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Ha'aretz 22 Nov 2009 - Religious Zionist rabbis hold meeting to discuss ways of bolstering refusal to evacuate settlements.
Iran launches 'huge' war games amid threats to strike Tel Aviv
Ha'aretz 22 Nov 2009 - War games aimed at helping protect nuclear sites; Iran cleric: We'll strike heart of Tel Aviv if attacked.
IDF vows 'zero tolerance' for soldiers who refuse orders
Ha'aretz 22 Nov 2009 - IDF Chief echoes comments made by Defense Minister and PM, says troops will be needed for all missions.
IDF soldier who tried to sell army rifle jailed for 20 months
Ha'aretz 22 Nov 2009 - Offending soldier and two others were suspected of burying stolen weapon with the intention of selling it.
Number of IDF recruits seeking combat service jumps by 6%
Ha'aretz 22 Nov 2009 - As in previous years, IDF infantry brigades are most highly sought after, of which Golani still most popular.
ANALYSIS / Gaza war brought Israel its quietest year in a decade
Ha'aretz 22 Nov 2009 - However, formulating an answer to rocket attacks seems to be a complex and lengthy process.
Israeli spies infiltrate' Johannesburg airport
Gaza City, November 22, 2009, ( Pal Telegraph ) - Agreement between Al-Qassam Brigades and other factions seeks to keep together internal front. Hamas's armed wing on Sunday said that armed groups in its Gaza Strip stronghold had finalised a deal to stop firing rockets into Israel, but said they would respond to Israeli raids. "The agreement between (Ezzedine) Al-Qassam (Brigades)...
A New Intifada: Palestinian Refugees and Diaspora also voting?
UK, November 22, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Is it time for a new Initifada? Trying something new? What if Palestinian refugees and diaspora also voted at the some time as Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza? Is it time for them to be seen and heard from the ballot box? Around the world?
Israeli air raids hit Gaza
UK, November 22, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - At least seven Palestinians have been injured in a round of Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian witnesses say. They told Al Jazeera that the first raid hit a metal workshop in the Tufah district of Gaza City early on Sunday, while the second struck a workshop in Burij in central...
Palestinian farmers struggle with water crisis
West Bank, November 21, 2009 ( Pal Telegraph ) - Israel's water policies causing tremendous harm to Palestinians, their livestock, in West Bank. Once a proud grower of bananas, Abdullah Naji has been harvesting little more than dust in recent years. He blames his ill-fortune both on drought and on Israel's water policies. "Every day I pray for water," says Naji,...
More illegal settlements in Jerusalem
West Bank, November 20, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - An Israeli lawmaker reveals plans to build several thousand new houses around Jerusalem Al-Quds despite worldwide condemnation of Tel Aviv's relentless settlement expansion.
The National 23 Nov 2009 - Iran’s defiant president aims to show that he enjoys legitimacy in countries far nearer to Washington than Tehran.
Tehran residents fear poison from the tap
The National 23 Nov 2009 - Residents in south sector of capital could be exposed to higher levels of nitrates due to pollution from sewage in other parts of the capital.
Hamas revises prisoner swap list
The National 23 Nov 2009 - Reports suggest Hamas has submitted a revised list of names to Israel in an effort to move forward a prisoner exchange deal, long expected, between the two.
Woman's arrest at Western Wall highlights Orthodox Jewish influence
The National 23 Nov 2009 - A female medical student broke the law and outraged conservatives when she wore a shawl and prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Bad blood between Egypt and Algeria runs deeper than football
The National 23 Nov 2009 - Violence is latest incident in escalating diplomatic row between Egypt and Algeria, whose two World Cup qualifying matches this week inflamed decades-old tensions.
Cairo peace talks marred by renewed violence
The National 23 Nov 2009 - Continued expansion of illegal Israeli settlements and renewed attacks – last night Israeli planes bombed the Gaza strip – will likely present stumbling blocks.
‘Hate matches’ draw Mubarak’s fury
The National 23 Nov 2009 - Egypt simmers after alleged Algerian attacks on its citizens at football matches, but observers say the issue is being sensationalised.
The legal legacy of a ‘hedonist’
The National 23 Nov 2009 - In an unprecedented case, the former prime minister Ehud Olmert faces trial for graft, while some of his ministers have been sentenced.
AlJazeera 22 Nov 2009 - War exercises prepare Iran's nuclear sites for possible future attacks.
Egypt: Israel must stop settlement
AlJazeera 22 Nov 2009 - Cairo tells Shimon Peres no final peace agreement if settlement expansion continues.
