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  • Hamas leader admits 'Palestinian' identity is invented [Of course Gingrich is right]

    04/08/2012 6:43:38 PM PDT · by Milagros · 7 replies
    israel today ^ | April 03, 2012 | Ryan Jones
    US Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has come under a lot of fire for saying that the "Palestinians" are an invented people. Most have ridiculed Gingrich by pointing out there are clearly millions of Arabs living in so-called "Palestine." But Gingrich wasn't talking about the physical presence of those people today, but rather the national identity they have adopted and the fact that most immigrated to the land not so long ago. In a televised address on Al-Hekma TV last week, Hamas Minister of the Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad basically backed up Gingrich's assessment, acknowledging that the...
  • Harper hints at support for Israeli attack on Iran

    03/05/2012 2:03:16 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Nashville Herald ^ | 3/5/12 | Jim Miles
    While on his way to Washington Benjamin Netanyahu stopped in Ottawa to confer with his patriot in arms, Stephen Harper. Following their morning meetings, of which we know little, the two held a very brief 'press conference' that simply highlighted the double standards under which the two operate, especially Netanyahu. Harper began with a brief statement in French and English. The French comments included advice directed towards Assad in Syria, that he should "cesse tue leur proper citoyens" - he should stop killing his own citizens. He ended his French statements hoping for a solution for Israel that would be...
  • Palestinian Sesame Street ails without US funds

    01/06/2012 11:23:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/7/12 | DANIELLA CHESLOW, Associated Press
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- It's quiet time on Palestinian Sesame Street. The iconic children's program, known as "Sharaa Simsim" in Arabic, has been put on hold for the 2012 season because of a funding freeze by the U.S. Congress. Sharaa Simsim is one of many U.S.-funded Palestinian programs suffering after Congress froze the transfer of nearly $200 million to the U.S. Agency for International Development in October. The suspension aimed to punish the Palestinians for appealing to the United Nations for statehood. The funding suspension — affecting hospitals, education, and government ministries that all rely on American aid —...
  • 'Palestinians are biggest winners of Arab Spring'

    01/03/2012 1:57:22 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/3/12 | JPost.com Staff
    Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh claimed Tuesday that Palestinians would be the biggest winners of the so-called Arab Spring revolutions that saw the successful overthrow of three separate regimes in the Middle East and a notable rise in the power of Islamist groups. Speaking with Turkish journalists during his trip to Turkey, the Hamas leader stressed that the recent victory of Islamist parties in newly democratic elections in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia foreshadowed a "promising future" for the Palestinian people.
  • "Palestine"? --Bye Bye Oslo, Hullo Jordan and Egypt

    12/31/2011 10:42:21 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews ^ | 12/31/11 | David Singer
    The reasons for Oslo's demise are complex and reveal unbridgeable gaps betwen Israel and the PA. Veteran Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk may have been a little premature when he said on 20 September:It's over: the "peace process", the "road map", the "Oslo agreement"; the whole fandango is history.Personally, I think "Palestine" is a fantasy state, impossible to create now that the Israelis have stolen so much of the Arabs' land for their colonial projects. Fisk - in attributing this simplistic reason for signing Oslo's death certificate - totally ignored the two offers made by Israel in 2001 and 2008...
  • Israeli officials mum on Gingrich remark

    12/12/2011 10:01:23 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/13/11 | Herb Keinon
    Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, not known for reticence in making right-wing pronouncements or speaking his mind, opted Monday not to share his thoughts on US Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s recent remark that the Palestinians are an “invented” people. After spending the better part of a press conference Monday defending recent comments he made in Russia about the legitimacy of the elections there, Lieberman – when asked by The Jerusalem Post about Gingrich’s comments – laughed and said he did not want to interfere in the internal matters of another country.
  • Gingrich Gets It Right

