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Land and Property Theft and Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing|
Abbas signals renewed settlement construction won't end talks
Abbas has repeatedly threatened to walk away from peace talks, launched
this month in Washington, if Israel resumes building in its West Bank
Civil Administration hands down stop-work orders
-- Israel's Civil Administration handed several stop-work orders to
residents in villages in the northern West Bank districts of Qalqiliya
and Salfit on Monday. Several homeowners in the Kafr Thulth village in
Qalqiliya received the notices, including the director-general of
Ministry of Local Governance in Tulkarem, Raed Muqbil.
Israel razes East Jerusalem home
-- Israeli forces razed a home and small animal shelter in the East
Jerusalem neighborhood of At-Tur on Tuesday, after the owner was told
the home was built without a license. Wael Darwish Da’na, father of
ten, said he had been served with a warning notice two months earlier,
but had hired a lawyer to contest the demolition.
Jerusalem: Israeli Authorities Demolish A Farm And Bulldoze Lands
Maysa Abu Ghazaleh - Jerusalem \PNN – the Israeli Nature Development
Authorities demolished on Tuesday a Palestinian owned farm and bulldozed
farmlands in East Jerusalem. The farm belongs to Wa’el Da’nna, he says
that the destruction of his farm happened without any warning. The farm
had 50 sheep, six horses in addition to olive trees. Meanwhile
bulldozers belongs to the Nature Development Authorities also bulldozed
farm lands owned Palestinian Palestinians near Jerusalem; the bulldozers
damaged the water and electcity networks of the nearby houses, the
Israeli troops continue onslaught against West Bank homes
Israeli bulldozers backed by police and special forces stormed Tuesday
morning two south Negev towns unrecognized by the Israeli government,
razing two houses. [Hamas website, may not be accessible to all]
PA says settlers bulldozed land in Bethlehem village
-- The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Agriculture's anti-wall and
settlement unit on Wednesday toured land in the Al-Khader village that
was overturned by settlers. Unit coordinator Awad Abu Suwiey said
settlers bulldozed a 30-by-10-meter part of the plot and uprooted 30
grapevines and several almond trees.
Israeli settlers raid olive orchards, attempt to steal olives
September 21, 2010 - 18:18, A number of Palestinian civilians were
wounded in clashes with Israeli settlers who invaded the olive orchards
that belong to the Palestinian farmers in the village of Burin, near the
northern West Bank city of Nablus, in the early hours of Tuesday
Settlers Harvesting Palestinian Olives; Clash Erupted South of Al-Khalil
20 Sep 2010 - Palestinians from the occupied West Bank village of Burin
and settlers from the settlement of Har Brakha, near Nablus, clashed
Monday. Israeli occupation soldiers dispatched to the scene dispersed
the clash, declared the area a restricted military zone and restored
22 September 2010: Following court petition, Israel will reduce prohibited mining in the West Bank
will stop Israeli mining According to a report in Ha’aretz, Israel
will stop Israeli mining activity in the West Bank, which breaches the
prohibition in international law on exploiting the natural resources of
an occupied territory. The decision was made following Yesh Din’s petition, in March 2009, to the High Court of Justice, demanding that the mining work cease.
Quartet to urge Israel to keep settlement freeze
The Quartet statement, to be issued after a meeting on the sidelines of
the U.N. General Assembly, increases pressure on Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu to extend a 10-month settlement freeze due to expire
at the end of September.
Netanyahu: Continued settlement construction shouldn't end Mideast peace talks
Referring to the possibility of holding referendum on a future peace
deal, PM says the people of Israel will have to decide, 'one way or
Could Israelis in Occupied West Bank Derail Peace Talks? (Time.com)
Negotiations over their fate come and go, but those Israelis who've
made their homes in occupied territory see themselves as intractable
facts on the ground.
Playwright Sobol: Settlements are like ticks on a dog
Jeruslalem Post 20 Sep 2010 - During a Peace Now flight, writer compares settlements to metastasized tumors.
Israel Developing “Jewish Tourist Sites” in West Bank
As Palestinian and Israeli delegations continue meeting for peace
negotiations, Israel’s Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov has announced
plans to designate NIS 9 million for the development and renovation of
tourist sites in settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Sanctions & Divestment
Free ALL PALESTINIAN POLICITAL PRISONERS!! Rally
The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat demands the release of all
Palestinian Authority political prisoners and an end to the policy of
security cooperation and calls upon all to rally for Palestinian
prisoners October 5-15, 2010
Conscientious Objector Omer Shoshan Imprisoned
Omer Shoshan was sentenced to 20 days of imprisonment after refusing to
continue his military service in the Israeli army. CO Omer Shoshan,
19, from the town of Yehud, near Tel Aviv, was sentenced to 20 days of
imprisonment. Omer Shoshan enlisted in the Israeli military eight months
ago. It was already as a soldier that he decided to refuse to continue
his military service.
Peaceful al Ma’asara demonstration attacked by soldiers, Joseph Dana
Some thirty Palestinian, Israeli and international activists gathered
this week in alMa’asara to protest against Israeli Apartheid and the
Wall. The small procession passed through the village, and was met by a
gang of soldiers and Border Police officers at its outskirts. The
soldiers declared the area was a closed military zone, and allowed the
demonstrators a minute to leave.
