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8th Week against the Apartheid Wall, November 9 – 16 2010
Beit Ommar National Committee Member Released From Prison
On Tuesday November 16th, Eyad Jamil Al Alami was released from prison.
He was arrested on Monday, October 11th, 2010, when Israeli Forces
raided Beit Ommar and arrested him. After three days he was taken to
military court, there was no defense possible due to presence of a
secret file from the Israeli military that neither Eyad or his lawyer
have access to. He was sentenced to four months of administrative
detention but they were forced to release him since there was no
evidence to keep him there.
‘Palestine, and the livin aint easy’–Israeli boycotters strike Tel Aviv opera, Philip Weiss
ground really is shifting. Here's incredible video from Israel of
Israeli boycott activists trying to submarine the Cape Town Opera
House's performance of "Porgy and Bess" in Tel Aviv last night. Boycott
apartheid! they sing. Note the big turnout of activists, the inspiring
songs. Ynet reports 40 activists.
Wow. This is inside Israel. And it's civil society: people of conscience
around the world waking up to the humiliation and dispossession and
statelessness of the Palestinians-- and seeing that they can take
Settler protest: Strike and anti-PM clip
Bank Jews to strike against renewing settlement construction freeze;
animated clip released showing weak PM 'eaten' by US President 'Hussein'
Abuse of Palestinian Children
Settler convicted of kidnapping, abusing Palestinian teen
Shiloh resident Zvi Struk kidnapped 15-year-old boy, beat him and left
him naked, blindfolded and bound in field. Yesh Din: Most Palestinian
complaints end without indictment.
Siege/Humanitarian Issues/Rights Violations/Restriction of Movement
100-year-old refugee gets new Gaza home in time for Eid
The four-member Abu Daher family lived their happiest day yet since
Israeli army bulldozers crushed their cement home almost two years ago
during Israel's massive assault on the Gaza Strip. Rami Almeghari
reports from Gaza.
Racism and Discrimination
South Tel Aviv residents call for expelling foreigners from neighborhood
Emergency meeting assembled following the Friday murder of an Eritrean woman by her husband in the Hatikvah neighborhood.
Palestinians and Arab League likely to reject US proposal
Maan News, a proposal from the United States for a 90-day temporary
freeze on construction in Israeli West Bank settlements might not be
enough to entice the Palestinians into renewing Middle East peace talks.
'No tension between Israel and U.S. over settlement freeze assurances'
State Department declines to comment on whether letter will be
forthcoming, says willing to make every effort to return sides to talks.
Clash with U.S. over terms of settlement freeze stalls cabinet vote
Disagreements rose from American desire to remain vague over whether it will seek another freeze three months from now.
Israel demands written US guarantees before freeze
Netanyahu will not present Cabinet with American proposal for renewal
of settlement construction moratorium until he receives written security
guarantees. Likud MK: We cannot sell our national interests.
Israeli official: US plan for Mideast hits snag (AP)
AP - An Israeli official said Tuesday that an expected ministerial vote
on a U.S. proposal for restarting Mideast peace talks has been put on
Likud rebels gathering Knesset signatures for anti-freeze protest letter
Right-wing Knesset members demand that Netanyahu fulfill promises he
made to them that West Bank building will not be frozen again.
Report: Lieberman bureau tried to meddle in Foreign Ministry appointment
Channel 2 says Foreign Minister attempted to change criteria for
cultural attache at Israel's Moscow embassy, effectively disqualifying
one of two final candidates.
Rep. Gohmert Doesn't Like "Illegal Palestinian Settlements"
Congress must pass legislation to protect Jewish students from anti-semitic harassment
Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA)
introduced legislation last week that would require that Jewish students
be protected from harassment and intimidation on their campuses.
IDF freezes service deferrals for volunteering due to enlistment drop
Decrease in number of army recruits is due primarily to rise in number
of ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students who don't serve at all.
Palestinian Economy Is Booming, Thanks to Foreign Aid
sign of the new prosperity, the West Bank gets it first five-star hotel
– and Gaza’s in line to get one, too. In the lobby, a pair of workers
is hanging large portrait photographs of Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud
Abbas, while outside a construction scaffolding sits close by the front
entrance, but otherwise the West Bank’s first five-star hotel is open
for business. Banners advertising the Palestinian stock exchange’s
annual conference in the grand ballroom adorn centerpieces, while
smartly dressed women and men in dark business suits mingle over drinks.
Indeed, the demand for conference space is so strong that the
Ramallah-based Movenpick Hotel began hosting them before weeks before
its first guests checked in.
