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Saturday, December 31, 2005

News for 12-30-05

12-30-05 - Palestinian boy dies in Gaza clash Fathy Mushtaha was caught in a gunbattle as members of a powerful Gaza family tried to storm the police station.

12-30-05 - British hostages freed in Gaza - officials "They are secure and in good hands," said a senior Palestinian security official.

12-30-05 - Gaza border reopens after protest

12-30-05 - Palestinian Police Storm Gaza-Egypt Border Palestinian policemen angry over the killing of a fellow officer stormed the Gaza-Egypt border crossing Friday, firing shots in the air and forcing European monitors to close the border and flee

12-30-05 - Settlers attack several homes in Hebron A local source in Hebron reported that the settlers came from several illegal settlement outposts, and from Keryat Arba? settlement in Hebron, attacked dozens of homes and pinched dozens of chickens after hurling stones at the homes in the area, and attacking the residents

12-30-05 - There's still a catch for Gaza's boatmen even this harvest is restricted. Pointing to a patrolling Israeli naval vessel on the horizon, one fisherman said: "Even this season when we tried to fish, the Israeli boats came and shot at us."

12-30-05 - Unknown Palestinian group claims kidnap of British hostages, now freed

12-30-05 - Bil?in: Land Grab thanks to the Wall The barrier Israel is building confiscates about half of the lands of the village.

12-30-05 - With no Palestinian state in sight, aid becomes an adjunct to occupation

12-30-05 - A Palestinian house faces settlement The Palestinians maintain the Israelis have taken large tracts of their lands and uprooted trees to further expand the settlement town of Mod'in Illit, one of the biggest and fastest-growing settlements in the West Bank.

12-30-05 - Israel dismantles 3 W.Bank settler outposts - army

12-30-05 - Army shells areas in the northern Gaza Strip

12-30-05 - Jerusalem candidates quit poll Fatah party candidates in east Jerusalem have said that they will boycott parliamentary elections next month.

12-30-05 - Barghouti says future government will include Hamas

12-30-05 - No Buses Roll From Gaza to West Bank, Despite Deal Israel was never very interested in providing a way for Gazans to travel to the West Bank, and agreed to the idea only under strong American pressure. Washington's motivation is to try to help the beleaguered Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, known as Abu Mazen, whose divided Fatah faction faces a tough electoral battle against the militant faction Hamas in legislative elections scheduled for Jan. 25.

12-30-05 - Eight residents arrested in Atteel

12-30-05 - Kidnapped British family freed in Gaza The gunman went on to threaten foreign officials at work in Gaza if the international community did not rein in Israeli military activity...With large numbers of international observers expected to arrive in Gaza in the coming weeks to monitor the Palestinian elections on January 25 So let me get this straight, a previously unknown group is threatening the very people that are coming to help the Palestinians?

12-30-05 - Villages in South Hebron Isolated between Apartheid Wall and Jewish-only Road

12-30-05 - Princeton Panelists Share Cautionary Tales Of Dangers to Academic Freedom Describing The David Project?s mission as political rather than academic?to improve Israel?s image on campus?he said it has succeeded in casting a shadow on the future of Middle East studies You will teach Israel's version or else you will be smeared as an anti-Semite, evidently.

12-30-05 - The Future of Palestine; Turning the Page, Again

12-30-05 - Greek patriarch boycotts Israeli Christmas party The Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Jerusalem boycotted an annual Israeli Christmas party on Thursday because the invitation failed to recognise him as the church's new leader

12-30-05 - Flemish Palestine Solidarity Committee Steps up Israeli Goods Boycott Campaign

12-30-05 - AJC Launches International Campaign to Stop a Nuclear Iran

12-30-05 - Millions of Syrians sign anti-US petition The petition rejected "everything that is mentioned in the two reports" because they lack "objectivity and impartiality in order to serve the United States and Israel's greed, which threatens peace and international security."

12-30-05 - Review of the year: The Middle East

12-30-05 - US warns Israel of escalation THE US has warned Israel it risks a serious escalation in a continuing artillery showdown with Palestinian militants by establishing a no-go zone in the northern Gaza Strip.

12-30-05 - Washington poised for revelations from top lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a Republican activist for 20 years and a generous donor to President George W. Bush's election and reelection campaigns, is accused of fraud in a criminal trial due to begin in Miami, Florida, on January 9.

He was found to have given money to radical settlers in the Occupied Territories.

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Friday, December 30, 2005

News for 12-29-05

12-29-05 - Suicide bomber kills Israeli soldier, Palestinian civilians

12-29-05 - Two killed in Gaza clash

12-29-05 - Let's Stop a US/Israeli War on Iran* The peace movements of the entire world should be in crisis mode right now, working non-stop to prevent the U.S. and Israel from starting a war against Iran.

12-29-05 - Israel's Sonic Booms Terrifying Gaza Children Targeting innocent civilians violates the Geneva Conventions. Both Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups have asked Israeli High Court to stop the air force from this practice.

12-29-05 - Palestinian Envoy Brings New Strategy to Washington Asked if it was prudent to make such a remark during his first meeting with American Jews, Safieh was unapologetic. "In situations of belligerency, there are fighters on each side," he told the Forward, "and I don't accept the Israeli-Jewish approach that there is no moral equivalence and that Jewish blood is more precious than Palestinian blood."

12-29-05 - Israel army chief rules out early strike on Iran Halutz however said he did not believe Iran would actually complete manufacturing a bomb "before the start of the next decade."

12-29-05 - Palestinians Negotiate for Return of Brits Palestinian security forces were negotiating Thursday with gunmen who kidnapped a British human rights worker and her parents, a security official said

12-29-05 - Group Claims Rocket Strike on Israel Al-Qaida in Iraq said Thursday that it fired a barrage of rockets from Lebanon into northern Israel this week, in a rare claim by the group of a direct attack against the Jewish state. The statement, on an Islamic Web forum where al-Qaida in Iraq often posts statement, could not be independently verified.

12-29-05 - Frantic search for aid worker and parents as gang fails to make contact Unlike previous kidnappings of westerners in Gaza, usually resolved within hours, the kidnappers made no contact with the authorities to make demands or arrange for the release of Kate Burton, 25, and her parents Hugh and Helen. They were snatched by seven armed men in Rafah, a deprived town in a very poor area.

12-29-05 - ?Kate is a warm, loving person trying to help?

12-29-05 - N. American Jews Arrive to Set up Life in the West Bank About 250 North American Jews landed on Wednesday in Israel hoping to build their new homes in the West Bank settlements

12-29-05 - Creation of "Death Zone" in northern Gaza Strip is illegal An o rder to open fire at any person present in a particular area in the northern Gaza Strip, if indeed given, is a flagrant breach of International Humanitarian Law....Furthermore, attacks directed at civilians, and attacks that are carried out with the knowledge they will cause disproportionate injury to the civilian population, are defined as war crimes

12-29-05 - Olmert: "No limitations in attacks against Gaza"

12-29-05 - Arab League says it will not stand idle to Israeli measures against Palestinians

12-29-05 - Palestinians attack kidnap of Briton devoted to their cause

12-29-05 - Israel to probe settlers attacks on Palestinian groves Mofaz said that "if it turned out that the settlers were involved in these attacks, the victims might receive compensation". Wow.

12-29-05 - Palestinians in Iraq Pay the Cost of Being 'Saddam's People' Hussein made world headlines by promising a house and $25,000 to each Palestinian family in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that had a member killed while attacking Israel

12-29-05 - No end in sight to Gaza 'no-go zone' Israel vowed to keep areas of the Gaza Strip off-limits to Palestinians until cross-border rocket attacks cease.

12-29-05 - Bulgaria pressed on Holocaust compensation The property was confiscated in 1943, and an administrative court ruled in 1992 that the Jewish community was entitled to just under 50 percent of it.
U.S. Representatives do not, however, demand the same of those who have unlawfully seized the property of the Palestinians.

