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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
10 October, 2009

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Ma'an News

Christians gather in support of Muslims trapped in Al-Aqsa
10/10/2009 - Jerusalem - Ma'an - Christians of several denominations gathered in Jerusalem Friday for a silent vigil in solidarity with besieged Islamic holy sites at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City. "We are here to support Al-Aqsa and those who are confined inside it, we are here in support of Muslims whose dignity is humiliated and religious feelings are harmed by attacks on their holiest sites,"¯ Archbishop Atallah Hana told those gathered. This sit-in was a response to the call of Muslim scholars and clergymen to consider Friday a day of solidarity with Jerusalemites, and Muslim holy sites under attack by Israeli forces. By Friday night, Israeli troops in a standoff with more than 100 Palestinian worshippers who refused to leave the Al-Aqsa Mosque gradually left the area. Palestinian Christians of every denomination were joined by pilgrims from around the world, sitting silently in the ancient building at the heart of the Old City. 

J’lem: Right-wing Jews antagonize locals under prayer pretext
10/10/2009 - Jerusalem - Ma'an - Hundreds of religious Jews marched toward the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, taking over the streets in the Old City in what was described as an in-your-face celebration of Shmini Atzeret, which falls a day after the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The celebration was viewed by Palestinians in the area as a provocative act. While many observant Jews in the holy city walk to the Western Wall complex at the bottom of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for part of the Shmini Atzeret celebration, hundreds of agitators made their way to the Palestinian neighborhood on Al-Wad Street near the entrance of the Al-Qatanin Market. Palestinians observing the group believed they were attempting to break into the Al-Aqsa Mosque. On the pretext of celebration, religious Jews performing the Hakafot - dancing round in circles with the Torah - pushed Palestinian shopkeepers out of the streets and ordered them to close their doors. 

Tesco: You may be in possession of stolen goods
10/10/2009 - Greg Wilkinson - Earlier this week I removed Tesco dates, in packets labeled "Origin: West Bank,"¯ from the shelves of Tesco's Swansea Marina store. Since last January, I have confiscated a number of similar packets and written to Tesco CEO Terry Leahy explaining why. I offered to repay the cost of the goods I confiscated if he could show the dates were not the product of illegal Israeli settlements. In the ensuing correspondence, Tesco neither addressed the settlement issue nor took up my refund offer. I was banned from their stores but not prosecuted. A more public "˜citizen's seizure' was then organized at the same Tesco store. Although a woman accompanying me was charged, for some reason I was not. When the woman's case came to Swansea Crown Court in June, the judge dismissed it. Through my MP, Alan Williams, I have written to government ministers urging them to bring UK law into line. . . 

Farmers say wild boars uprooting crops in Salfit
10/10/2009 - Salfit - Ma'an - Palestinian farmers in the Farkha village in Salfit were again complaining of the presence of wild pigs in the northern West Bank, which they said continue to ravage residential and agricultural areas. On Saturday, the head of the Union of Agricultural Workers in Salfit, Khalil I'mran, said the boars "don't attack nearby illegal settlements because they have security fences, whereas Palestinian farmlands are destroyed without compensation. " Several farmers complained that the boars destroyed lands in the Al-Matwi area of the village, damaging plants there and terrifying locals. Residents have also been attacked, with some sustaining serious injuries. I'mran appealed to human rights organizations to document the attacks, which he blamed on Israeli policies. Two weeks earlier, medical sources at the Jenin governmental hospital reported that 75-year-old Khaled. . . 

Al-Aqsa demonstrators conclude sit-in strike
10/10/2009 - Jerusalem - Ma'an - The Al-Aqsa Mosque sit-in concluded on Saturday evening, according to a Fatah official who applauded intervention from Jordan's embassy in Tel Aviv, which purportedly brokered a deal with Israel to end the crisis. Hatem Abdul-Qader, who holds the Fatah movement's Jerusalem portfolio, said some 400 worshipers who were holed up in the East Jerusalem compound would leave, and that the surrounding police siege was "completely finished. " The official told Ma'an that Israel promised not to detain any of the worshipers after they left and would cancel warrants filed for the demonstrators, in addition to allowing free access to the mosque without interference. He added that Jordan's ambassador to Tel Aviv, Ali Ayed, brokered the deal. This latest development comes after hundreds of right-wing Israelis marched on Saturday morning along Al-Wad Street near Al-Aqtanin. . . 

Nablus police defuse leftover Israeli ordnance
10/10/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - Palestinian Authority bomb sappers defused five explosive devices, including hand grenades, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus this week, an official said. Lieutenant Saher Hejazy, the head of the PA's explosives unit, said the Israeli ordnance was found throughout olive fields and plains, and credited local farmers for handling the discovery responsibly. The official noted that a few months earlier, a resident lost fingers examining a suspicious object found on his land, and urged local Palestinians to immediately contact police at their toll-free number (100) to report findings in the future. [end] 

Clashes erupt in Gaza; at least one injured
10/10/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Clashes broke out in the As-Sabra area of the Gaza Strip on Saturday afternoon, according to residents. Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that the clashes lasted for two hours before de facto police surrounded the area. Ambulances arrived, as well, to treat one person reportedly injured in the incident. Members of the large Doghmush family were involved, residents added. According to police, Atef Doghmush, 43, was moderately hurt before security forces took control. Israeli media sources reported the clashes as factional rather than clan-related. The Hebrew-language newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth said that exchanges of fire were between the "Army of Islam" group and gunmen affiliated with a radical organization ideologically aligned with Al-Qaeda. The clashes left seven wounded, according to that report, which said at least five mortar shells were fired during the. . . 

UN office monitors alleged Israeli road block removal
10/10/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Only 35 of the promised 100 roadblocks to be removed by the Israeli army were confirmed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the office confirmed Friday. In a newly released reportOCHA completed its fieldwork monitoring the announced removal of 100 closure obstacles, mainly earthmounds, by Israeli authorities since they promised the removal just ahead of Eid Al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan celebrations in September. Based on the GPS coordinates provided by the Israeli army and following completion of its fieldwork, OCHA announced that it could confirm the removal of only 35 of the 100. The breakdown of the numbers showed that 22 of the promised removals were never completed, and 43 of the other blocks the Israeli army identified, the OCHA teams were not able to find. The UN body explained the issue, saying the Israeli-identified roadblocks. . . 

