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Adams to ‘Post’: Hamas wants peace

“But there was a time when there was no dialogue in Ireland, and there was conflict,” he said. “Once we opened up the process to allow dialogue, and made it inclusive, we started a very difficult process that challenged everyone. It challenged Sinn Fein, it challenged the British government, challenged the unionists.”

Adams said there was a “certainty” about war “that people can be comfortable in, because you don’t have to take chances.”

But, he said, “you can take chances and ensure that no person has to be killed, or live in fear or be imprisoned and subjected to all the people of Israel and the people of Palestine have been subjected to. We took the chance in Ireland. It wasn’t easy, but the rewards more than vindicate and validate the risks that were taken.”

For full article, visit http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1239488111539&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

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Israeli Occupation Army kidnaps two international peace activists in Hebron

Posted in Arrests, Detentions, Kidnappings, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009

Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Saturday afternoon twenty international peace activists in the southern West Bank City of Hebron, and released them later on keeping two in custody.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59894

A German national and an Italian national were taken by Israeli forces while accompanying farmers at 11am. Both individuals have been taken to the police station at Kyrat Arba. Palestinian farmers in At-Tuwani rely on the presence of International and Israeli human rights workers to mitigate violence from settlers.

As soldiers in the area frequently ignore settler violence and rarely interfere to protect the farmers, international volunteers provide support for the Palestinians. The grazing action began around 8.30 am, and the German and Italian nationals were arrested at 11am.

For full article, visit http://palsolidarity.org/2009/04/6128

Galloway: “Oslo deals are dead, will not lead us anywhere”

Posted in Activism by beyondtheborder on April 11, 2009

Galloway added that what I happening now cannot be called peace talks, and that the Israelis are holding talks but are not ready to achieve justice that could lead to peace.

He stated that Israel wants endless and aimless talks, and that this issue will not lead to peace but is only meant to grant Israel more time to continue its violations.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59885

Dead Sea Scrolls stir storm at Royal Ontario Museum

Posted in Internal Palestinian Affairs, Jerusalem, Palestine and the International Community by beyondtheborder on April 10, 2009

In letters to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and top executives at the ROM, senior Palestinian officials argue the scrolls – widely regarded as among the great archaeological discoveries of the 20th century – were acquired illegally by Israel when the Jewish state annexed East Jerusalem in 1967.

“The exhibition would entail exhibiting or displaying artifacts removed from the Palestinian territories,” said Hamdan Taha, director-general of the archaeological department in the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

“I think it is important that Canadian institutions would be responsible and act in accordance with Canada’s obligations.”

The Palestinians say the planned ROM exhibit violates at least four international conventions or protocols on the treatment of cultural goods that were illegally obtained.

A scrap of non-biblical Hebrew text from the first century CE, originally discovered in 1956.

A scrap of non-biblical Hebrew text from the first century CE, originally discovered in 1956.

For full article, visit http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/616059

To protest ROM’s decision to display the artifacts, fill the form at http://www.rom.on.ca/about/contact.php.

Archbishop Hanna: “Palestinians in Jerusalem are natives, not strangers”

Posted in Jerusalem by beyondtheborder on April 9, 2009
Archbishop Attalah Hanna

Archbishop Attalah Hanna

Hanna slammed the illegal Israeli policies in East Jerusalem and said that Israel wants to demolish Palestinian homes and annex Palestinian lands.

“This is a racist policy, this policy is unjust and illegal”, he stated, “We reject these policies, the Palestinians in Jerusalem are natives, not intruders or strangers, but Israel wants to terrify and intimidate the Palestinians in order to leave the city”.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59870

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/

‘Jerusalem should be capital for the Palestinians and Israel’

In his talks with visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Jordan’s King Abdullah II has stressed on the urgent requirement for re-launching “serious negotiations” between the new Israeli government and the Palestinians aimed at ending their decades-long conflict, said a royal court statement on Thursday.

For full article, visit http://www.nasdaq.com/aspxcontent/NewsStory.aspx?cpath=20090409\ACQRTT200904091815RTTRADERUSEQUITY_1347.htm&&mypage=newsheadlines&title=Jordan%20Calls%20For

Miliband expressed his country’s worries over plans by the new Israeli government to demolish scores of Palestinian homes in an East Jerusalem suburb and turn about 1,500 Palestinians homeless. “We view with real concern the proposed demolition in East Jerusalem,” the British foreign secretary said at a press conference he jointly addressed with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh. “Jerusalem should be the capital of the Palestinians and Israel,” Miliband added.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077438.html

U.S. giving Palestinian security forces top-level training

Posted in Internal Palestinian Affairs, Palestine and the International Community by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009

So far, the program has produced 80 graduates divided into two 40-student classes. A third class, made up of commanders from the Palestinian National Security – the largest security force with 15,000 members, tasked with policing borders, providing military intelligence, military police services and presidential security – is currently being trained in Jordan.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077216.html

Barak orders closure of Palestinian territories

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 7, 2009

Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, instructed the army to impose a strict closure over the occupied Palestinian territories starting on Monday at night until midnight on Saturday April 18th as the Jews mark the Pesah (Passover) holiday.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59809

The war on Gaza: Documentation by the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group

Posted in Official Publications, Operation Cast Lead, Publications by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

In response to continuing rocket attacks into southern Israel, Israel waged the bloodiest war against Gaza since the 1967 war for more than 20 days on December 27, 2008. More than 1200 people were killed and thousands more wounded. Large parts of the infrastructure were destroyed, official buildings, agricultural lands, civilian houses, hospitals and mosques, while the population of Gaza had no where to escape. The attacks were supposed to stop rocket fire into Israel and to destroy Hamas, but the heaviest loss was faced by the civilians. This report is designed to give a summary of basic facts of what happened during the war.

To download report, click here.