Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Headlines for 04-26-08

Israel limits impact of aid to Palestinians: World Bank Billions of aid dollars pledged to the Palestinians to bolster peace talks with Israel are having a muted economic impact because of Israeli restrictions on travel and trade, the World Bank said on Sunday.

PFLP delegation to head to Egypt for truce talks A delegation of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) will head to Egypt on Monday for talks with senior Egypt officials on a possible ceasefire with Israel, the group said on Saturday.

AT-TUWANI: Palestinians delayed by Israeli settlers gathering in defiance of military order the settlers made their way off the road onto cultivated Palestinian land, causing damage through the presence and grazing of their animals. Despite this threatening behaviour, a Palestinian family continued throughout to harvest their wheat in a nearby field.

Egypt detains two in alleged Hamas plot Authorities have arrested two members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood for allegedly plotting attacks with Hamas against US and Israeli interests in Egypt, a security official said on Saturday

Orthodox Christians hail 'holy fire' of Easter in Jerusalem Orthodox Christians who are Palestinian and live in the nearby West Bank are generally not allowed by Israel to enter the Holy City. Many of them hold similar ceremonies at churches in their own towns and villages, such as Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Christ.

Palestinian plight is flip side of Israel's independence joy "For 60 years, Israel has been sitting on my heart. It kicked me out of my home, my nation, and deprived me of many things," And each Israeli birthday makes it harder for 70-year-old Shaikha and his elderly gin rummy partners in the camp's coffee house to cling to dreams of going back to Beit Nabala, one village among hundreds leveled to make way for the influx of Jewish immigrants into the newborn Jewish state.

Arab League warns of 'humanitarian catastrophe' in Gaza

Israel's ex-deputy defense minister says truce with Hamas not in Israel's interest Israel's former deputy defense minister says it's not in Israel's interest to strike a truce deal with Gaza's Hamas rulers.

Palestinians reject Israeli official's comments on fuel crisis The Palestinian gas union on Saturday rejected a statement by an Israeli official blaming Palestinians, led by Hamas, for the fuel shortages in Gaza Strip.

Egypt: Egyptian mediation focussed only on Israeli-Hamas truce

UNRWA calls on militants to halt attacks on crossings The United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees called on Gaza militant groups on Saturday to stop armed attacks on Gaza border crossings.

Egypt: Israel's stance on Hamas truce offer not final

US Congress: Israel homeland for Jewish people In honor of Israel's 60th anniversary, Congress passes resolution pledging to strengthen US-Israel bond; Israel's US Ambassador: Resolution testimony to America's unwavering support Wow. Why not just hoist the Israeli flag over Capitol Hill and be done with it? Ridiculous.

UN refugee agency hopes for early end to Gaza food aid suspension 'From our experience, I don't think this issue will last for long because there are urgent intensive communications with the Israeli side on all levels,' UNRWA spokesman Adnan Abu Hassna told Voice of Palestine radio.

Hamas denies Egyptian paper?s report on obtaining drones

Hamas urges Abbas to declare peace talks a failure (Roundup)

INTERVIEW-Abbas doubts deal with Israel possible this year "The gaps between us and Israel on final status issues are wide. Will we reach a deal by the end of the year? I don't know, we will see," he said in an interview as he flew from Washington to Sharm el-Sheikh for talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Mashaal: Truce a 'tactic' in Palestinian struggle Earlier Saturday, Mashaal said that Hamas is still waiting for Israel's official response to the group's sixtruce offer. During a press conference in Qatar, Mashaal said he had asked for a written commitment from Israel to open all of Gaza's border crossings, including the one at Rafah.

Abbas aide warns government may 'disappear' Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat warned yesterday that the U.S.-backed government of President Mahmoud Abbas may "disappear" if a permanent peace deal with Israel is not concluded by the end of the year.

Over Dh52m raised through Sharjah TV telethon A telethon to gather funds for Palestinian children has raised more than Dh52 million by 12am on Sunday through Sharjah TV.

Intelligence on Syria delayed to avoid fight "Our first concern was to prevent conflict and broader confrontation in the Middle East," said one of the top senior intelligence officials, who held a briefing with reporters late yesterday afternoon.

ANALYSIS-Congressional calculus triggered Syria disclosures

Evidence-based bombing by Scott Ritter While vexing, the Syrian position is totally in keeping with its treaty obligations, and so it is Syria, not Israel, that was in full conformity with international law at the time of Israel's September 6 2007 attack. A good read.

"Farewell Israel": Myth and Reality Israel's military leaders and their political yes-men don't believe, and never have believed, that Iran, if it possessed nuclear weapons, would unleash them in a first strike against the Zionist state. The real problem for its leaders is that the moment Israel ceased to be the only nuclear-armed power in the region, would be the moment it lost its ability to impose its will on the region. And actually the world.

The Americans' Vanunu AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) - the Jewish lobby in Washington - is the bluntest conceptualization of institutionalizing near treason and turning it into an enormous octopus of a political mechanism with enormous dimensions and numerous victims.

Hizbollah builds up covert army for a new assault against Israel 'They were guerrillas during the occupation but shocked Israel in the war by standing and fighting from fixed positions. Even badly outnumbered, they held territory with minimal losses even under assault from tank units,' he says. 'Now they want to expand to make sure they can stop the next invasion before the tanks reach the flat plains of the Bekaa, where Israel's armoured units will have the advantage.'

Abbas arrives in Egypt for talks on Palestinian issue

U.S. fumes after Israeli envoy to UN brands Carter 'a bigot' The United States registered an official protest with Israel against its ambassador to the United Nations, Dan Gillerman, for calling former U.S. President Jimmy Carter an "enemy of Israel" prior to Carter's recent visit to the region. Interesting.

Muslim group urges Malaysians to boycott Chelsea football tour "Malaysians should boycott the match," Mohamad Azmi said. "We should unite with the Palestinian people and fight for an independent homeland for them."

Syrian President, Turkish PM meet on peace process with Israel Syrian President Bashar al-Assadon Saturday held talks with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on activation of the peace process in the Middle East.

Syria says will help Turk PM on mediation with Israel

McCain woos Jewish donors as GOP tries to lure them from Democrats The fund-raiser for McCain at the Ocean Ridge home of Lothar and Carlyn Mayer was put together as a way of "thanking and acknowledging Sen. McCain's longtime relationship with and support for Israel," said one of the event's hosts, Jeffrey Feingold, a Delray Beach periodontist active in state and national Jewish outreach for the GOP. Pucker up, Johnboy.

Israel Might Have Many More Spies Here, Officials Say The elderly New Jersey man arrested last week on charges of spying for Israel years ago was probably still working for the Jewish state?s espionage service in tandem with another, as yet unidentified spy, former American intelligence officials say

My Middle East dialogue - Jimmy Carter was right on Hamas. We mediators can take more risks than elected politicians I remember once telling Yasser Arafat he had a yiddisher kop (a creative Jewish mind) and I wasn't sure how he was going to treat me once he found out I was Jewish. He responded by embracing me and saying: "Some of my best friends are Jewish. I used to play with the Cohen boys when I was young. Now help me make peace." But he and Fatah could never deliver it, because they lacked the means to enforce it.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Headlines for 04-25-08

Palestinian girl killed in Gaza clashes -medics

One Palestinian killed, seven hurt in clashes with Israeli troops in northern Gaza: medics

Two Israelis killed by Palestinian militants: army Two Israeli guards have been killed by Palestinian militants in an industrial area on the border between Israel and the West bank, a military spokeswoman said on Friday

US Syria claims raise wider doubts Perhaps mindful of the mistakes of the past, the ten-minute video released by the Bush administration in an effort to prove the Syria-North Korea connection is less ambitious and more focussed. It uses still images which, it is claimed, were taken inside the facility during its construction. There is of course no independent way to verify this.
This video was, according to Haaretz, provided by ISRAEL.

