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    EC has "limited resources" to pay for fuel for Gaza

    The European Commission’s decision last month to stop buying diesel for Gaza’s only power station means that the beleaguered territory will soon have no central power source for everyday activities. According to Rafeeq Maliha, director of the Gaza power station, without the intervention of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the...
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    Terror is the price of support for despots and dictators

    By Seumas MilneThe Guardian, Thursday 7 January 2010 Egypt’s complicity in the Gaza’s siege underlines the role of western support for such regimes in the spread of war If an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor had gone on hunger strike in support of a besieged people in another part of the...
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    Reviving the peace process: will it work?

    The source of the latest (but almost certainly not the last) attempt to revive the so-called “peace process” is shrouded in mystery. Egyptian officials claim that they kicked it off; an Israeli newspaper, Maariv, reports that it is a US initiative. The reality, of course, is that the source...
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    Loyalty to Sheikh Ra’ed Salah

    Dr Abdel Sattar QassemProfessor of Political studies, Al Najah National University An Israeli court has sentenced Sheikh Ra’ed Salah to nine months in prison for taking part in a “disturbance” at Al-Aqsa Mosque in February 2007. Sheikh Ra’ed, who is the head of the Islamic Movement in northern Israel,...
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    Egypt/Palestine: The Wall of Shame

    By Tariq Ramadan It is common knowledge that the Palestinians have long been direct victims of the directionless, spineless and hypocritical polices of the Arab leadership. It is equally common knowledge that the State of Israel need make no effort to impose its vision, its methods and its objectives....
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    The planned land swap: a legal, geographic and political transgression

    By Dr. Salman Abu Sitta Newspaper columns are currently busy with commentaries on Arab, Israeli and US diplomatic moves suggesting new initiatives in the peace process, which died some time ago (although nobody has signed the death certificate yet). These attempts to resuscitate the process will not bring it back...
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    Did Hamas carry out a coup in Gaza in 2007?

    By Khalid Amayreh Ellen Rosser, Professor of English and a veteran peace activist, maintained an office in downtown Gaza from September 2006 to June 2007. During that period she was an eyewitness to the events which eventually culminated in the violent clashes between Fatah and Hamas in the summer...
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    Haiti - Gaza

    By Dr Bothaina Shaaban Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, a number of commentators have drawn attention to Israel’s brazen efforts to use aid to the stricken country to “hide its ugly face in Gaza”. That was how Akeiva Aldar described the obverse of “Israel’s sympathy with Haiti” in...
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    Israel is stealing Palestinian water

    By Nabil Sahli Recent reports have highlighted the acute water shortage facing Palestinian towns and villages in the West Bank and Bethlehem in particular – and noted that the average Israeli settler consumes six times more water than the average Palestinian. This is despite the latter’s rights to the sources...
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    Time stands still in Gaza

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURESIt is over a year since Israel ended its brutal attack on Gaza during Operation Cast Lead, yet it appears that time stands still. The scars left by 22 days of land, naval and aerial bombardment and invasion remain fresh. More than 15,000 homes were destroyed or severely...
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    Russia's relations with Hamas: a win-win situation

    The political leader of Hamas, Khalid Meshal, has visited Russia and held meetings with senior officials, led by Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov. This is the third visit of a senior leader of Hamas since the movement’s victory in the 2006 elections and comes sandwiched between the visit to...
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    "Doha Forum" sidesteps maltreatment of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

    To many analysts President Obama’s appointment of a special US envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) was only another item of window-dressing. On the burning issues that affect Muslim peoples worldwide the administration remains evasive at best and in denial at worst. While the just concluded “Doha...
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    'With friends like these ...'