Senior Iranian cleric sentenced
AlJazeera 22 Nov 2009 - Senior Iranian reformer to face a jail term following election protests in Iran.
Palestinians hurt in Gaza raid
AlJazeera 22 Nov 2009 - Israel calls attack "response to rocket fire" as Hamas seeks deal to rein in armed groups.
PNN 21 Nov 2009 - The filmmaker on her feel-good (sort of) movie, Palestinians in the Windy City, and how personal experiences can trump political arguments. During the first Gulf War, Palestinian-American filmmaker Cherien Dabis’s family, living in Ohio, received death threats; the Secret Service even came to her high school to investigate a rumor that her seventeen-year-old sister threatened to kill the President. When Dabis entered...
UN marks 20 years of Convention on Rights of the Child
PNN 21 Nov 2009 - Ceremonies are taking place around the world to mark the 20th anniversary of a landmark agreement protecting children. The UN says the Convention on the Rights of the Child has transformed the way children are treated. But it says a billion children in the world still go without food, shelter or healthcare and that millions are facing lives of poverty and abuse....
Israel arrests 5 top PA intelligence officers
PNN 21 Nov 2009 - Five senior Palestinian General Intelligence Service officers have been detained by Israeli forces near the West Bank village of Salfit in an overnight raid. The detainees include Salfit region intelligence commander Mohammad Abdel Hamid. The Israeli military has also demanded the Palestinians hand over an additional officer who was not apprehended. A Palestinian security source said the Friday morning arrests were apparently...
Jeruslalem Post 23 Nov 2009 - Al Arabiya: Hamas sources claim swap could be days away; Fox: New list of 70 prisoners removes last obstacle; Peres confirms progress.
Abbas to postpone PA elections
Jeruslalem Post 23 Nov 2009 - Palestinian elections committee can't ensure voting in Gaza; rivals see move as admission of failure.
Rise in motivation to join combat units
Jeruslalem Post 23 Nov 2009 - Ashkenazi: IDF has no tolerance for insubordination, soldiers should "answer only to commanders."
'Female battalion' aims with missiles
Jeruslalem Post 22 Nov 2009 - Appointment of 4th female commander makes unit become "most female battalion in the IDF."
Islamic Jihad, PFLP against holding fire
Jeruslalem Post 22 Nov 2009 - Two Gaza groups disagree with Hamas decision to stop firing rockets and missiles at Israel.
Morocco boycotts gov't, but not Livni
Jeruslalem Post 22 Nov 2009 - Labor: Livni hypocritical to defy boycott that came due to Gilo construction she claims to support.
Arens says he did not mean to call Amir Peretz a fool
Jeruslalem Post 22 Nov 2009 - Ex-Labor minister says he's sick of being a scapegoat for Second Lebanon War.
Iraqi child abduction called 'new form of terror'
Jeruslalem Post 22 Nov 2009 - Iraqi MP: "Recently the practice of targeting children by killing, kidnapping and raping them has mushroomed." [The Media Line]
Mubarak: Jerusalem a 'pan-Arab' issue
Jeruslalem Post 22 Nov 2009 - Peres: Muslims should respect synagogues to the same extent Israel respects mosques.
IPS WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (IPS) - As Barack Obama arrives home from his weeklong tour of East Asia, he confronts a growing list of ever more urgent problems in the Greater Middle East that he inherited from George W. Bush's "global war on terror".
MIDEAST: West Is East, When Israel Decides
IPS JERUSALEM, Nov 18 (IPS) - Along a wall not about to come down - a hotel no longer a hotel, but an outpost.
Stop The Wall 22 Nov 2009 - 58 days since his arrest, Mohammad remains imprisoned and under interrogation. He has not been charged, and the military courts continue to renew his period of detention. Following a two-week ban on any lawyer visits, which serve as Mohammed’s only contact with the outside world, contact has been reinstated. Today, Mohammed was finally been allowed to contact his family. [
Two protestors shot and injured with live ammunition in Ni'lin
Stop The Wall 22 Nov 2009 - Last week, the popular committee of Ni’lin received information that the Israeli army would ‘step up’ their operations against Ni’lin’s resistance against the illegal Apartheid Wall. This information was confirmed when the demonstration reached the Apartheid Wall yesterday. The fence was expanded with additional concrete blocks and upon arrival, demonstrators were ‘warned’ by the Israeli army that if they would not leave, they would be fired upon with live ammunition again. [
PCHR During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child and wounded 6 civilians, including two children, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
11/22/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 20 November 2009 - Some fifty Palestinian, Israeli and international demonstrators marched on Friday noon from the center of Al Ma'asara village towards the route of the Apartheid Wall that is to be built on village lands. Like every other Friday, demonstrators were stopped by Israeli soldiers and boarder police who laid barbed wire on the main road leading to the fence, forcefully preventing the march from proceeding. When asked if their actions had any legal basis, soldiers refused to answer. Protesters then delivered speeches in Arabic, English and Hebrew, and called upon the soldiers to leave their weapons and join the non-violent struggle for two independent states and against war crimes committed by Israel. Slogans were chanted, and the joint drum band, made out of Israeli Qasamba drummers and the village children, played and cheered the demonstrators up.
