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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
28 September, 2009

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Uruknet

Courage and resistance at Aida refugee camp [29-sep-2009 02:03 ECT]
September 28, 2009 - Feeling as insignificant as an insect, I waited while the soldier monitoring the fortified checkpoint behind the bulletproof booth inspected our passports. After a few moments of standard scrutiny, our passports were returned and we were sent on our way with a smug wave of the hand. We made our way around the twists and turns...

Gaza: Jihad and dates [29-sep-2009 01:56 ECT]
September 28, 2009 - ...The American School was flattened by F-16 bombing during Israel's massacre of Gaza. I was with medics [one of whom who was martyred on 4 January, shredded by an Israeli-shot flechette/dart bomb while he worked] who went immediately after the attack to retrieve any wounded and martyred. It was late at night and we couldn't see,...

How Does the World Protect Itself from Israel and the Scourge of Zionism? [29-sep-2009 01:52 ECT]
September 28, 2009 - There are many people, "progressive" Zionists included, who loudly object to the Occupation in the Palestinian territories, but see no problem with the continued existence of an Israel that privileges Jews over all others who happen to live there, particularly the Muslim, Christian and other non-Jewish "citizens." These people are referred to by Zionists as the "...

Israeli vigilantes target young Arab-Jewish couples [29-sep-2009 01:47 ECT]
September 28, 2009 - It's past 10pm, but work has just begun for the group of vigilantes in a small white hatchback patrolling the streets of Pisgat Ze'ev - a Jewish settlement on the outskirts of east Jerusalem. As the car crawls through the nearly empty streets, the men peer out at couples. They say they are experts at spotting...

PCHR Release "Through Women's Eyes: A PCHR Report on the Gender-Specific Impact and Consequences of Operation Cast Lead" [29-sep-2009 00:08 ECT]
September 28, 2009 - In conjunction with the presentation of the UN Fact Finding Mission's report to the Human Rights Council on 29 September, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) release "Through Women's Eyes: A PCHR Report on the Gender-Specific Impact and Consequences of Operation Cast Lead". The Israeli offensive claimed the lives of 118 women, and injured at...

Book casts new light on Palestine's ethnic cleansing [28-sep-2009 23:25 ECT]
September 28, 2009 - In recent years, a growing number of accounts of the 1948 war have corrected and exposed the founding myths of Israel, including claims by its leaders that the Palestinian people did not exist or were invented. The latest addition to this genre is independent scholar Rosemarie M. Esber's meticulously documented history Under the Cover of War:...

Palestinians seek Barak's arrest [28-sep-2009 23:18 ECT]
September 28, 2009 - A group of Palestinian families is attempting to have Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, prosecuted in Britain for alleged war crimes in the Gaza Strip, lawyers have told Al Jazeera. A lawyer working for the families will present their case at a magistrates court in London on Tuesday before British officials decide if it has...

Iran's Nuclear Theatre [28-sep-2009 22:20 ECT]
September 28, 2009 -...As for Ahmadinejad's crusade for Iran, it could be very possible that in the end, the ones who will pay for his bold declarations will be as usual, the Palestinians, who after the scourge of Israel's Operation Cast Lead nearly one year ago, still await the bare necessities to rebuild, still thirst for clean water and basic...

Long waiting list for Gaza's new amputees [28-sep-2009 21:36 ECT]
September 28, 2009 - "My life has changed," 23-year-old university student Reyad Rabi told Ma'an in Gaza last week. "They promised to find a prosthetic for me and indeed they were serious; I'm living my life normally." "The second day of the war, I was standing with my father near our house when a missile fired from a jet hit...

Video: Water convoy To villages in the south Hebron hills [28-sep-2009 21:03 ECT]
September 28, 2009 - Some 100 Israeli activists left Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to bring water to several isolated villages in the South Hebron Mount. These villages suffer more than anywhere else from Israel's racist water policy, as they lack connection to water pipes, and suffer from army attacks on what few water wells and deposits they have. Busses where...

Syria calls for Israel to join nuclear treaty [28-sep-2009 19:41 ECT]
September 28, 2009 - Israel must comply with the demands of the International Atomic Energy Agency if the Mideast is to become a region free of weapons of mass destruction, Syria's foreign minister said Monday. Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moualem echoed calls by many Arab nations during the current U.N. General Assembly session for Israel to comply with the IAEA's demand...

Report: Israel threatening to block cell provider over war crimes case [28-sep-2009 19:36 ECT]
September 28, 2009 - Israel is threatening to withhold permission for a second Palestinian cellular phone network if the Palestinian Authority (PA) does not withdraw its call for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to look into allegations of Israeli war crimes in Gaza, a leading Israeli newspaper said on Sunday. Tel Aviv-based Haaretz quoted Israeli security sources saying that the...

Ha'aretz Defense page

IAF bombs Gaza rocket launcher ready to fire
28 Sep 2009 - Gaza militants fire 3 Qassams, several mortar shells into Israel during Yom Kippur; no injuries reported. 

BACKGROUND / How big is Iran's military?
28 Sep 2009 - A breakdown of Iran's military capability, including equipment held by the Revolutionary Guards. 

EU calls Iran missile launch 'a concern'
28 Sep 2009 - White House official quoted as saying missile test a 'step forward' in Iran's capacity to deliver weapons. 

Israel demands PA drop war crimes suit at The Hague
27 Sep 2009 - Palestinian Authority called on International Court to examine IDF's January operation in Gaza. 

Iran: Attacking us will expedite Israel's last breath
27 Sep 2009 - Iran FM issues warning after country completes test-fire of missiles reportedly capable of hitting Israel. 

ANALYSIS / How many more secret nuke sites does Iran have?
26 Sep 2009 - The question is of particular interest to the military leaders weighing a military option against Iran. 

U.S. defense chief: Iran intends to develop nuclear arms
26 Sep 2009 - U.S. Defense Secretary: Second nuke site part of Iran's lies; Netanyahu urges 'crippling' sanctions on Iran. 

Ma'an News

Medics: Teens hurt by shelling in central Gaza
9/28/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Two Palestinians were reportedly injured when an Israeli artillery shell landed at a farm in the Al-Musddar neighborhood near Al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Monday morning. A Palestinian medical source at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital told Ma'an that 17-year-old Abdullah Al-Musaddar sustained light wound, and that his twin sister Abeer sustained moderate injuries. Separately, the National Resistance Committees, the armed wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, claimed responsibility for firing shells at an Israeli military jeep east of Al-Maghazi camp. [end] 

Settlers chop down Nablus olive grove on eve of harvest
9/28/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - Dozens of chainsaw-wielding Israeli settlers cut down more than 150 olive trees in to the northern West Bank village of Burin, south of Nablus on Monday. The assault came a few days before Palestinian farmers throughout the country begin harvesting their olives. According to Ghassan Daghlas, the Palestinian official in charge of monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, dozens of Israelis from the settlement Yitzhar raided fields in the area of Khallat Siwar between the villages of Huwwara and Burin and cut down more than 150 olive trees using chainsaws. Daghlas labeled the settlers' attack as "criminal act" calling on human right groups to take action to stop Israeli settlers' assaults against the Palestinians and their property. 

