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Saturday, June 30, 2007

News for 06-29-07

06-29-07 - Israeli troops continue Nablus raid, Palestinian taxi driver killed The soldiers shot dead an unarmed, 25-year-old taxi driver who failed to heed orders to stop in the northern West Bank city, hospital officials said

06-29-07 - Israel kills militant from Abbas's Fatah movement In response to Friday's killing, a spokesman for the militants, Ala Sanakeh, said the group would not honor Abbas's decree issued earlier this week to hand over their weapons. He said weapons were needed to respond to Israeli incursions.

06-29-07 - Lebanese troops kill 3 Palestinians Lebanese troops killed three protesters after firing on Palestinian civilians demanding to return to their homes at a besieged refugee camp.

06-29-07 - UNHCR calls for seriously ill Palestinian children in Iraq to be medevaced The Palestinians are being attacked or trashed in other states as well. They are the new Jews.

06-29-07 - Gaza voices: 'Trapped in a prison' At work we make Palestinian handicrafts and we ship our products to London, the US and Japan. We usually manage to get things out and to keep our business going, but for two weeks it's been completely shut.

06-29-07 - Palestinian PM gives incitement warning Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad delivered a stern warning to hundreds of Islamic preachers, including Hamas supporters, saying his government will not tolerate incitement in mosques and plans to collect the weapons of militants.

06-29-07 - New Swedish Aid to Palestine Sweden is to provide 2.9 million US dollars in financial aid to the cash-strapped Palestinian public sector, to help pay wages in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

06-29-07 - We need hope, not just security, says Abbas What Palestinians now needed above all was hope, not just security, he told reporters after the meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy here Friday.

06-29-07 - France backs Abbas, hopes crisis nurtures peace

06-29-07 - Palestinian president urges Socialist leaders to help isolate Hamas

06-29-07 - Gaza gets supplies despite closures and bombs "There aren't enough supplies going into Gaza to stave off a humanitarian crisis," Gunness said on Friday, estimating only about half of a required 175 truckloads were getting across.

06-29-07 - Hamas TV kills off Mickey Mouse double In the final skit, "Farfour" was killed by an actor posing as an Israeli official trying to buy Farfour's land. At one point, the mouse called the Israeli a "terrorist."

06-29-07 - Current aid will not stop Gaza humanitarian crisis: UN

06-29-07 - Al-Arian's wife bids goodbye before moving to Egypt in 1994, a documentary on public television alleged that Al-Arian was linked to terrorist activity in Israel.

06-29-07 - US Elites Can't Decide Who Should Rule Palestinians "We are enabling their hatred when we provide support without insisting that the Palestinian people - not just Abbas and Fatah, but the people -convincingly forswear revolution, terrorism, violence, ethnic-cleansing, and the goal of eliminating Israel." 200 + years later, we're telling another people to accept the harsh rule of an occupying power and all the atrocities that it entails. Further, the Palestinians were the ones that were ethnically cleansed from the region to make way for Israel - this Israeli policy still goes on to this day.

06-29-07 - Palestinians back Iran bomb The survey, taken by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, found that 58 percent of the Palestinian public are in favor of Tehran acquiring atomic weapons, making Palestinians the only Middle Eastern population not opposed to an Iranian bomb.

06-29-07 - Play set to open in West Virginia My Name is Rachel Corrie, which was adapted from Rachel?s writings by by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner will be part of the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Think Theater in Shepherdstown, West Virginia

06-29-07 - The real exodus The Zionist policy of illegal immigration was part humanitarian rescue mission, part political gerrymandering of the country's population. It gave Holocaust survivors hope of a new home, but was also designed to flood Palestine with Jews ahead of the UN partition vote expected in November 1947.

06-29-07 - Israeli president Katsav resigns Israeli President Moshe Katsav has formally submitted his resignation, a day after agreeing to plead guilty to several sexual offences.

06-29-07 - Senate appropriators nix ban on U.S.-P.A. meetings in Jerusalem U.S. Senate appropriators proposed removing a longstanding provision barring official U.S. dealings with Palestinians in Jerusalem.

06-29-07 - Bush proclaims some Syrians non grata President Bush banned travel to the United States for Syrian and Lebanese individuals deemed to support terrorism or the undermining of Lebanon's government.

06-29-07 - Son of Holocaust refugees U.K.'s new foreign secretary Last summer, he crossed Blair by criticizing Israel during the war against Hezbollah .

06-29-07 - Groups call on U.S. to press Israel on cluster data Thirty-three organizations are calling on the U.S. to obtain site information on Israel?s cluster bomb strikes against Lebanon last summer.

06-29-07 - Carter 'firm' on apartheid According to Cherwell, the Oxford student newspaper, a group of the college?s students had signed a petition protesting about the award. One of them, Daniel Brodie, said he was shocked that Mr Carter was to be honoured because of his "clearly antisemitic rhetoric". The truth is anti-Semitic to those who seek to subvert it.

06-29-07 - EMET honors five Arab Americans A Washington pro-Israel think tank honored five Arab-Americans who have spoken out against radical Islam.
Also honored at the June 20 Endowment for Middle East Truth dinner on Capitol Hill were Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), as well as counterterrorism investigative journalist Steven Emerson. Lackeys of the Israel lobby.

06-29-07 - Siege or no siege, Lebanon's Ziad and Amal wed "The Palestinians are an oppressed people... We have lived all our lives fleeing from one place to another and now it is the turn of the new generation. This is our fate," sighed Ziad's aunt, Khaldieh, 58.

06-29-07 - Three Houses Demolished in Nablus

06-29-07 - Olmert should forget about Saudi meeting - Egypt

06-29-07 - J'lem: Bolton is too pessimistic on Iran "It is possible that his comments were meant to expedite the process," the official said 'Pipe down, Johnboy! We didn't give you the cue yet!'

06-29-07 - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Welcomes Israeli Homeland Security Groups 6/28/2007 In an effort to continue building the Illinois Department of Homeland Security and the state?s partnership with Israel, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is welcoming a group of Israeli homeland security firms. 'Welcome to Israel! Err, I mean welcome to America!'

06-29-07 - Bantustans for the Palestinians Not surprisingly, neocons and other elements in the far right flank of the pro-Israel community are celebrating what they hope is the end of the two-state solution.

06-29-07 - UNICEF condemns attacks on schoolchildren in conflict areas

06-29-07 - Bil?in: 2 Israeli Demonstrators Arrested

06-29-07 - Exiled Palestinian militants sidelined in Ireland

06-29-07 - Senate considers cluster bombs restrictions The bill is likely to be referred to the full Senate sometime next week and includes $2.44 billion appropriated for Israel by the U.S. House of Representatives last week..... A standalone bill with similar restrictions, sponsored last year by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), who is Jewish, was defeated, reportedly after strong lobbying against by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

06-29-07 - Oxford academics voice hostility on boycott

06-29-07 - Carter Center, at 25th anniversary, has expanded global role "For most of the people that support our center, and there are almost 200,000 that do, one of the reasons they are attracted to the center is because we tell the truth," Carter said.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

News for 06-28-07

06-28-07 - ISRAEL-OPT: Some 600 villagers face prospect of new displacement Nearly all the Palestinian residents of al-Walaje village were displaced by the 1948 Israeli-Arab war or are descendants of those displaced, and many now again face the prospect of forced displacement, this time to make room for a possible new Israeli settlement and the construction of the Israeli West Bank separation barrier.

06-28-07 - Three civilians kidnapped as army invades Bethlehem city

06-28-07 - Main Gaza goods crossing reopened Israel has reopened part of the main commercial crossing with the Gaza Strip for the first time since Hamas seized control of the territory two weeks ago.

06-28-07 - Israelis wounded in Nablus raid Five Israeli soldiers have been hurt, two of them seriously, by a bomb detonated by Palestinian militants in Nablus in the West Bank, the army says.

06-28-07 - Australia commits $6 million to Palestinians Australia committed $6 million in aid to the Palestinians.

