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13 Oct 2009 - Syrian defense minister says two nations to hold drills days after Turkey nixed maneuvers with Israel.
IAF bombs Gaza smuggling tunnels, wounds three Palestinians
13 Oct 2009 - IDF: Attack came in response to a rocket fired by Gaza militants into southern Israel late on Tuesday.
Israel: Lebanon turning blind eye to Hezbollah arms
13 Oct 2009 - Israel complains to UN about Lebanon blast; WATCH: Video 'proves Hezbollah stored arms at blast site.'
Lebanon: Shell caused blast at Hezbollah official's home
12 Oct 2009 - Israel to UN: Lebanon blast shows Hezbollah violating truce; Lebanon: None killed in blast at militant's home.
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.
Democrats Ignore Shocking Findings of Atrocities in Gaza War
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.
13 Oct 2009 - Funds crisis forces Lebanese papers and TV stations to resort to mass dismissals, putting a spotlight on the country's media laws.
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.
13 Oct 2009 - Clinton fails to win support for fresh sanctions over Tehran's nuclear programme.
UN agrees to 'Goldstone session'
13 Oct 2009 - Human rights council will hold special meeting on Gaza report as requested by PA.
South Lebanon blast investigated
13 Oct 2009 - Lebanese and UN start investigation into rocket explosion near southern city of Tyre.
Turkey and Syria forge closer ties
13 Oct 2009 - Improved relations with Syria comes amid Ankara's worsening ties with Israel.
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...
13 Oct 2009 - Hikmart Bessisso-Naji a Palestinian, Muslim from Ramallah, ua scheduled to speak as part of the Partners for Peace tour: Muslim, Jewish and Christian Women Offer Perspectives on Building Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians. Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision, has been denied a visa by the U.S. Consular office in Jerusalem. This is the 16th Jerusalem Women Speak...
Jerusalem village now closed by concrete blocks, only available route in or out is a bypass road
13 Oct 2009 - Jerusalem / Maisa Abu Ghazaleh for PNN – Police and border guards raided the Issawiya last night. The East Jerusalem village was hit Monday evening by Israeli forces that blocked in its main entrance with concrete.Dozens of people poured into the streets to protest the closure of their main road. The placement of the concrete blocks will now force residents to leave toward...
Olive harvest becoming a competing photo-op, local call to move away from posturing and propaganda
13 Oct 2009 - Nablus / Amin Abu Wardeh for PNN – The first days of olive harvest saw aided by a number of people, but with a political twist. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in the West Bank showed up to the fields ready to work in Ramallah. The Ramallah Information Service also broadcast images of Palestinian police helping West Bank farmers.Last week news outlets published pictures...
World March for Peach and Nonviolence in West Bank's Bethlehem Wednesday
13 Oct 2009 - Bethlehem / PNN – Holy Land Trust is sponsoring the Palestine-leg of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence. It will reach Bethlehem on Wednesday, 14 October.The organizing NGO is working along with World Without Wars and has extended an open invitation.The gathering place will be Nativity Square at 4:30 pm where the march will start. It will walk through the city streets,...
Palestinian fire brigade was called in Qalqilia after Israeli settlers torch land
13 Oct 2009 - Salfit / IWPS - On October 11th at approximately 8:00 am, the fire brigade of Qalqilia was notified of several fires on land belonging to the villages of Kafr Qaddum and Immatin, which are located outside of the Israeli settlement of Qedumim. When trying to reach the site to extinguish the fire, the fire brigades were denied access to the road leading through...
Hamas and Fateh agree that Egyptian organized reconciliation is again far off
12 Oct 2009 - Ramallah / PNN - Officials in the Fateh movement agreed to postpone the internal reconciliation which was expected to come about shortly. After years of issues it is not unusual that they can not come together; they being Fateh and Hamas.Despite Egyptian efforts, it seems to be all for not, say pundits in the Palestinian arena.It will not be tomorrow, but perhaps some...
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,...
WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (IPS) - Pressure has been building on the U.N. Security Council to address the impact of the Gaza war on civilians in advance of its meeting Wednesday to discuss the Middle East.
MIDEAST: Cold Turkey Could Change Political Balance
JERUSALEM, Oct 13 (IPS) - It's long been among the most durable, strategic relationships in the Near East - perhaps because it was the most unlikely.