    12/11/2011 10:13:17 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | Dec 12, 2012 | David Horowitz
    In an interview on Saturday, Newt Gingrich put some reality into the surreal discussion of the Middle East conflict and (as he put it) the delusional nature of the current “peace process.” The Palestinians are indeed an “invented people” — invented by the Nasser dictatorship and KGB by the way — and the Hitlerian lie that Israel occupies one square inch of “Arab” let alone “Palestinian” land needs to be buried for any clarity on what the conflict is about, let alone progress towards peace. Of course there is no peace in the Middle East and there can be no...
  • Radical left can't stomach Cain's truth about "so called Palestinian people" LOL

    11/02/2011 11:09:00 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 32 replies
    The radical liberal TPM is up in arms... TPM2012 Herman Cain Speaks Of 'The So-Called Palestinian People'--- While, there are at least 623,000 results for a search: "so called palestinians"http://www.google.com/search?q=%22so+called+palestinians%22 A telling testimony: My former colleagues, all of whom were British officers in the Palestine Police, tell me they have documentary proof that the "Palestinians" are not and never were "Palestinians." They were and are illegal migrants into the Land of Israel from all the surrounding Arab countries, and they Came searching for work and food from the Jewish settlers, because in their own Arab countries, they were homeless, jobless...
  • Museum cancels Palestinian children's war art

    09/09/2011 4:18:38 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/9/11 | Jill Tucker
    An Oakland children's museum, citing pressure from the community, canceled a planned exhibit of artwork by Palestinian youth that depicted the Israeli assault during the 2008-2009 Gaza conflict. The Museum of Children's Art was scheduled to display the art from Sept. 24 to Nov. 13. The exhibit had been in the works for several months, with an opening reception to feature poetry and special art activities for children. The drawings in the exhibit were created by children ranging in age from about 9 to 11 and included bombs dropping, tanks and people getting shot. "They are pictures of what these...
  • Throwing Israel under the Palestinian bus

    05/22/2011 11:02:43 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 5/21/11 | Editor
    President Barack Obama stirred up a hornets’ nest when he declared during his highly anticipated Middle East speech Thursday that Israel’s borders should be based on the pre-1967 lines. He added enough caveats to render his demand unattainable from a practical standpoint, but, as a matter of political and strategic perception, Obama has inflicted a serious wound on America’s most reliable ally. For that reason, it’s important to understand what Obama is demanding of Israel. If Israel were to return to the lines that existed prior to its defeat of invading armies from three of its Arab neighbors in the...
  • RESEARCH: "Palestinians" = Arab immigrants' children / Desolate land pre increased Jewish return

    02/09/2011 5:47:13 AM PST · by PRePublic · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Truth about "Palestinian" Arabs A.K.A. Arab immigrants' children, grand children & the vastly vacant desolate land prior to the rise of Jewish returnINTRODUCTIONOrigins and immigration Foreign Arab and foreign Muslim immigration:Over 100,000 or at least 150,000 (to some estimates, such as the testimony given in the U.S. Congress in 1939) have immigrated during the British Mandate alone, or during a 17 Years old period.At least 50,000 or more have immigrated from Hauran, Syria alone.Immigrants include: Arab - Egyptians (mainly in the early 1800s), Syrian, Algerian, Sudanese, S. Arabians. Other Muslims from: Bosnia during the 1800s and fascist Nazi Slavic-Muslims...
  • John Stewart's 'Sanity' Rally to include Code Pink, Anarchists

    10/22/2010 7:43:37 AM PDT · by Gennie · 68 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | October 22, 2010 | Jason McNew
    October 22, 2010 John Stewart's 'Sanity' Rally to include Code Pink, Anarchists Jason McNew It is looking like John Stewart's "Restore Sanity" rally will define sanity rather peculiarly. Code Pink, Anarchists, and pro-abortion groups plan to attend at the Lincoln Memorial on October 30th.
  • Marxist and Socialist anti-Semitism and Early Anti-Zionism

