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Settlers/Land, property & resource theft and destruction/Ethnic cleansing|
Settlers install new mobile homes in settlement near Jericho
settlers installed tens of mobile homes in a settlement near Jericho overnight Sunday, eyewitnesses from Jericho city reported.
Harvest of excrement: colonists in Occupied Territories pump sewage on to Palestinian farm land, Philip Weiss
This is important. On Saturday night, the illegal Jewish colony of Gush
Etzion in the occupied territories turned on pumps that sent thousands
of liters of the colony's raw sewage on to the farmland of the
Palestinian village of Beit Ommar. It is documented above. I would urge
all readers to check out the Palestinian farmers who speak to
the camera from 2:10 on or so. Look into their eyes and tell me that
they are terrorists or fundamentalists or any of the other racist
characterizations we are fed about Palestinians who wish to have
political freedom. (No, they are being uprooted from their land. What
would that do to you?)
Abbas: “Netanyahu Told Me He Cannot Extend Settlement Freeze”
During a TV Interview with Israel's Channel 1, Palestinian President,
Mahmoud Abbas, stated Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told
him that he cannot extend the freeze on settlement activities in the
Israeli ambassador: we're a "long way from discussing settlements", Josh Rogin
Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, who laid down a
marker by arguing in Thursday's New York
Times that the Palestinians must
recognize Israel as a Jewish state now, met with a host of
Arab American leaders the night before to explain recent Israeli decisions
regarding the peace process and assure them of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's commitment to the
Israeli envoy says only peace can halt settlements (AFP)
Israel will only stop its disputed settlement building when the
Palestinians make a peace agreement, its UN ambassador said ahead of new
Security Council talks Monday on the Middle East conflict.
Mousa Slams Israel´s New Construction Plan
League secretary-general, Amro Mousa, slammed the new Israeli plan to construct new settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem.
Activism/Solidarity/Boycott, Sanctions & Divestment
Soldiers Attack Protestors in East Jerusalem
Israeli soldiers attacked on Sunday Palestinian protestors in El Ein and Wadi Hilwa areas, in occupied East Jerusalem.
Soldiers Attack Protestors in East Jerusalem
Israeli soldiers attacked Palestinian protestors in the El Ein and Wadi
Hilwa neighborhoods of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem.
IDF uses disguised troops in anti-fence rallies
(Video) Palestinians document members of security forces hiding behind
traditional Arab headdress in Nabi Salih. 'They seek to oppress the
protest at its very beginning,' villager says.
Peres cancels Morocco trip after king denies request to meet
Moroccan King Mohammed VI wrote Peres last Friday that such a rendezvous
was impossible at the moment; President's Bureau believes decision was made to protest Israeli policy.
Arab League urges world leaders to boycott OECD conference in Jerusalem
Call issued in light of continued Israeli settlement construction in the
West Bank comes after Turkey, Britain and Spain said they would not attend.
#BDS: Five countries boycott tourism conference in Jerusalem
• UK, Sweden, Turkey, South Africa, and Ireland will not attend controversial conference hosted by Israel
• Many countries undecided or set to only send low-level delegations
• OECD General Secretary warns Netanyahu over Israeli Tourism Minister comments
• Palestine Legislative Council appeals for more countries to boycott conference
• Israeli membership of OECD ‘illegal under international law’
#BDS: An Android application for a boycott of Israeli occupation
Evil is a new free application for Android developed in Israel that
helps to know which products from Israeli settlements in the Palestinian
area known as the West Bank, so that users can avoid buying and
boycott. The application has been developed by two Israeli bloggers
with the open source project Activism, which has the slogan “open source
#BDS; AUSTRALIAN unions are signing up to an international campaign to boycott Israeli goods
But a fight is brewing over a proposal for the Australian Council of
Trade Unions to endorse the movement. The broad-based divestment and
boycott campaign is targeting companies that profit from the Israeli
settlements. The Electrical Trades Union, the Australian Manufacturing
Workers Union, the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union, the
Queensland branch of the Rail Tram and Bus Union and the Finance Sector
Union have all passed a resolution supporting the international campaign
of "boycott, divestment and sanctions" (BDS) against Israel.
