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report says tunnel industry harming fabric of Gaza society
Ha'aretz 11 Nov 2009 - The deal was signed during President Peres' official visit to Brazil, but negotiations began months ago.
Israel shows papers linking Iran to seized 'Hezbollah arms ship'
Ha'aretz 11 Nov 2009 - Iran urges Russia: Ignore Israeli pressure, deliver S-300 missiles are capable of shooting down warheads.
U.S. accuses Iran of arms shipments to Hezbollah
Ha'aretz 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 Nov 2009 - After Israel releases ship found to be carrying tons of weapons apparently to Hezbollah, crew questioned in Beirut.
Ehsan Fattahian Executed
Palestine, November 11, (Pal Telegraph) - Palestinians are marking the fifth anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat. Hundreds of people gathered in the main square of the West Bank city of Ramallah to remember the late Palestinian leader.
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 11 Nov 2009 - All Israeli military flights over Lebanon break a resolution aimed at ending the 2006 hostilities between the two neighbours, a UN envoy says.
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.
AlJazeera 11 Nov 2009 - Amid stalled peace talks, Fatah supporters honour man who led them for four decades.
Iran 'ready to aid Yemeni security'
AlJazeera 11 Nov 2009 - Tehran offers to help after warning Yemen's neighbours against interfering.
Jordan police held over man's death
AlJazeera 10 Nov 2009 - Jordanian police officers to face trial in connection with death of a civilian.
Alternative Information Center 11 Nov 2009 - According to the Jerusalem online newspaper Mynet , Hebrew University’s Student Union Chairperson, Ofer Raviv, recently recommended that a Separation Wall between the university’s Mount Scopus campus and the nearby Palestinian village of Issawiya be constructed.
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...
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,...
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...
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...
Palestinians mark anniversary of Arafat's death
PNN 11 Nov 2009 - Palestinians are marking the fifth anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat. Hundreds of people gathered in the main square of the West Bank city of Ramallah to remember the late Palestinian leader. Tributes have also been paid at his gravestone, inside the Palestinian presidential compound. The Hamas group, which runs the Gaza Strip, banned similar commemorations there. The anniversary of Arafat’s...
Jeruslalem Post 11 Nov 2009 - Netanyahu willing to negotiate without preconditions; Barak: Don't belittle Damascus peace signals.
'Netanyahu-Obama meeting positive'
Jeruslalem Post 11 Nov 2009 - Senior US official tells 'Post': "There's a lot of agreement, a lot of cooperation" regarding Iran.
'Obama must choose - Israel or Iran'
Jeruslalem Post 11 Nov 2009 - At Istanbul economic forum, Iranian president calls on US counterpart to realize 'Change' motto.
'Israel choking Palestinian economy'
Jeruslalem Post 11 Nov 2009 - Ex-PA minister says efforts by "wrong-wing government" worthless without political agreement.
IDF shows 'proof' of Iran's link to arms
Jeruslalem Post 11 Nov 2009 - Israel says documents and photos confirm Teheran behind huge shipment of Hizbullah-bound weapons.
Army launches new probe for 'counter-Goldstone' report
Jeruslalem Post 11 Nov 2009 - IDF seeks B'tselem's assistance in gathering testimony from Gaza amid efforts to refute war crimes accusations, Jerusalem Post learns.
Hizbullah: All of Israel is within our fire range
Jeruslalem Post 11 Nov 2009 - Official: If IAF attacks, we'll bomb TA; Lebanese couple sentenced to death for espionage.
Reservists' letter opposes 'politicized missions' for IDF
Jeruslalem Post 11 Nov 2009 - Soldiers imprisoned for 'Don't evacuate Homesh' protest awarded NIS 40,000 by right-wing group.
Braille printers for blind Palestinians allowed into Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 11 Nov 2009 - Delivery follows unprecedented transfers of school and office supplies for Palestinian education system that IDF began permitting last month.
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.
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.
