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Settlers/Land, property & resource theft and destruction/Ethnic cleansing|
Settlers torch, vandalize Nablus school
(Ma'an) -- A group of Israeli settlers broke into an all girls' school
in the Nablus district village of As-Sawiya on Wednesday, setting fire
to its storehouse containing furniture and unused sports equipment, the
headmistress said. Maysoon Sawalha said the school's cleaning woman
arrived to find the lock on the main door broken as well as that of the
storehouse, with all its contents torched.
Palestinian school set on fire, vandalized with 'regards from the hills' graffiti
Incident appears to be the latest action in the 'price tag' campaign of extremist settlers.
Settlers suspected of assaulting farmers
-- A number of Palestinian farmers were "brutally beaten" as they
harvested olives in the northern West Bank village of Burin in Nablus on
Monday by extremist settlers, locals said. Witnesses told Ma'an that
one of the farmers, Munir Qadus, sustained several cuts and bruises in
the assault and was transferred to hospital. They added that after
beating the farmer, the suspects stole his harvested olives. They
also said Ismail Qadus was detained by Israeli forces. An Israeli
military spokeswoman said she would look into the report. Earlier on
Wednesday, settlers were suspected of setting fire to a school in the
3500 Olive Trees Victimized by Settler Crimes in Past Week
– PNN - The PLO International Relations Department warned of a war by
Israeli settlers against olive trees, saying that in the past few days
over 3500 trees had been burned or destroyed across the West Bank.
Image The department said in a press statement that settlers had
unprecedented power over Palestinian land, having recently attacked the
northern villages of Urta, Tel, and Burin, as well as the surrounding
areas of Nablus, Salfit, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jenin, and
Qalqiliya. They burned trees and stole crops, preventing farmers from
reaching their lands near the wall. The statement said the settlers
were working in concert with the army, who facilitated their entry into
Palestinian fields and pursued those who try to defend them. According
to local and international statistics, there are more than 10 million
olive trees in Palestine, comprising about 938,000 dunums of land. A
dunum is about a quarter of an acre. About 24 million tons of olive oil
are produced in a good year, though less has been produced in recent
years. The wall runs through these lands, separating about 40,000 dunums
and preventing landowners from reaching them. In the past year, settlers
have destroyed about 13 million trees, most of them olive trees.
Israel to raze more 220 graves in Islamic cemetery of Mamanullah
minister of religious affairs Taleb Abu Sha'ar warned that the Israeli
municipal council in occupied Jerusalem intends to demolish more 220
graves in Mamanullah cemetery soon.
Palestinian homes in Deir Ballut due to be demolished over `lack of permits`
ARIJ - The military government`s legislation, designed to fit with
Israeli strategic aims rather than the Palestinian population`s needs,
makes the obtaining of permits very difficult. As a result, a growing
number of Deir Ballut villagers is doomed to a life of uncertainty in
the shadow of the bulldozers which can show up at any moment. The
Applied Research Institute in East Jerusalem assembled detailed
Bill: Owners must pay for razing of illegal homes
Knesset set to pass law forcing transgressors to pay for demolitions, but exempts West Bank residents.
Israel stops Palestinian digging in Salfit
(Ma'an) -- A Palestinian farmer said Wednesday that Israel's Civil
Administration ordered him to stop his digging work in the Deir Istiya
village in the northern West Bank district of Salfit. Hussein Zeidan
said Civil Administration forces seized a vehicle used for digging and
stopped workers from approaching the area until he provided them with
proof of land ownership. The land in question lies close to the Revava
settlement. A spokesman for the Civil Administration did not immediately
return a phone call seeking comment.
Palestinians deny seeking UN resolution to evict settlements
A Palestinian official denied Tuesday seeking a UN Security Council
resolution to force Israel to evacuate Jewish settlements in the West
Bank and East Jerusalem. The official, Jamal Muhissen, said that the
Palestinians seek an international recognition of a state within the
1967 borderlines, with East Jerusalem as its capital. As renewed peace
talk hit an impasse, the Palestinian leadership is waiting for the
expiration of an Arab-given chance to Israel to stop building
settlements within one month.
