||Today in Palestine! ~ Headlines ~
Settlers/ Land, Property, Resource Theft & Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing|
Israeli Bulldozers Demolish Sheep Farm in the Village of al-Issaweyeh, Jerusalem
Palestinian sources in Jerusalem reported, on Thursday, that bulldozers
belonging to the Israeli controlled Jerusalem municipality demolished a
sheep and horse farm in al-Issaweyeh village in North East Jerusalem.
Gaza ministry condemns Israeli plan to build 1,000 new units in J'lem
The religious affairs ministry in Gaza denounced a plan by Israel’s
Jerusalem municipality to build a thousand residential units in the
southern section of the city.
Clashes as Israel demolishes East Jerusalem building
-- Israeli authorities demolished part of a Palestinian-owned sheep
bard in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Al-Isawiya on Thursday,
the owners said. Photojournalists with the PA government news service
WAFA captured the demolition, which officials at the Israeli
municipality of Jerusalem said they had nothing to do with. An Israeli
police spokesman said he was unaware of the event.
Palestinians Will Ask Security Council to Halt Israel's West Bank Building
The Palestinian Authority will begin negotiations with members of the
United Nations Security Council on a draft resolution demanding that
Israel halt West Bank settlement activity, its envoy to the world body
said. Palestinian Authority Ambassador Riyad Mansour met today in New
York with Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of the U.K., which holds the
rotating presidency of the Security Council this month, to inform him of
the plan to meet with the representatives of the panel’s 15 member
governments. Mansour said he hoped the council would take action before
the end of November.
US rebukes Israel on settlements
Hillary Clinton joins international leaders in denouncing Israel's plans to build new settler homes in East Jerusalem.
US to pledge to veto Palestinian state if Israel freezes settlement for 3 month
An Israeli political official said the US administration may use its
right of veto against any unilateral decision recognizing the
Palestinian state in exchange for Israeli settlement freeze.
Kerry: Israel may extend settlement freeze (AFP)
AFP - Senior Democratic US Senator John Kerry, fresh from meetings with
Israeli and Palestinian leaders, said Wednesday that Israel could decide
to extend a freeze on settlement construction.
Crowley Reaffirms Obama’s Stance Against New Settlement Construction In Jerusalem
Spokesperson, Philip J. Crowley, reaffirmed the stance of American
President, Barack Obama, against the new Israeli plan to build hundreds
of units for Jewish settlers in occupied East Jerusalem, and described
the move as counterproductive to peace talks.
Interactive: "Judaising" of Jerusalem
Israel's establishment in 1948, its occupation of Jerusalem in June
1967, and subsequent annexation of the city in 1980, it has implemented
policies that have shrunk the size of Occupied Jerusalem's Palestinian
population as well as its Arab and Islamic heritage. The ongoing light
rail project is just the latest in this steady entrenchment of Israeli
J'lem attorney discloses Israeli plan for full destruction of city
The Israeli government is “planning to completely destroy the city of
Jerusalem and a erect a new Jerusalem with a Zionist vision,” a
Jerusalem attorney said Wednesday.
If Israel were serious about negotiating a peace deal, wouldn't it stop
building? The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that a segment
of the Israeli political establishment simply refuses to accept the new
reality — and that segment, mostly made up of right-wing and religious
political parties, is crucial to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's
delicate coalition government. Truthfully, the settler movement's
political power extends beyond the right wing; that's why settlements
have grown steadily regardless of what government was in power,
including those of Labor Party Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak.
MIDEAST: In Jerusalem, East Is Nobody's
Prime Minister ventured into Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem bypassing
Israeli security authorities who tried to stop him. The city's Israeli
mayor, who also wanted to venture into the eastern of
part of 'his' city, was unable to because of objections from those same
Activism/Solidarity/Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions
Bil’in invaded for the fourth time in three days, Hamde Abu Rahme
Today, November 10th, the village of Bi'lin was raided again. The
Israeli Army entered at around 8 pm for the second time today. In the
morning, at around 3.00 am, they entered the village with five jeeps and
searched Ashraf al-Khatib's
home. The soldiers also broke down the door of the neighbor's house,
and went in. However, they were not able to find who they were looking
for in either of the houses.
VIDEO: From the Front Lines of the Palestinian Popular Struggle, Joseph Dana
Palestinian popular resistance to the Israeli occupation, settlements
and the wall are a regular occurrence in the West Bank. Despite this,
the overwhelmingly non-violent protests, often put down harshly by
occupation forces, rarely make the mainstream news. Here is video of my
lecture yesterday in Washington.
Euromed canceled again due to Arab threat to boycott over Israel
Some 50 presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers were due to
attend the summit, which now has been canceled for the third time.
Greek Ship Captain Threatens to Leave the Gaza Road to Hope Convoy
SALEM) - "Now the captain is threatening to leave without us despite
75,000 dollars being paid to his agent for the charter of this ship. We
are on the verge of a stand off using our bodies on the back of the
ship," wrote Ken O'Keefe, minutes ago. And now, "We are being
forcefully taken out of the harbour with the captain going crazy
ordering the ship to leave!!!" O’Keefe is a part of the Road to Hope
convoy, over a dozen vehicles on their way to Gaza to deliver much
needed aid. They have been stuck in Libya at the Egyptian border for
over two weeks, hoping to gain entry and passage to Gaza. Things looked
quite hopeful at first, and the group was confident that they would be
successful in getting through to Gaza with the aid. But things change
very quickly, when politics and bureaucracy are concerned.
Arizona State University students protest IDF speaker
2, 2010 Sun Devils for Israel invited Sergeant Nadav Weinberg who is a
Israel Defense Soldier (IDF) to speak about the "Ethics of the IDF."
This is how ASU students responded.
