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to shut down Gaza’s main fuel terminal
22 Oct 2009 - U.S. and Israel launched joint drill as world powers try to persuade Iran to curb uranium enrichment.
'Hamas holding intensive negotiations over Shalit'
22 Oct 2009 - Senior Hamas official quoted by Israel Radio as saying negotiators studying remaining issues.
IDF planes strike Gaza in response to Qassam attack
22 Oct 2009 - No reports of casualties in bombings at arms depot and smuggling tunnels.
Egypt airline: Hijacker tries to divert Cairo-bound plane to Jerusalem
22 Oct 2009 - Security officials say Sudanese man used knife from in-flight meal to threaten crew members.
Clinton: Iran must quickly implement uranium deal
22 Oct 2009 - Iran negotiators voice support for deal under which Iran's uranium will be processed abroad.
International rights group: Hamas must probe attacks on Israeli civilians
22 Oct 2009 - Israel considers pressing war crimes charges against Hamas in international court.
Eyeing Iran, Israel tests missile defenses with U.S.
22 Oct 2009 - The two-week biennial drill will include a simulation of an Iranian missile attack on Israel.
Senior Shin Bet official: Hamas completely lost Gaza war
22 Oct 2009 - New report argues group's battle doctrine was proved hollow and failed to cause any real damage to Israel.
Major U.S.-Israel defense drill to highlight military alliance
22 Oct 2009 - Exercises will test technology that could be used to defend Israel against possible Iranian attack.
U.S. officer: If Israel strikes Iran, U.S. will likely join
22 Oct 2009 - Former top-ranking U.S. Air Force officer cautions: I don't think Israel can do it alone.
Top IDF officer warns: Settlers' radical fringe growing
22 Oct 2009 - Over the past two years, the defense establishment has taken a harder line against unruly settlers.
Israel worried Fatah may resume suicide attacks
22 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
22 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
22 Oct 2009 - The Samouni family says Richard Goldstone has finally lent the Gaza offensive victims a voice.
Why Israel failed in the Gaza war
22 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?
22 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
22 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
22 Oct 2009 - State-run news agency reports 32 suspected militants detained in raids across eight provinces.
Book review: Shlomo Sand's "The Invention of the Jewish People"
Gaza, October 21, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Dusty sacks filled with cans of Coca Cola were being loaded onto trucks by young boys, headed for supermarkets in Gaza City. Thousands of motorcycles were lined up on display in a nearby stadium, ranging...
Goldstone Rejects Israel's Protests
USA, October 21, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - UN human rights investigator Richard Goldstone has rejected Israel's claim that the peace process would be harmed by his report on the offensive in Gaza.
Norman Finkelstein, British MPs to discuss future of Palestinian Refugees
London, October 20, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - As the preparations of The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) for the International Conference, UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees; continue, more interest from people is being showed. PRC has received tens of requests from people to join...
Puppets on Road to Jerusalem
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.
22 Oct 2009 - Iran angrily denies Israeli media assertions that senior nuclear officials from the two countries held confidential talks last month.
Egypt records sharp rise in divorce rate
22 Oct 2009 - Growing numbers of young Egyptian couples are turning to marriage counsellors amid a sharp rise in divorce rates.
Gaza casts dark shadow over annual summit
22 Oct 2009 - The Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue was diminished by notable boycotts this year but there were still messages of hope.
US in fresh bid on Palestine stalemate
21 Oct 2009 - Washington's UN ambassador holds talks with senior Israeli officials in the latest bid to end a months-long deadlock.
Parody of Palestinian anthem an internet hit
21 Oct 2009 - Satirical version criticises leadership and even Palestinians critical of the song admit that it reflects the popular mood.
Egypt to vaccinate Haj pilgrims against swine flu
21 Oct 2009 - The country will vaccinate citizens making the pilgrimage to Mecca against H1N1, Egypt's health minister says.
22 Oct 2009 - Gaza war crimes report author says US must justify claims his findings are flawed.
Iran denies 'secret Israel talks'
22 Oct 2009 - Newspaper says officials met in Egyptian capital to disucss nuclear-free Middle East.
Israel 'must be serious on peace'
22 Oct 2009 - US ambassador says Israel must decide whether it will pay 'only lip service' to talks.
Draft deal agreed on Iran uranium
21 Oct 2009 - Four powers to consider plan which could see Iran ship nuclear material abroad.
22 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian farming village of Wadi Fukin (population 1,200) borders the Green Line 12 km from Bethlehem. The village’s inhabitants practice a 2,000-year-old form of agriculture dependent on a system of terraces and wells that feed...
