News and Analysis (2/5/09)

“Al Jazeera’s correspondent aboard the Al-Ikhwa (The Brotherhood) ship said the navy first opened fire, then five Israeli soldiers boarded the ship, beating and threatening the passengers”:

The Ministry justified the crime claiming “the U.N. was storing blankets in an unauthorized area”:

The test of democracy is rapidly approaching failure:

Although plenty of evidence of war crimes exist…

…Palestinians face many challenges including a Catch-22: “the court can investigate only in nations that accept its mandate, and most international bodies do not consider the Palestinian Authority to be a sovereign state”…

…Meanwhile, the key issues stalling the truce negotiations reside over the length of the agreement, the opening over the borders, and the release of prisoners:

Under pressure from the US, including threats to withhold intelligence,

Imran

Minaret of Freedom Institute Program Assistant

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