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Judenrein! Israel adopts Nazi term to back settlers - Yahoo! News

Judenrein! Israel adopts Nazi term to back settlers - Yahoo! News: "JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Hosting the German foreign minister this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used an especially tainted term to condemn the Palestinian demand that Israel's settlements in the occupied West Bank be removed.

'Judea and Samaria cannot be Judenrein,' a Netanyahu confidant quoted him as telling Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Asked how Germany's top diplomat responded to hearing the Nazi Holocaust term for areas 'cleansed of Jews,' the confidant said, 'What could he do? He basically just nodded.'"

The Daily Star - Politics - Palestinians will need a year to clear tons of Gaza war rubble �� UN

The Daily Star - Politics - Palestinians will need a year to clear tons of Gaza war rubble �� UN: "GAZA: Palestinian workers will need one year to clear a half million tons of concrete rubble from Gaza Strip districts bombed and bulldozed by Israeli forces during their winter offensive, the United Nations said on Thursday. The United Nations Development Program was beginning its rubble removal project six months after the 3-week war ended on January 18, with still no idea of when organized reconstruction could begin, said the UNDP’s Jens-Anders Toyberg-Frandzen.

“At the moment we cannot rebuild. That is of course very sad. We don’t have access to cement, we don’t have access to construction material because of the borders being closed. So we cannot build houses,” he said.

Thousands of buildings were destroyed during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, launched on December 27 with the declared aim of forcing Islamist Hamas fighters and other Palestinian groups to stop firing rockets and m…

Uighurs claim 400 killed in unrest in western China | The Australian

Uighurs claim 400 killed in unrest in western China | The Australian: "POLICE killed 400 Uighurs in the capital of China's Xinjiang region during ethnic unrest there, exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer claimed yesterday.

Ms Kadeer said Uighur sources within 'East Turkestan', the separatist name for the northwest region, had told her 400 Uighurs had died 'as a result of police shootings and beatings' in Urumqi since violence erupted there on Sunday.

Writing in The Wall Street Journal Asia, the president of the World Uighur Congress said unrest was spreading across the region and unconfirmed reports indicated more than 100 Uighurs had been killed in Kashgar, another major city in Xinjiang.

Chinese authorities have said 156 people died in Sunday's violence in Urumqi. They have not made clear how many of the victims were Han Chinese and how many were Uighur, or how they died.

'Uighurs have contacted me to report that the Chinese authorities are in the process …

Al Jazeera English - CENTRAL/S. ASIA - 'Hundreds dying' in Sri Lanka camp

Al Jazeera English - CENTRAL/S. ASIA - 'Hundreds dying' in Sri Lanka camp: "About 1,400 people are dying every week in a camp set up in Sri Lanka to detain Tamil refugees from the country's civil war, a British newspaper reports.

Quoting senior international aid sources, The Times reported on Friday that the death toll at the Menik Farm would add to concerns that the Sri Lankan government had failed to halt a humanitarian catastrophe.

Most of the deaths are the result of waterborne diseases, particularly diarrhoea, the paper said, quoting a senior relief worker it said spoke on condition of anonymity.

Women, children and the elderly were shoved aside in the scramble for supplies, it said."

Al Jazeera English - Asia-Pacific - Uighurs defy Urumqi mosque closure

Al Jazeera English - Asia-Pacific - Uighurs defy Urumqi mosque closure: "Several mosques in the riot-hit Chinese city of Urumqi have opened for Friday prayers, countering earlier notices that all places of worship would be closed following clashes that left more than 150 people dead.

Mosques across the city, capital of China's far western Xinjiang region, had been ordered to close amid fears that large gatherings of ethnic Uighur Muslims could spark renewed unrest and clashes with the city's ethnic Han Chinese community.

Authorities had said the closures were for the sake of public safety and told Uighurs to pray at home.

However by midday on Friday large crowds had gathered at major mosques in the city."