with the Palestinian occupied land of 48. At the same time, the Israeli...

Israeli official: Collapse of Aqsa Mosque is imminent
5 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem, December 5, (Pal Telegraph) Col. Yoram Lev-Ran, the Commander of the Jerusalem district of the Home Front Command, has warned that a disaster might befall the holy Aqsa Mosque and that the old Marwani Mosque might collapse soon. He told an Israeli weekly published on Friday that a collapse would happen, but the only “question is when? And how...

Ruling party sweeps Egypt's vote
AlJazeera 6 Dec 2010 - Results indicate ruling party takes 80 per cent of parliament seats, which the opposition parties denounce as rigged.

Argentina recognises Palestine
AlJazeera 6 Dec 2010 - Buenos Aires follows Brazil in recognising a "free and independent state" for the Palestinians.

Egypt shark attacks puzzle experts
AlJazeera 6 Dec 2010 - Officials are investigating what is behind an unusual spate of shark attacks off the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Saudi-Syria seek Hariri trial calm
AlJazeera 6 Dec 2010 - Regional leaders propose a deal aimed at avoiding sectarian unrest if Hezbollah members are indicted by UN-backed court.

US embassy cables: Clinton asks Sudan to block Iranian arms supplies to Hamas
The Guardian 6 Dec 2010 - Thursday, 22 January 2009, 01:05 S E C R E T STATE 005567 NOFORN EO 12958 DECL: 01/24/2034 TAGS PARM, PREL, ETTC, MASS, AE, MU, SA, YM, IR, SU SUBJECT: FOLLOW-UP TO INFORMATION REF: A. STATE...

US embassy cables: Anti-Palestinian chants mar Jordanian soccer match
The Guardian 6 Dec 2010 - Tuesday, 28 July 2009, 14:27 S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 AMMAN 001689 SIPDIS EO 12958 DECL: 07/23/2019 TAGS PGOV, KDEM, SOCI, JO SUBJECT: JORDANIAN SOCCER GAME HALTED AMIDST ANTI-REGIME CHANTS, HOOLIGANISM...

Video | The rise of Palestinian protest rap
The Guardian 6 Dec 2010 - Don Duncan travels to the West Bank and Syria to talk to Palestinian musicians who are finding their political voices through rap music

US mediation monopoly collapses
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 - Sam Bahour, Bitter Lemons - The United States is at a crossroads in its mediation of Middle East peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. The Obama administration can no longer walk on the Israeli side of...

Israeli government expresses "disappointment" with Argentina and Brazil
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 - Politico - Argentina will recognize Palestine as an independent state, days after Brazil did so, Middle East media are reporting. "Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner confirmed in a phone call to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas...

Israel using Wikileaks to build a straw man
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 - James Zogby, Arab American Institute - From the day the first batch of Wikileaks appeared in the international press, the Israelis were crowing "this is good for us". Seizing on documents demonstrating that some Arab leaders...

The Sad Loss of National Dignity
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 - Rami G. Khouri, New York Times - It is sad and shocking — pitiful, even, in many cases — how Arab leaders are portrayed in the U.S. State Department cables released by WikiLeaks earlier this week....

Minister: Israel detained 423 Palestinians last month
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 - Maan - Israeli forces detained 423 Palestinians, including 80 children in the month of November Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Monday. Qaraqe said most of these arrests took place when Palestinians attempted...

Argentina follows Brazil, recognizes Palestinian state
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 - President Cristina Kirchner recognizes state based on '67 borders Jerusalem Post - Argentina announced on Monday that it has decided to recognize a "free and independent" Palestinian state, just days after Brazil said it would do...

Bleeding for Civil Disobedience: Anarchists Against the Wall Tour North America
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 - The Link - There is an old saying which suggests that “good fences make good neighbours.” But you may have a hard time hearing that in the West Bank. “There are streets you can step on...

Turkey pledges support for '67 borders state and urges national unity
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 - Maan - President Mahmoud Abbas visited Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan in his Ankara home on Sunday, to discuss developments in the peace negotiations between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators. Following the meeting, Ambassador of Palestine to...

Iran nuclear talks under way in Geneva
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 - The Guardian - International talks on Iran's nuclear programme got under way this morning amid tension over Tehran's claim of a breakthrough in uranium production and attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists . Diplomats from six major powers...

Banks in Nablus close protesting new tax
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 - Maan - Several banks in Nablus suspended work at 10 a.m. Monday protesting a PA decision to levy a new tax ranging from three to 30 percent on benefits of both civil servants and private sector...

PA security: Atheist blogger kept in jail for own safety
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 - Maan - A young Palestinian blogger jailed for posting "blasphemous" remarks online is being kept in jail over fears he will be killed by his family, security sources said on Monday. Walid al-Husseini, 26, was arrested...

Arabs should not 'close door' to US efforts: Egypt FM
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 - AFP - Arab states believe US efforts to save direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks should be given more time to succeed, Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said here Monday. "Arab countries and members of the peace...

Israel extinguishes forest fire
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 - Two teenagers arrested on suspicion of starting blaze in Carmel region, that killed 41 people and scorched woodland. Al Jazeera - A fire that killed 41 people and ravaged big swaths of forest in northern Israel's...

Wiki weakens Iran war drive
Palestine Note 5 Dec 2010 - Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, is ecstatic. He has come to the conclusion that a diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks, revealing that the Saudis privately favour a military strike on Iran, has vindicated Israel's hawkish...

Is an Israeli referendum on peace as bad as it seems?
Palestine Note 5 Dec 2010 - The Israeli center and left, the Arab world, and many international figures are wringing their hands over the referendum law that was passed by the Israeli Knesset on November 22 (which would require a referendum to...

Protest, arrests in Gaza over closure of youth organization
Palestine Note 5 Dec 2010 - Maan - Palestinian police detained at least 13 young people who were protesting Hamas authorities' closure of the Sharek Youth Forum , a large independent NGO in Gaza Sunday. Police spokesman Ayman Al-Batniji said 13 young men...

Palestinian Activists from West Bank’s Ni’lin Released from Israeli Military Prison
Alternative Information Center - An organizer of the Ni’lin  village’s Popular Committee against the Wall and two other village members and community activists were released from Israel’s Ofer military prison yesterday (5 December) after over ten months of incarceration on...

Infamous Dutch Politician Wilders Visits Israel, Calls on it to Build more Settlements
Alternative Information Center - Right-wing, anti-Muslim Dutch politician Geert Wilders, currently visiting Israel, gave a speech in Tel Aviv Sunday (5 December), calling on Jordan to open its borders to Palestinians and encouraging Israel to build more settlements in the...

British Shadow Foreign Secretary Calls for EU Labelling of Israeli Settlement Goods
Alternative Information Center - Britain shadow foreign secretary Yvette Cooper is calling for the EU to require labeling of items made in settlements.

Industrial Workers of the World Union Votes to Officially Support BDS
Alternative Information Center - The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) has officially voted to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in support of Palestinian rights, according to a press release from the IWW’s website on 2 December....

PA: Israel Continues to Test Drugs on Palestinian Prisoners
PNN - Algiers – PNN - Palestinian Authority (PA) Prisoner Affairs specialist and former prisoner Abdul Nasir Farawneh said from Algeria on Monday that Israel continues to use prisoners to test the effects of...

Turks and Israelis Repair Relations in Geneva; Flotilla Apology Tabled
PNN - Geneva – PNN - Israeli media house Ha’aretz reported that Turkish and Israeli diplomats met on Sunday in Geneva to discuss repairing relations between the two countries, strained since the May 31...

Argentina Latest Nation to Recognize Independent Palestine on '67 Borders
PNN - Ankara – PNN - Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Yasser Abed Rabbo said on Monday morning that the recognition of an independent Palestine by the state of Brazil has encouraged...

The City of Christmas Celebrates with Trees, Ornaments, Lights, and Sweets
PNN - Bethlehem – Hiba Lama – PNN/Exclusive - On the first day of December, a bevy of trees, ornaments, sweets, lights, and gifts come together to announce the beginning of the Christmas season....

Poet Najwan Darwish Reads for New York City Crowds
PNN - New York City – PNN - Americans and Palestinians alike thronged to the Alwan Center of the Arts in New York City to hear the Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish read a selection...

Daily Roundup: Six Detained in Ramallah, Hamas Kidnaps Doctors
PNN - Bethlehem – PNN - In a series of overnight raids continuing until Monday morning, Israeli troops detained six Palestinian citizens throughout the Ramallah governorate. Meanwhile, sources in the Northern Gaza Strip report...

Analysis: Notes from an undeclared cold war
Jeruslalem Post 7 Dec 2010 - The diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks offer details of Iran's push for regional dominance in the Middle East.

WikiLeaks: Immigrants have warmed Israel-Russia ties
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 - However, close ties to Israel do not appear "to have had much impact on Moscow’s 'pragmatic' positions on issues such as arms sales to Syria."

Current, former pupils tour fire-devastated youth village
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 - “I spent the best 3 years of my life here. I’ve been all over Israel, and there’s nowhere as beautiful as this place,” former Yamin Orde pupil says.

City councilors to Adidas: Boycott Jerusalem Marathon
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 - Opposition wants race out of east J’lem: “A marathon doesn't bring Jews, Arabs together. This is just an aggressive move,” Meretz councilman says.

South American countries recognize Palestinian state
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 - After initial recognition by Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay follow suit, recognize "free and independent" Palestine with 1967 borders; Israel: recognition contradicts road map; Clinton to make major statement on talks.

Egypt: Sinai shark attacks could be Israeli plot
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 - After shark attack leaves woman dead in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egyptian official says Mossad could have put shark in sea to harm Egypt's tourism.

Wikileaks releases US list of potential terror targets
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 - Cable details State Department effort to gather list of global "critical infrastructure" sites; list includes Israeli weapons manufacturer.

WikiLeaks: Egypt considering nuclear arms if Iran gets them
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 - US cable: States in the region "terrified" of a nuclear Iran; head of Egypt's intelligence service offers assistance in taking on Iran

Turkish planes depart Israel to fight Lebanese forest fires
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 - Over 120 fires burn through Lebanon's Cedar forests over the weekend; Hariri asks Amman and Ankara for assistance in extinguishing the blazes.

Leaked US documents highlight Saudi terror woes
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 - US cables: "Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide."

The Israel Factor has centrist streak
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 - Simply put, the panel, like most Israelis, seems to prefer the American policy maker more moderate.

Abbas and Erdoğan meet in Turkey to discuss peace talks
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 - Turkish prime minister supports establishment of Palestinian state with 1967 borders; asks Fatah and Hamas to reconcile.

WikiLeaks: Iran financed Hizbullah fiber optics network
Jeruslalem Post 6 Dec 2010 - Lebanese minister says Shi'ite group said it would view cutting of lines as "an Israeli attack"; calls move last step in creating Hizbullah nation-state.

Cables Belie Gulf States' Backing for Strikes on Iran
IPS The dominant theme that emerged in U.S. media coverage of the first round of Wikileaks diplomatic cables last week was that Arab regimes in the Gulf - led by Saudi Arabia - shared Israel's view that Iran's nuclear programme had to be stopped by military force, if necessary.

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (25 Nov.. – 01 Dec. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Four more workers shot in Gaza buffer zone: an ordinary day in Gaza
12/5/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - On Tuesday, the 30th of November 2010, four different individuals were wounded by Israeli gunshots while trying to make their living in the only way they could given the desperation in Gaza's current economy. Ismael Sa'aed Qapeen, 31 years old, was doing his daily work collecting stones when he was shot....

Argentina joins Brazil in recognition of Palestinian state
Ha'aretz 6 Dec 2010 - Argentine President sends Abbas letter stating it recognizes Palestine defined by 1967 borders; Uruguay says it will recognize Palestine in 2011; Israel calls announcement 'regrettable'.

Ex-wife of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard brought to Israel in grave physical condition
Ha'aretz 6 Dec 2010 - Netanyahu comes to the aid of Anne Pollard who was found in serious condition in New York, says Israel has moral obligation toward the Pollards.

Critics fear WikiLeaks list of global U.S. interests could aid terrorists
Ha'aretz 6 Dec 2010 - WikiLeaks publishes details of sites around the world which U.S. considers vital to its interests, among them Mideast oil facilities.

WikiLeaks: Qatar using Al-Jazeera as diplomatic tool in Mideast
Ha'aretz 6 Dec 2010 - A November 2009 cable obtained by The Guardian surmises that the network could one day be used 'as a bargaining tool to repair relationships with other countries... including the United States.', Classified document dispatched by U.S. charge d'affaires reflects anti-Hezbollah sentiment that Iran was 'taking over' Lebanon by funding its fiber optic system., Israel sends diplomat to meet with Turkish officials after Netanyahu phoned Turkish PM to thank him for his help in battling Carmel fire.

14-year-old from Carmel region admits to accidentally starting massive wildfire
Ha'aretz - During police probe teen admits to throwing burning Hookah coal into open area in the forest, which caught on fire immediately.

Thousands attend funeral of Haifa police chief perished in Carmel fire
Ha'aretz - Police chief Ahuva Tomer succumbs to wounds sustained in Carmel fire; 'that fire annihilated so much, and with Ahuva it has now taken the best of the best,' Peres says.

Netanyahu orders NIS 2,500 compensation for every Carmel fire evacuee
Ha'aretz - Premier tells Finance Ministry to budget for those who could not return home for at least a month due to damages, for basic necessities such as clothing and school supplies.

Carmel residents return to see aftermath of wildfire
Ha'aretz - Firefighters spent 4 days battling the flames that caused the deaths of 41 people and destroyed 12,500 acres of land.

Haifa Police chief Ahuva Tomer dies of injuries from Carmel fire
Ha'aretz - Brigadier General Tomer was critically injured on Thursday driving behind a bus full of prison guards that burned up in the flames.

Supreme Court seals decision to extradite Abergil mob figures to U.S.
Ha'aretz - Israeli authorities will also extradite three additional suspected criminals implicated in the racketeering investigation; the U.S. has promised that if the five are found guilty, they will not receive the death penalty for murder.

Crippling Carmel blaze raises concern over Israel's ability to prevent disasters
Ha'aretz - Comptroller likely to issue scathing report in wake of Carmel blaze; rain falls on region after four days of wildfire that caused deaths of 42 people.

State Comptroller may launch separate investigation into Carmel fire
Ha'aretz - The comptroller has already critiqued the state's fire preparedness, saying in a 2007 report that the fire service is the weakest of Israel's rescue forces.

Israeli policies to blame for Gaza health woes, says medic
Relief Web 6 Dec 2010 - Source: Agence France-Presse

IN ANOTHER CRIMINAL ACT, ISRAELI FORCES INJURE TWO SCRAP COLLECTORS NEAR THE BEIT HANOUN (EREZ) BORDER CROSSING
Relief Web 6 Dec 2010 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Gulf could provide lifeline for Palestinian olive farmers, say Oxfam and European Union
Relief Web 6 Dec 2010 - Source: European Union, Oxfam

Arab agencies: Fire proves Israel is weak
YNet News - Has Israel's force of deterrence been compromised by Carmel fire? Israeli....

Iran, 6 world powers resume nuclear talks
YNet News - 'Don't expect too much of anything,' says chief negotiator of talks resuming....

Clinton: Saudi Arabia funding terror
YNet News - Principal American ally described in diplomatic cables revealed by WikiLeaks as....

Lebanon: Iran installed secret telecom network for Hezbollah
YNet News - In February 2008, Lebanese authorities were surprised to find a secret communication network that Iran had set up all over Lebanon for Hezbollah's benefit, US cables .......

Argentina, Uruguay recognize Palestinian state
YNet News - Argentina said Monday it recognized a "free and independent" Palestinian state, days after Brazil drew sharp criticism from US lawmakers for taking the same step. .......

Jonathan Pollard's divorcee flown to Israel
YNet News - While her former husband, spy Jonathan Pollard, has been jailed for nearly 25 years, Ann Pollard's medical and financial state has steadily deteriorated. Along with her .......

Iran and world powers sit down for key nuclear talks
Daily Star 6 Dec 2010 BUENOS AIRES: Argentina and Uruguay said Monday they were joining Brazil in recognizing an independent Palestinian state, earning an immediate sharp rebuke from Israel and causing unease in the United States.

Argentina and Uruguay recognize state of Palestine
Daily Star 6 Dec 2010 BUENOS AIRES: Argentina and Uruguay said Monday they were joining Brazil in recognizing an independent Palestinian state, earning an immediate sharp rebuke from Israel and causing unease in the United States.

US lawmakers press for Syria nuclear checks
Daily Star 6 Dec 2010 WASHINGTON: US lawmakers urged President Barack Obama in a letter out Monday to press the UN nuclear watchdog agency for stepped-up "special inspections" of suspected Syrian atomic program sites."We write urging you to call on the...

'Atheist' Palestinian blogger being kept in jail 'for his own safety'
Daily Star 6 Dec 2010 RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank: A young Palestinian blogger jailed for posting "blasphemous" remarks online is being kept in jail over fears he will be killed by his family, security sources said Monday.Walid al-Husseini, 26, was arrested...

Gulf Arabs meet amid alarm over Iran atomic plans
Daily Star 6 Dec 2010 ABU DHABI: Kuwait's emir called for a peaceful resolution to the standoff over Iran's disputed nuclear program as the leaders of six US-allied Gulf Arab nations opened two days of talks Monday, dominated by their growing...

Egypt puzzled after string of Red Sea shark attacks
Daily Star 6 Dec 2010 SHARM EL-SHEIKH: Shark attacks on tourists in the Red Sea have triggered a flurry of speculation as to what could have caused them, with suggestions ranging from overfishing to an Israeli plot to harm Egyptian tourism.

The hatemonger from the Netherlands
PIC 6 Dec 2010 - Israel's manifestly fascist Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has once again demonstrated virulent malice and ill-will toward Muslims in general by inviting anti-Islam Dutch leader, Geert Wilders..

IOA using prisoners as medical guinea pigs
PIC 6 Dec 2010 - Former prisoner and expert on prisoners' affairs Abdulnasser Farwana has said that the IOA was performing more than 5,000 experimental drug tests on Palestinian prisoners per annum.

Sabri: Two maps on Jerusalem landmarks finalized
PIC 6 Dec 2010 - Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, the head of the higher Islamic authority and preacher of the Aqsa Mosque, has declared that two maps on landmarks of Jerusalem were finalized.

Gaza bakeries to close down next week
PIC 6 Dec 2010 - Palestinian officials warned on Monday of complete stoppage of bakeries in the Gaza Strip by next week after wheat supplied through Israeli-controlled commercial crossings ran out of stock.

Zahhar: There is no truce between Hamas and Israel
PIC 6 Dec 2010 - Political bureau member of Hamas Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahhar has affirmed there is no truce between Hamas and Israel but there is only a reciprocal ceasefire, which is daily violated by Israel.

Report: Israel kidnapped last month 100 Palestinians in Al-Khalil
PIC 6 Dec 2010 - The Palestinian prisoner society said that the Israeli occupation forces kidnapped last November in Al-Khalil city about 100 Palestinians including three women, nine children, and seven patients.

Islamic-Christian commission warns of Israeli intent to raze Aqsa Mosque
PIC 6 Dec 2010 - The Islamic-Christian commission for the support of Jerusalem and holy sites warned that the demolition of the southern parts of the Aqsa Mosque became a strategic goal for the Israeli occupation.

Families of hunger strikers in PA jails met with Dr. Barghouthi
PIC 6 Dec 2010 - The families of the six Palestinian hungers strikers imprisoned by the Palestinian authority met with Dr. Mustafa Al-Barghouthi and handed him a special file related to the detention of their sons.

Haifa police chief dies of burns in Carmel wildfire
PIC 6 Dec 2010 - The commander of the Haifa police force Ahuva Tomer was pronounced dead on Monday after sustaining serious burns in the Carmel fire on its first day last Thursday.

Dean of prisoners sends letter to Algeria conference
PIC 6 Dec 2010 - Dean of Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails Nael Al-Barghouthi sent a letter to the Arab international conference for the support of prisoners that kicked off on Sunday in Algeria.

Iran signals willingness to further discuss its nuclear program
LA Times 7 Dec 2010 - In what appears to be the bare minimum the six powers attending a two-day gathering could accept, Iranian officials say they want to dispel what they call misunderstandings about their program. Iran signaled in talks with six powers on Monday that it was willing to enter a new round of discussions on its disputed nuclear program, but it stopped short of any deeper commitments, Western diplomats said.

Talks begin on Iran's nuclear program
LA Times 6 Dec 2010 - Western officials see the Geneva meetings as a test of whether Iran is more willing to bend to international pressure. Six major powers began talks with Iran here Monday in their latest attempt to persuade Tehran to accept limits on the nuclear research program the other nations suspect is aimed at building a bomb.

A jolt? More on Brazil’s decision to recognize Palestine
Mondoweiss - In a letter sent to Mahmoud Abbas by Brazilian President Luiz Inåcio Lula da Silva, the Brazilian government has declared its recognition of a Palestinian State along the 1967 armistice lines.  The Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted t he announcement in both Portuguese and English  on...

Carmel fire response shows criticism of Israel is based on policy not anti-Semitism
Mondoweiss - A friend passes along this excerpt from Yossi Alpher's Peace Now Q & A : That that help came from the United States, France, Britain, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Jordan and even the Palestinian Authority can conceivably be understood as a sign that Israel's...

Argentina, Uruguay recognize Palestine within its 1967 borders
Mondoweiss - And other news from Today in Palestine: Settlers/ Land, Property, Resource Theft & Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing Israel FM: No reason for settlement freeze LJUBLJANA (AFP) - Israel sees no reason to reimpose a freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank after an initial moratorium failed to...

Fundraising drive off to a great start – please help us keep it going!
Mondoweiss - Just a quick update on our current fund raising drive . We are off to our best start ever! You can follow the progress in the graphic to the right, but we've already raised over $8,000, which means thanks to our generous matching fund we've raised $16,000....

Israel supporters using Wikileaks to promote attack on Iran are ignoring Arab public opinion
Mondoweiss - Sever Plocker, a columnist for Yediot Aharonot,  recently wrote with pride and some sadness that, “At least on the Iranian issue — and apparently on more than a few other matters — the leaders of the world, including the Arab world, think as we do [the Israelis],...


Tuesday, December 7, 2010Top of page
'Don't rent to non-Jews,' Israeli rabbis warn
12/7/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Fifty Israeli rabbis have signed an open letter warning Jews not to rent or sell property to non-Jews, saying those who do should be "ostracized," a copy of the letter showed on Tuesday." In answer to the many questions, we say that it is forbidden in the Torah to sell a house or....

Witnesses say limited Israeli incursion in central Gaza
12/7/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Several Israeli military vehicles reportedly entered the Gaza Strip east of the Al-Bureij refugee camp on Tuesday morning, firing light ammunition into the area, witnesses said. An Israeli military spokesman said no military activity was reported in the area during the morning, but said forces were aware that a projectile....

Gaza: Brigades claim clash with Israeli forces overnight
12/7/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- On Monday evening, the military wing affiliated to the Popular Resistance Committees, the An-Nasser Salah Addin Brigades, claimed to have fired three mortar shells at an Israeli force as it penetrated the border in the central strip. In a statement, the brigades said Israeli vehicles crossed the Gaza border east....

Army: Gaza militants fire into Israel
12/7/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) - Palestinian militants fired two projectiles into southern Israel from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, a military spokeswoman said. It was not immediately clear if they were mortars or rockets, but the projectiles "landed in an open area without causing damage or injuries," the spokeswoman said. According to an army count, Palestinian militants....

EU: Israel's Jerusalem policy threatens peace
12/7/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel's policies in occupied east Jerusalem are harming the prospect of the Palestinians having their future capital there, which "seriously endangers" a two-state solution, the EU said on Tuesday." If current trends are not stopped as a matter of urgency, the prospect of east Jerusalem as the future capital of a....

Palestinian art up for auction in Sotheby showcase
12/7/2010 - DOHA, Qatar (Ma'an) -- On sale for the first time at a Sotheby's auction, Gaza native Laila Shawa's Against the Wall illustrates an emerging trend in the world of calligraphic art; the use of graffiti, merging the ancient tradition with the contemporary. Fellow national Kamal Boullata, who has been showcased....

Single Gaza crossing operates
12/7/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza's southernmost crossing, Kerem Shalom, was announced open for imports of humanitarian aid, fuel and commercial goods, in addition to the export of limited strawberries, Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said Tuesday. The second operating crossing in the north, used for the bulk transport of wheat, animal feed....

Cables: US fails to stop Hamas arms flow
12/7/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- US diplomats play a major role in trying to prevent arms from reaching world hotspots, but cables released to The New York Times show an uphill battle against the likes of Iran, Syria and North Korea. In one cable given to the paper by WikiLeaks, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is reprimanded for supplying....

Israel 'regrets' recognitions of Palestinian state
12/7/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel on Monday described as "regrettable" decisions by several Latin American countries to recognize a Palestinian state, as President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his "pride." "This regrettable decision will not help at all to change the situation between Israel and the Palestinians," Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told Agence France-Presse." It is a disappointing....

Cables show Hezbollah has 50,000 rockets: report
12/7/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- Leaked US diplomatic cables show the militant group Hezbollah has acquired an arsenal of some 50,000 rockets and missiles, raising fears of an enlarged conflict with Israel, the New York Times reported Tuesday. The Times, which said it had advance access to leaked documents from the WikiLeaks website, said one cable quoted a....

Bahar: Shalit remains in captivity until 'honorable' deal reached
12/7/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will remain in captivity until an honorable prisoner swap deal is finalized, deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Ahmad Bahar said Tuesday. Speaking during an international Arab forum on prisoners in Algeria, Bahar urged Palestinian resistance factions to capture more Israeli soldiers in order....

Gulf leaders back PA stand on settlements
12/7/2010 - ABU DHABI (AFP) - Gulf leaders threw their support behind the Palestinian Authority's refusal to negotiate with Israel in the absence of a settlement freeze, in a statement Tuesday at the end of their annual summit. The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) also emphasized that any settlement freeze should include occupied East Jerusalem. The....

Hamas: PA forces detain 21 affiliates
12/7/2010 - TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- Hamas officials in the West Bank accused the Palestinian Authority's security services of detaining 21 of the movement's supporters, a statement released Tuesday said. The statement explained that the detainees were from the Jenin, Nablus, and Tulkarem districts in the northern West Bank as well as Hebron....

Officials: Missing Israeli found near Jericho
12/7/2010 - JERICHO (Ma'an) - An Israeli man reported missing Monday night near Jericho was found by Israeli forces, Palestinian security sources said Tuesday. The circumstances of the case remained unclear, with sources saying only that the man was handed over to to Israeli police, who started an investigation into the case. Palestinian sources said they.... Related: Israel says citizen missing near Jericho

Israel says citizen missing near Jericho
12/7/2010 - JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Israel's Coordination Office for Government Activities in the Territories told Palestinian officials Monday night that an Israeli man had gone missing in the Jericho area, and said an area would be cordoned off for a search. The man's car, officials said, was discovered near An-Nabi Musa'.... Related: Officials: Missing Israeli found near Jericho

Israel PM proposes regional firefighting force
12/7/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday proposed the creation of a regional firefighting team in phone calls with several heads of state, his office said. The move came as Israel thanked hundreds of foreign firefighters and pilots for their role in quelling Israel's worst-ever blaze, which killed 42 people and....

Experts say Carmel region faces long recovery
12/7/2010 - HAIFA, Israel (AFP) - Scorched and blackened areas of Israel's Mount Carmel forest, razed by the flames of the country's worst-ever fire, will take decades to return to their once-lush glory, experts say. The blaze, which began on December 2 and raged for four days, consumed at least 12,000 acres of forest....

Assange op-ed: WikiLeaks 'fearlessly' defending the public
12/7/2010 - SYDNEY (AFP) -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in a newspaper opinion piece published Wednesday after his arrest in Britain, said the whistle-blowing website was "fearlessly" exposing facts in the public interest. In his commentary for The Australian newspaper, Assange made no mention of a legal case against him in Sweden over allegations of rape. He appeared....

Notes from the Olive Harvest
Uruknet December 7, 2010 - "We lived in a paradise". My grandmother used to say about Jrash; her village to the west of occupied Jerusalem, her home and only home. "We had lots and lots of trees, countless trees, so many trees that stretched as far as the eyesight would reach, planted by my father, his father and his grandfather...

Shootings in Gaza ‘buffer zone’ continue
Uruknet December 7, 2010 - On Saturday, the 4th of December 2010, three people were shot and injured at the northern border near to Bait Lahya. All of them sustained multiple fractures that required surgery, and two of them were hit with 'dum-dum’ bullets, which explode on impact. The three of them were civilians who have no other way to...

There is Nothing 'Divine' About Haifa's Fire
Uruknet December 7, 2010 - It is always disappointing when politicians refuse to see further than the tips of their noses. Unfortunately, this is the case far too often here in Palestine. The effects of this tunnel vision are ridiculous in the best case scenario, extremely damaging in the worst. One such case of short-sightedness came from Hamas' deposed leader...

Statistics: Israel razed about 1, 000 Palestinian homes in Jerusalem in 10 years
Uruknet December 7, 2010 - Statistics published by the land research center of the Arab studies society stated that Israel have demolished 995 Palestinian homes and displaced 5,783 individuals, including 3,109 children in occupied Jerusalem since the start of 2000. These data was published in a book issued on Monday by the center under the title "Jerusalem under occupation." According...

P.A. Denounces Israel for Testing Different Drugs With Palestinian Prisoners
Uruknet December 7, 2010 - On Monday, the Prisoner Affairs specialist of the Palestinian Authority, and former prisoner, Abdul Nasir Farawneh reported that Israel uses Palestinian prisoners to test the effects of different drugs, through the experimental medicine. Through a statement from Algeria, Farawneh echoed the recent report "Palestinian Prisoners and Israeli Medical Experimentation: More than 5,000 Experiments Run Annually,"...

What are Israel’s priorities in time of natural disaster?
Uruknet December 7, 2010 - Despite Israel’s international call for aid to help fight the raging wildfires in the north of the country, the Isrli army had plenty of extra soldiers to suppress the weekly unarmed demonstrations in Nabi Saleh, Ni’ilin and Bil’in. Instead of diverting all available resources to suppressing the fire, the government continued to devote resources to...

'Don't rent to non-Jews,' Israeli rabbis warn
Uruknet December 7, 2010 -- Fifty Israeli rabbis have signed an open letter warning Jews not to rent or sell property to non-Jews, saying those who do should be "ostracized," a copy of the letter showed on Tuesday."In answer to the many questions, we say that it is forbidden in the Torah to sell a house or a field in...

Top Shi’ite Cleric Told US to Back Sistani to Counter Iran
Uruknet December 6, 2010 - A new WikiLeaks release from 2008 quotes top Shi’ite cleric Sayyed Emad Klanter, a nephew of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, as saying that the ayatollah was growing frustrated by the lack of indirect consultation with US occupation forces. Incredibly, Klanter claimed that Sistani was "alarmed" by the growing Iranian influence over Iraqi politics and said...

WikiLeaks: Israel weapons manufacturer listed as site vital to U.S. interests
Uruknet December 6, 2010 - One of the latest U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks listed an Israeli weapons manufacturer as one of the global sites which the United States considers vital to its security interests. The U.S. cable listed a Haifa weapons development facility belonging to the Israeli company Rafael as a site of vital interest, due to its...

The Carmel Wildfire is burning all illusions in Israel
Uruknet December 6, 2010 - Four days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to place thousands of migrant workers in a prison camp deep in the Negev Desert because, as he claimed, they pose a "threat to the character of [the] country," a burning tree trunk fell into a bus full of Israeli Prison Service cadets, killing forty...

On the hunting of Palestinian children and re-education at the Ofer prison
Uruknet December 6, 2010 - On 15 November 2010 the IDF spokesman issued the following news flash: "During the night IDF forces in the Judea and Samaria area and in the Jordan Valley arrested 11 wanted persons." A routine announcement that is published nearly every morning, but it does not receive much attention, because whom does it interest? And if...

IOA using prisoners as medical guinea pigs
Uruknet December 6, 2010 - Former prisoner and expert on prisoners' affairs Abdulnasser Farwana has said that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) was performing more than 5,000 experimental drug tests on Palestinian prisoners per annum. Farwana said in a research paper presented at the Algerian conference for support of Palestinian prisoners that the Israeli health ministry was granting permits to...

Night clashes in Eisawiye
6 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem, December 6, (Pal Telegraph) Violent clashes took place in Eisawiye in occupied Jerusalem on Sunday night between Israeli border police and citizens, local sources said on Monday. They said that tens of young men threw stones and empty bottles at the policemen who responded by firing rubber bullets and teargas canisters. They said that the police forces are still...

Israeli official: Collapse of Aqsa Mosque is imminent
5 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem, December 5, (Pal Telegraph) Col. Yoram Lev-Ran, the Commander of the Jerusalem district of the Home Front Command, has warned that a disaster might befall the holy Aqsa Mosque and that the old Marwani Mosque might collapse soon. He told an Israeli weekly published on Friday that a collapse would happen, but the only “question is when? And how...

US fails in settlements freeze bid
AlJazeera 7 Dec 2010 - The US suspends efforts to persuade Israel on settlement building freeze.

Iran refuses enrichment halt
AlJazeera 7 Dec 2010 - There will be no discussion on uranium enrichment at the next meeting on Iran's nuclear programme, negotiator says.

Gulf states 'concerned' about Iran
AlJazeera 7 Dec 2010 - Gulf nations step up appeals to the West for a greater voice in renewed talks with Tehran over its nuclear programme.

US Middle East peace plan flounders
The Guardian 7 Dec 2010 - • Washington abandons bid for settlement moratorium • Inducements fail to win over Binyamin Netanyahu The White House has abandoned its attempts to pressure Israel to halt Jewish settlement construction as a means to kickstart peace...

US embassy cables: Israel warns of reprisals against Lebanon in case of rocket attacks
The Guardian 7 Dec 2010 - Thursday, 18 June 2009, 08:49 S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 03 TEL AVIV 001324 SIPDIS DEPT FOR S/SEMEP EO 12958 DECL: 06/18/2019 TAGS PREL, LE, SY, UN, IS SUBJECT: GOI DISCUSSES LEBANON...

Medic: Israeli policies to blame for Gaza health woes
Palestine Note 7 Dec 2010 - Maan - The head of an award-winning group of Israeli medics said Monday the health woes of Palestinians in Gaza and Arab Bedouins living in Israel were the direct consequence of government policies. As her group...

Jailed Palestinian Atheist Sorry
Palestine Note 7 Dec 2010 - AP - A Palestinian atheist jailed for more than a month for sharing his anti-Islam views on the Internet has apologized for offending Muslims, and a Palestinian military spokesman said he expected "positive" developments in the...

Barak: U.S. put settlement freeze talks on hold due to WikiLeaks
Palestine Note 7 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday that contacts with the United States over a renewed moratorium on West Bank construction had been frozen in the wake of the WikiLeaks crisis and the tensions between...

26 Humanitarian and Human Rights Groups Blast Continued Israeli Closure of Gaza
Palestine Note 7 Dec 2010 - Amnesty International UK Director says, "its time for the world to refuse Israel's 'easing' rhetoric." Foreign Policy - As anyone who's ever seen or heard Israeli Prime Minister's spokesman Mark Regev in action will know, Israel...

Iran nuclear talks: New round agreed in Geneva
Palestine Note 7 Dec 2010 - BBC News - Iran and key world powers have agreed to meet for further talks on Iran's disputed nuclear programme, in January in Istanbul. It follows two days of talks in Geneva which EU foreign affairs...