Thousands in Gaza protest against Israeli blockade Thousands of Hamas supporters on Friday demonstrated in Gaza to demand that Israel lift its crippling blockade of the impoverished Palestinian territory.

Egypt sends police reinforcements to Gaza border

Peace deal must fulfill Palestinian hopes: Abbas spokesman

Abbas says he failed to achieve any progress in peace talks with Bush

Israel dismisses Hamas truce offer The Hamas offer came after several weeks of negotiation with Egyptian officials and after several meetings with former US president Jimmy Carter, who travelled to Damascus last week to meet the movement's leader, Khaled Meshal.

UN targets US over delay in Syrian nuclear evidence Why did it take the CIA seven months to reveal this information to Congress? ....Is there any directevidence of North Koreans actually at the site? The photograph of the Syrian and North Korean nuclear scientists was taken at another location.....Why did Israel act unilaterally to destroy the site before IAEA inspectors had a chance to visit?

Bush Meets Abbas, but Palestinians Criticize Plans for Trip As he prepares for his second trip this year to the Middle East, President Bush is facing mounting criticism from some Palestinians who are upset that he will go to Israel for its 60th birthday celebration without marking the flip side of that event: the flight of Palestinians from their homes.

Fuel crisis in Gaza: MSF is forced to scale back its medical activities Médecins Sans Frontières' (MSF) medical activities in the Gaza Strip are being seriously hindered by a lack of fuel. Diesel and gasoline have been unavailable on the market for the past week. MSF teams have had to limit their visits to the most severely ill patients, who make up only one fifth of the patient population of MSF post-surgical care programs

OPT: Aid for Palestinian refugees in Gaza

Human Rights Watch: Gaza Fuel Cuts: Civilians Pay the Price The restrictions on electricity and fuel to an effectively occupied territory amount to collective punishment of the civilian population, a serious violation of international humanitarian law. Unlawful attacks by one side to a conflict do not justify unlawful actions by the other.

Hebron orphanage under threat by the army, hundreds of children will be homeless Speakers at Thursday's press conference included the Christian Peacemaker Team (CPT), Hebron, teachers and students from Al-Shari'yah Girls School in Hebron, Othman Abu Sabha of Palestinian Union of Medical Relief Committees, Doctors of the World, and Tim Rothermel, spokesperson for President Jimmy Carter

An Act Of War - Interview: Seymour Hersh Seymour Hersh, one of the world's best known investigative journalists, has turned his attention to the mysterious and controversial bombing of a Syrian facility by Israel last year.

Football and politics in the Holy City Beitar fans show the Arab supporters of Nazareth that and a lot more. They are ultra-nationalist and anti-Arab.
Beitar win the game and the crowd sing: "Death to Mohammed."
Truly a delightful bunch. Why not don white hoods, seig heil, and be done with it?

Cheney camp 'behind Syrian reactor claim' "Everything I'm hearing from my own sources in Washington is that what you have now is a kind of push back by Vice-President [Dick] Cheney and his office and other hardliners who are opposed to diplomatic dealings with North Korea," he said. One more time, Israel provided us with the video.

Pollard's Ghost There are likely numerous others like Kadish still in prominent positions in and around the government as we speak. That's the scary part. Most are not tied to any organizations and act on their own - because they have a passionate attachment to Israel.

Israelis split on keeping Golan

Dyer: America benefits little from its alliance with Israel

Activists hang up on Motorola

Syria accuses U.S. of aiding Israel in strike on nuke facility According to a report by The Washington Post on its Web site Thursday, the U.S. has video footage - which the report says was obtained by Israel - that shows that the similarities in design between the Syrian site and the North Korean nuclear reactor in Yongbyon. The key words here being - 'obtained by Israel'. We are still relying on Israel to provide us with 'intelligence', to our own detriment.

Haaretz: Despite Supreme court order, The IDF is not dismantling the fence near Bil?in

IAEA Slams US On Syria Bombing; Will Probe Reactor Report Carefully "The Director General deplores the fact that this information was not provided to the Agency in a timely manner, in accordance with the Agency's responsibilities under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to enable it to verify its veracity and establish the facts," ElBaradei's office said. Additionally, "the Director General views the unilateral use of force by Israel as undermining the due process of verification that is at the heart of the non-proliferation regime," it said.

Lebanon protest demands that Egypt open Gaza border

The Un-American Treatment of Sami al-Arian by Charley Reese Then another U.S. attorney, who likes to publicly boast of his ardent support for Israel, found another way to persecute al-Arian. He subpoenaed him to testify before a grand jury in Virginia, even though as part of his plea bargain, al-Arian had said he would not testify against anyone else.

Aiding and abetting occupation As United Methodists from around the world are gathered for General Conference, they will consider proposals for divestment from companies sustaining Israel's occupation of Palestinian land.

Israeli law would pay settlers to leave West Bank

Canadian funding to ease medical crisis in Palestinian Territories

Defending Jimmy Carter

McCain picks up Hamas-Obama linkage

Syrian vows to cooperate with IAEA over US nuclear charges

Syrian Nukes: the Phantom Menace Cirincione told the BBC that "This appears to be the work of a small group of officials leaking cherry-picked, unvetted 'intelligence' to key reporters in order to promote a preexisting political agenda." The preexisting political agenda may be promoting a war with Syria and/or Iran, or torpedoing negotiations between the US and North Korea. Finally, Cirincione adds ominously "If this sounds like the run-up to the war with Iraq, then it should."

Rice to make trip to Britain, Israel, West Bank US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will travel to Britain, Israel and the West Bank for talks on Iran's nuclear program, Kosovo and Middle East peace efforts, the State Department said Friday.

Syrian Ambassador to U.S. Says CIA Fabricated Photo Evidence of Nuclear Reactor

Clinton stakes new ground on confronting nuclear Iran While Israeli officials and pro-Israel activists in the United States stress the need to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, many of them also share Clinton's view that Iran's theocracy may be sensitive to threats of massive military strikes and long for explicit declarations along the lines issued by the New York senator.

Cluster bomb left from 2006 war wounds 4 children in S. Lebanon

Syria says nothing to hide over alleged atomic reactor Syria's UN envoy has said Damascus is "not afraid" to cooperate with the UN nuclear watchdog, which has pledged to look into whether Syria secretly built an atomic reactor with North Korean help.

Wanna buy a house for $20,000? Just keep an eye out for missiles "A guy came to my house and he offered me 130,000, but he was an Arab collaborator so I refused to sell. I'm a traditional Jewish woman and I won't sell my house to an Arab."

MADONNA CONTEMPLATES SECOND ADOPTION MADONNA is considering adopting a second child, with Cambodia and the Palestinian territories top of her list of targets.

Matt Taibbi Undercover with the Christian Right The whole idea behind Christian Zionism is to align America with the nation of Israel so as to "hurry God up" in his efforts to bring about Armageddon. As Hagee tells it, only after Israel is involved in a final showdown involving a satanic army (in most interpretations, a force of Arabs led by Russians) will Christ reappear. On that happy day, Hagee and his True Believers will be whisked up to Heaven by God, while the rest of us nonbelievers are left behind on Earth to suck eggs and generally suffer various tortures.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Headlines for 04-24-08

Report: 1 dead, several wounded in IAF strikes in Gaza One civilian was killed in the strike and several others wounded. The IDF confirmed the attack, citing the target was his as planned.

Israeli army thrusts into Beit Hanoun, kills an old man

UN suspends aid to Gaza for lack of fuel "We have just stopped the distribution of all food aid to 650,000 Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip because of the lack of fuel in our storage in Gaza," said Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) office in Gaza.

