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Settlers/ Land, Property, Resource Theft & Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing|
Jerusalem Municipality officers deliver house demolition orders in Al-Thouri
Early reports state that municipality officers have delivered several
house demolition orders in the district of Al-Thouri today.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=341953 http://silwanic.net/?p=9136Israeli forces demolish 2 homes under construction in Jerusalem
(Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, both under
construction, were demolished by Israeli forces on Tuesday morning, as
bulldozers executed demolition orders stating the homes lacked
The homes, in the Ras Al-Amud and Sur Bahir neighborhoods of occupied
East Jerusalem, were two of an estimated 60,000 with standing
orders authorized by the Israeli courts on request from the
Israeli authorities demolish Palestinian homes in Lod
Israeli municipality teams escorted by large numbers of policemen razed
seven Palestinian homes in Lod in central Palestine occupied in 1948 on
Monday at the pretext of building without permit.
Police Demolishes Seven Homes In Lod
Police demolished on Tuesday seven Palestinian homes in Lod city after
forcing the residents out. The police claimed the structures were built
without obtaining the needed construction permits.
Bedouin community wells demolished by Israeli forces
-- Five wells and several sheds were destroyed by Israeli Civil
Administration officials on Tuesday, in a small Bedouin encampment in
the south Hebron hills, locals said. The area, known as Arab
Al-Ka'abna, sits between the villages of At-Tuwani and Umm Lasafa, in
"Area C," a zone under total Israeli military and civil control.
Haaretz: Active illegal construction in all settlements since freeze ended
Haaretz newspaper said that since the end of the alleged settlement
freeze in the occupied Palestinian territories, there has been active
illegal construction in all settlements.
Adnan Ghaith to appeal Jerusalem ban order
acting on behalf of Adnan Ghaith, secretary general of Fatah in Silwan,
submitted an appeal today to the Israeli military commander who issued
the order calling for Ghaith’s banishment from Jerusalem for four
months. The commander of the Israeli military’s “central region” issued
the injunction on 28 November 2010, ordering Ghaith’s absence from
Jerusalem for a period of four months. The military is attempting to
issue the order based on emergency law dating from 1945, during the
British Mandate of Palestine. Ghaith, a prominent figure in the Silwan
community and member of the Committee for the Defense of Silwan Lands,
has stated that he will continue to fight the order through legal
proceedings.Ghaith’s lawyer Rami Othman said in a statement to Silwanic
that the order was issued based on unfounded “incriminating claims”
lodged by ordinary citizens, and cannot be used to launch a case
Ghaith or apply this order to him.
Activism/Solidarity/Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions
Weekly Repression Update 6-13 December
In photos: Bethlehem village protests wall
forces fire tear gas grenades to shut down an anti-wall demonstration
in the West Bank village of Al-Ma'sara near Bethlehem on Dec. 10 2010.
Protesters held Palestinian, Brazilian, Argentinian
and Uruguayan flags in appreciation of the South American countries'
recent recognitions of Palestine.
Two more leftwing activists summoned to a meeting with Israel’s General Security Service
One activist warned that his actions are known to the GSS; other chose to decline the invitation. Two Israeli activists that take part in protests in the West Bank have been summoned to informal investigations by Israel’s General Security Service,
Shabak (formally Shin Beit). According to the two, they received phone
calls inviting them for what was described as “a talk” with a GSS
investigator named Rona. A few months ago, Yonatan Shapira, a former
IDF pilot, was summoned for such a meeting in Tel Aviv with a female
investigator calling herself Rona. According to an account Shapira published,
“talk” turned out to be a political interrogation, in which Shapira
was asked about his participation in demonstrations in the West Bank
and other activities, but was not accused of any illegal actions.
Los Angeles JVP calls on TIAA-CREF to divest from Caterpillar
Members of the Los Angeles Jewish Voice for Peace on Friday protested
a retirement planning office they claim profits from the conflict in
the Middle East. Organizers called on TIAA-CREF to divest from
Caterpillar Inc. because the company allegedly supplied bulldozers to
Israel that were used to demolish Palestinian homes in the West Bank,
protest organizers said.
http://endtheoccupationblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/los-angeles-jvp-calls-on-tiaa-cref-to.html Hummus wars: DePaul Israel lobbyists say boycott campaign threatens Jewish students, Philip Weiss
Disconnect from Bezeq
On January 18, 2010 Bezeq International signed an exclusive partnership
agreement with British Telecom (BT). Bezeq is a wholly owned subsidiary
of Bezeq, which not only provides telecommunications to settlements in
the West Bank, but also owns some 60 properties (9,300 sq m of land in
total) in the West Bank. The company provides services to larger, more
entrenched settlements as well as so-called “outposts”, effectively
serving to strengthen and expand the settlement project.
Veolia loses bids for contracts in Scotland, France
Veolia, the French multinational firm building the light rail in
Jerusalem, recently lost two important bids in France and Scotland
the protests of solidarity organizations. In Scotland, Veolia was
bidding for a contract to provide trash collection and street cleaning
in Edinburgh, where the city is privatizing public services. During the
selection process, however, the Scottish Palestinian Solidarity
protested against the company and likely influenced the city council’s
decision to reject Veolia’s offer.
