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Israel intends to deport 20,000 Palestinians from
Jerusalem: JCSER head
Israel intends to deport over 20,000 Palestinians out of Jerusalem whom
it said don't have legal residency to stay in the city, a leading
Palestinian human rights defender said on Sunday. "Israeli Interior
Ministry has already begun deporting Palestinians under the pretext that
they stay in Jerusalem illegally," Ziad Hammouri, head of the Jerusalem
center for social and economic rights (JCSER), told Xinhua.
Bulldozer injures sheikh at Jerusalem cemetery
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Sheikh Ali Abu Sheikha was injured Tuesday when an
Israeli bulldozer struck him while when he attempted to block a
construction crew from bulldozing a section of a Muslim cemetery in
Jerusalem. Abu Sheikha suffered moderate injuries but refused to leave
the Mamilla (Ma'man Allah) cemetery, Ma'an's correspondent said. An
Israeli police spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking
Israel bulldozes Muslim graves in Jerusalem (AFP)
AFP - Israeli bulldozers backed by police destroyed dozens of
gravestones in a Muslim cemetery in central Jerusalem on Tuesday,
according to an AFP photographer.
Destruction of the Bedouin Village Al-Arakib
The "banality of evil" and Israel's destruction of
the early hours of 10 August, Israeli forces destroyed -- for the third
time -- the Bedouin village of al-Araqib in the northern Negev desert.
Israel had first destroyed the village on 27 July, and again each time
the villagers have attempted to rebuild. Joseph Dana witnessed the
Destruction, Destruction, Destruction
2 Palestinians and 1 Israeli have been arrested during a protest
which took place on Monday afternoon against the repeated demolitions of
the village of Al Arakib in the Nakab-Negev. During the night Israeli
authorities demolished the village of Al-Arakib for the third time in
two weeks. Nicky Elliott witnessed the demolition.http://www.palestinemonitor.org/spip/spip.php?article1507
court victory in London: ‘Ahava four’ found not guilty of trespass in
campaigners against Israeli apartheid were acquitted yesterday (August
10th) of all charges related to two direct action protests against the
Israeli cosmetics retailer Ahava in Covent Garden, London. The
campaigners locked themselves onto concrete-filled oil drums inside the
shop, closing it down for two days in September and December of 2009.
New Reut Institute ‘case study’ tacit admission that
BDS is working, Alex Kane
When the well-connected Israeli policy group, the Reut
Institute, released a February 2010 report on what it labeled the "delegitimization
challenge" from the global Palestine solidarity movement, Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada
pointed out that the report "never considers for a moment that the
mounting criticism of Israel's actions might be justified."
Thoreau on the need of the honest to rebel against military occupation,
Israeli women take 16 more Palestinians to the beach, Philip Weiss
Abunimah stunned me earlier this year when he told me that he was upset
when the Oslo accords were signed back in '93. I thought, I would
have been for the Oslo accords! OK,
fine. But consider one way that the Oslo accords worked out: West Bank
Palestinians used to be able to go to the beach on the Mediterranean,
through Israel. After Oslo and all the I.D. systems, no go.
Palestinian women smuggled into Tel Aviv for day of
women bring 12 Palestinian women, 4 children out to eat in Jaffa
restaurant, swimming in the Mediterranean, and home via Jerusalem.
urge PLO envoy not to attend Jewish lecture
(Ma'an) -- A Palestinian student union has called on PLO ambassador to
South Africa Ali Ahmed Halimeh not to attend a conference organized by a
Jewish student group scheduled for Thursday. The Palestinian Student
Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel in Gaza said in an open
letter that Halimeh's participation in a South African Union of Jewish
Students lecture entitled Towards Peace in the Middle East – The Status
of Current Democracy "as antagonistic to the values of our people, and
it cannot be subsumed under the framework of diplomatic duties as SAUJS
is neither a governmental nor parliamentary organization."
Letter to Dave Douglas on his upcoming concert in
El-Amine, "Politics and Poetics: Palestinian Art and Culture as a Form
people who are oppressed, why is being whimsy in our actions -- meaning,
creating that wiggle room, when we are in a headlock, to sing our song
-- so important?
The Siege (Gaza & West
Bank)/Humanitarian and Human Rights/Restriction of Movement
Arab Helpers: Egypt seizes 17 tunnels along Gaza border
AL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egyptian forces took control of 17 tunnels
along the Gaza border, a security source told Ma'an on Wednesday. Eight
tunnels were seized overnight in the Salah Ad-Din border area, in which
iron and cement prepared for smuggling into the Strip were found and
confiscated. Two other tunnels were seized in Al-Sarsouriyeh, north of
Rafah, and another seven in a nearby area, the security source added.
