Today in Palestine! ~ Headlines ~

Ethnic cleansing/Settlement/Destruction of Land and Property
Demolition orders issued south of Hebron
Hebron – Ma'an – Israeli authorities handed demolition orders to five structures including Bedouin tents east of Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, on Thursday, locals residents said.  Sources in the Yatta municipality told Ma'an that Israeli forces raided the areas of Sha'b Al-Batam and Ma'een, to the east, which is surrounded by the settlements of Eva Hal, Metza Ya'er, and Sosya, where they handed over demolition orders.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=278693

Israeli military insists freed Palestinian is from Gaza (AFP)
AFP - Israel freed a Palestinian prisoner in the Gaza Strip instead of the West Bank because that is where he is from, contrary to what both he and Palestinian officials say, the military said on Thursday.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100422/wl_mideast_afp/mideastconflictwestbankprisonerdeport

Gazan 'deported under new rules'
A Palestinian prisoner blames a new Israeli military order on deportations for his release to Gaza, not the West Bank.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/2/hi/middle_east/8637986.stm


West Bank, Areas A - B - C
Israel has always been in the habit of changing its laws to suit its colonial aims in all of historic Palestine (but specifically in areas it has been occupying since the Partition of Palestine in November 1947) . These aims centre around the one single core policy which lies at the heart of the Zionist programme advocated by Theodor Herzl in 1897: the establishment of a Jewish State in historic Palestine within 50 years. This Zionist programme would eventually include the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by way of expelling its indigenous Palestinian population and the erasure of any physical presence they have.
http://palestinethinktank.com/2010/04/22/antoine-raffoul-as-simple-as-a-b-c/


Netanyahu insists on East Jerusalem building, hope fades for two-state solution
Israeli Prime Minister insisted Thursday on continued settlement building in East Jerusalem. Israeli expansion in the contested city is one reason Palestinians are losing hope in the two-state solution.
http://rss.csmonitor.com/%7Er/feeds/world/%7E3/QRtuGarZRz8/
Netanyahu-insists-on-East-Jerusalem-building-hope-fades-for-two-state-solution


Activism/Solidarity/Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment
Bil'in: Yaffa man hit with high-velocity canister
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Witnesses saw a fellow protester struck in the head with a high-velocity canister during the Friday protest against the separation wall in the village of Bil'in.  The man, identified as Imad Risqa, a Palestinian citizen of Israel from the city of Yaffa, was transported to hospital. An Israeli military spokesman said he was evacuated to an Israeli hospital by a Magen David Adom ambulance, and said medics with MDA described Risqa as "lightly injured."
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=278772


Seven Injured in The Weekly Nil’in Anti-Wall Protest
Seven local youth were injured at the village of Nil’in, central West Bank during the weekly anti wall protest on Friday.
http://www.imemc.org/article/58511


Villagers Near Bethlehem Protest The Israeli Wall Built On Their Lands
Residents of Al Ma’ssara village near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem protest on Friday midday the Israeli-built wall on their lands.
http://www.imemc.org/article/58513


Al Walaja Villagers Protest The Wall Being Built On Their Lands
Around 200 villagers along with international supporters gathered in Al-Walaja village south of Jerusalem on Friday to protest the Israeli wall being built on their lands.
http://www.imemc.org/article/58512


Veolia tries to spin its involvement in the occupation
By participating in the touring Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, the French transnational company Veolia Environnement is attempting to spin its image that has been tarnished by the exposure of its involvement in the Israeli occupation. Adri Nieuwhof reports for The Electronic Intifada.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11225.shtml


Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, "Speaking Out Against Israeli Apartheid" (Video)
We asked queers in our city to tell us why they are against Israeli apartheid. Here's what they said. . . . Editor's Note: QuAIA has come under attack by the pro-Israel lobby and Toronto city bureaucrats: "An April 18, 2010 feature story in the Toronto Star revealed that City of Toronto staff warned Pride Toronto to ban activist group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) from the parade or face repercussions to its city funding" ("LGBT Community Condemns Sponsor Interference in Pride Toronto," QuAIA, 20 April 2010). See, also, "Martin Gladstone's Campaign of Lies and Defamation" (QuAIA, 30 March 2010); Daniel Dale, "City May Cut Pride Funding over 'Israeli apartheid' Marchers: Bureaucrat Calls Name of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid 'Very Problematic'" (Toronto Star, 18 April 2010); Daniel Dale, "Anti-Israel Row Threatens Pride Week Funding: Queers Against Israeli Apartheid Violated Policy, City Says" (Toronto Star, 19 April 2010); and "Readers Mull Pride Funding" (Toronto Star, 22 April 2010).
http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2010/quaia220410.html