    10/12/2010 10:52:43 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 2 replies
    Historically, the structural and class bases of anti-Jewish feeling in Europe were inextricably linked with the ruling classes and the forces of reaction. The Catholic church propagated anti-Semitism as a matter of religious ideology as well as expediency. Landed aristocracy created the class of Jewish moneylenders, and then allied themselves with the peasants against their Jewish creditors. Reactionary regimes like the Tsarist Regime in Russia used the Jews as scapegoats for the ills of their society. [snip] Much literature and philosophy of the 19th century, especially socialist and communist literature, was permeated with anti-Semitism. Proudhon and Fourier were notorious anti-Semites....
  • Deputy PM Meridor: Arab, haredi birthrates crazy

    10/12/2010 2:37:39 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 14 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | October 12, 2010 | Tani Goldstein
    State-backed procreation among haredim, Arabs creating social gaps, says former finance minister Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor said Tuesday that birthrates in Israel's ultra-Orthodox and Arab sectors are too high. Meridor, who took part in a panel of former finance ministers in an Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry convention on socioeconomic issues, said that "one of the ways to deal with social gaps should to address birthrate issue." "We have reached crazy birthrates, especially among Arabs and haredim," he said. "There are whole social classes in the population, especially where not everyone works, with many children born with the State's...
  • Bill Clinton: Mideast peace would undercut terror

    10/06/2010 9:30:09 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 45 replies
    AP ^ | October 6, 2010 | PAUL SCHEMM
    CAIRO — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would take away much of the motivation for terrorism around the world. He described the long-running conflict as the key problem in the region and said resolving it would have a knock on effect that could result in Syria ending its support for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and Iran turning back its controversial nuclear program. "It will take about half the impetus in the whole world — not just the region, the whole world — for terror away," he told an audience of Egyptian businessmen...
  • PM to introduce amendment to Citizenship Act

    10/06/2010 10:33:40 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Ynetnews ^ | October 7, 2010 | Attila Somfalvi
    A test of loyalty? Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided Wednesday to ask his ministers to debate – and approve – an amendment to the Citizenship Act, mandating that all aspiring citizens would be required to pledge their allegiance not only to Israel, but to a "Jewish, democratic" Israel. Netanyahu is in fact endorsing a similar amendment proposed by Justice Minister Yaakov Ne'eman and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. "Israel is the Jewish people's homeland," the prime minister explained. "It is so in its essence, in its government, its symbols, holidays and language, and that should be reflected by its Citizenship Act....
  • Muslims in New York Desecrate U.S. Flag (More from the 'Moderates')

    08/25/2010 9:04:01 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 41 replies
    youtube ^ | July 2007 | b34nzzz
    Muslims making a spectacle of desecrating the American flag.
  • Al-Qaida prepares for Israel-Iran war

    08/20/2010 12:50:14 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 45 replies · 2+ views
    jpost.com ^ | August 20, 2010 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Report: Al-Shehri warns against "the greater state of Israel." Al-Qaida is ready to exploit a war "by the Jews against Iran," the Sunni group's second-in-command in Yemen, Saeed al-Shehri, said in an audio message this month, according to the Daily Beast. The mostly Shi'ite nation of Iran is an enemy to Al-Qaida, and al-Shehri predicted that after Israel attacked Iranian nuclear installations, Iran would blame Saudi Arabia - which reports say may let Israel fly through its airspace to attack Iran - and use the opportunity to seize the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
  • The Year of Revealed Truths

    08/20/2010 10:20:39 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 6 replies
    Shirat Devorah ^ | April 26, 2010 | Devorah via Daniel S.
    "Just as in the days when we left Mitzrayim, He will again show us wonders" [Michah 7:15] The Sages in the Zohar Hakadosh (Holy Zohar) write that, in the Last Days, all the major historic enemies of Israel, such as Nevuchadnetzar, Sancherib, Haman (Ahmanedijad), and even Pharaoh, will all be brought back in one generation, as gilgulim (reincarnated souls), to fight against Israel one final time, this time to be destroyed forever, during the last generation of the complete and final redemption. There are truly so many fascinating parallels one does not know where to begin. The Zohar writes about...
  • How Open-Minded Are Jewish Liberals?

