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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
4 October, 2009

News

Ma'an News

Clashes break out in Jerusalem’s Old City
10/4/2009 - Jerusalem - Ma'an - Palestinians protesters clashed with Israeli forces near Lions' Gate in East Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday morning. No injuries were immediately reported, although at least 40 people were hurt when fierce confrontations erupted there last week. A standoff began around midnight on Sunday morning when Israeli forces attempted to evacuate and detain about 200 Muslim worshippers holed up in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Helicopters were spotted flying overhead the mosque, which was soon under lockdown as a large contingent of Israeli forces deployed in the Old City and police began demanding that Palestinians at the compound hand themselves over in exchange for opening the mosque's gates, which were sealed overnight. The Jerusalem Post reported that the area was closed "to Muslim visitors and worshipers" over. . . 

Gaza boy shot by Israeli forces
10/4/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - A young boy was shot by Israeli forces on his family's farm near the Israeli border in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, medical officials said. According to Muawiya Hassanein, the director of Ambulance and Emergency Services in the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf Abu Suleiman was shot in the spine. Hassanein also said Israeli forces denied ambulances access to the area to take the child to hospital. Instead, the forces detained him for two hours, he said. The boy was transferred to a hospital after this detention, the official said. Asked about the incident, an Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma'an that during an army operation, soldiers identified a "suspicious Palestinian man" approaching the border fence, and fired warning shots in the air. After the Palestinian ignored warning shots, the spokeswoman said, the army fired at and lightly injured him. 

Israeli jets pound Gaza for fourth consecutive day
10/4/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Israel's air force launched three strikes on the tunnel area in Rafah, between Egypt and southern Gaza, on Sunday morning. The attacks reportedly terrified residents, but no casualties were announced after the fourth consecutive series of airstrikes in as many days. Israeli warplanes have continued to pound the Gaza Strip all week, purportedly in response to homemade projectiles fired from Gaza. On Saturday, the country's air force said it targeted tunnels in Rafah twice, as well as a third strike in an open area in eastern Gaza City. On Wednesday, six Palestinians sustained light wounds in airstrikes on northern and southern Gaza. On Tuesday, Israeli jets, artillery, and tanks fired missiles and shells at different sites in the Strip, injuring five people, two of them at a farm in the northern city of Beit Lahiya. 

’Justice delayed is justice denied’
10/4/2009 - Fares Hamouda, a young Palestinian boy, was killed on 11 January 2009, during Israel's Operation Cast Lead, a three-week offensive against the Gaza Strip. Here, Hamouda's body appears in the morgue in Gaza's Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. According to human rights groups, more than 1,400 Palestinians were killed in the three-week onslaught, the majority of them women and children, raising serious concerns that Israel violated the laws of war by failing to distinguish between civilian and military targets. Last Thursday the Palestinian mission to the United Nations in Geneva buckled to international pressure and dropped its endorsement of the report of Justice Richard Goldstone's Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza conflict. This decision to reverse course, reportedly made by President Mahmoud Abbas himself, means that no international action will be made on Goldstone's findings until next year. 

Marwan Barghouthi: Israel is not a peace partner
10/4/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi called for Palestinians to form a unified campaign of peaceful, popular resistance to Israeli settlements in an interview made public on Sunday. In an interview from Israel's Hadarim Prison through his lawyers, Barghouthi said that "there is no Israeli peace partner. "Anyone who thinks that peace is possible with the current Israeli government and was not possible with the previous governments is being delusional," he was quoted as saying. In the interview he also praised caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's plan to establish a Palestinian state, de facto, in the next two years. He called on the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leadership, specifically, to endorse the plan, along with a program of peaceful resistance. Barghouthi, a Fatah figure thought to have a political base extending beyond his own. . . 

Dahlan works damage control as UN outrage spreads
10/5/2009 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Muhammad Dahlan, a senior Fatah official, told Ma'an on Saturday that the Palestine Liberation Organization would investigate why debate of South African justice Richard Goldstone's report was postponed at the UN on Friday. "We've called for a commission of inquiry into what motivated the deferral request, to find out what happened," he said during an interview in Ramallah, vowing to uncover what led the PLO's envoy to Geneva to drop the endorsement. Dahlan's remarks came just hours before Mahmoud Abbas formally announced an inquest into what was widely believed to be the president's own decision, made following some reportedly swift but effective wrangling from the Palestinian Authority's US allies. As outrage spread throughout Palestine, and particularly his native Gaza, Dahlan sought to distance himself and Fatah from the wildly unpopular move, which has. . . 

Hamas: Abbas cannot investigate himself
10/5/2009 - Ramallah/Gaza - Ma'an - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ordered an investigation into why his own government delayed international action on a United Nations report calling for investigations on alleged Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip. Reacting to this decision, the ruling Hamas movement in Gaza said the investigation was not enough. Party spokesperson Ismail Radwan said since Abbas is himself the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), he cannot investigate the PLO's actions. "We do not need to form a national investigating committee but to form a committee to bring to account those responsible [for the decision,]" Radwan said. There was an outpouring of public anger at Abbas and his leadership when the PLO mission to the UN in Geneva dropped its endorsement of Justice Richard Goldstone's report in the UN Human Rights Council last week. 

Bahar: Abbas, Fayyad to blame for failure in Geneva
10/4/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Ahmad Bahar, the deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) said that President Mahmoud Abbas and caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad were to blame for the a decision to postpone a key UN vote on allegations of Israeli war crimes. The PLO's envoy to the UN in Geneva, Ibrahim Khreisha, was instructed to drop the Palestinian delegation's endorsement of Justice Richard Goldstone's investigation into the Israeli war on Gaza last winter. During a news conference on the rubble of the PLC building in Gaza, which was leveled by Israeli warplanes last winter, Bahar called for Khreisha to be fired. In his remarks, Bahar also lashed out at the Organization of the Islamic Conference for defending the Palestinian Authority. "We regret the statement that is said by Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary-general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. . . 

