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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
10 November, 2009

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International Middle East Media Center

Fateh Calls On Hamas To Sign The Egyptian Initiative
IMEMC 10 Nov 2009 - Wednesday November 11, 2009 - 02:41, As the Palestinians mark the fifth anniversary of the death of the late Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat, Fateh movement called on Hamas to sign the Egyptian Initiative for internal Palestinian unity.

As Fateh Prepares To Mark Arafat’s Death, Hamas Arrests Members
IMEMC 10 Nov 2009 - Wednesday November 11, 2009 - 00:18, As Fateh Prepares to mark Arafat’s Death, Hamas arrests members, Senior officials of the Fateh movement, headed by Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, accused the Hamas-run security forces in Gaza of arresting Fateh members on Tuesday to prevent them from preparing to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of late President, Yasser Arafat.

Miles Of Smiles Convoy Hopeful To Enter Gaza Wednesday
IMEMC 10 Nov 2009 - Tuesday November 10, 2009 - 22:23, Hamdi Shaath of the Governmental Committee Against the Siege in Gaza stated Tuesday that the Miles of Smiles European Convoy, struck in Egypt since more than 25 days, will hopefully be allowed into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

Israeli Army Chief Of Staff Asks Palestinians To Testify On War Crimes in Gaza
IMEMC 10 Nov 2009 - Tuesday November 10, 2009 - 16:07, Israeli Army Chief of Staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, said Tuesday that the military is conducting investigations into possible war crimes during the January 2009 war on Gaza.

The Israeli military kidnaps 8 civilians during attacks targeting the West Bank
IMEMC 10 Nov 2009 - Tuesday November 10, 2009 - 15:27, 8 Palestinian civilians were kidnapped on Tuesday by Israeli troops during invasions targeting a number of West Bank communities.

US peace activist disrupts Israeli Prime Minister in Washington DC
IMEMC 10 Nov 2009 - Tuesday November 10, 2009 - 09:28, When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Monday at the Annual Conference of the United Jewish Federations in Washington, DC, he was interrupted by Code Pink peace activist Midge Potts stood up with a banner that said “End the Siege of Gaza”.

Ma'an News

UN: Israel must let Gaza rebuild before winter
11/10/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Unable to rebuild their homes from Israel's military offensive 10 months ago, many Palestinians in Gaza could spend the winter without shelter if Israel does not end its blockade, the United Nations warned on Monday. "The winter will be particularly hard on the children of Gaza, whose capacity to withstand the rigors of a cold, wet winter has already been severely undermined by a marked deterioration of basic services and descent into poverty," the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territories, Maxwell Gaylard, said in a news release. "With winter rains and cold weather now imminent, the people of Gaza are even more desperately in need of construction materials such as cement, roofing tiles and glass to build and repair homes destroyed and damaged in the Israeli military offensive. . . 

PA: Israeli forces detain 10 in West Bank raids
11/10/2009 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Israeli forces detained ten Palestinians during raids across the West Bank early on Tuesday, according to the Palestinian Authority's police. The police media office reported that Israeli forces stormed the village of Turmus'ayya in Ramallah governorate and detained the following people: Hamdan Rafael, 22, Muhammad Al-Hizmah, 21, Anas Irsheid, 21, Abed Al-Hindi, 22, Muhammad Habash, 22, Firnas Abu As'ad, 21, Omar Hamdan, 22, and Iz Al-Hindi, 22. Meanwhile, in Jericho governorate the Israeli soldiers detained Shadi Musaffar, 28, after storming his house, the police said. In the Tubas area in the northern West Bank Israeli soldiers stormed the house of Nassr Daraghmeh, destroying some of his belongings and arresting him, according to the police report. The report added that 21-year-old Hussein Al-Kawazbeh from Sa'ir was injured when he fell while fleeing Israeli soldiers in the Hebron area. 

Medical aid to enter Gaza on Wednesday
11/10/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - The European medical aid convoy from "Miles of Smiles" that was prohibited from delivering its cargo to Gaza on Monday will be allowed to enter the Strip on Wednesday. Hamdi Sha'th, head of the committee against the siege, said "the delay was due to equipping the rest of the convoy in Al-Arish, and the aid will enter Gaza tomorrow. "  The committee had previously announced that the European medical convoy would enter Gaza on Tuesday. Sha'th appealed to the Egyptian authorities to facilitate the entry of the medical cargo into the Gaza Strip in order to provide the aid to the injured and disabled children wounded in Israel's war on Gaza last winter. Sha'th added that the committee prepared all the necessary arrangements for the reception of the convoy, and emphasized the success of the mission and its message of solidarity. 

Man sentenced for leading Al-Aqsa fighters
11/10/2009 - Qalqiliya - Ma'an - The Israeli military court in Salem sentenced a Palestinian man to nine years in prison on Monday nine on the charge of leading q group of fighters in opposition to occupying forces. Yousef Abdel Rahman Shtewi was accused of leading members of Fatah's armed wing, the Al-Aqa Brigades, in the West Bank city of Qalqiliya. Local sources said Shtewi was detained by Israeli soldiers during a raid on his house on 23 February 2007. He is being held at Israel's military prison in Meggido. [end] 

Israel opens two of three Gaza crossings
11/10/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Israel opened Gaza's Kerem Shalom and Nahal Oz border crossings on Tuesday while the Karni crossing, which is now only used for deliveries of wheat and animal feed, remained closed, according to a Palestinian official. Raed Fattouh, the Palestinian official, said Israel allowed the entry of between 98 and 108 trucks loaded with commercial and humanitarian goods into the besieged Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing. The delivery will include 12 trucks transporting 330 calves. Limited quantities of fuel and cooking gas will be delivered through the Nahal Oz crossing. On Monday Israel permitted the entry of 330 calves of an overall 7,000 to be delivered ahead of the Muslim Eid Al-Adha holiday later in November, during which it is traditional to slaughter a lamb as a representation of Abraham's sacrifice. 

Bethlehem deportees leave Gaza for Hajj
11/10/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Fourteen men who were marooned in Gaza after the 2002 Israeli siege of the Church of the Nativity are on their way from Gaza to Mecca on the Hajj. The men say President Mahmopud Abbas arranged to send all 26 of the former fighters from Gaza on the once-in-a-lifetime Muslim pilgrimage. However, visas did not arrive for some of the group, while others did not travel for reasons that were not immediately clear. Deportee Khalid Salah said that visas had not arrived for him and compatriots Sultan Al-Hereimi and Suleiman Ubayyat. He added that he hoped to see family members for the first time in nearly eight years once in Saudi Arabia. The siege took place during Israel's 2002 reinvasion of the West Bank at the height of the intifada. Israeli forces were locked in a standoff with Palestinian fighters who took refuge in the church for over a month. 

Hamas, Fatah under fire for curbing press freedom
11/10/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The rival governments in Gaza and Ramallah came under fire from human rights groups on Tuesday for violations of media freedom. Agents of the Fatah administration in Ramallah jailed a journalist for the Hamas-affiliated television channel Al-Aqsa, while in Gaza Hamas authorities banned a two-day conference organized by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). The owner of the Roots Tourist Restaurant where the IFJ conference was to have taken place told Reuters that Hamas government officials ordered him not to host the meeting. Journalists in the West Bank were supposed to join the conference via video link The conference was titled "Declaration of Ethical Journalism Initiative and Standards of Media in Palestine. " According to Sami Ziyara, a correspondent for Americanbroadcaster ABC, the Hamas government media office asked IFJ to apply for. . . 

Israel gets tough on asylum seekers
11/10/2009 - Jerusalem - IRIN - Aid groups and several members of parliament are outraged by what seems to be the toughening of Israeli policy towards asylum-seekers illegally entering the country. An "infiltration" law, the first draft of which has passed through parliament, is up for approval in the coming weeks despite efforts by NGOs to stop it. If approved, the law will regard anyone illegally entering the country as a criminal, and will allow a sentence of up to seven years for any asylum-seeker from an "enemy" country. "Enemy" countries are Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria and Libya. However, very few if any asylum-seekers try to enter Israel from all but the first three of these countries. Almost all enter via Egypt. The law would also incriminate NGOs and volunteers assisting such people and would allow for the detention of illegal minors. 

Israeli forces detain Palestinian near Azzun
11/10/2009 - Qalqiliya - Ma'an - Israeli troops detained a Palestinian near Azzun village, east Qalqiliya on Tuesday evening. The unknown Palestinian was detained near a military checkpoint as Israeli forces alleged he was in possession of a knife. Witnesses report that the seized man was taken away to be investigated - his identity was not revealed. [end] 

Man arrested after Knesset blast scare
11/10/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - Security guards arrested a man who threatened to blow up gas canisters and himself in a car outside Israel's Knesset in West Jerusalem on Tuesday morning. Reports said that a search revealed that there was one gas canisters in the car, which was in a parking lot adjacent to the building. It was also revealed that the Jewish man had been evicted from his home elsewhere in Jerusalem. The man was turned over to the police for questioning. The building containing the unicameral legislature was sealed during the blast scare. The Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee was reportedly discussing the findings of an internal military investigation into events during Israel's attack on Gaza last winter which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians. 

Obama reaffirms Israel ties in Netanyahu meet
11/10/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - US President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to Israel during a closed-door meeting with the country's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the White House on Monday evening. "The president reaffirmed our strong commitment to Israel's security, and discussed security cooperation on a range of issues," according to statement issued by the White House after the one hour, 40 minute meeting, as quoted in the online version of the Israeli daily newspaper, Haaretz. The 7pm meeting was said to address ways of re-starting the long-dormant Palestinian-Israeli peace process, as well as concerns about Iran and its nuclear program. For part of the meeting, the two leaders were joined by other Israeli officials, including Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Ambassador Michael Oren, National Security Council chief Uzi Arad, and Yitzhak Molcho, Netanyahu's personal envoy to talks in Washington. 

Kouchner urges Abbas not to step down
11/10/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - France joined Israel, the US, Jordan and the Fatah movement in urging President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday to reverse his decision to step down. "First of all, the Palestinian president must not resign," French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on France-Inter radio, according to The Associated Press. Kouchner also said he would press this point in a visit to Israel and the West Bank in the coming days. Abbas announced on Thursday said he has "no desire" to seek another term in an election that he scheduled for 24 January, citing frustrations with a year of stalemate in the peace process with Israel. Kouchner said he believes Abbas' departure would be a threat to peace prospects. 

Jamal Nazzal: failure of peace process is PLO success
11/10/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Fatah member Jamal Nazzal said on Tuesday that the failure of a peace process predicated on Israeli conditions is in fact a Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) success. In an interview with The Voice of Palestine radio station, member of Fatah's Revolutionary Council, Jamal Nazzal stated that the failure of negotiations with Israel has proved to be an accomplishment for the PLO, which has maintained its stance and preserved the rights of Palestinians, he said. Nazzal criticized the "strategic flirting" between Hamas and Israel regarding a temporary Palestinian state, as proposed by former Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz. Renewing his warnings over Mofaz's statements concerning the creation of a temporary Palestinian state with 42% of the West Bank borders, Nazzal added that Mofaz was successful in leading Hamas to an imaginary competition against. . . 

