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Protests Over Excavations At The Church Of Holy Sepulcher
student stranded in Gaza as Israeli court deliberates
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - News of battle comes after revelation of shady deal in which army arranged NIS 3m pension for MK Shai.
IDF draws up doctrine on missile threat protection
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - In a report last year, state comptroller criticized the lack of an operational plan.
Did top Hamas officials discuss the Shalit deal with Nasrallah?
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Hezbollah TV station says delegation met with Iran-backed group's leader for talks on U.S. Mideast policy.
Lebanon cabinet lets Hezbollah keep its weapons
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Decision signals group still has no intention of disarming; report: Lebanon army shoots at IAF warplanes.
From Mishnah to MI: Haredi yeshiva graduates enlist in IDF
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Seventy yeshiva graduates serve in unique program that brings ultra-Orthodox into Intelligence Corps.
IDF chief wants to enlist Arabs, Haredim in national service
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Ashkenazi: Changing demographics in Israel require the IDF to construct 'new models of service.'
IAF considers buying $65m aircraft capable of vertical take-off, landing
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - On combat missions the V-22 was included for the first time in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Pre-army students to Netanyahu: Don't free hardened terrorists for Shalit
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Court: Details of Shalit swap must stay secret; Report: Israel to free 17 East Jerusalem Arabs in deal.
Ban 'dismayed' at East Jerusalem eviction of Palestinian family
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - UN chief's comments come after Jewish family's claim to home results in eviction of Palestinians.
Ex-IDF officer: I claimed to be a pedophile to get out of army
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - 24-year-old soldier said he molested 17 children before enlisting, but retracted confession after arrest.
How does the U.S. help fund pro-settler IDF troops?
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Task Force to Save the Nation and the Land has offered NIS 1,000 a day to any soldier who fights evacuation.
New IDF unit to fight enemies on Facebook, Twitter
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Top IDF spokesman's Office official: We must show the totality of IDF actions without a filter.
Medics: Explosion in car kills Gaza militant
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Two wounded in incident, which seems to be accident involving militants; doctor: Explosives in car caused blast.
Hezbollah chief: Armed struggle is best way to end occupation
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Nasrallah's comments come amid criticism in Lebanon of Hezbollah's refusal to disarm.
Chief justice: Still no point in naming prisoners in Shalit swap
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Beinisch calls deal 'complex;' bereaved parents to High Court: Will our kids' killers be freed for Shalit?
Two Border Policeman charged with beating Arab youth
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Suspects detained 10 days ago for allegedly assaulting youth passing by them in Jerusalem's Old City.
Israel likely to free 980 Palestinians for Shalit
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Shalit parents meet FM, say neither 'encouraged nor ill at ease'; soldier reportedly to be brought to Egypt.
Shalit deal / What would Israel do if Iran captured an IAF pilot?
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Israel must prepare for the possibility that if it strikes Iran's nuclear sites, not all of the pilots will come back.
Hezbollah leadership split amid fears of fresh IDF attack
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Fearing repeat of mistakes made in 2006, top militants slam civilian leaders, Lebanon media report.
Security officer for IDF General Staff suspected of attempted rape
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Officer at rank of captain arrested on suspicion of trying to rape 22-year-old near Tel Aviv nightclub district.
600 helpless as
Gaza war disabled them
Paris, December 4, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - Foreign Minister Micheál Martin has been denied access to war-ravaged Gaza by the Israeli Government, it emerged tonight.
UN Denies Footballer Zinedine Zidane visit to Gaza as Goodwill Ambassador
Jerusalem, December 4, 2009, (Pal Telegraph) - A UNICEF spokeswoman on Thursday retracted a statement that retired international soccer star Zinedine Zidane will visit Gaza in March as a goodwill ambassador.
Israel Oks new settlement plan despite moratorium
West Bank, December 3, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - In apparent defiance of a recently announced plan for a moratorium on new construction work in the West Bank, Israel has approved expanding settlements there. The coordinator of government activities in the occupied territories, Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot, approved the construction of 84 new settlement buildings on Wednesday, Haaretz reported. According to...
'Int. community not doing enough to end Gaza siege'
Gaza, December 3, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Palestinian legislator Jamal al-Khudari describes Arab and international efforts to lift the Israel-imposed blockade on the Gaza Strip as not up to scratch. "The international community and the Arab countries would have, by now, forced Israel to lift the Gaza siege and end the suffering of the 1.5 million Palestinians living there, if...
Hamas commander killed in central Gaza
Gaza, December 2, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - A senior commander for the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Hamas movement, has died in the central Gaza Strip. "Yasser Sabri Radi, 37, a field commander in the Qassam Brigades from Nuseirat Camp in central Gaza, was martyred on Wednesday morning while undertaking a jihad-related task," AFP quoted a...
