|Hamas: Israel refusing to free 4 senior prisoners||Ali Waked -
"According to a source in Gaza, the reservations presented by Israel will make it very difficult for Hamas to accept and at least one more round of talks is expected."||30/12/2009|
|Muslims rally on Facebook against anti-Semitism||JTA - The hundreds of personal messages on Irshad Manji`s Facebook fan page were a thank you to the European Union of Jewish Students for the group`s statement earlier in the month condemning the Swiss vote to ban minarets in Switzerland.||29/12/2009|
|Vanunu put under house arrest for meeting with foreigners||AP & JPstaff-Jerusalem Post / Efrat Weiss-Ynet / Liel Kyzer-Haaretz - His lawyer, Avigdor Feldman, said Vanunu was arrested because he has a Norwegian girlfriend - the charges his client was tried for in the past only referred to contact with journalists. Vanunu recently declined to be on the list of candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize.||29/12/2009|
|`Hamas building its own phone network`||Rachelle Kliger - Jerusalem Post - Hamas is being accused [sic!-ed] of attempting to create its own communications network in an effort to avoid eavesdropping and attain greater autonomy.||28/12/2009|
|US seeks to relaunch Mideast peace talks||AFP -
Ynet - US Mideast envoy to deliver two letters of guarantee to both Netanyahu and Abbas in hopes of relaunching peace negotiations.||28/12/2009|
|The Arab Public Sphere in Israel: Media Space and Cultural Resistance ||Amal Jamal - Indiana University Press - Drawing on extensive public opinion survey data, Amal Jamal describes perceptions and use of media ranging from Arabic Israeli newspapers to satellite television broadcasts from throughout the Middle East. By participating in this semi-autonomous Arab public sphere, the average Arab citizen of Israel can connect with a wider Arab world beyond the boundaries of the Israeli state.||27/12/2009|
|The Afghan Escalation and Women`s Rights ||By FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
"It is true that women`s rights in Afghanistan are almost medieval in character, but the central question of humanitarian intervention is fundamentally one of whether the US escalation will improve things or make matters worse. "||25/12/2009|
|Israel admits to organ thefts||Al Jazeera -
"Bostrom said that there is no proof that people were killed for their organs but that an investigation is needed to find out whether there was a policy in place or if the bodies used were random."
|Public security minister declares plans to stamp out gunfire at Arab weddings||YAAKOV LAPPIN -
J-lem Post -
""Firing [weapons] at weddings must stop," the public security minister said."
|Carter: Grandson`s race not reason for apology||Ynet -
"The senior Carter, who is not a popular character in Israel, enraged the American Jewish community in the past with various statements made in his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.""
|I’m Sorry But We Blew Up Your Laptop (welcome To Israel)||Lily Sussman -
"Insha’Allah I will like Israel better tomorrow…."
|The covenant for the land||Yitzhak Laor -
"There is nothing here that some future historian could not explain as the absolute logic of a systematic state effort at gradual expulsion, either in the occupied territories or within the state`s borders, each area at its own pace."
|Racism in constitutional clothing||Editorial -
"The ministerial committee must not support this bill, which deals a mortal blow to the right to family life and the right to marriage as recognized in civilized countries."||20/12/2009|
|Twitter `hijacked by Iranian hackers`||by Bobbie Johnson -
"Popular online messaging service Twitter was left reeling overnight, after Iranian hackers appeared to break into the site and deface it."||18/12/2009|
|Hamas vows to continue resistance||Agencies -
Al Jazeera -
" A male singing troupe dressed in military camouflage shouted: "Gaza is free. Gaza is steadfast," as they marched in procession."
|Israel summons U.K. envoy over Livni arrest warrant ||Barak Ravid -
Haaretz - The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday summoned the British envoy to Israel to rebuke him over the arrest warrant issued for Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni for alleged war crimes in Gaza.
The Foreign Ministry called on the British government to end the "absurd situation" in which arrest warrants were being issued to Israeli officials over alleged war crimes in the Gaza Strip, warning that ties between the two countries could suffer as a result.||15/12/2009|
|Jewish town won`t let Arab build home on his own land ||Jack Khoury - Haaretz - "We didn`t invade the plot and we didn`t take over the land," Suad says. "My grandfather has been here since the Turks. We have a land registry document proving ownership of three acres." (...) "It`s clear that the threat I heard in 1997 is coming true. They don`t want us here. But I`ll keep fighting until my children and I live on our private land".
|Nuri el-Okbi`s Day in Court Bedouin property and Israeli law ||Adam Keller - notes of five hours in the Be`er Sheva court||15/12/2009|
|Hamas holds anniversary celebration ||Al Jazeera -
"The celebrations are taking place as Gaza continues to struggle with poverty and attempts to recover from Israel`s war on the territory earlier in the year."