Communications Electrical Plumbing Union national secretary Peter Tighe
told The Australian the electrical branch of his union had adopted the
resolution and he would now take it to the broader CEPU, then the ACTU.
#BDS: Boycotting apartheid
In July, in Rachel Corrie's hometown of Olympia, Washington state, the
popular Food Co-op announced that no Israeli products would be sold at
its two grocery stores. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a principal endorser of
this new Israel Divestment Campaign, issued a statement endorsing the
boycott. "The Olympia Food Co-op has joined a growing worldwide movement
on the part of citizens and the private sector to support by non-violent
tangible acts the Palestinian struggle for justice and
California Attorney General Issues Title and Summary for Divest from Israel Initiative
The Israel Divestment Campaign (IDC) is the first citizens’ effort in
the country to appeal directly to voters to hold Israel accountable for
violations of international law and human rights. With the official
assignment of a title* and summary to our Initiative by the Attorney
General on September 1st, the IDC has begun the process of collecting
the signatures of at least 434,000 registered California voters by
January 31, 2011.
Budrus: A Palestinian story of non-violent protest
Ayed Morrar addressing demonstrators Ayed Morrar united Palestinians and
Israelis in peaceful protests against Israel's separation barrier. In
the opening sequence of the new documentary film, Budrus, the camera
follows a winding road to the home of Palestinian activist, Ayed Morrar.
‘NY Jewish Week’ says progressive Zionists are feeling ‘battered by boycott’, Philip Weiss
Wiener's 7 year old daughter "decided" (are 7 year olds autonomous? I
dont know; but she surely reflected her mother's love of Israel) to have
an Israel-themed birthday party in New York. At least a couple of people
boycotted the party. Weiner sees the boycott movement gaining traction
all around us. Her piece is "Battered by Boycotts" for the New York Jewish Week.
I have left out her many arguments against BDS (singling out; Abu
Ghraib, etc) but her longwindedness and fretful tone show that the South
Africa progressive movement is beginning to gather at last. And even
"progressive Zionists" are feelin the heat.
This time Ezra Nawi needs our help!
few weeks ago, human rights activist, Ezra Nawi, was released from jail
after serving a month`s sentence following his attempt to prevent a
bulldozer from destroying Palestinian homes in the South Hebron Hills.
His imprisonment constitutes a relatively small milestone in his
dedicated activism, which has continued non-stop for the past decade.
For the past ten years, Ezra has traveled to the South Hebron Hills a
few times each week and has worked tirelessly against settler violence
and the oppression of the Civil Administration in an attempt to preserve
the basic rights of the local Palestinian residents. People who have had
the chance to met Ezra know that he is a righteous man.
Siege (Gaza & West Bank)/Rights Violations/Restriction of Movement
Industrial Fuel – Needs Vs. Supply – Sep 19 – Oct 16
Goods – Needs Vs. Supply – Sep 19 – Oct 16
The ban on student travel between Gaza and the West Bank: Fatma Sharif’s story
2000, Israel has imposed a sweeping ban on the exit of Palestinians
from the Gaza Strip to study at Palestinian universities in
the West Bank. Fatma Sharif, a lawyer from the Gaza Strip who wanted to
reach her studies in democracy and human rights in the West Bank, is one
of those affected by this policy.
Israel to close Bethlehem checkpoint for Jewish holiday
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's Civil Administration said the 300
checkpoint in Bethlehem would be closed to those entering the West Bank
on Monday due to a Jewish holiday. The administration said the closure
was scheduled because celebrations would be held at Rachel's Tomb,
adjacent to the checkpoint. The terminal would be open for entry into
Israeli siege affecting Gaza wheelchair maintenance
Gaza Strip has around 16,000 registered wheelchair users or one per
cent of its population. An
aid delivery is the only way for electric wheelchairs to come in. But
it's not enough, and the Israeli embargo also makes it hard to repair
Gaza tunnellers turn former lifeline into export channel (AFP)
- The workers herd cows through the dusty tunnels beneath the Gaza
border, but this time they are leading them out of the isolated
Palestinian enclave and into Egypt.