06-28-07 - Acting Minister of Health slams Israeli attacks in hospitals

06-28-07 - Settlers return olive trees stolen from Palestinian-owned grove The trees were returned to their Palestinian owner, a resident of Kafr Karyut, at the insistence of the Civil Administration.

06-28-07 - Israel rejects Hamas's request to open crossings

06-28-07 - Fatah leader slammed over statements release on Al-Jazeera Senior Fatah leader, Hani Al-Hassan, one of the founders of the movement and member of the central committee of Fatah was harshly slammed by other Fatah officials and leaders following an interview he gave to Al-Jazeera satellite channel during which he accused a group of Fatah leaders of being part of a plan set by an American general aimed at destroying Hamas.

06-28-07 - Iran says not favouring Hamas

06-28-07 - About 2000 trees perish in Yatta town near Hebron Local farmers and owners of the fields reported that the fire blazed in their fields located near Israeli military base "Zev" and said that more than 2000 olive and almond trees perished in the fire.

06-28-07 - Norway in talks with Hamas over captured Israeli soldier

06-28-07 - Israel fights Fatah militants in West Bank city The operation in Nablus indicated that Israel would continue to pursue Fatah militants in the occupied West Bank despite Israeli pledges to bolster the faction's leader, President Mahmoud Abbas, after Hamas seized Gaza two weeks ago.

06-28-07 - Millions of Palestinians are homeless

06-28-07 - Egyptian said to have spied for Mossad dies in fall from flat A multimillionaire Egyptian businessman who was accused of being an agent for Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, has been found dead at the foot of the luxury apartment block in London where he had lived for more than 20 years

06-28-07 - Israel model for Iraq, says Bush LOL.

06-28-07 - Arabs doubt Blair can succeed in Middle East

06-28-07 - "Boycotting Hamas was a mistake," says legal expert "There are 1. 4 billion Muslims, but no more than 10,000 to 25,000 are fundamentalists," Bassiouni told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

06-28-07 - Sarkozy may turn his hand to Middle East Sarkozy is due to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Jordan's King Abdullah in the next week, and could decide as a result to help negotiate between Middle East factions, his spokesman said on Thursday.

06-28-07 - Israeli army forces women to strip at Bethlehem checkpoint "It seems that there are plans to topple the honor of Palestinian girls in the clutches of the Israeli intelligence through blackmail at checkpoints and military crossings, and I don?t doubt that inside the inspection rooms there are cameras video taping girls undressing."

06-28-07 - Seeds of Peace starts its 15th year

06-28-07 - Blair eyes 'huge challenge' as Mideast appointment slammed "He will not do anything to support the Palestinian interests but will do everything to support the Israeli occupation," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum told AFP in Gaza.

06-28-07 - From 1998: A pop quiz on the Middle East -- answers may surprise you Scroll down page for article.

06-28-07 - Lessons in counterterrorism This week, Zaryk and a dozen other law enforcement officers representing police departments from Maryland to California are here to learn from their Israeli counterparts about methods and techniques for preventing bombings, securing airports and border crossings and performing mass rescue operations. The trip is sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, a U.S.-based, pro-Israel, Jewish advocacy group that has trained hundreds of law enforcement officials about domestic and international terror.
The Israelization of America continues.

06-28-07 - Methodist Branch's Biased Divestment Report "Borders On Anti-Semitism" The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said a new United Methodist Church report recommending divestment from 20 companies that do business with the State of Israel "borders on anti-Semitism." The anti-Semite card has long been overplayed. Time for a new MO.

06-28-07 - Fresh fighting in north Lebanon Military officials say the clash occurred near the village of Qalamoun, five kilometres south of Tripoli.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

News for 06-27-07

06-27-07 - Twelve die in Israel raids on Gaza Three civilians were killed, including a 12-year-old boy.

06-27-07 - Child killed in Israeli raid as army tries to halt militants' rocket attacks The civilian deaths reported by Palestinian sources were in Shajaia, where Reuters said that the body of a 12-year-old boy lay in the street, his arms twisted, near a house which local residents said had been hit by a tank shell that killed him and two other civilians.

06-27-07 - Hamas criticises Blair envoy move

06-27-07 - Gunmen kidnap one Palestinian civilian near Bethlehem A group of unknown gunmen kidnapped a resident of Beit Sahour town, located near Bethlehem city in the southern part of the West Bank, on Tuesday night.

06-27-07 - Gaza crossing closed for 2 days due to attacks The Kerem Shalom crossing, which had been opened to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in order to allow humanitarian aid to cross, has been closed for two days, local Ha'aretz said on Wednesday.

06-27-07 - Haneya rejects Olmert proposal, ready to reopen talks for unity Haneya said, "We warn the Palestinian and Arab leadership of danger beyond Olmert's policy, which aims to break the Palestinian people's unity by driving wedges among them. The decisions he made are just to throw dust in the eyes."

06-27-07 - More than half of Gaza factories non-operational Some 60 percent of Gaza factories are non-operational due to Hamas' takeover of the territory and the closure of crossings to Israel, according to a report published Wednesday by the Gisha Center for the Legal Protection of Freedom of Movement for Palestinians. The report stated that recent events have resulted in a total economic embargo of Gaza.

06-27-07 - Leftist DFLP leader calls on the international community to stop the Israeli attacks in Gaza

06-27-07 - 3 soldiers moderately injured in Nablus

06-27-07 - Hamas dismisses Abbas decree to ban all armed militia

06-27-07 - 4,000 Palestinians flee to Egypt

06-27-07 - UN rights expert calls for BBC journalist's release A UN human rights expert on Wednesday appealed for the release of BBC journalist Alan Johnston, who was kidnapped by Palestinian extremists in the Gaza Strip in March.

06-27-07 - Neoconned Again? by Philip Giraldi ** Many of the advocates of a muscular policy against countries regarded as outside the pale or perceived as a threat to Israel come from the same circle of neoconservatives, "resident scholars," and sound-bite experts who move seamlessly from think-tank to advocacy group to academia and back again.

06-27-07 - UPDATE: At-Tuwani: 16-25 June 2007 The shepherds left the area. Again, the
CPTers explained to the soldiers this particular land is all they owned and
"going to the other side of the mountain" was not an option. The soldiers
listened but insisted since this was a military zone; the boys should not
come close to it, even if they owned the land.

06-27-07 - At-Tuwani Release: Israeli Military Denies Access to Susiya Land to Surveyors The landowner overheard the DCO officer telling the soldier the
Palestinians did have permission to be on the land. The soldier told the
DCO officer no one had informed anyone in the area (soldiers, police or
settlers). The soldiers then collected the ID's of all the Palestinians and
said the area was going to be a closed military zone.

06-27-07 - Israel urged to leave checkpoints Israeli peace activists are calling for dozens of military checkpoints and hundreds of unmanned roadblocks to be dismantled in the occupied West Bank.

06-27-07 - House panel wants information on Americans' killers A key Congressional committee approved a bill requiring regular reviews of Palestinian efforts to catch the killers of three Americans murdered on a diplomatic mission in Gaza. But they do NOTHING about those Americans that ISRAEL has killed.

06-27-07 - Jewish ophthalmologist helps Syrians improve their vision "I was worried that there would be a safety issue, and there wasn?t," said the doctor, whose wife, Tilly, accompanied him to the Middle East. "Truthfully, I would be more afraid going to Israel, where there is violence."

06-27-07 - AJCongress Releases Rhodes Scholars Statement Condemning Proposed British Boycott of Israeli Academics The silence by these outfits with regard to the denial of tenure to Norman Finkelstein because of his criticism of Israel is deafening. As they set about in their frenzy to defend Israel, their hypocrisy with regard to academic freedom in America (the lack thereof) is astounding.

06-27-07 - Lugar: Arab-Israeli conflict, oil, key in Iraq "Credibility and sustainability of our actions depend on addressing the two elephants in the room of U.S. Middle East policy: the Arab-Israeli conflict and U.S. dependence on Persian Gulf oil," Lugar said. "These are the two problems that our adversaries, especially Iran, least want us to address." Add Lugar to the list of true patriots.

