All posts by William Temple

30 May
6:30

UN Official says Opportunity Exists for Two-State Solution

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, briefed the UN Security Council in New York yesterday on developments in the Middle East in the last month.Serry noted a number of positive trends which he said, “if sustained would offer renewed hope for progress,” according to […]

30 May
3:30

Jerusalem Municipality & Israeli Government Fund New Settlement Close to Al-Aqsa

The Jerusalem Municipality along with Israeli Ministry of Tourism are to jointly allocate 4 million NIS to fund the development of a new settlement project, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan, south of al-Aqsa mosque.The project is an attempt to encourage tourism in the […]

30 May
2:15

Israel Extends Monopoly over Oil/Gas Supply to West Bank and Gaza: PA Quiet

Two Israeli oil companies have signed 2 year contracts which will supply all of the gasfuel requirements of the West Bank and Gaza Strip thus extending Israel’s monopoly and strategic leverage over the Palestinian Authority and the lives of Palestinians.The Paz Oil Company Ltd has extended the Palestinian Authority gas […]

29 May
4:00

New Computer Virus hits Iran & West Bank in Unprecedented Cyber Attack

Internet security company Kaspersky Lab announced on Monday that it had uncovered a ‘cyber-espionage worm’ designed to collect and delete sensitive information, primarily in Middle Eastern countries.Kaspersky called the malware, named ‘Flame,’ the ‘most sophisticated cyber-weapon yet unleashed.’ It said the bug had infected computers in Iran, the West Bank, […]

29 May
3:15

Israeli Official: Turkey ‘Killing’ Relations with Israel over Gaza Flotilla Charges

A court in Istanbul has voted unanimously to approve an indictment against Israel’s former military chief Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, along with the former heads of its navy, air force intelligence, and military intelligence, Eliezer Marom, Amos Yadlin, and Avishai Levi, the Anadolu Agency has reported. They face nine consecutive […]

29 May
3:00

Fuel Crisis Impacts Water and Sanitation Services in Gaza

May 29, 2012 3:00 PM William Temple Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

The current fuel crisis in Gaza, now in its fifth month, is causing extended power outages that severely disrupt the lives, health and livelihood of the region’s 1.6 million residents. It also severely affects the fuel-dependent fishing industry, already crippled by restricted access to Gaza’s fishing waters imposed by Israel’s […]

29 May
2:30

Egypt Confirms Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq in Election Runoff

Egypt’s final presidential race will be between the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, Mohammed Morsi of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party, and a former air force general Ahmed Shafiq, a law and order candidate and Mubarak’s last Prime Minister, despite complaints about irregularities and vote-rigging in the first round.Morsi received 5.7m […]

28 May
7:50

Israel Court Rejects Appeal to Free Palestinian Legislator

May 28, 2012 7:50 PM William Temple News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0

On Sunday, Israel’s high court on Sunday rejected an appeal to end the administrative detention of Palestinian legislator Hussam Khader. Khader has been detained without charge or trial since June 2011. He was due to be released on June 1, but an Israeli military commander extended his detention by six […]

28 May
2:30

Palestine Airlines Resume Flights After 7 Years

Palestine airlines are finally back to business in Jordan following seven years of being grounded. The carrier Palestine Airlines is a small operation which owns two 48 seat turboprop planes and currently schedules only two flights per week. Palestine Airlines, which is wholly owned by the Palestinian Authority, was established […]

28 May
1:50

Hezbollah ‘Deplores’ Houla Massacre in Syria

Reuters reported Sunday that the Shiite political party and militant group, Hezbollah, President Bashar Assad’s main Lebanese ally, said it deplored the Houla massacre in neighboring Syria.Without assigning a blame for the killings of at least 109 civilians in Houla in central Syria, a statement by Hezbollah said it ‘strongly […]

28 May
1:50

DFLP leader Calls for Settler Watch Groups to Counter Increasing Settler Violence

B’Tselem reported that after armed settlers arrived in Asira al-Qibilya on Saturday two Palestinian men were injured. DFLP leader, Qais Abed al-Karim, stressed the importance of forming popular watch committees to protect Palestinians and their property from increasing settler violence. Palestinians must respond to settler attacks by reactivating popular watch […]

28 May
1:30

Footballer: Prisoners’ Health Deteriorates After 70 Days on Hunger Strike

May 28, 2012 1:30 PM William Temple Gaza Strip, News Report, Prisoners 0

Ma’an News has reported a PA Ministry of Detainee Affairs warning from Sunday that a prisoner on hunger strike for 70 days is suffering deteriorating health.Mahmoud al-Sarsak, a 25-year-old soccer player in Palestine’s national team, has been on hunger strike since March 19 in protest at his detention without charge. […]

