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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Peaceful PalArab news

There are reports that Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal will be traveling to Jordan for talks; official Fatah reaction was positive but privately they are ticked off.

More explosives meant for Gaza found in the Sinai by Egypt.

Al-Jazeera is demanding that Ha'aretz apologize for saying that Al Jazeera apologized for their fawning coverage of Samir Kuntar. Al Jazeera said they violated their own code of ethics but denies apologizing for it.

So far this year, 260,000 Palestinian Arabs crossed from the territories into Jordan. 197,000 came back. The number of those coming back are expected to rise as school starts, however.

Israel opened up Kerem Shalom crossing. Israel allowed lumber to enter Gaza for the first time in a year. A Gaza cement factory re-started operations. And Islamic Jihad and other terror groups are claiming that the "calm" is only benefiting Israel and are threatening to increase their attacks. (Sorry, the last few were from yesterday and I don't have the links handy.)

UPDATE: A man was found murdered in his house in Qalqiya. The 2008 PalArab self-death count is now at 152.