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Land and property theft and destruction/Ethnic cleansing/Apartheid|
Israel refuses re-entry to 5 Druze who made
condolence call in Syria
Golan Heights residents stuck in Syria for more than six weeks after
visiting family members in Suwara.
Refugee Camp To Absorb Palestinians Forced Out Of The West Bank
government in the Gaza Strip, headed by the Hamas movement,
decided to establish a new temporary refugee camp at the Erez Terminal,
between the Gaza Strip and Israel, to absorb the
Palestinians who were forced out of the West Bank recently.
Silwan residents say settler arson behind olive
Jerusalem – Ma'an – Eleven dunums of olive trees were reported destroyed
by the Awad family, who blamed nearby settlers for setting the Wednesday
Israeli excavations near Sultan Suleiman pool in O.
The Israeli antiquities authority has embarked since days on carrying
out wide excavations near Sultan Suleiman pool, west of the old city of
Safafa sit-in tent dismantled by Israeli forces
Ma’an – The sit-in tent erected by the Salah family following the forced
eviction from their home by settlers was demolished by Israeli forces on
Thursday night, rendering an elderly couple homeless a second time.
Eighty-nine-year-old evicted resident Sheha Salah lost consciousness
during the raid and was taken to hospital for treatment, family members
march on Nakba anniversary in Gaza
Gaza – Ma’an - The
national and Islamic action factions in Gaza said they would hold a
massive joint march on Saturday, marking the 62nd anniversary of the
1948 Nakba together. Walid Al-Awad with the Palestinian People’s Party
(PPP) said Islamic Jihad called an all-factions meeting on Thursday that
included representatives from rivals Fatah and Hamas.
events as 'culture of resistance'
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The
popular Palestinian singer Rim Banna will preform by the path of
Israel's separation wall at Al-Ma'asara on Friday, as protesters
continue to call for a halt to the confiscation of West Bank lands.
The Israeli Inquisitions & Another BDS Victory
Israel continues its assault on Palestinian human rights and equality
activists… Most recently arresting Ameer Makhoul and Omar Sayid, two
leaders of the Palestinian community within Israel.
Leftists protest near army memorial service
ceremony for fallen soldiers of Paratroopers' Battalion 71 outraged
over activists' decision to hold demonstration against Jewish settlement
in Sheikh Jarrah directly opposite monument. Protestors claim they were
moved to area by police, not aware of service.
Siege Related Deaths/Violence
Killed, Four Injured, When A Power Generator Exploded In Southern Gaza
One Palestinian was killed and four other members of his family were
wounded on Thursday at dawn, when a power generator exploded in their
house in Rafah city, southern Gaza Strip.
Palestinians: Settlers killed stone-throwing teen
There was no confirmation from Israel of the shooting, nor was it clear
if attack linked to 'price-tag' policy against Palestinians.
shot dead Palestinian teenager, police say
police believe boy, 16, died when man stopped car and opened fire on
group throwing stones along highway. A teenage Palestinian boy has been
shot dead in the occupied West Bank and Palestinians said he was
probably killed by an Israeli settler.
The body of Aysar Yasser
al-Zaben, 16, was found before dawn today in a field near al-Mazra'a
al-Sharqiya, a district of Ramallah. He had been shot in the back and
was found lying face down.
Israeli Soldiers Continue
Targeting Palestinian Photographers in West Bank
Palestinian press photographers have always been targeted by the
forces and at least three have been arrested and two others have been
physically attacked by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank since the start
of April. “These incidents must stop,” Reporters
Borders said. “The Israeli army must investigate them and punish
the soldiers responsible.”
man marks 26 years in Israeli prisons
Jerusalem – Ma'an – A Palestinian man from Yaffa will mark his 26th year
in Israeli custody on
Saturday, officials from the Center for Detainees Studies announced.
Researcher Abdel Nasser Farawneh said the man, Hafeth Qandas, was
sentenced to 28 years in Israeli jails following his detention on 15 May
1984. He is now 52, and remains unmarried with no children.
Israel's secret police targeting leaders of
country's Arab minority, say Palestinians
NAZARETH // The recent arrest of two respected public figures from
Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority in night-time raids on their homes by
the Shin Bet secret police – brought to light this week when a gag order
was partially lifted – has sent shock waves through the community.