12-29-05 - Suspects' body language can blow their cover Careful observation and questions of escalating intensity can unmask possible terrorists, who typically become anxious and deceptive around authorities, says Rafi Ron, former security chief at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport. Ron founded New Age Security Solutions in Virginia in October 2001 to teach police how to detect "indicators" of a possible terrorist.

12-29-05 - Hamas slams Quartet statement

12-29-05 - Arab MK: Syria will hasten Palestinian J'lem

12-29-05 - The Two Faces of Hezbollah "Hezbollah is Hezbollah," he says, "there's no change in its definition. It's a political, religious party created as a reaction to Israel's invasion [of Lebanon] in 1982. Politically it's represented in both cabinet and parliament, and considered by all to be a legitimate party. But if you're against Israel, the U.S. administration labels you as they want."

12-29-05 - Palestinians seek $7 billion in investments

12-29-05 - Farkash: "Hezbollah is using weapons Syria purchased from Russia"

12-29-05 - Workshop on Media and Nonviolence in Bethlehem

12-29-05 - Holocaust survivors 'in poverty' A Holocaust survivor's support group has said 40% of survivors in Israel are living below the poverty line, Israel Radio has reported What has Israel done with all of the money recouped on behalf of the Holocaust victims?

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Some headlines and summaries from JTA

No end in sight to Gaza ‘no-go zone’

Israel vowed to keep areas of the Gaza Strip off-limits to Palestinians until cross-border rocket attacks cease.

“The operations will continue as long as is required to ensure that the fire against us is curbed,” Vice Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Army Radio on Thursday, alluding to Israel’s artillery barrage against areas of northern Gaza used for rocket launches.

The zone was declared Wednesday when Israel dropped leaflets warning Palestinians to stay away. Terrorist groups launched at least four more rockets, prompting the Israeli shelling.

Bulgaria pressed on Holocaust compensation

U.S. congressional representatives pressed Bulgaria on a World War II-era compensation issue.

The letter urged Bulgaria’s president and prime minister to see that the country’s Jews receive their “rightful share” of the value of a hotel built in Sofia on the site of a prewar Jewish school. Bulgaria’s Jewish community is appealing a Bulgarian court decision from July that rejected Jewish claims to nearly half the property now occupied by the Rila Hotel.

The property was confiscated in 1943, and an administrative court ruled in 1992 that the Jewish community was entitled to just under 50 percent of it.

The letter, sent last week, was signed by two co-chairmen of the Congressional Bulgaria Caucus, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-S.C.), as well as by Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), the ranking Democratic member of the House of Representatives’ International Relations Committee.

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News for 12-28-05

12-28-05 - Israel bombards Gaza security zone Electricity supplies were also cut in the attacks as locals were ordered to take cover in bomb shelters. Several people were treated for shock but no one was wounded

12-28-05 - Three residents, including a child, injured in Beit Lahia, Jabalia

12-28-05 - Lebanon Condemns Rocket Attack on Israel "These acts _ the firing of rockets and the Israeli raids and air violations _ are eventually aimed at undermining stability in Lebanon and distracting attention from efforts to continue internal dialogue on major issues,"

12-28-05 - British activist, parents kidnapped in Gaza: police

12-28-05 - Guide tracks US reps' votes on Israel The decision to include legislator's voting records on Israel in the Christian Voter's Guide was arranged at the urging of the Knesset's increasingly-influential 'Christian Allies Caucus,' and comes at a time of increasing cooperation between Israel and Christian supporters of Israel worldwide, a goal the cross-party parliamentary lobby works to further.

12-28-05 - Official: IDF, settlements 'a bad mix' "The Administration designates land, declares it State property, and approves water and electricity connection," she said. "The Administration is the body that allows, in practice, settlement activity in the territories."

12-28-05 - There's a system for turning Palestinian property into Israel's state land

12-28-05 - Palestinian ministry denies receiving Israeli warning to evacuate posts Interior Ministry spokesman Tawfik Abu Khousa told reporters that the ministry had not received any Israeli warnings, adding that the ministry had issued firm instructions to Palestinian security forces and police to stay in their outposts and not to leave under any circumstances.

12-28-05 - Israeli military violates Knesset order to escort The escort is required because the children must
pass the Israeli settlement of Ma'on and the Havot Ma'on (Hill 833) outpost,
and settlers have harassed and attacked the children as they walked on the
road. CPTers and members of Operation Dove monitor the escort and report
any problems that occur.

12-28-05 - Mideast quartet pushes for East Jerusalem voting

12-28-05 - Locked in Limbo Along with employment restrictions, there are also legal codes that prevent Palestinian children from attending Lebanese schools. With their concentration in these refugee ghettos, most Palestinians here live in limbo, caught between the dream of returning to their Palestinian homeland and the nightmare of their current status as non-citizens. Strange how our government doesn't give one rat's about these people, and bringing 'democracy' to them.

12-28-05 - U.S.: No Militants in Palestinian Cabinet

12-28-05 - Gunmen Take Over Election Offices in Gaza

12-28-05 - West Bil?in Outpost exposes truth behind the Wall-Press conference Tomorrow A small building erected at the outpost this week has been threatened with demolition while nearby settler structures built without plans or permits continue to rise. This

12-28-05 - Fatah party reunites for election

12-28-05 - Al Arabiya journalist barred in latest case of discrimination against Arab media

12-28-05 - Israeli planes attack in Lebanon

12-28-05 - Abbas condemns Israel over Gaza no-man's zone

12-28-05 - Gaza kidnaps 'not driven by hatred' Palestinian-Israeli conflict expert Dr John Strawson, a reader in law at Birzeit University on the West Bank, says abductions are usually driven by a desire to embarrass the authorities rather than by a hatred of foreigners

12-28-05 - Nuking Iran With the UN's Blessing As for how it will all get started, there is room for speculation. One possibility is that Israel will pull the trigger, with a surprise (conventional) bombing of Bushehr and other facilities, which could "force" the U.S. to join in to protect Israel and U.S. forces in Iraq from Iranian retaliation. Recent statements by Israeli officials hint at this possibility,

12-28-05 - Court halts fence building near Arab village

12-28-05 - General: 'Israel should deal with Hamas'

12-28-05 - The children of occupation

12-28-05 - Israelis Born in Iraq Plan Visit to Area Now the Mosul Jewry Heritage Center in the Israeli port city of Haifa is organizing tours to northern Iraq, where Kurds, traditionally friendly to Jews, are in control, said Aharon Efroni, chairman of the center

12-28-05 - Spielberg on Munich: the humanization of Israeli killers, and the dehumanization of Palestinian civilians Did you notice how one lone critical opinion of the movie by one Israeli diplomat, which only mildly criticized the movie, got so much press in the US? It was needed; and it even helped to promote the movie to give a ?balanced? cast to the narrative, that it of course does not deserve.

12-28-05 - Occupiers in another land, but hated all the same

12-28-05 - When Reel Life Intrudes on the Mideast Conflict Spielberg's own statements to the media did not assuage specific Jewish fears. For example, his language of "peace" and "ending the cycle of violence" are taken to be code phrases for the continuation of the war against the Jews and the extermination of the Jewish state. Does Spielberg not know this? ?????

12-28-05 - Top Jewish group 'terror' apology Washington said it would freeze any assets of the charity in the US and banned US nationals from having any dealings with the organisation.
The Charity Commission, the UK watchdog, froze the charity's accounts and launched an investigation. It later cleared Interpal, saying Washington had not been able to substantiate the claim.
The US Treasury has however kept Interpal on its list of suspected organisations, a situation that continues to infuriate many British Muslims. Ever wonder why politics in Britain (our best ally) are so profoundly different than they are here? Is there an AIPAC in Britain?