Report: Israel’s Policy of Detention Without Trial is Illegal
21 Oct 2009 - 335 Palestinians still being held without trial, 29 of them from 2-5 years continuously In a new report HaMoked and B'Tselem are publishing today (Wednesday, 14.10.09), the organizations severely criticize Israel’s detention of Palestinians without trial....
22 Oct 2009 - Al Ma’sara – To mark three years of popular resistance in southern Bethlehem’s Al Ma'sara and Umm Salamuna villages, the Popular Committee against the Wall and settlements in Al Ma'sara village is hosting an anniversary march today. Beginning at 1:00 pm the demonstration will leave from the center of Al Ma’sara Village and move to the site of the Wall built on...
Human rights organization issues weekly report on Israeli violations in West Bank, E Jerusalem, Gaza
22 Oct 2009 - PNN - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights conducted field research into incidents of Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights for the reporting period of 15 – 21 October. The results of the investigations follow.PCHR - Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Continue to Impose a Total Blockade on...
PCHR release English version of â€˜Targeted Civilians: a report on the Israeli attacks in Gaza
22 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) has just released the English-language version of ‘Targeted Civilians: A PCHR Report on the Israeli Military Offensive against the Gaza Strip (27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009)’. This report comprehensively documents the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, in which more than 1,400 Palestinians were killed, and over 5,300 injured. The overwhelming majority of...
Independent Commission for Citizens' Rights shut down in Gaza
22 Oct 2009 - Gaza / PNN - The Interior Ministry in the Gaza Strip has reportedly closed down the Independent Commission for Citizens Rights, a decision that some say is due to Hamas’ disinterest in having anyone witness or report the government’s repression of freedoms. However, the Ministry denied this afternoon issuing a decision to close the human rights organization. Program Director for the Independent Commission,...
After Israelis deny him entry to Gaza, French Foreign Minister invited to visit via Rafah
22 Oct 2009 - Gaza / PNN – French Foreign Minister co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières, Bernard Kouchner cancelled his trip after the Israeli administration refused to allow him to enter the Gaza Strip after his planned visit to Tel Aviv. Chairman of the Popular Committee against the Siege on Gaza and Palestinian Legislative Council member, Jamal Al Khudari is calling on the good doctor to come...
Barakeh: I am certain in advance that an Israeli investigation will come up with results they want
21 Oct 2009 - Nablus / PNN - Mohammad Barakeh, Chairman of the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality in the Knesset, said that any inquiry or examination set up by the Israeli government to investigate its own army is illegitimate. Speaking of the major attacks of late December and January, Barakeh said that by forming a committee to investigate war crimes committed by its army in...
Soldiers temporarily dismissed for suspicion of starting cars on fire in Hebron
21 Oct 2009 - Nablus / Amin Abu Wardeh – Recently B’Tselem, the Israeli organization working for Palestinian human rights, documented several cases of vandalism. The focus was on the southern Mount Hebron area where Israeli soldiers blocked in the cars, broke windows and started fires. Eight Palestinian cars were targeted. The cars were left by workers attempting to enter the Green Line without Israeli permits.B’Tselem called...
22 Oct 2009 - Despite Clinton report citing scant US progress on ME peace, US special envoy says its too early to declare collapse of talks in region.
ADL blasts Madrid for excluding Ariel U. from solar competition
22 Oct 2009 - Spanish Foreign Ministry: Decision based on "position of international community" on Israeli settlements.
'Iran may gain enrichment legitimacy'