Gaza blockade: Millions of dollars worth of aid piles up in warehouses
(The Christian Science Monitor)
Christian Science Monitor - In a half-dozen warehouses in this southern
Israeli port, refrigerators and roofing materials for Israeli homes
share space with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of PVC pipes,
generators, and other equipment intended for 37 wells and water
treatment facilities in the Gaza Strip.
army close down shops opposite Shuhada street in Hebron
August 10th, between 3:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon, in response to
peaceful Palestinian resistance to the military occupation of Hebron –
and ongoing settler violence – the Israeli army decided to collectively
punish Palestinian shopkeepers in the Old City. They had been
threatening for weeks to close certain shops because they are located by
the yellow gate that closes off Shuhada street, where a weekly peaceful
demo has started each Saturday for the past few months.
CPT: Keeping the quiet (when there’s no peace to be
kept) on Shuhada Street
“Excuse me!” the Israeli soldier called to us. “You can’t walk down that
street.” Elizabeth and I turned toward him, questioning. “We can’t? But
the German tourists here earlier walked this way,” Elizabeth recalled.
“I walked down the street three days ago,” I added. “No one stopped me
then.” The soldier shrugged. “We can’t let CPTers walk on this street.
That’s the order we’ve been given.”
PA to send more fuel to Gaza hospitals
-- The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health announced Tuesday that
it would double the quantity of diesel being sent to hospitals and
clinics in the Gaza Strip. The ministry said in a statement that Prime
Minister Salam Fayyad ordered the increase following concerns in Gaza
that patients were being put at risk by the Strip's rolling blackouts.
The ministry, however, disputes that patients were ever placed in harm's
way and further accuses the Hamas movement, which controls Gaza, of
stealing fuel from the deliveries.
Group: Israeli forces close stores in Hebron
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers injured four Palestinians and five
foreign nationals Tuesday during a demonstration against the closure of
three shops in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, onlookers said.
Witnesses said Israeli forces informed businessman Azzam Abu Khalaf that
he had half an hour to empty his shop in the Old City before it was shut
down. Two others were given the same instructions, a local activist
Israeli ambassador oversteps mandate, says Gaza aid
Kia Ora Gaza, whose six-person Kiwi Team will join September’s
international aid convoy to Gaza, believes Israel’s ambassador to New
Zealand is exceeding his diplomatic mandate. Speaking to TV1 on 9th
August the Israeli ambassador, Shemi Dzur, claimed Kia Ora Gaza was
being “provocative” and stated: “This is not a natural Kiwi operation –
this is really a hatred kind of operation to undermine Israel.” (Source:
TVNZ website. http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/kiwi-gaza-aid-convoy-called-provocative-3689825.)
report: one-third of Palestinian youth unemployed
Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- One-third of the Palestinian young people are
unemployed, while two-thirds of people killed by Israel since the start
of violence in 2000 are youth, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
(PCBS) said Wednesday in a report. The PCBS's report, which was
published on the eve of International Youth Day, showed that 32.2
percent of the Palestinian youth (15-29 years) in the Gaza Strip and the
West Bank are unemployed.
Canada Post: Mail Destined for Gaza Strip
- Aug. 10, 2010) - Canada Post is advising customers that it is unable
to accept outgoing mail to the Gaza Strip at
this time. Israel Post has informed us that, due to circumstances
beyond their control, mail service to the Gaza Strip is currently
unavailable. Canada Post has not been able to find alternate routes to
move mail in the area. Our efforts to get mail through to the Gaza Strip
will continue, and we will keep customers updated on developments
through our website (www.canadapost.ca).
check the website for more information. All Gaza-bound mail accepted
by Canada Post that is undeliverable will be returned to the sender as
we do not know when mail service to the area will resume. Once
mail service to the Gaza Strip resumes, customers will be able to
re-mail their items at no additional charge. Thank you for your
patience and understanding.
beats 3 Palestinians in Hebron
August 11, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli occupation soldiers beat on
Wednesday three Palestinian citizens in the city of Hebron in the
occupied West Bank during the closure of three shops in the area of Bab
Al-Bladeya. Security sources said that Israeli occupation soldiers beat
Azzam Al- Fakhouri (50 years), owner of one of the closed shops. Also,
they attacked two brothers Adham Sider (22 years) and Fadi (28 years).
