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Land, property, resources theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing

Nighttime demolitions in Al Duyuk
JVS -- At 7pm on 7th April army jeeps drove into the Al Duyuk community, north-west of Jericho, and demolished four animal shelters. They came under cover of darkness, and immediately demolished the buildings without speaking to the owners first. This was a particularly aggressive action as the owners had appealed to the courts against the demolition orders, and the orders had been frozen pending a full court hearing. Once again, the Israeli army were acting not only against international law, but also against the decisions of their own courts.
http://www.jordanvalleysolidarity.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=221

Blocks in the desert / Tal Niv
Haaretz Magazine 8 Apr -- ...It's a photograph of an inactive army base in occupied territory, Area C. A few weeks ago, it was reported that the moshav movement has proposed making renewed use of the base, which the army closed in 2003. The idea is to establish a civilian settlement to reinforce the 7,500 settlers already living in the Jordan Rift Valley. They have an exclusive water supply and a highway, number 90. The settlers and their infrastructure act as a wedge, a "presence," preventing transit and filling the area between the Jordan River and Samaria, between a border and an ever-expanding non-border. All this in the midst of 70,000 Palestinians - the native residents of Area C, who see but are unseen, who have no construction permits for their own abandoned buildings.
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/blocks-in-the-desert-1.354836

Palestinian family in town of Ramle under threat of eviction
AIC 7 Apr -- ...The family, comprised of 56 persons of whom 35 are children, lives in seven homes in a compound belonging to the public housing company Amidar. The family came to the compound in the early 1960s, subsequently building several tin shacks which over the years were expanded as the family grew. The living conditions in the compound are harsh, and the family in essence lives in collapsing buildings and tin shacks, which appear to have been constructed from various bits of recycled metal. The houses are insufficient for the needs of the family, several members of which are forced to sleep outside every night.
http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/topics/israeli-society/3502

Incursions

Village remains under siege weeks after settlement murders / Charlotte Silver
EI 8 Apr -- Awarta is a poor, sprawling village in the northern occupied West Bank. Surrounded by land that is now a vivid green from the winter rains, trails of cactus plants grow between the houses of the village. Two weeks ago, however, Israel designated Awarta a closed military zone, sealing the village off from the outside world for five days. During this time, no ambulances, groceries or fresh produce were permitted in, and no one was allowed to leave to work or even visit the hospital. For these five days, Awarta was inaccessible to any media; if residents snapped a photo, their phones and cameras would be confiscated immediately. Awarta was subjected to this siege because of the murder of five members of the Fogel family in the neighboring illegal settlement outpost, Itamar. Under the guise of an investigation, Israel applied this severe punishment to the entire village though the identity of the perpetrator of the attack is unknown.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11901.shtml

Violence

14 killed in Gaza, dozens injured in series of strikes
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) 8 Apr 21:26 -- Israeli air strikes and artillery fire have hit Gaza nine times Friday, killing nine, and bringing the total number of dead over the past 24 hours to thirteen, half of whom were civilians. A mother and daughter and an elderly man were killed in two separate strikes near Khan Younis, a fourth - identified as an Al-Qassam Brigades fighter - was killed near Gaza City, and two unidentified men was killed when a shell hit his home east of Gaza City. A statement from Israel's military acknowledged civilian casualties, saying that the military "regrets that the Hamas terrorist organization chooses to operate from within its civilian population, using it as a 'human shield'." ...  The military reported "heavy rocket and mortar fire," emanating from Gaza Friday afternoon. A later statement said a total of five mortars and eight projectiles had been fired from Gaza on Friday.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=376717

Gaza under Israeli attacks
[with photos] Due to increased violent and deadly Israeli  attacks on Gaza, below [is] an overview of updates with related news which will be continuously updated.
http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/gaza-under-israeli-attacks/

The IOF used white phosphorus bombs in its latest aggression
GAZA, (PIC) 8 Apr -- The Interior Ministry in Gaza said that the IOF troops fired on Thursday 3 white phosphorus bombs at the Gaza Strip. In a statement on Friday the Ministry said that at 18:50 on Thursday, three bombs were fired at Juhr al-Deek neighbourhood to the east of the central Gaza Strip district.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bc

