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letter: Israel denies US citizen medical care in prison
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.
Country Of Sacred Cows And Ten Commandments
Palestine, October 19, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) 'Courage ... courage to movement, courage not to give up, courage to break doors, the courage to overcome barriers, the courage to fly', are words advocated by participants in the march of the road to Jerusalem, organized by...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow Concludes Visit to Palestine
Palestine, October 19, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - World renowned actress Mia Farrow ended Sunday a six-day mission to the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel. The mission focused on children affected by conflict, UNICEF said in a press release.
Locked in: Life in Gaza
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...
19 Oct 2009 - The discovery of three eavesdropping devices planted in southern Lebanon has prompted a wave of spying allegations between the country and Israel.
Good start' to nuclear talks, says ElBaradei
19 Oct 2009 - Landmark negotiations between Iran and world powers resume in Vienna aiming to finalise a deal on Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
Iran vows revenge over suicide bombing
19 Oct 2009 - Tehran accuses the United States and Britain of involvement in the militant attack.
19 Oct 2009 - Hezbollah and army say Israel detonated underground sensors in country's south.
Hamas delays unity deal delegation
18 Oct 2009 - Hamas holds back unity delegation, accusing Egypt of making unauthorised amendments.
19 Oct 2009 - On 14 October 2009, the World March for Peace and Nonviolence reached Bethlehem. Organized by the international pacifism organization World Without Wars, the march began in New Zealand on 2 October, Gandhi’s birthday and the “International...
19 Oct 2009 - Jerusalem / PNN – The Palestinians are asking that United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization condemn the Israeli excavations around Al Aqsa Mosque. Dr. Hamdan Taha, Assistant Undersecretary of Archaeological and Cultural Heritage in the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, is leading the delegation attending the UNESCO meeting, ongoing from 6 through 23 October.The Palestinian delegation is asking specifically that UNESCO...
Council of Ministers welcomes UNHRC adoption of Goldstone, pushes for follow-up, end to settlements
19 Oct 2009 - Ramallah / PNN – The weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers welcomed today the adoption by the United Nations Human Rights Council of the Goldstone report that states the Israelis committed war crimes in Gaza. The meeting of the Council of Ministers was chaired by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah and stressed that the Palestinian National Authority is determined to follow-up...
International peace cycle joined by Qalqilia bike club arrives in Bilâ€™in
19 Oct 2009 - Bil’in / Iyad Burnat - This weekend in western Ramallah, members of the Bi'lin community lined the streets to greet cyclists from Belgium, the UK, Canada and Sweden. With temperatures at 38 degrees Celsius, the group has continued the Peace Cycle 2009 seemingly undaunted.The initiative aims to educate foreign visitors of the suffering of West Bank communities caused by the Israeli occupation.Since starting...
Five year old dies in Hebron after falling from seventh floor balcony
19 Oct 2009 - Hebron / PNN – Five year old Ahmed Shalaldeh died today after falling from the seventh floor of his father’s home in the southern West Bank’s Sair Village. The Information Department in the Hebron police said Monday, “The police received a tip from Al Ahli Hospital in Hebron when the child was brought in deceased. The case was moved to the Investigation Division...
How wide is the space for Palestinian nonviolent activism?
18 Oct 2009 - As has been reported, the head of the Stop the Wall Campaign, Mohammad Othman, was arrested by Israeli forces at Allenby Bridge as he returned to the West Bank on 22 September from a conference in Norway. He remains one of thousands of Palestinians in Israeli prisons.The group Jewish Voice for Peace is advocating for his release by writing today:“How wide is...
Human rights director from Gaza addresses meeting in Madrid on Goldstone report
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...
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.
