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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
12 November, 2009

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International Middle East Media Center

Activists Protest Peres’ Visit To Brazil
IMEMC 12 Nov 2009 - Thursday November 12, 2009 - 22:27, Dozens of activists protested on Thursday against the Israeli President, Shimon Peres, during a visit to Sao Paolo – Brazil. Peres was participating in an event when the activists gathered outside protesting against Peres and describing him as “Shimon Hitler”.

The Palestinian election committee says no elections in January 2010
IMEMC 12 Nov 2009 - Thursday November 12, 2009 - 16:16, Dr. Hanna Nasser, Director of the Central Election Committee, told reporters at a press conference in the central West Bank city of Ramallah Thursday that the elections committee does not have the ability to conduct the general elections by January 2010.

Due To Repeated Violations Against It, Ramattan Decides To Close Gaza Offices
IMEMC 12 Nov 2009 - Thursday November 12, 2009 - 12:14, The administration of the Ramattan news agency in Gaza decided on Wednesday to shut its offices down until further notice due to repeated attacks and violations by the Hamas-controlled security forces in the Gaza Strip.

Peres: “Goldstone; Small Man Out To Hurt Israel”
IMEMC 12 Nov 2009 - Thursday November 12, 2009 - 11:38, Israeli President, Shimon Peres, slammed Judge Richard Goldstone, who headed the Gaza war investigation team, and described him as “a small person who is out to hurt Israel”.

Netanyahu Meets Sarkozi
IMEMC 12 Nov 2009 - Thursday November 12, 2009 - 00:37, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, met on Wednesday with the French President, Nicolas Sarkozi, during a visit to France. The two discussed the bilateral relations between Israel and France, the efforts to resume the stalled peace process and the Iranian file.

Palestinians Commemorate Arafat In Ramallah
IMEMC 12 Nov 2009 - Wednesday November 11, 2009 - 22:04, Dozens of thousands gathered in the central West Bank city of Ramallah to participate in a ceremony commemorating the fifth anniversary of the death of President Yasser Arafat.

Ma'an News

Settlers chop down olive trees south of Nablus
11/12/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - Several Israeli settlers cut down dozens of olive trees in the West Bank village of Burin village south of Nablus on Thursday morning, a local official reported. Ghassan Douglas, who holds the settlement portfolio for the northern West Bank, said that a number of settlers from the Yitzhar colony destroyed 81 olive trees on the property of Akram Amran. He said he considered the destruction "provocative and unacceptable. " Israeli sources quoted Palestinians saying as many as 97 trees were chopped down. Amram told the English-language news agency Ynet that at around 5:30am he had discovered 97 uprooted olive trees. "I am not embarrassed to admit that when I discovered the massacre which took place on my land, I cried," he said, according to the news source. "These trees are more than 60 years old and I raised them just like I raised my kids. . . " 

Israeli army criticized at BU student deportation hearing
11/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Israeli High Court of justice criticized the violation of due process that saw Bethlehem University Student Berlanty Azzam, seized, blindfolded, handcuffed and thrown into the Erez crossing headed for Gaza as she headed home from a job interviewon 29 October. The first court date hearing a complaint filed on behalf of Azzam by the Israeli human rights group Gisha saw the military ordered to conduct an administrative hearing on 22 November at which Berlanty and her attorney can challenge the removal from the West Bank. According to observers at the court hearing, the Israeli prosecution will question Berlanty but not allow her to leave the Gaza Strip. Questions will center on whether or not the 21-year-old Business Administration student knew she was "living illegally in the West Bank. " 

Israeli forces detain 7 across West Bank including 2 minors
11/12/2009 - Salfit - Ma'an - Israeli forces detained ten civilians including two minors across the West Bank early on Thursday morning, police sources said. In Jericho, Israeli soldiers raided the Aqbat Jaber Refugee Camp and detained 13-year-olds Muhammad Hajjaj and Muhammad Yaghi. The media office of the Palestinian police reported Israeli forces storming the Qalandiya Refugee Camp near Ramallah, where they detained Hassan Zayyat, Abdullah Al-Louzi and Hamada Hammad. The police report also said Israeli troops stormed Jamma'in village southwest of Nablus and detained Raed Ibrahim, 35. In Hebron Israeli soldiers fired sound blasts into the home of Raed An-Natsheh, 23, stormed the building and detained the young man. In Ramallah, Israeli forces detained 32-year-oldNelly As-Safady 32 years-old from Nablus at a military checkpoint while she was on her way to Ramallah. 

Israeli forces detain nine internationals
11/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli forces detained two Palestinians and nine internationals working on the rehabilitation of agricultural lands within the project "Green Palestine" near the village of Umm Salamoneh south of Bethlehem on Thursday. Ibrahim Awad, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall in the area said Israeli forces raided his land and detained him along with a member of the Village Council and nine internationals near the illegal Effrat settlement, while Deputy Director of Agriculture in Bethlehem Ibrahim Masha'lehsaid that Israeli forces detained "dozens of foreigners and the employees of the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in Umm Salamoneh village. " Bethlehem district is the second to embrace Project Green, after a successful debut in Tulkarem. The initiative is run by the Popular Committees in the area, and brings together local government,. . . 

Peres: Investigate Goldstone, not Israel
11/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Richard Golstone, the celebrated war crimes prosecutor who lead UN inquiries on Rwanda, Yugoslavia and Gaza, is obsessed with Israel and cares little for justice, according to Israeli President Shimon Peres. "Goldstone is a small man, devoid of any sense of justice, a technocrat with no real understanding of jurisprudence," Peres was quoted as telling Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday. The Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz reported on Thursday that Peres termed Goldstone's UN-backed fact-finding inquiry on alleged war crimes committed in Gaza was "a one-sided mission to hurt Israel. . . If anyone should be investigated, it should be him. " It was the harshest personal attack on Goldstone by a senior Israeli official since the conclusions of his inquiry were made public in late September.

Media watchdog slams raid on Gaza news network
11/13/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - The de facto government in the Gaza Strip has again come under scrutiny over allegations its security services shut down a news conference in Gaza City on Wednesday. Ramattan news agency closed its offices in protest of the raid, in which security services stormed its offices and banned a news conference organized by the National Action Commission. The government claimed the event was unlicensed. The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) condemned authorities for shutting it down, which it termed a "flagrant violation of freedom of expression. "A Ramattan journalist who asked not to be named told MADA the conference would have detailed the de facto government's efforts to derail commemoration of Arafat's death. MADA also rejected the government's pretext that organizers had failed to apply for permits to hold memorials. 

