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Report: Israeli opposition leader visits Silwan
JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 15 July -- Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni visited the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan Friday in an action deemed provocative by local residents. Israeli forces initiated unprecedented closures in the area, blocking streets and entrances across the neighborhood, and maintaining a visible presence locals told Ma‘an. 
Tzipi Livni was reportedly visiting the 'City of David' before heading to a settlement outpost in the AL-Bustan district. According to witnesses Livni was guided around by a member of the Elad association, an organization actively involved in settlement projects in the Silwan neighborhood.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405479

House arrest: a Palestinian prison / Meg Walsh
Palestine (Pal Telegraph) 15 July -- The Israeli settlement of Givon Ha’hadasha is built alarmingly close to the Palestinian village of Bet Ijza. The settlement is built practically on top of this village because the Jews believe that biblically, this is the site where the sun stood still for Joshua while his enemies were defeated. In this land, too often the beliefs of the past trump the realities of the present. The Ghrayeb family, who refused to leave their home in order for the settlement to be built, even after threats of eviction and demolition, live amidst the Jewish enclave. However, they are separated from it on three sides by a seven meter high metal fence. In the one entry that they have, there are two surveillance cameras -- one on the house and the other facing the opposite direction observing anyone coming toward the house. With only one gate, the family is at the mercy of the Israeli army who can close it at any time, for any reason. At one point, they were prisoners inside their home for an entire month.
http://www.paltelegraph.com/opinions/editorials/9631-house-arrest-a-palestinian-prison.html

Settlers

Settlers torch Palestinian land near Nablus
NABLUS (Ma‘an) 15 July -- Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Yizhar set fire to Palestinian land on Friday near the village of Burin, south of Nablus. "A group of settlers from Yizhar had set fire to dozens of Dunams in that area," a member of Burin's agricultural committee, Belal Eid, told Ma‘an Friday. Residents of Burin and members from the Palestinian civil defense crew are reportedly still trying to extinguish the fire but settlers are preventing them from reaching the land, he added.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405432

Report: Israeli commander warns of conflict between settlers and army
JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 15 July -- An Israeli army commander has warned about the risk of armed conflict between settlers and the army in the West Bank, Israeli daily Maariv reported Friday. "It is likely that a settler would open fire on the soldiers while evacuating the outpost of Metzeh Yetzahar, that it will be happen by the end of 2011 is not imagination, and that the danger in the book of the King’s Torah is not only a theoretical discussion," Netsan Arlen reportedly warned during an army meeting on the situation in the West Bank. Arlen was highly critical of extremist religious texts such as the 'King's Torah' saying that "this book is not theoretical for those people but it’s clear in torching mosques which is an issue that would ignite a huge fire in the region."
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405416

Dramatic spike in settler violence sadly predictable / Yousef Munayyer
For the past 18 months we've been working at the Palestine Center to analyze Israeli settler violence against Palestinian civilians and their property. We've put together the most comprehensive database of Israeli settler violence available and continue to add data to our records. In April of this year we presented an analysis covering the period of September 2004-February 2011, and at the time I noted an dramatic trend: "The important news is this. A very strong, noticeable increase in Israeli settler violence over the past five years, and mind you 2011 is on pace to beat 2010. We started with an extremely violent two months of 2011 and it shows no indication of slowing down." ... The troubling part is that, when you study settler violence over time you realize that the most dramatic spike that comes on an annual basis is during the olive harvest season -- at the end of October. With a 57% increase in violence by July, the number of violent incidents against Palestinian civilians may well double last year's numbers.
http://blog.thejerusalemfund.org/2011/07/dramatic-spike-in-settler-violence.html

Israeli forces

PCHR Weekly Report 7-13 July: Civilian killed, woman, child wounded by Israeli forces
IMEMC 15 July -- ...Israeli forces conducted 47 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they abducted 12 Palestinian civilians, including a child. In addition, Israeli forces abducted 4 Palestinian civilians at military checkpoints in the West Bank ... There are approximately 585 permanent roadblocks, and manned and unmanned checkpoints across the West Bank. At least 65% of the main roads that lead to 18 Palestinian communities in the West Bank are closed or fully controlled by Israeli forces. There are approximately 500 kilometers of restricted roads across the West Bank. In addition, approximately one third of the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, is inaccessible to Palestinians without permits issued by Israeli forces ... Israeli settlement activities:
Israeli forces have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property. [ Complete report, which also contains details of movement of both people and freight through Beit Hanoun (Erez) and Rafah crossings]
http://www.imemc.org/article/61688

