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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
18 August , 2009

News

International Middle East Media Center

Hukabee: “Palestinian State in Jewish homeland, unrealistic”
18 Aug 2009 - Israeli online daily, Haaretz, reported that former Arkansas governor, Mike Hukabee, who is visiting Israel in support of illegal Israeli settlements and illegal annexation of Palestinian lands, stated that establishing a Palestinian State in what he described as the “Middle of Jewish Homeland” is unrealistic. 

Salafist group and Hamas, trade accusations
18 Aug 2009 - After Hamas security forces and its Al Qassam fighters managed to kill the leader of Salafi and Jihad Group, Jund Allah, Abdul-Latif Abu Mousa who declared on Friday the establishment of a Muslim Emirate in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, Hamas and the Salafists group continued to trade accusations. 

The Egyptian Authorities uncover five tunnels at the borders with Gaza
18 Aug 2009 - The Egyptian military uncovered  five tunnels at the borders with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. 

The Israeli military confiscates 28 Acres of Palestinian land in northern West Bank
18 Aug 2009 - The Israeli military handed over on Tuesday a military order confiscating 28 Acres of farm lands near Ya'abd village in northern west Bank. 

The military kidnaps 15 Palestinian civilians from different parts of the West Bank
18 Aug 2009 - The Israeli military kidnapped 15 Palestinian civilians during pre dawn invasions targeting a number of West Bank communities on Tuesday. 

Soldiers detain the daughter of former Arab M.K
18 Aug 2009 - The Israeli army detained on Monday Laila Taha, 24, the daughter of former Arab member of Knesset, head of the National Democratic Assembly in Israel, Wasel Taha. 

Israeli Ambassador to Washington hints land-swap as part of a peace deal
18 Aug 2009 - Israeli Ambassador to Washington, Dr. Michael Oren, hinted Monday the possibility of a land swap as part of a permanent peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. 

Ha'aretz Defense page

Top Sweden newspaper says IDF kills Palestinians for their organs
18 Aug 2009 - Report ties claims to New Jersey crime syndicate, prompts accusations of anti-Semitism from rival newspaper. 

Officials: Netanyahu froze new West Bank projects
18 Aug 2009 - Peace Now confirms no tenders issued since PM took office, but says some construction still underway. 

Netanyahu: Israel will enforce law in West Bank
17 Aug 2009 - Prime Minister's bureau issues statement following ministers' calls to legalize unauthorized settler outposts. 

IDF troops wound Egypt soldier in border mix-up
17 Aug 2009 - Reservists patrolling unmarked area open fire on who they perceived to be armed militant; IDF probing incident. 

Who can protect the IDF chief from personal theft?
17 Aug 2009 - Gag order reveals Ashkenazi was mystery top officer whose credit card was stolen by soldier at compound. 

Ma'an News

UNRWA seeking 181 million USD for Gaza aid at Ramadan 18 Aug 2009

Palestinian FM hosts top British officials in Ramallah 18 Aug 2009

Mubarak: Israeli conditions sunk prisoner deal 18 Aug 2009

PA: Gaza pilgrims' Cairo nightmare ended 18 Aug 2009

Israeli forces seize four Palestinians in Hebron raid 18 Aug 2009

Palestinian refugees from Iraq granted asylum in Norway 18 Aug 2009

Top British official to visit separation wall on West Bank visit 18 Aug 2009

Israel allows 300 calves into Gaza 18 Aug 2009

Ultra-Islamic Gaza groups urge supporters to resist arrest 18 Aug 2009

Egyptian mediators attempt to patch Hamas-Fatah gaps ahead of talks 18 Aug 2009

PA police: Lack of lifeguards may have resulted in Tulkarem pool death 18 Aug 2009

Israel declares shooting of American an "act of war" 18 Aug 2009

Israel announces next land annexation near Jenin 18 Aug 2009

PA Minister of Prisoners Affairs prepares for international conference 18 Aug 2009

Masked men kidnap lawyer at Ramallah Prisoners Society offices 18 Aug 2009

Abbas to make first Sudan visit since leader's arrest warrant 18 Aug 2009

The National

Iran ready for unconditional nuclear talks' 
18 Aug 2009 - Tehran is reported to be ready for negotiations with the West on its disputed nuclear programme based on mutual respect and without preconditions.

Outcry in Egypt over marriage tourism' 
17 Aug 2009 - A campaign is launched to stop rich tourists taking girls from poor families as temporary brides.

Hamas action a message for rivals
16 Aug 2009 - Analysis The group was left with no option but to confront Jund Ansar Allah after all efforts of mediation failed.

