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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
28 October, 2009

News

International Middle East Media Center

Ya’alon: “To Ensure The Army’s Freedom To Act, I Will Not Travel To Europe”
IMEMC 28 Oct 2009 - Israeli Vice Prime Minister, Moshe Ya’alon, had to cancel a trip to Europe due to fears that he would be apprehended for committing war crimes against the Palestinians during his service as the Israeli Army Chief of Staff. 

European Human Rights Lawyers to sue Israeli officers for war crimes
IMEMC 28 Oct 2009 - A number of European lawyers and human rights activities stated that they obtained names of Israeli army officers suspected of committing war crimes during the war against the Gaza Strip earlier this year. 

Israeli police attack a Palestinian protest near Jerusalem’s old city
IMEMC 28 Oct 2009 - Israeli police officers dismantled on Wednesday evening a protest tent step by a Palestinian family near Jerusalem’s old city.

Egypt allows Palestinian patients to get back into Gaza
IMEMC 28 Oct 2009 - The Egyptian authorities allowed on Wednesday a number of Palestinian patients to get back into the Gaza Strip after receiving treatment in Egypt.

The Israeli military kidnaps 17 Palestinian civilians from deferent part of the West Bank
IMEMC 28 Oct 2009 - 17 Palestinian civilians were kidnapped on Wednesday by the Israeli military during attacks targeting a number of West Bank communities.

Sabeel Organizes Christian-Muslim Conference In Bethlehem To Counter Christian Zionism
IMEMC 28 Oct 2009 - The Sabeel ecumenical grassroots liberation theology movement is organizing a conference in Beit Sahour city, near Bethlehem, bringing together Muslim and Christian intellectuals to discuss Christian Zionism, an issue of concern to many Palestinians, including Palestinian Christians. 

Ha'aretz Defense page

Barak: Soldiers' political protest harms IDF, Israel
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Defense Minister warns of perils of IDF soldiers protesting settler evacuations within confines of the army. 

Trial of suspected Hezbollah cell resumes in Egypt
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - 26 men are accused of planning attacks against tourists and the Suez Canal and possessing explosives. 

Lebanon army dismantles 4 rockets aimed at Israel
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Rockets ready for launching were discovered Wednesday; Katyusha struck northern Israel on Tuesday. 

Aluf Benn / Who decided to go to war in Gaza and why?
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Did the cabinet consider that hundreds of Palestinian civilians would be killed during Operation Cast Lead? 

VIDEO / Settlers clash with Palestinian 'security threat' olive growers
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Settlers reportedly uproot dozens of Palestinian olive trees; IDF lets settlers protest inside Palestinian village. 

IDF Chief: Israeli inquiry into Gaza war proper response to Goldstone
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Gabi Ashkenazi said Israel can't let anyone control its future, in his first visit to Germany as Chief of Staff. 

Peres: Unlike Hamas, Israel protects its children
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - President tells schoolchildren that Israel doing everything possible to bring Gilad Shalit back home. 

Israel to set up team to review Gaza war probe
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Netanyahu stresses that team will recommend course of action, IDF troops won't be investigated. 

Hamas: War will settle Jerusalem dispute, not talks
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Jordan to Israel: Temple Mount violence derails peace efforts; Arab MK: Israel letting extremists desecrate Al-Aqsa. 

IDF troops who waved pro-settler banner expelled from brigade
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Offending troops also given 20 days in military prison after holding banner at IDF swearing-in ceremony. 

Israel Police battle Arab rioters on Temple Mount; PA official arrested
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Abbas aide among 15 arrested by Jerusalem police in fresh unrest; three cops wounded. 

Palestinian woman stabs Israeli guard at West Bank checkpoint
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Guard taken to hospital in moderate condition; Jerusalem police detain 21-year-old assailant for questioning. 

IDF soldier hospitalized after beating by officer
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Golani platoon commander caused soldier internal bleeding; officer dismissed from post. 

Is Taliban helping Gaza militants make deadlier roadside bombs?
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - IDF tests find that bombs deployed on security fence are similar to those used against U.S. in Afghanistan, Iraq. 

'Netanyahu didn't mean he backed Israel probe of Gaza war'
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - PM's bureau issues statement to clarify comments Netanyahu made in interview with Washington Post. 

Ministers to discuss bill to give IDF vets more benefits
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Benefits would include money towards education and a discount on mortgage of first apartment. 

IDF threatens to dismiss 'disgraceful' pro-settler troops
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Group of Kfir Brigade soldiers waved anti-disengagement placards during graduation march in Jerusalem. 

Palestinian leaders urge Gaza militants to kidnap more IDF troops
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Hamas says release of two Syrian Druze prisoners from Israeli prison last week was part of Shalit film deal. 

U.S.: IDF defense drill helping craft Europe missile shield
Ha'aretz 28 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'
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Senior Hamas official quoted by Israel Radio as saying negotiators studying remaining issues. 

Uruknet

[uruknet.info] The Gaza Chronicles: Part 1- "The Forgotten Story"
Uruknet October 28, 2009 - The situation on the ground in Gaza has continued to deteriorate since January. One of the most densely populated areas in the world, this small coastal strip is home to a million and a half Palestinians, many of them refugees for over 60 years. It is now the worst condition it's been in since 1967 when...

[uruknet.info] Zionist Claims of Solidarity with the Iranian Protesters are Absurd
Uruknet On October 27, the Canada-Israel Committee (CIC) held a conference titled "Democracy in Action: The Protests in Iran" in Ottawa. The purpose, according to the CIC website, was to "mobilize political action against the human rights abuses of the Iranian regime and its nuclear agenda."... Indeed, the CIC's seeming support of Iranian resistance against oppression and condemnation of the Islamic...

[uruknet.info] Syria ready to resume talks with Israel: president
Uruknet October 28, 2009 - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said here Wednesday that his country was ready to resume suspended talks with Israel and called on European nations to help in the process. "As far as it concerns us in Syria we have national support to continue talks with Israel," Assad said. "However, there is a condition that on the Israeli...

[uruknet.info] Free Mohammad Othman, Part 2
Uruknet October 28, 2009 - Mohammad Othman, the Palestinian Stop the Wall and Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions activist, had his detention extended yesterday by an additional 13 days by an Israeli military court. He has so far been held in solitary containment for 37 days, with no charges or evidence brought against him. Othman is one of some 11,000 Palestinian prisoners, currently...

[uruknet.info] Hamas 'bans' January polls in Gaza
Uruknet October 28, 2009 - The Hamas-run interior ministry in the Gaza Strip has ordered Palestinians in the territory not to take part in elections called by Mahmoud Abbas, the West Bank-based president. Abbas issued a decree announcing that presidential and parliamentary polls would take place on January 24, but an interior ministry statement on Wednesday said the elections had been...

[uruknet.info] European Human Rights Lawyers To Sue Israeli Officers For War Crimes
Uruknet October 28, 2009 - A number of European lawyers and human rights activities stated that they obtained names of Israeli army officers suspected of committing war crimes during the war against the Gaza Strip earlier this year. The lawyers said they would be filing lawsuits against the officers for committing war crimes against the Palestinian people. Israeli paper Haaretz said...