19 Oct 2009 - Last Wednesday, soldiers prohibited farmers from entering their land and harvesting olives in the area of Wadi Ahmed, west of Beit Jala (Bethlehem). Residents stated that they were heading to their lands in the morning when they suddenly encountered Occupation forces who had placed a gate and barbed wire in their way. Farmers were turned back under the pretext that they did not have proper permits. [
BDS Marathon Action Calendar
19 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!". [
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
10/19/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 18 October 2009 - On Sunday, 18 October, about 30 internationals from several different solidarity groups accompanied inhabitants of the village Iraq Burin south of Nablus to plant olive trees. 45 plants were donated by the Palestinans Authority and the action was considered successful by the local residents. Farmers from Iraq Buring plant olive trees on reclaimed land The olive trees were planted close to the illegal settlement Bracha, on 30 dunums(30 000m2) of land that has recently been returned to its rightful Palestinian owners as a result of an agreement with the District Coordination Office. This is the first success of its kind, and is a result of weekly demonstrations, where local protesters and international activists came together to protest illegal land annexation and settlement expansion in the West Bank. After the olive trees were planted the protesters stayed in the field chanting pro-Palestinian slogans, celebrating the reclaimed land.
U.S. arrests ex-NASA scientist over bid to spy for Israel
19 Oct 2009 - A former scientist at the United States' space agency has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to spy for Israel, the U.S. department of Justice announced on Monday. ...
Cabinet likely to discuss probing Goldstone Gaza Report findings
19 Oct 2009 - The security-diplomatic cabinet is likely to discuss on Tuesday whether Israel should establish a commission of inquiry into the findings of a damning United Nations report on the Gaza war. ...
Russians deal Lieberman 'slap' by endorsing Goldstone report
19 Oct 2009 - Click here for more on the Goldstone commission report on the Gaza conflict ...
Fatah official: Hamas has bigger stock of lies than Netanyahu
19 Oct 2009 - A senior official in the Palestinian party Fatah lashed out at the rival Hamas movement on Monday, blaming the Islamist group for the recent failure of reconciliation negotiations, AFP reported. ...
Top Republican: Obama 'charm offensive' won't halt Iran nukes
19 Oct 2009 - The former Massachusetts governor and presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, on Monday blasted U.S. President Barack Obama's outreaches to Iran as failing to thwart the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions. ...
19 Oct 2009 - Man accused of passing classified information to a person he believed was an Israeli intelligence officer A Maryland scientist who worked for the US defence department and other agencies has been arrested on espionage charges. The...
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 the illusion 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...
19 Oct 2009 - As Defense Minister Ehud Barak continues to be the subject of a torrent of criticism over his extravagant spending on five-star hotels with the use of taxpayer money, Israelis are becoming increasingly aware of the decorated former general's lavish lifestyle. ...
Former basketball executive Moni Fanan commits suicide
19 Oct 2009 - Moni Fanan, the former chairman of the board for the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball club, was found dead in his home on Monday after he committed suicide. ...
Haredi urges: Give a year of your lives to save ailing rabbi
19 Oct 2009 - An ultra-Orthodox supporter of former Sephardi chief rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, who has been hospitalized in a serious condition for more than a month, has urged the Haredi public to "donate" a year of their lives to spur the rabbi's recovery. ...
VIDEO / Border Policeman admits beating rightist at West Bank outpost
19 Oct 2009 - A member of the Border Police's Yasam special forces unit confessed in a police disciplinary tribunal on Monday to attacking a right-wing protestor while evacuating an illegal West Bank outpost. ...
Police to probe Russian Mafia ties to Rishon family murder
19 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. ...
