|Agents of Influence ||Robert Dreyfuss - The Nation - Did Ariel Sharon, the Prime Minister of Israel, run a covert program with operatives in high-level US government positions to influence the Bush Administration`s decision to go to war in Iraq? The FBI wants to know.
|The hidden cost of free congressional trips to Israel||Jim Abourezk - Christian Science Monitor - Branded as `educational’, these trips offer Israeli propagandists an opportunity to expose members of Congress to only their side of the story.||27/1/2007|
|At Brandeis, Carter Responds to Critics||Adam Hunger/John V. Walsh - New York Times/Jewish Voice For Peace - Mr. Carter said he realized his use of the word “apartheid” “has caused great concern in the Jewish community.” He said he had used it “knowing that it would be provocative.” He said he had intended to describe conditions not in Israel but in the occupied Palestinian territories, and had not meant to “equate Zionism with racism,” but to point out “that this cruel oppression is contrary to the tenets of the Jewish religious faith and contrary to the basic principles of the state of Israel.”
|New proposal: Transfer-for-cash plan||Matthew Wagner - Jerusalem Post - "A new proposal designed to solve Israel`s Arab demographic
concerns suggests offering a million Palestinian residents
of refugee camps in Judea and Samaria incentives totaling
as much as $50 billion to convince them to leave the area...Elon said many western countries, were open to immigrants,
especially if they brought cash with them. He said he
hoped to gain the cooperation of western countries for the
program by emphasizing its humanitarian dimension."[!!!!]
Aviner, a respected halachic authority, has written an
article advocating the transfer-for-payment idea, which
appeared this weekend in Be`ahava U`Be`emuna, a pamphlet
that is distributed in thousands of synagogues across the
nation every Shabbat."||23/1/2007|
|Women hold alternative conference in Haifa||Alternative Herzliya Conference in postwar Haifa, Tuesd. Jan 23, for info 04-8650977; transportation from different locations: 04-8650977 - the Tel-Aviv bus departs 2pm from Arlozorov Train station, El Al terminal. See also Jerusalem post article.||22/1/2007|
|Three people killed in suicide bombing at Eilat bakery ||1) "Eilat driver warned police about terrorist minutes before attack
" Revital Levy-Stein, Avi Issacharoff, Nir Hasson, and Jonathan Lis - Haaretz; 2)"IAF bombs Gaza tunnel; PM: We`ll uphold truce despite Eilat bombing " -
Aluf Benn, Amos Harel and Revital Levy-Stein - Haaretz; 3) "PM Mahmoud Abbas condemns Eilat bombing"
by Polly Bangoriad - IMEMC & Aengcies 4 ) "Suicide bomb attack in Israeli city of Eilat kills three;
Hamas, Fatah and Islamic Jihad praise the "resistance"
" - Ma`an; 5) "Family of Eilat bomber speak to Ma`an" -
|USA: Ensure Israel hands over maps of cluster bombs strikes in South Lebanon||Amnesty International public statement: Israel. And a Guardian article by Ewen MacAskill - "US questions Israel`s use of cluster bombs in a rare
|Palestinian news: Now in English ||Avi Issacharoff - Haaretz - "Everyone who wanted to put out a Palestinian newspaper in English wasn`t prepared to take the economic gamble. But I say, `No courage, no glory.` There is a vacuum that needs to be filled. The foreigners who live in the territories and Israel, the educated people in Israel - all these people are interested in reading news from a Palestinian point of view as well."
