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Jericho Bedouin families facing home demolitions
19 Oct 2009 - Fatah members have urged followers to use the 'doom's day weapon' employed during the second intifada.
UN: IDF may have planted spy gear in Lebanon
19 Oct 2009 - UN probe indicates devices planted in 2006 war; IDF: Hezbollah trying to cover up truce violations.
Family who lost 29 members in Gaza war: We envy the dead
19 Oct 2009 - The Samouni family says Richard Goldstone has finally lent the Gaza offensive victims a voice.
Why Israel failed in the Gaza war
19 Oct 2009 - The IDF was not actually responsibile for the failure in the 3-week offensive against Hamas.
Hezbollah vs. Israel: Who has 'real' video of Lebanon blast site?
19 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
19 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
19 Oct 2009 - State-run news agency reports 32 suspected militants detained in raids across eight provinces.
Report: Syria supplying long-range missiles to Hezbollah
19 Oct 2009 - Kuwaiti paper: Israel sources say Syria has given quarter of its middle-, long-range missle arsenal to Lebanon group.
Comptroller: Barak spent NIS 527,000 on Paris accomodation
19 Oct 2009 - Report slams Defense Ministry for spending exorbitant amount at Paris air show last June.
IDF to start handing out new gas masks to civilians in January
19 Oct 2009 - Plan is to hand out 4.5 million kits within three years; GOC Home Front Command: We don't have enough kits.
One person killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza tunnels
19 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
19 Oct 2009 - Israel complains to UN about Lebanon blast; WATCH: Video 'proves Hezbollah stored arms at blast site.'
After snubbing Israel, Turkey to hold defense drills with Syria
19 Oct 2009 - Syrian defense minister says two nations to hold drills days after Turkey nixed maneuvers with Israel.
Lebanon: Shell caused blast at Hezbollah official's home
19 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
19 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
19 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
19 Oct 2009 - Palestinians have dug thousands of tunnels to smuggle goods and fuel from Egypt to the Gaza Strip.
ANALYSIS / Hamas incitement over Jerusalem fails to ignite West Bank
19 Oct 2009 - Hamas may declare a 'Day of Rage' over Jerusalem, but such days are rare nowadays in the West Bank.
Islamic Jihad says Hamas stopping their rocket crews in Gaza
19 Oct 2009 - Group adds Hamas nixed a rally and arrested two of its members in dispute over Gaza mosque.
Hamas says more babies born with birth defects since Cast Lead
19 Oct 2009 - Islamist group's health ministry says 'illegal IDF ordnance' caused higher numbers of birth defects.
ElBaradei: Iran's Nuclear Threat' Exaggerated Greatest Danger Comes
From Possible Israeli Attack on Iran
Gaza, October 18, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Munzer al-Dayyeh is a 40-year-old mechanic living in Gaza. In a land of ruin and disrepair, Munzer is kept busy fixing generators and repairing motorbikes.
Iran: Israelis should stand trial over war crimes
Iran, October 18, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - In light of the Goldstone report on Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip, Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki calls for legal action against the Tel Aviv leadership.
IN GAZA: Farmers struggle with damaged agricultural land
Palestine, October 17, 2009 (Pal Telegraph)-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...
PRC: Endorsing Goldstone report is Victory for Justice and Victims
UK, October 17, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) -The Palestine Return Center (PRC) in London and The European Campaign to End the Siege (ECESG) on Gaza express great satisfaction towards approving the Gldstone Report by UNHRC. They both consider the step as turning point...
Mia Farrow: Palestinian children live in deprivation and fear
Palestine, October 16, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Mia Farrow and Mahmoud Kabil spent two days in the Gaza Strip meeting with children.
18 Oct 2009 - Tehran accuses the United States and Britain of involvement in the militant attack.
New life for Egypt's Palestinian unity bid
17 Oct 2009 - Egypt's reconciliation proposal, aimed at healing the rifts between Fatah and Hamas, is back on the agenda.
18 Oct 2009 - Hamas holds back unity delegation, accusing Egypt of making unauthorised amendments.
Iran vows swift response to attack
18 Oct 2009 - Tehran blames foreign actors including the US for attack that left more than 40 dead.
18 Oct 2009 - On 17 October 2009, Raji Sourani, Director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), addressed the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) working group meeting on Israel-Palestine, which took place in Madrid. The address formed part of PCHR’s continuing efforts to ensure the implementation of the Goldstone report’s recommendations, particularly in light of the 16 October Human Rights Council Resolution endorsing the...