19 Oct 2009 - Source: US Agency for International Development
Palestinian refugees reject 'sell-out' deal
19 Oct 2009 - Source: Medical Aid for Palestinians
OPT: Israel's reaction to the decision of the UN Human Rights Council
19 Oct 2009 - Source: Government of Israel
ICC Prosecutor receives Palestinian Minister of Justice, Arab League and Independent Fact-Finding Committee
19 Oct 2009 - Source: International Criminal Court
OPT: Ensuring the implementation of Human Rights Council resolution on the Goldstone Report: PCHR director addresses EMHRN meeting in Madrid
18 Oct 2009 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
One month later: COGAT continues to boycott human rights organizations
18 Oct 2009 - Source: Gisha
19 Oct 2009 - According to leading Turkish news website, planned attacks come in retaliation for assassination of senior Hezbollah member in 2008; possible targets include American, Israeli institutions, synagogues, tourist destinations
US scientist charged with attempted spying for Israel
19 Oct 2009 - Stewart David Nozette arrested, charged with attempting to transmit classified information to man he believed to be an Israeli intelligence officer. Justice Department: No wrongdoing by Israel
Iran signals it may not strike nuclear deal
19 Oct 2009 - Islamic Republic also refuses to talk to France, blaming country for breaking enriched uranium deal
Dahlan: Hamas has bigger stock of lies than Netanyahu
19 Oct 2009 - Senior Fatah official tells reporters in Ramallah Islamist group delaying Palestinian reconciliation due to pressure from Syria, Iran; says Abbas will call for January elections in absence of truce agreement
Diplomatic victory for Israel: IPU won't debate Gaza offensive
19 Oct 2009 - Delegation to Geneva conference blocks Arab proposal to debate army's conduct during December-January offensive in Strip. Minister Shalom: World sick and tired of one-sided discussion on Israel
19 Oct 2009
Israel ties obligated probe into war crimes - jurist
19 Oct 2009
Fatah lashes out at Hamas over stalled unity deal
19 Oct 2009
Iran's Khamenei points finger at US for suicide bombing
19 Oct 2009
Egypt's Brotherhood denies reports that leader has quit
19 Oct 2009
Washington misread Russia's Iran sanctions comments
19 Oct 2009
Iran attack puts Lebanon on alert
19 Oct 2009
Palestinian, Russian films win lucrative prizes at Abu Dhabi festival
19 Oct 2009
The dark tourist comes home to Lebanon
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 - Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum stated that the media and instigation campaigns escalated by Fatah leaders against his Movement reflect undoubtedly the enormity of the real crisis inside Fatah.
Birawi: Egyptian authorities promised to accelerate entry of Euro convoy
19 Oct 2009 - The Egyptian authorities have renewed commitment to facilitate entry of a European convoy carrying aid to Gaza children, Zaher Birawi, the campaign's spokesman, said in a statement on Monday.
IOA extends administrative custody of former minister, municipal council member
19 Oct 2009 - The IOA has extended the administrative detention of former minister of prisoners Wasfi Kabaha, only two days before his release, for four more months at the request of the Israeli intelligence.
Wahidi: Israeli soldiers buried Palestinians alive during the war on Gaza
19 Oct 2009 - Human rights activist Nashaat Al-Wahidi, revealed that the IOF troops deliberately killed Palestinians after detaining them and buried others alive during Israel’s military aggression on Gaza.
Radwan: Hamas needs safeguards regarding the reconciliation agreement
19 Oct 2009 - Dr. Ismail Radwan said that his Movement needs safeguards from the Egyptian sponsor guaranteeing that Mahmoud Abbas would implement what is agreed upon in the reconciliation agreement.
Ghoul: The Goldstone report should be used to put Zionist war criminals on trial
19 Oct 2009 - Mohammed Al-Ghoul, the Palestinian justice minister in Gaza, has said that the Goldstone report was an international document that could be used to condemn the Israeli occupation.
Israel kidnaps Palestinian journalist in Al-Khalil
19 Oct 2009 - The IOF troops kidnapped Sunday a Palestinian journalist called Iyad Sorour from Al-Khalil city, south of the West Bank, only one month after his release from the Palestinian Authority’s jails.
Khameni: OIC should act in support of the Palestinian people
19 Oct 2009 - The Iranian spiritual leader, Ali Khameni, has said that Palestine is in need of a strong and well-planned support on the part of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).