One Gaza crossing open for larger than average goods transfer
11/12/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli authorities opened the Kerem Shalom border crossing on Thursday, keeping the agricultural goods and fuel access points shut, a crossings official said. Raed Fattouh, a Palestinian border crossing official, said between 135 and 145 truckloads of commercial merchandise and humanitarian aid was expected to be allowed through the Kerem Shalom crossing point while the others will be closed. He added that 15 of these trucks are carrying 400 cows. The amount of transferred goods is the highest for a single day since February. On Wednesday, Israel allowed the transfer of educational supplies into Gaza for use in schools run by UNRWA, the UN's Palestinian refugee agency, according to a statement from the Israeli Foreign Ministry. The shipment included copy machines, printers, and projectors, the statement said. 

Europe aid convoy arrives in Gaza after month-long delay
11/12/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - The European medical aid convoy "Miles of Smiles" arrived in Gaza late night Wednesday night after spending 25 days waiting on the Egyptian side of the crossing. Hamdi Sha'th, head of the committee against the siege, told Ma'an over the phone that the convoy will stay in Gaza only 48 hours and will leave on Friday after the noon prayer. The short trip was part of the terms negotiated by Egyptian border officials. Initial conditions were set at a 24-hour visit, but negotiations with convoy leaders saw the timeframe extended by a day. The group brings into the Strip 100 small trucks loaded with medical aid and nearly 260 wheelchairs in addition to a number of ambulances, 102 cars for transportation of the disabled and computers for schools damaged during the last war. Sha'th said the convoy consisted of 60 individuals from 10 different European countries,. . . 

Alleged killer Teitel: No doubt God pleased with me
11/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - An Israeli settler charged with a string of murders and assaults told prosecutors in Jerusalem on Thursday that he regrets nothing. "It was a pleasure and an honor to serve my God," said defendant Yaakov Teitel, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz. "I have no regret and no doubt that God is pleased. "Dubbed the "Jewish terrorist" by Israeli media, the 37-year-old was charged with two murders, three attempted murders using poison and bombs, and other violent acts spanning a decade. Israeli police arrested the settler last month for the killings, which included two Palestinians. An immigrant from the US, Teitel was arrested in Jerusalem on 7 October. He allegedly confessed to authorities to shooting to death Palestinian shepherd Issa Jibril south of Hebron in 1997 and killing an East Jerusalem taxi driver the same year. 

Report: France to relay Israeli message to Syria on Golan
11/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an/Agencies - A message expressing Israel's willingness to withdraw from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights may be delivered to Syria via French President Nicolas Sarkozy as the start of a peace deal between the two Middle Eastern nations, the Arabic-language satellite TV channel Al-Arabiya reported on Thursday. The Dubai-based media network said the move was the continuation of earlier efforts to secure peace on the northern border, but Israeli media sources said the report was denied by officials in the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli daily Haaretz quoted a senior political source in Jerusalem as saying the leader is "considering French mediation" for talks with Syria. It is unclear whether the move marks a change of focus for the Netanyahu government, shifting from a concentration on Palestinian peace talks and moving to a broader Middle East peace before returning to the table. 

Hamas, Fatah spar over elections delay
11/12/2009 - Ramallah - Ma'an - The Central Elections Commission does not have the capacity to hold elections on 24 January, the body's chairman Hanna Nasser announced on Thursday. Nasser said in a Ramallah news conference that the commission sent a letter to President Mahmoud Abbas explaining the situation, and noting that it is not up to the commission to decide when to hold elections, if they are not held on the 24th. The decision will effectively postpone Palestinian presidential and legislative elections to an unknown date. A statement from Abbas' office said the president would issue a decision "in light of this development" following consultation with Palestinian institutions and Basic Law experts. Abbas' spokesperson blamed what he termed a "Hamas-imposed ban on the Central Elections Commission from entering Gaza" for the delay, calling it "evidence that Hamas does not value the unity of the homeland or national reconciliation. 

Gaza court sentences man on collaboration charges
11/12/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - A de facto military court in the Gaza Strip on Thursday sentenced a young Palestinian man to 15 years in prison on charges he collaborated with an enemy state. Mohammad Bassam Ahmad Abu Dayer, 21, of Jabaliya, was charged with carrying out violent acts dictated by an enemy state under the 1979 Palestinian Basic Law. The court said it would consider appeals from the defendant to alter his sentence. The maximum penalty is death, although it is rarely carried out. Meanwhile, 27-year-old Nour Sa'eed At-Tarbin of Beit Hanoun was found not guilty on the same charges. He was released unconditionally. [end] 

Palestinian photojournalist wins first place in Amman competition
11/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Palestinian Reuters photographer Nayef Hashlamoun was announced as the best of the photojournalist in 2009 by the Arab Youth Media Forum in Amman Jordan, on Monday, in the category of Best Press Photographer. The award was given "in recognition of the professionalism and skill and for his service in the media, and courage to work despite being wounded several times by Israeli soldiers and settlers," President of the Forum Haitham Yousif said. Hashlamoun works in Hebron, and expressed his happiness to receive the award. He has received earlier accolades from competitions in China (2006), and has published several books including Press and Media: between theory and Practical application and Journalism Writing, both in Arabic. The photographer currently works as a lecturer at Palestine Polytechnic University and the Yarmouk University and the Ibrahimiah College. 

Palestinian Hajj pilgrims arrive in Medina
11/12/2009 - Medina - Ma'an - Sources at the Palestinian Hajj delegation said all Gazan pilgrims reached Medina on Thursday after travelling from the Jeddah airport early in the morning. The pilgrims are expected in Mecca on Friday. The last group of 200 Palestinian Hajj from the Gaza Strip arrived Medina at dawn, leaving 190 behind at the Al-A'rishAirport who had improper documentation. Once in Medina, the 4,300 Palestinians from Gaza were spread out amongst the hotels and apartments near the prayer site, from where they will visit the grave of the Prophet Mohammad then depart for Mecca to walk the Kabba. There have been some early complaints of poor transportation coordination and crowded rooms for families, but in general the crossing was smooth, sources said. 

Ma’an-produced EU quiz show to premier Friday
11/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an Network, in conjunction with the European Union, proudly presents a pioneering new program called "Stars," the first quiz show between Palestinian universities, starting Friday on Ma'an TV and Palestine TV at 8pm. Nine Palestinian universities across the West Bank and Gaza Strip will compete to demonstrate which team has the greatest knowledge of the EU, with topics spanning culture, art, politics and economics. "Stars" is filmed in front of a live audience of the participants' peers, who will also be able to take part in the show. Viewers are encouraged to answer questions by text or over the phone. Participating institutions include Al-Azhar University in Gaza; Arab American University in Jenin; An-Najah National University in Nablus; Birzeit University in Ramallah; Al-Quds University, Abu Dis Campus; Al-Quds Open University in Bethlehem; the Palestine Polytechnic. . . 

