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Evictions: Living the Unimaginable
one day that your home is invaded and you and your family are forced
onto the street. Imagine now, that others are allowed to occupy your
house, one which has belonged to your family for generations. Imagine
that every day since then, your family is subjected to harassment by
both the police and the new occupants of your home; that the paltry
tent you set up for shelter is repeatedly torn down.
Solomon Undermines Silwan Refugees
recent flurry of demolition orders in Silwan have raised fresh tensions
between Palestinian residents and the ever-growing settler community.
The settlers' claim to the land derives from the alleged presence of
King Solomon's treasures, buried deep beneath Wadi Hulwah, a densely
populated suburb of Silwan. Today an archaeological site, the ‘City of
David', threatens to drive yet more Palestinians from their homes. We
went to find out more. Written and photographed by Valentine Van Vyve.
Municipality Hands Out More Demolition Orders To Palestinians In
Israeli municipality handed out, on Wednesday, a new wave of demolition
orders to Palestinian home owners near Jerusalem’s old city.
against the wall: challenging Israel's impunity
foreign governments nor the UN have joined the Palestinian communities
who have been destroyed by Israel's wall in their efforts to dismantle
it. Still, Palestinian villages show incredible perseverance and
creativity in protesting the theft of their land and tearing down
pieces of the cement blocks or iron fencing. They do so in the face of
overwhelming repression. Jamal Juma' comments for The Electronic
Tell Congress: No to $3 Billion Budget Request for
Military Aid to Israel
here to write a letter to your Senators and Representative below
telling them that you oppose $3 billion in military aid to Israel this
year because of its human rights abuses of Palestinians and that you
would rather see that money spent on domestic priorities in your state
and Congressional district.
Rachel Corrie's parents to seek compensation from Israel
after American left-wing activist was run over by IDF bulldozer
while trying to prevent demolition of Palestinian home in Gaza, her
parents expected to sue Israeli Defense Ministry.
Carleton students launch
Carleton University divestment campaign video on-line Photo: Israeli
apartheid wall on Palestinian lands. Carleton students have released a
report detailing how the Carleton University Pension fund invests in
companies involved in violations of human rights and of international
Associated Students has condemned any and all academic
sanctions/reprecussions against the Irvine 11
The Associated Students at the University of California, Los Angeles
has officially passed a resolution that condemns any action that is to
be taken place against the Irvine Eleven. This momentous decision
follows suit after the same position has been taken by the Associated
Students at the University of California, San Diego.
"Why Do I Boycott Israel"--New comic by Ethan
A new comic by Ethan Heitner
illustrates the plethora or reasons for engaging in boycott,
divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israeli occupation
Harvard center condemns, then defends, fellow's
of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard
University have condemned and then defended statements by Martin
Kramer, one of the center's fellows, which endorsed a cut off of UN
food and other humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugee children
besieged in the Gaza Strip as a means to reduce the Palestinian
birthrate and thus the Palestinian population.
troops injures a Palestinian villager and detain him in northern West
Palestinian farmer from the village of Kufer Dan, northern West Bank,
was injured on Wednesday by Israeli troops that later detained him.
attacks Beit Lahia in north Gaza
Strip, Feb. 24, 2010 (Pal Telegraph)- A number of Israeli military
vehicles penetrated partly on early Wednesday the areas adjacent to the
town of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. Local sources said that
2 Israeli vehicles suddenly struck the liberated zone 'Dugit', to the
north of Beit Lahia town, and began razing lands. Recently, Israel has
escalated its attacks on the border areas of the Gaza Strip, where
Israeli occupation forces deliberately carry out limited incursions
into areas along the border amid heavy fire and land razing.
sets up checkpoints in Jenin
24, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli occupation forces raided Jenin after
midnight this morning, also carrying out a training operation and
setting up checkpoints. Eyewitnesses told the SAFA news agency that
Israeli occupation forces were stationed in the western mountains of
Jenin and did not break into any houses or make arrests, indicating it
was a military training operation. Nevertheless, witnesses said the
raid caused fear among the residents. The Israeli occupation forces
have raided more than one village southeast of Jenin over the past
month, practicing archery and other military tactics. The IOF set up a
checkpoint at the crossroads between Jaba, Maithaloun and Sanur
villages, then began searching citizens' vehicles in the early dawn.
