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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
30 October, 2009

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International Middle East Media Center

Barak To Accompany Netanyahu To The U.S.
IMEMC 31 Oct 2009 - Saturday October 31, 2009 - 06:26, Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, will be accompanying Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in his next week visit to the United States to hold talk with President Barack Obama and other senior U.S. officials.

Four Palestinians Wounded By Settler Fire In East Jerusalem
IMEMC 31 Oct 2009 - Saturday October 31, 2009 - 01:17, Palestinian medical sources reported that four Palestinians were wounded on Friday morning after a number of fundamental settlers opened fire at them.

Clinton To Meet Abbas In Abu Dhabi
IMEMC 31 Oct 2009 - Friday October 30, 2009 - 22:57, U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is expected to hold a meeting with the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, in Abu Dhabi next Saturday.

Israeli soldiers attack the Nil'in weekly protest against the wall
IMEMC 31 Oct 2009 - Friday October 30, 2009 - 16:10, Dozens suffered effects of tear gas inhalation on Friday, by the Israeli military fire at the weekly protest against the wall in the central West Bank village of Nil'in.

Bil'in: two injured, dozens suffer effects of tear gas inhalation in the weekly protest
IMEMC 31 Oct 2009 - Friday October 30, 2009 - 16:03, Two injured and dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation on Friday as Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the wall in the village of Bil'in in central West Bank.

WHO: “Israel Prevented Entry Of Medical Equipment Into Gaza”
IMEMC 31 Oct 2009 - Friday October 30, 2009 - 12:15, The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that Israel had prevented, for the fourth time, the transfer of medical supplies and equipment to the besieged Gaza Strip.

Ma'an News

Settler shoots Palestinian in Jerusalem
10/30/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Armed settlers shoot Palestinian, beat his 89-year-old mother - Right-wing Israeli settlers attacked the Salah family on their way to Friday prayers in a bid to take over their home in the East Jerusalem community of Beit Safafa on Friday, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. The settlers, 12 according to Palestinian sources, six according to Israeli media, and three according to the Jerusalem police chief, pulled up in a car with an eviction order for the family home of Ali Ibrahim Salah and his children. Salah said the buildings shelter 55 residents, 30 of which are under 12 years old and include his children, Ismail, Mohammad, Mahmoud, Ahmad. He said the settlers claimed they bought the homes from their Armenian owners. The Palestinian News Network quoted Sheha Salah as saying that her husband had purchased the buildings from its owners in 1966, and had the documents to prove the validity of the sale. 

WHO health supplies barred from delivery to Gaza hospitals
10/30/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli crossings authorities refused, for the fourth time, to allow the transport of equipment and medical supplies to hospitals in the Gaza Strip, a source at the World Health Organization announced on Friday morning. The source said the 800,000 US dollars worth of equipment, waiting in trucks at the Kerem Shalom crossing in Israel on the border of the southern Gaza Strip, was turned away without explanation. [end] 

Homes raided, searched near Nablus
10/30/2009 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Israeli forces overran Qasra village, southeast of Nablus, and raided several houses overnight, according to a statement from Palestinian Authority security services on Friday. No injuries or detentions were reported. The houses reportedly belonged to Jaber Abdel Hamid Awad, Yasser Badawi Odeh, Muhammad Shehadeh Abdel Razeq, Odeh and Ayman Aqleh, and Sadeq Hasan. [end] 

Petition filed to overturn student’s Gaza deportation
10/30/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - An Israeli human rights organization on Thursday filed a petition protesting the swift and forcible deportation ofBethlehem student Berlanty Azzam the day before. According to a Bethlehem University spokesperson, an Israeli court has ordered state attorneys to submit a preliminary written reply to the petition from Gisha, the Israeli rights group, by Tuesday, 3 November. Berlanty, a 21-year-old Palestinian from Gaza, was granted permission to travel to the West Bank with the help of the Vatican-affiliated Catholic university. She began business administration studies in 2005 and was three credits shy of graduating when Israeli forces pulled her out of a minibus at an internal military checkpoint. The young woman was held at the checkpoint until evening, before she was blindfolded and transported to Gaza overnight. Once she arrived at the Erez crossing, her blindfold was removed and she was told to enter the coastal strip for the first time in four years. 

Soldier among injured as hundreds protest wall
10/30/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - At least two protesters and one Israeli soldier were injured during an anti-wall rally in the West Bank village of Bil'in on Friday, according to Palestinian activists and Israeli media. Protesters told Ma'an that two Palestinians were injured and dozens of other internationals, including several Israelis, choked on tear gas fired by forces manning the still-under-construction barrier there. An Israeli soldier was lightly injured when a stun grenade exploded in his hand during the event, according to several Israeli newspapers. Ma'an could not independently confirm those reports, although stun grenades are commonly used on the mostly nonviolent protesters each week. The Popular Committee Against the Wall reported that protesters demonstrated on behalf of Adeeb Abu Rahmah, a Palestinian jailed since 10 July presumably for his participation in the weekly rallies. 

Hospital flooded as water pools near Israeli wall
10/30/2009 - Tulkarem - Ma'an - Tulkarem's Thabit Thabit hospital in the northern West Bank is operating at only 80% capacity after floods knocked out access to several areas of the building, General Director of hospitals in the Palestinian ministry of health Na'im Sabra Friday. The first day of sustained heavy rains overwhelmed the sewer systems and rain rolled off dry hills as parched ground was unable to absorb the downpour. Floods in the hospital caused a temporary work shortage as workers rushed to stopper leaks and bail out emergency rooms. Sabra said hospitals in Qalqiliya, Salfit, Jenin, and Nablus were notified that until the emergency is cleared, they would receive non-urgent cases for treatment. The hospital said it was set to receive only maternity patients for the rest of the day, as their intensive care, surgery, and ex-ray wards were under water. 

Gaza: Israel continues Friday closures
10/30/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli authorities informed the Palestinians that all of the crossings for goods, fuel and humanitarian aid would be closed Friday, despite scheduled deliveries. Crossings have been closed Fridays and Saturdays since mid-August. Saturdays are scheduled closures for the Jewish Sabbath, but until August Fridays saw crossings at least partially open. Palestinian coordinator at the Gaza crossings Raed Fattuh said he was informed of the decision to close the crossings Friday morning. On Thursday, Israel opened the Kerem Shalom and Nahal Oz crossings for food and fuel, while Karni remained closed. [end] 

Israel okays transfer of additional 4,000 cows into Gaza for Eid
10/30/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli authorities will allow the transfer of 7,000 cows into the Gaza Strip ahead of the Eid Al-Adha holiday at the end of November, officials announced Friday. The news follows a Wednesday announcement that 3,000 cows would be allowed into the Strip. Under-secretary for the local economy in Gaza Nasser As-Siraj said starting Monday Israeli officials said they would increase the average number of cows being transported into the besieged Strip, up from the 300/day announced earlier. Officials did not give a reason for the increase. The shipments are transferred into the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Gaza. 

