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US urges quick return to Mid-East talks

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 10, 2009

“We all share an obligation to create the conditions for the prompt resumption and early conclusion of negotiations,” he said in Jerusalem.US relations with Israel are said to be tense since President Barack Obama’s speech to Muslims in Cairo last week.Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is under pressure to back a two-state solution.

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For full article, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8090761.stm

Hamas political chief: Israeli settlement freeze essential

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 10, 2009

“There is a new language from President Obama, but we expect real pressure on Israelis,” Meshal said. “There are demands Israel stop the settlements but this is not the price we are after … although it’s an essential step.”

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1091790.html

Hamas: Fatah raids disrupting talks

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 10, 2009

“What is happening in the West Bank cannot be accepted,” Khaled Meshaal said on Tuesday after meeting Omar Suleiman, the Egyptian intelligence chief.

“We will pursue our policy in co-operating with the Egyptian efforts to reach a real reconciliation, but the most difficult obstacle hampering reaching a Palestinian reconciliation is what is happening in the West Bank,” he said.

Meshaal’s comments to the Cairo-based Arab League came after raids were launched across the Israeli-occupied territory by Fatah, led by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president.

For full article, visit http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/06/200969204138605884.html

Feeling the Hate In Jerusalem on Eve of Obama’s Cairo Address

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 7, 2009

U.S. group returning from Gaza to deliver Hamas letter to Obama in Cairo

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 7, 2009

Dear Mr. President,

We welcome your visit to the Arab world and your administration’s initiative to bridge differences with the Arab-Muslim world.

One long-standing source of tension between the United States and this part of the world has been the failure to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict.

It is therefore unfortunate that you will not visit Gaza during your trip to the Middle East and that neither your Secretary of State nor George Mitchell have come to hear our point of view.

To view entire letter, click here.

Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder, with Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmed Yusef, the Hamas official who signed the letter to President Obama. Benjamin and a delegation of 66 delivered the letter to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo June 4.

Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder, with Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmed Yusef, the Hamas official who signed the letter to President Obama. Benjamin and a delegation of 66 delivered the letter to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo June 4.

At 9 a.m. June 4, the delegation of journalists, social workers, professors and activists will carry the letter to the U.S. Embassy here along with a petition signed by more than 10,000 Americans asking Obama to go to Gaza to witness the impact of the recent Israeli invasion there and its ongoing blockade of the Gaza border.

For full article, visit http://codepinkalert.org//article.php?id=4927

Barenboim gets ovation in Cairo

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 18, 2009

Mr Barenboim founded the joint Arab-Israeli orchestra, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, with the late Palestinian-American writer Edward Said in 1999 to further cultural exchange between young people in Israel and the Arab world.

His views earned him an honorary Palestinian Authority passport in 2007.

For full article, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8002684.stm

Palestinian Journalist Deported after waiting 36 hours in Cairo’s Airport

Posted in Internal Palestinian Affairs, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 10, 2009

Laila Al-Hadid, author of the blog “Raising Yousif and Noor,” has been denied entry into Gaza, where she’s originally from. After waiting 36 hours in Cairo’s airport, they deported her and her two children back to the US. She communicated with the world through twitter and the web.

Since Laila’s visa for the US has ended, its likely that her family’s ordeal isn’t over. She was planning to renew her visa in Beirut, where she was going to meet her husband, a US citizen and a Palestinian refugee who is denied his right to return to Palestine by Israel. Before going to Beirut, Laila wanted to visit her home in Gaza. Since Israeli authorities have closed all points of entry to the Gaza Strip under its control, the only route to Gaza left for Laila is through the Egyptian side of Rafah. Rafah is also temporarily closed, and apparently Egyptian authorities have been claiming that they had orders not to allow Palestinian residents into the country as long as Rafah is closed. Laila is carrying a letter signed by the Egyptian consulate in the US explaining that she is travelling to renew her visa, but Egyptian authorities at Cairo airport are unimpressed. According to Laila, they told her “So sue him!”

Laila Al-Hadid and Family

Laila Al-Hadid and Family

From Laila Al-Hadid’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/gazamom

  1. thank you everyone for your support- I thought I could get in, I exhausted all options. They said I needed security clearance (to go home)
  2. i don’t think I have ever gone such a long stretch with no sleep. I am beginning to halluciate.
  3. getting ready for deportation trip back to US via London. should be interesting explaining this to US immigration. the saga continues. (
  4. i was asked by men in holding cell what I did to be in there, I said “I was born Palestinian” (
  5. favorite line by egyptian mockiccer: “honestly, we did not get any sleep over your orrdeal, we feel for you, really we do”
  6. unfortunately could not film there; though could have tried to hide my flip. oh well.
  7. I told everyone in the detention room I am the only one here because I cannot go home- you are all being deported home, I am denied home (
  8. then they said “its very uncomfortable isn’t it? we do’nt mind keeping you there you know” (
  9. took my laptop and cameras; everyone was called on by country; 5 south asians were “Pakistan”; Guneaian was “Kenya”; another was Indonesia (
  10. i was placed in a detention room with 17 others for 3 hours then taken to a room and asked “if that’s what I wanted for the forseable future (
  11. now talk of deporting us to the US tonight (

Click here to see her blog “Raising Yousif and Noor”.

Twitter makes detention of Palestinian journalist breaking news

Posted in Arrests and Detentions, Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 9, 2009

“I’m recording my ordeal with my flip mini,” Palestinian journalist Laila Al-Hadid told friends and relatives who subscribe to her Twitter service shortly after she was detained at the Cairo airport en route to her native Gaza.

News of her detention and questioning was made instantly available to the international news media via three technological innovations spurring instant communication: wireless internet at the airport, Twitter, and GroundReport.com.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36996

Excerpt From her blog “Raising Yousif and Noor”:

We have been stuck in Cairo airport for nearly a day now. We are neither being allowed entry or exit by Egyptian authorities, who insist that as long as Rafah Crossing is closed, they are under strict orders not to allow Palestinians in.

This is despite a signed letter of consent I received personally from the Egyptian consul-general in Washington the day of my travel from the US.

To quote the Egyptian officials here in the airport “so sue him”.

I tried to plead that it was not my fault Egypt was in the way of my home- that if I could,I’d parachute in; that i simply wanted to go back home.

To visit Laila Al-Hadid’s blog click http://a-mother-from-gaza.blogspot.com/

Hamas confirms talks with Fatah to resume on 26 April in Cairo

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 9, 2009

The statement came five days after a senior Hamas leader returning from Cairo noted talks had been “postponed indefinitely.”

Fatah and Egyptian spokespeople maintained that talks had been scheduled for 26 April, though Hamas remained silent on the issue until 9 March when they confirmed the set date.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=37004

Abu Zuhri: “Hamas will not accept any government that does not receive PLC approval”

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009
Sami Abu Zuhri

Sami Abu Zuhri

In a statement to the Quds Press, Sami Abu Zuhri, spokesperson of Hamas, called on Fateh movement “to free itself from the US preconditions”.

“We are not the problem”, Abu Zuhri said, “The problem is in those who link the success of the talks with an American blessing”.

He also said that Ramallah government is illegitimate, and that any new government will not be legitimate unless it is presented and approved by the legislative council.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59832