|Spain To Recognize Palestinian State Before September||Kevin Murphy - IMEMC - The Spanish Consul General in East Jerusalem, Alfonso Manuel Portales, told Fatah`s Nabeel Sha’at that Spain will recognise a Palestinian state before September, and is also encouraging other European countries to recognize a Palestinian state at the UN in September. ||31/5/2011|
|Government to vote on Negev land reform which would return some of it to the deprived Bedouins||Attila Somfalvi - Ynet - "The problem with the plan is that it`s post-Zionist. This is a dangerous legal precedent and the Bedouins will use it to claim hundreds of thousands of extra dunams" [of the lands which they owned and the State took away in the 1950s-bz]
|200 religious Jews infiltrate Nablus, clash with IDF soldiers||Haaretz - 50 worshippers occupied the roof of the tomb, called for a renewal of Israeli control in the area and clashed with soldiers who tried to disperse them. The IDF spokesman complained "this kind of behavior risks their lives and the lives of IDF soldiers, who were forced to operate in the daylight in the heart of Nablus." [Emphasis bz]
| If US uses veto, the GA would not be able to vote on membership for Palestinian state.||Reuters - Jerusalem Post - [But] if there is a large number of member states who recognize the statehood of Palestine -- and in addition in our (General Assembly) resolution of 1947, it`s already said that there should be an Arab state or a Palestinian state -- (these) are elements that you have to take into consideration (Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly answering journalists). bz
|What Israel is Doing is not in the Best Interest of Judaism||By Democracy Now! -
"Rae Abileah, a Jewish-American activist of Israeli descent with the peace group CodePink, disrupted Netanyahu’s speech. Standing in the congressional gallery, she yelled, “No more occupation! Stop Israel war crimes! Equal rights for Palestinians! Occupation is indefensible!” As she screamed, members in the audience tackled her to the ground, and undercover security forces later dragged her outside." ca
|Shaath: Netanyahu has waged war on the peace process ||KHALED ABU TOAMEH AND JPOST.COM STAFF -
"...insistence on keeping IDF forces on the border and on the Jordan river and not allowing an Arab authority in Jerusalem continue to damage and progress in peace negotiations." id
| Peace activist Rachel Avnery passes away||Sunday, May 22 2011 Rachel Avnery, journalist, educator, photographer, peace activist, wife of Uri Avnery, passed away this weekend||23/5/2011|
|PA challenges Netanyahu to accept 1967 lines||Elior Levy - Ynet - Saeb Erekat stressed that the Palestinian leadership is waiting for an official statement from Netanyahu regarding the principle Obama outlined in his speech, despite the fact that the prime minister has already rejected the US proposal saying that 1967 borders were indefensible. "If Netanyahu agrees, we shall turn over a new leaf. If he doesn`t then there is no point talking about a peace process. bz
|Israel deports academic||Ayesha Jacub [forwarded by Ofer N]--Shifting the occupation to the academic battlefield--South African academic Na`eem Jeenah detained and deported||21/5/2011|
|Obama and Netanyahu admit `differences` on Middle East||Jeremy Bowen--US President Barack Obama and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu have admitted to "differences" on the path to Mid-East peace, after they met in Washington.||21/5/2011|
|Obama Sees ’67 Borders as Starting Point for Peace Deal||by MARK LANDLER and STEVEN LEE MYERS -
"A day before the arrival in Washington of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Mr. Obama declared that the prevailing borders before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war — adjusted to some degree to account for Israeli settlements in the West Bank — should be the basis of a deal." ca||20/5/2011|
|After Obama speech, Netanyahu rejects withdrawal to `indefensible` 1967 borders||Mazal Mualem&News Agencies
"PM responds to Obama`s proposal for two state solution based on 1967 borders, says such a solution would leave many Israelis in the West bank outside Israel`s borders." ca
|Multinational companies mining occupied Palestinian land||Adri Nieuwhof -
"International law prohibits Israel’s exploitation of natural resources in the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip and Syrian Golan Heights for its own benefit."
