VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 15 December, 2010: ‘Lod home demolitions a crime against humanity’

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Mubarak Separately Meets Abbas, Mitchell
IMEMC – 15 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 15, 2010 – 23:10, On Wednesday, Egypt’s President, Hosni Mubarak, held separate talks in Cairo with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and U.S Middle East Envoy, George Mitchell, and discussed the means to resolve the current deadlock in peace talks.

In A Letter Send To Turkish PM; Likud MK Says Israel Should Have Killed All Marmara Passengers
IMEMC – 15 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 15, 2010 – 22:17, Israeli sources reported Wednesday that Israeli Member of Knesset of the Likud Party, Dani Dannon, sent a sarcastic letter to Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, telling him that Israeli soldiers should have killed all of the passengers of the Marmara Ship that was heading to Gaza to deliver humanitarian supplies.

Weapons, Narcotics Found by Gaza Police
IMEMC – 15 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 15, 2010 – 17:43, Police completed on Wednesday a several-week raid in northern Gaza City, seizing weapons and narcotics in a shop, Ma’an News reported.

Three Radios Will Begin to Broadcast Again
IMEMC – 15 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 15, 2010 – 17:31, On Wednesday, the P.A. Interior, Communication, and Information Ministries informed about the reopening of three local radio stations, that were shut down on Monday, after they settled registration and licensing issues, Ma’an News reported.

Knesset Members Call for Execution of Former MK Bishara
IMEMC – 15 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 15, 2010 – 17:14, Several Israeli Knesset members have demanded the assassination of the ex-Arab MK Bishara after listing him as ‘terrorist’, Quds Press reported on Wednesday.

Seven Palestinians Arrested During Israeli Army Raids
IMEMC – 15 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 15, 2010 – 16:54, On Wednesday morning, seven Palestinians were arrested by the Israeli military in a series of raids near the West Bank cities of Tulkarm, Tubas, Jenin and Ramallah, PNN reported.

Israeli Forces Stormed Palestinian MP House
IMEMC – 15 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 15, 2010 – 14:39, Israeli soldiers raided, on Tuesday, the house of Palestinian MP Halaika in Hebron, the Palestinian Information Center claimed.

Gulf Delegation Arrives in Gaza
IMEMC – 15 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 15, 2010 – 13:39, A Gulf delegation led by Saudi prince reaches the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday, to deliver relief material, the Palestinian Information Centre reported.

Picasso to Ramallah
IMEMC – 15 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 15, 2010 – 13:06, A joint initiative between Ramallah’s International Art Academy Palestine and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands, is trying to bring an original masterpiece by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso to Ramallah to be placed at the academy, for public viewing.

Israel Deported 150 Sudanese Migrants
IMEMC – 15 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 15, 2010 – 12:59, 150 asylum seekers were sent back to Sudan, on Monday night, as Israeli officials believed they entered the country illegally in search of work, media agencies reported on Tuesday.

Ma’an News

‘Lod home demolitions a crime against humanity’
12/16/2010 – LOD, Israel (Ma’an) — Following the demolition of the home of a Bedouin family in Israel’s mixed town of Lod in the country’s south, Talab As-Sane of the Arab Democratic Party visited the family in a show of solidarity. The Abu Eid home was torn down on Monday along with….

Report: Israel to expand hotel owned by Jordan
12/15/2010 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel is planning a major expansion to a Jordanian-owned hotel atop the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, an Israeli newspaper reported Wednesday. The Seven Arches Hotel belongs to the Jordanian royal family but it was taken over by Israel when Jordan withdrew from the West Bank in the 1967….

Palestinian street riled at latest talks upset
12/15/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinians were upset by the American failure to secure a settlement construction freeze on Palestinian lands, and riled over the attempt to swap cash and weapons for the freeze.”Does America rule Israel or does Israel rule America? ” Mused 66-year-old Nablus resident Hajj Abu Muhammad, “If you knew the answer….

Israeli court hears plea for release of lawmaker
12/15/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court at the Ofer detention center heard a plea on behalf of Hamas lawmaker Mahmoud Ar-Ramahi for a reduction in his sentence, set originally for a six month term. LawyerJawad Bullos said the jailed member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, elected in 2006, was sentenced to six months….

Israel downplays focus on settlement growth
12/16/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The settlement construction issue is simple, minor, not so important, and marginal, says spokeswoman of the Israeli foreign ministry Amira Oron during a chat Tuesday with Ma’an radio. Oron said the Netanyahu government was exerting serious efforts to resume negotiations leading to the establishment of a Palestinian state. She….

Gaza: Bulk goods crossing ups imports
12/15/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — For the first time in more than one year, the two operating goods transfer terminals between Israel and Gaza opened for the third day in a week Wednesday. While the southernmost crossing, Kerem Shalom, has opened five days a week except on holidays, the bulk goods crossing near Gaza City….

Report: Dennis Ross in Israel for secret talks
12/16/2010 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Veteran US diplomat Dennis Ross arrived in Israel Tuesday evening and is scheduled to hold talks with Israeli security officials, Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday. Ross, a prominent US policy maker, was allegedly sent by US president Barak Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to….

PA says it will challenge draft prisoners law
12/15/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority announced Tuesday that it would challenge in court a draft Israeli law to prohibit Palestinian prisoners from family visits. PA prisoners minister Issa Qaraqe said the law was unprecedented in the history of legislation worldwide.” By permitting its intelligence services to ban attorneys from meeting prisoners, especially during….

Family: Gaza man killed by US bombing in Afghanistan
12/16/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A Palestinian family in Gaza has received news that their son, Mahmoud Abu Rideh, died a few days ago in a US bombing in Afghanistan. The man’s family, from Bani Sheila – a town east of Khan Younis – heard from friend’s of their son that Mahmoud was….

Israeli MK proposes alternate peace plan
12/15/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Chairman of the Israeli Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Shaul Mofaz proposed on an alternative peace plan last week, presenting the initiative to policymakers and journalists as US mediation efforts continue to flounder. The plan centered on the creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state in the West Bank….