    08/15/2010 6:28:00 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 25 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | July 27, 2010 | Dennis Prager
    Jewish liberals, like other liberals, believe that there are three positive traits that describe liberals far more accurately than they describe conservatives — compassionate, intellectual and open-minded. Though I am a Jewish conservative, I don’t believe that either side has anything close to a monopoly on compassion. There are compassionate Jews who are conservative and compassionate Jews who are liberal. As regards being intellectual, I acknowledge that there are more Jewish intellectuals who are liberal — since there are a lot more Jewish liberals, there will be a lot more liberal Jewish intellectuals. But I doubt that the percentage of...
  • How 'Nakba' Proves There's No Palestinian Nation

    08/11/2010 9:59:44 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 22 replies
    Terrorism Awareness ^ | Steven Plaut
    Over the past few years, the term nakba (also spelled naqba) has become the favorite nonsense word of the Anti-Israel Lobby. Meaning “catastrophe” in Arabic, it has been embraced by anti-Semites all over the planet to refer to Israel’s creation, which supposedly imposed a “catastrophe” upon the “disenfranchised Palestinian Arabs.” Of course, the real catastrophe that befell the Arabs in 1948-49 was that they failed in their attempt to annihilate Israel and exterminate its population, and for that they paid a price. Meanwhile, Nakba Nonsense has been spreading. Google finds over 85,000 web pages referring to Israel’s creation as a...
  • All-Women Ship Heads for Gaza and Waits for Clash with IDF

    08/08/2010 12:55:14 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 96 replies
    Israel National News ^ | August 8, 2010 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    A “women-only” ship, complete with a nun and a heavily pregnant mother, has cleared political and technical obstacles and is set to sail for Gaza, presenting Israel with a new challenge. The ship is supposed to leave Tripoli by Sunday night, its co-coordinator, Hizbullah-backer Samar al-Hajj, told the London Guardian. Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev told Israel National News, “There are no limits on goods going to Gaza, and any ships trying to bring so-called aid to Gaza will be regarded as provocations.” The sight of women—supposedly unarmed—facing Israeli naval commandos trying to stop it from breaking the sea embargo...
  • Defensible Borders to Secure Israel's Future

    08/08/2010 12:38:21 AM PDT · by JCPA-JerusalemCenter · 5 replies
    The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | August 8, 2010 | Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
    Rather than any international peacekeeping mission, the best course is bilateral security arrangements.  The Israeli experience with an international presence has been poor. UNIFIL in Lebanon has not lived up to Israeli expectations in preventing the re-armament of Hizbullah after the 2006 Second Lebanon War.  For more on defensible borders to secure Israel's future, see this piece by Maj.-Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan -  http://www.jcpa.org/text/security/dayan.pdf  and www.defensibleborders.org.  
  • The Challenge to Israel's Legitimacy

    08/07/2010 2:00:13 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 2 replies
    Middle East and Terrorism ^ | August 6, 2010 | Dore Gold
    A dangerous global shift is taking place in terms of Israel's standing in the world at large which could have profoundly destabilizing implications for the Middle East. Looking at recent developments, there is a dangerous global shift occurring with respect to Israel's international standing, which must be urgently addressed. Over the last decade, former Israeli officers have been threatened with arrest for alleged war crimes if they visit certain European countries. From Norway to the UK, there is increasing talk of boycotts against Israeli universities. There is more talk about trade sanctions, as well. European media outlets from France-2 to...
  • Donna Shalala Detained at Ben-Gurion

    08/06/2010 9:47:04 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 36 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal Blogs/Washington Wire ^ | August 6, 2010, 5:24 PM ET | Susan Davis
    Former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala was detained and interrogated for two hours at Ben-Gurion Airport last month, according to The Chronicle for Higher Education’s blog The Ticker.
  • Fire exchanges on northern border (Israel)