12-28-05 - President angers Greek patriarch by inviting his predecessor to bash Theofilos, 53, has said he will not recognize any land deals signed by his predecessor. He has accused Israel of not recognizing him in an effort to extort his support for the lease of the property, which includes two hotels and several shops.

12-28-05 - Cyprus trains Palestinian civil servants

12-28-05 - In East Jerusalem, 23 students study in a single bedroom

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

News for 12-27-05

12-27-05 - Israel: Expanding Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories Dear President Bush,

12-27-05 - Israel strikes Gaza after threatening buffer zone

12-27-05 - Army levels a home in Jerusalem Also, soldiers attacked several members of the family and hit them with their batons when they tried to evacuate some of the household, especially the belongings of their children. Some members of Al Emwassi were hospitalized.

12-27-05 - Peretz slams PM's policy on illegal outposts "The outposts are damaging Israel's image as a lawful state.

12-27-05 - Palestinian gunmen seize Gaza offices demanding jobs

12-27-05 - Three rockets fired from Lebanon hit Israel

12-27-05 - Army confiscates 231 Dunams in Hebron Area

12-27-05 - Abbas urges Palestinian militants to follow truce

12-27-05 - Iran could have bomb in two years: Israeli intelligence "One or two years from now at the latest, Iran will have the fissionable material to make a nuclear bomb. From then on, producing the bomb is just a straightforward technical process," Two years? Not so long ago they said six months.

12-27-05 - State seeks arrangement for East J'lem voters in PA elections Nevertheless, Israel is remaining publicly vague and is refraining from presenting a clear-cut position so as not to be blamed by the Palestinians for delaying the elections.

12-27-05 - Israeli jets hit militant base in Lebanon

12-27-05 - Israeli settlers start wave of West Bank outposts

12-27-05 - The Killing of Mahmoud Shawara

12-27-05 - Report: Israel building Arab ghettos "The Arab Association for Human Rights believes these fences and barriers are a reflection of a ?racial segregation' and ghetto mentality, which is rooted in institutions and pervasive among Jewish communities against the Palestinian minority."

12-27-05 - Army arrests two residents from Hebron

12-27-05 - Labor plan to call for 'Hong Kong principle' for settlement blocs Labor Party Chair Amir Peretz's diplomatic team is formulating a platform calling for the long-term leasing of large West Bank settlement blocs from the Palestinians,adopting the model of Great Britain and China with regard to Hong Kong.

12-27-05 - Munich mastermind spurns Spielberg's peace appeal "Spielberg showed the movie to widows of the Israeli victims, but he neglected the families of Palestinian victims," said Daoud. "How many Palestinian civilians were killed before and after Munich?"

12-27-05 - Israel bans Arab-Israeli author from leaving "I couldn't believe it when I opened the letter - my only role is to write books, and I am also a literary critic. Why have they suddenly decided that I will try to harm the security of the country? I will try to change this evil edict this morning already."

12-27-05 - Israeli police recommend indicting sailors in fatal Nemuro collision

12-27-05 - U.S. Defends Israeli Firing on Gaza And the sun will rise tomorrow, story at eleven.

12-27-05 - Telling it like it isn't This is only the tip of the semantic iceberg that has crashed into American journalism in the Middle East. Illegal Jewish settlements for Jews and Jews only on Arab land are clearly "colonies," and we used to call them that. I cannot trace the moment when we started using the word "settlements." But I can remember the moment around two years ago when the word "settlements" was replaced by "Jewish neighborhoods" - or even, in some cases, "outposts."

12-27-05 - Mossad warns of Iranian atomic arsenal

12-27-05 - ZOA: Don't See Spielberg's 'Munich' Unless You Like The ZOA is urging everyone to stay away from the new Stephen Spielberg film 'Munich,' Oh my.

12-27-05 - Retired UNI administrator to work for Vatican television station Nijim, a former U-N-I international services director, says the satellite channel has a presence in the occupied territories of Palestine for the first time

12-27-05 - Al Arabiya TV requests Israel lift travel ban on journalist

12-27-05 - Christmas lights in Bil?in It is really a great irony that the Israeli authorities are going to demolish the tiny Bilinian house built on Bilinian land when, at the same time, they allow massive construction in the settlements nearby against international and even israeli law

12-27-05 - Bethlehem hosts nonviolence conference with 350 attendees from around the world

12-27-05 - Israel lobbies for U.S. convicts According to the report, Israeli officials would release them eventually since the convicts already have spent 27 years behind bars.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Some headlines and summaries from JTA

Israel lobbies for U.S. convicts

Israel reportedly wants to extradite two of its citizens jailed in the United States.

Ma’ariv reported Tuesday that Justice Ministry officials are in contact with their U.S. counterparts in hope of having the two Israelis, who are serving life sentences in New York’s Sing Sing Prison for a 1977 murder, transferred to correctional facilities in the Jewish state.

According to the report, Israeli officials would release them eventually since the convicts already have spent 27 years behind bars.

The Justice Ministry had no immediate comment.

Mossad warns of Iranian atomic arsenal

The head of the Mossad said Iran is trying to develop more than one nuclear weapon.
“The concern is that if they manage to acquire the bomb, they will not make do with the fissile materials required for one, but will go on producing larger amounts,” Meir Dagan told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in his annual briefing Tuesday.

According to Dagan, Iran is months away from being able to enrich uranium independently, a key step for making nuclear weapons.

He predicted that Iran would have the bomb within two years after that. Israel has been urging the U.N. Security Council to threaten Iran with sanctions unless it abandons its nuclear program.

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News for 12-26-05

12-26-05 - Four Palestinians shot at ex-settlement protest Palestinian guards shot and wounded four farm labourers protesting on Monday against a plan to cut the number of days they can work at a former Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip

12-26-05 - Israeli missiles slam into Gaza

12-26-05 - Settlers, hands off the olive trees As we tried to explain to the soldiers what was agreed to, dozens of teenagers from the settlement approached the Palestinians and unleashed a string of verbal attacks that were nothing less than blood-curdling. They called an elderly Palestinian women "whore," "pig," "dirt" - vowing - "we will finish you off!"

12-26-05 - Photostory: Christmas in Palestine

12-26-05 - Israel orders start to Gaza 'security zone'

12-26-05 - Sharon party wants to fix borders of Israel The last attempt by a nation to procure land taken by force was by Saddam Hussein in 1991. Yet, Israel is allowed to do the same and receive the full backing of the US.

12-26-05 - Israel to Expand West Bank Settlements Israel said Monday it will build more than 200 new homes in Jewish West Bank settlements - a blow to peace efforts despite word that Ariel Sharon's new party plans a major push for Palestinian statehood if it wins upcoming elections Israel to build new settlements, and bears defecate in the woods, story at 11.

12-26-05 - Sharon's doctors go public to calm Israeli poll jitters

12-26-05 - Court boosts Fatah election hopes A West Bank court has authorised the governing Palestinian party, Fatah, to submit a unified list of candidates for parliamentary elections due next month.

12-26-05 - Expand city beyond the Green Line, Jerusalem panel urges Ma'aleh Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel and two of the top researchers at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, Dr. Yisrael Kimche and Dr. Maya Hoshen, called for the hasty construction of the area known as E-1, between Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim.

12-26-05 - Israel's War Deadline Iran in the Crosshairs All top Israeli officials have pronounced the end of March, 2006, as the deadline for launching a military assault on Iran. The thinking behind this date is to heighten the pressure on the US to force the sanctions issue in the Security Council. The tactic is to blackmail Washington with the "war or else" threat, into pressuring Europe (namely Great Britain, France, Germany and Russia) into approving sanctions.

