|Shin Bet releases detained Al-Jazeera reporter after 49 days’ imprisonment||Yossi Gurvitz - +972 "In what is quickly becoming the norm when the GSS tries to break down a prisoner, Allawi was prevented from seeing a lawyer for a period of time after his arrest; his lawyer, Advocate Salim Waqim, told me he was held incommunicado for 13 days. During this time, says Waqim, Allawi was put in a cell with professional informants, who – among other tactics – claimed to be members of terrorist organizations, and threatened to harm him (specifically, tear out his eyes) if he did not tell them his true role." ca||30/9/2011|
|President Abbas receives hero`s welcome in West Bank, declares `Palestinian Spring`||Alaa Ashkar - IMEMC & Agencies - "Thousands gather in Ramallah as Palestinian President returns from New York; Abbas expected to convene top ministers to discuss the Quartet`s proposal for renewing peace talks"||26/9/2011|
|Abbas: We will consider all initiatives||AMMAN, Jordan (Ma`an) - President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that Palestinian leaders would consider the French initiative - that the United Nations give the Palestinians status as a UN observer state while setting out a road-map for peace within one year. Abbas told reporters on board his plane that it was "wrong to reject initiatives."||25/9/2011|
|Abbas to demand changes to Oslo peace accords||Barak Ravid - Haaretz - The 1994 Paris Agreement established that there was no commercial border between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and set up a joint customs system controlled by Israel that collects taxes for the Palestinians.|
Elior Levy - Ynet - Israel fails to adhere to parts of the agreement. The Paris Protocols state that there shall be free movement of people and goods and Israel has neglected that, and also Israel`s handling of the PA`s tax revenue is problematic, says PECDAR director Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh.
|PA unhappy with `incomplete` Quartet peace initiative||Khaled Abu Toameh - Jerusalem Post - Peace talks plan does not include preconditions of settlement freeze or return to 1967 borders, PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki emphasizes; Erekat says PA leaders will discuss proposal in coming days.||24/9/2011|
|Alquds: Abbas is considering dismantling the P.A||Aziz Abu Sarah - +972 - “We will not keep the Palestinian Authority as a name.”||24/9/2011|
|Quartet calls for new talks within month||Lachlan Carmichael and Ron Bousso - Ma`an - PLO official Saeb Erakat meanwhile urged Israel to "seize" the Quartet offer, saying the PLO was "ready to assume our responsibilities" based on a previous Quartet blueprint and international law.||24/9/2011|
|PA `not closing door` on Quartet proposal (Ynet interviewing Hanan Ashrawi)||Elior Levy - Ynet - Ashrawi criticized the Israeli argument that Israel is a small country surrounded by enemies. |
- "Stop using this excuse. Small countries can make peace too. We agreed to live on 20% of historic Palestinian land, that`s a generous offer." Referring to Israel`s demand that the PA recognize it as a Jewish state, Ashrawi said:
- "The Israeli state can be Christian, Jewish or Buddhist as far as we`re concerned. It doesn’t concern us, and we don`t care how you define yourselves."
|Quartet launches new peace initiative||Tovah Lazaroff - Jerusalem Post - The parties are expected to come forward with proposals within three months on territory and security. Within six months they are supposed to have made substantial progress after which would be convened an international conference in Moscow.
The Quartet calls on the parties to refrain from “provocative action” and to adhere to their obligations under the Road Map.