Here's a BDS victory with Edinburgh City Council refusing to consider
Veolia for its refuse collection or any other environmental services,
apparently because of its involvement with the occupation forces in
Interesting goings on at DePaul on hummus: DePaul
is this environment that bodes ominously for our school’s future for
Jewish students and genuine dialogue between Jews and Muslims." Trent Carl of Students for Justice in Palestine, which has pushed the boycott of Sabra Hummus: "SJP
is a secular organization with a diverse body of members. DePaul’s
Muslim Student Association, UMMA, is not involved at all in the
divestment campaign. So why bring in
religious dialogue?" Shirien D adds: Jews
up in solidarity with Palestine are squashing Zionists’ inaccurate
characterizations of the campaign as anti-Semitic. So please,
Zionists, stop the over-used and simplistic rhetoric. Try coming up
with more sophisticated talking points, or even better, try actually
addressing all of the concerns we have with Israel’s human rights
2011 Advocacy Training & Lobby Day to include keynote address by Robert Malley
Registration is now open for our March 6-7 Grassroots Advocacy Training
and Lobby Day in Washington, DC -- a joint project of the US Campaign
End the Israeli Occupation and Interfaith Peace-Builders. The event's
keynote speaker will be Robert Malley, Middle East and North Africa
Program Director at the International Crisis Group.
Israeli companies sign 5-10 billion dollar gas deal with Egypt
Israeli companies have agreed to purchase 5-10 billion dollars worth of
gas from Egypt to be paid in installments over the next 20 years.
Abuse of Palestinian Children
B'Tselem: Israel kidnapped 81 Palestinian minors from Silwan in one year
said that during the past year November 2009 to October 2010, the
Israeli police kidnapped at least 81 Palestinian children in Silwan
district on suspicion of throwing stones.
Siege/Rights Violations/Restriction of Movement
Gaza Health Ministry: 137 of required medicines out of stock
The ministry of health in Gaza warned Monday that 137 types of medicine
and 150 of essential medical supplies are out of stock in Gaza, among
those supplies are drugs used to treat cancer.
EU not yet ready to push for break in Mideast deadlock (AFP)
Ging: Gaza inhabitants experiencing bad living conditions
Ging, the director of UNRWA operations in the Gaza Strip, has said that
the inhabitants of Gaza were still living in bad conditions as a result
of the ongoing siege.
Gaza: UN envoy on sport voices concern over ban of youth organization
13 December 2010 – A senior United Nations official has voiced concern
over the decision by the local authorities in Gaza to close the offices
of a non-governmental organization (NGO) working with youth and called
for the unconditional lifting of the ban. The Sharek Youth Forum,
was forcibly closed on 30 November, is "a key implementing partner" for
the UN on the ground, particularly in the context of the Gaza Summer
Games, said Wilfried Lemke, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on
Sport and Development.
Racism and Discrimination
Israel refuses entry to Palestinian firefighters being honored for Carmel fire assistance
forced into cancellation after only 7 out 10 granted permits; PA: How
could the same men be allowed in to fight the fire but not to be
for their assistance?; IDF: It was a bureaucratic mistake.
Israel one step closer to stripping former Arab MK of pension
Knesset approves first reading of bill that would revoke stipend from
any current or former lawmaker who skipped criminal trial; Bishara fled
to Jordan when under probe for passing information to Hezbollah.
Rabbi Drukman Suggests Discriminating Between “A Loyal Arab”, and “An Arab Who Hates Israel”
Druckman, regarded as a ‘moderate’ leader of religious Zionism,
presented his own version of resolving the issue of not renting homes
Arabs, by suggesting that a “loyal Arab” can rent or buy a flat while
“haters of Israel” will be denied this right.
http://www.imemc.org/article/60166Israel flying Sudanese infiltrators back to Africa
unprecedented move, 150 illegal migrants to be flown back to home
country; Netanyahu has been weighing option of paying African states to
2 shot by Israeli forces near Gaza border
(Ma’an) -- Medics in the Gaza Strip said crews transported two workers
injured by Israeli firing north of Beit Lahiya to hospital on Tuesday,
both with bullet wounds in their lower legs. The report said the men
were injured while collecting cement particles from buildings in
the area destroyed during Operation Cast Lead, Israel's last war on
Gaza. UN estimates said some 6,000 homes were destroyed during the
Detainees (held by Israelis and the PA)
IOF soldiers round up 31 Palestinians in the West Bank
occupation forces (IOF) launched a large-scale arrest campaign in
various West Bank areas at dawn Tuesday and rounded up 31 Palestinian
Palestinian arrested at Dung Gate
Eyewitnesses state that a Palestinian was arrested by Israeli police outside the Dung Gate of the Old City today.