Israel seals two of three crossings into Gaza
10/4/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli authorities decided to open the Kerem Shalom crossing on Sunday to allow food and fuel into the besieged Gaza Strip, according to a local Palestinian official. Raed Fattouh, a crossings representative, added that both the Nahal Oz and Karni crossings with Israel were expected to remain closed. Fattouh said that the Kerem Shalom crossing would be open for 73-83 trucks carrying commercial merchandise and humanitarian aid. Israel and Egypt have maintained a debilitating blockade on Gaza since 2007, preventing all but a trickle of imports and exports, and banning the coastal strip's 1. 5 million residents from traveling. On Saturday, dozens of Gazan students appealed to the Egyptian government to open its Rafah crossing with southern Gaza so they could attend their universities in Egypt. 

Israel releases Hamas PLC member
10/4/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - Israel released Hamas-affiliated parliament member Riyad Al-Amlah from prison on Sunday when he finished a three year, five month sentence for membership in a "illegal organization. " Al-Amlah was seized by Israeli forces in the summer of 2006, during a sweep of senior Hamas officials following the capture of soldier Gilad Shalit by militants from Gaza. Al-Amlah was arrested by Israel several times in prior to 2006 for his activities in various charitable and educational organizations. He also served as the mayor of the West Bank village of Qabalan, south of Nablus. Twenty-two Hamas members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and three from other parties remain in Israeli jails. Israel's arrests of lawmakers have largely paralyzed the legislature since 2006. 

Israeli police arrest 70 workers crammed into truck
10/4/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli police discovered 70 Palestinian men seeking work in Israel crammed into the back of a refrigerator truck on Sunday. The workers and the driver, reportedly from the Palestinian-Israeli town of Abu Ghosh, near Jerusalem, were arrested. The men were sent back to the West Bank, the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth said. According to the report, Israeli Border Guards stopped the vehicle on Highway Six, a major north-south thoroughfare. "We honestly didn't expect to find this many people in the truck," Border Guard Chief-Inspector Yossi Frienti told the newspaper. "It was an inhumane sight, unfortunately. Animals shouldn't be transported like that, let alone people. " The passengers boarded the truck in Shuafat, north of Jerusalem en route to the Wadi Ara area in northern Israel, the report said. 

PFLP: Armed wing fired on Israeli bulldozer in Gaza
10/4/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - The armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said it fired on an Israeli military bulldozer reportedly operating in Gaza on Sunday. The purported attack occurred north of Kissufim, according to the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades. In a statement, the group claimed that both the military bulldozer's driver and another soldier were seen falling to the ground after the leftist faction's fighters opened fire. Israel's military denied the report. Approached by Ma'an, a military spokeswoman said she was unaware of any such attack. She added that after an initial inquiry, the army found that no gunshots or other type of fire was reported in the area in question. Ma'an could not independently verify either of the two claims. 

Israeli soldiers injured as army vehicle flips in West Bank
10/4/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - Two Israelis were injured when a military vehicle flipped over near the Huwwara checkpoint south of the West Bank city of Nablus on Sunday. According to the Israeli police website, the two soldiers were hospitalized with "light" injuries. [end] 

Israel: Hamas to erect strategic mobile homes
10/5/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Israel is worried about what officials called Hamas' plans to create a new line of defense against Israeli forces, according to a report on Saturday. The Israeli daily newspaper Ma'ariv quoted official Israeli sources saying that Hamas was preparing to erect trailers near the border purportedly to house Gazans whose homes were destroyed during last winter's offensive. However, Israel believes the alleged plan to place structures only hundreds of meters from the border was actually designed to make digging smuggling tunnels easier, the Hebrew-language newspaper reported. Ma'ariv quoted the de facto government's minister of public works, Yousif Al-Mansi, telling the Gaza-based Filisteen (Palestine) newspaper, "The government plans to fund the purchase of trailers and distribute them to Gazan people whose houses were destroyed during the war. 

Hamas leader expects swap deal within weeks
10/4/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Hamas leader Mahmoud Az-Zahar said on Saturday that a comprehensive prisoner swap would be arranged between Israel and Palestinian factions within a matter of weeks, or months at most. In an interview with the German Der Spiegel magazine, quoted by AFP, Az-Zahhar added that he hoped negotiations would come to a conclusion as soon as possible. For months, Israel and Hamas have been indirectly negotiating, via Egypt and Germany, the release of captured soldier Gilad Shalit, who was seized in a cross-border raid in 2006. On Friday, Israel freed 19 female prisoners for a video proving Shalit was still alive. Hamas has demanded hundreds of Israel's estimated 10,000 Palestinian prisoners be freed in exchange for the soldier. A major sticking point in the proposal is Israel's insistence that dozens of these detainees be exiled to other countries rather than return to their homes. 

’Seize more soldiers’: Israel releases 20th woman in Shalit video deal
10/5/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Israel has released a 20th Palestinian woman prisoner as promised in exchange for a short videotape proving that captured soldier Gilad Shalit is alive. On arriving home in the Gaza Strip, former prisoner Rawda Habib urged Palestinian factions to capture more soldiers in order to exert more pressure on Israel to release Palestinians from its prisons. Habib was released two days after the Palestinian side handed over the videotape of Shalit. Israel released an initial 19 prisoners on Friday. Habib arrived at the Erez border crossing on Sunday at noon to find her three children, grandmother, and the rest of her family waiting for her. After she passed through Erez crossing in a Red Cross car, Habib was taken in a Hamas vehicle, and was accompanied Osama Al-Mizyani, one of the senior officials involved in the Shalit issue. 

