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14th December 2010 Bedouin community wells demolished by Israeli forces

13th December 2010 Israeli Police demolishes seven homes in Lod

14th May 2010 Palestinian teenager shot dead in Ramallah


Refugees Op-Ed - Guardian


New Poll Underlines Gloom Shrouding "Peace Process"
By Jim Lobe*

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 that peace between the two peoples "will ever happen", according to the surveys, which were conducted separately in October and November. By contrast, 25 percent of Arab Israelis, who constitute between 20 and 25 percent of Israel's population, and 43 percent of Jewish Israelis believe peace is "inevitable" but will take more than five years to achieve...

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Video: Israel's unwanted citizens  

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 there's a Jewish majority....
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Boycott roundup: day of action against TIAA-Cref
Report, The Electronic Intifada  

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 invested more than $250 million in Caterpillar, which the group says is "complicit" in Israel's violations of US and international law Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo: 

Pelosi's Hawkish Views Undermine Obama's Middle East Peace Efforts

by: Stephen Zunes, t r u t h o u t | News Analysis 

There are a number of ironies in the efforts by conservative Democrats to oust Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as the Democratic leader for being "too liberal." For one, had various combinations of the Obama White House, the US Senate and "Blue Dog" House Democrats not blocked her efforts for a much larger stimulus package and a series of jobs bills, the impact of the recession would have been far less in the lead-up to the mid-term elections and Democrats would have likely retained the House. 

Arab Store Owners In East Jerusalem Forced To Write Store Names In Hebrew (Saed Bannoura) - 11-dec-2010

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 is effective in all Arab neighborhoods, even those that are not inhibited by any Jewish person. The new decision pushed the residents and store owners to hold a protest in the city..

Human Rights Mean Nothing in Bil’in (Brynn Utela) - 11-dec-2010

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 deter the Israeli soldiers from using exceptional amounts of tear-gas to disperse the crowds, in addition to the use of rubber bullets and sound grenades, with two activists arrested in Bil’in, and one in Beit Ma’asara...

Video:West Bank village of Bil’in marks Int’l Human Rights Day (Joseph Dana) - 11-dec-2010

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 large amounts of tear gas from multiple directions almost as soon as it began. One Palestinian and one German national were arrested as they non-violently protested Israel’s continued confiscation of Palestinian land deep within the West Bank. Palestinian leaders such as Mustafa Barghouti joined the demonstration in solidarity with the residents of Bil’in...

OCHA: Israel killed 3 Palestinians, wounded 10 others in one week (Palestinian Information Center) - 11-dec-2010

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, including the demolition of Palestinian real estate and attacks carried out by settlers. It confirmed that 150 olive trees were torched and one water well was demolished by settlers...

Video: Israel's unwanted citizens ( - 11-dec-2010

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 there's a Jewish majority...

Rabbis say 'no housing for Arabs' (Mya Guarnieri) - 11-dec-2010

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 had been signed by 50 rabbis, many of who are employed by the state of Israel as municipal religious leaders. Despite sharp public criticism, another 250 rabbis have added their names to the proclamation...

New Poll Underlines Gloom Shrouding "Peace Process"
By Jim Lobe* 

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 that peace between the two peoples "will ever happen", according to the surveys, which were conducted separately in October and November. By contrast, 25 percent of Arab Israelis, who constitute between 20 and 25 percent of Israel's population, and 43 percent of Jewish Israelis believe peace is "inevitable" but will take more than five years to achieve... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo: 


Weekly Collection of Occupation VIDEOS
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VIDEO Palestine on the Map?

Canadian Politicians attack Master`s Thesis by a Progressive Jewish Student
Jenny Peto`s 100-page thesis argues that today`s Jews of European descent "enjoy white privilege" and maintain a victim identity by participating in "hegemonic" Holocaust remembrance programs such as the March of the Living, during which young Jewish people visit Poland and Israel. The University of Toronto accepted the defended thesis and awarded a master`s degree to the 29-year-old, who is an activist associated with the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid group. She`s also Jewish and a descendant of Holocaust survivors.

Medics: 2 teens killed by explosion of old Israeli shell
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 shortly after arriving at the hospital. ao

Poll: Split over sending Palestinian fire crews to Israel
Ma`an: of 48,870 readers who responded to the 7-day poll, 50.3 percent (24,524) described Palestinians` participation as a disgrace, but 48.7 percent (23,761) said sending Palestinian firefighters to help was civilized and a humanitarian duty. Palestinian civil defense crews were dispatched to Israel to bolster the country`s woefully inadequate fire service.

Don`t Say We Didn`t Know #241
For years settlers living in Shilo have coveted land belonging to Palestinians from the village Karyut in the West Bank.


Clinton Calls on Israeli, Palestinian Officials to Address Core Issues 

Voice of America - Suzanne Presto

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Israeli and Palestinian leaders need to take concrete steps to make progress toward a two-state solution. ...

Video: US' mixed signals in brokering Middle East peace talks

Al Jazeera

Is it time for the US to re-think their Israeli-Palestinian strategy?- BBC News (blog)
Clinton urges Israel, Palestine to tackle core issues of conflict- Xinhua
Indian Express -

Globe and Mail 


Australia FM: time running out on peace process 


... 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. ...

Australian foreign minister: Time "running out on peace" in Mideast- Monsters and

Israel Offers to Compensate Families of Flotilla Victims, Refuses to Admit Guilt

Thursday, 09 December 2010

By Saed Bannoura - The Israeli government made an offer to pay thousands of US Dollars to the families of the of the nine Turkish...

Palestinians in Brazil Overjoyed by Recognition of State of Palestine

Thursday, 09 December 2010

Mahmoud Khalouf – Cairo – PNN - Palestinians in Brazil greeted with approval recent steps by Brazil and Argentina to recognize an...

Palestine Swears in First Female Magistrate on Judicial Council

Thursday, 09 December 2010

Ramallah – PNN - On Thursday, Samoud Dhamiri al-Yameen was sworn in as the first female magistrate on the Islamic Judicial Council of...

Israel Demolishes 10 Homes, School and Animal Shelters in Nablus District

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Somoud: Arab Voices of Resistance 

Tariq Shadid – 'Peace of the Slave': a dead end street on a journey to independence

The strongest words Abbas has spoken so far have been his threats to dissolve the Palestinian Authority, which is something many Palestinians have been waiting for for years. However, even in these bold statements, he chose words that can only illustrate his total subservience to the Israelis: "I'll ask Israel to take over." While dissolving the Palestinian Authority is supposed to be an act of rebellion, which is what could have given true weight and strength to his words, Abbas apparently would go about it in a way that would mean nothing more or less than a total surrender.


Truth Justice and Peace nearly sunk as RTH convoy facts emerge, and as usual, Gazans get the worst part of the deal»

Unable to comprehend the "Kidnapping" situation and its enormous contradictions and question marks, our site announced we would do a completely objective report on what had happened, since some voices had been totally silenced and censored and others were reporting a fact and then denying it. Aware that the entire situation was already a disaster, but not at this point hopeless, we invited those involved to contribute to clarification and we would conclude our work after the convoy had achieved its mission. The immediate response to this was that the person doing the report was not “objective” (ie, not biased in Ken’s favour). However, pursuit of truth is a right and duty, and in that sense, PTT offers its readers our comprehensive analysis of the RTH convoy incident(s) up until the release of the "Gaza Ten". Despite severe gatekeeping attempts by those who (autonomously??) defend Ken without looking at the facts objectively, we have continued and hope this assists all of us and stimulates us to serve ONLY one cause, that of Palestine, and to avoid any other diversions from that sacred struggle.

David Morrison – Is Hamas opposed to a Two State Solution? (and 3 papers to check out)»

There is little doubt that, if a state of Israel existed within its 1967 borders, then Hamas would accept its existence. For years, Hamas spokesmen have emphasised that they are seeking a long-term truce with Israel, the price being Israeli withdrawal to its 1967 borders and the creation of a Palestinian state in the rest of mandate Palestine. As we demonstrate below, Hamas has been stating this position at least since the movement won the Palestinian election in January 2006. There is no doubt about this, even though political discussion about Palestine often assumes that Hamas is unalterably opposed to the existence of Israel and to a “two-state solution”.

Week in Review
US Cop-Out Not Received Well by Palestinians [December 5 - December 11]
December 11, 2010

In her first speech since the US officially announced it would no longer pursue a settlement freeze from Israel, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on December 10 that Washington wanted a "clean start" in Palestinian-Israeli negotiations. Settlements, she said, should be dealt with as part of efforts to determine the borders of a future Palestinian state.

Clinton was speaking at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy in Washington DC, following days of talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials. What was viewed as a cop-out by Palestinians was said to be a new way to approach the problem by the Americans. The day the decision was made public on December 7, State Department Spokesperson PJ Crowley justified the decision as "a recognition of reality."

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Where Exactly can we Live?
December 08, 2010
By Joharah Baker for MIFTAH

Let's presume the majority of Israel's government and people are not of the opinion of some other more radical elements in that society who call for the transfer of Palestinians outside the country [preferably to Jordan]. Let's say the majority of Israelis still believe in "peace" – and I use this word loosely, and a settlement – even more loosely – with the Palestinians. If this majority believes the Palestinians should be able to live on land it can call its own, then the question that arises in light of circumstances that point to the contrary, is where exactly are these Palestinians allowed to live?

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Palestinians: Clinton should have blamed Israel for failure of Mideast talks

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.


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Report: Turkey seeks to end Israel crisis but phrasing of entente proving problematic

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.


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Jerusalem man dies of H1N1 swine flu 

33-year-old man arrived on Thursday at Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem.

US seeks 'clean start' in peace talks

Fatah leader: 'Dangerous repercussions' if affiliates executed

Australia FM: Settlements 'destroying' chance for peace

Abbas: We will not be late to fulfill moral duty


Revealed: How the CIA protected Nazi murderers (By Cristian Salazar and Randy Herschaft in New York) - 12-dec-2010

December 12, 2010 - Declassified CIA files have revealed that US intelligence officials went to great lengths to protect a Ukrainian fascist leader and suspected Nazi collaborator from prosecution after the Second World War and used him to stir up trouble inside the Soviet Union from an office in New York. Mykola Lebed led an underground movement to undermine the Kremlin and wage guerrilla operations for the CIA during the Cold War, said a report prepared by two scholars under the supervision of the US National Archives. During the Second World War, Lebed helped to lead a Ukrainian nationalist organization that collaborated with the Nazis in the murder of the Jews of the western Ukraine and also killed thousands of Poles. The report details post-war efforts by US intelligence officials to throw the federal government's Nazi hunters off his trail and to ignore or obscure his past...

'Our lives became something we'd never dreamt': The former Israeli soldiers who have testified against army abuses (Donald Macintyre) - 12-dec-2010

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 his inside Gaza during 2008 had talked about an event earlier in the day. After knocking on the door of a Palestinian house and receiving no immediate answer, they had placed a "fox" – military slang for explosives used to break through doors and walls – outside the front door. At that very moment, the woman of the house had reached the door to open it. "Her limbs were smeared on the wall and it wasn't on purpose," the soldier recalls. "And then her kids came and saw her. I heard it during dinner after the operation, someone said it was funny, and they cracked up from the situation that the kids saw their mother smeared on the wall..."

Photos: Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine 43rd Anniversary Rally, Gaza City (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) - 12-dec-2010

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 from all sectors of Gaza City, and traveling in groups from throughout the Gaza Strip, waving red flags that filled the stadium. Comrade Jamil Majdalawi, member of the Political Bureau of the PFLP, delivered the main speech of the rally, emphasizing the need for Palestinian national unity to confront the occupier and build the resistance in the face of all repression. He emphasized that the Palestinian people have the right to all forms of resistance, including armed, popular and economic resistance, and that resistance is the only solution to the occupation...

Connection between the human rights march and West Bank demonstrations? (Joseph Dana) - 12-dec-2010

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 Aviv (I was following the updates on Twitter while tweeting my own), the army began covering the area of the protest with tear gas. Wave after wave of gas covered the area. Soldiers fired canisters directly at protesters. There was no restraint. Israel’s recognition of International Human Rights Day was starting to take full shape...

Two Palestinian Fighters Killed, One Israeli Soldier Injured In Gaza (by Saed Bannoura) - 12-dec-2010

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 them. Following the incident, Palestinian fighters fired rounds of live ammunition at Israeli soldiers who invaded the area, and moderately injured one soldier...

House Approves Major Increase in Israeli Military Aid (Jason Ditz) - 11-dec-2010

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 understanding between the United States and Israel, but were formally approved as part of the 212-206 vote in the House on Wednesday...


Israel may have no military option against Iran
Gideon Levy--Israeli leaders should understand that the attack option isn`t really an option - a thousand new fire trucks and even the Iron Dome missile defense system will not provide protection.

The unholy alliance between Israel`s Right and Europe`s anti-Semites
Adar Primor--Oy Europe! Its official arm, brave and mighty, was extended to us in the form of the dozens of firefighters and firefighting aircraft dispatched to battle the Carmel blaze. Its other arm - the outcast, disobedient one - came to ignite fires whose damages cannot be predicted. These took the form of the very unholy alliance between figures on Israel`s right and extreme nationalists and even anti-Semites in Europe that is gaining momentum in the Holy Land.

Today in Palestine
The Headlines--

OCHA Protection of Civilians Weekly Report for 1-7 December, 2010

Netanyahu must stop celebrating victory and listen to U.S.
Haaretz Editorial--Instead of celebrating his victory, the prime minister would do well to take seriously Clinton`s announcement that Washington will demand that both sides show more flexibility on the core issues of the conflict and will be "asking tough questions and expecting substantive answers," as she put it Friday. If Netanyahu seeks to hold on to the remaining trust of the Israeli public and the international community in his "Bar-Ilan vision," he should stop playing hide-and-seek, and during the upcoming shuttle-diplomacy trip of U.S. envoy George Mitchell, he should present his proposal for a final-status arrangement.

What No Rabbi in the World Outside Israel Would Ever Say
DONNIEL HARTMAN--No rabbi in the world would ever forbid living in neighborly relations with the non-Jew, not simply because such a ruling is politically self destructive, but rather because it does not reflect the values and experiences that have come to define the nature of Jewish life outside of Israel. Around the world, Judaism is growing and flourishing, especially in North America, in the midst of a shared, multi-religious public sphere where new levels of respect, cooperation, and learning take place on a daily basis.

Israel faces tougher line from EU after former heads call for Palestinian state Former EU leaders sign letter urging creation of state with East Jerusalem as capital and settlement freeze
Chris McGreal in Washington and Harriet Sherwood--Twenty-six European grandees have urged the EU to adopt a tougher stance towards Israel including taking "concrete measures" and exacting "consequences" over continued settlement building on occupied land, which they say is illegal under international law.

Why can`t a Palestinian woman tell her own story?
Fobert Fisk--By chance, I read the text of Mortier`s short but eloquent speech this week, a day before watching Julian Schnabel`s new movie Miral, a feature film which follows the life of Rula Jebreal, a real-life Palestinian-Israeli woman who became a journalist, author and television presenter. Schnabel, who is Jewish, lives with Jebreal in New York. Their movie begins and ends with the death of Hind Husseini, a remarkable and courageous Palestinian woman who found orphans from the Jewish massacre of Arab villagers at Deir Yassin in 1948 and started a boarding school for girls that still exists in Jerusalem. Husseini died in 1994, but Rula was one of her pupils. Her childhood � losing her mother, choosing to be a well-educated woman, sucked into the intifada, arrested and brutalised by the Israelis � is the story of Miral.

US `regrets` Middle East impasse
Al Jazeera and Agencies--Days after dropping settlement freeze bid with Israel, Hillary Clinton says US is "frustrated" by the lack of progress.

Barak`s vision of dividing Jerusalem is not Israeli policy, says Netanyahu
By News Agencies and Haaretz Service--Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday distanced himself from Defense Minister Ehud Barak`s expressed support for partitioning Jerusalem along Jewish and

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Opinion: WSU didn't look at Helen Thomas' history
The South End - Karl Henkel

It was a question clearly confrontational and clearly anti-Israeli government. And in 1996, after the Israel-Palestine conflict seemingly calmed, ...

Clinton Calls on Israeli, Palestinian Officials to Address Core Issues

Voice of America - Suzanne Presto

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Israeli and Palestinian leaders need to take concrete steps to make progress toward a two-state solution. ...

Video: US' mixed signals in brokering Middle East peace talks

Al Jazeera

Is it time for the US to re-think their Israeli-Palestinian strategy?- BBC News (blog)
Clinton urges Israel, Palestine to tackle core issues of conflict- Xinhua
Indian Express - AFP




Mideast Peace Facing Difficult Stage: Australian FM

"We are looking forward to a peace process that will lead to the creation of an independent and viable Palestinian state that lives side by side with Israel ...

Jordan urges new peace formula- Ynetnews
'Israel ruining peace opportunities'- Press TV



Australia FM: time running out on peace process


... 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. ...