Abbas's militia rounds up 7 Hamas supporters
Security militias loyal to de facto president Mahmoud Abbas rounded up
seven supporters of Hamas in the districts of Al-Khalil, Nablus, Jenin,
Salfit, and Qalqilia over the past 24 hours.
Israel transfers key Hamas leader to Ramon prison solitary confinement
After spending his last six years in solitary confinement, the Israeli
prison authority transferred Monday leading Hamas figure Jamal Abul
Haija from the facility in Ramle to the Ramon prison.
Israel extends detention of longest serving administrative prisoner
Ahrar center for prisoners rights strongly denounced the Israeli prison
system for extending the administrative detention of Ayid Doudein, 44, from the Al-Khalil town of Dora.
War/Occupation CrimesNetanyahu: “Israel Does Not Intend To Compensate Families Of Flotilla Victims”
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, denied reports stating that
Israel intends to pay compensation to the families of the nine Turkish
peace activists who were killed when the Israeli army attacked the
Turkish Mavi Marmara solidarity ship that was heading to Gaza to
Tears of Gaza, 2 Minute Video
In a rough style, by way of unique footage, the brutal consequences of modern wars are exposed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc0hFLMa9gQ&feature=player_embeddedThe Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence Launches a New Book
the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Second Intifada, Breaking
the Silence is due to publish a new text, "Occupation of the
Territories - Israeli Soldier Testimonies 2000-2010", which contains
testimonies from more than 100 male and female military personnel.
Palestinians to halt commitments to Israel
The Palestinian Authority plans to stop coordinating security with Israel, a senior Palestinian official told al-Quds al-Arabi.
Amid revived talks, Fatah to stick with settlements demand
-- Sources close to the meetings said that Fatah Central Council
members headed by President Mahmoud Abbas decided to maintain the
Palestinian position on no talks without a settlement construction
freeze, even as US officials rally to save the latest peace process
effort from collapse. With US mediator George Mitchell in Israel for a
meeting with the country's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
expected to speak with Palestinian officials on Tuesday, sources in
Wednesday's Fatah party meeting said the committee would not to accept
the recent call of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to resume
bilateral talks amid US mediation.
Hamas reaches out, tries to shore up popularity (AP)
AP - Gaza's ruling Hamas movement has politicians sweeping streets to
show community spirit, activists distributing chocolates and cards
signed "from Hamas with love" and police officers visiting homes and
schools to soften the often harsh image of the security forces.
Syria pledges support for Palestinian reconciliation
13 (Xinhua) -- Syrian Parliament Speaker Mahmoud al-Abrash said on
Monday that his country supports the inter- Palestinian reconciliation,
the official Syrian SANA news agency reported. He made the remarks
during a meeting with the visiting First Deputy Speaker of the
Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Ahmad Bahar here. Al-Abrash
pointed out that the Palestinian issue is a fundamental issue in
all problems in the Middle East, hailing the Palestinians' capability
of steadfastness and persistence in encountering Israeli occupation.
his part, senior Islamic Hamas official Bahar hailed Syria's stances
towards supporting the Palestinians in restoring their national
legitimate rights. Israel has been imposing a comprehensive siege on
Gaza Strip for four years and detained many of the PLC members.
Netanyahu hails US climbdown
Israel has hailed Washington's decision to stop pressing for a
settlement freeze as a US envoy faced the tough task of moving towards
peace after the collapse of direct Israeli-Palestinian talks.
'Europe will recognize Palestinian state when appropriate'
Erekat asks for recognition of Palestinian state, but ministers
convening in Brussels expected to say EU 'will not recognize any
to the pre-1967 borders, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than
those agreed by the parties'.
AFP - Europe looked set Monday to reaffirm its readiness to recognise a
Palestinian state at an "appropriate" time, opting to avoid tough
against Israel to break the Middle East impasse.
Elders: Mideast peace, not process
-- "For nearly two decades, there have been peace processes in the
Middle East but no peace," a statement from a group of preeminent
leaders and former politicians said Monday, urging a focus on issues of
final agreement rather than on mechanisms to get sides to the table.
"There is now an opportunity to reassess the entire approach to the
negotiations," the elders said of the recent fail of US-lead efforts to
secure a halt to Israeli settlement construction in a bid to bring
Palestinian officials back to the discussion table.
Ex-intelligence official blasts Pollard lobbying, Jeff Stein
Jonathan Pollard’s ex-wife Anne and her father were settled in Israel by
the government there this week, the latest chapter in a renewed campaign to free the confessed spy.
US editorial says Israel similar to North Korea
Op-ed published by POLITICO claims Washington 'too paralyzed to control
Israel’s political leadership. Mitchell meets Netanyahu, says will
strive to achieve 'real progress' in coming months toward framework
Journalists union angered over closure of 12 radio, tv stations
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Palestinian Attorney General Ahmad Al-Mughni
Monday the closure of 12 local radio and television stations in the
West Bank, citing failure to adhere to a new permit system after
months of grace time and a re-negotiation of fees. The decision to
close the station was made by a technical committee formed of
specialists and consultants from the Ministries of Telecommunications,
Information, and regional licensing boards, Al-Mughni said.