Scheduled blackouts across Bethlehem Thursday night
11/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Jerusalem Electric announced a scheduled power cut to the Bethlehem area starting at 11pm on Thursday and ending at 6am the following morning. The blackout will affect the following areas: Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, Beit Jala, Ad-Doha, Al-Walaja, Al-Khadr, Husan, Battir, Nahhalin, Wadi Fukin, Al-Ubeidiya, Dar Salah, Khallet An-Nu'man, Ash-Shawawra, Ras Al-Wad, Um At-Tale', Juhdum, Aida, Ad-Duheisha and Al-Azza refugee camps, Wadi Shahin, Wadi Ghneim, Khallet Al-Louza, Hindaza and Barda'a. Water wells, institutions and businesses in the listed areas will go offline, as well. The company said the cut was for maintenance work and apologized for any inconvenience. 

Tourism in Palestine, Israel down
11/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - So far in 2009, 168,582 tourists stayed in West Bank hotels for a total of 409,013 nights, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics announced Thursday. Over the same period, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism said 2. 3 million visitors spent time in Israel. For the month of October, noting a record number of visitors, the Israeli ministry reported 330,000 visitors, up 9% from the previous October. "These figures are a result of focused marketing, target audience segmentation and the creation of an infrastructure for marketing continuity worldwide, in line with Israel's new positioning as the Holy Land with Jerusalem at its center," Israeli Minister of Tourism Stas Misezhnikov was quoted as saying in a news briefing. East Jerusalem, home to the Church of the Holy Sepulchure, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Western Wall, is on the Palestinian side of the Green Line,. . . 

Ha'aretz Defense page

Olmert: Groups using Goldstone Gaza report to attack us are 'hypocritical'
Ha'aretz 12 Nov 2009 - Former PM, who launched Gaza offensive condemned in UN report, says Israel must continue fighting terror. 

Brazil to buy $350 million worth of drones from Israel
Ha'aretz 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 Nov 2009 - After Israel releases ship found to be carrying tons of weapons apparently to Hezbollah, crew questioned in Beirut. 

Uruknet

[uruknet.info] PCHR Condemns Raid on Ramattan News Agency in Gaza, and Expresses Deep Concerns over Measures Taken by the Gaza Government to Prevent Commemoration of Late President Yasser Arafat's Death
Uruknet November 12, 2009 - On Tuesday, 10 November 2009, Palestinian security services stormed the offices of Ramattan News Agency in Gaza and banned a press conference organized by the National Action Commission. The press conference had been organized to publicize the cancellation of an event commemorating President Arafat's anniversary. The Gaza government claimed that the event was unlicensed. This measure...

[uruknet.info] Video: Israeli Confessions
Uruknet November 12, 2009 - If one wants to know why and how the conflict started in Palestine more than 60 years ago, the "confessions" of Israeli and Zionist leaders should make it very clear. 700,000 Palestinians (more than half of the Palestinian population at the time) were expelled in 1948. More than 600 towns and villages were ethnically cleansed...

[uruknet.info] Gaza: waiting for justice
Uruknet November 12, 2009 - Fourteen people cram into two connected tents covered with plastic sheeting to combat the winter rains. Although November and the beginning of cooler days, the heat inside the tents is choking. In time, the opposite will be true: the tent's thin walls and floors without mattresses will render it unbearably cold in the coming cold months....

[uruknet.info] * * * NOT SATIRE * * * Peres: Investigate Goldstone, not Israel
Uruknet November 12, 2009 - Richard Golstone, the celebrated war crimes prosecutor who lead UN inquiries on Rwanda, Yugoslavia and Gaza, is obsessed with Israel and cares little for justice, according to Israeli President Shimon Peres. "Goldstone is a small man, devoid of any sense of justice, a technocrat with no real understanding of jurisprudence," Peres was quoted as telling Brazilian...

[uruknet.info] Video: Mohammed Omer on Israel's Separation Wall and Death
Uruknet November 12, 2009 - On Nov. 5, 2009, at the Palestine Center in Washington, D.C., an award-winning journalist, Mohammed Omer, presented a video that he had taken in January, 2005, at Rafah, Gaza Strip, near the Egyptian border. Mr. Omer, now 25 years of age, was born and raised in the Rafah refugee camp. His video dealt with some Palestian...

[uruknet.info] Testimony: Israeli Security Agency exploits illness of Gazan to try and force him to become a collaborator
Uruknet November 12, 2009 - In the summer of 2007, Israel instated a new procedure regarding residents of the Gaza Strip wishing to exit Gaza in order to receive medical treatment. According to the procedure, authorization some of these requests are authorized only if the resident first undergoes a questioning by the Israeli Security Agency (ISA). In a response by the...

[uruknet.info] Palestinian cave-dweller fights Israeli eviction
Uruknet November 12, 2009 - A Palestinian camping in an ancient cave near Jerusalem says 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. The predicament of Abdel Fattah Abed Rabbo, a 48-year-old father of 10, highlights the dispute between Israel and Palestinians living...

[uruknet.info] Palestinian poll delay recommended
Uruknet November 12, 2009 - The Palestinian Election Commission has recommended the postponement of presidential and parliamentary polls scheduled for January. Hanna Nassar, the director of the electoral body, said on Thursday that the recommendation had been communicated to Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority. Abbas, under Palestinian law, is mandated to take the final decision...

[uruknet.info] Fragmenting Palestinian land A young student deported from the West Bank to Gaza is just the latest victim of Israeli efforts to sever ties between the territories
Uruknet November 12, 2009 - Twenty-one-year-old Palestinian student Berlanty Azzam was seized by Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint in the West Bank last month. Bound and blindfolded, she was forcibly deported to the Gaza Strip. Berlanty was in her final semester at Bethlehem University in the West Bank, and was returning from a job interview in Ramallah. The problem was that...

[uruknet.info] Settler defends West Bank murders
Uruknet November 12, 2009 - A Jewish-American, who settled in the occupied West Bank, has been charged with killing two Palestinians and attempting to murder more people. Jack Teitel told reporters at a Jerusalem court on Thursday that he had no regrets for shooting the pair and trying to kill the others with explosives and poison, and that God would approve...

[uruknet.info] Report: The economic toll on Gaza after Israel's attacks
Uruknet November 12, 2009 - The Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip from 27 December 2008 to 18 January 2009, was the most violent and deadly offensive by Israel since the second intifada began. According to the UN, 1,434 Palestinian residents of Gaza were killed by the Israeli forces, and over 5,000 were injured. Thousands of homes and businesses were...

[uruknet.info] Video: Uproar over rabbi book
Uruknet November 12, 2009 - Arab members of Israel's parliament have called for the banning of a controversial book written by a Jewish rabbi in which he appears to authorise the killing of non-Jews, including children, who pose a threat to Israel. While many rabbis dismiss Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira's book, some prominent rabbis have recommended it to their students and followers...

Palestine Telegraph

Abbas resists US pressure for talks!
Palestine, November 12, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - The Palestinian president on Wednesday resisted US pressure for a resumption of peace talks with Israel, repeating his demand for a complete halt to West Bank settlement building before negotiations. Mahmoud Abbas also offered no...