Leftist PFLP hosts cultural evening honoring armed struggle
18 Oct 2009 - Gaza / PNN – The leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hosted a cultural evening in Gaza yesterday to mark the armed dimension of the struggle against occupation. It was on the seventeenth of October 2001 that right-wing Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Zeevi was killed in retaliation for the assassination of Abu Ali Mustafa in August of that year.Abu Ali Mustafa...
World Social Forum in Palestine at the end of 2010: focus on global education
18 Oct 2009 - Bethlehem / PNN - The International Council of the World Social Forum unanimously approved a decision to organize a Social Forum on global education in Palestine at the end of 2010. The Forum will be spread out between the West Bank, Gaza Strip and some Arab capitals as many people are unable to travel due to restrictions of occupation.Ten international educational networks are...
The road to Jerusalem: Israel can control land by military power, but it cannot control creativity
17 Oct 2009 - Jerusalem / Maisa Abu Ghazaleh for PNN - The Road to Jerusalem is not a movie or a book telling the story of the beauty and sanctity of this city. It is simply a sign; a blue ceramic rectangle with the word Jerusalem written in Arabic and English and the distance to the center of the holy city.Artist Khaled Hourani designed the pieces...
Friends of Humanity demands Egyptian authorities facilitate convoy, "Miles of Smiles"
17 Oct 2009 - Jenin / Ali Samoudi for PNN – With the siege on the Gaza Strip ongoing, human rights groups are still attempting to deliver aid. The Friends of Humanity International is demanding that Egyptian authorities facilitate entry of convoy through the Rafah crossing.Called Miles of Smiles , the campaign is attempting to enter Egypt at Port Said and cross into Gaza to deliver medical assistance.Friends...
Family has not seen son in five months, concerned for his health in Israeli prison
17 Oct 2009 - Nablus / PNN – Among the thousands of Palestinians in Israeli prisons is Mahmoud Saleh Sanakreh. The 26 year old is ill and his family has sent a letter of appeal to Palestinian Minister of Detainees and Ex Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’ to push for his release.Speaking from Balata Refugee Camp in the northern West Bank’s Nablus, the Sanakreh family says that Mahmoud’s health...
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.
18 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. [
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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
10/18/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Adalah NY, 17 October 2009 - On Saturday forty New York human rights advocates rallied on a cold fall day at the Madison Avenue jewelry store of Israeli settlement mogul Lev Leviev to demand that Israel release jailed Palestinian boycott activist Mohammad Othman. Othman, held without charges and in solitary confinement since September 22nd, is from Jayyous, a West Bank village where Leviev's company Leader is building the Israeli settlement of Zufim. The protesters also called for an end to Israel's wave of arrests of Palestinian activists from Bil'in, another West Bank village campaigning against the construction of settlement homes by another Leviev company, Africa-Israel. Andrew Kadi of Adalah-NY commented, "Israel's arrest of Mohammad Othman and residents of Bil'in simply affirms the need for a global movement of Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), similar to the movement against apartheid South Africa, to hold Israel accountable, and pressure Israel to respect Palestinian rights.
West Bank settlers use '˜price tag’ tactic to punish Palestinians
10/18/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - The Times, 15 October - In the farmlands between the Jewish settlement of Qedumim and the Palestinian village of Imatin, the wreckage of the endless struggle for control of the West Bank is visible. On a hilltop, blankets, pots and broken chairs are strewn where the Israeli army tried to demolish an illegal Jewish settlement outpost. In the fields opposite, 70 olive trees are scorched and blackened after the settlers took revenge "” not on the army, but on the local Palestinians. It is a new and effective settler tactic known as the "price tag": if the Government sends police or soldiers to dismantle an outpost that is being built, the settlers make the Palestinian population pay the price. "It's quite simple and smart but evil," said Michael Sfard, a lawyer with the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din. "They attack Palestinian property, people, and blockade roads every time the Israeli security forces do something they don't like" "” such as demolish outposts.
Rebuilding Gaza’s infrastructure with mud
10/18/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Eva Bartlett, Electronic Intifada, 14 October - SHEIKH ZAYED, occupied Gaza Strip (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 20 June," says Mohammed al-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.
'They killed him because he was Palestinian'
10/18/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Jody McIntyre, Electronic Intifada, 14 October - On 30 September 2009 at 11am, 17-year-old Fuad Mahmoud Nayif Turkman was standing outside his school in the village of Yabad, when he was run over by an Israeli military jeep. Yabad is located in the occupied West Bank, near the city of Jenin. An Israeli military spokesperson later claimed that "hundreds" of Palestinians were "rioting" in the area, and that the jeep had experienced "mechanical difficulties. "However, eyewitnesses from the scene say that the students were doing nothing of the sort. Jody McIntyre spoke with Fuad's father, Mahmoud Turkman, and his 12-year-old brother Fadi for The Electronic Intifada: Jody McIntyre: What was Fuad like? Mahmoud Turkman: He was like any boy, really. Worked hard in school, popular with his friends. He was in his last year at school and was planning to go on to university.