The three injured were transferred to Al-Mizan Hospital in Hebron to
receive medication. It is noteworthy that the Israeli forces came to
the area and closed the three shops without giving any reasons.
Israeli settlers to rally against Ar-Rawabi
(Ma'an) -- Right-wing Israelis will soon march in protest of the first
planned Palestinian city in Ramallah, according to an appeal which was
distributed to residents of nearby illegal Israeli settlements. The
rally is expected to take place Thursday on the opposite side of the
Ar-Rawabi construction site, which organizers described as a "danger to
Israel," a statement quoted in Israeli media read.
Israeli settlers insult prophet Muhammad
- "Under heavy guard of Israeli soldiers, about 1,000 Israeli settlers
entered a village in the northern West Bank in order to pray on Monday
Rightist march reaches Jericho
After three days march, youth attempt to enter city, 17 detained. MK
Ben-Ari: Border Guard use of violence becoming norm.
media: Palestinian detained near Jerusalem
(Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained a 24-year-old Palestinian man at the
Atarot checkpoint into occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday, Israeli
media reported. The Israeli news site Ynet reported that the man was
held for questioning after being found in possession of a large kitchen
knife, which he said he carried for self-defense.
arrest 30 Palestanians in N. West Bank
Aug 5 (Saba) -- Israeli occupation forces arrested 30 Palestinians after
conducting a search operation through their homes on Thursday in Jalbun
village, east of Jenin city in northern West Bank, according to Kuwait
News Agency (KUNA). The detainees were transfered to interrogation
centers, said Palestanian military sources today. The Israeli
occupation troops also detained a Palestanian college student in
Deir Estia city after he was released from Israeli prison about a year
Palestinians detained by Israeli military and 5 by Palestinian security
forces have detained five Hamas supporters in the occupied West Bank,
Palestinian media sources reported on Tuesday.
frees 100 Gaza prisoners for Ramadan (AFP)
- The Islamist Hamas movement on Wednesday released 100 prisoners in its
Gaza enclave, including members of the rival Fatah, in honour of the
start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, authorities said.
Gaza govt release prisoners
(Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority and the Gaza government released
prisoners on Wednesday, after the former unity government's deputy
premier called for their release on the occasion of Ramadan. As the
Gaza government announced the release of 100 prisoners under premier
Ismail Haniyeh's order, eight Hamas-affiliated An-Najah University
professors were released by PA security forces in Nablus, said Tayseer
Fattouh, the general inspector of PA reform and rehabilitation centers.
to meet Egypt president in Cairo
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with
his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak in Cairo on Thursday, the
official PA news agency WAFA reported Wednesday. Abbas will discuss his
recent meeting in Ramallah with US Middle East envoy George Mitchell,
who was charged with mediating proximity talks between Palestinian and
Israeli leaders. Mitchell departed on Tuesday without convincing Abbas
to resume direct talks. Saeb Erekat, the chief PLO negotiator, said the
meeting at the president's Ramallah residence did not yield results.
hopes for direct talks 'as early as possible' (AFP)
- Israel hopes to start direct peace talks with the Palestinians "as
early as possible", Israeli President Shimon Peres said on Wednesday.
official: Abbas under pressure to enter talks
CITY (Ma'an) -- A Fatah lawmaker and Revolutionary Council member said
Tuesday that party leader and President Mahmoud Abbas was under pressure
to return to direct talks with Israel. Faisal Abu Shahla, speaking at a
political symposium organized by the Democratic Front for the Liberation
of Palestine in Gaza City, said his party would not endorse direct
talks until Israel and the international community agreed to establish a
Palestinian state on 1967 borders.
Palestinians cite progress in US talks (AFP)
AFP - Palestinian officials on Tuesday said they had made progress
towards the launch of direct talks with Israel during the latest visit
by US envoy George Mitchell.
Abbas inching closer to direct talks
Middle East Quartet is preparing to announce movement toward direct
talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders as early as next week, as
U.S. Special Envoy George Mitchell scrambles to get buy-in from both
sides. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has all but signed on to the
move to direct talks, which would begin in early September, a U.S.
official tells The Cable. The Quartet's announcement will come in the
form of an invitation to both parties to join direct talks. The
invitation will mention that all final-status issues will be on the
table but is not expected to include Abbas's demands for progress on
these issues before direct talks begin.