In the Name of the Children, Joharah Baker for MIFTAH
may often be the best litmus test for public opinion. They are
sometimes even more interesting than the article itself because they
provoke varying points of view from a wide spectrum of people, many of
whom violently clash. This was certainly true of a recent story and
video showing a settler leader in Silwan running down two Palestinian
boys with his car. The video, understandably, generated a barrage of
comments, some of them shockingly callous. "Those aren't mere kids,
they had murder in their little hearts," read one comment about the
children captured on film who were later arrested by Israeli
authorities. "Lock 'em up", read another. One of these children was
Omran Mansour, who was released on October 17 after spending nine days
in an Israeli detention center. While some reports put the boy as young
as eight others have reported him to be 12. In either way, he is a
child. After his release, the boy was ordered under house arrest –
allowed only to go to school and back with a parent. He was also made to
pay a fine of NIS2,000.
Palestinian child abuse
me, the most spectacular thing about Zionist hasbara has been how
they've managed to convince most Americans that Palestinian parents
"don't care about their children," "send them out to blow themselves
up," and "celebrate the martyrdom of their children." They've even
created a word for any expression of emotion that Palestinians express:
"Pallywood Production." This hatred that Palestinian parents supposedly
have for their children is quite effective propaganda actually. It
plays a large role in most Americans justifying or ignoring the
slaughter of Palestinians with their tax dollars. You see, if
Palestinian parents hate their children, then they aren't really human
and if they aren't really human, then it's OK to kill them.
Racism and Discrimination
US reform rabbis: Loyalty oath undemocratic
rabbis issue statement condemning amendment to Citizenship Law, saying
'oxymoronic law' will strengthen Israel's enemies. 'This legislation
greatly diminishes Israel's Jewish character,' they say.
20 Palestinians Injured In Jerusalem Clashes
sources report that at least 20 Palestinians were injured, on Sunday
night, during clashes that took place with Israeli soldiers and
policemen in the town of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem.
Clashes erupt in Silwan
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians
erupted in the flashpoint East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on
Sunday. Ma'an's correspondent said large numbers of Israeli forces were
deployed in the area, and were firing live ammunition, tear gas
canisters, sound grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian
youth. No injuries were reported.
Grenade found in Rafah school playground
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A janitor found a grenade in the playground of a
boys' high school in Rafah, close to Gaza's southern border, police
said. A police statement said officers were called to the scene and
evacuated the boys' school before removing the grenade, suspected to be
leftover from a previous Israeli invasion. The General Attorney opened
an investigation into the incident, the report added.
Palestinian dies of wounds sustained in October 7th Israeli airstrike
An Israeli airstrike in Gaza that killed one Palestinian and wounded
five has claimed a second victim, as 22-year-old Muhammad Hisham Zaqout
succumbed to his wounds in a Gaza City hospital on Sunday.
DCI Report: IOA child arrests on the rise
The Defense for Children International marked a sharp rise this year in
Israeli arrests against Palestinian children in Jerusalem and the West
Israel arrests Hamas MP in West Bank (AFP)
Israeli security forces arrested a Hamas MP at his home in the occupied
West Bank town of Hebron early on Monday, Hamas and the Israeli
Israeli troops kidnap seven Palestinians in W. Bank
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Monday kidnapped seven
Palestinian citizens during raids on homes in different West Bank areas.
Israel's Arab Helpers
PA preventive security transfers prisoner Salhab to hospital due to torture
The family of prisoner Ahmed Salhab reported that its son suffers from a
serious medical condition because of his exposure to excruciating torture in the preventive security prison in Al-Khalil city.
Amid media blackout, PA-Israeli officers to question Palestinians in PA jail
PA intelligence apparatus in Al-Khalil transferred amid media blackout a
number of Palestinian detainees in its prison to Jericho jail in order to be interrogated by a joint PA-Israeli committee.