Thinking of Rachel Corrie during the olive harvest in the Galilee, Hatim Kanaaneh
It is olive gathering season and people in Arrabeh are at it again. This
year the crop is good. A friend from Jerusalem had asked us for two
jerry cans of fresh olive oil direct from the press. Raja Shehadeh was
scheduled to have a book launch in Jerusalem and we decided to kill two
birds. That morning, the next session of the Rachel Corrie case was
being held in Haifa. We loaded the olive oil and headed to Haifa to
start the day with this third bird. Knowing our friends in Jerusalem to
be olive oil connoisseurs we loaded the new fifty-liter Italian-made
stainless steel special container that we had purchased for our own use
in the trunk of the car and headed out for a day of adventure and
US Campaign to End the Occupation: Rachel Corrie Foundation Joins First-Ever U.S. Universal Periodic Review
(Olympia, Washington) – The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday
released its draft report on the first Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
of the U.S. human rights record. The report called for greater
transparency and accountability in U.S. foreign military aid and
programs. On Thursday, November 4, Gina Patnaik spoke at UN headquarters
in Geneva, representing the Rachel Corrie Foundation in a side panel to
the U.S. review, and called upon the U.S. Government to enforce two
existing mechanisms for monitoring human rights abuses – the “Leahy
Amendment,” and the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.
#BDS: Click here to download "Consumer Boycott" flyer for the US
#BDS: Why the Cape Opera is wrong to tour Israel
The reaction by Zionists to the appeal by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond
Tutu for the Cape Town Opera to reconsider its proposed tour of Israel
with Porgy and Bess echoes, unsurprisingly, what we used to hear from
the apartheid regime when confronted with the cultural boycott of South
Africa. His point is that it would be "unconscionable" for Cape Town
Opera to perform in Israel while millions of people living there are
denied access to culture and education.
‘I ask myself if I would have the moral clarity to behave as the Palestinians do if I were in their situation’, Philip Weiss
And a week or two after that, Dana himself came to New York and showed the sensational video of Adeeb Abu Rahmah
confronting the soldiers in Bil'in-- a video that has all the
transformative power of the legends of the American civil rights
Stop the Wall site features an action and media calendar, a world map
of activities, a constantly updated list of media coverage, an media
kit for all those that want to participate in the Media Marathon and
much more.Click here to visit the site!
Israeli Abuse of Palestinian Children
30 students inhale tear gas during Arafat memorial
(Ma’an) -- Thirty students under the age of 14 suffered tear-gas
inhalation Thursday when an organized march commemorating the death of
former president Yasser Arafat came into proximity with an Israeli
patrol vehicle. The children, part of a group of 300 marching from the
school toward the town of Beit Ummar in Hebron, threw stones at a
military vehicle, an Israeli army spokesman said, prompting the use of
riot dispersal mechanisms from soldiers. Officials from the primary
school said some of the children threw up and others were nauseous for
hours following what they described as an attack on the group.
Israeli Settler Attacks Two Palestinian Children and Elderly Woman
sources reported on Thursday that two Palestinian children and an
elderly woman were wounded when an Israeli settler from the settlement
of Tekoa, southeast of Bethlehem, attacked them with stones.
Soldiers accused of attacking children near Nablus
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Villagers accused Israeli checkpoint soldiers of
beating two 13-year-old boys on Thursday, as the two crossed a flying
checkpoint near the town of Beit Furiq. The parents of Mustafa Ahmad
Maletat, said he and his friend Ahmad Basem Taweel were taken aside and
hit repeatedly when they attempted to pass the temporary road block in
the northern West Bank. An Israeli military spokesman said he was
unaware of any incident in the area.
School closes 'to avoid Israeli raid'
QALQILIYA (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces surrounded a school in the northern
West Bank to prevent students from marking the death of anniversary of
the death of Yasser Arafat, the late Palestinian president. Forces
threatened to raid the school if the celebration did not immediately
end, the director of education at the Jeet Male Secondary School east of
Qalqiliya said. The principal said the school was evacuated. An Israeli
military spokesman said forces were responding to rock-throwing. The
school is on a main road between Qalqiliya and Nablus near the illegal
Child Labour in Jordan Valley Settlements
Dorien Vanden Boer - Jordan Valley Solidarity - The legal age for
workers in Palestine was recently increased from 14 to 16, but this
change has not materialised on the ground. Settlers avoid this law by
recruiting through subcontractors, so that they have no direct contracts
with minors, who have no official employee status or rights.
Nonetheless, settlers are fully aware that children are working on their
Palestinian refugees suffering mental strain - study
BEIRUT: The destitute conditions of Palestinians living in refugee camps
in Lebanon has left a psychological strain on refugees, resulting in a
high level of aggressive behavior toward their families, the
neighborhood and the camp environment, according to a study by the
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) released this week.
Special Report: Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon
A special CBC/Radio-Canada web collaboration documents the life of
Palestinians in Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon. The French and English
services of CBC have teamed up to produce a web documentary about
Palestinians in Lebanon. This week, CBC News correspondent Nahlah Ayed
and Radio-Canada's Ahmed Kouaou and Danny Braün are in Shatila refugee
camp in Beirut, one of 12 such camps that have existed in Lebanon for
decades. Ayed and Kouaou are filing daily blog posts from the camp — in
English and French, respectively — providing glimpses of life in Shatila
and sharing their experiences as they make the documentary, which will
appear on this site in January.
Siege/Humanitarian Issues/Rights Violations/Restriction of Movement
Gaza Health Ministry: The strip out of 79 critical drugs
Amid plummeting medical conditions in the Gaza Strip, the territory’s
Health Ministry warned Wednesday that around 80 basic drugs have become
out of stock.
A glimpse at the Palestinians who build Israeli settlements
In the settlement of Ariel, Palestinian laborers readily admitted they
were torn between politics and paychecks. ...Sitting inside a yellow
tractor, Abed Abdel-Karim, 41, said he'd been
working in settlements for 15 years. He said they threaten the future
Palestinian state but said he has no other way to earn a living. He
acknowledged it was a problem, but "it's not my job to fix it ... I'm
married and have kids. I don't want to be a millionaire. I just want to
pay my bills."
