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One event, two signsHassan Khader - Al Aharam Weekly - On the one hand, "calamity"; on the other, "liberation". How can two contradictory narratives be reconciled in a common destiny? Hassan Khader investigates the semiotic sleights-of-hand which serve to obscure the historic responsibilities - and to obstruct the creation of a future. 15/5/2005
Remarks by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to the 2005 American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference "Now, Israel is not only, however, a friend and ally for us, it is a beacon of what democracy can and should mean. It is, after all, a pluralistic democracy. It is, as many of us know from personal experiences, a very dynamic democracy with many points of view, and those are expressed with great frequency and vigor. So if people in the Middle East are not sure what democracy means, let them look to Israel, which has been and remains a true, faithful democracy. " [No shame.. the Editor]25/5/2005
Eyad El Sarraj - collection of articles 2001 - 2005A link to Amin.org1/5/2005
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Doomed but at what cost?Dr. Azmi Bishara - Amin.org - I did not attend the seminar on US policy towards Syria hosted by the Washington-based Saban Center for Middle East Policy of the Brookings Institute on 25 April 2005, but the entire transcript was available on the institute`s website. The keynote speaker was Flynt Leverett, author of Inheriting Syria: Bashar`s Trial by Fire, the launching of which occasioned this seminar. 19/5/2005
"Developing" Israeli Apartheid: The World Bank, International Aid and The Ghettoization of PalestineThe Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign - Every day in Palestine, entire villages actively protest against the Apartheid Wall and the Occupation that has stolen their land, demolished their houses and imprisoned them in ghettos of poverty and oppression. They demand that the Wall and the Apartheid infrastructure of Jewish-only bypass roads, military zones and settlements are torn down. 18/5/2005
Academic boycott will lead to Israeli self-examinationOren Ben-Dor - The Electronic Intifada - I write as an ex-Israeli, who happens to be a British academic. I write because experience has taught my conscience the harm that results from silencing free historical debate, the danger inherent in not letting the Other`s voice challenge national heroic myths. 25/5/2005
Today`s News Headlines Translated from Palestinian Press - 25.5.2005Palestinian Mission to USA - Al-Ayyam - Abu Mazen: I will request from Bush real adherence to the roadmap; EgyptiandDelegation listens to Hamas position on partial re-elections; Synod ratifies dismissal of patriarch Ireneos; Al-Quds - Barghouti confirms consultations among prisoners to run in the PLC elections25/5/2005
`According to Security Sources`- what remains of the Israeli mediaTanya Reinhart - Yediot Aharonot - In the 1960s there were many jokes in Israel about the "Voice of the UAR (United Arab Republic) from Cairo", which broadcasted news in broken Hebrew, written by spokesmen of the Egyptian regime. The absurdity of these broadcasts enhanced the credibility of the IDF spokesmen in our eyes. Today we ourselves are not all that far from the "Voice of the UAR", and in fluent IDF Hebrew. 26/5/2005
Halacha (Jewish Law) and the Jewish StateShlomo Avineri - YNETNEWS - Halacha does not deal with state-related issues as created when Israel`s nation had no home 25/5/2005
Boycotting Israel Put High on the AgendaPACBI - Press Release - May 26, the Special Council of the Association of University Teachers (AUT) in the United Kingdom will be convening to reconsider the motions to boycott two Israeli universities passed less than a month ago at its regular annual meeting on April 22. 25/5/2005
Both Palestinians and Israelis will benefit from a boycottRonnie Kasrils and Victoria Brittain - The Guardian - The racist and colonial policies echo apartheid, and call for a similar response 25/5/2005
A boycott will only strengthen the Israeli right David Newman and Benjamin Pogrund - The Guardian - This self-defeating campaign of double standards is strangling liberal voices 25/5/2005
How about a Nobel prize for Chutzpah? Charles Pottins - An unpublished letter to the editor [of the Guardian]How beautiful to see the name of Shimon Peres heading a list of distinguished Nobel prize winners telling us that "mixing science with politics, and limiting academic freedom by boycotts, is wrong" (Guardian 24 May)! 25/5/2005
Sari Nusseibeh in his role as border guard for the Israeli establishmentAmir Makhoul - Mahsom - The head of Ittijah argues that Sari Nusseibeh is undermining international solidarity with the Palestinians. 27/5/2005
Ohad Naharin: Israelis are committing war crimesWalla! editorial board - walla.co.il - a famous Israeli choreographer speaks out against the occupation. 27/5/2005
Comments on current eventsProfessor Avraham Oz - "The AUT boycott was revoked today. My university will no doubt celebrate the glowing triumph of the angels of light over the forces of evil... During that month of boycott fury, the Israeli security forces went on killing Palestinians"27/5/2005
Leaders Stress American Side of AipacOri Nir - Forward - "This year`s conference slogan, "Israel, an American value," was accompanied by a logo that shows an American flag framed by a six-pointed star...Nearly half the members of Congress participated in the conference. Most of them attended Monday night`s gala dinner, which featured speeches by the leaders of both parties in both houses of Congress." [Scary.. the Editor]27/5/2005
Sharon Gets Nod for Gaza Plan at Aipac ParleyOri Nir - Forward - More scary stuff on the AIPAC conference - "During meetings with 99 senators and 350 House members on Capitol Hill, Aipac delegates urged lawmakers to tighten American sanctions imposed on foreign companies that do business in Iran... Aipac delegates also worked to generate support for the additional financial aid.. Jerusalem could end up requesting as much as $1.6 billion.. Rice condemned critics calling them cynics who dismissed Bush`s vision of spreading democracy and freedom in the Middle East."27/5/2005
Planned messGush Shalom - ad in Ha`aretz - "A year after the decision to evacuate 1700 settler families from the Gaza Strip, nothing is ready. The building of new homes for them has not even begun. At the same time, the government is building with great energy thousands of housing units for the West Bank settlers. "27/5/2005
Message to Ariel Sharon: Set My People FreeMahmoud Abbas - The Wall Street Journal - "Although I have great faith in the Palestinian people and in our democracy, I also am aware that democracy without freedom is ultimately meaningless: An "occupied democracy" is an oxymoron...Every day, Israel is undertaking steps that undermine President Bush`s vision and effectively preclude a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."27/5/2005
Boycott decision further narrows support for IsraelYigal Arens - For many people the overturning of the AUT`s decision does look like power politics demolishing yet again a rather modes attempt to take Israel and/or Israelis to task over their actions against Palestinians and their supporters.27/5/2005
PA to demolish settlers` homes in Gaza after pullout: Government plan aims to ease crowding and build sea portThe Daily Star - The Palestinian Authority plans to demolish Jewish settler houses in Gaza and replace them with high-rise apartment blocks to ease crowding if Israel leaves the homes intact, a minister said Thursday 27/5/2005
Palestinian job market at all-time lowAlJazeera Net - Working conditions for Palestinians deteriorated last year, with the number of unemployed reaching a record 224,000, the UN labour agency says. 27/5/2005
Anxiety grips Palestinians in LebanonLaila El-Haddad - AlJazeera Net - Palestinian refugees in Lebanon look to Syria`s recent withdrawal from Lebanon, and their future, with anxiety and uncertainty.27/5/2005
Changes in Palestinian public attitudes in the post-Arafat eraKhalil Shikaki - Palestine-Israel Journal - "Shifts in public attitudes between September and December 2004 show significant changes in outlook regarding major domestic, as well as Israeli-Palestinian, issues."28/5/2005
Palestinian Federation of University Unions calls on all parties to uphold Palestinian call for boycott of Israeli academic institutionsFederation of Unions of Palestinian Universities - AIC - "we strongly oppose the development of relations with Israeli academic institutions as it is tantamount to maintaining the current occupation and limiting Palestinians right to education." 28/5/2005
Pelosi gives pep talk to AIPACMark Gaffney - Commondreams - The leader of the Democratic Party in the US House of Representatives demonstrates once again the lack of commitment of the US political class to the security and well-being of the US people. 28/5/2005