Abbas-Mitchell meeting ends without deal
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Obama administration's Middle East envoy left
Ramallah on Tuesday without convincing President Mahmoud Abbas to resume
direct negotiations with Israel, a top PLO official said. Saeb Erekat,
the chief PLO negotiator, said Sen. George Mitchell's meeting at the
president's Ramallah residence did not yield results.
U.N. panel on Gaza flotilla incident begins work
Reuters - The United Nations sought to head off any potential clash with
Israel over a U.N. inquiry into a deadly Israeli assault on a Gaza-bound
aid flotilla, as a panel began work on the task on Tuesday.
As UN probe begins, Netanyahu insists force
necessary in Gaza flotilla raid (The Christian Science Monitor)
The Christian Science Monitor - Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
gave lengthy testimony Monday defending Israelâ€™s fatal raid on a Gaza
aid flotilla, saying it had exhausted all diplomatic options and faced
an imminent threat from Hamas, the Gaza-based Islamist movement that
Israel says is backed by Iran.
army chief defends live fire on flotilla (AFP)
- Israeli armed forces chief Gabi Ashkenazi on Wednesday defended his
troops' use of lethal fire when they stormed a Gaza-bound aid flotilla
in May, killing nine pro-Palestinian activists.
Chief May Be Heading for Showdown with Israel
the Israeli government gave its blessings to a U.N. panel of inquiry
probing the military attack on a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian
aid to Gaza last May, there was widespread speculation that
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon may have struck a backdoor deal over its
calls Israeli TV portrayal of Palestinian refugees a 'stack of lies'
relief agency lashes out at Israel Broadcasting Authority for airing on
national TV what it branded a dishonest portrayal of the organization.
Justice Ministry wants clearer separation of powers
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The justice sector under the Palestinian Authority
needs a clear separation of powers and a clarified jurisdictional scheme
to make it more effective, officials from the Ministry of Justice say.
The minister and several key portfolio holders from the ministry
gathered in Bethlehem on Saturday to conduct a three-day self-evaluation
on the performance of the ministry and its branches. Following the
close of meetings Monday, ministerial undersecretary Khalil Karaja spoke
Libya denies swapping Hadad for Gaza aid
Officials say no link between Israeli photographer's release, deal for
transfer of $50 million to Strip.
Hamas creates volunteer program for Gaza's idle
Israel's siege has had a disproportionate effect on Gaza's youth. Over
half of the Gaza Strip's 1.5 million residents are under the age of 18,
and thousands of young Gazans are unemployed. Hamas authorities in Gaza
recently announced a voluntary employment program for Palestinian youth
to get involved in their communities. Rami Almeghari reports from the
occupied Gaza Strip.
releases suspected Jewish terrorist to house arrest
Pearlman was arrested last month for allegedly murdering 4 Palestinians,
wounding several more; released due to lack of evidence.
High Court: Kam to stay in house arrest
Rubinstein rejects Anat Kam's appeal to ease her house arrest
conditions, be allowed out for 'fresh air.' 'House arrest may not be
what a man's soul longs for, but is not end of the world either,' he
Internet Trolls: Foreign bloggers get crash course on all things
StandWithUs hosts Web communicators to provide them
with dose of local reality.
US revises Israel travel warning after complaint
U.S. State Department eliminates references to Eilat in travel warning
it issued last week in wake of rocket attack that killed a Jordanian man
in Aqaba; Israel said that the original travel warning unfairly singled
grandiose collaboration between Israel, NASA'
technology minister meets with US space agency chief, discusses
technological collaborations, possibility of sending second Israeli
astronaut into space.
The Charade Begins: Netanyahu’s Flotilla Massacre
Probe Testimony, Stephen Lendman
August 9, Israel’s self-appointed Turkel Commission, its planned
whitewash, began hearings into the Freedom Flotilla massacre, a
humanitarian mission delivering essential aid to besieged Gazans,
Israeli officials blaming the victims, not themselves. After the
incident, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said organizers incited the
attack. His deputy, Danny Ayalon, connected them to international
terrorists, trying to smuggle in arms, bogusly claiming weapons were
found on board the mother ship, the Mavi Marmara.
It’s getting deep in here…
Last month a
post appeared on the Jewish Daily Forward’s blog “the sisterhood: where
jewish women converse” entitled “Code
Pink: Slinging Mud and Hate at Ahava,”
which got the target of CODEPINK’s boycott campaign correct, but not
much more. Debra Nussbaum Cohen’s blog presented a falsely
black-and-white portrayal of the campaign, declaring it “anti-Israel”.
