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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
19 September, 2009

News

International Middle East Media Center

Troops attacked the weekly protest at Nilin; scores suffered the effects of teargas inhalation
18 Sep 2009 - Scores of civilians suffered on Friday effects of teargas inhalation and nausea as Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly protest against the Wall in the central West bank village of Nil'in. 

Dozens suffer effects of tear gas inhalation at the weekly Bilin protest
18 Sep 2009 - Dozens effects of tear gas inhalation on Friday during the weekly protest in the village of Bil’in central West Bank. 

PCHR Weekly report: One Palestinian dead, 6 injured by Israeli attacks
18 Sep 2009 - According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, during the week of 10 - 16 Sep. 2009, one Palestinian died from Israeli-inflicted wounds, and 6 Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli gunfire.  In addition, Israeli forces used force against peaceful demonstrations organized in protest of the construction of the Annexation Wall in the West Bank.  

Israeli Prime Minister attacks UN Report on Gaza; Goldstone defends report
18 Sep 2009 - After a United Nations fact-finding mission released a report this week condemning Israel's wanton attacks on civilians during its invasion of Gaza in January, the Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu condemned the report as a "kangaroo court", despite the fact that his government refused to participate in any aspect of the UN investigation. 

Hamas government released 200 prisoners
18 Sep 2009 - Acting on orders by Ismail Haniyya, prime minister of the dissolved government in Gaza, the Hamas- controlled security froes in the Gaza Strip released 200 prisoners as an act of good will as the Muslims mark the Al Fitir Feast. 

Abbas, Mubarak to meet Saturday
18 Sep 2009 - Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, is expected to meet his Egyptian counterpart, Hosni Mubarak, in Cairo this Saturday for talks on the American peace efforts, and the issue of resuming reconciliation talks between Fateh and Hamas movements. 

British trade unions back boycott of Israel
17 Sep 2009 - A Congress of Britain’s largest trade unions, representing 6.5 million workers, have voted overwhelmingly to commit to build a mass boycott movement for disinvestment and sanctions on Israel, until the Israeli government agrees to a negotiated settlement based on justice for Palestinians. 

Ha'aretz Defense page

Report: Russia found no secret Iran-bound cargo on 'hijacked' ship
19 Sep 2009 - Interfax news agency quotes Russian spokesman as saying there was nothing but timber and lumber on the Arctic Sea. 

Russia scraps plan to deploy missiles near Poland
19 Sep 2009 - Move comes after Obama dumps Bush-era plan to deploy missile defense system in Poland. 

Warning: Terror group planning attacks on Israelis in India
17 Sep 2009 - Counter Terrorism Bureau issues travel warning, advises Israelis already in India to avoid crowded areas. 

Secret IAEA document: Iran has ability to make atom bomb
17 Sep 2009 - UN nuclear watchdog dismisses report, saying it has no proof Iran has covert atomic weapons program. 

Report: South Korea weighs purchase of Israeli radar system
17 Sep 2009 - $200 million deal would be one of the largest ever carried out between Israel and South Korea. 

Ma'an News

Ma'an airs last edition of EU-backed Ramadan quiz show 19 Sep 2009

EU: We support a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders 19 Sep 2009

Israel closes Ibrahimi Mosque Saturday and Sunday 19 Sep 2009

MOH: Nablus has 45 confirmed H1N1 cases, 4 new in Jenin, Ramallah 19 Sep 2009

Ban Ki Moon to step in and urge tripartite talks in New York 19 Sep 2009

Car accident near Hebron kills young boy Friday 19 Sep 2009

Abbas from Cairo: Israel must commit to halting settlements 19 Sep 2009

Independents: Conciliation before unity is dangers 19 Sep 2009

PLC member urges halt to Gaza blockade; demands uniforms for students 19 Sep 2009

Jabaliya explosion investigation faults equipment for deadly blast 19 Sep 2009

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem confirms Sunday as the end of Ramadan 19 Sep 2009

Two brothers die in a car accident in Jenin, 9 injured 19 Sep 2009

PA, Israel blame each other for stalled peace talks 19 Sep 2009

Rain falls in the West Bank; Gaza still waiting 19 Sep 2009

Bethlehem man arrested for brandishing toy gun in dispute over sheep 19 Sep 2009

US folds to Israeli demands; issues muted concern over UN report 19 Sep 2009

The National

Thousands defy Iranian rally ban
18 Sep 2009 - Tens of thousands of Iranian government supporters and dozens of opposition activists hold coinciding marches on Quds Day in Tehran.

