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|Israel shuts Palestinian vote offices in Jerusalem|
Palestinian elections chief Ammar Dwaik said the closure was a "serious incident" that violated an agreement with Israel to sign up Arab voters in the holy city. But Israeli police said Palestinian election activity was not allowed.
Army to annex 14 Dunams near Salfit
Israeli authorities informed Dir Estia village council, near Salfit, of intentions to annex 14 Dunams of family farmlands which belongs to residents of the village. Dr. Nafeth Mansour, head of Dir Estia village council reported that the Israeli authorities officially informed the council that the annexed lands will be used for military purposes.
Farmers, soldiers clash near Hebron
Dozens of Palestinian farmers clashed with Israeli soldiers and guards of the ‘Separation Wall’; who attacked woman identified as Siham Yousef Abu Aker, 30. Siham was nine months pregnant and aborted after the soldiers attacked her. ( The not yet born child was murdered by an Israeli! )
PM delays pullout to mid-August; vows settlement blocs will grow
Sharon mentioned in all of the interviews that "the dream" of Israeli control over all of the territories could not be realized today due to the change in circumstances. The settlement blocs, however, "will be a part of the State of Israel, territorially connected to Israel, and with a much larger population than there is today." ( "Who'd dare condemn such Sharon-Statement" )
Another Day in the North: More Land Confiscations and Settlement Expansion
The annexed land will be used by the Occupation to expand the nearby settlements of Enav and Avne Hefetz and for the construction of walls surrounding the villages. In addition to 134.6 dunums for the footprints of the walls themselves, around 2,900 dunums of fertile village lands will be annexed to the settlements.
Settlers attack, wound a girl in Hebron
A medical source in Hebron governmental hospital reported that Raja' Taiseer Abu Aisha, 16, was badly bruised and injured to several parts of her body after a group of settlers attacked and hurled stones at her while she was leaving her home.
Medical neglect threatens the life of a detainee in Galboa
Dharaghmeh was injured during torture, and did not receive the needed medical treatment which complicated his health condition; Dharaghmeh was interrogated for seven months, his lawyer was only allowed to see him four months after he was arrested.
The man who sold Jerusalem
Under the "Clinton parameters", laid down at Camp David in 2000, the Christian and Muslim sectors were to fall within Palestinian control, on the principle that what was Arab would be Palestinian, part of a new Palestinian capital of East Jerusalem, and what was Jewish, Israeli. ( Even the taken for free under Occupation & its discriminatory Law toward Arab Jerusalemites! )
Israeli sniper blames British doctors for death of activist
Mr Hurndall’s mother, Jocelyn, said last night that she was outraged that the defence would impugn the British medical team’s use of morphine to dull her son’s pain. “If one is listening to it rationally and legally, it makes no sense,” she said. “You can’t break the causal link between the shooting and his death. There was very little left of Tom’s brain and...
IDF to investigate cameraman's shooting
“They saw us without a doubt. The cameraman and I both held cameras and had identification marks.” Still, at one point the soldiers began firing, Eldar said. “Without advance warning and without any logical reason they started to fire,” he said. “They just shot him in the legs and stomach.”
Committee OK's extra pullout funds
A deal between Tibi and Housing and Construction Minister Yitzhak Herzog regarding the allocation of resources for construction in the "triangle" - a northern Israel region where most Arab Israelis reside - and in Arab areas in the Negev "convinced" Tibi to vote in favor of the transfer.
Bedouin Arabs in Israel: An invisible community
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Israeli government wanted to concentrate Bedouins in townships. Israel needed their land. Israel forced half of the Bedouin population into seven townships with minimal social services. The rest of the population remained in what became approximately 38 unrecognized villages that lack water, electricity, sewage treatment, or garbage collection services.
PALESTINE: Abbas Meets Da Silva in Brazil, Calls on Israel to Live up its Obligations
President Mahmoud Abbas met on Monday in Brazil with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Da Silva, who said he supports the peace process and the efforts exerted to establish two states; Israeli and Palestinian, living side by side, urging the Palestinians to be patient over problems with Israel over peace moves
Israeli minister insists on Gaza pullout
Shaul Mofaz told Israel Army Radio on Tuesday he was committed to the Gaza withdrawal under any circumstance. His comments come after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon officially announced a postponement of the pullout for religious reasons and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom suggested cancelling the withdrawal altogether.