Syrian aid boat docks in Egypt
(Ma'an) -- A Syrian-sponsored aid boat carrying goods for Gaza docked
in the Egyptian port of Al-Arish on Wednesday, a statement issued
by the Syrian Red Crescent read. Head of the Syrian Red Crescent Marwan
Abdallah said a delegation arrived in Egypt on Wednesday to accompany
the transfer of goods into Gaza. The delegation will be permitted into
the Strip with 40 tons of medical supplies.
Libyan aid flotilla plans to leave for Gaza Strip
Civil Mission to Support Palestinian People announces it will send "Jerusalem 5" aid convoy, 'Palestine Telegraph' reports.
Gaza-bound aid ship due to set sail from Indonesia soon
The Deputy Speaker of Indonesia Parliament Dr. Muhammad Anis Matta said
preparations are being made to send a naval convoy from Indonesia to
Gaza to bust the Israeli siege. [Hamas website, may not be accessible to all]
Seven ways you can get on board with the Canadian Boat to Gaza
committee is moving quickly to make the Canadian Boat to Gaza a
reality. The international community believes that, at this time,
we can achieve the most impact in our goal of breaking the siege by
sending flotillas in partnership with the Free Gaza Movement. We plan
to sail with the next international flotilla -- with boats from USA,
South America, and Europe -- in late fall of this year. We are building
momentum and gaining support, with diverse communities from across
Canada rallying behind our project. An effort of this magnitude will
take all of us, and there is a role for everyone as this exciting
project unfolds. Here are seven ways you can get on board the Boat to
Army chief: More flotilla casualties possible
Preparing for another clash? Resistance to IDF forces on board upcoming
flotillas may result in casualties, Chief of Staff Ashkenazi tells
Knesset committee; Gaza-bound vessels 'a challenge for the IDF and for
Israel,' he says.
Palestinians to call for boycott of Israeli goods in front of settlement supermarket, Joseph Dana
A protest vigil in front of the Rami Levy supermarket in front of the
Sha’ar Binyamin settlement, off road 60 on Thursday 23rd
of September.The Rami Levy supermarket chain has several stores in
settlements throughout the West Bank, and carries many settlement
products. The chain is popular among some Palestinian shoppers,
attracting its clientele through cheap pricing. The protesters will
call on Palestinians to avoid supporting the Occupation and settlements’
economy by boycotting Israeli goods and settlement stores.
Demonstrators will also remind Palestinians that Rami
Levy, the owner of the supermarket chain, is a member of the Jerusalem
municipality, and as such is directly complicit in Jerusalem house
demolitions and city-sponsored settler takeovers of Palestinian homes.
British trade union approves West Bank boycott
LONDON (JTA) – Britain’s national trade union has again voted to support
a boycott of goods made in West Bank settlements and of companies
profiting from the area. Delegates to the Trade Unions Congress’s (TUC)
annual conference voted unanimously last week to support the boycott
resolution. The union also condemned the Histadrut, Israel’s national
trade union, for supporting the Gaza blockade and Israel’s action to
stop the aid flotilla in May. It reiterated its support and continued
cooperation with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Palestinian trade
Settlement boycott to target Israeli chain store
-- The Palestinian Authority Ministry of National Economy, charged with
implementing the boycott of settlement-made goods, announced Tuesday it
will be launching a boycott campaign against an Israeli chain of
superstores, a statement read. The ministry said the Rami Levi Shivok
Hashikma chain, which has "spread like cancer" following the opening of
new stores in Ramallah, Hebron and Bethlehem.
US food co-op considers boycott of Israeli goods
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A California food co-op will vote Tuesday on a plan
put forward by the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement to ban
Israeli goods from store shelves in a move that has riled Israeli
diplomats. Israeli deputy consul-general for the California area Gideon
Lustig traveled to Port Townsend, the town whose co-op is considering
the boycott, at the request of an Israel advocacy group which opposes
the boycott of Israeli products.
Celebrities cultural boycotting Israel
The issue of Israeli settlements has captured attention far beyond the
arena of international politics. Several celebrities have now thrown
their weight behind what is being termed a "cultural boycott" against
further building on Palestinian land. But with Israel's construction
freeze due to expire at the end of the month, there are doubts that
these efforts will make any impact. Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros reports.
BNC Event: "South African anti-apartheid strategy and BDS, then and now"
Global BDS 21 Sep 2010 - The Palestinian Boycott Divestment and
Sanctions National Committee(BNC)cordially invites you to a public
presentation entitled "South African anti-apartheid strategy and BDS,
then and now" by Professor Patrick Bond.
Segregation and solidarity, Joseph Dana
The following is in response to an informal gathering of 'solidarity'
the Sheikh Jarrah movement is holding in Tel Aviv on Friday to inform
israelis about the struggle there and hopefully recruit more people.
Audrey Farber responds again to NIF guidelines
As anyone knows who has actually seen the new NIF guidelines , the
mention of the character of the state of Israel doesn’t come until the
very end. In fact, as would be expected from a grant-making institution,
the majority of the guidelines cover standard funding topics. They
require the grant applicants to be in full compliance with laws, to be
relevant to NIF, to be a non-profit, and to maintain standards of
transparency and accountability. Only at the end to we find the
notorious “NIF will never support your organization” clauses which have
elicited sensationalist reactions. But if we actually read them, we find
that perhaps these are not so sensational.