|Social media gives women a voice in Iran||Julie Tomlin - The Guardian "Female protesters were beaten, raped and intimidated in a post-election crackdown by the Iranian authorities. Silenced by stigma and fear, these women are now using social media to bear witness to the horror." ca||23/9/2011|
|Forcible relocation of 30K Bedouin biggest dispossession since ‘48||Eyal Clyne - +972 - "...the regional planning efforts have nothing to do with law, planning, justice or security, but rather with the ambition for ethnic domination on the ground." - id||28/9/2011|
|Palestinian statehood: plan emerges to avoid UN showdown||Chris McGreal - Guardian - "Abbas has come under intense pressure from the US and European nations to avoid forcing Washington to wield its veto." - id||21/9/2011|
|European Parliament letter urges EU to support September bid||Alaa Ashkar - IMEMC - "The letter was signed by five members of the E.U from different political parties backed by 168 members of the European Parliament." - id||21/9/2011|
|Perry: Obama policy naïve, dangerous||Yitzhak Benhorin - Haaretz - "He also hinted that under his future Administration America`s embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem."" - id||21/9/2011|
|Political war between Israel and Palestinians enters critical stage||Avi Issacharoff and Amos Harel - Haaretz - "Both sides are hoping that the battle will remain there, in New York, rather than moving to the checkpoints and settlements of the West Bank." - id||21/9/2011|
|Donor Countries: “P.A Ready For Statehood”||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - The efforts to boost local institutions and the economy witnessed a remarkable achievement, yet current Israeli restrictions could jeopardize all efforts.||20/9/2011|
|Israeli settler rabbi slams `price tag` violence||AFP - Ma`an - "These deeds are totally unacceptable from a moral and national perspective, and endanger the entire settlement movement in Judea and Samaria[italics-bz]," says a petition penned by Rabbi Yaakov Medan, one of the heads of the Har Etzion yeshiva near Bethlehem.||20/9/2011|
|PA fighting for Bosnian, Nigerian votes at Security Council||Roi Kais - Y-net - Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki claims PA already secured support of seven member states. Fatah official Nabil Shaath rules out Abbas-Netanyahu meeting.||20/9/2011|
|Head of Islamic Movement in Israel to sue U.K. government over deportation order||Danna Harman - Haaretz "British authorities said Salah was arrested after he violated a ban on his entry into Britain issued against him for incitement and endangering national security." ca||16/9/2011|
|French branch of Jewish terror group coming to Israel `to defend settlements`||Danna Harman - Haaretz "The French branch of the Jewish Defense League - an organization banned in Israel and America as a terrorist group - is recruiting people for a mission here next week to help "defend the settlements" of the West Bank." ca||16/9/2011|
|Hale, Ross, To Visit Middle-East Again, Try To Revive Stalled Talks||Saed Bannoura - IMEMC - "The move comes in an effort to convince the Palestinians to cancel their UN membership bid."||14/9/2011|
|Should Egypt envoy return?||Yakir Elkariv and Moshe Ronen - Ynet - "What prompts a young Egyptian man to risk his life and climb to the 15th floor of the embassy building just to hurt Israelis?"||14/9/2011|
|Israeli officials: Jordan hanging by a thread||Attila Somfalvi - Ynet - "" The king has a strong bond with the Americans and firm joint interests with Israel. Calm must be kept in the area and events must be monitored.""||14/9/2011|
|The majority of citizens in leading EU countries support Palestinian statehood bid in UN, poll says||Danna Harman & AP - Haaretz - In Germany 84% supported Palestinian statehood and 76% believed Germany should act now to recognize; in the U.K. the figures were 71% and 59%; and in France - 82% and 69% respectively.||13/9/2011|
|Israel must remember its Negev Bedouin are citizens||Haaretz Editorial - The plan adopted by the Netanyahu government Sunday includes the evicted by force of 30,000 Beduin citizens from their homes. Even if ultimately not implemented, the plan`s threatening tone deepens the strong lack of confidence in state institutions already prevalent among the Bedouin.||13/9/2011|
|Israel approves plan to relocate 30,000 Bedouin from unrecognized villages||Zafrir Rinat - Haaretz - The Association for Civil Rights in Israel in June submitted its objections to the Prawer Report: Bedouin villages are planned without considering the needs of the population, which is largely agrarian and rural, not urban. The association also opposes making any planning for the Bedouin conditional on settling disputes over land ownership.