|PA finds loophole to allow paving of road to new Palestinian city||Chaim Levinson -
"Despite its permanent nature, the Rawabi access road will be declared a "temporary" road, the landowners - the Rawabi developers - will agree to its construction, and the road will be able to go forward." id
|Haifa University cancels speech by Zoabi||Ahiya Raved - Ynet - `Nakba Day` events cause wary university president to `freeze all public, political activities` on campus||16/5/2011|
|Twilight Zone / Nothing to give a whoop about ||Gideon Levy--The two major news developments of the past few weeks have not stirred much emotion at the Jenin refugee camp;a local Hamas activist explains why the Palestinians are so disillusioned. ||15/5/2011|
|Palestinians fight to preserve Lifta||by Kate -
"On Wednesday, the Jerusalem District Court said the lands of Lifta should not be offered for sale to real estate developers, but Israel`s land authority could act otherwise."||13/5/2011|
|Barak presents plan for Palestinian accord||Ynet reporters -
"Barak said Israel was prepared to "make difficult decisions" so long as its security and relations with the US remain intact. He then presented his plan." ||11/5/2011|
|UN chief presses Israel to release Palestinian funds||Harriet Sherwood - guardian.co.uk - Ban Ki-moon and Norway lead calls for Israel to hand over tax revenues withheld over Palestinian reconciliation agreement
|Independence Day and the ‘Nakba Law’ ||Issa E. Boursheh - Jerusalem Post - MY PARLIAMENT recently passed the “Nakba Law,” prohibiting state funds from being used to commemorate the Nakba. How does that fit into full citizenship? If Israel is to embrace its Palestinian-Israeli citizens, telling the Nakba story is a vital starting point for full civil participation and greater feelings of belonging.
|Shalit`s brother interrupts torch-lighting event (includes video)||Omri Efraim - Ynet - "On Independence Day we demand the independence of Gilad." ||10/5/2011|
|Abbas meets J Street reps in Ramallah ||Elior Levy - Ynet - Although part of the Jewish lobby in the US, the group is considered fiercely leftist.
|Government quietly funds KKK-like organizations||Yossi Gurvitz - +972 - The government funds an ultra-racist organization, which campaigns against “miscegenation” and assimilation||9/5/2011|
|Islamic Bank donates $120 million to PA||Ma`an News Agency -
"Palestinian Authority caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad signed a $120 million agreement with the Islamic Bank on Saturday." ca
|Israel must choose between peace and a racist state ||By Sefi Rachlevsky -
"But the question of what Israel wants has a second possible answer: Israel wants a racist messianic state, one in which Jews are citizens and non-Jews are subjects. This second answer is not fantastic. In essence, this has been the Israeli reality for 44 years already. In the territories, and also in Jerusalem, Jews are citizens and non-Jews aren`t. Just this week, the science minister (! ) presented an award to Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu at a ceremony in which the latter advocated cleansing Safed of Arabs." ca
|PLO, Hamas reconcile for elections next year ||AFP -
"The reconciliation deal marks a diplomatic coup for Egypt`s new government, 11 weeks after president Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a popular revolt."
|Palestinian Factions Sign Reconciliation Deal||PNN -
"On Wednesday a celebration will be organized to announce the deal with the participation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas."
|Egypt’s FM Meets Hamas Leaders, Cairo Prepares For Official Ceremony Of Signing Unity Deal||Saed Bannoura -
"Following the official ceremony on Wednesday, Palestinian factions will start consultations to form the new interim government that would operate until new general and presidential elections are held."
|PM lands in London to lobby against Fatah-Hams deal ||TOVAH LAZAROFF -
"Netanyahu is expected to tell Cameron and Sarkozy that they should not recognize the new government until these terms are met."
|Can Israel leverage aid for global approval?||Ronen Medzini -
"Currently, while Israel is in one of its worst political slumps, state officials are trying every measure to leverage its international initiatives to improve its global status."
|Israel diplomats view Hamas-Fatah deal differently than Netanyahu ||Barak Ravid -
"An internal, confidential Foreign Ministry report advises that the creation of a Fatah-Hamas unity government in the Palestinian Authority would offer Israel a strategic opportunity." id
|Hamas officials: We`ll honor unofficial truce with Israel ||Jerusalem Post staff & Khaled Abu Toameh - Marzouk said that Hamas did not see any connection between recognizing Israel’s right to exist and the establishment of a Palestinian state: “Most of the Arab countries don’t recognize Israel, and yet they continue to deal with the international community.” bz||3/5/2011|
|`Hamas ready for peace talks with Israel`||Elior Levy - Ynet - Palestinian billionaire Munib al-Masri, who helped mediate Hamas-Fatah unity pact, says Gaza leadership willing to agree to comprehensive peace deal based on 1967 borders||2/5/2011|
|Mashaal: Israel has 1 year to recognize Palestinian state ||Jerusalem Post - According to a senior Hamas official it was not a part of Hamas`s strategy to conduct talks (...) negotiations being "a means to stall and allot time [to Israel] to dedicate its attention to facts on the ground." ||14/5/2011|
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