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Land, property, resources theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlers

Rampaging Israeli settlers invade Palestinian village of Tuba
AIC 16 May -- Late last night (15 May), Israeli settlers invaded the village of Tuba, damaged property, and killed and stole several sheep belonging to the Ali Awad family.  
Palestinians of Tuba reported that they counted seven masked settlers, who entered and left the village on foot, and saw two cars at the outskirts of Tuba, near the chicken barns of Ma'on settlement. The rampaging settlers stole seven sheep, killed two, and injured others, including one which lost an eye.  In addition, the settlers upended three water tanks, which held a total of 4.5 cubic meters of water.  They destroyed fences, punctured a storage tent and three large sacks of yogurt, damaged a goat pen and destroyed the ventilation pipe of an outhouse.  They also set loose a donkey, which later returned.
http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/topics/hebron/3599

Jewish settlers storm Palestinian school in occupied Jerusalem, attack homes in Al-Khalil
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) 17 May -- Jewish settlers, escorted by Israeli occupation forces, stormed a school for orphans in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday and assaulted a number of students. The Palestinian ministry of education said that the occupation forces arrested the headmaster and his deputy, adding that three of the students were injured in the settlers' attack. It said in a statement that the students' lives were in danger after they were forced out of school and left easy prey for settlers' attacks.
Meanwhile, Jewish settlers threw a firebomb at a Palestinian home in Al-Khalil on Tuesday during an attack on a number of suburbs in the city. Witnesses told the PIC that setters threw a firebomb at a home for El-Baradei family south of the city as other groups were seen throwing stones at Palestinian cars in downtown.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd

Settler attacks with Molotov cocktails in Nakba Day in Hebron
ISM 17 May -- Jamal Abu Saifan told the International Solidarity Movement that around 6.30 pm on Sunday, four masked settlers appeared and started to throw Molotov cocktails and glass bottles towards one of the houses of the Abu Saifan family in Western Hebron. 19 people live in the house which was attacked, including several children. The family has five houses, situated just below a religious school of the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba. The attackers were standing in the school yard.
http://palsolidarity.org/2011/05/18368/

Video: Daily life in Hebron: Israeli settlement activity in the Old City
uploaded by Alhaqhr on May 17, 2011 -- "On Saturdays, I do not wash laundry or use the back yard of my house. Also, out of fear, I do not leave my house." [doesn't harassing Palestinians constitute 'work', not to be done on the Sabbath??]
http://palestinevideo.blogspot.com/2011/05/daily-life-in-hebron-israeli-settlement.html

IOF troops storm Wadi Qana, block entry of farmers
SALFIT, (PIC) 17 May -- Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the Wadi Qana region near Salfit and expelled farmers from it after declaring it a closed military zone. Nazmi Salman, the Deir Estiya village council head, said in a press release on Tuesday that the soldiers occupied the valley and forced the farmers out of it. He added that he went to the soldiers to ask them for the military order but they refused to show it. Wadi Qana is located on eight mountains and surrounded by nine Jewish settlements that distorted the valley's features and confiscated almost all of its fertile land leaving only tens of dunums to the rightful Palestinian owners, which are also the target of constant settlers' attacks.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bc

UN: Israel has displaced 149 Palestinian children in 2011
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) 16 May -- Israel's policy of demolishing Palestinian homes has displaced 149 children in the West Bank so far this year, figures from the UN agency for Palestinian refugees show ... The figures show a sharp rise from with the same period in 2010, when 142 Palestinians -- including 61 children -- were forcibly displaced.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=387987

Another Nakba Day video - a bit different

Nakba Day demonstrations started by young schoolgirls in Beit Ommar
Palestine Solidarity Project -- Video of Nakba demonstrations on May 15, 2011, in the West Bank village of Beit Ommar and nearby refugee camp of Aroub. The girls make three attempts to reach the checkpoint, but soldiers stop them with tear gas. They fire tear gas directly at protesters (illegal by Israeli law, potentially lethal) instead of shooting the canisters in an arc. After the street is cleared the army advances, using rubber-coated bullets and live ammunition.
http://palestinevideo.blogspot.com/2011/05/nakba-day-demonstrations-started-by.html