ISRAEL: Border barrier to keep asylum-seekers out
11 November 2010 (IRIN) - Israel is building a 60km-long barrier on its
southern border with Egypt aimed at physically keeping out African
asylum-seekers amid a rising tide of intolerance towards people widely
referred to as "illegal workers". The barrier will be built at two
locations which witness the most crossings - near the Gaza strip and
near Eilat. The estimated US$1.35 billion project is due to be completed
at the end of 2013. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted in
July [ http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/netanyahu-illegal-african-immigrants-a-threat-to-israel-s-jewish-character-1.302653
] as saying that the "flood of illegal workers infiltrating from Africa"
into Israel was "a concrete threat to the Jewish and democratic
character of the country".
Who Controls the Palestinian Population Registry?
When the Palestinian Supreme Court in Ramallah issued a new ruling
on 22.10.2010, commentators were quick to declare a breakthrough for
the 35,000 Palestinian residents who live in the West Bank but whose
registered addresses are in Gaza and who therefore live under the threat
of deportation. The ruling ordered the Palestinian Interior Ministry to
carry out all the necessary procedures to change these residents’
addresses from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.
New Report on Women’s Rights in Palestine
PNN – Euromed Gender Equality Programme (EGEP) released a new report
about gender equality and women’s rights in Palestine on Wednesday. The
EGEP is an organization that studies and reports the gender equality
issues around the world. In a recent study they looked at Palestine,
including Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, to study the role that
women play in the society. The report found that, although Palestine is
making improvements in the region, there are still significant hurdles
to cross. Some of these hurdles can be attributed to Israel’s
occupation of Palestine.
Racism and Discrimination
Gang suspected of attacks on Arabs in Jerusalem
have reportedly been roaming in and around Independence Park seeking
Arabs to attack, trying to identify them by their accent.
Israeli Police: violent, trigger-happy and politically biased
This week, a policeman shot and killed a suspect. The deceased was
suspected of harassment, of resisting arrest and of simply being too
obsessive. There are those who also say he was suspected of an attempted
vehicular assault, and he discovered that these were capital crimes.
The late suspect was lucky not to be an Arab. As a Jew, the
circumstances of his death are at the very least questioned.
Bnei Brak to 'expose' landlords who rent out flats to Africans
City officials say landlords subdivide flats, cram refugees in them with 'total disregard for general population'.
Netanyahu's father vomits his racism
"Q: You don’t like the Arabs, to say the least.
“The bible finds no worse image than this of the man from the desert.
And why? Because he has no respect for any law. Because in the desert
he can do as he pleases.
The tendency towards conflict is in the
essence of the Arab. He is an enemy by essence. His personality won’t
allow him any compromise or agreement. It doesn’t matter what kind of
resistance he will meet, what price he will pay. His existence is one
of perpetuate war.”
Q: Is there any hope of peace?
“Out of agreement? No. the other side might stay in peace if it
understands that doing anything [else] will cause it enormous pain.
two states solution doesn’t exist. There are no two people here. There
is a Jewish people and an Arab population… there is no Palestinian
people, so you don’t create a state for an imaginary nation… they only
call themselves a people in order to fight the Jews.”
Q: So what’s the solution?
A: “No solution but force… strong military rule"
Now On Display: Israel’s Palestinians, Audrey Farber
Come visit the Jewish state and while you're at it, look at these
primitive Arabs in their small, confined space – just like they lived
before we swooped in and civilized this desert wasteland with milk and
honey and fruits and wine and all that jazz. And guns. (Never mind the
decades of British rule and before that centuries of Ottoman
administration that preceded us.) We are preserving their heritage for
them … by denying them opportunities to advance and succeed and
confining them to their narrow, scuzzy alleyways, selling eggplants at a
discounted rate and smiling and nodding ahlan wa sahlan for tour buses
full of middle aged Americans. (You know they aren't birthright
kids because birthright kids aren't allowed near Arabs: danger, danger!)
Of course, not one of Haifa's several museums – dedicated to everything
from Japanese Art to Clandestine Immigration to the Israeli Oil Industry – represents Palestinian culture, art, or history.
Violence & Aggression
IDF strikes target in central Gaza Strip
Aircraft, ground troops exchange fire with militants in Gaza; no injuries sustained by IDF soldiers.
Nights of Terror Continue in Silwan, Palestine Monitor
week of terror in Silwan continued early this morning with the violent
arrest of four youths during Israeli raids on several homes. The East
Jerusalem suburb has been plagued by incursions throughout the week,
with seven more arrests on Monday. All those arrested are under 21.
East Jerusalem's Issawiya Under Attack
Last Saturday (November 6), undercover Israeli police forces entered the
East Jerusalem village of Issawiya in an attempt to get information from
residents. Since then, Israeli police have set up daily roadblocks,
disrupting the neighborhood and its residents.
Firing at workers near the Gaza perimiter fence
- Over the past year, B`Tselem has documented eleven cases in which
soldiers fired at and wounded Palestinian civilians working in areas
near the perimeter fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. In these
eleven cases, the gunfire struck civilians who, because of the lack of
jobs in the Strip, were compelled to earn a living by collecting
building materials for recycling. The lack of jobs has grown since
Operation Cast Lead and following the continuing siege on the Strip.
Israeli police fire at, arrest Jordanian
Israeli police arrested a Jordanian citizen in Wadi Ara, north of
Palestine occupied in 1948, on Wednesday after a few hours chase, a
police report said.
Gaza prisoners ass'n says detainees need coats
(Ma'an) -- The Center for Detainees in Gaza City said Wednesday that
they had received word from several inmates kept in Israeli detention
centers that they were in dire need of warm clothing and blankets. The
complaints, the center said, came from the Ramon and Nafha prisons, in
central Israel and the Negev dessert.