Settlers chop down Nablus olive grove on eve of harvest 
9/28/2009 - Nablus – Ma’an – Dozens of chainsaw-wielding Israeli settlers cut down more than 150 olive trees in to the northern West Bank village of Burin, south of Nablus on Monday. The assault came a few days before Palestinian farmers throughout the country begin harvesting their olives. According to Ghassan Daghlas, the Palestinian official in charge of monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank, dozens of Israelis from the settlement Yitzhar raided fields in the area of Khallat Siwar between the villages of Huwwara and Burin and cut down more than 150 olive trees using chainsaws. Daghlas labeled the settlers’ attack as “criminal act” calling on human right groups to take action to stop Israeli settlers’ assaults against the Palestinians and their property. 

Residents: Israeli artillery pounds northern Gaza Strip
9/28/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli forces fired artillery shells toward an agricultural area northeast of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday evening, according to witnesses and residents. Locals told Ma'an that one shell landed in a sewage reservoir in the village of Um An-Nasr, also in northern Gaza. Dr Mu'awiya Hassanein, director of ambulance and emergency services at the Gaza Health Ministry, said he was not aware of any casualties. [end] 

Israeli forces strike northern Gaza; no injuries
9/28/2009 - Gaza/Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli forces shelled the northern Gaza Strip on Monday evening, causing no casualties, according to Israeli and Palestinian officials. The Israeli military spokesperson's office said that warplanes identified and targeted a "rocket launcher" in the area. The spokesperson also said that the target was hit. No Palestinians were believed to be in the area at the time, and no casualties were reported. Muawiya Hassanein, the director of Emergency Services in the Health Ministry in Gaza, said that Israeli artillery had shelled northern Gaza, but no casualties resulted. The incident was the latest in a series of renewed cross border incidents. An Israeli airstrike that killed three Islamic Jihad fighters in northern Gaza on Friday has raised concerns that a nine-month-old ceasefire could be on the brink of collapse. 

Report: Israel threatening to block cell provider over war crimes case 
9/28/2009 - Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israel is threatening to withhold permission for a second Palestinian cellular phone network if the Palestinian Authority (PA) does not withdraw its call for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to look into allegations of Israeli war crimes in Gaza, a leading Israeli newspaper said on Sunday. Tel Aviv-based Haaretz quoted Israeli security sources saying that the PA’s appeal to the ICC in The Hague has incensed military leaders. Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi is reportedly withholding his approval for mobile provider Wataniya because of the legal petition. Israel’s armed forces killed more than 1,400 Palestinians during the three-week long offensive against the Gaza Strip last winter. Hundreds of women and children were among the dead. UN investigators, along with Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups have accused Israel of violating the laws of war during the attack. 

Long waiting list for Gaza’s new amputees
9/28/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - "My life has changed," 23-year-old university student Reyad Rabi told Ma'an in Gaza last week. "They promised to find a prosthetic for me and indeed they were serious; I'm living my life normally. ""The second day of the war, I was standing with my father near our house when a missile fired from a jet hit us," he continued. "Me, my father, and my brother were all hurt. I lost my left leg and the right one was damaged severely. " "It changed me," he added, recounting months without hope, of despair and fatigue, obsessed with what the future would hold. "I treated my wife differently, and my family, too. I watched them walking everywhere, while I was confined to a house - 24 hours a day. "Yet today Reyad can carry his boy, born after the war, and leave his home without anyone's help. Although he's still searching for a job that could accommodate his new reality as an amputee, Reyad said he considers himself lucky. 

Two aid convoys set out for Gaza
9/28/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Forty trucks loaded with medical equipment and wheelchairs left the German city of Hamburg on Sunday en route for the Gaza Strip. The convoy is expected to arrive by ship in Port Said, Egypt in the coming days. The campaign is entitled "Miles of Smiles. " A spokesperson for the International Solidarity Campaign with the Children of Gaza, Zahir Birawi said the convoy is a first batch of aid collected by European charities. A second shipment is scheduled to be sent to Port Said by the end of September. With the arrival of the second batch, the number of vehicles including ambulances donated to the Gaza Strip through this campaign will reaches about 100. European and Arab solidarity activists and notables will accompany the convoy along with representatives of the donor charities. The campaign is organized by the UK's Global Partners in Peace and Development in. . . 

Bethlehem teens hurl stones at watchtower after Al-Aqsa violence
9/28/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - In a sign of simmering resentment over Sunday's Israeli incursion at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, a small group of teenagers hurled stones at an Israeli military watchtower in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Monday. Their faces covered with scarves and tee-shirts, the teens also used an iron rod in an attempt to break a window on the massive concrete observation post along Israel's separation wall. The Israeli soldiers in the tower responded my tossing a stun grenade. After approximately 20-minutes, Palestinian Authority security forces appeared and sent the teens away. At least 40 people were injured and five arrested as fierce clashes broke out near the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday after a group of right-wing Israelis reportedly entered the compound under police watch. A major focal point of Palestinian national pride, a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2000 set off the Second Intifada. 

Israel: Three Gaza projectiles fell on Monday
9/28/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Two homemade projectiles and a mortar shell were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip on Monday, according to Israeli authorities. As reported by Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, the first two projectiles landed in the Sdot Negev Regional Council. The mortar landed in the Eshkol Regional Council. No damage or injuries were reported. Earlier, the National Resistance Committees, the armed wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, claimed responsibility for firing shells at an Israeli military jeep east of Al-Maghazi Refugee Camp. It was not clear if this was connected to the Israeli reports of shelling. According to the newspaper, a mortar shell was also fired on Sunday, also causing no damage. The Israeli military reportedly returned fire into Gaza. Earlier on Monday, two Palestinian teenagers were reported injured by shelling. . . 

A Palestinian mini-state linked to Iran strike
9/27/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israel has been holding secret meetings with Arab leaders over the past several months with the aim of establishing a miniaturized Palestinian state and in hopes of gaining Arab acquiescence in a first strike on Iran. According to Ma'an's well-placed sources, Israeli President Shimon Peres has been the "godfather" of these meetings. Their aim is to "resolve" the Palestinian issue which has dogged Israel for decades and clear the agenda for an attack on Iran. Iran is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's top priority. When he took office in March, he held a meeting with his military commanders to discuss Iran's nuclear program. Observers expected at that time that Israel was ramping up toward a first strike in autumn of 2009. On his visit to the US this past week, Iran has been Netanyahu's first talking point. 

Report: Israel threatening to block cell provider over war crimes case
9/28/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israel is threatening to withhold permission for a second Palestinian cellular phone network if the Palestinian Authority (PA) does not withdraw its call for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to look into allegations of Israeli war crimes in Gaza, a leading Israeli newspaper said on Sunday. Tel Aviv-based Haaretz quoted Israeli security sources saying that the PA's appeal to the ICC in The Hague has incensed military leaders. Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi is reportedly withholding his approval for mobile provider Wataniya because of the legal petition. Israel's armed forces killed more than 1,400 Palestinians during the three-week long offensive against the Gaza Strip last winter. Hundreds of women and children were among the dead. UN investigators, along with Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups have accused Israel of violating the laws of war during the attack. 

PA officials: Netanyahu seeking crisis in Jerusalem
9/28/2009 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Palestinian officials say they expect the current Israeli government to take the region into a period of renewed confrontation, especially in light of Sunday's violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. In conversations with Ma'an, officials recalled that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was also prime minister in 1996 when Israel's construction of the Western Wall tunnels sparked an uprising that claimed the lives of 70 Palestinians and 17 Israeli soldiers. Sunday's clashes began when Israeli settlers, backed by police, entered the Al-Aqsa compound. Israeli riot police dispersed crowds of stone-throwing demonstrators with stun grenades and batons. Dozens were wounded. Fundamentally, Palestinian leaders believe that with Netanyahu and his Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, they are facing two politicians who believe they can benefit from renewed. . . 