|Jewish town won`t let Arab build home on his own land||Jack Khoury -
""Don`t waste your time," he reportedly told Suad. "We`ll keep you waiting for 30 years.""||14/12/2009|
|Israeli cover story: “Antisemites,” how human rights activists became public enemies ||“Anti-Semites”
By Did remez
"Their families disown them, the universities persecute them, the Shabak wiretaps them, police harass them and the Knesset curtails them. Who will take care of the human rights of the human rights activists?"
|Surprising Results of CFR Survey: What the U.S. Elite Really Thinks About Israel||Jeffrey Blankfort - Counterpunch - In the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians, only 26 per cent of the Council on Foreign Relations sided with Israel, compared with 51 per cent of 2000 members of the general public who were polled over the same period. While but 16 per cent of CFR members sided with the Palestinians compared to 12 per cent of the public, 41 per cent of the CFRers sided with "both equally" as opposed to 4 per cent of the public. Supporting neither was 12 per cent of the CFR and 14 per cent of the public. ||8/12/2009|
|Israel`s Minister of Justice Neeman slammed for desiring Torah law||Jerusalem Post - ...but Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas Party [which is part of the present government coalitoin-ed], sent a greeting stressing the halachic prohibition against using secular courts.||8/12/2009|
|Israeli MK Demands Preventing Mosques For Calling For Dawn Prayers||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Israeli member of Knesset (MK) Arie Bibi of the Kadima party headed by Tzipi Livni, intends to file a proposal to the Knesset to vote on preventing the mosques in Israel from using speakers while calling for dawn prayers"||7/12/2009|
|Bethlehem Mayor: “Peace In Bethlehem Leads To Peace Everywhere”||By Saed Bannoura -
Source: IMEMC & Agencies
"Bethlehem Mayor, Victor Batarsa, stated in an interview with the Globe newspaper, based in Joplin Missouri in the United States, that peace starts in Bethlehem, the city of Nativity and coexistence."||4/12/2009|
|Israeli Spy Imprisoned By The U.S Demands Executing Palestinian Detainees||Saed Bannoura -
"...rejected a rumor alleging he would be released the same time as Fateh leader Marwan Barghouthi."||2/12/2009|
|Report: Israel mulls freeing Barghouti in Shalit deal||Avi Issacharoff -
"...as part of a possible deal for captive Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, the London-based pan-Arab daily newspaper Al-Hayat reported." ||2/12/2009|
|Report: B`Tselem tops EU funding list||BRIAN BLONDY -
J-lem Post -
""I do not know who made them [NGO Monitor] judge and jury on the matter. NGO Monitor is clearly politically motivated, and I believe that there is no element of transparency in their political agenda," said Dr. Baskin." ||2/12/2009|
|How does the U.S. help fund pro-settler IDF troops? ||Akiva Eldar and Chaim Levinson - Haaretz - The Task Force to Save the Nation and the Land offered every soldier refusing to evacuate a settlement NIS 1,000 for every day they spend in military prison and NIS 20,000 was given to each soldier who lifted a sign of "The Shimshon Battalion does not evict from Homesh" at the Western Wall a month ago. ||1/12/2009|
|When Law and Morality Clash||Amos Gwirtz - When martial law came to an end in 1966, a new policy was implemented: concentrating the Bedouins in townships. This is the way to make as many people as possible live on as minimal an area as possible. But there they ‘receive progress’! They get water, electricity, schools, clinics, roads, sanitation etc. But is all of this after they have been robbed of the remainder of their lands, even this pittance the State has not fully provided its Bedouin citizens.||9/12/2009|
|Atias loses battle over Harish-Katzir ||Ranit Nahum-Halevy -
"...opposition from local residents centering around the planned expropriation of lands and the destabilization of the area`s status quo."
|Shattering Israel`s image of `democracy`||Ben White - guardian.co.uk/commentisfree - Ironically, the unrecognised village of Umm al-Hieran had been established originally by the Israeli military in the 1950s as part of a wider-scale forced relocation of Bedouins from territory intended for Jewish settlement. Now they are once again being targeted for removal, labelled "intruders", to make way for the planned creation of a Jewish town, Hiran.
|Israel`s Bedouins Denied Right to Elections ||JONATHAN COOK - Counterpunch - Some 35,000 Bedouin residents of Israel’s southern Negev have been denied the right to hold their first local council election after the Israeli parliament passed a law at the last minute to cancel this month’s ballot. The new law gives the government the power to postpone elections to the regional council, known as Abu Basma, until the interior ministry deems the local Bedouin ready to run their own affairs.||9/12/2009|
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