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Israeli forces demolish Palestinian homes, shops
Ramallah – Ma’an – Israeli authorities have demolished eight structures
belonging to Palestinians in a residential area northwest of Ramallah in
the occupied West Bank. Al-Gharbi mayor Ghassan Abu Salem said more
than a dozen military vehicles carrying armed soldiers arrived
mid-morning Wednesday with military equipment to carry out the
demolitions. "They immediately began tearing down the structures," Abu
Salem said. "They were homes and shops right on the main street, but the
army said they were illegally built in 'Area C'," which falls under
Israel demolishes fruit stands in Jenin
July 22, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupying forces demolished today 10
fruit stands near a checkpoint considered as the only crossing of Jenin
to the occupied Palestinian lands of 1948, a few days after giving of
their owners notices of demolition. Witnesses said: "The bulldozers
swept the fruit stands on the street of Jenin - Nazareth near the
crossing north of the city under the pretext of its proximity to the
checkpoint. Mahmoud Abu Farha, a community activist in the village,
said that the Israeli militant bulldozers demolished those fruit stands
under the protection of Israeli soldiers who ransacked its contents and
confiscated some of them.
Israeli forces destroy stables north of Jenin
Jenin - Ma'an - Israeli forces tore down 10 animal stables in the
northern West Bank on Wednesday, onlookers said. Witnesses told Ma'an
that Israeli bulldozers accompanied by military personnel took down the
structures south of the Al-Jalama checkpoint in the Jenin district and
destroyed a row of fruit and vegetable stands nearby.
Criminalization of Popular Struggle Continued; Abdallah Abu Rahmah SentencedPA sets deadline for banning settlement goods
Abdallah Abu Rahmah's first trial from 2005 had reached conclusion
yesterday, with his sentencing to two months of imprisonment and a six
months suspended sentence for participating and organizing
demonstrations and for walking the streets of his village during a
curfew designed to prevent a demonstration. A verdict in Abu Rahmah's main case
for which he is already in jail since December is expected soon.
Israel releases British rapper detained at airport
Ma'an - Israeli airport authorities have released a British-Iraqi
rapper who was held for half a day at Ben Gurion International Airport,
the musician's fan page reported Wednesday. Lowkey was detained Tuesday
upon arrival in Tel Aviv en route to play a number of concerts and hold
a series of musical workshops in refugee camps in the West Bank as part
of the Hip Hop Bus Tour, composed of members from the Existence is
Resistance, The South West Youth Collaborative, and the University of
Hip Hop Chicago.
TIAA-CREF divestment campaign finds strong support among shareholders, Adam Horowitz
At the meeting, those who have retirement accounts with the company can
stand up and speak. We had a designated speaker delivering the postcards
to TIAA-CREF management, and we knew a few other people, mostly
professors and teachers, would get up and ask that their money not be
invested in companies that profit from discrimination, death, and
destruction, and push hope and peace ever further away. But what
happened was extraordinary. First 5, then 10, then 14 people, then more
got up, one after another, to speak from the heart about why TIAA CREF
must not profit from Israel's occupation. These people weren't just JVP
members, but included TIAA-CREF shareholders attending the meeting for
entirely different reasons, who were spontaneously moved to speak in
support of our campaign. Not a
single person spoke to defend Israel's occupation. Not one.In
response, TIAA-CREF corporate leadership asked to meet with JVP, and
they had their first direct talks today. JVP says the fund will respond
if they hear from enough people, especially plan participants. You can
find the petition to sign here
. Watch video here
TIAA-CREF is the most ambitious divestment campaign yet, Pamela Olson
On July 9, 2004, the International Court of Justice found Israel’s Wall built on occupied Palestinian land to be illegal under international law
Israel disregarded the Court’s decision and continued to build wherever
it pleased. It was one of Israel’s many violations of international law
that the international community failed to enforce, and it was the last
straw. A year later, on July 9, 2005, Palestinian civil society called
for the international community—individuals, organizations, companies,
and governments—to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel until it
complies with international law and universal principles of human
rights, believing it to be a powerful form of non-violent resistance to
Women Prepare to Set Sail Past Israel
BEIRUT, Jul 22, 2010 (IPS) - The 'Maryam', an all-female Lebanese aid
ship, currently docked in the northern Lebanese port of Tripoli, is
getting ready to set sail for Gaza in the next few days. The ship, which
aims to break Israel's siege on the Palestinian territory, will carry
about 50 aid workers, including some U.S. nuns keen to deliver aid to
the long-suffering women and children of Gaza.
