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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
12 October, 2009

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Ma'an News

Report: Israeli police unit disguised as medics
10/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - While Israel often accuses Palestinians of misusing ambulances as cover for attacks, a new report from the country's second-largest newspaper suggests Israel may want to clean up its own house. In its "The Magazine" supplement, the Hebrew-language daily Ma'ariv exposed an undercover unit created by Israeli police that disguises its operatives as medics, Bedouins, ultra-Orthodox Jews, or even civilians faking car trouble. According to the report published on Saturday, the special unit specializes in targeting Palestinians listed on Israel's long "wanted" list. Seventeen policemen form the unit, which was created at the end of July, which was described by Ma'ariv as the first of its kind. The team is reportedly most often deployed in Bedouin communities in the Negev Desert, while it boasts 30-40 arrests each month from all over Israel. 

Israeli forces demolish Palestinian home in Jerusalem
10/12/2009 - Jerusalem - Ma'an - Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian house in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday morning, witnesses said, before dismantling the foundation of another home in the same area. Both structures were in the Al-Marwaha and Ash-Ashqariyya neighborhood of the town of Beit Hanina, they added. Israeli forces arrived with bulldozers and besieged the At-Taleiqi family home on before forcibly evicting the five family members who were inside, onlookers told Ma'an. Residents watched as Israeli troops assaulted Amjad At-Taleiqi, the owner of the 70-sqaure meter house, when he attempted to resist the demolition of home. The man's hands were bound until the house was demolished, they said. The family had reportedly received a warrant from Israeli authorities a year earlier informing them the house would be demolished because it was built without a permit from the Israeli-controlled Jerusalem Municipality. 

Official: Soldiers obstructing olive harvest in Nablus
10/12/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - Israeli forces prevented Palestinian farmers from accessing their olive groves south of Nablus on Monday despite prior coordination with military liaison authorities, an official told Ma'an. Ghassan Daghlas, a senior Palestinian Authority official who holds the northern West Bank settlements portfolio, said the farmers wanted to visit their privately owned fields for the annual olive harvest, but were turned away by soldiers operating in the area. Daghlas explained that the Palestinians were from Al-Libban and Qaryout, near the illegal settlement of Eli, and reiterated that a liaison office had guaranteed they would be permitted to access their lands this once. Meanwhile, Army Radio reported on Monday that an unusually low West Bank olive yield was expected to raise olive oil prices inside Israel. 

Egypt seizes reconstruction materials bound for Gaza
10/12/2009 - Al-Arish - Ma'an - Egyptian security sources said on Monday they had taken over three smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza, impounded three cars, and seized several tons of goods bound for the Gaza Strip. Since Egypt and Israel imposed a devastating blockade on Gaza in 2007, a vast network of smuggling tunnels has become the only reliable means of moving goods into Gaza. The Cairo sources told Ma'an that several alleged smugglers fled when a raid began in the Salah Ad-Din area along the Gaza-Egypt border, while two people were arrested elsewhere. The first tunnel was uncovered in a vacant area about 100 meters from the Strip, they said. The forces added that they seized massive quantities of goods there, including 10 tons of cement, as well as quantities of timber and paint. Two other tunnels were said to have been discovered in the Al-Kumbaz and Salah Ad-Din region, but nothing else was found nearby. 

Witnesses: Israeli soldiers attack Beit Ummar funeral
10/12/2009 - Hebron - Ma'an - Israeli soldiers fired bullets and tear gas at a funeral procession for a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, on Monday. According to witnesses, the attack provoked demonstrations by stone-throwing teenagers that lasted for hours. By nightfall, witnesses said, the violence had subsided. However, the Israeli army has declared the town a "closed military zone," and closed the main road that passes outside the community. Israeli soldiers remain present inside the town, they said. Beit Ummar resident Muhammad Awad, a spokesperson for the Palestine Solidarity Project organization, said that the initial attack by the soldiers had been unprovoked, and that the funeral had been proceeding quietly. Photographs showed that hundreds of residents attended the early-afternoon funeral march, a few carrying Palestinian flags and those of political factions. 

Palestinian teen dies of wounds sustained in March
10/12/2009 - Hebron - Ma'an - A teenager from Beit Ummar, near Hebron in the southern West Bank, on Monday morning succumbed to wounds sustained in clashes with Israeli forces on 4 March. Palestinian medical sources at Al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron identified the deceased as 17-year-old Mahdi Abu Ayyash. The sources explained that he was shot in the head during confrontations between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces. A funeral procession will be held later on Monday, they said. [end] 

Israeli forces detain three teens at Nablus checkpoint
10/12/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - Israeli forces reportedly detained three young Palestinians at the Huwwara military checkpoint south of Nablus in the northern West Bank while they were en route to Ramallah on Monday. Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers forced the three detainees to take off their clothes after they noticed that one of the youths had a knife and other "iron objects," according to the army. The checkpoint was closed for more than two hours in both directions. According to these witnesses at the checkpoint, Israeli sappers safely detonated explosives found on the Palestinians before the arrestees were taken to the nearby Huwwara military base. However, other Palestinian sources in Nablus denied the arrestees were in possession of any knives or explosives. Those sources identified the arrestees as 17-year-old Samir Hashash, 16-year-old Muhammad Hashash, and 14-year-old Muhammad Sbeitan, all from Balata refugee camp near Nablus. 

Two of three Gaza-Israel crossings open
10/12/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli authorities decided to open Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings on Monday, but kept the Nahal Oz fuel terminal closed. According to Raed Fattouh, a Palestinian crossings official, Israeli authorities decided to open Karem Shalom to allow 60-70 truckloads of aid. The Karni crossing was also opened for shipments of wheat and animal feed. Fattouh added that Nahal Oz crossing will be closed. On Sunday only Kerem Shalom crossing was open, while Israel kept the Nahal Oz and Karni crossings closed. [end] 

Five Palestinians rounded up in overnight raids
10/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli forces raided the West Bank overnight and detained five "wanted" Palestinians, according to news reports. The Hebrew-language daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported that the five Palestinians were seized around Bethlehem and Hebron. The report, which did not mention sources, included the allegation that rifles and ammunition were found in one detainee's home. Meanwhile, Israeli forces reportedly detained three young Palestinians at the Huwwara military checkpoint south of Nablus in the northern West Bank while they were en route to Ramallah. Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that Israeli soldiers forced the three detainees to take off their clothes after they noticed that one of the youths had a knife and other "iron objects," according to the army. The checkpoint was closed for more than two hours in both directions. 

Report: Israeli intelligence scouring Hebron for weapons
10/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Israeli general intelligence service Shin Bet recently started a campaign to search for illegal weapons posessed by settlers in the Hebron area in the southern West Bank, according to news reports. The Hebrew-language newspaper Ma'ariv reported on Monday that Israeli police and army units were both participating in the campaign, which was described as ongoing after several failed attempts. According to the report, extremist settler groups possess illegal weapons that they frequently use against local Palestinians. In 2001, Israeli police investigated some settlers over the murder of a Palestinian man near Susa settlement inside Hebron. Three settlers from Hagai in Hebron were arrested, but later set free after police failed to prove they were involved. Ma'ariv added that since that incident, the Shin Bet has been searching for weapons in the settlements,. . . 