Mitchell fails to reach agreement
18 Sep 2009 - A Palestinian official says the US Middle East envoy ends his latest trip without agreement on terms for renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Many delays on Jerusalem rail line
17 Sep 2009 - An ill-fated light railway under construction in Jerusalem was originally heralded by Israeli officials as a way to cement the city's unification . 

Muslim Brotherhood faces rift in Jordan
17 Sep 2009 - Balance of power in play as Hamas tries to increase its clout within the organisation, while moderates want to end the overlap.

Aljazeera

Israel pressured on nuclear sites
18 Sep 2009 - UN body calls on Israel to open up nuclear sites and sign non-proliferation treaty.

Iranians rally on 'al-Quds Day'
18 Sep 2009 - Opposition supporters defy warning to protest at annual Palestinian solidarity rally.

Palestine News Network

President Abbas meets with Mubarak and King Abdullah regarding US envoy and Israeli intransigence
19 Sep 2009 - Cairo / PNN – During a press conference following today’s meetings in Jordan and Egypt, President Abbas reiterated the Palestinian position that the Israelis must freeze settlement expansion before returning to negotiations. President Abbas met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Aqaba today, and with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo earlier this morning.Talks with the King focused on the results of meetings...

Pope Benedict XVI calls for meeting next year of Catholic bishops to discuss Mid East peace
19 Sep 2009 - Vatican / PNN – The role of the Catholic Church in the Middle East is up for debate. The 265th Pope has called for a meeting to discuss the role of the Church in the peace process. Pope Benedict XVI made his announcement today asking that senior Catholic bishops meet next year in order to discuss the peace process in the Middle East...

European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza takes legal action to force EU to uphold human rights law
18 Sep 2009 - Clare Short MP and the European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza have launched a legal action to require the European Union to uphold the human rights conditions entrenched in the EU-Israel Association Agreement. The action was launched in a letter sent to President Barroso and Javier Solana, the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, on the first...

After prayers near confiscated land, march against Wall commemorates Sabra and Shatila
18 Sep 2009 - Na’lin / PNN - Hundreds of villagers in the western Ramallah village of Na'lin prayed near confiscated lands this week. The last Friday of Ramadan found the weekly demonstration against the Wall and settlements begin with noon prayers led by Sheikh Mohammed Amira. He called for fraternity, solidarity and mutual support during the holy month. After prayers the weekly march started off with...

Ibrihimi Mosque in Hebron closed to Muslims under pretext of Jewish new year
18 Sep 2009 - Hebron / PNN – The closure imposed on the West Bank for the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana, applies not only to the checkpoints between cities, but also within them. The Department of Awqaf and Religious Affairs in the southern West Bank’s Hebron reported today that the occupying administration has closed Ibrihimi Mosque. All Muslim worshippers are banned from entering through Sunday.Only settlers...

Holy Land Trust invites you to World Without Wars march 14 October
18 Sep 2009 - Invitation Holy Land Trust along with World Without Wars Cordially invites you to join the World March for Peace and Nonviolence which will take place in Bethlehem on the 14th of October 2009 The gathering place will be at the Nativity Square at 4:30 pm where the march will start, reaching to Aida Camp For more information please contact us at ranaj@holylandtust.org (...

Israeli forces target town known for nonviolent resistance, steal flags and posters used in protests
17 Sep 2009 - Bil’in / Iyad Burnat - Shortly after 1:30am Wednesday Israeli forces again invaded western Ramallah’s Bil'in, a town known for its nonviolent resistance to occupation. Soldiers raided the house of Abdullah Mahmoud Aburahma in an attempt to arrest him. However he was not home at the time. Palestinian and international activists living in the town attempted to intervene to aid the family. They...