PA cabinet slams Israel over Al-Aqsa violence
9/28/2009 - Ramallah - Ma'an - The Fatah-backed Palestinian Authority in Ramallah has condemned Sunday's Israeli infringement on the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem and hailed Palestinians who rushed to defend the holy site. In a statement issued on Monday evening, the cabinet of caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad also urged Arab and Muslim countries to mobilize in defense of Al-Aqsa. The government "congratulated the Palestinian masses when they rushed to defend Al-Aqsa Mosque and foiled the attempt of settlers and extremists to storm the Mosque. " The Council of Ministers of the government also denounced the Israeli police for entering the courtyard of the mosque and "attacking worshippers," injuring some of them. The cabinet said that the incursion was linked to Israeli plans to expand settlements around Jerusalem and confiscate more Palestinian land, consolidating their. . . 

Haniyeh: PA should stop stifling resistance
9/28/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - In light of Sunday's incident at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, de facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Monday urged the Palestinian Authority to allow West Bank residents to resume attacks on Israel. He said the PA should "lift its heavy hand on the Palestinian people in the West Bank, so they can do what is necessary for the Al-Aqsa Mosque and obstruct Israel's plans to cleans Jerusalem of its Palestinian, Arab and Islamic origins. " At least 40 people were injured and five arrested as fierce clashes broke out near the Old City-area mosque on Sunday after a group of right-wing Israelis reportedly entered the compound under police watch. In remarks after meeting with the families of three Islamic Jihad fighters killed in an airstrike on Friday night, Haniyeh said recent Israeli "escalations" would not "lead us to abandon the rights of the Palestinian people, break their. . . 

Hebron police destroy 100 unlicensed cars
9/28/2009 - Hebron - Ma'an - Palestinian Authority (PA) police in the West Bank town of Halul said they disposed of 100 unlicensed cars over the past two days. The cars included Israeli-licensed vehicles that were stolen or imported illegally across the Green Line, and Palestinian-plated cars that were not properly tested and licensed by the PA. Hebron Police Chief Ramadan Awad said, "Police launched a campaign to bring to an end the phenomenon of unlicensed cars which endanger lives of Palestinian citizens in the streets. The campaign will cover all of Hebron district. " The campaign came after 24 people were killed in car accidents in Hebron district in 2009. Awad warned Palestinians against driving or buying unlicensed cars which he called "death vehicles" urging citizens to inform police whenever they know about such cars. 

Mash’al: Egypt wants unity deal signed in October
9/28/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Hamas' senior-most political leader Khalid Mash'al sounded a hopeful note on Palestinian unity on Monday, saying that Egypt aims to seal a deal next month. Mash'al said that Egyptian mediators are inviting all the political factions to a summit where they hope a unity agreement will be signed. Mash'al, who lives in exile in Damascus, was speaking at a Cairo news conference after meeting with Egyptian Intelligence Chief Omar Sulaiman. "It was an extremely positive meeting and we discussed various and basic aspects regarding reconciliation," Mesh'al said of the talks. "We tackled many issues pertaining to this proposal and we think this proposal is a good basis to achieve Palestinian reconciliation. " "We extend our hands to our Fatah brothers and all the factions for reconciliation," he was also quoted as saying. 

’Amreeka’ thrills audience at Canada premiere
9/28/2009 - Toronto - Ma'an - Nearly 1,000 people turned up in Toronto on Saturday for Canada's first showing of the internationally acclaimed drama-comedy Amreeka, which was written and directed by Palestinian-American Cherien Dabis. The film chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the occupied West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in small-town America. As Fadi navigates high school hallways the way he used to move through military checkpoints, Muna scrambles together a new life cooking up falafel burgers as well as hamburgers at the local White Castle. On Saturday, Amreeka's sold-out premiere opened the second annual Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF) at the city's Bloor Cinema. Invited guests celebrated the opening at a gala reception held at the local Butler's Pantry after the film. 

MoH reports 16 new H1N1 cases in Hebron and Nablus
9/28/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - Sixteen new cases of swine flu were diagnosed in the West Bank in recent days, according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Health on Monday. Dr. As'ad Ar-Ramlawi, director of the ministry's healthcare department, reported nine newly discovered cases in Nablus, as well as three more in the northern Aseera village. In Hebron, six Palestinian students were recently infected through normal human-to-human contact, he added. Ar-Ramlawi said the total number of H1N1 cases in the West Bank had reached 238 by Monday. [end] 

PSE stocks rise for a second day: Al-Quds Index up 0.05%
9/28/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Stocks rose for a second day on the Palestine Securities Exchange in the West Bank city of Nablus on Monday, with the Al-Quds Index closing at 504. 68, an increase of 0. 25 points (0. 05%). Trading Volume for Monday was 1,686,729 shares, a total value of 2,151,165. 82 US dollars over the course of 645 trades. The shares of 27 companies were traded. The shares prices of 19 companies rose, while those of five declined. The top five gainers were PIBC by (5. 00%), GMC by (4. 94%), UCI by (4. 84%), AHC by (4. 76%), and WASSEL by (4. 76%). The top five losers were PIIC by (2. 86%), PCB by (1. 28%), BPC by (1. 07%), BOP by (0. 53%), and PALTEL by (0. 19%). [end] 

The National

Way paved for new cabinet in Lebanon
28 Sep 2009 - The thawing of relations between Syria and Saudi Arabia is expected to help Lebanon's prime minister-designate, Saad Hariri, form a unity government, more than three months after general elections.

Gaza peace protester is imprisoned in own home
27 Sep 2009 - Dozens of Arab political activists living in Israel have faced long-term detention by police since the winter assault in Gaza.

Police contain riot at sensitive Jerusalem holy site
27 Sep 2009 - Israeli police fired stun grenades to disperse 150 Palestinians who hurled stones at Jewish worshipers visiting Temple Mount.

Aljazeera

Iran tests long-range missiles
28 Sep 2009 - Western nations and Russia voice concern after Tehran fires two missiles with 2,000km range.

Hamas chief praises unity proposal
28 Sep 2009 - Khaled Meshaal says Egyptian proposal on reconciliation with Fatah is positive step.

Palestinians seek Barak's arrest
28 Sep 2009 - British court to hear plea for Israeli defence minister to be held on war crimes charges.

Arab officials condemn Aqsa raid
28 Sep 2009 - Israel comes in for criticism for failing to prevent Jewish settler entry to mosque.

Alternative Information Center

A Water Convoy Breaking the Blockade in, Jinbah, South Mount Hebron
28 Sep 2009 - Water—or rather the denial of water—is a potent weapon. Here in the south Hebron hills, a harsh, arid land of rock and thorn and sand, it may be the most potent of all. Without water no...

Palestine News Network

Four films reflect the realities of Palestinian women: documentary screening in Ramallah
28 Sep 2009 - Ramallah / PNN – Four Palestinian documentaries are screening in Ramallah early next month. Produced in collaboration with the European Union, the films were translated into English and reflect the reality of Palestinian women. The documentaries vary in content and in artistic vision and method. The director of the Screens project said that the women’s films were done with a high level of...

Ecumenical prayer service for Jerusalem held at St. Stephen's
27 Sep 2009 - Jerusalem - An ecumenical prayer service for Jerusalem was held at St. Stephen's Dominican Cathedral on Nablus Road on Thursday, 24 September. The service was held in response to rising tensions stemming from Israeli policies towards Palestinian residents of the city. The event was hosted by Sabeel, a Palestinian Christian organization that is dedicated to the concept of Liberation Theology. Representatives from...