Jenin residents complained about the marked increase in the operations
of the occupation army and settlers, particularly at checkpoints.
conducts limited incursion in northern Khan Younis
24, 2010 (Pal Telegraph)- Several Israeli military vehicles partly
penetrated on Wednesday morning the Al-Amour area in Khan Younis, amid
sporadic shooting towards the Palestinian farmers. Eyewitnesses
reported five Israeli armored vehicles, four bulldozers and three
jeeps, which penetrated about 250 meters to the north of the Sufa
Crossing and stopped in the Al-Amour area.
Gaza fishermen under fire
IRIN Sami al-Qouqa, a 30-year-old former fisherman from al-Shati
refugee camp in northern Gaza, lost his left hand when his fishing boat
came under fire from an Israeli gunboat on 12 March 2007, in an
incident documented by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights.
Israeli military detain 14 Palestinian civilians from the West Bank
detained on Wednesday 14 Palestinian civilians during pre dawn
invasions targeting a number of West Bank communities.
troops raid northern Gaza, round up 23 Palestinians within 24 hours in
occupation forces mounting armored vehicles escorted bulldozers into
northern Gaza Strip where they combed and bulldozed cultivated land at
dawn Wednesday, local sources told the PIC reporter.
Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian
Territory 24 February 2010
seaside Gaza, fish in short supply
With their fishermen at
risk of being shot at by the Israeli navy,
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are finding new ways to supply the
blockaded territory with a staple that is in short supply.
Israeli construction ban forces Yatta children to
learn in tents
– Ma'an– A collection of Bedouin settlements in Area C southeast of
Yatta has tried for years to obtain the necessary permissions for the
construction of small school building for some 40 students who until
now have been schooled in a tent.
Hebron's living hell
sobering taste of life in Hebron included other devastating stories and
the presence of Israeli guard towers, camouflage netting, checkpoints,
a wall spray painted with graffiti that included a tribute to the
Golani brigade, one of the Israeli army's most aggressively violent
units, and to Betar, a right-wing youth organization. I passed a
concrete block obstructing the road, spray painted with an arrow and
the words "This is apartheid." Alice Rothchild writes from Hebron.
The Second Battle of Gaza: Israel’s Undermining Of
International Law, Jeff Halper
22, 2010, The International Court of Justice / The Hague, The
International Court of Justice / The Hague, The Israeli attack on Gaza
in December 2008/January 2009 was not merely a military assault on a
primarily civilian population, impoverished and the victim of
occupation and besiegement these past 42 years. It was also part of an
ongoing assault on international humanitarian law by a highly
coordinated team of Israeli lawyers, military officers, PR people and
politicians, led by (no less) a philosopher of ethics. It is an effort
coordinated as well with other governments whose political and military
leaders are looking for ways to pursue "asymmetrical warfare" against
peoples resisting domination and the plundering of their resources and
labor without the encumbrances of human rights and current
international law. It is a campaign that is making progress and had
better be taken seriously by us all.
Guest Post: Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon Deserve
refugees living in Lebanon face a very uncertain future. They deserve
better. When Palestinians were kicked out of their homeland at gun
point in 1948, some found a safe haven in Lebanon, where they were
received with an open arms. Lebanese provided them shelters, food and
other life essentials years before the United Nations Relief and Works
Agency (UNRWA) took over. For that I am grateful, because I was born in
one those 12 refugee camps 59 years ago.
Abbas concerned that tensions in Ain al-Hilweh could
trigger more clashes
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas expressed Monday his fears of a
second clash inside the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh in
south Lebanon. Meanwhile, talks circulated that Fatah's commander in
Lebanon, Brigadier Sultan Abu al-Aynayn, might leave Lebanon for
Ramallah in the occupied West Bank after being relieved of his duties.