Hamas denounces political arrest of senior PLC member
Sabr 10 Nov 2010 - [ 10/11/2010 - 04:26 PM ] DAMASCUS, ( PIC )-- The
Palestinian resistance movement Hamas strongly denounced Israeli
authorities for the arrest of senior Palestinian Legislative Council
official Mahmoud Al Ramahi Wednesday, calling for his immediate release.
Rights group slams detention of Hamas MP
-- A local Palestinian human rights group condemned on Thursday
Israel's arrest of a leading Palestinian lawmaker a day earlier. The
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights issued a statement strongly
condemning Wednesday's arrest of Mahmoud Al-Ramahi, the secretary of the
Palestinian Legislative Council representing Hamas. Such detentions
constitute "reprisals and measures of collective punishment against the
Palestinian civilians, which are prohibited according to article 33 of
the Fourth Geneva Convention 1949," the statement said.
Israeli policemen humiliate Sheikh Salah during his trial
Israeli policemen on Wednesday deliberately insulted and humiliated
Sheikh Ra'ed Salah as they were escorting him to a court in occupied
Jerusalem to defend himself against new charges.
Israel's Arab Helpers
Report: Egypt aided Israel's assassination of top Gaza militant
Time Magazine claims Egyptian intelligence tipped Israel off ahead of
the arrival of a senior Army of Islam militant as part of its attempts
to thwart terror activity in Sinai.
Behind an Israeli Strike in Gaza, Help from Egypt (Time.com)
Time.com - An Israeli missile assassinates a Gaza militant allegedly
plotting against US forces in the Sinai Peninsula. Did Cairo provide the
Fayyad admits to violations against Hamas supporters in West Bank
Palestinian president in Ramallah Salaam Fayyad admitted to the
existence of human rights violations in West Bank prisons under his
jurisdiction, guaranteeing that all violators will be prosecuted.
Egypt's national flags made in Israel?
newspaper reports Cairo imports its national flags from Jewish state,
but country's industry and trade minister insists report based solely on
A Husni Mubarak journalist calls on Arabs to visit Israel, As`ad Abukhalil
can't get Arab world's gifted writers, like Ala' Aswanti, to support
normalization with it. So it is reduced to promoting the lousy writers
of the Saudi sleaze website, Elaph, to endorse normalization with it.
One such writers on Elaph is a former functionary of Abu Nidal
organization--kid you not. This guy
(another guy--not the Abu Nidal organization guy) appears on Aljazeera
and rails against Israel on regular basis. Here, he is inviting Arabs
to visit Israel. Left unmentioned is that this is a Mubarak regime
tool. It seems that orders have arrived to rush to Israel--all for you,
o Jamal Mubarak.
Fatah: Hamas police quash Arafat memorial
(Ma’an) -- A Fatah lawmaker said Thursday that Hamas police entered his
office in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah ahead of planned
celebrations marking the death of the late President Yasser Arafat.
Ashraf Jom’a told Ma'an that he had announced a small event marking the
sixth anniversary of the death of Arafat, which was set to include a
film screening featuring Khalil Ibrahim Al-Wazir (Abu Jihad), a
slain resistance fighter affiliated with Fatah.
FPA: Hamas detains journalists at Arafat memorial
-- The Foreign Press Association in Israel condemned on Thursday the
reported arrest of a television crew at a Rafah event celebrating the
life of former Palestinian president Yasser Arafat. In a
statement, the FPA denounced "in the strongest terms," the detention of
the journalists, who the association said were detained and ordered to
turn over news footage to the authorities. "The total ban by the
authorities on all stills photographers wanting to cover the same event
is unacceptable," the statement continued. According to the
association, "This is the latest in what seems to be a systematic
campaign by Hamas to harass and intimidate journalists. Our members are
professional journalists working for respected global news
organizations. We demand that Hamas let journalists do their work and
respect the basic right of freedom of the press."
Palestinians gather in Ramallah to mark anniversary of Arafat death
President Abbas scheduled to address memorial of the former PLO chief
who died 6 years ago, as Hamas reportedly break up private memorial of
PA begins Arafat commemoration; millions to new museum
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- One and a half million dollars was approved by the
PA Cabinet on Wednesday, for the completion of construction on the
Yasser Arafat Museum in Ramallah. The move comes as the PA prepares
celebrations marking the 6th anniversary of the death of the former
president, with provisions made in Wednesday's cabinet meeting for free
public transportation for West Bankers heading to the Ramallah
Bethlehem celebrates Arafat
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Fatah movement officials in Bethlehem called on
residents to gather in the Nativity Square Wednesday and commemorate the
late President Yasser Arafat. In the presence of several Fatah
Revolutionary Council members, local mayors and officials, young and old
lit candles and carried photos of Arafat, praying in unison for his
soul to rest in peace. Revolutionary council member Muhammad Taha Abu
Alia spoke to those present, commenting on how Arafat had loved to visit
Bethlehem, and did so frequently to spend time in its mosques and
Arafat; Do Palestinians Still Remember How He died?
– Bethlehem – PNN/exclusive – Today Palestinians marked the sixth
anniversary of President Yasser Arafat death, the question I am asking,
do they still remember how he died?
Other Political "Developments"
Abbas wants more than U.S. "slogans" on statehood
President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday U.S. support for Palestinian
statehood had yet to move beyond "slogans". Abbas said views in the
United States and Europe had started to shift in favour of the
Palestinians but expressed frustration at recent U.S. opposition to the
idea of taking the quest for statehood to the U.N. Security Council.
Palestinian leader: Peace better than settlements
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday
appealed to Israelis to choose peace over settlements, saying that
opportunities for a peace deal must not be wasted. Abbas spoke to
thousands of flag-waving supporters at a rally marking the sixth
anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Yasser Arafat. In the Gaza
Strip, Abbas' bitter political rival, the Islamic militant Hamas,
suppressed all Arafat commemorations, a sign of the deepening political
rift despite renewed attempts by the two sides to reconcile.
