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VTJP Archives | VTJP 2009
11 December, 2009

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International Middle East Media Center

21 Israeli peace activists arrested in East Jerusalem protest
IMEMC 11 Dec 2009 - Saturday December 12, 2009 - 04:28, In a rowdy march Friday afternoon, dozens of Israeli peace activists marched in solidarity with Palestinian residents who have been forced from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem. 21 were arrested when they tried to reclaim a home that was stolen from the indigenous Palestinian residents by right-wing Israeli settlers.

Haniyya: “Palestine Is Palestine, From The River To The Sea”
IMEMC 11 Dec 2009 - Saturday December 12, 2009 - 04:22, Palestinian Prime Minister of the dissolved Hamas-led government in Gaza, Ismail Haniyya, stated Friday that Palestine is and will always be the same to the Palestinians, from the river to the sea, and that the Palestinians will always defend it.

European Union Expresses Concern over Israeli Settlement Grants
IMEMC 11 Dec 2009 - Saturday December 12, 2009 - 03:56, The European Union expressed concern Friday about the Israeli Prime Minister’s plans to grant credits to some West Bank settlers.

Rabbi Froman: “Burning Yassuf Mosque, Blasphemy”
IMEMC 11 Dec 2009 - Saturday December 12, 2009 - 03:30, Rabbi Menachem Froman stated Friday that torching of the mosque in Yasuf Palestinian village is a blasphemy and an act that does not represent Judaism as it is an insult to Islam and Judaism as well.

Three Siege-busting Tunnels Uncovered
IMEMC 11 Dec 2009 - Saturday December 12, 2009 - 02:40, Egyptian security sources reported that a tunnel was located inside a home of an Egyptian smuggler in the Salah Ed Deen border area, while two more tunnels were uncovered nearby.

Nine wounded in Ni'lin's weekly nonviolent protest
IMEMC 11 Dec 2009 - Friday December 11, 2009 - 18:35, At least nine Palestinians were wounded in the weekly nonviolent protest in the village of N'ilin on Friday. Residents of Nil'in together with intentional peace activists marched after the Friday prayers attempting to reach their land where Israel is constructing the illegal wall.

Ma'an News

Palestinian shot at West Bank protest
12/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - A Palestinian was injured at the weekly demonstration against Israel's separation wall in the West Bank village of Nil'in, according to a statement from the local Popular Committee. A 27-year-old protestor was shot just above the knee and was taken immediately to a Ramallah hospital. He was undergoing treatment and his situation was stable late Friday evening. The demonstration ended half an hour after this incident. More than 150 residents of Ni'lin, international and Israeli activists attended the protest, the statement said. After the Friday prayer, demonstrators marched toward one of the gates, chanting slogans against the confiscation of Palestinian land and called for an end to Israeli military occupation and justice for the Palestinian people. When the demonstrators reached the gate and started climbing the under-construction wall, a small number. . . 

Clashes after settlers torch mosque
12/11/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - Six Palestinians fainted after inhaling tear gas fired by the Israeli military during a protest east of Salfit on Friday. Yasouf village's mayor, Abed Ar-Rahim Musleh, said the injured were hospitalized in Salfit. He described their injuries as light. Residents took to the streets in the northern West Bank village after Israeli settlers set fire to a mosque the same day. Soldiers opened fire when the crowd arrived near the illegal Tapouh settlement, which was built on Yasouf village lands. Musleh told Ma'an that settlers broke the main gate of the Al-Kabir Mosque at 4am and set fire to the building's second floor. He said the fire destroyed copies of the Quran and carpets which were inside. Settlers also wrote graffiti in Hebrew on the mosque's floor reading, "We will have our revenge" and "We will burn you all," the official added. 

6 Palestinians injured at mosque arson protest
12/11/2009 - Nablus - Ma'an - Six Palestinians fainted after inhaling tear gas fired by the Israeli military during a protest east of Salfit on Friday. Abed Ar-Rahim Musleh, head of the village council, said they were hospitalized in Salfit. He described their injuries as light. Residents took to the streets in Yasouf, a village in the northern West Bank, after Israeli settlers set fire to a mosque earlier the same day and spray-painted hateful and threatening graffiti there. Soldiers opened fire when the crowd arrived near the illegal Tapouh settlement, which was built on Yasouf village lands. [end] 

Israel seals Gaza borders
12/11/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli forces decided on to close all goods crossing points into the Gaza Strip on Friday, a Palestinian official said. Borders official Raed Fattouh said he was told all three main crossing points for food, fuel, and all other goods would be shut. The crossings have not been open on Fridays since August, though they are scheduled to transfer goods six days a week. They are closed on Saturdays. On Thursday, Israel openedthe Kerem Shalom crossing for the entry of limited amounts of goods and kept the Karni and Nahal Oz crossings closed. Israel placed the Gaza Strip under a blockade in June 2007, slashing imports, banning exports, and prohibiting Palestinians in Gaza from leaving. 

Palestinian Christians to declare occupation ’a sin’
12/11/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Palestinian Christians from all denominations were in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Friday to demand sanctions on Israel and to jointly reject Christian Zionism. Clergy have termed their movement the Palestine Kairos Initiative, modeled after black South Africa's 1985 Kairos Document, a theological statement that called on churches to join the fight against apartheid. In the same theme, over a dozen leaders of the region's Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican and Baptist traditions co-authored "A moment of truth,"a point-by-point rejection of the occupation and a call for action against it. "The aggression against the Palestinian people which is the Israeli occupation, is an evil that must be resisted. It is an evil and a sin that must be resisted and removed," the document declares. "Primary responsibility for this rests with the Palestinians themselves suffering occupation. . . . "-- Link: Full text: 'A moment of truth'. . . . 

Israeli forces shut down East Jerusalem protest
12/11/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli police used force to break up a demonstration in East Jerusalem on Friday against the eviction of a Palestinian family from their home. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, several police officers were lightly injured, and 21 Israeli peace activists arrested. Police used tear gas and force to break up the demonstration The Israeli protesters marched to the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem and attempted to enter the home of the Al-Kurd family, which is partly occupied by settlers. According to Haaretz, the entry of the settlers into the home follows a court order ruling in early December that the family, which lives in a portion of the house, had no right to move into an addition that they had built onto the house. The court rejected the al-Kurd family's petition seeking to prevent the settlers from taking over the building. 

Settler rabbi condemns mosque arson
12/11/2009 - Jerusalem - Ma'an - The illegal Israeli settlement of Teqoa's chief rabbi condemned his fellow settlers for allegedly setting a mosque on fire early Friday morning in the northern West Bank village of Yasouf. "This is just insanity, blasphemy, an insult to Judaism before Islam," Rabbi Menachem Froman told Ma'an over the phone. "What [these] settlers did does not represent the settlers, nor Jews," Froman added. The rabbi vowed that a large group of Israeli settlers, including himself, would help the Palestinian village rebuild its mosque as penitence for "the crime that was committed by the settlers. "Israel's chief Sephardic rabbi, Shlomo Amar, will issue his own denunciation on Sunday, Fromer said. Amar had intended to condemn the arson on Friday, but was apparently unable to do so by sundown Friday evening, the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath. 

