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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
1 October, 2009

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Uruknet

Answering critics of the boycott movement [02-oct-2009 03:12 ECT]
October 1, 2009 - Over the last three years, the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel has been gaining stride. Individuals around the world have been joining this call, from organizing actions in supermarkets in France and Great Britain protesting Israeli products made in settlements, to filmmakers withdrawing movies from film festivals, to prominent Israelis making a public...

Iran agrees to ship enriched uranium to Russia for refinement [02-oct-2009 00:18 ECT]
October 1, 2009 - Iran agreed in principle Thursday to ship most of its enriched uranium to Russia, where it would be refined for exclusively peaceful uses, in what Western diplomats called a significant, but interim, measure to ease concerns over its nuclear program. The agreement was announced after more than seven hours of high-level talks in Geneva among Iran...

Exclusive: IAEA letter thanks Iran over notification [01-oct-2009 23:35 ECT]
October 1, 2009 - The UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has thanked Iran for providing the agency with information about the construction of its new pilot enrichment plant. "With reference to the letter of 21 September 2009... from HE Ambassador Soltanieh to the Director General of the Agency Dr ElBaradei, I wish to thank the Islamic...

Iran Offers Nuclear Gesture in West Talks [01-oct-2009 22:49 ECT]
October 1, 2009 - Talks between Iran and world powers, including the US, produced positive outcomes on Thursday, October1, with Tehran promising to allow inspection of its new nuclear plants and the West cooperating on uranium enrichment. "Iran has told us that it plans to cooperate fully and immediately with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the new enrichment...

Israeli envoy in Russia sent home [01-oct-2009 22:15 ECT]
October 1, 2009 - An Israeli diplomat has left his post in Russia after being accused of "unlawful activities", reports say. Shmuel Polishuk, the first secretary of Israel's Moscow embassy, was reportedly detained in the city last week. Russian intelligence agents questioned him on suspicion of spying, Israel's Maariv newspaper reported...

Iran, powers end 'constructive' round of talks [01-oct-2009 22:06 ECT]
October 1, 2009 - French and Russian officials on Thursday gave a guarded welcome to an Iranian idea to obtain enriched uranium from a third party, the first time Tehran has offered such a move in the dispute over its nuclear programme. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran would propose at talks in Geneva on Thursday that it could...

Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory No. 38/2009 (17 - 30 Sep. 2009) [01-oct-2009 19:53 ECT] 
October 1, 2009 - This report on Israeli human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) coincides with the 9th anniversary of the al-Aqsa Intifada, which erupted following the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's provocative visit to the al-Aqsa Mosque (the Holy Sanctuary) in occupied Jerusalem. In the intervening nine years, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have perpetrated grave...

EU's Solana: Iran to work with IAEA on facility [01-oct-2009 19:45 ECT]
October 1, 2009 - European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Thursday Iran had said it planned to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA on inspections of a new enrichment facility. Solana told a news conference after talks between Iran and six world powers that Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili had promised that Iran...

UN: Poverty tripled in Gaza [01-oct-2009 19:23 ECT]
October 1, 2009 - Poverty in the Gaza Strip has tripled this year under the Israeli blockade, according to the UN agency helping refugees living there.John Ging, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza, told reporters on Thursday that the number of Gazans considerered "abject poor" had tripled to 300,000 this year, equal to one...

France welcomes Iran's bid to buy 20% uranium [01-oct-2009 19:16 ECT]
October 1, 2009 - France has welcomed an offer by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to buy higher enriched uranium from other countries. "It's for the research reactor and we have made a response that is fairly positive," France's Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said after his talks with Russian officials. Last week, Ahmadinejad told the Washington Post that Iran needs to...

Shalit video swap puts Israel's child prisoners in spotlight [01-oct-2009 18:57 ECT]
October 1, 2009 - Israel has released a 15-year-old girl from prison in what it said was the first stage of a deal that will see the exchange of 20 female prisoners for a one-minute video of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit... Malki's release draws attention to a forgotten aspect of Israel's occupation: the imprisonment of children. According to the...

Iran says ongoing nuclear talks 'constructive' [01-oct-2009 18:43 ECT]
October 1, 2009 - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Thursday that the ongoing international nuclear talks in Switzerland have been progressing in a constructive atmosphere. Chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili met outside Geneva with officials from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany to discuss international concerns over Iran's nuclear power program. The meeting will...

Ha'aretz Defense page

Source: Palestinians drop their endorsement of Goldstone's Gaza report
1 Oct 2009 - Move comes after apparent pressure from Obama; Goldstone: report won't affect Mideast peace process. 

Comment / Journalists play a role when it comes to reports such as Goldstone's
1 Oct 2009 - British press published first war crimes accusation during Gaza conflict within 48 hours - from Hezbollah. 

IDF jeep hits, kills Palestinian teen in West Bank
30 Sep 2009 - Army says troops came under attack from stone throwers; Palestinians say killing intentional. 

Who are the Palestinian prisoners to be freed for Shalit video?
30 Sep 2009 - No prisoners with blood on their hands on list; Prisoners to be released for sign of life of Shalit. 

Hamas: Video will prove Gilad Shalit alive and well
30 Sep 2009 - Israel says 20 women to be counted towards prisoners released in a future deal for Shalit. 

U.K. source: We disagreed with U.S. assessment on Iran nukes
30 Sep 2009 - Source says British officials suspect Iran has been seeking nuclear weapons for the past few years. 

Shalit family: Happy about Gilad video, but won't rest until he's home
30 Sep 2009 - Israel to receive new footage of captive soldier in return for release of 20 Palestinian women in Israeli jails. 

Saudi Arabia denies it offered Israeli jets flight path to Iran
30 Sep 2009 - Britain's Sunday Express reported that the Saudis had agreed to turn a blind eye to Israel attack on Iran. 

Cries of 'hold me back' may lead Israel to strike Iran
29 Sep 2009 - Israel is trying to persuade others that if 'the world' doesn't act, it will attack Iran on its own. 

Top Israeli educator: Israel should probe Gaza war before it's forced to
29 Sep 2009 - Uriel Reichman calls for probe in joint statement with former education minister Amnon Rubinstein. 

ANALYSIS / Is there 'smoking gun' proof of Iran bid for nukes?
29 Sep 2009 - U.S. intelligence says no proof Iran renewed its efforts since 2003, Germany claims it never stopped program. 

