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Assange: I`ll reveal info that will spark Arab world coupsby Roee Nahmias - Ynet News "WikiLeaks founder tells Al Jazeera leaked documents in his possession show top Arab officials disclose sensitive information to CIA " 31/12/2010
Wikileaks: Egypt still sees Israel as its main adversary by Assoiated Press "Leaked US diplomatic cable suggests that the Egyptian military is in decline; Egyptian general: "We don`t want to do what suits Israel." 31/12/2010
Islamic Jihad refuses role in Haniyeh gov`tMa`an News Agency - "Maintaining its position as a extra-political movement, Islamic Jihad officials said Thursday that they had refused a seat on Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh`s new government." 31/12/2010
Iran’s Defense Minister Confirms Asgari Death, IDF Warns of Iranian Revenge AttacksTikun Olam - "The Kabuki-like drama of the suicide/murder of Iranian Revolutionary Guard general Ali Reza Asgari in Ayalon Prison continues to deepen. Today, Ynetnews reports that the IDF circulated an unprecedented warning letter to all reserve officers warning them that Iranian agents might take revenge on them inside Israel or abroad." 31/12/2010
Christian extremists assist Israel in displacing Negev BedouinJonathan Cook - EI - "A coalition of Jewish and Bedouin human rights groups have denounced the project, accusing God-TV and the JNF of teaming up to force the Bedouin out of the area to make way for Jewish-only communities." 29/12/2010
China imports Israel`s methods of propaganda and repression Jimmy Johnson - EI - "The Israeli company On Track Innovations (OTI) began to deliver "smart cards" as part of China`s national ID card system with some of the same biometric technology it provides to ID systems at major checkpoints in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip."29/12/2010
Israeli Bulldozers Demolish Homes In The NegevSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "Dubbing the Arab villages as illegal makes it easy for the ministry to issue orders to evacuate villages and demolish homes." 29/12/2010
Rebbetzins: Women, stay away from Arab menJPOST.COM STAFF - J-Post - ""...acting as if they really care for you, say a good word, but their behavior is only temporary. The moment you are in their hands, in their village, under their control, everything changes."" 29/12/2010
`We asked for asylum - prison we got`Adam Keller - Crazy Country - "These people still have ahead of them a difficult time. They have good reason to fear more persecution in the Jewish-Democratic State, possibly detention camps or deportation back to the hell they had escaped from."29/12/2010
UK considers recognizing PA diplomatsYaniv Halily - Ynet - London looking into possibility of upgrading Palestinian delegation to status of diplomatic mission. Israel fears move may lead to recognition of one-sided Palestinian statehood declaration27/12/2010
Ameer Makhoul`s perpetual trial Audrey Farber - EI - "It`s court date after court date of unanimously supportive character witness testimony. The prosecution has no evidence to present, at least not in a public hearing; such is the nature of these ‘security cases.’ There was supposed to be a decision on his sentence today, but there wasn`t, and there will be yet another court date in January with more and more character witnesses […]. We can spend years and years giving positive testimony in support of Ameer but if he is not sentenced, he stays in jail, perpetually on trial”27/12/2010
Austrian Jews chide Likud MK for meeting far-right leaderBarak Ravid - Haaretz - President of Austria`s Jewish community complains to Netanyahu, charging that the meeting is a `stab in the back.` 28/12/2010
Open-ended confrontationSaleh Al-Naami - Al-Ahram Weekly "Israel is moving to stamp out the Islamic Movement among 1948 Palestinians, which it sees as a direct threat to the state`s Zionist plans" 24/12/2010
OECD urges Israel to fund new Arab college in NazarethBy Or Kashti - Haaretz "A special report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has recommended the Higher Education Planning and Budgeting Committee use public funds to support the Nazareth Academic Institute, launched earlier this year. " 24/12/2010
The Occupation Testimonies: The brutalization of the IDFby Yossi Gurvitz +972 Giving teenagers power over the lives of other corrupts them – and the IDF." " 24/12/2010
The curse of EzraGershom Schocken - Haaretz - "Intermarriage is one of the most sensitive subjects for Jews and Arabs living in this land. This article, written by Gershom Schocken on August 29, 1985, is being republished on the 20th anniversary of his death." "Ezra the Scribe is the person who banned intermarriage between the Jews who had returned from Babylon to the Land of Israel and the other nations already living here. He not only declared this prohibition but also forcibly broke up many mixed marriages that he discovered when he returned to Jerusalem from Persia. These were mainly between priests and members of distinguished families." id 22/12/2010
