Livni: “Two-state solution does not mean withdrawing to the borders of 1967”: Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday in New York, said that the solution of the Palestinian cause does not mean an Israeli withdrawal to the borders of June 4, 1967, “but means creating a new reality that did not exist back then”.
In 9 hours in Gaza, IDF kills 5, including 3 children, and injures 7: Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) has used excessive force in the north and south of the Gaza Strip during a 9-hour span today, Thursday, 21 September 2006, resulting in the death of 5 Palestinian civilians and the injury of 7 others, including a father and 2 of his children. Two of the victims including a woman were killed in cold blood in Rafah. They were left to bleed to death inside their houses. The other 3 victims were children from the town of Jabalia who were killed by a surface-to-surface rocket as they were herding sheep.
Ynet: “Israeli army’s complicity with settlers must end”: For years human rights organizations have pointed out the complicity between the Israel Defense Forces command headquarters in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israeli settlers, nurtured by policies intended to facilitate the Judaization of the West Bank. The army’s bond with the settlers leads to a policy of non-action as far as maintaining the law and the security of Palestinians, who are subject to constant violent harassment by their illegal neighbors.
Hamas hopes Quartet backing for unity gov't will ease embargo: "The decision by the Quartet... is a progressive position, and we hope that this position will contribute to stopping all forms of political and economic siege," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.
UK politician: Israeli lobby controls West: Senior sources in the Liberal-Democrat party expressed revulsion from her comments. Jewish and Israeli sources in Britain described her comments as being anti-Semitic, and pointed out that Tone was removed from her parliamentary job in 2004, after she said she understood the hearts of Palestinian suicide bombers.
The legal status of fighters: On Tuesday, the trial of three Hezbollah fighters started. They are charged with murder, weapons possession, undergoing military training and membership in a terrorist organization. On the same day, a military court extended the remands of 21 Hamas ministers and legislators, who have been charged with membership in a terrorist organization. And also on that day, police began questioning a Balad member who visited Damascus - the "capital of terrorism" - and praised Hezbollah's victory.
Peretz orders full New Year's closure on territories: During a meeting with security establishment officials, Peretz also ordered the opening of the Rafah crossing from Gaza to Egypt in accordance with periodical security assessments.
The next Palestinian struggle: Unlike Arafat, Hamas wanted to seek support from its Arab and Muslim milieu, the devastatingly unexplored strategic alliances undermined by the PA's reliance on the West. But even Hamas itself seemed unaware of the extent of weakness and political deficiency of the Arabs and Muslims, who could barely assert their own rights, much less that of the Palestinians. Hamas learned, the hard way, that the U.S.' rapport with Israel would hardly weaken even if an entire nation must go hungry and hospitals run out of badly needed medicine.
US may ban sale of cluster bombs to Israel: The bomb was made before the Vietnam War had ended, because there is a marking showing that its warranty ended on 7 February 1974. There is no indication of when the cluster bomb was transferred from the US to Israel.
Damien Hirst's £50 masterpiece: Their work may be worth a fortune, but under the rules of a new exhibition, As If By Magic, 25 world-class artists agreed to spend no more than £50 on materials and deliver a set of instructions to the modest Bethlehem Peace Centre in the occupied West Bank. As If By Magic runs at the Bethlehem Peace Centre until 6 October.
Eitam sends New Year greeting – Tibi unimpressed: “Hopefully Israel will have less racists and settlers in the coming year. In any case, we intend on staying in this country and on this land. And that is a promise,” the letter concluded.
Book review: Palestine, by Joe Sacco: In the winter of 1991-92, at the tail-end of the first Palestinian 'intifada', the Maltese-American author Joe Sacco spent two months in the Occupied Territories. During this time he shared the homes and the lives of ordinary Palestinians, and over seemingly endless cups of tea and coffee, he listened to the people he met talk not only of their past and present despair, but also of their hopes for the future in a free, independent Palestine.
5 Killed In Israeli Attack On Occupied Gaza: : Israeli occupation forces backed by a transport helicopter killed a woman in a raid on a house in the southern Gaza Strip.
Israeli High Court questions lack of IOF probe into shooting of U.S. activist : The High Court of Justice on Wednesday questioned the Israel Defense Forces' decision not to launch a criminal investigation into an incident in the West Bank city of Jenin in 2003, during which an American peace activist was shot in the face.
Livni rejects Palestinian right to return home: Tzipi Livni, the Israeli foreign minister, has used a speech at the United Nations to tell Palestinian refugees that they should not expect to be allowed to return to their homes in Israel.