Hamas offers Gaza truce with Israel Former Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar, speaking in Cairo after meeting Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, said the truce must include an end to the Israeli blockade of the coastal strip.

A portrait of life and death in Gaza On his film you can clearly see the muzzle flash from the tank about 1,500 yards away. And two seconds later, just before the film dies, you can see something dark exploding above Fadel. He died instantly, almost decapitated by shrapnel. The two boys who Mahmoud saw next to the tripod were also killed in the blast. "I heard the first explosion, dropped the bicycle and fell to the ground," said Mahmoud. "I had cuts on my neck and chest, but I could move, so I started crawling away."

U.S. to demand Jerusalem acknowledge Kadish was an Israeli agent

EU calls on Israel to ensure fuel supplies European Union (EU) Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Louis Michel on Thursday urged Israel to ensure fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip, amid United Nations (UN) warnings that aid to Palestinian refugees there will end otherwise.

Bush And Sharon Had Secret Deal To Expand West Bank, Claims Olmert Ehud Olmert, the current Israeli prime minister, said this week that Bush's letter gave the Jewish state permission to expand the West Bank settlements that it hopes to retain in a final peace deal, even though Bush's peace plan officially calls for a freeze of Israeli settlements across Palestinian territories on the West Bank

Palestinians pledge fuel for aid agency amid shortages John Ging, the UNRWA director of operations in Gaza, said yesterday there had been a "totally inadequate" supply of fuel from Israel to Gaza for 10 months until it was finally halted. "The devastating humanitarian impact is entirely predictable," he said.

Five civilians injured in Bethlehem on Tuesday night

US denies giving Israel green light for settlement expansion Well, but what did the US do about Israel's ongoing settlment building and expansion? Withhold any aid? NOPE.

Palestinian state is 'high priority,' says Bush US President George W. Bush assured Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas Thursday he was "confident" about reaching an agreement on creating a Palestinian state before he leaves office.

Collapse of Gaza aid distribution just hours away: UN The United Nations warned that aid distribution would end in the Gaza Strip on Thursday unless Israel allows new fuel supplies, but Israel blamed Hamas for the shortages.

Israeli airstrike in Gaza wounds 3 militants

Israeli settler rams a Palestinians child with his car Ahmad Al Titti, five years old, was standing beside his father on the main road connecting the city of Hebron to rest of the West Bank, when an Israeli settler rammed the child with his car.

Israeli ex-soldiers expose abuse of Palestinians "A lot of people come and say, 'Oh, that's all in the past,' " explains Yehuda Shaul, executive director of the group, which has brought 3,000 people on eye-opening trips to Hebron. On the contrary, he adds, he sees abuses as increasingly institutionalized. "The whole point of Breaking the Silence is to understand the moral price tag of a military occupation."

Al Nakba memorial beginning its official period

Israel's U.N. envoy calls Jimmy Carter 'bigot' Thus does the smear campaign by pro-Israelis get taken to a higher level.

Palestinian, international and Israeli activists reclaim settler outpost

Palestinian education delegation to UK gets special treatment The UCU has made a mistake -- a precaution too far. My suspicion is that the real reason for the entry restriction is to keep attendance low, in order to give the impression that the level of support for the Palestinian cause is minimal. Moreover, the UCU leadership is worried that there may be a danger of discussions on the academic boycott of Israel breaking out -- something which the General Secretary of the UCU leadership fiercely opposes.

Israel's Air Force Chief: Iran Threat Real

Did the Israelis Leak New Spy Info to Thwart War? Over at the American Conservative magazine?s blog, Antiwar.com columnist and former CIA officer Philip Giraldi reports that Israeli sources have indicated to him that the recent leak to the FBI about the new-old Israeli spy case came from inside the Israeli government toward the end of thwarting Ehud Olmert, Dick Cheney and the War Party?s plans to expand the Middle Eastern slaughter to Iran ? and that there are more spies to be revealed?.....The leak of the information at the present time is believed to be linked to proposed closed congressional hearings at the end of this month in which the White House had planned to use several Israeli intelligence officers to provide evidence on the alleged Syrian nuclear program that was bombed on September 6, 2007

Cheney's Compulsive Obsession with Iraq WMDs & Syrian Nukes Cheney's minions are pushing Congress to sponge up Israeli intelligence assessments about purported Syria-North Korea cooperation on a now destroyed, alleged nuclear site. There are many who doubt Israel's assessments in the U.S. intelligence community

UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PALESTINE REFUGEES to be held in Paris, 29 - 30 April The Committee on the Exercise of the InalienableRights of the Palestinian People will convene the United Nations International Conference on Palestine Refugees at United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ( UNESCO ) Headquarters in Paris on 29 and 30 April, in accordance with General Assembly resolutions 62/80 and 62/81 of 10 December 2007.

Clinton's Iran tone 'imprudent' A BRITISH foreign minister said US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's threat to "totally obliterate" Iran if it attacked Israel with nuclear weapons was imprudent.

Jewish leader: German firms ignoring Shoah "Business with Iran is booming, while morality is wasting away. German companies, of all things, are doing business with a country that advocates a new Holocaust," Graumann said at an event on Tuesday celebrating Israel's 60th birthday.

Foreign Ministry: Israel doesn't spy in US "I assume that the timing is not coincidental, and is aimed at sending a warning signal to the White House ? and particularly to President Bush ? that he should not dare consider releasing Pollard before he leaves office in January," Haber said.

Residents: Golan belongs to the Jewish people Heads of Israeli towns in the Golan Heights convened Thursday for an emergency meeting following reports in recent days that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had agreed to relinquish the Golan Heights to Syria. The land was unlawfully seized in the Six Day War and subsequently colonized by Israel. It never 'belonged to the Jewish people'.

West Bank Samaritans mark Passover with blood and fire The West Bank Samaritans remain close to their former neighbours, and many Palestinians from Nablus, including the governor, visit the Passover ceremony and exchange warm greetings with longtime friends.

US claims North Korea helped build Syria reactor plant The video, made public last night after Congress had been briefed, is a collection of material from various sources, in addition to Israeli intelligence. Israeli intelligence? Whodda thunk it?

Palestinian-American speaker draws praise and criticism More than 120 students and faculty attended the lecture to hear Abunimah discuss his thoughts on how to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflicts.

Arab lawyer invited to train kinder, gentler Israeli soldiers Wafa Fahoum felt she had to make a stand when her nine-year-old daughter Nadine ? an Arab representing Israel at tennis ? was singled out for questioning by airport security staff while her Jewish team-mates simply walked through.

What's behind Kadish arrest? For now, only speculation The president?s lame-duck status has hobbled his effectiveness, and he is eager for progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks he helped relaunch last November in Annapolis, Md. "It's not easy trying to conduct policy in Washington when you know that there is a powerful pro-Israel constituency out there that says otherwise," said Lenny ben-David, a former Israeli diplomat and a former AIPAC staffer

Gazans discuss the fuel crisis

Spy case poses questions on size of Israeli ring Official ties are unlikely to be affected, said David Kimche, president of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations and a former senior Mossad official. "There won't be any dramatic ramifications in the sense that any sort of actions will be taken against Israel, in my opinion," Kimche said.

Syrian president ready to talk to Israel once Bush term ends

The Ritual Flaying of Jimmy Carter

Palestinians briefly open road closed by army, plant their flag on Israeli position Two dozen Palestinian and Israeli protesters are scuffling with Israeli troops at an abandoned army post in the West Bank.
The protesters say Jewish settlers have taken over the site and are setting up an illegal outpost there.