Detention / Court actions

IOF soldiers storm home of MP
AL-KHALIL, (PIC)-- Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the house of MP Mohammed Abu Juhaisha in Al-Khalil at dawn Tuesday and handed his son Musab a summons to the intelligence office in Etzion. Two of Abu Juhaisha's other sons are held in Israeli occupation prisons ... The seven sons of the Hamas MP have been repeatedly held by Israel and the PA security apparatuses over the past ten years.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bc

Witnesses: Israeli forces detain 6 near Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 17 May – Israeli forces raided the southern west Bank town of Al-Khadir near Bethlehem overnight Monday and detained six young men, local sources said. Al-Khadir resident Khalid Mahmoud Marzouq told Ma‘an on Tuesday morning that Israeli forces ransacked the home of his neighbor Mahmoud Abdullah Subih shortly after midnight. Marzouq said soldiers detained three of Subih’s sons identified as Mahir, 25, Mazin, 17, and Basil 20. He added that three others visiting the family were also detained.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=388412

Family says Israeli jailers poured boiling oil on its son
NABLUS, (PIC) 17 May -- A Palestinian family said its son, Raf'at Bani Odeh, was exposed by Israeli jailers to excruciating physical and psychological torture at the time of his six-year detention. The family added that its son spent most of his imprisonment term in solitary confinement and boiling oil was once poured on him by Israeli interrogators, so he suffers from serious physical and psychological scars as a result of that ...  The Palestinian prisoner society also confirmed that Bani Odeh suffers from serious mental problems a result of his exposure to torture and medical neglect in prison and thus he is in dire need of urgent treatment.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd8

Former IDF spokesperson and Southern Brigade commander to testify in Corrie civil trial. May 22 to be final court hearing
RCF 17 May ...The lawsuit, filed in 2005 by Attorney Hussein abu Hussein, charges the Israeli government and Ministry of Defense with responsibility for killing American peace activist Rachel Corrie in Rafah, Gaza in 2003. Since the trial opened in March 2010, nearly 2000 pages of court transcripts have been recorded, from more than 20 testimonies, including that of 14 military personnel. Most government witnesses were identified only by their initials, and nearly half testified while hidden behind a screen.
http://palsolidarity.org/2011/05/18379/

Golan Heights 'infiltration'

Israel expels 2 Palestinian returnees from Syria
JERUSALEM (AFP) 17 May-- Two Palestinian protesters who entered Israel from Syria on Sunday during huge demonstrations on the armistice line were deported on Tuesday, a military spokeswoman said ... Israeli army radio said the two were a man and a woman but no further details were available.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=388659

'It was always my dream to reach Jaffa,' Syrian infiltrator says
Reuters 16 May -- Hassan Hijazi, 28, surrenders to police a day after he pushed through Syrian border, and then hitch-hiked and took a public bus to Jaffa in search of his parents' former house -- A man identifying himself as a Syrian civil servant said on Monday he hitch-hiked and rode a bus alongside Israeli soldiers to Tel Aviv after pushing through an Israeli frontier fence with Palestinian demonstrators. -
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/
it-was-always-my-dream-to-reach-jaffa-syrian-infiltrator-says-1.362166


Golan's Druze community divided over protests
MAJDAL SHAMS, Syria (IRIN) 15 May -- When thousands of Palestinian refugees gathered on the Syrian border with Israel near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights recently, local villagers were stunned. It was the first time in more than 20 years that there had been trouble on this border ... But the May 15 incident was only the latest sign of unrest in the usually calm hilltops of Golan. Since protests began in Syria in March, the Druze community in Golan has been divided between those who support the current regime of President Bashar Assad and those who support the protesters. The Druze are a small monotheist religious sect found in several Middle East countries.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=388653