Participants in Lifeline 5 upset at Egypt's entry ban
participants in the fifth aid convoy Lifeline for Gaza expressed their
dismay at the Egyptian decision to ban 17 of them from entering Egypt
and crossing into the besieged Gaza Strip.
B'Tselem testifies before commission on Gaza flotilla
testimony before the Turkel Commission, B’Tselem’s director surveyed
the serious harm that Israel’s punitive measures cause civilians in
Gaza, Israel’s obligations under international law, and Hamas’ breaches
of human rights and humanitarian law.
Israeli inquiry calls on flotilla attack witnesses to testify; despite threatening to arrest them
After promising, on multiple occasions, to arrest any participants in
the humanitarian aid flotilla to Gaza, Israeli officials have now made
an 'open call' to those same participants to testify in an inquiry about
the Israeli attack on the aid boats that killed 9 aid workers.
Bulldozer driver and ground commander to testify in Corrie trial
The driver of the bulldozer that crushed to death Rachel Corrie in
Rafah, Gaza, in March 2003, and the military commander in charge of the
unit on the ground that day, are scheduled to testify on Thursday,
October 21 in the civil lawsuit filed by Rachel’s family against the
state of Israel for her unlawful killing. Earlier this month, the court
granted the State of Israel’s request that soldiers involved in the
incident be permitted to testify behind a screen to protect their
identity. Lawyers for the Corrie family appealed the decision to the
Israeli Supreme Court, requesting that at a minimum the family be
allowed to view the soldiers, but the court refused to hear the
Palestinians unified in shunning Israel
Ramallah: The Palestinian leadership agreed on Saturday that there will
be no recognition of Israel beyond the purview of the 1993 Oslo
accords. The unanimous agreement is in response to frequent Israeli
demands on Palestinians to recognise it as a Jewish state and aims to
leave little room for confusion on the issue. Bassam Al Salihi,
Secretary-General of the Palestinian People's Party, told Gulf News that
Palestinian concurrence on not recognising Israel as a Jewish state
under any circumstances was unshakeable. The Palestinian leadership is
in an extended meeting to review prevailing political conditions and
available alternatives amid the impasse in direct talks because of
Israel's stand, he said.
Abbas warns against rise in extremism if peace talks fail (AFP)
- Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas warned against a rise in extremism
if the ongoing peace process failed, in an interview to Israeli public
With statehood, Palestine ready to end all claims (AP)
The Palestinians are ready to end all historic claims against Israel
once they establish their state in the lands Israel occupied in the 1967
Mideast War, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday, addressing
a long-standing Israeli demand.
Abbas rebuffs Syria call to continue Palestinian 'resistance'
The recent Arab League meeting in Libya was marked by friction between
PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Syrian President Bashar Assad over peace
Ahmadinejad urges West to 'clarify stance on Israel's nukes'
Iranian president endorses nuclear talks with international community on
Tehran's nuclear program, but says ignoring alleged Israeli program will prove West 'supports Zionist regime's atomic bomb'.
Erdogan: US is backing Israel's "state terrorism"
Turkish premier Recep Erdogan has lashed out at the US administration
for not denouncing the Israeli "terrorism" against Turkish citizens.
Yosef: Gentiles exist only to serve Jews
purpose of non-Jews is to serve Jews, according to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef,
the head of Shas’s Council of Torah Sages and a senior Sephardi
Israeli police launch drive to fill ranks with settlers, Jonathan Cook
NAZARETH // As US-sponsored peace talks have stalled over the issue of
settlements, Israel's national police force has revealed that it is
turning to the very same illegal communities in its first-ever drive to
recruit officers from among the settlers. The special officer training
course, which is chiefly aimed at discharged combat soldiers, includes
seven months of religious studies in an extremist West Bank settlement.
Did Canada's support for Israel cost it a seat on UN Security Council?
United Nations Security Council seat goes to Portugal in secret vote;
Islamic states thought to have voted as a bloc against Ottawa.
