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Israeli army orders the demolition of two houses near Bethlehem city
military handed out on Wednesday demolition orders against to
homes at the village of Al khader near the southern West Bank city of
Settlement Expansion in East Jerusalem
Beinin - Left Forum - “They accuse us of being radicals because we go
to court to get our rights. But we don’t go to an Iranian court. We go
to an Israeli court.”
Israeli settlement building continues
Israel is continuing to build illegal settlements on Palestinian land,
despite a 10-month suspension of new construction announced by the
government. Peace Now, an Israeli non-governmental organisation, says
work is taking place at more than 30 settlements in the occupied West
Bank. Nour Odeh reports from Beit Sahour.
E-book on Jewish National Fund's role in
colonization of Palestine released
The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign has published an e-book on
the Jewish National Fund (JNF) that meets a need for an affordable
introduction to the activities of the JNF, an organization supported
financially by the British taxpayer but whose activities in Israel/
Palestine are politically-driven, and whose politics are nakedly
racist. This little book reveals how a British charity works openly for
the dispossession of Palestinian Arabs and the establishment of fully
segregated Jewish-only communities and areas that exclude Arabs.
Sanctions and Divestment
Arrests over El Al arms trade action
7th February 2010, 8 peace activists entered
the Brussels Holiday Fair and impersonated flight attendants of the
Israeli airline company El Al. According to a press release from Vredesactie
“[activists] handed out fake free plane tickets to Israel, which
referred to the fact that El Al contributes to the transport of arms to
the country’. Israeli security agents observing the fair were alarmed
when people started asking questions about the vouchers at the Israeli
booth, and responded by ensuring that the activists were arrested.
Israeli Apartheid Week 2010
Join us and over 40 cities around the world this year in marking the
6th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW). IAW is a week of lectures,
workshops, film screenings, and cultural events to educate about
Israel/Palestine, and also to give momentum to the growing campaign of
Boycotts, Divestments, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israeli apartheid.
Events in Montreal will take place at UQAM, Concordia, McGill, and
other locations around the city. Full schedule of events is below!
US Campaign member group speaks out in Kansas City
Representatives of US Campaign member group Citizens for Justice in the
Middle East have published a great piece in the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle in response to
recent articles attacking their work.
read: We should focus on Pro-Palestinian priorities and strategies:
Common Activist Errors and Some Proposals to Rectify Them.
Israel's new strategy: "sabotage" and "attack" the
global justice movement
Israel's influential Reut Institute has identified the global movement
for justice and peace as an "existential threat" and called on the
Israeli government to "attack" and possibly engage in criminal
"sabotage" of this movement in what Reut believes are its various
international "hubs" in London, Madrid, Toronto, the San Francisco Bay
Area and beyond. Ali Abunimah comments for The Electronic Intifada.
Technical University tried to stop meeting about research collaboration
10 February Rector Peter Gudmundson of the Royal Institute of
Technology (KTH) decided that a meeting entitled "Why should we boycott
Israel?" would not be allowed to use the premises of the university.
The organizers of the meeting, The Action Group at KTH for Boycott of
Israel, considered that Rector's decision is at odds with the
constitutional right to assembly. Therefore the meeting was held as
scheduled. The meeting focused largely on the relations between KTH and
Israel Institute of Technology Technion, Haifa, with which KTH has an
agreement about collaboration since 1998. The agreement is about
exchange of students, teachers, research staff and general research
Sheikh Jarrah Demonstrations: What Protestors Need to Know
drummers’ circle, Palestinian children holding flags, Avatar activists
painted in blue with kuffiyehs around their waists, and just your
everyday Israeli soldiers looking on, armed and ready. Another Friday
afternoon; another demonstration in Sheikh Jarrah. Israeli and
international activists gathered in the east Jerusalem neighborhood
again this past Friday, February 12, to protest the house evictions of
Palestinian families, which has been occurring ever frequently to make
room for Jewish settlers. Organized by Israeli human rights
organizations such as Peace Now, the demonstration brought out around
250 protestors who demanded justice from Israel's government.