Hamas kills extremist leader in Rafah camp
15 Aug 2009 - At least 22 die in a seven-hour firefight after a radical group declares the refugee camp to be an Islamist emirate'. 

Aljazeera

Obama upbeat on Israel settlements
18 Aug 2009 - US president says peace efforts are moving ahead, after talks with Egyptian leader.

Inmate flees in Lebanon jail break
18 Aug 2009 - Member of Fatah al-Islam escapes from prison with help of fellow inmates.

Palestine News Network

Annual day set to garner release of remains of those killed in the field and prison 
17 Aug 2009 - Bethlehem / PNN - Minister of Detainees and Ex Detainees Affairs, Issa Qaraqe’, said today that 96 people were killed in Israeli prisons since 1967. The last was Mousa Juma of Jerusalem who died due to medical negligence.In a statement issued Tuesday, the former director of Bethlehem’s Palestinian Prisoner Society, Qaraqe’ said that the highest number of those killed fell during the past...

Discussion whether to postpone school year until after Eid Al Fitr due to Ramadan, not swine flu 
17 Aug 2009 - Bethlehem / Hiba Lama for PNN - Not a day goes by when we do not hear of cases of new infections of swine flu, the extent of its spread and warnings. Despite the many assurances by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, genuine fear spreads at different times as rapidly as the flu does.It has not seemed to frighten people as much as...

Mubarak Awad: nonviolent resistance was, from the outset, the most common feature of the struggle
17 Aug 2009 - Bethlehem / PNN – Among those involved in the Palestinian nonviolent resistance movement, many are pleased with the outcome of the Fateh Sixth Conference held in Bethlehem earlier this month. Mubarak Awad, Director of the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence, is one of them.Awad told PNN yesterday that he was “very happy” with the outcome of the elections at the Fateh...

Needs assessment from 2008 leads to donation of 20 pickups for Palestinian police stations
17 Aug 2009 - Ramallah / PNN - Tomorrow in the central West Bank city of Ramallah some 20 pickups are being donated by the European Union. Chief of Palestinian Civil Police in the PA, Major General Hazem Attallah, and European Commission Representative, Christian Berger, are hosting the ceremony that will be held at PCP Headquarters in Ein Munjed, Ramallah on Wednesday morning. Citing a needs assessment...

Checkpoint Rock: a film about contemporary Palestinian music tours the region
17 Aug 2009 - PNN - Screenings of the musical documentary “Checkpoint Rock” begin tomorrow in Ramallah. The tour starts at the Casbah in the central West Bank city on Wednesday before moving on to the cities of Haifa, Akka and Nazareth within Israeli boundaries. Film producer, singer and musician, Fermin Muuruza, and documentarian Javier Corcuera spent five long years on the project. Documenting Palestinian reality...

Strong turnout at Bil'in protest this week as hundreds challenge the Wall and occupation
16 Aug 2009 - Bil’in / Iyad Burnat - Between 300 and 400 activists and villagers participated in Friday’s demonstration against the Israeli occupation and Wall in Bil'in. The presence of Israeli and international activists was very strong in the western Ramallah village where the weekly nonviolent demonstrations have garnered international attention. The spirit ran high and the atmosphere was festive as protesters walked toward the Wall....

PCHR Condemns Bloody Clashes in Rafah
16 Aug 2009 - PCHR Condemns Bloody Clashes in Rafah;28 Persons Killed and at Least 100 Others Wounded On Friday afternoon, bloody confrontations erupted between the police and the 'Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) on one side and members of an armed group known as Soldiers of Allah's Supporters on the other side. The clashes continued until Saturday morning, taking lives of at...

IRIN

Analysis: Humanitarian action under siege
DAKAR Tuesday, August 18, 2009 (IRIN) - On the first-ever World Humanitarian Day, as the UN spotlights fallen aid workers and growing humanitarian needs, experts say a trend toward integrating aid goals into broader social and security agendas has contributed to an erosion of “humanitarian space”. IRIN looks at why,...

IRAQ: Remote control aid 
BAGHDAD Tuesday, August 18, 2009 (IRIN) - He uses aliases, has more than one ID card, and only his parents and two sisters know what he does for a living.

LEBANON: Nahr al-Bared reconstruction finally about to get under way
NAHR AL-BARED Monday, August 17, 2009 (IRIN) - Two years on from the devastating battle which destroyed their homes and livelihoods, Palestinian refugees from Nahr al-Bared are set to see reconstruction work begin inside the camp's official boundaries.

