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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
6 September, 2009

News

International Middle East Media Center

Israel starts new settlement in the Jordan valley
6 Sep 2009 - The Peace Now movement announced on Sunday that the Israeli government has started to construct new Jewish settlement in the Jordan valley.

Two brothers killed in family feud in Ramallah
6 Sep 2009 - Palestinian sources in Al Jalazoun refugee camp east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah reported on Saturday evening that two brothers of Abu Ayyash family were shot and killed in a conflict between their family and Al Masry family. 

Carter slams Israel, says it wants one bi-national state
6 Sep 2009 - Former American president, Jimmy Carter, stated in an op-ed published by the Washington Post that Israeli leaders want to continue colonizing the West Bank, and that Israel wants a one bi-national state. 

Israeli troops fire teargas at Al Jazeera reporter
6 Sep 2009 - Israeli soldiers fired on Friday teargas at a reporter working for Al Jazeera English as she was covering the nonviolent weekly protest against the Annexation Wall in Bil’in village near Ramallah. 

Qassam fighter killed in Gaza
6 Sep 2009 - The Al Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas movement, reported Saturday that one of its fighters was killed in what it called a jihad mission in Gaza City. 

Settlers attack Palestinian homes in Hebron
5 Sep 2009 - A group of fundamental Israeli settlers attacked on Friday evening a number of Palestinian homes in Tal Romedia neighborhood, in the southern West bank city of Hebron. 

Child dies of wounds sustained Friday evening in northern Gaza
5 Sep 2009 - Palestinian medical sources reported Saturday morning that a Palestinian child died of wounds sustained Friday evening after Israeli soldiers opened fire at him in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. 

Ha'aretz Defense page

Barak meets Shalit grandfather, after saying 'wailing' must stop
6 Sep 2009 - Defense Min. came under fire for comments last week, nowtells bereaved families: Shalit family is noble. 

'Israel assumes missing airman Ron Arad is still alive'
6 Sep 2009 - PMO responds to classified MI report claiming navigator died sometime in mid-1990s, decade after capture. 

Hamas leader Meshal: Progress on Shalit deal still long way off
6 Sep 2009 - Hamas leader meets Egypt intel chief in Cairo for talks on abducted IDF soldier, Palestinian reconciliation. 

Iran claims it developed stealth missile interceptor system
6 Sep 2009 - Cruise missiles are designed to fly low to their targets, hugging the contours of the land to avoid radar. 

Report: Ship 'hijacked' near U.K. carried Russian missiles for Iran
6 Sep 2009 - The Sunday Times quotes sources as saying Mossad told Russia freighter was carrying anti-aircraft missiles. 

Ma'an News

Student strike to continue at Bethlehem University 6 Sep 2009

Five members of one family killed in Jenin collision 6 Sep 2009

Netanyahu set to announce settlement surge 6 Sep 2009

Swedish FM cancels Israel visit amid "organ harvesting" row 6 Sep 2009

Police: Israeli curfews, raids, assaults reported overnight 6 Sep 2009

Rights group: Israel opens probe into Gaza 'white flag' killings 6 Sep 2009

Gaza man arrested for stabbing cousin to death 6 Sep 2009

Hizb Ut-Tahrir: Hamas and PA are equally illegitimate 6 Sep 2009

Kibbutz activists want Palestinians to join prisoner swap protest 6 Sep 2009

Mash'al: Arab states must not rush to normalize Israel ties 6 Sep 2009

Israel to house former Gaza settlers in new Jordan Valley colony 6 Sep 2009

Israeli forces, aircraft strike northern Gaza 6 Sep 2009

PA agriculture minister hospitalized 6 Sep 2009

Archbishop: Palestinian Christians must remain in Palestine 6 Sep 2009

Accused cult leader Jaerock Lee leads pro-Israel 'crusade' 6 Sep 2009

Carter: One-state solution 'more likely' 6 Sep 2009

The National

Gaza resistance in rapid-fire rhyme
6 Sep 2009 - Young Palestinian rap artists use their music to expose the stark realities of life in the occupied territories.