doesn’t often happen that we get to report success stories, but this
week Ayman Quader “made it”. Ayman, a 23-year-old student from the Gaza
Strip, overcame numerous obstacles to reach his goal. After working
tirelessly and contacting anyone who would listen to his story, he
received his longed-for transit permit from Israel in order to exit the
Gaza Strip and travel to University of Jaume in Spain, to pursue a
graduate degree in Peace, Conflict & Development Studies (how
On November 3, 2009, Ayman received
his acceptance letter from the university, and from that moment he began
his journey on an
to receive the necessary transit permit from Israel to leave Gaza.
First up, the Palestinian Civil Affairs Committee refused to forward
his application to the Israeli District Coordination Office (DCO),
noting that the DCO does not accept applications from students, but
Ayman did not give up. His next step was to contact Gisha who appealed
to the Spanish Embassy. This was necessary because Israel makes a
transit permit conditional on an official request from the student’s
destination country and requires its diplomats to escort
from the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza to the Allenby
Bridge border crossing between Israel and Jordan – an awkward
arrangement that overburdens diplomats and restricts students.
reporter insists IDF officer 'confirmed kill' of Gaza girl
In her appeal Dayan stated that the program aired a
live recording of Captain R. reporting back to his commander during the
incident saying that he had "confirmed the kill," by firing two bullets
at her at close range.
settlers injures a Palestinian child at the southern West Bank city of
Palestinian child was injured on Wednesday when Israeli settlers
attacked her at the old city part of Hebron, southern West Bank.
Israeli military detain 11 Palestinian civilians from the West Bank
civilians were detained by Israeli troops on Wednesday
during invasions targeting a number of West Bank communities.
IOF soldiers detain 3 Palestinians after wounding
them in northern Gaza
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained three Palestinian citizens
north of the Gaza Strip after shooting and wounding them, local sources
detains 5 Palestinians and sets up checkpoints in Jenin
Bank, February 17, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli occupation forces
kidnapped 5 Palestinians early Wednesday after an operation of raids
launched in different villages, towns and neighborhoods of Hebron in
the southern of the West Bank. Security sources said that occupation
forces detained two brothers Majdi and Fawzi Jaradat, in the twenties
of age, after raiding their house, also they detained the citizen Saad
Jaradat. All were detained in Sair village in north-east Hebron.
to free 20 Fatah detainees
– Ma'an – Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister in Gaza, said Wednesday
that his government would release 20 Fatah-affiliated detainees. It
was not clear, however, when the unidentified prisoners would be
released. Haniyeh's remarks came during a farewell ceremony for 26
Arab parliamentarians, who entered the besieged enclave on Monday.
condemns Israeli occupation
Israel is making life close to
impossible for many West Bank Palsetinians, says the international Red
CJPME - CJPMO - Human Drama in Gaza
Human Drama in Gaza, Photo Exposition, Cinéma du Parc, 3575
Parc Ave., Montreal, Jan. 15 Feb. 28 , 2010.
Daoud Kuttab: Fillipo Grandi: The New UN Official
Intent on Defending Palestinian Refugees Rights and Living Conditions
Fillipo Grandi was clearly prepared for his new mission. Defending and
preserving the rights and interests of Palestinian refugees. As deputy
commission, the Italian born Grandi was very much versed in the
workings of the UN, familiar with his international and local staffs,
understood the politics and politicians of the Middle East and knew
exactly about the financial health of this international agency.
– Needs Vs. Supply – Jan 17 – Feb 13
Fuel – Needs Vs. Supply – Jan 17 – Feb 13
police seize explosives destined for Gaza (AFP)
- Egyptian police seized more than three tonnes of explosives set to be
smuggled into the neighbouring Palestinian Gaza Strip, a security
official said on Wednesday.
80 Israeli rotten spies in Lebanon
Thus far, the Lebanese state has arrested 80 Lebanese on suspicion of
spying or terrorizing or killing for Israel.