Why is Israel laying claim to an Arab home in Jaffa?
11/22/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Ha'aretz - Tziona Tajer Street in Jaffa, off the main thoroughfare, Yefet, begins with a lush park and ends in a narrow picturesque alleyway bounded by refurbished old homes. One of these houses, behind a heavy blue gate, belongs to the Shaya family. Hanging by the entrance is a large portrait of the family patriarch, Salim Khoury Shaya, a priest who served in the 1920s as the spiritual leader of the Christian Arab (Greek Orthodox) community. Around that time he also built the house on a hill in Jaffa. Salim Khoury Shaya died at age 90 in 1963. His daughter-in-law, Fadwa Shaya, who married his son George, is now the eldest resident of the house, where she has lived since 1947 and where her children and some of her grandchildren grew up. In the guest room, surrounded by hand-carved dressers and ornate 1930s-era mirrors, she tells the story of the Shaya family, at least the three generations she knows.
Shalit family has doubts as Gilad's release reported imminent
Ha'aretz 23 Nov 2009 - Noam Shalit, the father of Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad who was abducted by Gaza militants in 2006, remarked Sunday on reports that a deal to secure his son's release was nearly sealed, saying that the family had received no official notice and that the reports were still in doubt. ...
Shalit deal may be near, but nobody's talking
Ha'aretz 22 Nov 2009 - There are telling signs out there: Al-Arabiya reports that Hamas sources say a deal on kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit will be reached in a few days. Fox, the American network, says that Hamas has presented a new list of prisoners it is asking to be released in exchange for Shalit. ...
For Obama, the world doesn't revolve around Israel
Ha'aretz 22 Nov 2009 - One needed to hear Bruce Riedel last week to understand once again that Israel is not the center of the universe. Riedel, who spoke at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, said that the most important subject on the foreign affairs agenda of President Barack Obama's administration is the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. ...
Hamas official: Shalit swap could be sealed by Friday
Ha'aretz 22 Nov 2009 - A deal for the release of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit could be sealed by Friday, Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha told Haaretz on Sunday. ...
Israel seeks crackdown on women who fake religiosity to dodge IDF
Ha'aretz 22 Nov 2009 - The Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Sunday approved a bill aimed at curbing the growing number of secular girls evading service in the Israel Defense Forces by claiming to be religious. ...
The Guardian 22 Nov 2009 - Deal appears to be attempt by Hamas to prevent another descent into conflict Hamas has won an agreement from other militant groups in Gaza to halt rocket fire into Israel for the first time in almost...
Joe Sacco | interview
The Guardian 21 Nov 2009 - Colleagues laughed when a young journalist in Palestine announced his intention to tell the story of that region though cartoons. Twenty years later, Joe Sacco is one of the world's leading exponents of the graphic novel...
Israel Is Real: An Obsessive Quest to Understand the Jewish Nation and its History by Rich Cohen | Book review
The Guardian 20 Nov 2009 - Antony Lerman takes issue with a lop-sided critique of Israel With its laboured, punning title, you might expect Rich Cohen's book to be a propagandistic defence of Israel, perhaps arguing that, despite its detractors, the Jewish...
The pro-Israel lobby and antisemitism | Antony Lerman
The Guardian 20 Nov 2009 - C4's Dispatches has been branded 'antisemitic', but surely Britain's Jewish community can cope with reasoned scrutiny? The serious charges levelled by critics at the Dispatches documentary investigating the UK pro-Israel lobby amount to accusations of gross...
Ha'aretz 22 Nov 2009 - Independence Park in Tel Aviv has for years been known as a meeting place for gays looking for casual sex as well as relationships. Poems and books have been written about the park, and it inspired several films. The park retained its popularity as a discreet and convenient location, even as other venues catering to the LGBT community emerged in Tel Aviv over the years. ...