Roman ruins put Nahr al Bared camp rebuild at risk
5 Sep 2009 - A lawsuit filed by the Free Patriotic Movement in Lebanon threatens the rebuilding of a Palestinian refugee camp.

A wet land, a parched land
5 Sep 2009 - In a lush Jewish settlement the grass is always green while Palestinian farmers and their crops go thirsty, resentful of the Israeli water pipes that cross their land.

Netanyahu to approve new settlements
4 Sep 2009 - The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to approve construction of hundreds of new homes in West Bank settlements.

Aljazeera

Settlements divide Israeli cabinet
6 Sep 2009 - Binyamin Netanyahu faces pressure from inside and outside on settlement freeze.

Hamas makes case for reconciliation
6 Sep 2009 - Khaled Mashaal says elections should be held only once his group makes peace with Fatah.

Palestine News Network

Israeli prime minister intends to speed up settlement expansion in occupied West Bank 
5 Sep 2009 - Jerusalem / PNN – The Israelis are refusing to cease the expansion of settlements, let alone remove them. International law, which deems all settlements illegal, the Road Map which compels an end, and the United States that has even severely weakened its position, have not stopped the Israelis.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the coming days will be allowed to build hundreds of...

Hamas government overturns earlier decision to impose veil and robe on lawyers in court room
5 Sep 2009 - Gaza / PNN - The Supreme Council of Justice in the Palestinian government run by Hamas has annulled a resolution requiring lawyers to wear Islamic dress in the courtroom. Condemnations flew after this summer’s decision that was part of a larger morality campaign waged by the government. Equally as controversial is the imposition of the veil and robe on high school girls.The decision...

Sweden defends freedom of press as Israelis call for condemnation: foreign minister cancels visit
5 Sep 2009 - Bethlehem / PNN – The visit of Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt with the Israelis, slated for Friday, is now cancelled. Israeli Army Radio quoted Israeli diplomatic sources today as saying that the cancellation is due to prevailing tensions over an Israeli demand that Sweden censor its press.A newspaper article published last month suggested that an Israeli criminal ring harvested the organs of...

Innovation under siege in Gaza: agriculture goes organic
5 Sep 2009 - Gaza / PNN – Despite three years of siege and semi-regular attacks, the Gaza Strip has designed a machine to manufacture organic fertilizer. The first of its kind, the new machine processes organic fertilizer in place of the usual supplies.Agricultural engineers in the Ministry of Agriculture say they designed this modern mechanical device to prepare and manufacture organic fertilizer because of a lack...

Palestinian political prisoner dies in Jordan of wounds sustained during Israeli interrogation
5 Sep 2009 - Jenin / Ali Samoudi for PNN – A former Palestinian political prisoner Tarek Qguariv is dead at 33 years old. The member of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine was in Jordan receiving medical treatment for illness and injury sustained while in Israeli custody.Qguariv was from the village of Awarta in the northern West Bank’s Nablus.The PFLP issued a statement...

Nonviolent resistance holds own in Na'lin during demonstration that ends with 3 severe injuries
5 Sep 2009 - Na'lin / PNN - Hundreds of residents of the western Ramallah town of Na'lin held Friday prayers on their land near the Wall. Sheikh Murad Amira led prayers which he referred to as a form of resistance to occupation and a rejection of injustice.International supporters joined the Palestinian nonviolent activists in the weekly action in walking toward the concrete Wall that is replacing...

Nightly arrest raid foiled in Bil'in as Palestinian nonviolent activists confront Israeli soldiers 
5 Sep 2009 - Bil'in / PNN - At this Friday’s weekly demonstration in Bil’in Village two protesters were hit by gas canisters, causing minor skin burns. Earlier this year Bassam Abu Rahma was hit and killed by the same weapon. The western Ramallah town, known for its nonviolent resistance to the Wall and settlements, formally protests every week. But for residents, surviving a day is an...

IRIN

YEMEN: Humanitarian situation worsens after short-lived truce 
SANAA Sunday, September 06, 2009 (IRIN) - Conditions for thousands of displaced families in northern Yemen continue to deteriorate as a 4 September truce between government troops and Shia rebels to allow relief items in lasted only four hours.

