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Settlers/ Land, Property, Resource Theft & Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing|
Settler violence September-October
Illegal settlements continue to be built across the West Bank and bring
with them even more problems, including increasing incidents of settler
violence. The illegal settlers colonising the West Bank attack
Palestinian people, land, schools, mosques and agriculture. A problem
that has existed for some time is worsening, and the Israeli military
generally turns a blind eye.
Voices from the Occupation
(9) was attacked and beaten by five settlers in the Old City of
Jerusalem, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Anas lives in the
as-Saraya neighbourhood, in the Old City of Jerusalem. Last August,
during Ramadan, Anas and his younger sister, Bara’ (8 years) were
invited for an evening meal at their uncle’s house who lives nearby. ‘It
was around 6:30pm,’ recalls Anas, ‘my sister had already gone to my
uncle’s house and I was getting ready to follow her. As I walked out of
the house I saw five settlers. They were orthodox Jews. They were
wearing black jackets and trousers and had long ringlets in their hair,’
says Anas, ‘they were old; around 30 or 40. No one else was in the
street, just me and them.’
Settlers Torch Hothouses Near Ramallah
group of fundamentalist settlers torched on Wednesday several
agricultural hothouses that belong to residents of Nabi Saleh and Dir
Nitham villages, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. The armed
settlers were accompanied by the security officer of Halmish settlement
torched hothouses in Ein Al Zarqa area close to the Betillo village.
The fire causes excessive damage to several hothouses planted with
vegetable and fruits while the settlers also damages the irrigation
systems of several hothouses and uprooted the plants. The attacked
hothouses extend on a 2 Dunam stretch that belong to residents Nidal
Mustafa Radwan and Mahmoud Radwan.
Settlement bus company hired to shuttle OECD Jerusalem participants
Tourism conference transportation arrangements connected to West Bank construction projects.
IOF soldiers destroy 4 Palestinian water wells
Israeli occupation forces destroyed four Palestinian water wells in Deir
Abu Da'if village, east of Jenin city, on Wednesday and served a demolition notice to the owner of an olive pressing factory.
Israel razes Jerusalem Bedouin camp
-- Israeli soldiers and Civil Administration personnel razed a Bedouin
encampment, belonging to the Jahalin clan in Isawiya, northeast of
Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, locals said. Hani
Al-Eisaway of the Isawiya Land Defense committee said the Israeli
personnel bulldozed more than 50 dunums of land in what Israel calls the
E1 zone in between Jerusalem and the Israeli settlement of Ma'ale
Adumim. He added that six Bedouin families lived in the bulldozed area.
Bulldozers destroyed tents and other structures owned by the families.
The E1 area is sensitive because of Israeli authorities' stated
intention to establish a new settlement in the area, which would
effectively sever the West Bank into two pieces, making a separate
Palestinian state impossible. A spokesman for Israel's Civil
Administration did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Abu Sha'ar Condemns Approval for Building 750 Housing Units
Religious Affairs and Chairman of Jerusalem Committee, Taleb Abu
Sha'ar, condemned, on Wednesday, the approval of the building of 750
housing units by the Local Committee of Construction and Organization in
the Israeli municipality in the settlement of Bezgat Ze'ef in occupied
Jerusalem. They are planned to be built gradually in order not to
obstruct the peace process between Israeli and Palestinians sides.
Silwan Arabs: Mayor pouring fuel on fire
Municipality asks court to authorize immediate demolition of east
Jerusalem structure it claims it is 'hotbed of violence, incitement.'
Residents say tent set up on roof part of legitimate struggle against
Hamas calls for Dismissal of UN official for scoffing at right to return
Hamas said Director of the New York Representative Office of the UN’s
Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) should be dismissed over scoffing remarks he
blurted out on the Palestinian refugees’ right to return.
The Elders - Mary Robinson: Jerusalem is at the heart of the problem – and of the solution
Like most Palestinians and Israelis we have met, we Elders view the
two-state solution as the most just and realistic path to peace. After
visiting Jerusalem, I am filled with mixed emotions. Our final stop in
Jerusalem was wonderful. We joined hundreds of demonstrators, Israelis
and Palestinians, who protest together every week against the forced
evictions and home demolitions taking place in the largely Palestinian
neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
Gaza's ancient treasures threatened
GAZA CITY, occupied Gaza Strip (IPS) - Few outside of Gaza would
consider its history much beyond the decades of Israeli occupation. But
Gaza is a historical treasure house.