22 Oct 2009 - In 1st high-level Israeli statement on draft nuclear deal, defense minister voices dissatisfaction.
J'lem: Send Iranian smuggling case to UN
22 Oct 2009 - Berlin steps up investigation of ship seized earlier this month carrying ammunition for Syria, Hizbullah.
Livni sends support letter to JStreet
22 Oct 2009 - Kadima to send three senior members to conference that Israel's ambassador to the US already snubbed.
Indyk: Livni told PA to reject offer
22 Oct 2009 - Former FM denies ex-US envoy's claims that she warned Palestinians not to accept Olmert's proposal.
IDF must allow Palestinians to use 'Israelis only' road
22 Oct 2009 - ACRI: Israel discriminates by maintaining separate legal systems for Palestinians and Jewish settlers.
From Kaifeng to kibbutzim
22 Oct 2009 - 7 descendants of China's Jewish community arrive in Israel.
'Israelis, Iranians discussed nukes'
22 Oct 2009 - Iran official denies reports representatives asked questions during "closed door" talks in Cairo.
CAIRO Thursday, October 22, 2009 (IRIN) - The Egyptian ministries of health and education have ordered all schools in Cairo to halve the number of children in each class to mitigate the possible spread of H1N1 influenza - no small challenge in this overcrowded city of 20 million.
ISRAEL: 1,200 children face deportation
TEL AVIV Thursday, October 22, 2009 (IRIN) - Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai has said he will not grant legal status to some 1,200 children of migrant workers, triggering an anti-deportation campaign led by several NGOs.
In Brief: Travel restrictions hit Gaza students
TEL AVIV Thursday, October 22, 2009 (IRIN) - Some 838 students formally offered places and/or enrolled at foreign universities are unable to leave Gaza, according to the Palestinian interior ministry and Gisha, an NGO campaigning for freedom of movement.
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-US: Pro-Israel Group's Money Trail Veers Hard Right
WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (IPS) - StandWithUs - an "organization that ensures that Israel's side of the story is told" - has become increasingly aggressive in challenging the "pro-Israel" credentials of moderate Jewish-American groups, going so far as to suggest that receiving money from Arab donors and supporters of Human Rights...
22 Oct 2009 - n Monday 19 October 2009, a court hearing at Salem military court, in the Northern West Bank, extended Mohammad Othman’s detention period for another 11 days, failing once again to provide any evidence justifying Mohammad’s arrest. Read more about the conditions of detention and interrogation methods used against Mohammad. [
22 Oct 2009 - More than 150 people attended the weekly demo against the Apartheid Wall. Protestors held signs with the names of the five Nil’in prisoners, and others called for the freedom of the 11,000 other Palestinians held in Israeli jails. Youth marched with their hands tied, imitating the means soldiers use when they arrest Palestinians. Soldiers constantly tried to capture protestors, and jeep mounted launchers showered the area with gas. Soldiers also targeted medical teams, firing tear gas directly at them. [
information on boycott, divestment and sanctions
10/22/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 19 October 2009 - The farmers from Salim, a village located north east of Nablus and close to the illegal Israeli settlement Elon Moreh, faced numerous problems throughout this year's olive harvest. The army prevented them on several occasions from accessing a substantial amount of farmland lying behind the gates of the settler-only road, issued Closed Military Zone orders and threatened the farmers with imposing fines of up to 6,000 shekels if they invite international volunteers to accompany them to the olive groves. Ten years ago, an Israeli-only road (557) was built between the settlements of Elon Moreh and Itamar, drawn through the Salim fields, cutting off land belonging to 150 families from the village. During the first and second intifada, Salim farmers were shot at while trying to access their fields.
A generation traumatized
10/23/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Rami Almeghari, Electronic Intifada, 21 October 2009 - Like many other children in the region, 10-year-old Hiba Hammad from the northern Gaza Strip witnessed atrocities by the Israeli army against the population of Gaza during its assault on the coastal strip last winter. Hiba's smiled returned only after four months of intensive psychological therapy at the Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution. "Thank God that Hiba returned back to normal after we almost lost hope of her recovering. Right after the war, Hiba kept silent, isolated, fearful of everything around her, especially strangers. But now she is getting much better as she scored 91 percent in the final exams of her school year. Moreover, she now smiles, socializes and even jokes, thank God," said Hiba's sister Ettaf, who lost her husband during the attacks.
Mitchell: Effort to revive Mideast talks hasn't failed
22 Oct 2009 - United States President Obama's Mideast envoy George Mitchell said ...
UNICEF to expand activities, open active office in Israel
22 Oct 2009 - The United Nations Children's Fund intends to expand its activities in Israel and to open an active office here. The organization has said it expects to play a prominent public and legal role in the country in the field of child welfare. Against the backdrop of the government's plan to deport children of illegal foreign workers, UNICEF also expects to intervene on behalf of children in distress who arrived as refugees and infiltrated into the country, and to provide treatment to Israeli children in areas of military conflict. ...