06-27-07 - Congressional letter urges UNIFIL empowerment "We write with serious concern over the continuing illegal transfer of arms to the Hezbollah terrorist organization across the Syrian-Lebanese border," said the letter initiated by Reps. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Steve Israel (D-N.Y.). Which has ZERO to do with American national interests.

06-27-07 - Mubarak sees no Israel-Syria war Hosni Mubarak played down speculation that a war between Israel and Syria could be imminent.

06-27-07 - Mixed response to Tony Blair as special envoy for Middle East

06-27-07 - Bush to name Muslim nations envoy The role of the envoy will be to bolster relations between the Muslim world and the US. The single greatest move toward that end would be getting the Israelis out of our government(foreign policy).

06-27-07 - Blair's Middle East role tainted by associations with Bush, say critics reservations continued about his ability to act as an honest broker in the Middle East because of his unequivocal support for George Bush in the war in Iraq, and failing to call for a halt to the Israeli bombing of Lebanon last summer.

06-27-07 - Scepticism hangs over Blair's appointment as quartet envoy Mr Blair is not being asked to run talks between the Palestinians and Israel, but he will seek Israel's cooperation in areas such as free movement and access. It was failure to make progress on these which led to Mr Wolfensohn's resignation.

06-27-07 - Bolton: Stop Iran by force ** The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said the American approach to Iran is doomed to failure and that force is necessary.
I'm afraid Bolton is under the impression that anyone actually gives a rat's about his opinion and his love for a nation other than this one.

06-27-07 - Excluding U.S. from peace process could help Middle East settlement - Zhirinovsky Someone benefits from this continuing conflict. "It mainly benefits the U.S. because it allows them to interfere in the situation. The point is that it is a region with enormous oil and gas deposits," he said.

06-27-07 - Bolton: I'm 'very worried' for Israel Bolton said he was "very worried" about the well-being of Israel. If he were in Israel's predicament, he said, "I'd be pushing the US very hard. I am pushing the US [administration] very hard, from the outside, in Washington." Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

06-27-07 - Jeffrey Sachs: U.S. failed Palestine once again The leading American economist Jeffrey Sachs criticized the U.S. and Israel for the collapse of the Palestinian government and the current unrest in Gaza in an opinion article he published in The Jordan Times over the weekend

06-27-07 - Does Tony Blair bring baggage or assets to his new role? some of Olmert's advisers are believed to see a Blair appointment as dangerous. Bush until now has been unquestionably pro-Israel, but he also trusts Blair implicitly. The worry is that Blair could nudge Bush into pressuring Israel into making security concessions to allow greater freedom of movement for the Palestinians......Although nominally answerable to the entire Quartet, Wolfensohn took his orders from Condoleezza Rice, the U.S. secretary of state. That left him subject to the machinations of Elliott Abrams, the deputy national security adviser who is the Bush administration's last word on Israel issues, and who has resisted any concessions to the Palestinians.

06-27-07 - Lebanese PM says Syria sending arms across border Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora accused Syria on Wednesday of sending arms to Palestinian camps in his country and said he would raise the issue with the Arab League.

06-27-07 - Two-state solution only way for Mideast peace: Blair

06-27-07 - 'Safe haven' for trapped refugees in Lebanon battle camp A safe haven has been set up inside a bombed-out refugee camp in Lebanon for civilians trapped by almost 40 days of fighting between the army and Islamist militiamen, a Palestinian camp official said.

06-27-07 - Global opinion increasingly wary of major powers: survey Pew said support for the UN was strong in sub-Saharan Africa, but strikingly negative in the Middle East, especially Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, the Palestinian Territories and Israel. Nearly 70 percent of people in the Palestinian Territories, where the UN has long played a role, had a poor view of the institution, and 27 percent saw it favorably.

06-27-07 - After third Palestine visit, WB resident convinced U.S. must do more to help ?Our dollars are paying for a good portion of The Wall,? Minor said. ?The U.S. and Israel destabilize anything that Palestinians are able to accomplish and then ask why Palestinians can?t govern themselves.?

06-27-07 - Bethlehem children protest against internal clashes At least 300 children participated in the and marched after gathering in front of the Annexation Wall surrounding Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, and marched towards the Church of Nativity. The children then marched on Jerusalem-Hebron road, and headed towards Deheisha refugee camp.

06-27-07 - If asked, Russia to help secure Israeli military?s release - FM

06-27-07 - Giuliani: Retreat from Iraq will create Gaza situation Telling the audience at a Maryland synagogue that Israelis and Americans are now bound in the same war against Islamic militants, Giuliani stressed the need to be "on offense against terrorism" to warm applause.

06-27-07 - 11 int?l cos in Red-Dead Sea canal study tender Eleven international companies will participate in a tender to examine the possibility of digging a canal from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, Jordan's Ministry of Water and Irrigation has announced.

06-27-07 - Former Ambassadors Call on DNC to Remove Jimmy Carter The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) today sent a letter signed by six former U.S. ambassadors to Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, asking him to remove former President Jimmy Carter from his position as Honorary Chairman of Democrats Abroad, an arm of the DNC.

06-27-07 - Silence Won?t End British Boycotts The Anti-Defamation League took out large ads in the Financial Times and in major American newspapers, calling the boycott motions antisemitic. Lawyer Alan Dershowitz got 100 of his colleagues to promise legal action against any lecturer boycotting Israel. And 2,000 American academics, including at least nine Nobel Prize winners, pledged to stay away from any event excluding Israelis.

06-27-07 - This is what US aid to Israel looks like

06-27-07 - Likud Leader Looks the Part of Prime Minister on Tour of Washington The discussions this week ostensibly focused on the need to block Iran?s nuclear program by using economic sanctions and divestment. But for Netanyahu, who is soaring in Israeli polls, the talks about divestment from Iran had a distinctly forward-looking bent. "It is important for Israel that whoever leads the United States in the future will be supportive of these actions," Netanyahu said following his meetings in Washington.

06-27-07 - Indonesia welcomes release of Palestinian prisoners Indonesia Wednesday welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's decision to release 250 Palestinian prisoners but reminded that the move was only a small part of the complexity in the Israel-Palestine conflicts and Hamas should not be excluded from any conflict resolution plan.

06-27-07 - CIA, FBI documents provide clues to 1973 killing of Israeli diplomat

06-27-07 - AJC Welcomes UCC Policy Shift on Israel The UCC must've become more 'balanced'.

06-27-07 - Film review: "Occupation 101" The film explains that not only does the international community do nothing to hold accountable Israel, the US provides more aid to the state than all of sub-Saharan Africa and South America combined. "Everything Israel does in the occupied territories, US tax payers are paying for it," Noam Chomsky states.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

News for 06-26-07

06-26-07 - Palestinian killed as Israel raids West Bank camp Witnesses said troops surrounded the home of a wanted Palestinian militant in the camp, and that a relative of the wanted man was killed in an exchange of fire between the soldiers and gunmen hiding inside the house.

06-26-07 - Soldiers invade Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip

06-26-07 - Dying children among Palestinians trapped in Iraqi border camps: UN Children in need of urgent medical care were among more than 1,400 Palestinian refugees still stranded on the Iraqi- Syrian border after fleeing Baghdad, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said Tuesday.

06-26-07 - Abbas outlaws unauthorised arms Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has issued a decree banning people from carrying of weapons and explosives without a permit.

06-26-07 - BBC man's abductors renew threat The kidnappers of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston have renewed their threat to kill him if their demands for Muslim prisoners to be freed are not met.

06-26-07 - Hamas to change British Gas contract over Gaza gas: report An official with the sacked Hamas-led Palestinian government on Tuesday revealed intentions to change a previous contract with a British energy group to sell offshore Gaza natural gas.