US announces slowed-down peace effort
10/10/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - US-led efforts for peace will continue, but at a ramped-down level, Special US Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell told reporters Friday. The comments came following Mitchell's separate meetings with President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in an attempt to maintain some momentum for the US-initiated peace process. Israeli sources confirmed a two-hour meeting between Mitchell and Netanyahu, with a second planned in the coming week, and a meeting with the envoy and Netanyahu's senior staff on Saturday. A statement from the leader's office said the meeting was "effective and constructive. " ¯Mitchell then travelled to Ramallah for meetings with Abbas, whose Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat told reporters the meeting focused on the Palestinian demand for a halt to settlement construction. 

Report: PLO pushes for UNHRC meeting on Goldstone
10/10/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization are reportedly seeking an earlier date for the next UN Human Rights Commission meeting, so the botched resolution on the UN-mandated Goldstone report can be held before March 2010. While Palestinian Ambassador Ibrahim Khraishi agreed to drop a resolution on the Goldstone report at last week's meeting of the HRC, it appears he is now pushing for a meeting to be held next week. He told journalists the move was prompted by increasing Israeli violence against Palestinians in Jerusalem, which The Associated Press said would also be raised as an issue in any new meeting. Palestinian leaders faced harsh criticism for their decision last week to drop the initial resolution on the adoption of the Goldstone report recommendations. A passed resolution on the report would have seen the UN take on the responsibility. . . 

Islamic Jihad: UN probe into Gaza factions will not criminalize them
10/10/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Goldstone report must be fully supported and every opportunity to realize its recommendations seized, Islamic Jihad's Secretary General Ramadan Shalah said Saturday. Investigations of the Gaza resistance factions will not criminalize them, Shalah explained, "we are used to hearing that, but we cannot reject the report because it includes the condemnation of the resistance, it is more important that it includes the condemnation of the Israelis and the prosecution of its leaders in the international forums. " ¯Shalah expressed his disappointment with the Libyan move to transfer of the report to the Security Council saying it was "unnecessary, since the US veto will be waiting for it [the Goldstone report]. " ¯ Speaking at a news conference Shalah said "the postponement of the Cairo Agreement is a distinct possibility because we cannot accept the steps. . . 

PFLP: Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize ’an absurdity’
10/10/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Awarding US President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize is "an absurdity that undermines any meaning or legitimacy of the prize," according to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Awarding the prize to Obama, while he "continues to unreservedly support the occupation, subjugation and aggression against the Palestinian people, is a slap in the face to the people of the world struggling to throw off the chains of US imperialism. " In a statement on Friday, the PFLP played down the award, itself, noting that there were numerous notorious recipients of the Nobel, including Henry Kissinger and Shimon Peres, "both proud war criminals. "The PFLP said that not only did Obama not deserve the prize, his nomination discredited peace efforts. "As he threatens an increased and escalated war and occupation against Afghanistan and Pakistan and continues the murderous. . . 

Health ministry official urges changes over death of psych patient
10/10/2009 - Hebron - Ma'an - The mysterious death of 44-year-old Omar Ibrahim Fawaghra less than three hours after his release from a Bethlehem psychiatric institution was the result of an "administrative malfunction in the hospital"¯ a Ministry of Health official explained Thursday. The official, Anan l-Masri, appeared on the Palestinian newsmagazine Nas wa Nas (Person to Person), hosted by Abed Al-Aziz Noufal. Al-Masri confessed that he was surprised by the details of the case, which had not caught him off guard when he reviewed the hospital file over the summer. "Ministry of Health offices and institutions suffer these malfunctions because the system lacks a structural plan, and services of one branch or ministry overlap with those of others,"¯ Al-Masri said. "[Palestinian Prime Minister of the caretaker government] Salam Fayyad approved a theoretic structural plan, but it has. . . 

Hamas asks Egypt to delay conciliation agreement
10/10/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - A delegation of Hamas members in Cairo officially requested a delay in the signing of a conciliation agreement, Hamas sources said Saturday. The delegation said it had held several rounds of discussions and consultations with Egyptian mediators, and ultimately decided a delay was the only appropriate move. The delegation said Hamas leaders would address the Palestinian people in the coming days to explain their stance on inter-Palestinian dialogue. "Dismissal of that leadership [in Ramallah] has become not only a Hamas demand, but also a demand by the Palestinian public as well as other Palestinian opposition factions,"¯ Hamas lawmaker Dr Yahya Mousa explained. "There are angry sides amongst the Palestinian public who would not accept that Hamas signed an agreement with those who are accused of selling martyrs blood through withdrawing the report which was supposed to be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council,"¯Mousa said. 

Gazan notables appeal to factions to continue with conciliation talks
10/10/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - A group of 60 influential Gazans called for the continuation of conciliation efforts despite recent blunders by the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization. The joint call asked that Hamas, which announced Saturday they had officially asked Egypt to postpone the signing of the conciliation agreement, to not "place obstacles"¯ in the way of unity. The signing of the final conciliation agreement was set for 25 October. In a statement, the group denounced the Palestinian leadership at the UN, and said those responsible must be held accountable. They continued saying, that "Hamas and all the factions must have the willingness and courage to proceed with the signing of the agreement. " ¯ The group also appealed to Egypt to continue its efforts to intervene in the Palestinian situation, and help put an end to internal division. 

Gaza police arrest locals on trafficking charges
10/10/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - An unspecified number of Palestinians were arrested in Khan Younis on Saturday after de facto anti-narcotics police said they found amounts of bango, a type of hashish predominantly found in Egypt. Fourteen kilograms of the drugs were discovered at the alleged traffickers' residence, police said in a statement, adding that they smuggled the substances through underground tunnels in Rafah. According to police, the bango was placed in gas cylinders to fool de facto government customs agents. The suspects were transferred for interrogation, the police said. [end] 

Hamas: Egypt proposed new signing deadline
10/10/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Egypt has offered a new deadline for signing the Palestinian conciliation agreement, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Ma'an in an interview on Saturday. "The new proposal is beyond the [25 October] deadline," he said, adding that it would "serve the national interest to achieve reconciliation. "Barhoum added, "Hamas' delegation, which met recently with Egyptian officials, expressed the movement's willingness to postpone the Egyptian proposal for reconciliation because the atmosphere is not appropriate, especially after the Goldstone postponement. " "Hamas is facing difficulty placating Palestinian anger and annoyance, in addition to shock from martyrs' families, over the Goldstone issue," he added, noting that other officials were well aware of what he termed Hamas' legitimate position on requesting the postponement. 