Arab FMs to review peace process- Khaleej Times
Clinton: US criticism will not stop- Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Budrus: A Film That Gives Viewers Permission to Feel Something ...- OpEdNews
Palestine Monitor - Jerusalem Post


Talking peace in cyberspace

Ha'aretz - Zvi Bar'el

Three weeks ago, the Egyptian writer, Dr. Alaa Al Aswany, filed a law suit against Gershon Baskin's Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information ...

Is the Vatican willing to give legitimacy to Jewish Nazism?-
Israel Rabbis warn Jews not to rent, sell to non-Jews- The Move Channel


Two killed as Gaza gunmen, Israeli soldiers trade fire

Monsters and

Gaza - Two Gaza gunmen were killed and an Israeli soldier was wounded late ... central Gaza Strip and Israel, Palestinian and Israeli sources confirmed. ...

Two Palestinians killed in Gaza firing: Israeli army- AFP
2 Palestinian militants killed, 1 Israeli soldier hurt in Gaza clash- CNN International
IDF probe shows soldier injured by friendly fire- Jerusalem Post
Intelligence & Terrorism Information Center - Standart News

British parliament debates Palestinian children prisoners

Sunday, 12 December 2010 16:30  

By Renee Bowyer

I visited the family of a twelve year old boy arrested on a Sunday morning. They lived in a small room on the outskirts of Balata refugee camp bordering the city of Nablus. The mother of Salim spoke to me first reminding me how the last time I had visited her, her son Salim had been there. Of course I remembered; he'd greatly enjoyed trying out his few English words with me and had very excitedly told me how he and his mother had been to Ramallah the week before. It was Sunday evening and as I sat with Um Salim she recounted to me how she had woken in the night as Balata camp was invaded. She listened to the sound of tanks and jeeps, of sound bombs detonating at random. But then Um Salim told me how the night-terror became her terror when her front door was pushed in and soldiers were everywhere.  They were calling for Salim and Um Salim began to sob as she explained to me how a mother's worst nightmare began.

 Does President Abbas have the power to dissolve the Palestinian Authority?

Sunday, 12 December 2010 15:26

By Oraib Rantawi

Just one week separates two recent statements by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, each of which contradicts the other. He hinted in his first statement to a "conditional acceptance" of a state with provisional borders; in his second statement he threatened to dissolve the Palestinian Authority, after "discovering" that it is an "authority that has no authority". His personal dignity would not permit him to continue in its presidency, or even to accept its continued existence.

Adar Primor

The unholy alliance between Israel's Right and Europe's anti-Semites 

Haaretz Editorial

Netanyahu must stop celebrating victory and listen to U.S.

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.

 Jordan to U.S.: Find new formula for restarting Mideast peace talks

Australian FM during visit to Jordan: Israeli settlement activity must cease because it undermines the effectiveness of the peace process.


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IDF probe: Soldier wounded on Gaza border was hit by friendly fire

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.


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'It wouldn't be U.S. concern if U.S.S.R sent Jews to gas chambers', Kissinger told Nixon



Palestinian nonviolence: Is the Budrus model still viable?   


Palestinians skeptical after US freeze failure

Negotiators express doubt that indirect peace talks will succeed, call on Washington to take tougher stand. PA aide suggests declaration of statehood.

Netanyahu disavows Barak's plan on sharing Jerusalem

Salah freed from Israeli jail

Fatah leader: Abbas asked Clinton to stop MP's exile

Governor: Israeli factories dump waste in Tulkarem


France cited Palestinians as 'precedent' for EU exile

Arab Peace Initiative committee to meet in Cairo




Netanyahu rules out Jerusalem split ( - 13-dec-201

December 13, 2010 - Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has made clear that comments by the country's defense 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 anonymity. "They represent the long-held views of the defense minister but do not represent the views of the government as a whole," he said...

Medics: 2 injured in Israeli shelling north of Gaza (Ma'an news) - 13-dec-2010

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.

Hillary Clinton’s Empty Words Inspire Pessimism (Clive Granger) - 13-dec-2010

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
(B'Tselem) - 13-dec-2010

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 resulting from the taking of control of houses and archeological sites by settlers.

Palestinian Non-Violent Leader Released From Israeli Prision (Joseph Dana) - 13-dec-2010

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 by all present. He embraced his daughters immediately with tears in his eyes. With barely a moment to catch his breath, Adeeb kissed and hugged everyone that was present, occasionally throwing his hand high in the air with a peace sign and yelling out one of the many chants that are common on demonstration days in Bil’in...


`Our lives became something we`d never dreamt`: The former Israeli soldiers who have testified against army abuses
The Independent - Former Israeli soldiers who have testified against army abuses have for the first time given up their anonymity, to make their voices all the harder to ignore. Donald Macintyre gets an exclusive preview of a powerful new book

Hasbara for Dummies - Insulting Our Intelligence
Ofer Neiman - Jewish Peace News - “…when irrelevant insults are constantly hurled at them for their international-law based criticism of Israeli policies, [European anti-apartheid/anti-occupation activists] will eventually say: ‘Look, I am tired of having to prove to you that I am not anti-Semitic. If my criticism amounts to anti-Semitism, in your perverted view, just carry on with this charade’"

Troops Kidnap Former Palestinian Minister in Jenin
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "There are eleven elected legislators and ministers currently imprisoned by Israel"

The Charade of Israeli-Palestinian Talks
Noam Chomsky - In These Times - "It is hardly a secret that for 35 years the U.S. and Israel have stood virtually alone in opposition to a consensus on a political settlement that is close to universal, including the Arab states, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (including Iran), and all other relevant parties. With brief and rare departures, the two rejectionist states have preferred illegal expansion to security"

Public invited to inform on those renting to Arabs
Yair Altman - Ynet - In step supporting rabbis` letter on halachic ruling against renting to Arabs, initiative gives number so public can give names for `list of disgrace`

Keeping Israel Jewish and pure - and democratic if there`s time
Zvi Bar`el - Haaretz - It`s not a democratic state or a national Israeli state Netanyahu wants the Palestinians to recognize, but a state characterized by the values of Rabbi Wolpo, Rabbi Elyahu and the other geniuses

Israel may have no military option against Iran
Gideon Levy--Israeli leaders should understand that the attack option isn`t really an option - a thousand new fire trucks and even the Iron Dome missile defense system will not provide protection.

The unholy alliance between Israel`s Right and Europe`s anti-Semites
Adar Primor--Oy Europe! Its official arm, brave and mighty, was extended to us in the form of the dozens of firefighters and firefighting aircraft dispatched to battle the Carmel blaze. Its other arm - the outcast, disobedient one - came to ignite fires whose damages cannot be predicted. These took the form of the very unholy alliance between figures on Israel`s right and extreme nationalists and even anti-Semites in Europe that is gaining momentum in the Holy Land.

Today in Palestine
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OCHA Protection of Civilians Weekly Report for 1-7 December, 2010

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Knesset Approves New Law Preventing Detainees From Meeting Lawyers For Six Month

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. Full Story

EU Ready to Discuss the Recognition of Palestine

Monday December 13, 2010 - 12:31

According to sources at the Palestinian Foreign Ministry, representatives of the European Union will discuss the possibility of recognizing a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, if no agreement is reached with Israel within a year. Full Story

Report on Police And Army Brutality Against Palestinian Children In Jerusalem

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). Full Story

Lamis Andoni: Europe must emerge from US’ shadow  

The central difference between the US and the EU is that most European countries, rhetorically at least, believe that a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict must be based on international law and UN resolutions, while the US seeks to negate these to ensure that any solution is based on Israeli-manufactured facts on the ground.

MORE by Lamis Andoni
The PA's ultimate act of resistance
Let Israel keep its freeze
Palestinians and the ‘Jewish state’
‘Bullied’ but not surrendering
PA ‘must not bow to blackmail’...

13 Dec 2010 / Read More

Jonathan Cook: Israel’s war on Jerusalem children  

10 year old Palestinian boy: “One of the men grabbed me from behind and started choking me. The second grabbed my shirt and tore it from the back, and the third twisted my hands behind my back and tied them with plastic cords. ‘Who threw stones?’ one of them asked me. ‘I don’t know,’ I said. He started hitting me on the head and I shouted in pain.”

MORE by Jonathan Cook
Israel turns blind eye to racist state-employed rabbis
Wikileaks and the new global order
Publish it Not
Palestinian calls grow to seek UN resolution
Obama's bribe
Israel's self-destruction”
Rabbis' edict bars renting to Arabs
Peace might upend wealth of Israelis
The US arms ‘bonanza’ in Middle East
Remote-Controlled Killing...

13 Dec 2010 / Read More

Akiva Eldar: An end to the occupation first  

Fostering the illusion that the conflict is ending doesn't bring a solution closer; in fact, the focus on the final-status talks offers an alibi for deepening the occupation. The high and mighty words about two states for two peoples silence the protest voices of a nation that for more than 43 years has lived under the occupation of another nation....

13 Dec 2010 / Read More


EU stops short of outright recognition of Palestinian state 

AFP - Claire Rosemberg

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said it was vital to avoid action that could compromise Israeli-Palestinian talks, "including unilateral moves". ...

Video: Sweden's Carl Bildt; 'EU must aid in Palestinian State Building'


Israel and Palestine must employ back channel diplomacy-
Israel welcomes shift in US peace effort- Reuters
The Guardian - The Associated Press

Fox News 


Two Palestinians wounded by Israeli fire 

Ahram Online 

Two Palestinians were wounded on Monday by Israeli shellfire in the northern Gaza Strip near the border with Israel, Palestinian medical sources said. ...

Do not fall for shaming, diversion tactics in debate- RU Daily Targum
ISRAEL: Government eases garment import restrictions-
India Lifeline to Gaza- Intelligence & Terrorism Information Center
Jerusalem Post - Vancouverite



J Street founder to discuss Israeli-Palestinian conflict tonight 

Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Len Barcousky

The founder of a Washington, DC, nonprofit that advocates for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian ...

Talking peace in cyberspace- Ha'aretz
Fayyad has a point…- Khaleej Times
Don't deny our Jewishness- Ynetnews - New York Times 

Russia to step up efforts towards Middle East peace 

RIA Novosti

"It is important to continue efforts to promote Israeli-Palestinian dialogue, which should lead to the creation of a Palestinian state," Saltanov said in an ...

Proposal on Mideast conference in Moscow remains in force-RF envoy- ITAR-TASS
Alexander Saltanov, Russia's Special Presidential Representative ...- ISRIA (registration)

The Voice of Russia


Yad Vashem struggles to teach Holocaust to Arabs 

The Associated Press 

Some of the Arab teachers try compare the Holocaust to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Novak said. But she hoped the course would demonstrate the ...

Meshaal meets Russian Deputy Foreign Minister in Damascus 

Monday, 13 December 2010 18:00

Khalid Meshaal met Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexander Saltanov, who headed the visiting delegation.

The Head of the Hamas Political Bureau has met with a Russian delegation in Damascus to discuss matters relating to developments in Palestine.

Khalid Meshaal met Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexander Saltanov, who headed the visiting delegation, on Sunday 12 December. Read more...

Beware of the extremists 

Monday, 13 December 2010 17:00  

By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Palestine

A few weeks ago, a supposedly religious activist, probably from one of the Gulf States, suggested to me that Muslims shouldn't confine our attacks to Zionists; we ought, he said, to attack Jews as Jews, on the grounds that the vast majority of Jews support Israel. Read more...  

Revealing facts or establishing them? 

Monday, 13 December 2010 16:00

By Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban

The avalanche of top secret cables leaked from the American Departments of State and Defence is still an intriguing enigma to many commentators and political analysts. A large portion of the hundreds of thousands of secret documents and cables posted on WikiLeaks are about the Middle East and the events which have happened in the region over the past decade. They cover the wars waged by the United States and its armed surrogate on Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Gaza and their efforts to destabilize Arab countries, weaken them through military action and drain their monetary reserves under different pretexts. The process included assassinating major political leaders in Lebanon to achieve political objectives. Although this has been spoken of in hushed tones for a while, now we can read all about it on the WikiLeaks website; this begs the question why, and how? Read more...

Gaza hit by cold air mass 

Monday, 13 December 2010 15:00


Gaza has been hit by a cold air mass, which has caused severe storms in the region. The high speed winds have destroyed buildings, uprooted trees and caused damage to crops and the sea port in the southern Gaza Strip. Read more...  

MEMO publishes full letter of former European leaders to EU 

Monday, 13 December 2010 14:30  

26 former European leaders, including former Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers and European Commissioners, have written a letter to EU President Van Rompuy and High Representative Catherine Ashton, calling on the EU to adopt a more pro-active stance in respect of the Israel - Palestinian conflict, and in which they call for Israel to be "held accountable for its actions."

Download the full letter

Hundreds of journalists prepare to cover Hamas anniversary festival 

Monday, 13 December 2010 13:15

Hamas claims that hundreds of journalists and dozens of media organisations are preparing to cover the Islamic Resistance Movement's 23rd anniversary of its founding.

In a press release, the movement which is the democratically-elected Palestinian government said that 300 journalists and 70 local, Arab, and international media organisations are preparing for the anniversary programme to be held on Tuesday 14th December in Green Battalion Square, Gaza City. Read more...

Israel increases restrictions and house demolitions in the Jordan Valley 

Monday, 13 December 2010 12:30

A 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 land. The Jordan Valley is being increasingly isolated from the rest of the occupied West Bank. Read more...


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Akiva Eldar

Focusing on final status talks only deepens the occupation

EU to wait until 'appropriate' to recognize Palestinian state

Foreign ministers meeting in Brussels worry early declaration as per Palestinian request will harm efforts to resume peace process.

How much do U.S. Jewish leaders make?

The Forward publishes the annual salaries of the top Jewish leaders in the United States.


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Court finds postponing local elections illegal

Palestinian court finds June 10 decision to postpone municipal elections was illegal, orders PA to set new date. Factions welcome ruling as democratic victory.


US envoy in region to push indirect talks

Medics: 2 injured in Israeli shelling north of Gaza

EU: Peace process before state recognition

Amid revived talks, Fatah to stick with settlements demand

Stormy weather adds to plight of Gaza's refugees




 Rescuing Zionism at Palestinian expense
Ali Abunimah

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 succeed." She warned Palestinians specifically, in reference to efforts to get more states to recognize Palestine: "Unilateral efforts at the United Nations are not helpful and undermine trust." Recently, Brazil and Argentina joined more than a hundred countries that recognize the nonexistent "State of Palestine" declared by the Palestine Liberation Organization in November 1988. In other words, Palestinians must continue to take it on the chin as Israel does what it pleases with American support. Only Palestinians intent on committing national suicide could go along with such a charade. Those who support genuine peace for Palestinians and Israeli Jews, based on universal rights, equality, restitution and the decolonization of the relationship between the populations, must escalate the real peace process: boycott, divestment and sanctions to force Israel to respect Palestinian rights and obey international law....Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

 Funding illegal Israeli settlements? Priceless
Bernard Keane

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 three have in the last week ceased enabling donations to WikiLeaks. Neither MasterCard nor Visa have explained the basis for their decision to do so...Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Israel increases restrictions and house demolitions in the Jordan Valley
Middle East Monitor

December 13, 2010 - Israel increases restrictions and house demolitions in the Jordan Valley. A 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 land. The Jordan Valley is being increasingly isolated from the rest of the occupied West Bank....Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Israeli Police Demolishes Seven Homes In Lod
Saed Bannoura

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 of the families were taken by the police to a location still unknown t o the residents...Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

PRC: Universal Jurisdiction change promotes further crimes
Palestinian Return Centre (PRC)

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 have been introduced due to political reasons and not moral and legal considerations...Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Gaza Health Ministry: 137 of required medicines out of stock
Palestinian Information Center

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 the drugs it is withholding. Only 37 per cent of required medical supplies reached the Strip this year so far, he said. Gaza health ministry public relations director Ahmed Al-Ashi assigned blame to Israel's four year blockade on the coastal enclave for the sharp shortage. Israeli forces have blocked urgent medical and humanitarian aid from being imported into the Strip...Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Activists protest Israeli army sergeant's campus propaganda visit (Christopher Clark) - 14-dec-2010

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 Watch, and the event was sponsored by the Student Alliance for Israel (SAFI) and the University of Massachusetts Hillel House. Though the topic of discussion was what happened in Gaza, the event description never named Palestinians. Instead, "terrorists" was the term used to describe those who "attacked" Sergeant Sachs at the Erez checkpoint in northern Gaza. The rest of the description was a muddled account of a shootout between Sachs and aforementioned "terrorists" which resulted in Sachs losing his ability to play basketball after being shot in the leg...

IOA razes Jerusalemite home, endorses construction of 24 Jewish housing units (Palestinian Information Center) - 14-dec-2010

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 out traffic before the demolition started. Members of the Jerusalemite family clashed with the security forces, who savagely battered them.