After FBI came to his door in ‘04, AIPAC staffer promptly called Israeli embassy, Philip Weiss
Smith has long argued that AIPAC should have to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Well here is a snippet from Smith's eyebrow-raising report on depositions in the 2009 lawsuit against AIPAC
by former staffer Steve Rosen. You'll remember that Rosen was indicted
in 2005 by the Justice Department under the Espionage Act-- a case that
the government has since dropped-- and that Rosen is suing AIPAC for
millions because he felt that the lobby defamed him and hung him out to
The myth of American pressure
The conventional wisdom is that when Washington has exerted pressure on
Israeli governments they have eventually succumbed to American demands.
However, a closer reading of the historical record and declassified
American archival documents reveals a more complex dynamic between the
A modest proposal for the Middle East peace talks, Stephen M. Walt
I've been trying to figure what I think of the latest
attempt to jump-start the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. For the most part I agree with FP
colleague Marc Lynch -- it's hard to see how this is going to lead anywhere. Even if you get a 90-day extension of
the partial freeze on settlement building, nobody thinks you can get a viable
final-status agreement in that time period. The best you could hope for is some sort of agreement on
borders, but even there I'd be pretty pessimistic.
America must draw a map for Palestine
But let’s say we do get back to the talks, there is no reason to believe
Israelis and Palestinians can agree on those borders between them in
direct or indirect talks, in ninety days or nine thousand days. The
history of this conflict leaves no hope the parties can settle such a
difficult issue between them. Left to decide the border line, Israelis
and Palestinians will never get there. After all, these are very hard
choices to make. Bibi will be telling thousands of Israelis they are
homeless. The Palestinians will be losing land they have lived in for
centuries. With generations of hate and mistrust between them, an
agreement between the parties is a mirage. Yet after almost two decades
of American–brokered Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, including the
Camp David summit in 2000, it is abundantly clear what those borders
will look like if we are ever to get a deal. They will be based on the
1948 armistice line with adjustments to put some of the largest Israeli
settlements inside Israel, matched by swaps of equivalent pieces of
territory given to the Palestinians from pre-1967 Israel. In Jerusalem
the city would be split along the simple proposition of what is Jewish
is Israel and what is Arab is Palestine.
But what if the Palestinians are the victims?, Philip Weiss
Roger Cohen praises Fayyad, and pushes the Obama-Clinton efforts.
The settlement deal with Netanyahu is "positive but a detail." (I'm not
sure what he means by that.) His take on the Palestinian change of
attitude reminds me a little of patronizing comments on lamentable
Jewish attitudes of yesteryear. Of course then we got the IDF! But
really I don't know that it is self-pitying and a cult of victimhood for
people to talk about the denial of their basic rights for six decades.
Israel's loyalty oath
Barak attempted to add to the Loyalty Oath the declaration of
independence, he did not differ from Avigdor Lieberman, and certainly
not from Benjamin Netanyahu. He only strengthened the tight connection
between the law and the declaration of independence. And indeed all the
Zionist parties, including SHAS, revolve around the contradictory model
of a “Jewish and democratic state”, when it is obvious that the country
being Jewish must come at the expense of it being democratic.
that is race and ethnicity as outlined in religion, is an essential
element to reciving equal rights in Israel. That means that the new law
makes clear to non-Jews who wish to join that they will be doing so as
inferior tenants and that the Jewish Israeli society is built on the
basis of religious purity of blood, or strict religious practice.
Therefore, Israel, despite its statments, is essentially a Jewish nation
and is not democratic. It is one who occupies another nation while
discriminating against its Arab citizens. In
fact, most of the parties agree to this. Therefore the difference
between them and Lieberman is only in that he does what they appear to
suppress but in essence, and with a wink, approve. That is, they don’t
object but prefer to hide behind a mask of democracy. So Minister
Yitzhak Herzog’s opposition to the law isn’t opposition to the
disastrous concept of a “Jewish and democratic” country, but opposition
to the concept being openly revealed." (Translated by Lia Tarachansky)
Dishonesty and East Jerusalem, Henry Siegman
to President Barack Obama’s criticism of Israel’s most recently
announced building plans in East Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu’s spokesman made the following statements on behalf of the
Prime Minister: “Jerusalem is not a settlement.” “Jerusalem is the
capital of the State of Israel.” “Israel never agreed to limit its
construction in any way in Jerusalem.” “Israel sees no connection at all
between the peace process and building plans in Jerusalem.” Most, if
not all, of these views have since been repeated by Netanyahu himself.
This Congress won't give Obama a free pass on Israel
The new Congress can be expected to be openly supportive of Israel. That
means that if the president were to resume his tactic of pressuring
Israel he will find himself in opposition to many in the Congress.
Cantor Recants, MJ Rosenberg
Cantor's statement of loyalty to Netanyahu that is the shocker.