'Famous athletes on next flotilla'
'Freedom Flotilla 2' reportedly in talks with leading athletes to take
part in sail against Gaza blockade. Potential participants include
Spanish national soccer team captain Iker Casillas, tennis star Rafael
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3923476,00.htmlGaza flotilla has roots in pro-Palestinian group (AP)
- The stream of ships heading to Gaza in defiance of Israel's blockade
reflects the success of a pro-Palestinian group that's been creatively
confronting Israel for years. High on victory, they are flush with new
Pro-Palestinian group sees its struggle as 'Vietnam of our day'
of the International Solidarity Movement have been feeling a sense of
victory of late, flush with volunteers keen on breaking Israel's
blockade of the Gaza Strip.http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/
Indian Call for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
signs indicate that Israel is starting to take seriously the threat of
Palestine solidarity activists, the types of people brushed off for so
long by media and policymakers as marginal and irrelevant. Now, Israel
is moving towards the criminal prosecution of those who advocate
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) as tools to press Israeli
compliance with international law and norms in its Apartheid rule and
occupation of the Palestinian people. As Indian writers and artists call
for a boycott of Israel, it is clearly becoming a global movement. http://www.kabobfest.com/2010/07/indian-call-for-the-academic-and-cultural-boycott-of-israel.html
Ma'an - The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Economy in Ramallah
announced 31 July as the deadline for merchants to clear their shops of
settlement goods or face legal action. The law prohibiting the sale and
purchase of settlement goods was issued by President Mahmoud Abbas on 26
April 2010, with a penalty of two to five years in prison and a fine of
no less than 10,000 Jordanian dinars or a combination of the two
according to offense.
Rebuilding a Demolished Palestinian Home, Ellen Davidson
Rubble covers the tile floor at the site of the demolished home we are
beginning to rebuild in the East Jerusalem section of Anata, a
Palestinian town divided between occupied "East" Jerusalem and the
occupied West Bank. Activists from the United States, Britain, Germany,
and Iran, reinforced daily by local Palestinian and Israeli activists,
have gathered here for the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions'
eighth annual summer rebuilding camp. They will spend two weeks
rebuilding a Palestinian home that has been destroyed by the Israeli
The story of a people's resistance told in "Budrus"
Director Julia Bacha pieces together a lovely film exploring the
evolution of the West Bank village of Budrus' resistance to Israel's
wall, and its reclaiming of its destiny. Jimmy Johnson reviews for The
Israel launches campaign to halt Lebanon Gaza-bound flotilla
Foreign Ministry instructs Israeli ambassadors to ask senior American,
UN, EU and Egyptian officials to pressure Syria and Lebanon to stop
latest planned flotilla from sailing from Lebanon to Gaza.
ISRAEL AND ECONOMIC "WARFARE"
Israeli parliament passes first of three readings illegalizing boycott activism or advocacy
Violence and Aggression
Palestinian shot dead near settlement
Ma’an – A Palestinian man was killed and a second injured by Israeli
gunfire in the occupied West Bank on Thursday morning, Palestinian
security officials said. They told Ma’an that an Israeli force opened
fire on the two at 4:30 a.m. at the entrance of the illegal Barqan
settlement in the Salfit district, killing one man while the second was
'Arab man attacked for talking to Jewish girl'
year old rushed to hospital unconscious after being beaten with heavy
metal object at Tiberias gas station, sustaining serious injuries.
Suspect yet to be apprehended.
