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  • To Kill a Terrorist

    02/22/2010 4:16:32 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies · 331+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | February 22, 2010 | Alan M. Dershowitz
    I don’t know whether Israel did or did not assassinate the leader of the Hamas military wing, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. But assuming for argument’s sake that the Mossad made the hit, did it have the right to engage in this “extrajudicial assassination?” Not all extrajudicial killings are unlawful. Every soldier who kills an enemy combatant engages in an extrajudicial killing, as does every policeman who shoots a fleeing felon. There are several complex legal questions involved in assessing these situations. First, was the person who was killed a combatant, in relation to those killed him? If Israel killed Mabhouh, there can...
  • Shahada and Gendered Spaces

    02/02/2010 8:07:44 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 174+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 2, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Shahada and Gendered Spaces Bethany Stotts, February 2, 2010 For the Palestinian people, martyring themselves in an attempt to attack their Israeli “occupiers” has become a sign of honor, not only for men but also women. At a recent convention one Professor of Language and Cultural Studies explored the “gendered space[s]” of Palestinian women’s resistance against Israel in the context of the First Intifada. The First Intifada, from December 1987 through September 2000, claimed the lives of 186 Israelis and 1,491 Palestinians within the “occupied territories,” according to the B’Tselem Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories....
  • Holy Land Foundation Representative Arrested

    01/27/2010 2:07:44 AM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies · 809+ views - DOJ Press Release ^ | January 22, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Holy Land Foundation Representative Arrested United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today that Mohamad Mustapha Ali Masfaka, a 47-year-old native of Syria, was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection when he attempted to enter the United States from Canada via the Ambassador Bridge. Mr. Masfaka made his initial appearance in federal court in Detroit on an Indictment charging him with Attempted Naturalization Fraud, False Statements, and Perjury. Joining in the announcement was Brian Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Investigations for Ohio and Michigan...
  • Israel threatens to use force against settlers

    12/20/2009 9:26:37 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 30 replies · 951+ views
    Breitbart (AP) ^ | December 20, 2009 | Ian Deitch
    JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli authorities could soon use special commando units, unmanned spy planes and cellphone-jamming equipment to enforce a moratorium on new settlement construction in the West Bank, military officials said Sunday, deepening a showdown between the government and Jewish settlers. Enraged settlers leaders vowed to resist the plan, prompting Defense Minister Ehud Barak to warn that settlers would face the full wrath of the military if they continue to flout the 10-month construction slowdown. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the settlement slowdown last month in an attempt to restart peace talks with the Palestinians. But the Palestinians...
  • Giving Away Judea and Samaria – or Giving Away Indiana?

    12/15/2009 4:48:13 PM PST · by MarylousAmerica · 2 replies · 429+ views
    Marylou's America ^ | Dec. 15, 2009 | Marylou Barry
    What if, in response to intense diplomatic pressure from the world community, the United States government one day issued the following statement? “We have determined that it is in the national best interest of the United States to disengage from the state of Indiana.” WHAT?
  • United States Transfers a Guantanamo Bay Detainee to... [1 to France;1 to Hungary]

    12/01/2009 4:16:10 PM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies · 474+ views
    U.S. (2 press releases) ^ | December 1, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 1, 2009 United States Transfers a Guantanamo Bay Detainee to France WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice today announced that a detainee has been transferred from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the control of the government of France. As directed by the President’s Jan. 22, 2009 Executive Order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of this case. As a result of that review, the detainee was approved for transfer from Guantanamo Bay. In accordance...
  • West Bank land belongs to Jews, says Israeli army judge

    10/27/2009 5:33:04 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 3 replies · 1,013+ views
    The Guardian ^ | October 26, 2009 | Meron Rapoport
    Major Adrian Agassi did not make the connection between the Bible, the land and the Jews when, fresh out of university, he left England for Israel in search of his roots. He was not even a practising Jew. But over the past quarter of a century, the Israeli army lawyer and then military judge at the forefront of arguably the most significant battle in the occupied West Bank – the confiscation of Palestinian land for the construction of Jewish settlements – has come to see himself as in service of a higher duty. In an unusually frank interview, which offers...
  • Israel on alert as Abbas pressed on 'third intifada'

