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Land and Property Theft and Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing|
Israeli forces demolish Palestinian homes, shops
RAMALLAH: Israeli authorities have demolished eight structures belonging
to Palestinians in a residential area northwest of Ramallah in the
occupied West Bank. Al-Gharbi mayor Ghassan Abu Salem said more than a
dozen military vehicles carrying armed soldiers arrived mid-morning
Wednesday with military equipment to carry out the demolitions. "They
immediately began tearing down the structures," Abu Salem said. "They
were homes and shops right on the main street, but the army said they
were illegally built in 'Area C'," which falls under Israeli control.
Settlers expel Palestinian family from Jerusalem home (AFP)
- Israeli settlers backed by police have taken over a house in
Jerusalem's Old City and expelled a large Palestinian family who lived
there for more than 70 years, the family said on Thursday.
Official: Gaza no-go zone eats up 6.25% of land
– Ma'an – Gaza farmers gathered in Beit Hanoun on Wednesday demanding
access to arable lands currently under Israeli control as part of a
unilaterally imposed no-go zone. "The issue is not a humanitarian case,
it is purely political," said organizer Amjad Al-Shawa of the
Palestinian International Campaign To End The Siege On Gaza stressing
that the absence of farmland prevented residents from perusing their
livelihood. Conference organizer Sabir Za’anin said the policed zone
along the Gaza-Israel border has reached some 22,500 dunums (22.5 square
kilometers), equal to 6.25 percent of the Gaza Strip, and taking up
officials estimate to be 20 percent of arable land.
Construction Speed Increased At Al-walajah
The construction of the wall at al-Walajah has picked up pace, when it is finished it will surround the village on three sides.
Israel speeds up West Bank barrier construction following court injunction
The planned route for the West Bank separation fence would surround
village of Walajeh on three sides separating it from large tracts of its
Palestinian shepherd films settler stealing his sheep
Watch - According to the shepherd, a resident of Tuba village, two
Israeli settler vehicles stopped on the nearby settler bypass road. A
settler exited from one of the vehicles, walked toward the shepherd’s
flock, grabbed a sheep by the ear, and dragged the animal a few yards.
He then loaded the sheep onto his sholders and walked back to the road,
where two other settlers, one of them armed, were waiting. The settlers
loaded the animal into a vehicle.
State to help army officers move to Negev
will be providing housing assistance for army officers who move to the
Negev desert region, as army bases relocate from central Israel.
Assistance will take the form of a two-year rent subsidy or a discount
on buying land to build a home. The ministerial committee on
development of the Negev and Galilee, headed by deputy prime minister
Silvan Shalom, yesterday approved a list of decisions to strengthen the
two regions. In total, the moves will cost more than NIS 200 million.
They include initiatives to encourage army personnel to relocate to the
Video: Ethnic cleansing in the Israeli Negev
Around 300 Bedouins living in Israel's Negev desert are homeless after police raided their village and razed their homes.
after Israeli authorities razed the Bedouin village of el Araqib,
village residents joined with Palestinian, Israeli and international
volunteers to rebuild the village.
"We successfully rebuilt all the structures and tents destroyed, noted
Dr. Awad Abu Freih, spokesperson of the el Araqib village and member of
the el Araqib Popular Committee and the Arab Education Forum in the
Negev. In a conversation with the AIC, Dr. Abu Freih stated that the
residents of el Araqib "plan on building more than what was destroyed,
in an attempt to prevent future demolitions." Over 300 Bedouins, mainly
children, were forcefully removed from their village Tuesday morning (27
July) as they watched the Israeli police destroy their homes and
property. The raid began at about 4:30 in the morning and residents woke
up surrounded by a huge force of 1,500 police with guns, stun grenades,
helmets and shields, including hundreds of Special Riot Police as well
as mounted police, helicopters and bulldozers.
Netanyahu: Continuing settlement freeze will topple Israel's government
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has conditioned upgrading
negotiations with Israel to direct talks on a continued halt on West
Desmond Tutu backs U.S. food co-op boycott of Israeli products
South African Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu issues statement of
support for boycott announced by food co-op in Rachel Corrie's hometown
of Olympia, Washington.