Hungarian MP: Jews want to take over the world
19 Oct 2009 - A member of Hungary's main opposition party has accused the Jews of trying to take over the country. ...
Russians deal Lieberman 'slap' by endorsing Goldstone
18 Oct 2009 - Click here for more on the Goldstone commission report on the Gaza conflict ...
Michael Oren ducks the question of J Street
18 Oct 2009 - WASHINGTON - The October 25 conference in Washington D.C. of left-leaning lobby group J Street is just one week away, but Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, is still not saying whether he will attend or not. President Shimon Peres has written a welcoming letter to conference participants, J Street said, with his apologies for not being able to attend. ...
Netanyahu: Israel and U.S. have resolved settlements row
18 Oct 2009 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero last Thursday that talks between Israel and the United States over construction in the settlements on the West Bank had ended. ...
Maccabi coach booted off floor in friendly game against Knicks
18 Oct 2009 - The New York Knicks beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 106-91 on Sunday in an exhibition game that featured a bizarre delay in the third quarter when Maccabi coach Pini Gershon refused to leave the floor after he was ejected. ...
19 Oct 2009 - Israel received a two-minute video of captured soldier, Gilad Shalit, after it asked Hamas for 'proof of life'. The following video is in Hebrew and will be translated shortly
Israel rejects UN council backing for Gaza war crimes report
19 Oct 2009 - Gordon Brown reportedly had a heated telephone call on Wednesday with Netanyahu Martin Rowson
Obama's mettle is about to be tested | Simon Tisdall
18 Oct 2009 - As the Middle East slides towards renewed conflict, the president has to revitalise US efforts for a peace – or face humiliation It's getting harder each day for the Obama administration to maintain theillusion of progress...
Hamas patrols beaches in Gaza to enforce conservative dress code
18 Oct 2009 - Lawyers resist campaign to make Palestinian society more Islamist It began with a rash of unusually assertive police patrols. Armed Hamas officers stopped men from sitting shirtless on the beach, broke up groups of unmarried men...
Reviving hope for Middle East peace | Olivia Hampton
18 Oct 2009 - Hope that Obama could make progress toward peace has evaporated. To get back on track, he should turn to Syria Hopes are dimming in Ramallah over Barack Obama's ability to deliver on his promise to revive...
Surveillance of Muslims: The lives of the other
17 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...
The dark side of Tel Aviv | Abe Hayeem
16 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...
Why I celebrate the Tel Aviv centenary | Carlo Strenger
16 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
16 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...
19 Oct 2009 - One of the country's leading archaeologists has publicly condemned the Israel Antiquities Authority's failure to object to a plan to construct a building over a site in the Western Wall plaza where a well-preserved ancient Roman road was recently excavated. ...
Israel pulls textbook with chapter on Nakba
18 Oct 2009 - The Ministry of Education has taken the unusual step of collecting all copies of the history textbook, "Nationalism: Building a State in the Middle East" which was published about two months ago by the Zalman Shazar Center. They will be returned to the shelves only after corrections are made to the text, particularly with reference to the War of Independence. ...
As Na'alin protests fence, Hashmonaim residents hide
18 Oct 2009 - At about noon on Friday, at the village of Na'alin a demonstration begins against the separation fence, which signals to the residents of Hashmonaim, a community several hundred meters away, that it is time to close the blinds and windows and stay inside. ...
Police suspect hit men hired to kill Rishon Letzion family
18 Oct 2009 - The three generations of the Oshrenko family found dead in a partially torched apartment in Rishon Letzion on Saturday appear to have been murdered by one or more professional killers who may have come to Israel to commit the crime and have fled the country, police said Sunday, after receiving the initial autopsy results. ...
First swine flu vaccinations arrive in Israel
18 Oct 2009 - The first swine flu vaccinations arrived in Israel Sunday, and 350,000 doses are expected to be here by the end of the week. ...
