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Settlers/ Land, Property, Resource Theft & Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing|
IOA bulldozes Beit Ummar land to establish 50 new housing units
The Israeli occupation authority is accelerating the bulldozing of
Palestinian land in Beit Ummar village, Al-Khalil district, in
preparation for building 50 new housing units.
Israelis Tear Down Homes, Interrogate Citizens near Bethlehem, Tulkarem
PNN - Israeli forces carried out home inspection and demolition
operations on Wednesday in the villages of Kur, south of Tulkarem, and
Beit Fajar, south of Bethlehem, arresting a number of Palestinians. A
source told Wafa that the Israeli force that moved into the village of
Beit Fajar was composed of five patrols. The force demolished the homes
of Ahmed Muhammad Taqataqa, Muhammad Kamil, and Waleed Thawabiti, as
well a bakery owned by Muhammad Ali Abyan.
Israeli colonies expand, Palestinians face home demolitions
Bulldozers, backed by Israeli
soldiers and police forces, razed a Bedouin Palestinian encampment in
Isawiya, a village northeast of Jerusalem on Wednesday, 27 October.
Israeli forces destroyed tents and other structures that were home to
six families, according to Ma'an News Agency ("Israel Razes Bedouin Camp,"
27 October 2010). "Hani al-Eisaway of the Isawiya Land Defense committee said that the Israeli [forces] bulldozed more than 50 dunams (12.5 acres) of land," Ma'an reported. The encampment was close to the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim.
PA minister: Israel steals Palestinian heritage
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Palestinian Authority Minister of Culture Siham
Barghouthi said Tuesday that his ministry was investigating Israel's
theft of Palestinian heritage. Palestinian culture must be preserved by
organizing exhibitions and festivals to show that heritage claimed by
Israel is actually Palestinian, Bargouthi said in an interview with
Ma'an Radio. A blue version of the keffiyeh, a scarf and a Palestinian
national symbol, could be found in markets with a Star of David used
instead of the traditional pattern, the minister noted.
Activism/Solidarity/Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions
Refugees in south protest Balfour declaration
refugees at the south Lebanon refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh
marked Tuesday the signing of the Balfour declaration. Camp residents
and political factions marched in the street to protest the declaration,
considered as a cornerstone in the foundation of Israel.
Silwan Extends Harsh Welcome to "Racist" Mayor Barkat
Maysa Abu Ghazala – PNN - Neither with roses and smiles nor with
congratulations and blessings did the people of Jerusalem’s Ras al-Umud
neighborhood welcome Mayor Nir Barkat on his Tuesday morning visit to
open the “Ras al-Umud Comprehensive Girls’ School.” Writing on the
walls of the school called for Barkat to get out, next to Palestinian
flags and national slogans. On the floor of the school was a Star of
David next to a swastika, surrounded by trash. Fakhry Abu Diab of the
Committee to Defend Silwan said that the people of Ras al-Umud welcomed
Barkat as he deserved to be welcomed, as a mayor in an occupation state.
He said they didn’t want to see him in the same neighborhood whose
residents he has threatened to displace.
Budrus hero calls for Abdallah Abu Rahmah’s freedom, Jesse Bacon
I recently had the good fortune to attend a packed Monday night NYC screening
sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace and the American Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee. One issue raised by the extremely
well-informed director was how similar protests in other villages have
had difficulty duplicating Budrus’s success. A Budrus protest
participant told me that even Budrus itself could see its victory
threatened as Israel completes the building of the Wall. So it is
inspiring to me that Ayed Morrar, the Budrus leader, has continued to
struggle on behalf of other less fortunate villages in the West Bank. Here he writes in Huffington Post (apparently more “mainstream” outlets passed on it) in support of Abdallah Abu Rahmah, his counterpart organizer in Bi’lin.
British foreign secretary to meet Palestinian activists in East Jerusalem
William Hague's itinerary, which includes Sheikh Jarrah, raises eyebrows in Israel's diplomatic corps.
