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Sheikh Jarrah court case delayed until April: Settler heckling continues
On Monday January 18th, a Jerusalem court case over the legal ownership of
a Palestinian owned house in the Sheik Jarrah neighborhood of East
Jerusalem was postponed until April. The hearing against the Husseini
family was delayed because the prosecution, who claims the Palestinian
family does not have legal ownership over their house, needed more time
to build a case.
home demolished near Ramallah
Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israeli bulldozers, accompanied by the Israeli
army, demolished the home of Hassan Salem Al-Ka’abna in the village of
Jab’a, southeast of Ramallah on Tuesday. According to Salem
Al-Ka’abna, Hassan’s son, the family had not received formal
notification of the demolition. The home was demolished because the
roof is constructed out of aluminum, which requires an Israeli planning
Activism/Solidarity/Boycott,Sanctions and Divestment
MIDEAST: Israel Jails Palestinian Peace Activists, Mel Frykberg
18, 2010 (IPS) - Israel has long argued that Palestinians should
pursue their political objectives in a non-violent way. However,
several prominent Palestinian peace activists have recently been
arrested and jailed for doing just that.
Beit Hannoun demonstrates to reclaim their land
the 18th January 2010 four International Solidarity Movement activists
participated in a demonstration to reclaim Palestinian Land in Beit
Hannoun, northern Gaza. The demonstration was organized by the Local
Initiative Beit Hannoun Group and around 15 activists attended.
Activists gathered in front of the Agricultural University College
which now lays in rubble after it was bombed during operation Cast Lead.
Letter to the Israeli Ambassador in Athens from
Theodoros Pangalos, Member of the Greek Parliament
Pangalos - dialoguewithdiversity.com
- Allow me to thank you for the three wine bottles you sent me for the
holidays. ... Unfortunately, I have noticed that the wine you offered
me was produced on the Golan Heights. I have always known since my
childhood years that one should neither commit nor accept the proceeds
of robbery. I, therefore, cannot accept this gift and must send it back
Square: Gaza 1417 Remembrance Die-In
Don’t be Complicit in Israel’s Apartheid: Boycott
the 2010 Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival
Abu Sha’ar deplores Israeli settlers’ assault on
Palestinian girl in J’lem
Taleb Abu Sha’ar strongly denounced the physical assault by
police-escorted fanatic Israeli settlers on a 16-year-old girl in the
neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied Jerusalem.
condemns raiding of Al-Aqsa TV cameraman's home
– Ma’an – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms
(MADA) condemned on Tuesday the raiding of Al-Aqsa TV cameraman and
news producer Ammar Yasir Altilawy’s home on Thursday. Altilawy’s home
was stormed in the evening by an armed person, working for the National
security forces for the de facto Ministry of Interior, a statement
issued by MADA said.
PA forces detained 5 across West Bank
– Ma’an – Hamas accused the Palestinian Authority security forces of
detaining five of the movement’s affiliates across the West Bank, in a
statement issued on Tuesday. Security forces detained students
Abdullah Nofal and Muhammad Daoud in Qalqiliya, the statement said.
Detainee in Abbas's jail taken to hospital
Shalalde, municipality council member of Sa'ir village, has been taken
from his detention cell in the jails of the PA security in Ramallah to
hospital after his condition worsened.
Egypt and Israel's
Humanitarian War Against Palestinians/Siege
Israel's Gaza blockade continues to suffocate daily
International: Full report: Israel must end its suffocating blockade of
the Gaza Strip, which leaves more than 1.4 million Palestinians cut off
from the outside world and struggling with desperate poverty, Amnesty
International said one year on from the end of Israel’s military
offensive in Gaza.
Real per capita income of Palestine plunges
Armed with growing global financial aid, the Palestinians in the
occupied territories struggled to alleviate years of poverty,
unemployment and other economic woes but their efforts have been ruined
by Israel’s hostility. In such conditions, the aid was only helpful in
preventing a human disaster in 2008.