    10/09/2009 10:15:16 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 1,127+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 10/09/2009 | World Tribune
    Israel has been placed on alert for the prospect of widespread Palestinian violence throughout the West Bank. Officials said Israel's military, police and intelligence services were ordered on high alert after the military has assessed that the ruling Fatah movement, in cooperation with elements within the Palestinian Authority, were organizing civil unrest as well as ambushes on Israeli soldiers and civilians. Officials said PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has been pressed by senior members of Fatah to approve what was termed a "third intifada," or uprising. "Abbas doesn't have to actually approve anything," the official said. "He just has to remain...
  • 60 Minutes sucks even in Australia: Overtly biased report on Israeli Settlements

    09/22/2009 10:35:29 AM PDT · by clyde_m · 2 replies · 548+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | September 22, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    It seems Liam has trouble with Jews, perhaps more specifically Israelis. He issued a report for the show on the horrors of Israelis in the West Bank Judea and Samaria. We'll start here: Broadcast on Friday September 18, reporter Liam Bartlett starts with the wholly erroneous statement that "hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers are moving into the West Bank, building new towns on Palestinian land."
  • Palestine problem hopeless, but not serious

    08/17/2009 2:28:06 PM PDT · by BGHater · 7 replies · 1,241+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | 18 Aug 2009 | Spengler
    "The situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable," declared United Sates President Barack Obama in his June 4 Cairo address. Really? Compared to what? Things are tough all over. The Palestinians are one of many groups displaced by the population exchanges that followed World War II, and the only ones whose great-grandchildren still have the legal status of refugees. Why are they still there? The simplest explanation is that they like it there, because they are much better off than people of similar capacities in other Arab countries. The standard tables of gross domestic product (GDP) per capital show the...
  • West Bank Settlers Scorn Obama’s Push for a Freeze (Obama called "racist", "anti-Semite")

    07/29/2009 6:32:33 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies · 1,043+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 29, 2009 | Ethan Bronner
    NERIA, West Bank — In this land of endless history and ethereal beauty, several thousand Jewish settlers gathered on a dozen West Bank hills with makeshift huts and Israeli flags over several days this week to mark an invented anniversary and defy the American president, conveying to his aides visiting Jerusalem what they thought of his demand for a settlement freeze. ... “We are rebuilding the land of Israel,” Rabbi Yigael Shandorfi, leader of a religious academy at the neighboring settlement outpost of Nahliel, said during the ceremony. “Our hope is that there will be roads, electricity and water.” The...
  • What the West Bank Actually Looks Like

    07/21/2009 8:36:57 AM PDT · by Jbny · 10 replies · 1,704+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 7/21/2009 | Michael J. Totten
    Last week, the New York Times published an article about “signs of hope” in the West Bank (and in the city of Nablus in particular) that refreshingly breaks with the standard narrative of Palestinian desperation and misery. The Israeli military recently closed down its checkpoint into the city, along with other checkpoints elsewhere in the territories. The economy is growing instead of contracting. Downtown is full of shoppers. Islamist scolds have backed off. Police make sure passengers have fastened their seat belts.
  • Israel strikes settlement deal

    07/11/2009 5:46:52 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 953+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | July 9, 2009 | Jerusalem correspondents
    ISRAEL and the United States have reached a deal allowing the Jewish state to build about 2500 housing units already under construction in West Bank settlements. But the United States dismissed the report in Maariv as "inaccurate". US State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said "the bottom line" for President Barack Obama's administration has not changed, "that all parties in the region have to honour their obligations". He was referring to obligations laid out in the 2003 internationally-agreed roadmap for Palestinian-Israeli peace that calls for an Israeli settlement freeze.
  • Analysis: Population increase is marginal at 95 of the 120 settlements

