|Palestinian office siege ends||Aljazeera - "About 50 men, masked and armed, who occupied a Palestinian government office in the Gaza Strip to demand jobs, have ended their operation."
|Barghouti says future government will include Hamas ||Kristoffer Larsson-
|Arab League says it will not stand idle to Israeli measures against Palestinians||Abdel Nasser Dawi - Palestine Net - Arab League Secretary General Amr Mousa said the Palestinian cause is at the top of his priority list and a prime issue for 2006.
|Al Qaeda Establishing Base in Gaza||Ori Nir - The Forward - Experts Blame Iraq Invasion, Israeli Pullout
|Al Qaeda claims missile attack on Israel||Ynet - "Al Qaeda in Iraq said it had launched missiles at Israel from Lebanon as part of a "new attack" on the Jewish state, a statement posted on the Web said on Thursday||29/12/2005|
|Three Britons kidnapped in Gaza amid poll tensions||Conal Urquhart - The Guardian - "Tense negotiations were under way last night to try to secure the release of a British human rights worker and her parents, who were abducted in the Gaza Strip. The 25-year-old woman, identified as Kate Burton, was showing her parents around the town of Rafah near the Egyptian border when they were bundled into a car and driven off" ||29/12/2005|
|Israel to Pay $25 Million to clear the Settlements` rubble||Al-Hayat Al-Jadida - Gaza - The Israeli government, the PA, UNDP and the Quartet’s envoy signed an agreement this week to remove the rubble of the settlements in the Gaza Strip. According to this agreement, Israel will pay $25 million to fund this operation.
|Mahmoud Darwish: End Attacks Against Israeli Civilians||Jacky Hugi - Ma’ariv - The national Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, issued a call to end suicide bombing attacks that are committed amid the civilian population, saying that they were detrimental to the Palestinians.
|PA elections poll: Hamas leading||Ali Waked - Ynet - Survey shows Hamas would win 31 percent of vote, Abbas-led Fatah only 18 percent ||26/12/2005|
|Abbas: Polls likely for 25 January||Khalid Amayreh - Aljazeera - "Speaking after the traditional midnight Christmas mass at the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, Abbas said the Palestinian Authority had an iron-clad commitment to hold the parliamentary elections on time.
|Israel predicts PA collapse||Al Jazeera - Israeli Official: Abbas could be unable to impose law and order||25/12/2005|
|Palestinian elections threatened ||BBC News Online - January`s Palestinian parliamentary elections have been plunged into crisis after Israel decided to prevent Palestinians in Jerusalem from voting.
Israeli prime minister`s spokesman Raanan Gissin told the BBC it was concerned that the Palestinian militant group Hamas might gain power. ||21/12/2005|
|Fatah future in doubt after split ||James Menendez - BBC News - It is now more than a year since former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died in a hospital in Paris but the impact of his death is still being felt.
|Arab League warns Israel: let Jerusalemites participate in elections ||Abdel Nasser Dawi - Palestine News Network - The Arab League warned Israel today of the dangerous ramifications of its most recent announcement in which it said it did not intend to allow residents of Jerusalem to participate in the Palestinian Legislative Election elections scheduled for January 25, 2006.
|Islamic Jihad: “More Qassams, attacks, if Israel impalements its security strip in Gaza” ||Saed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies - The Islamic Jihad movements threatened to increase the firing of Qassam homemade shells should Israel carry out its plan to establish a “security strip” in the northern part of the Gaza Strip Gaza.
|Pope appeals for Mid-East peace ||BBC Online - Pope Benedict XVI in Rome has made a plea for peace in the Middle East, as he celebrated his first Christmas Eve Mass since becoming pontiff. Calling on Roman Catholics to think of those in Bethlehem, he said: "We wish to pray for peace in the Holy Land."
|EU to Israel: Keep PA elections on schedule||Tova Lazaroff - The Jerusalem Post - The EU has asked Israel to allow Jerusalem Arabs to vote in east Jerusalem so that the election can be held on time, the head of the EU`s Election Observation Mission, Veronique De Keyser, told The Jerusalem Post. ||25/12/2005|
|Patriarch Sabbah: “Separation Wall is turning Bethlehem into a big prison” ||Manar Jibrin - IMEMC & Agencies - Latin Patriarch Michael Sabbah said, on Saturday evening, after arriving in Bethlehem that Israel should remove its Separation wall which is surrounding the Holy City, and transforming it into a big prison.