Egyptians seize civilian goods bound for Gaza
10/30/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Egyptian authorities discovered a smuggling tunnel and seized a warehouse containing goods prepared to be smuggled from the Rafah to the Gaza Strip on Friday. Security sources in Cairo told Ma'an that one tunnel was uncovered in the Salah Ad-Din area at an unpopulated plot of land. No one was arrested there as the area was empty, the sources said, but authorities were working to destroy the tunnel. Meanwhile, security forces took over a warehouse full of goods at Rafah, where they seized nine tons of iron, five washing machines, and 1,300 glass jars, as well as 30 cartons of household appliances and some spare car parts. The Egyptians seized five trucks near the tunnel area, which were loaded with goods containing cookies and other sweets apparently intended for children, as well as chips and olive oil. 

Two Palestinians stabbed at Damascus Gate
10/30/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - At the main entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, Damascus Gate, two Palestinians were attacked by unknown assailants. Both suffered knife wounds, and one is in serious condition. Both were taken to hospital for treatment. Palestinian sources said the attackers were Jewish, while Israeli sources said the identity of the attackers was unknown. [end] 

US envoy Mitchell: Netanyahu wants peace
10/30/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu desires peace in the region, according to US President Barack Obama's Mideast envoy, George Michell, who met with the Israeli leader on Friday in Jerusalem. During their meeting, Mitchell insisted that both he and the Israeli prime minister shared the "common objective of a comprehensive peace in the region," according to a statement from the Israeli Prime Minister's Office. "As always I look forward to our discussions. "For his part, Netanyahu said he appreciated Mitchell and Obama's efforts, and that he was looking forward to talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday, after which he vowed to "try to re-launch the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians as soon as possible. " In Palestine, however, local sentiment remained skeptical, particularly following last week's violent clashes. . . 

PA civil police, prosecutors train in Sweden
10/30/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - A delegation of Palestinian Authority civil police officers and state attorneys wrapped up a one-week, EU-funded training mission in Sweden on Friday. The seminar focused on improving cooperation between police and courts in the field of criminal investigations. Five state attorneys and five senior interrogators took part in the course, which was held as part of a long-term project sponsored by the EU Commission, which in June 2009 began work on modernizing Palestine's criminal justice system. Sweden was chosen as the locale due to its justice system's similarities with the Palestinian Authority. Among the topics were police intelligence, criminal intelligence and police surveillance, as well as dealing with informants, carrying out investigations and selecting appropriate agents. The seminar also offered instruction in crime documentation and collecting evidence. 

Economy minister pushes ’no settlement goods’ agenda
10/30/2009 - Hebron - Ma'an - Fulfilling an earlier promise to crackdown on goods brought into Palestinian cities from illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, PA customs officers confiscated more than a dozen tons of food and paper supplies Wednesday that they said was unfit for human use. Newly instated Palestinian Minister of Economy Hassan Abu Libdeh announced a catalogue of goods confiscated by customs officers across the West Bank. From Hebron, 25 tons of juice was confiscated from a warehouse. The products were destined for Gaza but did not receive permits and spoiled in the storage area. A local retailer bought the spoiled goods for sale in the West Bank, officials said. From the illegal Israeli settlement of Burkan, near Salfit, 240 door locks sold to a Palestinian building supplier were confiscated, as well as more than 20 tons of paper from the same settlement. 

Report: Abbas fears violence under status quo
10/30/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly told Israeli officials that without movement in the peace process, he fears conditions in the region will rapidly deteriorate, the daily newspaper Haaretz reported Friday. Haaretz reported that Abbas feared the "descent into violence," and noted there was a window of "two to three weeks" in which changes must take place in order to stabilize the area. Sources within the Palestinian Authority were quoted as saying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was primarily responsible for the increased tension, and blamed him for the recent violence in Jerusalem. "He was the one to send rightists into Al-Aqsa," one unnamed source said. Since the start of Ramadan at the end of August, then through the at times overlapping September and October Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, access to. . . 

PA minister: Don’t trade settlement goods
10/30/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - Palestinian Authority Economy Minister Hassan Abu Libdeh reiterated on Friday that "anyone dealing with products from the settlements is harming Palestinian security. " Speaking at the Ajawi corporation building in the West Bank city of Nablus, he insisted that "the Economy Ministry will work with all means to open up the private sector for investment. ""The ministry wants to see Arab and Islamic products in Palestinian markets just as much as it wants to see Palestinian products in Arab and Islamic markets," he said, adding that he had given directives to implement certain resolutions stemming from the Palestine Investment Conference, which was held in Nablus and Bethlehem in 2008. However, the minister insisted that the PA would "take harsh measures toward anyone dealing in settlement products. 

Ha'aretz Defense page

The IDF has become Israel's diplomatic channel to the West
Ha'aretz 30 Oct 2009 - In recent months, the similarity of the threat facing Israel and its Western counterparts has grown. 

Lebanon warns UN: Israel planning to attack us
Ha'aretz 30 Oct 2009 - UN envoy condemns IDF artillery attack and cites repeated Israeli threats, says Lebanese paper 

U.S. official: Syria must rethink support of Hezbollah, Hamas if it wants better ties
Ha'aretz 30 Oct 2009 - Assistant Secretary of State: Dialogue with Syria will not be at the expense of Lebanon's sovereignty. 

Barak: Soldiers' political protest harms IDF, Israel
Ha'aretz 30 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 30 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 30 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 30 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 30 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 30 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 30 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 30 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 30 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 30 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 30 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 30 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 30 Oct 2009 - Golani platoon commander caused soldier internal bleeding; officer dismissed from post. 

Is Taliban helping Gaza militants make deadlier roadside bombs?
Ha'aretz 30 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 30 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 30 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 30 Oct 2009 - Group of Kfir Brigade soldiers waved anti-disengagement placards during graduation march in Jerusalem. 

Uruknet

[uruknet.info] Will Guantánamo Prisoners Be Released In Georgia?
Uruknet October 30, 2009 - Last week, Molly Corso, a freelance journalist based in Tbilisi, Georgia, got in touch with me regarding rumors that the Georgian government was considering accepting a number of cleared prisoners from Guantánamo, in connection with an article that was published this week. In September, in an interview with Fox News, President Mikheil Saakashvili explained that Georgia...

[uruknet.info] Settlers perform Talmudic rituals outside a confiscated Palestinian family home
Uruknet October 30, 2009 -- Tens of extremist Jewish settlers celebrated outside the house they recently arrogated from a Palestinian family in Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of east Jerusalem. Local sources told PIC correspondent that in addition to singing and dancing in circles the extremist settlers performed Talmudic rituals outside the house of al-Ghawi family, who were evicted from their house by...

[uruknet.info] U.S.: Rights Groups Condemn Bid to Quash Goldstone Report 
Uruknet October 30, 2009 - International human rights groups have raised concern over a proposed non-binding resolution in the U.S. House Representatives which would call on the White House to oppose any future endorsement or consideration of Judge Richard Goldstone's "Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict"... The Israeli government and right-wing Christian and Jewish Zionist...

[uruknet.info] Victims twice over
Uruknet October 30, 2009 - ... Hundreds of women were widowed during Israel's war on Gaza, and now they're left having to support their children on their own. I spoke to Mona Al Shawa from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. They published a report called Through Women's Eyes which looked at the effects of the war on the women of Gaza....

[uruknet.info] Did Richard Goldstone Hide More Sinister Crimes in Gaza? Part 2 - DIME and Uranium Weapons
Uruknet October 30, 2009 - Again we see a classic example of a UN investigation that only plays with the periphery of War Crimes committed by Israel whilst at the same time ignoring the more important horrific crimes carried out by the IDF. Goldstone brushed aside the use of White Phosphorus and Flechette weapons and only touched briefly on DIME weapons....

