Friday, February 29, 2008

Headlines for 02-28-08

Palestinians say 2 killed in IDF strike in Khan Younis Palestinian sources report that two employees of the Palestinian Energy Authority were killed in an IDF air strike in Gaza on Thursday night.

Israel unleashes air strikes on Gaza, killing 20 Israel unleashed a barrage of air strikes on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing 20 Palestinians including several civilians and children as well as Islamist militants behind rocket attacks on the Jewish state.

Four children killed as Israel pounds Gaza after rocket death

Israeli bombs destroy Oxfam-funded health clinic in Gaza Oxfam International today confirmed that a health clinic it helps fund was hit and vital medical equipment were destroyed in an attack by the Israeli air force on Gaza City late last night (27 February).

Israel arrests 12 Palestinians in West Bank

Girl killed on Egypt-Israel border "She was shot by a stray bullet from the other side of the border (Israel), due to the ongoing fighting today between the Palestinians and Israelis," the Egyptian security official said

Bush clears way for Palestinian aid Bush formally waived for six months restrictions called for under US spending legislation, citing "national security grounds," according to the official, who requested anonymity.

Hamas to pay 'heavy price,' Israeli PM tells Rice

Abbas: I oppose armed struggle, but won't rule out option for future

Sustainable income projects threatened by bad weather, access restrictions

Palestinian Child Arts Center appeals protection for Gaza children

Unprotected among brothers: Palestinians in the Arab World

Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories: ICRC calls for restraint following latest fighting

Abu Rodeina demands international protection to the Palestinians Nabil Abu Rodeina, spokesperson to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas demanded the international community to intervene and stop the Israeli attacks against the Palestinian people as the Israeli army killed 27 Palestinians, including several children on Wednesday and Thursday. Dozens of civilians were injured.

Erekat: Abbas doubles efforts to reinforce ceasefire

Still building Despite Israel's claims of a freeze on settlements, new homes - and tensions - continue to rise

Leftover cluster bomb suspected in latest blast in southern Lebanon

Palestinians mull a majority "If Israel wants to call it Israel from Jordan to the Mediterranean, I accept it. So we'll be equal to them," said Saeb Erekat, a negotiator who has been at the center of negotiations to set up a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

U.S. sends warship off Lebanon coast Signaling impatience with Syria, the United States has sent its USS Cole warship off the coast of Lebanon in a show of support amid Beirut's political crisis, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

U.S. pro-Israel evangelical leader Hagee endorses McCain McCain's support for the Iraq war and fierce criticism of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won praise from Hagee, who has brought thousands of evangelical Christians to Washington to lobby on Israel's behalf.

German Jewish leader urges Merkel to back Israel's stance on Iran

Top prosecutor in AIPAC case quits

Ex-JDL member urges faith without fanaticism after a few years, when some settlers killed Palestinian children in retaliation for violence, it all fell apart. "I was stunned by their deaths,"

Papal visit to Holy Land depends on situation Christians face in the region The Apostolic Nuncio to the Holy Land, Archbishop Antonio Franco, reiterated his hope this week that Pope Benedict XVI would visit the region, but said the trip would only be possible if the difficulties being experienced by the Christian community are overcome and if progress is made on the Palestinian issue.

Again: The Natives Are Gettin Restless Over U.S. Policy Towards Israel It's about time.

While my oud gently weeps Three Palestinian Christian brothers from Nazareth grew up absorbing their father's love for the oud, the Arabic guitar. The father made them by hand. The brothers learned to play ? sometimes with tenderness, sometimes with driving virtuosity.

Twinning bid fails In a secret ballot this week, 82 people at Goldsmiths College voted against a motion to twin with both an Israeli and a Palestinian university, while 80 were in favour. Eleven voters abstained.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Headlines for 02-27-08

Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza Other Israeli strikes killed at least two other Palestinian civilians, bringing the day's Palestinian death toll to at least eight people

Infant is killed in Israeli attack A baby was killed in an air raid on Hamas government buildings in Gaza last night when the Israeli military retaliated for a lethal rocket attack launched by the Palestinian militant group.

Israeli killed in Palestinian rocket strike The attack happened hours after an Israeli air strike on southern Gaza killed five Hamas militants.

Eleven Palestinians, Israeli killed in Gaza flare-up Another air strike just after nightfall near a petrol station north of Gaza City killed another two Palestinians and wounded 12 others, including four children aged between six and 10, medics said.

Gaza issues toxic water warning The water authority in the Gaza Strip has urged people to boil their drinking water to avoid the spread of disease.

Talk to Hamas, Israelis tell government as attacks continue The Palestinian rockets are notoriously inaccurate but yesterday they struck a 30-year-old Israeli student sitting in his car on the outskirts of Sderot. Another student was wounded as was a 10-year-old boy on Tuesday. An elderly Palestinian man was killed in northern Gaza when the Israelis returned fire, a Palestinian source said.

PM: Iran nukes not inevitable; Russia: We may back sanctions Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday it was not inevitable that Iran would produce a nuclear bomb, while Russia warned Iran that it may sanctions against the Islamic Republic if it does not stop uranium enrichment.

Fatah armed wing says not committed to the truce with Israel Al-Aqsa Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement in the West Bank said on Wednesday that it is not committed to the truce with Israel after its members were arrested.

Clueless Candidates Make Osama's Day by Michael Scheuer What the new president will find is that three decades of U.S. intervention in other peoples' wars ? in this case the Arab-Israeli conflict ? has locked us in Iraq because leaving would undermine Israel's security.

Jordanian police arrest five they suspect of being Hamas spies

Japanese PM politely demands Israel follow map

Seven Palestinians kidnapped in Israeli operation in Jenin

The Separation Barrier in the West Bank (as of Feb 2008)

Israeli forces detain photojournalist in Jenin On Wednesday morning Israeli forces detained a Palestinian photo-journalist in Jenin, taking footage of the separation wall which annexes 'Aneen village, west of Jenin city.

Abbas says Hamas in Gaza alliance with Qaeda "There is no truth in these allegations," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP, adding that Abbas "is seeking to mobilise international opinion against Hamas."

Iran just months from having nukes: Israel Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says he believes that there are no more than a few months before Iran develops a nuclear weapons capacity.

Decorated IDF officer accused of killing Palestinian in 'vendetta' The petitioners also found in the interview credence for their claim that the body was shown as a trophy to Driben's family: "It was important to me to bring his body. So they'd see that I brought him. I put him on the table for them," Y.B. is quoted as saying.

MEPs deeply disturbed by reports of Palestinian detainees' plight

Israeli PM welcomes 'firm' Japan stance on Iran

Egypt allows 14 Palestinian patients to cross for medical treatment

Rice tells Olmert she is concerned about Gaza civilians But Rice, who met Olmert in Tokyo on Thursday, stopped short of an explicit call for Israel to exercise restraint in dealing with rocket attacks by Islamic group Hamas.

Israeli PM say Iran can be stopped from getting nuclear capacity

Israeli army accused of turning a blind eye AN ISRAELI rights group yesterday claimed there was a "culture of impunity" in the Israeli security forces after the army decided not to order a disciplinary investigation into the killing of 21 Palestinian civilians in November 2006.

