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    Netanyahu "trying to justify Israeli aggression by exaggerating Palestinian capabilities"

    In a rare example of Middle East honesty about military capability, the military wing of Hamas has suggested that Benjamin Netanyahu is exaggerating the weaponry available to the resistance movement in an effort to justify Israeli aggression against the people of Gaza. According to the Israeli Prime Minister, the...
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    UN admits that breaking the deadlock in negotiations has become "difficult"

    A UN official has said that the UN and the other members of the Middle East Quartet are looking at the possibility of holding a high-level meeting to discuss ways to revive the direct negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Assistant UN Secretary General for Political Affairs Oscar...
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    Sephardi leader Yosef: Non-Jews exist to serve Jews

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Sephardic leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in his weekly Saturday night sermon said that non-Jews exist to serve Jews. "Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world; only to serve the People of Israel," he said during a...
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    Palestinians continue to recycle iron from bombed out buildings

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES These bombed out shells were once tourist hotels; the Al-Jazeera and the Shihab Plus, before they were targeted by Israeli F-16 fighter jets during the 2008/2009 Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip. As a result of the continuing blockade on Gaza following the war and Israeli restriction...
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    Israel "arrests 3 students from Al-Najah National University"

    Reports from Solidarity International Foundation for Human Rights claim that Israel carried out three dawn arrests on 21st October. The human rights body says that Israeli forces stormed a number of homes in the city of Nablus before arresting three students from Al-Najah National University. Those arrested were Ibrahim...
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    International action on peace halted until after US mid-term election

    A senior Fatah official has ruled out any effective international or American action on the deadlocked peace negotiations until after the US mid-term election. Nabil Shaath, a member of Fatah's foreign relations and central committee, said that no efforts will be made before the middle of November at the...
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    Israel's possession of nuclear weapons is a threat to peace and security claims OIC head

    The head of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference has emphasised the need for continuing efforts towards nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu stressed that this needs a comprehensive approach, with measures that ensure equality, non-discrimination and balance. In a speech to a non-proliferation forum held in Cairo on...
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    Hamas welcomes Yemeni and South African initiatives for reconciliation

    The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has welcomed Yemeni and South African initiatives for Palestinian reconciliation. A senior spokesman for Hamas, Ismail Radwan, told the media, "The Yemeni and South African initiatives reflect those countries' concerns for the Palestinian issue and the restoration of national unity." He said that his...
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    Viva Palestina 5 breaks the siege and enters Gaza

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURESAfter five weeks on the road through France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Syria, the Viva Palestina 5 aid convoy entered Gaza yesterday (21 October). Made up of almost 150 vehicles, 370 people from 30 different countries and $5 million of aid, the convoy entered the besieged Gaza Strip...
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    Israel keeps Silwan under siege and arrests 5 minors

    Israel has arrested underage Palestinians from the Silwan district in Occupied Jerusalem. Sources in the area say that security forces raided a number of homes at dawn, arresting five minors, the oldest of whom is 17 years. The Israeli occupation authorities are keeping Silwan in the grip of a...
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    Israel reopens main entrance to Salfit following seven years of closure

    The Israeli occupation authorities have decided to reopen the main entrance to the city of Salfit in the northern West Bank. The entrance will open next week after being closed for seven years; initially, only buses will be allowed through. The announcement was made in a written statement by...
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    Netanyahu may offer "security facilitation" in return for negotiations during settlement construction

    Israeli media reports say that the Israeli prime minister is considering an offer of "security facilitation" to the Palestinian Authority in return for a resumption of direct negotiations during "limited settlement activity". According to Radio Israel on 24th October, Benjamin Netanyahu plans to mention this proposal to US President...
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    Israelis release Hatem Abdel Qader on bail

    The Fatah official responsible for Jerusalem affairs was released on bail on Monday night (25th October). Hatem Abdel Qader had been summoned to Al-Maskoubia Police Station in West Jerusalem to answer charges of breaching a military order prohibiting him from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque. His bail was set at NIS...
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    Draft bill claims Jerusalem as a "Jewish priority" and "the eternal capital of Israel"

    The Israel Ministerial Legislation Committee has approved a proposed bill which will declare Jerusalem to be a "Jewish first grade national priority area". This will in turn entail the approval of a series of laws aimed to Judaise even further the Holy City. The bill is designed to allocate...
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    Legal group launched supporting Freedom Flotilla victims to bring Israel to justice

    International legal experts and lawyers have announced the formation of a legal group which intends to bring Israel to justice for its attack on the Freedom Flotilla in May. The founders of the Flotilla Justice Group stated that they will coordinate efforts to get justice for the victims of...
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    Relatives of Palestinian prisoners stage protest against strip searches

    TulkaremRelatives of Palestinian prisoners from the Tulkarem area have held a sit-in protest against what they call "humiliation and abuse" from Israeli soldiers, including strip searches. The group have called on the International Committee of the Red Cross to intervene immediately to bring an end to the arbitrary procedures...
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    Israeli industry creates environmental and health disaster