PSE drops: Al-Quds Index down 0.18%
- Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Palestine Securities Exchange began the week on a weak note on Sunday, as the Al-Quds Index decreased 0. 89 points (0. 18%) to 501. 41. Trading volume for Sunday was 951,157 shares traded for a total value of 957,068. 08 US dollars, over the course of 335 trades. The shares of 24 companies were traded. The shares prices of nine companies rose, while those of seven others declined. The top five gainers were TRUST by (4. 62%), ARE by (4. 35%), PCB by (3. 90%), PIIC by (3. 08%), NCI by (3. 03%) The top five losers were JCC by (4. 71%), AZIZA by (4. 31%), AIG by (3. 49%), UCI by (3. 08%), and PEC by (2. 00%). [end] 

Ha'aretz Defense page

Egyptian border guard dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound near Gaza border
4 Oct 2009 - Sources said investigations were under way to determine the source of the gunshots. 

Goldstone tells Sderot: Probe did not ignore rocket terror
4 Oct 2009 - Author of Gaza war report responds to letter from David Buskila, who accused him of ignoring rocket fire. 

Soccer player who dodged IDF can return home without arrest
4 Oct 2009 - IDF to let Ben Sahar to enter and exit for match against Moldova, but reiterates obligation for service. 

What are the chances of a third Palestinian Intifada?
4 Oct 2009 - Fatah strongman: Palestinians will continue to resist occupation, but only in accordance with international law. 

Last woman Palestinian prisoner freed in Shalit video swap
4 Oct 2009 - Haniyeh: Movement in prisoner swap file a 'serious relief'; Report: Israel knows exactly where Shalit is held. 

Defense officials satisfied after analyzing Shalit video
3 Oct 2009 - Officials say video proves that despite his suffering, Shalit wasn't subjected to Hamas indoctrination. 

'Israel hands Kremlin list of Russians helping Iran build nukes'
3 Oct 2009 - report states PM delivered list to Moscow during secret trip to Russia last month. 

Israel bombs Gaza weapons lab following Hamas rocket attack
3 Oct 2009 - IAF jets also destroy two smuggling tunnels near the Gaza-Egypt border town of Rafah early Saturday. 

Uruknet

Marwan Barghouthi: Israel is not a peace partner [05-oct-2009 02:10 ECT]
October 4, 2009 - ...In an interview from Israel's Hadarim Prison through his lawyers, Barghouthi said that "there is no Israeli peace partner. "Anyone who thinks that peace is possible with the current Israeli government and was not possible with the previous governments is being delusional," he was quoted as saying [...] ".I read the Egyptian proposal. It was sent to...

Did Traitor Abbas Instigate the Gaza Massacre? [05-oct-2009 01:28 ECT]
October 4, 2009 - * Did the Palestinian Authority plan and even instigate the war crimes on Gaza together with Israel? * Is the PA also actively involved in urging the UN to postpone the vote on the report of the Goldstone, which accuses Israel of committing war crimes against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip? If these allegations are true, and...

Abbas Orders Probe Into Who Supported Deferring the Goldstone Report at the UN (AKA Let's Sing "Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar?) [04-oct-2009 22:29 ECT]
October 4, 2009 - We've all read it, the shocking yet not to be unexpected news that the Palestinian Authority supported the delaying of the vote in the UN Human Rights Council on passing the Goldstone Report to the UN General Assembly for further action which could have resulted in Israel being tried for war crimes for it's massacre of...

Gazan human rights organizations hold press conference [04-oct-2009 22:23 ECT]
October 4, 2009 - Following the Palestinian Authority decision on 2 October to defer the draft proposal endorsing the UN "Goldstone Report", nearly twenty different human rights organizations issued a statement and held a press conference condemning the Palestinian Authority's decision. Among the groups were the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, Badil, Adalah,...

UN praises Iranian 'co-operation' [04-oct-2009 21:03 ECT]
October 4, 2009 - The head of the UN nuclear watchdog has said relations with Iran are shifting from confrontation to co-operation. Mohamed ElBaradei, who is visiting Tehran, said this was a "critical moment" and urged Iran to be as transparent as possible. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency also announced inspectors would visit Tehran's newly revealed uranium...

Iran to privatize Alborz Insurance Company [04-oct-2009 21:01 ECT]
October 4, 2009 - Some 5 percent of Iran's state-run Alborz Insurance Company's shares will be floated on the stock market in line with the government's accelerated privatization policy. Head of the Iranian Privatization Organization (IPO) Gholamreza Kord-Zanganeh says the shares would be offered on the Tehran Stock Exchange on October 7 by inviting bids from private investors. He did...

'Israel has to be held accountable' [04-oct-2009 20:51 ECT]
October 4, 2009 - The postponement of the UN Human Rights Council vote on the findings of Richard Goldstone's report into Israel's recent 22-day war on Gaza has raised many questions. Sahar Francis, a Palestinian Israeli and a human rights lawyer who testified before the UN fact finding mission led by Goldstone, spoke to Al Jazeera about the move and...

Gaza boy shot by Israeli forces [04-oct-2009 20:38 ECT]
October 4, 2009 - A young boy was shot by Israeli forces on his family's farm near the Israeli border in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, medical officials said. According to Muawiya Hassanein, the director of Ambulance and Emergency Services in the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf Abu Suleiman was shot in the spine. Hassanein also said Israeli...

NEW YORK'S LARGEST SYNAGOGUE CLOSED OFF TO JEWISH WORSHIPERS [04-oct-2009 20:32 ECT]
Ocotber 4, 2009 - Worshipers arrived at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue this morning for Festive Holiday prayers only to find the building cordoned off by local police. They were told that the house of prayer was off limits to Jews for an unlimited period of time. Prayers were held in a small park across the street but were cut short...

Video: olives under occupation [04-oct-2009 20:28 ECT]
October 4, 2009 - What happens to Palestinian Olive trees after they are uprooted by the Israel? Taufik retune to his land four years after his olive trees have been uprooted. Badar speaks of the thousands dollars he and his family lost as a result of the tree uprooting and Akram tells about the uprooting of 300 trees some of...