Gaza engineer succumbs to wounds from Israeli assault
10/12/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - On Monday morning, Palestinian medical officials announced the death of a man who sustained serious injuries in last winter's Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip. The man was identified as 47-year-old Nasser An-Nadim, an engineer from the Tal Al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City. According to Muawiya Hassanein, the director of ambulance and emergency services at the Ministry of Health, An-Nadim finally succumbed to his wounds on Monday morning. Hassanein noted that the death brought the overall death toll from the Gaza war to 1,383. Some 5,665 were injured in the assault, he added, including both of An-Nadim's parents. [end] 

Gaza children’s court jails Abbas for life
10/12/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - A children's mock court in Gaza sentenced President Mahmoud Abbas to life in prison and removed him from office for the crime of delaying international action on a United Nations report on war crimes. This latest expression of public outrage at Abbas was staged by the Palestinian Child Parliament, an organization said to be linked to Hamas. In early October Abbas' envoy withdrew a motion from the UN Human Rights Council calling for further action on Judge Richard Goldstone's report on Israel's winter assault on Gaza which left more than 1,400 Palestinians dead. Palestinians have been outraged over the decision. During the mock trial a child acting as "prosecutor" in the trial said Abbas was charged under Palestinian law with the crime of "high treason to the Palestinian people's interests" under the Palestinian Basic Law and the Penal Code. 

Report: Qatar complicit in UN report fiasco
10/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Qatar's representative to the UN Human Rights Council Abdullah Dosari was the one who pressured Palestian Ambassador Ibrahim Khreisha to defer submitting the Goldstone report on time, according to an Egyptian news site. The Cairo-based Rosonline reported on Sunday that the Palestinian Authority came under pressure after it was accused of complicity in deferring the report, and thus requested an exceptional emergency session of the Human Rights Council to discuss it. The PA would have needed support from 16 of 47 member countries. However, according to the Egyptian website, Qatar surprised the Palestinians with its stance, which was believed to have stemmed from increasingly good relations between Qatar and Israel. Despite that, the website alleges, Qatar has been leading a campaign against the PA on Al-Jazeera TV, which is based in Qatar, accusing the PA of treason for deferring the Goldstone report. 

Sources: Rafah mayor’s son arrested in Cairo
10/12/2009 - Al-Areesh - Ma'an - Egyptian security sources told Ma'an that its State Security Investigation unit arrested a Palestinian medical student, Mustafa Said An-Nashar, in Cairo on Saturday. Mustafa, a third-year medical student at October SixUniversity, is also the son of the mayor of Rafah, a Palestinian city that borders Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip. Ma'an's sources added that the student was under investigation, but refused to explain why. [end] 

Gaza government: We backed Goldstone from the start
10/12/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - The Hamas-backed government in the Gaza Strip on Monday denied President Mahmoud Abbas' allegations that the government did not support the Goldstone report on war crimes. Government spokesperson Taher An-Nunu said in a statement, "Goldstone met with the government and its ministers more than once, and he also met with the Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, which led him to praise our government in his report clearly, openly and in public. " After coming under immense public pressure to reverse a decision to delay international action on the report, Abbas and his aides have gone on the offensive against Hamas for what they say is a hypocritical stance. In a speech on Sunday night, Abbas accused Hamas of using the report as an excuse not to sign a unity deal. "If Mr. 

Report: Jordan threatened to expel Israeli ambassador
10/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Jordan threatened to expel the Israeli ambassador last week if Israeli forces stormed Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque during Palestinian demonstrations at the holy site, the newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported on Monday. Right-wing Israeli activists were reported entering the Al-Aqsa compound at least twice in the last two weeks, sparking several days of protests by Palestinian residents of Jerusalem. The official news agency Petra reported that Jordan's Foreign Ministry summoned the Israeli chargé d'affaires twice in the course of eight days in protest of the reported intrusions at the mosque. In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz last week Jordan's King Abdullah II warned that Israeli policies in Jerusalem could provoke a broader regional confrontation. "We are seeing problems in Jerusalem that will directly destabilize not only the relationship. . . 

Netanyahu: Israelis will not be tried for war crimes
10/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Monday never to allow Israeli officials or soldiers to be tried for war crimes. "We will not let Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak, who sent our sons to war, reach the Hague International Criminal Court," said Netanyahu, referring to the trio of leaders who launched Operation Cast Lead against Gaza last December. Addressing the opening meeting of the winter session of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, Netanyahu went on to harshly criticize Judge Richard Goldstone's report on alleged war crimes committed during the three-week-long attack. "This distorted report, written by this distorted committee, undermines Israel's basic right for self-defense," the prime minister was quoted as saying by the news site Ynet. 

Hamas leader in exile slams ’illegal president’ Abbas
10/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - In a speech in Damascus on Sunday evening, Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mash'al reiterated the Islamic movement's position that President Mahmoud Abbas's term ended in January. The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority's leader is "an illegal president," Mash'al insisted at the start of an expansive speech that touched on the Goldstone report fiasco in Geneva and PA security arrangements with Americans and Israelis. He also called for rebuilding the Palestine Liberation Organization, which is dominated by Fatah and excludes Hamas, insisting, "Fatah deserves better leadership. "The PA "cooperates with [US General Keith] Dayton against us, and takes bribes from those who would impose force on the resistance [in Gaza] in exchange for bribes for Palestinians in the West Bank," he added. "The one we expect to lead - is leading us to doom. 

Rafah police arrest five on kidnapping, drug charges
10/12/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - A man who was kidnapped and taken east of Rafah on Sunday was freed the same day, police said in a statement. The de facto government's Rafah police department said it received a tip, and immediately rushed to the scene. Police pursued the suspects and were able to free the Palestinian and detain four alleged kidnappers in less than two hours, the department said. Its statement did not elaborate on a motive, if it was apparent. Meanwhile, in Rafah, the same department's anti-narcotics unit seized an alleged hashish trafficker on Sunday night, according to a separate release. Police said the detained man, identified only by his initials, "FK," was transferred to public prosecution to complete investigations. The department added that in a sting operation, undercover officers caught the suspect with two packets of the narcotic, which is illegal to possess in Gaza. 

Union leader: PA employees to receive late Eid bonuses
10/12/2009 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Palestinian Authority (PA) employees who did not receive a 600-shekel bonus for the Eid Al-Fitr holiday have now been granted their money, a union official said on Monday. Bassam Zakarneh, the head of the PA workers' union said that workers should now be able to withdraw the cash from ATMs. He said he had been informed of this by Abdel Nasser Ata, a senior official in the PA Finance Ministry. Zakarneh said in a statement received by Ma'an that the bonus was given to a most employees before Eid Al-Fitr after coordination with the unions. He said the money was meant as compensation for the employees who were not paid during the international aid embargo when the Hamas government came to power in 2006. Zakarneh said some employees had not received the payment due to a misunderstanding at the Finance Ministry. 