Specifically, it is his promise that he would ensure that Republicans in
the U.S. House of Representatives "will serve as a check" on U.S. Middle
The Real Obama-Clinton Game Plan For Israel/Palestine?, Alan Hart
My speculation here will convince many that I have taken leave of my senses – is that Obama might have an ace up his sleeve.
Middle East's Only Democracy Crushes Dissent, Tammy Obeidallah
becoming an activist on behalf of Palestine some ten years ago, I
have found ironic humor in the label, 'The Middle East’s Only Democracy'
used by American policymakers and media in describing the Jewish State.
This statement is erroneous on two counts. Anyone with a rudimentary
understanding of a democracy knows that Israelis overwhelmingly shun the
values associated with such a system; furthermore quite a few countries
in the Middle East hold elections regularly. Most recently, Jordan
elected a new parliament.
Bush at Large, Ralph Nader
George W. Bush is on a roll—a money roll with a $7 million advance for
his book Decision Points and a rehabilitation roll to paint his war
crimes as justifiable mass-slaughter and torture. His carefully chosen
interviewers—NBC’s Matt Lauer and Oprah Winfrey—agreed to a safe
pre-taping to avoid demonstrations and tough questions. Requests for him
to speak are pouring in from business conventions and other rich
assemblages willing to pay $200,000 for “the Decider’s” banalities. This
is “Shrub’s” month in the sun.
Me, Myself & أنا
I remember this once I got in a cab in Beijing. The driver was naturally
curious; asked where I was from. I told him that I was Arab-American. He
began to laugh. I accommodated his laughter with a forced grin, while
trying to figure out what was so funny. He then semi-sobered up from his
laughter and said: “How can you be Arab-American? Does that mean you
wage war against yourself?”, It’s one of those Kungfu Panda moments,
when the least expected incident reveals an epiphany. How can I be an
Arab and an American at the same time? Before then, I didn’t give it
much thought. The identity “Arab-American” just vibrated out of my vocal
cords so naturally. Then I began to wonder: surely I must feel I’m a
little bit more of one over the other, no? Or are the two identities
malleable, each perching on its fitted branch (like I’m more Arab when
hanging out with other Arabs, but more American when hanging out with
Moussawi to Al-Manar: Hezbollah Prepared for all STL Scenarios
could happen in case the Saudi-Syrian ongoing efforts to resolve the
Lebanese crisis fail? What if the American-Israeli scheme takes place
and Hezbollah members were indicted in the assassination of former
Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri’s case? One thing is certain, according to
all Hezbollah officials. The Resistance party is prepared for all
scenarios. In any case, Hezbollah won’t remain silent and therefore,
it’s impossible to expect the Resistance party to accept an accusation
of involvement in Hariri’s murder, under any pretext.
Russia to gift Lebanon with arms, military supplies to bolster army
Russian announcement follows U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
lifting ban on giving $100 million in military assistance to the
Stand by Hariri: the New York Times hearts (Israel over) Lebanon
The New York Times today expressed
strong support for mini-Hariri and the lousy tribunal for his lousy dead
daddy. Let me say this: it suffices for the New York Times to support
the Hariri tribunal for me to fiercely oppose it. The paper, like other
Zionist outlets, does not take a stance that is not based on the
interest of Zionist aggression. Let me make it clear: I have been
fiercely opposed to the tribunal from day one believing--let me use the
classical wooden language that so upset rightists and Wahhabi
columnists--that it is a US-Zionist plot aimed at defeating enemies of
Israel in Lebanon. Look at the language...
Oxford Analytica: "Ashkenazi smoking something on Hezbollah 'coup d'etat'"
army chief Gabi Ashkenazi has warned of the risk of a Hizbollah coup in
Lebanon in the event that its members are indicted by the UN Special
Tribunal for Lebanon, according to an army statement today. Local media
close to Hizbollah have speculated that the group may launch a military
takeover if Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri refuses to denounce the
tribunal, which is investigating the assassination of his father, former
Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. Tensions have escalated in recent months
over the expected indictments, and Hizbollah has warned that
cooperation with the tribunal will be considered equivalent to an attack
on the movement. Cooperative regional efforts to find a solution to the
crisis, and to moderate Hizbollah's response, appear to be having little
success. A military takeover is unlikely -- the costs would be too high
-- although a 'soft' takeover is plausible; Hizbollah and its allies
could withdraw from the government, paralysing Hariri's cabinet and
hoping for a parliamentary majority which would strengthen their
position in the formation of a new government. However, such an outcome
may be avoided, since the group is aware that there is little the
tribunal can do to enforce its indictments.
Israel may give up border village
will meet on Wednesday, and is expected to approve a plan which
could leave a border village split down the middle. Ghajar is currently
occupied by Israel but under an agreement with the UN, the northern half
could be given to Lebanon. As Sherine Tadros explains, it's just the
latest twist for the village, which will have had three owners in the
past half century.