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 11 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 11 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
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.
Netanyahu to Sarkozy: Israel ready for Syria talks without preconditions
Ha'aretz 11 Nov 2009 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel would be prepared to hold immediate peace negotiations with Syria , as long as the talks were held without preconditions. ...
Hezbollah chief: Obama gives Israel more support than Bush did
Ha'aretz 11 Nov 2009 - Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah on Wednesday accused U.S. President Barack Obama of absolute bias in favor of Israel and disregard for the dignity of Arabs and Muslims. ...
Lebanon condemns four alleged Israel spies to death
Ha'aretz 11 Nov 2009 - A Lebanese military court on Wednesday sentenced to death a first sergeant in the country's Internal Security Forces charged with spying on behalf of Israel. ...
Palestinian cave-dweller fights Israeli eviction
Ha'aretz 11 Nov 2009 - A Palestinian camping in an ancient cave near Jerusalem said he has been told by Israeli authorities to get out because the hillside is slated for a housing development and his "illegal" home will be demolished. ...
Report: Angelina Jolie planning to adopt child from Syria
Ha'aretz 11 Nov 2009 - Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie is planning to adopt a child from Syria, OK! magazine reported Wednesday. ...
The Guardian 11 Nov 2009 - Palestinian president uses fifth anniversary of Arafat's death to demand halt on construction before talks with Israel Mahmoud Abbas today underlined the stark reality of the stalemate in the Middle East peace process by again demanding...
Erdogan's blind faith in Muslims | Seth Freedman
The Guardian 11 Nov 2009 - The Turkish leader's support of Sudan's Omar al-Bashir while condemning Gaza 'war crimes' play to fears on the Israeli right Despite glaring evidence to the contrary, the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan , believes "it is...
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...
Ha'aretz 11 Nov 2009 - The Nazareth Magistrate's Court on Wednesday dismissed a case against an Arab youth who was charged with attacking a police vehicle near Nazareth during the Gaza offensive earlier this year. ...
Probe: Near 5-plane crash at B-G Airport due to systemic glitch
Ha'aretz 11 Nov 2009 - The near crash of five airplanes at Ben Gurion Airport last June was due to a serious systemic failure involving Israel Airport Authorities officials, technicians, air traffic controllers and pilots, results of an investigation released on Wednesday revealed. ...
Abbas accuses Israel of 'disfiguring' two-state solution
Ha'aretz 11 Nov 2009 - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Wednesday of trying to undermine an internationally backed two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. ...
Bereaved women to Netanyahu: Stop gambling with Gilad Shalit's life
Ha'aretz 11 Nov 2009 - A group of women who had lost loved ones in combat or terror attacks sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday asking him to meet with them and tell them "when Gilad Shalit's tragic saga will end, so that we can stop struggling." ...
Study: Israeli employers prefer not to hire Arabs
Ha'aretz 11 Nov 2009 - Israeli employers prefer not to hire Arabs, Ethiopians and Haredis - even those holding at least an undergraduate degree, according to a study published on Monday. ...