Officials enter Al-Aqsa, violating Israeli order
12/12/2009 - Jerusalem - Ma'an - Two Palestinian officials ordered by Israel to stay away from the Al-Aqsa Mosque for six months entered it Friday. Hatem Abdul Qader, Fatah's Jerusalem affairs chief, and Mustafa Abu Zahra, member of the Arab Chamber of Commerce, said they attended prayers at the East Jerusalem holy site. Abdul Qader told Ma'an the decision came "demonstrating rejection of the Israeli military order" because it is "an illegal procedure. "He said the idea was proposed two days earlier at an Islamic Committee meeting in which attendees decided to challenge such orders, which were issued last month during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police forces. Among those who were denied access include Abdul Qader and Abu Zahra, Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement inside Israel, I'krema Sabri, head of the Islamic High Committee, and Yousef Al-Baz and Ali Abu Sheikha, two senior Islamic figures from inside Israel. 

PCHR tells Abbas: Don’t execute collaborator
12/11/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) urged President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday to commute the death sentence of a convicted collaborator. On Wednesday a Palestinian military court in Ramallah sentenced private Izziddin Rassem Daghra, 41, from the village of Kufor Ein north of Ramallah, to death by firing squad, after convicting him of spying for Israel. Palestinian courts have issued 17 death sentences for collaboration during 2009, including 14 in the Gaza Strip. Daghra was sentenced under Article 131(a) of the Palestinian Military Penal Law of 1979, part of the PLO Revolutionary Penal Code. PCHR argued that the 1979 Penal Law is unconstitutional in the Palestinian Authority as it has not been presented to or approved by the legislature. The Gaza-based rights group says the law should be abolished because it violates international standards for fair trials. 

PA leaders divided over EU statement
12/12/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Palestinian Authority leadership in the West Bank did not react to the European Unions statement on Jerusalem this week with one voice. President Abbas said he was pessimistic about the statement because he said it was too vague. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad rushed to welcome and praise the ministerial statement which called for a Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem. The director of Abbas' office, At-Tayyib Abdul-Rahim, who is also a member of the Fatah Central Committee, angrily denounced the statement and blamed French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner for weakening its language. Iyad As-Serraj, the Gaza psychiatrist now working with Egypt to compel Hamas and Fatah to resume reconciliation talks, said the statement would help his efforts, despite the fact that the final draft removed a clause calling for Palestinian unity. 

UK moves to label settlement goods
12/11/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - The British government plans to adopt more stringent labeling standards for products made in illegal Israeli West Bank settlements. Until now, settlement-made products have been labeled "Produce of the West Bank" in the UK. New government guidelines suggest supermarkets make a distinction between "Israeli settlement produce" and "Palestinian produce. "This is part of voluntary guidance issued by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), according to the UK's Guardian newspaper. EU rules already require that products be labeled to make a distinction between those made inside Israel's 1967 borders and those made in the occupied territories. The new guidelines, if implemented, could make it easier for consumers to boycott Israeli products, particularly those made in settlements, as called for by Palestinian civil society. 

Gaza students head to Egypt
12/11/2009 - Cairo - Ma'an - Palestinian students from Gaza crossed into Egypt on Thursday, the Palestine Embassy in Cairo announced Friday. In a statement, the embassy said 70 freshman studying in various Egyptian institutes and universities crossed into Gaza on Thursday, as well as 12 patients, after coordination with Egyptian authorities. [end] 

Egyptians find tunnels, Americans tour border
12/11/2009 - Al-Arish - Ma'an - Egyptian authorities took over three smuggling tunnels on the border between Gaza and Egypt on Thursday. Egyptian security sources told Ma'an that "one of the tunnels was seized inside an Egyptian smuggler's home in the Salah Ad-Din area on the border. No goods were seized. "Two other tunnels were discovered in an empty plot of land without finding any goods there, either. No one was arrested. Meanwhile, an American military delegation visited the border area on Thursday, among them three military figures including Walid Naser, a Lebanese-American officer who during his monthly visit supervised the network of tunnel sensors. Naser was accompanied by the naval and military attaches at the US Embassy in Cairo. The delegation checked the border area and followed up on the installation of sensors in the tunnels. 

Abbas denounces settlers over mosque arson
12/11/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the arson of a Palestinian mosque in Yasouf on Friday. He called the settlers' alleged attack "a disgraceful and barbarian crime. ""This attack is a violation of religious freedom and to holy sites," he added, speaking at a meeting with MK Ahmad At-Tibi in Amman. Abbas urged Israel "to put an end to the settlers' lawlessness. "

Hamas: PA detained 18 supporters
12/11/2009 - Bethlehem - Ma'an - Hamas said on Friday that Fatah-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) forces detained 18 people affiliated with the Islamic movement in the West Bank over the the last two days. In a statement received by Ma'an the groupsaid PA forces detained supporters from Qalqiliya, Nablus, Tubas, Hebron and Bethlehem. [end] 

Gaza MoH confirms 7th swine flu fatality
12/11/2009 - Gaza - Ma'an - A seventh Palestinian in Gaza died of swine flu complications on Friday, according to the Health Ministry there. The unidentified victim, a 52-year-old, was already suffering from lung problems due to smoking, the ministry said. [end] 

Ha'aretz Defense page

U.S. defense chief: Iran faces 'significant' additional sanctions
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - EU leaders urge global action over Iran nuclear program; report: Iran buying nuclear parts from Taiwan. 

Abbas slams 'brutal' settlers for attack on West Bank mosque
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Barak denounces 'extremists' who torched mosque, sprayed graffiti; police investigating, no arrests made. 

Report: Iran and Syria sign defense cooperation pact
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Iranian news agency reports the two countires pledged to work together to counter threat posed by Israel. 

Hamas: Shalit deal won't be sealed in near future
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Hamas threatens to take Shalit talks public if Israel refuses demands, says deal hinges on 100 prisoners. 

Speak Persian? Israel's secret service wants you
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Shin Bet looking for candidates to thwart infiltration attempts by Iran intelligence agents in Israel. 

IDF simulates missile attacks, war against Syria and Hezbollah
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - First drill included emergency distribution of gas masks, second simulated fighting in north. 

Labor rebels: Settlements don't need Israel's money
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - MK Cabel lashes out at ministers for not opposing PM's plan to include certain towns on future map. 

Thousands of Palestinians faking illness to flee Gaza siege
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Thousands of Gazans use false medical reports to escape poverty and circumvent strict border closure. 

Experts say Iran has clear path to nuclear weapons
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Harvard University simulation showed U.S. will not attack Iran and U.S.-Israel relations will deteriorate. 

Iran: We`ll hit Israel`s nuclear sites if attacked
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Iran nuclear official criticizes new UN nuke observatory on border; calls it a form of 'espionage.' 

Alleged Jewish terrorist Yaakov Teitel goes on trial in Jerusalem
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - 'He caused us terrible damage, but did not succeed in blotting us out,' says alleged victim's mother. 

Barghouti: Shalit deal is on verge of completion
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Abbas: No deal yet between Israel and Hamas on Shalit due to disagreements over Palestinian prisoners. 

Court names IDF chief's guard suspected of attempted rape
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Guard is Capt. Erez Efrati, 30, of Moshav Batzra; he is suspected of attacking a woman in Tel Aviv 11 days ago. 

Turkish forces foil Hezbollah attack on Israeli target
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Plot exposed a month ago; defense sources: Attack was meant to avenge assassination of Mughniyeh. 