Blair: Abbas must stay
11/10/2009 - Jenin - Ma'an - Quartet envoy Tony Blair on Tuesday urged President Mahmoud Abbas to reverse his decision to step down, as a negotiated peace deal is still possible. Blair also expressed his hope that peace talks, called off last winter as Israel went to war in Gaza, will be resumed immediately. The former British prime minister also said that the situation on the ground should continue to improve regardless of whether political negotiations make progress or not. Blair was speaking at a ceremony in which Israel opened the Jalame military checkpoint to allow Palestinian citizens of Israel to drive their cars into the Jenin area of the northern West Bank. Israel's Regional Cooperation Minister Silvan Shalom, who attended the ceremony, called upon Palestinian president Abbas, and Prime Minister Fayyad to restart negotiations with Israel immediately. 

UN envoy: Abbas announcement a ’wake-up call’
11/10/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - President Mahmoud Abbas' decision not to seek reelection was a "wake-up" call, a top UN official said on Tuesday. "I believe President Abbas' announcement last week is a loud and clear wake-up call," said UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry in a statement after meeting the Palestinian leader in Ramallah. "I repeat the Secretary-General's call for a freeze on all settlement activity. Either we go forward decisively to a two state solution in accordance with Security Council resolutions, or we risk sliding backwards," the official added. He also said that he conveyed to Abbas UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's "strong support for his leadership. "  

French FM fearful Israel doesn’t want peace
11/10/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner expressed his fear that Israel no longer appears prepared to pursue negotiations in the Middle East, adding that Paris remains fervently opposed to settlement construction in the West Bank, Israeli media reported on Tuesday. In an interview with France Inter radio, Kouchner elucidated that he did not anticipate a forthcoming breakthrough in peace talks between Israel and Palestine. "What really hurts me, and this shocks us, is that before there used to be a great peace movement in Israel. There was a left that made itself heard and a real desire for peace," Kouchner said. Kouchner added that, "It seems to me, and I hope that I am completely wrong, that this desire has completely vanished, as though people no longer believe in it. "Franco-Israeli relations have not always been comfortable, with France vociferously. . . 

DFLP: PA must reject Netanyahu’s proposal
11/10/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) called on the Palestinian Authority and Arab countries to reject Netanyahu's calls for "Palestinian negotiations without preconditions," according to an official statement from the party released on Tuesday. The DFLP's statement added that there should be "no negotiations with the continuation of settlements and the Judaizing of Jerusalem, and the Netanyahu government should look at the resolutions of international legitimacy. "  The party also called on all Palestinian factions to resume an all-inclusive national dialogue to end the division and re-build national unity by letting the people elect the legislative council, a new national council for the PLO, and the president. In addition, they called on Arab countries to hold a summit to develop a new formula forArab-American relations in accordance with international treaties and Obama's speech in Cairo in June. 

Al-Ashqar: Egypt bans Palestinian leaders from performing Hajj
11/10/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Hamas leader Ismail Al-Ashqar and other Palestinians leaders banned from performing Hajj by Egyptian authorities, he said on Tuesday. In a telephone interview Al-Asqar said that he was prevented from travelling to Saudi Arabia via Egypt to perform Hajj. Al-Asqar added that Egyptian authorities further prohibited Muhammad Al-Hindi, a leader of the Islamic Jihad party, Muhye Ad-Deen Abu Daqa from As-Sa'eqa, Zakaria Daghmash from the Popular Resistance,Salem Salama, and Iyad Ad-Dajani from Hamas from travelling to Saudi Arabia, Al-Ashqar said. Al-Ashqar added, "We waited long hours and we all have the official papers but we were prevented from travelling to perform Hajj". He demanded Egypt to withdraw the decision to prohibit him and other Palestinian leaders from traveling, a decision which surprised him, he said. 

Hamas: PA detained six more of our supporters
11/10/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Hamas said that Fatah-backed Palestinian Authority forces seized six Hamas members in the West Bank over the last two days. Hamas said in a statement received by Ma'an that PA forces detained six Hamas affiliates in Tulkarem, Hebron and Qalqiliya areas. [end] 

Abbas may quit Fatah, PLO posts
11/10/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - President Mahmoud Abbas is considering resigning from his roles on the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee and the Fatah Central Committee, Palestinian officials said on Tuesday. The sources, who spoke on the condition that their names be withheld, also said that Abbas' announcement last week that he will not seek reelection as president was a serious decision and not a political maneuver as analysts have said. Abbas is also waiting for the appropriate moment to announce his resignation from the PLO and Fatah governing bodies, the sources added. The sources said that this is what the president was alluding to in his speech last Thursday when he referred to making "the right decisions at the right moments. "In a speech last Thursday Abbas said he had "no desire" to stand for another term in an election that he scheduled for 24 January,. . . 

PA forms consumer protection body
11/10/2009 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Minister of National Economy Hassan Abu Libdeh announced on Tuesday the establishment of a Palestinian council for consumer protection which is scheduled to meet for the first time on Thursday. Abu Libdeh said that the council will include representatives of government and civil society institutions. The minister said the new body would work to regulate the flow of goods to the market, involve the consumer in economic decisionmaking, and ensure food security. The council will meet at the ministry's headquarters in Ramallah on Thursday. [end] 

PNC to hold meeting in Ramallah on Saturday
11/10/2009 - Ramallah - Ma'an - Palestinian National Council (PNC) Chairman Salim Az-Za'noun has convened a meeting of the PNC's members in the West Bank and Jerusalem at the Palestine Red Crescent headquarters in Ramallah on Saturday. Az-Za'noun explained that the meeting has been organized to discuss current developments in Palestinian affairs, assuring that the PNC will face the challenges that threaten the Palestinian cause, the interests of the Palestinian people and their rights. He further stressed that the Palestinian cause is currently at a critical stage and requires the topmost attention, urging the Palestinian people to rally around the legitimate Palestinian government, which he said is represented by President Mahmoud Abbas. Az-Za'noun continued to call for immediate reconciliation and a return to national unity. 

Abu Samhadaneh: Palestinian must commemorate Arafat
11/10/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Fatah leader Abdullah Abu Samhadaneh called on Palestinians, wherever they may be, to commemorate the passing of Yasser Arafat - not only the leader of Fatah but a symbol for all Palestinians, he stated. In a news statement Abu Samhadaneh expressed his hope for a commemoration ceremony to be held in Gaza to mark the fifth anniversary of Arafat's death on Wednesday, adding that Hamas should not impede any services held by the Palestinians of Gaza memorializing the late Palestinian leader. Abu Samhadaneh further called on Hamas to stop the detentions of Fatah members in Gaza. "Hamas should forget everything that would poison the atmosphere of reconciliation and it should let Fatah commemorate he who brought back the status of the Palestinian cause and who refused to abandon any of the Palestinians' rights and stances, which he maintained with his own blood until. . . 

Caretaker gov’t discusses Abbas speech in weekly cabinet meeting
11/10/2009 - Ramallah - Ma'an - The caretaker government in Ramallah decided to form a steering committee to help reduce its dependence on foreign aid and to develop pillars of national economy based on the Palestinian treaty to end the occupation and establish a state, during its weekly meeting on Tuesday. In addition, cabinet members discussed President Mahmoud Abbas' speech which had far reaching political implications. Concerned with Israel's intransigence over resuming negotiations and restoring credibility to the peace process, Abbas' speech further discussed the role of the Quartet, particularly that of the US, and the state of internal division and risks for Palestinian national aspirations. Cabinet members further stressed upon the need for the international community to take responsibility for the political process' stagnation and its inability to achieve agreed-upon objectives,. . . 

Fatah: national unity must be achieved in Arafat’s memory
11/10/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - TheFatah movement in Gaza called on Hamas to immediately sign the Egyptian proposal for reconciliation and to implement its provisions, party officials said on Tuesday. In a statement released to commemorate the fifth anniversary of death of President Yasser Arafat, the Fatah movement in Gaza stressed that national dialogue is the only means to restore Palestinian national unity, calling on Hamas to sign the Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation paper without delay. Fatah's statement assured of the party's adherence and commitment to the late leader's political approach and the work of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. The party further asserted its dedication to the Palestinian national cause which calls for an end to Israeli occupation and the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capitol, the return of Palestinian refugees and the release. . . 

PSE rises: Al-Quds Index up 0.18% on Tuesday
11/10/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Palestine Securities exchange rose for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, with the Al-Quds Index closing at 496. 88, marking an increase of 0. 88 points (0. 18%). Trading volume was 304,567 shares traded for a total value of 547,956. 87 US dollars in 219 trades. The shares of 20 companies were traded. The shares prices of nine companies rose, and five declined. The top five gainers were PLAZA by 4. 62%, MIC by 3. 64%, JCC by 3. 55%, NCI by 3. 45%, WASSEL by 3. 39%. The top five losers GCOM by 4. 35%, ARE by 3. 70%, PID by 2. 15%, PIIC by 1. 49%, NIC by 1. 27%. [end] 

Ha'aretz Defense page

U.S. accuses Iran of illicit weapons shipments to Hezbollah
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - U.S. raises issue of arms shipments to Security Council; UN: Both sides violating UN Resolution 1701. 

IDF to Palestinians: Bring forth Gaza war complaints
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - IDF chief says criminal investigation division along with five committees now probing 45 Palestinian complaints. 

Alleged Jewish terrorist to be charged with murdering two Palestinians
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - Yaakov Teitel arrested a month ago on suspicion of murder, involvement in several murders and bomb plots. 

IDF Chief: Hezbollah has rockets capable of hitting Tel Aviv
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - IDF chief says calm is 'misleading - Beyond the fences the terror groups are gaining strength.' 

Most advanced, expensive fighter jet headed to Israel
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - The U.S. is scheduled to respond next week to Israel's request for 25 F-35 stealth fighter jets. 

Outpost residents finally admit IDF official issuing demolition order
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - Police negotiating with residents of unauthorized community, Givat Asaf, who refuse to accept decree. 

Lebanon source: Israel working with Islamists to hurt Hezbollah
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - Lebanese official says Katyusha fired last month was arranged with Israel, to make Hezbollah take blame. 

Report: Hezbollah rearming for imminent conflict with Israel
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - The British Observer quotes a Hezbollah commander as saying they expect an Israeli attack by spring. 

U.S. top brass: Nuclear Iran is existential threat to Israel
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - Mullen: A nuclear Iran would undermine the stability of a region that is already highly unstable. 

Lebanon authorities detain 'arms ship' crew for questioning
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - After Israel releases ship found to be carrying tons of weapons apparently to Hezbollah, crew questioned in Beirut. 

Uruknet

[uruknet.info] Fatah marks Arafat's anniversary behind closed doors in Gaza
Uruknet November 10, 2009 - A Fatah lawmaker on Tuesday defied a Hamas ban on marking the death anniversary of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and held a candle-lighting ceremony at his office in southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. The office of Ashraf Jum'a, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), were crammed with nearly 100 supporters of Fatah...

[uruknet.info] Video: UN calls for the opening of crossings into Gaza
Uruknet November 10, 2009 - UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory called for the immediate opening of crossings into Gaza so that Palestinians can prepare for the coming winter...

[uruknet.info] Comrade Sa'adat calls from his isolation cell for support for Palestinian prisoners
Uruknet November 10, 2009 - Comrade Leader Ahmad Sa'adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, issued a letter on November 8, 2009 from his isolation cell in response to the international day of action and the efforts of political, social, legal and media organizations in solidarity with Comrade Sa'adat and all Palestinian prisoners, particularly...