Cohen singled me out as a Jewish woman in support of the boycott, which
was “most distressing” to her because ” It’s one thing to be anti-war.
It’s quite another to be anti-Israel.” Hold on, since when did I say I’m
anti-Israel? And since when is following Jewish values “distressing”?
Hani Almadhoun: Hamas In Gaza: Short on Cash, Not
Residents and visitors will tell you that there is plenty of food in
Gaza now. As the month of Ramadan is upon us, the options available in
the local market are much better than they were last year. While the
prices have also gone down due to increased food supplies, many Gazan
families continue to find it hard to afford basic food supplies for the
holy month where families observe fasting from sunrise to sundown.
Hamas, the party in control of Gaza, has found ways to thrive despite
Israel's embargo. However, the burden on the worst off is still great.
Israel would be wise to end the siege this Ramadan.
Hamas in the Eyes of Ibish
Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine
(ATFP), landed another one of his controversial articles in NowLebanon,
this time on "Hamas's many splendored contradictions." I take this
opportunity to shed light on some of his misconceived ideas regarding
Palestinian internal affairs. The main contradiction espoused by Ibish
is that Hamas has both a religious and a nationalist agenda, intertwined
and at odds with one another.
A soldier's word, Amira Hass
raids, pointed guns, arrests often accompanied by beatings, kicks,
curses and painful and extended handcuffing. The ordinary behavior of
Israeli children in uniform.
is an army obsessed with its image
leaders are once again revealing a lack of sophistication,
dismissiveness toward the enemy and obsession with image and spin, which
so often have resulted in inquiries and humiliation.
Yossi Sarid / Dear citizens: you have been abandoned
It is a matter of life and death to get rid of this government. Don't
ask who the alternative is. If these bunglers have no replacement, the
situation is very grave indeed.
Man Served In The Othman Army Lives In Jerusalem
Abu Ghazala-PNN –Shuhada Suliman, is a 118 year old Palestinian man from
Jerusalem, spends most of his days in his room. Suliman was born in
Nablus city, in the northern west Bank, in 1892. He then moved to the
Beit Safafa town with his family were he is living till today. This old
man served in the Othman army and then decided to run away and kept
avoiding his service for three years. He have lived during the British
mandate, under Jordanian rule and now lives under the Israeli
occupation. For many years he was an energetic young man very much in
love with his wife; his daughter Suzie, and a mother to five, he
and Bucks: Palestinian cafe spoofs Starbucks
and Bucks Cafe, located in the Palestinian West Bank, isn't part of the
Starbucks chain. But it looks like it is. That's kind of the point.
Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but Starbucks
probably shouldn't consider itself too flattered – not this time,
anyway. The Seattle-based coffee company has thousands of cafes
worldwide, almost all of which are branded with the iconic mermaid logo.
are Not Just About the Occupation, Joharah Baker for MIFTAH
The lights have been strung up and the lanterns have come out of
storage. Ramadan has arrived and the Muslim world has begun its month of
fasting. There is something special about the season, an undeniable
sense of togetherness that I marvel at each year. Like the months of
Ramadan before, people will break their fast together, cook together and
enjoy sugary desserts after the sun goes down. Restaurants will be
packed with special Ramadan buffets and families will finally get the
chance to spend quality time at iftar (the breaking of the fast) unlike
the rest of the year when hectic schedules get in the way of family
downtime. In the evenings, music groups and plays will be performed for
fasting children and people will spend hours in the streets at night
eating boiled corn, cotton candy and the much needed coffee after a
caffeine deprived day.
Israeli jets violate Lebanese airspace
The Lebanese Army says Israeli aircraft have violated the country's
southern airspace for the second time in less than a week. An Israeli
reconnaissance plane conducted overflights over the southern city of
Naqoura and the capital, Beirut, on Tuesday the Lebanese Army said in a
statement. The statement added that a second Israeli aircraft reportedly
flew over southern Lebanon late Monday. Earlier this week, the Lebanese
Armed Forces said two Israeli aircraft violated Lebanese airspace,
breaking the sound barrier over several villages in the eastern part of
Lebanon to file UN complaint against Israeli spying
BEIRUT, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Shami
said on Tuesday that the ministry is to file a complaint against the
Israeli spying network in Lebanon before the UN Security Council. "The
Foreign Ministry received from Interior, Justice, Defense and
Telecommunication Ministries all available information related to the
Israeli spying network in Lebanon," Shami told reporters.
