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Gazans injured in tunnel collapse
15 Oct 2009 - Group denounces IDF video of militants removing arms from site as lie, airs clip detailing 'true events.'
Israel warns of possible terror attacks in India
15 Oct 2009 - Counter-Terrorism Bureau: Terror group behind 2008 Mumbai attack planning further attacks on Israelis.
Turkey: We foiled al-Qaida plot against Israeli, U.S. targets
15 Oct 2009 - State-run news agency reports 32 suspected militants detained in raids across eight provinces.
Report: Syria supplying long-range missiles to Hezbollah
15 Oct 2009 - Kuwaiti paper: Israel sources say Syria has given quarter of its middle-, long-range missle arsenal to Lebanon group.
IDF to start handing out new gas masks to civilians in January
15 Oct 2009 - Plan is to hand out 4.5 million kits within three years; GOC Home Front Command: We don't have enough kits.
Video: UN backs Gaza war crimes report
Palestine, October 16, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Mia Farrow and Mahmoud Kabil spent two days in the Gaza Strip meeting with children.
International Conference to discuss Future of Palestinian Refugees
US, October 14, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) will host a conference on the 16th of December 2009 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency UNRWA.
16 Oct 2009 - The UN endorses a report accusing both the Israeli military and Hamas of war crimes during the Gaza conflict, a move Israel warns could derail Middle East peace efforts.
Iran steps in as demining work slows in Lebanon
16 Oct 2009 - Despite the potential for controversy, a new group funded by an Iranian company starts to remove munitions left behind after 2006 war.
Egypt opposition fights 'dynastic rule'
15 Oct 2009 - The opposition leader Ayman Nour announces the formation of the Egyptian Campaign Against Tawreeth, or inheritance of power.
Lebanon takes a seat at UN Security Council
15 Oct 2009 - US expert says the unusual collection' of countries elected to two-year terms may hamper the body's ability to act.
Hamas spurns plan to reconcile with Fatah
15 Oct 2009 - The Syrian-based leadership of the militant Palestinian Hamas rejects an Egyptian-mediated proposal to reconcile with the rival group.
Call for UN chief to monitor Gaza war investigation
15 Oct 2009 - The Palestinians and their allies call for the United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon to get involved in a row over Gaza war crimes investigations.
16 Oct 2009 - Rights council in Geneva endorses resolution critical of Israel's conduct in Gaza.
Hamas calls for unity deal changes
15 Oct 2009 - Group says it will not sign deal unless "right to resisting occupation" is included.
Video: Egyptians struggle for bread
16 Oct 2009 - On World Food Day, we report on how rising food prices is affecting Egypt.
Syria to hold exercises with Turkey
16 Oct 2009 - Two sides to stage army manoeuvres days after Ankara cancelled air drill with Israel.
16 Oct 2009 - The Human Rights Council concluded its twelfth Special Session today after adopting a resolution that focused on continuing violations of human rights by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian territories, in particular in East Jerusalem, and endorsed...
World Education Forum in Palestine: October 2010
15 Oct 2009 - The International Council of the World Social Forum, in its meeting held on October 8, 2009 in Montreal, extended its support for the World Education Forum in Palestine to be held in October 2010. Immediately following...
15 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) welcomes Hamas’ decision to endorse the Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission (the Goldstone Report), and their commitment to conduct effective investigations into all alleged violations of international law committed in the context of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip (Operation Cast Lead, 27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009). The UN...
Israeli undercover police unit is illegal, discriminatory and constitutes racial profiling
15 Oct 2009 - Adalah / Gabrielle Rubin – This week Adalah, an independent human rights organization and legal center, sent an urgent letter to the Israeli Minister of Internal Security, and the Chief Commander of the Israeli police demanding that they refrain from activating a new undercover police unit against the Palestinian minority within Israeli boundaries. Its officers, referred to as mista’aravim, infiltrate the Arab community.The...
Weekly human rights report includes death of a child from wounds sustained in southern West Bank
15 Oct 2009 - PNN - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights has issued its documentation of Israeli violations of human rights for the reporting period of 8 through 14 October. Among the week’s incidents is the death of child from wounds sustained in an Israeli attack on a southern West Bank village, and the denial of access of Palestinian farmers to their lands for olive...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow says Palestinian children live in deprivation and fear
15 Oct 2009 - Gaza / PNN – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Mia Farrow and Mahmoud Kabil spent two days in the Gaza Strip meeting with children. The American and Egyptian actors respectively were on a mission to witness directly the difficulties experienced by Palestinian children who live under Israeli siege that continues after the major attacks.Farrow commented, “The children seem traumatized. Teachers say that when they hear...