    08/03/2010 3:16:04 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 63 replies · 85+ views
    Ynet News ^ | 08.03.10, 12:57
    Flare-up on Lebanese border: A day after rockets land in Eilat, explosions reported on Israel's northern border. Mortar shell reportedly lands in northern Galilee region, Lebanese sources say local army fired at Israeli tank. Fire in the north: A day after rockets were fired in Eilat, loud explosions were reported on the northern border as Israeli and Lebanese forces reportedly exchanged fire. According to initial reports, at least one mortar shell landed in the northern Galilee region. The al-Jazeera network has also reported exchanges of fire in the area. Many local residents informed Ynet of loud explosions heard in northern...
  • The "Nakba" Obsession: The Palestinian national narrative is the biggest obstacle to peace

    08/02/2010 12:56:17 AM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 4 replies · 3+ views
    cifwatch ^ | Adam Levick
    This is an essay by Sol Stern, at City Journal. A specter is haunting the prospective Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations—the specter of the Nakba. The literal meaning of the Arabic word is “disaster”; but in its current, expansive usage, it connotes a historical catastrophe inflicted on an innocent and blameless people (in this case, the Palestinians) by an overpowering outside force (international Zionism). The Nakba is the heart of the Palestinians’ backward-looking national narrative, which depicts the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 as the original sin that dispossessed the land’s native people. Every year, on the anniversary of...
  • Rockets hit Israeli resort of Eilat

    08/02/2010 12:33:57 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 20 replies · 6+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Commission ^ | 2 August 2010 | Anne Barker
    At least four people are reportedly injured after a series of rockets were fired at the southern Israeli town of Eilat. A series of explosions were heard in and around the resort town in far southern Israel near the borders with Jordan and Egypt. Israeli media say five rockets were fired at the city by militant groups either in Jordan or the Sinai Desert. The attacks come three days after militants in Gaza fired a Katyusha rocket at the Israeli city of Ashkelon, and a more crude rocket into the Negev Desert. In retaliation Israeli forces on Saturday bombed two...
  • Boney M asked to skip hit in West Bank gig

    07/23/2010 10:34:09 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 23 replies · 2+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 22, 2010 | AP
    RAMALLAH, West Bank — When the iconic 1970s disco group Boney M rocked Ramallah this week, the local music festival prevented the band from performing one of its biggest hits. Lead singer Maizie Williams said Palestinian concert organizers told her not to sing "Rivers of Babylon." The song's chorus quotes from the Book of Psalms, referring to the exiled Jewish people's yearning to return to the biblical land of Israel. Palestinians often question the Jewish historical connection to the Holy Land. Organizers said they asked for the song to be skipped, deeming it "inappropriate." "I don't know if it is...
  • PLO Flag to Fly in Washington D.C.

    07/23/2010 10:34:31 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 69 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 07/23/10 | INN Staff
    The United States State Department has announced to the Palestinian Authority/Palestinian Liberation Organization Mission representative in the United States that its status will be upgraded from a 'bureau' to that of a "general delegation' and that this change will allow the office in which the representation is situated to fly the PLO, now also the Palestine Authority, flag at its entrance. The upgrading, besides allowing the flag to be flown, also grants certan privileges to the delegation staff, such as diplomatic immunity, although it is not equal to embassy status. The PLO's chief representative in the United States, Maen Areikat,...
  • Benedict XVI: Peace is possible

    05/16/2009 5:44:15 AM PDT · by kellynla · 12 replies · 530+ views
    JERUSALEM POST ^ | May. 15, 2009 | staff
    Pope Benedict XVI assured his followers in the Holy Land that peace is possible, as he ended his Mideast visit Friday by putting aside the contentious issues he has confronted and coming as a pilgrim to the site of Jesus' crucifixion. Before boarding an airplane for Rome at Israel's international airport later in the day, the pope appeared to address some of the criticism leveled at him for a speech on the Holocaust that some Israelis felt was lukewarm, calling his visit to the Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem "one of the most solemn moments of my stay in Israel."...
  • Al-Qaida's No. 2 criticizes Annapolis peace conference as betrayal of Palestinians