Education minister urges new ethics code to end row over teaching Zionism
The code, he said, should include the following principles: course
material should reflect the range of academic views on the particular
topic; lecturers should not be discriminated against on the basis of
their political views; and academic freedom should not include the lecturers' right to advocate boycotts of Israel, whether academic or otherwise.
#BDS: Egyptian author threatens to sue Israeli-Palestinian NGO for translating book without permission
Though no profits were earned as the novel was published for free, the
writer is upset because he wanted to boycott the Hebrew language for
#BDS: Linkin Park, Cancel Apartheid Israel's Show!
Bennington, Brad Delson, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon and David
Farrell of Linkin Park, We are a group of over 150 Israeli citizens, who
support the Palestinian United Call for Boycott, Divestment and
Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law
and universal principles of human rights1. On November
15 your band Linkin Park is scheduled to perform in Tel-Aviv, Israel,
thus undermining the most unified Palestinian form of non-violent
struggle, which has already gained substantial recognition across the
globe. We therefore urge you to cancel your Israel show, which is
inevitably a show of support for Israel's apartheid.
#BDS: Debunking pro-Israeli arguments against boycott Inbox X
While the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against
apartheid Israel continues to grow, its opponents continue to resort to
the same old canards in trying to defend Israel. In a Jerusalem Post
article published on 17 October 2010, columnist Hannah Brown gives us a
good example of some of the Israeli talking points ("British director
Mike Leigh cancels Israel visit". In her concluding paragraph she
A “Swiss Made” Boat for Gaza, Silvia Cattori
Meeting in Geneva in early October, representatives of the International
Coalition to Break the Siege on Gaza (people from Britain, Switzerland,
Greece, Sweden, Malaysia, Turkey, United Sates, Norway, the Netherlands,
Ireland, Italy, Algeria, Kuwait, Jordan as well as other Arab
countries) have confirmed their determination to break the maritime
blockade imposed by Israel on the population of Gaza. While the Swiss
boat was ready as of August, the departure of the second Freedom
Flotilla had to be postponed till next spring since an increasing number
of countries want to join it. The 45 passengers who will leave aboard
the Swiss boat (500 applications have been received) include members of
parliament. Jean-Charles Rielle, 58, Socialist member of the Swiss
Parliament, is one of them.
Help send Alex Kane to Israel/Palestine
As many of you know Alex Kane is a frequent contributor to Mondoweiss. His work on Islamophobia, media analysis, the Freedom Flotilla, and general news
from Israel/Palestine has been invaluable. Alex is now raising money to
travel to Israel/Palestine as part of a delegation organized by American Jews for a Just Peace. Please help him get there!
Israeli Abuse of Palestinian Children
DCI: 38 incidents of settlers' violence against children occurred in two years
for children international (DCI) organization-Palestine section
documented 38 incidents of settlers' violence against Palestinian
children that happened during the past two years.
Israeli police arrest five Palestinian children in Silwan
occupation policemen stormed the Silwan town, south of the Aqsa Mosque
in occupied Jerusalem, on Wednesday and arrested five Palestinian
children including two brothers.
IOF release child after 38 days in several jails
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) released a 13-year old child called
Sayel Abu Qwaider after he spent 38 days in different Israeli jails.
Israel to place stone-throwing children under house arrest
JERUSALEM — Israeli police said on Tuesday they would begin imposing
house arrest on stone-throwing youths in east Jerusalem and hold their
parents legally responsible for their actions. "The police will bring
the situation of children throwing stones at the police and at Jewish
cars under control with court orders imposing strict house arrest on
these children," police spokesman Shmulik Ben Ruby told AFP.