Amnesty: Don't imprison nuclear whistleblower
- Ma'an - Amnesty International on Thursday urged Israel not to imprison
nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, who is facing a return to jail
Issues/Human Rights/Restriction of Movement/Siege
Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in
the Occupied Palestinian Territory 06 May -12 May 2010
Absence of human security has greatly impeded
Ramallah – Until Palestinians are afforded economic and environmental
control, specifically control over macro-economic policy, trade,
livelihoods, water resources and borders, sustained development will
remain elusive, according to the latest Palestinian Human Development
Report, released today by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and the United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Special Representative of the
Administrator, Mr. Jens Toyberg-Frandzen.
The real thing
SMUGGLERS complain that Egypt hampers three things imported through the
blockade-busting tunnels that supply Gaza: weapons, dishwashers (their
timers can double as detonators), and books. Of the three, the last may
be the most regulated. One smuggler complained that the Egyptian
authorities confiscated a delivery of 10,000 books, the bulk of them a
classical commentary on the Koran. In the eyes of the impounders, the
people of Gaza, who are governed by the Islamists of Hamas, are quite
Islamic enough already.
Inside Gaza's power crisis
Washington - In the latest electricity-related death in Gaza,
23-year-old Walid Taha was killed Thursday morning when a generator
exploded, Ma'an News Agency reported Thursday. The explosion occurred
moments after Taha's father turned to generator on after their
Ash-Shu'at neighborhood home went black during a scheduled power cut.
Four of Taha's family members were injured in the blast, but Taha was
the only casualty.
War Criminals and Their Arab
& American Helpers/Enablers
Iron Dome defense system gets new backer: Barack
U.S. agrees to fund anti-missile defense system, long delayed due to
budgetary difficulties, beyond regular annual defense assistance
afforded to Israel.
HRW: Israel should investigate home destruction
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israel should investigate the destruction of
civilian property during the 2009 Gaza hostilities, Human Rights Watch
said in a new report released Thursday. The 116-page report, "‘I Lost
Everything': Israel's Unlawful Destruction of Property in the Gaza
Conflict," documents 12 separate cases during Operation Cast Lead in
which Israeli forces allegedly destroyed civilian property, including
homes, factories, farms, and greenhouses, in areas under their control
without any lawful military purpose.
Human Rights Watch say destruction in Gaza 'unlawful'
Israeli forces destroyed buildings that had "no military significance", a
grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Conventions, the report said.
New ‘HRW’ report affirms Goldstone’s claim: Israel
wantonly destroyed Gaza’s civilian infrastructure, Alex Kane
In its official responses to the Goldstone
Report, Israel has vehemently
denied that it purposely and systematically destroyed Gaza’s
civilian infrastructure during “Operation Cast Lead,” as the U.N. report
alleges. One of the many damning allegations in the report states that
as the Israeli military began withdrawing from Gaza on January 15, 2009,
appeared to be a practice of systematically demolishing a large number
of structures, including houses, water installations, such as tanks on
the roofs of houses, and of agricultural land.”
Lieberman: Abbas asked personally Israeli officials
not to stop Gaza war
Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman confessed again that Mahmoud
Abbas had asked in person, 15 months ago, Israeli leaders to continue
their war on the Gaza Strip until toppling Hamas Movement.
Others Supporting and Enabling Apartheid
to DePaul SJP: The Nakba is a ‘festivity to to delegitimize and destroy
Chicago’s very own Students for Justice in Palestine
(SJP) at DePaul University is making local headlines due to its event to
raise awareness about the oppression of Palestinians within Israel’s
apartheid walls. Today, Thursday, May 13, DePaul’s SJP is organizing and
hosting a “Die In” to commemorate the hundreds of thousands of
Palestinians evicted from their homes and forced to face the muzzle of
Israeli guns since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.
Sixty-two years later, SJP protests these injustices.
