03-12-13

Latest News Palestine: Peace Talks

 

 

As planned:

November 27, 2013 - Israel Approves New Settlements in West Bank
http://www.palestinechronicle.com/israel-approves-new-settlements-in-west-bank/#.Up10S8TuK5U

28-11-13

Israeli 'Peace Talks': Aggression continues in Ni’lin

the pictures of the 4 guys who were arrested today in nilin

27.11.2013

Israeli mid-night invasions and aggression continues in Ni’lin; four guys arrested.

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For a while the village of Ni’lin almost believed that the nightly raids had stopped. Last week there was only one invasion. But now it seems like the Israeli occupation is planning to try to break the resistance in Ni’lin by New Year’s Eve.

Wednesday morning at 02:30 am the village was invaded by 20 jeeps and four people were arrested.

Ibrahim Kawaja, 22, Waleed Srour, 22 and Mohammed Khawaja, 25, and Mohammed Ratib, 25, who is also the brother of Arafat Nafi who was killed during a peaceful demonstration in 2008.

Three other young men were sought by the soldiers but not found. The soldiers left interrogation papers demanding that the men surrender themselves to Ofer military prison.

http://www.nilin-village.org/2013/11/27/israeli-mid-night-invasions-and-aggression-continues-in-nilin-four-guys-arrested-27-11-2013/

27-11-13

Syria, Palestine: Israeli occupation

November 26, 2013

New York, (SANA) – Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said that the Israeli occupation entity seeks to find conditions of explosion in the region because, as its leaders admit, it can’t continue without a war, so it sponsors terrorism in the region.

In a speech during the meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (UNISPAL) at the UN on Tuesday, al-Jaafari said that in light of the policy of fait accompli which Israel tires to impose, it's unacceptable that the UN and the member states deal with it in routine or solidarity without any productive act.

He reminded of the UN general Assembly resolution No. 273 for 1949 which specified the acceptance of Israel's membership at the UN, mainly on the condition that it would commit to resolutions relevant to the Palestinian issue which affirm the Palestinian people's right in establishing their state with Jerusalem as its capital and their right to return home.

Al-Jaafari said that Israel's escaping from punishment encouraged it to escalate its hostile practices and violation of human rights and international law.

"Part of the Syrian territories is still under occupation, since more than 45 years, despite the Security Council unanimous resolution No. 497 for 1981 which considered Israel's decision to annex the Syrian Golan in 1981 null and void and without legal basis, and based on this, the UN is required to shoulder its responsibilities to force Israel to apply to its resolutions," al-Jaafari said.

" It is unacceptable that the UN has failed in forcing Israel carry out the international resolutions, stop its flagrant, systemized violations of the Syrians' right under occupation in Golan, put an end to the apartheid, looting the natural Golan resources, including oil, gas and water ," al-Jaafari said.

He added that Israel has lately marketed for a kind of wine produced in its settlements in the occupied Syrian Golan; it markets it in a number of UN member states which vote against Israel polices, and perhaps these countries don't know that the wine comes from the Israeli settlements in Golan.

"It is also unacceptable that Israel continues the campaigns of the feverish settlement in the Syrian Golan, building a racial separation wall to the East of the occupied Majdal Shams city and rejecting handing over the mine fields' maps, planted in the Golan termites, to the international organizations," al-Jaafair said.

He held Israel and its politicians responsible for sponsoring terrorism and involving in cooperation, protecting the armed terrorist groups in the UNDOF.

Al-Jaafari affirmed that the choice of the just and comprehensive peace wouldn't not be achieved except by Israel's full withdrawal from the Arab territories into the line of June 4th, 1967, the establishment of the Palestinian independent state with Jerusalem as its capital and resolving the Palestinian refugees issue according to resolution No. 194 for 1948.

Mazen Eyon

http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/26/514590.htm

12-11-13

Palestinians mark 9th anniversary of Arafat death

Palestinians hold posters and candles as they commemorate the death of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of al-Quds (Jerusalem) on November11, 2013.

Nov 11, 2013

Thousands of Palestinians have marked the ninth death anniversary of the late leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Yasser Arafat.

Carrying portraits of Arafat, the Palestinians marched in several cities in the occupied West Bank to commemorate his demise on Monday.

On November 5, a Swiss laboratory investigating Arafat's death submitted the results to representatives of his widow, Suha Arafat, as well as representatives of the Palestinian Authority (PA). 

The Swiss scientists, who tested samples taken from Arafat's corpse, said the tests showed "unexpected high activity" of polonium-210, which "moderately" supported the poisoning theory. 

The scientists -- from the Vaudois University Hospital Centre (CHUV) in Lausanne, Switzerland -- carried out a detailed examination of Arafat's medical records, samples taken from his remains, which were exhumed in November of last year, and items he had taken into the hospital in Paris where he died. 