Interview with George GallowayThom Hartmann - Commondreams - "both [Tony Blair] and George W. Bush are possessed of a kind of messianic belief that somebody, God perhaps, gave them the job of shouldering the white man`s burden, which is the world. That someone gave them the right to step outside of international law; go anywhere, do anything, pay any price in other people`s blood, to reshape the world in their image; in the image that they want to see."28/5/2005
Mr. Sharon goes to WashingtonNahum Barnea, Shimon Shiffer - Yediot Ahronot - Israels true power lies with Jewish lobby in U.S.29/5/2005
Lessons to be Learned: The Reversal of the AUT BoycottToufic Haddad - Counter Punch - Israel and its allies perceive attempts to build an international boycott campaign against them as a strategic threat, precisely because it mobilizes a force that has largely been absent from the traditional theatre of struggle the working classes in the West. 29/5/2005
Seeking alternatives to a third Palestinian intifadaBy Rami G. Khouri - The Daily Star - Last week, two important developments took place that captured the dilemma facing the Palestinian people. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas went to Washington to meet with American leaders and make his case for firmer American involvement in the dormant Palestinian-Israeli peace-making process; and the South African Council of Churches endorsed the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). 30/5/2005
Palestinian watershedSamir Ghattas - A Ahram weekly - While wrangling continues as to the date and form of Palestinian parliamentary elections, 2005 is sure to be a momentous year in the annals of Palestinian history30/5/2005
Ruth Gavison: Zionist warriorSami Shalom Chetrit - Mahsom - "Israel must be a Jewish state at all costs, since we remember today what happened sixty years ago in enlightened Europe. We must not rely on the rest of the world. We need an independent and strong Jewish state!" The audience rose to its feet in applause. I thought that I would throw up my rugelach with chocolate filling on the nice carpet. I restrained myself.31/5/2005
One Hand Clapping: Applauding Tolerance and Pluralism in IsraeliSharif Hamadeh - The Electronic Intifada - International support for Israel turns on the uncritical acceptance of the Jewish state as bravely fulfilling the obligations of a Western-style democracy in an otherwise hostile region. 31/5/2005
Palestinian right of return is feasibleBy Laila El-Haddad - Al Jazeera - May marked the 57th anniversary of al-Nakba (The Catastrophe), when Jews declared their state in Palestine and thousands of Palestinians were expelled from their homeland. Today, the Palestinian refugees number more than six million, comprising nearly one-third of the global refugee population. 31/5/2005
Toda`s News Headlines Translated from Palestinian PresPalestinian Mission to USA - Al-Ayyam - Abu Mazen: I will request from Bush real adherence to the roadmap; EgyptiandDelegation listens to Hamas position on partial re-elections; Synod ratifies dismissal of patriarch Ireneos; Al-Quds - Barghouti confirms consultations among prisoners to run in the PLC elections25/5/2005
The calmAdam Keller - The Other Israel - "Altogether, should any of these plans and scenarios become a reality, very many people on both sides will perish in the relaunched cycles and cyclones of bloodshed. It would be quite a while, to say the least, before there could again be even a temporary calm or as much as a keyhole of opportunity for peace. It might still be possible for people of good will to act strongly and try to avert these eventualities...The time left is certainly short." 25/5/2005
Removal from terror lists in exchange to disarmament IMEMC & Agencies - "According to the United Arab Emirates newspaper al-Bayan, the U.S. and the European Union have offered Hamas a deal to remove the group`s name from the list of terror organizations in exchange for dismantling its military wing and stop all aggression against Israel."25/5/2005
Purim in HebronEyyal Dor-Ofer - The Settlers celebrate while Palestiniam citizens are under total Curfew25/5/2005
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The Separation WallEyyal Dor-Ofer25/5/2005
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The Gaza "pull-out"Eyyal Dor-Ofer25/5/2005
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From Budrus to Bil`in to BoycottBeate Zilversmidt - The Other Israel - After many hesitations, I dare to say it now: I am in favor of an international boycott. We owe it to the Palestinian farmers who use non-violent ways of defending their land. We owe it also to those courageous and proud young people who day after day come to the villages to give a hand to these heroic farmers.25/5/2005
The tragedy of Rafah takes me back to the grim events of 1948 Meron Benvenisti - The GUardian - The sights of Rafah are too difficult to bear - trails of refugees alongside carts laden with bedding and the meagre contents of their homes; children dragging suitcases larger than themselves; women, draped in black, kneeling in mourning on piles of rubble. 22/5/2005
Israel comes first, says US politicianAl Jezeera - AP - A US senator has dispensed bitter pills to Arab leaders, pointing out that the United States is not ready to risk the prestige needed to create a Palestinian state. 22/5/2005
Israeli Lawyer Claims Tom Hurndall killed by British malpractice, not by Israeli gunfire to his headPalestine Monitor - Tom Hurndall, a British peace activist, student, and photographer, was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier in April of 2003 as he was trying to protect Palestinian children from Israeli tanks and gunfire in the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. He later died of his wounds after lying comatose in a British hospital for nine months. 23/5/2005
Ilan Pappe: Back the boycottIlan Pappe - The Guardian - The Association of University Teachers` decision to reconsider its motions on the academic boycott of Israel seems to confuse procedure and principle.24/5/2005
There is no reason for optimism Ghassan Andoni - IMEMC & Agencies - Ahead of his visit, to start on Thursday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas complained Tuesday about Israel`s incitement against him and its lack of cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, saying he sees no reason for optimism"24/5/2005
Nakba Day: on forgiving and forgettingM.K. Jamal Zahalka - Mahsom - We need a historic compromise according to the reality principle with the moral force of justice. Both Jews and Arabs live in this country, two peoples with the right to full and equal lives.But recognition of the Jewish-Israeli collective and its rights in the framework of a historical and equitable compromise is in no way a justification of the historical act by which it was created.24/5/2005
Palestinian union wants academic firedKhalid Amayreh - Al- Jazeera - 24/5/2005
Ronaldo in PalestineDave Zirin - Counterpunch - "It`s hard to comprehend here in the States how deeply soccer is loved around the world. It is perhaps harder for us to digest that US made-weapons are blowing the legs off of 12-year-old boys with universal dreams of athletic glory."24/5/2005
Why did I sign the Guardian Letter in support of the AUT boycott?Yehudith Harel - For me as an Israeli, supporting the academic boycott is not a difficult matter at all. Maybe I am a simpleton and can`t see the whole picture, but for me, as an anti occupation activist, supporting the boycott and calling for its support is really a very simple matter. 25/5/2005
The Hysteria of `The Zionist Quintet`Nir Baram and Shlomo Sand - Maariv / NRG - Behind the attack on Amos Shoken - A deep fear of nationhood and normalcy 24/5/2005
Dancing with Zionists, version 2.0Shlomo Sand and Nir Baram - Ma`ariv/NRG - The important commonality of Jews during the hundreds of years that preceded Zionism was not a shared national culture, or a language, or leaders, but a united belief in God and rich and dynamic religious cultures. The greatness of Zionism was precisely the successful ideological reversal from the religious formula exile-redemption to the formula diaspora-homeland.24/5/2005
Israel`s lawyerAaron David Miller - Washington Post - A former US State Department official says that US policy on Middle East negotiations has become simply to advocate for Israel uncritically.23/5/2005
Occupation will lead to collapse of ZionismIqbal Jassat - The Electronic Intifada - A fresh study by a Geneva-based institution confirms a growing consensus that Israeli land grab will be the foremost factor leading to an ignoble collapse of the Zionist colonial project. 19/5/2005
Sabra and Shatila 1982 - The massacre no one wants to speak ofVictor Kattan - Electronic Intifada - Reviewing a new book on the massacres by Bayan al-Hout, Professor of Law and Political Science at the Lebanese University. Also interview with the author23/5/2005
`We should see Islamists who seek democracy as part of the solution, not the problem`Rami G. Khouri - The Daily Star - An interview with Alastair Crooke who talks about the paradigm of hostile rhetoric and the need for a new Western perception of Islam 1/5/2005