Israel cracks down on dissent
Israeli parliament is considering several new laws that could seriously
impact the ability of citizens to criticise the government, according to
rights groups. Human Rights Watch is reporting a crackdown on political
activists who criticise Israeli's treatment of the Palestinians. In
what rights groups consider part of an alarming pattern, Shin Bet,
Israel's internal security agency, recently admitted to spying on a
young Australian activist in the West Bank. Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros
reports from Jerusalem.
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli rights group B'Tselem released a report saying
crackdowns on protests in the West Bank were legitimized using a
1967 military order prohibiting demonstrations. The
report, released on Wednesday, details the military legitimization of
two orders delivered to the villages of Ni'lin and Bil'in in the early
spring, declaring zones used each week for protests against the
construction of the separation wall "closed zones," and the
rationalization for what rights workers said was a changed attitude of
the military "toward the demonstrations and has taken measures with the
intent to end them."
Bil'in popular committee appeal highlights cost of struggle
Bethlehem - Ma'an - An Israeli court judge agreed to release a Bil'in
resident and son of a local activist leader from detention, with the
condition of 10,000 shekels ($2,600 US) in bail, members of the village
popular committee reported. The popular committee in Bil'in issued an
appeal on Wednesday, a document that illustrated the difficulties faced
by the village and the impact of the long-term struggle against the
A Cooper Union Student Lost an Eye Protesting in Israel—But None of Her Vision
At the annual parade of incoming freshmen at Cooper Union, the art majors create their own costumes. In 2007, freshman Emily Henochowicz of Potomac, Maryland,
dressed up as one big eyeball. This image of her—arms and legs poking
out from the giant eye, the iris and her shoes a matching lime-green,
the eye ensconced in some sort of gray matter—has been the icon of her blog since she started it in June 2009.
Bay Area billboards ‘thank’ the US for Israel’s blank check
Violence and Aggression
Palestinian woman seriously injured in explosion of object left by IOF
A Palestinian woman was seriously injured Wednesday morning in the
explosion of ordnance left by Israeli forces in the vicinity of the Gaza
International Airport, in the southern Gaza Strip.
Testimony: Settler beats Palestinian shepherd
to Khaled Najar, 57, on 1 July '10 he was grazing his flock on private
Palestinian land in the southern Hebron Hills when a settler who left
the Mitzpeh Ya'ir outpost assaulted him, beating him severely.
Settler violence flares in West Bank
// Settler violence in occupied territory has resurfaced in recent days,
even as pressure is growing on Palestinians to start direct
negotiations, regardless of any extension to a partial Israeli
settlement construction freeze currently in force. On Monday, settlers
from the far-right Yitzhar settlement near Nablus ran amok in Burin, a
Palestinian village in the area, burning fields and shooting at
villagers. Palestinians responded by throwing rocks at the settlers,
injuring four. Two villagers were also hurt in the clashes before the
Israeli military intervened
Israel's Shin Bet encouraged accused killer to assassinate Raed Salah
The arrest by Israel's internal security service, the Shin Bet, of an
Israeli Jew accused of killing at least four Palestinians has thrown a
rare light on the secret police, including attempts by one of its agents
to enlist the accused to assassinate a Palestinian leader. Jonathan Cook
IOF raids Nablus, arrests 4
July 29, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation forces arrested today
morning four citizens of the town “Bita”, located to the south of
Nablus, in the West Bank. Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli occupation
forces stormed the town in the middle of the night and raided several
houses. Witnesses added that Israeli occupation forces arrested Waddah
Dweikat (20 years), Jihad Dweikat (19 years) and the brothers Mujahid
and Salah Mohamed Bakr Rushdie. Witnesses confirmed that the Israeli
occupation forces had asked the family of a fifth citizen to surrender
himself because he wasnt at home during the raid.
