|UN Special Rapporteur Prof. Philip Alston Questions Israel’s Conduct in October 2000 Investigations ||Adalah ,
Prof. Alston stated that the failure of Israel to hold individuals accountable for the October 2000 killings,especially considering the substantial evidence uncovered by the Or Commission, runs contrary to Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR), Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and Principle 9 of the U.N. Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extralegal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions.
|Abbas says won`t fire Hamas for now||Jordan Times - "The constitution gives me clear and definite authority to remove a government from power, but I don`t want to use this authority. Everyone should know that by law this power is in my hands." ||25/4/2006|
|Israel to target `terrorists` in Hamas-led government ||Eric Silver - the Independent - `Israel`s latest sabre-rattling was provoked by Hamas` appointment on Thursday ofone of the most wanted Palestinian gunman, Jamal Abu Samhadana, to head a new security force. Israel tried to assassinate him in 2004.
|Israel threatens to reoccupy Gaza||Aljazeera - "Israel will reoccupy the Gaza Strip if Hamas does not put an end to cross border rocket attacks, a senior military commander says.
Major-General Yoav Galant, head of Israel`s southern command, said he was considering a range of options, including the possibility of re-entering Gaza."||22/4/2006|
|Hamas, Abbas on collision course ||Aljazeera - "Both have been wrangling over control of the levers of power within the Palestinian Authority since the Islamist group won January`s parliamentary elections.
|Articles concerning Hamas - US, Europe relations||(1) Yitzhak Benhorin - YNET -"Rice: Hamas needs Israel to govern";
(2) Aljazeera - "Hamas: Israel recognition against land "; (3) Saed Bannoura-
IMEMC & Agencies - `Zahhar: "I Will meet with European representatives during Gulf tour"`; (4) Saed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies -
`European Union:"Freeze of aid to Palestinian Authority stays in effect indefinitely" `
|PA Creates Special Force, Sparks Controversy||Agencies & PalestineChronicle.com -- "The announcement came amid tensions between Abbas, who is officially in charge of security responsibilities and appointments, and a Hamas government flexing its muscle"||21/4/2006|
|The lonesome death of Rachel Corrie - download|| ||17/4/2006|
|The lonesome death of Rachel Corrie||Billy Bragg - The Guardian - That Rachel Corrie should be silenced - first by an Israeli bulldozer, next by a New York theatre cancelling a play created from her words - is a testimony to the power of her message||17/4/2006|
|Christians take sides in Holy Land conflict||John Murphy - Baltimore Sun - Some evangelical Christians are sympathetic to Israel, believing it is a country on a special, God-chosen path. For some other Christians, it`s a state responsible for serious wrongdoings against the Palestinians, offensive to Jesus` teachings of justice and peace||17/4/2006|
|Tehran offers £30m for Palestinian crisis ||Conal Urquhart - The Guardian - "Iran`s offer of help does not mean the crisis is over. Tehran has to transfer the money to the Palestinian Authority, which has had trouble getting banking facilities since Hamas took over.
Also the Palestinian Authority needs £75m every month, and by the end of the month it will have another wage bill.
|Palestinians to get Russian aid ||BBC - Russia has said it will grant the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority urgent financial aid, in opposition to the policy of the EU and the US||15/4/2006|
|MSF Refuses to be `Social Palliative` of EU, US Policies in Palestinian Territories||WAFA -- "Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) refused to be a `social palliative` of EU and US policies in the Palestinian territories"||14/4/2006|
|News Briefs, 12.4.06--14.4.06||IMEMC -- Israeli forces close off Palestinian movement in the Jordan Valley; soldiers invade Jeet village east of Qalqilia; Israeli military court sentences and fines two children; army arrests a boy from Tamon, a man at Beit Eeba checkpoint, a resident of Hebron, two Tulkarem residents and another one in an invasion to Qabatia; army invades Nablus city and searches homes ||14/4/2006|
|IDF troops enter Gaza||Hanan Greenberg -- YNET -- "IDF engineering forces search for explosive devices inside Gaza Strip following killing of two Palestinian terrorists Wednesday night; military official characterizes move as `defensive,` says similar operations may follow"||14/4/2006|
|US plans strike to topple Iran regime||Julian Borger in Washington and Bob Tait in Tehran - Guardian Unlimited - "The word I`m hearing is messianic," Mr Hersh said yesterday on CNN. "[Bush] is politically free. He really thinks he has a chance and this is his mission."||10/4/2006|
|Enemy soldiers gather - to strive for peace||Amelia Thomas - The Christian Science Monitor - "Combatants for Peace has about 90 members, evenly divided between former Palestinian and Israeli fighters who meet to promote peace and dialogue. Both the Israeli and the Palestinian governments oppose the group. Their monthly meetings are always charged with emotion, say members."