|Beyond Cairo, Israel Sensing a Wider Siege||Ethan Bronner - NYT - “If I were Bibi Netanyahu, I would recognize a Palestinian state. We would then negotiate borders and security. Instead nothing is happening. We are left with one ally, America, and that relationship is strained, too.” bz||11/9/2011|
|Crowds attack Israel embassy in Cairo||Al Jazeera: "Protesters demolished the wall, erected to protect the embassy which has become a focus for protests, with makeshift battering rams and hammers on Friday ...Some protesters then scaled the wall of the building, replacing the Israeli flag with Egyptian and Palestinian flags. Others got inside and threw thousands of pieces of paper from upper-floor windows.... Yitzhak Levanon, Israel`s ambassador to Egypt, and senior embassy staff were evacuated and flown home to Israel"||10/9/2011|
|French street artist launches new project in West Bank||Ma`an News Agency "He has installed booths in Bethlehem and Ramallah where people can have their photo taken and printed in black and white as huge posters. At the Bethlehem bus station on Monday, crowds of locals entered the booth one-by-one to pose for a self-portrait, and posters can already be seen plastered along the city`s main street.The idea of the community art project is that participants will be creative with their images, in any way they choose." ca||9/9/2011|
|Time to face the music||Vicky - Bethlehem Blogger "It’s time to face that music. You can represent art or you can represent apartheid. Not both. And disappointed concert-goers need to ask themselves which of those they would rather support." ca||9/9/2011|
|Robert Gates Says Israel Is an Ungrateful Ally||Jeffrey Goldberg - Bloomberg - "Gates argued to the president directly that Netanyahu is not only ungrateful, but also endangering his country by refusing to grapple with Israel’s growing isolation." id||7/9/2011|
|IDF Maj.-Gen. Amos Gilad: “We don’t do Gandhi very well”||Joseph Dana - +972 Magazine - According to Wikileaks,‘We don’t do Gandhi very well’ was what Maj. General Gilad told American government officials, in reference to unarmed demonstrations taking place throughout the West Bank.||6/9/2011|
|Robert Gates: Israel an ungrateful ally||Yitzhak Benhorin - Ynet - Netanyahu`s government has offered the Obama administration "nothing in return" for its generous security aid, says Former US secretary of defense. ||6/9/2011|
|U.S. Is Appealing to Palestinians to Stall U.N. Vote||By Steven Lee Myers and Mark Landler - NYT - In essence, the administration is trying to translate the broad principles Mr. Obama outlined in May into a concrete road map for talks that would succeed where past efforts have failed: satisfy Israel, give the Palestinians an alternative to going to the United Nations and win the endorsement of the Europeans [probably the last being the most important as the US stands very isolated if the Europeans vote in favor-bz].||4/9/2011|
|UN Special Rapporteur upholds the rights of Negev Bedouin||James Anaya - ohchr.org - The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, called the attention of the Government of Israel to the demolitions of “unrecognized” Bedouin villages in the Negev". "The Bedouins have inhabited the area since the seventh century, maintaining a semi-nomadic lifestyle, engaging in subsistence farming and raising livestock. (...) The State of Israel has failed to recognize Bedouin legal entitlement to their traditional lands." ||3/9/2011|
|Turkey vows legal action against Israelis involved in raid||Reuters - Jerusalem Post - Turkey`s expulsion of Israeli diplomats and determination to pursue legal action suggested that the Palmer Report has only deepened the divide between Ankara and its one-time ally.
|Palestine `will not accept` UN observer status||Ma`an - The Palestinians insist on full membership because the majority of countries in the General Assembly support Palestine, Al-Malki said denying the possibility of cancelling the bid in light of US threats.
|Turkey navy to escort aid ships to Palestinians in Gaza - Erdogan himself to visit||Barak Ravid - Haaretz - The Turkish navy will increase its patrols in the eastern Mediterranean and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan instructed his foreign ministry to organize a trip for him to the Gaza Strip in the near future. ||3/9/2011|
|Polish-Jewish sociologist compares West Bank separation fence to Warsaw Ghetto walls||Roman Frister - Haaretz "Sygmunt Bauman, the Jewish sociologist and one of the greatest philosophers of our time, castigated Israel harshly this week, saying it did not want peace and was afraid of it." ca||2/9/2011|
|The full forecast for September||Yossi Sarid - Haaretz "In around 20 days the request to recognize Palestine as a state and a member of the United Nations will be submitted. The results of the vote are known in advance: With or without an American veto in the Security Council, a huge majority will support the proposal. President Shimon Peres would do well to spare himself and us his pathetic rearguard speech, which won`t divert a single country from its position. And it`s not a good idea for him to be seen as the servant of two masters: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The president should let the foreign minister reap the storm sowed by his whirlwind." ca||2/9/2011|
|Eilat Terror Fashlah||Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam "Shabak claimed that it had offered a highly specific threat warning to the IDF about the date, time, location, and personnel involved in the assault. The agency even claimed the IDF refused to believe them when they said the attack would happen in daylight. The IDF in turn downplayed the quality and urgency of the intelligence information it was provided by agency, saying it wasn’t specific enough to allow it to take direct action and prevent the attack." ca||2/9/2011|
|Palestinians: We won`t surrender to U.S. pressure to drop UN bid||AP - Haaretz - ""We are going to the United Nations, regardless of objections or pressure."" - id||7/9/2011|
|Palestinian statehood must come about by the democratic will of the people||Guy Goodwin-Gill - Guardian - "Who will represent the people of and in the state? Of what value, democratically, are historical declarations of intent? Or assertions of present authority? Or the status quo?" - id||7/9/2011|
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