`We should see Islamists who seek democracy as part of the solution, not the problem`Rami G. Khouri - The Daily Star - An interview with Alastair Crooke who talks about the paradigm of hostile rhetoric and the need for a new Western perception of Islam 1/5/2005
The Palestinians should exit Sharon`s shell game Ashraf Fahim - The Daily Star - In recent months, the despair normally endemic to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict would seem to have dissipated somewhat and both sides have adopted conciliatory rhetoric. Tragically, however, this patina of optimism masks a 22/5/2005
Wagner at the MemorialUri Avnery - thoughts on Herzl, Wagner, the Berlin Holocaust Memorial, and current-day Israel 23/5/2005
Reciprocation could help Daoud Kuttab - IMEMC - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas` political honeymoon is almost over. And the results are worrisome. Palestinians gave Arafat`s heir a huge boost in the January presidential elections in which he ran against a number of serious contenders. 22/5/2005
Abbas` terrible dilemma Ramzy Baroud - IMEMC - To the uncritical eye, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas looks like an ordinary statesman residing over an equally ordinary political reality. Nothing could be further from the truth.22/5/2005
It will never be justKhaled Amayreh - Al Ahram Weekly - The State of Israel this week took another step forward in formalising the mass theft of Palestinian property and lands BACK in 1948 and ever since22/5/2005
The Day of the Nakba: On Forgetting and ForgivingJamal Zahalka - Mahsom - The day of the Nakba is a double mourning day: mourning over what was and is no more, and over what could have been and wasnt. 15/5/2005
Closure, confiscation, connivance and cupidity Part 2Jerry Levin - CPT - "From The Inside Looking Out": Report 51. Excellent report on Occupation in Hebron22/5/2005
Chronicle of a predetermined death: The killing of two children - Beit Liqya Wedensday 4.5.05Iyad Haddad, Shai Carmeli Pollak, Daphne Banai, Tami Pollak - Btselem and MachsomWatch21/5/2005
Academic Freedom in Israel is Central to Resolving the ConflictOren Ben-Dor - CounterPunch - I write as an ex-Israeli, who happens to be a British academic. I write because experience has taught my conscience the harm that results from silencing free historical debate, the danger inherent in not letting the Other`s voice challenge national heroic myths. 21/5/2005
The Lost PalestiniansHussein Agha and Robert Malley - Ha`aretz - Preprint of an important new article to be published in The New York Review of Books. It is Fatah that is worried and Hamas that is gaining ground. The uncertainty has generated odd reactions. Fatah is seriously toying with the idea of postponing the ballot to forestall a poor showing. Hamas meanwhile, which is traditionally skeptical of Western-style politics and hostile to foreign intervention, has been calling for international observers to monitor the vote.19/5/2005
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Sharon`s unilateralism, the Law of the JungleIMEMC Staff - Humanity has developed to a level where solving a dispute has either to take place upon an agreement between parties involved or through a trusted third party, mostly a judge. 21/5/2005
Religion and the issue of JerusalemJonathan Kuttab - Dar al Hayat - The current atmosphere of optimism requires a fresh look at the question of Jerusalem. It is up to the religious leaders of all three religions to emphasize those elements of tolerance and spirituality in their respective traditions, and thereby neutralize the religious fundamentalists who promote exclusivity, hatred, and violence in the name of God.21/5/2005
Report on "Jerusalem Women Speak Tour" - March 28-April 16, 2005By Nina Mayorek - MachsomWatch - About a a recent US tour of three women - a Palestinian Moslem, a Palestinian Christian, and an Israeli Jew, in the framework of "Partners for Peace". Also, some thoughts on how to explain the Occupation to the US public.20/5/2005
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Five years too lateGush Shalom ad in Haaretz20/5/2005
Not The Highest Peak (of importance)Lubna Masarwa - Mahsom - In the West of the city everything is blocked. The soldiers man every corner of the city, just like in the occupation. To cross you need a Jewish identity card and if you were an Arab living in the center of the city you would do well to find another place to sleep at night, far from their festivities. Or go to a coffee shop in the East of the city. 20/5/2005
From ghettos to frontiers: What Will Happen After Israel`s Withdrawl from GazaNeve Gordon - Counterpunch - A review of James Ron`s book, Fronteirs and Ghettos: State Violence in Serbia and Israel: Sharon`s project is to convert the Gaza Strip from a ghetto (where Israel bears some responsibility for the residents` welfare) into a frontier (where anything goes).20/5/2005
Aprs Nous, Nous: Covering the Colonial RetreatPeter Lagerquist with Tom Hill - MERIP - It was vintage Shimon Peres. On April 18 Israel`s deputy prime minister emerged from a tete--tete with French President Jacques Chirac proclaiming a shining vision of Israeli-Palestinian coexistence. "We could convert a settlement into a Club Med," he suggested. "We must not wait for the political solution, but create economic and social hope." 20/5/2005
On the last week conference on "demography" in the Haifa UniversityProf. Avraham Oz - Haifa University - "What would you say if in a university, say, in New York, would hold an academic conference called "The Demographic Problem in New York", and, perusing the list of presentations you will realize that the "problem" dealt with refers exclusively to the scary proliferation of Jews in New York?" 20/5/2005
Sharon Haim Baram - Kol Ha`Ir/Hagada Hasmalit - Sharon is a tool of the ruling class, he is Ben-Gurion without the "socialist" veneer.19/5/2005
Bushs Palestinian TightropeRichard Wolffe and Holly Bailey - Newsweek - "Next weeks visit by Mahmoud Abbas poses a tricky challenge for the White House."19/5/2005
Branding IsraelRima Merriman - the Jordan Times - "Israel ought to know that peace requires new thinking. Why not use some of that innovative, high-tech spirit Israel wants to boast about to the world in order to do just that? What`s high-tech or innovative about an apartheid concrete wall on land that does not belong to Israel? The Chinese are not likely to be thinking of building another wall themselves. 19/5/2005
Promote Negotiations or Abandon the Two-State SolutionNaomi Chazan - Al-Hayat - Unless a concerted effort is made in the next few months to resume negotiations on a permanent settlement to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, it is likely that the door will close firmly on a workable two-state option. 19/5/2005
What Abu Mazen Should Say to President BushPatrick Seale - Al-Hayat - On his first visit to Washington as President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is due to meet President George W Bush on 28 May, an encounter that could decide the issue of war or peace in the Middle East. Above all, it will be a test of both men`s political courage. 19/5/2005
Israeli Responses to Arab InitiativesHassan Abu Naameh - Al-Hayat - Israeli responses were successively erupting after the generous Arab initiatives. These responses targeted the Arab countries, among those having relations with Israel, who called back their ambassadors, Sharm El-Sheikh understandings, the Palestinian ceasefire and the media and political reports during the Algerian summit announcing an Arab initiative pledging normal relations with Israel.14/5/2005
The Hysteria of `The Zionist Quintet`Nir Baram and Shlomo Sand - Maariv / NRG - Behind the attack on Amos Shoken - A deep fear of nationhood and normalcy 19/5/2005
The Only Alternative Jordan Times Editorial Staff - 19/5/2005
The `Road Map` Is Dead; Here Are Some Ways to Resurrect It Abdul Aziz Said and Nathan C. Funk - CG News - There is much less to the peace process than meets the eye. Photo opportunities at U.S. President George W. Bush`s ranch in Crawford, Texas, are one thing; reality is another. A picture may say a thousand words, but the words themselves are not always edifying. 13/5/2005
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Todays News Headlines Translated from Palestinian Press - 19.5.2005Palestinian Mission to USA - Al-Quds: Resumption of violence in the Gaza Strip; Abu Mazen`s meeting with Chinese leaders; Al-Ayyam: PLC rejects full proportional representation and places the election law in the hands of the president; Three members of security forces injured trying to stop firing of mortar rockets; 19/5/2005
Palestine&PalestiniansThe Alternative Tourism Group - `Palestine & Palestinians presents a version of justice tourism to enhance the worlds increasing interest in the Palestinian peoples cause, and its curiosity to go behind misleading stereotypes. It sets out to facilitate visits to Palestine for tourists who wish to increase their understanding and even work with Palestinians and Israelis towards a just, viable peace.`18/5/2005