Rice urges end to rocket attacks ahead of Mideast trip

Israel arrests 17 Palestinians in West Bank raids

When Arafat almost kissed Benazir Bhutto!

Lebanon to boycott Paris book fair Lebanon is to stay away from this year's Paris book fair in protest at the invitation of Israel as guest of honour

Obama: I'm a 'stalwart friend' of Israel, its security is 'sacrosanct'

Nonviolent Demonstration Against Roadblock in South Hebron Hills This Friday, 29 February, Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills are
planning a demonstration against the new roadblock just off Route 317,

St. Thomas students simulate refugee life The 18-minute video prepared by the group members showed images of refugee camps in Palestinian-controlled areas, Burma, Indonesia and Darfur.

Humanitarian Intervention in the West Bank

Palestinians Must Regain Their National Rights The UAE reiterated its support for Palestinian people in their bid to regain their national rights, including the establishment of an independent state.

Israeli officials: Egyptian intelligence chief to visit Israel

Bangladesh deeply concerned at Israeli attack on Palestinians in Gaza

Gaza Border In Political Limbo

For Christians talks with Israel are about vital issues, says nuncio

Children Look At The Brighter Picture "Around 500 children from all Palestinian refugee camps across Lebanon have acquired basic photography skills through this programme," says Abou Chakra. "Most of these kids, who live in unimaginably harsh conditions, have been asked to portray life in the camps as they see it."

Time to examine our moral boundaries At a time when Americans are debating whether torture is acceptable in a democracy, I recommend an exhibition in Philadelphia by a group of young Israeli military veterans called "Breaking the Silence." I second that recommendation.

Most Muslims 'desire democracy' The largest survey to date of Muslims worldwide suggests the vast majority want Western democracy and freedoms, but do not want them to be imposed.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Headlines for 02-26-08

Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Gaza border Israeli troops killed a Palestinian farmer near the Gaza Strip's border on Tuesday, his relatives and hospital officials said, but the Israeli army described the dead man as a militant.

Israeli military inquiry clears soldiers of killing 21 The Israeli military has decided not to prosecute anyone involved in the artillery shelling which killed 21 Palestinian civilians in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun in November 2006.

US promises Palestinian refugees more aid UNRWA head Karen Abu Zayd, who accompanied Witten, has repeatedly called on Israel to reopen crossings into Gaza, which has been cut off from all but vital humanitarian aid for more than eight months.
"You see the deterioration before your eyes ... The electricity problem, the water problem. It's cold and it's dark and the people are simply miserable," she told AFP.

Report: Israeli occupation causes terror A report commissioned by the United Nations says Palestinian terrorism is the "inevitable consequence" of Israeli occupation ? a claim Israel rejected Tuesday as inflammatory......As long as there is occupation, there will be terrorism, says the author, John Dugard, an independent investigator on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a South African lawyer who campaigned against apartheid in the 1980s.

Israeli army attacks Palestinian societies and schools in Hebron

Heroes of the South Hebron Hills The Israeli army has brought out
jeeps and asked the shepherds for their IDs. Soldiers have kicked the
sheep and threatened to arrest the shepherds. Soldiers have pulled off
their pants and ?mooned? us. Settlers have approached the shepherds
carrying clubs, have fired on the shepherds and their flocks and thrown
stones at them. Just to graze their sheep on land they have farmed for
generations, Issa and the other shepherds risk arrest and violent attack

50 detained over Gaza Strip protest

IDF says al-Qaida operatives entered Gaza

'Endangered' Gaza Christians Mull Flight Amid Deaths, Firebombs ''The lack of work has long been the main problem,'' said Artemios. ''If young people get out, they don't come back.'' Notice how Bloomberg largely ignores that statement and takes an entirely different spin of the situation.

Palestinian negotiator calls for new alternatives to peace talks Disappointed of the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, a Palestinian negotiator on Tuesday called for new alternatives to be found on the Palestine issue.

Palestinian factions fire missiles into Israeli targets near Gaza

Fatah accuses Hamas of arresting eight supporters in Gaza

Crowds vow revenge at West Bank funeral of Hamas imam

Israeli military jeeps storm Bethlehem, and clash with local youth

Hamas should stop rocket attacks to end Israeli excuses, Abbas says

UN says smuggling and 'outside' militants move to Gaza - Summary Serry also criticized Israeli measures against Gaza which, he said, amount to collective punishment of the Gazan population and are "unacceptable."

Egypt must seal border with Gaza: Israel's US envoy On the same day Meridor spoke in Washington, officials in Israel said Egypt has quietly boosted its troop levels along the border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, beyond those set in a 30-year-old peace accord.

Israeli PM doubts deal with Palestinians this year

Hamas: Egypt to repatriate all Palestinians held in Sinai by weekend

Syrian defends Hezbollah The Bush administration ignored concerns by Syria five years ago that invading Iraq would further destabilize the Middle East, and briefly reached out to the nation in the fall to ensure its participation in a peace conference, a top Syrian diplomat said Monday......"It's incredible: Israel occupies Lebanon. (Hezbollah fights) against Israel in their own Lebanon, and you consider them terrorists!"

The Clinton Years Revisited - Philip Giraldi

Iran and North Korea a threat to Asia stability: Olmert

Slain militant was organizer in 2006 war The 2006 war came after Hezbollah fighters captured two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid. Israel retaliated with a massive bombardment, then ground incursions, in a 34-day war that devastated south Lebanon.

Notice in the paragraph reflecting casualties of that war, the Associated Press does not break down the civilian/militant kill ratio like it did for Israel. That would be because most of the 1000+ Lebanese that were killed by the Israelis were civilians.

Iran must pay for '92 bombing A U.S. judge ordered Iran to pay $33 million to the family of a U.S.-born Israeli diplomat killed in a 1992 bombing. Why was this tried in the US?

McCain lobbyist advocated for Israeli MIAs The lobbyist at the center of impropriety allegations targeting John McCain once advocated for Israelis missing in action.

Two hurt testing captured Hezbollah rocket Hezbollah rocket crews destroyed or disabled dozens of Israeli tanks during the Second Lebanon War, an attrition rate not experienced by the armored corps in almost a quarter of a century. Israel has since been upgrading its tanks with anti-rocket systems and enhanced armor

Temperatures rise in Israel over weather query The IBA said its ombudsman, Elisha Spiegelman, replied that Judea and Samaria -- the names used by some Jews for the West Bank -- "are not part of the state of Israel" and so were not cited in national TV weather reports.

Area pastor to 'walk the line' for peace

Lawyers for captured Israeli solder head to Gaza

Israel seizes Hamas charity in West Bank city of Hebron

Israel: No promised land for Africans

Poll: Large majority of Israelis supports talks with Hamas Sixty-four percent of Israelis say the government must hold direct talks with the Hamas government in Gaza toward a cease-fire and the release of captive soldier Gilad Shalit.

ADL Disappointed With Costa Rica's Diplomatic Recognition of 'State of Palestine' Oh dear.

Jerusalem Peacemakers to visit UK Eliyahu McLean, a Jewish, ordained Rodef Shalom (Pursuer of Peace) and Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari, a Muslim, Sufi leader and Head of the Uzbek Community in Jerusalem are co-directors of Jerusalem Peacemakers, a not for profit organisation, engaged in peace building work in Israel/Palestine and beyond.