06-26-07 - Deposed Hamas PM warns of Israeli bid to divide Palestinians

06-26-07 - Egypt-Saudi ready to resume inter-Palestinian mediation

06-26-07 - Britain 'colluding' in Israel oppression Ms Short said Israel was creating an "apartheid" system that left Palestinians impoverished, and she urged ministers to use trade access as leverage. .....She said trade treaties with Israel included human rights clauses and complained: "Why are these not being enforced? "No action is taken to force Israel to adhere to international law. It is impossible now to believe that there could be such a peace, she said.

06-26-07 - Brussels urges Israel to reopen Gaza crossing to humanitarian aid EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Louis Michel on Tuesday called on Israel to reopen the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip to let vital aid in.

06-26-07 - Iran says new Palestinian government is a "lackey" regime

06-26-07 - Russians withhold approval of Blair envoy role

06-26-07 - Abbas seeks to bolster Fatah with Jordan-based force Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has asked Israel for permission to bring Fatah forces based in Jordan to the West Bank to try to shore up his control after Hamas's Gaza takeover, Israeli officials said on Tuesday.

06-26-07 - Israel moves closer to NATO missions

06-26-07 - Finkelstein - bruce lee, pt 2 Hilarious!

06-26-07 - Israel naturalizes soccer players Israel granted citizenship to two foreign-born players on its national soccer team so they could qualify for the Euro 2008 tournament.

06-26-07 - Israel weighs moving Sudanese to Kenya Israel may transfer its Sudanese refugees to Kenya, an Israeli minister said.

06-26-07 - Finkelstein - Bruce Lee I don't think I've ever seen Dershowitz so subdued. Finkelstein is - the Zionist Whisperer; he had him by the cojones and the Dersh knew it!

06-26-07 - Galloway on Israel and lebanon 06/08/2006 A rather comical interview.

06-26-07 - Jimmy Carter on Hardball Redouble your efforts, folks. Post all you got, as much as you can, everywhere you can. The Lobby is crapping in its astronaut diapers while the slur of anti-Semite is being furiously flung about. Let's really give them something to cry about (the truth!).

06-26-07 - If Americans Knew What Israel Is Doing! VIDEO WAS CENSORED

06-26-07 - Israel's influence of US policy & the Israeli lobby Scott Ritter on BookTV.

06-26-07 - Turkey leases Israeli spy plane to combat PKK It will be stationed in Batman and operated by an Israeli squad, defense officials in Ankara said.

06-26-07 - Dems want payback for GOP vote against bill with Israel aid Behind the scenes, Democrats are pressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to make a case against Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives who voted overwhelmingly last week against the foreign operations appropriations bill, which included $2.44 billion for Israel.......So far, the Republican explanations seem to be sitting well with AIPAC, which currently has no intention of making an issue of the vote. The sense at the pro-Israel powerhouse is that the wrangling over abortion is politics as usual and that further down the line, when the bill comes back from Senate-House conferencing, it will have massive bipartisan backing......."If there aren't going to be consequences on the single most important piece of legislation for Israel, when will there be consequences?" Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) told JTA. Listen, it's anti-Semitic to suggest that the Israel lobby has such power over our legislators. Don't you know?! Our legislators of one party go to AIPAC in order to get them to punish the legislators of the opposing party!

06-26-07 - Worried about Israeli intentions One can only admire the Warsaw Jews for rising up against the Nazi regime, but one can only be sickened by modern-day Israel for putting into practice so many lessons learned from the very people they despised. And one can only be saddened by our own nation's deliberate support of the same.

06-26-07 - 'Jews worldwide should fight back' People criticize Israel not for its apartheid-like policies but because of 'anti-Semitism'. For anyone else to mention the power of the Israeli lobby - despite the fact that this overwhelming influence has been duly noted by this community itself- it's anti-Semitism. For British institutions to boycott those of Israel due to Israel's treatment of the Palestinians - you guessed it, anti-Semitism. The anti-Semite cazd has been long played out. The lobby doesn't seem to understand that, to their own detriment. It's only going to get worse.

06-26-07 - Jimmy Carter on Israel's apartheid and Jewish lobby

06-26-07 - Israeli play 'serves Hamas propaganda' New play, 'Hebron', prompts right-wing protest, activists claim production unbalanced, portrays conflict only through eyes of Palestinians. Artistic director: Play depicts endless cycle of violence

06-26-07 - Iran says U.S. hurting Iran-Iraq ties Iran's supreme leader accused the United States of damaging relations between Iran and Iraq and charged that American and Israeli agents were behind the Iraqi insurgency, state-run Iranian television said Tuesday.

06-26-07 - UN refugee agency urges aid for Palestinians facing Iraq 'hell' "Several refugees begged our team not to forget them and leave them in this hell," said Jennifer Pagonis, a spokeswoman for the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

06-26-07 - Lebanon needs help to stop arms from Syria: UN In a report which UN chief Ban Ki-moon forwarded to the UN Security Council Tuesday, the team called for the deployment "of international border security experts" to back up a new Lebanese "multi-agency mobile force" that would be tasked with doing a better job of stemming the arms smuggling.

06-26-07 - Russian FM says weapons sales to Syria strictly controlled

06-26-07 - ADL Calls World Council Of Churches Anti-Israel Global Initiative "A Biased Action" The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called the decision by the World Council of Churches (WCC) to launch a global initiative against Israel, "a biased action and a moral outrage," saying the Church group "has abandoned the course of objective, credible advocacy." The WCC most likely got a very good look at the Holy Land and the effects of Israel's occupation thereof. These pro-Israel groups want organizations such as the WCC to overlook Israel's policies, and thus take a stance that is biased TOWARDS Israel. Not likely.

06-26-07 - Barghouthi: ?Israel wants to weaken all Palestinian factions? Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Minister of Information in the dissolved government, stated on Tuesday that Israel does not seek to make one Palestinian faction stronger that the other, but seeks to weaken all Palestinian factions, and create isolated cantons in the Palestinian territories.

06-26-07 - Palestinians Blame Fatah and Hamas for Violence Half of the people who reside in the Palestinian Territories believe the two main political factions are equally responsible for a recent outbreak of violence

06-26-07 - Masked, a Play about Palestinian Uprising, Begins 7/20 Masked depicts the tragedy of one family torn between obligations, kinship, principles and survival. It is the first play by an Israeli playwright about the Intifada (Palestianian uprising)," state press notes.

06-26-07 - Blair's commitment to Jews was strong; will his successor be as supportive? Jane Kennedy, a member of Parliament and chair of Labor Friends of Israel, told JTA that Blair has had enormous success in terms of Britain's relationship with Israel. "On a scale of 1 to 10, he scores a 12," she said.
Which is why Blair could never be an impartial UN envoy in the Middle East.

06-26-07 - Arabs call on Australia to do more for peace Arab nations want Australia to use its friendship with Israel to encourage it to re-engage in Middle East peace talks.

06-26-07 - Right-wing MKs criticize proposed prisoner release A number of right-wing legislators in the Knesset have criticized Prime Minister Ehud Olmert?s proposal to release 250 Palestinian prisoners, all members of the Fatah movement, arguing that he has sacrificed Israeli security for personal publicity.

06-26-07 - Hezbollah probing attack on Lebanon peacekeepers The Hezbollah source said members of the movement were helping the Lebanese army seek information on a Mercedes car which was seen driving around the area the day before the booby-trapped Renault car was placed next to the roadside and detonated by remote control when the peacekeepers drove past.

06-26-07 - Report: Top official recommends halting arrests of Fatah militants A senior Israeli official Tuesday was quoted as saying that Israel should consider revising its policy of arresting wanted Fatah militants if Fatah stops receiving funding from Iran and refrains from attacking Israel.

06-26-07 - Extreme rightist convicted of supporting terror group

06-26-07 - Analysis: Four reasons why Blair is the perfect envoy As Israel bombed defenseless fleeing civilians in Lebanon, Blair stood by and took the US-Israel position and refused to back a ceasefire. For that and other reasons, Israel loves him. He simply would not be an impartial envoy.