"Collaborators' dossier has been finalized and the Ministry is willing
to file a complaint before the Security Council in cooperation with all
concerned ministries," he added.
Lebanese military court charges Karam with spying
BEIRUT: Lebanon’s military court on Tuesday charged a former army
general and high-profile member of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM)
allied with Hizbullah with spying for Israel, a judicial source said.
“Military prosecutor Sakr Sakr charged retired general Fayez Karam with
collaborating with enemy [Israeli] intelligence … and providing it with
information on Hizbullah and the FPM,” the source told AFP. Karam is
charged with meeting Israeli officials outside of Lebanon and passing on
information secured through meetings between his FPM party and Hizbullah
in exchange for money, the source added.
court calls for Hariri murder 'evidence' (AFP)
- A UN tribunal probing the murder of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri
on Wednesday called for the submission of all "relevant evidence," days
after Hezbollah unveiled data allegedly implicating Israel.
UN Prosecutor seeks video in Lebanon assassination (AP)
- The U.N.-appointed prosecutor investigating the 2005 assassination of
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has asked Hezbollah militants for
any evidence they have that could help solve the case.
wanted to avenge border incident, attack Lebanon'
al-Awsat newspaper reports Sarkozy, Clinton pressured Israel to withdraw
its plan to launch large-scale military operation in response to death
of Ltc. Dov Harari killed in border skirmish.
Iran offers to support Lebanese army if U.S.
withholds military aid
U.S. lawmakers hold up $100 million in military aid to Lebanon in wake
of deadly border skirmish between Israel's and Lebanon's army.
U.S.: Iran's actions compromise Lebanon's
State Department spokesman responds to Iran announcement it will support
Lebanon's army if U.S. halts its military funding.
rejects US concerns over military help (AP)
- Lebanon's defense minister says he would reject any American military
assistance to the Lebanese army if it comes with conditions that the
weapons not be used against Israel.
defence minister says US can keep aid (AFP)
- Lebanon's defence minister on Wednesday lashed out at a US decision to
halt aid to his country's army in the wake of a deadly border clash
with Israel, protesting that aid was being made conditional.
to US: You Can Keep Your 'Conditional' Aid!
Lebanon's defense minister Elias Murr on Wednesday lashed out at a US
decision to halt aid to his country's army in the wake of a deadly
border clash with Israel, protesting that aid was being made
conditional. "Whoever sets as a condition that the aid should not be
used to protect Lebanon's land, people and borders from the Israeli
enemy can keep his money," Murr told a press conference. "We welcome
any unconditional offer of aid to the Lebanese army, and if anyone
announces they have decided to halt that aid, they are free to make that
choice," he said. Murr's comments were in reaction to a US decision to
freeze military aid to Lebanon following last week's clash between
Israeli and Lebanese troops that left four dead. An advisor to Lebanese
President Michel Sleiman has also criticized the US decision but said
that support for the army was central to upholding Lebanon's
sovereignty. "It is time the Lebanese army be adequately armed, and we
are counting on the friends of Lebanon to help the army," Nazem Khoury
told AFP. US Congressman Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign
Affairs Committee, said on Monday he had placed on hold 100 million
dollars in aid to Lebanon's military.
The Myth of the US Military Aid to Lebanon
4, US State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley said that the firing by
Lebanese armed forces on Israeli troops near the Israel-Lebanon border
the previous day, which killed two Lebanese soldiers and one Lebanese
journalist as well as one Israeli officer and seriously wounded another,
was “totally unjustified and unwarranted.” Shortly before, Israeli
Ambassador in Washington, Michel Oren, held talks with US senior
officials to demand them a harsh US response.