Jewish Dems, GOPers trade Nader barbs Republican and Democratic Jews traded barbs over Ralph Nader's characterization of Barack Obama's Israel policy.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Headlines for 02-25-08

Four Palestinian gunmen killed in Israeli operations in Gaza Four Palestinian militants were killed overnight Sunday in several Israeli army missile attacks and ground operations in the Gaza Strip, medical and factional sources said Monday.

Gazans link hands in protest at Israeli blockade yesterday's protest in Gaza was largely peaceful except for a group of young Palestinians who broke away at the end and hurled stones at the Israeli army, who fired their guns into the air in retaliation. The army detained 49 people.

Official: Egypt frees 21 arrested Gazans, some Hamas activists Egyptian security on Monday released 21 Palestinians, many of them detained carrying weapons and explosives during the two weeks when the border with Gaza had been breached, and sent them back into the strip, a local security official said.

Abbas likely to ask Fayyad to expand acting gov't

Hamas studies Yemeni plan to reconcile with Fatah

Israel: Hamas to blame if civilians hurt in Gaza border march

Israeli PM calls for new sanctions against Iran

Qassam lands near Sderot school; child seriously injured

Gazan protesters form human chain

Qatar willing to broker cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas

Man murdered in Tira; residents say he was a collaborator

Israeli army kidnaps at least six Palestinians across the West Bank Israeli army invaded three West bank cities,in the early hours of Monday morning. Illegally arresting around six Palestinians from;Nablus, Jenin and Bethlehem in separate operations, carried out in the early hours of Monday morning.

Fuel shortages affecting Gazans at all levels Fuel shortages and power outages in the Gaza Strip continue to affect civilians and institutions such as hospitals, and remain a part of daily life.

Ereikat denies Palestinian-Israeli experts talks regarding water and economy

Bethlehem petrol stations continue their strike; the city is running out of fuel

Gazans form human chain along Israeli border in protest at blockade About 5,000 people, many of them women, schoolchildren and university students, joined the chain outside the town of Beit Hanoun, about four miles from the border

Fateh accuses Hamas security forces of attacking a female university student in Gaza

Palestinians plug Jericho into Jordan's power grid The West Bank town of Jericho was connected to the Jordanian power grid on Monday in a move a Palestinian official said was meant to reduce dependence on Israeli electricity supplies.

Bush, Jordan's king to hold White House talks in March

Barak rejects PM call to ease rules of engagement at border

Abbas urges US to play more active role in Palestinian-Israel talks

Gazans discuss human chain protest

Egypt starts controversial gas exports to Israel

Hezbollah and the 'Unknown Knowns' the internal disunity and open hostility ? notwithstanding the political impasse over the future of the country?s parliamentary and governmental organisation -- all point at the readiness of Lebanon to descend into chaos. This is good news for Israel and the Bush administration. A civil war could achieve what Israel?s botched, illegal war of 2006 could not.

AJC Criticizes Costa Rica Recognition of Palestinian State "The timing of this decision is both odd and painful," said AJC
Executive Director David A. Harris. "Odd because there is not yet a
Palestinian state. Painful because this action comes less than two years
after President Oscar Arias moved his country's embassy out of Jerusalem,
ending Costa Rica's longstanding and courageous example of maintaining its
embassy in Israel's capital city."
Declare Palestine. Most of the world would immediately recognize it.

Obama: Don't equate 'pro-Israel' and 'pro-Likud' "I think there is a strain within the pro-Israel community that says unless you adopt a unwavering pro-Likud approach to Israel that you're anti-Israel and that can't be the measure of our friendship with Israel,"

Nader enters race, rejecting label of potential 'spoiler' Nader praised Obama as "a person of substance" and "the first liberal evangelist in a long time," but accused Obama of leaning "toward the pro-corporate side of policy making" and of keeping silent about Palestinian suffering because criticism of Israel "is a real off-the-table issue for the candidates."

'Terrorism is the lousiest shortcut to failure' There was great brutality committed against the Palestinians ... which led me to say what I said. I clarified and, as a matter of fact. I apologized for the tone, not for the principle.

Hamas' Haneya receives message from AL chief

In Japan, Israeli PM calls for action on Iran

Beverly: Camp seeks to bring together Israeili and Palestinian teens

IPI calls on the Hamas-led government in Gaza to unequivocally lift the distribution ban on Al Ayyam newspaper

Palestinian Professor released after two years in detention

Popular Committees appeals the release of an ailing detainee imprisoned by Israel

EU condemns 'uncivilised' Iranian comments on Israel: statement The European Union condemned "in the strongest terms" Monday remarks by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other Iranian officials about Israel, after the killing of a top Hezbollah commander.

Obama Worked with Terrorist, Expert Says Speakers at AAAN dinners and events routinely have taken an anti-Israel line. The group co-sponsored a Palestinian art exhibit, titled, "The Subject of Palestine," that featured works related to what some Palestinians call the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" of Israel's founding in 1948.
Oh dear.

German development minister visits Israel, Palestinian territories

Monday, February 25, 2008

Headlines for 02-24-08

Hamas: No looming talks with Fatah

Israel steps up border security Protest organisers say they have no intention of breaching the border.

8 killed in road accidents within 48 hours A Palestinian in his 50s died Saturday night after being hit by a truck at a roadblock near the community of Kiryat Sefer, east of Tel Aviv

Dozens of protests held worldwide calling for an end to Gaza siege In partnership with Popular Committee Against the Siege (PCAS), Friends of freedom and Justice-Bilin, and Gaza On My Mind, dozens of groups worldwide held protests in solidarity with the people of Gaza on Saturday February 23rd.

Israel says Arabs won't withdraw peace plan

Beit Hanoun mayor responds to Israeli counterpart: your rockets kill our people A mayor of Palestinian border town of Beit Hanoun on Sunday responded to his Israeli counterpart, saying the Israeli missiles "kill our people." Touche. And many more of them.

Hamas accuses Abbas of playing role in Gaza closure

Hamas leader says he met Abbas over prison death A senior Hamas leader in the West Bank said on Sunday he met president Mahmud Abbas after an imam who was in the Islamist movement died while in the custody of Palestinian security forces.

Hamas says leader killed to extract "sham confession" Hamas on Sunday accused Palestinian forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas of torturing one of its leaders to death to extract "sham confessions" that the Islamist group was trying to set up a West Bank militia.

IDF to use 'all means' to stop Gazans breaching border during mass march

Arab family scores rare win; court tells settlers to leave land The family's troubles came in bursts. Initially there was the separation fence, which kept them from their 30-dunam olive grove, which sat between the new fence and Shaarei Tikva. In order to get to their land, they had to ask the settlement's security officer to open the gate. If he wanted to, he did. If not, he went to lunch.

Livni: Israel will defend its sovereign borders Tens of thousands of Palestinians will join hands on Monday to form a human chain across the Gaza in protest of the ongoing siege against the Hamas-ruled territory. At an expected 30 miles of length, the chain will stretch from Rafah in the south all the way to the northern town of Beit Hanoun.