IOF raids Hebron, arrests 1
July 29, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation forces raided at dawn today
the town of “Dura” south-west of Hebron in the West Bank, and carried
out sweeping operations in many southern areas surrounding it.
Witnesses confirmed that the southern villages of “Dura” witnessed heavy
presence of Israeli occupation forces, near Hebron Road - Beer Sheva and
the surrounding villages. The Israeli occupation forces also raided
“Ithna” town in Hebron, also patrolled the village’s main streets and
kept the lights of their vehicles off. In the town of Beit Sahour in
Bethlehem, Israeli occupying forces raided the town and obstructed the
work of the Palestinian police. They also arrested a young man from the
village of “Shawawra” in Bethlehem, when he was at his work using the
pretext of having no work permit in his possession.
Palestinian Prisoners Suffer from Hunger
Gaza, July 26, (Pal Telegraph) A number of prisoners sitting in the
prisons of the Israeli occupation said that the food served to them is
not fit to eat or for human use or consumption because of its poor
processing, dirtiness, very small quantity, and bad kind. Center for
studies on prisoners said in a statement issued to the press today: “The
prevention of the introduction of any kind of food to the prison through
visits, and the prevention of buying some through the canteen, and
irregular input of funds to the account numbers of prisoners,
particularly prisoners of Gaza Strip has caused a real crisis on the
subject of food, its not enough for the prisoners, and the impact on
their health in general.
Revolving Door for Jewish Criminals
House arrest for suspect linked to 'Jewish terrorist'
Sitbon, suspected of stealing IDF weapons and handing them over to suspected terrorist Haim Pearlman, released from prison.
The Siege (Gaza & West Bank)/Humanitarian and Human Rights/Restriction of Movement
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, 22 - 28 July 2010
Treason, loyalty oaths, Nakba and film bans– counting down the hits in the Knesset, Philip Weiss
Simply astonishing. The continuing crisis. Here is a list of the 14 worst--most undemocratic-- bills in the Knesset, compiled and commented upon by ACRI, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
'Israeli Arabs have no choice but to build illegally'
released by the Dirasat - Arab Center for Law and Policy highlights
obstacles faced by Israeli Arabs wishing to build homes; about a quarter
of Arab communities have neither a local nor privatized master plan.
OPT: West Bank Bedouins worse off than Gazans
HADIDIYA, WEST BANK Wednesday, July 28, 2010 (IRIN) - The road to
al-Hadidiya village in the northeastern West Bank district of Tubas is
dotted with boulders etched with a warning in Hebrew, Arabic and
English: “Danger - Open Fire Area”.
Roadblocks continue to halt life in West Bank
- IRIN - The road to the Al-Hadidiya village in the northeastern West
Bank district of Tubas is dotted with boulders etched with a warning in
Hebrew, Arabic, and English: “Danger - Open Fire Area.” The boulders
arrived in February, positioned at the entrance to Palestinian villages,
indicating that chunks of the Jordan Valley have become a closed
military zone claimed by the Israeli army. They signal a further squeeze
on the Bedouin communities in the area.
Israel's Arab Helpers
More tunnels found at Gaza-Egypt border
Al-Arish – Ma’an – Egyptian authorities discovered three new smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip on Thursday.
forces noticed a truck loaded with cement while they were sweeping the
Al-Sarsouryeh area at the Gaza Strip border, Egyptian security sources
said. They confiscated the truck that was apparently destined for Gaza
via the smuggling tunnels, and the goods were seized, the sources added.
PA detains soldiers who mistakenly entered Nablus
- Ma'an - Palestinian Authority security forces arrested two Israeli
soldiers in the northern West Bank on Thursday. They were returned to
Israeli-controlled territory after coordination between both sides,
Palestinian and Israeli officials told Ma'an.
White Phosphorus Burns
January, 2009, an 18-year-old man presented to the emergency department
after suffering an attack with an incendiary shell. He had many painful
patches of full-thickness burns, which were surrounded by sloughed
tissue. His wounds covered 30% of his body surface area, and were
distributed on both upper and lower limbs, and his right shoulder.