EU: Israel's Jerusalem policy threatens peace
Palestine Note 7 Dec 2010 - Maan - Israel's policies in occupied east Jerusalem are harming the prospect of the Palestinians having their future capital there, which "seriously endangers" a two-state solution, the EU said on Tuesday. "If current trends are not...

Germany asked U.S. to force settlement freeze on Israel, WikiLeaks cables show
Palestine Note 7 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - The WikiLeaks website exposé of the inner workings of American diplomacy continued Wednesday, with revelations that Berlin pushed for the U.S. to impose a settlement freeze on Israel. According to a telegram published by...

Jordanian soccer match shows East, West bank tensions
Palestine Note 7 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem Post - Anti-Palestinian taunts at a Jordanian soccer game last year revealed an undercurrent of rarely reported ethnic tension inside the Hashemite Kingdom, according to one of the US cables released by WikiLeaks on Monday....

Top rabbis move to forbid renting homes to Arabs, say 'Israel belongs to Jews'
Palestine Note 7 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - A number of leading rabbis who signed on to a religious ruling to forbid renting homes to gentiles – a move particularly aimed against Arabs – defended their decision on Tuesday with the declaration...

WikiLeaks Cables and the Right's Hypocrisy Over Democracy in the Middle East
Palestine Note 7 Dec 2010 - Peter Beinart, The Daily Beast - Conservatives are crowing about the WikiLeaks revelations about the Middle East, and that’s strange. It’s strange, first of all, because most conservatives wish WikiLeaks didn’t exist and Julian Assange was...

The Jordan valley: a dry bone of contention
Palestine Note 7 Dec 2010 - The Economist - You might have thought the Jordan Valley was already empty enough. After almost half a century of Israeli occupation its Palestinian population has shrunk from over 200,000 to fewer than 60,000. But UN...

Minister: Israel detained 423 Palestinians last month
Palestine Note 6 Dec 2010 - Maan - Israeli forces detained 423 Palestinians, including 80 children in the month of November Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe said Monday. Qaraqe said most of these arrests took place when Palestinians attempted...

Israel Takes Steps to Tighten Information Security in Wake of Wikileaks
The Media Line 6 Dec 2010 - Despite advances in technology, no system is immune The flood of internal U.S. State Department cables uploaded onto the Wikileaks website has heightened efforts in Israel to better secure information in a country, which has seen...

Israel Thanks Foreign Fire Fighters for Help in Dousing Carmel Fire
The Media Line 6 Dec 2010 - Representatives from Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and PA skip ceremony A festive luncheon held in Jerusalem by Israel to thank the foreign teams that helped battle the devastating Carmel Mountain forest fire were missing some of the...

South American Nations Recognize Palestinian State
The Media Line 6 Dec 2010 - gentina and Uruguay announced they would join Brazil in recognizing an independent Palestinian state. Moving at a faster pace than the Palestinians themselves, Brazil stated its recognition of the state of Palestine on Fri...

Teen Admits to Accidentally Starting Israeli Forest Fire
The Media Line 6 Dec 2010 - rthern Israel by carelessly discarding simmering ashes from the hookah pipe he had just smoked. During interrogation, the youth reportedly told police he was scared by the rapid conflagration and returned to school without alerting anyone...

Industrial Workers of the World Union Votes to Officially Support BDS
Alternative Information Center - The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) has officially voted to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in support of Palestinian rights, according to a press release from the IWW’s website on 2 December....

Daily Roundup: Couple Detained in Hebron, Israeli Troops Issue Stop-Work Orders to Nahalin Residents
PNN - Bethlehem – PNN - Israeli troops raided the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday and arrested a Palestinian couple inside their home. Near Bethlehem, Israeli troops issued a series of...

Palestine Tourism Hitting Records with Female Minister
PNN - By Yusef Daher - Palestine was blessed by prophets, by artists, writers, revolutionaries and many other personalities of its own children. As a place it is also blessed by many holy places,...

America's Latest Bribe to Israel
PNN - By Daoud Kuttab - The secret talks between US and Israeli officials, aiming at convincing the Israelis to change their position regarding the settlement freeze, started to smell more and more like...

Arab Investigative Journalism coming of Age
PNN - By - Daoud Kuttab - Nearly seven years ago, I met Jesper Hojberg from Denmark and mentioned that we needed help in the Arab region with investigative journalism. Before long, Hojberg and...

Eighteen Israeli Rabbis Sign Religious Ruling Banning Home Rental to Arabs
PNN - Safed – PNN - Israeli media reported on Tuesday that 18 Israeli rabbis signed a new religious ruling calling on Jews not to rent or sell apartments to non-Jews and Arabs in...

Abbas: Turkey Will Broker More International Recognitions
PNN - Ankara – PNN - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) requested help from Turkey in getting recognition from other countries for an independent state along the...

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (25 Nov.. – 01 Dec. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Shootings in Gaza 'buffer zone' continue
12/7/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - 4 December, ISM Gaza - On Saturday, the 4th of December 2010, three people were shot and injured at the northern border near to Bait Lahya. All of them sustained multiple fractures that required surgery, and two of them were hit with ‘dum-dum' bullets, which explode on impact. The three of them were civilians....

Israel Reduces Wheat Supply to the Gaza Strip
Relief Web 7 Dec 2010 - Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights

OPT: Al Jazeera Children's Channel and UNRWA sign groundbreaking online learning agreement
Relief Web 7 Dec 2010 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Top UN humanitarian official in Gaza concerned over closure of youth NGO
Relief Web 7 Dec 2010 - Source: UN News Service

Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Strip - Areas Restricted for Palestinian Access - as of Oct 010
Relief Web 7 Dec 2010 - Source: OCHA

Barak: WikiLeaks affair delayed settlement freeze
YNet News - Defense minister says peace process stalled in part because Washington immersed....

Israel says South American 'Palestine' nods hurt peace
YNet News - Foreign Ministry's Ayalon says recognition of Palestinian state by Argentina,....

Dutch politician urges Jews to 'emigrate to US or Israel'
YNet News - Former European Commissioner Frits Bolkestein says no future for Orthodox Jews....

Turkish official: Fire diplomacy boosts Israel ties
YNet News - Israeli, Turkish reps meet for second time in Geneva in bid to mend relations....

Talks between Iran, world powers focus on nuclear program
YNet News - Source tells Washington Post world powers condemn recent assassination of top....

Egypt's ruling party sweeps parliament vote
YNet News - Outcome leaves Mubarak's National Democratic Party in firm control of new....

Report: Hezbollah missiles can reach Tel Aviv
YNet News - New York Times quotes Pentagon official as saying Lebanese Shiite group has....

Lieberman associate: Turkey should compensate Israel
YNet News - A close associate of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday that "an apology to Turkey is like surrendering to terror," adding that Ankara should compensate .......

Did Mossad try to kill Ahmadinejad?
YNet News - Did Mossad try to assassinate Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his visit to Lebanon six weeks ago? This claim was made by an Iranian source in an interview .......

IDF: Hezbollah to take over Lebanon, dozens will die
YNet News - The tensions in Lebanon are growing as the release of recommendations by the international tribunal tasked with probing the Hariri murder nears. Hezbollah has .......

Netanyahu, Peres honor foreign firefighters
YNet News - After the devastating Carmel fire died out, Israel turned to honor the foreign delegations which came to Israel's rescue and helped extinguish the deadly flames. In a .......

Erdogan: Israeli siege on Gaza must end
PIC 7 Dec 2010 - Recep Tayyep Erdogan, the Turkish Prime Minister, has urged Tuesday the Zionist entity to lift the five-year old siege on Gaza, reiterating his governments conditions ..

Oglo warns of true dangers threaten the existence of the Aqsa Mosque
PIC 7 Dec 2010 - Ekmal El-Dien Ehsan Oglo, the secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), has warned Tuesday of true dangers engulfing the Aqsa Mosque ..

Statistics: Israel razed about 1, 000 Palestinian homes in Jerusalem in 10 years
PIC 7 Dec 2010 - Statistics published by the land research center stated that Israel have demolished 995 Palestinian homes and displaced 5, 783 individualsin occupied Jerusalem since the start of 2000.

Galloway: More aid to be sent to Gaza via land, air, and sea
PIC 7 Dec 2010 - Former British MP George Galloway revealed that new humanitarian aid convoys would be sent to the Gaza Strip next year to break the Israeli siege on it for the past four and a half years.

Mother of hunger striker says her son in very serious health condition
PIC 7 Dec 2010 - The mother of prisoner Majd Obeid, one of the six hunger strikers in West Bank jails, said that the health condition of her son is extremely bad and deteriorating everyday.

Lieberman: No reason for renewing freeze on settlement building
PIC 7 Dec 2010 - Israeli foreign minister Lieberman has said that his government does not find a reason for renewing the freeze on settlement building because it did not contribute to activating the "peace process".

Palestinian women: UN role must be re-evaluated
PIC 7 Dec 2010 - Palestinian women leaders called for re-evaluating the role of the UN in the Palestine cause and its ability to abide by the essence of its charter.

Ahrar lashes out at IOA for renewing detention of female captive
PIC 7 Dec 2010 - A Palestinian human rights center lashed out at the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) for renewing the administrative detention of Kifah Jibril only few hours before her release date.

Uruguay to follow the footsteps of Latin neighbors, recognize Palestine
PIC 7 Dec 2010 - The deputy foreign minister of Uruguay has said that his country would recognize Palestine as an independent state by next year 2011.

Abu Sha'ar: Israel is racing against time to Judaize O. Jerusalem
PIC 7 Dec 2010 - Dr. Taleb Abu Sha'ar warned of the Israeli occupation state's intention to build 846 settlement units in occupied Jerusalem, stressing Israel is racing against time to Judaize the entire holy land.

Talks fail to achieve limits on Iran's nuclear program
LA Times 7 Dec 2010 - The six world powers agree to meet again with Iran next month in Istanbul. Six world powers ended a long-awaited meeting with Iran on its nuclear program Tuesday with plans for another meeting but no other visible result.

U.S. Ends Push to Renew Israeli Freeze on Settlements
New York Times 7 Dec 2010 - The Obama administration has abandoned an effort to get Israel’s government to renew a freeze on the construction of Jewish settlements, two senior officials said.

More Nuclear Talks With Iran Are Set
New York Times 7 Dec 2010 - The United States and other world powers ended two days of talks with Iran on its nuclear program, saying they would resume negotiations at the end of January.

Nations Start Talks With Iran on Its Nuclear Program
New York Times 7 Dec 2010 - Talks began Monday as world powers seek reassurances that Tehran’s nuclear ambitions are peaceful.

Obama's Policy of Appeasement in Israel
Palestine Monitor - Even those familiar with the long and shameful history of America's appeasement of Israel were taken aback by the Obama administration's extraordinary offer to Netanyahu. Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail. In exchange for a paltry one-off 90 day freeze on illegal settlement expansion in the occupied...

Hamas aims to kill ‘all Jews worldwide,’ Oren says (after laying wreath on King’s grave)
Mondoweiss - Three years ago I heard the American-born Israeli Michael B. Oren promoting his new book Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present at a university near my home in upstate New York. Oren is a tall, good looking man who...

US role in Palestine is ‘perfect symbol’ for recruiting Islamic terrorists –US Embassy in Algeria
Mondoweiss - "After the latest Algiers bombings"  is the title of a December 2007 cable from the U.S. Embassy in Algeria following two December 11 bombings of government and U.N. buildings in Algiers that killed dozens and shook the government. AQIM is Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. I picked...

Solarz got his wish
Mondoweiss - The late Stephen Solarz left Congress in '92 after being beaten in a Democratic primary in his redrawn Brooklyn district. From an exit interview in the Times: "I suppose my deepest regret is that by the end of the year, when I'm out, Saddam Hussein will...

Not sure whether to laugh or cry
Mondoweiss - The Guardian : The WikiLeaks crisis is holding back talks on Jewish settlements in the West Bank, according to the Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak. Haaretz : "Racism originated in the Torah," said Rabbi Yosef Scheinen, who heads the Ashdod Yeshiva. "The land of Israel is designated for...

Rabbis say don’t rent to Arabs, Israeli forces surround mosque, more scrap collectors shot
Mondoweiss - And more news from Today in Palestine: Settlers/ Land, Property, Resource Theft & Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing Statistics: Israel razed about 1, 000 Palestinian homes in Jerusalem in 10 years Statistics published by the land research center stated that Israel have demolished 995 Palestinian homes and displaced 5,...


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Medics: 3 injured by Israeli shelling in Gaza
12/8/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli tank shelling injured three Palestinians Wednesday east of Gaza City, medics said. The three hurt in the incident, near the Karni crossing, were not identified. An Israeli military spokesman said that "an IDF force fired tank rounds toward a number of suspicious individuals who approached the security fence in....

Settlement waste water floods high school
12/8/2010 - QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Village council officials from the northern West Bank region of Azzun Atma announced Wednesday that recent rains had caused large amounts of waste water to flood from the nearby settlement of Sha'are Tiqwa. The majority of the sewage, secretary of the village council Abed Al-Karim Ayyoub said, had pooled....

Israeli forces demolish school near Nablus
12/8/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces demolished a number Palestinian buildings near the West Bank city of Nablus Wednesday, including a Palestinian Authority school, officials said. Ghassan Doughlas, the official in charge of monitoring settlements in the northern West Bank, said Israeli military vehicles raided Tana area, seven kilometers from the village of Beit Furik....

Israel expels Hamas MP jailed over Jerusalem status
12/8/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- An Israeli court on Wednesday freed and expelled a Hamas MP jailed for entering Jerusalem despite the withdrawal of his residence permit, court sources said. Israeli officials escorted elected official Mohammed Abu Teir to the Beituniya crossing point which connects the northern limits of occupied East Jerusalem with the occupied West Bank, where.... Related: Court banishes Hamas MP from Jerusalem and Hamas condemns Abu Tier expulsion

Prisoners continue hunger strike
12/8/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The lives of six men detained by Palestinian Authority security services marking their 12th day of hunger strike are "in the hands of their captors," a statement from the Gaza-based Independent Commission for Human Rights said Wednesday. The men announced the strike almost two weeks earlier in protest over what....

Palestinian mortar fire into Israel injures one
12/8/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Palestinian militants fired several mortars into southern Israel from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday, wounding one person, the military said." There were four or five mortars that landed near Kerem Shalom," an army spokeswoman said, adding that one Israeli was moderately wounded. Militants earlier fired a rocket which hit an empty house....

Israel says it will allow exports from Gaza
12/9/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel's security cabinet announced Wednesday that it will allow increase exports of goods from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank and abroad, easing the blockade of the tiny coastal territory. Israeli media reported the decision, citing a statement from the Prime Minister's office."The purpose.... Related: UN, rights groups say hopeful over Gaza export decisions

Mother of four detainees released
12/8/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military court decided Wednesday to release Hebron native and mother of four detainees Shahira Barqan from prison, her lawyers announced. Attorney Naser Al-Nubani said the elderly Barqan was released after one month in Israeli custody, adding that she was in bad need of medical treatment. Her release followed one....

Settler visit closes Salit village overnight
12/9/2010 - SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Residents of the northern West Bank town of Kilf Haris were ordered to close their shops early Wednesday as Israeli soldiers evacuated the area ahead of a visit by religious Israelis to a nearby tomb. Locals said they believed the military escort of at least 10 armored vehicles was for a....

7 Palestinians detained in overnight raids
12/8/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces arrested seven Palestinians during raids in the occupied West Bank overnight, the army said. The detainees were taken for security questioning, the army said. They were not identified and it was not clear why they were being held....

3 reported detained in Hebron
12/8/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli military forces detained three Hebron residents including one minor during home raids on Tuesday morning, the head of the city's prisoner association reported. A husband and wife, identified as Hanadi Al-Juneidi, 28, and Baha Abu Mayyala, 27, were detained in the city center, the official said, noting the....

Israel, Palestinians to US to rescue peace talks
12/9/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel and the Palestinians are sending top officials to Washington for talks, the two sides announced on Wednesday, to try to rescue a Middle East peace process in crisis. The peace process appeared to be in tatters after Washington on Tuesday admitted defeat in its efforts to secure an Israeli freeze on settlement....

UN concerned over closure of Gaza NGO
12/8/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The United Nations expressed concern Tuesday over Hamas authorities' closure of the Sharek Youth Forum, a large independent NGO in Gaza." I am very concerned about the recent forced closing of Sharek Youth Forum in Gaza. Sharek is an important NGO partner of the United Nations in its work....

In photos: Checkpoint stalls Palestinian firefighters
12/8/2010 - MaanImages / Stringer - Palestinian firefighters wait to cross into Israel from the West Bank city of Jenin at the Al-Jalameh checkpoint, 5 Dec. 2010, under orders to help extinguish a fire in northern Israel that killed more than 40 people and burned acres of woodland....

Court banishes Hamas MP from Jerusalem
12/8/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's Supreme Court ordered Palestinian lawmaker Muhammad Abu Tir to be removed from Jerusalem to the outer West Bank Wednesday. His attorney, Osama Saadi, said the court was satisfied with Abu Tir's four-month detention, and that the official would be banished to the West Bank at the.... Related: Israel expels Hamas MP jailed over Jerusalem status and Hamas condemns Abu Tier expulsion

Egypt probes reported migrant abductions
12/8/2010 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (AFP) -- Egypt is investigating reports that people traffickers are holding up to 300 Eritreans hostage in the Sinai Peninsula, a senior security official told AFP on Wednesday." So far we have not confirmed these reports given by local media" that about 300 migrants were being held hostage by traffickers in a mountainous region....

Mideast peace efforts in 'crisis' as US freeze bid fails
12/9/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- The Middle East peace process lay in tatters Wednesday after Washington admitted defeat in its efforts to secure an Israeli freeze on settlement building, the Palestinians' condition for resuming talks. However, the United States said it is still holding out hope that a peace deal can be reached next year. US officials....

UN urges 'strategy adjustment' in light of talks collapse
12/9/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry issued a statement expressing concern on Wednesday, over Israel's continued refusal to halt settlement construction in occupied areas. The refusal, despite US efforts to coax the nation into a deal leading to a halt of construction, is....

Palestinians aim for US recognition of state
12/9/2010 - CAIRO (AFP) - The Palestinians are hoping for US recognition of an independent Palestinian state in response to Israel's refusal to freeze settlement building, chief negotiator Saeb Erakat said on Wednesday." We hope that the American administration would recognize the Palestinian state within the 1967 borders as a response to Israel's settlement....

Former ambassador: US must talk to Hamas
12/8/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A former US official met with Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza Wednesday, after calling on America to end its policy of refusing to speak with the Islamist Hamas movement. Mark Hambley, the former US ambassador to Qatar and Lebanon, told a group of journalists before his meeting with Haniyeh....

EU regrets Israeli refusal to freeze settlements
12/8/2010 - BRUSSELS (AFP) --The European Union regrets Israel's refusal to freeze the construction of settlements in the West Bank which are illegal and "an obstacle to peace," an EU spokeswoman said Wednesday." We note with regret that the Israelis have not been in a position to accept an extension of the moratorium as requested....

Facts on the ground: Israel's settlements
12/8/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Key dates in the conflict over settlements in the Palestinian territories seized by Israel in June 1967:-- September 1967: Work begins on the first settlement of Kfar Etzion, south of Jerusalem. -- May 1977: Prime Minister Menachem Begin intensifies settlement activity and encourages construction in the Gaza Strip and deep within the West Bank....

Abbas: Palestinians back regional firefighting force
12/8/2010 - ATHENS (AFP) -- President Mahmud Abbas on Wednesday said he supported proposals for a regional firefighting unit after 42 people died in Israel's worst-ever blaze last week." We agree to create the basis for an agreement to tackle natural disasters," Abbas said during a visit to Athens in statements translated into Greek." We all....

Egypt calls for 'end game' in Mideast peace talks
12/8/2010 - SOFIA, Egypt (AFP) -- Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit urged the international community on Wednesday to call an 'end game' in Middle East peace talks and set clear deadlines for reaching Israeli-Palestinian agreement." The Egyptian view is as follows: Let's agree on an end game," Gheit said after talks in Sofia....

Abbas, Mubarak to discuss peace process crisis
12/8/2010 - CAIRO (AFP) -- President Mahmoud Abbas is to hold talks with his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak on Thursday, a Palestinian diplomat said, at a time of crisis in the Middle East peace process. Abbas is to brief Mubarak on "the latest contacts with the American administration concerning US efforts to freeze settlements and resume negotiations," ambassador....

Abbas: 6 options if talks fail
12/8/2010 - ANKARA, Turkey (Ma'an) -- Palestinians will not resume talks with Israel if that country fails to stop settlement construction on lands occupied in 1967, President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated Tuesday during a visit to the Turkish capital of Ankara. The comment came amidst reports from the United States that mediators were unable to reach an....

Hamas: US stance encourages Israeli crimes
12/8/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A statement from Hamas released on Wednesday condemned the American position following that nation's announcement of the failure of mediators to secure a deal with Israel to halt settlement constructions, resulting in an apparent end to peace talks. Spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the announcement of failure by the....

UN, rights groups say hopeful over Gaza export decisions
12/8/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli rights group Gisha and UN officials both expressed hope that the Israeli cabinet decision to allow increased exports from Gaza to the West Bank and internationally would help foster a more rapid recovery for the coastal enclave. Gisha said it hoped the decision would be a "harbinger of removing the.... Related: Israel says it will allow exports from Gaza

Hamas condemns Abu Tier expulsion
12/8/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Following the expulsion of Hamas MP Mohammed Abu Teir from Jerusalem by an Israeli court on Wednesday, party spokesman Fawzi Barhum said the move was a "clear violation of international conventions," and condemned the act. He said it was the latest in Israeli attempts to push Palestinians from their lands....

US: We oppose Israel settlements
12/8/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) --The United States continues to oppose Israeli settlements in the West Bank, but is holding out hope for a Mideast peace deal next year despite a continued impasse over building there, a State Department spokesman said Wednesday." Our position on settlements has not and will not change," spokesman PJ Crowley told reporters." The....

IOA using prisoners as medical guinea pigs
Uruknet December 6, 2010 - Former prisoner and expert on prisoners' affairs Abdulnasser Farwana has said that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) was performing more than 5,000 experimental drug tests on Palestinian prisoners per annum. Farwana said in a research paper presented at the Algerian conference for support of Palestinian prisoners that the Israeli health ministry was granting permits to...

Night clashes in Eisawiye
6 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem, December 6, (Pal Telegraph) Violent clashes took place in Eisawiye in occupied Jerusalem on Sunday night between Israeli border police and citizens, local sources said on Monday. They said that tens of young men threw stones and empty bottles at the policemen who responded by firing rubber bullets and teargas canisters. They said that the police forces are still...

Israeli official: Collapse of Aqsa Mosque is imminent
5 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem, December 5, (Pal Telegraph) Col. Yoram Lev-Ran, the Commander of the Jerusalem district of the Home Front Command, has warned that a disaster might befall the holy Aqsa Mosque and that the old Marwani Mosque might collapse soon. He told an Israeli weekly published on Friday that a collapse would happen, but the only “question is when? And how...

Saudi plan for anti-Hezbollah force
AlJazeera 7 Dec 2010 - Cable leak reveals Saudi plan of setting up an Arab force to fight Hezbollah with the help of the US, UN and Nato.

Link Israel aid to ending occupation
Palestine Note 8 Dec 2010 - The Obama administration has abandoned its feckless effort to induce Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to accept a 90-day settlement freeze designed to kick start peace negotiations - and save Israel from suicidal settlement expansion. Any doubt...

When seduction fails: Time for Obama to make his own weather
Palestine Note 8 Dec 2010 - Barack Obama's latest effort to seduce Benjamin Netanyahu to stop expanding illegal settlements in occupied territories as a portal into renewed Palestine-Israel talks has collapsed. Khruschev, Oops, I mean Netanyahu has yet again thrown eggs in...

Facebook, Twitter and change in the Middle East
Palestine Note 8 Dec 2010 - Los Angeles, California - We all know the many ways the Internet has been used in the service of terrorism - Al Qaeda-linked websites, recruitment videos, uploads of Osama Bin Laden's latest video screed, and how-to-blow-things-up...

No deal: US ends negotiations with Israel on settlements
Palestine Note 8 Dec 2010 - The US suspends efforts to persuade Israel on settlement building freeze. Al Jazeera - The United States has suspended its demand for Israel to renew a freeze on Jewish settlement building in the West Bank, throwing...

Israel ire as Argentina and Brazil recognize Palestine
Palestine Note 8 Dec 2010 - BBC News - Israel has reacted angrily to Argentina's recognition of a Palestinian state within 1967 borders. Monday's move by Argentina comes days after a similar step by South American neighbor Brazil. The Argentinian foreign ministry...

Wikileaks: Saudis urge force to destroy Hezbollah
Palestine Note 8 Dec 2010 - BBC News - Saudi Arabia proposed an Arab-led military force to destroy Hezbollah in Lebanon two years ago, a US diplomatic cable published by Wikileaks suggests. Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal presented a senior US diplomat...

Mideast press divided on abandoning moratorium
Palestine Note 8 Dec 2010 - BBC News - Newspapers in the Middle East have responded in different ways to the US administration's decision to abandon efforts to persuade Israel to freeze settlement building in occupied Palestinian territory as part of moves...

Peace process in crisis; Palestinians doubt U.S.
Palestine Note 8 Dec 2010 - Reuters - The Palestinians on Wednesday said "Israeli obstinacy" made Washington give up on efforts to freeze Jewish settlement and questioned whether the United States could ever help them attain independence. Senior Palestinian official Yasser Abed...

Palestinian Statehood: Obama's Challenge at the United Nations
Palestine Note 8 Dec 2010 - Reza Aslan, The Daily Beast - Now that the United States has given up on its demand that Israel freeze settlement activity in exchange for the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians, it is time...

Rabbis issue anti-Arab ruling and anti-Jewish statements
Palestine Note 8 Dec 2010 - A group of Israeli rabbis issued a religious ruling forbidding Jews to rent homes to Arabs. Even Benjamin Netanyahu could take the high road on this one. "How would we feel if we were told not...

International volunteer day at TYO
Palestine Note 8 Dec 2010 - Tomorrow's Youth Organization (TYO) celebrated United Nations' International Volunteer Day today (Sunday, December 5, 2010) in conjunction with the penultimate week of the fall session. In an award ceremony with honored guests An Najah National University...

Medic: Israeli policies to blame for Gaza health woes
Palestine Note 7 Dec 2010 - Maan - The head of an award-winning group of Israeli medics said Monday the health woes of Palestinians in Gaza and Arab Bedouins living in Israel were the direct consequence of government policies. As her group...

Industrial Workers of the World Union Votes to Officially Support BDS
Alternative Information Center - The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) has officially voted to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in support of Palestinian rights, according to a press release from the IWW’s website on 2 December....

Mideast Peace Key to Countering Iran, Arabs Told U.S. Diplomats
IPS Gleeful Israeli leaders and their neo-conservative supporters here have spent much of the past week insisting that the State Department cables published by Wikileaks prove that Sunni Arab leaders in the Middle East are far more preoccupied with the threat posed by an ascendant and possibly nuclear Iran than with...

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (25 Nov.. – 01 Dec. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

IDF resumes use of prohibited tear gas canisters
12/8/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - 8 December, Ha'aretz - These tear gas grenades, which are in effect 40 mm rounds with a range of 250 meters, were responsible for numerous serious injuries and at least one death. In March 2009, the U. S. peace activist Tristan Anderson was hit in the head by one of these canisters while demonstrating....

Israeli army bulldozes West Bank village
12/8/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - PressTV - Israeli military bulldozers have leveled a school and forced dozens of families living in tents near the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) to evacuate. The Israeli bulldozers entered the village of Tana early on Wednesday, razing the structures. A Red Cross facility was also severely damaged in the demolition activity, witnesses told....

France 'will recognize' Palestinian state
12/8/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - 08 December, PressTV - France has declared that it will recognize a free and independent Palestinian state based on borders before the 1967 war, becoming the first European nation to do so. Bernard Valero, a spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that Paris agrees with the formation of a Palestinian state based on the....

Secretary-General Reiterates Urging of Israel to Fulfil Obligation on Settlements
Relief Web 8 Dec 2010 - Source: UN Secretary-General

Three hundred thousand Dollars funding from the Swiss Embassy to support the 'Lebanese Palestinian Dialogue Committee"
Relief Web 8 Dec 2010 - Source: UN Development Programme

Statement attributable to Mr. Robert Serry, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process
Relief Web 8 Dec 2010 - Source: UN Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories

OPT: Ministry of Justice workshop on Planning and Reporting
Relief Web 8 Dec 2010 - Source: European Union

Statistics: Israel razed about 1, 000 Palestinian homes in Jerusalem in 10 years
PIC 7 Dec 2010 - Statistics published by the land research center stated that Israel have demolished 995 Palestinian homes and displaced 5, 783 individualsin occupied Jerusalem since the start of 2000.

No progress evident in Iran nuclear talks
LA Times 8 Dec 2010 - Western officials portrayed the Geneva meetings as a test of whether Tehran would consider limits on its atomic research. Iran agrees to meet again but rebuffs a U.S. invitation to bilateral talks. A long-awaited meeting with Iran on its disputed nuclear program ended without visible progress on Tuesday, dealing a stinging setback to the Obama administration's strategy built on patient diplomacy and tough economic sanctions.

U.S. Drops Bid to Sway Israel on Settlements
New York Times 7 Dec 2010 - The White House ended its effort to get Israel to renew a freeze on the construction of Jewish settlements.

World Briefing | MIDDLE EAST: Iran: Action Against Broadcaster of Soap Operas
New York Times 7 Dec 2010 - Iran has closed the Tehran office of a satellite television channel partly owned by the News Corporation and arrested five employees for “helping the anti-revolutionary movement.”

Brazil and Argentina Support Dr. Barghouthi's Demands for Recognition of Palestinian Independence
Palestine Monitor - Two months ago Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI) called for an independent declaration of Palestinian statehood. This week Argentina and Brazil, South America's two greatest powers, threw their support behind the proposal. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (AFP)...

Mavi Marmara Returns to Istanbul Ahead of Leading New Gaza Flotilla
Palestine Monitor - The Turkish ship the Mavi Marmara, on which nine activists were killed on the May 31 Flotilla Massacre, is returning to Istanbul on the anniversary of ‘Operation Cast Lead'. In a ceremony organised by the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), politicians, activists and survivors will gather to...

‘The Palestine Cables’: WikiLeaks expose European chill on Israel after Cast Lead, and Lebanese advice on defeating Hezbollah
Mondoweiss - WikiLeaks has gone from a drip to a torrent, and we need a way to keep up. W ith this post we inaugurate a new feature at this site. "The Palestine Cables" will be a weekly chronicle/analysis of important revelations bearing on Israel/Palestine that are contained...

Why is the White House sending its Iran negotiator to a neocon conference in D.C.?
Mondoweiss - Well because that's where the power is. The permanent Establishment in D.C. has a neoconservative flavor right now, Obama has to truckle to those folks. (Ask me why later.) The Foundation for Defense of Democracies is a neoconservative shop. It takes a hawkish stance on confronting...

US’s greatest contribution to the peace process has been to reveal Israeli intransigence
Mondoweiss - In light of the US failure to broker an Israeli settlement freeze, it's clear to me now that the single most valuable contribution the United States has made to the cause of Middle East peace over the last two years was taking on the issue of...

While the US stumbles with Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, others are taking the lead
Mondoweiss - Yesterday brought us the  news that the Obama administration is giving up on pressuring Netanyahu on settlements . Are they giving up, or are they just losing their edge? Apparently, “ U.S. officials said they were not abandoning the peace effort altogether, just changing tactics .” Unfortunately, “...

Halfway there! Please help us meet our matching fund goal in December.
Mondoweiss - We are halfway to our goal in our current fund raising drive . Thank you! It only took us five days to raise the first $10,000 - by far our best start ever. We're hoping to raise another $10,000 in order to meet the $20,000 matching fund...


Thursday, December 9, 2010Top of page
PCHR Weekly Report: Two resistance fighters killed; 6 civilians wounded this week
IMEMC - 9 Dec 2010 - Friday December 10, 2010 - 00:28, In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for the week of 02 – 08 December 2010, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that two Palestinian resistance were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip. Another resistance fighter was wounded by Israeli forces in the central Gaza Strip.

Israel Offers To Compensate Families Of Flotilla Victims, Refuses To Admit Guilt
IMEMC - 9 Dec 2010 - Thursday December 09, 2010 - 23:36, The Israeli government made an offer to pay thousands of US Dollars to the families of the of the nine Turkish citizens who were killed during the Israeli violent military attack on the Mavi Marmara Turkish solidarity ship last May. Yet, Israel is refusing to offer apologies or accept responsibility for the deadly attack.

Heading To Gaza, Asian Aid Convoy Arrives in Tehran
IMEMC - 9 Dec 2010 - Thursday December 09, 2010 - 09:42, A ship organized by The Asian People’s Solidarity for Palestine, carrying 55 activists and humanitarian aid supplies arrived in Tehran while on its way to impoverished and besieged Gaza Strip.

Army Airstrikes Several Areas in Gaza
IMEMC - 9 Dec 2010 - Thursday December 09, 2010 - 09:16, On Thursday at dawn, the Israeli Air Force carried out several air strikes targeting a number of areas in the Gaza Strip; damage was reported, no injuries.

Israeli Security Officer Wounded After Fighters Fired Mortars Into the Western Negev
IMEMC - 9 Dec 2010 - Thursday December 09, 2010 - 01:45, Israeli sources reported that a security guard working at a kibbutz, in the Eshkol Regional Council in the Negev, was wounded, on Wednesday, at night after Palestinian fighters fired mortars into the area.

PFLP Member Arrested in Raid Near Nablus
IMEMC - 9 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 08, 2010 - 17:38, Israeli forces detained a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in a raid, on Wednesday, Ma’an News sources claimed.

France, First in Europe to Recognize Independent Palestine
IMEMC - 9 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 08, 2010 - 17:19, France declared it will recognize a free and independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, a Press TV report said.

Israeli Army Razes West Bank Village
IMEMC - 9 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 08, 2010 - 14:23, The Israeli military bulldozed Tana village early on Wednesday near the city of Hebron, Press TV reported.

Three Injured in Israeli Shelling on Gaza
IMEMC - 9 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 08, 2010 - 13:48, Israeli tank shelling left three Palestinians wounded, on Wednesday, in the eastern part of Gaza City, Ma'an News claimed.

Peace Group not Allowed to Operate Stand at Ben-Gurion Airport
IMEMC - 9 Dec 2010 - Wednesday December 08, 2010 - 13:10, The group Artists Without Walls was denied authorization, on Tuesday, to set up in Ben-Gurion airport a stand run by Jews and Arabs 'who would be open to dialogue with passengers about coexistence.', Hareetz reported.

Israel to demolish electric infrastructure near Hebron
12/9/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities delivered demolition orders Thursday for electric transformers and powerlines in a Palestinian community south of Hebron, a local official said. Local Popular Committee chairman Azmi Ash-Sheiyukhi said Israeli officials handed the orders to Muhammad Al-Adrah, the head of the village council of Rifaya and Ad-Deirat. The orders call for....

Report: Army using banned tear gas again
12/9/2010 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- The Israeli armed forces have recently resumed the use of prohibited tear gas canisters to disperse demonstrations in the West Bank, an Israeli newspaper reported Thursday. These tear gas grenades, which are in effect 40 mm rounds with a range of 250 meters, were responsible for numerous serious injuries....