    06/15/2009 11:43:24 AM PDT · by anotherview · 6 replies · 1,082+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 13 June 2009 (Updated 14 June 2009) | Tovah Lazaroff
    The population of 21 West Bank settlements was static or declined in 2007, and the population at another 74 grew by 100 people or less, according to figures compiled by The Jerusalem Post from the Central Bureau of Statistics. Palestinian workers are seen at a construction site of a new housing project in the West Bank Jewish city of Maaleh Adumim, near Jerusalem, Sunday, June 7, 2009. Photo: AP Yet the overall settlement population grew by 5.6 percent in 2007 - close to three times the growth rate in the rest of the country - primarily because of the increase...
  • Obama and 'Them Jews'

    06/12/2009 6:49:17 AM PDT · by Wolf13 · 4 replies · 957+ views
    Human Events ^ | 6-12-09 | Gary Bauer
    Do you remember Jeremiah Wright, the long-time pastor, mentor and spiritual guide to Barack Obama? Obama sat in Wright’s pews for more than a decade and was baptized into his church, as were both of his daughters. All the while Wright preached a hateful mixture of black liberation theology and America-bashing, periodically spiced up with Louis Farrakhan-style anti-Semitism. Once Wright’s rants became public and threatened to derail Obama’s presidential campaign, the candidate distanced himself from his pastor. This is “not the man I knew for 20 years,” candidate Obama explained to America during a high-profile press conference. Well, the good...
  • Jewish settlers say they remain in West Bank on God's orders (BREAKING! "OBAMA HUTS"!)

    06/05/2009 9:30:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 1,721+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/01/09 | Patrick Moser
    Jewish settlers say they remain in West Bank on God's ordersPatrick Moser Monday, June 1 12:17 am The world outcry over Israeli settlements in the West Bank is absurd since God gave this land to the Jews, says Rabbi Yaakov Savir. The Arabs, he says, should make their home elsewhere. Skip related content "This territory is Jewish territory," says Savir, a settler who runs a religious school in the Havat Gilad outpost which consists of little more than a few tin huts and weather-worn trailers, some horses and chickens and several car wrecks. "This is our home," he says, making...
  • Analysis: Bloodshed becomes focus of PA-Hamas relations (Civil War in the West Bank?)

    06/01/2009 9:33:07 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies · 960+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/31/2009 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Sunday's confrontation between an armed Hamas cell and Palestinian Authority policemen in Kalkilya shows that the Islamic movement still has a military presence in the West Bank - one that it is hoping to use to topple Mahmoud Abbas's regime there. PA security officials said the two Hamas operatives who were killed in the clash, Muhammad Samman and Muhammad Yassin, headed a cell that possessed large amounts of weapons, including explosives and automatic rifles, some of which had been hidden in a basement of a mosque in the city. The weapons, according to the officials, were supposed to be used...
  • Clinton Spars with Bibi: No Building in Judea and Samaria - ‘No Exceptions’

    05/28/2009 4:45:26 AM PDT · by Tzvi · 33 replies · 2,583+ views
    Israel National News ^ | May 28. 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came out swinging at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday night and specifically rejected his policy for allowing building for “natural growth" in Judea and Samaria.
  • Federal Judge Hands Downs Sentences in Holy Land Foundation Case

    05/27/2009 4:27:03 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 1,322+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Federal Judge Hands Downs Sentences in Holy Land Foundation Case Holy Land Foundation and Leaders Convicted on Providing Material Support to Hamas Terrorist Organization Today, in federal court in Dallas, U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis sentenced the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) and five of its leaders following their convictions by a federal jury in November 2008 on charges of providing material support to Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization. "Today's sentences mark the culmination of many years of painstaking investigative and prosecutorial work at the federal, state and...
  • Contiguity for Israel and Jerusalem

    05/27/2009 6:05:22 AM PDT · by marissyb29 · 3 replies · 803+ views
    Israeli construction of E-1 will not undermine Palestinian contiguity, but were Israel to lose control of E-1, the contiguity of Israel would be severely compromised.
  • Max Blumenthal: How I Got Gassed in the West Bank (Sniff, sniff, boo-hoo!)