[uruknet.info] Petition filed to overturn student's Gaza deportation
Uruknet October 30, 2009 - An Israeli human rights organization on Thursday filed a petition protesting the swift and forcible deportation of Bethlehem student Berlanty Azzam the day before. According to a Bethlehem University spokesperson, an Israeli court has ordered state attorneys to submit a preliminary written reply to the petition from Gisha, the Israeli rights group, by Tuesday, 3 November...

[uruknet.info] Did Richard Goldstone hide more sinister crimes in Gaza? - Part 1: White Phosphorus and Flechettes
Uruknet October 30, 2009 - There was much praise for the UN investigations into war crimes committed in Gaza, led by Richard Goldstone. However, I feel that this report did not go far enough to investigate some other more serious allegations that were made. There is a sense of urgency to bring this investigation forward and to put those responsible on...

[uruknet.info] Armed settlers shoot Palestinian, beat his 89-year-old mother
Uruknet October 30, 2009 - Aggressive orthodox Israeli settlers attacked the Salah family on their way to Friday prayers in a bid to take over their home in the East Jerusalem community of Beit Safafa. The settlers, twelve according to Palestinian sources, six according to Israeli media, and three according to the Jerusalem police chief, pulled up in a car with...

[uruknet.info] Palestinians File Lawsuits Over Gaza War
Uruknet October 30, 2009 - As the legal and moral implications of the UN Goldstone report on Israel's military assault on Gaza continue to mount, Gazans are taking matters into their own hands and preparing civil lawsuits. The Israeli defence ministry's prosecution department has received about 1,500 notices of future civil lawsuits against the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) over damage caused...

[uruknet.info] Video: Child Detention in OPT: Mohammad's Story
Uruknet October 30, 2009 - Mohammad (14 years old at the time) was playing with friends on a hill near his village (Biddu, near Ramallah) on 4 February 2008 when he was suddenly apprehended by four men dressed in civilian clothes. The men grabbed Mohammad knocking him to the ground; they struck him several times on the head with a gun...

[uruknet.info] Defying Israel With Aid
Uruknet October 30, 2009 - The Palestinians need humanitarian aid because of the situation created by Israel, but more than this, Israel needs to be confronted politically, argues Huwaida Arraf, leader of the Free Gaza Movement and co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement. In an exclusive interview with Khaleej Times, Huwaida and Adam Shapiro, a human rights activist and documentary filmmaker,...

[uruknet.info] Jon Stewart Needs Your Support Jon Stewart Needs Letters of Support for having Dr. Barghouti and Anna Baltzer on "The Daily Show".
Uruknet Dear friends, Last night Dr. Barghouti and I were on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart talking about Palestine. The show was overwhelmed with angry emails and phone calls prior to the appearance, and up until the last minute it seemed like they might cancel. During the taping the show had it's only heckler in 11 years. The entire staff...

Palestine Telegraph

Entering Gaza: The Hard Way in from Egypt
U.S.A, October 30, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) -Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock is chaos at Rafah Crossing, the Egyptian-controlled entrance to the Gaza Strip. Black-clad Egyptian security forces stand by their trucks, ready if things get out of hand. Aid convoys line up...

UN Depicts Gaza Shelling in One-Man Play
Israel, October 30, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - There is nothing ordinary about this advocacy campaign for a large UN institution. The lights dim before a packed audience and a slideshow begins: images of Gaza in conflict, people fleeing their homes, buildings on...

Student Forcibly Expelled to Gaza - 6th in 10 Days
Gaza, October 30, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - A Palestinian student has been handcuffed, blindfolded and forcibly expelled to the Gaza Strip by Israeli troops just two months before she was due to graduate from university.

PRC International Conference: “UNRWA & Future of Palestinian Refugees”, Study to be displayed
London, October 30, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) conducted a survey in the Palestinian Refugee Camps in Syria and Lebanon. The survey targeted some thousands of refugees to explore their views about the UNRWA performance for the past...

5,000 Fans Gather for Gaza Dialogue and Tolerance Cup Final
Gaza City, October 29, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Terrace crowds are controlled by men wearing army fatigues and holding Kalashnikov rifles, players and press pray on the pitch at half-time and when the final whistle is blown, the trophy is handed to...

The National

Women's teams playing their part in the peace process
The National 30 Oct 2009 - More than 10,000 women flocked from all over the West Bank to watch the Palestinian women's national team take on Jordan in an historic, first-ever home match.

Iran seeks details of uranium supplies
The National 30 Oct 2009 - Iran wants more talks on how to procure nuclear fuel for a Tehran reactor before it gives a final reply to a UN-drafted deal, the official IRNA news agency says.

Clinton to meet Abbas in Abu Dhabi
The National 30 Oct 2009 - Abu Dhabi will tomorrow host a meeting between US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

Egypt's nuclear plans threatened
The National 29 Oct 2009 - Egypt prepares to finalise plans for their first nuclear power plant but opposition from a developer puts the project at risk.

Congress puts on pressure for sanctions against Iran
The National 29 Oct 2009 - For almost two decades, targeting Iran has been a key priority of the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac), the powerful pro-Israel lobby group.

Lebanon government near, says Suleiman
The National 29 Oct 2009 - Foreign observers hope Lebanon's wait for a workable government will soon be over, and some warn that a delay could be dangerous.

Iran nuclear deal may be undermined by changes 
The National 29 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. 

Aljazeera

Iran 'seeks change to nuclear deal'
AlJazeera 29 Oct 2009 - Iran formally responds to IAEA pact on its atomic programme.

UN sets date for Gaza report debate
AlJazeera 29 Oct 2009 - General Assembly to examine on November 4 Goldstone report on Gaza war crimes.

Alternative Information Center


Palestine News Network

Settlers attack Salah family in Beit Safafa as part of ongoing campaign to drive them away
PNN 30 Oct 2009 - Jerusalem / Maisa Abu Ghazaleh for PNN – Israeli settlers attacked the Salah family in southeast Jerusalem’s Beit Safafa on Friday. The attack was the latest in ongoing attempts to capture the neighborhoods and towns of Palestinian Jerusalem. Today, five people were injured.In an interview with PNN Shiha Salah, an elderly woman who is bruised on her neck and head, described her day....

Weekly Bil'in demonstration devoted to Adeeb Abu Rahma, imprisoned organizer of popular resistance
PNN 30 Oct 2009 - Bil’in / Iyad Burnat - Adeeb Abu Rahma was arrested on 10 July this year, and is still being held in Israeli custody as an organizer of the nonviolent resistance in Bil’in Village. During the weekly demonstration against the Wall, settlements and occupation, Palestinians and their foreign supporters wore masks of Abu Rahma’s face and called for his release.Israeli forces launched gas at...

Campaign of destruction in Naqab: today they tore down 2 tents and tomorrow we will rebuild
PNN 30 Oct 2009 - Naqab / PNN – The Israeli government proceeded this morning with the destruction of two houses in the Naqab (Negev) Desert. They were part of the villages that are oft-referred to as “unrecognized”.These particular houses were not far from the prison in Beer Aseeba. Several small barns were also destroyed, including some full of hay to feed farm animals, along with olive trees...