Haneyya: Damascus meeting complicated
Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya has affirmed that the current
national dialog session in the Syrian capital Damascus would not solve
all pending problems between Hamas and Fatah.
Hamas: “Israel Seeking Failure Of Palestinian Unity Talks”
Hamas movement issued a press release slamming the kidnapping of the
secretary-general of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr. Mahmoud
al-Ramahi, and stated that, by the ongoing arrests and the abduction of
elected officials, Israel is seeking the failure of internal Palestinian
Hamas, Fatah fail to reach agreement at reconciliation talks
Rival Palestinian factions end their latest round of talks in Damascus
without an agreement to narrow their differences on security issues.
'US Support for Israel Must Continue Forever,' says Biden
He reiterated what he said was the Obama administration’s deep
commitment to Israel’s security and to preventing Iran from obtaining
Clinton warns Palestinians and Israelis against 'unilateral' Mideast steps
Secretary of State criticizes Israel's settlement plans as
'counterproductive'; Egypt: Israel not doing what it is supposed to do.
PM: Disagreements with US 'temporary'
In New York meeting with senior media figures, Netanyahu plays down recent differences of opinion with US.
US giving Palestinians $150m aid [Enough aid, they want freedom]
The United States is to transfer an additional $150m in aid to the
Palestinian Authority and calls on other donor nations to increase their
U.S. to store another $400m worth of emergency military equipment in Israel
to stand at Israel's disposal in an emergency; hike will bring the
value of American military equipment stockpiled in Israel to $1.2
billion by 2012.
US to Increase Arms to Israel by Additional $400 Million
PNN - The United States has approved a plan to add 400 million dollars
worth of military equipment to its emergency stockpile in Israel
by 2012. This will bring the total value of stockpiled goods to 1.2
billion dollars. The US Congress approved an increase late last month,
as reported earlier this week by Barbara Opall-Rome for Defense News
magazine. Such a show of military support for Israel undermines the
position of the US as the unbiased moderator it has presented itself as
in current peace talks. The military equipment would be administered by
US forces, but the Israeli military would be given control over the
equipment in the event of a conflict. Such use is allowed according to a
clause in the US foreign aid law which regulates military stockpiles for
IDF officer: Clash with Hamas inevitable
A clash with Hamas is inevitable and the IDF's Gaza Division is taking
steps to prepare for escalation, outgoing Division Commander
Brigadier-General Eyal Eisenberg said Thursday.
No thaw in relations with Israel without apology for boat raid: Turkey
Turkey will not begin to restore relations with Israel unless it
apologizes for its "savage attack" on a Turkish protest vessel, Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday."Israel will apologize. And
Israel will have to pay compensation.
Lieberman: Syria a peace partner? No way
During visit to Golan Heights, foreign minister says 'only a political
hypochondriac can say Syria is a peace partner, especially under the
Bodies of IAF pilot and navigator found after F-16I crash in Negev
Pilot Maj. Amichai Itkis and navigator Maj. Emanuel Levy took off from
the Ramon Air Force base and crashed during training exercise.
International aviation chief slams Israel for poor flight safety
Israel's aviation safety status was downgraded to category two by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in January 2009.
Ayalon: Recognize Mizrahi Jews as refugees
Deputy foreign minister supports new initiative calling on Palestinians
to recognize Jewish refugees from Arab lands, says topic must be
discussed in any future negotiations.
Public Security Ministry D-G quits suddenly, apparently over sex harassment complaint
External ministry adviser said that Peleg tried to harm her and her
professional status, using verbal abuse and sexual harassment over a
period of several months.
The Palestinians of Israel are poised to take centre stage | Seumas Milne
With the peace process going nowhere, common experience on both sides of
the Green Line is creating a new reality. In a quiet street in the
Sheikh Jarrah district of occupied East Jerusalem 88-year-old Rifka
al-Kurd is explaining how she came to live in the house she and her
husband built as Palestinian refugees in the 1950s. As she speaks, three
young ultra-orthodox Jewish settlers swagger in to stake their claim to
the front part of the building, shouting abuse in Hebrew and broken
Arabic: "Arab animals", "shut up, whore".
Israel's Arab citizens are not a negotiating chip, Jonathan Cook
Israel's prime minister, has insisted from the launch of the
current peace talks that the Palestinians set no preconditions, while
making his own precondition the centrepiece of negotiations. Mr
Netanyahu has said talks are futile unless the Palestinians and their
leader, Mahmoud Abbas, first recognise Israel as a Jewish state. “I
recognised the Palestinians' right to self-definition, so they must do
the same for the Jewish people,” he told American Jewish leaders
Hey Obama: These are Israel’s red lines!
As President Obama and his advisors contemplate which of these paths to
chose, it is vital that Prime Minister Netanyahu take this opportunity
to once again clearly state Israel's red lines in negotiating with the
Palestinians. Whether this clarification serves to bolster our friends
in Congress, or remind the Administration as they plan any new
initiatives, it is crucial that our American allies understand where we
stand on these issues as we inch closer to returning to direct
negotiations with the Palestinians. Thankfully, the prime minister does
not need to start from scratch. In his historic speech at Bar Ilan
University in June of 2009, Netanyahu laid out three key areas where
Israel's red lines cannot be crossed. The Palestinians must agree to
recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.... Israel
must remain within defensible borders as the result of any peace
agreement. We cannot compromise on territorial concessions in the Jordan
Valley or on the mountain ridges of Judea and Samaria which overlook the
center of our country... Finally, Jerusalem can never be divided...
Without a clear stance on this most basic issue we will soon find
ourselves chased out of the city we dreamed of for 2,000 years..
"Netanyahu convinced himself that the US needs him more than he needs it...."