Ahava Complicit in the Sins of Occupation, Alex Kane
Walk into any Ricky's store, a beauty shop chain in New York, and you
will find a shelf filled with Ahava products. For $28, you can buy
mineral toning cleanser; for $22, Dead Sea liquid salt; and for $9,
purifying mud soap. The products made by Ahava (which means "love" in
Hebrew) seem innocent enough, perfectly enticing for anyone fond of
beauty products. But looks can be deceiving. As activists from the
peace group CodePink's Stolen Beauty campaign are fond of chanting at
protests, Ahava can't hide its "dirty side."
BDS: Boycotting Apartheid
In July, in Rachel Corrie’s hometown of Olympia, Washington state, the
popular Food Co-op announced that no Israeli products would be sold at
its two grocery stores. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a principal endorser of
this new Israel Divestment Campaign, issued a statement endorsing the
boycott. “The Olympia Food Co-op has joined a growing worldwide movement
on the part of citizens and the private sector to support by non-violent
tangible acts the Palestinian struggle for justice and
New H&M Apartheid Store Inaugurated
On 26 August 2010, H&M opened its fourth store in the apartheid
state of Israel. To mark the occasion, on 8 September BDS activists in
Gothenburg, Sweden protested outside the local H&M flagship store.
The protest theme was a satirical inauguration of the new apartheid
store, with an inaugural speech, ribbon cutting ceremony, question
competition, checkpoint, and flyers.
The Siege (Gaza & West
Bank)/Humanitarian/Restriction of Movement/Human Rights/Racism
Gaza medical sector facing crisis
The organization Medecin Sans Frontieres [Doctors Without Borders] has
emphasised that the continued Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip which has
lasted for several years has had a negative impact on the health sector
and provision of medical services to the sick and wounded. During a
press conference in Gaza on Tuesday, 21 September, the head of the MSF
mission in the Palestinian territories, John Locke, said: "The siege and
the closure of the crossings has had serious implications for the health
sector and the medical services provided to citizens due to a lack of
medical supplies, medicines and fuel" adding that "despite it being a
year and a half on from the most recent Israeli war and the opening of
crossing points to allow in aid sent by the various international
non-governmental organizations, the conditions of the health services
within the sector remains fragile."
160 killed in Gaza tunnels: Rights groups
Human rights groups say 160 Palestinians have died digging cross-border
tunnels between the city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Falling
standards of living and unprecedented levels of unemployment together
with unrelenting poverty have led many young Gazans to risk their lives
in tunnels to make a living.
Egypt: “Aid Must Be Unloaded In Al Arish Before Being Moved To Gaza”
Tuesday September 21, 2010 - 01:15, A spokesperson of the Egyptian
Foreign Ministry, stated Monday that the Egyptian Authorities are
closely following “Artery of Life 5” aid convoy heading to Egypt, and
will allow aid supplies to enter Gaza as long as organizers follow
Israel seals West Bank for 7-day holiday
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army announced Tuesday that it will be
closing off all crossings between the West Bank and Israel at midnight,
ahead of the seven-day Jewish holiday of Sukkot. A statement issued by
the military said the crossings will be reopened on 30 September "in
accordance with security assessments adopted by the defense
Palestinians forced to claw their way to building Israel's dream homes
Some arrive before 3 A.M. so that they can make it to work on time and earn NIS 200 a day.
At one Jerusalem mall, 1 in 3 Jews disapprove of Arab shoppers
said that 35 percent of the Jewish shoppers he interviewed at Malha
expressed negative opinions about Arabs there. "If I would go to them,
they'd butcher me," one woman said. One man said the mall had "gone down
hill" with the Arabs there.
Israel Makes Meeting Another Arab a Crime, Jonathan Cook
vague security offence of “contact with a foreign agent” is being used
by Israel’s secret police, the Shin Bet, to lock up Arab political
activists in Israel without evidence that a crime has been committed,
human rights lawyers alleged this week. The lawyers said the Shin Bet
was exploiting the law to characterise innocent or accidental meetings
between members of Israel’s large Arab minority and Arab foreign
nationals as criminal activity. The chances of such contacts have
increased rapidly with advances in new technology and opportunities for
Israel’s Arab citizens to travel to the wider Arab world, said Hussein
Abu Hussein, a lawyer who represents security detainees.
Al Heyt Ethiopia
These powerless and humble folk have been misled, lied to, disappointed
and left to rot. By keeping the Falashmura in limbo, we have
dramatically lowered the standard of living of the poorest of the poor.
Israel Arrests 35 African Immigrants
21, 2010 - 08:48, Israeli soldiers arrested nearly 35 African
immigrants who managed to infiltrate into Israel through three border
points in the center of Sinai and south of the Kerem Shalom (Karem Abu
Haredi extremists versus visitors - women are not invited
Gender relations, Mea She'arim style: non-Haredi women plan a march
through the neighborhood Friday morning to protest discrimination
Hamas’ Record on Women, a Mixed Bag, Hanitizer
When it comes to women rights, Hamas in Gaza continues to pass and
enforce laws and regulations that are baffling to say the least. I have
been watching their actions on women related matters and most of the
time I am surprised by how much time to dedicate to making the life for
women a bit more difficult. But then when I went to Gaza and saw how
things are, I started to see Hamas’s record as a mixed bag. While the
majority of Hamas figures see the home and family are the only place for
a women. Many Hamas supporters also engage in polygamy (but her husband
is a Shaheed). Granted there are things I see as a downside, some might
seem them as an upside. For example, in their rallies, Hamas likes
to enlist the help of women by promising them to get food stamps for
showing up to their rallies. Here is a list of observations on Hamas’
record on women as the Hamas government continues to make waves.