PSE slides: Al-Quds Index down 0.5% Monday
10/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Palestine Securities exchange in Nablus tumbled for the second straight day on Monday, as the Al-Quds Index fell 2. 52 points (0. 5%) to close at 505. 98. Trading volume for Monday reached 748,012 shares, a total value of 1,087,346. 27 US dollars, over the course of 411 individual trades. The shares of 24 companies were traded. The shares prices of three companies rose, while those 15 others declined. The top gainers included APC which rose 4. 63%, PEC by (up 2. 08%), and PALTEL by (up 0. 95%). The top five losers were TRUST by (4. 85%), VOIC by (4. 61%), AHC by (4. 35%), PRICO by (3. 75%), and PADICO by (3. 68%). [end] 

Ha'aretz Defense page

Israel to UN: Lebanon blast shows Hezbollah violating truce
12 Oct 2009 - Hezbollah: One hurt in blast caused by leftover IDF munitions; media cites one dead in arms depot explosion. 

Netanyahu vows never to let Israelis be tried for war crimes
12 Oct 2009 - PM blasts Goldstone conclusions as 'distorted report' that 'undermines Israel's right to defend itself.' 

Israel and U.S. prepare for largest-ever joint air force drill
12 Oct 2009 - 'Junior Cobra' to begin on October 20, week after scheduled start; IDF: Drill unrelated to particular world event. 

Egypt destroys four smuggling tunnels on Gaza border
12 Oct 2009 - Palestinians have dug thousands of tunnels to smuggle goods and fuel from Egypt to the Gaza Strip. 

Uruknet

[uruknet.info] Critics of "holy Israel" targeted by Christian Zionists
October 12, 2009 - Christianity too has its extremists and none worse than the Christian Zionists. A prize example is His Eminence The Very Reverend Charles J. Edgbaston, DD, PhD, Chair, Christians for Moses Ministries Inc. and Rector, Zion College of Canada. At least, that is what he calls himself. This person has just declared me an Enemy of Israel....

[uruknet.info] Gaza children's court jails Abbas for life
October 12, 2009 - A children's mock court in Gaza sentenced President Mahmoud Abbas to life in prison and removed him from office for the crime of delaying international action on a United Nations report on war crimes. This latest expression of public outrage at Abbas was staged by the Palestinian Child Parliament, an organization said to be linked to...

[uruknet.info] Israelis flatten Palestinian home
October 12, 2009 - Israeli authorities have demolished two Palestinian-owned structures in East Jerusalem, in defiance of international calls to stop such actions. Palestinian reports say a family of five was forcibly evicted from their home in the Beit Hanina district before the building was demolished. Israeli bulldozers then destroyed the foundations of another building nearby. UN officials say such...

[uruknet.info] Israel: Stop Blocking School Supplies From Entering Gaza Blockade Deprives Students of Paper, Pens, Textbooks
October 12, 2009 - Israeli authorities should immediately lift restrictions that have left students in Gaza's public schools without textbooks and the most basic school supplies, such as notebooks and pens, Human Rights Watch said today. Israel severely limits imports into Gaza of a wide variety of basic goods, from food to construction materials. More than a month into the...

[uruknet.info] LEBANON: Nahr el Bared residents, supporters rally ahead of key ruling on reconstruction
October 12, 2009 - Palestine house Several hundred people rallied in downtown Beirut on Monday in a show of solidarity with the displaced residents of Nahr el Bared, the Palestinian refugee camp that was destroyed in spring 2007 when fighting broke out between Fatah Al-Islam militants and the Lebanese Army. The demonstration was staged days before a key court ruling...

[uruknet.info] Rift Developing Between PA and Fatah
October 12, 2009 -An increasingly isolated and unpopular Palestinian Authority (PA) has again made a 180-degree turn in the Goldstone report fiasco as it tries to fend off mounting criticism from all and sundry, including its own organisation. On Sunday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas did a complete about-face over UN-appointed Justice Richard Goldstone's controversial report on war crimes in Gaza,...

[uruknet.info] At What Cost the Israel Lobby?
October 12, 2009 - More than 46 years ago, President John F. Kennedy sought to preclude a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. In June 1963, he wrote the last in a series of insistent letters to Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. Those letters sought what Israel now demands of Iran: international inspections of its nuclear facilities. The key...

[uruknet.info] Mishaal: Ramallah authority no longer eligible to lead the Palestinian people
October 12, 2009 -- Khaled Mishaal, the political bureau chairman of Hamas, has accused the Ramallah authority led by Mahmoud Abbas of lying and of not being fit to rule the Palestinian people. Mishaal, addressing the concluding session of the international Golan forum attended by 1,428 delegates from 55 countries on Sunday evening, said that all those responsible for delaying...

[uruknet.info] Is Canada more pro-Israel than the US?
October 12, 2009 - In June, Israel began barring some North Americans with Palestinian-sounding names entry through Ben Gurion Airport. Forced to reroute through a land-border crossing that connects the West Bank with Jordan, their passports were stamped "Palestinian Authority only," which prevents them from entering Israel proper. The Obama Administration objected to the move by Israel that discriminates against...

[uruknet.info] The travails of the Palestinian Authority while Palestine vanishes
October 12, 2009 - The fallout from the Palestinian Authority's refusal to endorse the Goldstone Report's passage through the United Nations is not just painful for the Palestinians, but also for all those who support the Palestinian cause. This is yet another wound inflicted by the Authority on the Palestinian struggle for liberation from a long and brutal Israeli military...

[uruknet.info] Report: Israeli police unit disguised as medics
October 12, 2009 - While Israel often accuses Palestinians of misusing ambulances as cover for attacks, a report from the country's second-largest newspaper suggests Israel may want to first clean up its own house before accusing others. In its special magazine supplement, the Hebrew-language daily Ma'ariv exposed an undercover unit created by Israeli police that disguises its operatives as medics,...

[uruknet.info] Palestinian unity hopes dim
October 12, 2009 - A reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, the rival Palestinian parties, has been delayed, following a bitter dispute over the Palestinian decision not to back a UN report on alleged Israeli war crimes. The deal was to be signed on October 25, clearing the way for Hamas and Fatah to co-operate in rebuilding war-damaged Gaza by...

Palestine Telegraph

Shatila kids in the limelight
Lebanon, October 13, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Peter Mortimer is one of life's great utopians. His most popular book Broke Through Britain described how he walked from one end of the country to the other without any money, entirely dependent on the...

Palestinians protecting Al Aqsa
Palestine, October 11, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Hatem Abdel Qader, the Palestinian official in charge of the Jerusalem file, said that hundreds of people camping out in Al Aqsa Mosque to save it from direct Israeli threats during Yom Kippur have been...

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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.

The National

Battle for key ministries blocks Beirut deal
12 Oct 2009 - A two-hour meeting between rivals in an attempt to form a functioning government in Lebanon fails to reach an agreement.

Abbas seeks vote on Gaza report
12 Oct 2009 - The decision sparks a war of words and deepens the divide between Hamas and Fatah, which is likely to jeopardise the prospect of the unity pact.

Cairo makes doing business easier
11 Oct 2009 - New report from the World Bank on the obstacles to operating in 183 countries places Egypt in its top 10 list of reformers.

Tehran's unlikely nuclear envoy
11 Oct 2009 - Saeed Jalili, the chief negotiator in talks about Iran's controversial programme, has little diplomatic experience to fall back on.