Salah to reveal documents on serious judaization plans in Jerusalem
19 Oct 2009 - Sheikh Ra’ed Salah stated that he would reveal soon documents illustrating the seriousness of the judaization campaigns carried out by Israel against the occupied city of Jerusalem.
Gov't committee against siege asks Egypt to allow entry of Euro aid
19 Oct 2009 - Hamdy Shaat, the head of the government committee against siege, has urged the Egyptian government to allow entry of the European aid convoy "Miles of Smiles" into the Gaza Strip.
19 Oct 2009 - A bomber in tribal dress infiltrates what was to have been a reconciliation meeting between Shiite and Sunni tribesmen. Six guard commanders are among those slain. At least 28 people are wounded. In a brazen attack on Iran's military elite, a suicide bomber on Sunday killed six Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commanders and 36 others at a gathering of tribal leaders in a southeastern province near the Pakistani border known for drug running and religious extremism, according to the official Iranian news agency.
10/18/2009 - Ha'aretz - 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. " We solved the matter of the settlements with the Americans," Netanyahu told his Spanish counterpart. " I cannot say more than that. If you are interested in hearing more details, ask in Washington," added Netanyahu. It is not clear what Netanyahu meant and what the details of the "solution" are, but this is the first time that Netanyahu has said that the issue of the settlements, which is the main bone of contention between the Obama administration and Israel, has been solved. Sources in Jerusalem said that Netanyahu spoke about the matter after his representatives Mike Herzog and Yitzhak Molcho reached agreements in Washington during their talks last week.
U.S. arrests ex-NASA scientist over bid to spy for Israel
10/20/2009 - Ha'aretz - A former scientist at the United States' space agency has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to spy for Israel, the U. S. department of Justice announced on Monday. According to a statement by the department, the suspect, Stewart David Nozette, is a Maryland scientist who once worked in varying capacities for the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The department said Nozette, 52, was contacted via telephone by an individual purporting to be an Israeli intelligence officer, but who was in fact an undercover employee of the FBI (UCE). " During that call," the statement said, "Nozette agreed to meet with the UCE later that day at a hotel in Washington D. C. According to the affidavit, Nozette met with the UCE that day and discussed his willingness to work for Israeli intelligence. "
Israel pulls textbook with chapter on Nakba
10/19/2009 - Ha'aretz - 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. The book had already been approved by the ministry. "Collecting the books from the shops is an unnecessary [form of] censorship," said Dr. Tsafrir Goldberg, who wrote the controversial chapter on the war. "The process of approving the text was completed in serious fashion from both the pedagogic and the historic points of view. The fact that the education minister changed does not mean that it is possible to bypass this procedure. "On September 22, Haaretz reported that the textbook, which is meant for 11th and 12th-grades, for the first time presented the Palestinian claim that there had been ethnic cleansing in 1948.