Arafat's death: Who is the killer?
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.

Aljazeera

Palestinian poll delay recommended
AlJazeera 12 Nov 2009 - Electoral body informs Mahmoud Abbas about its inability to organise polls on January 24.

Settler defends West Bank murders
AlJazeera 12 Nov 2009 - Jewish-American says he has no regrets for attacking Palestinians and moderate Jews.

Nasrallah slams Obama Israel 'bias'
AlJazeera 11 Nov 2009 - Hezbollah leader accuses US president of "absolute bias" in Israel settlement issue.

Palestinians mark Arafat's death
AlJazeera 11 Nov 2009 - Amid stalled peace talks, Fatah supporters honour man who led them for four decades.

Alternative Information Center

Condemnation of Palestinian Security Services Raid on Ramattan News Agency in Gaza
Alternative Information Center 12 Nov 2009 - On Tuesday, 10 November 2009, Palestinian security services stormed the offices of Ramattan News Agency in Gaza and banned a press conference organized by the National Action Commission. The press conference had been organized to publicize...

Chairperson of Hebrew University Student Union: Build Wall between the University and the Neighboring Palestinian Village of Issawiya
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...

Palestine News Network

Frozen efforts may still lead to reconciliation 
PNN 12 Nov 2009 - an interview with Mahmoud al-Ramahi BI: It seems Egyptian mediation efforts between Fateh and Hamas are stuck. Is that a correct reading of the situation?Ramahi: Let's say they are frozen. BI: What happened?Ramahi: The dialogue started at the beginning of this year, as you know. After eight months, Fateh and Hamas reached compromise on all outstanding issues. But in the final proposal...

Surgeon from UAE heals Gaza children deaf from Israeli bombings
PNN 12 Nov 2009 - Doctor from UAE performs string of operations on deaf children for free in Israeli-besieged Gaza. GAZA CITY - Wafa Sarhan was devastated to think her two sons would never hear her voice again after an Israeli strike on Gaza left them deaf.Then Dr. Hajeri showed up in the impoverished enclave.Bahaa and Qusei Sarhan, today six and five, lost their hearing in June...

High Court examines Israel's refusal to allow a 21 year old student to complete her BA in Bethlehem 
PNN 12 Nov 2009 - Today, Thursday, November 12, 2009, a hearing will be held in the Israeli High Court of Justice in the case of Berlanty Azzam, a student at Bethlehem University who was detained and forcibly removed to the Gaza Strip. Berlanty was to complete her BA in Business Management in just two months.Israel admits that it has no security claims against Berlanty and that...

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...

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,...

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...

Fatah official: Palestinian elections likely to be delayed 
PNN 12 Nov 2009 - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to accept a recommendation that he postpone elections scheduled for January, a senior official said on Thursday. The independent Central Election Commission, responsible for organizing elections on Thursday confirmed it had recommended postponing the vote, the head of the Central Elections Commission said. We met today and we decided to tell the president, who called these...

Jerusalem Post

Israel urged to purchase Hitler's home
Jeruslalem Post 12 Nov 2009 - Group pushes for creation of memorial art gallery "in a place as symbolic of evil as Auschwitz."

At Augusta Victoria Hospital, medicine transcends politics
Jeruslalem Post 12 Nov 2009 - Jerusalem hospital provides Palestinians with treatment they can't get anywhere else.

Israel wants production role in F-35
Jeruslalem Post 12 Nov 2009 - Israel has stressed that it would otherwise be reluctant to purchase aircraft immediately.

1 in 3 thinks changing Law of Return to stop crooks is racist
Jeruslalem Post 12 Nov 2009 - Israel screens for Jewish, not criminal, background.

Olmert: Goldstone Report 'hypocritical'
Jeruslalem Post 12 Nov 2009 - Former PM says civilians may be hurt in war on terror, but this is not the intention.

Fresh hope of resumed peace talks
Jeruslalem Post 12 Nov 2009 - Following Hamas rejection, Fatah committee recommends setting later date for presidential vote.

Pro-Palestinian protesters call Peres 'Shimon Hitler'
Jeruslalem Post 12 Nov 2009 - Several dozen demonstrators in Sao Paolo mar president's presence at industrialist conference; earlier, Brazil, Israel sign $350m. UAV contract.

Shimshon soldiers to be hailed at 'farbrengen'
Jeruslalem Post 12 Nov 2009 - The ceremony, to be held in J'lem, will commemorate moral dilemmas faced by IDF soldiers in Judea and Samaria.

Norway university won't boycott Israel
Jeruslalem Post 12 Nov 2009 - Unanimous vote rejects proposal to boycott Israel academically; staff still critical of "occupation."

IRIN

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.

In Brief: Egypt’s Copts facing persecution - report 
IRIN CAIRO Thursday, November 12, 2009 (IRIN) - A new report on religious freedom in Egypt says Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of the 80 million population (CIA factbook), face major rights violations and are being increasingly persecuted.

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.

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: Gaza Graduates Search for Vitamin W 
IPS THE HAGUE, Nov 12 (IPS) - "We fast a long time," says Gaza graduate Mona Ismail, 23. "Only to break our fast on a piece of onion."

Stop The Wall

Al-Ma’sara commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall
Stop The Wall 12 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 12 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. [

International Solidarity Movement

Jewish settlers throw stones at Palestinian houses in Sheikh Jarrah
11/12/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 6 November 2009 - On Friday 6 November 2009 at 2am, many stones and one glass bottle were thrown onto the roofs and yards of Palestinian houses in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem. The stone throwing did not cause material or physical damages but did wake up and endanger the Palestinian residents including young children. The stone throwers were observed by Palestinian residents as being orthodox religious Jews. They gathered on the street outside the Shimon Hatzadik Tomb, located just behind the Palestinian houses in the heart of Palestinian Karm Al-Ja'ouni neighbourhood. The stone throwing lasted about 10 minutes until the police arrived. When the Palestinians informed the police about the violence, they didn't show any interest and failed to arrest the perpetrators. Instead, they focused on harassing the local Palestinians and international activists, questioning them about their presence and demanding their passports. 