Clashes as Israel shuts off al-Aqsa [04-oct-2009 20:04 ECT]
October 4, 2009 - Israeli security forces have closed off the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jersualem as more than 200 Palestinians stage a sit-in at the site. Sporadic clashes broke out on Sunday as military and police checkpoints were set up around the site, known as the Haram al-Sharif to Muslims and the Temple Mount to Jews. At least seven...

ElBaradei says nuclear Israel number one threat to Mideast: report [04-oct-2009 19:57 ECT]
October 4, 2009 - Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei said Sunday that "Israel is number one threat to Middle East" with its nuclear arms, the official IRNA news agency reported. At a joint press conference with Iran's Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran, ElBaradei brought Israel under spotlight and said that...

Palestine Telegraph

Palestinians commemorate Al Aqsa Intifada through Bili'n resistance
Bil'in, October 3, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Yesterday's weekly demonstration in Bil'in was inundated with gas, but no arrests were made.

Palestinians Prisoners Waiting A complete Freedom
Palestine, October 2, 2009, (Pal Telegraph)-In an amazing celebration in both Gaza and West Bank, the 19 Palestinian prisoners have been greatly welcomed today 2 Oct 2009.

Vote on Gaza report deferred
Palestine, October 2, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has supported a decision to defer a vote on the UN-sanctioned report on the Gaza war until next March, Al Jazeera has learned.

Greek on-line protest against participation of Israeli archaeologist in UNESCO symposium
Greece. October 2, 2009, (Pal Telegraph)- The Greek Association for Solidarity with the Palestinian People, INTIFADA, has called for a cultural and academic boycott of the symposium entitled Intercultural Encounters in the Hellenized Orient organized by UNESCO in Paris.

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.

The National

Cairo-led talks to focus on Palestinian reconciliation
4 Oct 2009 - Latest efforts to foster an end to the feud between the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah is scheduled for tonight.

Israel frees final woman prisoner
4 Oct 2009 - Israel has released the final Palestinian woman prisoner as part of a breakthrough swap for a video of its soldier held in Gaza for more than three years.

UN watchdog gains access to atomic site
3 Oct 2009 - Talks between Tehran and six world powers on nuclear inspections prove to be unexpectedly productive.

Anger over delay of Gaza report
3 Oct 2009 - Palestinian Authority has been criticised for agreeing to the deferral of UN Human Rights Council's response to judge's findings on war crimes.

Aljazeera

Syria rebuffs Abbas over Gaza delay
5 Oct 2009 - Palestinian leader's trip postponed after delay in endorsing UN Gaza war report.

IAEA sets Iran inspection date 
4 Oct 2009 - UN experts to visit newly disclosed uranium enrichment facility in Qom on October 25.

Clashes as Israel shuts off al-Aqsa
4 Oct 2009 - Checkpoints set up around Jerusalem religious site as Israel demands Palestinians end sit-in.

Last Shalit-deal prisoner freed
4 Oct 2009 - Israel releases 20th Palestinian women in return for video of captured soldier.

Alternative Information Center

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: Decision of Palestinian Leadership and International Pressure an Insult to the Victims
3 Oct 2009 - Adalah * Addameer * Aldameer * Al Haq * Al Mezan * Arab Association for Human Rights * Badil * Civic Coalition for Jerusalem * DCI-Palestine * ENSAN Centre * ITTJIAH *  Independent Commission for Human Rights * Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre * Palestinian Centre for...

Palestine News Network

Invitation to Clube De Choro De Barasilia in Aida Refugee Camp
3 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian Ministry of Tourism, The Brazilian Representative in the Palestinian territories and Aida Youth Activity Center Invite you to join the music show performed by Clube De Choro De Barasilia in Aida Refugee Camp at (Al A'oda Theater ) near the Wall in northern Bethlehem, 5 October 2009 at 4:00 pm

Qalqilia: Prison City, a Palestine Monitor trip with Checkpoint Watch
3 Oct 2009 - Qalqilia / Palestine Monitor - No town in the West Bank suffers more restrictions than Qalqilia. The population is surrounded on all four sides by the Wall, which separates them from their farmland and source of income. Nearby a large Israeli settlement plunders more essential resources. Worse still is the security which accompanies these structures, with dozens of checkpoints policing the town and...

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: decision of Palestinian leadership an insult to victims
3 Oct 2009 - The Goldstone report is under heavy fire and so are those who expect its findings to be honored. Statement issued by: Adalah, Addameer, Aldameer, Al Haq, Al Mezan, Arab Association for Human Rights, Badil, Civic Coalition for Jerusalem, DCI-Palestine, ENSAN Centre, ITTJIAH, Independent Commission for Human Rights, Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Ramallah Centre for...

Students and staff prevented entry, several arrests and assaults at Mosque
3 Oct 2009 - Jerusalem / Maisa Abu Ghazaleh for PNN - Israeli authorities have imposed a total since the middle of last night on Al Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem’s Old City, preventing the entry or exit of citizens and journalists. Israeli forces have also arrested Hatem Abdel Qader, the official in charge of the Jerusalem file in the Fateh movement, Tariq Al Hashlamon, a guard at...

Chief Palestinian Justice issues distress call to lift siege on Al Aqsa Mosque
3 Oct 2009 - Jerusalem / PNN - Dr. Taysir Tamimi, Chief Justice of Palestine and chairman of the Islamic-Christian association to support holy sites in Jerusalem, issued a distress call today. He is requesting the aid of the Arab and Islamic worlds to lift the siege of Al Aqsa Mosque and to protect and release those people who are trapped inside.The Mosque is being exposed to...

By deferring vote on Goldstone report, Human Rights Council fails to implement recommendations
3 Oct 2009 - Amnesty International - As the Human Rights Council closes this week’s discussions on the Goldstone report, Amnesty International calls for the UN Secretary-General to refer the report to the UN Security Council without delay. This week the UN Human Rights Council met in Geneva to discuss the findings and recommendations of the report of Judge Richard Goldstone’s Fact-Finding Mission into violations of...