Relief Web 11 Nov 2009 - Source: Emirates News Agency
Syria/OPT: Work begins on Shaikh Zayed quarter, Neirab Camp
Relief Web 11 Nov 2009 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
Conseil de sécurité : la protection des civils dans les conflits armés - résolution 1894 (2009)
Relief Web 11 Nov 2009 - Source: UN Security Council
Saying torture can 'never be justified,' Third Committee approves text condemning any attempt to legalize, authorize, including on national security grounds
Relief Web 11 Nov 2009 - Source: UN General Assembly
Middle East peace process not suffering from lack of standards, but of effort to implement them, Fourth Committee told, ending debate on Israeli practices
Relief Web 11 Nov 2009 - Source: UN General Assembly
Palestinian rights committee approves four draft resolutions on question of Palestine for adoption by General Assembly
Relief Web 11 Nov 2009 - Source: UN General Assembly
YNet News 11 Nov 2009 - High Commissioner for Human Rights says Israel responsible for civilian deaths in Gaza, 'confiscation' of Arab land in east Jerusalem
Netanyahu to Sarkozy: Immediate talks with Syria
YNet News 11 Nov 2009 - After Paris meeting, Israeli, French leaders say they agreed to 'deploy all efforts' toward 'immediately reviving the peace process'; also discuss Iranian nuclear program
Nasrallah: Obama fully committed to Israel
YNet News 11 Nov 2009 - During 'Shahid Day' speech, Hezbollah leader says hopes for change in 'savage policy' towards Arab world quickly faded, US committed to Israeli interests
Barak: PM's meeting with Obama was constructive
YNet News 11 Nov 2009 - Upon returning to Israel, defense minister rejects reports of tension between Netanyahu, US president
Prize awarded to Shimshon Battalion 'rebels'
YNet News 11 Nov 2009 - New recruits Aryeh Arbus and Ahiya Ovadia who protested against evacuation of Homesh during induction ceremony still in military prison, while their families receive check and certificate of recognition from SOS Israel for sons' actions
Lebanon: Death sentence to 4 convicted of collaborating with Israel
YNet News 11 Nov 2009 - Judges find defendants guilty of 'knowingly conspiring with Israel, allowing it to launch attack against Lebanon.' Two of defendants tried in absentia because they apparently fled to Israel
Lieberman in The Hague: Positive dynamics needed ahead of negotiations
YNet News 11 Nov 2009 - Foreign minister meets with Dutch counterpart as part of visit to Holland, says one condition to advancing political process is cessation of incitement, international diplomatic intrigue
Assad: No preconditions for peace with Israel
YNet News 11 Nov 2009 - At meeting of Arab political parties in Damascus, Syrian president says, 'We do not put forward conditions on making peace,' but adds, 'Resistance forms the core of our policy'
10 Nov 2009 - The Military Police are investigating some 21 incidents from Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. However, these investigations address specific incidents and will not address larger policy questions. They will also not examine the responsibility of civ
Daily Star 11 Nov 2009 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stood by his demand for a complete Israeli settlement freeze in an address Wednesday to tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered to honor the late Yasser Arafat. The fifth anniversary of the revered leader's death finds Palestinians more divided than ever and his successor, Abbas, pondering resignation because.
Netanyahu-Sarkozy talks focus on Iran, Middle East
Daily Star 11 Nov 2009 Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks Wednesday in Paris with French President Nicolas Sarkozy focusing on Iran and the crisis in the Middle East peace process. Neither leader spoke to reporters after the two hour meeting in the Elysee Palace, and Netanayahu set off for the airport immediately.
Families of Americans detained in Iran consult one another before each move
Daily Star 11 Nov 2009 The families of three Americans accused of espionage in Iran are attempting the delicate feat of keeping a spotlight trained on the plight of their loved ones while trying to avoid the tangled politics of the tense US-Iran relationship. Even as the Americans' captivity passed the 100-day point this week, the families of Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal together.
Palestinian cave-dweller fights Israeli eviction
Daily Star 11 Nov 2009 A Palestinian camping in a cave near occupied Jeru salem says he has been told by Israeli authorities to get out be cause the hillside is slated for a housing development and his "illegal" home will be demolished. The predicament of Abdel-Fattah Abed Rabbo, a 48-year-old father of 10, highlights the dispute between Israel and Palestinians living in the steep hills between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Assad: No terms for peace with Israel, just rights
Daily Star 11 Nov 2009 President Bashar Assad said on Wednesday that Syria was not setting conditions on making peace with Israel, but that it did have rights that must be restored, the official SANA news agency reported. "Resistance [to Israeli occupation] forms the core of our po licy, both in the past and in the future. We do not put forward conditions on making peace., President Bashar Assad said on Wednesday that Syria was not setting conditions on making peace with Israel, but that it did have rights that must be restored, the official SANA news agency reported. "Resistance [to Israeli occupation] forms the core of our po licy, both in the past and in the future. We do not put forward conditions on making peace.
