Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Congress presses Hamas
Some headlines and summaries from JTA
Four U.S. congressional initiatives would ban assistance to a Palestinian Authority governed by Hamas.
Three, in the House of Representatives, are bills that aim to become law. One, cosponsored by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), also seeks to cut some funding to the United Nations until it abolishes a number of pro-Palestinian subsidiaries. Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.) has proposed a similar bill, and Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). is circulating a bill that would ban outright any assistance to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
In the Senate, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced a non-binding resolution that urges Bush to cut funding to the Palestinian Authority under Hamas governance. The Bush administration is lobbying to keep the bills off the floor, preferring to lead initiatives against Hamas.
Putin presses Hamas
Russia’s president said aid to a Hamas-led Palestinian government should not be cut.
During a televised annual news conference Tuesday in the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin said Russia’s view of Hamas differs from those of the United States and European nations.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation has never considered Hamas to be a terrorist organization,” Putin said. “But this does not mean that we approve and support everything that Hamas is doing.”
Putin also said Hamas should “abandon radical statements, should recognize the right of Israel for existence, should establish contact with the international community.”
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01-30-06 - Troops uproot 150 Dunams of farmland, west of Hebron
01-30-06 - Despite Hamas win, Palestinians want peace with Israel However, rather than backing Hamas's tactics towards Israel, nearly three out of four (73 percent) respondents said they believed the radical party should "change its position on the elimination of the state of Israel".
01-30-06 - Ami Ayalon: Hevron?s Jews Will Serve in the Palestinian Army
01-30-06 - OPT: Ongoing closure of Al Muntar crossing inflicts $ 2 million losses daily For third week in row, the Israeli occupation forces continued to hermetically seal Al Muntar crossing, the only trade gate of the entry and exist of goods from and in the Gaza Strip
01-30-06 - PCBS Publishes Pilot Study on "Quality of Life in Health" in OPT
01-30-06 - Hamas Asks Nations Not to Cut Aid A Hamas leader asked the international community on Monday not to cut aid to the Palestinian Authority, insisting the money would go toward helping the Palestinian people and Hamas was willing to have its spending monitored.
01-30-06 - Palestinians Appeal for Continued Aid "The European countries must understand that the Palestinian people are in bad need of this aid," Abbas said. "I hope to God that they will change their positions, both Israel and the European countries."
01-30-06 - U.S. Gains Support for Aid Cutoff to Hamas U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the aid won't stop immediately, now that Hamas has won a decisive victory in Palestinian legislative elections. U.S. and European officials said it will probably take two to three months for a new Hamas government to form and take office, effectively giving Hamas a brief grace period in which to change its ways
01-30-06 - Hamas rejects Quartet call to disarm, recognise Israel "The Quartet should have demanded an end to (Israeli) occupation and aggression ... not demanded that the victim should recognise the occupation and stand handcuffed in the face of the aggression," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.
01-30-06 - Masked Gunmen Briefly Take Over EU Office Masked gunmen on Monday briefly took over a European Union office to protest a Danish newspaper's publication of cartoons deemed insulting to Islam's Prophet Muhammad, the latest in a wave of violent denunciations of the caricatures across the Islamic world.
01-30-06 - Abbas says won't resign
01-30-06 - Israel freezes funding to the Palestinian Authority That didn't take long. Nobody saw THAT one coming. The aid Nazis. 'NO FUNDS FOR YOU! COME BACK ONE YEAR!'
01-30-06 - Criteria set for Palestinian aid UN chief Kofi Annan has said future aid to the Palestinian Authority will hinge on the government's commitment to peace and recognising Israel.
01-30-06 - Arab neighbours will work with Hamas-led cabinet All the Arab governments around Israel will deal directly with a Palestinian cabinet dominated by the militant Islamist group Hamas, ignoring U.S. and European attempts to isolate the group, analysts said on Monday
01-30-06 - Big majority want Hamas to drop Israel wipe-out call
01-30-06 - Bush Opposes Palestinian Gov't With Hamas Whatever happened to that push for democracy for the Middle East? The only 'democracy' that the neocon-propelled Bush administration wants, is the 'democracy' that elects Israel-friendly regimes, or so it would seem.
01-30-06 - Hebron squatters agree to leave Palestinian market Because Israel told them they could come back in a little while, this time to squat 'legally'. Mmm k.
01-30-06 - Imus slurs are 'abusive,' Canada watchdog says The CRTC said it was responding especially to one written complaint that questioned why the regulator had imposed restrictions on the distribution of Al Jazeera in Canada to guard against slurs against Jews or Israel "and not place similar restrictions on a service such as the American MSNBC service."
01-30-06 - Some Palestinians See End of Secular Dream
01-30-06 - US urges Arab states to fund Palestinians after Hamas victory The US plea to the Arab world is because it does not want the West Bank and Gaza to descend into chaos as a result of choking off aid. It also fears that if it stops funding the Palestinians, countries such as Iran or Syria could step into the breach, enhancing their image in the Islamic world just as Washington seeks to isolate them.
01-30-06 - Arna's Children: documentary follows woman who attempted to make a change "There are many Jewish people who see injustice and fight for other people," Meyer told the crowd.
01-30-06 - We will not sell our people or principles for foreign aid We are being punished simply for resisting oppression and striving for justice. Those who threaten to impose sanctions on our people are the same powers that initiated our suffering and continue to support our oppressors almost unconditionally. We, the victims, are being penalised while our oppressors are pampered.
01-30-06 - Who?s who in Hamas? A look at the Palestinian group?s leaders
01-30-06 - Jewish group backs talks with Hamas
01-30-06 - Spielberg defends his film Some American Jews, he said, "have grown very angry at me for allowing the Palestinians simply to have dialogue and for allowing Tony Kushner to be the author of that dialogue. ?Munich' never once attacks Israel, and barely criticizes Israel's policy of counterviolence against violence,"
01-30-06 - Democracy is like a box a chocolates
01-30-06 - Newspaper, advocacy groups urge access to Israeli agents' testimony The Chicago Tribune and more than 20 advocacy groups representing civil rights activists, the Arab-American community and others urged a federal judge on Monday not to close her courtroom when Israeli security agents testify at a hearing in March.
01-30-06 - Hamas should moderate Israel stance: Saudi
01-30-06 - Hamas to prepare legal structure for forming security apparatuses
01-30-06 - Google to expand in Israel Google is planning to start a resource and development center in Israel.
01-30-06 - New Troubling Facts Discovered About Controversial When all else fails, smear.
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Monday, January 30, 2006
Jewish group backs talks with Hamas
Some headlines and summaries from JTA
A Jewish group called for talks with a new, Hamas-led Palestinian government.
In a statement, Jewish Voice for Peace called the rise of Hamas a “matter of great concern to every Jewish group,” but said negotiations are the “only way”out of the current conflict.
“It is not more acceptable for the Palestinian Authority to refuse to talk to Israel than it is for Israel or the U.S. to refuse to talk with the legitimately elected representatives of the Palestinian people,” the group says.
Israel refuses to talk to Hamas until it renounces terrorism and recognizes Israel’s right to exist, a position backed by the United States.
Spielberg defends his film
Steven Spielberg lambasted members of the Jewish community who came out against his film “Munich.”
Speaking as part of a roundtable in the latest Newsweek magazine, Spielberg said criticism leveled at him and screenwriter Tony Kushner over the depiction of Israel’s hunt for the Palestinian masterminds of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre is unfair. Some American Jews, he said, “have grown very angry at me for allowing the Palestinians simply to have dialogue and for allowing Tony Kushner to be the author of that dialogue. ‘Munich’ never once attacks Israel, and barely criticizes Israel’s policy of counterviolence against violence,” he said. “It’s the most questioning story I’ve ever had the honor to tell. For that, we were accused of the sin of moral equivocation. Which, of course, we didn’t intend — and we’re not guilty of.”