13 Oct 2009 - With the olive harvest beginning this month, farmers and their families across the West Bank will spend their days picking, cleaning and sorting olives. They will also face settler attacks and restricted access to their groves, which are often isolated behind the Wall, in settlements or adjacent to military bases and closed zones. [
Fact sheet: Companies building the Wall
13 Oct 2009 - This new fact sheet provides information on the companies involved in the Wall, with the aim of assisting activists in launching BDS campaigns. We have focused 8 companies – either larger Israeli companies in which there may be considerable international investment as well as international firms that play a significant role in building, equipping and/or maintaining the Wall. The fact sheet also details the successful Norwegian divestment for Elbit and provides information on how to launch your own divestment campaign. [
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.
10/13/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - We as Scandinavians are very concerned about the developments in East Jerusalem. Israel is continuing a policy violating international law towards the Palestinian inhabitants of the area. We strongly urge our politicians to put pressure on the Israeli Government to end settlement expansion and annexation of Palestinian land and property. In the case of Sheikh Jarrah two families were recently evicted from their houses and are now in a status of refugee for the second time since the 1948 war between Israel and Palestine. The Ghawi family have been living in a tent in front of their own house since the forced eviction. Forced displacement affects Palestinian families in many neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, including Silwan and the Mount of Olives, which together with Sheikh Jarrah form part of the Holy Basin surrounding the Old City.
WATCH: Even Hitler is disappointed in Obama
12 Oct 2009 - The Republicans have once again recruited Hitler to their campaign against the reforms initiated by their Democratic rivals. The National Republican Congressional Committee used a popular online social network this week to promote a video in which Hitler appears to endorse House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. ...
U.S. faults Turkey for banning Israel from int'l drill
12 Oct 2009 - The United States gently criticized Turkey on Tuesday for canceling a NATO military exercise which was to include Israeli participation. ...
Russia FM: Threats of sanctions against Iran won't work
12 Oct 2009 - Russia pushed back on Tuesday at U.S. efforts to threaten tough new sanctions if Iran fails to prove that its nuclear program is peaceful, a setback to the Obama administration's desire to present a united front with Moscow. ...
U.S. to 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. ...
Daughter of Ahmadinejad aide makes anti-torture film, seeks asylum in Germany
12 Oct 2009 - The daughter of a top adviser to Iranian President Mahmoud ...
13 Oct 2009 - Leaked memo from President Mahmoud Abbas accuses White House of buckling under pressure from Israel Palestinian political leaders have expressed acute disappointment in the Obama administration, saying their hopes that it could bring peace to the...
The dark side of Tel Aviv | Abe Hayeem
13 Oct 2009 - The glitzy celebrations for the White City's 'centenary' airbrush over a complex history of colonialism The centenary of Tel Aviv , a city said to date from 1909, has provided a useful opportunity to present the face...
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...
12 Oct 2009 - Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Yisrael Beiteinu) on Tuesday urged Arab lawmakers not to incite riots on the Temple Mount. ...
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. ...
Israeli Arab MK: Undercover unit proves police see us as threat
12 Oct 2009 - The formation of an undercover unit to monitor Israeli citizens proves that police view Israel's Arab community as a threat, the chairman of the Israeli Arab Balad party, Jamal Zahalka, said Tuesday. ...
Solve Israel's business challenges and win NIS 100,000
12 Oct 2009 - Israel is launching the "Case Study" competition, a three-month long contest wherein MBA students will need to find solutions to case studies developed by four leading companies in the Israeli market. The winning team will take home a NIS 100,000 prize. ...
Study: Israel has among highest cancer survival rates in the West
12 Oct 2009 - Israel has one of the highest survival rates among cancer patients in the West, according to a Health Ministry report released on Tuesday. However, the number of cancer patients in Israel is rapidly growing. ...