12-26-05 - Security zone is opposed

12-26-05 - Palestinian militants declare success of new homemade rockets

12-26-05 - Bilin: Illegal outpost may become school

12-26-05 - IDF responds with artillery strikes to Qassam fire from Gaza To counter Qassam attacks, Transport Minister Meir Sheetrit of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Kadima party has proposed firing Israeli-made Qassam rockets at the Gaza Strip in order to deter Palestinians in the Gaza Strip from firing Qassams at Israeli targets. "In the present situation we are dragged into responding in banal and routine means of firing artillery at the outskirts of towns in order to make residents leave their homes and pressure authorities to stop the firing of Qassams,"

12-26-05 - Russia to donate 50 APCs, 2 helicopters to Palestine

12-26-05 - Settlers uproot 100 trees in the West Bank village of Borin

12-26-05 - Militants vow to carry out joint anti-Israeli attacks Three Palestinian armed groups Monday vowed to carry out joint attacks against Israel in the next few days in response to that country's move to build a security buffer zone here

12-26-05 - No talks yet on renewing truce with Israel, says Islamic Jihad

12-26-05 - Palestinian children contribute 1000 olive & fruit trees to villages The Palestinian news agency WAFA said that "The Palestine Children's Welfare Fund (PCWF) has contributed 500 olive trees and 500 fruit trees to the villages of Atoof and Tammoun in the West Bank."

12-26-05 - "Israel is the reason behind Iraq war"

12-26-05 - U.S. national menorah lit The U.S. homeland security secretary helped light the National Menorah in Washington. So it's only the Christmas symbols that can't be displayed on govt property?

12-26-05 - Kibbutz members suspected in drug ring Family members on Kibbutz Gesher Haziv, which was settled after Israel?s War of Independence with immigrants from North America, were allegedly part of a ring that smuggled cocaine from Argentina into Israel

12-26-05 - The perils of normalization with Israel

12-26-05 - Israel, Arab World Engage in Hidden Trade Experts say the camouflaged trade, with just a small portion receiving publicity, has been going on for years between Israel and its officially hostile Arab neighbors.

12-26-05 - InterPal wins case over Jewish lobby

12-26-05 - Report: Shin Bet sets up 'Chinese unit' An academic paper submitted by a senior Shin Bet official studying at Derby University revealed that Israel?s internal intelligence agency has launched a unit specializing in China.

12-26-05 - Will ?black list? sabotage Rafah agreement?

12-26-05 - Palestinian militants say barred from leaving Gaza

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Monday, December 26, 2005

Some headlines and summaries from JTA

U.S. national menorah lit

The U.S. homeland security secretary helped light the National Menorah in Washington.

Michael Chertoff, who is Jewish, took part in Sunday’s ceremony. Chaya Schreiber, a 12-year-old girl from New Orleans whose home and school were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, addressed the crowd of several hundred people who attended the ceremonial lighting, The Associated Press reported.

Kibbutz members suspected in drug ring

A kibbutz in northern Israel allegedly served as a center for a drug-smuggling ring.

Family members on Kibbutz Gesher Haziv, which was settled after Israel’s War of Independence with immigrants from North America, were allegedly part of a ring that smuggled cocaine from Argentina into Israel.

Liquid cocaine was smuggled into Israel in wine bottles, police believe, earning the smugglers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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News for 12-25-05

12-25-05 - Settlers suspected of cutting down 120 Palestinian olive trees The perpetrators are unknown, but signs point to residents of the adjacent settlement of Yitzhar, who have been known to harass their Palestinian neighbors.

12-25-05 - Abbas meets with Fateh regional committee in Bethlehem

12-25-05 - Vatican, Bethlehem Pilgrims Mark Christmas

12-25-05 - Israel extends closure of Palestinian territories Israel imposes a total shut down on the Palestinian territories as a matter of course during each Jewish festival.

12-25-05 - Bethlehem Hosts Huge Christmas Crowds

12-25-05 - Sharon orders Gaza security zone

12-25-05 - Israel detains Australian woman "I can confirm that there are black lists in Israel and people who have come as peace and human rights activists, the state doesn't really want to have them in Israel,"

12-25-05 - Bethlehem pilgrims beat new security for messages of hope Thousands of Palestinian Christian pilgrims took advantage yesterday of an easing of restrictions by the Israeli security forces that allowed them to travel to Bethlehem and crowd into the candle-lit grotto of Jesus?s birthplace beneath the Church of the Nativity

12-25-05 - Christ is crying for town of birth, says Cardinal THE Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O?Connor, used his Christmas sermon to attack the way that Bethlehem has been treated.

12-25-05 - 4 NGOs Call on Israel Ban Students Travel to Bethlehem The ten students have been denied access to their studies at Bethlehem University because of a sweeping ban on travel by students from Gaza seeking to reach their studies in the West Bank.

12-25-05 - Palestinians barred from border Officials said soldiers along the border would receive orders to shoot Palestinians who entered restricted areas in the coming days.
They do this anyway. It's nothing new.

12-25-05 - Israel edges away from Palestinian vote ban

12-25-05 - EU monitors turn away wanted Palestinian

12-25-05 - Room at the inn in Bethlehem The key to understanding the rationale behind building the Wall here is Israel's settlement policy. There is a large bloc of settlements in the Bethlehem area. The Wall here has been built to separate (and presumably protect) these settlements from the Palestinian areas.

12-25-05 - Islamic Jihad: "More Qassams, attacks, if Israel impalements its security strip in Gaza"

12-25-05 - Peace activists held in Israel Israel regularly forces peace activists from pro-Palestinian groups to turn back upon arrival out of fear they will demonstrate against its controversial separation barrier being built across the West Bank.

12-25-05 - Palestinians, left-wing activists rebuild 'outpost' in village of Bil'in "Private Palestinian land is in question here, not state land. The village council approved setting up a caravan and thus this is a legal structure,"

12-25-05 - For Palestinians in Bethlehem, season offers little to celebrate Today, pregnant Palestinian women must endure the degrading Israeli checkpoints in order to reach a hospital. While the Virgin Mary found refuge in a humble stable, many contemporary mothers-to-be are forced to stand endless hours at checkpoints manned by teenage soldiers who couldn't care less about a woman in labor.

12-25-05 - Settlements council: "Sharon is preparing for a second Disengagement"

12-25-05 - US calls for holding Palestinian election on time: sources

12-25-05 - Palestinian's memoir balances humor, pain Asked in 1973 by the grandson of Winston Churchill how he would deal with the Palestinians, Ariel Sharon replied, "We'll make a pastrami sandwich of them. We'll insert a strip of Jewish settlements in between the Palestinians, and then another set of settlements right across the West Bank, so that in 25 years, neither the United Nations, nor the U.S.A., nobody, will be able to tear it apart."

12-25-05 - Palestinian police return stolen car to owner

12-25-05 - 'Anti-Semitism', The Provocative Accusation The purpose of delving into the application of the word ?anti-Semitism,? is done solely to provide a clearly stated definition of what that word should mean and how its meaning has become distorted to the point where it excludes the vast majority of those it should theoretically be applied toward

12-25-05 - Pro-Israel Group Criticizes White House Policy on Iran the news releases mark the first major criticism of the Bush White House Because everything that Bush has done thus far has been done in accordance with their agenda.

12-25-05 - PSM to Hold its Fifth Annual Conference at Georgetown University

12-25-05 - Rob's religious art spree ROBBIE Williams has paid a graffiti artist £30,000 for a controversial painting of the Nativity scene.
It shows Mary and Joseph blocked from getting to Bethlehem by a graffiti wall ? mimicking the Israeli barrier round the Palestinian territories.

12-25-05 - PALTEL stock makes debut on ADSM

12-25-05 - Mideast scholars hope dictionary helps define peace

12-25-05 - Human Rights, The Rule Of Law Must Govern The Peace Process Oppression, intimidation, humiliation and deprivation can never breed the trust and hope without which neither partnerships nor peace can ever take root.