The controversy, Spielberg added, “made me feel a little more aware of the dogma, and the Luddite position people take any time the Middle East is up for discussion.”
Google to expand in Israel
Google is planning to start a resource and development center in Israel.
Sergey Brin, who founded the Internet search giant, told Ha’aretz about the step at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. Google has already opened a marketing and sales branch in the Jewish state.
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01-29-06 - Abbas to resign if Hamas fails to work with foreign powers
01-29-06 - Israel's shooting of young girl highlights international hypocrisy, say Palestinians Aya was the second child killed by the Israeli army last week. Soldiers near Ramallah shot 13-year-old Munadel Abu Aaalia in the back as he walked along a road reserved for Jewish settlers with two friends. The army said the boys planned to throw rocks at Israeli cars, which the military defines as terrorism.
01-29-06 - Several Fatah leaders resign in Gaza
01-29-06 - Life in Tel Rumeida; "It is clear who are the terrorists around here." his nephew Yousef is holding up a rock wrapped in a kerosene soaked cloth which was set on fire and thrown at the olive trees
01-29-06 - Soldiers install checkpoints near Tubas Troops suddenly installed a barrier on the road and blocked the movement of hundreds of Palestinian vehicles and residents, local sources reported
01-29-06 - Israeli right may gain ground
01-29-06 - Rice confident of consensus on aid cut to Hamas
01-29-06 - Palestinian refugees in Lebanon look to Hamas to get them home
01-29-06 - Rice Rules Out Aid to Hamas Government U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday ruled out any American financial aid to a Hamas government in the Palestinian territories and said Washington wants Arab nations and others to cut off money as well.
01-29-06 - Hamas' conservative brand of Islam stirs worry among Palestinians After decades of secular leadership under the late Yasser Arafat, many Palestinians are bracing for a seismic social shift as Hamas' new legislators propose imposing conservative interpretations of traditional Muslim values, including no alcohol, separation of the sexes and veils for women.
01-29-06 - Netanyahu urges sanctions after Hamas win Netanyahu also called for Palestinians to be barred from entering Israel and to expand the route of the West Bank separation barrier, which already cuts into the occupied territory, in order to incorporate more Jewish settlements.
01-29-06 - Olmert Rules Out Working With Palestinians Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that Israel won't have any contacts with the Palestinians unless Hamas disarms and recognizes Israel.
01-29-06 - Gallup Palestinian Survey Reveals Broad Discontentment With Status Quo At the same time, Gallup finds continued Palestinian support for the peace process with Israel and a preference for negotiation rather than terrorism, raising questions about just what kind of mandate Hamas will have for its more militant approach. Relinked in case you missed it.
01-29-06 - U.S. Jewish leaders consider financially assisting fired AIPAC officials
01-29-06 - U.S. Jews start thinking seriously about the AIPAC case Regardless, some U.S. Jewish leaders convened this week and decided that the time has come for action. For some time now they have felt uncomfortable with the way the case is being conducted. Many thought that the prosecution was not justified and that its motivations are extraneous - the power wars of Washington and perhaps also a bit of anti-Semitism, or at least a desire to humiliate the pro-Israel lobby and damage its power.....Therefore, said the head of one of the major Jewish organizations, it is not AIPAC that should be attacked. A large majority of the Jewish community is interested in defending it, even if it is sometimes not pleased with its policy. "It is necessary to attack the prosecution and the case," It couldn't be that somebody broke the law? It has to be anti-Semitism!!
01-29-06 - 9/11: Pretext for Oil, or Jesus? "There are 70 million of us," he says. "And if there's one thing that brings us together quickly it's whenever we begin to detect our government becoming a little anti-Israel."
01-29-06 - Senators Support Holding Palestinian Aid Hamas' strong showing in last week's voting has been attributed in large part to dissatisfaction with the ruling Fatah party's ability to provide basic services as well as widespread corruption in its government. The U.S. was providing $150 million in aid to the Palestinian government this year.
01-29-06 - Hamas official: Group will make Islamic law a source for legislation Sheikh Mohammed Abu Tir, no. 2 on the Hamas list, told Canada's Globe and Mail that the government will modify the existing Palestinian education system to and institute a more Islamic curriculum, and will separate boys and girls.
01-29-06 - Hamas suggests it could look for alternative sources of funding Haniyeh said the Palestinians would only disarm and end the armed struggle when Israel ended its occupation of land the Palestinians seek for an independent state.
01-29-06 - FBI conducting more investigations into AIPAC The FBI is conducting a second round of investigation concerning the Franklin-Aipac case and has interviewed in the past weeks several Jewish leaders and former Aipac officials.
01-29-06 - Nervous Palestinians Circulate Hamas Jokes
01-29-06 - When a Mother Gets Killed Does She Make a Sound? The answer is unclear at this point, but some disturbing patterns are beginning to emerge. They implicate some of our major news media, and, perhaps most of all, the Associated Press, the oldest and largest wire service in the world. I'm not the only one to have noticed this (see news for Jan. 27 in the archives).
01-29-06 - Hamas: US not enemy
01-29-06 - Women of Gaza fear for their freedoms under new religious regime
01-29-06 - Abramoff and al-Arian: Lobbyist's "Charity" a Front for Terrorism Abramoff, a legendary lobbyist particularly close to DeLay, is also a fierce supporter of Israel?"a super-Zionist," one associate says
01-29-06 - Election officials reduce Hamas seats by two
01-29-06 - ABC's Bob Woodruff Reluctant to Label Hamas a Terrorist Group Old Bob fell afoul of the pro-Israeli community.
01-29-06 - The negative results of Israel's efforts to demonise everyone Hamas is a creation of Israel, supported and nourished by Yitzhak Rabin over 25 years ago in an attempt to use Islam as a counter to PLO nationalism. If
01-29-06 - Hebron squatters agree to leave alone - and return, legally The state and Hebron's settlers reached an agreement early Monday morning under which Jewish squatters would voluntarily leave the city's wholesale market by Monday night, Israel Radio reported. In exchange, they are to secure the state's promise to speed up legal proceedings that would enable them to return to the market legally.
It would only be 'legal' by Israeli law, since Israel's seizure of the Palestinian market was unlawful under international law.
01-29-06 - 'Boycott Israel' forum held in London
01-29-06 - Palestinians Unite Again to Appeal for the Release of the Peace Activists held Hostage in Iraq
01-29-06 - Official says Hamas victory worries Holy Land Christians
01-29-06 - Hamas win is 'savage indictment' of U.S., Israeli policy "the abject failure of the United States to push forward any meaningful peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, the routine breaking of promises, and the expansion of the Israeli military occupation systematically undermined those Palestinians who supported negotiations and a viable two-state solution."
01-29-06 - Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign:
01-29-06 - Hamas will make a deal
01-29-06 - Mock trial of Bush, Blair and Sharon planned The prosecution will be headed by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, who sits on Saddam's defense team, according to one of the organizers.
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Sunday, January 29, 2006
01-28-06 - Two Palestinian Police Wounded in Ambush Hamas returned fire, wounding two policeman. At about 1 a.m. Saturday, a Palestinian police patrol in Khan Younis was ambushed by Hamas gunmen, and two officers were wounded, police said. Hamas officials were not immediately available for comment.
01-28-06 - Palestinian medics: IDF troops kill girl near Gaza Strip border fence
01-28-06 - Resistance fires four homemade shells at military installations in Gaza
01-28-06 - Hamas Considers Using Militants in Army The situation gets worse by the minute.
01-28-06 - Gunmen take over parliament buildings
01-28-06 - Triumphant Hamas vows to work with West
01-28-06 - Soldiers or Settlers? Palestinian man's Hebron home sustains severe damage A neighbor, hearing of Adel's situation, said that the Israeli army has accepted
volunteers who wear the uniform, and act as soldiers, but they are likely to be
settlers. There have been other cases, he said, where these volunteers have
attacked local Palestinians.
