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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

News for 02-27-06

02-27-06 - Palestinians welcome EU aid deal

02-27-06 - Israeli anger at Europe's aid for Palestinians While acknowledging the need for continuing humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, Ms Livni will also adopt a tough stance in Europe this week over what qualifies as such aid, Israeli officials indicated.

02-27-06 - Abbas still relevant: Israel

02-27-06 - UN: Israel's tightened security exacting heavy humanitarian toll The report also accused Israel of "accelerating its plan to separate Palestinian and Israeli road systems within the West Bank" through a combined use of checkpoints, selective issuing of movement permits, and other road barriers. The UN says the Israel Defense Forces have erected more "physical obstacles" in the territories

02-27-06 - Palestinians face financial collapse: envoy International envoy James Wolfensohn told Middle East mediators the Palestinian Authority faces financial collapse within two weeks because of Israel's decision to cut off tax transfers after Hamas's election win

02-27-06 - Israel warns world don't let Iran play for time on nuclear

02-27-06 - EU to release aid to Palestinians despite Hamas

02-27-06 - Israel rocket victims to sue Palestinians for damages The Israeli Knesset, last July, made sure that Palestinians can never seek the same recourse to redress the damages inflicted by the IDF. "The amendments, which will be enacted retroactively from September 2000 when the intifada started, effectively block Palestinians from submitting damage claims against the state of Israel. "

02-27-06 - EU struggles to keep Abbas-led Palestinian government afloat

02-27-06 - Israeli artillery continues bombarding Gaza

02-27-06 - Israel Won't Hold Peace Talks With Abbas Israel said Monday it will not hold peace talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas because he is powerless to enforce agreements while the Islamic militant group Hamas controls his government, signaling a hardening of Israel's position and a growing rift with the United States Even before Hamas won the elections, Israel held no peace talks with Abbas. There is always a convenient excuse for Israel to avoid peace talks/summits with Palestinian officials.

02-27-06 - Israeli Government Asks the US Supreme Court to cancel lawsuits Accusing Yaalon and Dichter of Committing War Crimes The Israeli government called on the US Supreme Court to call off the civil lawsuit filed by Palestinian and Lebanese residents against the former head of Shabak Major General Avi Dichter and the former Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon accusing them of committing war crimes in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories.

02-27-06 - Occupation Wounds Two Boys at a Checkpoint Trying To Secure a Girl Wore Scarf, Arrest Several in W. Bank eyewitnesses reported that the young men were injured after trying to stop Israeli soldiers from continuing to harass a girl. The Israeli soldiers were trying to force her to remove her clothes. Israeli soldiers shot the boys, one critically in the stomach.

02-27-06 - ADL: Anti-Semitism at Core of Hamas Charter Philosemitism is at the core of the ADL charter, go figure.

02-27-06 - US welcomes European grant to Palestinian Authority

02-27-06 - Backstory: Extreme vacation Despite limited means, Haj refuses to accept payment for phone calls, food, or lodging. It's a matter of pride to even the poorest Palestinians to welcome even strangers with open arms.

02-27-06 - One town doubts Hamas Hamas electoral victories in the parliament and in dozens of municipalities across the West Bank and Gaza reflect anger over public graft, frustration at being encircled by Israel's separation barrier amid a moribund peace process, and infighting among the ruling Fatah party

02-27-06 - Blast at Israeli weapons centre Early reports suggest it was caused by an accident. Medical sources said none of those injured was seriously hurt.

02-27-06 - Abbas denies staking future on peace Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he does not plan to resign if he is unable to pursue peace with Israel under the new Hamas government

02-27-06 - Curtains for 'Rachel Corrie' The play My Name Is Rachel Corrie, directed in London by actor Alan Rickman anddue to open in New York City in March, has been canceled for fear ofcontroversy

02-27-06 - Berlusconi to explain Russia's Hamas policy to Bush

02-27-06 - Israel tightens arms export controls after US spat Israel is imposing tighter controls on arms exports as part of an accord with the United States, ending a dispute over the sale of advanced Israeli-made weaponry to China, senior security officials said on Monday.

02-27-06 - Berri: Israel banking on our anxiety and chaos Berri also said that "Israel is trying to bank on the state of anxiety and chaos we are witnessing and attempting to destabilize the relations between Lebanon and the other Arab countries."

02-27-06 - PBS airs two grim looks at foreign affairs The CPB's new chairwoman, an Israel-firster, has wasted no time in getting (more) anti-Palestinian programming up and running on PBS.

02-27-06 - Support freedom for Palestinians

02-27-06 - Lawsuits PR opportunity for Israel Sunday, Israel radio reported that Danny Ayalon, Israel's ambassador to Washington, has asked the U.S. state department to dismiss lawsuits against IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon and former Shin Bent director Avi Dichter...During the fight against growing terrorism, the IDF has consistently tried to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties, occasionally sacrificing the lives of IDF soldiers in order to protect innocent Palestinians That last statement is hilarious, and a bold-faced lie. Reading further into the article, notice how the author wants Israel to rely extensively on 'Palestinian Media Watch' to exonerate Israel of its crimes. PMW is mentioned in the Hamas website video scam of today's news.

02-27-06 - Arab member of Israeli parliament refuses police investigation and accuses Israel of war crimes Barakeh had documentation that he was attacked during the nonviolent demonstration in question as he was burned on his leg after an Israeli soldier detonated a sound grenade near him, Israeli sources reported.

02-27-06 - Israeli Wiesenthal Museum Building Halted

02-27-06 - Hamas visit to Russia confirmed

02-27-06 - Travelers share tales from Rafah

02-27-06 - Columbia inaugurates Israel institute The establishment of the institute comes after a controversy that centered around claims that some professors made anti-Israel statements in their classrooms, creating an anti-Israel environment on campus. Witchhunts really DO work!

02-27-06 - Israel differs with U.S., EU on aide to PA

02-27-06 - Karen Hughes Press Roundtable United Arab Emirates The Palestinian people clearly want change. They want an end to corruption and we certainly understand that. And the Palestinian people voted for change; they voted for an end to corruption and as I said, we are concerned about the Palestinian people

02-27-06 - At Gaza crossings, Palestinians face death - or a very long delay On the night of Feb. 21, shortly before Karni was to close, a mysterious explosion rocked the area near the crossing. No one was hurt, but Israel closed the crossing, without saying when it would reopen. It was still closed Monday

02-27-06 - World must condemn Israeli statements against Abbas: Erekat During a meeting on Sunday with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs David Welch, Olmert said Israel saw no separation between Abbas and the government led by Hamas.

02-27-06 - Embracing a Lethal Tar Baby As U.S. history shows, we are seeking to impose on Israel's foe unachievable conditions that we have never sought to impose on our own enemies. Insistence on these unattainable conditions ? along with demands based on the other two myths ? will only serve to prolong the conflict and involve America ever more deeply Michael Scheuer is a 22-year CIA veteran. He served as the Chief of the bin Laden Unit at the Counterterrorist Center from 1996 to 1999. He resigned from the CIA in 2004.

02-27-06 - European Union and Jewish Officials Remain at Odds Over Hamas and Iran "We expect the E.U. not to move one single inch. Until Hamas recognizes Israel and renounces violence, no talking. I have lots of relatives in Israel and if the E.U. betrays Israel, the Israelis will implement something extreme.