|BBC: Jesus` parents would get stuck in roadblock ||Itamar Eichner - Ynet - British TV channel broadcast this week claims Jesus` parents` historical trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem would have been rendered impossible today, due to IDF restrictions. Israel Foreign Ministry outraged
|Going plural||Khalid Amayreh - Al-Ahram Weekly - Any unjustified postponement of the
election would plunge the PA, and also Palestinian society, into a very deep crisis. Moreover, postponement would exacerbate Fatah`s internal breakdown and might very well lead to internal violence, including possible
|International donors: No payday for PA||Hilary Leila Krieger - The Jerusalem Post -The Palestinian Authority was denied extra funds at Wednesday`s donor conference in London because it failed to adhere to spending limitations, according to Israeli and international sources at the meeting.
|Tali Fahima: Israeli `collaborator` jailed for three years||Agence France Presse - JERUSALEM: A Jewish woman was jailed for three years Thursday for collaborating with Palestinian militants. Tali Fahima, 29, was sentenced by a court in Tel Aviv under the terms of a plea bargain, which meant she dodged the most serious charges initially leveled at her.
|Barghouti calls for Fatah`s reunification||Daily Star staff - Official warns voting ban in east jerusalem threatens civil war
|Newsletter December 2005||Women`s Organization for Political Prisoners (WOFPP) - The lawyer of WOFPP, Taghrid Jahshan, was not allowed to enter the prisons for approximately one month. On 11 November 2005 she was again allowed to visit, and her first visit after the interval took place on 17 November.
|Palestinians may delay poll over voting ban ||Conal Urquhart - The Guardian - The Palestinian Authority will postpone its parliamentary elections if Israel bars Palestinian residents of Jerusalem from participating, the Palestinian deputy prime minister said yesterday. Israeli officials said they would not allow voting in East Jerusalem as part of the elections scheduled for January 25 if the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas was involved.
|Half of all Israelis favor talks with Hamas to reach peace agreement with Palestinians ||Al Bawaba - A recent poll in Israel reveals that around half of all Israelis favor holding negotiations between the Israeli government and Hamas, despite its involvement in many suicide attacks against Israelis.
|Abbas slams Israel`s decision to prevent Palestinians voting in East Jerusalem||The Daily Star - Israel said Wednesday that it would not allow voting in occupied East Jerusalem in next month`s Palestinian election - a move Palestinian officials and Egypt`s intelligence chief said could delay the vote. Denouncing the decision, President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian leadership would carefully consider its next step, saying it had yet to be officially informed of Israel`s decision.
|Norwegian county boycott of Israel ires Jewish groups||Associated Press - A Norwegian county`s decision to boycott Israeli products
because of its occupation of Palestinian territories has
outraged Jewish groups.
|Bethlehem City Hall under siege amid PA turmoil||Daily star staff - "Palestinian gunmen briefly seized Bethlehem City Hall, overlooking the Church of the Nativity, on Tuesday in a jarring interruption to Christmas preparations in the traditional birthplace of Jesus."||21/12/2005|
|Congress keeps one eye on the Jewish lobby||Akiva Eldar - Ha`aretz - Two days after the U.S. Congress voted by a large majority
(397 to 17) to threaten the Palestinian Authority with
withholding aid if it includes Hamas in the next
government, U.S. officials pressured the European donor
nations to transfer $60 million immediately to the PA to
pay the salaries of its officials and security apparatus.