Inter Press Service

US-IRAN: Geneva Talks Seen as Potential Breakthrough 
WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (IPS) - While experts here are being deliberately tentative in their assessments of Thursday's meeting in Geneva between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany (P5+1), there appears to be a growing sense that the results could lay the basis for...

EGYPT: Virtually, Some Real Freedom 
CAIRO, Oct 2 (IPS) - Egyptians critical of their government are using new media and the Internet to expose its improprieties and press for social change.

Stop The Wall

More injuries and arrests as the villages of Bil’in and Ma’sara protest the Wall
4 Oct 2009 - Protestors marched against the Wall in Bil’in and al-Ma’sara on Friday. A solidarity delegation from France joined the people of Bil’in, and two people were injured during the course of the day. Occupation forces have also arrested another member of the Bil’in popular committee. [

Invitation: protest against the PA’s position on the Goldstone report
4 Oct 2009 - [ 

PCHR Latest

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: Decision of Palestinian Leadership and International Pressure an Insult to the Victims, 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

Gazan human rights organizations hold press conference
10/4/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Following the Palestinian Authority decision on 2 October to defer the draft proposal endorsing the UN "Goldstone Report", nearly twenty different human rights organizations issued a statement and held a press conference condemning the Palestinian Authority's decision. Among the groups were the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, Badil, Adalah, Defense for Children (DCI)-Palestine, and other women's, prisoners' and children's rights groups from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. PCHR, Al Mezan, Addameer and the Commission for Human Rights representatives spoke at a press conference in front of the bombed Ministry complex, targeted repeatedly by F-16 attacks during the winter Israeli massacre of Gaza. Following the 23 day massacre of Gaza, Justice Richard Goldstone and a team of investigators conducted two visits to Gaza, during which they heard nearly 200 interviews, and reviewed thousands of documents, photos, and videos, reported the UK's Guardian. 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Mubarak to Israel: Peace process can't take another failure
4 Oct 2009 - CAIRO - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak urged Israel to resume peace talks with the Palestinians where they broke off more than a year ago, warning that the peace process can't take another failure. ... 

PA waging diplomatic war over Temple Mount
4 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian Authority has been waging a diplomatic campaign against Israel for the past two weeks over what it terms "provocations" on the Temple Mount. ... 

Vice Premier cancels U.K. visit over arrest fears 
4 Oct 2009 - Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon recently canceled a planned trip to Britain for fear of being arrested there. ... 

PA move to thwart Goldstone Gaza report shocks Palestinian public
3 Oct 2009 - Palestinian sources tell Haaretz that Abbas request to halt vote on Gaza war probe was result of U.S. pressure.

Last woman Palestinian prisoner freed in Shalit video swap
3 Oct 2009 - Israel freed a Palestinian woman prisoner to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the last of 20 it has swapped for a videotape that provided the first visible evidence that abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is still alive. ...

The Guardian

Video shows captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit looking well
2 Oct 2009 - Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured near Gaza more than three years ago, appeared unhurt and in good health in a video recording received by the Israeli government yesterday. Shalit spoke, walked briefly towards the camera...

Video: Footage shows Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit looking healthy
2 Oct 2009 - Israel received a two-minute video of captured soldier, Gilad Shalit, after it asked Hamas for 'proof of life'. The following video is in Hebrew and will be translated shortly

Fatah and Hamas set for surface unity | Ben White
2 Oct 2009 - The two Palestinian factions may agree to an Egypt-brokered unity deal – but only by glossing over their core differences After half a dozen unsuccessful attempts, there is now a strong sense that Egypt has managed...

Israel frees Palestinian women after Gilad Shalit video
2 Oct 2009 - Nineteen female prisoners freed after Hamas hands over minute-long video of captured Israeli soldier Israel released 19 female Palestinian prisoners today in return for a video of a soldier captured by Palestinian militants near Gaza more...

Small beer at Taybeh, Palestine's only brewery
2 Oct 2009 - Taybeh, the only brewery in Palestinian territories, is thriving despite an array of unusual challenges As beer-making businesses go, the Taybeh brewery faces an unusual raft of challenges. It is the only brewery in the Palestinian...

UN delays action on Gaza war report
2 Oct 2009 - Palestinian leaders drop backing for resolution on document critical of Israel and Hamas The UN today put off action on a report criticising Israel's actions during the war in Gaza after Palestinian leaders suddenly dropped their...

In pictures: The Taybeh brewery in West Bank
2 Oct 2009 - The only domestic lager in the Palestinian territories comes from the West Bank village of Taybeh

Ha'aretz National page

City of David endangers Arab homes, admits organizer
4 Oct 2009 - A video tape made during a guided tour of the archaeological excavations at Silwan (the City of David) near Jerusalem's Old City walls reveals how Elad, the association that runs the dig, works together with the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Jerusalem municipality to dig under the homes of Arab residents. ... 

Conflict-of-interest accords tie hands of three of PM's top aides 
4 Oct 2009 - Three of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's most senior aides have a ramified network of business and personal ties that bar them from dealing in their current posts with various issues and organizations, according to conflict-of-interest agreements that they signed with the government, which have come to light. ... 

Israel prepares for threat of tsunami
4 Oct 2009 - Early-warning systems will be activated in the near future to warn Israelis in the event of a tsunami in the Mediterranean Sea, the interministerial committee dealing with earthquake preparedness decided last month. ... 

Who is really to blame for the tensions on the Temple Mount?
4 Oct 2009 - Palestinian clashes with Israeli police on Sunday and on the day before Yom Kippur near the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City have made foreign diplomats wonder whether Israel is enacting a new policy on the Temple Mount, which is serving to exacerbate tensions. ... 

Jordan rebukes Israel over Temple Mount strife
3 Oct 2009 - The Jordanian government on Sunday summoned Israel's envoy to Amman for rebuke over the recent tensions at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. ...

