|Foreign air strikes kill 65 Afghan civilians: mayor||AFP - Anti-Taliban air strikes by US- and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan killed 65 villagers including children, a local official said Saturday, amid growing anger here over civilian deaths.||30/6/2007|
|President Abbas dismisses senior aide over comments to Al Jazeera||Ma`an News Agaency -- "...Fatah leaders considered Al-Hassan`s claims to be extremely harmful to the Fatah position, namely when he considered the Hamas takeover in Gaza Strip as a defeat to an alleged plan of the US security coordinator to the Palestinians, Keith Dayton, and a defeat to the allies of the USA"||28/6/2007|
|Horrific demolitions in the village of Attir – Im el Hiran||Yeela Raanan, Regional Council for Unrecognized [Bedouin] Villages -
The Government of Israel demolished 25 homes of Bedouins in the Negev, leaving over 150 men women and children homeless in the scorching desert.
[Editor`s comment (VB): This is ethnic cleansing within Israel`s Green Line]||25/6/2007|
|New trial against Jenin, Jenin||Vasilena Todorova -- IMEMC News -- "Five Israeli soldiers who participated in the military assault and were profiled in the film have filed a case against Bakri for allegedly falsifying information about them. The trial is scheduled for next month. The soldiers are also suing two Israeli cinemas for screening the flick"||25/6/2007|
|Today`s news||1) "Washington rallies behind Abbas with end to Palestinian boycott" by Rory McCarthy in Ramallah and Simon Tisdall in Washington
- the Guardian; (2) "Israeli tanks enter Gaza " - Aljazeera; (3) Video: "James Bays reports from a World Food Programme depot on a deal to distribute aid in Gaza "||19/6/2007|
|Right of Reply: Prof. Amnon Rubinstein - you`re wrong about ACRI||Gila Orkin- THE JERUSALEM POST-"The state`s response reflects a disturbing failure to understand and appreciate the role of human rights organizations in upholding the rule of law and safeguarding democratic principles. Furthermore, such demagogic diatribes by state officials against the legitimate activity of human rights organizations represent a dangerous move toward stifling such activity. "||15/6/2007|
|Fatah suspends role in government ||Agencies -
Al Jazeera -
"The factional fighting spread to the West Bank as Saidi Tamimi, deputy transport minister and a Hamas member, was seized by armed men who stormed into his department and forced him into a vehicle, security officials said." ||13/6/2007|
|After two days of fighting, Hamas and Fatah announce truce||Wissam Afifah -- IMEMC -- "The new ceasefire agreement, which was reached with the help of an Egyptian security delegation that arrived in Rafah on Sunday, states that both Hamas and Fatah will pull their fighters from the streets and dismantle the road blocks that both factions installed in various parts of the city"||11/6/2007|
|Some enchanted evening||Benny Ziffer - Haaretz - " The dancing and music and singing seemed to be aimed at overcoming thoughts of the injustice, seeking to erase them in the course of the swaying of the head and the monotonic movement of the body, forward and backward - to declare that all contradictions were one, like God: wrongdoing and justice, Jews and Arabs, yuppies from the city and beggars from the village square.
As long as the tidal wave of music continued and the rhythm pounded in everyone`s head, the magic did its work. Peace reigned for a moment. In the hairsplitting in which mystics are engaged, one may believe that this moment is also eternity. "||5/6/2007|
|Mortar strike wounds Israeli troops ||Aljazeera - "Minutes after Ehud Olmert, Israel`s prime minister, said that attacks against "terrorist elements" in the Gaza Strip would continue, the armed wing of Hamas said it fired eight mortar bombs from Gaza on Sunday.
An Israeli army spokesman said three of them hit the Erez [Beit Hanoun] border crossing, wounding four soldiers.
|The Haifa Declaration - now available in English||We look towards a future in which we can reach historic reconciliation between the Jewish Israeli people and the Arab Palestinian people. This reconciliation requires the State of Israel to recognize the historical injustice that it committed against the Palestinian people through its establishment, to accept responsibility for the Nakba, which befell all parts of the Palestinian people, and (...) recognizing the Right of Return and acting to implement itin accordance with United Nations Resolution 194. (...) This historic reconciliation also requires us, Palestinians and Arabs, to recognize the right of the Israeli Jewish people to self-determination and to life in peace, dignity, and security with the Palestinian and the other peoples of the region. We are aware of the tragic history of the Jews in Europe, which reached its peak in one of the most horrific human crimes in the Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews, and we are fully cognizant of the tragedies that the survivors have lived through. We sympathize with the victims of the Holocaust, those who perished and those who survived.||2/6/2007|
|Dovish Groups Mull Mega-Merger In Bid To Build Peace Powerhouse ||Nathan Guttman - Forward - [about] the need to send Congress a message that “there are other voices in the community” and that lawmakers “don’t have to automatically support unnecessary resolutions” about Israel.||2/6/2007|
|My glory-stealing brothers ||Anshel Pfeffer - Haaretz - After forty years, The 1967 fighting in and around the Old City of Jerusalem - long a staple of official Israeli heroic myth - becomes controversial, with veteran soldiers openly voicing long-silenced grudges. The conclusion is that the heroic "Battle of Ammunition Hill" - in which 37 Israeli soldiers and an unknown number of Jordanian ones (many of them Palestinians) were killed - might have been altogether unnecessary, and that nowadays such a battle might have ended with a Commission of Inquiry rather than in a Myth of Glory. ||2/6/2007|
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