450 Italians visit Shuâ€™afat Refugee Camp in solidarity with Palestinians facing Wall and ...
15 Oct 2009 - Jerusalem / Maisa Abu Ghazaleh for PNN – Four hundred and fifty Italians visited East Jerusalem’s Shu’afat Refugee Camp Thursday. The trip was in solidarity with Palestinians who face daily harassment, home demolitions, and land confiscation for the Wall.Hosted by the Department of Refugee Affairs in the PLO and the People's Committee for Services in Shu'afat, in coordination with UNRWA, the Italian solidarity...
WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (IPS) - As the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama prepares for a critical series of talks about the fate of Iran's nuclear programme, Congress has begun moving long-pending legislation to impose new unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
POLITICS: U.N. Body Backs War Crimes Charges on Israel, Hamas
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 (IPS) - The 47-member Human Rights Council (HRC) approved a resolution Friday endorsing war crimes charges against Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, as spelled out in a report by a four-member international fact-finding mission headed by Justice Richard Goldstone.
16 Oct 2009 - From Japan to Toronto, in Palestine and South Africa, activists are mobilizing to demand Freedom for Mohammad Othman and the jailed anti-wall activists. Click [MORE]to see the Action Calendar for the first BDS Marathon "If you want to arrest the BDS movement, you have to catch us all!". [
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 of wounds inflicted by IOF earlier this year, and 5 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded by IOF gunfire in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank
information on boycott, divestment and sanctions
First Step Towards Justice: Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution Endorsing Goldstone Report’s Findings and Recommendations
10/17/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - International activists accompanied farmers today to their lands on the edge of the village of Burin, close to an outpost of the illegal settlement of Mar-Bracha, south of Nablus. Farmers enjoyed a quiet two hours of harvesting before eight settlers, one of them armed, appeared on the hill above and began approaching the farmers. The farmers alerted the Palestinian DCO who in turn called the Israeli military. Army jeeps began to arrive and three soldiers came down to meet with the farmers, paying little attention to the four settlers still moving further down the hillside. The soldiers ordered all internationals to leave the area, declaring it a closed military zone, despite having no official proof of the claim. This has become almost a daily problem for farmers and activists working in the Burin area, as the Israeli military tightens its grip on the role international groups play in
Settlers and army disrupted olive harvest in Jamma’in village
10/16/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 15 October 2009 - For a week between 9 and 15 October, ISM activists have accompanied a group of families from the village of Jamma'in, picking in olive fields located just south of highway 505 and close to a large outpost of the Kfar Tappuah illegal settlement. The Palestinian farmers here have had problems with settlers annually for the last seven years and this one was no exception. This year the harvest began on Friday, 9 October, and already on the first day the local settlers showed up on the farmers' land. At about 1pm a settler came very close to the trees where the farmers were picking. The man was carrying an iron chain and had two unleashed dogs with him, a German shepherd and a border collie. He didn't react to the ISM activists and the Palestinians telling him to leave, and instead he continued walking through the olive grove, trying to confront some of the Palestinian men, at one point attempting to punch one of them.
Four injured and dozens suffered teargas inhalation during the Bil’in weekly protest
10/16/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - After the Friday prayer, the residents of Bil'in gathered in a protest along with Israeli and international solidarity activists. A group from France came to support the Palestinian people and another group from Norway joined the demonstration in solidarity with the village in their struggle against the Wall and settlement building. The protesters raised Palestinian flags and banners to allow Palestinian farmers to pick olives from their land. The protest called for Israel to remove the illegal Wall and settlements, dismantle checkpoints and road blocks, to stop land confiscations and attacks on Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem, and to release all Palestinian political prisoners and detainees. In a symbolic action, the protesters carried a big model of scales. Scales are used in courts around the whole world as a symbol of justice, however in today's protest they were slightly
Without Trial: Administrative detention of Palestinians by Israel and the Incarceration of Unlawful Combatants Law
10/16/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Report published by B'Tselem and HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual - Under international law, a state may detain a resident of occupied territory without trial to prevent danger only in extremely exceptional cases. Israel, however, holds hundreds of Palestinians for months and years under administrative orders, without prosecuting them. By doing so, it denies them rights to which ordinary detainees in criminal proceedings are entitled: they do not know why they are detained, when they will go free and what evidence exists against them, and are not given an opportunity to refute this evidence. As with many patterns of its activity in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, Israel cites what it defines as "security needs" to explain its policy of detention without trial. Yet these needs, assuming they indeed exist in every case of administrative detention, cannot justify such grave infringement of human rights, in breach of international humanitarian law. -- Links: B'Tselem and HaMoked
London: EasyJet event to encourage Israeli tourism picketed by Pro-Palestine demonstrators
10/16/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - ISM London, 11 October 2009 - Pro-Palestine Supporters picketed the start of a 5 day Israeli Tourism event held in Spitalfields market, East London. Despite efforts by Israeli security to get demonstrators to move, police made no efforts to move them to the frustration of the Pro-Israel organisers. To celebrate the new low cost EasyJet route to Tel Aviv, EasyJet are holding a five day event with a big orange bus touring the city to promote "˜Tel Avivian goodness'. It is being undertaken to further celebrate the city's centenary. In response, Palestine activists from International Solidarity Movement, Palestine Solidarity Campaign and other groups protested in front of the Big Orange bus. In solidarity with the unified Palestinian call out for an economic and cultural boycott of Israel, protestors sought to show that tourism feeds the Israeli economy which in turn supports the illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.