Ma'an News

Lawyers: Jerusalemites stripped of residency rights
10/1/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - "Israel talks about Jerusalem as its capital,"¯ talk show host Nasser Lahham said after the latest show, this one on the issue of Jerusalem residents losing their right to reside in the holy city; "it is so important for Palestinians to be informed, to know what is going on. " ¯ The show hosted Jerusalemite lawyers Usama Al-Halabi and Manal Al-Hazzan, who answered questions on the ins and outs of what it means to be a Palestinian resident of Jerusalem; the legal framework of applying for what should be ancestral rights and the loopholes that see Palestinians stripped of their right to reside or work in the city. Reactions of West Bank Palestinians to the news was shock and anger. The Palestinians who remained in Jerusalem after the 1967 war when Israel took control of the area were granted temporary residency permits. 

PalTrade: Gaza exports at near zero; imports on steady decline
10/1/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Since February 2009 Gaza's export economy included 684,000 carnation flowers, 14 trucks worth for Valentine's Day in Holland, a PalTrade report announced this week. The group, a consortium of all major Palestinian private sector institutions, is the only independent source of crossings information, which is used by the Quartet, the World Bank, the US Security Coordinator, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and others. According to the report only 1. 7% of the planned produce exports from Gaza have actually left the Strip. The report also notes that the "monthly average exports in the period before the crisis was 1,380 truckloads per month (70 truckloads per day), composed of furniture, garments, cash crops, vegetables, processed food, metal products, handicrafts, and other cargo types. 

Palestinians in Israel commemorate start of Second Intifada
10/1/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Marking the 9th anniversary of the outbreak of the "October Riots,"¯ generally seen as the first month of violence at the start of the Second Intifada, Palestinians in Israel declared a general strike Thursday. While the second, or Al-Aqsa Intifada, began on 28 September 2000 with a provocative visit of then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, a major series of riots and civil disobedience by Palestinian residents and Arab citizens of Israel that ran through the month of October got the civil uprising underway. On 1 October 2000, 13 Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli police. The strike in the Galilee commemorates their deaths, those killed during the month, and following years of the Intifada. The action was coordinated by the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, the Israeli daily paper Haaretz reported. 

Five killed as vehicle flips while fleeing Israeli police
10/1/2009 - Jerusalem - Ma'an - Five Palestinians were killed and 15 others injured on Thursday when their vehicle flipped near an Israeli police checkpoint near Modi'in, west of Jerusalem. Ma'an's correspondent reported that the vehicle was loaded with at least 20 Palestinian workers when Israeli police forces tried to stop it. The driver apparently refused and lost control, leading to the deaths of five workers and injuring 15 others inside, our correspondent added. Medical sources said the number of fatalities was expected to increase due to the serious nature of injuries. Those wounded were transferred to the Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv, the sources added. All of the workers inside the vehicle were reportedly from the West Bank city of Qalqiliya. 

Netanyahu: UN must reject Goldstone report or peace process is over
10/1/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened on Thursday to end the peace process if the United Nations Human Rights Council votes in support of a report accusing it and Palestinian groups of war crimes in Gaza. Netanyahu's remarks to his cabinet came on the eve of the Human Rights Council's vote on former war crimes prosecutor Richard Goldstone's investigation into alleged violations during Israel's offensive on Gaza last winter. "Forwarding the decision of what is known as the Goldstone report, would strike a fatal blow to the peace process,"¯ Netanyahu said. " Israel will no longer be able to take additional steps and take risks for peace if its right to self-defense is denied. " ¯Goldstone, who was a prosecutor in war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, urged the 42-member state Council to endorse his report. 

Hamas: Gaza authorities will investigate Goldstone’s findings
10/2/2009 - Rafah - Ma'an Exclusive - Hamas is critical of the Goldstone commission's report on alleged war crimes in Gaza, but will nonetheless accept its recommendations and investigate charges that militant groups violated the rules of war, senior Hamas official Ahmad Yousef told Ma'an. In an extended interview at his home in the Gaza Strip town of Rafah, Yousef said that while he disagreed with Justice Richard Goldstone's equivalence between occupying forces and Palestinian resistance, the Hamas-backed government in Gaza would nonetheless "do our best"¯ to pursue investigations into the deaths of three Israeli civilians. Yousef's reaction differed from that of Israel, which refused to cooperate with Goldstone's UN Fact-Finding Mission and pilloried his 574-page report as biased. On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vetoed a suggestion that the government establish a commission of inquiry into Goldstone's findings. 

Rights groups slam UK’s failure to arrest Barak
10/1/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Palestinian human rights groups Al-Mezan and Al-Haq expressed regret on Wednesday over a London judge's decision not to issue an arrest warrant for Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak during his visit to the United Kingdom a day earlier. "[I]ndividuals who commit or order the perpetration of war crimes must be held accountable in accordance with international law, including through universal jurisdiction," the two organizations said in a statement following the case's dismissal. Barak was in Britain on Tuesday to address a meeting of the Labour Friends of Israel on the sidelines of the ruling party's annual conference when a petition was brought forth by British lawyers working on behalf of dozens of families who were victims of what the rights groups called Israel's "devastating military attacks which breached international law during Operation Cast Lead. 

Goldstone: Israel intentionally targeted Gaza civilians
10/1/2009 - in Jabaliya, northern Gaza [MaanImages]Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Richard Goldstone, the former war crimes prosecutor who led the United Nations fact-finding mission into Israel's war on Gaza, told CNN on Wednesday that he believes Israel intentionally targeted some civilian sites during the conflict. He stressed, however, that in his view targeting civilians was not an overall Israeli policy. Goldstone's report, which accuses both Israel and Palestinian armed groups of war crimes, was presented to the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday. Asked if he believed that Israel had targeted civilians, Goldstone said, "Not as a policy. A fully fledged formal investigation will find that out. We didn't get near being judicial. "However, a Haaretz report on the televised interview quotes him as saying that "some of the killing. 

Israel opens two crossings with besieged Gaza
10/1/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli authorities decided to open two crossing points to allow shipments of food and other goods into the besieged Gaza Strip on Thursday. Palestinian crossings representative Raed Fattouh said that the Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings would be open for 103 to 113 trucks carrying both commercial merchandise and humanitarian aid. The Nahal Oz fuel shipping terminal will be closed on Thursday, according to Fattouh. Israel has maintained a near-total blockade of Gaza since June 2007, severely curtailing shipments of vital goods and banning the Strip's 1. 5 million residents from travelling. [end] 

10 Palestinians seized in multiple Israeli incursions
10/1/2009 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Israeli forces seized ten Palestinians during overnight raids in the West Bank, while handing out orders for the confiscation of more land, official Palestinian sources said on Thursday. Israeli officials delivered an order for the confiscation of 42 dunums of land belonging to the Al-Ebady family in the village of Tura, near the separation wall west of Jenin, according to the Palestinian Authority's (PA) daily police report. The PA police also said that Israeli settlers overran the village of Duma, southeast of Nablus, and broke the windshields of several cars. In the city of Tulkarem, Israeli soldiersdetained Mus'ab Mustapha Abdel Haq Abul Tin and Raja Ahmad Amoury during a raid, the PA said. The police added that soldiers stormed the village of Azzun, in Qalqiliya, and arrested Mustapha Abdel Rahman Abdel Halim Hussein, 18, Hadi Anwar Hussein, 19,. . . 