    By Ibrahim Hewitt, for Al Jazeera EnglishSenior Editor of the Middle East Monitor Allegations that the Israeli secret service, Mossad, was behind the killing of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai are gaining strength. The accusation originated with Hamas after the 49-year-old was found dead in a hotel in...
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    “War council” in Damascus

    By Abdel Bari Atwan The tripartite meeting held in Damascus last week included Syrian President Bashar al-Asad and his Iranian guest Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as well as Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hizbullah in Lebanon. The three came together as a “war council” to discuss plans, roles and functions in the...
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    The Egyptian Paradox: Gas at subsidised prices for Israel; a steel wall for Gaza

    Reports from Egypt claim that shortages of gas canisters led to riots in the country in January and February. The complaints of the people were exacerbated by the controversial sale of natural gas by Egypt to Israel, increasing dissatisfaction with the Egyptian government. Oil expert Ibrahim Zahran told the...
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    Forty cities around the world observe “Israeli Apartheid Week”

    By Omar Radwan This week is the sixth annual “Israeli Apartheid Week”, a series of events including lectures, film screenings, workshops, rallies and other activities highlighting Israel’s ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people. The focus is mainly on Israel’s denial of the right of return for Palestinian refugees, its...
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    Dispatches: The Children of Gaza

    Putting a human face to the tragedy – Re-igniting the call for accountability On Monday 15th March Channel 4 aired an episode of Dispatches entitled “The Children of Gaza”. It focused on the lives of a few of the children living in that small strip of Palestinian land whose...
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    On the absurdity of a "Palestinian incitement index"

    A common blueprint of Israeli hasbara, or official propaganda, is to deflect criticism of its actions in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip by stressing that within the 1948 boundaries, it is a model of democracy incomparable to other societies in the Middle East. The reality however is...
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    UN’s Richard Falk under attack again – from the Palestinian Authority

    By Omar Radwan The United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Richard Falk, has come under renewed attack in recent days.  Professor Falk’s remit is to monitor Israeli violations of human rights in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for the UN Human...
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    Fahmi Shabana and evidence of corruption in the PA

    Dr. Abdel Sattar Qassem As soon as Fahmi Shabana appeared on Israeli television to offer details of the evidence he has about corruption among officials of the Palestinian Authority, a campaign rolled into action accusing him of being a Zionist collaborator bent on distorting the image of those who...
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    Fayyad 'courage' and Abbas 'excuses'

    By Abdel Bari Atwan The Palestinian scene is full of paradoxes and strange situations which are difficult to understand, but the past few days have witnessed two major issues that cannot be ignored: the first is Palestinian Prime Minister Dr. Salam Fayyad’s speech at the Herzliya Conference in Israel;...
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    Why is the PA so reticent about Shabaneh's revelations?

    By Khalid Amayreh in RamallahSexual and financial corruption is “rampant” throughout the Palestinian Authority (PA), according to Fahmi Shabaneh. The former PA intelligence official has made these grave allegations in an interview in the Jerusalem Post, and again on Israeli TV Channel 10. The leadership, claims Shabaneh, knows about...
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    Silencing Palestinian voices in Jerusalem

    By Omar RadwanLast week, the Israeli Ministry of Interior issued Palestinian geographer Khalil al-Tafakji with a six-month travel ban. Tafakji’s activities are largely confined to surveying and cartography, he is not a politician.  However, his work has created major obstacles for Israel’s plans to Judaize the city of Jerusalem and...
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    Sewage collapse threatens health of Palestinians in Gaza

    Palestinians in Gaza have a lot to contend with, especially since the war launched by the Israeli Occupiers just over a year ago. With the loss of more than 1,400 Palestinian lives, most of whom were women and children, the near total destruction of whatever little infrastructure that remained...
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    The custodian of Al-Aqsa imprisoned yet again; but who is Sheikh Raed Salah?

    By Yassir ZaatraOn Wednesday 13 January, an Israeli court sentenced Sheikh Raed Salah to nine months in jail with an additional six months suspended for inciting protests and “assaulting a police officer”, to whom Sheikh Salah was ordered to pay 7,500 Shekels in compensation. It is well-known that he...
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    Post-Mabhouh, are we seeing the first signs of world opinion turning against Israel?