Report: New Israeli plan to discourage stone-throwing
Israel (Ma'an) -- Jerusalem police are imposing high fines and house
arrest on Palestinian children in occupied East Jerusalem to prevent
stone-throwing at Israeli vehicles, the Hebrew-language daily Maariv
reported Tuesday. Police have conducted a trial of the policy for
several weeks. A senior Jerusalem District Police officer, quoted in
the newspaper, said three children were arrested in Silwan, but a
Magistrates Court refused to extend their detention "because of their
AFP: Children of Silwan to Be Placed Under House Arrest
Ruby, spokesman for the Israeli police, said on Tuesday that Israel
was to issue court orders imposing house arrest on stone-throwing
children living in the Arab neighborhood of Silwan, in East Jerusalem,
Agence France-Presse reported.
Gaza children bear scars of war
war on Gaza almost two years ago killed at least 1,400 Palestinians -
including more than 300 children according to human rights groups. Many
of the children who witnessed the violence now suffer ongoing
psychological damage. Al Jazeera's Nadim Baba reports on how residents
are trying to restore some normality to the children of Gaza.
Israeli military in action
Carmiel initiative tries to prevent home sales to Arabs
Deputy mayor backs anonymous service, saying he wants to 'maintain Jewish nature' of northern city.
Safed man harassed for renting flat to Bedouin
Posters plastered around the city, explicitly naming apartment owner,
89, are latest episode in campaign to halt influx of young Arabs.
Anti-Arab Campaign Intensifies in Safed, With Public Humiliation of Elderly Man Who Rents to Arabs
apartment owner told reporters that he has also been threatened
with violence by anti-Arab leaders in the town, and was told that his
building would be torched if he did not evict the Arab students.
Other Rights Violations & Discrimination/Restriction of Movement/Siege
Army harasses journalists during West Bank raid
TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the West Bank city of Tulkarem
and confiscated a journalist's ID card on Tuesday. Three army patrols
and one intelligence patrol were seen entering the city and deploying
near the agriculture ministry building. Soldiers stopped passersby and
students of Khaddori University, demanding to see their IDs.
Photojournalist Muhammad Al-Ashqar, an employee at the local Ma'an
affiliate As-Salam TV who was covering the incident, said soldiers
confiscated his ID and ordered him and several other reporters to leave
the area. An Israeli military spokesman did not immediately return a
call seeking comment.
Catholic Priest: Israel Doesn't Investigate Complaints of Jerusalem Church Attacks
– PNN - A Catholic priest accused Israeli authorities of failing to
investigate complaints of encroachment on Jerusalem churches, such as
that regarding the attack on the Our Father Abraham church in Jerusalem
A Personal Occupation, Palestine Monitor
week, Israeli soldiers occupied Hayat Mutlak al-Salaymeh's house for the
third time since August. On October 28, around 25 young soldiers piled
into her family's small apartment on the third floor of a family-owned
complex. For a few days her house became a fortress: the soldiers
erected the Israeli flag on top of the roof, stationed two men at the
bottom entrance, two on roof, and the rest remained inside her home,
supposedly keeping security for a Jewish celebration taking place that
Israeli troops enforce closure on northern village
(Ma’an) – Israeli troops entered the northern West Bank village of
Madama overnight, with locals reporting several home invasions, shop
closures and what was described as a sector lockdown. Several shop
owners were said to have been forced to close their stores, while
residents said they were threatened by the troops when windows of homes
were opened to survey the situation.
The Entry of UN's Construction Materials in Gaza Remains Restricted
On Tuesday, while truckloads of food and commercial goods entered the
Gaza Strip via the southernmost crossing, Kerem Shalom, the entry of
construction materials remained delayed by the Israeli army.
The World Education Forum: Palestine's Opportunity to Overcome Obstacles, Palestine Monitor
“Through education we will become a prosperous nation, and will obtain a
life that allows us to live in freedom. We are a people who can live and
learn despite the problems we encounter. We will continue to improve
education, so that future generations can live peacefully.” – Adbul
Hakeem, head of the Ministry of Education
Education in Palestine in world spotlight
The behind-the-scenes work of Palestinian unions, Palestinian and
international BDS groups, video conferences bridging Palestine to the
outside world, and the struggle of Palestinian students to access an
education continues largely unnoticed by the cameras.