Jordan sees Israel's unilateral steps impeding peace

Israel begins overhaul of EU relations

Abusive officer apologizes to his victim

Israel's refuseniks: The wild frontier

Israel and Hizballah on High Alert the Hizballah commander said that the Shi'ite fighters will be on the offensive in the next war, hinting at taking the battle into Israel itself. "We weren't expecting the last war and we fought only to defend our land, but next time you will see a very different kind of fighting," he said.

Lawmakers rap Arbour on Arab charter The letter from Berman and Ros-Lehtinen did not address Arbour's clarification and instead faulted her for her earlier comments, saying "she should have taken the responsible course of action and rejected the charter for its savagery and ignorance, and doggedly confronted the call for the destruction of Israel." For whom do Berman and Ros-Lehtinen work? What does this have to to do with AMERICAN interests?

Watchdog: Israel's cluster bombs argue for ban Israel's use of cluster bombs in the 2006 Lebanon war makes the case for banning the weapon worldwide, a human rights watchdog said.

Israel aside, Obama romps in global primary Hillary Rodham Clinton was the choice in Israel, but Barack Obama easily won an international primary.

1994: Jewish settler kills 30 at holy site A Jewish settler has killed up to 30 Palestinians at a mosque in Hebron after opening fire as people gathered for Friday morning prayers.

Teams formed to push Mideast peace talks After months of delay, Israel and the Palestinians set up teams of government experts on Sunday to try to jumpstart U.S.-backed peace talks that critics say have yet to make progress.

Abbas welcomes Yemen's initiative over Palestinian dialogue

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Headlines for 02-23-08

Israeli strike kills three Palestinians in Gaza "They were in an area near the border and they were having lunch outside. They were not militants, but civilians," Hassanein

The Israeli army kidnaps four civilians from the southern part of the West Bank

Israel considers a U.S-like invasion of Gaza

Brussels: New court to try Israel for war crimes A new civil court founded in Belgium by human rights organizations will convene for the first time Friday evening and discuss war crimes Israel had allegedly committee during the Second Lebanon War and war crimes the groups claim it is currently committing in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Authorities demolish several Arab constructions in the Negev

Palestinian fighters fire rockets into southern Israel

Three injured as the army invades Nablus Three Palestinian civilians were injured when Israeli troops stormed al-Ein Refugee camp located in the northern West Bank city Nablus on Saturday morning.

Abbas orders investigation into Hamas preacher death

Israel isolates Nu'man village from both Jerusalem and the West Bank

Settlers attack left-wing activists escorting W. Bank shepherds Members of the Taayush Jewish-Arab coexistence movement were assaulted on Saturday by residents of the nearby Maon settlement as they escorted Palestinian shepherds to their West Bank grazing land.

Egypt meets with Hamas delegation, warns against any new border violation Cairo reiterates warning to Hamas against any threats to once again breach their shared border, delegation led by Hamas officials Mahmoud Zahar, Said Siyam makes way to el-Arish for talks with Egyptian counterparts in hope of resolving tensions

IDF braces for mass march on Gaza border Israel fears that crowds of Palestinians might rush the border, and that large numbers of casualties will result from the army's attempts to stop them

Gaza merchants strike in protest at Israeli blockade Merchants across the Gaza Strip closed their shops on Saturday in a half-day strike to protest against Israel's blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory, an AFP correspondent said.

Israeli troops seize senior PFLP militant in Nablus Israeli troops detained a senior militant from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in a pre-dawn raid in the West Bank Saturday, a Palestinian security official said.

Israel cabinet minister calls for Fatah leader release "I have a lot of respect for (Palestinian president) Mahmud Abbas and for (Palestinian prime minister) Salam Fayyad, but if we want results we must address Barghuti," Ben-Eliezer said in Tel Aviv.

For IDF brigade, 'Hebron is like Wild West and army is the law' Shooting Palestinian bystanders; illegally commandeering cars and going on joyrides; torturing a youth by pressing a heater to his face and beating cuffed prisoners on their way to custody. These are only some of the reported cases of abuse for which Israel Defense Forces soldiers serving in the West Bank are currently on trial.

Study: Suicide bombers 'not mentally unstable' In an extensive study of Palestinian suicide bombings, three University of Toronto researchers have concluded that the bombers were not psychologically unstable and were often motivated by personal vengeance, not religious zeal......"In its origins and at its core, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not religiously inspired, and suicide bombing, despite its frequent religious trappings, is fundamentally the expression of a territorial dispute."

Demolitions destroy village one house at a time A small, overcrowded Palestinian village in the southern West Bank, under threat from Israeli-conducted house demolitions and land confiscations, is rapidly becoming poorer.

Egypt: "Slow progress" in Israel-Palestinian talks

Ramon: Compensate all settlers east of fence Such a decision would advance negotiations with the Palestinians and prove to the international community and the Palestinians that Israel is serious in pursuing the formation of a Palestinian state, Ramon said.

Christian Zionists stand firm as friends to Israel Hagee uses biblical references to threaten Iran for its anti-Israel posturing as easily as he talks about the love of Jesus, and he leads a fierce opposition to Israel forfeiting so much as one more grain of sand to Palestinians.

Coverage of the Mideast Conflict

Palestinians in Syria protest against Gaza closure, reprinted Prophet cartoon About 2,000 angry Palestinians took to the streets near Damascus on Saturday protesting the continued Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip and a drawing in Denmark portraying the Prophet Muhammad.

At least 70 injured in mass-protest in Al Khader

Yes, There Is a Guerrilla War Against Zionism in the U.S. What Should Jewish Institutions Do? When Congressman Berman went into fits of denial that there is an Israel lobby, after saying that he joined the Foreign Affairs Committee because he cared about Israel, this was not honest.

We must get out of the Middle East no matter what, CIA vet says To make his case against foreign entanglements, Scheuer quotes America's Founding Fathers, the U.S. Constitution and the man he considers our greatest president, George Washington: "[A] passionate attachment of one Nation for another produces a variety of evils," Washington once wrote. It creates "the illusion of an imaginary common interest [...] and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and Wars of the latter."

Introducing Birthright Palestine

Surging in primaries, Obama faces new Israel-related criticism This week, in an interview with Shalom TV, a Web-based Jewish channel, World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said that "if you have an adviser that is not sympathetic to Israel -- not sympathetic to some Jewish concerns -- you have a potential problem."

Stop overanalyzing ? all the candidates support Israel With the remaining three major candidates, you can feel comfortable with each, focusing on their strong pledges for Israel at AIPAC conferences and other forums, their voting records and support for Israel in its war with Hezbollah in 2006, as well as their disdain for negotiating with Hamas.

Presidential Primaries 2008 / McCain's unconditional support for Israel likely to draw Jewish voters

Invading Gaza will not solve Israel's problem Israel should not fall into Hamas' trap and allow the Israeli public's inflamed emotions to overrun a well reasoned and carefully executed course of action

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Headlines for 02-22-08

Mideast conflict through prism of a small town Salim, whose chances of walking again are uncertain, was shot last month during a stone-throwing confrontation with Israeli soldiers in this town, the type of clash that is so frequent in the West Bank that it usually attracts little notice. But Salim's injury was caught on video, providing a rare glimpse into the way Israeli soldiers sometimes use gunfire in street skirmishes with Palestinian stone-throwers.....A few moments later, an armored jeep backs up as rocks are flung at it, and a shot is fired. In the village square, Salim, who is wounded in the leg, is on the ground, screaming and gesturing toward the jeep, which draws closer. A second shot is fired. Salim tries to crawl away before collapsing as friends run up to evacuate him. The soldiers stay inside their jeep, making no attempt to treat Salim.
Read the entire thing. Kudos once again to Mr Greenberg and the Chicago Tribune for having the cojones to print such an honest and informative piece.