IRIN

Analysis: Looming water crisis in Gaza
GAZA CITY Tuesday, September 15, 2009 (IRIN) - Unless urgent action is taken, the supply of water fit for human use in the Gaza Strip will be depleted in 5-10 years, according to the Gaza Coastal Municipal Water Utility (CMWU) and UN agencies working there.

In Brief: DRC’s North Kivu Province becoming riskier for aid workers
NAIROBI Monday, September 14, 2009 (IRIN) - Security incidents against humanitarian workers in North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have increased by 26 percent since January compared to the same period last year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Analysis: Shebaa Farms key to Levant hydro-diplomacy
BEIRUT Thursday, September 10, 2009 (IRIN) - The politics of the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms, a rugged sliver of mountainside wedged between Lebanon, Israel and Syria, have long overshadowed what some Lebanese environmentalists call “the real issue” of the disputed area: its water resources.

Inter Press Service

POLITICS: Libya's Mercurial Leader Keeps U.N. Guessing 
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 18 (IPS) - Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, who will be making his maiden appearance before the United Nations next week, has been described as a gadfly with a penchant for stirring up controversies.

POLITICS: Obama and Netanyahu Still Tussling over Priorities 
NEW YORK , Sep 18 (IPS) - As world leaders prepare to gather here for the all-star "general debate" at the U.N. General Assembly on Sep. 23, two of them - U.S. Pres. Barack Obama and Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu - are still tussling over whether to prioritise their anti-Iran...

ENVIRONMENT: Cairo Sinking in Garbage 
CAIRO, Sep 18 (IPS) - Garbage collectors in Cairo's Giza district have resumed work, but it could take weeks to clear the 25,000 tons of garbage that accumulated during their month-long strike, and longer still to solve the underlying problems.

POLITICS: Libya Brings Focused Agenda to U.N. Presidency 
UNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 (IPS) - Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki of Libya, the newly-anointed president of the 192-member U.N. General Assembly, hails from a country with a mostly radical and far-reaching political agenda.

Stop The Wall

March to freedom – Ni’lin village takes down the Wall
19 Sep 2009 - Ni’lin village march to the newly erected concrete apartheid wall and tear down several cement blocks. The protestors had organized the demonstration to send three messages to the Occupation and its supporters around the globe. [

Two injured in Bi’lin weekly protest
15 Sep 2009 - The weekly demonstration went as normal this week in Bil’in, with Occupation forces firing on unarmed demonstrators as they approached their isolated lands. Two were injured and dozens more affected by tear gas during the action. [

PCHR Latest

Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Support Work and Recommendations of UN Fact Finding Mission: Demand Effective Judicial Redress and the Protection of Victims’ Rights
PCHR

PCHR Weekly Report

(10- 16 Sep. 2009)
During the reporting period, a Palestinian civilian died of a previous wound he had sustained by IOF in Hebron.  Additionally, 6 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded by IOF and settlers in the West Bank.

information on boycott, divestment and sanctions
PCHR Strongly Condemns New Israeli Settlement Plans in the West Bank 08 September

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli forces raid Bil’in, beat Popular Committee member
9/16/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Around 1:30am, the Israeli army invaded Bil'in. Soldiers came to the home of Abdullah Mahmoud Abu Rahme , coordinator of the Bil'in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, to arrest him. Abu Rahme was not at home at the time and soldiers proceeded to destroy belongings in his house. When another member of the Popular Committee, Mohammad Khatib, arrived to check on Abu Rahme's wife and 3 small children, Israeli forces severely beat him. Khatib was taken to Ramallah hospital for medical treatment. International solidarity activists were prevented from entering the home and a Palestinian cameraman trying to film the invasion was pushed around and had his camera broken. Israeli forces destroy the home of Abdullah Abu Rahme Afterward, soldiers raided the home of Abdullah's brother, Khaled Abu Rahme, threatening to continue harassment until Abduallah is arrested. The army also trashed a room in Khaled's home, stealing banners and flags used during weekly demonstrations. 