Relief Web

OPT: Cabinet communique
3 Oct 2009 - Source: Government of Israel

Israeli planes strike Gaza tunnels and building
3 Oct 2009 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet

Justice delayed is justice denied: Decision of Palestinian leadership and international pressure an insult to the victims
3 Oct 2009 - Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Global Security: Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories 
3 Oct 2009 - Source: Government of the United Kingdom

YNet News

Promotion of police officer who cursed Gaza evacuees irks Right
4 Oct 2009 - Former Negev District police chief Niso Shaham, who during 2005 pullout urged subordinates to 'hit settlers low with your batons,' to be promoted to the rank of major general. Rightists: Decision humiliates large segment of population 

Jordan reprimands Israel envoy over Temple Mount riots
4 Oct 2009 - Amman says Israel's policy on east Jerusalem causing 'unnecessary turmoil,' claims Waqf director was 'humiliated' by police. Ambassador Rosen blames 'inciting elements' 

IDF chief meets French, American counterparts
4 Oct 2009 - Askenazi meets Mullen in Normandy to discuss joint military exercise, then flies to Paris for talks with Georgelin on Iran, Lebanon 

Temple Mount entry restricted following riots 
4 Oct 2009 - Jerusalem Police holds security assessment following capital riots, decides to limit visitation to religious site to worshipers only 

Arab reporter wounded during Jerusalem riots slams police conduct 
4 Oct 2009 - Abdallah Zidan arrived at Temple Mount compound to pray, cover events for Islamic Movement's website. 'Officer hit me with baton for no reason,' he says. Police deny claims 

Goldstone to Sderot mayor: Report didn't ignore rocket fire 
4 Oct 2009 - In response to accusations, head of UN inquiry into Gaza war says report stated that Qassam, mortar fire towards south Israel constituted war crimes. Mayor Buskila invites Goldstone to visit Sderot and 'see that we are not war mongers' 

Obama aide: Iran not closer to nuclear bomb 
4 Oct 2009 - In interview with CBS's 'Face the Nation', National Security adviser Jones dismisses IAEA's conclusion that Tehran has 'sufficient information' to produce bomb, says dispute over nuclear program shifting to cooperation 

70 Palestinians caught crammed into refrigeration truck 
4 Oct 2009 - Border Guard officers order truck driver to pull over for routine inspection, find he was transporting dozens of illegal Palestinian aliens 

Abbas orders probe into Goldstone Report vote deferral 
4 Oct 2009 - After Hamas called PA's decision to pull its support for UN Rights Council's endorsement of Gaza war report 'collaboration with the Zionist enemy,' Palestinian president sets up inquiry committee to find out who was behind it 

Daily Star

UN to inspect Iran's new nuclear plant October 25
5 Oct 2009 - Experts will inspect Iran's new uranium enrichment plant on October 25, UN atomic watchdog head Mohamed ElBaradei said on Sunday, praising Tehran's shift "from conspiracy to cooperation," but warning that "concerns" remain over its nuclear aims. ElBaradei told a news conference in Tehran that Iran had given assurance that International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors.

Tensions in Jerusalem after new Al-Aqsa clashes
5 Oct 2009 - Israeli police and Palestinian protestors on Sunday clashed near Al-Aqsa mosque compound, a flashpoint site in Jerusalem sacred to Muslims and Jews that saw similar unrest a week ago.  The altercation occurred after Israeli authorities closed the holy site in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem and 150 to 200 people gathered to pray outside the Lion's Gate, which leads into the compound, police and witnesses said.

Mubarak urges Israel to start final status talks
5 Oct 2009 - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has urged Israel to open talks with the Palestinians on the full range of issues blocking the path to peace. Stuttering negotiations between the two sides on a step-by-step "road map" toward peace have been suspended completely since Israeli forces launched an assault on the Gaza Strip last December.

Iran gained upper hand at Geneva nuclear talks, analysts say
5 Oct 2009 - Iran gained the upper hand at the high-profile Geneva talks with world powers because it retained the right to enrich uranium - the most controversial aspect of its nuclear program, analysts say. "Iran was able to get recognition of its enrichment activities when it was agreed that it can offer its low-level enriched uranium to be enriched further outside Iran," said journalist and independent analyst Mohammad Saleh Sedghian.

Israel releases final prisoner in video swap
5 Oct 2009 - Israel on Sunday released the final Palestinian woman prisoner as part of a breakthrough swap with the Hamas movement for a video of its soldier held in Gaza for more than three years. Roudah Habib was released into Gaza via the Erez crossing, where she was greeted by relatives and friends before being escorted to the office of Ismail Haniyya, the prime minister of the Hamas-run government, Habib's sister told AFP.

Palestinians angry as Abbas drops Gaza war crimes case
5 Oct 2009 - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas faced growing outrage at home Sunday over his decision to withdraw support for a UN report that alleged Israel and Hamas committed war crimes in last winter's Gaza war. Abbas' reversal came as a result of intense US pressure, Palestinian officials said. The report by respected justice Richard Goldstone.

Turkey holds 17 over Kurd reform 'assassinations'
5 Oct 2009 - Turkish police have detained 17 suspects linked to an extreme left-wing group allegedly planning terror attacks and assassinations to sabotage reforms giving greater rights to the Kurdish community, a report said Saturday. The detainees - members and supporters of group known as the Revolutionary Headquarters - were arrested earlier this week in five provinces.

Palestinian Information Center

Another PA betrayal
5 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian Authority (PA) decision to defer until March a vote on the “Goldstone report” at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva constitutes a huge betrayal of Palestinian people.

Resheq: Israeli crime in the Aqsa Mosque meant to destroy it
5 Oct 2009 - Ezzat Al-Resheq, member of Hamas's political bureau, has warned Sunday of a possible Israeli carnage inside the Aqsa Mosque, and held the Zionist occupation fully responsible for any repercussions.