Inter Press Service

EGYPT: Union Eyes the Silver Bullet 
CAIRO, Aug 18 (IPS) - Property tax collectors from across Egypt gathered last week in Cairo to protest fresh attempts by the official state trade union to undermine their independent syndicate.

POLITICS-US: NGOs Call Mubarak to Account for Abuses 
WASHINGTON, Aug 17 (IPS) - Egyptian President Mohammad Hosni Mubarak is visiting Washington this week and will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Jewish American groups.

BOOKS-US: Soldiers Who Just Say No 
KAUAI, Hawaii, Aug 17 (IPS) - Six months into Barack Obama's presidency, the U.S. public's display of antiwar sentiment has faded to barely a whisper.

MIDEAST: Children Have a Way With Miracles 
AMSTERDAM, Aug 16 (IPS) - Call it that choice between looking at the half-full or half-empty part of the results. And it is almost half; 55 percent of schoolchildren passed their exams in Gaza this year.

Stop The Wall

People march in al-Ma'sara
18 Aug 2009 - Al-Ma'sara's people held their weekly demonstration against the Apartheid Wall. Hundreds of people marched this week, struggling with the soldiers who consistently deny them the right to access their lands. [

Youth return tear gas in Ni’lin; hundreds march in Bil’in
16 Aug 2009 - Hundreds participated in the weekly demonstrations against the Wall in the villages of Ni'lin and Bil'in on Friday. Protestors were met with barrages of tear gas, rubber bullets and chemical spray. In Ni'lin, youth threw back tear gas bombs, driving soldiers from the area. [

PCHR Weekly Report

(06- 12 Aug.  2008)
During the reporting period, Israeli forces used force against peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians in protest to the construction of the Annexation Wall in the West Bank.

International Solidarity Movement

Court refuses to issue restraining order against evicted Sheikh Jarrah Arabs
8/14/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - The Jerusalem Post - A Jerusalem District Court rejected on Thursday a request by Jewish families who have taken possession of homes in east Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood by court order to issue a restraining order against the Arab families who were evicted from those homes. However, Judge Eilata Diskind issued a warning to the Arab families to refrain from violent behavior. The petition for the restraining order, which was made by the Nahalat Shimon International organization, asked that nine people – three members of the Hanoun family and six members of the Gawhi family – be prohibited from congregating outside the homes. It was rejected by Diskind, who said there was insufficient evidence to prove the plaintiffs' claims that members of the families had thrown rocks at the homes and harassed the new occupants. 

Bil’in demonstrates against the ongoing Israeli arrest and intimidation campaign
8/14/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Hundreds of Palestinians, Israeli, Spanish, French and other international supporters, responded today to the Popular Committee's call to resist the Wall and to show solidarity with the Bil'in prisoners. As is the case each week, demonstrators left the village after the midday prayers and marched towards the gate of the Wall separating Bil'in from its lands. Israeli soldiers used large amounts of tear gas, including the "Cannon" which shoots 30 canisters at a time. They also attempted to use the "Skunk", a gun shooting a foul smelling liquid that sticks to skin and clothing for days, but the Skunk Machine malfunctioned. Five years after Bil'in began its' resistance against the Wall and Settlements, the Israeli army is still trying to break the popular non-violent resistance. Amongst injuring over 1300 people at demonstrations, Israeli forces killed Bil'in resident Basem Abu Rahmah. . . 

Rights group: Israel killed unarmed Palestinians
8/14/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Associated Press - 13 August 2009 - A new report by Human Rights Watch charged Thursday that Israeli soldiers killed eleven unarmed Palestinian civilians who were carrying white flags in shooting incidents during Israel's offensive in Gaza earlier this year. The report says the civilians included five women and four children. The group urged Israel to conduct investigations into the deaths, which it said occurred when the civilians were "in plain view and posed no apparent security threat. " The group says at least three witnesses confirmed the details in each of the seven separate shootings. The report is the latest in a slew of charges from human rights groups alleging that Israel violated the rules of war in its Gaza offensive. The reports on the Gaza war have focused on Israeli violations, but Human Rights Watch has also said Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups violated. . . 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Amira Hass / why is israel limiting movement of Palestinian-Canadian businessman?
18 Aug 2009 - Mohammed Sabawi, 65, could have played a leading role in all the stories about the economic revival in the West Bank's cities. His goal of "strengthening the economy of Palestine by utilizing its own capabilities" sounds like Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's vision of "economic peace." In recent months, however, the Palestinian-Canadian businessman has been considering reducing his business activity here, after Israel started limiting his freedom of movement and that of his son and business partner, Khaled. The Sabawis are considering Cyprus as an alternate location. ... 