Activism/Solidarity/Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions
Israeli forces attack weekly West Bank demonstrations
protesters were injured from tear gas inhalation today at the weekly
Bil’in demonstration against the Apartheid wall. The march, called for
by the Popular Committee Against the Wall in Bil’in, included
dozens of Palestinian villagers, alongside Israeli and international
Montreal activists launch campus boycott campaign
As a boycott, divestment and sanctions conference was convened in
Montreal last week, activists launched a boycott campaign at two city
Flashmob Says Israel Is Buying HP So We're Not
Debunking pro-Israeli arguments against boycott
While the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against apartheid
Israel continues to grow, its opponents continue to resort to the same
old canards in trying to defend Israel. Sami Hermez comments for The
Bay Area article lets JVP rebut ADL's accusations
for Peace rebutted Foxman's claims, saying it advocates for human
rights for both Israelis and Palestinians. JVP further said that some of
its members in fact consider themselves Zionist. Cecilie Surasky,
deputy director of JVP, said that the ADL — and particularly its local
chapters — do a lot of good work around discrimination and bullying but
"are undermined by Foxman and company's cynical attitudes when it comes
to protecting Israel's right to infinitely expand into Palestinian
The ADL’s ‘top ten’ list is consistent with its history of muzzling dissent on Israel at all costs, Alaa Milbes
the Anti-Defamation League came out with a statement placing Students
for Justice in Palestine on its top 10 anti-Israel organizations in the
United States. As ADL has a history of spying and attempting to crush
pro-Palestine, anti-apartheid activists working on issues of justice and
civil rights, we are honored to be on a list with prominent civil rights
organizations such as the Muslim American Society and Jewish Voice for
Peace among others.
Better Place to bring electric taxis to San Francisco area
Full infrastructure will consist of charge spots and battery switch
stations; deployment in Israel on track for late 2011. Following its
successful Tokyo taxi pilot program, Better Place announced Wednesday
that it would begin a similar program in the San Francisco-San Jose
corridor in California.
Siege/Rights Violations/Restriction of Movement
Haniyeh welcomes French delegation to Gaza
(Ma'an) -- Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Wednesday that
direct communication with international governments was vital.
Receiving a French delegation in Gaza to discuss human rights, Haniyeh
called on the group to have solidarity with Palestinian efforts to end
the occupation and establish a state with Jerusalem as its capital. The
premier stressed the need to end Israel's siege which he said had turned
Gaza into a prison.
Gaza's national income shrinks as citruses are gone
BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Groves full of green
citrus. Gaza farmers proud of their old trees. Businessmen busy with
exporting fruits to Jordan. But that was 10 years ago. Around one
kilometer before reaching the Erez crossing point between northern Gaza
Strip and Israel, the vast land has been barren, although Ahmed
Za'aneen, 75, still recalled the town "all in green." Za'aneen, better
known as Abu Nabil, a resident of Beit Hanoun town adjacent to the
borders between the coastal enclave and Israel, used to grow hundreds of
orange and lemon trees in a land of 37 dunums (37,000 square meters).
The Gaza Tunnels: A Special Investigation
Muhammad Othman - Gaza Strip - Translation by PNN - In the network of
alleyways and catacombs in the Gaza strip there lie a thousand stories
of suffering—people broken by division and siege. They rely on sayings
like “the ends justify the means” or “necessity is the mother of
invention." This is what defends their humanity against a bitter
history. But it also explains the phenomenon of the Gaza tunnels, which
some exploit to get rich quick as the government does nothing to stop
Palestinians Smuggle Cows into Gaza
Palestinians are using tunnels under the Egyptian-Gaza border to smuggle
cows into the Gaza Strip for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Adha.
Despite the fact that Israel allows 3,000 tons of humanitarian aid into
the Gaza Strip daily, including cows, smugglers say the cows the Jewish
state lets through do not meet the necessary festival requirements.
Palestinian tradition dictates the bovines must at least two years old
and weigh more than 1,100 pounds. However, it's not cows and other
foodstuffs coming through the tunnels that worry Israel.
Palestinian Children Suffer The Most Among Children Around The World
agency, Ma'an, reported, on Wednesday, that Dr. Hanna Issa, an expert
in international law, has confirmed that Palestinian children are
suffering the most among all world children.
Mental Health Treatment in Palestine: Electroshocks and Out-dated Medicine, Palestine Monitor
World Health Organisation's key requirements for mental health treatment
include “physical security, social support networks, employment, access
to education and healthcare and the opportunities for
self-actualisation.” These conditions don't exist in Palestine, where
they are needed most.
Disabled Gazans to Receive Insurance Allowance from Israel After Two Years
Gaza – PNN – The Palestinian Monetary Authority (PMA) announced on
Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with the Israeli National
Insurance Institute (INII) to reinstate the transfer of funds to
hundreds of disabled Gazans who were injured while working in Israel.
ImageThe PMA reached the agreement after more than a year of petitioning
the Israeli Supreme Court and two year after the transfer of funds had
been suspended by the Bank of Israel. The Bank of Israel determined to
end the payments when they decided that they no longer wanted to have
dealings with banks in the Gaza Strip. The Al Mezan Centre for Human
Rights, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, Labor’s Voice and other
organizations, along with the victims, submitted a petition to the
Israeli Supreme court against the Bank of Israel. In response to this,
the INII informed the Court that a “mechanism has been found with the
agreement of both sides. However, technical matters remain unresolved,
but we foresee that they will be solved very soon.”