Goes To Tel Aviv, Max Blumenthal
In an angry, demagogic
speech at Tel Aviv University's graduation ceremony this week, Harvard
Law School professor Alan Dershowitz stridently attacked Israeli
academics who have dissented from their government's positions and who
have sought to rally outside pressure against the occupation of
Palestine. He singled out by name professors Shlomo Sand, Anat Matar,
and Rachel Giora, assailing them for giving support to the international
BDS campaign and for "lend[ing] credibility to non-credible arguments."
(Dershowitz did not say what those arguments were or why they were not
Russia: Hamas has most Palestinians' support
stressed that it still subscribes to the opinion that Hamas should be
involved in political negotiations with Israel and not excluded from
talks, a stance which prompted criticism by the Israeli Foreign
Ministry. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said
Thursday that Hamas was an organization founded on the trust and
sympathy of most Palestinians. (AFP)
PFLP chief urges Abbas to cancel talks
Bethlehem – Ma'an – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's
leadership is urging President Mahmoud Abbas to reverse his "miserable
decision" to return to peace talks with Israel.
Barhoum urges Fatah to return to resistance
Fawzi Barhoum on Thursday urged the Fatah faction to return to its
national program and resistance away from the trend within it that was
selling national rights and constants at a cheap price.
Russia rebuffs Israeli rebuke over relations with
On Wednesday, Israel slammed Russian President Medvedev for meeting with
Hamas leader Meshal in Damascus.
Lieberman invites British FM to Israel
congratulates incoming British counterpart on his new post. Two
politicians jest about difficulties in forming complex coalitions.
Lieberman impressed by Hague's proficiency in Middle East.
NewsRahm Emanuel's father specialized in bus bombings in
(WMR) -- A well-placed British source informed WMR that Rahm Emanuel's
father, Benjamin Emanuel, specialized in the terrorist bombings of buses
carrying British troops and policemen during the British Mandate in
Palestine. British MI-6 files contain information on the elder
Emanuel's participation in the terrorist activities of Irgun Zvai Leumi,
a Jewish terrorist organization that targeted British forces, UN
officials, and Palestinian Arabs in the lead up to Israeli independence
Gaza man seeks asylum in Spain
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Mayor Victor Batarseh has issued an appeal to the
Spanish foreign minister to grant an entry visa to a Palestinian from
Gaza who says Hamas-aligned forces in the coastal enclave are
threatening his life. Kamal Elias Fuad Al-Tarazi was employed by the
Palestinian security forces that ruled Gaza until Hamas took charge in
2007, and has resided in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank ever since
his car came under fire on 21 January 2008.
Arabs, Gideon Levy
The parliamentary inquiry committee headed by MK Ahmed Tibi on hiring
more Arabs in the civil service issued its interim report at the
beginning of the year. This impressive report should have been an
indictment of Israeli society. But the report was met with indifference.
It reveals severe state discrimination. But the report is only part of
the problem. The other part is political and national: We can't ignore
that the debate about the "Jewish state" excludes Israel's Arabs by
definition, shunting them into a corner from which there is no way out.
Goldstone, LARRY DERFNER Inside
the Israeli echo chamber, it’s now “case closed” on the war in Gaza. The
country’s biggest newspaper, Yediot
Aharonot, has “exposed” Judge Richard
Goldstone as an apartheid-era hanging judge. This proves he’s a huge
hypocrite whose word means nothing, which proves his report on the war
in Gaza means nothing, which proves Operation Cast Lead was every bit
the shining example of restraint
and purity of arms Israel says it was.
'We want to
Salam Fayyad's plans for Palestine and the Palestinians are nought but a
contrived folk festival where the occupied bow to their oppressors,
writes Azmi Bishara
as talks begin
Plans to build yet more illegal settlements in
occupied East Jerusalem emerge on the eve of proximity talks, reports
Spurred on by Israel's three-year-long draconian siege,
Gaza is now in the grips of a vicious liquidity crisis, writes Saleh
Israelis' state of denial over treatment of
But the army lies, to put it mildly. The language it uses to describe
firing at non-violent Palestinian demonstrators is always laden with
euphemisms, and the need to explain arises only when organizations like
B'Tselem publish pictures in which it can be seen, for example, how
settlers open fire and the army does not lift a finger. That is an
example of the kind of things Israelis do not want to know about. The
territories are far away. The Palestinians live far away. This
hallucination can be attributed to the walls, the separation roads, the
army and the TV news. "Judea and Samaria" are close. The settlers live
among us. There are photographs of them, their homes are photographed.