What`s `American` About the American Israel Public Affairs Committee?Michael Flynn - Antiwar - `Several high-profile Bush administration folks have had financial interests in many of the weapons systems pushed by AIPAC, including Jay Garner, the former "mayor of Baghdad," whose SYColeman produced parts for the Arrow missile system.`18/5/2005
Poll shows dip in Israeli support for Gaza pulloutReuters - Washington Post - "Israeli public support for a Gaza withdrawal has slipped in recent months but Prime Minister Ariel Sharon`s plan is still backed by a clear majority in the Jewish state, a new opinion poll showed on Wednesday."18/5/2005
The problems with boycottsDaoud Kuttab - bitterlemons - "Boycotts often have a life of their own... I am not sure what will be the ultimate result of this latest British decision, but knowing how the Israelis and their supporters work worldwide, I am concerned that it might not produce the kind of results that were produced by the academic boycott of South Africa." 18/5/2005
Record breakerGhassan Khatib - bitterlemons - "Israel is a record-breaking state when it comes to violating international law. The reason is simple: the international community has never tried to hold Israel accountable for these violations and this lack of accountability has encouraged Israel to proceed with practices and policies that show scant regard for international law.".."Israelis can no longer take for granted that their country will be treated as above international law." 18/5/2005
While You Were Gone: Closure, Confiscation, Connivance and CupidityJerry Levin - CPT - an excellent report on what one can see today in the Bethlehem area18/5/2005
Israel: The Peaceful AlternativeJonathan Ben-Artzi, an Israeli army refuser - "The lack of a civilian alternative to military service for men in Israel contributes to the discrimination against its Arab citizens."18/5/2005
The Appartheid Wall and the Ghettoization of A`Ram near JerusalemCredit: PENGON/Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign. Date: September 16th, 2004. The Apartheid Wall through Ar Ram runs in the middle of the main Jerusalem-Ramallah road, separating the two sides of the street. The Wall in Ar Ram will place sixty thousand people in a hanging ghetto, linked to Ramallah by either a bridge or a tunnel, separating the residents from Jerusalem. 16/5/2005
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Deir Ballut: Occupation Forces Begin Bulldozing Village Lands for Apartheid Walls Construction Deir Ballut: Occupation Forces Begin Bulldozing Village Lands for Apartheid Walls Construction - Palestinians Resist Latest Wave of Ghettoization. Work on the Apartheid Wall here began in June 2004. Sustained popular resistance from Deir Ballut and Zawiya villagers began at the same time as the building of the Wall with daily demonstrations by huge numbers of people from the villages. Eventually, the number of people who were being seriously injured, and the sheer resilience of the people of Deir Ballut forced the Occupation Forces to stop work on the Apartheid Wall for six consecutive months. Occupation Forces returned briefly in December to resume bulldozing with new maps for the Apartheid Wall which they claimed contained modifications (see map). 16/5/2005
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The Ghettoization of Bethlehem: Destroying Palestinian Land, Life and HistoryOccupation Forces seal off the main road through Bethlehem as they construct the Wall through the heart of the city. Homes and shops along the streets surrounding Rachels Tomb/Bilal Mosque have been forcibly evacuated during the construction which will annex 28 dunums from the city. Occupation Forces deploy Caterpillar machinery and teams of technical experts on a daily basis to level, destroy and raze Bethlehem for the Wall. Palestinian land is being annexed to Israel to make a car park for Rachels Tomb/Bilal Mosque, an area now inaccessible to Palestinians and stolen for the expansion of the Occupation. 16/5/2005
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Deir Sharaf villagers resist toxic practices of IsraelThe village of Deir Sharaf demonstrates against the dumping of waste in their village. Occupation Forces confiscated a quarry belonging to the Abu Shusha family during an attack on this area in April 2002. Since then they have used it, often under the cover of night, to dump waste from the Kedumim settlement and a nearby Israeli industrial zone. It poses an enormous health hazard to the 3000 inhabitants of Dair Sharaf, as well as the communities throughout the Nablus district who rely on water supplies irrigated in this area.16/5/2005
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Sharons minimum solutionCharmaine Seitz - Palestine Report - ABOUT ONE year ago, the Israeli settlement industry appeared to gain new life. Much better than Jerusalem! proclaims a sign advertising housing in New Adam, which lies just three kilometers from Pisgat Zeev and on Ramallahs eastern shoulder. Cottages and a garden for the price of an apartment. 16/5/2005
Sharon`s office outlines Gaza `disengagement` plan Palestine Media Center - Israel to Maintain Control of Border Perimeter, Air Space, Coast Security Amid reports that the Israeli ministerial committee for the disengagement plan is to approve on Tuesday the postponement of implementing the plan until August 15, the Israeli Prime Ministers office outlined the plan described as based on the conclusion that there is currently no reliable Palestinian partner. 16/5/2005
Palestinians in Lebanon fear for the futureLaila El-Haddad in Baalbeck - "Palestinian refugees in Lebanon look to Syria`s recent withdrawal from Lebanon, and their future, with anxiety and uncertainty."15/5/2005
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Made in PalestineOnnesha Roychoudhuri - Mother Jones - "Is it possible to speak openly in America about the Palestinian plight? The reaction towards one art exhibit suggests not."16/5/2005
Thoughts on "Israeli independence" and the "Palestinian Nakba" Hanna Mermelstein - ISM - This week Israelis commemorated the Holocaust and their fallen soldiers, and celebrated their "Independence Day." 16/5/2005
Abbas: Israel doesn`t want calm IMEMC & Agencies - "In an interview with London-based newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas charged Israel was inciting against him but said that despite the smear campaign he does not intend to resign. " 13/5/2005
U.S. Episcopal Church considering divestment from Israel IMEMC & Agencies - "Israel has a right to defend itself. But it appears that, in the name of security, injustices are being done to the Palestinians that amount to collective punishment," 14/5/2005
A state of all its nationalitiesM.K. Dr. Ahmed Tibi Maariv/NRG The real reason for this legislation is not security, but demography and racism. This is the place to say, once and for all, that the Arabs in Israel are not calling for a state of all its citizens, but for a state of all its nationalities, in a democratic and multi-cultural framework, with full civil partnership. 14/5/2005
A state of all its nationalitiesM.K. Dr. Ahmed Tibi Maariv/NRG The real reason for this legislation is not security, but demography and racism. This is the place to say, once and for all, that the Arabs in Israel are not calling for a state of all its citizens, but for a state of all its nationalities, in a democratic and multi-cultural framework, with full civil partnership. 14/5/2005
Sanctions can work...Hilary Rose and Steven Rose - Times Higher Education Supplement - The AUT boycott is part of a tradition of non-violent protest. Just 50 years ago, six years after the call from the African National Congress, 496 British academics published a letter advocating the boycott of South African universities as an expression of solidarity with two anti-apartheid academics served with banning orders by the supremacist regime. In Britain, the Association of University Teachers endorsed the boycott call and sustained this position with honour for 20 years. 14/5/2005
Israeli occupation condemned at summitTarek El-Tablawy - Associated Press - South American and Arab leaders at their first regional summit endorsed a declaration Wednesday condemning the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and calling for trade liberalization to lift the planet`s poor out of misery. 12/5/2005
Bush administration vows to boycott Hamas militants elected in territoriesOri Nir - Forward - The Bush administration `will neither recognize nor engage with` members of Hamas or Hezbollah who are elected to office unless the two militant groups disarm, a top American diplomat told the Forward. 12/5/2005
South American-Arab summit backs Palestinian Rights George Rishmawi - IMEMC and Rueters - The first South American-Arab summit gave support for the Palestinians in their fight for an independent state and called for dismantling all Jewish Settlements and the Wall built in the West Bank, Palestinian sources reported on Wednesday. 12/5/2005