Iranian bloggers win major press award
16 Oct 2009 - Iranian bloggers won a major press award on Friday for their efforts to cover the Islamic Republic's disputed presidential election. ...
Report: U.S. working to mend ties between Israel and Turkey
16 Oct 2009 - Senior American diplomats have urged Turkey to work to restore relations with Israel in the wake of deteriorating ties between the two countries, Army Radio reported on Friday. ...
Bernard Madoff's former beach home sells for $9.41 million
16 Oct 2009 - Epic swindler Bernard Madoff's former beach home off the eastern-most point of New York's Long Island sold for $9.41 million. ...
Israel rejects 'unjust' UN council Goldstone endorsement
16 Oct 2009 - Click here for more on the Goldstone commission report on the Gaza conflict ...
UN body okays Goldstone Gaza report accusing Israel of war crimes
16 Oct 2009 - Click here for more on the Goldstone commission report on the Gaza conflict ...
16 Oct 2009 - The implementation of the Prevent strategy might make perfect sense from the perspective of a Whitehall desk. Properly mindful of the small but real band of would-be Islamist terrorists, bureaucrats feel obliged to do whatever it...
Israel rejects UN council backing for Gaza war crimes report
16 Oct 2009 - UN human rights council passes resolution endorsing Goldstone report, which accused Israel and Hamas of war crimes Israel has angrily rejected what it called a "one-sided" resolution by the UN human rights council today that backed...
Why I celebrate the Tel Aviv centenary | Carlo Strenger
15 Oct 2009 - Recognising Israel's achievements does not negate Palestinian suffering, but it is time to move on The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more than 100 years old. Israel is, no doubt, not doing what it should to end the...
A strike against silence | Antony Lerman
15 Oct 2009 - Israelis and Palestinians are meeting in London this week to explore the psychological aspects of their conflict Across the spectrum of activists working for Israel-Palestine peace and reconciliation a mood of deep pessimism seems to have...
15 Oct 2009 - Fugitive judge Dan Cohen will be extradited to Israel to face a string of corruption charges, a Peruvian court ruled Friday. ...
16 Oct 2009 - Source: Deutsche Presse Agentur
OPT: Human Rights Council endorses recommendations in report of Fact-Finding Mission led by Justice Goldstone and calls for their implementation
16 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Human Rights Council
OPT: Council concludes special session after adopting a resolution calling for the implementation of the recommendations in the Goldstone report
16 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Human Rights Council
Territorios Palestinos: Visita del Presidente Zapatero
16 Oct 2009 - Source: Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional
OPT: U.N. rights body endorses Gaza war crimes report
16 Oct 2009 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet
The first seeds bank in Palestine
16 Oct 2009 - Source: European Commission, Government of Belgium, Oxfam
16 Oct 2009 - American officials say Washington will likely exercise its veto power if report accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza is brought to a Security Council vote. Goldstone criticizes UN Council resolution for targeting only Israel and failing to include Hamas
Jordan's king warns Israel on Jerusalem 'red line'
16 Oct 2009 - In talks with Spanish PM, King Abdullah urges international community 'to act firmly against any Israeli measures aimed at changing identity of Holy City'
Strained Israel-Turkey ties concern US
16 Oct 2009 - American diplomats tell officials in Ankara tensions with Jerusalem may hinder fight against extremists, thwart efforts to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions
Arab-Israeli attorney backs Goldstone Report in Geneva
16 Oct 2009 - Fatma Alajou, who represents Israeli human rights group, tells Human Rights Council, 'Israel has not been investigating its own conduct since second intifada.' Speaking to Ynet, she says, 'Israeli legal system cannot be trusted'
Israel: Endorsement of Goldstone Report promotes terror
16 Oct 2009 - State officials respond to UN Human Rights Council's decision to adopt report saying IDF committed war crimes in Gaza. 'This is diplomatic anarchy,' says Minister Yishai. Palestinians: This is a first step ahead of prosecution of Israeli war criminals
'Starving mother' to judge: My angels shouldn't suffer
16 Oct 2009 - Jerusalem woman accused of starving son addresses Supreme Court Justice Danziger after hearing. 'All said about me an utter lie. The damage the State wants to inflict on my kids is irreversible,' she says
UN rights body endorses Goldstone Report
16 Oct 2009 - Human Rights Council adopts UN committee's report accusing Israel of committing war crimes in Gaza during last winter's conflict. Twenty-five of body's members vote in favor of referring report to Security Council for action, six vote against resolution and 11 abstain
Suspected rocket material found near Jerusalem
16 Oct 2009 - Explosives lab uncovered by security forces one month ago in grocery store's warehouse in village of Abu Dis. Material found includes explosive devices, hollows pipes slated to be used for producing rockets. Three suspects arrested
13 Oct 2009 - A new report by B'Tselem and HaMoked states that Israel is holding 335 Palestinians in lengthy administrative detention. Nine Gazans are being held pursuant to the Internment of Unlawful Combatants Law. The organizations call on Israel to release the admi
16 Oct 2009 - The UN Human Rights Council voted Friday to endorse a report on last winter's Gaza conflict that calls on Israel and authorities in Gaza to carry out credible investigations into alleged abuses - or face possible referral to international war crimes prosecutors. The decision means that Israel could find itself facing a request at the UN Security Counci.