There were no signs of inhalation burns. After a clinical diagnosis of
white phosphorus burns was made, the airway was secured, resuscitation
fluid was initiated, and wounds were irrigated with diluted sodium
bicarbonate solution before wet dressing.
Fatah: New government could exclude Fayyad
- Ma'an - The upcoming cabinet shuffle for the Ramallah government may
not see the return of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, PLC member with Fatah
Azzam Al-Ahmad said on Wednesday. In Jordan with President Mahmoud
Abbas, Al-Ahmad issued a statement saying that the move would mean
pushing ahead with efforts to end the state of division between Fatah
and Hamas, calling it an opportunity to see the aims of the Fatah party
realized across the West Bank.
Gaza, W. Bank must Be Reunified before any Deal with Israel
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said here on Wednesday that
reunification of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip must be carried on
simultaneously with the Palestinian- Israeli peace process, Egypt's
official MENA news agency reported. In a meeting with editors-in-chief
of Egyptian newspapers in Cairo, Abbas reviewed the latest developments
in the Palestinian arena, especially those concerning the peace process
and efforts aiming to resume direct negotiations and achieve Palestinian
reconciliation. Abbas made it clear that he will not sign any agreement
with the Israelis unless the Gaza Strip is reunited with the West
Bank. "If an agreement is reached about the establishment of a
Palestinian state, the issue will be put to a referendum," he said.
Abbas resisting direct talks with Israel, despite Obama pressure
Arab League was to set out its position on direct talks on Thursday at a
meeting of foreign ministers from 10 key League members in Cairo.
Arab League backs Palestinians on restarting talks (AP)
- Qatar's prime minister says the Arab nations have endorsed direct
Palestinian talks with the Israelis but left the timing to the
Erekat: Jordan backs PA on Israel talks
Bethlehem – Ma’an – Jordan's stance on peace talks mirrors the
Palestinian position, chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said Wednesday.
Speaking by phone from Amman, where he was accompanying President
Mahmoud Abbas on a state visit to the country, Erekat told Ma'an radio
that the issue of peace talks "was not on the agenda" during Tuesday's
meeting of the two leaders in the Jordanian capital.
Egypt: Obama has 'committed to exerting efforts toward direct peace talks'
Egypt says it has received U.S. assurances that may help restart direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Is Peres trying to convince Palestinians to refuse direct talks?
tells Israel Radio that the president sent former minister Ramon to meet
Erekat this month as his emissary, with that message in tow.
Palestinian women dig for new opportunities in Gaza (Reuters)
- A group of Palestinian women is breaking new ground in the Gaza Strip
by working as ditch-diggers to support their families.
Discrimination claimed in Modiin Illit haredi schools
They live in unkempt neighborhoods, study in run-down trailers, and are
discriminated against in town's admissions committee. Sephardic
residents of Modiin Illit speak out against differential treatment by
Ashkenazi establishment in city
Israel's sex slavery trade booming
and 5,000 women are smuggled to Israel annually and sold into the
prostitution industry, where they are constantly subjected to violence
ADL chief: Oliver Stone's apology about remarks on Jews, Holocaust 'insufficient'
"While [Stone] now admits that Jews do not control Hollywood, the media
and other industries, he ignores his assertion that Jews are “...the
most powerful lobby in Washington” and that “Israel has f***** up United
States foreign policy.” This is another conspiratorial anti-Semitic
canard that Mr. Stone needs to repudiate," Foxman said.
Gilad Atzmon: Oliver Stone apologized for Telling the Truth
apology confirms Stone’s argument. We are subject to constant assault by
Jewish and Israeli gatekeepers who insist on controlling the political
and historical discourse and defy any possible criticism of Jewish
Haim Saban to CBS: Cancel Oliver Stone's Showtime Series
The billionaire and outspoken media mogul told TheWrap he had contacted CBS chief Leslie Moonves to urge him to pull the series.
