|Hamas and Fateh agree to stop arrests, smear campaigns||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - The third session of talks between Hamas and Fateh movements ended in Cairo on Wednesday after the two movements agreed to resolve some of the conflicting issues between them, mainly releasing political prisoners held by the two sides in Gaza and the West Bank.
|Peres concerned about European tendency to start dialogue with Hamas ||Jerusalem Post - Israel`s President Shimon Peres asserted, to a visiting high- level European delegation, that "all-out war" against Hamas is the one and only way to achieve peace with the Palestinians, and that Europe must join in and cease any talk of dialogue with Hamas. Hans-Gert Pšettering, heading the European delegation, begged to differ and asseted that some confidence-building measures on the ground might have a better effect. (Ed.) ||24/2/2009|
|Obama Administration remains perplexed over letter from Hamas ||Rami Almeghari/JP staff - IMEMC/Jerusalem Post - The letter from Ahmad Yousef of Hamas, delivered to Senator Kerry on his visit to Gaza and adressed to President Obama with a request to open a dialogue, remains in the US Jerusalem Consulate, a hot potato to be treated gingerly.
|Oscar`s `Waltz with Bashir` Breaks Barriers in Arab World||Rachelle Kliger (The Media Line News Agency) - Middle East Times - "I wanted to show young people what war really looks like without glam and glory, without brotherhood of man and all the stupid things you might see in big American anti-war movies. Maybe that will convince them not to attend the next war that our leaders are cooking up for us."
| Obama`s Caterpillar Visit a Thumb in the Eye for Human Rights Activists||Stephen Zunes-Alternet-" He failed to mention that Caterpillar machines have been used to level Palestinian homes, uproot olive orchards, build the illegal separation wall and, in some cases, kill innocent civilians,
including a 23-year old American peace activist...More than 15,000 Palestinian homes in the occupied territories have been
destroyed by Israeli occupation forces, the majority with Caterpillar
|Workshop May Present Play Critical of Israel ||Keith Pattison -
"...members of a Jewish family say of Palestinians, “They did it to themselves” and “I wouldn’t care if we wiped them out,” according to the script."
|Hamas: Israel deceived us||Roee Nahmias -
"".willing to set Shalit free at any given time in exchange for the release of 1,000 prisoners, including all Palestinian parliament members, women and children jailed in Israel.""
|Listen to moderate Muslims||Farid Ghadry -
"Yes, we can build the Umma Islamic University in Damascus to teach tolerance and embrace harmony." ||18/2/2009|
|Hamas official: Shalit deal before truce possible||Roee Nahmias - Ynet - Senior Hamas official tells al-Hayat that if Israel accepts group`s demands regarding prisoner exchange, deal on captive soldier can be reached before ceasefire
|Ignoring Israel undermines NPT ||ElBaradei - Press TV Persian Section - "What compounds the problem is that the nuclear non-proliferation regime has lost its legitimacy in the eyes of Arab public opinion because of the perceived double-standards concerning Israel, the only state in the region outside the NPT and known to possess nuclear weapons"||17/2/2009|
|U.S. to participate in preparations for Durban II meeting ||Barak Ravid - Haaretz - Move comes despite concerns in J`lem that summit will be used to bash Israel
|Uproar over Jordanian & Palestinian appeals to Hague War Crimes Tribunal ||Roni Sofer/Roee Nahmias/Tiffany Ayuda - Y-net/College News - Both Jordanians and Palestinians are trying to get the War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague to take up the issue of the Israeli Army`s acts in the Gaza War and whether or not they constitute war crimes. From today`s Israeli Radio news, it seems that the government`s legal experts will respond that the war did not happen in Jordanian territory and therefore Jordan has no jurisdiction, and that it did happen in Palestinian territory but Palestine is not a state and therefore has no jurisdiction. But they are not sure the Hague prosecutor will be ready to buy this sophistry. (Ed.)
|Israeli university welcomes ‘war crimes’ colonel; Attacks on Gaza civilians sanctioned by military lawyer||Jonathan Cook||13/2/2009|
|Egypt arrests blogger, Gaza activist, Philip Rizk ||Laila El-Haddad -
A Mother from Gaza -
"I cannot even imagine Philip in the hands of these torturers, he is one of the most low-strung, peaceful people I have met (especially given that he lived in Gaza for some time, which can tend to make people a nervous wreck!)"