02-27-06 - Globe & Mail 'Hamas video' hoax: where is the journalistic integrity? A lengthy search for the Hamas link mentioned in the editorial, and a series of email exchanges with the writer of the editorial, Mr. Marcus Gee, revealed that the writer never saw the video on the Hamas website as he claimed in his editorial, but rather relied solely on a report he received via email from an Israeli extremist site that goes by the name of Palestinian Media Watch....the editorial surfaced at a time when the Canadian government was deliberating on a decision regarding the new Palestinian government. Having not substantiated its argument, one is lead to believe that the Globe & Mail have attempted to influence the Canadian government's decision by unethical means through the use of unreliable sources

02-27-06 - Christian aid agency attacked over disinvestment The threat of the almighty slur of anti-Semitism really does work in getting organizations to back down from their criticism of Israel, as evidenced by the intense and successful efforts of pro-Israeli lobbies on churches in the US that have sought to divest from Israel.

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Monday, February 27, 2006

Some headlines and summaries from JTA

Columbia inaugurates Israel institute

Columbia University inaugurated an institute for Israel and Jewish Studies.

The institute, inaugurated Feb. 22, is aimed at serving as a center for teaching about Israel and Jewish studies on the New York City campus.

The establishment of the institute comes after a controversy that centered around claims that some professors made anti-Israel statements in their classrooms, creating an anti-Israel environment on campus.

Hamas visit to Russia confirmed

Russian officials confirmed that Hamas leaders will visit Moscow on Friday.
The Russian news agency Itar-Tass quoted a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Monday saying the visit would go forward.

Russia angered Israel and the United States by inviting the group in the wake of its landslide victory last month in Palestinian legislative elections.

It is not clear which Russian officials will meet with the Hamas delegation, but Hamas is expected to be led by Khaled Meshaal, one of the group’s most extremist leaders.

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News for 02-26-06

02-26-06 - Two children shot by Israeli soldiers at Anata checkpoint after protesting strip-search of a girl Two Palestinian boys were shot, one critically, by Israeli soldiers Sunday evening when they protested the strip-search of a Palestinian girl by Israeli soldiers at Anata Checkpoint, northeast of Jerusalem. Israeli soldiers shot Wael Sami Al Sirisi from Qalandiya Refugee Camp in Ramallah and Hatem Mohamed Al Krshan from the town of Anata, according to eyewitnesses.

02-26-06 - Financial squeeze affects basic human services for Palestinians Israel sees the financial crunch as essential to put pressure on Hamas to moderate its views and accept the Jewish nation's right to live alongside a new Palestinian state...Palestinian leaders are warning that the tactic could end up creating widespread resentment among average Palestinians if their government implodes, their schools close and their health-care system crumbles.

02-26-06 - Israel says "irrelevant" Abbas to be Hamas "fig leaf" Israel branded Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas "irrelevant" on Sunday, calling Hamas the real governing power and urging the international community not to weaken its pressure on the militant group to seek peace.

02-26-06 - What aid cutoff to Hamas would mean there could be more malnutrition. A UN report two years ago said malnutrition among Palestinians was widespread at the height of the intifada when movement and commerce were strictly regimented by Israel in an effort to restrain the violence.

02-26-06 - Cash crisis 'risks Palestinian collapse' Although donor countries say they will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people, UN sources told the BBC it is not always possible to separate humanitarian aid from assistance for the government

02-26-06 - Incoming Hamas chief wants political truce

02-26-06 - S. Hebron Hills residents fear being trapped by second fence A group of high-ranking reserve officers who reject the plan for the lower fence toured the area yesterday. "It has no security significance," said Colonel (res.) Shaul Arieli, who added that "the real intent is to separate the populations and gradually take control of the area, and to annex them in the future to Israel. This is nothing but a land grab."

02-26-06 - Haneya urged Abbas to stay on as PNA president

02-26-06 - Two peaceful protesters wounded, one seriously, at anti-Wall protest Sunday Sunday's injuries come after an Israeli was critically injured in an anti-Wall protest Friday by a rubber-coated bullet in the eye.

02-26-06 - IDF officer cancels UK trip for fear of arrest IDF Gaza division commander, Brigadier-General Aviv Kochavi, has cancelled a leave to study in England, fearing he would be arrested and tried for alleged war crimes in the territories.

02-26-06 - Injured anti-fence 'anarchist' speaks out We said: 'Don't shoot, we are not threatening you and we are not endangering you,' but they opened fire, and also directed it to the head, violating all of their rules of engagement. I felt the impact in the eye, and with the remainder of my strength, I managed to run from them. My entire hand and head were filled with blood,"

02-26-06 - Israel minister vows bigger response to Palestinian rockets

02-26-06 - Hamas denies suggesting it may recognize Israel

02-26-06 - Israeli Arabs Mark Solidarity Day with Negev Arab Citizens

02-26-06 - It could be done in one night Many commentators argue that a preemptive air attack against Iran's nuclear installations is unfeasible.

02-26-06 - Israel's stricken Sharon turns 78 Mr Sharon has been in a coma since he suffered a massive stroke on 4 January.

02-26-06 - Israeli company stops petroleum supplies to Palestinian lands

02-26-06 - Double concerns face EU ministers They will discuss the prospect of Hamas forming the next Palestinian government and whether future EU funding should depend on Hamas renouncing violence.

02-26-06 - Jewish group to address Iran, Hamas

02-26-06 - Hillary Clinton blasts Hamas, Iran Speaker after speaker at the event, including Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and several members of New York?s congressional delegation, also spoke about the need to contain Hamas and Iran.

02-26-06 - The Church and politics The argument that boycotts harm most those they are intended to support is also simply not supported by the facts. The economic and sporting boycott of South African apartheid proved to be a crucial nail in its coffin. It is a Christian duty to stand up for the dispossessed. At the general assembly some will argue that positive investment is preferable to punitive boycotts. Whatever the outcome, this is certainly a proper subject for debate

02-26-06 - Israeli military arrests Palestinian militant in rare raid on Jericho

02-26-06 - Hamas accuses US media of misinterpreting Haneya's statements

02-26-06 - Reacting to latest Middle East violence, Annan urges protection of civilians

02-26-06 - Egypt, Bahrain urges cessation of "unjustified" Israeli escalation

02-26-06 - Communists' anti-Zionist comments draw Jewish protests Meanwhile, Diliberto brought an action for libel against Yasha Reibman, spokespersons of the Jewish community in Milan, who had declared to the national daily La Repubblica that "Diliberto policy's foments ant-Semitism".

02-26-06 - Arab Countries Coordinate Stands By UNRWA

02-26-06 - Middle East tensions hang over Palestinian nominee for an Oscar Yediyot Achronot, Israel's largest daily paper, is equally out front with its reporting on efforts of "influential Israelis and Jews in Hollywood" to make sure that the film's surprise win at the Golden Globes is not repeated on March 5. "Members of the academy," it assures its readers in Hebrew, "have been under heavy pressure not to vote for the film."

02-26-06 - Kirk in boycott plea to back Palestinians The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will be asked to back moves to boycott all goods produced by Israelis in the occupied territories in an effort to show solidarity with the Palestinian people.

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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Some headlines and summaries from JTA

Jewish group to address Iran, Hamas

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs opened its annual plenum in Washington.

Policy issues to be addressed at the plenum, held Sunday through Tuesday, include church divestment from Israel, the newly elected Hamas Parliament in the Palestinian Authority, Iran’s nuclear buildup, rehabilitation after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and keeping religion out of the public schools.

High on the priority list for the umbrella body of Jewish community relations councils was the massacres in Darfur, Sudan.

“Let us stop this outrage,” said Steve Gutow, the JCPA’s executive director. The 400 delegates are to end the plenum with a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill, joined by another 400 delegates attending a forum of the Hillel student movement.

Hillary Clinton blasts Hamas, Iran

Sen. Hillary Clinton called on the international community to shun Hamas.

“No nation in the world should recognize a government” committed to its neighbor’s destruction, the Democratic senator from New York said Sunday at the annual congressional breakfast sponsored by the New York Jewish Community Relations Council.