Sarkozy admits 'mistakes' during first year he vowed that as head of state he would not hold talks with the Hamas in the Palestinian territories, Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or the Taliban militia in Afghanistan.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Headlines for 04-23-08

Fuel shortage forces UN to halt Gaza food aid The UN is to halt food handouts for up to 800,000 Palestinians from tomorrow because of a severe fuel shortage in Gaza brought on by an Israeli economic blockade.

Israel downplays US spy affair

Abbas in Washington for talks with Bush

Palestinian foreign minister sees Gaza ceasefire 'very close'

Gaza journalists mourn Reuters colleague The Jerusalem-based Foreign Press Association said in a statement on Wednesday: "The FPA wishes to express its profound concern over the lack of a full Israeli explanation.

Carter says Secretary Rice "not telling truth" Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on Wednesday accused Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of not telling the truth about warnings she said her department gave Carter not to speak to Hamas before a Middle East trip.

N.J. man accused of spying for Israel The Pollard case for a short time devastated U.S.-Israel relations. In its aftermath, Israel swore never to run a spy again, and Americans broadened their information sharing with Israel to keep the Israelis from temptation. Yeh, that makes sense. Reward the thieves.

Israel says no spying on US since 1985 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Hilarious! I bet the Justice Department isn't buying it either.

Israel downplays US spy affair

Clinging to dream of Palestine village Assurances that they would be allowed to return after a fortnight were not honoured; weeks of exile turned into months, years. Despite several court rulings in the inhabitants' favour, the Israeli military prevented their return citing emergency regulations.

FBI Claims a Confession in Israel Spy Case

Former prosecutor says new spy case shows that Pollard case was bigger than thought DiGenova says the similarities are eerie. He says it clearly indicates the case is bigger than these two.

Palestinian conference to raise $600 million for Gaza A Palestinian-hosted investment conference plans to raise $600 million for the Gaza Strip but delay projects in the territory while Hamas remains in control, organizers said on Wednesday.

Shot film-maker's family doubt Israeli payout claims Relatives of James Miller, who was killed five years ago, said reports of the deal could be a "ruse" by the Israeli authorities to delay court proceedings due to start next month.

Envoys walk out of U.N. after Libya Holocaust remark Western U.N. envoys walked out of a Security Council discussion on Wednesday after Libya's U.N. ambassador likened the plight of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to the Nazi Holocaust, diplomats said.

Silence in Israel on Hamas proposal

Opposition slams decision to allow aid into Gaza "Is the blood of the soldiers and civilians not as precious as rice, sugar and tomatoes?" asked Knesset MemberIsrael Hasson (Yisrael Beitenu) on Tuesday in response to the renewal of operations at the Suffa border crossing in central Gaza and the decision to continue facilitating the passage of humanitarian aid to Palestinians a mere four days after the bombing of the Kerem Shalom crossing.

Hamas changes stance, saying it's open to Gaza-only truce Senior Hamas representatives said Tuesday that the militant group is willing to accept a cease-fire limited to the Gaza Strip, dropping a long-standing demand that the West Bank be included in a halt to fighting with Israel

US man 'gave secrets to Israel' A military engineer has appeared in court in the US on charges of passing classified information to Israel. Kudos to the US Justice department - score one for the good guys!

Clinton warns Iran of U.S. nuclear response Clinton said it was vital that the United States create a new "security umbrella" to reassure Israel and its other allies in the region that they would not be threatened by Iran. She said she would tell them that "if you were the subject of an unprovoked nuclear attack by Iran, the United States, and hopefully our NATO allies, would respond to that."

Tibi: Carter suggested we tell Americans about discrimination MK to present cases of Israeli discrimination against Arab sector in America's major media outlets following advice from former US president. 'Carter said that the American public was unaware of the situation,' he tells Ynet

Israeli army attacks the village Marda: Detains 50 civilians and kidnaps two

Gaza power plant to run out of fuel in 36 hours: rights group

Gaza's sewage 'tsunami'

The Hamas-run health ministry tries to prevent collapse of its services

More Palestinian patients being denied entry to Israel Figures presented by Physicians for Human Rights from early April indicate Shin Bet rejected entry requests of 12 grievously ill cancer patients from Gaza

Israel's £1.8m for family of Briton killed in Gaza Previous attempts at out-of-court settlements failed because Israel had either "reneged" or "renegotiated to our detriment", the family said. However, they indicated that they may accept the new offer. "Having had an exhausting and expensive five-year fight, the possibility of an out-of-court settlement might be considered, although no agreement has been reached," the statement said.

The Israeli army kidnaps 13 Palestinians from several parts of the West Bank

Hamas says Israeli defense minister's remarks a 'failure of Israeli army in Gaza' Hamas's spokesperson in Gaza, Sami Abu Zuhri stated on Tuesday that the remarks made today by the Israeli defense minister, Ehud Barak, signaled 'failure of the Israeli army actions on Gaza'.

Israeli army arrests 20 Palestinians in West Bank

Palestinian journalists urge Hamas, Fatah to stop libel campaigns on media

Gaza power plant to run out of fuel Wednesday night: officials

Gift from Britain could bring tourists back to Hebron Mr Edwards, deputy Consul-General in Jerusalem, was there to donate five horse-drawn carriages to take tourists through the carved-up heart of Hebron, where cars are banned.

ICRC concerned by suspension of family visits to prisoners For families in the Gaza Strip with sons or daughters in Israeli jails, the past 11 months have been especially hard, as they could no longer visit their imprisoned relatives and have only had contact through brief written messages.

Merkley caught up in Mideast debate Some of the Palestinian supporters became concerned about Merkley after he returned Gores' check, citing statements she had made in a 2006 rally condemning Israel's invasion of Lebanon. She said that at that rally, she recited details of an Israeli attack that killed 37 children in Qana and concluded: "Tell me, who are the terrorists?" Merkley said his campaign found her comments in a routine check of campaign donors and decided that he couldn't be associated with such anti-Israeli views.

From Dec. 2001: The Fox News report on the Israeli spy ring in America

Al-Qaeda accuses Iran of 9/11 lie Correspondents say the comments underline al-Qaeda's increasing public hostility towards Iran.

Bill Kristol, great man of sacrifice, on the duties of Passover People continue to be slaughtered and Americans sent to die so that his ideological dreams of an America-dominated Middle East and an Israel unconstrained by anyone or anything can be realized. As the wars and "sacrifices" rage on, his career as a War Commentator consequently flourishes, with more appearances on Fox, more readers for the war-loving Weekly Standard, and now even a column in the New York Times, itself the by-product of nepotistic connections, from which he preaches to the little people of their need to continue to sacrifice for his wars.

World Bank approves US$55 million to support Palestinian economic recovery and Palestinian livelihoods

Palestinian embroidery details past Today, the PCC, has over 450 women from the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan working on these beautiful pieces. For these women, the payment they receive is a great support for their families. The PCC also aims at supporting education and helps various schools and education programs in Palestine as well as needy families.

Turning the Page on US Foreign Policy, Part 2

UN chief calls for immediate presidential elections in Lebanon and disarming of Hezbollah Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Monday for immediate presidential elections in Lebanon without foreign interference and told Syria and Iran they must support the disarmament of Hezbollah's well-armed militia.

Jimmy Carter Gets the Point by Philip Giraldi Carter was also lacerated by the U.S. media, which did not report the visit in detail except to criticize it. The Washington Post's neocon-dominated editorial page was the most strident, denouncing Carter for embracing Hamas' terrorists. According to the Post, Hamas engages in "deliberate targeting of civilians," such as the Israeli town of Sderot, which "suffers daily rocket attacks." The Post seems unaware of Israeli targeting of civilians when it can't find an actual "militant" to kill......It is particularly ironic that the Israelis killed 20 Palestinians on April 16, all civilians and including five children, the day on which Obama made his speech and the White House was criticizing Carter's efforts.