Palestinian cave-dweller fights Israeli eviction
11/12/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - YNet News - A Palestinian camping in an ancient cave near Jerusalem says 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. 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, on land the Israelis annexed in 1980. Abed Rabbo says he was actually brought up in the cave by his parents but occupies it now simply as a way of upholding his claim to 5 acres of stony hillside. His family lives in an apartment in a Bethlehem refugee camp. "Three days ago, Israeli building planners came. They started landscaping this entire area," he told Reuters Television this week. 8220;The purpose is, of course, to build an Israeli settlement. . . " 

Bilin’s legal struggle continues
11/12/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Jillian Kestler-D'Amours, The Electronic Intifada, 10 November 2009 - Abdullah Abu Rahme can no longer sleep in his own home. A member of the Bilin Popular Committee Against the Wall, Abu Rahme explained that since Bilin began its legal proceedings in Canada, Israeli soldiers have made life especially difficult for residents of the small West Bank village. "[Israeli soldiers] came to my home and they tried to arrest me. They're destroying my home. It's not allowed to me to sleep in my home. I feel very bad about this. I'm suffering from this case until now," he said. "I took my family to another place. It's very difficult for me. "Still, Abu Rahme and 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. 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Yossi Sarid / Abbas must unilaterally declare Palestinian state
Ha'aretz 12 Nov 2009 - It is precisely now that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas must not give up hope, and not because of the sweet nothings that Shimon Peres uttered at the rally in the square last Saturday night about people giving up hope in Ramallah. As if at the President's Residence every day is Carnaval, and not only when he's packing his bags for his trip to Brazil. ... 

U.S. embassy concerned over possible Kahane memorial in Knesset 
Ha'aretz 12 Nov 2009 - The U.S. embassy asked Knesset Chairman Reuven Rivlin whether he intends to permit Knesset members to hold a ceremony in the plenum in memory of Rabbi Meir Kahane. ... 

Goldstone to Haaretz: U.S. does not have to protect Israel blindly
Ha'aretz 12 Nov 2009 - Judge Richard Goldstone Goldstone told Haaretz Thursday that President Shimon Peres' remarks criticizing him were "specious and ill-befitting the head of State of Israel." ...

Goldstone: Peres attack on me was 'specious,' ill-befitting his post
Ha'aretz 12 Nov 2009 - South African jurist Richard Goldstone lambasted President Shimon Peres on Thursday for a personal attack on him, which the president launched in response to a damning report he compiled on Israel's winter offensive in Gaza. ... 

Dozens in Brazil demonstrate against Peres visit
Ha'aretz 12 Nov 2009 - Dozens of protesters in Sao Paulo demonstrated Thursday against President Shimon Peres' visit to Brazil and Israel's actions in Gaza. ...

The Guardian

Letters: Distorted claims
The Guardian 12 Nov 2009 - Tom Porteous, London director of Human Rights Watch , says: "Bernstein's central argument is that HRW should focus only on 'closed' societies, such as China and not report on 'open' societies such as Israel" ( Letters , 30 October)....

Mahmoud Abbas puts off Palestinian elections after Hamas opposition
The Guardian 12 Nov 2009 - Prospects for restarting the stalled Middle East peace process hit new uncertainty today when the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, decided to postpone crucial elections due to have been held in late January. Officials said Abbas would...

Fragmenting Palestinian land | Ben White
The Guardian 12 Nov 2009 - A young student deported from the West Bank to Gaza is just the latest victim of Israeli efforts to sever ties between the territories Twenty-one-year-old Palestinian student Berlanty Azzam was seized by Israeli soldiers at a...

Obama fails to resuscitate the Middle East peace process
The Guardian 12 Nov 2009 - Obituaries for the hope generated by his election are being written in Arabic, Hebrew and English Barack Obama seems to have failed dismally in his first sustained attempt to show he is serious about making peace...

Abbas repeats demand for Jewish settlements freeze
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...

Ha'aretz National page

Shin Bet eyes two settlers allegedly behind anti-Palestinian violence 
Ha'aretz 12 Nov 2009 - The Shin Bet security service last week warned two residents of the West Bank settlement bloc of Dolev-Talmonim that it holds them responsible for the unrest that has hit the area in recent weeks. ... 

Top investigative TV reporter testifies against Katsav in rape trial
Ha'aretz 12 Nov 2009 - Top Israel television investigative reporter, Ilana Dayan testified on Thursday in a trial against former President Moshe Katsav who is on trial for the alleged sexual abuse of several women with whom he worked. ...

Alleged Jewish terrorist: I know God is pleased
Ha'aretz 12 Nov 2009 - The Jerusalem District Prosecutor's Office on Thursday charged alleged Jewish terrorist Yaakov (Jack) Teitel with two murders, three attempted murders and other acts of violence. ... 

Mazuz: If AG role is split, ministers will do 'whatever they want'
Ha'aretz 12 Nov 2009 - Attorney General Menachem Mazuz on Thursday lashed out again at Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman's proposal to split his role in two. ...

Haaretz's Yossi Melman, Zvi Bar'el win prestigious journalism award 
Ha'aretz 12 Nov 2009 - Two veteran Haaretz reporters, Yossi Melman and Zvi Bar'el, have been awarded the prestigious 2009 Sokolov Prize for Journalism, the prize committee announced on Thursday. ...

Relief Web

Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict: Statement by Mr. John Holmes, USG and ERC
Relief Web 12 Nov 2009 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OPT: Protection of civilians weekly report, 4 - 10 Nov 2009
Relief Web 12 Nov 2009 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OPT/Israel: Plan for new settlement in East Jerusalem on land of al-Walajah Village
Relief Web 12 Nov 2009 - Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territory 05 - 11 Nov 2009
Relief Web 12 Nov 2009 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

OPT: Jalama/Gilboa crossing upgraded for vehicular traffic
Relief Web 12 Nov 2009 - Source: Government of Israel

OPT: Police in Gaza bans conference at Ramattan, launches arrest and summons campaign to prevent commemoration of death of Yasser Arafat
Relief Web 12 Nov 2009 - Source: Al-Dameer, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights

YNet News

PA: Israel to focus on Syria
YNet News 12 Nov 2009 - Source says Palestinians believe Israel deciding to focus efforts on renewing talks with Damascus, are concerned that Netanyahu may use talks to blame PA for failed negotiations, threaten to unilaterally declare Palestinian state 

J'lem dedicates 9/11 monument
YNet News 12 Nov 2009 - Eight years after deadly terror attack on United States that took thousands of lives, including those of five Israelis, Jerusalem dedicates monument to victims, including all 2,980 names, nationalities 

Intel places barbed wire fence ahead of haredi protest
YNet News 12 Nov 2009 - Electronic chip manufacturer prepares for Shabbat battle, puts up barbed wire fence around Har Hotzvim complex. Jerusalem councilman: 'We are obliged to protest' 

Sarkozy calls Abbas on how to break peace impasse
YNet News 12 Nov 2009 - French president phones Palestinian counterpart with 'important suggestions' on how to restart stalled peace process, Abbas aide says 

Minister: Morocco has more women in gov't than Israel
YNet News 12 Nov 2009 - Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver speaks at Euro-Med conference on status of women held in Morocco, says Israel falls behind even some Arabs states with regards to number of female ministers in office 

B'tselem

B’Tselem offers public tours
10 Nov 2009 - To mark 20 years since its founding, B’Tselem is inviting the public to free tours of the West Bank from a human rights perspective.