    By Nasha’at Halabi Despite last year’s Israeli invasion of Gaza and the strong evidence that war crimes and crimes against humanity had been committed by the Israeli armed forces, to-date the world has not gone so far as to condemn the Israelis outright. The Zionist political and media machines...
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    The goodwill of a truly international convoy

    By Dr Hanan Chehata The Viva Palestina (VP) Convoy 2009/10 brought together an extremely diverse group of people with at least seventeen countries represented. Citizens of Australia, Poland, Belgium, Dominica, Iran, Ireland and a whole host of other countries and from all walks of life took part in what...
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    MEMO Exclusive - Gaza is still standing with dignity

    By Ismail Haniyeh That the elected government in Gaza still enjoys the popular support of its people is a mark of the failure of Israel’s criminal blockade and war launched one year ago. Today, our people enjoy the support of millions throughout the world; thousands of them are knocking...
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    GAZA: COUNTDOWN TO GENOCIDE

    By Sonja Karkar Australians for PalestineWomen for Palestine They came one cold December day. Not fearless warriors but fearsome hoardes hell-bent on destruction of the genocidal kind that leaves no room for regeneration. That was one year ago in Gaza. The attack shocked a complacent world into finally seeing...
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    The rising numbers of deformed babies caused by the War on Gaza

    By Senussi Bsaikri The suffering of Gaza’s population did not stop with the end of the war waged by Israel on the civilian population of the territory earlier this year, and it does not seem that it will end soon. Recent scientific analyses have shown that the war was...
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    Christians in Jerusalem Want Jews to Stop Spitting on Them

    A few weeks ago, a senior Greek Orthodox clergyman in Israel attended a meeting at a government office in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul quarter. When he returned to his car, an elderly man wearing a skullcap came and knocked on the window. When the clergyman let the window down, the...
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    The Musa’ab Yousuf Story: a classic example of Israeli disinformation

    By Khalid Amayreh In addition to its protracted war of terror against the Palestinian people, Israel has long waged an unrelenting campaign of psychological warfare against the Palestinian will, aimed at debilitating the domestic front across the occupied territories. The Israeli media, which often operates in sync with the...
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    Who is hindering Palestinian reconciliation?

    After months of intense diplomatic efforts reconciliation between the two biggest Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, remains elusive. Egypt, the convenor, and the Palestinian Authority (PA), both lay the blame on Hamas for their failure to reach an agreement. Cairo says that Hamas has refused to sign the reconciliation...
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    Out of control Israel does its best to provoke a third Intifada

    A people can only take so much abuse and violence before they finally snap. Israel knows this and it has been doing its utmost recently to provoke another popular uprising by the Palestinians. The constant stream of arrests of innocent citizens; the illegal and immoral house demolitions; the construction...
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    Israel's new war on Islamic sites

    By Dr Daud Abdullah, for Al Jazeera EnglishDirector of the Middle East Monitor In a move that appears to be a celebration of the 16th anniversary of the massacre of 29 worshippers by the terrorist Baruch Goldstein, the Israeli government has proclaimed that the Ibrahimi Mosque in Khalil (Hebron)...
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    Does criticism "de-legitimise" Israel?

    By Omar Radwan There has been much concern in Israel recently about alleged efforts by individuals and groups in the West to “de-legitimise” Israel. The Reut Institute, an Israeli think tank, has published a report entitled “Eroding Israel’s Legitimacy in the International Arena”, cataloguing actions targeting Israel undertaken by...
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    A Reading into the Conditions of Arab Women in Israel

    By Yoseph OudaSince the declaration of the state of Israel in 1948, Israel has exercised racist policies against minorities living within its borders. This naturally contravenes the democratic principles it claims to pursue and uphold as a way of life. Nevertheless, it continues to consider itself the only democratic...
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    British Suspect disappears from his Kibbutz

    The Israeli newspaper “Yediot Ahronot” reports on the disappearance of one of the individuals whose name appears on the list of those thought to have perpetrated the assassination of the Hamas leader Mahmoud Mabhouh… A correspondent from the newspaper visited the Kibbutz Givat Ha’shlosha where the man named James...
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    Holocaust remembrance is a boon for Israeli propaganda

    By Gideon LevyIsrael’s bigwigs attacked at dawn on a wide front.. The president in Germany, the prime minister with a giant entourage in Poland, the foreign minister in Hungary, his deputy in Slovakia, the culture minister in France, the information minister at the United Nations, and even the Likud...
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    Purity of arms?