Selma Waldman, 1931-2008: Painter had a 'unique touch' Her support for the cause of the Palestinian people was unwavering and absolute, a stance that her son, Rainer Waldman Adkins, thinks of as embedded in the Jewish tradition of principled dissent.

Israel Sees Iran Threat Recede

US Takes Counterinsurgency Lessons From Israel Iraq, it seems, is surging toward Gaza.
This fact is not missed by average Iraqis..... What we are seeing in Iraq today has much less to do with the declared shift in U.S. military doctrine than with a deeper and more far-reaching "Israelization" of U.S. military strategy and tactics over the past two decades that was only heightened by America's misadventures in the Middle East after Sept. 11, 2001.

Students object to ex-terrorists' talk

Ross Issues Urgent Warning on Iran The U.S. and its allies probably have no more than a year to take action against Iran before that nation acquires nuclear weapons, warns Dennis Ross, an architect of the Mideast peace process. Why? Has Iran threatened us (in the absence of any threats we've made towards them) ,ATTACKED us? NO. So, why is it our job to disarm Iran of any purported nuclear weapons? Who made it so? ISRAEL. And not coincidentally, Dennis Ross is a staunch Israel-supporter.

Help for Palestinian villagers Keith Douglas was in Palestine for three weeks, between March 20 and April 14, and despite the hospitality of his hosts, he said the region's population were "desperate to survive".

'She would not retreat' In Athens, Greece, Rachel Corrie is known as "she who would not retreat." Residents in her hometown of Olympia, Wash., refer to her as "the peacemaker." But to UI sophomore Sarita Patnaik, she was the "cool cousin."

Parents of French-Palestinian convict look to Sarkozy

Irish church leaders to make peace visit to Holy Land

Riad Elsohl Hamad - 1952-2008

Conflict perspective: Speaker gives insight on Palestinian issues William Van Wagenen, a former study-abroad student at Birzeit University in Palestine, spoke about the Palestinian perspective in the last Convocation of the semester to raise awareness of the issues in Israel.

ANALYSIS: New espionage affair may be old story, but will greatly damage Israel

Report: Olmert ready to cede Golan Israel reportedly has agreed to withdraw from the Golan Heights as part of a peace deal with Syria

US official to run Blair's Middle East peace office Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Robert Danin "will be head of mission" for the Jerusalem-based office of Blair, who represents the so-called Quartet of major players in the Middle East peace process -- the European Union, Russia and the United Nations, as well as the United States.

Al Qaeda deputy criticises Muslims for not backing insurgencies Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant also blasted Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas over their reported readiness to consider a peace deal with Israel.

Carter-Hamas meeting achieved nothing: Palestinians "Hamas offered nothing to president Carter. They reiterated the same positions. There was no change on the part of Hamas,"

Israel may pay for filmmaker's death Miller, then 34, was shot dead by an Israeli soldier while he and two of his colleagues were waving a white flag at night and trying to leave an area then under Israeli military siege.

Photo controversy sparks protest The rally, inside the building for roughly 15 minutes, was sparked by the removal of a photo exhibit sponsored by Students Confronting Apartheid by Israel (SCAI). Old Union administrators took down the photos on April 9 after receiving multiple complaints regarding the exhibit.

Turkey reassures Syria on Israel peace feelers: reports Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has assured Syria that Israel is ready to return all of the Golan Heights, reports said on Wednesday amid renewed peace feelers between the bitter foes.

On the road for justice He was born in Jerusalem, a Palestinian Christian who later moved to the U.S. and became an American citizen.

Streisand pulls out of Israel's 60th anniversary bash It says she gave no reason for the cancellation.

War photographer, professor to speak at Sioux Falls church Marcy Newman, visiting professor at the American University of Beirut, will speak about her experience as part of a nonviolent presence for peace in Gaza and the West Bank.

Israel 'ready to return Golan'

Diplomats spar preparing for 'Durban II' On the third day of a two-week preparatory forum this week in Geneva, Algerian diplomat Idriss Jazairy said the definition of anti-Semitism should include bias toward Arabs because they are a Semitic people. Jewish groups see such statements as attempts to cover up hatred of Jews. Arabs are Semites too. Only the bias against THOSE Semites never quite factors in when it comes to 'anti-Semitism'.

National Lawyers Guild Urges Israel to Permit Richard Falk to Enter Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories Professor Falk was recently appointed as the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Israel has barred entry to Professor Falk, claiming he cannot be fair because of his prior condemnation of persistent and pervasive human rights violations carried out by Israel in the Occupied Territories

US to release Syria nuke details 'soon' Asked when the public would be told about what US intelligence has picked up, Defence Secretary Robert Gates would only say "soon".

Who provided the US with this 'intelligence', is the real question.

Today's photo: Palestinian journalists show off dead colleague's gear The Israeli military says it doesn't target journalists. Tell that to the family of Briton James Miller, as one example.

Video: Carter: "US Candidates MUST do as Israel says"

Study: Muslim anti-Semitism threatens Israel The study singled out Iran as a country whose anti-Semitism poses a potential threat to Israel's existence, given Tehran's supposed nuclear program. Wow. The BS being spewed forth gets ever thicker.

Palestine Securities Exchange (PSE)

Christians flock to Jordan River but can't take the plunge A Palestinian Boy Scout marching band from the nearby occupied West Bank town of Jericho welcomed the faithful to the revered site set in a harsh landscape of arid hills, barbed wire and military positions.

Iran seeks to block Canadian NGO Ezrin said Iran is objecting in part because the Canadian Council is not involved in anti-racism or anti-discrimination work.

Fateh wins Student Council elections in Bir Zeit University

Content of Belgian-sponsored Palestinian festival irks Jews Isaac Franco, a board member of Belgium's Radio Judaica, said Masarat is about defaming Israel. "The posters shown incite hatred, anti-Semitism and promote terrorism," he said. "We want the ministry to make sure these posters do not come to the festival."
Notice how 'defaming Israel' then becomes 'inciting hatred, anti-Semitism, promoting terrorism'?...

Druze cling to land in campaign to prevent land expropriation The land of non-Jews is always fair game to Israel if it's within Israel's reach.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Headlines for 04-21-08

3 Gaza militants killed near Israel

U.S. dismisses Hamas comments described by Carter

Israeli military refuses entry of food aid to Gaza A shipment of food aid for the people of the Gaza Strip was denied entry by Israeli military forces on Monday. The shipment consisted of several trucks full of food aid from Egypt that were denied entry at the Israeli-controlled Karem Abu Salem crossing point between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

Disabled Palestinian children hold rally calling for end to Gaza siege On Sunday afternoon, a group of Palestinian children with special needs held a march in Gaza City. They held banners and carried signs appealing to the people of the world to "let them live like the rest of the world's children" by pressuring Israel and the U.S. to end their total siege on the people of Gaza.

Report: Hamas police violently dispersed pro-Fateh rally in Gaza

Qassam injures 3 Palestinians in Gaza Qassam attacks hit Palestinians as well. A rocket landed Monday in a Palestinian house in the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, lightly injuring three people.

Hamas would conditionally accept peace plan Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, in an apparent softening of the group's position, was confirming an account of his remarks given by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter after two meetings in Damascus over the weekend.

Hamas says accepts Palestinian statehood "We accept a state on the June 4 line with Jerusalem as capital, real sovereignty and full right of return for refugees but without recognising Israel," Meshaal told reporters, referring to the borders as they stood before the 1967 war.

Boy lightly injured by Qassam in south

We can accept Israel as neighbour, says Hamas Hamas said today it would accept a Palestinian state on land occupied in the 1967 war, but it would not explicitly recognise Israel.