Activism/Solidarity/Boycott, Sanctions & Divestment
'Manufactured' Israeli Charges Against Former Yale Professor Dismissed
After a third trip to Ofer military compound near Ramallah on October
18, 2010, and much expenses in terms of time and money, I am pleased to
report that my trial based on manufactured charges by Israeli police was
dismissed by the military judge. It was partially observed by Tamar and
Aya, Israeli women of conscience who report regularly from the West
Bank (see mahsanmilim.com.
was a manufactured "traffic violation" but in reality it was for
"driving while being Palestinian" and even though both the policewoman
and the prosecutor both lied and tried to twist the facts, the judge was
decent enough to see through this. (see: Israel Does Not Give Peace a
Chance - Tim King Salem-News.com and An Encounter with Israeli 'Police' -
Mazin Qumsiyeh Salem-News.com)
to Gaza’ to join efforts from Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, Ireland,
Norway, Italy, Sweden, Malaysia & the Netherlands to form the
Freedom Flotilla II in March 2011
We are writing with an exciting update report on the plan to send a
U.S.-flagged ship as part of the next Freedom Flotilla sailing to break
the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Representatives from the US BOAT TO GAZA
have just returned from Geneva where an important meeting took place
with representatives from Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, Ireland, Norway,
Italy, Sweden, Malaysia, the Netherlands and The Free Gaza Movement. US
TO GAZA has joined the steering committee of the Freedom Flotilla II and
we are now deeply involved as part of the international team planning
for the next mission which will be leaving at the end of March
2011. First, about the timing: after much discussion, the decision was
made by the international group to wait until Spring of 2011 to sail.
This is in response to the outpouring of people who want to join this
effort from more countries, to have more boats and more of civil society
participating. The international movement is growing and voices of
condemnation against illegal Israeli policies are stronger now than ever
New Gaza peace flotilla to have up to 20 boats: organisers (AFP)
AFP - Aid groups planning a second peace flotilla to Gaza hope to send
at least twice the number of boats as took part in the first ill-fated
attempt in May, they announced Tuesday.
Dutch Company Face Criminal Charges For Building Separation Wall, Palestine Monitor
group Al-Haq have initiated criminal proceedings against a Dutch
construction company for supplying equipment used to build the
Separation wall and settlements. A complaint has been lodged with the
state prosecutor, who pending the results of a police raid on Riwal’s
headquarters in Holland, may pursue criminal convictions.
Guns N’ Roses: An Opportunity to Untie your Hands An Open Letter from PACBI
Dear Guns N’ Roses, The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and
Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) was dismayed to read reports that you
are considering performing in Israel later this year . PACBI,
supported by an overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society and,
in particular, by almost the entire community of Palestinian cultural
workers , views such a performance in Israel as a form of complicity
in whitewashing Israel's occupation, apartheid and war crimes. More
importantly, your upcoming performance would violate the appeal of the
Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement  which
urges people of conscience throughout the world to isolate Israel until
it ends its colonial and apartheid oppression of the Palestinian people,
as was done to the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Tell Georgia State University to end its relationship with the Israeli police force
US Campaign member group Movement to End Israeli Apartheid-Georgia (MEIAG) needs your help to demand Georgia State University shut down its Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) program.
Harvard student government condemns Peretz fund and calls for an investigation on the decision to honor him
Harvard’s Undergraduate Council voted overwhelmingly yesterday in favor
of a bill calling on President Drew Faust “to establish a commission of
concerned faculty, students and administrators to investigate” the
decision to honor Martin Peretz. The Undergraduate Council is the
representative body of Harvard’s more than 6,700 undergraduate
students. The “Student Response to Peretz Fund Act,” passed by a vote
of 26-7-4, was presented to the student government by the Harvard
Islamic Society, the Black Students Association, Latinas Unidas, the
Society of Arab Students and the Progressive Jewish Alliance.
Siege (Gaza & West Bank)/Rights Violations/Restriction of Movement
Carter in Syria: Israel must fully lift Gaza blockade
Former U.S. President meets with Syrian President Assad and Hamas politburo chief Meshal in Damascus.
Jimmy Carter says Palestinians live in a 'cage' (AP)
AP - Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that Palestinians are
"living in a cage" in Gaza and that the militant group Hamas must be
included in all major efforts for peace.
Earning a Living in No Man's Land, Mel Frykberg
CROSSING, Northern Gaza, Oct 19, 2010 (IPS) - Crossing through the
metal-caged tunnel that leads from the Israeli side of the border into
northern Gaza towards the Palestinian checkpoint, several groups of
young Palestinian men and boys can be seen scavenging through piles of
Food insecurities plagues poverty-stricken Gaza Strip
GAZA, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- At the beginning of every month, Sobheya
Bakroun, a tall, brown-skinned woman goes to an aid distribution center
in Gaza run by the World Food Program (WFP) to get food for her
15-member family to survive. Sobheya has become a breadwinner since she
got divorced. Her brother, the only man in her family, lost his job six
years ago and has been suffering from diabetes for two years.
"The priority is to return and remain"
The Electronic Intifada contributor Jillian Kestler-D'Amours spoke with
Hassan Jabareen, the founder and director general of Adalah, the Legal
Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, about Israel's new loyalty
oath and what it means for Palestinian citizens of Israel.