13 Oct 2009 - Source: Agence France-Presse
Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine: Report of the UN SG (A/64/351–S/2009/464)
13 Oct 2009 - Source: UN General Assembly, UN Security Council
Fatah says signs Egypt's Palestinian unity proposal
13 Oct 2009 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet
Human Rights Council to hold Special Session on human rights situation in oPt on 15 October
13 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Human Rights Council
OPT: Calling for a special session - An opportunity to ensure that justice is not delayed, an opportunity to rectify the wrongs, and an opportunity for the member states to act for victims at the UN Human Rights Council
13 Oct 2009 - Source: Al-Dameer, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Defence for Children International/Palestine Section
Improving Palestinian women's live
13 Oct 2009 - Source: Medical Aid for Palestinians
13 Oct 2009 - In wake of Monday's explosion at south Lebanon home of Hezbollah operative, Ambassador Shalev files official complaint with Secretary-General Ban calling for full implementation of Resolution 1701
Palestinians: IDF destroying vehicles used to smuggle workers
13 Oct 2009 - B'Tselem quotes residents of south Mount Hebron area as saying soldiers torching vehicles used to smuggle Palestinians into Israel. Army says looking into allegations
IDF releases footage of Hezbollah arms smuggling
13 Oct 2009 - (Video) Drone captures weapons smuggling at south Lebanon home in which Monday evening's blast occurred
Aharonovitch in Knesset: Don't ignite Jerusalem
13 Oct 2009 - Internal security minister pleads with MKs to 'lower profile' on Temple Mount riots, promote moderation
US faults Turks for canceling NATO air exercises
13 Oct 2009 - State Department gently criticizes Ankara for canceling NATO military exercise due to Israeli participation. Syrian FM lauds move, says it amounts to reprimand for Jewish state's 'occupation' of Arab lands
Palestinians, allies reopen Gaza war crimes debate
13 Oct 2009 - UN Human Rights Council to hold special meeting on Goldstone Report; Israeli Foreign Ministry: We still think report very dangerous, based almost exclusively on Hamas propaganda. PA envoy says debate to also focus on recent violence in Jerusalem
13 Oct 2009 - Turkey boosted its ties with Syria on Tuesday at the first meeting of a newly formed cooperation council, only days after Ankara's relations with Damascus foe Israel took a downturn. The foreign, defense, interior, economy, oil, electricity, agriculture and health ministers of the two countries attended the strategic talks in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
Clinton fails to win Russian pledge on Iran sanctions
13 Oct 2009 - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to win specific pledges from Mos cow on tougher sanctions against Iran during a visit to Russia Tuesday but hailed progress in other areas like arms control. A senior US official had said before the talks that Clinton wanted to know "what specific forms of pressure Russia would be prepared for to join us" if Iran did not keep promises.
UN's Human Rights council to reopen Gaza war crimes debate
13 Oct 2009 - The UN Human Rights Council will reopen the debate about alleged war crimes in Gaza later this week after Palestinians succeeded in gathering enough support to call a special meeting, officials said Tuesday. The debate will start Thursday, a day after the UN Security Council in New York discusses the Goldstone report, which accuses Israeli forces.
Iraq bombings kill 10, including Al-Sahwa leader
13 Oct 2009 - A spate of bombings across Iraq on Tuesday killed 10 people, including two Iraqi soldiers and the leader of a Sunni Arab militia allied with the United States. Fourteen others were wounded in the attacks in the village of Buhruz, northeast of Baghdad, and the northern oil hub of Kirkuk, security and medical officials said.
Palestinians say hopes in Obama has 'evaporated'
13 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian president's political party says all hopes in the Obama administration have "evaporated," accusing the White House of caving in to pressure from the pro-Israel lobby and backing off a demand to freeze Jewish settlement. Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party also accused the US of failing to set a clear agenda for a new round of Mideast peace talks.
Iran launches case against Karoubi over rape claims
13 Oct 2009 - Iran's judiciary has launched a legal case against pro-reform cleric Mehdi Karoubi over his allegations that some opposition supporters were raped in jail, the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday. A special investigative committee had prepared a file into the claims made by Karoubi, who finished fourth in Iran's disputed election in June, and sent it to the prosecutor's office.
Honduran abuses rampant after coup, say rights groups
13 Oct 2009 - Suspicious deaths, beatings, random police shootings: Life under the de facto government of Honduras at times feels uncannily like Latin America's dark past of military rule. In the three months since soldiers overthrew leftist President Manuel Zelaya and marched him out of the country in his pajamas, international and Honduran human rights groups say security forces have committed a litany of abuses.
13 Oct 2009 - The Jerusalem center for social and economic rights warned of new Israeli intents to demolish in the coming days some 150 Palestinian homes located in different neighborhoods and areas in Jerusalem.
Wife of detainee appeals for his life
13 Oct 2009 - The wife of Ra'ed Awad Ashur, the detainee in IOA jails, has appealed to all human rights groups to save her husband's life after suffering from severe heart and stomach pains.
