Israel-Palestine News Compiler

Haniyeh: Hamas willing to accept Palestinian state with 1967 borders

Posted in Activism, Palestine and the International Community, The Blockade, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009

The Hamas leader spoke at a meeting with 11 European parliamentarians who sailed from Cyprus to the Gaza Strip to protest Israel’s naval blockade of the territory. Haniyeh told his guests Israel rejected his initiative. Clare Short, who served in the cabinet of former British prime minister Tony Blair, asked Haniyeh to repeat his offer. He said the Hamas government had agreed to accept a Palestinian state that followed the 1967 borders and to offer Israel a long-term hudna, or truce, if Israel recognized the Palestinians’ national rights.

In response to a question about the international community’s impression that there are two Palestinian states, Haniyeh said: “We don’t have a state, neither in Gaza nor in the West Bank. Gaza is under siege and the West Bank is occupied. What we have in the Gaza Strip is not a state, but rather a regime of an elected government. A Palestinian state will not be created at this time except in the territories of 1967.”

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1035414.html

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Biden: Israel would be ‘ill-advised’ to attack Iran

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs, Israel and Iran, Israel and the International Community by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009
 U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, right, and President Barack Obama.

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, right, and President Barack Obama.

“I don’t believe that Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu would do that. I think he would be ill-advised to do that,” Biden told the U.S. network’s reporter Wolf Blitzer. “And so my level of concern is no different than it was a year ago.”

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077347.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

‘It’s not easy being an Ethiopian Jew in America’

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs, Internal Jewish Racism by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009

“There are obvious advantages to being part of a big and influential community,” he admits. “The first time I saw a giant poster featuring a black model, I was stunned and excited that here people actually think that black sells. I wanted it to happen in Israel too. Then in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina where the blacks were neglected, I said, ‘thank God I’m Israeli.’ But when Obama won the election and all our neighbors ran down the street yelling and dancing and singing – I shouted something in Hebrew as well, something like: ‘The good guys won!’ It was perhaps the first time that I felt I belong to this fest, and I said I’m so grateful to be here to witness this historical moment.”

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077094.html

Amnesty: as US arms shipment reaches Israelis Obama urged to halt further exports

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 7, 2009

According to new information received by Amnesty International, the Wehr Elbe, a German cargo ship which had been chartered and controlled by US Military Sealift Command, docked and unloaded its cargo of reportedly over 300 containers at the Israeli port of Ashdod, just 40 km north of Gaza by road. The German ship left the USA for Israel on 20 December, one week before the start of Israeli attacks on Gaza, carrying 989 containers of munitions, each of them 20 feet long with a total estimated net weight of 14,000 tons.

For full article, visit http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4995

Palestinians warned against Jewish trade

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 3, 2009
Those who violate the religious order banning such activity would be accused of “high treason,” said Sheik Tayseer Rajab Tamimi, chief judge of the PA, The Jerusalem Post reported.
The latest warning was issued Wednesday after reports that Jewish businessmen from the United States had purchased land from Palestinians on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

American NLG Lawyers Release New Findings that Israel Violated International Law, US Domestic Law in Gaza

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 3, 2009

The Delegation also uncovered evidence of Israeli soldiers using Palestinians as human shields, acts that constitute war crimes, as well as evidence that the Israeli military targeted civilian infrastructure and grossly misused weapons. Further, Israel denied the wounded access to medical care and routinely fired on emergency medical teams attempting to reach those in need of help. Paramedics and doctors reported to the Delegation that many civilians could have been saved if the Israeli army allowed Palestinian medical services access to the wounded. “On one occasion, when Israeli forces did allow Palestinian medical services to enter an area after four days, soldiers prohibited their ambulances from approaching and paramedics were forced to pile the injured on donkey carts,” reported Reem Salahi, a California-based civil rights attorney. “Medical workers were then forced to pull the carts to their ambulances two kilometers away.”

For full press release, visit  http://www.nlg.org/news/index.php?entry=entry090402-082738

To download full report of the National Lawyers Guild Delegation to Gaza, click the link below:
Onslaught: Israel’s Attack on Gaza and the Rule of Law

US Envoy Writes of Israeli Threats

“I was the target of an assassination attempt by terrorists using automatic rifles and antitank weapons that had been made in the United States and shipped to Israel,” he wrote. “Weapons financed and given by the United States to Israel were used in an attempt to kill an American diplomat!” After the event, conspiracy theories abounded in the Middle East about who could have planned the attack, and why. Lebanon was a dangerously factionalized country.

For full article, visit http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090413/crossette

U.S. pro-Israel lobby wages anti-Lieberman campaign

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 2, 2009

“J Street is deeply concerned about what Avigdor Lieberman’s recent strong showing in Israeli elections, and the key role he is playing as Foreign Minister in the new Israeli government, mean for the U.S.-Israel relationship,” said a statement on the group’s website, urging supporters to sign an open letter and call on Jewish community leaders to “speak out forcefully against Lieberman’s inflammatory platform and rhetoric and stand up for peace, justice and democracy.”

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1076043.html

Ron Paul on Gaza

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 29, 2009