[uruknet.info] Israel's European Lobby
Uruknet October 28, 2009 - In their 2006 article "The Israel Lobby," John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt famously assert, "Other special-interest groups have managed to skew foreign policy, but no lobby has managed to divert it as far from what the national interest would suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that US interests and those of the other country - in this...

[uruknet.info] IOF soldiers detain 15 Palestinians, escort settlers in attacks on farmers
Uruknet October 28, 2009 - NABLUS, (PIC)-- Israeli occupation forces (IOF) launched a large-scale arrest campaign in the Nablus district at dawn Wednesday that ended with the detention of 14 Palestinians after breaking into tens of civilian homes. IOF command said that the soldiers detained 15 "wanted activists" in the West Bank including 14 in Nablus and that firebombs were found...

[uruknet.info] Shot after photographing the Gaza sea
Uruknet October 28, 2009 - On 4 October, Ashraf Abu Suleiman, a 16-year-old from Gaza's Jabaliya refugee camp, went to the northwest coast town of Sudaniya to visit an ill school friend. The teen then went to the sea, where he rolled up the legs of his pants, waded into the water and enjoyed the late summer morning. He took some...

[uruknet.info] Defend Canadian Free Speech from Israel's representatives who would criminalize it
Uruknet October 28, 2009 - The Independent Jewish Voices of Canada wrote this petition concerning the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA). The CPCCA is planning hearings and a report to further repress attempts to support Palestinian human rights or criticize Israel. We ask people to please pass this petition on to others... The Harper Government and the Bâ'nai Brith...

[uruknet.info] because of THIS we are anti-semitic?? Jewish voices beg to differ
Uruknet October 28, 2009 - The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA)and Canada's Israel representatives are waging a propaganda and legal battle to silence the expanding number of people and organizations who support Palestinian rights or are critical of Israel for its illegal occupation, invasions and siege of Palestine. The CPCCA is joining the Conservative government, the B'nai Brith, and...

[uruknet.info] Jerusalem: Israeli forces raid evicted family's tent
Uruknet October 28, 2009 - Israeli police raided and dismantled on Wednesday a sidewalk tent set up by a Palestinian family evicted by Israeli orders from their East Jerusalem home in August. According to local sources, police and employees of the Israeli-controlled Jerusalem Municipality confiscated the contents of the tent, including sheets, kitchenware, and a television set. Only four members of...

Palestine Telegraph

Pal Telegraph Photographer Wins Award
Gaza, October 29, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Ibda' Association held a festival to honor the winners of the "disaster and the tournament" photo contest at Rashad Shawa Center in Gaza City.

Ban Ki-Moon: Jerusalem Must Be Capital of Both Israel and Palestine
New York, October 29, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Jerusalem must be the capital of two States - Israel and Palestine - living side-by-side in peace and security, with arrangements for the holy sites acceptable to all, if peace in the Middle East...

Hamas Bans January Elections in Gaza
Gaza, October 28, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - The Hamas-run interior ministry in the Gaza Strip has ordered Palestinians in the territory not to take part in elections called by Mahmoud Abbas, the West Bank-based president.

Humanitarian Crisis Escalates: Gaza Water in crisis
Gaza, October 28, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Gaza's aquifer and only natural freshwater source is "in danger of collapse," the UN is warning. Engineers have long been battling to keep the densely populated strip's water and sewage system limping along.

UN Calls on Israel to Halt Palestinian Home Demolitions
USA, October 28, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - The United Nations today called on Israel to immediately halt forced evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, warning that as many as 60,000 people there may be at risk of forced evictions,...

The National

US threatened' by Iran's relationship with Latin America 
The National 28 Oct 2009 - The western diplomatic, military and trade expansion helps Tehran to blunt the effect of sanctions.

Israelis cut water supply to a trickle
The National 28 Oct 2009 - An Amnesty report says Israel discriminates against the Palestinian population by maintaining full control over shared supplies.

Iran nuclear deal may be undermined by changes 
The National 28 Oct 2009 - The extent of Tehran's requested modifications' to the deal could have far-reaching and potentially destabilising ramifications for the region and beyond. 

Hamas bans vote in Gaza
The National 28 Oct 2009 - Hamas declares it will not allow elections in the Gaza Strip early next year, further ratcheting tensions between the Islamist movement and Fatah.

Hamas threatens to ban Gaza elections
The National 28 Oct 2009 - The group says it will ban the organisation of elections after Abbas calls for a poll in the Palestinian territories.

EU lawyers join drive to indict Israeli officers
The National 27 Oct 2009 - Israeli military officers who took part in Israel's incursion of the Gaza Strip last winter may need to think twice before travelling to Europe.

Israel rejects calls to stop spying
The National 27 Oct 2009 - The UN Security Council was expected to discuss a report on efforts to disarm all of Lebanon's non-state actors yesterday even as an Israeli representative told UN officials that Israel would continue espionage activities in violation of a UN-monitored ceasefire.

Aljazeera

Israel levels Palestinian homes
AlJazeera 28 Oct 2009 - Israel ignores UN calls to halt destruction of Palestinian properties in east Jerusalem.

Hamas 'bans' January polls in Gaza
AlJazeera 28 Oct 2009 - Interior ministry tells Gazans not to co-operate with elections called by president.

Iran hails Turkey's nuclear support
AlJazeera 27 Oct 2009 - Iranian president thanks Turkish PM as he arrives for bilateral talks. 

Israel 'cutting Palestinian water'
AlJazeera 27 Oct 2009 - Amnesty report says Israel restricting Palestinian access to scarce water supplies.

Alternative Information Center

Amnesty International: Troubled Waters - Palestinians Denied Fair Access to Water 
Alternative Information Center 27 Oct 2009 - Amnesty International has accused Israel of denying Palestinians the right to access adequate water by maintaining total control over the shared water resources and pursuing discriminatory policies. These unreasonably restrict the availability of water in the...

Jerusalem Post

Far from watertight
Jeruslalem Post 28 Oct 2009 - A readiness to hear Israel's side in the water dispute would have enabled a more credible Amnesty report.

US: Israel favorites orthodox sects
Jeruslalem Post 28 Oct 2009 - State Dept. also slams haredi-style pre-marriage counseling mandated by Chief Rabbinate.

J Street student head: We're pro-Israel
Jeruslalem Post 28 Oct 2009 - Board president says, "We care about Israel, its future and the future of the entire Middle East."

Analysis: New fundamentalist movements on the rise in Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 28 Oct 2009 - Salafi groups find support among Hamas militants.

Saudis and Iran in pre-Hajj tensions
Jeruslalem Post 28 Oct 2009 - Iran warns Saudi Arabia against maltreatment of nationals during pilgrimage. [The Media Line]

Hamas bars PA from organizing elections in Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 28 Oct 2009 - Islamist group says Abbas's Central Elections Committee was established in violation of "understandings" reached with Egypt.