Head of anti-siege movement looking for additional support in UN as discussion turns to Goldstone
PNN 30 Oct 2009 - Gaza / PNN – The United Nations General Assembly is meeting Wednesday to discuss the Goldstone report that that states Israeli forces committed war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity in the Gaza Strip. Support has wavered, depending on who is talking, but the UN Human Rights Commission did adopt the report.For the upcoming General Assembly meeting, Palestinian Legislative Council deputy and Chairman...

Chief Palestinian negotiator Sa'eb Erekat: President Abbas to meet Clinton and Mitchell on Saturday
PNN 29 Oct 2009 - Ramallah / PNN – During her upcoming visit to the region, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be urging indirect negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, despite the Israeli refusal to stop settlement expansion. Head of negotiations in the Palestine Liberation Organization, Dr. Sa’eb Erekat said on Thursday that President Abbas will meet Saturday with Clinton and US envoy to the peace process...

EU Foreign Policy rep: I urge the Israelis to put an end to discriminatory measures in E Jerusalem
PNN 29 Oct 2009 - Brussels / Mohamed Al Arabi for PNN - High Representative for Foreign Policy in the European Union, Javier Solana condemned on Wednesday evening the demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem. He said, “I am deeply concerned by reports of recent developments in demolitions in East Jerusalem. These actions undermine efforts by the international community to re-launch peace negotiations which aim to achieve...

Hamas party reports that PA security services arrested six of its members in West Bank within 2 days
PNN 29 Oct 2009 - Ramallah / PNN – The Hamas party reported today that Palestinian Authority security services continue the policy of arresting its members in the West Bank. Politically motivated arrests have been part of the ongoing struggle between the PA and the Hamas government for at least two years.Hamas said that within the past two days six of its members have been arrested in the...

Jerusalem Post

Spinning out of control?
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2009 - Strengthening the religious dimension of conflict in J'lem will drag the region into extreme violence.

Gaza: Thousands rally for Islamic Jihad
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2009 - Participants chant "death to Israel," "Muhammad's army will be back to wipe off the Hebrew state."

PM: UN Iran offer 'positive first step'
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2009 - In meeting with Mitchell, Netanyahu hails Obama's "ongoing efforts" to diminish Iranian threat.

Jordan bus accident casualties transferred to Israeli hospitals
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2009 - IDF helicopters, MDA evacuate 34 Israeli tourists, who were injured when driver lost control of bus, to J'lem, Tel Hashomer medical centers; 1 killed.

'US wants to let Iran process play out'
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2009 - In CNN interview, Clinton backs talks, but White House spokesman says Obama's time limited.

Iran undermines West's uranium offer
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2009 - Teheran insists on simultaneously exchanging nuclear material for fuel produced abroad.

'We must try to repair our friendship with Turkey'
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2009 - At Turkish national day event, Ben-Eliezer talks of shared values linking Jerusalem and Ankara.

Obama names Israel critic to intelligence board
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2009 - Retired Sen. Hagel to co-chair Intelligence Advisory Board; US president to meet Erdogan in Dec.

Africa Israel, bondholders reach deal
Jeruslalem Post 30 Oct 2009 - Leviev to transfer NIS 750 m. of money raised from shares to creditors, stake in firm to drop to 52%.

IRIN

ISRAEL: New report highlights exploitation of migrant workers
IRIN TEL AVIV Friday, October 30, 2009 (IRIN) - Migrant workers in Israel’s agriculture sector are among the most exploited, according to a 28 October report by Kav LaOved, an Israeli NGO campaigning for the rights of disadvantaged workers in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

LEBANON: Solar power helps schools, hospitals
IRIN AKKAR Thursday, October 29, 2009 (IRIN) - In Lebanon’s remote northeastern district of Akkar, teachers and pupils at the Rajam Issa public school are hoping this winter will be the first when the lights stay on. “Electricity is the lifeline of the school,” said head teacher Ibrahim Salame, complaining of...

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...

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...

U.S.: Rights Groups Condemn Bid to Quash Goldstone Report 
IPS WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (IPS) - International human rights groups have raised concern over a proposed non-binding resolution in the U.S. House Representatives which would call on the White House to oppose any future endorsement or consideration of Judge Richard Goldstone's "Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the...

Stop The Wall

http://stopthewall.org/latestnews/2097.shtml
Stop The Wall 30 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 30 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 Weekly Report

(22- 29 Oct. 2009)
PCHR 

International Solidarity Movement

Bil’in demonstrates in solidarity with jailed activist: ‘We are all Adeeb Abu Rahmah’
10/30/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Bil'in Popular Committee - Adeeb Abu Rahmah was arrested on 10 July this year, and is still held in custody for taking part in organizing the village's demonstrations. Demonstrators wore masks of his face and called for his release. Two protestors were injured today, while several suffered from tear gas inhalation during the weekly Friday demonstration in Bil'in. The demonstration was called by the Popular Committee Against the Wall and began after the Friday prayers. Bil'in citizens were joined by a group of international and Israeli solidarity activists and together they raised Palestinian flags and banners condemning the occupation, racist policy of building the Wall and settlements, land confiscation, road closures and detention and killing of innocent people. Adeeb Abu Rahmah, a leading activist and organizer from the West Bank village of Bil'in has been held in detention since his arrest during a demonstration on 10 July 2009. 

Ni’lin sets fire to the Apartheid Wall
10/30/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Ni'lin Youth Center - The heavy rain which fell down in the West Bank didn't prevent the protesters of Ni'lin village from protesting against the Apartheid Wall, the pray held in one of the mosques in the village, after that the demostration went through village streets inviting the people to participate and calling against the polices of the occupation government in taking lands and killing people all over Palestine. The protesters managed to reach the concrete wall; they brought huge number of the car tires, it is important to mention that the demo started with the slogan of the "Black Wall" the name expressing the bad effect of the wall for the people who lost their lands in Ni'lin and in Palestine in general. The Protesters burned the tires near the concrete wall, that affected the wall and protesters started seeing cracks and splits in the concrete, during 

Israeli military stops work bringing electricity to At-Tuwani; confiscates building materials
10/30/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Christian Peacemaker Team - At-Tuwani - On Friday 30 October, the Israeli army forcibly stopped the electrical work of the village of At-Tuwani, located in the South Hebron hills. Officers from the Israeli District Coordinating Office (DCO), the branch of the Israeli army responsible for the administration of Palestinian civilian affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories, detained Mohammed Awayesa, a Palestinian worker from Ad-Dhahiriya and confiscated materials and tools being used for the electrical work. The items confiscated included a truck, a mechanized lift, and a large spool of electrical wire. No written orders were produced for the detention, confiscations, or work stoppage. Even though the army has given verbal permission to the community leaders to carry on the work, the DCO told the Palestinian workers and villagers that continued work on the electrical lines was illegal without a written permission from the DCO. 

Shot after photographing the Gaza sea
10/30/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Eva Bartlett, Electronic Intifada, 28 October 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 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. 8220;They were shooting at Palestinian fishermen in hassakas [small fishing vessels],” he said of the Israeli soldiers in the gunboat. . . . 

