|Obama congratulates Israel on Independence Day||AFP -
"Peres will become the first Israeli leader to meet Obama since he took office."
|Foreign journalists allege harassment at airport and elsewhere||GREER FAY CASHMAN -
J-lem Post -
"Some said that they had been taken aside into a separate room for questioning and that the process sometimes took hours."
|Revisiting the photo that exposed a Shin Bet lie||Alex Levac -
"Who would respond these days with the same powerful emotion to the murder of two Palestinian bus hijackers as we did in those innocent times when every injury to a Palestinian, not to mention a killing, led to an investigation?" ||29/4/2009|
|Police arrest seven suspected of inciting IDF draft-dodging||Yuval Goren, Amos Harel, Tomer Zarchin - Haaretz - "According to the law this is a criminal violation that is punishable by five years imprisonment," says Superintendent Nimrod Daniel, chief of investigations in the Yarkon District Police. ||28/4/2009|
|Obama seeks changes in US law allowing funding PA including Hamas ||Haviv Rettig Gur and Hilary Leila Krieger - Jerusalem Post - Senior Israeli officials "concerned" at the prospect of the US funding a Palestinian Unity Government that includes Hamas. Conversely, the dovish J Street lobby stated that "Palestinian reconciliation could make ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more likely" and urged Congress to back President Obama`s efforts "for the sake of Israel and America".
|PA: Olmert received an offer, then bombed Gaza||Ali Waked - Ynet - Chief negotiator Erekat says written plan for long-term peace was also submitted to President Bush in late December||28/4/2009|
|Canadian musician Leonard Cohen urged to cancel Israel concert ||British Committee for the Universities of Palestine - Your songs have been part of the soundtrack of our lives -- like breathing, some of them. But we can`t make sense of why you`ve decided to perform in Israel in September this year. If we understand anything about Buddhism -- your practice of which is public knowledge -- it`s that Buddhism advocates "right action." We accept that this precept, like the injunction to "love thy neighbor as thyself," is probably honored more in the breach than the observance. But we can`t believe you didn`t weigh up performing in Israel in the light of "right action." And apparently you`ve decided that it`s right to take your unavoidably starry and very newsworthy presence there.||26/4/2009|
|Between Intifada and war||Al - Ahram Weekly - As Israel`s right-wing leaders prepare for a new military offensive on Hamas, Israeli security sources worry about a new Intifada in the West Bank, writes Saleh Al-Naami||25/4/2009|
|Obama`s stance worries Israelis||Jason Koutsoukis -
The Age - "President Obama has wasted no time becoming fully engaged in the Middle East peace process, despite the magnitude of his domestic political agenda. While Mr Netanyahu has refused to endorse a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict agreed to by his predecessor, President Obama has made it abundantly clear that the US will accept nothing less than Israel living side by side with a sovereign Palestinian state.
Mr Obama is also demanding a freeze on Jewish settlement expansion in the West Bank, and has dropped the Bush administration`s opposition to Hamas being part of a future Palestinian Authority government."||25/4/2009|
|Britain to review all arms exports to Israel||AP -
SF Gate -
"The move comes amid pressure from British lawmakers who had demanded that the government ensure U.K. weapon parts were not used against Palestinians."
|Let Vanunu go ||Yossi Melman -
"Like a modern-day Cain, Mordechai Vanunu walks the streets of East Jerusalem in search of a place to spend the night." ||22/4/2009|
|Hopes for the Pope ||Akiva Eldar -
"The heads of the churches, monasteries and seminaries complain that the Israeli authorities are less than generous in approving requests from students for the priesthood in Jordan and other Arab countries to come to the territories."
|Human Rights Watch calls on governments to stay in conference and rebut Ahmadinejad speech||Human Rights Watch - "The best response to Ahmadinejad`s inflammatory rhetoric is to stay in Geneva and rebut it" said Juliette de Rivero, Geneva advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. The draft document due to be adopted contains no reference to Israel or the Middle East, while reaffirming the tragedy of the Holocaust and condemning anti-Semitism. However, one-sided reports in the Israeli media give the impression of a conference of anti-semites and Holocaust deniers. ||21/4/2009|
|Netanyahu cancels a visit to the US||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - "Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, decided to cancel a planned visit to the United States after he was informed that the US President, Barack Obama, will not be meeting him"||20/4/2009|
|A campus divided by Hamas and Fatah||Rachel Shabi - The National - "polls show that Hamas did gain support following the Israeli assault in Gaza. A survey from the Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre in January found that 46 per cent of Palestinians thought that Hamas had won that war, while just under 10 per cent deemed it an Israeli victory.
Support for Hamas rose to 28 per cent, from 19 per cent in April last year, while support for Fatah fell from 34 per cent to 28 per cent in the same period. Similarly, support for the peace process declined, while support for military operations against Israeli targets rose, according to the survey.
|News||Mitchell: "Palestinian State, a US National Interest"
Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies**** "Hope" to be heading to Gaza
by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News **** Rafah Crossing: Gazans pass through into Egypt following delay -
Ma`an**** `IDF eyes attack on Iran within hours of green light` - Haaretz **** 2 policemen hit by Palestinian driver at West Bank checkpoint
- The Associated Press /
Haaretz**** Final Durban II text omits references to Israel and Zionism
- Reuters / Haaretz ||18/4/2009|
|Israel’s Arab students are crossing to Jordan||Jonathan Cook - The National - "Figures compiled by Dirasat, a Nazareth-based organisation monitoring education issues, show 5,400 Arab students from Israel are at Jordanian universities – half the number of Arabs studying in Israel itself.