More Than 10,000 Women Trafficked in Israel in Last Decade
PNN – Israeli women’s rights lawyer Ori Kadar said in the past ten years
more than 10,000 women have been brought to Israel as part of “new slave
trade.” Kadar began campaigning to call attention to the phenomenon
after he was shocked to see a stall inside a crowded market in Tel Aviv
filled not with expensive clothes or movies, but with women for sale. He
couldn’t believe the sight of young women standing like any
other product, each carrying information about their age, height,
weight, and “country of origin.”
Williams: Nahr al-Bared residents can return in 2011
BEIRUT: UN special coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said
Wednesday residents of the battered northern Nahr al-Bared Palestinian
camp will return home in early 2011. "The good news is that very very
soon - and I have seen some of the buildings myself - that very soon,
early in the new year, we hope to see people begin to return to the
camp," Williams told.
Danish ambassador reiterates support for refugees
SIDON: Danish Ambassador to Lebanon Jan Top Christensen renewed
Wednesday his country's commitment to the Palestinian refugees in
Lebanon. Christensen made his remarks while he toured south Lebanon with
the aim of distributing Lego toys to children's associations Wednesday.
The ambassador visited the southern coastal city of Sidon.
Racism & Discrimination
Israeli Military’s negligence exposes schoolchildren to Israeli settler threats
On the afternoon of Monday October 25th, Palestinian schoolchildren from
the villages of Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed were threatened by four adult
Israeli settlers from the Havat Ma’on outpost while walking home from
school. The children, aged 6-13, were walking without their normal
Israeli military escort because the military had, for the second
consecutive afternoon, failed to arrive to accompany the children.
Hundreds of Bedouin parents strike after school denies their kids entry
400 kids forced to choose between staying at home and commuting 17km to a different school.
Coalition Against Racism against Umm Al-Fahm march
(Ma'an) -- The Coalition Against Racism called on Israeli authorities
to prevent a demonstration by extreme right-wing group “Baruch” Our Land
of Israel in the Palestinian town of Umm Al-Fahm. The
High Court of Israel has approved the demonstration despite security
concerns raised by Israeli police. A similar demonstration by the same
group last year resulted in violent clashes. The coalition warned that
the goal of the demonstration was to incite hatred and violence toward
Palestinian citizens of Israel and pointed to the event's online
announcement as evidence of that aim.
City-wide strike in Umm al-Fahm set to protest 'police brutality, racism'
After day of riots, Arab leaders call for city-wide strike in Umm
al-Fahm in protest of what they call premeditated police brutality.
'Attack is indicator of escalating racism,' they say.
Rightists furious over Palestinian plans for new East Jerusalem schools
Palestinian premier Fayyad to rededicate schools renovated with PA funding.
Report: Israeli soldiers burned Quran during nighttime arrest in occupied Jayyous, Philip Weiss
Doug Whitmore of Kansas City is a former member of Christian Peacemaker Teams
who served in Jayyous in the occupied West Bank. Earlier today he
received the following email from a friend in Jayyous. In passing it
along, he removed the young man's name out of concern that he would
suffer reprisal from the Israelis. I have corrected some spelling errors
in the note.
Source: Israel offering millions of dollars to pass off African migrants
Netanyahu orders Foreign Ministry to renew contacts with African and
Western states willing to accept these infiltrators, tells defense
establishment to begin construction of Egypt barrier at once.
Deputy TA mayor: Yemenites are like Arabs
on plan to evacuate homes in Kerem HaTeimanim in favor of residential
high-rises, Meital Lehavi says neighborhood residents very attached to
their property, like Arabs,' but later explains, 'I'm a proud Iraqi who
is familiar with Middle Eastern mentality'
Violence & Aggression
MK Hanin Zo'by Wounded By Israeli Fire
of the Israeli Knesset, Hanin Zo'by, stated that she was hit by two
rubber-coated bullets fired by the Israeli police during Wednesday
clashes in Um Al Fahim Arab city, after the police violently attacked
protesters who took off to the streets to counter a march by
Jerusalemite villagers clash with Israeli security forces
Confrontations were reported afternoon Wednesday in a number of
Jerusalemite villages between Israeli occupation police and young men in
the vicinity of occupied Jerusalem.
Turkish group slams Israeli praise of Gaza boat raid (AFP)
Israel shells civilian house in Gaza, shoots Gazan worker
28, (Pal Telegraph) Palestinian medical sources announced today
the death of a Gazan citizen East “Jabalya” after being targeted by an
Israeli missile. Sources said that the Gazan citizen Jihad Sobhi Afaneh
(20 years), was killed last night by shrapnel from Israeli artillery
shell that fell in eastern “Jabalia”. A Gazan worker collecting pebbles
in the northern Gaza Strip was injured due to Israeli shooting. Earlier,
witnesses said an Israeli artillery shell landed abruptly on a civilian
house in northern Gaza, without causing any injuries, the family was a
few meters away which caused them to miraculously survive this shelling
and still be alive.
Israeli troops storm houses of senior Palestinian officials in Jenin
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Thursday the homes of a number
of Hamas officials in Jenin city including the houses of former
Palestinian minister Wasfi Qabha and Sheikh Khaled Al-Hajj.