They are in the army. They are the army. But the separation between
those who are very close, who have the right to vote, weapons, rights
and state financial support, and those who live at the same physical
distance but must be left far away, on the other side of the walls, the
fences, the roadblocks - this separation is made with the aid of the
refusal to know. The denial.
Denying Edward Said, Philip Weiss
One of my themes is that Zionism is dumbing down the Jews. In order to
Zionist narrative about Israel, you basically have to block out a lot of
history and wipe out another people's humanity and experience, simply
disavow it. Here's further evidence. Deborah Nussbaum
Cohen in the Forward
has a fine report
on a controversy over a question on an Advanced
Placement test. "Some Jewish" high school students ("Some Jewish" is my
ace in the hole, too) have objected to an essay question that uses a
quote from the late Palestinian-American author Edward Said.
If OECD membership is the soft carrot, where’s the
stick?, Ahmed Moor
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) –a
group of 31 governments designed to address economic, social and
environmental issues – decided earlier this week to make Israel a full
member of the coalition. I’m in Paris right now, and when I heard the
news I jumped on the subway and went to the organization’s headquarters
in the western part of the city. I was hoping to protest but aside from a
heavy police presence, there wasn’t very much going on. It’s possible I
was just late to the party (it was around five in the afternoon).
The Russians Are Coming
Israel expressed "deep
disappointment" Thursday over a meeting the Russian President Dmitry
Medvedev held this week in Syria with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal,
saying the organization must play a role in peace efforts. Calling
Hamas "a terror organization in every way," Israel's Foreign Ministry
said in a statement that it expected Russia to stand by Israel in its
struggle against Hamas.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jamal-dajani/the-russians-are-coming_b_576217.html MJ Rosenberg: Neocon High School Kids: The College
Boards Are Anti-Israel!
This story in the Forward today reminds me of something my older son
wrote to us in a letter from Jewish summer camp when he was 14.He told
us the kids were terrific but that some of them were so paranoid about
Israel that he thought they were "crazy." After all, these were all
pretty well-off Jewish kids at a beautiful spot in Massachusetts and yet
they acted like they were under assault by the world . Some of them were
even Republicans (because of Israel). "Dad, he wrote, there is nothing
worse than fascist children." Naturally, I saved that letter.
Analysts befuddled by Israeli leaders' claims on
Jerusalem on eve of peace talks
JERUSALEM, May 13 (Xinhua) --
As Israelis celebrated Jerusalem Day on Wednesday, the country's leaders
outraged Palestinians by pledging that Jerusalem would remain Israel's
indivisible capital. The comments from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and several of his cabinet colleagues and MPs from his Likud
party came on the eve of the commencement of indirect talks with the
Palestinians, befuddling some analysts
Master of Deception, RANNIE AMIRI
The international community
has long been enamored by current Israeli President and former Prime
Minister, Shimon Peres. Regarded as a voice of reason and a dove among
hawks, he adroitly assuages fears and reassures critics with soothing,
yet empty words advocating dialogue and the creation of a Palestinian
state. By duping the world into believing significant differences exist
between his “left wing” views and those of Israel’s far right, he has
proven himself a master at deception.
Stars and Bucks is Fit to Print
Palestine's unique knock-off 'Stars and Bucks' gets some free publicity
on the NY Times website. Being the Times, it must identify Bethlehem as
being in Israel. Why does the Times champion Israeli imperialism so
Thursday: 11 Iraqis Killed, 52 Wounded
The latest violence left 11 Iraqis dead and 52 more wounded. Also, at
least 20 attacks on Iraq's power grid are not only a costly annoyance
but they also underscore the fragile sense of security. Meanwhile, the
Pentagon is re-evaluating the effectiveness of counter-insurgency
efforts, even as the U.S. observes the return of Sadrist power in the
Iraq's shaky power grid bombed 22 times in a month
22 bomb attacks on Iraq electricity towers in a month
* Power grid supplies only a fraction of Iraq's needs
Iraqi and Iranian soldiers trade fire on border:
Iraqi army (AFP)
AFP - Iraqi border guards exchanged fire with Iranian troops on the
border with Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Thursday, the head of
Iraq's border forces in Sulaimaniyah province said.