18 Oct 2009 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
One month later: COGAT continues to boycott human rights organizations
18 Oct 2009 - Source: Gisha
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow concludes visit to Israel and occupied Palestinian territory
18 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Children's Fund
OPT: Al Mezan commends HRC endorsement of Goldstone report recommendations; Calls for ensuring the rule of law and accountability
18 Oct 2009 - Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the CFSP, visits Israel and the Palestinian Territories from 19 to 21 Oct 2009
18 Oct 2009 - Source: European Union
Democracy and Workers' Rights Center concludes an EU-funded training course on statistical analysis for Palestinian trade unionists
18 Oct 2009 - Source: European Union
18 Oct 2009 - Foreign Ministry says received messages from Moscow that it won't support Security Council discussion on UN report accusing Israel of committing war crimes in Gaza
'Ushrenko murder reminiscent of mafia methods'
18 Oct 2009 - Former Israeli ambassador to Georgia and Armenia says 'children's murder intended to show mercilessness.' Crime organizations 'made aliyah' in 1990s, still operate in Israel today
Lebanon: Israeli cables explosion violates Resolution 1701
18 Oct 2009 - Lebanese Prime Minister Siniora says detonation of alleged spy devices along border, drone overflights are blatant infringement of UN resolution which ended Second Lebanon War; UNIFIL launches investigation into incident
Qassam hits open area in western Negev
18 Oct 2009 - Explosion heard near Sdot Negev, Shaar Hanegev regional councils after rocket launched from Gaza; no injuries or damage reported
Meridor: When US is weak Iran enriches uranium
18 Oct 2009 - Intelligence and atomic energy minister warns US conference that if Islamic Republic wins current round there's no chance for peace. Israel can start military action but cannot act alone for long, says US army general
Turkish president: 'Brave criticism' of Israel to continue
18 Oct 2009 - Abdullah G?l says his country will not keep silent when Jewish state makes mistakes, but adds this is not likely to shake foundations of bilateral relations between strategic allies
3 suspected Israeli spy devices blown up in Lebanon
18 Oct 2009 - Lebanon military official says two detonations triggered by Israel, third device destroyed by Lebanese army. IDF: Claims don't warrant serious response
19 Oct 2009
Egypt criticizes Hamas over unity deal delay
19 Oct 2009
Netanyahu vows long fight against UN report on Gaza
19 Oct 2009
Iran looks to Vienna for nuclear fuel supply guarantee
19 Oct 2009
Turkey defends criticism of Israel's 'mistakes'
19 Oct 2009
Israel's incursions are dangerous
19 Oct 2009
The dark tourist comes home to Lebanon
19 Oct 2009
Palestinian, Russian films win lucrative prizes at Abu Dhabi festival
19 Oct 2009
Is there more time left on Iran's nuclear clock?
19 Oct 2009
Abbas, the 'good Palestinian,' becomes Netanyahu's chief rival
19 Oct 2009
Lebanon needs both security and freedom
19 Oct 2009
Neither Sri Lanka nor Israel should have impunity in their 'wars on terror'
19 Oct 2009
Saving the Special Tribunal for Lebanon from failure: a response to Jamil al-Sayyed and Antonio Cassese
19 Oct 2009
19 Oct 2009 - Dr. Ahmed Bahar, the first deputy speaker of the PLC, said that the council supports the national reconciliation which is based on Palestinian agenda and not on the international quartet’s terms.
Rezqa: Abbas’s attack on Hamas is an attempt to defend himself
19 Oct 2009 - Dr. Yousuf Rezqa stated that Abbas’s scathing attacks on Hamas came in the context of his attempts to defend himself after the political scandal he caused by his position against Goldstone’s report.
Ex-prisoner: Administrative detainees experience tragic incarceration conditions
19 Oct 2009 - Sa'ed Yassin, an activist and researcher in prisoners' affairs, has said that Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli occupation jails were suffering from tragic imprisonment conditions.
Hamas to send delegation to Cairo to state its position on Egypt’s amended paper
19 Oct 2009 - Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri stated that Hamas leaders intend to visit Cairo to brief the Egyptian officials on their Movement’s position towards the amended reconciliation paper.
Agha: Starvation of 1.5 million Palestinians puts the world before historic test
19 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian agriculture minister has said that his ministry had done whatever it could to ensure a dignified life for the Palestinians in Gaza in the light of the three-year oppressive siege.
JCCER: Israel escalated last month its violations of human rights in Jerusalem
19 Oct 2009 - The Jerusalem center for civil and economic rights (JCCER) stated that Israel escalated its violations of human rights during September in the occupied city of Jerusalem.
Ahrar center: Ofer court deferred trial of a female prisoner for the 7th time
19 Oct 2009 - Al-Ahrar center said that the Ofer military court decided to defer consideration in the trial of female prisoner Nada Al-Jayyousi for the seventh consecutive time without setting a date.