West Bank farms fall to Israeli bulldozers The West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza are Israeli-OCCUPIED (not owned) territories. Palestinians have to get Israeli permits to build on Palestinian land (some of it alleged Israeli 'state land', according to Israel). We Americans dealt with a foreign occupying force that was basically doing the same thing to us - once.

Hamas urges EU to pressure Israel The militant Islamist group welcomed a call by the European parliament on Thursday for Israel to end its economic embargo of Gaza.

Israeli army carries out an incursion into Rafah city

Israeli mayor of bombarded border town offers to break ranks and talk to Hamas

Abbas' aide reiterates declaring statehood unilaterally if talks fail

State official: Act against Tehran before it's too late Ynet learns Israel intends to demand UN Security Council assemble to debate third round of sanctions against Islamic Republic after release of IAEA report.

U.S. to announce new aid plan for West Bank, Gaza Strip

Iranians spar with Israel at UN

Hamas ready for a mutual cease-fire with Israel

Four Injured, including two children, when Israeli troops attacked peaceful protest near Bethlehem Four unarmed Palestinian civilians were injured when Israeli troops attack a peaceful protest in Al Ma'ssara village located south of Bethlehem city, in the southern part of the West Bank.

Tourist moderately hurt during Bilin protest An American peace activist was moderately injured Friday afternoon after Border Guard officers and IDF soldiers fired rubber bullets and teargas at demonstrators in the Palestinian village of Bilin, participants reported.

Israel extends closure of Palestinian offices in Jerusalem, despite pledge to reopen them

Twelve residents injured in a protest against land expropriation near Salfit

Japanese says he may lose eye from Israeli bullet

The Israeli army attacks Beita village near Nablus and kidnaps 18 civilians

DFLP chief calls for Hamas and Fatah to start talks

West Bank escapees give themselves up

School children in Rafah exposed to Israeli army gunfire

French Consul visits Nablus

New U.S. administration won't mean new Mideast policy All the candidates loudly support the security of Israel, which regards Iran's nuclear capacity as a strategic threat. To cede ground to Iran in Iraq could harm Israeli interests, justifying the candidates' eventually backtracking on withdrawal.

Ismail Haniyeh urged to lift ban on newspaper

Inside Track: NATO?s West Bank Nightmare

Telling hard truths about Israel

Israel to vanish, says Hezbollah Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has told thousands of supporters at a rally in Lebanon that the disappearance of Israel is inevitable.

If Kosovo, Why Not Palestine?

Shot with a rubber bullet

Iraq, Israel and WMD dossier

Rice, Olmert to meet in Japan Condoleezza Rice reportedly will meet in Japan with Ehud Olmert next week to press him on peace talks.

Methodist guide on Mideast conflict blasted as 'hate' A study guide prepared by the United Methodist Church on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is drawing fierce condemnation from Jewish and pro-Israel organizations already concerned that divestment is making a comeback among mainline Protestant groups.

Hezbollah accuses Israel of seeking war

Snake Oil Sellers of the Christian Right? The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs came under heavy criticism earlier this month from Muslim and religious freedom advocacy groups after it invited to a conference three self-professed "former terrorists" with strong links to the Christian right. How many 'ex-terrorists' get to enter the United States (as opposed to being jailed/deported), let alone get to tour the place, giving speeches on campuses nationwide? They are shilling for the Israeli lobby.

Arab Leaders Say the Two-State Proposal Is in Peril "there will be a message to Israel emphasizing the need to respond to the initiative; otherwise, Arab states will reassess the previous stage of peace," said Muhammad Sobeih, assistant secretary general of the Arab League in charge of the Palestinian issue. "They will withdraw the initiative and look for other options. It makes no sense to insist on something that Israel is rejecting."

Palestinian Rights Committee bureau visits camps for Palestine refugees in Jordan -- 'This morning, we saw the real face of Palestine outside of Palestine,' the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People told the community leaders at the Irbid camp for Palestine refugees in northern Jordan

Demonstration in Azzoun against the planned destruction of a children?s park The parks construction was near completion when on the morning of February 22nd, 2006, bulldozers accompanied by Israeli soldiers arrived and demolished half of the park - which consisted of two swimming pools and changing rooms.

Palestinian Territories - Annual report 2008 Palestinian journalists have been badly hit by the political instability in the Territories, especially in the Gaza Strip. Permanently-based foreign correspondents fled the Strip after British journalist Alan Johnston was kidnapped in March and the June takeover of Gaza by Hamas forced out most employees of media outlets close to the rival Palestinian Authority government.

Gaza artists reflect on 60 years of human rights Despite the rain and cold in Gaza, some thirty young Palestinian artists have gathered at a forty meters long wall. It is not one of the walls that close off Gaza from Israel and Egypt; this one has been made available to Gaza artists in order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Israel's Olmert to talk business and Iran in Tokyo

Hezbollah vows to avenge Moughniyah's killing

His Majesty King Abdullah II to Deliver Address at Princeton University February 29 King Abdullah will address the future of Arab-American relations in the context of the Middle East's current challenges, particularly how to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which Jordan views as the most significant issue facing the region.

Groups blast Methodist Israel guide Jewish groups blasted a Methodist study guide to Israel as riddled with inaccuracies and intemperate rhetoric.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Headlines for 02-21-08

Israeli missile kills two Gaza militants

2 rockets hit building near Nahal Oz

Israel says EU pressure grows to end Gaza blockade The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution calling on Israel to lift the siege, with MEPs saying "the policy of isolation of the Gaza Strip has failed at both the political and humanitarian level."

Israel denies building permits to West Bank Palestinians: report Israel has issued only 91 construction permits to Palestinians in the West Bank over the past seven years but granted 18,472 to Jewish settlers, Israeli activists said on Thursday. The West Bank, along with Gaza and E. Jerusalem, are Israeli-OCCUPIED (not owned) territory. Israel's continued construction therein is a violation of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Iran urges UN to condemn Israel Iran urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to condemn Israel's recent warning that it had not ruled out using military force against the country's nuclear program.

Israeli military kidnaps two brothers near Tulkarem

Several children recently injured by military fire in villages north west of Jerusalem

Palestinian farmers to benefit from UN projects in Gaza, West Bank

Israeli army rolls into SE Gaza Strip

Pro-Abbas forces arrest six Hamas members in West Bank

Hamas warns of "unexpected explosions" if Gaza siege remains

Group of Palestinian inmates escape from Nablus prison

Situation in the Gaza Strip: policy of isolation has failed, say MEPs MEPs believe that the civilian population should be exempt from any military action and any collective punishment. They also call on Israel to fulfil its international obligations, as an occupying power, in the Gaza Strip.