Education Behind Bars: Freed Prisoners Talk About Writing on Cigarette Papers
– Nablus – PNN/Exclusive - Could prison become a kind of university, a
place rich in culture and artistic experience? That's the opinion of at
least some freed prisoners who spoke about their experiences during a
workshop called “Educational Experiences of Palestinian Detainees,” held
at Nablus' al-Najah University on Tuesday.
The workshop was part of a series of events called “Global Education in
Gaza tunnels don't just run one way
The Gaza tunnels, formerly a way to get Egyptian goods into Gaza, are
now making some of their business sending goods, some of them Israeli,
from Gaza to Egypt.
UNRWA tells the story of Palestinian refugees in the new series ‘Peace starts here’, Adam Horowitz
The video above is from the new series produced by UNRWA (the United
Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East)
called Peace Starts Here.
UNRWA is the UN agency established in December, 1949 to work with
Palestinian refugee communities in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the
occupied Palestinian territory.
Violence & Aggression/Detainees
Gaza car blast kills one, Hamas blames Israel
3 (Reuters) - A car exploded outside a Palestinian police headquarters
in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing a member of a fringe
Palestinian Islamist group, sources in Hamas and other militant
movements said. Hamas blamed the blast, in which a second Palestinian
was wounded, on an Israeli air strike. Israel Radio said it might have
been the premature detonation of a car bomb.
Gaza medics: Israeli forces shoot mentally disabled man
(Ma'an) -- A mentally disabled man was shot Tuesday by Israeli forces
east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, medics said. Gaza
medical services spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyya said the 40-year-old man
was transferred to hospital. An Israeli military spokesman said
soldiers saw a Palestinian approaching the security fence in the area,
and shot at his lower body after he failed to respond to warning shots.
The army considers the area close to the border to be a combat zone, he
Israeli Soldiers Shot a Citizen in Gaza Strip
On Tuesday afternoon, a Palestinian citizen was shot by Israeli soldiers
in the east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, while he was collecting plastic from a garbage dump.
IDF general: Naalin shooting an operational accident
of IDF colleges Major-General Gershon Hacohen testifies as character
witness for former battalion commander Omri Borberg convicted of
attempted threats in 2008 shooting incident involving bound Palestinian
Israeli Army Detained Four Brothers in Tulkarem
Wednesday, the Israeli army detained four brothers from al-Gayosee
family, from the village of Kor, in the southern part of Tulkarem.
Detention was accompanied with invasion and searching of some houses in
Two Arrested in Beit Amer, Near Hebron
PNN - Israeli forces detained two Palestinians in Beit Amer in the
Hebron Governorate in the southern West Bank. Muhammad Awad, spokesman
for the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, said those apprehended were
Saba’ Sabarneh, 17, and Nidal Husayn Za’qeeq, 20, after their homes were
razed in Beit Amer. Ofer Military Court also handed down the following
sentences: 10 months in prison and a 1000 NIS fine for Yusuf Ahmed Khil
Abu Hashem, 18, and 18 months in prison for Husayn Khalil Khalayel, 17.
IOF destroys Palestinian project in OJ, detains four brothers in Tulkarem
occupation forces (IOF) escorted bulldozers in destroying the foundation
stone of a Palestinian road paving project in Enata village, occupied
Jerusalem, at a late hour on Tuesday night.
Detainee still in jail months after serving term
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Protesting a 3-month delay of his release, a Gaza
man held in Israel's Negev prison went on hunger strike Monday, a
prisoners support group reported. Shadi Abu Al-Hussein, 34, from the
southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, was due for release on 31 August but
has remained in an isolation cell. An Israeli prison service spokesman
confirmed that Abu Al-Hussein had completed his sentence but "is being
held in legal custody awaiting deportation."
Detainees in Hawara complain of inhuman incarceration
Palestinian prisoner's committee said in a statement on Wednesday that
tension was rising high among Palestinian detainees in the Israeli
Hawara military detention center.