Army gas canisters set fire to Palestinian land
JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 15 July -- Israeli soldiers fired gas canisters at residents in the town of Qatana, near Jerusalem, on Thursday, causing fires which spread through olive and fig groves, reports say. The fire also damaged vineyards and the electricity grid in the area, a spokesman from the town's police department Ashraf Shamasneh said, noting that the Israeli army did not contact the fire department at any point. Palestinian firefighters were unable to reach all areas affected by the fire, and several homes in the town were damaged. Local witnesses said that Israeli forces deliberately set fire to properties, some even using their own lighters, as soldiers had threatened to burn property if they were harassed by residents, reports say ... This attack is the second within days in which gas canisters were fired on the residents' homes and agricultural lands.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405392

Israeli military conducts investigation on killing of Ibrahim Sarhan
IMEMC 15 July -- The Israeli military will be investigating the killing of twenty-one year old Ibrahim Omar Sarhan on Wednesday July 13, 2011, for alleged wrongdoings. Israeli military sources said that an investigation does not mean the Israeli military were violating the operations rules of engagement, according to the Jerusalem Post ... Major General Avichai Mandelblit announced in April that the Israeli Military would launch a new policy where immediate investigations would take place on killings of unarmed Palestinian civilians not suspected in terrorist activities.
http://www.imemc.org/article/61691

Gaza

Palestinians: Five wounded as IAF jets strike Gaza tunnels
Haaretz 15 July -- In the last three days, the IAF has carried out six airstrikes in Gaza in response to homemade missiles fired by militants toward southern Israel -- Israel Air Force strikes left at least five Palestinians wounded and one missing early Friday in the Gaza Strip, witnesses and officials in the territory said. The witnesses said that IAF fighter jets struck a smuggling tunnel under the border between southern Gaza and Egypt, where five people were wounded ... Rescue teams rushed to the scene and sent three people with moderate wounds and two with minor injuries by ambulance to the nearby Rafah hospital, Gaza emergency chief Adham Abu Selmeyeh said.  Earlier, IAF jets carried out two airstrikes late Thursday against another smuggling tunnel and an empty area inside Gaza.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/
palestinians-five-wounded-as-iaf-jets-strike-gaza-tunnels-1.373378


Four Palestinians, including two children, wounded in Israeli airstrike
GAZA, (PIC)-- Israeli occupation aircraft carried out a number of airstrikes late Thursday night against targets in the Gaza Strip wounding four Palestinians, including two children. Spokesman for the emergency services, Adham Abu Selmeyya, told PIC that that two children were wounded when occupation aircraft targeted an open area near Makousi residential towers in Gaza City and two other citizens were wounded as a result of another airstrike that targeted the central Gaza Strip. Palestinian sources said that F16’s fired a rocket at a resistance training grounds to the south west of Gaza City, while an Apache fired at another position to the west of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. A third position to the north west of Gaza City was also targeted, but no casualties were reported as a result of these three airstrikes.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2

IDF condemns Hamas for failing to halt Gaza rocket fire
Haaretz 15 July -- Israel Defense Forces officials issued a statement Friday, condemning Hamas for not taking action to stop rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israel, shortly after Chief of Staff Benny Gantz called an emergency meeting to discuss the increased violence in southern Israel
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/
idf-condemns-hamas-for-failing-to-halt-gaza-rocket-fire-1.373456


