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`You are killing people,` Erdogan tells PeresHaaretz Staff and Agencies - "Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stalked off the stage yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland after sparring with President Shimon Peres over the fighting in Gaza...In Spain, Judge Andreu`s writ named seven Israelis as suspects. In his decision, Andreu wrote that dropping a bomb "on one of the most crowded neighborhoods in Gaza" was potentially a crime against humanity. The use of a one-ton bomb was "exaggerated and disproportionate," he added, and the IDF "was aware of ramifications of the bombing." "31/1/2009
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Obama camp `prepared to talk to Hamas`Suzanne Goldenberg - The Guardian9/1/2009
Israeli Human Rights Groups to Defense Minister: Stop Draining Gaza of Fuel and ElectricityGisha-Press Release-"Without electricity to pump water, 60% of Gaza residents on average receive clean water once in 5-7 days, and some people have been without water supply for 10 days."2/1/2009
Did the IAF bomb a Gazan welding truck or a Hamas Grad transport?Amira Hass - Haaretz - According to B`tselem and the Mezan center for human rights, the truck belongs to Ahmed Samur, 55, and is still standing, burnt, beside his workshop in the Jabaliya refugee camp. Next to it hang scorched oxygen balloons, a blade and cables. Nobody dares move the truck or the accompanying accoutrements for fear that the UAVs filming every detail from above will bomb whoever approaches. 3/1/2009
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[Cached] Did the IAF bomb a Gazan welding truck or a Hamas Grad transport?Amira Hass - Haaretz - According to B`tselem and the Mezan center for human rights, the truck belongs to Ahmed Samur, 55, and is still standing, burnt, beside his workshop in the Jabaliya refugee camp. Next to it hang scorched oxygen balloons, a blade and cables. Nobody dares move the truck or the accompanying accoutrements for fear that the UAVs filming every detail from above will bomb whoever approaches. 3/1/2009
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Israel to approve aid for IDF officers accused of Gaza war crimes Barak Ravid - Haaretz - " The government is set to approve a bill Sunday to grant aid and support to Israel Defense Forces officers in cases where they face suits for alleged war crimes from Operation Cast Lead...There is growing concern at the Defense Ministry and the Ministry of Justice that Israeli officers will be singled out in a wave of suits for alleged human rights violations. 23/1/2009
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UN assembly demands Gaza truceAljazeera17/1/2009
Israel mulls unilateral ceasefire as Hamas leader rejects truce; Muslim world in ferment as protests mount in support of PalestiniansKim Sengupta - The Independent 17/1/2009
Stars vow to shun BBC for refusing to broadcast Gaza appealKirsty Walker and Liz Thomas - Mail Online - BBC stars today turned on the Corporation’s bosses for refusing to broadcast an emergency appeal for aid in Gaza.Actress Samantha Morton led a string of celebrities who criticised the BBC’s decision at a London fund raiser for the British aid agency Medical Aid for Palestinians. 27/1/2009
Obama sends Middle East envoy to `listen, not dictate`The decision to appoint a presidential envoy, and to dispatch him so early in the administration, is a sign that Mr Obama intends to take a more active approach to the peace process than his predecessor. In an interview with Al-Arabiya television, Mr Obama said he felt it mportant to "get engaged right away" in the Middle East. He said he directed Mr Mitchell to talk to "all the major parties involved". "What I told him is start by listening, because all too often the United States starts by dictating," Mr Obama said. 27/1/2009
Gaza needs many years to healMona El-Farra - I was greatly touched by the expressions of solidarity with the Palestinian people. I met doctors from Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, Greece, Turkey and many other countries who came to help the people of Gaza in defiance of Israel`s savage attacks on children, women, and men. 25/1/2009
Noa cancels appearance at Gaza fundraiserMerav Yudilovitch - YNET - " Singers Noa and Mira Awad, meant to perform at fundraiser concert for Gazans injured in Operation Cast Lead, call off participation following pressure on organizers to have Noa take back statements made in open letter to Palestinians ...Part of Noa`s letter read: "I can only wish for you that Israel will do the job we all know needs to be done, and finally rid you of this cancer, this virus, this monster called fanaticism, today, called Hamas...One can`t help but be disgusted by people who support (Operation Cast Lead) and then buy blankets for the handicapped children that remain alive. "23/1/2009
Israeli cabinet grants legal aid to political and military officials accused of war crimesSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Yet, Israeli Justice Minister, Daniel Friedmann, claims that Israel is acting in accordance to the International Law." 26/1/2009
9 suspected of attacking Nazareth ArabsJPOST.COM STAFF - J-lem Post - "Police said they were investigating whether the youngsters acted independently or whether they were dispatched by a racist organization." 26/1/2009
IDF rabbinate publication during Gaza war: We will show no mercy on the cruel Amos Harel - Haaretz - ""When you show mercy to a cruel enemy, you are being cruel to pure and honest soldiers. This is terribly immoral.""26/1/2009
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IDF rabbinate publication during Gaza war: We will show no mercy on the cruel Amos Harel - Haaretz - ""When you show mercy to a cruel enemy, you are being cruel to pure and honest soldiers. This is terribly immoral."" 26/1/2009