Islamic Jihad rejects NATO deployment in West Bank

The Israeli army attacks several villages near Hebron and kidnaps two civilians

Israel extends closure of Palestinian offices in Jerusalem PA officials say Israel renewed order to close Orient House, Arab Chamber of Commerce and other symbolic buildings in east Jerusalem despite pledge to reopen them . 'This is not a good sign,' adviser to PM Fayyad says

Republican Senator Tells Olmert Not to Give Up Jerusalem "Don't give up Jerusalem," Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) said he told Olmert when he met with him on Monday. Perhaps Sen. Brownback is unaware of the legal status of Israeli-OCCUPIED East Jerusalem?

Boycott group to UNESCO: Protect heritage of all cultures We call on you, Mr. Matsuura, to implement the UNESCO mission without double standards. The least peace and justice loving people would expect from you is to work towards protecting Palestinian lives and heritage from Israel's colonial and racist policies.

Image Is Everything In New Terror Game Could it be that they were trying to push Hezbollah into the kind of response that Hassan Nasrallah actually gave? My thought exactly.

What would it take to launch a war with Iran? Johns says a struggle is under way in Washington, D.C. Those opposed to an attack include Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff. Those wanting an attack, he says, are the deputy national-security adviser for global democracy strategy, Elliott Abrams; Vice President Dick Cheney, "and the hard-line Israel lobby."

IDF launches wartime television studio

Ashkenazi warns Israel may face conflict in near future

Israel's New Plan to Attack Lebanon "There are a lot of [Israeli] military and cabinet people just dying for a second round with Lebanon. If given the opportunity they'll take it," i.e. attack Lebanon again, not in spite of "but because of" the perception that their '06 attack failed.

Split by geography and by politics

Hasbro pulls countries from Monopoly site after Israel flap The company has also pulled all country names from other cities on the site when even more people complained because Jerusalem was listed as the only city without a country.

US steps up sanctions on Syria over Lebanese crisis

Removal of Israel reference highlights 'double standards', says Labour MP

Journalists invited to apply for 'Expressions of Al-Nakba'

Palestinian trio takes to the Mountain Stage playing the granddaddy of strummed stringed instruments

European support for Hamas weakens peace chances, Israel warns

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu: Level Beit Hanoun

Egyptian writers protest at Israel's Paris book fair invite Around 15 Egyptian trade unions -- from doctors to writers -- issued a protest on Thursday over a decision to make Israel a guest of honour at a major Paris book fair next month.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Headlines for 02-20-08

Palestinians 'may declare state' "If things are not going in the direction of actually halting settlement activities, if things are not going in the direction of continuous and serious negotiations, then we should take the step and announce our independence unilaterally," They should. Most countries of the world would immediately recognize it save for the few that are under the influence of the Israeli lobby (America included).

Israel arrests 6 Palestinians in West Bank

Israel blocking Gaza kids from joining parents in Ramallah Israel is preventing four children in the Gaza Strip from joining their parents in Ramallah. The children, aged 3 to 16, have been alone in the Gaza Strip since September 2007 when their mother went to the West Bank for medical treatment and did not return.

Envoy: Egypt won't blockade Gaza Egypt will not allow the Gaza Strip to remain sealed, Egypt's ambassador to the United States said.

Abbas cool to unilateral Palestinian independence

Hebron Update: 16-31 January 2008

Closed hearing and a secret ruling: how the word Israel was deleted When a researcher first applied to the Foreign Office for the release of the draft dossier, it turned the request down. The ministry then failed to conduct the required internal appeal against its decision. Its next move was to try to persuade the information commissioner, Richard Thomas, that the document - including the word "Israel" - was exempt under section 36 of the Freedom of Information Act, concerning free and frank discussion.

How Labour used the law to keep criticism of Israel secret The document reveals how the Foreign Office successfully fought to keep secret any mention of Israel contained on the first draft of the controversial, now discredited Iraq weapons dossier. At the heart of it was nervousness at the top of government about any mention of Israel's nuclear arsenal in an official paper accusing Iraq of flouting the UN's authority on weapons of mass destruction.

Saudi minister calls for Israeli response on talks Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said overnight that a lack of positive response from Israel to initiatives for Middle East peace would make Arab nations review their position.

Palestinian seductress gets 15 years An Israeli military court sentenced a Palestinian woman to prison for planning to lure an Israeli man to his death.

PM meets Abbas, but Jerusalem not on agenda A senior Jerusalem source said Monday that Olmert and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had agreed to defer talks on Jerusalem to the final stage of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

Israel holds talks with Egypt over Rafah crossing

Palestinian man critically wounded as he was attacked by loose pigs from a nearby Israeli settlement Pigs that belong to settlers from the Israeli settlement of Areil near Salfit in the West Bank attacked a Palestinian elderly man and critically injured him.

Attack on Christian library in Gaza prompts heightened security fears

Israeli soldiers severely beat a Palestinian boy in Tulkarem city

Hamas shaken by pounding of Israeli bombs, but still in control of Gaza

Ahmadinejad in new attack on 'savage animal' Israel

Palestinian Territories - Ismail Haniyeh urged to lift ban on newspaper's distribution in Gaza Strip

P.A security arrests six Hamas supporters

Several children recently injured by military fire in villages north west of Jerusalem

Sick, injured detainees continue to be barred from medical treatment

Palestinians to report Israeli roadmap violations to US: official The Palestinians will present monthly reports to the US listing any Israeli violations of the international roadmap peace blueprint, prime minister Salam Fayyad said on Wednesday.

Israelis seize 12 Palestinians in West Bank

Abbas cool to unilateral Palestinian independence

Hamas arrests suspect in 'plot' to kill Haniya

An Israeli-Arab odd couple seek peace in Hebron

MKs to fan out globally to warn of Iran threat Israel's stepped-up lobbying effort is in part a response to the release by the United States late last year of a new National Intelligence Estimate, which claimed that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program.

'Maybe they'll build it on moon' Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi said that "an Arab town will not be established, because the Israeli government is uninterested in it."

Reflection Hebron Occupation: Then and Now Something happens to people?s
hearts,to people?s consciousness, when they control others. I see it daily
in the Israeli soldiers who call the Palestinians animals and consider as less than human.

Gays rock the Middle East

Finkelstein gives Israeli-American relations lecture

The FO's case to the information tribunal I believe that if these comments were released into the public domain, this would seriously damage our bilateral relations with Israel. In my view, Israel will, in seeing these comments believe that the FCO has firstly, compared the Israeli regime to that of Saddam Hussein's Iraq, and secondly, suggested that Israel has flouted the authority of the United Nations in pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. Although the author of the marginal notes is unknown, I believe that the Israeli government would consider it likely that they would have been written by a senior figure. The assumption could, and I believe would, easily be made that these marginal notes represent the views of the FCO in relation to Israel.

Palestinian woman impersonates Israeli to undergo surgery

Israel's weapons - a diplomatic no-go area Israel, unlike Saddam Hussein's Iraq, never signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, the 1970 agreement which allows countries to develop civilian nuclear power in exchange for forgoing weapons. These are supposed to be the preserve of the five permanent members of the UN security council. In recent years India, Pakistan and North Korea have swelled the ranks of the weapons states, but unlike them Israel has never come out of the nuclear closet

Washington rejects Palestinian-Kosovo comparison

Israel sure of its military strength - Olmert Israel's armed forces are ready for a new war, should one erupt, Ehud Olmert said.