The National 3 Dec 2009 - The country's policy of stopping refugees at its border could be putting lives at risk, say critics.
To read tea leaves in Moscow, watch its treatment of Tehran
The National 3 Dec 2009 - Alan Philps: Is Russia really ready to sign up to the type of crippling sanctions envisaged by Washington? And does this mean that the president is emerging from the shadow of his predecessor, Vladimir Putin?
Bad blood between Egypt and Algeria runs deeper than football
The National 3 Dec 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.
The National 3 Dec 2009 - World Sign of a self-determined Egypt, tool of foreign profiteers, emblem of a populist movement, and reminder of its failure – 150 years after work began on the Suez Canal, Maria Golia tallies the project’s many faces.
The legal legacy of a ‘hedonist’
The National 3 Dec 2009 - In an unprecedented case, the former prime minister Ehud Olmert faces trial for graft, while some of his ministers have been sentenced.
AlJazeera 2 Dec 2009 - "Superficially powerful" countries forced UN body to pass resolution, Ahmadinejad says.
Iran releases British sailors
AlJazeera 2 Dec 2009 - Tehran officials confirm yachtsmen's illegal entry into Iranian waters was mistake.
Alternative Information Center 3 Dec 2009 - Israeli Occupation Forces Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Continue to Impose a Total Closure on the Gaza Strip 6 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces...
2009 Journalist Conference in Israel: No News
Alternative Information Center 2 Dec 2009 - I did not partake in the Journalist Conference that occurred this week in Eilat and was sponsored by the Tel Aviv Journalists’ Association and the Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Actually, I also did not...
PNN 3 Dec 2009 - A prisoner exchange deal to secure the release of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit hinges on a disagreement over 15 Palestinians, the Al-Ayyam daily newspaper reported Thursday. Shalit was abducted by Gaza militants in a cross-border raid in 2006 and has been held in captivity since then. Hamas, the rulers of the Gaza Strip, have demanded the release of hundreds of Palestinian...
Middle East conflict played out in the olive groves
PNN 3 Dec 2009 - Akram Imran says the Jewish settlers came at night. I came to work in the early morning. It was a horrible sight, a massacre of trees, he said. Some of them are at least 70 years old. Climbing over a heap of withered branches in his olive grove on a rocky hillside near the village of Burin, the Palestinian farmer said they...
Jeruslalem Post 3 Dec 2009 - "The world is starting to understand Iran has been lying to everybody," Israeli official tells Post ; White House: Iran's time is running out.
Hamas reports 'good progress' on Schalit
Jeruslalem Post 3 Dec 2009 - While voicing optimism about possible deal, source denies captured soldier has been moved to Egypt.
US TV show to feature J'lem hospital
Jeruslalem Post 3 Dec 2009 - 'Everybody Loves Raymond' creator sees Shaare Zedek as a microcosm of interfaith interaction.
Analysis: A bus blows up in Damascus - exploding tire or terror strike?
Jeruslalem Post 3 Dec 2009 - The tire story, on the face of it, looks like a somewhat ludicrous attempt by the Syrian authorities to explain away an alarming episode for the regime.
PM to settlers: 'We are your brethren'
Jeruslalem Post 3 Dec 2009 - Settler leader: Atmosphere at meeting was, "hard and tense"; PM: Palestinians are "peace resisters."
'Details of Iran arms seizure revealed'
Jeruslalem Post 3 Dec 2009 - Washington Post quotes expert as saying terror networks are getting even harder to destroy.
IDF defuses two roadside bombs near Beit El
Jeruslalem Post 3 Dec 2009 -
Esther Wachsman appeals to Peres to do everything to bring home Gilad Schalit
Jeruslalem Post 3 Dec 2009 - Bereaved mother's son was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists in 1994, and killed six days later in a failed rescue op.
'Change captives policy after Schalit's free'
Jeruslalem Post 3 Dec 2009 - Poll finds overwhelming majority of Israelis believe that Israel's policy of redeeming captives should only be toughened after kidnapped soldier's release.
IRIN BEIRUT Tuesday, December 01, 2009 (IRIN) - Four years ago, at 16, Rana's husband forced her into prostitution. Despite the risks of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), Rana, like many local sex workers - estimated to number at least 6,000 - often did not use condoms.
ISRAEL-OPT: Travel restrictions eased
IRIN TEL AVIV Thursday, November 26, 2009 (IRIN) - The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has announced that restrictions on the West Bank's population in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) will be eased during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha between 26 November and 2 December.
SYRIA: Tough new law against killer tobacco
IRIN DAMASCUS Thursday, December 03, 2009 (IRIN) - A much tougher anti-smoking law in Syria, signed by President Bashar al-Assad and due to come into force in early 2010, will outlaw smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars, hospitals, sports halls and cinemas.