Israel's Arab Helpers
Islamic Jihad: PA arrests West Bank supporter
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- The Islamic Jihad movement on Tuesday accused
Palestinian Authority security forces of detaining a party affiliate in
the West Bank city of Bethlehem. In a statement, the group said PA
forces detained Muhammad Issa Abda, 42, a party supporter who has spent
10 years in Israeli jails. The movement added that party supporter
Muhammad Reda Mur’eb, 37, from Jenin, remained in PA detention and that
he was being tortured.
Islamic Jihad: The preventive security sill tortures wounded resistance fighter
Islamic Jihad said that the Palestinian authority's preventive security
continues to torture a wounded Palestinian resistance fighter called
Mohamed Mor'eb in its jails in the West Bank.
PLO official: Dissolving PA an option
-- PLO negotiator Nabil Sha'ath said Tuesday that dissolving the
Palestinian Authority would be considered as a last resort if efforts to
end Israel's occupation failed. The Fatah official told Ma'an radio
that if the PA was unable to meet its responsibilities, it would be
shameful to retain authority. "Its decisions are shot down by the
occupation, as the people of the West Bank can’t visit Gaza and Gazans
can’t live in the West Bank. It is not permitted for anyone to build a
new Palestinian village or city, which is unacceptable."
Obama's message to Israel: Freeze settlements or get rid of Dimona
an address to AIPAC last week, Dennis Ross outlined the link between
peace negotiations and Israel's nuclear program in delicate but clear
Israel halts 'dialogue' with UK
postponing "strategic dialogue" with Britain over defence and security
issues, as William Hague arrives in Israel for an official visit.
Poll: 56% oppose resuming talks with Israel
(Ma'an) -- More than half of Palestinians in the occupied territories
oppose a return to direct negotiations with Israel in the face of
ongoing West Bank settlement expansion, an opinion poll released
Palestinian gov't demands Britain to apologize for Balfour declaration
The Palestinian government demanded Britain once again to declare
publicly its responsibility for Balfour declaration, apologize to the
Palestinian people and atone for its historical crime.
Olmert: Terror's origin is Islam
foreign governments should get out of political comfort zone for
effective war on terror; former PM also slams Netanyahu's foreign policy
Likud's Gamliel refused entry to Dubai
Following accusations Israel behind al-Mabhouh killing, Dubai bars entry
to Gila Gamliel, due to attend World Economic Forum conference.
IDF intelligence chief: Israel's next war will see heavy casualties
In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict
will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza - and
hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a
nuclear plant in Syria.
Police refuse permit for secular student protest in Bnei Brak
College students banned from demostrating in Orthodox Jewish district,
days after ultra-rightwing protest went ahead in Arab town.
Prosecutors House Vandalized Over Conviction of Gaza Soldiers
- PNN - Graffiti was found on house of Major-General Avichai Mandelblit
this morning in response to the prosecutor's conviction of two Israeli
soldiers. The graffiti called Mandelblit a "traitor" and compared him to
Judge Richard Goldstone, the head of a commission for the United
Nations that charged both Israel and Hamas with committing war crimes
during Operation Cast Lead in the winter of 2008 and 2009.
Dreaming of dancing around the world
After years of training, the traditional Canaan Dabke dance troupe has a name renowned throughout Gaza, and uniforms to match.
Tough questions for Hamas
Has Hamas been able to actually build on its high level of commitment
and sacrifice, not only on the part of the movement but of Palestinians
in general? Haidar Eid comments.
Lieberman: The man dragging Israel to the right [Israel was to the right before Lieberman and will be so after Lieberman]
William Hague is entitled to a little more than the usual trepidation
that afflicts every minister making a first visit as Foreign Secretary
to the political minefield that is Israel and the occupied territories.
For today, he comes face-to-face with his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor
Lieberman, one of the most controversial politicians in the democratic
world who also royally humiliated the last two European foreign
ministers to pay him a visit.