Occupation affects every aspect of olive oil production
London, UK (IRIN) - The first day of the Palestinian olive harvest
officially began on 15 October, and Rani Ali and his family -- like
hundreds of others -- were out among their olive trees, starting to
bring in what looks to be a good harvest.
Racism & Discrimination
Safed Rabbis urge Jews to refrain from renting apartments to Arabs
Rabbis' letter says renting properties to Arabs would deflate value of homes as well as those in neighborhood.
MK Zoabi slams minister over 'cultural superiority'
Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch says prevention of honor killings is
achieved through change in culture, sparks outrage of Balad Knesset
Palestinian workers in 1-day strike at Israeli factory
TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian workers went on strike Tuesday at an
Israeli factory that has refused to pay them minimum wage. Seventy-two
workers at the Soul Or factory in the Tulkarem district stopped work and
demanded that the factory administration implement an Israeli labor law,
passed in early 2008, requiring that Palestinians be paid minimum wage.
Israeli-Arabs fear for their future
Arab citizens say they feel increasingly unwelcome in Israel and fear
forced transfer to a new Palestinian state. Like other Arab citizens of
Israel, Leyla Ahmoud is anxious about her future. A young mother of two
girls with another on the way, Ahmoud says recent moves by the Israeli
government are making it increasingly obvious that the Arabs are not
welcome in their own country. "I feel like my life is not in my hands,"
said 24-year-old Ahmoud, who lives in Umm al-Fahm, a mountain-ridge town
of some 43,000 inhabitants in northern Israel. "The government decides
how I live and where I live. We exist in fear, from one day to the
The Return of Kahane, Palestine Monitor
Perhaps no one in the world wields as much power as Avigdor Lieberman.
In Israeli coalition politics, he is a kingmaker. In the current peace
talks, he is a deal-breaker. In the Middle East, he exemplifies Zionist
bigotry. In world diplomacy, his belligerence destabilizes a fragile
Justice Minister: I'll quit if loyalty oath applies only to non-Jews
Only 56 of 120 MKs say they support the bill requiring all citizens to
pledge allegiance to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.
Palestinian old man wounded in IOF shooting
65-year-old Palestinian man was shot and wounded by the Israeli
occupation forces (IOF) east of Rafah city, south of the Gaza Strip, on
Wednesday morning, medical sources reported.
Israili Military Invades Ethna near Hebron
invaded, on Wednesday morning, the town of Ethna, north-west of Hebron
and searched the house of Abed al-Qaisi and many other houses.
Clashes Reported East of Khan Younis, Gaza
reported, Wednesday morning, that clashes took place between
Palestinian fighters and Israeli soldiers near the Kissufim Israeli
military post, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza
Israeli court extends detention of Palestinian teen
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- The Ofar military court extended the detention of
Sayel Abu Quweider, 15, from Hebron, for another 10 days. His lawyer,
prisoners society advocate Elia Theodory, said the military prosecution
is inflexible and has refused to release Abu Quweider on bail because
Israeli soldiers say they saw him throwing stones. Israeli soldiers
detained the boy in the Ar-Ras neighborhood of Hebron last month.
Israeli Police Assault and Arrest Mahmoud Rwidy of Silwan
Today Israeli police beat and arrested Mahmoud Rwidy, a 40-year-old
resident of the Silwan Spring area in Wadi Hilweh, while he was away
with his son to visit the doctor. Eyewitnesses confirm that police
fired pepper spray heavily and directly at Mahmoud Rwidy, and that they
then beat and arrested him.
Two Detainees Start Their Twenty-Fifth Year in Israeli Jails
national committee for supporting detainees stated, on Wednesday, that
two detainees, Ibraheeb A’layan, 45, detained on October
10th,1986 and Sameer Abu Ne’mehn, 50, detained on October 20th,1986,
both from Jerusalem, have entered their twenty-fifth year in Israeli
Prison Destroyed His Dreams: Ma'moun Dar Issa, Victim of Three Dark Years
Abu Ghazala – Jerusalem – PNN/Exclusive - “For three years, it destroyed
my dreams,” said Ma’moun Dar Issa of al-Khader, near Bethlehem. “I was
getting ready to go to my wedding party. I had just completed my
Hamas MP released after 4 years in prison
(Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities on Tuesday released a Hamas-affiliated
lawmaker who served 54 months in prison. Ali Rumanin of Jericho was
seized in 2006 as a bargaining chip following the capture of an Israeli
soldier in Gaza. Without accusing them of involvement, Israel arrested
45 Hamas lawmakers in the aftermath of the abduction in June 2006.
PA Intelligence head in Al-Khalil brags about using torture in W. Bank jails
of the intelligence Mahmoud Hamdan proudly admitted that the security
apparatuses in the West Bank use torture against prisoners, describing
it as a policy that cannot be dispensed with.