David Barclay, a British forensic scientist who had studied the report, said, "The report contains strong evidence, in my view conclusive evidence, that there's at least 18 times the level of polonium in Arafat's exhumed body than there should be." 

Many Palestinian officials believe that Israel poisoned Arafat.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/11/334238/palestine-marks-arafat-death-anniversary/

'No PA-Israel deal better than bad one': PA official
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/11/334207/no-paisrael-deal-better-than-bad-one/

09-11-13

John Kerry: Israeli settlements are 'illegitimate'

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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip. 

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November 6, 2013 - Grappling with troubled peace process, Kerry urges Israeli settlement limits:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/06/us-palestinians-israel-kerry-idUSBRE9A50CD20131106

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/11/07/palestinians-protest-against-kerrys-regional-tour.html

Photo: http://electronicintifada.net/content/month-pictures-may-2013/12515

07-11-13

Libyan ship with aid supplies for Gaza

Workers load supplies on Amalthea at Lavrio,near Athens bound for Gaza


Israel blocks Libyan ship taking aid to Gaza
 
15 July 2010

A Libyan ship carrying aid for Gaza docked at an Egyptian port today after the Israeli navy stopped it from reaching the Palestinian territory.

The Amalthea, flying under a Moldovan flag, will unload its cargo and transfer it to the Red Crescent for delivery to Gaza by land across the border, said Gamal Abdel Maqsoud, director of the Egyptian port of el-Arish.

The Amalthea was the latest ship to attempt to break the embargo, six weeks after the Israeli navy's interception of an aid flotilla in which nine Turkish activists were killed. The assault prompted a wave of international condemnation and resulted in Israel agreeing to ease its blockade of Gaza. But it has maintained the naval embargo, insisting it is necessary and justified under international law to prevent weapons being shipped to Hamas.

The Amalthea sailed from Greece at the weekend carrying up to 15 activists and 2,000 tonnes of food and medicine, according to the organisers, a charity chaired by a son of Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader.

Youssef Sawani, director of the charity, told Reuters it was a "peaceful mission". But Gabriela Shalev, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, wrote to Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general, expressing concern "that the true nature of its actions remains dubious".

Following intense Israeli diplomatic efforts, Greece – from where the boat sailed – Moldova – under whose flag the boat is operating – and Egypt all agreed that the Amalthea should be directed to el-Arish, 40km (25 miles) from Gaza, where its cargo could be unloaded, inspected and transferred to Gaza, according to Israeli officials. Israel had also invited the activists to unload the shipment at the Israeli port of Ashdod, a similar distance from Gaza.

Despite ceding to calls for the blockade to be relaxed in the aftermath of the assault on the flotilla on 31 May, Israel has insisted the commandos who carried out the raids acted in 'self-defence'. 
 

The metamorphosis of tiny Israel from a midget to a giant is in the making:
http://www.mediamonitors.net/johnhenshaw1.html

Fight colonialism: village of Ni’lin

Israeli soldiers invading Ni'lin 06.11.2013

Ni’lin village Raided Again,two guys got arrested.

November 6th, 2013

At 5am Wednesday morning around 16 Israeli military jeeps and 50 soldiers on foot invaded the village of Ni’lin. They raided two houses using military dogs, making two arrests: Abdull Halim Khawaja, 24, and Zohdi Nafi, 21. The soldiers also stole the car of Ahmed Nafi, 34.

The soldiers used sound grenades as they went through the village, waking up civilians along the way. Once again the jeep mounted tear gas canon was used covering the village in gas.

The night raids continue as the families of Ni’lin are losing their children day by day. The number of prisoners are constantly rising as a consequence of the collective punishment forced upon the village of Ni’lin for protesting against the occupation and the struggle against the apartheid wall.

Monday morning two other young men, Abdullah Amireh, 22, and Nasir Amireh, 20, were arrested in the middle of the night. The arrested has been sent to the underground Almasqubyia jail in Jerusalem and Aljalama jail north of the West Bank.

http://www.nilin-village.org/2013/11/06/nilin-village-raided-againtwo-guys-got-arrested/

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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip. 

Nearly 34 years ago, an America-firster used The American Mercury magazine to warn of the danger posed by Zionism in the Mideast. 

The metamorphosis of tiny Israel from a midget to a giant is in the making:
http://www.mediamonitors.net/johnhenshaw1.html

04-11-13

Palestinians still belief in American peace process

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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip. 

Nearly 34 years ago, an America-firster used The American Mercury magazine to warn of the danger posed by Zionism and its rule of Washington and the Mideast. 

http://www.mediamonitors.net/johnhenshaw1.html

Peace talks: Half a million Israelis live in illegal settlements

 
The Palestinian Authority has condemned Israel for its plans to build more settlements in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and a wall along the Jordanian border.