Police dismantle Sheikh Jarrah protest tent in east Jerusalem
10/30/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - The Jerusalem Post, 29 October 2009 - Police and Border Police officers dismantled a tent in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah on Wednesday morning, set up to protest the August eviction of one of two families in the neighborhood's Shimon Hatzadik section. The tent, located across the street from the former home of the Gawi family, was erected after both they and the Hanoun family were evicted from their homes on August 2. Police ordered the evictions after lengthy court battles had resulted in rulings favoring Jewish claimants who maintained that the properties belonged to them. While numerous vigils and protests have occurred in the neighborhood since, the tent opposite the former Gawi home had also been a meeting point for left-wing activists and "solidarity visits" from European Union and UN officials. 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Israeli killed, 34 hurt, in bus crash in Jordan
Ha'aretz 30 Oct 2009 - One Israeli was killed, and over 30 were injured on Friday as an Israeli tourist bus overturned near the Jordanian capital of Amman. ...

Iran to IAEA: Access to nuclear fuel before uranium deal 
Ha'aretz 30 Oct 2009 - Iran responded to a deal drawn up by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with the demand to receive fresh nuclear fuel for its nuclear reactor before sending uranium aboard, diplomats said on Friday. ... 

Barak cancels Spain trip amid UNIFIL leadership crisis 
Ha'aretz 30 Oct 2009 - Defense Minister Ehud Barak cancelled his scheduled visit to Madrid on Friday as tension grows between Israel and Spain due to a disagreement over the command of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). ...

Israel envoy to UN: Human Rights Council betrayed its own values
Ha'aretz 30 Oct 2009 - Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Professor Gabriela Shalev said on Friday at the organization's weekly assembly that the UN Human Rights Council had betrayed the very values and principles it was established to protect. ...

Netanyahu: Iran nuclear draft a `positive first step` 
Ha'aretz 30 Oct 2009 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday offered cautious praise of a U.S.-backed, United Nations-drafted deal to curb Iran's contentious nuclear program. ...

The Guardian

The Arabs by Eugene Rogan | Book review
The Guardian 30 Oct 2009 - Robert Irwin on an eloquent history of Arab hopes and disappointments The Arabs: A History by Eugene Rogan 532pp, Allen Lane, 25 Early on in his book Eugene Rogan, who teaches the modern history of the...

The far right wrath that killed Yitzhak Rabin | Seth Freedman
The Guardian 30 Oct 2009 - Israel has never recovered from Yitzhak Rabin's assassination. Sadly, the firebrand rhetoric that led to his death is still prevalent In Jewish communities throughout Israel and the Diaspora, everyone remembers where they were the night Yitzhak...

Letters: Credible approach on human rights
The Guardian 29 Oct 2009 - Members of the advisory board of the pro-Israel lobby group NGO Monitor take the Guardian to task ( Letters , 29 October) for failing to write a story about criticisms from the founder of Human Rights Watch, Robert...

Playing with fire: UN turns Gaza shelling into theatre
The Guardian 29 Oct 2009 - A show about the fate of an aid warehouse has caused controversy in Israel There is nothing ordinary about this advocacy campaign for a large UN institution. The lights dim before a packed audience and a...

The J Street dinner | Michael Tomasky
The Guardian 29 Oct 2009 - I return to this subject warily, because my last post on the matter generated all of one comment. Surely it was the only post in the electronic history of the Guardian to have anything remotely to...

Israeli military gives settlers free rein | Seth Freedman
The Guardian 29 Oct 2009 - The IDF is offering ever more support to settlers as its influence by religious-nationalist politics increases During a swearing-in ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem last Thursday, two soldiers held up a banner that sparked...

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...

Ha'aretz National page

Tourist drowns as Israel hit with severe winter weather
Ha'aretz 30 Oct 2009 - Heavy rain on Friday caused problems across central Israel, as much of the region was flooded, main thoroughfares were closed off and area residents were trapped in their homes and cars. ...

6 rightists detained after armed brawl with Arabs in Jerusalem 
Ha'aretz 30 Oct 2009 - Israel Police on Friday detained six right-wing Jews involved in a brawl with Arabs in the south Jerusalem neighborhood Beit Safafa. ...

Stormy weather postpones T.A. memorial marking Rabin assassination
Ha'aretz 30 Oct 2009 - The Tel Aviv memorial marking 14 years since the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has been postponed for one week due to stormy weather conditions, organizers said on Friday. ...

Tel Aviv threatens to shut down shelter for homeless sex workers
Ha'aretz 30 Oct 2009 - Tel Aviv's largest shelter for homeless sex workers is facing imminent closure, after the city froze the shelter's bank account because of overdue property tax payments. Despite being offered a "convenient" installment plan by the municipality to cover the debt, the institution's U.S.-born founder says he simply can't pay. ... 

Birthright alumni found less likely to marry non-Jews
Ha'aretz 30 Oct 2009 - A new study suggesting that Birthright alumni are nearly 60 percent more likely to marry Jewish partners made waves this week, as Jewish intellectuals and professionals discussed the study's merits and what lessons can be learned from it. One of the key questions was whether the figures - which are based on interviews with participants from 2001 to 2004, at the height of the intifada - would show a greater or lower Jewish commitment in more recent years. ...

Relief Web

USAID FrontLines - Oct 2009
Relief Web 30 Oct 2009 - Source: US Agency for International Development

OPT: General Assembly to consider UN probe into Gaza conflict next week
Relief Web 30 Oct 2009 - Source: UN News Service

Vanessa Redgrave gives benefit performance to support children in Gaza and southern Israel
Relief Web 30 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Children's Fund

OPT/Lebanon: Ambassador of Japan hosts scholarship recipients
Relief Web 30 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

"Why! UNRWA and Palestine refugees after 60 years"
Relief Web 30 Oct 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

OPT: The use of radioactive uranium in Israeli military operations- An international humanitarian law perspective
Relief Web 30 Oct 2009 - Source: Palestine Red Crescent Society

YNet News

Alon Pinkas may be Israel's next UN ambassador 
YNet News 30 Oct 2009 - Lieberman mulling replacing Prof. Gabriela Shalev with former Israeli consul general in Washington 

Jordan: Israeli killed, 35 injured in road accident
YNet News 30 Oct 2009 - Foreign Ministry says group of pensioners from Ramat Gan evacuated to Jordanian hospitals after bus they were traveling on flipped over due to stormy weather. IDF chopper to enter Jordan to evacuate injured 

Defense minister to join PM on US trip 
YNet News 30 Oct 2009 - Barak calls off visit to Spain in order to travel with Netanyahu to Washington, where they are expected to meet with senior Obama administration officials. State officials estimate White House has yet to confirm meetings in bid to pressure Israel on peace talks 

Shalev: Rights Council obsessed with Israel 
YNet News 30 Oct 2009 - Israeli ambassador tells UN General Assembly annual human rights report a 'manipulation' aimed at turning Jewish state into a monster 

Iran says it has not replied to uranium plan
YNet News 30 Oct 2009 - State news agency says Islamic Republic has only expressed its 'positive attitude' and willingness to hold talks on UN-backed proposal 

Photo gallery: Israel flooded by heavy rain 
YNet News 30 Oct 2009 - Ynet readers send in pictures of stormy Friday marking beginning of winter in Holy Land 

Barak: We have no other Labor Party 
YNet News 30 Oct 2009 - Defense minister uses party ceremony in memory of slain Prime Minister Rabin to talk about 'factionalism' in Labor 

Egyptians seek to prosecute Nasrallah 
YNet News 30 Oct 2009 - Prosecution demands putting Hezbollah secretary-general at top of list of 26 men accused of setting up terror cell in Egypt. Harsh criticism voiced against Shiite organization in Lebanon as well 

EU says Iran must stick by uranium limitation deal
YNet News 30 Oct 2009 - European leaders express 'grave concern' over Iran's response to UN-drafted plan on its nuclear program, urge Islamic Republic to agree to deal which would 'pave way for enhanced relationship between EU, Iran'. Meanwhile US secretary of state says will allow talks to play out before moving toward sanctions 

Israel endorses draft Iran atom deal as 'first step'
YNet News 30 Oct 2009 - Prime Minister Netanyahu offers cautious praise for UN-drafted proposal for dealing with Iran's nuclear program, tells US Mideast envoy George Mitchell, 'Proposal the president made in Geneva, to have Iran withdraw its enriched uranium - a portion of it - outside Iran is a positive first step' 

B'tselem

Video: 2009 Olive Harvest
28 Oct 2009 - In several events filmed by B’Tselem during October, settlers are seen hampering Palestinians from harvesting olives and stealing their crops.