The PA's ultimate act of resistance, Lamis Andoni
In interviews and statements, as well as in private meetings, Mahmoud
Abbas, the Palestinian president, has said that he is presiding over an
authority without any authority and that the very existence of the
Palestinian Authority (PA) has made Israel's occupation "the cheapest
Dissolve the Palestinian Authority, Hasan Afif El-Hasan
On September 9, 1993, Yasser Arafat, the PLO chief, signed a letter
addressed to Yitzhak Rabin accepting UN Security Council resolutions
and 338 and recognizing the right of Israel to exist in peace and
security. It promised to assume responsibility over all PLO elements
personnel in order to assure their compliance with Oslo agreement,
prevent violations and discipline violators and declared inoperative
the articles in the Palestinian Covenant which denied Israel’s right to
exist. UN Council resolution 242 that was drafted by the British
ambassador to the UN was intended to have the Arab states recognize
Israel and had nothing to do with the Palestinians. It ignored the U.N.
General Assembly passed Resolution 181 on November 29, 1947 to divide
Palestine and Resolution 194 of December 11, 1948 that called for the
return of the refugees to their homes in what is now Israel. The
Palestinians expected the return of all the land taken in the 1967 war
but Israel insists that the wording of the U.N. 242 resolution urged it
to surrender only some of the land.
An end to the occupation first, Akiva Eldar
When world leaders are busy with "bringing the conflict to an end," who pays attention to the perpetuation of the occupation?
Hamas Does Not Oppress Women, Dr. Ahmed Yousef – Gaza
creation of Hamas in 1987, its election through the Change and Reform
bloc in 2006, and the failed Fatah-led coup attempt in 2007 that left
it and its coalition partners governing the Gaza Strip, the topic of
women and their role in Islam has been a popular subject for coverage
in the western media outlets and by political opponents. It is also one
of the least understood in Western societies, especially among those
with very limited knowledge of Islam in particular and Arab and Muslim
society more generally.
UXOs: Did Israel deliberately arm Hamas?, Thomas Suarez
Israel’s war against Palestine is a graveyard of questions that died
begging to be asked. The media report Israel’s actions accompanied by
explanations that Israel itself supplies. The Palestinian family was
thrown out of their home because they are not legal residents of East
Jerusalem. The ambulance was bombed because it was transporting
terrorists. Ten thousand Palestinians are in prison because they were
militants planning attacks. The house was bulldozed because it was
without a permit. These lines satisfy a compliant media, no questions
Obama's dose of reality may be a cure for the Palestinians, Tony Karon
The Obama administration's announcement that it had capitulated before
Israeli recalcitrance on a settlement freeze should be read as a cry
help. Mr Obama has, in fact, taken a bold step in acknowledging frankly
that he has a problem. He has been repeating the rituals and catechisms
of the failed Oslo peace process in the hope of producing a different
outcome. Now, he's been forced to acknowledge that the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a communication problem that can be
solved by simply getting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
Mahmoud Abbas to talk.
In the Mideast, The US is a Helpless Giant, Eric Margolis
in to Israel’s hard right over the West Bank, Obama sends a message of
profound weakness to the rest of the world. He is signaling that
Israel, not the White House, really makes America’s Mideast policy.
Riz Khan - Throwing away the roadmap to peace?
As Israeli-Palestinian talks reach a deadlock, we ask if the US is losing its grip on the peace process.
Palestinians in Israel would prefer one secular democratic state (but who’s asking them?), Audrey Farber
I have been living in Haifa for almost six months now, working at a
Palestinian NGO and more or less immersing myself in the life, culture,
and politics of both Haifa's Palestinian and Jewish citizens. In that
time, I have learned several things. I have learned important, useful,
practical things, like where to find the best hummus, pita bread, and
shawarma, or that you can change money at the post office for no
commission, or that you can select “pensioner” on the Carmelit (Haifa's
pseudo-subway) and pay half-price, as long as the guard isn't looking.
Rescuing Zionism at Palestinian expense
After almost two years of attempting to bribe Israel into "restraining"
the expansion of its Jewish-only colonies on occupied, stolen land, and
its violent Judaization of Jerusalem, the Obama administration
that it could do nothing. Of course one thing the administration never
tried was real pressure using as leverage the billions in annual
no-strings aid the fiscally-bankrupt United States provides to Israel.
Clinton: Occupation robs Palestinians of dignity and self-determination and is radicalizing the Middle East, Philip Weiss
tells me I am missing the forest for the trees. There has been great
progress in the American discourse, and Tom Friedman's latest and Hillary Clinton's speech to the Saban Center at Brookings last week reflect it. "Most will come away from Friedman's column remembering the strong critique of Netanyahu, especially re stiffing the US. Beinart's piece,
address at the Haim Saban institute, etc. While they're all obviously
flawed from your perspective, they all (and especially cumulatively)
represent movement that was unthinkable only a few years ago."