|Arab researcher appointed to head Middle East studies dept. ||Ofri Ilani -
"... since the state`s establishment, Arabs and Muslims were never well placed in departments researching Arabs and Islam in Israeli universities."
|Education revolution: Jewish students to study Mohammed, Arab pupils to learn about Herzl ||Or Kashti -
"It should similarly "develop dialogue skills between the sides and reduce negative stereotypes and prejudices.""
|Rise in antisemitic attacks `the worst recorded in Britain in decades`||Mark Townsend - The Observer - British Jews` safety fears grow after Gaza invasion||9/2/2009|
| Netanyahu: The leader who struts like a superpower||Donald Macintyre - The Independent -
"Benjamin Netanyahu is favourite to win Tuesday`s Israeli election, and that could put him on a collision course with the Obama White House."||7/2/2009|
|Rise of the moderates||Antony Lerman - The Guardian - "Out of the rubble of Gaza, global Jewish dissent could be emerging as a more potent force"||6/2/2009|
|Hard man of the right is Israel`s kingmaker in waiting ||Donald Macintyre - The Independent - "The settler politician dubbed `Le Pen of the West Bank` wants Israeli Arabs to swear loyalty to the state – or lose their vote"||6/2/2009|
|EU to Israel: remove obstacles to entry of Gaza aid||by Adam Entous/ Editing by Samia Nakhoul-Reuters-"While Israel has opened Gaza`s border crossings to larger amounts of food and medicine since last month`s war, it has balked at letting in construction materials, including glass, steel and cement, needed to rebuild the thousands of Palestinian homes, roads and buildings destroyed or damaged."||6/2/2009|
|Israeli forces seize Gaza aid ship||Al Jazeera-"The Israeli navy has captured and diverted a ship from Lebanon carrying more than 60 tonnes of aid to the Gaza Strip...an aid co-coordinator for the group End the Blockade of Gaza, said the ship was carrying medical equipment, food supplies and books, toys and milk for small children."||6/2/2009|
|Treasury blocked plan for `Jewish al-Jazeera`||HAVIV RETTIG -
J-lem Post -
"Delegitimization of Israel was gathering pace across Europe, with France, Italy and Germany among the other countries where the government`s relatively warm stance on Israel was unrepresentative of wider sentiment."||4/2/2009|
|Jews who support Arab parties: We seek true equality ||Sharon Roffe-Ofir -
""I feel compelled to identify with Balad`s demand for a state of all its citizens."" ||4/2/2009|
|Hamas willing to tie Shalit to truce||Reuters -
"Israel had agreed to allow 75% of previously prohibited goods into Gaza in exchange for his release."
|UN Urges No Political Interference in Gaza Aid Operation ||Lisa Schlein - Voice of America - The United Nations is appealing to both Israeli and Palestinian authorities to allow its multi-million dollar humanitarian operation in Gaza to proceed without political interference. The United Nations met with donor countries in Geneva to present details of its $613 million appeal to provide emergency assistance to Palestinian victims of the Israeli military operation.
|An Egyptian town`s economy depends on tunnel traffic to Gaza||Michael Slackman -
"On the other side, they want to eat," said Ayed el-Sayah, a furniture maker in town, referring to Gaza. "Here we want to eat, too. That`s why we have the tunnels.""
|Hadash: Marzel`s appointment in Umm al-Fahm polling station `provocation`||Sharon Roffe–Ofir -
""It is clear to us that bringing Marzel on such a day is meant to disrupt the election process.""
|Two-in-five Canadians criticize Israel`s military actions in Gaza||Angus Reid Strategies - Conservative voters are remarkably more sympathetic to Israel (43%) than Canadians who back other political parties (less than 23%). Tory supporters are also more likely to call Israel’s actions justified (63% compared to less than 30% for others) and to believe the government tried to reduce the impact of the operation on Palestinian civilians (54% compared to less than 27% for others).||15/2/2009|
| `This time it was Gaza, but we`re next` ||Yoav Stern - Haaretz - "This time it was Gaza, but we`re next," said an inhabitant of Kfar Kara, a parent at the Jewish-Arab school Bridge Over the Wadi, at a meeting with parents of Jewish students, held during the Gaza war. ||14/2/2009|
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