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Sunday, December 25, 2005

Palestinians barred from border

Palestinians barred from border

Israeli officials said Palestinians will be barred from border areas in the Gaza Strip, in retaliation for a Palestinian rocket fire attack.
Officials said soldiers along the border would receive orders to shoot Palestinians who entered restricted areas in the coming days.

"Certainly if the rocket fire on Ashkelon does not stop, there will be a very fierce response, and no option can be ruled out, including a ground operation," Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in an interview with Israel TV.

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News for 12-24-05

12-24-05 - Two Palestinian policemen wounded by Hamas gunfire Officials said the policemen stopped a group of armed Hamas members at a routine checkpoint in Gaza City. When they demanded the gunmen hand over their weapons, they opened fire and fled.

12-24-05 - Pope calls for peace at first Christmas mass "On this night, when we look towards Bethlehem, let us pray in a special way for the birthplace of our Redeemer and for the men and women who live and suffer there,"

12-24-05 - Bethlehem a 'prison' - patriarch

12-24-05 - Massive Palestinian majority favours ceasefire extension

12-24-05 - Collective punishment

12-24-05 - Pilgrims throng Bethlehem amid hopes for peace

12-24-05 - Pilgrims bring Christmas hope to walled Bethlehem

12-24-05 - EU envoys boycott tour of crossing at Qalandiyah A diplomatic source told Haaretz they refused the invitation to tour the facility, which opened the next day, because it is located in the heart of occupied territory.

12-24-05 - Patriarch tells Bethlehem mass: Holy Land thirsts for peace

12-24-05 - Christmas Pilgrims Flock to Bethlehem

12-24-05 - Military sources: Abbas at all-time leadership low

12-24-05 - Israeli officials call for military operation in Gaza

12-24-05 - Woman forced to undress at a military roadblock near Tubas

12-24-05 - MK Steinitz calls for Gaza blackouts

12-24-05 - Two homemade shells fired into Israel

12-24-05 - Qurie blames U-turn on Israel Ahmed Qurie, who quit as Palestinian prime minister to stand in forthcoming elections, has blamed his subsequent decision not to run on Israel's threat to ban voting in east Jerusalem.

12-24-05 - Palestinian pilgrims caravan crosses Jordanian borders

12-24-05 - IDF raids headquarters of anti-fence organization Some 5,000 dunams out of 8,200 dunams of Qafin's agricultural land has been blocked by the separation fence. Haaretz has learned that, excluding a few days during the olive harvest and plowing season, farmers are barred from accessing their land.

12-24-05 - Qurie says returned to post as Palestinian PM

12-24-05 - Internet trend: Talkbacks for sale Limor, 23, (not her real name,) is a 23-year-old sociology student from northern Israel who is making a living from a new profession: Writing "fake" talkbacks on Israel's large news websites.

12-24-05 - MK Ramon: We'll make peace in stages

12-24-05 - Israel to seek cash for pre-WWII investments in Palestine Thousands of Palestinians were forced or chose to flee their homes ahead of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. Here's why they 'chose to do so'. Israel has never compensated Palestinians for their property that was seized despite UN resolution 194 which was drawn up for that purpose, as well as for the right of return.

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

News for 12-23-05

12-23-05 - Israel plans Gaza 'aerial siege' The minister also revealed that the Israeli army might now begin to fire shells at populated areas of Gaza in response to an attack by rockets

12-23-05 - Christmas Appeal: Hope for the children of Bethlehem The fact that Sana's flat is in the centre of the building gives some protection, but little comfort. When she and her husband asked to move somewhere quieter, the Israeli army opposed a plan, she says, because she and her family were, in Sana's words, "human shields" against Palestinian gunfire. Israel does exactly what it says Palestinian terrorists do: hides inside of the civilian population and uses them as human shields.

12-23-05 - In pictures Palestinian Christian children discover faith through puppetry

12-23-05 - CJPP Launches Quebec Campaign of Boycott to Israeli Products

12-23-05 - On apathy Although the Department for Investigating Policemen found no relationship between the border policemen's behavior and Shawara's death,testimony indicates that this is an abusive practice well known to Palestinians. It even has a nickname: "the donkey procedure."

12-23-05 - Residents, peaceful activists in Bil?in, protest against the Wall, settlements The Israeli activist suffered fractures in his hand after the soldiers threw him on the ground and clubbing him severely before arresting him along with another Israeli activist.

12-23-05 - Thousands join Hamas march against US, EU in Gaza

12-23-05 - AL warns Israel of banning Jerusalem residents from taking part in elections

12-23-05 - Report: Security forces beat four protesters near Bil'in village Security sources said that it was clear to them that immediately after the evacuation, they would need to explain to the court why they are hurrying to act against Palestinian illegal construction and tarrying on curbing illegal construction in the settlements.

12-23-05 - Bethlehem alive with the sound of Christmas

12-23-05 - Muhammad Khaled from Beit Surik: "The Wall steals all our land to transform the village into a refugee camp."

12-23-05 - In praise of ... Bethlehem

12-23-05 - Indicted Officials Consider Suing Pro-Israel Lobby *

12-23-05 - Christian Right Leader Warns Foxman on Israel Wildmon's comment is the latest thrust in an ongoing duel between liberal Jewish leaders and the religious right after Foxman condemned what he called a campaign "to Christianize America"

12-23-05 - Report: IDF doctor says Dirani rape claim backed by evidence Channel 1 television on Wednesday reported than Israel Defense Forces doctor who examined kidnapped Lebanese guerrilla leader Mustafa Dirani found physical evidence to back his charge that he was raped.

12-23-05 - The other 'Munich': Israeli spies tell their side The assassins in "Munich" are shown as occasionally inept, especially when it comes to planting novel booby-trap bombs. But Shimron noted that by the 1970s Mossad had perfected this tactic

12-23-05 - Churches owe millions to Jerusalem The State of Israel and the Vatican are in negotiations over the repayment of the money. Wonder what concessions this will lead to.

12-23-05 - Local hospital treats girl shot by sniper fire It was about a year ago that Samah Ouda stood by a window in her home in Beit Hanoun, Gaza, and was shot in the head by a stray sniper bullet.

12-23-05 - FBI Talks to Muslim High School Student about "PLO" Initials on His Notebook "the agents asked the student to recount an incident that had occurred two years earlier in a math class. He told the agents that his teacher had reprimanded him for having scrawled the letters ?PLO' on his binder. The teacher said that anyone who supported the PLO was a terrorist."

12-23-05 - Ex-Palestinian PM quits race

12-23-05 - Norwegian public opinion shifts "It is shocking and ironic that this one-sided boycott effort comes at a time when Israel is making a series of dramatic steps toward peace," Building illegal settlements and a wall on someone else's land are 'dramatic steps toward peace'?

12-23-05 - Eriksson and Dell?Olio promote Mideast peace England football team manager Sven Goran Erikkson and his girlfriend Nancy Dell?Olio this week announced they would be contributing a five-figure sum to the Peres Centre for Peace in Tel Aviv.

12-23-05 - U.S. Jews: Arabs want to destroy Israel 78 percent of American Jews think Arabs seek the destruction of Israel

12-23-05 - Congress gives Israel defense money The allocation, $150 million more than the White House request, passed the House of Representatives Thursday as part of the Defense Appropriations Bill. The measure passed the Senate Wednesday. The earmark includes $133 million for the Arrow Anti-Ballistic Missile System, $37.4 million for the LITENING Targeting and Navigation Pod, $22 million for Reactive Armor tiles for Bradley fighting vehicles and $17 million for the ITALD aircraft decoy system.

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Friday, December 23, 2005

Some headlines and summaries from JTA

Congress gives Israel defense money

Congress passed $600 million for U.S.-Israel cooperative defense programs. The allocation, $150 million more than the White House request, passed the House of Representatives Thursday as part of the Defense Appropriations Bill. The measure passed the Senate Wednesday. The earmark includes $133 million for the Arrow Anti-Ballistic Missile System, $37.4 million for the LITENING Targeting and Navigation Pod, $22 million for Reactive Armor tiles for Bradley fighting vehicles and $17 million for the ITALD aircraft decoy system.