Medvedev: I'll review decision to sell Iran anti-aircraft missiles 
18 Aug 2009 - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev promised President Shimon Peres Tuesday that Russia will review a decision to sell Iran S-300 anti-aircraft missiles. ... 

Russian Jews ponder age-old question: Israel or the U.S.? 
18 Aug 2009 - WASHINGTON - They sing the American national anthem first. Then "Hatikvah." They forgo the Russian national song for obvious reasons. The 98-year-old granddaughter of Sholem Aleichem, Bella Kaufman, goes on stage and tells the audience how she held her grandfather's hand and he told her this helped him to write better. Then Knesset members and an adviser to Israeli president Shimon Peres discuss whether there is a Russian elite in Israel, and the imam of the great mosque in New York talks about the relations between the Jewish and Muslim communities. ... 

Sources: UN watchdog hiding evidence of Iran nukes program
18 Aug 2009 - The world's nuclear weapons watchdog is hiding data on Iran's drive to obtain nuclear arms, senior Western diplomats and Israeli officials told Haaretz. ... 

Peres: Nuclear-armed Iran threatens Israel with 'airborne death camp'
18 Aug 2009 - President Shimon Peres warned Russia that Iran's attainment of nuclear weapons would place Israel under the threat of "an airborne death camp." ...

The Guardian

Barack Obama hopeful Israeli and Palestinian leaders will resume talks
18 Aug 2009 - During Hosni Mubarak's visit, Obama said he is encouraged by progress in US efforts to renew Middle East talks Barack Obama said today he is encouraged by progress in US efforts to bring Israel and the...

Restricting visas will not help Israel | Seth Freedman
18 Aug 2009 - The decision to stop visitors to the Palestinian Authority entering Israel will deepen divisions without making the nation any safer At first glance, Israel's latest manoeuvre in its fight against terror is well intentioned, if completely...

Quiet slicing of the West Bank makes abstract prayers for peace obscene | Slavoj Zizek
17 Aug 2009 - Condemnation of 'illegal' settlements and violence only blurs the reality of what the Israeli state is sanctioning, day by day On 2 August 2009, after cordoning off part of the Arab neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in...

Fatah congress elects first Jewish-born member
17 Aug 2009 - Israeli citizen and Muslim convert Uri Davis joins Palestinian political movement's governing body The Palestinian political movement Fatah has elected the first person of Jewish origin to one of its governing bodies, the revolutionary council. Uri...

Ha'aretz National page

Six Arab families from East Jerusalem appeal eviction 
18 Aug 2009 - The eviction of six Arab families from their apartments in East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood this month stemmed from serious mistakes by the authorities, including the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court, the former residents wrote in an appeal to the Jerusalem District Court. ... 

Police reveal shocking details of repeated rape in Rosh Ha'ayin
18 Aug 2009 - Police have released more details about a Rosh Ha'ayin sexual assault case that they are calling one of the most shocking they have ever seen. ... 

Jerusalem landlady killed by tenant with history of violence
18 Aug 2009 - Tzipi Nehamo, a Jerusalem lawyer in her 50s, was stabbed to death ...

Relief Web

OPT: The Humanitarian Monitor - Jul 2009
18 Aug 2009 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OPT: UNRWA launches "Gaza Ramadan Appeal"
18 Aug 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Lebanon: Reconstruction work for Nahr al-Bared set to begin
18 Aug 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

YNet News

Mubarak's plan: 2-year peace process
18 Aug 2009 - In Washington, Egyptian leader rejects notion of temporary Palestinian state, says 'we need to move to final status solution' based on return to pre-1967 borders 

Swedish daily: IDF killed Palestinians for organs 
18 Aug 2009 - Article published by Aftonbladet reporter claims soldiers snatched Palestinian youths and returned their dismembered bodies a few days later. Foreign Ministry: Shocking example of Israel's demonization 

Family of missing soldier launches website 
18 Aug 2009 - Armored Corps soldier Guy Hever vanished without trace in Golan Heights in 1997. Family claims he's being held in Syria, offers reward for any information leading to his whereabouts 

Obama sees progress on Israeli settlements issue 
18 Aug 2009 - After meeting Egyptian counterpart Mubarak, US president says freeze on construction starts in settlement blocs, east Jerusalem 'movement in the right direction' 

Woman stabbed to death in Jerusalem apartment
18 Aug 2009 - Police suspect victim's tenant killed her over lease dispute; signs of struggle found in apartment. Internal security minister says surge in violence 'should not be blown out of proportion' 