'Arms cache in every S. Lebanon village'
Jeruslalem Post 28 Oct 2009 - UNIFIL does good job of patrolling open areas, but dares not enter the villages, says IDF source.

Iran set to respond to UN-drafted plan
Jeruslalem Post 28 Oct 2009 - US House panel votes to approve legislation blocking refined petroleum from reaching Teheran.

Elior Chen interrogated in J'lem
Jeruslalem Post 28 Oct 2009 - Police: There is great satisfaction that we have brought him back to Israel and that he will stand trial.

IRIN

SYRIA: Thousands of Iraqi refugees seek resettlement in West
IRIN DAMASCUS Wednesday, October 28, 2009 (IRIN) - Iraqi refugee Leila Johanna Isho is determined to make this her last year in Syria. “Most of our family is scattered across Europe and I have a cousin in Canada so we don’t mind where we move, but we have to move because...

ISRAEL-OPT: Dry water holes versus green gardens
IRIN SOUTH MOUNT HEBRON/TEL AVIV Tuesday, October 27, 2009 (IRIN) - It's a hot September day in the desert hills of South Mount Hebron in the West Bank, an hour’s drive south of Jerusalem. A small convoy of four water tankers makes its way along an unpaved road to deliver water...

EGYPT: Pig cull hits livelihoods
IRIN CAIRO Monday, October 26, 2009 (IRIN) - The Egyptian government's May 2009 decision to cull the country's entire pig population - ostensibly to stem the spread of H1N1 influenza - has hit the livelihoods of 70,000 former pig farmers and unofficial rubbish collectors and their families in the Cairo area,...

Inter Press Service

POLITICS: NIE Reveals Qom Facility Followed 2007 Bush Threats 
IPS WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (IPS) - The Barack Obama administration claims that construction of a second Iranian uranium enrichment facility at Qom began before Tehran's decision to withdraw from a previous agreement to inform the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in advance of such construction. But the November 2007 U.S. intelligence...

MIDEAST: 'It's the Occupation, Stupid' 
IPS JERUSALEM, Oct 27 (IPS) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finds himself embattled on several fronts as he tries - hitherto unsuccessfully - to ward off the enormous international pressure on Israel unleashed by the Goldstone report for its conduct of the war against Hamas in Gaza earlier this year.

Stop The Wall

http://stopthewall.org/latestnews/2097.shtml
Stop The Wall 28 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. [

Ni’lin demands Palestinian unity
Stop The Wall 28 Oct 2009 - Six people were injured, including one young man who was shot in the jaw with a rubber coated steel bullet, when more than 200 demonstrators attended the weekly demonstration against the Apartheid Wall in Ni’lin yesterday. This week the demonstration was calling for Palestinian unity, and the protestors demanded a stop to all factional rivalry and unification against the occupation. ‘The Palestinian people are one, the Palestinian people all live under occupation and we can only overcome if we stand strong as one! [

PCHR Latest

PCHR Condemns IOF's Raid of al-Aqsa Mosque
PCHR

PCHR Weekly Report

(15- 21 Oct. 2009)
PCHR IOF used force against peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders to protest the construction of the Annexation Wall in the West Bank.

International Solidarity Movement

Settlers and army attack farmers in Qaryut, leaving five wounded
10/28/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 27 October 2009 - At around 8am, on Tuesday 27 October, olive farmers from the village of Qaryut, south of Nablus, were physically assaulted by settlers from the nearby illegal settlement of Shilo. At least two Palestinian children were injured by the settlers, one sustaining an injury to his arm and the second one to his foot. When the Israeli forces arrived, they allowed the settlers to leave the scene, as the soldiers started attacking the Palestinians. One man was hit in the back of his head by a soldier's rifle, only to find himself detained. The Palestinian farmers were ordered to stop picking and return to Qaryut. Shortly afterwards, however, the village was raided by the army. Fearing that their fathers, husbands and sons would be arrested, the local women formed a human chain around them. The Israeli army responded to this non-violent act of resistance by showering the women with pepper-spray and hiting them with their rifles. 

Israeli forces demolish tent of evicted family in Sheikh Jarrah
10/29/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - On Wednesday 28 October, around 50 armed police and border police cordoned off a road in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem and, as ordered by the Jerusalem Municipality, demolished a tent, where the Gawi family has been living since they were forcibly evicted from their home on 2 August 2009. The destruction occurred despite the presence of a delegation of members of the European Parliament led by the Vice President Luisa Morgantini. At 10. 15am, the Israeli forces surrounded the tent where a member of the Gawi family was preparing breakfast holding her two year old daughter. Supported by only a few people who were present in the area at this time, she tried to gather at least some of the family's belongings and verbally protested the violent destruction of their only shelter as the police tore the tent down and confiscated everything that was left. 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

U.S. House committee approves tighter Iran sanctions bill
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - A bill that would tighten U.S. sanctions against the export of refined petroleum products to Iran has been approved overwhelmingly by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives. ...

White House slams Obama's poor standing among Israelis
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - U.S. President Barack Obama has videotaped a message to be shown Saturday night at the annual memorial ceremony for Yitzhak Rabin in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. The message will relate to the murdered prime minister's legacy and the need to advance the peace process. It was prepared in response to a request from Rabin's daughter, Dalia Rabin. ... 

Barak: Peace with Syria is central to regional agreement
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday responded positively to remarks by Syrian President Bashar Assad, who declared that Syria was ready to resume peace talks with Israel, saying that peace with Syria is pivotal in the path toward regional peace. ...

J Street conference: Some successes and some awkward moments
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - If this new lobby wants to become a serious player in Mideast politics, it will have to work much harder. 

UN chief: IAEA inspection of Iran nuke site is a positive step
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed as 'a positive step' Iran's decision to allow UN nuclear inspectors access to a recently disclosed uranium enrichment plant in the Islamic Republic. ...

The Guardian

Letters: Call for NGO review
The Guardian 28 Oct 2009 - We regret that the Guardian hasn't yet covered the important criticism made of Human Rights Watch (HRW) last week by its founder and chairman for 20 years, Robert Bernstein. Bernstein lamented the fact that HRW has...

Driving up J Street | Michelle Goldberg
The Guardian 28 Oct 2009 - The success of J Street's conference is a symptom of the tensions that liberal American Jews feel towards Israel Security guards blocked the doors to several of the panels at J Street's first annual conference this...

Grassroots group aims to break deadlock over Israeli settlements
The Guardian 28 Oct 2009 - One Voice hopes to open debate among Palestinians about land exchange, but finds resistance at West Bank meeting There are few more pressing issues for the Palestinians of Salfit, living deep in the rocky hills of...

The state-first mistake | Ahmad Khalidi
The Guardian 28 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian Authority is intent on a kind of Zionism in reverse. The approach is badly flawed As President Obama seeks to jumpstart the Middle East peace process with increasingly disappointing results, a new approach has...