CPS GAZA responds to Israeli naval attacks, death threats
Civil Peace Service Gaza press release, 14 July 3:55 -- At approximately 8:15 am, two Israeli gunboats approached the Oliva as it cruised within the three-nautical mile fishing zone unilaterally imposed and enforced by Israeli forces. After circling it several times, they opened fire on it with water cannons, nearly filling it with water in an apparent attempt to sink it. Two United States crew members and the Palestinian captain were rescued from the vessel, in imminent danger of capsizing, by a small fishing boat, which transported them to a nearby trawler. One of the warships then circled the trawler for nearly an hour, firing water cannons at it and taunting its fishing crew over its loudspeaker with cries of, “Where are your fish? Show me your fish!” The warship eventually departed, after an amplified warning that if it returned to the sea, the Israeli navy would shoot both Palestinian fishermen and international human rights observers.
http://www.cpsgaza.org/2011/07/cps-gaza-responds-to-israeli-naval.html

Hamas organizes rally to protest UNRWA aid reductions
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 15 July -- The Hamas government in Gaza organized a mass rally on Friday afternoon in protest against a reported decision by UNRWA to reduce the amount of aid given to Palestinian refugees ... Protests commenced after Friday afternoon prayers in the An Nuseirat and Al Bureij refugee camps.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405475

UNRWA facing shortages due to Israeli blockade
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 14 July -- Figures released by UNRWA on Thursday reveal that the organization is facing severe shortages in construction materials needed for ongoing projects in the Gaza Strip. "We been allowed to take in to Gaza a tiny fraction of the construction materials needed," UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said. Around 3,291 trucks have been allowed into the Gaza Strip, accounting for under four percent of the overall $660 million UNRWA construction plan to take place over the next three years. "The 3,921 trucks represent just 16 percent of the materials we need for the projects approved so far by the Israeli authorities. To complete these projects we need to get in to Gaza 17,383 trucks. "At this rate, it will take us a year to get in the supplies for our 73 projects approved so far by the Israel authorities. This is woefully inadequate, especially for people who have been waiting a decade to have their homes rebuilt."
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405136

Humanitarian aid cargo arrives safely in Gaza
Bernama 15 July -- The humanitarian aid cargo of sewage pipes and joints arrived safely in Gaza via Karem Shalom on Tuesday after departing from El Arish Port on July 10. According to a statement from Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) here today, the 32-tonne cargo was unloaded from the Spirit of Rachel Corrie, the MV Finch, on July 6 into nine trucks, seven carrying sewage pipes and two carrying joint components. The convoy of trucks was then escorted by two Egyptian Army armoured personnel carriers (APC) to El Ouja at the Israeli border before the cargo was transferred to trailers sponsored by the Palestinian Authority and accompanied by the Palestinian Red Crescent, the statement said.
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=601589

EWASH: One year since Israel announced easing of blockade policy but clean water still not flowing freely
Gaza (PNN) 15 July -- The Water Sanitation and Hygiene Group (EWASH) issued a report saying that even though Israel announced last year that it will ease the blockade; Gaza Strip residents still don’t have clean water running from their taps as up to 95 percent of water for domestic supply in the Gaza Strip is still below the minimum World Health Organization (WHO) standard for drinking water and unfit for consumption. "Relaxing restrictions on imports to Gaza to allow in a variety of soda and chips does nothing to help families that can’t drink the water running from their taps," says Subha Ghannam, EWASH coordinator.
http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10448&Itemid=56

Algerian Red Crescent donates 2.5 million dollars to Gaza
GAZA (PIC) 15 July -- The Algerian Red Crescent has donated Thursday 2.5 million dollars to the victims of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip in 2009 that left 1500 Palestinian martyrs and nearly 5000 wounded in addition to destroying the Strip's infrastructure. Haj Hammo Bin Zughair, the president of the Algerian Red Crescent, said that the amount was donated by benevolent Algerian citizens to their Palestinian brothers in the Gaza Strip, explaining that humanitarian aid extended by his society passed three stages. The first stage, he said, was through dispatching teams of Algerian doctors, medical equipments, foodstuff, and dried blood bags. In the second stage, he added, we dispatched Algerian psychiatrists to Gaza but the deposed regime in Egypt blocked them at Rafah crossing checkpoint and denied them entry...
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bc