Lebanon free of sectarian sedition: religious leader
BEIRUT, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese Mufti Muhammad Rashid Kabbani said
Tuesday Lebanon will have no sectarian sedition, state-run National News
Agency (NNA) reported. In a message on the eve of the holy month of
Ramadan, Kabbani said that Lebanon constitutes an exceptional national
case " dazzling the world" with its social formula that was capable of "
overcoming seditions and wars." "We finally got rid of the sectarian
cause of sedition in Lebanon, so there will be no Sunni-Shiite sedition
or Islamic- Christian sedition in Lebanon," said the Mufti. Kabbani
added that the Lebanese must be aware of the conspiracies "of the
The US sacrifices interests for Israel
The US House Foreign Affairs Committee’s decision to cut off the
substantial military aid it had earmarked for Lebanon – a total of $100
million – is obviously bad news for the country’s state-building agenda,
which requires a military capable of protecting its citizens if it hopes
to gain their full and lasting confidence.
appears to be offering the prime minister a way out of potential crisis
that if his evidence was not taken seriously, the next press conference
would be more politically damaging to Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri and
his allies, including naming politicians close to the younger Hariri
whom he alleges have tampered with tribunal evidence. A Lebanese
military prosecutor today charged Fayez Karam of the Free Patriotic
Movement, a Christian political party allied with Hizbollah, with spying
for Israel. Karam was formerly the head of a counter-terrorism and
espionage unit in the army. A series of arrests of
suspected spies in recent weeks had added to domestic tension and to
Hizbollah's accusations. Nasrallah appears to be offering the prime
minister a way out of potential crisis, if he and others agree to lay
the blame for the assassination on Israel. If they do not, the
likelihood of government collapse and the return to violence will
increase unless a regional agreement can be reached which moderates
in Saint George and Al-Alam on Ghanem’s Crime Scene
is not responsible for the content of this article or for any external
internet sites. The views expressed are the author's alone. What is the
security apparatus which Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said the
Resistance security handed it information pertaining to suspicions that
Ghassan Al-Jidd was collaborating with the Israeli intelligence? Why
didn’t this security apparatus arrest him? Who is the Israeli spy who
was at the Antoine Ghanem crime scene two hours before it was
committed? In the world of counter-espionage, Ghassan Al-Jidd is not an
unknown figure. The Resistance security body had since the end of 2005
monitored his movement in different locations. In 2006, Hezbollah handed
the “Information Branch” of the Internal Security Forces, data about
Al-Jidd to verify and then arrest him. The Resistance security then
collected advanced Information about Al-Jidd. At the same time, the
Military Intelligence gathered information related to telephone calls
that indicated to Al-Jidd’s involvement in spying for Israel. That was
in May 2009.
Nasrallah achieved his aim: to sow doubt
Solving a murder is always a riveting experience for any audience, as is
following the intricacies of Lebanese politics with its many regional
and international links. When you combine the two, as Hizbullah’s
secretary general, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, did on Monday night in his
televised news conference, the result is gripping political theater.
Is Hezbollah right that Israel assassinated
Lebanon's Rafik Hariri?
Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah of Lebanon presented
intercepted Israeli reconnaissance footage in a news conference aimed at
bolstering his case. While skeptics abound, some of the footage included
previously unreleased details.
Story - Evidence or speculation?
Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader, reveals footage to support his claim that
Israel was involved in the killing of Rafiq al-Hariri. But has
Nasrallah convinced anyone at all?
‘This time we went too far’, Charles Glass
Norman finkelstein’s new book examines likelihood of an Israeli attack
on Lebanon. “Not Another War on Lebanon.” My old friend Norman
Finkelstein has just written a foreword to a new edition of his
first-rate book on the Gaza Strip, “This Time We Went Too Far,” in which
he shares his fears of another Israeli war in Lebanon. Norman is usually
right, but he is also usually a lonely prophet in the wilderness,
ignored and scorned by kings and courtiers.
Kills 8 Iraqi Soldiers North Of Baghdad
least eight Iraqi army soldiers died early Wednesday when a house they
were preparing to raid blew up, army and police officials said. The
incident in the volatile Diyala province underlines the unrelenting
dangers that members of Iraq's security forces still face as American
forces prepare to reduce their numbers by the end of the month and end
all combat operations.
Tuesday: 9 Iraqis Killed, 40 Wounded
least nine Iraqis were killed 40 more were wounded in new attacks. The
attacks focused mostly in and near southern Baghdad. Meanwhile, Sunni
Muslims are awaiting the sighting of the moon this evening, which will
mark the start of Ramadan.
Deadly blasts hit Baghdad
Series of explosions in al-Bayaa district of Iraqi capital leaves
several people dead.
Iraq spending 300 million dollars on hotels for
summit: FM (AFP)
AFP - Iraq will spend 300 million dollars to upgrade six major hotels in
Baghdad for an Arab summit next year, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari
told AFP on Tuesday.