Leaked US cable: Dutch lobbied hard on UN Gaza resolution
12/15/2010 – Classified By: Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo for reasons 1. 4 (d)SUMMARY AND INTRODUCTION¬?1. (U) The EU-27 responded to new U. S. flexibility at UNGA64 by collaborating pragmatically on our top priorities, and by providing essential voting support. Ably led by Sweden’s EU presidency, EU member states shared the burden on lobbying….

Queen Rania raises funds for Palestinian education
12/15/2010 – MANAMA, Bahrain (Ma’an) — At the Bahrain National Museum, Queen Rania of Jordan hosted a fundraising dinner for her charity,the Madrasati Palestine Women’s Network, generating support for the initiative’s work in Palestinian schools. The gala was overseen by Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain, showing his support….

Abbas to Cairo following Mitchell request
12/15/2010 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak Wednesday to discuss a US request to return to indirect talks given Israel’s refusal to stop settlement construction in the West Bank. Abbas and Mubarak will also tackle the Palestinian national dialogue brokered by Egypt. Abbas flew to….

Mitchell pursuing ‘substantive’ Mideast talks
12/15/2010 – CAIRO (AFP) — US envoy George Mitchell said Wednesday he will pursue “substantive” talks with Israelis and Palestinians to rescue battered Mideast peace negotiations, following a meeting with the Egyptian president.” In the days ahead our discussions with both sides will be substantive, two way conversations with an eye towards making real progress in the next….

Hamas: PA security detained 23 supporters
12/15/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas officials in the West Bank accused the Palestinian Authority of detaining 23 of its supporters from areas across the West Bank, a statement said on Wednesday. The alleged arrests, which could not be confirmed by Ma’an, were carried out in the northern districts of Nablus, Salfit, and Qalqiliya….

Drug smugglers detained at Allenby
12/15/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police seized a group of Palestinian drug smugglers Tuesday, as they reportedly attempted to bring narcotics from Jordan into the area via the Allenby border crossing, Radio Israel reported. Detained were two women and a man, all from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, were found with 1,000 pills….

‘Dealer’ arrested in Hebron
12/15/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Palestinian Authority police arrested a suspected drug dealer in Hebron on Wednesday. A police report said the man was found in possession of prohibited substances. He was not identified….

Palestine Note

Full Text: Letter from Congressman Brian Baird criticizes Israel for targeting Palestinian children in Gaza
Palestine Note 15 Dec 2010 – Congressman Brian Baird Criticizes Israel’s Targeting of Palestinian Children in Gaza

Israel and the other Arabs: Gulf-Israeli contacts under a cold surface
Palestine Note 15 Dec 2010 – ABC News – The cold peace between Israel and Arab Gulf states is surprisingly warm, if you believe a Wikileaked cable from 2009. As Eli Lake described i t in the Washington Times, ‚ÄòIsrael and its…

Netanyahu agrees to discuss core issues in indirect talks with Palestinians
Palestine Note 15 Dec 2010 – Haaretz – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu committed to visiting U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell on Tuesday that Israel would agree to discuss all the core issues in the indirect negotiations that are expected take place…

Palestinian street riled at latest talks upset
Palestine Note 15 Dec 2010 – Maan – Palestinians were upset by the American failure to secure a settlement construction freeze on Palestinian lands, and riled over the attempt to swap cash and weapons for the freeze. “Does America rule Israel or…

Report: Israel to expand hotel owned by Jordan
Palestine Note 15 Dec 2010 – Maan – Israel is planning a major expansion to a Jordanian-owned hotel atop the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, an Israeli newspaper reported Wednesday. The Seven Arches Hotel belongs to the Jordanian royal family but it…

Official says Jordan will not receive deported Palestinians
Palestine Note 15 Dec 2010 – Arabiya – The Jordanian government refused Monday receiving any Palestinians deported by Israel from the Occupied Territories under the pretext that they do not have legal residence permits. A top Jordanian official stressed that Jordan neither…

Full Text: Letter from European Former Leaders Group calls for sanctions on Israel over settlements
Palestine Note 15 Dec 2010 – Letter to the President of the European Council TO: Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council (dated 2 December 2010) Lady Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/First Vice-President of the European…

Saudi aid to Gaza arrives in Egypt
Palestine Note 15 Dec 2010 – Maan – A Saudi delegation headed by prince Turki bin Talal bin Abdul-Aziz arrived Wednesday at El-Arish airport in Egypt with a cargo of humanitarian aid bound for the besieged Gaza Strip. Read Full Article Photo:…

Mitchell pursuing ‘substantive’ Mideast talks
Palestine Note 15 Dec 2010 – Maan – US envoy George Mitchell said Wednesday he will pursue “substantive” talks with Israelis and Palestinians to rescue battered Mideast peace negotiations, following a meeting with the Egyptian president. “In the days ahead our discussions…

Report: Dennis Ross in Israel for secret talks
Palestine Note 15 Dec 2010 – Maan – Veteran US diplomat Dennis Ross arrived in Israel Tuesday evening and is scheduled to hold talks with Israeli security officials, Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday. Ross, a prominent US policy maker, was…

Mubarak meets with US envoy to discuss US-brokered peace efforts
Palestine Note 15 Dec 2010 – Al-Masry Al-Youm – President Hosni Mubarak and US Envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, on Wednesday convened in Cairo to discuss US efforts to revitalize the peace process. Mubarak and Mitchell also addressed international mechanisms…

Law to keep Jews and Arabs apart
Palestine Note 15 Dec 2010 – Apartheid Israel-style The pretty two-storey home with a red-tiled roof built by Adel and Iman Kaadan looks no different from the rows of other houses in Katzir, a small hilltop community in northern Israel close to…

Jerusalem Marathon runs into politics
Palestine Note 15 Dec 2010 – Los Angeles Times – When Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat invited people to participate in the Jerusalem Marathon, he called it a “challenging sporting event.” Still 100 days away, the city’s first full marathon is already giving…

“Education on hold”: Dirasat and Haifa university law school release a report on the state of Arab education in Israel
Palestine Note 15 Dec 2010 – On December 10th, Dirasat, together with the Arab Minority Rights Clinic at the Law Faculty at the University of Haifa released its most recent research report. “Education on Hold: Israeli Government Policy and Civil Society Initiatives…

Aljazeera

Suicide attack hits Iran mosque
AlJazeera 15 Dec 2010 – At least 41 people killed and dozens injured after a suicide bombing near a mosque in the Iranian city of Chabahar.