Detention

Palestinian-Israeli leader granted bail in UK
Al Jazeera 15 July -- Sheikh Raed Salah, the detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, has been granted bail by a court in London. He was detained on June 28 in the UK during a speaking tour, allegedly for entering the country illegally. Ismail Patel, chair of the activist organisation Friends of Al-Aqsa, who was at Friday's bail hearing, said: "It is a tremendous relief that Sheikh Raed's bail application was successful." "We are shocked and horrified that a Palestinian leader can be held like this," Sarah Colborne, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, told Al Jazeera. "They gave no reason why bail was denied last week." The arrest of Salah has drawn condemnation from Palestinian leaders across the political spectrum.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2011/07/2011715112838926327.html

Arab League raps pro-Israel Britain
PressTV 15 July -- The Arab League has strongly condemned the British government for arresting Sheikh Raed Salah, calling for his immediate and unconditional release, a statement said. The league said in its statement that news of Sheikh Salah's arrest was received “with considerable shock and surprise”, calling for him to be treated in a manner befitting an internationally-renowned man of faith. Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, was arrested by British authorities in London, irrespective of the fact that there were no legal or legitimate reasons for him to be pursued. His programme of activities in Britain was publicised well in advance; the plan was to speak about the realities of the Palestine-Israel conflict to British politicians, academics and members of the public. The intention was to provide an opportunity for those in Britain to hear the Palestinian narrative for a change.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/189166.html

Children of Gaza captives send messages to fathers via flying bottles
GAZA, (PIC)-- Hundreds of children in Gaza Strip have gathered Thursday at Gaza Sea to send  a letter of love to their fathers who are incarcerated in Israeli jails for years now, alarming the entire world that they also have the right to live in peace with their fathers like all children of the world. The activity that was organized by the Waed Society for prisoners and ex-prisoners was attended by officials of the ministry of prisoners and ex-prisoners in Gaza and a delegation from the international solidarity committee where the children wrote message to their detained fathers and put them in bottles and flew them with balloons in hope it could reach the detention cells of their fathers.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Q

PA arrests 13 Islamists in crackdown
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 15 July -- The Hizb ut-Tahrir movement said Friday that the Palestinian Authority is still cracking down on its members, arresting 13 in the last week.  A spokesman for the Islamist party said that the arrests occurred after the party had distributed a statement last week in West Bank cities and villages.  Nine of those arrested are from the Jenin district, three from Ramallah and one from near Salfit. The party has called for the immediate release of all prisoners and an end to PA suppression of the movement.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405427

Activism / Solidarity
 
Map: Weekly West Bank protests
Al Jazeera 15 July -- Click the icons for more information on protest sites. Due to legal restrictions, Google Maps shows only low resolution imagery and limited place names in Israel and the Palestinian territories. View weekly West Bank protests in a larger map [Source: Media reports] Every Friday, pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest in several West Bank and Jerusalem locations, most notably Bil‘in, Ni‘lin and Sheikh Jarrah.
The regular gatherings focus attention on the route of Israel's separation barrier, ongoing land confiscation and Israeli settler attacks.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2011/07/20117155510250892.html

Israeli troops attack anti-wall protesters, injuring one and arresting one
Ramallah (PNN) 15 July -- One injured, another arrested, while scores were treated for effects of tear gas inhalation, as Israeli troops attacked on Friday nonviolent protests organized in a number of West Bank communities. Protests were reported in the villages of al-Nabi Salleh, Bil‘in, and Ni‘lin in the central West Bank, as well as al-Ma‘ssara in the south.
http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10452&Itemid=56

Photo Essay: East Jerusalem march for Palestinian independence / Dahlia Scheindlin
972mag 15 July -- The demonstration today in Jerusalem in support of Palestinian independence was attended by anywhere from 2000 to 4500 people (according to a Facebook post), who marched from the Old City’s Jaffa Gate to Sheikh Jarrah. I was there and organizers announced 3,000 attendees at the end, but Channel 2’s evening news reported “over 1000.”  I suppose they’re playing it safe, but after tramping through burning sun on a winding walk through Jerusalem’s famous Friday crush, with people singing, drumming, cheering, dancing and laughing, that conservative estimate has a cynical ring.
http://972mag.com/photo-gallery-from-sheikh-jarrah-solidarity-movement-march-for-palestinian-independence/