Educators to Hebrew U.: Don't let Disney use Einstein's name
Ha'aretz 22 Nov 2009 - An American coalition of parents, educators and health experts is urging the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to withdraw its permission for the Walt Disney Company to use Albert Einstein's name in its Baby Einstein series of children's videos. ...
Tel Aviv students: Rent here is twice as much as tuition
Ha'aretz 22 Nov 2009 - Tel Aviv University students pay nearly twice as much for living accommodations as they do for tuition, states a Tel Aviv Student Union position paper. ...
Why do fewer Arab women have jobs in Israel than Saudi Arabia?
Ha'aretz 22 Nov 2009 - Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz appears to have been unaware of some important facts when he said at a recent conference on discrimination that Arab society in Israel is partially responsible for the low levels of employment for Arab women. ...
Israeli study: Men exposed to pesticide more likely to have girls
Ha'aretz 22 Nov 2009 - Men who have been exposed to a pesticide known to cause male sterility but have children anyway are more likely to have girls than boys, a recent Israeli study has found. ...
Relief Web 22 Nov 2009 - Source: European Union
EU-funded course empowers Palestinian unionists in the West Bank to tie in their economic, social and cultural rights with the Palestinian National Budget
Relief Web 22 Nov 2009 - Source: European Union
IOF arrest, abuse 8 Palestinians, including child: Al Mezan calls for protecting civilians, ensuring accountability for human rights violations
Relief Web 21 Nov 2009 - Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
Acting on 20th anniversary of Child Rights Convention, Third Committee approves annual resolution on rights of the child by consensus
Relief Web 21 Nov 2009 - Source: UN General Assembly
Gaza water unfit for human consumption, Palestinians say
Relief Web 21 Nov 2009 - Source: Agence France-Presse
OPT: Israeli planes strike targets in Gaza
Relief Web 21 Nov 2009 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet
YNet News 22 Nov 2009 - As reports on impending prisoner exchange deal increase, Palestinian prisoners involved in deadly terror attacks contact their families, inform them they are about to be released in return for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit. Bereaved parents planning to petition High Court
Palestinian village suffers water shutdown over donkeys
YNet News 22 Nov 2009 - Arb al-Ramdin village supplied with water from nearby settlement for 13 years. After Alfei Menashe council head's daughter hits village's donkey with jeep, father decides to cut off water for entire village 'to illustrate matter's gravity.' Water reinstated after meeting with village dignitaries
Border Guard officers attacked by settlers
YNet News 22 Nov 2009 - One of force's jeeps damaged during patrol near illegal West Bank outpost of Havat Gilad; no injuries reported. 'The jeep was driving wildly. We are against violence,' outpost resident says
Fox News: New Hamas list meets Israel's demands
YNet News 22 Nov 2009 - American network reports new list of 70 prisoners submitted by Palestinian organization meets criteria set by Jewish state for swap deal securing kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit's release. President Peres returns from Egypt, confirms progress made in talks
Report: Shalit deal to be executed Friday
YNet News 22 Nov 2009 - Hamas sources tell Saudi network al-Arabiya prisoner exchange with Israel to take place on first day of Eid al-Adha holiday; 450 Palestinians prisoners to be released to Gaza, West Bank in return for kidnapped soldier's transfer to Egypt
Daily Star 23 Nov 2009 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said presidential and legislative elections scheduled for January will be postponed, confirming that he has accepted advice not to hold the vote. Abbas, speaking to BBC Arabic, said the Palestinian leadership would take measures to avoid a constitutional vacuum - although he did not spell these out.
35 Egypt police hurt as soccer violence simmers
Daily Star 23 Nov 2009 Protesters hurled stones and firebombs at riot police near the Algerian Embassy in Cairo on Friday, leaving dozens of officers injured and triggering a diplomatic spat following a crucial soccer match. Several hundred demonstrators took to the streets following reports of attacks on Egyptian fans in Khartoum soon after their team missed out on a place at the 2010 World Cup finals to bitter rivals Algeria.
Iran has 'not responded positively' to nuclear offer
Daily Star 23 Nov 2009 Major world powers expressed disappointment Friday that Iran has "not responded positively" to a plan for resolving the standoff over its nuclear program or agreed to new talks. "We are disappointed by the lack of follow-up" to understandings reached when the six powers met with Iranian officials in Geneva on October 1, they said in a statement after a meeting in Brussels.