Palestine News Network

Mitchell Resumes Shuttling Between Netanyahu and Abbas
PNN – Jerusalem — PNN – A week after American negotiators officially gave up efforts to pressure Israel into a settlement freeze, and days after US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton embraced the return…

Seven Arrested in Overnight West Bank Raids; Troops Photograph Mosque
PNN – Ramallah — PNN – In a series of Israeli military raids in and near the cities of Tulkarm, Tubas, Jenin, and Ramallah, seven Palestinians were arrested before Wednesday morning. In the village…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 — 08 December. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jerusalem Post

Palestinians may buy Jewish complex in east Jerusalem
Jeruslalem Post 15 Dec 2010 – Jewish residents moved to make a political statement, are now faced with the idea that a Palestinian businessmen may sell units to Arab families.

‘African refugees are being tortured in Sinai’
Jeruslalem Post 15 Dec 2010 – Physicians for Human Rights say smugglers bringing refugees into Israel assault, rape and hold refugees for ransom, call on Egypt to aid victims.

Iran said to have cut Hizbullah aid by 40%
Jeruslalem Post 15 Dec 2010 – Terror organization faces unprecedented crisis, according to Israeli intelligence assessments, stirring tension with its Iranian patrons.

Nasrallah commemorates Hizbullah ‘triumphs’ over Israel
Jeruslalem Post 15 Dec 2010 – Hizbullah leader thanks Lebanese soldiers for dismantling alleged Israeli spy camera; IDF denies claims Israeli forces attack near Sidon.

More Jewish construction on the way for e. Jerusalem
Jeruslalem Post 15 Dec 2010 – Building begins for 18 apartments in 3 buildings at Beit Orot Yeshiva in east Jerusalem and 130 residential units in Gilo.

Lebanese army says Israeli spy cameras dismantled
Jeruslalem Post 15 Dec 2010 – Military experts locate 2 long range spying systems planted by IDF in mountains overlooking Beirut, senior official says; information received from Hizbullah.

Bethlehem tourism swells as violence and terror ebbs
Jeruslalem Post 15 Dec 2010 – Town’s 2,750 hotel rooms are booked solid for Christmas week and expected turnout for Christmas week up strongly from 70,000 last year.

Obama condemns anti-gov’t suicide bombing in Iran
Jeruslalem Post 15 Dec 2010 – At least 39 killed as worshipers attacked by Sunni militant group Jundallah at mosque in southwest of Islamic Republic on Shi’ite holiday;

‘We have no intention to apologize to Turkey for flotilla’
Jeruslalem Post 15 Dec 2010 – Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon downplays reports Israel will compensate families of those killed. MK Danon sends Erdogan sarcastic letter.

J’lem teens develop system to detect, stop water leaks
Jeruslalem Post 15 Dec 2010 – The prize-winning computerized device invented by two 19-year-olds measures household water consumption to avoid waste.

International Solidarity Movement

Settlers doggedly intimidate Palestinians
12/15/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – At around 3:30pm, Israeli police arrested a 19-year-old Palestinian man named Imen in Sheikh Jarrah, following a confrontation with settlers. The settlers’ dog, on a 2-meter long chain, attacked Imen as he stood on the street outside of his former home, which the settlers had dispossessed. The settlers responded with laughter….

Ha’aretz

Israel antiquities chief: Caeserea storm damage a ‘national disaster’
Ha’aretz – Authorities are working to clean up Caeserea National Park, which was hit hard during last weekend’s strong winter storm.

IDF conversion bill passes preliminary reading in Knesset
Ha’aretz – Bill sponsored by Yisrael Beiteinu to validate all conversions conducted through the military passes despite fierce opposition from ultra-Orthodox Shas party.

Thousands of Israelis flock to Mount Hermon as ski site opens for season
Ha’aretz – The ski park on Israel’s tallest peak, Mount Hermon, is reporting lots of snow, lots of interest and lots to offer.

Yisrael Beiteinu facing off against Shas over IDF conversion bill
Ha’aretz – Bill sponsored by Yisrael Beiteinu expected to pass with a large majority, being backed by Likud, Labor, and Kadima.

Repatriated Sudanese kids didn’t get chance to say goodbye
Ha’aretz – Advocates worry about 150 asylum seekers sent back; children’s school principal fails to understand why secrecy was necessary.

Kadima: PM bought MK’s vote on Carmel fire probe in return for yeshiva funds
Ha’aretz – MK Yoel Hasson calls on Attorney General to verify suspicions that Netanyahu bought National Union MK Uri Ariel’s vote in exchange for NIS 21.8 million for hesder yeshivas.

Nasrallah: Hezbollah ready to repulse any Israeli attack, despite internal tension in Lebanon
Ha’aretz – Lebanese army claims to uncover two Israeli spy cameras overlooking Beirut; explosion reported off the coast of Sidon on Wednesday evening.

Settlers begin construction of housing at East Jerusalem yeshiva
Ha’aretz – New construction starts on 18 apartments around the Beit Orot Yeshiva on the Mount of Olives.

Arab FMs oppose Mideast talks without U.S. stance on borders
Ha’aretz – Qatari FM: Arabs skeptical that U.S. can pressure Israel on core issues after failure to get Israel to renew settlement freeze.

Deputy FM: Israel won’t apologize for Gaza flotilla raid
Ha’aretz – Danny Ayalon’s statement comes in the wake of recent reports of Israel-Turkey talks aimed at ending the diplomatic crisis between the two nations., Senior Lebanese army officer says Hezbollah tipped…

Hundreds of refugees held captive in Egypt, report reveals
Ha’aretz – Smugglers imprison asylum seekers in steel containers, raping and torturing them while the relatives of the refugees are made to listen, until they pay thousands of dollars in ransom.

Netanyahu agrees to discuss core issues in indirect talks with Palestinians
Ha’aretz – UN Mideast envoy: Credibility of countries sponsoring Israeli-Palestinian peace process is at stake.