01-28-06 - Gallup Palestinian Survey Reveals Broad Discontentment With Status Quo Corruption may have doomed Fatah Party
01-28-06 - Hamas Says It Will Not Change Following their resounding election victory, the Islamic militants of Hamas met the question of whether they will change their stripes with a loud "no": no recognition of Israel, no negotiations, no renunciation of terror.
01-28-06 - Merkel visits Israel amid worries about Hamas, Iran During her two-day visit, Merkel will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Ehud Olmert, acting Israeli prime minister since Ariel Sharon suffered a massive stroke and fell into a coma on Jan. 4
01-28-06 - Hamas Victory Rattles Arab World
01-28-06 - Clinton sees hope to 'work through' Mideast crisis Asked if he believed Hamas could recognize Israel, having advocated its destruction until now, Clinton said: "I think there's a way to work through this, yes. I think there's a way to get them into that, I mean I hope there is."
01-28-06 - Israel to limit Hamas MPs' movement between Gaza, West Bank
01-28-06 - High Court issues order banning Amona outpost demolitions High Court Justice Salim Jubran on Friday issued an interim order banning the demolition of buildings in the illegal outpost of Amona until another decision is given on the matter.
01-28-06 - Introducing Hamas - the new Likud In 1977, the Likud of Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir was derided abroad - and by the left at home - as a group led by terror warlords, a movement with roots in armed wings that had engaged in bombings and cold-blooded shootings
01-28-06 - Hamas says Abbas will not quit
01-28-06 - Victory for Hamas is a protest, not a call to arms
01-28-06 - Tourism to Israel grows as Israeli-Palestinian violence declines
01-28-06 - 'They are resisting what Israel did to us' A large number of Christians voted for Hamas on the premise all Palestinians are united in the struggle against Israel.
01-28-06 - US wants Abbas to stay as Palestinian president
01-28-06 - Jews Admit Defacing Kalandiya Sign
01-28-06 - Former governor observes Palestinian election Shaheen said she spoke with a Hamas campaign worker at one polling place who said he was motivated by the corruption of the (former ruling party) Fatah, not by any message of violence.
01-28-06 - From 2002: Analysis: Hamas history tied to Israel Israel and Hamas may currently be locked in deadly combat, but, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years.
01-28-06 - Hamas and President Bush: Andy Martin's viewpoint Put American policy in the hands of those who do not have any emotional attachment to either side.
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Saturday, January 28, 2006
01-27-06 - Child killed by military fire in the Gaza strip A Palestinian medical reported, on Thursday at night, that Israeli soldiers shot and killed a nine-year old Palestinian child near the Kissufim Crossing in the central Gaza Strip. All mainstream and most alternative media have halted the reporting of these killings of late.
01-27-06 - State Dept. to Review Aid to Palestinians The aid we give to the Palestinians is a drop in the bucket compared to the billions we give to Israel each year.
01-27-06 - Israeli politicians rush to condemn Hamas win IN the end, what difference does the Hamas win make? They refused to negotiate with Arafat. Abbas was no 'partner for peace' and was outright ignored as Israel continued building the illegal settlements in the West Bank and the wall that cuts deep into Palestinian land. Israel had planned to carry out unilateral moves which it has all of last year, without any negotiation with the Abbas government. The Hamas victory simply makes no difference when all is said and done. Just before Sharon had his second near fatal stroke, he was discussing drawing up Israel's final borders - without the consent and without negotiations with the Palestinians whose land would likely be further usurped in the process. The Palestinians, many of whom live below the poverty level, voted for Hamas because it is seen as being less corrupt than Fatah. The irony is that the world will now cut the aid money to the PA.
01-27-06 - Two injured, three arrested in Bil'in Two Palestinian residents, including a child, and one Korean peace activist, were injured
01-27-06 - Army probes the death of a Palestinian child; soldiers did not follow orders The death of this child was also ignored by all major and most minor media outlets this week.
01-27-06 - We will not be blackmailed, Hamas says
01-27-06 - Fatah gunmen protest Hamas victory in Gaza
01-27-06 - Almost half of Israelis say talk to Hamas - poll
01-27-06 - Protesters urge Abbas to resign
01-27-06 - Fatah Activists Protest Party Corruption Despite international pressure, Hamas leaders said Friday they had no intention of recognizing Israel. "It's not in our mind now to recognize it as we believe that it's a state that has usurped our land and expelled our people. These issues should be handled before we talk about recognition,"
01-27-06 - Donors Threaten Aid Cut After Hamas Win The World Bank estimates that 1.1 billion dollars of the PA's budget in 2005 ? about half of the total ? came from foreign donors.
01-27-06 - Hamas, Son of Israel Amid all the howls of pain and gnashing of teeth over the triumph of Hamas in the Palestinian elections, one fact remains relatively obscure, albeit highly relevant: Israel did much to launch Hamas as an effective force in the occupied territories. If ever there was a clear case of "blowback," then this is it.
01-27-06 - U.S. Could Halt Aid to Palestinians The threat was echoed on Capitol Hill by a nonbinding Senate resolution condemning Hamas and expressing support for halting assistance to the Palestinian government. The symbolic resolution, crafted by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., says aid should be ended if the party controlling the Palestinian parliament advocates the destruction of Israel, which Hamas does. It was unclear when the Senate would vote on the proposal.
01-27-06 - Quartet pushes Hamas to renounce violence, accept Israel
01-27-06 - Peace among the olive trees It was a joy to see Muslims, Jews and Christians working together,
demonstrating that peace and reconciliation are possible. It was especially
impressive how these Israelis had come to work with the people who are
supposed to be their enemies. Yet more impressive is the willingness of the
Palestinian Muslims to accept these Jews, when they suspect is was other
Jews who destroyed their olive trees
01-27-06 - Iran Says UN Is Being 'Manipulated' in Holocaust Observance "Regrettably, the Zionist regime has routinely attempted to exploit the sufferings of the Jewish people in the past as a cover for its crimes being perpetrated today against Palestinians in the occupied territories, including massacre,"
01-27-06 - Hamas win hardens Israel's unilateral instincts Hamas's shock election win is likely to encourage Israel to take more go-it-alone steps to impose a border with the Palestinians on its own terms.
01-27-06 - Israel questions cash transfers to Palestinians Israel may face "practical problems" over the transfer of customs revenue to the Palestinians after militant group Hamas won this week's election, a senior finance ministry official said on Friday.
01-27-06 - A triumph for Sharon The Hamas landslide is the direct outcome of the utter frustration felt by Palestinians at the failure of anybody to do anything about the abject poverty and oppression under which they spend every day of their lives.
01-27-06 - The Palestinians' democratic choice must be respected The excuses given for refusing to deal with Hamas will not wash. This is a chance for Europe to have an independent role
01-27-06 - Is democracy empowering Islamists? Some historians argue that radical groups' entry into mainstream politics has led them to moderate their stances: The Irish Republican Army or former guerrilla groups in Central America are often cited as examples.
01-27-06 - Leaders urged to accept Hamas government
01-27-06 - Hamas Upset Rattles Bush Strategy
01-27-06 - Israel, West likely to cut funds James Wolfensohn, envoy to the region for the diplomatic "Quartet" managing the peace process, predicted a cutoff from Western nations.
01-27-06 - APN backs Shikaki Americans for Peace Now led an initiative asking Brandeis University to maintain its relationship with a Palestinian academic accused of terrorist ties.
01-27-06 - AIPAC: Hamas win a 'major setback' The pro-Israel lobby said Thursday that the United States must not recognize Hamas as a legitimate political party until it renounces violence, dismantles terrorist infrastructure, recognizes Israel?s right to exist
01-27-06 - Arab-Americans concerned at Hamas victory A number of Arab-American groups expressed concern at Hamas' electoral win.
