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Report: Israel will demolish one of Jerusalem's seven historic gates
An Israeli Ministerial Committee endorsed in 1977 the implementation of this plan, which includes the demolition of several Islamic historic buildings, including the Old Islamic Shari's Court, the Tankinazia School , the Khalidiya Library, a charitable Zawiya (corner) and the Abu-Midian ancient Mosque.
http://www.imemc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19686&Itemid=1


South Hebron Zionist colonies swallowing further Palestinian lands
On June 29th, the Occupation started to build a fence around Tene settlement. The Zionist settlement was built in 1982 and confiscated 300 dunums for the residential area and more than 1000 dunums around it from Dhahriya village. This area had been declared “no man's land” and the Palestinian owners had thus been barred from cultivating it. Now, the fencing will completely isolate 100 dunums of the land. Furthermore, the people in the area fear that the fence will stretch from Tene settlement to the nearby outpost linking the two together.
http://stopthewall.org/latestnews/1211.shtml


Two years on, dangerous Temple Mount ramp will "finally" be removed
The ramp, which leads from the Western Wall plaza to one of the Temple Mount Gates, is located in one of the most sensitive places in the world, and plans to carry out excavations under it have therefore been held up by the Shin Bet security service and the prime minister's military secretary for the past two years, for fear of Muslim riots.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/733072.html


IDF bars East J'lem residents from using Bethlehem crossing
The new policy is upsetting East Jerusalem's 237,000 residents, the vast majority of whom are not Israeli citizens, as their lives are intertwined with the nearby West Bank cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem, whether by family ties, commercial interests or culture. These residents are being cut off from their environs by the new IDF policy.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/733078.html


Gaza power cuts endanger patients, doctors say
Lutfi Halawa stood beside the hospital bed of his nine-month old daughter Isra, praying power cuts hitting the Gaza Strip will not shut down her ventilator. "Without electricity my daughter will die," he said.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L01432939.htm


Human Tragedy in Gaza
The United Nations (UN) has warned that a human tragedy is emerging in Gaza; the target of attacks by Israel. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland asked Israel to refurnish electricity and fuel to the town, and said, “The situation in Gaza will otherwise become a quick sand.”
http://www.zaman.com/?bl=international&alt=&trh=20060701&hn=34434


Journey for Justice 2006 - Day three
As all participants arrived, bus moved the Aida Refugee camp in Bethlehem, where they had a short presentation about the refugees' life and difficulties of living inside the camp. Followed, was a tour inside the camp, where they saw the small side by side buildings, wall surrounding the camp, met and talked to refugees.
http://www.jai-pal.org/content.php?page=341


Israeli arrest blocks formation of new coalition cabinet: DFLP official
DFLP Politburo member Salleh Zeidan told reporters that the arrest campaign came shortly after Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haneya and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed on forming a new cabinet.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-07/01/content_4781179.htm


IDF plans to arrest more Hamas leaders
Israeli sources say, however, that the operation is not intended to serve to accumulate "bargaining chips" for securing the release of the abducted soldier, Corporal Gilad Shalit. Instead, the operation is viewed in Israel as part of a broader policy of intensifying measures against the Hamas.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/733083.html


Another Israeli soldier kidnapped
In a statement received by AFP in Gaza City, the armed group, loosely affiliated to Fatah Party, called for "the end of the Israelioffensive" and "the lifting of the blockade" in the territories. "If our demands are not met, the Al-Aqsa Brigades will kill the kidnapped soldier," the statement said, withoutgiving any details of the kidnapping. The soldier was seized in the West Bank, the group said. They named him as Hoffmann Kfeir Samuel, aged 24, a resident of Hulul, south of Tel Aviv.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1EE826C3-F1DE-4527-956F-B00266ED3E0A.htm


Palestinians' psychological offensive
The other "captured soldier" was in fact a 24-year-old Israeli civilian whom the Israeli authorities later confirmed was on holiday outside the country. He had to call home to his parents to reassure them. "This so-called kidnapping is part of a psychological war against Israel," police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said on Saturday.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F149A676-C099-43A8-BDD9-5D647EB04104.htm


U.S. to pay $48 million to cover damages to Gaza power station
United States officials said they expect that U.S. funds will be used to pay for the damages caused by an Israel Air Force strike Tuesday on a Palestinian power station in the Gaza Strip. The power station was insured by a U.S. government agency, according to The Boston Globe.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/733394.html


Israel warns: free soldier or PM dies
ISRAEL last night threatened to assassinate Palestinian Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh if Hamas militants did not release a captured Israeli soldier unharmed. The unprecedented warning was delivered to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a letter as Israel debated a deal offered by Hamas to free Corporal Gilad Shalit.
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,19645805-601,00.html