Clinton also said U.S. policy on Iran should be “clear and unequivocal: We cannot allow Iran to build nuclear weapons.” Clinton, who is rumored to be considering a run for president in 2008, also tried to link security concerns with domestic issues. “It’s a false choice” to separate security issues and “our mutual commitment” to help the poor and needy, she said to the approximately 250 people in attendance.

Speaker after speaker at the event, including Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and several members of New York’s congressional delegation, also spoke about the need to contain Hamas and Iran.

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News for 02-25-06

02-25-06 - Palestinian dies of wounds inflicted earlier by Israeli army

02-25-06 - Israeli forces bomb roads in northern Gaza

02-25-06 - American smuggles arms into Israel

02-25-06 - Iranian advisor: We'll strike Dimona in response to U.S. attack If the United States launches an attack on Iran, the Islamic republic will retaliate with a military strike on Israel's main nuclear facility, an advisor to Iran's Revolutionary Guard said.The advisor, Dr. Abasi, said Tehran would respond to an American attack with strikes on the Dimona nuclear reactor and other strategic Israeli sites such as the port city of Haifa and the Zakhariya area.

02-25-06 - US to maintain vital aid to Palestinians: envoy "The United States has long been a supporter of the Palestinian people, through a substantial contribution of our foreign assistance funds... we continue to be devoted to the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people and it shall remain so," Welch said. "It is our belief that it is important for the people in the Palestinian territories ... to have a good life in safety and security with economic wellbeing,"

02-25-06 - 'We don't want to throw them into the sea' Has Israel respected agreements? Israel has bypassed practically all agreements. We say: Let Israel recognize the legitimate rights of the Palestinians first and then we will have a position regarding this. Which Israel should we recognize? The Israel of 1917; the Israel of 1936; the Israel of 1948; the Israel of 1956; or the Israel of 1967? Which borders and which Israel? Israel has to recognize first the Palestinian state and its borders and then we will know what we are talking about."

02-25-06 - Hamas leader lists terms for recognizing Israel "We do not have any feelings of animosity toward Jews. We do not wish to throw them into the sea. All we seek is to be given our land back, not to harm anybody,"

02-25-06 - Abbas says may resign if peace not pursued

02-25-06 - Israel should mull Hamas armstice: former security chief

02-25-06 - The Trail of Violence and Destruction: Large scale demolition in East Qalqiliya

02-25-06 - Hamas willing to negotiate with U.S., but not with Israel

02-25-06 - Palestinian Farmers from Hebron access their lands for the first time in four years Local farmers, foreign and Israeli peace activists marched together to challenge the Israeli army restrictions that are preventing the local farmers from entering their lands.

02-25-06 - Residents of two southern Palestinian West Bank towns conduct a peaceful protest Dozens of Palestinian landowners from the southern West Bank villages of Beit Omar and Halhul organized a protest on Saturday, to protest illegal Israeli confiscations of their land.

02-25-06 - Lebanon admits it okayed arms transfer to Hezbollah Watch how quickly this becomes our problem.

02-25-06 - Suicide bomb film set to shake Oscars Pressure is rising for Hollywood to disqualify a controversial movie about Palestinian jihadists ....The nomination probably won't be rescinded, but with 70 being the median academy voter age, and Judaism the predominant religion, it is something of a surprise, even to insiders, that the film has been nominated at all, let alone that it is a strong prospect to win.

02-25-06 - Activists plan New Jersey conference to address left-wing anti-Semitism But, Kaplan said, she was more troubled by "an emboldened and empowered Christian Right that wants to make this into a Christian nation," creating "an important moment for Jews in this country.".."There is something going on in there where the welfare of Jews is being neglected."

02-25-06 - INTERVIEW-Effect of pressure on Hamas in doubt-US official The United States cannot be certain an international campaign to pressure Palestinian election winner Hamas to renounce violence and recognise Israel will work, a senior U.S. counter-terrorism official said Friday.

02-25-06 - Web site lists nuke researchers' names The names, ID numbers and home addresses of Israeli nuclear researchers appeared on the Internet briefly Thursday, the news site Ynet reported.

02-25-06 - All aboard! Big cities to get six hourly trains every way by 2020 What happened to the plan pushed by our government for travel for Palestinians between Gaza and the West Bank? It disappeared right quick (due to objections by Israel).

02-25-06 - The Samson Option President John F. Kennedy leaned hard on Ben-Gurion and his successor, Levi Eshkol, not to build the bomb, even sending U.S. inspectors into Israel's Dimona reactor starting in 1961. But Israeli nuclear leaders outfoxed the inspectors, and Washington's resolve faded with Kennedy's death

02-25-06 - Hamas: No truce as long as Israel continues military offensive

02-25-06 - Reacting to latest Middle East violence, Annan urges protection of civilians "The Secretary-General is gravely concerned about the escalation of Israeli Defence Forces military operations in the past days, especially in Nablus and Gaza, which have resulted in a number of Palestinian deaths," a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement late Friday, noting that civilians are reportedly among the casualties.

02-25-06 - Birth control for Israeli giraffe Don't give them any ideas.

02-25-06 - Green Jews campaign against party's Israel divestment resolution Much of the debate's focus is on how the resolution singles out Israel, while ignoring human rights abuses in a number of other countries, including many in the Middle East.."I am concerned by the anti-Semitic undertones of the proposal," It's best to ignore Israel's human rights abuses and violations of international law, and focus on the crimes committed by other crimes. Then the anti-Semite label comes off...

02-25-06 - Palestinian demographics challenged Bennett Zimmerman, Roberta Seid and Michael Wise presented their thesis at a meeting at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington think tank That's a NEOconservative thinktank. Imagine if there were studies in America being done by white groups of black demographics, the uproar? Yet pro-Israeli groups both here and in Israel continue to do such studies of Arab demographics without so much as a peep from any mainstream organization or media, least of all the Anti-Defamation League. Why is this not a surprise?

02-25-06 - Greek Catholic church appoints first Arab Israeli bishop However, no representatives of the Israeli government were present.

02-25-06 - Turkey's Initiative Brings HAMAS Crack in Washington to Light Several representatives of the Realist and Arabist school would agree as well. However, pro-Israelis, the Jewish community and most Neo-cons are offended and angered by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government in Turkey.

02-25-06 - British officials prevented from crossing at Nablus checkpoint after Israeli soldiers

02-25-06 - Handicapping Hamas Israel initially welcomed Hamas; it believed it could manipulate its leadership against Arafat. "Hamas is a creature of Israel," affirmed Arafat, "which at the time of Prime Minister (Yitzhak) Shamir gave it money and more than 700 institutions among them schools, universities, and mosques."

02-25-06 - An Extraordinary Conference Three traits distinguish the struggle of Bil'in, three characteristics that complement each other and together make Bil'in as extraordinary as it is

02-25-06 - Palestine: Iran to face no technical problem in transferring aids "If Iran finds it difficult to transfer money to the PNA in dollars, the other solution is to use another international currency, which would be the Euro,"

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

News for 02-24-06

02-24-06 - Israeli troops kill Palestinian worker, militant in Gaza Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian militant and an illegal work-seeker trying to slip into Israel from the southern Gaza Strip overnight

02-24-06 - Israel completes plans for separate West Bank road network The Israeli army has completed plans to build a new road system across the occupied West Bank so that Jewish settlers will have their own highways, the Maariv daily reported.

