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Founder of Linux cancels Israel trip in order to speak to Palestinians


Richard Stallman, a creator of free software system Linux, chooses to speak to Palestinians (who invited him) and forego a speaking tour in Israel

Home at last – all waiting get through small gap in wide gate to Gaza


Ramzy Baroud, editor of, is one of those allowed to cross into his Gaza home under the new Egyptian rule

Forget the land, think portable citizen rights in Israel/Palestine


A “parallel states” solution has been developed by a team of Israeli, Palestinian and international scholars, policymakers and protagonists in the conflict. It is built upon a new understanding of sovereignty based on the relation between the state and the individual citizen not territory

Hopes of Palestinian unity falter over splits and conditions

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Obama’s speech underscored ‘that self-government under Israel’s brutal occupation and blackmail is an illusion and it might be better to dissolve the Palestinian Authority that sustains this illusion’ writes Ali Abunimah

Israeli land agency bulldozes Bedouin village in Negev again and again


Bedouin villagers have documented claims to land in the Negev – which the Israel Land Administration wants for a forest and so repeatedly destroys their village. Amnesty International is running a campaign to help the Bedouin which JfJfP fully supports. Go to Amnesty’s web-page to find out how you can add your support

Arab spring, revolution, awakening – all mean one thing: dignity


The mother of a young American, spine, kidney, spleen pierced by a bullet asks the visiting American diplomat to tell their government of his injuries. She won’t, saying ‘That’s politics’. Yes. He is an Arab, the bullet is from an Israeli gun on Nakba-day.

Gisha welcomes small freedom for Gazans via Rafah crossing


In this third posting, we publish the memory of the Rafah crossing’s history held by Gisha, the Israeli not-for-profit legal centre dedicated to the right of freedom of movement

Pent-up longing to get home to Gaza may be frustrated by rules on who may cross


A second report on the Rafah opening, from the Ma’an news agency, gives details of who may be allowed to cross, when, and of some of the people in Egypt who long to see their families immured in Gaza

Egypt’s interim leaders to open Rafah crossing this weekend


The co-operation of President Mubarak and the Egyptian army with Israel to block the Rafah crossing has been a principal target of the popular uprising. Pressure to open this one gateway to Gaza has been maintained, with results expected this weekend.

Scottish council accused of being on verge of Jewish book-burning


After Israel’s attack on Gaza in Operation Cast Lead, West Dumbarton Council voted to boycott all products made in Israel, including books bought for its libraries. But not to boycott books by Israelis printed elsewhere, or books by Jews as such, or any books sold in bookshops. Opponents claimed otherwise. The statement by the council is at the end of this posting.

Woman who heckled Netanyahu assaulted by AIPAC members


As we posted last week (Human rights groups organise public protest at power of AIPAC) Move Over AIPAC! held a conference and protest in Washington DC May 21-24. A supporter heckled Netanyahu in Congress. She was assaulted and taken to hospital – where she was arrested Check the original for photos and video.

A zero sum game: media 1, Palestinians and Israelis 0

A third, Israeli, view adds to the posts on this page of Arab and American Jewish perspectives on Netanyahu’s speech to Congress this week – and finds nothing of hope or substance in it. Yet accepting the ’67 borders could be in Israel’s interest

The man who has nothing to say but No


The American Congress responded to PM Netanyahu as a supine people once responded to their out-of-touch Arab dictators – with appeasing applause – writes Dima Khatib. They must all know you can’t choose who represents the other side

American Jews hate conflict between the leaders of the US and of Israel


Jane Eisner, editor of Forward – US Jewish weekly – , believes that the thunderous noise of 30 standing ovations for Behamin Netanyahu in his visit to Congress has drowned out the doubts and anxieties about his intransigence

File and forget – BBC response to faults found by own report on Israel Palestine


Former BBC Middle East correspondent Tim Llewellyn says the BBC fails to inform their audiences of the context of the conflict, especially the fact that the Palestinians are fighting a war of liberation against illegal and harsh occupation. The BBC gives its response. The context is a review of the updated edition of Bad News from Israel by Greg Philo and Mike Berry

Hamas chiefs fall out over talks with Israel

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Khaled Meshaal, Hamas leader ih Syria has said negotiations with Israel should be given a chance. Mahmoud Zahar, a Hamas official in Gaza, says this does not represent the position of Hamas

After Obama, Likud shifts its stance, Palestinian leaders focus on borders

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The widely reported Palestinian disappointment with Obama’s speech is news to most readers in Israel and the USA. Here Josef Federman recaps the Palestinian position and asks chief negotiator Saeb Erekat what his strategy is now

Response to Nakba day showed Israel’s political bankruptcy


Jonathan Cook offers his analysis of what the Palestinian energy and Israeli political inertia and reliance on military force on Nakba Day shows about the regional state of play

Not the superpower you, and we, thought we were


The disappointment with President Obama’s Middle East speech may belong to disappointment at the lack of effective American power. Obama has understood this, if not what the ‘right to choose your own leaders’ means, suggests Antony Lerman

Where the lines are drawn on Israeli borders


Reuters has produced this brief history of who supported which borders, when