New Yorkers & Palestinians call on Dubai to boycott Leviev jewelry "We call on the government and people of the United Arab Emirates to join the growing international campaign to boycott Lev Leviev?s companies due to their construction of Israeli colonial settlements, and their human rights violations in Angola,"

Palestinian refugees protest to demand end to siege of Gaza Strip

Groundbreaking School in West Bank Unites Jewish and Arab Children

Israel conquers Fifth Avenue New campaign promoting Salute to Israel Parade in honor of Israel's 60th anniversary will see New York City streets carrying banners with images of prominent Israelis in hope of conveying full spectrum of country's diverse society in world's first multicultural capital If that's what Fifth Avenue is going to look like, I'd hate to see what Capitol Hill will look like. For, it was conquered by Israel long ago.

Hezbollah: U.S. claims we use terror against civilians are baseless Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement on Sunday dismissed as "baseless" recent remarks made by U.S. President George W. Bush accusing the group of using terror and violence against innocent civilians.

Israeli Authorities transfer 23 detainees to administrative detention

EI exclusive: a pro-Israel group's plan to rewrite history on Wikipedia A 13 March action alert signed by Gilead Ini, a "Senior Research Analyst" at CAMERA, calls for "volunteers who can work as 'editors' to ensure" that Israel-related articles on Wikipedia are "free of bias and error, and include necessary facts and context." However, subsequent communications indicate that the group not only wanted to keep the effort secret from the media, the public, and Wikipedia administrators, but that the material they intended to introduce included discredited claims that could smear Palestinians and Muslims and conceal Israel's true history.
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Obama shows irritation when questioned over Hamas "Why can't I just eat my waffle?" the Illinois senator said as he ate breakfast in Scranton, Pennsylvania, according to MSNBC television pictures.
Pressed again for an answer, he replied: "Just let me eat my waffle."
'Because you must answer to the Israeli lobby, Obama'.

Army breaks into local market in Hebron, hands tenants a two day evacuation ultimatum

Russian Church willing to help settlement of Arab-Israeli conflict - Alexy II

RNW journalist arrested in Israel Radio Netherlands Worldwide journalist Abir Sarras was arrested at Tel Aviv airport on Sunday night. She was told she would not be permitted to enter Israel and would be put on a plane back to the Netherlands.

Israelis urged to quickly release findings of probe into shelling of Palestinian TV cameraman

Hamas's members of parliament demand an Arab intervention

PBS documentary examines Muslim American comedians, premieres May 11 The film deftly captures each comic?s unique take on the problems post 9/11, onstage and off. Zayid, for instance, who has cerebral palsy, founded an organization in 2001 to help disabled Palestinian children

Gaza Killing Prompts Call for Better Protection of Journalists The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has called for improved protection of journalists, after a Palestinian cameraman working for the Reuters news agency in Gaza was killed when a missile hit his vehicle.

Palestinians hope to raise $1.5 billion at investors' conference

United Methodist General Conference to Consider Divestment

Qtel raises QR7m for Palestinians Sheikh Fahad bin Jassim Al Thani, COO, Qtel, presented the cheque to Dr Mohammed bin Ghanim Al Ali Al Meideed, Secretary General, Qatar Red Crescent, in the presence of Kassem Radwan, Charge d'affairs, Palestine Embassy and Talal Al Abdullah, manager of the corporations and charities in Qatar Charity Works Authority.

Arab American Journalists Criticize Mainstream American Media for Selective Coverage

Palestinians and Israelis need a just peace The Justpeace60 statement acknowledges the pain of both peoples ? and the rights of both peoples to security and dignity. Grounded in biblical truth and supported by pastors, professors, heads of organizations and editors across denominational, national and political lines, this historic statement aims to be be a prophetic cry and a powerful witness.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Headlines for 04-20-08

Israeli air strikes kill two in Gaza: medics Israeli air strikes killed two Palestinians, at least one of them a Hamas militant, and wounded eight others in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the Islamist group and medical staff said.

3 Palestinians killed in Gaza crossing raid The Palestinians were killed in the blast and exchanges of fire between Israeli forces and several militants who entered the crossing in a second bomb-loaded vehicle

Eight killed in Israeli raids after Gaza crossing attack Palestinian medical sources said one of the dead was a civilian

Two teens die from injuries sustained in Gaza's deadliest day of fighting in a month The two, ages 16 and 17, died on Sunday.
A Palestinian health official says both boys were wounded Wednesday, by an Israeli tank shell that also killed a
Reuters TV cameraman. That would bring the total number of Palestinians killed in that shelling to six.

Hamas car bomb injures 13 Israelis Hamas suicide bombers in two military-style Jeeps yesterday blew themselves up at a Gaza border crossing, wounding 13 Israeli soldiers. The irony here being that Hamas has been targeting Israeli soldiers of late, and Israel responds by killing many civilians. They've always done so- since the beginning.

IDF launches formal probe into Gaza killing of Reuters cameraman Two Gaza teenagers who sustained wounds during Wednesday's IDF ground operation died on Sunday, raising the death toll from that incident to six, Palestinian hospital officials said. The two boys were 16 and 17 years old. They were reportedly hit by a shell fired from an IDF tank that immediately killed Shana and three other civilians in Gaza.

Israeli troops may have targeted Gaza newsman: watchdog A Palestinian cameraman killed by tank fire in the Gaza Strip along with five other civilians this week may have been deliberately targeted by Israeli forces, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday.

Due to lack of fuel Palestinian medics will stop working in the Gaza Strip

Eleven injured in the weekly Bil'in protest

Three people feared buried in collapsed Gaza tunnel

Hamas open to peace deal with Palestinian backing: Carter "They said that they would accept a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders if approved by Palestinians and that they would accept the right of Israel to live as a neighbour, next door, in peace,"

No Peace Without Hamas By Mahmoud al-Zahar The U.S.-Israeli alliance has sought to negate the results of the January 2006 elections, when the Palestinian people handed our party a mandate to rule. Hundreds of independent monitors, Carter among them, declared this the fairest election ever held in the Arab Middle East. Yet efforts to subvert our democratic experience include the American coup d'etat that created the new sectarian paradigm with Fatah and the continuing warfare against and enforced isolation of Gazans.

Abbas to discuss Israel-Palestinian peace with Bush Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he would consult President George W. Bush this week on ways to advance peace talks so that a deal with Israel can be reached by the end of the year.

Carter presses Hamas to back Gaza peace talks

Erekat: Settlements weaken efforts to make peace this year

Body of 15 year old Palestinian boy found mutilated in Israeli settlement

Abbas to pay official visit to Tunisia

Meshal to announce decision over Carter truce proposals Sunday Hamas political chief Khaled Meshal said Saturday that he will announce his organization's decision over former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's truce proposals on Sunday

The village of Al Khader protest the Israeli illegal wall

Israel Would Trade 400 For Soldier, Egypt Says

Nine-year old child assaulted by Israeli Troops

Putin meets Palestine counterpart Abbas

Collective Punishment Breeds Collective Rage

Palestinian detainees in Majiddo to wage a one-day hunger strike

Arab Israelis to get apartheid lessons in South Africa An official Arab-Israeli delegation will head to South Africa over the weekend in order to learn about the local population's struggle with apartheid and the killing of citizens by the government.

The Israeli 'settler' serving in Italy's parliament "I ran for a place in parliament as a representative of the Liguria district. I held rallies in Genoa and other cities in the region," she recounts. "But I didn't talk with the people about local problems. I told them that the most important thing for their Italian identity is to stand by Israel's side."

Tunnels bring life to Gaza, and make a select few rich Despite the risks, 16-year-old Yihya, from the Rafah area in the Gaza Strip, says building tunnels to Egypt is the only job he knows that puts food on the table.