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BBC under strain to show Gaza adAP - Ynet - "Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who heads of the Church of England, said Sunday he believes the network should broadcast the ad."26/1/2009
Egypt persecutes Muslim moderatesAhmed Subhy Mansour - IHT - "This unique collaboration between the government and Islamic traditionalists refutes current claims by the state that Egypt is secular and that it is working to fight extremism and terrorism." 26/1/2009
For Gaza`s children, the way of life is actually the way of deathThe schools of Gaza are open again, but the children of Gaza have a lot to learn about coping. Don`t ever forget their suffering and do what you can to help them. Here is how you can help ... 25/1/2009
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Many Wonder if Fatah Will Assume Leadership Role - Control Of Gaza Subject Of DebateCraig Whitlock - Washington Post - "Fatah leaders and independent analysts said they were skeptical that Hamas would cede control in Gaza anytime soon." 21/1/2009
`Obama, please let us remain forward aircraft carrier!` Richard Roth - CBS News - In Yedioth Ahronoth, columnist Eitan Haber – who was a speech-writer for the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin – makes clear that his “good luck" to the new US president includes a fret as well as a greeting. He likens Israel to America’s, “forward aircraft carrier in this bloody part of the world,” and worries whether Mr. Obama, “will bequeath to us from the great abundance of America or will we be for you, heaven forbid, a nation like all other nations?” 20/1/2009
Arab Knesset Mebers confront extreme -right racists outside Supreme Court Tibi called out, "There are fascist immigrants here who want to deprive the Arabs of their right to live and be presented. We were here before you. You immigrated here and want to throw us out of here. You are dancing on the blood of Palestinian children and seeking to terminate the political leadership of Israel`s Arabs." 20/1/2009
Obama to tap ex-Sen. Mitchell as Mideast envoyAndrea Shalal-esa/Yitzhak Benhorin - Yahoo News/Y-Net - James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, said appointing Mitchell would show Obama`s determination to reclaim U.S. leadership on Middle East peace issues. "This is a president who appears to be serious on the Middle East from day one. This is an appointment that sends the message, `I`m ready to solve this,`" Zogby said. 20/1/2009
At Cairo Hospital, Injured Palestinians Increasingly Voice Support for HamasSudarsan Raghavan - Washington Post - ""That`s how the Palestinian people are," he said. "The more we get hit, the more we become persistent."" 14/1/2009
US: Olmert`s UN vote story `100% untrue`HERB KEINON AND ALLISON HOFFMAN - J-lem Post - "Middle East expert Steven Spiegel described the episode as "the worst faux pas by an Israeli prime minister in history."" 14/1/2009
Finland: Church Group Demands Probe of Gaza Clinic AttackYLE / Gush Shalom - “From our point of view, this was a calculated act. Even the warning missile targeted the clinic, which was clearly marked with the insignia of the Red Cross. This attack broke all international treaties,” said Jouni Hemberg, Chief of Humanitarian Aid for Finn Church Aid.13/1/2009
Turkey central to Hamas-Egypt talksHerb Keinon - Jerusalem Post - An Israeli source said that "Erdogan has removed Turkey from the game. We have lost trust in him." But this loss of Israeli faith in Erdogan has apparently gained him stature in Hamas`s eyes. [A "strategic alliance" with Turkey had been a cornerstone of Israeli policy since the time of Ben Gurion. Ed.] 13/1/2009
Israel Set to Ban Arab Opposition Party From ElectionsAntiWar - Party Behind Many Antiwar Protests Accused of Plotting to Destroy Israel12/1/2009
Security cabinet: Israel to continue Gaza offensive to pressure Egypt Amos Harel, Avi Issacharoff, Barak Ravid and Yoav Stern - Haaretz [Editor`s comment (VB): Deja vu: in 2006 Israel made a similar invasion to Lebanon to "pressure" Lebanese government. That invasion strengthened greatly Hizballah in Lebanon. Likewise, the present invasion seems to be strengthening Muslim Brothers in Egypt.]11/1/2009
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Call the army (972-2) 583-9749 to protest the war on Gaza flyers in the air with a number for Palestinians to report on Hamas activities. Call it to protest.10/1/2009
Turkish spectators drive Israeli basketball players off the courtOn Tuesday 6 January, a basketball game in Ankara between Israel`s Bnei Hasharon and Turk Telekom had to be called off because of a demonstration by Turkish spectators enraged over Israel`s rampage in Gaza10/1/2009
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Israel, Hamas reject Security Council resolution; PA sees missed opportunityMa`an9/1/2009
30 Gaza rockets strike Negev, one person lightly wounded Haaretz9/1/2009
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UN passes Gaza ceasefire resolutionAljazeera9/1/2009
Rockets hit Israel from Lebanon BBC News - At least three Katyusha rockets were fired from southern Lebanon into the northern Israeli area of Nahariya early on Thursday. One of the rockets hit a nursing home were some 25 elderly residents were eating breakfast in a nearby dining hall, the Jerusalem Post reports. At least two people were slightly wounded and a number of others were suffering from shock, Israeli officials said.8/1/2009
British telecom firm severs ties with Israeli counterpartsMeir Orbach- Ynet News-"The email from FreedomCall said, "As a result of the Israeli government action in the last few days we will no longer be in a position to consider doing business with yourself or any other Israeli company.""2/1/2009
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