The Siege (Gaza & West Bank)/Humanitarian and Human Rights/Restriction of Movement
6 tunnel workers survive collapse
Ma'an – Six workers survived a tunnel collapse Wednesday in Gaza,
medics said. Rescue teams lost contact with the trapped workers inside a
tunnel along the Egypt-Gaza border in Rafah but were later able to help
them navigate out, chief of ambulance and emergency services Muawiya
Hassanein said. Gaza officials have noted a drop in residents working
in the tunnel industry, attributed to Israel's slight ease of its
four-year blockade that saw coriander and other products enter for the
first time in years.
Four Iran MPs plan Gaza trip: reports (AFP)
AFP - Four Iranian lawmakers plan to make a trip to the blockaded Gaza
Strip next week by travelling through Egypt, state news agency IRNA
reported on Wednesday.
Brazil donates $14 million for Gaza reconstruction
Ma’an – Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva signed a decision
granting $14 million for Gaza reconstruction efforts, Palestinian
officials announced. During a visit to Brazil, a Fatah delegation
headed by Central Committee member Nabil Sha'ath met with da Silva, who
applauded President da Silva's positions toward Palestine.
“The question of Palestine runs in the blood vessels of every Brazilian.
I will continue to fight for a just peace leading to establishment of an
independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital,” the
president was quoted as saying.
Thousands of Palestinians still stranded on banks of the Allenby Bridge
Palestinians were either travelling to Jordan or entering the West Bank
from the bridge, which connects Jordan to Jericho of the West Bank.
Israel expels 178 Palestinians lacking permits
Ma’an – Israeli forces detained 178 Palestinians on Thursday morning
for residing in Israel without a permit, security sources said.
Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza are required to apply to Israel
to gain work, study, family visitation, or religious worship permits, a
process rights groups say is discriminatory.
Powerful rebuke of SA Chief Rabbi over Goldstone
The great, strongly anti-Apartheid South African journo Allister Sparks has penned
a powerful rebuke of his country's Chief Rabbi, Warren Goldstein, over
the latter's strongly expressed criticism of Constitutional Court member
Richard Goldstone, and Goldstone's role in heading the UN's fact-finding
mission for Gaza.
IDF to Goldstone: We don't have to promise not to hurt civilians
Second response to UN report includes list of rules of engagement that
were altered. Many officers outraged, say report is exaggerated,
unnecessary apology that will tie military's hands in future.
Rights group: Israel shielding war criminals
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israel's latest report to the UN on the 2008-09 Gaza
war, which details Israel’s response to allegations of international law
violations, proves that Israel has failed to fulfill its international
obligations, a Palestinian human rights organization said Thursday. The
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said in a statement that Israel's
report, Gaza Operation Investigations: Second Update, "serves to
highlight the inadequacies inherent in Israel’s investigative
system" and demonstrates the flaws in Israel's accountability system.
Palestinian, Israel envoys talk past each other on peace (AFP)
AFP - Palestinian and Israeli envoys talked past each other in the UN
Security Council Wednesday on prospects for resuming direct Middle East
peace talks under US sponsorship.
Hamas: US blocking unity deal
Gaza – Ma'an – US intervention in the region has made a unity deal
between rival factions Fatah and Hamas "difficult now and in the near
future," the Islamist movement said Wednesday. Ismail Radwan told Ma'an
radio that "American intervention in the region, the issue of indirect
talks, banning residents from receiving passports, and besieging them in
Gaza" have all stalled efforts to ratify a reconciliation deal. The
spokesman said Hamas was "ready" to sign a deal but said the "continued
imposed policies on the ground" is stalling efforts.
Abbas warns Fatah to get organized or die (Reuters)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned the Fatah party he leads
that its days are numbered unless it puts its house in order.
Palestinians say Israel wants to impose peace
Palestinian envoy to UN says total settlement freeze 'essential' before
direct negotiations are launched. Israeli ambassador urges international
community to prevent Lebanese ships from trying to sail to Gaza.
Abbas signals will resist U.S. pressure for talks
* Abbas says to continue indirect talks until September
* Arab League committee to convene next week
When Rape is Actually Racist Zionism
Israeli Arab in rape racism row
An Israeli Arab who had consensual sex with a woman who thought he was a Jew is convicted of 'rape by deception' in Israel.