Troops Invade Jenin, BethelehemDetainees
Soldiers Kidnap Seven Children In Silwan
invaded, on Thursday morning, several areas in the cities of Jenin and
Bethlehem in the West Bank, broke into homes, searching several of them.
reported Wednesday that Israeli soldiers and undercover units of the
Israeli army kidnapped seven children in Silwan town, south of the Al
Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem. An Eyewitness said that
undercover soldiers ambushed the children while heading back home from
school and kidnapped them. The army did not define the reason behind the
children's arrest. The kidnapped children are 11 – 15 years old; the
youngest was released later on. The six remaining children were moved to
a local Israeli police station for questioning. They are from Batn Al
Hawa, Ein Al Louza, Al Ein area and Wadi Hilwa.
Israel detains 5 from Nablus area
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained five Palestinians, including
four minors, from the villages of Madama and Beita in the northern West
Bank district of Nablus. Local sources identified the detained from
Madama as Mujahed Abdullah Qet, 18, Akram Jebril Zyadeh, 16, Akram Issa
Nassar, 16, and Muhammad Amer, 17, from Madma village and Ghaleb Fahmi
Dwekat from Beita village. An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the
Israeli army arrests 11 Palestinians in West Bank
25 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli army detained 11 Palestinians in over night
raids across the West Bank, Palestinian security sources said Monday.
The sources said that Israeli army forces raided Hebron, Bethlehem,
Qalqilya and Nablus, conducting house to house search and arresting 11
who were activists wanted by Israel's security services according to
Israeli media. The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) complains that
the raids, which take place almost on daily basis, undermine its efforts
to enforce law.
Israeli Miltary Kidnaps Two Palestinians, Installs Blockades in Hebron
abucted, on Thursday morning, two Palestinians from the town of Beit
Umar, north of Hebron, and erected a blockade at the entrance north of
http://www.imemc.org/article/59774Detainees mark decades in Israeli custody
CITY (Ma’an) – The detainees center reported Wednesday that a prisoner
from Tulkarem has marked 22 years in Israeli custody. The center said
in a statement that Abdul Men’em Ta’mah, 42, was detained on 27 October
1989 and sentenced to life in prison. Hazem Ali Salem, 43, meanwhile,
has marked 20 years in jail over his affiliation to Hamas' Al-Qassam
Brigades, the center said.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=328316IPS offers treatment for woman prisoner in return for her isolation
The Israeli prison service (IPA) has offered medical treatment for a
Palestinian woman prisoner in Damon jail in return for isolating her for
three months in Ramle prison.
Abdelrazeq: There is agreement with Fatah to stop arrests in the West Bank
Hamas lawmaker Omar Abdelrazeq stated that there is agreement with Fatah
to completely stop all political arrests in the West Bank immediately after the signing of any reconciliation agreement.
- A Turkish rights group denounced Wednesday the praises showered by
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the naval commandos whose
raid on a Gaza-bound aid boat killed nine Turks.
PA against Hamas participation in peace process
Washington - The Palestinian Authority stated that they were against the
US and EU's attempts to persuade Hamas to join the Middle East peace
talks, the Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday. "Hamas has no vision or
political program," a PA spokesman said. The PA's announcement comes at a
time when Fatah and Hamas are embarking on negotiations for
reconciliation. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Aboul Geith and General
Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman are scheduled to meet with President
Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday to discuss a prospect of a peace deal with
Israel and the future of Hamas-Fatah relations.
Gaza: Hamas shuts down journalist union
accused the union of "inexcusable intrusion" in the internal affairs of
Palestinian journalists, said IFJ. According to ANHRI, the closure
follows Hamas's raid on the union in July, when it confiscated all of
its computers. "It is impossible not to conclude that
Hamas authorities are targeting journalists who wish to promote
solidarity and unity within the Palestinian community," said IFJ
president Jim Boumelha, who led an IFJ delegation to Palestine last
month to investigate the consequences of the Israeli occupation and
address freedom of movement problems for journalists.
Israel's Arab Helpers
'Egypt trying to convince Abbas to resume peace talks with Israel'
Egyptian source: Cairo hopes Palestinians will agree to direct
negotiations in exchange for partial settlement freeze; Palestinian PM:
By the next summer, we'll create a state.
Israel to start building fence with Egypt next month
Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that construction work
of the border fence with Egypt would start early November.
Netanyahu to convene forum of ministers
-- Isralei Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was scheduled to convene
his forum of seven ministers Wednesday to discuss the issue of American
policy in the aftermath of midterm elections in the United States.
President Obama’s Democratic party is expected to lose a large number of
seats in those elections.
Rivlin: Europe doing Palestinians' work for them
Knesset speaker tells French counterpart settlements are 'Palestinian
excuse' for refusal to negotiate, adds Abbas lacks ability to make his
people compromise. Meanwhile, Fayyad promises Palestinian state by
Haniyeh: “It Is Important To Hold Direct Dialogue With Western Governments”
Prime Minister of the dissolved government in Gaza, stated that it is
important to hold talks and dialogue sessions with western governments
so that the governments can know the stances of his government in Gaza
directly instead of just hearing about them.