Iran urges Russia to deliver on defense contract despite pressure from Israel
Daily Star 11 Nov 2009 Iran urged Russia on Wednesday to deliver on an air-defense contract signed with Tehran and ignore Israeli pressures for delaying the deal that has also raised US concerns. Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Moscow is under an obligation to carry out the contract to provide the S-300 missiles to Tehran.
Ex-Blackwater chiefs claim $1m Iraqi civilian shooting cover-up
Daily Star 11 Nov 2009 Former top executives at Blackwater Worldwide say the US security contractor sent some $1 million to its Iraq office, with the intention of paying off officials in the country who were angry about the fatal shootings of 17 civilians by Blackwater employees, the New York Times reported Tuesday. Four former executives described the plan under the condition of anonymity, the newspaper said.
Washington sniper John Allen Mohammad executed
Daily Star 11 Nov 2009 The Washington sniper was executed Tuesday after a 2002 reign of terror that claimed 10 lives and left the US capital paralyzed in fear for three weeks. John Mohammad staggered into the death chamber with the aid of prison guards and offered no last-minute explanation for his random killings, before being executed by lethal injection.
PIC 11 Nov 2009 - Mahmoud Abbas’s militias during the last two days kidnapped five Palestinian citizens affiliated with Hamas and issued tens of summonses against others in Nablus, Al-Khalil and Bethlehem.
Haneyya calls for devising Arab strategy to restore Palestinian rights
PIC 11 Nov 2009 - Ismail Haneyya, the PA premier in Gaza Strip, has called for the formulation of a pan-Arab strategy that would restore Arab rights in general and Palestinian rights in particular.
Hamas discusses political developments with DFLP
PIC 11 Nov 2009 - Delegates from Hamas and the democratic front for the liberation of Palestine (DFLP) conferred on Wednesday on latest Palestinian political developments topped by the reconciliation efforts.
Assad: The resistance of the occupation is an honor we should be proud of
PIC 11 Nov 2009 - Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad stated Monday that the resistance of the occupation is a national duty and to support it is a moral and legal duty as well as an honor which we should be proud of.
IOF troops severely beat two children
PIC 11 Nov 2009 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Wednesday severely beat up two Palestinian children in the Old City of Al-Khalil without any apparent justification, locals reported.
Dweik: Hamas to sign the Egyptian reconciliation paper by end of month
PIC 11 Nov 2009 - Dr. Aziz Dweik, the Palestinian legislative council's speaker, has affirmed that Hamas would sign the Egyptian reconciliation paper by the end of November.
MP Zeidan: We don’t beg for negotiations
PIC 11 Nov 2009 - Hamas MP Abdul Rahman Zeidan has said that his Movement does not beg for negotiations but rather wants the "Zionist enemy" to recognize the Palestinian people's stable rights.
IOA extends administrative detention of Sheikh Saadi
PIC 11 Nov 2009 - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) renewed for the sixth time the administrative detention of Sheikh Bassam Al-Saadi, a senior Islamic Jihad leader, after spending six years in Israeli jails.
Ministry of detainees: Israel stepped up its racist practices against prisoners
PIC 11 Nov 2009 - The Palestinian ministry of prisoners stated that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has stepped up its malicious racist practices against detainees, who number more than 10,000.
Hamas, Islamic Jihad dismayed at Egyptian blockage of their leaders' Haj
PIC 11 Nov 2009 - Hamas and Islamic Jihad top officials have expressed surprise and dismay at the Egyptian authorities' refusal to allow four of their officials and two other factional leaders to leave for Haj.
LA Times 11 Nov 2009 - Both were members of the Basiji elite, the hard-line Iranian militia. Over time, they took different paths, one embracing feminism and the other mellowing, then turning back to the use of force. One night he came home covered with blood.