Anti-Israel group could cost Toronto Gay Pride parade its funding
Toronto officials are considering withdrawing funding from the city's annual gay pride parade over the possible participation of an anti-Israel group, the Toronto Star reported on Tuesday.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1164709.html

BDS is a long term project with radically transformative potential, Ahmed Moor
I’m grateful to Jerry Haber for taking the time to engage me on the role of ‘liberal’ Zionists in the BDS movement. Sometimes my tone borders on truculence, which is really just impatience. I’m impatient for ‘liberal’ Zionists to discard the ‘Zionist’ and become regular liberals like the rest of us. I think these are people who know better, but cling to notions of racial dominance in an ill-got geographical space for a variety of reasons.
http://mondoweiss.net/2010/04/bds-is-a-long-term-project-with-radically-transformative-potential.html

Long Live Palestine 2 - Lowkey ft. D.A.M, The Narcicyst, Shadia Mansour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6xPo6HzJ9Q&feature=player_embedded


Wiesel should stop offering celestial prescriptions for a city he doesn’t live in
More than a hundred activists from the Sheikh Jarrah movement in Jerusalem published an open letter to Elie Wiesel in response to the letter Wiesel published last week in the Washington Post:
http://mondoweiss.net/2010/04/wiesel-should-stop-offering-celestial-prescriptions-for-a-city-he-doesnt-live-in.html

Violence and Aggression
Veterinarians say harassed south of Hebron
Hebron – Ma'an – Specialists from the veterinary department of Hebron's municipality were prevented from carrying out vaccinations on livestock near Yatta on Thursday, they said.  The team, including two veterinarians, their assistants, and a driver of a red-plated car, were stopped for more than three hours by Israeli forces in the area, and ultimately forced to drag their equipment up a hill on foot, they said.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=278677


Detainees
58 Detained, One Wounded and 70 Dunams Drowned in Sewage
Thursday witnessed several attacks carried out by Israeli soldiers and policemen leading to the kidnapping of 58 Palestinians in the West Bank and in the 1948 areas, while one fisherman was wounded in Gaza and 70 Dunams of farmlands were flooded by Israeli Sewage.
http://www.imemc.org/article/58506


Imprisoning Palestinian Women, STEPHEN LENDMAN
A July 2008 Fact Sheet Series titled, "Behind the Bars: Palestinian Women in Israeli Prisons" was jointly prepared by the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, the Palestinian Counseling Center (PCC), and Mandela Institute. Along with background information, it covered Israel's obligations under international law, prison conditions where they're held, medical neglect, and their educational rights restricted or denied.  Relevant International Laws Protecting Prisoners and Civilians in Times of Conflict, Including Women
http://www.jnoubiyeh.com/2010/04/imprisoning-palestinian-women.html


Humanitarian Issues/Human Rights/Restriction of Movement/Siege
Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 15-21 April 2010
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/SKEA-84RHF6?OpenDocument&RSS20=02-P


Israel Bars Grand Mufti Of Jerusalem From Traveling
Israeli Interior Minister, Elie Yishai, issued a decree on Thursday preventing Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the Imam of the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and head of the Higher Islamic Committee from leaving the country until September 27, 2010.
http://www.imemc.org/article/58509


Easing of Gaza blockade shows more can be done-UN,
April 22 (Reuters) - Israel's recent easing of its blockade of Gaza is inadequate but shows restrictions could be lifted further without compromising the Jewish state's security, the top U.N. official in Gaza said on Thursday., Israel tightened controls on the Palestinian territory three years ago after Hamas Islamists seized control there, but in recent weeks has allowed in some goods it used to ban, such as clothes and shoes, wood and aluminum.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N22118549.htm


Easing Gaza's Blockade?
It is hard to imagine that more than 1,000 days have passed since Gaza's borders were sealed in June of 2007. Sporadic Israeli air strikes still traumatize families there.  More than 1.6 million men, women and children live in Gaza, which measures only about 25 miles long and four to seven miles wide. That's twice the size of Washington DC with triple the population. The comparison ends there. Gaza today is a humanitarian and economic disaster.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill/easing-gazas-blockade_b_547065.html