IPS WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (IPS) - Iran's announced intention to build 10 new nuclear enrichment plants has been deemed "unacceptable" by the administration of President Barack Obama, which warned Monday of increased pressure on Tehran if it does not soon accept Western proposals to curb its nuclear programme.
MIDEAST: Palestinians Say No to Crumbs
IPS RAMALLAH, Dec 3 (IPS) - The Palestinian Authority (PA) appears to be successfully countering the Israeli government's refusal to work towards a two-state solution to end the decades- long conflict.
12/3/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - YNet News, 2 December 2009 - Ashraf Abu Rahma, who was shot by IDF soldier during anti-fence protest takes stand in military court, says he was arrested for no reason, bound, and beaten by soldiers. ‘I heard a shot, I was hit, and I fell,' he testifies. Ashraf Abu Rahma, the Palestinian who was shot in the foot with a rubber bullet while he was bound and gagged after being arrested in a demonstration in Naalin in July 2008, arrived Wednesday in the Kirya's military court to testify against the two defendants in the affair - the then-commander of the 71st Battalion and the soldier suspected of the shooting. According to Abu Rahma, after he was shot, the soldiers said to him, "You deserve this and even more. " Abu Rahma came face-to-face with the defendants on Tuesday for the first time since the incident.
Night raids conducted by Israeli forces resume in the village of Bil’in: One Palestinian resident arrested
12/3/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Popular Struggle Coordination Committee - Night raids, conducted by the Israeli army as a part of the ongoing arrest campaign in an attempt to crush the popular struggle against the Apartheid Wall and settlements in the Palestinian village of Bil'in have resumed in the early hours of Thursday, 3 December. At 2am, approximately 20 soldiers invaded the village on foot from the direction of the Apartheid Wall and broke into the house of Rani Najar, without issuing any prior warning. The soldiers handcuffed all men living in the house and detained them in a separate room. They then proceeded to arrest Rani (23), who had only returned from Jordan the previous day. Female members of the family who came to help Rani were violently pushed away, and, as the soldiers exited the house, they also failed to remove handcuffs from the earlier detained men.
VIDEO - UPDATE: Shock follows footage of settler running over Palestinian
12/3/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Ma'an News, 3 December 2009 - An amateur video shocked Palestinians on Tuesday, catching what appeared to be an Israeli settler repeatedly running over a wounded Palestinian at a gas station in Hebron last week. The Palestinian, an unidentified man shot several times following an alleged knife attack at the station, appeared to be staggering when a silver Mercedes ran him down, stopped, reversed, and ran him over again. The video was reportedly taken on Thursday, although at the time, Israeli representatives made no mention of the settler's alleged attack, telling reporters only that a Palestinian man had been shot after he stabbed and lightly injured two settlers. A military spokesman told Ma'an that after the two Israelis were hurt, a soldier shot and injured the Palestinian, who was taken to the Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital in Jerusalem.
U.S., Arab states press Abbas to stay on as president of PA
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - The United States and several Arab states are pressing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to remain in office until new PA elections are called, in order to prevent a power vacuum that could result in the West Bank falling to Hamas. ...
Goldstone wins human rights award from Sweden NGOs
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Richard Goldstone, the South African jurist and author of a controversial UN report which accused Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes during the Israel Defense Forces' military offensive in the Gaza Strip last winter, will receive the Stockholm Human Rights Award, it was announced on Thursday. ...
IDF fears settlers may attack Palestinians in response to freeze
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Israel Defense Forces officers in the West Bank have expressed concerned that settlers may escalate their acts of opposition to the freeze on settlement construction by targeting the Palestinian population. ...
U.S. falls short in bid to gain support for Israel's settlement freeze
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - The United States fell short in its efforts to gain a declaration of international support for Israel's temporary settlement construction freeze. The Americans were hoping that its partners in the Quartet - Russia, the European Union and the United Nations - would agree to such a declaration, but Moscow expressed a series of reservations and foiled Washington's effort. ...
Study: Americans are tired of handling the world's problems
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - As U.S. President Barack Obama rallies public support for his decision to send reinforcements to Afghanistan, isolationist currents are being felt in opinion polls on a scale not seen in a number of years. ...
The Guardian 3 Dec 2009 - In the Negev, an area targeted for so-called 'development', lies the Israel that its government does not want to be seen A struggle over land, home demolitions, and an Israeli government working with Jewish agencies to "...
Call for Celtic fans to wave Palestinian flags at match against Israeli team
The Guardian 2 Dec 2009 - 'Extremely concerned' Glasgow club urges supporters to ignore Scottish TUC request Scottish trade unions have called on supporters of Celtic to wave Palestinian flags at Europa League home match tonight against Israel's Hapoel Tel Aviv in "...