Violence/Aggression & Provocations
residents shot dead by settlement guards; Massive army presence as
clashes continue in Baten el-Hawa, next to Beit Yonathan settlement
Very early this morning in Silwan Village, a patrol of private armed
guards stopped near a group of unarmed Palestinian men who were on the
Wadi Hilweh Street. According to eyewitness reports, the guards spoke
provocatively to the Palestinians, and an argument took place between
them. It was during the verbal argument that eyewitnesses say the
settlement guards opened fire on the Palestinian men. The two injured
were brought to Ein Kerem hospital. One of the Palestinians, Samer
Sarhan, who is a father of five young children, was pronounced dead
immediately upon arrival to the hospital. The second man is now
confirmed as having died.
East Jerusalem clash turns deadly
One Palestinian killed and five others wounded in clash with Jewish settlers in Silwan neighbourhood.
Killing of Hamas operative raises questions about conduct of elite Israeli units in pursuing militants
Muhammad Abu Shilbaya, a brother of the slain militant, said that
soldiers forced their way into his house before 3 a.m. and ordered him
to lead them to his brother's home nearby. There the front door was
broken open and soldiers entered the darkened home while Muhammad was
ordered to turn and face a wall outside.
"I heard Iyad call three times, 'Who's there?' and seconds later I heard
shooting," Muhammad Abu Shilbaya said. "Then it was quiet." The brother
said that soldiers ordered him to sit on the floor inside the house, and
they opened a stretcher to take out the body of the slain man.
IOF soldiers shoot at Rafah farmers
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened machinegun fire at Palestinian
farmers and shepherds near Gaza airport to the east of Rafah, south of
the Gaza Strip, on Tuesday, eyewitnesses reported.[Hamas website, may not be accessible to all]
Settlers attack school near the Ibrahimi Mosque
Jewish settlers in Al-Khalil city attacked Palestinian school pupils
while on their way to school and threw stones at them, claiming their
children were attacked by the pupils. [Hamas website, may not be accessible to all]
Union leader: Israeli forces raid stone factory
-- A union leader said Israeli forces raided a marble factory in Beit
Fajjar in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem on Tuesday,
confiscated machinery and equipment. Chairman of the Board of Stone and
Marble Industry Union Subhi Thawabta said the raid "aimed at striking
the Palestinian economy's infrastructure and its most important
national sector." Thawabta appealed to the international community to
bring an end to Israeli attacks against Palestinians, particularly
against the Palestinian economy.
Complaint lodged in case of 16-year-old girl used as a human shield
22 September 2010] – On Monday, 20 September 2010, DCI-Palestine and
Adalah lodged a complaint with the Israeli Military Advocate General
(MAG) arising out of the use by Israeli soldiers of a child as a human
shield. DCI-Palestine and Adalah have received credible evidence that
at 3:30am, on 18 February 2010, a 16-year-old girl (D.A.) was used as a
human shield by units of the Israeli army whilst conducting operations
in the old city of Nablus, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Israeli army raids school, detains 2 pupils
(Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided a school in Hebron's Old City on
Wednesday and detained two ninth grade students, the Palestinian
Authority Ministry of Education said in a statement. The PA ministry
said forces raided the Al-Ibrahimmiyee School after surrounding it for
over an hour, searched classes and detained Anas Jabber and Deya Beshar
"accusing them of throwing stones on a settler's car that was passing
near the school."
Israeli Military kidnapped Two Palestinians
military kidnapped two Palestinian civilians from the southern West Bank
city of Bethlehem and the nearby village of Hussan, Wednesday morning.
Israeli Army Abducts Citizens From Jenin
Monday September 20, 2010 - 12:13, Israeli military abducted three
citizens from the villages of Jab'a and Seelit ad-Dahr, and invaded the
northern West Bank city of Jenin Monday morning.
Israeli army detains 6 Nablus residents
(Ma'an) -- The Israeli army detained six Palestinians from the northern
West Bank city of Nablus after armoured vehicles raided the area early
Wednesday morning, a Palestinian security source told Ma'an. The source
said forces entered the eastern area of the city at 2 a.m. and raided
Amman Street, An-Najah Old City Street, Ras Al-Ein, At-Titi Bridge and
the Al-Ma'ajin area before detaining six young men and later withdrawing
from the city.
Women's Organization for Political Prisoners (WOFPP)
There are, at present, 37 women political prisoners in the Israeli
jails: 22 in Hasharon Prison (Tel Mond), 15 in Damoon Prison (Carmel
To learn more about this click the link.
Israel's Arab Helpers
Activists face broad PA crackdown in West Bank
direct negotiations are underway between Israel and the Palestinian
Authority, activists with dissenting political parties are being
arrested and worse in the occupied West Bank. Nora Barrows-Friedman
reports from Dehiesheh refugee camp.
PA cracks down on Hamas official for criticizing peace talks
Abd El Rahman Zidan arrested overnight, taken to police headquarters and
subsequently released into the city's main street wearing pajamas.