Daily Star

Iran's reply undermines heart of Western nuclear offer
Daily Star 30 Oct 2009 Iran insists on simultaneously exchanging its low-enriched uranium for nuclear fuel produced overseas, the state news agency said Friday, calling the demand a "red line" that will not be abandoned. The condition undermines the basis of a UN-backed plan demanding Iran ship most of its uranium outside its borders to be further enriched in Russia and turned into fuel rods in France for use in a reactor.

Leadership struggle shakes powerful Islamic movement
Daily Star 30 Oct 2009 The Middle East's most powerful Islamic political movement is undergoing a leadership struggle as young, more moderate activists try to push the Muslim Brotherhood to soften its fundamentalist ideology and become a more democratic force. The direction the Brotherhood takes could have wider implications. The group is the strongest opposition movement in Egypt, though officially banned.

Netanyahu meets with US Mideast envoy
Daily Star 30 Oct 2009 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday met Washington's Middle East envoy ahead of a meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton aimed at reviving the moribund peace talks. Netanyahu told Senator George Mitchell he hoped his discussions with the US visitors would help "re-launch the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians as soon as possible.", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday met Washington's Middle East envoy ahead of a meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton aimed at reviving the moribund peace talks. Netanyahu told Senator George Mitchell he hoped his discussions with the US visitors would help "re-launch the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians as soon as possible."

Tel Aviv keen to deport children of illegal workers born in Israel
Daily Star 30 Oct 2009 Eight-year-old Stephanie is not afraid of deportation. Her teacher told her not to be. But like hundreds of Israeli-born children of illegal foreign workers, she faces the prospect of being expelled from the only home she's ever known. Some 1,200 Asian and African children born in Israel and their parents currently face deportation following a crackdown on foreign workers.

US Senate panel approves sweeping Iran sanctions
Daily Star 30 Oct 2009 The US Senate Banking Committee on Thursday approved a sweeping package of economic sanctions aimed at Iran, one of many efforts by lawmakers to compel Tehran to freeze its suspect nuclear program. The panel, led by Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd, voted 23-0 to pass the legislation, which notably targets firms that help the Islamic republic obtain refined petroleum products like gasoline.

Conditions 'ripe' for international nuclear cooperation
Daily Star 30 Oct 2009 I would like to make a brief comment about the American government and Iran's nuclear issue - The American government has said (crowd interrupt, chants of slogan: Death to America). Well done to the brave and wise people of Iran and you dear ones. In an opinion poll which they published, they announced that more than 80 percent of Iranian people did not trust America's promises.

Religious leaders slam Iraqi authorities over attacks
Daily Star 30 Oct 2009 Muslim clerics slammed Iraqi authorities in their Friday prayer sermons over massive bombings last week, as a top US general warned that he expected insurgents to plan more spectacular attacks. Among Baghdad's critics was Sheikh Abdel-Mehdi al-Karbalai, a representative of Iraq's top Shiite religious leader, who called for a review of security measures in the capital., Muslim clerics slammed Iraqi authorities in their Friday prayer sermons over massive bombings last week, as a top US general warned that he expected insurgents to plan more spectacular attacks. Among Baghdad's critics was Sheikh Abdel-Mehdi al-Karbalai, a representative of Iraq's top Shiite religious leader, who called for a review of security measures in the capital.

Palestinian Information Center

Settlers perform Talmudic rituals outside a confiscated Palestinian family home
PIC 31 Oct 2009 - Tens of extremist Jewish settlers celebrated outside the house they recently arrogated from a Palestinian family in Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of east Jerusalem.

Two protesters wounded, tens suffer breathing difficulty in Bilin
PIC 31 Oct 2009 - Two protesters were wounded and tens others suffered breathing problems when IOF troops tried to quell the weekly anti-wall demonstrations in the village of Bilin to the west of Ramallah..

Israeli occupation issues demolition notices to four Palestinian families
PIC 31 Oct 2009 - The Israeli occupation authorities issued on Friday demolition notices to the owners of four homes in Khirbat al-Hajr, to the south of the southern West Bank city of al-Khalil.

Livni: we must prevent the Goldstone report from reaching the security council
PIC 31 Oct 2009 - The Israeli opposition leader, Tzipi Livni, said that the Israeli government was disappointed that Russia voted in favour of the Goldstone Report at the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.

A Zionist report incites against Palestinian population in Jerusalem
PIC 31 Oct 2009 - A recent Zionist report said that the Palestinians in the occupied city of Jerusalem will form a majority in 20 years time despite Israeli occupation policies to ensure a Jewish majority.

IOF troops shatter the dream of a Palestinian university student from Gaza
PIC 31 Oct 2009 - The Israeli occupation authorities have deported a Palestinian student due to graduate in six weeks from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip, according to the Hebrew website "walla".

Whitewashing war crimes with stale lies
PIC 31 Oct 2009 - Many Zionist Jews are angry and frustrated these days following the ample attention given to the Goldstone report around the world.

Haneyya gov't asks Cairo to facilitate entry of miles of smiles
PIC 31 Oct 2009 - The government of Ismail Hnaeyya has asked the Egyptian authorities to facilitate the entry of the European aid convoy that has been stranded off the Egyptian harbor of Port Said for two weeks.

PLC lauds Bahraini parliament draft law on banning normalization with Israel
PIC 31 Oct 2009 - The chairmanship of the PLC has hailed the Bahraini parliament for issuing a draft law banning all kinds of normalization with Israel and punishing violators with 10 years in jail.

Palestinian sentenced to 20 years in jail on charge of resisting the occupation
PIC 31 Oct 2009 - An Israeli court sentenced a Palestinian citizen from Gaza called Juma’h Azzam to 20 years in prison on charges of involvement in military acts against Israel and his affiliation with Hamas.

Los Angeles Times

L.A. rabbis in Israel seek to model tolerance 
LA Times 31 Oct 2009 - The 18 rabbis visit Israel on a trip intended to show that different factions of Judaism can coexist. Their message is exemplified by their behavior at the Western Wall. The Western Wall is a unifying spiritual magnet for Jews the world over. It is also a place of contention over a rule by its Orthodox custodians that forbids women from standing beside men while praying there. 