Churches owe millions to Jerusalem

Churches owe more than $65 million to the city of Jerusalem in overdue property taxes. The churches owe the money for properties that are not used as houses of worship, which are exempt from tax, city officials said, and estimated the amount owed is 300 million shekels. The Latin Patriarchate is considered the largest debtor.
The State of Israel and the Vatican are in negotiations over the repayment of the money.

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News for 12-22-05

12-22-05 - Israel kills three Palestinians amid more rockets Witnesses and medics said that the army responded to the latest attack by pounding an uninhabited area of the territory with artillery fire, killing a 21-year-old Palestinian civilian.

12-22-05 - Israeli artillery shell kills Palestinian in Gaza

12-22-05 - Israeli troops seize home of West Bank cameraman At one stage, soldiers brought an elderly security guard from a neighbouring building into the room in handcuffs and made him sit down with the family.

12-22-05 - Legal Palestinian "Outpost" Removed Immediately, Hundreds of Illegal Israeli Settlements Remain

12-22-05 - Israeli police 'tied Palestinian to galloping mule'

12-22-05 - Bethlehem's Christians cling to hope A carpenter, like Jesus' father Joseph, he has had little work for the five years of the Palestinian intifada. Curfews, closures and the newly-built West Bank barrier have cut him off from business in Jerusalem.

12-22-05 - US Corporate Media Erases Israeli Role in Rise of Hamas Israel originally supported Hamas when it was founded in 1987 as an alternative to the PLO, another fact ignored by the media

12-22-05 - Bethlehem looks forward to merrier Christmas

12-22-05 - Katz: Bomb Strip, make Gazans flee

12-22-05 - A message from Bethlehem Our history is full of inspirational stories but also of bad times. The bad times under the recent Israeli aggression have led to enormous pain and suffering for Bethlehem and to unprecedented deterioration in its situation.

12-22-05 - Israeli secrecy a hurdle in US terror case: lawyer Salah's lawyer, Michael Deutsch, said his requests to prosecutors for documents detailing Salah's arrest at a West Bank checkpoint, subsequent interrogation and the methods and policies of the Israeli security agency have been stymied

12-22-05 - US judge wants Israel to provide documents in Hamas case

12-22-05 - Web Boosts Bethlehem's Woodcarving Trade Handal said he had to fight a legal battle with the Israeli army to get wood from his own trees after they were cut down for the wall

12-22-05 - US raises pressure on UN to change Bolton, an outspoken critic of the UN, has suggested adopting an interim three-month budget that would keep the pressure on for a package of changes. True to Bolton's Israel-first agenda, some of the changes involve doing away with Palestinian Human Rights Committees, as well as others devoted to Palestinian issues.

12-22-05 - Israeli jailed over militant help

12-22-05 - Arab rep for civil rights group refused entry to gov't compound

12-22-05 - Presbyterian resolutionsidesteps divestmentSynagogue, church initiated statement The overture "sidesteps the issue" because it "does not deal with the immorality of divestment Calling divestment 'immoral', makes sense to those who see nothing wrong with Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.

12-22-05 - Norway: Parliament shuns Israeli products The Norwegian parliament in the Sor-Trondelag region ruled Saturday to boycott products made in Israel and to forbid the sale and purchase of Israeli goods.

12-22-05 - 'We won't be war criminals' "It's very easy for people with no responsibility to suggest that we fire at population centers; we do not plan on facing the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. This, after at least two lawsuits were filed in recent weeks against the IDF for crimes against Arabs. An attempt was made also in Britain over the summer to arrest an IDF official. And this comes just as the Israelis shelled a civilian area, killing a Palestinian civilian.

12-22-05 - Israel: Gaza Power Cut Would Violate Laws of War A reported proposal by Israeli government officials to cut the Gaza Strip's electricity supply in retaliation for Palestinian militant groups' rocket attacks on Israel would constitute unlawful collective punishment of Gaza's civilian population, Human Rights Watch said today When has the violation of international law stopped them in the past?

12-22-05 - Hamas warning over election delay

12-22-05 - Israel Is Easing Barrier Burden, but Palestinians Still See a Border The Israelis decide everything, he said. "When I stand here humiliated to go between my own cities, I feel like exploding with rage," he said. "There is no justice. The strong side decides what and how to do. In Biddu, my village, our land is gone. "Walls, gates, this!" he said, gesturing to the new terminal. "Maybe the solution is to send us Palestinians to another planet!"
That's the end game for many Israel-supporters, evidently. They attempted to do this very thing in '47 and '48 by forcibly expelling Palestinians from their land.

12-22-05 - Today's Joseph and Mary would face 15 checkpoints

12-22-05 - Egypt Opposition Leader Denies Holocaust

12-22-05 - Status of UN refugee agency mission upgraded

12-22-05 - Norwegian county boycott of Israel ires Jewish groups "We see Israel as an occupying force that could be compared with the apartheid regime in South Africa," she told the regional newspaper Adresseavisen. "We also want to campaign for the people of Soer Trondelag to also boycott."

12-22-05 - Israel Pays UN $25m In AID for Gaza Strip Israeli 'aid' to remove the rubble of the illegal settlements in Gaza that should not have been built there in the first place. Ultimately, Uncle Sam pays.

12-22-05 - US halts Arabic magazine meant to boost US image the efforts have been hampered because many Arabs strenuously object to U.S. foreign policies, particularly over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Iraq war.

12-22-05 - Group meets to discuss North African Jews A group that is pushing for restitution for Jews who fled Arab countries wants to preserve Jewish sites in the Muslim world.

12-22-05 - Senators urge Bush on Hamas Seventy-three U.S. senators signed a letter urging President Bush to call on the Palestinian Authority to disarm Hamas before elections next month More legislation for Israel.

12-22-05 - Israel trusts in BMD against Iran threat Israeli military commanders are confident their multi-arrayed anti-ballistic missile defense system can shoot down any nuclear-armed Iranian missiles aimed at their country.

12-22-05 - Human rights hypocrisy A glaring example of Washington's double standard is U.S. support for Israel in the form of financial and military aid totaling nearly $3 billion a year, along with vetoes of U.N. Security Council resolutions critical of Israel's denial of the human rights of Palestinian Muslims and Christians

12-22-05 - Foxman: No moral equivalence in ?Munich? "The Palestinians are projected as terrorists" When aren't they 'projected as terrorists' in American media?

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Some headlines and summaries from JTA

Senators urge Bush on Hamas

Seventy-three U.S. senators signed a letter urging President Bush to call on the Palestinian Authority to disarm Hamas before elections next month.

“If terrorist groups gain a substantial foothold in the Palestinian legislature, it will make it exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, for there to be any progress on the ‘road map’ or on the road to achieving a two-state solution,” the letter sent Wednesday said, referring to an internationally backed peace plan. The Bush administration opposes Hamas’ inclusion in the Jan. 25 legislative elections, but prefers to leave the decision to the Palestinians.

The letter follows a House of Representatives resolution last week warning of policy consequences if Hamas joins the Palestinian government. Congress has oversight powers over U.S. funding to the Palestinians, and the Senate letter echoes the warning. “There would be even more severe policy implications if any such groups were then brought into the Palestinian Authority,” it says.

Foxman: No moral equivalence in ‘Munich’

Steven Spielberg’s new film does not posit a moral equivalence between Palestinian terrorists and Israeli Mossad agents, Abraham Foxman said. “The Palestinians are projected as terrorists, brutal in killing innocents without any hesitation,” said Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, who attended a recent screening of the movie, which tells the story of Israeli reprisals after the 1972 massacre of its athletes at the Munich Olympics. “The Israelis are responding in counterterrorism and they project a human dimension. They think and they are challenged by the enormity of taking human life. They are humane, they are considerate and they are struggling with issues the world is struggling with today,” he said.