Russians deal Lieberman ’slap’ by endorsing Goldstone report
10/20/2009 - Ha'aretz - "We sought to moderate the wording of the resolution but we failed because of the stance of Western countries," the Russian ambassador claimed. - Israel relayed a sharply worded protest to the Russian government following Russia's vote in favor of adopting the Goldstone report at the Human Rights Council in Geneva Friday, according to senior Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman suffered a personal blow by the Russian vote, which went against the promises he received from his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, days prior to the vote at the United Nations body. Russian officials clarified that Moscow would oppose any discussion of the Goldstone report by the UN Security Council, Israel Radio reported on Sunday night. Russia's envoy to Israel met over the weekend with Foreign Ministry official Pinchas Avivi to hand him a letter of clarification from
Shelter for families blocked at border
10/17/2009 - The Independent - Donald Macintyre - Israel has refused for eight months to allow into Gaza 488 prefabricated buildings donated by Turkey to house families whose homes were destroyed in last winter's three-week military offensive. Despite applying for permits in February, the Turkish Red Crescent has been unable to ship in the homes, which it says are intended to accommodate Palestinian civilians who are among the estimated 20,000 still homeless as a result of the war. While a majority of those are living in overcrowded temporary accommodation or with relatives, the Red Crescent said that others were living in tents, the wreckage of their destroyed buildings or a cemetery. There is no evidence that the bar is connected with recent political tensions between Israel and Turkey, which has strongly criticised the military offensive. The Red Crescent said it was still waiting for an official response from the
VIDEO - Just Say No – Refusing the Drug of Propaganda at an Early Age
10/19/2009 - P U L S E - Israeli media is finally starting to feel the pressure. These past two weeks, the news has been full of the issues that activists have been working hard for and paying with their freedom for. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions is slowly making headlines, the Goldstone report has been on the Israeli mind all week and the issue I’d like to highlight today, has been gaining momentum: The Shministim. In Hebrew “Shministim” means “seniors”. Every high school senior, in Israel, gets their drafting order in the mail. On rare occasions, these seniors refuse on ethical grounds, becoming conscientious objectors. In Israel, conscientious objectors are jailed by the army. They serve up to 28 days (those refusing to wear an army uniform, during their jailing, are sent to solitary confinement), are released and jailed again, until the army agrees to discharge them.
The World March for Peace and Nonviolence continues in Bethlehem
10/19/2009 - Alternative Information Center - On 14 October 2009, the World March for Peace and Nonviolence reached Bethlehem. Organized by the international pacifism organization World Without Wars, the march began in New Zealand on 2 October, Gandhi’s birthday and the “International Day of Nonviolence” declared by the United Nations. It is scheduled to conclude in Argentina on January 2. The march aims to increase global awareness of the need to renounce violence by passing through cities worldwide. In Bethlehem, the march was attended by Atallah Hanna, Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in Palestine and Jerusalem; Luisa Morgantini, a member of the European Parliament; Sami Awad, Executive Director of the Holy Land Trust; and Victor Batarsa, mayor of Bethlehem. Several hundred internationals and Palestinians also marched from Manger Square to Aida Refugee Camp, chanting “Israel is a fascist state” and singing the Italian anti-fascist song “Bella Ciao.
Gaza costs Israel another friend: there aren’t many left
10/18/2009 - The National - Tony Karon - For years Israel has acted as if the unconditional support of the US would be enough to shield it for ever from the consequences of its behaviour – which is why last week was an unusually traumatic one for them. No suicide bombers detonated themselves and no rockets or mortar shells fell, but the double whammy of a Turkish snub and a UN Human Rights Council vote shook Israelis even more than any aimless shelling would have done. Those two events signal profound changes that leave Israel paying a growing political price for the attack last winter that killed some 1,400 Palestinians and reduced Gaza to rubble. It was the brutal pummelling of Gaza that prompted Turkey’s democratically elected government to break the silence among the region’s moderates and stand up for the Palestinians. At the time, the prime minister, Recep Erdogan, condemned the Israeli actions as war crimes,
Lebanon takes a seat at UN Security Council
10/15/2009 - The National - NEW YORK // Lebanon will succeed Libya as the Arab nation on the UN Security Council next year after winning a vote that brought other politically divided nations, such as Gabon and Bosnia, to a 15-nation body designed to maintain global peace. Analysts question whether Lebanon’s government travails, Gabon’s ongoing election dispute and Bosnia’s ethnic strife will leave the new members hindering a body that is charged with tackling threats to international security. Bosnia and Lebanon will be in the unusual position of hosting UN peacekeeping operations and will themselves be subject to the scrutiny of the council while they serve out their two-year terms. “It’s an unusual collection of cripples and non-performers joining the council,” said Jeffrey Laurenti, a UN expert at The Century Foundation. “Look at Lebanon and Bosnia.