Hamdan: Abbas went too far in his lies during Jenin speech
13 Oct 2009 - Osama Hamdan, the representative of Hamas Movement in Lebanon, stated Tuesday that Mahmoud Abbas went too far in his lies and exceeded the bounds of courtesy during the speech he made today in Jenin.
Hamas denounces the murder of detained Abu Zuhri in Egyptian jails
13 Oct 2009 - Hamas mourned the death of Yousef Abu Zuhri, the brother of its spokesman in Gaza Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, who died Tuesday of torture in one of the Egyptian jails.
Hizbutahrir accuses Abbas's militias of arresting its cadres in Husan
13 Oct 2009 - Hizbutahrir accused Abbas’s militias of carrying out arrests on Monday in the ranks of its members in the village of Husan simultaneously with an Israeli incursion into the same village.
IOF soldiers wound 7 Palestinians, round up 16 in WB
13 Oct 2009 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Tuesday rounded up 16 Palestinians in various West Bank areas including one who was freed only one month ago, local sources said.
Knesset intends to criminalize Islamic Movement and democratic assembly
13 Oct 2009 - Media sources reported that Knesset member Michael Ben-Ari declared that he would introduce a bill in the Knesset to outlaw the Islamic Movement and the national democratic assembly.
Abbas's militias kidnap three Hamas supporters
13 Oct 2009 - Security militias loyal to former PA chief Mahmoud Abbas continued their arrest campaign in lines of Hamas supporters in the West Bank and rounded up three citizens over the past couple of days.
Aisawiya inhabitants foil Israeli attempt to block main street
13 Oct 2009 - Inhabitants of the Aisawiya suburb in occupied Jerusalem foiled an Israeli occupation police attempt to block traffic in the main street in the suburb that links it to other Arab suburbs.
PIC concludes its active participation in digital media exhibition in Tehran
13 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian information center (PIC) actively participated in the third international exhibition of digital media which concluded on Sunday in Tehran.
13 Oct 2009 - Egypt President Hosni Mubarak and Saudi Arabia King Abdullah, both in their 80s, have long played leading Mideast roles. Some worry that successors will complicate relationships. They are a desert king and a military officer-turned-president. Drive through their capitals and their images glow from billboards and painted walls, old men with their eyes fixed everywhere, even as whispers grow about who will rise to replace them.
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.
13 Oct 2009 - Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist, has been in solitary confinement in Iran for 115 days.
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.
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.
10/13/2009 - The Guardian - Leaked memo from President Mahmoud Abbas accuses White House of buckling under pressure from Israel - Palestinian political leaders have expressed acute disappointment in the Obama administration, saying their hopes that it could bring peace to the Middle East have "evaporated" and accusing the White House of giving in to Israeli pressure. The unusually frank comments come in an internal memo from the Fatah party, led by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, but reflect a broader frustration among Palestinian politicians that Washington's very public push for peace in the Middle East has yet to produce even a restarting of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. " All hopes placed in the new US administration and President Obama have evaporated," said the document, which was leaked to the Associated Press news agency.
Clinton hails US-Russian co-operation on Iran
10/13/2009 - The Guardian - Hillary Clinton speaks of 'mutual respect' on Moscow visit - US to drop criticism over human rights in reset of relations - The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, today spoke of a new era of mutual respect in US dealings with Russia, amid claims that the White House had agreed to stop criticising Russia's human rights record in return for improved relations. On a visit to Moscow, Clinton said both countries were now engaged in "clear-headed, practical co-operation" over Iran's nuclear programme, as well as other issues including arms reduction and the war in Afghanistan. The trip is her first to Russia as secretary of state. It follows Barack Obama's decision to cancel the planned US missile defence shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. Clinton said Moscow and Washington could work together to combat a possible Iranian attack.