Palestinians in Jordan anticipating end to legal limbo [Ultimate Israeli chutzpah, take a look at this first sentence]
An Orwellian system that arbitrarily deprived them of citizenship may be
rescinded, on the king’s orders. Thousands of Jordanians in a
citizenship limbo because of their West Bank roots may be on their way
to rescue amid reports that the government is about to revise an
Orwellian policy that deprived them of their passports and papers
unannounced and without explanation.
Fayyad to inaugurate E. J'lem schools renovated on PA's dime
Palestinian Prime Minster Salam Fayyad will preside over ceremonies on
Tuesday at two refurbished schools in East Jerusalem. Although the
visits will be held on the eastern side of the West Bank separation
fence, they will likely evoke responses from rightist politicians in
Knesset softens title of motion on 'U.S. war crimes' to avoid altercation with Obama
The secretariat had initially accepted right-wing MK Michael Ben-Ari's
proposal as titled, but changed name in the middle of discussion upon
protest from Deputy FM Ayalon.
Likud activists form their own Tea Party movement
Party's right flank protests the peace process and the proposed freeze on settlement construction.
Israel lawmaker: Punish wrongdoers caught on film (AP)
AP - A prominent Israeli lawmaker has proposed a bill to punish soldiers
who are photographed mistreating Palestinians — even if their crimes are discovered years later.
No yarmulkes allowed in Jordan
Israelis crossing border asked to deposit yarmulkes on entering Muslim country 'for security reasons'.
No Bethlehem miracle as priests routed 9-1 by Palestinians (AFP)
AFP - The priests may have been hoping for a miracle when they took on
the Palestinian national football team in Bethlehem but they lost 9-1 in
a rout of biblical proportions.
Hasbara of the day
Nigeria Intercepts Weapons Shipment Reportedly En-route To Gaza
Tuesday, that its secret service managed to intercept 13 containers
reportedly loaded with weapons that are believed to be sent from Iran to
the Hamas movement in Gaza.
Why reassembling the Clinton team won't bring Middle East peace, Stephen M. Walt
the silliest things ever written was F. Scott Fitzgerald's statement
that, "There are no second acts in American lives." Fitzgerald obviously
wasn't around to witness the lives of Oliver North, Elliot Spitzer, G.
Gordon Liddy, Elliott Abrams, or Madonna's entire career. I'm even
betting Tiger Woods manages a pretty successful second act after his own
Neoconservatives make hay in Barney Frank’s liberal district, Philip Weiss
Earlier this year Jeff Halper explained the hold of the Israel lobby when
said that Barney Frank has told him that he is against the settlement
project but that he can't go public against it unless "you bring me the
names of 5000 Jews in my district that support you... If you can’t do
that…. I’m not going to commit political suicide for the sake of the
Ira Chernus: U.S. Can Put the Squeeze on Israel
long history of Israel giving in to U.S. pressure in the last 18
months. The administration's efforts to push the Israelis to compromise
suggest the president and his advisers would like to do more, if they
felt politically safe.
A shift in epicenter of Palestinian struggle
country that continues to call itself "the only democracy in the Middle
East," it would appear that the days of Israel trying to present
expanding segregation in the context of liberal values are over. While
the legislation calling for non-Jews to declare loyalty to Israel as a
Jewish and democratic state has been billed as Netanyahu's capitulation
to his coalition.
Israel’s Supreme Court and confused democracy, Yaniv Reich
ever-dwindling defenders frequently cite the country’s judicial system
as evidence of the robustness of Israeli democracy. They point, for
example, to the fact that the court has prohibited the Israeli military
from using civilians as human shields or has ordered the segregation
wall being built in the West Bank to be rerouted in a couple specific
cases. (The persistent basis on which court rulings are systematically ignored
is, of course, never cited.) Or they might reference that an Israeli
Arab (Salim Joubran) has been a permanent justice on the court since
2004. How could Israel be an apartheid state, the argument goes, if
there is an Israeli Palestinian on the highest court in the land?
American Democracy: Pro-Israel Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Maidhc Ó Cathail
Keller’s pithy observation about American democracy being little more
than a choice “between Tweedledum and Tweedledee” was never more true
than in the upcoming mid-term elections in the ninth congressional
district of Illinois. In a district which includes the affluent
northern suburbs of Chicago along the shore of Lake Michigan, the
central issue is not the two wars — or is it now three? — the country is
fighting, nor is it the tanking economy, in great part caused by those
debt-inducing wars. No, the burning issue here is… who cares more about
Obama's Black Site Prison, DAVE LINDORFF
victory for the government in a federal court in New York Monday marks
another slide deeper into Dick Cheney’s “dark side” for the Obama
Administration., In a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties
Union, which has been seeking to force the Pentagon to provide
information about all captives it is holding at its huge prison facility
at Bagram Airbase outside Kabul in Afghanbistan, Federal District Judge
Barbara Jones of the Southern District of New York has held that the
government may keep that information secret.