Arab League says US donations used to finance settlements
10/17/2009 - Yahoo! News - CAIRO (AFP) – The Arab League on Saturday urged US President Barack Obama's administration to prevent American associations from collecting funds to finance Israeli settlement building in annexed east Jerusalem. Mohammed Sobeih, a deputy secretary general in charge of Palestinian affairs, told reporters such funding was being used for "a hostile and illegal act which stands in the way of reaching a peace deal. " Such associations, exempted from taxation, help to finance the building of Israeli settlements in the Old City and other districts of east Jerusalem, according to a report compiled by the Arab League's office in Washington. Sobeih said the report showed some of the funds were being used to seize properties from their Palestinian residents and to expel them, singling out the ultra-nationalist "American Friends of Ateret Cohanim. "
Turkish PM slams Israel as a ’persecutor’
10/17/2009 - Yahoo! News - ANKARA (AFP) – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed Israel as a "persecutor" on Saturday in the latest verbal volley since the Gaza offensive raised tensions between the regional allies. " Turkey has never, in its history, been on the side of persecutors, it has always defended the oppressed," Erdogan said without directly naming Israel in a speech in the central city of Kirsehir. " Turkey has not hostility against any country, but. . . we are against injustice," he said in the televised remarks. Ties between the strategic allies began to sour in January when Turkey strongly condemned Israel's 22-day assault on the Gaza Strip, which was launched to counter rocket attacks by Palestinian militants. Relations took another sharp downturn last week when Ankara excluded the Jewish state from annual joint military exercises, prompting a rebuke from the United States.
Syria asks to delay signing of EU partnership agreement
10/18/2009 - Earth Times - DPA, Damascus - Syria on Sunday asked to postpone the signing of an economic partnership agreement with the European Union, following disputes over provisions covering human-rights and political reform. At a press conference in Damascus, Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah al-Dardari said his country needed "more time to study the. . . agreement," calling the 20-day period he said the EU had proposed for consideration "inadequate. " Syria had been due to sign the agreement, which would pave the way for its full participation in the European Neighbourhood Policy, in Luxembourg on October 26. All other countries along the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean have signed similar agreements with the European Union. Syrian and EU diplomats drafted an agreement in 2004, but negotiations snagged over provisions introduced by the Netherlands making "respect for human rights.
Official: EU can’t effect breakthrough on Israel-Palestinian issue
10/18/2009 - Earth Times - DPA, Tel Aviv - The European Union cannot effect a breakthrough in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, but by offering economic incentives it can make it easier for the sides to come to an understanding, European Commission Vice-President Gunter Verheugen said Sunday. In addition, he told the German Press Agency dpa, internal divisions within the EU on the Israeli-Palestinian issue make it difficult to come up with a unified strategy acceptable to both sides. Acknowledging that many Israelis don't fully trust the EU, Verheugen, European Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry, said that "Europeans must send a clear message that Israel has a right to exist within secure borders. " Once the EU makes this acknowledgement, he said, it would be in a position to be a broker. Verheugen acknowledged that the EU can only offer what he termed "soft power," but the economic advantages the EU can
Popularity of Palestinian President drops against Hamas, poll finds
10/18/2009 - Earth Times - DPA, Ramallah - The popularity of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has declined sharply and he would run neck-and-neck with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh if presidential elections were held now, a poll released Sunday has found. Abbas would receive 16. 8 per cent of the vote, to 16 per cent for Haniyeh, the poll by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre (JMCC) found. Haniyeh was also the politician respondents trusted the most, scoring 14. 2 per cent to Abbas' 12. 1 per cent. In the previous JMCC poll in June, Abbas' rating stood at 17. 8 per cent In addition, a majority of respondents - 55. 6 per cent - said they were "somewhat unsatisfied" or "very unsatisfied" with the way Abbas was performing as president, compared to 39. 4 per cent who said they were "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied. " According to the JMCC, anger at a decision by Abbas' Palestinian Authority (PA) to agree to
'They killed him because he was Palestinian'
Jody McIntyre writing from Yabad, occupied West Bank, Electronic Intifada 10/14/2009
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. Fuad always told me wanted to finish his studies as soon as possible in order to support the family [which includes 11 brothers and sisters]. During the school holidays, Fuad would come to help me with my work building houses. Once he asked me, "Father, you work so hard all the time to give us money and put food on the table -- why do we take it so for granted?"