Rabbi who encouraged soldier insubordination summoned for hearing
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Crisis between IDF, hesder yeshivas centers around calls on students to refuse to evacuate settlements. 

Israel arrests wanted Islamic Jihad terrorist
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Zalach Buchari is suspected of involvement in attacks, including 2002 suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. 

Israel Navy soldier dies in training accident at Ashdod Port
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Soldier pulled from water after comrades noted signs of distress over course of routine exercise. 

Israel border guards kill Israeli civilian trying to enter Gaza
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Man, possibly mentally unstable, drove to Erez border crossing and ran toward border fence trying to scale it. 

Hamas: Israel has 2 days to accept Shalit deal
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - German mediator reportedly brings final Hamas offer to Israel; Hamas denies French doctors visited Shalit. 

Israel reportedly preparing to leave northern Ghajar
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Foreign Ministry official met UNIFIL chief last week to set conditions for withdrawal, says Ch. 2. 

Uruknet

[uruknet.info] Where the Crimes Go Unpunished Who Cares About Gaza?
Uruknet December 11, 2009 - Gaza? Where's that? Have you heard about it recently? It doesn't figure on the list of important matters for consideration by the world's presidents and prime ministers. It has vanished from the media. Most people couldn't care less about a generation of Palestinians who are subjected to viciously inflicted privation by an imperialist nation that has...

[uruknet.info] Palestinian leader speaks from prison
Uruknet December 11, 2009 - One of the key players in Palestinian politics and therefore in any future peace talks with Israel has spoken to CNN from his Israeli prison cell. Marwan Barghouti is serving five life sentences following his conviction in an Israeli court on murder and other charges related to his role in planning attacks on Israelis during the...

[uruknet.info] Bidya Man Recounts Nightmarish Experiance in PA Custody
Uruknet December 11, 2009 - This case was reported by Hiyam Noir, the Editor and Publisher of PalestineFreeVoice,on November 18th 2009,to Donatella Drovera and Francesca Burke, Amnesty International.Hiyam Noir made the initial phone calls to the West Bank and the family of Kanaan Shatat.Read below, the translation of Kanaan Shatat testimony written by Khalid Amayreh...

[uruknet.info] Detention of Palestinian young children up 64%
Uruknet December 11, 2009 - According to the latest figures compiled by DCI-Palestine from sources including the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) and temporary Israeli army detention facilities, the number of Palestinian children detained in Israeli prisons and detention centres inside Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory at the end of November, was 306. In November, the number of Palestinian children held...

[uruknet.info] U.S. not opposed to Israel pumping more funds into settlements
Uruknet December 11, 2009 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to seek cabinet approval for a new map of "national priority" zones does not contradict Israel's declaration of a 10-month construction freeze in West Bank settlements, the prime minister's bureau assured senior United States administration officials late Thursday. The new map would enable another 110,000 settlers - most of whom live...

[uruknet.info] Stop the Execution of Zeinab Jalalian, Kurdish Activist
Uruknet December 11, 2009 - Dear Human Right Organisations, My name is Ms Zeinab Jalalian (???? ???????). I am a 27-year old Kurdish female political prisoner, in Iran. My Death sentenced was confirmed by Iranian Supreme Court. I am currently ill because of torture, and I don't have a lawyer to defend me. I want to tell you that my trial...

[uruknet.info] Jewish terrorists torch West Bank Mosque, scrawl Nazi slogans
Uruknet December 11, 2009 - In what seems to signal an escalation of organized Jewish terror against Palestinians and their property, suspected Jewish terrorists on Friday torched a mosque in the northern West Bank. Palestinians sources said armed settlers from a nearby settlement threw flammable substance inside the Hasan Khadr Mosque at the village of Yasuf near Salfit, 15 kilometers, south...

[uruknet.info] Rules of human decency apply to Israelis too A dose of their own (academic) medicine might help the message sink in
Uruknet December 11, 2009 - Poor Berlanty. What did she do to deserve this crushing blow to her hopes and life chances? The Israeli High Court has denied her justice - again - and prevented Berlanty Azzam returning to Bethlehem University for the final few weeks to complete her degree. On 28 October this Christian student at the Vatican-sponsored Bethlehem University...

[uruknet.info] March in Beddawi camp marks 42nd anniversary of the PFLP
Uruknet December 11, 2009 - A march in Beddawi refugee camp in Lebanon marked the 42nd anniversary of the founding of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on December 6, 2009. Leaders, cadres, comrades and friends of the Front joined delegations from resistance factions, Palestinian and Lebanese popular committees, social institutions, unions, women and students' groups to mark the...

[uruknet.info] Muslim-Christian bureau: Israeli media incite to destroy the Aqsa Mosque
Uruknet December 11, 2009 - The Muslim-Christian bureau in occupied Palestine has warned Thursday that the Israeli media outlets were carrying out an incitement campaign against the Aqsa Mosque and that Arabs and Muslims shouldn't take this lightly. According to the bureau, the Hebrew media outlets were leading an unprecedented incitement campaign against the Aqsa Mosque through igniting the religious feelings...

[uruknet.info] Israeli Occupation, Colonialism & Apartheid
Uruknet December 11, 2009 - The Cape Town, South Africa-based Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) "conduct(s) large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific projects for public-sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies," and disseminates its findings widely. In May 2009, it issued a damning report titled, "Occupation, Colonialism, Apartheid? A re-assessment of Israel's practices in the occupied Palestinian territories under international law." At the...

[uruknet.info] 'My torturers deserve pity'
Uruknet December 11, 2009 - ...Al Jazeera's Anita McNaught interviewed Ebrahim Mehtari, an Iranian pro-democracy campaigner, who says he was held for two weeks in a detention centre run by the Revolutionary Guards Intelligence section in East Tehran. He says he was beaten, tortured, and sexually violated. He is now living in Turkey under the protection of the government and the...

Palestine Telegraph

Israeli vandals attack West Bank mosque
West Bank, December 11, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - Israeli extremists have attacked a mosque in the occupied West Bank, vandalizing the property and desecrating the holy book of Islam, the Qur'an. Suspected hardline Israeli settlers stormed the holy site in the northern West Bank village of Yasuf at night, set fire to the mosque's library and sprayed hate messages on...

Siege Martyrs Reach 365
Gaza, December 10, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - The Ministry of Health in Gaza declared that the child Mohammad Ashraf Bolbol, 9, who lived in Gaza died today. The child was suffering from pain in abdomen and pelvis and his health deteriorated after he had prohibited from traveling abroad for treatment. The minsitry pointed out that the doctors tried to save...

More Dead as Swine Flu Hits Gaza
Gaza, December 10, 2009 (Pal Telegraph) - The Ministry of Health in Gaza declared that a woman died of swine flu, pointing out that the total number of deaths has reached 6. Hassan Khalaf, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, said that a Palestinian woman, 56, died last night as she had been infected with swine flu. He...

IOF Arrest Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall & Settlements
West Bank, December 10, 2009, (Pal Telegraph)-- IOF arrested Abdullah Abu Rahma, 39, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Bil'in, at down today after they raided his house in al-Tira town of Ramallah. Eyewitness said that a number of Israeli troops stormed al-tira town early today, surrounded the house of Abu Rahma, raided it...

