Release Date Problems for The Valley of Wolves: Palestine

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M


A Turkish action movie with alleged anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli overtones will be released Jan. 27 in Germany, causing an uproar because the date coincides with a day to commemorate Holocaust victims, daily Milliyet reported Sunday.
Mavi Boncuk |

Adding Injury to Insult | Movie Ban in Germany

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

The film had been planned for release in Germany on Thursday, the day reserved to commemorate the Jewish Holocaust, triggering protest within Germany. A person contacted at Pera Films, the Cologne-based company that is distributing the film, said the company was taking advice on what action to take. She declined to comment further or to give her name.

Turkey’s National Inquiry and Investigation Commission on Mavi Marmara Incident

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

The imposition of a naval blockade has been considered a legal instrument of war for generations. The question of whether Israel and Hamas, which controls Gaza, are in a formal state of war is largely moot as both sides agree that they are. Also immaterial is the argument that the Israeli elite naval commando unit, the Shayetet, stopped the flotilla in international waters: America legally stopped in international water any ship attempting to violate its naval blockade of Cuba in the 1960s.

Mavi Boncuk | Turkey’s National Inquiry and Investigation Commission on Sunday expressed regret over the national investigation process in Israel over the attack on Mavi Marmara flotilla.

Israel/Palestine: Reacting to the Palestine Papers

from Global Voices Online by Jillian C. York

Written by Jillian C. York

Today, Al Jazeera English released the first of more than 1,600 internal documents from a decade of the Israel-Palestine Peace Process, dubbed the ?Palestine Papers.? The papers released today make public a number of secret negotiations between Chief PLO Negotiator Saeb Erekat and the Israelis, including what Al Jazeera called ?unprecedented compromises on the division of Jerusalem and its holy sites.?

The Palestine Papers, Dr. Ilan Zvi Baron

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Dr. Ilan Zvi Baron

After the First World War, President Wilson called for the abolition of secret diplomacy as a means to further international peace and cooperation. This was the first of his fourteen points and it is very much in this spirit that Wikileaks functions and that the Palestine Papers were released. The big question that ultimately needs to be asked is whether or not the publication of these Papers is going to make any difference. Regardless of whether or not the Papers are genuine, it is highly plausible that the Palestine Papers will only serve to prolong the conflict. However, the benefit of the Papers is that they reveal that if a solution is going to be arrived at, some real ?creative thinking? is going to be necessary. There are five issues here.

The Palestine Papers: Al Jazeera’s latest leak

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald


Another major diplomatic leak has struck, but this time, it’s not from WikiLeaks. Al Jazeera has obtained almost 1,700 internal documents from a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, from an unrevealed source. The diplomatic correspondence, dubbed The Palestine Papers, comprises “memos, e-mails, maps, minutes from private meetings, accounts of high level exchanges, strategy papers and even power point presentations,” Al Jazeera said.

Jazeera leaks shock, anger Palestinian officials

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Palestinian officials reacted with astonishment and fury after the leak of hundreds of secret documents on a decade of peace talks with Israel.

Arab World: Palestinian ?Abed Raboo goes for the Qatari Jugular?

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

Written by Amira Al Hussaini

Palestinian Abed Raboo launches a full scale attack on Qatar

The Palestinian Papers, a leak which contains more than 1,600 internal documents on a decade of peace talks with Israel, created a furore online, after being released by Qatar-based Al Jazeera. The controversy continues as Palestinians deny the leak’s content and context and wage a full scale attack on Qatar.

Turkey is losing hope of a rapport with Israel

from FT.com – World, Europe
Ankara is eager to normalise relations though not at the costs of turning a blind eye to the attack on a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, writes Ozdem Sanberk

Little optimism as Turkey hosts Iran nuclear talks, 89, Oliver Scanlan

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Oliver Scanlan

On Friday, the so-called P5+1 nations, the US, Russia, China, UK, France and Germany, began another phase of diplomatic negotiations with Iran over the future of its nuclear programme. The talks, hosted in Istanbul by the Turkish government, are aimed at making some headway in resolving an issue that has dominated the region for several years. Iran maintains that its nuclear programme is solely for civilian use; the permanent members of the UN security council, the US and UK in particular, are highly sceptical of this claim, alleging that Iran is developing a clandestine weapons programme.

Israeli Flotilla Raid Criticized in Turkish Report

from NYT > Turkey by By SEBNEM ARSU
Turkey released details of its own report into the bloody seizure a ship bound for Gaza, a day after Israel published findings that reignited a bitter dispute between the nations.

Turkey President Lays Into Israel Flotilla Inquiry

from NYT > Turkey by By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Turkey?s president on Monday lambasted an Israeli inquiry that cleared its military and government of any wrongdoing in a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound international flotilla.

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