Aviv presents: Municipal program to prevent Arab boys from dating
on February 23 that the Tel
launched a “counselling program” to “help” Jewish girls who date
and/or marry Arab boys. Grassroots and governmental campaigning
against interfaith mingling
is nothing new in Israel: Just a few months ago there was a “task
by the municipalioty of Petah Tikva, which is basically a suburb of Tel
Aviv. The job of the task force was to patrol the city at night and
break up Arab-Jewish dates. The London Times also covered
activities of a concerned parents’ group vigilante gang patrolling the
rapidly integrating Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev,
intimidating mixed couples. On top of that, we have the activities of a
huge, quasi-paramilitary group called Yad Leachim that goes on
army-style”rescue operations” of Jewish women from their Gentile
husbands (homegrown terrorist Jacob Teitel boasts working
for a while, which they deny), and, lest we forget, the
insane Jewish Agency campaign about non-Jewish partners kidnapping 50%
of the young Jews in the Diaspora. But this is the first time
officially sanctioned racism, funded by taxpayers, has come to Tel
Aviv, Israel’s liberal heartland.
Political Developments and Diplomacy
Palestinian state a 'vital interest' for Israel:
- The creation of an independent Palestine is a "vital interest" for
Israel, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday, while
reiterating his refusal to enter talks unless Jewish settlement
Palestinian president warns of 'religious war' (AP)
- The Palestinian president warned Tuesday that the region could plunge
into a "religious war" over Israel's plans to recognize a disputed West
Bank shrine as one of its own national heritage sites.
PM's Office: Abbas' war threats hypocritical
to include Rachel's Tomb, Cave of Patriarchs in list of
national heritage sites sparks international law. Head of Netanyahu's
National Information Directorate says in response, 'These are the
burial sites of the Jewish people's forefathers'.
Knesset member calls for assassinating Haneyya
of the Israeli parliament (Knesset) Yariv Levin has called for
liquidating Ismail Haneyya, the Palestinian premier in Gaza Strip,
similar to what happened to Qassam leader Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh.
identifies 15 new suspects in hit on Hamas chief
has identified 15 new suspects in the assassination last month of a
Hamas official at a luxury hotel, bringing the total number of people
believed involved in the death to 26, officials said on Wednesday.
caught on video reveals possible Mossad-Fatah link
In deference to its friends and allies, Israel usually makes efforts to
spread a cloak of ambiguity and uncertainty over the regular
assassinations of perceived enemies carried out by its spy agency
Israel refuses to help Britain with inquiry into
foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman yesterday flatly rebuffed David
Miliband's request for cooperation with an investigation into the use
of forged British passports in the assassination of a Hamas leader.
Opposition leader praises Hamas commander killing
- Israel's parliamentary opposition leader on Tuesday praised the
assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai last month, in the first
such comment from a top official.
Lieberman is dying to say it
When Europe's blood pressure went up over the use of fake European
passports in the assassination of Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh,
Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli foreign minister, changed his line from
ambiguity to deniability. There is no proof of Israeli involvement, he
retorted. And that is that.
Ben Eliezer: "I used fake passports to meet Bashir
Gemayel & Dany Chamoun..."
Mossad's Latest Blunder
hit team, though ridiculously large, was less incompetent: the victim
died, and they all got out of Dubai safely. The fact that they left
enough evidence behind for the Dubai police to figure out what happened
does not exclude Mossad from consideration: it has bungled operations
Haaretz exclusive: Hamas founder's son worked for Shin Bet for years
of a leading Hamas figure, who famously converted to Christianity,
served for over a decade as the Shin Bet security service's most
valuable source in the militant organization's leadership, Haaretz has
Abu Zuhri: Claiming son of Hamas leader was an agent a Zionist plot
Sami Abu Zuhri described as a Zionist plot the Hebrew press reports
claiming that the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of Hamas's political
leaders, was an agent for the Israeli intelligence.
report says Ghuneim has connection with Mossad
report revealed that Abu Maher Ghuneim, the head of Fatah commission
for mobilization and organization, was recruited by the Mossad and
leaked secret files related to Fatah.