Video: Amateur video shows man run over twice by angry Israeli
The Guardian 2 Dec 2009 - Witnesses say Palestinian victim had earlier stabbed two Jewish settlers. All three were taken to to a Jerusalem hospital
Israel's just fears of a Palestinian state | Carlo Strenger
The Guardian 2 Dec 2009 - A return to 1967 borders would put most Israelis in rocket range. The EU needs to see that a two-state solution is complex There are indications that the EU foreign ministers will formally recognise East Jerusalem...
East Jerusalem should be Palestinian capital, says EU draft paper
The Guardian 1 Dec 2009 - Israel accuses EU of destroying prospects of renewed peace talks with document seen as an effort to strengthen Abbas An EU document stressing that East Jerusalem should be the capital of a future Palestinian state brought...
Freeze won't hurt Netanyahu | Benjamin Pogrund
The Guardian 1 Dec 2009 - Israel's rightwingers are furious, but that doesn't mean the prime minister's halt to settlement building means much in practice Israeli rightwingers are furiously condemning the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, for his 10-month freeze on building houses...
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - The Health Ministry is in advanced negotiations to purchase a new system to detect people with fever and thus reduce the risk of contracting the H1N1 virus (commonly known as swine flu). If the deal goes through, the ministry intends to install the system in four hospitals around the country in the coming weeks. ...
Meretz: Nonprofit awarding cash to soldiers who refuse evacuation orders
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - MK Ilan Ghilon and Meretz chairman Mossi Raz filed a police complaint on Thursday against SOS Israel (the World Headquarters to Save the People and the Land of Israel) and Rabbi Sholom Dov Wolpo, who've been documented awarding monetary prizes to soldiers sent to military prison for refusing an order to evacuate the Homesh outpost. ...
Man suspected of burning his children's tongues with hot knife
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - A Beit Shemesh man, 45, was arrested on Thursday for allegedly abusing three of his twelve children repeatedly, at times pressing a burning hot knife to their tongues in order to teach them to speak to him with respect. ...
Settlers reject Netanyahu plea to respect settlement freeze
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - Defiant West Bank settler leaders rejected on Thursday a personal plea from the prime minister to respect a construction freeze in the territories, vowing to keep confronting security forces sent to enforce the edict. ...
Police: DNA ties IDF guard to sexual assault victim
Ha'aretz 3 Dec 2009 - A forensics laboratory has matched DNA from an Israel Defense Forces security guard accused of attempted rape and sexual assault with evidence found on the woman who was allegedly attacked, police said on Thursday, after a gag order was lifted on the information. ...
Relief Web 3 Dec 2009 - Source: UN General Assembly
On the anniversary of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities: The humanitarian conditions of the disabled in the OPT have continued to deteriorate
Relief Web 3 Dec 2009 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
UAE donates US$2.5 million to UNRWA, emphasizes backing to Palestinians
Relief Web 3 Dec 2009 - Source: Emirates News Agency
Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territory 25 Nov - 02 Dec 2009
Relief Web 3 Dec 2009 - Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
OPT: Israel cut settlement spending in 2009
Relief Web 3 Dec 2009 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet
UN Palestinian refugee agency faces 'unprecedented' deficit
Relief Web 3 Dec 2009 - Source: Agence France-Presse
YNet News 3 Dec 2009 - American sanctions against Iran go into high gear; Congress expected to pass harsh legislation within next two weeks that would impose sanctions on firms that do business with Iran, including energy companies
Settlers gird for battle
YNet News 3 Dec 2009 - Settlers embark on fundraising campaign, plan Jerusalem rally to fight construction freeze
What is Syria hiding?
YNet News 3 Dec 2009 - Images of bus incident in Damascus suggest terror attack, but Syrian officials deny reports
Goldstone wins Swedish prize
YNet News 3 Dec 2009 - Judge who led controversial Gaza war inquiry honored with human rights award
Jordan slams renovation work at Holy Sepulcher
YNet News 3 Dec 2009 - Letter of protest expresses 'deep concern' demands that Israel halt works at Jerusalem church
Terror attack in Beit El thwarted
YNet News 3 Dec 2009 - IDF forces operating in West Bank uncover three explosive devices. All three detonated by military sappers
US: Time running out for Iran
YNet News 3 Dec 2009 - White House spokesman says deadline still end of the year, adds that it is 'pretty clear' Tehran backing out of uranium-enrichment deal; Germany's Merkel says Iran testing international community's patience
Daily Star 3 Dec 2009 Occupied West Bank settler leaders rejected a personal plea from the prime minister Thursday to respect a government-ordered construction freeze in their illegal communities, vowing to keep confronting security forces sent to enforce the edict. On the same day, a damning confidential report from the European Union accused Israel of attempting to illegally annex occupied East Jerusalem.
Syria attributes bus explosion to tire accident, 3 dead
Daily Star 3 Dec 2009 An explosion hit a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims in Damascus on Thursday, killing at least three people and shattering windows in the nearby buildings, in an incident Syria said was an accident and not an attack. Witnesses said a bomb had hit the bus near the Shiite shrine of Sayyeda Zainab, killing six people, but Syrian officials said it was an exploding tire.