01-27-06 - China welcomes smooth completion of Palestinian parliamentary elections, FM spokesman
01-27-06 - CNI Delegation Observes Palestinian Election in Gaza
01-27-06 - Observers NDI/Carter Center: Palestinian Elections Important Step toward Greater Sharon did not distinguish between civilians or fighters and saw both as a "threat to Israel's national identity,"
01-27-06 - Edward Said would be Proud of the Palestinian People Once Again!
01-27-06 - The JCRC of Greater Washington Calls on International Community to Reject Hamas-Led Government Until It Renounces Terror
01-27-06 - Hamas to be invited to form government
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Israel, West likely to cut funds
Some headlines and summaries from JTA
Israel and Western nations are likely to immediately cut off funds to the Palestinian Authority when Hamas assumes power, top officials said.
“We will face practical problems of how you deal with people that call for the destruction of Israel,” Yossi Bachar, director of Israel’s Finance Ministry, told Ha’aretz on Friday. “If they want to continue to work with us, they will have to find a solution, otherwise I can’t see how they would get the money.” Israel returns to the Palestinian Authority tax money, social security payments and some customs duties garnered from Palestinians.
James Wolfensohn, envoy to the region for the diplomatic “Quartet” managing the peace process, predicted a cutoff from Western nations. Hamas is set to take power by next week.
APN backs Shikaki
Americans for Peace Now led an initiative asking Brandeis University to maintain its relationship with a Palestinian academic accused of terrorist ties.
The letter sent Friday to the Boston-area, Jewish-sponsored university comes after the Zionist Organization of America asked Brandeis to cut off Khalil Shikaki, an academic whose brother Fatih founded the terrorist group Islamic Jihad. The ZOA launched its campaign following revelations that Khalil Shikaki spoke occasionally in 1995 with Sameeh Hammoudeh, a Florida man associated with Islamic Jihad. The revelations came after a jury acquitted Hammoudeh of funding the group.
Brandeis said it was standing by Shikaki, an academic whose polling has uncovered strains of Palestinian moderation. APN and a slate of over 30 academics, political figures and Brandeis alumni praised the university for not cutting off Shikaki. “Unfortunately, there are extremist elements in the American Jewish community that are relentless in their efforts to try to undermine Palestinian moderates and have no shame in using guilt by association to denigrate Dr. Shikaki,” the letter said.
AIPAC: Hamas win a ‘major setback’
Hamas’ victory in Palestinian elections is a “major setback for peace and democracy in the Middle East,” AIPAC said.
The pro-Israel lobby said Thursday that the United States must not recognize Hamas as a legitimate political party until it renounces violence, dismantles terrorist infrastructure, recognizes Israel’s right to exist and agrees to negotiate with the Jewish state. “A government dominated by a terrorist organization undermines efforts to establish a democratic, non-violent society and jeopardizes efforts to achieve a lasting peace between the Palestinians and Israel,” AIPAC President Bernice Manocherian and Executive Director Howard Kohr said in a statement.
Arab-Americans concerned at Hamas victory
A number of Arab-American groups expressed concern at Hamas’ electoral win.
“This election doesn’t make me happy. It doesn’t make me happy at all,” James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, told the Journal News, a newspaper in Westchester, N.Y. Hamas, a terrorist group that advocates Israel’s destruction, swept Wednesday’s elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council.
The American Task Force on Palestine warned Hamas that “the only way for Palestinians to achieve statehood on Palestinian lands occupied since 1967 is through the exercise of non-violence and a process of political negotiation.” The Free Muslim Coalition, which backs many Bush administration Middle East policies, said it was “disappointed” by the results. However, the groups called on the world to respect the election results.
The institute and the task force blamed the results in part on the conditions of Israel’s occupation.
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Friday, January 27, 2006
01-26-06 - Israel rules out talks with Hamas
01-26-06 - Palestinians hail 'day of liberty'
01-26-06 - Hamas celebrates election victory
01-26-06 - Euphoria turns to shock as Palestinians ask 'What now?' "If they declare that secular law has priority over Islamic law I will relax, but if they elevate Islamic law, I will pack my bags. It is not only Christians that are scared. Moderate Muslims who live a modern life are also fearful,"
01-26-06 - Iran: Israel will be put in 'eternal coma' if it attacks nuclear sites Were Israel to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, Iran would respond so strongly that it would put the Jewish state into "an eternal coma" like Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's, the Iranian defense minister said Wednesday
01-26-06 - Hamas Says Will Uphold Cease-Fire
01-26-06 - Hamas Victory Draws Mixed Reactions A policeman fears a Hamas vendetta against security forces. A merchant worries that Israel will now seal the borders. A Hamas supporter celebrates, expecting prosperity.
01-26-06 - Intellectuals on the run The FBI?s file on Edward Said, which began in 1971 after Said co-delivered a lecture on the topic of ?Culture and the Critical Spirit,? was partly released at the request of Counterpunch.com. Despite Said?s death in 2003, the FBI is withholding parts of the 238-page document
01-26-06 - Human Rights Worker Released from Israeli Detention An Israeli Interior Ministry official ordered his release on condition Parsons not participate in any ?international activity? in Hebron. Parson?s lawyer Gaby Lasky views this as a victory and says that the police and military are using their authority to get rid of the international observers while doing nothing against the real perpetrators, the settlers.
01-26-06 - Carter Says Palestinian Elections Fair
01-26-06 - Davos chair apologizes for magazine's Israel boycott call The two-page article in question was headlined "boycott Israel." Written by American academic Mazin Qumsiyeh, its message summarized in the subheading was "global civil society ought to boycott Israel until it ends its Apartheid-like treatment of Palestinians."
01-26-06 - ADL: Palestinians Choose Terrorism Over Peacemaking; Hamas Victory Over Fatah Puts Peace in Peril This is the same ADL that was caught spying on anti-Apartheid activists in the past.
01-26-06 - Israel tried to kill bin Laden in 1996: paper
01-26-06 - Rice says Palestinians want peace despite Hamas victory
01-26-06 - Protecting free elections for Palestinians
01-26-06 - Gen. William Odom on Iraq The way to regain our influence would be "resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict."
01-26-06 - Palestinian activists fined in Jerusalem The Jerusalem municipality slapped a NIS 500,000 fine on Hamas, Fatah and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine yesterday for hanging campaign posters in East Jerusalem in violation of city bylaws.
01-26-06 - Spy With a Heart of Gold? Was an American spy for Israel trying to "help" his country?
01-26-06 - Bush demands renunciation of violence and recognition of Israel
01-26-06 - Palestinian elections: Voters' views
01-26-06 - Abbas insists on talks with Israel after Hamas win
01-26-06 - New B'Tselem Campaign - Change the Route of the Separation Barrier
01-26-06 - Zionist Thugs Threaten Another Rense.com Writer And Program Guest Also, the caller phoned me on my cellphone. Most people know - or should - that such a number is extremely hard to obtain. You must have the *authority* to do so and that authority must be high up the food chain.
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Thursday, January 26, 2006
01-25-06 - Impoverished Gazans vote for change "Today is important because the Palestinian people need their independence, they need to establish their own state and achieve peace with Israel,"
01-25-06 - Palestinians cast historic vote
01-25-06 - Palestinians go to the polls Rightwing Israeli politicians and extremists attempted to force their way into a Palestinian polling station in east Jerusalem, but 75 policemen blocked their way.
01-25-06 - A six per cent democracy As well as severely restricting the number of Palestinians allowed to vote, Israel photocopied registration lists. A refusal to give a previously issued letter of assurances that voting would not affect residency and other rights added to the atmosphere of fear.