Egypt tells Hamas: No more Mr. Nice Guy
ad hoc arrangements. This is the message Egypt is sending to Hamas
and the other relevant parties by setting up a fortified barrier along
Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip.The Egyptian move marks the end of
an era in Egypt's policy toward the Gaza Strip and Hamas. In 2005, when
Israel was getting ready to evacuate Gaza.
Ten days in the Cairo Corral
isn’t horrified by the situation in Gaza? It has been called the
largest open-air prison in the world, a ghetto, or simply a violation
of human rights by more organizations and journalists and bloggers than
I can name. To summarize quickly, Gaza is a 25-mile-long narrow strip
of land along the Mediterranean Sea that Israel captured from Egypt in
June of 1967.
Israel's new southern wall increases isolation from
Pappe [Professor, Department of History, University of Exeter]: "The
building of the separation wall between Israel and the West Bank in
2001 and before that the construction of the fence between the Gaza
Strip and Israel in 1994, were claimed by official Israel to be
barriers against terrorism. In reality, in the case of the West Bank,
they separated Palestinians from Palestinians and barred many of them
any access to their schools, fields, businesses and neighbors. In the
Gaza strip the fence transformed the Strip into a human mega prison for
its million and a half inhabitants.
Gaza also flooded; Palestinians blame IDF
Palestinians say IDF made situation worse by opening dam flooding many
of emergency declared in West Bank; vehicles, house catch fire.
The story of a Palestinian family lethality of the
disease awaits help
January 18, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) -They look everywhere, meditate in
bed, "Ali" and turning the clothes, "Mahmoud," this child, who was not
yet known life, not what is meant by the blockade which has killed and
his brother is waiting for the other sister scent story house in Khan
Younis in the lives of suffering permanent companions with their young
children who did not enjoy life like other children, it looked as pain
and features a clear-Akhras family, which invited two of her children
whom the child who is six-year-old Ali where he suffered from kidney
failure in both kidneys pick-up was unable to complete the stages of
treatment of this disease and after a period of work for the money are
hospitals within the State of the occupation he passed away.
What about Gaza?
Plocker - Ynet - A truly powerful reason is required for stretching our
resources all the way to Haiti, when many children in Gaza, a driving
distance from central Israel, require urgent hospitalization. Wouldn’t
it be more appropriate and just to provide them with an Israeli field
Haneyya gov't asks for urgent assistance to deal with floods
government of Ismail Haneyya on Tuesday appealed to the world community
to save the flood-stricken areas in Gaza Strip and to send urgently
needed construction material.
gov't to provide shelter for families affected by floods
– Ma’an – The de facto council of ministers announced on Tuesday that
it will provide families affected by the recent flooding with shelter
and immediate assistance, secretary general of the council Mahmoud Awad
said in a statement. The ministry will provide more than 100 families
made homeless as a result of the floods with shelter, Awad said, adding
that the de facto government has begun a review of the damages and will
compensate Gazans for their losses.
Aiding the War Criminals
Israel Seeks German
Germany and Israel are intensifying negotiations over a nearly 1 billion
euro ($1.45 billion) naval procurement package, a considerable
portion of which Israel hopes to fund from a combination of German and
demo denounces supplying Israel with British arms
gathered in Brighton, south of London, on Monday to protest the
presence of EDO, an arms firm that develops weapons parts used in the
Israeli war on Gaza last year.
Politics and Diplomacy
Abbas: talks only choice for Palestinians
18 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday
evening that the Palestinians don't have any choice other than
negotiations. When attending the ceremony of the Armenian Christmas in
the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Abbas said the Palestinians "are not
going to stop working for peace," the Palestinian official news agency
Hamas welcomes Kuwaiti role in reconciliation
on Monday welcomed any Kuwaiti role in forging inter-Palestinian
reconciliation, denying a website report quoting one of its officials
that said there was nothing new in the Kuwaiti efforts.