After Nakba Day violence, normal life resumes in Majdal Shams
Haaretz 17 May -- One day after more than 100 infiltrators crossed the Syria-Israel cease-fire line at Majdal Shams, and a total of 14 infiltrators were killed on the Syrian and Lebanese borders, things returned to normal in the Golan Heights Druze town on Monday ... Majdal Shams' restaurants, coffee houses and pubs, where the alcohol flows freely, were full. "Don't make the mistake of thinking we're part of Israel," a young local man, who would not give his name, told Haaretz. "We still feel part of the Syrian people, but at the same time we want to see change in Syria, we're waiting for democratization and liberalism," he said ... The sight of hundreds of Syrian Palestinians crossing from Syria into Majdal Shams is something people do not seem to have fully digested yet. "It's had a great emotional impact on us," Sfadi said.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/
after-nakba-day-violence-normal-life-resumes-in-majdal-shams-1.362184


Video: Israelis secure line of control inside occupied Syria
Land mine exploded when military vehicle rolled over it - so there were landmines, only luck that none of the 'infiltrators' stepped on one?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Url9CUBA2c8

Gaza -- under siege for 1,434 days

IOF soldiers fire at Palestinian farmers
KHAN YOUNIS, (PIC) 17 May -- Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened machine gun fire at Palestinian farmers in southern Gaza on Tuesday while reaping their crops, local sources said. They told the PIC reporter that the farmers were harvesting their wheat and barley crops in Abasan Al-Kabira east of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip. The sources noted that IOF soldiers opened fire from positions behind the security fence at the farmers but no casualties were reported.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd

Photographer deliberately shot by Israeli soldier during Nakba Day clashes
Reporters without Borders 17 May -- Palestinian news photographer Mohammed Othman was badly injured by a shot fired by an Israeli soldier while covering clashes between young Palestinians and Israeli troops at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel on 15 May ... Reporters Without Borders was told that Othman was clearly identifiable as a journalist at the time of the shooting and was deliberately targeted ... Two other journalists were injured during the 15 May clashes at the Beit Hanoun border crossing
http://en.rsf.org/palestinian-territories-photographer-deliberately-shot-by-17-05-2011,40293.html

300 truckloads of goods enter Gaza as siege continues
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 17 May -- Israel will permit 300 truckloads of goods and humanitarian aid to enter the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, Israeli officials informed Palestinian liaison officers.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=388417

Official: Malaysia flotilla to dock at Egypt port
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 17 May -- A Malaysian aid flotilla [actually one boat] docked in the El-Arish port after Israeli forces forbade it from reaching Gaza, port director Maj.-Gen. Jamal Abdul Maqsoud said Tuesday. The Egyptian authorities will allow the flotilla remain in post until preparations are made to transfer the goods to the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza, Abdul Maqsoud said.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=388675

New boats to be delivered to Gaza fishermen
MEMO 16 May -- The Minister of Agriculture in the Gaza Strip, Dr Mohammad Ramadan al-Agha, has announced government plans to supply 50 fishermen with fishing boats free of charge. Forty of these boats will be given to fishermen who have lost their own boats over the last year as a consequence of Israeli attacks, while 10 others will be given to the poorest Palestinians in need. The fishing boat project is being launched within the context of a wider programme to help fishermen funded by the Islamic Bank.
http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/2359

Gaza coast guards demand pay rise
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Coast guards [lifeguards] stationed along Gaza's beaches protested Tuesday, demanding a salary increase ... Coast guard spokesman Omar Ayyash told Ma‘an the workers had received many promises of pay raises, but that their wages never increased ... He added that some coast guards didn't join the strike "because they are honest and they are afraid that anyone could come to the shore and drown. So they stood there to save people's lives."
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=388546

Reprisals

Six Jerusalemites arrested following firebomb attack
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) 17 May -- Israeli policemen arrested six Palestinian young men in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday morning after firebomb attacks on a number of Israeli vehicles. The Israeli radio said that three Molotov cocktails were hurled at Israeli vehicles in the occupied holy city. It added that cars were passing near an Israeli security roadblock south of the city, adding that no injuries or damages were reported.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bc