    Boycotts don’t work. At least that’s what we are told by Israel’s apologists whenever the topic of a cultural, academic or trade boycott is mentioned. It was with great interest, therefore, that I read an obscure little article in the Daily Telegraph: “Israeli army calls for boycott over model’s...
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    Power struggle over opposition leadership; Netanyahu manoeuvres to benefit

    It is no secret that the power struggle within Israeli politics has taken a sharp turn recently. The picture is not bright for the Israelis as the conflict’s intensity reflects contradictions within the Israeli state and indicates clearly the magnitude of the challenges ahead. The struggle that has dominated...
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    Briefly Concerning Jerusalem

    Dr Azmi Bishara Jerusalem has changed drastically in recent decades. There is no doubt that anyone who was born there before 1967 and went to visit today would find a completely different city. This is the physical reality of a political fact that paved the way for the letter...
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    Is Israel preparing for a new war on Gaza?

    By Senussi Bsaikri Although its major offensive on the Gaza Strip ended in January, Israel’s sporadic attacks have not stopped. Early last Sunday Israeli aircrafts launched raids on targets in the Gaza Strip, wounding seven Palestinians and destroying many buildings. The army justified its aggressive action claiming that a...
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    A media reading of recent Jewish fatwas on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

    By Senussi Bsaikri Media and human rights sources have expressed their outrage at the teshuvah (Jewish legal opinion, literally a “response”) of the Israeli Sanhedrin (Rabbis’ council) to kill Palestinian prisoners and kidnap elected members of the Palestinian legislature. The Sanhedrin was prompted to issue this opinion by news...
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    Israel feels tarnished as critics apply apartheid tag

    It might have seemed like just another United Nations report among the hundreds cranked out every year, and just another UN resolution from the international resolution factory. But to some leading Israelis, including some in the Israeli Government, it has awakened fears of a new encirclement, a new isolation,...
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    A Summary of: Israel In the grip of religious Zionists

    The overwhelming majority of officers who attended the Annual Conference of High Officers in the Israeli army convened recently, are religious Zionists. Former director of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) Military Intelligence Shlomo Gazit considers the photos of religious high-ranking generals on Israeli TV as they were moving around...
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    "A Monument of Enslavement" - Israel's Apartheid Wall proves that nothing has been learnt from the Berlin Wall era.

    On 9th November 1989, the wall that had divided East and West Germany for more than 28 years was finally torn down. The creation of the Berlin Wall had a disastrous effect physically, mentally and symbolically on the lives of millions of Germans and countless others around the globe....
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    Israel's European Lobby

    by Maidhc Ó Cathail(Wednesday, October 28, 2009) “The influence the Israel Lobby wields in Washington has ensured that the United States has long been complicit in Israel’s barbarism. And if the Lobby gets it way in Brussels, so too will the European Union.” In their 2006 article “The Israel...
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    Why Israel Always Prevails

    A Crisis in U.S. / Israeli Relations? Sure. But…Why Israel Always Prevails By Jeffrey Blankroft If the State Department had issued travel advisory warnings to US government officials about to travel to Israel, Vice President Joe Biden would have no doubt ignored them. A better friend to Israel could not...
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    Will Netanyahu Succeed in Mobilizing the Jewish Lobby against the Obama Administration?

    US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, pre-empted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the annual conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) by warning of the consequences of continued settlement building on the interests of both the US and Jews. Netanyahu, however, remained implacably committed to Israel’s...