Ehud Olmert could face war crimes arrest if he visits UK
The Guardian 27 Oct 2009 - Prosecution of Israelis likely, says solicitor Lawyers working on use of universal jurisdiction Ehud Olmert, Israel's prime minister during the Gaza war, would probably face arrest on war crimes charges if he visited Britain, according to...

Turkey leads the Muslim world | Stephen Kinzer
The Guardian 27 Oct 2009 - Ankara has healed relations with and between its neighbours. But it cannot bring itself to be diplomatic with Israel This week's visit to Iran by the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoan, is to be warmly...

The disabled Palestinian standup helping refugees find their funny side
The Guardian 26 Oct 2009 - Maysoon Zayid helps disabled West Bank refugees become standup comics. It's not as crazy as it sounds, she says the saddest stories are often the funniest " I am officially the most oppressed person in the world,"...

Poll | Roadmap or roadblock?
The Guardian 26 Oct 2009 - The new "pro-Israel, pro-peace" lobby J Street is holding its first conference in Washington, but critics accuse it of being hostile to Israel. Is J Street helping or hurting the peace movement?

West Bank land belongs to Jews, says Israeli army judge
The Guardian 26 Oct 2009 - Settlements lawyer reveals core beliefs Peace with Palestinians 'goes against nature' Major Adrian Agassi did not make the connection between the Bible, the land and the Jews when, fresh out of university, he left England for...

Violent clashes in Jerusalem
The Guardian 26 Oct 2009 - 25 October 2009: Violence erupted in Jerusalem between Israeli police and Palestinians in and around the holy site known to Muslims as the al-Haram al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) and Jews as the Temple Mount

Ha'aretz National page

Court accuses government of ignoring settlement construction
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch accused the government yesterday of ignoring illegal settlement construction in one of several barbed remarks that could presage a first High Court of Justice decision ordering the demolition of illegal housing in the West Bank. ... 

Herzog: Israeli leaders' remarks led to Goldstone war crime accusations
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog on Wednesday severely criticized fellow cabinet ministers for making remarks during Israel's offensive in Gaza last winter, which Herzog argues were used by the Goldstone commission to demonstrate that Israel had knowingly planned to commit war crimes. ...

Child abuse suspect Elior Chen in Israel after Brazil extradition
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - Elior Chen, the spiritual leader of a Jerusalem sect suspected of severe child abuse, arrived in Israel on Wednesday after being extradited from Brazil. ...

Palestinians in Ma'aleh Adumim employed by Israel but on Jordanian terms 
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - "Ma'aleh Adumim is a shining pearl in the State of Israel," declares its mayor, Benny Kashriel, on the municipality's Web site. Indeed, Ma'aleh Adumim tries hard to distance itself from its image as a place in the periphery with a bourgeois population, like many other Israeli cities. But the efforts seem to come to a halt when it affects Palestinians working for the municipality. In this matter, Ma'aleh Adumim adheres fanatically to Jordanian law and avoids Israeli labor laws. ... 

Publisher boycotts Steimatzky book chain amid feud 
Ha'aretz 28 Oct 2009 - The Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir publishing house will stop selling books through Steimatzky bookstores starting November 1, it announced Tuesday. ... 

Relief Web

Press conference by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon at UN HQ (28 Oct 2009)  
Relief Web 28 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Secretary-General

Response to Amnesty International's report on Israeli-Palestinian water issues
Relief Web 28 Oct 2009 - Source: Government of Israel

La Troisième Commission achève sur des dissensions son débat sur la promotion et la protection des droits de l'homme
Relief Web 28 Oct 2009 - Source: UN General Assembly

UNDP human development initiatives in the Arab World
Relief Web 28 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Development Programme

OPT: Presidency statement on evictions and house demolitions in East Jerusalem
Relief Web 28 Oct 2009 - Source: European Union

Conférence de presse de M. Philip Alston, rapporteur spécial sur les exécutions extrajudiciaires, sommaires ou arbitraires
Relief Web 28 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Department of Public Information

YNet News

Barak: Israel strives for peace; Syria must act responsibly
YNet News 28 Oct 2009 - Defense minister comments on Assad statement showing willingness to resume peace talks with Jerusalem 

Attorney says abusive 'rabbi' innocent
YNet News 28 Oct 2009 - Elior Chen, accused of ordering followers to abuse children, lands in Israel Wednesday after extradition from Brazil; passengers hurl insults at him during flight, dub him 'scum'. Attorney says acts attributed to Chen 'never happened' 

US congressman: We must act, or Israel will
YNet News 28 Oct 2009 - America must take action to resolve Iranian nuclear quagmire in order to avert risk of Israeli strike, US congressman warns; slow progress on Iran front raises prospect of Mideast war, he says 

Woman killed, 17 hurt in road accident
YNet News 28 Oct 2009 - Three cars, bus involved in south Israel crash; IDF helicopters dispatched to scene 

State: Barak hindering demolition of illegal Ofra homes 
YNet News 28 Oct 2009 - High Court hears human rights groups' petition against illegal construction in Ramallah-area settlement. State claimed razing delayed due to defense minister's indecision 

Assad: Syria ready to resume talks with Israel 
YNet News 28 Oct 2009 - Syrian leader questions Israeli government's commitment to negotiations 

On to Jerusalem
YNet News 28 Oct 2009 - Education minister launches program meant to ensure every student tours capital at least three times; tours to include city's prominent landmarks 

Daily Star

Hamas to ban elections in Gaza Strip
Daily Star 28 Oct 2009 The Islamist movement Hamas said on Wednesday that it would ban the organization of elections in its Gaza Strip stronghold after President Mahmoud Abbas called for a vote in the Palestinian territories. The move raised doubts over whether the vote decreed by the Western-backed president would take place in January and threatened to further deepen the bitter rift between his secular Fatah party and its Islamist rivals.

Assad says Syria ready to resume talks with Israel
Daily Star 28 Oct 2009 Syrian President Bashar Assad said here Wednesday that his country was ready to resume suspended talks with Israel and called on European nations to help in the process. "As far as it concerns us in Syria we have national support to continue talks with Israel," Assad said. "However, there is a condition that on the Israeli side we also have those who want to continue.

Mubarak silence on presidential succession fuels uncertainty
Daily Star 28 Oct 2009 The elderly Egyptian president's silence on succession, even as a presidential vote approaches, has fueled doubts over whether Hosni Mubarak has settled on a successor and will secure a smooth transition in his lifetime. Mubarak's politician son Gamal is widely tipped as the most likely candidate to lead US ally Egypt once his 81-year-old father leaves office.

UN assembly to debate Goldstone report on Gaza war
Daily Star 28 Oct 2009 The UN General Assembly plans to debate next week a UN report accusing Israel and Hamas militants of war crimes during the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip, diplomats said Tuesday. Libya's Deputy UN Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi said Arab representatives at the United Nations had requested a meeting of the 192-nation assembly on November 4 to discuss the report.