Egypt delays deadline for Palestinian unity agreement
16 Oct 2009 - Egyptian mediators have delayed their deadline for Hamas to sign a Palestinian unity deal with Fatah after the Islamist group asked for a delay, an Egyptian official said on Friday. "Egypt [will] postpone the signing of this deal at the current time," the official MENA news agency quoted the official as saying.
Why Fayyad's plan for Palestine has Israelis worried
16 Oct 2009 - The future Palestinian state some Israeli strategists have in mind would be bordered entirely by Israel, with large areas in its middle under Israeli control. Israel would own the Jordan Valley, part of the central West Bank highlands above it, plus uplands to the west overlooking Jerusalem and Israeli cities on the coastal plain.
Iran cleric warns against planned opposition rally
16 Oct 2009 - A hardline cleric sought Friday to head off an attempt to reinvigorate Iran's anti-government movement, warning against a planned opposition rally next month that would coincide with state-sponsored annual demonstrations against the US. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, delivering the weekly Muslim prayer sermon in Tehran, also had an unusual warning for the security forces.
US Congress sends Obama Iran sanctions bill
16 Oct 2009 - The US Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Thursday that bars firms selling fuel to Iran from winning US government deals, piling pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program. The measure was included in the Energy Department's 2010 spending bill, which cleared the Senate by an 80-17 vote, two weeks after the House of Representatives approved the law.
Turkey tells Israel to end Gaza 'humanitarian tragedy'
16 Oct 2009 - Turkey urged Israel Friday to end the "humanitarian tragedy" in Gaza, saying ties between the two allies cannot recover if Palestinian suffering continues and peace talks remain dead in the Middle East. "Ending the humanitarian tragedy in Gaza; reviving peace efforts both on the Palestinian and Syrian track; and most importantly reinstating a prevailing spirit of peace in the region -
Egypt: Islamists' election success won't be repeated
16 Oct 2009 - Egypt's security chief predicted this week that the country's largest opposition group, the banned Muslim Brotherhood, would not see gains in next year's parliamentary elections. The Brotherhood unexpectedly won 88 seats, or 20 percent of the 454-seat Parliament in the 2005 elections. The group was officially banned in 1954 but its candidates are allowed to run as independents.
Zimbabwe premier boycotts unity government
16 Oct 2009 - Zimbabwe's prime minister announced he was boycotting the country's troubled unity government Friday, citing the "persecution" of a top aide being tried on what are widely seen as trumped up coup allegations. At a news conference Friday, longtime opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said: "We are not really pulling out officially," but that his party would not attend Cabinet meetings.
UK spy boss defends foreign intelligence link 'dilemma'
16 Oct 2009 - Britain's MI5 security service, under fire for alleged complicity in abuse of suspects overseas, has defended its foreign intelligence links, saying they stopped "many attacks" in the years following the September 11, 2001 strike. Speaking for the first time about charges of MI5 complicity, agency Director General Jonathan Evans said.
Sison denies US interference in Lebanon's cabinet formation
16 Oct 2009 - United States Ambassador Michel Sison denied on Friday that her country was interfering in the cabinet formation in Lebanon or encouraging the March 14 coalition to form a majority government. Sison's remarks came as the deadlock among rival Lebanese politicians over the distribution of ministerial portfolios showed no signs of a breaktrough.
Judicial reform key to better Lebanon
16 Oct 2009 - The usual suspects turned up this week to inaugurate the new judicial calendar in Lebanon, a ritual that resembles Independence Day, when judges and lawyers, and not soldiers and military equipment, are on parade. It's an occasion on which politicians and officials make the kind of speeches that we've heard many times before. President Michel Sleiman called on judges.
Misinformation rife as motorcycle ban goes into effect
16 Oct 2009 - The traffic that cloys endlessly at Beirut's streets is as dense as ever. Rows of cars, minibuses and taxis choke the capital's main roads, horns flaring along with tempers as millions of commuters make their way home from work. But even as countless drivers sit behind their wheels, faces set in grim determination, something is noticeable about Thursday night rush hour.