YEMEN: Huda Omar, “My children cry out for food day and night” 
SANAA Sunday, September 06, 2009 (IRIN) - Huda Omar, 30, fled war-torn Somalia by boat in 2006 to Oman, where she spent more than two and a half years before paying traffickers to smuggle her to Yemen.

YEMEN: Aid flows cut as fighting flares
SANAA Thursday, September 03, 2009 (IRIN) - "The sound of bullets can be heard almost everywhere around Saada city. We put our lives at risk just to go to the IDP [internally displaced persons] camps," said Saddam al-Abdeni, a supply officer at the Saada-based office of the NGO Islamic Relief.

Inter Press Service

US-ISRAEL: New Settlements Plan Heightens Tensions 
WASHINGTON, Sep 5 (IPS) - The White House reprimanded the Israeli government Friday over reports that Israel plans to build hundreds of new housing units in West Bank settlements, the latest in a series of showdowns between Washington and Jerusalem over settlement construction.

IRAQ: Stormy Times as U.S. Withdraws 
WASHINGTON, Sep 5 (IPS) - Political violence in Iraq killed 456 Iraqis in August, the highest monthly death toll since July 2008. And with the U.S. showing no sign it plans to reverse the troop withdrawal that is now well underway, numerous struggles for power are shaping up inside Iraq.

MIDEAST: Israelis Target Medical Teams 
JELAZON, West Bank, Sep 3 (IPS) - Fourteen-year-old Muhammad Nayif's mother broke down as she spoke to IPS. Nayif died after being shot three times in the chest by Israeli soldiers Monday night.

ISRAEL: Madonna Applauded for her Silence 
TEL AVIV, Sep 3 (IPS) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong-il, Hitler, the Holocaust, ecological disasters, poverty in Africa, wars around the world, Obama and Martin Luther King: the appropriate images were all there, an overwhelming backdrop on the huge stage for the Queen of Pop's rendition of her song, 'Get...

Stop The Wall

Mobilize for the seventh Week Against the Apartheid Wall
1 Sep 2009 - The Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, its popular committees and member organizations call on activists to launch a week of global mobilization against the walls of apartheid in the West Bank and Gaza from November 9 to 16 2009. See the full call in English and French here. [

Norwegian Pension Fund divests from Elbit Systems!
3 Sep 2009 - The Norwegian Pension Fund has announced its decision to divest $6 million from the Israeli firm Elbit Systems. The firm contributes surveillance technology to the Wall as well as military equipment to Occupation forces. This is an important victory for the BDS movement, and Elbit has been the target of a long campaign, with Stop the Wall working closely with Norwegian activists in the divestment effort. [

PCHR Latest

IOF Willfully Kill a Child in Beit Hanoun Town, Northern Gaza
PCHR

PCHR Weekly Report

(27 Aug.- 02 Sep.  2009)
During the reporting period, IOF killed two Palestinian civilians, including a child, in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.  Two members of the 'Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) were also killed in the Gaza Strip, and Hamas accused IOF of killing them.

information on boycott, divestment and sanctions
IOF Willfully Kill a Palestinian Child in al-Jalazoun Refugee Camp, North of Ramallah 01 September

International Solidarity Movement

IOF willfully kill a Palestinian child in al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah
9/1/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the willful killing of a 15-year-old Palestinian child by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF). The attack occurred yesterday, 31 August 2009, near the entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. According to investigations conduced by PCHR, at approximately 21:30 on Monday, 31 August 2009, IOF troops stationed at a military observation tower inside "Beit Eil" settlement, north of Ramallah, opened fire at five Palestinian children who were near al-Jalazon UNRWA School, located near the southeastern entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp. One of the children, 15-year-old Mohammed Riad Nayef "˜Elayan, was wounded by three bullets to the chest. An ambulance from Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Ramallah attempted to reach the area. 