Winter of discontent ahead for Gazans living in damaged homes and tents
Daily Star 23 Nov 2009 Tens of thousands of Gazans living in tents and damaged homes face a wet, cold and miserable winter as Israel's blockade of the coastal territory continues to prevent the importation of building and reconstruction material. During the last few weeks Gazans were given a brief reprieve from the oncoming winter as an unseasonal snap of warmish.
Torture and killings rife in Yemen, says UN watchdog
Daily Star 23 Nov 2009 The United Nations Committee against Torture called on Yemen on Friday to end the widespread torture of detainees and investigate allegations of unlawful killings by its security forces. It voiced concern at reports of grave violations "committed in the context of [Yemen's] fight against terrorism."
Mediating role wins kudos for Ankara among Arabs
Daily Star 23 Nov 2009 Turkey's efforts to solve regional problems such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the dispute over Iran's nuclear program have enhanced its standing among its Arab neighbors, a report said on Friday. About three-quarters of Arabs believed Turkey should be more active in tackling the region's problems, according to the study by the Istanbul-based Turkish Economic., Turkey's efforts to solve regional problems such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the dispute over Iran's nuclear program have enhanced its standing among its Arab neighbors, a report said on Friday. About three-quarters of Arabs believed Turkey should be more active in tackling the region's problems, according to the study by the Istanbul-based Turkish Economic.
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - Osama Hamdan who is in charge of the foreign relations in the Hamas Movement said Sunday that his Movement was and still is concerned to achieve a prisoner swap deal with the Zionist occupation..
Bahar hails Marini for urging Europe to end the political isolation of Hamas
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - Dr. Ahmed Bahar hailed Philippe Marini, a member of the French senate, for calling on European states to end the political isolation of Hamas and the Israeli blockade imposed on Gaza.
Bardawil: Israel escalation to probe international reaction
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil said that the latest escalation in Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip was an attempt to probe the international reaction following the Goldstone report.
Nofal: Settlement activities intended for imposing a status quo in W.B and J'lem
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - Hamas lawmaker Emad Nofal stated that the escalating Israeli settlement expansion is aimed at imposing a status quo in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem.
IOA renews administrative detention of Dr. Fidda
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - The IOA renewed the administrative detention, without trial or charge, of Dr. Majeda Fidda for three months for the fifth time running, the international Tadamun institution for human rights said.
B'Tselem: Israel killed 1,500 Palestinians since start of 2009
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have killed 1,500 Palestinians since the start of 2009 mostly in the 22-day war on the Gaza Strip, B'Tselem reported on Sunday.
Khater slams Arabs for not showing zeal for Aqsa as they do with football
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - Secretary-general of the Islamic-Christian commission Hasan Khater said that Israel would not have dared to Judaize Jerusalem if the Arabs were enthusiastic for the Aqsa as they were for football.
Arab League demands international inspection of Israeli jails
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - The Arab League has called for opening the Israeli jails for international inspection and monitoring to put an end to the Israeli violations of Arab and Palestinian prisoners' rights.
CMWU: The water situation in Gaza reached a critical stage
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - Director of coastal municipality water utility Mundher Shiblak warned that the current water situation in Gaza reached a critical stage, adding that Gaza water is no longer suitable for human use.
New Israeli air raids on Gaza wound seven, damage homes
PIC 23 Nov 2009 - Seven Palestinian citizens were wounded and a number of homes sustained damages during Israeli air strikes on several areas in the Gaza Strip.
LA Times 23 Nov 2009 - Young men scatter from the area like seeds on the wind, taking what work they can get in neighboring countries, hoping to save enough, perhaps, for that apartment that would allow them to marry. The rice has been harvested, the chaff burned. It's time for planting winter wheat, seed sunk deep into new furrow, as white birds with razor beaks land on fields to feast.
Iran begins air-defense drills to protect nuclear sites
LA Times 23 Nov 2009 - Iran says Israel would pay a heavy price if the West launched airstrikes. Meanwhile, opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi praises anti-government protesters. Iran on Sunday launched what it described as its biggest air-defense drill ever with the aim of preparing to protect its nuclear sites from possible airstrikes as international talks to resolve the long stalemate over the nation's atomic research program falter.
Lula takes risk in welcoming Ahmadinejad to Brazil
LA Times 23 Nov 2009 - President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva may lose global influence by playing host to the Iranian leader, who is searching for new economic opportunities ahead of stiff sanctions the West has threatened. Reporting from Bogota, Colombia Borzou Daragahi, and Beirut -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives today in Brazil on a Latin American and African tour amid U.S. and domestic criticism that, by playing host, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is squandering his newfound global influence.