02-24-06 - Palestine Observer to UN: Israel Must be Held Responsible for War Crimes, State Terrorism

02-24-06 - Europeans Suggest Directing Aid to Abbas

02-24-06 - Abbas pushes for UN meeting on Mideast violence

02-24-06 - Four rockets fired by Palestinian militants land in Israel

02-24-06 - Abbas threatens to resign if he fails to reach Hamas deal Mr Abbas said, in an interview for ITV1's Jonathan Dimbleby programme, that Hamas must go "very clearly" in the direction of renouncing violence and recognising Israel.

02-24-06 - Militants vow revenge after Israeli killings

02-24-06 - U.S. official: NATO not ready for Israel "I think if this issue were to be put on the table formally within NATO, I think we?d find it immediately very controversial with a large number of countries saying not ready, not now,"

02-24-06 - Support Palestinian Democracy, Oppose Anti-Palestinian Legislation, H.R. 4681

02-24-06 - Under the Guise of Security: Routing the Separation Barrier to Enable Israeli Settlement Expansion in the West Bank

02-24-06 - Hamas' Moscow Trip Angers Israel Oh dear.

02-24-06 - UN agency aiding Palestinians says Israeli forces left behind damage in schools The main United Nations agency helping Palestinian refugees reported today that Israeli forces left significant damage behind after occupying two schools in the Balata refugee camp in the West Bank town of Nablus earlier this week.

02-24-06 - Please Support "Paradise Now"

02-24-06 - Oscar's foreign films make strange bedfellows For the first time in Oscar history, a Palestinian film, "Paradise Now," is in contention, raising delicate political questions and sometimes mean-spirited debate, like an e-mail sent to film professionals in which an Israeli critic calls it a Nazi movie replete with anti-Semitic stereotypes....The Academy has many Jewish voters, and some have said they will not vote for a Palestinian film at a time when a declared enemy of Israel is taking power in the West Bank and Gaza. One would think that this film would be judged by its merits and not by the current political climate.

02-24-06 - 2 Israelis detained in Turkish Cyprus Two Israelis, a 19-year-old soldier on leave and a 20-year-old, were arrested in Turkish Cyprus after entering a restricted military zone,

02-24-06 - Orthodox Jews Protest the Honoring of the Mayor of Jerusalem

02-24-06 - Bush urges stepped-up world pressure on Hamas

02-24-06 - Mashaal: Ze?evi killers to be released Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has warned against their release

02-24-06 - Tory MPs say Anglicans are 'politically motivated' over Israel It's strange how threats of boycott 'hurt' but Israel's apartheid-like policies don't get so much as a bat of the eye from the same folks.

02-24-06 - Nobel Peace Prize for 2006 draws 191 nominations Jeff Halper, an Israeli Jew, and Ghassan Andoni, a Palestinian Christian from the occupied Palestinian territories, were nominated by the American Friends Service Committee.

02-24-06 - Bereaved Israelis Meet with Hamas to Discuss Peace

02-24-06 - ABC documentary series wins TV award the ABC documentary series Israel and the Arabs: Elusive Peace has won a highly-prestigious award.

02-24-06 - Photostory: Freedom Theatre in Jenin aims to plant seeds of dignity

02-24-06 - Dichter: Bombings scarier than rockets In interview to Ynet, former Shin Bet head says rockets not as big a threat to Israel as suicide bombings, adds Palestinian terror not a strategic threat; next disengagement will be civilian, not military, Dichter adds

02-24-06 - UN lobbies for Palestinian aid The United Nations is urging donors to provide funds to keep the Palestinian Authority running after Israel starts withholding tax revenues next week, rebuffing Israel's appeal for a suspension of aid, diplomats said on

02-24-06 - Physicians without borders denounces Israeli attacks against medical teams

02-24-06 - Dispatches from The Hot Zone

02-24-06 - Sanctions and the peace process

02-24-06 - Watching the Dissolution of Palestine

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Friday, February 24, 2006

Some headlines and summaries from JTA

U.S. official: NATO not ready for Israel

NATO is not ready for Israel’s membership, a senior U.S. official said. “I think if this issue were to be put on the table formally within NATO, I think we’d find it immediately very controversial with a large number of countries saying not ready, not now,” Kurt Volker, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European affairs, told an audience on Thursday at Howard University in Washington D.C. “Solve the Israeli-Palestinian issue first, solve the Arab-Israeli issue first. Israel is not a European country, and after all, NATO is Europe and North America.” Volker said the question was in any case moot because Israel had not asked to join the alliance. NATO was ready to train Palestinian security forces before last month’s legislative elections, which saw a landslide victory for the Hamas terrorist movement.

Mashaal: Ze’evi killers to be released

A top Hamas leader said that the Palestinian parliament would release the killers of former Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze’evi.
Khaled Meshaal said Friday that the five assassins, who have been imprisoned for the last four years in Jericho under Palestinian, British and American supervision, would be let go, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has warned against their release, but Mashaal said that “Israel always threatens and makes assurances, but it does not scare us. We will do what our people need whether it angers Israel or not.”

Hamas won a landslide electoral victory last month in Palestinian legislative elections and recently named another Hamas leader as the Palestinian Authority’s future prime minister. Ze’evi was assassinated by Palestinian attackers at a Jerusalem Hotel Jerusalem in October of 2001.

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News for 02-23-06

02-23-06 - Five Palestinians shot dead in Israeli incursion Naim Abu Saris, 22, was fatally shot while on the roof of his house, while 19-year-old Ibrahim Saidi died from bullets in the abdomen as troops targeted a group of strong-throwing youths....Six other Palestinians were wounded, including one seriously. A US peace activist was also shot in her hand, medical sources said. Witnesses said that troops had opened fire on Palestinian rescue workers and towards foreign peace activists, wounding an ambulance driver and a nurse.

02-23-06 - IDF opens fire on medical team wounding many A twenty two year old American student was wounded by shrapnel in the hand a twenty nine year old Dutch volunteer was wounded by shrapnel in the thigh and shoulder, Jirar Candola an ambulance driver with the UPMRC was shot in the arm and leg and Ihab Mansour, a medical volunteer working with the Palestinian scientific society, was shot in the head and taken away by the Israeli soldiers.

02-23-06 - Israeli Army Kills Top Militant Since the Balata sweep began Sunday, eight Palestinians have been killed by army fire, including the five shot dead Thursday. More than 50 Palestinians have been injured by live rounds and rubber-coated steel pellets

02-23-06 - Security services deny Israeli claims of 'bomb factory' in Nablus

02-23-06 - Thousands peacefully protest Israeli strikes Hamas told its followers to take to the streets of Gaza City on Thursday after the Israeli military reportedly killed six people during military strikes in the West Bank. Thousands of Palestinians peacefully heeded the call.

02-23-06 - Deal sought in Israel burial row

02-23-06 - Report: Palestinians overcounted The American-Israeli Demographic Research Group, presenting its findings at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, said the 3.8 million figure for 2004, published by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, was off by 1.3 million. So desperate are pro-Israelis to prove that Israel must keep all of the land it has seized, that they've taken to forming groups devoted to the demographics of Palestinians - read, racism. And the AEI, is a neocon 'thinktank' (one of many).

02-23-06 - Israel plans West Bank roads just for Palestinians "This is an apartheid system," said top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. "We urge the international community to help us in order to cancel such policies and end Israeli occupation."

02-23-06 - Israeli settlers set ?sights? on Palestinian home near Qalqilya

02-23-06 - Evangelical pro-Israel group to lobby A new evangelical group is planning a pro-Israel lobbying bid in Washington on July 18-19.
American Christian Zionists (End Times Fundamentalists) believe that in order for the Second Coming of Christ, Jews must settle all of the land of biblical Israel. Tom Delay is a prominent Christian Zionist.