Egypt: Palestinian reconciliation agreement postponed
11 Oct 2009 - The signing of a Palestinian reconciliation agreement set for October 25 has been postponed for several weeks . 

Aljazeera

Israel PM denounces UN Gaza report
12 Oct 2009 - Netanyahu vows to protect Israelis from trial, says Goldstone report "encourages terrorism".

Clinton to press Russia on Iran
12 Oct 2009 - US secretary of state visits Moscow to seek support over Tehran's nuclear programme.

Hopes fade over Palestinian unity
12 Oct 2009 - Gaza report fiasco puts on hold Egypt-mediated agreement to bring Fatah and Hamas together.

Turkish defence snub worries Israel
12 Oct 2009 - Offfcials weigh implications of decision that led to cancellation of joint Nato air drill.

Alternative Information Center

Human Rights NGOs are Calling for a Special Session for the UN HRC
12 Oct 2009 - Adalah * Adameer * Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights – Gaza * Al-Haq * Arab Association for Human Rights * Al-Mezan * Badil * Defence for Children International – Palestine * ENSAN center * Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies * Women Centre for Legal Aid...

Palestine News Network

Youth and Huwara Checkpoint: Amin Abu Wardeh reports from Nablus
12 Oct 2009 - Nablus / Amin Abu Wardeh for PNN - After several months the phenomenon of heavy arrests of youth has returned to Huwara Checkpoint. The military installation in southern Nablus has been the scene of frequent arrests of youth. Yesterday five young Palestinians were arrested in separate incidents within two hours.At around eight in the evening Israeli forces closed the barrier in both directions,...

Film about Palestinians newly arriving in the US gets favorable review in American weekly
12 Oct 2009 - The Stranger / Charles Mudede - Her name is Muna Farah (Nisreen Faour). She is in her early 40s, she is Palestinian, she has an Americanized teenage son, she lives in the West Bank, she is overweight, she recently lost her husband to a younger and thinner woman, she works at a bank, she is middle class, she daily deals with Israeli military...

Home demolition in East Jerusalem's Beit Hanina while owner was handcuffed
12 Oct 2009 - Jerusalem / PNN - Israeli bulldozers demolished at noon today a house in East Jerusalem’s Beit Hanina while also destroying the foundation of a house under construction in the northern end of the city. Local sources report that Israeli soldiers assaulted the residents and property of Amjad Alteriqi’s Beit Hanina home. The owner attempted to stop the demolition and was then handcuffed during...

Unity elusive as ever after Abbas disparages Hamas in speech and Meshal accuses President of lying
11 Oct 2009 - Ramallah / PNN – Head of the Hamas political bureau Khaled Meshal has accused President Abbas of lying. Exiled by the occupying Israeli administration, Meshal spoke from Syria when he derided the President’s speech of Sunday evening. Abbas was attempting to explain his position regarding the postponement of the vote on the Goldstone report. He said that international objections were destroying its substance.However,...

President Abbas: international amendments to Goldstone report had emptied it of substance
11 Oct 2009 - Ramallah / PNN – During the President’s speech on Sunday evening he said that all factions agreed to postponing the vote on the Goldstone report, not just his. The Palestinian Authority and Fateh party have taken intense heat for days after President Abbas moved to wait on the UN report that shows the Israeli committed war crimes in Gaza.After Abbas’ speech Khalida Jarrar,...

Likud member looking to rid Knesset of verbal dissenters
11 Oct 2009 - Jerusalem / PNN – Palestinian member of the Knesset, Jamal Zahalka said today that a Likud member is looking to remove Arabs from the house. MK Danny Danon of the Likud Party is advancing a bill that would make freedom of speech a thing of the past. During the height of last week’s assault on Al Aqsa Mosque, Palestinian MKs protested verbally in...

Opening of second Book and Culture Fair in Jenin brings titles from romance to politics
11 Oct 2009 - Jenin / Ali Samoudi for PNN – The second annual Book Fair has opened in Jenin, organized by the Cultural Libraries Group. Governor of the northern West Bank province, Qaddura Mousa, was joined by Salam Tahir, Director of the Education and Book Fair, in welcoming dozens of people to the opening ceremony.Guests ranged from the Mufti of Jenin to the Secretary of the...

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: Rift Developing Between PA and Fatah 
RAMALLAH, Oct 12 (IPS) - An increasingly isolated and unpopular Palestinian Authority (PA) has again made a 180-degree turn in the Goldstone report fiasco as it tries to fend off mounting criticism from all and sundry, including its own organisation.

MIDEAST: Muslims See Victory at Al-Aqsa 
EAST JERUSALEM, Oct 11 (IPS) - Clashes between Israeli security forces and protesting Palestinians have subsided as several hundred Muslims agreed to evacuate Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque following a deal brokered by the Jordanian Embassy in Tel Aviv Saturday.

Stop The Wall

Settlers hack down 190 trees in Deir ‘Ammar
12 Oct 2009 - Settlers from the Dolev settlement carried out an assault on the olive groves of Deir ‘Ammar village last Tuesday, hacking apart upwards of 190 olive trees with machetes in the late hours of the night. This is the latest in the series of settler attacks that always characterize the olive harvest. [

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PCHR Latest

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

UN chief backs Abbas decision to debate Goldstone report
12 Oct 2009 - United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon supports a Palestinian proposal to reopen debate in the Human Rights Council on the Goldstone Commission's report on the Gaza war, his spokeswoman Michele Montas said on Monday. ...

Turkey urges Israel to use 'common sense' over bilateral tensions 
12 Oct 2009 - The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a sharp statement Monday in which it urged Israeli officials to use "common sense" in their statements about the current tension between the two countries. ... 

U.S. tells Egypt: Fatah-Hamas deal undermines Israel-PA talks 
12 Oct 2009 - The United States sent a message to Egypt stating it does not support the proposed reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas as it would undermine negotiations with Israel, Haaretz has learned. ... 

Israel to UN: Lebanon blast shows Hezbollah violating truce
12 Oct 2009 - Israel has demanded that the United Nations investigate an explosion at a Hezbollah house in southern Lebanon on Monday, which it said proved munitions were being stockpiled in violation of a truce. ...

Barak warns against further harming Israel-Turkey relations
11 Oct 2009 - Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday warned against further harming Israel's relations with Turkey, after Turkey excluded Israel from a joint military exercise because of its criticism of Israel's winter offensive against Hamas in Gaza. ...

The Guardian

Mahmoud Abbas tries to save reputation with U-turn on Gaza report
12 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, is trying to rescue his beleaguered reputation by pushing for a new vote on a critical UN report on the Gaza war, a significant reversal just days after he dropped his...

Dachau link with Israeli town angers survivors
12 Oct 2009 - The German town of Dachau has become the first location of a former Nazi death camp to establish a partnership with an Israeli town in a controversial "peace and understanding" agreement. Twenty-two other German towns are...

Turkey confirms it barred Israel from military exercise because of Gaza war
12 Oct 2009 - Israel-Turkey relations damaged as multinational war games are cancelled Turkey's foreign minister said yesterday that his government cancelled a planned joint military exercise with Israel in protest against that country's offensive on Gaza ten months ago....