Sabbath protest in Jerusalem
LA Times 22 Nov 2009 - Thousands of the city's ultra-Orthodox Jews demonstrate at a new Intel chip factory that operates on Saturdays. About 3,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews demonstrated Saturday outside an Intel plant in Jerusalem to protest its operating on the Jewish Sabbath, an action they view as a desecration of the sanctity of the holy city.
Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza Strip
LA Times 22 Nov 2009 - The strikes targeted two weapons factories in central and northern Gaza and a smuggling tunnel under the border with Egypt, an Israeli army spokesman said. Israeli planes carried out airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip today, injuring seven people, Palestinian medical workers said.
11/23/2009 - Ha'aretz - Tziona Tajer Street in Jaffa, off the main thoroughfare, Yefet, begins with a lush park and ends in a narrow picturesque alleyway bounded by refurbished old homes. One of these houses, behind a heavy blue gate, belongs to the Shaya family. Hanging by the entrance is a large portrait of the family patriarch, Salim Khoury Shaya, a priest who served in the 1920s as the spiritual leader of the Christian Arab (Greek Orthodox) community. Around that time he also built the house on a hill in Jaffa. Salim Khoury Shaya died at age 90 in 1963. His daughter-in-law, Fadwa Shaya, who married his son George, is now the eldest resident of the house, where she has lived since 1947 and where her children and some of her grandchildren grew up. In the guest room, surrounded by hand-carved dressers and ornate 1930s-era mirrors, she tells the story of the Shaya family, at least the three generations she knows.
Ten wounded in overnight Israeli strikes on Gaza
11/22/2009 - Monsters and Critics - Jerusalem - At least 10 Palestinians were injured in three successive Israeli airstrikes overnight and early Sunday on the southern, central and northern Gaza Strip, medical officials and the Israeli militarysaid. They said the aircraft fired two air-to-ground missiles at the borderline area between southern Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula, completely destroying three tunnels used for smuggling. Mo'aweya Hassanein, the head of the Gaza Strip emergency services, told reporters that at least five Palestinians were injured in this attack. Five Palestinians were wounded in the two other airstrikes, he said. The second airstrike was carried out early on Sunday, when Israeli aircraft hit what Palestinians said was a goldsmith's shop, and the Israeli military said was a weapons-manufacturing facility, near al- Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip.
Israel-Palestinian conflict kills 8,900 in 20yrs: NGO
11/22/2009 - Yahoo! News - AFP - JERUSALEM (AFP) – The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has claimed almost 8,900 lives in two decades, the vast majority of them Palestinians, the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said in a statement published on Sunday. Israeli forces killed 7,398 Palestinians, including 1,537 minors, both in Israel and the occupied territories during that period, while Palestinians killed 1,483 Israelis, including 139 minors, B'Tselem said. Among the Israeli victims, 488 were police officers or military troops, and the remaining 995 were civilians killed in attacks in Israel or in the occupied territories, the statement said. This year, marked by Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip, was the bloodiest in the past two decades for Palestinians. A total of 1,033 Palestinians, including 315 minors, were killed so far in 2009, most of them during the Gaza war, the report said, adding that a
Israel’s Peres reports ’progress’ in talks to free Shalit
11/22/2009 - Yahoo! News - AFP - JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israeli President Shimon Peres said on Sunday there has been "progress" in talks to free soldier Gilad Shalit, held captive by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip for the past three years. " Everyone knows there is progress and I hope it will come to something," Peres said on Channel 2 commercial television on his return from a trip to Egypt to meet President Hosni Mubarak. Peres, the only political leader to have spoken about the case in recent days, did not elaborate. Israeli military censorship has imposed a blackout on information about indirect negotiations brokered by a German intermediary between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement, which holds the 23-year-old. Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi defended the censorship on the talks, saying that leaks "have already caused damage. "
Shocking levels of racism are commonly accepted in Israel
11/22/2009 - Hybrid States - Is Israel unique in having serious social problems with racism, particularly with anti-Arab racism? Of course not. Just about every country in the world has racist undercurrents that occasionally bubble to the surface. But in what other ostensibly Western, democratic societies would the team captain of a professional sports need to apologize publicly to the team’s fans for daring express the sentiment, at an anti-violence conference, that he wanted an Arab player on the team? More importantly, how could society accept this? Yediot Ahronot reports:Beitar Jerusalem captain Aviram Baruchyan met Thursday evening with fans belonging to the “La Familia” organization and apologized for saying that he would like to see an Arab play in the football team. The fans told him they were hurt by the remark he made about 10 days ago at an anti-violence conference. -- Links: Yediot Ahronot story
Israeli jets attack Gaza, 7 Palestinians injured
11/22/2009 - Press TV - Israeli jets have carried out air strikes against targets in the Gaza Strip, injuring seven Palestinians. On Sunday, Palestinian medical workers and witnesses said other areas targeted by Israeli planes included a caravan in the northern Gaza Strip and smuggling tunnels in the south under the border with Egypt, the New York Times reported. In addition, the Press TV correspondent in Gaza reported that Israeli gunboats were approaching the coast of Gaza. The attacks occurred one day after Hamas said it had reached an agreement with smaller armed groups in the territory to halt sporadic rocket fire toward Israel. In July, the Israeli military offensive into the impoverished Palestinian coastal sliver, dubbed Operation Cast Lead, claimed the lives of over 1,400 people and injured many others. According to UN figures, a large number of the victims were civilians, including women and children.