Ministry: Prison guards deny medical treatment to detainee
12/9/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners Affairs reported Thursday that a detainee in Israel's Meggido prison is losing his sight because of alleged ill-treatment in the facility. Rami Ad-Dik, 28, is serving an eight-year sentence in the prison. The ministry said the prison administration is denying him sufficient medical treatment....

Airstrikes on Gaza overnight
12/10/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warplanes launched air strikes on three separate targets in Gaza. There were no injuries reported. Palestinian sources said the airstrikes targeted two areas in the middle of Gaza. The first, the Al-Qassam area near the electricity company while the other was around the police headquarters in the village. The....

US House votes for Israel missile defense aid
12/9/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved more than 200 million dollars to help Israel deploy a short-range anti-missile defense system called "Iron Dome." The money was included in a catch-all spending bill covering government expenses in the fiscal year that began October 1, which cleared the House by a 212-206....

WikiLeaks goes backstage in Lebanon's Hariri case
12/9/2010 - BEIRUT (AFP) - US diplomatic cables unveiled by WikiLeaks have exposed backstage maneuvers surrounding a UN investigation into the murder of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri, stoking new controversy around the probe. The cables, which are among some 4,000 more secret documents on Lebanon expected to be released by the whistleblower website or its affiliates, reveal UN....

Gaza facing 'new electricity crisis'
12/9/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Energy Authority in Gaza blamed the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah for a reduction in fuel supplied to the Gaza power plant. The authority said only 5,950 cubic meters of industrial grade fuel were delivered to the plant in November. Only one week this month did the plant operate with....

Court rescinds order to free Hebron mother
12/9/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military court quickly rescindedWednesday a ruling to release a Hebron native from prison, her lawyer said. Israel's Ofer court determined that Shahira Barqan, a mother of four detainees, would remain in prison. It was not immediately clear why, but her lawyer said in a statement that the....

Israeli forces detain 3 students near Hebron
12/9/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained three students overnight Thursday north of Hebron. Palestine Solidarity Project spokesman Muhammad Ayyad Awad said soldiers raided Beit Ummar and searched houses near the northern entrance to the village. Soldiers detained three students who were identified as Adel Issa Abdul Khaleq Suleiman, 15, Khader Bassem Khader Al-Allamy, 15....

Support grows for Israeli rabbis' 'racist' letter
12/9/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Scores more Israeli rabbis have added their names to a document calling on Jews to avoid renting or selling property to non-Jews, despite an outpouring of criticism, media reported on Thursday. Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot reported that some 300 religious figures had signed the public statement, which warns that "it is forbidden in....

Study: Bribery rampant in Palestinian territories
12/9/2010 - BERLIN (AFP) -- One person in four worldwide paid a bribe during the past year, according to a study released Thursday to mark International Anti-Corruption Day. The study, by the Berlin-based non-governmental agency Transparency International, focuses on small-scale bribery and was put together from polls conducted among more than 91,000 people in 86 countries and territories.... Related: Report: Most Israelis say government corrupt

Report: Most Israelis say government corrupt
12/9/2010 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- A new survey finds that 88 percent of the Israeli public believes the nation's political parties are corrupt, according to the results published Thursday by the Israeli news site Ynet. Approximately 1,000 Israelis participated in the poll, which was conducted by the Israeli branch of the Transparency....

Israel returns prisoners to jail evacuated before fire
12/9/2010 - SALFIT (Ma'an) -- The Israeli government has returned all the female Palestinians to a prison evacuated ahead of a deadly fire last week. The Detainees Center reported Wednesday that the women were briefly held at the Sharon prison but were returned to Damon. The 16 Palestinians were returned to the Damon prison after Israeli....

Prisoner marks 24 years in jail
12/9/2010 - GAZA (Ma'an) -- The prisoners center in Gaza announced Thursday that Muhammad Daoud, 46, from the city of Qalqiliya in the West Bank, marked his 24th year in Israeli prisons. According to the organization, Daoud was arrested in 1987 and sentenced to a life term. His mother and father while he was still in....

Clinton meets Israeli pointman on Mideast deadlock
12/10/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met here Thursday with Israel's chief peace negotiator Yitzhak Molcho to see how to break the deadlock in the Middle East peace talks, her spokesman said. Clinton sought to get "a perspective on the Israeli side of how to move forward, and the secretary and....

Ban says settlement setback must not halt Mideast talks
12/9/2010 - UNITED NATIONS (AFP) -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon insisted Wednesday that Israel's refusal to halt the colonization of Palestinian territories must not end Middle East peace talks, his spokesman said." The secretary general takes note with regret that Israel will not heed the united call of the international community" to halt construction in....

Barghouthi: US announced death of peace process
12/9/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The US' decision to drop its demand for Israel to freeze construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank is an announcement of the death of the peace process, independent Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouthi said Thursday. In a statement the former information minister said Washington's announcement was a....

US still hopes for Mideast peace deal by next August
12/9/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- The United States said Wednesday it still hoped that the Israelis and Palestinians will reach a peace deal by next August even though Washington failed to get Israel to stop building settlements. US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said Washington still considered settlements in occupied Palestinian land to be illegal but would now....

Top PA officials head to Washington
12/9/2010 - RAMALLAH (AFP) -- Palestinian premier Salam Fayyad and chief negotiator Saeb Erakat were on Thursday flying to Washington to hold talks with top US officials over the crisis in peace talks. Fayyad was to hold talks with Hillary Clinton early on Friday ahead of a conference at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at which....

Abbas: No talks with Israel in shadow of settlements
12/9/2010 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday stood firm on his demand for a halt to settlement building before talks with Israel can resume, as US officials scrambled to rescue the collapsing peace process." We will not accept negotiations as long as settlements continue," Abbas told reporters in Cairo after more than one hour of....

EU chief regrets Israel decision on settlements
12/9/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign affairs chief, responded Wednesday to the apparent collapse of peace talks noting the EU's "regret" that Israel opted not to renew a freeze on settlement building."I note with regret that Israel has not been in a position to accept an extension of the....

Palestinians weigh options as US concedes talks defeat
12/9/2010 - RAMALLAH (AFP) -- As Washington admits it has failed to find a way to salvage direct peace talks, the Palestinians are looking at alternatives, boosted by diplomatic support from Latin America. Over the past few weeks, Palestinian officials have been talking up their options if peace talks with Israel totally collapse -- one of which is seeking....

Israel FM favors direct talks with the Palestinians
12/9/2010 - SOFIA (AFP) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said here Thursday he still favoured direct peace talks with the Palestinians, even if prospects for resuming them grew feebler this week." It is very important that the dialogue between us and the Palestinians continues," Lieberman said after talks with his Bulgarian counterpart Nikolay Mladenov." Nothing can replace....

UK 'disappointed' after Israel refuses to extend freeze
12/9/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday that he was "disappointed" Israel has not renewed the freeze on settlement, which are illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace." I am disappointed that Israel has not renewed the freeze on settlement construction and that peace talks are currently on hold....

Zahhar: Armed struggle will free Palestine
12/9/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar said Thursday that all Palestinian factions, including Fatah, should form a united front in an armed struggle in order to liberate all of historic Palestine. Zahhar personally set fire to an Israeli flag during the brief news conference in Gaza organized to mark the 23rd anniversary....

Hamas: 28 detained in West Bank
12/9/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security services on Thursday detained 28 party supporters in the West Bank, Hamas said. The Islamist movement said that the detentions occurred in Nablus, Jenin, Qalqiliya, Salfit, Bethlehem, and Hebron. Also, PA security forces recently detained seven Hamas members in the West Bank, the party said Wednesday. Hamas said....

Experts race to solve Egypt shark attack mystery
12/9/2010 - SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AFP) -- Marine experts on Wednesday quizzed witnesses to shark attacks as beaches at Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh remained closed after a woman was torn apart by a shark. South Sinai governor Mohammed Shosha told reporters a ban on swimming and snorkelling in place since Sunday's....

UN, Lebanon discuss plans for Ghajar
Ha'aretz - Following Israel's decision to withdraw from the northern half of the disputed Lebanon border village, UN officials aim to restore Lebanese sovereignty in the area.

Assad in Paris: Israel is not a partner for peace
Ha'aretz - Syrian president meets with French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris; calls referendum bill recently passed by the Knesset 'illogical and immoral.'

Poll: Half of Israeli Jews hold negative views of Obama
Ha'aretz - German Chancellor Angela Merkel the world leader most admired by Israeli Jews, according to a poll released by Saban Center for Middle East Policy.

'More Mideast talks futile without US shift'
Ha'aretz - Former member of Palestinian peace delegation Hanan Ashrawi says U.S. approach toward Israel allows expansion of settlements and hinders peace process., Catherine Ashton calls Israel's decision to allow Gaza to export goods to the West Bank and abroad 'a positive further step in the right direction.', The EU, UN and Arab League criticize Israel on its failure to renew freeze on West Bank settlement construction, which expired in late September, leading to the halt of direct Israel-PA peace talks.

Britain 'disappointed' by Israel's refusal to extend settlement freeze
Ha'aretz - Foreign Secretary Hague says U.K. will continue working toward two-state solution with relevant parties; UN Secretary General: Construction in West Bank is snub to international community.

Israel likely to offer heavy 'humanitarian' compensation over Turkey flotilla deaths
Ha'aretz - Turkey and Israel near agreement on wording of memo aimed at ending crisis; Erdogan demands Israel say it 'apologizes,' while Israel prefers to use the word 'regrets'.

U.S. allocates $205 million for Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket system
Ha'aretz - Funds come atop another $200 million designated for joint U.S.-Israel anti-missile projects, David's Sling and Arrow.

Israel strikes Gaza after overnight mortar attack
Ha'aretz - Kibbutz security chief is the first casualty of rocket fire from Gaza since March.

UN chief urges Israel to freeze settlements despite failure to reach deal with U.S.
Ha'aretz - UN hopeful that U.S. can still facilitate Israeli-Palestinian talks; top U.S. official: Obama administration does not and will not condone settlements.

Israeli wounded as Gaza militants launch mortar shells into Negev
Ha'aretz - 4-mortar-shell volley comes less than a week after IDF soldiers killed two armed Palestinian militants trying to infiltrate into Israel through the Gaza Strip border.

U.S. official: Obama does not and will not condone Israel's settlement activity
Ha'aretz - Speaking to reporters, State Department spokesman says Washington's position on settlement building is unaffected by its realization that a temporary freeze does not serve as a sufficient basis for renewed peace talks.

'EU offering to okay Iran nuclear program in return for UN supervision'
Ha'aretz - Diplomatic sources tell Haaretz that EU foreign policy chief advanced compromise offer in recent round of P5+1 nuclear talks in Geneva.

Israel expels East Jerusalem-based Hamas lawmaker to West Bank
Ha'aretz - Mohammad Abu Tir says his expulsion is part of Israel's goal to evict the people of Jerusalem, saying Israel does not want to see Arabs in the city.

Rights groups report Iran stoning woman released
Uruknet December 9, 2010 - A European human rights group said on Thursday an Iranian woman who had been sentenced to death by stoning had been freed, but there was no confirmation from Iran. The International Committee Against Stoning, based in Germany, said it had heard from "sources in Iran" that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani had been freed. Italian Foreign Minister...

Israel to demolish electric infrastructure near Hebron
Uruknet December 9, 2010 - Israeli authorities delivered demolition orders Thursday for electric transformers and powerlines in a Palestinian community south of Hebron, a local official said. Local Popular Committee chairman Azmi Ash-Sheiyukhi said Israeli officials handed the orders to Muhammad Al-Adrah, the head of the village council of Rifaya and Ad-Deirat. The orders call for the demolition and removal...

Where Exactly can we Live?
Uruknet December 9, 2010 - ...I know this sounds simplistic and perhaps a bit sarcastic, which it admittedly is. But it is a valid question considering Israel's increasingly intransigent positions towards facilitating such a settlement. Will Palestinians live in Jerusalem? Well, no, at least not in a Jerusalem that is part of their future state of Palestine. Jerusalem, if you...

And what will Santa bring the kiddies of Gaza?
Uruknet December 9, 2010 - Rarely do I enter a church unless it's to admire the medieval architecture, a soaring testament to man's faith in a more dangerous and uncertain age. One reason being that church leaders, by and large, ignore the fate of the Holy Land, which of course underpins the whole structure of their faith. The performance of...

Bil’in Resident Urgently Needs Your Help
Uruknet December 9, 2010 - A tireless non-violent activist and resident of Bil’in, Rani Burnet, needs your help repairing his wheelchair. Rani was shot in the neck by IDF soldiers in 2000 and has since been in a wheelchair. I am posting a letter about his situation and hoping to raise money to fix his wheelchair problem. The non-violent joint...

Israel's right-wing rabbis pour forth 'hateful ideas'
Uruknet December 9, 2010 - In a country that describes itself as a democracy, the words are jarring: Jews should not rent homes to "gentiles". Yet that command is contained in a religious decree issued this week by at least 50 of Israel's leading rabbis, many of whom are employed by the state as municipal religious leaders. Jews should first...

For the third time, Israeli occupation destroys a school and houses east of Nablus
Uruknet December 9, 2010 - Israeli bulldozers entered the Palestinian town of Beit Furik, east of Nablus, on Wednesday, 8th December, and razed a number of houses, tents, agricultural land, as well as a school in Khirbet Tana. In a formal statement to Quds Press, the Municipality of Beit Furik denounced the Occupation's operation; calling on human rights and humanitarian...

What Are The Peres Center Up To?
Uruknet December 9, 2010 - Last month the winners of the Danish "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" quiz show donated their winnings to the The Peres Center For Peace in Israel. On the surface they appear a worthy beneficiary, but is the Peres Centre as innocent as it seems? Clive Granger thinks not...

Airstrikes on Gaza overnight
Uruknet December 9, 2010 - Israeli warplanes launched air strikes on three separate targets in Gaza. There were no injuries reported. Palestinian sources said the airstrikes targeted two areas in the middle of Gaza. The first, the Al-Qassam area near the electricity company while the other was around the police headquarters in the village. The third target was the Tunis...

Send Wikileaks Some Love (and Cash)
Uruknet December 8, 2010 - Blogs like this one could not exist without sources like Wikileaks. I have had my own Bradley Mannings provide invaluable information which they and I deemed to be vital for my readers to know. Information which governments and intelligence services like Israel, the Mossad and Shabak did not anyone to know. That is why it...

J Street, from outer space
Uruknet December 8, 2010 - J Street sends me their regular cracked-out strategies for achieving a two-state "solution" in Israel-Palestine. It's endearing to see a sector of the American ruling-class even more clearly out of touch with reality than the rest of it... In the interim, the problem here is that it does not address the institutionalized reasons behind the...

Palestine 2011
Uruknet December 8, 2010 - Struggling as I have for the past decades to grasp the dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and find ways to get out of this interminable and Palestine 2011 By Jeff Halper 419 320x240 jeff halper wikicommons absolutely superfluous conflict, I have been two-thirds successful. After many years of activism and analysis, I think I have...

Israeli rabbis' racist decree strikes at the soul of Judaism
Uruknet December 8, 2010 - More than 50 of Israel's leading rabbis have issued a religious decree forbidding Jews from renting or selling homes or land to non-Jews – namely, Arabs, migrant workers and African refugees. The letter was signed by rabbis across the country (many of whom are employed by the state as municipal religious leaders) and urged Jews...

The hatemonger from the Netherlands
Uruknet December 8, 2010 - Israel's manifestly fascist Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has once again demonstrated virulent malice and ill-will toward Muslims in general by inviting anti-Islam Dutch leader, Geert Wilders, to visit Occupied Palestine to spew his hatred and racism before a Jewish audience. Wilders arrived in Tel Aviv on Sunday, 4 December, as the biggest fire in Israel's...

Another silent walk-out in protest of Israel’s PR campaign
Uruknet December 8, 2010 - On December 2nd, an event entitled "Overcoming Terror: A True Story" was set to take place on the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst, Massachusetts. It was sponsored by the Student Alliance for Israel (SAFI) and the University of Massachusetts Hillel House. IDF Sergeant Kenny Sachs was the orator, an on-call speaker for Israeli propaganda...

Sustainable tourism or sustaining Israel's occupation?
Uruknet December 8, 2010 - With a decidedly upbeat tone, the Sustainable Rural Tourist initiative was launched with a two-day conference at Birzeit University in the occupied West Bank last month. Organizers, panelists and Palestinian Authority government officials appeared optimistic and celebratory as they addressed the project's aim of establishing an independent, thriving rural tourism industry in the occupied West...

Beit Ommar returns to its roots
Uruknet December 8, 2010 - Palestinians in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Ommar are returning to older models of organizing against the Israeli occupation. These organizers are employing strategies of resistance made famous during the first intifada in order to overcome stagnation and division within Palestinian society. Despite numerous obstacles from Israeli repression and the increasingly heavy-handed policies...

Obama to Netanyahu - “You win”
Uruknet December 8, 2010 - Those of us who are associated with the truth of history as it relates to the making and sustaining of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel, and who call for justice for the Palestinians, now have reason to say "Thank you" to President Obama. With his decision to abandon efforts to persuade...

Israeli army detains 4 Palestinians in Hebron
9 Dec 2010 - Hebron , December 9, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained Thursday four Palestinians from Hebron city in the West Bank. Israeli occupation forces broke into and searched the house of Ismail Awawda and detained him. Besides, they detained Meqdad Masalmah while he was passing a checkpoint at the entrance of Bait Awa, in south of Hebron, local sources reported....

Israeli F-16 jets hit several targets in Gaza
9 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 9, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli F-16 jet fighters attacked several Palestinian targets in Gaza Strip early Thursday causing no casualties, Palestinian security sources said. The strikes targeted a training field for Izz-Eddine Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance movement, Hamas, in the center of Gaza, leaving damage. However, no casualties were reported. The fighter jets...

Israeli army detains 6 Palestinians in WB
8 Dec 2010 - West Bank, December 8, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained Wednesday six Palestinians from Hebron and Bethlehem cities in the West Bank. In Hebron city, Israeli occupation forces broke into the house of Husin Al-Natsh, 47, and detained him and his son Ahmed, 16, after searching it, local sources reported. In Bethlehem city, Israeli occupation forces broke into...

Israeli army demolishes school, houses in Nablus
8 Dec 2010 - Nablus, December 8, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli bulldozers demolished Wednesday school and twelve houses belonging to Palestinians in Tana area, in east of Fourk in Nablus. Ghasan Diglis, the Palestinian official of settlement file, said that this is the third time to demolish houses in the area, adding that the Israeli army demolished nearly 45 houses previously. Palestinian sources said...

Israeli army erects mobile military checkpoint in Qalqiliya
8 Dec 2010 - Qalqiliya, December 8, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) erected Wednesday a mobile military checkpoint at the entrance of Ematen town in east of Qalqiliya city, in the West Bank. Local sources said that Israeli soldiers stopped citizens’ cars for hours. They searched their cars carefully and verified their ID cards. In addition to, IOF raided Frata towmn in...

Israeli army strikes in Gaza
8 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 8, (Pal Telegraph) – The Israeli Air Force attacked a hennery as well as smuggling tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip early Wednesday morning; one injury was reported by Palestinian sources. Israeli warplanes attacked a hennery in south of Khan Younis which resulted in huge destruction in it. In Rafah, Israeli warplanes attacked a smuggling tunnel in Jaradat...

Lebanon 'gave Israel army tips'
AlJazeera 7 Dec 2010 - Defence minister offered advice to Israel in 2008 on how to defeat Hezbollah, WikiLeaks documents show.

Israel offers compensation for Gaza flotilla deaths
The Guardian 9 Dec 2010 - Israel offers £63,000 each to families of men killed on Mavi Marmara in exchange for Turkey's help in indemnifying navy against lawsuits Israel has proposed paying compensation to relatives of Turks it killed during a raid...

Middle East peace talks stall as US fails to sway Israel over settlements
The Guardian 8 Dec 2010 - Process 'in crisis', says Mahmoud Abbas, as Binyamin Netanyahu refuses to back down on settlement freeze Palestinians and Israelis were tonight blaming each other for sabotaging peace talks after the US admitted it had failed to...

Israel to allow exports from Gaza Strip to boost local businesses
The Guardian 8 Dec 2010 - Government says decision to end trade ban on products such as furniture and textiles aimed at strengthening Gaza economy Israel is to allow exports from the Gaza Strip in a move to help businesses devastated by...

The Middle East Is Not Ireland
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 - Elliott Abrams, National Review - The 700 days are almost up. On Jan. 22, 2009, his second full day in office, President Obama signed orders to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and announced former Senate majority...

Israel approves wider export from Gaza
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 - Los Angeles Times - Gaza will now have access to international markets, after Israel's security cabinet decided Wednesday to allow international export from the strip. Export previously was restricted to flowers and strawberries sent to Europe...

Israel expels Hamas lawmaker Muhammad Abu Tir from East Jerusalem
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 - Los Angeles Times - Israeli police Wednesday expelled Hamas lawmaker and East Jerusalem resident Muhammad Abu Tir to the West Bank city of Ramallah after an Israeli district court upheld a 4-year-old decision by the Israeli...

Palestinian reaction to U.S. reversal on settlement freeze
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 - Los Angeles Times - Palestinian politicians and analysts said Wednesday that they were not surprised that the U.S. government had failed to get Israel to agree to a temporary settlement freeze as a precondition for resuming...

Israel launches strikes, warns on Gaza
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 - Alert Net - Israel launched retaliatory air strikes on the Gaza Strip on Thursday hours after its top soldier warned troops to be prepared for possible "wider action" on the enclave's volatile border. An Israeli military...

Israeli troops used prohibited teargas rounds
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 - Alert Net - Israel's army said on Thursday it had used potentially lethal teargas grenades of a type banned by its rules, but promised it would never happen again. Their use was brought to light originally...

Palestinian Negotiator: More Mideast talks futile without US shift
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 - Alert Net - More Middle East peace talks will be "an exercise in futility" unless the United States "curbs Israeli violations", a leading Palestinian said. Hanan Ashrawi, a veteran of the 20-year old peace process, faulted...

Israel offers compensation for Gaza flotilla deaths
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 - The Guardian - Israel has proposed paying compensation to relatives of Turks it killed during a raid on a Gaza -bound ship, in exchange for Ankara's help in indemnifying the Israeli navy against lawsuits, officials said...

Poll: Majority of Americans favor U.S. role in resolving Mideast dispute
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 - Politico - A poll to be released Thursday at the Brookings Institution shows that two-thirds of Americans polled believe that the Arab-Israeli issue is among the top five American interests in the world, while one quarter...

State Department spokesman struggles to explain US settlement policy
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 - (Please visit the site to view this media) US State Department - The following text is excerpts from the transcript of the State Department press briefing from December 8, 2010. Philip J. Crowley Assistant Secretary Daily...

Now that the carrot has not worked against Israel
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 - At the beginning of the latest US-Israel crisis over the issue of settlement freeze, the Americans considered both carrot and stick to "encourage" the Israelis to do the right thing, in accordance with international law. Among...

US suspends negotiation efforts for a settlement freeze with Israel
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 - But what does it mean? The news that the US has officially suspended its efforts to reach a compromise on a settlement freeze with Israel is sure to have significant consequences. But what are those consequences?...

The end of the settlement freeze gimmick is not the end of the world, or the possibility of peace
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 - For many months now I have been in predicting that the US would probably be able to secure a three or four-month settlement freeze extension, allowing for the resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. And, indeed, the...

Pro-Israel activists launch all-out war against Helen Thomas and American Arabs
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 - It is all out war between Jews and Arabs. Make no mistake about it. American Jewish organizations have launched a vicious campaign to silence Helen Thomas, the 91 year old, 80 pound champion of Palestinian and...

Israel Demolishes 10 Homes, School and Animal Shelters in Nablus District
Alternative Information Center - Israeli military forces destroyed at least 10 residential structures in the Palestinian village of Khirbet Tana on Wednesday, 8 December. The structures belonged to 15 families for a total of 101 persons, including 42 children.

Palestinians Examine Options Following American Failure to Renew Peace Talks
Alternative Information Center - The White House decided to suspend its demand from Israel to renew its moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank. The American government thus recognized on Tuesday (7 December) its failure to renew the peace...

Settlers Violence -- Interview with Ahmad Jaradat
Alternative Information Center - Fall 2010 was marked by a drastic raise in attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians. According to a report published by the United Nation's Office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs during the olive harvest 50...

Palestinian Legislators from Jerusalem Commemorate Human Rights Day
Alternative Information Center - The National Committee against Deportations in Jerusalem and the Civic Coalition for Defending the Palestinians’ Rights in Jerusalem held a press conference Thursday (9 December) 

Israel Offers to Compensate Families of Flotilla Victims, Refuses to Admit Guilt
PNN - By Saed Bannoura - The Israeli government made an offer to pay thousands of US Dollars to the families of the of the nine Turkish citizens who were killed during the Israeli...

Palestinians in Brazil Overjoyed by Recognition of State of Palestine
PNN - Mahmoud Khalouf – Cairo – PNN - Palestinians in Brazil greeted with approval recent steps by Brazil and Argentina to recognize an independent state of Palestine along the 1967 borders, commending Brazilian...

Palestine Swears in First Female Magistrate on Judicial Council
PNN - Ramallah – PNN - On Thursday, Samoud Dhamiri al-Yameen was sworn in as the first female magistrate on the Islamic Judicial Council of Palestine. She will join Supreme Justice Sheikh Yusef al-Da’is...

Petition to Call "Racist" Rabbis to Account Falls on Deaf Ears
PNN - Tel Aviv – PNN - A group of Israeli intellectuals and academics called on the Justice Ministry to bring legal action against the 18 publicly funded rabbis who made headlines earlier this...

Ban Ki-Moon Urges Settlement Freeze after US Fails
PNN - New York City – PNN - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon “noted with regret that Israel will not heed the united call of the international community” and freeze illegal settlement construction in the...

Central Gaza and Eastern Gaza City Targeted by Retaliatory Israeli Airstrikes
PNN - Gaza City – PNN - Early Thursday morning, Israeli airstrikes on targets in the central Gaza Strip and the eastern part of Gaza City caused extensive damage to an electricity generator and...

Democratic congressman lashes out at Obama’s ME policy
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 - Ackerman: Shift away from settlements creates an opportunity to focus on Iran's proliferation threat.

PM to Diaspora Jews: Israel must to rebuild ‘three times'
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 - Citing dry wood, strong winds, need for firewalls and lack of roads, Netanyahu says forest fires require “fundamentally different logistics.”

Bickering over Hamas MPs use of Red Cross office as HQ
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 - The three politicians were ordered to leave J'lem. Instead, they’re meeting foreign dignitaries, handing out literature and holding press events.

UN and EU blame Israel for breakdown of peace talks
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 - Ban Ki-moon and Catherine Ashton criticize Netanyahu gov't for not "heeding the call of the int'l community" to extend settlement freeze; Barak calls resumption of talks an "urgent necessity."

After the best of times, fears for the worst of times
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 - Analysis: There’s been little terror this year, but Hamas’s rearming and the collapse of direct talks mean the situation could turn at any time.

More Latino countries may recognize 'Palestine'
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 - Israeli officials concerned Mexico, Ecuador and El Salvador poised to follow Brazilian lead and acknowledge full sovereignty of PA for first time.

New clash with Hamas looms – defense officials
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 - IAF bombs three ‘terrorist targets’ in Gaza after upsurge in mortar fire.

Poll: 71% of Iranians want nuclear arsenal
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 - Survey finds less than half of Iranians think sanctions having major impact; only 1 in 6 believes Israel, US will attack nuclear facilities.

Assad says peace talks shouldn’t focus on settlements
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 - Syrian president accuses Israel of not being "a partner for peace,"; discusses Hariri tribunal Lebanon tensions: "We don't want to intrude."

Turkish FM coy on reports of 'Marmara' reparations
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 - Ayalon says gov’t should not apologize or pay compensation; Olmert criticizes Netanyahu for willingness to compensate Turkish families.

Letter from Bahrain: A Jew at the Arab table
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 - Innocuous talk of Israel is not so remarkable here, where pragmatism and economics often trump ideology and religion.

Hariri assassination indictment coming very soon
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 - Indictment likely to be confirmed in early 2011 as tension paralyzes Lebanon amid speculation Hizbullah members will be named.

WikiLeaks: Saudi FM proposed plan to destroy Hizbullah
Jeruslalem Post 8 Dec 2010 - Cable reveals Saudis suggested "Arab force" to maintain order in Beirut; president of Tunisia predicted takeover of Egypt by Muslim Brotherhood.

'Tunisian premier predicts Muslim Brotherhood takeover'
Jeruslalem Post 8 Dec 2010 - WikiLeaks document from March 2008 quotes Ben Ali as saying situation in Egypt "explosive," claims Libya's Gadhafi "is not a normal person."

The Israel Factor's centrist streak
Jeruslalem Post 8 Dec 2010 - The Panel members, like most Israelis, seem to prefer the American policy maker more moderate.

Wikileaks: Saudis proposed to US plan to destroy Hizbullah
Jeruslalem Post 8 Dec 2010 - Cable reveals that Saudi foreign minister proposed "Arab force" to maintain order in Beirut; said Hizbullah victory would be "Iranian takeover of Lebanon."

PA journalists show support for Western Wall report author
Jeruslalem Post 8 Dec 2010 - The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate expressed solidarity with Taha, who recently published a “study” denying Jews’ rights to the Kotel.

MIDEAST: New Poll Underlines Gloom Shrouding "Peace Process"
IPS Hope among both Jewish and Palestinian Israelis that a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians can ever be achieved appears to be fading, according to two major new polls released here Thursday.

Israeli Apartheid Short Film Showing in Al Bireh
Stop The Wall - Stop the Wall and ItIsApartheid.org invite you to the screening of The Israeli Apartheid Short Film Contest

Weekly Repression Update 29 November - 6 December
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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 – 08 December. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

UN, Lebanon discuss plans for Ghajar
Ha'aretz 9 Dec 2010 - Following Israel's decision to withdraw from the northern half of the disputed Lebanon border village, UN officials aim to restore Lebanese sovereignty in the area.

Assad in Paris: Israel is not a partner for peace
Ha'aretz 9 Dec 2010 - Syrian president meets with French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris; calls referendum bill recently passed by the Knesset 'illogical and immoral.'

Poll: Half of Israeli Jews hold negative views of Obama
Ha'aretz 9 Dec 2010 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel the world leader most admired by Israeli Jews, according to a poll released by Saban Center for Middle East Policy.

'More Mideast talks futile without US shift'
Ha'aretz 9 Dec 2010 - Former member of Palestinian peace delegation Hanan Ashrawi says U.S. approach toward Israel allows expansion of settlements and hinders peace process., Catherine Ashton calls Israel's decision to allow Gaza to export goods to the West Bank and abroad 'a positive further step in the right direction.', The EU, UN and Arab League criticize Israel on its failure to renew freeze on West Bank settlement construction, which expired in late September, leading to the halt of direct Israel-PA peace talks.

Britain 'disappointed' by Israel's refusal to extend settlement freeze
Ha'aretz 9 Dec 2010 - Foreign Secretary Hague says U.K. will continue working toward two-state solution with relevant parties; UN Secretary General: Construction in West Bank is snub to international community.

Israel likely to offer heavy 'humanitarian' compensation over Turkey flotilla deaths
Ha'aretz 9 Dec 2010 - Turkey and Israel near agreement on wording of memo aimed at ending crisis; Erdogan demands Israel say it 'apologizes,' while Israel prefers to use the word 'regrets'.

U.S. allocates $205 million for Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket system
Ha'aretz 9 Dec 2010 - Funds come atop another $200 million designated for joint U.S.-Israel anti-missile projects, David's Sling and Arrow.

Israel strikes Gaza after overnight mortar attack
Ha'aretz 9 Dec 2010 - Kibbutz security chief is the first casualty of rocket fire from Gaza since March.

UN chief urges Israel to freeze settlements despite failure to reach deal with U.S.
Ha'aretz 9 Dec 2010 - UN hopeful that U.S. can still facilitate Israeli-Palestinian talks; top U.S. official: Obama administration does not and will not condone settlements.

Israeli wounded as Gaza militants launch mortar shells into Negev
Ha'aretz 9 Dec 2010 - 4-mortar-shell volley comes less than a week after IDF soldiers killed two armed Palestinian militants trying to infiltrate into Israel through the Gaza Strip border.

U.S. official: Obama does not and will not condone Israel's settlement activity
Ha'aretz 9 Dec 2010 - Speaking to reporters, State Department spokesman says Washington's position on settlement building is unaffected by its realization that a temporary freeze does not serve as a sufficient basis for renewed peace talks.

'EU offering to okay Iran nuclear program in return for UN supervision'
Ha'aretz 9 Dec 2010 - Diplomatic sources tell Haaretz that EU foreign policy chief advanced compromise offer in recent round of P5+1 nuclear talks in Geneva.

Israel expels East Jerusalem-based Hamas lawmaker to West Bank
Ha'aretz 9 Dec 2010 - Mohammad Abu Tir says his expulsion is part of Israel's goal to evict the people of Jerusalem, saying Israel does not want to see Arabs in the city.

Amid uproar, two rabbis pull their names from letter forbidding rental of homes to Arabs
Ha'aretz - Rabbis remove their signatures after ultra-Orthodox leader denounces the religious ruling.

Israel's legal establishment to examine rabbis' letter forbidding rental of homes to Arabs
Ha'aretz - In response to a petition against the signatories of the rabbis' letter, attorney general's office says rabbis' statements were 'inappropriate for public officials.'

Carmel forest fire linked to global warming, expert says
Ha'aretz - JNF forest official: Ground was exceptionally dry after long, hot summer and lack of winter rain.

Will Israel's Left and Right march together for human rights?
Ha'aretz - The right-wing Im Tirtzu plans to join left-wing Gush Shalom and Arab movement Adalah in marking International Human Rights Day under the banner 'Jews also have rights.'

Yad Vashem: Forbidding rental to Arabs is a blow to Jewish values
Ha'aretz - 'Past experiments have taught how important and fragile the values of coexistence are,' Holocaust memorial says in response to religious ruling signed by dozens of prominent rabbis.

Former Knesset Speaker Dov Shilansky passes away at 86
Ha'aretz - Netanyahu eulogized the fellow Likud member, saying 'Israel lost one of its most devoted leaders.'

Israel's legal establishment silent amid uproar over 'racist' rabbis
Ha'aretz - A group of public figures, intellectuals and academics have asked Justice Ministry to suspend any signatories to religious ruling calling for people not to rent homes to non-Jews.

Livni: Netanyahu must resign over Israel's fire services failure
Ha'aretz - PM says State Comptroller conclusions regarding firefighting services' poor conditions will be applied immediately, gives 10-day deadline to formulate bill.

Fire services report shows Israel unready for war, again
Ha'aretz - With the Carmel fire sadly becoming history, it remains to be seen if Israel's politicians will actually listen to the warning bells this time around.

Eli Yishai: Past governments share in failure of firefighting services
Ha'aretz - State Comptroller report on deterioration of Israel's firefighting services holds interior minister, finance minister and defense minister responsible for service's dire condition.

State Comptroller blames Eli Yishai for collapse of firefighting services
Ha'aretz - Comptroller targets Interior Minister in report following Carmel fire, saying Israel's fire department is a continuous and serious failure, more so since Second Lebanon War in 2006.

