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Israeli Army Raids
Bil'in and Burns Olive Tree
Early Tuesday morning Israeli
soldiers raided the town of Bil'in in the central West Bank. Soldiers
fired tear gas, sound bombs, and live ammunition at villagers, detained
three journalists attempting to document the raid, and set fire
to an ancient olive tree. Bil'in has been at the forefront of the
non-violent resistance movement against the Israeli occupation.
Israel to demolish 9 homes in Nablus village, PA
Nablus – Ma'an – Israel's Civil Administration handed down nine
demolition warrants to home-owners in the Yatma village south of Nablus
City on Tuesday, a Palestinian Authority official told Ma'an. Ghassan
Doughlas, head of the PA portfolio on settlements in the northern West
Bank, said the warrants were distributed to residents whose homes are
built at the village's entrance. The village itself is adjacent to three
illegal settlements and outposts, including Rechalim, Eli, and Kfar
reports on prisoner of conscience A. Makhoul
JNews, out of
London, is reporting that Palestinian-Israeli civil society organizer
Ameer Makhoul was finally allowed to see his lawyers on May 17, after
his first eleven days of being imprisoned at the orders of the Shin Bet
Turkey urges Israel to let in humanitarian convoy
Reuters - Turkey urged Israel on Tuesday to lift its blockade of Gaza
and allow a Turkish-led convoy of ships carrying humanitarian aid to
enter the Hamas-controlled enclave.
calls on Israel to let fleet into Gaza
Gaza – Ma'an –
A Brazilian senator has called on Israel to facilitate the entry of the
Freedom Flotilla into Gaza, and the immediate implementation of UN and
human rights' bodies demand that the siege imposed on the Strip should
be immediately lifted. Eduardo Suplicy, representing the State of São
Paulo, addressed the Brazilian Senate in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday,
where he praised the role of the coalition of international
organizations that pioneered the nine-vessel aid convoy, carrying 10,00
tons of aid to Gaza.
Gaza aid flotilla to set sail for confrontation with
Israelis promise to stop eight ships carrying 10,000
tonnes of aid, 800 activists and politicians from more than 40
countries. A flotilla of eight boats carrying thousands of tonnes of
construction materials, medical equipment and other aid is preparing to
sail to Gaza in the next few days, setting the scene for a confrontation
with Israel which has vowed to prevent the ships breaking the blockade
on the Palestinian territory.
Resist Israel’s Attempts To Stop US
(Hearklin, Crete, Tuesday, May 25, 2010) As Israel continues to insist
it will stop the seven-ship international Freedom Flotilla, two more
ships departed from Greece to Gaza today.
Freedom Flotilla carrying 10,000 tons of aid to
Gaza, and maybe Chomsky, Paul Woodward
“We recommend the world send ships to the shores of Gaza, and we believe
that Israel would not stop these vessels because the sea is open, and
many human rights organizations have been successful in previous similar
steps, and proved that breaking the siege on Gaza is possible.” John
Ging, Head of United Nation’s Relief and Works Agency in the Gaza Strip.
Swedish citizens onboard the Freedom Flotilla
Ship to Gaza
and Freedom Flotilla, at this moment bearing for Gaza over the
Mediterranean, have 11 Swedish citizens onboard. Among these can be
found both members of parliament, activists, medical doctors and
Gaza mission activist: It's just like facing Nazis
Greek professor on ship heading to Gaza likens mission to Greek aid in
face of Nazis during World War II; Swedish participant concerned about
IDF response, hopes Israel allows activists to 'meet our Palestinian
Could Flotilla bring sea change in Washington
attitude to Gaza?, Philip Weiss
The giant freedom flotilla is under way to Gaza this week from several
countries, nine boats. They're due in Gaza on Thursday. Breaking the US
the story, The
Hill is covering the flotilla, a piece by Iara Lee, who is on board.