The 'no peace now' camp | Petra Marquardt-Bigman
12 Oct 2009 - Israel's foreign minister is not the only one who doubts that comprehensive peace can be achieved any time soon It was a good example for bad timing: just shortly before the news broke that President Obama...

Letters: Obama is still our best hope of peace
11 Oct 2009 - Most people in the developing world exult that "one of us" got the Nobel Peace Prize ( Report , 10 October), but many are already asking what did Obama do so far to deserve it – or, to...

Palestinian reconciliation deal delayed by UN row
11 Oct 2009 - An agreement to reconcile bitterly divided Palestinian groups has been delayed for several weeks, Egypt's foreign minister said today. A deal was to be signed on 25 October, clearing the way for Hamas militants and the...

Middle East: a Belgian solution? | Khaled Diab
11 Oct 2009 - Northern Ireland offers one model for Israeli-Palestinian peace. But a dose of Belgian pragmatism wouldn't go amiss either George Mitchell's reappearance on the Middle Eastern scene earlier this year has reignited speculation as to whether he'll...

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...

Ha'aretz National page

Court to hear main witness in Katsav rape trial 
12 Oct 2009 - The main witness in the trial of former president Moshe Katsav is scheduled to testify Tuesday in Tel Aviv District Court. Katsav is charged with two counts of rape and a number of counts of forcible indecent acts against the witness, who has officially been identified only as "A. from the Tourism Ministry." ... 

MK Molla's Knesset bio gave him a B.A. he didn't earn
12 Oct 2009 - MK Shlomo Molla's biography on the Knesset Web site lists him as having a bachelor's degree in social work that he never actually received. However, the Kadima MK insisted that he did not deliberately mislead the Knesset ; rather, the false entry stemmed from an innocent typographical error. ... 

Israel sees court rulings on Palestinian land as mere 'recommendations' 
12 Oct 2009 - So what if the Supreme Court rules? In Israel those decisions are just recommendations, especially if they deal with Palestinian land In most enlightened democratic countries, saying that decisions of the courts obligate the state authorities is like stating that the sun rises in the east. But that may not be so for Israel. ...

Should Israel subsidize Viagra for cancer patients? 
12 Oct 2009 - The National Oncology Council has recommended adding Viagra and other drugs prescribed for sexual dysfunction to government-subsidized services to cancer patients, Haaretz has learned. ... 

Secret police unit to monitor Arab towns 
12 Oct 2009 - The police have recently started operating an undercover unit among Israeli citizens. Some two months ago, Police Commissioner David Cohen said the force had "no intelligence infrastructure to deal with the Arab community." ... 

Relief Web

OPT: Abbas defends delay of Gaza war crime report vote
12 Oct 2009 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet

YNet News

Clinton to press Russia on Iran, arms control
12 Oct 2009 - US secretary of state plans to speak with Medvedev, Lavrov about 'specific forms of pressure' against Islamic Republic if regime fails to comply with international demands to prove its nuclear program is peaceful 

Report: Arms ship stopped on way from Iran to Syria 
12 Oct 2009 - German Der Spiegel magazine says US war ships intercepted Iranian munitions shipment bound for Syria. Weapons found aboard German-owned vessel; Berlin said to be 'embarrassed' by incident 

Report: Hezbollah man killed in blast 
12 Oct 2009 - Lebanese media report of ammunition explosion in three-story building, where senior Shiite group member Abdel Nasser Issa lives, in southern village of Tayr Filsi. House completely destroyed; Hezbollah denies reports that Issa and his son were killed. IDF files complaint with UNIFIL 

Ministers: Foreign workers' kids to be deported by summer 
12 Oct 2009 - Officials who took part in special meeting at Prime Minister Netanyahu's Knesset office say 1,200 children of illegal aliens will not receive permanent residence status, will be expelled at end of school year. Policy of deporting foreign workers staying in Israel illegally will continue 

3 charged with selling $1 million-worth of fake Viagra pills 
12 Oct 2009 - State indicts three residents of central Israel for allegedly swindling 2,000 customers, selling fake erectile dysfunction medication online 

Gaza children's parliament hands Abbas life sentence
12 Oct 2009 - Group under Hamas supervision holds mock trial for Palestinian president over Goldstone Report 

Livni accuses Netanyahu of 'humiliating Palestinians' 
12 Oct 2009 - Opposition chairwoman addresses Knesset during opening of winter session, says government causing Israel to lose world's support 

Daily Star

Netanyahu stands by his hardline terms on peace
13 Oct 2009 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave no ground on peace with the Palestinians in a speech on Monday, reasserting they must recognize Israel as a Jewish state if they wanted a deal for a state of their own. In the policy speech, Netanyahu again attacked a UN report that accused Israel, along with Hamas militants, of war crimes in the December-January Gaza conflict.

Turkey-Armenia rapprochement far from guaranteed
13 Oct 2009 - Turkey's demands for progress in a volatile stand-off between Armenia and Azerbaijan could see a deal to end over a century of hostility between Turkey and Armenia stalled for months to come. The neighbors signed accords on Saturday in Zurich to establish diplomatic relations and reopen their border after last-minute mediation by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton salvaged the ceremony, underscoring pitfalls that remain.

Israel military's West Bank probes drag on - rights group
13 Oct 2009 - The Israeli military takes months to investigate whether its soldiers committed crimes against Palestinians in the West Bank, deliberately trying to dim chances of any prosecution, an Israeli human rights group claimed Monday. The group, Yesh Din, released a report offering its analysis of more than 130 cases of alleged soldier violence against Palestinians living in the West Bank.

Iran's opposition leaders demand to speak on state TV
13 Oct 2009 - Iranian opposition leaders have demanded they be given time to speak on state television to back up their allegations that the June election was rigged, a reformist daily reported on Monday. Former prime minister Mir Hossein Mousavi and cleric Mehdi Karoubi met at the weekend and decided they want to go on television to challenge the authorities who say they have no evidence to back claims the poll was fraudulent, the newspaper said.

Iran dismisses Clinton threat as Britain bars firms
13 Oct 2009 - Iran on Monday dismissed US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's warning over its nuclear program, as Britain ordered its financial companies to cease trading with two firms from the Islamic Republic. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi said Tehran would not listen to talk of deadlines, but added that it was committed to following international law when it comes to its nuclear program.

Palestinian Information Center

Swedish journalist: The PA was aware of Israel’s theft of human organs
13 Oct 2009 - Swedish journalist Donald Bostrom revealed Sunday in Damascus that the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its media outlets were aware of Israel’s theft of human organs from Palestinians.

More IOF demolitions in occupied Jerusalem, arrests in West Bank
13 Oct 2009 - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) on Monday sent its bulldozers and security men to demolish two Palestinian homes in occupied Jerusalem, local sources reported.

Haneyya: Abbas’s speech reflects the size of his political scandal
13 Oct 2009 - Premier Ismail Haneyya stated that Abbas’s speech reflected the enormity of the political scandal he caused for the Palestinian people and his defeatist will associated with the Zio-American agenda.

Hamas: Netanyahu's attack on Goldstone report proves involvement in war crimes
13 Oct 2009 - Hamas has said that the harsh verbal attack of Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu against the Goldstone report proved truth of the report in incriminating Israel in war crimes.