Clinton: Iran’s dismissal of FM shouldn’t affect its ‘good start’ in nuclear talks
Ha’aretz – Clinton noted that Tehran had agreed to a follow-up meeting next month in Istanbul, and signaled that the so-called “P5+1″ powers would continue to press Iran to give up what…

Israeli army shoots 2 workers in Bait Lahya
15 Dec 2010 – Gaza, December 15, (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli occupation forces opened fire Wednesday at Palestinian workers in Bait Lahya, in north of Gaza Strip. Local Medical sources reported that two workers were shot while they were collecting gravel from open areas in north Gaza. The two injured workers known as W.M, 22, and M.K, 16, the sources reported. The sources added…

Israeli army detains 7 Palestinians in WB
15 Dec 2010 – West Bank, December 15, (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained Wednesday seven Palestinians from different cities in the West Bank. Local sources reported that huge forces of the Israeli army raided Hebron, Tolkarem, Jenin and Ramallah where they broke into number of houses and detained seven citizens who were transferred to unknown place. In addition to, IOF erected…

Uruknet

Knesset members call for the assassination of Bishara
Uruknet December 15, 2010 – A number of Israeli Knesset members have called for the assassination of the former Arab MK, Azmi Bishara, on the grounds that “he is a terrorist”. The call was made during the first reading of the “Azmi Bishara Bill”, which seeks to approve the stripping of Dr Bishara of his parliamentary pension. Bishara had, in…

Deaths and rituals for living
Uruknet December 15, 2010 – …The knowledge of old generations is passed to the young. The young reciprocate by showing respect and giving joy to the old. An 84 year old hand touches gently the hand of a 5 year-old. A pat on the back, a hug, a kiss on the cheeks give more meaning than a thousand words. Hearts…

BDS update: ‚ÄòBesiege your siege!’
Uruknet December 15, 2010 – Last month Canada’s controversial Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper continued his campaign to support Israel through thick and thin at an international conference hosted by the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism (CPCCA), where he solemnly warned participants, “History shows us, and the ideology of the anti-Israel mob tells us all too well, that those…

Collapse of Negotiations a Gain for Palestine
Uruknet December 15, 2010 – As the United States sends US Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell to grasp at straws in hopes of restarting negotiations to create a Palestinian state after the Israeli government refused to curb settlement construction, Obama’s inability to entice Netanyahu’s coalition to comply with international law has frustrated many who wish for peace between…

IDF Refuses Palestinians Who Fought Carmel Fire Israeli Entry For Appreciation Ceremony
Uruknet December 15, 2010 – Let it not be said that the IDF doesn’t know how to show proper appreciation to Palestinians when they come to Israel’s aid in an emergency. During the Carmel Fire, the PA offered Shimon Peres Palestinian firefighters to combat the blaze. The offer was accepted and they performed admirably by all accounts. This led to…

Book review: Humanity and warmth in “Letters from Palestine”
Uruknet December 15, 2010 – Western publishers have too often neglected the perspective of Palestinians and other Arabs when it comes to books on Israel and the Palestinians. Letters from Palestine, a new collection of Palestinian writing edited by Kenneth Ring and Ghassan Abdullah, is thus a welcome initiative. As writer Anna Baltzer says in the foreword: “Palestinians themselves are…

‘Lod home demolitions a crime against humanity’
Uruknet December 15, 2010 – Following the demolition of the home of a Bedouin family in Israel’s mixed town of Lod in the country’s south, Talab As-Sane of the Arab Democratic Party visited the family in a show of solidarity. The Abu Eid home was torn down on Monday along with the homes of six other families, all on one…

Suicide attack hits Iran mosque
Uruknet December 15, 2010 – A Sunni Muslim group, Jundallah has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack that killed at least 41 people and wounded more than 90 others near a mosque in the southeastern Iranian city of Chabahar. The group, also known as Soldiers of God, claimed Wednesday’s attack, saying it was to avenge the hanging of their leader…

Apartheid Israel-styleLaw to keep Jews and Arabs apart
Uruknet December 15, 2010 – The pretty two-storey home with a red-tiled roof built by Adel and Iman Kaadan looks no different from the rows of other houses in Katzir, a small hilltop community in northern Israel close to the West Bank. But, unlike the other residents of Katzir, the Kaadans moved into their dream home this month only after…

IOA isolates prisoner for persisting in hunger strike
Uruknet December 15, 2010 – The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said that the Israeli occupation authorities had isolated prisoner Linan Abu Ghulma in Hasharon jail. The PFLP in a statement on Tuesday night said that the solitary confinement was imposed on Linan two days ago after returning from a court hearing. It added that the health…

Israel constructing giant refugee camp in Negev desert
Uruknet December 14, 2010 – Israel’s government is to build a detention centre to hold up to 10,000 refugees who arrive every year, until their asylum requests have been rejected and they can be expelled. The vast majority of the migrants have fled from war-torn and poverty-stricken countries in the Horn of Africa such as Darfur in the Sudan, and…

Israeli Chief Rabbi Orders Shop Owners Who Employ Jewish Girls Not to Hire Arabs
Uruknet December 14, 2010 – I couldn’t have made this up myself if I’d tried: the rabbis of the largely Yemenite city of Rosh Ha-Ayin (English), including the chief rabbi, declared a ban on hiring Arabs at stores which employ Jewish girls. I swear to you, it’s true. Earlier this week, we had Orthodox rabbis ordering Jews not to rent…

Video: Tears of Gaza (Trailer)
Uruknet December 14, 2010 – In a rough style, by way of unique footage, the brutal consequences of modern wars are exposed. The film also depicts the ability of women and children to handle their everyday life after a dramatic war experience. Many of them live in tents or in ruins without walls or roofs. They are all in need…

Church leaders from Palestine tell the Irish…No such thing as justice in the Holy Land
Uruknet December 14, 2010 – We are not here as politicians, they said. We come as representatives of the various churches in Jerusalem. But the trio from the Holy Land showed they were more than a match for western politicians who fancy they know all about the Middle East. Archbishop Theodosius Hanna (Greek Orthodox Church), Monsignor Manuel Musallam (Latin Catholic)…