Peretz: secret meeting of Kissinger and Harvard heavyweights pulled Israel’s chestnuts from fire in ‘73, Philip Weiss
Yesterday we reported on Sec'y of State Kissinger's scabrous statement to Nixon in '73 that if the Soviet Union set up gas chambers for Jews, it wasn't an American concern. Marty Peretz rushes to Kissinger's defense,
offers an insight into how power works. By the way, Peretz's view of
Kissinger as flattering Nixon's anti-Semitism in order to convince him
is part of the job description of a traditional court Jew. Herzl
adopted the same strategy toward the czar, kaiser, and sultan, as he
sought to win a Jewish claim to Palestine under the Ottomans. Finally,
note Peretz's statement about McGovern. This is exactly why Podhoretz
Norman and Kristol Irving left the Democratic Party, and how the neocon
freefloating political party began, over concerns for Israel's
Segregation and settlement in Palestinian Occupied Territories
sped down the double lane highway from Tel Aviv and arrived in Jericho
in the West Bank of the Palestinian Occupied Territories in just
an hour. Very different from my last visit in 2006 when I was held up
for 4 hours at an Israeli military post. Travel has eased for
foreigners -- but not for Palestinians. The Israeli army mans some 37
checkpoints on the border between the West Bank and Israel and another
59 inside the West Bank. Freedom of movement for Palestinians is
regarded by Israel not as a right, but as a privilege to be retracted
Felicia Langer's Ongoing Fight for Justice, Ludwig Watzal - Bonn
Last week, the German-Israeli human rights lawyer, Felicia Langer
celebrated her 80th birthday in the German town of Tuebingen. Ms Langer
was born in Poland. When Nazi-Germany attacked Poland in September
she and her family fled to the Soviet Union, where they stayed until
the end of World War II. Her latter husband’s family was not so
All, except Mieciu, were exterminated by the Nazi regime. He survived
several concentration camps. After they got married they immigrated to
Israel in 1950. After the birth of their son Michael, Ms. Langer
studied law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 1965, she began
working as a lawyer. After the occupation of Palestinian territories in
the 1967 war, she was for over a decade the only Israeli lawyer who
defended Palestinians before Israeli military tribunals (read: kangaroo
courts). Her understanding of Israeli and international law did not sit
well with the concept of law on which the “kangaroo courts” were based.
She did not only suffer under the arrogance of military judges but had
to endure defamations by her fellow countrymen. She achieved one great
success before the Israeli High Court of Justice, however, when she
preventing the deportation of Bassam Shaka, the mayor of Nablus.
Out of Failure, a Chance for Justice, William A. Cook
Philip Crowley, speaking for the State Department, seemed to imply a
beginning for the US as it halted the peace negotiations it had started
last May, when he noted there "may well be a change in tactics."
Perhaps Netanyahu's bribery of billions of US dollars for 20 F-35
fighter planes at a time when Obama's administration is trying to get
Congress to extend unemployment benefits for 3 million Americans
the President; perhaps a forced written guarantee that the US would not
interfere with future settlement construction while it continued its
“unconditional support” for Israel as it confiscated more Palestinian
land by using its veto in the Security Council pricked the President’s
conscience as he realized that he was no longer in charge in his own
administration; perhaps the President finally understood that America
cannot be the broker for peace in Palestine because it is controlled by
Israel, a decided unfair advantage for a negotiator that believes in
justice; and maybe, just maybe, he recognized that after all these
decades of “pretended peace talks between Israel and the PLO” the
Zionist government never had any intention of bringing a Palestinian
state into existence thus depriving the nations of the world their
opportunity to confront Israel with true Justice in international
courts. Perhaps Crowley’s “change in tactics” means that the US will
abandon its role as “negotiator” and do, as the British Government did
in 1947, give the resolution for peace in the mid-east to the UN where
it belongs since the UN carved the Mandated land into two states in
The Up Side Down of Democracy, Mitri I. Musleh
Democracy is a political form of government in which, the governing
power is derived from the people, by the people, to serve the people.
The principles of democracy are reflected in all citizens being equal
before the law and having equal access to power. Countries, which
adapted to democratic reforms, have maintained the principles governing
the democratic process, meanwhile, the intent of democratic reform,
which governs these principles, has changed. The previous paragraph
best be illustrated by the principles governing the political
developments in the Middle East. Israel, which prides itself in being
the only democratic country in the Middle East, has clearly shown that
its treatment of the Palestinian people, who have been citizens of the
Israeli state since its inception in 1948, is anything but democratic.
Book review: "Spy Trade" details history of Israel lobby in the US
In his new book Spy Trade, Grant F. Smith offers a richly detailed
narrative discussing the how and who of lobby activities in the United
States from 1948-2009, uncovered through insistent Freedom of
Information Act requests.