Israeli ordnance explodes, injuring Gaza children
10/1/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Two children were injured when ordnance left behind by the Israeli military exploded in Al-Bureij Refugee Camp in the central Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, a medical official said. Muawiya Hasanein, the director of Emergency Services in the Health Ministry in Gaza, said that one child was moderately injured while other was only slightly wounded. The two were wounded when a bomb exploded outside a United Nations school in Block 12 of the camp, he said. [end] 

Shalit video swap puts Israel’s child prisoners in spotlight
10/1/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israel has released a 15-year-old girl from prison in what it said was the first stage of a deal that will see the exchange of 20 female prisoners for a one-minute video of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. The Palestinian militant groups who have held Shalit in Gaza since 2006 are expected to deliver the video, proof that Shalit is still alive, to Israel on Thursday or Friday through German mediators. Bara'a Malki, 15, returned home to the Jalazun Refugee Camp north of Ramallah on Wednesday night, allegedly the first of 20 women Israel has agreed to free in exchange for the video. She was welcomed with hugs and kisses from her overjoyed family. Attorney Khalid Quzmar, a legal advisor to the organization Defense for Children International (DCI) - Palestine Section, said that Malki was ordered released by an Israeli court anyway, just one month before the end of her 11-month prison sentence. 

Egypt police arrest four Eritrean migrants
10/1/2009 - Al-Arish - Ma'an - Egyptian authorities have arrested four Eritrean migrants who attempted to cross into Israel through its Sinai Desert border in search of work, security sources said. The four, Jebriot Jaber, 47, Takhla Mahara Jaber, 24, Burhan Sajla, 27, and Saja Jaber, 22, were arrested at the a razor-wire fence six kilometers south of the Kerem Shalom crossing point, on the Egypt-Israel-Gaza border nexus, the sources said. The sources added that the four paid 1,000 US dollars to foreign smugglers to help them enter Israel in search of work. In a separate incident, security sources said smugglers and Egyptian police traded gunfire on the Egypt-Israel border, 15 kilometers from Kerem Shalom. An Egyptian officer was injured when his machine gun jammed and a bullet exploded in the chamber, the sources reported. 

Egyptians take over tunnel, seize cement bound for Gaza
10/1/2009 - Al-Arish - Ma'an - Cairo security sources said Egyptian forces took over a Gaza smuggling tunnel near the Salah Ad-Din area at the border with Gaza on Thursday. Some 11 tons of cement were seized, they said. The same sources added that Egyptian authorities managed to commandeer some 250 cement trucks intended for Gaza. They said Egypt had discovered around 400 tunnels since Israel's siege on Gaza began in 2006. Also on Thursday, Egyptian authorities arrested four Eritrean migrants who attempted to cross into Israel through its Sinai Desert border in search of work, security sources said. The sources added that the four paid 1,000 US dollars to foreign smugglers to help them enter Israel in search of work. In a separate incident, security sources said smugglers and Egyptian police traded gunfire on the Egypt-Israel border, 15 kilometers from Kerem Shalom. 

Israel to lock down West Bank ahead of Jewish holiday
10/1/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Israel's military will lock down the occupied West Bank starting at midnight on Thursday during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the Hebrew-language daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported. The newspaper said Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the closure, and that it would be lifted on Saturday at midnight. Palestinian "special cases" will be permitted to enter despite the closure, according to the report. [end] 

Israel: Airstike followed Strip projectile launch
10/1/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Israeli warplanes blasted two areas in the southern Gaza Strip Thursday morning, reportedly following the launch of a projectile from the northern Strip hours earlier. Israeli news sources said the pilots hit two smuggling tunnels at Rafah. One tunnel worker was killed by an electrical shock in a nearby tunnel shortly following the strikes. The report said Gazan militants successfully fired one projectile, which landed near a kibbutz. No injuries were reported, no alarm sounded, and crews were searching for the impact site. No Palestinian military group claimed the launch. Two Palestinians died Wednesday after a damaged fuel line in a smuggling tunnel exploded. The tunnel was near impact sites from earlier Israeli airstrikes, and locals say damage was caused to surrounding tunnels by the constant blasts. 

Spain to cover PA’s 25 million-euro budget shortfall
10/1/2009 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Spanish Consul General Ramón Ansoáin in Ramallah on Thursday signed a 25 million-euro financing agreement for a portion of the Palestinian Authority's budget. The PA recently announced that it would need some 400 million dollars to meet its year-end expenses, a shortfall that it maintains was caused by increased expenditures necessitated by Israel's assault on Gaza. The Prime Minister's Office said in a statement that the Spanish funds would be channeled through the European Union's PEGASE mechanism, and would be used to pay government salaries and pensions. "The Memorandum of Understanding that Spain signs today," said Ambassador Ansoáin, "reflects the support of the Government of Spain to institutional and social stability, in the framework of the preparation necessary for the establishment of an independent Palestinian State. 

Two prisoners in Shalit video deal were already slated for release
10/1/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Two Palestinian prisoners Israel pledged to release in exchange for a video of a captured soldier were already slated for release by court order, lawyers and officials dealing with their cases told Ma'an on Thursday. The first of these was Bara'a Malki, 15, who was released on Wednesday night and returned home to Jalazun Refugee Camp near Ramallah. Israel claimed that Malki was released as the first of 20 female prisoners in exchange for a video proving that captured soldier Gilad Shalit was still alive. But according to attorney Khalid Quzmar, a legal advisor to the organization Defense for Children International - Palestine section, the Israeli District Court in Tel Aviv had already ordered Malki's release on Wednesday, after 10 months of an 11-month sentence. Malki was jailed for carrying a knife through a military checkpoint. 

PSE rises: Al-Quds Index climbs 0.68% on Thursday
10/1/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Palestine Securities Exchange in Nablus rose on Thursday as the Al-Quds Index climbed to 502. 3, an increase of 3. 38 points (0. 68%). Trading volume for Thursday reached 608,901 shares for a total value of 767,095. 38 US dollars, executed through 382 trades. The shares of 22 companies were traded. The share prices of 13 companies rose, while those of eight others declined. The top five gainers were PIIC by (4. 84%), QUDS by (4. 81%), TRUST by (3. 50%), NCI by (3. 13%), and AZIZA by (2. 65%). The top five losers were PIBC by (3. 97%), PCB by (3. 75%), MIC by (3. 39%), AIG by (3. 37%), and LADAEN by (2. 78%). [end] 

MoH reports 25 new West Bank swine flu cases
10/1/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - The Palestinian Authority's Health Ministry reported 25 new cases of H1N1 flu across the occupied West Bank on Thursday. As'ad Ar-Ramlawi, head of the ministry's healthcare department, told Ma'an that seven cases were diagnosed in Qalqiliya, 14 in Nablus, and four more in Hebron. Eighteen new cases were diagnosed during Eid holidays. Ar-Ramlawi said 15 of those cases were reported in Nablus. Thursday's diagnoses bring the total number of Palestinian cases to 238 in the West Bank. [end] 

Palestine Telegraph

Threat of demolition against 131 apartments in Jerusalem, homes for 1,000 citizens
Jerusalem, October 1, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - The Israeli policy of destroying Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem is continuing at a rapid pace.