In wake of Carmel fire, Knesset approves law to change structure of Israel fire services
Ha'aretz - Law will implement suggestions from 12 years ago; massive brushfire last week pointed to serious problems in Israel's fire and rescue services.

Peres: Rabbis' petition against renting to Arabs creates moral crisis in Israel
Ha'aretz - The president bitterly attacked the rabbis' letter, which called on Israelis not to rent or sell property to non-Jews, a move particularly aimed against Arabs.

Leading Haredi rabbi refuses to endorse letter forbidding the rental of homes to Arabs
Ha'aretz - "What if there was a similar call in Berlin against renting properties to Jews?" asks Rabbi Steinman.

Comptroller report to find firefighting services close to collapse
Ha'aretz - In a report that has been rushed to release in light of the Carmel fire, the government will be blamed for a deterioration in firefighting services since the Lebanon War.

Netanyahu slams top rabbis' call to forbid renting homes to Arabs
Ha'aretz - The prime minister says such things cannot be said in a democratic country, emphasizes that anti-Arab declarations are not acceptable in Israel.

Israel ranks 41 out of 65 countries in OECD education survey
Ha'aretz - PISA survey for 2009 tests over half a million 15-year-olds from around the world in both reading and mathematics.

Top rabbis move to forbid renting homes to Arabs, say 'racism originated in the Torah'
Ha'aretz - Dozens of Israel's municipal chief rabbis signed on to the ruling, which comes just months after the chief rabbi of Safed initiated a call urging Jews to refrain from renting or selling apartments to non-Jews.

Ra'anana woman charged over strangling of her two daughters
Ha'aretz - Michal Aloni had suffered from clinical depression; in November she strangled to death Natali, 6, and Roni, 4 with a sock.

Dozens of top Israeli rabbis sign ruling to forbid rental of homes to Arabs
Ha'aretz - The religious ruling comes just months after a group of 18 prominent rabbis, including the chief rabbi of Safed, signed a call to that effect.

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 – 08 December 2010)
Relief Web 9 Dec 2010 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Follow on appeal: Gaza and West Bank – PSE10 Revision 1
Relief Web 9 Dec 2010 - Source: ACT Alliance

Israel strikes Gaza after militant mortar attack
Relief Web 9 Dec 2010 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet

Israel relaxes Gaza grip, permitting exports
Relief Web 8 Dec 2010 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet

Olmert, Ayalon: Israel doesn't need to apologize to Turkey
YNet News - Official say Israel proposed paying $100,000 each to families of Turks killed....

ElBaradei calls for Egypt presidential vote boycott
YNet News - Egyptian opposition activist Mohamed ElBaradei slams parliamentary elections,....

Abbas: No talks while Israel builds
YNet News - Palestinian president meets with Mubarak as part of consultations on peace talks....

Air Force bombs targets in Gaza
YNet News - IDF says bombing of three Hamas targets was response to mortar shell fire that....

Israeli wounded in mortar attack on Negev
YNet News - Shell fired by Gaza terrorists hits Eshkol Regional Council; man evacuated to....

US: Decision to halt freeze talks recognition of reality
YNet News - State Department spokesman says attempts to persuade Israel to stop settlement....

Barak: When I was PM we built much more in West Bank
YNet News - Israel is not building new settlements, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said to reporters after meeting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York Thursday night (Israel .......

Report: Iran frees woman sentenced to death by stoning
YNet News - Iran has freed a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, her son, and her lawyer, a German-based campaign group told AFP Thursday after global outcry over the .......

Poll: Israel's Arabs don't want to be part of Palestinian state
YNet News - WASHINGTON – While Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman continuously discusses the possibility of territorial exchanges as part of a future peace agreement with the .......

Assad blames 'Israeli intransigence' for failed peace talks
YNet News - Syrian President Bashar Assad said 'intransigent Israel', not the US, was responsible for the failure of peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Speaking to .......

B’Tselem welcomes cabinet decision, says test will be implementation
B'tselem 7 Dec 2010 - B'Tselem expresses its hope that the change of policy stems from an understanding that Israel must stop using its control over the crossings with Gaza for collective punishment of its population and notes that the true test of this decision is in its implgram Files\

Support grows for Israeli rabbis' 'racist' letter
Daily Star 9 Dec 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Scores more Israeli rabbis have added their names to a document calling on Jews to avoid renting or selling property to non-Jews, despite an outpouring of criticism, media reported Thursday.

US House votes for Israel missile defense aid
Daily Star 9 Dec 2010 WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives late Wednesday approved over $200 million to help Israel deploy a short-range anti-missile defense system called "Iron Dome." The money was included in a catch-all spending bill covering state expenses...

Israel draws international rebuke over refusal to halt settlement construction
Daily Star 9 Dec 2010 RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank: The European Union, the United Nations and the Arab League have rebuked Israel after its refusal to halt settlement construction forced Washington to drop efforts to relaunch Mideast peace talks. Palestinian President...

Israel offers cash in return for amnesty in rapprochement deal with Turks
Daily Star 9 Dec 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel has proposed paying compensation to relatives of Turks it killed during a raid on a Gaza-bound ship, in exchange for Ankara's help in indemnifying the Israeli Navy against lawsuits, officials said Thursday. The...

Zahar urges Fatah to abandon futile peace process
PIC 9 Dec 2010 - Prominent Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar has urged Palestinian factions, including Fatah, to abandon the "futile peace process" with Israel and revert to the "way of resistance."

Abu Sha'ar slams General Electric for supporting settlement expansion
PIC 9 Dec 2010 - Palestinian minister of religious affairs Dr. Taleb Abu Sha'ar strongly denounced the American company General Electric for supporting and participating in a settlement project in Abu Ghunaim Mount.

IOF kidnap 9 Palestinians in W. Bank
PIC 9 Dec 2010 - The Hebrew radio said that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped at dawn Thursday nine Palestinian citizens from different West Bank areas at the pretext they were wanted.

Abbas's militia kidnaps 28 Hamas supporters
PIC 9 Dec 2010 - PA security militia loyal to de facto president Mahmoud Abbas rounded up 28 Hamas supporters in the past 24 hours in the districts of Al-Khalil, Nablus, Bethlehem, Tulkarem, Salfit, and Jenin.

Hamas: The US administration in cahoots with Israel's settlement activities
PIC 9 Dec 2010 - The Hamas Movement said that the US remarks about its relinquishment of its settlement freeze demands revealed that the current US administration is accomplice in the ongoing settlement expansion.

Two brothers wounded in IOF shooting
PIC 9 Dec 2010 - Two Palestinian brothers were wounded on Thursday morning while collecting gravel in northern Gaza Strip after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired at them, medical sources reported.

Palestinian female prisoner on seventh day of hunger strike
PIC 9 Dec 2010 - Palestinian prisoner Linan Abu Ghulma has entered her seventh day of hunger strike on Thursday demanding transfer from the Israeli Hasharon jail to that of Sharon to join her sister.

Rivlin: It is about time for Shalit's release
PIC 9 Dec 2010 - Israeli Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin has said that the government of Benjamin Netanyahu is responsible for securing the release of captured soldier Gilad Shalit.

Zahalka demands international probe into Israeli diggings under Aqsa Mosque
PIC 9 Dec 2010 - Arab Knesset member Jamal Zahalka called for forming an international committee of specialist architects to investigate the reported dangers threatening the structure of the Aqsa Mosque.

Asian aid shipment en route to Gaza
PIC 9 Dec 2010 - An Asian convoy loaded with humanitarian material to the besieged Gaza Strip has arrived in the Iranian city of Zahdan after passing through many cities to rally support for the trip.

U.S. debates role in Mideast peace effort
LA Times 9 Dec 2010 - After dropping its bid to get an Israeli settlement freeze in order to rekindle talks, officials argue over what direction to take and how much effort should go into peace efforts. The Obama administration's abandonment of a failed strategy for Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking has sparked a debate within the White House and State Department about what kind of approach — and how much energy — America's overbooked national security team should employ in the Middle East effort.

Gates Meets With Emirates Counterpart
New York Times 9 Dec 2010 - The secretary of defense’s talks with Crown Prince Sheik Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi focused on security in the region and fears of a nuclear Iran.

Iran Security Officials Arrest Four at Newspaper
New York Times 9 Dec 2010 - Security officials have raided one of Iran’s few remaining independent newspapers, arresting three journalists and a managing director.

Israel Says It Will Permit More Exports From Gaza
New York Times 9 Dec 2010 - Israel said that it would allow increased exports from the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave in order to improve the economy and ease hardship.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Israeli soldiers arrest three Palestinians in Hebron’s Old City
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What Is The Peres Center Up To?
Palestine Monitor - Last month the winners of the Danish “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” quiz show donated their winnings to the The Peres Center For Peace in Israel. On the surface they appear a worthy beneficiary, but is the Peres Centre as innocent as it seems? Clive...

Inconceivable– the MSM once reflected an Arab perspective
Mondoweiss - Muzzlewatch alerts us to this incredible find by Pulse media . This in none other than Time magazine circa '52: “The word 'American' no longer has a good sound in that part of the world [the Middle East]. To catch the Jewish vote in the U.S., President...

The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s perverted stance on ‘tolerance’
Mondoweiss - Why does the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) have nothing to say about the  rabbinical edict  circulating in Israel—currently signed by more than four dozen rabbis—forbidding the sale or rental of homes to non-Jews? Or, why has the Center not applauded the  dissenting view  of...


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Arab Store Owners In East Jerusalem Forced To Write Store Names In Hebrew
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Saturday December 11, 2010 - 05:53, The Jerusalem Municipality is trying to oblige store owners in Arab East Jerusalem neighborhoods to change the language of their store signs into Hebrew, and informed the owners that, unless they do so, their stores will not be licensed and they will have to be shut down.

Soldiers Attack Bil’in Weekly Protest
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Saturday December 11, 2010 - 05:26, As Palestinian residents of Bil’in village, near Ramallah, accompanied by Israeli and international Peace activists, held their weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and settlements, Israeli soldiers violently attacked them and kidnaped two activists.

Soldiers Kidnap Former Palestinian Minister in Jenin
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Saturday December 11, 2010 - 04:58, Palestinian sources reported Friday that Israeli soldiers kidnapped former Minister of Detainees, Wasfy Qabha, while heading to visit his family in Barta’a village, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin. He was moved to an Israeli hospital later on due to a sharp increase in his blood sugar level.

Over 10,000 People Mark International Human Rights Day in Tel Aviv
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Friday December 10, 2010 - 17:25, About 10,000 people marched in Tel Aviv, on Friday, on the International Human Rights Day, reports have stated.

Israel Expects Next 'Big' War on Gaza
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Friday December 10, 2010 - 15:03, Israeli army chief has proclaimed that the next Israel's offensive on Gaza will be 'extensive', a Press TV report said.

P.A. Arrest 28 Hamas Supporters in the Last 24 Hours
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Friday December 10, 2010 - 14:25, The Palestinian Authority's security forces have arrested 28 Hamas affiliates in the West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center claimed on Thursday.

Israel to Destroy Electric Infrastructure Near Hebron
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Friday December 10, 2010 - 13:52, Israeli officials ordered destruction of electricity infrastructure, on Thursday, in two Palestinian villages in the southern area of Hebron, local sources said.

Ex-EU Leaders Urge Action Against Israel Over Settlement Activities
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Friday December 10, 2010 - 13:02, A group of former EU leaders are calling for sanctions against Israel in response to its refusal to end settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, media agencies reported.

Two Children Killed In Gaza, Several Palestinians Wounded In israeli Attacks
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Friday December 10, 2010 - 11:50, Medical sources in the Gaza Strip that the number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip on Friday morning arrived at two after a wounded resident died of his wounds

Israeli Forces Kidnap 5 Palestinians Near Hebron, 2 in Jenin
IMEMC - 10 Dec 2010 - Friday December 10, 2010 - 11:25, Israeli troops kidnapped, during a number of overnight invasions, five Palestinians, including three students from the southern West Bank district of Hebron, and two boys in a village near Jenin, in the northern part of the West Bank.

Medics: 2 teens killed by old Israeli shell
12/10/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian teenagers was killed when an artillery shell left behind by Israeli forces exploded in Gaza Friday morning, medics said. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said 16-year-old Victor Batniji was dead when he arrived at Gaza City's Shifa Hospital. Moumin Helles, also 16, died....

Lawyer: Settlers planning to seize Jerusalem home
12/10/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Settler groups are planning to take over another house in Silwan, a flashpoint neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, a presidential legal advisor said Friday. Ahmad Ar-Ruweida, Jerusalem legal affairs advisor, said his office has received information that settler organizations, supported by right-wing parties and Israeli police, plan to seize a Palestinian....

Medic: Soldiers fire at teen near Gaza border
12/10/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers fired at a Palestinian teenager collecting rubble near Gaza's border on Friday afternoon, medics said. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmia said the 16-year-old was shot north of Beit Lahiya and transferred to the Dar Ash-Shifa hospital in a stable condition. Abu Salmia said....

Former minister detained at checkpoint
12/10/2010 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained former Minister of Detainees' Affairs Wasfi Qabha at a West Bank checkpoint on Friday, witnesses said. Qabha was going to visit his family in Bart'a village in Jenin when he was stopped at Bart'a checkpoint. His wife said forces held him for two....

Police: Israeli army detains 5 in Dura
12/10/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers seized five Palestinians from their homes during a raid in the West Bank town of Dura Friday, Palestinian Authority police said. Police said soldiers entered dura firing tear gas and stun grenades. The soldiers burst into the homes of several residents, including the houses of Mariam Rajoub, Mahmoud Roub....

Former EU leaders: Sanction Israel over settlements
12/10/2010 - TEL AVIV (Ma'an) -- A group of 26 senior former European leaders are calling for sanctions against Israel in response to its refusal to end construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Friday. The report says the leaders criticized Israeli policies in a letter sent Thursday to the....

Sheikh Raed Salah to be released Sunday
12/10/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Sheikh Leader, a leader of the Palestinian community inside Israel, will be released from prison on Sunday after serving five months for allegedly assaulting a police officer, a charge he denies. Salah's attorney Zahi Nijiadat said a celebration will be held in the city of Umm Al-Fahm in honor....

Gaza crossings closed for weekend
12/10/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza's crossing points used for delivering products and raw materials will be closed on Friday and Saturday. Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattuh said Israeli authorities informed him that the crossing will reopen Sunday....

Over 10,000 march for human rights in Tel Aviv
12/10/2010 - TEL AVIV (AFP) - Around 10,000 Israelis, Palestinians and refugees demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Friday in protest at a rising tide of extremist sentiment in Israel that they warn is posing a growing threat to democracy in the country. The march, which organizers said included almost 1,000 refugees and asylum-seekers from Sudan, Somalia and other....

Witnesses: Israeli troops raid Kifl Hares, detain 1
12/10/2010 - SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the village of Kifl Hares, east of Salfit and detained a Palestinian man, witnesses said. During house-to-house searches in the village, soldiers seized Jalal Abu Yacoub and took him to an unknown location, witnesses added. Residents also said Israeli soldiers secured the village for a visit by a....

West Bank rallies mark intifada anniversary
12/10/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Protesters in villages across the occupied West Bank commemorated the 23rd anniversary of the start of the first intifada on Friday. In Bil'in, the weekly anti-wall rally marked the one-year anniversary of village leader Abdallah Abu Rahmah's detention and International Human Rights Day. The demonstration was larger....

Assange accuser 'postponed' West Bank trip
12/11/2010 - YANUN, West Bank (Ma'an) -- A woman whose sexual assault allegations led to the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has cancelled a 3-month stint volunteering for a Christian service organization in the occupied West Bank, her colleagues said Friday. The Swedish national was one of five new recruits slated to join team....

Officials: No change to prisoner swap list
12/11/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Sources in the Palestinian armed factions holding an Israeli soldier captive denied rumors Friday that the factions had drawn up a new list of Hamas members to be freed in a potential prisoner exchange. Officials in the factions said there was no change to the list of prisoners the captors are....

Barak: Talks must move forward
12/10/2010 - UNITED NATIONS (AFP) -- Israel and the Palestinians must move beyond their dispute over settlement construction to find a new "formula" for peace negotiations, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday. The Israeli minister told reporters after talks with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that the two sides had to find "a way that contains both....

Hariri in 'Shakespearean' dilemma on murder probe
12/10/2010 - BEIRUT (AFP) -- Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri faces a "Shakespearean" dilemma over a UN probe into his father's murder whose pursuit of the assassins could wreak havoc on his country, analysts say." He is being asked to choose between the truth on the blood of his father and the stability of the country....

PLO, Fatah meet on Israel talks
12/10/2010 - RAMALLAH (AFP) -- Top Palestinian officials in the West Bank met on Friday about ways to revive stalled peace negotiations with Israel, officials said. The meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's Executive Committee and senior leaders of the Fatah party of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas comes after Washington failed to get Israel to stop....

EU to demand 'urgent progress' in Mideast
12/10/2010 - BRUSSELS (AFP) - The EU next week will restrict its stand on the deadlocked Middle East peace talks to a call for "urgent progress" on a two-state solution despite a plea for sanctions from former European leaders. A draft statement seen by AFP which is to be released by foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday....

Obama to 'remain engaged' in Mideast peace
12/10/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- US President Barack Obama will "remain engaged" in the Middle East peace process despite a failed US push for an Israeli settlement freeze, the White House said Friday." The president understands that this process is one that would not be easy and that would take the continued and constant engagement of our country....

Split EU narrows Mideast plea to call for 'urgent progress'
12/10/2010 - BRUSSELS (AFP) - The EU, under pressure from former European leaders to sanction Israel over the Middle East peace impasse, is expected due to its own divisions to restrict its stand to a plea for "urgent progress". As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton steps up efforts to break the deadlock following a failed US push for....

Clinton intensifies meetings in bid to end Mideast impasse
12/10/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped up her efforts Friday to break the deadlock in Middle East peace negotiations but there was no immediate sign of progress. The White House said meanwhile that US President Barack Obama will "remain engaged" in the peace process despite his failure to win a new Israeli....

Hamas: PA detains 12 supporters
12/10/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security forces arrested 12 Hamas affiliates in the West BankHamas movement said in a statement Friday. The statement said the arrests took place in Hebron, Nablus, Bethlehem, Tulkarem, Qalqilia and Jenin....

Expired produce seized in Hebron market
12/10/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) - Palestinian Authority police seized expired food and goods at a Hebron village market on Friday. Expired milk, sugar, out-of-date cosmetics and smuggled cigarettes were found in Sa'ir village, a police report said. The owner of the goods was detained, the report added....

Religious Affairs minister calls for national unity
12/10/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- National unity is the strongest weapon Palestinians have to face the occupation, Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmud Habbash said Friday. Speaking at a Ramallah mosque during Friday prayers, Habbash said the national division between the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and the PA-governed West Bank could lead to the loss of....

Istanbul jolted by bombings
12/11/2010 - ISTANBUL (AFP) - Four homemade bombs exploded simultaneously in Istanbul, damaging property but without causing casualties, Turkey's Anatolia news agency reported on Friday. Several windows smashed when the bombs went off late Thursday on the European side of the city. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for bombings....

U.S. says recognition of Palestinian state premature
Ha'aretz - Undersecretary of State William Burns responds to decision by Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay to recognize a Palestinian state based on borders before the 1967 war.

U.S.: We're not starting from square one on Mideast peace process
Ha'aretz - Ahead of Hillary Clinton's speech to the Saban Forum, State Department spokesman says secretary of state will call on Israelis and Palestinians to begin to grapple with core issues of the conflict.

Clinton meets Livni in U.S. ahead of speech on Mideast talks
Ha'aretz - Clinton-Livni meeting at the State Department marks the first time the opposition leader has met with the U.S. secretary of state in Washington since Benjamin Netanyahu became prime minister.

Report: Two Gaza teens killed playing with leftover IDF artillery
Ha'aretz - The two 16-year-olds were playing with the artillery east of Gaza City when it exploded., Deputy FM Ayalon says Israel must not apologize for killing 9 citizens during Gaza flotilla raid, as this would invite international lawsuits., Speaking after meeting with UN chief Ban, Defense Minister claims settlement activity was 4 time what it is today during negotiations with former PA President Arafat.

EU foreign policy chief applauds Israel for allowing exports out of Gaza
Ha'aretz - Catherine Ashton calls Israel's decision to allow Gaza to export goods to the West Bank and abroad 'a positive further step in the right direction.'

Israel draws international rebuke over refusal to freeze settlement construction
Ha'aretz - The EU, UN and Arab League criticize Israel on its failure to renew freeze on West Bank settlement construction, which expired in late September, leading to the halt of direct Israel-PA peace talks.

The returning issue of Palestine's refugees
Uruknet December 10, 2010 -- Before his murder in 1948, Lord Folke Bernadotte, the first UN mediator to the Arab-Israeli conflict, stated: "It would be an offence against the principles of elemental justice if these innocent [Palestinian] victims of the conflict were denied the right to return to their homes, while Jewish immigrants flow into Palestine." Lord Bernadotte paid for...

A Message from Israeli Military Prison on International Human Rights Day
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - A year ago tonight, on International Human Rights Day, our apartment in Ramallah was broken into by the Israeli military in the middle of the night and I was torn away from my wife Majida, my daughters Luma and Layan, and my son Laith, who at the time was only nine months old. As the...

Reply to Phil Wilayto on Iran
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - ...CPD has two fundamental differences with Phil Wilayto. First, we don't believe that the current regime in Iran is one that the left ought to admire. Governments that outlaw labor unions, oppress religious minorities, deny rights to women, criminalize gays, execute minors, censor university curricula, persecute journalists and students, impose religious rule and torture and...

Boycott roundup: day of action against TIAA-Cref
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Palestine solidarity activists are organizing a day of action today, 10 December, to encourage "people of conscience" to join the more than 18,000 who have already signed a US-wide petition urging financial holdings corporation TIAA-CREF to disinvest from construction vehicle manufacturer Caterpillar Incorporated. According to campaign coordinating group Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), TIAA-CREF has...

Two Children Killed In Gaza, Several Palestinians Wounded In israeli Attacks
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Medical sources in the Gaza Strip that the number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip on Friday morning arrived at two after a wounded resident died of his wounds The two were killed after an explosive left by the Israeli army detonated near them. The sources added that Mo’men Hallas, 16, dies of his...

On Human Rights Day, A Call to Release Shaker Aamer from Guantánamo
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Today is the 60th anniversary of Human Rights Day, declared by the United Nations in 1950 to mark the adoption by the UN of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — essentially, the founding document of the human rights movement — on December 10, 1948. To mark the occasion, and, I think, to highlight American...

New Poll Underlines Gloom Shrouding "Peace Process"
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Hope among both Jewish and Palestinian Israelis that a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians can ever be achieved appears to be fading, according to two major new polls released here Thursday. A solid majority of 63 percent of Palestinian Israelis and a plurality of 47 percent of Jewish Israelis say they don't believe...

WikiLeaks cables cast Hosni Mubarak as Egypt's ruler for life
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's long-serving president, is likely to seek re-election next year and will "inevitably" win a poll that will not be free and fair, the US ambassador to Cairo, Margaret Scobey, predicted in a secret cable to Hillary Clinton last year. Scobey discussed Mubarak's quasi-dictatorial leadership style since he took power in 1981; his...

Arab authorities urge rabbis to be prosecuted for inciting racism against Palestinians
Uruknet December 2010 14:40 - The National Committee for the Heads of the Arab Local Authorities in Israel has called for the prosecution of all who incite racism or the promotion of "racial hostility" against Palestinian citizens. The committee has urged Israel’s Justice Minister and the public prosecutor to take legal action against the group of rabbis who this week...

Three Palestinians Wounded By Army Fire In Gaza
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Eyewitnesses reported that Israeli soldiers, stationed at the border with the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at farmers and residents collecting wood, and wounded two of them, one seriously. Adham Abu Salmiyya, spokesperson of the Emergency Department at the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, confirmed that the two, both from Beit Lahia in the...

Medics: 2 teens killed by old Israeli shell
Uruknet December 10, 2010 -- Two Palestinian teenagers was killed when an artillery shell left behind by Israeli forces exploded in Gaza Friday morning, medics said. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said 16-year-old Victor Batniji was dead when he arrived at Gaza City's Shifa Hospital. Moumin Helles, also 16, died shortly after arriving at the hospital, after being...

Defiant Jerusalem Palestinians say "we will remain here"
Uruknet December 9, 2010 - A huge Palestinian flag was carried up a steep hill in Issawiya on 3 December, passed hand-to-hand between the at least 200 Palestinians, Israelis and international activists taking part in the first-ever solidarity march and demonstration in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood. People cheered and shouted as the flag passed over their heads, and many...

Israel to demolish electric infrastructure near Hebron
Uruknet December 9, 2010 - Israeli authorities delivered demolition orders Thursday for electric transformers and powerlines in a Palestinian community south of Hebron, a local official said. Local Popular Committee chairman Azmi Ash-Sheiyukhi said Israeli officials handed the orders to Muhammad Al-Adrah, the head of the village council of Rifaya and Ad-Deirat. The orders call for the demolition and removal...

Iran media airs 'murder confession'
AlJazeera 10 Dec 2010 - State television shows fourth interview with woman whose sentence to death for adultery has sparked global outrage.

Rival Jordan football fans clash
AlJazeera 10 Dec 2010 - At least 250 injured as fence collapses during violence between Al-Wahdat and Al-Faisaly supporters.

Israel proposes Turkey compensation
AlJazeera 9 Dec 2010 - Israel offers compensation to relatives of the nine Turks killed during a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May.

Israel faces tougher line from EU after former heads call for Palestinian state
The Guardian 10 Dec 2010 - Former EU leaders sign letter urging creation of state with East Jerusalem as capital and settlement freeze Twenty-six European grandees have urged the EU to adopt a tougher stance towards Israel including taking "concrete measures" and...

Coming to America: Gaza boys take trip of a lifetime
The Guardian 10 Dec 2010 - Film documents experience of 15 students who were taken on an eye-opening journey to New York arranged by a UN agency The distance from Gaza to New York is 9,150km, but for 15-year-old Motaz Al-Jamal the...

The returning issue of Palestine's refugees | Saeb Erekat
The Guardian 10 Dec 2010 - It's 62 years since the UN passed a resolution on the rights of Palestinian refugees – rights Israel must recognise for peace Before his murder in 1948, Lord Folke Bernadotte , the first UN mediator to the...

An ugly video to get Jews to support war with Iran
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - (Please visit the site to view this media) A friend just sent me this video. It's posted on the website of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, one of the largest mainstream Jewish organizations with offices...

Over 10,000 march for human rights in Tel Aviv
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Maan - Around 10,000 Israelis, Palestinians and refugees demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Friday in protest at a rising tide of extremist sentiment in Israel that they warn is posing a growing threat to democracy in...

Celebrating investigative journalism in the Arab world
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Investigative journalism in the Arab world has been an alien type of journalism that was never really powerful or effective, if existed. But in recent years, it has become more and more visible, despite the risks...

They bombed al-Jazeera's reporters. Now the US is after our integrity
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Wadah Khanfar, The Guardian - A lot can change in five years. In December 2005 the Guardian opened its pages for me to respond to a leak – the Bush-Blair memo in which both leaders discussed...

A bad blip but not the end of the affair
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Economist - NEVER say never, when it comes to the prospect of peace in the Middle East. Yet even the most straw-clutching of optimists must wonder whether the Israelis and Palestinians will ever agree to live...

A familiar obstacle to Mideast peace: Mahmoud Abbas
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post - U.S. diplomats had labored for months to persuade Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace negotiations. Just as it appeared they had succeeded, there came a provocation: Israel took a step toward...

Apologising to Turks for raid legal risk - Israel
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Alert Net - Israel should not apologise to Turkey for killing nine of its citizens aboard an aid ship that tried to breach the Gaza blockade, as this would invite international lawsuits, an Israeli official said...

Palestinians weigh options as talks freeze
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Alert Net - Paralysis in U.S.-backed peace talks is prompting debate among Palestinians on alternatives to the two-decade old diplomatic process. The chances of another Palestinian uprising, or Intifada, similar to that which erupted when peace...

Disobedient: A potential Palestinian Gandhi is in an Israeli jail
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Michelle Goldberg, Tablet - Last month, the yearlong prison sentence of Abdallah Abu Rahmah, a schoolteacher and activist involved in nonviolent civil disobedience in the West Bank, came to an end. But an Israeli military court...

Israel's Katrina
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Osamah Khalil, Los Angeles Times - As Hurricane Katrina demonstrated the misplaced priorities of the George W. Bush administration, the Carmel fire has similarly exposed the reality of Israel's domestic and foreign policy priorities. Rather than...

The Palestinians Won This Round
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Daniel Levy, The National Interest - The leaders of the Israeli right and of the settler movement have been wearing their Cheshire Cat grins since the United States announced its pullback from negotiations to extend a...

The way out of the Middle Eastern morass
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Martin Indyk, Financial Times - The Middle East peace process just died, but nobody seems to be in mourning. Twenty months of US efforts to freeze Israeli settlement activity to create a conducive environment for negotiations...

US debates role in Mideast peace effort
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Los Angeles Times - The Obama administration's abandonment of a failed strategy for Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking has sparked a debate within the White House about what kind of approach — and how much energy — America's overbooked...

Syria’s Assad Says Peace Talks Shouldn’t Focus on Settlements
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Bloomberg - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians shouldn’t focus on the settlements issue, echoing the U.S. position, while adding that Israel wasn’t a “partner for peace.” Assad, who met...

The "Real Jew" Debate
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Roger Cohen, New York Times - Ira Stup was raised in Philadelphia attending Jewish day school and camps. He found his home in the Jewish community and was “intoxicated with Jewish democracy” as framed in the...

The returning issue of Palestine's refugees
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Saeb Erakat, The Guardian - Before his murder in 1948, Lord Folke Bernadotte , the first UN mediator to the Arab-Israeli conflict, stated : "It would be an offence against the principles of elemental justice if these innocent [...

Time for the Palestinians to make their own history
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Movies tend to have similar scripts; there is a hero, a villain, comic relief, and a host of bit characters who flesh out the adventures of the main protagonists. No one goes home after the movie...

Former European leaders: Sanction Israel over settlement building
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Leaders say Israel should be made to feel "the consequences" EUobserver - A large group of former EU leaders and commissioners, including Catherine Ashton's predecessor Javier Solana, has urged the Union to take sanctions against Israel...

Israel offers compensation for Gaza flotilla deaths
Palestine Note 9 Dec 2010 - The Guardian - Israel has proposed paying compensation to relatives of Turks it killed during a raid on a Gaza -bound ship, in exchange for Ankara's help in indemnifying the Israeli navy against lawsuits, officials said...

Two-year-old Child Among Injured in Weekly Anti-Wall Protest
PNN - Bethlehem – PNN – Anti-wall protests took place on Friday across the West Bank in the villages of Bil'in, Ni'lin, al-Nabi Saleh, and al-Ma'sara. Israeli and international supporters joined villagers at all...

Gaza: Two Children Killed by Leftover Israel Bomb, One Injured by Troops
PNN - Gaza-PNN – Two 16-year-old Palestinian children were killed when an Israeli bomb from 2009 exploded in al-Shojaya area of central Gaza. Eyewitnesses said Montasir al-Batniji and Mo’men Halas, both 16, were playing...

Israel Offers to Compensate Families of Flotilla Victims, Refuses to Admit Guilt
PNN - By Saed Bannoura - The Israeli government made an offer to pay thousands of US Dollars to the families of the of the nine Turkish citizens who were killed during the Israeli...

US planning new sanctions against Iran, official says
Jeruslalem Post 10 Dec 2010 - Obama's chief nuclear adviser skeptical about Teheran's sincerity in newly relaunched nuclear talks: "We need to send the message to Iran that sanctions will only increase if Iran avoids serious negotiations."

Livni meets Clinton as US tries to salvage peace process
Jeruslalem Post 10 Dec 2010 - US secretary of state also to meet with Fayyad, Barak; expected to give speech saying Obama administration disappointed but not giving up on peace deal; Mitchell to meet Abbas and Netanyahu next week.

WJC asks Pope to denounce delegitimization of Israel
Jeruslalem Post 10 Dec 2010 - World Jewish Congress leadership meet with Italian FM, pontiff; Benedict XVI says Church recognizes "historical connection" of Jews to Israel.

Gates says Gulf states support sanctions against Iran
Jeruslalem Post 10 Dec 2010 - Following visits to Oman and UAE, US defense secretary expresses belief that Teheran's neighbors are concerned over Iran's "aggressive behavior."

This Week in History: Ben-Gurion retires to the Negev
Jeruslalem Post 10 Dec 2010 - Israel's first prime minister moved to Kibbutz Sde Boker 57 years ago, but returned to politics less than two years later.

'PA to stop coordinating security with Israel'
Jeruslalem Post 10 Dec 2010 - Report: PLO, Fatah plan meeting to push for a cancellation of all Oslo and Road Map commitments, in response to failed peace talks.

Arab World: Fight or flight?
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 - Saudi FM Saud al-Faisal observes that Iran is advancing on a number of "regional fronts." But the Saudis are loath to confront the threat alone.

Swept up in a split second
Jeruslalem Post 9 Dec 2010 - Parsons Dance returns to thrill and delight audiences in Herzliya and Jerusalem.

SYRIA: Getting Away Legally With Assaulting Women
IPS Iman Wannouss was just 21 years old when she was married off to a close relative. For the next two decades she gave up her work and raised three children in a loveless and violent marriage.

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 – 08 December. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

A message from Israeli military prison on International Human Rights Day
12/10/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - Majida Abu Rahmah, The Huffington Post - My imprisoned husband Abdullah Abu Rahmah passed the fallowing message through his lawyer: A year ago tonight, on International Human Rights Day, our apartment in Ramallah was broken into by the Israeli military in the middle of the night and I was torn away from my wife Majida, my.... Related: Source

U.S. says recognition of Palestinian state premature
Ha'aretz 10 Dec 2010 - Undersecretary of State William Burns responds to decision by Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay to recognize a Palestinian state based on borders before the 1967 war.

U.S.: We're not starting from square one on Mideast peace process
Ha'aretz 10 Dec 2010 - Ahead of Hillary Clinton's speech to the Saban Forum, State Department spokesman says secretary of state will call on Israelis and Palestinians to begin to grapple with core issues of the conflict.

Clinton meets Livni in U.S. ahead of speech on Mideast talks
Ha'aretz 10 Dec 2010 - Clinton-Livni meeting at the State Department marks the first time the opposition leader has met with the U.S. secretary of state in Washington since Benjamin Netanyahu became prime minister.

Report: Two Gaza teens killed playing with leftover IDF artillery
Ha'aretz 10 Dec 2010 - The two 16-year-olds were playing with the artillery east of Gaza City when it exploded., Deputy FM Ayalon says Israel must not apologize for killing 9 citizens during Gaza flotilla raid, as this would invite international lawsuits., Speaking after meeting with UN chief Ban, Defense Minister claims settlement activity was 4 time what it is today during negotiations with former PA President Arafat.

EU foreign policy chief applauds Israel for allowing exports out of Gaza
Ha'aretz 10 Dec 2010 - Catherine Ashton calls Israel's decision to allow Gaza to export goods to the West Bank and abroad 'a positive further step in the right direction.'

Israel draws international rebuke over refusal to freeze settlement construction
Ha'aretz 10 Dec 2010 - The EU, UN and Arab League criticize Israel on its failure to renew freeze on West Bank settlement construction, which expired in late September, leading to the halt of direct Israel-PA peace talks.