Fatah declines Hamas invitation to hold reconciliation talks in Gaza
Hamas official Dr. Salah Al Bardawil said Fatah refused Hamas’s proposal
to hold a meeting aimed at achieving Palestinian reconciliation
in the Gaza Strip.
12 injured in blast at Qassam training site
(Ma'an) -- Twelve Palestinians, including five children and three
women, were injured in an explosion at a training site of Hamas'
military wing the Al-Qassam Brigades on Wednesday in Rafah, southern
Gaza. Locals said a "huge explosion" occurred in the Tel As-Sultan
neighborhood, causing damage to residents' windows. Ambulances and
civil defense crews deployed at the scene to transfer the injured to the
Abu Yousef An-Najjar Hospital in Rafah city, Gaza medical services
spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyya said, describing their injuries as slight.
Last rapper in Gaza struggles to make voice heard
Sponsors, studio owners and party organisers shun Mothafar Assar's Street Band Rappers due to Hamas disapproval.
Rachel Corrie case: Israeli soldier to testify anonymously
criticises decision to allow soldier who drove bulldozer that killed
daughter to give evidence from behind screen. The Israeli soldier at
the controls of a bulldozer that crushed to death 23-year-old Rachel Corrie in Gaza in March 2003
is due to give evidence tomorrow in the civil lawsuit brought by the
American activist's family. However
the judge hearing the case in Haifa has ruled that, for security
reasons, the soldier can testify anonymously from behind a screen,
denying Cindy and Craig Corrie the opportunity to face the man who
directly caused their daughter's death.
Fatah: Syria humiliated us
(Ma'an) -- Fatah said it delayed a meeting with Hamas in Damascus on
Wednesday to discuss a unity deal because "Syria humiliated us" at a
recent Arab League summit, Nabil Sha'ath told Ma'an. "Hamas has nothing
to do with postponing the meeting, but it would be difficult for us to
send a delegation to Damascus after the Syrians humiliated us in their
speech at the Sirtre summit," Sha'ath said.
Abbas suspends PFLP financial allocations
Abbas has ordered the suspension of the financial monthly allocation of
the Popular Front of the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) cashed by the Palestinian national fund, PFLP sources said.
Israelis, Palestinians agree not to embarrass Obama before midterm elections
The Obama administration has secured pledges from senior Mideast
leaders to continue their fitful peace negotiations until after next
month's U.S. midterm elections, largely to avoid handing the Obama
administration an embarrassing diplomatic setback before the Nov. 2
elections. Israeli and Palestinian officials told McClatchy Tuesday
that efforts to reach a compromise would continue until at least Nov. 3,
a move they said "served the current American government." "The time
frame we are following has been designed around the elections in
America," said a senior member of the Palestinian negotiating team. "We
have been asked not to issue announcements that could embarrass
Holding pattern: Middle East peace track at impasse until after midterms
Behind the scenes, the Obama administration is still absorbing the fact
that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has to date rejected a
proposed American compromise package that would have offered various
security and other assurances to Israel in exchange for a 60-day renewal
of a partial West Bank settlement freeze that expired last month. The
American team is said to be frustrated and upset at Netanyahu’s
dismissal to date of the package, which was drafted by the NSC’s Dennis
Ross in close consultation with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and
Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molho.
Assad: Israel not capable, not willing to achieve peace
Bashar Al-Assad has charged that Israel was not willing and was not
capable of achieving peace, adding that only just and comprehensive
peace is capable of achieving stability in the region.
Israel's U.S. ambassador: No one will dictate Israel's borders
Michael Oren speaks at event marking 25 years since establishment of Free Trade agreement between Israel and the U.S.
Report: German mediator back in Gaza
Despite repeated denials by Hamas, Kuwaiti media insists Gerhard Conrad visited Strip in attempt to propel Shalit talks.
Canada denies arrest of suspect in Dubai assassination
police chief says Canadian official informed him of the arrest in July,
though Ottawa officials say the claim is 'baseless', the Canadian daily
The Globe and Mail reports.
Mossad chief may stay on during sensitive period
Agreement would preserve stability in top security service hierarchy
ahead of a sensitive period in terms of peace talks with the
Palestinians and effort to stop Iran's nuclear program.
Uproar at Tel Hai College: Nakba marked on calendar
identity cards after finding out college calendar marks Palestinian
commemoration days. 'What's next? Will they mark Six-Day War
as national occupation day?' One of them asks.