IOF disguise as Palestinian paramedics to capture wanted activists
13 Oct 2009 - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) command has established a new special unit of disguised soldiers whose main mission is to capture wanted Palestinian activists, a Hebrew press report said.

Abu Shaar warns of fresh Jewish attempt to storm the Aqsa
13 Oct 2009 - Dr. Taleb Abu Shaar has warned of fresh Jewish attempts to storm the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem especially after the worshipers ended their vigil inside it.

35 Palestinian organizations in Europe slam Abbas’s speech
13 Oct 2009 - 35 Palestinian organizations in Europe criticized the speech made by Mahmoud Abbas last night, asserting that he was attempting to evade his direct responsibility for delaying Goldstone’s report.

Palestinians’ vigil at Aqsa Mosque succeeds in fending off Zionist attackers
13 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian worshipers, who mounted an eight-day vigil at the Aqsa Mosque, stated that they successfully frustrated the plans of extremist Jewish groups to storm the Aqsa Mosque.

Kuwaiti MPs to table law banning any kind of dealings with Israel
13 Oct 2009 - Kuwaiti lawmakers declared their intention to introduce a bill in the parliament prohibiting any kind of direct or indirect relations or dealings with the Israeli occupation.

Astal: Hamas not afraid of honest elections
13 Oct 2009 - Hamas MP Dr. Younis Al-Astal has reiterated his Movement's position that it does not fear results of any future elections as long as integrity was ensured.

Los Angeles Times

Diplomacy in the lead on Iran nuclear issue -- for now 
12 Oct 2009 - Tehran's agreement to let nuclear inspectors into the facility revealed by Obama has boosted the diplomatic track. The site's location in a mountain points up the difficulty of the military option. Agreement to open Iran's hidden nuclear complex to inspection has reduced talk of military action and put diplomacy back on track -- at least for a while. But even as the U.S. tries to build international pressure, emerging details suggest it might already be too late for an armed strike. 

Israel Gelfand dies at 96; Russian mathematician 
11 Oct 2009 - His research laid the mathematical foundation for the imaging abilities of MRI and CT scanners. Israel Gelfand, the Russian mathematician whose research laid the mathematical framework for the imaging abilities of MRI and CT scanners and who did crucial work in a host of more esoteric fields, died Monday at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. He was 96. 

In Iran, 2 get death sentences for postelection uprising 
11 Oct 2009 - The sentences are the latest sign that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hard-line camp is intensifying efforts to block another round of anti-government rallies. Iran announced Saturday that two people have been sentenced to death for joining the nationwide uprising after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed reelection in June, when hundreds of thousands of opposition supporters clashed for weeks with police and paramilitary forces. 

New York Times

Iranian Journalists Flee, Fearing Retribution for Covering Protests
12 Oct 2009 - Dozens of reporters, photographers and bloggers have either fled Iran or are trying to flee in the aftermath of the disputed June presidential election. 

World Briefing | Middle East: Lebanon: Hezbollah Munitions Cache Explodes
12 Oct 2009 - The explosion in the house of a local Hezbollah official in southern Lebanon produced conflicting reports of casualties. 

Iran Parliament Moves Ahead With Fuel Subsidy Cuts
12 Oct 2009 - The measure is meant to redirect funds to poorer segments of the population and infrastructure projects, but could stoke major unrest in a country struggling under international sanctions. 

Netanyahu Calls War Crimes Report ‘Distorted’
12 Oct 2009 - The prime minister of Israel said that Israel acted in self-defense in last winter’s Gaza war. 

Misc

Israelis flatten Palestinian home 
10/12/2009 - BBC Online - Israeli authorities have demolished two Palestinian-owned structures in East Jerusalem, in defiance of international calls to stop such actions. Palestinian reports say a family of five was forcibly evicted from their home in the Beit Hanina district before the building was demolished. Israeli bulldozers then destroyed the foundations of another building nearby. UN officials say such demolitions violate international law and raise serious humanitarian concerns. Israel says buildings subject to demolition orders have been built without permits. Palestinians say it is virtually impossible to obtain the necessary approval from Israel's municipal authorities in Jerusalem. The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem , says the authorities have demolished about 420 Palestinian-owned houses in East Jerusalem since 2004 saying they were built without permits. Israel occupied the territory in the 1967 war and annexed it soon afterwards in a move that has not been recognised internationally. 

VIDEO - The Gaza Tunnels: Raw Footage Inside 
10/11/2009 - Political Theatrics - Zouheir Alnajjar, a Collective Journalism contributor who lives in Gaza, takes us through the secret tunnels that connect Gaza and Egypt – a common route for smuggling under the border. These tunnels serve in many ways as a lifeline for Gazans to the rest of the world, providing them with many valuable supplies (i. e food,animals etc) that the Israeli blockade won’t let through. They’re also used to smuggle weapons to resistance groups. Zouheir al-Najjar a Gazan and contributor to Collective Journalism made the journey himself. Watch the video and take a journey into the tunnels for yourself. Thanks to Zouheir Alnajjar for documenting this amazing journey and providing us with the footage. [end] 

25 lawmakers still held in Israeli prisons 
10/11/2009 - Press TV - The Palestinian ministry for prisoners' affairs says at least 25 lawmakers along with two former ministers are still being held in Israeli prisons under appalling conditions. According to a press release published on Saturday, the highest number of detainees were from al-Khalil, 10, followed by Ramallah, 6, Al-Quds, 4, Bethlehem, 3, and one prisoner from the occupied West Bank towns of Nablus and Ariha (Jericho) each. The ministry, meanwhile, lashed out at the Palestinian Authority (PA), and the Arab and western parliaments for not doing enough to stop the trend. " There is no real action on the part of all those parties toward resolving this issue and releasing the MPs," the prisoners' affairs ministry said in a statement. The Israeli army regularly arrests Palestinians during overnight operations in West Bank towns. 

Defense Exports Top $6b 
10/7/2009 - Arutz Sheva - (IsraelNN. com) Israeli defense companies signed $6. 3 billion worth of new export contracts for weapons, munitions, technologies, and equipment during 2008 and $20. 3 billion in 2005-08, according to the Ministry of Defense. The figures are much higher than U. S. Congress estimates, according to a report in Defense News, and makes Israel the world's third largest defense exporter after the U. S. and Russia. The Ministry of Defense figures differ markedly from those cited in a report by the U. S. Congressional Research Service which provides information, analyses, and other services to representatives and senators. [end] 

Egypt’s journalist union investigates Israeli ties 
10/12/2009 - Antiwar.com - Egypt's journalist union investigates prominent member for meeting with Israeli ambassador - AP News - Egypt's journalist union is investigating whether to expel a prominent member for meeting with the Israeli ambassador, a case that highlights the broad opposition to normal relations with Israel that persists despite a 30-year-old peace deal between the two countries. Egyptian media often act as the standard bearers for anti-Israeli sentiment in the country, a practice that was in full display last month when reporters of all stripes echoed the cultural minister's claim that a Jewish conspiracy undermined his bid to lead the U. N. cultural agency. Some reporters said Farouk Hosni's failed UNESCO bid likely fueled the decision by the Egyptian Journalists' Union to investigate Hala Mustafa, editor-in-chief of the state-run monthly magazine Democratiya. 