Racism / Discrimination

Israeli police's Facebook page rife with racist comments
Haaretz 17 May -- The Israeli police's official Facebook page faces criticism after allowing a stream of offensive and racist comments to be published on its page. The police say they regularly delete inappropriate comments, and have deleted over 1,500 responses during the past three weeks. Here are some of the comments Haaretz found on the Facebook page: "We're leading the Arabushes around by the nose"; "With God's help let this be the first one killed today and not the last"; "They have to be sprayed like cockroaches"; "Every stinking SOB Muslim who dies is a holiday for me."
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/
israel-police-s-facebook-page-rife-with-racist-comments-1.362188


Why has University of Haifa banned on-campus political activity?
MK Hanin Zuabi (Balad ) canceled a scheduled lecture at the University of Haifa Sunday after the university announced it was banning on-campus political activity and called in security forces. The lecture, which would have coincided with Nakba Day, was arranged and approved by the university a month ago. Zuabi, who was invited by the Balad student association, had planned to discuss anti-Arab discrimination and other issues. MK Hanin Zuabi's appearance was canceled after being invited by the Balad student association to speak of anti-Arab discrimination during Nakba Day.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/
why-has-university-of-haifa-banned-on-campus-political-activity-1.362180


No school for 180 Sephardic girls
Ynet 17 May -- The 2011-2012 school year will open in four months, but it seems racial discrimination is already raising its ugly head: Ynet has learned that nearly 200 haredi girls in Jerusalem have yet to be admitted into educational institutions in the city, although registration has already ended. The students, most of them of Sephardic descent, make up 7% of the city's ultra-Orthodox female students and are slated to begin studying in a seminary (high school for girls) next year. Almost a year after the arrest of parents of Ashkenazi students in the community Emmanuel over local schools' discriminatory policies, it seems racial discrimination in Israel is still alive and kicking.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4069420,00.html

Political / Diplomatic / International news

Israel, Lebanon make rival UN protests over clashes
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) 17 May -- Israel and Lebanon filed rival protests to the United Nations over deadly clashes involving thousands of Palestinian demonstrators who converged on Israel's borders, diplomats said. Israel blamed Lebanon for the 10 deaths and hundreds wounded when its troops shot at the thousands of Palestinian refugees commemorating the mass displacements of 1948 ... In Lebanon, the government accused Israel of using "excessive force" against unarmed civilians.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=388397

Report: Hamas, Fatah say progress in Cairo
CAIRO (Ma‘an) 17 May -- Fatah and Hamas officials say talks in Cairo to work out the details of reconciliation have so far been positive, Egyptian media reported Tuesday.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=388398

Abbas: UN statehood bid no 'stunt'
NEW YORK (AFP) 17 May -- President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that his bid to secure international recognition for a Palestinian state was no "stunt" and would contribute to peace efforts with Israel.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=388504

PA delays local elections until October
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 17 May -- The caretaker Palestinian Authority decided Tuesday to delay municipal elections until October 22, a cabinet statement said ... Citing the 2005 elections law stipulating that elections must take place simultaneously in the West Bank and Gaza, the statement said officials concluded that it would not be possible to register all Gaza voters in time for a July vote.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=388503

'70% of Palestinians expect third intifada if talks fail'
JPost 17 May -- Palestinian poll shows one quarter oppose new intifada, 70% oppose firing rockets from Gaza; majority believes Israel interested in peace deal.  A vast majority of Palestinians expects an eruption of a third intifada if Israeli-Palestinian peace talks reach an impasse, according to the results of a public opinion poll published on Tuesday. The poll, which was conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion [PCPO], also showed that nearly 80% of Palestinians supported the recent reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah.
http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=220974


Arafat adviser: Mitchell resigned over deputy's 'bias'
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 17 May -- A political adviser to the late president Yasser Arafat issued a statement Tuesday, alleging that US Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell resigned because of the "extreme bias" of his deputy Dennis Ross. Bassam Abu Shareef said Ross obstructed all US initiatives aiming to achieve progress in the peace process ... The official paraphrased comments he said were made by Mitchell during a meeting, where he asked: "How can Dennis Ross assist in the peace process when he refuses to meet with the Palestinians, when he despises their leadership and hates their president?"
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=388408