Israeli forces raid Bil’in, arrest one
9/1/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Shortly after 3am, Bil'in was invaded again. 4 Jeeps and a military truck entered the village with over 50 soldiers. The Israeli occupation forces raided three homes simultaneously and arrested Abed Baset Mohammed Abu Rahme (age 19). In the second house, they tried to arrest Yaseen Mohammed Ali Yaseen (21), but he was not at home. They left a military order for him to turn himself in by 9am the next day. In the third house, they wanted to arrest Mohammed Ahmed Yaseen (age 21), but did not find him at his home either. The soldiers acted very swiftly. As they encountered many international activists who stood in their way filming and challenging their action as well as following the movement of the jeeps, the soldiers threw tear gas and sound bombs to disperse them and clear the way. They also used a laser beam on some of the activists as a means of intimidation. 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Can a U.S.-Israel deal on settlements stop the settlers?
6 Sep 2009 - So? Did the Americans know in advance about Israel's intention to authorize 500 more housing units in the West Bank? And how long will the freeze - the temporary limitations on construction - last? ... 

U.S. sources: Many Arab states 'pledging' normal Israel ties
6 Sep 2009 - U.S. special Mideast envoy George Mitchell has managed to obtain "pledges" from many Arab states for various steps toward normalization with Israel, some more significant and some less so, senior U.S. government officials told Haaretz on Sunday. ...

Gunman who attacked L.A. Jewish center says he has renounced racism
6 Sep 2009 - A white supremacist who killed a postal worker and wounded five people at a Los Angeles area Jewish community center in a 1999 shooting spree says he has renounced his racist views. ...

Hitler look-a-like 'stars' in graphic German AIDS campaign
6 Sep 2009 - A graphic image of an Adolf Hitler look-a-like engaged in sex will be the symbol of a German AIDS awareness campaign tagged 'AIDS is a mass murderer.' ...

Leftist Jewish lobby looks beyond 'click activists' for support
5 Sep 2009 - The dovish Washington-based Israel lobby J Street is about to take over the Jewish community's largest likeminded grassroots organization. ...

The Guardian

Israel rushes to approve new settlement homes before US-brokered freeze
6 Sep 2009 - • Ministers back Netanyahu stance on West Bank expansion • PM wins 'strategic delay' deal to appease rightwingers Israel's defence ministry will approve the construction of 500 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank this...

Settlement deal set to focus on the West Bank
5 Sep 2009 - George Mitchell, the US envoy to the Middle East, will return to Jerusalem this week for talks on a temporary Israeli suspension of settlement activity in the occupied West Bank, despite a highly public row breaking...

Hamas in talks on freeing kidnapped Israeli soldier
5 Sep 2009 - Top Palestinian meets Egyptian intelligence chief amid reports of progress over a deal for prisoner exchange Khaled Meshal, the leader of Hamas, has made a dramatic visit to Cairo amid a new diplomatic effort to secure...

The burden of history | Antony Lerman
5 Sep 2009 - It's sometimes too much to expect individuals to transmit memories of great suffering, as my father's life showed The manipulation of history is the continuation of politics by other means, to coin a phrase. And this...

Ha'aretz National page

Leftist filmmaker urges Israeli artists to boycott Toronto Fest
5 Sep 2009 - Left wing Israeli filmmaker Udi Aloni has called on top Israeli artists to step out of their "political closet" and boycott the upcoming Toronto Film Festival over its spotlight on Tel Aviv. ...

Woman lashes out in court at husband suspected of murdering child
5 Sep 2009 - The mother of 3-year-old Noa Goldring - who was strangled last month allegedly at the hands of her father - verbally attacked her estranged husband in court on Sunday, Army Radio reported. ...

Elderly Jerusalem couple get 9 months in jail for child abuse
5 Sep 2009 - The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Sunday sentenced an elderly couple to nine months in prison, after they were convicted of abusing children in the kindergarten they managed in the city's Gilo neighborhood. ...

