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Posted on January 7, 2011 at 9:06 PM

The MOST detailed mapping of Palestine ever via Google's Maps and Earth programs

We have compiled the most complete mapping of Palestine ever (over 5,600 placemarks have been identified), however, to view our presentation Google Earth should be installed.


Avnery on McCarthyism Israeli-style

By Uri Avnery

Saturday, 08 January 2011 16:54

Good Morning, Joe. At home In the US, your name is mud. But here you can really feel at home.


EU diplomats say East Jerusalem should be treated as Palestinian capital

By Nir Hasson

EU consuls in Palestinian Authority recommend boycotting Israeli products from East Jerusalem, call for EU officials to be present at home demolitions and evacuations.


Israeli Demolition Begins in East Jerusalem Project

Published: January 9, 2011

JERUSALEM — Israeli bulldozers demolished part of a landmark building in a predominantly Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem on Sunday to make way for a Jewish housing project, prompting condemnation from Palestinian officials and symbolic claims to the site from both sides.



SPJ Executive Committee Refers Helen Thomas Award Decision to Full Board of Directors

The Executive Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists voted Saturday to recommend that the organization retire the Helen Thomas Award for Lifetime Achievement. The recommendation, which will be sent to the full board of directors within the next 10 days for a vote, states that the award will be retired with Thomas’ name attached.


Israel slates 15 Jericho homes for demolition

Published Thursday 06/01/2011 (updated) 07/01/2011 20:32

JERICHO (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities delivered 15 demolition orders to farmers in the Ad-Dweik Al-Foqa area north of Jericho on Thursday, marking the second day such orders were handed out in the West Bank.


New Settlement Plan to Split Silwan in Two

Thursday January 06, 2011 by Alessandra Bajec - IMEMC & Agencies Report post

A new settlement project in Silwan will see the Jerusalem neighborhood split in two parts, a Silwan committee official revealed to Ma’an News on Thursday.


Bill being Drafted to Bar International Peace Activists from Entering Israel

Tuesday, 04 January 2011 Alternative Information Center (AIC)

Knesset Member Yariv Levin, of the right-wing Likud party, together with the pro-settlement group The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, are currently working on an “anti-subversive” bill aimed at anarchists and supporters of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).


Students call for boycott of Strauss’ popular hummus [Sabra]

Israeli food company Strauss defends supporting IDF

Sunday, 02 January 2011


Northern villagers report new settler vandalism

Monday 03/01/2011 (updated) 03/01/2011 18:45

NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Residents of Qusra village in the northern West Bank said settlers were behind a series of car-tire slashings and the slaughter of two sheep in their barn overnight. http//www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=347706


Petition from US Campaign to End the Occupation

Two years after "Operation Cast Lead"--Israel’s horrific 22-day all-out assault of the besieged Palestinian Gaza Strip--which killed approximately 1,400 Palestinians, most of whom were civilians, Israel continues to collectively punish 1.5 million residents of the Gaza Strip through an illegal blockade, and to avoid accountability for its actions.


The army spin machine at work in the Abu Rahmah killing

By Jerry Haber Tuesday, January 4 2011|+972blog

A female protester dies at a Bil’in protest from tear gas inhalation. The army is not only faced with a public relations nightmare, but also with the real possibility that there will be pressure to change its mode of operations, and to use a less effective (from its standpoint) tear gas. There may even be pressure to conduct a military investigation, which the army certainly doesn’t want. So the only thing that it can do is to attack the credibility of the woman’s family and witnesses.


WikiLeaks: Yadlin wanted Hamas takeover

Diplomatic cable reveals former military intelligence chief regarded 2007 Islamic takeover of Gaza as positive step; said it will allow Israel to declare Strip as hostile entity

Attila Somfalvi Published:     12.20.10, 18:38 / Israel News

Moments before Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip, former Director of Military Intelligence Major General Amos Yadlin said he would "be happy" if it happened, a diplomatic cable published on WikiLeaks revealed on Monday.