African Immigrants Wounded by Egyptian Fire
security sources reported Wednesday that two African immigrants were
wounded by Egyptian border policemen, and three others were detained
during two attempts to infiltrate into Israel seeking work.
Hamas, Fatah voice support for Egyptian unity deal
Ma'an – In the lasted of a series of public displays of goodwill,
rival Palestinian political factions, including Hamas and Fatah, voiced
support on Tuesday for a restoration of national unity based on an
Egyptian-backed power-sharing plan.
Sources: Fayyad to reshuffle cabinet
Ma'an – Caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will dismiss members of
his cabinet in the wake of a corruption scandal shaking the
Ramallah-based Palestinian government, sources said on Tuesday.
Officials said President Mahmoud Abbas approved Fayyad's
recommendations at a cabinet meeting on Monday, which Abbas chaired,
and offered Interior Minister Said Abu Ali the position of chief of
staff. Abu Ali, however, has since denied knowledge of the offer.
Hamas is ready to deal for peace; is the rest of the
is stirring within the Hamas body politic, a moderating trend that, if
nourished and engaged, could transform Palestinian politics and the
Arab-Israeli peace process. There are unmistakable signs that the
religiously based radical movement has subtly changed its
uncompromising posture on Israel. Although low-key and restrained,
those shifts indicate that the movement is searching for a formula that
addresses the concerns of Western powers yet avoids alienating its
IOA seeks to update information on new targets in
Palestinian security source has warned that the IOA was trying to
reform its net of agents in the Gaza Strip to refresh its information
on targets to be hit in any future war.
Abu Halabiya: Israel started a new wave of serious
violations against J’lem
Ahmed Abu Halabiya said that there is a new wave of serious Israeli
violations that started two weeks ago against the occupied city of
Jerusalem, its people and holy sites.
Hamas hit team passports fake, say Britain and
- Britain and Ireland said Tuesday that passports used by nine members
of a suspected hit squad accused of assassinating a top Hamas commander
in Dubai are fake.
Israeli FM vague over Dubai murder
"No reason" to suspect
Israel, Lieberman says but adds it has a "policy of ambiguity".
The moment Mossad agents got their man?
violent death of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a luxury Dubai hotel was another
chapter in the long and blood-soaked politics of the Middle East.
Hallmarks of a classic Israeli operation
Israel's intelligence agency, behind the assassination in
Dubai? Israel had the strongest motive to kill Mr Mabhouh, and a series
of declarations by former Mossad staff yesterday admiring the
'"professionalism" of the hit certainly point in that direction.
disguises: meet the dumb killing squad of Israel
the assassination was carried out without attracting notice, the
suspects allowed themselves to be photographed repeatedly on
surveillance cameras, sometimes ducking into bathrooms and emerging
with fake beards but still recognizable, the Dubai police say."
Israeli Mossad: worse than Inspector Clouseau.
Defeated by Dubai police, As`ad Abukhalil
I mean, what do you
call an intelligence agency that is beaten by
Lebanese police--Lebanese police, for potato's sake--and Dubai
police--Dubai police for potato's sake. Within days of the
assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai, Dubai police--Dubai police
for potato's sake--cracked the case wide open and identified the entire
team that it took for Israeli to kill...one man, for potato's sake.
Within days, the Dubai police--DUBAI police for potato's
sake--published the pictures of all the accused Israeli
killers/terrorists. I don't do public service announcements here, but I
call on my readers to look at those faces
carefully and see if they know any of the accused killers/terrorists to
report them to the nearest police station. I am really glad that I
lived to see the day to see Dubai police--Dubai police for potato's
sake--and Lebanese police--Lebanese police for potato's sake--defeating
Israeli Mossad. As former CIA director, Stansfield Turner, once said:
Mossad does good PR work, but not much more.
the top secret Israeli Mossad terrorist hit team in Dubai, As`ad
Honest. Don't they look so dumb looking at the camera? And these are
top secret agents of the Mossad, mind you. Sudan's secret agents are
more skilled than those. Hell, Lebanese police is more
effective--Lebanese police for potato's sake. But hey: be careful.