Egypt Building Wall to Thwart Gaza Tunnels
Gaza Strip, December 10, 2009 (Pal Telegraph)-- Egypt is building a huge wall along its border with Gaza to break off the tunnels being used by Palestinians to get basic necessities into the blockaded Gaza Strip. The wall will be 9 to 10 kilometers long (about 7 miles) and will go 20 to 30 meters deep into the ground, Haaretz...

The National

Refugees set their sights on Israel
The National 11 Dec 2009 - Egypt used to be the haven for Africans fleeing conflict in their homelands, but with dramatic reductions in resettlement programmes, more of the displaced are looking to the Jewish state for security.

Palestinian sues ‘Bruno’ for portraying him as terrorist
The National 11 Dec 2009 - West Bank man claims he suffered “extended damages and loss” after this year’s summer release, Bruno.

Israeli minister says settlers' resistance 'natural'
The National 11 Dec 2009 - Remarks come as West Bank settlers step up protest against the order for a temporary construction moratorium.

Aljazeera

Israeli settlers attack mosque
AlJazeera 11 Dec 2009 - Israeli's settling on land taken from Palestinians raid West Bank mosque.

UK calls for clearer Israeli labels
AlJazeera 11 Dec 2009 - Agency advises shops how to tell customers if produce is from illegal Israeli settlements. 

Hariri wins crucial confidence vote
AlJazeera 11 Dec 2009 - Lebanese PM secures support for policy statement allowing Hezbollah to keep arms.

Iran warned of fresh sanctions
AlJazeera 11 Dec 2009 - UN Security Council pressured to act after "pattern of violations" by Iran.

Alternative Information Center

The "Illegal Settlement Myth" Myth
Alternative Information Center 11 Dec 2009 - Commentary has an article by David M. Phillips, a professor at Northeastern University School of Law, under the title “The Illegal-Settlements Myth.” Sound familiar? “Settlements may be unwise, but they're not illegal” and “the territories are...

Demolition in the 1948 Depopulated Palestinian Village of Kafr Bir'im
Alternative Information Center 10 Dec 2009 - On Tuesday, November 25th, officials from the regional council of Merom Hagalil in the north of Israel demolished a building in the depopulated Palestinian village of Kafr Bir'im. The building, which was constructed two months ago during...

Executive Summary: Academic Boycott of Israel And the Complicity of Israeli Academic Institutions in Occupation of Palestinian Territories
Alternative Information Center 10 Dec 2009 - The idea of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) as means of struggle against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories has gathered pace in the years following the second intifada, and all the more so since the...

Palestine News Network

Flourishing Palestinian sex trade exposed in new report
PNN 10 Dec 2009 - Young Palestinian women are being forced to into prostitution in brothels, escort services, and private apartments in Ramallah and Jerusalem, including areas inhabited by Jews, according to a report released Wednesday. The Palestinian organization SAWA (All Women Together Today and Tomorrow) published the paper, the first of its kind, urging Palestinian society to break its silence over its sex industry.The report was...

Jerusalem Post

Hamas promises 'surprises' at Monday rally
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2009 - Group set to mark 22nd anniversary; Mashaal complains Israel rebuffing some Schalit demands.

Palestinians: Settlers burn Kfar Yasuf mosque
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2009 - Palestinian sources say radical settlers responsible for damage done to place of worship in W. Bank.

Syria hits Israel 'diamond leadership'
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2009 - UNGA rejects Syrian motion on Israel overseeing global efforts to end "blood diamonds" trade.

Palestinian protest near Tapuah ends
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2009 - As hundreds of protesters return to Yasuf, many politicians condemn vandalism, burning of mosque.

'Iran bought nuclear technology via Taiwan'
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2009 - Teheran recently acquired European pressure transducers through a third party, Telegraph reports. 

'Iran's leaders are just asking the world not to trust them'
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2009 - Gen. Jones tells Wall Street Journal that while the US, EU strive "to give Iran a chance," they haven't forgotten deadline set for Teheran. 

EU warns Iran of further sanctions
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2009 - US defense secretary also predicts "significant additional sanctions" if Teheran stays the course.

Police, locals clash in Sheikh Jarrah
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2009 - 21 arrested as security forces disperse protesters who try to enter Jewish homes east Jerusalem.

'Israel is not rolling back freeze'
Jeruslalem Post 11 Dec 2009 - Dozens of settlements on 'national priorities' map won't get housing assistance, officials assure US.

IRIN

In Brief: First swine flu cases confirmed in Gaza
IRIN TEL AVIV Monday, December 07, 2009 (IRIN) - Nearly seven months after the first H1N1 influenza cases were registered in Israel and the West Bank, five cases of the disease were confirmed in the Gaza Strip on 6 December, according to the Palestinian health authority.

ISRAEL: HIV-positive migrants lack access to care - NGO 
IRIN TEL AVIV Monday, December 07, 2009 (IRIN) - A prominent local NGO working on HIV-related issues says HIV-positive asylum-seekers and migrants face difficulties in accessing free AIDS services in Israel, including treatment.

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.

Inter Press Service

US: One Step Closer to Unilateral Sanctions Against Iran 
IPS WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (IPS) - Congress has given new momentum to a bill imposing unilateral sanctions on Iran - a move seen by many as an ineffective form of sanctions and potentially antagonistic against valuable U.S. allies on the U.N. Security Council. This comes ahead of the end of the...

MIDEAST: In a Muddle Over Mixed Signals 
IPS JERUSALEM, Dec 10 (IPS) - "Get your hands off the Land of Israel and the people of the Land of Israel - that's what we need to tell Mr. Obama - get on the phone to the White House each and every one of you!"

PCHR Weekly Report

(03- 09 Dec. 2009)
PCHR During the reporting period, one Palestinian civilian was wounded when Israeli forces used force to disperse a peaceful demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders to protest the construction of the Annexation Wall in the West Bank.  

International Solidarity Movement

21 activists arrested during a protest against house evictions in Sheikh Jarrah
12/12/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Haaretz - Six Israel Police officers were lightly wounded and 21 left-wing activists were arrested Friday during a demonstration that turned violent in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem. The demonstrators were protesting the eviction of Palestinian families from their homes. The protesters on Friday marched from the city center to Sheikh Jarrah, where police said they tried to enter a home that is partly occupied by Jews before being stopped. Police were instructed to disperse the demonstration, but the protesters refused to leave. Police then used force and tear gas to disperse the crowd. The entry of the Jews into the home follows a court order ruling in early December that the Arab al-Kurd family, which lives in a portion of the house, had no right to occupy an addition that they had built onto the house. The court rejected the al-Kurd family's petition seeking to prevent the Jews from moving into the building. 

Israeli forces disrupt UNRWA chief’s farewell
12/11/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Ma'an News, 10 December - Israeli police ordered outgoing UNRWA Commissioner-General Karen AbuZayd to leave an East Jerusalem home on Thursday during her last official visit as the head of the relief agency. Ma'an's reporter on the scene said AbuZayd left after police gave her five minutes to evacuate the premises of the house of the Al-Kurd family, as a Palestinian woman yelled "We want our homes and our lands. We have no alternative. "Amidst Israeli police and soldiers, AbuZayd visited Palestinians recently evicted from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem on International Human Rights Day. She spoke of Jerusalem as a "City of Dispossession,""On this day, and in this place, I wish to remind the international community of the unfinished business in Sheikh Jarrah and elsewhere in the West Bank," she said. 