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.
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.
Palestinian Authority’s Future Is in Question
New York Times 10 Nov 2009 - Those close to Mahmoud Abbas said that he intended to resign and that other Palestinian officials would follow.
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.
Alternative Information Center - 11 Nov 2009 - According to the Jerusalem online newspaper Mynet , Hebrew University’s Student Union Chairperson, Ofer Raviv, recently recommended that a Separation Wall between the university’s Mount Scopus campus and the nearby Palestinian village of Issawiya be constructed.
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 violations of international law. Alas, they were wrong.
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 10 November 2009, and linked to the West Bank meeting...
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 off the land throwing stones, before starting plowing. Local Palestinian...
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 values of fairness, justice and equality which have been sorely...
Just what the world needs… more walls!
Mondoweiss - 11 Nov 2009 - From Alternative Information Center : According to the Jerusalem online newspaper Mynet , Hebrew University’s Student Union Chairperson, Ofer Raviv, recently recommended that a Separation Wall between the university’s Mount Scopus campus and the nearby Palestinian village of Issawiya be constructed. Hebrew University officials suggested that such a...
Daniel Levy seems to favor boycott to ‘draw a red line at the Green Line’
Mondoweiss - 11 Nov 2009 - I said that J Street will have to come ’round to boycott inevitably, and yesterday one of J Street’s guiding spirits, Daniel Levy , came pretty close at the Middle East Institute . I just caught some of the panel on C-Span. Angered by the failure of Obama...
Where is MSM on Hebron story?
Mondoweiss - 11 Nov 2009 - Where’s the MSM on the fact that the Hebron Fund is having a fundraiser for illegal colonies at Citi Field? It’s a joke. If a Palestinian group were bringing in the equivalent of Noam Arnon…well, he wouldn’t even get in the country. But the event would...
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Mondoweiss - 11 Nov 2009 - About a year ago this site was approved as a Google News site, based on the news reporting we do and the number of contributors. This helped our traffic enormously, and restored some of my self-esteem, as a guy who had made a living as a...
Obama aide is not post-racial
Mondoweiss - 11 Nov 2009 - Rahm Emanuel, quoted in the Jerusalem Post, his speech to the Jewish Federations: Beginning his speech by referring to his long-standing ties to Israel, Emanuel warned about the dangers of abandoning the effort to make a deal with the Palestinians. "Demographics cannot be denied," he declared,...
Delusional Self-Defense, Delusional Congressional Vote
Jimmy Leas and Noura Erakat, Huffington Post 11/10/2009
The 344-36 House vote last week condemning the Goldstone Report, which encourages Israel and Hamas to conduct "credible" independent investigations of war crimes committed in Gaza, may help Israeli leaders avoid prosecution in the short-term. However, the House vote and the negative US votes at the UN will have long-term detrimental effects both on Israel and on the U.S.’s moral authority.
Consider that within the General Assembly, 110 nations endorsed the Report, while the U.S. was among the minority of 18 nations that voted against the endorsement. The Congressional vote will increase the likelihood of a worldwide campaign to push the UN General Assembly, the International Criminal Court, or other countries, under universal jurisdiction, to hold Israel to account for war crimes committed in Gaza.
Self-defense is of utmost concern because self-defense was a central element of Israel’s ongoing argument for the war and is the heart of the U.S.’s rejection of Goldstone. Israeli officials have featured that claim in every forum leading up to Operation Cast Lead’s pummeling strikes. It was Israel’s justification in its letter to the UN Secretary General when Israeli State officials announced the war on December 27, 2008. It was the main theme of Netanyahu’s recent speeches to the General Assembly and to the Knesset. It was the main theme of the most recent House Resolution. It will be the U.S.’s main reason to veto the forthcoming Security Council vote. The self-defense claim is not just a matter of public relations; it is essential. Absent self-defense, political and military officials in Israel are subject to charges that go beyond those in the Goldstone Report, including, but not limited to, the crime of war of aggression.
