|Robert Fisk: Out of Syria`s darkness come tales of terror||Robert Fisk -
"Syrians arriving in Lebanon are bringing the most specific details of what is going on inside their country, of Fifth Brigade soldiers fighting the armed units of Maher Assad`s Fourth Brigade outside Deraa, of random killings around Damascus by the ever-growing armed bands of Shabiha ("the mafia") from the Alawite mountains, of massive stocking up of food. One woman has just left her mother in the capital with 10 kilos of pasta, 10 kilos of rice, five kilos of sugar, box after box of drinking water." ca
|Rights group: Gaza police abuse unity revelers||Ma`an News Agency
"A spontaneous rally in Gaza City supporting progress towards reconciliation was violently disbursed by Gaza police on Wednesday evening, a Gaza-based rights group said Thursday.
Five people were arrested at the city`s Square of the Unknown Soldier and later released, according to a report from the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, which said rally-participants were insulted and beaten by police officers, some of who were wearing civilian clothing." ca
|Jewish Jobs ||Shula Kopf - Jerusalem Report - “When I opened the section for plumbers I saw that some promote themselves with the slogan ‘avoda ivrit’ [Hebrew labor]. I was horrified. It was very clear what was meant – only Jews work here – no Arabs," says Ron Gerlitz who happens to be on the board of Sikkuy, an NGO that aims to advance equality between Arab and Jews. ||26/4/2011|
|Detention and Deportation in Israel - A New Nakba?||Mya Guarnieri - CounterPunch - "At first glance, migrant workers might seem unrelated to the Palestinian struggle. But migrant workers were introduced to Israel during the First Intifada to replace Palestinian day laborers from the Occupied Territories. While the siege on Gaza is often discussed as something that began suddenly in 2006, it is the most severe manifestation of a gradual closure that the Israelis started during the First Intifada"||25/4/2011|
|The murder of Vittorio Arrigoni and the Israeli media||Alternative Information Center - As expected, the Israeli media haven’t passed up the opportunity to dance on the grave of Vittorio Arrigoni, the activist in the International Solidarity Movement who was murdered in Gaza last week. No one will say a thing about the real causes of this vile murder.||22/4/2011|
|Ban on Israel-Palestine debate ignites free speech row at French university||Kim Willsher - Guardian - More than 150 of the world`s foremost academics have intervened in a simmering row over the banning of debates on the Israel-Palestine question at one of France`s universities, calling the move a threat to free speech.
|OCHA protection of civilians report 30 March 12 April 2011||OCHA - The reporting period witnessed the greatest escalation in violence in Gaza and southern Israel since the end of the “Cast Lead” offensive in January 2009. Overall, 23 Palestinians, including ten civilians, were killed and 65 Palestinians, including 46 civilians, and two Israeli civilians, were injured. The Kerem Shalom crossing was closed between 5 and 12 April bringing the transfer of goods to and from Gaza through the crossings with Israel to a complete halt
|Palestinian Prisoners` Day ||Tania Kepler - Alternative Information Center - 17 April is Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. The day commemorates the release of Palestinian prisoner Mahmoud Hijazi in the first prisoners’ exchange between the Palestinians and the Israelis in 1974.||19/4/2011|
|Interview with Norman Finkelstein: The Goldstone recantation||Aaron Leonard - Rabble.ca - "[t]here isn`t a scintilla, there isn`t a scratch, there isn`t a jot of new evidence that can warrant his recantation."||19/4/2011|
|UN Gaza report co-authors round on Goldstone||Ed Pilkington and Conal Urquhart -
"Three mission members say calls to recant UN report disregard the rights of Palestinian and Israeli victims
Read the full statement by Jilani, Chinkin and Travers." ca||15/4/2011|
|American radical :The trials of Jewish-American political scientist Norman Finkelstein.||Video
"American Radical is the probing, definitive documentary about Jewish-American political scientist Norman Finkelstein. A devoted son of holocaust survivors, an ardent critic of Israel and US Middle East policy, Finkelstein has been steadfast at the centre of many intractable controversies, including his denial of tenure at DePaul University." ca
|War on memory||by Ramzy Baroud -
"Palestinian citizens of Israel can be proud of the fact that their collective tenacity has always proved stronger than any Israeli attempt at dislocating them from their rightful historical narrative. Now, they are being told to cease and desist from commemorating the Nakba, the Catastrophe of 1948, which saw the brutal seizure and depopulation of most of Palestine in order to construct the Israeli "miracle". ca
|Hamas: Abducted Italian activist found dead in Gaza||By News Agencies -
"Hamas officials reported that the body of Vittorio Arrigoni, 36, was discovered in the home of a member of the Monotheism and Holy War group that claimed responsibility for the abduction in a video released Thursday." ca
|Palestinian Authority ready to run state, says UN ||AFP - "The institutional achievements of the Palestinian state-building agenda are approaching their limits within the political and physical space currently available."
|IDF estimates round of violence over ||Hanan Greenberg - Ynet - Military sources believe relative truce in south will be followed by wide-scale confrontation. `Hamas has been busy rebuilding its forces for the past two years, and this can only mean we`re facing an all-out clash,` says senior officer||11/4/2011|
|Soas creates two new posts in Israel studies ||Harriet Swain -
""The Middle East conflict is always a hot subject that people want to understand because it`s so convoluted," he says. "People want rational responses. They are fed-up with slogans and one-sided approaches.""