Why Salam Fayyad is Israel`s public enemy number one
- Haaretz - "There`s a rumor that on a recent visit, senior members of
the New York Times editorial staff were more impressed by him
than by his Israeli counterpart, and gave expression to this in an
editorial calling on Netanyahu to stop his dangerous games."
Working the Visa System, Michael Khaled
regime that controls people, finding ways to “work the system” becomes
standard discussion among the system’s targets. Internationals
sympathetic to the Palestinians always get extra attention from Israel’s
border control and finding ways to enter the country and remain here
legally is a constant concern. For Americans and citizens of most
western countries, Israel grants a three-month tourist visa at the
airport or any border crossing entitling the traveler to move through
Israel and the occupied territories with the exception of the Gaza
Strip. For foreigners who want to stay longer though, things get dicey.
The Israeli interior ministry, which is responsible for visa extensions,
is known to deny requests for people staying in or with ties to
Palestinians in the West Bank, even if they work or volunteer with
legitimate international organizations.
Israeli state violence and the value of Palestinian life, Elia Zureik
for Palestinian life has characterized the attitudes of Israeli
authorities towards its Arab citizens since the establishment of the
state. The Palestinians constitute what the Italian philosopher Giorgio
Agamben calls homo sacer, according to which the laws of humanity do not
apply to them. For Israel, the Palestinians exist in conditions of “bare
life”. Their minimal existence is tolerated but not enhanced.
Invariably, the law is suspended when it comes to rectifying Palestinian
grievances. Israel is usually quick to cite “national security” as
justification for its lethal actions. Life for Palestinian citizens of
the state is in a perpetual state of emergency where exception to the
universal application of the law is the rule. As a colonial state, life
in Israel is best viewed from a racialized prism where ethnicity and
race govern the treatment of its citizens.
Ten years later, Palestinian citizens of Israel are still waiting for justice, Dr. Mahmoud Yazbak
A decade has elapsed since the Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa uprising, and yet
the killers remain free and at large. Perhaps some of us thought,
naively, that the killers would receive due retribution. Such naivety
was reflected in the actions of many of our people on October 1st, 2000.
They took to the streets to demonstrate and protest, and called a
general strike against Sharon’s violation of the sanctity of the Haram
Al-Sharif and his defiance and disdain for the sentiments of Arabs and
Muslims (or his deliberate attempt at provocation aimed at bringing a
decisive end to the peace process, which was in its death throes at the
If a stranger spews hateful rhetoric in the woods in Maine, and no one’s there to hear him…, Audrey Farber
Back in September, I wrote an op-ed that was published in the Portland Press Herald (my
home-away-from-home local paper) describing my thoughts on the futility
of the impending negotiations between Netanyahu and Abbas.
Albuquerque Journal: "UNM Jews Upset Over Palestinian Speaker " (This time desperate Zionists liken me to the KKK), Ali Abunimah
The Albuquerque Journal reports on the "controversry" over my upcoming talk at the University of New Mexico on 7 November.
In perhaps a new low for anti-Palestinian activists, Sam Sokolove, the
executive director of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, which has
been leading the campaign of vilification and slander, likens me to the KKK while advocates for racist Zionist apartheid Israel are supposedly the equivalent of the NAACP.
Piecing Together a Future in Beit Sahour
Beit Sahour - PNN/Exclusive - The workshop that Samer Hanna built six
months ago lies off of Shepherd's Field road in Beit Sahour, hidden
among the groceries and butcher's shops that line the street. The space
is large with high ceilings, painted a warm terracotta brown. When PNN
reporters visited on a sunny Tuesday afternoon, one entire wall was
opened up to the sunlight, and the sounds of stone grinders pierced the
The Tea Party and Race in America, Noura Erekat
What began as a laughable spectacle of Americans reenacting the Boston
tea party across the country in early 2009 has congealed into a viable
and tangible political force. Early midterm election results indicate as
much as Tea Party Senatorial candidates Rand Paul and Marc Rubio
ascended to victory in Kentucky and Florida. Governor Charlie Crist's
defeat to newcomer Marco Rubio in Florida's Senate race is especially
telling of the Tea Party's political strength.