Solona to Haaretz: New rules of war needed for age of terror
22 Oct 2009 - For exactly 10 years Javier Solana has represented the "international face" of Europe; 10 years in which he has closely followed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with all its turns and crises; a decade in which, to a great extent he was the answer to the famous question of Henry Kissinger: "Who should I call when I want to talk to Europe?" ...
EU official: Israel out of loop on Iran talks
22 Oct 2009 - A senior European Union official told Israeli officials this week that Israel is not privy to the details of the exchanges between Iran and the Western countries regarding its nuclear program. "You do not understand the extent to which you are not in the picture. You do not know how much you do not know and what is happening in Iran," he said. ...
Analysis / Will Iran nuke deal bury chances of Israeli attack?
22 Oct 2009 - It's no surprise the agreement emerging between Iran and the international community is being greeted in Jerusalem with a grain of salt. It is not easy to be weaned off 15 years of suspicions. Not only does Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not inspire much confidence, the entire Iranian regime has earned a reputation of deceptiveness. It will take a long time for Israel's intelligence community and decision makers to accept an assessment that in Vienna, the Jewish state was saved. ...
22 Oct 2009 - If Tehran tries to renegotiate the draft nuclear deal agreed in Vienna on Wednesday , it could all fall apart. But before we list the pitfalls that lie ahead, it is worth contrasting where we are today...
More on the J Street dinner | Michael Tomasky
22 Oct 2009 - I did a video recently about New York senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand pulling out of a big fundraising event for J Street, the Jewish lobbying outfit that's trying to be the liberal answer to...
Israel is in denial over Turkish rage | Simon Tisdall
22 Oct 2009 - Turkey was shocked by Goldstone's report on the Gaza conflict, but Israel is seeking other explanations for deteriorating ties The apparent inability of Israeli leaders to see their actions as others see them that is to...
The rewards of talking to Iran | Abbas Barzegar
22 Oct 2009 - The Iran nuclear talks may be progressing slowly, but they confirm that the best way to deal with Islamists is engagement Despite the diplomatic grandstanding over Iran's nuclear programme, the latest round of the P5+1 talks...
Roy Greenslade: Award for Amira Hass, the brave reporter of Gaza
22 Oct 2009 - Amira Hass has received the International Women's Media Foundation 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for her remarkable bravery in being an Israeli citizen who lives and reports from Gaza. She is a regular columnist with Israel's Ha'aretz...
The liberal Jewish challenge | Antony Lerman
22 Oct 2009 - Can the liberal Jewish lobby group J Street become as effective a political force as the hardline Zionist right? President Obama's Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, may be shuttling back and forth, but right now there...
Lost picture show: the Palestinian Film Archive
21 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian Film Archive was born in 1976 and destroyed just six years later. Sarah Wood went in search of the missing artists and their work I am an artist who works with found footage, making...
Palestinians send Blair a wake-up call | Seth Freedman
21 Oct 2009 - In Hebron, the Quartet's man has had his equivalent of Bush's shoe-throwing assault: it's an unmissable signal of a loss of faith During his visit to a mosque in Hebron, Tony Blair found himself on the...
Israel's missed opportunity | Richard Goldstone
21 Oct 2009 - My mission was determined to investigate war crimes in Gaza fairly. The Israeli government was wrong to shut us out Five weeks after the release of the report of the fact-finding mission on Gaza , there has...
A war crime whitewash | Michael Lerner
21 Oct 2009 - The global choir of ethical cretins who condemn Goldstone's Gaza report do Israel no favours I recently met a leading representative of the foreign ministry of Israel who acknowledged to me "off the record" that Israel...
22 Oct 2009 - The defense establishment confirmed that in recent weeks West Bank settlers have been making a noticeable effort to expedite construction, in an attempt to maximize the "facts on the ground" before the United States and Israel reach an agreement on a settlement freeze. ...
Will arrest of key rightist further inflame settler extremism?
22 Oct 2009 - Ariel Gruner is a familiar sight to all the judges, lawyers and Shin Bet security service agents who deal with cases involving suspected right-wing extremists: Anytime someone is brought to court for right-wing activity, Gruner is there too - to counsel the detainees on their rights, arrange money for bail, or find host families for those put under house arrest. ...