Gaza Development Authority: a New Deal model for the Middle East
27 Sep 2009 - UN / Rene Wadlow - It is difficult to predict the political future of Gaza both in terms of relations between Hamas and Fateh as well as the future relations with Israel and Egypt. What is certain is the Israel-Gaza conflict and the long embargos have crippled and in some cases destroyed the manufacturing and agricultural sectors of the Gaza Strip where some...

Urgent meeting of Islamic Conference to protect Mosque, PA official banned from Old City
27 Sep 2009 - Jerusalem / PNN - The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, the Imam of Al Aqsa Mosque, said tonight that the Organization of the Islamic Conference is holding an urgent meeting to discuss ways to protect Palestinian holy sites. He said this is particularly crucial in light of the silence of the international community toward practices such as those today and other...

Reactions from Palestinians in the Knesset after Israelis attack Al Aqsa: planned provocation
27 Sep 2009 - Jerusalem / PNN – Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset Masoud Ghanayem described Sunday’s attack on Al Aqsa Mosque as a declaration of war against all Arabs and Muslims in the world. The MK of the United Arab List said, “What happened today on the eve of Yom Kippur is only evidence of police collusion with these extremist groups.”He described the current climate...

Extremists have attempted for weeks to storm Al Aqsa
27 Sep 2009 - Jerusalem / Maisa Abu Ghazaleh for PNN – As attacks continued inside the Al Aqsa Mosque courtyards today, sporadic clashes went on at the outer gates. Dozens of people were injured by gas, bullets and beatings while others were arrested.At the Bab Hatta gate just after noon prayers a number of young people were arrested by an Israeli undercover unit there. All Muslims...

Injuries inside Al Aqsa Mosque as Israeli forces fire gas and bullets, beat medics
27 Sep 2009 - Jerusalem / Maisa Abu Ghazaleh for PNN – In a scene reminiscent of actions that sparked the second Intifada, Israeli forces stormed Al Aqsa Mosque today. Dubbed the Al Aqsa Intifada, that which began in September 2000 when Ariel Sharon entered the Mosque courtyards with a contingent of heavily armed soldiers, a version of the nine year old assault was played out in...

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: A Good Time Not to Make Peace 
JERUSALEM, Sep 27 (IPS) - Most analysts agree that the past week of Middle East diplomacy has actually set back the cause of peacemaking. If they are right that the intensive U.S.-led effort has actually diminished prospects for a breakthrough towards Palestinian-Israel peace, who is to blame?

Stop The Wall

Free Mohammad Othman Now!
24 Sep 2009 - On September 22, Mohammad Othman was arrested by soldiers on the Allenby Bridge Crossing, the border from Jordan to Palestine. He is now being held in Huwara prison as a prisoner of conscience, arrested solely for his human rights work. We call on international solidarity and human rights organizations to act immediately to advocate for the release of Mohammad Othman. See: 

Ni’lin village demands release of Mohammad Othman during Friday demonstration
26 Sep 2009 - This week in Ni'lin, several hundred demonstrators marched to the Wall where they were met with tear gas as well as rubber and live bullets. Youth carried pictures of Mohammed Othman, arrested last Tuesday, demanding his release. Three people were arrested near the end of the demonstration. [

PCHR Latest

PCHR Condemns Israel's Granting of Permission for Settlers to Enter al-Aqsa Mosque and Use of Excessive Force against Palestinian Civilians
PCHR

PCHR Weekly Report

(10- 16 Sep. 2009), information on boycott, divestment and sanctions
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.

International Solidarity Movement

Mount Hebron: Leftists bring Palestinians water
9/28/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - YNet News - Activists of several left-wing organizations transferred water to Palestinians in the South Mount Hebron area on Saturday. They also tried clearing ways in order to access the Palestinian villages. One of the activists, Yaakov Manor, told Ynet about the area's water problem. "We left from several places on two buses and private vehicles. In South Mount Hebron there are villages in which some of the residents live in caves or temporary buildings. " According to Manor, "They collect the rain water, but it is only enough for a short period of time. In recent years there has not been sufficient rain and they have been forced to settle for water from the Hebron area. "They bring water from afar, and it is expensive - NIS 50 (about $ 13) per gallon, while Mekorot in Israel charges about NIS 4 ($1). "This Palestinian population lives in grave conditions. 

CODEPINK women for peace & the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement
9/28/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Code Pink, 23 September 2009 - The Israeli assault on Gaza at the end of December 2008 and into January 2009 was a tipping point for many with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For CODEPINK it no longer felt possible to sit on the sidelines and do nothing while white phosphorous bombs rained down on the people of Gaza "” bombs paid for by American tax dollars. CODEPINK led several humanitarian delegations to Gaza, in March and June of 2009, where we witnessed the devastating wake of Operation Cast Lead, and saw the debilitating effects of a two-year blockade on the people of the Gaza Strip. We also went to Israel where we met with Palestinians and Israelis who were working for a just peace for both their peoples, and who invited us to join their struggle. Decades of a so-called "peace process" have only resulted in further dispossession and oppression of Palestinians, both inside 

PCHR report on the gender-specific impact and consequences of Operation Cast Lead
9/28/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) - In conjunction with the presentation of the UN Fact Finding Mission's report to the Human Rights Council on 29 September, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) release "Through Women's Eyes: A PCHR Report on the Gender-Specific Impact and Consequences of Operation Cast Lead". The Israeli offensive claimed the lives of 118 women, and injured at least 825 more. However, although the numbers of victims and casualties illustrate the appalling human toll of this conflict, the true extent of the suffering lies in the day-to-day reality of life in the Gaza Strip following Operation Cast Lead, as civilians struggle to rebuild their lives, come to terms with their loss, and restore some semblance of human dignityPCHR has released "˜Through Women's Eyes' in order to highlight the gender-specific impact of Operation Cast Lead and the illegal Israeli closure. 

Israel demands PA drop war crimes suit at The Hague
9/28/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Ha'aretz, 27 September 2009 - Tensions are mounting between Israel and the Palestinian Authority following Ramallah's call on the International Court at The Hague to examine claims of "war crimes" that the IDF allegedly committed during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. The issue is already weighing in on the relations between the leadership of Israel's defense and security establishment with their counterparts in the West Bank, and is part of a growing list of Israeli complaints about the behavior of PA officials. Meanwhile, Israel has warned the Palestinian Authority that it would condition permission for a second cellular telephone provider to operate in the West Bank – an economic issue of critical importance to the PA leadership – on the Palestinians withdrawing their request at the International Court. 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Sources: PM's claims of Swedish-Hamas contacts based on incorrect information 
28 Sep 2009 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Sweden a few weeks ago of attempting to create contacts with Hamas. Apparently Netanyahu based his claims on incorrect information. ... 

ANALYSIS / Why is Israel suddenly praising Iran sanctions?
28 Sep 2009 - Just before Iran and the international community begin talks on Iran's nuclear program, Israel is sending out messages of measured and cautions optimism. Israeli official are praising the proposed sanctions against Iran to journalists, explaining that a stiff cost could prompt the Iranians to rethink their actions, especially in light of the domestic troubles the regime of ayatollahs has faced over the past few months. ... 