Call to stem Rabin memorials causes storm in Labor Party
Wilf suggests focusing on pre-murder euphoria, says party should cancel
yearly rally and remove former premier's photo from Kneset hall.
Anonymous 'Free Yigal Amir' posts sent to politicos' Facebook accounts
The inflamed political tensions surrounding the 15th anniversary of
Yitzhak Rabin's assassination are seeping into social networking sites.
Akko: 'Kahane was right' on Rabin monument
Police estimate graffiti wasn't sprayed by residents of northern city; mayor denounces 'this cowardly act' .
Friedman: Lunatics in Israeli cabinet
York Times journalist says Jewish state behaving like spoiled child,
'feels no compunction about spurning an American request for longer
settlement freeze after billions and billions of dollars in US aid'.
IDF to block Facebook, Gmail to prevent 'gifts for Hamas'
List of popular websites to be blocked on army bases, offices, to avoid inadvertent leaks of classified information.
PA ready to start construction of West Bank international airport
$340 million project would be built on 8-square-kilometer plot of land east of Jerusalem in the West Bank.
Israel eyes US trade pact with Palestinians
WASHINGTON - Israel hopes a US-backed initiative that helped it expand
trade and economic ties with Egypt and Jordan could be part of a peace
deal with the Palestinians, a top Israeli official said on Tuesday. “We
would like to do that with the Palestinians as well, OK? I hope that
this year would be a year of breakthrough, then we would be delighted to
do that with them,” Israeli Trade and Industry Minister Binyamin
Ben-Eliezer told Reuters after a speech at the US Chamber of Commerce.
The comment came as the outlook for US-brokered peace talks aimed at
reaching a deal to create a Palestinian state alongside Israel remained
very much in doubt.
For Palestinian snake charmer pythons 'part of family' (AFP)
- A lot of fathers would prefer their two-year-old daughters not to ride
a giant Burmese python down the street like a pony -- but not Jamal
Amwasi of Ramallah.
US: The dishonest broker, Avi ShlaimDespite high expectation for Barack Obama, the US president has not convinced Israel to cease settlement construction.
Palestine: The latest Middle East security state?
On recent trip to Ramallah, I spoke with a senior Fatah official and
former Palestinian Authority minister about the state of negotiations
between Israelis and Palestinians. Consistent with most other Israelis
and Palestinians who I'd met, he was not particularly optimistic. The
conversation turned to the advances in security and economic development
in the West Bank under the widely hailed leadership of Prime Minister
Salaam Fayyad. I asked whether progress on political reform had tracked
at all with the progress in those other areas. After acknowledging the
vastly improved security (demonstrated most definitively by the depth of
cooperation between Israeli occupation authorities and Palestinian
security forces) and economic growth (which is real, despite being donor
driven, and thus unsustainable), the official dispatched my question
with a flick of his cigarette. "Political reform?" he smiled. "It's a
Two state idea is over because U.S. was ‘repeatedly diddled by a client state’, Philip Weiss
This morning on his WNYC show, Brian Lehrer
expressed some impatience with the Palestinian refusal to come to the
table without any Israeli shift re settlements. Maen Rashid Areikat, the
Palestinian rep to the U.S., pointed out that negotiations have masked a
continuous colonization of the territory on which Palestinians are
supposed to make a state (on 1/5 of the original land of Palestine) and
that these neighborhoods in East Jerusalem that Lehrer described as
Israeli are illegally occupied. I wonder why these inequities are not as
obvious as the nose on Netanyahu's face, and disturbing to American liberals.
Israel lobby group urges State Department to begin undercover manipulation of Palestinian websites, Philip Weiss
A new report by the Israel lobbyist org Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (with help from the Dershowitz Group)
monitored Palestinians' use of the internet and found that Palestinians
speak freely on internet forums, without "manipulation." And these
Palestinians believe that the two-state solution is dead and are
generally opposed to the peace negotiations that the Obama
administration is conducting, to the point that the authors of the
report recommend that the Obama administration should basically forget
about the negotiations and... start manipulating the online forums!