Cancer stricken soldier petitions against early dismissal 
18 Aug 2009 - Nineteen-year-old soldier diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease says her dismissal from IDF service unjust, demands to be reinstated 

IDF credit card theft: Soldier to remain in custody
18 Aug 2009 - Jaffa Military Court extend remand of soldier suspected of stealing chief of staff's credit card and gun by addition five days. Suspect's lawyer: He was pressured, and ultimately snapped 

Daily Star

Mubarak firm on final-status push in Obama talks
18 Aug 2009 - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned Tuesday in talks with President Barack Obama it was time to ditch "temporary solutions" and hold final-status talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Obama, stepping deeper into the details of Middle East peacemaking which have confounded his predecessors, said meanwhile he saw "movement in the right direction" from Israel amid.

Shiite rebellion in Yemen raises concerns in Saudi Arabia
18 Aug 2009 - Saudi Arabia is concerned by the Shiite rebellion taking place just over the border in Yemen, prompting security officials from both countries to consult on the sudden flare-up in violence, Saudi officials said Tuesday. Saudi Arabia, a staunchly Sunni country with the world's largest oil reserves, is worried about the rebels' alleged links to Iran.

Iran's Mousavi says 'established agents' behind rape of opposition detainees
18 Aug 2009 - Saudi Arabia is concerned by the Shiite rebellion taking place just over the border in Yemen, prompting security officials from both countries to consult on the sudden flare-up in violence, Saudi officials said Tuesday. Saudi Arabia, a staunchly Sunni country with the world's largest oil reserves, is worried about the rebels' alleged links to Iran.

Experts warn Hamas rule encouraging extremism
18 Aug 2009 - Saudi Arabia is concerned by the Shiite rebellion taking place just over the border in Yemen, prompting security officials from both countries to consult on the sudden flare-up in violence, Saudi officials said Tuesday. Saudi Arabia, a staunchly Sunni country with the world's largest oil reserves, is worried about the rebels' alleged links to Iran.

Clashes break out between South Sudan militias
18 Aug 2009 - Saudi Arabia is concerned by the Shiite rebellion taking place just over the border in Yemen, prompting security officials from both countries to consult on the sudden flare-up in violence, Saudi officials said Tuesday. Saudi Arabia, a staunchly Sunni country with the world's largest oil reserves, is worried about the rebels' alleged links to Iran.

Netanyahu agrees to halt further tenders for construction
18 Aug 2009 - Saudi Arabia is concerned by the Shiite rebellion taking place just over the border in Yemen, prompting security officials from both countries to consult on the sudden flare-up in violence, Saudi officials said Tuesday. Saudi Arabia, a staunchly Sunni country with the world's largest oil reserves, is worried about the rebels' alleged links to Iran.

Iraqi prime minister meets Syria's Assad for security talks
18 Aug 2009 - Saudi Arabia is concerned by the Shiite rebellion taking place just over the border in Yemen, prompting security officials from both countries to consult on the sudden flare-up in violence, Saudi officials said Tuesday. Saudi Arabia, a staunchly Sunni country with the world's largest oil reserves, is worried about the rebels' alleged links to Iran.

OIC delegation visits China after Xingjiang rioting
18 Aug 2009 - Saudi Arabia is concerned by the Shiite rebellion taking place just over the border in Yemen, prompting security officials from both countries to consult on the sudden flare-up in violence, Saudi officials said Tuesday. Saudi Arabia, a staunchly Sunni country with the world's largest oil reserves, is worried about the rebels' alleged links to Iran.

Palestinian Information Center

Mother of three Palestinian prisoners appeals for allowing her visitation
18 Aug 2009 - The mother of three Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation authority (IOA) jails has appealed to human rights groups and the Red Cross to pressure the IOA into allowing her to visit her sons.

IOA confiscates 115 dunums of Palestinian land
18 Aug 2009 - The IOA on Tuesday confiscated 115 dunums of Palestinian land in Ya'bad village west of Jenin city to expand the Shakid settlement that was established on the village's land.

Khudari: Jerusalem has been under fire for 40 years
18 Aug 2009 - MP Jamal Al-Khudari has said in a comment on the 40th anniversary of the burning of the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem that Jerusalem has been under fire for the past 40 years.

IOF troops advance into eastern Gaza amidst indiscriminate fire
18 Aug 2009 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Tuesday advanced into eastern Gaza city amidst indiscriminate shooting but no casualties were reported, local sources told the PIC reporter.

Zionist scheme to settle Jewish families in eastern Jerusalem
18 Aug 2009 - A member of the Jewish-controlled municipality of occupied Jerusalem has revealed that his municipal council was planning to settle more Jews in eastern Jerusalem.