Thursday's Gaza dead laid to rest
[with photos] GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 8 Apr -- Thousands marched in Rafah, Khan Younis and Gaza City after Friday prayers, carrying the bodies of seven men killed by Israeli fire the day before. Six of the dead were Al-Qassam fighters, and a seventh a 50-year-old civilian ... Funeral processions for three civilians killed Friday afternoon were expected to take place later in the day. Civilians Talal Abu Taha, 55, Najah Qudieh, 45, and her daughter Nedal, 21, will be buried in Gaza City, relatives said.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=376767

Factions resume projectile fire at Israel
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 8 Apr -- Palestinian resistance factions resumed projectile fire toward Israeli targets Friday, less than a day after Hamas officials declared a ceasefire, seeking to avoid further casualties. An hour after the initiative was announced, a wave of Israeli air strikes hit targets across the Strip, killing four Al-Qassam fighters. Israeli media accused Hamas of offering the ceasefire after a barrage of projectiles were fired, seeking only an escape from retaliation. While one faction announced its refusal to participate in the ceasefire, and the DFLP said fighters launched projectiles toward Israel at approximately 3 p.m., others held off fire until 4:30, when the Al-Qassam Brigades launched the first set of projectiles: 4:30 p.m. The Al-Qassam Brigades say fighters fired six projectiles on Israeli military posts east of Rafah, and three mortar shells toward the former Sufa crossing, also near Rafah....
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=376838

Iron Dome intercepts rockets
Ynet 8 Apr 18:21 -- Four additional rockets were fired at Ashkelon Friday and three were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, the IDF announced. Terrorists in Gaza continued rocket fire towards Israel Friday, hitting chicken coops as well as a factory and causing serious damage. At around 4 pm five mortar shells exploded south of Ashkelon. Around an hour later three additional mortars exploded in Eshkol Regional Council.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4054099,00.html

Gaza groups declare truce; IAF shells Strip
Ynet 8 Apr 10:28 -- Fearing IDF retaliation following day of missile attacks on Israeli communities, Palestinian terrorists in Gaza declare ceasefire as of 11 pm; army unfazed, Air Force, tanks shell more targets in Strip after midnight. Palestinians report two dead ... Despite the Palestinian declaration, the army bombed Gaza for the 10th time Thursday, around midnight, targeting smuggling tunnels in Rafah. IDF officials confirmed the strike and said the army is preparing for further retaliation for Thursday’s barrage of rockets. Earlier, a Palestinian source associated with Islamic Jihad said that the decision to declare a truce followed consultations with Arab officials around the world. Another source said the ceasefire announcement was a product of indirect negotiations with Israel. However, at this time it appears that the IDF is preparing to launch additional strikes in Gaza overnight and possibly throughout the weekend, military sources said.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4053931,00.html

Ceasefire status unclear
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 8 Apr 16:09 --- The military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees said Friday they could not commit to a ceasefire deal with Israel, some 12 hours after Hamas officials announced that one had been put together. Friday afternoon the National Resistance Brigades, the armed wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine announced that its fighters had launched two projectiles toward Israel. Spokesman of the group's An-Nasser brigades, Abu Mujahed, told Ma‘an that they would "never agree to a ceasefire while Palestinians are being killed by Israel in Gaza."
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=376704

Hamas announced ceasefire to be honored by all Gaza factions
Haaretz 7 Apr 22:42 Following cross-border fighting flare-up, Hamas says cease-fire, agreed upon by all Gaza factions, to come into effect starting Thursday night.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/
hamas-announces-cease-fire-to-be-honored-by-all-gaza-factions-1.354719


Netanyahu warns Hamas: You will bear responsibility for attack on school bus
Haaretz 8 Apr 11:32  -- PM says anti-tank missile attack on school bus crosses the line, warns that whoever attacks children 'his blood will be on his own head'.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/
netanyahu-warns-hamas-you-will-bear-responsibility-for-attack-on-school-bus-1.354809