24 May
8:00

UK: Israel’s Settlements Harm its International Standing

The WAFA News Agency reported today a UK Foreign Office statement issued on Wednesday. British Foreign Secretary William Hague told his visiting Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman that Israel’s settlement expansion in Jerusalem and the West Bank harms its international standing. “I made clear the UK’s concern about the current stalemate […]

24 May
4:00

An Hour Before Release, Prisoner Transferred to Administrative Detention

May 24, 2012 4:00 PM William Temple Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

In a PNN report today, the Al-Ahrar Centre for Prisoners’ Studies and Human Rights stated that on Wednesday, May 23rd, prisoner Sameh Elaiwe, 50, was transferred from Nablus city to Administrative Detention one hour before his scheduled release date.Administrative detention is detention without charge or trial that is authorized by […]

24 May
3:15

Amnesty International: Israel Often Uses Excessive Force, Killed 55 Palestinians in 2011

Haaretz reported today that the Amnesty International 2012 Annual Report for 2011 was released on Wednesday, and detailed violations of human rights worldwide. Among other things, the report is highly critical of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians, charging that the Israel Defense Forces frequently use excessive, sometimes lethal, force against […]

23 May
5:10

EU Defends Right of Palestinians to Peaceful Protest

The WAFA News Agency reported a statement issued by the spokesperson of the EU’s High Representative Catherine Ashton yesterday that the European Union defends the right of Palestinians to hold peaceful protests against illegal Israeli settlement construction on their land.The statement was made after an Israeli military court on Sunday […]

23 May
3:40

Palestinian Hotel Occupation in First Quarter Decreases

The WAFA News Agency reported a press release by the Palestine Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) today that hotel occupancy in the Palestinian areas decreased by 16% in the first quarter of this year compared to the previous quarter, and by 13% when compared to first quarter 2011. The PCBS […]

22 May
4:35

UK Community split over JNF Invitation to Avigdor Lieberman

In the UK, the Jewish National Fund and more than 280 ‘concerned’ Jews, including the religious head of the Reform Movement, clashed this week over the charity’s invitation to Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Lieberman, the Head of the far right Yisrael Beiteinu Party, is due in the UK next […]

22 May
4:00

Israeli Military Probing 15 Cases of Soldiers Ignoring Settler Attacks on Palestinians

Haaretz reported today that from the start of the second intifada in September 2000 through December 2011, the human rights group B’Tselem filed 57 complaints over soldiers who allegedly did not stop such violent attacks on Palestinians. Few appear to have been followed up. The latest was filed after a […]

22 May
3:40

For Second Straight Year Marchers Chant Anti-Arab Slogans During Jerusalem Day

May 22, 2012 3:40 PM William Temple Jerusalem, News Report 0

Haaretz reported Monday that hundreds of Jewish youths participating in the Jerusalem Day flag procession Sunday shouted anti-Muslim slogans like ‘Mohammed is dead’ at Palestinian protesters gathered at Damascus Gate to protest the holding of the march in Arab neighborhoods. Police separated the protesters from the marchers before the confrontations […]

21 May
7:13

Evictions of Palestinians From Their Homes and Other Properties Using Affadavits

A recent court case, from May 8 2012, reported by Haartez has highlighted how The Absentee Property Law together with unsupported affadavits has been used to secure the evictions of Palestinians from their homes in sensitive areas of East Jerusalem.A number of legal methods have been used by Jewish organisations […]

18 May
2:45

Complaint About Extreme Police Violence to Demonstrators Passed to Israeli Justice Department

Israeli daily, Haaretz, reports today that the complaint about severe police violence against imprisoned protesters after a demonstration outside Ramle prison made by the Adalah advocacy group two weeks ago has been passed to the Israeli Justice Ministry because of the serious nature of the complaint. The police violence was […]

18 May
12:24

Gaza-Built Boat to Sail from Gaza

The Canadian Boat to Gaza, in cooperation, with international initiatives in the US, Australia and other countries, is launching a new initiative to challenge the illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade of Gaza, the only Mediterranean port closed to shipping. This new initiative: Gaza’s Ark, will build a boat in Gaza, […]

17 May
3:05

Israel Tied with North Korea in BBC Negative Influence Poll

May 17, 2012 3:05 PM William Temple Israel, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