Fatah: No knowledge of Egyptian postponement
10/10/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Fatah movement has yet to receive any official Egyptian decision to postpone signing on a reconciliation agreement with Hamas set for 25 October in Cairo, according to a member of its Central Committee. In a telephone interview with Ma'an, Dr Jamal Muhsen said that Fatah was unaware of reports from Hamas officials on Saturday that claimed Egypt had agreed to extend the deadline. "When we have an official Egyptian decision about the date, we'll announce it then," he said. In any case, Muhsen said postponement would be "a mistake," and accused Hamas of using the Fatah-run Palestinian Authority's involvement in a delay of Richard Goldstone's Gaza report at the UN as an excuse. He accused Hamas and its proxies of "conspiring to attack the Palestinian leadership [for delaying the report], which is strange considering it [the report] equally accuses the Islamic movement of war crimes, just like certain Israeli leaders. 

Zebras: Made in Gaza
10/10/2009 - Owners of the Mareh Land Zoo in Gaza City took matters into their own hands after business slumped at the family park. "We wanted to bring new animals to the Zoo, but with the siege and the high prices of tunnel goods, we were obliged to take two white donkeys and stripe them with women's hair coloring and pass them off as zebras," Nedal Barghut, one of the ownersof the Zoo told Ma'an. A zebra costs about 50,000 US dollars to bring in, Barghut said, "but thank god we figured something out; a new animal at the zoo makes the children curious and they have asked their parents to bring them to see. Our numbers are up since we made them, the donkeys. "The children are often amazed as the animals, most have never seen a zebra before. For a little more money, the kids get a ride on the animals. 

MOH: H1N1 spreads, 37 new cases diagnosed from all WB regions
10/10/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an -The Ministry of Health announced on Saturday that medical staff diagnosed 37 new cases of H1N1 in the West Bank, including one in Jerusalem, over the past two days. Ar-Ramlawi, the head of health care in the ministry, said in a statement that those diagnosed were from across the West Bank, with cases in each district. The total number of diagnoses the ministry has made so far is 389, he said. Cautioning the public, Ar-Ramlawi said that while the virus was "normal and curable," and that all of the cases so far are "on their way to good health," precautions should still be taken to prevent the spread of the flu. [end] 

Ha'aretz Defense page

ANALYSIS / Hamas incitement over Jerusalem fails to ignite West Bank
10 Oct 2009 - Hamas may declare a 'Day of Rage' over Jerusalem, but such days are rare nowadays in the West Bank. 

Islamic Jihad says Hamas stopping their rocket crews in Gaza
10 Oct 2009 - Group adds Hamas nixed a rally and arrested two of its members in dispute over Gaza mosque. 

Hamas says more babies born with birth defects since Cast Lead
10 Oct 2009 - Islamist group's health ministry says 'illegal IDF ordnance' caused higher numbers of birth defects. 

Israeli seriously wounded by Palestinian stone throwers in West Bank
9 Oct 2009 - Woman seriously hurt in incident, her partner lightly wounded; IDF troops searching area where attack occured. 

Hamas bails out Gaza's losing tunnel investors
9 Oct 2009 - PA Economy Minister: Some 60 million Euro was lost be Gazan's who ploughed cash into expanding the tunnel network. 

Iran: We'll 'blow up the heart' of Israel if attacked
9 Oct 2009 - Revolutionary Guard official says Iran will destroy Israel if hit by a single U.S. or Israeli missile. 

IDF to protect Palestinians harvesting olives for only 3 days
9 Oct 2009 - In recent years settlers have attacked and shot Palestinians who harvested near West Bank settlements. 

Uruknet

[uruknet.info] Using Human Shields Equates Morality In Israel
October 10, 2009 - We hear it often said that the Palestinian militia groups,be it Hamas or otherwise, use "human shields" when attacking Zionist forces - this contention is typically broadcasted to the masses in order to deter any and all empathy from being dispersed to the Palestinians themselves. After-all, if the Palestinians are using human shields then why should...

[uruknet.info] A Voice Besieged in Al-Aqsa Mosque (Exclusive) Al-Aqsa Defenders Defy Israel
October 10, 2009 - Besieged between the hammer of the Israeli blockade, and the anvil of official Muslim silence, Al-Aqsa mosque is under an imminent threat of being stormed by extremist Jewish settlers. Since the very time extremist Jewish settlers have announced their intentions to storm Al-Aqsa during Sukkot, a seven-day Jewish festival that has started since October 4, Palestinians...

[uruknet.info] J'lem: Right-wing Jews antagonize locals under prayer pretext
October 10, 2009 - Hundreds of religious Jews marched toward the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, taking over the streets in the Old City in what was described as an in-your-face celebration of Shmini Atzeret, which falls a day after the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The celebration was viewed by Palestinians in the area as a provocative act. While many observant Jews...

[uruknet.info] Obama, Congress prepare to thwart ACLU suit over abuse photos
October 10, 2009 - In the continuing legal battle over 21 photographs showing terror war prisoner abuse, the U.S. government has not seen much success arguing for nondisclosure in federal court. So, the Obama administration -- which once promised to make public this shameful chapter of the Bush administration -- has hatched a new strategy to keep the scenes of...

[uruknet.info] Agricultural Work Committees confront occupation attacks on Gaza farmers
October 10, 2009 - The Union of Agricultural Work Committees launched a popular campaign of support and solidarity with farmers on the Gaza borders on Thursday, October 8, 2009, with a march and sit-in in Beit Hanoun and on the lands of farmers whose lands have been classified as "buffer zones" by the occupier. Hundreds of farmers gathered at 10:00...