Top IDF officer warns of new Gaza war if Hamas abducts soldier
Senior IDF officer says Hamas now resembles less a terrorist group than a
'militia with semi-military order' that receives help from Iran and Syria.
Edelstein confirms Pollard release discussions underway
in Israel on how to get clemency in the US for Israeli agent; Knesset
panel to invite US envoy to hearing on the matter.
Declassified Statement on Jonathan Pollard, Caspar W. Weinberger
I am Caspar W. Weinberger, Secretary
of Defense. I offer this declaration to supplement my in camera
submission, which detailed
the nature and extent of the harm defendant has caused to our national
security, and to make known to the Court additional facts which have
been brought to my attention. I also wish to address the defendant’s self-serving contentions [.pdf] that his espionage activities were
intended only to aid Israel, and the suggestion that his actions should
be viewed as mere technical violations of laws intended to keep sensitive
information from actual or potential enemies.
A cycle of retribution / Nancy Kanwisher & Anat Biletzki
For both Israelis and Palestinians, the violence is not arbitrary --
Most Israelis see Palestinians as inherently, fundamentally,
uncontingently hostile, wishing only to “throw us into the sea.’’
Similarly, Palestinians see Israel as unshakably determined to expel
them from their land. Although
anecdote and speculation are popular in discussions of the Middle East
conflict, we used data and quantitative analysis to determine whether
these perceptions are true. One data set was the timeline of Qassam
rocket firings, compiled by the Israeli Defense Forces. Another was the
day-by-day timeline of killings of Israelis by Palestinians and of
killings of Palestinians by Israelis, compiled by the Israeli Human
Rights organization B’Tselem. We tested whether the violent behavior of
each side occurs in response to violence committed by the other side —
or whether it is simply arbitrary.
Gideon Levy / How times have changed at Jenin refugee camp
Recent wedding in the Jenin, Apache helicopters are replaced by
twinkling stars, IDF tanks by trucks filled with plastic chairs and
Lies of Bronner: for you, o Israel, As`ad Abukhalil
with the Japanese Embassy, which proceeded to check with the Japanese
government. It got back to me a few minutes later [on Friday afternoon]:
Of course it's a lie: the Japanese government considers the settlements
illegal. Poor Bronner, sitting in his Jerusalem office, calling up
every consulate in the phone book starting with the A's trying to find
just one other country that considers the settlements as legal. He gets
to the J's, calls Japan, and you know how polite the Japanese are. So,
Bronner probably pleads, "Don't you agree with the United States that
the settlements are legal, although OF COURSE they are an obstacle to
peace?" And the Japanese are just too considerate to hurt Bronner's
feelings, so they say, "Well, yes, they are an obstacle to peace."
Bronner, thrilled that he's finally found ONE other country that agrees
(sort of) with the U.S. (even if the U.S. judge on the ICJ
[International Court of Justice], Thomas Buergenthal, agreed with the
other 14 judges on the court that the settlements are illegal) rushes
into print that the U.S. AND JAPAN say the settlements are legal. But it
ain't so Ethan. You'll just have to go back to the phone book and start
ringing up more embassies. Here's a hint: you might have better luck
with the N's, as in...Nauru."