|Ynet presents: Halutz`s full letter of resignation||Danny Halutz -
"We must ensure that we don`t arrive at a situation in which quality people hesitate to tie their fate and future to the IDF."||17/1/2007|
|Secret understandings between representatives of Israel, Syria||Akiva Eldar - - "The contacts ended after the Syrians demanded an end to meetings on an unofficial level and called for a secret meeting at the level of deputy minister, on the Syrian side, with an Israeli official at the rank of a ministry`s director general, including the participation of a senior American official. Israel did not agree to this Syrian request." Denial by Israeli and Syrian officials.||16/1/2007|
|Abbas snubs Rice effort to revive road map||Conal Urquhart - the Guardian - "Mr Abbas went on to reject a central plank of the plan: "We reaffirmed to Secretary Rice our rejection of any temporary or transitional solutions, including a state with temporary borders, because we don`t see it as a realistic option."||16/1/2007|
|State releases new tender for 44 housing units in Ma`aleh Adumim||Nadav Shragai -- Haaretz -- "The Peace Now group condemned the tender, pointing out that on the second day of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice`s visit to Israel the state is tearing to shreds its own obligations under the road map"||15/1/2007|
|Lieberman: Israeli action in Gaza "inevitable"||Al-Jazeera - An Israeli cabinet minister has said that a military operation in the Gaza Strip is "inevitable" and called for tens of thousands of Nato troops to be deployed there afterwards.
|Abbas rejects temporary border plan ||Al-Jazeera - Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has told Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, that he opposes the establishment of a provisional Palestinian state within temporary borders.||14/1/2007|
|Conditional citizenship ||Tom Segev -
"Rather, this bill belongs among the plethora of initiatives aimed at effecting a "transfer" of Arabs."
|75% of Jewish students: Arabs are ignorant and dirty||Fadi Eyadat -
""These students will become soldiers at the roadblocks"" ||10/1/2007|
|Gov`t to support bill on revoking citizenship for disloyalty to state||Yuval Yoaz
|On the internal conflict in the OT-s||Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
- PCHR Calls for an End of Violence between Fatah and Hamas Movements;
Ma`an - "In a night of choas, several shops and buildings are destroyed in Ramallah "; Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - " Hamas website: "gunmen attack Hamas houses in Jenin"
"; Wisam Afifeh - PNN - "Hamas security blames Fateh members for kidnapping and shooting in northern Gaza"; Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Palestinians factions call for dissolving the [Hamas-controlled] Executive Force
|Revealed: Israel plans nuclear strike on Iran||Uzi Mahnaimi and Sarah Baxter - The Sunday Times - "Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an
Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear "bunker-busters",
according to several Israeli military sources.
|TV anchor: Arab look not appropriate for Eurovision Song Contest||Meirav Yudilovich -- YNET -- TV Anchor Anastasia Michalei sparked the ire of Eurovision panelists when stating that the selected Israeli representative should not bear an Arab appearance: "We must select people who do not only represent us artistically," she said||8/1/2007|
|8 rights groups ask High Court to rescind W. Bank driving ban||Yuval Yoaz -- Haaretz -- "The groups call the order reminiscent of apartheid, as it `implements an ideology of separation by creating criminal sanctions on different peoples`" ||8/1/2007|
|Dahamesh Village near Ramla in imminent danger of destruction ||Nori Al-Okbi - Beduin Rights Defence Association - The houses of a thousand people were given demolition notices, and the entire village is in imminent danger of being demolished and completely erased. Ramla Mayor Yoel Lavi has declared that “The solution” for this village is “Two D-9 bulldozers, accompanied by two companies of Border Guards” (Riot Police). Once these become available, “The bulldozers will move freely, from one side of the village to another”.
|We Didn`t Disappear||Jonathan Cook-Palesti8ne Chronicle-"The manifesto calls for an end to other discriminatory land practices: the exclusion of Palestinian citizens from planning committees; the refusal of such committees to issue house- building permits to Palestinian citizens; the enforcement of house demolitions only against Palestinian citizens;...."||5/1/2007|
|Israel tries to cut off Tehran from world markets||David Hearst- The Guardian-"Israel is launching a campaign to isolate Iran economically and to soften up world opinion for the option of a military strike aimed at crippling or delaying Tehran`s uranium enrichment programme."||26/1/2007|
|FM: Palestinian state is achievable, not an illusion||News Agencies-Haaretz-"Peres added that the Palestinian refugees should be able to return to Palestine, the way Jews are able to return to Israel."
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