Bedouin community wells demolished by Israeli forces (Ma'an news) - 14-dec-2010

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 Eid Hathalin told Ma’an that five wells were filled in and by noon demolitions of sheds in the area was ongoing. All of the demolitions were carried out, Hathalin said, because the farmers did not have permits to build the wells...

Freedom Flotilla 2 To Sail To Gaza Next Spring (Saed Bannoura) - 14-dec-2010

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 prevent them from breaking the illegal siege. During a press conference in Rome on Monday, Flotilla organizers said that activists from twenty countries, mainly from Europe, will be participating in the convoy...

Israeli law to bar lawyers from visiting Palestinian prisoners (Ma'an news) - 14-dec-2010

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 representatives for an entire year, up significantly to the current law which sets a three week limit...

The Psychological Underpinnings of the Turkish-Israeli Rift 

Alon Ben-Meir, 12.13.2010

Senior Fellow at NYU's Center for Global Affairs

Israel needs to be disabused of the notion that the Islamist tendency' of the AK Party is the only driving force behind Turkey's policy and Turkey needs to understand that Israel has serious and legitimate security concerns.

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Two partly finished Palestinian homes demolished in East Jerusalem
Ma`an (Jerusalem) - The homes, in the Ras Al-Amud and Sur Bahir neighborhoods of occupied East Jerusalem, were two of an estimated 60,000 with outstanding demolition orders. With the municipality demolition teams seeming to choose targets more or less at random, Eid Bahjat Dweik had hoped in vain that it would not be his home on which the blow would fall.

Police Demolishes Seven Homes In Lod
Saed Bannoura/Sahar M. Vardi - IMEMC/ActLeft - Police claimed the structures had been built "without permits". When residents protested, a Border Policeman cocked his Kalashnikov rifle and threatened the locals that he would "perform his duty". Activists embarked on collecting tents for families left homeless, local popular committee to reconstruct the destroyed houses.

Israel refuses entry to Palestinian firefighters being honored for Carmel fire assistance
Jack Khoury - Haaretz - 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?

New report on the conditions of Palestinian women prisoners held in Israel
WOFPP - Like all Gazan prisoners, Wafaa elBis is denied family visits. When placed in a separation cell she was forced to part even with photos of her family. The lawyer retained by the Tel Aviv Women`s Organization for Political Prisoners (WOFPP) finally succeeded in getting her out of isolation. This is one of the anecdotes of prison life detailed in WOFPP`s December newsletter.

Edinburgh Council boycotts Veolia!!!
SPSC: it becomes ever more clear that it no longer pays to profit from Israel`s Occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people.

Wild Card Part VII: EU sets the ground for recognition of Palestine
Ami Kaufman - - Notice how the statement underlines the fact that the time limit is the 12 months set by the Quartet, which end in August 2011 – when Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad is touted to declare independence. The media and AFP itself say this is not an ultimatum. True, it isn’t. But it’s definitely a signal as to when their currently cold attitude towards Palestinian unilateralism might change.

Encountering Peace: So, what comes next?
Gershon Baskin - Jerusalem Post - We cannot have peace while continuing to control Palestine’s external borders. No people will agree to live in a sovereign cage. Not us, and not them.

Peres: Time running out on peace
Ahiya Raved - Ynet / Jpost.Com Staff - President warns against stalemate in negotiations with Palestinians, says `there is no peace without regional peace` / Delegitimization, growing radical Islam, Iran - are making peace more urgent; window of opportunity won`t stay open for very long.

Netanyahu has rejected one too many U.S. packages
Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - The meeting Mitchell is expected to have this week with Arab League representatives is one worth paying attention to, as it is the first step on the new route adopted by the Obama administration after direct negotiations hit a dead end. A senior EU source explained to me yesterday that we are now seeing a combination of a return to the Madrid process - initiated 19 years ago by the elder George Bush - and the Arab peace initiative of March 2002. bz

Full letter by the 26 former European leaders
The group of former European leaders from 12 EU member states plus Norway consists of former Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers and European Commissioners, as well as other former dignitaries. In their letter, they offer recommendations consisting of specific actions the EU should adopt to promote a two-state solution during the critical year of 2011. bz

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Israeli Forces Arrest 31 in West Bank and Demolish 2 Houses in Jerusalem

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. Full Story

P.A. Firefighters Refused Entrance to Israel For Honouring Ceremony

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. Full Story

US Congress Warns PA on Revived Peace Negotiations

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. Full Story

Rabbi Drukman Suggests Discriminating Between “A Loyal Arab”, and “An Arab Who Hates Israel”

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. Full Story

 Tears of Gaza

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In the Mideast, The US is a Helpless Giant

By Eric Margolis

By caving in to Israel’s hard right over the West Bank, Obama sends a message of profound weakness to the rest of the world. He is signaling that Israel, not the White House, really makes America’s Mideast policy. Continue

Settlement Reversal Threatens Obama's Israeli-Palestinian Peace ... 

Huffington Post (blog)

The United States missed a major opportunity to reassess its unrealistic strategy to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace when Secretary of State Hillary

 Video: Riz Khan - Throwing away the roadmap to peace?

Al Jazeera

Envoy says US committed to Palestinian state- Washington Post
Ayalon: Israel not to blame for failed peace talks- Jerusalem Post
The Australian - Xinhua

Washington Post


Israel outlines easing of economic measures on Palestinians 

CNN - Izzy Lemberg

But he also sounded a note of concern regarding the recent upswing of rockets and mortars fired into Israel by Palestinian militants from inside Gaza. ...

Two Palestinians wounded by Israeli fire- Ahram Online
Mass rally for Hamas anniversary- BBC News
EU shelves recognition of Palestinian state-
Ha'aretz - Press TV

Kansas City Star


Palestinians' future is in their hands 

The Guardian

The Israel-Palestine conflict has been endlessly long, tragic, filled with wrong decisions on all sides and there are many ways of telling the story. ...

Beware of the extremists- Middle East Monitor
What is Responsible for Miseries of the Arabs?- Hudson New York
Syria - Arab League Calls for Forcing Israel to Abide by ...- ISRIA (registration)

The Guardian


Our own worst enemies 

Jerusalem Post - David Newman

Given the green light by the Palestinian Authority, it is almost certain that ... largely perceived as neutral in terms of the Israel-Palestine conflict. ...

Palestinian Statehood Gains Ground- The Right Perspective
51st: Do it yourself, or we'll do it for you- Commonweal (blog)
Latin America: Argentina, Brazil recognize Palestine- World War 4 Report

The Right Perspective


Israel bars Palestinian fire crew from award ceremony 


JERUSALEM — Israel on Tuesday barred five Palestinian firefighters who helped put out a massive forest fire from an award ceremony intended to honour them, ...

'Technical error prevented Palestinian firefighters from entering ...- Ha'aretz
Israel criticized for barring Palestinian firefighters- CNN
IDF delays 4 Palestinian firefighters at border- Ynetnews
Centre Daily Times - Ma'an News Agency

Veteran MP claims British Jews are "distancing" themselves from Israel 

Tuesday, 14 December 2010 18:20

A veteran British MP has attacked the Westminster coalition government's proposed change to the universal jurisdiction laws. Sir Gerald Kaufman also claimed that British Jewry is waking up to the truth of Israel's human rights abuses.

During the second reading of the Police Bill on Monday 13 December 2010, Sir Gerald suggested that the proposed clause 151 has been "smuggled in to fulfill a Conservative election pledge" stipulating a change in the administration of universal jurisdiction in Britain. The Conservative Party placed a full-page advertisement in the Jewish Chronicle during the General Election campaign; a change in universal jurisdiction was one of a list of pledges made. He highlighted the case of the former Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, and the successful arrest warrant granted for her part in the "slaughter" that had taken place during Operation Cast Lead; the Labour Party veteran added that changes to the law make a mockery of the British legal system. Read more...

 Hamas begins celebration of its 23rd anniversary with mass rally in Gaza 

Tuesday, 14 December 2010 18:00


Speaking at a rally today, 14th December, to mark the 23rd anniversary of the founding of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), prime minister Ismail Haniyeh declared his movement would remain loyal to the constants of the Palestinian national struggle; and it would continue to make its decisions independently and free of external pressures.Read more...

The expiration of the 'Peace Process': Where now for the Middle East?

Tuesday, 14 December 2010 16:30

By Alastair Crooke

A 'peace process' that, from its inception, took Israel's self-definition of its own security needs as the sole determinate of the walls within which any solution for Palestinians was to be conducted, has reached exhaustion. Based on such a reductive premise, its arrival at this deathly nadir, with no more than a prospect of disjointed alleviated occupation, possessing the most hollow trappings of statehood as its final security-led outcome, should evoke no surprise.

The non-solution to which such a premise would take us would defuse nothing: indeed, it might well prove to be the spark that could exacerbate or explode simmering regional animosities -- even if these animosities were not ostensibly linked directly to the Palestinian issue. Read more...

Turkey: The New Indispensable Nation 

By Recep Tayyip Erdogan

ANKARA – Turkey put its imprint as one of the most influential countries not only on 2010, but on the first decade of the third millennium. At the start of the new decade, too, Turkey’s geopolitical position, rich historical heritage, cultural depth, well-educated young population, ever-strengthening democracy, growing economy, and constructive foreign policy make it an indispensable country in a world transformed by rapid globalization.

By making use of all of its assets, Turkey is contributing to regional stability and peace and working towards a global order based on justice, equality, and transparency. As an emerging power, Turkey will continue to realize its own potential and simultaneously contribute to global peace. Read more...


Enforced recognition of the Jewish State criminalises the Palestinian national struggle 

Tuesday, 14 December 2010 14:30

By Haneen Zouabi

Manifestations of anti-Palestinian racism inside Israel have become aggravated of late, with polls indicating a general refusal by the Jewish majority to live side by side with their non-Jewish fellow citizens. This racism and accompanying hatred have shifted from the level of individual sentiments to a collective declaration with the statement signed by Jewish clerics who appear to have regained their socio- religious and official significance as men of religion, recognised in the way they were before the establishment of the state. The transition from arguments about racist sentiment to a defense of freedom of expression requires a favourable atmosphere and culture; the switch from individual expressions of such feelings to collective declarations backed by the authority of religion has increased their legitimacy within the general culture in Israeli society. Read more...

 November Monthly Media Digest

Monday, 13 December 2010 13:20

This month, MEMO briefly looks at the impact of wikileaks in the Middle East; the Coalition government's response to Israeli pressure to change Universal Jurisdiction laws and Washington's loss of credibility as a peace broker in the conflict and more...

Wag the dog

The US is fast losing credibility in the international political arena. Once a country that could instill awe in friend and foe alike, today she is like a dog led by its tail - the tail, in this case being Israel.

In early November, the Obama administration pledged $3 billion in stealth fighters to Israel, promising to 'veto any U.N resolution that questions Israel's legitimacy  in exchange for Israel's pledge to extend its partial settlement moratorium for another 90 days. The new moratorium was not to include East Jerusalem as requested by the Palestinians; with the Israeli lobby's successfully entrenched within the US political arena, the US continues to falter, refusing to make any definite commitments to Palestine. Read more...


Moshe Arens

Israeli Arab MKs don't always represent Israeli Arabs

Dror Etkes

Instead of befriending neo-fascists, Israel should make peace

Palestinians to Mitchell: U.S. must demand talks based on 1967 borders

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

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.'


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Hundreds of rabbis around the world decry anti-Arab religious ruling

Rabbis behind anti-Arab manifesto seek compromise with Netanyahu, Haaretz learns


Haniyeh: Hamas will win elections

Thousands attend 23rd anniversary of leading Gaza faction, as leader proclaims Israeli occupation "without a future from the river to the lake to the sea."

Saudi visit to Gaza planned


The Palestine Cables’: WikiLeaks dox expose Netanyahu’s vision of Palestinian bantustan
Alex Kane

December 15, 2010 - The Obama administration's failure to bribe Israel's right-wing government into accepting a three-month settlement "freeze" should have ended talk about the "peace process," but Obama's Middle East team is still crawling towards a two-state solution with little light at the end of the tunnel. State Department cables released by WikiLeaks will dim the lights further. The cables show that Israeli officials' stated vision of a Palestinian state is one that is feeble and toothless--a vision that could snuff out any remaining hope of a viable Palestinian state...Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Inside the moral corruption of Israeli society
Joseph Dana

December 15, 2010 - After being arrested in a Palestinian demonstration near Hebron some time ago, I was handcuffed and blindfolded then sat in the direct sun along with another Israeli activist. After some time, an IDF commander arrived on the scene and asked one of his soldiers, "why are those two in the sun?" The soldier reported that he just put us next to some Palestinians that were arrested in the same demonstration. The commander, clearly upset with his young soldier, ordered that we be moved to the shade because 'they are Jews." Then he personally inspected the zip-tie handcuffs of the Palestinians, making sure that they were as excruciatingly tight as possible. This was one of my first concrete experiences in the West Bank in which I was able to see just how soldiers viewed Palestinians. It was as if they were not fully human or at least, not as human as Jews...

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Israel redefines the definition of Chutzpah
Joseph Dana

December 15, 2010 - After failing to take an incentive package from the United States in exchange for a freeze on settlement activity, Israel is asking for the incentive package anyway. Israel was reportedly offered 20 advanced war planes from the United States in exchange for a settlement freeze which would lead the way to renewed peace talks. However, Israel refused the idea of freezing settlement construction and Bloomberg is reporting today that Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, is still expecting to receive the war planes....

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Desolation in Hebron’s Old City
Cecile Gault.

December 15, 2010 - Hebron - Al Khalil in Arabic - is the infamous theater of violent clashes between Israeli settlers and the IDF on the one side, and Palestinian residents on the other. Ever since 1968 when a group of Jewish settlers led by Rabbi Moshe Levinger occupied one of the main hotels in the city and the first settlement, Kiryat Arba was subsequently established, more radical Jews have kept coming to Hebron and settlements have been expanding...Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Wishing Qalandiya Away
By Joharah Baker 

December 15, 2010 - My eight-year old summed up her three "genie wishes" the other day in a way that made me want to cry and laugh all at once. The first wish, she said, was to have her grandfather cancer-free "forever". The second wish, she said, was that the "checkpoint" – she was referring to the Qalandiya crossing between Ramallah and Jerusalem - would disappear, again "forever". Eight year olds tend to speak in absolute terms where "forever" is basically as long as she is around to remember it. The third wish was the only one with any hint of childish desires. "I wish we would all grow wings," she said very matter of fact. Satisfied, she looked at her older brother, who only had one very specific wish. "I wish I had loads of money."... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Steve Amsel

December 15, 2010 - ...
Yesterday, in the Hebrew edition of YNet, it was reported that the chief rabbi (pictured above) of one of Israel’s cities (Rosh HaAyin) issued a ban to stores that hire Jewish girls not to hire Arabs to work in them. The list of ridiculous examples of hatred seems never ending and continues to grow on a daily basis. Also yesterday, a home belonging to a Palestinian family in the outskirts of Jerusalem was demolished by Israeli authorities to make way for a new structure which would house 24 Jewish families. Did the rabbis have anything to say about this? Last week a fire nearly destroyed complete cities in the northern part of Israel. Firefighters from many countries INCLUDING Palestine took part in putting out the blaze. Yesterday a ceremony was held to honour those brave souls … but the Palestinians were denied entry to Israel to attend the event. Did the rabbis have anything to say about this?...
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Settlers doggedly intimidate Palestinians
International Solidarity Movement

December 15, 2010 - At around 3:30pm, Israeli police arrested a 19-year-old Palestinian man named Imen in Sheikh Jarrah, following a confrontation with settlers. The settlers’ dog, on a 2-meter long chain, attacked Imen as he stood on the street outside of his former home, which the settlers had dispossessed. The settlers responded with laughter and walked up to another house, which they are occupying although it had been the home of another Palestinian. As the settlers stood in front of the house, the man who had been attacked swung a pole against the house to make noise to scare the dog away. Then, the settlers began to take pictures with their mobile phones, and called the police...Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

US House passes anti-Palestine bill (MJ Rosenberg) - 16-dec-2010

December 16, 2010 - At last the United States is responding to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's refusal to freeze settlements and re-start negotiations with the Palestinians. Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, rushed to the House floor with a resolution drafted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC] condemning the Palestinians for publicly suggesting that, in the wake of Netanyahu's refusal to freeze settlements and negotiate, they will consider a unilateral declaration of statehood.

We pay for every Israeli war at the gas pump (Max Ajl) - 16-dec-2010

December 16, 2010 - How about a new slogan for the anti-war and Palestine solidarity movements? We pay for every Israeli war at the gas pump! No aid to Israel! The New Zealand Herald reports: Opec is breaching its production limits the most in six years, signaling the world's biggest suppliers are ready to pump more crude next year as oil rallies towards US$100 ($133) a barrel. The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries excluding Iraq pumped 26.78 million barrels a day this year, exceeding the quotas by an average of 1.934 million a day, the highest level since 2004, according to data compiled by Bloomberg....