Release Bil’in popular leader Abdallah Abu Rahmah
12/11/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - 10 December - Abdallah Abu Rahmah (right) with Ela Bhatt, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Fernando H Cardoso, Mary Robinson and Gro Brundtland of the Elders during their visit to Bil'in As part of a recent escalation of political arrests in Bil'in, Abdallah Abu Rahmah, a school teacher and coordinator of the Bil'in Popular Committee was arrested by Israeli soldiers. At 2am on Thursday, 10 December 2009, seven Israeli military jeeps pulled over at Abdallah Abu Rahmah's home in the city of Ramallah. Soldiers raided the house and arrested Abu Rahmah from his bed in the presence of his wife and three children. Abu Rahmah is a high school teacher in the Latin Patriarchate School in Birzeit near Ramallah and coordinator for the Bil'in Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements. A previous raid targeting Abu Rahmah on 15 September 2009 was executed with such exceptional violence, that a soldier was subsequently indicted for assault. 

Israel arrests Palestinian barrier protest leader
12/11/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Washington Post - RAMALLAH, West Bank - A leader of the most persistent Palestinian protest movement against Israel's West Bank separation barrier was asleep in his home when troops broke down his door and arrested him. Supporters of Abdullah Abu Rahmeh, a 38-year-old teacher, say his pre-dawn arrest on Thursday by dozens of troops is part of a recent, heavy-handed campaign by Israel to shut down a five-year-old movement that is the last source of unrest in the West Bank. Since 2005, demonstrators led by Abu Rahmeh have marched every Friday from the West Bank village of Bilin to the nearby separation barrier that slices off 60 percent of the village land. Their acts of protest, which have also included chaining themselves to trees, have won praise from Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu and support among Israeli peace activists. 

Bil’in residents call for the release of the village’s prisoners in a weekly Friday demonstration
12/11/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - Bil'in Popular Committee - Approximately 150 Palestinian, international and Israeli activists gathered in Bil'in today, marking the 22nd anniversary of the start of the First Intifada and calling for the release of the village's prisoners arrested for their involvement in the non-violent demonstrations against the Wall and settlements built on land stolen from Bil'in. Demonstrators gathered in the village after the Friday prayers and marched towards the Wall that is being constructed on their land. Organised by the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, activists raised Palestinian flags and banners condemning Israel's policy of settlement expansion and the recent arrest campaign conducted by the Israeli military against the residents of Bil'in. Protesters chanted slogans calling for national unity and rejection of political differences, stressing the need to keep with Palestinian national principles. 

One injured by live ammunition at weekly demonstration in Ni’lin
12/11/2009 - International Solidarity Movement - More than 150 residents of Ni'lin, international and Israeli activists attended today's weekly Friday protest against the Wall. After the Friday prayer, which was held on the village's land, demonstrators marched towards one of the gates, chanting slogans against the confiscation of Palestinian land and called for an end to Israeli military occupation and justice for the Palestinian people. When the demonstrators reached the gate and started climbing the Wall, a small number of soldiers arrived in a jeep and started shooting large quantities of tear gas canisters into the crowd. After the crowd dispersed, clashes erupted between the soldiers and the village youth, with soldiers using live ammunition against the demonstrators. Simultaneously, the main entrance to the village was blocked by Israeli forces, preventing everybody from both entering and leaving the village. 

Ha'aretz Diplomacy page

Only much harsher sanctions can halt Iran nuclear program
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - In recent weeks, the Iranian regime has made almost every possible mistake. First, it rejected the uranium deal offered by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany (P5+1). Under its terms, Iran would have transferred to Russia 75-80 percent of the uranium it has to date enriched at a low level of about 3 percent, and would have received it a year later via a third country in the form of nuclear fuel rods for the small research reactor in Tehran. ... 

Ghajar residents protest over planned Israeli withdrawal
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Residents of a village of located on the border between Lebanon and Israel staged an all-day demonstration Friday to protest the division of village in the wake of ongoing international efforts to secure the withdrawal of Israel Defense Forces soldiers from the Lebanese part of the town. ...

UNRWA chief: Peace talks must deal with Palestinian refugees 
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Early in the second intifada, Karen Koning AbuZayd, then the newly appointed deputy commissioner general of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) traveled to Rafah, in Gaza, to observe firsthand the situation of Palestinian refugees whose houses had been razed by bulldozers of the Israel Defense Forces. AbuZayd saw an old woman sifting through the ruins. The woman stretched out a hand to the visitor so that she would not trip over the pieces of rubble. According to AbuZayd, who has headed UNRWA since 2005, this was typical Palestinian behavior: They are incredibly patient, she says and notes, with a sigh, that she sometimes even became angry with them because they never raise their voice. ... 

Clinton warns Latin America: Think Twice about Iran ties
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Latin American countries on Friday not to get too close to Iran, calling it "a really bad idea" that could have consequences. ...

Obama: Hanukkah inspires us to work for brighter tomorrow
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, on Friday sent warm wishes to everyone celebrating Hanukkah around the world, saying the holiday is a time for people of all faiths to celebrate their common aspirations. ...

The Guardian

UK issues new guidance on labelling of food from illegal West Bank settlements
The Guardian 10 Dec 2009 - Stickers could read 'Israeli settlement produce' , but move is not a boycott, says Foreign Office Britain has acted to increase pressure on Israel over its West Bank settlements by advising UK supermarkets on how to distinguish...

Egypt building underground metal wall to curb smuggling into Gaza
The Guardian 10 Dec 2009 - Secret tunnels used to skirt Israel's economic blockade and take weapons into Hamas-controlled strip Work has begun on Egypt's northern border to dig the foundations for what reports say will be a vast underground metal wall...

Nuclear row: Tehran threatens to target Israel
The Guardian 9 Dec 2009 - Iran's defence minister has threatened to target Israeli nuclear and other "unconventional" sites if it comes under attack. Ahmad Vahidi's warning came after Iran accused western-backed Saudi Arabia of handing over a missing Iranian nuclear scientist...

Who will save Gaza's children? | Victoria Brittain
The Guardian 9 Dec 2009 - Never mind Copenhagen, an environmental catastrophe is going on right now contaminated water is poisoning babies in Gaza Among all the complex and long-term solutions being sought in Copenhagen for averting environmental catastrophe across the world,...

Ha'aretz National page

21 left-wing activists arrested in violent East Jerusalem clashes
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Six Israel Police officers were lightly wounded and 21 left-wing activists were arrested Friday during a demonstration that turned violent in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem. ...

Thousands participate in Human Rights Day march in Tel Aviv
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - International Human Rights Day was marked in Israel for the first time on Friday when thousands of people participated in a human rights march that began in Rabin square in Tel Aviv and concluded with a rally in front of the Tel Aviv Museum. ...

Witness protection finally makes it to Israel 
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Israel will launch its Witness Protection Authority next month, four years after the cabinet passed a resolution to create it. The authority, whose staff are now being trained, is to accept its first witness in January - an individual whose life is in danger after testifying against a crime organization in Israel. ... 

In desperate bid to keep flock away from Web, rabbis denounce Haredi sites
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Ultra-Orthodox Internet forums are in an uproar over a harsh letter against the sites, signed by leading Haredi rabbis, that is due to be published Friday in the three Haredi daily papers. ... 