Indeed, Foxman said, the film, which opens Friday, “is a justification for counterterrorism.”

Group meets to discuss North African Jews

A group that is pushing for restitution for Jews who fled Arab countries wants to preserve Jewish sites in the Muslim world.

Several members of the French branch of Justice for Jews from Arab Countries, which met this week in Paris, said the group should focus on registering Jewish sites as historical sites with UNESCO. The group, convened under the guidance of CRIF, the umbrella group of secular French Jewish groups, outlined several broad aims: to remember the Jews who came from Arab/Muslim countries; re-establish historical truth concerning ancient Jewish communities existing in Arab countries; and collect testimony regarding the conditions under which Jews lived in Arab countries and which led them to leave these lands.

The group will work with several other French Jewish organizations to promote the culture, history, memory and politics of Jews from these areas.

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News for 12-21-05

12-21-05 - Senior Hamas militant shot dead In the nearby city of Nablus, Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian stone throwers during a raid searching for suspected militants. Palestinian security officials said a Palestinian boy was injured when troops fired plastic bullets at the demonstrators.

12-21-05 - Kidnapped teachers released in Gaza City

12-21-05 - Palestinians may delay poll over voting ban

12-21-05 - Israel bans Jerusalem Palestinian vote over Hamas

12-21-05 - Bethlehem walled off by Israel this Christmas

12-21-05 - Half of Israelis favor talks with Hamas: poll

12-21-05 - Syria said mulling plan to cede Shaba Farms to Lebanon If the Shaba Farms are considered Lebanese territory, Israel will be asked to withdraw from the region. Failure to do so will provide Hezbollah with justification to act in South Lebanon and call the Israeli occupation ongoing.

12-21-05 - Senators push to exclude Hamas from elections Seventy U.S. senators on Wednesday called on President George W. Bush to make it clear to Palestinian leaders that Hamas and other groups that the United States wants terrorist organizations to disarm or be banned from upcoming Palestinian elections. Why is this our problem? Who made it so? Do our legislators have so little to do that they feel the need to wile away their time on matters that have little bearing on the American taxpaying public?

12-21-05 - Israel to defend interrogation methods at US trial Deutsch also said Israeli officials asked for "special procedures to protect the agents" when they testify but it was not specified what they were seeking and the judge overseeing the case will determine the guidelines

12-21-05 - Bethlehem becoming a giant prison: Latin Patriarch

12-21-05 - Japan to provide $4.8 million for Palestinian refugee aid

12-21-05 - MI head Ze'evi warns of northern border escalation Making his final appearance before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Ze'evi said the risk of the northern border heating up stems from Iranian-Syrian influence on Hezbollah to initiate action against Israel.

12-21-05 - "Container protest" held against Israel's intrusion

12-21-05 - Residents, activists in Bil?in protest against settlement outposts

12-21-05 - Israel to finance removal of settlement rubble

12-21-05 - US, Israel strengthening Hamas - Pope Pope Benedict's representative in the Holy Land said today that the United States and Israel were helping strengthen Islamic militant group Hamas through policies towards the Palestinians.

12-21-05 - Cleric arrested in Jerusalem while trying to attend prayers at Al-Aksa Mosque

12-21-05 - Bil'in residents set up 'outpost' west of separation fence Mohammed Khateb, a member of Bil'in's Popular Committee Against the Wall, said that the container was placed on land belonging to a village resident and comes with a building permit from Bil'in village council....Dealing with the caravan is liable to be an embarrassment for the IDF and the Civil Administration. The container is adjacent to the Matityahu East neighborhood of Upper Modi'in, where hundreds of illegal housing units have recently been constructed.

12-21-05 - Poll: Most U.S. Jews oppose Iraq war, have never visited Israel This poll is further evidence of a concerted effort by the pro-Israeli groups to back away from their support of the Iraq war in light of the current political climate. This poll may have been valid if they had done it in the run-up to the Iraq war, and not after the fact.

12-21-05 - France beefs up Palestinian aid Paris has doubled 2005 aid to the Palestinian territories to $6.5 million, the French Foreign Affairs Ministry announced Wednesday.

12-21-05 - IDF: Iranian threat on Israel substantial IDF Intelligence Chief says Iran's threat on Israel growing due to U.S.'s deep involvement in Iraq

12-21-05 - Muslim, Israeli officials establish close relations

12-21-05 - Republican Jewish Coalition Thanks Senator Santorum for Iran Resolution which condemned the recent disparaging and destructive statements made toward Israel and all Jewish people by Iran?s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

12-21-05 - Jerusalem Palestinians inaugurate "Peace Stadium" Palestinians are slowly being closed out of Jerusalem.

12-21-05 - Christmas behind Israel's wall

12-21-05 - Israel boycott decision criticized The Anti-Defamation League condemned a regional Parliament in Norway that launched a boycott of Israeli products.

12-21-05 - Rice: Talk of Israeli strike on Iran ?unhelpful?

12-21-05 - Israeli Capt. Speaks on Mideast Conflict One student asked how many Palestinians have been killed in the five years of conflict. Dallal said 4,000 but that the differentiation between combatants and civilians is harder to establish than for Israelis because women and children are sometimes suicide bombers and, therefore, combatants. That's strange because women and children were also considered 'combatants' by the IDF long before the advent of suicide bombings. Imagine.

12-21-05 - House passes Saudi education resolution JTA recently revealed in a special investigation that Saudi Arabia is also funding teaching materials for American public schools that contain anti-Israel and anti-Western views.

12-21-05 - Unrecognised villages in the Negev expose Israel's apartheid policies

12-21-05 - Israel's special forces at the "highest stage of readiness"

12-21-05 - Republicans fear lobbyist's plea bargain Abramoff was also found to be giving money to extremist Israeli settler groups.

12-21-05 - U.S. Terror Victims' Families Sue Italy The families of three Americans killed in Palestinian suicide bombings have accused the Italian government of siding with Iran in a legal battle to collect damages from the Islamic regime's assets in Italy More legislation in US Congress to be passed in light of these recent events, news at six.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Some headlines and summaries from JTA

House passes Saudi education resolution

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a nonbinding resolution urging educational reform in Saudi Arabia.

The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Jim Davis (D-Fla.), notes that “some textbooks in Saudi Arabian schools foster intolerance, ignorance, and anti-Semitic, anti-American, and anti-Western views” and urges the Bush administration to make Saudi education reform an element of bilateral relations.

JTA recently revealed in a special investigation that Saudi Arabia is also funding teaching materials for American public schools that contain anti-Israel and anti-Western views.

The resolution passed on Monday by a vote of 351-1. The sole dissenter was Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas.) It now goes to the Senate.

Rice: Talk of Israeli strike on Iran ‘unhelpful’

Speculation about a possible Israeli attack on Iran is “not helpful,” the U.S. secretary of state said.

“I think the speculation is not really very helpful,” Condoleezza Rice told the Associated Press last Friday. “Israel is, of course, a sovereign state and we’re not in the habit of telling the Israelis how to defend themselves. However, we’ve said to everybody that this region is very volatile and it’s best — and I think the Israelis have said this, too; Prime Minister Sharon has said this — it is best to resolve this issue through diplomatic means, and that’s where we’re all focused.”

The international community is pressing Iran to roll back its nuclear program. Israel fears Iran’s road to a nuclear weapon could be irreversible as early as March.

Israel boycott decision criticized

The Anti-Defamation League condemned a regional Parliament in Norway that launched a boycott of Israeli products.