01-25-06 - Bush's Dilemma: Iran vs. Israel by Patrick J. Buchanan In short, if Bush does not confront Iran on the nuclear issue with sanctions or air strikes, he may find himself confronted by Israelis and their U.S. auxiliaries
01-25-06 - AIPAC: A Danger For Jews; Orthodox Jews Will Assemble to Protest Against AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) at Annual Dinner Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, a spokesman for Neturei Karta International, Jews United Against Zionism, stated at a recent meeting: "Philanthropists and government representatives, should be apprised of the reality, that supporting Zionism and the State of 'Israel,' does not help Jews or Judaism, but only helps to perpetuate the tragic impasse and constant bloodshed in the Middle East."
01-25-06 - Israel's Olmert orders W.Bank barrier built faster
01-25-06 - Sentence in Franklin case sends chill through free-speech community Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told the Jerusalem Post that the climate in Washington was "unacceptable." That "two patriotic American citizens who are working for Jewish organizations who did nothing to violate American security should have to stand trial and be subject to the public scrutiny and public humiliation, frankly I find very disturbing, and a matter that we all have to look at in a much more serious way," Some people feel that they are above the law. It looks like the law just him square in the ass, rightly so.
01-25-06 - Jews look for pro-Israel turn as Conservatives win Canadian vote "I think the government will be more proactive in seeking remedies to ensure the Iranians do not move forward with their nuclear program," agreed Frank Dimant, president of B'nai Brith Canada. "I know that they understand the threat Iran is, not just to Israel, but to Canada, Europe and the U.S." Canada's growing neocon problem.
01-25-06 - Bush: U.S. Not Ready to Deal With Hamas
01-25-06 - In Wake of Palestinian Elections, ADL Urges World Leaders Not to Legitimate Terrorist Group Hamas ADL says 'Jump!, Bush replies 'how high?'
01-25-06 - Israel-Egypt Trade Soars on U.S. Deal Israel-Egypt Trade Soars, Thanks to United States Deal
01-25-06 - EU Could Increase Palestinian Aid Despite Hamas Victory
01-25-06 - York school board pulls controversial children?s book One Palestinian girl, Wafa, 12, complains about Israeli military checkpoints, saying ? the Israeli soldiers treat us like dogs. They make us stand and wait for no good reason, just because they can.
01-25-06 - OPT: Costs of conflict - Nablus after five years of conflict as this study concludes these changes are insufﬁcient to stimulate recovery in Nablus. The bulk of the movement restrictions - aggravated by the presence of 14 Israeli settlements and 26 outposts around Nablus city - remain and in some cases are tightening.
01-25-06 - Palestinian refugees will hold mock PLO elections in Brussels and Paris The symbolic elections aim to raise public awareness of the exclusion of over half of the Palestinian people from the internationally-sponsored process of Palestinian political decision making applied under the terms of the Madrid-Oslo agreements between Israel and the PLO.
01-25-06 - Study: 220 Israeli firms export arms According to the study, most of the transactions are reported to the American government.
01-25-06 - A Minnesota senator said he was concerned that congressional trips to Israel could be cut under lobbying reform proposals. Who does he work for, the American people, or AIPAC?
01-25-06 - Inalienable Human Rights Stand Trial Today in Jerusalem Today begins the trial of Mordechai Vanunu, a Christian in Jerusalem fighting for the inalienable right to free speech and movement.
01-25-06 - Munich: Mossad breaks cover the assassination campaign did not fall apart because the agents lost their nerve, as the film suggests, but because an operation went disastrously wrong at Lillehammer in Norway, when the Israelis mis-identified their target - the Black September chief Ali Hassan Salameh - and killed an innocent Moroccan waiter instead. Spielberg does not even mention Lillehammer;
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Lawmakers concerned about lobbying reform
A Minnesota senator said he was concerned that congressional trips to Israel could be cut under lobbying reform proposals.
A Minnesota senator said he was concerned that congressional trips to Israel could be cut under lobbying reform proposals.
Speaking at a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Republican Norm Coleman said the American Israel Public Affairs Committee provides a service by sending lawmakers to Israel to meet its leaders.
“That would be prohibited if we take the approach that’s been articulated here,” Coleman said. “So I don’t think that helps us be better senators.” Several congressional leaders and outside groups have proposed lobbying reforms that would curtail all private travel by members of Congress.
Other suggested reforms would allow non-profit groups to take legislators on trips.
Former Michigan Gov. John Engler, a Republican who now is president of the National Association of Manufacturers, praised AIPAC’s engagement.
“They’re far better than anybody else that could lobby on that issue when they have an opportunity,” Engler told the committee. “They don’t lobby, but they are powerfully persuasive on a point of view.”
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Wednesday, January 25, 2006
01-24-06 - Fatah leader in West Bank shot dead Today Fatah gunmen shot to death Abu Ahmed Hassouna, 44, a party leader in Nablus after he told them to stop shooting at campaign posters on his house
01-24-06 - Abbas, factions urge maximum Palestinian vote turnout After meeting former US president Jimmy Carter, one of the vote's overseers, Abbas called the election "a right of every citizen which should be exercised."
01-24-06 - UN renews pressure on Lebanon to disarm Hizbollah
01-24-06 - Absentee Property law is not applicable in East Jerusalem The Tel Aviv District Court, headed by Judge Boaz Okun, issued on Monday a ground breaking ruling stating that the Israeli Absentee Property Law can not be applied either on the West Bank lands Israel occupied during the 1967 War or the Palestinians who are living there adding that declaring lands owned by West Bank Palestinians as "absentee property" was illegal and canceled.
01-24-06 - Surge in support for Hamas as voters prepare to reject Fatah at polls
01-24-06 - Geographers propose transfer of Israeli Arab towns to PA "Is Israel going in the direction of making its Arab population feel like a rejected enemy or attempting to create an atmosphere of co-existence and equality?"
01-24-06 - Palestinian Candidates Condemn U.S. Program
01-24-06 - Militants pledge to ensure smooth Palestinian vote
01-24-06 - Carter: Elections can change Hamas In his speech, Carter said he supports President George W. Bush's Road Map peace initiative, as well as the principles of the Geneva Accord, which advocate recognition of Israel by the Arab states, an independent Palestinian state with territorial continuity, a "harmonious" division of Jerusalem and a resettlement of the Palestinians within their borders.
01-24-06 - Israel's priority to set permanent borders: Olmert No other nation in the world gets to draw up its own borders at will, at the expense of another people, and with the full backing of the United States.
01-24-06 - Palestinian AIDS patient denied care in Tel Aviv
01-24-06 - Palestinian vote 'decisive step' to statehood: Abbas
01-24-06 - State of emergency imposed ahead of Palestinian legislative election
01-24-06 - Olmert says Israel must quit more occupied land
01-24-06 - Abbas Receives Carter
01-24-06 - Christian candidate on Hamas ticket
01-24-06 - Herzliya conference cancels session on Negev Bedouin explusion plan
01-24-06 - The Growing Israel Divestment Movement
01-24-06 - A Human Rights Worker Writes of her Christmas in Israeli Detention During 2002-2003, Israeli soldiers were alleged to have deliberately wounded at least twelve foreign human rights workers with live ammunition, and killed several others, the best known being Rachel Corrie, Tom Hurndall, and UN worker Iain Hook
01-24-06 - Conflict hurts Israel's legitimacy, minister says Unless progress was made towards establishing a Palestinian state as mandated by a U.S.-backed peace road map, Livni said in a speech, pressure could grow to turn Israel into a binational state in which Israelis and Palestinians would share power. One man, one vote works for the United States.
01-24-06 - Settlers begin new fight with Israeli forces For two weeks, dozens of youths have protested against plans to evict settlers living in Hebron's market since 2001. The ultranationalists have rampaged in the predominantly Palestinian city, torching several Palestinian homes and shops.