Arab 'rape by deceit' conviction in Israel defended
The crime of rape generally refers to non-consensual sexual intercourse.
But an Israeli court has jailed an Arab man in the country for 18 months
for "rape by deception" after having consensual sex with an Israeli
woman. Sabbar Kashur had falsely introduced himself to the woman
as a Jewish bachelor looking for a long-term relationship before they
had sex. The woman accused him of rape after finding out he was Arab.
Merav Mor, a director of resource development at the Association of Rape
Crisis Centers in Israel, defended the court sentencing in an interview
with Al Jazeera. Speaking from Tel Aviv, she said that the sex between
the two was not consensual because Kashur gave the woman false
information. [July 21, 2010]
Israeli Court Calls Lying for Sex Rape, ROBERT MACKEY
A married Arab man who lied to a Jewish woman to get her to sleep with
him — telling her that he was a single Jew interested in a long-term
relationship — was convicted of rape in a Jerusalem court on Tuesday for
the consensual sex the couple engaged in two years ago.
He impersonated a human, Gideon Levy
Now the respected judges have to be asked: If the man was really Dudu
posing as Sabbar, a Jew pretending to be an Arab so he could sleep with
an Arab woman, would he then be convicted of rape? And do the eminent
judges understand the social and racist meaning of their florid verdict?
Don`t they realize that their verdict has the uncomfortable smell of
racial purity, of "don`t touch our daughters"? That it expresses the
yearning of the extensive segments of society that would like to ban
sexual relations between Arabs and Jews?
Racist patriarchy in Israel
This is an example
of racist patriarchy. A man, Sabbar Kashur, has been imprisoned for
doing nothing more than having consensual sex with a woman, whose name
has not been disclosed. Both parties were of age, and no one alleges
that the transaction took place without consent. Initially, this was not
clear, as the original complaint suggested that there had been some
coercion. But as the woman's testimony in the course of the trial made
clear, the only crime that the Kashur, now convicted of rape, committed
was to have allowed the woman to believe that he was Jewish, when in
fact he was an Arab. He did not even actively perpetrate a deceit,
merely chatted the woman up and didn't say "by the way, I am an Arab".
And that has earned him 18 months in prison, on the basis of a plea
bargain. Judge Tzvi Segal explained...
In Israel, Miscegenation Equals Rape
WASHINGTON - July 21 - On Monday, Sabbar Kashur, a young Palestinian man
from East Jerusalem, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for something
called “rape by deception.” Apparently, Mr. Kashur had consensual sex
with a Jewish Israeli woman after assuring her that he was also Jewish.
When she found out that he had lied to her, she went to the police.
Imagine living in a society where you can say, “I wish I had never slept
with you. I’m going to the cops.” Only it’s not funny because Sabbar
Kashur will probably go to jail for a year and a half. Meanwhile,
efforts to combat actual sexual violence are undermined by a cynical
distortion of the term rape. The real crime here, of course, is
Petty Apartheid - Israeli style
amazing how hard Israel is trying to copy Apartheid South Africa. Now
an Israeli court has basically enacted a Zionist version of what used to
be known in Apartheid South Africa as "Petty Apartheid".
Gaza smugglers breach Egyptian barrier
official says underground steel wall built to prevent smuggling via
Gaza Strip border breached hundreds of times; AP footage shows
Palestinian cutting through barrier with blow torch. Smugglers say
wall was never a serious obstacle.
Yossi Melman / Iron Dome may not be as effective as the IDF thinks
Officials painted a rosy picture of the missile defense system after the
recent successful test, but a number of unaddressed issues may shoot down their optimism.
Iron Dome a 'historic' success, but can it protect all of Israel?
The U.S. Congress passed Obama's initiative to provide Israel with a
$205 million grant to procure Iron Dome batteries, but defense experts
say more funding is needed.
War Criminals Supporting Each Other: Sri Lankan ambassador: We back Israel's war on terror
Donald Perera, who served as Sri Lankan chief of staff during offensive
that ended in Tamil rebels' surrender after more than 30 years, is
enjoying a change of pace in Israel. In interview with Yedioth Ahronoth,
he recalls seeing body of rebel leader Prabhakaran, says IDF needs
public's support to successfully eradicate terror. 'Citizens must
realize struggle will exact a heavy price,' he adds.
