URUK Net 2 March, 2010 Part 2: NY Times’ Jerusalem property makes it protagonist in Palestine conflict

Funding Israeli Militarism, Belligerence and Occupation
by Stephen Lendman
From birth, Israel was a regional menace until America became its benefactor in the late 1960s. Now it’s a global one, powerful with a large standing army and the latest weapons and technology, nuclear armed and ready to use them. It’s belligerent on the slightest pretext or none at all, and a threat to world peace and security because US administrations since Lyndon Johnson supported a nation of 5.6 million Jews in an area the size of New Jersey, partnering in its worst crimes and abuses. It’s due largely to the Israeli Lobby’s influence, or as John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt wrote in their book, The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, America’s Middle East policy is driven “almost entirely (by) US domestic politics, and especially (because of) the (Lobby’s) activities… This situation has no equal in American political history.”…

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Blair warned in 2000 Iraq war was illegal
Secret papers withheld by Chilcot inquiry reveal Foreign Office fears over invasion
By Michael Savage
March 2, 2010 – An invasion of Iraq was discussed within the Government more than two years before military action was taken – with Foreign Office mandarins warning that an invasion would be illegal, that it would claim “considerable casualties” and could lead to the breakdown of Iraq, The Independent can reveal. The extent of Whitehall opposition to the policy eventually backed by Tony Blair emerges just three days before Gordon Brown will appear at the Iraq Inquiry, where he will be asked to explain his role in the Government’s decision to invade…

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Frustration, Suffocation and Crisis
Strife, siege on Gaza continue one year after Israeli bombardment
Eva Barlett, In Gaza
March 2, 2010 – The Gaza Strip was already spiraling under years of siege long before the F-16 fighter planes, Apache helicopters, tanks, warships, unmanned aerial vehicles and armed soldiers waged a 23-day war on the Strip in winter 2008-2009. The agricultural sector, which used to provide 50 per cent of Gaza’s food needs, had been steadily failing as a result of the siege and Israel’s policy of aggression in border regions. The Israeli-led, internationally-complicit siege bans all but roughly 40 items from entering Gaza. In 2008 the Agricultural Development Association (PARC) reported a desperate need for nylon used in hothouses, irrigation piping, fertilizers, seeds, seedlings and pesticides. In March 2009, the United Nations’ Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reiterated the call, adding animal feed, livestock, olive and fruit tree saplings, saying the need was “urgent” and “very urgent.” The Israeli war on Gaza destroyed between 35 and 60 per cent of agricultural sector, tearing up irrigation networks, destroying hundreds of wells, water pumps, and cisterns, farm buildings and machinery, and killing over 35,000 cattle and sheep, and over 1 million chickens and birds…

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UK government violated human rights of two imprisoned Iraqis, court rules
Helen Pidd
March 2, 2010 – The UK government was today condemned for violating the human rights of two Iraqis accused of murdering two captive British soldiers in 2003. Faisal al-Saadoon and Khalef Hussain Mufdhi, Sunni Muslims and former officials of Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath party, have been detained for almost seven years. They are currently being held in the Rusafa prison near Baghdad. The European court of human rights in Strasbourg unanimously found the pair were “at real risk of being subjected to an unfair trial followed by execution by hanging” in Iraq…

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12-year-old Child To Be Prosecuted As An Adult By An Israeli Military Court
Saed Bannoura
March 02, 2010 – The Israeli Authorities decided to file charges against a 12-year-old Palestinian child from the southern West Bank city of Hebron after arresting him and charging him with throwing stones at the Israeli military. The child was identified as al-Hasan al-Mohtasib, 12. His 7-year-old brother was also detained but was released later on. Their father, Fadel, said that his sons were in al-Shallalah Street, in the center of Hebron. His 7-year-old son, al-Amir, was released ten hours after his was kidnapped by the army…

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Hebron Massacre Revisited
Understanding Today’s Politics
By Khalid Amayreh
March 2, 2010 – On February 25, 1994, hundreds of Muslims were performing the Dawn Prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, also known to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs. However, a former Jewish immigrant from the United States, who was also a soldier in the Israeli security forces, ascended to the holy shrine and opened fire indiscriminately from his Galilion semi-automatic rifle, killing at least 29 people and injuring more than 160 others. Adel Idris, a survivor, described the scene. “It was like a slaughter house, the carpets were soaked in blood, many people were lying dead or injured, some moaning and on the verge of death, blood was everywhere, [and] dead bodies scattered all over the place, it was a day unlike any other day.”…