Israel’s foreign and domestic policy seems to have tarnished its image on the world stage as it came joint third in an annual international BBC poll assessing the negative influence of major countries. The poll asked which states were perceived to have had the most negative influence on the world. […]

17 May
2:45

Arafat Adviser Suspected of Embezzling Millions of Dollars’

Ma’an News has reported from Bethlehem that Muhammad Rashid, a former adviser to the late President Yasser Arafat, is accused of embezzling tens of millions of dollars, the head of the PA Anti-Corruption Commission said Wednesday. Rafiq Natsheh said that his Commission is seeking an international arrest warrant for Muhammad […]

17 May
2:30

Abbas Swears in New Ministers in Ramallah Reshuffle

Ma’an News reported from Ramallah today that Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad lost his dual role as finance minister in a government reshuffle on Wednesday, as President Mahmoud Abbas swore in 9 new ministers. Fayyad was replaced by Nabil Qassis, a former university president, who like Fayyad is a […]

17 May
1:15

Jerusalem Rabbinical Court Grants Rabbis Custody over Nablus Tomb, Violates Oslo Status Quo

May 17, 2012 1:15 PM William Temple Holy sites, Nablus, News Report 0

Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported today that the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court has awarded legal and administrative custody over Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus in the middle West Bank to two rabbis who have been involved in organizing visits to the site without the army’s permission. Nablus is under full Palestinian control since […]

15 May
8:05

Medics: 80 Injured in Nakba Protests Near Ramallah

Ma’an News reported Medics as saying that over 80 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces near Ramallah on Tuesday, as protesters commemorated the Nakba, or catastrophe, the name given to their ethnic cleansing in 1948.After a mass rally in Ramallah’s Clock Square, protesters headed to Israel’s Ofer Detention […]

15 May
3:30

EU Foreign Ministers Criticise Israel’s Activities in West Bank

Israeli settlement building and curbs on economic development in the occupied West Bank risk wrecking Palestinian hopes of creating their own state, the European Union was reported by Reuters as stating on Monday.Clearly frustrated by long-stalled peace talks, European Union foreign ministers issued a detailed statement, accusing Israel of accelerating […]

15 May
2:44

Israel Allows Gaza to Export Clothes After 5 Year Ban

Reuters has reported that Israel allowed the export of Palestinian-made clothes from the Gaza Strip for the first time in at least five years on Monday. Raed Fattouh, who coordinates supplies into Gaza, said a truck carrying 2,000 pieces of mainly woolen garments were exported through the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom […]

10 May
8:00

Court Injunction Delays Demolitions of Jerusalem Area Bedouin Homes

The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center obtained on Wednesday an injunction order for Khan al-Ahmar Kurshan community. This temporary injunction prevents the demolition of homes of the eight families that received 24-hour eviction notices on Sunday, 6 May.The orders affect the eight families of the community, who have […]

09 May
3:15

Ads Warn Jewish Parents – Keep Daughters Away from Arabs

Ari Gallahar of Ynetnews reports today that advertisements made to look like imaginary wedding invitations have been distributed throughout Jerusalem’s streets in a bid to demonstrate what would happen if Jewish parents fail to keep watch over their daughters Lehava, the extremist Jewish organization for the prevention of assimilation in […]

07 May
6:02

Israeli Court Rules Against Two Long-Term Palestinian Hunger-Strikers

May 7, 2012 6:02 PM William Temple Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

On Monday, Israel’s Supreme Court turned down an appeal to free two Palestinians from administrative detention who have been on hunger strike for nearly 70 days. But in its decision, released by the Justice Ministry, the court said security authorities should consider freeing them for medical reasons.Administrative detainees Bilal Diab, […]

04 May
8:15

Hunger Strikers Must Leave Beds To See Lawyers

May 4, 2012 8:15 PM William Temple Israel, News Report, Prisoners 0

The Israeli Prison Service has confirmed that it is withholding interviews between hunger striking prisoners and their legal representatives as this privilege is conditional on prisoners physically getting up from their beds to request consultation.Adalah and other human rights organisations have stated their intention to go to the Israeli High […]

02 May
7:30

Army Orders Farmers To Uproot 1400 Olive Trees In Salfit

Israeli soldiers order Palestinian farmers to uproot 1400 olive trees in Wadi Qana area, near Dir Istiya, in the West Bank district of Salfit. On Wednesday, the army tried to uproot the trees but was repulsed by Palestinian, Israeli and International peace activists. The International Womens Peace Service (IWPS) reported […]