Environmentalists urge closure of Jordan River baptism site over poor water quality
FoEME says Israel, Syria and Jordan are diverting 98% the Jordan and are
discharging untreated sewage, agricultural run-off, saline water and fish pond effluent into it.
Egypt paper: Israel spreading lies about Mubarak's health'
Editorial in Egypt's state-run al-Gumhuriyya newspaper says Mubarak
in good health, accuses Israel of spreading rumors 'to evade its
commitment to peace'.
Robert Fisk: Why Jordan is occupied by Palestinians
Just opposite the Al-Quds restaurant in central Amman is a dull,
grey-stone building spattered with old bullet holes. In 1970, this was
where the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine staged one of
their last stands against King Hussein's loyal Bedouin troops. In the
resulting bloodbath, the "Black September" of Palestinian history, the
Palestinian "fedayeen" were finally driven from Amman, their "state
within a state" shifting from Jordan to Lebanon.
Non-violence or surrender, Hasan Abu Nimah
One major item on Israel's menu for agreeing to talk to its enemies has
always been "renunciation of violence". Under Yasser Arafat, the PLO
had to commit to renouncing violence, in addition, of course, to other
harsh conditions, before it qualified to exit Israel's rejection list.
Among the many other conditions put by the so-called international
community to Hamas nowadays is "renunciation of violence". Because Hamas
has refused so far to meet such a condition, it remains boycotted by
almost every state regionally and internationally, including Arab
states. Currently Hamas is not engaging in any form of anti-Israel
violence. In fact, the organisation that controls Gaza is strictly
observing a unilateral ceasefire with Israel despite the siege and the
sporadic Israeli air raids often killing innocent people and destroying
private property. Hamas is now often blamed by its Fateh opponents for
preventing other resistance groups from attacking Israel.
Is Israel an asset or a liability? Satloff vs. Freeman
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy's Robert Satloff and the Middle East
Policy Council's Chas W. Freeman, Jr., squared off
Tuesday at the Nixon Center to debate whether Israel is really a strategic
asset or a strategic liability for the United States. Here are some excerpts.
Challenging the Jewish National Fund
As owner of 13 percent of land in Israel, and the organization that
appoints the largest number of people to the Israel Lands Authority
board of directors (6 out of 13), the Jewish National Fund is the
central pillar of Israel's regime over land. Hazem Jamjoum analyzes.
Israel lobby targets another CNN correspondent, Philip Weiss
Another sign of despair, that the battle is now joined inside the castle gates: Israel lobby group Camera is taking on CNN senior Jerusalem correspondent Ben Wedeman, trying to do to him what was done to Octavia Nasr.
Loewenstein and Abunimah on GritTV
I was interviewed
yesterday on leading independent American television show GritTV
Abunimah. We discussed the “peace process”, Palestine, BDS, the role of Barack Obama and the importance of the web.
Beyond a ’strategic liability’–the special relationship has made the U.S. ugly, Scott McConnell
received one of the coveted invitations to Tuesday’s Nixon Center’s
debate between Chas Freeman and Robert Satloff over whether Israel is or
is not an American strategic asset. It was a sign of the intense
interest in the topic (and perhaps too in Chas Freeman) that, in the dog
days of summer, it looked to be the most popular Nixon Center luncheon
of the year. The guest list seemed almost scientifically balanced: in
apparently equal number were representatives from the sturdy Arabist Washington Report
on Middle East Affairs, and several more or less like-minded
organizations, as well as from AIPAC, the ADL, the JTA. But with one
exception, the audience was exceedingly polite throughout.
New battleline: ‘Tablet’ calls 4 ‘anti-Israel’ blogs ‘agents of influence’, Philip Weiss
ran a piece today on 4 "anti-Israel" bloggers who are allegedly
mainstreaming anti-Semitism so as to gin up the traffic numbers of
"media companies": Steve Walt, Andrew Sullivan, Glenn Greenwald and me.