Iran missile test comes two days before 'last chance' UN talks 
28 Sep 2009 - Two days before the opening of talks between Iranian and U.S. officials, the Islamic Republic went ahead with a test launch of long-range missiles capable of reaching Israel. ... 

Israel envoys head to U.S. for talks on relaunching peace process
27 Sep 2009 - Israel and the U.S. will continue their talks in Washington on Wednesday on bridging the open issues between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that are delaying the relaunching of peace negotiations. ...

Hamas agrees in principle to reconcile with Fatah
27 Sep 2009 - Hamas' Damascus-based political leader Khaled Meshal said Monday that the militant group has agreed in principle to a proposal for reconciling with its rivals in the Fatah movement in a deal that would clear the way for new presidential and parliamentary elections. ...

The Guardian

Letters: Nuclear nightmare in the Middle East
28 Sep 2009 - Your editorial ( Time to come clean , 26 September) states "Iran's cat-and-mouse game with nuclear inspectors hands a propaganda victory on a plate to Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli premier who has made little secret of his air...

William Safire Obituary
28 Sep 2009 - US conservative political pundit known for his New York Times column on how the English language is used William Safire, who has died aged 79 of pancreatic cancer, went from being the public relations man who...

Iran test-fires long-range missiles – then warns Israel
28 Sep 2009 - Show of defiance comes days before key talks in Geneva on Tehran's uranium enrichment programme Iran has warned Israel not to dare attack it after Tehran defiantly test-fired long-range missiles capable of hitting targets across the...

The Iran situation | Michael Tomasky
28 Sep 2009 - What's the view of the Iranian missile tests from Washington? Still shaking out, but it seems likely that the "purely coincidental" timing of the tests is designed in some way to rally Arab-world public opinion -...

Bill Speirs Obituary
27 Sep 2009 - Scottish TUC general secretary and key figure on the left Bill Speirs, who has died at the age of 57 after a long illness, was an able and articulate trade union leader who served as general...

Real reform in Israel is a distant prospect | Ben White
27 Sep 2009 - Netanyahu ploughed through opposition to get land reforms passed, but they have serious consequences for Palestinians Once again, issues like the settlement "freeze" are dominating the official peace process, ignoring not only core questions like Israel's "...

Ha'aretz National page

2,200 people require medical treatment during Yom Kippur
27 Sep 2009 - Magen David Adom emergency medical service treated 2,200 people during the course of Yom Kippur, which ended Monday evening. No extraordinary events were reported, but emergency medical personnel were kept busy with various injuries throughout the 25-hour holy day. ...

IN PICTURES / The empty streets of Israel on Yom Kippur
27 Sep 2009 - The start of the Jewish Day of Atonement at sundown Sunday marked the beginning of a day like no other in Israel, on which even Israelis with no connection to religion tend to put their normal lives on hold. ...

Israel comes to a halt for Yom Kippur
27 Sep 2009 - The start of the Jewish Day of Atonement at sundown Sunday marked the beginning of a day like no other in Israel, on which even Israelis with no connection to religion tend to put their normal lives on hold. ...

Erekat: Israel deliberately escalating tensions in Jerusalem 
26 Sep 2009 - Palestinian leaders warned Israel on Sunday not to stoke tension in Jerusalem in the hope of thwarting peace talks, after clashes at a sacred site in which Palestinians and Israeli police were injured. ...

Anti-Semitism may be spurring wave of aliyah from Sweden
26 Sep 2009 - 2009 may prove to be a peak year for immigration from Sweden, according to Jewish and Christian Zionist officials involved in facilitating this immigration, which they say may be connected with anti-Semitism and Israel-hatred in Sweden. ...

Relief Web

Les femmes, la paix et la sécurité : rapport du Secrétaire général (S/2009/465)
28 Sep 2009 - Source: UN Security Council

Press conference by Secretary-General of Organization of Islamic Conference
28 Sep 2009 - Source: UN Department of Public Information

Women and peace and security: Report of the Secretary-General (S/2009/465)
28 Sep 2009 - Source: UN Security Council

OPT: Medical referrals abroad from Gaza
28 Sep 2009 - Source: Médecins du Monde

PCHR condemns Israel's granting of permission for settlers to enter al-Aqsa mosque and use of excessive force against Palestinian civilians
28 Sep 2009 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Explosive violence: The problem of explosive weapons
28 Sep 2009 - Source: Landmine Action, Medact

YNet News

Hamas agrees in principle to reconcile with Fatah 
28 Sep 2009 - Longtime Egyptian effort to see rival Palestinian faction bury the hatchet reportedly successful as Islamist group's chief says treaty may be possible during October 

Syria calls for Israel to join nuclear treaty
28 Sep 2009 - FM Moallem says Jerusalem must comply with IAEA demand to submit nuclear sites to agency's safeguard 

Arabs riot in east Jerusalem on Yom Kippur
28 Sep 2009 - Riots that erupted at Temple Mount spread to Old City neighborhood of Isawiya, where locals throw firebombs, set trees on fire. 'It sounded like war,' Jewish resident of nearby neighborhood says 

Palestinians warn Israel after Jerusalem clash 
28 Sep 2009 - Chief Palestinian negotiator Erekat says incident at Temple Mount on eve of Yom Kippur redolent of former PM Sharon's visit to site in 2000, which sparked second intifada; 'providing police escort for settlers who are against peace at all costs not act of someone who is committed to peace,' he says 

IAF strikes Gaza rocket launcher
28 Sep 2009 - Fire-ready rocket launcher targeted after Eshkol, Sdot Negev regional councils hit by rocket fire emanating from northern Gaza 

Iran tests most advanced missiles
28 Sep 2009 - Fars news agency reports Revolutionary Guard successfully tests upgraded versions of Shahab-3, Sajjil missiles, both capable of reaching Israel and US bases in Mideast. Defense Minister Vahidi says Israeli attack will 'expedite Zionist regime's last breath.' UK: This sends wrong signal to international community at a time when Iran is due to meet six world powers 

Daily Star

French PM urges speedy salve in cabinet quandary 
28 Sep 2009

Sfeir prays for blessings in Lebanon 
28 Sep 2009

Anger in Lebanon over Israel's actions at Al-Aqsa mosque 
28 Sep 2009

Iran flexes muscles ahead of talks with major powers 
28 Sep 2009

Syria calls for Israel to join nuclear treaty 
28 Sep 2009

Jerusalem calm after flashpoint clashes 
28 Sep 2009

Clinton hails Turkey, Armenia steps toward normalizing relations 
28 Sep 2009

Settlers: a Jewish minority in Palestine? 
28 Sep 2009

Breaking apart: Hamas and Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood 
28 Sep 2009

Palestinian Information Center

Haneyya urges King of Morocco to call for urgent meeting on Aqsa
28 Sep 2009 - Premier Ismail Haneyya asked Al-Quds committee of the organization of the Islamic conference chaired by the King of Morocco to call for an urgent meeting on the Aqsa Mosque.

Qassem: Israeli attacks on Aqsa are gradual to avoid strong reaction
28 Sep 2009 - Dr. Abdelsattar Qassem said Monday that Israel carries out its attack on the Aqsa Mosque gradually so as to avoid any overwhelming popular explosion in the Arab and Muslim worlds.

Zahhar: Hamas's positive response to Egyptian proposal not a concession
28 Sep 2009 - Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahhar, the political bureau member of Hamas, has said that his Movement would positively respond to the Egyptian proposal on ending the internal Palestinian rift.

