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NAM urges full report on Israeli nukes
Source: Press TV
Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:20AM

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to provide a comprehensive report on Israel’s nuclear activities.

The Egyptian government, on behalf of NAM member states, demanded on Tuesday that IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano issue an exhaustive report on Israel’s nuclear arsenals, IRNA reported.

The development came after Amano submitted a report to the IAEA Board of Governors on Friday concerning Tel Aviv’s controversial nuclear program.

The report acknowledged that the agency cannot monitor and assess Israel’s undisclosed nuclear sites due to measures by the Tel Aviv regime restricting the agency from examining its nuclear facilities and potentials.

It also expressed “concern about the Israeli nuclear capabilities” and linked it to “concern about the threat posed by the proliferation of nuclear weapons for the security and stability of the Middle East.”

In his visit to Israel last month, Amano called on Tel Aviv to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, also known as the NPT.

Israel has been refusing to confirm or deny its possession of nuclear warheads. Widely considered to be the only nuclear power in the Middle East, the Israeli regime is widely believed to have over 250 atomic warheads.

Having endorsed Israel’s policy of “nuclear ambiguity” over the past 40 years, the United States warned Arab states on Saturday against renewing efforts to focus attention on Israel at an upcoming IAEA meeting.

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NAM: israel Secret Nuke Activities Worry Mideast:

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[Press TV News] Special Report On The Start Of School In Gaza:

“shabbirh | September 15, 2010

By Ashraf Shannon, Press TV Gaza, Occupied Palestine
Recorded September 15, 2010 at 0030bst

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'US – Israel's partner in crime, not a referee':

“RussiaToday | September 14, 2010

Israeli and Palestinian leaders are holding a new round of direct talks. The main issue being discussed is whether a current freeze on Israeli settlement-building in the West Bank will be extended. Palestinian President Abbas threatens to walk out on the negotiations if construction continues. For more on this, RT talks to Omar Barghouti, an activist from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

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Debating the direct talks:

“AlJazeeraEnglish | September 15, 2010

Illegal settlements on Palestinian land are one of the biggest stumbling blocks for these talks.

The Palestinians have warned that they will walk out of talks if a freeze on settlement construction, which is set to expire at the end of the month, is not extended.

Danni Dayan, Chairman of the Settlers Council in Jerusalem, and Jamal Jumaa, a Palestinian activist in Ramallah, debate the issues facing their leaders.

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Video of yesterday’s Demo in Gaza

Israeli soldiers shoot live rounds at Gaza demonstrators:

“freepalestineee | September 14, 2010

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Israel shells kill 1, wound 4 in Gaza
Source: Press TV
Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:43PM

At least one Palestinian is reportedly killed and four more injured by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip two days after the troops claim the lives of three Gazans.

Israeli forces targeted the victims with tank shells and gun fire in the north of Gaza on Tuesday, claiming they were returning an attack by the victims, Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post wrote.

A higher number of those wounded could be reported as the medics scramble to access the area.

The incident comes only hours after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the acting Palestinian Authority (PA) Chief Mahmoud Abbas came out of a second round of renewed direct talks in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

PA left the talks in protest at Israel’s war on Gaza at the turn of 2009, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians, most of them civilians and inflicted a damage of $1.6 billion on the enclave’s economy. Gaza is far from recovering from the attacks.

On Sunday, the Israeli military killed three people, including a 91-year-old man and his grandson in the town of Beit Hanoun close to the coastal sliver’s border with Israel.

The attacks are in violation of a Palestinian demand for Israel’s complete withdrawal behind the borders of 1967. The year saw Israeli forces capturing Gaza, the West Bank and the promised capital of any potential Palestinian state, East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The strip’s 1.5 million residents have also been enduring more than three years of an all-out Israeli siege. The blockade has deprived them of food, fuel and other necessities.

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israel shells Gaza again.:

“otraverdad1 | September 14, 2010

[Press TV News] Israel Soldiers Open Fire On International and Palestinian Activists In Gaza:

“shabbirh | September 14, 2010

Israeli Soldiers have opened fire on International and Palestinian Activits in Gaza – Footage and Report.

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Israel admits killing civilians in Gaza.
Source: Press TV
Wed Sep 15, 2010 10:23AM

The Israeli army has admitted that three Palestinian men killed in a shelling strike in the northern Gaza Strip over the weekend were civilians.

On Sunday afternoon, Israeli troops fired five tank shells into the coastal sliver’s northern city of Beit Hanoun, near the Erez checkpoint.

The attack killed a 91-year-old man identified as Ibrahim Abu Said and his 21-year-old grandson, Ismail. The body of Hosam Khaled Ibrahim Abu Es’ayed, 16, was later found and handed over to hospital officials, according to Ma’an news agency.

The Israeli army initially accused the men of being involved in armed activities and claimed they were preparing to launch rockets at Israeli posts near the separation fence.

But a report on Tuesday acknowledged that the men were attending to their farmland and cattle near what Israel has declared as a “no-go zone” along the de-facto border when they came under Israeli tank fire.

The report claims the 21-year-old Palestinian was seen lifting a loaded rocket-propelled-grenade launcher seemingly aiming it at Israeli forces at the border.

The Israeli commander of the Gaza division, Brigadier General Eyal Eisenberg, told Israel’s Army Radio on Tuesday that an initial probe found that the three civilians found a rocket launcher and innocently picked it up.

Israeli tanks opened tank and machine gun fire on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing one Palestinian and wounding four others.

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They need to show Abbas and the PA in a better light when Israel’s false moratorium on settlement building expires. They need to keep the PA at the table until it does what no Palestinian representative will ever do.
Allow me to explain my humble opinion here:
Negotiating and compromising over how much settlement construction is tolerated, even if it is a single expansion of one room on top of one single settlement housing unit, is nothing but a tacit recognition of the legality of the already constructed settlements, including those about to be built. Israel can then achieve its dream of one more stage in the zionist project without having to give one inch back to the Palestinians while the charade goes on. It is an extremely dangerous step for the Palestinians, and must be stopped at all costs

Balancing peace in the Middle East:

“AlJazeeraEnglish | September 14, 2010

Israeli and Palestinian leaders have entered a second round of direct Middle East talks in the past two weeks, but in the end both sides could only agree to talk again on Wednesday.

The negotiations in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh were attended by senior US officials including Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, and George Mitchell, the US Middle East envoy.

Clinton and Mitchell both expressed optimism over the direction of the talks, but did not say if any tangible progress had been made.

Al Jazeera’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports. (Sept 15, 2010)

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