Lebanon sentences three to death for spying for Israel
of Lebanese have been arrested since last year as part of an espionage
investigation in which many have been formally charged; suspects can
Discussion on"false witnesses" in Lebanese cabinet postponed
2 (Xinhua) -- A decisive session of the Lebanese cabinet to discuss the
issue of the "false witnesses" was postponed after the Lebanese prime
minister decided to stay abroad for urgent meetings. "A cabinet session
scheduled on Wednesday was adjourned because the prime minister was
forced to extend his stay in London for urgent meetings there," the
prime minister's office said in a statement. Prime Minister
Saad Hariri who is currently on a state visit to London met with British
Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday.
Hezbollah warns Hariri indictment would be 'explosive' (AFP)
AFP - Hezbollah's number two warned on Tuesday of the risks of an
explosion in Lebanon if members of his party are indicted by a UN-backed
tribunal on the assassination of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri.
Middle East 'heading for disaster'
Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri says the Middle East is "heading for disaster" unless comprehensive peace is achieved.
'Israel won't get away with treatment of Palestinians'
BBC: "I think Iran has an influence, but the real danger lies in not
achieving a comprehensive peace." A BBC interview with Lebanese Prime
Minister Saad Hariri was broadcast on Wednesday, in which he blamed
Israel for the absence of peace in the region and told BBC Middle East
Editor Jeremy Bowen that it is this lack of peace that is the real
danger, and not any threat from Iran. "I think Iran has an influence,
but I think the real danger lies in not acheiving a comprehensive
peace," he said.
Tuesday: 117 Iraqis Killed, 322 Wounded
Updated at 5:20 p.m., Nov. 2, 2010 In a still developing story, a series
of at least 21 explosions in the capital has left scores of casualties.
At least 107 people were killed across the country, while as many as 322
were wounded. These numbers are estimates and could change throughout
the day and into tomorrow. In the United Kingdom, meanwhile, a
student was found guilty of attacking a British lawmaker over his
support for the Iraq war.
Baghdad bombs kill 63 (AFP)
AFP - Eleven car bombs rocked Shiite neighbourhoods of Baghad on Tuesday
killing at least 63 people amid growing concern that Sunni militants are
taking advantage of a persistent power vacuum seven months after an
inconclusive general election.
A look at major attacks in Iraq this year
A look at targets of Tuesday's Baghdad attacks (AP)
A look at the mostly Shiite Baghdad neighborhoods targeted Tuesday
night in a series of bombings and mortar strikes that took place over
the span of about an hour.
Baghdad grinds to halt as bomb attacks blanket a reeling city
Sixteen bombs struck Baghdad Tuesday, prompting a snap curfew and
shocking a city still coming to grips with a deadly attack Sunday on a
Iraq probes church raid; says attackers disguised (Reuters)
BAGHDAD (Reuters) -Iraq launched an investigation on Tuesday into a
church raid in which 52 hostages and police were killed, trying to find
out how al Qaeda-linked gunmen managed to storm the building despite
checkpoints, an official said.
Iraq shuts Al-Baghdadia after bloody church attack
York, November 2, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed
by the Iraqi authorities' decision to close down Al-Baghdadia TV offices in Iraq. The closure of the Cairo-based satellite channel was announced after it broadcast the demands of gunmen who attacked a church
in Baghdad on Sunday. Fifty-eight people were killed during the siege,
according to news reports.
Qaeda group in Iraq says Christians 'legitimate targets' (AFP)
- An Al-Qaeda group in Iraq has declared Christians "legitimate targets"
as a deadline expired for Egypt's Coptic church to free women allegedly
held after converting to Islam, SITE monitors said Wednesday.