Iran reply on nuclear deal called 'inadequate' 
LA Times 30 Oct 2009 - A Western diplomat says Tehran wants to send its uranium abroad for enrichment in smaller batches and over a longer period of time than foreseen by the U.S.-backed proposal. Iran's response Thursday to a proposed deal to transform its controversial nuclear material into fuel for a medical reactor is "inadequate," a senior Western diplomat said, adding that the reply failed to address key U.S. and European concerns about Tehran's nuclear intentions. 

A vibrant hub of Jewish life in the Valley 
LA Times 30 Oct 2009 - The area where the attack occurred is 'like a small Israel,' with kosher restaurants, grocery stores and day schools. Each Saturday morning without fail, Orthodox Jewish families in North Hollywood emerge from their homes and slowly make their way to the many synagogues along the area's leafy streets and boulevards. 

House panel approves bill to punish Iran 
LA Times 29 Oct 2009 - The measure, which would allow the president to take action against foreign companies that sell gasoline to Iran, aims to increase pressure on Tehran to abandon its nuclear program. A House committee, seeking to pressure Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions, approved a bill Wednesday aimed at punishing Tehran by cutting off its access to gasoline and other refined petroleum products. 

New York Times

Netanyahu Backs Nuclear Deal That Iran Rejected
New York Times 31 Oct 2009 - The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautiously endorsed U.S.-backed efforts to limit Iran’s nuclear program through shipments abroad of its enriched uranium. 

Misc

Israeli military gives settlers free rein 
10/29/2009 - The Guardian - Seth Freedman - The IDF is offering ever more support to settlers as its influence by religious-nationalist politics increases - During a swearing-in ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem last Thursday, two soldiers held up a banner that sparked a wave of condemnation by soldiers and civilians alike. The slogan on the banner – "Shimshon [Brigade] does not evacuate Homesh" – referred to the prospect of the soldiers being ordered to evict settlers from an illegal outpost on the site of the former Homesh settlement. Homesh was dismantled during the disengagement of 2005 but since then settlers have repeatedly returned to the site and erected makeshift homes, asserting their claim of a God-given right to live there, as well as throughout the rest of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). On the surface, the IDF's decision to jail the protesting pair suggests a refusal to bow to insubordination within the army's ranks. 

Jon Stewart Needs Your Support 
10/29/2009 - Uruknet/Anna in the Middle - Anna Baltzer -- Jon Stewart Needs Letters of Support for having Dr. Barghouti and Anna Baltzer on “The Daily Show”. From Anna Baltzer, one of the guests on the show: Dear friends, Last night Dr. Barghouti and I were on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart talking about Palestine. The show was overwhelmed with angry emails and phone calls prior to the appearance, and up until the last minute it seemed like they might cancel. During the taping the show had its only heckler in 11 years. The entire staff was very nervous and may come to regret the monumental decision (and not make it again) as they will surely be inundated now that the show has aired. That is why it is CRUCIAL that the show receive letters of support from anyone who appreciated the interview. PLEASE take a moment to give a quick thank you to the Daily Show. I'm sure they will likely be affected by numbers rather than length, so it's OK to make it short, but spread the word to others! Be sure to put "Thank you" in the subject, and maybe Dr. Barghouti & my names. -- Links: Fill out the form here. 

Israel and Zimbabwe: UN outlaws? 
10/29/2009 - Defence for Children International - Palestine - RAMALLAH, 29 October 2009] - On 22 October, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967, Richard Falk, presented his latest report to the General Assembly. The report covers the period from December 2008 to July 2009 and focuses mainly on the Gaza crisis, the impact of the blockade imposed by Israel and the lack of accountability for possible war crimes committed during Israel’s 22-day military offensive in the Strip from 27 December 2008 to 18 January 2009. Among the recommendations, Falk emphasises that, as a matter of urgency, the General Assembly should request an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice on the obligations and duties of UN member states to cooperate with the organisation. DCI-Palestine fully endorses this recommendation, particularly in light of the worrying trend of Israeli non-cooperation with UN bodies and representatives. 

Victims twice over 
10/30/2009 - AlJazeera: The Middle East Blog - Hundreds of women were widowed during Israel’s war on Gaza - left having to support their children on their own. But in this conservative society, these widows often find themselves victimised by cultural and economic discrimination. At first, Karima Abd-Rabo’s description of her life sounds like the complaints of working mothers all over the world: splitting her time between work and the household chores, with the underlying guilty feeling that she’s not spending enough time with her children. But Karima is different from other working mothers. She lives in Gaza, and was widowed during Israel’s recent war on the Strip. Her husband Ramzi died in an air raid in January. Suddenly she became the household’s main earner and solely responsible for her 3 youngest children. On top of the tangible heartache, it’s a dramatic lifestyle change. 

VIDEO - Child Detention in OPT: Mohammad’s Story 
10/30/2009 - Uruknet - Defence for Children Internatinal - Palestine Section - Mohammad (14 years old at the time) was playing with friends on a hill near his village (Biddu, near Ramallah) on 4 February 2008 when he was suddenly apprehended by four men dressed in civilian clothes. The men grabbed Mohammad knocking him to the ground; they struck him several times on the head with a gun whilst his face was sprayed with tear gas. The men then blindfolded him and tied his hands and feet with plastic cuffs before throwing him into the back of a vehicle. Mohammad was interrogated in the absence of a lawyer, deceived into signing a confession to throwing stones, and imprisoned in Israel for four-and-a-half months. [end] 

Palestinians File Lawsuits Over Gaza War 
10/30/2009 - Inter Press Service - RAMALLAH, Oct 30 (IPS) - As the legal and moral implications of the UN Goldstone report on Israel's military assault on Gaza continue to mount, Gazans are taking matters into their own hands and preparing civil lawsuits. The Israeli defence ministry's prosecution department has received about 1,500 notices of future civil lawsuits against the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) over damage caused to Palestinians and their property, and loss of earning capacity during Operation Cast Lead, Israel's codename for its three-week attack on the coastal territory. Israel is expected counter-argue that it was fighting on foreign territory and so it bears no legal responsibility for the aftermath of its intensive bombing campaign. However, under international law Gaza is still considered occupied by Israel as the Israeli authorities continue to control the territory's borders, airspace, coastline, population registration, and electricity and water supplies. 


Articles

Réalité EU: Front group for the Washington based Israel Project? 
Tom Mills and David Miller, P U L S E 10/30/2009
      A Spinwatch Investigation - Realite EU - Not actually based in the EU at all.
     Spinwatch has uncovered evidence that an apparently London based organisation offering expertise on Iran to journalists and politicians is a covert propaganda operation run by a pro-Israel organisation in the United States.
     The organisation, which is called Réalité-EU, has direct connections to the Israel Project, a hardline pro Israel organisation based in Washington DC. Both Réalité-EU and the Israel Project also appear to be connected to a Jewish organisation – B’nai B’rith International, which is also active in pro Israel campaigning
     Réalité-EU was at one time linked to the former Shadow Security Minister Patrick Mercer, raising further concerns about the Conservative MP’s links to individuals and groups involved in exaggerating and even fabricating domestic and international threats for personal and political ends. These activities have previously been reported by Spinwatch as well as other sources.
     Réalité-EU has claimed to be based at offices in London, but e-mails received from the organisation were sent from a mail server registered to the Washington offices of B’nai B’rith International.[1] An expert from Réalité-EU who spoke to Spinwatch denied ‘any connection whatsoever’ with B’nai B’rith
     Asked whether Réalité-EU receives any funding or direct support from the pro-Israel pressure group, the expert replied, ‘Definitely not,’ but added, ‘I’m not at all involved in any development [i.e. funding] questions so I really don’t know exactly who the individuals are and where they come from.’[2] more.. e-mail