    05/21/2009 2:55:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 1,357+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 21, 2009 | Max Blumenthal
    While Barack Obama met with Benjamin Netanyahu, Max Blumenthal was dodging tear-gas canisters in the West Bank, where a two-state solution seems very, very far away. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Barack Obama at the White House on Monday, he warned the president that time was running out to stop a nuclear Iran. By impressing upon Obama the immediacy of the threat from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Netanyahu hoped to avoid committing to the two-state solution he and his right-wing governing partners have so far openly and forcefully opposed. While Netanyahu attempts to recalibrate the discussion toward Iran, his government...
  • PA court: Death to man who sold land to Jews

    04/30/2009 12:11:44 PM PDT · by mojito · 7 replies · 1,075+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/30/2009 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    In the first case of its kind, a Palestinian Authority "military court" on Tuesday sentenced a Palestinian man to death by hanging after finding him guilty of selling land to Jews. The verdict came shortly after the PA's chief Islamic judge, Sheikh Tayseer Tamimi, issued yet another fatwa (religious decree) banning Muslims from selling land or houses to Jews. The death sentence is seen as an attempt by the PA leadership in Ramallah to deter Palestinians from conducting real estate transactions with Jews. It follows reports according to which Jewish individuals and organizations recently bought land and houses from Arabs...
  • Netanyahu: If Israelis can't build in West Bank Palestinians shouldn't be allowed to either

    04/26/2009 3:39:21 PM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies · 1,085+ views
    IMRA/Ha'aertz ^ | 4-26-08
    Netanyahu: "If Israelis can't build homes in the West Bank then Palestinians shouldn't be allowed to either" Czech PM: We'll fight EU calls to freeze Israel ties By Barak Ravid Haaretz Last update - 21:45 24/04/2009 Czech Prime Minister Mirel Topolanek told President Shimon Peres on Friday that his country, which holds the EU's six-month rotating presidency, would fight against calls within Europe to suspend the upgrade of relations with Israel. The visiting Czech premier's remark came one day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told him that Israel's relationship with the European Union should not be linked to its...
  • How the CNN & WP Legitimize murdering little chidren (by Islamic bigots)

    04/18/2009 11:48:43 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 3 replies · 909+ views
    How the CNN & WP Legitimize murdering little chidren (by racist Arabs / Islamic bigots) on the basis of their origin - "occupation" crap   April, 2009   Regardless of the facts that most Palestinian Arabs are children or grandchildren of immigrants from surrounding middle eastern countries, the term "occupation" has been used by Arab leaders to wage genocidal wars since the 1960's, never mind that the racist attacks on Jews started long before that 1960's occupation excuse, in the 1920's in particular (with clear declarations of "driving all Jews into the sea, "Itbach al Yahud" - AKA Kill Jews, wiping...
  • The Face of Palestinian “Resistance”

    04/02/2009 12:01:23 PM PDT · by Jbny · 3 replies · 928+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | April 2, 2009 | Jonathan Tobin
    While the world was harrumphing yesterday because Israel’s new foreign minister affirmed the obvious futility of the Annapolis peace conference, an axe-wielding Palestinian terrorist slaughtered a 13-year-old Jewish boy and wounded another. This disgusting crime took place at the town of Bat Ayin, a Jewish settlement a few miles southwest of Jerusalem.
  • Israel makes another West Bank Land grab

    02/16/2009 3:08:48 AM PST · by Askwhy5times · 18 replies · 1,580+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | February 16, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    Israel has seized another 425 acres of West Bank Land. This will create challenges for President Obama who has promised to get quickly involved in Middle East peace. President Obama will have great difficulty working with the next government of Israel if it is led by hardliner Benjamin Netanyahu. No party has enough votes to form a government at the moment, but the right wing Likud party seems to have the best chance.
  • Analysis: Why has the West Bank been quiet?