Court: Allow Palestinian movement on West Bank road
22 Oct 2009 - Israel's Supreme Court ruled Thursday against military regulations prohibiting Palestinian motorists from using a West Bank road, but stopped short of banning a widespread security measure that has drawn charges of discrimination. ...
Four suspected of stealing 35 tons of meat from Holon warehouse
22 Oct 2009 - Police arrested Thursday four people on suspicion of stealing more than 35 tons of meat, worth millions of shekels, from a warehouse in Holon. ...
Chinese Jewish descendants start a new life in Israel
22 Oct 2009 - Seven Chinese people with Jewish roots landed at Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday to start a new life in Israel, becoming the largest such group to ever arrive here. ...
22 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
OPT: Protection of civilians weekly report, 14 - 20 Oct 2009
22 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Mercy news and year 2008 annual report - Nov 2009
22 Oct 2009 - Source: Mercy-USA for Aid and Development
High Court orders opening of road closed to Palestinian travel for eight years
22 Oct 2009 - Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
OPT: Targeted civilians - APCHR report on Israeli military offensive against the Gaza strip (27 December 2008 - 18 January 2009)
22 Oct 2009 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Ordinary people throughout world want human rights of Universal Declaration 'translated into reality', UN High Commissioner tells Third Committee
22 Oct 2009 - Source: UN General Assembly
22 Oct 2009 - Grand jury indictment follows Monday's arrest of Stewart D. Nozette on suspicion he tried to provide Israel with classified information on satellites and early warning defense systems
White House urges Israel, Palestinians to resume negotiations
22 Oct 2009 - US urges end of settlement activity, prevention of terror following meeting between Secretary of State Clinton, Obama on stalled Mideast peace talks. Washington source says negotiations still far from resuming. US Mideast envoy Mitchell to hold additional visit to region
Livnat apologizes to evacuees for backing Gaza pullout
22 Oct 2009 - Likud minister tells former Gush Katif residents government must apply affirmative action to improve their situation
Hamas claim Druze prisoners released as part of Shalit video deal
22 Oct 2009 - A week after Israel released two Druze security prisoners as part of a 'goodwill gesture' from the chief of staff to the Druze sector, Hamas official claims men were on list of prisoners it asked to release as part of Gilad Shalit videotape deal
Barak: Deal will legitimize Iran's uranium enrichment
22 Oct 2009 - At presidential conference in Jerusalem, defense minister says Iranian uranium enrichment 'must be stopped altogether.' Livni: Establishment of Palestinian state only way of preserving Israel's Jewish character
Goldstone challenges US to spell out Gaza report flaws
22 Oct 2009 - South African judge who authored report accusing Israel, Hamas of committing war crimes tell al-Jazeera, 'I have no doubt overwhelming majority of critics have not read report'
Assad: Israel must choose between occupation, peace
22 Oct 2009 - In joint press conference with visiting Finnish counterpart, Syrian president says supports peace process based on 'land-for-peace' principle,' faults Obama Administration for failing to follow up its stated goal of Mideast peace with action. 'Until now, we have only heard headlines,' he says
22 Oct 2009
US envoy to UN pays quiet visit to West Bank
22 Oct 2009
Turkey censors television series after row with Israel
22 Oct 2009
EU donates to Lebanon $64m to improve human rights
22 Oct 2009
Lebanon's roads rival Israeli threat
22 Oct 2009
23 Oct 2009 - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) established at dawn Thursday several military checkpoints in different areas in the occupied Palestinian governorates of Jenin and Tubas.
Abu Marzouk: The reconciliation did not collapse and we wait to go to Cairo
23 Oct 2009 - Dr. Moussa Abu Marzouk stated that the reconciliation did not collapse despite the clamor raised in this regard, noting that his Movement is waiting for an invitation from Egypt to go to Cairo.
Khudari invites Kouchner to visit Gaza via Rafah crossing
23 Oct 2009 - Independent MP Jamal Al-Khudari invited French external affairs minister Bernard Kouchner to visit Gaza via the Rafah crossing after Israel refused to allow him access through the Erez crossing.
Hamas: We are keen on reconciliation, but the problem in the Egyptian paper
23 Oct 2009 - Hamas reiterated that it is keen on ending the division and committed to the understanding reached with Cairo, but the problem lies in the amendments made to the Egyptian reconciliation paper.