Settlers attack Nablus-area village of Burin
9/16/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Settlers set fire to Burin property - On the evening of Sunday 13 September at approximately 21:00 masked settlers from the illegal settlement of Bracha, armed with guns, set alight tyres and sprayed gasoline on the roof of a house under construction in the village of Burin just south of Nablus. Palestinians in neighbouring homes saw the blaze and retreating settlers and called the local fire brigade who came to extinguish the flames. International activists then joined local Palestinians in a 24 hour vigil of the house which has come under constant attack since the beginning of its construction a year go. At 2am in the morning international activists and Palestinians witnessed two settlers on the upper Burin road near to the home. The group managed to chase the settlers away before any damage was done. At 4. 30am 2 settlers again approached the home and were seen throwing stones before being chased from the scene. 

Settler shoots Nablus-area shepherd
9/16/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 15 September 2009 - Nader was shot in the chest while trying to protect his brother - On the morning of Tuesday 15 September, at approximately 8:30am, a Palestinian shepherd from the Palestinian village of Einabus, to the south of Nablus, was shot and two others beaten by Israeli settlers. 11 settlers from the illegal Yitzhar settlement, 3 of them masked and all armed with M-16s attacked Hazzaì Allan and his sheep as he grazed his flock on a hill close to the village, killing 15 sheep and stealing 10 more. The settlers ordered Hazzai down on to the ground, beating him and spraying him and his dog with pepper spray. Hazzai's brother Nader responded to a distress call Hazzai had managed to make and was shot in the chest while attempting to protect his brother from further beating. Villagers attempted to chase the settlers away and a third man, Abdil Rhamn, the nephew of Nader, was beaten with heavy grazing to the head. 

Goldstone testimonies revealed
9/16/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - YNet News - An in-depth look into the Goldstone Report probing the events of Operation Cast Lead in Gaza reveals the official first-hand testimonies from the days of the war. The testimonies were given by family members who lost their loved ones and eyewitnesses to the fighting, and they shed some personal light on what happened in Gaza. All testimonies where deemed credible by the United Nations-appointed inquiry team, and were compatible with other reports received. Here are just some of the testimonies:The shooting of Iyad al-Samoni - On the night of January 4, 2008, Iyad al-Samoni stayed with his wife, five children and 40 other members of his extended family in one a relative's house. Around 1am, sounds were heard coming from the roof, and some four hours later, Israeli soldiers came down the steps, knocked on the door and entered the house. 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Obama to host Abbas, Netanyahu at summit
19 Sep 2009 - U.S. President Barack Obama will hold a joint meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday to help restart peace talks between the two sides, the White House said on Saturday. ...

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: Michael Jackson threw his life away
18 Sep 2009 - Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the renowned U.S. writer and broadcaster, has said that pop superstar Michael Jackson "threw his life away" by taking doses of medication he knew were lethal. ...

Report: Sweden won't probe paper over IDF organ harvesting article
18 Sep 2009 - The Swedish Chancellor of Justice has decided not to launch an investigation into a newspaper that alleged that Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian civilians in order to harvest their organs, Army Radio reported Saturday. ...

World powers condemn Ahmadinejad for calling Holocaust 'a lie'
18 Sep 2009 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continued on Saturday to draw international condemnation for calling the Holocaust "a lie" on the previous day, his latest outburst of Holocaust denial. ...

Pakistan to charge Mumbai terror suspects next week
18 Sep 2009 - A Pakistani court will indict seven suspects in the Mumbai attacks in the coming week, but India needs to provide evidence against the head of a banned Islamist group Pakistan is investigating in the plot, a top official said Saturday. ...

The Guardian

Settlements row throws Middle East peace talks into doubt
18 Sep 2009 - • US envoy fails to get deal ahead of Obama meeting • Palestinians insist on total freeze on construction A high-stakes meeting between President Barack Obama and the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to restart peace talks...

Video: US fails to win freeze on Israel's settlements
18 Sep 2009 - The US Middle East envoy shuttled between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, but could not broker a deal on a halt to settlement building in Palestinian territories

Video: Palestinians flock to al-Aqsa mosque on last Friday of Ramadan
18 Sep 2009 - Palestinians try to get into Jerusalem, amid tight Israeli security, to perform the last Friday prayer of Ramadan at the al-Aqsa mosque

Israel's Gaza blockade crippling reconstruction
18 Sep 2009 - Eight months after war, import restrictions are delaying aid and causing 'de-development', leaked UN report says A leaked UN report has warned that Israel's continued economic blockade of Gaza and lengthy delays in delivering humanitarian aid...