Iran expected to deliver response on uranium agreement
Daily Star 28 Oct 2009 Iran will on Thursday deliver to the UN atomic watchdog its much-awaited response to a Western-backed nuclear deal aimed at shipping abroad Tehran's low-enriched uranium, the Mehr news agency said. The report quoted an unidentified informed source as saying Iran proposes some "modifications" in the draft of the UN-brokered plan but has accepted the overall framework., Iran will on Thursday deliver to the UN atomic watchdog its much-awaited response to a Western-backed nuclear deal aimed at shipping abroad Tehran's low-enriched uranium, the Mehr news agency said. The report quoted an unidentified informed source as saying Iran proposes some "modifications" in the draft of the UN-brokered plan but has accepted the overall framework.

Polisario threatens to quit W. Sahara talks
Daily Star 28 Oct 2009 Western Sahara's Polisario Front independence movement on Tuesday threatened to pull out of negotiations with Morocco unless seven detained activists were freed, its Algiers representative said. "The detention of the Sahrawi activists and human rights abuses in the occupied Sahrawi territories are a threat to peace and to the negotiations with Morocco," Ibrahim Ghali told a press conference.

Who dares condemn war criminals?
Daily Star 28 Oct 2009 At a time when most countries of the world feel a sense of relief for the positive steps taken by Iran and the West, which promise a let-up in tensions on the regional and international level, Israeli analysts, writers and rulers single themselves out by expressing exasperation at this agreement and concern regarding the call for international monitoring of Israel's nuclear facilities.

Lebanese Army discovers four rockets in southern village
Daily Star 28 Oct 2009 The Lebanese Army said Wednesday it found and deactivated more rockets in an area from where a similar device had been fired into Israel. The statement said troops found four 107-millimeter rockets in the garden of a partly built house as they searched the area a day after a rocket fired from the southern village of Houla hit the northern Israeli border town of Kiryat Shmona., The Lebanese Army said Wednesday it found and deactivated more rockets in an area from where a similar device had been fired into Israel. The statement said troops found four 107-millimeter rockets in the garden of a partly built house as they searched the area a day after a rocket fired from the southern village of Houla hit the northern Israeli border town of Kiryat Shmona.

Lebanon's Internet providers press government to expand fast broadband
Daily Star 28 Oct 2009 Cisco program manager Salam Yamout criticized on Wednesday the high costs of Internet services in Lebanon due to lack of competition in "a partially liberalized market." "The prices that we pay in Lebanon for Internet services are unacceptable. In Paris, which is the most expansive city in Europe, the user gets Internet, cable television and telephone services., Cisco program manager Salam Yamout criticized on Wednesday the high costs of Internet services in Lebanon due to lack of competition in "a partially liberalized market." "The prices that we pay in Lebanon for Internet services are unacceptable. In Paris, which is the most expansive city in Europe, the user gets Internet, cable television and telephone services.

US can heed its own report on Lebanon
Daily Star 28 Oct 2009 A report released by the US State Department on Monday seems to have confirmed what we already knew: that Lebanon's political system is unfair, and inherently discriminatory. The report strongly condemned various aspects of Lebanon's political system - with a particular focus on the judiciary - arguing that by allowing political groups to administer personal status laws risked perpetuating social inequality., A report released by the US State Department on Monday seems to have confirmed what we already knew: that Lebanon's political system is unfair, and inherently discriminatory. The report strongly condemned various aspects of Lebanon's political system - with a particular focus on the judiciary - arguing that by allowing political groups to administer personal status laws risked perpetuating social inequality.

Lebanon 'must move' to ban smoking
Daily Star 28 Oct 2009 Lebanon must move urgently toward a comprehensive ban on smoking in public places, tobacco advertising and event sponsorship, and add warning labels to tobacco products in order to avoid thousands of preventable tobacco-related deaths annually, health experts said Wednesday. Speaking at a tobacco control workshop for journalists., Lebanon must move urgently toward a comprehensive ban on smoking in public places, tobacco advertising and event sponsorship, and add warning labels to tobacco products in order to avoid thousands of preventable tobacco-related deaths annually, health experts said Wednesday. Speaking at a tobacco control workshop for journalists.

Lebanon's media 'free but not independent,' says Mitri
Daily Star 28 Oct 2009 Entering the printing house, one is overwhelmed by the roughness of the place. It is a little after midnight, and the rolls of film that carry the blood, sweat, and tears of editors and writers in the past few hours is safely tucked underneath a deliverer who bears a tired smile of someone who is well-versed in what is about to commence., Entering the printing house, one is overwhelmed by the roughness of the place. It is a little after midnight, and the rolls of film that carry the blood, sweat, and tears of editors and writers in the past few hours is safely tucked underneath a deliverer who bears a tired smile of someone who is well-versed in what is about to commence.

Palestinian Information Center

Haneyya to American delegation: Hamas supports just peace
PIC 28 Oct 2009 - Ismail Haneyya has underlined that Hamas was not against peace but rather supported peace based on justice that restores Palestinian people's rights and ends occupation of its lands.

US medical delegation in Gaza shocked by devastation caused by Israel
PIC 28 Oct 2009 - A visiting American medical delegation expressed its shock at the magnitude of destruction caused by the last Israeli war on the Gaza Strip as well as the impacts of the blockade on citizens.

MP Romaneen castigates Abbas’s security for interrogating his wife
PIC 28 Oct 2009 - Palestinian lawmaker in Israeli jails Ali Romaneen strongly denounced Abbas’s security apparatuses for detaining his wife Rowan Ibrahim and interrogating her for more than three hours.

Islamic Jihad: Abbas serving occupation, targeting resistance
PIC 28 Oct 2009 - Islamic Jihad has denounced the continued arrest campaigns by PA security militias in the West Bank against Palestinian resistance cadres, describing it as a free service to the IOA.

Interior ministry would not allow election committee to operate in Gaza
PIC 28 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian interior ministry in the Gaza Strip has said that it would not allow election procedures to kick off in Gaza and would prosecute anyone dealing with it.

Hamas: The national reconciliation on top of our priorities
PIC 28 Oct 2009 - Hamas stated that the reconciliation and the national consensus are on the top of its priorities, although the internal division was a direct result of the Palestinian Authority’s practices.

Hamas: Absence of pressure on Israel escalates its danger on J’lem
PIC 28 Oct 2009 - Hamas stated Tuesday that the absence of Arab, Muslim and international pressure on Israel emphasizes that the Zionist dangers threatening occupied Jerusalem and the Palestinian people would continue.

IOF soldiers detain 15 Palestinians, escort settlers in attacks on farmers
PIC 28 Oct 2009 - IOF launched a large-scale arrest campaign in the Nablus district at dawn Wednesday that ended with the detention of 14 Palestinians after breaking into tens of civilian homes.

Haneyya: Palestinian steadfastness foiled goals of Israeli war on Gaza
PIC 28 Oct 2009 - The Palestinian people's steadfastness and patience have foiled the goals of the Israeli war on Gaza Strip, Ismail Haneyya, the Palestinian premier, said on Tuesday.