Is a US-Iran Nuclear Deal in the Works?
Uruknet December 14, 2010 – The abrupt firing of Foreign Minister Mottaki of Iran, ousted while traveling in Africa, probably doesn’t mean much for the just-resumed US-Iran talks, which restarted last week in Geneva and which are slated to resume in late January in Turkey. Mottaki was fired by President Ahmadinejad in an internal power struggle between Ahmadinejad, Iran’s parliament…

Hamas holds massive Gaza rally
Uruknet December 14, 2010 – Tens of thousands of Hamas supporters have filled the streets of Gaza City in a mass rally to boost support for the Palestinian resistance group on its 23rd anniversary. Cars and buildings were adorned in Hamas’s trademark green colours and flag-waving supporters clogged the streets to reach the rally on Tuesday, where Hamas leaders lauded…

Israel Demolishes Two Homes in East Jerusalem
Alternative Information Center – Keeping with its growing trend of targeting Palestinian neighborhoods, the Jerusalem Municipality carried out home demolitions in two locations of East Jerusalem on Tuesday (14 December).

Daily Star

Suicide bomber kills 39 people at Iran Shiite procession
Daily Star 15 Dec 2010 The Arab League decided Wednesday to seek a UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlement construction on Palestinian land. Arab foreign ministers decided to “bring up the entire situation with the Security Council and to activate…

Arabs want resolution against settlements
Daily Star 15 Dec 2010 The Arab League decided Wednesday to seek a UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlement construction on Palestinian land. Arab foreign ministers decided to “bring up the entire situation with the Security Council and to activate…

United Nations Security Council ends Saddam-era Iraq sanctions
Daily Star 15 Dec 2010 UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council ended key international sanctions imposed on Iraq in a major move to bring closure on the Saddam Hussein era Wednesday. Three council resolutions ended sanctions over weapons of mass destruction…

Senegal recalls Tehran envoy over seized arms shipment
Daily Star 15 Dec 2010 Senegal has recalled its ambassador to Tehran after Iran failed to provide a “satisfactory” explanation for arms sent from Iran and discovered in a Nigerian port in October, officials said Wednesday. Senegal, judging that “explanations provided…

Relief Web

UNRWA-AUB Socio-Economic Survey of Palestine Refugees in Lebanon
Relief Web 15 Dec 2010 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

EU Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions on the Middle East, Cote d’Ivoire, Sudan, and more
Relief Web 14 Dec 2010 – Source: European Union

FEATURE-Palestinian kids play risky game with Israel police
Relief Web 14 Dec 2010 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: Israel Now Builds Separation Wall With Africa
IPS After the separation barrier against Palestinian territories, Israel has begun to build a new wall, this one to keep migrants from Africa out. The new wall is coming up on the Egyptian border, and with Egyptian support.

YNet News

IDF conversions pass preliminary reading; Shas threatens to quit coalition
YNet News – Knesset okays law allowing State to recognize army’s conversions without Chief….

Suicide attack kills dozens in Iran
YNet News – State media report explosion took place near mosque in southeastern city of….

Report: Mitchell presented Abbas with offers
YNet News – Al-Hayat says US envoy offered Palestinians a debate on Jerusalem, but no return….

Livni: Netanyahu taken captive by Shas
YNet News – Opposition chairwoman accuses prime minister of forcing MKs to vote against….

Issawiya: ‘Border Guards maced innocent bus passengers’
YNet News – Border Guard officers violently clashed with residents of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya on Wednesday, when a 14-year-old bus passenger failed to present an …….

Muslim hotel staff allege discrimination on Israeli visit
YNet News – Muslim employees of a Washington hotel alleged that they were discriminated against when Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited at the weekend, a group representing …….

Nasrallah: Status quo concerns Israel
YNet News – “Israel is not satisfied with spies and aerial photography,” Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech Wednesday evening after the Lebanese …….

Lebanon: We uncovered Israeli spy equipment
YNet News – A senior Lebanese army officer on Wednesday said military experts have discovered two spy cameras planted by Israel in Lebanon’s mountains. Earlier this month, the …….

Construction of Jewish neighborhood in east Jerusalem underway
YNet News – Construction commenced on Wednesday on a new residential Jewish neighborhood atop the Mount of Olives Ridge in east Jerusalem, near Hebrew University. The …….

Palestinian Information Center

Prisoner released in Shalit tape swap deal goes on 15th day of hunger strike
PIC 15 Dec 2010 – Nablus activist Lenan Abu Ghalma, 28, has gone on her fifteenth day of an open-ended hunger strike as Palestinian rights groups hold the Israeli prison system liable for her tumbling health condition.

Two Palestinians, including child, wounded in IOF shooting
PIC 15 Dec 2010 – Two Palestinian civilians were wounded in northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened fire at them while collecting gravel from destroyed buildings.

IOA serves summons to MP Salhab
PIC 15 Dec 2010 – Hamas MP Dr. Azzam Salhab said on Wednesday that Israeli occupation soldiers stopped him before entering the mosque along with his wife and children.

Baraka: The Palestinians will not take sides in Lebanon internal conflicts
PIC 15 Dec 2010 – Hamas’s Lebanon representative Ali Baraka said Tuesday that his movement is committed to all national rights, chiefly the right for Palestinian refugees to return to their land.

Radwan asks Arab committee to end support for negotiations
PIC 15 Dec 2010 – Dr. Ismail Radwan, a Hamas leader, has asked the Arab League follow up committee not to provide more support for the Fatah authority’s talks with Israel.

Israel maps out plan to move Iran’s Jewish population to Palestine
PIC 15 Dec 2010 – The Israeli Ministry of Immigrant Absorption has announced mapping out a plan to migrate all of Iran’s 20,000 Jews to occupied Palestine.

Israel denies fire officials entry to attend honor ceremony
PIC 15 Dec 2010 – Four officials from the Palestinian Authority’s fire service who helped put out the fires at Jebel Al Karmal ten days back were blocked from entry into 1948-occupied Palestinian territory.