These are top secret agents of the Mossad: nobody knows what they look
like. Only their handlers know their identities. No one, I mean, no
one--except THE WHOLE WORLD NOW--has seen their faces. So it took 12
top secret Mossad agents to kill a mid-level Hamas figure. You learn
something from that. And have you looked at Palestinian birth rate
lately? I am sure that when the killers returned to Israel, their boss
asked them: are you sure that no one, I mean no one, has seen your
faces? And I am sure that they all answered: no one, we can assure you.
US citizen indicted for trying to hire hitman in
filed against American citizen suspected of trying to hire contract
killer at shooting range in Tel Aviv to assassinate man who supposedly
threatened his life in Laos.
Benn / Israel's future relies on integrating Arabs, Haredim, Aluf Benn
to the question of where this country is headed is hidden in
table 8.11 of Israel's annual Statistical Abstract, which shows
"Projections of Students in Primary Education" for the coming five
years. These are the figures: In the current school year, 47.5 percent
of first-graders are either Arabs or Haredim (ultra-Orthodox). The
growth rate of the Haredi school system is 39 times greater than that
of the state secular schools, and that of the Arab school system is 13
times greater. These are not demographic forecasts, which can turn out
to be false; these are children who have already been born and are
awaiting their turn in the education system. This is reality.
Why the West Bank won't crown a Miss Palestine
government has indefinitely postponed a Miss Palestine
contest in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where women often wear head
scarves in public in deference to traditional Islam.
Netanyahu’s Stink Bomb, Uri Avnery
week the Netanyahu government let off a stink bomb under the chair of
Mahmoud Abbas. For months now, Abbas has angered the prime minister.
He has refused to start "peace negotiations" while the settlements in
the West Bank and East Jerusalem are continually expanding.
Ratner on Israeli apartheid
Michael Ratner reports on his recent visit to the West Bank.
do they hate us?
I just clicked on the Malcolm
celebrating the U.S. Senate’s passage of Iran
sanctions. It takes you to "Jerusalem
where you are treated to the
racism of responders
: Israel should kick all gentiles out. And there
is a link to Jewish emigration promoter Nefesh B’Nefesh advertising its
at, for example, the Holiday Inn JFK on March 7–recruiting more Jews to
settle in the occupied territories. Nefesh B’Nefesh has a link to Go
North, which has a FAQ
noting the possibility of settling on the
Golan Heights. Oh, and Hoenlein indicates that peace would have a much
chance were it not for meddlesome Iran. I wonder if Palestinians even
have their own concerns or if they’re all an Iranian export?
Police finds dead a Christian student
Police found on Wednesday the bullet-riddled body of a Christian
student who was killed after he went missing this morning in southern
city of Mosul, police said. The body of Wissam George, a 20-year-old
student, was recovered on a street in the south Mosul residential
neighborhood of Wadi.
Tuesday: 10 Iraqis Killed, 26 Wounded
U.S. military reports that troop levels are now the lowest since the
2003 invasion and will remain at 98,000 until after March elections,
even as Iraqi soldiers prepare to handle poll-related violence
themselves. At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 26 were wounded in new
attacks, some election-related. Also, the families of Iraqi detainees
are paying blood money to protect their sons upon release.
Shiite spiritual leader urges big poll turnout
Iraq — Iraq's leading Shiite cleric called on voters on Wednesday to
turn out massively for next month's general election but did not
endorse any particular party. Grand Ayatollah Ali Husseini
al-Sistani's support is seen as key to boosting turnout for the March 7
parliamentary election, which is widely viewed as a test of
reconciliation in Iraq after the sectarian bloodshed that followed the
US-led invasion of 2003.
West wants end to torture, honor killings in Iraq
- Western powers pressed Iraq on Tuesday to clean up its human rights
record by investigating allegations of torture, halting honor killings
of women and abolishing the death penalty.