Ha'aretz National page

Spain beats Israel 3-0 in Davis Cup semifinals
18 Sep 2009 - Feliciano Lopez and Tommy Robredo beat Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel in the doubles of the Davis Cup on Saturday to give Spain a 3-0 win and passage through to its second straight final. ...

Ethiopian migrant shot on Egyptian-Israeli border
18 Sep 2009 - Egyptian border guards shot and wounded an Ethiopian man as he tried to cross illegally into Israel, police said Saturday. ...

2000 year old amphitheatre discovered near Tiberias 
18 Sep 2009 - A 2000-year-old Roman amphitheatre has finally been revealed after 19 years of excavation work since its first discovery. ...

Relief Web

UNICEF Regional Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil visits Palestinian children at risk
19 Sep 2009 - Source: UN Children's Fund

US envoy ends Israeli-Palestinian meetings with no deal in hand
18 Sep 2009 - Source: Voice of America

Oxfam and Muslim Aid reveal that for at least 23 million people, this year's Ramadan has been one of the toughest for years
18 Sep 2009 - Source: Muslim Aid, Oxfam

YNet News

Report: Swedish paper won't face probe
19 Sep 2009 - Sweden's chancellor of justice decides not to initiate preliminary investigation against Aftonbladet newspaper, local news agency reports; paper came under fire after publishing report charging IDF with organ trafficking 

Israel: Talks stalled because of Palestinians
19 Sep 2009 - Foreign Ministry rejects Abbas remarks, says Palestinians at fault for stalled negotiations 

Lieberman fights Hamas bees
19 Sep 2009 - Animated online clip depicts FM, Obama attacked by terrorist bees while eating apples and honey 

US: Goldstone Report unfair to Israel 
18 Sep 2009 - State Department says UN-appointed team probing Israeli offensive in Gaza complied uneven report which 'focuses overwhelmingly on Israel's actions while keeping Hamas' deplorable acts down to generalized remarks' 

B'tselem

Daily Star

Foreign Ministry talks to Syria, UK 
18 Sep 2009

Nasrallah urges caution on cabinet formation 
18 Sep 2009

Hariri calls for cabinet progress after Eid al-Fitr 
18 Sep 2009

FDI in Lebanon up 32 percent to $3.61 billion 
18 Sep 2009

NATO proposes new era of cooperation with US, Russia 
18 Sep 2009

US presses Russia on Iran after missile shift - report 
18 Sep 2009

Obama abandons view of Iran, not Europe defense - analysts 
18 Sep 2009

IAEA urges nuclear inspections in Israel 
18 Sep 2009

Palestinian Information Center

Tamimi: IOA measures in occupied Jerusalem violate international doctrines
19 Sep 2009 - Sheikh Tayseer Al-Tamimi, the chief Islamic Judge in Palestine, has said that the IOA measures in occupied Jerusalem were in violation of international legislation and doctrines.

Palestinian factions: IOA exploits negotiations to cover up settlement activity
19 Sep 2009 - A number of Palestinian factions has charged the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) with exploiting negotiations with the Palestinians to cover up for settlement activity and judaization schemes.

Haneyya gov't calls on Islamic countries to shoulder responsibility toward Aqsa
19 Sep 2009 - The Palestinian government asked the Arab and Islamic countries to assume their responsibilities towards occupied Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque which are ferociously targeted by Israeli judaization.

Abbas to call for elections despite absence of reconciliation
19 Sep 2009 - Mahmoud Abbas plans to call for presidential and parliamentary elections next January in total disregard of Egyptian efforts aimed at forging Palestinian national reconciliation, press reports said.

Resheq: UN report carries positive aspect but equates between culprit and victim
19 Sep 2009 - Ezzet Al-Resheq, the political bureau member of Hamas Movement, has lauded the UN report that incriminated Israel for committing crimes against humanity during its war on Gaza.

