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PCHR Weekly Report: 3 Palestinians injured, 23 abducted this week

According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, during the week of 09 – 16 April 2009, 3 Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank. Israeli forces abducted 23 Palestinians, including 3 children. 18 were abducted during military invasions in the West Bank, and 5 were abducted at Israeli checkpoints within the West Bank.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/60000

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PA officials scandalized at disclosure by Abbas’s son of vast personal fortune

Posted in Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 18, 2009
Yasser Abbas

Yasser Abbas

Yasser Abbas, the son of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, revealed this week that he’s a self-made millionaire who started his own business shortly after the signing of the Oslo Accords.

In an interview with the Dubai-based Al-Aswak.net economic magazine, Abbas’s son, who was named after former PA leader Yasser Arafat, also declared that “a majority of Palestinians,” including himself, “collaborate with Israel.”

For full article, visit http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1239710711339&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Palestinian Christians Exodus

Posted in Internal Palestinian Affairs, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 14, 2009
Jamal Khadr, a priest at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Jamal Khadr, a priest at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

“They can’t easily adapt to the hardships associated with the stressful situation stemming from the Israeli occupation,” Dr. Jamal Khadr, a priest at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, told IslamOnline.net.

In recent decades, thousands of Christians left the occupied West Bank for a new life abroad, especially in North and South America, Australia, Scandinavia and even Africa.

For full article, visit http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1237706083667&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout

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

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

Christian housing faces Israeli encirclement

Posted in Restrictions on Movement, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009

Residents of a Palestinian Christian housing project in the West Bank village of Beit Sahour say Israel is encircling their community with a security road to separate them from a nearby Jewish settlement.

“With this situation they will put us in a cage, a zoo,” said William Sahouri, 42, a resident and member of the project’s housing committee. “We will not be able to expand.”

The project lies close to Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem, where the Greek Orthodox Sahouri family live in a modern three-bedroom home, with two flat-screen televisions and a small bar displaying a collection of whiskies and other liquors.

For full article, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/featuredCrisis/idUSLB710547

Egypt proposes West Bank-Gaza Strip unity committee

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Egypt and Palestine, Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 11, 2009

“This was a last-minute proposal, the details of which are unclear, waiting to be clarified during the coming round of talks that will be held at the end of April,” he added.

Al-Bardaweel expressed hope of reaching an agreement during the coming round of talks, and affirmed that “it will not be the last, in the event that there are unresolved issues, because Hamas as well as Fatah is determined to keep the doors open for Palestinian unity.”

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=37031

Israel eyes extra security for foreign minister who lives in West Bank

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs, Israeli Settlements, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 7, 2009

Security sources said the intelligence community has concluded that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman would become a target of such groups as Hamas, Hizbullah and Islamic Jihad. The sources said Lieberman’s statements, regarded by Arabs as provocative, as well as his residency in the West Bank would garner assassination attempts.

“The fact that he lives in the West Bank makes him a much easier target than say if he lived in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem,” a security source said.

For full article, visit http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2009/me_israel0273_04_06.asp

Obama to visit Israel, West Bank in June

The decision to visit Jerusalem several weeks after his first meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington is meant to emphasize Obama’s commitment to an active role in achieving a two-state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077070.html

Lieberman, Avigdor — Israeli politician and deputy prime minister

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 4, 2009

Avigdor Lieberman, chair of the far-right Yisrael Beitenu (Israel Our Home) party, joined Ehud Olmert’s government as deputy prime minister and Minister of Strategic Threats in October 2006. As a cabinet member, Lieberman is an integral part of all strategic discussions. Lieberman, who is known for his advocacy of “transfer,” or ethnic cleansing, of Palestinian citizens in Israel, as well as his declaration that Palestinian members of the Knesset who meet with Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and Gaza should be executed as traitors, immigrated to Israel from Moldova at the age of 20.

For full article, visit http://electronicintifada.net/bytopic/people/658.shtml