Abbas's militia detains son of MP, as criticism mounts of its kidnap of Zeidan
Militia loyal to de facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday
detained Hamza Qarawi, the son of Hamas MP Fathi Qarawi, while working in Rafidiya hospital in Nablus.[Hamas website, may not be accessible to all]
Hamas prisoners: Violations in Israeli jails rise with every round of peace talk
The Hamas senior leadership committee of prisoners in Israeli jails said
Tuesday that recent cell raids in Israeli jails recur with every new round of negotiations between PA and Israel.[Hamas website, may not be accessible to all]
Gaza on the Ground: Angry Gazan Accuses Hamas of 'Protecting the Borders With Israel', Mohammed Omer
anger prompting a controversial e-mail from a Gazan calling himself "Mr.
Joker" was unmistakable. After all, it was sent at the very time Israel
was coming under heavy international criticism for its deadly May
31, 2010 attack on the humanitarian Gaza Freedom Flotilla. Despite
requests from the U.N., Turkey and other countries and international
organizations for an independent investigation of the assault,
Netanyahu's right-wing government was showing little intention of
cooperating with, much less undertaking, such an investigation.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6 Hamas: Egypt using open border to trap officials
(Ma'an) -- Hamas accused Cairo Tuesday of using the Rafah crossing's
opening to detain party officials as they travel abroad via Egypt
following the detention of the Gaza government's intelligence chief in
Cairo. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told reporters that opening the
border to trap Hamas officials was "unacceptable and inappropriate,"
following the detention of General Security Service Commander Muhammad
Dabaeesh, also known as Abu Radwan, at the Cairo International Airport.
Egypt destroys 15 Gaza smuggling tunnels
El Arish, Egypt - Egyptian security forces on Tuesday destroyed 15
tunnels used to smuggle cars, petrol and other goods into the Gaza
Strip, a security source said. After destroying the tunnels, officials
discovered 12 more running across various points along Egypt's
11-kilometre-long border with Gaza, the source said. The source said
that Egyptian authorities confirmed with officials on the Gaza side of
the border that no people were underground before demolishing the
Egyptian writer: Arresting Debabesh meant to pressure Hamas to sign document
An Egyptian writer has opined that the detention of Hamas leader
Mohammed Debabesh was meant as a pressure card on Hamas to sign the
Egyptian document for Palestinian reconciliation as is.[Hamas website, may not be accessible to all]
Hamas slams Egypt over arrest of top official (AFP)
AFP - The Islamist Hamas movement ruling Gaza on Tuesday condemned
Egypt's arrest of one of its top officials, calling it an "extremely
dangerous" move by Cairo.
Qassam fired from Gaza following Netanyahu visit
after Netanyahu toured Gaza vicinity communities, Hamas fires rocket at
Israel, which explodes on Palestinian side of fence. No injuries or
"Peace" Talks/Political Developments
Gaza: Factions convene over direct talks
(Ma'an) -- Fatah participated in a meeting called for by Islamic Jihad
and Hamas to discuss direct negotiations in Gaza City on Tuesday, an
Islamic Jihad spokesman said. The spokesman said the meeting was
convened in order to form a stance on direct talks and discuss "Israeli
threats to launch aggression against the Gaza Strip."
Al-Masri arrives in Gaza for unity talks
CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian National Coalition leader Munib Al-Masri
arrived in Gaza on Tuesday to discuss the ratification of a unity deal
between rival movements Hamas and Fatah. The Nablus businessman and
independent politician met with Hamas officials upon his arrive and said
he was scheduled to meet with Fatah leaders the following day to
"brainstorm and discuss what is going on in order to respond to any
emergency that may threaten the national project."
Fatah: Hamas in West Bank seek coup
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas leaders in the West Bank are plotting a coup
against the Palestinian Authority similar to the Islamist movement's
take over of Gaza in 2007, a Fatah spokesman said Tuesday. Ahmad Assaf
said Hamas officials in the West Bank also played a hand in the Gaza
coup, blaming the movement for "this division and fragmentation," a
Fayyad, Ayalon meeting ends abruptly over two-state solution dispute
The delegates cancel joint press conference scheduled after Ad Hoc
Liaison Committee meeting in N.Y.; committee coordinates financial aid
Mideast peacemakers cancel conference amid rancor (AP)
AP - The Quartet of Mideast peacemakers shepherding newly started direct
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have abruptly canceled a planned a news
conference at the United Nations, after failing to reach agreement on
who would appear on behalf of the group.
Obama responds to Palestinian petition
(Ma'an) -- US President Barack Obama responded to a petition Sunday
signed by Palestinians calling for an end to the Israeli occupation and
support for Palestinian self-determination. The letter was delivered to
Sabri Seiydem, who coordinated the campaign, via the US Consulate in
Next 10 days decisive for Mideast peace talks: Palestinians (AFP)
AFP - The next 10 days will be key for the future of the Middle East
peace talks, a Palestinian spokesman told AFP on Tuesday as negotiators
sought ways to end a standoff over Jewish settlements.
Senators to Obama: Don’t let Abbas slink away from peace talks, Josh Rogin
A bipartisan group of senators are circulating a new
letter urging President Obama to speak out publicly to pressure the Palestinian
leadership not to abandon the Middle East peace talks. The new initiative comes ahead of the Sept. 26
deadline expiration of Israel's 10-month settlement construction moratorium, which
presents the first obstacle to the direct peace talks being spearheaded by
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly stated
that he will withdraw from the negotiations if settlement construction resumes,
but Israeli leaders have been equally adamant that they will not extend the
Clinton urges Qatar to give funds to Palestinians (AFP)
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday urged the emir of the
wealthy Gulf Arab state of Qatar to contribute more funds to the
Palestinian Authority, her spokesman said.