01-24-06 - Palestinian Elections: PA vehicles used in election campaign
01-24-06 - Norway: Israel boycott a flop Responding to the survey results, consumer researcher Eivind Jacobsen said Norwegians do not have a tradition of boycotts, the Norway Post said. Jacobsen also noted most of the Norwegian imports from Israel consist of components for electronics and IT, as opposed to fruits and vegetables.
01-24-06 - Hamas ordered to pay NIS 100 million Under a new (retroactive) Israeli law, Palestinians aren't allowed to sue the IDF for like crimes.
01-24-06 - Israel should allow Vanunu to leave
01-24-06 - Sharon's health woes concealed by doctors: report
01-24-06 - Carter leads Palestinian election monitors Separately, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) is leading a small official U.S. delegation.
01-24-06 - Abbas to Syria: Shut down terrorists the U.S. State Department said.
01-24-06 - Legislators urge Presbyterians to shun Hezbollah
01-24-06 - Barghouti´s political prospects limited Marwan Barghouti will not be able to serve in the Palestinian Authority Cabinet from prison, Israel?s internal security minister said.
01-24-06 - Q&A: What happens if Hamas triumphs?
01-24-06 - Israeli army nabs eight wanted militants in West Bank
01-24-06 - USAID: Qalandia Road Repair to Ease Travel for Palestinians
01-24-06 - Jewish National Front Plans to Disrupt PA Elections in Jerusalem
01-24-06 - 'Officers who voted for Hamas arrested'
01-24-06 - Rebuffed in D.C., Jewish groups
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Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Carter leads Palestinian election monitors
Some headlines and summaries from JTA
Former President Carter is leading a delegation of monitors to the Palestinian elections.
Carter is heading the 80-member joint Carter Center-National Democratic Institute delegation, which also will include former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, former Albanian President Rexhep Meidani and former Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio. Civic leaders from Palestinian American and Jewish American groups also are part of the team monitoring Wednesday’s legislative elections, which already have been beset by violence and charges of corruption.
Separately, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) is leading a small official U.S. delegation.
Abbas to Syria: Shut down terrorists
Mahmoud Abbas asked Syria to shut down the offices of Palestinian terrorist groups, the U.S. State Department said.
Spokesman Scott McCormack said the refusal of Syrian leader Bashar Assad to heed the Palestinian Authority president was an example of Syrian recalcitrance.
“President Abbas has asked President Assad to close down the offices of those Palestinian rejectionist groups headquartered in Damascus,” McCormack said Tuesday. “He hasn’t done so. As a matter of fact, he’s done just the opposite,” McCormack added, noting that Assad last week allowed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to meet with the terrorist groups during a visit to Syria.
Legislators urge Presbyterians to shun Hezbollah
A bipartisan slate of eight members of Congress urged the Chicago chapter of the U.S. Presbyterian Church to stop meeting with Hezbollah.
“We urge you to rethink this policy of continued contact with people responsible for the murder of 258 Americans and the citizens of other members of the United Nations,” said the letter, initiated by Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.).
The Chicago City Council last month condemned Rev. Bob Reynolds, the Chicago Presbytery executive, who led a group to a meeting with the terrorist group in Lebanon in October. Reynolds later said he regretted the visit because Hezbollah, which continues to seek Israel’s destruction, used it “for political purposes.”
Barghouti´s political prospects limited
Marwan Barghouti will not be able to serve in the Palestinian Authority Cabinet from prison, Israel’s internal security minister said.
Gideon Ezra said that Barghouti, a jailed West Bank militiaman who heads the Fatah faction’s candidate list for Palestinian Authority parliamentary elections Wednesday, will not be able to carry out any future ministerial duties. “He won’t be a minister from prison. Who can be a minister from prison?” Ezra told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
Once touted as a potential successor to the late Yasser Arafat, Barghouti, 46, was arrested in 2002 and sentenced to five life terms for orchestrating terrorist attacks by the Aksa Brigades.
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01-23-06 - Child killed, another injured by military fire near Ramallah Israeli soldiers fired, on Monday evening, at several children in Al Mogheer village, near the West Bank city of Ramallah killing a nine-year old child, and injuring another.
01-23-06 - Palestinian youth, 13, killed by IDF gunfire near Ramallah An initial report indicated soldiers opened fire in the direction of two children building a stone barrier across a road. Soldiers said they opened fire when they noticed two figures laying a suspicious object on the road.
01-23-06 - Israeli soldier lightly wounded in W. Bank shooting
01-23-06 - Thumbnails of Top Palestinian Candidates
01-23-06 - Fatah Calls on Hamas to Renounce Violence
01-23-06 - Palestinian campaign hits climax
01-23-06 - Bush warns Iran on Israel US President George W. Bush said that the United States would defend Israel against any Iranian threat and that the world could not risk being "blackmailed" by a nuclear-armed Tehran.
01-23-06 - Gazans have high hopes of election
01-23-06 - Carter calls for more withdrawal Jimmy Carter urged Israel to uproot more West Bank settlements. "You can't have a Palestinian state living in peace and dignity if it is filled with Israeli settlements,"
01-23-06 - Israeli army to avoid W.Bank towns for poll - media
01-23-06 - US denies campaigning for moderate Palestinians
01-23-06 - East Jerusalem Arabs watch election from afar "Some groups are banned and even if we can find a way to vote for them, how can anyone make a difference here with Israel still in control of the whole of Jerusalem?"
01-23-06 - NDI/Carter Center observers arrive for Palestinian elections Election observers from 22 countries have arrived to observe election preparations and voting as part of a multinational delegation organized by the National Democratic Institute in partnership with The Carter Center.
01-23-06 - Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, the Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace Brit Tzedek's CALL TO BRING THE SETTLERS HOME TO ISRAEL.
01-23-06 - CNI Public Hearing: Remarks by Timothy Rothermel Living in Palestine for the past decade, and being a frequent visitor there for over twenty-five years, I would like to share with you some thoughts about this extraordinary place.
01-23-06 - ADL chief: Franklin affair could pose threat to Jewish lobbyists Some American Jewish leaders are concerned by the influence the trial could have on the relations between Jewish groups and the administration
01-23-06 - Challenging a sacred American institution The Washington museum is a sacred institution in America, certainly in Jewish America, but it is not without controversy. Now its opponents are taking it to task for what they see as its failure to tackle Arab-Muslim anti-Semitism.
The anti-Semitism by Israelis won't be getting any mention though, I'm guessing.
01-23-06 - One Israeli in four lives in poverty Then where is all our aid money going? To pay off/'relocate' the Gaza settlers who shouldn't have been in Gaza in the first place, to pay for the new illegal settlements going up in E. Jerusalem and the West Bank and the necessary military occupation thereof. Ordinary Israelis get to suffer for it.
01-23-06 - GOV SEEKS N.Y. $$ FOR ISRAEL HOSPITAL A provision tucked away in Gov. Pataki's proposed budget would allow the state to help a Jewish group dramatically expand a hospital it runs - in Israel.
01-23-06 - Fatah struggles with tainted image Corruption and incompetence in Yasser Arafat's faction are helping Hamas win support in run-up to Palestinian election
01-23-06 - Hamas has arrived - but there are limits to its advance
01-23-06 - FACTBOX-Palestinian parliamentary election
01-23-06 - Unicef appeals for $805m in aid
01-23-06 - Abbas meets Jordan's delegation to monitor Palestinian elections
01-23-06 - Armed factions banned from protecting ballots in Palestine
01-23-06 - Cheney's War Workshop Plots Another Attack Israel, however, and its neocon allies in the Bush administration, claim without any evidence that Iran is making a bomb.