Israel Is 62 Years Old And Its Indigenous Citizens Still Have Second-Class Status
In Israel, the main factor that determines the right of citizenship is "nationality" rather than the place of birth. Such nationality does not apply to all the current residents of the Zionist state because it is based on ethnicity, as stated in the Declaration of Independence and the Law of Return issued in 1950. According to this racist law, Israel is a national home for the Jewish people; all Jews, all over the world, have the right to Israeli citizenship without any official fuss. Non-Jews are not so privileged.  Israel's Citizenship Act of 1952 prohibits any Palestinians - even those born in the territory now called Israel - from obtaining Israeli citizenship unless they were "registered" as such before 1952. This law deprives all rights of citizenship to around 80% of those who were driven from their homes in 1948 to make way for Jewish immigrants; it also prevents them from returning to their land.
http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/articles/middle-east/934-
israel-is-62-years-old-and-its-indigenous-citizens-still-have-second-class-status


Israel's Arab Helpers
Comment: Is Palestinian Fatah Spying for Israel?
Gaza-based Palestinian movement Hamas has again accused a senior official of rival Palestinian group Fatah of spying for Israel. Speaking last week from Gaza, Hamas official Mohammed Nazal said that Fatah Central Committee member Mohammed Dahlan, who has been tipped for the post of Vice President in Fatah-controlled Palestinian National Authority, is actively gathering information on behalf of Israeli intelligence. Nazal said Hamas received a tip-off about Dahlan from a former security officer in the Palestinian National Authority, who appears to have defected to Hamas.
http://intelligencenews.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/01-441/


PLC: congratulating the occupation equals relinquishment of Palestinian rights

The PLC condemned the act of congratulating the Israeli occupation on its 62nd anniversary by some Arab leaders saying that such an act represents an abandonment of Palestinian rights.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/

Political Developments/Diplomacy
Sunday Could Witness Official Declaration Of Indirect Talks, Israel Says
Israeli sources reported that this coming Sunday could witness an official declaration for the beginning of American-mediated indirect Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. The sources expressed optimism that the mission of U.S. Middle East Envoy, George Mitchell, have a good chance to succeed while Israel will not be asked to declare settlement freeze.
http://www.imemc.org/article/58508


Haniyya: “Resumption Of Talks Gives Israel A Cover-up For The Judaization Of Jerusalem”
Ismail Haniyya, Prime Minister of the dissolved Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip, stated Thursday the resuming peace talks with Israel provides another cover-up for what he described as the “Judaization of Jerusalem”.
http://www.imemc.org/article/58507


Netanyahu ready to agree to Palestinian state within temporary borders
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is amenable to an interim agreement in the West Bank that would include the establishment of a Palestinian state within temporary borders. Netanyahu considers such an interim step a possible way to unfreeze the stalled political process that was created because of the Palestinian leadership's refusal to resume talks on a final settlement. However, the prime minister insists on delaying discussion on the final status of Jerusalem to the end of the process, and refuses to agree to a freeze on Jewish construction in East Jerusalem.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1164833.html


US says Middle East status quo can't last (AFP)
AFP - The United States said Thursday that the status quo cannot last in the Middle East, in response to Israel's renewed refusal to halt settlements as US envoy George Mitchell visited.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100422/pl_afp/mideastdiplomacyusstate

Spain urges Israel to support Mediterranean Union (AFP)
AFP - Spain called on Israel Thursday to support the nascent Mediterranean Union as well as efforts to reach peace in the Middle East during a visit to Madrid by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100422/wl_mideast_afp/mideastspainisraeldiplomacymediterranean


Other News
Almost half of Americans feel Obama does not support Israel
American voters believe U.S. President Barack Obama is not a strong supporter of Israel, a new Quinnipiac University survey revealed Thursday, also showing a large majority of Jewish voters as disappointed with the administration's handling of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1164730.html


Netanyahu isn't, and never will be, a true leader
Bibi is deluding himself that Obama will not be reelected. But even in the three years remaining in his first term the president can impose uncomfortable sanctions on Israel - a step that should scare Israel more than Iran. Bibi has not yet grasped that what the U.S. administration wants is a change to the composition of the ruling coalition in Israel. So long as Bibi does not replace Yisrael Beiteinu and Shas with Kadima, there is no chance of moving in any direction. It was in vain that my colleague wrote him an impassioned letter asking him to show leadership. It surprises me that he was unable to see that he does not have it. Netanyahu was not a leader during his first term and he is not a leader now. He is simply incapable of being one.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1164842.html