06-26-07 - Divide and rule, Israeli style If they are all at each other's throats, how can they be a threat to poor lil Israel? Meanwhile, the settlement-building goes on. The Middle East needs its own William Wallace. Our policies therein do not serve to secure the American national interest. To the contrary - they've made us less secure. Our policies are being driven by a group of neoconservatives that have made their centcom in the office of the vice president. These policies are geared towards the security of a nation other than this one.

06-26-07 - Bill O'Reilly defends Jimmy Carter

06-26-07 - U.S. praises Siniora's resilience in face of crises

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

News for 06-25-07

06-25-07 - One militant killed in Israeli air strike in Gaza At least one militant was killed and four people wounded in an Israeli air strike on a car driving through Gaza City on Sunday

06-25-07 - Palestine: Freedom Is What They Want The Palestinians don't deserve this. Their only sin was to be born in their own country, a country that was coveted by European Zionists and taken from them with the help of British colonialism. The fact that most American politicians prefer the indignity of acting like a crowd of timid foot-kissers for the Israeli lobby adds our own guilt to that of the Israelis. When a people are fighting for freedom versus an army - regardless of its size or might - that is fighting for empire, the people will eventually win in the end (just like Americans did). The drive for dignity, freedom, and their very lives is much stronger and it will prevail.

06-25-07 - Israeli forces kidnap one Palestinian civilian from Za'tara village near Bethlehem A massive Israeli force invaded the village of Za'tara, located east of Bethlehem city in the southern part of the West Bank, and kidnapped one civilian on Monday morning.

06-25-07 - From No 10 to the Middle East: Blair gets a new job Support from Bush leads to role as international envoy helping Palestinians

06-25-07 - 'Disaster for Palestinians' "We have been saying for a long time that Blair is nothing more than George Bush's poodle. We remember his stance on Iraq and Britain's lead role in imposing an embargo on the Palestinian Authority after we did not vote the correct way," he

06-25-07 - Captured Israeli soldier 'alive and well' If Israel wanted Mr Shalit freed, it should release Palestinian prisoners who were women, children, elderly, sick, leaders of factions and people serving long sentences, Mr Mujahid said.

06-25-07 - Hamas is 'ready to talk' to Fatah

06-25-07 - Hamas airs 'first Shalit message' The Palestinian captors of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit have broadcast what they say is his first audio message since his capture a year ago.

06-25-07 - Iran says 'zero chance' of US attack ** An Israeli press report said that the Jewish state's army was in training for long distance missions, after agreeing a timetable with the US for sanctions against Iran's nuclear program to work. The Israelis are going to do their darndest (and that goes for their minions, the neocons, also) to get America to strike Iran.

06-25-07 - Israel continues construction of Alon Mureh settlement at the expense of Palestinian land The continued construction of the settlement has been made and continues to be made at the expense of farm land that belongs to Palestinian farmers from the city of Nablus and nearby towns and villages. This continued construction has caused the settlement to change its shape continuously.

06-25-07 - Gaza gas deal may proceed A British energy company still hopes to develop Palestinian off-shore natural gas deposits near Gaza despite uncertainty over the future of the Palestinian government.

06-25-07 - Interview: Hamas reasserts dialogue as only way out of Palestinian crisis A senior Hamas official reasserted here on Monday that dialogue between Fatah and his movement is the only way to get out of the current crisis in the Palestinian territories.

06-25-07 - Aid trickles into Gaza but basic shortages grow "Put simply, the noose is tightening at the moment," WFP Gaza emergency coordinator Kirsty Campbell told Reuters. "There is not enough getting in. We hope by the end of the week there may be. But it is quite an ambitious task."

06-25-07 - Abbas-Olmert meet at Mideast summit On Sunday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit called on Israel to allow aid to flow to the Gaza Strip, saying it was "not permissible to punish the Palestinian people."

06-25-07 - Dr.Barghouthi: Israel does not want peace Israel aims to shrink the Palestinian Authority to functional authority, limited to handling only mundane issues such as services and administration, and not involved in resolving political matters such as ending the occupation, removing settlements and dismantling the illegal wall, said Dr. Barghouthi.

06-25-07 - Al-Qaeda seeks unity with Hamas Hamas leaders, who espouse a more moderate brand of Islamist politics, have always shunned al-Qaeda advances.

06-25-07 - Spanish defence chief in Lebanon Hezbollah issued a statement describing the incident as very dangerous and said it was aimed at undermining the stability of southern Lebanon, a sentiment echoed by Lebanese President Emile Lahoud as he "strongly denounced" the blast.

06-25-07 - Johnston family distressed by 'bomb belt' video

06-25-07 - Gaza could become Al Qaeda refuge: US US policies helped create this mess.

06-25-07 - Lebanon points finger at Islamists over UN attack Information Minister Ghazi Aridi pointed the finger at the Islamists for the UN attack, based on confessions extracted from Fatah al-Islam gunmen captured during fierce fighting at a Palestinian refugee camp which is now in its sixth week.

06-25-07 - Baruch Kimmerling Kimmerling released his controversial Politicide: Ariel Sharon's War against the Palestinians. What began as a biography became an analysis of "a gradual but systematic attempt to cause Palestinians' annihilation as an independent social, political and economic entity".

06-25-07 - A thankless task with four bosses and no office

06-25-07 - Israel is determined to dig its own grave the trend to which Israel should perhaps pay the greatest attention is that its main ally, the US, is bogged down in an unwinnable war, waged in large part because Israel's American friends, the Washington neoconservatives, thought that if America smashed Iraq, Israel would no longer have anything to fear from the east.

06-25-07 - Finkelstein case: Academic freedom loses to Israeli lobby If a task force were formed to interrogate the faculty members who served on this year's committee, there is the possibility that someone would emerge to tell the truth about what influence, if any, was placed on the faculty members who served to vote in a particular way

06-25-07 - Marines to train at new Israeli combat center In a new, elaborate training center in the Negev desert, Israeli troops ? and someday, U.S. Marines and soldiers ? are preparing for the wide range of urban scenarios they may confront......Moskovich said Baladia City would eventually host Army and Marine Corps units for training before they head to Iraq. Why is it always only us? Not the British, French, Germans, Aussies, etc etc etc. It is always only the US involved in this shit because America is wholly Israeli-occupied territory.

06-25-07 - Rice: Democracy will come to Middle East Western and Arab reporters questioned Rice sharply Sunday about statements she made nearly a year ago, in which she referred to "the birth pangs of a new Middle East."

06-25-07 - Syria's alliance with Iran in the balance Syria has expressed readiness to help curb Middle East instability in exchange for peace with Israel but will not easily give up its alliance with Iran as demanded by the Jewish state

06-25-07 - Sudanese refugees in Israel to be jailed Israel renewed its policy of jailing Sudanese refugees crossing the Egyptian border illegally into Israel.

06-25-07 - Lantos: Include Israel in NATO The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee called for Israel's inclusion in NATO. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.)

06-25-07 - Letters from readers : Seek the truth It has been suggested that the attack on the USS Liberty was a deliberate plan to sink the ship and blame it on Egypt, which was under attack by Israel at the time. That the truth behind this 40-year-old tragic event has not yet been discovered is a travesty.

06-25-07 - Europeans Skeptical about Blair as Mideast Envoy

06-25-07 - Tel Rumeida: Breaking and Entering Palestinian Homes

06-25-07 - NASA MODIS Image of the Day: June 25, 2007 - Egypt and the Middle East

06-25-07 - Israeli to resume the trial on Chief Islamic Justice on Tuesday

06-25-07 - Sinai Bedouin demands justice

06-25-07 - Haneya welcomes Mubarak's call for Palestinian internal dialogue

06-25-07 - UN peacekeepers vow to stay in Lebanon

06-25-07 - United Church of Christ Chooses Fairness toward Israelis and Palestinians "In June 2006, the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly set an example by replacing a 2004 resolution that threatened anti-Israel divestment with a balanced resolution that seeks the welfare of both Palestinians and Israelis. Now such evenhandedness appears to be providentially contagious. First the United Church of Canada (later in 2006) and now the United Church of Christ have made similar turns toward fairness in their approach to the Middle East." Why should there be 'evenhandedness' at all when one side holds all of the power in this equation? The playing field is not level, so let's stop pretending that it is. Hamas, PIJ, and all of the rest of those groups, even taken together, could never wipe Israel out.