Syria to field tougher law against smoking
Daily Star 3 Dec 2009 A much-tougher anti-smoking law in Syria, signed by President Bashar Assad and due to come into force in early 2010, will outlaw smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars, hospitals, sports halls and cinemas. The law covers cigarettes and cigars, as well as traditional narghile water pipes. "The ban is timely," said Mahmoud Etah, a Syrian doctor., A much-tougher anti-smoking law in Syria, signed by President Bashar Assad and due to come into force in early 2010, will outlaw smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars, hospitals, sports halls and cinemas. The law covers cigarettes and cigars, as well as traditional narghile water pipes. "The ban is timely," said Mahmoud Etah, a Syrian doctor.
Jordan summons Israel envoy over church
Daily Star 3 Dec 2009 Jordan summoned Israeli Ambassador Nevo Dani on Thursday to demand a halt to "unilateral" work carried out by Israel on the outer walls of Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre. "The ambassador was summoned today to the Foreign Ministry where he was handed an official letter of protest expressing deep concerns and rejection of unilateral measures in the outer western walls of the church," a senior official said.
Gaza unleashes death penalty to halt drug scourge
Daily Star 3 Dec 2009 Alarmed by mounting drug abuse and addiction among the cooped-up Palestinians of Gaza, Islamist rulers of the enclave plan to introduce the death penalty for gangs getting rich off smuggled narcotics. Security officials of the Hamas movement and human rights groups say drug smuggling through tunnels, which bring in all manner of goods from Egypt to get around the Israeli blockade, has increased alarmingly in the past few months.
Damascus defends Iran's enrichment plans as world powers urge Tehran to cooperate
Daily Star 3 Dec 2009 Syrian President Bashar Assad defended Iran's controversial nuclear program on Thursday, during a visit to Damascus by Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, and promised that cooperation between the two countries would continue. Assad asserted "the right of Iran and other countries that are signatories to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to enrich uranium for civilian purposes," the official SANA news agency said.
Torture is systematic in Egypt 'police state,' say rights groups
Daily Star 3 Dec 2009 Egypt has become a police state where citizens receive no protection from torture, human rights groups said in a report published on Thursday. "The basic feature of human rights in Egypt today is the prevalence of a policy of exception in which those responsible for violations usually escape punishment amid a climate of impunity intentionally created and fostered for several decades," said the report by 16 Egyptian human rights groups.
PIC 3 Dec 2009 - Spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), Abu Mujahed, denied news that captured IOF soldier Gilad Sahlit was moved to Egypt as a prelude to implement a prisoner-exchange deal.
PRC launches Internet website on the Goldstone Report
PIC 3 Dec 2009 - The Palestinian Return Center (PRC) in London has launched a new website to disseminate the major findings of the Goldstone report and provide useful analysis..
Hamdan denies news that Shalit was moved to Egypt
PIC 3 Dec 2009 - Osama Hamdan, Member of Hamas's political bureau and its representative in Lebanon, denied news reports that captured IOF soldier Gilad Shalit was moved to Egypt..
Israeli spy calls for execution of Palestinian prisoners until Shalit is freed
PIC 3 Dec 2009 - Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence in a US jail for spying for Israel, has called on Israel to execute one Palestinian captive everyday until Shalit is freed..
Extremist Jewish groups call for closing Aqsa until release of Shalit
PIC 3 Dec 2009 - Al-Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage reported Thursday that fanatic Jewish groups released a document calling for closing the Aqsa Mosque until Palestinians release Gilad Shalit.
IOF bomb agricultural lands in Beit Hanoun in Gaza
PIC 3 Dec 2009 - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) bombed Wednesday evening agricultural lands of Palestinian farmers located east of Beit Hanoun, but without reported injuries.
Baraka urges int’l community to respond to ethnic cleansing policy in J’lem
PIC 3 Dec 2009 - Arab Knesset member Mohamed Baraka on Wednesday called on the international community to state its position towards the policy of ethnic cleansing practiced by Israel in occupied Jerusalem.
Thomas Friedman’s gallimaufry of lies
PIC 3 Dec 2009 - it is really sad and lamentable that dishonest, or pathologically dishonest, journalists like Friedman are allowed to poison the American discourse unchallenged.
IOF kidnap son of Hamas official in Jenin
PIC 3 Dec 2009 - The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped at dawn Wednesday the son of senior Hamas official in Israeli jails Jamal Abul Haija during an incursion into the town of Beit Qad east of Jenin.
Ahrar center: Israel uses many torture means against Palestinian prisoners
PIC 3 Dec 2009 - Al-Ahrar center for human rights stated that Israel uses internationally-prohibited means against Palestinian prisoners much more than tying their hands behind their backs.