02-23-06 - Dichter: Haniyeh is in crosshairs Former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter says Hamas top man Haniyeh is legitimate assassination target

02-23-06 - Ten anti-separation fence protesters hurt in clash with IDF

02-23-06 - Permanent Observer of Palestine to UN: Israel's Decision to Freeze Transfer of Revenues Will Have Devastating Effects on the Region

02-23-06 - Palestine Wants To Enjoy Better Relations With Turkey, Halil

02-23-06 - Weekly Review

02-23-06 - Forbidden to Go Home Together Separate and Unequal

02-23-06 - Kirk plea for trade boycott to help Palestine The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will be asked to back moves to boycott all goods produced by Israelis in the occupied territories in an effort to show solidarity with the Palestinian people

02-23-06 - China Will Continue to Provide Aid to Palestine China calls for the international society not to cut aid for the newly-elected Palestinian parliament dominated by Hamas, and says it will continue to provide economic assitance for Palestinian people if necessary.

02-23-06 - China hopes new Palestinian gov't goes on promoting Mideast peace process China advises the international community not to take any measures that might worsen the living situation of Palestinian people at this current stage, said the spokesman.

02-23-06 - Abu Daoud: No Regrets for Munich Olympics

02-23-06 - US congressman sends protest note to Erdogan over Hamas visit The head of the Jewish lobby in the US Congress, Tom Lantos, has sent a letter of protest to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan concerning the visit last week of a senior official of the Palestinian group Hamas to Ankara.

02-23-06 - Palestinian Voices: Missing from Op-Ed Pages Earlier this month, just before he left the Chicago Tribune, Public Editor Don Wycliff came out of the closet on the issue of media bias against Palestinian views. As he said, "on probably the most enduring and insistent foreign policy issue of our time, we routinely do not hear from one side."

02-23-06 - Mashal urges Israelis to elect moderate government, end occupation

02-23-06 - Writer fears ban for opera on bomber Commentators including Channel 4 news and BBC Radio 4's Today programmed have alluded to a possible prosecution because of the opera's controversial content.

02-23-06 - Israeli general in Jordan apology

02-23-06 - Israeli Defense Minister Declares Palestine ?Axis of Evil?

02-23-06 - National Press Club's Newsmakers Series Press Breakfast on Israel and Palestine to Be Held Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m.

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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Some headlines and summaries from JTA

Evangelical pro-Israel group to lobby

A new evangelical group is planning a pro-Israel lobbying bid in Washington on July 18-19.

Christians United for Israel, led by the Rev. John Hagee, was formed earlier this month. The executive committee includes prominent evangelists the Rev. Jerry Falwell, Gary Bauer and the Rev. George Morrison, who founded the Christian group Promise Keepers.

The group is planning to establish chapters in all 50 states. The Israeli Embassy in Washington welcomed the news.

“American Christians are key allies and important supporters of Israel based on our common values and heritage, and we welcome their efforts to strengthen ties between the United States and Israel,” ambassador Daniel Ayalon said in a statement to JTA.

Report: Palestinians overcounted

The Palestinian Authority overcounted Palestinians by more than a million, a team of demographers concluded.

The American-Israeli Demographic Research Group, presenting its findings at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, said the 3.8 million figure for 2004, published by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, was off by 1.3 million.

The researchers said the Palestinian statisticians based their figure on mid-1990s projections that counted on massive immigration after the establishment of a Palestinian state, then projected for 1999; counted Palestinians who had been outside the region for more than a year, and who had a legal right to return; and failed to count emigration.

The research group also discounted projections that Arabs would outnumber within a generation Jews in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, saying Jewish birthrates were diminishing and Arab birthrates were high, but declining.

Jewish group visits Denmark

An American Jewish Committee delegation visited Denmark on a solidarity trip in the wake of the Mohammed cartoon controversy.

This week’s two-day visit was led by David Harris, the executive director of the AJCommittee. Muslims rioted recently against Danish institutions and a boycott against Danish businesses was announced after news spread that a Danish newspaper printed controversial cartoons about Mohammed, the Islamic prophet.

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News for 02-22-06

02-22-06 - Israeli army destroys US-funded public park in West Bank The Israeli army, using a bulldozer, destroyed a US-funded public park, including a children's playground and swimming pool, in a West Bank village

02-22-06 - Gaza boy, aged four, wounded in Israeli shelling A four-year-old Palestinian boy was seriously wounded when he was hit in the face by fragments of an Israeli shell in the Gaza Strip

02-22-06 - Fatah agrees 'in principle' to join Palestinian coalition Fatah tentatively accepted an offer from its old rival Hamas to become the junior partner in a coalition government after its crushing defeat in last month's Palestinian election.

02-22-06 - Prisoners in Jericho protest by setting their clothes on fire, seven suffer smoke inhalation

02-22-06 - Israel's 'punishment' of Palestine begins: 31 Palestinians killed since election

02-22-06 - Dead Sea - Declared Threatened Lake of the Year 2006

02-22-06 - Olmert: Hamas Not a Strategic Threat Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday that Hamas is not a strategic threat to the Jewish state, signaling that he has no plans to take military action against the violent group

02-22-06 - Cheney to address AIPAC Also speaking at the policy conference are Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the new majority leader, and John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

02-22-06 - Hamas leader says ceasefire likely

02-22-06 - B'Tselem: "Israel constructs the Wall to enable settlement expansion"

02-22-06 - Palestinian AIDS patient needs guards for treatment in Israel Following treatment with the HIV "cocktail" his condition improved dramatically. However, when Hadassah called him in for an appointment, the authorities said his security status prevented his coming to Israel

02-22-06 - Iran leader faces Holocaust case An Israeli lawyer, Ervin Shahar, says he has asked Germany to charge Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with denying the Holocaust.

02-22-06 - Israel Warns Iran Against Palestinian Aid "The United States proved that it would not support democracy after it cut its aid to the Palestinian government after Hamas won the elections. We will certainly help the Palestinians,"

02-22-06 - Palestinians denounce roadblocks outside Jericho

02-22-06 - Hundreds Protest Israel's Isolation of Jordan Valley in Tubas

02-22-06 - Israeli military beats Hebron teenager nearly to death 14:18 2/20

02-22-06 - Gunmen break into the governor's office in Gaza

02-22-06 - Saudis Reject U.S. Plan to Isolate Hamas Others wanted to know why the United States is focused only on Iran's nuclear ambitions instead of on the nuclear weapons held by Israel, and whether the Bush administration might bomb Iran.

02-22-06 - Israel disavows general's prediction on Jordan rule The Israeli government launched a probe on Wednesday into a top army general who was quoted as suggesting that Jordan's ruling Hashemites could be at threat from the Palestinian majority in their kingdom.

02-22-06 - Arab democracy is exposing the blind spot of US policy

02-22-06 - Israel Cancels Palestinian MPs VIP Status

02-22-06 - Olmert: Ahmadinejad?s an anti-Semite "The president of Iran, with all of his statements, is a heinous anti-Semitic phenomenon. He is an Israel-hater,"

02-22-06 - Italian mayor pressed after rally Italian Jewish leaders and politicians called for the resignation of a mayor who took part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration.

02-22-06 - Comatose Sharon has stomach drained

02-22-06 - Expensive treatment means life for Palestinian children

02-22-06 - China beat Palestine 2-0 in soccer Asian Cup qualifying

02-22-06 - Israel, PNA join hands in warding off bird flu

02-22-06 - Israel seeks to monitor PA funds

02-22-06 - U.K. donates $356,000 to UNRWA project to aid refugees Palestinians will have a chance to be self-employed or find employment in Lebanon or abroad due to a project funded by the British Embassy in Lebanon

02-22-06 - Despite sanctions, IDF coordinating security with PA

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Some headlines and summaries from JTA

Cheney to address AIPAC

Vice President Dick Cheney is scheduled to headline this year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference.