MJ Rosenberg: The Bogus Demand To Recognize Israel "As A Jewish State"
Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, is an old-fashioned right-wing Zionist, which is why he is leading the chorus
demanding that Palestinians recognize Israel "as a Jewish state" as a
precondition for a settlement freeze and negotiations. Historically,
right-wing Zionism -- in contrast to the socialist Zionism of David Ben
Gurion, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin and their allies -- preferred rhetoric
to action. While the old socialists were building the physical
infrastructure of the future state and then the state itself, the
right-wing Zionists stuck to rhetoric. The left built the army, the
roads, the farms (kibbutzim), the air force, the factories, even the
nuclear deterrent, while the right issued fiery statements about the
need for Israel to expand, rid itself of Arabs, and become purely
the morality of Chas Freeman, Max Ajl
Paul Woodward and Phil Weiss
have both picked up on a speech that Chas Freeman delivered at Tufts. It
is a decent speech in the sense that Freeman seems somewhat aware of
the fact that Palestinians, Iraqis, and Afghanis are human beings, a
realization that’s tantamount to spiritual transformation for imperial
Gosh, another American writing for liberal magazine says lowering ‘Arab’ birthrate inside Israel is hunky-dory, Philip Weiss
is what I don't understand. Jonathan Tepperman of the "Eurasia group, a
global political risk consulting firm," is I'm guessing Jewish and is
doing fine in the U.S. So for him personally, as for me, the structural
basis of Zionism-- that Jews are endangered in the west-- is probably
meaningless; and I bet he likes living in a country where a member of a
minority gets to be president. But here he is given a platform at the Atlantic
to say that Israel is the "refuge for the Jews" and therefore it's
legitimate that it act to limit the population growth of Israeli
Palestinians so they don't threaten the Jewish majority--of a country he
has the freedom to move to tomorrow and doesn't want to.
Neocon says that Khalidi aims to establish Haram-al-Sharif at Columbia U, Philip Weiss
This is repulsive. Martin Kramer, whose blog is appropriately titled the
Sandbox, is upset by the new Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University and has posted a Columbia campus map
showing the Noble Sanctuary (in Arabic, the Haram-al-Sharif, for Jews
the Temple Mount), as part of the Columbia campus. He says that
establishing the Haram at Columbia is the "ambition" of Rashid Khalidi
and other proponents of the new center. Remember, the last we heard from Kramer he wanted to cut off pro-natal subsidies to Gaza in an effort to curb its population of "superfluous young men." Hard to say which is larger, the stupidity, the Islamophobia, or the anti-Palestinian bigotry.
Israel`s right needs perpetual war, Zeev Sternhell
must be acknowledged: The heads of the rightist parties have a
strategic outlook and the ability to take the long view, and they also
know how to choose the right tools to carry out their mission.
Susan Abulhawa v. Alan Dershowitz: Novel Approaches
author Susan Abulhawa, whose debut novel, Mornings in Jenin, is an
international sensation, confronts Zionist bully Alan Dershowitz, known
for fictions of a different vareity, at the Boston Book Festival. The
discussion is moderated by Director of the Harvard Negotiation project,
James Sebenius and sponsored by the Jewish Community Centers of Greater
AIPAC, a voice for the Israeli Right (updated)
New York, NY – Recently, I met a friend who works with the US office of
an Israeli NGO. He told me of a conversation he once had with a top
AIPAC official (since it was a private conversation, I won’t disclose
the name of the official here). “We appreciate the work that you are
doing in Israel,” the AIPAC guy told my friend. “We often give it as an
example to the fact that Israel
is indeed a thriving democracy. But you shouldn’t have opened a US
office, and you shouldn’t be lobbying on the Hill.”
Why didn’t Dershowitz give up his American citizenship?, Philip Weiss
Tell me if I'm wrong, but Dershowitz seems to get defensive on the dual-loyalty front at the beginning of this conversation with Eliot Spitzer on CNN.
He confirms the rumor that Netanyahu "urged" him to be Israel's UN
ambassador, and says he "would have loved to do it" (and namedrops that
it would have put him in the company of Einstein as an American proxy
for Israel), but says he had to turn Netanyahu down because it would
have raised dual loyalty issues, if the American interest and the
Israeli interest conflicted.
Still “Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places”: Hussein Ibish Dines With The Israeli Ambassador
Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine,
the unofficial public relations firm of the Vichy regime in occupied
Ramallah, had an “interesting and productive” dinner with the Israeli ambassador to Washington, DC, Michael Oren. Ibish found the dinner, courtesy of Danny Abraham and Robert Wexler, “most helpful.”
doctors in solidarity, doctors helping hasbara, Max Ajl
On October 16, a 4-member team of doctors and nurses from Australia and
Italy completed a 10-day orthopedic mission to the European Hospital
in Khan Younis. Led by surgeon Dr. Tim Keenan, who has led several past
PCRF missions to Nablus, the team included Italian anesthesiologist Dr.