Zahhar: Abbas called for elections because he wants to be a legitimate PA chief
PIC 28 Oct 2009 - Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahhar stated that Mahmoud Abbas called for the elections because he does not want to be an illegitimate chief of the Palestinian Authority.

Los Angeles Times

Iran reportedly to seek to alter nuclear plan 
LA Times 28 Oct 2009 - Tehran will ask for 'important adjustments' to the proposal by the West that Iran send most of its uranium stockpile abroad for enrichment and eventual return, state-owned TV says. Iran will seek to amend a proposed deal it reached with the U.S. and other major powers to ship the bulk of its nuclear material overseas, state television reported Tuesday. 

New York Times

Israeli Police Clash With Palestinians at Sacred Compound in Jerusalem
New York Times 26 Oct 2009 - Twenty-six people were hurt at the Temple Mount compound in the latest sign of tension in Jerusalem. 

Misc

More Home Demolitions in East Jerusalem
10/28/2009 - Alternative Information Center - Yesterday morning, October 27, Israeli authorities demolished the homes of 6 Palestinian families in East Jerusalem. In total, 26 Palestinians, including 10 children, lost their homes yesterday, with another two families (19 people, including 8 children) affected by partial demolitions of their homes. This brings the number of displaced Palestinians to over 600, half of them children, in this year alone as a result of forced evictions or house demolitions. At least another 500 have been affected as a result of partial demolitions of their homes. Israeli authorities claim that house demolitions are conducted against ‘illegal’ structures that have been built without official building permits. However, as documented by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the OPT and other agencies, impossible fees and requirements prevent most families from obtaining such permits, 

The Third Bethlehem International Conference: The Political Uniqueness of the AIC 
10/27/2009 - Alternative Information Center - During the past weekend (24-25 October), the Third International Conference in Bethlehem was held, in cooperation, this time, with OPGAI, the umbrella organization uniting a large number of Palestinian national movements as well as the Golan Heights resistance. The contributing organizations will likely issue their own evaluations and conclusions in the next days, however, I would like to share some of my own, personal ones. In general, that conference what a great success, even more so than the two previous ones. The presentations at the different panels were very interesting, even for a veteran activist like me; the speakers didn't repeat the obvious; the participation was bigger than expected (more than 400 persons), and the atmosphere was great. More important: though the participants included Palestinians, Israelis and internationals, that conference had nothing in common with the 

Shot after photographing the Gaza sea 
10/28/2009 - Uruknet - Eva Bartlett - On 4 October, Ashraf Abu Suleiman, a 16-year-old from Gaza's Jabaliya refugee camp, went to the northwest coast town of Sudaniya to visit an ill school friend. The teen then went to the sea, where he rolled up the legs of his pants, waded into the water and enjoyed the late summer morning. He took some photos of the sea and of the area around him, intending to play with the photos later on Photoshop, a hobby he and his father share. Minutes later, Ashraf was running in blind terror as Israeli soldiers in a gunboat off the coast began shooting at Palestinian fishermen. He was hit by an Israeli soldier's bullet which bore through his neck and grazed his vertebrae, fracturing C-4 and C-5, leaving him bleeding on the ground and unable to stand up. " They were shooting at Palestinian fishermen in hassakas [small fishing vessels]," he said of the Israeli soldiers in the gunboat. 

Jerusalem: Israeli forces raid evicted family’s tent 
10/28/2009 - Uruknet - Jerusalem – Ma’an – Israeli police raided and dismantled on Wednesday a sidewalk tent set up by a Palestinian family evicted by Israeli orders from their East Jerusalem home in August. According to local sources, police and employees of the Israeli-controlled Jerusalem Municipality confiscated the contents of the tent, including sheets, kitchenware, and a television set. Only four members of the Al-Ghawi family were in the tent when Israeli forces arrived to take it down by force. The Al-Ghawis were one of two families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem forcibly evicted, whose homes were then handed over to Israeli settlers. More than 50 members of the two extended families were thrown into the street. The Al-Ghawi and Al-Hanoun families have been sleeping in the street near their former homes ever since the incident while they petition to be returned to their homes. The international community condemned the evictions, which took place a few blocks from the consulates of the UK, US, and other world powers. 

Marwan Barghouthi: Unity deal needed before elections 
10/28/2009 - Uruknet - Bethlehem – Ma’an – Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi said on Tuesday that elections cannot be held without a national unity agreement in place. " Elections can’t be held before rivalry comes to an end," said Barghouthi who is serving life sentence in an Israeli prison. The popular leader however blamed Hamas for the current impasse for their refusal to sign Egypt’s latest proposal for Palestinian unity. Abbas decreed that elections be held in January, a step that Hamas said should be delayed until after a deal is signed. According to the PA Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe, Barghouthi told him during a visit to Israel’s Hadareim prison, "National unity, and protection of the Palestinian political system are our compass toward completing our national duties. This is far more important than all partisan and individual interests. " 

Free Mohammad Othman, Part 2 
10/28/2009 - Uruknet - Mohammad Othman, the Palestinian Stop the Wall and Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions activist, had his detention extended yesterday by an additional 13 days by an Israeli military court. He has so far been held in solitary containment for 37 days, with no charges or evidence brought against him. Othman is one of some 11,000 Palestinian prisoners, currently being held by Israel, including 800 who are incarcerated under administrative detention (indefinite imprisonment without charge) and 326 children. " The case of Mohammad sheds light on an entire system of repression against Palestinian human rights defenders and the impossibility of the Israeli judicial system to grant justice to the Palestinian people," said Jamal Juma' of Stop the Wall. Juma described how a few month's before Othman's arrest, "Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint within the West Bank had taken him aside and threatened him with arrest. -- Links: Free Mohammad Othman

Syria ready to resume talks with Israel: president 
10/28/2009 - Uruknet - AFP - ZAGREB, Croatia — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said here Wednesday that his country was ready to resume suspended talks with Israel and called on European nations to help in the process. " As far as it concerns us in Syria we have national support to continue talks with Israel," Assad said. " However, there is a condition that on the Israeli side we also have those who want to continue the negotiations," he added after meeting his Croatian counterpart Stipe Mesic. The Syrian head of state praised Turkey's efforts in the process and stressed that the presence of a "third side" would be necessary if the talks resume. " We call on European countries to also give their contribution, to help Turkey but also us to be able to resume from where we have stopped," he stressed. Turkey last year brokered four rounds of indirect talks between Israel and Syria, focusing on the thorny issue 

Israeli minister’s speech disrupted at London university 
10/28/2009 - Uruknet - Press release, LSE SU Palestine Society - The following press release was issued by the London School of Economics Student Union Palestine Society on 26 October 2009: Students protested and disrupted a lecture tonight at the London School of Economics (LSE) by Daniel Ayalon, the controversial Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel. More than 50 students and activists greeted Ayalon outside of the lecture on LSE's campus with placards and banners, while inside audience members heckled the controversial minister as a "racist" and "murderer" in relation to the illegal occupation and violence carried out by the Israeli state. Ayalon was in the UK to meet British government officials and speaking at the LSE ahead of these talks in a lecture titled "The Middle East: The View From Israel. "Security at the university was tight, with private security and police officers keeping a close watch on protesters. -- Links: LSE SU Palestine Society

Defend Canadian Free Speech from Israel’s representatives who would criminalize it 
10/28/2009 - Uruknet - People concerned with human & civil rights - To: The Conservative, Liberal, NDP & Green parties: The Independent Jewish Voices of Canada wrote this petition concerning the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA). The CPCCA is planning hearings and a report to further repress attempts to support Palestinian human rights or criticize Israel. We ask people to please pass this petition on to others. THE PETITION -- The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA) (1) is conducting eight hearings starting November 2 to December 14. "Witnesses" have been selected from some 150 submissions to further the CPCCA's political agenda. Many of those critical of the CPCCA agenda to equate criticism of Israel or Zionism as anti-Semitism made submissions (2). To the best of our knowledge, they have all been excluded from the hearings. 