Israel's Left and Right march separately for human rights
Ha'aretz - 5,000 marchers mark International Human Rights Day in Tel Aviv; Im Tirtzu Chair at march: Jews and even settlers have rights too.

After arid November, winter to storm into Israel over the weekend
Ha'aretz - A weather system arriving on Friday will bring with it heavy rains and wind speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour; snow expected on Mount Hermon.

OPT: U.S. to push on core Mideast peace issues -Clinton
Relief Web 10 Dec 2010 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet

Gaza blast kills two Palestinian teenagers
Relief Web 10 Dec 2010 - Source: Agence France-Presse

Israeli troops used prohibited teargas rounds
Relief Web 10 Dec 2010 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet

2010: Frustrating Year for Middle East Peace
Relief Web 9 Dec 2010 - Source: Voice of America

Clinton meets Livni, Barak
YNet News - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will tell Israel and the Palestinians on Friday it is up to them to settle their conflict and urge them to get to work on its core .......

Report: 2 killed in Gaza blast
YNet News - Two Gaza residents were killed Friday as an old shell exploded in the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Sajaiyeh, Palestinian sources reported. According to the .......

Assad warns against interference in Special Tribunal for Lebanon
Daily Star 10 Dec 2010 PARIS: Syrian President Bashar Assad Friday said a UN-backed tribunal probing the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri would be futile if its ruling was tainted by political interference. "If the decision of the...

Mubarak 'could be in power for life' - leaked US cable
Daily Star 10 Dec 2010 CAIRO: Egypt's 82-year-old President Hosni Mubarak is likely to seek re-election next year and serve for the rest of his life, British daily The Guardian reported, citing WikiLeaks. The disclosure came in a secret US diplomatic...

Hamas holds Israeli occupation responsible for the wellbeing MP Kabaha
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - Hamas held the Israeli occupation responsible for the wellbeing of MP Wasfi Kabaha who was detained by IOF troops on Friday and then taken to Khedira hospital after his health condition deteriorated.

Two children die in an explosion of a bomb left by the IOF during war on Gaza
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - Two Palestinian children were killed on Friday in the explosion of a bomb left by the IOF during the war on Gaza. Four others were wounded in IOF gunfire in northern and southern Gaza.

Abu Marzook: The PA is an Israeli interest
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - Dr. Mousa Abu Marzook, the deputy-head of Hamas's political bureau, has ruled out Thursday the possibility that Mahmoud Abbas would make true his threats of dissolving the PA..

Widespread condemnation for Zionist decision to deport MP Abu Tair
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - The arbitrary Israeli court decision on Thursday to deport MP Mohammed Abu Tair out of the occupied city of Jerusalem, his birthplace, was widely condemned..

Specialists: The siege on Gaza imposes harsh psychological effect on people
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - Local and international psychologists and human rights activists have urged Thursday the international community to pressure the Zionist entity into lifting the siege on the Gaza Strip..

IOF troops use highly destructive bombs against civilians in Gaza Strip
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - Palestinian security sources and eyewitnesses in the Gaza Strip said Thursday that the bomb dropped by an Israeli F-16 warplane on the eastern part of Gaza city was of high destructive power.

Al-Asha’l: Oslo’s PA only serves occupation
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - Dr. Abdullah Al-Asha’l said that the dissolution of the PA should become a Palestinian national demand, so that the confrontation can return to its natural state.

Islamic Jihad: The PA’s alternatives do not constitute a solution for the Palest
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - The Islamic Jihad movement said that the PA’s declared alternatives to the stalled negotiations do not constitute a solution to the Palestinian problem..

Two Palestinians wounded by IOF bullets in northern Gaza
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - Two Palestinians were wounded Friday morning to the north of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip when IOF troops opened fire towards cultivated lands in the area.

Israeli occupation releases prisoner four months after end of his sentence
PIC 10 Dec 2010 - Israeli occupation released on Thursday a Palestinian prisoner from the Gaza Strip four months after the end of his seven-year sentence.

White House plans more Iran sanctions
LA Times 10 Dec 2010 - Gary Samore, the Obama administration's top nuclear nonproliferation official, acknowledges that Iran may be trying to manipulate the West by moving slowly on negotiations. The Obama administration said Friday that it was planning additional economic sanctions against Iran and acknowledged that the Islamic Republic might be trying to manipulate the West by continuing slow-moving talks with the U.S. and five other major powers.

Hopes of Fatah-Hamas reconciliation still alive
LA Times 11 Dec 2010 - Palestinian businessman Munib Masri, head of an advocacy group that is trying to press Fatah and Hamas into some sort of accord, explained why he's still optimistic when others fear the break in 2007 is irreparable. With reconciliation talks between leading Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas apparently at another impasse, hopes of an accord are fading fast.

Clinton says U.S. remains committed to Mideast peace
LA Times 10 Dec 2010 - Despite a recent failure to restart talks and internal debate on strategy, Secretary of State Clinton says the U.S. will continue its efforts and will not be a 'passive participant.' Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that the administration would continue to pursue an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal despite the failure of its central strategy, and it intends to do so by pushing hard on both sides.

U.S. and Allies Plan More Sanctions Against Iran
New York Times 10 Dec 2010 - President Obama’s chief nuclear adviser said that tougher measures would be part of an effort to force Iran into suspending production of nuclear fuel.

Israel and Turkey Working to Repair Ties
New York Times 10 Dec 2010 - The governments were stuck on several issues, including whether Israel must apologize — or merely express regret — for a deadly flotilla raid.

Iran Denies Freeing Condemned Woman
New York Times 10 Dec 2010 - Human rights campaigners stoked confusion about the status of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who has been sentenced to death.

Reverse peristalsis moment
Mondoweiss - Palin's going to Israel .

Two Gaza teens killed playing with leftover IDF artillery; 2 year old among injured during weekly anti-wall protests
Mondoweiss - and other news from Today in Palestine: Settlers/ Land, Property, Resource Theft & Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing Israel to Destroy Electric Infrastructure Near Hebron Israeli officials ordered destruction of electricity infrastructure, on Thursday, in two Palestinian villages in the southern area of Hebron, local sources said. http://www.imemc.org/article/60137 Barak:...

Proportionality: ‘Human Rights Watch’ files report on Jordanian restaurant turning away Israeli Jews
Mondoweiss - I think this is genuine, though it reads almost like a parody. From Human Rights Watch : (New York) - Jordanian authorities should fully investigate and publicly condemn the recent refusal by the owner of an Aqaba restaurant to serve Israeli Jews, Human Rights Watch said today....

Fmr Israel ambassador Lubrani says using force against Iran would be giant mistake
Mondoweiss - I'm a sucker for the wisdom of old diplomats --  an establishment orientation I can never entirely  shake. So from one of the  Washington  centers of the neocon power yesterday morning---the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies conference on tightening the screws on Iran-- it was...


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Two Palestinian Fighters Killed, One Israeli Soldier Injured In Gaza
IMEMC - 11 Dec 2010 - Sunday December 12, 2010 - 02:30, Israeli sources reported that two Palestinians were killed and one Israeli soldier was injured on Saturday at night when a resistance group clashed with Israeli soldiers invading an area inside the Gaza Strip.

Clinton: “U.S Committed To The Resumption Of Peace Talks”
IMEMC - 11 Dec 2010 - Saturday December 11, 2010 - 06:43, Addressing the Saban Forum on Friday evening, U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, stated that Washington is serious about perusing a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, and for establishing the foundations of an independent Palestinian State.

Troops Kidnap Former Palestinian Minister in Jenin
IMEMC - 11 Dec 2010 - Saturday December 11, 2010 - 04:58, Palestinian sources reported Friday that Israeli soldiers kidnapped former Minister of Detainees, Wasfy Qabha, while heading to visit his family in Barta’a village, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin. He was moved to an Israeli hospital later on due to a sharp increase in his blood sugar level.

2 Palestinians killed on Gaza border
12/12/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were killed and an Israeli soldier wounded in an exchange of fire along the Gaza Strip's border with Israel Saturday night, the country's military said. The military said in a statement that soldiers "identified two suspects near the security fence in the central Gaza....

PFLP: Fighters targeted Israeli unit in north Gaza
12/11/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) - The military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility Saturday for opening fire at Israeli forcesin northern Gaza. The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades said its men opened fire at an engineering unit operating north of the city of Beit Lahiya. The group said in a.... Related: PFLP wing: Clashes with Israeli forces

Fatah leader: 'Dangerous repercussions' if affiliates executed
12/12/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas' decision to execute three Fatah members accused of killing an imam could have dangerous repercussions, a senior Fatah leader warned Saturday. Abu Samhadana, a member of its Revolutionary Council, said the decision would rip apart "the already-torn social structure in Palestine," and that the executions would be "the....

Palestinian donates land for cemetery
12/11/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A resident of Beit Ula, west of Hebron, has donated land to build a cemetery for the town to prevent its confiscation by Israel, the local popular committee said Saturday. Jamil Mousa Al-A'dam donated three dunums of land in the Wad Al-Jalamun area which Israeli authorities are threatening to....

Army: Rocket fired from Gaza into Israel
12/11/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) - A rocket fired from the Islamist-run Gaza Strip hit southern Israel on Saturday without causing casualties or damage, a military spokesman said. The projectile "exploded on open ground," he said, a day after a mortar round or rocket fired from the Palestinian territory exploded, again without causing casualties or damage. Gaza-based Palestinian militants....

Barak raises anew the possible partition of Jerusalem
12/11/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Friday raised anew the prospect of sharing Jerusalem with the Palestinians as part of a peace deal, in sharp contrast with views held by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu." Jerusalem will be discussed at the end with. . . western Jerusalem and the Jewish [areas] for us, the refugee-populated Arab....

Egypt says no information on 'abducted' migrants
12/11/2010 - CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said on Saturday his country has no information concerning reports that hundreds of Eritrean hostages are being held by people traffickers in the Sinai Peninsula." The interior ministry, which is always in contact with the foreign ministry, has no information whatsoever about reports that hundreds of Eritreans....

Grenade blast rocks Palestinian camp in south Lebanon
12/11/2010 - BEIRUT (AFP) -- A grenade attack on the home of a member of an Al-Qaeda splinter group rocked a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon overnight without causing injuries, a security official said on Saturday." No one was injured in the hand grenade attack on the home of a Jund al-Sham member from the Sahmarani family....

PFLP wing: Clashes with Israeli forces
12/11/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades said fierce clashes erupted Saturday with Israeli forces north of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. The group, affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said in a statement it would continue to resist and confront the occupation. An Israeli military.... Related: PFLP: Fighters targeted Israeli unit in north Gaza

Australia FM: Settlements 'destroying' chance for peace
12/12/2010 - CAIRO (AFP) - Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd warned in talks with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday that time is running out on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Canberra is concerned because "no real progress" has been made in the US-brokered peace process and time is "running out," Rudd told reporters after the meeting....

US seeks 'clean start' in peace talks
12/11/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday sought a clean start in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks by urging both sides to tackle "without delay" the core issues of their decades-old conflict. Clinton made the appeal in a speech days after the Obama administration admitted it had failed to persuade Israel to renew a....

30 injured after bus collides with car in Jenin
12/11/2010 - JENIN (Ma'an) - As the first rain started to fall in the northern West Bank Friday evening, 30 Palestinians were injured in a road accident in Jenin, a police report said. The report read that 53 teenagers under 16 were travelling in a bus as part of trip organized by UNICEF when the driver....

Biden renews US support for Lebanon
12/11/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- Vice President Joe Biden Friday assured Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri of US support as a UN tribunal probes the the 2005 assassination of his father stoking tensions in Lebanon. Biden "spoke by phone today with. . . Hariri to discuss recent developments in Lebanon and the region," the White House said in a statement....

Syria's Assad warns against interference in Hariri probe
12/11/2010 - PARIS (AFP) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Friday said a UN-backed tribunal probing the killing of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri would be futile if its ruling was tainted by political interference." If the decision of the tribunal is based on evidence, everybody will accept its conclusions, not only Syria but also Lebanon," Assad said....

Poll: Split over sending Palestinian fire crews to Israel
12/11/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - A slim majority of the respondents to a reader poll on Ma'an's Arabic-language news site said sending Palestinian firefighters to help battle Israel's fire was "disgraceful." Firefighters from more than 16 countries helped to extinguish the blaze, the worst in Israel's history, which....

Australia FM: Time running out on peace process
12/11/2010 - CAIRO (AFP) -- Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd warned on Saturday that time is running out on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, in talks with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak. Australia is concerned because "no real progress" has been made in the US-brokered peace process and time is "running out," Rudd told reporters after the meeting....

Japan calls for settlement freeze
12/11/2010 - GAMMARTH, Tunisia (AFP) - Tokyo wants Israeli settlements to be stopped in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and a freeze on any future developments, Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara said Saturday." Japan calls for an immediate end to and a total freeze on Israeli settlements even in [East] Jerusalem," he said at an economic forum....

Abbas: We will not be late to fulfil moral duty
12/11/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday praised the efforts of Palestinian firefighters who helped extinguish the worst blaze in Israel's history. Palestinian firefighters joined crews from more than 16 countries to battle a huge inferno that erupted in northern Israel on December 2 and spread for four days. Thanking civil....

Israeli guard charged with stealing weapons
12/11/2010 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- An Israeli border guard officer has been arrested on suspicion of stealing weapons from his unit, Israeli news media reported Friday. A Haifa court extended the remand of the officer accused of storing a large amount of arms, including grenades and even an explosive device at a cache in....

Thousands celebrate PFLP anniversary in Gaza
12/11/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) - Thousands of supporters celebrated the 43rd anniversary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Gaza City on Saturday. Politburo member of the leftist faction Jamil Majdalawi delivered a speech urging rival factions Hamas and Fatah to end "the unjustified disagreement which harms the Palestinian people, resistance fighters....

One missing as Israel hit by storm, heavy winds
12/12/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Heavy winds lashed Israel on Saturday, knocking down power lines and trees and sweeping one person into the sea as the country was hit by its first storm of the winter. In the coastal city of Netanya, a 41-year-old Russian tourist was blown off the promenade into the sea and was missing....

Palestinian dies of swine flu
12/12/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian died Saturday in a Jerusalem hospital after being infected with the H1N1 swine flu virus, his family said. Simon Naser Qert, from the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem's Old CIty, was admitted to the intensive care unit of Hadassah hospital on Wednesday, and diagnosed with the H1N1 virus....

Reports: Death toll from Israel inferno hits 43
12/11/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- The death toll from northern Israel's forest fire rose to 43 on Saturday as another prison guard died of his injuries, media reports said. Jalal Bissan, 29, died at Haifa's Rambam hospital, the Ynet news website reported, citing hospital officials. His death raised to 38 the number of prison....

WikiLeaks chief moved to isolation in British jail
12/11/2010 - LONDON (AFP) -- WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange was in an isolation unit of a London jail Saturday, as new leaked US diplomatic cables revealed a row between the Vatican and Ireland over a child abuse inquiry. The 39-year-old Australian had been transferred from the main section of Wandsworth prison to an isolation unit, Jennifer Robinson....

WikiLeaks cables release reshapes diplomatic landscape
12/11/2010 - PARIS (AFP) -- Was the WikiLeaks cable release a stone thrown into the waters of US diplomacy, causing waves that will eventually calm, or a brick though the window of the State Department, causing irreparable harm? With only 1,200 of the quarter million stolen US diplomatic telegrams so far released, it is perhaps too early to....

At rally in Gaza, PFLP calls for Palestinian unity
Ha'aretz - Left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian marks its 43rd anniversary with rally attended by thousands in the Gaza Strip.

Obama tells Turkey he regrets 'deplorable' WikiLeaks exposures
Ha'aretz - Turkish PM Erdogan had earlier accused U.S. diplomats of slander; on Saturday the two leaders agreed that U.S.-Turkey ties won't be harmed by leaked cables.

Israel sending aid shipment to Colombian flood victims
Ha'aretz - El Al aircraft to depart Israel on Sunday with 50 tons of rescue equipment bound for flood-stricken nation of Colombia.

Palestinians: Clinton should have blamed Israel for failure of Mideast talks
Ha'aretz - In speech on Friday, U.S. secretary of state said both Israel and the Palestinians bear responsibility for the collapse of the recent direct peace negotiations., Turks demand that Israel apologize for the killing of Turkish civilians on a Gaza flotilla raid, while Israel agrees to express 'regret' but not apologize., U.S. aims to eventually renew direct talks despite stalemate, Secretary of State says; Barak says Israel recognizes two-state solution the only option for Zionism.

Turkey lauds 'new page' in ties with Israel, but still demands apology for Gaza flotilla raid
Ha'aretz - Deputy FM Ayalon says Israel must not apologize for killing 9 citizens during Gaza flotilla raid, as this would invite international lawsuits.

Barak: Palestinians didn't mind settlement construction during past peace talks
Ha'aretz - Speaking after meeting with UN chief Ban, Defense Minister claims settlement activity was 4 time what it is today during negotiations with former PA President Arafat.

Espionage Act: How the Government Can Engage in Serious Aggression Against the People of the United States
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - This week, Senators Joe Lieberman and Dianne Feinstein engaged in acts of serious aggression against their own constituents, and the American people in general. They both invoked the 1917 Espionage Act and urged its use in going after Julian Assange. For good measure, Lieberman extended his invocation of the Espionage Act to include a call...

House Approves Major Increase in Israeli Military Aid
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - The House of Representatives earlier this week approved a significant increase in the level of military aid to Israel, pushing the level to $3 billion in flat military aid, with an additional $205 million set aside for a short range rocket system. Both of the increases were already planned as part of a memorandum of...

Wikileaks and arms sales
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - I think what has been most telling in the Wikileaks release has less what has been released—which has been nothing substantively new, and in a moment when there is simple a torrent of information available, simply overwhelming to people not short of information but of people to act on it—but instead what the sifting through...

The Devil’s Advocates
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - ...This is where things are and this alarming trajectory will continue as long as this war of terror goes unchallenged at its foundations, as long as the immoral logic that anything done to allegedly protect American lives is permissible, no matter how atrocious, immoral and illegal, goes unchallenged, and as long as enough people do...

Updating Mohamed Harkat's Persecution -
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - An earlier article explained. Like in America, Canada is waging war on Islam, Mohamed Harkat one of many victims used for political advantage to incite fear and mask Ottawa's support for US imperialism and war on terror, a bogus one affecting innocent victims like Harkat. Based on spurious allegations of ties to Al Qaeda and...

Arab Store Owners In East Jerusalem Forced To Write Store Names In Hebrew
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - The Jerusalem Municipality is trying to oblige store owners in Arab East Jerusalem neighborhoods to change the language of their store signs into Hebrew, and informed the owners that, unless they do so, their stores will not be licensed and they will have to be shut down. Israeli paper, Maariv, reported Thursday that this decision...

Human Rights Mean Nothing in Bil’in
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - International Human Rights Day became a savage irony yesterday in Palestine as peaceful protestors were tear-gassed, shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and arrested for their efforts. The weekly peaceful protests held throughout Palestine yesterday saw a high turnout of international demonstrators in celebration of International Human Rights Day. The increased international support did little to...

Israeli rabbinical racism is no longer the lunatic fringe
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - When Samuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Safed, issued an edict in October calling on Jews to refrain from renting or selling apartments to non-Jews many dismissed him as a lone fanatic. Today, according to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, more than 300 rabbis across Israel have signed a letter backing the ruling. It seems...

Video:West Bank village of Bil’in marks Int’l Human Rights Day
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - Bil’in celebrated International Human Rights Day with a larger than normal demonstration. Hundreds of supporters including Israelis and internationals came from outside Bil’in to support the village’s struggle for human rights, to mark the one-year anniversary of Abdallah Abu Rahmah’s imprisonment, and to commemorate the First Intifada. The demonstration was attacked by IDF soldiers with...

OCHA: Israel killed 3 Palestinians, wounded 10 others in one week
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - The UN office for the coordination of human rights (OCHA) said in a weekly report issued on Saturday that three Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip and 10 others were wounded in different areas of the occupied Palestinian territories during Israeli military attacks. The report covered different violations committed by Israel during one week,...

Thousands celebrate PFLP anniversary in Gaza
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - Thousands of supporters celebrated the 43rd anniversary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Gaza City on Saturday. Politburo member of the leftist faction Jamil Majdalawi delivered a speech urging rival factions Hamas and Fatah to end "the unjustified disagreement which harms the Palestinian people, resistance fighters and negotiators." The PFLP official...

Video: Israel's unwanted citizens
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Palestinian citizens of Israel are complaining about a string of policies, which they say are designed to drive them out of Israel. First, a bill requiring them to pledge allegiance to a Jewish state was passed by the Israeli cabinet. Now the Knesset is debating whether to stop Arab Israelis from living in cities where...

Rabbis say 'no housing for Arabs'
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Hundreds of Israeli rabbis have signed a religious edict forbidding Jews from renting or selling homes or land to Arabs and other non-Jews. The public letter instructs Jews to "ostracise" those who disobey the order, which is widely viewed as an attack on the country's Palestinian citizens. When the decree was announced on Tuesday, it...

Latest Israeli bombing plunges Gaza into darkness
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Air strikes by Israeli warplanes at dawn on Thursday caused serious damage to the Gaza Strip's only power plant, plunging the territory -- which already suffers from frequent outages -- into darkness. Media reports said the air strikes hit two sites belonging to Hamas near the Gaza power plant in Moghraqa village, central Gaza. Engineer...

Two Children Killed In Gaza, Several Palestinians Wounded In israeli Attacks
Uruknet December 10, 2010 - Medical sources in the Gaza Strip that the number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip on Friday morning arrived at two after a wounded resident died of his wounds The two were killed after an explosive left by the Israeli army detonated near them. The sources added that Mo’men Hallas, 16, dies of his...

Israeli army shoots worker in north Gaza
11 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 11, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces opened fire Saturday at Palestinian workers in north of Gaza Strip, one of them was injured in his foot. Local Medical sources reported that the worker was shot in Biat Lahya town, in north of Gaza Strip, while he was collecting gravel. The sources added that the injured worker was evacuated...

Gaza: Two children die in an explosion of a bomb
11 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 11, (Pal Telegraph-Agencies) –Two Palestinian children were killed on Friday in the explosion of a bomb left by the Israli occupation forces (IOF) during the war on Gaza.   Adham Abu Salmiya, the media coordinator of the medical services in the Strip, told the PIC that Muntasir al-Batniji and Mo’men Hillis, both 16 years of age, were killed...

Israeli army detain Palestinian former minister
11 Dec 2010 - West Bank , December 11, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained Saturday the former Palestinian Minister of Prisoners, Wasfi Qubha, during his visit to Bartah village, north of Jenin, in the West Bank. Palestinian sources reported that the former minister was detained for two hours at an Israeli checkpoint near his village of Bartah during his visit to his...

Israeli Soldiers Attack Bil’in Weekly Protest
11 Dec 2010 - Bil’in , December 11, (Pal Telegraph-IMEMC) – The Friends of Freedom and Justice – Bil’in (FFJ), reported that this week’s protest marked the commemoration of the First Intifada of 1987, the International Human Rights Day, and came to protest the continued imprisonment of Abdullah Abu Rahma, a local leader of the nonviolent movement in the village. “Bil'in celebrated International Human Rights...

Israeli army detains 3 Palestinians from Jenin, Tobas
11 Dec 2010 - West Bank , December 11, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained Saturday three Palestinians from Jenin and Tobas cities in the West Bank. At Al-Hamra military checkpoint, Israeli occupation forces detained Mahmoud Jaes, 26, and his brother Hasan, 27, from Araba, local sources reported. The sources said Israeli occupation forces detained Mahmoud Draghma, 22, student at Al-Najah University. The...

US 'regrets' Middle East impasse
AlJazeera 11 Dec 2010 - Days after dropping settlement freeze bid with Israel, Hillary Clinton says US is "frustrated" by the lack of progress.

Gazans killed in border clash
AlJazeera 11 Dec 2010 - Israeli soldier is also wounded following exchange of gunfire near Gaza's boundary with Israel.

Justice sought over Jordan violence
AlJazeera 11 Dec 2010 - Palestinian-Jordanian fans of Al-Wahdat club cry foul after Thursday's football clashes that left 250 injured.

Over 10,000 march for human rights in Tel Aviv
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Maan - Around 10,000 Israelis, Palestinians and refugees demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Friday in protest at a rising tide of extremist sentiment in Israel that they warn is posing a growing threat to democracy in...

The returning issue of Palestine's refugees
Palestine Note 10 Dec 2010 - Saeb Erakat, The Guardian - Before his murder in 1948, Lord Folke Bernadotte , the first UN mediator to the Arab-Israeli conflict, stated : "It would be an offence against the principles of elemental justice if these innocent [...

'Netanyahu not in favor of apologizing to Turkey'
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - Gov’t sources deny Turkish report of PM dispute with Barak, Lieberman over apology to Turkey; Turkish, Israeli officials meet to end crisis.

Moscow’s Jewish elite raise funds, campaign for Israel
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - An "oligarch" calls on Russia's richest and most powerful to help Israel recover from the Carmel forest fire, bring European MPs to Israel.

Without moratorium, PA ‘heads toward explosion'
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - Member of the Fatah Central Committee blames the US administration for its continued support of Israel.

Israel Beiteinu, Shas lock horns over IDF conversion bill
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - Government is expected on Sunday to debate and vote on an appeal by Shas against decision to support the bill.

Analysis: Clinton speech, EU letter, explain J'lem policy
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - The reason Israel trusts the US, is wary of the European Union was shown by public statements of the past week.

Israel pleased Clinton rejects idea of imposed solution
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - At Saban forum address, Clinton says US may offer "bridging proposals when appropriate;" Barak discusses solution with divided Jerusalem.

2 terrorists killed, 1 soldier hurt in Gaza encounter
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - Two Palestinians seeking to infiltrate Israel from Gaza exchange fire with IDF forces after being discovered near border fence, army responds with tanks and paratroopers.

US cables call Spain magnet for terror recruiters
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - Wikileaks: US planned to create counter-terror center in Barcelona; Catalonia described as "major Mediterranean center for radical Islamists."

Abbas honors Palestinian firemen who put out Carmel fire
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - Some 21 Palestinian firefighters took part in the effort to put out the huge wildfire along with other fire rescue teams from around the world.

PA furious US cannot persuade Israel to renew freeze
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - Yasser Abed Rabbo: Implementing Palestinian "right of return" top of PA priorities; Palestinians tell US to stop selling them "old merchandise."

Jordanian and Palestinian soccer fans clash in Amman
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - There is a long history of violence between supporters of the two teams, partly stemming from decades of tension with Jordan's large Palestinians.

Turkish officials say Barak preventing flotilla apology
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2010 - Ankara says defense minister and IDF don't have problem with compensation to families, but refuse to apologize; Turks lower expectations but say talks will continue between the two countries.

Support for Right bloc rising according to JPost poll
Jeruslalem Post 10 Dec 2010 - Under Barak's leadership, Labor's supporters defecting to other parties; Meretz likely main beneficiary of Labor decline.

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 – 08 December. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

A message from Israeli military prison on International Human Rights Day
12/10/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - Majida Abu Rahmah, The Huffington Post - My imprisoned husband Abdullah Abu Rahmah passed the fallowing message through his lawyer: A year ago tonight, on International Human Rights Day, our apartment in Ramallah was broken into by the Israeli military in the middle of the night and I was torn away from my wife Majida, my.... Related: Source

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Prison guard, 29, dies of injuries from Carmel forest fire
Ha'aretz - Jalal Bissan succumbs to wounds sustained on the bus carrying Prison Service guards during Carmel forest fire, in which 43 people were killed.

Stormy weather throughout Israel leads to power cuts and closed roads
Ha'aretz - Trees fall in Jerusalem, Acre, Kiryat Shmona, Bnei Brak and Eilat, as winds of up to 110km/h rip through the north and sandstorms rage in Negev.

Stormy weather hits Israel, signaling onset of winter
Ha'aretz - Isolated showers and thunderstorms pop up throughout Israel on Friday; heavy rains, strong winds expected on Saturday; snow predicted for Mount Hermon and Golan Heights.

OPT, Haiti: Setting the Standard for Global Resource Rights Defense
Relief Web 11 Dec 2010 - Source: Grassroots

Identical letters dated 2 December 2010 from the Permanent Observer of Paletine to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council
Relief Web 10 Dec 2010 - Source: UN General Assembly, UN Security Council

Bilin: Activists mark anniversary of leader's arrest
YNet News - Protesters against security fence at West Bank village organize procession to....

'Erdogan seeks reconciliation; Barak won't apologize'
YNet News - Turkish prime minister wants to normalize relations with Israel before upcoming....

Barak backs Jerusalem partition plan
YNet News - Defense minister expresses support in division outline proposed by former US....

US: Ready to hit Iran with new sanctions
YNet News - Despite renewed talks over nuclear program, White House senior official says....

Clinton: Time to grapple with core issues
YNet News - US secretary of state urges Israel, Palestinians to discuss key matters such as....

IDF soldier injured, 2 terrorists killed in Gaza
YNet News - An IDF soldier sustained serious wounds and two Palestinian terrorists were killed during an incident near the Gaza border late Saturday evening. The incident began .......

Abbas honors firefighters who helped douse Carmel blaze
YNet News - During a ceremony held in the West Bank Saturday in honor of the Palestinian firefighters who helped Israel extinguish the deadly fire in the Carmel region, Palestinian .......

Jordanian, Palestinian soccer fans clash
YNet News - Fans of rival Jordanian soccer teams clashed after a match, injuring 250 people in violence that pointed to the deep divisions between the nation's native Bedouin clans .......

PA: Clinton should have blamed Israel
YNet News - Palestinian officials said Saturday they'll decide in coming days whether to agree to a US proposal to return to indirect peace negotiations with Israel, after .......

Former IDF Chief Halutz: PM to blame for fire
YNet News - Former IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General (res.) Dan Halutz called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the other ministers and senior officials to take .......

Is the Vatican willing to give legitimacy to Jewish Nazism?
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - Today, Zionist circles are waging a rabid campaign aimed at convincing as many Western institutions to deal with and treat Israel as above the laws of mankind..

PA re-arrests activist hours after chest operation
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - The family of Dr. Adnan Maswadi said his blood is in the hands of the PA security forces, who returned him to political detention right after undergoing an angioplasty on Thursday.

Palestinians injured, American arrested after Israeli troops quell peace march
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - Several Palestinians were injured Saturday after Israeli troops cracked down on a weekly anti-wall march in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar near Al-Khalil.

Jerusalem merchants forced to have signboards of their stores written in Hebrew
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - The Israeli municipal council in occupied Jerusalem decided to force owners of stores to change all kinds of outdoor signboards into the Hebrew language instead of Arabic or English.

Bardawil: Fatah should cut contacts with US over denial of Palestinian state
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - Top Hamas official Salah Al-Bardawil called on the Fatah Authority in the West Bank to sever contacts with American officials in response to the US denial of Palestinian rights.

OCHA: Israel killed 3 Palestinians, wounded 10 others in one week
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - The UN office for the coordination of human rights said that three Palestinians were killed in Gaza and 10 others were wounded in different areas of the occupied Palestinian territories.

LPS: The Aqsa Mosque is about to collapse
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - The LPS has warned the Arab and Islamic countries of the escalating Israeli demolitions, settlement activity, and judaization in occupied Jerusalem especially in the vicinity of the holy Aqsa Mosque.

UN concerned over illegal exile of Jerusalem lawmakers
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - UN special coordinator for the Mideast peace process Robert Serry expressed concern over illegal Israeli court rulings to exile Arab MP Mohammed Abu Tir and other public officials from Jerusalem.

IOA court orders 6 months administrative detention of MP Rajoub
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has ordered the administrative detention of Hamas MP Nayef Al-Rajoub for six months without presenting any indictment against him.

Palestinian worker wounded in IOF shooting
PIC 11 Dec 2010 - A Palestinian worker was shot in his foot on Saturday when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stationed north of the Gaza Strip fired at him, medical sources said.

Hillary Clinton's Empty Words Inspire Pessimism
Palestine Monitor - Yesterday found Hillary Clinton clutching at straws in her talk on the Israeli/Palestinian peace process at the Brooking Institute, Washington D.C. Following the US's failure to secure a settlement freeze Clinton's superficial positivity about the peace process demonstrated a lack of understanding and sincerity. Clive Granger...

Human Rights Mean Nothing in Bil'in
Palestine Monitor - International Human Rights Day became a savage irony yesterday in Palestine as peaceful protestors were tear-gassed, shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and arrested for their efforts. Written by Brynn Utela. Photographs courtesy of Activestills. Peaceful demonstrators march together in recognition for International Human Rights Day, and...

Goldberg/Netanyahu: Because of Spanish Inquisition, and Holocaust, Israel gets to have a nuclear monopoly
Mondoweiss - At the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies conference, Jeffrey Goldberg gave a plug for the worldview of Ben Zion Netanyahu, the 100 year old father of Israel’s prime minister who is reportedly much more a nationalist extremist than his son Bibi. In his essay published...

Israel used lethal tear gas grenades but promises not to use them again
Mondoweiss - and other news from Today in Palestine: Land, property, resource theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlers Lawyer: Settlers planning to seize Jerusalem home 10 Dec - Settler groups are planning to take over another house in Silwan, a flashpoint neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, a presidential...

Gutenberg… Assange
Mondoweiss - Ann Blair, writing in the Boston Globe , "Information overload, the early years:" But around 1500, humanist scholars began to bemoan new problems: Printers in search of profit, they complained, rushed to print manuscripts without attention to the quality of the text, and the sheer mass of...

The Jewish community begins to embrace… the Goldstone Report!
Mondoweiss - I went to the Rabbis for Human Rights conference in New York this week, and my chief impression was that the Jewish community is warming up to the Goldstone Report 15 months late. Maybe this is the effect of the boycott movement, which is a bridge...

Assange is held in cell where they once held Oscar Wilde
Mondoweiss - Huffpo . And Assange is as shocking to the old information order as Wilde was to the sexual order. It's amazing to me how many old-school journalists are trashing this guy, who has delivered more information about how the world operates than anyone, ever. The New Republic...


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Mitchell To Meet Netanyahu Monday
IMEMC - 13 Dec 2010 - Monday December 13, 2010 - 05:32, U.S. Special Middle East Envoy, George Mitchell, intends to hold a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem on Monday in an attempt to push the stalled peace talks forward.

Army: “Soldier Wounded In Gaza Was Hit By Friendly Fire”
IMEMC - 13 Dec 2010 - Monday December 13, 2010 - 03:57, The Israeli Army stated Sunday that the soldier who was injured on Saturday at night during clashes with Palestinian fighters in Gaza, was not hit by Palestinian fire as previously announced, but was shot by another soldier.

Governor: Israeli factories dump waste in Tulkarem
12/12/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian contractor was hired to dump chemical waste from Israeli factories in the West Bank city of Tulkarem, the governor said Sunday. The issue arose in November, when Palestinian Authority security forces seized a truckload of chemical waste originating from Israeli factories. The waste was examined in PA laboratories and....

Relatives say PA torturing Jihad detainee
12/13/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Islamic Jihad supporter detained by the Palestinian Authority was hospitalized as a result of torture, his family said Sunday. Relatives of Muhammad Jamal Sa'di said he was detained 12 days ago by PA preventative security forces in Jenin, and that he has been tortured by interrogators every....