Egyptian police destroy four smuggling tunnels along Gaza border 
10/12/2009 - Earth Times - dpa - Al-Arish, Egypt - Egyptian police destroyed four smuggling tunnels in the border town of Rafah, an Egyptian security official said Monday. The tunnels were discovered in Salaheddin and Qomboz neighbourhoods in Rafah, which is bisected by Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip. Inside the tunnels, police discovered a large number of material used for construction including paint and cement piled inside plastic bags and ready to be smuggled to Gaza, the source told the German Press Agency dpa. Palestinians have dug thousands of tunnels to smuggle goods and fuel from Egypt to the Gaza Strip after Israel imposed a tight blockade on the impoverished enclave more than two years ago. Egypt has been under consistent international pressure, particularly from the United States and Israel, to curtail weapons smuggling across its border with the Gaza Strip. Egyptian authorities have destroyed dozens of tunnels. Israel has also bombarded hundreds of them. 

Army drill canceled due to US outcry 
10/11/2009 - Jerusalem Post - A joint military exercise that Israel, the US, NATO, Turkey and Italy were scheduled to conduct this week, was taken off the table because of American disappointment with Ankara's decision to withdraw from the maneuver due to Israel's planned participation, Israeli defense officials said Sunday. Turkish naval ships are seen. . . Turkey informed Israel of the cancellation of the Anatolian Eagle exercise last week, saying this was because the planes that Israel was going to send likely bombed Hamas targets during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip earlier this year. According to officials quoted by Israel Radio, the cancellation of the exercise came after both the US and NATO threatened to pull out if the IAF did not participate. Similar comments were made to the Associated Press by officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the matter with the media. 

Report: Jordan threatened to expel Israel envoy over Temple Mount clashes 
10/12/2009 - Ha'aretz - Jordan threatened to expel Israel's ambassador to the Kingdom last week in the event of Israel choosing to forcibly enter the Temple Mount during clashes in Jerusalem, the pan-Arab paper Al-Quds al-Arabi reported on Monday. According to the newspaper, tensions between the two neighbors flared as Jordan threatened to carry out the move, which the country said would be in response to Israel intervening in favor of what it called Jewish extremists. A senior Jordanian source told Haaretz last week that police must keep Jewish religious extremists away from the Temple Mount and keep the Old City's Mugrabi Gate closed. "That will calm the atmosphere while respecting the Jordanian role in Al-Aqsa Mosque," he said. AdvertisementIn an interview to Haaretz last week, Jordan's King Abdullah II further elaborated the significance Jerusalem had to the Hashemite Kingdom, and the concerns the Temple Mount clashes recently raised. 

Lieberman to discuss Iran around the world 
10/11/2009 - YNetNews - Foreign minister to leave for visits to Austria, Kazakhstan, Holland, and Denmark as part of new widening foreign policy - Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is set to leave for a round of visits abroad this week, after recently returning from Africa, South America, and the Balkans. This time Lieberman will visit Austria, Kazakhstan, Holland, and Denmark, mainly in order to discuss the topic of Iran. Lieberman says he wants to "invest effort in nations that have not received attention from Israel until now". Thus, on Wednesday he will ask Austria to quit its cooperation with Tehran in the field of oil refining, because the companies involved in this market are run by the Ayatollah regime. The four-day trip will also include a visit to Kazakhstan, the largest Muslim country in the world. There Lieberman will ask the local leadership for support for international measures to halt Iran's nuclear program. 

Israeli officials warn against support for UN report 
10/11/2009 - The Independent - A jittery Israeli government reacted furiously yesterday after a top British diplomat voiced support for aspects of a UN report that could lead to prosecution of Israeli army officers for alleged war crimes. The UK ambassador to the UN, John Sawers, told Israel Army radio that the report on last winter’s Gaza war contains “some very serious details which need to be investigated by both the Palestinian authorities and the Israeli authorities. ”He added that “serious information” in the document gives rise to the suspicion that violations of the laws of war were committed. The remarks, three days before the report is expected to be raised in the security council at Libya’s behest, highlighted a British position that is rhetorically distinct from that of Washington, which has been strongly backing an Israeli campaign to scuttle the report on the grounds it is biased. 

At What Cost the Israel Lobby? 
10/12/2009 - Palestine Think Tank - Jeff Gates - More than 46 years ago, President John F. Kennedy sought to preclude a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. In June 1963, he wrote the last in a series of insistent letters to Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. Those letters sought what Israel now demands of Iran: international inspections of its nuclear facilities. The key difference: Kennedy knew for certain that Israel, while portraying itself a friend and ally, repeatedly lied to Kennedy about its nuclear weapons development at the Dimona reactor in the Negev Desert. Best estimates point to sometime between 1962 and 1964 when Israel produced its first weapon in what is now a vast nuclear arsenal estimated at 200-400 warheads. Kennedy’s letter to Ben-Gurion was anything but friendly. The words he chose were drawn not from diplomacy but from the instructions that a judge gives a jury on criminal culpability. 


Articles

Another Nobel Message for Peace 
Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler, Antiwar.com 10/12/2009
      JERUSALEM – In the week of Nobel Prize announcements, the most intriguing comment from the Middle East came not, as one might have expected, as a straight reaction to the shock of U.S. President Barack Obama being awarded this year’s Peace Prize.
     It came from another Nobel winner – Israeli professor Ada Yonath, one of this year’s three recipients in chemistry.
     The shock treatment prescribed for the conflict by the 70-year-old Weizmann Institute was even more of a shock to many of her fellow Israelis.
     Asked by Israeli Army Radio Saturday whether she believed the award to Obama might spur him to advance peace in the region, Yonath chose to focus not on what the U.S. president can or cannot do, but on what Israel must do.
     "A change in the status quo" is what is required, she declared, somewhat off beat: "All prisoners should be returned to Palestine regardless of a prisoner exchange deal [with Hamas]. I don’t understand why we incarcerate them in Israel in the first place.
     "Many Palestinians," argued the Nobel Laureate, "have no hope for the future – despair gives them every reason to jump at the opportunity to better their prospects for a better afterlife [by becoming suicide bombers]."
     Israelis are currently wholly absorbed not by prospective hopes for peacemaking but on whether the Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, abducted three years ago by Palestinian militants, has a chance of being released in an imminent prisoner swap.
     In contrast, other reactions about the choice of Obama for the peace prize were much more predictable... more.. e-mail