Daily Star

Sarkozy tries his hand at reviving Middle East peace talks
Daily Star 12 Nov 2009 President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday stepped up French diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, holding talks with Palestinian and Israeli leaders ahead of an Elysee meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad. With the Israeli-Palestinian peace effort in peril, Sarkozy spoke by phone with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after meeting.

Norway school rejects Israel boycott
Daily Star 12 Nov 2009 The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) voted against a proposed academic boycott of Israel, for its occupation of the Palestinian territories, officials said Thursday. The board of directors unanimously rejected the call, NTNU - the country's second-biggest university, located in the western city of Trondheim - said in a statement.

Houthis and Hizbullah: Peas in a pod or worlds apart?
Daily Star 12 Nov 2009 The rebels of Yemen's northern mountains and Lebanon's Hizbullah militia both follow Shiite faiths and claim to be fighting for their communities, but analysts differ sharply over how much further to push the comparison. The Yemeni government, which has been battling the rebels for the past five years, has repeatedly sought to portray the so-called Houthis as proxies of Shiite Iran, the same charge long levelled against Hizbullah.

Abbas to accept Palestinian election delay - officials
Daily Star 12 Nov 2009 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will accept the recommendation of independent election experts on Thursday to postpone the vote he had scheduled for January, senior officials said. The Central Election Commission said it had advised Abbas to put off the election since the rival Hamas Islamist group ruling some 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip had warned it would not allow them to vote.

Visiting surgeon heals children left deaf by Gaza war for free
Daily Star 12 Nov 2009 Wafa Sarhan was devastated to think her two sons would never hear her voice again after an Israeli strike on Gaza left them deaf. Then Dr. Hajeri showed up in the impoverished enclave. Bahaa and Qusei Sarhan, today six and five, lost their hearing in June 2004 when an Israeli drone fired missiles at a group of militants near their home in the northern town of Jabaliya.

Ambasador to US denies Syria allowing fighters to enter Iraq
Daily Star 12 Nov 2009 Disputing an assertion by the top US general in Iraq, Syria's ambassador to Washington denied on Wednesday that his government allows foreign fighters to cross the Syrian border into Iraq. Ambassador Imad Mustafa said his government has been cooperating with the United States on the foreign fighter problem, which has persisted for years, and Syria wants to help the US with its 2010 troop withdrawal from Iraq., Disputing an assertion by the top US general in Iraq, Syria's ambassador to Washington denied on Wednesday that his government allows foreign fighters to cross the Syrian border into Iraq. Ambassador Imad Mustafa said his government has been cooperating with the United States on the foreign fighter problem, which has persisted for years, and Syria wants to help the US with its 2010 troop withdrawal from Iraq.

Turning a blind eye to killing and rape in Democratic Republic of Congo
Daily Star 12 Nov 2009 On November 11, the UN Security Council discussed the pressing, but still elusive issue of protection of civilians in armed conflict. Accountability for crimes committed in the course of hostilities should be at the forefront of that debate. History shows that there can neither be durable peace nor meaningful security without a measure of justice.

Sleiman, Assad vow coordination during Damascus talks
Daily Star 12 Nov 2009 The Lebanese and Syrian presidents vowed during talks in Damascus on Thursday to keep up coordination between the two countries amid signs of improved ties. Syrian President Bashar Assad and his counterpart Michel Sleiman met just three days after the formation of a unity government in Beirut following almost five months of tough negotiations., The Lebanese and Syrian presidents vowed during talks in Damascus on Thursday to keep up coordination between the two countries amid signs of improved ties. Syrian President Bashar Assad and his counterpart Michel Sleiman met just three days after the formation of a unity government in Beirut following almost five months of tough negotiations.

Public debt, economy priorities for Cabinet
Daily Star 12 Nov 2009 Can this new Cabinet under the young Premier Saad Hariri succeed where other premiers have failed? This question has lingered in the minds of economists and financial analysts as they enthusiastically wait for the ministerial statement which will outline the new government's economic policy. Basically, nothing has changed in composition of the government., Can this new Cabinet under the young Premier Saad Hariri succeed where other premiers have failed? This question has lingered in the minds of economists and financial analysts as they enthusiastically wait for the ministerial statement which will outline the new government's economic policy. Basically, nothing has changed in composition of the government.

Syria-Lebanon ties need driven leaders
Daily Star 12 Nov 2009 On Thursday, the presidents of Lebanon and Syria sat down for a quick mini-summit to evaluate bilateral relations in the recent past and coordinate for the future. With all due respect to the importance of this meeting, many are closely monitoring the likelihood of another such Lebanese-Syrian high-level political event, namely a visit by Prime Minister Saad Hariri to Damascus., On Thursday, the presidents of Lebanon and Syria sat down for a quick mini-summit to evaluate bilateral relations in the recent past and coordinate for the future. With all due respect to the importance of this meeting, many are closely monitoring the likelihood of another such Lebanese-Syrian high-level political event, namely a visit by Prime Minister Saad Hariri to Damascus.

Refugee boss urges better deal for Palestinians
Daily Star 12 Nov 2009 The deprivation faced by Palestinian refugees in Lebanon should be eased to allow for a greater sense of security and prosperity among the extremely marginalized community, the chief of the United Nations Palestinian relief agency said Thursday. Karen AbuZayd, Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, said., The deprivation faced by Palestinian refugees in Lebanon should be eased to allow for a greater sense of security and prosperity among the extremely marginalized community, the chief of the United Nations Palestinian relief agency said Thursday. Karen AbuZayd, Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, said.

The conspicuous absence of David Bowie and Bela Lugosi
Daily Star 12 Nov 2009 "David Bowie isn't here," said Peter Murphy, with a condescending flick of his wrists, as audience members begged for a rendition of the singer's famous cover of Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust." "That's old s**t now." Murphy, the so-called "Godfather of Goth," graced Lebanon with his presence at the opening night of the Beirut Rock Festival at the Forum de Beyrouth on Wednesday night., "David Bowie isn't here," said Peter Murphy, with a condescending flick of his wrists, as audience members begged for a rendition of the singer's famous cover of Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust." "That's old s**t now." Murphy, the so-called "Godfather of Goth," graced Lebanon with his presence at the opening night of the Beirut Rock Festival at the Forum de Beyrouth on Wednesday night.

Giving up is not an option for Egypt
Daily Star 12 Nov 2009 Egypt has demonstrated a great deal of persistence in seeking reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas. The only thing that matches Egypt's persistence is Hamas' reluctance to accept any sort of compromise. Hamas' defiance, however, has not been sufficient to deter Egypt from resuming its mediation effort after each new setback, and this will continue to be the case until circumstances allow for a policy shift.

Women lose out in Lebanon's liberal illusion
Daily Star 12 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.