Migrants fearful after rallyYael Branovsky - Ynet - "Migrants will get the chance to respond in their own fashion on Friday, when a rally is scheduled to be held in their support. Demonstrators will gather to protest a plan to erect a detention facility for infiltrators in the south, and organizers expect thousands." 22/12/2010
Jerusalem scrambles as European states move to upgrade ties with PalestiniansBarak Ravid - Haaretz - "..the Foreign Ministry on Monday ordered every Israeli envoy abroad to begin "urgent" diplomatic activity." id 22/12/2010
Shin Bet warns rabbi behind anti-Arab demonstrationsChaim Levinson - Haaretz - Bat Yam Mayor Shlomi Lahiani told Army Radio that the right-wing activists were inciting "hate and racism" among Bat Yam residents, and fervently distanced himself from the demonstration with the declaration that it "has nothing to do with the city of Bat Yam." bz21/12/2010
House vote against Palestinian statehood actually showed that Israel lobby is losing its gripJosh Ruebner - Mondoweiss - Having been put in his place by Capps, Berman called for a voice vote rather than a recorded vote. Fewer than ten Representatives then on the floor voted by “unanimous consent” to adopt the resolution, giving the illusion that the entire House gave its imprimatur to it. bz21/12/2010
Simple solution to problemUri Avnery - Ynet - If the rabbis violated criminal laws banning incitement, they should be indicted like any secular fascist who preaches hatred and racism. Yet we cannot force them to interpret their religion in a certain manner. Instead of telling rabbis what to believe in, we should separate religion and state. 21/12/2010
Bat Yam rally: `Arabs dating our sisters`Yoav Zitun - Ynet - Organizer of demonstration to take place Monday says `public sick of Arabs hitting on Jewish girls.` Participants include right-wing activist Baruch Marzel20/12/2010
Israel`s new wall Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani - EI - "The new wall is coming up on the Egyptian border, and with Egyptian support." 19/12/2010
Israeli Airstrike Kills Militants in GazaFARES AKRAM - NYT - "Security officials in Gaza said that the rocket that the militants were carrying had not exploded and that pieces of an Israeli missile were found at the scene." 19/12/2010
Anti Colonial Struggle in the XXI CenturyAne Irazabal - IMEMC - "On December 14 1960, the U.N. General Assembly passed a crucial decision that changed the world map; the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples." 19/12/2010
Refugees Committee Slams The “Jordan Is Palestine” ConferenceSaed Bannoura - IMEMC - "...creating an alternative Palestinian state in Jordan”, and emptying the land of Palestine from its native Arab and Palestinian people." 19/12/2010
Bloggers claim WikiLeaks struck deal with Israel over diplomatic cables leaksBy Danna Harman - Haaretz "The lack of information damaging to Israel in the cables released by WikiLeaks has provided fodder for conspiracy theorists." ca 17/12/2010
Shin Bet to compensate PFLP member for torturing himBy Chaim Levinson - Haaretz "Jamal al-Hindi to receive an undisclosed amount of money for a partial disability that he says was caused by torture at the hands of Shin Bet agents 15 years ago" ca17/12/2010
Palestinians in Israel would prefer one secular democratic state (but who’s asking them?)Audrey Farber - Mondoweiss - Palestinians in Israel seem to oppose a two-state solution. It`s not because of Jerusalem, or settlements, or resource distribution, even though these are all issues. It`s not about the borders at all; it`s about what happens inside them. From this perspective, two states means they run the risk of being forcibly expelled and sent to the West Bank. In two states, the Palestinian community in Israel is still a minority, still discriminated against, and possibly under greater physical threat than before. Take, for example, the EU Partnership for Peace Grant. 15/12/2010
Police Demolishes Seven Homes In LodSaed Bannoura/Sahar M. Vardi - IMEMC/ActLeft - Police claimed the structures had been built "without permits". When residents protested, a Border Policeman cocked his Kalashnikov rifle and threatened the locals that he would "perform his duty". Activists embarked on collecting tents for families left homeless, local popular committee to reconstruct the destroyed houses. 14/12/2010
Arab family`s home win blow to Israeli `Jews only` policyJonathan Cook - National - "Mordechai Kremnitzer said the bill gave off the "foul odour of racism"." 15/12/2010
Public invited to inform on those renting to ArabsYair Altman - Ynet - In step supporting rabbis` letter on halachic ruling against renting to Arabs, initiative gives number so public can give names for `list of disgrace`13/12/2010
Abbas vows: No talks without a freeze By HERB KEINON, KHALED ABU TOAMEH AND HILARY LEILA - Jerusalem Post "As Clinton prepares to unveil new peace ideas, PA president announces he won`t budge from settlement freeze demand."10/12/2010