[uruknet.info] U.S. Strategy in Doubt as Abbas Loses Popular Support
October 10, 2009 - Just two months ago, many western commentators were jubilant that Mahmoud Abbas, the U.S.-supported head of both the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the interim Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA), was making a comeback and reducing the influence in Palestinian society of the Islamist movement Hamas. But a series of events in recent weeks has sent Abbas's...

[uruknet.info] Video: UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict Goldstone
October 10, 2009 - UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict Goldstone Commission. Israeli war crimes desribed in detail.

[uruknet.info] More disfigured newborn babies in Gaza: official
October 10, 2009 - More disfigured babies were born in Gaza since the end of Israel's war in the coastal Strip last winter, said the health ministry of deposed Hamas government Saturday. A research in al-Shifa hospital in Gaza city showed "in July, August and September, the number of infants born deformed or without limbs climbed by 50 percent compared...

[uruknet.info] PFLP: Obama's Nobel Peace Prize 'an absurdity'
October 10, 2009 - Awarding US President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize is "an absurdity that undermines any meaning or legitimacy of the prize," according to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Awarding the prize to Obama, while he "continues to unreservedly support the occupation, subjugation and aggression against the Palestinian people, is a slap in the...

[uruknet.info] Free Gaza Ireland to send "Irish boat" to Gaza
October 10, 2009 - The crisis in Gaza is unacceptable. For nearly four years, Israel has subjected the Gaza Strip to an increasingly cruel blockade, leading to severe increases in unemployment, poverty, and childhood malnutrition. Israel's 22-day assault on Gaza last December & January killed over 1400 civilians and destroyed thousands of homes, schools, mosques and hospitals. It's been almost...

[uruknet.info] Three Iranian protestors face death penalty
October 10, 2009 - Three people arrested after Iran's disputed presidential election have been condemned to death despite a global outcry over trials of people who claimed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election was rigged. "Three people who were accused (for their role) in the post-election incidents have been sentenced to death," said Zahed Bashiri Rad, media officer at the justice ministry, quoted...

[uruknet.info] Gaza: kitten tales
October 10, 2009 - At the Ezbet Abed Rabbo Red Crescent office the other day [shelled during the 23 day Israeli massacre of Gaza, including with what is believed to have been white phosphorous], Abu Basel pulled me into one of the more destroyed rooms to see what he says are the newest victims: he believes 2 of a 4...

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On World Mental Health Day: A Call for Accountability and Action
Gaza, October 10, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Nine months after a ferocious military onslaught, and more than two years into an unrelenting siege, Gaza has reached the edge of an abyss.

Palestinians to hold support rally at al-Aqsa
Gaza, October 9, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Palestinian factions have called for a demonstration at the al-Aqsa Mosque and staging a general strike and protests throughout the nation to condemn the desecration of the holy site by Israelis.

Protests in Geneva over Goldstone's report
Gaza, October 9, 2009, (Pal Telegraph)-Scores of protestors from the Palestinian, Arab and European communities marched in front of the headquarters of UN Human Rights Council in protest against the decision to postpone the vote on Richard Goldstone's report which accuses Israel...

Mitchell in Pilgrimage mission of ''so called peace''
Palestine, October 9, 2009, (Pal Telegraph)-George Mitchell, the US Middle East envoy, has held talks with Israeli leaders as part of an effort to restart peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Mitchell met Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's foreign minister, Ehud Barak, the...

The National

Recruiting the children of terror
10 Oct 2009 - Tribal leaders in Anbar province have warned that extremists influenced by the al Qa'eda terrorism network have resumed efforts to recruit children as suicide bombers.

Visit the heart of Gaza without going there
9 Oct 2009 - Virtual tour of the Strip aims to put a human face on its inhabitants and elicit sympathy for their plight.

US envoy strives to reignite talks
9 Oct 2009 - Senior diplomat George Mitchell visits Israel amid clashes in East Jerusalem over access to Mosque.

Aljazeera

Hamas sets new unity talks terms
10 Oct 2009 - Delegation from Gaza in Cairo for talks with intelligence chief on date for unity deal.

Death sentences for Iran protesters
10 Oct 2009 - Three people arrested during protests over disputed presidential poll are sentenced.

Palestinians barred from Old City
9 Oct 2009 - Israeli police stop Palestinian worshippers as protests at al-Aqsa continue.

Mitchell pushes Middle East talks
9 Oct 2009 - US envoy meets Israeli and Palestinian leaders with view to restarting peace talks.

Alternative Information Center

Discussion of the Importance of Israeli Support for the Palestinian Struggle With Sergio Yahni of the AIC
9 Oct 2009 - 

Palestine News Network

Bil'in demonstration gathers gas canisters instead of olives after being denied access to lands
9 Oct 2009 - Bil’in / Iyad Burnat - Prevented from picking their olives, Palestinians resorted to a different sort of harvest Friday afternoon. International, Israeli and Palestinian activists gathered again yesterday in western Ramallah’s Bil’in Village to demonstrate against the Wall. Chants calling for peace and justice were met with rounds of noxious gas.A large French delegation came to the small village show their solidarity with...

US visa denied for Palestinian trainer in nonviolence: Partners for Peace demands explanation
9 Oct 2009 - Partners for Peace - Hekmat Bessiso-Naji is a Palestinian Muslim woman from Ramallah. She is scheduled to speak as part of the Partners for Peace Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision, Tour -- “Muslim, Jewish and Christian Women Offer Perspectives on Building Peace between Israelis and Palestinians”. However, she has been denied a visa by the US Consular...

Short film highlights Taybeh's Oktoberfest and its founding family
9 Oct 2009 - Taybeh / PNN - A new online film features the Taybeh Oktoberfest and the Khoury family who founded the event in the West Bank town. See the film at http://wow.indie-fest.com/ (http://wow.indie-fest.com/) where it appears on the second page of the site as: Palestine, Beer Oktoberfest: Under Occupation The filmmaker, Lara Van Raay made the 43 minute short during last Oktoberfest in 2008.The film...

Documentary week begins in Gaza with films on the siege, Jerusalem, and the national split
9 Oct 2009 - Gaza / PNN – A week of documentary films has opened in the Gaza Strip. The launch was held at the Mishal Cultural Center in Gaza City yesterday. Supported by the Commission on the Celebration of Jerusalem as the Capital of Arab Culture 2009, the documentary film week includes showings and an art exhibition.The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine opened the...