Leftists commemorate Palestinian deadOrly Popper - Ynetnews - "Israeli anarchist group puts up posters of Palestinian children killed by the IDF since the start of the Palestinian Intifadah" 12/5/2005
Todays news headlines translated from Palestinian press - 12.5.2005Palestinian Mission to USA - (1) Al-Hayat Al-Jadida - "President Abbas - Israel has to respect the choice of Palestinian people even if Hamas wins"; Qurei` attacks Arab silence regarding East Jerusalem; (2) Al Quds - "Tayyeb Abdul Rahim: There are strong reasons for postponing the PLC elections; Brazil summit criticizes American and Israeli occupation and demands removal of settlements and the wall and establishment of the independent state" 12/5/2005
Photostory: Nablus`Old CityThe West Bank city of Nablus has historically boasted itself as the commercial and business center of Palestine. The West Bank`s largest city, it dates back some 4,500 years. However, Nablus` economy, cultural heritage, and population have come under attack during the past four years of Israeli violence. Its Old City walls have acquired a new layer of history in the political graffiti and martyr posters honoring the scores of mostly young men from Nablus who have committed suicide bombings or, far more frequently, were killed by Israeli violence. 12/5/2005
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Study Reveals TV News Vastly Underreports Palestinian Children`s DeathsIf Americans Knew - Electronic Intifada - A two-year study of network news coverage of Israel/Palestine revealed extensive underreporting of Palestinian deaths, particularly of children`s deaths. 10/5/2005
The Palestinian RefugeesElectronic Intifada - The Palestinian refugee case is the largest and one of the longest standing refugee cases in the world today. More than 6 million persons, comprising around three-quarters of the Palestinian people, and nearly one-third of the global refugee population, remain without a durable solution to their plight. 12/5/2005
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Democracy and Rights are also for Palestinian RefugeesKarma Nabulsi -The Electronic Intifada - "The right of Palestinians everywhere, both inside and outside of Palestine, to participate together in the struggle for achieving their rights. In Sweden, in Germany, in Yemen, in Lebanon, in Greece, in Iraq, in Spain, this basic right to participate is something the Palestinian people insist upon - the right to speak for themselves, the right to struggle for their rights and not to wait for them."10/5/2005
The Nakba - the Palestinian catastrophee of 1948Electronic Intifada - Every year Palestinians commemorate the Nakba ("the catastrophe"): the expulsion and dispossession of hundreds of thousands Palestinians from their homes and land in 1948. In 1948 more than 60 percent of the total Palestinian population was expelled. More than 530 Palestinian villages were depopulated and completely destroyed. To date, Israel has prevented the return of approximately six million Palestinian refugees, who have either been expelled or displaced. Approximately 250,000 internally displaced Palestinian second-class citizens of Israel are prevented from returning to their homes and villages. 12/5/2005
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Ruling Palestine: A History of the Legally Sanctioned Jewish/Israeli Seizure of Land and Housing in Palestine Palestine Report Online - Interviews Scott Leckie, Executive Director of COHRE - "I think the systematic analysis of the entire Israeli legal system as it relates to housing, land and property rights of Palestinians very clearly shows that there was every intent to dispossess Palestinians of their land over the past six decades. This was a systematic attempt, a very intentional outcome, and one that ultimately makes the proposed two-state solution a physical and practical impossibility. 12/5/2005
Brutal Occupation Takes Toll on Israel`s Soul Dorothy Naor - ABQjournal - The sole hope for a better future for Israelis lies in justice and freedom for Palestinians. As Sari Nusseibeh, President of Al-Quds University, has said: "We either sink together or swim together."12/5/2005
Fortress IsraelIlan Pappe - London Review of Books - "[T]he Zionist belief in Fortress Israel guarantees the perpetuation of the conflict with the Palestinians, their Arab neighbours and Muslim societies as far away as South-East Asia. But it isnt only cultural solidarity and religious affinity which will eventually ensure that formidable Arab and Islamic energies are pulled into the struggle against Israel: all the developing worlds frustration and all its desire for liberation will some day be channelled into the rescue of Palestine."15/5/2005
Al - Nakba RememberedMIFTAH - One of the loudest debates in Israel surrounding the Gaza disengagement plan, which is scheduled for August, is whether or not to destroy settler homes, farms and greenhouses. Many of those who reluctantly say they support and will comply with the withdrawal argue in favor of razing the settlements on the grounds that they do not want to see Palestinian flags raised over their roofs or Palestinian families living in their homes15/5/2005
Israeli army: Total economic divorce from Gaza impossibleAgence France Presse - A senior army officer warned in a report Tuesday that it will be impossible for Israel to totally divorce itself economically from the Gaza Strip after it pulls out of the territory this summer. 17/5/2005
Jews could live in a Palestinian stateHarvey Morris - Financial Times - Here is a question for would-be Middle East peacemakers: why can`t Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Gaza stay where they are? 17/5/2005
Time to confront reality: Nakba Day speech in Oak ParkElectronic Intifada - The following is the text of comments delivered by EI co-founder Ali Abunimah at the Fourth Annual Walk for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine in Oak Park, Illinois on 15 May 2005, organized by the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine. 16/5/2005
Time to confront reality: Nakba Day speech in Oak ParkElectronic Intifada - The following is the text of comments delivered by EI co-founder Ali Abunimah at the Fourth Annual Walk for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine in Oak Park, Illinois on 15 May 2005, organized by the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine. 15/5/2005
Leftists commemorate Palestinian deadOrly Popper - Yediot Ahronot - " `remind Jewish residents of Israel of the losses whose names are not mentioned on Memorial Day` Palestinians killed by soldiers since the start of a Palestinian uprising in September 2000."15/5/2005
Zero alertsRobert Rosenberg - Ariga - "in Yedioth Ahronoth, Ofer Shelach gets outgoing commander Gadi Eisencott on the record as saying that there are zero terror alerts this week in the West Bank. Eisencott says it has become a conditioned reflex to say that there will be another round of violence and indicates that it is in Israels power to do whatever it can to prevent that from happening, by offering hope to the other side. I can only say that those who dont see a light at the end of the tunnel will hurry to light a fire, he told Yedioth."15/5/2005
Ruling Palestine: A History of the Legally Sanctioned Jewish/Israeli Seizure of Land and Housing in PalestinePalestine Report Online - Interviews Scott Leckie, Executive Director of COHRE - "I think the systematic analysis of the entire Israeli legal system as it relates to housing, land and property rights of Palestinians very clearly shows that there was every intent to dispossess Palestinians of their land over the past six decades. This was a systematic attempt, a very intentional outcome, and one that ultimately makes the proposed two-state solution a physical and practical impossibility. 12/5/2005
Memory and Holocaust discourse in IsraelShahar Agami - Mahsom - Two broad camps can be identified in Israeli discourse about the Holocaust: one seeks to use the Holocaust to reinforce Jewish and Israeli exclusivity, the other seeks to broaden the discourse to include universal human concerns.12/5/2005
Gaza pullout diverting media gazeLawrence Smallman - Aljazeera and Agencies - "A top Palestinian official has told Aljazeera.net that while the world is focusing on the withdrawal of Israeli occupation forces from Gaza, Tel Aviv has strengthened its grasp on the West Bank." 11/5/2005
Israeli Seizure of Land and Housing Has Made a Two-State Solution Impossible Center on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE)- An international human rights group warns that a two-state solution to the 57 year Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been made a practical impossibility due to Israel`s continuing expropriation of Palestinian property and denying Palestinian refugees the right to recover their orginal homes and lands. 11/5/2005