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Monday, June 25, 2007

News for 06-24-07

06-24-07 - Rockets wound three in Southern Israel

06-24-07 - Mid-East leaders gather at summit

06-24-07 - Oxfam warns of new Gaza "sewage tsunami" Aid agency Oxfam International warned Monday that the tight restrictions placed by Israel on goods passing into Gaza risk sparking another septic system collapse like that which killed at least five people in March.

06-24-07 - Israeli settlers burn agricultural land in Bethlehem A group of Israeli settlers set on fire a wide agricultural land that belongs to Palestinian farmers from the village of Tiqua, east of Bethlehem on Friday afternoon.

06-24-07 - Iran denies financial assistance to Hamas Iran on Sunday denied rendering any financial assistance to the Palestinian Islamic group Hamas and reiterated once again that its support for the group was merely of a 'spiritual' nature.

06-24-07 - King Voices Jordan's Full Support for the Palestinian National Authority

06-24-07 - Plight of Palestinian refugees worsening in most parts of Middle East

06-24-07 - Johnston in new 'bomb vest' video In the tape, Mr Johnston says his captors have said they will detonate the vest if force is used to try to free him.

06-24-07 - Abbas says he received U.S., Israeli promises of progress during Egypt summit

06-24-07 - EGYPT-OPT: Gazans stranded at Rafah border, North Sinai towns

06-24-07 - Haniya decries Israel 'blackmail' Hamas leader Ismail Haniya has attacked Israel's decision to release frozen tax funds to the new Palestinian government as "blackmail".

06-24-07 - Senior Iran envoy 'regrets' Hamas-Fatah conflict Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Rida Bakery following talks in Damascus on Sunday expressed "regret" over the situation in the Palestinian Territories.

06-24-07 - Saudi retreats from role as Palestinian mediator Saudi Arabia will no longer mediate between rival Palestinian factions after a unity government deal which it brokered collapsed in deadly violence, local media said.

06-24-07 - Israel cautious on West Bank moves ahead of summit Israel is reluctant to remove roadblocks and other West Bank restrictions to boost Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's new government until he does more to curb militants, officials said ahead of a summit on Monday. The gauntlets are already being laid down by Israel.

06-24-07 - Israel expels record number of east Jerusalem Arabs Expulsion is not a new Israeli policy. It's why there are so many Palestinian refugees scattered throughout the world.

06-24-07 - Captured Israeli in 'booby-trapped bunker'

06-24-07 - Israel releases £300m in tax revenues to Palestinians The release will take place gradually

06-24-07 - Hamas considers Sharm al-Sheikh summit bid to isolate it

06-24-07 - Hamas says Abbas forces detained 18 of its members in W. Bank

06-24-07 - Israel to use small crossings to get aid to Gaza

06-24-07 - Israel halts removal of West Bank roadblocks after army objects

06-24-07 - Hamas war chief reveals his plans for Gaza peace He said Israel 'forced us to this point, but we are not ready to do it again. People need help; they need jobs, money and police. They don't need fighting between brothers.'

06-24-07 - Franco-US differences crop up at Rice, Kouchner meeting Rice said Washington was "determined not to support Hamas, which is the core of the problem," but Kouchner regretted that France had wanted to "help the Palestinians directly but we were not backed."

06-24-07 - Australian cleric backs Hezbollah "If Australia supports Israel, they are defending terrorism because we believe terrorists come from Israel ? not from our people. I support Hezbollah," he said in the interview. "Our opinion is that Hezbollah is not a terrorist group."

06-24-07 - Israel needs 'complete disengagement' from Gaza The idea is based on an article by Dr. Robert Satloff, the executive director for the Washington Institute for Near East policy, who wrote that Israel failed to follow through on all political, economic, and security aspects of the 2005 disengagement, thus "denying itself the consequent diplomatic benefits" of the withdrawal.

That particular 'thinktank' is just another arm of AIPAC - as so many of them are.

06-24-07 - Blowback in Lebanon

06-24-07 - Lebanon blast kills UN soldiers Sunday's explosion took place between the towns of Khiyam and Marjeyoun, near the border with Israel in the area of operation of UN peacekeepers.

06-24-07 - Palestinian leader with Austin ties faces tough job

06-24-07 - Hamas Holds the High Cards

06-24-07 - Lebanon Islamist clashes spread Two civilians, one soldier, a policeman and at least six Islamist gunmen are said to have been killed in the fight.

06-24-07 - 3-state solution is whose idea? Divide and conquer.

06-24-07 - West Bank, Gaza almost strangers In an article just released, Jacob Savag, a graduate fellow at the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem research institute, argued "to a large extent, the residents of Gaza and the West Bank are two different people, and the idea of a three-state solution ? Israel, plus a Hamas-run Gaza and a Fatah-governed West Bank ? makes historical sense." Divide and conquer.

06-24-07 - Tel Rumeida: Palestinian and HRWs Home Attacked With Rocks

06-24-07 - Tel Rumeida: Prolonged Detention by Soldiers

06-24-07 - MEMRI Loss MEMRI, according to Norman G. Finkelstein, employs ?the same sort of propaganda techniques as the Nazis. They take things out of context in order to do personal and political harm to people they don?t like,? or people Likudniks and neocons want the United States military to mass murder.

06-24-07 - Leon accuses ANC of taking sides

06-24-07 - Al-Qaeda leader calls for attacks on Zionists A LEADER of al-Qaeda's Egyptian wing has called for attacks on "Zionist" and Western targets in support of the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

06-24-07 - Tel Rumeida: Fear of Settlers Prompts Palestinians to ask for Escorts

06-24-07 - Opposition press criticizes upcoming Egypt summit supporting Palestinian leader

06-24-07 - With friends like these... The United States, the superpower with the lion's share of responsibility for the deteriorating situation in the Middle East. Another blame America article by Haaretz.

06-24-07 - Syria calls for dialogue among Palestinians to solve disputes

06-24-07 - Muslims uniting against Israel: report "I agree with (Mousselmani) that the state of Israel has ... consistently engaged in acts of terror which have brought a great deal of pain to the poor Palestinian population and the Lebanese population."

06-24-07 - Outsiders pull the strings in Lebanon, say analysts

06-24-07 - Tel Rumeida: Children Detained for Possession of a Butter Knife

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

News for 06-23-07

06-23-07 - Army kidnaps three civilians from Hebron The Israeli army attacked several areas of the southern West Bank city of Hebron and kidnapped 3 Palestinian civilians on Saturday morning.

06-23-07 - Five injured at Bil'in demonstration

06-23-07 - Sheikh Salih Arori arrested by Israeli troops Occupying Israeli forces have arrested Sheikh Salih Arori, one of the most prominent Hamas leaders on Saturday at dawn, in the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

06-23-07 - Russian FM calls for dialogue in Palestinian crisis settlement A dialogue between the legitimate president and the legitimate parliament is necessary for settling the Palestinian crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on TV on Friday.

06-23-07 - Abbas to meet with Jordan's Abdullah ahead of summit

06-23-07 - Jerusalem Bishop appeals for emergency aid The Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, has issued an emergency appeal for humanitarian aid to Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, still reeling from fallout of recent violence and shortages of medical supplies.

06-23-07 - One Palestinian women injured by army fire in Jenin One Palestinian woman was shot and injured during an Israeli army invasion targeting Jenin refugee camp located in the northern West Bank city of Jenin on Saturday.