The vice president will speak at the conference’s closing session on March 7, “America and Israel: The View from Capitol Hill.”

Also speaking at the policy conference are Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the new majority leader, and John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Olmert: Ahmadinejad’s an anti-Semite

Israel’s Ehud Olmert called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad an anti-Semite.
“The president of Iran, with all of his statements, is a heinous anti-Semitic phenomenon. He is an Israel-hater,” the interim prime minister told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Wednesday.

Olmert said Iran, which is believed to be months away from acquiring the knowledge to make nuclear weapons, must be stopped. But he did not discuss any direct Israeli military options, endorsing U.S.-led diplomatic pressure on Tehran.

“I do not think that we have to state on the world stage what we will do and what we will not do,” Olmert said. “We must prevent Iran from reaching a technological know-how — with everything that entails — and the international community has the tools to deal with this.”

Italian mayor pressed after rally

Italian Jewish leaders and politicians called for the resignation of a mayor who took part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration.
After participating in Saturday’s demonstration in Rome, Mauro Bertini, the Communist mayor of the town of Marano, suggested that the world would be a better place without Israel. Israel, he said, was a “punch in the stomach of humanity.”

The president of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Pierferdinando Casini, called the remarks “shameful and irresponsible” and apologized to Israel.

Authorities in Rome, meanwhile, have opened a criminal investigation into a group of demonstrators who during the rally burned Israeli and American flags and chanted slogans favoring insurgent attacks against Italian armed forces in Iraq.

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News for 02-21-06

02-21-06 - Three Palestinians wounded by Israeli gunfire One of the Palestinians, shot in the chest and stomach, was hospitalised after he and the two others were fired on as they threw stones at soldiers.

02-21-06 - Peace deal not impossible despite Hamas rise: Olmert

02-21-06 - Poll: 66% of Palestinians say gov't must honor agreements Among Hamas voters, only 12 percent said they chose Hamas for its political agenda, while 43 percent said they were fed up with Fatah's corruption. The rest said they were hoping for a better life or voted for religious reasons

02-21-06 - Karni crossing closed following blast

02-21-06 - Palestinians are being robbed by Israel These are tax revenues that are due to the people in the territories where the goods are headed, and the Israelis have no right to hold them up.

02-21-06 - US backs Israeli right to withhold Palestinian funds Our government demonstrates once again its subservience to Israel.

02-21-06 - Arab nations say they will offset funds withheld by Israel But despite statements of support for the Palestinian Authority, Arab League leaders fail to reach an agreement on a funding plan.

02-21-06 - Hamas invited to form government

02-21-06 - Israeli nationalist party vows to oppose new pullouts Lawmakers from Israel's newly merged ultra-nationalist party unveiled their election campaign, stressing they would never support the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank.

02-21-06 - Jordan Valley Farmers March for Their Lives Jordan Valley Farmers will march Wednesday to the Bardala checkpoint in Tubas to protest their lands annexation to Israel

02-21-06 - Jewish leaders want Ahmadinejad banned in Europe The European Jewish Congress, meeting at the weekend in Vienna, agreed to make a formal request soon to the European Parliament asking European Union member states to declare him "persona non grata," the group said in a statement on Tuesday.

02-21-06 - Business chiefs warn Israeli sanctions could backfire Yoram Blizowky warned that economic sanctions "are going to hit Israeli textile enterprises which sub-contract out work to Palestinian workshops" where labour is much cheaper than in Israel.

02-21-06 - Palestinian brewery to launch 'Hamas' near beer

02-21-06 - Bush: Hamas not be funded until Israel recognized The United States and the European Union have threatened to freeze all but humanitarian aid

02-21-06 - Egypt rebuffs Rice on denying Hamas aid Egypt rebuffed U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's appeal on Tuesday for Arab states to deny direct aid to Hamas when it forms a government.

02-21-06 - THE NEW AMERICAN POLICE STATE The neoconservatives are using the war to achieve their agenda of Israeli hegemony in the Middle East. Police agencies are using the war to make themselves less accountable

02-21-06 - Arabs sue Ramle building contractor for denying right to buy apt.

02-21-06 - Reaction to Hamas victory is gift to Iran's leaders Ms Rice warned regional countries, including Iran, to think twice before trying to thwart Washington

02-21-06 - Doubts over Palestinian aid schemes The Palestinian Authority faces cuts in international aid if Hamas does not renounce violence. The BBC's Matthew Price visits an EU-funded police training facility in the West bank

02-21-06 - Activist files complaint after Palestinian forum A Jewish Defense League activist filed a police complaint against Georgetown University after campus police ejected him from a Palestine Solidarity Movement conference.

02-21-06 - U.S. experts discuss boycott with Saudis The United States sent experts to Saudi Arabia to review its boycott of Israel.

02-21-06 - European consistency on Holocaust denial wanted The European Jewish Congress will lobby European governments to synchronize their laws on anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

02-21-06 - Book: Israeli Arabs poor More than have of Israeli Arabs live in poverty, concludes a new book.

02-21-06 - Four charged over guerrilla T-shirts Danish police have charged four people selling T-shirts bearing the logos of Colombian and Palestinian guerrillas with supporting banned terrorist groups.

02-21-06 - Solana: EU will Continiue to Help PNA, Palestinian People

02-21-06 - "Rabbis for Human Rights" to Receive 23rd Niwano Peace Prize

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Some headlines and summaries from JTA

Activist files complaint after Palestinian forum

A Jewish Defense League activist filed a police complaint against Georgetown University after campus police ejected him from a Palestine Solidarity Movement conference.

Campus security threw Bill Maniaci of Reno, Nev., and Matthew Finberg of Boulder, Colo., out of the conference on Saturday. Erik Smulson, a spokesman for the private university in Washington, said the men had been warned three times not to disrupt the proceedings. Maniaci said he had interrupted speakers twice to urge them to answer a question on suicide bombing.

He said two campus security officers kicked or hit him in his ribs and knocked his head while dragging him out. He filed a police complaint and plans lawsuits against the university and against campus police and administrators.

Maniaci, 64, has a heart condition and said he was treated for a concussion after the incident.

Smulson said the ejection was non-violent. The university hosted the annual conference of the movement, which calls for divestment from Israel, over the weekend.

U.S. experts discuss boycott with Saudis

The United States sent experts to Saudi Arabia to review its boycott of Israel.
The Saudis are maintaining their boycott despite their long-awaited ascension last year to the World Trade Organization, which bans boycotts of member nations.

Prior to joining the WTO in September, the Saudis gave assurances they would drop the boycott, leading Israel to withdraw its power to protest its joining. But in December, the Saudis said they were maintaining the boycott. “We are sending a team of experts from the Departments of Commerce and State to work with the Saudi government on boycott issues as they affect U.S. companies,” Rob Portman, the U.S. trade representative, said in congressional testimony last week. “We have raised it with the Saudis, and they tell us they will follow through on their WTO obligations.”

Jewish teacher chains himself for peace

A Jewish teacher in California chained himself to a bench to protest the Iraq war and poverty.

Musician Hyim Jacob Ross, who teaches ethics, spirituality and interpersonal communication to teenagers at two Reform synagogues in the San Francisco Bay area, chained himself to a park bench in Oakland Monday for a five-day protest fast.

Ross wants to draw attention to massive government spending on the war in Iraq at a time when domestic poverty is still so prevalent.

"This is my tikkun olam project," says Ross, who also teaches music in a public school where most of his students are low-income. It´s important, he says, that youth "have models that are positive, non-violent, proactive and informative."

Ross unchains himself for bathroom breaks and is subsisting on water only. He is flying an American flag from his chair.