Three Lebanese charged with spying for Israel (Reuters)
Lebanon's military prosecutor indicted three Lebanese with spying for
Israel on Wednesday as part of an espionage investigation lasting
nearly a year in which at least 27 suspects have been detained.
report: 60% of 2009 murder victims Arab
presented in Knesset Internal Affairs Committee show 71 out of 121
murder victims in 2009 were Arab. Last three years see increase in
dimensions of crime within Arab sector. MK Zahalka accuses police of
discrimination in treatment of cases.
Nablus media on strike over PA fees
– Ma'an – Nine radio and TV stations in Nablus halted broadcasts at 3pm
on Tuesday, protesting the Palestinian Authority's decision to shut
down their operations within 48 hours for failure to pay a number of
Israeli diplomats ordered to cut ties with PMO,
Foreign Ministry's worker committee announced on Tuesday that it would
adopt an unprecedented series of labor sanctions, due to an ongoing
dispute with the government.
New Palestinian city will harm security, the environment
activists have begun organizing a campaign against the new, Palestinian
city of Rawabi, which recently began taking shape in the West, Bank.
The activists claim the new city will cause traffic jams, pollution,
security issues and will only benefit Palestinian elites.,
Advertisement, Rawabi's construction began some two months ago north of
Bir Zeit, about 10 kilometers from Ramallah. The new city is supposed
to have 5,000 housing units for some 25,000 people. Most of the
designated city falls in Area A, under civil and military Palestinian
Shihadeh – The Abraham Mosque of Hebron
I was 12 years old when my family forced to move from Hebron, on 1977.
I don't know if I was lucky or not, as I was born in this historical
holy city, which is located in the south of the West Bank (WB)., I was
born in the old city, very close to the Abraham Mosque. Immediately
after the WB was occupied in 1967, the occupation government
established the first settlement on the Hebron citizens' land, which
called Qiriat Arbaa. The majority of the settlers who are living there
are American., In the early 70s, the settlers in Hebron were less than
100. They amount to almost 8,000 in Hebron these days. They never
travel without their arms and the guardianship of the Israeli
Occupation Force IOF.
Growing Up As A Girl In Gaza
To talk to girls growing up in Gaza is to encounter a mass of
contradictions. On the one hand, Gaza is a deeply conservative,
patriarchal society where girls marry relatively young (the average age
was 18 in 2006), usually to men identified – or at least approved – by
their parents. A woman's place is generally accepted to be in the home,
caring for her husband and children (an average of 6.5). On the other
hand, there also is a growing and vibrant diversity of spirit and
ambition among the girls of Gaza. Take 14-year-old Assala, for example.
She lives in a relatively poor section of Gaza City and attends an
UNRWA school from 12 to 4 p.m. Because the school buildings – many of
which were decimated by the Israeli invasion last year — are
overcrowded (the average class size is 45), students often must meet in
shifts for half days only. Assala has four brothers and a sister; her
mother and father were just 14 and 18 when they married. However,
Assala knows her mother secretly wished she had attended university (in
fact, her mother still hopes to enroll, to study religion) and that has
become her dream as well.
Let the good times roll: NYT’s Kershner and Bronner
are listed as authors by ‘Israel Hasbara Committee’
Ethan Bronner and Isabel Kershner, the two Jerusalem correspondents for
the New York Times, are named on a long list of authors
for the "Israel Hasbara Committee." David Frum, Krauthammer, Caroline
Glick, David Horovitz, David Horowitz and Bob Dylan are also on the
list. Mostly rightwingers. Dennis Prager, Efraim Karsh. Ed Lasky. The
hits go on and on.