At home he was always on his computer -- he bought it independently, refusing to allow me to contribute anything to the cost.
Fuad was always keen on looking the part, dressing nicely and playing with his hair. I don’t know if there was a girl he liked. If there was he was too shy to tell us. more.. e-mail
No sympathy from the court
Nurit Peled Elhanan, Ma’an News Agency 10/19/2009
On Wednesday we, members of the Combatants for Peace movement – women of Mahsom Watch, members of the Forum of Bereaved Families for Peace and writer David Grossman – attended a hearing at the High Court of Justice on the matter of the closing, due to lack of evidence, of the investigatory file on the killing of ten-year-old Abir Aramin about three years ago.
The hearing, which had been scheduled for eleven o’clock, and then for nine o’clock, and then for ten o’clock, and then for one o’clock, began at two. Journalists ran to and fro in the corridor:
“Who died?” “A little girl?” “Really?” “Excuse me, sir, did your daughter die?” “Yes.” “Then you are Bassam Aramin?” “No, I am Rami Elhanan.” “Oh, sorry.” “So where’s that Aramin? And who are you?” “We are from Mahsom Watch.” “From what checkpoint?” “What are you doing here? And who are you?” “I am a friend.” “Of those Palestinians?” “Yes.” “How come? How can it be? Can I interview you? Did you too have a daughter who died? Really? When? How? What was her name? And after all that you are on their side?” [Smadar (14), the daughter of Nurit Peled Elhanan and Rami Elhanan, was killed in a suicide bombing on Ben Yehuda Str. on 4 September 1997]
But at the end of the day no Israeli reported on what happened.
Salwa and Bassam Aramin are not Jews and they are not Israelis. They live under a cruel occupation and they have experienced all it has to offer: exile, imprisonment and the killing of their small daughter Abir by a rubber bullet that was allegedly fired from the rifle of a Border Guard soldier who was sitting in an armored jeep and thrust the barrel of his rifle through the opening that was allegedly designed for that purpose and allegedly aimed and fired at the head of the girl who was standing beside her sister at a kiosk, allegedly buying candy during the break between the first class and the second. more.. e-mail
Believing in the nonviolent struggle
19 Oct 2009 - The tactics of Israel seem to promote armed resistance. They refuse to release just one of the 11,000 Palestinian prisoners currently rotting away in Israeli jails, but when an Israeli soldier is taken hostage, they are willing to negotiate. How can I convince the mothers of those martyred and those imprisoned that nonviolent resistance is the way forward? But in my heart, I know that nonviolent resistance is the path to freedom for our nation. From my small village of Bilin, I hope our actions can set an example for others to follow. Ahmed A. Khatib's story as told to The Electronic Intifada contributor Jody McIntyre.
EI video of Olmert protest goes global
19 Oct 2009 - The Electronic Intifada's exclusive footage of the multiple disruptions of former Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's speech in Chicago last week has now been seen by millions all over the world. EI's exclusive video report of this event, posted on YouTube, had 100,000 views and had been reposted or cited as a source by news organizations all over the world.
Book review: Juan Cole's "Engaging the Muslim World"
19 Oct 2009 - In his timely and insightful new book, Engaging the Muslim World , University of Michigan professor Juan Cole debunks prevailing myths and presents a set of compelling policy prescriptions that aim to encourage dialogue and defuse hostilities. However, while he convincingly addresses the questions of knowledge, he leaves issues of power largely unexamined. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad reviews for The Electronic Intifada.
UN body adopts Goldstone report
19 Oct 2009 - UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The 47-member Human Rights Council 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. As expected, the United States threw a protective arm around Israel and voted against the resolution, along with some members of the European Union.