Masri: Kouchner's insistence to visit Gaza step in the right direction
23 Oct 2009 - Hamas MP Mushir Al-Masri has described the insistence of French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner to visit the besieged Gaza Strip as a "step in the right direction" in dealing with Hamas.
Rezqa: Hamas not afraid of elections but concerned with forgery
23 Oct 2009 - Dr. Yousef Rezqa, the informational advisor to PA premier Ismail Haneyya in Gaza, has said that Hamas Movement was not afraid of holding elections but rather is concerned that they might be forged.
Hamas: Student blocs at Al-Najah university boycott elections, Fatah pressures
23 Oct 2009 - Hamas stated that many student blocs of Palestinian factions were exposed to blackmail and pressures by Fatah to dissuade them from boycotting the elections at the university of Al-Najah.
Israeli warplanes blast Gaza tunnels, workshop
23 Oct 2009 - Israeli warplanes blasted tunnels along the Palestinian borders with Egypt in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, and a metal workshop in Jabalia to the north of the Strip at dawn Thursday.
Hamas: IOA statements meant to evade responsibility
23 Oct 2009 - Hamas described statements by Israeli occupation authority (IOA) officials demanding trial of Hamas leaders and cadres for committing war crimes as a kind of "absurdity".
Criminals shouldn’t be allowed to investigate themselves
23 Oct 2009 - In its rabid efforts to whitewash the Goldstone report, Israel is likely to carry out another disingenuous probe into its genocidal onslaught against the Gaza Strip
22 Oct 2009 - Regional security concerns and diplomacy clear a path to a multinational agreement in which Tehran would transfer its nuclear material abroad to be processed for medical purposes. Deft diplomacy and regional security woes are driving Tehran and Washington toward a deal on Iran's nuclear program, experts say, illustrated by movement Wednesday in talks to transfer most of the Islamic Republic's fissile material abroad to be processed for medical uses.
Alternative Information Center - 22 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian farming village of Wadi Fukin (population 1,200) borders the Green Line 12 km from Bethlehem. The village’s inhabitants practice a 2,000-year-old form of agriculture dependent on a system of terraces and wells that feed from rainwater and a unique local aquifer, making extensive irrigation...
Report: Israel’s Policy of Detention Without Trial is Illegal
Alternative Information Center - 21 Oct 2009 - 335 Palestinians still being held without trial, 29 of them from 2-5 years continuously In a new report HaMoked and B'Tselem are publishing today (Wednesday, 14.10.09), the organizations severely criticize Israel’s detention of Palestinians without trial. The report states that the policy of extensive detentions breaches...
Whatever happened to the war for oil?
Mondoweiss - 22 Oct 2009 - Critics of the Iraq war who claimed that it was a war for Israel, engineered by the neocons in the Bush administration and promoted by their allies in the media, were routinely disparaged by the well known pundits of the US Left and the leading organizations...
In boycotting J Street, Oren’s role model is Soviet Union
Mondoweiss - 22 Oct 2009 - The great Gideon Levy in Haaretz : The J Street case is a particularly serious example. This Jewish organization rose in America along with Barack Obama. Its members want a fair and peace-seeking Israel. That’s their sin, and their punishment is a boycott. …After criticizing Israeli columnists,...
Your Israel lobby at work
Mondoweiss - 22 Oct 2009 - Derfner in the JPost , "Die, J Street, Die!" In public, Binyamin Netanyahu has credited the welfare cuts he made as finance minister for helping bring down the Israeli Arab birthrate. Avigdor Lieberman has threatened to bomb the Aswan Dam, wished death on Arab MKs and run...
Only in Haaretz: ‘We need to cultivate hatred of the Arabs’
Mondoweiss - 22 Oct 2009 - "The violent energy that nourishes us exists everywhere. We have a violent discourse that comes from a need to cultivate hatred of the Arabs. Let’s admit it: we have apartheid here. We ar" That is the last paragraph or what appears to be the last paragraph...
838 Gaza students are barred from study– and the NYT publishes tunnel capers
Mondoweiss - 22 Oct 2009 - From Gisha : Once again, following the start of the academic year at many institutions of higher education around the world, some 838 Palestinian students are still waiting to leave Gaza to study abroad.The students cannot leave due to the Israeli-imposed closure of the Gaza Strip and...