    01/07/2009 9:26:58 AM PST · by mojito · 16 replies · 1,624+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/7/2009 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    A rally held here on Tuesday in solidarity with the Gaza Strip drew about 150 protesters. Similar demonstrations in other parts of the West Bank over the past 11 days have also attracted small numbers of Palestinians. As the demonstrators in this city's central Manara Square chanted slogans condemning Israel as a "Nazi state" and calling on the Arabs to severe their ties with Israel and on Fatah and Hamas to join forces, shopkeepers did not shut their businesses to participate in the rally. Nor did many passersby heed the protesters' appeal to join the rally. At the Stars &...
  • Peace Now--Stupid Forever !!!

    12/23/2008 8:45:03 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 942+ views
    Camera/Yidwithlid ^ | 12/23/08 | Yidwithlid
    You know, this one reminds me of a game show. I am talking about those times when the contestant should keep their 100 thousand dollars and go home, but he decides to try to double the money just one more time--even though the entire audience is screaming "don't be an ass !" When this guy opens up whats behind door number 3 on national television and it turns out he traded 100 grand for 12 dollars and a stick of bazooka Joe, he looks like the biggest ass that ever lived, the only redeeming feature is the confused look of...
  • General Jones shoots Israel

    12/06/2008 5:48:35 AM PST · by danny1961 · 54 replies · 2,894+ views
    Samson Blinded ^ | December 3, 2008 | Obadiah Shoher
    General James Jones, Obama’s choice for National Security Adviser, again revealed his staggering ignorance. The general might be an authority in conventional warfare - though it is unlikely, given his mere few months battlefield experience in Vietnam. General Jones pushes his hallmark solution for the West Bank: IDF moves out and NATO troops move in. The proposal reveals Gen. Jones complete ignorance of anti-terrorist warfare. IDF is the only army in the world which curbed terrorism: from near-war levels in 2000-2003 to near-absence today. The success is due to two factors: extremely exhaustive intelligence and freedom of operations. IDF runs...
  • Senior IDF officer to 'Post': Major Fatah assault on Hamas close

    10/04/2008 11:39:22 PM PDT · by mojito · 8 replies · 1,175+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/5/2008 | Yaakov Katz
    There are signs that Fatah is preparing to launch a major operation against Hamas in the West Bank in the coming weeks ahead of expected turmoil when Mahmoud Abbas's term as PA president ends in January, a top IDF officer has told The Jerusalem Post. Abbas's presidential term is scheduled to end on January 9, and the IDF Central Command is preparing for the possibility that Hamas will try to take advantage of political instability in Ramallah to take over West Bank towns and cities. In the absence of elections or a compromise with Hamas, according to the Palestinian Authority...
  • Threat Matrix: September 2008

    09/03/2008 6:13:02 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 926 replies · 12,869+ views
    How The West Was Won The rapid and unexpected decline of the Sunni insurgency in Iraq was officially recognized this week, when Maj. Gen. John Kelly, commanding the Marine Expeditionary Force, turned operational control of Anbar Province over to the Iraqi army and police. Anbar, a vast expanse of desert the size of North Carolina, had been the stronghold of the Sunni insurgency. For years, foreign fighters loyal to al-Qaida had sneaked across Iraq's northwestern border with Syria, into Anbar and down a "rat line" of safe houses in Haditha, Ramadi and Hit. From Fallujah, the arch terrorist Zarqawi...
  • Olmert: We Must Prepare Now For The Evacuation Of West Bank Settlers

    09/07/2008 4:49:30 AM PDT · by edpc · 4 replies · 565+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 7 Sept 2008 | Barak Ravid
    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Sunday that the government must start preparing now for the evacuation of settlers from the West Bank. "Since it is possible we will need to make decisions in the future that will involve the evacuation of residents, we should already prepare for this now and think about its consequences, especially while serious [peace] negotiations are being held," said Olmert. The prime minister made the comments at the beginning of a debate on Vice Premier Haim Ramon's evacuation-compensation bill at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. The bill would enable settlers who live beyond the...
  • Hamas' Christian convert: I've left a society that sanctifies terror