Salah freed from Israeli jail
12/12/2010 - RAMLA, Israel (AFP) - Islamist leader Sheikh Raed Salah was freed from jail Sunday after serving five months behind bars for spitting at an Israeli policeman, a prison spokesman said. The Palestinian-Israeli leader, who heads the northern wing of the Islamic Movement, was greeted as he left prison in Ramla near Tel Aviv by a crowd....

Report: PA warns media against reporting power struggle
12/12/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Many Palestinian editors and journalists have been warned against making any public reference to the power struggle between President Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah leader Muhamad Dahlan, an Israeli newspaper reported Sunday."One journalist who dared to report about the dispute was thrown into a prison in Bethlehem for five days," The....

Israeli forces detain Palestinian near Hebron
12/12/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) - Israeli forces raided the southern West Bank town of Dura south of Hebron on Friday morning and detained a 22-year-old man from his home, relatives said. Family members said that an Israeli military force raided their home in the early morning firing flare canisters inside the house before they detained....

Limited export of strawberries, flowers from Gaza
12/12/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) - Israeli authorities partly opened the southernmost Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the blockaded Gaza Strip, while the bulk goods Karni terminal in the northeast remained closed. Liaison official Raed Fattouh said the Palestinian side was told to expect entry of 170-180 truckloads of goods and humanitarian aid through....

France cited Palestinians as 'precedent' for EU exile
12/12/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- In talks in 2009 on closing America's detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, French officials cited Israel's siege of the Nativity Church in Bethlehem as a "useful precedent" for resettling deportees. Three diplomatic cables from the US embassy in Paris, quoting French officials, suggest that the 2002 siege.... Related: Leaked US cable: France says Nativity exile sets 'useful precedent'

1,500 in Gaza join to combat gender violence
12/12/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- UN agencies and civil society organizations on Thursday joined together with an audience of 1,500 people to open a festival to combat violence against Women in the Gaza Strip. The festival, "Break The Silence", aimed at increasing in particular youth awareness, understanding and recognition of the problem of violence against....

Leaked US cable: Future EU role in Nativity-style event 'unlikely'
12/12/2010 - Classified By: POL MC Kathleen H. Allegrone for reasons 1. 4 (B & D). ¶1. (S/NF) SUMMARY: S/WCI Ambassador Williamson met with French MFA officials on February 16 to discuss detainee issues, France's role in the EU process and possible resettlement of Guantanamo Bay detainees in France. Williamson noted that France has.... Related: Leaked US cable: France says Nativity exile sets 'useful precedent' and Leaked US cable: EU could model Guantanamo deal after Nativity exile

Army: Israeli hit by 'friendly fire'
12/12/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- A soldier wounded in a firefight on the Gaza border in which two Palestinians were killed late on Saturday was hit by so-called "friendly fire," the Israeli military said Sunday." According to preliminary findings, an Israeli force operating in the area spotted Palestinians who were approaching the fence. There was an exchange of....

Fatah leader: Abbas asked Clinton to stop MP's exile
12/13/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas wrote to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking her to stop Israel deporting a Hamas lawmaker from Jerusalem, a senior Fatah official said Sunday. Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad said Israel's decision to deport elected Palestinian Legislative Council member Muhammad Abu Tir contravened international....

Leaked US cable: France says Nativity exile sets 'useful precedent'
12/12/2010 - Classified By: Acting POL MC W. William Jordan for reasons 1. 4 (B & D). ¶1. (S/NF) SUMMARY: France accepted four former Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) detainees with claims to immigration status in France in July 2004 and an additional three in March 2005. Ministry of Interior contact Christophe Chaboud noted that, unlike other European countries.... Related: Leaked US cable: EU could model Guantanamo deal after Nativity exile and Leaked US cable: Future EU role in Nativity-style event 'unlikely'

Leaked US cable: EU could model Guantanamo deal after Nativity exile
12/12/2010 - Classified By: Political Counselor Andrew R. Young for reasons 1. 4 (B & D). ¶1. (C/NF) Summary: In response to President Obama's January 22 Executive Order to close detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (ref a), the French have publicly given their support to at least review the idea of accepting detainees.... Related: Leaked US cable: France says Nativity exile sets 'useful precedent' and Leaked US cable: Future EU role in Nativity-style event 'unlikely'

Report: Israel-Turkey talks stuck
12/12/2010 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Negotiations between Israel and Turkey to resolve the Gaza flotilla crisis stalled late last week, an Israeli newspaper reported Sunday. Israel has refused to apologize for the killings of Turkish activists aboard the Mavi Marmara and Turkey has refused to cooperate with Israel's demands that it set....

Israeli minister: No peace talks with 'stopwatch'
12/12/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel will not discuss final status issues in talks with the Palestinians with "a stopwatch in hand," a senior Israeli lawmaker said Sunday, responding to US pressure for new peace negotiations." It is neither logical nor in Israel's interest to negotiate with a stopwatch in hand," Environment Minister Gilad Erdan told....

Sha'ath: Clinton admitted failure to secure freeze
12/12/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) - PLO negotiator Nabil Sha'ath said Saturday that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her last speech "recognized the failure of US efforts to allure Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to comply with the rules of the peace process."The speech, he said in an interview with the Italian....

Arab Peace Initiative committee to meet in Cairo
12/12/2010 - CAIRO (Ma'an) - The Arab League has informed member states of the Arab Peace Initiative that the ministerial meeting, scheduled for Thursday, will be held Wednesday, the deputy head of the Arab League said Sunday. Ahmad Ben Helli told reporters the meeting was brought forward after consultations between secretary-general Amr Mousa and Qatari prime....

Palestinians skeptical after US freeze failure
12/12/2010 - RAMALLAH (AFP) - Palestinian officials expressed doubt and frustration on Sunday about the future of peace talks after the United States failed to secure a new settlement freeze. In a speech on Friday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged that Washington would remain engaged despite the failure, encouraging the two sides to address core issues....

Netanyahu disavows Barak's plan on sharing Jerusalem
12/12/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday disavowed remarks by Defense Minister Ehud Barak supporting the division of Jerusalem in a future peace deal with the Palestinians, officials said." The defense minister's comments were not coordinated with the prime minister," an official in Netanyahu's office told AFP, speaking on....

27 detained at Allenby crossing
12/13/2010 - JERICHO (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority police said officers stationed at the Allenby crossing between the West Bank and Jordan detained 27 Palestinians wanted for fraud and other crimes, according to a weekly round-up of activity at the crossing. The 27 were detained from 8,221 who traveled into Jordan during the week, including 86 foreign....

Gaza police officer says attacked by workers
12/12/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian workers attacked a police officer Sunday as he tried to stop them collecting gravel in the southern Gaza Strip, a Gaza government police spokesman said. Ayman Al-Batneiji said an officer sustained a head injury after a group of workers hit him with a metal object in Al-Mawasi, west of....

Sand, snow, thunderstorms wreak havoc across Middle East
12/12/2010 - BEIRUT (AFP) -- Winds, rain and hail battered the eastern Mediterranean for a second day on Sunday, wreaking havoc across the region as a months-long drought came to a sudden, drastic end. Drought-stricken countries across the Middle East had been praying for rain for weeks when weather conditions turned violent at the weekend, with one person....

Worldwide demos called in support jailed WikiLeaks chief
12/12/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFP) -- US President Barack Obama on Saturday offered his strongest condemnation yet of WikiLeaks' "deplorable" documents dump, as supporters of Julian Assange called for demonstrations to press for release of the website's founder. In a call to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Obama "expressed his regrets for the deplorable action....

Livni: Israel should have accepted U.S. deal for settlement freeze
Ha'aretz - In joint interview with Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad on ABC News, opposition leader Tzipi Livni says PM Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition cannot make a peace deal.

IDF probe: Soldier wounded on Gaza border was hit by friendly fire
Ha'aretz - An initial IDF investigation of Saturday's border clash reveals that the soldier who was wounded was shot by another IDF soldier due to poor visibility caused by inclement weather conditions.

Jordan to U.S.: Find new formula for restarting Mideast peace talks
Ha'aretz - Australian FM during visit to Jordan: Israeli settlement activity must cease because it undermines the effectiveness of the peace process.

Israeli official: Barak's vision of dividing Jerusalem is not government policy
Ha'aretz - Defense minister suggested to Washington forum that Israel follow plan laid out by former President Bill Clinton in 2000., Exchange of fire was prompted by an infiltration attempt from the Gaza Strip; in the past week there has been an increase in incidents on Israel-Gaza border., Left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian marks its 43rd anniversary with rally attended by thousands in the Gaza Strip.

Report: Turkey seeks to end Israel crisis but phrasing of entente proving problematic
Ha'aretz - Turks demand that Israel apologize for the killing of Turkish civilians on a Gaza flotilla raid, while Israel agrees to express 'regret' but not apologize.

Clinton: Palestinian state achieved through negotiations is inevitable
Ha'aretz - U.S. aims to eventually renew direct talks despite stalemate, Secretary of State says; Barak says Israel recognizes two-state solution the only option for Zionism.

Israel attacked for arrests of hundreds of children
Uruknet December 12, 2010 - Israeli police have been criticised over their treatment of hundreds of Palestinian children, some as young as seven, arrested and interrogated on suspicion of stone-throwing in East Jerusalem. In the past year, criminal investigations have been opened against more than 1,200 Palestinian minors in Jerusalem suspected of hurling rocks at Israeli soldiers or Jewish settlers,...

AL: Israel trying to eject Palestinians from Jordan Valley to take over region
Uruknet December 12, 2010 - The Arab League's Palestine and occupied Arab land sector released a report documenting the rise in restrictions Israel has placed on Palestinian residents of the Jordan Valley in what it called an attempt to pressure the locals before seizing the entire region. Israeli authorities have taken a series of actions to boost restrictions on the...

Governor: Israeli factories dump waste in Tulkarem
Uruknet December 12, 2010 - A Palestinian contractor was hired to dump chemical waste from Israeli factories in the West Bank city of Tulkarem, the governor said Sunday. The issue arose in November, when Palestinian Authority security forces seized a truckload of chemical waste originating from Israeli factories. The waste was examined in PA laboratories and found to be hazardous...

Winning Hearts and Minds for Palestine
Uruknet December 12, 2010 - In encounters with latent Zionists (those who view the current situation in Israel and Palestine as a battle between two equally entitled, equally faulted parties for which concessions and compromise on both sides are necessary to end the conflict) many Palestine solidarity activists find themselves dismissed as zealots. In my personal dealings with such people...

U.S. Threatens "War on Terror" Allies Over CIA Kidnapping and Torture Programs
Uruknet December 12, 2010 - As revelations of U.S. government coercive "diplomacy" continue flowing from the whistleblowing web site WikiLeaks, much to the consternation of official Washington, ruling class circles are working feverishly to downplay the seriousness of the leaks. On the one hand, senior State Department and intelligence officials claim the cables offer "few surprises" and, at least according...

LEBANON: Hezbollah strays from Iranian line on WikiLeaks, praises its disclosures
Uruknet December 12, 2010 - Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah appears to have acknowledged the credibility of WikiLeaks, breaking with the official stance of the group's patron, Iran, that the leaked diplomatic cables are part of some American and Israeli-backed conspiracy. By supporting WikiLeaks, Nasrallah now finds himself in the same camp as an unlikely figure: Iranian opposition leader Mir...

Drone attacks victims left helpless: CIVIC
Uruknet December 12, 2010 - At least 2100 civilians were killed and various others injured during 2009 in the ongoing war on terror, dronre attacks and activities against the terrorists, according to a report released by a US non-government organistation. According to the report by Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), the bereaved families of these people have been...

'Our lives became something we'd never dreamt': The former Israeli soldiers who have testified against army abuses
Uruknet December 12, 2010 - For anyone who has covered Israel, the West Bank and Gaza over the past few years, reading Occupation of the Territories, the new book from the Israeli ex-soldiers organisation Breaking the Silence, can be an eerily evocative experience. A conscript from the Givati Brigade, for example, describes how troops in the company operating next to...

Photos: Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine 43rd Anniversary Rally, Gaza City
Uruknet December 12, 2010 - Tens of thousands of members and supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine gathered today, December 11, 2010, in Gaza City's Palestine Stadium, marking the forty-third anniversary of the PFLP's founding in a mass rally. Palestinians from all sectors - men and women, elderly and children, workers and farmers, attended the rally...

Connection between the human rights march and West Bank demonstrations?
Uruknet December 12, 2010 - ...Unlike the police presence in Tel Aviv, the army in Ni’ilin is present to attack, not defend. It is there to crush the spirit of unarmed resistance in the West Bank. It is there to reinforce that Palestinians are a controlled people living under constant Israeli occupation. As Naomi Chazan began her speech in Tel...

Two Palestinian Fighters Killed, One Israeli Soldier Injured In Gaza
Uruknet December 12, 2010 - Israeli sources reported that two Palestinians were killed and one Israeli soldier was injured on Saturday at night when a resistance group clashed with Israeli soldiers invading an area inside the Gaza Strip. The army claimed that soldiers spotted two fighters approaching the security fence separating Gaza from Israel before Israeli tanks fired shells at...

State Department's WikipocrisySo Who Exactly is Sowing Strife in Lebanon?
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - On October 24, 1970, during its 25th session, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Declaration of Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations. The UN Declaration provides in part:

Arab Store Owners In East Jerusalem Forced To Write Store Names In Hebrew
Uruknet December 11, 2010 - The Jerusalem Municipality is trying to oblige store owners in Arab East Jerusalem neighborhoods to change the language of their store signs into Hebrew, and informed the owners that, unless they do so, their stores will not be licensed and they will have to be shut down. Israeli paper, Maariv, reported Thursday that this decision...

Shikh Salah released from Israeli jail today
12 Dec 2010 - Palestine, December 12, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation authorities released today Shikh Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, after spending five months in Al-Ramlah jail. Sheikh Raed Salah was jailed by the Israeli army in July this year upon fraud charge of assaulting an Israeli policeman. The Sheikh denies the charge. Mr Salah’s denial of the...

Israeli army beats Palestinian, raids towns in Hebron
12 Dec 2010 - Hebron , December 12, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) beat Sunday a Palestinian man, 49, and seriously injured him. He was transferred to Abu Al-Hsan Qasem Hospital in Yata, south of Hebron, Palestinian sources reported. Palestinian sources reported that Israeli occupation forces raided Ezna, Noba and Bait Ommer towns in Hebron city and searched the citizens’ houses.   The...

Israeli army kills 2 Palestinians on Gaza border
12 Dec 2010 - Gaza, December 12, (Pal Telegraph) – Two Palestinian militants were killed and an Israeli soldier injured Saturday night during an exchange of fire between Gaza militants and Israeli soldiers in central Gaza Strip, local sources reported. An Israeli Army spokesman said that Palestinian gunmen attacked an Israeli army force near the fence of the borders east of Al-Bureij refugee camp...

Israel rejects Jerusalem split plan
AlJazeera 12 Dec 2010 - Prime minister distances himself from remarks made by Defence Minister Ehud Barak in favour of dividing Holy City.

Israel: Settlements not an obstacle
AlJazeera 12 Dec 2010 - Despite talks with Palestinians being deadlocked over issue, Israel's envoy to US says building is not blocking peace.

Israel frees Muslim activist
AlJazeera 12 Dec 2010 - Leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel is freed after serving five-month sentence for assaulting a police officer.

Israel and Turkey Working to Repair Ties
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 - New York Times - Officials from Israel and Turkey said Friday that their governments were working on an agreement to end the hemorrhaging of their relationship but were stuck on several issues, including whether Israel must...

Israeli army 'kills two militants entering from Gaza'
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 - BBC News - Two Palestinian militants trying to enter Israel from Gaza have been killed in a clash, with one Israeli soldier also injured, Israel's army says. A 20-minute gun battle erupted when the pair were...

Jordan probe as football stampede and clash injures 250
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 - BBC News - An investigation has been launched in Jordan after violence at a football match left 250 people injured. Police said some fans were hit by stones as they tried to leave the Qawasmeh stadium...

Middle East countries hit by storms
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 - BBC News - Winds, rain, sandstorms and hail battered the southern and eastern Mediterranean on Sunday, killing at least five people, closing ports and disrupting traffic in the Suez Canal. Drought-stricken countries across the Middle East...

Secretary Clinton tries to reaffirm US role in brokering Mideast peace
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 - (Please visit the site to view this media) On December 10, 2010 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the Brookings Institution about the new American agenda for Mideast peace in the wake of collapsed direct...

Rough road ahead for new U.S. Mideast peace push
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 - Alert Net - Neither Israeli nor Palestinian officials showed any enthusiasm on Sunday for a U.S. proposal of a return to indirect peace talks after the swift collapse of face-to-face negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary...

A Message from Israeli Military Prison on International Human Rights Day
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 - Majida Abu Rahmah, Huffington Post - My imprisoned husband Abdullah Abu Rahmah passed the following message through his lawyer: A year ago tonight, on International Human Rights Day, our apartment in Ramallah was broken into by...

Disconnect: Int’l Human Rights Day in Tel Aviv versus the W. Bank
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 - Joseph Dana, +972 Magazine - Before the first heavy rains hit Israel yesterday, thousands people gathered in central Tel Aviv to mark international Human Rights Day . The occasion brought together various Israeli NGOs and thousands of...

The play Chekhov wrote about Israel and Palestine
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 - Yuval Ben-Ami, +972 Magazine - In one week I will be leaving my post as theatre critic for the newspaper Israel Hayom. I may write about the stage again, but so far no one has asked...

Hezbollah strays from Iranian line on WikiLeaks, praises its disclosures
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 - Los Angeles Times - Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah appears to have acknowledged the credibility of WikiLeaks, breaking with the official stance of the group's patron, Iran, that the leaked diplomatic cables are part of some...

Stand up comes to the Middle East
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 - Palestinian American comic Dean Obeidallah gained notoriety through his involvement in the successful Axis of Evil Comedy Tour in the United States. But for the past three years, he's also been the executive producer of the...

Human Rights Group Calls on Gaza to Abolish Capital Punishment
The Media Line 11 Dec 2010 - Call came amid increase in death sentences by military court A military court in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip has sentenced at least four men to death, prompting a Palestinian human rights organization to level harsh criticism...

Storm shuts down eastern Mediterranean
The Media Line 11 Dec 2010 - Ports and Suez Canal closed, ship sink in storm following severe Mideast drought Mother Nature was wreaking havoc in the eastern Mediterranean, sending a surging storm across the region Sunday which sank a ship, shut ports...

Gas Companies Take Offensive Against Israeli Tax Plan
The Media Line 11 Dec 2010 - Recommended increase of government's take to 60% reflects third world thinking TEL AVIV – Israel's decision to reconsider its tax and royalty regime for energy is creating an atmosphere of uncertainty and risks future exploration, the...

Palestinians Killed, Israeli Soldier Wounded in Gaza Clash
The Media Line 11 Dec 2010 - aching the security fence separating Israel and the Gaza Strip Saturday night killing two. A short time later, when soldiers began a search of the scene of the incident, they were targeted by automatic rifle fire...

Palestinians Honor Firefighters Who Fought Israeli Blaze
The Media Line 11 Dec 2010 - ast week's massive wildfire in Israel were honored on Saturday at a ceremony presided over by Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud 'Abbas. 'Abbas drew a historical parallel, explaining that, " Palestinian history shows we have never hesitated to...

Netanyahu Tries to Straddle Religious-Secular Divide as Parliament Considers Conversion Bill
The Media Line 11 Dec 2010 - bill that will approve religious conversions conducted by Israel 's military is set for its first of three readings in the parliament, but its passage presents political difficulties for Prime Minister Netanyahu. Strongly opposed by the...

Former EU Leaders Urge Sanctions on Israel, UN Solution from April 2011
Alternative Information Center - A group of 26 former European Union leaders are urging the EU to impose sanctions on Israel for continuing to build settlements on occupied Palestinian territory.

PA expresses discontent with current US administration
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 - Meetings held in Ramallah amid disappointment with US for failing to pressure Israel to halt building in W. Bank settlements and east J'lem.

Palestinian refugee issue comes to fore as Mitchell arrives
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 - US envoy to begin talks on ‘core issues’; in Jerusalem, officials blast Erekat’s "hard-line" position on "right of return" for refugees.

EU paper unlikely to threaten Israel with sanctions
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 - Draft supports right of Palestinian statehood; states that "legitimacy of the State of Israel must never be called into question."

Jordanian King looks to improve ties with Iran
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 - In meeting with Ahmadinejad's bureau chief, Abdullah says he wants to change tense relations with Islamic Republic; receives invite to Teheran.

Begin: Measures needed against no-rent rabbis
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 - MK Ya’acov Katz ‘bewildered’ by A-G’s inaction against those who call to not rent or sell to Jews in east Jerusalem.

Livni: Peace is in Israel's interest, not a favor to Obama
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 - In joint ABC interview with PA prime minister, opposition leader says it was a mistake for Israel to reject 90-day freeze on settlement building.

IDF probe shows soldier injured by friendly fire
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 - Paratrooper wounded as his force prevents a group of Palestinian terrorists from infiltrating Israel along Gaza border.

Rights group calls on Gaza to end capital punishment
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 - Call comes amid increase in death sentences by military court.

Jordan urges US to find new peace formula
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 - Jordanian FM says US officials still trying to move peace process forward; Australian FM states settlement activity "must cease."

Opposition leader: WikiLeaks show Iran 'vulnerable'
Jeruslalem Post 12 Dec 2010 - Ahmadinejad rival blames president for isolating Islamic Republic from Gulf States; cites cables urging US military action to halt Teheran.

Stop the Wall Campaign receives Human Rights Defenders Award to mark Human Rights Day
Stop The Wall - This week celebrated the 62nd anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To mark it, the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR), along with An Najah University and the Independent Commission of Human Rights, organised an event entitled ‘Speak Up! Stop Discrimination’. [

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 – 08 December. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Latest Israeli bombing plunges Gaza into darkness
12/12/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - 10 December - The Electronic Intifada, Rami Almeghari - Air strikes by Israeli warplanes at dawn on Thursday caused serious damage to the Gaza Strip's only power plant, plunging the territory - which already suffers from frequent outages - into darkness. Media reports said the air strikes hit two sites belonging to Hamas near the Gaza power....

Israeli military missile hits family house
12/12/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - 10 December, ISM, Gaza - December 9th is a day that will be remembered by the Al Sirsawi family as a day in which God protected them from what could have been a catastrophe. At 11:15 in the morning, a powerful missile broke through the back wall of the family house, rocketed through one of....

Israel's crackdown on the border area injures four more
12/12/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - 11 December - ISM, Gaza - The Israeli Offensive Forces are cracking down on people working in the buffer zone. In the past two weeks 20 people have been shot, four of whom were children. Today the atrocities continued: this morning three people were injured in Beit Lahiya; in Khuza'a, near Khan Younis, the army....

Livni: Israel should have accepted U.S. deal for settlement freeze
Ha'aretz 13 Dec 2010 - In joint interview with Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad on ABC News, opposition leader Tzipi Livni says PM Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition cannot make a peace deal.

IDF probe: Soldier wounded on Gaza border was hit by friendly fire
Ha'aretz 13 Dec 2010 - An initial IDF investigation of Saturday's border clash reveals that the soldier who was wounded was shot by another IDF soldier due to poor visibility caused by inclement weather conditions.

Jordan to U.S.: Find new formula for restarting Mideast peace talks
Ha'aretz 13 Dec 2010 - Australian FM during visit to Jordan: Israeli settlement activity must cease because it undermines the effectiveness of the peace process.

Israeli official: Barak's vision of dividing Jerusalem is not government policy
Ha'aretz 13 Dec 2010 - Defense minister suggested to Washington forum that Israel follow plan laid out by former President Bill Clinton in 2000., Exchange of fire was prompted by an infiltration attempt from the Gaza Strip; in the past week there has been an increase in incidents on Israel-Gaza border., Left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian marks its 43rd anniversary with rally attended by thousands in the Gaza Strip.

Report: Turkey seeks to end Israel crisis but phrasing of entente proving problematic
Ha'aretz 13 Dec 2010 - Turks demand that Israel apologize for the killing of Turkish civilians on a Gaza flotilla raid, while Israel agrees to express 'regret' but not apologize.

Clinton: Palestinian state achieved through negotiations is inevitable
Ha'aretz 13 Dec 2010 - U.S. aims to eventually renew direct talks despite stalemate, Secretary of State says; Barak says Israel recognizes two-state solution the only option for Zionism.

Soldier who stole from IDF chief receives 10-year jail sentence
Ha'aretz - Corporal Louis Maskuta took gun, credit card details from office of IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi.

Winter takes Israel by storm; services down, property damaged, flights disrupted
Ha'aretz - 100 km/h winds and massive rains knock out trees and power throughout the country.

Cabinet postpones vote on objection to IDF conversion bill
Ha'aretz - The Yisrael Beiteinu faction in the Knesset has proposed the bill that would prevent the Chief Rabbinate, controlled in part by ultra-Orthodox Jews, from intervening or disqualifying army conversions.

Radical Muslim leader freed from jail after five months
Ha'aretz - Sheikh Raed Salah served time after convicted of assaulting a policeman during a protest in Jerusalem three years ago.

Moldovan ship sinks off Israel coast due to stormy weather, crew safe
Ha'aretz - Israel's first 'winter' weekend leads to accidents, blackouts and injuries, with winds up to 100kmh-strong.

Professors call Israel's junior high math program 'scandalous'
Ha'aretz - 30 university mathematics teachers from around the country have issued an open letter to Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar criticizing the new curriculum.

Civil Administration wants Palestinians to submit requests in Hebrew only
Ha'aretz - Civil Administration chief suggests that the thousands of Palestinians seeking the services of the District Coordination and Liaison offices hire Palestinian 'typists' to assist them.

Jerusalem man dies of H1N1 swine flu
Ha'aretz - 33-year-old man arrived on Thursday at Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem.

OPT: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report, 1-7 December 2010
Relief Web 12 Dec 2010 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Probe: Friendly fire cause of soldier's injury in Gaza
YNet News - Initial Southern Command investigation finds Armored Corps soldiers who killed....

Kadima: PM sold IDF soldiers in return for Shas vote
YNet News - Opposition party says decision to defer vote on army conversion bill 'cynical....

Cabinet fails to vote on IDF conversions
YNet News - PM Netanyahu strikes deal with Shas ministers, forcing entire coalition to vote....

Soldier who stole from IDF chief gets 10 years
YNet News - Corporal Louis Mascotta, who was convicted of stealing rifles and Gabi....

Prominent Iran journalist 'jailed for 16 months'
YNet News - Heads of Journalists' Association Mashallah Shamsolvaezin accused of insulting....

Friedman: Israel, PA detached from reality
YNet News - New York Times' senior columnist criticizes Israeli and Palestinian leaderships....

Senior minister: US bridging plan bad
YNet News - Israel yet to form stand on Clinton speech, which determined that Washington....

Shas: PM to 'bury' IDF conversion law
YNet News - Cabinet expected to approve Yisrael Beiteinu bill recognizing military....

Jordan's king wants improved ties with Iran
YNet News - Jordan's King Abdullah II said Sunday he was seeking "practical steps" to improve his frosty relations with Iran, a contrast to his regime's frequent criticism of Iran's .......

Chief of staff: Yeshiva students significant force in IDF
YNet News - Chief of Staff Lt.- Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi responded to criticism of the IDF hesder yeshivas program, saying "yeshiva students come to the IDF armed with faith and a strong .......

Livni: Israel should have accepted freeze deal
YNet News - WASHINGTON – In a rare joint interview with ABC's Christiane Amanpour, Opposition leader Tzipi Livni and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad agreed peace was a common .......

Iranian students threaten to destroy Esther's tomb
YNet News - A group of extremist Iranian students threatened to destroy the mausoleum of Queen Esther and Mordechai should Israel cause damage to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, .......

Police delegation returns from Haiti
YNet News - An Israel Police delegation to Haiti returned Sunday after three months in the small disaster-torn country. The delegation members, 14 Special Patrol Unit officers, .......

Opposition leader: Cables show Iran 'vulnerable'
YNet News - US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show Iran's hard-line policies have left it without "a single ally" among neighboring countries, an Iranian opposition leader .......

Mousavi: Leaked cables show Iran is 'vulnerable'
Daily Star 12 Dec 2010 TEHRAN: US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show Iran's hardline policies have left it without "a single ally" among neighboring countries, an Iranian opposition leader said Sunday in a direct challenge to Tehran's official view that...

British ambassador's human rights criticism angers Iran
Daily Star 12 Dec 2010 TEHRAN: Several conservative MPs Sunday slammed British ambassador Simon Gass for criticizing Iran's human rights record on his embassy website and calling for the release of a prominent lawyer. "Simon Gass must learn the ethics of...

Heavy rain and strong winds batter the Middle East
Daily Star 12 Dec 2010 BEIRUT: Heavy rain and fierce winds pummeled countries across the Middle East Sunday, prompting Egypt to close its largest Mediterranean port and sinking a ship off Israel's coast. The storm, which caused temperatures to plunge to...

Rough road ahead for new US Mideast peace push
Daily Star 12 Dec 2010 RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank: Neither Israeli nor Palestinian officials showed any enthusiasm Sunday for a US proposal of a return to indirect peace talks after the swift collapse of face-to-face negotiations. US Secretary of State Hillary...

AL: Israel trying to eject Palestinians from Jordan Valley to take over region
PIC 12 Dec 2010 - The Arab League released a report documenting the rise in restrictions Israel has placed on Palestinian residents of the Jordan Valley in what it called an attempt to seize the entire region.

Ging: Gaza inhabitants experiencing bad living conditions
PIC 12 Dec 2010 - John Ging, the director of UNRWA operations in Gaza Strip, has said that the inhabitants of Gaza were still living in bad conditions as a result of the ongoing siege.

IOF troops assault old woman, arrest her son
PIC 12 Dec 2010 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed a Palestinian home in Doura village, south of Al-Khalil, and detained a young man after battering his mother and injuring her.

Hamas congratulates Sheikh Salah on his release
PIC 12 Dec 2010 - Khaled Mishaal on Sunday extended warmest congratulations to Sheikh Ra'ed Salah, the leader of the Islamic movement in 1948 occupied Palestine, for his release from Israeli jail.

Hassan: Mideast peace process has come to an end
PIC 12 Dec 2010 - Palestinian journalist Bilal Al Hassan said on Sunday that the Mideast peace process has come to an end, and was carrying no meaning except imposing an Israeli solution on the Palestinians.

Ahrar: Qabaha in critical condition in Ramle prison hospital
PIC 12 Dec 2010 - The Ahrar center for prisoners' studies and human rights held the Israeli occupation government fully responsible for the life of former minister Wasfi Qabaha.

Palestinian worker injured in IOF gunfire
PIC 12 Dec 2010 - A Palestinian worker was shot and wounded by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, medical sources reported.

Taha denies Mishaal asked for meeting Dahlan
PIC 12 Dec 2010 - Ayman Taha, a Hamas leader, said that his movement's political bureau chairman Khaled Mishaal did not ask for a reconciliation meeting with Fatah MP Mohammed Dahlan.

Sheikh Salah: The days I spent in Israeli jails were the best in my life
PIC 12 Dec 2010 - Sheikh Ra'ed Salah stated immediately after his release from Ramle prison that the five months he spent in jails was the best days in his life and heavenly moments he spent in worshiping God.

Nazzal: The PA asked Israel to imprison MP Qabha
PIC 12 Dec 2010 - Hamas official Mohamed Nazzal said that the Palestinian authority asked the Israel side to kidnap Palestinian lawmaker Wasfi Qabha after he had launched lately a scathing attack on its policies.

Heavy Storms Hit Mideast, Sinking a Ship
New York Times 12 Dec 2010 - The storm brought unusually cold temperatures, below freezing in some spots; in Syria, snow blanketed the streets of Damascus for the first time this winter.

Israel Says Troops Killed 2 Militants
New York Times 12 Dec 2010 - The army reported that an Israeli soldier was wounded, and two Palestinians were shot dead, at a security fence along the Gaza border.

Al Kamandjati Bring the Classics to Life in Ramallah
Palestine Monitor - The Ramallah Orchestra brought Beethoven's Symphony No.1 and Haydn's Cello Concerto to the Ramallah Cultural Palace last night. Written and photogrpahed by Brynn Utela. Some of the youngest members of the orchestra play the violin. Both of these boys are ten years old. The encore brought...

Adeeb Abu Rahma, a leader of nonviolent protest, is freed after 17 months in prison
Mondoweiss - What a beautiful smile! A Gandhi of nonviolent protest, Adeeb Abu Rahma, has been released by the Israelis after two years in detention. You can see Joseph Dana's picture of Abu Rahma holding his daughter as he leaves prison here . And Hamdi Abu Rahma, who took...

‘Washington Post’’s new blogger promptly calls for force against Iran
Mondoweiss - The Washington Post has replaced the American Enterprise Institute as the primary hub of neoconservative arguments for U.S. aggression in the Middle East. AEI operated during a Republican administration, the Post operates in a Democratic one. Old wine in a new bottle. Jennifer Rubin, the latest...

Friedman seeks to blame Palestinians for breakdown of talks
Mondoweiss - When Camp David went down in 2000, Arafat was blamed, famously. Well the failure of the Obama peace talks are clearly in Israel's lap this time. Tom Friedman is trying to change the optics by blaming both sides, over and over, in a form of rhetorical...

Israel: PA must change school curriculum
Mondoweiss - Palestinian kids shouldn't be learning that the occupation is bad while they are being occupied. So says Minister Uzi Landau : Israel declared Sunday that it does not expect a final settlement with the Palestinian Authority (PA) until the Ramallah-based administration completely changes the Palestinian educational curriculum....

Israel has lately shot 20 Palestinans working in Gaza ‘buffer zone,’ and killed 2
Mondoweiss - and other news from Today in Palestine: Land, property, resource theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlers Demolition on the Road 90 - No. 2 8 Dec - (Photo) Wednesday Israeli bulldozers didn't only destroyed a vegetable shop on the Road 90, they also cut six trees...


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Netanyahu: “Israel Does Not Intend To Compensate Families Of Flotilla Victims”
IMEMC - 13 Dec 2010 - Tuesday December 14, 2010 - 00:50, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, denied reports stating that Israel intends to pay compensation to the families of the nine Turkish peace activists who were killed when the Israeli army attacked the Turkish Mavi Marmara solidarity ship that was heading to Gaza to deliver humanitarian supplies.

Police Demolishes Seven Homes In Lod
IMEMC - 13 Dec 2010 - Monday December 13, 2010 - 23:28, The Israeli Police demolished on Tuesday seven Palestinian homes in Lod city after forcing the residents out. The police claimed the structures were built without obtaining the needed construction permits.

Bodies Of Two Fighters, Killed Saturday, Retrieved
IMEMC - 13 Dec 2010 - Monday December 13, 2010 - 22:54, Medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported Tuesday that the bodies of two resistance fighters, who were killed during clashes with Israeli soldiers on Saturday at night, were located and retrieved on Monday.

Knesset Approves New Law Preventing Detainees From Meeting Lawyers For Six Month
IMEMC - 13 Dec 2010 - Monday December 13, 2010 - 12:51, The Legal Committee of the Israeli Knesset decided on Monday to approve a new draft submitted by the Israeli Interior Minister, Yitzhak Aharanovitch, in which he demanded that Palestinian detainees, imprisoned on nationalistic/political grounds, should not be allowed to meet their lawyers up to six months after their arrest, the Maan News Agency reported.