Assad: `No one wants strife in Lebanon`By Agence France Presse (AFP) and The Daily Star By Agence France Presse (AFP) and The Daily Star No author - The Daily Star (Lebanon) "“No one wants there to be clashes, fitna [strife within the Muslim community], between Lebanese,” Assad said after lunchtime talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy centered on Lebanon, for decades dominated by Syria. Assad also highlighted his country did not want to meddle in Lebanese affairs concerning the current deadlock over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL)." 10/12/2010
From one word to anotherby Ahmed Abu Ghazala - Al-Ahram Weekly "Ever since our remote ancestors began to travel and trade the breadth of the known world, translation and education have gone hand in hand. However Richard Jacquemond, professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Aix-Marseille in France and a translator who has worked in Egypt since the 1980s, says this correlation is currently showing signs of collapse." 10/12/2010
New language for Middle East peaceby John Whitbeck - Al-Ahram Weekly "The recent passage by Israel`s Knesset of a law requiring either a two-thirds Knesset majority or approval by an unprecedented national referendum before Israel can "cede" any land in expanded East Jerusalem to a Palestinian state or any land in the Golan Heights to Syria has been widely recognised as making any "two-state solution", as well as any Israeli-Syrian peace, even more inconceivable than was previously the case. It also highlights the need for a concerted effort by politicians, negotiators and commentators to adopt a new "language of peace". 10/12/2010
`Israel to apologise for flotilla killings`Abraham Rabinovich - The Australian - "Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had summoned home his ambassador to Israel six months ago....dispatched two firefighting planes as part of an international effort." 8/12/2010
U.S. Drops Bid to Sway Israel on SettlementsMARK LANDLER - NYT - "“It’s the end of a phase for the administration: ‘We’re not focusing on the appetizers anymore; we’re focusing on the main course.’ ”" 8/12/2010
US Middle East peace plan floundersChris McGreal and Harriet Sherwood - Guardian - "Netanyahu`s apparent unwillingness to even put the issue to his cabinet will further frustrate the US administration which has been doubtful of his professions of commitment to reaching an agreement with the Palestinians." 8/12/2010
US, Israel, PA fail to reach settlement freeze dealHERB KEINON - J-Post - "... even if there was a moratorium for the next 90 days, it would not ensure success of the process, and that the entire process could actually explode on the 91st day..." 8/12/2010
Israel `regrets` recognitions of Palestinian stateMa`an News Agency - "Argentina followed Brazil by saying it would recognize a `free and independent` Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, in a move that was later mirrored by Uruguay"7/12/2010
Sowing Seeds of Hate and Strife - Uprooting the Bedouins of IsraelNeve Gordon - CounterPunch - "Despite the fact that it was the seventh demolition since last July, this time the destruction of the Bedouin village Al-Arakib in the Israeli Negev was different. The difference is not because the homeless residents have to deal this time with the harsh desert winter; nor in the fact that the bulldozers began razing the homes just minutes before the forty children left for school, thus engraving another violent scene in their memory. Rather, the demolition was different because this time Christian evangelists from the United States and England were involved"7/12/2010
New WikiLeaks revelations show Ireland blocking U.S. arms to IsraelBarak Ravid - Haaretz - The Irish government has acted to limit transfers of American weapons to Israel and Iraq through Shannon Airport in the wake of public outrage after the Second Lebanon War. [This proves that public opinion has sometimes an effect even when it is not made public-bz] 6/12/2010
WikiLeaks: Israel`s Security Concerns Often Clash With U.S. Interests Josh Ruebner - Huffington Post - In an explosive WikiLeaks revelation, Maj. Gen. Amos Gilad "acknowledged the sometimes difficult position the U.S. finds itself in, given its global interests, and conceded that Israel`s security focus is so narrow as to "often clash with broader American security interests in the region". 6/12/2010
Banning the cutting upby Reem Leila - Al Ahram Weekly "Egypt signed an appeal to be presented to the UN to ban female genital mutilation worldwide."3/12/2010
Livni to Netanyahu: When was the last time you told the truth?By Jonathan Lis - Haaretz Service "Opposition leader rips into the prime minister at a boisterous session of the Knesset, saying he`s weak and at fault for the country`s weakness."3/12/2010
Abbas: “We Are Ready For Real Peace, We Demand A Fully Independent State”Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - "He added that the Palestinian Authority is willing to hold talks with Israel, the United States, the European Union and any country that is willing to help boost the peace process." 1/12/2010
Poll: Most Israeli Jews believe Arab citizens should have no say in foreign policyThe Marker - Haaretz - "The study also revealed that almost half of the Jewish Israelis polled would be bothered to have an Arab neighbor." id 1/12/2010
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