Leapfrogging Barriers to a Two-State Deal 

Steve Clemons, 12.16.2010

Publisher of "The Washington Note"

There is a consensus brewing among progressives, big-name foreign policy hands and some neoconservatives that a borders/security strategy is a way to leapfrog over current impediments to progress in Israel and Palestine.

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The Return of "Plan B" and the Death of the Peace Process 

Osamah Khalil, 12.16.2010

Co-Director, Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network

The Obama administration is following the same failed path of its three predecessors to achieve peace. In other words, there is no Plan B.

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Israelis Changing How They Manage Water 

Yermi Brenner, 12.15.2010

Independent Multimedia Journalist

Israel is a country currently facing a dangerous imbalance between supply and demand of freshwater. Reuse of greywater -- generated from domestic activities like bathing, washing and laundering -- could contribute to the national goal of saving on water.

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Wishing Qalandiya Away
Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - But this is the hard reality we Palestinians find ourselves in today. My daughter – or any other Palestinian child – should not have to worry about crossing a checkpoint to get home or whether her mother`s permit will be renewed by the Israeli interior ministry. But these I realized, are tangible concerns for her, real fears that obviously take precedence over wishing for a castle or for her prince charming.

Labour Is Concerned
Amira Hass - ZCommunications - Labour Party representatives who had visited the Ofer military tribunal in the West Bank two weeks ago expressed shock over how the court conducts its hearings. In a parliamentary debate about detained Palestinian minors, they said that given a sample of 100 children, 69 said soldiers beat them and kicked them when they were being arrested. The children were better off pleading guilty regardless of whether they had done something, because if they were detained until the end of proceedings, this could be three times longer than their punishment, the parliamentarians said.

Middle East peace process: Dead but not buried
The Guardian - Editorial - The Middle East peace process died a quiet, undramatic death with the statement last week that the US had given up trying to persuade Binyamin Netanyahu to stop building on occupied land as a prerequisite to direct talks with the Palestinians. Few, however, are interested in burying the corpse.

Caution: Children Ahead - The Illegal Behavior of the Police toward Minors in Silwan Suspected of Stone Throwing
B`Tselem - Information Sheet - B`Tselem urges the Jerusalem Police to observe the letter and spirit of the Youth Law while coping with stone-throwing incidents in East Jerusalem. The police must immediately end the arrest of minors at night and the use of violence by special forces during arrests. The police must also ensure that minors are interrogated only in the presence of their parents, and must emphasize options for the rehabilitation of the minors and for preventing injury to them.

IDF Refuses Palestinians Who Fought Carmel Fire Israeli Entry For Appreciation Ceremony
Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - In his original statement, the fire chief said more politely than what I’m about to say: we were kosher enough to allow all of us to enter Israel to fight the fire. But after it’s over it’s back to business as usual. Israeli Palestinian MK Ahmed Tibi summarized the incident succinctly:

Breaking the Silence: the occupation testimonies (part I)
Breaking the Silence - +972blog - The collection of 101 testimonies shows the degree of control Israel has over the lives of Palestinians. Unlike previous publications by BTS, this one is not about war crimes. More than anything, the testimonies reveal the banalities of the Occupation: the roadblocks, the nightly raids, the mass arrests and the daily humiliations which take place everywhere in the West Bank.

The `Real Jew` Debate
ROGER COHEN - The New York Times - The view that American Jews supportive of Israel but critical of its policies are not “real Jews” is, however, widespread. Israel-right-or-wrong continues to be the core approach of major U.S. Jewish organizations, from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Palestinians in Israel would prefer one secular democratic state (but who’s asking them?)
Audrey Farber - Mondoweiss - Palestinians in Israel seem to oppose a two-state solution. It`s not because of Jerusalem, or settlements, or resource distribution, even though these are all issues. It`s not about the borders at all; it`s about what happens inside them. From this perspective, two states means they run the risk of being forcibly expelled and sent to the West Bank. In two states, the Palestinian community in Israel is still a minority, still discriminated against, and possibly under greater physical threat than before. Take, for example, the EU Partnership for Peace Grant.

Outcry in Denmark over firm`s involvement in occupation
Adri Nieuwhof - The Electronic Intifada - The Danish-British security firm G4S has come under scrutiny after it was revealed last month that it supplies equipment and services to Israel for use at checkpoints and settlements in the occupied West Bank and at Israeli prisons. The company`s own promotional material describes how it has provided "security systems" to the Israel Prison Service, which detains thousands of Palestinian political prisoners.

P.A. Asks European Countries for the Recognition of Palestine

Thursday December 16, 2010 - 17:24

On Thursday, Palestinian negotiators asked to a number of European countries to recognize a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders, as a new strategy to failure of peace talks. Meanwhile, the U.S. approved a resolution opposing a possible unilateral declaration, Haaretz reported. Full Story

Nine Palestinians Detained in Hebron Area During Night Raids

Thursday December 16, 2010 - 13:14

Israeli forces arrested, on Wednesday night, nine Palestinians from Hebron region and transported them to an unknown location, Ma'an News and PNN echoed. Full Story

Israel Approves the Construction of New Settlements Near Beit Orot Yeshiva

Thursday December 16, 2010 - 12:51

According to Israel Radio, the Jerusalem Municipality gave approval, on Thursday, the construction of 24 additional Jewish houses, near the Ultra-Orthodox center Beit Orot in the occupied East Jerusalem. Ma'an News reported. Full Story

Mubarak Separately Meets Abbas, Mitchell

Wednesday December 15, 2010 - 23:10

On Wednesday, Egypt's President, Hosni Mubarak, held separate talks in Cairo with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and U.S Middle East Envoy, George Mitchell, and discussed the means to resolve the current deadlock in peace talks.
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In A Letter Send To Turkish PM; Likud MK Says Israel Should Have Killed All Marmara Passengers

Wednesday December 15, 2010 - 22:17

Israeli sources reported Wednesday that Israeli Member of Knesset of the Likud Party, Dani Dannon, sent a sarcastic letter to Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, telling him that Israeli soldiers should have killed all of the passengers of the Marmara Ship that was heading to Gaza to deliver humanitarian supplies. Full Story


Moshé Machover: The endless so-called ‘peace process’  

Israel's strategic aim is to prevent the creation of anything that can even remotely be described as a sovereign Palestinian state; to colonize as much as possible of the best Palestinian lands; and to confine the Palestinians to a series of disconnected enclosures ­ not so much like Bantustans (which were a useful reserve of exploitable labour power for the South-African apartheid regime), but like US Indian reservations, or open prisons. The Gaza Strip has already been converted into the largest prison camp in the world....

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Jonathan Cook: Apartheid Israel-style  

Adalah lawyer Suhad Bishar: "This legislation makes clear in very blunt fashion that the thrust of policy in Israel is towards maintaining segregation in housing between Jewish and Arab citizens."

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Dror Etkes: Instead of befriending neo-fascists, Israel should make peace  

Anyone who has visited the West Bank in recent months has been greeted by the din of mountain-moving bulldozers and jackhammers, alongside giant foundation drills sending up clouds of dust that can be seen for miles. Cement mixers are working around the clock, and everything is being done in a grab-what-you-can atmosphere....

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Israeli towns continue to rewrite bylaws to keep Arabs out  

Town draft bylaws: "...multigenerational and variegated communal life that upholds Zionist values and seeks to maintain Israel as a Jewish and democratic state in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence ... based on tolerance, human dignity..."

IOA Editor: The Jewish and anti-democratic majority that for more than six decades has systematically excluded the Palestinian Arab minority from access to land, national resources, equal employment and all other opportunities, is now attempting to codify its apartheid-like practices into law. Some liberal Zionists find the formalization of such long-held practices disturbing but, as can be expected, they are not prepared to criticize the structural foundation of such practices, which is inherent to Zionism....

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Review: Film depicts struggle for peace in modern Bethlehem
Associated Baptist Press - Robert Wallace

A Nativity scene painted as a mural on the wall that divides Israeli and Palestinian parts of the Bethlehem area. (EGM Films) Each man's story is woven ...

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Lessening violence ups Bethlehem tourism ahead of Christmas- International Business Times
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AIPAC lauds US House resolution opposing unilateral declaration of ...
Ha'aretz - Natasha Mozgovaya - 41 minutes ago

"AIPAC supports the House's call for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its strong opposition to efforts to seek recognition of a ...

Video: Riz Khan - Throwing away the roadmap to peace?

Al Jazeera

No Israel talks 'in any format,' Palestinians insist- AFP
US House passes anti-Palestine bill-
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 "other Trotskyists" and Palestine
Workers' Liberty - Alan Johnson

What emerges is a Marxist approach to Israel-Palestine which avoids both .... During the 1948 Arab-Israeli war around 570000 Palestinian Arabs fled or were ...

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Open letter from the Jerusalem Palestinian Legislative Council members 

Thursday, 16 December 2010 17:10

15 December 2010

RE: The threat to expel us from Jerusalem, our home city

You may know that the last Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) elections were held on the 25th January 2006. The elections were organized by agreement with all concerned parties and with the full cooperation of national and international observers, who deemed them to be transparent, free and fair in accordance with international criteria.

The results was contrary to the expectations of the Israeli occupation authorities and its Western supporters as a result of which Israel embarked on a campaign to discredit and undermine the Palestinian democratic process. First to be targeted was Palestinian unity followed by extortion of the Palestinian leadership. In an unprecedented move, Israel also detained 64 members of the newly-elected PLC as well as ministers serving in the 10th Palestinian government. Read more...

The legal status of Israel's expulsion of elected Palestinian legislators from Jerusalem 

Thursday, 16 December 2010 16:45

Israel has ordered the immediate expulsion from Jerusalem of three elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council - Mr. Muhammad Abu-Teir, Mr. Ahmad Attoun and Mr Mohammad Totah - along with a former Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, Mr Khaled Abu Arafeh. All four are permanent residents of Jerusalem, a legal status imposed on the Palestinian population of East Jerusalem following Israel's occupation and illegal annexation in 1967.

According to the Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel (Adalah), the expulsion decision violates Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the deportation of protected persons from occupied territory. It also violates the constitutional rights of the parliamentarians to continue to live in their normal place of residence and homeland, and their right to family life. Read more...


Palestinian woman enters her fifteenth day of hunger strike in Israeli jail 

Thursday, 16 December 2010 14:30

A Palestinian woman being held in prison by the Israelis has entered the fifteenth day of a hunger strike. Linan Abu Ghalma, 28, from Nablus in the occupied West Bank was abducted from her home by the Israeli occupation forces in July at the same time as her sister. It is reported that her health is deteriorating badly.

The High Supreme National Committee for the Support of Detainees has said that it holds the occupation authorities fully responsible for Linan's life. Her detention, it claims, was part of a mass campaign against activists of the Popular Front in the city of Nablus. Read more...

Lieberman reiterates Israeli refusal to sign Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty 

Thursday, 16 December 2010 13:00  

A poll by the European Commission in 2003 across 15 EU member states found that Israel was regarded as "the top threat to world peace".Israel will not sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty intended to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons because the Zionist state "does not pose a threat to peace in the world". That is the view of Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in response to a call from his Australian counterpart, Kevin Rudd. "The problem is not focused on the issue of the deployment of nuclear weapons itself," claimed Lieberman, "but over the responsibility of the State which posses weapons of this kind." Read more...

The repercussions of security coordination between the Palestinian Authority and Israel 

Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:29

By Sawsan Ramahi
The Oslo Accord restricted the function of the Palestinian Authority (the PA), not only with regard to the control it could exert over the residents of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, but also significantly in making its role to provide cover for Israel's security needs. Moreover, the Road Map committed the leadership of the PA to fight resistance to Israel's military occupation; to strike at the infrastructure of the resistance movements in return for the promise of "the possibility of establishing a Palestinian state". It is within this context that the team of US security coordinators, whose tactics have led to the political and geographic division of the Palestinian people, should be viewed.  

Since the beginning of the peace process, it has been apparent that Israel's primary goal has been to rid itself of the burden of administrating the populations of Gaza and the West Bank while retaining control of the largest possible area of land and the protection of Israel's security. The Oslo Accord was signed for this purpose and Israel allowed the PA to form a 3000-strong security force, which later increased to 30,000 in accordance with Oslo 2. The force was increased in size once again so that shortly before the start of the Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000 it numbered around 40,000. Read more...


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Israel never really wanted peace

Gideon Levy

The farce of a secular and democratic Jewish state

Foreign Ministry official warns that Palestinians won't want to renew peace talks with Israel if they start attaining political goals without negotiations.


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'Blast off Lebanon coast was IDF destroying espionage device'

Voice of Lebanon radio attributes explosion to Israel Air Force operations day after Lebanese Army said it had found two Israeli spy cameras in mountains near Beirut and Bekaa Valley.


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ADL director: Nixon was a bigot, but a practical supporter of Israel 

Foxman calls Watergate-era recordings on which Nixon and Kissinger can be heard making disparaging marks against Jews 'ironic.'


Submitting to criticism, Libya charity drops politics to avoid angering Israel 

The foundation, led by Gadhafi's son, sent a Gaza-bound aid ship in November, but now claims its priority is 'assisting the poor in sub-Saharan Africa.'

No Israel talks 'in any format,' negotiators say

After Arab FMs say no to talks without "substantial" Israeli proposal, Palestinian officials add halt to settlement construction to list of conditions.


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Norway upgrades PLO mission, supports statehood

Fatah, Hamas bicker as final unity round looms

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Report details hopeless conditions in Gaza
by Paul Hobson

December 17, 2010 - Residents of Gaza see no hope for a brighter future -- and that's one of the most distressing aspects of the situation in the Middle East, according to an international Christian aid-and-development group’s advocacy officer for the region. Hanan Elmasu of the United Kingdom-based organization Christian Aid worked on a new briefing detailing the impact of Israel's measures to ease the blockade of Gaza after six months. Elmasu, a regular visitor to Gaza, told the British Baptist newspaper The Baptist Times, "Life for Gaza civilians is very traumatic. There is very little economic activity, high unemployment and much of the population are dependent on handouts." ...Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Gaza teen dead after Israel fires on fishing boat
Ma'an news

December 17, 2010 - A Palestinian boy died Friday afternoon after Israeli gunboats opened fire on his fishing boat and flipped it over off the coast of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Gaza medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said 15-year-old Ziad Samir Al-Bardawil died after being treated for his injuries at the Abu Yousef An-Najjar Hospital...
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Israeli Army Attacks Non-Violent Beit Ummar Demonstration with Tear Gas and Arrests (Joseph Dana) - 18-dec-2010


December 18, 2010 - Roughly forty five protesters, including many Israeli and international supporters marched to the agricultural lands of Beit Ummar, demanding access to their land which has been slowly confiscated by the nearby settlement of Karmei Tzur. Two Israelis and one international were arrested while the rest of the demonstration was attacked with tear gas and sound bombs...


The delusions of the peace process (Richard Falk) - 18-dec-2010

December 18, 2010 - It is astonishing that despite the huge gaps between the maximum that Israel is willing to concede and the minimum that the Palestine Authority could accept as the basis of a final settlement of the conflict, governmental leaders, especially in Washington, continue to pull every available string to restart inter-governmental negotiations. Is it not enough of a signal that Israel lacks the capacity or will to agree to an extension of the partial settlement freeze for a mere additional 90 days, despite the outrageous inducements from the Obama Administration (20 F-35 fighter jets useful for an attack on Iran; an unprecedented advance promise to veto any initiative in the Security Council acknowledging a Palestinian state; and the assurance that Israel would never again be asked to accept a settlement moratorium) that were offered to suspend partially their unlawful settlement activity.

Young man shot in the head by a tear gas projectile at the weekly demonstration in An Nabi Saleh (International Solidarity Movement) - 18-dec-2010

December 18, 2010 - Friday, at the weekly demonstration held in the village of An Nabi Saleh, a young Palestinian was shot by a tear gas canister in the back of his head. Falling down, he was further injured on the front of his head. The military continued to shoot tear gas into the area, without regard for the people coming to help the young unconscious man. It took over 45 minutes before an ambulance arrived, as the army stopped it and prevented them from entering the village. By the time the ambulance arrived, the injured man had regained consciousness. Leaving the village, the ambulance was stopped twice more. The man is now being treated at the hospital in Ramallah....

UN: Israel demolished 47 Palestinian structures in one week (Palestinian Information Center) - 18-dec-2010

December 18, 2010 - OCHA, the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, issued a report Saturday documenting 47 Palestinian-owned structures that were ripped down in the West Bank's Area C in one week for allegedly missing building permits. 43 of those structures destroyed in the period Dec. 8 to 14 were erected in housing complexes in areas announced to be closed military zones, known also as "shooting zones", the report said. The area is under Israeli security and civil control...