Exalted company! The piece says that all four are Jew-baiters and
"agents of influence," and none is quoted-- though commenters on a
couple of the sites are, and Jeffrey Goldberg, too, saying that Walt is
trying to marginalize Jews from American life. A truly vicious charge
about a guy who I'm told has promoted diversity at every turn.
Why are there No Hammers on the Bus?, Joharah Baker for MIFTAH
way home the other day in one of the larger Ramallah-Jerusalem buses, I
noticed something that had apparently slipped passed me before.
Plastered on some of the large windows of the bus were transparent
stickers with red writing and a drawing of a hammer on broken glass –
"In case of emergency, break glass" it said. Instinctively, my eye
immediately searched for the hammer depicted on the sticker. But instead
of finding it, I saw empty red holsters sitting lonely, without their
host, screwed pointlessly on the panels between the windows.
Who's Aiding Judaisation?, Nicola Nasser
when the American Jewish tycoon Judah Touro donated $60,000 -- a
fortune for that time -- towards the construction of the first Jewish
settlement outside the old walls of Jerusalem, public and private
American funds have aided the creation and territorial expansion of
Israel. Israel today is the foremost recipient of US aid. According to a
USAID green paper, between 1946 and 2008 Israel has received more aid
than Russia, India, Egypt and Iraq. In fact, the US has poured more
money into Israel than it did into the Marshall Plan for the
reconstruction of Europe after World War II. However, a recent New York
Times article adds a new dimension to the story. On 5 July, the Times
reported that, over the last decade more than 40 American groups have
collected more than $200 million in tax-deductible gifts for Jewish
settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, indicating
that the US Treasury is effectively aiding and abetting illegal
settlement expansion and the Judaisation of Jerusalem.
Redundant but Dangerous Language, Ramzy Baroud
Israel fails to keep its 'side of the bargain', the Palestinian
Authority responds with the same redundant language. The cycle has
become so utterly predictable that one wonders why the Palestinian
Authority officials even bothers protesting Israeli action. They must be
well aware that their cries, genuine or otherwise, will only fall on
deaf ears. They know that their complaints could not possible contribute
to a paradigm shift in Israel’s behavior, or the US position on it.
So much collaboration, so little time
Housies™ (that’s a new term I just coined to conveniently refer to “House Arabs and House Muslims”)
usually prompt to voice their opinions regarding non-urgent matters,
petty issues and non-newsworthy news. Behold the examples: Without
missing a beat and in spite of limited resources, ADC promptly expresses
solidarity with other communities. For instance, it condemned an attack
on a Holocaust museum the same day it occurred. “The
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the nation‘s largest
Arab-American civil and human rights organization, is appalled by the
shooting that took place earlier today at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.” ADC also gave Ann Coulter a scolding within a
mere 24 hours of her anti-Semitic remarks on CNBC.
Gunmen kill 4 in northern Iraq drive-by shooting (AP)
AP - Police say gunmen have killed four people in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul where insurgents remain active.
Iraq car bomb kills 30 (AFP)
AFP - A car bomb killed 30 people and wounded 46 near a mosque in a
predominantly Shiite area of the mixed city of Baquba, north of the
Iraqi capital Baghdad, on Wednesday, security officials said.
Wednesday: 16 Iraqis Killed, 32 Wounded
At least 16 Iraqis were killed 32 more were wounded in various
attacks across the country. The worst violence collapsed a building in
Diyala province, which has suffered several attacks in the last few
Car bomb kills 13 at market in Iraq's Diyala province (Reuters)
Reuters - A car bomb exploded in a crowded market near the city of
Baquba in Iraq's northern Diyala province Wednesday, killing at least 13
people and wounding 26 others, police said.
Fallujah children's 'genetic damage'
and infant mortality are all increasing in the Iraqi town of Fallujah,
which saw fierce fighting between US forces and Sunni insurgents.
Qadisiyah Smoking Ban Meets Opposition
Residents say officials should prioritise services rather than anti-smoking initiative.
Restive Iraqi Province to Censure Clerics
Diyala authorities introduce controversial rules to rein in incendiary sermons.
