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Netanyahu: Israel will still build on Jewish settlements

israelIsraeli prime minister ignores Obama’s calls and says ‘natural growth’ on West Bank and in Jerusalem will continue. The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, said today that his country would continue to build in Jewish settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank, despite calls from the US administration for a halt. Netanyahu’s comments came less than a week after he met President Barack Obama in Washington, where he was told that the US wanted to see a stop to settlement expansion. Full Story : Guardian.co.uk….

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Biden tells AIPAC: Israel must support two-state solution

vice-president-joe-biden1U.S. Vice President Joe Biden pressed Israel on Tuesday to support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in an address to the leading pro-Israel lobby during its annual conference in Washington. Biden’s comments came ahead of a meeting between President Shimon Peres and President Barack Obama later on Tuesday and less than two weeks before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the White House. Full Story : Haaretz.com….

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U.S., Israel Diverge on Palestinian Plan

IsraelDivisions emerged between new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government and Washington over President Barack Obama’s call for an independent Palestinian homeland, despite Israeli leaders’ pledges on Monday to work closely with Mr. Obama. Aides to Mr. Netanyahu voiced skepticism over establishing a Palestinian state when the Palestinian Authority’s security forces remain weak and its political leadership is divided. Full Story : WSJ.com…..

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Israel army ‘used human shields’

IsraelUnited Nations investigators have accused the Israeli army of using an 11-year-old boy as a human shield during its recent Gaza offensive. An Israeli military spokesman dismissed the UN findings as inaccurate and politically motivated. Medical authorities say more than 1,300 Palestinians died in the Israeli offensive. Full Story : BBC.com…..

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Israel accused of indiscriminate phosphorus use in Gaza

phophorus-shellIsrael’s military fired white phosphorus over crowded areas of Gaza repeatedly and indiscriminately in its three-week war, killing and injuring civilians and committing war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. In a 71-page report, the rights group said Israel’s repeated use of air-burst white phosphorus artillery shells in populated areas of Gaza¬† was not incidental or accidental, but revealed “a pattern or policy of conduct”. Full Story : Guardian.co.uk……

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Israel Arrests 10 Hamas Leaders

Israel arrested 10 Hamas leaders in the West Bank late Wednesday and early Thursday, including four parliamentarians, in what Hamas said was an attempt to pressure the organization after the collapse of negotiations for the release of a captive Israeli soldier, Cpl. Gilad Shalit. Full Story : NYtimes.com…..

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Abbas calls for a deal with Hamas

abbasPalestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday that Hamas should be part of the new government and honor international commitments in the peace process. Abbas said a new cabinet including Hamas should continue the peace process on the basis of previous agreements such as “the existence of two states and no more building of settlements. Full Story : Jerusalem post……..

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Material for a Palestinian’s life and death

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Emily Jacir, who employs conventional devices of conceptualism and performance art to call attention to the plight of the Palestinian people. She is the 2008 winner of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Prize, and her art is the subject of a thought-provoking exhibition at the museum. Full Story : IHT…..

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Israel seizes land for settlement expansion

west bankPlans to expand a West Bank settlement by up to 2,500 homes drew Palestinian condemnation Monday and presented an early test for President Barack Obama, whose Mideast envoy is well known for opposing such construction. Full Story : Yahoo.com….

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@ a glance : 40 Palestinians die in Israeli attack on school

Israeli tank fire killed at least 40 Palestinians near a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, medical sources at two hospitals told Reuters. Full Story : FT.com……

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Israel begins land offensive in Gaza

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Israel launched a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, as it escalates its offensive on the eighth day of operations. Israeli tanks moved some two kilometres (1.2 miles) into the northern Gaza Strip. With a total area of 360 square kilometers,Gaza has about 1.5 million Palestinian residents.

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@ a glance : Worldwide protests denounce Israel

Angry protests against Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip have continued throughout the world, with two of the largest demonstrations taking place in London and in Sakhnin in northern Israel. Full Story : Aljazeera.net…..

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@ a glance : Israel pounds Gaza for third day

Israel kept up its bombardment of Gaza overnight expanding its targets to include an Islamic university and government buildings such as the interior ministry. Full Story : Telegraph.co.uk…..

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