A generation traumatized
Rami Almeghari writing from the occupied Gaza Strip, Electronic Intifada 10/21/2009
Like many other children in the region, 10-year-old Hiba Hammad from the northern Gaza Strip witnessed atrocities by the Israeli army against the population of Gaza during its assault on the coastal strip last winter.
Hiba’s smiled returned only after four months of intensive psychological therapy at the Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution.
"Thank God that Hiba returned back to normal after we almost lost hope of her recovering. Right after the war, Hiba kept silent, isolated, fearful of everything around her, especially strangers. But now she is getting much better as she scored 91 percent in the final exams of her school year. Moreover, she now smiles, socializes and even jokes, thank God," said Hiba’s sister Ettaf, who lost her husband during the attacks.
Wearing a red dress, Hiba sat opposite to her therapist, Haniya Balousha, at the center. It was her first visit there since her treatment was completed four months ago. On that day, Hiba received gifts to celebrate the end of her treatment and her recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Hiba described her trauma confidently and with a smile. "I saw on TV children being dragged from under rubble. From the roof of the house, I saw a tank dragging another [child], I also saw my three cousins’ martyred and mutilated bodies."
Hiba merrily responded to her sister’s request that she tell us a joke. Hiba proceeded, "Once someone asked his friend, ’Why is the ambulance parked next to the bakery?’ The friend answered: ’In order to give first aid to the burnt bread.’" more.. e-mail
Finkelstein, Anti-Semitism and the Goldstone report
Kieron Monks, Ma’an News Agency 10/22/2009
What links ex-president Jimmy Carter, British Baroness Jenny Tongue and the University of California? All these (and countless others) have been recently been accused of anti-Semitism, vilified in the press for questioning Israel"™s occupation of Palestine.
It is a reflex action of pro-Israel groups like the Anti-Defamation League to publish personal slander against vocal critics, and no-one has been more systematically targeted than political scientist Norman Finkelstein. We spoke to him about the past, present and future of Anti Semitism as a tactic.
Following the Goldstone report there is pressure on Israel to explain its conduct. As more facts emerge from the Gaza massacre, made available throughout the world by digital media, it becomes harder for apologists to defend Israeli policy. Their reaction to the report was to attack the UN"™s legitimacy, a "œkangaroo court" according to Netanyahu, while foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor blamed a "œcampaign of victimization against Israel" for the findings. Palmor also issued a statement that Israel would block and contain the effects, rather than address any of the substantive charges made against them.
Finkelstein believes Goldstone represents a high-water mark for critics of Israeli policy, particularly in the US. "œToo much is now known about Israel"™s agenda and all over the world people are finding it impossible to reconcile liberal principles with ostensible Zionism. Israel"™s massacres are all over the front pages. They have become prominent in public life. Even Jewish writers in the New York Times are having trouble supporting Israel. The apartheid system is becoming impossible to defend...." more.. e-mail
Book review: Shlomo Sand's "The Invention of the Jewish People"
Electronic Intifada: 22 Oct 2009 - Few recent books have aroused more interest and been more frequently reviewed in the US and Europe prior to the appearance of an English version as historian Shlomo Sand's The Invention of the Jewish People. Raymond Deane reviews for The Electronic Intifada.
StandWithUs money trail reveals neocon funders
Electronic Intifada: 22 Oct 2009 - WASHINGTON (IPS) - StandWithUs -- an "organization that ensures that Israel's side of the story is told" -- has become increasingly aggressive in challenging the "pro-Israel" credentials of moderate Jewish-American groups, going so far as to suggest that receiving money from Arab donors and supporters of Human Rights Watch undermines a group's commitment to Israel and peace.
Time for a democratic discourse
Electronic Intifada: 22 Oct 2009 - This weekend, J Street, a new Jewish "Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace" Washington-based public action committee is holding its first national conference. The two of us, along with another artist, were scheduled to perform and read poems at several sessions during the conference. Instead, we have been censored and pushed out of that very debate. Kevin Coval and Josh Healey comment for The Electronic Intifada.
Israeli intelligence pose as Arabs to spy on citizens
Electronic Intifada: 21 Oct 2009 - Civil rights groups in Israel have expressed outrage at the announcement last week that a special undercover unit of the police has been infiltrating and collecting intelligence on Israel's Palestinian Arab minority by disguising its officers as Arabs. Jonathan Cook reports.