Israel Mulls Banning Islamic Movement 
Jonathan Cook - Nazareth, Palestine Chronicle 10/11/2009
      October 8 - The Israeli government announced yesterday it would consider banning Israel’s Islamic Movement at the next cabinet meeting, in a significant escalation of tensions that have fuelled a fortnight of bloody clashes in Jerusalem over access to the Haram al Sharif compound of mosques.
     The move followed the arrest of the movement’s leader, Sheikh Raed Salah, on Tuesday on suspicion of incitement and sedition. Police accused Sheikh Salah of calling for a religious war" in recent statements in which he warned that Israel was seeking a takeover of the Haram, which includes the al Aqsa mosque.
     Sheikh Salah was released a few hours later on condition that he stay away from Jerusalem for 30 days. The decision was widely interpreted as a move to damp down a possible backlash from Israel’s 1.3 million Palestinian citizens, many of whom regard the sheikh as a spiritual leader. Police were deployed in large numbers throughout Jerusalem yesterday.
     An Islamic Movement spokesman, Zadi Nujeidat, told the Haaretz newspaper: "We will continue our activities and call for a continued presence in and around the mosque. We are used to arrests."
     The move against the Islamic Movement follows a series of pronouncements from Sheikh Salah, echoing statements from Palestinian officials in the occupied territories, that have infuriated the Israeli government.
     This week he called on Muslims who could reach the compound - access to which has been heavily restricted by the Israeli police - to "shield the [al Aqsa] mosque with their bodies". Sheikh Salah himself has been barred by the courts from entering the Haram compound for several months. more.. e-mail


Electronic Intifada
Is Canada more pro-Israel than the US?
12 Oct 2009 - Some have commented that under Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government, Canada has become (at least diplomatically) the most pro-Israel country in the world. Israeli officials concur. After meeting Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister, four other Conservative ministers and Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff in July 2009, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has openly called for the expulsion of Palestinian citizens of Israel, stated, "It's hard to find a country friendlier to Israel than Canada these days." Yves Engler comments for The Electronic Intifada. 

The things that make for peace
11 Oct 2009 - I continue to struggle with not being cynical about the situation in Palestine and in Gaza in particular. It is not a healthy place for me to be, spiritually or emotionally. But the Gaza Strip is a heart-breaking catastrophe in so many ways and the people there have been suffering for so long. It makes me think about the ways that we in the US are irrelevant -- in the sense that it is less about what we need to do and more about what we need to stop doing. Timothy Seidel comments for The Electronic Intifada. 

In Gaza
that winning smile
12 Oct 2009 - Quite possibly the most endearing child I have met anywhere. Hamouda was initially shy, but quickly became brazen, overcome by curiosity and a child’s unabashed desire to know.

Palestine Chronicle
The Toxic Legacy of Christopher Columbus
12 Oct 2009 - By William A. Cook When beliefs morph into truth, regardless of the realities of time and place, the non-initiated become fodder for those with the zeal and power to enforce their will. Thus the great discoverer of the Americas “fantasized that he had located--- or had come close to—the site of the paradise into which Jehovah had placed Adam and Eve” ( Ned Hopkins, CTA Action, 1992). The “Christ-bearer,” baptized in his unquestioned faith, utilized his birth name to justify his actions, reasoning that God gave license to him as His servant. Perhaps, as we bear down on the anniversary of Columbus’ achievements, we might consider how it has been possible for a Medieval world of unbridled superstition, intolerance, and religious myopia to envelop the advanced civilizations of western culture at the beginning of the 21st century. The irony of this review that watches Columbus sail from the ports of Spain as the Spanish Crown expelled or slaughtered the Jews and Muslims in 1492, empowered by their Christian faith, resides in the realty that the west and the Muslim world of the 21st century clings still to the superstitions that gave rise ultimately to the greatest holocaust the world has ever known, as David Stannard notes in his work, The American Holocaust. If Columbus precipitated an invasion of the western powers into the “new” hemisphere, what Hopkins claims “…resulted in the largest exchange of people, animals, and plants that the planet has ever seen…,” it also resulted in the near extermination...

The Tears of the Sea
12 Oct 2009 - By Flora Nicoletta - Gaza The Gaza Strip has only one beach, but it is long approximately 45 km, from north to south. Golden sand, cafeterias, restaurants, palm shelters, and a summer without end. It is the local riviera, not directly under palm trees, but directly under occupation by remote-control. The Gazans love to go to the beach to eat well, to discuss politics, to dream. On the night, on the horizon, the fishing boats, one close to the other, are lined and lighted to attract their catch. The view is magic: a necklace of light balls puts on the sea. However, it doesn't happen every night. The fishers may be shot at by the Israeli navy or sometimes are forbidden to sail. Moreover, their water space is continuously reduced to the point that today they can only move in a place large like a lake. In Gaza, the sky is on the reverse. Not all the lights we see on the sky of Gaza are stars. Many are satellites and, some, spy satellites. They always are above our heads. The real stars of Gaza are not in the sky, they are shinning on the ground. Among them are poets, musicians, artists, violin players, actors, a few orchestras, some chorals, many dabka groups - the traditional dance, jar-makers, writers, playwrights, film-makers, sculptors, singers of romances and nationalistic songs, young and less young painters, photographers... Composing the living mosaic are also thinkers, designers, a new generation of wonderful architects, intellectuals, university...

Humanitarian Law Applies to All
12 Oct 2009 - By Tammy Obeidallah Throughout the world, people have attempted to distinguish ordinary Americans from the United States government. Perhaps our complacency for aiding and abetting war crimes has been attributed to lack of education, apathy in the face of an omnipotent pro-Israeli lobby or that we are simply hapless workaholics with time for little else. Yet private citizens, either for some warped religious or political viewpoint, or through sheer ignorance often exacerbate the control pro-Israel interest groups have over American institutions. In September, the city of Dayton, Ohio--population roughly 160,000--signed a three-year commitment to share military technology with Israel. One of the key components of the agreement is the further development of unmanned aircraft. County officials reported $350,000 in private donations was raised to contribute to this and other "economic development projects" in Israel. The attitude of this small Midwestern city is reflective of the American nation as a whole. Sharing military technology with a nation that is known to use such technology against civilians is against international law; yet human rights take a back seat to the promise of job opportunities and economic growth at the expense of people half a world away. While Americans enjoy the freedom of unfettered Internet access and ample educational opportunities, the majority choose to remain deliberately ignorant of the law and an all but forgotten value system. The American Society of the Red Cross offers a four-hour class on International Humanitarian Law during armed conflict, which draws its legal basis from the four...

Israel Mulls Banning Islamic Movement
11 Oct 2009 - By Jonathan Cook - Nazareth The Israeli government announced yesterday it would consider banning Israel's Islamic Movement at the next cabinet meeting, in a significant escalation of tensions that have fuelled a fortnight of bloody clashes in Jerusalem over access to the Haram al Sharif compound of mosques. The move followed the arrest of the movement's leader, Sheikh Raed Salah, on Tuesday on suspicion of incitement and sedition. Police accused Sheikh Salah of calling for a religious war" in recent statements in which he warned that Israel was seeking a takeover of the Haram, which includes the al Aqsa mosque. Sheikh Salah was released a few hours later on condition that he stay away from Jerusalem for 30 days. The decision was widely interpreted as a move to damp down a possible backlash from Israel's 1.3 million Palestinian citizens, many of whom regard the sheikh as a spiritual leader. Police were deployed in large numbers throughout Jerusalem yesterday. An Islamic Movement spokesman, Zadi Nujeidat, told the Haaretz newspaper: "We will continue our activities and call for a continued presence in and around the mosque. We are used to arrests." The move against the Islamic Movement follows a series of pronouncements from Sheikh Salah, echoing statements from Palestinian officials in the occupied territories, that have infuriated the Israeli government. This week he called on Muslims who could reach the compound - access to which has been heavily restricted by the Israeli police - to "shield the [al Aqsa] mosque with their...

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