Salah: Any folly made by Netanyahu will burn everyone especially himself
5 Oct 2009 - Sheikh Ra’ed Salah warned that any folly committed by Benjamin Netanyahu against the Aqsa Mosque would ignite a fire that burns everything and everybody, topped by him.

IOF troops detain 7 members of one family including 4 children
5 Oct 2009 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up seven Palestinians in Beit Owa village, Al-Khalil district, at dawn Sunday, the Palestinian prisoner's club in Al-Khalil city said.

Gov't committee against siege: British Labor members in European aid convoy
5 Oct 2009 - Members of the Labor party in Britain would be among the European convoy carrying aid to disabled Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Hamdy Shaath, the head of the government committee, said.

Haneyya slams PA’s position against Goldstone’s report as reckless
5 Oct 2009 - Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya condemned the Palestinian Authority’s decision to withdraw its support for Goldstone’s report as reckless and lacking any sense of national responsibility.

Friends of Humanity to Abbas: Release human rights activist
5 Oct 2009 - The Friends of Humanity organization has called on Mahmoud Abbas, whose term as PA chief had expired last January, to release Fuad Al-Khafsh, the Palestinian human rights activist.

Abu Mujahid: If Israel knew the whereabouts of Shalit it would have killed him
5 Oct 2009 - "The Zionist enemy is trying to cover up its bitter security failure in finding the whereabouts of the captured soldier Gilad Shalit," Abu Mujahid, the spokesman of the PRC, said on Sunday.

IOF troops violently quell peaceful march
5 Oct 2009 - The IOF on Sunday used force to quell a peaceful march organized by citizens in Burin village, Nablus district, to protest the Jewish settlers' act of cutting their olive trees.

Khatib: Israeli police cause many Palestinian casualties at Al-Asbat gate
5 Oct 2009 - Sheikh Kamal Al-Khatib said Sunday that a large number of Israeli foot and mounted policemen kidnapped and attacked dozens of Palestinian citizens at Al-Asbat gate.

Los Angeles Times

Nuclear chief ElBaradei visits Iran 
4 Oct 2009 - Ahmadinejad defends Iran's nuclear activities as the head of the IAEA arrives to arrange an inspection of the uranium enrichment facility near the holy city of Qom. As the head of the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency arrived in Iran on Saturday, the country's president declared that it had reported the existence of a new nuclear site earlier than required. 

Video-prisoners swap a day of emotion for Mideast 
3 Oct 2009 - Captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit appears healthy in a recent video. There is a tumultuous welcome in Gaza for one freed female Palestinian prisoner; 18 others are greeted in the West Bank. On a day of high emotion for both sides in the Middle East conflict, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip joyously welcomed home 19 female prisoners released by Israel in exchange for a video proving that an Israeli soldier captured three years ago and held in a clandestine jail is alive and well. 

New York Times

Report Says Iran Has Data to Make a Nuclear Bomb
4 Oct 2009 - A U.N. analysis says Iran has “sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable” bomb, going well beyond the public position taken by Washington. 

Syrian Visits Washington as Part of Regional Détente
3 Oct 2009 - Obama administration officials met with the Syrian deputy foreign minister in an effort to draw Syria away from its main ally in the region, Iran. 

Misc

ElBaradei’s talking about Israeli nukes
Mondoweiss - 4 Oct 2009 - One of the talking points for the lobby is that Arab nations are fearful of Iranian nukes. And they would be. Who wants an arms race in your neighborhood? Mohamed ElBaradei of the IAEA is an Egyptian, and one theory of the ‘67 War is that...

At Yom Kippur, shame over Madoff (and for Gaza–bupkus)
Mondoweiss - 3 Oct 2009 - Some reflections on Yom Kippur from Mark : A few thoughts about my Yom Kippur services. I attend Har Tzeon in Wheaton, MD. Nice little conservative synagogue. Interesting sermon Sunday night, The Rabbi discussed where we are going morally and ethically as a people. He said he...

Among the Shministim– excommunication and self-hatred
Mondoweiss - 3 Oct 2009 - More on the Shministim’s tour : The two visiting Israeli women who refused to serve in the army spoke at NYU last night. I ran into a woman whom I’d gone to Gaza with on the elevator. We sat together, and I told her about my plan...

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: Decision of Palestinian Leadership and International Pressure an Insult to the Victims
Alternative Information Center - 3 Oct 2009 - Adalah * Addameer * Aldameer * Al Haq * Al Mezan * Arab Association for Human Rights * Badil * Civic Coalition for Jerusalem * DCI-Palestine * ENSAN Centre * ITTJIAH *  Independent Commission for Human Rights * Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre * Palestinian Centre for Human Rights * Ramallah Centre for Human Rights Studies * Women’s Centre...


Articles
Israel vs. Human Rights 
Adam Horowitz & Philip Weiss, The Nation 9/30/2009
      October 19, 2009 edition
     In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vigorously took up the country’s latest strategy for responding to allegations of human rights abuses: kill the messenger. He denounced a recent report by the UN’s Human Rights Council that had accused Israel of possible crimes against humanity during its assault on Gaza last winter, calling it a "travesty," a "farce" and a "perversion." The Hamas terrorists Israel was up against had committed acts akin in history only to the Nazi blitz of British civilians during World War II, Netanyahu asserted. Indeed, in denying a nation’s right to resist attack, the report sought to undermine Israel’s "legitimacy."
     The head of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, Judge Richard Goldstone, was "upset" by the speech. "It is disingenuous, to put it lightly, what Netanyahu said," he told The Nation. "The idea that this is aimed at delegitimating the state of Israel--that is the last thing I would want to do." Goldstone, a Jew and a Zionist, said that Israel’s leaders were behaving contemptuously, "ignoring the specific allegations and simply launching a broadside."
     Those broadsides began not long after the ascension of the right-wing Netanyahu government in March, when his ministers began painting human rights and peace groups as a fifth column for terrorists. "For the first time the Israeli government is taking an active role in the smearing of human rights groups," says Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch. more.. e-mail