Thousands of Palestinian families will be homeless 
10/28/2009 - Islami Davet - A study prepared by save the children organization revealed that tens of thousands of Palestinian families including children in the occupied Palestinian lands are threatened with displacement as a result of forced evictions, house demolitions, land confiscation and military operations. The study added that the families sometimes find themselves forced to abandon their lands and homes as a result of the intolerable conditions, despite the fact that their living conditions often get worse after that. The study, which covered the rural areas in the West Bank and Gaza border areas, noted that the Palestinian inhabitants of these areas endure deteriorating living conditions represented in the daily shortage of water and food, rising unemployment, broken homes and the failure of children to go to school. “We always knew that the life was tough in these areas, but this new research has shown just how bad things are. 

Hamas ’bans’ January polls in Gaza 
10/28/2009 - AlJazeera - The Hamas-run interior ministry in the Gaza Strip has ordered Palestinians in the territory not to take part in elections called by Mahmoud Abbas, the West Bank-based president. Abbas issued a decree announcing that presidential and parliamentary polls would take place on January 24, but an interior ministry statement on Wednesday said the elections had been called "by figures who do not have the right to declare it". Ehab Al-Ghsain, a Hamas interior ministry spokesman, said that Gazan officials had been instructed not to co-operate with Abbas's efforts to stage the vote. "Any preparations, any committees, any collecting of names will be regarded as an illegal action that we will pursue," he said. Ghsain also said that the current Central Election Commission (CEC), which has five offices in Gaza, was no longer entitled to carry out preparations for an election, since Palestinian factions 

Adalah Appeals to the Supreme Court against Decision Prohibiting Palestinian ‘Security Prisoner’ Citizen of Israel from having Children
10/27/2009 - Adalah - Today, 27 October 2009, Adalah submitted an appeal to the Supreme Court of Israel on behalf of Walid Dakka, who is a Palestinian citizen of Israel classified by the Israel Prison Service as a ‘security prisoner’, to overturn a Nazareth District Court decision, dated 21 September 2009, prohibiting allowing him from having children. The appeal was submitted by Adalah Attorney Abeer Baker. Mr. Dakka, who was born in 1961 in the Arab town of Baqa Al-Gharbiyah in Israel, is one of the oldest Palestinian political prisoners, who are citizens of the State of Israel. He was imprisoned in 1986 after receiving a life sentence. In 1999, he married a human rights activist dedicated to raising awareness of the issues faced by Palestinian prisoners. For the past six years, Mr. Dakka has requested permission from the IPS to allow him to have children, but the IPS has refused on the grounds that he is 

Ministry of Industry Acknowledges Discrimination against Residents of East Jerusalem Participating in 'Wisconsin Plan'
10/28/2009 - Adalah - In Reimbursement for Travel Expenses, Orders Compensation for Those whose Recent Expenses have not been Reimbursed in Full - On 30 September 2009, Adalah sent a letter to the Employment Office , the Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor, and the "Faithful Work" Center demanding that an order be issued for the equal reimbursement of travel expenses incurred by all participants in the "Lights of Work" employment program (Wisconsin Plan) from East Jerusalem. Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem who participate in the plan are reimbursed NIS 80 or NIS 200 for travel expenses, whereas Israeli Jewish participants from West Jerusalem receive up to NIS 1,000. In the letter, sent by Adalah Attorney Sawsan Zaher, Adalah also demanded compensation for the East Jerusalem participants in the program for the previous period in which they received only partial reimbursement of their travel expenses. 


Articles

Peace Cycle to Palestine 
Susan Galleymore, CounterPunch 10/28/2009
      Business as Usual in Hebron.
     The Peace Cycle, an annual ride for peace from London, just ended in Jerusalem. At the same time, Ehud Olmert just ended what he may have hoped would be a victory lap speaking around the United States and Palestinian school children from the villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed were prevented from attending school in At-Tuwani.
     The first two events received far more publicity than the last and yet they’re all connected by the banal and the mundane: business as usual.
     Laura Abraham, co-founder of the Peace Cycle, came to Israel and the West Bank after she heard reports in Britain about the bombardment of Jenin in 2002. The Israelis sealed off that town and refused access to ambulances and journalists. “I listened to how people were killed when buildings were demolished on top of them. It was so horrific that I realized I needed to do more than just know about it, I had to do something about it.”
     This year’s peace cyclists rode from Amman, Jordan to Jenin and other West Bank towns and villages, including Hebron. The ancient city referenced in the Old Testament is shuttered now and wire mesh covers its walkways. This, to prevent fundamentalist Jewish settlers who live above street level from tossing garbage onto pedestrians below.
     Laura Abraham tells of a Palestinian youth who joined her group’s visit to the mosque. “All his life, this twenty-year-old has lived 200 yards from the mosque and this was his first visit there. When I ask why he visited on this day, he said he feels safe with us because we are from England, the ’outside’, and can protect him from Israeli soldiers and settlers who set upon Palestinians. He said, ’They attack us less when Internationals can see them.’” more.. e-mail

Israel’s European Lobby 
Maidhc Ó Cathail, Uruknet 10/28/2009
      In their 2006 article "The Israel Lobby," John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt famously assert, "Other special-interest groups have managed to skew foreign policy, but no lobby has managed to divert it as far from what the national interest would suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that US interests and those of the other country – in this case, Israel – are essentially identical." Having for decades successfully steered policymaking in Washington in a pro-Israel direction, Israel’s American Lobby has more recently turned its attention to Europe. Despite its brief presence in Brussels, it appears to have already had marked success in influencing the nascent foreign policy of the European Union.
     One of the most important of the more than 60 organizations that make up "the Lobby" is the American Jewish Committee (AJC). Jeff Blankfort, an American Jew who is one of the Lobby’s most trenchant critics, described the AJC as "the Lobby’s unofficial foreign office." Extending its global diplomatic mission, the AJC opened an office in Brussels in 2004. Since then, according to Blankfort, it has held weekly meetings with a high official or the chief of state of EU member states. The meetings seem to be having the desired effect. As Blankfort wrote in 2006, "Over the past year the EU has moved away from relative support for the Palestinians to adopting one position after another reflecting Israeli demands."
     As part of its lobbying efforts in Brussels, the AJC founded the Transatlantic Institute (TAI) in February 2004. According to its mission statement, the institute functions as "an intellectual bridge between the United States and the European Union" with the aim of "strengthening transatlantic ties." Although it describes itself as "nongovernmental, non-partisan and independent," TAI’s publications leave little doubt that it intends to shift the EU in a more aggressively pro-Israel direction, as the neoconservatives succeeded in doing with the Bush administration’s Middle Eastern policy. more.. e-mail


Electronic Intifada
Israel targeting grassroots activists
Electronic Intifada: 28 Oct 2009 - OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM (IPS) - Israeli authorities are increasingly targeting and intimidating nonviolent Palestinian grassroots activists involved in anti-occupation activities who are drawing increased support from the international community. 