Ofer court holds appeal hearing over administrative detention of MP Ramhi
PIC 15 Dec 2010 – The Israeli court of Ofer held a hearing to listen to the appeal filed by Palestinian lawmaker Mahmoud Al-Ramhi against a previous decision to detain him administratively for six months.

Family committee: The six hungers strikers may die any moment
PIC 15 Dec 2010 – The family committee of Palestinian detainees in West Bank jails said that the six hunger strikers in PA jails could die any moment after their critical health conditions reached a deadly level.

Bardawil: National reconciliation attainable if Fatah is serious about it
PIC 15 Dec 2010 – Hamas official Salah Al-Bardawil said that the Palestinian division could be ended if Fatah was serious and stopped using the national reconciliation as a bargaining chip.

Los Angeles Times

Suicide bombers attack worshipers in Iran
LA Times 15 Dec 2010 – Details are conflicted in the aftermath of the attack, with the number of deaths estimated between 21 and 50. A militant Sunni group reportedly claims responsibility. Dozens of Iranians were feared dead or injured after a coordinated suicide bombing Wednesday morning in the southeastern port of Chabahar targeted a procession of worshipers observing an important Shiite Muslim holiday, state media reported.

New York Times

Dozens Die in Suicide Bombing in Iran
New York Times 15 Dec 2010 – A solemn Shiite religious mourning ceremony near a mosque in southeastern Iran was shattered by a double suicide bombing, leaving at least 39 people dead.

Misc

Desolation in Hebron’s Old City
Palestine Monitor – Hebron – Al Khalil in Arabic – is the infamous theater of violent clashes between Israeli settlers and the IDF on the one side, and Palestinian residents on the other. Ever since 1968 when a group of Jewish settlers led by Rabbi Moshe Levinger occupied one…

When in Rome, do as the Israelis do
Mondoweiss – Scott McConnell wrote recently that because of the special relationship, we have gotten a lot of really bad ideas in our country from the Israelis, like occupying Arab lands and Islamophobia. Well, this is from the Washington Post , reported by Tara Bahrampour. Notice the euphemistic headline, “…

‚ÄòThe Palestine Cables’: WikiLeaks dox expose Netanyahu’s vision of Palestinian bantustan
Mondoweiss – Last week Alex Kane began a series called The Palestine Cables , based on Wikileaks data. His second entry . The Obama administration’s failure to bribe Israel’s right-wing government into accepting a three-month settlement “freeze” should have ended talk about the “peace process,” but Obama’s Middle East team…

The shame, the shame! ‚ÄòI got him to crap himself’ is boast in new soldiers’ testimonies about occupation
Mondoweiss – Shocking new anonymous soldiers’ testimonies collected by Breaking the Silence are now being posted at +972. Go and read them. They’re from the ongoing occupation. And if they don’t make you, I don’t know what, well, then check your pulse. Joseph Dana speaks of the moral…

Secret House resolution says No to Palestinian statehood
Mondoweiss – The US Campaign to End the Occupation is pushing urgent action to condemn an Israel lobby resolution circulating in the House to block international efforts to recognize a Palestinian state. From the US Campaign: We are outraged to learn that Rep. Howard Berman, Chair of the…

Alia Malek on Rula Jebreal
Mondoweiss – Rula Jebreal and Julian Schnabel were at Alwan for the Arts the other night, talking about her book Miral, and Schnabel’s movie about the book. Weiss posted on their presentation. He saw Alia Malek , author of A Country Called Amreeka, at the event and asked her…

Misc 2

Israeli Gunfire Wounds Two Gazans
Al-Manar 15 Dec 2010 – Israeli gunfire wounded two Palestinians near the Erez checkpoint on the border with occupied Palestine on Tuesday, a Palestinian medical source said. The two men were among a group collecting gravel for construction north of Beit Hanoun. Israeli occupation troops opened fire, wounding both men…

Israel Razes Two East Jerusalem Homes
Al-Manar 14 Dec 2010 – Israeli authorities on Tuesday demolished two Palestinian homes which were under construction in occupied east Jerusalem, officials and an AFP correspondent said. Dozens of police were at the scene as a bulldozer razed a single-storey building being built in the southern Sur Bahir neighborhood, they…

Hamas Marks 23rd Anniversary with Gaza Rally
Al-Manar 14 Dec 2010 – Tens of thousands of Hamas supporters flocked to Gaza City Tuesday for a mass rally to boost support for the Palestinian resistance group on its 23rd anniversary. Streets, cars and buildings were adorned with Hamas’ trademark green, and huge crowds of flag-waving supporters clogged the…

Deadly bomb attack on Iran city
BBC 15 Dec 2010 – A bomb attack in the south-eastern Iranian city of Chabahar kills at least 39 people and injures many more, Iranian news sources say.

Senegal recalls Tehran ambassador
BBC 15 Dec 2010 – Senegal recalls its ambassador to Iran after Tehran failed to provide a “satisfactory” explanation for an arms shipment seized in Nigeria in October.

Carrots Likely Better Than Sticks in Iran Dealings
Antiwar.com 15 Dec 2010 – Although the recently released WikiLeaks secrets document the well-known animosity of Iran’s neighbors to the radical Islamist regime — with their hopes for a U.S. attack on the nation over its nuclear enrichment program — talks to end the Iranian effort will continue. In advance of…

Civil rights for Palestinian refugees
Sabbah report 15 Dec 2010 – As the Palestine Civil Rights Movement launches ‘Round Two’ of the struggle to secure civil rights for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, international community involvement is essential, beginning with education among the European Union countries of the squalid conditions in Lebanon’s camps and EU solidarity with encouraging…

Quantitative easing: it’s time for the world to refuse Israel’s ‘easing’ rhetoric on the Gaza blockade
Sabbah report 15 Dec 2010 – Ask almost any informed member of the public how things stand in Gaza right now and the probable answer will be something about how “Things seem to have improved a bit since Israel ‘eased’ the blockade”. In a masterstroke of political rhetoric, Israel’s much-trumpeted “easing” of…

The PA’s ultimate act of resistance
Sabbah report 15 Dec 2010 – An international battle for recognition of a Palestinian state must be based on a clear vision and preparedness to confront Israeli actions. For international support alone will not lead to the creation of a Palestinian state. Regardless of whether Palestinians opt for a one- or two-state…