EU Ready to Discuss the Recognition of Palestine
IMEMC - 13 Dec 2010 - Monday December 13, 2010 - 12:31, According to sources at the Palestinian Foreign Ministry, representatives of the European Union will discus the possibility of recognizing a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, if no agreement is reached with Israel within a year.

Report on Police And Army Brutality Against Palestinian Children In Jerusalem
IMEMC - 13 Dec 2010 - Monday December 13, 2010 - 11:15, Caution: Children Ahead - The Illegal Behavior of the Police toward Minors in Silwan Suspected of Stone Throwing... This is a report by the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B'Tselem).

Jewish Congress Leaders Demand Pope To Combat the "Delegitimization" of Israel
IMEMC - 13 Dec 2010 - Monday December 13, 2010 - 11:15, On Friday, a delegation of the World Jewish Congress leaders met with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, and urged the pontiff to combat what they called as a "new form of anti-Semitism", referring to criticism of Israel and its violations against the Palestinians.

Peace Activist Released From Israeli Prison
IMEMC - 13 Dec 2010 - Monday December 13, 2010 - 11:01, The Israeli Authorities released Adeeb Abu Rahma, 40, one of the leaders of the nonviolent movement against the Annexation Wall and settlements in Bil’in village near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Rights group counts steep increase in arrest of minors
12/13/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An investigation by an Israeli rights group found a sharp increase in number of minors arrested in Silwan, a neighborhood of East Jerusalem, a report released Monday said. B'Tselem collected police reports and testimony from November 2009 to October 2010 and found that during the 12-month period, at....

Medics: 2 injured in Israeli shelling north of Gaza
12/13/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were injured Monday by Israeli shelling west of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, medics said. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said the injured were transferred to the Kamal Odwan Hospital with moderate injuries. An Israeli military spokesman said he would look into the report....

Israel releases non-violent protest leader
12/13/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Sunday released anti-wall activist Adeeb Abu Rahmah after detaining him for 18 months. Adeeb was convicted of "incitement" for his role in organizing non-violent weekly protests against the separation wall in Bil'in, which annexes 60 percent of the village's land. The International Court of....

Center: Detained former minister in critical condition
12/13/2010 - JENIN (Ma'an) -- A former minister detained by Israel on Friday is in a critical condition, the Ahrar prisoners' center said Sunday. Former Detainees' Affairs Minister Wasfi Qabha was detained at Bart'a checkpoint in Jenin as he tried to enter his family's village. His wife said he suffered....

In photos: Bethlehem village protests wall
12/13/2010 - MaanImages / Luay Sababa - Israeli forces fire tear gas grenades to shut down an anti-wall demonstration in the West Bank village of Al-Ma'sara near Bethlehem on Dec. 10 2010. Protesters held Palestinian, Brazilian, Argentinian and Uruguayan flags in appreciation of the South American countries' recent recognitions of Palestine....

Stormy weather adds to plight of Gaza's refugees
12/13/2010 - GAZA (Ma'an) - Homes of Palestinian refugees living in camps in Gaza have suffered serious damage from the stormy weather which hit the region over the past two days, civil defense officials said. Heavy rain cracked the densely populated homes built of bricks and asbestos by UNRWA after the expulsion of 1948. The storm....

Family of Israeli patient insults Palestinian paramedic on duty
12/13/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) - A Palestinian paramedic said he was verbally abused by relatives of an Israeli patient from Beit Fagan, a neighborhood of west Jerusalem. Fadi Badarna, who holds an Israeli ID card, works for the Red Star of David ambulance service and in the intensive care unit of Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. He....

2 Gaza crossings open
12/13/2010 - GAZA (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities will partially open two crossings to allow aid into Gaza on Monday, Palestinian officials said. Liaison official Raed Fattouh said approximately 190 to 200 truckloads of goods for the agricultural and commercial sectors will enter through the Kerem Shalom crossing south of the Strip, in addition to 20 new....

Migrant shot near Egypt-Israel border
12/13/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian forces shot and injured a Georgian migrant trying to enter Israel, security sources said. Soldiers patrolling the border region were said to have seen the man proceeding toward the border, eight kilometers south of Israel near the Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza. Forces opened fire when he refused to....

Center: Strong winds destroy tent in Negev prison
12/13/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian detainees held in Israel's Negev desert prison said strong winds had ripped apart a tent in the facility, a prisoners' center said. In addition to buildings, there are nine tent compounds in the prison, and the center warned that if the stormy weather continues further tents....

Coalition for Integrity recognizes Palestinian achievements
12/13/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- AMAN, the Palestinian Coalition for Integrity and Accountability awarded top spots to organizations, media members and civil servants on Wednesday, in an event celebrating those who persevere in the fight against corruption. The ceremony, held in Ramallah, was chaired by PLO member Hanan Ashrawi, who opened the evening with a speech....

Journalists union angered over closure of 12 radio, tv stations
12/13/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Attorney General Ahmad Al-Mughni announced Monday the closure of 12 local radio and television stations in the West Bank, citing failure to adhere to a new permit system after several months of grace time and a re-negotiation of fees. The decision to close the station was made by a technical....

WikiLeaks: Australia fears Israeli military strike on Iran
12/13/2010 - SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian intelligence agencies fear Israel may launch a military strike on Iran to knock out its nuclear facilities, which they said could lead to nuclear war, leaked US diplomatic cables showed Monday. Secret cables from the US embassy in Canberra, provided exclusively to The Sydney Morning Herald by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, reveal that....

US envoy in region to push indirect talks
12/13/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Washington's Middle East envoy George Mitchell was to arrive in the region on Monday for talks with both sides as the Obama administration attempted to keep alive the battered peace process. The visit, Mitchell's first in nearly three months, comes after the United States admitted it had failed to....

Elders: Mideast peace, not process
12/13/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- "For nearly two decades, there have been peace processes in the Middle East but no peace," a statement from a group of preeminent leaders and former politicians said Monday, urging a focus on issues of a final agreement rather than on mechanisms to get sides to the table."There is now....

Amid revived talks, Fatah to stick with settlements demand
12/13/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Sources close to the meetings said that Fatah Central Council members headed by President Mahmoud Abbas decided to maintain the Palestinian position on no talks without a settlement construction freeze, even as US officials rally to save the latest peace process effort from collapse. With US mediator George Mitchell in Israel....

EU: Peace process before state recognition
12/13/2010 - BRUSSELS (Ma'an) --The EU Foreign Affairs Council refused Monday to recognize a Palestinian state following the failed US efforts to broker a deal bringing Israeli and Palestinian negotiators back to the table, a statement from the body said. The statement did not refuse the recognition outright, but gave priority to the US-lead effort....

Hamas leader: Next meeting with Fatah in December
12/13/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The next round of reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fatah will start by the end of December, Hamas leader in exile Mousa Abu Marzouq said Sunday." Head of Fatah negotiating team Azzam Al-Ahmad contacted us and we agreed to hold a meeting by the end of the month, and discussions will....

Court finds postponing local elections illegal
12/13/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Supreme Court in Ramallah on Monday annulled a June decision by the Palestinian Authority cabinet to postpone municipal elections. Seven days ahead of a scheduled 17 July municipal vote, the PA indefinitely postponed the proceedings in a closed-door cabinet meeting, a move condemned by Palestinian factions and civil society....

Storm threatens historic Roman-era Israeli port
12/13/2010 - JERUSALEM (AFP) -- A massive storm that battered the eastern Mediterranean destroyed the breakers protecting the Roman-era port of Caesarea threatening to wash away the historic site, Israeli officials said Monday." In this big storm, the wave breakers that protect the Caesarea shore totally collapsed," Zeev Margalit, the head of development and preservation at the Israel....

EU to wait until 'appropriate' to recognize Palestinian state
Ha'aretz - Foreign ministers meeting in Brussels worry early declaration as per Palestinian request will harm efforts to resume peace process.

Barak tells Gates: Hezbollah and Syria must not gain weapons supremacy over Israel
Ha'aretz - Defense Minister meets U.S. counterpart at the Pentagon to discuss Washington's continuing support of Israel's defense efforts.

Netanyahu to Mitchell: I'm ready to discuss all essential Mideast issues
Ha'aretz - Ahead of his meeting with Obama's visiting envoy, Netanyahu hailed the U.S. decision to drop efforts to achieve a construction freeze on Israeli settlements and focus on resolving core issues of the conflict.

Deputy FM: Iran-Venezuela ties threaten U.S., entire world
Ha'aretz - Reports of financial and military ties between Venezuela and Iran have raised U.S. concern, who is closely monitoring Iran's activities in Latin America., WikiLeaks cables provided to The Age show that Australian intelligence believed that Iran should not be considered a rogue state., PM to meet with U.S. envoy George Mitchell on Monday evening in Jerusalem; Obama administration wants Israel to take a position on core issues, with an emphasis on borders.

Italy PM said 'not even Obama can stop Israeli attack on Iran', WikiLeaks cable reveals
Ha'aretz - In a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in February, Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi expressed concern that Israel might use nuclear weapons in a preemptive strike on Iran.

Two Palestinians killed, IDF soldier seriously wounded in exchange of fire on Gaza border
Ha'aretz - Exchange of fire was prompted by an infiltration attempt from the Gaza Strip; in the past week there has been an increase in incidents on Israel-Gaza border.

Israel Reduces Wheat Supply to the Gaza Strip: Food Security in Gaza at Greater Risk as Israeli Siege Continues
Uruknet December 13, 2010 - The Israeli authorities have reduced the amounts of wheat allowed into the Gaza Strip. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), lower quantities of wheat grain and animal feed have been allowed to enter Gaza during the past few months. Between January and May 2010 the 64,237 tons were...

In the Mideast, The US is a Helpless Giant
Uruknet December 13, 2010 - In 1956, Britain, France and Israel colluded to invade Egypt to overthrow its hugely popular nationalist leader, Gamal Abdel Nasser.

Racist Rabbis: What is the News?
Uruknet December 13, 2010 - ...Thousands of Israelis protest in the streets of Tel Aviv as the words "human rights" are on their lips, but a majority of them are using these words pointlessly. One who supported or was quiet during Israel’s slaughter in Gaza and demonstrates on human rights day expresses a morality that is not morality. It distinguishes...

Funding illegal Israeli settlements? Priceless
Uruknet December 13, 2010 - Visa, Mastercard and PayPal all enable donations to be made to US-registered groups funding illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank in defiance of international law. It appears at least one of the major credit cards also enables donations to an extremist Jewish group that has placed a bounty on the lives of Palestinians. All...

Israel increases restrictions and house demolitions in the Jordan Valley
Uruknet December 13, 2010 - Israel increases restrictions and house demolitions in the Jordan ValleyA report issued by the Arab League says that the Israeli occupation forces have increased the restrictions placed on Palestinians in the Jordan Valley. The Palestine and Arab Territories Section claim that Israel's aim is to expel the residents in preparation for its annexation of the...

Israeli Police Demolishes Seven Homes In Lod
Uruknet December 13, 2010 - The Israeli Police demolished on Tuesday seven Palestinian homes in Lod city after forcing the residents out. The police claimed the structures were built without obtaining the needed construction permits. Seventy residents were rendered homeless and are currently living in tents. The demolished homes belong to members of Abu Eid family. The furniture and belongings...

Gaza Health Ministry: 137 of required medicines out of stock
Uruknet December 13, 2010 - The ministry of health in Gaza warned Monday that 137 types of medicine and 150 of essential medical supplies are out of stock in Gaza, among those supplies are drugs used to treat cancer and kidney patients. The ministry's pharmaceutical director is calling on the ministry's counterpart in Ramallah to release to the Gaza Strip...

PRC: Universal Jurisdiction change promotes further crimes
Uruknet December 13, 2010 - Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) expresses its concerns over the intended amendment on commons vote this Monday on Universal Jurisdiction. PRC points out that if the Police Reform Bill is passed on Monday, will make it increasingly difficult to obtain an arrest warrant for anyone accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The new changes...

Rescuing Zionism at Palestinian expense
Uruknet December 13, 2010 - ....For the discredited Palestinian Authority "leadership" which rushed to Washington as soon as Clinton beckoned, the secretary of state had these instructions: "To demonstrate their commitment to peace, Israeli and Palestinian leaders should stop trying to assign blame for the next failure, and focus instead on what they need to do to make these efforts...

Netanyahu rules out Jerusalem split
Uruknet December 13, 2010 - Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has made clear that comments by the country's defence minister, in favour of dividing Jerusalem between Israelis and Arabs were not the policy of the Israeli government. "Ehud Barak's comments were not co-ordinated with the prime minister," an official in Netanyahu's office said on Sunday, speaking on condition of...

Medics: 2 injured in Israeli shelling north of Gaza
Uruknet December 13, 2010 -- Two Palestinians were injured Monday by Israeli shelling west of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, medics said. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said the injured were transferred to the Kamal Odwan Hospital with moderate injuries.

Iran foreign minister fired
Uruknet December 13, 2010 - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, has fired Manouchehr Mottaki, his foreign minister, the official IRNA news agency has reported. The announcement came on Monday, but no reasons were given for Mottaki's dismissal, which comes as Iran is engaged in talks with world powers over its sensitive nuclear programme. Ahmadinejad appointed the head of Iran's Atomic...

Hillary Clinton’s Empty Words Inspire Pessimism
Uruknet December 12, 2010 - Yesterday found Hillary Clinton clutching at straws in her talk on the Israeli/Palestinian peace process at the Brooking Institute, Washington D.C. Following the US’s failure to secure a settlement freeze Clinton’s superficial positivity about the peace process demonstrated a lack of understanding and sincerity...

Caution: Children Ahead- The Illegal Behavior of Israeli Police toward Minors in Silwan Suspected of Stone Throwing
Uruknet December 12, 2010 - An investigation conducted by B'Tselem shows that, during the past year (November 2009 to October 2010), at least 81 minors from Silwan have been arrested or detained for questioning, the vast majority on suspicion of stone throwing. The arrests and detentions followed confrontations between Palestinians and settlers in the neighborhood, where there is great tension...

Palestinian Non-Violent Leader Released From Israeli Prision
Uruknet December 13, 2010 - Before he had even reached the gate of Ofer military compound, Adeeb Abu Rahmah had his hands in the air in celebration. Abu Rahmah crossed the iron gate of the compound and walked into freedom after eighteen months in military prison. Despite the frigid mountain air, the warmth of Adeeb’s presence could be felt strongly...

British parliament debates Palestinian children prisoners
Uruknet December 12, 2010 -

Former EU Leaders Call for Sanctions on Israel
Uruknet December 12, 2010 - A large group of former EU leaders and commissioners, including Catherine Ashton's predecessor Javier Solana, has urged the Union to take sanctions against Israel on settlements. But Ms Ashton's reply indicates the plea will go unheard. The group in a letter to EU capitals and the leaders of the EU institutions on 6 December, seen...

Video: Beyond Words
Uruknet December 12, 2010 - On the occasion of the Human Rights Day, which also marks the 62nd Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Al-Haq is pleased to launch its short documentary film entitled "Beyond Words: Palestinian Voices in Search of Justice". Through this documentary, Al-Haq is giving voice to Palestinians living under Israeli occupation. Their stories are...

Iran not a rogue state: Australia
Uruknet December 12, 2010 - Australia is at odds with its major security ally the United States over Iran, saying it is not a "rogue state" and its nuclear weapons program is for deterrence, not attack, according to U.S. cables released by WikiLeaks. The documents, published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday, also reveal that Australia's top security organization...

The Palestinian Journalist Block declares solidarity with the captain of Italian journalists
13 Dec 2010 - Gaza,December 13, (Pal Telegraph) - The captain of Italian journalists, Anzo Ekibno, was attacked by media and pressure by the Zionist lobby and its supporters in Italy as he intended to host a press conference of “Freedom flotilla 2” as it will declare its latest preparations about its expected sailing to the Gaza Strip in spring of the next year....

Israeli army detains Palestinian woman in Hebron
13 Dec 2010 - Hebron, December 13, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained Palestinian woman and erected Monday military checkpoints in Hebron city, in the West Bank. Local sources said that Israeli detained the Palestinian woman Maysaa Al-Junidy after summon in police station of Ma’ale Adumim settlement, in east of Juresalem. In addition to, IOF raided Al-Fawar camp in the same city,...

B'Tselem blasts arrests of Palestinian minors
13 Dec 2010 - Jerusalem, December 13, (Pal Telegraph - AP) - An Israeli human rights group is accusing the police of arresting Palestinian minors as young as five in east Jerusalem and dealing with them in ways that violate the law. In a report released Monday, B'Tselem says Israeli police arrested at least 81 Palestinian minors between November 2009 and October 2010 on...

EU shelves recognition of Palestine
AlJazeera 13 Dec 2010 - Foreign ministers from European Union say they will recognise a Palestinian state "when appropriate".

Iran foreign minister fired
AlJazeera 13 Dec 2010 - Manouchehr Mottaki has been sacked by president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian state news agency has reported.

What Britain can do for Israeli-Palestinian peace | Lorna Fitzsimons
The Guardian 13 Dec 2010 - The UK should play the role of honest broker in creating an environment for the two sides to reach agreement Good people look at a bad situation and want to help. In the context of the...

Israel’s war on Jerusalem children
Palestine Note 13 Dec 2010 - Israeli police have been criticised over their treatment of hundreds of Palestinian children, some as young as seven, arrested and interrogated on suspicion of stone-throwing in East Jerusalem. In the past year, criminal investigations have been...

EU keeps up pressure for Israeli settlement freeze
Palestine Note 13 Dec 2010 - Alert Net - The European Union pressed the Israeli government on Monday to freeze settlement building, offered the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip more aid and urged Israel to open Gaza's border crossings more fully to increase trade....

In bid to raise popularity, Hamas politicians sweeping streets, distributing candy
Palestine Note 13 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - Gaza's ruling Hamas movement has politicians sweeping streets to show community spirit, activists distributing chocolates and cards signed from Hamas with love and police officers visiting homes and schools to soften the often harsh...

Erakat urges EU to recognize Palestinian state
Palestine Note 13 Dec 2010 - Al Arabiya - Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat on Monday urged the European Union to recognize an independent Palestinian state, in a letter to the bloc's foreign ministers. His demands were laid out in a letter...

Two Hebronite clans test security in West Bank city
Palestine Note 13 Dec 2010 - The National - For about four years, two Hebronite clans - the Rajabis and the Ajlounis - have been gunning one another down in public places or torching each other's businesses in mob attacks. Amid the...

Rain, gales, and snow in Damscus
Palestine Note 13 Dec 2010 - The National - At least three people died as heavy rain, high winds and snow lashed Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey, causing havoc after months of drought. About 15km off the coast of Israel, a Moldovan...

Hamas leader: Next meeting with Fatah in December
Palestine Note 13 Dec 2010 - Maan - The next round of reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fatah will start by the end of December, Hamas leader in exile Mousa Abu Marzouq said Sunday. "Head of Fatah negotiating team Azzam Al-Ahmad contacted...

Israel releases non-violent protest leader
Palestine Note 13 Dec 2010 - Maan - Israeli authorities on Sunday released anti-wall activist Adeeb Abu Rahmah after detaining him for 18 months. Adeeb was convicted of "incitement" for his role in organizing non-violent weekly protests against the separation wall in...

Obama's dose of reality may be a cure for the Palestinians
Palestine Note 13 Dec 2010 - Tony Karon, The National - The Obama administration's announcement that it had capitulated before Israeli recalcitrance on a settlement freeze should be read as a cry for help. Mr Obama has, in fact, taken a bold...

Obama Buckles on Settlements Freeze, But Israel Heading for Greater Isolation
Palestine Note 13 Dec 2010 - Peter Beinart, The Daily Beast - Yasher Koach, Bibi, it looks like the White House has finally given up. For close to two years now, they've been hectoring you about a Palestinian state. First, they tried...

Reality Check
Palestine Note 13 Dec 2010 - Thomas Friedman, New York Times - The failed attempt by the U.S. to bribe Israel with a $3 billion security assistance package, diplomatic cover and advanced F-35 fighter aircraft — if Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu would...

Clinton Addresses Israeli Leaders in DC
Palestine Note 13 Dec 2010 - No Consequences For Settlements, but US Still Wants Palestinian State Washington - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a speech about the collapsed direct negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, and reasserted the US position that a...

Mr. President: Prove you weren't bluffing on Middle East peace
Palestine Note 13 Dec 2010 - By snubbing the Obama administration's latest peace gambit, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has done more than simply renege on an agreement with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Netanyahu has called President Obama's bluff. Netanyahu is telling...

WikiLeaks indicts and vindicates U.S. dplomats
Palestine Note 13 Dec 2010 - The WikiLeaks vs. the US government saga started in July, when 77,000 secret US documents directly relating to Afghanistan were made available to major media organizations. Many of us shook our heads with a mixture of...

Israel and Turkey Working to Repair Ties
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 - New York Times - Officials from Israel and Turkey said Friday that their governments were working on an agreement to end the hemorrhaging of their relationship but were stuck on several issues, including whether Israel must...

A Message from Israeli Military Prison on International Human Rights Day
Palestine Note 12 Dec 2010 - Majida Abu Rahmah, Huffington Post - My imprisoned husband Abdullah Abu Rahmah passed the following message through his lawyer: A year ago tonight, on International Human Rights Day, our apartment in Ramallah was broken into by...

Islamic Movement Leader Salah Released from Israeli Prison
Alternative Information Center - Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was released from the Ayalon Prison in Ramla Monday (12 December).

Gazans Demonstrate for Palestinian Political Reconciliation, Progressive Values
Alternative Information Center - The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) celebrated its 43rd anniversary on Saturday (11 December), with thousands gathering in Gaza to support the group’s call for Palestinian political reconciliation.

Message from Bil’in’s Abu Rahmah on Human Rights Day
Alternative Information Center - On the 11th of October of this year I was sentenced to 12 months in prison, plus 6 months suspended sentence for 3 years, and a fine. 

Israeli Settler Leaders Push for Increased Construction in West Bank
Alternative Information Center - Benny Kashriel, Mayor of the West Bank settlement Ma’aleh Adumim, sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Sunday (12 December), asking him to authorize new settlement construction. He also sent a copy of the letter...

Palestine Campaigners Claim BDS Success as Edinburgh Council Rejects Veolia
Alternative Information Center - A pro-Palestinian pressure group claimed success last week after Edinburgh Council rejected an attempt by a controversial firm to take over a range of public services in the city.

Netanyahu Welcomes Mitchell, PLO Demands Clear Call for 1967 Borders
PNN - Jerusalem – PNN - On the day of US Special Envoy George Mitchell’s arrival in Israel and nearly a week after American negotiators dropped their demand for a settlement freeze, Israeli Prime...

The Up Side Down of Democracy
PNN - By: Mitri I. Musleh - Democracy is a political form of government in which, the governing power is derived from the people, by the people, to serve the people. The principles of...

Despite Storms, Swimmers in Gaza Continue to Train
PNN - Gaza City – PNN - The al-Najba School for Aquatics in Gaza City will continue to train swimmers in its Olympic-size pool despite the fierce storms sweeping the region. “Al-Najba School was...

Palestinian Jerusalemites Fear Israeli Digging will Collapse al-Aqsa and Surroundings
PNN - Jerusalem – PNN - Representatives of Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem such as Wadi al-Helwa and Silwan said on Monday that they feared continued Israeli digging would lead to structural collapses on...

EU Discusses Recognizing Palestine in One Year
PNN - Strasbourg – PNN- Representatives of the European Union will dicuss on Monday the possibility of recognizing a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, should a peace agreement fail to materialize within a...

Likud: Livni ‘ganged up’ on PM with PA’s Fayyad
Jeruslalem Post 13 Dec 2010 - Elkin slams opposition leader for criticizing Netanyahu's policies in joint interview with PA prime minister on US television.

Abbas: Israel puts settlements above peace
Jeruslalem Post 13 Dec 2010 - PA requests an urgent meeting of the Quartet members to discuss the future of the Middle East peace process.

Barak confident talks can be restarted after meetings in US
Jeruslalem Post 13 Dec 2010 - “We will have serious discussions in the coming month on security, borders, Jerusalem, refugees,” defense minister says in Washington following meetings with Gates, Panetta, Ross and Biden.

US pushes indirect talks amid dispute over issues
Jeruslalem Post 13 Dec 2010 - Israel wants focus to be on refugees, recognition and security, while Palestinians prefer borders and J’lem.

J'lem following reports Jordan wants to improve Iran ties
Jeruslalem Post 13 Dec 2010 - In meeting with Ahmadinejad's bureau chief, Abdullah says he wants to change tense relations with Islamic Republic; receives invite to Teheran.

New bill could keep terror suspects from lawyer for year
Jeruslalem Post 13 Dec 2010 - Aharonovitch's proposal aimed at keeping suspects from organized terrorism activities; ACRI: "Clear contradiction of constitutional principles."

'Erekat calls on EU to recognize a Palestinian state'
Jeruslalem Post 13 Dec 2010 - Ahead of EU foreign ministers meeting, top Palestinian negotiator quoted as saying such a move would "provide protection for the principle of two states as well as for the peace process."

The Hillary Clinton Factor
Jeruslalem Post 13 Dec 2010 - What role will Clinton play in the future of the peace process? Our panel shows her great favor, but will it last?

Photos: Heavy rains, strong winds batter Middle East
Jeruslalem Post 13 Dec 2010 - Woman crushed by tree in Lebanon; sandstorms in Jordan, Egypt; streets of Damascus blanketed in snow; heavy rains flood Beirut, flights delayed.

Egypt protesters say new parliament is 'void'
Jeruslalem Post 13 Dec 2010 - Hundreds of opposition activists demonstrate against "rigged elections," call for results to be annulled; Mubarak hails "milestone" for democracy.

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 – 08 December. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Adeeb Abu Rahma's release celebrated in Bil'in
12/13/2010 - International Solidarity Movement - Yesterday, the 12th of December, Adeeb Abu Rahma was released after 18 months of incarceration in Ofer Military prison. Adeeb Abu Rahma, 40 years old, is a leading activist in the struggle of Bil'in. For six years, the village has been holding a weekly demonstration against the Israeli occupation, the illegal settlement of....

EU to wait until 'appropriate' to recognize Palestinian state
Ha'aretz 13 Dec 2010 - Foreign ministers meeting in Brussels worry early declaration as per Palestinian request will harm efforts to resume peace process.

Barak tells Gates: Hezbollah and Syria must not gain weapons supremacy over Israel
Ha'aretz 13 Dec 2010 - Defense Minister meets U.S. counterpart at the Pentagon to discuss Washington's continuing support of Israel's defense efforts.

Netanyahu to Mitchell: I'm ready to discuss all essential Mideast issues
Ha'aretz 13 Dec 2010 - Ahead of his meeting with Obama's visiting envoy, Netanyahu hailed the U.S. decision to drop efforts to achieve a construction freeze on Israeli settlements and focus on resolving core issues of the conflict.

Deputy FM: Iran-Venezuela ties threaten U.S., entire world
Ha'aretz 13 Dec 2010 - Reports of financial and military ties between Venezuela and Iran have raised U.S. concern, who is closely monitoring Iran's activities in Latin America., WikiLeaks cables provided to The Age show that Australian intelligence believed that Iran should not be considered a rogue state., PM to meet with U.S. envoy George Mitchell on Monday evening in Jerusalem; Obama administration wants Israel to take a position on core issues, with an emphasis on borders.

Italy PM said 'not even Obama can stop Israeli attack on Iran', WikiLeaks cable reveals
Ha'aretz 13 Dec 2010 - In a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in February, Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi expressed concern that Israel might use nuclear weapons in a preemptive strike on Iran.

Two Palestinians killed, IDF soldier seriously wounded in exchange of fire on Gaza border
Ha'aretz 13 Dec 2010 - Exchange of fire was prompted by an infiltration attempt from the Gaza Strip; in the past week there has been an increase in incidents on Israel-Gaza border.

Israel sends some 150 refugees back to their native Sudan
Ha'aretz - An Israeli official said that each of the migrants flying back to Africa through a third-party state on Monday night had agreed to do so voluntarily, and said the move had been coordinated with the UN to ensure their safety.

Rainbow after the storm: Mount Hermon ski site to open as winter finally hits Israel
Ha'aretz - Nearly every major town in Israel went off the grid for several hours on Sunday night as wind knocks over trees and other objects.

Knesset panel okays bill forcing ISPs to name online commenters accused of libel
Ha'aretz - MK behind bill says legislation aims to protect freedom of speech from abuse by those hiding behind cloak of anonymity.

Family of Carmel fire victim: Netanyahu and his ministers should face criminal probe
Ha'aretz - Two bereaved relatives point to state comptroller report as evidence that everyone from the prime minister to finance minister should be investigated.

Winter storms: Snow in Jerusalem and a boon for the Kinneret
Ha'aretz - Dozens injured as heavy winds and rains are felt throughout the country; Mount Hermon ski site to open this week.

Rights group: Police making illegal arrests of Palestinian children
Ha'aretz - B'Tselem report accuses police of arresting Palestinian minors as young as five in East Jerusalem and dealing with them in ways that violate the law.

IDF chief: Hesder yeshivas important to Israel's defense
Ha'aretz - Chief of Staff Ashkenazi praises religious seminary students who serve in the Israeli army.

Gaza: Alternative Repair Strategies Report
Relief Web 13 Dec 2010 - Source: American Friends Service Committee

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS 10 RESOLUTIONS AIMED AT SHORING UP SHARED RESPONSE OF UNITED NATIONS, REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS TO COMPLEX GLOBAL CHALLENGES
Relief Web 13 Dec 2010 - Source: UN General Assembly

Gaza: UN envoy on sport voices concern over ban of youth organization
Relief Web 13 Dec 2010 - Source: UN News Service

Statement by Maxwell Gaylard on the closure of Sharek Youth Forum in the Gaza Strip
Relief Web 13 Dec 2010 - Source: UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the oPt

'Europe will recognize Palestinian state when appropriate'
YNet News - Erekat asks for recognition of Palestinian state, but ministers convening in....

Iran's president fires foreign minister
YNet News - Ahmadinejad thanks Mottaki for five years of service; names nuclear chief as top....

Bill: Terror suspects won't see lawyers for 6 months
YNet News - Minister explains many prisoners use meetings with attorneys to coordinate....

Netanyahu welcomes US focus on core issues
YNet News - Prime minister tells economic forum that Clinton's announcement of intention to....

Storms hit Israel, Hermon gets snow
YNet News - Largest storm in 20 years pours two meters of snow on mountain's peaks, Sea of....

B'Tselem: Police ignoring minors' rights
YNet News - Israeli human rights group says police take Palestinian minors from east....

Israel flying Sudanese infiltrators back to Africa
YNet News - The migrants have agreed to the relocation, and the UN is cooperating with Israel on the initiative. Israel does not have diplomatic relations with Sudan. The .......

US editorial says Israel similar to North Korea
YNet News - WASHINGTON - "Israel is a democracy, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in no way similar to (North Korean) dictator Kim Jong Il, but there is a similarity in the .......

EU keeps up pressure for Israeli settlement freeze
YNet News - The European Union pressed the Israeli government on Monday to freeze settlement building, offered the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip more aid and urged Israel to open Gaza's .......

Hamas reaches out, tries to shore up popularity
YNet News - Gaza's ruling Hamas movement has politicians sweeping streets to show community spirit, activists distributing chocolates and cards signed "from Hamas with love" and .......

Report: Police breach law when arresting children
B'tselem 12 Dec 2010 - A new B'Tselem report, Caution: Children Ahead, shows that, over the past year, at least 81 Palestinian minors from Silwan, East Jerusalem, have been arrested or detained for questioning on suspicion of stone throwing. Many were arrested at night, some wegram Files\QuickTime\QTSystem\

After setback, US resumes Mideast peace push
Daily Star 13 Dec 2010 DUBAI: An internet posting Monday attributed to a senior Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq warned that last weekend's deadly bombings in Stockholm were "only the beginning," and threatened attacks against NATO and Europe.

Al-Qaeda threatens further attacks against NATO and Europe
Daily Star 13 Dec 2010 DUBAI: An internet posting Monday attributed to a senior Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq warned that last weekend's deadly bombings in Stockholm were "only the beginning," and threatened attacks against NATO and Europe.

Mottaki abruptly fired by Ahmadinejad while abroad
Daily Star 13 Dec 2010 TEHRAN: Iran's president abruptly fired his foreign minister Monday and named the nuclear chief as acting top diplomat, the latest sign of a rift at the top levels of the Islamic Republic.  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave...

US contractor gets suspended sentence in UAE
Daily Star 13 Dec 2010 ABU DHABI: A state security court in the United Arab Emirates Monday sentenced an American security contractor in Iraq to a suspended fine and suspended jail sentence for possession of weapons accessories.

Former Egypt MPs announce 'alternative parliament'
Daily Star 13 Dec 2010 CAIRO: Egypt's new Parliament convened for the first time Monday, as about 20 opposition lawmakers defeated in disputed legislative polls announced the formation of their own rogue legislature. The new Parliament re-elected Fathi Srur as speaker...

Israel's child arrests break law, human rights group says
Daily Star 13 Dec 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Police in Jerusalem are systematically breaking the law by arresting stone-throwing children at night and interrogating them without their parents being present, an Israeli rights group said Monday.

Tehran summons UK envoy over rights criticism
Daily Star 13 Dec 2010 TEHRAN: Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador Monday over his criticisms of the country's human-rights record and lawmakers called on the government to downgrade ties with London, media reported.

Doha to host 2011 Jerusalem defense conference
PIC 13 Dec 2010 - The 2011 international Jerusalem defense conference will be held in Doha, the conference's appointed coordinator general Mohammed Subaih told media in Cairo Monday.

Israel passes law denying prisoners lawyer visits for one year after arrest
PIC 13 Dec 2010 - Israel's legislative commission approved Monday a new draft law that would deny Palestinian prisoners the right to lawyer visits for one year upon arrest.

Two Palestinians wounded in IOF artillery shelling
PIC 13 Dec 2010 - Two Palestinian citizens were wounded west of Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza Strip, on Monday afternoon after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired tank shells at the area, medical sources said.

Israel transfers key Hamas leader to Ramon prison solitary confinement
PIC 13 Dec 2010 - After spending his last six years in solitary confinement, the Israeli prison authority transferred Monday leading Hamas figure Jamal Abul Haija from the facility in Ramle to the Ramon prison.

Israeli authorities demolish Palestinian homes in Lod
PIC 13 Dec 2010 - Israeli municipality teams escorted by large numbers of policemen razed seven Palestinian homes in Lod in central Palestine occupied in 1948 on Monday at the pretext of building without permit.

Gaza Health Ministry: 137 of required medicines out of stock
PIC 13 Dec 2010 - The ministry of health in Gaza warned Monday that 137 types of medicine and 150 of essential medical supplies are out of stock in Gaza, among those supplies are drugs used to treat cancer.

Abbas's militia rounds up 7 Hamas supporters
PIC 13 Dec 2010 - Security militias loyal to de facto president Mahmoud Abbas rounded up seven supporters of Hamas in the districts of Al-Khalil, Nablus, Jenin, Salfit, and Qalqilia over the past 24 hours.

Haaretz: Active illegal construction in all settlements since freeze ended
PIC 13 Dec 2010 - Haaretz newspaper said that since the end of the alleged settlement freeze in the occupied Palestinian territories, there has been active illegal construction in all settlements.

PIC hailed as pioneer in covering developments in Palestinian arena
PIC 13 Dec 2010 - The PIC was hailed today as a "pioneer in the delivery of the Palestinian message" to the whole world during a visit paid by a delegation from the aid convoy Asia to the PIC branch office in Tehran.