Turkish writer publishes biggest Aqsa Mosque file on the internet
18 Aug 2009 - Turkish writer Ahmet Varol has prepared the biggest ever visual slideshow on the internet introducing the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem in Turkish language.

Radwan: Normalization in return for one year suspension of settlements a farce
18 Aug 2009 - Dr. Ismail Radwan has described as a "farce" the IOA proposal of suspending settlement building for one year in return for Arab normalization of relations with the Hebrew state.

IOF soldiers arrest prisoners' activist
18 Aug 2009 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Monday arrested a Palestinian activist in the field of prisoners' affairs after searching her at the Qalandia roadblock near occupied Jerusalem.

Abbas: Negotiations only way for establishing Palestinian state
18 Aug 2009 - Former PA chief and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas has underlined that negotiations with the IOA was the only means that he wished to trek in order to establish a Palestinian state.

Jibril: Fatah conference elected spies and collaborators with Israel
18 Aug 2009 - PFLP-GC leader Ahmed Jibril launched a scathing attack on the sixth conference of Fatah, saying this conference elected leaders of spies and collaborators with Israel.

Los Angeles Times

Q & A with Iran diplomat on the postelection unrest 
18 Aug 2009 - Mir Masoud Hosseinian, the charge d'affaires at the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, accuses Western powers of misreading and manipulating the political crisis to serve their own ends. The recent protests against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed reelection look to many observers like a repeat of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, a "people power" movement aimed at toppling the existing power structure. 

In Cairo, a moment of serenity amid the cacophony 
18 Aug 2009 - Nothing is easy in Egypt's capital, be it getting a travel visa, hiring a plumber or waiting in line. But every so often, one finds a respite from the hustle and bustle in a city of 18 million. It was a simple, yet unsettling, question. 

New York Times

Iran Says It Is Ready for Nuclear Talks
18 Aug 2009 - While Iran has made similar statement in the past, domestic political turmoil had clouded prospects for dialogue. 

Mubarak to Tell U.S. Israel Must Make Overture
16 Aug 2009 - In White House meetings beginning Monday, President Obama is expected to look to President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt for help in breaking the latest Middle East deadlock, analysts said. 

Clerics’ Call for Removal Challenges Iran Leader
16 Aug 2009 - An anonymous letter calling Iran’s supreme leader a dictator does not pose a real threat to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, but indicates how his status has suffered. 

Misc

Hoyer Junket Upsets Palestinians, Undermines Obama
Mondoweiss - 17 Aug 2009 - Rep. Steny Hoyer meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres. (Photo democraticleader.house.gov ) Mike Huckabee is not the only American politician to go to Israel and anger Palestinians this week. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) is leading a 29-member Democratic delegation on an AIPAC-sponsored tour of Israel....

Learn the latest on Bil’in and what you can do to help
Mondoweiss - 17 Aug 2009 - Above is a clip from the powerful documentary Bil’in Habibti . The film provides a firsthand account of the protests in Bil’in, and shares a intimate view of the Palestinian and Israeli activists who struggle against the wall on a daily basis. It’s really one of the...

dog days (and feverish nights)
Mondoweiss - 17 Aug 2009 - It’s the dog days. Middle August. This site is going to be hit and miss over the next few days. Adam Horowitz is moving house, and I am actually doing some paying work for a magazine for once, and reading Theodor Herzl diaries at night and...

People with poor impulse control should avoid twitter
Mondoweiss - 17 Aug 2009 - Because neoconservative Eli Lake famously has poor impulse control (it takes one to know one), he should probably have not gotten a twitter feed. But he has, and he has been seeking to discredit the critics of the neoconservatives by suggesting that we are Larouchies. Wow....

Huckabee defies Obama
Mondoweiss - 16 Aug 2009 - First we got news that Mike Huckabee planned to attend a gala at the East Jerusalem hotel that Israel seeks to build a settlement in. J Street rightly condemned Huckabee for stirring this issue up in defiance of his president: Governor Huckabee has continually made it...

Law of Administration is Law of Judaization 
Alternative Information Center - 18 Aug 2009 - The amendment to the Law of Land Administration Israel (amendment n. 7, 2009) which was approved by the Knesset on 3 August 2009, is an outstanding example of how legislation can destroy the possibility for existence of a democratic society, even without the inclusion of openly...