Agreement reached for release of 20 Palestinian female prisoners
Gaza, September 30, 2009 (Pal Telegraph)- Ezzedeen Al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic resistance movement Hamas, confirmed that an agreement was made to release 20 Palestinian female prisoners from the Zionist jails in the next few days in exchange to...

IAF shelled Gaza Monday night
Gaza, September 30, 2009 (Pal Telegraph)- Israeli Apartheid forces shelled the northern Gaza Strip Monday night.  The bombing caused no casualties, according to Zionist and Palestinian officials.

Obama after Cairo
Palestine, September 28, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - "It is the time to change" a statement that was spontaneously delivered when I followed Obama's speech inCairo University the last June.

Unity for Al-Aqsa is a duty
Occupied Jerusalem, September 28, 2009 (Pal Telegraph)- Dozens of Palestinians were hurt, two seriously, on Sunday, September 27, when crack Israeli policemen attacked worshipers who had just repulsed an attempt by Jewish extremists to hold Talmudic rituals at al-Haram al-Sharif.

The National

Hepatitis C emerges as Egypt's top health crisis
1 Oct 2009 - When the government took measures against the waterborne parasite bilharzia, it infected millions with the potentially deadly virus hepatitis C.

Tehran agrees to further nuclear talks
1 Oct 2009 - Iran agrees to further discussions over measures aimed at persuading the world it is not building nuclear weapons.

West, Iran prepare for landmark meeting
30 Sep 2009 - Major powers expected to demand swift inspections at nuclear plant in first direct talks between US and Tehran in 30 years.

Israel frees 20 women prisoners
30 Sep 2009 - In exchange for a video showing a soldier captured in Gaza three years ago is still alive, Israel has agreed to free 20 Palestinian women.

Aljazeera

Iran agrees to more nuclear checks
1 Oct 2009 - Tehran to allow inspections of Qom facility after talks with six world powers.

UN: Poverty tripled in Gaza
1 Oct 2009 - UNRWA says the number of Gazans considered "abject poor" has tripled to 300,000 this year.

Israel in deal for 'Shalit video'
30 Sep 2009 - Twenty Palestinian women to be set free in exchange for proof of captured soldier's life.

Gaza al-Quds hospital to be rebuilt
30 Sep 2009 - Netanyahu agrees to French request to rebuild al-Quds hospital destroyed by Israeli forces.

Alternative Information Center

On Palestinian Civil Disobedience
30 Sep 2009 - A simple Google search with the words "Palestinian violence" yields over 86,000 pages, while a search with the words "Palestinian civil disobedience" generates only 47 pages. Sometime in 1846, Henry David Thoreau spent a night in...

Palestine News Network

Legislative Council member cautiously optimistic over yesterday’s news of female prisoner exchange
1 Oct 2009 - Nablus / PNN – Palestinian Legislative Council member Mona Mansour expressed her happiness over yesterday’s news that 20 Palestinian women are to be released from Israeli prisons. The exchange involves 20 women for a 20 second video of the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Mansour described the release as a national achievement by the Palestinian resistance.She praised the move saying, “The suffering of...

Bristol-Gaza-Link Association launched at packed meeting
1 Oct 2009 - Over two hundred people packed into the main hall of the Bristol Council House on Monday evening, 28 September, to launch the Bristol-Gaza-Link Association. The aims and objectives of the Bristol-Gaza-Link Association will be to build humanitarian, cultural, educational and social links. These links will be with similar groups and organisations primarily in Gaza City. However links with Palestinian populations both in...

Israeli Apartheid: a beginner’s guide hits the mark 
1 Oct 2009 - “If I only had a book that could explain everything about the occupation to anyone….” Anyone stuck in awkward dinner conversations when the subject turns to the crisis of the Holy Land can most likely relate to this wish. Worry no more: Israeli Apartheid, A Beginner’s Guide, delivers just that. Written by British journalist and Palestinian advocate Ben White, Israeli Apartheid is...

Israeli air attack on Rafah tunnels kills two Palestinians, injures four and leaves seven missing
30 Sep 2009 - Gaza / PNN - In an early morning aerial attack on the southern Gaza Strip’s Rafah, Israeli warplanes fired missiles into the sleeping town. Two Palestinians were killed.The target was the tunnel system that acts as a lifeline during the ongoing siege. Palestinian medical sources report four injuries and seven people missing.

Palestinian who fled besieged Gaza to shop in Egypt remains in prison, human rights group appeals
29 Sep 2009 - Gaza / PNN – After years of siege there came the few days that the border between Gaza and Egypt was broken open. Thousands of trapped Palestinians fled, but not forever Most shopped and slept in the parks and beaches, “smelled the air”, before returning to the besieged Gaza Strip.One of those men is Ayman Nofal. The Palestinian citizen of the Gaza Strip...

Palestinian reconciliation signing expected 18 October, Hamas accepts, Fateh quibbles
29 Sep 2009 - Ramallah / PNN - Informed Palestinian sources revealed today that the proposed date for the comprehensive national conference with Palestinian factions to discuss the draft of final reconciliation will be 18 October. Drafted by Egypt, the document attempts to take into account all concerns raised during the course of national dialogue. Feedback from the Egyptian paper is now being implemented into the pages.The...

Largest settlement in years being imposed in Al Walajah, a town between Bethlehem and East Jerusalem
29 Sep 2009 - Bethlehem / PNN - Under the title Project: a large Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem the Israeli Maariv newspaper published the news. On its front page Wednesday the nearing reality came of the loss of even more Bethlehem lands.Some 14,000 settler units in Bethlehem’s Al Walajeh Village are going in.This village has a vibrant history of nonviolent resistance to the confiscation of its...

IRIN

LEBANON: Plight of the trafficked domestic worker
BEIRUT Wednesday, September 30, 2009 (IRIN) - Abbey was a nurse at a French hospital in Madagascar when a recruitment agency suggested to her boss that she travel to Lebanon for three years to work and learn Arabic so she could better care for the Arab sailors whose ships docked...