Arab-backed anti-Israel resolution at IAEA could pass
Eleventh-hour bid to block measure focuses on non-aligned countries.
Israel is making an eleventh-hour effort to block a resolution of the
International Atomic Energy Agency General Assembly calling on the
country to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and open the Dimona
nuclear complex to inspection.
Egypt accuses Israel of "chutzpah" at nuclear meet (AP)
Egypt accused Israel on Wednesday of displaying "chutzpah" — blatant
shamelessness — in unusually harsh comments at a 151-nation meeting on
the issue of a nuclear-free Mideast.
Bill Clinton: Russian immigrants 'obstacle to peace'
president tells reporters 'Russians' most opposed to division of land,
native-born Israelis most in favor, 'Moroccans' can vote both ways.
Yisrael Beiteinu: Clinton forgot it was Arafat who rejected his
Author questioned for allegedly smuggling Palestinians into Israel for day of fun
'We don't recognize the legality of the entry law into Israel,' author
Ilana Hammerman tells Haaretz, adding she is not deterred by possible
2-year prison term.
Israel's investigations of Gaza conflict inadequate, say UN experts
A United Nations committee has accused Israel of failing to investigate
abuses allegedly committed during its offensive in Gaza nearly two years
ago, raising the prospect of International Criminal Court indictments.
Hamas: Criticisms of Gaza probe 'aimed at PA'
-- The UN's criticisms of probes into the Gaza war were meant for the
Palestinian Authority's report, the political advisor to the Gaza
government premier Ismail Haniyeh said Tuesday. Yousef Razqa said
accusations that "Hamas made no serious effort" to investigate the
allegations into the UN fact-finding mission led by jursist Richard
Goldstone should be directed at the Palestinian Authority, claiming the
UN committee did not publish the Gaza government's findings into
allegations of war crimes committed by Israel and the Islamist movement.
Hamas action to catch spies spreads panic in Gaza
Hamas refuses to say who it has arrested, a policy that has sparked a
furious rumor mill since the arrests began earlier in September.
Barak can block hostile portions of Olmert book
Jeruslalem Post 20 Sep 2010 - Officials say defense minister may use
post on censorship committee to prevent publication; former Sharon aides
confirm defense minister once ‘begged’ to join Kadima.
Israel rejects offer to join UN atomic agency
In response to Arab initiative, Israel's Atomic Energy Commission chief
says Jewish state only country to be singled out, asked to take decision
against its national interests.
Israel Turns its Guns on Internationals
With every day that passes Israel further establishes itself as one of
the world's leading violators of human rights. To its British and
American allies this may be seen as a gross overstatement; after all
there are plenty of despotic, third world countries that arguably have
worse human rights records. The question is
- how many of them model themselves as democratic, advanced, first
world, nuclear allies?
The cold, hard facts of Israel's ever worsening track record are well
documented by human rights organisations
and the UN, and they speak for themselves.
Palestinians and the 'Jewish state', Lamis Andoni
If Palestinians recognised Israel as a Jewish state they would be effectively legitimising their own dispossession.
Israel's unreasonable demand | Omar Rahman
Asking Palestinians to recognise Israel as a Jewish state is like urging
the IRA to see Northern Ireland as a Protestant entity. "The
Palestinians must recognise Israel as a Jewish state." This is the
mantra of the Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who has been promoting this controversial idea
as a condition of any peace deal. But
is such recognition valid, necessary, or even appropriate? This question
will certainly remain at the heart of negotiations with an Israeli
leadership that views such recognition as imperative. Although this is
not the first time Israel has sought some form of validation, it
varies from the past in stark and troubling ways.
Harvard Crimson: ‘No donation is worth indebting the University to practioners of hate and bigotry’, Adam Horowitz
Oh, you thought that quote was in reference to the ongoing Marty Peretz saga? Think again. From the Harvard Crimson - in 2003:
While Harvard depends on the generous donations of its benefactors,
nothing is gained from a gift that taints its integrity. The University
is right to freeze a $2.5-million donation from Shiekh Zayed Al Nahyan,
the President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), until the full extent
of his connection to an extremist think tank that he founded, the Zayed
Center for Coordination and Follow-up, is brought to light. Sheikh
Zayed made the donation to the Harvard Divinity School (HDS) in 2000 to
support the worthy goal of hiring an Islamic studies professor.
Unfortunately, it came to light last spring that the Zayed Center has
hosted Holocaust deniers and speakers who accuse the United States
government of carrying out the Sept. 11 attacks. The Zayed Center was
closed by the UAE in August, but Harvard has put the donation on hold
for the coming year, “in view of the evolving situation,” according to a
University spokesperson. Here's the Crimson last week
- "Lots of good can come from this donation, however controversial the
figure behind it may be. It would be a shame to discount Peretz’s entire
body of work and intellectual contributions due to two unfortunate
sentences." If it were only "two unfortunate sentences." Harvard returned the donation from Al Nahyan, it remains to be seen what they will do with Peretz.
Contrary to reports, Peretz will address Harvard social studies gathering, Adam Horowitz
It has been widely reported
that Marty Peretz was dropped as a speaker from this weekend's 50th
Anniversary of Social Studies gathering at Harvard University. This
appears to be incorrect. The Harvard Crimson reports on the official statement of the the Standing Committee on Degrees in Social Studies.