More on the Washington Post’s new blogger’s ‘barbarous dialect’, Philip Weiss
Jennifer Rubin's call in the Washington Post for murdering Iranian scientists has elicited outrage. Justin Elliott at Salon:
wants the United States to make human rights a central theme in its
Iran policy -- and to indiscriminately assassinate civilian
the U.S. State Department referred to these attacks as acts of
terrorism, which would make them antithetical to any serious concept of
human rights. Asst Sec'y PJ Crowley specifically condemned such actions two weeks ago: "we decry acts of terrorism wherever they occur." At Huffpo, Bromwich says Obama is in part to blame for Rubin's "barbarous dialect": There was nothing like this in our popular commentary before 2003; but the callousness has grown more marked in the past year, and especially in the past six months.
A major factor was President Obama's order of the assassination of
an American citizen living in Yemen, the terrorist suspect Anwar
al-Awlaki. This gave legal permission to a gangster shortcut Americans
historically had been taught to shun.
Hezbollah to March 14: Reconsider Your Political Choices!
officials reiterated on Monday the necessity to give a change
to the Saudi-Syrian efforts to resolve the Lebanese crisis through
constitutional institutions, warning at the same time against the
repercussions of “wrong considerations.”
In this context, the head of Hezbollah Executive Council Sayyed Hashem
Safieddine stressed that the Resistance was convinced it would emerged
as victorious out of any upcoming challenge. Speaking during a
religious ceremony at the southern town of Ghazieh, Sayyed Safieddine
said that the Resistance was aware of its strengths and was working to
safeguard them. For his part, the head of the Loyalty to the
parliamentary bloc MP Mohamad Raad called on the March 14 forces to
reconsider their political choices.
Jordan, Lebanon ink military cooperation agreement
Amman - Jordan and Lebanon on Monday signed a military cooperation
agreement, according to the official Petra news agency. The accord
'specifies the legal framework for bilateral military cooperation', the
agency said. It was signed by head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the
Jordanian armed forces, General Mashaal al-Zaben, and the visiting
commander of the Lebanese army, General Jean Kahwagi. Kahwagi was
received by Jordan's King Abdullah II, who expressed 'Jordan's full
backing for efforts being exerted to bolster Lebanon's security and
stability and enable it to confront all challenges', a royal court
statement said. Jordan and Egypt have replaced Syria over the past few
years in training Lebanese forces, with approval from the United States
Barak tells Gates: Hezbollah and Syria must not gain weapons edge over Israel
Defense Minister meets U.S. counterpart at the Pentagon to discuss Washington's continuing support of Israel's defense efforts.
UN: Israeli obligations go beyond Ghajar pullout
UN Special Coordinator to Lebanon Michael Williams said Monday Israel's
withdrawal from the northern section of Ghajar did not mean the
Jewish state fulfilled its obligations under UN Resolution 1701.
Williams discussed recent developments on the Lebanese political scene
with Hizbullah's foreign relations officer Nawar Mousawi.
Coffee With Hezbollah – Book Review, Robin Yassin-Kassab
Here's a strange and sparkly, jumpy and tightly-packed little book by
PULSE's own Belen Fernandez, in which our heroines (Belen and the
photographer Amelia Opalinska) hitch-hike through Lebanon and Syria a
few weeks after the war of summer 2006, consuming far more caffeine
is good for them. Beyond Gonzo, it doesn’t pretend to be journalism at
all. Instead it recounts a fairly lunatic, fairly random sight-seeing
tour towards ‘the dark force’ Hezbollah. The setting, of course, is an
Israeli-devastated landscape, and the ‘dark force’ tag, like all the
book’s other appropriations of mendacious political language, is
“Coffee with Hebollah” is, as Norman Finkelstein writes in his
recommendation, “simultaneously serious and silly.” It’s also quick
witted and very well informed, sensitive to the discourses and
stereotypes of Lebanon’s 18 sects, the country’s tortured history, as
well as the fantastic representations of Lebanon that have emerged from
Israeli and Western power centres. This makes the book a new kind of
journalism as well as a parody of the mainstream version.
Six dead in Iraq attacks as police make sweeping arrests
At least six people were killed Monday in separate incidents in Iraq,
while security forces announced they had arrested 89 people suspected
planning attacks or other acts of terrorism.
Monday: 9 Iraqis Killed, 32 Wounded
More attacks against Shi'ite pilgrims occurred today, while Christians
are themselves on the move to safer locations both within and outside
Iraq's borders. At least nine Iraqis were killed and 32 more were
wounded in the latest violence Meanwhile, Adm. Mike Mullen met with
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki today to discuss the United States and
Iraq's military relationship after the withdrawal of troops next year.
Iraq has 835 prisoners on death row: minister
835 people waiting to be executed, Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani
said Monday, just days after the UN envoy to Baghdad called on
the country to abolish capital punishment.
Barzani's nephew: no Kurdish secession from Iraq
ARBIL, Iraq — The right to self-determination proclaimed last weekend
Massud Barzani does not imply a desire for secession, the Kurdish
leader's nephew said on Monday. "The Kurdish people have the right to
claim self-determination, but we decided to stay within a united Iraq,"
said Nechirvan Barzani, former premier of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan
region. His uncle Massud Barzani who is the regional president said at
the opening of a week-long congress of his Kurdistan Democratic Party
(KDP) on Saturday that self-determination was "a right." He said it
would be presented at the meeting "to be studied and discussed."