Israeli Mossad story to deal with the embarrassing arrests of Israeli spies in Lebanon
read the whole article but only to justify the last bogus theory as to
why Lebanon arrested all those spies. I mean, Syrian and Egyptian
intelligence agencies are much adept at torture than the Lebanese
intelligence agencies and thus there should have been arrests of scores
of Israeli spies in Syria or Egypt or Iran, if you are to believe the
stupid theory of this German dumb spy: ""Most of the Arab
intelligence services are completely different from what we in the West
are familiar with when we think about intelligence services," he says
now. "Most of the work of the BND, for example, is to collect
information of strategic, political or military value, and to
understand, evaluate and analyze trends; not killing people and not
torturing them. The Arab agencies see their primary task as preserving
the regime or the leader and therefore, they are cruel and without
limits. They are above the law; they are the law itself. They see
themselves as a divine entity. They torture suspects relentlessly, so it
is not surprising that many suspects are willing to confess to every
crime. This is therefore one of the reasons why I believe they were also
able to expose the Israeli spy ring in Lebanon."His evaluation stands in
contrast to the suggestions made in the international media that they
were exposed because of modern monitoring equipment provided by the U.S.
to the Lebanese army."
Universalism and lsrael`s Universities
Menachem Klein - The Jerusalem Report - In internal academic debates and
in public discourse, there is a growing chorus of voices who judge
academics by the level of their patriotism. This potentially repressive
approach is encouraged by a rightwing governing coalition and a public
that feels threatened by "leftwing intellectual terror" they believe
threatens Israel`s very existence.
This is not a Muslim cause, please!, Ramzy Baroud
THOUSANDS of faithful assiduously listened as I outlined the challenges
facing Palestine and its people. Cries of ‘Allahu Akbar’ – God is Great –
occasionally resounded from a corner of the giant South African mosque.
Many whimpered as I described the tragedy that had befallen Gaza as a
result of the Israeli siege. They cheered, smiled and nodded as I
emphasised how the will of the Palestinian people would not be defeated.
A few older people at the front simply wept throughout my talk, which
preceded a Friday sermon in Durban a few months ago.
Penn State Prez punts on Palestine petition, Adam Horowitz
Penn State President Graham Spanier has refused to sign a Students for Justice in Palestine
petition condemning the Israeli flotilla attack citing a policy against
signing petitions. Somehow this wasn't an issue for an anti-boycott
American Jewish Committee petition he signed in 2007. SJP thinks there
might be something else behind it.
Dutch Christian Zionists enjoy political clout
Even though they are supporting settlement activities that the Dutch
government officially considers to be illegal, Christians for Israel and
the Christian Friends of Israeli Communities enjoy a cordial
relationship with some of the most powerful politicians in the
It is only Palestine, Mohammed Rabah Suliman
Let’s keep ourselves away from illusive political talk and unceasing
historical arguments and pose the ultimate question: who is in power?
Who is murdering the other? Who is besieging the other? Who is occupying
the other? Who is waiting at checkpoints for long hours in mid-day under
the burning sun of September? Who has lost 1500 in less 22 days? Who is
spending the nights in the dark? There is an unending series of ‘who
is’? Only Israel’ was the name of the song. Only Israel doesn’t have
the right to self-defense. Only Israel doesn’t have the right to
respond. Only Israelis are not cared for. Only Israel is discriminated
against while the Palestinians, who are never mentioned in
the song, are surrounded by cousins flowing with oil demanding the
Israelis to give up their land! It would have given me a stoic smile to
have watched myself listen to these words. Can’t she take herself as far
back as to 1948? Who has taken the other’s land? Can’t she open up her
eyes and see things better than that? How accurate it would have been
had "Israel" been replaced with "Palestine!" It is only Israel, young
lady, who has the right to talk, attack, kill, bomb, besiege others,
seize their land, expel them, build settlements, own weapons and the
Time for the Palestinians to call Israel’s bluff?, Alan Hart – Intifada Palestine
Defenders of Israel right or wrong continue to assert that the absence
of peace is all the fault of the Palestinians. In one sense they are
right. When the Palestine file was closed by Israel’s victory (ethnic
cleansing and all) on the battlefield in 1948, the Palestinians were
supposed to accept their lot as the sacrificial lamb on the altar of
political expediency. That was according to the script written by
Zionism and effectively endorsed by all the major powers and, behind
closed doors, the regimes of a divided and impotent Arab order. Nobody
in power anywhere wanted the Palestine file to be re-opened because, if
it was, a confrontation with Zionism in all of its awesome
manifestations would one day be inevitable. So it could be said if the
Palestinians had been prepared to be the sacrificial lamb, the first
Arab-Israeli war would also have been the last.