VIDEO - Israeli warplanes pound Gaza
11/22/2009 - Uruknet - Reuters - A Palestininan girl is wheeled into Kamal Odwan hospital in Beit Lahiya after an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip early November 22, 2009. - Nov 22 - Israel launches air strikes in the Gaza Strip which it says were triggered when a rocket luanched from the enclave landed on its territory. Paul Chapman, Reuters. [end]
The New Politics of Conscientious Objection in Israel
11/22/2009 - American Prospect - For years, it was the left that argued about selective disobedience -- but the right is now picking up the charge. - Driving through the West Bank recently, I picked up two hitchhikers. Both wore the long, thick sidelocks and extra-large skullcaps that have become the mark of young men on the religious right, especially among settlers. Since they were what Israelis call army age (what Americans would call college age), the conversation turned to military service. Despite Israel's universal draft, the hitchhiker in the back seat said he didn't intend to serve. The Israel Defense Forces, he argued, hurts Jews -- a point he presumed was obvious from the "uprooting" of settlements in Gaza four years ago and the occasional dismantling of tiny, illegal settlement outposts in the West Bank more recently. Besides that, he said, the IDF "doesn't want to kill Arabs because it wants to look nice in the world. "
Law proposed to monitor draft dodgers
11/22/2009 - Jerusalem Post - The government on Sunday passed a bill in the first reading, which aims to combat the phenomenon of girls avoiding being drafted into the IDF by pretending to be religious. The bill calls for surveillance of the young women after they are released from the IDF. Speaking against the bill, Deputy Health Minister Ya'acov Litzman said that the bill would cause a coalition crisis if it is put into law. MK Yisrael Hasson (Kadima), former deputy director of the Shabak (Israel Security Service) and head of the Knesset Caucus for the Reduction of Draft Evasion, responded through a statement Sunday night to the proposed law meant to combat false claims of religious lifestyle as a means to avoid mandatory military service. In response to the proposal that private citizens be under surveillance, Hasson said, "The army should not be the body determining who is religious and keeping kosher and Shabbat.
Israeli minister plans to send troops into schools to boost conscription
11/18/2009 - The Independent - Soldiers would meet teachers in bid to encourage students to join up - The Israeli education minister has unveiled plans to take teams of senior army officers to high schools across the country to help teachers "foster the motivation" of pupils to serve in combat units following a decline in conscription rates. In an announcement that infuriated liberals in a country where compulsory military service is still a fact of life, the right-wing Likud member Gideon Saar announced that about 200 meetings would be held between teams of senior army officers and teachers, with the stated intention of encouraging schools in "contributing to the society and community". Saar, who has previously courted controversy by floating the idea of increasing education funding for schools where more people enlisted, also said that he would experiment with publishing individual schools' conscription rates, a move
Egypt’s president warns Israel over Jerusalem
11/22/2009 - Antiwar.com - AP News - Egypt president tells Peres that Jerusalem is an issue for all Muslims, not just Palestinians - Egypt's president on Sunday criticized Israeli construction in east Jerusalem, telling his Israeli counterpart that settlement activity in the disputed sector of the holy city threatens to anger the entire Muslim world. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak emphasized to Israeli President Shimon Peres that the future of Jerusalem, which both Israelis and Palestinians claim as their capital, is an issue for the entire Islamic world. Mubarak also said that the time had passed for talk on temporary solutions and borders — which has been floated as a step to solving the crisis — and instead a final peace agreement should be concluded swiftly. " I expressed my concern to President Peres that peace talks have not progressed since our last meeting in July and that Egypt is looking forward to an
The US Congressman who sold his soul to the Israel lobby
Adam Shapiro, Redress 11/22/2009
How Tom Perriello became a slave of Israel - Adam Shapiro tells the story of a hitherto principled friend and campaigner for justice and human rights, Tom Perriello, who ran for Congress and, once elected, betrayed all of his principles and became a mere tool of the pro-apartheid American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, AIPAC.