IDF task force looks for ways to end soldier insubordination
Ha'aretz 11 Dec 2009 - Israel Defense Forces officers are worried by the possibility of large-scale refusal to obey orders should the army be tasked with evacuating illegal settlement outposts. ... 

Relief Web

Influenza A (H1N1): Eastern Mediterranean Region - WHO latest update, 05 Dec 2009
Relief Web 11 Dec 2009 - Source: World Health Organization

OPT: The Humanitarian Monitor - Nov 2009
Relief Web 11 Dec 2009 - Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

General Assembly adopts 28 draft texts on Fourth Committee's recommendation
Relief Web 11 Dec 2009 - Source: UN General Assembly

ESCWA convenes on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
Relief Web 11 Dec 2009 - Source: UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

OPT: Israeli minister, no real "freeze" on settlement 
Relief Web 11 Dec 2009 - Source: Reuters - AlertNet

OPT: Swine flu claims six lives in Gaza in five days, officials say
Relief Web 11 Dec 2009 - Source: Deutsche Presse Agentur

YNet News

Obama advisor: US to push for Iran sanctions in January 
YNet News 11 Dec 2009 - National security advisor says Washington working to impose new punitive measures on Islamic republic at UN Security Council within a month. Door to diplomacy will stay open till 'the end of this calendar year, which is rapidly approaching,' he clarifies 

Syria, Iran sign defense cooperation deal
YNet News 11 Dec 2009 - Countries' ministers vow to strengthen security ties, join forces against 'Zionist threat' 

Egypt going underground to stem Gaza smuggling
YNet News 11 Dec 2009 - Series of metal sheets being installed some 60 feet deep along border with Gaza in an attempt to block tunnels that serve as a key conduit to bring weapons into Palestinian territory 

21 protestors arrested in east Jerusalem
YNet News 11 Dec 2009 - Six police officers injured in clashes with left-wing, Arab demonstrators in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Protestors arrive in area in bid to hold rally outside houses inhabited by Jews, but are stopped by police 

Abbas: Stop settlers from running wild 
YNet News 11 Dec 2009 - Palestinian president meets with MK Tibi in Amman, says arson at West Bank mosque a 'despicable crime.' Abbas clarifies peace talks won't be resumed unless Israel freezes construction in east Jerusalem 

EU urges international action against Iran
YNet News 11 Dec 2009 - Statement approved by 27 EU leaders at summit in Brussels says Islamic republic's 'persistent failure to meet its international obligations and apparent lack of interest in pursuing negotiations over its nuclear program require a clear response' 

Clashes break out after mosque arson
YNet News 11 Dec 2009 - Palestinians throw stones at IDF forces in West Bank village of Yasuf, where fire was set to mosque, lightly injuring Border Guard officer; say Israeli forces responded with tear gas, live fire, leaving two Palestinians lightly injured. Meanwhile, Defense Minister Ehud Barak condemns vandalism, calls for perpetrators to be brought to justice 

Daily Star

Gates, European leaders say Tehran will face new sanctions
Daily Star 11 Dec 2009 KIRKUK, Iraq: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday he expected the international community to impose significant additional sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. A senior US official said the United States and its allies would decide early next year whether to pursue more sanctions. Gates also told US troops in northern Iraq that military action against Iran would only delay its nuclear progress.

Israel, Hamas inch toward prisoner swap deal
Daily Star 11 Dec 2009 GAZA/OCCUPIED JERUSA LEM: Sworn enemies Israel and Hamas seem equally eager to trade an Israeli soldier held in the Gaza Strip for Palestinian prisoners, but anxious to avoid political backlashes at home over the terms of any swap. Their dilemmas, fashioned by decades of conflict and symptomatic of the fear and lack of trust that will continue to shape the region.

Glimmers in the Holy Land: Resetting US Mideast policy
Daily Star 11 Dec 2009 The time has come for the Obama administration to do a reset of American policy in the Middle East. At the moment, things are a mess. Earlier this year, US officials requested that the Israelis stop all construction of settlements. Having drawn such a line in the sand, they appeared to blink when the Israelis kicked some of the sand in their face.

Ex-IAEA chief could become Egypt's leading dissident
Daily Star 11 Dec 2009 CAIRO: Former UN atomic watchdog head Mohamed ElBaradei has been in the firing line of Egypt's official press since announcing he might run for president and analysts say he may yet become a top dissident. The Nobel laureate conditioned his candidacy for the 2011 presidential election in a statement last week on what analysts say are two remote prospects in Egypt: a clean election and constitutional reforms.

Hariri heads for Saudi Arabia as Cabinet congratulations pour in
Daily Star 11 Dec 2009 BEIRUT: Prime Minister Saad Hariri left on an official visit to Saudi Arabia Friday night for meetings with top Saudi officials. President Michel Sleiman leaves for Washington on Saturday, for discussions with US President Barack Obama. The Lebanese head of state and his premier's foreign visits come after the Cabinet received a record number of confidence votes on Thursday., BEIRUT: Prime Minister Saad Hariri left on an official visit to Saudi Arabia Friday night for meetings with top Saudi officials. President Michel Sleiman leaves for Washington on Saturday, for discussions with US President Barack Obama. The Lebanese head of state and his premier's foreign visits come after the Cabinet received a record number of confidence votes on Thursday.

Bassil projects 17 percent deposit growth in 2010 due to capital inflow
Daily Star 11 Dec 2009 BEIRUT: The chairman of Byblos Bank said Friday customer deposits in 2010 are expected to grow by 17 percent, as Arab and expatriated investors maintain  confidence in the Lebanese banking sector. "I don't think we will have a problem drawing deposits from abroad even with the global credit crunch and the current crisis in Dubai. We will probably have the same growth as 2009.", BEIRUT: The chairman of Byblos Bank said Friday customer deposits in 2010 are expected to grow by 17 percent, as Arab and expatriated investors maintain  confidence in the Lebanese banking sector. "I don't think we will have a problem drawing deposits from abroad even with the global credit crunch and the current crisis in Dubai. We will probably have the same growth as 2009."

Another barrier to peace
Daily Star 11 Dec 2009 As if the blockaded inhabitants of the Gaza Strip lack sufficient sources of suffering, a bizarre and tragic addition to their plight has been revealed this week: Egypt is constructing a steel fence - underground - for some 10-11 kilometers along its side of the Rafah border crossing. Gaza's roughly 1.4 million residents have been largely amputated from contact with the outside world since the Hamas Movement seized control of the coastal enclave., As if the blockaded inhabitants of the Gaza Strip lack sufficient sources of suffering, a bizarre and tragic addition to their plight has been revealed this week: Egypt is constructing a steel fence - underground - for some 10-11 kilometers along its side of the Rafah border crossing. Gaza's roughly 1.4 million residents have been largely amputated from contact with the outside world since the Hamas Movement seized control of the coastal enclave.

Green activists hold Beirut vigil urging 'real deal' from Copenhagen Summit
Daily Star 11 Dec 2009 BEIRUT: Two hundred environment activists,  joined by the new Environment Minister, Mohammad Rahhal, assembled in Downtown Beirut on Friday to urge delegates at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit to produce a "real deal."  The Green Party of Lebanon, IndyAct, and the Association for Forests, Development and Conservation [AFDC] organized a vigil on the steps of Parliament., BEIRUT: Two hundred environment activists,  joined by the new Environment Minister, Mohammad Rahhal, assembled in Downtown Beirut on Friday to urge delegates at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit to produce a "real deal."  The Green Party of Lebanon, IndyAct, and the Association for Forests, Development and Conservation [AFDC] organized a vigil on the steps of Parliament.