06-23-07 - Hamas calls on Egypt to reopen Rafah crossing

06-23-07 - Hamas war chief reveals his plans for Gaza peace 'We all understand that we need to wait until provoked. Maybe one week, maybe one month, but they will come and provoke us. But for now, we need to fix the economy, provide the security for the people of Gaza and the foreigners who want to come here, and fix the problems with the families. We can't do anything before we do that.'

06-23-07 - Few Gazans turn in weapons as Hamas deadline for arms collection expires

06-23-07 - A Hamas legislator: "If brought to Gaza International forces will be dealt with as occupation"

06-23-07 - Abbas plans to appoint Rajoub as internal security head in the West Bank Palestinian sources close to President Mahmoud Abbas stated on Saturday morning that the president plans to appoint Lieutenant JIbril Rajoub, member of the Fateh revolutionary council, as the head of the Internal Security department in the West Bank.

06-23-07 - With nightly invasions and kidnappings, Israeli military occupation makes its presence known

06-23-07 - Israeli soldiers arrest two at Umm Salamoneh Around 50 residents of the village of Umm Salamoneh, located to the south of Bethlehem in the West Bank, joined by international and Israeli peace activists, marched on Friday against confiscation of land by Israel for the purposes of the construction of the illegal wall.

06-23-07 - Interior Min. increasingly revoking E. J'lem Arabs' residency permits

06-23-07 - Egypt says Hamas takeover of Gaza was a coup The bloody takeover of Gaza by Hamas was a "coup against legitimacy," Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on Saturday, two days before he hosts a regional summit seen as an attempt to isolate the Islamist group.

06-23-07 - Serving America's 'Muslim army'

06-23-07 - Symbols to fear in Gaza

06-23-07 - Troops die in Lebanon camp clash Four Lebanese soldiers have been killed in fighting with Islamist militants in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon

06-23-07 - Freedom suffers in backlash to Bush agenda Summer 2005 was a high point in the Bush administration?s ?freedom agenda?, as stirrings of democracy appeared across the Arab world. Three examples were held up as models: Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinian ­territories.

06-23-07 - IAF, USAF greatly upgrade cooperation ** The Israel Air Force has significantly upgraded the level of its cooperation with the United States Air Force and now receives regular updates on American procurement decisions, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

06-23-07 - Police uncover weapons lab in home of West Bank settler Police have uncovered a weapons lab in the home of a West Bank settler that they believe was used to illegally fix decommissioned guns, according to information made public Thursday.

06-23-07 - USA Today and the USS Liberty While AP did have a story on the Liberty on June 8th, the report, oddly, was filed from Israel and was sent out only internationally; US editors never saw it. Where the US media did produce stories, almost all (like the above AP story) gave the Israeli invention --that "investigations" showed it was accidental. Glad someone else picked up on this.

06-23-07 - U.S.-led move to back Abbas gov't blocked in Security Council UN sources in New York said that these countries' governments object to the anti-Hamas policy and to American and European efforts to isolate the group as a terror organization. They said that Russia and South Africa have questioned the legitimacy of the Palestinian emergency government and argued that a Palestinian unity government is not only still possible, but would be preferable to the emergency government headed by Fayad, which has authority in the West Bank only.

06-23-07 - Detainees in the Negev on Hunger Strike

06-23-07 - Hebron: Update 1st June - 7th June, 2007

06-23-07 - Report: Rice quashed Pollard release proposal "Pollard's release is out of the question," Maariv quoted her as telling Ayalon. "Danny, I'd advise you not to pursue this any further. Pollard betrayed his country and that issue is taboo in Washington."

06-23-07 - U.S., Egypt at odds on Gaza border curbs "The truth of the matter is that the problem is not nearly as large as the [U.S.] allegations imply, and we're doing quite a bit already," Nabil Fahmy, Egypt's ambassador to the United States, said in an interview.

06-23-07 - Syria closes Lebanon border post because of camp siege The closure decided by the interior ministry will stay in place "until calm has returned to northern Lebanon", it said late Wednesday. It was designed "to protect Syrian and Lebanese citizens".

06-23-07 - Israel discovers compassion When it comes to the good old suffering Israel has been bringing to Gaza residents for dozens of years now, we can continue remaining indifferent as we have done for many years.

06-23-07 - Abbas appoints panel of inquiry into failure of his security forces in Gaza, his office says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday appointed a panel of inquiry into the failure of his security forces to halt Hamas' violent takeover of Gaza, Abbas' office said.

06-23-07 - Lieberman slams planned Abbas aid Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman opposes Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's plan to transfer an assistance package to the Palestinians, Army Radio reported Friday.

06-23-07 - El-Farra: Palestinians must have hope to move forward We, too, have the right to be free. But we must first free ourselves from fighting over the scraps of power.

06-23-07 - King stresses necessity of international community to intensify efforts for supporting Palestinian people His Majesty King Abdullah II and British Prime Minister Tony Blair discussed during a telephone call on Saturday the latest political developments in the Middle East, especially the situation in the Palestinian territories.

06-23-07 - Olmert aides: Sharm summit is just start of process Officials in Olmert's office in Jerusalem said the goal of the Sharm e-Sheik summit Monday was to lay the groundwork for diplomatic negotiations with the Fatah government, rather than reach any final conclusions.

06-23-07 - 'Times' slammed over op-eds by Hamas official Several Jewish organizations expressed outrage following the publication of opinion pieces authored by a Hamas figure in two of the US's most prestigious newspapers on Wednesday.

06-23-07 - Sarkozy pressured to help free Schalit The Franco-Israeli community will open a public campaign on Sunday to get French President Nicholas Sarkozy to help bring about the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.

06-23-07 - Olmert shelves Rice's shelf agreement Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rejected, during his visit to the United States last week, a proposal by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that Israel negotiate a permanent settlement with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

06-23-07 - Baraka: Gaza incidents are shameful, but Israel is ultimately to blame

06-23-07 - Thousands cycle for kidnapped soldiers

06-23-07 - Toby Keith's New Album Debuts at Number 1; Prince to Perform in London's New O2 Arena Three other albums debut in the Top 10 this week. Rapper Fabolous enters at Number 2 with "From Nothin' To Somethin'." Miami-based Palestinian-American-born DJ/producer DJ Khaled lands on the list at Number 8 with "We The Best."

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

News for 06-22-07

06-22-07 - Israeli troops kill Palestinian in Hebron-hospital Hospital officials identified the man as a 25-year-old civilian.

06-22-07 - Hashemite charitable convoys arrive in Gaza

06-22-07 - Report: Captors of BBC journalist demand safety guarantees Clan head Mumtaz Dughmush is refusing to release the correspondent for fear that Hamas would kill him and most of his clan members, the newspaper said.

06-22-07 - Evacuated Palestinians return to Gaza

06-22-07 - More WFP Trucks With Humanitarian Assistance Head For Gaza The United Nations World Food Programme has announced that nine trucks carrying 225 metric tons of food have begun to cross the border into Gaza today. The food convoy follows the arrival yesterday of seven WFP trucks carrying 200 metric tons of food assistance into the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

06-22-07 - Israeli forces invades Jabalia town near Gaza

06-22-07 - Israeli army kidnaps 13 Palestinian civilians from several West Bank areas

06-22-07 - The economist 'Omar Sha'ban says:Closure of Gaza not just a humanitarian crisis but also an economic disaster Israel is conducting punitive measures against the Gaza Strip, the most prominent of which is the cancellation of the commercial code of the Gaza Strip and the closure of the crossings through which food stuffs and other basic raw materials usually pass

06-22-07 - UNICEF responds to growing humanitarian needs in Gaza The conditions for children living in Gaza are incredibly poor. UNICEF?s work in the occupied Palestinian territory focuses on education, health, nutrition, water, sanitation, child protection and adolescent participation.

06-22-07 - Interfax: Quartet envoys to meet Tuesday in Jerusalem Representatives of the Quartet of Middle East peacemakers will meet Tuesday in Jerusalem, a Russian envoy said Friday, according the Interfax news agency.