Palestinian Information Center

Dweik: Ready to assume the PA leadership if Abbas steps down
PIC 12 Nov 2009 - Dr. Aziz Dweik, the speaker of the Palestinian legislative council (PLC), stated that he is ready to assume the presidency of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in case Mahmoud Abbas resigned.

Campaign to boycott Israeli goods in al-Khalil
PIC 12 Nov 2009 - The Popular Campaign to Boycott Israeli Goods organized a tour of Al-Khalil streets and markets on Wednesday asking citizens to boycott Israeli goods and to buy alternative products instead.

IOF kidnaps wife of Qassam leader Abada Bilal in Nablus
PIC 12 Nov 2009 - The Israeli occupation forces kidnapped Wednesday evening the wife of prisoner Abada Bilal, a senior Qassam leader, at a military checkpoint as she was on her way to visit her sister in Ramallah.

Haneyya meets with Red Cross delegation, hails mutual relations
PIC 12 Nov 2009 - Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya hailed Wednesday during his meeting with a delegation of the Red Cross the relations between his government and the agency and urged it to double its efforts.

Abbas's militias kidnap five Hamas supporters including son of detained MP
PIC 12 Nov 2009 - Militias loyal to former PA chief Mahmoud Abbas kidnapped five supporters of Hamas Movement over the past couple of days including the son of MP Hassan Yousef, who is held in Israeli occupation jails.

Picketers in Holland denounce visit of Lieberman, ask for his arrest
PIC 12 Nov 2009 - Tens of Palestinian supporters picketed the Dutch parliament to protest the visit of Avigdor Lieberman to the Netherlands, describing him as a "war criminal".

IOF troops open fire at students, Jewish settlers attack Palestinian homes
PIC 12 Nov 2009 - Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened fire at a group of Palestinian students while on their way to their secondary school in Taku village east of Bethlehem on Wednesday, local sources reported.

Ministry of tourism lashes out at Jewish revelry at the Aqsa wall
PIC 12 Nov 2009 - The ministry of tourism and antiquities in Gaza has strongly denounced the wild party organized by a group of Jewish fanatics at the southern wall of the holy Aqsa in occupied Jerusalem.

Miles of Smiles aid convoy in Gaza
PIC 12 Nov 2009 - The European aid convoy Miles of Smiles, stranded in Egypt for more than 25 days, was finally allowed into the besieged Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening after long hours of wait and anticipation.

Resheq calls on Arab conference to return Palestine cause to its Arab depth
PIC 12 Nov 2009 - Ezzet Al-Resheq has called on the participants in the fifth general conference of Arab parties to discuss means of restoring the Arab depth to the Palestine cause in deeds rather than words.

Los Angeles Times

An Iranian couple's revolution 
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. 

Iran's Ahmadinejad calls for nuclear cooperation 
LA Times 12 Nov 2009 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's conciliatory tone in a TV speech suggests that Iran could still accept a U.N.-backed uranium deal. Iran's president on Wednesday called for international cooperation on nuclear technology in a prime-time television appearance filled with conciliatory language toward the world community, in stark contrast with the dismissive tone of other senior Iranian officials toward a United Nations-backed proposal. 

New York Times

Israeli and French Leaders Meet
New York Times 12 Nov 2009 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Nicolas Sarkozy issued a joint statement agreeing “to use all efforts” to restart the Middle East peace process.

Blair Hails Economic Steps in West Bank
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. 

Misc

Condemnation of Palestinian Security Services Raid on Ramattan News Agency in Gaza
Alternative Information Center - 12 Nov 2009 - On Tuesday, 10 November 2009, Palestinian security services stormed the offices of Ramattan News Agency in Gaza and banned a press conference organized by the National Action Commission. The press conference had been organized to publicize the cancellation of an event commemorating President Arafat’s anniversary. The...

Chairperson of Hebrew University Student Union: Build Wall between the University and the Neighboring Palestinian Village of Issawiya
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...

Investigation called for small Goldstone
Mondoweiss - 12 Nov 2009 - Haaretz . This is too good. Do they make this up? Thanks to Seham: "Goldstone is a small man, devoid of any sense of justice, a technocrat with no real understanding of jurisprudence [except in Bosnia and South Africa under apartheid apparently]," [Israeli president Shimon] Peres told...

Daniel Levy clarifies re boycott
Mondoweiss - 12 Nov 2009 - Yesterday I suggested that Daniel Levy of the Century Foundation was coming close to boycott language in comments he made at the Middle East Institute. Levy says I’ve distorted his meaning, and clarifies: My comments were neither in anger at the lack of a breakthrough at...

Obama’s capitulation, the whodunnit
Mondoweiss - 12 Nov 2009 - The Economist : Five months after Barack Obama went to Cairo and persuaded most of the Arab world, in a ringing declaration of even-handedness, that he would face down Israel in his quest for a Palestinian state… [f]rom the Palestinian and Arab point of view, his administration…...

Kurtzer’s misleading parallel: refugees and colonists
Mondoweiss - 12 Nov 2009 - Yesterday I mentioned a panel on Israel/Palestine at the Middle East Institute that was on CSPAN . Former ambassador Daniel Kurtzer spoke last, a smart guy, and his talk was interesting as a reflection of the Reconstructed Israel Lobby’s views. Here’s what I heard Kurtzer say: –We...

Pappe banned in Munich
Mondoweiss - 12 Nov 2009 - Omar Barghouti says that the last place he can organize BDS is in Germany. "First we do Tel Aviv," he says. That’s because of the, er, history. Demonstrated here, in a decision by the Munich municipal authorities to stop a speech by Ilan Pappe under pressure...


Articles

Bilin’s legal struggle continues 
Jillian Kestler-D'Amours, Electronic Intifada 11/10/2009
      Abdullah Abu Rahme can no longer sleep in his own home. A member of the Bilin Popular Committee Against the Wall, Abu Rahme explained that since Bilin began its legal proceedings in Canada, Israeli soldiers have made life especially difficult for residents of the small West Bank village.
     "[Israeli soldiers] came to my home and they tried to arrest me. They’re destroying my home. It’s not allowed to me to sleep in my home. I feel very bad about this. I’m suffering from this case until now," he said. "I took my family to another place. It’s very difficult for me."
     Still, Abu Rahme and 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, and marketing these buildings for the purpose of transferring exclusively Israeli civilians therein. 
     Bilin is a small Palestinian village of approximately 1,800 residents located 12 kilometers west of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Since the early 1980s, about 56 percent of Bilin’s agricultural land has been designated by Israel as "State Land." It has been used to build the Jewish-only settlement Modiin Illit, which holds the largest settler population in the occupied West Bank with more than 42,000 residents and plans to grow to up to 150,000. more.. e-mail