Haneyya: Israel uses negotiations as a cover-up for its crimes
28 Sep 2009 - Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya stated Sunday that the Israeli occupation uses political meetings and secret negotiations as a cover-up for its crimes in Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank.

Hezbollah slams attacks on Aqsa as affront to Muslim nation
28 Sep 2009 - Hezbollah in Lebanon condemned the vicious attack carried out by Israeli settlers and troops on the Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning as a big insult to the Arab and Muslim nations.

Raed Salah lashes out at PA for failing to protect Aqsa
28 Sep 2009 - Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Palestine occupied in 1948, has held the Palestinian Authority responsible for failing to protect the Aqsa Mosque.

IOF shelling wounds twins in central Gaza
28 Sep 2009 - A Palestinian teen and his twin sister were wounded on Monday when an Israeli army shell slammed into a field where they were working east of Maghazi refugee in central Gaza Strip.

Masri: Any Israeli harm inflicted on Aqsa will ignite fierce resistance
28 Sep 2009 - Senior Hamas official and lawmaker Mushir Al-Masri stated Sunday that any harm inflicted on the Aqsa Mosque would trigger unprecedented fierce resistance.

Archbishop Hanna: Today the Aqsa and tomorrow the Holy Sepulcher
28 Sep 2009 - Attala Hanna, the Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, has warned that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) would not spare Christian holy shrines.

Arab League asks UNSC to immediately intervene to halt attack on Aqsa
28 Sep 2009 - The Arab League strongly condemned the "barbaric attack" on the Aqsa Mosque and asked the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary General to immediately intervene to halt such "serious violations".

Los Angeles Times

Israeli riot police, Palestinians clash at holy site 
28 Sep 2009 - Palestinian protesters attempt to stop a Jewish prayer event outside the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City, where such events are normally banned. Israeli riot police entered the grounds of Islam's third-holiest shrine Sunday and fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse rock-throwing Palestinians who had gathered to prevent Jews from praying at the contested site in Jerusalem's Old City. 

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says severe sanctions on Iran could work 
28 Sep 2009 - Gates says additional sanctions may force an economically squeezed Iran to change its nuclear policy. He questions the value of military strikes. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Sunday that the severe sanctions the West is threatening against Iran could force a change in the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions, especially since the country is already under severe economic distress. 

Disclosure of nuclear plant adds to Iran rift 
27 Sep 2009 - Iranians have always rallied around their country's nuclear ambitions, but it's unclear whether they will support President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei this time. The international pressure and diplomatic embarrassment facing Iran after the secret of its second nuclear plant was revealed by the U.S. two days ago are deepening the rancor between the country's opposition movement and those loyal to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. 

U.S., allies to press Iran for free access to facility 
27 Sep 2009 - No deadline has been set but Tehran would probably have to comply within weeks, an American official says. The U.S. and its allies plan to demand that Iran provide "unfettered access" to scientists and information regarding an underground uranium enrichment plant suspected of being part of a secret nuclear weapons program, an Obama administration official said Saturday. 

New York Times

Iran Conducts New Tests of Mid-Range Missiles
28 Sep 2009 - It was not the first such test conducted by Iran, but it came at a time of high tension over Tehran’s nuclear program. 

News Analysis: Warmer U.S.-Russia Relations May Yield Little in Action Toward Iran
27 Sep 2009 - Russia, a neighbor of Iran, is far more intertwined with it geopolitically than any other world power, and has more concerns about upsetting relations. 

Palestinians and Israelis Clash at Jerusalem Holy Site
27 Sep 2009 - Palestinians and Israeli police fought after Muslim worshippers threw stones at a group of foreign tourists, apparently mistaking them for Jewish activists. 

U.S. Is Seeking a Range of Sanctions Against Iran
27 Sep 2009 - The sanctions could include a cutoff of investments to the Iranian oil-and-gas industry and restrictions on many more banks than those currently blacklisted. 

Misc

Grossman Confirmed as FBI Target in Espionage Investigations 
9/27/2009 - 123 Real Change - Former FBI Official Confirms Buried Espionage & Corruption Cases - John M. Cole, a former FBI Counterintelligence and Counterespionage Manager, has publicly confirmed FBI’s decade long investigation of the former State Department Official [Marc Grossman]. According to Cole, as in over one hundred cases involving Israeli espionage activities within the US government, this case too has been covered up and buried despite mountains of evidence collected. Here is the public response from John Cole after the publication of The American Conservative magazine’s cover story: "I read the recent cover story by The American Conservative magazine. I applaud their courage in publishing this significant interview. I am fully aware of the FBI's decade-long investigation of the High-level State Department Official named in this article [Marc Grossman], which ultimately was buried and covered up. 

Palestinians prepare to receive Gaza Freedom March 
9/26/2009 - The Palestine Telegraph - September 26, 2009, (Pal Telegraph)-The Palestinian NGO Network prepares alongside Palestinians organizations to receive and welcome the GAZA FREEDOM MARCH in 27 of Dec 2009. These preparations have been being prepared in coordination with international coalition to break the illegal siege. The network mentioned that the FREEDOM MARCH will include hundreds of international dignitaries and human right activists who will come to Gaza to express comprehensive solidarity with 1. 5 million Gazans living under the drastic siege. The march will be receiving from Palestinian crowd who have been negatively affected from the siege for instance workers, patients, students and other people who prevented access abroad. It is reported that the main goal of the March is to insist on the Palestinian rights to live decent life and to regain their freedom of movement and access for medication as well as 

Intelligence Agencies Say No New Nukes in Iran 
9/16/2009 - Newsweek - 12 days ago: Secret updates to White House challenge European and Israeli assessments. - The U. S. intelligence community is reporting to the White House that Iran has not restarted its nuclear-weapons development program, two counterproliferation officials tell NEWSWEEK. U. S. agencies had previously said that Tehran halted the program in 2003. The officials, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information, said that U. S. intelligence agencies have informed policymakers at the White House and other agencies that the status of Iranian work on development and production of a nuclear bomb has not changed since the formal National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran's "Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities" in November 2007. Public portions of that report stated that U. S. intelligence agencies had "high confidence" that, as of early 2003, Iranian military units were pursuing development 

Jerusalem tense after Al-Aqsa clashes 
9/27/2009 - Yahoo! News - JERUSALEM (AFP) – Tensions ran high after clashes erupted in Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday at Al-Aqsa mosque compound, a site revered by Muslims and Jews that has been a major faultline in the Middle East conflict. Palestinian youths hurled rocks at Israeli police, who were deployed throughout the winding narrow streets of the Old City, and police retaliated with stun grenades, witnesses said. Police said 17 security force members were wounded in the clashes and 11 people arrested. Witnesses reported seeing around a dozen wounded Palestinians. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said Israel was deliberately raising tensions "at a time when President (Barack) Obama is trying to bridge the divide between Palestinians and Israelis, and to get negotiations back on track. " "Providing a police escort for settlers who are against peace at all costs, and whose presence is deliberately designed 

Palestinians warn Israel after Jerusalem clash 
9/27/2009 - Yahoo! News - JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinian leaders warned Israel Sunday not to stoke tension in Jerusalem in the hope of thwarting peace talks, after clashes at a sacred site in which Palestinians and Israeli police were injured. " At a time when (U. S. ) President (Barack) Obama is trying to bridge the divide between Palestinians and Israelis, and to get negotiations back on track, Israel is deliberately escalating tensions in Jerusalem," chief peace negotiator Saeb Erakat said. " We've seen this before, and we know what the consequences are," the Palestinian minister added, in a statement that recalled the visit of then Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon to the site in Jerusalem's Old City in 2000. Sharon's presence at al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, triggered the second Palestinian uprising and dealt the biggest setback to peace efforts in years. 

