Success vindicates Bil’in protest organizers

BIL’IN, West Bank (June 17) – Despite the tears that filled Basel Mansour’s eyes from teargas and clothes soaked by sewage-smelling water sprayed by Israeli soldiers to disperse peaceful demonstrators in the West Bank village of Bil’in on Friday, the Palestinian peace activist said he emerged a victor.

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Former PLO UN envoy: No UN membership in September

RAMALLAH, West Bank (June 17) – Former PLO ambassador Nasser al-Qudwa said Monday, June 13, Palestinians will not achieve membership for the State of Palestine at the United Nations in September, but it will be still be a positive step forward.

Shalit family, demonstrators mark 5th anniversary of soldiers capture

Hundreds call for Israeli PM to agree to prisoner swap By Ryan Ariel Simon JERUSALEM, Israel (June 25) — Hundreds of demonstrators blocked the heavily guarded street in front of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s Jerusalem residence to mark the fifth year that captured soldier Gilad Shalit has been held by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. Members … Continue reading

New Electric Car Finds Proving Ground in Israel

Customized Renault Fluence Coming to Bay Area By Ryan Ariel Simon ROSH HAAYIN, Israel (June 23) — Better Place Inc., the Palo Alto-based maker of a system to keep electric cars charged, will use Israel as its first national testing-ground by the end of this year for a customized version of the Renault Fluence. Renault … Continue reading

West Bank mosque attacked by arsonists

Nearby Israeli settlers suspected By Ryan Ariel Simon Vandals torched the mosque in the Palestinian village of al Mughayyir early Tuesday morning, leaving Hebrew graffiti on an exterior wall, and burned prayer rugs inside. The attackers entered through a screen on a street level window, according to the mosque’s Imam. They then rolled a tire … Continue reading

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An English translation of Yoani Sánchez's blog Generación Y, from Havana, Cuba