LA Times 3 Dec 2009 - The mayor of the West Bank settlement is arrested as he and others seek to keep Israeli government inspectors from enforcing a building moratorium aimed at restarting Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Israeli security forces arrested the mayor of a Jewish settlement Wednesday as he and other residents tried to prevent government inspectors from entering the community to enforce new restrictions on building in the West Bank.
Temple attack probed for links to organized crime
LA Times 3 Dec 2009 - LAPD detectives investigate whether shootings of two men at North Hollywood synagogue are connected to mobsters in Israel. LAPD detectives are investigating whether the shooting of two men at a North Hollywood synagogue in October is the work of Israeli-connected organized crime.
Iran frees 5 Britons caught in Persian Gulf on racing yacht
LA Times 2 Dec 2009 - Iranian interrogators decide the boaters' intrusion was a mistake. They were arrested last week. Iran has released five British nationals who were arrested after allegedly straying into Iranian territorial waters while on their racing yacht last week, state radio said today.
Poizner pushes Iran divestiture
LA Times 2 Dec 2009 - Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner plans to outline how firms must unload their holdings in some multinational firms that do business in Iran. 'This is a loophole that I'm going to close,' he says. California insurance companies that own stock in some multinational companies that operate in Iran soon may have to sell their holdings or face penalties.
New York Times 3 Dec 2009 - A moratorium on settlement construction was meant to help restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks but has so far succeeded only in pitting the settlers against the state.
Jewish Nationalists Clash With Palestinians
New York Times 2 Dec 2009 - The confrontation in East Jerusalem came after the Israelis took over a house by court order in a predominantly Arab area.
Israel to Recruit More Building Inspectors to Enforce a Freeze on West Bank Construction
New York Times 30 Nov 2009 - Israel’s defense minister told his staff to recruit dozens of new building inspectors to supervise the government’s temporary construction freeze in West Bank settlements.
Alternative Information Center - 3 Dec 2009 - Israeli Occupation Forces Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Continue to Impose a Total Closure on the Gaza Strip 6 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. An Israeli...
2009 Journalist Conference in Israel: No News
Alternative Information Center - 2 Dec 2009 - I did not partake in the Journalist Conference that occurred this week in Eilat and was sponsored by the Tel Aviv Journalists’ Association and the Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Actually, I also did not participate in the previous two conferences. Seminars and conferences often...
Columbia Sportswear agrees to ‘immediately and permanently discontinue’ ad campaign marketing to settlers
Mondoweiss - 3 Dec 2009 - Last week we posted a Columbia Sportwear marketing campaign directed at Israeli settlers . Peter Miller, a member of the Portland-based organization Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights , took it upon himself to contact Columbia to voice his displeasure. To his surprise, Columbia responded the next day...
‘Other countries have experienced terrorist campaigns without giving in to extremism’
Mondoweiss - 3 Dec 2009 - Last night I went to a party in New York for Emma Williams’s new book, It’s Easier to Reach Heaven Than the End of the Street , a chronicle of what it was like to live in Jerusalem during the second intifada. Williams, an English doctor and...
Netanyahu tells colonists, In 9 months we start building afresh!
Mondoweiss - 3 Dec 2009 - Memo to Obama. Dec. 3, 2009. "Prime Minister Netanyahu Meets with Leaders of Judea and Samaria Jewish Communities" (Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser): "This order is one-time only and it limits the duration of the suspension. There are nine months and three weeks left....
Grayson’s hypocrisy (and Nadler and Weiner’s too)
Mondoweiss - 3 Dec 2009 - Yesterday the Jewish Telegraphic Agency picked up on a post by Max Blumenthal here the other day, blasting Alan Grayson, the populist hero congressman from Florida, for being neanderthal on the Israel/Palestine issue– bragging about his Jewishness as he makes himself at home in AIPAC’s pocket....
A visit to the border
Mondoweiss - 2 Dec 2009 - Northern Israel from the Lebanon-Israel border. (Photo: Ahmed Moor) While Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving this year, Muslims were preparing for Eid Al-Adha, or the Holiday of the Sacrifice. In a way, the two are related. Both holidays celebrate the forestalling of potential disaster by the grace...
The Israel Lobby Celebrates Espionage in New York
Grant Smith, Antiwar.com 12/3/2009
The recent sting operation against former NASA scientist Stewart Nozette involved an undercover FBI employee posing as Mossad agent. Meeting in the posh Mayflower hotel in Washington, the agent set up clandestine payments in exchange for highly classified information. Nozette began delivering requested classified national defense information believing it to be destined for Israel while confidentially assuring the FBI agent that he thought he was already spying for Israel. This allegedly occurred under Nozette’s prior "consulting" contract with Israel Aerospace Industries, a major military contractor. Although the US has traditionally ignored, forgiven, or quashed investigations into Israeli espionage, the cost to America’s national security and economy may now have pushed law enforcement agencies toward a tipping point. Ironically, this very week, the Israel lobby is celebrating in New York the biggest clandestine operation ever conducted against US industries and workers.