Defying Israel With Aid 
Faryal Leghari, Khaleej Times 10/29/2009
      The Palestinians need humanitarian aid because of the situation created by Israel, but more than this, Israel needs to be confronted politically, argues Huwaida Arraf, leader of the Free Gaza Movement and co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement.
     In an exclusive interview with Khaleej Times, Huwaida and Adam Shapiro, a human rights activist and documentary filmmaker, spoke at length about their mission, that is aimed at helping the besieged Palestinians and defying the Israeli siege of Gaza until it is lifted.
     Huwaida, an Arab-Israeli, has been defying Israel politically from humanitarian perspective, bringing attention to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories, its persecution of the Palestinian people and its continuing violation of international law.
     The Free Gaza Movement, which started in 2006 as a protest against the siege of Gaza, epitomises political defiance with non-violent but powerful means. With the involvement of high profile people and media in previous expeditions, it has so far carried out eight humanitarian missions by sea—five of which were successful in reaching Gaza—from Cyprus carrying medicines and toys for Palestinian children.
     Huwaida said, “Palestinian people need humanitarian aid directly because of Israeli policies, but, the people should realise that giving aid is not enough; they have to invest in confronting ?policies.”
     The siege of Gaza has led to a humanitarian disaster for the 1.5 million Palestinians deprived of food, medicines, education material and vital reconstruction supplies to rebuild their homes. The last Gaza offensive started by Israel in December 2008 has exacerbated the situation. The Free Gaza Movement, despite being apprehended by the Israeli Navy and forced to abandon its mission of taking humanitarian relief to Gaza on three separate occasions, plans to organise a bigger expedition before winter carrying construction material and books and stationery. more..e-mail


Electronic Intifada
Homeless by Israeli policy
Electronic Intifada: 30 Oct 2009 - SUR BAHER, occupied East Jerusalem (IPS) - The latest round brings the number of East Jerusalem Palestinians displaced since the beginning of the year by forced evictions or house demolitions to over 600, according to figures released by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees. Altogether on Tuesday, six buildings were knocked down, leaving 26 people homeless. 

Israeli blockade strangling Gaza agriculture
Electronic Intifada: 29 Oct 2009 - Recently, Israel announced that it would import palm fronds from the Gaza Strip for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Initially, the decision to allow Gaza to export palm fronds seemed like an easing, however small, of the Israeli siege. But according to Gaza's farmers, exporters and the Israeli non-governmental organization Gisha, it wasn't. Mya Guarnieri reports for The Electronic Intifada. 

Book review: The timeless work of Naji al-Ali
Electronic Intifada: 29 Oct 2009 - Cartoonist Naji al-Ali was a towering figure in the Palestinian cultural and political scene. His daily political drawings were a knife-twisting, gut-wrenching journey into how Palestinians perceived their predicament. Toufic Haddad reviews A Child in Palestine: The Cartoons of Naji al-Ali for The Electronic Intifada. 

In Gaza
Palestinian volunteerism and defying Israeli occupation policies and attacks
30 Oct 2009 - * Amal Nassir, Local Initiative volunteer, harvests olives in the Beit Hanoun border region. 1st published: (IPS) ** - On a quiet October morning, Fida Zaneen, 19, sings a traditional love song as she pulls olives from trees in Beit Hanoun’s border region during the annual olive harvest. “My grandmother taught me the folk songs. They were popular all over Palestine many decades ago.” Saber Zaneen, 44, and Khalil Nassir, 45, alternately belt out traditional harvest songs as they, too, strip the limbs of the green and black fruit in the northern Gaza region. Keeping Palestinian culture alive is one of the mandates of Local Initiative , a Beit Hanoun-based volunteer group...

Palestine Chronicle
We Need More Erdogans
30 Oct 2009 - By Aijaz Zaka Syed - Dubai Turkey’s Ottoman Empire died an unwept death nearly a century ago. But the country continues to enjoy a unique eminence of leadership across the Middle East and in much of the Muslim world. And Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly justified this love and respect for his country with his political courage and candor. From the lashing Erdogan gave to Israel’s Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum in Davos following the Gaza offensive earlier this year to his call this week demanding UN action on Justice Richard Goldstone’s report, Turkey continues to show rare leadership. Erdogan’s nation stands up for justice and fair play, rather than go along with the shameful double standards that the rest of the world seems to take in its stride. This is remarkable for a country that enjoys close, strategic relations with the United States, is a NATO member and hopes to be the first Muslim country to join the European Union. More important, it has full diplomatic relations with Israel and is perhaps the only Muslim country with which Israel has close economic and military ties. (So you can’t really throw the regulation accusation of ‘anti-Semitism’ against Ankara.) This is largely because of Turkey’s historical relations with the Jewish community. The Ottoman caliphs sheltered and protected the Jews for centuries while they were being hunted and killed all across Christian Europe. However, these close ties haven’t deterred Turkey’s present leadership from confronting Israel on its persecution...

Gaza: The Forgotten Story
30 Oct 2009 - By Aditya Ganapathiraju Why are people on Gaza so unhappy? Well, if you had to live in a prison, wouldn't you be unhappy?— Former CIA officer Robert Baer It’s the most terrifying place I’ve ever been in… it’s a horrifyingly sad place because of the desperation and misery of the way people live. I was unprepared for camps that are much worse than anything I saw in South Africa.– Professor Edward Said 1993 They may be living but they're not alive. – Journalist Philip Rizk 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 the Israeli army took military control of the land. As numerous scholars and observers have concluded, the Israeli plan for Gaza seems to be to turn it into a depoliticized humanitarian catastrophe, turning the Palestinians trapped in there “beggars who have no political identity and therefore can have no political claims.” The Israeli assault against Gaza last winter brought this enclave to the forefront of the news cycle, only to disappear from the headlines in the weeks and months that followed. The attention of much of the world’s dominant media moved on to other issues soon after a unilateral Israeli pullout—planned precisely timed so as not to cause an...

In The Jaws of the Dragon - A Book Review
30 Oct 2009 - By Jim Miles In The Jaws of the Dragon- America's Fate in the Coming Era of Chinese Dominance. Eamonn Fingleton. Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martin's Press), New York, 2008. A book about the future published in 2008, with information preceding the publishing date, could well be considered out of date - or at worst in error - after a couple of years of passing current events. Eamonn Fingleton's 'old' work - In the Jaws of the Dragon - defies this, and is just as important a read as it should have been when first published. Perhaps even more so because of its accuracy and depth of research fully supporting his thesis that the U.S. is now in the maw of the Dragon - if not more accurately on the slippery slope into the belly of the beast. At first, while setting up the philosophy behind his thesis I needed to suspend my thoughts on Confucianism until he had fully stated his case. Similarly, I had to remember that events that occurred within the past year - the huge economic downturn - had not yet occurred when this book was written, but the more one reads the book, the more it seems prescient to the current financial situation between the U.S. and not just China but the other Asian tigers as well. After reading just the first introductory chapter in which Fingleton out lines his overall thesis, I noted that the arguments seemed reasonable, but had not included the U.S. personal...

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