Medea Benjamin: Dear Jon, Sane People Protest Crazy Wars
bad that Jon Stewart is putting anti-war activists, Tea Partiers and
black bloc anarchists in the same bag. And it's sad that he's telling
his audience, many of whom are young progressive thinkers, that activism
IDF encrypting drones after Hizbullah accessed footage
concludes Hizbullah used footage from IDF drone to plan the 1997 attack
in which 11 Israeli commandos were killed. The IDF is in the process
of encrypting its drones, defense officials said on Wednesday, amid
reports that a team of military experts had concluded that Hizbullah
succeeded in ambushing a navy commando force in 1997 after intercepting
surveillance footage of a planned raid in Lebanon. In what has been
called the “Shayetet Disaster,” 11 commandos from the navy’s Flotilla 13
unit – known as the Shayetet – were killed in the ambush, including the
commander of the force, Lt.-Col. Yossi Korakin.
‘Hariri’s Murder Paved Way for Israel to Launch Projects in Lebanon’
27/10/2010 Israeli former head of Military Intelligence Major-General
Amos Yadlin said that his forces have achieved during the past four
years and a half all its missions and completed various tasks in
different fields. “We reformulated a large number of Israeli Mossad
cells in Lebanon and created tens of new cells to serve Israel,” he was
quoted as saying. “The most important thing for us was to control the
Telecoms network in Lebanon, something which benefited us even more than
we expected.” He also claimed that the Israeli enemy has rehabilitated
security components in Lebanon as well as militia men who used to have
relationships with Israelis since the seventies. “These men succeeded in
many assassination operations against our enemies in Lebanon. They also
made great achievements in besieging Hezbollah and obliging the Syrian
army to withdraw from Lebanon.”
Israel Admits Hezbollah Succeeded in Capturing MK Drone Images
27/10/2010 The Zionist entity finally admitted of the accuracy of the
footage shown by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah
during his famous August press conference concerning the capturing of
the MK drone images by the Resistance's operation room before and
following the Ansarieh operation. Israeli daily Yedihot Ahronot quoted
in this context Israeli experts as acknowledging that Hezbollah was
aware of the enemy's amphibious assault on Ansariyeh on September 5,
1997, prior to its timing. "The capturing of the MK drone images by the
Resistance's operation room led to the foiling of the enemy's amphibious
assault on Ansariyeh on September 5, 1997," Hezbollah Secretary General
revealed during a press conference on August 8, before
showing details of the Ansariyeh operation and explaining how this
tactic helped the Resistance fighters foil the Israeli attempt.
Israeli Enemy Violates Lebanese Airspace Once Again
27/10/2010 An Israeli reconnaissance aircraft has entered Lebanon's
airspace, violating the country's sovereignty, a Lebanese military
statement said on Wednesday. According to the statement, the Israeli
drone entered Lebanon's territory from the southern border city of
Naqoura on Tuesday morning and hovered over the southern and eastern
parts of the country for about 20 hours. The military has also reported
an Israeli helicopter dropping a star shell inside Lebanese territory.
The latest airspace violation comes only a few days after an Israeli
reconnaissance aircraft patrolled the skies above West Bekaa and the
town of Riak, close to the Syrian border. Last week, twelve Israeli
fighter jets entered Lebanon's airspace and flew over several areas in
southern Lebanon, including the city of Sidon. The airspace violations,
which are reported on an almost daily basis, contravene the United
Nations Security Council's Resolution 1701, which ended the Israeli war
on Lebanon in 2006.
Lebanon sentences 32 to jail for collaborating with Israel (AFP)
AFP - A military court on Wednesday sentenced to 15 years in prison 31
Lebanese citizens and a Palestinian for collaborating with Israel and
acquiring Israeli citizenship, a judicial source said.
Crowd scuffles with UN investigators in Beirut
their way into Beirut gynecology clinic, curse team of officials
gathering evidence on Hariri assassination. ' It looked like a real
battle,' clinic manager says.
LEBANON: Islamic hijab not welcome in Beirut offices, says frustrated job-seeker
a job interview in Beirut has proved a daunting task for 21-year old
Lebanese university student Lubna Mohamad. Not because there are no
jobs, but because she is veiled, she claims. Mohamad, who sports a
casual conservative look consisting of jeans, long-sleeved shirts, nail
polish and an Islamic headscarf, claims she has been turned down from no
less than three recent job interviews -- over the phone -- simply
because she admits that she observes Islamic dress code.
Wednesday: 1 US Soldier, 11 Iraqis Killed; 30 Iraqis Wounded
Tariq Aziz remained the focus of news as his death sentence, considered
unfair by many, could further stall the process of government formation,
the number two story in Iraq today. The two topics overshadowed a return
of Tony Blair to the Chilcot inquiry and a possible delay in the
national census. At least 11 Iraqis were killed in new violence. Another
30 were wounded. Also, a sniper wounded a U.S. soldier in Amara, and the
Dept. of Defense announced the non-combat death of a U.S. soldier three
days ago in Baghdad.
Iraq attacks kill 2 policemen (AP)
Officials say a suicide bomber has blown up his car outside a police
checkpoint in northern Iraq, killing one policeman and injuring seven.