Thousands of Israelis and Arabs march in Jerusalem to support Palestinian independence
Haaretz 15 July -- Several MKs participate in the 'March for Independence,' the first such Jewish-Arab event in 20 years -- Approximately 2,000 Palestinians and Israelis took part in the "March for Independence" Friday, calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state. Although the organizers of the march issued a statement saying the march was carried out peacefully, police had to intervene and separate right-wing and left-wing activists ... Several MKs participated in the march, including Zehava Galon of Meretz and Dov Hanin of Hadash. Other prominent public figures took part as well, such as former Speaker of the Knesset Avraham Burg and former Attorney General Michael Ben Yair. The march took a symbolic route, following the green line that used to divide East and West Jerusalem before the Six Day War in 1967. It began at Jaffa Gate and ended at the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, the opposite route taken by right-wing activists during Jerusalem Day last month.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/thousands-of-
israelis-and-arabs-march-in-jerusalem-to-support-palestinian-independence-1.373462


Hundreds march for Palestine in Jerusalem
Ynet 15 July -- Some 1,500 people are taking part in a march for the independence of Palestine in east Jerusalem. The organizers of the event have stressed they will not resort to violence. Police forces are deployed in the area. The march, initiated by the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity movement kicked off at the Old's City's Jaffa Gate and is slated to end up at the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where several speeches will be made. Protesters are chanting anti-occupation slogans such as "Sheikh Jarrah and Bil‘in, free Palestine."
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4095877,00.html

Support our friend Rani Burant
ffj-Bil‘in 13 July -- Rani Burnat has been wheelchair-bound since being shot in the neck by a sniper in 2000. The shooting occurred during a demonstration in Ramallah on the second day of the second intifada. The injury has left him paralyzed from the chest down, with a head wound from which he is still recovering. Despite the difficulties, Rani -- now 30 years old -- has since started a family and is the proud father of triplets. In spite of his severe handicap, Rani continues to attend demonstrations against the separation wall in his village of Bil‘in on a regular basis. Over the years of protest Rani has been beaten and shot numerous times by the forces of the occupation, and his wheelchair has sustained repeated damage. Rani’s medical equipment demands constant care and gets worn down quickly.
http://www.bilin-ffj.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=366&Itemid=30

Expatriate wants Gaza boats confiscated
WASHINGTON (CN) 15 July -- A U.S. citizen who lives in Israel, and says he was hurt by Palestinian terrorists in Jerusalem in 2002, seeks forfeiture of the 13 boats that activists are planning to use to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip.  Alan Bauer, a biologist who lives in Jerusalem, sued the ships in Federal Court, seeking an order to summon all people with interest in the boats to show cause why they shouldn't forfeit the vessels and their "arms and ammunition and stores".  Bauer says the ships are subject to seizure under 18 U.S.C. § 962, as "employed in the service of any foreign prince ... to cruise, or commit hostilities against ... people with whom the United States is at peace".
http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/07/15/38179.htm

Political / Diplomatic / International news

Political factions urge Hamas, Fatah to implement unity deal
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 15 July -- Palestinian national and religious factions met without Hamas or Fatah in Gaza City on Thursday in an attempt to urge the two parties to implement the reconciliation agreement.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405338

PLO official: Local elections to take place in October
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 14 July -- The Palestinian government in Ramallah is set to approve plans to hold municipal elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in October 2011. PLO executive committee member Ghassan Shaka told Ma‘an Thursday that consultations about the elections were held during a recent PLO Committee meeting and October 22 is understood to be the prescribed date for the elections to take place ... The date had been previously agreed upon but consensus must be reached among the Palestinian political factions.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405122

West Bank MPs: Political atmosphere not suitable for municipal elections now
RAMALLAH (PIC) 15 July -- Palestinian lawmakers in the West Bank have criticized Thursday the call of the PA leadership in Ramallah to hold municipal elections in October, describing such call as clear violation of what have been agreed upon by all Palestinian factions in Cairo a couple of months ago. All Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Fatah, have agreed that elections should be held after achieving the reconciliation and should be made as one bundle in clear and transparent atmosphere to make credible and authentic.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2b