Stefano Donao from Rome, OR nurse Kassy Keenan and PT Jaquie Hocking
from Perth. Dozens of poor and needy Palestinians from the besieged
Gaza Strip were provided expert care by the team, as well as training
and experience for the local doctors. The mission was co-sponsored by
Australian NGO Toward's Hope. This is the 2nd orthopedic surgery
mission to Gaza in October by the PCRF.
The Elephant in the Room
from current and future Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations is
an exercise in futility. Sidelining Hamas in any process to craft
genuine peace between Israelis and Palestinians is a glaring omission
tantamount to ignoring an elephant in the room. Whether it is Obama’s or
the UN’s negotiating room, pretending something of that size absent is
an exercise in futility. Hamas is definitely an elephant with many
tales. Telling some of these tales recounts the Islamist movement’s rise
to power against all odds.
The Listening Post - Egypt's media squeeze
the Listening Post this week we look at the media squeeze in the lead up
to Egypt's parliamentary elections. We also have a report on
media-savvy rebel leaders and how they play the PR game.
Why not a Nobel for Western dissidents?
Nobel Peace prize has been awarded for many different people and for
many different reasons, but there appears to be one area the committee
is reluctant to go.
Hizbullah condemns Kalam An-Nas 'incitement'
BEIRUT: Hizbullah condemned on Saturday the "incitement of hatred"
during an episode of the talk show Kalam An-Nas, describing it as a
promotion of strife between the Sunni and Shiite communities. The party
issued a statement in which it strongly denounced the contents of
Thursday's Kalam An-Nas episode aired on LBC television.
Lebanese civil rights activist speaks of detention
-- A prominent civil rights activist who was detained by Lebanese army
investigators for 14 hours has spoken about her experience, accusing
authorities of disproportionate action against perceived pro-Palestinian
demonstrations. Farah Kobaissy, 23, was accused of seeking to ferment
civil unrest after her one-woman protest outside the northern refugee
camp of Nahr al-Bared was forcibly stopped by soldiers.
'12 Angry Lebanese' Touch So Many More
IPS Straddling the hills overlooking the Mediterranean Sea is Roumieh,
Lebanon's largest and most notorious high-security men's prison. Crowded
into its dank and depressing concrete cells are those convicted as
religious extremists, murderers, mobsters and spies.
Sunday: 17 Iraqis Killed, 16 Wounded
gold store robbery occurred in Baghdad today. Authorities believe that
insurgents are attacking gold and jewelry stores in order to support
their activities. At least 17 Iraqis were killed and 16 more were
wounded there and across northern Iraq. Also, Awakening Council leaders
are denying reports that hundreds of their fighters have defected to
Two Iraqi cops killed at checkpoint
Iraqi authorities say gunmen opened fire on a police checkpoint in Anbar
province Saturday, killing two officers and wounding two others.
Iraqi prime minister visits Iran
Politically controversial trip comes amid reports in media of direct Iranian help to keep al-Maliki in power.
Iraq PM seeks regional support for new term (Reuters)
Reuters - Iraq's Shi'ite prime minister is touring capitals in the
region, many of which fear he could alienate Iraq's Sunnis and give Iran
too much influence, in search of support for his bid to form a new
Iraqi women have the right to own and drive cabs, government says
has rebuffed provincial officials refusing to give women the
right to purchase cabs at subsidized prices. Under a new government
program, jobless Iraqis are entitled to purchase cars at lower prices if
they used them as taxis. They can pay the government back with almost no
interest and at affordable installments. So far the privilege was
confined to male Iraqis without permanent employment. But a new
directive issued by Baghdad Governor Salah Abdulrazzaq, makes it
incumbent on the officials to register jobless women, too. “The project
to distribute taxis … must include jobless women. It is not restricted
to male Iraqis,” the directive says.
Saddam-era firm now making music instead of bombs (AFP)
AFP - Before the 2003 US-led invasion, Iraq's Al-Shaheed State Company
used to make a blast, literally. Now it helps to produce music.