Leftist leader entering his sixth month of solitary confinement in Israeli prison
9 Oct 2009 - Ramallah / PNN – Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmed Sa’adat is entering his sixth month in solitary confinement. The campaign in solidarity with the leftist leader is calling for a day of action against what is being referred to as restriction and deprivation.Events and activities are planned to take place simultaneously both locally and abroad on...

Worshippers banned from reaching Al Aqsa, prayers held outside, soldiers pose as journalists
9 Oct 2009 - Jerusalem / Maisa Abu Ghazaleh for PNN – Friday prayers were held in the streets of East Jerusalem’s Old City for Palestinian Muslims under 50 years of age. They were banned from entering Al Aqsa Mosque, which remains under Israeli siege.Throughout Palestine thousands of people demonstrated in support of the city and Mosque, including in Jerusalem. Youth attempted to push through lines of...

Tony Blair's niece begins epic cycle for peace
9 Oct 2009 - Siraj Center, Beit Sahour / George S. Rishmawi - Cyclists from across the world will today arrive in Amman to take part in the 4th international Peace Cycle to Jerusalem. Among the group are Lauren Booth, sister-in-law of Tony Blair, and her daughter Alexandra. As ex-PM Blair becomes favorite for first President of Europe, his 8-year old niece will take a fortnight off...

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: U.S. Strategy in Doubt as Abbas Loses Popular Support 
WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (IPS) - Just two months ago, many western commentators were jubilant that Mahmoud Abbas, the U.S.-supported head of both the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the interim Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA), was making a comeback and reducing the influence in Palestinian society of the Islamist movement Hamas.

MIDEAST: Unrest Rising Over Goldstone Report 
RAMALLAH, Oct 9 (IPS) - The Palestinian Authority (PA) is trying desperately to contain the political fallout following its decision to withdraw support for a UN report into war crimes committed in Gaza in December and January.

Stop The Wall

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Villagers harvest tear gas, not olives, in Bil’in
10 Oct 2009 - Residents of Bil’in, joined by international and Israeli supporters, marched to Wall on Friday afternoon. In addition to chanting slogans and carrying flags, participants also carried sacks for the olive harvest. Protestors approached the Wall only to be forced back with tear gas and sound bombs. [

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

(01- 07 Oct. 2009), information on boycott, divestment and sanctions
During the reporting period, a Palestinian child and an Israeli human rights defender were wounded by IOF gunfire in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank respectively.

International Solidarity Movement

ISM Nablus visits Linan Yosif Abo Gholbi on her release from prison
10/10/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - On Monday, October 5, 2009, a group of ISM'ers visited Linan Yosif Abo Gholbi in her extended family's home near Nablus, at the invitation of Tanweer, a grass roots organization based in Nablus. She is one of the 20 women prisoners who were recently released from Israeli prisons in exchange for a video from Hamas proving that Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured in 2006, was still alive. Generations of Linan's family have been fighters and PFLP activists in the Palestinian struggle for justice. Many have died, many have been imprisoned. Her parents have spent years visiting their children in various prisons and at the moment one of her brothers is in jail. Linan's husband Amjad Mletod was killed in a battle with Israeli soldiers in 2004 and shortly after that Linan was arrested and their home demolished. Although they were married for 5 years, they were only able to live together for a year since Amjad was a wanted man. 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Obama betrayed mission to forge Mideast peace
10 Oct 2009 - Oslo decided to change its ways and begin giving out deferred Nobel Prizes: Win now, pay tomorrow. There's no other way to explain the bewildering, not to say bizarre, decision to grant the Nobel Prize for Peace to Barack Obama. Just like the reserved, esteemed Norwegians on the prize committee, we here, sweating and bleeding, were overjoyed with Barack Obama's election as U.S. president - black, eloquent, enchanting, striking and promising. Many an eye welled with tears, from Jerusalem to Rafah, at his unforgettable inauguration address, and even as late as his Cairo speech we still clung to his beautiful words. ... 

Details of Porsche's Nazi ties spoils centennial bash
10 Oct 2009 - September was supposed to be a particularly festive month for the German car manufacturer Porsche. Company headquarters in Stuttgart celebrated the 100th birthday of Ferdinand Anton Ernst (Ferry) Porsche (1909-1998), the son of the dynasty's founder and the man who designed the first model of the sports car to bear the family name: the Porsche 356. The shop in the city's Porsche Museum, dedicated earlier this year, offered discounts on a variety of "birthday presents." These included "100 Years of Porsche, Mirrored in Contemporary History," an elegant book with photos from the life of the man who made the company one of the world's leading sports cars manufacturers. ... 

Debate rages over whether Ukraine presidential hopeful is Jewish
10 Oct 2009 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad apparently is not Jewish, but there's a chance the candidate for the presidency in Ukraine elections in January 2010, Arseny Petrovich Yatsenyuk, is a Jew after all. While he insists he isn't, he daily reads and hears that he is a Jew - with rivals and Jewish organizations making political hay from the situation. ... 

ANALYSIS / Nobel prize is signal to Obama to avoid war in Iran
10 Oct 2009 - The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded at the city hall of the Norwegian capital, Oslo. Fifteen years ago, we diplomatic reporters from Israel were covering the awarding of the Peace Prize to Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat following the Oslo Accords and the establishment of the Palestinian Authority. ... 

Obama Nobel win still can't light Mideast peace spark
10 Oct 2009 - The differences between Israel and the Palestinian Authority appear to remain substantial even after a series of meetings with the U.S. special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell. Positions may have even hardened, with no breakthrough imminent, despite U.S. President Barack Obama's winning of the Nobel Peace Prize. ...

The Guardian

US charm offensive aims to persuade Israel not to attack Iran over nuclear weapons development
10 Oct 2009 - US charm offensive aims to persuade Israel not to attack Iran over nuclear weapons development Amid increasing fears of an Israeli strike against Iran, America will this week press Russia to support a threat of tougher...

The world through a lens
10 Oct 2009 - Lions have been brought through Gaza's tunnel network – two at least – and lines of lowing calves. When Hamas blew down the Israeli-erected metal wall that once separated the Strip from Egypt, camels were hoisted...