Escalation approaching/ Amos Harel & Avi Issacharoff
Haaretz 25 Mar -- Neither Israel nor Hamas want a new round of fighting, but that may not be enough to stop it. The halted negotiations and regional instability bode poorly -- The first terrorist attack in Jerusalem in three years; a home invasion and murder in a settlement for the first time in six years; more Palestinians killed in one single day than since Operation Cast Lead. It's strange how quickly Israel and the Palestinians reverted to the routine of mutual aggression that destroyed the last decade. All the nuts and bolts in that machine fell back into place: the rocket squads, the Israeli aircraft, the Israeli volunteers rushing to the terror scene, the politicians and the police prattling incessantly into the microphones.
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-s-end/escalation-approaching-1.351739

Israel believes Hamas trying to establish 'balance of terror' / Amos Harel & Avi Issacharoff
Haaretz 8 Aprl -- A 16-year-old Israeli was critically injured on Thursday when an anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip hit a school bus near Kibbutz Sa'ad ... A senior defense source told Haaretz on Thursday night that he believes this was an act by the military wing of the organization, and that their aim was to deter Israel and establish a "balance of terror." According to the same source, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has no control over the situation and the head of the group's military wing, Ahmed Jabari, does not take his views into account when deciding military operations against Israel.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/
israel-believes-hamas-trying-to-establish-balance-of-terror-1.354734


Media coverage

Twitter timeline: Revealing context in #Gaza / Yousef Munayyer
10:28 In what will likely be followed by more attacks on Gaza, a projectile fired from Gaza hit a bus inside Israel injuring those inside. Suddenly, news stories began to appear, the "twitterverse" began reflecting the news of the attack and Israeli officials already began to speak of punishing Gaza for the attack. The news media coverage of the event is typical: the timeline begins with an unprovoked attack on Israelis from Gaza, then Israel responds ... if this sparks a new Israeli war on Gaza, will anyone remember that the projectile that hit was preceded by attacks on Gaza?
http://blog.thejerusalemfund.org/2011/04/twitter-timeline-revealing-context-in.html

Fair & balanced (Israeli edition) / Adam Horowitz
Here is the headline on YNet regarding the Israeli attack on Gaza and the Hamas rocket fire into Israel: Chicken coops sustain severe damage. [This is followed by]: "Mother, daughter killed in Gaza airstrikes following 11 mortars, six Qassam rockets which damaged chicken coops, factory in south..." In the time it took me to put up this post, the headline on the article has already been changed to "8 additional mortars explode in south." [and now it is "Iron Dome intercepts rockets"]
http://mondoweiss.net/2011/04/fair-balanced-israeli-edition.html

International abduction / Extrajudicial assassination

Ukraine paper dismisses Israeli claims on abducted Palestinian
M&C 8 Apr -- Kiev - Israeli claims a Palestinian engineer abducted by secret agents to answer charges he is a top Hamas missile technician are riddled with factual errors, a leading Ukrainian newspaper reported on Friday ... Almost every detail of Abu Sisi's education in Ukraine as alleged by Israeli prosecutors is demonstrably wrong, the newspaper reported. Abu Sisi never studied at the Military Engineering Academy in Kharkiv, the newspaper found. An Israeli Justice Ministry statement said Abu Sisi received his doctorate there, and was taught by a leading Soviet missile scientist. Abu Sisi's education in Kharkiv was limited to post-graduate study in 1995 in the Academy of City Management, where he received training in the operation of municipal power plants, the article said.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/middleeast/news/article_1631620.php

Family denies assassination of key Hamas figure in Sudan
GAZA (Ma‘an) 8 Apr -- The family of a senior Hamas figure reported killed in an alleged Israeli strike in Sudan said on Friday that the man had not in fact been killed. Palestinian security officials said Monday that Abdul Latif Al-Ashqar was the target of a strike which hit a car on Sudan's Red Sea coast near the main port killing two on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmad Karti accused Israel of carrying out the attack. Arab media quoted 'Israeli sources' saying the assassination was executed by a special unit that entered Sudanese territory from the sea and fired on the car with a ground-to-ground missile ... Hamas Deputy Politburo Chief Moussa Abu Marzouq, told the London-based daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper that the two "were not Palestinian and had no connection to Hamas."
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=376681

Activism / Solidarity / BDS

Popular protests continue in West Bank
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 8 Apr -- Popular protests against land confiscation for settlements and Israel's separation wall continued on Friday, with eight said detained in An-Nabi Saleh, and tear-gas deployed against demonstrators in Bil‘in and N‘lin. Activists in An-Nabi Saleh said one of those detained was a journalist, and said two were injured with rubber-coated bullets.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=376797