Brian Lehrer’s evenhandedness disappears when it comes to Israeli violence, Philip Weiss
Yesterday, Brian Lehrer, the popular liberal talkshow host on New York's public radio station, had religious scholar Karen Armstrong on
to talk about different religious traditions. At the end of the segment,
Lehrer said, in so many words, But doesn't Islam have to deal with the
issue of violence? Isn't violent jihad sanctioned by a large percentage
of Muslims worldwide? In a word: Isn't violence inherent to the practice
New tourism law shows the more the Israeli narrative gets challenged, the greater need there is to enforce it, Elinor Amit
A proposal for a new law has been submitted to the Israeli parliament which states that only Israeli citizens would be permitted to serve as tour guides in Israel
(does “Israel” includes the occupied territories? That’s not clear from
the law), when the tour involves non-Israeli citizens. In essence, this
law would put hundreds of East Jerusalemite tour guides out of work. The
sponsors of the law explained their motivation and I think it speaks
Abulhawa: ‘As Palestinians, we are facing our own extinction’, Susan Abulhawa
The other day at the Boston Book Festival, novelist Susan Abulhawa did what few
have achieved over the years, and reduced Alan Dershowitz to a small
pile of feathers. She did so by sticking to the truth of her own
experience, keeping calm under his assaults, pointing out the infantile
character of his insults, and even twitting him for his constant
interruptions. He must be afraid of what I have to say, she said. And
just what did she have to say? Abulhawa, the author of Mornings in Jenin, recounted the ordeal of the occupation in a forthright manner. Here are the author's opening remarks at that discussion:
How many lies can Alan Dershowitz tell in 60 seconds?, David Samel
How many lies can Alan Dershowitz tell in 60 seconds? There have been several posts concerning the recent debate between Dershowitz and Susan Abulhawa
at the recent Boston Book Festival. Many have noted the dramatic
contrast between the calm Abulhawa and the manic Dershowitz. A full
dissection of Dershowitz's falsehoods over the full hour of video would
be too time-consuming, but let's take a look at a single minute of his
rantings, from about 34:15 to 35:15.
first they ignore you, then they ignore you, then they ignore you, then they melt down like Dershowitz, Philip Weiss
The Wall Street Journal page is attacking Breaking the Silence.
Wow. Paul Gigot carrying the heavy water for the Israel lobby, as the
tradition holds. Still: why do they care about some little frikkin
veterans' group in Israel? Yes why. Because the debate is changing on
them fast fast. We're massing in the hills.
‘Haaretz’ author says that Diaspora Jews have dual loyalty, Philip Weiss
You'd never see this in the New York Times, alas. Because dual loyalty is an antisemitic canard, right? In Haaretz,
intern Bianca Ambrosio says the obvious, that Jews in Italy have dual
loyalty, acting politically out of concern for Israel. (Me, I don't say
Jews, I say Zionists).
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=120564 Who are the real prisoners?, Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban
When I asked in my previous article, “Until when this conspiracy of
silence?” concerning more than 11,000 Palestinian prisoners kidnapped
from their homes by Israeli intelligence officers, and suffering the
cruelest torture at the hands of sadist jailers in Israeli prisons, I
wanted to say that Western silence regarding this brutality was only
because the victims are Arabs. But the responses of some Arab bloggers
to my article reminded me of a more dangerous silence, the silence of
Arab people. It is more dangerous because it indicates a collapse of
thought and identity. When a Palestinian youth sacrifices his life to
prevent the demolition of a house in the Salwan neighborhood in
Jerusalem, and when an unarmed Palestinian girl faces the Israeli
military oppression machine on her own, they do so because both of them
believe in their land, their nation and their duty toward both, not only
toward their families and villages, but also toward Palestine.
Israel's Longstanding Middle East Plan, Steve Lendman
Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs senior advisor Oded Yinon published
a revealing document for regional conquest and dominance. Still
relevant today, it's titled "A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s,
translated, edited, and retitled "The Zionist Plan for the Middle East"
by distinguished Professor Israel Shahak (1933 - 2001), longtime
activist, analyst, and outspoken Israeli critic.
JNF caught with its hands on the tillers
This is great news. First there was a letter in The Guardian
calling on Ed Miliband to distance himself from the ethnic cleansers of
the Jewish National Fund. Then there was a letter from the JNF
completely misrepresenting what the JNF exists for. Now there are two
letters in The Guardian exposing the JNF's denial. Now read on.
Guilty of being Muslim: A review of ‘Entrapped’, Anthony Alessandrini
The new documentary “Entrapped,”
was aired as a special report by Democracy Now! on October 6 and
is due to be released on DVD by Big Noise Films, is that rare
documentary that not only informs us about an issue, but in doing so,
actually transforms our understanding of this issue.
12 Israeli jets violate Lebanon airspace
The Lebanese army says 12 Israeli fighter jets have entered the
country's airspace in violation of the international law. The army said
in a statement on Tuesday that the jets flew over several areas in
southern Lebanon, including the city of Sidon, a Press TV correspondent
in Beirut reported. The overflights contravene United Nations Security
Council Resolution 1701, which obliges Israel to keep out of Lebanon's
airspace. Israel, however, violates Lebanon's airspace on an almost
daily basis, claiming they serve surveillance purposes. According to
evidence submitted to the UN by the Lebanese government, Israel has
breached the provisions of the resolution on more than 7,000 occasions
by violating Lebanon's airspace, territorial waters, and border.