EGYPT-ISRAEL: How many migrants are dying at the border?
TEL AVIV Wednesday, September 30, 2009 (IRIN) - Rights groups such as Amnesty International have called on the Egyptian authorities to "urgently rein in their border security forces" after seven African asylum-seekers were killed in September trying to cross into Israel on foot, but some Israeli NGOs and soldiers say...

LEBANON: Move to take domestic violence cases out of religious courts
BEIRUT Wednesday, September 23, 2009 (IRIN) - As lawmakers struggle to form a government three months after Lebanon's parliamentary elections, women's rights activists await the opening of parliament to debate a new bill on domestic violence.

Inter Press Service

ISRAEL-US: Goldstone Rejects Netanyahu Remarks 
WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (IPS) - The head of the U.N. commission that investigated the December-January Gaza war Thursday rejected assertions by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that any action to pursue the recommendations of his commission's report could prove fatal to any renewed peace process with the Palestinians.

MIDEAST: A Diplomat Visits, and Listens 
EAST JERUSALEM, Oct 1 (IPS) - The U.S. consulate on Agron Street is something alien in the carefully calibrated diplomatic world of Arab-Israeli politics.

Stop The Wall

Protests continue in al-Ma’sara; three arrested in Bil’in last Friday
29 Sep 2009 - Weekly actions against the Wall were held in the villages of Bil'in and al-Ma'sara, with demonstrators calling for an end to settlement activity and Palestinian unity. Soldiers tear gassed marchers in Bil'in and arrested three people near the Wall. [

PCHR Latest

PCHR: Human Rights Council Must Endorse Findings and Recommendations of Goldstone Enquiry, 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

(17- 30 Sep. 2009), information on boycott, divestment and sanctions
This report on Israeli human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) coincides with the 9th anniversary of the al-Aqsa Intifada, which erupted following the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s provocative visit to the al-Aqsa Mosque (the Holy Sanctuary) in occupied Jerusalem.

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli forces raid Bil’in
10/1/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 30 September 2009 - Shortly before 2am, the occupation forces invaded Bil'in once again. They raided the house of Basil Mansour Ali Mansour (age 32), a member of the Bil'in Popular Committee, in an attempt to arrest him, but he was not at home at the time. About a dozen soldiers had entered the house when Palestinian and international activists arrived at the site. Another 15 soldiers surrounded the house preventing anyone from approaching during their search operation. They aggressively pushed the activists away from the house, declaring it a closed military area, and prohibiting any filming. They grabbed the camera of the local cameraman, Haitham Al-Khatib, damaging it. At 3am, the occupation forces left the house without any victim and exited the village in five jeeps. Updated on October 1, 2009. 

Arabs mark October 2000 with general strike
10/1/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - YNet News - The Arab sector on Thursday marked the ninth anniversary of the October riots by calling a general strike across Israel. The strike is lead by the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee under the banner: "For the martyrs that were killed in October 2000″. During the riots that broke out with the start of the al-Aqsa intifada, 13 Arabs and one Jew were killed. There was high participation in Thursday's strike, being the third time the Arab public goes on such a general strike. The previous strikes in the sector took place on the first and third anniversaries of the riots. In recent years the committee has refrained from calling a general strike, since it believed the public would not be so responsive. Almost all Arab cities and towns, including Umm el-Fahm, Sakhnin, Arraba, Tayibe, as well as Arab neighborhoods in mixed cities such as Haifa and Jaffa, closed their businesses, local authorities, schools and kindergartens. 

Palestinians cry ’blackmail’ over Israel phone service threat
10/1/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - The Independent - Israel is threatening to kill off a crucial West Bank economic project unless the Palestinian Authority withdraws a request to the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged Israeli crimes during last winter's Gaza war. Shalom Kital, an aide to defence minister Ehud Barak, said today that Israel will not release a share of the radio spectrum that has long been sought by the Palestinian Authority to enable the launch of a second mobile telecommunications company unless the PA drops its efforts to put Israeli soldiers and officers in the dock over the Israeli operation. "It's a condition. We are saying to the Palestinians that "˜if you want a normal life and are trying to embark on a new way, you must stop your incitement,"¯ Mr. Kital said. "We are helping the Palestinian economy but one thing we ask them is to stop with these embarrassing charges. " 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Lieberman: Norway too 'hostile' to have monitors in Hebron 
1 Oct 2009 - Israel should consider ousting Norwegian monitors from Hebron due to Oslo's "hostility" toward Israel, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told the cabinet Thursday. ... 

Iran talks yield promise for further negotiations 
1 Oct 2009 - GENEVA - The United States will press Iran and not allow it to stall long enough to develop a nuclear program, American officials Thursday told Haaretz at the Geneva Talks 2 forum. The talks on Tehran's nuclear ambitions are being held between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain - plus Germany. ... 

Israel readies to receive Gilad Shalit video 
1 Oct 2009 - For the first time since he was kidnapped by Hamas in a cross-border raid in June 2006, Israel will Friday receive a videotape of Gilad Shalit. ... 

Hamas and Egypt: Shalit 'video deal' is not a breakthrough 
1 Oct 2009 - The video of Gilad Shalit will be handed to government officials Friday, through the German mediator in the negotiations for the captured soldier's release. In exchange, Israel is releasing 20 female Palestinian prisoners. Nineteen are to be released Friday, and the other woman on Sunday. ... 

Ex-Argentina president charged with obstructing Jewish center bombing probe
1 Oct 2009 - Former Argentine President Carlos Menem has been charged with obstructing the investigation into the 1994 bombing attack on the Israelite Mutual Association building in Buenos Aires, the French news agency AFP reported Thursday. ...

The Guardian

hiring high-powered attorneys, lobbying Western governments
1 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian Authority has withdrawn its support for a UN Human Rights Council resolution on alleged war crimes in Gaza, diplomats say. The resolution endorses a UN report that claims both Israel and Palestinian militant groups...

Russian born tycoon who fled Israel indicted on fraud charges
1 Oct 2009 - Israeli authorities have indicted a Russian-born tycoon who fled the country on charges of fraud and money laundering. The indictment filed in a Tel Aviv court today says Arkady Gaydamak conspired with Israeli banking officials to...

Video, Gilad Shalit: Hamas strikes deal with Israel
30 Sep 2009 - Israel to free 20 female Palestinian prisoners in exchange for information about the soldier captured in 2006

Should Ehud Barak have immunity? | Afua Hirsch
30 Sep 2009 - The attempt to arrest the Israeli minister in Britain has rekindled a lively debate on diplomatic immunity from international law The attempt to obtain an international arrest warrant for deputy Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak is...

Israel agrees to free Palestinian prisoners for Gilad Shalit video
30 Sep 2009 - Government says it will free 20 female prisoners for proof kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit is 'alive and well' Israel said today it would release 20 female Palestinian prisoners and in return the Islamist movement Hamas would...