Jewish Republican heads Libby defense fund

A prominent Jewish Republican is leading a fund-raising drive for Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s legal defense.

Mel Sembler, a board member of the Republican Jewish Coalition and the U.S. ambassador to Italy from 2001-2005, is spearheading the Libby Legal Defense Trust.

Sembler, a Florida shopping-mall magnate, describes Libby, the former chief adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, as “one of the unsung heroes in fighting the war on terror” on the trust’s website, Libby, who is Jewish, resigned in October after his indictment on perjury charges related to his leaking the name of a CIA operative whose husband criticized the Iraq war.

Other prominent Jews on the trust’s board include Sam Fox, the chairman of the RJC; Shelly Kamins, a Washington-area real estate developer; professor Bernard Lewis, a prominent scholar of Islam; Stuart Bernstein, the former ambassador to Denmark; and Dennis Ross, the top U.S. envoy to the Middle East during the Clinton administration.

European consistency on Holocaust denial wanted

The European Jewish Congress will lobby European governments to synchronize their laws on anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.

The president of the group, Pierre Besnainou, said his group would press for the governments to adopt a similar standard in order to create a consistent response to what he views as a growing problem.

Penalties for such acts vary widely by country, from no punishment to up to 10 years in jail in Austria.

Book: Israeli Arabs poor

More than have of Israeli Arabs live in poverty, concludes a new book.
The book, published by the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, uses statistical data to highlight the problems of Israeli Arabs, was launched Sunday by Israel’s president, Moshe Katsav, at his Jerusalem home.

The study — which did not include Arabs in the Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem — also concluded that the Israeli Arab population is young, with 50 percent under the age of 19, and that Arab women have lower fertility rates than they did in the 1960s — nine children on average then compared to 4.3 now.

This rate is still high compared with Jewish women, who average 2.6 children.

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News for 02-20-06

02-20-06 - Child, woman injured near Hebron

02-20-06 - Islamic Jihad leader killed in Nablus He is the fifth Palestinian to die in Israeli raids in less than 24 hours.

02-20-06 - Iran leader urges Muslims to fund Palestinians

02-20-06 - Unknown gunman attacks ex-Minster and PLC Member

02-20-06 - Hamas opens talks with militants on coalition government Islamic Jihad, whose West Bank commander was killed overnight by Israeli troops, was expected to turn down Hamas's offer to join the government.

02-20-06 - Israeli security chief heads to Washington for Hamas talks: report According to the Maariv daily, Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin will hold talks with senior US officials about the possibility of destabilizing the Palestinian government, which Hamas is expected to form in the coming weeks. Both our govt and that of Israel denied the NY Times report that they were seeking to do just that. Watch what they do, not what they say.

02-20-06 - Israel's Hamas policy could boost Iran, deepen Palestinian woes

02-20-06 - Isolation of Hamas, Iran focuses of AIPAC's upcoming conference The final day of the conference is reserved for lobbying on Capitol Hill, and organizers tell JTA that lobbying for the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act will top the agenda....Iran will still play a major role at the conference. The opening plenary, featuring former nuclear inspector David Kay and John Bolton...Last week, AIPAC distributed talking points to Congress members promoting legislation initiated by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) AIPAC designates the agenda at Capitol Hill, a fact that goes against the very ideals upon which this country was built. Despite all of the ballyhoo about the AIPAC scandal, NOTHING has changed with regard to their power and their overwhelming influence over our government.

02-20-06 - Israeli army stepping up harassment in Hebron.

02-20-06 - Intel to Open Technology Center in Gaza The Intel Information Technology Center of Excellence is intended to provide IT training to Palestinians and stimulate development of high-tech industry in an area where half the labor force is unemployed.

02-20-06 - US mum on Israeli move to withhold Palestinian payments In contrast to sharp remarks from the United Nations and European Union, Washington remained low-key about Israel's decision to deprive the Palestinian Authority of a third of its budget even before Hamas took office.

02-20-06 - Change stance or lose funding, Canada tells Hamas

02-20-06 - Iran denies wanting to "wipe Israel off the map" "We believe that those people who make efforts to free their countries should not be regarded as terrorists,"

02-20-06 - UN faults Israel for halt in funds to Palestinians "These are monies that belong to the Palestinians and should not be withheld,"

02-20-06 - Sweden gives millions more in Palestinian aid "The humanitarian situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has worsened," the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) said in a statement on Monday, adding that it would provide 50 million kronor (5.3 million euros, 6.4 million dollars) to the United Nations' aid programs there.

02-20-06 - Carter: Don't punish Palestinians He also indirectly criticises Israel for avoiding peace talks not just with Hamas, but with past leaders who did recognise Israel's right to exist.

02-20-06 - Israeli op. hinders UN agency aid work, Palestine The main United Nations agency helping Palestinian refugees reported today that an Israeli operation in the Balata refugee camp in the West Bank town of Nablus has been hampering its work since early yesterday.

02-20-06 - Backlash at jailing of historian who denied Holocaust The verdict came amid a furious debate in Europe over freedom of expression, with many defending the media?s right to publish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad What happened to Europe's so-called freedom of speech that was touted in response to the outcry over the publishing of the cartoons?

02-20-06 - Pilotless IDF Aircraft Crashes in Shechem A pilotless IDF aircraft crashed into the home of an Arab journalist

02-20-06 - Avian flu scare in Gaza; 600 birds dead The Palestinian Health Ministry declared a state of emergency in Gaza on Monday following the deaths of approximately 600 chickens in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. It was feared the deadly bird flu virus was responsible for the deaths.

02-20-06 - Israel demands UN employees leave W. Bank refugee Israeli army demanded on Monday an immediate evacuation of all foreign employees with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) from a West Bank refugee camp

02-20-06 - Hebron Reflection: Sharing Stories

02-20-06 - Senior Palestinian official condemns Israeli army operations

02-20-06 - Hamas remains 'existential threat': Shin Beth chief Diskin said that Israel should not adhere to any truce which Hamas might offer in the future, saying that "even if it would provide a temporary calm...

02-20-06 - First Museum-quality Exhibition of Contemporary Palestinian Art to Open in New York City on March 14th, 2006 Made in Palestine is the first museum quality exhibition devoted to the contemporary art of Palestine to be held in the United States

02-20-06 - PA imports held at port The containers were filled with goods worth hundreds of thousands of dollars imported by the Fayez Abu Amar Company of Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip.

02-20-06 - Rice consults with Quartet on Palestinians

02-20-06 - Egypt to tell Rice to give Hamas time - agency

02-20-06 - Israel moves to cut off Hamas' air supply The US-Israeli campaign to choke off the radical movement's air supply also involves a diplomatic offensive aimed at dissuading any of their allies from forging ties with a Hamas government Israeli policy has once again become our policy, by no coincidence.

02-20-06 - Dalai Lama visit to Bethlehem canceled to avoid China clash

02-20-06 - Hamas dismisses Israeli sanctions

02-20-06 - Putin Features in Israeli Campaign Ad An Israeli campaign ad featuring President Vladimir Putin's image has sparked outrage from the Russian government, leading to an official complaint from the Foreign Ministry and an apology from former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

02-20-06 - US dilemma: dealing with Hamas The US should think back to the 1950s - and the impact of its undermining of one Iranian regime in favor of installing the shah - before taking any action designed to deliver a preferred Palestinian government such as a return of Fatah

02-20-06 - The Unholy Alliance Strikes Back The following morning, the Palestinians woke up to a new reality. Instead of uprooting the trees as they had done in the past, the settlers had stolen them, surrounding each tree with a fence and a small mark stating that the trees belonged to the settlement?s nursery

02-20-06 - Bern regrets Palestinian funding cut The Swiss foreign ministry fears Israel's decision to stop transferring vital funds to the Palestinian Authority (PA) will adversely affect civilians.

