|Israeli war inquiry `rebukes Olmert over military errors`||Conal Urquhart -- The Guardian -- Report censures handling of conflict with Lebanon · Opposition plans vote of no confidence in Knesset||30/4/2007|
|Egypt slams Palestinian rocket attacks||Khaled Abu Toameh -- The Jerusalem Post -- "Hamas said on Sunday that its military wing plans to kidnap IDF soldiers if Israel decides to conduct a large-scale ground-invasion of the Gaza Strip. Spokesperson of the Popular Resistance Committees, identified as `Abu Abir,` made the belligerent statements in response to IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi`s suggestion earlier Sunday to begin a large-scale ground operation in the Gaza Strip"||30/4/2007|
|Above the Law||Adalah - the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel - "Dr. Azmi Bishara stated last weekend that, “We have never hurt any human being and we have never carried guns. Our only weapons are our pens and our voices. But in the Knesset there were and still are criminals who take pride in the killing of Arabs.” In just one example of many, in spite of judicial confirmation that Ehud Yatom, who was an MK from 2003 to 2006, bears responsibility for the killing of the hijackers of Bus #300, he was not indicted or put on trial for these serious crimes. This is how the GSS operates “above the law”.||30/4/2007|
|`Stop treating Arab citizens like enemies`||Roee Nahmias - Y-Net - `Stop treating Arab citizens like enemies`. Israel`s Arab sector publishes documents challenging State`s Jewish character. Arab intellectuals, politicians explain why existing model must change, why 2007`s Arab citizens can no longer keep silent ||28/4/2007|
|Protestors rally in Jaffa against move to evict local Arab families ||Yigal Hai - Haaretz - Hundreds of Jaffa residents with a considerable number of Israeli Jewish sympathisers, on Friday participated in a march to protest measures that the Israel Lands Authority and the Amidar housing company have taken in the past year to evict Arab families from Jaffa.
|IDF bans settlers` march to Homesh||Efrat Weiss -- YNET -- Despite initial authorization, IDF officially announces entrance to evacuated West Bank settlement on Independence Day will not be allowed. March`s organizers say thousands will arrive, no matter what||23/4/2007|
|Gunfire at Hizma checkpoint near Jerusalem: Palestinian and Israeli injured||Ma`an -- "An Israeli and a Palestinian were injured after a shooting incident near Hizma military checkpoint, north of Jerusalem, on Sunday"||23/4/2007|
|On the kidnapped BBC reporter Alan Johnston ||The Guardian: 1) "BBC awaits news on journalist after militants` murder claim" -Rory McCarthy; 2) "In the city of guns" - last October report of Alan Johnston from Gaza||17/4/2007|
|Olive Branch From Hamas||Robert D. Novak - Washington Post - "On April 7, ending a seven-day visit to Israel, I finally got an interview I had sought for a year. I sat down in a Palestinian Authority office in Ramallah with a leader of Hamas, the extremist organization that won last year`s elections. This leader pushed a two-state Israeli-Palestinian solution and deplored suicide bombers. But officials in Washington seem not to want to hear Hamas calling for peace...Shaer conjectured: "I don`t think the Israeli government wants a two-state solution. Without pressure from the president of the United States, nothing is going to happen."||17/4/2007|
|Interior Minister details his new plan to curb violence on the streets of Gaza||Ma`an News Agency -- "Palestinian Interior Minister Hani Al-Qawasmi affirmed on Sunday that he would start practical steps towards implementing his new security plan, which the Palestinian cabinet ratified"||16/4/2007|
|Group claims BBC reporter killed||Agencies -- Al Jazeera -- "...the BBC and the Palestinian government said there was no evidence to back up the claim"||16/4/2007|
|Urgent support required: nonviolent organizer arrested in Um Salamuna today!||Today Yusef Abu Maria, an organizer from Popular Committee of Beit
Omar and the Palestine Solidarity Project(PSP) was arrested by the
Israeli Occupation Forces(IOF). He is currently being held at the