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g1sS9KlTcwX81oPh99tlLeiy0p1gUN to end Saddam-era sanctions on Iraq
Security Council will on Wednesday end a swathe of Saddam Hussein-era
sanctions against Iraq in a sign of the changes in the country,
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/saddamera-sanctions-iraq/No hope for Iraq’s 1.5 million handicapped
There are more than 1.5 million handicapped persons in Iraq and most of
them live without assistance, according to Mowafa al-Rubaai, head of
Iraq’s Handicapped Association. Rubaai said there was no legislation
look after the handicapped in Iraq and only a small portion of them
were entitled to state financial aid. “Most handicapped get no
assistance although some of them have lost their legs and arms,” he
SYRIA: Iraqi refugees face painful wait for artificial limbs
DAMASCUS Monday, December 13, 2010 (IRIN) - Mohammed*, 38, whose right
leg is severed above the knee, is one of many Iraqi refugees waiting
prosthetics at the Syrian branch of charity Terre des hommes (Tdh)
Iraq's child prodigy
Iraq's youngest photographer was born in the same year his country was
invaded by the United States. But the young man known as the boy
refuses to take any pictures of the violence that surrounds him. Al
Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reports from Baghdad.
An Iraqi girl's thinly veiled teenage rebellion
Fifteen-year-old Ban, a fan of an American goth band and 'Twilight,'
accessorizes her school-mandated head scarf and gown with skull
pendants, black fingernails and a matching attitude. In the sacred
Shiite city of Najaf, where women hide themselves behind dark robes and
head scarves, 15-year-old Ban wears the wrong kind of black.
Jordanian terror police
WikileaksWikileak - Cables by Origin
US supplied ‘illegal’ arms to Saudi for war against Houthis
The US supplied arms and intelligence to Saudi Arabia in their war
against Yemen’s northern Houthi rebels, according to leaked diplomatic
cables. An act the United States’ own counterterrorism chief said was
WikiLeaks Reveals US Twisted Ethiopia’s Arm to Invade Somalia
By mid-2007, the 50,000 Ethiopian troops that invaded Somalia in late
2006 found themselves increasingly bogged down, facing much fiercer
resistance than they had bargained for as Somalis of all stripes
temporarily put aside their differences to stand together against the
Relatives of Spanish cameraman killed in Baghdad use WikiLeaks to press for justice
After years of delays, the family of a Spanish journalist killed in a
2003 US attack on a Baghdad hotel turns to WikiLeaks documents that
suggest the US and Spain colluded to prevent legal action.
SUBJECT: THE PNG'ING OF SUHA ARAFAT: MANY RUMORS, FEW FACTS
GOT's decision last summer to revoke Suha Arafat's Tunisian
citizenship, which had only been granted less than a year earlier, made
international headlines. In a mid-October telcon with Ambassador Godec,
Mrs. Arafat attributed her ouster to the personal animus of First Lady
Leila Ben Ali, following a dispute over the forced closure of the
Bouebdelli School, a well-respected private school. Had it remained
open, the Bouebdelli School would have represented serious competition
to the new Carthage International School, a joint venture between the
two FirstLadies. (C/NF) Plenty of other theories have stoked the rumor
mill in the Suha Arafat affair. One well-connected Palestinian resident
in Tunisia told EmbOff that what sealed Mrs. Arafat's fate was that on
recent visit to Tripoli, she had asked Libyan Leader Qaddafi for money.
Qaddafi had readily provided a hand-out, but he reportedly subsequently
called President Ben Ali to chastise him for failing to provide
adequately for the widow of the late Palestinian President.
WikiLeaks boss speaks out from prison
"My convictions are unfaltering. I remain true to the ideals I have
always expressed," he said from Wandsworth Prison in London. "These
circumstances shall not shake them. If anything, this process has
increased my determination that they are true and correct. "We now
know that Visa, Mastercard and Paypal are instruments of US foreign
policy. It's not something we knew before. "I am calling on the world
to protect my work and my people from these illegal and immoral acts."
Bush White House lawyer: Prosecution will make ‘martyr’ of Assange
Jack Goldsmith, who served in the Office of Legal Counsel during the
Bush administration, says he can't see what law Assange broke, and
argues that prosecuting him could do the US more harm than good by
making the country look "very weak" and by turning Assange into a
"martyr." "I find myself agreeing with those who think Assange is
being unduly vilified," Goldsmith wrote
in a blog posting. "I certainly do not support or like his disclosure
of secrets that harm US national security or foreign policy interests.
But as all the hand-wringing over the 1917 Espionage Act shows, it is
not obvious what law he has violated." Goldsmith argues the US should
halt efforts to stop federal employees
from reading the leaked materials and abandon any possible prosecution
of Assange because doing otherwise "makes the United States look very
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/bush-lawyer-prosecution-martyr-assange/Assange attorney: Secret grand jury meeting in Virginia on WikiLeaks
"it does seem to me that what we have here is nothing more than a
holding charge." The United States just wants Assange detained, he
so "ultimately they can get their mitts on him."