Israel pushes for ’crippling sanctions’ against Iran 
9/28/2009 - The National - Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu issued an appeal to US political leaders in telephone conversations over the weekend calling on the congressional leadership to impose "crippling sanctions" on Iran in an effort to halt its nuclear programme. " Senior Israeli officials said that the exposure of the enrichment facility near Qom by the US was done in coordination with Israel. 'All the events of the past week came as no surprise to us,' one senior official said. US officials last week informed National Security Advisor Uzi Arad and Netanyahu about the letter that Iran had sent to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in which it informed the agency of the new enrichment facility," the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported. " The Israeli intelligence community first learned of the Qom facility for enrichment of uranium several years ago. 

Iran is now Israel’s top priority 
9/28/2009 - The National - The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is reported to spend most of his day calling US Congress members to rail against Iran, wrote Mazen Hammad in an opinion article run by the Qatari daily Al Watan. He has been doing so since the announcement by Tehran that a second nuclear reactor was under construction near the city of Qom, noted the columnist. “If we don’t move now, when should we then? ” the Israeli prime minister has asked every one congressman he has called, urging them to exert more pressure on the White House to obtain a harsher position toward the Iranian nuclear issue. He also openly told his interlocutors that he wished the US reaction to the Iranian announcement would include a green light for the use of military force against Tehran’s nuclear facilities, in addition to paralysing sanctions. According to intelligence reports, added the columnist, Israel has known about this second Iranian nuclear plant since 2006, when the construction work on the facility was launched. 

Russia calls for restraint over Iran 
9/28/2009 - The National - Moscow urged restraint from the international community yesterday after a series of missile drills by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and said “impartial analysis” was needed of the new uranium enrichment plant before any steps are taken against the Islamic republic. France called on Tehran to immediately stop “deeply destabilising activities”. Britain condemned the missile tests as “reprehensible”, but said they should not distract attention from nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers on Thursday. Moscow rushed to calm tempers. “Common sense, not emotion, should prevail now,” a Russian foreign ministry source told the Interfax news agency. The statement follows comments last week by the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, that Moscow might support new sanctions against Iran that have set nerves jangling in Tehran before talks on the nuclear dispute. 

Way paved for new cabinet in Lebanon 
9/29/2009 - The National - BEIRUT // The thawing of relations between Syria and Saudi Arabia are expected to help Lebanon’s prime minister-designate, Saad Hariri, form a unity government, more than three months after general elections. Mr Hariri has launched two rounds of negotiations with parties overallocation of ministerial portfolios since his Saudi-backed March 14 coalition won June’s elections. He resigned the post of prime minister earlier this month after failing to secure an agreement with the opposition, led by the Syria-backed militant group Hizbollah. However, an unexpected meeting in Riyadh last week between Bashar Assad, the Syrian president, and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was expected to smooth the way for forming a new cabinet, considered essential to governing Lebanon’s many fractious political and sectarian parties. “If the Saudis responded to the Syrian initiative and King Abdullah decided 

MI6: Saudis Will Let Israel Bomb Iran Nuclear Site 
9/27/2009 - Antiwar.com - British Paper Cites MI6 Chief's Mossad Meeting - Citing a meeting between MI6 chief Sir John Scarlett and Mossad chief Meir Dagan, British newspaper The Daily Express is claiming that Saudi Arabia is “ready to allow Israel to bomb Iran’s new nuclear site. ”The story hasn’t been confirmed any place else but provides yet another speculation that Israeli forces may be poised to launch a military strike against Iran. It had previously been rumored in July that the Saudi government had approved the use of its airspace for an attack, though the Israeli government eventually denied it. Israel and Saudi Arabia have no diplomatic relations. The new site, which was revealed to be in construction last week by the Iranian government, is much smaller than the existing Natanz enrichment facility, but is expected to use more efficient, modern technology. It is reportedly under a mountain near the city of Qom, one of the holiest cities in Shi’ite Islam, and an attack by Israel near the city would almost certainly provoke outrage. 

Erekat: Israel deliberately escalating tensions in Jerusalem 
9/27/2009 - Ha'aretz - Palestinian leaders warned Israel on Sunday not to stoke tension in Jerusalem in the hope of thwarting peace talks, after clashes at a sacred site in which Palestinians and Israeli police were injured. " At a time when [U. S. ] President [Barack] Obama is trying to bridge the divide between Palestinians and Israelis, and to get negotiations back on track, Israel is deliberately escalating tensions in Jerusalem," chief Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erakat said Sunday evening. " We've seen this before, and we know what the consequences are," the Palestinian minister added, in a statement that recalled the visit of then Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon to the site in Jerusalem's Old City in 2000. Sharon's presence at al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, triggered the second Palestinian uprising (intifada) and dealt the biggest setback to peace efforts in years. 

Israel demands PA drop war crimes suit at The Hague
9/29/2009 - Ha'aretz - Tensions are mounting between Israel and the Palestinian Authority following Ramallah's call on the International Court at The Hague to examine claims of "war crimes" that the IDF allegedly committed during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. The issue is already weighing in on the relations between the leadership of Israel's defense and security establishment with their counterparts in the West Bank, and is part of a growing list of Israeli complaints about the behavior of PA officials. Meanwhile, Israel has warned the Palestinian Authority that it would condition permission for a second cellular telephone provider to operate in the West Bank - an economic issue of critical importance to the PA leadership - on the Palestinians withdrawing their request at the International Court. 

The Media: Israel and Nuclear Weapons 
9/28/2009 - Daily Kos - Sode's Diary - For the past four days we all have been bombarded by the media about Iran and secret nuclear facility in Qom. It is quite surprising to me that nearly all the Main Stream Media have been on the bandwagon on Iran and nuclear weapons. Not one media person had shown their independent thinking or having the guts to ask about the nuclear program in Israel. We know that Israel has nuclear weapons but they are not informing us about the nuclear weapons in Israel. How do we look to the outside world? As someone who is against nuclear weapons and supports a nuclear weapon free world. Why is it that Iran is the country that we are picking on? Some questions for the so called experts and journalists:Why is Iran in violation and not Israel? If Iran is in violation then Israel has been in violation for a long time. 

On Yom Kippur 
9/28/2009 - Mondoweiss - Adam Horowitz - As we approach Yom Kippur, I call on America’s Jews to examine the Goldstone findings, and consider their implications. In the spirit of the season, we must consider the painful truth of Israel’s behavior in Gaza, and understand that we must work, together, to discover the truth — and then urge on all relevant parties in the search for peace. Every Yom Kippur, we read the words of the prophet Isaiah: "Is such the fast I desire, a day for people to starve their bodies? … No, this is the fast I desire: To unlock the fetters of wickedness and untie the cords of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free. "Let this be the Yom Kippur on which American Jews choose not just to starve their bodies, but also to unlock the fetters and untie the cords — let this be the Yom Kippur on which we act on the Scriptural imperative to "seek peace and pursue it," by calling ourselves and Israel to account. 