Harvard Still Doesn't Get it, Stephen M. Walt
hadn't intended to say anything further about the shameful Martin Peretz
affair, and lord knows there are plenty of good reasons for me not to
poke my finger in the eye of Harvard's current leadership. But
seriously: You'd think after nearly 400 years the leaders of the
university would have figured out what the principles of academic
freedom and free speech really mean -- and also what they don't mean.
But judging from the official university response to the furor, the
people I work for appear to be somewhat confused about these issues.
Best Option: Dignified Failure, Sam Bahour, Al-Bireh, The West Bank
The entire U.S. administration's Middle East A-team--President Obama,
Secretary of State Clinton, and Special Envoy Mitchell--is defying the
mass majority of political analysts by dismissing the status quo in the
Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip, and insisting that the latest
round of Palestinian-Israeli direct talks has the potential to lead to
an agreement which will resolve the conflict. I have a deep fear that
they may be correct in predicting an agreement will be signed, but I do
not have an iota of confidence that it will end the conflict.
Time for the Palestinians to regroup, Rami G. Khouri
I was in Amman last week on the same day that US Secretary of State
Hilary Clinton passed through for lunch with the king of Jordan and
stressed how all the negotiators on the Palestinian-Israeli track were
very serious about reaching an agreement.
Democracy in Arab eyes, Bouthaina Shaaban
the International Day of Democracy, satellite television channels
focused on the type of democracy imported, together with blood baths,
disasters, wars and American invasions charged with hatred and
oppression for Muslims.
Martin Peretz in Love, LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
is editor-in-chief of The New Republic. He acquired that position by
simply buying the magazine in 1974. Although he resold it to
a group of investors in 2002, they were, and apparently remain, his
ideological soul mates for he continues to this day to be the magazine’s
The Pollard Principle, Justin Raimondo
On July 13 of this year, the municipal government of Jerusalem honored
one of Israel’s most popular national heroes, a man who had suffered and
sacrificed his all for the Jewish state, and is recognized by
practically everyone as not only a hero but a modern exemplar of Zionist
Sheikh Bukhary’s wife, Iris Keltz
met Hala through mutual friends in New Mexico who asked me to deliver a
thank you gift for Sheik Bukhary’s wife. I agreed, before realizing the
fleece robe would fill a third of my suitcase. When I phoned, Hala
advised me her husband was in Hadassah hospital after suffering a heart
attack. I wished him a speedy recovery and resigned myself to mailing
the robe. But Hala called later in the week to say her husband was home
and and I was welcome to visit. Following a simple hand drawn map, I
searched for their home along the Via Dolorosa, jostled by Christian
pilgrims from around the world, hungrily soaking up every word from
erudite guides. The moment I entered the book-lined room, a sense of
calm came over me. Their home, a cultural center for an estimated 3,000
plus Uzbeks living in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza was also a
library filled with ancient, hand-written Islamic manuscripts. Dressed
in a white cotton robe with a white cap on his head, the Sheikh invited
me to sit in a comfortable chair near the sofa from which he seemed to
be holding court with three modern looking gentlemen. The Sheikh’s face
was without lines, a greying beard, the only sign of aging. Without
asking to search my shopping bag, the Sheikh offered me a cup of tea,
adding in perfect English, “All are welcome here.”
Lebanon confirms Hariri aide tried to finger ex-general over assassination claims
The Lebanese government yesterday confirmed that an aide to the prime
minister had accused a former security official of demanding a payoff of
US$15 million to drop his claims that the premier had pressed witnesses
to implicate Syria and its Lebanese allies in the assassination in 2005
of Rafik Hariri.
Aoun: STL Should Not Work without Resolving False Witnesses Issue
The head of the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc MP Michel Aou said
on Tuesday that from a legal perspective, if false witnesses are
uncovered during an investigation, the indictment should be delayed
until the witnesses are dealt with. "An indictment should not be
issued until the case of false witnesses is resolved," Aoun told
reporters following his bloc’s weekly meeting at his residence in
Egypt Concerned: Hezbollah Challenging State in Lebanon!
20/09/2010 Egyptian Foreign Affairs ministry spokesperson Hussam Zaki
raised concerns on Monday over "the recent developments in Lebanon,"
warning against embroiling Cairo in the “trivial conflicts” among
Lebanese political forces. “Concerns are not linked to the fact that
some Lebanese expressly rely on weapons that are ruled neither by the
Executive Power nor by the Judicial Power, but also include the entire
situation prevailing in Lebanon since the last few weeks,” Zaki said in a
statement, accusing Hezbollah of “relying on the power of weapons that
are beyond the control of the Lebanese state.” “Egypt is concerned as
promises were not honored but rather replaced by instigation and
promotion of discord and challenge of the State, based on the power of
none State-ruled weapons, as recently seen,” he added.
A land of war and peace, Hasan Abu Nimah
In May 2000, after two decades of brutal Israeli rule and stiff
resistance, the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon suddenly ended.
The Israeli army fled in haste and within hours the South Lebanon Army
(SLA) - its local collaborator militia - collapsed and many of its
members also fled to Israel where they still live. Joyful Lebanese,
including tens of thousands of displaced southerners streamed home to
the liberated lands. Much of the equipment left behind by Israel and
its collaborators is now exhibited at a museum housed in a former
Hizbollah command centre in the village of Mlita, in the heart of
Tuesday: 9 Iraqis Killed, 40 Wounded
At least nine Iraqis were killed and 40 more were wounded in the latest
violence. Meanwhile the Iraqi Air Force opened its flight academy last
week, even though they are still completely dependent on the United
States for air security. Also, Deputy Prime Minister Rafia al-Issawi
denied rumors he has received threats from P.M. Nouri al-Maliki trying
to intimidate al-Issawi into approving the premier for a second term.