Surroundings / The forced ecology of occupation
Palestinian architect Omar Yousef finds politics in even the most technical of matters.
Car bomb kills 3 Iraqi soldiers
Iraqi soldiers were killed and six others were wounded in a suicide car
bombing targeting the army headquarters at 8:00 am in Al Shirqat
District, in Salahuddin, a security source said. In Fallujah, a soldier
was killed and five were wounded including three soldiers when a
motorcycle parked next to an army checkpoint exploded at the northern
entrance of Fallujah. A bombing at the eastern entrance of Fallujah
wounded five people including three policemen.
Wednesday: 35 Iraqis Killed, 60 Wounded
at 8:21 p.m. EDT, July 28, 2010 At least 35 Iraqis were killed and 60
more were wounded, mostly in two attacks against Shi'ites in Baghdad and
Karbala. At a British inquiry, General Richard Dannatt said that the
simultaneous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan nearly broke the British
military in 2006, when he took over as commander. Also, P.M. Maliki
blamed foreign influence for a political impasse that many Iraqis view
as his party's own creation.
Iraqi commandos attack Palestinian refugees, arrest 1
altBaghdad, July 28, (Pal Telegraph) Commandos of the Iraqi Interior
Ministry raided on Tuesday evening the compound of Palestinians’
Association in the Iraqi occupied capital of Baghdad. According to the
Association of Palestinians in Iraq in a press statement they issued,
Iraqi forces intruded and arrested one of the Palestinians and called
for a group of refugees to surrender to it. The Iraqi commandos used
live bullets while raiding his apartment, sparking panic and fear among
Palestinian refugees, especially children and women, according to the
Troubled Iraq league gets August 3 restart (AFP)
- Iraq's national league will restart on August 3, the Iraqi Football
Association (IFA) said on Wednesday, after two weeks of political
Inside Story - Iraq's missing billions
US defence department is unable to account for billions meant for Iraq's
reconstruction. The Pentagon has blamed poor record-keeping and lax
oversight. They have pledged to undergo what they call a process of
archival accounting to track missing funds. Iraqi officials say they
know nothing about the missing billions. So, where has the money gone?
And with no agreement on forming a new government in Iraq who is going
to take action?
Patrick Cockburn on Missing Billions in Iraq and Soaring Cancer & Infant Mortality Rates in Fallujah
Iraq, an official audit by the US Special Investigator for Iraq
Reconstruction found that the Pentagon cannot account for almost nine
billion dollars taken from Iraqi oil revenues between 2004 and 2007 for
use in reconstruction. Meanwhile a new medical study has found dramatic
increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukemia in the Iraqi city of
Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004. We speak with
Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for the London Independent.
US accused of leaving legacy of waste in Iraq
US military has been accused of leaving behind a legacy of toxic waste,
as troops prepare to withdraw from Iraq. Officials deny the claim but
doctors say they have treated people who have had contact with hazardous
materials from US bases and there are concerns about dangerous waste
being processed by private contractors. Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh
reports. July 29, 2010
Kuwait gets $650 mln in Iraqi reparation: UN (AFP)
- The United Nations released 650 million dollars in Iraqi compensation
to Kuwait on Thursday, the latest payment of a war reparation scheme that began in 1994.
Iraq film directors look to build 'Baghdadwood'
film production remains nascent, but two directors are opening the
country's first film production center in a bid to lure investors and
bring native filmmakers back home.