Gush Shalom ad published in Ha`aretz"The day the occupation ends will be the real Independence Day of the State of Israel" 11/5/2005
Tony Blair`s pyrrhic victoryGwynne Dyer - The Jordan Times - Prime Minister Tony Blair has won a third term for Britain`s Labour Party, a feat only matched in the past century by Margaret Thatcher. The Conservative leader, Michael Howard, announced his resignation even before the last votes were counted. But Blair will probably not keep his job much longer either. 9/5/2005
A No-Confidence Vote for Mr. AbbasThe New York Times - A few months ago, President Bush announced that he would ask Congress for $350 million to support Palestinian political, economic and security reforms. Following on his word, he did just that, in his budget proposal to Congress. 9/5/2005
Oil and Palestine: The New Cold WarAm Johal - Electronic Intifada - Two significant events happened at the end of April - both of which carried more meaning than their literal interpretation. But they both had everything to do with the New Cold War and the reality of American hegemony. 6/5/2005
Israeli pullout from Gaza still not a done deal: PeresAgence France Pressen - JERUSALEM May 9-Israel`s pullout from Gaza is not a done deal and could still be derailed if the homes of all the Jewish settlers are demolished, Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres said in remarks published Monday. 9/5/2005
Israelis` Departure Imperils Booming Gaza Industry ZoneGreg Myre - The New York Times - GAZA, May 6 - For 15 years Kamal Abed, a Palestinian businessman,prospered despite the vicissitudes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, selling marble and granite floor tiles to Israelis in a pocket of cooperation on the northern edge of the Gaza Strip known as the Erez Industrial Park. 10/5/2005
Jews and Palestinians in the organizations of civil society: discrimination and silencingYasser Aqawi Mahsom - the nongovernmental organizations deal with putting out fires and pursuing individual cases of human rights violations, but ignore the political aspects of those problems. The decision to observe the rules of the game established by the state, camouflaged as protection of minority rights, exempts them from the responsibility to struggle for justice, including recognition of the Palestinian citizens of the state as a national minority on whose destruction the state was established. 10/5/2005
Demolition of Bedouin ShacksNovember the 29th, 2004 the Israeli authorities destroyed the homes of six Jahalin Bedouin families on Azariah.10/5/2005
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Palestine: the assault on health and other war crimesDerek Summerfield - The Electronic Intifada - The Israeli army, with utter impunity, has killed more unarmed Palestinian civilians since September 2000 than the number of people who died on September 11, 2001. In conducting 238 extrajudicial executions the army has also killed 186 bystanders (including 26 women and 39 children). Two thirds of the 621 children (two thirds under 15 years) killed at checkpoints, in the street, on the way to school, in their homes, died from small arms fire, directed in over half of cases to the head, neck and chest-the sniper`s wound. 10/5/2005
Voting with their feetJeff Handmaker and Adri Nieuwhof - The Electronic Intifada - The official role of Israel as sole protector of the Jewish people is being increasingly tested by a large and growing number of emmigrants from Israel to other countries around the world, matched by a diminishing number of new immigrants to Israel. This is creating serious problems for Israel in seeking to maintain the exclusively Jewish character of the Israeli state. 10/5/2005
A humiliating US gift Daoud Kuttab - The demand by the US Congress to divert $50 million of President George W. Bush`s $200-million pledge of aid to the Palestinian Authority for Israeli checkpoints is something like requiring the Vatican to contribute air-conditioners to abortion clinics or divorce lawyers` fees as part of its policy of easing the plight of Catholic women. 10/5/2005
Quartet: Coming months are crucial IMEMC & Agencies - Representatives of the quartet, who met Monday in Moscow, emphasized the need to step up diplomatic efforts in the coming few months to cease the opportunity created by the emergence of a new Palestinian leadership and the expected implementation of the Israeli disengagement plan. 9/5/2005
Disengagement: unilateral or coordinated? Ghazi Hamed - No benefit in coordination absent of political process -says the editor-in-chief of the Gaza-based Al Resala Islamist weekly newspaper 10/5/2005
Lawyer: "Any Criticism of Israel is a Form of Anti-Semitism". The Peculiar State John Chuckman - CounterPunch - A lawyer gave a brief opinion piece on Canada`s public radio, the CBC, in which he flatly said that criticism of Israel is a form of anti-Semitism. 9/5/2005
From Peace to Creeping Apartheid: Notes on the recent politics of Israel/PalestineOren Yiftachel - Published in Arena Journal New Series, Vol. 16, 20019/5/2005
Judaize and Divide: Shaping spaces in the Israeli "Ethnocracy" Oren Yiftachel - News from Within - Israel is a settler society that has time and again reshaped its landscapes, borders and settlement geography. Yet despite the importance of colonization to the construction of the Israeli society and identities, the influence of space on social relations and collective identities has rarely 9/5/2005
The Palestinian Israeli Dialogue: From Intifada To Negotiations.Mussa Budeiri - Majallat al-Dirassat al-Filastiniya, No.12, autumn 1992) (arabic)9/5/2005
Democracy... and the Experience of National Liberation: The Palestinian CaseG.Gicaman, A.Bishara, S.Zaidanai, B.Ghalioun, M.Budeiri, The Democratic Choice: Critical Readings. Centre For Arab Unity Studies. Beirut. 1994. (Arabic) 9/5/2005
A Palestinian at Yad VashemGhassan Abdallah - Jerusalem Quarterly - "It was quite an experience. It took a lot to get myself, a Palestinian, to undertake the trip1. And I only did it after an intense discussion with a German acquaintance about the triangular connection between Germany, the Jews, and the Palestinians. The effect on me was profound in many ways. I even repeated the visit again to let the first impressions sink in and more reactions come out."9/5/2005
Video portraying Security forces` agression against the peaceceful demonstrators in Bil`in, 28.4.2005 Imad Brand, Shai Polak, Yoni Polak - Special - undercover - forces and regular army brutally attack Palestinian and Israeli non-violent activists, shooting tear gas and ammunition at unarmed people 8/5/2005
Professors in Britain Vote to Boycott 2 Israeli SchoolsLizette Alvarez - NYT - LONDON, May 7 - Britain`s leading higher education union has voted to boycott two Israeli universities. The boycott, which has prompted outrage in Israel, the United States and Britain, would bar Israeli faculty members at Haifa University and Bar-Ilan University from taking part in academic conferences or joint research with their British colleagues. 8/5/2005
"Aren`t You Ashamed?"Uri Avnery - An elderly lady pushed her head out of the window of a passing car and shouted; "Aren`t you ashamed of yourselves? Today is Holocaust Day, and you are demonstrating for Arabs?!"8/5/2005
Sharon conditions his pledge to release prisoners IMEMC Staff - Sharon announces that Israel will not release any more Palestinian prisoners until the PA disarms militant groups. PA: "We have no intention of withdrawing the arms of resistance."8/5/2005
Peacemaking entails more than demographic separation IMEMC Staff - Media reports tend to compare the moves made by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Here is an envisioned dialogue between both. 8/5/2005
Election lessons IMEMC Staff - According to the most recently known results, Fatah won 54% of the seats in the 84 municipal councils, Hamas won 33% and the remaining 13% were shared by leftists groups and independent lists. 7/5/2005
Journalists Still Facing Violence with Impunity MIFTAH - On the occasion of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations annual commemoration of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, MIFTAH notes with dismay that impunity for attacks against journalists continues to prevail and urges authorities to find and punish those responsible. 5/5/2005
In the Age of Innocence MIFTAH - Israeli soldiers shot dead two Palestinian children Wednesday afternoon in the West Bank village of Beit Liqya, west of Ramallah. The youth were protesting the construction of a section of the illegal Annexation Wall near their homes when two army jeeps entered the village to guard the site. The Israeli troops then opened fire at the resisting local crowd and killed Jamal Jaber, 15 years old, and Uday Mofeed, 14.7/5/2005
Its not a boycott of academics but pressure on IsraelInterview with Nabil Kassis - Palestine Report - Interview with Nabil Kassis, President of Birzeit University, on the boycott of two Israeli universities by the British Association of University Teachers (AUT). 7/5/2005