Ha'aretz National page

Court awards record NIS 16 million for 33-year-old malpractice case
1 Oct 2009 - A Tel Aviv court last month set a new record for damages from medical malpractice suits, when it awarded NIS 16 million to a 33-year-old man with cerebral palsy. The condition was caused as a result of dehydration that the man had suffered at the age of three months at a municipal hospital. ... 

Mazel Tov Mr. Prime Minister! Netanyahu's first grandson born
1 Oct 2009 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can now add a new title to his name: Grandpa. ...

Two reputed mobsters to remain in custody as third set free
30 Sep 2009 - A Ramle court on Thursday extended the remand of two reputed crime dons allegedly involved in ongoing drug smuggling and murder scandals, while a third mafia criminal was set free from custody. ... 

Four people killed, 15 hurt in road accident near Jerusalem
30 Sep 2009 - Four people were killed and 15 injured on Thursday when a commercial car overturned on Highway 443, between the central city of Modi'in and Jerusalem. ...

Israel preps for more attempts to bring war crimes charges abroad
30 Sep 2009 - The Israeli government and military have retained high-powered international lawyers and set up a joint task force to fend off attempts by Palestinians and their supporters to try Israeli officials on war crimes charges abroad. ...

Relief Web

UNRWA Commissioner-General ends farewell visit to Syria
1 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Syria: UNRWA and UNICEF come together for Global Peace Games in Yarmouk
1 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

OPT/West Bank and Gaza: Teacher education improvement project - Integrated safeguards datasheet, appraisal stage
1 Oct 2009 - Source: World Bank

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territory 17 - 30 Sep 2009
1 Oct 2009 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Greece helps Palestinian Authority to cover arrears to private sector for vehicles and police uniforms
1 Oct 2009 - Source: European Commission, Government of Greece

Iraq: UNHCR monthly highlights, Aug 2009
1 Oct 2009 - Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

YNet News

Israel: Boycott of Ariel college goes against academic spirit
1 Oct 2009 - Foreign Ministry says disqualification of West Bank university from international competition in Spain 'politically-motivated' 

Car crash claims lives of 3 Palestinians; 17 injured 
1 Oct 2009 - Speeding vehicle on route 443 carrying 20 Palestinian passengers who entered Israel with no permit tips over. Among wounded three in serious to critical condition 

PA envoy to Geneva: We'll withdraw support for Goldstone report
1 Oct 2009 - Ahead of UN Rights Council vote, Palestinian envoy says PA won't back adopting of Gaza war report. Israeli envoy says Netanyahu, Lieberman's efforts contributed to decision 

Obama: Iran must let inspectors into nuclear plant
1 Oct 2009 - In wake of resuming talks with Iran US President says Tehran must grant access to newly disclosed nuclear site within two weeks . 'We're not interested in talking for the sake of talking,' Obama says 

Argentina's Menem charged with obstructing 1994 bomb probe
1 Oct 2009 - Terror attack on 1994 Jewish charities building in Buenos Aires left 85 dead, 300 wounded 

Benny Gantz assumes role as IDF deputy chief 
1 Oct 2009 - Brigadier-General Gantz steps in as deputy chief of staff replacing Dan Harel, who retired after 35 years of service. Ashkenazi: IDF faces many internal, external challenges 

Poll: 51% of Israeli-Arabs don't believe peace coming
1 Oct 2009 - Saban Center survey shows strong correlation between viewing Al-Jazeera and skepticism regarding Mideast peace prospects; 16% of Arab-Israelis say Hamas won Gaza war 

Netanyahu says Russians toughened stance on Iran nukes
1 Oct 2009 - PM tells cabinet Moscow more open to imposing sanctions on Tehran, while China's position unchanged. Europeans' position regarding Iran unyielding, he adds 

Iran, world powers agree to meet again
1 Oct 2009 - Senior US, Iranian delegates hold rare bilateral meeting ahead of resuming talks to be held October. EU envoy Solana says Iran to open newly revealed site in Qom for inspection 

Daily Star

US demands concerte steps from Iran to prove its nuclear intentions
1 Oct 2009 - The United States told Iran at the highest level talks in three decades it must take concrete steps to prove it is not seeking nuclear arms, and France demanded Tehran open a newly declared site to UN inspectors within a few weeks. Both the US and Iran said Geneva talks between Tehran and the P5 + 1 powers - the United States Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China - were productive.

Israel prepares for legal battle over war-crimes allegations
1 Oct 2009 - The Israeli government and military have retained high-powered international lawyers and set up a joint task force to fend off attempts by Palestinians and their supporters to try Israeli officials on war crimes charges abroad. For nearly a decade, activists have turned to courts outside Israel in an effort to try Israeli political and military officials outside the jurisdiction of their own courts.

Egypt critics turn on Hosni and regime for UNESCO loss
1 Oct 2009 - Some Egyptians are lashing out at the government over the case of Culture Minister Faruq Hosni and his failed bid for the top job at UNESCO, blaming the regime or Hosni himself for the defeat. Egypt fought a tough diplomatic battle to get Hosni elected, and when the culture minister lost out to Bulgaria's Irina Bokova last week, state officials and Hosni blamed "Jewish groups" and some Western states for his defeat.

Yemen accuses south leader of assassination bid
1 Oct 2009 - Yemen accused a leading figure among separatists in the south on Thursday of being behind an assassination attempt against a senior security official this week. Nasser Mansour Hadi, head of Yemen's political security body in the south and brother of the vice president, survived an apparent assassination attempt on Wednesday when gunmen opened fire on his motorcade in the town of Zinjibar.

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas’s resilience essential for national unity
1 Oct 2009 - The auspicious news from Cairo that Fatah and Hamas are close to agreeing to a national unity pact is a great-post present for the Palestinian people.

Barsh: IOA, Ramallah authority responsible for lives of Gaza patients
1 Oct 2009 - The Ramallah authority is procrastinating in sending medicines to Gaza this year after it reduced Gaza share last year by half, Munir Al-Barsh, the director of pharmacy in the health ministry, said.

Radwan: Israel has no choice but to deal with the captors of Shalit
1 Oct 2009 - Senior Hamas official Ismail Radwan said that the Israeli government has no choice but to deal with the captors of Shalit, and agree to their demands regarding the prisoner swap deal.

Israeli warplanes renew shelling of border area
1 Oct 2009 - Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles on the Egyptian-Palestinian borders south of Rafah to the southernmost tip of the Gaza Strip at dawn Thursday but no casualties were reported so far.

Housing minister: Gaza needs more than 60,000 housing units
1 Oct 2009 - Minister of housing Dr. Yousef Al-Mansi has appealed to Arab governments and international institutions to rush serious aid to the Palestinian housing sector that is daily targeted by the IOA.