    08/07/2008 5:36:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 743+ views ^ | August 7, 2008 | Avi Issacharoff
    A moment before beginning his supper, Masab, son of West Bank Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef, glances at the friend who has accompanied him to the restaurant where we met. They whisper a few words and then say grace, thanking God and Jesus for putting food on their plates. It takes a few seconds to digest this sight: The son of a Hamas MP who is also the most popular figure in that extremist Islamic organization, a young man who assisted his father for years in his political activities, has become a rank-and-file Christian. "I'm now called Joseph," he says...
  • Islamists arrested in West Bank

    08/01/2008 12:21:19 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 1 replies · 363+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 1 August 2008
    PALESTINIAN security forces in the occupied West Bank today arrested dozens of demonstrators calling for the resurrection of the Islamic caliphate, security officials said. Police loyal to president Mahmoud Abbas arrested more than 50 members of Hizb al-Tahrir (the Islamic Liberation Party), a group calling for the replacement of the Palestinian Authority and Arab governments with a greater Islamic state. The group was founded in 1953 and has branches all over the world. When they were arrested the activists were heading to a football stadium in the town of Beit Jalla outside Bethlehem for a demonstration marking the anniversary of...
  • Hamas threatens PA officials in W. Bank

    07/30/2008 5:01:33 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies · 268+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/31/2008 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Palestinian Authority security forces were put on high alert Wednesday following threats by Hamas against its senior officials, PA security sources told The Jerusalem Post. The PA leadership was taking Hamas's threats seriously and had ordered its security forces to be prepared to foil any attempt to harm PA figures, the sources said. Additional bodyguards have been assigned to a number of top PA officials in the West Bank, and security had been beefed up around the homes of PA President Mahmoud Abbas and other senior officials in Ramallah, the sources said. Leaflets distributed over the past few days by...
  • IDF kills terror mastermind in Hebron

    07/27/2008 12:20:53 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 136+ views ^ | July 27, 2008 | Efrat Weiss
    Excerpt- Forces encircle house in search of wanted Hamas member. Blasts heard in building during exchanges of fire as result of explosive devices kept inside. Body of man who planned Dimona terror attack removed from rubble. Hamas: Our response will be painful IDF and police forces have killed senior Hamas member Shihab Natsheh, who was behind a terror attack in Dimona last February which left one woman killed. Natashe was killed during exchanges of fire with the forces in the West Bank city of Hebron early Sunday. There were injuries among the forces. ~ snip ~
  • Obama Will Meet Palestinian Leaders in the West Bank

    07/15/2008 5:24:49 AM PDT · by MoreGovLess · 19 replies · 190+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 15 2008 | JOHN M. BRODER and ISABEL KERSHNER
    Senator Barack Obama, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, will meet with Palestinian leaders in the West Bank during his trip overseas next week, the first details of which began to emerge on Monday. “I did not use those occasions to criticize Mr. Obama,” Mr. McCain said, adding that he “would prefer not to do so today.” “But he suggested in his speeches here and there that I turned my back on comprehensive reform out of political necessity,” Mr. McCain said. The reality, Mr. McCain said, is that he risked “political suicide” by teaming up with Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat...
  • UNICEF cuts ties with Lev Leviev [Russian billionaire built houses for Jews]

    06/21/2008 8:11:49 PM PDT · by Alouette · 12 replies · 366+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 21, 2008
    A UN agency has severed ties with Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev over allegations that he helped fund construction in the West Bank, Reuters reported on Friday. According to the report, Leviev, who is the chairman of Africa Israel Investments, is in charge of at least one company in his conglomerate which the Arab rights advocacy group Adalah-NY claims built Jewish settlements on West Bank land. Adalah-NY launched a campaign against Leviev whereby they appealed to the UN children's fund UNICEF to cut its connection with the Israeli businessman, the report said. UNICEF has received direct and indirect funding from Leviev...
  • Arab gunmen shoot, injure three hikers