Abdullah Abu Rahmah: A Message from Israeli Military Prison on International Human Rights Day
Sabbah report 15 Dec 2010 – I find it strange that the military judges could call our demonstrations illegal and charge me for participating in and organizing them after the world’s highest legal body, the International Court of Justice in The Hague, has ruled that Israel’s wall within the occupied territories is…

(en) Palestine-Israel, The winter came a bit late however, the gloom does not stop the joint struggles – just less reports.
A-infos 15 Dec 2010 – The winter arrived with cold and stormy whether for few days. It did not stop the joint struggle but the urge to report was low. Bilin, the flag holding, is the only detailed reported on struggles. —— Bil’in —— Israelis: ~50. Internationals ~ 50. Palestinians: hundreds of…

(en) Ireland, Red and Black Revolution #15 Feminism in the Muslim World by Sevinc Karaca
A-infos 15 Dec 2010 – Sevinc Karaca, a Turkish anarchist and feminist, describes the fine line that Muslim women must navigate between Islam and the West. “In all Muslim countries, women had to wait until the 1970s and 1980s for a feminist movement that questioned the practise of religion and its…

Articles


The Occupation in a Nutshell (Adeeb Abu Rahma is released) with VIDEO
Noam, Promised Land Blog, Palestine Think Tank12/14/2010
Take a few minutes to hear the story of Adeeb Abu Rahma of Bil’in. It’s not part of the big diplomatic news like the Obama-Netanyahu meeting this week, but in a sense, it’s more important. Far from being unique, this case captures most of what there is to know about the current stage of the Israeli occupation in the West Bank. It’s the kind of things you have to keep in mind when you read the morning news.
Adeeb Abu Rahma is a resident of Bil’in, the village which became the symbol of non-violent resistance to the occupation. A few years ago, Israel decided to build its security barrier on Palestinian land, and not on the Green Line, the historic border between Israel and the West Bank. The reason for this was PM Ariel Sharon’s desire to capture more land for new neighborhoods in some of the large settlements Israel was building in recent years, and to secure a reality in which most of the settlements are seen as part of Israel, and not something “across the border”.
The people of Bil’in, who had much of their land taken for the barrier project, filed a petition to the Israeli Supreme Court against the confiscation, and even had a partial victory: The court ruled that parts of the fence were not constructed on the village’s land for security reasons, and ordered it to be moved. The court failed to address the main issue — the decision to build the fence inside the West Bank rather than on the old border — but it didn’t really matter, because the army simply ignored the verdict. Three years later, the fence is still on its original location.
For five years now, a popular struggle against the fence has been taking place in Bil’in. Every week, Palestinians, Israelis and international activists are taking part in demonstrations. Most of the action consists of attempts to march to the village’s confiscated land; occasionally stones are thrown, but there was never a serious threat to the army forces there, and certainly not to Israeli civilians who live nearby. — See also: YouTube: Adib Abu Rahma protest – Bil’in – 8-2-08 more.. e-mail


Real Estate and Israeli Rabbis
Lawrence Davidson, CounterPunch12/14/2010
A Racist Decree
On Tuesday, the 7th of December, some fifty Israeli rabbis issued a “decree” forbidding their Jewish fellow citizens from “renting or selling homes or land to Arabs and other non-Jews.” The “decree” was soon endorsed by an additional 250 Israeli rabbis. That makes about 300 in all, most of orthodox persuasion and many of great influence. Just to make sure that those who have property to rent or sell know what is at stake, the same rabbis announced that those Jews who fail to obey will be “ostracized.”
There has been some protest about this. Rabbis who do not agree with this command called it a “distortion of Jewish religious law.” Well maybe. All law is open to interpretation and the present debate, such as it is, is about whose interpretation is going to be dominant. Prime Minister Netanyahu has said he thinks Jewish law commands that one should treat the stranger with kindness, and wouldn’t Jews protest if no one would rent to them? But one gets a strong whiff of hypocrisy coming from the Prime Minister on this note. After all, is it not his government that is chasing all the non-Jewish neighbors out of East Jerusalem?
Therefore, it would seem that the orthodox rabbis who issued the no rent or sell order have the upper hand. Nor is this at all surprising. Consider the following:
1. There are real laws in Israel against the promotion of racism which are not being used in any vigorous way against these offending religious authorities. Some of them, for instance Rabbi Ovadia Yosef head of Shas, are apparently too politically powerful to be held accountable…. more.. e-mail

BDS Update: ‘Besiege Your Siege!’
Eric Walberg, Dissident Voice12/15/2010
Omar Barghouti, a founder of the Palestinian BDS campaign….is “very optimistic” about the effect the growing global BDS is having
Last month Canada’s controversial Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper continued his campaign to support Israel through thick and thin at an international conference hosted by the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism (CPCCA), where he solemnly warned participants, “History shows us, and the ideology of the anti-Israel mob tells us all too well, that those who threaten the existence of the Jewish people are in the longer term a threat to all of us.”
His goal was to produce a protocol, to be adopted by all Canadian political parties, expanding the definition of anti-Semitism to include criticism of Israel. But Harper’s vocal support for Israel right-or-wrong over the past three years has backfired. The Bloc Quebecois withdrew from the CPCCA in March, citing “the refusal of the Steering Committee to hear groups with opposing viewpoints”. The New Democratic Party has been under intense pressure to do the same.
I’m not sure about a “threat” to the Jewish people in Canada, but “the anti-Israel mob” is very much a threat to Harper’s neocon programme, not only in its warlike foreign policy, but its elitist domestic one. In any case, the proposed declaration never appeared, as it became clear that it would not be possible to submit such a declaration to parliament, and it would only add further fuel to the Canadian grassroots activists who are appalled at Canadian complicity with Israel’s behaviour.
As Canadians turn their thoughts to Noel feasts, boycott divestment sanction (BDS) activists are finding that what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Harper’s over-the-top obsession with Israel has been a boon to educating Canadians about Israeli apartheid. George Galloway made several speaking tours speaking to packed audiences this year criticising the bias of the Canadian government, after he was barred from entry last year as a security risk. more.. e-mail