Protesters demand probe into murder of Iraqi
AFP - Dozens of journalists protested on Thursday to demand a probe into
the murder of a young reporter who wrote highly critical articles about
the rulers of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.
Qaeda in Iraq names new 'war minister': SITE (AFP)
A new "war minister" has been named for the Al-Qaeda front organisation
in Iraq following the deaths last month of two top leaders,
an Internet monitoring group reported on Friday.
Obama Scraps Iraq Withdrawal Plan
elected a president who promised a withdrawal from Iraq that he, or the
generals who tell him what to do, is now further delaying. And, of
course, the timetable he's now delaying was already a far cry from what
he had promised as a candidate. What are we to think? That may be sad
news, but what could we have done differently? Surely it would have been
worse to elect a president who did not promise to withdraw, right?
They turned the tide for America. Now, as withdrawal
nears, Sons of Iraq pay the price
Lauded band of rebels helped on the frontline of the insurgency from
2006, in many eyes saving Iraq from the abyss. Hours after burying his
slain cousin, Muhammad Jassem stood in the scorching dirt of a former
al-Qaida parade ground speaking about a lurking foe that he knows is
hunting him, too. Nearby, guards waited furtively at the entrance to
the Islamic mourning tent for Sheikh Alman al-Shijah, blown apart last
Friday by a bomb placed under his car. The rows of plastic seats set up
to receive those paying condolences sat mostly empty, melting on the
hard-baked plain in the village of al-Qadoon, in Diyala. It was here,
Jassem says, that al-Qaida's former leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, would
for spying for Israel
Man suspected of providing Jewish
state with details of location of Lebanese president's house, entry of
Iranian ships to Lebanon waters.
UNIFIL denies tension with Lebanese citizens
BEIRUT, May 13 (Xinhua) -- UN Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL)
spokesman Neeraj Singh denied on Thursday tension between the
peacekeepers and citizens in south Lebanon. "Our relations with the
citizens and the Lebanese armed forces are excellent," said Singh
according to the country's state-run National News Agency (NNA).
Gibbs: Hariri to meet Obama on PM's first official
visit to US
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will meet Lebanon's Prime Minister
Saad Hariri at the White House May 24 during his first official visit to
Washington, the US president's spokesman announced on Wednesday.
– Will Hezbollah support the right to work for Palestinian refugees in
The current relationship between Palestinian
refugees in Lebanon and Hezbollah is not as clearcut as often assumed,
despite the frequent inspiring brotherly words of Hezbollah’s leadership
and the fact that the Party enjoys the support of more than 90% of the
camp refugees, none
of whom can vote. What this means is that the willingness of the
Lebanese Resistance to spend its domestic political capital to
legislate the right work to work for Palestinian refugees is not settled
as of mid-May 2010.
and Other World News
'Black Friday,' birth of U.S. protest movement
A couple of dozen graying men and women will gather at noon today in the
ornate rotunda of San Francisco's City Hall to remember the day the
police turned fire hoses on them, clubbed them and drove them down the
building's grand marble staircase.
Spanish prosecutors want 13 CIA agents arrested
Spanish prosecutors are asking a judge to issue arrest warrants for 13
CIA agents who they believe were involved in the spy agency’s 2004
“extraordinary rendition” of a German citizen, according to Spain's El
Andy Worthington: The Torture of Omar Khadr, a Child
in Bagram and Guantánamo
Are we so inured to the implementation of torture by the Bush
administration that we no longer recognize what torture is?
Hague: British troops to stay in Afghanistan until
"job is done"
There will be 'no artificial deadline' for the withdrawal of British
troops in Afghanistan, who would remain there until 'their job is done,'
Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday.
Activists caution against Egypt poll abuse
CAIRO: Egyptian human rights groups on Thursday protested over the
renewal of a decades-old emergency law, fearing it could be used to
influence the outcome of elections in Egypt over the next two years.
A beauty school for the blind in Amman, Jordan
A beauty school is training blind women to work as beauticians in Amman,
Jordan, where disabled people often have difficultly finding jobs.
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