Book review: "Spy Trade" details history of Israel lobby in the US (Max Ajl) - 18-dec-2010

December 18, 2010 - Grant F. Smith, author of the new book Spy Trade, is staggeringly knowledgeable about the Israel lobby. Spy Trade is the latest in a series of books on the lobby published by his organization, the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy. In this volume, Smith offers a richly detailed narrative discussing the how and who of lobby activities in the United States from 1948-2009, uncovered through insistent Freedom of Information Act requests. Smith argues that the lobby has systematically broken US law, damaged the country's international reputation and generally led the country onto a path in which "irreversible damage ... to US governance" is incipient (21). Smith writes that perhaps we are flirting with national "suicide." ..

Palestinian farmer: Settlers burned my sheep alive (Ma'an news) - 18-dec-2010

December 18, 2010 - A farmer said he watched a group of settlers in the northern West Bank gather his sheep and set them on fire Saturday afternoon. When he returned to the area, he told officials, he found 12 sheep burned alive, five with severe burns and two others that were only lightly burned. "I've lost at least $12,000," he said, calling the act abominable. Mayor of Aqraba, the village near where the attack took place, Jawdat Bani Jabir, identified the farmer as 40-year-old Samir Muhammad Bani Fadl...

The PA's Choice: Palestinian State or Palestinian Cause 

Ben S. Cohen, 12.18.2010

Associate Director of Communications, AJC

Rather than engage in negotiations which will reinforce the need for compromise, the Palestinian Authority has embarked on a strategy that, places its "passions" over its "interests." They key here is how the PA plays the image of powerlessness to its advantage.

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The Unorthodox Solution: Embracing Pluralism and Reason in Israeli Society 

Daniel Sokatch, 12.17.2010

CEO, New Israel Fund (NIF)

When dozens of Israeli ultra-Orthodox rabbis signed a formal edict prohibiting Jews from renting or selling real estate to non-Jews, the ensuing uproar was reassuring to those of us working for a democratic, pluralist Israel.

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Finally, a Hamas Leader Admits That Israel Killed Mostly Combatants In Gaza 

Alan Dershowitz, 12.17.2010

Criminal and civil liberties lawyer

A statement recently made by a Hamas leader confirms that Israel was correct in claiming that approximately 700 combatants were killed in the Gaza operation of late 2008 and early 2009.

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To Contain Iran, Succeed in Palestine 

Steven Simon and Dana H. Allin, 12.17.2010

It is difficult for the United States to make headway on its strategic goals against a tide of Arab ill will. The Palestinians' plight is an emotive issue across the Arab world, and the conflict is key for Iran's bid to win hearts and minds on the Arab street.

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The Devil's in the Discourse 

Nadia Hijab, 12.17.2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently illustrated how completely the administration has bought into the Israeli discourse.

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Why Jewish Values Demand a Two-State Solution 

Carlo Strenger, 12.17.2010

Chair of the Clinical Graduate Program of the Department of Psychology, Tel Aviv University

Israel needs the two-state solution not to please the gentiles, but because of Jewish values, and the lessons of Jewish history.

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Zionist Lobby’s New Orders For Obama
By Alan Hart

House Resolution 1734, approved unanimously by the House of Representatives on 15 December which strongly and unequivocally opposes any attempt to seek recognition of a Palestinian state by the United Nations or other international forums and calls upon the Administration to continue its opposition to the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state is the new order to President Obama from the zionist lobby

A Government Of Pyromaniacs
By Ido Mahel

The Carmel fires of December 2010 were not the result of just another failure or the hand of fate. They arose from the policies of the government of Israel, which pays close attention to the stock exchange while ignoring the consequences of its own neoliberalism: wars, “natural” disasters, poverty and unemployment

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Promoting Jewish Victimhood as Guise for Victimizing Palestinians 

by Yves Engler / December 17th, 2010 (5)

Last week the House of Commons unanimously passed a private member’s bill to establish a national Holocaust monument. While it is a good thing to commemorate the suffering of Jews in Europe, it is important to point out that uncritical support for Israel is part of the backdrop.

Edmonton Conservative MP, Tim Uppal, who introduced the private member’s bill, explained last year: “After I had decided on [accepting Minister Peter Kent’s proposal to put forward An Act to Establish a National Holocaust Monument], I ended up going to Israel with the Canada Israel Committee in July. Being there, and learning …(Full article …)

Rescuing Zionism at Palestinian expense 

Ali Abunimah

13 December 2010

After almost two years of attempting to bribe Israel into "restraining" the expansion of its Jewish-only colonies on occupied, stolen land, and its violent Judaization of Jerusalem, the Obama administration concluded that it could do nothing. Of course one thing the administration never tried was real pressure using as leverage the billions in annual no-strings aid the fiscally-bankrupt United States provides to Israel. [MORE]

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Civil rights for Palestinian refugees  

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… 

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Kosovo organ donor ring: the Israeli connection  

17 Dec 2010: Most international trafficking rings have involved wealthy Israeli patients on 'transplant tours'  

Steven Spielberg was target of Arab League boycott, WikiLeaks cable shows  

17 Dec 2010: Leaked dispatch reveals diplomats from 14 Arab states voted to ban the director's films in response to his donation to Israel  


Palestinian PM: Plan to declare statehood by 2011 remains on track  

In interview with Channel 2, Salam Fayyad urged people not to give up hope for peace and not be discouraged because of failed attempts in the past. 


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Ban Ki-moon names settlement freeze a top UN goal for 2011  

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Testimonies reveal IDF campaign to dismantle Palestinian society
IDF soldier testimonies, collected by Breaking the Silence [part of a new book] ...confirm that the intent of the IDF during the Second Intifada was to undermine the ability of Palestinian society to politically challenge Israel, by destroying its capacity to function as an integrated whole. ao

Waiting for H: 8 hours with no passport at TLV airport
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Gaza teen dead after Israel fires on fishing boat
A Palestinian boy died Friday afternoon after Israeli gunboats opened fire on his fishing boat and flipped it over off the coast of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. ao

The US and Palestinian Non-Violence
In his 2009 speech in Cairo, President Obama said: "Palestinians must abandon violence...." How does the administration respond when Palestinians do resist nonviolently? Check out the State Department fumbling over questions from an intrepid AP reporter about jailed Palestinian peace activist, Abdullah Abu Rahmah

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PLO 'Disappointed' Over U.S. Resolution

By Natasha Mozgovaya

The Palestinian delegation in the United States expressed its "deep disappointment" on Thursday over the resolution passed by the U.S. House, which opposes unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state. Continue

Israel scrambles to block recognition of Palestine 

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Israel is uneasy about signs of recognition of the still nascent Palestinian state offered so far by three states from South America, Brazil, Argentina and ...

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Palestinians still hope for state by summer 

Bloomberg - Aron Heller

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are at an impasse over Israel's refusal to meet Palestinian demands for a freeze on Jewish settlements in areas Palestinians ...

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Israeli companies outsourcing to Palestinians 

The Associated Press

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks may be stalled, but that hasn't stopped a small but steady trickle of Israeli technology companies from seeking to work with ...

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PM Fayyad Comes to Beit Sahour to Celebrate Christmas

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Bethlehem – PNN - Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad came to Beit Sahour, the village in which—according to the...

Abbas: Ecuador Will Follow Bolivia in Recognizing Palestine

Saturday, 18 December 2010

London – PNN - In a conversation with London’s Arabic-language publication Al-Sharq al-Awsat (The Middle East), Palestinian President...

Settlers Destroy Farms and Trees Near Nablus, Unleash Dog on 66-year-old

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Nablus – PNN - In an overnight attack, Israeli settlers destroyed farmland and cut down trees on the outskirts of Tel village, near Nablus...

Nima Shirazi – If Words Could Kill: Those Bloodthirsty Americans and Their Death Threat Duplicity

Urging attacks in Internet videos and writings? Most of the staunch advocates of assassinating both Awlaki and Assange, not to mention encouraging an unprovoked American or Israeli assault on Iran, have strong connections – and career histories – with U.S. government foreign policy and the military establishment. Their influence of public and official discourse cannot be taken lightly, nor can it be passed off as inconsequential or merely rhetorical. After all, this is exactly what preceded the invasion and occupation of Iraq – with many of the same cheerleaders we hear today. More»

Survivor Activism, a quiz»

This quiz has been circulating in recent days on Facebook and also landed on many pages. The original source is anonymous. PTT shares it with those who have curious and analytical minds and are free thinking people. Others are advised to skip it so as not to disturb their convictions. 
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South American Recognitions Don't Cross The Border [December 12 - December 18]
December 18, 2010

Palestinians were encouraged this week by yet another South American recognition of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders. On December 17, Bolivian President Evo Morales made the announcement during a conference with regional leaders in his country.

“Bolivia recognizes the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, like Brazil and Argentina,” Morales said, in reference to last week's recognitions of two other neighboring countries. The announcement was warmly welcomed by the Palestinians, first and foremost by President Mahmoud Abbas.

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MIFTAH's Joharah Baker Wins the Eliav-Sartawi Award
December 16, 2010

On December 15, MIFTAH writer and acting director of the Media and Information Department Joharah Baker was presented with the Eliav-Sartawi Award for Middle East Journalism - 2010 in recognition of her 2009 article "Familiar Enemies".

The Eliav-Sartawi award is presented annually to one Palestinian and one Israeli journalist. This year, the Israeli award went to Yaron London, a veteran Israeli journalist currently hosting a program on Israel's Channel 10, for his article, "The Other Israelis."

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PFLP: UN must implement resolutions

The leftist party affirms stance against peace process, said supporters would better serve fledgling state by backing the UN as it enforces historic resolutions.


Latin Patriarch: Message of Christmas remains peace

Abbas summons rival Qaddumi for Fatah reconciliation

Land owners angered over new West Bank road plan



Biet Ummar rally sees internationals detained

Israeli MK: Unilateral statehood not the answer

Israel releases former Palestinian minister

Hamas: Fatah asks for unity meeting amid internal row


Hamas leader says time is on our side

Settlers accused of felling trees near Nablus


Medics: 5 dead in Gaza airstrike
Ma'an news

December 18, 2010 - Palestinian medical officials said late Saturday that an Israeli attack killed five Palestinians east of Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. The bodies of five young men were received at local hospitals, a medical spokesman said. They were identified as residents of Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Palestinian workers on strike protesting humiliation at checkpoint (Ma'an News) - 19-dec-2010

December 19, 2010 - Palestinian workers from the Tulkarem district in the northern West Bank, who work in Israel and Israeli settlements, went on strike Sunday protesting ill treatment by security guards who man a local checkpoint. Head of the taxi drivers union in Tulkarem Muhammad Yasin told Ma’an that about 2,000 workers were on strike. He alleged that employees of the Israeli company which runs the At-Tayba (Ephraim) checkpoint deliberately humiliate workers as they cross...

Video: Israel criticised for unequal policies (AlJazeeraEnglish) - 19-dec-2010

December 19, 2010 - A new report by Human Rights Watch has slammed Israel's treatment of Palestinian communities in the West Bank. It says Israel is using a two-tier system to promote illegal settlements, while deliberately stifling Palestinian development. Al Jazeera's Nour Odeh filed this report from the community of Jubb Al-Dib, near Bethlehem, which has had first-hand experience...

HRW: Separate and Unequal Israel’s Discriminatory Treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Full Report) (Human Rights Watch) - 19-dec-2010

December 19, 2010 - This report shows that Israel operates a two-tier system for the two populations of the West Bank in the large areas where it exercises exclusive control. The report is based on case studies comparing Israel’s starkly different treatment of settlements and next-door Palestinian communities in these areas. It calls on the US and EU member states and on businesses with operations in settlement areas to avoid supporting Israeli settlement policies that are inherently discriminatory and that violate international law....

Israeli Army Claims Responsibility For Gaza Assassination, Five Palestinians Killed (Saed Bannoura) - 19-dec-2010

December 19, 2010 - The Israeli Army officially confirmed that its forces carried out the Air Strike that led, on Saturday, to the death of five Palestinians, believed to be resistance fighters. The army said that the Air Force targeted fighters preparing to launch rockets into adjacent Israeli areas. The slain fighters are apparently members of the Al Quds Brigades of the Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees. There were identified as Khalil At-Taweel, Ahmad Al Assar, Ashraf Abu Sabt and Abdullah Al Shareehy, and Ahmas Al Za’lan. All are from Al Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza...

Israel's Sham Democracy (by Stephen Lendman) - 19-dec-2010

December 19, 2010 - ...On December 17, the Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel said a new report lists 20 new Knesset laws and draft laws that discriminate against Arab minorities, threatening their rights as citizens. In some cases, Occupied Palestinian rights are also violated. For example, a recently proposed Knesset "Bill for Protecting the Values of the State of Israel (Amendment Legislation) 2009 requires organizations pledge loyalty to Israel as "Jewish and democratic." In a November 4 press release, Adalah said the bill: "violates the right of freedom of association and freedom of expression of all Arab organizations in Israel, which seek through democratic means to change the political, legal and social status in Israel. It asks those organizations to express their loyalty to the Jewish state and therefore it is not just a discriminatory law but one that seeks to oppress the rights of the Arab minority."...

Israeli forces storm Bethlehem hospital (Ma'an News) - 19-dec-2010

December 19, 2010 - Israeli forces stormed a hospital near Bethlehem on Sunday and demanded its admissions records for the past 48 hours, staff and witnesses said. Edmund Shehadeh, director of the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation, in Beit Jala, said soldiers surrounded the hospital before storming its ER and demanding the records at gunpoint. The soldiers wanted records of all admissions since Friday, Shehadeh said..

Palestinian President Holds Rare Meeting With Israelis
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What H. Res. 1765 Tells Us About The Peace Camp?
By Sama Adnan

As House Resolution 1765, formerly 1731 and 1734, passed in the House by a voice vote enjoining the Obama administration to oppose a unilateral Palestinian declaration of ndependence, the peace camp looked disheveled and mystified

Zvi Bar'el

U.S. needs peace more than Israel or Palestinians

Shlomo Avineri

Where is Obama's Plan B for Mideast peace?  

Gideon Levy

The Israeli left has been orphaned

Palestinian president meets with some 100 Israelis, including legislators and journalists, says Palestinians changed from culture of terror and violence into culture of peace and stability.


Plan to bury the dead in Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank intended to force new realities in the absence of negotiations.


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Human Rights Watch: Israel preventing Palestinian development

Report by New York-based rights group cites discriminatory policies favoring Israeli settlers regarding electricity, water and roads.

·  Mubarak to Israel: Peace, not occupation, will ensure your security

Egyptian leaders tells parliament session that Israel is to blame for stalemate in talks, urges U.S. and other peace brokers to 'assume' responsibility.


Arab states preparing UN resolution against Israeli settlements

Israeli officials fear that Washington will not rush to exercise its veto power against such a resolution, which calls for international pressure for construction freeze.

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Israeli Airstrike Kills Militants in Gaza
FARES AKRAM - NYT - "Security officials in Gaza said that the rocket that the militants were carrying had not exploded and that pieces of an Israeli missile were found at the scene."

Arab states preparing UN resolution against Israeli settlements
Avi Issacharoff and Barak Ravid - Haaretz - "Israeli officials fear that Washington will not rush to exercise its veto power against such a resolution." id

Anti Colonial Struggle in the XXI Century
Ane Irazabal - IMEMC - "On December 14 1960, the U.N. General Assembly passed a crucial decision that changed the world map; the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples."

Israel`s new wall
Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani - EI - "The new wall is coming up on the Egyptian border, and with Egyptian support."

Each of these detainees has a family
Buma Inbar [translation Adam Keller] - Crazy Country - "Each of them is an entire world. Some of them are teens who have not yet turned eighteen. How many of them did truly engage in terrorist activities against Israel? How many of them are truly so dangerous that there is no choice but to detain them?"

Bethlehem: Lessons from Christmas Town
Nicholas Blincoe - Guardian - "A giant inflatable Santa Claus has appeared outside the pirate DVD shop. It seems a good time to ask if the world`s Christmas Town has anything special to tell us about peace on Earth."


U.S. Gov't "Responds" to Questions About Imprisoned Palestinian Protest Organizer Abu Rahmah

As the case of nonviolent Palestinian organizer Abdallah Abu Rahmah  has gained attention globally with statements from the European Union, The Elders (including former US President Jimmy Carter), Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and others, at least one reporter poses the question of Abu Rahmah's fate to the United States Undersecretary of State PJ Crowley. Continue


Establishment of independent Palestinian state is inevitable

GulfNews - Adel Safty

The so-called peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be more about process and less and less ...

Middle East strives for peace, stability- Xinhua
Palestinian PM says not seeking UDI- AFP
Where is Obama's Plan B for Mideast peace?- Ha'aretz
IsraCast - (press release)



Israeli Airstrike Kills Militants in Gaza

New York Times - Fares Akram

GAZA — At least four Palestinian militants were killed in an Israeli airstrike in central Gaza late Saturday as they were preparing to fire a ...

Palestinian shepherd wounded by Israeli fire north of Gaza- Yemen News Agency
Palestine: Israeli army kills five Palestinians in Gaza- The Muslim News
Israel says its air strike killed five Gaza militants planning attack- Christian Science Monitor
Tehran Times - Washington Post

Reuters UK


Palestinian negotiator says peace process in 'deep coma'


Israel opposes the steps by the South American governments, saying they go against an Israeli-Palestinian agreement that a Palestinian state be recognised ...