police station in the Gush Etzion settlement. We are currently raising money for to support legal costs. We will need approximately $2000.00(American) Please donate. Online donations can be made at:
|Bishara: `We Arabs are the original owners of this land`||Jerusalem Post - `We are the original owners of this land,` he told A-Shams Radio. `They want us to act like guests in our own country and to prove all the time that all is well. All is not well. We are Palestinian Arabs, the children of this land and we will act in a manner fitting for a people who oppose occupation and aggression.` ||13/4/2007|
|Israeli women more favorable than men for release of Palestinian prisoners ||Ma`ariv/Teleseker - 53% of Israeli women but only 36% of Israeli men support the release of Palestinian prisoners convicted of the murder of Israelis in return for the release of captured soldier Gil`ad Shalit. Altogether, there are 45% of Israelis in favor of such a deal and 36% against. ||13/4/2007|
|No Law of Return for the wife of Iranian Jew||Moran Rada - Ynet News - Iranian Jew and his Muslim wife flee to Turkey
but Israeli authorities refuse to allow her immigration status
says she poses security risk but a return to Iran may mean death. `They told me that [once I am in Israel] if I say that my wife is waiting for me we will get the authorization and that is why I came here.`||13/4/2007|
|Remember Deir Yassin||PNN -- "Monday commemorates the massacre in Deir Yassin Village, one of numerous conducted in the ethnic cleansing campaign to establish the state of Israel. Thirty-three massacres are officially registered, but hundreds were reported"||9/4/2007|
|Letter from Itamar Marcus, to Kibush Magazine|| ||8/4/2007|
|The true story of free speech in America||Robert Fisk - The Independent - Sami al-Arian, though acquitted, remains in jail, while US torturer Ric Fair remains free, though he has admitted his crimes. Meanwhile honest discussion of Iraq is suppressed for fear of "hurting people`s feelings"||8/4/2007|
|Abducted soldier`s father: Gov`t must learn from Britain ||Jack Khoury - Haaretz - "It doesn`t interest me that according to the law, Hezbollah is defined as a terror organization," Shlomo Goldwasser told the 150 demonstrators who had gathered in Tel Aviv and marched along the Yarkon River as part of a cross-Israel journey in support of releasing the captive IDF soldiers. "We can talk to Hezbollah in order to return our sons home." ||6/4/2007|
|Agriculture Ministry smuggling unit suspected of abuse ||Mijal Grinberg - Haaretz - The unit, according to a ministry report from December 2005, was responsible for illegal destruction of produce from the territories, purchase of firearms against regulations, deviation from the unit`s defined fields of activity and a long list of other concerns.||6/4/2007|
|Palestinians `don`t have a peace partner`||Daily Star staff - "Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is not ready for "serious negotiations" with the Arabs, the Palestinian foreign minister said Wednesday, as Israeli troops entered the Gaza Strip in the first such incursion since a November ceasefire."||5/4/2007|
|Abbas hints that Johnston`s release is imminent ||Ma`an News Agency- "Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared on Thursday that the last touches regarding the release of the abducted BBC journalist, Alan Johnston, have been drawn up in cooperation with Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and Interior Minister Hani Al-Qawasmi."
|Normalising injustice||Arthur Neslen - "In the 1970s, when beachfront property prices began to rise, Tel Aviv`s Mayor, Shlomo "Cheech" Lahat, announced a policy of "Judaising" Jaffa. Building permits in Ajami were frozen and ongoing demolitions funnelled residents into the slums of Lyd and Ramle. Many of the 15,000-20,000 Palestinian-Israelis who stayed in Jaffa were forced to build extensions to their family houses without permits. This practice is now being used as the excuse for a new wave of the sort of soulless gentrification and transfer that has hollowed out Jaffa`s old town.
