|Netanyahu okays Qatari plan for Gaza hospital||HERB KEINON -
J-lem Post -
"...it was a humanitarian gesture and an expression of the good relationship between Netanyahu and Sarkozy."
|Border Control / A Moderate Problem||Akiva Eldar -
"Receiving tens of millions of dollars annually from Christian preachers and enlisting their support against political initiatives is a great mitzvah. But exposing our children, heaven forbid, to their doctrines?"||30/9/2009|
|Top Israeli educator: Israel should probe Gaza war before it`s forced to ||Ofri Ilani -
""A commission headed by a Supreme Court justice must immediately be established to examine Operation Cast Lead."" ||30/9/2009|
|Lebanese critics blast Israeli director`s `Lebanon` ||AFP/Yahoo - Israeli director Samuel Maoz`s "Lebanon" won the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival but critics in the country it is named after are far from happy with it. "It shows the Israeli point of view. It depicts an operation of self-defence where the `Other` does not exist, where the enemy is hidden, absent, treated as `terrorist`," wrote the Venice correspondent of An-Nahar.
|Report: Abbas drops demand for settlement freeze under US pressure||Ma`an - In exchange for easing his demand on settlements Obama was reported to have promised Abbas that the Palestinian viewpoint will be taken into consideration in forming the “framework” for the negotiations. PA negotiators are reportedly demanding a two-year deadline for the achievement of a permanent agreement, while Israel objects.||29/9/2009|
|Barak warned to leave UK due to lawsuit ||Roni Sofer - Ynet - A criminal lawsuit has been filed against Defense Minister Ehud Barak presently in Britain, calling for his arrest on suspicion of committing war crimes. Barak, who is scheduled to meet Tuesday with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, was warned by Israeli governmental legal experts to leave for France.||29/9/2009|
|Israeli vigilantes target young Arab-Jewish couples||Sheera Frenkel - Times Online - "His group, which works with police, goes by several names, including Fire for Judaism, is composed of up to 45 men and funded by private donations. Members say they are fighting a `growing epidemic` of Arab-Jewish dating and spend as many hours as they can on patrol. Similar groups have formed across the country […]. In Petah Tikva, […] the municipality has formed a unit to discourage Arab-Jewish relationships"||28/9/2009|
|Cohen defies critics with Israeli gig||Donald Macintyre - The Guardian - Leonard Cohen, Jewish like the vast majority of his audience in Israel, had billed the gig on Thursday night as "A Concert for Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace". And this was not the usual vacuous platitude. For he had also agreed to donate its $1.5m to $2m proceeds to a new fund he is behind to promote coexistence projects.
|Patriot Act: Obama mum on civil liberties safeguards||David Montero
Christian Science Monitor
"Patriot Act: Obama mum on civil liberties safeguards
The Patriot Act is up for review, but Obama is poised to keep several of its key national surveillance provisions."||25/9/2009|
|After Fireworks, Qaddafi Shows His Milder Side ||By MARK LANDLER
" the low-key, almost contemplative Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi who turned up at the Council on Foreign Relations on Thursday had nothing to do with the flamboyant, discursive provocateur who riveted, offended and finally exhausted the United Nations General Assembly a day earlier."
|Iran admits secret uranium enrichment plant||By: Ian Traynor
Source: The Guardian
"Confession of secret underground complex south of Tehran pre-empts accusation by US, France and UK"||25/9/2009|
|Iran hits out at Western `terror` ||By: No author
Source: Al Jazeera and agencies
" Iran`s president has launched a scathing attack on Western powers, accusing them of spreading "war, bloodshed, aggression, terror and intimidation" in the Middle East and Afghanistan."