More on the Gaza flotilla– and a call to
demonstrate, Phil Weiss
Here is the latest news on the
progress of the flotilla, with pictures of some of the boats, and a call
to friends of Gaza to act now to try and mount political pressure to get
the flotilla in. Israel has threatened to block the ships, or worse,
and a demonstration has been called for Thursday night in New York to
bring attention to the crisis in Gaza.
frontiers of Israeli diplomacy, ctd.: GPO sends sarcastic ‘joke e-mail’
Teaneck harassment trial involves pro-Palestinian
bumper stickers, Philip Weiss
Bernie Thau is on the board of the Hebron Fund,
which raises money for settlers in the West Bank. Rich Siegel is on the board
of Deir Yassin Remembered. Tomorrow morning Thau goes on trial in
Teaneck Municipal Court for allegedly harassing Siegel a month back over
Free Palestine bumperstickers on Siegel's car.
2010 US Assembly of Jews: Confronting Racism and
Checkout the upcoming U.S. Assembly of Jews: Confronting
Racism and Israeli Apartheid, organized by the International
Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and US Campaign member group Middle East Children's Alliance.
publication supports PalestinePhoenix magazine,
equivalent of Private Eye in Britain, but far more influential, has come
out in support of Palestine in their latest issue. By this I don't mean
that they have issued an editorial or article in support of Palestine,
they've done more. Much, much more.
Boycott gives Israel a taste of its own medicine
Palestinian boycott of Jewish settlement goods outrages Israel but is
nothing compared with Israel's undeclared embargo.
tree burns in Palestine, Philip Weiss
From Iyad Burnat at the
, an incident two days ago. The accompanying video is
upsetting; if you look at anything, please just look at the women's
faces at 2:22 and the smirking soldier at 6:11. Will Peter Beinart and
the New York Review of Books show American Jews this? Will Jewish
Community Centers show this at conferences? This is occupied
Palestine--humiliation, oppression, disrespect, and yes, rage.
Aggression (Siege Related Deaths)
Eyad is gone!
woke up with this Tweet in my mail box: Iyad Sami Zindah, 5 yr old,
died today of cancer after Israeli occupation forces prevented him from
leaving Gaza 2 get treatment. My story with Eyad started last December, 7
months ago. I received a message from a friend that there is a family in
Amman from Gaza who are treating their kid from cancer and they need
help. I called the parents and met them a few days later. And there were
my story began with Eyad.
http://www.imemc.org/article/5873615 hurt in Gaza strike
IDF targets two
tunnels in Strip early Wednesday in response to mortar attacks on
IOF shoots three civilian farmers in Gaza
Gaza, May 26, (Pal
Telegraph) Three Palestinian farmers were wounded today by the Israeli
occupation forces east of northern Gaza Strip. The Director of the
Emergency sector in Al Shefa Hospital, Dr. Muawiya Hassanein, confirmed
that the three injured were all transferred to Kamal Adwan Hospital
northern Gaza Strip, describing their condition as moderate.
DetaineesThe Israeli Military
Detain 12 During Home Raids In the West Bank
detained on Wednesday 12 Palestinian civilians during morning invasions
targeting west Bank communities.
detains 4 teenagers in Beit Ummar
Hebron- Ma'an – Israeli
forces detained four Palestinian teenagers overnight Tuesday from the
Beit Ummar village, and one man from the Nuba village, both in the West
Bank governorate of Hebron. Palestine Solidarity Project spokesman
Mohammad Awad said clashes had erupted earlier on Tuesday night in Beit
Ummar's village center, after Israel forces entered the village.
IOF detains 3 Palestinians in Hebron
Hebron, May 26, 2010
(Pal Telegraph) - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained today three
Palestinians in Bait Omar and Nuba towns in Hebron. According to
security sources, the IOF detained Bilal Shrof, 25, from Ezna town,
Ibrahem Mokbvel, 17, and Ameen Bhar, 19, from Bait Omar town. They also
raided and searched the houses of Hassan Al-Shrof and Abed Al-Hafez
Al-Shrouf in Nuba town. The IOF erected barrier at Halhoul where they
stopped the cars and checked the ID cards of the citizens.