Articles

A call for moral accounting 
Rabbi Brant Rosen, Ma’an News Agency 9/28/2009
      On Sunday night, the Jewish community began our annual Yom Kippur fast. 
     The physical deprivation is a crucial element of the day, but as with many faith traditions, the fasting itself isn’t really the point. Going without food and water is, rather, a device, intended to sharpen our senses and lead to reflection. 
     This reflection is notably, pointedly, not a personal pursuit. All through the Yom Kippur prayers, we’re called to do "cheshbon nefesh," a moral accounting, as a community: "We have sinned," we pray. "Forgive us." 
     But though the rituals are ancient, they’re never far removed from modern life. Between our prayers, Jews are sure also to discuss the current events that touch our community most deeply: the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace, US President Barack Obama’s recent meetings with the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and the United Nations’ recent Goldstone report, in which both Israel and the Hamas government are accused of war crimes. To my great sorrow, however, many in the Jewish community have already rejected the latter out of hand.
     Rather than jointly consider Israel’s acts in Gaza, carry out real cheshbon nefesh, and accept our communal responsibility, it has proven easier for many of us to employ communal defense mechanisms, and insist that in this particular case, there’s no need for reflection.
     Since the report’s publication, the UN and commission chair, justice Richard Goldstone, have been vilified and disparaged, by both the Israeli government and certain Jewish leaders. There has been little consideration of the actual findings, or the fact that Israel refused to cooperate with the commission, or conduct its own investigation. more.. e-mail

Reflections on a Yom Kippur closure 
Mazin Qumsiyeh, Ma’an News Agency 9/28/2009
      Today, Bethlehem University was forced to close because the Israeli authorities imposed a "closure" of the West Bank because of Yom Kippur holiday. 
     As our students and faculty from Jerusalem cannot get to Bethlehem (a mere 5 miles away) because of this closure, the educational activities cannot be carried out. Also all Palestinians who are lucky enough to have permits to cross into Palestinian Jerusalem (for work, educatin etc) are also thus forced to take a day off. 
     In the meantime, the repression does not take days off. Israeli authorities are very busy in continued colonial activities from ethnic cleansing to stealing water (80% of the West Bank water is taken by Israel), to kidnapping and holding political prisoners, to starving Gaza, and to violence against people and against nature. Israeli sewage still flows down the valleys of Salfit while Israel forbids Palestinians from building sewage treatment plants. News today is that Israel has told hundreds of citizens in East Jerusalem that they will cutoff teh water to their homes (which usedto be a mere one cubic meter per person per month, barely enough to drink and cook let alone take showers). The forms of ethnic cleansing continue to morph.
     But we cannot blame everything on the occupiers. There are some Palestinians who have been playing by Israeli rules for many years and who puport to represent all Palestinians. Mistakenly, they think they can both try to get our rights from the occupying army and at the same time abide by the rules laid out by the occupying/colonizing forces and their lobbies abroad. more.. e-mail


Electronic Intifada
False promise of integration for Palestinian soldiers in Israel
28 Sep 2009 - Demands from Israel's chief commander this month that all Israeli citizens should be required to perform national service has turned the spotlight on a rarely discussed group of soldiers: members of Israel's Palestinian minority. Though no official statistics are available, an estimated 3,000 of Israel's 1.3 million Palestinian citizens have broken one of their society's biggest taboos and are currently serving in the occupied territories. Jonathan Cook reports. 

Book casts new light on Palestine's ethnic cleansing
28 Sep 2009 - In recent years, a growing number of accounts of the 1948 war have corrected and exposed the founding myths of Israel, including claims by its leaders that the Palestinian people did not exist or were invented. The latest addition is Rosemarie M. Esber's meticulously documented history Under the Cover of War: The Zionist Expulsion of the Palestinians . Esber uses British archives and oral testimonies from Palestinian survivors to demonstrate that there was a purposeful, systematic pattern by which Zionist forces depopulated Palestinian cities and villages before the end of the British mandate on 15 May 1948. 

Courage and resistance at Aida refugee camp
28 Sep 2009 - My family and I spent the hot August day among energetic activists, welcoming families and curious children all more than willing to drop whatever they were doing to show us around the refugee camp they had all come to call home over the years. It's at places like Aida where one's life is put into perspective. At least, mine certainly was, starting with the first family we were fortunate enough to visit. Dina Elmuti writes from Aida refugee camp, occupied West Bank. 

Patrick Henry's call
28 Sep 2009 - Instead of the patronizing call we constantly hear for a Palestinian Gandhi, one would hope to see the emergence of international support for a Palestinian Patrick Henry. The call "Give me liberty or give me death" awakens strong emotions even today, more than 320 yeas after Patrick Henry gave the speech that crystallized perhaps more than any the American colonies' call for independence from the English crown. Miko Peled writes from Kibbutz Zikkim. 

In Gaza
Jihad and dates
28 Sep 2009 - The shades of orange and red drew of freshly harvested dates stopped me in my tracks. Two horse carts waited streetside, one loaded with heaps of dates still attached to their branches, the second with boxes of crisp, red, newly plucked dates and sweet, dark, time-ripened dates. Although I’d seen dates at friends homes and in small forests in central Gaza, something about their intense colour insisted that I photograph them. As I turn to leave, three men approached, more dates in hand. Jihad, from Beit Lahiya, moves around Gaza city harvesting date trees. With his horse carts, he and the two young men (relatives of his) take the bounty...

Palestine Chronicle
Israel's Fear of Jewish Girls Dating Arabs
28 Sep 2009 - By Jonathan Cook - Nazareth A local authority in Israel has announced that it is establishing a special team of youth counsellors and psychologists whose job it will be to identify young Jewish women who are dating Arab men and "rescue" them. The move by the municipality of Petah Tikva, a city close to Tel Aviv, is the latest in a series of separate -- and little discussed -- initiatives from official bodies, rabbis, private organisations and groups of Israeli residents to try to prevent interracial dating and marriage. In a related development, the Israeli media reported this month that residents of Pisgat Zeev, a large Jewish settlement in the midst of Palestinian neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem, had formed a vigilante-style patrol to stop Arab men from mixing with local Jewish girls. Hostility to intimate relationships developing across Israel’s ethnic divide is shared by many Israeli Jews, who regard such behaviour as a threat to the state’s Jewishness. One of the few polls on the subject, in 2007, found that more than half of Israeli Jews believed intermarriage should be equated with “national treason”. Since the state’s founding in 1948, analysts have noted, a series of legal and administrative measures have been taken by Israel to limit the possibilities of close links developing between Jewish and Arab citizens, the latter comprising a fifth of the population. Largely segregated communities and separate education systems mean that there are few opportunities for young Arabs and Jews to become familiarised with each other....

A World Without Law
28 Sep 2009 - By William A. Cook Consider the consequences of the Israeli PR blitz that is now blanketing the world as its defiant answer to the United Nations’ authorized investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity by the state of Israel, known as the Goldstone Report. Ironically, the existence of the United Nations as an internationally accepted body charged with protection of all world citizens through its Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the continued acceptance by its members of the Geneva Conventions, resulted in part from the actions of the Nazi state against the Jews. Now the Jewish state of Israel, in a manner analogous to their situation in occupied Europe, have been charged with crimes against a people who have no state and no defense except international law as incorporated by the UN through the International Court of Justice. Should the Israeli blitz effectively neutralize the actions of the 192 nations that constitute the UN by forcing the United States to veto any action that would result from the Goldstone Report, it will have removed the rule of law from the international arena. Israel will have made it clear that it is subject to no law but its own. Consider the consequences of this act. The UN could not with any logic bring any nation into compliance with its Resolutions as George W. Bush did with Saddam’s Iraq. This fact makes graphic the hypocrisy of the US and Israel as they condemn North Korea, Syria, and Iran...

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