UN to reopen debate on Gaza war crimes report
10/13/2009 - Earth Times - DPA - Geneva - The United Nations Human Rights Council said Tuesday it will hold a special session to debate the war crimes report of Justice Richard Goldstone later this week. The special session would be held at the request of the Palestinian diplomatic mission to Geneva, with the support of 18 out of the 47 members of the rights body. The session was scheduled to begin Thursday afternoon and continue into Friday, the UN confirmed. The draft resolution will support adopting the Goldstone report in its entirety, including the recommendation that if the parties to the war in Gaza last December and January do not investigate themselves fairly, the International Criminal Court should take up the case. Both Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement ruling the coastal enclave, were accused of war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity during the three weeks of fighting, which, according
Hamas spokesman accuses Egypt of torturing brother to death
10/13/2009 - Earth Times - DPA - Gaza/Cairo - Hamas' Gaza Strip spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri charged Tuesday that Egypt had tortured his brother to death. Yousef Abu Zuhri died Monday while in Egyptian custody. In a statement sent to the media, Sami Abu Zuhri said that his 38- year-old brother "died in one of the Egyptian hospitals dues to severe and barbarian torture practiced by Egyptian security officers. " "Due to heavy torture, my brother suffered severe bleeding, but security officers refused to take him to hospital. When his conditions deteriorated, on Saturday, he was taken briefly to a private hospital for first aid and then was brought back to prison," Abu Zuhri said. He said Yousef kept suffering "until he died in prison on Monday night without any announcement by the Egyptian authorities. " He added that he demanded an honest investigation into the circumstances of his brother's death.
Israel to join NATO Mediterranean patrols
10/13/2009 - Google - AFP - JERUSALEM — The Israeli navy will join a NATO force patrolling the Mediterranean Sea as part of the "global war on terror," a military spokesman said on Tuesday. The spokesman confirmed a report by the Maariv newspaper which said the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters last week approved the Israeli Navy's inclusion in Operation Active Endeavour. " The navy will participate in the activities," the spokesman said. The announcement came as a major boost just days after Turkey scrapped a joint aerial exercise that was to have included Israel, Maariv said. Bilateral relations have taken a downturn since Israel launched a devastating military offensive in Gaza in December. Operation Active Endeavour was launched one month after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. As part of the operation, NATO ships patrol the Mediterranean to monitor shipping
Human Rights NGOs are Calling for a Special Session for the UN HRC
10/12/2009 - Alternative Information Center - 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 and Counselling* Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre - On 1 October 2009, the UN Human Rights Council decided to defer consideration of the report issued by the UN Fact Finding Mission investigating last winter’s Israeli aggression into Gaza until March 2010. This decision represented a failure of the international framework for the protection of human rights, and a blow to the victims of violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. The Palestinian Authority failed to stand up for its own people, and the Human Rights Council failed to fulfill its own responsibilities and mandate.
After the bombing, drug addiction strikes Gaza
10/14/2009 - The Independent - Under siege and grappling with joblessness, factional violence and the aftermath of war, Gazans are turning to pills as they seek to escape reality. Donald Macintyre speaks to a mental health group struggling to help addicts. - Abu Ahmed lived through last winter's Gaza war in a daze. Though the district where he lives was invaded by Israeli ground forces and came under heavy fire, including the use of white phosphorus shells, he felt little fear. For by then, the 45-year-old unemployed father of 10 was popping tablets of the painkiller Tramadol to feed an ever more dangerous habit. " Of course you care about the children but [with the drugs] you forget about yourself," he explains. "You feel less frightened. " Manufacturers warn the maximum daily dose of the synthetic opioid should be no more 300mg per day; Abu Ahmed was taking as much as 800mg – in the grip of an addiction which has rapidly spread throughout Gaza over the last two years.
Video: Man buries legs lost in Israeli strike with wife & two kids
10/13/2009 - Uruknet - RussiaToday - Psychologists say that people who went through tragedies of war may never recover. This is a story of a Palestinian man who lost his wife and two children during Gaza war. After an Israeli strike blew off his legs, he buried the lost parts at the family grave. The man thinks that it reunites him with his beloved ones. [end]
FIFA urged to give the red card to Israel
10/13/2009 - Uruknet - Various undersigned - The following press release was issued on 7 October 2009: FIFA's declared mission to use football to bring about "a better world" requires that clear signals be given to the apartheid state, Israel. The undersigned organizations call on FIFA to tell Israel it is off-side and to show it a red card for the World Cup. Three Palestinian football players from the national team were killed during the Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip earlier this year. Because of the Israeli blockade and travel restrictions, the Palestinian national team there cannot practice with their teammates in the West Bank in their native land. They can only rarely take part in international competitions. Palestinian athletes suffer constant discrimination and violent assaults. This is part of Israel's decades-long refusal to guarantee the Palestinians their rights, freedom, dignity and their physical and spiritual integrity.