threaten hunger strike
Salfit – Ma'an – Nineteen Palestinian
prisoners held by Israel in the Huwwara detention center in Nablus
threatened to go on a hunger strike if the Israel Prison Service failed
to provide them with adequate food rations, a Detainees Center lawyer
said Wednesday. The lawyer said the sub-par and inadequate provisions
given by the IPS reflect a "policy of starvation" targeting Palestinian
Detainees say punished over blankets
Ma'an – Fifty four detainees were transferred out of the Ashkelon
prison in Israel for requesting clean blankets, the Detainees Center
reported Tuesday. A letter smuggled out of the prison by detainees said
the move was a punitive measure applied to inmates, after they appealed
for new blankets to replace threadbare and old ones, the center said.
Siege/Humanitarian Issues/Human Rights/Restriction of
Israel destroying Gaza agriculture, food security,
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Over 60 percent of Gaza households are food insecure
as a result of the ongoing blockade Israel imposed on the coastal
enclave, leading to a collapse of its formal economy, the Association of
International Development Agencies (AIDA) said Tuesday. AIDA, which
represents over 80 NGOs, called on Israel for "full and unfettered
access into and out of the Gaza Strip for materials and exports
necessary for the revival of the agriculture and fishing sectors."
Flashpoint village that straddles Lebanon-Israel
conflict seeks peace Long-separated family reunites in Gaza through
Naima Akkawi, a 40-year-old Moroccan native, is finally back home in
Gaza with her husband Mahmoud Jouda and her two young children, Riwan
(5) and Rimas (3) after an enforced absence of 10 years. During that
long and agonizing separation, Mahmoud and Naima did all they could to
get back together through official channels but it was all to no avail.
Rami Almeghari reports for The Electronic Intifada.
Bil'in filmmaker barred entry to Israel despite acquittal, Amira Hass
was acquitted over a year ago on charges of assaulting an officer, but
Israeli police still regard his case as 'open'.
Israel's Arab HelpersPA's Abbas slams Iran
Palestinians like a
plane hijacked by Iranians, PA president tells Egyptian television.
Forces Arrest Al Biereh Deputy Mayor
forces arrested on Tuesday that deputy mayor of Al Biereh city, near the
central West Bank city of Ramallah. Jamal Tawil, affiliated with Hamas,
was arrested after Palestinian security men broke into the city council.
The Hamas movement slammed the arrest and considered it as “security
piracy” and a coup that targets elected Palestinian leaders.
Abu Teir: The PA conspired with Israel to jail Hamas
Mohamed Ab-Teir said the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority
conspired with Israel to imprison lawmakers in the latter’s jails after
Hamas won a landslide victory in the legislative election.
Lebanese prime minister: Solve the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict first Abbas refuses armed struggle even if negotiations
Mahmoud Abbas, the former PA chief, told France 24 radio station that he
would not resort to armed struggle even if the current negotiations with
the IOA failed to bring about any result.
The PA's disingenuous boycott campaign, Ali Abunimah
weeks, the US- and Israeli-backed Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority
(PA) has made a show of calling on Palestinians to boycott goods
manufactured in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Despite the
rhetoric of defiance and resistance, and exaggerated screams of anguish
from Israeli settler groups, the PA effort actually appears designed to
co-opt, undermine and abort the much broader Palestinian civil society
campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), and to reassure
Israel of the continued docility and collaboration of its puppet regime
intifada was a mistake
In interview with Egyptian TV,
Palestinian president says, 'Arafat did not want the second intifada to
spread, but he was unable to stop it.' Adds: Peace could be achieved in a
week if Netanyahu government would actively pursue it.
join IDF rescue units
Young female residents of Kfar Kassem,
Kfar Bara enlist in Home Front Command's operational rescue units to
the pride of local leaders.
Prayer for the health of the rais
They have met four times
since Netanyahu returned to power, and unlike U.S. President Barack
Obama, Mubarak has no qualms about shaking Netanyahu's hand in public.