IDF to remove barriers blocking Nablus access
The Israel Defense Forces this morning will remove the dirt embankments that have completely blocked access from the Nablus region to the northern part of the Jordan Valley for the past two years.
Palestinian authorities set to investigate election breaches
Shoubaki's remarks came after Fatah and Hamas censored each other for fraud operations in the elections. Shoubaki said on Monday that the official result of the election will be announced after the investigation is carried out in line with legislative procedures.
Mofaz: Israel to leave Gaza even if Hamas wins
Reaffirming Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's position, Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz rebuffed comments by Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom who had cast doubt on the settlement evacuation plan in light of the Islamic faction's growing political clout.
Israel to strengthen ties with Europe
"Today especially w e are marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps in Europe. It is very significant today and it's very important for all of us to do everything we can to move forward and do everything we can to strengthen our relationship with the European Union."
Israelis' Departure Imperils Booming Gaza Industry Zone
With Israel's evacuation expected to begin in August, several issues remain murky, including Gaza's economic future. The Israeli government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says economic contacts with Gaza will continue after the pullout, but some in his government want Israel's links to Gaza cut to a bare minimum.
South Americans and Arabs seek global voice
On Monday, the Brazilian leader was scheduled to meet privately with the premiers of Syria, Lebanon and with Abbas. The summit could also serve as an initial step toward negotiations for a free trade agreement between two regions currently doing little business together.
Israel's population hits 6.9 million
About 5,260,000 Jews currently live in Israel, comprising 76 percent of the total population, alongside about 1,350,000 Arabs, who comprise approximately 20 percent of the population.Meanwhile, about 290,000 people are defined as “others,” mostly new immigrants who are not recognized as Jewish by the Interior Ministry
Arab-Latin summit motive questioned
The gathering of leaders from 11 South American countries and 22 Arab states is billed as a means to reduce dependence on the United States and Europe and strengthen alliances in forums like the World Trade Organisation and United Nations.
ID card to Palestinian father of soldier
The State of Israel has granted permanent residency to a Palestinian whose Jewish son served in an IDF combat unit, The Jerusalem Post has learned. The unusual story began three decades ago when Adel Hussein, of Tulkarm, married an Israeli Jew, Stella Peretz, and had a son, Muhammad Hussein. ( A Jew called Mohamad! )
Dance to Pass
Mohammad Hasan, 14 years old, looked at the soldier, who had his gun pointed at him, when he soldier repeated his request and told him ‘If you want to go back home, you will have to dance for us”. This story is only one of daily stories and suffering residents of Jaba' have to face
Hamas - the partner's partner
Hamas' achievements in the elections could also serve as an excuse for opponents of the process in Israel, who will hasten to point out that the Hamas achievements are further proof that a Palestinian partner for dialogue has been lost.
Perpetuating the conflict
Practical Zionism believed in a "facts-on-the-ground" approach that would force the Arabs to accept the existence of a Jewish state in their midst. The peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, the Oslo process and the the 2002 Arab peace initiative proved that stubbornness and patience pay off.
Israeli envoy to visit Pollard
Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Danny Ayalon is expected to meet with convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom decided during a meeting Monday.
Iran stresses importance of consensus for UN reform
Khatami made the remarks at the inaugural ceremony of an international conference on environment, peace and dialogue among civilizations and cultures, jointly sponsored by Iran and the UN Environment Program.
Bombs kill seven in Baghdad as US troops battle insurgents
A total of 15 US servicemen were killed in Iraq between Saturday and Monday, according to military statements, making it one of the deadliest periods since the beginning of the year. Security sources said rebels kidnapped the governor of the restive Sunni province of Al-Anbar in western Iraq on Tuesday demanding that US forces stop their offensive in the region.
Japan Won't Pull Troops Over Kidnapping
The apparent kidnapping of a Japanese man by a militant group in Iraq won't affect Tokyo's troop deployment there, Japan's defense chief said Tuesday, and the captive's family urged the government to stay the course.
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