Communist Party slams 'deliberate' education slip
The Secretary General of the Lebanese Communist Party (LCP), Khaled
Haddade, called Monday for combating what he called a deliberate decline
in the quality of national education. He made his remarks during the
launch of a LCP youth conference and said "the government is executing
an educational plan in the dark."
Tuesday: 5 Iraqis Killed, 2 Wounded
Sunni Iraqis who did not travel to Mecca observed Eid al-Adha at home
today, while Shi'ite Iraqis must wait until tomorrow. The holiday either
reduced violence or prevented reports from reaching the news wires, as
the only reported attacks occurred in Mosul. At least five Iraqis were
killed there and two more were wounded in the last day or so. The
government did take steps to protect the public during the Eid,
including deploying about 28,000 security personnel in Diyala province.
INTERVIEW-Iraq's Talabani sees Sunni bloc joining govt
PARIS, Nov 16 (Reuters) - An Iraqi government supported by the
Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc will be set up but it is unclear whether its
leader will be part of the new Shi'ite-led coalition administration,
President Jalal Talabani said on Tuesday.
U.S. & Other World News
US urged to probe torture claims
New UN expert on torture says US must conduct full investigation into detainee abuse abroad and hold those accountable.
Gruesome Find Told at US Hearing into Afghan Killings
If proved in a full court martial, the crimes would be among the worst committed by US forces in Afghanist.
US Torture Victims To Receive Payouts Of Up To £1Million
British former inmates of Guantanamo Bay are to set to receive large
payments from the Government to drop claims that British secret agents
knew they were being tortured.
CIA renditions unlawful: Amnesty
should not follow the United States' reluctance to shed light on
unlawful intelligence operations carried out against suspected Islamist
terrorists, Amnesty International said in a report published on
EU criticised for 'complicity' in CIA rendition programmes
Amnesty International says EU has failed to hold Britain and other
countries accountable for involvement in the CIA's illegal rendition and
Bush Can’t Travel Abroad Without Risking Arrest
waterboarder is a marked man. If he travels abroad, other countries
can—and should—nab him and try him for the crime of torture.
Nato chief says there is no alternative to staying in Afghanistan
His comments came as Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's president, said
intrusive foreign military operations in Afghan communities were
exacerbating the threat from the Taliban.
Holbrooke denies exit strategy for Afghanistan
representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, on
Monday said there will be some drawdown of American troops in
Afghanistan next year but the US combat mission will not end until 2014.
Report: US preparing for extensive Yemen operation
The US is planning an extensive military operation against Al-Qaeda in
Yemen, Washington is moving military and intelligence forces in order to
aid US and Yemeni military strikes against Al Qaeda targets.
US Propose New Bases In Yemen
proposed bases would vary in size, but could each accommodate scores of
troops, including specialized Yemeni commando units, which are trained by the U.S
US sanctions weaves big trouble for Persian rugs
US has imposed economic sanctions against Iran for nearly 30 years and
the trade barriers have created problems for Iranian businesses. The
import and export sector is among the most affected, including in some
unusual areas such as the carpet industry. The latest round of sanctions
has made trading in Persian rugs illegal, which by extension will hurt
the traditional weavers in Iran. Al Jazeera's Kristen Saloomey reports
from New Jersey.
More Reasons to Hate the TSA
to confuse citizens and indoctrinate them to the idea that they should
unquestioningly submit to absurd directives from authorities. It's how
you control a populace.
US airport body scanners condemned
New security measures amount to 'virtual strip searches' and 'breast groping', critics and some travelers say.
Beyond the Mosque: Bloomberg and New York’s Muslims, Alex Kane
The following article originally appeared in the Gotham Gazette, an online-only publication focusing on New York City government and politics: When Mayor Michael Bloomberg strongly defended the proposed Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero last August even as polls showed most New Yorkers opposed the project, he garnered some favorable media coverage and praise for his stance.
$17m Islamophobic push during 2008 campaign is tied to shadowy figure in Israel lobby, Philip Weiss
Salon's Justin Elliott is on the trail of the mysterious donor
who funded the wide distribution of an Islamophobic film, "Obsession,"
during the 2008 campaign, to the tune of $17 million. And he suspicions
someone who's in the Israel lobby: Barry Seid, whose name shows up on an
IRS filing by the film's distributor, Clarion.
Syrian bloggers brace for fresh blow to Middle East press freedom
A Syrian law awaiting parliamentary approval is one of a raft of
measures across the region to clamp down on a surge in Internet activity
over the past decade.
Sectarian violence in south Egypt
At least 10 houses have been burnt down in a confrontation between Christians and Muslims in southern Egypt.
Indonesia condemns maid torture
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has demanded justice for
the "extraordinary torture" of an Indonesian maid in Saudi Arabia.
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