[uruknet.info] Israeli Jews and the one-state solution
Uruknet November 10, 2009 - One of the most commonly voiced objections to a one-state solution for Palestine/Israel stems from the accurate observation that the vast majority of Israeli Jews reject it, and fear being "swamped" by a Palestinian majority. Across the political spectrum, Israeli Jews insist on maintaining a separate Jewish-majority state. But with the total collapse of the Obama...

[uruknet.info] Palestinians adrift five years after Arafat death
Uruknet November 10, 2009 - Every time Nader Ismail comes to Ramallah he makes his way to the white mausoleum of Yasser Arafat, the father of the Palestinian struggle for statehood, to say a prayer. "President Arafat is a symbol of the Palestinian revolution, and I cannot come to Ramallah without reading the fatiha (Koranic verses) over his tomb," says Ismail,...

[uruknet.info] Five years on, Palestinians still mourning Arafat
Uruknet November 10, 2009 - Every time Nader Ismail comes to Ramallah he makes his way to the white mausoleum of Yasser Arafat, the father of the Palestinian struggle for statehood, to say a prayer. "President Arafat is a symbol of the Palestinian revolution, and I cannot come to Ramallah without reading the fatiha (Koranic verses) over his tomb," says Ismail,...

[uruknet.info] PCHR Condemns Gaza Government's Decision to Ban International Federation of Journalists Conference in Gaza
Uruknet November 10, 2009 - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the Gaza Government's decision to ban a conference of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in Gaza. The conference was due to be held on 9 and 10 November 2009, and linked to the West Bank meeting via video conference. PCHR stresses that this measure constitutes an...

[uruknet.info] Obama, Netanyahu meet as U.S. peace bid flounders
Uruknet November 10, 2009 - President Barack Obama held unusually low-profile talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that failed to provide any sign of progress toward reviving Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. A White House statement after the one-hour, 40-minute session framed the meeting in only general terms, saying the two leaders discussed "how to move forward on Middle East...

[uruknet.info] Portuguese water company's immoral collaboration with Israel
Uruknet November 10, 2009 - The management of Portuguese water company EPAL recently informed its workers about its collaboration with the Israeli national water company Mekorot on "water security issues." An EPAL intern who recently visited the occupied West Bank reacted to the news by informing colleagues about how Israel is depriving Palestinians from water, referring to Amnesty International's 27 October...

[uruknet.info] Abbas may quit Fatah, PLO posts
Uruknet November 10, 2009 - President Mahmoud Abbas is considering resigning from his roles on the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee and the Fatah Central Committee, Palestinian officials said on Tuesday. The sources, who spoke on the condition that their names be withheld, also said that Abbas' announcement last week that he will not seek reelection as president was a...

[uruknet.info] Prisoners center: Medical neglect threatens lives of diabetic Palestinian detainees
Uruknet November 10, 2009 -- The prisoners' center for studies has said that the lives of Palestinian sick detainees in Israeli occupation authority jails were in danger especially those with diabetes. The center in a statement on Tuesday quoted one of the detainees in Hadarim jail as saying that the Israeli prisons authority (IPA) completely ignores threats to the lives of...

[uruknet.info] US appellate court blocks lawsuit against extraordinary rendition and torture
Uruknet November 10, 2009 - For the second time in two years a federal appellate court has denied Canadian citizen Maher Arar the right to sue former Attorney General John Ashcroft and other US government officials for money damages based on his "extraordinary rendition" to Syria, where he was imprisoned without due process and tortured for almost a year. On November...

Palestine Telegraph

UN official calls on Israel to allow construction raw-materials into Gaza
Palestine, Novermber 10, 2009 (Pal Telegraph)-A senior United Nations official Monday called on Israel to reopen the crossing points to allow construction raw-materials into the Gaza Strip blockaded by Israel.

Like Berlin Wall; Palestinians try to break Israeli "Apartheid " wall
Palestine, Novermber 10, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Palestinians and foreign activists have torn down segments of Israel's separation wall in a demonstration marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Fenced in but defiant in Israeli-occupied West Bank 
US, Novermber 8, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Sabri Mohammed Ghraieb has seen the olive groves that once fringed his West Bank home turn into a Jewish settlement and prison-like walls but still he refuses to leave.

The National

Abbas is playing a bluff with few cards
The National 10 Nov 2009 - President's decision to not run for re-election may be part of a desperate ploy to face the White House and Israel with a final ultimatum.

Israel and Iran visit Brazil
The National 10 Nov 2009 - Dueling visits to Brazil by the presidents of Israel and Iran are showing the South American powerhouse's growing role in Mideast diplomacy.

Palestinian leaders foresee bleak future
The National 9 Nov 2009 - Even as Obama meets Netanyahu in an effort to push for peace, Palestinians see no possibility of statehood as Israel expands settlements.

Hariri ready to lead Lebanon in unity
The National 9 Nov 2009 - After months of difficult negotiations, prime minister-designate announces formation of national unity cabinet to join political factions.

West Bank demonstration supports Abbas
The National 9 Nov 2009 - Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in Ramallah to express support for the president Mahmud Abbas days after he said he would not seek re-election in January.

Aljazeera

Jordan police held over man's death
AlJazeera 10 Nov 2009 - Jordanian police officers to face trial in connection with death of a civilian.

Palestinians break Israel's wall
AlJazeera 9 Nov 2009 - Protesters tear down segments of Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank.

Lebanon PM forms unity cabinet
AlJazeera 9 Nov 2009 - Opposition agrees to join government after months of negotiations.

Alternative Information Center

How Israel Won the Settlement Battle Again
Alternative Information Center 10 Nov 2009 - When British Foreign Secretary David Miliband uttered a few words regarding the illegality of the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, many wanted to believe that London was taking a sharp stance against Israel’s continued...

Condemnation of the Gaza Government’s Decision to Ban an International Federation of Journalists Conference in Gaza 
Alternative Information Center 10 Nov 2009 - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the Gaza Government's decision to ban a conference of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in Gaza. The conference was due to be held on 9 and...

Israeli Settlers Plow Privately Owned Palestinian fields, Israeli Police Fail to Intervene
Alternative Information Center 9 Nov 2009 - At-Tuwani - On the morning of Sunday 8 November 2009 four Israeli Settler youth from Ma'on settlement plowed privately-owned Palestinian fields in Umm Zeituna valley. The settlers arrived at approximately 8:50am and chased two Palestinian shepherds...

Open Letter to the Board of Governors of Trondheim University
Alternative Information Center 9 Nov 2009 - We are Arab students at the Israeli universities writing to you in support of the proposed academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions. We believe that the boycott is timely and hopefully will help in upholding moral...

Palestine News Network

Palestinians tear down West Bank Wall
PNN 10 Nov 2009 - RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinians tore down a massive chunk of Israel’s illegal West Bank separation barrier on Monday in a protest staged to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the day the Berlin Wall came down. A truck was used to pull down the wall section to the cheers of an estimated 150 Palestinian activists and foreign supporters near the Qalandia refugee...

Israeli settlers plow privately owned Palestinian fields, Israeli police fail to intervene.
PNN 9 Nov 2009 - At-Tuwani - On the morning of Sunday 8 November 2009 four Israeli settleryouth from Ma'on settlement plowed privately-owned Palestinian fields inUmm Zeituna valley. The settlers arrived at approximately 8:50am andchased two Palestinian shepherds off the land throwing stones, beforestarting plowing. Local Palestinian shepherds and international peaceactivists from Operation Dove called the Israeli police, who failed torespond to the incident.Settlers worked for several...

Qalqilia Zoo
PNN 9 Nov 2009 - The Qalqilia Zoo was established in 1986 through funding from the Qalqilia Municipality. The total area of the project did not initially exceed ten dunums, including a small park, the animals’ area, and some recreational attractions. As time went on, the zoo started to expand. In recent years, the Qalqilia Municipality has focused on expanding and improving the zoo and inaugurated the...

The Writing on the Wall 
PNN 9 Nov 2009 - As the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaches, I find it appropriate to reflect on what lessons its fall has to teach us about the Wall being built here in Palestine, what is known to Israelis as the “Security Fence” and what is known to many Palestinians as the “Apartheid Wall.” In order to deepen my understanding of...

Harvest under Fire
PNN 9 Nov 2009 - Immatin is a small village of nearly 2,500 people that is nestled in the hills east of Qalqilia. Like so many other villages in Qalqilia, Immatin’s recent history is marred by stories of confiscated lands, uprooted olive trees, and the approach of the Wall, which threatens to isolate 10,000 of the village’s 27,000 dunums. To make matters worse, the people of Immatin...

Military escort falls short, failing the children of at-Tuwani
PNN 9 Nov 2009 - PNN/Amanda Mueller. In the rolling, rocky hills of South Hebron, where electricity and water are scarce and Israeli settler violence is plenty, a group of children huddle together, waiting to be escorted to school by the Israeli military. They come from the villages of Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed, facing intimidation and harassment, for an education. What should be a peaceful twenty...

Palestinians adrift five years after Arafat death
PNN 10 Nov 2009 - RAMALLAH, November 10, 2009 (AFP) - Every time Nader Ismail comes to Ramallah he makes his way to the white mausoleum of Yasser Arafat, the father of the Palestinian struggle for statehood, to say a prayer. President Arafat is a symbol of the Palestinian revolution, and I cannot come to Ramallah without reading the fatiha (Koranic verses) over his tomb, says Ismail,...

Jerusalem Post

US: Iran financing of 'Francop' a violation of UN embargo
Jeruslalem Post 10 Nov 2009 - In UN Security Council discussion, UK expresses "very serious concern;" Syrian UN Ambassador accuses Israel of "piracy on the high seas."

At GA, Emanuel defends Mideast policy
Jeruslalem Post 10 Nov 2009 - White House chief of staff says US engagement in region does not imply diminished support for Israel.

Kouchner: Israelis no longer aspire to peace
Jeruslalem Post 10 Nov 2009 - Ahead of PM's visit to Paris, French FM says that the 'peace movement' has disappeared from Israel.

Israel opens Jalama border crossing to boost Palestinian economy
Jeruslalem Post 10 Nov 2009 - Site which connects lower Galilee to Jenin has been closed to vehicles since second intifada.

Fatah: Fayad plotting to replace Abbas
Jeruslalem Post 10 Nov 2009 - As accusations fly, official says 'Fatah never recognized Israel's right to exist and never would.'

'We must brace for rocket onslaught'
Jeruslalem Post 10 Nov 2009 - Ashkenazi tells FADC Hizbullah growing stronger, says Iran "extreme" but at the same time "rational".

Ex-Gaza Division cmdr. spared demotion
Jeruslalem Post 10 Nov 2009 - Court partially accepts appeal of Tamir, who let 14-yr-old son drive IDF buggy, tried to cover up crash.

Israel plans to outlaw public drinking at night
Jeruslalem Post 10 Nov 2009 - Public Security minister: Shopkeepers selling alcohol to minors will be penalized similarly to drug dealers.

'I'd talk with any Palestinian group'
Jeruslalem Post 10 Nov 2009 - Mofaz clarifies that he would only negotiate with Hamas after it ends arms race, attacks on Israel.

IRIN

EGYPT: Black cloud with a silver lining
IRIN CAIRO Monday, November 09, 2009 (IRIN) - The conversion of excess rice straw into fertilizer, rather than simply burning it off could be the solution to a problem that has plagued Cairo residents for the last 10 years: the “black cloud” that decends on the city every October and November.