The decision by the legislators in Sor Trondelag “does nothing to promote Israeli-Palestinian products, but only serves to exacerbate tensions and ill will,” the Post and Comment OptionsKeyboard Shortcuts: press Ctrl with: B = Bold, I = Italic, S = Publish, D = Draft more »ADL’s director, Abraham Foxman, said in a statement. The ADL sent a letter expressing its criticism of the decision to Knut Vollebaek, Norway’s ambassador to the United States.

Cleric arrested in Jerusalem

Israel briefly detained a senior Palestinian Authority cleric for entering Jerusalem illegally.

Sheik Taysir Tamimi, a resident of the West Bank city of Hebron, was arrested Wednesday while trying to attend prayers at Al-Aksa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City. He was released after posting a $6,500 bond and promising not to enter Israeli territory without a permit again.

But police, noting that it was Tamimi’s fourth such arrest in Jerusalem, said they would press for his prosecution as an illegal alien.

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News for 12-20-05

12-20-05 - Child injured in Al Boriej refugee camp

12-20-05 - Gunmen seize Bethlehem City Hall

12-20-05 - Peace workers denied access to Bethlehem

12-20-05 - Nablus Region: Palestinian Farmers Protest Massive Settler Vandalism

12-20-05 - Right-wing group prepares to build 15 new illegal outposts A far-right group intends to build fifteen new illegal outposts across the West Bank

12-20-05 - Qassam shell lands in a military base in the northern Gaza Strip

12-20-05 - EU's Solana Says 1,000 People a Day Use Gaza Border Crossing

12-20-05 - Palestine gets $720,000 to aid vote

12-20-05 - Despite missed deadline, Quartet peace plan still valid: UN envoy He noted that the 15 December start of convoys between Gaza and the West Bank were suspended despite efforts of the United States and Quartet Special Envoy James Wolfensohn to ensure that Israel?s security concerns were met

12-20-05 - Israel Threatens With New Tactics to Halt Rocket Fire Israel has informed the Palestinian Authority (PA) that power to Gaza would be shut on Monday for two hours

12-20-05 - 30+ Jewish & Palestine Orgs defy EU secrecy

12-20-05 - World's Monetary Debt to Israel Doubles Then they don't need our billions in taxpayer aid anymore, right?

12-20-05 - IRISH ZIONIST SLUR BLASTED BY ISRAEL "We are here as our birthright not as a conqueror." Then why are almost all of Israel's territorial gains a result of FORCE?

12-20-05 - Senate passes Iran condemnation More legislation for Israel. We are now up to a resolution a week.

12-20-05 - Ze'evi: US-Iran diplomatic process 'stuck in the mud' He warned that Iran posed a substantial threat to Israel's security, and that the United States was "stuck in the mud" in dealing with the situation.

12-20-05 - Bush tells Sharon: Exercise and watch what you eat U.S. President George W. Bush advised Israel's hefty Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Tuesday to watch what he eats and get more exercise after wishing him speedy recovery from a mild stroke 'Don't die on me yet oh weighty wonder, who will replace you as my puppeteer?'

12-20-05 - The US congress message push Palestinians back to the military track For years Palestinians and the international community have been encouraging Palestinian militants to seek the civilian route as a way of demanding an end to the Israeli occupation. Veteran Israeli leader Shimon Peres repeatedly called on Palestinians to use the ballot instead of the bullet. And suddenly when this argument seems to be heeded by Palestinians, the message from the US congress seems to be pushing Palestinians back to the military track

12-20-05 - MI chief: Int'l pressure delayed Iran's nuclear bid by two years

12-20-05 - ADL: Evangelicals threat to religious pluralism Foxman said that Evangelical Christians are attempting to implement changes "by legislation," Irony and chutzpah are two terms that come to mind.

12-20-05 - Shin Bet to testify against Hamas in U.S.

12-20-05 - Foxman: Spielberg's 'Munich' treats Israel fairly Moreover, he said, the film "shows with respect and understanding ... the need to respond to terrorism." In that sense, he added, the movie could even be seen as a defense of America's actions in Iraq

12-20-05 - Spielberg and Kushner Smear Israel

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Senate passes Iran condemnation

Senate passes Iran condemnation

The U.S. Senate passed a resolution condemning anti-Israel statements from Iran’s president, but without provisions calling for the Iranian people to exercise self-determination.

The Senate passed the measure by unanimous consent last Friday, condemning Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent calls for the destruction of Israel and his denial of the Holocaust.

But Democrats required two other statements — seeking self-determination by the people of Iran and seeking a national referendum there — to be withdrawn.

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News for 12-19-05

12-19-05 - Israeli strikes on Gaza injure six

12-19-05 - Palestinian: IDF dog bites boy in Nablus The latest incident marks the second time where a dog bites a child in the course of searches during anti-terror operations. Two weeks ago, a dog bit another 12 year-old child in Jenin. The IDF's Spokesperson Unit has yet to respond to the latest incident.

12-19-05 - West Bank settlers destroy Palestinian olive trees The trees had been destroyed by youths living in an unauthorised settlement outpost close to the major city of Nablus over the last few days but there had been no arrests,

12-19-05 - Jihad vows not to participate in elections, nor to renew truce

12-19-05 - Main road destroyed in northern Gaza F16 Israeli jets attacked the road and destroyed it entirely, after targeting it with two missiles

12-19-05 - Ministerial talks with Palestinians eyed

12-19-05 - Hamas wants satellite station

12-19-05 - Hebron Update: 9 - 15 December 2005 "You see that girl? She is the ring leader. She is a future
Osama Bin Laden." Nah. They're not prejudiced over there.

12-19-05 - Hebron Update: 2 - 9 December 2005 Yehuda Shaul led the tour, and at the conclusion took the
group to the top of the hill past the Jewish cemetery near Tel Rumeida.
There he gave his own testimony of his time as a soldier in 2001, with
orders nightly for "punitive fire" at Haret e-Sheikh. He read the testimony
of other soldiers from the "Breaking the Silence" project. His accounts
throughout the tour closely matched the testimonies of Palestinians and
CPTers of the time.

12-19-05 - Bethlehem visitor drive thwarted by road blocks

12-19-05 - The Israeli diplomat linked to the AIPAC affair is back in Washington Gilon's reappearance in Washington is to some extent surprising and calming - helping to make the case that there are no longer any serious allegations concerning Israel's involvement in the AIPAC affair.

12-19-05 - Beilin: No peace without Jerusalem division Meretz-Yahad Chairman Yossi Beilin could not help but smile over a recent Yedioth Ahronoth poll indicating that 49 percent of Israelis are willing to cede parts of Jerusalem as part of a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

12-19-05 - Gulf summit raps Israel, not Iran on nuclear issue

12-19-05 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Israel next month German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to visit Israel next month, the government said Sunday, on a trip meant in part to signal solidarity following recent anti-Israel outbursts by the president of Iran.

12-19-05 - Analysis / Congress keeps one eye on the Jewish lobby The resolution by the U.S. Congress, which is couched in vague terms, is typical of its behavior in an election year (elections are in November 2006) in which its members need funding and political support from the pro-Israel AIPAC

12-19-05 - Sharon recovers as chief rival wins control of Likud

12-19-05 - Sharon's aide helps Spielberg promote controversial film Steven Spielberg has hired the public relations consultant who is spearheading Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon's re-election campaign to promote his film Munich

12-19-05 - Help EI Make Intelligent Noise

12-19-05 - Italians debate anti-Semitism and islamophobia The deputy prime minister of Italy has said he believes the Europe is "unbalanced" and "insensitive" towards Israel.

12-19-05 - European-Israeli honeymoon this change also stems from - perhaps mainly from ? the fact that European governments now face the same terrorist threats and violence at home and abroad. This has caused them for the first time to feel some solidarity with Israel.

12-19-05 - Sweden sends more aid to Palestine

12-19-05 - Holocaust II and the neocon conspiracy

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