Behind Brand Israel: Israel's recent propaganda
Delegitimization Challenge" report from the influential Israeli think
tank the Reut Institute has put the spotlight on efforts by Israel and
the Zionist lobby to counter the growing movement for justice in
Palestine, and specifically, the boycott, divestment and sanctions
campaign. The work done by Reut has rightly attracted attention, but it
is only one (particularly prominent) example of a wider trend, as the
Israeli government and global Zionist groups mobilize to fight the
threat to the apartheid system. Ben White analyzes for The Electronic
Big Story-The Jewish Lobby in Britain
journalist Amina Taylor, searches for the truth behind the
headlines of the most important stories in the UK. This time it is the
Why does Israel continue to dismiss Obama's Mideast
Israelis, including the heads of the defense establishment and
politicians led by the prime minister and the foreign minister,
categorically state that U.S. President Barack Obama will never solve
the Israeli-Arab conflict. This lack of confidence in and sympathy for
Obama have accompanied him, unjustifiably, since the day he began
campaigning for the presidency - and has only intensified following his
election. The disrespect toward him and his administration is
unwarranted; there is no doubt that it is connected to Obama's ethnic
"What Does Netanyahu Want?"
is widely accepted that Israel’s hard-line Prime Minister, Binyamin
Netanyahu, does not want peace with the Palestinians or even with Syria
-- or, at least, not the sort of peace that would involve ceding
territory. The right-wing coalition he heads would not allow it. But
does he want war?
Israel's conditions make talks with the Palestinians
contrast is startling between the slow pace of attempts to restart
talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority headed by President
Mahmoud Abbas and the relentless Israeli drive on many fronts to
dominate and effectively destroy the concept of a distinct and
sovereign Palestinian people in the historic land of Palestine. Israeli
actions in recent weeks clarify the futility of trying to negotiate
peace with an Israeli state.
A dialogue with ‘Times’ videographer yields surprise ending
reading the recent
post here about the New York Times coverage of protests by
Palestinians, termed a "West Bank Spectacle," I posted a comment to the blog
of reporter/videographer Jaron Gilinsky. He responded, and a dialogue
quickly developed. Below are excerpts…
NPR’s Totenberg suggests the PLO is a terrorist organization
piece yesterday on National Public Radio,
legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, who ought to know better,
seemed to describe the Palestine Liberation Organization as a terrorist
Next for Bibi and Obama?
is increasing doubt in the Arab World and elsewhere that Israel is
seriously interested in negotiating peace with its neighbors the
Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. That doubt has once again emerged
in the wake of its ill-conceived policies and bloody actions of late
which Israel mistakenly believes will give it more security and
longevity and offers it the chance of usurping additional Palestinian
Book review: Joe Sacco draws life into history's
his new book-length work of serial art journalism, Footnotes in Gaza,
Joe Sacco seeks out the recollections of the remaining Palestinian
witnesses and survivors of the November 1956 massacres at the Gaza
refugee camps of Rafah and Khan Younis. The result is a powerful oral
history -- his research as detailed and meticulous as his crosshatched
drawings, its 386 pages of sequential comic strip-style narration
emotionally devastating. Maureen Clare Murphy reviews for The
Silencer guns kill 67 in one day in Baghdad
Sunday 67 corpses were brought to Baghdad morgue all shot with silencer
guns, medical sources said. The sources, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said silencer guns have instilled fear and terror in Baghdad
and most of the victims were civil servants, former Baathists and army
officers. The latest victim has been a university professor who was
shot dead on Monday as he drove home. The sources named the victim as
Dr. Thamer Kamel, head of the human rights section at the Ministry of
Higher Education and Scientific research. Unidentified gunmen with
silencers were also reported to have killed another person in al-Qanat
area. The gunmen drive in mainly four-wheel vehicles and quickly
disappear from the crime scene.
targets Iraqi Judge
Investigation Judge Mohammed Abdul Ghafour was killed today due to a
bomb explosion in his house yard in Baghdad. Unknown gunmen planted the
bomb in the judge’s house yard in Al Dora District, security sources
Tuesday: 14 Iraqis Killed, 16 Wounded
elections just a couple weeks away, the Iraqi government will continue
using fraudulent bomb-detection devices even as Baghdad residents brace
themselves for more pre-election violence. At least 14 Iraqis were
killed and 16 were wounded in light violence today.