Johnson: IPU to discuss issue of detained Palestinian MPs
1 Oct 2009 - Anderson Johnson, the secretary-general of IPU, said that the commission on human rights in the IPU would discuss the issue of Palestinian MPs in Israeli jails at its next meeting.

Berawi: 110 cars dedicated to Gaza disabled children will arrive next month
1 Oct 2009 - Spokesman for the international campaign of solidarity with Gaza children Zaher Berawi stated that 110 vehicles dedicated to the disabled would arrive next month in the postwar Gaza Strip.

IOF troops kidnap three citizens released from PA jails
1 Oct 2009 - The IOF troops kidnapped at dawn Wednesday three ex-detainees in Tulkarem from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, all of them were released recently from the jails of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.

Facebook cancels Nazzal's page
1 Oct 2009 - The management of Facebook has cancelled the page of Mohammed Nazzal, the political bureau member of Hamas Movement, only few weeks after it was designed by volunteers.

After meeting Mishaal, Salhi satisfied with Hamas's flexibility
1 Oct 2009 - Bassam Al-Salhi expressed absolute satisfaction over Hamas's positive attitude as reflected in the press conference held by its top leader Khaled Mishaal in Cairo last Monday.

Los Angeles Times

Israel and Hamas agree to a swap 
1 Oct 2009 - They are to exchange 20 female Palestinian prisoners for a recent videotape of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier seized in 2006 near Gaza. Any accord on his release would involve a much larger swap. Shortly after he was seized by Palestinian militants, Gilad Shalit wrote of his ordeal as an "intolerable and inhumane nightmare." The letter, one of just three the captive Israeli soldier has been allowed to write, appealed to authorities to bring him home from his "closed and solitary prison" in the Gaza Strip. 

U.S. may speak directly with Iran at talks 
1 Oct 2009 - The negotiations on Tehran's nuclear program scheduled for Thursday in Geneva involve six countries plus Iran. U.S. officials expect 'an extraordinarily difficult process.' U.S. officials, arriving in Geneva for multinational talks with Iran on its nuclear program, said Wednesday that the session might include a one-on-one discussion between Iranians and Americans, a rarity since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 ruptured ties between Washington and Tehran. 

Israel mutes its rhetoric against Iran as talks loom 
30 Sep 2009 - Israeli leaders say they are willing to wait as President Obama plays out his strategy of negotiating with Iran while threatening stronger world sanctions if the talks fail. Israel has warned for years that it might carry out military action to prevent Iran from building an atomic bomb. But as the United States and other powers prepare to confront Iran in talks this week, the message from Jerusalem is more restrained. 

New York Times

Netanyahu Warns Against Advancing U.N.’s Gaza Report
1 Oct 2009 - The Israeli prime minister warned the Palestinians and international powers that any action taken to advance a recent U.N. report on Gaza would kill the peace process. 

Iran Agrees to More Nuclear Talks With U.S. and Allies
1 Oct 2009 - The talks in Geneva on Thursday included the highest-level bilateral discussions between the United States and Iran in many years. 

Possibility of a Nuclear-Armed Iran Alarms Arabs
1 Oct 2009 - Though it is uncertain how the confrontation over Iranian nuclear facilities will play out, some in the Persian Gulf region are even envisioning a military strike by the West, or Israel. 

Can the Muppets Make Friends in Ramallah?
30 Sep 2009 - You think bringing peace to the Mideast is hard? Try bringing “Sesame Street” to the Palestinian territories. 

Israel to Free 20 Palestinians in Return for Proof Soldier Is Alive
30 Sep 2009 - Israel said it would release 20 Palestinian women from its jails in exchange for a videotape of a captured Israeli soldier that would prove that he is alive. 

Iran Is Seeking a ‘Two-Way Street’ at Talks
29 Sep 2009 - The Iranian foreign minister said the basis for the talks had to be a range of issues, including the recession, trade, regional conflicts and international disarmament. 

Misc

Disagreement over Iran’s threat
Mondoweiss - 1 Oct 2009 - Opher Pines-Paz, a left member of the Israeli Knesset, was in Washington yesterday at the New America Foundation talking about the Iranian threat, arguing that nothing should be taken off the table by the west (i.e., military action). Taylor Marsh had this report , excerpted: M.J. Rosenberg,...

10 tips for crossing Israeli borders
Mondoweiss - 1 Oct 2009 - Pamela Olson is an American writer now staying in the West Bank. In a few months she will publish a book, Fast Times in Palestine . We’ve posted a couple of her earlier writings under the name Pamela River. She sent along some tips on crossing Israeli...

More on the anti-Semitism charge
Mondoweiss - 1 Oct 2009 - Chris Moore is angry that I "tarred" him with the anti-Semite label in a post I did last week. He’s responded on his site – the charmingly-titled Judeofascism.com– here and has challenged me to publish the post. I won’t, but you can go look at it....

William Safire: Wars Made out of Words
Mondoweiss - 30 Sep 2009 - “There were no thrills while he reigned, but neither were there any headaches. He had no ideas, and he was not a nuisance.” What Mencken said of Coolidge can be reversed in the case of Safire. There were plenty of thrills, and after the thrills, the...

No statute of limitations on using the Holocaust
Mondoweiss - 30 Sep 2009 - On behalf of Roman Polanski that is. Bernard Henry-Levy’s letter at Huffpo, signed by a bunch of big hitters: Apprehended like a common terrorist Saturday evening, September 26, as he came to receive a prize for his entire body of work, Roman Polanski now sleeps in...

On Palestinian Civil Disobedience
Alternative Information Center - 30 Sep 2009 - A simple Google search with the words "Palestinian violence" yields over 86,000 pages, while a search with the words "Palestinian civil disobedience" generates only 47 pages. Sometime in 1846, Henry David Thoreau spent a night in jail because he refused to pay his taxes. This was...


Articles

Electronic Intifada
Obama must match rhetoric with principle
1 Oct 2009 - US President Barack Obama has placed restoration of the stature of the United States among his primary foreign policy goals. He has already achieved substantial progress in Europe, where polls indicate that he is widely admired. The president's June Cairo University speech also won praise in the Arab and Muslim worlds. Yet many across the globe still await the substantive policy changes implied by his inspiring words. George Bisharat comments. 

Answering critics of the boycott movement
1 Oct 2009 - The list of successful boycott, divestment and sanctions actions has now become too long to list, yet, there are still many out there who do not believe in this movement and have reservations on a number of grounds, offering two main concerns that are rarely tackled, and when they are it is only cursory. The first is the criticism of why a boycott movement against Israel and not countries like China, Sudan or the US. The second concerns the argument that boycott is against dialogue. Sami Hermez comments for The Electronic Intifada. 