|In Mideast Peace Bid, Obama Pivots in His Demands ||HELENE COOPER and MARK LANDLER -
"...he would not be able to deliver right away on a settlement freeze, but that he would push Israel to move forward quickly on final status negotiations..."||23/9/2009|
|Brzezinski: U.S. must deny Israel airspace to attack Iran||JTA - "They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch? If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a Liberty in reverse." ||22/9/2009|
|Jews, Arabs celebrate holidays together in Akko||Sharon Roffe-Ofir - Ynet - "The tears have been sewn up. It`s time to put things right again." ||22/9/2009|
|How Israel silenced its Gaza war protesters ||Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - A new report from Adalah shows how the courts and police attempted to stamp out opposition to Operation Cast Lead "This is a time of war, and every incident harms the people`s morale." This was not a sentence in a right-wing journal, but rather a statement by an Israel Police representative during Operation Cast Lead seeking to persuade the Tel Aviv District Court to block anti-war protesters from the city. ||22/9/2009|
|Zbig Brzezinski: Obama Administration Should Tell Israel U.S. Will Attack Israeli Jets if They Try to Attack Iran||abc News - "`We are not exactly impotent little babies,` Brzezinski said. `They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch? ... We have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren’t just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a `Liberty` in reverse`"||21/9/2009|
|al-Jazeera - Cohen and Spiro on Israel`s nuclear arsenal - part 2||al-Jazeera - Avner Cohen and Gideon Spiro discuss Israel`s nuclear arsenal - Part 2||20/9/2009|
|al-Jazeera - Avner Cohen and Gideon Spiro discuss Israel`s nuclear bombs||al-Jazeera - Avner Cohen and Gideon Spiro discuss Israel`s nuclear arsenal||20/9/2009|
|Israel spurns nuclear watchdog`s call to open atomic sites to inspection||Mark Weiss - Irish Times - Arab nations said Israel had brought the resolution on itself by having never signed the 40-year-old NPT.||19/9/2009|
|Nuclear conference criticizes Israeli nukes||George Jahn - AP/Kansas City - In spite of Western objections, a 150-nation nuclear conference on Friday passed a resolution directly criticizing Israel and its atomic program for the first time in 18 years. The meeting also adopted a resolution calling for a Mideast free of nuclear weapons in a near-consensus vote. One hundred delegations voted for, with only Israel against and 14 abstentions.||19/9/2009|
|Middle East peace push stalls ||News -
Al Jazeera -
"Mitchell has shuttled across the Middle East in an attempt to find a compromise "||18/9/2009|
|British trade unions back boycott of Israel||Saed Bannoura -
IMEMC News -
"A Congress of Britain’s largest trade unions, representing 6.5 million workers, have voted overwhelmingly to commit to build a mass boycott movement for disinvestment and sanctions on Israel, until the Israeli government agrees to a negotiated settlement based on justice for Palestinians."||18/9/2009|
|US Envoy Pressing for Settlement Curtailment ||THE ASSOCIATED PRESS -
"The two men are holding a previously unscheduled meeting because of the continued stalemate."||16/9/2009|
|Palestinians: No US-Israel deal on settlements||Ali Waked -
"Palestinian sources said it was made clear to Mitchell that the Palestinian position on an Israeli settlement freeze has not changed and that the international community, led by the US, must continue to press Israel on this issue."
|Experts: Goldstone report may lead to private lawsuits ||Aviad Glickman -
"Should the UN hand the report to the ICC, Israel`s image will suffer great damage."
|Israeli Arabs Call for General Strike ||Jonathan Cook - Counterpunch - â€śAnyone seeking fame finds it in racist whims against Arabs â€“ the ministers of infrastructure, education, transportation, whoever,â€ť complained Hadash KM Mohammed Barakeh referring to a raft of recent proposals.||15/9/2009|
|Peres met Erekat in Jerusalem over peace talks; PA firm in stance||Ma`an News - Peres stance on the issues of settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem was that â€śthey will be resolved,â€ť despite Netanyahuâ€™s Monday proclamation that settlement construction in Jerusalem will go on â€śas normal.â€ť||15/9/2009|
|Enough is enough||James J. Zogby - Haaretz - "It is more than ironic that, at the very moment when the United States is pressing Arab states to take steps toward normalizing relations with Israel, and Israel is seeking to be admitted into the U.S. visa-waiver plan, the government of Israel has taken new measures further restricting the rights of American citizens visiting Israel and the occupied Palestinian lands"||14/9/2009|
|Brazilian parliament calls for freeze of the Israel-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement||Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign - Once again, southern America leads the way!||13/9/2009|
|Pro-Palestinian letter has uncovered debate||Antonia Zerbisias - The Toronto Star - Here in Canada, where Prime Minister Stephen Harper`s government has uncritically sided with Israel, and where tax-exempt dollars are sent overseas to resettle Russian Jews in Israel and were used to plant trees on the rubble of destroyed Arab towns, it`s fair game to debate all this without protests that Israel is being "singled out," complete with dark intimations of anti-Semitism.||13/9/2009|
|In praise of full equality||Ron Gerlitz -
"The Arabs are justifiably fed up with being those who only clean the train cars, literally and figuratively. They are no longer willing to be second-class passengers."||11/9/2009|
|Israel`s laws of persecutionIsrael is using the country`s legal system to segregate and penalise its Palestinian citizens and prohibit Arab dissent||Nimer Sultany -
"The legislation preventing family unification and the naturalisation of spouses of Arab citizens if they were residents of the occupied territories or other Arab countries surrounding Israel is only the most draconian example of this policy of segregation."||9/9/2009|
|Hamas, Fatah set to sign reconciliation accord by 2010||KHALED ABU TOAMEH -
J-lem Post -
""The Egyptians said that they would reopen the Rafah border crossing if the two sides signed a reconciliation accord," said a Hamas legislator in Gaza City."