However, the self-defense claim propagated by Israeli and U.S. politicians since the initiation of Operation Cast Lead is inconsistent with both the facts and the law. Within weeks of entering into the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire agreement, Hamas rocket fire had come to a halt. According to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ceasefire was so successful that it brought "normal life and "calm" back to Israeli towns near Gaza..... more.. e-mail
Is Israel threatened by the BDS movement?
Mya Guarnieri, Ma’an News Agency 11/11/2009
For nearly six weeks now Mohammed Othman, a prominent Palestinian activist and an outspoken advocate of the nonviolent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, has been held in an Israeli military prison without charges.
On 22 September 2009 Othman, 34, was detained at the Allenby Crossing as he attempted to return home to the occupied West Bank from Jordan. He was returning from a trip to Norway, where he met with that country’s Finance Minister Kristin Halvorsen, amongst other officials.
At the beginning of September, Finance Minister Halvorsen announced Norway’s divestment from the Israeli company Elbit due to "ethical concerns." Elbit provides security systems for Israel’s separation wall in the West Bank, for illegal settlements as well as unmanned aerial vehicles (commonly known as drones) and other technology for the Israeli military. According to many Middle East analysts and human rights groups, Othman played a pivotal role in Norway’s decision to disassociate from Elbit.
Norway’s severing of ties with Elbit is just one of the recent successes of the BDS campaign. The Africa-Israel Group, a company led by Israeli diamond mogul Lev Leviev, involved construction of illegal Israeli settlements, has recently plummeted in value as investors have pulled out. While Africa-Israel’s recent decline has been due in large part to the global economic downturn, the attention of BDS activists has made associating with the company and its chairman politically unpalatable. Amongst those who have distanced themselves from Africa-Israel is the United Kingdom’s government. In March, the UK cancelled plans to move its Tel Aviv embassy into a building owned by the company. more.. e-mail
Land First, Then Peace
Turki al-Faisal, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs 11/10/2009
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia—The United States and other Western powers have for some time been pushing Saudi Arabia to make more gestures toward Israel. More recently, the crown prince of Bahrain urged greater communication with Israel and joint steps from Arab states to revive the peace process.
Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam, the custodian of its two holy mosques, the world’s energy superpower and the de facto leader of the Arab and Muslim worlds—that is why our recognition is greatly prized by Israel. However, for all those same reasons, the kingdom holds itself to higher standards of justice and law. It must therefore refuse to engage Israel until it ends its illegal occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights as well as Shabaa Farms in Lebanon. For Saudis to take steps toward diplomatic normalization before this land is returned to its rightful owners would undermine international law and turn a blind eye to immorality.
Shortly after the Six-Day War in 1967, during which Israel occupied those territories as well as East Jerusalem and the Sinai Peninsula, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution stating that, in order to form “a just and lasting peace in the Middle East,” Israel must withdraw from these newly occupied lands. The Fourth Geneva Convention similarly notes “the occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”
Now, Israeli leaders hint that they are willing to return portions of these occupied territories to Arab control, but only if they are granted military and economic concessions first. For the Arabs to accept such a proposal would only encourage similar outrages in the future by rewarding military conquest. more.. e-mail
Palestinian students at Israeli universities support academic boycott
Electronic Intifada: 11 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 values of fairness, justice and equality which have been sorely missed in our region.
Goldstone report met with muted enthusiasm in Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 11 Nov 2009 - Tareq Abu Daya, owner of a popular souvenir shop in the heart of Gaza City, has recently offered his customers a new kuffiyeh , or traditional checkered scarf, on which the name of Judge Richard Goldstone is inscribed. "When the famous UN report of Judge Richard Goldstone was first made public, I thought of something that would be in honor of such a significant report that accuses Israel of war crimes against Gaza during the last war," Abu Daya said. Rami Almeghari reports from the occupied Gaza Strip.
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.