Nahr al-Bared reconstruction delays protested
1 Oct 2009 - Since the end of August, construction equipment in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared, near the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, has stood unused after the Lebanese State Council granted a two month moratorium for the reconstruction of the camp. Nahr al-Bared, home to approximately 30,000 refugees, was destroyed during a three-month-long battle between the Lebanese army and the militant group Fatah al-Islam in the summer of 2007. Ray Smith reports for Electronic Lebanon. 

Gaza solidarity organizer under house arrest in Israel
30 Sep 2009 - Nine months after he helped to organize protests against Israel's attack on Gaza, Samih Jabareen is a prisoner in his home in Jaffa, near Tel Aviv. The 40-year-old actor and theatre director is one of dozens of Arab political activists in Israel who have faced long-term detention during and since Israel's winter assault on Gaza in what human rights groups are calling political intimidation and repression of free speech by the Israeli police and courts. Jonathan Cook reports. 

In Gaza
beit hanoun olive harvest
1 Oct 2009 - A day of olive picking in Gaza’s north. A day of traditional Palestinian songs, and teasing, olive stains, and stories of lost olive trees and bulldozed homes. We, a number of Palestinian and international volunteers, are participating is because of the danger of Israeli soldiers opening fire on the harvesters –the trees are roughly 1 km from the northern border wall, and while Israeli officials say their Israeli-imposed “buffer zone” extends only 300m, experience has shown that farmers and civilians near that arbitrary line are subject to lethal shooting. The Palestinian contingent is the lively “Local Initiative” group from Beit Hanoun. On most accompaniments, I’ve seen a couple of men...

Palestine Chronicle
Iran's Nuclear Theater Meant to Divert Attention
1 Oct 2009 - By Ramzy Baroud World events have taken an interesting turn recently, with the Goldstone report, which wreaked havoc in the beginning of the week being nearly completely overshadowed by Iran’s revelation of another nuclear facility, according to diplomats in Vienna on September 25. The Iran nuclear threat - although theater is a more suitable term - was highlighted repeatedly, first by US President Barack Obama during a UN speech on September 23, then again by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the next day. The latter came armed with maps and relentlessly provoked Holocaust memories, following the ever so predictable, albeit insensitive and deceptive pattern. This charade was meant to distract from the nearly 600 page UN report, prepared by South Africa judge Richard Goldstone and others, dedicated mostly to Israeli war crimes in Gaza. Confirming that Israel wantonly used weapons, including illegal weapons, against a defenseless civilian population in Gaza and going so far to say that Israel did not only commit war crimes, but indeed may have also committed crimes against humanity, the findings of the report were all set by the wayside. The report was utterly rebuked by Netanyahu and his ilk, arrogantly disregarded and shelved. Concurrently, Israel’s official statement regarding the IAEA’s pressure on Israel to sign on to the Non-Proliferation Treaty was that Israel “deplored” such a notion. The Israeli conceit may be redundant, but is as ever infuriating. Many of Israel’s devoted supporters accused the Goldstone mission of fabricating conclusions before the investigations even came...

Ten Years On, The Palestine Chronicle Launches its Anniversary Fundraiser
1 Oct 2009 - Dear Readers, Friends and Supporters, The Palestine Chronicle has crossed the ten year threshold, and we now embark on our second decade of providing you with unmatched news and information from Palestine. Let us start by acknowledging you, for without your support throughout these ten years, our efforts would have been shelved long ago. From all of us, and with the utmost gratitude, we thank you for all you have done for PC and ultimately for the cause of Palestine. Our most earnest hope is that we have relayed this struggle with professionalism, objectivity and in a manner that dignifies Palestinians everywhere, wherever they may be in their Diaspora. It is in their honor - and in the honor of people everywhere who have struggled with patience and courage for freedom – that we carry on with this important work. As we do twice annually, we ask for your support to help us continue bringing free commentary on Palestine and Palestine-related issues to readers all over the world. It is only the voluntary subscriptions of readers that that have enabled us to sustain this unique online newspaper since its inception in September 1999. As events related to Palestine don’t cease to bring up urgent issues and debates rarely covered with any real credibility or impartiality by mainstream media sources, it is imperative that independent, intelligent viewpoints remain freely and widely available. To be able to provide independent commentary free from alliances to any particular ideology, individual or political party, PC...

Gaza Peace Protester is Prisoner in Own Home
29 Sep 2009 - By Jonathan Cook - Nazareth Nine months after he helped to organise protests against Israel's attack on Gaza, Samih Jabareen is a prisoner in his home in Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, an electronic bracelet around his ankle to alert the police should he step outside his front door. The 40-year-old actor and theatre director is one of dozens of Arab political activists in Israel who have faced long-term detention during and since Israel's winter assault on Gaza in what human rights groups are calling political intimidation and repression of free speech by the Israeli police and courts. A report published last week by Adalah, an Arab legal rights group in Israel, said 830 Israeli demonstrators, the overwhelming majority of them Arab citizens, were arrested for participating in mostly peaceful demonstrations during the 23 days of the Gaza operation. According to the report, the police broke up protests using physical violence; most protesters were refused bail during legal proceedings, despite the minor charges; the courts treated children no differently from adults, in violation of international law; and Arab leaders were interrogated and threatened by the secret police in a bid to end their political activity. This month's report by the UN inquiry into Gaza, led by Judge Richard Goldstone, dedicated a chapter to events inside Israel, concluding similarly that there was wide-scale repression of political activists, non-governmental organisations and journalists in Israel. The goal, the committee said, was "to minimise public scrutiny of [Israel's] conduct both during its military operations in...

Make Love or Make War: Two Sides of the Israeli Coin
29 Sep 2009 - By Jim Miles That Israel exists and has the power to continue existing is very much a fact. With a sophisticated military establishment including more than 200 nuclear weapons (at lowest estimates) there is no way Israel would stop existing as a state of some kind. The argument within Israel, minimally interpreted from a few written works, is how will Israel survive into the future along the lines of what kind of state will it be and how will that be achieved. As with most societies, there are large divisions within Israel about the best way forward, arguments that look back over the millennia for support, yet turn pivotally on the shoah of the Second World War and the awareness that there is a serious problem with the Palestinian population both within Israel and within the occupied territories. It can be argued that all of Israel is occupied territory, but the reality of the occupation is that the territory behind the green line will not be dealt with under any negotiated settlement. Inside Israel there are many ideological splits, none of which of course deny Israel, but with many different intents and purposes for the way forward, with several different interpretations of past and present events. In simplest terms, two recent works examine the way forward: one advocates militarism, and the preparedness for a long ongoing struggle; the other advocates peace and the love and joy of a revived Judaism. Saving Israel [1] is written by Daniel Gordis, the Senior...

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