Nobel peace prize: A call to action
9 Oct 2009 - The day that Henry Kissinger picked it up, satire was said to have died. When the Nobel peace prize was awarded to Barack Obama yesterday something different expired – the idea that the accolade is for...

A Nobel prize for hope | Amjad Atallah and Daniel Levy
9 Oct 2009 - The awarding of the Nobel prize to Barack Obama is a timely boost for his efforts to bring peace to Israel and the Middle East President Obama's efforts to achieve a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel...

Barack Obama's Nobel prize earns mixed reaction
9 Oct 2009 - Residents of Kabul, Baghdad and Jerusalem voice reservations at US president's award Kabul For the crowd gathered for a second day of festivities at one of the Afghan capital's garish wedding halls this afternoon there was...

Ha'aretz National page

Israelis may have contracted typhus from Chabad food in Nepal
10 Oct 2009 - Five Israelis in their 20s who recently returned from separate trips to Nepal have been hospitalized at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Shomer after becoming ill with stomach typhus. ...

Israel keeps World Cup dream alive with win over Moldova 
10 Oct 2009 - Elyaniv Barda scored twice yesterday to give Israel a 3-1 home victory against Moldova, keeping the team's dim chances of advancing to the 2010 World Cup alive. Considering that Greece would have to lose to Luxembourg on Wednesday in combination with an away victory by Israel over Group 2 leader Switzerland, it is a safe bet that Israel will not be traveling to South Africa next year. ... 

Man held for killing mother, wounding brother: I wanted them dead
9 Oct 2009 - A 26-year-old Ra'anana resident has told police he plotted to murder his mother and brother, a day after he was arrested on suspicion of killing his mother and moderately wounding his brother in two separate stabbings. ...

Israeli Nobel Laureate calls for release of all Hamas prisoners
9 Oct 2009 - Israeli Nobel Prize for chemistry laureate Professor Ada Yonath on Saturday said all Hamas prisoners held in Israel should be released in order to bring Gilad Shalit home. ...

Relief Web

Statement by EUSR Marc Otte in Bethlehem Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) HQ
10 Oct 2009 - Source: European Union

OPT: Week in review - Aqsa siege lifted as Goldstone fiasco continues
10 Oct 2009 - Source: MIFTAH

OPT: No concessions from Abbas; Erekat regrets Goldstone decision 
10 Oct 2009 - Source: Deutsche Presse Agentur

OPT: Israel - Stop blocking school supplies from entering Gaza
9 Oct 2009 - Source: Human Rights Watch

OPT: Logistics Cluster Gaza crisis consolidated situation report, 11 Sep - 08 Oct 2009
9 Oct 2009 - Source: Logistics Cluster

OPT: Identical letters dated 5 October 2009 from the Chargé d'affaires a.i. of the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the UN addressed to the SG and the President of the SC (A/ES-10/464-S/2009/513)
9 Oct 2009 - Source: UN General Assembly, UN Security Council

YNet News

Egypt detains 24 over pro-Palestinian rallies
10 Oct 2009 - Arrests follow protests organized by the Brotherhood in support of Palestinians protesting in Jerusalem 

Iran: We'll enrich uranium if 3rd-party deals fail
10 Oct 2009 - Tough rhetoric: Iran vows to enrich uranium on its own should it not receive supply from other countries. Tehran 'fully owns the enrichment technology,' Iranian official says Saturday 

Palestinian gunmen clash in Gaza
10 Oct 2009 - Members of two factions exchange fire in Strip; Hamas forces surround scene 

Hamas wants to delay Fatah talks
10 Oct 2009 - Hamas representatives in Cairo plan to request Egyptians postpone inter-Palestinian reconciliation talks with Fatah 'that gave up on Goldstone Report following pressure from Israel, US' saying it could also be pressured during talks for permanent settlement 

Mitchell says meeting with Abbas positive
9 Oct 2009 - US envoy asks Israeli, Palestinian sides to send envoys to US to discuss renewal of peace talks 

Iran: Israel's threats inexplicable
9 Oct 2009 - Iran's ambassador to UN demands Security Council take steps against comments made by Ephraim Sneh, who said Israel would attack Iran if sanctions weren't in place by Christmas 

Iran: Decision to give Obama Nobel 'hasty'
9 Oct 2009 - Foreign Minster Mottaki says prize would be well-won if US changed its 'warmongering policies' 

Palestinian Information Center

Ministry of prisoners: IOA still detaining 25 Palestinian MPs
10 Oct 2009 - The ministry of prisoners in Gaza on Saturday said that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) was still holding 25 MPs and two former ministers in its jails.

PFLP calls for holding PA officials accountable for acting against UN report
10 Oct 2009 - The popular front for the liberation of Palestine (PFLP) on Friday called for holding accountable all officials of the Palestinian Authority (PA) who were responsible for delaying Goldstone’s report.

Hamas: Egypt understood our call for delaying dialog session
10 Oct 2009 - Egypt has expressed understanding of Hamas Movement's motive for demanding the postponement of the Palestinian national dialog session in Cairo, Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri said on Saturday.

Swiss organization calls for stopping Israeli attempts to attack Aqsa
10 Oct 2009 - The Swiss rights for all people organization called on the international community and the UN organizations to necessarily move to stop the repeated Zionist attempts to storm the Aqsa Mosque.

Haneyya: The real battle of the Aqsa Mosque started
10 Oct 2009 - Permier Ismail Haneyya stated that the real battle of the Aqsa Mosque started, calling on the Arab and Muslim nations to assume their religious and moral responsibility in defense of the Aqsa Mosque.

PA officers agree to participate in Israeli Arabized units in J’lem
10 Oct 2009 - PA security officers approved during a special meeting with senior Israeli military officers an Israeli request to recruit PA policemen in the Israeli Arabized units in east Jerusalem.

Hamas: Abbas's militias obstructed pro Aqsa demonstrations
10 Oct 2009 - Hamas condemned the security militias loyal to former PA chief Mahmoud Abbas for preventing the Palestinians in the West Bank from organizing demonstrations in support of the Aqsa Mosque.

IOF troops block olive harvesting
10 Oct 2009 - Palestinians in east Jenin whose lands were isolated behind the separation wall have said that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) guarding gates of the wall were blocking their entry into their land.