OPGAI Successfully Conducts First Volunteer Work Camp for 300 Palestinian Youth 
Alternative Information Center - 17 Aug 2009 - Day One Arrival, procession, and precedent The First Volunteers’ Work Camp of the Occupied Palestine and Syrian Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative (OPGAI), of which the AIC is a central member, kicked off on August 10. The camp began with a large, brightly-colored procession through the West...

Israel Issues new “PA-Only” Stamp, Tightening Restrictions on Internationals
Alternative Information Center - 17 Aug 2009 - Reports from foreign nationals of a new, selectively-issued “Palestinian Authority-only” passport stamp issued at Ben-Gurion airport and at the Allenby Bridge border crossing with Jordan for the past three months were recently confirmed by Israeli daily Haaretz , as well as being listed in an undated entry...

Palestinian Gays Under the Hijab in Israel
Alternative Information Center - 17 Aug 2009 - While we affirm that we all are shocked by the shooting attack at the gay youth center in Tel-Aviv last week, which, as a result, two young people lost their lives, it must be mentioned that Palestinian lesbians and gays, on the other hand, need to...

Friday Demonstration in Bil’in Was Attacked With Tear Gas and “Chara” By the Israeli Military 
Alternative Information Center - 17 Aug 2009 - The village of Bil’in near Ramallah demonstrated last Friday, as on every Friday, against the illegal military occupation, the segregation Wall, and for the release of 18 local activists, who are still under arrest together with the two leaders of the Bil‘in Popular Committee, Mohammed al-Khatib...

Articles
Electronic Intifada
Israel brings Gaza entry restrictions to West Bank
18 Aug 2009 - In an echo of restrictions already firmly in place in Gaza, Israel has begun barring movement between Israel and the West Bank for those holding a foreign passport, including humanitarian aid workers and thousands of Palestinian residents. The new policy is designed to force foreign citizens, mainly from North America and Europe, to choose between visiting Israel -- including East Jerusalem, which Israel has annexed illegally -- and the West Bank. Jonathan Cook reports from Jerusalem. 

Irish construction giant digs deeper in occupation
18 Aug 2009 - A recent acquisition by the Israeli subsidiary of brick and mortar giant Irish CRH has placed the European conglomerate under increased pressure from Palestine solidarity activists. Irish CRH, formerly known as Cement Roadstone Holding, owns 25 percent of the Mashav Group, an Israeli construction firm. Mashav recently announced that it will acquire Hanson Israel, a subsidiary of Germany's HeidelbergCement. With the acquisition of Hanson Israel, CRH is further entrenched in violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Adri Nieuwhof reports for The Electronic Intifada. 

Two years later, reconstruction to start in Nahr al-Bared
18 Aug 2009 - NAHR AL-BARED (IRIN) - Two years on from the devastating battle which destroyed their homes and livelihoods, Palestinian refugees from Nahr al-Bared are set to see reconstruction work begin inside the camp's official boundaries. Despite a resilient recovery under way among Palestinians living in the new camp -- the area around the edge of the official Nahr al-Bared refugee camp -- legal hurdles, political wrangling and the recent discovery of archaeological ruins under the site of the old camp have delayed reconstruction work there. 

Israel begins sell-off of refugees' land
17 Aug 2009 - Amin Muhammad Ali, a 74-year-old refugee from a destroyed Palestinian village in northern Israel, says he only feels truly at peace when he stands among his ancestors' graves. The cemetery, surrounded on all sides by Jewish homes and farms, is a small time capsule, transporting Muhammad Ali -- known to everyone as Abu Arab -- back to the days when this place was known by an Arabic name, Saffuriya, rather than its current Hebrew name, Tzipori. Jonathan Cook reports. 

In Gaza
love and friendship in Gaza
18 Aug 2009 - It’s not easy for anyone in this besieged Strip. Most are jobless, or if employed they haven’t been paid for a month, two months… And if paid, it’s sub-minimum wages, and everything is expensive here. It’s hot, there’s little relief, even at night, especially if you live in a cement block home and can’t get a breeze. The power outages don’t help, for if you happen to have a fan, they’re useless. Everything is broken, cracked, covered with dust (sandy place, Gaza), covered with pollution from the cars (no Egypt, but the petrol is bad and the cars cough a lot). And people, too, are broken, though they somehow defiantly...