Analysis/Opinion/Op-ed
"I am not a Palestinian Refugee in Lebanon, As`ad AbuKhalil
I am not a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon. UNRWA can go to hell. A refugee becomes one by choice. The Zionist gangs could not intimidate us in Palestine, despite their terrorism. We did not - like you claim- seek refuge in Lebanon, but we were expelled from Palestine. We prefer the thyme of Palestine to the cedars of Lebanon. We were uprooted from our land with rifle butts. We came grudgingly, and some of us died of heartache and thirst on the way. Refugee is a word invented by Zionist propaganda and the propaganda of the gruesome Arab regimes. The goal is to blame the Palestinian victim. I am a rebel, not a refugee, do you hear me?
http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2010/04/i-am-not-palestinian-refugee-in-lebanon_23.html


Hamas is accused of being moderate
Hard-liners in the Gaza Strip say the militant group has become too soft on Israel now that it’s running a government and dealing with foreign officials.
http://feeds.latimes.com/%7Er/latimes/middleeast/%7E3/L2pGptrS0ag/la-fg-
gaza-hamas-20100423,0,7420495.story


Right of return not negotiable

Washington insiders are now touting a misguided Obama-dictated plan to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Most recently, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Stephen Solarz took to the pages of The Washington Post to float the idea of an imposed peace, which largely undermines non-negotiable historic Palestinian rights. As a Palestinian, I believe that any plan that seeks to sacrifice our inalienable human rights to ensure race-based majorities in Israel will fail. Ahmed Moor comments.
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11224.shtml


Goldstone criticises S Africa rabbi
Author of UN war crimes report hits back at "brazen" politicisation of family event.
http://english.aljazeera.net//news/africa/2010/04/2010422152450998328.html


Judge Goldstone to call SA Chief Rabbi a liar?
This is funny, funny coincidental rather than funny funny. No sooner had I got the homophobic email denouncing the rabbis that congratulated Goldstone than I got one pointing to Judge Goldstone's letter to the South African newspaper, Business Day, suggesting that South Africa's Chief Rabbi, Warren Goldstein, is no fan of the commandment about not bearing false witness.
http://jewssansfrontieres.blogspot.com/2010/04/judge-goldstone-to-call-sa-chief-rabbi.html

Goldstone: ‘I would dearly love to attend my grandson’s bar mitzvah’, Philip Weiss
Wrenching letter from Judge Goldstone to Business Day, a Johannesburg publication, on the dustup over his grandson's bar mitzvah. (For background on Rabbi Warren Goldstein's stiffnecked position, to which Goldstone refers, read this).
http://mondoweiss.net/2010/04/goldstone-i-would-dearly-love-to-attend-my-grandsons-bar-mitzvah.html


Judt says Holocaust is exploited for ‘uncompromising Israelophilia and… lachrymose self-regard’, Philip Weiss
Another fabulous memoir piece by Tony Judt in the New York Review of Books, this one on the sources of his own proudly nonreligious Jewish identity. I gather his method of composition is oral, which you can see in the way he circles his subject, but the thrust of the piece is a challenge to "Israelophilia" and a call for a secular basis of identity engaged by universal justice standards. Frankly I don't think Judt will reach the masses with this one. The message is in the end too assimilationist--and Jewish corporate entities don't want to hear that, even as their children are gamboling in western history as Judt is: "I don’t make a point of socializing with Jews in particular—and for the most part I haven’t married them." Great line.
http://mondoweiss.net/2010/04/judt-says-
holocaust-is-exploited-for-uncompromising-israelophilia-and-lachrymose-self-regard.html


Leftists respond to Elie Wiesel: An occupied Jerusalem can't be holy
Jerusalem must be shared by both Israelis and Palestinians, a leftist activist group said Thursday, in response to Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel's ad in the Washington Post last week.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1164718.html


Schakowsky says not a word about settlements in gushing over Israel, Philip Weiss
A sign of how little the discourse has moved, here is Jan Schakowsky of Ohio, a leftlib congresswoman, or so we like to think, she opposed the Iraq war, celebrating Israel on its founding day yesterday in the most unreconstructed terms. The desert bloomed. A thriving democracy. Not a word about Palestinian statelessness. On the left, it is common to hear Jews in recovery talk about the trees they paid for in Israel as children, and how they feel complicit in Palestinian dispossession as a result and are making amends now. Notice that Schakowsky is still proud of having planted those trees. I think this speech is also a sign of the fact that Jewish identity cuts across party lines, and makes even libs conservative. I know this is ceremonial boilerplate, still: Congress will be the last place to  wake up, I'm afraid, but twill happen.
http://mondoweiss.net/2010/04/schakowsky-says-not-a-word-about-settlements-in-gushing-over-israel.html