Takahashi: Goldstone’s report is the strongest in UN history
10 Oct 2009 - Saul Takahashi, the deputy director of the office of the high commissioner for human rights, said Friday that Goldstone’s report was the strongest report in the UN history.

Abu Zuhri: Fatah leaders try to evade responsibility by charging Hamas
10 Oct 2009 - Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said that Fatah leaders were trying to evade responsibility for the withdrawal of Goldstone report by charging Hamas with exaggerating reactions.

Los Angeles Times

Israelis, Palestinians wary of Obama the Nobelist 
9 Oct 2009 - Both sides in the Mideast conflict worry that President Obama's enhanced prestige as a peacemaker may work to their disadvantage. Israel's Shimon Peres congratulates a fellow laureate. The Nobel Peace Prize committee's choice puzzled Israelis and Palestinians. Official praise for President Obama overlay broader sentiment that the prize was undeserved or premature. There was also a tinge of wariness on each side of the conflict that the American president's enhanced prestige might somehow work in favor of the adversary. 

New York Times

Tehran Plans to Execute 3 Protesters of Election
10 Oct 2009 - Death sentences for three prisoners, whom the Iranian authorities link to terrorist groups, have been attacked by international human rights groups. 

Misc

Shlomo Sand’s ‘The Invention of the Jewish People,’ reviewed by Jack Ross
Mondoweiss - 10 Oct 2009 - Last Spring, I asked my father over dinner why it was such an outrageous proposition, leaving aside whether or not true, that Judaism is solely a matter of confession, as opposed to an ethnonational identity. He answered with some trepidation “because it contradicts 2,000 years of...

Univ. of Buffalo student forces Tony Blair to respond to (and dodge) the Goldstone report
Mondoweiss - 10 Oct 2009 - Jim Holstun, an English professor at the University of Buffalo, sends this along : Tony Blair spoke at the University at Buffalo on Wednesday, October 7. As usual, the University prescreened and censored questions. But one questioner got through by submitting a fake question for review, then...

Bil’in protester on Obama’ Peace Prize: ‘We need our land now, not tomorrow’
Mondoweiss - 10 Oct 2009 - Iyad Burnat, a leader of the nonviolent protests against the Wall in the West Bank village of Bil’in, responds to Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize : Today, when I came home from our nonviolent demonstration in Bil’in, after the soldiers shot tear gas and after seeing the violence...

Israeli/American/Democrat/Zionist seeking to buy Al-Jazeera
Mondoweiss - 10 Oct 2009 - Haim Saban’s bid. Mondoweiss couldn’t make this up. What Zionist control of the media? Related posts: ‘Before I Was a Democrat, I Was a Zionist’–New Chair of Foreign Affairs Committee ‘American Zionist extremists are headed the way of the Klan’ Israel is 2-parter on ‘Al-Jazeera,’ 5-parter...

The collaboration between the P.A. and Israel is unprecedented…
Mondoweiss - 10 Oct 2009 - I read criticism of my post "Will the Real People of the West Bank Please Stand Up?" on some other blog, which I would rather not link to, something about it not being fair to criticize my people in the West Bank because they are under...

Discussion of the Importance of Israeli Support for the Palestinian Struggle With Sergio Yahni of the AIC
Alternative Information Center - 9 Oct 2009 - 


Articles

Embarrassed and denounced 
Khaled Amayreh, Uruknet 10/9/2009
      In monumental fashion, recent events in Geneva have roundly earned Fatah and Abbas’s Palestinian Authority the contempt of ordinary Palestinians, reports Khaled Amayreh from Ramallah.
     The Palestinian Authority (PA) is facing an extremely embarrassing situation following its decision earlier this week to endorse deferring the ratification of the Goldstone Report at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.
     The report, compiled by South African judge Richard Goldstone, accused Israel of committing, knowingly and deliberately, war crimes and crimes against humanity during its winter onslaught on the Gaza Strip in which more than 1,400 Palestinians were killed, most of whom were innocent civilians, including more than 300 children, with thousands others injured or badly incinerated by phosphoric bombs. Thousands of homes, mosques and public buildings were destroyed in the 22-day blitz.
     The adoption of the report by the UNHRC would likely have led to calls for its referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and could eventually have led to the prosecution of suspected Israeli war criminals. However, the inexplicable PA decision to support freezing discussion of the report until March has effectively enabled Israel to evade culpability by burying and neutralising the report, at least for the time being.
     In occupied Palestine, and much of the Arab world, the scandalous PA misstep has drawn universal condemnation from the political right to the left, with PA officials, including President Mahmoud Abbas, finding themselves at loss as to how to shield themselves from an avalanche of vitriolic condemnations and accusations ranging from commission of treason to weakness, incompetence and powerlessness in the face of Israel and the United States. more.. e-mail

Al-Walajah, a symbol of Israeli ethnic cleansing 
Hasan Abu Nimah, Electronic Intifada 10/9/2009
      While American officials continue to claim that the mission of US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell is by no means over, and that he will still pursue his efforts to convince the Israeli government to agree to some sort of settlement freeze, Israeli plans for further colonization of Palestinian land continue undisturbed. The latest Israeli plans call for the destruction of the West Bank village of al-Walajah for the second time in six decades.
     According to Israeli press reports, Israel is planning a massive new settlement in the vicinity of Jerusalem, on land owned by Palestinians of al-Walajah. The project, expected to be approved by the Israeli ministry of the Interior, could become the single most populous settlement built in the occupied Palestinian territories since 1967 according to the Israeli daily Maariv. The project plans prepared by the ministry of the Interior and the Jerusalem municipality call for 14,000 housing units for 40,000 settlers on 3,000 dunums of land which would require the demolition of al-Walajah residents’ homes, according to the paper.
     The original village of al-Walajah was located on the opposite side of its current location, on a mountain slope facing east, just about six kilometers south of Jerusalem. It was very close to Battir, the village in which I was born and brought up. The two villages were separated by a valley, with Battir on the opposite slope from al-Walajah, though a little further south and were very closely linked.
     The railway from Jerusalem to the Palestinian coastal city of Jaffa ran right through that valley, which also marks the 1949 armistice line following the end of the 1948 war (also known as the "Green Line.")
     During October 1948, Zionist forces attacked and occupied al-Walajah. Its roughly 1,800 inhabitants were scattered in every direction, sharing the fate of Palestinians from hundreds of other towns and villages ethnically cleansed in the same period. more.. e-mail


Electronic Intifada
Al-Walajah, a symbol of Israeli ethnic cleansing
9 Oct 2009 - While American officials continue to claim that the mission of US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell is by no means over, and that he will still pursue his efforts to convince the Israeli government to agree to some sort of settlement freeze, Israeli plans for further colonization of Palestinian land continue undisturbed. The latest Israeli plans call for the destruction of the West Bank village of al-Walajah for the second time in six decades. Hasan Abu Nimah comments. 