Relief Web

OPT: IOF willfully kill a child in Beit Hanoun Town, Northern Gaza
6 Sep 2009 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

OPT: Israeli PM to announce hundreds of new settlements - minister
6 Sep 2009 - Source: Agence France-Presse

EU disburses €12.83 million for Palestinian salaries and pensions
6 Sep 2009 - Source: European Commission, European Union

YNet News

Settlers: Barak move a mockery
6 Sep 2009 - For smaller settlement blocs, Barak's decision to green light 500 housing units does not come as good news. Yesha Council Director General Pinchas Wallerstein, 'No new tenders will be issued.' Corner-stone laying ceremony will be held Monday in E1 area 

Minister Shalom: Settlement freeze only as part of peace talks
6 Sep 2009 - 'If we speak of a Palestinian state and a freeze now, what will we discuss during the actual negotiations?' Likud member says. MK Danon: We were elected to say no to Palestinian state 

Barak to authorize 500 housing units in settlements
6 Sep 2009 - Israel's plan to build up settlements before moratorium on building put in place is underway. Defense minister slated to authorize building of 450 to 500 housing units in the coming day. Building said to be concentrated in six or seven settlements in larger blocs. 

Arab League, Hamas slam Israel over settlements 
6 Sep 2009 - During joint press conference with Hamas leader Mashaal in Cairo, Moussa says normalization of ties impossible as long as Israel 'persists in its intransigent position' concerning settlement freeze 

Female Gaza lawyers not obligated to wear head scarf
6 Sep 2009 - Gaza Strip's Supreme Justice Council announces that its decision to impose traditional dress on female lawyers not issued as government decree, but personal opinion of justice council chairman 

Daily Star

Bernard Fattal dies in Egypt car crash 
6 Sep 2009

Sfeir: Shame if cabinet not formed before UN meet 
6 Sep 2009

Situation in Palestine 'at its most critical' - Fadlallah 
6 Sep 2009

Lebanon projects spending increase of 42 percent 
6 Sep 2009

Israel sticks to its guns over settlement boost 
6 Sep 2009

Swedish minister calls off visit to Israel 
6 Sep 2009

Iran's Khatami hits back at hardline foes 
6 Sep 2009

Woman's case reflects prisoners' treatment in Iran 
6 Sep 2009

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas: The settlement expansion proves Obama's failure to curb Israel
6 Sep 2009 - Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that Israel’s persistence in the expansion of its settlements proves that US president Barack Obama failed to curb the occupation.

Haya: Egypt to table proposal resolving all pending issues
6 Sep 2009 - Dr. Khalil Al-Haya, a member of Hamas's political bureau, said on Sunday that Cairo would table within a few days a new proposal ending all pending issues in the Palestinian dialog.

Prisoner society: kidnapping of Palestinians stepped up during August
6 Sep 2009 - The Palestinian Prisoners' Society reported Sunday that Israel escalated kidnapping campaigns against Palestinians in August and persisted in maltreating prisoners in its jails.

Israeli policemen quell Jerusalem's weekly protest march
6 Sep 2009 - Israeli occupation police quelled a peaceful march organized weekly by a number of local institutions for the third week running under the slogan "We will remain steadfast in Jerusalem".

AP conceals facts about Gaza conditions
6 Sep 2009 - The organizers of the Noorderlicht photo festival removed a photo caption describing Palestinians as victims from an upcoming photo exhibit held in The Netherlands under pressure from the AP.

OCHA: Gaza students facing big problems in the new school year
6 Sep 2009 - The office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs said that Gaza students will be facing big problems in the new school year because of the failure to rebuild the bombed schools.

Hamdan warns of new settlement plot leaving Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty
6 Sep 2009 - Osama Hamdan has warned of a new settlement plot that stipulates retaining Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty with international supervision allowing access to holy places.

Baraka: The PLO’s institutions might be used to sign agreement with Israel
6 Sep 2009 - Hamas official in Lebanon Ali Baraka expressed his Movement’s deep concern about using the PLO's national council and its executive committee to sign an agreement with Israel in the coming months.

Tibi: Israel is plagued with racism
6 Sep 2009 - Arab member of the Israeli Knesset Ahmed Al-Tibi has charged that Israel was plagued with a germ called racism and that the first and foremost victim of that racism is the Arab population.

Kufaisheh warns of seriousness of Zionist schemes against Aqsa
6 Sep 2009 - Palestinian lawmaker Hatem Kufaisheh, a prisoner in Israeli jails, warned of the seriousness of the Zionist schemes and plots carried out against the Aqsa Mosque and the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Los Angeles Times

Iran's Mousavi urges continued civil disobedience 
6 Sep 2009 - The opposition leader tells supporters to keep up the 'struggle against cheaters and liars.' He demands a government investigation of the disputed presidential election. Iran's leading opposition figure Saturday called on his supporters to continue acts of peaceful civil disobedience, in his first major statement in weeks. 