"... The whole thing is playing out exactly as it did in March: Biden
visit; housing announcement; U.S. pushback. In March, Prime Minister
Netanyahu retorted with the defiant declaration: “Jerusalem is not a
settlement”; yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu retorted with the
defiant declaration: … I’ll just let you guess. The latest to-do, Aaron
David Miller told me this morning, “reflects a much-diminished
administration that got off on the wrong foot from the beginning.” Prior
history as well as the prospects of continued Israeli-Palestinian
negotiations give Netanyahu greater leverage, according to the former
negotiator. The prime minister “knows that the administration believes
the only way this Israeli-Palestinian problem is going to be resolved is
negotiations, and so he’s convinced himself that they need him more than
he needs them,”.... The timing of the announcement again seemed
calculated to provoke and to assert Netanyahu’s (new?) upper hand ....
So, where are we now? A crucial thing to watch is Netanyahu’s meeting
Thursday in Washington, D.C., with Secretary of State Clinton. Her bona
fides as a friend to Israel are pretty much impeccable. But she was the
one who, in March, famously upbraided Netanyahu on the phone for 43 to
45 minutes (depending on your source) for that prior settlement
announcement. “If it’s a reprise of what happened in March,” explained
Miller of the Clinton-Netanyahu get-together, “we’re not prepared to
back it up. We just look weak—we look pathetic, frankly, it’s beyond
weak.” How she and the administration handles this situation, I think,
will be the most telling hint over the direction the circus will travel
over the next few months.
Why Netanyahu is engaging Obama in a spat over E. Jerusalem 'settlements' (The Christian Science Monitor)
The Christian Science Monitor - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu is engaging the US administration in a high-profile debate
over settlement building two days before he meets Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton to address the impasse in negotiations.
Peace Will Not Be Achieved By Deception
Henry Siegman - Huffington Post - Equally misleading has been
Netanyahu`s repeated declarations that a peace accord depends on
Palestinians matching Israel`s "painful concessions" with their own
painful concessions. In fact, no one has ever asked Israel to make any
concession to the Palestinians -- whether territory, water resources,
Jerusalem or sovereignty. All of these concessions are to be made on the
Palestinian side of the 1967 border. No concessions were asked of Israel
on its side of that border.
Why I still have faith in the American people, Stephen M. Walt
… some of the time" (or at least enough of them to get elected twice). But when you lead the country into a series of debacles and disasters,
it turns out they really don't want to watch you rationalize your
blunders on national TV. In other words, Bush's interview with Matt
Lauer, touting his new book, was a ratings bomb.
Obama Can Still Do It, George S. Hishmeh
Though obnoxious, Benjamin Netanyahu is no dummy. After all, the Israeli
prime minister knows that if he got away with something the first time,
he might as well take another shot at it the second time. And lo and
behold, his victim on both occasions was Joe Biden, the ever-smiling
American vice president. When Biden visited Jerusalem last March in an
attempt to help kick-start the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations,
stalled by Israeli expansionism into the occupied West Bank, the Israeli
government unbeknownst to the visiting vice president, simultaneously
announced its intention to build 1600 housing units in occupied Arab
East Jerusalem which the Palestinians hope will be their capital once
their state is established.
Peace Held Hostage to US, Israeli Elections, Nicola Nasser
The statement by former U.S. President George W. Bush in his 497 - page
memoir of 'Decision Points' that a secret peace deal was worked out
between the then-prime minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, and Palestinian
President, Mahmoud Abbas, which "we devised a process to turn .. into a
public agreement" had not Olmert been ousted by a scandal to be replaced
in the following elections by Binyamin Netanyahu, who reneged on his
predecessor's commitments, is a piece of history which highlights the
fact that peacemaking in the Arab - Israeli conflict and the peace
process have been hostages to the rotating U.S. and Israeli elections
since the Madrid peace conference of 1991
The Mavi Marmara is set to hit the big screen in Turkey, Adam Horowitz
Polat Alemdar is back! And this time he's kicking ass and taking names
in none other than the Holy Land. f you don't know what I'm talking
about, Alemdar is the hero of the popular Turkish television show, and
now film series, Valley of the Wolves. A 2006 film
took aim at the American invasion of Iraq, and the upcoming movie is
focused on exacting revenge for the Israeli attack on the Freedom
U.S. Justice Department prepares for the ominous expansion of law prohibiting ‘material support’ for terrorism, Michael Deutsch
In late September the FBI carried out a series of raids of homes and
anti-war offices of public activists in Minneapolis and Chicago.
Following the raids the Obama Justice Department subpoenaed 14 activists
to a grand jury in Chicago and also subpoenaed the files of several
anti-war and community organizations. In carrying out these repressive
actions, the Justice department was taking its lead from the Supreme
Court’s 6-3 opinion last June in Holder v. the Humanitarian Law Project
which decided that non-violent First Amendment speech and advocacy
“coordinated with” or “under the direction of” a foreign group listed by
the Secretary of State as “terrorist” was a crime.
Right-wing Zionism and Islamophobia Meet Up in Tennessee, Alex Kane
Case in point to my contention
that Islamophobia in the United States and the right-wing, Likudnik
strain of Zionism are inextricably linked: a Christian Zionist group is
helping to fund a lawsuit against the construction of a mosque in
NYT implies Muslims are the hostile ‘other’, James North
The New York Times is at it
again. In an article about President Obama's mild criticism of
Israel's plans to build more settlements in occupied Palestine, the
newspaper said: Despite their efforts to build mutual
trust, Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu seem to keep talking past each other.
On Tuesday, they were worlds apart in symbolism as well as substance:
the president voiced his criticism of Israel while on a visit to
Jakarta, capital of the world’s most populous Muslim country.
Why the Oklahoma Shariah Law is Unconstitutional
2, 2010, an overwhelming majority of Oklahoma citizens (slightly more
than 70%) approved State Question (SQ) 755, as a state constitutional
amendment, forbidding Oklahoma courts from “considering or using”
international law or Shariah law. Oklahoma State Representative Rex
Duncan, the amendment’s principal author, characterized the Shariah as a
“cancer that must be removed with a preemptive strike.” A petition has
already been filed with the United States District Court to seek a
temporary restraining order against the enforcement of SQ 755. It
remains to be seen whether the federal courts will strike down the
amendment under the supremacy clause of the United States Constitution.