Outcry in Denmark over firm’s involvement in occupation
Electronic Intifada: 15 Dec 2010 – The Danish-British security firm G4S has come under scrutiny after it was revealed last month that it supplies equipment and services to Israel for use at checkpoints and settlements in the occupied West Bank and at Israeli prisons.more

Israel moves to legalize segregated Jewish-only communities
Electronic Intifada: 15 Dec 2010 – In October, the Israeli parliament moved to enshrine in law the right of “cooperative associations” — communities mostly established since Israel’s creation in 1948, comprising nearly 70 percent of all communities in Israel — to accept only Jews.more

Book review: Humanity and warmth in “Letters from Palestine”
Electronic Intifada: 15 Dec 2010 – Western publishers have too often neglected the perspective of Palestinians and other Arabs when it comes to books on Israel and the Palestinians. Letters from Palestine , a new collection of Palestinian writing edited by Kenneth Ring and Ghassan Abdullah, is thus a welcome initiative.more

Desolation in Hebron’s Old City
Palestine Monitor: 15 Dec 2010 – Hebron – Al Khalil in Arabic – is the infamous theater of violent clashes between Israeli settlers and the IDF on the one side, and Palestinian residents on the other. Ever since 1968 when a group of Jewish settlers led by Rabbi Moshe Levinger occupied one of the main hotels in the city and the first settlement, Kiryat Arba was subsequently established, more radical Jews have kept coming to Hebron and settlements have been expanding. Written and photographed by Cecile Gault. Hebron’s deserted Old City. Now there are a total of five scattered across the city. Tensions have exacerbated, especially around the Ibrahimi Mosque, which shelters the Tombs of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their families and is a sacred place for both Jews and Muslims. The IDF presence is very strong, officially to prevent clashes and extremists acts from both sides. But all the NGOs present in the region have…more

One Way out for the Palestinians
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Dec 2010 – By George S. Hishmeh — Washington, D.C. When President Barack Obama described the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections last month as a “shellacking,” he was praised for his outright admission of his shocking defeat. But when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave him (and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) an unprecedented slap in the face by refusing to freeze his colonial expansion into occupied Palestinian territory, which now houses some 500,000 Israelis, the American head of state remained speechless, seemingly bowing his head down. This second setback, which has denied the Obama administration a resounding achievement in the Middle East, prompted Secretary Clinton to take the lead in introducing an ill-defined counter-plan to bring peace between the Palestinians and Israelis. She withdrew Obama’s hefty bribe to Israel — about $30 million a day for three months — that the administration had hoped Israel…more

Apartheid Law: Keeping Jews and Arabs Apart
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Dec 2010 – By Jonathan Cook – Katzir The pretty two-storey home with a red-tiled roof built by Adel and Iman Kaadan looks no different from the rows of other houses in Katzir, a small hilltop community in northern Israel close to the West Bank. But, unlike the other residents of Katzir, the Kaadans moved into their dream home this month only after a 12-year battle through the Israeli courts. The small victory for the Kaadans, who belong to Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority, dealt a big blow to a state policy that for decades has reserved most of the country’s land for Jews. Katzir is one of 695 so-called “co-operative associations”, communities mostly established since Israel’s creation in 1948, whose chief purpose is to bar non-Jews from residency. In October, the Israeli parliament moved to enshrine in law the right of these associations, comprising nearly 70 per cent of all communities in Israel,…more

Al Wehdat and Faisali: The Tip of the Iceberg
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Dec 2010 – By Tammy Obeidallah ‘Stop criticizing us‚Äîjust look at how your own kind treats you.’ This clich?©, so often sneered by Israelis and their apologists, attempts to downplay the occupation of Palestine and to make Palestinians look like the pariahs of the Arab World. Unfortunately, this backward viewpoint is fueled by incidents such as the recent violence following a game between rival soccer clubs Al-Wehdat and Faisali in Amman, Jordan. Police took the opportunity to beat and tear gas Palestinian fans of Al-Wehdat resulting in several deaths, according to eyewitnesses, although police deny any wrongdoing. Some eyewitnesses stated that dogs were turned loose on Palestinians and at least 250 people were injured when a fence collapsed. Graphic video depicts police beating fans and firing tear gas, along with chaotic hospital scenes amid claims that many did not receive adequate medical attention. Such quantities of tear gas were used that local residents…more

US Nakedness: Zero Consequence for Israel
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Dec 2010 – By Iqbal Jassat — Pretoria Noam Chomsky calls it one of the most humiliating moments in US diplomatic history. Sam Bahour refers to it as a dead end. Both are referring to President Obama’s pathetic capitulation to Israel on the issue of settlement freeze. Indeed, watching Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on TV broadcasts explaining why America has backed off from these demands, revealed beyond any doubt that the US is extremely weak with questionable motives and thus cannot be trusted as a fair and impartial mediator. Following this latest failure by the Obama administration to impose its considerable weight, it has become easier for many more people to accept Bahour’s thesis that the Israeli agenda has become a domestic US issue and is integrally linked to US elections, US foreign policy, aid and the US military-industrial complex. The stark nakedness of the US position and the embarrassment it ought…more

Law to Keep Jews and Arabs Apart
Dissident Voice: 15 Dec 2010 – The pretty two-storey home with a red-tiled roof built by Adel and Iman Kaadan looks no different from the rows of other houses in Katzir, a small hilltop community in northern Israel close to the West Bank. But, unlike the other residents of Katzir, the Kaadans moved into their dream home this month only after a 12-year battle through the Israeli courts. The small victory for the Kaadans, who belong to Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority, dealt a big blow to a state policy that for decades has reserved most of the country’s land for Jews. Katzir is one of 695 so-called “co-operative associations”, communities mostly established since Israel’s creation in 1948, whose chief purpose is to bar non-Jews from residency. In October, the Israeli parliament moved to enshrine in law the right of these associations, comprising nearly 70 per cent of all communities in Israel, to accept only Jews. The…more

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Posted 16th December 2010 by InI in category VTJP Palestine/Israel

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