Second time round for boycott debateThe Guardian - As the Association of University Teachers prepares to reopen its debate on a boycott of Israeli universities, Polly Curtis looks at the politics behind the move 7/5/2005
Sharon`s minimum solutionCharmaine Seitz - Palestine Report - About one year ago, the Israeli settlement industry appeared to gain new life. "Much better than Jerusalem!" proclaims a sign advertising housing in New Adam, which lies just three kilometers from Pisgat Zeev and on Ramallah`s eastern shoulder. "Cottages and a garden for the price of an apartment." 6/5/2005
What I did on Holocaust DayB. Michael - YNET - "This is how I shot at two kids who might have been throwing stones because, personally, Ill never again go like a lamb to the slaughter. This is what I did on Holocaust Day."8/5/2005
`Aren`t you ashamed?`Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - A veteran Israeli peace activist discusses protesting the state murder of two young Palestinians on the day on which Israelis commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. 8/5/2005
Palestinian defianceEric Hazan - New Left Review - An interview with Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, the Ramallah doctor and activist, general secretary of the Al Mubadara coalition, on struggles against the Israeli Occupation, from the popular movement of the first Intifada to the tactical errors of the second, via the disaster of Oslo. 7/5/2005
Football and the PalestiniansAndy Newman - Socialist Unity Network - The recent UEFA cup match between the Israeli team Bnei Sakhnin and Newcastle United at St James Park throws an interesting light upon Israeli society and the relationship between Israel and the West.7/5/2005
All Terrorism must be Stopped - the Holocaust manipulation tooYehudith Harel - Indeed terrorism must be stopped - all kinds of terrorism and first of all Israeli State terrorism - but please - leave Auschwitz out of this game. 7/5/2005
Israeli support for Gaza pullout waning: pollAgence France Presse7/5/2005
Second time round for boycott debateThe Guardian - "As the Association of University Teachers prepares to reopen its debate on a boycott of Israeli universities, Polly Curtis looks at the politics behind the move" 7/5/2005
Looking to AmericaGraham Usher - Al-Ahram Weekly - "Mahmoud Abbas is hoping that at some point Washington will come to his rescue -- it is a dangerous gamble" 7/5/2005
Todays news headlines translated from Palestinian press - 6.5.2005Palestinian Mission to USA. (1) Al Quds, on the local councils elections; (2) Al-Ayyam - "The majority of orthodox clergymen decide to discharge patriarch Irineos"; (3) Al-Hayat Al-Jadida - "Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued yesterday two Presidential Decrees; the first decree stipulates the formation of a Higher Committee on Jerusalem Affairs headed by Palestinian PM Ahmad Qurei`... The second decree commissions Abbas Zaki to follow up the Palestinian file on the Lebanese arena. 6/5/2005
A difficult and painful forecastYonah Bargur Hagada Hasmolit - And the question that is starting to haunt me is whether we should continue to sustain such a state when the blood of the best of our children is flowing for the sake of the settlers. The author is the father of the late Captain Ziv Bargur. 6/5/2005
Shoot on Sight, Occupy on SoundIdan Landu - Ynet - The New System for Mapping Threats that will be placed along the Separation Fence, is actually a system for execution from a distance 10/5/2005
The making of an Israeli factoidRima Merriman - The Jordan Times - The checkpoint at Qalandia is taking shape irrevocably as a permanent bottleneck and border crossing that cuts off the illegally annexed East Jerusalem along with some 28 Palestinian villages from the rest of the West Bank. The scene is tragic and unnerving but it has become astonishingly routine - the deadly routine that imposes ordinariness on the outrageous and unconscionable. 5/5/2005
A fable for adultsMeron Benvenistim - The Rand Corporation, the prestigious American think tank, published two reports last week with recommendations and plans for improving the chances for the success of a Palestinian state after its establishment. 5/5/2005
Defense Analyst Charged With Sharing SecretsJerry Markon - The Washington Post - A Defense Department policy analyst has been charged with disclosing classified information two years ago related to potential attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq, the Justice Department announced yesterday. 5/5/2005
Restrictions Imposed On Aid to Palestinians; Bill Avoids Directing Funds to PalestiniansGlenn Kessler - The Washington Post - Congress imposed the tight restrictions on aid to the Palestinians that President Bush had announced with fanfare in his State of the Union address, possibly dealing a blow to U.S. efforts to support new Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. 5/5/2005
Why Us? (On the academic boycott)Tanya Reinhart - Yediot Aharonot - A boycott decision, like that passed by Britains Association of University Teachers to boycott two Israeli universities, naturally raises a hue and cry among Israelis. Why us? And why now, just when negotiations with the Palestinians might be renewed? 5/5/2005
Neocons Lay Siege to the Ivory TowersSaree Makdisi - The Los Angeles Times - In the months ahead, the state Senate Committee on Education will consider a bill that pretends to strike a blow for intellectual honesty, truth and freedom, but in reality poses a profound threat to academic freedom in the United States. 4/5/2005
For Abbas, a Crisis of PerceptionMolly Moore and John Ward Anderson - The Washington Post - The entryway of the Nablus police headquarters is plastered with posters memorializing dead comrades. Some were killed by Israeli tank fire. Others were picked off by Israeli army sharpshooters. In addition to being police officers, most were members of Palestinian militant organizations. 4/5/2005
The Palestinian GandhiRan HaCohen - Antiwar.com - contrary to popular belief, Palestinians have tried and continue to try to meet Israeli violence with nonviolence. And usually they are met with indifference or violence. 2/5/2005
`No` to Settlers Remaining on Liberated Palestinian LandHassan Asfour - Daily Star/Miftah.org - a member of the Palestinian Legislative council reiterates the call for all Israeli settlers to leave the occupied territories: "my objection is not to the idea of coexistence with Israel or Israelis. My objection is to the idea of rewarding the aggressor."2/5/2005
Apre`s Nous, Nous: Covering the Colonial RetreatLagerquist with Tom Hill - MERIP - It was vintage Shimon Peres. On April 18 Israel`s deputy prime minister emerged from a tete--tete with French President Jacques Chirac proclaiming a shining vision of Israeli-Palestinian coexistence. "We could convert a settlement into a Club Med," he suggested. "We must not wait for thepolitical solution, but create economic and social hope." 19/5/2005
Pinnacle of opportunism?U.S. Newswire - A ranking Democrat Nancy Pelosi educates us all on the real Israel/Palestine conflict at the AIPAC convention - "There are those who contend that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is all about Israel`s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza... In truth, the history of the conflict is not over occupation, and never has been: it is over the fundamental right of Israel to exist... The greatest threat to Israel`s right to exist, with the prospect of devastating violence, now comes from Iran." [So how exactly is this "liberal" lady different from the religious right? the Editor]26/5/2005
Abbas has accepted the finality of 1948Ziad Asali - The Daily Star - The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has undergone a metamorphosis since 1948, when it was accurately defined as being between Arabs and Jews. However, it has now become a struggle between those who accept the finality of the war in 1948 and its consequences, and those who have not. 24/5/2005
Make the Gaza pullout a springboard for peaceSaadeddin Ibrahim - The Daily Star - If all goes well, the Israelis will soon be disengaging from the Gaza Strip and it is essential that we carefully consider all of the available options [dealong with the property on the ground] and do what is most likely to help enlarge the current window of opportunity. 24/5/2005
Todays News Headlines Translated from Palestinian Press - 18.5.2005Palestinian Mission to USA - Al-Quds - Confiscation of 1,400 dunams in 9 villages; opening tunnels and gates between three regions to be isolated by the Separation Wall in North West of Jerusalem along with land confiscation; President Abbas arrives in Beijing; Abbas urges towards implementing the roadmap and will request from Washington direct assistance; Al-Ayyam - The PLC to convene today amid feelings that it is impossible to hold elections on the set day18/5/2005
Press conference on the use of IDF Special-Ops unit as agent provocateurs AIC (Alternative Information Center - In response to the use of IDF Special-Ops unit as agent provocateurs in a non-violent demonstration in Bil`in - a press conference was held today in the AIC offices in Jerusalem. 4/5/2005