Iraq’s precedent for a UNSC end to occupation 
Riziq Sammoudi, Ma’an News Agency 11/12/2009
      On 5 November Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, in a press conference in Ramallah, urged for the "œending" of the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. The importance of such a call lies in that it, from the first impression, breaks from the standard line on ways to end the occupation. 
     The statement, moreover, left me enthusiastic, and led me to rethink the ways any given occupation comes to an "œend" according to international law and whether the "œending" of occupation is possible. 
     Even in their dictionary definitions, there is a huge difference between "œend" and "œending". The first term means the cessation of something, either by itself or after a period of time. The later, however, means imposing a force that results in the cessation of something. 
     A similar difference exists in international law, and even in law around the legality of occupation and its cessation. There is, however, ambiguity in the practical aspects of the legal definitions.
     The rules of international humanitarian law and customary international law recognize, explicitly, only the normal ways for the termination of occupations. The most common of which are either via a treaty of peace or the withdrawal from an occupied territory by the occupying army; both ways are totally dependent on the will of the occupier.
     Still, what are the possibilities for the ending of occupation under international law? How can the occupied legally compel their occupier to leave in a way that is binding under international law and recognized by international organizations like the United Nations, for example. more..e-mail

Just in case 
Dina Ezzat, Al-Ahram Weekly 11/5/2009
      Arab capitals are considering their alternatives should the US hit a wall on the settlements freeze.
     When US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met President Hosni Mubarak Wednesday in Cairo she was trying to garner support from Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world for a new US scheme for Middle East peace: resume peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis without the full freeze of illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories.
     Directly and indirectly Clinton has been telling senior Arab interlocutors for the past few days that it looks unlikely that Washington would ultimately prove unable to get Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to honour the 2002 roadmap which calls for a full halt of all settlement activities. Clinton, as Arab diplomats say, is now suggesting that it is not in the interests of the Palestinians or the cause of peace to get stuck on the settlement issue and waste the commitment of US President Barack Obama to deliver a historic peace agreement between Palestinians and Israelis in the next few years.
     What Clinton is now offering is the resumption of peace in return for a considerable containment of settlement activities and some US assurances.
     In Israel earlier this week the US secretary of state qualified as "unprecedented" the willingness of Netanyahu to slow down on current settlement construction and his intention to suspend the sequestration of further occupied Palestinian territories for new settlement projects. This, she had told a reluctant Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting in the capital of the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, could offer an opening for the initial resumption of peace talks.
     A Palestinian source from Ramallah told Al-Ahram Weekly that Abbas told Clinton that he "cannot do it" unless he is offered considerable guarantees that the ongoing construction of illegal settlements would not prejudge a possible peace agreement -- neither in terms of the scope of territories that Palestinians would get for the future state nor in terms of the possible temporary or permanent boundaries of the would-be Palestinian state. more.. e-mail


Electronic Intifada
A glimmer of hope
Electronic Intifada: 12 Nov 2009 - While the Obama Administration proved twice recently that it intends to continue to consider Israel above the law, there is a glimmer of hope that the people of Gaza will see justice. The massacre brought about sweeping change, across the world, in perceptions of Israel. Citizen-led mobilizations in the past few months have showed that where governments have failed, ordinary citizens can, perhaps, make a difference. Ziyaad Lunat and Max Ajl comment for The Electronic Intifada. 

Report: The economic toll on Gaza after Israel's attacks
Electronic Intifada: 12 Nov 2009 - The Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip last winter was the most violent and deadly offensive by Israel since the second intifada began. A new report by The Alternative Information Center looks at the economic costs of Israel's attacks and ongoing siege on the Gaza population. 

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. 

In Gaza
waiting for justice
12 Nov 2009 - Fourteen people cram into two connected tents covered with plastic sheeting to combat the winter rains.  Although November and the beginning of cooler days, the heat inside the tents is choking.  In time, the opposite will be true: the tent’s thin walls and floors without mattresses will render it unbearably cold in the coming cold months. Until the Israeli massacre of Gaza last winter, Arafia al Attar and her husband Saleh Abu Leila lived in a two-storey home  in Gaza’s northwestern Attatra region.  A farming family originally from Gaza, they have now joined the 1948 and 1967 Palestine refugees, themselves becoming refugees in their own Strip. Over 21,000 houses were...

Palestine Chronicle
What is Israel's Role in the Destabilization of Pakistan?
12 Nov 2009 - When waging war “by way of deception,” the motto of the Israeli Mossad, well-timed crises play a critical agenda-setting role by displacing facts with what a target population can be deceived to believe. Thus the force-multiplier effect when staged crises are reinforced with pre-staged intelligence. In combination, the two often prove persuasive. That duplicity was on display when U.S. lawmakers were induced to invade Iraq in response to the mass murder of 9-11. That crisis alone, however, was insufficient. Military mobilization required a “consensus” belief in Iraqi WMD, Iraqi ties to Al Qaeda, Iraqi mobile biological weapons, Iraqi meetings in Prague, and so forth. Though all were false, those “facts” proved sufficient to induce an invasion of Iraq. Such agent provocateur operations typically include collateral incidents as pre-staging for the intended main event. Ongoing incidents suggest a follow-on operation is underway. Recent history suggests we’ll see an orgy of evidence that plausibly indicts a pre-staged Evil Doer. Though Iran is an obvious candidate, Pakistan is also a possibility where outside forces have been destabilizing this nuclear Islamic nation with a series of violent incidents. Will it be coincidence if the next war—like the last—is consistent with the expansive goals of Jewish nationalists? The Indo-Israel Alliance December 2007 saw the murder of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Mark Siegel, her Ashkenazim biographer and lobbyist, assured U.S. diplomats that her return was “the only possible way that we could guarantee stability and keep the presidency of Musharraf intact.” President Pervez Musharraf...

Yes, Obama Can
11 Nov 2009 - By George S. Hishmeh – Washington DC Like most of his predecessors, Barack Obama has failed to come up with a logical approach to resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, now in its 62nd year. Many optimists on both sides of the great divide had believed that he would this month take his first, tough step towards bringing the two sides to agree on the outlines of a settlement. The American president had an opportunity to do that when he was scheduled to address last Tuesday an annual general assembly of 50 American Jewish groups. But apparently he was not prepared to do that and he must have been relieved that he can skip that much-awaited opportunity by participating in a memorial service for 12 American soldiers and a civilian massacred at a Texas army post by an American-born army psychiatrist of Arab origin and a Muslim. It was glaringly clear that Obama was not yet willing to plunge into the anticipated confrontation, certainly with Israel and the influential American Jewish community, which reportedly contributes 40 percent of the budget of the president’s political party. Surprisingly, he did not discuss the Middle East with the spokesmen of these Jewish groups whom he invited to the White House. This was the second meeting he had with American Jewish leaders since assuming the presidency earlier this year. Meanwhile, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, was left wondering – – or sweating, as one Israeli paper reported – till the last moment before he knew...

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