Israel-Turkey ties threatened by new Gaza flotilla
ISTANBUL (AFP) 17 May -- A new aid flotilla aiming to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip threatens to deal a fresh blow to Turkish-Israeli ties, a year after a bloody Israeli seizure of a Turkish activist ship. Bilateral relations remain stuck in crisis after several fence-mending meetings between the one-time allies over the past year failed to yield results, a Turkish diplomat told AFP.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=388574

Davutoğlu refuses withdrawal of Turkey from UN's Gaza flotilla panel
ANKARA - Anatolia News Agency 17 May -- Despite its dissatisfaction with how a U.N. inquiry into an Israeli flotilla raid is progressing, it is out of the question for Turkey to withdraw from the panel, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Tuesday. “Talks continue. However, our reaction will not be positive if a stance contradicting the U.N. report of last year is taken,” Davutoğlu told a TV program.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=
davutoglu-refuses-withdrawal-of-turkey-from-un8217s-gaza-flotilla-panel-2011-05-17


Shaath: Slovenia to recognize Palestine before September
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 17 May -- Slovenia has promised to recognize an independent state of Palestine before September, a Fatah official said Tuesday. Nabil Sha‘ath met with the Slovenian president and others during a visit to Slovenia heading a delegation of Fatah leaders.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=388711

PA: Palestine may join Gulf Cooperation Council
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 17 May -- Palestine may join the Gulf Cooperation Council when it establishes its statehood, a Palestinian Authority official said Monday. PA cabinet chief Naim Abul Huomos said joining the council was important on political, economic and geographic levels. Jordan's decision to join the GCC encouraged officials to seriously consider the move, he added.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=388454

Other news

Tel Aviv University promotes pro-Israeli delegations to international campuses
AIC 17 May -- An invitation to an information meeting about 'pro-Israel' student delegations was sent by the secretariat of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Political Communications to all of its graduates on Monday (16 May). The invitation, sent from an official Tel Aviv University email account, invites recipients who may be "interested in taking part in this important work" to attend a meeting about a new Israeli student initiative, "What is Rael," "which aspires to act for the good of the branding and public diplomacy of Israel on university campuses abroad, which are strongholds of anti-Israeli actions."
http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/topics/economy-of-the-occupation/3603

Watch: Former IDF soldiers reveal nature of the occupation / Mairav Zonszein
972mag 16 May -- Breaking the Silence, the organization of former Israeli soldiers who literally  'break their silence ' by sharing experiences from their military service and exposing the IDF to criticism, launched a video campaign on YouTube this week in which soldiers are seen identifying themselves for the first time in front of the camera ... Here is another video of a former border policewoman. Yesterday, BTS’ website was hacked and it was impossible to access it for most of the day. But now it is back up.
http://972mag.com/breaking-the-silence-launches-video-campaign/


Former Israeli soldiers break the silence on military violations / Harriet Sherwood
Guardian 16 May -- Testimonies posted on YouTube by campaign group describe routine harassment and humiliation of Palestinian civilians
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/16/former-israeli-soldiers-break-silence

Jaffa gang suspected of plotting to kill sheikh, blame rightists for crime
Haaretz 17 May -- Attorney Gur Finkelstein, who represents the Scientology Center in Israel, was detained several weeks for allegedly hiring this gang to help him with his own criminal endeavors -- Israel Police forces have uncovered a Jaffa-based gang allegedly behind a series of attacks and attempted assassinations in the Tel Aviv area, including a plot to kill a senior sheikh of a local mosque, it was revealed after a gag order was lifted on Tuesday. Those mobsters are suspected of plotting to plant an explosive device at the Hassan Bek Mosque in Jaffa after Friday prayers, to kill a senior sheikh.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/
jaffa-gang-suspected-of-plotting-to-kill-sheikh-blame-rightists-for-crime-1.362301