Lebanon needs both security and freedom
16 Oct 2009 - In Lebanon, the rulers are proud of existing freedoms and the reformers are obsessed with national security. All summer the Lebanese have been waiting for a new cabinet of ministers to emerge, with no results yet. For the people it feels like going through a ten-month pregnancy. Lebanon's sectarian formula of power sharing offers a demographically shrinking Christian community the prestige of the country's presidency.
Critics question usefullness of dams in Lebanon
16 Oct 2009 - The image of Lebanon as a green country with abundant water resources is an illusion that today could not be further from the truth. In reality, this pre-Civil War image has become nothing more than a faded myth that serves only to blind public concern about the state of the country's fresh water resources. As tap water becomes increasingly salty to the taste in Beirut.
16 Oct 2009 - Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said that the endorsement of the Goldstone report at the UNHRC was a step in the right direction.
UNHRC passes the Goldstone report by 25 votes for to 6
16 Oct 2009 - The UN Human Rights Commission, passed on Friday the Goldstone report, which accuses Israeli of war crimes, by 25 votes for, 6 against and 11 abstentions.
Protests in Chicago against a visit by war-criminal Ehud Olmert
16 Oct 2009 - Palestinian and Muslim groups in Chicago organised on Thursday a demonstration to protest a visit made to the University of Chicago by certified war criminal Ehud Olmert.
Masri: Hamas supports reconciliation, has no fear of elections
16 Oct 2009 - Palestinian legislator Mushir Al-Masri has confirmed Thursday that his Movement was and still is keen to achieve national reconciliation and Egypt could testify to Hamas's flexibility..
Haikal: Withdrawal of Goldstone report is connivance with the occupation
16 Oct 2009 - Mohammed Hassanien Haikal, the veteran and prominent Egyptian political analyst, has rejected the allegations that the Palestinian factions used the issue of Goldstone report to score political points
Farwanah urges media to highlight ordeal of veteran Palestinian prisoners
16 Oct 2009 - Abdul Nasser Farwanah, a Palestinian human rights activist, has urged media outlets and international human rights institutions to highlight the ordeal of hundreds of Palestinian captives..
AbuZayd urges Egypt to allow "Miles of Smiles" aid convoy to enter Gaza
16 Oct 2009 - UNRWA Commissioner General Karen AbuZayd has urged the Egyptian authorities to facilitate the task of "Miles of Smiles" aid convoy organised by the International Committee to Break the Gaza Siege.
A salute to Turkey, a salute to Erdogan
16 Oct 2009 - Countries with diplomatic ties with the Israeli regime ought to learn a moral lesson from Turkey and stop having “business as usual” with the Nazis of our time.
Sawasya: The Israeli war caused environmental damages in Gaza
16 Oct 2009 - Sawasya center for human rights said that Gaza is suffering from difficult environmental conditions especially the contamination of dinking water as a result of the ferocity of the last Israeli war.
B’Tselem: Israel administratively detained 1,000 Palestinians during intifada
16 Oct 2009 - B’Tselem said that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) administratively detained more than 1,000 Palestinians during the second intifada without conducting trials.
16 Oct 2009 - Beijing's premier says his country wants to deepen ties to Tehran, with which it has signed hefty oil deals. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Thursday that his nation was committed to deepening its ties with Iran, a declaration that underscores the difficulty the United States will face in seeking broad economic sanctions against Tehran in an effort to rein in its nuclear program.
Lebanon, Bosnia to join U.N. Security Council
16 Oct 2009 - Diplomats hope the inclusion of the politically divided nations will help shore up their government institutions. Politically divided Lebanon and Bosnia-Herzegovina were among five countries elected to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday, in a move diplomats hoped would help strengthen the two countries' fragile institutions.
5 guilty in Australia terror plot
16 Oct 2009 - Five men were convicted today of plotting a terrorist attack by collecting bomb-making instructions and purchasing explosive chemicals in Australia's largest terrorist conspiracy.
16 Oct 2009 - A television show on a state-run channel in Turkey that appears to portray Israeli Army hostility against Palestinians will continue with new episodes.
U.N. Council Endorses Gaza Report
16 Oct 2009 - The endorsement may lead to criminal investigations of Israelis and Palestinians accused of war crimes.
World Briefing | Middle East: Syria: Dissident Lawyer Is Arrested
15 Oct 2009 - The Syrian authorities have arrested Haitham Maleh, a 78-year-old dissident and prominent lawyer who is among the last vocal critics of the government inside the country.
In Face of Sanctions, China Premier Warms to Iran
15 Oct 2009 - The remarks appeared to undercut U.S. efforts at a unified approach to Iran’s nuclear program.
Israel Protests Turkish TV Series About Palestine
15 Oct 2009 - Clips of the television program show soldiers in what appear to be Israeli combat fatigues committing acts of murder and violent repression against Palestinians.