Hezbollah slams UN 'interference' in Lebanese affairs (AFP)
- Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement Wednesday accused the United
Nations of interfering in Lebanese affairs, days after the world body
warned tension in the country could affect the entire region.
The Saker's Q&A with "Lebanese Christian" about Hezbollah-Christian relations
Today it is my real pleasure to submit to you the text of a
Q&A I have had with "Lebanese Christian". One of the most
misunderstood aspects of the socio-political reality of Lebanon is the
fact that Hezbollah is very open to Christians as long as they are real
Lebanese patriots and not proxies for Israel and the USA. I asked
"Lebanese Christian" to comment on some of the aspects of the
relationship between Christians and Hezbollah and he kindly agreed to
reply to my question, for which I am deeply grateful to him.
16 people wounded in Mansour District blasts
were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in Al Mansour District
in Baghdad, a source from the Interior Ministry reported. Another
roadside bomb in Al Mansour District wounded a civilian, the source
Tuesday: 19 Iraqis Killed; 25 Iraqis, 15 Iranians Wounded
concentrated on police personnel, but one also came close to harming
the United Nation's top envoy to Iraq. At least 19 Iraqis were killed
and 25 more were wounded in those and other attacks. As many as 15
Iranian pilgrims were injured as well. Also, an Iraqi general says he
will investigate claims that journalists are still being beaten by
IED kills Sahwa fighter, injures 5 in Baghdad
One Sahwa fighter was killed and four others were wounded Tuesday in a bomb explosion in Baghdad, a police source said.
Top UN official survives bomb blast after meeting Iraq's Sistani
Ad Melkert, the top UN official in Iraq, was unhurt after a roadside
bomb following a meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. An Iraqi
policeman was killed in the blast.
Iran tells Iraqi prime minister 'get rid of America'
Iraqi nation is vigilant and aggressors cannot dominate this country
again," Mr Khamenei told Mr Maliki, according to a statement put out by
his office. "May God get rid of America in Iraq so that its people's
problems are solved."
Priests marrying helps Christianity in Iraq: bishop (AFP)
AFP - Allowing priests to marry has contributed to the survival of the
Christian faith in Iraq, said Lebanese Bishop Guy-Paul Noujaim Tuesday,
on the sidelines of a Middle East synod at the Vatican.
Abuse Of Temporary Marriages Flourishes In Iraq
a way of having a "legitimate affair," was banned during Saddam
Hussein's reign but returned after the American invasion. Some say
there's a right way to do the muta'a marriage but others claim rampant
Union-Busting in Iraq, SHERWOOD ROSS
It is only in comic books and Hollywood movies that America's
superheroes exist to defend the underdog. In practice, the armies of
America have fanned out around the globe to show they are the willing
servants of the corporate overdog. As Noam Chomsky writes in his book “Imperial Ambitions”
(Metropolitan), “You can almost predict (U.S.) policy by that simple
principle: Does it help rich people or does it help the general
population? And from that you can virtually deduce what's going to
happen.” There is no more disgraceful example than Iraq.
And the Winner is ... Muqtada, Pepe Escobar
Western media have often spun that Iran masterminded a sort of coup d'etat in Baghdad. It's much more subtle than that.
Kurds are Iraq's kingmakers
In Iraq's current political stalemate, it is the Kurds that hold the power to determine the country's direction.
Iraq's gas profitability could be very far off
in Iraq's huge gas reserves will have to be very patient if they want
healthy profits after Wednesday's natural-gas auction. The short term is
dominated by security problems and political deadlock. Combined with
uncertain local demand and slim margins because of plentiful global gas
supply, the challenges are expected to deter big bids.
Children of Iraqi Insurgents Face Uncertain Future
are denied citizenship, meaning they have no right to basic services.
The widows of insurgent fighters in Diyala province are demanding that
the government acknowledge the hundreds of children whose
fathers died leaving them without Iraqi citizenship.
US, Israel agree Iran prime threat to Mideast
States and Israel on Monday said Iran is among the "greatest
challenges" to stability in the Middle East and reaffirmed their
commitment to preventing the country from developing nuclear weapons.
Iran to try 'US spy suspects'
Americans detained near border with northern Iraq will be charged with espionage and entering the country illegally.