A criminal state that must be isolated, boycotted
19 Sep 2009 - Israel is unusually furious over the publication this week of the Goldstone report which accuses the apartheid regime of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Gaza Strip

Hamas calls all resistance factions to reply to violations of Jerusalem and Aqsa
19 Sep 2009 - Hamas called on all Palestinian factions to retaliate to the violations by the Israeli occupation and settlers against the holy city of Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque.

Anti-wall protesters commemorate the Sabra and Shatila Massacres
19 Sep 2009 - Tens of anti-wall protesters suffered breathing difficulties as a result of inhaling tear gas fired at them by the IOF during the weekly protest at the village of Bilin to the west of Ramallah.

Bietawi: The Aqsa is ours and we'll defend it to death
19 Sep 2009 - The prominent Muslim leader Sheikh Hamid Al-Beitawi has asserted Thursday that the Aqsa Mosque was and would remain for Muslims and that the Palestinian people were ready to die defending it.

Asad: Israel never wanted a "just peace"
19 Sep 2009 - Syrian president Bashar Al-Asad said on Wednesday that the Israeli accelerated judaization of Jerusalem was indeed the practical implementation of the "Jewish state" scheme.

Los Angeles Times

Protesters flood Tehran streets 
19 Sep 2009 - Iran opposition stages its first major march in six weeks, with tens of thousands upstaging the annual pro-Palestinian rally. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeats his denunciation of Israel. Tens of thousands of protesters swarmed the streets of Tehran and at least two other Iranian cities Friday, audaciously turning an annual rally in support of the Palestinian cause into the first major demonstration against the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in six weeks. 

U.S. envoy's push in Middle East yields little 
19 Sep 2009 - George J. Mitchell leaves the region after six days of talks without key concessions from Israel or the Palestinians. President Obama had hoped to unveil a regional peace initiative next week. President Obama's Middle East envoy ended his most intensive round of shuttle diplomacy Friday without an agreement on one of the administration's top foreign policy goals, restarting Israeli-Palestinian talks as a step toward a broader regional peace. 

U.S. faces a challenge in seeking Russia partnership on Iran policy 
19 Sep 2009 - Washington abandoned a missile shield Moscow opposed, but the Kremlin has given signs of expecting U.S. policy shifts without having to make equivalent gestures. Having shifted to diplomacy to counter Iran's missile program, President Obama now faces the challenge of turning a still-suspicious Russia into a partner in efforts to contain the Islamic Republic. 

New York Times

U.N. Study Is Called Unfair to Israel
18 Sep 2009 - The report, issued by a commission led by a South African judge, said Israel had used disproportionate force in Gaza, resulting in the death of about 1,400 civilians. 

Despite Warning, Thousands Rally in Iran
18 Sep 2009 - The opposition protests were the largest in two months and came on an annual day of support for Palestinians. 

World Briefing | Middle East: Iran: A Warning for Would-Be Protesters
18 Sep 2009 - On the eve of an annual rally in honor of Palestinians, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards issued a stern warning to anyone who tried to turn the occasion into a protest against Iran’s disputed presidential election. 

Misc

Leaked UN report echoes Goldstone and says Israeli blockade is leading to the ‘de-development’ of Gaza
Mondoweiss - 18 Sep 2009 - Susan Rice may want to discount the Goldstone report because she believes " the focus should be the future ," but unfortunately many of issues that Justice Goldstone highlighted as "a crisis of human dignity" continue today. The Guardian is reporting on a leaked UN report...

Conservative rabbis call on American Jews to sing Israeli anthem in synagogues to battle Goldstone!
Mondoweiss - 18 Sep 2009 - Shalom Rav at Jewschool reports that the Rabbinical Assembly, the religious authority of the Conservative movement, has asked Jewish congregations to sing the "Hatikvah," the Israeli national anthem, at the start of the Jewish new year tonight as a means of combating the Goldstone report. From...

Goldstone went to Gaza’s Ground Zero: the police massacre
Mondoweiss - 18 Sep 2009 - One achievement of the Goldstone Mission report to the UN Human Rights Council that my country and Israel are battling is that it singles out the thunderclap that started the Gaza onslaught on the morning of December 27, 2008: when Israel hit a graduation ceremony at...