10/16/2009 - AlJazeera - The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has backed an inquiry's report into the Israeli war on Gaza that accuses both Israel and Hamas of war crimes. The inquiry, lead by Justice Richard Goldstone, calls for credible investigations by Israel and Hamas, and suggests international war crimes prosecutions if they do not. Twenty-five countries voted for the resolution, including several Arab and African states, while six were against. The Palestinian Authority initially backed deferring a vote, but changed its position after domestic criticism. The report concluded that Israel used disproportionate force during the war on Gaza, and that its soldiers deliberately targeted civilians. It also accused Israel of using Palestinians as human shields. The report also accused Palestinian armed groups, including Hamas, of deliberately targeting civilians in southern Israel. Mike Hanna reports from Geneva.
Jerusalem – Evicted Palestinian family keeps watch near home taken by settlers
10/15/2009 - Uruknet - Rev Pat McCaughan, Episcopal Life Online - Most days, Sharihan Hannoun and her family sit along the sidewalk on dusty white plastic chairs watching the East Jerusalem home from which they were forcibly evicted, watching as the strangers who took it over come and go. " Today we stay in the street 65 days," said Hannoun, on October 8. "The first few nights, we slept here," recalled the 20-year-old who was a psychology student at Birzeit University in Jerusalem. That was before August 2 early morning police raids left 37 members of her extended family homeless. Hannoun, wearing black slacks, a long-sleeved white turtleneck sweater and matching white head covering worn by Muslim women, recalled being awakened at 5 a. m. when Israeli police broke down the front door of the home owned by her parents since 1956. " I told them we have ownership papers.
PFLP hails UNHRC adoption of Goldstone report and demands prosecution of occupation war criminals
10/16/2009 - Uruknet - Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - PFLP - The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine welcomed the adoption of the Goldstone report on Gaza war crimes by the UN Human Rights Council on October 16, 2009, saying that this marks the beginning of the battle for justice, accountability and punishment of the war criminals and leaders of the occupation government, army and settlers. A spokesperson for the PFLP said that such prosecutions are the very first steps in seeking justice for the people of Gaza and for the Palestinian people. Comrade Khalida Jarrar, member of the Political Bureau of the PFLP, said that the adoption at the UN HRC was a victory for the masses of the Palestinian people and their institutions and associations that responded clearly, strongly and vigorously to the US/Israeli/Palestinian Authority attempts to block or delay a vote on the report.
Military Police investigating suspicion that soldiers severely abused Palestinian workers, following B’Tselem’s report
10/15/2009 - B'tselem - In late September, soldiers assaulted Palestinian laborers in the southern Hebron hills in three separate incidents, according to testimonies given to B'Tselem. All the incidents occurred in the area of a-Ramadin, where laborers enter Israel through a gap in the Separation Barrier. Some two weeks later, B'Tselem documented extensive damage to vehicles in the southern Hebron hills, also apparently done by soldiers. The vehicles were used to transport Palestinian laborers wanting to enter Israel without work permits, and were abandoned when soldiers chased the passengers. The witnesses described severe beatings, humiliation and abuse, with two of the victims requiring hospitalization, and claimed that soldiers had stole money, cell phones, packs of cigarettes, and other items from their bags. On 23 September, soldiers detained Salman Zagharneh near a planned section of the Separation Barrier, about two kilometers from a-Ramadin, where he lives.
Following B’Tselem’s intervention, army opens investigation into vandalism in southern Hebron hills and suspends suspected officers
10/15/2009 - B'tselem - On 12 and 13 October, B'Tselem documented eight vehicles owned by Palestinians that had been vandalized, apparently by soldiers, near Jenbah in the southern Hebron hills. The vehicles, which were used to transport Palestinian laborers wanting to enter Israel without permits, were abandoned when military vehicles chased them. Following urgent demands made by B'Tselem to the Judge Advocate General's Office and to the Military Police Investigation Unit, the MPIU opened an investigation into the matter and the IDF Spokesperson's Office announced that two officers commanding soldiers in the area had been suspended pending investigation. On Monday, 12 October, field researchers from B'Tselem's camera distribution project who were on their way to Khirbet Jenbah, a village in the southern Hebron hills, filmed a Ford commercial van going up in flames on the road.