    12/14/2007 3:56:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 191+ views
    AP via Commercial Appeal ^ | 12/14/7 | Maggie Michael, The Associated Press
    CAIRO, Egypt — Al-Qaida's deputy leader denounced last month's Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, Md., as a "betrayal" of Palestinians in a new audio message posted Friday on an Islamic militant Web site. It was the first reaction by the terrorist network to the Mideast conference, sponsored by President Bush and attended by key Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Syria and Egypt, as well as Palestinian and Israeli leaders. The conference relaunched Palestinian-Israeli peace talks after a seven year hiatus — a key breakthrough in the region's core conflict. "The Annapolis meeting was held to turn Palestine into a Jewish...
  • Palestinians not happy with Obama

    03/07/2007 1:08:54 PM PST · by SmithL · 41 replies · 788+ views
    SFGate: The Ross Report ^ | 3/7/7 | Matthew Kalman
    Some Palestinians are feeling betrayed by Barack Obama. They say the man who at one time called for an "even-handed" approach to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. has done a policy U-turn now that he's running for president. Speaking to a forum at the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee in Chicago on Friday (prepared text here), Obama called for "a clear and strong commitment to the security of Israel: our strongest ally in the region and its only established democracy." He went futher, condemning "the smuggling of weapons and cash by Iran into Gaza" and vowing to continue "our total commitment to...
  • Citizen Awarded $16M in Mideast Attack

    02/07/2007 8:32:51 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 418+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/7/7 | CURT ANDERSON
    A federal jury awarded $16 million to a Jewish man who claimed that Palestinian groups backed a terrorist attack in Israel in which he was injured, but he could get triple that amount under a law allowing U.S. citizens to sue organizations involved in overseas terrorism. Moshe Saperstein was attacked in February 2002 by gunmen who sprayed his car with AK-47 rounds, wounding him in the hand, according to court documents. Saperstein, who has dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship, claimed that the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization were complicit in the attack. An Israeli traveling in a separate...
  • News Analysis: In 2007, Expect PA Factions to Wage Civil War

    12/31/2006 10:43:48 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 484+ views
    Judging by events in the Middle East last year, 2007 promises to be even more dramatic. In the Palestinian Authority-controlled Gaza Strip and the Area “A” parts of Judea and Samaria under its rule, a full-scale civil war may erupt among the local Arabs, with unpredictable consequences. This time around, the talk of "brotherhood" is likely to finally be exposed for the myth it is. Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other assorted terrorist gangs will participate, while outside sponsors such as Iran, Syria, and Jordan will supply the bullets, rockets, money and ill-will. International and American sanctions against Iran...
  • US: PA responsible for ceasing acts of violence

    06/26/2006 12:50:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 255+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/26/6 | NATHAN GUTTMAN
    The US stressed Monday that the Palestinian Authority is responsible for stopping all acts of violence. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters that the US would like to see the situation in the Gaza Strip calming down. "We urge both sides to exercise restraint and avoid steps which further escalate the situation," McCormack said. The US is not negotiating with Hamas over the release of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier captured Sunday near the Gaza border. Diplomatic sources said that Washington is now focusing its effort on pressuring Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas to take action and encouraging the Egyptians...
  • As Parliament Burns, PA Arabs Move Closer to Civil War

    06/13/2006 3:28:38 PM PDT · by SmithL · 34 replies · 661+ views
    Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews ^ | 6/13/6 | Scott Shiloh
    Violence between the Hamas, and Fatah terrorists aligned with PA chief Mahmoud Abbas, spilled over from Gaza into Judea and Samaria Monday evening. Fatah terrorists attacked parliament and cabinet buildings in Ramallah, setting them ablaze. Those institutions have become symbols of Hamas civil authority in the PA since the terrorist group won a stunning victory in parliamentary elections held last January. Fatah supporters began their rampage by shooting out the windows of the parliament building. Then they stormed into two buildings housing the cabinet, destroying furniture, computers, and documents. The offices of PA prime minister Isma’il Haniyeh (Hamas) were...
  • Palestinians: Israeli Artillery Kills 6