In Brief: Israel transfers 5,000 H1N1 vaccinations to Gaza
IRIN TEL AVIV Sunday, November 08, 2009 (IRIN) - Israel’s Civil Administration announced on 5 November that it had transferred 5,000 pandemic H1N1 vaccinations to Gaza for Hajj pilgrims leaving to Saudi Arabia via the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.

ISRAEL: Getting tough on "infiltrators"
IRIN JERUSALEM Tuesday, November 10, 2009 (IRIN) - Aid groups and several members of parliament (MPs) are outraged by what seems to be the toughening of Israeli policy towards asylum-seekers illegally entering the country.

Inter Press Service

POLITICS: On Nuke Disarmament, It's Still "You First" 
IPS UNITED NATIONS, Oct 31 (IPS) - Is the ongoing controversy over Iran's nuclear programme helping to advance the United Nations' agenda on nuclear disarmament? To a number of diplomats and experts who have participated in past U.N. discussions on the spread of nuclear weapons, the answer is, yes – although...

MIDEAST: The 'Unknown' Fight the Illegal 
IPS OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM, Nov 8 (IPS) - "Make sure your father gets this," the municipal inspector tells a ten-year-old boy at the gate of the concrete house in an alleyway in the Al-Bustan quarter of Silwan, a Palestinian neighbourhood right under the shadow of the walled Old City.

Stop The Wall

Al-Ma’sara commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall
Stop The Wall 10 Nov 2009 - In Friday’s demonstration against the illegal construction of the Apartheid Wall that is designed to steal the agricultural lands of the villages of Southern Bethlehem, the people of al-Ma'sara celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany. In chants and speeches, the demonstrators insisted on the illegality of the Wall and occupation, while international and Israeli activists showed support using percussion instruments. [

"We are going to Jerusalem!"
Stop The Wall 10 Nov 2009 - This afternoon, exactly 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, popular committees struggling against the Apartheid Wall and the settlements destroyed part of the Wall near Qalandiya. Hundreds of people, with some 30 international supporters, used a truck to pull down part of the Wall in the area east of the Qalandiya refugee camp and beyond the UN Vocational College. They also destroyed iron gates and other pieces of concrete in the same area. [

PCHR Weekly Report

(29 Oct.- 04 Nov. 2009)
PCHR Weekly Report

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli settlers plow privately owned Palestinian fields, Israeli police fail to intervene
11/9/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Christian Peacemaker Team - At-Tuwani - On the morning of Sunday 8 November 2009 four Israeli settler youth from Ma'on settlement plowed privately-owned Palestinian fields in Umm Zeituna valley. The settlers arrived at approximately 8:50am and chased two Palestinian shepherds off the land throwing stones, before starting plowing. Local Palestinian shepherds and international peace activists from Operation Dove called the Israeli police, who failed to respond to the incident. Settlers worked for several hours and plowed the whole valley which is situated on privately-owned Palestinian land and lies outside of Ma'on's municipal boundaries. Local shepherds also reported that on Friday 5 November settlers from Ma'on, with the accompaniment of Israeli soldiers, plowed a field near the Palestinian village of Maghayir al Abeed belonging to Hajj Hussein Daoud from the Palestinian city of Yatta. 

Protesters reenacted the fall of the Berlin Wall to mark its 20th anniversary: 8 meter tall concrete wall dividing Ramallah and Jerusalem tipped-over
11/9/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - Photos - In a symbolic reenactment of the event that changed the world 20 years ago, demonstrators from all over the West Bank managed to topple a section of Israel's wall, 8 meters of reinforced concrete in height, near the infamous Qalandiya Checkpoint. On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, hundreds of demonstrators from across the West Bank convened in Qalandiya to demand the immediate dismantling of Israel’s wall. In a dramatic turn of events, protesters managed to tip-over a a section of the wall, opening a passage in this strategic and symbolic location at the entrance to East-Jerusalem. Exactly twenty years ago today the Berlin Wall came crumbling down in two days that changed the world forever. Today, a wall twice as high and five times as long is being built by Israel in the West Bank, in blatant contempt of international law, to separate Palestinians from their lands. 

Qaryut residents successfully remove a roadblock
11/9/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 5 November 2009 - The villagers of Qaryut are facing a new weekend tradition: the Friday removing of a roadblock, repeatedly re-instated by the Israeli army upon every attempt to clear the road connecting the village with Ramallah and Nablus. The morning of Friday, 5 November, saw approximately 200 villagers join forces in clearing a large earth mound that blocks Qaryut's passage to Road 60, the route for travelling between Ramallah and Nablus. Although 15 soldiers, 2 Israeli police vehicles and one car of settlers (who halted to observe from Road 60) were awaiting the villagers' arrival when they marched down to the roadblock, the action remained peaceful to the end. The soldiers and border guards had initially taken up position to defend the block, however they had no choice but to move back in the face of the large and determined crowd. 

Seven Palestinians arrested during Nablus military raids
11/9/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 5 November 2009 - In the dead of night, at 2am, Thursday 4 November, the Israeli Occupation Force made a series of military raids on civilian home in Nablus, arresting 7 young men. Al-Ein camp was brutally attacked by a force of some 100 Israeli soldiers, encircling a large part of the camp while firing sound bombs. A large number of houses were invaded, their occupants awoken and forced to stand outside in the freezing cold, while soldiers with dogs wrecked havoc upon their personal belongings. One woman saw two young Palestinians with their hands tied behind their backs, while the soldiers had placed toy guns, partisan scarfs and knives at their side and were taking pictures of this (apparently a ploy to prove that they were ‘dangerous militants', thereby justifying their arrest). Among the arrested were Mustafa Kasem Al-Mabruk, 21 years old, and Ahmed Khalid Abdo Bohe, his cousin, who is 18 years old. 

Residents of Sheikh Jarrah demonstrate against settlements in East Jerusalem
11/9/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 4 November 2009 - On Wednesday 4 November 2009, a vibrant demonstration was held in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem. The demonstration was organised as a protest against Jewish settlers taking over a Palestinian house in Sheikh Jarrah, belonging to the Al Kurd family, on the previous day. It was also a protest against the ongoing home confiscations, home demolitions, and evictions of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem. The demonstration gathered about 150 demonstrators and was covered by a number of press reporters. In addition to Sheikh Jarrah families, participant organizations included Israeli activists such as Ta'ayush and Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, and international activists such as the International Solidarity Movement, Michigan Peace Team, and Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel. 

Israeli army use live ammunition during invasion of Iraq Burin
11/9/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 7 November 2009 - On Saturday 7 November the residents of Iraq Burin, a small village outside Nablus, once again had their weekend disrupted by settlers and the Israeli army. During the day settlers from the nearby illegal settlement came down close to the village in a provocative act. The scenario that followed was the same as the previous two Saturdays – settler attack followed by an army invasion. During the invasion that lasted about one hour, the army shot teargas and live ammunition inside the village. Because of similar events of settler and army violence in the last two weekends, the Palestinians have called for international activists to be present in the village on Saturday morning. At around 2. 30pm, five settlers from the illegal settlement Bracha appeared close to the village, scaring and provoking the villagers. 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Israeli Americans blast 'unjust' U.S. health care reform bill
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - The organization representing North Americans in Israel has called on its members to fight a U.S. health care bill that would require U.S. citizens living abroad to pay $750 annually for insurance they may not be able to use. ... 

Comment / Obama's good intentions lead nowhere 
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - After nine months of gestation, it's not too early to make a preliminary assessment of the Obama administration's foreign policy. The overall feeling is one of disappointment, especially in light of the almost messianic excitement that accompanied his election. It's clear to everyone that U.S. President Barack Obama is not George W. Bush, and the international mood regarding the United States has certainly changed for the better, even in the absence of any real breakthroughs. This is why he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. ...

Rahm Emanuel: Dialogue is the only path to peace 
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - WASHINGTON - Negotiations without preconditions are the way to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said at the United Jewish Communities annual conference on Tuesday. ... 

U.S. accuses Iran of illicit weapons shipments to Hezbollah 
Ha'aretz 11 Nov 2009 - The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of illicit arms deliveries to Hezbollah guerrillas, during a session of the United Nations Security Council, endorsing charges by Israel following its seizure of a ship in the Mediterranean last week. ...

Has the Knesset moved from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv?
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - The Turkish head of parliament sent Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin a missive on Monday stating that the Israeli legislature was located in Tel Aviv, as opposed to the capital Jerusalem. ...

The Guardian

Abbas's mixed messages | Hussein Ibish
The Guardian 9 Nov 2009 - The Palestinian president is fed up, but his statement that he would not seek a second term was a warning, not a resignation The recent announcement by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas that he would not seek...

Letters: 1989 after the wall came down 
The Guardian 8 Nov 2009 - Timothy Garton Ash covers a broad canvas of post-1989 issues ( Comment , 5 November), but the key failure was to leave Mikhail Gorbachev without economic support at the crucial moment. In 1989, unlike in 1945, the west...

Ha'aretz National page

Police arrest man, 22, suspected of abusing underage Haredi girl
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - Police on Tuesday arrested a Ramat Gan man, 22, suspected of physically and sexually abusing an underage girl from the ultra-Orthodox sector. ...

Alleged Jewish terrorist to be charged with murdering two Palestinians
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - Suspected Jewish terrorist Yaakov Teitel will be charged with the murder of two Palestinians later this week, the Jerusalem District Prosecutor's office said on Tuesday during a remand hearing. ...

Man threatens to kill himself at Knesset after home eviction
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - Jerusalem Police on Tuesday arrested an Israeli man who threatened to blow himself up near the Knesset on Tuesday, a police spokesman said. ...

National budget cut stalled due to Haredi objection 
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - The ministry of finance suggested on Tuesday to reduce this years' national budget cut by half, from NIS 2 billion to NIS 1 billion. ...

Self-proclaimed rabbi charged in Israel's most severe child abuse case 
Ha'aretz 10 Nov 2009 - "Rabbi" Elior Chen was charged in the Jerusalem District Court Monday for abusing and assaulting eight children, as well as ordering his followers to do the same. ... 

Relief Web

OPT: Scant progress in US efforts on Mideast talks
Relief Web 10 Nov 2009 - Source: Agence France-Presse

UN Human Rights Council "bias" disappoints MEPs
Relief Web 10 Nov 2009 - Source: European Union

OPT: In face of Abbas' electoral withdrawal, UN again urges Israeli settlement freeze
Relief Web 10 Nov 2009 - Source: UN News Service

OPT: Refugee stories - 'Normal life', courtesy of UNRWA and the EU
Relief Web 10 Nov 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

'Exile, Conflict and Recovery: Dilemmas and Prospects in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Beyond' by UNRWA Commissioner-General Karen AbuZayd
Relief Web 10 Nov 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

OPT: PCHR condemns Gaza government's decision to ban International Federation of Journalists conference in Gaza
Relief Web 10 Nov 2009 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

YNet News

PA to pay homage to Arafat
YNet News 10 Nov 2009 - Fatah to mark five years since Arafat’s death; Hamas bans similar ceremonies in Gaza 

US at UN: Iran shipped arms to Lebanese fighters 
YNet News 10 Nov 2009 - US endorses Israeli charges of illicit arms deal between Iran, Hezbollah. Syria dismisses allegations as 'concoction of lies' 

Dahlan: We may seek UN resolution on Palestinian state
YNet News 10 Nov 2009 - Senior Fatah member Mohammad Dahlan says PA may seek Security Council resolution on borders of Palestinian state; PA government says it will continue to implement plan aimed at ending occupation 

Emanuel: Bibi, Obama discussed peace
YNet News 10 Nov 2009 - Obama’s chief of staff says no crisis with Israel over settlement construction 

Lieberman: What have Arabs done for Palestinians?
YNet News 10 Nov 2009 - At end of meeting with Danish counterpart, foreign minister attacks Arab states for 'contributing less than rest of world to improving lives of Palestinians and normalized relations with Israel' 

France fears Israel does not desire peace
YNet News 10 Nov 2009 - In radio interview, French foreign minister says 'desire for peace has completely vanished' 

Daily Star

Saudi bombing campaign on Yemen rebels to continue
Daily Star 10 Nov 2009 Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it will keep up air strikes against Yemeni rebels until they pull back from its borders, as Iran warned against regional intervention in the conflict. "We are not going to stop the bombing until the Houthis retreat tens of kilometers inside their border," Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khaled bin Sultan said.