Five dead, including three Christians, in Iraq
- Five people were killed, including three Christian men and a
policeman, in the restive northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday, less
than two weeks ahead of a nationwide general election.
Former Iraq PM Allawi defends tour of Arab states
- Former Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi on Tuesday defended his
two-week tour of Arab states and denied it was linked to next month's
general election in which he leads a secular coalition.
blames Iraqi Government for failed Arab relations
of Al Iraqiya List Iyad Allawi held Iraqi Government responsible for
the failure of external relations with some Arab countries. Allawi
criticized the statements of some members of the ruling party over his
recent visit to Saudi Arabia.
Iran and Syria to support Allawi as Iraq PM
and Damascus have agreed to support head of Al Iraqiya List Iyad Allawi
as next Iraqi Prime Minister, an informed governmental source speaking
on condition of anonymity told Alsumaria News. Syrian and Iranian
government have agreed in principle to endorse Allawi as Prime Minister.
Iraq: Support Given to Orphans and Poor Families in
for Relief and Development recently completed a project to help improve
health and hygiene among orphans and poor families living in the
southern Iraqi city of Basra. Life partnered with its sister
organization in Iraq, the Al-Rafd Charity, to implement this project.
Nir Rosen: Stop the Iraq madness!
This blog knows all too well that no one is right all the
time, and that it is important to listen to people who know their stuff
disagree with you. So when I saw Nir
Rosen, a fellow at the NYU Center on Law and Security, make some
that sharply disagreed with my
pessimistic views on Iraq, I asked him to write a guest post for Best Defense explaining his
on the situation. Nir, who has been knocking around Iraq lately,
Friedman's Iraq War
In his New York Times column today (2/24/10), Tom Friedman presents a
bizarre view of the Iraq War. Attempting to answer the question of
whether Iraq is dysfunctional because of its culture (the
"conservative" argument) or because of its politics (the "liberal"
argument), he writes...
Verdict in 'Hizbullah cell' trial due in April
An Egyptian Court will pronounce its verdict in the so-called
"Hizbullah cell" trial on April 28, Media reports said on Tuesday. The
26-member Hizbullah cell - made up of 18 Egyptians, five Palestinians,
two Lebanese and a Sudanese - stand accused of plotting attacks against
ships in the Suez Canal and tourist sites in Egypt as well as spying.
Most of the men were arrested between late 2008 and January 2009.
British Daily Reveals Mossad Behind Moghniyyeh Assassination
outlets are preoccupied these days with publishing details of the
assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Mabhouh in Dubai, and the time
Dubai police is accusing the Israeli Mossad of standing behind the
crime, British Daily 'The Independent' confirmed the responsibility of
the mentioned Mossad in the assassination of Hezbollah top military
commander Imad Moghniyyeh (Hajj Redwan) in Syria two years ago.
Drug Dealer Arrested in Car of Lebanese Forces MP
task force agents arrested Butros Habshi, a major drug dealer wanted on
59 outstanding warrants in connection with drug trafficking. Habshi
was in the car of MP Elie Kairouz when he was arrested. Kairouz is one
of the lawmakers representing the Lebanese Forces in the Parliament.
But Kairouz denied any relation with the arrested man, calling the
reports about a link "untrue" and "baseless."
and other world news
U.S. Ordered Afghan Strike That Killed 27 Civilians
The airstrike Sunday hit a group of minibuses in a remote part of the
south near the border between Uruzgan and Daykundi provinces.
Legal bid over MI5 torture guidance
A British human rights group has launching legal action against
the government over guidelines the UK's intelligence agencies on how to
interrogate prisoners held overseas. Reprieve, which represents
former Guantanamo Bay detainees, says unpublished guidance from 2002
and 2004 is unlawful because it condones complicity in torture.
ElBaradei says he's ready to face Mubarak in
Former UN atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei has said he is
prepared to run for president of Egypt even against veteran incumbent
Hosni Mubarak, newspapers reported on Tuesday. ElBaradei said he was
"prepared to run for president, if the people ask me to, no matter who
will run against me in elections," he told Dream TV, in excerpts of an
interview carried by independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.
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