Hezbollah warns against 'false charges'
Hezbollah Resistance Movement warns against falsely accusing its members
of involvement in the assassination of Lebanon's former premier Rafiq
Hariri. A top Hezbollah official, Sheikh Nabil Qaouq, on Wednesday
warned about the dire consequences of trying to link the resistance
movement to the assassination and called such accusations "dangerous."
Qaouq said the indictment of Hezbollah members was part of
a US and Israeli conspiracy and called for the trial of the individuals,
who testified in the case of Hariri's assassination and whom Hezbollah
regards as false witnesses, a Press TV correspondent reported.
Lebanon charges 2nd telco worker with Israel spying (Reuters)
Reuters - A Lebanese prosecutor on Wednesday charged a employee at
state-owned mobile phone firm Alfa with spying for Israel and referred
him to military court, judicial sources said.
Assad 'to attend' summit in Lebanon
Syrian president to accompany Saudi king on trip to Beirut aimed at easing tensions.
Fatah denies Ain al-Hilweh infiltrated by Al-Qaeda
Members of the Al-Qaeda Islamist group have not snuck into the notorious
Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp, a Fatah movement official told the
Central News Agency (CNA) on Wednesday. Fatah’s general military
official in the Lebanon section Brigadier Sobhi Abu Arab dismissed
reports claiming that Afghan and Pakistani members of Al-Qaeda had
managed to enter the camp. He said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
had ordered Fatah command to take a neutral stance regarding political
divisions in the Lebanese political arena.
Exhibit shows plight of Palestinians in Lebanese refugee camps
Today one of the regions most often brought up as a topic of discussion
is the Middle East. Palestine, above all regional conflicts, comes in
first. The latest incident in this dispute was an Israeli raid about
two months ago on an aid flotilla that attempted to break a blockade of
Gaza. Many artists, musicians and even filmmakers from around the world
have in recent weeks protested what happened during Israel’s attack on
the Mavi Marmara. With this latest incident the Palestinian issue and
the tragedy that has been continuing for decades has once more come to
the attention of the art world.
Postwar Photographs of Lebanon by Amelia Opalinska, Round III
Four years ago today the United States government issued a Humanitarian Situation report detailing
progress of the July War. According to the section entitled “Numbers at
a glance – Lebanon”, the country had accumulated 421 dead and 3,225
injured since the start of the war on July 12, and currently boasted a
“Total Affected Population” of 866,780. The report advertises the total
amount of U.S. humanitarian assistance pledged to Lebanon as 30 million
dollars but stresses that “[t]he most effective way people can assist
relief efforts is by making cash contributions to humanitarian
organizations that are conducting relief operations.”
Amid crackdown on rifles, southern hunter uses the lure of sex to trap his birds
Ever since Resolution 1701 was adopted by the UN Security Council, the
guns have fallen silent in south Lebanon. But while the resolution was
aimed at maintaining security along the tense border with Israel by
keeping weapons out of the hands of Hizbullah, few doubt that the
resistance has replenished its stockpile of arms.
'US Gave 1 Billion To Fund Sedition Leaders To Topple Iran'?
have acquired documents showing that the Americans paid one billion
dollars to leaders of sedition through Saudi individuals who are
currently the US agents in regional countries,” ILNA quoted Head of the
Guardian Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati as saying on Tuesday.
Israel linked to exiled sheikh's bid for 'coup' in Gulf emirate of RAK
is aiding an exiled Arab sheikh who is vying to seize control of a strategically important Gulf emirate only 40 miles from Iran.
Iran offers terms to halt 20 percent uranium enrichment
Turkish FM says Iran has given an assurance that it would stop enriching
uranium to 20 percent purity if world powers agreed to a proposed nuclear fuel swap.
and other World
Spain court seeks U.S. troops arrest for Iraq killing (Reuters)
- A Spanish High Court judge ordered on Thursday the arrest and
extradition of three U.S. soldiers for killing a Spanish television
cameraman during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
British army almost "seized up" in Iraq, Afghan wars (Reuters)
- Britain's army was on the verge of "seizing up" in 2006 when it faced
a "perfect storm" of simultaneous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a former military chief said on Wednesday.