|U.N. Praises Palestinians’ Progress Toward a State||Isabel Kershner -
"The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights reported that 29 cooking-gas distribution stations had closed and that stores were running out of medicine."
|Was Israel behind the mysterious air strike in Sudan?||Time - Karl Vick - About ten hours before a warplane roared down the Red Sea, crossed into Sudanese airspace and let fly a missile at a sedan, killing both of the people inside, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Gilad offered a piece of advice about secret military actions to audience of diplomats and journalists in a Jerusalem hotel. "Never boast," Gilad said. "Be humble. Be modest. Do it, what you have to do. Don`t talk.``
|Israel may send Qassam victims abroad||Itamar Eichner -
"One of the possible delegates is Osher Twito, who was severely injured and lost his leg in 2008, when he was eight years old. Yossi Haimov, who was 10 when he was severely injured by a Qassam rocket in 2008, is another possible choice."
|ACTOR JULIAN MER-KHAMIS SHOT DEAD IN JENIN|| ||4/4/2011|
|Searching For Its Director, Army Breaks Into Wadi Hiweh Information Center||by Saed Bannoura -
"While the army was searching the center allegedly trying to locate its director, Siyam was at an Israeli court that was deliberating his case. On March 14, the Israeli Magistrates Court extended the house arrest of Siyam, but allowed him to work at the Center for specific hours of the day, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center reported." ca
|Thousands Mark Land Day In The Negev||by Saed Bannoura -
IMEMC & Agencies
"Dr. Amer Al Hazeel, acting Mayor of Rahat city, spoke about the so-called “Goldberg Plan” that aims at annexing most of the lands in the Negev by concentrating the Arab population in small isolated areas so that Israel can annex the lands." ca||1/4/2011|
|Mer-Khamis and binational resistance movement ||Amira Hass -
"Through his life and his body, Juliano Mer-Khamis embodied the possibility of a binational resistance movement. The killer, whatever his motive, was aiming for the body. In his death, Juliano has bequeathed us the possible." id
|Russian billionaire to found `Jewish Al-Jazeera` ||JPost Staff -
"Alexander Mashevich says planned pro-Israel news channel will "represent Israel on an international level, with real information." ca||8/4/2011|
|Latest WikiLeaks cables reveal Israel`s fears and alliances||David Leigh and James Ball -
"The Hebrew-language paper Yediot this week announced a deal under which it will print an interview with Assange, who has recently had to defend WikiLeaks from accusations of antisemitism.
The cables show intimate co-operation between US and Israeli intelligence organisations. Israel`s preoccupation with Iranian nuclear ambitions is well known and the US cables detail the battering on the subject that diplomats repeatedly receive from Tel Aviv." ca
|Al Ahram: “New European Mediator In Shalit Talks”||Saed Bannoura -
"The paper quoted an anonymous Hamas source who refused to declare the
nationality of the new mediator, but said that the mediator has, so far,
shown fairness, honesty and creativity." ||20/4/2011|
|Palestinians counting on Obama for state||Elior Levy -
"The Palestinian leader said he rejects statements Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly made alluding to a state on provisional
borders. "Such talk means only one thing – that the Israeli-Arab
conflict will go on for generations to come.""
|Abbas: Britain and France would recognize Palestinian state||Avi Issacharoff and Danna Harman -
"Meanwhile, American and European diplomats warned that if peace talks
between Israel and the Palestinians are not renewed, the Quartet, may
formally recognize a Palestinian state, the Los Angeles Times reported
|Israeli public figures to sign document supporting Palestinian state||Ilan Lior -
"I am speaking from a Zionist standpoint," Prof. Yehuda Bauer explained."-
|`Blair to endorse Palestinian state at Brussels parley` ||JPost.com staff -
""Palestinian state-building under the Palestinian Authority and [Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam] Fayyad is a bright light among a lot of diplomatic darkness," Blair told the London Times."
|Clinton: Obama to reveal peace plan soon||Reuters -
""Obama wants a Palestinian state and although the US is not interested in a unilateral declaration, it would be hard for it to stand alone in the General Assembly and vote against it.""
|Report: Hamas mulls sending Shalit tape||Roni Shaked -
""We must make a difficult and brave decision and not compromise," former Shin Bet chief Yaakov Peri told the press."
|Palestinian Authority is paving the way to statehood, UN report says||Haaretz Service -
"The program was geared toward creating various institutions that would prepare the Palestinians for statehood within two years." id
|Thousands Pay Respects to Slain Activist-Artist Juliano Mer Khamis||Tania Kepler - Alternative Information Centre - Kadura Musa, governor of Jenin, responded to the murder saying: "He was a Palestinian citizen of Israeli origin. An actor and an artist but most of all a true human being. We don`t know why this happened, but all the people of the camp condemn the death of this son of ours whose mother also did so much for the people of Jenin."
|Israel’s High Court: Knesset must explain why Arab MK Zuabi stripped of rights||Jack Khoury and Jonathan Lis - Haaretz - The High Court ruled on Tuesday that the Knesset must explain why they stripped the rights of Israeli Arab lawmaker Hanin Zuabi, which occurred after she participated in last year`s flotilla to Gaza.
|Rival Palestinian Factions Reach Reconciliation Agreement||George Rishmawi - IMEMC - Hamas and Fatah agreed, under Egyptian supervision, to form a transitional government soon. The two delegations, headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Fatah movement and Khaled Mashaal, Hamas` politburo chief, discussed the security issue and ways to coordinate the two security forces that Hamas and Fatah control. They have set a date for general elections to take place.
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