Iraqis put their health at risk
Mounting numbers of Iraqi patients avert visiting doctors; instead, they
tend to treat themselves by reaching out to suppliers who sell medicaments on the streets.
Iraq Shi'ite-led blocs set deadline to nominate PM (Reuters)
Iraq's Shi'ite-led blocs on Tuesday gave themselves five days to pick
a single candidate for prime minister, and one politician said the
incumbent, Nuri al-Maliki, was in a strong position to gain a second
Group of Iraqis deported from Europe return home (AP)
Several dozen Iraqis who failed to gain asylum in Europe were returned
to Iraq on Wednesday despite concerns the situation is still too
dangerous, the U.N. refugee agency said.
Fallujah, a Disgrace for the USA, an Eternal Curse on Humanity, Dirk Adriaensens
“end of combat operations”, American forces stepped in with ground
troops and air support in three incidents in different parts of Iraq,
when their Iraqi counterparts were so-called “threatened by suicide
attackers or well-armed gunmen”, according to U.S. and Iraqi military
accounts. One of those” incidents” occurred in Fallujah on Wednesday
15 September 2010 [following the official withrdrawal of US troops],
where 7 civilians were killed and 4 injured. Their names will be added
to the endless list of victims of the US aggression against this
troubled city. May they never be forgotten.
How goes Iraq? view from a bookstore is revealing (AP)
AP - The Iqraa bookstore on Mutanabi street has more than tripled in
size in the last two years. Business is up 50 percent since 2003.
Ahmadinejad says there's a 'good chance' talks may resume over Iran's nuclear program
Talks with the U.S. are 'bound to happen' because 'what is left is talks
… there's no other way,' says Ahmadinejad, who denies that newly imposed
international sanctions are hurting Iran's economy. Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that he saw a "good chance" that talks
will resume soon with the United States over Iran's disputed nuclear
program because "there is no other alternative."
Ahmadinejad lost in translation
Iran's president takes centre stage at the United Nations but his attack on the "unjust" west failed to be heard.
Lindsey Graham says U.S. Must Prepare to Attack Iran, James Rosen
Graham, a military lawyer and a senior Republican on the Senate Armed
Services Committee, became the first senator to support direct U.S.
military intervention in Iran, saying it should not involve ground
troops but be launched by U.S. warplanes and ships.
VIDEO: How Dangerous Is Iran Really?
Glenn Greenwald and Dylan Ratigan Discuss Neocon Warmongering for Attack on Iran.
U.S. and Other World News
Virginia to execute first woman in almost 100 years
Despite IQ of 70-72, grandmother expected to die by lethal injection on
Thursday; Referring to stoning, Iran accuses US of double standard
Barring a last-minute reprieve from the US Supreme Court, 41-year-old
Teresa Lewis will on Thursday become the first woman to be executed by
the state of Virginia in almost 100 years.
Texas board looks to ban ‘pro-Islamic bias’ from school books
Led by a conservative majority, the Texas Board of Education is stepping
into the national media furor over a rising tide of anti-Muslim
sentiment in the United States, gearing up to vote later this week on
whether or not "pro-Islamic bias" should be banned from school books.
US Senate blocks gay troops debate
Votes fall short for the debate to proceed on the bill that authorises homosexuals to serve openly in the military.
Civilian shot dead by foreign troops
Forces killed a civilian and wounded two others during a nighttime
operation in southeastern Khost province, officials said on Monday.
US Kills 19 People In Pakistan
attack was conducted on the information that the commander Shamsullah
was present in the house, but he was not there,' said an intelligence
official who spoke on condition of anonymity. 'The attack killed at
least seven people and destroyed the mud compound.'
Police beat some anti-government protesters in Egypt
CAIRO, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Police beat a handful of demonstrators with
batons on Tuesday at a protest of about 200 Egyptians gathering against
what they said were plans to hand power to the president's son.
President Hosni Mubarak, 82, in power since 1981, has not said if he
will run in the 2011 election. But persistent rumours about his health
have helped fuel talk he could hand power to his politician son, Gamal,
46. Both deny any such plan.
Shia crackdowns in Middle East
Two Shia figures in Kuwait and Bahrain are stripped of their citizenships as Shia crackdowns spike in the region.
Inside Story - The Shia-Sunni divide
two Shia activists in the Gulf states have been stripped of their
citizenships, sparking claims of discrimination and pointing to growing
tensions between Sunni and Shia. Many fear it could spark unrest in the
region, and lead to new alliances and a new revival of shia interests.
The New Saudi Arms Deal - Stephen M. Walt
The Obama administration is about to propose the sale of more than $60
billion worth of advanced weapons to Saudi Arabia. Apart from providing
an obvious boost
to the U.S. defense industry, the clear purpose here is to send a
Iran. As an unnamed U.S. official
stated a few days ago, "We want Iran to understand that its nuclear program is not getting them
leverage over their neighbors, that they are not getting an advantage. . . We
want the Iranians to know that every time they think they will gain, they will
actually lose." In short, the sale
is "mainly intended as a building block for Middle East regional defenses to
box in Iran."
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