West Bank settlement growth looks likely 
5 Sep 2009 - A decision by Israel's Netanyahu to build hundreds of new homes prompts a U.S. expression of 'regret.' Israel signaled its intention Friday to build hundreds of new homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank, provoking a new clash with the Obama administration and complicating a U.S. effort to restart Middle East peace talks this fall. 

Director Cherien Dabis straddles two worlds 
4 Sep 2009 - The filmmaker examines the complexities of modern Arab American identity in 'Amreeka.' Before the Persian Gulf War exploded in the early 1990s, Cherien Dabis and her family were popular, well-respected members of their adopted Ohio town. Her father, a physician, and mother were Palestinian immigrants from the West Bank and Jordan who'd moved to the United States shortly before Dabis' birth. Dabis says she grew up wanting "so badly" to be an all-American girl. 

New York Times

U.S. Rebukes Israel Over Settlement Plan
4 Sep 2009 - A plan to approve new West Bank construction before a building freeze drew protests from the White House. 

World Briefing | Middle East: Syria: Chávez Says Israelis Must Reject ‘Genocidal’ Leaders
4 Sep 2009 - President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, in Syria, called Israel’s government “genocidal” and urged Israelis not to support it. 

World Briefing | Middle East: Lebanon: Financier Is Detained
4 Sep 2009 - A prominent Lebanese businessman with ties to Hezbollah has declared bankruptcy and been detained after it appeared that he lost several hundred million dollars' worth of investors' money. 

Misc

In the Washington Post, Carter speaks of the ‘more likely’ solution: one state
Mondoweiss - 6 Sep 2009 - I bash the Washington Post op-ed page all the time. Well today they do an important service, publishing the great Jimmy Carter, summing up his four recent trips to the Middle East, the last as a member of the "Elders," a group of statesmen who are...

more on Jews in the media
Mondoweiss - 6 Sep 2009 - Bruce Wolman responds to a recent post about Jewish ownership of the media . Following his response, I respond to him. Take it away, Bruce: Jeff Blankfort is misinformed about ownership of the media. The Washington Post and Newsweek are owned by the Graham family, which is...

Growing up in the shadow of intermarriage
Mondoweiss - 5 Sep 2009 - Jack Ross responds to the recent campaign underwritten by the Israeli government to characterize American Jews who have intermarried as "lost" or "abducted." I have grown up in the shadow of intermarriage and all that it represents, but I never realized it until I was an...

Chazan: Israelis have abandoned the democratic ‘ethos’
Mondoweiss - 5 Sep 2009 - Naomi Chazan is an Israeli Jew of considerable standing. A former member of Knesset and leader of the leftish Meretz party, she has also endorsed J Street in the U.S. In this important piece, she offers the shocking news that Israel has abandoned democracy. It’s in...

Who’s attacking the veil? Why?
Mondoweiss - 5 Sep 2009 - David Horowitz, Jamie Glazov, and Phyllis Chesler are all attacking the Muslim veil. Chesler’s headline is "The Hundred Year War Begins." Why do these people care so much about what women on the other side of the world are wearing? Why is it a source for...

Toronto Declaration: No Celebration of Occupation
Alternative Information Center - 4 Sep 2009 - An Open Letter to the Toronto International Film Festival: September 2, 2009 As members of the Canadian and international film, culture and media arts communities, we are deeply disturbed by the Toronto International Film Festival’s decision to host a celebratory spotlight on Tel Aviv. We protest...

Norwegian Pension Fund Divests from Israeli Military Giant Elbit
Alternative Information Center - 3 Sep 2009 - The Ministry of Finance has excluded the Israeli company Elbit Systems Ltd. from the Government Pension Fund – Global, on the basis of the Council on Ethics’ recommendation. The Council on Ethics has found that investment in Elbit constitutes an unacceptable risk of contribution to serious...