Six Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon
Six Israeli warplanes have penetrated the Lebanese airspace again and
flew over parts of the country in flagrant violation of a UN Security
Council resolution. The Israeli aircrafts crossed into Lebanese
airspace over the southern border village of Kfar Kila at 9:30 a.m.
local time (0630 GMT) on Tuesday and conducted several unwarranted
flights above southern Lebanon as well as the capital Beirut, a Press TV
correspondent in Beirut cited a statement released by the Lebanese
military. The jets left the Lebanese airspace at 11:05 a.m. local time
(0805 GMT) while flying over Alma al-Shaab - a town in southern Lebanon.
Sayyed Nasrallah to Address Recent Developments on Martyr’s Day
General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is to deliver an important speech on
Thursday evening during Martyr's Day festival, which would include
Hezbollah position on the recent political developments in Lebanon.
The festival will take place at six-thirty in the evening, Beirut time
(16:30 GMT) in Sayyed Shuhada’a complex in the southern suburbs of
Beirut (Dahiyeh)- Ruwais.
Cabinet Convenes in ‘Tense’ Session over False Witnesses
10/11/2010 Once again, the national-unity government in Lebanon seems to
be “fighting”… On Wednesday, the cabinet faces once again the
“challenge” represented by the most sensitive issue nowadays, the false
witnesses’ file. The false witnesses in the assassination of former
Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the witnesses who led to the arbitrary
detention of four innocent officers for four years and who harmed the
Lebanese-Syrian relations, are threatening the “divided” Lebanese
cabinet... While the loyalty camp is seeking to “protect” them by
rejecting the transfer of their file to the Judicial Council, the
opposition is insisting such step should be the cabinet’s priority. The
opposition says that resorting to the voting process is required whereas
the loyalty is threatening to withdraw from the session in such case.
President Michel Sleiman and Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid
Jumblatt are exerting, in the meantime, intensive efforts to prevent
Lebanon postpones debate on UN tribunal witnesses
BEIRUT (DPA) -- The Lebanese cabinet postponed on Wednesday a debate on
witnesses accused of misleading UN investigators probing the 2005
assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri, in a bid to avoid
more tension in the country. The Hezbollah-led opposition and its
pro-Syrian allies have insisted on a vote inside the cabinet on the
issue in order to hand it over to the nation's highest court.
Report: Saudi court rejects death for Lebanese 'sorcerer'
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) -- Saudi Arabia's high court has rejected the
execution sentence of a Lebanese man convicted of sorcery and
recommended that he be deported after a new trial, a newspaper reported
Thursday. The Supreme Court in Riyadh said that the death sentence for
Ali Sabat was not warranted because he had not harmed anyone and had no
prior offences in the country, Okaz said.
Wednesday: 8 Iraqis Killed, 38 Wounded
At least eight Iraqis were killed and 38 more were wounded in new
violence. Most of the attacks in the capital targeted Christians.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101110/ap_on_re_us/un_un_iraq
Iraq's Christians Vow to Survive -- With Muslim Help (Time.com)
- After the horrific church invasion on Halloween, Baghdad's Christians
suffer another day of assaults. But they have also won the sympathy of their Muslim countrymen
Another Baghdad Massacre: Iraqi Christians Are Already at Home, Ramzy Baroud
October 31, when a group of militants seized a church in Baghdad,
killing and wounding scores of Iraqi Christians, it signaled yet another
episode of unimaginable horror in the country since the US invasion of
March 2003. Every group of Iraqis has faced terrible devastation as a
result of this war, the magnitude of which is only now beginning to be
discovered. True, the situation in Iraq was difficult prior to the war.
Having visited the country in 1999, I can testify to this. But the
hardship suffered by many Iraqis, especially political dissidents, was
in some way typical characteristic of authoritarian and dictatorial
regimes. Iraq could, at that time, be easily contrasted with
other countries living under similar hardships. But what has happened
since the war can barely be compared to any other country or any other
wars since World War II. Even putting aside the devastating death toll,
the sheer scale of internal displacement and forced emigration is
terrifying. This is a nation that had more or less maintained a
consistent level of demographic cohesion for many generations. It was
this cohesion that made Iraq what it was.
Cluster munitions maim and kill Iraqis every day
Iraq - Every year hundreds of Iraqis are killed or maimed by cluster
munitions and landmines, due to Iraq's contamination of millions of
explosive remnants of war (ERW). According to Iraqi figures, the
contamination claimed 14,000 victims between 1991 and 2007, while in the
three Kurdish governorates the estimated number of victims (both
injuries and deaths) was 8,174 between 1991 and 2008.
Two asylum seekers deported to Baghdad and allegedly tortured were not Iraqi
Exclusive: Foreign Office letter seen by Guardian admits to confusion
over men's nationality and the claims of mistreatment made by them. Two
asylum seekers who were deported to Baghdad and claim they were tortured
on arrival by Iraqi officials have been returned to Britain because
they were found not to be Iraqi. The confusion over the men's
nationality and the allegations they have made are among admissions made
by the Foreign Office in a letter to the European court of human rights
(ECHR) arguing for a resumption of removals to Baghdad.
Iraqi leaders reach deal to form new government; Maliki to retain power
BAGHDAD - Iraq's political leaders have reached a deal on forming a new
government that will break the political stalemate that has plagued the
country for eight months and give Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki a
second term as Iraq's leader.
Iraqi parliament seats distribution (AP)
A look at the distribution of seats in Iraq's parliament for various
parties and alliances, based on vote returns from the March 7
2000-year-old monastery found in Iraq’s Najaf
An ancient monastery dating to the 1st century A.D. has been discovered
in the religious city of Najaf, an Antiquities Department official
says. Nazar al-Nafakh, Najaf’s leading archaeologist, said the
monastery was revealed as bulldozers were leveling ground for Najaf’s
new airport. “It is about 2000 years old,” he said. So far Nafakh has
no clue of the name of the monastery, but Christianity was practiced
widely in the area of Najaf south of Baghdad at the time. The province
of Najaf, of which the religious city of Najaf is the capital, has
several monasteries but most of them are merely heaps of debris.