Giraldi says senior Air Force adviser may have dual loyalty to Israel, Philip Weiss
I don't understand why this isn't a scandal, why the mainstream is not pursuing the obvious question here. Philip Giraldi reports on Lani Kass, an Israeli-American who has an influential place in the Defense establishment and the usual anti-Islamic ideas. And of course Dennis Ross formerly of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute in Jerusalem is guiding our Iran policy, and Treasury officials who crank up sanctions against Iran are friends of AIPAC. It never ends. Bush Obama, same tune.
http://mondoweiss.net/2010/04/giraldi-says-senior-air-force-adviser-may-have-dual-loyalty-to-israel.html

Rashid Khalidi: Under Obama ‘there has been no real change in the fatally flawed policies of the U.S. in the region’
As Palestinians prepare to commemorate the Nakba and Israelis celebrated their Independence Day, tension between the U.S. and Israel over settlement construction in occupied East Jerusalem continues. To make sense of these and other developments, the Institute for Middle East Understanding sat down in New York City with Professor Rashid Khalidi of Columbia University. Khalidi is the author of six books on Middle Eastern history including Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness, The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood, and most recently Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East. He is the editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies and a former adviser to the Palestinian delegation at the Madrid and Washington peace talks.
http://mondoweiss.net/2010/04/rashid-khalidi-under-obama-
there-has-been-no-real-change-in-the-fatally-flawed-policies-of-the-u-s-in-the-region.html


The global politics of an Israeli-Palestinian peace,  Helena Cobban
I was just thinking a little more about the global-political context within which any soon-foreseeable Palestinian-Israeli final peace might be concluded... That was after writing this blog post yesterday in which I looked briefly at the question of the international auspices under which any peacekeeping/peace-monitoring force might be deployed to the OPTs.
http://justworldnews.org/archives/003969.html


Daoud Kuttab: Has Obama Decided That the Netanyahu Coalition Is the Problem?
An analysis of the most recent ABC TV interview with former US president Bill Clinton reveals a fascinating development in Washington, DC. The Obama administration has concluded who the culprit is in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and it is not the Arab side.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daoud-kuttab/has-obama-decided-that-th_b_546935.html


watching the invasion unfold
It was an early morning, farmers relieved to have harvested the 6 dunam (1 dunam is roughly 1000 square metres) field of lentils planted 5 months ago in Al Faraheen borderlands.  The village, east of Khan Younis, includes land cut off to farmers by the Israeli-imposed “buffer zone”.  That technically 300 metre no-go zone stretching south to north along Gaza’s border with Israel actually extends far beyond the few hundred metres, up to 2 km in some areas where Palestinian civilians have been shot, injured or killed, by Israeli soldiers while on their land.
http://ingaza.wordpress.com/2010/04/22/watching-the-invasion-unfold/


Israel’s Messianic Terrorists
by Patrick Seale - Agence Global " In the Arab world, Islamic extremists such as al-Qaida are pursued, jailed or killed. Two of Al-Qaida’s top leaders were killed in Iraq this week. In Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has no wish or will to confront his home grown terrorists. Indeed, representatives of the religious settlers sit in his government."
http://www.kibush.co.il/show_file.asp?num=39503


Clemons suggests that Schumer is representing Israel, not U.S., Philip Weiss
Great post by Steve Clemons demanding to know if Chuck Schumer has ever sided with the U.S. against Israel. "Has Chuck Schumer EVER Criticized Israel or its Leadership in the Way He Just Unloaded on Obama?" Says that Schumer's tonguelashing of the Obama administration for putting pressure on Netanyahu comes close to sounding like he should be in the Knesset not the Senate.
http://mondoweiss.net/2010/04/clemons-suggests-that-schumer-is-representing-israel-not-u-s.html


Why Obama's Middle East Peace Plan Will Fail
To understand the present conflict, one has to realize that until 1895 Jews and Muslims had lived together in peace in Palestine for more than1200 years. After the Romans expelled them in 70 A.D., Jews were not allowed to live in Jerusalem for 600 years, but when the conquering Muslim army took that city they invited the Jews to return. And Jews and Muslims lived together in peace for all those centuries until that way of life was destroyed by the interference of Europeans and Americans.
http://www.counterpunch.com/chase04232010.html


Iraq
At least 50 dead in Baghdad attacks (AFP)
AFP - At least 50 people were killed in a series of car bombings on Friday near Shiite mosques and markets in Baghdad, an interior ministry official told AFP.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100423/wl_afp/iraqunrestbaghdadtoll