Inside Story - Forcing Christians out of Iraq?
Sunday, a church siege in Iraq left 58 people dead - with an al-Qaeda-linked
group claiming responsibility. So, is the attack a fresh
round of violence against this community? And is the aim of the attack
to force Christians out of Iraq?
Wikileaks Iraq documents raise critical questions
The trove of Iraq war documents recently made public by Wikileaks
underscores several important truths. One, the American people have a
right to know when Americans or their
allies commit violations of the laws of war. Two, the American
government has been woefully nontransparent. Transparency is key to
accountability, to minimizing violations and to preventing the civilian
population from turning against US forces. This, in turn, protects,
rather than endangers, US troops.
U.S. and other world news
Pro-Israel group claims election victory
pro-Israel lobbying group in Washington is already praising the GOP
takeover of the House of Representatives as a net benefit for Israel.
"While Democrats are likely to keep control of the U.S. Senate,
Republicans will take over the U.S. House of Representatives following
Tuesday's elections. This is likely to have implications for
Israel-related issues such as Israel's relationship with the United
States and the push for sanctions against Iran," said an e-mail blasted
out by The Israel Project only minutes after news stations called the
turnover of House control a certainty.
The midterms: an Israeli perspective
Barack Obama is not popular in Israel, to say the least. Israelis knew
John McCain as their supporters; Obama was a mystery. Early in 2009, the
new president’s attempts to approach the Arab world defined him as a
pro-Palestinian, at least in the eyes of many Israelis. Minister Limor
Livnat (Likud) expressed the common view in the government when she
declared that “we fell into the hands of a horrible administration” (other politicians were blunter, simply calling Obama “a new Pharaoh“). Rightwing comments on the internet often refers to him just as “Hussein”.
Obama betrayed the antiwar left, Philip Weiss
are two perspectives on the Tea Party movement that offer tea some
sympathy. Both writers are alive to an important trend, the degree to
which privilege among Democrats (and there is a clear class break
between blue states and red 'uns) has separated them from populist
concerns-- including the concern that their children will be killed in
Afghanistan. Visionary Milton Friedman wanted this to happen by
eliminating the draft; he wanted the elite not to have to decide to
murder its own children; and he has got his wish.
US deploys fourth submarine in Persian Gulf
A total of thirty combat vessels are currently deployed in the region, including those belonging to Britain and France.
Afghan civilian deaths caused by allied forces rise
Internal U.S. military statistics show 160 fatalities in 2010, up from
144 by this time last year. The greater use of attack helicopters has
led to more accidental deaths.
Afghan police unit defects en mass to Taliban
was not an attack but a plot,” said Mohammed Yasin, the chief of the
Khogeyani police force. “The Taliban and the police made a deal.”
US Plans CIA Squad in Yemen: Report
The Wall Street Journal reported that President Barack Obama’s
administration was considering placing under CIA authority elite
“hunter-killer” special operations teams that operate secretly in the
country to track and kill Al Qaeda leaders.
Maher Arar: Omar Khadr: America's Injustice, Canada's Shame
Forty years in prison: this was the sentence that was pronounced by the
jury panel for being a child soldier. While shocking, it was no surprise
to those who closely followed the Omar Khadr saga at Guantanamo bay.
Bush autobiography says he considered dumping Cheney (AFP)
AFP - Former US president George W. Bush admits he considered dropping
Dick Cheney ahead of his re-election run but defends his vice president
as well as the invasion of Iraq in a new autobiography, a newspaper
Iran stoning woman 'not executed'
foreign minister says Iran has not yet decided to execute a woman
sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, amid reports her execution
Saudi journalist to be lashed in public
A Saudi journalist has been sentenced to be whipped in public after being
convicted of "instigating protests" against a government electricity
company following a series of power cuts. Fahd Al Jukhaidib, a
journalist with the daily newspaper, Aljazierah, must serve two months
in prison and suffer 50 lashes with the whip, including 25 lashes in
public, in front of the electricity department.
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