Sunday Times: Surge in West Bank support for Hamas
19 Oct 2009 - The Sunday Times said that a noticeable increase in Hamas's popularity in the West Bank was evident and reckoned that Mahmoud Abbas would be defeated in any new elections.
Khudari: Contacts underway to apply Goldstone report on Gaza
19 Oct 2009 - MP Jamal Al-Khudari, the head of the popular anti siege committee, has said that the committee was contacting concerned parties to implement the Goldstone report on lifting the siege on Gaza.
Abbas slams Fatah officials for faulting his delay of Goldstone’s report
19 Oct 2009 - Mahmoud Abbas denounced some of his aides and Fatah officials for admitting that the withdrawal of Goldstone’s report was a mistake, alleging that what happened came in the natural course of events.
17 Oct 2009 - The action by the human rights panel is a setback for Israel and probably makes U.S. peace efforts tougher. In a vote likely to complicate U.S. efforts to revive Middle East peace talks, the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday endorsed a report calling on Israel and Hamas to conduct credible investigations of alleged war crimes by their forces or face further international inquiries and possible prosecutions.
Mondoweiss - 19 Oct 2009 - This is an interesting post, as it came from this Israeli news site that until a few months ago appeared to be extremely hawkish. It seems to recognize that a similar program has been launched by Gush Shalom and suggests that the Arab League cooperate with...
Flat earthers meet in DC
Mondoweiss - 18 Oct 2009 - Washington Institute for Near East Policy, offspring thinktank of AIPAC, says that it was "established to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East.” It just had a panel about Obama’s record on the Middle East. The verdict (reported by Ori...
Mohammad Othman – Jailed for an idea
Mondoweiss - 18 Oct 2009 - From Adalah-NY : Comic by Ethan Heitner for Adalah-NY. Download a pdf version of it here . Related posts: A self-interview by Mohammad with Mohammad on the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution Mohammad of Vancouver on Ahmadinejad’s speech Why the U.S. will not attack Iran–Mohammad of Vancouver
Ehud Olmert struggles to give Univ. of Chicago lecture amid protests
Mondoweiss - 17 Oct 2009 - Nearly overwhelmed by protests, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert took an hour and a half to deliver a 20 minute speech at the University of Chicago on Thursday. Here’s a full report from Electronic Intifada : Approximately 30 activists — mainly students from area universities —...
At NYU, devilish Shlomo Sand predicts the Jewish past and pastes the Zionists
Mondoweiss - 17 Oct 2009 - Of all the events I’ve covered surrounding Jewish identity and Israel in the last year, none has given me so much pleasure as the lecture last night by Shlomo Sand at NYU on the Invention of the Jewish People . Most events I go to are grinding,...
Hardly any respite
Khaled Amayreh, Uruknet 10/16/2009
While some calm has returned to the compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Muslim holy site is still under grave threat.
An uneasy calm is descending over East Jerusalem after thousands of Israeli troops lifted a tight siege lasting two weeks on Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, one of Islam’s holiest sanctuaries.
The site witnessed violent disturbances two weeks ago when Israeli paramilitary police stormed the Haram Al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) in an effort to arrest Palestinians who had repulsed an attempt by a group of Jewish fanatics who were trying to arrogate "prayer rights" at the Islamic shrine.
Dozens of Palestinians were injured, some quite seriously.
Following the incident, hundreds of Muslims from Jerusalem and also from Arab towns and villages in Israel decided to maintain a constant presence at the mosque in order to repulse new attempts by Jewish extremists to seize a foothold at Al-Aqsa compound. On many occasions, Israeli police forces threatened to storm the Noble Sanctuary if the sit- in didn’t end. Meanwhile, they maintained a constant presence outside the compound. But on Sunday, the Israeli government decided to lift the siege, effectively allowing participants in the sit-in to leave peacefully.
The deal apparently was part of a behind-the-scenes understanding between Israel and Jordan whereby Israel agreed to reinstitute the status quo ante at the site and to refrain from provoking Muslim sensibilities. According to the Jordanian- Israeli Peace Treaty, Jordan retained the role of custodian of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Jordan had harshly criticised Israel for the "standoff", and unconfirmed reports indicated that the Jordanian government threatened to expel the Israeli ambassador from Amman if the provocations continued. more.. e-mail
Rebuilding Gaza’s infrastructure with mud
Eva Bartlett, Electronic Intifada 10/14/2009
SHEIKH ZAYED, occupied Gaza Strip (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 20 June," says Mohammed al-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 meters, 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