Israel rejects UN council backing for Gaza war crimes report
10/16/2009 - The Guardian - UN human rights council passes resolution endorsing Goldstone report, which accused Israel and Hamas of war crimes - Israel has angrily rejected what it called a "one-sided" resolution by the UN human rights council today that backed a highly critical report on the Gaza war and opened the way to possible international war crimes investigations. The council voted to endorse the report by a South African judge, Richard Goldstone, which accused both Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during the three-week war in Gaza in January. Goldstone, whose work was hailed by leading international human rights groups, found there may be individual criminal responsibility over the killing of civilians. The report will go to the UN general assembly and could lead to a rare international criminal court investigation if Israel and Hamas fail to mount their own
Cartoon: Israel rejects UN council backing for Gaza war crimes report
10/17/2009 - The Guardian - By Martin Rowson - Gordon Brown reportedly had a heated telephone call on Wednesday with Netanyahu. [end]
Treatment is sought in U.S. for 3-year-old victim of white phosphorus attack in Gaza
10/16/2009 - Mondoweiss - Philip Weiss - The Goldstone report is not an abstraction for me. My delegation was in Gaza at the same time as Judge Richard Goldstone was last June. We saw things that he also saw. I used the word "persecution" at the time; so has he now. One day human-rights-worker Fares Akram brought my group to a house in Beit Lahiya in the north of Gaza. He wanted to show us the hole in the roof made by a white phosphorus shell. It was smaller than a manhole, and throughout the apartment building the walls were still blackened and the studs charred. The matriarch in that house was Sabah Abu Halima, 45. Today she is a psychological wreck. In the few instants in which the long tentacles of white phosphorus were trapped in her house, she lost her husband, three sons, and her only daughter. Relief workers from the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund say that Sabah is plagued by "nightmares and deep feelings of sadness. "
U.N. Human Rights Council Concludes Special Session after Adopting a Resolution Calling For the Implementation of the Recommendations in the Goldstone Report
10/16/2009 - Alternative Information Center - The Human Rights Council concluded its twelfth Special Session today after adopting a resolution that focused on continuing violations of human rights by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian territories, in particular in East Jerusalem, and endorsed the recommendations set out in the reports of the Fact-Finding Mission to Gaza led by Justice Goldstone and by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and called for their implementation. In its resolution, which was adopted by a vote of 25 in favour, six against, and 11 abstentions, the Council strongly condemned all policies and measures taken by Israel, the occupying Power, including those limiting access of Palestinians to their properties and holy sites particularly in Occupied East Jerusalem, on the basis of national origin, religion, sex, age or any other discriminatory ground, which were in grave violation of the Palestinian People's civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.
US Gave Israeli Green Light To Continue Its Violations In Jerusalem; Group Says
10/15/2009 - International Middle East Media Center - Saed Bannoura - The Islamic-Christian Committee in Support of Jerusalem and the Holy Sites accused the United States administration of granting the government of Benjamin Netanyahu a green light to continue its violations in against the Arab homes and holy sites in Jerusalem. Dr. Hasan Khater, secretary-general of the committee, stated that the US stances against Israel’s illegal settlement activities managed to disturb Israel’s leaders, but they soon evaporated into thin air. “Once the American pressure was off, Israel resumed its violations against Jerusalem and its residents”, Khater stated, “The US is proving day by day that it cannot, or even not willing, to stop the Israeli violations and crimes against the people, their lands and their holy places”. He also said that the United States totally ignored what happened recently in Jerusalem, and disregarded the constant attacks and threats against the Palestinians.
AUDIO - A Museum of Intolerance in Jerusalem
10/15/2009 - P U L S E - Saree Makdisi - An excellent address by Saree Makdisi who was in Australia recently as the 2009 recipient of the Adelaide-based Edward Said Memorial Lecture (there is also a US-based Edward Said Memorial lecture series). The second half of this 60 minute address is particularly worthwhile. The introduction by journalist Antony Loewenstein is brief but if you’d like to skip ahead, move the cursor on the audio bar to about the six minute mark. Makdisi’s presentation is on the construction of architect’s Frank Gehry’s Museum of ‘Tolerance’ in Jerusalem and he notably talks about the kind of politics of double erasure its construction entails. On another level, it is also symptomatic and representative of the whole programme of Israeli apartheid. From Sydney Ideas: In 2004, construction began in Jerusalem on the local branch of the Los Angeles-based Museum of Tolerance, designed by the leading American architect, Frank Gehry.
VIDEO - Is a Binational State Possible?
10/15/2009 - P U L S E - Ali Abunimah - Palestinian-American journalist and Electronic Intifada co-founder Ali Abunimah discusses the notion of a binational state in Palestine/Israel with Palestinian politician Ghassan Khatib on the Riz Khan Show. Abunimah reiterates an important point early on which advocates of the two-state solution continue to ignore: if the two-state solution has failed to cement the so-called “peace process” after nearly two decades of failed “negotiations,” then isn’t it time to consider a more realistic, practical possibility? Or is the “peace process” just a show, rather than an actual quest for a viable solution to this conflict? [end]
Report: Israeli intelligence illegally profiling travelers in South Africa
10/15/2009 - Electronic Intifada - Despite our relatively recent struggle against apartheid, I highlighted in a previous article the disturbing level of bilateral trade and cooperation between the South African government and Israel. Bearing our own history in mind, one would expect South Africa to be at the forefront of political efforts to bring Israel in line with international law -- and perhaps even be championing economic isolation of Israel -- as this was a major factor in ending white minority rule in our country. Unfortunately, however, this appears to not be the case. In the latest example of Israeli entrenchment in South Africa, it has been discovered that Israeli intelligence, or Shin Bet, agents are illegally profiling and detaining South African citizens in Johannesburg's O. R. Tambo International Airport. This was brought to light last month by South Africa's premier investigative journalism TV show, Carte
Israel’s Right or Not to Exist
Alan Hart, Dissident Voice 10/15/2009
The Facts and Truth
On Monday 12 October, Prime Minister Netanyahu opened the Knesset’s winter session by blasting the Goldstone Report that accuses Israel of committing war crimes and vowing that he would never allow Israelis be tried for them. But that was not his main message. It was an appeal, delivered I thought with a measure of desperation, to the “Palestinian leadership”, presumably the leadership of “President” Abbas and his Fatah cronies, leaders who are regarded by very many if not most Palestinians as American-and-Israeli stooges at best and traitors at worst.