Netanyahu upbeat after talks with Obama
Daily Star 10 Nov 2009 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concluded an unusually low-key US visit on Tuesday voicing confidence that his White House talks had helped secure Israel and promote peace efforts. Netanyahu, whose ties with Washington have been strained by Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank where Palestinians seek statehood, met US President Obama with little notice and minimal media exposure  on Monday.

Israel readying 'all options' on Iran, but US allowing more time
Daily Star 10 Nov 2009 Israel is readying all options to   force Iran to halt its atomic program, Israel's top general told a parliamentary panel Tuesday. Gabi Ashkenazi, chief-of-staff of Israel's armed forces said he expected world leaders to decide by the close of 2009 which course of action to take, to try to stop the Iranian program, an Israeli official told reporters.

France seeks guarantees from Iran over academic's trial
Daily Star 10 Nov 2009 France is demanding formal guarantees from Iran that it will not jail a French academic while she awaits an upcoming verdict in her trial, Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Tuesday. The minister told France Inter radio that Clotilde Reiss, who is sheltered in the French embassy in Tehran, will not turn up in court unless she receives assurances that she can remain there pending the verdict.

Al-Qaeda militant incites Sunnis against Shiites
Daily Star 10 Nov 2009 A commander of an Al-Qaeda-linked group warned Islam's majority Sunnis that the Shiites and Iran pose a greater "danger" to their religion than Jews or Christians, a US monitoring group said on Tuesday. "We call on the nation - to stand by [Sunnis] with whatever means they can against the danger of Iran and those who follow [the Shiite] faith in the region," Mohammad bin Abdel Rahman al-Rashid of Al-Qaeda.

Dark portends in new US-Israel stance
Daily Star 10 Nov 2009 Most Arab and world media expressed astonishment when the US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's willingness to "restrain the policy of settlements" as "unprecedented." Perhaps, many of the reporters did not have sufficient time to read the script of the press conference she held with Netanyahu in occupied Jerusalem.

Questions arise over Fort Hood shooter's terror links
Daily Star 10 Nov 2009 Growing questions over the accused Fort Hood gunman's links to a terrorism suspect were raised ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to shaken military base on Tuesday. The FBI said Major Nidal Hasan, a military psychiatrist, came to its attention in 2008 after he communicated with the target of an FBI-led counterterror investigation.

Sleiman wants ministerial statement drafted quickly
Daily Star 10 Nov 2009 President Michel Sleiman called Monday for the prompt formulation of the ministerial statement based upon that of the previous Cabinet to quickly move on to the implementation of modern laws and institutional reforms that would help strengthen Lebanon. Sleiman's announcement as he presided the Cabinet's first meeting on Tuesday at Baabda., President Michel Sleiman called Monday for the prompt formulation of the ministerial statement based upon that of the previous Cabinet to quickly move on to the implementation of modern laws and institutional reforms that would help strengthen Lebanon. Sleiman's announcement as he presided the Cabinet's first meeting on Tuesday at Baabda.

Titles mean nothing without work plans
Daily Star 10 Nov 2009 The new government of Lebanon has finally taken shape, amid statements of support from foreign ministries abroad as well as local tributes to individuals who have risen to, or remained at, the lofty rank of His or Her Excellency, the Minister. As the new Cabinet's members sit down to draft their policy statement, they should remember a recent news item that provides a sobering., The new government of Lebanon has finally taken shape, amid statements of support from foreign ministries abroad as well as local tributes to individuals who have risen to, or remained at, the lofty rank of His or Her Excellency, the Minister. As the new Cabinet's members sit down to draft their policy statement, they should remember a recent news item that provides a sobering.

Chouf Cedar Reserve learns management the Italian way
Daily Star 10 Nov 2009 Chouf Cedar Reserve staff last month visited Italy, to pick up tips on managing nature parks and reserves. As part of the initiative for the "Enhancement of the networking and managerial capacity of the Chouf Cedar Reserve," funded by the Italian Cooperation Office of the Embassy of Italy in Beirut, a comprehensive team from the reserve visited Italy from October 11-24., Chouf Cedar Reserve staff last month visited Italy, to pick up tips on managing nature parks and reserves. As part of the initiative for the "Enhancement of the networking and managerial capacity of the Chouf Cedar Reserve," funded by the Italian Cooperation Office of the Embassy of Italy in Beirut, a comprehensive team from the reserve visited Italy from October 11-24.

Women lose out in Lebanon's liberal illusion
Daily Star 10 Nov 2009 Outside observers often express awe at the perceived emancipation women enjoy in "the Paris of the Middle East" - a triumph in the battle for women's rights, to be heeded by other states in this often misogynistic region. However, ask a Lebanese woman married to a foreign national, a female political studies graduate, or a woman who is being., Outside observers often express awe at the perceived emancipation women enjoy in "the Paris of the Middle East" - a triumph in the battle for women's rights, to be heeded by other states in this often misogynistic region. However, ask a Lebanese woman married to a foreign national, a female political studies graduate, or a woman who is being.

Anniversary of Republic of Turkey celebrated in seafaring style
Daily Star 10 Nov 2009 The magnificent seafaring vessel TCG Gemlik, moored at the port of Beirut, was the setting on October 28 for a dazzling night of revelry in honor of the Turkey's 86th anniversary as a Republic. Commander Berker Tok and Colonel Ali Tas, military attache for the Republic of Turkey, welcomed more than 100 guests on board for cocktails, among them Deniz Akdeniz, Sandy Issa and Michael and Zeina al-Hashim., The magnificent seafaring vessel TCG Gemlik, moored at the port of Beirut, was the setting on October 28 for a dazzling night of revelry in honor of the Turkey's 86th anniversary as a Republic. Commander Berker Tok and Colonel Ali Tas, military attache for the Republic of Turkey, welcomed more than 100 guests on board for cocktails, among them Deniz Akdeniz, Sandy Issa and Michael and Zeina al-Hashim.

Palestinian Information Center

Zahhar: No one will be sorry for Abbas’s departure from office
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahhar stated that no one would be sorry for the departure of Mahmoud Abbas from the political life because he achieved nothing for the Palestinian people.

LPS dismayed at world silence regarding rabbi's edict
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - The LPS has expressed utter dismay at the world's silence towards the edict issued by a Jewish rabbi allowing the killing of non Jews even if they were toddlers "if they posed threat to the nation".

PRC: Palestine is an Islamic Wakf land that cannot be partitioned
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - The Palestinian popular resistance committees affirmed that Palestine is an Islamic Wakf land that could not be partitioned in order to give legitimacy to the "usurping Zionist entity".

Bardawil: Hamas rejects to engage in any compromises on the Palestinian cause
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil, the spokesman for Hamas parliamentary bloc, stressed his Movement’s refusal to engage in any compromises with the Israeli occupation regarding the Palestinian cause.

Radwan: The PA is still keen on its fruitless negotiations with Israel
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - Hamas official Ismail Radwan stated that the PA is still insistent on wagering on the option of fruitless negotiations with Israel despite all the disasters it inflicted on the Palestinian people.

Prisoners center: Medical neglect threatens lives of diabetic detainees
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - The prisoners' center for studies has said that the lives of Palestinian sick detainees in Israeli occupation authority jails were in danger especially those with diabetes.

IOF soldiers round up 8 Palestinians most of them from Al-Khalil
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at a late hour on Monday and at dawn Tuesday kidnapped six Palestinian citizens in Al-Khalil district including a teenager, local sources reported.

Abbas’s militias and Israeli troops wage raids on Palestinian homes in Tulkarem
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - Mahmoud Abbas’s militias and the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in Tulkarem on Monday waged raids on a number of homes belonging to Hamas supporters in the city.

Shaat: Miles of Smiles to arrive in Gaza on Tuesday
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - The government committee against the siege has said that the European aid convoy Miles of Smiles is expected to arrive in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

Abu Halabia: Jewish rabbis edicts meant to facilitate aggression on Palestinians
PIC 10 Nov 2009 - Hamas MP Dr. Ahmed Abu Halabia has said that the edicts by Jewish rabbis allowing the murder of Palestinians in cold blood target facilitating aggression on Palestinians.

Los Angeles Times

Lebanon rivals form unity government 
LA Times 10 Nov 2009 - The deadlock-ending accord divides power between U.S.-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Hezbollah, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization. After a months-long deadlock, Lebanon's rival political camps agreed to a unity government that includes both American-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim political party and militia that the United States considers a terrorist organization. 

Iran may call for a nuclear fuel swap, Iranian TV reports 
LA Times 9 Nov 2009 - A state-owned station says officials may compromise on a U.N. bid to have uranium refined abroad. Iran may seek a 'simultaneous exchange' of enriched uranium for medical reactor uranium plates. A state-owned Iranian television station quoted unnamed diplomats Sunday as saying Iran, in a possible compromise to a U.N.-backed proposal, is willing to send about 1,800 pounds of its enriched uranium abroad to be exchanged for fuel for a medical reactor. 

New York Times

In West Bank, the Economy Offers a Ray of Hope
New York Times 11 Nov 2009 - Palestinians marked two breakthroughs: a second mobile telephone company opened, and a long-closed crossing point from Israel allowed limited motor traffic. 

Israeli Asks Abbas Not to Step Down
New York Times 8 Nov 2009 - Appealing to the president of the Palestinian Authority, who announced that he would not seek re-election, the Israeli president said: “Don’t let go.”

Call White House, Ask for Barack
New York Times 8 Nov 2009 - Until the Palestinians and Israelis are serious about the peace process, the United States should get out of the picture.

Young, Talented and Unhappy Playing Basketball Overseas
New York Times 8 Nov 2009 - Jeremy Tyler, 18, left high school in San Diego to play basketball in Israel. His goal is to be drafted by an N.B.A. team in two years, but for now he is struggling. 

Misc

UN: Gaza needs construction material before winter 
11/9/2009 - Antiwar.com - UN: Israel must allow Gazans to repair homes damaged in January offensive before winter - AP News - Thousands of Gaza Palestinians left homeless by an Israeli invasion face a cold and rainy winter unless Israel allows building supplies in, a senior U. N. official said Monday. But Israel has ruled out unrestricted shipments, fearing the material would be used by militants. Thousands of homes in Gaza were damaged or destroyed during Israel's fierce three-week winter offensive against the territory's Hamas rulers, aimed at stopping years of rocket attacks. Although the offensive ended nine months ago, the homes have not been repaired because Israel does not allow raw materials to enter the territory, part of its two-year blockade imposed after Hamas seized power in Gaza. " For the people in Gaza, life is miserable, life is not getting better, winter is coming, the rain is coming," Maxwell Gaylard, the U. 