Obama Channeling Cheney Can there be any doubt that the premeditated destruction of dozens of IAEA Safeguarded facilities in Iran ? which the Likudniks again claim to be a threat to Israel ? will be anything less than cold-blooded murder of the IAEA-NPT nuke proliferation regime?

PA rally in east Jerusalem dispersed The Jerusalem police broke up an east Jerusalem gathering Saturday, in which 100 people attended a rally protesting the incarceration of Palestinian prisoners in Israel.

Born to Demolish The Israeli authorities responsible for demolishing Palestinian homes ? the municipality and the Ministry of Interior in Jerusalem, the ?Civil? Administration in the West Bank and the army ? do not provide advanced warning to us or, indeed, to the families themselves. Tens of thousands of Palestinian families live with demolition orders on their homes, some 22,000 in East Jerusalem alone, where fully a third of Palestinian homes face demolition at any time

Carter discusses Iraq, Gaza developments with Syria's Assad (Extra)

Palestinian detainees demand proper medical attention, direct treatment to urgent cases

Mideast peace prospects Ziad Asali is president of the American Task Force on Palestine

Few Clear Wins in U.S. Anti-Terror Cases Jurors appear to be particularly troubled by a controversial element in the Miami case, part of several other early prosecutions, in which FBI informants encouraged others to perform acts they otherwise may not have done.

First, refute the defamation One day perhaps journalists will interject a caveat whenever writing about a UN study on Israel cautioning readers that the contents are very likely propagandistic and unreliable. THis coming from a propagandist from CAMERA, the pro-Israel media 'watchdog'. If the 'defamation' fits...

Israeli Arab students take to the fields to learn green activism "We shall remain put, just as the olive trees and zaatar shrubs do," goes a famous Palestinian idiom. But now, even the zaatar shrubs are in danger of disappearing, as the herb is quite popular. Israel Nature and National Parks Protection Authority inspectors may now fine people caught picking the fragrant plant.

Barenboim slams Israel's treatment of Palestinians

Record surge in U.S. tourists to Israel During January and February, 85,000 American tourists landed in Israel, up 23% from the same period in 2007, which was itself a record year.

Melbourne surgeon on Gaza mercy mission Dr Dewan, the director of surgery at Melbourne's Sunshine Hospital, makes regular visits to Gaza for his foundation, Kind Cuts for Kids

Matt Rees: how I found peace in Gaza I found the Middle East a lot funnier than you might think, too. To the amusement of Palestinian friends, I perfected my impersonation of Yasser Arafat and I also did a pretty good Ariel Sharon. The first Hamas man I met wasn't a stereotypical bloodthirsty fanatic. He was a comically tubby man with a grey beard circling his jaw and a clean upper lip, who spoke English like a suave 1950s character actor and drew his vocabulary from a calendar designed to teach a new word each day

Fight erupts in Jerusalem church Israeli police had to break up a fist fight that erupted between Greek and Armenian Orthodox clergymen at one of Christianity's holiest sites

Saleh renews Yemeni support for Palestinian rights President Ali Abdullah Saleh reiterated on Saturday Yemen's stance on supporting the Palestinian rights to establish its independent states of Palestine on its national land with Quds as its capital.

Pummeled with palm fronds In the latest ironic chapter in the bitter relations between the feuding sects that have carved up Christianity's most revered site, Armenian and Greek worshipers got into a brawl on Sunday inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Murdoch Firm Accused of Sabotage On the hot spot is NDS Group, a UK-Israeli firm that makes smartcards for pay-TV systems like DirecTV. The company is a majority-owned subsidiary of Murdoch's News Corporation. The charges stem from 1997 when NDS is accused of cracking the encryption of rival NagraStar, which makes access cards and systems for EchoStar's Dish Network and other pay-TV services. Further, it?s alleged NDS then hired hackers to manufacture and distribute counterfeit NagraStar cards to pirates to steal Dish Network's programming for free......The list of witnesses in the case includes EchoStar's founder and CEO Charlie Ergen; several hackers and pirates; and Reuven Hazak, an Israeli who heads security for NDS and is a former deputy head of Shabak, or Shin Bet, Israel's domestic security agency (the equivalent of Britain's MI5).

37 Palestinian refugees fleeing Iraq fly to Chile A group of Palestinian refugees stranded on the Iraq-Syria border since 2006 flew to Chile Sunday under a resettlement plan sponsored by the Catholic Church in the South American country and the U.N. agency for refugees.

Carter Briefs Jordan's King on His Mideast Peace Mission

Efforts under way for Israel-Syria talks: Assad

Riad Hamad: A Death in Austin Wednesday, April 16, 2008, the Austin Police Department announced Riad Hamad's death as a 'suicide,' despite his body being discovered gagged and bound with duct tape. Hamad had claimed he was being targeted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Headlines for 04-18-08

Israeli troops kill militant in West Bank

Israelis kill three Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza Israeli troops killed two Palestinian militants and a teenager in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Thursday, Palestinian medical and security officials said.

Our reign of terror, by the Israeli army Then there is the inter- clan Palestinian fight: "We were told to go over there and find out what was happening. Our [platoon] commander was a bit screwed in the head. So anyway, we would locate houses, and he'd tell us: 'OK, anyone you see armed with stones or whatever, I don't care what ? shoot.' Everyone would think it's the clan fight..." Did the company commander know? "No one knew. Platoon's private initiative, these actions." Did you hit them? "Sure, not just them. Anyone who came close ... Particularly legs and arms. Some people also sustained abdominal hits ... I think at some point they realised it was soldiers, but they were not sure. Because they could not believe soldiers would do this, you know." Wow.

Carter Calls Gaza Blockade a Crime and Atrocity

Carter: Gaza residents 'starving to death'

Tank shell that sprays deadly darts killed cameraman in Gaza, say doctors Mr Shana set up his tripod and faced back east in the direction of the Israeli border to film a tank perhaps a kilometre and a half away across the fields. The last video from Mr Shana's camera showed the tank opening fire. Two seconds later, after the shot raises dust around the tank's gun, the tape goes blank ? presumably marking the precise moment at which he was hit. Reuters reported yesterday that a frame-by-frame examination of the tape shows the shell exploding and dark shapes shooting out of it.

Palestinian journalist killed by metal darts from Israeli shell Reuters said x-rays showed several inch-long darts, known as flechettes, embedded in Shana's chest and legs as well as his flak jacket. His jacket was marked with a fluorescent "Press" sign and his car, which was not armoured, was marked Press and TV.

Probe sought of whether Israel targeted media crew "Human Rights Watch's investigations at the site found evidence suggesting that an Israeli tank crew fired recklessly or deliberately at the journalist's team," the New York-based group Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

Video: final footage of Reuters journalist killed in Gaza Footage of Fadel Shana, 23, being killed by a tank shell in the Gaza Strip has been released by the news agency, which said that the cameraman was hit despite clear markings that showed him to be a journalist.

7 Qassams land in south; no injuries

Netanyahu: Abbas-Olmert peace deal will be invalid Opposition leader and Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu hinted Thursday that if he were to be elected prime minister, he would not honor any peace agreement struck between current Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, if one should be achieved.

Arab paper: Olmert offers Abbas 64% of W. Bank

Gaza op possible after Bush visit There is a heightened sense in the security establishment that a broad-scale ground incursion inside the Gaza Strip is necessary this summer to deal a severe blow to Hamas's infrastructure, sources in Jerusalem said Wednesday, following the death of three soldiers in a Gaza ambush.

Rabbi Eliyahu: Life of one yeshiva boy worth more than 1,000 Arabs

Zahar: Gazans can do 'no less' than rise up like Warsaw Ghetto Jews "Sixty-five years ago, the courageous Jews of the Warsaw ghetto rose in defense of their people. We Gazans, living in the world's largest open-air prison, can do no less," Zahar wrote in the newspaper.