Netanyahu again called on this leadership to agree to recognise Israel as a Jewish state, saying this was, and remains, the key to peace. And he went on and on and on about it.
“For 62 years the Palestinians have been saying ‘No’ to the Jewish state. I am once again calling upon our Palestinian neighbours – say ‘Yes’ to the Jewish state. Without recognition of the Israel as the state of the Jews we shall not be able to attain peace… Such recognition is a step which requires courage and the Palestinian leadership should tell its people the truth – that without this recognition there can be no peace… There is no alternative to Palestinian leaders showing courage by recognising the Jewish state. This has been and remains the true key to peace.”
As Ha’aretz noted in its report, Netanyahu’s demand for Palestinian acceptance of Israel as a Jewish state is for him “a way on ensuring recognition of Israel’s right to exist as opposed to merely recognising Israel” (my emphasis). This, as Ha’aretz added, is the recognition which Netanyahu and many other Israelis see as the real core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. more.. e-mail
Abbas and the Goldstone Report: Our Shame is Complete
Ramzy Baroud, Uruknet 10/14/2009
As Israeli bombs fell on the Gaza Strip during its one-sided war between December 27, 2008 and January 18, 2009, millions around the world took to the streets in complete and uncompromising outrage. The level of barbarity in that war, especially as it was conducted against a poor, defenseless and physically trapped nation, united people of every color, race and religion. But among those who seemed utterly unmoved, unreservedly cold were some Palestinian officials in the West Bank.
Mahmoud Habbash, the PA Minister of Social Affairs is but one of those individuals. His appearances on Aljazeera, during those fateful days were many. On one half of the screen would be screaming, disfigured children, mutilated women, and search parties digging in the dark for dead bodies, at times entire families. On the other, was Habbash, spewing political insults at his Hamas rivals in Gaza, repeating the same message so tirelessly parroted by his Israeli colleagues. Every time his face appeared on the screen, I cringed. Every unruly shriek of his, reinforced my sense of shame. Shame, perhaps, but never confusion. Those who understand how the Oslo agreement of September 1993 morphed into a culture that destroyed the very fabric of Palestinian society can fully appreciate the behavior of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank during the Gaza war, before it and today.
But especially today.
Those who hoped that the Israeli atrocities in Gaza would rekindled a sense of remorse among the egotistical elites in Ramallah, were surely disappointed when the PA withdrew its draft resolution supporting recommendations made by South African Judge Richard Goldstone. The Goldstone report is the most comprehensive, and transparent investigation as of yet into what happened in Gaza during the 23-day war. It decried Israeli terror, and chastised Palestinians as well. But the focus on Israel undoubtedly and deservingly occupied much of the nearly 600-page report.... more.. e-mail
EI exclusive video: Protesters shout down Ehud Olmert in Chicago
16 Oct 2009 - Approximately 30 activists -- mainly students from area universities -- disrupted a lecture given in Chicago by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yesterday which was hosted by the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy. While Olmert's speech was disrupted inside the lecture hall, approximately 150 activists protested outside the hall in the freezing rain.
Gaza farmers struggle with damaged agricultural land
16 Oct 2009 - GAZA CITY, occupied Gaza Strip (IRIN) - Thousands of Gazan farmers may be unable to replant their crops during the region's main planting season in October due to agricultural land still damaged by the Israeli offensive at the start of the year, and a lack of agricultural materials like seeds and fertilizers, according to officials.
Report: Israeli intelligence illegally profiling travelers in South Africa
16 Oct 2009 - Last month South Africa's premier investigative journalism TV show, Carte Blanche , aired an investigation of allegations that security personnel from Israel's national carrier, El Al Airlines, were acting dubiously at Johannesburg's airport. Carte Blanche conducted an experiment, sending an undercover reporter into the airport, expecting him to be targeted simply because he was Muslim. Sayed Dhansay comments for The Electronic Intifada.
Second chance at life
16 Oct 2009 - Touching the old scar on her forehead, 14-year-old Samah Owda fought back tears while telling her story. For the past four years she has carried on, proving that internal wounds are sometimes more difficult to heal than external ones. As a 10-year-old girl she was given a "new life" and a chance that at the time no one thought would be possible. Eman Mohammed reports from the occupied Gaza Strip.