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August 14th

CNN correspondent Paula Hancock visits the training facilities and rocket factories of The Popular Resistance Committees in Gaza (1). Israeli security officials are reportedly disturbed by the increase in violence by Jewish settlers in the West Bank (2). A rocket fired from Gaza lands in southern Israel but causes no injuries or damage (4). Protest against the separation barrier in the West Bank town of Naalin continues (10). Jordan restores relations with Hamas following a series of meetings in Amman (11).

August 12th

An article in the New York Times discusses Raja Shehadah’s recent book “Palestinian Walks: Forays Into a Vanishing Landscape” (1). Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish is buried in Ramallah today (2) while Arab News profiles his remarkable life (5). Israel chooses not to pursue legal action against the tank crew that killed a Reuters cameraman and eight bystanders in Gaza four months ago (3). The Middle East Times notes the marked shift in Hamas’ public stance towards militants who violate the truce with rocket fire into Israel (4).

August 11th

Israel proposes ideas for the West Bank, the terms of which the Palestinians find unacceptable (1). A recent poll of Israeli citizens finds that three in ten would like former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to return to power after Ehud Olmert steps down (2). Israel announces that it will close its Gaza border crossings with Gaza after a recent rocket attack (3). The impoverished Gaza strip faces a serious cash shortage (4). Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank intensifies (6) (8).

August 10th

Mahmoud Darwish, respected Palestinian poet, dies after complications from heart surgery at the age of 67, and will be honored with an official funeral (1) (7). The BBC looks at life on the ground in blockaded Gaza (3). Eight Palestinians are killed as an underground smuggling tunnel collapses near the Egypt-Gaza border (5). Israel’s recent decision to build 447 new settler homes around Jerusalem draws criticism from the French EU Presidency (9). Three articles from examine different scenarios for the Annapolis process (10) (11) (12).

August 7th

The two IDF soldiers who were caught on video abusing a Palestinian detainee have been indicted and the commanding officer has resigned his post (1) (2), though the leniency of reassignment has prompted outrage among human rights organizations. (5). A Gaza-based militant group warns that the truce which has been tenuously holding between Gaza and Israel for the past month is in danger of collapsing (7). Israel approves the construction of 447 new homes in the settlements around Jerusalem (8) (12).

August 6th

An IDF commander and sergeant are being brought to trial over the recent shooting of a Palestinian detainee (2). British diplomats traveling by car through the West Bank town of Hebron are attacked by a group of settlers (3). Two articles discuss the network of underground smuggling tunnels that are supplying the blockaded Gaza strip (4) (5). In a meeting with Mahmoud Abbas Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert pledges the release of 150 Palestinian prisoners (7).

August 5th

An opinion poll published in Al-Ghad Daily, and translated by ATFP, shows an increase in the popularity of Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah party among Palestinians (1). Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak vows to continue military strikes against Gaza, despite the truce that has been holding tenuously for the past month (4). Jordan renews their talks with Hamas, after a two year freeze (5). Tensions continue to increase between Hamas and Fatah as both sides apply public pressure on the other (7) (8).

August 4th

USAID and American Charities for Palestine (ACP) partner to offer a historic opportunity for channeling American donations to help meet Palestinian humanitarian needs (1). In the New York Times Ethan Bronner examines the recent tumultuous events in Gaza (2). The ongoing effort to allow three of the Gazan Fulbright scholars to study in the United States is again blocked (4). Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas are scheduled to meet in Jerusalem on Wednesday, their first official meeting since Olmert's recent resignation announcement (6) (7).

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