Palestinian shopkeeper sues 'Bruno'
Daily Star 11 Dec 2009 WASHINGTON: A Palestinian shopkeeper and father portrayed as a terrorist in the movie "Bruno" is suing film star Sacha Baron Cohen, David Letterman and others for libel and slander. The lawsuit filed last week by Ayman Abu Aita in District of Columbia federal court seeks $110 million in damages. In the movie, Baron Cohen plays a gay Austrian fashion journalist trying to make it big in the US., WASHINGTON: A Palestinian shopkeeper and father portrayed as a terrorist in the movie "Bruno" is suing film star Sacha Baron Cohen, David Letterman and others for libel and slander. The lawsuit filed last week by Ayman Abu Aita in District of Columbia federal court seeks $110 million in damages. In the movie, Baron Cohen plays a gay Austrian fashion journalist trying to make it big in the US.

Norway leads against the settlements
Daily Star 11 Dec 2009 While US President Barack Obama has not been able to secure a total freeze of Israeli settlements, several European governments and the European Union collectively have undertaken a series of measures related to Israeli colonization policies in the occupied West Bank that are worth noting. The increasing focus in some Western countries on the criminality of Israel's colonization may represent a new point of pressure.

Privatization mostly sidelined in ministerial statement
Daily Star 11 Dec 2009 After weeks of labor and excruciating and painstaking debate on every paragraph, line, word and period, the ministerial committee finally released the long-awaited Cabinet declaration which will be endorsed this week by Parliament without any modification. The divided ministers were at loggerheads over two main themes: resistance and privatization., After weeks of labor and excruciating and painstaking debate on every paragraph, line, word and period, the ministerial committee finally released the long-awaited Cabinet declaration which will be endorsed this week by Parliament without any modification. The divided ministers were at loggerheads over two main themes: resistance and privatization.

Is Israel a democracy? It's conditional
Daily Star 11 Dec 2009 On December 6, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI, website www.acri.org.il) released a 73-page report on democracy and human rights in Israel, entitled on "Human Rights - On Condition, Democracy - On Condition." The chapters of the report develop the characteristic list of an authoritarian state: "Freedom of Expression - as long as you have nice things to say.

Lebanese Council for Women marks Independence Day at Le Bristol Hotel
Daily Star 11 Dec 2009 The Lebanese Council for Women, an NGO working toward equal rights and opportunities, gathered under the patronage of first lady Wafaa Sleiman on November 23 for a dazzling dinner in honor of Independence Day. Hundreds of Lebanon's leading ladies gathered at Le Bristol Hotel for the event, among them Zeina Bizri, Hoda Sarkis, Sabah Badra and Ghada al-Khalil., The Lebanese Council for Women, an NGO working toward equal rights and opportunities, gathered under the patronage of first lady Wafaa Sleiman on November 23 for a dazzling dinner in honor of Independence Day. Hundreds of Lebanon's leading ladies gathered at Le Bristol Hotel for the event, among them Zeina Bizri, Hoda Sarkis, Sabah Badra and Ghada al-Khalil.

Palestinian Information Center

Jewish terrorists torch West Bank Mosque, scrawl Nazi slogans
PIC 11 Dec 2009 - Suspected Jewish terrorists on Friday torched a mosque in the northern West Bank .

Trade Unions in Palestine urge the world to lift the siege on Gaza
PIC 11 Dec 2009 - PTUA has urged Thursday the international community to break its silence towards the Israeli crimes committed against the Palestinian people..

Aqsa foundation: IOA to inaugurate new museum near the Aqsa Mosque
PIC 11 Dec 2009 - The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage that caters for the holy shrines in occupied Palestine has exposed Thursday an Israeli plan to inaugurate a new museum for the alleged Temple.

Jewish settlers torch mosque in West Bank, wound a Palestinian man
PIC 11 Dec 2009 - Extremist Jewish settlers, at dawn Friday, set fire to the main mosque in the village of Yasuf to the east of the northern West Bank city of Salfit causing extensive damage to large parts of it.

Israeli strategy is to dispossess Palestinians of their remaining land
PIC 11 Dec 2009 - The Land Research Center said, in a report on Friday, that the Netanyahu government started dealing with area (C) in the West Bank as lands annexed to Israel or lands for settlement expansion.

Muslim-Christian bureau: Israeli media incite to destroy the Aqsa Mosque
PIC 11 Dec 2009 - The Muslim-Christian bureau in occupied Palestine has warned Thursday that the Israeli media outlets were carrying out an incitement campaign against the Aqsa Mosque..

Hayya: Mediation for Prisoners’ deal continues despite Israeli propaganda
PIC 11 Dec 2009 - Dr. Khalil Al-Hayya said on Thursday that talks on the prisoners’ exchange deal continued despite the false information the Israeli occupation was feeding to the media.

Resheq: Abbas’s abandonment of the resistance option is rejected by Hamas
PIC 11 Dec 2009 - Ezzat Al-Resheq criticized on Thursday the insistence of Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas to hold to the negotiations option with the Israelis, and to drop the resistance option as a strategic option.

Hamas: Referendum on withdrawal displays Zionist arrogance
PIC 11 Dec 2009 - Hamas described the Israeli draft law binding any government to go to referendum before agreeing to withdraw from Jerusalem and the Golan Heights as a referendum on something that it does not own.

Kashif: The health ministry keen on raising the public awareness about H1N1
PIC 11 Dec 2009 - Mohamed Al-Kashif, the director-general of Gaza hospitals in the Palestinian health ministry, stated that the ministry is keen on raising the awareness of citizens about the infection of swine flu.

Los Angeles Times

Exiles keep Iran in touch 
LA Times 10 Dec 2009 - The latest wave in the diaspora is tech-savvy and playing a key role in countering hard-liners at home. "Tehran is online," the director's wife announces. 

Misc

No Peace, No Palestine
Palestine Monitor - 10 Dec 2009 - Photo: Lazar Simeonov An estimated 10,000 protestors in Jerusalem yesterday demonstrated the strength of opposition to any settlement freeze. Netanyahou's announcement of a ten month partial freeze, which does not apply to East Jerusalem, was dismissed as ‘not enough' by the PA. To the massed ranks...

Barghouti: EU Should Pressure Israel To Halt Settlements Expansion
Palestine Monitor - 10 Dec 2009 - MP Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative declared that “the recent statement issued by the FM's of the EU concerning the Middle East, Jerusalem's status and the situation in the occupied territories, represents a positive step forward." Dr. Barghouthi also stressed that...

Khalidi and Cohen scheduled to win debate February 9 at NYU
Mondoweiss - 11 Dec 2009 - A year after Yale students held a debate, Should we end the special relationship with Israel? with John Mearsheimer arguing Pro, an outfit at NYU is staging the same debate, Should the U.S. "step back from" the special relationship–sans Mearsheimer. Rashid Khalidi and Roger Cohen will...