Talk to Ambassador Rice about the future
Mondoweiss - 18 Sep 2009 - Adam Horowitz said it earlier , Israel simply asked and the US delivered. " We have very serious concerns about many of the recommendations in the [Goldstone] report… We have long expressed our very serious concern with the mandate that was given by the Human Rights Council...

Marty Peretz bridles at being called ‘an elder’
Mondoweiss - 18 Sep 2009 - Susie Kneedler picked up on the amazing exchange between mean Marty Peretz and Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street on NPR the other day and filled in some other moments in their dialogue : 43:40 Host Tom Ashbrook: "Is it time for a new generational view as Jeremy?…...

Neve Gordon's Academic Freedom 
Alternative Information Center - 16 Sep 2009 - It’s not easy to find a country in the Middle East whose universities honor academic freedom as we know it in most Western countries. Syria is a police state, comparable in some ways to North Korea or Myanmar. Iran has substantially become one. Egypt’s security police...

The Goldstone Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict
Alternative Information Center - 15 Sep 2009 - Executive Summary To examine the whole report, click here . A. Introduction 1. On 3 April 2009, the President of the Human Rights Council established the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict with the mandate “to investigate all violations of international human rights law...


Articles

Electronic Intifada
Abu Wael's farm
18 Sep 2009 - In Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, farmers sow the seeds of wholesome provision, for themselves and their families and their people, and the Israeli forces destroy it. So the farmers come back to plant. And the tanks and bulldozers come back to destroy it again. And the farmers come back to plant. Marryam Haleem writes for Live from Palestine. 

Boycott movement derails Jerusalem's transit system
18 Sep 2009 - An ill-fated light railway under construction in Jerusalem was originally heralded by Israeli officials as a way to cement the city's "unification" four decades after the city's Palestinian half was illegally annexed to Israel. But the only unity generated among Jewish and Palestinian residents after four years of disruptions to the city's traffic and businesses is general agreement that the project is rapidly becoming a white elephant. Jonathan Cook reports. 

UK trade unions overwhelmingly pass boycott vote
17 Sep 2009 - In a landmark decision, Britain's trade unions have voted overwhelmingly to commit to build a mass boycott movement, disinvestment and sanctions on Israel for a negotiated settlement based on justice for Palestinians. The motion was passed at the 2009 TUC Annual Congress in Liverpool today (17 September), by unions representing 6.5 million workers across the UK. 

Gaza's water supply near collapse
17 Sep 2009 - RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) - The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned that Gaza's access to safe supply of drinking water could cease at any time. The World Health Organization (WHO) says outbreaks of disease could be triggered as a consequence. 

In Gaza
popular resistance lives on in Gaza
19 Sep 2009 - On 15 September, we join farmers and residents, including a contingent of women, youths and men, in a non-violent walk to the border region east of Beit Hanoun in the north of Gaza, singing and chanting as they march past Israeli army razed fields and destroyed water tanks and cisterns. The march is in the tradition of popular resistance in Palestine, more widely known worldwide in the villages of Bil’in and Ni’lin, but equally practised all over occupied Palestine, including Gaza, in the simplest of acts: farming and accessing land which the Israeli authorities’ policies continue to attempt to render barren and void of Palestinian life. [In the two well-known...

Palestine Chronicle
Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: From Deprivation to Violence
18 Sep 2009 - By Dalal Mawad In 1948, one hundred thousand Palestinians fled from Palestine to find refuge in Lebanon. Provisional camps were built at that time to provide them with shelter. Their number has increased over the years to more than 400 000 refugees, 53% of them living in one of twelve camps throughout the country. Today, more than half a century later, they continue to be refugees, awaiting their return while living in the most degrading and demeaning human conditions. Their appalling socio-economic conditions are not only a violation of human rights but are also a danger to Lebanon’s security and stability. Chronic health failure is reported by 19 percent of refugees in Lebanon, a rate higher than in Syria and Jordan. Palestinians rely more widely on UNRWA and NGOs for medical assistance than refugees elsewhere. But, UNRWA, the only safety net available to many refugees for baisc health care, is beset by a lack of funds and available doctors. It is estimated, that among refugees aged 15 to 24 years, more than 40 percent are unemployed. Lebanese law forbids Palestinians from working in 72 professions. These include private sector “free professions” like engineering, medicine, law and all public sector jobs. Even very low skilled jobs like garbage cleaning and guarding buildings have been added to the list of prohibitions. As for the remaining unskilled jobs, Palestinians need to obtain a work permit and very few permits have been issued. Add to that, a law ratified by the Lebanese government that...