Israel Aerospace Industries was once called Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), a company launched by the legendary flight engineer and entrepreneur Adolph "Al" Schwimmer. Schwimmer was a key man in the vast underground Haganah smuggling (PDF) effort across the US trafficking in surplus WWII arms, supplies and veteran manpower for war in Palestine. He purchased heavily discounted surplus US military aircraft from the War Assets Administration but violated laws prohibiting their export use in armed conflict by creating a fake Panamanian shell corporation and flying the transport wing to Palestine to battle for the creation of Israel in 1948. None of the key American financial backers of the effort went to jail, though a handful of small operators such as Nathan Liff did eventually appear in criminal court. They received lenient sentences pleading they were only giving guns to "young Jewish boys who went to the door of Hitler’s ovens to bring Holocaust survivors to a Jewish homeland." Schwimmer, a convicted felon who served no prison time, left the US to become managing director of IAI with the backing of David Ben-Gurion and Shimon Peres. more.. e-mail
Why does America hate us?
Haidar Eid, Ma’an News Agency 12/3/2009
The Palestinians have realized, thanks to Hillary Clinton, that the US is biased toward Israel.
According to the American secretary of state, negotiations between "the two parties" should resume without preconditions. The Americans have even praised Netanyahu’s "unprecedented concessions."
Gone is the sweet talk of the American president Barak Obama. Gone is the euphoria following his "groundbreaking" speech at Cairo University.
We are back to square one.
The question that begs for answers is why does America hate us Palestinians? Do the American people really believe that we have no rights even though those rights are enshrined in international law? Does President Obama truly believe that we are only a nuisance?
American hegemonic political philosophy judges a belief by its effects, not its causes. The emphasis is on the connection between the truth of statements and their practical applicability by one measure only: how will they work for America? This is American pragmatism. That is, liberal American politicians, including President Obama, are interested in the function of ideas and statements and their effects rather than the sources and conditions of their production.
"Workability"¯ and "practicability"¯ are the basis of the justification of positions taken by the American establishment. However that does not take into account the circumstances under which these positions are "workable", neither historically nor socially. Whatever "we,"¯ white liberal Americans, want is justifiable and thus legitimate since it is ’workable’ and ’practical’ regardless of the means through which it is achieved. Thus Apartheid, Nazism, Zionism, American occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan can be easily justified and sold to CNNized citizens. more.. e-mail
Report finds new Israeli war doctrine targets civilians
Electronic Intifada: 3 Dec 2009 - The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) released today [2 December 2009] a new report which exposes the shifts in Israel's combat doctrine as evidenced in the prosecution of operation "Cast Lead" and from numerous public oral and written statements made by high ranking military officers and senior Israeli government officials.
Boycott of Ahava Dead Sea products makes an impact
Electronic Intifada: 2 Dec 2009 - The international campaign to boycott Ahava beauty products has recently won the support of a Dutch parliamentarian and an Israeli peace group. During the past few months, activists in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Israel, the United States and the Netherlands have campaigned against the sale of Ahava products because of the company's complicity in the Israeli occupation. Adri Nieuwhof reports for The Electronic Intifada.
"My Name is Rachel Corrie" and Israel's waning impunity
Electronic Intifada: 2 Dec 2009 - Insidious pressures and overt threats have created a hostile environment to telling Rachel Corrie's story and of course, the countless tragic stories of Palestinians. They are emblematic of a determination to maintain ignorance about the realities of life in Palestine, and a desire to perpetuate the notions of Israeli innocence, virtuousness and victimhood. In maintaining any hold to this myth, we are preventing the stories of Palestinian lives from reaching the light of day. Charlotte Silver writes for The Electronic Intifada.
In Gaza: 2 Dec 2009 - After stopping in at the Jabaliya/ Dawwar Zimmo Red Crescent office yesterday, to catch up with some of the bravest people I know –the medics– I went by Ibrahim’s Gaza War cemetary . Run the Commonwealth War Graves Commission , the cemetary grounds have been kept for over five decades by Ibrahim, and now by his sons. My reason for stopping by yesterday was to gather some information on gravestones for someone outside of Gaza. But actually, I just like the place, particularly Ibrahim. He’s a mixed bag: a grandfather, a philosopher, a host –100% Palestinian–, enthusiastic like a child, a teacher… From the first visit, Ibrahim has extended an open welcome...