02-20-06 - Israeli Defense Minister Warns PNA over Prisoners "The release of Subaki and Zeevi's murderers will entail severe Israeli reaction,"

02-20-06 - Carter Warns Against Palestinian Sanctions This is the AP version of the story released to the United States mainstream media. Here is the original story from the Washington Post, detailing what Carter said. Notice the important points that the AP leaves out. The AP = a mouthpiece for Israel, once again.

02-20-06 - Hamas' Choice for PM Seen As Pragmatist

02-20-06 - Tales of a hurt that does not heal One Palestinian tells tales to another - even as he wonders if stories are all that is left to them.

02-20-06 - WCC Reflects on Decade of Overcoming Violence "We cannot stand still in silence," said Alfred Rock, a Palestinian from Bethlehem

02-20-06 - Al-Arian reflects on past three years

02-20-06 - A Good Year for ?Aliyah? Aliyah is a pillar of Zionism and is especially important now, as Israel is losing the demographic race against both Palestinians and Israeli Arabs who have a much higher birthrate

02-20-06 - Pro-Palestinian activists face smear campaign

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Monday, February 20, 2006

News for 02-19-06

02-19-06 - Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinian stone-throwers

02-19-06 - Two Palestinians Killed by Israeli Troops in W. Bank some 13 Palestinian youths were also wounded by Israeli gunfire

02-19-06 - Two Palestinian teens shot dead in Nablus camp raid The two youngsters, identified as Ibrahim al-Sheikh Ali and Mohammed Natour, both of them aged 17, died after being hit in the neck by live bullets,....A spokeswoman for the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement (ISM) they had seen troops taking over a United Nations girls' school inside the camp.

02-19-06 - Two Palestinian militants killed in Gaza air strike

02-19-06 - Arabs Seek to Secure Palestinian Funding "The maximum that Arab countries have paid is $100 million of the $600 million they agreed to give,"

02-19-06 - Abbas warns of financial crisis

02-19-06 - Israeli cabinet approves sanctions on Palestinians

02-19-06 - Arab League mulls payment to PA despite U.S. objections

02-19-06 - Rice back to Middle East to campaign for democracy, against Iran Along the way, Rice will again make appeals against giving money to Hamas, and also for regional leaders to be tougher with Iran A non-stop trip shilling for Israel, is basically what she's doing. How does the interests of America fit in there?

02-19-06 - Don't Punish the Palestinians During this time of fluidity in the formation of the new government, it is important that Israel and the United States play positive roles. Any tacit or formal collusion between the two powers to disrupt the process by punishing the Palestinian people could be counterproductive and have devastating consequences. Jimmy Carter is legend.

02-19-06 - Israel halts funds to Palestinian Authority Hamas is casting around for alternative sources of funding. The head of its political wing, Khaled Mashaal, is expected in Tehran today to meet President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a move that will further infuriate Israel.

02-19-06 - Israel's policies are feeding the cancer of anti-semitism I began with the recognition that the cancer of anti-semitism has not been cured. Tragically, Israel's policies feed it - and when world Jewry defends Israeli policies right or wrong, then anger turns not only against Israel, but against all Jews.

02-19-06 - US holds secret talks to weaken Hamas

02-19-06 - Robbers posing as Israeli soldiers target Palestinians The governor of the West Bank city of Nablus says there have been at least four home breakins there.

02-19-06 - U.N.: Transfer funds to PA De Soto expressed the U.N.'s objection to Israel's punitive measures during a meeting Sunday evening with government coordinator in the territories, Major General Yosef Mishlav.

02-19-06 - President Abbas Says Israel, Entire World should Respect Palestinians' Democratic Choice

02-19-06 - Charge: Bedouin involved in abduction plot

02-19-06 - Israel Halts Payments to Palestinians

02-19-06 - U.S. Freezes Assets of Group, Cites Hamas

02-19-06 - Arabs to resist Rice isolating Hamas, Iran on trip "Arabs will turn round and point out the United States gives billions of dollars to Israel,"

02-19-06 - Pollard's handler: If elected MK, I'll seek his release Former Mossad official Rafi Eitan, who participated in the capture of Nazi extermination mastermind Adolf Eichmann, and who later recruited Jonathan Pollard to spy for Israel, said that if elected to the Knesset, he would seek Pollard's release.

02-19-06 - Leading Anglican hits back in 'anti-Israel' row

02-19-06 - Russia to negotiate for Quartet Russia's foreign minister said he will negotiate with Hamas based on the positions of the diplomatic Quartet overseeing Mideast peace.

02-19-06 - Our pain is tiny, says founder of Arab museum to Holocaust

02-19-06 - Torture in the name of ... Israeli watchdog group B'tselem says torture inIsrael was not unusual before 1999, when Israel's Supreme Court outlawed it under most circumstances. Before the court ruling, the group said, 85% of Palestinian prisoners were physically abused

02-19-06 - Resurrecting the glory of Bethlehem

02-19-06 - Christian Zionists pledge support for Israel As Christian Zionists, they believe that God gave the land of Israel to the Jews and promised to bless those who bless them and curse those who curse them.

02-19-06 - Hamas nominates Haniyeh as PM Ismail Haniyeh, a prominent Hamas lawmaker in the Gaza Strip seen as a leader of the group's pragmatic wing, was nominated yesterday to be Palestinian prime minister.

02-19-06 - Israel considers Abbas irrelevant, Shin Bet rejects truce with Hamas

02-19-06 - Sabeel Conference Considers Economic Leverage as Tool to Fight Israeli Occupation

02-19-06 - Freedom Summer 2006 ? Building Bridges

02-19-06 - Bismarck company to begin wastewater project in Middle East Construction on the new East Jerusalem facility will begin this fall. When the first phase is completed, in late 2007, it will serve about 150,000 people, with additional phases expanding that number to around 400,000 in the future.

02-19-06 - Canceled Mideast talk splits school One flier featured a picture of a hand holding money and a slogan intended to imply that complaints from donors had shut the session down, students said. Curwen declined to respond to a question about any role donors might have had.

02-19-06 - Court must consider ?Israel? on passport The State Department is defending the case; joining the Zivotofskys in friend-of-the-court briefs are the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists and a number of members of Congress led by Rep. Henry Waxman Why is this matter being decided in the United States judicial system?

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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Some headlines and summaries from JTA

Court must consider ‘Israel’ on passport

An appeals court ordered a lower court to rule on whether an American citizen born in Jerusalem can have “Israel” alone inscribed as the place of birth.
The decision Friday sends the case involving a three-year-old American citizen back to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The District Court had ruled that a request to list Menachem Zivotofsky as born in “Jerusalem, Israel” was a political matter, rather than a judicial one, and refused to adjudicate. Menachem’s parents are now seeking to have only “Israel” listed as his birthplace. The United States does not currently recognize Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.

The State Department is defending the case; joining the Zivotofskys in friend-of-the-court briefs are the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists and a number of members of Congress led by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).

Russia to negotiate for Quartet

Russia’s foreign minister said he will negotiate with Hamas based on the positions of the diplomatic Quartet overseeing Mideast peace.
Sergey Lavrov said Friday that he would abide by the positions of the group managing the “road map” peace plan — the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia — a group that has refused to support Hamas until it disarms, recognizes the State of Israel and foreswears violence. He said talks next month in Moscow would aim to bring the Palestinian Authority’s new ruling party into the peace process.

“We are counting on all this to foster progress toward a situation in which Hamas will be a legitimate, integral and useful part of the peace process in the Middle East,” Lavrov told reporters.

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