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Month: April 2007

Israel to Question Billionaire in Probe

Israel to Question Billionaire in Probe

A criminal state will beget criminals. A team of Israeli police will be leaving for Australia next week to question a prominent billionaire on allegations that Ehud Olmert tried to help him in a bank sale before becoming Prime Minister. Israel to Question Billionaire in Probe Friday April 27, 2007 7:16 AM By MATTI FRIEDMAN Associated Press Writer JERUSALEM (AP) – A team of Israeli police will leave for Australia next week to question a prominent billionaire about suspicions that…

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Israel’s choice: “Jewish only” or democratic?

Israel’s choice: “Jewish only” or democratic?

Sonja Karkar The time will have to come for Israel to declare its hand: is it “a state of the Jewish people throughout the world” as it defines itself, or a state of all its citizens, both Jewish and non-Jewish? So far Israel has managed to convince the Western world that it is the only democracy in the region, but neglects to add that this democracy works only for its Jewish citizens. This is the conundrum: Israel has been unable…

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Palestinians urge Israel to seize “historic opportunity” for peace

Palestinians urge Israel to seize “historic opportunity” for peace

Any chance of that happening anytime soon? We certainly doubt so! The occupation is still going on, the Apartheid Wall is still up and Palestinians are suffering. UNITED NATIONS: The Palestinians urged Israel on Wednesday to seize a “historic opportunity” to negotiate peace without preconditions but Israel refused, accusing the Palestinian government of flaunting basic principles for peace and waging a “campaign of terror.” Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian U.N. observer, told the U.N. Security Council that the formation of a…

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Israel celebrates 59th independence day

Israel celebrates 59th independence day

Israel celebrates the 59th anniversary of its illegal occupation of historic Palestine and the 59th anniversary of an-Nakba. Figures. JERUSALEM: Israel celebrated its 59th independence day yesterday with a mix of malaise and festivity, with millions enjoying barbecues in backyards and parks while lamenting rising corruption and the depressing after-effects of the summer’s inconclusive war in Lebanon. “The country is in a good state but in a bad mood,” Vice Premier Shimon Peres told The Associated Press during independence day…

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Avaaz: Iraq is Dying

Avaaz: Iraq is Dying

Dear friends, The nightmare in Iraq worsens daily. It’s make-or-break time — but next Thursday in Egypt, we could start to turn the tide. Because on May 3rd – for the first time ever – top US and Iraqi leaders will meet with Iran and Syria plus international powers. They can agree on negotiations to end the war — or escalate their bloody conflict. Iraq: It Ends on May 3rd Avaaz is launching a major advertising and text-message campaign inside…

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