The Elders Visit Palestine/Israel 
Alternative Information Center - 3 Sep 2009 - The Elders visited Israel and the Palestinian territories for the first time as a group from 25-28 August 2009. As an independent and non-affiliated group, the Elders do not participate in any negotiations but are supportive of the current peace talks. The timing of their visit...

Did Leviev's Empire Succumb to Boycott?
Alternative Information Center - 2 Sep 2009 - On 31 August 2009, Lev Leviev, the sixth richest Israeli according to Forbes Magazine , convened a press conference and announced that his company Africa Israel will be unable to meet its financial obligations and repay its debts on time. Leviev's debt is estimated at nearly Euro...


Articles

Electronic Intifada
Accountability and the organ theft controversy
5 Sep 2009 - The hyperventilating by Israel's leaders over a story published in a Swedish newspaper last month suggesting that the Israeli army assisted in organ theft from Palestinians has distracted attention from the disturbing allegations made by Palestinian families that were the basis of the article's central claim. Jonathan Cook comments. 

Israel targets medical teams
5 Sep 2009 - JALAZONE, occupied West Bank (IPS) - Fourteen-year-old Muhammad Nayif's mother broke down as she spoke to IPS. Nayif died after being shot three times in the chest by Israeli soldiers Monday night. Palestinian medical personnel who tried to reach the critically injured boy near the Jalazone refugee camp north of Ramallah were threatened at gunpoint by Israeli soldiers and shot at. 

"Sense of duty": interview with Bilin journalist
4 Sep 2009 - Haitham al-Katib is a journalist living in the occupied West Bank village of Bilin. During the last few months, village residents have been the victims of constant night invasions by the Israeli military. Al-Katib films the night raids, as well as the weekly nonviolent demonstrations against the wall, and has become a well-known figure for his brave attempts to document the struggle. The Electronic Intifada contributor Jody McIntyre, currently based in Bilin, interviewed him about his work. 

A big thank you
4 Sep 2009 - The significance of this -- alas short lived -- exposure of what lies behind the apartheid wall and the fences that encircle the West Bank and the Gaza Strip stems from the seniority of Kristin Halvorsen, the Norwegian finance minister who herself announced the decision to divest. It is the first official act of such a kind by a Western government. It is reminiscent of the first day when governments heeded the pressures of their societies in the West to act against apartheid South Africa. Ilan Pappe comments for The Electronic Intifada. 

In Gaza
bless his soul: Gaza Ramadan day 16
6 Sep 2009 - * Ghazi Zaneen, 14, shot in the head by Israeli soldiers. Killed 4 September. Before Ramadan began, I had thought of writing something on family’s with martyrs, as any special time (holiday or other) is difficult in the absence of recently lost loved ones. In Gaza, following Israel’s latest massacre which left 1500 martyred, I knew there would be many families with one or more martyrs this Ramadan. I hadn’t considered new martyrs though. Since Ramadan began 16 days, ago on 22 August, at least 7 Palestinians have been directly martyred by Israeli soldiers in Gaza alone, with another youth (15 years old) shot dead by an Israeli soldier in...

Palestine Chronicle
Our Gift of Silence
6 Sep 2009 - By Ahmed Barqawi The lack of subtlety in Israel's policy of aggression and land theft towards the Palestinians can only be attributed to our gift of silence, one for which the Israelis' are appreciative and fully exploitive of. AFP -Agence France-Presse- reported last Monday that French President Nicolas Sarkozy had sent a letter to the family of Israeli captive Gilad Shalit on the occasion of the soldier’s twenty-third birthday which coincided late last month. In his letter; Sarkozy vowed France's relentless efforts for the freedom of the Shalits’ son, expressing that his thoughts are with them and their son especially on his fourth birthday spent in captivity. How heartwarming it must be for Gilad's parents, Aviva and Noam, to have on their side the unyielding support of the president of one of the most powerful countries in the world today, the chief resident of the Elysse palace himself, one can imagine the sort of comfort and consolation that they feel to have renowned world leaders carrying their son's "cause" around, campaigning for it on every possible international platform that there is, and why won’t they feel that way; their son garners a great deal of media attention (including Arabic ones), receiving honorary citizenships left and right from the cities of Paris, Rome and Miami, and his “problem” is actually talked about and discussed incessantly in the same hallways and corridors that hold talks of major international issues like the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea. Candle vigils are held...