01-23-06 - UN remains committed to helping Palestinians achieve own state, says Secretary-General in message on forthcoming election
01-23-06 - US likely to reschedule Israeli weapons payments Israel pays US arms suppliers with the annual military aid that it receives from the US. US regulations for financing cash flow allow Israel to base its financing for multi-year procurement on the military aid that it is expected to receive in the future.
01-23-06 - Hamas: Negotiations With Israel Possible
01-23-06 - Hundreds to watch Palestinian vote
01-23-06 - Rice Urges Palestinians to Nix Terrorism
01-23-06 - Poll: Israelis downbeat about chances for Middle East peace
01-23-06 - Olmert to stress road map at Herzliya Conference Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is expected to tell Herzliya Conference participants Tuesday that Israel's permanent borders must be determined based on demographic considerations, and should not be based on control of a large Palestinian population in the West Bank.
01-23-06 - Tunnel discovered under eastern Gaza crossing
01-23-06 - Hillary Clinton, War Goddess It is the task of Israel's amen corner in the U.S. to convince the American public, and especially to prevail upon their elected representatives, that Israel's interests and our own always coincide.
01-23-06 - A Palestinian pivot
01-23-06 - Peretz: We'll pay settlers who leave Labor won't hesitate to evacuate more settlements: The Labor party will favor unilateral withdrawals should negotiations with the Palestinians fail, and offer compensation to settlers willing to voluntarily leave the West Bank
01-23-06 - Shaaban shows video in spy trial An Indiana truck driver fought with federal prosecutors today to play at his trial a videotape of a neighborhood Fourth of July celebration in Greenfield.
01-23-06 - Speaker's anti-Arab sentiments negligent
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Monday, January 23, 2006
Jimmy Carter urged Israel to uproot more West Bank settlements.
Carter calls for more withdrawal
“You can’t have a Palestinian state living in peace and dignity if it is filled with Israeli settlements,” the former president, who is in the region to help monitor Wednesday’s Palestinian Authority parliamentary elections, said Monday in a speech at the Herzliya strategy conference.
Israel removed four West Bank settlements after its Gaza Strip withdrawal last year, and all major candidates in the March 28 general elections have said they would consider ceding further land to the Palestinians.
Carter, an architect of the 1979 Camp David peace accord between Israel and Egypt, voiced optimism about the chances of a similar rapprochement between Israel and the Palestinians.
“Over time, I have seen despair and frustration evolve into progress,” he said. But Carter urged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to crack down on terrorist groups, a requirement of the “road map” peace plan. “I hope and believe that after this election there will be an extremely strong commitment by Abu Mazen and the entire Palestinian Authority,” he said, using Abbas’ nom de guerre, “to stamp out the last vestiges of terrorism.”
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01-22-06 - One killed in Israeli air strike A Palestinian has been killed in an Israeli missile attack in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources say.
01-22-06 - Netanyahu: "No Right of Return, no withdrawal to the borders of 1967"
01-22-06 - Israel hardens line as pressure on Iran grows
01-22-06 - Iran warns Israel against military strikes Iran has warned Israel that it would be making a "fatal mistake" if it used military strikes to try to destroy Tehran's nuclear facilities.
01-22-06 - Jailed leader urges Palestinians to vote
01-22-06 - Various polls predict Fatah win over Hamas on national ticket
01-22-06 - Hamas Will Restrain from Attacks after Palestinian Elections: IDF
01-22-06 - Israeli leaders brace for Hamas landslide
01-22-06 - Will Oprah's next pick go to 'Pieces'? Wiesel's troubles with memory and truth are especially acute when it comes to Israel's behavior toward Palestinians. For example, he has long maintained that the 1948 Palestinian refugees left voluntarily, "incited by their leaders," a claim that Israel's own historians have done much to shatter.
01-22-06 - "Paradise Now" gains praise and condemnation
01-22-06 - President Receive Chinese Observers to Elections
01-22-06 - Colin Powell helps JNF raise a million In recent years JNF events have consistently been targeted by anti-Israel protestors, especially in Scotland. They claim the organisation is helping build settlements on Palestinian land.
01-22-06 - U.S. Funds Enter Fray In Palestinian Elections Elements of the U.S.-funded program include a street-cleaning campaign, distributing free food and water to Palestinians at border crossings, donating computers to community centers and sponsoring a national youth soccer tournament
01-22-06 - Hamas supports provisional Palestinian state
01-22-06 - Lawless in Gaza: leaders try to end chaos by taking guns off the street
01-22-06 - Annan urges Palestinian People to Vote
01-22-06 - My challenge For Steven Spielberg A Muslim friend once wrote to me to recommend Schindler's List, but asked if the director would continue the story with an epic about the Palestinian dispossession which followed the arrival of Schindler's refugees in Palestine. Instead of that, Spielberg has jumped 14 years to Munich, saying in an interview that the real enemy in the Middle East is "intransigence". It's not. The real enemy is taking other people's land away from them.
01-22-06 - FEATURE-Settlers begin new fight with Israeli forces "Until now we have been tolerant of settler riots and now we are paying the price," General Dan Halutz, the army's chief of staff, told the cabinet.
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Sunday, January 22, 2006
01-21-06 - IDF kills Palestinian near Gaza fence
01-21-06 - Israel warns Iran on nuclear work
01-21-06 - Army re-arrests two residents, several hours after releasing them soldiers told them to return in the afternoon to collect their ID's, but when they came back, soldiers hit them with their batons and arrested them.
01-21-06 - Iran faces 'destruction' - Israel warns
01-21-06 - Israeli Hints at Preparation to Stop Iran
01-21-06 - Hamas will recognise Israel: minister Egypt's foreign minister has expressed confidence that the militant Islamic Palestinian group Hamas would recognise Israel's existence.
01-21-06 - Israel assassinated Arafat: Syria Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused Israel of assassinating former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, whose death 14 months ago remains a mystery.
01-21-06 - Netanyahu to call for moving fence Netanyahu gave a preview of his Herzliya speech when he addressed a delegation from the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee on Wednesday
01-21-06 - IDF: Hamas to abide by cease-fire after PA vote The officers said that assuming Hamas does well at the polls, it is likely to maintain the calm it agreed to about a year ago.
01-21-06 - Iran rejects Israel's accusation on Tel Aviv bombing "Iran's support to the Palestinians is merely a moral support,"
01-21-06 - Palestinian forces vote ahead of civilian poll day
01-21-06 - US will help Israel in case of war with Iran? If Israel is attacked, the United States will ?obviously? militarily support its close Mideast ally, US Vice President Dick Cheney said in interview with CNBC television Thursday.
01-21-06 - Israel on alert as Hamas leads poll
01-21-06 - Arab anger: Jews treated differently "These police officers were here a number of times. They wanted to recruit my son and turn him into an informer. I refused and argued with them. The last time they came a few months ago, he refused, and they told him: 'We will settle the score with you in the end,'" said Jamal.
01-21-06 - Franklin's fate If he goes to court and tells Americans what AIPAC has been up to, that will be the end of the 'special relationship' between Israel and the United States. It goes without saying that he can't be allowed to go to court. So what will it be, 'accident' or 'suicide'?
01-21-06 - Egypt to send observers for Palestinian elections
01-21-06 - Sharon's condition unchanged: hospital
01-21-06 - Olympics Massacre: Munich - The real story The killings went on for at least two decades. Mossad agents have tried to claim they targeted Palestinians directly connected with the 1972 massacre. But only a couple of the Palestinians shot or blown to pieces during the operation appear to have been directly connected with the Olympic attack. Instead the dead were mainly Palestinian intellectuals, politicians and poets. And the consequences of these so-called "targeted killings" for Israel have been appalling.