Despite the fact that most Israeli Arab students in Jordan interviewed by the researchers expressed a preference to attend university in Israel, the numbers heading to Jordan have grown four-fold since 2004.
|Feeding frustration||Palestinian dialogue talks break up without agreement, leaving ordinary Palestinians bewildered and tired. Is unity possible, asks Saleh Al-Naami - Al-Ahram Weekly||18/4/2009|
|Gates warns against Israeli strike on Iran`s nuclear facilities||Paul Richter -
LA Times -
"Iran responded this week to the Israeli declarations, asking the United Nations to intervene to stop the threats."
|U.S. professor becomes first Jew to win `Arab Nobel Prize` ||Natasha Mozgovaya -
"The prize, which included $200,000, a medal, and a certificate in English and Arabic, also came with a dinner with Saudi King Abdullah."
|Pope`s Israel spokesman: Pontiff won`t visit Gaza||ABE SELIG -
J-lem Post -
""When we ask, `Whose equal dignity is most unequally ignored?` or `Whose equal rights are most unequally threatened?` the faces of the people in Gaza clearly arise...."||14/4/2009|
|Hamas: Shalit deal `won`t be for months`||Ali Waked -
"...al-Masri praised the Palestinians for operating against Israel and said that `the resistance` was unshakable."
|Palestinians Protest Planned Exhibit of Dead Sea Scrolls||Dave Itzkoff -
"Palestinian officials say that the scrolls were obtained illegally by Israel when it annexed East Jerusalem after the war in 1967."||14/4/2009|
|Jordanian king to urge Obama to take Arab peace plan||Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - King Abdullah of Jordan is to visit the White House at the end of the month to urge U.S. President Barack Obama to move ahead with the Arab peace initiative. Abdullah would be the first Middle East leader to meet with Obama in Washington, ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.||12/4/2009|
|A Harsh Reality for Palestinians ||AHMAD TIBI -
"Make no mistake that Netanyahu and Lieberman will press the new administration hard to accept Israeli actions in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem — as well as discriminatory anti-Palestinian actions in Israel itself."
|Linking files||Al-Ahram Weekly - "Saleh Al-Naami sees the fruit of dialogue between Palestinian factions"||7/4/2009|
|Preventing Bedouin Access to Land in the Negev: destruction of crops and deprivation of resources||Dr. Yeela Raanan, Regional Council for Unrecognized Bedouin
Villages in the Negev – RCUV - "Isn’t it time we stopped viewing the need of Israeli non-Jewish
agriculturalists as an attempt to seize national land? Until when will we
continue to discriminate and harm non-Jewish citizens in Israel *on behalf
|A clear message from Obama ||Haaretz Editorial - `On the podium in Ankara, Obama, who committed to protect Israel`s security, made clear his views on this security when he declared: "The United States strongly supports the goal of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security." `||7/4/2009|
|No joy in Mudville||Gideon Levy - Haaretz - "Barak makes sure to shake everyone`s hand; Avigdor Lieberman, meanwhile, is making a minimal effort, projecting an air of aloofness verging on disgust. And Netanyahu refrains at the last moment from embracing him, at the conclusion of the swearing-in of our new No. 1 diplomat.
|Israel Railways accused of racism over sacked Arab guards: ‘Hebrew labour’ principle lives on|| Jonathan Cook - A decision by Israel’s state-owned railway company to sack 150 Arab workers because they have not served in the army has been denounced as “unlawful” and “racist” this week by Arab legal and workers’ rights groups.
|The `Mujahidin Army of Palestine` claims responsibility for Beit Ein attack||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News - A 13-year old settler was killed, and a 7-year old was injured during the Thursday attack. The wounded child is the son of an extremist right winger who is a member of an outlawed group that planned to bomb a cart outside an Arab Hospital and a Girls’ School in East Jerusalem.
|Displaced Christians want pope to help them return||AP -
"Only Biram`s church, the cemetery and the ruins of an ancient synagogue are still standing. Descendants return here to worship, marry, baptize their children and bury their dead in crypts that eerily resemble homes."||15/4/2009|
|Following crisis: Arab world loses $3 trillion ||Doron Peskin -
"...the obvious conclusion from the crisis was that Arab businessmen should invest their money in local markets, rather than expose themselves to unnecessary risks abroad."
|They did not wait for Lieberman ||Avirama Golan -
"The railway layoffs may not have been inspired by Lieberman, but the spirit he contributes makes them look particularly ominous." ||1/4/2009|
|IDF raps soldiers for images of dead Palestinian babies on t-shirts ||Uri Blau -
""We do not teach hatred for our enemy, and we must not mock or belittle the lives of a pregnant woman or a small child.""||1/4/2009|
|US hits back at Lieberman: The goal is two states||Yitzhak Benhorin -
"`The elephant running amok`"||8/4/2009|
|MI Chief Yadlin sees Obama policy as threat to Israel||Barak Ravid - Haaretz - "Obama wants to advance the peace process in the direction of realistic discussions with extremist elements," Yadlin told ministers at a special cabinet meeting.||21/4/2009|
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