The Tortoise and Obama: Racing Against Time in the Middle East
6 Sep 2009 - By James Gundun Nobody likes anti-climax, except for maybe Israel. After heightened speculation that President Obama was hammering out his own Middle East peace plan, the smoke cleared and left nothing behind. Apparently Obama has no new plan, only the desire to mediate negotiations between Israel and Palestine. But was it wise to flicker out after all the buildup? President Obama has very low odds of signing a two-state solution in two years, which apparently is the deadline he’s set. Israel is more like the hare in this race, confident of winning and prone to lapses in judgement. Never believing the Palestinians will catch up, Israel has grown accustomed to acting unilaterally without fear of reprisal from America or the international community. But while Israeli is in a rush to beat the demographic trends of Palestinians, President Obama is in an even greater rush to win Muslim popularity. Everyone knows how this fable ends. Obama will encounter fierce resistance from the Palestinians if his intention is to mediate a two-state solution within a two year deadline. Without a new plan Obama is signaling he’s going to stick with Israel, the only actor celebrating the status quo. Of all the arenas he has stepped into, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is most immune to Obama’s oratory. Beautifully crafted rhetoric won’t convince either side to compromise on core demands like Jerusalem or the rights of refugees. What he needed was a moderate plan and courage. Now President Obama is resting his full weight on...

The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination: A Review
6 Sep 2009 - By Jim Miles The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination The Struggle for Palestine and the Roots of the Israeli-Arab Conflict. Jeremy R. Hammond. Lulu, 2009. The story of Palestine is poorly represented in western media, generally taken out of context and generally - as a strong cohort to the lack of context - with a strong bias in favour of the Israeli perspective. That perspective in short is that of Arab terrorist aggression against the ‘democratic’ Israeli state, the victim. There is an increasing library of well written material that denies that simplistic view and ties it into the longer course of Zionist history. A new addition to this library, “The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination” provides a concise, clear, and valuable summary to the context. It highlights the Zionist intent to deny the Palestinians their lands and their democratic rights, using several methods of persuasion. The argument of the Arab people being “barbarians” and lacking in “modernity” is accompanied by the even more illusory position that the land was essentially unoccupied. The corollary is that from the biblical perspective, the land belonged to the Jewish people, a belief that provided much sanctimonious support from western countries. From that, the Palestinians were consistently denied the right of self-determination, regardless of the fine sounding rhetoric of the League of Nations and the various committees and commissions that worked on the problem. Jeremy Hammond has provided an excellent precis of the many letters, commissions, agreements, and discussions that occurred prior to the nakba. Well...

Yehuda Hiss: Missing Link in Palestinian Organ Theft?
4 Sep 2009 - By Jonathan Cook - Nazareth The hyperventilating by Israel's leaders [1] over a story published in a Swedish newspaper last month [2] suggesting that the Israeli army assisted in organ theft from Palestinians has distracted attention from the disturbing allegations made by Palestinian families that were the basis of the article’s central claim. The families’ fears that relatives, killed by the Israeli army, had body parts removed during unauthorised autopsies performed in Israel have been overshadowed by accusations of a “blood libel” directed against the reporter, Donald Bostrom, and the Aftonbladet newspaper, as well as the Swedish government and people. I have no idea whether the story is true. Like most journalists working in Israel and Palestine, I have heard such rumours before. Until Bostrom wrote his piece, no Western journalist, as far as I know, had investigated them. After so many years, the assumption by journalists was that there was little hope of finding evidence - apart from literally by digging up the corpses. Doubtless, the inevitable charge of anti-semitism such reports attract acted as a powerful deterrent too. What is striking about this episode is that the families making the claims were not given a hearing in the late 1980s and early 1990s, during the first Intifada, when most of the reports occurred, and are still being denied the right to voice their concerns today. Israel’s sensitivity to the allegation of organ theft - or “harvesting”, as many observers coyly refer to the practice - appears to trump...

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