U.S. & Other World News
'US World's Biggest Arms Seller'
The United States has topped the list of global arms sellers, with
Israel, UAE and India purchasing the bulk of arms including fighter
jets, says a think tank.
Amnesty: prosecute Bush for admitted waterboarding
LONDON, Nov 10 (Reuters) - The United States must prosecute former
President George W. Bush for torture if his admission in a memoir that
he authorised waterboarding holds true, rights group Amnesty
International said on Wednesday.
Former British intelligence chairman all but calls Bush liar, says waterboarding didn’t stop terror plots
The ex-minister, Kim Howells, all but accused Bush of lying in a radio
interview. He said he wasn't convinced that waterboarding produced
intelligence that helped foil terror plots at Heathrow Airport and
Canary Wharf, in London, though he agreed that the plots were real.
Howells is currently a Labour MP and served as a foreign minister of
state from 2005 to 2008. “I don’t think there was any doubt there were
real plots,” Howells told the BBC Radio 4 Today. “Where I doubt what
President Bush has said is that this, what we regard as torture,
actually produced information which was instrumental in preventing those
plots coming to fruition. I’m not convinced of that.”
Video of Torture Hearing Released (VIDEO)
war's most disturbing moments don't happen on the battlefield. Such was
the case when Sergeant Chuck Luther sat before a Congressional
committee and described how he was tortured by U.S. Army officials.
Luther had been confined to a closet at Camp Taji, Iraq. He was held
there for over a month, under enforced sleep deprivation, until he
agreed to sign documents saying his mortar fire wounds were caused by a
pre-existing condition, making him ineligible for benefits. Below is a
video of Luther's testimony, as he lays out the graphic details of his
torture. As a reporter who covers veterans' issues, I'm often asked what
Americans can do to honor our soldiers. My answer: watch this video.
Share it with your friends. Ask them to share it with theirs. On this
Veterans Day, don't let the voices of soldiers like Sgt. Luther go
US close to decision on 9/11 trial for Mohammed
WASHINGTON, Nov 10 (Reuters) - The Obama administration is close to
deciding where the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001,
attacks will be tried and whether he will face a military tribunal, U.S.
Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday.
NATO says occupation troops may have killed 3 Afghan civilians
It said four Afghan civilians had been brought to a nearby ISAF base
after the fighting and that three of them had subsequently died.
'US to stay in Afghanistan until 2014'
US officials have told McClatchy newspapers that the new policy will be
made pubic soon during an upcoming conference of NATO countries in Lisbon.
Obama officials moving away from 2011 Afghan date
The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from
what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan in an
effort to de-emphasize President Barack Obama's pledge that he'd begin
withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011, administration and military
officials have told McClatchy.
Canada 'to extend' Afghan mission
Canada considers keeping up to 1,000 soldiers in a non-combat role in Afghanistan beyond the 2011 pullout deadline.
US soldier on trial for Afghan murders
US soldier accused of leading a murder squad that killed and allegedly
mutilated Afghan civilians for sport, has appeared before court.
Iran slams Israeli war threats
Iran has lashed out at Israeli prime minister's comments that encourage the US to take military action against Tehran.
Iran plans to test own model of Russia S-300 missile
Medvedev banned delivery air defense system to Iran in September, saying
it would violate expanded UN sanctions against the country imposed in June.
A Backdoor to War with Iran?
of Congress are trying to create a "backdoor" to war with Iran by
pushing a resolution supporting Israel's "right" to launch a military
attack on Iran.
Study: 100,000 Hispanics have fled Arizona since immigrant law
VALLARTA, Mexico — A controversial immigration law in Arizona has
likely provoked the voluntary departure of 100,000 Hispanics from the
southern US state, according to a study released Wednesday. "Several
months after the law was applied, it's possible to observe a lower
number of Hispanics in that area of America. We estimate there are
100,000 less Hispanics compared to the start of 2010," said the report
by the private BBVA Bancomer foundation, released at the two-day Global
Forum on Migration and Development, in the Pacific resort of Puerto
Photos allege Sri Lanka massacre
Photographs obtained by Al Jazeera appear to show massacre of Tamils during final stages of Sri Lanka's civil war.
Loyalists sweep Jordan Parliament elections after opposition boycott
AMMAN: Jordanians voted in large numbers to elect a parliament dominated
by pro-government loyalists, with 13 women winning seats, after a
boycott by opposition Islamists, official results showed Wednesday.The
Islamic Action Front (IAF) disputed the official turnout figure,
insisting most voters had stayed away, while US poll observers
criticized the electoral system.
Fourth New Arab Woman Forum set to kick off in December
BEIRUT: The fourth New Arab Woman Forum (NAWF) was announced Wednesday
amid calls for greater efforts from governments and private sector firms
in advancing gender equality throughout the Middle East. The forum,
which will kick off in December and bring together more than 400
representatives from 20 countries, was welcomed to Beirut.
Christianity's place in the Middle East
Overextrapolating from the al-Qaida church attack plays into the hands
of radicals wanting to push the clash-of-civilisations myth
Disney world in which Chinese children 'toil for 76 hours a week'
To Western children, Disney is a fairytale world of talking mice,
princesses and dragons. To Chinese children, it sometimes means working
from 8am to 10pm, handling chemicals without protection, being chastised
for failing to hit production targets, and eating food laden with
cockroaches. Staff at two factories making Disney toys for Westerners
employed children between the ages of 14 and 16 in breach of local
labour laws and the entertainment giant's own code of conduct, according
to a report by China Labour Watch (CLW), a US NGO.
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