Much of the land reclaimed by house demolitions invariably gets sold on for luxury developments like the gated community of Andromeda Hill, "a virtual `city within a city` surrounded by a wall and secured 24 hours a day." `||3/4/2007|
|Blood feuds tearing Gaza apart|| Rory McCarthy - the Guardian - "[BBC journalists`s] Alan Johnston kidnapping comes amid escalating revenge attacks "||3/4/2007|
|Palestinian Faction Aims to Unite Its Militias||Isabel Kershner -- The New York Times -- "Fatah [...] announced Sunday that it was working to unify its armed groups under one command in an apparent effort to strengthen and impose discipline on its notoriously divided militias"||2/4/2007|
|Abbas presses Merkel to help end crippling Western embargo||The Daily Star -- Olmert cites `critical crossroads` for peace process||2/4/2007|
|Lebanese prisoners: Jail conditions have worsened||Nir Hasson -- Haaretz -- "The state prosecution insists that the three prisoners are common criminals, not prisoners of war" ||2/4/2007|
|A memory of Tanya Reinhart||Vanessa Jones/Alexander Cockburn - Counterpunch - "She was: calm, thoughtful, down to earth, unpretentious, clear speaking, practical, not bitter, accessible, no need to smile, comfortable with her own seriousness."||1/4/2007|
|Who`s afraid of Arabic?||Yaron London -
"Security personnel at the airport have adopted the "shibolet" tactic: Passengers who pronounce Paris as "Baris" are forced to undergo excruciating security checks."||11/4/2007|
|Feeling gun-ho today? ||Link to an advertisment of a rather remarkable tour of Israel: "Experience a dynamic and intensive eight day exploration of Israel`s struggle for survival and security in the Middle East today.
Briefings by Mossad officials and Shin Bet commanders.
Briefing by officers in the IDF Intelligence and Operations branches.
Inside tour of the IAF unit who carries out targeted killings.
Live exhibition of penetration raids in Arab territory.
Observe a trial of Hamas terrorists in an IDF military court..."
|A selection of today`s news from Palestinian and Israeli media||"Shin Bet: Hamas cell planned TA Pesach bombing " - Amos Harel - Haaretz; and a later Haaretz report, entitled: "PA police deny Shin Bet claims of Hamas plans for major attack"; "Palestinian Finance Minister: PA operating on one quarter of the funds it needs" - Reuters - Haaretz; "President Abbas to embark on European tour to garner support for Palestinian unity government "
Ma`an; "Israeli forces invade Qabatiya, near Jenin; violent clashes erupt" - Ma`an; "Gaza families describe their hopes and fears regarding a prisoner exchange deal" - Ma`an; "Internal clashes return to Nablus" -
|Toward the next 60 years ||Amos Schocken - Haaretz - The fulfillment of a dream is not a reason to replace an anthem, but "Hatikvah" has an obvious practical disadvantage: It addresses only Jews. (...) On its 60th birthday, it would be desirable if the Arab citizens of Israel were not alienated from the state`s day of celebration. Hasn`t the time come to recognize that the establishment of Israel is not just the story of the Jewish people, of Zionism, of the heroism of the Israel Defense Forces and of bereavement? That it is also the story of the reflection of Zionism and the heroism of IDF soldiers in the lives of the Arabs: the Nakba - the Palestinian "Catastrophe," as the Arabs call the events of 1948 - the loss, the families that were split up, the disruption of lives, the property that was taken away, the life under military government and other elements of the history shared by Jews and Arabs, which are presented on Independence Day, and not only on that day, in an entirely one-sided way. ||21/4/2007|
|Kidnapping of BBC correspondent puts strain on EU – Palestinian relations|| Mohammed Arabi - PNN - It remains unknown who kidnapped the journalist or why they chose this particular time when the Palestinian unity government was nearing its goal of getting the blockade lifted.  Avi Issacharoff - Haaretz - Jailed Hamas official Sheikh Hassan Yusef on Friday called for the immediate release of British journalist Alan Johnston ||21/4/2007|
|Dershowitz, Finkelstein and a bitter tenure battle||MICHAL LANDO-Jerusalem Post-"In 2000, Finkelstein, who is the son of Holocaust survivors, published The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering, in which he argued that Jews in Israel and America exploited the Holocaust for profit and have often used it to silence criticism of Israel."||20/4/2007|
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