"Ties are much closer than they seem," said a
highly placed Israeli source.
lawmaker: We deal with Shalit according to Islam
– Hamas lawmaker in Gaza Jamal Nassar said his movement is treating
captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in accordance with Islam and "not
according to reactions," referring to the passing of a law that would
bar Hamas prisoners from family visits.
police chief: Executions will continue
Gaza – Ma'an –
Executions in the Gaza Strip will continue as a means to deter criminals
and foster efforts to maintain security and order, Gaza's Chief of
Police Abu Ubayda Al-Jarrah said Wednesday. Speaking to a local radio
station, Al-Jarrah said the de facto government's police forces were
successful in preserving security and protecting the Strip's population,
living under Israel's crippling siege, he added.
DevelopmentsPalestinians to U.S.: No talks on piecemeal gestures
PA officials tell U.S. envoy they have no interest conducting prolonged
talks with Jerusalem over Israeli gestures that resemble "Jenin 2"
MESS Report / Key U.S. figure in Israel-PA talks, Lt. General Dayton,
Move could indicate Obama administration's intent
to lessen its involvement in peace process; Palestinians pressure U.S.:
Discuss Israeli withdrawals, not gestures.
to meet Obama next week
After months of tensions between US,
Israel over construction in east Jerusalem, Israeli PM expected to
arrive in Washington for high-profile talks after official visit to
News 'Israeli Retaliation Must Include Major Muslim Sites'
new paper from the BESA Center for Mideast Security and Policy says any
Israeli response to a non-conventional attack from Arab countries must
include an attack on sites of “major symbolic importance for the Muslim
revoking spies' citizenship approved in preliminary reading
in favor of bill allowing courts to revoke citizenship of Israelis
engaging in espionage on behalf of terror organizations.
women from public office
Chief rabbi of Elon Moreh says
women cannot have 'authority', advises to be heard through husband.
Blackhawk ferries Rahm Emanuel and family on private tour of Golan
Rahm Emanuel is in Israel with his family on a
private visit. Yesterday they toured the Golan Heights. Maariv (May 26
2010, page 5) runs a (here
and at bottom of post) of his family exiting a military Blackhawk
helicopter with a shoulder shot of Rahm inset.
50,000 Palestinians register for Hajj
Bethlehem - Ma'an - More than 50,000 Palestinians in the West Bank and
Gaza Strip signed up on Tuesday to take part in this year's Hajj
lottery, hoping to participate in the Muslim pilgrimage due at the end
of Ramadan in September.
70% of PA
security forces under 30
Nablus – Ma'an – Seventy percent of
Palestinian Authority security officers are under the age of 30, and 700
hold an undergraduate law degree, PA security adviser Adnan Dmeiri told
InterestIs it time for the west to engage with Hamas and
Debate in Qatar this week between groups at heart of Middle East
conflict adds weight to calls for international dialogue. Al-Jazeera,
the Arabic satellite TV network, rarely shies away from controversy, so
it was not surprising that one of the most interesting sessions at its
annual forum in Doha this week was entitled: Engaging Resistance: Choice
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Biggest
Boycotter of them All?
Everyone is at least a little hypocritical — that’s human nature. But
fundamental contradictions are hard to let slide, especially when they
are ostensibly made in the name of some moral superiority. And this is
exactly what Gideon Levy so eloquently pointed out in his opinion
piece in Haaretz
, “Boycotting the Boycotters,” from May 16th.
minefield is Israel's bomb
The damage caused by the
Netanyahu government to this core support of American Jews is no better
than the threat of a nuclear Iran.
Settlement Policy Wrong, Say European Jews
Prominent Jewish intellectuals living in Europe have begun denouncing
the Israeli policy of allowing settlements to come up on Palestinian
territories as “morally and politically wrong.” In a collective
declaration, presented in the Belgian capital Brussels on May 3,
hundreds of prominent European Jews also said that the main danger to
the state of Israel “lies in the occupation and the continuing pursuit
of settlements in the West Bank and in the Arab districts of East
Nukes Out of the Shadows, JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Israel faces unprecedented pressure to abandon its official
policy of “ambiguity” on its possession of nuclear weapons as the
international community meets at the United Nations in New York this
week to consider banning such arsenals from the Middle East. Israel’s
equivocal stance on its atomic status was shattered by reports on Monday
that it offered to sell nuclear-armed Jericho missiles to South Africa’s
apartheid regime back in 1975.