|We`ll study any Israeli talks offer: Hamas PM||Agence France Presse - the most eye-catching reference in the Palestinian FM`s letter was to hopes for the realisation of a two-state solution, albeit mixed with blame for Jewish settlement activities and accusing Israel of seeking to annex the occupied Jordan Valley||6/4/2006|
|Prisoners Wage Hunger Strike in Negev Jail||Palestine News Agency -Wafa "Palestinian Prisoners in Negev desert jail waged Tuesday an open hunger strike in protest against the Israeli escalation against them, Palestinian Prisoner society said.||4/4/2006|
|Film crew `begged Israeli soldiers to save colleague`||Matthew Beard - Independent (UK) - "It was at that point I realised that James had been shot, that he was possibly badly injured, because he was silent."||4/4/2006|
|Commemorating 58 years to the Deir Yassin Massacre||Zochrot - On Sunday, April 9, 2006 we will mark 58 years since the massacre and expulsion at Deir Yassin. We will meet at 5:30 p.m. at 37 Kanfei Nesharim St. in Jerusalem. This was the home of Zeynab Akel (Umm Saleh), a refugee of the village. ||2/4/2006|
|Zochrot - 58 years since the Nakba||Zochrot - email - "Following (the lecture by Dr. Ariella Azoulay) we will screen testimonies of the Nakba outdoors. These are short films that present testimonies of the Nakba by Palestinians, translated into Hebrew and edited by Raneen Geries of Zochrot."||25/4/2006|
|Alternative Torch Lighting Ceremony ||Yesh Gvul -email - "We will light beacons for the immediate end of the unnecessary violence and the Occupation of the Palestinians, to the mending of our wrongdoings, to fix the injustices that are done to the weak amongst us."||25/4/2006|
|Some articles on the recent Hamas-Fateh confrontation||(1) `Hamas v. Fateh : round 1 (or as my friend says, "Beirut, baby"` -
Laila El-Haddad; (2) "Following Clashes and Tension between Fatah and Hamas, PCHR Calls for Use of Dialogue and the Law" - Palestinian Centre for Human Rights; (3) "Attacks on Public Institutions Continue
Palestinian Gunmen Attack the Municipalities of Nablus and Bani Suheila" - PCHR; (4) "Hamas, Fateh agree to end internal clashes, tension"
IMEMC & Agencies ||24/4/2006|
|From the China Lobby to the Israel Lobby||Leon Hadar - Antiwar - "And if and when Bush or another U.S. president decides to change policies in the Middle East based on a calculation
of American interests - for example, by launching an opening to Iran - even the most powerful lobby in Washington will not be able to prevent him or her from doing that."
|EU halts Palestinian aid||Aljazeera - "The EU had threatened to suspend the aid unless the Hamas government agreed to renounce violence, recognise the state of Israel and abide by previous Palestinian agreements."||11/4/2006|
| Hamas in call to end suicide bombings||Conal Urquhart in Gaza City
The Observer - "Hamas is to abandon its use of suicide bombers, who have
killed almost 300 Israelis, in any future confrontations
with Israel, its activists have told The Observer.
The Islamic group, which leads the Palestinian Authority,
says, however, that it may resort to other forms of
violence if there is no progress towards Palestinian
|Iran dismisses reported U.S. strike plan||Daily Star staff - "Iran on Sunday brushed aside what it called a U.S. "psychological war" against its nuclear program after a published report described Pentagon planning for possible military strikes against Iranian atomic facilities.||10/4/2006|
|Iranian group seeks British suicide bombers||Robert Tait in Tehran and Ewen MacAskill - The Guardian - "Relations between the west and the hardline Iranian regime are set to worsen after a Tehran-based group claimed yesterday it was trying to recruit Iranians and other Muslims in Britain to carry out suicide bombings against Israel."||19/4/2006|
|Stop in the name of the law ||Irene Khan - International Herald Tribune - the Secretary General of Amnesty International says that the US policy of "extraordinary rendition" is illegal and must stop||13/4/2006|
|Huge jump in arms sales to Israel||Richard Norton-Taylor
|Killing of militant commander sparks gun battles in Gaza ||Conal Urquhart - the Guardian - "Palestinian security forces blamed for explosion; Hamas promises to bring killers to justice"||1/4/2006|
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