Barghouti: pullout obtained through resistance, not negotiations Ghassan Andoni - IMEMC - "It is impossible to give up the option of resistance for as long as there is occupation," Palestinian lawmaker Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five consecutive life terms in an Israeli prison, told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. 4/5/2005
Gaza pullout to be delayed until August - minister saidReuters - Israel`s planned withdrawal from the occupied Gaza Strip will be delayed until Aug. 15 and take about six weeks, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said on Tuesday during a visit to Mauritania 4/5/2005
They are A-F-R-A-I-DGerardo Leibner - Hagada Hasmalit - Somebody in the Israeli military or political leadership is very afraid of peaceful joint Palestinian-Israeli protests like the one in Bil`in last Thursday - so they resorted to provocateurs. 4/5/2005
The politics of smears and self-absorptionM. Junaid Alam - Counterpunch - "Anti-Semitism or Ultra-Semitism?" 3/5/2005
Mahmoud Abbas`s visit: What`s at stake?Matthew Clark - The Christian Science Monitor - "In Washington, the Palestinian leader calls for more support. In West Bank, Hamas cries foul. "26/5/2005
Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian farmers, women and youths support the AUT position to boycott Israeli universitiesPARC - The Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC)* with its six affiliated associations and 400 community-based organizations and grassroots committees in the West Bank and Gaza Strip would like to express their full support to the proposal of the largest British Association of University Teachers (AUT) to boycott two Israeli universities (Haifa and Bar Ilan) passed on April 22, 2005.26/5/2005
Nusseibeh`s protest of AUT boycott outrages Palestinian groupsKhaled Abu Toameh - The Jerusalem Post - Palestinian professor Sari Nusseibeh, who last week urged an end to an academic boycott of Israeli universities by Britain`s Association of University Teachers, is under attack by many Palestinians who are calling for his dismissal from his job as president of Al-Quds University. 26/5/2005
Palestinian teachers union calls for Sari Nusseibeh`s dismissalKhalid Amayreh - Al-Jazeera - A Palestinian teachers union has called for the dismissal of Al-Quds University President Sari Nusseibeh for "normalising ties with Israel" and "serving Israeli propaganda interests". 26/5/2005
Another exercise in opportunismRemarks by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to the 2005 American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference - "Now, Israel is not only, however, a friend and ally for us, it is a beacon of what democracy can and should mean. It is, after all, a pluralistic democracy. It is, as many of us know from personal experiences, a very dynamic democracy with many points of view, and those are expressed with great frequency and vigor. So if people in the Middle East are not sure what democracy means, let them look to Israel, which has been and remains a true, faithful democracy. " 26/5/2005
Today`s News Headlines Translated from Palestinian Press - 26.5.2005 Palestinian Mission to USA - Translations: Al Hayat Al Jadida - Abbas demmands US commitment for establishing the state; Abbas does not rule out delaying the PLC elections; B`Tselem release `Take No Prisoners`; Egyptian mediation between Fatah and Hamas; Headlines from Al-Quds and Al-Ayyam26/5/2005
The Bitterlemons Weekly DebateBitterlemons - Ghassan El Khatib and Yossi Alpher in their weekly debate. This week: History Versus Geography23/5/2005
The Weekly Debate: Bitterlemons - Ghassan El Khatib adn Yossi Alpher in their weekly debate. This week: History Versus Geography24/5/2005
The price of democracyGraham Usher - Al-Ahram Weekly - Fatah got more seats than Hamas in local elections in the occupied territories last week but Hamas won the contest 16/5/2005
Investors in Palestinian stock market benefit from peace processSharmila Devi - Financial Times - Under Israeli occupation and amid military restrictions, the Al Quds (Jerusalem) index of the 10 leading shares on the Palestinian Stock Exchange has soared to over 700 points in recent weeks from 277 points at the end of last year. Resistance through capitalism is the mantra of this new Palestinian generation. 16/5/2005
Between independence and returnEitan Bronstein - Mahsom - Independence of Jews in the state of Israel exists only as virtual independence, in politicians` speeches, in the moral preaching of leaders, and in the tabloids that are read by most of the Jewish citizens and many of the country`s Arabs. But between this "independence" and the life experiences of the average Israeli, gapes an abyss that is unbridgeable under current conditions. Recognition of the refugees` right of return is one of the necessary conditions for independent and free life for Jews in Israel. 16/5/2005
Zionism vs. intellectual freedoms on American college campusesDavid Green - Znet - "It is only on college campuses that Palestinian rights advocates can be claimed to pose even an imagined threat to the hegemony of Zionist propaganda in mainstream American political culture."16/5/2005
Coordination necessary if substantial Ghassan El Khatib - Bitterlemons - The unilateral Israeli plan for disengagement from Gaza has gained further momentum recently with the appointment of former head of the World Bank James Wolfensohn as the Quartet`s special envoy on the matter. 16/5/2005
The Myth of the Hostile MediaYael Paz-Melamed - Maariv/NRG - As a matter of fact, the media are encouraging the settlers and certainly are not asking them why the nation and its soldiers are obliged to stand guard over their quality of life. 18/5/2005
The Crimes of Empire: A Chronology of US War Crimes & Torture, 1975 - 2005Tom Stephens - Counter Punch - From the end of the Vietnem War till nowadays.14/5/2005
The Nobility of Slaughter : Tom Friedman, the Imperial ChroniclerMike Whitney - CounterPunch - "The war in Iraq is the most important liberal, revolutionary US democracy - building project since the Marshall Plan. It is one of the noblest things this country has ever attempted abroad." (New York Times) 14/5/2005
Israeli-Palestinian peace will be illusory without popular supportJason Erb - Daily Star - "The momentum to talk must come from within these communities themselves, when they see such efforts are worth both the risk and the reward. Broad public support for compromise is the necessary prop to keep this current initiative alive, and would make this window of opportunity markedly different from the others. "3/5/2005
Israeli Arabs *: `Unequal citizens`Jonathan Marcus - BBC News Online - The narrow streets and alleyways of the old Arab market in Nazareth in northern Israel used to be packed with tourists and shoppers. But that was in the good old days, before the start of the Palestinian uprising or intifada. Now, five years on, business is still suffering. 2/5/2005
Fed up with fanaticsGershon Baskin, YNET, `I don`t pity them, and I don`t identify with them. I did not send them to Gaza` 3/5/2005
Summary of a lecture by Amira Hass, Brussels, April 2005The public appearance was arranged at ULB by Simone Susskind and Oxfam Belgium. Amira Hass was interviewed by Paul Taylor of Reuters. Summarized by Eberhard Rhein.3/5/2005
Who Remembers the Armenians?Shabtai Gold - The Jewish State and the Zionist/Jewish lobbies in DC openly, loudly and proudly help Turkey deny the Armenian Genocide (besides Armenians, other minorities, such as Assyrians were also killed). 3/5/2005
Issa Qaraqi: 25 percent of the Palestinians were in Israeli jails Palestine News Network (PNN) - Issa Qaraqi, chair of the Palestinian Prisoners Society in a special interview with the Palestine News Network talks about the situation in Israeli jails and warns that the situation will explode if the current Israeli policies in the jails do not change. He also criticizes the way the prisoners` case is handled in the negotiations. 1/5/2005
AIPACs LobbyingDennis Bernstein and Jeffrey Blankfort - FlashPoints - Transcript of radio program 3/5/2005
Power, propaganda and the promised landGary Fields -The San Diego Union-Tribune- Euphemisms thwart understanding and resolution of Israeli/Palestinian issue30/5/2005
The boycott should continue: A fight to foster real academic freedom in Israel should unite academics all over the worldOren Ben-Dor - The Independent - Driving towards my birthplace of Nahariya in northern Israel, you pass an impressively designed Holocaust memorial, dedicated to "the fighters of the ghettos". It is difficult not to be touched by its importance and prominence. Three hundred metres further along the same road, lie the forgotten remains of the Arab village, al-Sumuriya, whose people were among the 750,000 Palestinians displaced in 1947-49 war. 30/5/2005
A visit to NablusFriday, May 27, 200527/5/2005
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