    06/09/2006 8:07:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 189+ views
    AP ^ | 6/9/6
    GAZA CITY -- Israeli gunboats fired artillery shells at targets in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, and Palestinian medical officials said at least six people were killed. Israel has been targeting sites where it suspects Palestinian militants vowing to avenge the assassination of the Hamas government's security chief have fired rockets into Israel.
  • Bethlehem: Palestinians riot near Rachel's Tomb

    05/18/2006 5:05:40 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 226+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/18/6 | JPost.com.staff
    Several dozen Palestinians rioted on Thursday night near Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem, throwing stones and paintballs at IDF troops. Soldiers responded by firing rubber bullets to disband the crowd. According to Israel radio, no one was hurt and no damage was caused in the incident.
  • UNRWA will keep working with PA gov't

    04/12/2006 9:18:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 171+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/12/6 | JPost.com.staff
    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) will continue to provide assistance to Palestinian refugees without regard to the new Hamas-led Palestinian Authority government. In a press conference in Gaza City Tuesday, UNRWA director Karin Abu-Zaid said that she had not received any instructions to cease cooperation with Hamas officials in the PA, Israel Radio reported. Abu Zaid said that the agency would work as usual with the Hamas government to find a solution to the Palestinians' humanitarian needs. On Tuesday, a UN spokesman in New York said that official contact with the Hamas government would be approved as...
  • Palestinian president takes control of Gaza border

    04/11/2006 7:48:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 358+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/11/6 | Nidal al-Mughrabi
    GAZA (Reuters) - Special forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas assumed control of the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt on Tuesday in a move certain to heighten tensions with Islamic militant group Hamas. Abbas had been under international and Israeli pressure to take control of the Palestinian-run border away from the Hamas-led interior ministry after the group's crushing electoral win against the long-dominant Fatah party in January. The move, welcomed by European monitors stationed at the frontier, could help quell concerns that Hamas might exploit its role in controlling forces at the border to smuggle in weapons.About 150 black-clad...
  • Colonization of Palestine precludes peace

    03/17/2006 11:23:22 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 491+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 3/17/6 | Jimmy Carter
    For more than a quarter century, Israeli policy has been in conflict with that of the United States and the international community. Israel's occupation of Palestine has obstructed a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land, regardless of whether Palestinians had no formalized government, one headed by Yasser Arafat or Mahmoud Abbas, or with Abbas as president and Hamas controlling the parliament and cabinet. The unwavering U.S. position since Dwight Eisenhower's administration has been that Israel's borders coincide with those established in 1949, and since 1967, the universally adopted UN Resolution 242 has mandated Israel's withdrawal from the occupied territories....
  • Palestinians Vote to Strip Abbas of Powers

    03/06/2006 12:49:01 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 466+ views
    AP ^ | 3/6/6 | BRAHIM BARZAK
    GAZA CITY -- Hamas headed into a full-blown confrontation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday, voting to strip him of powers he was hastily awarded by his Fatah Party in the last session of the outgoing parliament. In Gaza City, an Israeli missile strike killed two Islamic Jihad militants and three bystanders, including two young boys. The Hamas-Fatah conflict has been simmering since Hamas swept Fatah out of office in January parliamentary elections, ending four decades of unchallenged rule by the party of the late Yasser Arafat. Hamas has 74 seats in the new parliament and Fatah just 45,...
  • SPIELBERG HOPES MOVIE CAN BREAK MID-EAST STALEMATE

    12/04/2005 8:47:13 AM PST · by Cinnamon Girl · 96 replies · 2,256+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | Sun Dec 04 2005 08:29:34 ET | Matthew Drudge
    Steven Spielberg, IN ONLY INTERVIEW WORLDWIDE BEFORE 'MUNICH' RELEASE Discusses CONTROVERSIAL New Film to Open Dec. 23. ‘There has never been an adequate tribute paid to the Israeli athletes who were murdered in ’72,’ Spielberg says. “I don’t think any movie or any book or any work of art can solve the stalemate in the Middle East today,” director Steven Spielberg tells TIME in an exclusive cover-story interview. “But it’s certainly worth a try,” Spielberg says. Since filming began in June, the movie (reported to cost around $70 million) “has been surrounded by rumors, criticism, and suggestions that Spielberg was...
  • PA Officers: We´ll Only Target Israel