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Below are pictures of the Israeli factory of Gheishuri located at the entrance to southern Tulkarem and the town of Artah. Palestinian residents of Artah live no more than a few metres from the factory which produces agricultural insecticides and paint. Consequently, residents suffer from the effects...
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    Prime Minister Haniyeh meets with French delegation in Gaza

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Palestinian Prime Minister has met with a French delegation at his offices in the Gaza Strip, including former French ambassador Stéphane Frédéric Hessel, one of those who drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Regis Debray, an adviser on foreign affairs to former President Francoise...
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    Tel Aviv to begin building "security barrier" on border with Egypt

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled plans for a security barrier running along the borders of Egypt and the 1948 occupied Palestinian territories by the beginning of next month, November. At a meeting of the Israeli cabinet meeting for Security and Political Affairs that took place on Wednesday, October...
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    The Samaritans celebrate Sukkot

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURESThe Samaritans living in the Palestinian Territories are one of the smallest and oldest communities in the world. They number no more than 743 individuals half of whom live at the summit of Mount Gerizim in the city of Nablus while the other half live in the Holon...
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    Netanyahu cancels meeting scheduled with Obama for next week

    Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has confirmed that this coming Sunday he will embark on an official visit to the US during which he will be attending "the Conference of American Jewish Organisations" and on the side lines will also meet with US Vice President, Joe Biden. During a...
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    The Ramallah Government: church torching by settlers was response to UNESCO decision

    The Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Information has expressed that they consider the recent burning of a Christian church in occupied Jerusalem by a group of Jewish settlers a "response to decisions made by the UN organisation for education, culture and science, UNESCO, the most recent of which was its...
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    Wedding extravaganza for Gaza's war wounded

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Families in Gaza had something to celebrate over the weekend – a wedding extravaganza for the young men left wounded after the Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip in 2008/2009. The large scale wedding ceremony was held in Gaza City and was organised by the Marriage Facilitation...
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    Meridor cancels visit to UK

    Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Intelligence and Atomic Energy Minister Dan Meridor is the latest Israeli official who has reportedly had to cancel his plans to come to the UK after being warned that he could be subject to an arrest warrant if he sets foot on British soil....
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    Report reveals that 121 Palestinian detainees have been "tortured"

    A report issued by the Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, B'Tselem, has revealed that more than 100 Palestinian detainees in Shin Bet's Petach Tikva detention centre have been subjected to "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and torture". According to B'Tselem, 121 detainees are kept...
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    Report: Settlers kill 3 Palestinian children and wound scores of others over a 2 year period

    An international human rights foundation has confirmed that Palestinian children have become "a target of attack from groups of extremist Jewish settlers". In a report entitled 'Under attack: Settler violence against Palestinian children in the occupied territories', the Palestinians branch of the Global Movement for the Defence of Children...
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    The Occupation banned Adhan at Al Ibrahimi Mosque 54 times last month

    The Israeli Occupation authorities banned the Muslim call to prayer (Adhan) at Hebron's Al-Ibrahimi Mosque 54 times in the month of October. Palestinian sources said that the Occupation banned the Adhan at Al Ibrahimi Mosque on the pretext of disturbing settlers celebrating Jewish feasts. Hebron's Endowments Director Zeid Al Jaabari denounced...
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    Israeli reconnaissance aircraft bombs civilian vehicle in Gaza City

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Gaza's National Security and Ministry of Interior have said that in the incident which occurred before noon today (03.11.2010), a civilian car was bombed by Israeli reconnaissance planes flying over the Strip. The incident occurred on the western side of the passport security headquarters in Central Gaza. In...
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    Islamists boycott Najah University election after PA arrests supporters

    Islamist students at Najah University in the occupied West Bank have said that they will boycott the Student Council election because the Palestinian Authority security forces control the university and have detained a large number of the bloc's supporters. The Islamists have called upon other students in the city...
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    Israel freezes relations with UNESCO

    The Israeli government has announced that it is freezing relations and cooperation with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The decision was announced by Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister because UNESCO has rejected the Zionist state's listing of the Ibrahimi and Bilal Bin Rabah Mosques as "Jewish heritage...
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    Israel arrested over 345 Palestinians in October, including 140 children

    A report released by the Supreme National Committee for the Support of Prisoners, has confirmed that last month, forces of the Israeli Occupation arrested more than 345 Palestinian citizens from various parts of the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip including 130 children and two women. This is...
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    Effects of the siege on Palestinians intensify as Eid approaches

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The effects of Israel's siege on the Gaza Strip are causing Palestinians significant suffering as they prepare for the Eid al-Adha festival next week. Israel's economic embargo of the sector, which is now in its fourth year, prevents trade or the purchase of goods from outside the...
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    Westerwelle speaks out against Gaza siege

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURESGerman Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, has stressed the need to completely lift the four year Israeli imposed siege on the Gaza Strip. At a news conference after a tour of a water treatment project financed by the German government, Mr Westerwelle asserted that the embargo weakened moderate forces...
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    Al-Aqsa imam condemns Israel's policy of demolishing mosques

    Dr Yusuf Juma Salama, a preacher at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, has denounced the demolition of the El Sahwa mosque in the Negev by Israeli forces on Sunday and called for the policy of destroying mosques to be halted. In a written statement, Sheikh Salama, who is the...
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    Delegation of Islamic deputies meets with British parliamentarians