?Nuke Mom? Charged With Smuggling She is believed to be working for and with Asher Karni, owner of Top Cape Technology company in South Africa.

Nexus between economic development, statehood is focus of United Nations Seminar on Assistance to Palestinian People

Hidden words The word "Israel" was written in the margins of the draft document by an unknown - but presumably senior - hand. It referred to a sentence which said of Saddam's Iraq: "No other country has flouted the UN's authority so brazenly in pursuit of weapons of mass destruction." The implied meaning of the margin note was well articulated by a senior Foreign Office official, Neil Wigan, in trying to argue for its suppression - that "the person who wrote it believes that Israel has flouted the UN authority similar to that of the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein".

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Headlines for 02-19-08

Gaza boy shot dead during Israeli incursion A 10-year-old boy was shot dead during an Israeli incursion into the central Gaza Strip on Tuesday, medics said, as the army kept up near daily operations in the Hamas-ruled territory.

Israeli troops kill Palestinian militant in Gaza Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian militant in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, Palestinian medical workers and a militant group said.

UN holds conference on humanitarian assistance for Palestinians

BBC: UK police feared armed clash with El Al in 2005 BBC: UK police refrained from arresting Israeli general Doron Almog at Heathrow Airport in 2005, fearing potential clash with Israeli airline's armed security guards; El Al refused to grant police permission to board plane

Police feared 'airport stand-off' An Israeli general wanted for alleged war crimes escaped arrest in the UK because British police feared an armed confrontation at Heathrow airport.

Abbas and Olmert meet after deadly Gaza clashes

5 Qassams land in Gaza vicinity communities

Snowstorm hits Jerusalem for second time in recent weeks Residents of Jerusalem on Tuesday awoke Tuesday to find their city covered with snow, disrupting schools, keeping most drivers off the roads and sprinkling the city's holy shrines with white.

Haneya calls on Arab League to help Gazans under siege

Hamas rejects Abbas' remarks that Gaza takeover blocks peace process

House demolitions cause Palestinians to leave village

Israeli peace activists bring in food assistance to the besieged Gaza

Acting PLC head demands Abbas to stop meetings with Israeli officials

Israel, US discuss W. Bank NATO troops The United States is reviewing the feasibility of deploying a NATO force in the West Bank as a way to ease IDF security concerns and facilitate an Israeli withdrawal from the area within the coming years, defense officials have told The Jerusalem Post.

Despite PM's pledge, Israel still building in West Bank A new neighborhood comprising 27 trailers is currently under construction at the settlement of Eli, north of Ramallah, even though Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed publicly after the Annapolis conference that any such building would cease....... Similar unauthorized construction has taken place in the settlement of Maskiot in the northern Jordan Valley.

Palestinian rights group and militants spar over blast Islamic Jihad criticised Palestinian human rights groups on Tuesday for saying they found no evidence Israel's military caused a blast that killed eight people, including a commander of the group, in Gaza last week.

Methodist Report Criticized By Anti-Defamation League A report on Israel produced by the United Methodist Church is "distorted and mendacious," the Anti-Defamation League has charged.

Israeli forces kidnap a female university student in Nablus

No solution in sight for Palestinian refugees stranded at border

For Palestinians, the power of mass non-violence would be undeniable

Israel complains to UN over Iranian general's remarks

German professors: Nazis helped establish Israel Approximately 160,000 Jews who were expelled from Nazi Germany ended up in Mandate-era Palestine and strengthened the Jewish presence here at the expense of the Arab population, they said.

Israel's 'hilltop youth' are settling in Israeli police officials have authenticated the Khalafs' land title but failed to make good on a promise in December that the settlers would be removed from the farm.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Headlines for 02-18-08

Senior UN envoy 'deeply concerned' about humanitarian situation in Gaza, West Bank Daily rocket fire from Gaza at Israeli border communities does not justify the closure Israel has imposed on Gaza, the top U.N. humanitarian affairs official said Monday, after a five-day tour of the Palestinian areas and an Israeli town hit by rockets.

Two Palestinians kidnapped in Tulkarem by Israeli military

Israeli official stokes row with UN A senior Israeli official yesterday accused the UN's top humanitarian envoy, Sir John Holmes, of putting Israel on a par with terrorists and failing to acknowledge that Israelis were victims in the 60-year conflict with Palestinians, in a public row between the pair.

Olmert says Gaza blockade to continue "We will continue to apply sanctions that are hurtful to the needs of the (Palestinian) population in order for it to be clear that living conditions cannot be altered only from our side," In other words, Israel is no better than the terrorists (something informed folks already know).

Egypt deports 350 Palestinians back to Gaza Egypt has deported some 350 Palestinians, rounded up in North Sinai over the past four days, to Gaza, security sources said on Monday.

Palestinian PM urges quicker pace in peace talks

Palestinians say Jerusalem still high on agenda

Egypt: No Gaza border deal without consent of Israel, PA Hamas has voiced confidence that Egypt will supply the Gaza Strip with its basic needs to avoid a humanitarian crisis, but an official source in Cairo said on Sunday that Egypt would make no deal to reopen its Gaza border without the consent of Israel, Western powers and Hamas's Fatah rivals in the West Bank

Officials: Gaza op will bring int'l troops Israel is considering a large-scale incursion into the Gaza Strip during which it would present an ultimatum to the international community for the deployment of a multinational force as the only condition under which it would withdraw, defense officials have told The Jerusalem Post.

Iran guards predict Israel demise Iran's Revolutionary Guards leader has predicted the imminent destruction of Israel by fighters from the Lebanese movement Hezbollah.

Hamas invites France FM to visit in Gaza

Gaza militant dies of wounds

Three Palestinians injured in Hebron

Israeli military kidnaps a Palestinian in Jenin

Hamas ready to study any cease-fire initiative

Negotiator: Abbas will propose cease-fire to Olmert

Israel approves rare shipment of cement to Gaza Strip Israel has approved a rare shipment of cement to the Gaza Strip for a World Bank project constructing a sewage treatment plant,

Israel has cut off the northern West Bank

Qassam hits Sderot; 11 people hurt

Underage detainee complains he was raped by an Israeli prisoner The Israeli Army radio reported that a Palestinian underage detainee imprisoned in Ophic Israeli prison complained that he was raped by an Israeli prisoner, held for criminal charges and placed with the child in the same cell.

Ambulance service in Gaza stops due to fuel supplies cut The ambulance service in the Gaza Strip announced complete halt of it work on Sunday, due to what the health ministry says a 'severe shortage of fuel', a statement by the ministry read.

Iran predicts Hezbollah will destroy Israel

'Peace Now' Will Have to Publicize EU Contributions The bill is designed chiefly to fight Peace Now, a far-left Israel-based organization promoting Israeli retreat to pre-1967 borders and the end of all Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria.

Israel fears Hezbollah may launch attacks with bomb-laden drone Israeli defense establishment is concerned about that Hezbollah may use an explosives-laden unmanned aerial vehicle to attack northern or central Israel in retaliation for last week's assassination of its military chief Imad Mughniyah, local daily Ha'aretz reported on Sunday.