Capacity or audacity? 
Shir Hever, Ma’an News Agency 10/1/2009
      In June 2009, Israel published a document called "Supporting Palestinian Capacity Building: Israel’s Effort in Supporting the Palestinian Economy, Security Reforms and Civil Affairs." It was presented to donor states and distributed at the UN summit on 23 September.
     The report is a political document presented by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), in order to improve Israel’s international prestige, and deflect criticism of its continued occupation of the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT). While this report has been widely circulated, it contains numerous imprecise and untrue statements. It is important to note these erroneous statements in order to offer a more balanced perspective, and to rectify the MFA’s misleading use of quotes from international organizations.
     The report boasts Israel’s encouraged economic growth in the West Bank, but conveys the opposite message. The report contains a long list of cooperative activities which Israel has conducted with the Palestinian Authority since it was established. Other than resuming some of the activities, which Israel was obligated to do and failed to accomplish, Israel does not appear, based on the report, to be willing to do anything beyond the bare minimum to support the Palestinian economy, and often fails to do that as well. Most importantly, though Israel is legally responsible for the wellbeing of the Palestinian population under its occupation, no money is invested by the Israeli Ministry of Finance in maintaining the living conditions of Palestinians and providing basic public services. All the various projects for encouraging development in the OPT are externally funded.
     It should be noted that Israel’s ability to report on the Palestinian economic development is limited. Since 1995, the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics no longer surveys the OPT, and the only Israeli source for data on the OPT population is from military sources, especially the Civil Administration and COGAT (Coordinator of Government Activities in the Palestinian Territories). For that reason, the MFA report is based mostly on the interaction of the Palestinian economy with Israel, and on international reports.... more.. e-mail

In Gaza
Gazan human rights organizations hold press conference
4 Oct 2009 - </a 3 October 2009 Following the Palestinian Authority decision on 2 October to defer the draft proposal endorsing the UN “Goldstone Report”, nearly twenty different human rights organizations issued a statement and held a press conference condemning the Palestinian Authority’s decision. Among the groups were the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, Badil, Adalah, Defense for Children (DCI)-Palestine, and other women’s, prisoners’ and children’s rights groups from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. PCHR, Al Mezan, Addameer and the Commission for Human Rights representatives spoke at a press conference in front of the bombed Ministry complex, targeted repeatedly by F-16 attacks during the...

Palestine Chronicle
Gilad Shalit: A Story of Betrayal
4 Oct 2009 - Uri Avnery - Israel A prisoner of war must not be left in captivity. A wounded soldier must not be left in the field. The state signs an unwritten contract with every person who joins the army, and most definitely with everyone who serves in a combat unit. The behavior of the Israeli governments in these 1196 days, of the politicians and the generals who are responsible for this outrage, is a violation of this contract, a betrayal of trust. In short: an infamy. It enrages and infuriates every decent person, and not only combat soldiers. The betrayal is already in the terminology used. In the words of the Book of Proverbs (18:21): “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”. A soldier captured by the enemy in a military action is a prisoner of war – in every language, in every country. Gilad Shalit was captured in a military action. He was an armed soldier in uniform. In this context, it does not matter whether the action itself was legal or illegal, and whether the captors were regular soldiers or guerrillas. Gilad Shalit is a prisoner of war. The denial started at the first moment. The Israeli government refused to call the capture by its proper name and insisted that it was an “abduction” or even “kidnapping”. The disciplined Israeli media, marching behind the generals in lockstep like the Prussian guard, joined the chorus. Not a single newspaper, not a single radio or TV announcer ever spoke...

Should Obama Back Goldstone Report?
3 Oct 2009 - By George Bisharat President 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. President Obama can solidify broader global respect by supporting the recommendations of the just-released Goldstone report in the United Nations Human Rights Council. Richard Goldstone, an eminent South African jurist, led a mission to investigate allegations of war crimes in Gaza last winter. Indeed, the Goldstone mission concluded that Israel and Hamas committed war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity. The report recommends that both parties be given six months to mount independent, internal investigations - and if they fail, that the United Nations Security Council refer the matter to the International Criminal Court for investigation and possible prosecutions. Much of the 575-page report documents Israeli violations of the laws of war and human rights surrounding the intense fighting of last winter. That is fair, as the scale of harm Israel caused to lives and property in Gaza vastly exceeded that inflicted by Hamas. Israel killed approximately 100 Palestinians for every Israeli who died, and destroyed vast swaths of private housing, industrial buildings, agricultural facilities, and public infrastructure. The Israeli government boycotted the Goldstone mission; Palestinian authorities, in contrast, cooperated with it....

Sinking the Goldstone Report
3 Oct 2009 - By James Gundun They had no one else to turn to. Yesterday PLO Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Ibrahim Khraishi claimed 'we have enough votes' to pass Richard Goldstone's Gaza report in the UN Human Rights Council and present it to the ICC. Israel's ambassador in Geneva, Aharon Leshno-Yaar, admitted, 'I will never have the numbers.' But all he needs is one. Today the PA withdrew its resolution to adopt the UN recommendations on Gaza. France can claim whatever credit it would like, but 'intense diplomacy' from Washington got the case dropped. "The Palestinians recognized that this was not the best time to go forward with this," a U.S. official said. Yes, the Palestinians they must have come to this decision on their own. According to the Haaretz, The Obama administration has told the Palestinians that a renewal of the peace process must come before any diplomatic initiatives based on the Goldstone report, or any other initiatives that could stifle efforts to renew Israel-PA negotiations. In fact Obama is the one playing dangerously close the the cliff. Goldstone, who's been under attack the moment he accepted the unsavory mission in Gaza, immediately countered Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's logic, disagreeing that the peace process would suffer from investigations into human rights crimes. "I think [Netanyahu] got wrong what our report is all about," Goldstone said. "He talked about Israel's right to self-defense. That is not what the report was about... I think if the report achieves one good...

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