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Dec 2009 - By Dr. Haidar Eid - Gaza The Palestinians have 'realized,' thanks to Hilary Clinton, that the US is biased towards Israel. According to the American Secretary of State, negotiations between "the two parties" should resume without preconditions. The Americans have even praised Netanyahu's "unprecedented concessions!" Gone is the sweet talk of the American president Barak Obama; gone is the euphoria following his "ground breaking" speech in Cairo university. We are back to square one. The question that begs for answers is why does America hate us Palestinians? Do the American people really believe that we have no rights even though those rights are enshrined in international law? Does President Obama truly believe that we are only a nuisance? American hegemonic political philosophy judges a belief by its effects not its causes. The emphasis is on the connection between the truth of statements and their practical applicability by one measure only: how will they work for America? This is American pragmatism. That is, White, liberal American politicians (including President Obama!) are interested in the function of ideas and statements and their effects rather than the sources and conditions of their production. ‘Workability’ and ‘practicability’ are the basis of the justification of positions taken by the American establishment. However that does not take into account the circumstances under which these positions are ‘workable,’ neither historically nor socially. Whatever ‘we’, white liberal Americans, want is justifiable and thus legitimate since it is 'workable' and 'practical' regardless of the means through which it is...
Native Orientalists at the Daily Times
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Dec 2009 - By M. Shahid Alam 'The more a ruling class is able to assimilate the foremost minds of the ruled class, the more stable and dangerous becomes its rule.' -- Karl Marx A few days back, I received a 'Dear friends' email from Mr. Najam Sethi, ex editor-in-chief of Daily Times, Pakistan, announcing that he, together with several of his colleagues, had resigned from their positions in the newspaper. In his email, Mr. Sethi thanked his ‘friends’ for their “support and encouragement…in making Daily Times a ‘new voice for a new Pakistan.’” Wistfully, he added, “I hope it will be able to live up to your expectations and mine in time to come.” I am not sure why Mr. Sethi had chosen me for this dubious honor. Certainly, I did not deserve it. I could not count myself among his ‘friends’ who had given “support and encouragement” to the mission that DT had chosen for itself in Pakistan’s media and politics. Contrary to its slogan, it was never DT’s mission to be a ‘new voice for a new Pakistan.’ The DT had dredged its voice from the colonial past; it had only altered its pitch and delivery to serve the new US-Zionist overlords. Many of the writers for DT aspire to the office of the native informers of the colonial era. They are heirs to the brown Sahibs, home-grown Orientalists, who see their own world (if it is theirs in any meaningful sense) through the lens created for them by their...
Ben Bella Was in Cairo and Egypt was Alive
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Dec 2009 - By Ahmed Amr Let it never be said that Pan-Arab nationalism died with a whimper. In the streets of Cairo, Algiers and Khartoum - Algerians and Egyptians celebrated the final death knell with gusto. But before we bury the ancient ideological beast, it might be worth our while to go for a nostalgic walk to a time before Egyptians and Algerians staked their national destinies on the outcome of a soccer match. I experienced my very first political moment at the ripe old age of six. It was an Algerian-Egyptian festival and what a time it was. The crowds lined the streets, the people were hanging out of balconies and the euphoria was unlike anything I’d ever experienced before. Ben Bella was in Cairo and Egypt was alive. The man who secured Algeria’s independence rode in an open American Chariot with Nasser at his side. Two giants - two Arab political rock stars - were passing by my front door and every relative I’d ever own showed up to watch the festivities. I’ve never felt so much joy in my life. I didn’t know quite what was going on but it had to be something awesome and it was. Egyptians had paid a heavy price for their support of the Algerian revolution. The Anglo-French-Israeli invasion of 1956 was a plot hatched on the soil of France and Egypt was not only punished for nationalizing the Suez Canal but for daring to aid the Algerian revolutionaries in their epic struggle against...
Come Home, America: Escalation is not Withdrawal
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Dec 2009 - By Kevin Zeese If I ever get cancer, I want Barack Obama to tell me I'm dying. He could probably convince someone like me who does not believe in the supernatural that death is life. He certainly did his best on Tuesday night to convince the American public that war means peace, and escalation means withdrawal. President Obama is not President Bush. He is a much more effective and eloquent advocate for American militarism who makes his case in ways that will challenge people who oppose war. He does not seek to merely energize his base, as President Bush did, but more to nullify and confuse it, something he is not only doing on war but on health care, banking, climate change ...seemingly every issue he touches. In his new Afghanistan war plan he tried to give everyone something. He gave General McChrystal and the war hawks what they want – tens of thousands of more troops. He gave the majority of Americans who oppose the war what they want – a promise, however vague, to begin withdrawal in 18 months. He told Pakistan that the U.S. will be there for them and escalated the war in Pakistan without clearly saying so. He gave the corrupt President Karzai the protection he needs to stay in office. Everybody’s happy, right? Well, not exactly. In fact, promising all things to all people seems likely to make no one happy. But, it may confuse people enough so that Obama gets the war funding...