Adalah protests Israel’s unilateral appointment of Haifa Waqf trustees
10/12/2009 - Adalah - Adalah to Finance Minister: Lack of Transparency Surrounding the Work of the Board of Trustees of Waqf Properties in Haifa and Criteria for Appointing its Chair and Members is Illegal - On 5 October 2009, Adalah sent an urgent letter to Israeli Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz, and the government official responsible for the Islamic waqf in Israel, demanding that the appointment of new members to the Board of Trustees of Waqf Properties in Haifa be delayed until clear and appropriate criteria are set forth to govern appointments. Adalah sent the letter on behalf of the Association for Social Development in Haifa and other representatives of the Muslim community in the city. According to Islamic law, waqf properties are inalienable religious endowments made by Muslims for religious or charitable purposes. During the British Mandate (1917-1948), administration of waqf properties in Palestine was transferred to the Higher Islamic Council.
VIDEO - Breaking the Thirst, Water Deprivation as a Means of Ethnic Cleansing
Alternative Information Centre 10/10/2009
In the South Hebron Hills of Palestine, 3500 Palestinians are suffering from the most extreme lack of water. They have no water infrastructure, face high water hauling costs, and must contend with Israeli soldiers and settlers destroying their road access and even poisoning their small wells.
On September 26th, 2009 some 100 activists with support from Israeli, Palestinian and international organizations formed a water convoy to deliver water as a humanitarian and political act.
In the South Hebron Hills, south of road no. 317, about 3,500 Palestinians live at present in various forms of rural localities – villages, hamlets and caves. Their livelihood consists of herding sheep and goats, dry farming and olive groves. Israel eyes this region - hundreds of thousands of dunam – meaning to annex it in the future and create territorial continuity all the way to the ‘green line’ around Arad-En Gedi.
To realize its annexation plans, Israel wants the entire area of the South Hebron Hills ‘clean’ of Palestinians, the legal owners of the land. In order to make life impossible for the residents, the authorities harass the local population in numerous different ways: administrative and court orders, house demolitions, home-cave demolitions, destruction of wells, tracks and harvests, and the declaration of vast areas as ‘firing zones’ forbidden entry. The extremist Jewish settlers of the area also serve as the regime’s long arm, and assault the residents with acts of severe physical violence, uprooting of fruit trees and the destruction of crops. more.. e-mail
Gaza Gets Ambitious With Mud
Eva Bartlett, In Gaza - includes many photos 10/13/2009
SHEIKH ZAYED, Gaza, Oct 13 (IPS) – On a searing summer morning, workers are adding layers to the mud-brick police station being constructed in Sheikh Zayed, northern Gaza.
“We started building on Jun. 20,” says Mohammed el-Sheikh ‘Eid, a consultant engineer with Gaza’s Ministry of Interior. “Since this is the first time we’ve built something on this scale with mud bricks, we can’t estimate exactly how much longer it will take to complete. Maybe another two months or so.”
He is confident, however, that they will finish before the winter rains begin.
Since the war on Gaza ended, a number of houses have been built using mud to create simple, square, two or three-room homes. The new Sheikh Zayed police station is one of the larger and more ambitious projects.
An intricate series of thick-walled, deep-arched chambers form what is on the whole a much more artistic rendition of the former square, cement police station bombed during the attacks. When finished, the station will be 550 square metres, including seven 3.5m by 3.5m office rooms and eight long, arched-roofed chambers 3m wide and 8m long.
In contrast to Gaza’s basic new mud-brick homes, with their cracked-earth finish inside and rough, straw-flecked outer layer, the police station design replicates that of the elegant, traditional Palestinian stone or brick buildings: neatly-packed rows of brick frame windows and doorways in graceful arcs; with surprisingly smooth domes that top off vaulted rooms and corridors. The one-level station, with its multiple rooftop domes, resembles the architecture of Palestinian homes from Nablus to Jerusalem. more.. e-mail
FIFA urged to give the red card to Israel
13 Oct 2009 - We challenge FIFA to live up to the letter and the spirit of its statutes and to seize this opportunity to prove to the world that it stands for a more just world by sending Israel an unmistakeable threat of exclusion. This would be an important victory for human rights -- not only for the Palestinian people, but also for the international football community.
Book review: Palestinian views on suicide operations
13 Oct 2009 - In his new book The Making of a Human Bomb: An Ethnography of Palestinian Resistance , Nasser Abufarha examines the phenomena of Palestinian suicide operations. It is based on extensive fieldwork conducted in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, mostly in and around the northern town of Jenin. A native of the city, Abufarha interviewed families of suicide bombers, observed demonstrations and studied Palestinian cultural products that addressed suicide attacks. Asa Winstanley reviews for The 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.