Sayyed Nasrallah: Nothing Will Be safe In Israel
From Our Rockets If You Bomb Us
In commemoration of the anniversary of the martyrdom of its leaders
Sheikh Ragheb Harb (Sheikh of the Resistance's martyrs), Sayyed Abbas
Moussawi (Sayyed of the Resistance's martyrs) and Hajj Imad Moghniyyeh
(Hezbollah top military commander), Hezbollah held a ceremony Tuesday
to mark the day of "loyalty to the Martyrs" and remember the sacrifices
of the Resistance martyrs and heroes. The ceremony, held at the
Sayyed As-Shouhadaa' complex in Beirut's southern suburb, is attended
by State Minister Adnan Sayyed Hussein representing President Michel
Sleiman and MP Ali Hasan Khalil representing Parliament Speaker Nabih
Berri as well as a representative of the Army Commander General Jean
Qahwaji and various political and national forces.
Hezbollah warns Israel on attacks
leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement has warned Israel that it will
fire rockets at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport and other strategic
Israeli targets if Israel's military strikes Lebanon. "If they destroy
our buildings in the southern suburbs, we will destroy buildings in Tel
Aviv," Hassan Nasrallah said on Tuesday via a video link from a secret
location in Lebanon. His speech was broadcast to a rally commemorating
the 2008 assassination of Hezbollah's top military commander, Imad
Mughniyeh, who was killed in a car bomb in the Syrian capital of
Nasrallah speech, As`ad Abukhalil
have been distracted from blogging: I have been watching a live
transmission of Nasrallah's speech. It may be one of the most important
in his career: more important than that famous speech in Bint Jubayl.
He was responding to Israeli threats against Lebanon (I am sure that
Western media will report it as "Nasrallah threatens Israel"), and gave
detailed examples of responses to Israeli attacks on Lebanon, in terms
of tit-for-tat. He gave the most detailed and rational analysis of the
strategic weakness of the Israeli entity. The speech is addressed to
the larger Arab/Muslim audiences, and also addressed to Israel.[end]
U.S. and other world news
Under Obama, US opts for more killings, not
captures, of terrorists
- When a window of opportunity opened to strike the head of Al Qaeda in
East Africa last September, US special operations forces prepared
several options. They could obliterate his vehicle with an air strike
as he drove through southern Somalia. They could fire from helicopters
that could land at the scene to confirm the kill. Or they could try to
take him alive. The White House authorized the second option.
Eight More Civilians Killed in occupied Afghanistan
Eight more civilians were killed in fighting in southern Afghanistan by
occupation troops. Coalition commander Stanley McChrystal issued an
apology after the incident.
Revealed: Shocking picture of British soldier
grabbing hair of Iraqi prisoner blindfolded with gaffer tape
Holding a prisoner by a clump of hair, a bare- chested British soldier
poses for the camera in an 'appalling' display of abuse in Iraq.
Riz Khan - Turmoil over Iran
Clinton, the US secretary of state, warned during a visit to the Middle
East that Tehran is moving towards a military dictatorship. France says
the Islamic nation has launched a "bloody repression" against its own
population since last June's disputed presidential election.
As Saudi Women Meet Clinton, No Talk of Rights
Saudi Arabia News - Breaking World Saudi Arabia News - The New ... by
By MARK LANDLER
students declined the secretary of state’s invitation to raise
questions about women’s rights at the site of an exchange with a Bush
administration official in 2005.
Elie Wiesel’s Ignoble Recruits
nothing that is safe from debasement by the propaganda machine of the
U.S. and Israel? A full-page ad
in the Sunday NYT of February 7 provides the answer. Sponsored by Elie
Wiesel’s modestly named “The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity,” and
signed by 44 Nobel Laureates, 35 of them in the physical sciences, it
urges brutal and lethal actions against Iran.
Israeli propaganda in American textbooks
a Christian nation founded on Christian principles," says one
board member. "The way I evaluate history textbooks is first I see how
they cover Christianity and Israel."
royal link' to hotel death
33-year-old being held over the death of a man in a London hotel could
have links with the Saudi royal family, it is understood.
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