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Archive for April, 2008

Israel dismisses Hamas truce bid as ruse to recover from fighting

Posted by uscsjp on April 24, 2008

“…According to Hamas’ truce announcement, Israel will immediately cease all military activity in the Gaza Strip: arrests, assassinations and field operations. In return, Hamas will ensure an end to cross-border rocket fire at Israel or other militant operations, including arms smuggling into Gaza.

In addition, Israel and Egypt will permit the opening of the Rafah crossing, and ease cargo shipments into and out of the Strip…”

–Haaretz, 04/25/2008


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Fuel crisis halts Gaza food aid

Posted by uscsjp on April 24, 2008

“The United Nations says it has had to halt food distribution in the Gaza Strip because it has run out of fuel.

Distributions to 15,000 refugees took place on Thursday, but were then halted. Officials said deliveries due on Saturday will also not take place…”

–BBC News, Thursday, 24 April 2008

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Israeli jailed for Facebook photo

Posted by uscsjp on April 23, 2008

“Israel has sentenced a soldier to 19 days in jail for uploading a photograph taken on his military base to the social networking website, Facebook.

The Israeli military declined to comment on the nature of the image, but said the soldier was serving with an elite intelligence unit.”

–BBC, Wednesday, 23 April 2008

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EI exclusive: a pro-Israel group’s plan to rewrite history on Wikipedia

Posted by uscsjp on April 21, 2008

“A pro-Israel pressure group is orchestrating a secret, long-term campaign to infiltrate the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia to rewrite Palestinian history, pass off crude propaganda as fact, and take over Wikipedia administrative structures to ensure these changes go either undetected or unchallenged.

A series of emails by members and associates of the pro-Israel group CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America), provided to The Electronic Intifada (EI), indicate the group is engaged in what one activist termed a “war” on Wikipedia…”

Report, The Electronic Intifada, 21 April 2008

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US Jewish lobby gains new voice

Posted by uscsjp on April 21, 2008

“Are liberal Jewish voices in America being drowned out by powerful conservative lobbyists? A group of prominent left-leaning Jewish-Americans thinks so.

They have launched a new lobbying organisation, called J Street, which they hope will redress this perceived imbalance…”

By Max Deveson
BBC News, Washington

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CS Monitor: Jimmy Carter plans to meet a fuel-short Hamas

Posted by uscsjp on April 13, 2008

Israel blocked fuel supplies from entering Gaza for a fourth day Sunday, exacerbating a new energy shortage in the blighted coastal territory during a spike in cross-border fighting that has left at least 14 Palestinians dead.

And as Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met again Sunday, for the second time in less than a week, President Jimmy Carter arrived in the region in an effort to try a new approach: engage Hamas diplomatically…”

By Joshua Mitnick | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

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Electronic Intifada: Sixty years after Deir Yassin

Posted by uscsjp on April 13, 2008

The 12 March cartoon by South African cartoonist Zapiro that was later attacked by David Saks of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies and which sparked debate in the country.

“…When Nelson Mandela stated that we know as South Africans “that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians,” [1] he was not simply talking to our Muslim community, who can be expected to directly empathize, but to all South Africans precisely because of our experience of racial and colonial subjugation, and because we well understand the value of international solidarity.

When I came to learn of the fate that befell the Palestinians, I was shaken to the core and most particularly when I read eye-witness accounts of a massacre of Palestinian villagers that occurred a month before Israel’s unilateral declaration of independence. This was at Deir Yassin, a quiet village just outside Jerusalem, which had the misfortune to lie by the road from Tel Aviv. On 9 April 1948, 254 men, women and children were butchered there by Zionist forces to secure the road…”

Ronnie Kasrils, The Electronic Intifada, 8 April 2008

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Gaza Updates from The Economist and Al Jazeera

Posted by uscsjp on April 7, 2008

From The Economist print edition

“…The fighting in Gaza was the heaviest since Hamas took control last June. The Israeli army said that 90% of those killed were fighters. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza, on the other hand, says that half were unarmed bystanders and a quarter were children. Before the latest round, B’Tselem, an Israeli human-rights group, said Israel had killed around 350 Gazans since June, among them more than 100 civilians and children….”

–Mar 6th 2008 | JERUSALEM
From The Economist print edition


“A senior Hamas member has warned Israel that captured soldier Gilad Shalit will not be released alive if Israel does not release 350 Palestinian prisoners.


‘Hamas refuses to free Gilad Shalit before the release of 350 Palestinian prisoners demanded by Hamas,’ Moussa Abu Marzouk, the deputy head of Hamas’s political bureau, told Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas…”

–Al Jazeera English

SUNDAY, APRIL 06, 2008
0:04 MECCA TIME, 21:04 GMT

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Gaddafi condemns Arab leaders

Posted by uscsjp on April 7, 2008

“Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan president, poured contempt on fellow Arab leaders at a summit that was overshadowed by the absence of several key figures.

At the annual Arab summit, which opened on Saturday, he criticised Arab countries for doing nothing while the United States invaded Iraq in 2003 and overthrew Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi president.

Gaddafi also repeated his frequently made proposal that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict be settled by creating one democratic state where the two peoples live together, to be called Isratine…

…Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian president, repeated his request for international peacekeepers to be sent to the Gaza Strip, but Saturday marked the first time he had urged Arab countries to send troops…”


–Al Jazeera English
19:18 MECCA TIME, 16:18 GMT

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The senator, his pastor and the Israel lobby

Posted by uscsjp on April 7, 2008

Senator Barack Obama addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) forum on Foreign Policy in Chicago, March 2007. (Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images)

“US senator Barack Obama was widely hailed for his 18 March speech calming the media furor about the sermons of his pastor for twenty years Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Wright’s remarks, Obama said, “expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country — a view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America; a view that sees the conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel, instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam.”

It might seem odd for Obama to mention Israel and “radical Islam” in a speech focused on US race relations, especially since Wright’s most widely reported comments were about America’s historic and ongoing oppression of its black citizens…”

–Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 31 March 2008

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