    06/20/2008 6:11:37 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 97+ views
    UPI ^ | June 20, 2008 | Staff
    RAMALLAH, West Bank, June 20 (UPI) -- Arab militants shot at a group of hikers Friday in Samaria near the West Bank city of Ramallah, wounding three of them, officials said. One hiker received minor injuries and two were in listed in moderate and serious condition, reported Friday. They were all air-lifted to a hospital in Tel Aviv, officials said. "We are now dealing with providing the injured with medical care, evacuating them and searching for the terrorists. We will lay our hands on the terrorists," an Israeli military official told Ynetnews. Some people have said "good will measures"...
  • Israel poised to defy US on West Bank building as President Bush flies in for 60th anniversary

    05/14/2008 2:20:05 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 11 replies · 106+ views ^ | 14/05/2008 | Joshua Mitnick
    The Israeli government defied American pressure on Wednesday and resolved to build hundreds of new homes inside a West Bank settlement as President George W Bush arrived to celebrate the country's 60th anniversary. Shortly after landing at Ben Gurion airport, Mr Bush hailed Israel as America's "strongest ally and friend in the Middle East" and praised the region's "only true democracy" for standing firm against the "forces of terror". The president's three-day visit will include an address to parliament on Thursday, marking the 60th anniversary of the country's foundation after British rule. Palestinians refer to this event as "al-nakbar" or...
  • West Bank: Man killed after clash with Palestinian police

    05/06/2008 1:12:40 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 126+ views
    al Bawaba ^ | May 06 2008
    Palestinian hospital officials said a West Bank villager has been died in a clash between local residents and Palestinian police. Tuesday's shootout was the first violence since Palestinian forces deployed in the area last weekend. On Saturday, 600 PA policemen were deployed in the district in an attempt to restore law and order. Officials said it's not clear who shot the unarmed 21-year-old man. They said after he was hit he was on life support at a hospital, but later died of his wounds. According to the AP, police commander Suleiman Imran conveyed gunmen shot at his men as they...
  • There is no Demographic Time Bomb

    04/23/2008 3:27:41 PM PDT · by tedbel · 5 replies · 144+ views
    Israpundit ^ | Apr 13/08 | Ted Belman
    Jews in Israel and the Diaspora follow the peace process closely and a majority of them favour the two-state solution. As Yoram Ettinger explains below, this is due in part to their fear of the alleged Demographic Time Bomb. Yoram Ettinger explains. 1. Support – among Israeli Jews – for the proposed Palestinian state (“Two States Solution”) is soft and reluctant, according to a March 31-April 1 poll conducted by the Tel Aviv University Center For Peace Research. 2. The establishment of the proposed Palestinian state is supported by 68%, many of whom – other than the Israel’s traditional Left...
  • Israel plans 100 new homes in W.Bank settlements

    04/18/2008 5:40:39 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 83+ views
    Reuters ^ | Apr 18, 2008 | Dan Williams and Mohammed Assadi
    JERUSALEM, April 18 (Reuters) - The Israeli government announced plans on Friday to build 100 new homes in two Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move Palestinians condemned as another blow to U.S.-brokered peace talks. A Housing Ministry advertisement published in an Israeli newspaper invited construction firms to bid for the rights to build 48 homes in Ariel, a major West Bank settlement, and another 52 homes in the smaller outlying enclave of Elkana. The 2003 peace "road map", reaffirmed by Israeli and Palestinian leaders at a conference hosted by U.S. President George W. Bush in November, requires...
  • 'Olmert offers Abbas 64% of W. Bank'

    04/16/2008 5:04:58 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 18 replies · 158+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | April 16, 2008 | Staff
    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has offered the Palestinians 64 percent of the West Bank as part of a future peace agreement, London-based Asharq Al-Awsat reported Wednesday. According to the report, Olmert told PA President Mahmoud Abbas that the Palestinians could "forget about territory west of the security fence." The prime minister also presented Abbas with several offers regarding Jerusalem. One of these would have Israel maintaining control over east Jerusalem and holy sites, but allowing Palestinians to enter those sites.
  • UK forces Israel to remove W. Bank pic