By Joharah Baker for MIFTAH
Perhaps, the worst punishment
besides death meted out against the Palestinian population by
Israel is the demolition of their homes. It is cruel, inhumane and
humiliating. We have seen far too many pictures of wailing women and
distraught men standing beside a heap of rubble and mangled steel, a
book caught between two bricks or a dolly's arm stretching out
grotesquely from between iron bars. For over 40 years, Israel has
demolished tens of thousands of homes in the West Bank, in Gaza and in
east Jerusalem. In Rafah alone, hundreds of Palestinian homes have been
razed to the ground by invading Israeli troops. Rachel Corrie, a young
American peace activist, lost her life to this terrible practice in 2003
when she was run over and crushed by an Israeli bulldozer tearing down a
Rafah home. It is an abhorrent practice, and for good reason. It strips
people, not only of their actual house, but of their sense of security
and safety, many of their keepsakes and their memories and leaves them
to sleep in the street in a makeshift tent or forces them to seek refuge
with a relative or a compassionate neighbor.
"The Human Rights Council (HRC) today
announced the appointment of Richard J. Goldstone....to lead an
independent (four-person) fact-finding mission to investigate
international human rights and humanitarian law violations related to
the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip....The team will be supported by
staff of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights....Today's
appointment comes following the adoption of a resolution by the Human
Rights Council....to address 'the grave violations of human rights in
the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly due to the recent
Israeli military attacks against the occupied Gaza Strip."
http://palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=15986 Sleepless in Gaza and Jerusalem
Tuesday: 17 Iraqis Killed, 20 Wounded
a Baghdad gold market staged a bold robbery that left over a dozen
merchants and bystanders dead. At least 17 Iraqis were killed and 20
more were wounded in that attack and other violence across Baghdad and
northern Iraq. Meanwhile, Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin III has been tapped
to lead U.S. forces in Iraq.
Iraqi PM condemns killing of rival politician
* Politician gunned down in Mosul
* Maliki government blamed for
Sunni official’s death may destabilize Iraq
northern Iraq killed a newly elected lawmaker from a Sunni-backed list
that narrowly won Iraq’s March elections, officials said, in a slaying
certain to rattle the fragile political system.
Firas Al-Atraqchi: Soldier Taunting Iraqi Children
is Hardly the Worst Act
Recent news of a video of a US soldier taunting two Iraqi male children
is disturbing but hardly the worst account of improper actions to have
emerged from the war-ravaged country since the US invasion of Iraq.
Since 2003, several US service men and women have been put on trial or
court-martialed for murder, rape, sodomy, purgery, tampering with the
scene of the crime, conspiracy, planting weapons on Iraqi victims,
torture, theft and other improper acts committed against Iraqis.
Iraqi Airways drops Europe routes
Iraqi Airways drops flights to London and Sweden after a row with Kuwait
over reparations, and the airline may be wound up.
certificates in Iraq
Forging university certificates is
another face of corruption in Iraq. Will appropriate measures succeed in
curbing this occurrence? For more details, click on play movie.
When Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri met with members of the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday, his main message was not
about Syria, Hezbollah, or even Iran. He told the assembled lawmakers
that the U.S. had to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before it
could make progress on those other pressing regional issues. "He feels
that the growth of terrorism and the instability
in his country and elsewhere is still an outgrowth of the inability to
peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and that the lack of
there continues to jeopardize not only Lebanon but other states as
well," the committee's
ranking Republican Richard Lugar
R-IN, told The Cable
upon exiting the
Hezbollah says it will hit Israel ships in new war
AP - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group warned
Tuesday that his fighters would attack Israeli ships in the
Mediterranean if the Jewish state imposes a sea blockade on Lebanon in
any future war.