Netanyahu Scrambles to Assure Obama He Is Serious About Peace Process 
11/9/2009 - Antiwar.com - Palestinians Tear Down Section of Refugee Camp Wall in Act of Defiance - Faced with the prospect of the Palestinian Authority being formally dissolved because of his government’s repeated threats to abandon peace talks and repeatedly ruling out demands, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is engaged in a bit of public relations to assure people how serious he is about the peace process. Not people in the Palestinian Authority, of course. Instead, Netanyahu was telling the press he would emphasize in a meeting with President Obama how “generous” he was prepared to be and how serious he was about peace. He also called for PA President Mahmoud Abbas to return to peace talks. The call was made at a Jewish Federation conference in Washington DC. One can only assume Mr. Abbas was not in attendance. Netanyahu sloganeering in a visit to the United States is unlikely to convince anyone in the West Bank of his sincerity, particularly without formal offers. 

Lebanon premier unveils new Cabinet with Hezbollah 
11/9/2009 - Antiwar.com - AP News - Lebanon's prime minister formed a Cabinet Monday that includes the militant group Hezbollah and its allies, ending a political deadlock that left the deeply divided nation without a government for months and threatened to ignite violence. Saad Hariri unveiled the 30-member Cabinet after more than four months of tough bargaining with his rivals in the Hezbollah-led political coalition over who would get which portfolios. Hariri's Western-backed bloc narrowly defeated the Hezbollah-led group in June's parliamentary election, enabling it to retain a slim majority in the 128-member legislature. But Hariri's need to include his powerful rivals in a national unity government set the stage for the months of wrangling. In the end, some commentators said the governing formula gives Hezbollah and its allies virtual veto power over government decisions. 

Barack Obama provokes Palestinian anger by inviting Netanyahu to White House 
11/9/2009 - Telegraph - President Barack Obama risked Palestinian anger on Monday by inviting Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, to the White House. Mr Netanyahu, who is in Washington to address a conference of American Jews, had hoped for a high-profile meeting with the president that would confirm a renaissance in the US-Israeli relationship. But for three weeks, the White House declined to give any formal response to the Israeli request for a meeting, leading many in Israel to interpret the silence as a snub. The invitation finally arrived just hours before Mr Netanyahu's plane landed in the American capital, but the White House declined to disclose the agenda of the evening meeting in an apparent attempt to downplay its significance. An Israeli official, speaking anonymously, insisted that the encounter was no courtesy call, saying that "substantive" issues including Iran and the peace process would be discussed. 

VIDEO - Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby 
11/9/2009 - Channel 4 - UK - Peter Oborne - Dispatches investigates one of the most powerful and influential political lobbies in Britain, which is working in support of the interests of the State of Israel. Despite wielding great influence among the highest realms of British politics and media, little is known about the individuals and groups which collectively are known as the pro-Israel lobby. Political commentator Peter Oborne sets out to establish who they are, how they are funded, how they work and what influence they have, from the key groups to the wealthy individuals who help bankroll the lobbying. He investigates how accountable, transparent and open to scrutiny the lobby is, particularly in regard to its funding and financial support of MPs. The pro-Israel lobby aims to shape the debate about Britain's relationship with Israel and future foreign policies relating to it. Oborne examines how the lobby operates from within parliament and the tactics it employs behind the scenes when engaging with print and broadcast media. 

Tuesday’s Toon ~~ This Wall Will Also Fall! 
11/9/2009 - Desert Peace - By Carlos Latuff - Palestinians break Israel’s wall - Palestinians and foreign activists have torn down segments of Israel’s separation wall in a demonstration marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the town of Qalandiya in the occupied West Bank, a group of masked activists using a lorry pulled down a two-metre cement block before Israeli security forces confronted them with tear gas grenades. Several of the estimated 50 demonstrators passed through the hole they had made, hoisting a Palestinian flag and setting ablaze tyres on the other side. Protesters were wearing shirts with the text “Jerusalem we are coming”, which was the slogan for the protest. Abdullah Abu Rahma, leader of the People’s Campaign to Fight the Wall, said: “Today we commemorate 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. 

India buys Israeli air defences for $1.1bn 
11/10/2009 - Jang Group - TEL AVIV: Israel has signed a $1. 1 billion contract to supply an upgraded tactical air defence system to India, with delivery expected by 2017, an Israeli official said on Monday. The sale of the Barak-8 systems came as India’s army chief, General Deepak Kapoor, held high-level talks in Israel, India’s biggest defence supplier. Made by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. , the Barak-8 is designed for use aboard ships and can shoot down incoming missiles, planes and drones. The most advanced version can be also deployed on land, the Israeli official said. India has already acquired an earlier generation of the Barak system, the official said. The Barak-8 contract was signed in April, and delivery of the systems will take place “over the next six to eight years”. The Indian embassy in Tel Aviv had no immediate comment. 

Israeli cabinet to meet in Germany 
11/10/2009 - Globes Online - The meeting will commemorate 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. - Two days after "Globes" reported about the number of ministers and MKs currently travelling abroad, another large-scale foreign trip is now in the works. Sources inform ''Globes'' that nearly one third of the cabinet plan to hold the weekly cabinet meeting on November 30, in Germany. The special cabinet meeting will be held in the Reichstag Building in Berlin, as part of the commemoration to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will chair the meeting, which will include Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman, Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, Minister of National Infrastructures Uzi Landau, Minister of Social Welfare Isaac Herzog, Minister of Environmental Protection 

Obama-Netanyahu meeting followed by near-silence 
11/10/2009 - Globes Online - A congressional aide said, "No news is bad news. "- Yesterday's meeting between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ended in a thunderous silence. In contrast to the flood of briefings, interviews, and statements that have been an inseparable part of visits to the White House by Israeli prime ministers in years gone by, this time the White House issued a terse, 52-word statement about the meeting. There was not even a hint about hope for resumption of the peace process. In contrast to previous meetings, there were no TV cameras present, nor was there even a photo-op at the start of the meeting. Netanyahu's entourage twice cancelled a briefing for Israeli correspondents. An Israeli spokesman who tried to expand a bit on the brief White House statement, could only add, "Unfortunately, we have nothing to add. " 

Africa-Israel misses bond principal payment 
11/10/2009 - Globes Online - The company's bonds are due today. - Lev Leviev-controlled Africa-Israel Investments Ltd. (TASE:AFIL; Pink Sheets:AFIVY. PK) paid only the interest, not the principal, on its Series 9 bonds that mature today. Africa-Israel transferred to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) clearing house only the NIS 11. 43 million interest payment due (4. 2% annual coupon rate), but not the full amount of principal and interest which together total about NIS 550 million. Series 9 bondholders claim Africa-Israel is able to pay them in full on time. The company claims that doing so shows preferential treatment to a group of bondholders. Africa-Israel has 13 series of bonds, and investors in the other series can now demand immediate repayment after the company missed a principal payment. Adv. Guy Gissin, the attorney for the Series 9 bondholders, said, "The company has the capital and assets to meet its obligations. 

Israeli cabinet to meet in Germany 
11/10/2009 - Globes Online - The meeting will commemorate 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. - Two days after "Globes" reported about the number of ministers and MKs currently travelling abroad, another large-scale foreign trip is now in the works. Sources inform ''Globes'' that nearly one third of the cabinet plan to hold the weekly cabinet meeting on November 30, in Germany. The special cabinet meeting will be held in the Reichstag Building in Berlin, as part of the commemoration to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will chair the meeting, which will include Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman, Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, Minister of National Infrastructures Uzi Landau, Minister of Social Welfare Isaac Herzog, Minister of Environmental Protection 

Obama-Netanyahu meeting followed by near-silence 
11/10/2009 - Globes Online - A congressional aide said, "No news is bad news. "- Yesterday's meeting between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ended in a thunderous silence. In contrast to the flood of briefings, interviews, and statements that have been an inseparable part of visits to the White House by Israeli prime ministers in years gone by, this time the White House issued a terse, 52-word statement about the meeting. There was not even a hint about hope for resumption of the peace process. In contrast to previous meetings, there were no TV cameras present, nor was there even a photo-op at the start of the meeting. Netanyahu's entourage twice cancelled a briefing for Israeli correspondents. An Israeli spokesman who tried to expand a bit on the brief White House statement, could only add, "Unfortunately, we have nothing to add. " 

Africa-Israel misses bond principal payment 
11/10/2009 - Globes Online - The company's bonds are due today. - Lev Leviev-controlled Africa-Israel Investments Ltd. (TASE:AFIL; Pink Sheets:AFIVY. PK) paid only the interest, not the principal, on its Series 9 bonds that mature today. Africa-Israel transferred to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) clearing house only the NIS 11. 43 million interest payment due (4. 2% annual coupon rate), but not the full amount of principal and interest which together total about NIS 550 million. Series 9 bondholders claim Africa-Israel is able to pay them in full on time. The company claims that doing so shows preferential treatment to a group of bondholders. Africa-Israel has 13 series of bonds, and investors in the other series can now demand immediate repayment after the company missed a principal payment. Adv. Guy Gissin, the attorney for the Series 9 bondholders, said, "The company has the capital and assets to meet its obligations. 

Palestinian Authority’s Future Is in Question 
11/9/2009 - New York Times - RAMALLAH, West Bank — The collapse of the Palestinian Authority, Israel’s negotiating partner, was raised as a possibility on Monday, as several aides to its president, Mahmoud Abbas, said that he intended to resign and forecast that others would follow. “I think he is realizing that he came all this way with the peace process in order to create a Palestinian state, but he sees no state coming,” Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian peace negotiator, said in an interview. “So he really doesn’t think there is a need to be president or to have an Authority. This is not about who is going to replace him. This is about our leaving our posts. You think anybody will stay after he leaves? ”Mr. Abbas warned last week that he would not participate in Palestinian elections he called for, to take place in January. But he has threatened several times before to resign, and many viewed this latest step 

UN: Gaza needs construction material before winter 
11/9/2009 - Antiwar.com - UN: Israel must allow Gazans to repair homes damaged in January offensive before winter - AP News - Thousands of Gaza Palestinians left homeless by an Israeli invasion face a cold and rainy winter unless Israel allows building supplies in, a senior U. N. official said Monday. But Israel has ruled out unrestricted shipments, fearing the material would be used by militants. Thousands of homes in Gaza were damaged or destroyed during Israel's fierce three-week winter offensive against the territory's Hamas rulers, aimed at stopping years of rocket attacks. Although the offensive ended nine months ago, the homes have not been repaired because Israel does not allow raw materials to enter the territory, part of its two-year blockade imposed after Hamas seized power in Gaza. " For the people in Gaza, life is miserable, life is not getting better, winter is coming, the rain is coming," Maxwell Gaylard, the U. 

Netanyahu Scrambles to Assure Obama He Is Serious About Peace Process 
11/9/2009 - Antiwar.com - Palestinians Tear Down Section of Refugee Camp Wall in Act of Defiance - Faced with the prospect of the Palestinian Authority being formally dissolved because of his government’s repeated threats to abandon peace talks and repeatedly ruling out demands, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is engaged in a bit of public relations to assure people how serious he is about the peace process. Not people in the Palestinian Authority, of course. Instead, Netanyahu was telling the press he would emphasize in a meeting with President Obama how “generous” he was prepared to be and how serious he was about peace. He also called for PA President Mahmoud Abbas to return to peace talks. The call was made at a Jewish Federation conference in Washington DC. One can only assume Mr. Abbas was not in attendance. Netanyahu sloganeering in a visit to the United States is unlikely to convince anyone in the West Bank of his sincerity, particularly without formal offers. 