IRAQ: Wheat rust infection fears
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 (IRIN) - More than a tenth of Iraq’s 2009-2010
wheat crop has been infected by a killer fungus, according to
New Iran envoy says sanctions won't affect Iraq
AFP - Iran's new envoy to Baghdad said on Tuesday that the latest round
of sanctions imposed on his country would not affect growing trade with
Iraq which is now worth billions of dollars.
Iran activates enrichment equipment
Vienna-based nuclear watchdog said Iran has started using a second set
of 164 centrifuges linked in a cascade, or string of machines, to enrich
uranium to up to 20 percent at its Natanz pilot fuel enrichment plant.
Another cascade there has been producing uranium enriched to near 20
percent since February.
U.S. and EU fail to isolate Iran
China, Russia, India and Turkey move into the lucrative void left by
U.S. and EU sanctions that aim to halt Iran's nuclear program.
Focus U.S.A. / Will Israel really attack Iran within
interviewing dozens of Israeli, American and Arab officials, Atlantic
Magazine correspondent concludes Israel may not even ask for American
'green light' to attack Iran nuclear sites.
U.S. and Other World News
begin Ramadan observance
Islam's holiest month begins amid
sweltering temperatures in Middle East and elsewhere.
Video: 'Child soldier' Gitmo trial draws criticism
Caught in America's legal black hole
Guantanamo still holds 176 detainees, and one of them is about to stand
trial – in a test of Barack Obama's resolve to embrace the rule of law.
Extremism at Ground Zero (Again)
is a distinct creepiness to the controversy now raging around a proposed
Islamic cultural center in Lower Manhattan. The angry "debate"
over whether the building should exist has a kind of
glitch-in-the-Matrix feel to it, leaving in its wake an aura of
White House: Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Spurred By Mosque
Debate Not Yet 'Dangerous'
White House has steadfastly refused to weigh in heavily on the debate
surrounding the construction of an Islamic cultural center blocks away
from the site of the 9/11 attacks, deeming it a local issue that local
politicians can and should deal with. But as the vast swath of national
lawmakers -- including a host of likely Republican presidential
candidates -- have begun offering their viewpoints,
and as the discussion has morphed into a wider debate over the place of
Islam in U.S. society, the pressure for more administration input has
mounted. On Tuesday, Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton
again declined to detail President Obama's personal opinions on the
"Ground Zero" mosque. But he did say that the White House didn't view the anti-Muslim rhetoric that appears to have emerged
in the debate's wake to be "dangerous" or beyond the bounds of
Big rise in Afghan civilian deaths
Attacks against Afghan civilians have jumped in frequency and intensity
in the first half of 2010, according to a report released on Tuesday by
the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. The 3,268
casualties mark a 31 per cent increase over the same period in 2009, the
report said. The UN said that the Taliban was responsible for around 76
per cent of those casualties. Nato pointed out that the UN report showed
a 64 per cent drop in the number of Afghans killed or wounded in
coalition airstrikes. Clayton Swisher reports from Kabul.
Hamid Karzai to dissolve all private security
"Dissolving the private security companies is a serious program that the
government of Afghanistan will execute," Mr Karzai's spokesman Waheed
Omer told reporters, adding that "very soon the president of Afghanistan
will set a deadline".
With Arab opinion like this, Obama needs media
The rhetoric of his Cairo speech has soured: the president can only move
the debate on with a sea-change in US attitudes.
for 6 Years, Nick Merrill Speaks Out on Landmark Court Struggle Against
FBI's National Security Letters
six years the FBI has barred a New York man from revealing that the
agency had ordered him to hand over personal information about clients
of his Internet start-up. Finally allowed to speak, Nick Merril joins us
in his first broadcast interview to talk about how he challenged the
FBI’s use of national security letters. We also speak with Connecticut
librarian George Christian. He and three other librarians also sued the
US government after receiving a National Security Letter demanding
information about library patrons.
Denial on Iraq and Afghanistan, GARETH PORTER
Two months ago, I wrote that the Obama administration and the
U.S. command in Afghanistan faced an “Iraq
in the second half of 2010 – a collapse of domestic political support
for a failed war paralleling the political crisis in Bush’s Iraq War in
2006. Now comes Republican Congressman Frank Wolf to make that parallel
with 2006 eerily precise.
Study: Age that girls hit puberty keeps dropping
Researchers led by Frank Biro, director of adolescent medicine at
Cincinnati Children's, found that the number of 7- and 8-year-old girls
with breast development was higher than found in studies conducted 10 to
30 years earlier.
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