In Any Future War, Only Israelis Fleeing From
Occupied Palestine May Be Safe
25/05/2010 Hezbollah marked the tenth anniversary of the Resistance and
Liberation Day Tuesday at the Sayyed Al-Shouhada compound in Beirut’s
southern suburb. Official, religious, military, and popular figures
attended the ceremony in which Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan
Nasrallah delivered a speech for the occasion and tackled recent
developments in Lebanon and the region. The Hezbollah chief set a new
formula that will be adopted in any new war with Israel saying that
Hezbollah will attack Israel-bound ships if the Zionist entity imposed a
sea blockade on Lebanon. "When the world will witness how these ships
will be destroyed in Palestine's regional water nobody will dare to go
there just as they will block (others) from coming to our coasts," his
eminence told thousands of supporters.
Israel Still Paying Price of Televised Lebanon
26/05/2010 Yedioth Aharonoth’s Ron Ben-Yishai analyzed the events
leading up to the humiliating withdrawal from south Lebanon in 2000.
“To this day, I cringe with shame when I recall that night in May 2000. I
cannot forget the Armored Corps soldier screaming into his cell phone:
“Mom, I’m out.” I can’t forget the regional commander locking up the
Good Fence gate behind him with a frozen expression; I can’t forget Four
Mothers group members celebrating their political victory in a press
conference (an odd one, to say the least) with the army chief and
Northern Command head. In the face of these images, I also cannot forget
(Sayyed) Nasrallah, who during the same hours likely polished his famous
“spider-web” speech. He already knew that the withdrawal from the
security zone was merely the beginning of a new chapter, rather than an
end to the bloodshed,” Ben-Yishai wrote.
10 Years of “Israeli” Variations on the Term
“Withdrawal”, Belén Fernández
As the "Israeli" occupation army withdrew from southern Lebanon on May
24, 2000, Zeinab al Mohammad, a resident of Tyre, set out for the
liberated village of Adaisseh with her sister Siham, Siham's husband-a
native of the village-and their children. En route, Zeinab's jeep was
attacked by "Israeli" helicopters, causing the passengers to abandon the
vehicle, which was subsequently destroyed. There were no casualties,
although Siham's infant daughter was dropped during the family's
dispersal and only recovered once the helicopters had moved on. This is
merely one of a countless number of episodes confirming that unilateral
"Israeli" territorial withdrawals are not indicative of a shift in the
state's bellicose orientation, something that was underscored yet again
in July and August of 2006 with the murder of approximately 1200
The Israeli-controlled village of Ghajar is one of several flashpoints
between two neighbors jittery about a fresh war. It may be on the cusp
of a solution.
and Other World News
Afghanistan: US troop numbers surpass Iraq
has announced that more US forces are now serving in Afghanistan than
in Iraq for the first time since the US-led invasion of
Iraq in 2003. The Pentagon said on Monday that 94,000 troops had been
deployed in Afghanistan compared to 92,000 soldiers in Iraq.
Report: Nuclear forum to ignore Iran, urge Israel to
Nuclear disarmament official says Iran threatened to slam U.S., western
powers with 'serious nuclear noncompliance' if mentioned in final NPT
Suicides in Jordan peak
The rate of suicide in Jordan has
nearly doubled in the past three years. According to official figures
there has been an 87 per cent increase in deaths by suicide in the last
two years. This figure may be even higher as cultural norms and the fact
that suicide is forbidden in Islam, cause many families to hide the real
cause of death. Rising unemployment, an increasing gap between the rich
and the poor and the social stigma of psychological disorder are said
to be behind this issue. But Jordanian authorities refuse to admit that
the situation has reached crisis point and this troubles social
researchers who believe suicide has long been a neglected area of study.
The country's health officials say it's an alarming trend that can't be
ignored any longer. Al Jazeera's Nisreen El-Shamayleh reports from
Female attacks on religious police show shift in Saudi values |
Recent attacks on Saudi Arabia's 'morality police'
suggest public support for intrusive religious law enforcement is
waning. Something's afoot in Saudi Arabia
. In the past month, there have been two
incidents where Saudi women, when questioned or harassed by the
" from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and
Prevention of Vice, have lashed out – literally.
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