01-21-06 - Palestinians court Gulf in $5 billion investment drive
01-21-06 - Jihad pledges to exclude Israeli civilians from future violence
01-21-06 - U.S.: Palestinians reject Iranian, Syrian support for militants
01-21-06 - British embassy in Israel stung for £1m
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Saturday, January 21, 2006
01-20-06 - Developers 'dumping' East J'lem homes on unwitting U.S. Jews Nof Zion is slated to cover some 115 dunams, part of which belonged to Jewish landowners, and part of which the Jerusalem municipality expropriated from several Arab landowners in the Jabel Mukaber area East Jerusalem is Occupied Palestinian Territory: World.
01-20-06 - A Plan to Transfer Arabs of Unrecognized Villages in Negev The Regional Council of the Unrecognized Villages in Negev south of Israel revealed Wednesday that Israeli government plans to transfer Arabs living in those villages into other areas in Israel.
01-20-06 - Thousands Challenge Israeli Apartheid in Bil?in
01-20-06 - On A7radio: Military Attack against Iran Now Imminent US and Israel will destroy Iran's nuclear facilities in less than 10 weeks from now
01-20-06 - Peres: Israel does not intend to withdraw from the West Bank and Jerusalem
01-20-06 - Security forces to cast first Palestinian ballots
01-20-06 - Most Israelis back unilateral W. Bank pullout: poll
01-20-06 - Human rights poor in Mideast despite reform calls: HRW "Israeli forces carried out "daily arrest raids and military operations in Palestinian areas ... often (failing) to demonstrate it had used all feasible measures to avoid or minimize harm to civilians." Meanwhile, "conditions of lawlessness have increased in parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip" with Palestinian gunmen engaging in armed clashes, vigilante killings and kidnappings of foreigners.
01-20-06 - State Dept. to Iran, Syria: Get in Step Our government takes its cue from Israel, as per usual.
01-20-06 - Hamas gains on Fatah in election opinion poll The ruling Fatah party and the Islamist group Hamas are running neck and neck ahead of elections in the Palestinian territories next week, according to a poll released yesterday.
01-20-06 - Ex-Pentagon Analyst Sentenced to 12 Years The judge also agreed to let Franklin remain free while the government continues with the wider case. His prison time could be sharply reduced in return for his help in prosecuting two former members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Franklin better watch his back. It would appear that this would put him in a rather unfavorable position to say the least.
01-20-06 - Israel breaks up West Bank barrier protest The United Nations' International Court of Justice issued in 2004 a non-binding ruling that parts of the 650-kilometre (410-mile) barrier which criss-crosses the West Bank are illegal and should be torn down.
01-20-06 - Israelis would back attack on Iran nuclear sites: poll
01-20-06 - Israel Blames Iran, Syria for Bombings Coincidently, Israel has called for us to change the regimes in both of those countries after we are finished in Iraq, and these countries are both on the neocon hitlist.
01-20-06 - Settler rams Palestinian youth with car
01-20-06 - DeGioia Defends Palestine Conference Richard Frankel (COL ?08) questioned the university?s decision to allow Georgetown?s Students for Justice for Palestine to host a February conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement, a group that some have accused of being anti-Israel.
01-20-06 - Syrian official: Syria not involved in TA bombing Syria "had nothing to do with the operation."
01-20-06 - Palestinian Christians The vast, vast majority of Americans and the vast majority of American Christians know virtually nothing about Palestinian Christians
01-20-06 - Palestinian ambassador asks for SA's help
01-20-06 - Despair Plagues Exiled Palestinians
01-20-06 - EU, PA slam east J'lem vote compromise The main problem, according to Dwaik and confirmed by De Keyser, was the issue of privacy. In previous PA elections, voters did not have a screen or booths set up in the post offices that allowed them to mark their ballots without being observed by Israeli postal or security officials.
01-20-06 - McCloskey takes challenge to run against Pombo In the past two decades, he has become a critic of pro-Israeli U.S. policies and visited the late Palestinian leader, Yassar Arafat
01-20-06 - The soldier knows what he's saying
01-20-06 - Hebron Reflection "Shabbat shalom", I greet the worshippers.
Some have learned to recognise my red hat
the mark of a Christian Peacemaker in Hebron,
and they spit at me
and they curse me as a Nazi. And it hurts.
01-20-06 - German FM: Israeli nukes don?t justify Iran
01-20-06 - Danish T-shirts 'to fund rebels' The T-shirts have as logos the initials of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) or the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
01-20-06 - Siniora to ask for Arab help on Palestinian weapons issue Lebanon's Premier Fouad Siniora is set to send a letter to Arab states "soon" urging them to exert pressure on the Palestinians in order to put an end to Palestinian weapons outside refugee camps.
01-20-06 - U.S. to push for Hizbullah disarmament The United States is set on Monday to present to the United Nations Security Council a draft resolution calling on Lebanon to implement a past resolution demanding Hizbullah and other militias be disarmed.
Yet, no one asks Israel to implement the numerous UN resolutions that it is in violation of.
01-20-06 - Hamas leader says Oslo agreement expires long time ago
01-20-06 - Jaffa: Divided it fell In late May 1948 the Israeli government formed a Transfer Committee to prevent the return of the refugees, and settle new Jewish olim, immigrants, in their abandoned houses, starting in Haifa and Jaffa. The few Arabs who remained were to be relocated from their homes. The Emergency Committee's protest memorandum was ignored. When the time came Israeli soldiers simply threw the Arabs out of their homes. Even the Emergency Committee was expelled from its offices.
01-20-06 - Sinn Fein to meet Palestinian envoy
01-20-06 - Palestinian Conference Will Promote Peace For the record, the PSM is an entirely grassroots organization, which advocates non-violent methods to arrive at a just peace in accordance with international law. Any attempts to blacken the movements with such absurd charges as terrorism is a saddening reminder of the prejudices that remain on this campus.....the irony here is that Levinson himself is a racist who?s written that "Israel should expel the two-legged locusts and annex all the occupied territory. To hell with these vermin."
01-20-06 - Hundreds attend funeral for Israeli Arab Hundreds attended the funeral of an Israeli Arab killed by Israeli police
01-20-06 - Tens of thousands join Hamas rallies
01-20-06 - Activists: Museum should acknowledge Arab anti-Semitism The fledgling organization, "Holocaust Museum Watch," believe the government-funded museum should present an exhibit to highlight Arab and Muslim anti-Semitism, both No mention of the anti-Semitism by Israelis though.
01-20-06 - Syria supports Iran in standoff with West Ha'aretz reports that Russia rejected a proposal put forward by Israel this week to place immediate sanctions on Iran because of its refusal to abandon its nuclear program.
01-20-06 - Pentagon man jailed over spying It has made American officials more sensitive than ever about what they say on the subject of foreign policy and to whom they say it, and it has raised the question of just how much Israel conducts espionage against its greatest ally, the US, our correspondent adds.
01-20-06 - Israeli Group calls the wall land robbery, calls for protest in Bil'in
01-20-06 - East Jerusalem vote for minority Just a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem will be allowed to vote in Palestinian elections this month.
01-20-06 - Film Award Is A Global Issue With the Middle East on the verge of explosion in recent months, it was an unwise decision to reward a one-sided film as a major achievement. We'll see if the same assessment is given if Spielberg's Munich receives an Oscar. Doubtful.
01-20-06 - Racism, anti-Semitism drop in France
01-20-06 - Defending 'Munich's' disputed territory
01-20-06 - ?We Are Citizens of This Country? You know, you do a great job bringing a human face to those in the Middle East, thereby undoing some of the harsh depictions that are routinely put forth in the mainstream American media.
Posted by dirtyharriet0 on Wed, Jan 18, 2006 9:47 PM ET
Vanity op :) My comment was chosen.
01-20-06 - Brandeis University Faces Threat Of Boycott Over Palestinian Scholar it has succeeded upending nominations and appointments of people whom it finds objectionable.
01-20-06 - Israel shuns Paradise Now
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