    04/13/2008 3:53:19 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 111+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr 13, 2008 | Staff
    The Tourism Ministry has been forced to change an advertising campaign in Britain in which the Qumran caves were pictured, after the UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that it did not consider the site part of Israel, it was reported Saturday. The ASA also reprimanded the Tourism Ministry for not responding to its numerous appeals on the matter. The Tourism Ministry's representative in Britain, Uri Gafni, told Israel Radio that the ministry had no intention whatsoever of claiming that the Qumran caves were in Israeli territory. He said the picture had now been swapped with an image of Masada....
  • Israel to Build New Homes in West Bank

    03/31/2008 11:03:13 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 7 replies · 368+ views
    AP ^ | 03/31/2008 | LAURIE COPANS
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel announced plans Monday for 1,400 new homes on land the Palestinians claim for a future state — just hours after U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ended a peacekeeping mission to the region. Jerusalem's city hall announced it would build 600 new apartments in Pisgat Zeev, a Jewish neighborhood in the eastern sector of the city. Soon after, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish party said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promised to build 800 additional homes in one of Israel's largest West Bank settlements, Betar Illit. Palestinian officials weren't immediately available for comment. Past Israeli construction projects in the...
  • (Vice President)Cheney: U.S. won't pressure Israel on security

    03/23/2008 12:25:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies · 1,001+ views
    al Reuters via Tahoo! News ^ | March 22, 2008 | Tabassum Zakaria
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney, starting a visit on Saturday to try to push forward Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, said Washington would never pressure Israel to take steps that threaten its security. Palestinians accuse Israel of undermining the U.S.-sponsored peace talks by expanding Jewish settlements, refusing to remove West Bank roadblocks and mounting offensives against militants in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip who fire cross-border rockets into the Jewish state. "America's commitment to Israel's security is enduring and unshakable, as is Israel's right to protect itself always against terrorism, rocket attacks and other attacks from forces dedicated to Israel's destruction,"...
  • Threat Matrix: March 2008

    03/05/2008 5:59:39 PM PST · by nwctwx · 1,515 replies · 23,048+ views
    Petraeus: Al Qaida Trying to 'Come Back In' U.S. military officials said there will be no significant reduction in coalition troops in the Baghdad area as part of an effort to stop the Al Qaida offensive in northern Iraq. They said Al Qaida was trying to reenter Baghdad and reverse its losses in 2007. "Al Qaida is trying to come back in," U.S. military commander Gen. David Petraeus said. "We can feel it and see it, and what we're trying to do is rip out any roots before they can get deeply into the ground." Read More Militants Assert...
  • Israel forces kill four militants in West Bank ambush ( Hamas threatens retaliation)

    03/12/2008 1:23:53 PM PDT · by maquiladora · 7 replies · 543+ views
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AFP) — Israeli undercover forces killed four Palestinian militants, including two high-ranking commanders, in a raid in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Wednesday. The strike raised tensions after a five-day lull in violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in and around the Gaza Strip as Egypt was attempting to broker a more permanent truce between the two sides. "Islamic Jihad and the other resistance groups have the right to respond in any place to this crime of assassination and all options are open," Dawud Shihab, a spokesman for Islamic Jihad in Gaza, told AFP. "What...
  • Of course terrorists would rejoice at Obama win

    03/10/2008 11:18:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 1,121+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | March 11, 2008 | Aaron Klein
    Was Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King on the mark last week when he asserted Islamic terrorists would rejoice if Sen. Barack Obama becomes the next U.S. president? As a journalist and author who has conducted dozens of on-the-record interviews with Muslim terrorists, including with some of the most notorious Palestinian terror leaders, and who has documented many of those interviews in a recently released, 210-page book, "Schmoozing with Terrorists," I can answer the above question with a resounding "yes." Terrorists worldwide would indeed be emboldened by an Obama election victory not so much because of the senator's middle name –...