Israel scrambles to block recognition of Palestine- Ahram Online
Towards recognition of a Palestinian state- Al-Arabiya
What US House Resolution 1765 tells us about the peace camp- Redress Information & Analysis
Ma'an News Agency - Jerusalem Post



New Yad Vashem program aims to teach Arabs about the Holocaust

Jewish Theatre

Some of the Arab teachers try compare the Holocaust to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Novak said. But she hoped the course would demonstrate the ...

"Legalizing" Jewish-Only Israel- Pacific Free Press
The Annual New York Jewish Film Festival Returns for Its 20th ...- Art Daily
Israel Policy Stuck on 1949- American Thinker

To BDS or not to BDS – Why Boycotts, Disinvestments and Sanctions ...

Galus Australis

The same situation does not pertain to Israel-Palestine; the Palestinian authority and al Fatah, along with progressive Israeli organisations such as Gush ...

Disillusioned Palestinians seeking new path

Since the US acknowledged it had failed to chart a path back to direct peace talks, senior Palestinian officials have made clear that they think negotiations are dead.


Body of slain US woman found near Jerusalem

Palestinian teen reported injured in north Gaza

HRW: Israeli settlements 'displace' Palestinians

Israel orders evacuation of Nablus village


In photos: `Santa` headlines Bethlehem anti-wall protest


PFLP and Fatah to meet in Cairo


Israeli MK: Unilateral statehood not the answer

The future of the Middle East is in the grip of Israeli extremism
By Fahmi Howeidi

December 19, 2010 - It seems that we have come to the moment of truth in the Palestinian conflict, where all the signs indicate that the future of the issue, and the entire region, is now determined by Avigdor Lieberman, a far-right racist in Israel, in league with other extremists and fanatics in the Knesset. Some may say that Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is the most powerful man in the arena. After all, he's the one who has humiliated the Palestinians, insulted all the Arabs and challenged President Obama personally, beating them all in the process. This is true because it depicts the reality as recorded by the headlines. But it does not convey the whole message; it makes no mention of the forces which drive and guide Netanyahu...

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Gaza: UPDATED URGENT APPEAL - Children of the Gravel
Defence for Children International - Palestine Section

December 19, 2010 - Appeal to stop the targeting of unarmed children working near the border in Gaza - 19 cases documented. Between 26 March and 10 December 2010, DCI-Palestine documented 19 cases of children shot whilst collecting building gravel near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. Due to a severe lack of job opportunities and a shortage of construction material entering Gaza from Israel, hundreds of men and boys scavenge for building gravel and other items amongst the destroyed buildings close to the border fence. The gravel is collected into sacks, loaded onto donkey drawn carts and sold to builders for use in concrete

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The future of the Middle East is in the grip of Israeli extremism
By Fahmi Howeidi

December 19, 2010 - It seems that we have come to the moment of truth in the Palestinian conflict, where all the signs indicate that the future of the issue, and the entire region, is now determined by Avigdor Lieberman, a far-right racist in Israel, in league with other extremists and fanatics in the Knesset. Some may say that Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is the most powerful man in the arena. After all, he's the one who has humiliated the Palestinians, insulted all the Arabs and challenged President Obama personally, beating them all in the process. This is true because it depicts the reality as recorded by the headlines. But it does not convey the whole message; it makes no mention of the forces which drive and guide Netanyahu...

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The State of Israel vs. Jonathan Pollak
Joseph Dana

December 19, 2010 - The verdict in the case of Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak, charged with illegal assembly for his participation in a January 2008 Critical Mass ride against the siege on Gaza, will be handed down on December 27, 2010 at 10:00 at the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court. If convicted, Pollak is expected to be sentenced to three to six months in prison. A conviction in this case will activate an older three month suspended sentence, imposed on Pollak in a previous trial for protesting the construction of the Separation Barrier. Tel Aviv Magistrates court judge Yitzhak Yitzhak could feasibly add an additional prison term or other sanctions, in addition to the suspended sentence. Jonathan Pollak is a prominent Israeli activist and graphic designer. He is one of the founders of "Anarchists Against the Wall" and serves as outreach coordinator for the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee...

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Kosovo organ donor ring: the Israeli connection
Paul Lewis, Guardian

December 19, 2010 - It is fitting that the man described as the "fixer" in Kosovo's alleged organ ring was an Israeli of Turkish descent. Moshe Harel, a fugitive wanted by Interpol in connection with the case, is accused of matching potential donors recruited in Turkey with recipients, many if not all of whom had connections with Israel. The Israeli market for donor livers has been well-documented, and most international trafficking rings have involved wealthy Israeli patients on so-called "transplant tours". Organ donation in Israel is low due to concerns in the Orthodox community about the body after death....

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Social Inequality in Israel (by Stephen Lendman) - 20-dec-2010

December 20, 2010 - An earlier article explained neoliberalism's impact on Israeli Jews, beginning in the 1980s. In 1985, the Knesset amended the Bank of Israel Law, prohibiting it from printing money to finance industrialization, full employment, and immigrant absorption. It was part of a neoliberal takeover, embracing a massive power shift from various government agencies to the Finance Ministry and central bank (the Bank of Israel), similar to American financialization that empowered Wall Street, the Federal Reserve it controls, and US FIRE sector overall (finance, insurance, and real estate)..

Racial discrimination - a tool of occupation (By Nour Odeh) - 20-dec-2010

December 20, 2010 - Our destination was Jub Al-Dib in the Bethlehem area. We located it on the map but getting there by car was a different story. That’s because the West Bank is very spread out, despite its small area. There are hundreds of sometimes tiny communities strewn across the hills and valleys. And going from Palestinian point A to Palestinian point B in the West Bank has nothing to do with directions, logic, or geography. It is decided by a very intricate system of rules, restrictions, and checkpoints that Israel has designed to limit Palestinian movement. There are settler-only roads, "shared" roads, and then there are no roads at all … just rugged terrains...

Israel Leaves Us No Choice But To Boycott
By Ali Abunimah

Palestinians have already given up so much since 1948. It's up to Israel to end its campaign of ethnic cleansing for the peace process to move forward

Ship Of Fools 2
By Uri Avnery

Everything is alright, nothing to worry about. This time, the euphoria is not producing a harvest of victory albums and songs of glory, but a deluge of racist laws that apartheid South Africa would have been jealous of, and declarations of rabbis who boast of conserving our “racial purity” (and we need not mention the place where that notion came from)

Netanyahu's patience with Abbas has 'run out', says WikiLeaks cable

Premier's senior policy aide told visiting U.S. senators in December 2009 - just three weeks after settlement freeze declared - that Israel would no longer make concessions to the Palestinians.

MESS Report / Does Israel have a peace partner after all?

The big news from Sunday's visit to Ramallah by Geneva Initiative supporters may be that there is still a peace camp in both the Palestinian territories and Israel.


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Fatah asked Israel to help attack Hamas during Gaza coup, WikiLeaks cable shows

Document from 2007 quoted Shin Bet chief Diskin as saying Israel had 'established very good working relationship' with Abbas and that PA security in turn was sharing 'almost all its intelligence with Israel'.


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Israel orders envoys: Take 'urgent' action against Palestinian efforts at UN

Palestinians have been pushing for a UN resolution to recognize unilateral declaration of statehood and pressure Israel to freeze settlements; classified cable to diplomats abroad warns such efforts are 'not effective or constructive'.


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Shin Bet: Integrating Arabs into Israeli society might stop radicalization

Security officials present analysis of Israeli Arab sector in special meeting held by PM.

Moshe Arens

Israeli Arab MKs don't always represent Israeli Arabs


11 Palestinian Families in Nablus District Given Order to Leave Area within 24 Hours
AIC - "Khirbet Tana has been demolished three times to date. The first demolition of the village occurred on 5 July 2005. Israeli forces destroyed the entire village, including the school, save for a 150 year old mosque. The Israeli military again destroyed around thirty structures, including a school, homes, and shelter for farm animals on 10 January 2010. This destruction stemmed from an Israeli High Court ruling sanctioning the demolition of the village and stating that the farmers removed from their land"

Bat Yam rally: `Arabs dating our sisters`
Yoav Zitun - Ynet - Organizer of demonstration to take place Monday says `public sick of Arabs hitting on Jewish girls.` Participants include right-wing activist Baruch Marzel

The State of Israel vs. Jonathan Pollak
Joseph Dana - "As the occupation and its crimes persist, so grows criticism of Israel – criticism that Israel does all in its power to repress. The judicial system is one of the main vehicles used by Israel against the resistance movement: Leaders and activists of West Bank popular protests are imprisoned in masses, and even inside Israel it becomes increasingly difficult to protest, resist or voice different opinions"

Al-Ma`asara Demonstration, 17/12/2010 - Israeli Army Attacks Nonviolent Demonstrators

Human rights group condemns Israel`s `discriminatory` policies
Hugh Naylor - The National - "Expropriating land, unequal access to electricity and basic services and a number of other "discriminatory" Israeli policies are making Palestinian communities "virtually uninhabitable" and forcing residents to flee as a result, according to a report released yesterday by Human Rights Watch"

Ship of Fools 2
Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - “’Ship of fools 1’ went down on Yom Kippur. 2600 young Israelis, the flower of a generation, drowned with it. The ‘incapable’ Egyptians crossed the Suez Canal, and the glorious Bar-Lev Line, the pride of the Israeli army, collapsed. […] End of the Israeli superman mystique. ‘Ship of Fools 2’ will also founder. We cannot foresee how. Will it be a war that will lay waste to our towns and villages? Will it be an Islamic revolution in the Arab countries? Will world politics change dramatically?”

Will Julian Assange regret WikiLeaks? Past whistleblowers say no
Duncan Campbell - The Observer - Philip Agee, Daniel Ellsberg and Mordechai Vanunu all suffered for revealing the secrets of governments

America`s self-loving Jews aren`t helping Israel
Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - A Jew who truly loves himself does everything possible in order to save Israel from itself


Palestinian Worker Moderately Wounded In Northern Gaza

Monday December 20, 2010 - 11:42

Adham Abu Salmiyya, media spokesperson of the Emergency Unit in Gaza reported Monday that a Palestinian worker, in his thirties, was shot and wounded in his left foot while working close to the border in Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza. Full Story

Israeli at center of Kosovo organ trafficking scandal

Monday December 20, 2010 - 09:36

Wealthy Israeli citizens on 'transplant tours' were the main recipients of trafficked organs in the recently-exposed 'Kosovo ring', according to an investigative report by the British 'Guardian' newspaper. Full Story

Israeli military announces deployment of new 'Windbreaker'-enabled tanks along Gaza border

Monday December 20, 2010 - 08:50

A new technology known as 'Windbreaker' shielding will be deployed in tanks stationed along the Israel-Gaza border, announced an Israeli military spokesperson on Sunday. Full Story

U.S. Envoys Arrives In Tel Aviv To “Restart Talks”

Monday December 20, 2010 - 08:31

Israeli sources reported that two senior American officials arrived in Tel Aviv on Sunday in order to hold talks with Israeli officials in Tel Aviv, and Palestinian officials in Ramallah, in an attempt to restart the stalled talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Full Story

Israel/West Bank: Separate and Unequal

Monday December 20, 2010 - 08:08

(Jerusalem) - Israeli policies in the West Bank harshly discriminate against Palestinian residents, depriving them of basic necessities while providing lavish amenities for Jewish settlements, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Full Story

The Great Islamophobic Crusade

By Max Blumenthal

Inside the Bizarre Cabal of Secretive Donors, Demagogic Bloggers, Pseudo-Scholars, European Neo-Fascists, Violent Israeli Settlers, and Republican Presidential Hopefuls Behind the Crusade. Continue

WikiLeaks hints at Israeli-Palestinian cooperation 

The Associated Press

Although Israeli and Palestinian security forces are known to cooperate, the tight coordination described by Diskin could further weaken Abbas. ...

Israeli Airstrike Kills Militants in Gaza- New York Times
Palestinian shepherd wounded by Israeli fire north of Gaza- Yemen News Agency
Palestine: Israeli army kills five Palestinians in Gaza- The Muslim News
Tehran Times - Reuters Africa



Abbas invites Israeli lawmakers to lunch in Ramallah 

Christian Science Monitor - Joshua Mitnick

At the event, organized by the Geneva Initiative – an Israeli-Palestinian group that has drafted its own plan for peace – Abbas said that he would allow a ...

Video: Israel criticised for unequal policies

Al Jazeera

Microcosm of the Middle East conflict- ABC Online
Israel orders envoys: Take 'urgent' action against Palestinian ...- Ha'aretz
Israel Today - Huffington Post (blog)


Japan judo tournament to host Israeli, Palestinian children

Israeli and Palestinian judo players will be in Fukuoka, western Japan for the tournament. —Reuters/File Photo TOKYO: Israeli and Palestinian teenagers are ...

The Palestinian Authority and the problem of reform under Israeli occupation 

Monday, 20 December 2010 18:30

By Dr. Mohsen Mohammed Saleh
Is real reform of the Palestinian Authority possible or can reform only ever be a matter of "dancing to the Israeli occupation's tune"? Can the types of reform be split and classified in such a way that some administrative, economic, educational and social reforms are made, with the understanding that political and security reforms are much more difficult, if not impossible? Or will reform improve the image of Israel's occupation and prolong its existence, which in itself would be a deviation from the prime objective for which the Palestinian Authority was established - namely the end of the occupation and not merely improving the status quo? Read more...

The delusions of the peace process

Monday, 20 December 2010 17:45  

The politics of the peace process have emphatically ensured that the mere prospect for producing peace is nonexistent. 

It is astonishing that despite the huge gaps between the maximum that Israel is willing to concede and the minimum that the Palestine Authority could accept as the basis of a final settlement of the conflict, governmental leaders, especially in Washington, continue to pull every available string to restart inter-governmental negotiations. Read more...

Israeli ethnic cleansing surge: How many more Palestinian homes must be demolished before western governments act?

Monday, 20 December 2010 16:00

As Westerners busy themselves preparing for Christmas, Israel has accelerated its campaign of ethnic cleansing in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and within its own (non-declared) borders. Those familiar with the conduct of successive Israeli governments, right-and left-wing, will not be surprised. They have a long-standing reputation for using international diversions to advance their drive for lebensraum - living space - in Palestine. Read more...

Separate and Unequal 

Monday, 20 December 2010 15:15

Israel's Discriminatory Treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

This report consists of a series of case studies that compare Israel's different treatment of Jewish settlements to nearby Palestinian communities throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. It describes the two-tier system of laws, rules, and services that Israel operates for the two populations in areas in the West Bank under its exclusive control, which provide preferential services, development, and benefits for Jewish settlers while imposing harsh conditions on Palestinians. The report highlights Israeli practices the only discernable purposes of which appear to be promoting life in the settlements while in many instances stifling growth in Palestinian communities and even forcibly displacing Palestinian residents. Read more...

Asia aid convoy signals increased support for Gaza

Monday, 20 December 2010 13:15

By Renee Bowyer

The Gaza blockade has been in place for four years and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have seen their country destroyed around them systematically. Their homes, universities, schools and hospitals have been reduced to rubble; their sick and injured have died; their sons and daughters have been denied their right to education and employment. Israel has increased its stranglehold and has subjected the people of Gaza to deadly attacks, including a full-scale war. International aid organizations have called on Israel to lift the siege as it is acknowledged widely that a humanitarian crisis exists inside Gaza. In the absence of meaningful efforts by governments, it has been left to individuals and civil society movements to act. Read more...

Israel fears that US may not rush to use UN veto

Monday, 20 December 2010 12:25

Israeli sources claim that the Netanyahu government is trying to suppress a draft UN Security Council resolution denouncing construction in Israel's illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. Israel fears that the Obama administration - which Benjamin Netanyahu humiliated by rebuffing requests for a freeze on settlement activity   will be in no hurry to exercise its veto against the resolution that is being prepared by Arab states and the Palestinian Authority. The sources added that Israel is making diplomatic efforts to stop the proposed resolution.

The Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported on 19 December that the Israeli government has serious concerns about such a resolution, which analysts believe could call for international sanctions against the Jewish settlements.

Arab League says Israeli escalation is a result of "international silence" 

Monday, 20 December 2010 11:45

The Arab League has denounced Israel for killing five Palestinians in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday, saying that the Israeli escalation "comes as a result of the international silence on the occupation authority's violations". Israeli bombs killed five Palestinians in central Gaza, bringing the total of Palestinians killed by Israel this month to 12. Ambassador Mohamed Sabih, the Assistant Secretary General for the Affairs of Palestine and the Occupied Arab Territories, described what happened as a crime that is being added to Israel's criminal record; the victims were unarmed civilians. Read more...

