Israel-Palestine News Compiler

Israel’s Visa Rule: If You Visit Palestine, Stay There

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 23, 2009

Ismail had fallen afoul of an Israeli border policy, quietly begun in June, that bars foreigners who say they are visiting the Palestinian Authority from entering Israel. Israel says the visa helps to exclude visitors who threaten security. According to Israeli Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Haddad, the procedure is based on an unpublished 2006 decision by the Israeli interior and defense ministers that “any foreign national who wants to enter the Palestinian Authority must have a permit issued by the army, and entry is permitted only into PA territory.”

For full article, visit http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1917917,00.html

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True or False: Shin Bet guards top Palestinian leaders in parts of West Bank?

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 20, 2009

The security Israel provides for Abbas and Fayyad is meant to prevent either of two possible scenarios. One is an assassination attempt by Palestinian extremists, such as the Hamas cell that was recently arrested for allegedly planning an attack on Abbas. The other is an assassination attempt by right-wing Israeli extremists.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1108777.html

“This news is not true,” Ad-Dameri said over the phone, “the Israeli media says so to misrepresent and to harm the status of the Palestinian Authority.” He assured Israel has “nothing to do with the security of the Palestinian President.”

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=220414

Israel declares shooting of American an “act of war”

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 19, 2009

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Tsemel, the civil suit attorney told Ma’an that the “act of war” designation automatically releases the government from paying compensation under a recently-amended tort law. Israel makes this designation “all the time,” in tort cases involving Palestinian victims, she said.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=219888

Quiet slicing of the West Bank makes abstract prayers for peace obscene

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 18, 2009

The conclusion is obvious: while paying lip-service to the two-state solution, Israel is busy creating a situation on the ground that will render such a solution impossible. The dream underlying Israel’s plans is encapsulated by a wall that separates a settler’s town from the Palestinian town on a nearby West Bank hill. The Israeli side of the wall is painted with the image of the countryside beyond the wall – but without the Palestinian town, depicting just nature, grass and trees. Is this not ethnic cleansing at its purest, imagining the outside beyond the wall as empty, virginal and waiting to be settled?

For full article, visit http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/aug/18/west-bank-israel-settlers-palestinians

Hilltop Youth push to settle West Bank

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 18, 2009

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Mr Slonam says the only law he heeds is the law of God.

“God gave us all of Israel, it all belongs to the Jews.”

“It’s not like I’m going to Egypt and claiming land there. This is Israel,” he says of the land Israel has occupied since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

“It’s the land of the Israeli people, the Jewish people, so we’re allowed to be here.”

Raised in a religious home in the Tzofim settlement, he studies in a seminary for much of the year, and says he is not at all interested in girls or alcohol and his parents support his activism.

For full article, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8204826.stm

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

Israel rejects Clinton claim of no agreement on settlements

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 7, 2009

Israeli officials rejected on Saturday a statement by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dismissing Israeli assertions that the Bush administration had agreed to allow some construction in the settlements to allow for natural growth.

“There is no memorialization of any informal and oral agreements. If they did occur, which, of course, people say they did, they did not become part of the official position of the United States government,” Clinton told reporters on Friday, in a news conference with her Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu, at the State Department.

For full article, visit http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1244035012765&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

N’ilin: farewell to the fifth victim of Israel’s army in less than one year

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 7, 2009
People carrying Aqel Sadeq during his funeral on Saturday

People carrying Aqel Sadeq during his funeral on Saturday

Srour, survived by a pregnant wife and three children, was shot in the chest by an Israeli soldier during a nonviolent protest against the wall in the village.  Four others were wounded in the same demonstration including 15-year-old Mohammad Mousa who is suffering a serious injury in the chest as well and is still in critical condition.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/60707

Masked settlers open fire on Palestinians at Nablus area school, six injured

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 24, 2009

Palestinian official responsible of the settlement file in the northern West Bank Ghassan Daghlas said the settlers, from Yitzhar, opened fire at the locals from 20 meters away. He called the incident a “clear and dangerous violation of the rights of the Palestinian residents on their lands.”

Shehada said the shooting was intentional and meant to cause injury. He explained that the intensity of the fire prevented him from leaving a home near the school where he was visiting family. “I couldn’t go and see how many wounded there were,” he said.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=37351

Report: Mash’al set to axe politbureau in Damascus in favor of committee of West Bank, Gaza, exiled members

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 24, 2009

The paper’s sources said Mash’al decided to axe the political bureau, seen by many as the command center for Hamas, in favor of an executive committee made up of 18 leaders, six from abroad, six from Gaza and six from the West Bank. The move would ensure that no one wing of the party would control internal decision making.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=37344