Abu Marzouk: A new meeting this month between Hamas, Fatah in Damascus
PIC 13 Dec 2010 - Deputy head of Hamas's political bureau Moussa Abu Marzouk said that a new meeting between his Movement and Fatah faction will be held at the end of this month in Damascus.

Iran fires Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki
LA Times 14 Dec 2010 - No reason was given for the dismissal of the relative moderate, but the career diplomat had long clashed with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday announced the firing of Iran's foreign minister as the longtime diplomat was abroad on assignment, pro-government news agencies reported.

Iran's president fires foreign minister, names nuclear chief to serve as acting top diplomat
LA Times 13 Dec 2010 - TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president abruptly fired his foreign minister Monday and named the nuclear chief as acting top diplomat, the latest sign of a rift at the top levels of the Islamic theocracy as the country faces intense pressure from the West over its nuclear program.

Ein Hod Journal: Arabs and Israelis, United by Flames
New York Times 13 Dec 2010 - For Ein Hod, an artist’s colony in northern Israel, and Ayn Hawd, the neighboring Israeli Arab village, the flames did not distinguish between Arab and Jew.

Supreme Court's decision as a democratic victory
Palestine Monitor - The Palestinian National Initiative praised the decision of the Supreme Court judge who declared that the government's decision to postpone local elections was invalid. The main priority is to now determine a new date for local elections and that is to take place not only in...

Palestinians in Israel would prefer one secular democratic state (but who’s asking them?)
Mondoweiss - Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} I have been living in Haifa for almost six months now, working at a Palestinian NGO and...

Clinton: Occupation robs Palestinians of dignity and self-determination and is radicalizing the Middle East
Mondoweiss - Mark Wauck tells me I am missing the forest for the trees. There has been great progress in the American discourse, and Tom Friedman's latest and Hillary Clinton's speech to the Saban Center at Brookings last week reflect it. "Most will come away from Friedman's column...

UXOs: Did Israel deliberately arm Hamas?
Mondoweiss - Israel’s war against Palestine is a graveyard of questions that died begging to be asked. The media report Israel’s actions accompanied by explanations that Israel itself supplies. The Palestinian family was thrown out of their home because they are not legal residents of East Jerusalem. The...

Peretz: secret meeting of Kissinger and Harvard heavyweights pulled Israel’s chestnuts from fire in ‘73
Mondoweiss - Yesterday we reported on Sec'y of State Kissinger's scabrous statement to Nixon in '73 that if the Soviet Union set up gas chambers for Jews, it wasn't an American concern. Marty Peretz rushes to Kissinger's defense , and offers an insight into how power works. By the...

More on the Washington Post’s new blogger’s ‘barbarous dialect’
Mondoweiss - Jennifer Rubin's call in the Washington Post for murdering Iranian scientists has elicited outrage. Justin Elliott at Salon : Rubin wants the United States to make human rights a central theme in its Iran policy -- and to indiscriminately assassinate civilian scientists. ...even the U.S. State Department...


Tuesday, December 14, 2010Top of page
Bedouin Community Wells Destroyed Near Hebron
IMEMC - 14 Dec 2010 - Tuesday December 14, 2010 - 18:06, The Israeli Civil Administration officials destroyed five wells and several sheds, on Tuesday, in a small Bedouin community in the south Hebron hills, locals reported.

Israeli Forces Arrest 31 in West Bank and Demolish 2 Houses in Jerusalem
IMEMC - 14 Dec 2010 - Tuesday December 14, 2010 - 17:24, Israeli troops arrested 31 people in overnight raids across the West Bank. Meanwhile, troops demolished two Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, on Tuesday morning, local sources announced.

P.A. Firefighters Refused Entrance to Israel For Honouring Ceremony
IMEMC - 14 Dec 2010 - Tuesday December 14, 2010 - 16:39, Israeli daily, Haaretz, has reported that Israel has cancelled its ceremony to honour the Palestinian firefighters that participated in the global assistance to the State of Israel, following the fire that devastated the Haifa/ Mt. Carmel region, due to Israel refusing to issue entry permits for all firefighters.

US Congress Warns PA on Revived Peace Negotiations
IMEMC - 14 Dec 2010 - Tuesday December 14, 2010 - 15:10, The US Congress mounted pressure on the Palestinian Authority to resume peace talks, warning against a unilateral declaration of statehood, media sources reported.

Rabbi Drukman Suggests Discriminating Between “A Loyal Arab”, and “An Arab Who Hates Israel”
IMEMC - 14 Dec 2010 - Tuesday December 14, 2010 - 13:09, Rabbi Haim Druckman, regarded as a ‘moderate’ leader of religious Zionism, presented his own version of resolving the issue of not renting homes at Arabs, by suggesting that a “loyal Arab” can rent or buy a flat while “haters of Israel” will be denied this right.

Two Palestinians Wounded By Shellfire in Gaza
IMEMC - 14 Dec 2010 - Tuesday December 14, 2010 - 12:52, Two young Palestinians were injured on Monday by Israel's shelling in the northwest of Beit Lahiya, north of Gaza, medical sources claimed.

The Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence Launches a New Book
IMEMC - 14 Dec 2010 - Tuesday December 14, 2010 - 12:18, Marking the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Second Intifada, Breaking the Silence is due to publish a new text, "Occupation of the Territories - Israeli Soldier Testimonies 2000-2010", which contains 180 testimonies from more than 100 male and female military personnel.

12 Radio, TV Stations to Close in the West Bank
IMEMC - 14 Dec 2010 - Tuesday December 14, 2010 - 12:06, Palestinian Attorney General, Ahmad Al-Mughni, announced on Monday the closure of 12 local radio and television stations in the West Bank, Ma’an News agency said.

Freedom Flotilla 2 To Sail To Gaza Next Spring
IMEMC - 14 Dec 2010 - Tuesday December 14, 2010 - 11:24, Freedom Flotilla 2 solidarity ships will be sailing to the Gaza Strip next spring in order to challenge Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip by delivering much needed humanitarian and medical supplies.

Sheikh Salah Released After Five Months Imprisonment
IMEMC - 14 Dec 2010 - Tuesday December 14, 2010 - 07:42, The Israeli Authorities released on Monday the head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Raed Salah, after serving a five-month sentence issued against him by an Israeli court.

2 shot near Gaza border
12/14/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Medics in the Gaza Strip said crews transported two workers injured by Israeli firing north of Beit Lahiya to hospital on Tuesday, both with bullet wounds in their lower legs. The report said the men were injured while collecting cement particles from buildings in the area destroyed during Operation Cast....

31 detained in Israeli raids across West Bank
12/14/2010 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Military officials said in a statement on Tuesday morning that overnight raids saw 31 detained from their homes in the West Bank overnight. At least four of the detentions were of men from Nablus area's Beita village, where Palestinian police said four were identified as missing. The four were....

Homes demolished in East Jerusalem
12/14/2010 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, both under construction, were demolished by Israeli forces on Tuesday morning, as bulldozers executed demolition orders stating the homes lacked permits. The homes, in the Ras Al-Amud and Sur Bahir neighborhoods of occupied East Jerusalem, were two of an estimated 60,000 with standing demolition orders....

Israeli forces demolish Bedouin community wells
12/14/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Five wells and several sheds were destroyed by Israeli Civil Administration officials on Tuesday, in a small Bedouin encampment in the south Hebron hills, locals said. The area, known as Arab Al-Ka'abna, sits between the villages of At-Tuwani and Umm Lasafa, in "Area C," a zone under total Israeli....

Report: Israel refuses entry to Palestinian firefighters
12/14/2010 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israeli officials on Tuesday canceled a ceremony planned to honor the Palestinian firemen after a number of crew members were refused permits to cross the border, an Israeli newspaper reported. Haaretz quoted Fire Services Commander Ahmed Rizik as saying he and his staff were surprised to learn when they....

Law would bar attorneys from visiting prisoners
12/14/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's legislative council approved a new draft law Monday that would deny Palestinian prisoners the right to visits from their lawyers for a period of one year following detention. The law, which amends guidelines for the treatment of prisoners, extends to the Israeli courts the power to ban Palestinian....

Limited imports/exports on Gaza crossings
12/14/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) --The southernmost crossing point between Gaza and Israel, Kerem Shalom, and the northernmost bulk goods crossing were both opened on Tuesday for the export of flowers and strawberries and the import of limited commercial, humanitarian and fuel products, officials said. The limited export, organized under a Dutch government program assisting....

In photos: Bethlehem hosts inter-religious dialogue
12/14/2010 - MaanImages / Luay Sababa - Muslims, Christians and Jewish religious leaders take part in an Islamic-Christian conference in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Dec. 14, 2010. More than 300 participants joined in the event. A large contingent from the anti-Zionist Jewish group Neturei Karta attended and were warmly welcomed by their hosts....

Closed broadcasters say regulations unfair
12/14/2010 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Following the Monday shut-down of 12 independent West Bank radio and television stations by Palestinian Authority officials, owner blistered at accusations that they had failed to pay what were called exorbitant retroactive fees for the previous four years."We do not want to violate the law, neither do we like to....

US envoy tours West Bank
12/15/2010 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The Obama administration's special envoy to the Mideast toured sites in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, in a bid to reassert US efforts in the stalled peace process with Israel. George Mitchell met business leaders at a dairy refinery in Hebron, where he said officials were working with....

In photos: US envoy tours Hebron dairy plant
12/14/2010 - MaanImages / Haytham Othman - George Mitchell, the US special envoy to the Middle East, and other American officials meet Palestinian business and political leaders during a tour of the Al-Juneidi dairy refinery in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, Dec. 14, 2010. US officials said the visit highlighted Mitchell's commitment to Palestinian business....

PA sends winter provisions to prisoners of Israel
12/14/2010 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners Affairs sent Tuesday a shipment of warm winter clothing and blankets to the 2,200 Palestinian detainees rendered shelter-less at Israel's Negev prison in the wake of a wind-storm that knocked down the tent-homes of prisoners. The ministry said the blankets and....

Haniyeh: Hamas will win elections
12/14/2010 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Given fair conditions, Hamas would win another landslide victory in all Palestinian areas Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Tuesday, "Hamas will get the West Bank and Gaza with more votes than before." Speaking during a celebration marking the 23rd anniversary of the founding of Hamas, Haniyeh referenced a decision....

Palestinians to Mitchell: U.S. must demand talks based on 1967 borders
Ha'aretz - U.S. envoy meets with Abbas, who says Palestinians have already submitted their stance on core issues and that the U.S. must now turn to Netanyahu with demands.

Hamas leader in Gaza vows group will never recognize Israel
Ha'aretz - At rally marking 23 years since founding of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh says 'Hamas will be the faithful guard of the Palestinian people's rights and the basic Palestinian principles.'

Israel refuses entry to Palestinian firefighters being honored for Carmel fire assistance
Ha'aretz - Ceremony forced into cancellation after only 7 out 10 granted permits; PA: How could the same men be allowed in to fight the fire but not to be honored for their assistance?; IDF: It was a bureaucratic mistake.

Mitchell: Washington remains committed to an independent Palestinian state
Ha'aretz - U.S. envoy shuttles between Jerusalem and Ramallah in bid to see stalled peace process resume with eye on core issues; Palestinian source tells AFP: Obama must halt settlement building and allow recognition of Palestinian state., Clinton noted that Tehran had agreed to a follow-up meeting next month in Istanbul, and signaled that the so-called "P5+1" powers would continue to press Iran to give up what they believe is a nuclear weapons program., Foreign ministers meeting in Brussels worry early declaration as per Palestinian request will harm efforts to resume peace process.

Australia feared Israeli strike on Iran could spark nuclear war, WikiLeaks cables reveal
Ha'aretz - WikiLeaks cables provided to The Age show that Australian intelligence believed that Iran should not be considered a rogue state.

Netanyahu hails U.S. retreat on settlement freeze demands
Ha'aretz - PM to meet with U.S. envoy George Mitchell on Monday evening in Jerusalem; Obama administration wants Israel to take a position on core issues, with an emphasis on borders.

Civil rights for Palestinian refugees
Uruknet December 14, 2010 - The Palestine Civil Rights Campaign—Lebanon (PCRC) was organized in Washington DC and Beirut, Lebanon in late 2009 with the goal of achieving, in concert with Lebanese based NGOs, the enactment in Lebanon’s parliament of two basic civil rights for more than 400,000 UNRWA registered Palestinians. These are the basic civil rights to work and to...

Palestinian resistance: the future?
Uruknet December 14, 2010 - ...But now Palestinian civil society, without the patronage ability of the PA and without the support of the US government, Arab governments, or even of European countries has assumed its own leadership role. And the PLO is tentatively following. The PA (which exists only as long as the PLO continues to endorse it) has adopted...

UN concerned after Gaza charity closed
Uruknet December 14, 2010 - Almost one week after Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip closed the doors to a charity assisting children and teenagers, UN officials and international NGO Human Rights Watch released statements calling for the re-opening of the institution, and condemning the closure. On Monday, the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Sport and Development Wilfried Lemke issued...

Where There is No Will, There is No Way
Uruknet December 14, 2010 - When Palestinian deputy minister of information Mutwakil Taha decided to offer his two bits on the origins of the Western Wall last month, quipping that Jews had no historical claim to the site, not only Israelis were up in arms but the United States too. "We strongly condemn these comments and fully reject them as...

Israel bars entry to W Bank firemen
Uruknet December 14, 2010 - Israel has barred a group of Palestinian firefighters from attending a ceremony where they were to be honoured for their help in battling a deadly forest fire last week. At least 10 Palestinians were invited to attend the event in northern Israel, where the four-day fire left 41 people dead and ravaged large swaths of...

Activists protest Israeli army sergeant's campus propaganda visit
Uruknet December 14, 2010 - On 2 December, the Western Massachusetts Coalition for Palestine organized a protest of an event entitled "Overcoming Terror: A True Story" which took place on the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst. Israeli army sergeant Kenny Sachs was the guest speaker at the event, an on-call speaker for Israeli propaganda groups Upstart Activist and Divestment...

IOA razes Jerusalemite home, endorses construction of 24 Jewish housing units
Uruknet December 14, 2010 - The Israeli occupation authority bulldozed a Palestinian home in Ras Al-Amoud suburb in occupied Jerusalem, near Silwn town, on Tuesday at the usual pretext of lack of permit. Local sources said that a big number of security forces escorted the municipal teams in their work, noting that they encircled the area and blocked in and...

Shortage of medicine and equipment threatens patients' lives in Gaza
Uruknet December 14, 2010 - The Palestinian Health Ministry stores in Gaza have run out of essential medicines and basic medical equipment, putting the lives of hundreds of patients at risk. The General Pharmacy Manager at the Ministry of Health has warned that the lack of almost 140 drugs and vital equipment is now at a life-threatening stage. According to...

Bedouin community wells demolished by Israeli forces
Uruknet December 14, 2010 - Five wells and several sheds were destroyed by Israeli Civil Administration officials on Tuesday, in a small Bedouin encampment in the south Hebron hills, locals said. The area, known as Arab Al-Ka'abna, sits between the villages of At-Tuwani and Umm Lasafa, in "Area C," a zone under total Israeli military and civil control. Area representative...

Freedom Flotilla 2 To Sail To Gaza Next Spring
Uruknet December 14, 2010 - Freedom Flotilla 2 solidarity ships will be sailing to the Gaza Strip next spring in order to challenge Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip by delivering much needed humanitarian and medical supplies. Flotilla organizers said that the deadly Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla on May 31 that left nine Turkish activists dead will not...

Israeli law to bar lawyers from visiting Palestinian prisoners
Uruknet December 14, 2010 - Israel's legislative council approved a new draft law Monday that would deny Palestinian prisoners the right to visits from their lawyers for a period of one year following detention. The law, which amends guidelines for the treatment of prisoners, extends to the Israeli courts the power to ban Palestinian prisoners from visits by their legal...

Ramallah: Abbas to meet with Mitchell
14 Dec 2010 - Ramallah , December 14, (Pal Telegraph) - US Mideast envoy George Mitchell was scheduled to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah Tuesday to discuss the peace process. Abbas will travel to Cairo on Wednesday for a meeting with Arab League leaders on the future of the talks with Israel. The U.S. special envoy is expected to make clear...

Israeli occupation demolishes houses in east of Hebron
14 Dec 2010 - Hebron, December 14, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation bulldozers demolished on Tuesday number of houses in east of Hebron, in the West Bank. “Israeli bulldozers and three vehicles have started demolishing number of houses and water wells in the area” Eid Al-Hazalin, a citizen in the demolished area said. The sources said that they demolished the houses of Ez Al-Faker...

Israeli army detains 4 Palestinians in WB
14 Dec 2010 - Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} West Bank, December 14, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained Tuesday three Palestinians from different cities...

Hamas holds massive Gaza rally
AlJazeera 14 Dec 2010 - Resistance group throws 23rd anniversary rally, as tight Israeli siege makes Gaza's Hamas rulers increasingly unpopular.

Israel bars entry to W Bank firemen
AlJazeera 14 Dec 2010 - Ceremony to honour firefighters cancelled after Israel denies entry permits to Palestinians who helped battle blaze.

Iran foreign minister fired
AlJazeera 13 Dec 2010 - Manouchehr Mottaki has been sacked by president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian state news agency has reported.

Clear Gold
Palestine Note 14 Dec 2010 - Jon B. Alterman, CSIS - The real wild card for political and social unrest in the Middle East over the next 20 years is not war, terrorism, or revolution—it is water. Conventional security threats dominate public...

EU Shelves Recognizing Palestinian State
Palestine Note 14 Dec 2010 - Al Jazeera - Foreign ministers from the European Union have said they would recognise a Palestinian state "when appropriate". The ministers' declaration on Monday followed a call from Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority,...

US Illusions in Lebanon
Palestine Note 14 Dec 2010 - Roger Cohen, New York Times - Once upon a time a U.S. secretary of state spoke of the “birth pangs of a new Middle East.” That’s now the most laughed-at phrase in gravity-defying Lebanon, a country...

Zionism is not racism, at least not knowingly
Palestine Note 14 Dec 2010 - The heart of a Zionist is not racist, certainly not knowingly. A leading Zionist in my community, someone who would defend Israel’s “right to exist” tooth and nail wrote to me to say: I think my...

Is Obama charting a new Mideast peace course?
Palestine Note 14 Dec 2010 - Now that the United States has officially abandoned its attempt to convince Israel to stop building settlements for just a little while, please?, everyone is waiting for Plan B. Those who still hope for a peaceful...

Hamas holds massive Gaza rally
Palestine Note 14 Dec 2010 - Al Jazeera - Tens of thousands of Hamas supporters have filled the streets of Gaza City in a mass rally to boost support for the Palestinian resistance group on its 23rd anniversary. Cars and buildings were...

Israel refuses entry to Palestinian firefighters being honored for Carmel fire assistance
Palestine Note 14 Dec 2010 - Haaretz - Israeli officials on Tuesday canceled a ceremony planned to honor the Palestinian firemen who assisted in battling the Carmel fire last week, after a number of crew members were refused permits to cross the...

How Can Anyone Defend Kissinger Now?
Palestine Note 14 Dec 2010 - Christopher Hitchens, Slate - Over the last few weeks, this modest little column of mine has been acquiring an almost eerie prescience and potency. I called for the death sentence on Tariq Aziz to be commuted ,...

Official statement from the EU regarding Middle East peace process
Palestine Note 14 Dec 2010 - Council conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process 3058th FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting Brussels, 13 December 2010 The Council adopted the following conclusions: "The EU believes that urgent progress is needed towards a two state solution...

Drought hits Middle East farmers, again
Palestine Note 14 Dec 2010 - Alert Net - Anxious farmers gather in their field on a warm, clear day in Syria’s arid northern region of Al-Raqqa, near the banks of the Euphrates River. The ground in this corner of the ‘fertile...

Hamas leader says group will never recognize Israel
Palestine Note 14 Dec 2010 - Alert Net - A large crowd of Palestinians cheered a Hamas leader's pledge on Tuesday never to recognise Israel and celebrated the Islamist movement's 23rd anniversary at a Gaza rally punctuated by sonic booms from Israeli...

Who's stopping the peace process?
Palestine Note 14 Dec 2010 - Danny Ayalon, Los Angeles Times - The breakdown of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has predictably resulted in blame laid almost exclusively on Israel. However, events of the last 17 years — since Israeli-Palestinian peace talks began —...

A U.N. Plan for Israel
Palestine Note 14 Dec 2010 - Robert Wright, New York Times - The blogger Andrew Sullivan has called America’s policy toward Israel “assisted suicide.” That may be an exaggeration, but on Friday it became less of one. The occasion was a speech...

Israel detained 1,200 Palestinian children in Jerusalem this year
Palestine Note 14 Dec 2010 - A new report from an Israeli civil rights organization condemns Israel's treatment of minors Jonathan Cook, The National - Israeli police have been criticised over their treatment of hundreds of Palestinian children, some as young as...

Hani Masri appears on Larry King Live
Palestine Note 14 Dec 2010 - Washington - Co-founder of Palestine Note and president of Tomorrow's Youth Organization stopped by CNN's Larry King Live to talk about influencing Middle East peace through "bottom-up" work. A full transcript of the interview may be...

Hamas leader: Next meeting with Fatah in December
Palestine Note 13 Dec 2010 - Maan - The next round of reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fatah will start by the end of December, Hamas leader in exile Mousa Abu Marzouq said Sunday. "Head of Fatah negotiating team Azzam Al-Ahmad contacted...

Israel releases non-violent protest leader
Palestine Note 13 Dec 2010 - Maan - Israeli authorities on Sunday released anti-wall activist Adeeb Abu Rahmah after detaining him for 18 months. Adeeb was convicted of "incitement" for his role in organizing non-violent weekly protests against the separation wall in...

First Victory of BDS Campaign against Israel in Japan
Alternative Information Center - On 1st December, the MUJI officially announced on their website cancellation of its plan to open a store in Israel. Since the 12 April 2010 release of the MUJI plan to open a store in Israel, and in order to...

Troops Destroy Well near Hebron, Shoot Two Construction Workers in Gaza
PNN - Hebron – PNN - Israeli forces entered the Urb al-Kabneh area south of Hebron and demolished a water well, while elsewhere a Palestinian worker collecting material for concrete was shot near Beit...

Knesset Rules Prisoners May Not See Lawyers for up to One Year
PNN - Ramallah – PNN - A law recently passed by the Israeli Knesset, mandating that prisoners may not see their lawyers for up to one year—up from the prior period of five weeks—is...

Poll: 69% Support Signing Peace Treaty with Israel
PNN - Ramallah – PNN - The results of a recent poll conducted by Near East Consulting show a rise in the popularity of Fatah, a corresponding fall in the popularity of Hamas, and...

PLO Executives: EU Statement Forms "Important Basis' for Regional Peace
PNN - Ramallah – PNN - The Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) welcomed recent statements by the European Union (EU) and said they consider it an “important basis for effective international...

Israeli Troops Arrest 31 throughout West Bank; Houses Razed in East Jerusalem
PNN - Ramallah – PNN - Overnight raids around the West Bank by Israeli troops resulted in 31 arrests, while at least one house was confirmed razed in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras...

‘Nazism, Islam shared common enemies - the Jews'
Jeruslalem Post 14 Dec 2010 - Nazis promised grand mufti of J'lem Haj Amin al-Husseini leadership of Palestine after slaughter of its Jews, according to US report.

The funny business of remembering Koby Mandell
Jeruslalem Post 14 Dec 2010 - Comedy review: In the expanded confines of the Jerusalem Theater, Avi Liberman’s was the act that seemed too short.

Rudd still sees linkage between Iran and diplomatic talks
Jeruslalem Post 14 Dec 2010 - Australian FM to 'Post': Israeli-Palestinian accord would allow Arab world to "exclusively focus" on Iran.

'Include issue of Jewish refugees from Arab lands in talks'
Jeruslalem Post 14 Dec 2010 - Foreign Ministry pushing to include Jews who fled from Arab countries in core issue discussion with the US about refugees; Ayalon: Rights and justice for Palestinian refugees prominent while Jews have been ignored.

Palestinians warn Israeli settlers: ‘Over our dead bodies’
Jeruslalem Post 14 Dec 2010 - A grassroots initiative urges West Bankers to stop land confiscations by burying their dead in rural areas.

Palestinians Warn Israel Settlers: ‘Over Our Dead Bodies’
Jeruslalem Post 14 Dec 2010 - A grassroots initiative urges West Bankers to stop land confiscations by burying their in rural areas.

Ahmadinejad faces anger in Iran over firing of FM
Jeruslalem Post 14 Dec 2010 - Top lawmakers and media in Islamic Republic say Mottaki's dismissal points to growing split between president and conservative rivals.

FM: IDF conversion bill will come to Knesset 'as is'
Jeruslalem Post 14 Dec 2010 - Lieberman says no changes will be made to wording of bill, says that his party does not "seek war with Shas, but will not give up."

Netanyahu: Both Israel and the Palestinian need peace
Jeruslalem Post 14 Dec 2010 - Abbas, Mitchell meet amid US efforts to renew peace talks, PA official says Erekat asked for "US guarantees and answers before returning to any negotiations, direct or indirect."

Haniyeh: Hamas will never recognize Israel
Jeruslalem Post 14 Dec 2010 - Hamas PM speaks at rally marking 23rd anniversary since movement's founding; politicians hand out chocolate to improve image in Gaza.

'List of Palestinian firefighters wasn't received in time'
Jeruslalem Post 14 Dec 2010 - Defense officials say Civil Administration had asked for details to issue permits for firefighters meant to be honored in Usfiya ceremony.

Abbas, Mitchell meet amid US efforts to renew peace talks
Jeruslalem Post 14 Dec 2010 - Prior to Ramallah meeting, PA official says Erekat asked US for "US guarantees and answers before returning to any negotiations, direct or indirect"; comes after Netanyahu meets US Mideast envoy.

Exclusive video: Time to clown around
Jeruslalem Post 14 Dec 2010 - An interview with Dr. Arik Steinberger, whose comical approach to dentistry has earned him the name of Israel's Patch Adams.

The good humor man
Jeruslalem Post 14 Dec 2010 - After three years in Jerusalem, David Kilimnick takes his top comedians and open mic nights to Tel Aviv to give them a whirl at the Carousel Theater.

Hamas hands out chocolate to raise support in Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 14 Dec 2010 - Group's leaders have been sweeping streets, giving out candies to help improve image in the Strip ahead of movement's 23rd anniversary celebrations.

Fatah members, in their own divided words
Jeruslalem Post 14 Dec 2010 - An excerpt from an online study shows supporters of Abbas’s faction to be ambivalent, at best, about peace.

Drought Hits Middle East Farmers, Again
IPS Anxious farmers gather in their field on a warm, clear day in Syria's arid northern region of Al-Raqqa, near the banks of the Euphrates River. The ground in this corner of the ‘fertile crescent' is barren, save for a small herd of sheep on the ten-hectare farm.

Weekly Repression Update 6-13 December
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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 – 08 December. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinians to Mitchell: U.S. must demand talks based on 1967 borders
Ha'aretz 14 Dec 2010 - U.S. envoy meets with Abbas, who says Palestinians have already submitted their stance on core issues and that the U.S. must now turn to Netanyahu with demands.

Hamas leader in Gaza vows group will never recognize Israel
Ha'aretz 14 Dec 2010 - At rally marking 23 years since founding of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh says 'Hamas will be the faithful guard of the Palestinian people's rights and the basic Palestinian principles.'

Israel refuses entry to Palestinian firefighters being honored for Carmel fire assistance
Ha'aretz 14 Dec 2010 - Ceremony forced into cancellation after only 7 out 10 granted permits; PA: How could the same men be allowed in to fight the fire but not to be honored for their assistance?; IDF: It was a bureaucratic mistake.

Mitchell: Washington remains committed to an independent Palestinian state
Ha'aretz 14 Dec 2010 - U.S. envoy shuttles between Jerusalem and Ramallah in bid to see stalled peace process resume with eye on core issues; Palestinian source tells AFP: Obama must halt settlement building and allow recognition of Palestinian state., Clinton noted that Tehran had agreed to a follow-up meeting next month in Istanbul, and signaled that the so-called "P5+1" powers would continue to press Iran to give up what they believe is a nuclear weapons program., Foreign ministers meeting in Brussels worry early declaration as per Palestinian request will harm efforts to resume peace process.

Australia feared Israeli strike on Iran could spark nuclear war, WikiLeaks cables reveal
Ha'aretz 14 Dec 2010 - WikiLeaks cables provided to The Age show that Australian intelligence believed that Iran should not be considered a rogue state.

Netanyahu hails U.S. retreat on settlement freeze demands
Ha'aretz 14 Dec 2010 - PM to meet with U.S. envoy George Mitchell on Monday evening in Jerusalem; Obama administration wants Israel to take a position on core issues, with an emphasis on borders.

Roman statue discovered in Ashkelon after storm damage
Ha'aretz - A 1.2 meter high statue of a woman was found after part of a cliff crumbled, revealing archaeological treasures.

Supertanker owners say Israel rejected initial offer for firefighting plane
Ha'aretz - The U.S. company Evergreen says their first offer was refused by Foreign Ministry, so plane only began operations on the fourth day of the fire; PMO issues contradicting statement saying plane was ordered on first day of the fire.

'Technical error prevented Palestinian firefighters from entering Israel for ceremony'
Ha'aretz - Ten Palestinian firefighters had come to Israel's aid to fight the Carmel fire but three were not given entry permits to attend a ceremony honoring them.

State Comptroller to launch special probe into Carmel fire
Ha'aretz - Micha Lindenstrauss heeds Netanyahu's request and agrees to prepare a special report on the events surrounding the Carmel fire to be ready within four months.

Lieberman: No changing or postponing IDF conversion bill
Ha'aretz - The Foreign Minister called the Haredi leadership 'hypocritical' for opposing the effort to force municipal clerks to accept conversions performed by IDF rabbis.

Israeli airport traffic breaks all-time record with over 11,000,000 passengers
Ha'aretz - Airports Authority expects another 500,000 people to have passed through Ben Gurion's gates by the end of the year.

Memorial honoring West Bank terror victim desecrated, close to anniversary of attack
Ha'aretz - Broken bottles and paint tossed on monument erected in memory of Rabbi Meir Hai, who was shot by Palestinian terrorists on his way home in 2009.

Knesset postpones vote on state panel of inquiry into Carmel fire
Ha'aretz - Netanyahu is opposed to state probe, but Yishai wants panel to clear him of responsibility; MK Hasson: This is our moment of truth as members of Knesset.

Left-handed Israeli students fight for their right to sit in comfort
Ha'aretz - Southpaw students demand adequate seating in college classrooms.

Israel one step closer to stripping former Arab MK of pension
Ha'aretz - Knesset approves first reading of bill that would revoke stipend from any current or former lawmaker who skipped criminal trial; Bishara fled to Jordan when under probe for passing information to Hezbollah.

CENTRAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND: MORE THAN US$2 BILLION AT FIVE YEAR MARK
Relief Web 14 Dec 2010 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Lebanon Storms Crush Palestinian Settlement
Relief Web 14 Dec 2010 - Source: Voice of America

Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Urged to Focus Urgently on Essential Elements of 'Negotiated Two-State Endgame' in Security Council Briefing
Relief Web 14 Dec 2010 - Source: UN Security Council

Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP): Appeal 2011 for the occupied Palestinian territory
Relief Web 14 Dec 2010 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Police expose Jordanian drug ring
YNet News - Two Hebron women arrested on suspicion of planning to sell thousands of ecstasy....

IDF chief: Do justice with hesder yeshivot
YNet News - Ashkenazi says criticism voiced by Paratroopers Brigade Commander against hesder....

'I'd rather die than be jailed in Israel'
YNet News - Secret flight carrying 150 Sudanese infiltrators takes off from Ben-Gurion....

'Azmi Bishara law' passes in Knesset first reading
YNet News - Law stating that State of Israel will withhold salary and pension payments and....

EU keeps up pressure for Israeli settlement freeze
YNet News - European FMs convened in Brussels 'note with regret' Israel refusal to extend....

Knesset speaker: Israel's leaders act like dogs
YNet News - In an especially colorful analogy, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin compared Tuesday Israel's current-day leadership to dogs being led by their masters. Rivlin told his .......

Hamas: We won't recognize Israel
YNet News - Tens of thousands of Hamas supporters gathered in the Gaza Strip Tuesday to celebrate the organization's 23rd anniversary. During the rally, Palestinian Prime .......

Palestinian firemen snubbed
YNet News - The Palestinian firefighting team that helped fight the Carmel fire last week did not receive a permit to enter Israel Tuesday for a ceremony in its honor in northern .......

Fire scandal: Israel dismissed firefighting aircraft
YNet News - Carmel blaze disgrace: The massive "Supertanker" firefighting aircraft, which arrived in Israel days into the disaster and played a key role in extinguishing the flames, .......

Peres: Time running out on peace
YNet News - The European Union expressed its faith in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on Monday, but President Shimon Peres believes there is not much time .......

Ahmadinejad under fire over Mottaki sacking
Daily Star 14 Dec 2010 TEHRAN: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's brisk firing of his foreign minister drew sharp criticism at home Tuesday, re-igniting divisions between him and fellow conservatives who have long resented what they see as the Iranian president's power grabs....

Barak holds talks with Gates in US on threat posed by Iran, Middle East peace process
Daily Star 14 Dec 2010 WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates held talks late Monday with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on the threat posed by Iran and the latest Middle East peace efforts, a spokesman said. A day before his...

Military could block president's son from top job - WikiLeaks
Daily Star 14 Dec 2010 O: Egypt's military could be a "key stumbling block" for any bid by presidential son Gamal Mubarak to succeed his father in next year's election, according to leaked US diplomatic cables. But the 47-year-old banker and...

New language for Middle East peace
Daily Star 14 Dec 2010 The recent passage by Israel's Knesset of a law requiring either a two-thirds Knesset majority or approval by an unprecedented national referendum before Israel can "cede" any land in expanded East Jerusalem to a Palestinian state...

Hamas: 'We will never recognize Israel'
Daily Star 14 Dec 2010 GAZA CITY: Hamas would consider a "truce" with Israel, but will never recognize the state, senior leader Ismail Haniyya said Tuesday as thousands of Gazans gathered to celebrate the group's 23rd anniversary.

UN calls for Cypriot efforts on peace
Daily Star 14 Dec 2010 UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council called Tuesday for a new effort by Cyprus' rival communities to make a permanent peace accord as it renewed the mandate of the peacekeeping force on the divided island.

Iraqi forces face key security test over Ashura ceremonies
Daily Star 14 Dec 2010 KARBALA, Iraq: Iraqi forces will provide security for Ashura ceremonies this week in Karbala with no active support from US forces, in a key test of their capabilities ahead of an American pullout in a year.Heavy...

Hamas: Here to stay
PIC 14 Dec 2010 - Notwithstanding treacherous conspiracies constantly devised against Hamas by Hamas's enemies, Hamas is likely to stay with us for a long time to come and even grow.

Haneyya: Hamas inception was a step to correct PLO deviation
PIC 14 Dec 2010 - Ismail Haneyya said Palestinian reconciliation is the strategic option of Hamas, which has come to correct the deviation the PLO has fallen into when recognizing Israel.

Hindi: Masses attending Hamas anniversary affirm support for resistance
PIC 14 Dec 2010 - Dr. Mohammed Al-Hindi, political bureau member of Islamic Jihad, has called for halting the negotiations process with Israel after its proven failure and to resort to national unity.