|Pressure from kibbutzniks, Arabs postpones vote on Harish||MATTHEW WAGNER -
J-lem Post -
"Three Hashomer Hatza`ir Kibbutzim - Ma`anit, Barkai, and Metzer - have formed a coalition with three neighboring Arab villages - Um al-Kutuf, Meysar and Barta`ah - to block the building of Harish."
|Barakeh justifies organs trafficking claims||Sharon Roffe Ofir -
""Is it that the bodies were mutilated? My answer is yes until proven otherwise. Is it that their bodies have been stolen? My answer is yes, until proven otherwise," he said."
|Haredi town planned where Arab construction banned ||Zafrir Rinat - Haaretz - "I am not opposed to the expansion of Harish, but to the discrimination - that I cannot obtain recognition of the home I have lived in for decades," said Mustafa Abu Hilal, chairman of the Dar al-Hanun council. "We will become an enclave in the city without our problem having been solved. A demolition order has been issued for my house, and now a new community is going up next door.||8/9/2009|
|IDF to probe Gaza `white-flag` deaths||Yaakov Katz - Jerusalem Post - The HRW report mentioned the incident involving the Abd Rabbo family that took place on January 7, four days after IDF ground troops invaded Gaza. According to Palestinians, soldiers shot and killed Amal Abd Rabbo, two, and Su`ad Abd Rabbo, seven, wounded their grandmother, Su`ad Abd Rabbo, 54, and seriously wounded Samar Abd Rabbo, four. At the time, the IDF said that the document was based on "unreliable witness reports." ||8/9/2009|
|Israel gets tough on intermarriage||Jonathan Cook - The National - "The Israeli government has launched a television and internet advertising campaign urging Israelis to inform on Jewish friends and relatives abroad who may be in danger of marrying non-Jews"||7/9/2009|
|Chavez bashes Israel in Syria trip||AP -
""Israel has become a country that annihilates people and is hostile to peace," he said."||4/9/2009|
|Obama envisions two years until Mideast peace deal ||Barak Ravid and Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - Obama`s deadline is to complete the negotiations two years from now. Unlike George W. Bush, who in Annapolis set out a timetable but then failed to do anything concrete about it, under Obama "The United States will take a more active role in the talks and will take a seat at the negotiating table."
|Was Russia`s `Hijacked` Ship Carrying Missiles to the Mideast?||Simon Shuster -
""The versions we are getting from the Russian government do not fit into any logical parameters, and I don`t think that will change," commentator Latynina says. "When people lie, they tend to lie consistently.""
|`Jews who sell to Arabs are enemies`||MATTHEW WAGNER -
J-lem Post -
"Eliyahu said that in his own city of Safed, a Jew who sold to an Arab was boycotted by the community. "He owned a grocery store and people boycotted it.""
|Old problems, new challenges||YOUSEF JABAREEN -
J-lem Post -
"Sa`ar proposed a plan under which schools with high rates of student army enlistment will be rewarded financially - and parents too! To be sure, Sa`ar is as aware that no Arab school will qualify for such rewards as he knows of the blatant discrepancy between the budgets allocated to Arab versus Jewish schools."
|`Female bomber` exhibit sparks fury||ABE SELIG -
J-lem Post -
""We`ve been in contact with the artists, and made it clear that we want them to add information to the material so that people will understand that this is not promoting terrorism, but against it."" ||4/9/2009|
|PM, Abbas emerge from meeting with contrasting conclusions||HERB KEINON -
J-lem Post -
"Then the two men reluctantly shook hands as well, with dozens of cameras clicking to record the moment."
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