U.S. Other Mideast/World News
Fox host who said ‘all terrorists are Muslims’ will likely keep job
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade will soon "clarify" his repeated assertion
Friday that "all terrorists are Muslim," but that's not enough
for many critics who argue there's a media double-standard in the
treatment of reporters who make anti-Semitic comments and those who are
perceived to slur Muslims. "Not every Muslim is an extremist, a
terrorist, but every terrorist is a Muslim," Kilmeade said
on his radio show. "You can't avoid that fact. And that is ridiculous
that we got to keep defining this -- the people that equate Timothy
McVeigh with the Al Qaeda terrorist organization, which is growing and a
threat that exists."
Clinton Suggests Conditions on Pakistan Flood Relief
of State Hillary Clinton suggested European Union leaders should follow
the U.S. and withhold further flood-relief funding from Pakistan until
Islamabad shows it is doing more to fight corruption and collect tax
revenue from its wealthiest citizens.
Troops 'overwhelmed and cannot defeat Taliban'
Taliban have ''overwhelmed'' foreign troops and cannot be defeated by
military means, one of Australia's top combat soldiers has warned.
Afghanistan's aid workers advised to seek permission from Taliban
In a gloomy assessment, the Afghanistan NGO Safety Office says the Taliban are 'anticipating authority'
Brigade's strategy: 'Strike and destroy'
accounts of the platoon's activities continue to emerge, critics
inside and outside the Army are questioning whether the brigade's
get-tough strategy, which emphasized enemy kills over civilian
relations, influenced the behavior of the accused.
Fresh claims US is running secret prison in Afghanistan
Prisoners are being abused at a "secret jail" in the main American
military base in Afghanistan, according to a report from a US policy
"I Wonder, Why Was I Victimized?"
Pakistani victims of U.S. drone strikes speak out in a new report on increasing civilian casualties in the region.
Gen Petraeus turns up the heat on Pakistan, Afghanistan
It’s not just Pakistan where the United States has stepped up air raids
against members of al Qaeda and the Taliban. Last month, U.S-led
NATO planes in Afghanistan conducted 700 missions, more than twice the
number for the same month the previous year. It was also one of the
highest single-month totals of the nine-year Afghan War, the
military-focused Danger Room blog said, citing U.S. Air Force statistics.
David Hicks says Guantanamo was 'Six Years of Hell'
Australia's former long-serving Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks
Saturday broke his silence on life inside the US-run prison, saying he
endured deprivation and witnessed brutality in "six years of hell".
Clinton aide's idea: Let Iraq shoot down U.S. plane
A new book says a cabinet member proposed letting Saddam kill an American airman as a pretext for war
US court rules on the military's policy on gay personnel
the US defense secretary, has criticised a court ruling that would end
the ban on gay personnel serving openly in the armed forces.
Turkey may remove Iran from list of 'threatening nations'
Iran may be helping Erdogan's aspirations within his country, it is
placing Turkey on a dangerous track toward confrontation with the U.S.
Musharraf's 'fish, duck and wine' lunch with Israeli MPs in London
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is stated to have shared a lunch
with a couple of members of Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, at a
Chinese restaurant in Kensington area of central London a few days ago.
Servant did not resist fatal assault by Saudi prince, court told
was so worn down by abuse that he let prince kill him, prosecutor
alleges in closing speech. A servant allegedly beaten and strangled by a
Saudi prince died without putting up a fight, the Old Bailey in London
heard today. Bandar Abdulaziz was so worn down by the sadistic abuse he
had suffered that he let the defendant kill him, jurors were told.
Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, 34, denies murdering the 32-year-old
in February at the central London hotel room they shared. Jonathan
Laidlaw QC, prosecuting, said they had a master-servant relationship in
which the prince abused his aide for his own personal gratification.
Laidlaw said the victim's injuries showed the assault leading to his
murder "was a really terrible, a really brutal attack".
UAE rules wife 'discipline' cannot leave marks
The UAE's highest judicial body says a man can beat his wife and young children as long as the beating leaves no physical marks.
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