Thursday: 5 Iraqis Killed, 22 Wounded
At least five Iraqis were killed and 22 more were wounded in the latest attacks. Two U.S. servicemembers were wounded as well, during a raid in Anbar province that netted a suspected explosives expert. Military officials, meanwhile, pondered the long term abilities of the Iraqi air force. Also, a Navy SEAL was cleared of charges in a detainee abuse case.
http://original.antiwar.com/updates/2010/04/22/thursday-5-iraqis-killed-22-wounded/


Former Iraqi prisoners allege abuse
Al Jazeera has obtained interviews with two men who allegedly were tortured in the al-Muthanna air base prison in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The former detainees said they were pressured, under the use of painful techniques, to admit to crimes they had not committed. "Our hands [were] tied and eyes covered so we couldn't see the torturers. The informants were dictating to them that 'This guy did this, or did that'. And he was swearing to God that this guy has performed that action," one of the men said. "But we were all innocent."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHLa7C5FSOE&feature=youtube_gdata


Iraq airport reopens after Qaeda threat (AFP)
AFP - The airport serving Iraq's holy Shiite city of Najaf and used by thousands of pilgrims reopened on Thursday after Al-Qaeda threats led to its closure two weeks ago, a local official told AFP.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100422/wl_mideast_afp/iraqaviationsecuritynajaf


Lebanon
No sign Scuds moved to Lebanon: U.S. officials (Reuters)
Reuters - Doubts are growing within the U.S. defense and intelligence community about allegations that long-range Scud missiles from Syria have been shipped to the Hezbollah guerrilla group in neighboring Lebanon, U.S. officials said on Thursday.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100422/wl_nm/us_syria_usa_intelligence

Lebanon lodges complaint with UN over Israeli memorial (AFP)
AFP - Lebanon has lodged a complaint with the UN Security Council over a memorial Israel inaugurated this week in the disputed Shebaa Farms border region, the foreign ministry said Friday.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100423/wl_mideast_afp/lebanonisraelmemorialun


Club Med cancels Lebanon cruise after Israel passport-stamp row
PARIS: French holiday group Club Med dropped a cruise to Lebanon on Thursday after angering Jewish groups by banning passengers with Israeli passport stamps since Lebanese authorities would not let them land in the country.
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=114113


U.S. and other world news
Bolivian President Evo Morales on President Obama: "I Can't Believe a Black President Can Hold So Much Vengeance Against an Indian President"
As the World Peoples’ Conference on Climate Change in Cochabamba closes, we speak to Bolivian President Evo Morales about the US decision to cut off climate aid to Bolivia; narcotrafficking; the tenth anniversary of the Water Wars in Cochabamba; the protest at the San Cristóbal silver mine; and the contradiction between promoting the environment and extractive industries—oil/natural gas exploration, mining.
http://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/23/bolivian_president_evo_morales_to_president


What will would Iran do with nuclear weapons? Probably nothing
Wouldn’t possession of an atomic bomb enable Iran to bully other nations? Nuclear missiles did not do much for the old Soviet Union, even enable it to bully its weak neighbor Afghanistan. Nuclear bombs haven’t helped China bully anyone – Beijing still has little credibility in Tibet, despite its fantastic edge in power.
http://blogs.reuters.com/gregg-easterbrook/2010/04/22/
what-will-iran-do-with-nuclear-weapons-probably-nothing/


Veil ban 'worrying trend' in Europe
Belgian lawmakers are set to vote on a proposed ban on wearing face-covering veils in public, an issue that is dividing opinions and forming policies across Europe. Khola Hasan, a representative of the City Circle, a think tank that promotes the development of a distinct British Muslim identity, said the ban is part of a worrying trend in Europe. She told Al Jazeera that European Muslims are being criminalised for issues that are not criminal. "The European convention on human rights guarantees freedom of religious expression," she said. "For a country to legislate how its inhabitants should dress in public is very worrying. What sort of totalitarian states are we going towards to in Europe?"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHe1BfoaZz0&feature=youtube_gdata


Saudi Arabia: Free Forgotten Prisoners

(Washington D.C.) - Saudi prosecutors should immediately ensure that prison authorities set free all prisoners whose sentences have expired, Human Rights Watch said today.
http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/04/22/saudi-arabia-free-forgotten-prisoners


School or work
Trying to keep poor Syrian children in education.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/2/hi/middle_east/8631921.stm
For further information contact Shadi Fadda

 
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