U.S. Other Mideast/World News
Obama expands his Islamophobia to include Sikhs as well
White House team which visited India last month ruled out Obama wearing
the traditional scarf on his head. Indian officials were informally
told that Obama wearing a headscarf to visit the Golden Temple may
convey an image of him appearing to be a Muslim. This is one
misinterpretation Obama's advisors did not want at any cost, given the
political sensitivities over this issue in the US. It's hard to imagine
anything more insulting to his hosts than this. But of course Obama had
absolutely no qualms about wearing a religiously-mandated head-covering
when he visited the Wailing Wail, holy to Jews, in Israeli-occupied
East Jerusalem as part of his pandering to US Zionists and other racists
when he was running for president, as the photo above from his July
2008 visit to Israel and occupied Jerusalem shows (The Guardian).
This is only the latest in a long line of incidents of Obama pandering
to Islamophobia rather than standing up to it. During that same election
campaign visit to Israel and Jordan, Obama aides were instructed not to wear green clothing,
as that is supposedly the color of Islam. Also during the campaign two Muslim women enthusiastically attending an Obama rally were required to move out of camera shot, so that the Post Racial candidate would not be pictured with them.
"... Israel supporters should vote Republican!.."
"... So, count 54 Democrats for Hamas and 78 Republicans for Israel.
....Democrats are somewhat evenly split on Israel, but Republicans favor
it by a 5-to-1 ratio. A consensus exists that the two parties are
growing farther apart over time. Pro-Israel, conservative Jeff Jacoby of
the Boston Globe finds that “the old political consensus that brought
Republicans and Democrats together in support of the Middle East’s only
flourishing democracy is breaking down.” Anti-Israel, left-wing James
Zogby of the Arab American Institute agrees, writing that “traditional
U.S. policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict does not have
bipartisan backing.” Thanks to changes in the Democratic party, Israel
has become a partisan issue in American politics, an unwelcome
development for it. In late March 2010, during a nadir of U.S.-Israel
relations, Janine Zacharia wrote in the Washington Post that some
Israelis expect their prime minister to “search for ways to buy time
until the midterm U.S. elections [of November 2010] in hopes that Obama
would lose support and that more pro-Israel Republicans would be
elected.” That an Israeli leader is thought to stall for fewer
congressional Democrats confirms the changes outlined here. It also
provides guidance for voters."
U.S. Pushes to Ease Technical Obstacles to Wiretapping
They want to increase legal incentives and penalties aimed at pushing
carriers like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast to ensure that any network
changes will not disrupt their ability to conduct wiretaps.
Britain says it's still US 'wingman' despite defense budget cuts
Britain's sharp defense budget cuts target 8 percent of the military's
$59 billion budget. Prime Minister David Cameron called President Obama
to reassure him that the UK would remain a 'first rate' military power.
Extracts from David Hicks' memoir, Guantanamo Bay
My Journey : We are publishing three extracts from Hicks' book, Guantanamo Bay: My Journey which is available from today.
To prison anyway — despite acquittal?
Judge Lewis Kaplan — the judge in the first trial in a federal
civilian court of Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani
(charged with grave acts of terrorism) — has shocked President Obama and
his puppet Attorney General, Eric Holder. Judge Kaplan prohibited the
testimony in the case of a key prosecution witness, Hussein Abebe.
U.S. Trying to "Kill Its Way Out" of Afghan War?, David Martin
strikes in Afghanistan are up 50 per cent and now Defense Secretary
Gates has ordered a second aircraft carrier, the USS Lincoln, into the
fight. Two carriers operating off the coast of Pakistan means about 120
aircraft available for missions over Afghanistan. And that's not
counting U.S. Air Force missions flown out of Bagram and Kandahar.
Afghan leader says prisoner killed in NATO custody
President Hamid Karzai has ordered an investigation into the killing of
an Afghan detainee held by NATO-led troops in a Taliban stronghold in
the volatile south of the country, his office said on Tuesday.
NATO aircraft breach Pakistani airspace once again
NATO's aircraft breached Pakistani airspace once again Tuesday morning
at Pakistan- Afghanistan border town Torkham in the northwest of
Pakistan, local media reported.
Taliban Influence Grows in North
Taliban's influence in northern Afghanistan has expanded in recent
months from a few hotspots to much of the region, as insurgents respond
to the U.S.-led coalition's surge in the south by seizing new ground in
areas once considered secure.
Video shows Papuans being tortured
A graphic and disturbing video shows a Papuan man being poked in the
genitals with a fiery stick as he is interrogated by a group of men who
appear to be members of Indonesia's security services.
Islam in the West
O’Reilly: ‘There is a Muslim problem in the world’
Bill O'Reilly is doubling down on his claim that "Muslims killed us on
9/11" which caused two co-hosts on ABC's The View to walk off the set
last week. The Fox News host opened his interview with Deepak Chopra
Tuesday by saying, "You must be horrified by me." "Don't walk out on
me," joked Chopra. "I believe there is a Muslim problem in the world,"
announced O'Reilly. "I think we should acknowledge it and try to
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