Analysis / Opinion / Interviews / Reviews

For Palestinians, every day is Nakba Day / Bradley Burston
Haaretz 17 May -- ...This year, a third day of remembrance fell exactly a week later. It was Nakba Day, commemorating the displacement and dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs from their homes in the 1948 war that established the state of Israel, and the ensuing loss of hundreds of their villages effectively erased by the Jewish state. It may be fair to assume that Nakba Day is not for the millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Gaza, in West Bank camps, in Lebanon and Syria and Chile and San Francisco. For them, every single day is Nakba Day. No, Nakba Day is for the rest of us, who go through our lives thinking that we can afford not to give it a second thought. And so it is that Israel's government - in its zeal to blot out the very concept of the Nakba, in its paralysis in the face of an unprecedented Palestinian drive for statehood, in its inability to anticipate a Facebook-organized mass march past minefields and razor wire and assault-rifle bullets on a northern border -- has inadvertently but irrevocably established 2011 as the Year of the Nakba ... What we stand to learn from the three memorial days, each of them singular but all three intertwined, is that we remain, both Arab and Jew, prisoners of our own narratives.
http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/
a-special-place-in-hell/for-palestinians-every-day-is-nakba-day-1.362322


Interview with Milad Ayyash's sister
PalMon 17 May -- Some have called him the first martyr of the Third Intifada. Milad Ayyash, who was shot to death last Friday, 13 May -- two days before the anniversary of the 63rd Palestinian Nakba -- was 17 when he died. His sister told Palestine Monitor that on the day he died, Milad woke early to spray-paint on a wall outside his house, "Palestine is Free on May 15th." ... Palestine Monitor spoke with one of Milad's two sisters, Waed Ayyash, 24, in the Ayyash home in Ras al-Amud. Four days after her brother’s death, Waed says everything still feels like a dream.
http://www.palestinemonitor.org/spip/spip.php?article1817

The long overdue Palestinian state / Mahmoud Abbas
NYTimes 16 May -- Ramallah, West Bank -- SIXTY-THREE years ago, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was forced to leave his home in the Galilean city of Safed and flee with his family to Syria. He took up shelter in a canvas tent provided to all the arriving refugees. Though he and his family wished for decades to return to their home and homeland, they were denied that most basic of human rights. That child’s story, like that of so many other Palestinians, is mine. This month, however, as we commemorate another year of our expulsion -- which we call the nakba, or catastrophe -- the Palestinian people have cause for hope: this September, at the United Nations General Assembly, we will request international recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 border and that our state be admitted as a full member of the United Nations.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/17/opinion/17abbas.html?_r=1&hp

Netanyahu: Abbas is distorting known historical facts
Reuters/Haaretz 17 May -- Responding to Palestinian PM's New York Times op-ed, PM says Palestinian leadership sees establishment of independent state as a way to continue the conflict with Israel, rather than end it.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/
netanyahu-abbas-is-distorting-known-historical-facts-1.362362


Here comes your nonviolent resistance
Economist 17 May -- For many years now, we've heard American commentators bemoan the violence of the Palestinian national movement. If only Palestinians had learned the lessons of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, we hear, they'd have had their state long ago. Surely no Israeli government would have violently suppressed a non-violent Palestinian movement of national liberation seeking only the universally recognised right of self-determination ... Palestinian commentators and organisers, including Fadi Elsalameen and Moustafa Barghouthi, have spent the last couple of years pointing out that these complaints resolutely ignore the actual and growing Palestinian non-violent resistance movement ...  In any case, if you're among those who have made the argument that Israelis would give Palestinians a state if only the Palestinians would learn to employ Ghandhian tactics of non-violent protest, it appears your moment of truth has arrived.
http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2011/05/israel_and_palestine_0

Palestinian collaborator: 'I am a traitor. I sold my people. But for what?' / Harriet Sherwood
Guardian 17 May -- New film The Collaborator and his Family charts informant's dark struggle to make fresh start in Israel ... His story is not unique, and not even unusual. A report last year by the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel estimated that 6,000 Palestinian collaborators and their families have moved to Israel but not been given adequate protection or proper status, and have essentially been abandoned by the security establishment to which they passed information.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/view-
from-jerusalem-with-harriet-sherwood/2011/may/17/israel-palestinian-territories
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