Corrie lawsuit challenging Israeli impunity / Nora Barrows-Friedman
EI 8 Apr -- Several Israeli soldiers testified at the witness stand in the Haifa district court earlier this week, as trial hearings continued in the case of Corrie vs. the State of Israel. As the trial drags on, years after Rachel Corrie's killing, Israel's impunity is being challenged and carefully cross-examined. Eight years ago last month, 23-year-old American solidarity activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an armored US-made Caterpillar D9 bulldozer in Rafah, at the southern edge of the occupied Gaza Strip.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11902.shtml

Witness to deceit
Pal. Monitor 8 Apr -- The Palestine Monitor has witnessed nearly half of the Rachel Corrie family’s civil suit against Israel. Since last March, we, along with Al Jazeera, Electronic Intifada, Haaretz, Ynet and many others, have brought the world shameful stories from Israel’s halls of justice in Haifa: witness contradictions, investigative negligence, tampered evidence, amnesiac witnesses, judicial prejudice and continual perjury. Through public, political and now judicial pressure, our hope was that Israel would finally explain how Rachel Corrie died. We know they can - they have the video and audio tapes and nearly a dozen eyewitnesses.But now we know they won’t, ever.
http://www.palestinemonitor.org/spip/spip.php?article1748


Jerusalem tram construction company out of London bid
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 8 Apr -- Reports that a company who built Jerusalem's tramline will not be considered for a £1 billion (US$1.63) contract in London were welcomed by Palestinian activists Friday. Veolia, a French multinational involved in construction and operations of a tramway that activists claim strengthen Israel's hold on settlements in East Jerusalem, was not among the final bidders selected for the London contract, according to media reports Thursday. The activist group Palestine Solidarity Campaign had fought against Veolia's inclusion in the bid. The tram line links illegal East Jerusalem settlements to West Jerusalem.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=376645

Racism / Discrimination / Separation

Safed rabbi says struggle to keep the city Jewish moving forward
Haaretz 8 Apr -- Chief Rabbi of Safed's latest statement follows his earlier call for Jews not to sell or rent homes to non-Jews ... Racial tensions have risen in recent months with Arab students in the city reporting being attacked and having their property vandalized, including two cars which were torched last month outside the city's academic college. Anti-Arab posters have also been put up in the city. In his letter, Eliyahu stressed that "this struggle has nothing to do with racism and hatred. It is aimed in its entirety only at preserving our state as Jewish."
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/
safed-rabbi-says-struggle-to-keep-the-city-jewish-moving-forward-1.354738


Bad fences make bad neighbors / Tamar Rotem
8 Apr -- The separation fence erected recently in a Jerusalem playground serving Haredi and secular children didn't last long, but it exemplified the growing tensions between two groups with very different values and lifestyles
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-s-end/bad-fences-make-bad-neighbors-1.354853


Other news

World Bank: Palestinian growth good but fragile
JERUSALEM (AP) 7 Apr -- The World Bank says the Palestinian economy shows continued improvement but will not be sustainable unless Israeli restrictions are removed. Wednesday's report estimated that the economies of the West Bank and Gaza grew last year by a strong 9.3 percent. But the report says the growth is largely due to international aid and will falter unless the private sector thrives -- an unlikely prospect if security restrictions on access to resources and markets remain in place indefinitely. The report notes improvements in Palestinian financial institutions. Earlier this week, the International Monetary Fund said West Bank financial institutions were ready for statehood. Hamas-ruled Gaza is poorer and subject to greater restrictions. The World Bank said unemployment there is 37.4 percent.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/World-Bank-Palestinian-growth-apf-1365952595.html


Palestinian youths reject policy of security screening in the W. Bank
RAMALLAH, (PIC) 8 Apr -- A group of Palestinian youths in the West Bank launched Thursday a new page on the facebook calling on Palestinian youths to reject the PA security forces policy of “security screening”  as a condition to apply for government employment.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcO

Analysis / Opinion

Twilight Zone: Mer's last show / Gideon Levy
Haaretz 8 Apr -- The Freedom Theater management says Juliano Khamis 'was the model of a freedom fighter to the children of the camp, a symbol of our culture and our struggle ... Had the bullets that hit his back seen his eyes, they would have begged forgiveness.'
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-s-end/twilight-zone-mer-s-last-show-1.354849


Patently irrelevant / David Zonsheine
Haaretz Magazine 8 Apr -- Discussion of what constitutes a 'patently illegal order' has been shrouded by the Kafr Qassem massacre ... Kafr Qassem, where Border Police troops shot 43 villagers at short range, a distance from which the shooter could look the unarmed victim in the eye, is not the same as contemporary warfare situations like Operation Cast Lead, where planes dropped bombs and caused hundreds of casualties without soldiers having direct eye contact with those hit by the weapons ... More than a million soldiers have served in the territories since the occupation began. The incidents they have been a part of are totally different from the massacre in the village. Unlike the massacre in Kafr Qassem, which shocked many by virtue of its high visibility, many of the people killed in the West Bank and Gaza were hurt in what the IDF refers to as "routine incidents."
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/patently-irrelevant-1.354834

The next Israeli-Arab war, Goldstone will be there / Bradley Burston
3 Apr -- Knowingly or not, every member of the IDF will be carrying excerpts of the Goldstone Report into combat, into the next war we fight, and the next, and into every battle, raid, and incursion in between ... the work of Richard Goldstone and his inquiry will doubtless be a factor in the IDF's conduct of a future war. And that is good news for Israel. Some examples: 1. There will need to be a clear and demonstrable military advantage if and when the "bank of targets" includes such civilian sites as water wells, flour mills, chicken farms, electrical power plants, sewage treatment plants. 2. There will need to be clear instructions given troops regarding intentional humiliation of civilian populations, in addition to overtly criminal acts such as theft and vandalism. Penalties for violations must be severe and swift. 3. White flags will need to be respected. Civilians, and certainly children, must never be used as human shields, nor as forced inspectors of possible bombs. 4. There will need to be a re-examination of the doctrine of using denial of goods and other measures in an effort to bring a civilian population to heel, with the expectation of its turning on and toppling Hamas, Hezbollah or similar entities....
http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/a-special-place-in-hell/
the-next-israel-arab-war-goldstone-will-be-there-1.353865


Did a private meeting prompt Goldstone to change his mind?
Forward 6 Apr -- When Richard Goldstone returned home to South Africa last May for his grandson’s bar mitzvah -- an event that he was almost unable to paticipate in because of protests planned against him -- he also attended a separate meeting whose details were kept secret until now. In the wake of Goldstone’s bombshell retraction of a key finding in the famous report that bears his name, those aware of what occurred at that meeting, individuals who have known him through the years, felt moved to disclose what happened.
http://forward.com/articles/136818/

When the walls come tumbling down / Avraham Burg
Haaretz Magazine 1 Apr -- Is Israel confusing legitimate criticism of its policies with anti-Semitism to avoid having to make difficult existential decisions? The questions are tough - the answers even more so
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/when-the-walls-come-tumbling-down-1.353501

WikiLeaks

Haaretz WikiLeaks Exclusive - collection of articles including the following
Browse them - not all will be treated separately in this list
http://www.haaretz.com/news/haaretz-wikileaks-exclusive

Haaretz WikiLeaks Exclusive: The Israel File
Out of the 250,000 secret U.S. documents that Haaretz has obtained, 10,000 are particularly important vis-à-vis Israel. While their contents do not constitute any serious security threat per se, they do reveal some startling attitudes – on the part of both local leaders and their interlocutors.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/haaretz-wikileaks-exclusive/wikileaks-the-israel-file-1.354874

Haaretz WikiLeaks Exclusive: Israel has no clear or consistent policy on Gaza Strip or Hamas
8 Apr -- Israel has no clear or consistent policy on the Gaza Strip and Hamas, nor any coherent ideas about how to deal with them, according to WikiLeaks documents obtained exclusively by Haaretz. Telegrams sent by the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Washington in November 2009 also show that Israel refused the Americans’ request to allow more goods into Gaza to assist the population.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/haaretz-wikileaks-exclusive/haaretz-wikileaks-
exclusive-israel-has-no-clear-or-consistent-policy-on-gaza-strip-or-hamas-1.354824