Yves Engler

Nazi Crimes as Ideological Cover for Israeli Crimes

Cables show US doubts on Mideast peace

Fresh leaks of diplomatic cables from 2009 by Wikileaks show US doubts over Israel's commitment to peace process due to disagreement over settlements.

 Erekat: 10 EU countries to upgrade envoys

HRW: Israeli settlements 'displace' Palestinians

PFLP welcomes Bolivia recognition of statehood

Turkey unhappy with Israel-Cyprus deal


FBI Subpoenas Editor of Pro-Palestinian Electronic Intifada Website
Democracy Now
The FBI has subpoenaed the managing editor of the website Electronic Intifada as part of a widening probe into anti-war and pro-Palestinian activists. ...

 Standing together against US government witch hunt
Electronic Intifada
As The Electronic Intifada reported in November, international solidarity and anti-war activists are facing a new wave of repression in the United States. ...


The Electronic Intifada's Top 10 Stories of 2010
Veterans Today Network
Veterans Today salutes the Electronic Intifada. The Electronic Intifada has achieved a status of highly effective anecdote to the American corporate media ...

 Cast Lead two year anniversary [update]
Max Ajl

December 22, 2010 - Before I read this article, I was pretty sure that the Israeli leadership was shying away, for the moment, from anything like a reprise of the Cast Lead massacre, even though on the night of the 21 there were eight coordinated F-16 attacks on sites in Gaza. I'm a bit less sure now. Ashkenazi's job is to terrify Gaza's civilian population and instill in them constant and grinding terror. But it's also to prepare the ground for the next assault in t he eyes of Israeli and especially world public opinion. He told a parliamentary panel that "The situation in the south is tense and fragile, and it could deteriorate if a rocket attack causes a large number of casualties.".Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

The Palestinians have rights too
Abdel-Qader Yassine*

December 22, 2010 - If there is one thing a Palestinian cannot understand, or if he can understand cannot forgive, it is the apathy and hypocrisy with which governments in the "Free World", especially the United States, react towards issues of right and wrong in the Palestinian- Israeli conflict. Indeed, questions of morals and of justice seem to have no relevance, and policy appears in most cases to be determined solely by considerations of what one party only to the conflict might agree to, or at least not protest about... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Al Jazeera Interview: Wikileaks to release Israel documents in six months
The Peninsula

December 22, 2010 - WikiLeaks will release top secret American files concerning Israel in the next six months, its founder Julian Assange disclosed yesterday. In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, Assange said only a meager number of files related to Israel had been published so far, because the newspapers in the West that were given exclusive rights to publish the secret documents were reluctant to publish many sensitive information about Israel... "We will publish 3700 files and the source is the American embassy in Tel Aviv. Prime Minister Netanyahu was traveling to Paris to talk to the US ambassador there. You will see more information about that in six months."... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Ameer Makhoul's perpetual trial
Audrey Farber writing from Haif

December 22, 2010 - We arrive at the Haifa court building around 11am, half an hour after proceedings began in the ongoing trial of Ameer Makhoul, a leading Palestinian activist who holds Israeli citizenship and was arrested in his home in the middle of the night last May. After being held without charge, tortured and denied access to an attorney for three weeks, the State of Israel accused Ameer of trumped-up charges of espionage. As it frequently does in "security cases," the Israeli government based its accusation on "secret evidence" that Ameer and his legal defense had no access to. It became clear that Ameer's arrest and the charges against him was an attempt to scare Palestinian citizens of Israel into submission... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Video: Bleak Christmas under occupation

December 22, 2010 - As millions around the world prepare to celebrate Christmas, a small Syrian Orthodox community in East Jerusalem is trying to survive against the odds. The community is shrinking amid Israel's occupation, which it says makes even the most basic tasks difficult...
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Israeli and US Machinations to be Revealed Sooner or Later? (Jinjirrie) - 23-dec-2010

December 23, 2010 - In an Al Jazeera interview conducted in Arabic, Julian Assange has revealed that it will take Wikileaks six months to release documents on Israel. This is confirmed by a post on the WL Central blog. Here’s a translation of the Al Jazeera story accompanying the interview provided to me by a fluent friend: ...Assange said Wednesday evening in "Without Limits" on Al-Jazeera that he didn’t make any deal with Israel and revealed that his site would publish hundreds of documents relating to Israel in the coming months. He stated that he has 3700 documents and 2700 of these documents originated from Israel alone...He stated that the secret classified documents include mention of the Mossad, and high ranking communications regarding the assassination of a Syrian official by a sniper. He said that the publication of the documents relating to Israel and some Arab states will continue for six months."

 Village of El Araqib Demolished for the Eighth Time Today (Recognition Forum) - 23-dec-2010

December 23, 2010 - This morning (23 December) at 7.00, approximately 40 police officers, together with authorities from the land administration and their bulldozers, began to gather at the Bakama Junction in preparation for yet another demolition of the Bedouin village of El Araqib in the Negev. At 8.00 a.m. the destruction forces arrived to El Araqib, where they completely demolished the village. The Israeli authorities took vehicles that were in the village. Residents of El Araqib managed to save only some of the resident families’ personal effects; what they didn’t manage to save was buried under the destruction...

The smoking cable: Israel said it had ’secret accord’ with U.S. over expanding settlements even as Obama said in Cairo they must stop! (Philip Weiss) - 23-dec-2010

December 23, 2010 - This is why Wikileaks is so crucial: A June 2009 cable from France, days after the great Cairo speech of Obama, in which the Israelis are said to claim a secret deal with the US for settlement growth. I'm running. More to say later. And note too where Sarkozy says, Israel, the horse of history is galloping past the window. Jump now or you are finished. The Palestinians are stronger than you think. Beautiful. Europe is taking Palestine's side now because of this understanding. Wow. Thank you, Mr. Assange...

Mazin and Al-Walaja Update (Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD) - 23-dec-2010

December 23, 2010 - The good news is that the bulldozers stopped working today thanks to the brave people of Al-Walaja but they still need our collective support. 100 internationals will be in Al-Walaja tomorrow morning (Friday at 9 AM). The video that I recorded and loaded this morning summarizes what happened to us after our arrest in Al-Walaja, a peaceful beautiful village that is slated for ethnic cleansing (for the second time). The beatings and pepper spray used on Sheerin and the young men of Al-Walaja was truly vicious. During the arrest, I managed to text message, take notes, and even take a couple of pictures from under the stairwell without the soldiers being aware (details maybe for my next book!)...

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16 – 22 December. 2010) (PCHR - Palestinian Centre for Human Rights) - 23-dec-2010

December 23, 2010 - Summary - Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (16 – 22 December 2010): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed 5 activists of the Palestinian resistance and wound 4 others in the Gaza Strip. They also wounded 8 Palestinian civilians, including a child in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. On 18 December 2010, an IOF drone fired a missile at a number of activists of the Palestinian resistance in the central Gaza Strip who were attempting to fire home-made rockets into Israel. As a result, 5 activists were killed. On 20 December 2010, two activists of the Palestinian resistance were wounded when Israeli warplanes bombarded a site of the 'Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) in Khan Yunis. On 21 December 2010, another two activists were wounded when Israeli warplanes bombarded another site in Rafah...

 Mazin Qumsiyeh and 7 Others Arrested Today at Al-Walaja
J. Qumsiyeh

December 22, 2010 - If you are currently in the Bethlehem area, please join us for a demo set for this Friday morning December 24, 2010 at 9 a.m. at Al-Walaja. Contact 0569956478 for information. This afternoon at around 2:30 Mazin said that we have to go to Al-Walaja immediately. He said he just got a call from the villagers that Israeli bulldozer was clearing an area in a different side of the village (the villagers were still trying to figure out the legal situation) than the familiar site where illegal Israel wall construction has been going on for t he past year. We were at his office at Bethlehem University at the time. We dropped everything we were doing and took off. When we arrived at the site, the bulldozer was idle with a dozen solders and private security personnel around. We found out from the 20 some villagers gathered there that they managed to ask the work to be stopped pending further instructions. Thirty minutes later, some military spokesperson came to talk to the villagers in Arabic (which I don't understand.) Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Israeli warplanes attack Gaza refuge
Rami Almeghari

December 22, 2010 - A heap of ruins and dust is all that remains of a dairy that Israeli warplanes destroyed yesterday in the central Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. The ruins of the dairy are adjacent to an amusement park in the Asdaa grounds which serves as a refuge to residents of the besieged Gaza Strip. Adjacent to the amusement park in the Asdaa grounds in the central Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis stands a heap of ruins and dust. It is all that remains of a dairy that Israeli warplanes destroyed yesterday... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Construction Returns to the Separation Wall in al-Walaja
Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

December 22, 2010 - Despite an ongoing trial in the Israeli high court over the legality of the placement of the Separation wall in al-Walaja, a small village just outside of Jerusalem, Israel doubled construction efforts this afternoon. Around 2pm bulldozers accompanied by armed guards started clearing trees, rocks, and shrubs. Three days ago, Israeli authorities marked the wall route with orange plastic straps which including a route which will swallow a natural spring and a Palestinian grave yard. Last August, a group of villagers, members of the Israeli nature preservation society and even settlers brought a case before the Israeli high court demanding that the route of the wall be changed. The court said that it would take time to deliberate the case and deliver a final verdict in January. The court, however, did not issue a stop work order on construction of the wall. Israeli authorities are now taking advantage of this loophole by doubling work on the construction of the wall in order to create facts on the ground... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

Israeli officer claims Goldstone report will not restrict IDF in future war (Middle East Monitor) - 23-dec-2010

December 23, 2010 - A senior officer in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has claimed that the UN's Goldstone Report on Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip two years ago is unlikely to affect the army's tactics in future wars. The officer in the Northern Command – speaking anonymously as is the norm – said, "It would be a serious mistake to believe that Israel will not respond because of the Goldstone report if, for example, the Lebanese border flares-up." Comments made by Judge Richard Goldstone about Operation Cast Lead would not, the officer boasted, restrict the army in the next round of hostilities...

Haaretz journalist doubles as anti-"delegitimization" operative (Ali Abunimah) - 23-dec-2010

December 23, 2010 - Haaretz has an international reputation as Israel's most liberal and reliable newspaper. But The Electronic Intifada has discovered that one of the newspaper's regularly-featured reporters, Cnaan Liphshiz, used his news reports for the publication to promote the agenda of an extreme pro-Israel group with which he was also employed. At the same time, Liphshiz appears to have made efforts to conceal his work with the Dutch Zionist group CIDI (Centre for Documentation and Information on Israel), an undisclosed conflict of interest which calls into question the reliability of his reports and the editorial standards of Haaretz...


Israeli rights groups want to force Shin Bet to record interrogations
Amira Hass - Haaretz - The petition notes what it called the absurdity of "two suspects in identical crimes fighting to prove their innocence will receive two different trials: A teen accused of throwing stones at a bus of soccer fans who claims he is innocent and that the interrogators produced a false confession, can easily prove his claims by presenting records of his interrogation. In contrast, a teen suspected of throwing stones at a vehicle of soldiers and fighting to prove his innocence will find himself lacking any ability to prove his claims, merely because the investigating authority has classified the suspicion against him as security-related."

Martin Van Creveld: Give Up West Bank or ‘Tell Your Children to Leave Israel’
Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - Provided that Israel maintains its military strength…it is crystal-clear that Israel can easily afford to give up the West Bank. Strategically speaking, the risk of doing so is negligible. What is not negligible is the demographic, social, cultural and political challenge that ruling over 2.5 million — nobody knows exactly how many — occupied Palestinians in the West Bank poses. Should Israeli rule over them continue, then the country will definitely turn into what it is already fast becoming: namely, an apartheid state that can only maintain its control by means of repressive secret police actions.

Israeli air strikes kill five Palestinians in Gaza
The Electronic Intifada - Report - In an ongoing assault on the occupied Gaza Strip, Israeli fighter jets struck the southern city of Rafah early this morning, injuring four. The IMEMC reported that four Palestinians were wounded in the attack, which destroyed an alleged "training base" for the armed wing of the Hamas party ("Army bombards Rafah," 22 December 2010).

Christmas trees `provocative:` Nazareth suburb`s mayor
Maan News - `The request of the Arabs to put Christmas trees in the squares in the Arab quarter of Nazareth Illit is provocative,` Mayor Shimon Gapso told AFP.`Nazareth Illit is a Jewish city and it will not happen -- not this year and not next year, so long as I am a mayor,` he said of the northern Israeli town.

Israel Ramps Up Repression of Non-Violence in East Jerusalem
Joseph Dana - In an attempt to stop democratic and legitimate protest, the State makes distorted and cynical use of the law. Despite months of repeated arrests, in which Gheith was led handcuffed to interrogation no less than seven times – and with courts releasing him time after time – the police has not managed to present the slightest bit of evidence against him. The State has now decided to no longer bother with the criminal procedure where evidence is required, but rather to circumvent it by using the security apparatus. With the expected approval of the order, Adnan Gheith will be expelled from his community, home and family without charges and with no evidence, using a draconian and anti-democratic Mandatory emergency law.

Does international recognition for a Palestinian state really mean anything?
Zulaikha Abdullah - Middle East Monitor - Without an end to the occupation and the achievement of national unity, Palestinians cannot have what they need to satisfy traditional criteria for statehood. Much more than mere token recognition is required from the international community, particularly the EU, whose duty it is to ensure that Israel conforms to international law.

Palestinian and Israeli cooperation - History from different angles
Lund University - The new textbook reflects two views of history: on the left-hand page is the official Israeli version, on the right the Palestinian and in the middle is a blank space for the pupils to write their own reflections. There are not many pupils who have done this, however, because the textbook is seen as a threat and it is barely found in schools in either the Palestinian territories or Israel.

US Drops Demand For Israel To Freeze Settlement Building
Jean Shaoul & Ann Talbot - Countercurrents - A year and a half on, the urgency of attacking Iran has become greater than ever for the US. Netanyahu has called Obama’s bluff. He has calculated that both Washington and the Arab states are sufficiently eager to attack Iran that they will not hold out for a deal with the PNA. The closer Obama comes to attacking Iran, the more prepared he has become to allow Israel a blank cheque where the occupied territories are concerned because Israel is the most likely instrument through which a military strike will be mounted on Tehran and its nuclear facilities.

Religion Should Unite, Not Divide
Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - Israel has always exploited Judaism to forward its political goals but never, it seems, like today. The repeated call for the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state is not, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims, simply for the acknowledgement of Jews` rights here. Nor is it void of sinister undertones. It is further consolidation of Israel`s claim that Jews are exclusively entitled to Palestine and that any concession to that effect is out of Israeli good will and generosity

Prof Mazin Qumsiyeh and 7 Others Arrested Today at Al-Walaja
J. Qumsiyeh - So as the bulldozer resumed, and the soldiers spread out getting villagers away from the work site and started arresting people who simply were hanging around there. While I was taking picture of a Palestinian male being taken away by Israeli soldiers, I suddenly noticed Mazin was surrounded by soldiers in a lower level terrace from where I was standing trying to speak to the solders (probably telling them they don`t have any valid work order and should not resume the bulldozing.) Right at that moment, they decided to take him away.

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Syria Sent Relief Aid to Gaza

Thursday December 23, 2010 - 17:56

Syrian popular committee has sent a new humanitarian aid load of food and medicines to the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Information centre claimed. Full Story

Anti-Israeli Crimes Ads to Appear in US

Thursday December 23, 2010 - 17:13

A group of US peace activists will launch a campaign condemning Israeli crimes against Palestinians and opposing US support for Israel, Press TV reported. Full Story

Gaza Exports Due to Increase Next Week

Thursday December 23, 2010 - 14:33

Around 15 tons of agricultural exports are set to leave the Gaza Strip over next week's crossings operations, Radio Israel revealed to Ma’an News.
Full Story

Palestinian Draft Resolution Will Be Presented to UNSC

Thursday December 23, 2010 - 14:07

Palestinian chief negotiator Erakat announced on Wednesday that a draft resolution on settlements is ready to be put forth at the UNSC in February, media agencies said.  Full Story

Two Palestinians Injured in Hebron

Thursday December 23, 2010 - 12:55

Israeli army shot at two young men in city of Hebron on Thursday morning, the PNN claimed. Full Story

Settlement Construction Witnessing Rapid Increase

Thursday December 23, 2010 - 12:41

Three months after the so-called settlement freeze ended, Israel started a speedy construction process in Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, Israeli Peace Now movement reported. Full Story

Three Arrested Near Jenin in Morning Raid

Thursday December 23, 2010 - 12:28

On Thursday morning, Israeli troops invaded an area near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and kidnapped three Palestinians, the Palestine News Network reported. Full Story

Right-wing Israelis rally to kick Arabs out of Bat Yam

Thursday December 23, 2010 - 12:28

Around 150 Israelis shouting “Death to Arabs and to Jews who date Arabs” gathered in the town of Bat Yam this week for a rally called “Keep Bat Yam Jewish”. They referenced the edict recently signed by dozens of Israeli rabbis calling on Jews to refuse to rent to non-Jews. Full Story

Israel uses arcane law to try to expel Palestinian

Washington Post - Dalia Nammari 

East Jerusalem, home to the most important Muslim, Jewish and Christian shrines in the Holy Land, lies at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ...