U.S. troops come under attack in Iraq’s Mosul
U.S. armored patrol came under attack as it was driving along a street
in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Two explosive devices planted on
the side of the road went off when as the patrol was driving in the
Sinaa Neighborhood, an anti-U.S. garrison in Mosul. It was not
immediately known whether the explosions had caused any casualties. U.S.
troops normally cordon off the areas where they are attacked and prevent
journalists from entering. In Baghdad, an explosive charge blew
targeting the convoy of Planning Ministry’s Undersecretary Ali al-Allaq,
close to the National Theater. One person was killed and five
people were injured, among them three of Allaq’s bodyguards. The police
reported material damage to shops and buildings in the area.
Iraq governor suspended for alleged Baath party affiliation (AFP)
AFP - The governor of Saddam Hussein's native province has been
suspended for membership of the executed Iraqi dictator's now outlawed
Baath party, a vetting body said on Wednesday.
WikiLeaks reportedly has at least 15,000 more pages of damning documents
The Pentagon is preparing for even more secrets to be released by the
website WikiLeaks, a spokesman said Tuesday. "We believe that WikiLeaks
has in its possession additional documents that may be released in the
future," Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said at a briefing. "They
still have the 15,000 documents from Afghanistan.
How the Pentagon aims to prevent more Wikileaks releases
After the Wikileaks release of 400,000 documents on Iraq, Deputy
Secretary of Defense William Lynn explained some of the new monitoring
tools being considered.
War Should Be an Election Issue, Amy Goodman
release, dubbed “The Iraq War Logs,” has been topping the headlines in
Europe. But in the U.S., it barely warranted a mention on the
agenda-setting Sunday talk shows.
New York Times' Julian Assange Profile Is 'Slimy' And Subservient To Pentagon, Says Glenn Greenwald
What Burns did to Julian Assange is most certainly not a "standard
journalistic endeavor" for The New York Times. If anyone doubts that,
please show me any article that paper has published which trashed the
mental health, psyche and personality of a high-ranking American
political or military official -- a Senator or a General or a President
or a cabinet secretary or even a prominent lobbyist -- based on quotes
from disgruntled associates of theirs. That is not done, and it never
'You should be ashamed': WikiLeaks boss blasts astonished Larry King
‘It’s not right to bring in sensational and, in fact, false claims, a
relatively trivial matter compared to the deaths of 109,000 people.
Pack Assange off to Guantanamo, US conservatives tell Obama
The White House and the Pentagon have failed to confront and contain the
threat to national security posed by WikiLeaks and its founder Julian
Assange who should be arrested as an "enemy combatant", voices on the US
conservative right insisted yesterday.
Pakistan & Afghanistan
US Attack Kills 7 People In Pakistan
There have now been at least 19 suspected US missile strikes in Pakistan
this month, many of them in North Waziristan. There were 21 such attacks
in September, nearly double the previous monthly record.
184 US Attacks Have killed 1,863 People In Pakistan Since June ’04
Statistics show a total of 53 drone attacks were carried out in Pakistan
by the unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) of US during the last year
killing 709 people, mostly innocent tribesmen including women and
Afghan civilians killed by British forces
The Guardian newspaper obtained documents from the Ministry of Defence
under the UK’s freedom of information legislation. The files show three
British military units killed or wounded civilians on 21 occasions.
9 Nato Supply Vehicles Torched in Afghanistan
occurred when a convoy of Nato supply vehicles was on its way from
Kandahar to Herat, a police official told TOLOnews reporter on Wednesday
on condition of anonymity.
Russian military could be drawn back into Afghanistan
Nato officials explore joint initiatives ahead of landmark alliance summit, which is to include President Medvedev.
No Russian soldiers in Afghanistan - Rogozin
Ambassador’s words, Moscow is not planning to supply Afghanistan with
“cannon fodder” and “Russian soldiers will be where they are to be,
that is on the territory of the Russian Federation”.
We've been in Afghanistan, we didn't like it - Russia's NATO envoy
Russia's envoy to NATO on Wednesday dismissed reports that Russian
troops could be sent back to Afghanistan two decades after the Soviet
Union's Red Army was forced out by U.S.-backed mujahedeen.
Private Security Contractors in Afghanistan Fueling the Taliban, Scott Horton
their security concerns, the contractors have turned to “warlords and
strongmen linked to murder, kidnapping [and] bribery.” The report also
documents incidents in which contractors have tendered payments to the
US concerned over Afghan ban of security contractors
"We're not aware that any U.S.-funded projects have stopped operating,
but without clarity our partners are making plans for the possibility
they are unable to continue their work here," said Caitlin Hayden, the
U.S. Embassy spokeswoman in Kabul.
Afghan contractor deadline delayed
President Karzai expected to allow private security contractors to operate in the country until next March.
UN urge stepped-up supervision of US contractors in Afghanistan
of the report by the US Senate Committee on Armed Services are
consistent with that of the experts following their visit to Afghanistan
last April, said Alexander Nikitin, the chairperson of the UN Working
Group on the use of mercenaries.