Turkey: We're eager to resume Israel-Syria mediation
very much like to resume its former role of mediating
Israeli-Syrian talks, and is prepared to do so immediately, Turkish
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told visiting Defense Minister Ehud
Barak in Ankara on Sunday.
Norway FM to Haaretz: We are not anti-Semitic,
are "forces" in Israel that unfairly portray Norway as anti-Semitic,
Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store charged yesterday. He was
responding to various reports critical of Norway in the local press.
Movement: “Israel Harvested Organs From Palestinian Christian In 1988”
The Popular Movement for the Support of Prisoners and Palestinian
Rights showed a video in Gaza City on Monday showing Israeli soldiers
executing a Christian Palestinian from Gaza city after kidnapping him
To the victor go the street names
Gorenberg - The government of Israel is outraged because the
Palestinian Authority has named a square after Dalal Mughrabi, who
killed 37 Israelis in 1978. "Naming a square after Mughrabi is
unconscionable. It glorifies political murder. Still, before Netanyahu
looks out the window at the neighbors, he might try looking in the
host first East Jerusalem meet since 2001
Palestinian Authority on Monday held its official meeting with a
foreign diplomat in East Jerusalem since the closing of its
headquarters there more than eight years ago.
Orthodox Christians brave rain to mark Jesus's
- Thousands of Orthodox Christians braved rain on the banks of the
Jordan river on Monday to plunge into plastic tubs filled with its
murky water to celebrate Jesus's baptism.
Mufti: Islam commands us to protect Judaism
foremost Muslim leader declared on Tuesday that Islam commands its
followers to protect Judaism, according to Army Radio.
Nusseibeh: A Palestinian State Has Become Impossible
The Israelis have applied the same policy to the West Bank as to
Jerusalem. This extraordinary colonial ingenuity was carried out at
the expense of the people. The
Zionists have succeeded in terms of concrete and tarmac; in this
respect, they exist. But in terms of flesh and blood, they remain
outsiders. The more they succeed in laying concrete, the less they
manage to create a real democracy and have it take root in the region.
A Closer Look at Israel's Role in Terrorism, Jeff
ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan poised to expand to Iran and
Pakistan, it is time to take a closer look at how conflicts are
catalyzed—by way of deception.
"We are all complicit": an interview with Ewa Jasiewicz
year ago, Israel launched its invasion of Gaza. Dubbed "Operation Cast
Lead" by the Israeli military, the invasion started on 27 December 2008
and finished on 18 January 2009. During those 23 days, more than 1,400
Palestinians were killed including more than 320 children. Originally
from Poland, Ewa Jasiewicz was one of a handful of "internationals" on
the ground during the entirety of the attacks. Frank Barat spoke to
Jasiewicz for The Electronic Intifada.
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Gunmen kill five in Iraqi NGO office
burst into a Baghdad office of a nongovernmental organization on Monday
and shot dead the five people inside, Iraqi police said. The attackers
planted a bomb in the entrance to the office which exploded when
security forces arrived, killing or wounding some of them.
Monday: 13 Iraqis Killed, 15 Wounded
were light today—at least 13 Iraqis were killed and 15 were
wounded—a number of important stories made the headlines. Among them is
the announcement of Tony Blair’s appearance at the Iraq Inquiry.
Meanwhile, a U.S. soldier was found guilty, while the Iraqi government
moved ahead with plans to sue a U.S. company.
Amnesty International: Iraq must halt spiralling
International has called on the Iraqi authorities to halt the mounting
number of death sentences being handed out in the run-up to delayed
national elections in March. Last week, 11 men were sentenced to death
for allegedly committing terrorist acts including truck bombings, and
on Sunday Ali Hassan al-Majid – a former senior official under Saddam
Hussain known widely as “Chemical Ali” - was sentenced to death for the
Sunni Iraqis fear disenfranchisement after hundreds
of candidates banned
-- By barring hundreds of candidates from an upcoming parliamentary
election, a controversial commission whose members have close ties to
Iran is threatening to disenfranchise members of Iraq's Sunni minority
and weaken its fledgling democracy.