Wikileaks confirmed? A plan to kill American geologist with poison beer
The Wikileaks documents contain a claim that Pakistan and Afghanistan
insurgents were working to poison alcoholic drinks in Afghanistan. While
that's unproven, one US adviser in Afghanistan tells the Monitor he was
almost poisoned that way in 2007.
WikiLeaks Iraq Cache More Than Three Times As Big
cache of classified U.S. military reports on the Iraq War as yet
unreleased by WikiLeaks may be more than three times as large as the set
of roughly 76,000 similar reports on the war in Afghanistan made public
by the whistle-blower Web site earlier this week, Declassified has
Muslim Americans, ACLU Seek Data On FBI Profiling
WASHINGTON (RNS) Muslim American groups and the American Civil Liberties
Union are demanding the FBI turn over records relating to agency
guidelines they say permit the FBI to collect and use racial and ethnic
data. The groups allege that the Domestic Intelligence and Operations
Guide, an FBI policy manual published in 2008, gives FBI agents the
authority to map and investigate communities based on ethnic behaviors
and lifestyles, cultural traditions, and "ethnic-oriented" businesses,
even when there is no evidence of criminal activity.
CAIR: Tea partiers to ‘harass’ Muslims with dogs at anti-mosque protest
CAIR slams 'KKK tactics,' says Tea Party changing focus to 'promotion of
Islamophobia'. 'Islam is not a religion,' declares anonymous protest
organizer. The Council on American-Islamic relations has condemned
plans for a Tea Party protest outside a southern California mosque,
whose organizers are urging protesters to bring dogs with them because
Muslims "hate dogs."
Secret US spy agency used serial killer and Nazis as sources
was a night in early November during the infancy of the Cold War when
the anti-communist dissidents were hustled through a garden and across a
gully to a vehicle on a dark, deserted road in Budapest. They hid in
four large crates for their perilous journey. Four roadblocks stood
between them and freedom. What Zoltan Pfeiffer, a top political figure
opposed to Soviet occupation, his wife and 5-year-old daughter did not
know as they were whisked out of Hungary in 1947 was that their driver,
James McCargar, was a covert agent for one of America's most secretive
espionage agencies, known simply as the Pond.
Abdullah starts Arab tour in Egypt
Saudi king arrives in Sharm al-Shaikh on the first leg of a four-country trip.
Syrians and Saudis on the Same Page?
will host a rare summit of regional leaders this weekend–all the more
remarkable for having been organized on very short notice. There are
reports that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be joined by King
Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa
al-Thani. Erdogan and Ahmadinejad are apparently planning visits as well
in the next several weeks. The aim of the visit is to “defuse tension”
on the local Lebanese scene, a euphemism for figuring out what the heck
to do about an alleged impending indictment against Hizbullah members by
the U.N. Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
Feeble, choked River Jordan struggles for salvation (Reuters)
- Christian pilgrims alarmed by claims that baptism in the River Jordan
could make them sick are being urgently reassured by Israeli officials that the water poses no health risk.
WWF sorry for Saudi Arabia insult
Environmental group WWF apologises to Saudi Arabia after one of its
workers vandalised the country's nameplate at a climate conference.
Vegetarianism is not contrary to Arab culture | Joseph Mayton
Meat is important in Middle East religious and social culture but giving
it up could solve economic and environmental concerns. When the
Jordanian activist Amina Tariq took to the streets of Amman clad in lettuce leaves,
she captured the attention of the Middle East's media. With a sign in
Arabic that read "Let vegetarianism grow on you", she was trying to
spark interest in a diet without animal products. Jordan was the final
stop on a tour of the region by the global animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
(Peta), and the lettuce leaf demonstration was arguably its most
successful attempt yet to get Arabs thinking about a vegetarian diet.
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