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Yesterday (08.11.2010), a group of British parliamentarians and journalists on a tour of Palestine met with a delegation of Islamic deputies at their offices in Ramallah. The British visit aimed to explore the latest developments in Palestine. The delegation of deputies was led by the head of...
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    Haaretz: Israel's list of wanted West Bank 'terrorists' dwindles to almost nil thanks to coordination with the PA

    Israeli media sources have reported that Israel's "West Bank most-wanted terrorist list has dwindled to almost nil" for the first time since the outbreak of the Aqsa Intifada in 2000. In its Monday (8.11.2010) issue, Haaretz claimed that the fact that Israel's list of wanted Palestinians is "almost nil" is...
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    Israel re-arrests West Bank Deputy, Mahmoud Al-Ramahi

    At dawn this morning (10.11.2010), Israeli forces arrested the Secretary-General of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr Mahmoud Al-Ramahi, from his West Bank home in the City of Al Bira. According to sources, heavily armed forces surrounded Al-Ramahi's home in the pre-dawn hours before storming it and taking him into...
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    John Ging: Conditions in Gaza have not changed since Israel declared it would ease the blockade

    The Director of Operation for the UN Relief and Works Agency in the Gaza Strip, John Ging, has confirmed that "no tangible change" has occurred to the lives of Gaza's people since Israel announced it would ease its economic blockade of the Strip last June. Israel's announcement that it...
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    Al-Khatib: Sheikh Salah's trial is "political"

    Sheikh Kamal al-Khatib has confirmed that the trial of Sheikh Raed Salah is a political trial unrelated to the judgement or to justice. He also stressed that in the wake of the massacre on the 'Freedom Flotilla', a programmed Zionist attack on the Arab members of the Knesset and...
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    Ashkenazi complains of Zionists dodging military service

    The Israeli Army Chief of Staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, has called for all young people who hold what he called 'citizenship' in Israel, to be compelled into doing 'military service' for the state. This call follows a rise in the phenomenon of Zionist youths evading conscription into the army. During...
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    Gaza children set world record

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURESThe Gaza Strip entered the Guinness Book of Records on Thursday 22 July when 7000 children simultaneously dribbled basketballs for five minutes. The event took place in the now unused Gaza airport, east of Rafah and was sponsored by UNRWA, with children coming from all over the Gaza...
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    Israeli forces completely destroy village in the Negev desert

    This morning (27.07.2010), Israeli forces embarked on the total destruction of al-Araqeeb village in the Negev desert. The village was cordoned off and its inhabitants expelled before demolitions began. All 45 homes in the village were bulldozed and the village itself has been was wiped from existence. Al-Araqeeb, one...
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    Palestinian prisoners protest inhumane Israeli punishment

    The Ministry of Prisoner Affairs for the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah has warned of an 'explosion' of the situation within Israeli prisons, given the systemic conduct of collective punishment of detainees exercised in most Israeli jails. In a press release issued on Monday (26.07.2010), the ministry stated that...
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    White phosphorus burns

    (The Lancet) In January, 2009, an 18-year-old man presented to the emergency department after suffering an attack with an incendiary shell. He had many painful patches of full-thickness burns, which were surrounded by sloughed tissue. His wounds covered 30% of his body surface area, and were distributed on both...
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    Warning of plot to assassinate Sheikh Raed Salah in prison

    The Deputy Leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel ("1948-occupied Palestines") has issued a warning of an Israeli plot to kill the movement's leader, Shaikh Raed Salah, while the latter is in an Israeli jail. Shaikh Kamal Al-Khatib's warning was quoted on a website dedicated to prisoners' affairs: "There...
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    British Prime Minister's statement on the Gaza siege is "a step in the right direction"

    The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has called the British Prime Minister's statement about the Gaza Strip "a step in the right direction". David Cameron described Gaza as a "prison camp" in a speech in Ankara. In a written statement, Hamas spokesman in Gaza Fawzi Barhom called on "David Cameron...
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    Graduation Day in Gaza

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURESThe Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) has held a special graduation ceremony for its male and female students. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Jamal Al-Khodary, MP, said that the university's vision is to stimulate students towards excellence and innovation, especially at a time when the education...
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    OIC office damaged in Israeli attack

    The branch office of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference in Gaza was damaged during Israel's attack on the territory on 31 July. Offices belonging to a number of NGOs were also affected by the latest Israeli raid, when the windows of a six-storey building occupied by civil and...
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    Israeli settlers escalate attacks on civilians' property

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES On Friday, 30 July, a group of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian fields in the town of Burin in the West Bank. They set the fields on fire and assaulted a number of citizens who attempted to defend their land. Hundreds of dunums (one dunum equals 1,000 square...
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    Israel completes preparations for another attack on Gaza

    By Hasan Mawasi and Jamal Jamal Jerusalem-Gaza A Hebrew-language newspaper has claimed that the Israeli Defence Forces have completed their preparations for another attack on Gaza. Yedioth Ahronoth reports that the IDF has made such preparations in the event that the situation escalates in the south of the country....