Jumblatt 'nominates' WikiLeaks founder Assange for Nobel
the international outcry against the damage caused by whistle-blowing
website WikiLeaks gathering force, the organization's founder Julian
Assange received an unlikely supporter Monday in the form
of Progressive Socialist Party Leader Walid Jumblatt, who backed the
Australian for the next Nobel Peace Prize.
Media chiefs throw support behind WikiLeaks
Some of Australia's most senior media professionals, including bosses
major newspapers, television networks and websites, have written to
Prime Minister Julia Gillard to express their support for WikiLeaks.
Rudd prepared to intervene for Assange
Minister Kevin Rudd has defended the legal rights of WikiLeaks founder
Julian Assange, who's preparing to face court in London.
Why did I back Julian Assange? It's about justice and fairness
Even my mother asked why I would stand surety for an alleged rapist. I was there because I believe this is about censorship.
Naomi Wolf on Julian Assange’s ChargesNever
in twenty-three years of reporting on and supporting victims of sexual assault around the world have I ever
heard of a case of a man sought by two nations, and held in solitary
confinement without bail in advance of being questioned — for any
alleged rape, even the most brutal or easily proven. In terms of a case
involving the kinds of ambiguities and complexities of the alleged
victims’ complaints — sex that began consensually that allegedly became
non-consensual when dispute arose around a condom — please find me,
anywhere in the world, another man in prison today without bail on
charges of anything comparable. ...Anyone who works in supporting
women who have been raped knows from this
grossly disproportionate response that Britain and Sweden, surely under
pressure from the US, are cynically using the serious issue of rape as
fig leaf to cover the shameful issue of mafioso-like global collusion
in silencing dissent. That is not the State embracing feminism. That is
the State pimping feminism.
U.S. and other world news
Holbrooke’s last words: ‘You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan’
envoy to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke spoke chilling last words about
the nine-year military conflict before his death Monday night. "You've
got to stop this war in Afghanistan," Holbrooke told his surgeon
before entering a 21-hour operation, his family members informed the
Military won’t release rape records, ACLU says in lawsuit
pervades the military, but the Pentagon refuses to release records that
fully document the problem and how it is handled, the American Civil
Liberties Union and other groups said in a federal lawsuit that seeks
access to the records.
Tribesman sues Islamabad CIA chief
attack killed my son, my brother and a local man. We are not
terrorists, we are common citizens," Khan told a news conference in
me this and wants me to cite her: "After being hit by those forces
during the assault on Gaza in 2009, I agree with the reporter here:
PEOPLE NEVER START ANYTHING!these forces are mad..crazy men who are
ruthless and start hitting people.. they also instigate the hatred and
increase the division by cursing Palestine and by calling all
Palestinian mother "bitches" and other names in Bedouin accent and
laughing at us, the people. The government seems to like that and not
anything about the behaviour of these forces. This is outrageous! By
the way, after they're done hitting and terrorizing people and
Palestine and its people, they do a dance and a song for the mighty
King (playstation King as you call him). and yes, you can publish this!
I've seen it, lived it, experienced it and heard it and I am mad as
Iran is not a rogue state, says Australia in WikiLeaks cable
In cables published today, Australia says the US should not see Iran as a
rogue state, rather that Australian officials believe that Tehran sees a
"grand bargain" with America as its best way to ensure national security.
Deputy FM: Iran-Venezuela ties threaten U.S., entire world
Reports of financial and military ties between Venezuela and Iran have
raised U.S. concern, who is closely monitoring Iran's activities in
Kuwait shuts down Al Jazeera office
Authorities in Kuwait City close Al Jazeera office over coverage of a police crackdown on an opposition gathering.
Zakaria slams Beck: There are not ’157 million Muslim terrorists’ out to get you
CNN's Fareed Zakaria is taking Fox News' Glenn Beck to school. On his Sunday show, Zakaria called Beck's assertion
that 10 percent of Muslims are terrorists "total nonsense." "What is
the number of Islamic terrorists, one percent?" Beck asked on his radio
show last week. "I think it's closer to 10 percent. Why isn't it
receiving coverage?" Zakaria pulled out his electronic chalkboard to
teach Beck a lesson. "Let's do a bit of math here," Zakaria said.
"There are 1.57 billion Muslims worldwide. Take 10 percent of those
Muslims and you get 157 million. That's how many Muslim terrorists
Glenn Beck is suggesting there are in the world, 157 million."
"No Muslims Inside": no big deal, in the USA
"The fuss over a sign in Alabama at
an electronics store reading "BBQ PORK RESTURANT (sic) IS SAFEST NO
MUSLIMS INSIDE" shocked its longtime owner who said he doesn't
understand why it's such a big deal."
Marine Le Pen under fire for Muslim remark
Daughter of French far-right leader condemned for comparing Muslims
praying on streets outside overcrowded mosques to Nazi occupation.
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