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The Goldstone Report and the Israeli “Right of Self-Defense”
Jerome Slater
March 2, 2010 – Richard Silverstein is one of the best bloggers on Israeli affairs. He was recently interviewed about the Goldstone report on the Seattle television program, Moral Politics. The interview, now posted Silverstein’s blog, Tikun Olam, is rather long but well worth watching — his defense of the Goldstone Report is courageous, articulate, and convincing. However, Silverstein does not discuss the Goldstone commission’s most crucial error: while its report courageously and persuasively labeled Israel’s methods in Gaza as “war crimes,” it failed to challenge the argument that however unjust its methods, Israel was exercising its legitimate right of self-defense when it attacked Gaza. Perhaps this was not so much an error as a policy decision, adopted by the Goldstone commission in the hope that this would somewhat diminish the predictable firestorm that would follow the publication of its report. However understandable such tactical and political considerations, the consequences have been grave. Any discussion of Israeli policy and behavior towards the Palestinians should — must — start from the most important fact, which often, incredibly, seems to be overlooked: namely the Israeli occupation and the harsh repression that accompanies it. That is the central point, not the Palestinian methods of resistance…

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The New Canadian Paradigm: Embracing Apartheid
Yves Engler on Canada’s Complicity in Israeli Apartheid
Kim Petersen
March 2, 2010 – A recent headline for the Toronto Star reads: “New face of Canada isn’t pretty.” The national affairs columnist, James Travers, writes, “The confluence of domestic politics, Christian fundamentalism and foreign policy is now so strong that Israel’s tail is wagging Canada’s dog.” Yves Engler’s latest book, Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid, reveals that Canada’s stance vis-à-vis Israel is hardly new. Engler also claims that another country is wagging Canada…

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Debunking Israeli Hasbara
By Khalid Amayreh
March 2, 2010 – In a much-appreciated effort aimed at highlighting and exposing Israeli racism and terrorism against the Palestinian people, many university campuses around the world are marking Israel’s apartheid week. Activities include lectures, demonstrations, films and other multi-media events as well as cultural performances and hearing testimonies from human rights activists and Palestinian victims of Israeli apartheid. Speakers from many countries, especially occupied Palestine, will describe the deepening persecution of Palestinians which in many aspects has surpassed the worst measures ever adopted against the black majority by the defunct South African apartheid regime…

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U.S. Wages Food War Against Somalia
GLEN FORD, Black Agenda Report
March 2, 2010 – In Somalia, the United States has reverted to ancient siege tactics to starve the people into submission. The U.S. seeks to prevent food aid from getting to areas controlled by Shabab resistance fighters. However, “if international aid were restricted to areas controlled by the U.S.-backed puppet regime, only a few neighborhoods in Mogadishu, the capital, would be fed.”…

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Iraq’s Fearful Christian Candidates
By Afif Sarhan
March 2, 2010 – A spike in violence against the Christian community in northern Iraq is leading many of their candidates to consider dropping plans to contest the March 7 general elections. “The only loser in all this violence is our minority which, although representing only 5 percent of the parliamentary seats, is being the first choice for extremists and militants in the northern region,” Kammar Bashar, a Christian candidate, told IslamOnline.net…A spokesperson for the provincial governor of Mosul said they are closely monitoring the recent episodes and have already asked for security reinforcements in areas where the attacks happened. But Rita Abdel, a member of Christian community in Mosul and an aid worker for an organization helping displaced Christian families, is not satisfied. “Militants are killing Christians, dropping their bodies outside their homes in front of the remaining family members to scare the community and it is still being considered as a general problem of violence,” she fumed. “The local government said they have asked for more protection in area but no one has reported a single extra officer than we had before.”..

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Dubai seeks Israeli PM’s arrest over hotel murder
March 2, 2010 – Dubai police said Tuesday they are seeking the arrest of Israel’s prime minister and the head of its spy agency over the murder of a top Hamas militant in a hotel room of the Gulf city-state. Police chief Dahi Khalfan said he had issued the demand for the arrest warrants as he was now certain they ordered the Cold War-style hit on Mahmud al-Mabhuh. “I have presented the (Dubai) prosecutor with a request for the arrest of (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu and the head of Mossad,” Meir Dagan, said Khalfan…