Shot after photographing the Gaza sea
Electronic Intifada: 28 Oct 2009 - On 4 October, Ashraf Abu Suleiman, a 16-year-old from Gaza's Jabaliya refugee camp, went to the northwest coast town of Sudaniya to visit an ill school friend. The teen then went to the sea, where he rolled up the legs of his pants, waded into the water and enjoyed the late summer morning. Minutes later, Ashraf was running in blind terror as Israeli soldiers in a gunboat off the coast began shooting at Palestinian fishermen. Eva Bartlett reports from the occupied Gaza Strip. 

Israeli minister's speech disrupted at London university
Electronic Intifada: 27 Oct 2009 - Students protested and disrupted a lecture on Monday at the London School of Economics (LSE) by Daniel Ayalon, the controversial Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel. More than 50 students and activists greeted Ayalon outside of the lecture on LSE's campus with placards and banners, while inside audience members heckled the controversial minister as a "racist" and "murderer" in relation to the illegal occupation and violence carried out by the Israeli state. 

Israeli banks entrenched in settlement building
Electronic Intifada: 27 Oct 2009 - Several Western pension funds and financial managers hold shares in two Israeli banks: Bank Hapoalim and Bank Leumi. Both banks operate in and offer loans to finance illegal settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian and Syrian territories. Adri Nieuwhof reports for The Electronic Intifada. 

In Gaza
because of THIS we are anti-semitic?? Jewish voices beg to differ 
28 Oct 2009 - source : The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA)and Canada’s Israel representatives are waging a propaganda and legal battle to silence the expanding number of people and organizations who support Palestinian rights or are critical of Israel for its illegal occupation, invasions and siege of Palestine. The CPCCA is joining the Conservative government, the B’nai Brith, and the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), in an ambitious plan to censor civil dialogue by deliberately confusing criticism of Israel and Zionism with anti-Semitism. In rejection and response, The Independent Jewish Voices of Canada wrote this petition . And I ask: Because we recognize the Zionists brutally displaced Palestinians from their land and razed Palestinian...

Palestine Chronicle
'Nuke Gaza'
28 Oct 2009 - By Jeff Gates Israeli officials are right to worry. Gazans too. Yet Americans should worry even more. Israel's "legitimacy" will not last. Of course, that assumes its legitimacy was deserved. That issue also is now called into question in light of the consistency of Israeli behavior over the past six decades. The emerging issues are these: When and how will the recognition of Israel's nation-state status be withdrawn? How will Tel Aviv behave in the interim? Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may have tipped his Masada hand when he reportedly told Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan that Israel may use nuclear weapons against Gaza. The threat to Israel is not the 1.5 million Gazans who reside in the world's largest open-air prison. The threat is the fast-growing global outrage at the abuse inflicted on Palestinians, commencing with the ethnic cleansing of 400-plus villages six decades ago. Not since 1948 has this enclave of extremists mounted such a public relations offensive. Christian Zionist President Harry Truman trusted Jewish Zionist lobbyists when he solicited assurances that they would not become what they immediately became: a racist theocratic state with an expansionist agenda destined to create serial crises in the region. The merciless global agenda pursued by Colonial Zionists is the single greatest threat to world peace, as confirmed yet again by Lieberman's warning. As the primary remaining ally of these Jewish nationalists, the risks to the U.S. increase with each passing day as Tel Aviv works behind the scenes to catalyze yet...

Israel's European Lobby
28 Oct 2009 - By Maidhc Ó Cathail In their 2006 article 'The Israel Lobby,' John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt famously assert, "Other special-interest groups have managed to skew foreign policy, but no lobby has managed to divert it as far from what the national interest would suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that US interests and those of the other country – in this case, Israel – are essentially identical." Having for decades successfully steered policymaking in Washington in a pro-Israel direction, Israel’s American Lobby has more recently turned its attention to Europe. Despite its brief presence in Brussels, it appears to have already had marked success in influencing the nascent foreign policy of the European Union. One of the most important of the more than 60 organizations that make up “the Lobby” is the American Jewish Committee (AJC). Jeff Blankfort, an American Jew who is one of the Lobby’s most trenchant critics, described the AJC as “the Lobby’s unofficial foreign office.” Extending its global diplomatic mission, the AJC opened an office in Brussels in 2004. Since then, according to Blankfort, it has held weekly meetings with a high official or the chief of state of EU member states. The meetings seem to be having the desired effect. As Blankfort wrote in 2006, “Over the past year the EU has moved away from relative support for the Palestinians to adopting one position after another reflecting Israeli demands.” As part of its lobbying efforts in Brussels, the AJC founded the Transatlantic Institute (TAI) in February...

Tariq Mehanna: Obama's Latest Muslim Target
28 Oct 2009 - By Stephen Lendman - Chicago Post-9/11, Muslims have been victimized, vilified, and persecuted for their faith, ethnicity, prominence, activism, and charity. They've been targeted, hunted down, rounded up, held in detention, kept in isolation, denied bail, restricted in their right to counsel, tried on secret evidence, convicted on bogus charges, given long sentences, then incarcerated for extra harsh treatment as political prisoners in segregated Communication Management Units (CMUs) in violation of US Prison Bureau regulations and the Supreme Court's February 2005 Johnson v. California decision. An October 21 FBI press release announced Tariq (mispelled Tarek) Mehanna as its most recent target saying: "A Sudbury, Mass. man was charged today in federal court with conspiracy to provide support to terrorists." The FBI alleged that from "about 2001 and continuing until (about) May 2008, Mehanna conspired with Ahmad Abousamra and others to provide material support and resources for use in carrying out a conspiracy to kill, kidnap, main or injure persons or damage property in a foreign country and extraterritorial homicide of a US national." With no substantiating evidence, "Mehanna and coconspirators (were accused of having) discussed their desire to participate in violent jihad against American interests and that they would talk about fighting jihad and their desire to die on the battlefield. (They also) attempted to radicalize others and inspire each other by, among other things, watching and distributing jihadi videos. (In addition), Mehanna and two of his associates traveled to the Middle East in February 2004, seeking military-type training at...

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