UN: Jerusalem part of occupied Palestinian territories
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 15 July -- ..."UNESCO wishes to reiterate that, contrary to recent claims, there has been no change in UNESCO's position on Jerusalem," the statement said. "In line with overall UN policy, East Jerusalem remains part of the occupied Palestinian territory, and the status of Jerusalem must be resolved in permanent status negotiations." ...UNESCO had been criticized recently after it emerged that the organizations' website listed Jerusalem as Israel's capital
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405424

Haaretz: Russia's refusal to refer to Israel as a 'Jewish state" leads to failure of Quartet meeting
MEMO 14 July -- According to the online version of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, rejected the inclusion of Israel as a "Jewish state" in the concluding statement of the Quartet meeting. The newspaper added that the meeting, which lasted for more than two hours, failed to achieve its objectives because of the disagreement sparked by the Russian foreign minister, and as such no public statement on the meeting was issued.
http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/europe/2621-haaretz-
russias-refusal-to-refer-to-israel-as-a-qjewish-stateq-leads-to-failure-of-quartet-meeting


Report: Former German ambassadors urge Merkel to support UN bid
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 15 July -- 32 former German ambassadors have reportedly urged the German chancellor Angela Merkel to support the Palestinian UN bid in September. The former government staff members sent a signed letter to Angela Merkel and German foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle Friday, as well as providing a copy to the PLO, expressing their support for the Palestinian UN bid.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405445

Yisrael Beiteinu vows revenge on Netanyahu for opposition to investigating NGOs
Haaretz 15 July -- Cracks appear in the governing coalition after the prime minister announces he will not enforce party discipline when voting on investigative committees bill. Members of Yisrael Beiteinu warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that their 'revenge was on its way' after the latter announced that he opposes the establishment of parliamentary committees to investigate human rights organizations. .
http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/yisrael-
beiteinu-vows-revenge-on-netanyahu-for-opposition-to-investigating-ngos-1.373275


Other news

Economy minister criticizes allegations of corruption
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 14 July -- Palestinian Authority minister of economy Hassan Abu Libdeh has criticized reports linking names from his ministry with allegations of corruption. Abu Libdeh told Ma‘an Thursday that he is ready to appear before an anti-corruption committee and answer any questions put forward regarding corruption charges, vowing to defend the work of his ministry.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=405305

In Nablus, Palestinians play down possibility of September intifada
Haaretz 15 July -- Ex-militants say they won't take to streets in September, but wish Israel would disappear ... On Wednesday a reunion of sorts took place at the restaurant, attended by several leading formerly wanted men from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, coming to speak to Haaretz about the current situation, about the amnesty they received from Israel and about what they expect in the lead up to September's possible Palestinian bid for recognition of an independent state at the United Nations.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/
in-nablus-palestinians-play-down-possibility-of-september-intifada-1.373291


Analysis / Opinion

Where are the Palestinians? / Mairav Zonszein
EI 15 July -- From all over the Western world holding up Palestinian flags and chanting “Free Palestine.” We’ve heard from the likes of Americans, like prize-winning author Alice Walker and former CIA official Ray McGovern (both passengers on the US boat to Gaza) about the importance of standing up for Palestinians in Gaza; we’ve heard about hunger strikes by Spanish and American citizens stuck in Greece after their boats were not allowed to sail; and we’ve seen videos of activists landing in Ben Gurion airport, declaring their intention to visit the occupied West Bank, being accosted by an Israeli mob and then detained and deported, all while chanting “Free Palestine.” All these events have enormous significance as symbolic acts ... But amid all the sensational scenes of confrontation between Israeli authorities and Western “pro-Palestinian” activists (including Israelis), what became apparent was that Palestinians themselves could not be seen or heard. Even though the “Welcome to Palestine” campaign was organized by Palestinian civil society organizations that invited foreigners to come, the media spectacle was focused on the Western activists and their confrontation with Israel. The Palestinians were largely unseen.
http://electronicintifada.net/content/where-are-palestinians/10179
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