November 3, 2013

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the spokesman for acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas, said that Washington must send the Tel Aviv regime a clear message that its actions are jeopardizing peace efforts. 

“Settlement is illegal and the fence will be removed,” the spokesman said. “There will be no peace or stability in the region without the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.” 

The warning came on the eve of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the Middle East region. 

Israel’s decision to build the wall and nearly 2000 more settler units has angered Palestinians ahead of the talks with Kerry. The Palestinians have threatened to go to the UN Security Council over the issue.

According to settlement watchdog, Peace Now, which opposes and tracks settlement construction activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, the tenders for 1,859 new illegal settler units were published on Sunday. 

The non-governmental organization noted that 1,031 plots were offered by Israel's Housing and Construction Ministry in the occupied West Bank, along with 828 in the East al-Quds. 

"Within a few months they will choose the winning bids and the successful contractors will be able to start building within a number of weeks," Peace Now's Settlement Watch project director, Hagit Ofran, said.

Israeli settlements are considered illegal by the UN and most countries because the territories were captured by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967, and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands. 

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip and are demanding Israel to withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories. 

Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds. 

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967. 

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/11/03/332835/israel-condemned-for-construction-plans/

29-06-13

Israel's 'Two State Solution': Ethnic cleansing of Palestine

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Since 2001, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs and leader of Israel's far right party, Avigdor Lieberman, proposes to establish four townships in the occupied West Bank, hermetically sealed, which would be grouped the Palestinians. He sees it as a solution for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, who are more than one million, to move the vast majority of the group in tightly closed, self-administered areas.
Thus would arise a State ethnically homogeneous from the Mediterranean Sea until the Jordan, sheltering in its midst Palestinian “Bantustans”.

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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted anynew construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) Oktober 2011: Israeli jets bomb Gaza Strip - Israeli jetfighters engage in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

26-06-13

Water shortages in the occupied West Bank: Palestinian youths protest

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Youths protest water shortages in Bethlehem camp

Jun 26, 2013 - 12:08:36 AM

Palestinian youths burned tires and briefly stopped traffic on a main Bethlehem road Tuesday, as they protested against water shortages in the occupied West Bank. Several dozen residents of Bethlehem's al-Azza refugee camp joined the demonstration in which participants set fire to tires and blocked traffic with a dumpster they dragged into the center of Manger Street. A Ma'an reporter observed firefighters and police officers arriving at the scene. He said they did not interfere with the demonstration, which ended without injury or damage.

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Palestinians Protest Israeli Closure of Theater

Jun 26, 2013 - 12:02:02 AM

Palestinians are protesting Israel's closing of their national theater in Jerusalem during a planned children's festival. Administrator Majed Mani of the Hakawati Theater complained that officials from Israel's Ministry of Public Security ordered the theater closed for eight days, canceling the festival, set to feature puppet shows and plays. Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said Tuesday that organizers took funds from the Palestinian Authority, which has self-rule over Palestinians in the West Bank.

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Israel okays 69 settlement homes on eve of Kerry visit

26/06/2013,  19:39 

Settlers attacked dozens of Palestinian vehicles with rocks late Tuesday near Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that Israeli forces closed a main road near Yitzhar settlement after settlers attacked dozens of vehicles with stones.

No injuries were reported.

Settlers then set fire to olive trees on Palestinian land in nearby Huwwara village, which destroyed over 5 acres of land.

Settler violence against Palestinian communities and their property is routine in the occupied West Bank, with settlers enjoying widespread impunity for their crimes.

Annual figures compiled by Israeli rights group Yesh Din have repeatedly shown that nine out of 10 police investigations about settler crimes fail to lead to a prosecution.
 

http://palestinereview.com/

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Settlers stone vehicles, torch fields near Nablus

26/06/2013,  19:39

An Israeli planning committee on Wednesday granted final approval for the construction of 69 settler homes, an official said, on the eve of a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

"The municipal committee has today given its final approval for the construction of 69 homes in Har Homa in east Jerusalem," councillor Meir Margalit said.

The approval was granted by the municipal planning committee just hours before Kerry touched down in Amman on his fifth visit to the region since February as he steps up efforts to draw Israel and the Palestinians back into direct negotiations.

"This a blind provocation against Kerry," said Margalit, who is a member of the leftwing Meretz party.

"It proves just how much the government of Bibi (Benjamin) Netanyahu wants peace," he retorted, using the nickname of the Israeli prime minister.

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=608771

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Israel steals 82% of the Palestinian water under the Oslo accords:

http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/israel-steals-82-of-the-palestinian-water-under-the-oslo-accords/