Nahr al-Bared's economic recovery hampered by
than two years after the end of the fighting, the war-torn Palestinian
refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared, located in northern Lebanon, is far from
the model the Lebanese government has promised the camp would become.
Instead, reconstruction of the camp is delayed, the area is a military
zone with restricted access, and the camp's economy is stalled and
residents are largely unemployed. Ray Smith reports for Electronic
Court condemns Palestinian militant to death
Palestinian suspect was sentenced to death on Monday for belonging to a
terrorist group. Military Investigating Magistrate Fadi Sawwan
sentenced Rami Issa Abdallah to death for belonging to a terrorist
group with the aim of conducting terrorist acts. He then referred the
case to the Permanent Military Tribunal. Sawwan also sentenced seven
people to 15 years of hard labor.
How McCain was Greeted in Lebanon, FRANKLIN LAMB
dropped in on Beirut last weekend en route to Israel to join
fellow US Senator Joe Lieberman in agreeing with their hosts that, just
as he told them during the 2008 Presidential campaign, Barack Obama was
real bad for Israel. McCain, fund raising for his 2010 reelection bid,
emphasized that the Obama administration’s hint that the US might just
possibly consider withholding a few largely superfluous loan guarantees
to pressure Israel on settlements was a joke. Their hosts were likely
pleased with assurances that no way would John and Joe allow Congress
or Obama to pressure Israel.
Goldsmith warned ministers that Iraq war would be illegal
Goldsmith, then the attorney general, warned Cabinet ministers in 2002
that he did not believe attacking Iraq would be legal.
U.S. and other world news
The Guantánamo “Suicides”: A Camp Delta sergeant
blows the whistle
Al-Zahrani grieves for his son, but at the end of a lengthy interview
he paused and his thoughts turned elsewhere. “The truth is what
matters,” he said. “They practiced every form of torture on my son and
on many others as well. What was the result? What facts did they find?
They found nothing. They learned nothing. They accomplished nothing.”
U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret 'Jesus'
of the citations on the gun sights, 2COR4:6, is an apparent reference
to Second Corinthians 4:6 of the New Testament, which reads: "For God,
who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our
hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the
face of Jesus Christ."
Doctors Without Borders Cargo Plane With Full
Hospital and Staff Blocked From Landing in Port-au-Prince
Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urges that its cargo
planes carrying essential medical and surgical material be allowed to
land in Port-au-Prince in order to treat thousands of wounded waiting
for vital surgical operations.
CARIBBEAN Community’s emergency aid mission to Haiti, comprising Heads
of Government and leading technical officials, failed to secure
permission Friday to land at that devasted country’s aiport, now under
the control of the United States.
US doctors beg their government to admit critically
injured children from Haiti
American Government allows one baby girl to be airlifted to hospital in
US accused of annexing airport as squabbling hinders
aid effort in Haiti
and France lodged an official protest with Washington after US
military aircraft were given priority at Port-au-Prince's congested
airport, forcing many non-US flights to divert to the Dominican
Obama must be less hazy on human rights in the
Barack Obama has used all the right words to underscore his view that
human rights concerns are a core element of his Middle East policy. In
his Cairo speech in June 2009, he highlighted the importance of freedom
of religion and women's rights, and spoke movingly of the "daily
humiliations" and "intolerable" situation of Palestinians living under
Israeli military occupation.
Guest Post: The Muslim Cabbie Who Saved Christmas
aren’t too many people who don’t remember Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch
Stole Christmas, also known as “The Grinch.” It was a 2000 American
film starring Jim Carey based on the 1957 book of the same name by Dr.
Seuss. For four weeks it sat as the #1 film in the U.S., eventually
earning $260 million at the US box office and breaking the 2007
Guinness World Record for Highest-Grossing Christmas Movie.
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