Lebanon premier unveils new Cabinet with Hezbollah 
11/9/2009 - Antiwar.com - AP News - Lebanon's prime minister formed a Cabinet Monday that includes the militant group Hezbollah and its allies, ending a political deadlock that left the deeply divided nation without a government for months and threatened to ignite violence. Saad Hariri unveiled the 30-member Cabinet after more than four months of tough bargaining with his rivals in the Hezbollah-led political coalition over who would get which portfolios. Hariri's Western-backed bloc narrowly defeated the Hezbollah-led group in June's parliamentary election, enabling it to retain a slim majority in the 128-member legislature. But Hariri's need to include his powerful rivals in a national unity government set the stage for the months of wrangling. In the end, some commentators said the governing formula gives Hezbollah and its allies virtual veto power over government decisions. 

VIDEO - Benjamin Netanyahu Heckled At Major US Conference 
11/9/2009 - Political Theatrics - Speaking at the 2009 General Assembly of the The Jewish Federations of North America in Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was interrupted by shouts from the crowd to which he replied that he was “better received at the United Nations than here. ” Protestors shouted “Peace for everyone, shame on you!” as they were escorted out. [end] 

If Golan Talks Fail, We’ll Turn To Resistance 
11/9/2009 - Political Theatrics - Syrian President Bashar Assad warned on Monday that if the Golan Heights are not returned peacefully – Syria will turn to resistance. Speaking at an economic forum of the Organization of Islamic Conference in Istanbul, Assad said, “The failure of negotiations towards the full restoration of rights automatically means resistance is the alternative solution. ”According to Assad, “Resisting the occupation is a national duty. It is our legitimate and moral obligation to support it, and it is an honor that we take pride in. This does not contradict the constant desire to achieve a just and inclusive peace on the basis of the restoration of the occupied lands, starting with the occupied Syrian Golan. ”The Syrian president also criticized the international community’s approach towards Israel: “The events have proven that censure lacks any real value if it are not accompanied real steps, starting 

VIDEO - Benjamin Netanyahu Heckled At Major US Conference 
11/9/2009 - Political Theatrics - Speaking at the 2009 General Assembly of the The Jewish Federations of North America in Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was interrupted by shouts from the crowd to which he replied that he was “better received at the United Nations than here. ” Protestors shouted “Peace for everyone, shame on you!” as they were escorted out. [end] 

If Golan Talks Fail, We’ll Turn To Resistance 
11/9/2009 - Political Theatrics - Syrian President Bashar Assad warned on Monday that if the Golan Heights are not returned peacefully – Syria will turn to resistance. Speaking at an economic forum of the Organization of Islamic Conference in Istanbul, Assad said, “The failure of negotiations towards the full restoration of rights automatically means resistance is the alternative solution. ”According to Assad, “Resisting the occupation is a national duty. It is our legitimate and moral obligation to support it, and it is an honor that we take pride in. This does not contradict the constant desire to achieve a just and inclusive peace on the basis of the restoration of the occupied lands, starting with the occupied Syrian Golan. ”The Syrian president also criticized the international community’s approach towards Israel: “The events have proven that censure lacks any real value if it are not accompanied real steps, starting 

US Non-Profit Bankrolled Settlement Home Of Accused Jewish Terrorist Jack Teitel 
11/3/2009 - MaxBlumenthal.com - VIDEO - Shvut Rachel founder and Moskowitz grantee Ronit Shuker call for forcibly transferring Palestinians out of the “Land of Israel” - Yaakov “Jack” Teitel, a resident of the Jewish settlement outpost Shvut Rachel, was arrested by Israel’s Shabak for his alleged murder of two Palestinians and planned terrorist attacks on a left-wing academic and homosexuals. Teitel, an immigrant from Florida who was granted Israeli citizenship through the country’s “right of return” policy for Jews, is the second accused terrorist to emerge from Shvut Rachel. The first, Asher Weisgan, murdered five Palestinian co-workers in 2005 in an effort to derail the Gaza disengagement. So what’s the matter with Shvut Rachel? Was Teitel a lone wolf, as many, including Amos Harel, have argued? Or was the settlement an ideological seedbed for acts of terror against Palestinians and their allies? Until Shabak’s investigation 

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas may quit, leaving vacuum 
11/11/2009 - Times of London - A President threatening to quit, his potential successor languishing in an Israeli jail and a peace process heading nowhere: rarely have prospects for the Palestinian people looked so bleak. Five years after Yassir Arafat died, his defiant portrait stares down from banners in the streets of Ramallah. While he remains a potent symbol of Palestinian resistance, his successors are characterised more by despair than defiance. Mahmoud Abbas — popularly known as Abu Mazen — is so frustrated by the stalled peace process that he is refusing to stand for re-election. With no obvious successor, his imminent retirement threatens to unravel the entire Palestinian leadership. There is even talk of the movement being hijacked by the militants who regard talking to Israel as a waste of time. Mr Abbas cannot resign until after January, the scheduled date of elections, because under the Palestinian constitution he would have to be replaced by the Speaker of parliament. 

Israeli cabinet to meet in Germany 
11/10/2009 - Globes Online - The meeting will commemorate 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. - Two days after "Globes" reported about the number of ministers and MKs currently travelling abroad, another large-scale foreign trip is now in the works. Sources inform ''Globes'' that nearly one third of the cabinet plan to hold the weekly cabinet meeting on November 30, in Germany. The special cabinet meeting will be held in the Reichstag Building in Berlin, as part of the commemoration to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will chair the meeting, which will include Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman, Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, Minister of National Infrastructures Uzi Landau, Minister of Social Welfare Isaac Herzog, Minister of Environmental Protection 

Obama-Netanyahu meeting followed by near-silence 
11/10/2009 - Globes Online - A congressional aide said, "No news is bad news. "- Yesterday's meeting between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ended in a thunderous silence. In contrast to the flood of briefings, interviews, and statements that have been an inseparable part of visits to the White House by Israeli prime ministers in years gone by, this time the White House issued a terse, 52-word statement about the meeting. There was not even a hint about hope for resumption of the peace process. In contrast to previous meetings, there were no TV cameras present, nor was there even a photo-op at the start of the meeting. Netanyahu's entourage twice cancelled a briefing for Israeli correspondents. An Israeli spokesman who tried to expand a bit on the brief White House statement, could only add, "Unfortunately, we have nothing to add. " 

Africa-Israel misses bond principal payment 
11/10/2009 - Globes Online - The company's bonds are due today. - Lev Leviev-controlled Africa-Israel Investments Ltd. (TASE:AFIL; Pink Sheets:AFIVY. PK) paid only the interest, not the principal, on its Series 9 bonds that mature today. Africa-Israel transferred to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) clearing house only the NIS 11. 43 million interest payment due (4. 2% annual coupon rate), but not the full amount of principal and interest which together total about NIS 550 million. Series 9 bondholders claim Africa-Israel is able to pay them in full on time. The company claims that doing so shows preferential treatment to a group of bondholders. Africa-Israel has 13 series of bonds, and investors in the other series can now demand immediate repayment after the company missed a principal payment. Adv. Guy Gissin, the attorney for the Series 9 bondholders, said, "The company has the capital and assets to meet its obligations. 

Author of book ’exposing’ CAIR ordered to remove supporting documents from Web 
11/10/2009 - Jewish World Review - (MCT) WASHINGTON — A federal judge has taken the rare step of ordering self-described anti-terrorism investigator Paul David Gaubatz to remove from his Web site some of the 12,000 documents that his son allegedly stole from the Council on American-Islamic Relations. U. S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly also ordered Gaubatz to return documents used in his book, "Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Seeking to Islamize America," which was co-authored by Paul Sperry and portrays the council as a subversive organization that's allied with international terrorists. The 15-year-old nonprofit civil rights and advocacy organization says its goals are to "enhance understanding of Islam" and "empower American Muslims. " "The record … supports a finding that defendants have unlawfully obtained access to, and have already caused repeated public disclosure of, material containing 

UN: Gaza needs construction material before winter 
11/9/2009 - Antiwar.com - UN: Israel must allow Gazans to repair homes damaged in January offensive before winter - AP News - Thousands of Gaza Palestinians left homeless by an Israeli invasion face a cold and rainy winter unless Israel allows building supplies in, a senior U. N. official said Monday. But Israel has ruled out unrestricted shipments, fearing the material would be used by militants. Thousands of homes in Gaza were damaged or destroyed during Israel's fierce three-week winter offensive against the territory's Hamas rulers, aimed at stopping years of rocket attacks. Although the offensive ended nine months ago, the homes have not been repaired because Israel does not allow raw materials to enter the territory, part of its two-year blockade imposed after Hamas seized power in Gaza. " For the people in Gaza, life is miserable, life is not getting better, winter is coming, the rain is coming," Maxwell Gaylard, the U. 

Netanyahu Scrambles to Assure Obama He Is Serious About Peace Process 
11/9/2009 - Antiwar.com - Palestinians Tear Down Section of Refugee Camp Wall in Act of Defiance - Faced with the prospect of the Palestinian Authority being formally dissolved because of his government’s repeated threats to abandon peace talks and repeatedly ruling out demands, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is engaged in a bit of public relations to assure people how serious he is about the peace process. Not people in the Palestinian Authority, of course. Instead, Netanyahu was telling the press he would emphasize in a meeting with President Obama how “generous” he was prepared to be and how serious he was about peace. He also called for PA President Mahmoud Abbas to return to peace talks. The call was made at a Jewish Federation conference in Washington DC. One can only assume Mr. Abbas was not in attendance. Netanyahu sloganeering in a visit to the United States is unlikely to convince anyone in the West Bank of his sincerity, particularly without formal offers. 

Lebanon premier unveils new Cabinet with Hezbollah 
11/9/2009 - Antiwar.com - AP News - Lebanon's prime minister formed a Cabinet Monday that includes the militant group Hezbollah and its allies, ending a political deadlock that left the deeply divided nation without a government for months and threatened to ignite violence. Saad Hariri unveiled the 30-member Cabinet after more than four months of tough bargaining with his rivals in the Hezbollah-led political coalition over who would get which portfolios. Hariri's Western-backed bloc narrowly defeated the Hezbollah-led group in June's parliamentary election, enabling it to retain a slim majority in the 128-member legislature. But Hariri's need to include his powerful rivals in a national unity government set the stage for the months of wrangling. In the end, some commentators said the governing formula gives Hezbollah and its allies virtual veto power over government decisions. 