Bedouin-Jewish Justice in Israel

Campaign to end the destruction of Bedouin villages in Israel and promote a just negotiated solution to the plight of Israel's Negev Bedouin citizens: A Project of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America and the Jewish Alliance for Change



Group: Rise in East Jerusalem home demolitions

Published (updated) 04/01/2011 21:03

JERUSALEM (AFP) - The final months of 2010 saw a sharp rise in the number of Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, an Israeli civil rights group said on Tuesday.

Ir Amim (City of Peoples), an organization that lobbies for the "viable and equitable" sharing of Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians, said the rise in demolitions was calculated to drive Palestinian residents out of the city.


Jerusalem boxing club unites Jews and Arabs in and out of the ring

By Joel Greenberg Washington Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, January 4, 2011; 12:48 PM

JERUSALEM - In a converted bomb shelter in a low-income Jewish neighborhood, Ismail Jaafari, a Palestinian boxer from across town, bobbed and weaved in the ring, trading punches with an Israeli opponent. 



Israeli Leftists Show Alliance in Wake of Palestinian's Death

By Tony Karon Tuesday, Jan. 04, 2011



Helen Thomas Controversy Persists

The fallout over journalist Helen Thomas' controversial remarks about Israel could continue Saturday, when another group convenes to consider removing her name from another prestigious award.


Society for Professional Journalists to Meet January 8th Regarding Helen Thomas Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Society for Professional Journalists' online publication, Quill, is open for feedback regarding the renaming of the SPJ Helen Thomas Award for Lifetime Achievement.



One Family in Gaza

Through one family’s story, the larger tragedy of Gaza is exposed, and the courage and resilience of its people shines through

by Jen Marlowe



Rights groups slam proposal to investigate anti-IDF organizations

By Jonathan Lis


Knesset to vote on a proposal by Yisrael Beiteinu to establish a parliamentary committee of inquiry into groups it says participate in delegitimization campaigns against IDF soldiers.


Israel's Attempt To Blame Victim Fails

January 07, 2011 1:39 pm ET by MJ Rosenberg

Yesterday, New York Times reporter Robert Mackey revisited Kershner's story and exposed the entire Israeli campaign to blame the victim. He quotes a Haaretz investigation that concluded that Abu Rahmah had been killed by the tear gas (and that she was only a bystander, not a protester). And he reported on the blogger conference call and the ridiculous line sold to the AIPAC/neocon crowd (which they disseminated)



US activists facing grand jury garner broad support

Report, The Electronic Intifada, 7 January 2011

The activists have been subpoenaed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as part of what the US government calls an investigation into "material support" for groups the US State Department has unilaterally declared "foreign terrorist organizations." On 24 September 2010 more than seventy federal agents in a coordinated early-morning raid burst into the homes and offices of prominent anti-war, labor and international solidarity activists in Chicago and Minneapolis.



'Dangerous' political websites blocked from viewing at Israel's airport

Barred sites include leftist organizations Breaking the Silence, Machsom Watch, Peace Now and Taayush and the rightist Legal Forum for the Land of Israel and World Headquarters to Save the People and Land of Israel.

By Sefi Krupsky

January 6, 2011



Open Letter to Jon Bon Jovi: This One Should Go out to the Palestinians

It is with great disappointment that the undersigned organizations learned of your scheduled performance in Israel set for 2011 as part of your 'Circle Tour'. Given that Israel is involved in grave violations of international law and human rights, particularly as indicated in the UN Goldstone Report, we urge you to cancel this gig until the time comes when Israel is in compliance with its obligations under international law and fully respects Palestinian rights.


West Bank civilian dies in Israeli army raid in Hebron

Israeli troops have shot dead a 67-year-old Palestinian man by mistake in an operation to arrest members of the Islamist militant organisation, Hamas. [13 shots to the head ]

7 January 2011 Last updated at 05:19 ET


Israeli MPs back 'McCarthyite' probe on rights groups

6 January 2011 Last updated at 06:18 ET

Israeli MPs have voted to begin the process of setting up a formal inquiry into foreign funding of rights groups, a move critics say is "McCarthyite"



West Bank: UN warns of new Israeli controls

By Jon Donnison BBC News, West Bank


The United Nations says it is increasingly concerned that Israel is about to tighten access restrictions to the occupied West Bank.


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