Iraq needs $7 billion to rebuild industry: minister (AFP)
Improved security is allowing Iraq to rebuild its shattered industry
but up to seven billion dollars is needed to help the sector recover
from years of war and sanctions, the industry minister told AFP.
Britain's Clegg says Iraq invasion was "illegal" (Reuters)
Reuters - Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg described the 2003
invasion of Iraq as illegal on Wednesday, putting the new coalition
government under pressure to clarity its position on the war.Lebanon
Sayyed Nasrallah Snatches Lebanon’s Attention Thursday Night
These are the words Lebanese newspapers and press outlets used a day
after Hezbollah’s press confirmed that Hezbollah Secretary General
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah will hold “an important press conference” on
Thursday night at 8:30 (Beirut Time) at the Shahed school hall on the
airport road. It was reported that Hezbollah Secretary General will
make a speech on July 25, followed by another address on July 30. But it
seems that the events have been accelerating to a speed where his
appearance on the Lebanese people today was indispensible. Thursday
newspapers were heavy with predictions and assumptions but all were on
the main road, with minor differences. As-Safir daily said that the
Hezbollah secretary general will make a well-toned stance that could
also include a “big surprise” for the Lebanese. It added he will unveil
new information about the international tribunal and spy networks.
As-Safir journalist Nabil Haytham wondered in his report where would the
country go with an indictment against Hezbollah based on “false reports
Five suspected Israel spies reportedly flee Lebanon
a former senior officer in the Lebanese Army, is thought to have
escaped to Germany by commercial plane; security forces looking for
four others who disappeared.
'Lebanon to file UN complaint over alleged Israel espionage'
Lebanese media reports Beirut compiling comprehensive report on Israel's
alleged clandestine involvement in a state-owned telecom company.
Lebanon sentenced to death as Israel 'spy' (AFP)
A Lebanese military court on Wednesday sentenced a former school
principal to death on charges of spying for Israel in 2008, a judicial
official told AFP.
Nasrallah, Jumblatt discuss furor over spies for Israel, Special Tribunal
leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah met Progressive Socialist Party leader
MP Walid Jumblatt to discuss the latest political developments,
particularly the ongoing debate over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
(STL) investigating former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination, a
statement said Wednesday.
Lebanon allows work permits for Palestinians
The Lebanese government has amended one of its labor laws to allow Palestinians to work in areas previously forbidden to them.
Iran Says Scientist Was a Double Agent
government claimed Wednesday that Shahram Amiri was sent to provide
false information to American intelligence — a story they’re making in a
Iran Tells Lawmakers to Respond to Fuel Sanctions
Iran's parliament approved a law yesterday calling on the government to
retaliate against any countries that inspect the Islamic state's ships
and aircraft or refuse to provide fuel to its aircraft as part of
foreign sanctions, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
U.S. Revamps Its 'Muddle East' Policy
The foreign policy team of US President Barack Obama is undertaking a
reassessment of its policy all over the Middle East, including Israel.
No one has made or will make a public declaration about such a change,
but a reassessment is nonetheless under way, and we can already detect
the first products of this rethinking of policy. The policy of keeping a
distance from Israel, of picking fights with Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, led nowhere. There was a nominal freeze of
construction in the settlements. The settlement freeze was not important
in the first place and Mr Obama has decided, as you could tell during
his latest meeting with Netanyahu, not to make it the central issue
and other World
Woman allegedly mocked during airport strip search
She said the women made her bend over a table, open her legs, and squat
and cough. They asked her personal questions, like when she last had
sex, Flynn said.
Gingrich: 'No Mosque'
— Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday announced his
opposition to a planned mosque near ground zero, becoming the latest
Republican leader to place the project on the national political stage.
In a statement posted on his website, Gingrich, a potential 2012
presidential contender, said flatly, "No mosque." And he criticized
Muslim leaders for suggesting the mosque's opponents are religiously
Muslims in France feel the sting of discrimination
The relatively uncommon burka is just one of the issues making things
tense. 'It's like the Jew before,' one businessman says of the
prejudice. 'It's dangerous.'
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