Haaretz WikiLeaks Exclusive: IDF in 2009: Egypt's Tantawi hindering anti-smuggling efforts
8 Apr -- Israeli representatives said Chief of Armed Forces Council, who was Egypt’s defense minister at the time, was not doing enough to stop weapons entering Gaza from Sinai.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/haaretz-wikileaks-exclusive/haaretz-wikileaks-
exclusive-idf-in-2009-egypt-s-tantawi-hindering-anti-smuggling-efforts-1.354810


Haaretz WikiLeaks exclusive: Shin Bet chief an unlikely advocate for Israel's Arabs
...The Shin Bet chief emphasized in his remarks that the overall quality of life of Israeli Arabs is better than that of Arabs in neighboring countries, according to the U.S. envoy: "Most of the time, he allowed, they have been loyal to the state over the previous 60 years, even including the 1967 and 1973 wars, and ‘waves of terror’ that followed." Diskin told the ambassador, according to the report, that "the percentage of families that have connections with ‘bad people on the other side doing bad things’ is very low." Referring to these so-called "bad people," Diskin said that family reunification efforts help explain the increased involvement of Israeli Arabs in terror incidents.
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/haaretz-
wikileaks-exclusive-shin-bet-chief-an-unlikely-advocate-for-israel-s-arabs-1.354802


Arab MKs furious at Shin Bet chief
Ynet 8 Apr -- Arab MKs were steamed Friday at a WikiLeaks revelation that Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin said they were "flirting with the enemy" ... MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) was also furious. "With this statement Diskin has defined us as enemies and not citizens," she said, explaining that the Shin Bet chief was continuing a political attack he began in 2007, "when he said he would target any struggle aimed at achieving equality in the state"
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4054107,00.html

WikiLeaks: Lieberman on Abbas, Rashid
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 8 Apr -- Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in 2006 suggested an adviser to the late Palestinian President to fill the post, slamming current President Abbas, US government cables detailed by Israeli daily Haaretz Friday revealed.
Lieberman described current President Mahmoud Abbas as "weak and corrupted, and no longer relevant," and suggested Rashid instead, "although he is no Woodrow Wilson," he added.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=376738

Iraq / Afghanistan

Thursday: 1 US soldier, 4 Iraqis killed, 15 Iraqis wounded
As U.S. soldiers continue to die in Iraq, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates traveled to Iraq to meet with senior government officials and discuss the possibility of extending troop presence beyond the agreed deadline of Dec. 31. Besides the one U.S. soldier who died in a non-combat incident in Mosul on Tuesday, at least four Iraqis were also killed and 15 more were wounded in new incidents. So far this month, another four U.S. soldiers have died. A blast killed two people and wounded four others near a mosque in al-Rida....
http://original.antiwar.com/updates/2011/04/07/
thursday-1-us-soldier-4-iraqis-killed-15-iraqis-wounded/


AP exclusive: Terror suspects held weeks in secret
KABUL, Afghanistan (8 Apr) -- The CIA's infamous secret network of "black site" interrogation centers is gone. But suspected terrorists in Afghanistan are being held and interrogated for weeks at temporary sites, including one run by the elite special operations forces at Bagram Air Base, according to U.S. officials who revealed details of the detention network to The Associated Press.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110408/ap_on_re_as/as_afghanistan_gray_sites

U.S.

Police training programs twin US-Israeli racism / Hira Mahmood & Wafa Azari
EI 7 Apr -- The racism of the American "war on drugs," especially in the south, is notorious. So is the racism faced daily by Palestinians. In Atlanta, a university program allows these two manifestations of racism to feed off each other and community activists are organizing to shut the program down ... Housed in Georgia State University's (GSU) Criminal Justice Department, GILEE is a police exchange program whereby high-ranking Georgia police officers travel to Israel to learn counter-terrorism tactics from the Israel national police. Conversely, Israeli police officials travel to Atlanta every two years to learn Georgia's drug enforcement tactics such as those employed against Johnston, Tremaine Miller, Pierre George and countless other African-American victims of police abuse and aggression. Through GILEE, the Israeli police adopt these tactics and employ them on Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians residing in the occupied West Bank.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11899.shtml
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