Almost 11 million Palestinians in this world

According to an SMS received this morning (from the Jerusalem Media Communications Center, or JMCC), the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics reports that there are now 10.9 million Palestinians in this world — 4 million live in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, the SMS says, and 1.25 million live inside Israel (or, 5.25 million […]

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Iain Scobbie on Israeli settlements in West Bank

As settlers continue to take revenge from Palestinians for the murder of an Israeli settler in the West Bank near Nablus last Thursday, after which the Israeli Defense Forces shot three Palestinian men who are members of the Fatah movement headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, tensions continue among Palestinians about the measures taken. ...

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PA, again, is victim…

What upset the Palestinian Authority officials after the IDF raids on Nablus in which three “suspected” or “wanted” Palestinian men, all members of President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, were shot in what not only Palestinians but also some Israelis (such as the human rights organization B’Tselem) say were “...

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DEPORTATION is a violation of the Road Map

Deportation — which Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are still trying to make a condition for the release of certain Palestinian prisoners being held by Israel, in exchange for IDF Corporal Gilad Shalit, who has been held by Palestinians since the end of June 2006 — is a violation of the Road Map. […]

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One year ago today, Hamas ended cease-fire with Israel

On 18 December 2008, Hamas made an official statement ending its unofficial cease-fire with Israel. Granted, there had been provocation (from both sides…)… But, this Hamas statement opened the door wide to what happened nine days later — the launch of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead against Hamas in Gaza, which lasted three awf...

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Sahrawi activist returned to Laayoune last night

After voluntarily checking herself into the hospital on Thursday morning, Haidar was allowed to return home to Laayoune in the Western Sahara Thursday evening. The BBC reported Today that “It now appears that frantic multi-country talks were under way to seek a resolution … [but ] details of how a deal was finally reached were […...

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Palestinian TV showing Friday prayers in Yasuf Mosque live

Yasuf Mosque, in Salfit Governorate of the northern West Bank, was attacked last week by Israeli settlers. (The Israeli political establishment and major international players all expressed shock and denounced the attack.   It seems that attacking a mosque is worse, and taken more seriously, than attacking anything else.  Certainly there are fears ...

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New EU High Representative for Foreign Policy questions worth of Quartet

Akiva Eldar has reported in Haaretz that the new European Union High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Affairs, Baroness Catherine Ashton of Upholland (who has replaced Javier Solana), said in an address to members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg that “she had spoken with Israelis, Palestinians and the U.S. Secretary of ...

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