Israel plans 100 houses in West Bank settlements In an advertisement in the Ha'aretz newspaper, the ministry invited construction companies to bid for the rights to build 48 homes in Ariel, a major settlement, and 52 homes in a smaller settlement called Elkana.

Egypt cuts fuel supplies to Gaza EGYPT has shut off fuel supplies to the Sinai Desert south of Gaza to deter Hamas from again blowing up the border wall and allowing a mass infiltration of Palestinians seeking supplies.

Thousands attend funerals in Gaza

Carter in Hamas 'ceasefire call' Hamas spokesmen said Mr Carter had asked for it to stop rocket attacks on Israel and to enter talks for the release of an Israeli captive.

Tamimi slams the Israeli attacks in Gaza as 18 residents were killed n Wednesday

Media watchdog IPI condemns killing of Reuters cameraman The International Press Institute, a media watchdog, condemned on Friday the killing in the Gaza Strip this week of a Palestinian cameraman working for the Reuters news service.

U.N. rights envoy for territories urges U.N. peace role John Dugard, a South African jurist who has served in the independent U.N. post since 2001, condemned Wednesday's violence in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, where 17 Palestinians and three Israeli soldiers were killed.

Trying to kill the truth Palestinian cameraman Fadel Shana'a in an undated photo. Having already survived an Israeli missile attack that targeted his press vehicle in August 2006, Fadel vowed to continue filming in Gaza. "The only time I'll stop filming is if I die or lose my legs." He was indeed killed by an Israeli tank shell on April 16th, 2008

Fury as Carter meets leader of Hamas The former US president Jimmy Carter yesterday met the influential Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, in Syria in defiance of furious objections from the US and Israel. Former President Jimmy Carter will go down in history as one of the boldest and most courageous Americans of all time.

Palestinians mark Prisoner's Day across the West Bank

Reuters cameraman's funeral draws thousands in Gaza

White House: Carter, Hamas meeting not 'useful'

Israel allows 20 Palestinian police stations to reopen

Deputy FM Whbee: Israel racially discriminates against its citizens

Challenge to renewed boycott bid The University and College Union?s attempt to launch a new academic boycott of Israel could be scuppered by legal challenges from the anti-boycott movement

PCC rejects complaint against JC

Israel Doesn?t Want to Know Carter Any More

Mayor to raise funds for E. J'lem Arabs to block Hamas Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski is planning to enlist world Jewry in a fund-raising drive for East Jerusalem's Arabs, in a bid to counter Hamas influence in local schools.

Dude, Where... Is Osama bin Laden? A young Palestinian man laments that "9/11 legitimized the American presence in the Middle East" and insists that "We are fighting to make our homeland. It's none of their [al-Qaeda's] business."

Palestinians learning independence comes with a price Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is cracking down on scofflaws as part of his effort to bring law and order to the West Bank after years of conflict with Israel, and to reassure donor countries
that they are not subsidizing deadbeats with their billions of dollars of aid.


Morrissey: Palestinians ask Morrissey to cancel Israel gig

Hebron settlers threaten German MPs A group of Jewish settlers in Hebron insulted and threatened a visiting German parliamentary delegation touring the West Bank city yesterday. The German embassy in Israel protested to the Foreign Ministry that Israel Defense Forces soldiers and police officers did nothing to stop the settlers' attacks. The German group cut short its visit to the city after the incident.

Clinton vows 'massive' U.S. retaliation if Iran attacks Israel

Israel must treat Americans equally Palestinian-Americans, even those born in the U.S., are routinely forced to surrender their U.S. passports; Israel requires these U.S. citizens to secure a Palestinian travel document upon entry and exit. Others are denied entry to visit their families; still others are denied the opportunity to remain with their families, bury their dead in ancestral plots or conduct normal business on family-owned properties.

Caterpillar to discuss West Bank concerns with Methodists

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Could Israel use submarines against Iran? Anticipating a showdown with Iran, Israel decides secretly to deploy a submarine off its arch-foe's coast.

Professor in Deadlocked Terrorism Case Could Face a New Indictment Sami al-Arian, a computer science professor imprisoned for more than five years after pleading guilty to a single terrorism-related charge when his trial deadlocked, is back in legal limbo this week. He faces either deportation or a new indictment that could extend his incarceration for years.

GOP Rep.: Revoke Jimmy Carter's passport for Hamas visits "He's just unilaterally going off on his own and undermining everything the international community and the United States is (sic) trying to do," protested Republican U.S. House Rep. Sue Myrick (NC-09) today in the call to revoke the passport of former president Jimmy Carter.

Syria and US at Odds Over Hariri Probe In asking the U.N. Security Council for an extension of the mandate of his probe, investigator Daniel Bellemare said recently that evidence pointed to a "criminal network" being responsible for the "politically motivated" killing of Hariri. The network had pre-existed Hariri's murder, Bellemare said, and it continued to exist for some period afterward.

Last images of a Gaza reporter

Lieberman: Carter Is 'Naive' at Best

Rice marks 25th anniversary of Beirut embassy attack Rice used the commemoration to hint at Washington's accusations of interference by Syria into the affairs of neighboring Lebanon, with politicians in Beirut "afraid for their very lives" as the embattled government remains locked in a long-running standoff with the Hezbollah-led opposition.

Arrow successfully simulates intercept of mock Shihab missile Israel is talking with Boeing about manufacturing the new and improved Arrow 3. Israel hopes the U.S. Congress will approve funding for the project. US funding?

On 12th Anniversary of IDF Shelling UN Compound CCR Calls On Israel to Compensate Qana Survivors Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), commemorates the 12th anniversary of the 1996 shelling by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of the UN compound in Qana, Lebanon and calls for justice and for Israel to compensate the survivors. The bombardment killed more than 100 Lebanese civilians who had taken shelter there ? about half of them children ? and seriously injured even more.

Thank you Jimmy Carter for everything, even for using the apartheid word

Jerusalem will never be united

Methodists defer key Israeli divestment measure

Palestinian motor racing gets a turbo charge

'Iran smuggling arms into Gaza by sea' Iran has stepped up its efforts to smuggle weapons into the Gaza Strip by using floatable devices that it drops near the waters off the Gaza coast to be picked up by Palestinian fisherman, senior defense officials have told The Jerusalem Post.

Henry Siegman: Tough Love for Israel for all the sins attributable to the Palestinians--and they are legion, including inept and corrupt leadership, failed institution-building and the murderous violence of rejectionist groups--there is no prospect for a viable, sovereign Palestinian state, primarily because Israel's various governments, from 1967 until today, have never had the intention of allowing such a state to come into being.

We must look at why the Arab world hates us If America has supplied most of the bombs, tanks and support to devastate Lebanon, flatten Palestinian refugee camps and keep many Palestinian natives captive in the land they claimed as home for 2,000 years and you were a Muslim, would you think kindly of us? What if you knew America vetoed most of the U.N. resolutions to stop Israeli injustice toward the Palestinians? Would you not feel maybe we were racist? Would you not, as a Muslim, feel the Americans hated them?

Israeli minister tells Carter he would meet Hamas A religious Israeli cabinet minister has offered to meet the leadership of Palestinian Hamas to ask for the release of a soldier held in Gaza, his spokesman said on Friday, a move which would break with government policy

Proposed House resolution hits Hamas The U.S. House of Representatives is introducing a resolution condemning Hamas, pegged to President Jimmy Carter's meetings with a top representative of the terrorist organization. Why is this a matter for Capitol Hill, particularly given the current economic climate in America? Do our legislators not have anything better to do than to introduce resolution after resolution that have no bearing whatsoever on the vast majority of the American people? Unbelievable.