Report: North Korea provided technological assistance to Syria to build nuclear reactor Report: North Korea provided technological assistance to Syria to build nuclear reactor

U.S., Ukranian Officials See Kassam Damage in Sderot Senator Jon Kyl (R., Arizona) said he intended to tell the citizens in the U.S. how bad things were in Israel, in the hope that this would ensure continued support for the country. He added that the U.S. Congress has put limitations on the money it sends to Egypt.

Do Jews Dominate in American Media? And So What If We Do? We are talking about a religion, after all, and the pressures faced by Jews who are critical of Israel are not that different from what Muslim women who want greater freedom undergo psychically or by evangelical Christians who want to support gay rights. It is worth noting that great Jewish heretics on the Israel question suffer anger or even ostracism inside their own families

U.S. says not part of Hezbollah hit The United States denied involvement in last week's assassination of Hezbollah's terrorist chief.

Israel readies Patriot missiles in north Israel has deployed U.S.-made Patriot air defense missiles near the northern city of Haifa in case of an attack by Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas in response to the killing of the group's top commander, security officials said Monday.

Republican Jewish Coalition responsible for mailing anti-Muslim film At least part of the mailing was sent under the postal permit of Christians United for Israel, a leading Christian Zionist organization......In the cover letterincluded in the mailing, former ambassador Daniel Ayalon praised CUFI's David Brog for his work with Christians and urged Jews to overcome their antipathy to Christian Zionists. "For the first time in Israel's history, we are seeing the emergence of a significant pro-Israel movement outside of the Jewish community,"

Saboteurs may have cut Mideast telecom cables: UN agency Five undersea cables were damaged in late January and early February leading to disruption to Internet and telephone services in parts of the Middle East and south Asia.

U.S. urged to spend more on missile defense system The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee urged a delegation of U.S. congressmen yesterday to increase American funding for development of the Magic Wand system for defense against medium-range rockets and missiles.......Much of the talks were devoted to the new U.S. National Intelligence Estimate on Iran, which asserted that Tehran had halted its nuclear weapons program.

Deal to free captured Israeli soldier still snagged: report

Monday, February 18, 2008

Headlines for 02-17-08

Israeli forces kill 3 militants, civilian in Gaza Six other gunmen and a civilian were wounded as Israeli troops backed by aircraft clashed with militant groups in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, the medical workers said.

Reduction of power and fuel supplies to Gaza will continue, Olmert says The reduction of electric and fuel supplies to Gaza will continue, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday at the beginning of a weekly cabinet meeting, adding that Israel would continue combating terrorism in southern Israel and will not cease until life returns to normal in the area.

Olmert says Israel has 'free hand' on blockade Holmes demanded that the Palestinians cease their rocket attacks, but said Israel's blockade was "collective punishment" which violated international humanitarian law.

Israel detains dozens of Gazans The Israeli military says it has taken about 80 Palestinians to Israel for questioning following a ground operation in the Gaza Strip.

Olmert: Year not enough for peace deal Ehud Olmert told U.S. Jewish leaders it will be difficult to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians this year.

Israeli Army Destroying Palestinian Homes Every single home in the West Bank villages of Humsa and Hadidiya is slated for destruction. The Israeli army has declared most of the Jordan Valley, where the villages are situated, as a "closed military area" from which the local Palestinian population is barred.

Settlers, Palestinians clash near West Bank outpost

Israel arrests 16 Palestinians in W Bank According to the Israeli and Palestinian security sources, the 16 detainees were taken away late Saturday night and early Sunday, 10 of them were caught near Nablus, four in Jericho, one in Hebron and one near Ramallah.

Palestinian anti-siege body urges UN official to press Israel to reopen Gaza crossings A Palestinian group, lobbying against Gaza siege, on Sunday urged the visiting UN chief humanitarian official John Holmes to build pressure on Israel to reopen crossing points into the coastal Gaza Strip.

IDF soldier gravely injured from sniper fire in Gaza

Palestinian rocket hits Egyptian building on Gaza border A Palestinian rocket hit and damaged a building on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip, causing no casualties, a security source said Sunday.

France backs sanctions on Iran: Kouchner "We are united (within the international community) for sanctions on Iran, but we support the start of discussions," Kouchner told reporters after talks with Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Olmert says "everyone" a target over Gaza rocket fire 'Everyone' has always been a target of the Israelis (including Americans).

Hamas confident of Egyptian help on Gaza blockade

50,000 Hezbollah men said deployed along border with Israel

'UNIFIL complained of Israeli violations of Lebanese territories'

Syria: Assassination ruined hopes of peace Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Thursday said that Syria will "prove beyond any doubt" who is responsible for the assassination of Hizbullah arch-terrorist and operations officer Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus.

Israel kills terror chief with headrest bomb

'Hizbullah has a few thousand fighters' Defense officials expressed skepticism over the reports, saying Hizbullah had only several thousand fighters in total.

Human Rights Watch: Israel breaches law with cluster bomb use Israel breached international law when it bombed southern Lebanon with cluster weapons during its campaign against Hezbollah in 2006, Human Rights Watch said Sunday.

'Mossad killed Imad Mughniyeh' Someone is aiming to pick a fight.

Readers' editor on the video and reporting of the Dimona suicide bombing The complaints were part of a lobby started by Honest Reporting, an organisation that monitors media coverage of events in the Middle East for anti-Israel bias. It seems that most of the complainants accessed the video from the front page of Honest Reporting's website, rather than from the Guardian's site. Honest Reporting objected to the fact that there were no Israeli sources in the video and asked people to write to me.

London students call for divestment from Israel A new campaign by student union from prestigious London School of Economics seeks to encourage divestment from companies that support to 'apartheid regime'

Palestinian shot dead in Beirut clash A Palestinian man has been shot dead during clashes between anti-Syrian Lebanese Government supporters and Palestinians close to Hezbollah in Beirut, security sources said.

Speech on the Mideast Brings Opinions to a Boil When the speech ended, Ms. Weir was met with thunderous applause, and across the room there was a widespread sense of satisfaction that someone was saying what needed to be said. "It's true that our money is going there to kill little kids," said one well-dressed woman, who spent the speech nodding in agreement and gave only her first name, Jean. "It's the side we don't hear, that doesn't get on the news."

Olmert Cabinet honors Lantos "Throughout his career, he worked out of an abiding faith that U.S. strategic interests were connected to the strength, security and prosperity of the State of Israel. He gave daring, assertive and pointed expression to this throughout his Congressional career, in which he assisted the State of Israel," Olmert said in broadcast remarks.

J'lem takes wait-and-see approach to Kosovo Several Israeli diplomats said recognizing the declaration could have implications on the Palestinian issue.

The rabbi lights the fuse In an interview he gave recently to the British weekly The Jewish News, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger said the Arabs who pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque must recognize that Jerusalem belongs solely to the Jews. The Muslims, he said, already have Mecca and Medina, and therefore have no need for a third holy site. During the interview, he even suggested establishing the Palestinian state in the Sinai desert and moving the residents of Gaza there

Israel to resist French on Gaza Strip After meeting Fayad, Kouchner called for a Palestinian state to be set up "as quickly as possible" and told journalists he would ask Israel to make its best effort to help bring that about. He also said he would press Israel to freeze settlement activity.

Barak: Iran, Syria could help avenge Mugniyah

McConnell: Hezbollah threat 'serious'