”...the consistent lack of US credibility in the world spans Democrats and Republicans and is a consequence of our relationship with Israel and the exceptionalism applied to an occupier nation foisting apartheid on the Palestinians.”
One year ago, I watched election results coming in for Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District, where my friend and colleague Tom Perriello was challenging incumbent Virgil Goode, Jr. CNN kept flipping the winner because the vote was close. Finally, Tom emerged with a 727-vote victory. I was elated, because I knew Tom and knew his deeply rooted principles. And daring to accept that there might be something to this overall atmosphere of change and hope espoused by the president-elect, I felt encouraged by the seemingly new direction and new leaders the country was embracing.
Two years earlier, I met Tom in Afghanistan when he arrived as a consultant with the United Nations to explore transitional justice possibilities for the country. I was already working for a human rights organization, promoting rule of law, women’s rights and transitional justice. Tom had done similar work in Liberia helping launch a truth and reconciliation commission. more.. e-mail
The Israeli Exception: Gilo and East Jerusalem
Binoy Kampmark, CounterPunch 11/22/2009
In 1987, the conservative author Midge Decter described her association with Israel and those willing to place it above conventional judgment. ‘We know ourselves to be bound by ties so deep, so essential, so unconditional, that they are beyond daylight examination. To be a Jew is not an act, it is a fate. The existence of Israel is absolutely central to that fate. The rest is mere details – knowable, unknowable, makes no difference.’
This vein of thinking can be gathered from Israel’s leader David Ben-Gurion in a New York Times Magazine article in December 1960. On that occasion he was defending the illegal abduction of the war criminal Adolf Eichmann, who had been nabbed by Mossad agents from Argentina. ‘I know they [the abductors] committed a breach of the law, but sometimes they are moral obligations higher than formal law.’
This idea of Israel, and Jewish fate, being placed in the realm of an obligatory ‘higher law’, does lend itself to various, dangerous implications. Decter’s observations resonate with the recent decision by Tel Aviv to allow 900 new homes to be built in East Jerusalem in the sprawling Jewish neighbourhood of Gilo. 40,000 Israelis are already resident there. President Obama has gone so far as to see the move as ‘dangerous’. The Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon has publicly seen the gesture as one that undermines the peace effort.
International conventions and views, which tend to find such settlements illegal, are considered inapplicable by the rank and file in Tel Aviv. The law of nations, that seemingly abstract body of customs and norms that are often more honoured than people might realize, are cast aside as undue hindrances to the functioning of the state. more.. e-mail
Zionist control of Britain’s government: 1940-2009
William A. Cook, Redress 11/21/2009
William A. Cook charts the history of Zionist control of Britain’s government and argues "it’s time that Britain is reborn, free from the shackles that bind it to this corrupt power that flouts international law, wantonly commits crimes against humanity and in brazen arrogance tells the United Nations to shove its demands to comply with the civilized communities of the world".
“After so many years of setting the tone, bribing UK politicians and controlling the BBC they [the Zionists] are used to being untouchable.” (Gilad Atzmon, “Time for Britain to reclaim its sovereignty and dignity by de-Zionizing itself”)
This week the British people listened to the Daily Mail’s Peter Oborne present, on Channel 4 TV, his devastating account of the Jewish lobby’s control of the British government. Now we know that virtually all the principal politicians in the UK of both parties, like their brothers across the lake in our House and Senate, take “contributions” from the Israeli lobby machine, ensuring that the Anglo-American Middle East policies follow the dictates of the Israeli government. Gilad Atzmon responded to this report in his article “Time for Britain to reclaim its sovereignty and dignity by de-Zionizing itself,” noting that, because this control has been in place for so many years, the lobby feels “untouchable”.
How many years are “many” one might ask? On 16 October 1941 the high commissioner of Palestine, Harold MacMichael, senior Palestine Mandate officer for the British Mandate forces in Palestine, sent the following “Top Secret” “Memorandum on the participation of the Jewish national institutions in Palestine in acts of lawlessness and violence” to the secretary of state, a report prepared by the Palestine Police, Criminal Investigation Department.... more.. e-mail