Palestine coverage through 23 July 08

The news of the beginning of the week has been dominated by Obama’s visit to the region and the coverage of an IDF soldier shooting at the leg of a blindfolded, handcuffed and bound Palestinian non-violent protester in Nilin. Though the Israelis initially detained the soldier in question when footage of the incident emerged, he has since been sent back to his unit. Moreover, at the time of the incident, no one in the unit took notice or intervened, suggesting that contrary to the Israeli government’s assertions, such actions are entirely part of the IDF protocol when dealing with unarmed Palestinians.

Also included is coverage of British PM Gordon Brown’s call for Israel to halt settlements during his visit to Israel, ongoing Israeli abductions and detentions of Palestinians from the West Bank — this time including an elected woman legislator — and leaked information suggesting that Israel is contemplating a prisoner swap of Marwan Barghouti (they have long been seeking a basis to release him) for Gilad Shalit. Mahmoud Abbas reportedly has complained of Israel’s departure from the Annapolis commitments, and on a similar note Haaretz reports that Israel is worried that even the Bush administration will give it poor marks for its West Bank policies.

Not included in the below links is the op-ed in today’s NYT in which Anthony Cordesman calls on the US to take sides in the ongoing factional conflict between Fatah and Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza by providing greater assistance to arming Fatah security services, but I mention it here for those who might be interested in this idea.

Finally, a commentator in the Christian Science Monitor assesses Obama’s opportunities in the Middle East while Rayyan al-Shawaf of Lebanon’s Daily Star argues for shifting attention from mere “cease-fires” for Gaza to the urgent needs of the territory and its population after the humanitarian catastrophe visited on it by the Israeli relentless blockade.

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1. OBAMA ARRIVES IN ISRAEL, VOWS TO ‘PLUNGE’ INTO MIDEAST PEACEMAKING
Associated Press
July 22, 2008

2. ISRAEL FEARS SCATHING US REPORT ON ITS WEST BANK POLICIES
By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff
Haaretz (Israel)
July 22, 2008

3. ISRAELI SHOOTER SENT BACK TO UNIT
BBC News (United Kingdom)
July 22, 2008

4. ISRAELI SOLDIER ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING PRISONER
By Anne Barrowclough
The Times (uk)
July 21, 2008

5. BRITISH LEADER DEMANDS ISRAEL HALT SETTLEMENTS
By Mohammed Daraghmeh
Associated Press
July 21, 2008

6. ISRAELI FORCES DETAIN HAMAS LAWMAKER, BUSINESSMEN
By Dan Williams
Reuters
July 21, 2008

7. ABBAS BLASTS ISRAEL OVER ANNAPOLIS
Kuwait News Agency (Kuwait)
July 21, 2008

8. REPORT: ISRAEL WILLING TO FREE MARWAN BARGHOUTI FOR SHALIT
By Amoss Harel, Barak Ravid
Haaretz (Israel)
July 21, 2008

9. BEYOND A CEASEFIRE, GAZA NEEDS HELP
By Rayyan al-Shawaf
Daily Star (Lebanon)
July 22, 2008

10. OBAMA’S OPPORTUNITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
By Janessa Gans
Christian Science Monitor
July 21, 2008

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