The UN: International Law Versus the Law of the Jungle
18 Sep 2009 - By Stuart Littlewood - London Outgoing United Nations General Assembly President Miguel d'Escoto Brockman says he was obstructed by leading UN members from trying to improve the lives of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. "My greatest frustration this year has been the Palestine situation," he told the 192-nation assembly in his final address on 14 September before handing over the one-year presidency to Libyan diplomat Ali Treki. He found it "disgraceful" the way influential members of the UN Security Council had shown "passivity and apparent indifference" about the long and cruel Israeli blockade of Gaza. Fr Miguel is not your usual time-serving career diplomat. In 1961 was ordained a priest in the Catholic church. In 1962, he obtained a Master of Science degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism (Pulitzer Institute). He served for over a decade as Nicaragua’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, during which he spearheaded his Government’s claim in the International Court of Justice against the United States for supporting military and paramilitary actions against his country. The Court ruled in Nicaragua’s favour. Not only a man of words, then, but a man of action. UN’s Lack of Commitment in Resolving the Palestine Question “A Scandal” Palestinians in particular, and those concerned about foreign affairs in general, will find the unedited version of his parting speech, where it relates to the Holy Land, well worth reading: "My greatest frustration this year has been the Palestine situation. The Question of Palestine continues to be the most serious and prolonged...

Israel Stuck on Repeat
18 Sep 2009 - By James Gundun How many organizations must sound alarm before Israel gets the message? Ignoring Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International is easy, but B’Tselem and the UN too? Is it possible that all these groups are lying about the Gaza war and that Israel’s version is the truth? The human rights controversy has become a treadmill - no matter how long Israel runs it can never elude the allegations. Why doesn’t Israel realize it has more to lose by dodging than confronting the mayhem of Gaza? Why does it overlook the benefits of ending this gruesome story? The questions never end, the doubts never end. Israel can proclaim the IDF is the world’s most moral army as America nods approvingly in the background, but doing so ignores basic principles of counterinsurgency. Nobody is listening. Fundamentally Israel isn’t battling the UN or human rights groups, but the Palestinian people and Muslims at large. Israel inflicts damage upon itself in the eyes of Palestinians when it criticizes human rights groups for their bias. In fact, Israel has cut itself numerous times in Gaza, another story stuck on repeat. The UN’s investigation is the latest example. After three weeks of investigating, hundreds of interviews, and thousands of documents, a UN team headed by Richard Goldstone released its findings this week to little fanfare. The 574 page report devoted the majority of space to Israeli violations, immediately prompting condemnation from Israel and America, the only Western state to come to its rescue (another...

Israel/America: A Rambling Poem
18 Sep 2009 - By Remi Kanazi Every time I think of 9/11 I see burning flesh dripping off the bones of Iraqi children in Fallujah Now Gaza I tend to memorialize the forgotten The collateral damage eclipsing our unpunished crimes Maybe it's because I'm a numbers guy Because if I had a dollar for every time an Iraqi died since 2003 I'd be a millionaire And don't get me wrong Sometimes I don't know who I hate more The governments in the West Or the politicians in the East Who sell their souls quicker than the oil they export Straw men who use Palestine as a tool to line their pockets And don't give a nickel to their people Quisling governments Who stitch mouths shut for a check from Washington and AIPAC How can you be their prototypical anti-Semite If you are signing peace accords to oppress your own people? And then Orientalists and idiots talk about how We can't have democracy in the Middle East Because of what happened in Gaza A Hamas boogyman wrapped in democratic elections Rahm Emanuel wants to educate me and my people about democracy gone wrong Why doesn't try implementing one Israel first? Instead of bowing down to terrorists like his father and the IDF Lauding a third rate, racist, European society that's imploding quicker Than its moral standing in the world Enlightened like 1950s Afrikaners and slave traders Just because the house is beautiful Doesn't mean the bones you built it on have fully decomposed The...

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