Gorbachev says coalition victory in Afghanistan 'impossible'
LONDON: Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said it was "impossible"
for coalition forces to secure victory in Afghanistan in a BBC interview
broadcast Wednesday. Gorbachev, who was in charge when Soviet troops
withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989 after a war lasting nearly a decade,
added that the alternative to pulling out troops was "another Vietnam"
U.S. and other world news
Report: Western Presence Fuels Yemen, Somalia Insecurity
A new report says Western security measures in Yemen and Somalia are
fueling militancy because local populations see it as a form of
America Has Sown Chaos Across The Globe: President Assad
stable? Is Somalia stable? Did they bring stability to Lebanon in
1983?" Assad asked, referring to U.S. intervention in Lebanon's 15-year
civil war that ended in 1990.
US blacklists Iran-linked companies
The US blacklists 37 shipping companies in Germany, Malta and Cyprus for links with Iran's nuclear programme.
Iran, Bolivia sign agreements, call for closer relations
TEHRAN, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Iran and Bolivia inked five Memorandam of
Understating (MoUs) here on Wednesday, on the last day of the three-day
visit by Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales. Among them, a consular
agreement was signed by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and
Bolivian Economy Minister Luis Arce Catacora, and an initial agreement
for the establishment of a joint Iranian-Bolivian bank as well as a line
of credit deal was inked by Iranian Economy Minister Seyyed Shamseddin
Hosseini and Catacora, local satellite Press TV reported.
Ahmadinejad scores diplomatic goal in soccer match with Morales
TEHRAN: Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was on striking form when
he met his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales Wednesday - on the soccer
pitch for a friendly match with top Iranian players, according to local
media. The Iranian and Bolivian leaders, sporting T-shirts and shorts,
played in the same team alongside Iran's star midfielder Karim Bagheri.
UN assembly calls for end to US embargo on Cuba
General Assembly overwhelmingly voted Tuesday for a resolution calling
on the United States to end its five-decade old embargo of Cuba.
Saudi Arabian King urged to stop execution of Sri Lankan domestic worker
Amnesty International today urged the Saudi Arabian King to halt the
execution of a young Sri Lankan woman who has lost her appeal against a
death sentence for a murder committed when she says she was 17. Amnesty
International today urged the Saudi Arabian King to halt the execution
of a young Sri Lankan woman who has lost her appeal against a death
sentence for a murder committed when she says she was 17 years old.
Morocco must investigate killing of 14-year old Sahrawi at protest site
Amnesty International is calling on the Moroccan authorities to
immediately investigate the fatal checkpoint shooting of a 14-year old
boy outside a camp set up by Sahrawi protestors. Amnesty International
is calling on the Moroccan authorities to immediately investigate the
fatal checkpoint shooting of a 14-year old boy outside a camp set up by
Bahrain opens Shia 'coup' trial
The trial of 25 Shia Muslim opposition activists opens in Bahrain, five days after a tense general election.
Obama in Arab garb: The stuff of right-wing e-mails – and one tiny shop in Yemen
A shopkeeper in Sanaa, Yemen, makes some of his money selling posters of
Western leaders in traditional Arab garb and regional landscapes.
Islam in the West
Mohammed is most popular boys' name in England
common spellings of Muslim name came in at 16th and 36th place, a total
of 7,549 baby boys, making it the most popular name overall in England,
New York City Withdraws Approval, Then Re-approves, Sheepshead Bay Mosque Proposal, Alex Kane by Alex Kane
approving a proposed mosque and Islamic community center on October 13
in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn that has faced vitriolic opposition from the
Brooklyn Tea Party and a group of residents called Bay People, the New
York City Department of Buildings withdrew their approval last week. And then they re-approved it October 23, according to news reports.
Tea Party leader defends call to oust lawmaker for being Muslim
prominent member of the Tea Party movement is defending a statement he
made about the Muslim representative of Minnesota's 5th District. On
Saturday, Judson Phillips, who heads the Tea Party Nation, published a
column suggesting Representative Keith Ellison is unfit to serve because
he is Muslim.
Tea Party Nation Founder: ‘A majority of Tea Party members…are not fans of Islam’
Tea Party members ought to “seriously consider” whether they should vote for a candidate who adheres to Islam.
From Pakistan to Paris: How The Rest Of The World Views The Tea Party
The US elections are a big story elsewhere in the world. And the Tea Party movement has not gone unnoticed in other countries.
Koch Brothers Also Funding Islamophobia, Alex Kane
The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer made waves with her piece
on the Koch brothers, which described how Charles and David Koch, the
owners of the multi-billion dollar Koch Industries, were “giving money
to ‘educate,’ fund, and organize Tea Party protesters” in an effort to
“turn their private agenda into a mass movement.” Now, more has emerged
about the Koch brothers’ agenda, and it’s not just limited to
advocating for “drastically lower personal and corporate
taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of
industry—especially environmental regulation.” An investigation by CounterPunch‘s Pam Martens
has revealed that “a secretive libertarian nonprofit with ties to
Charles Koch bankrolled what was widely perceived to be a fear mongering
effort to throw the Presidential election to Senator John McCain in
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