    11/11/2005 6:15:24 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 270+ views
    Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews ^ | 11/11/5 | Nissan Ratzlav-Katz & Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    In a letter sent this week to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), official PA militia officers declare that, even as internal security collapses, they will only point their guns at Israel. In the letter, revealed by UPI, the officers warn that the Palestinian Authority (PA) security apparatus is on the verge of collapse due to widespread corruption and the ongoing state of anarchy that exists in autonomous areas. The authors of the letter to Abu Mazen state that they reject ongoing US and Israeli pressure demanding the disarming of PA terrorist organizations. Instead, the militia officers declared, their...
  • One-Third of PA Arabs Thinking about Emigrating

    10/31/2005 11:28:07 AM PST · by SmithL · 26 replies · 624+ views
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | 10/31/5 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    A new survey reveals that 31 percent of Arabs in the PA think about living permanently in another country, and a jailed terrorist and the Hamas leader are the favorites to be PA president. The large number of those contemplating emigration is reflected by concern for security, revealed in the newly released Palestinian Center for Public Opinion poll by Dr. Nabil Kukali. Almost two-thirds of the people (64.8 percent) are worried about their personal safety. Dissatisfaction with the current PA administration was registered with 61.5 percent of the respondents favoring a new cabinet, currently headed by Ahmed Qureia (Abu Ala),...
  • 'Collaborators' released by captors

    10/25/2005 10:09:20 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 150+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/25/5 | JPOST STAFF AND AP
    Armed Palestinians released two men on Tuesday after holding them in captivity since last week, Army Radio reported. The two men, from Gaza, were accused of collaborating with Israel, Army Radio reported. As punishment, before the men were released they were each shot in the legs by their captors. The two men were abducted a week ago by a group, which calls itself "Knights of the Storm of the Fatah." The group's spokesman said that they abducted the men in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis after Palestinian officials refused demands to arrest them. The gunmen, who said they...
  • More Palestinians killed in internal strife this year

    10/13/2005 3:25:02 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 347+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 10/13/5 | Amos Harel & Service
    For the first time since the start of the intifada, more Palestinians have been killed in internal violence since the start of the year than those who have died in clashes with Israel, according to an official report published Thursday. In the report, the Palestinian Authority's Interior Ministry cited 219 deaths as a result of inner-Palestinian violence compared to 218 deaths at the hands of Israeli security forces over the course of the first nine months of this year. The statistics reflect the relative calm in the territories vis-a-vis Israel as well as the increasing anarchy in PA-controlled areas. The...
  • PA kids mark 5 years of intifada

    09/30/2005 11:40:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 221+ views
    Hundreds of Palestinian children marched Friday to mark five years of violent conflict with Israel, but in a break with custom the youngsters and their adult minders only waved flags, not guns. The rally, organized by the Islamic Jihad group in memory of Gaza children killed in the fighting, was held a day after Palestinian police began enforcing a ban on displaying weapons in public. In the past, large groups of gunmen had routinely led rallies of militant groups, and children participating would sometimes be given toy guns or be dressed in military fatigues. On Friday, some 300 children waved...
  • PA won't dismantle militias

    09/21/2005 6:33:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 279+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/21/5 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday rejected an appeal from the Quartet to dismantle armed militias and called on the international community to stop meddling in the Palestinians' internal affairs. Ministers of the Quartet – the United States, the United Nations, Russia and the European Union – said in a joint statement Tuesday that following Israel's pullout from the Gaza Strip, Palestinians needed to "dismantle terrorist capabilities and infrastructures." PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas dismissed the appeal, saying the Palestinians knew how to handle their own affairs. "With regard to the issue of the armed Palestinian groups and our dealings with them,...