Army moves Mayor of Qalqilia from Howwara detention center to the hospital
Wajeh Qawas, the Mayor of the West Bank city of Qalqilia , was transferred from Howwara detention center to an Israeli hospital after suffering from a heart condition, on Saturday morning.
http://www.imemc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19682&Itemid=1


Abbas: Hamas indecision obstacle to ending hostage crisis
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that Egyptian efforts to diplomatically resolve a crisis with Israel over an abducted soldier are being set back by confusion about who has the decision-making power on the Palestinian side: The Hamas government or the militants holding the captive.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3269703,00.html


Abbas confident of deal on Israeli soldier
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday he was confident that an agreement could be reached to end the crisis with Israel and free an Israeli soldier abducted by Palestinian militants
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060701/ap_on_re_mi_ea/palestinians_abbas


Captured Israeli soldier alive: Palestinian official
Ziad Abu Ein, an official with moderate President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement, said mediators involved in efforts to free the soldier had reported he was fine. "He is in a stable condition according to mediators," Abu Ein told a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah. "He was treated by a Palestinian doctor. He is fine now."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060701/wl_nm/mideast_soldier_condition_dc_1


4000 Palestinians stranded on Gaza-Egypt border
Over 4000 Palestinians were prevented Saturday afternoon from crossing into the Gaza Strip from Egypt due to IDF operations in the area, Israel Radio reported. Egypt has increased the presence of its security forces along the Gaza border in order to prevent kidnapped IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit from being moved out of the Gaza Strip
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1150885893675&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull


Turkish PM slams detention of Hamas officials
"I have difficulty understanding the abduction of eight Palestinian ministers and 50 members of parliament and administrators," Tayyip Erdogan said in televised remarks. "These developments have greatly saddened us, but we have not given up hope. We will do all we can (to help resolve the crisis)," He said. Erdogan added that he would discuss the Palestinian crisis later on Saturday with President George W. Bush.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3269685,00.html


Freeing Israeli troop key to ending crisis: Bush
"The initial goal should be freeing the Israeli soldier. That is the key to ending the crisis," Bush said, according to White House National Security Council spokesman Frederick Jones.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/01/AR2006070100382.html


UN Security Council debate on Gaza ends without resolution
The UN Security Council debate over the IDF incursion into the Gaza Strip ended Saturday without a resolution. The Palestinians accused Israel of launching a premeditated military assault to sabotage Palestinian unity and collectively punish and terrorize hundreds of thousands of civilians.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=733366


Abbas intensifies contact to end abduction crisis: Erekat
"Although we have not received positive response from the international community over the issue, but we will keep knocking on all the doors that would lead to ending Israeli brutal offensive," said Erekat.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-07/01/content_4781011.htm


Indian Defense Minister delays visit to Israel due to Gaza crisis
The Times of India newspaper reported that India's leftist factions led by the Communist party are urging their government to condemn what they termed as "Israel's brutal attacks on the Palestinians and their elected representatives."
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/733385.html


J'lem mufti says he was fired for opposing Abbas
The mufti of Jerusalem, who was fired last week by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, said over the weekend that he had been punished because for criticizing Israel and opposing Abbas's policies.
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1150885893817&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull


Lebanon raging for Israel's offensive in Gaza
Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip sparked outrage in Lebanon, where politicians and religious figures strongly condemned the Israeli incursion and called on the international community to intervene.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-07/01/content_4780800.htm


Arab League calls on US to stop blaming Syria
"The United States, as a large power and a permanent member of the Security Council, must revise its position and assume its responsibilities with regard to international law," the 22-member bloc's assistant secretary general, Ahmed Ben Helli, told reporters on Saturday.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060701/wl_mideast_afp/mideastunussyriaarab_060701153828


Iran threatens to retaliate if US auctions off treasures
Iran has threatened to retaliate if the United States moves to auction off invaluable ancient Persian artefacts to compensate victims of a Hamas bombing in Israel.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060701/wl_mideast_afp/iranusisraeljusticeheritage_060701151644


Baghdad car bombing kills 66 in Shiite market
At least 66 people have been killed by a car bomb in a busy Baghdad market in a Shiite district despite a massive security crackdown in the Iraqi capital.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060701/ts_afp/iraq_060701164338


Five US soldiers in Iraq rape and murder inquiry
Pentagon pursues fourth war crime investigation · Woman's body burnt and family killed in home -- The Pentagon said yesterday it was pursuing a new war crimes investigation into five American soldiers, alleged to have raped and murdered a young Iraqi woman and killed three members of her family in their home.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1810326,00.html


Gunmen kidnap Sunni Arab female lawmaker in Baghdad
The convoy of Taiseer Najah al-Mashhadani, a member of the Sunni Consensus Front, was kidnapped with her seven bodyguards when gunmen in two cars ambushed the convoy in the Saha intersection in Shaab neighborhood, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-07/01/content_4780236.htm
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