06-22-07 - Israel fails to stem Gaza food crisis: UN Aid agencies say food stocks could run out in the Hamas-held Gaza Strip within two weeks, creating a major humanitarian crisis if Israel does not ease a cargo blockade further.

06-22-07 - Egypt rejects any condition on U.S. aid program: FM Earlier this month, the appropriations committee of the U.S. House of Representatives approved to withhold a 200-million-U.S.- dollar aid program to the Egyptian military in fiscal year 2008 until Egypt made some reforms in its judicial system and ended weapon smuggling into the Palestinian Gaza Strip via Sinai.

06-22-07 - Gaza's only Catholic priest says his people need peace "We cannot go. We cannot come. Everything is closed. It is a big prison. Fear, stress, hunger, lack of work, lack of electricity, lack of water. And more. Lack of police, lack of law, lack of justice, lack of freedom.

06-22-07 - Caritas says humanitarian access must be guaranteed in Gaza

06-22-07 - Living with Hamas in Gaza Things are quiet now, but this could mean two things. Either it really is calm, or it's the calm before the storm. You can't tell.

06-22-07 - Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills Need Your Help It is quite amazing that even though some of Susya's residents have been expelled by the military and the settlers several times, they have always managed to return to their lands. They continue to eke out a frugal living from their herds of goats and sheep and by farming the few fields that have been left to them.

06-22-07 - Report: IAF preparing for Iran strike **

06-22-07 - Hamas ex-minister kidnapped in West Bank The former justice minister in the Hamas-dominated government that held power for a year until March was kidnapped in the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday, witnesses said.

06-22-07 - Abbas dismisses head of security No reasons were given but Mr Shbak has faced criticism for failing to stop the takeover, which effectively split the Palestinian territories in two.

06-22-07 - Haniyeh calls for talks with Abbas's Fatah faction Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Palestinian government dismissed by President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, called for renewed talks on Saturday between the factions, Haniyeh's office said.

06-22-07 - EU must act now on Palestine - de Brún ?The EU and the international community bear a heavy responsibility for the current tragedy in Palestine? according to Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún.

06-22-07 - Israel coy over help for Abbas ahead of Mideast summit Israel owes the Palestinians more than 600 million dollars in back taxes collected on their behalf, which remained frozen while Hamas-led governments were in power from March 2006 until last week.

06-22-07 - Gazans fear isolation as guns fall silent "It has been a very bad week for the Palestinian people. The Palestinian cause has never seen such a crisis," said Gaza physician Bassam Ismail of last week's rout by Islamist Hamas fighters of forces loyal to Abbas after six days of bloodshed.

06-22-07 - Robert Fisk: How can Blair possibly be given this job? And Israel likes Lord Blair. Indeed, Blair's slippery use of language is likely to appeal to Ehud Olmert, whose government continues to take Arab land for Jews and Jews only as he waits to discover a Palestinian with whom he can "negotiate",

06-22-07 - Wexler queries EU failure to ban Hezbollah A top Jewish congressman held hearings on the European Union's refusal to place Hezbollah on its terrorist list.

06-22-07 - Hebron Reflection: Checkpoints and Gates Another way in which 'freedom of movement and access" is restricted here in the
Occupied Palestinian Territories is through an Apartheid-type road system.
Israeli registered vehicles have yellow number plates; Palestinian vehicles
green or white. The Israeli authorities prevent Palestinian registered vehicles
from using many roads, forcing them to use poorly maintained roads and
circuitous routes

06-22-07 - Boycotting DePaul Officials at DePaul University caved to pressure from pro-Israel ideologues, denying tenure for Norman Finkelstein, an outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights--and then announced that they were withholding tenure for another professor who actively supported Finkelstein's cause.

06-22-07 - Jewish groups back travel insurance law "We urge you to act to protect travelers to lawful foreign destinations from unfair and discriminatory insurance practices," said the letter, signed by, among others, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Anti-Defamation League and representatives of the Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Reconstructionist streams.

06-22-07 - GOP writes AIPAC to explain 'no' vote The Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives is sending a letter to AIPAC explaining why the party voted against a foreign aid funding bill that includes $2.4 billion for Israel.

06-22-07 - Lebanese army rings refugee camp

06-22-07 - Jewish settlers fear Golan withdrawal A major water basin lies under the Golan Heights providing Israel with about a third of its water supplies. No kidding?!

06-22-07 - Senators ask Rice to press Egypt on smuggling A letter urging Condoleezza Rice to review Egypt's efforts to stop arms smuggling into the Gaza Strip garnered signatures from 32 U.S. senators.

06-22-07 - Jewish-Arab band to promote peace in Jerusalem

06-22-07 - Israeli attack was deliberate The order to abandon ship was given and life rafts were put over the side. The torpedo boats then closed and machine gunned all the rafts, sinking them.

06-22-07 - Clashes at Lebanon siege camp ease as clerics meet militants Lebanese troops used artillery, tanks and machine guns against Islamists holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp on Friday despite the government saying the offensive had ended.

06-22-07 - Hamas scores publicity coup in U.S. The New York Times and The Washington Post gave space to Ahmed Yousef, a senior Hamas figure, on Wednesday to argue that the United States should not interfere in Gaza, where Hamas took control after six days of bloody fighting against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah fighters.

06-22-07 - Romania to hire charter plane to repatriate its citizens from Gaza The Romanian government will hire a charter airplane to repatriate 31 Romanian citizens from the Gaza Strip whose security is endangered by the latest developments in the area, Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu- Tariceanu and Foreign Minister Adrian Cioroianu announced on Friday.

06-22-07 - Moment of Silence for Captive Johnston On Wednesday, June 20, thousands of BBC staffers around the world fell silent at festivals, in conferences and on air to mark the 100th day of captivity for BBC Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston.

06-22-07 - Alcohol, Middle East, animal fur Equitable Life feature in June Plenary In other votes MEP supported a decision to restart direct aid to the Palestinian Authorities and insisted that Israel pay back the customs duties owed to the Authority - something President Pöttering has repeated called for.

06-22-07 - Acclaimed Palestinian Actor Mohammad Bakri Faces Trial in Israel for Documentary ?Jenin, Jenin? Palestinian actor and director Mohammad Bakri is one Israel?s most well-known citizens. But since producing a documentary on Israel?s 2002 assault on the West Bank town of Jenin, Bakri has found himself virtually blacklisted in Israeli cinema, and now, he even faces possible jail time for making the film.

06-22-07 - Footlik gets Jewish backing in House bid Signatories include Mort Zuckerman and Shoshana Cardin, both former chairmen of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; Alan Solomont, a backer of the Israel Policy Fund now leading fund-raising for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination; Steve Grossman, a past president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and now a lead-fundraiser for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), also seeking the presidency; and Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard law professor and writer.

06-22-07 - Basketball Uniforms for Palestine The three teams with both Moslem and Christian Palestinian players are looking forward to the new threads, funding for which was raised by the Middle East Program of Santa Cruz's Resource Center for Nonviolence.

06-22-07 - Arab bourses "cautious" as investors monitor half-year results Palestinian stocks responded positively to the declaration by the United States and the European Union that they would be resuming financial aid to the Palestinian Authority after the formation of an emergency cabinet led by the US-educated economist Salam Fayyad

06-22-07 - USS LIBERTY - 'A lie told well is immortal' "If it was an accident, it was the best planned accident I've ever heard of."

06-22-07 - Indonesia concerned about Palestinian conflict: spokesman The Indonesian government on Friday expressed a deep concern over the conflict situation in Palestine, spokesman of the Foreign Ministry Kristianto Legowo said.

06-22-07 - Weiner: Cut Aid To West Bank And Gaza U.S Representative Anthony Weiner will introduce an amendment to the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, banning all aid, including humanitarian aid, from the United States to the Palestinian Authority

06-22-07 - Christians? ?salvation? requires peace in the Middle East

06-22-07 - Jewish groups slam U.K. boycott Jewish organizations slammed the decision by Britain's largest trade union to support a boycott of Israel.

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