Articles

Heroism in a Vanishing Landscape 
Ellen Cantarow, CounterPunch 11/10/2009
      1948 Again, in Sheikh Jarrah
     "Disputed” is a word often used about East Jerusalem and homes in Sheikh Jarrah. Would the international community have considered the homes of American blacks attacked by the Ku Klux Kla as “disputed”? Or those of Jews ejected by Brown Shirts in the early 1930s?
     The rule of law exists to protect the victims of war and occupation by imposing sanctions and responsibilities on invaders. It is not to be stretched for the convenience of the US at Guantanamo, Russia in Chechnya, Israel in Gaza, or in East Jerusalem. Under the law East Jerusalem and all the Arab homes it contains are part of the occupied West Bank. Despite endless palm-greasing, casuist apologetics, semantic distortions and brute force, Israel’s responsibilities towards the territories it occupies remain articulated in the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and Chapter 5 of the 1907 Hague Convention IV. Occupying states are forbidden to seize the land and property of those they occupy, and forbidden to settle their citizens on occupied soil.
     But Israel and its US patron have small regard for legal niceties, instead preferring Thucydides’ maxim: “The strong do what they can, and the weak do what they must.”
     Late afternoon, October 16, 2009. Nasser Ghawe, 46, barrel-chested, with an expressive face and a ready smile, calls out to his little girl when she strays too far down the street. “Come here, darling,” he says, scooping her up in his arms and cradling her. We’re seated on plastic chairs in the gathering dusk at one side of a street in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. The mother watches tiredly as Nasser talks with us.
     Link: Stand Up For Jeruslaem -- See also: Stand Up For Jeruslaem more.. e-mail

Bipartisan Attack on International Humanitarian Law 
Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus 11/4/2009
      In a stunning blow against international law and human rights, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Tuesday attacking the report of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict. The report was authored by the well-respected South African jurist Richard Goldstone and three other noted authorities on international humanitarian law, who had been widely praised for taking leadership in previous investigations of war crimes in Rwanda, Darfur, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere. Since this report documented apparent war crimes by a key U.S. ally, however, Congress has taken the unprecedented action of passing a resolution condemning it. Perhaps most ominously, the resolution also endorses Israel’s right to attack Syria and Iran on the grounds that they are "state sponsors of terrorism."
     The principal co-sponsors of the resolution (HR 867), which passed on a 344-36 vote, included two powerful Democrats: House Foreign Relations Committee chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) and Middle East subcommittee chairman Gary Ackerman (D-NY). Democratic majority leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) successfully pushed Democrats to support the resolution by a more than 6:1 margin, despite the risk of alienating the party’s liberal pro-human rights base less than a year before critical midterm elections.
     The resolution opens with a series of clauses criticizing the original mandate of the UN Human Rights Council, which called for an investigation of possible Israeli war crimes only. This argument is completely moot, however, since Goldstone and his colleagues — to their credit — refused to accept the offer to serve on the mission unless its mandate was changed to one that would investigate possible war crimes by both sides in the conflict. more.. e-mail

'Israeli Apartheid – A Beginner’s Guide' 
Qunfuz, P U L S E 11/7/2009
      That there are striking parallels between white rule in apartheid South Africa and Zionist rule in Palestine – an analogy made by such mainstream figures as President Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu – should no longer be controversial. But calling Israeli apartheid by its name will occasion the usual screams of anti-Semitism and ignorance from Zionist quarters, and for comprehensible reasons: the most politically inept American student knows that apartheid is a bad thing, a crime to be battled, not supported with weapons, vetoes in the Security Council and billions of dollars in ‘aid.’ Therefore the apartheid label must be vigorously resisted by Zionists and their fellow travellers.
     Ben White’s “Israeli Apartheid – A Beginner’s Guide” begins by quoting Article II of the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid, UN General Assembly Resolution 3068, which defines the crime as “inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them.” The rest of White’s book leaves the reader in no doubt that the Zionist instance of apartheid fits the bill even better than the erstwhile South African version.
     At the start of the twentieth century four percent of the population of Palestine was Jewish. Today all of Palestine is controlled by the Jewish state. Muslim and Christian Palestinians live behind wire, more than half of them outside the country. How did this happen?
     Zionism was a 19th Century response to anti-Semitism which internalised many anti-Semitic assumptions – that the Jews were a race, for instance, and that a race must have a nation state – as well as the imperialist-racist discourse of the Europe it sprang from. Despite the opposition of Orthodox and integrated liberal Jews, Zionists were able to reach an understanding with the British Empire. Britain, which occupied Palestine between the world wars, viewed “with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” (the Balfour Declaration)....
     Link: Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide -- See also: Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide more.. e-mail


Electronic Intifada
Palestinians symbolically dismantle sections of the wall
Electronic Intifada: 11 Nov 2009 - Two decades after the fall of the Berlin wall, walls of separation still exist throughout the world. Israel's wall in the West Bank is much bigger than the Berlin wall ever was, as it encloses more than two million Palestinians inside the occupied West Bank. This wall separates Palestinians from their families, land, natural resources and communities. However, in a symbolic action documented in video and photographs, Palestinians managed to symbolically dismantle part of the wall. 

Activist confronts Netanyahu at Washington conference
Electronic Intifada: 10 Nov 2009 - At the Annual Conference of the United Jewish Federations in Washington, DC, during the plenary session by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, CODEPINK peace activist Midge Potts stood up with a banner that said "End the Siege of Gaza" and shouted "Stop the blockade of Gaza, Shame on you, Netanyahu." She was dragged out of the meeting by security guards. 

Israeli Jews and the one-state solution
Electronic Intifada: 10 Nov 2009 - One of the most commonly voiced objections to a one-state solution for Palestine/Israel stems from the accurate observation that the vast majority of Israeli Jews reject it, and fear being "swamped" by a Palestinian majority. Across the political spectrum, Israeli Jews insist on maintaining a separate Jewish-majority state. Does this mean that a peaceful one-state outcome is so unlikely that Palestinians should not pursue it, and should instead focus only "pragmatic" solutions that would be less fiercely resisted by Israelis? Ali Abunimah comments for The Electronic Intifada. 

Bilin's legal struggle continues
Electronic Intifada: 10 Nov 2009 - The villagers of Bilin are pushing forward in their nonviolent struggle against the Israeli occupation by appealing a Quebec Superior Court ruling in their case against two Canadian companies. The residents of Bilin are suing Green Park International and Green Mount International, two companies that, they argue, should be held legally accountable for illegally building residential homes and settlement infrastructure on the village's land. Jillian Kestler-D'Amours reports for The Electronic Intifada. 

In Gaza
peak hour
4 Nov 2009 - Children swarming the streets coming from school, men and women going to market, people employed as traffic police, police –many who worked for the former government and continued with the current government –people on bikes, in taxis, afoot… These were the scenese when Israel began dropping bombs all over Gaza on December 27 and kept it up for the next 22 days, indiscriminately targeting civilians at a peak hour, in their homes, schools, cars, mosques, kindergartens… Think of these children, and justice for Palestinians.  And ask, what more than supporting the Goldstone report (important, but certainly not marking Israel’s first violations of international human rights) can we do? … BDS :...

Palestine Chronicle
How Israel Won the Settlement Battle Again
10 Nov 2009 - By Ramzy Baroud When British Foreign Secretary David Miliband uttered a few words regarding the illegality of the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, many wanted to believe that London was taking a sharp stance against Israel’s continued violations of international law. Alas, they were wrong. The fact is Miliband’s statement, made during a press conference that followed talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, in Amman, was merely tactical, aimed at lessening the negative impact of the feeble position adopted by Washington regarding the same issue. This is what Miliband had to say: "Settlements are illegal in our view and an obstacle to peace settlement in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The settlements challenge the heart of... a Palestinian state." But then, he added: "It's so important for all those who care about security and social justice in this region that discussions about borders and territory are restarted in a serious way, because if you can progress on border and territory, you can resolve the settlements issue." This is classic Miliband. While his clear and decisive statement regarding the illegality of the settlements and the fact that their construction is an obstacle is to be welcomed, one cannot decipher a politician’s statement in increments; to be truly appreciated, they must be understood as a whole. The danger lies in Miliband’s follow up statement, where he purposely changed the order of the proposed solution to the Middle East crisis to be "discussions about borders and territory are restarted in...

A Line In The Sand
10 Nov 2009 - By Uri Avnery Mahmoud Abbas is fed up. The day before yesterday he withdrew his candidacy for the coming presidential election in the Palestinian Authority. I understand him. He feels betrayed. And the traitor is Barack Obama. A year ago, when Obama was elected, he aroused high hopes in the Muslim world, among the Palestinian people as well as in the Israeli peace camp. At long last an American president who understood that he had to put an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, not only for the sake of the two peoples, but mainly for the US national interests. This conflict is largely responsible for the tidal waves of anti-American hatred that sweep the Muslim masses from ocean to ocean. Everybody believed that a new era had begun. Instead of the Clash of Civilizations, the Axis of Evil and all the other idiotic but fateful slogans of the Bush era, a new approach of understanding and reconciliation, mutual respect and practical solutions. Nobody expected Obama to exchange the unconditional pro-Israeli line for a one-sided pro-Palestinian attitude. But everybody thought that the US would henceforth adopt a more even-handed approach and push the two sides towards the Two-State Solution. And, no less important, that the continuous stream of hypocritical and sanctimonious blabbering would be displaced by a determined, vigorous, non-provocative but purposeful policy. As high as the hopes were then, so deep is the disappointment now. Nothing of all these has come about. Worse: the Obama administration has shown by its...

The White Man's Mess
9 Nov 2009 - By Aijaz Zaka Syed- Dubai My apologies for returning to Rudyard Kipling in every discussion about Afghanistan! But the man, who gave us such enduring classics as Jungle Book and an endless repertoire of tales, ballads, ditties and just about everything on the Raj, remains eminently relevant on this untamed frontier of civilization. Kipling may have been Poet to the Empire and its best apologist (or worst?). But having spent most of his life in Her Majesty’s Service in the Indian Sub-continent as a soldier and journalist, Kipling knew the redlines that were not to be crossed -- ever. And Afghanistan and most of today’s Pakistan constituted the forbidden territory the English poet and writer repeatedly warned his fellow Westerners against. Here’s one such advice: It is not wise for the Christian white To hustle the Asian brown; For the Christian riles And the Asian smiles And weareth the Christian down. At the end of the fight Lies a tombstone white With the name of the Late deceased; And the epitaph drear, A fool lies here, Who tried to hustle the East Kipling who famously justified the Western colonization and European imperialism in the now infamous poem, The White Man’s Burden, was nothing if not a pragmatist. He knew the limits of the imperialism project. Kipling recognized the fact that the white man’s so-called burden to “civilize the natives” could wreak unspeakable havoc if he barges into the forbidden territory where angels fear to tread. These days, Kipling’s immortal words...

Obama Must Deliver on His Promises
8 Nov 2009 - By George Hishmeh - Washington DC The first nine months of US President Barack Obama's tenure at the White House have been pregnant with thought-provoking ideas and commendable aspirations aimed at improving the tarnished US image and bringing the world closer together in every way possible — especially in the Middle East, where an unresolved Arab-Israeli conflict has been simmering for more than 60 years. But there is increasing fear in Europe and the Arab world that Obama may fail to deliver on his potential. "Trans-Atlantic relations are again clouded by doubts", the New York Times reported on the eve of a United States-European Union meeting in Washington this week. "Europe and the United States remain at least partly out of sync on Afghanistan, the Middle East, Iran and climate change". Coincidentally, Obama will next week be addressing major Jewish organizations in Washington. Many hope he will use the opportunity to put an end to the hesitation within his administration over the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The signs so far are not encouraging. US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has caused mayhem this week with her inelegant pronouncements in the Middle East, a development which makes one wonder whether she realizes that she is no longer the senator from New York, having to cater to her large Jewish constituency there, but a senior official of the Obama administration, which is committed to a ‘new beginning' with the Arab and Muslim worlds. Netanyahu's Proposal Arab anger was touched off by Clinton's untimely...

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