Video: US is Giving Up on Freezing Settlement Constructions

Israel prepares ground for military operation in Gaza: PLO official- Xinhua
Israeli companies outsourcing to Palestinians- Ynetnews
Sacramento Bee - AOL News

The Guardian


Metro bus ads on Middle East: Yes, but what about our own war crimes?

Crosscut - Sanford Brown

In a small way the current Metro bus ad controversy brings the Israeli-Palestinian issue home to Seattle. In case you missed it, the Seattle Middle East ...

Guest columnist Bus ads shed no light, only heat on Middle East ...- Seattle Times
Anti-Israel Bus Ads in Seattle Cause International Stir- AOL News
Dueling Israeli-Palestinian Ads May Lead To Review Of King County ...- KIRO Seattle -

Why is Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard back in the news?

Thursday, 23 December 2010 15:30

By Jeff Gates
Over the past two months, Benjamin Netanyahu has mentioned the fate of jailed Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard six times in meetings with President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Israel lobby has also mounted a letter-writing campaign on Pollard's behalf.


Gaza government says Israeli complaints about rockets are an excuse for attacking the Strip

Thursday, 23 December 2010 12:30

The Palestinian government in Gaza has said that the complaints submitted by the Zionist state to the United Nations about rockets fired from the beleaguered territory are being used to justify further Israeli airstrikes. In his message to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, the acting Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Meron Reuben, said that his country holds Hamas responsible for launching rockets in violation of international law. He wants the UN Security Council to send a clear signal that it rejects the missile attacks. Israel, said Mr Reuben, will continue to exercise its right to self-defense. Observers have pointed to the irony of Israel citing international law in its complaints about the Palestinians; the Zionist state treats international laws and conventions with contempt and breaks them with apparent impunity. Read more...

Rise in Israeli attacks on Gaza and Ramallah collaboration condemned

Wednesday, 22 December 2010 18:45


A spokesman for the Palestinian government in Gaza has condemned the Israeli military operations against the territory, which have escalated over the past few weeks. Speaking at a press conference on 22 December, Taher El-Nono said that the government would be making a formal complaint about the increase in violent attacks and continued occupation of Palestine to the General Assembly of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN, the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Conference, as well as other relevant authorities. Read more...

UN: Israel, Hamas seeking to reduce recent Gaza tension

Rocket and mortar fire from the Gaza Strip have increased in recent weeks in the run-up to the second anniversary of Israel's winter 2008-09 offensive against Hamas.

Netanyahu: World starting to understand that Israel is not obstacle to Mideast peace

Prime minister blames lack of progress in peace process on Iran's influence as well as internal divisions within Fatah.

Former PM Olmert: Barak protected Hamas during Cast Lead

Defense Minister Ehud Barak and former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert trade barbs over Israel's offensive against Hamas two years ago.

Hundreds of Gaza Christians depart for Christmas in the West Bank

IDF coordinates the rare passage to the West Bank, saying it was part of its goal to ensure freedom of worship for all religions.


Israel allows more exports from Gaza in effort to slowly ease blockade

Farmers, private businessmen to be allowed to export goods even if they aren't labeled as 'international projects.'

 Medics: 1 dead after shooting on Gaza border

A shepherd shot early Thursday on the northern Gaza-Israel border has died of his wounds, Palestinian medical sources say. 3 others reported injured in separate incidents.


PA: Hamas cell planned attack on Ramallah

Abbas warns of Israeli escalation in Gaza

Anger after Nazareth suburb cancels Christmas

Israeli, PA forces tour Bethlehem before Christmas

After hunger strike, PA moves Hamas prisoners

Palestine joins ranks of army medical group

50,000 mobile phones allowed into Gaza

Hope in 2011: Peoples, Civil Society Stand Tall
By Ramzy Baroud

December 30, 2010 - When the Iraqi army fell before invading US and British troops in 2003, the latter's mission seemed to be accomplished. But nearly eight years after the start of a war intended to shock and awe a whole population into submission, the Iraqi people continue to stand tall. They have confronted and rejected foreign occupations, held their own against sectarianism, and challenged random militancy and senseless acts of terrorism. For most t of us, the Iraqi people’s resolve cannot be witnessed, but rather deduced. Eight years of military strikes, raids, imprisonments, torture, humiliation and unimaginable suffering were still not enough to force the Iraqis into accepting injustice as a status quo... Read the full article / Leggi l'articolo completo:

by Gaza Youth Breaks Out (GYBO)

December 30, 2010 - Fuck Hamas. Fuck Israel. Fuck Fatah. Fuck UN. Fuck UNWRA. Fuck USA! We, the youth in Gaza, are so fed up with Israel, Hamas, the occupation, the violations of human rights and the indifference of the international community! We want to scream and break this wall of silence, injustice and indifference like the Israeli F16’s breaking the wall of sound; scream with all the power in our souls in order to release this immense frustration that consumes us because of this fucking situation we live in; we are like lice between two nails living a nightmare inside a nightmare, no room for hope, no space for freedom...

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Shlaim shills for empire
Max Ajl

December 30, 2010 - ....Despite Shlaim’s nonsense about the "American national interest," he finally and fleetingly gets on track when he writes that "the argument that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank serves the American national interest is simply preposterous"; quite right, but it’s important to figure out why that occupation endures with American support, and the Lobby does not provide a sufficient answer to that question, although it should not be ignored, as some like Zunes tend to do. An "incalculable" amount of damage should be easy to prove, but what does Shlaim put in front of us? "As CENTROM commander, General David Petraeus, told Congress, Israeli intransigence on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is jeopardizing U.S. standing in the entire region. And as Vice President Joe Biden reportedly told Netanyahu: 'What you’re doing here undermines the security of our troops who are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. That endangers us and it endangers regional peace.’" So Shlaim wants us to take a stand against occupation so imperial managers can cluster-bomb brown people more effectively in Iraq (Shlaim is of Iraqi extraction, which makes this paragraph not merely idiotic but actually disgusting, shilling for American empire while arguing for bombing his own people)...

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Gaza Fishermen Face Death at Sea and Poverty at Home
Muhammad al-Astal

December 30, 2010 - Palestinian fishermen face great difficulties at work on the Mediterranean Sea: even after continual naval assaults by Israeli troops that have lead to several recent deaths and injuries and major damage to their boats and fishing equipment, there is still the fact that they are forbidden from fishing in deep water and go home without enough to feed their families. Sami Bakr, 31, says that despite the great effort he exerted d to avoid Israeli gunfire in his small boat, he failed: his cousin Muhammad died of injuries sustained from an Israeli raid. Most of his fishing equipment s destroyed as well.

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Open-ended confrontation (Saleh Al-Naami) - 31-dec-2010

December 31, 2010 - Michael Ben Ari, a Knesset member on the fringes of the extremist right, is not the only Israeli parliamentarian calling for banning the Islamic Movement in Israel led by Sheikh Raed Salah. The release of Sheikh Salah from an Israeli jail after being imprisoned for five months and his statements that followed gave substance to this hardline Israeli position towards Sheikh Salah and his group. Those calling for disbanding the Islamic Movement include Knesset members from the centrist Kadima Party, the ruling rightwing Likud Party, as well as representatives of all rightwing religious parties...

Israel forces Palestinians to demolish their own homes (Report, The Electronic Intifada) - 31-dec-2010

December 31, 2010 - More than 100 Palestinian protesters and their supporters blocked a main street in the city of Lyd on 28 December, demonstrating against the recent demolition of Palestinian homes and what residents say is a rise in racism and police brutality. On 13 December, officials with the Israel Lands Administration (ILA), the government agency that manages and leases state land, entered the Palestinian section of the segregated city flanked by bulldozers and hundreds of municipal, riot squad and border police forces. The bulldozers then demolished seven homes all belonging to the Abu Eid family in Lyd...

Israeli official claims that US will block Palestinian efforts at UN (Middle East Monitor) - 31-dec-2010

December 31, 2010 - An Israeli official has claimed that the US administration will exert all necessary efforts to suppress any Palestinian attempt to have a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. According to Israeli media sources, the anonymous official said that the United States will work behind the scenes to prevent any resolution condemning settlement construction from even being put on the agenda of the UN Security Council. If such efforts fail, he said, the US might use its veto or propose a "more balanced" draft resolution...



Assange: I`ll reveal info that will spark Arab world coups
by Roee Nahmias - Ynet News "Wiki Leaks founder tells Al Jazeera leaked documents in his possession show top Arab officials disclose sensitive information to CIA "

Wiki leaks: Egypt still sees Israel as its main adversary
by Associated Press "Leaked US diplomatic cable suggests that the Egyptian military is in decline; Egyptian general: "We don`t want to do what suits Israel."

Single Gaza goods terminal operates
Ma`an News Agency - "Between 190 to 200 truckloads of goods including 20 new cars and five truckloads of cement for UNRWA projects were will be allowed into Gaza via the southernmost crossing, Kerem Shalom. "

Islamic Jihad refuses role in Haniyeh gov`t
Ma`an News Agency - "Maintaining its position as a extra-political movement, Islamic Jihad officials said Thursday that they had refused a seat on Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh`s new government."

New state budget gives settlements NIS 2 billion – and more
By Akiva Eldar - Haaretz "Security expenses for settlers living in Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem went up in the new budget, reaching NIS 3,160 per settler."

Iran’s Defense Minister Confirms Asgari Death, IDF Warns of Iranian Revenge Attacks
Tikun Olam - "The Kabuki-like drama of the suicide/murder of Iranian Revolutionary Guard general Ali Reza Asgari in Ayalon Prison continues to deepen. Today, Ynetnews reports that the IDF circulated an unprecedented warning letter to all reserve officers warning them that Iranian agents might take revenge on them inside Israel or abroad."

Invitation to a solidarity visit in Palestinian Susya
Call for Action "This Saturday, 1/1/2011 we`ll conduct a solidarity visit to the people of the village. Replacing the tents and repairing the damages are estimated in thousands of Shekels. Therefore , Any donation or help will be highly appreciated."

Settler and Military Violence Escalates in South Hebron Hills
The Villages Group - "Yesterday, Tuesday December 28, at 3 AM, Hajja Sara woke up to the sound of her dogs barking. Coming out of her living tent she saw her two adjacent kitchen tents going up in flames (pictures above)."

When the Exception Becomes the Rule: Incommunicado Holding of Palestinian Detainees
Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)- Report (in Hebrew) "70 to 90 percent of GSS interrogees were denied meetings with an attorney for more than two weeks, in order to pressure them to confess. See also item from Guardian in OM of 29/12/10"

Israeli leftists have a racist past, too
Yitzhak Laor - Haaretz - Here, with the exception of a few enthusiastic young people, there is no struggle. Even the trickle of people refusing to serve in the army has dried up. The politicians benefit from this dead end: It lets them run from microphone to microphone and organize "coalition crises." The military leadership prattles on about our "damaged deterrent capabilities" like a beggar with his cup. And the rabble is brought into the streets to demonstrate about Jewish virgins.

Civilian Hit by a Tear Gas Canister at Weekly Protest in Bil'in

Friday December 31, 2010 - 18:10

On Friday, a civilian was hit by a tear gas canister during the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall in the village of Bil'in. Also, dozens of people were treated from the ill effects of tear gas inhalation during the demonstrations in an-Nabi Saleh and al-Ma’sara. Full Story

Knesset Approves NIS 2 billion to Settlements in the New Year's Budget

Friday December 31, 2010 - 16:49

The Israeli Knesset approved its 2011-2012 budget on Wednesday, which includes two billion shekels (approx. US$ 564 million) to settlements construction, services and security, Israeli daily Haaretz reported. Full Story

Extra E.U. Funds in Support to P.A.'s Institution Building

Friday December 31, 2010 - 16:24

Prime Minister Fayyad and an E.U. Representative agreed today to support the P.A.'s institution building plan, a European information centre claimed on Friday. Full Story

Gaza Convoy Blocked in Egypt

Friday December 31, 2010 - 13:51

Egypt stopped activists on the Asia 1 aid convoy from reaching the Gaza Strip, an Egyptian daily newspaper quoted in Press TV reported on Thursday. Full Story

Five Palestinians Arrested During Night Raids in the West Bank

Friday December 31, 2010 - 12:48

Israeli forces detained five Palestinians around the West Bank in a series of night raids that ended on Friday morning. A woman and her son were also allegedly beaten, Palestine News Network reported. Full Story

Abbas: "The New Draft is Designed to Gain the U.S. Support"

Friday December 31, 2010 - 12:10

In the following days, P.A. and other Arab states will bring a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council, calling to condemn Israel for the illegal settlement construction in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Abbas stressed on Thursday, with regard to a possible U.S. veto, that the draft follows Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's rhetoric. Full Story

Avi Shlaim: Obama and Israel – The pessimistic perspective 

30 December 2010

The American-Israeli special relationship is a classic example of the tail that wags the dog. As a result of its palpable partiality towards Israel, America has lost all credibility in the eyes not only of the Palestinians but of the wider Arab and Muslim worlds. The so-called peace process has been all process and no peace. It is worse than a sham. Peace talks that go nowhere slowly provide Israel with just the cover it needs to pursue its relentlessly expansionist agenda on the West Bank.

Israeli Palestinian Confrontation, December 30, 2010 . 

Right Side News 

Senior Hamas figures said they wanted the lull to continue and blamed Israel for the recent escalation in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian media reported ...

Palestinian Authority Nabs Hamas Militant- Voice of America
Palestinians arrest wanted Hamas man- AFP
Discordant voices in a land without peace- The Australian
Ynetnews - Irish Times



West Bank: 1000 at anti-fence protest 

Ynetnews - Yair Altman

The protestors included Israeli, Palestinian and foreign activists, as well as Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. The number of demonstrators was ...

Israeli troops attack anti-wall protesters- Press TV
Palestinian PM takes part in separation fence protests- Ynetnews
Fayyad: Palestinians Face Challenge for Freedom Struggle in 2011-
Palestine News Network

Press TV


Israel: tourism on the rise 

eTravelBlackboard - Asia Edition

Due to the global financial crisis, tourism in Israel was on a downward slope last year, while Israeli-Palestinian violence over the last decade saw tourist ...

Israel expects 2010 to be record year for tourism- Foster's Daily Democrat

A Painful Legacy Of Occupation 

Forward - Jane Eisner

Given his deep connections with Israeli medicine — Abuelaish was the first Palestinian doctor to complete a residency program in an Israeli hospital — he ...

Palestine Today: A Reality of Justice Denied- MWC News

MWC News


Russia urges Israel to stop settlement construction 


30 (Xinhua) -- The Jewish settlement activity has been a "key obstacle" to the full-fledged negotiation between Israel and Palestine, said Russian Foreign ...

Gaza PM meets representative of the Jordanian Chief of Staff 

Friday, 31 December 2010 11:20  

The Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority in Gaza has met a representative of the Jordanian Army Chief of Staff. The delegation which met Ismail Haniyeh was headed by Major General Mahmoud Forayhat, the head of military operations in Jordan. Read more...

Shaykh of Al-Azhar condemns arbitrary arrests and closure of Radio Qur'an in West Bank 

Thursday, 30 December 2010 17:30  

Dr Tayeb emphasized the need for Arab pressure on the international community to take a firm stand to end Israel's illegal settlement of Palestinian land in Jerusalem

The Shaykh of Al Azhar in Cairo has called on the President of the Palestinian Authority to end the policy of arbitrary detention and torture of Palestinians in the West Bank. Dr. Ahmed Tayeb urged Mahmoud Abbas to stick to national principles, unity against the occupation and protection from Israel's twin projects of Judaization and deportation. He also denounced the PA's decision to close Radio Qur'an in Nablus, describing the station's shutdown as an assault on the sensitivities of Muslims. Read more...

 Jesus Recruited: God-TV Helps Israel Oust Bedouin

Friday, 31 December 2010 15:00

By Jonathan Cook - Nazareth
 Half a million trees planted over the past 18 months on the ancestral lands of Bedouin tribes in Israel's Negev region were bought by a controversial Christian evangelical television channel that calls itself God-TV.
A sign posted a few kilometres north of Beersheba, the Negev's main city, announces plans to plant a total of a million trees over a large area of desert that has already been designated "God-TV Forest". Read more...

Dahlan faces partial boycott of press conference

Friday, 31 December 2010 14:00

Egyptian journalists in Cairo boycotted a press conference held by Fatah's Mohammed Dahlan

An Egyptian journalist specialising in the Palestine issue has claimed that key Palestinian and Egyptian journalists in Cairo boycotted a press conference held by Fatah's Mohammed Dahlan on 29 December. Ibrahim El-Darawy said that a number of journalists refused to attend the event at which Dahlan intended to respond to the stance against him taken by Fatah's Central Committee; the former Fatah minister then said that he would return to Ramallah. Read more...

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