Israel's export of occupation police tactics
9 Oct 2009 - Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation would have to be suppressed and the population pacified if the occupation was to be sustainable. Thus began an evolutionary relationship that continues to this day, that of the Palestinian resistance versus Israel's policy of permanent occupation. Jimmy Johnson analyzes for The Electronic Intifada. 

From boycotts to Bilin: An interview with Jonathan Cook
9 Oct 2009 - Jonathan Cook is a British journalist based in Nazareth, the largest Palestinian city in Israel, whose work is regularly published by The Electronic Intifada. His latest book, Disappearing Palestine: Israel's Experiments in Human Despair , was published by Zed Books last October. He recently sat with Jeff Gore to discuss his work and his analysis of the current situation on the ground. 

In Gaza
kitten tales
10 Oct 2009 - At the Ezbet Abed Rabbo Red Crescent office the other day [shelled during the 23 day Israeli massacre of Gaza, including with what is believed to have been white phosphorous], Abu Basel pulled me into one of the more destroyed rooms to see what he says are the newest victims: he believes 2 of a 4 kitty litter have been born disfigured as a result of the chemicals. Hard to say, but they are unable to walk and were born in that bombed area. And that’s the thing, no one will know for a while just what the affects of the bombings and residual poisons will be, but farmers I’ve...

Palestine Chronicle
Will Tel Aviv Take the U.S. to War – Again?
9 Oct 2009 - By Jeff Gates Tel Aviv long ago proved its mastery at waging war “by way of deception” – the operative credo of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence and foreign operations directorate. Yet its latest operation reveals a need to freshen up its repertoire of dirty tricks. As Israel’s patron, those of us who live in the U.S. are painfully familiar with such duplicity. Yet the recent frequency of its frauds renders their latest treachery remarkably transparent. Consider the similarities. First a network of pro-Israelis fixed the intelligence that induced us to invade Iraq in support of an expansionist agenda for Greater Israel. Who can forget Iraqi WMD, scary images of mushroom clouds and secret meetings in Prague? Who can fail to recall the yellowcake uranium from Niger and those ominous warnings of “high-level contacts” between secular Baghdad and the religious fundamentalists of Al Qaeda? Even Colin Powell was duped when pro-Israelis in the G.W. Bush administration associated his credibility with false U.N. testimony avowing Iraqi mobile biological weapons laboratories. Though all was deception, it had the intended effect. To others, it looked like the U.S. was at fault. Yet our policy-makers are no better than the information on which they must rely—and the allies they are persuaded to trust. The same old Israeli duplicity is back but with a new twist. And, importantly, ably aided by a new commander-in-chief. As with the deception that induced the invasion of Iraq, war in Iran also requires weaving a web of consensus beliefs from...

Abbas's Loss is Palestinians' Gain
9 Oct 2009 - By Sherri Muzher There is a famous Arabic expression: 'he who doesn't respect himself shall not be respected.' Apparently, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas doesn't believe in this. At least, he didn't until now. The decision to defer the Goldstone Report, the UN report alleging that both Israel and Hamas had committed war crimes during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip last winter, was nothing short of betrayal. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Richard Falk even described the decision as "perverse." 'The Palestinians have betrayed their own people,' Falk said. 'This was a moment finally when the international community endorsed the allegations of war crimes and it would have been an opportunity to vindicate the struggle of the Palestinian people for their rights under international law.' Falk continued, "For the Palestinian representatives in the UN themselves to seem to undermine this report is an astonishing development." Indeed, it was astonishing for Palestinians and those who have supported Palestinian efforts toward justice and freedom for the last 61 years. Human rights, after all, are the cornerstone of the Palestinian struggle. From the right to self-determination to putting an end to the economic sanctions imposed on civilians, modern Palestinian history has consisted of one Israeli transgression after another. This makes the decision to defer the Goldstone Report all the more perplexing. Rather than think of the landmark Goldstone Report as being about war crimes and accountability, it will represent a very sad chapter in Palestinian history. Equal to the Hamas...

Tensions Mount Again at Al-Aqsa: A Third Intifada?
9 Oct 2009 - By Jonathan Cook - Nazareth Tension over control of the Haram al Sharif compound of mosques in Jerusalem's Old City has reached a pitch unseen since clashes at the site sparked the second intifada nine years ago. Ten days of intermittently bloody clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem culminated yesterday in warnings by Palestinian officials that Israel was "sparking a fire" in the city. Israel's Jerusalem Post newspaper similarly wondered whether a third intifada was imminent. Israel, meanwhile, deployed 20,000 police to safeguard the annual Jerusalem march, which was reported to have attracted a crowd of 70,000 passing through sensitive Palestinian neighbourhoods close to the Old City. The ostensible cause of friction is Israel's religious holidays that have brought Jewish worshippers to the Western Wall, located next to the Haram al Sharif and traditionally considered the holiest site in Judaism. The wall is the only remnant of the Jewish temple destroyed by Herod in AD70. At a deeper level for Palestinians, however, the ease with which Jews can access sites in and around Jerusalem, while the city is off-limits to the vast majority of Palestinians, highlights the extent to which Palestinian control over Jerusalem and its holy places has been eroded by four decades of occupation. That point was reinforced on Sunday when the gates to the mosque compound were shut by Israeli police, who cited safety concerns for 30,000 Jews praying at the Western Wall for Succot. Jerusalem's police chief, Aharon Franco, also incensed Palestinians on...

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