Palestine Chronicle
US Turns Blind Eye to Israel's New Separation Policy
17 Aug 2009 - By Jonathan Cook - Jerusalem In an echo of restrictions already firmly in place in Gaza, Israel has begun barring movement between Israel and the West Bank for those holding a foreign passport, including humanitarian aid workers and thousands of Palestinian residents. The new policy is designed to force foreign citizens, mainly from North America and Europe, to choose between visiting Israel -- including East Jerusalem, which Israel has annexed illegally -- and the West Bank. The new regulation is in breach of Israel’s commitments under the Oslo accords to western governments that their citizens would be given continued access to the occupied territories. Israel has not suggested there are any security justifications for the new restriction. Palestinian activists point out that the rule is being enforced selectively by Israel, which is barring foreign citizens of Palestinian origin from access to Israel and East Jerusalem while actively encouraging European and American Jews to settle in the West Bank. US diplomats, who are aware of the policy, have raised no objections. Additionally, human rights groups complain that the rule change will further separate East Jerusalem, the planned capital of a Palestinian state, from the West Bank. It is also expected to increase the pressures on families where one member holds a foreign passport to leave the region and to disrupt the assistance aid organisations are able to give Palestinians. According to observers, the regulation was introduced quietly three months ago at the Allenby Bridge terminal on the border with Jordan, the...

Israel Threatens Lebanon and Obama
17 Aug 2009 - By Franklin Lamb - Along the Blue Line in South Lebanon Suddenly they were all over the place, arriving not as singles but in battalions. Many, like Maryland’s 5th District Rep. Steny Hoyer had been to Israel nearly a dozen times; career stalwarts once more showing fealty to Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine while lamely telling their constituents that they were on a legitimate 'fact finding mission.' For many, their real purpose was to signal their President that there must be no change in the US policy of coddling Israel’s increasingly Apartheid regime. Among the nearly four dozen members of Congress were some of the most Islamophobic and anti-Arab ever to be elected by American voters. House Majority leader Steny Hoyer, leading a delegation of 29 Democratic Congressmen, appeared to read from a cue card as he explained in Jerusalem that he had misgivings about Obama’s insistence on stopping colonial expansions (euphemistically called by the Israel lobby ‘settlements’). Hoyer downplayed Obama’s demand to stop the expansions and informed the White House from Jerusalem that that the issue “should be a subject of negotiations”. Hoyer refused comment on Kadema leader Tsizni Linvi’s ‘leak’ of part of the last years CIA study that Hoyer helped AIPAC bury on Capitol Hill. Appearing to quote from the now withdrawn ‘study’ Livni declared in a former Palestinian village, now renamed Tirat Hacarmel: "I see the despair and desperation of many Israelis. Hundreds of thousands see what is happening and arrange for a foreign passport, send...

Letter to an Israeli Mother – A Poem
17 Aug 2009 - By Rassool Jibraeel Snyman You feed your baby I strap on my bombs Two faces of the same mirror I weep as the straps bite into my flesh The cry of my babies Ring in my ears Their bodies on the rubble of your bombs Tear me apart Why do you accuse me When it was you who made me Creature that I am That I am to become I just another victim of political ambition And ideological perversion I pity your children Housed in a house that was mine The key still framed on my wall A symbol of my hope That justice will prevail And you will give it back to me Because it is right And you are just Caring Human And humane For decades I have withstood The elements Winds and rain Struggled to feed my children In man made ghettoes Even as you found love Made love Built a home And raised children In a home that is mine I try to forget but I cannot My memories are in the walls The ceilings And floors A change of paint Is not a change of truth Nor ownership Ownership changes by mutual consent And good faith As you sit and gaze out of the window That overlooks Jerusalem Are you not in awe of the view Of the gentle winds that blow That caress your face I too sat there once My favourite spot And now yours too Do you not feel my presence The...

I am Not Yet Born, Forgive Me!
17 Aug 2009 - By Hussein Al-alak - UK 'I am not yet born; forgive me. For the sins that in me the world shall commit, my words when they speak me, my thoughts when they think me, my treason engendered by traitors beyond me, my life when they murder by means of my hands, my death when they live me.' -- Louis MacNeice. When the British government ordered its troops to invade Iraq, it conveniently forgot to inform them that when they entered the land between the two rivers, the sights that lay before them were not those of weapons of mass destruction or Al-Qaida cells but a country whose entire infrastructure had been decimated as a result of the sanctions. The march into Baghdad, was not one which was met with the throwing of sweets and flowers but a world which had been reduced to a "pre-industrial age", which after the First Gulf War had to contend with the deaths of over one million children under the age of five, a country whose population had to endure a systematic cultural, technological and educational starvation which according to Madaline Albright in the 1990’s was a "Price worth paying", if it meant containing Saddam Hussein. So why in 2009, has it come as a shock that War Trauma has occurred as a direct consequence of the invasion, that finally after the deaths of over one million people inside of Iraq since the occupation started, the continuing Iraqi war has finally come home to Britain...

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