|Hamas politburo chief condemns E.U.`s "flagrant intervention"||Deutsche Presse-Agentur - Damascus-- The politburo chief of the Islamic militant
Hamas movement blasted the European Union Monday for
threatening to cut off funding to the Palestinian
Authority if Hamas wins next month`s parliamentary
|Hamas leader in Syria rejects EU warning to halt aid to PA||Associated Press - DAMASCUS - The political leader of Hamas on Monday
rejected the European Union`s warning to halt aid to the Palestinian Authority if the militant Palestinian group wins next month`s parliamentary elections but fails to renounce violence.||20/12/2005|
|Police arrested the parliamentary assistant of MK Bishara ||Saed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies - The Israeli Police arrested on Tuesday Iz Ed Deen Badran, the parliamentary assistant of Arab member of Knesset, Dr. Azmi Bishara.||20/12/2005|
|Bethlehem Mayor Asks Pilgrims to Visit||Sarah El-Deeb - Associated Press - The mayor of Bethlehem on Wednesday asked pilgrims to visit in large numbers during Christmas and help pressure Israel to dismantle the barrier that separates the city from
|Fatah Movement splits in two ahead of polls||Samar Assad - Decision comes after Abbas cancels results of primary elections||16/12/2005|
|Palestinian-Israeli Joint Declaration Unveiled at World Bank-HMT conference||Palestinian Media Center - "WASHINGTON, December 13, 2005 – A group of Palestinian and Israeli private sector representatives presented today a joint Declaration at a Conference on "Promoting Economic Growth in the West Bank and Gaza through the Private Sector" in London. The conference was co-hosted by the World Bank and the United Kingdom Treasury"
|Unrecognised villages in the Negev expose Israel`s apartheid policies||By Bangani Ngeleza and Adri Nieuwhof
The Electronic Intifada. Bangani Ngeleza and Adri Nieuwhof are independent
consultants from respectively South Africa and the
|Fatah single-vote list irritates old guard||Agence France Presse (AFP) - RAMALLAH, West Bank: The ruling Palestinian party Fatah is trying to clamp down on internal chaos and better its chances in January`s crucial parliamentary elections by deciding to run on a single, united list.
|Whom Do You Hate? Leftists Hate Settlers More than Arabs||Meir Suissa - Five years of the Intifada have left their mark on Israelis. A poll conducted by researchers in the academic track of the College of Administration regarding whom Israelis hate most reveals that the Palestinian “won” first place.
|Israel Violating Gaza Border Deal, Using Netanya Attack as Pretext||Palestine Media Center – PMC - Israel Set for Wide Operation in West Bank, Gaza ‘That Could Last a Month’
|Report: Palestinian economy expanding, hurdles remain||The Associated Press - The Palestinian economy is expected to expand by at least eight percent in 2005 and unemployment is expected to fall sharply, a World Bank report released Sunday indicated. But violence, Israeli restrictions on Palestinian movement, and Palestinian governance problems could check growth, the report stated.
|Peretz: Palestinian state within 4 years||Attila Somfalvi - YnetNews - In talk with EU ambassadors, Labor Chairman reveals political doctrine: Accelerating negotiations for permanent agreement, even by skipping over first stages of Road Map; says negotiations to end within year, full implementation within four years ||11/12/2005|
|Israel denies Gaza siege plan||Al Jazeera - Israel has said it has no plans to impose an economic siege on the Palestinians whether or not President Mahmoud Abbas cracks down on armed groups.
|Abbas criticizes rocket attacks||Khaled Abu Toameh - The Jerusalem Post - Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday criticized Palestinian groups for launching rocket attacks on Israel, saying such actions harmed Palestinian interests.
|Hamas tires of truce||Aljazeera - "Hamas will not renew its fragile truce with Israel when it expires at the end of the year, the head of its political branch said."
|Holliday Shopping- Palestinian Women Handicrafts Bazaar at Bat Shalom||Holliday Shopping- Palestinian Women Handicrafts Bazaar at Bat Shalom||10/12/2005|
|Palestinian police chief wants more weapons||Agence France Presse - The head of the Palestinian police said Sunday that his forces needed more weapons and better equipment if they were to successfully combat a tide of lawlessness in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.||5/12/2005|
|Bomber`s handlers `fooled him`, family members say||Associated Press - Relatives of Lotfi Abu Saada said they were perplexed Monday that the simple farmhand strapped on a bomb belt on and blew himself up outside a mall in Netanya, killing himself and five Israelis.
|More women for Palestinian parliament||Al Jazeera - A record number of women - including the wives and widows of notable political figures - will take up seats in the Palestinian parliament following January`s legislative elections.
|Army hits launching sites||Ynet-"IDF directs artillery fire at Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks on Israeli targets "
|Five Israelis die in suicide bomb attack||Donald Macintyre - the Independent - "The bombing - the third suicide attack claimed by the militant faction Islamic Jihad since July - is bound to move security sharply up the political agenda in the approach to Israeli elections in March.
|Rajoub unofficial winner in Hebron vote||Associated Press - The victory by Jibril Rajoub, the national security adviser, paved the way for Fatah`s new younger generation to grab powerful spots as the movement faces a stiff challenge from the Hamas, which will be running for the first time in a January parliamentary election.
|PA minister to form new political party||Khaled Abu Toameh - The Jerusalem Post - Palestinian Authority Finance Minister Salam Fayyad is planning to form a new party that will run in next January`s parliamentary elections, sources in Ramallah said on Saturday.
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