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NY Times’ Jerusalem property makes it protagonist in Palestine conflict
Ali Abunimah
March 2, 2010 – During an appearance at Vassar College in early February, controversial New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner was asked about the ongoing evictions of Palestinian families from homes in East Jerusalem which Israel occupied in 1967. Israeli courts have ruled that Jewish settlers could take over some Palestinian homes on the grounds that Jews held title to the properties before Israel was established in 1948. Bronner was concerned, but not only about Palestinians being made homeless in Israel’s relentless drive to Judaize their city; he was also worried about properties in his West Jerusalem neighborhood, including the building he lives in, partially owned by The New York Times, that was the home of Palestinians made refugees in 1948. Facts about The New York Times’ acquisition of this property are revealed for the first time in this article…

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Habeas Challenges for Bagram Prisoners
By William Fisher
March 2, 2010 – Four men who have been imprisoned for over a year – some for almost two years – are going to U.S. federal court to challenge their detention at the notorious Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The men, who their lawyers say have never engaged in hostilities against the U.S. and are not members of groups that have engaged in hostilities against the U.S., have never been told why they are being detained, permitted to speak with a lawyer or given a meaningful opportunity to challenge their detention before a court or impartial administrative board…

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Israeli Military Starts To Install A New Wall Section Near Bethlehem
Ghassan Bannoura
March 02, 2010 – Israeli troops started, on Tuesday, to build a new section of the Wall at the town of Beit Jala located in southern West Bank near Bethlehem city. Amy bulldozers arrived at a land owned by Lyila Ighneem then strated to uproot olive trees she owns to make way for the Wall construction. Few years back Israel took a part of her land to build a road that connects Israeli settlement in southern West Bank with settlement surrounding the nearby Jerusalem city…

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Video: UN envoy: Gaza an open-air prison
March 2, 2010 – John Holmes, the United Nation’s humanitarian chief, has revisited the Gaza Strip, a year after Israel’s assault on the territory ended. He told Al Jazeera that it was disappointing how little has changed since the war and that there has been no real possibility of reconstruction, mainly because of Israel’s siege of the Strip. He said the blockade resulted in misery for the Palestinians. “They’re living in a kind of open-air prison. They’re still suffering from this kind of collective punishment they’ve been suffering for three years now.”…

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Under blockade, coastal Gaza now a fish importer
March 2, 2010 – Under a sea blockade, the coastal Gaza Strip has now become a seafood importer. Its desperate fishermen — cut off from plentiful fishing grounds by Israeli patrol boats — have turned to sneaking into Egyptian waters in tiny motorboats to buy their catch and bring it home. Others bring in fish by land, in ice-packed plastic foam boxes pulled through smuggling tunnels from Egypt. And even though the Mediterranean is right on Gaza’s doorstep, locals are creating fish ponds to provide Gaza’s 1.5 million people their key source of protein…

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Video: Palestinian Political Prisoners and Popular Resistance
March 2, 2010 – Interviews with Jamal Juma’ and Mohammad Othman of the Stop the Wall campaign: www.stopthewall.org

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Government declares martial law in central Chile after earthquake
By Rafael Azul
March 2, 2010 – The Chilean government of President Michelle Bachelet has declared martial law in parts of central Chile in the aftermath of Saturday’s devastating earthquake. Ten thousand soldiers have taken control of Maule and Bío Bío, the two regions most directly affected. President Bachelet declared a state of siege on the pretext that it was necessary to maintain order and distribute aid. Government officials blamed so-called looters for interfering with the rescue and aid effort. This is the first state of siege declared in Chile since the fall of the bloody Pinochet military dictatorship in 1989…

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Wall Street Journal cites Chilean earthquake to praise Pinochet
By David Walsh
March 2, 2010 – In an editorial published Monday, “A Tale of Two Quakes,” the Wall Street Journal compares the outcome of the massive earthquake that hit Chile on Saturday with the dimensions of the human disaster that has unfolded in Haiti. Citing the far greater scale of death and destruction in Haiti, the newspaper praises the comparatively higher level of preparedness for such a disaster in Chile, and writes: “But such preparation is also the luxury of a prosperous country, in contrast to destitute and ill-governed Haiti. Chile has benefited enormously in recent decades from the free-market reforms it passed in the 1970s under dictator Augusto Pinochet.”…

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IOA plans demolition of tens of Palestinian homes in Silwan
Palestinian Information Center
March 2, 2010 — The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) is planning to demolish tens of Palestinian homes in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem, south of the Aqsa Mosque, in order to build a public park. Sources in the IOA-controlled Jerusalem municipality said that the fanatic mayor of occupied Jerusalem Nir Barakat is expected to announce in a press conference on Tuesday the demolition of more than 40 Palestinian homes in Bustan area to establish a Toratic park in its place…

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