House chairman Brad Sherman calls on UC Irvine to throw out Muslim Student Union for raising money for Gaza
Mondoweiss - 11 Dec 2009 - Your Israel lobby at work. Brad Sherman is a liberal Democratic congressman from California and populist on Wall Street issues. He is also chairman of a House subcommittee on terrorism. With the applause (and likely the urging) of the Zionist Organization of America , he has sent...

Billboards criticizing US aid to Israel return to Albuquerque
Mondoweiss - 11 Dec 2009 - Last April, we followed the story of a grassroots coalition in Albuquerque, NM who paid to have 10 billboards criticizing US aid to Israel displayed around the city only to have them taken down under pressure. Today, the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel , which...

Rededicating the Temple: A Hanukah Homily
Mondoweiss - 11 Dec 2009 - The Jewish festival of Hanukah is celebrated this year on December 11-19th. The Hebrew word refers to the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after driving out the Seleucid Greek occupiers in 165 BCE. It’s one of the most joyful holidays in the Jewish calendar, in...

Organizer of Chomsky event says our criticism was ill-placed
Mondoweiss - 11 Dec 2009 - David Ascher, of Newton Dialogues on Peace and War , took strong exception to our reading dark motives into the moving of a Chomsky event , which his group hosted, from one venue to another the other day. Ascher: It appears that in my attempt to clarify that...

The "Illegal Settlement Myth" Myth
Alternative Information Center - 11 Dec 2009 - Commentary has an article by David M. Phillips, a professor at Northeastern University School of Law, under the title “The Illegal-Settlements Myth.” Sound familiar? “Settlements may be unwise, but they're not illegal” and “the territories are disputed, not occupied” are two Hasbara clichés that Zionists repeat...

Demolition in the 1948 Depopulated Palestinian Village of Kafr Bir'im
Alternative Information Center - 10 Dec 2009 - On Tuesday, November 25th, officials from the regional council of Merom Hagalil in the north of Israel demolished a building in the depopulated Palestinian village of Kafr Bir'im. The building, which was constructed two months ago during a volunteer working camp at the site, was supposed to...

Executive Summary: Academic Boycott of Israel And the Complicity of Israeli Academic Institutions in Occupation of Palestinian Territories
Alternative Information Center - 10 Dec 2009 - The idea of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) as means of struggle against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories has gathered pace in the years following the second intifada, and all the more so since the Israeli siege and attacks on the Gaza strip. As academics...


Articles

Full text: ’A moment of truth’ 
Ma’an News Agency 12/11/2009
      A moment of truth: A word of faith, hope and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering
     Introduction: We, a group of Christian Palestinians, after prayer, reflection and an exchange of opinion, cry out from within the suffering in our country, under the Israeli occupation, with a cry of hope in the absence of all hope, a cry full of prayer and faith in a God ever vigilant, in God’s divine providence for all the inhabitants of this land. Inspired by the mystery of God’s love for all, the mystery of God’s divine presence in the history of all peoples and, in a particular way, in the history of our country, we proclaim our word based on our Christian faith and our sense of Palestinian belonging – a word of faith, hope and love.
     Why now? Because today we have reached a dead end in the tragedy of the Palestinian people. The decision-makers content themselves with managing the crisis rather than committing themselves to the serious task of finding a way to resolve it. The hearts of the faithful are filled with pain and with questioning: What is the international community doing? What are the political leaders in Palestine, in Israel and in the Arab world doing? What is the Church doing? The problem is not just a political one. It is a policy in which human beings are destroyed, and this must be of concern to the Church.
     We address ourselves to our brothers and sisters, members of our Churches in this land. We call out as Christians and as Palestinians to our religious and political leaders, to our Palestinian society and to the Israeli society, to the international community, and to our Christian brothers and sisters in the Churches around the world. more.. e-mail

A timely wake-up call 
Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Ma’an News Agency 12/8/2009
      Mahdi Abdul Hadi heads the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA) in Jerusalem. In an interview with bitterlemons, Abdul Hadi comments on the possibility the European Union will soon recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.
     What do you make of the reported Swedish draft resolution on Jerusalem? 
     There are several elements to this issue. First of all, in presenting this resolution to European countries, Sweden is merely stating what Europe’s position has always been, whether in public or private, which is within the framework of United Nations resolutions. 
     So there is nothing new in the resolution? 
     It is a wake-up call from Sweden to the rest of the European community about the status of Jerusalem today. Europe cannot simply leave determining the fate of Jerusalem to final status negotiations because Israel is Judaizing the city every day, making it more and more Israeli. The city is daily losing its character and identity, its history and culture to become an exclusively Jewish city. This is all happening in transgression of international law and in contradiction to what Europeans believe in.
     Why the need for a wake-up call?
     Nobody is protecting Palestinians in the face of the onslaught they are facing in Jerusalem and that will only worsen under this right wing Israeli government. At PASSIA, we regularly document the house demolitions, the revocations of Palestinian residency rights, the evictions and the many other hardships Palestinians face in Jerusalem, whether in their daily lives or in trying to reach and defend their holy sites..... more.. e-mail

A Portrait of Nonviolent Resistance in One Palestinian Village 
Ellen Cantarow, Huffington Post 12/8/2009
      At no time since its 1967 West Bank occupation have Israel’s seizures of Palestinian land and water resources seemed as shocking as the ones attending its construction of “the wall,” begun in 2002. Vast, complex, and shifting in form, the wall appears most dramatically as 25-foot-high concrete slabs punctuated by militarized watch towers, supplemented by electronically monitored electrified fences stretching over vast distances.
     In 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) declared the wall illegal, but Israel ignored the ruling. Now, it undulates through the West Bank for over 280 kilometers, clasping Israel’s major colonies and some minor ones in its embrace. The completed wall will incorporate more than 85% of the West Bank’s settler population, a de facto annexation by Israel of significant chunks of the territory it first occupied in 1967. This is the dream of Greater Israel rapidly turned into architecture. For the Palestinians, however, the wall means theft, separating many Palestinian cities and villages from their land and water.
     Jayyous, with a population of 3,500, is one of those villages. It lies nestled in a mountainous northern West Bank landscape with the Palestinian city of Qalqilya just to its west. The scenery here remains one of the Mediterranean’s loveliest, a cross, let’s say, between Tuscany and parts of Yugoslavia. Greek and Roman ruins mark the village’s great age. This was one of the West Bank’s most fertile areas. Farming involving a lively variety of nut, citrus, and olive trees, as well as vegetables, flourished around Jayyous, drawing life from abundant underground wells. The aquifers beneath Jayyous and Qalqilya, in fact, constitute a West Bank treasure. Lands belonging to both the city and the village abut Israel’s pre-1967 border -- the “Green Line.” more.. e-mail


Christian Palestinian leaders call for church boycott in Kairos document
Electronic Intifada: 11 Dec 2009 - Today, prominent Christian Palestinian leaders are releasing a historical Kairos Palestine Document, calling on churches around the world "to say a word of truth and to take a position of truth with regard to Israel's occupation of Palestinian land." Unambiguously endorsing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) as one of the key nonviolent forms of solidarity that international faith-based organizations are urged to adopt, the document affirms: "We see boycott and disinvestment as tools of justice, peace and security ..." 

Winning prize for peace while advocating war
Electronic Intifada: 11 Dec 2009 - United States President Barack Obama has just accepted the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo. His nomination had been controversial, not least because he is continuing and escalating two illegal wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also because it was awarded to him at the beginning of his term, before he has proven a genuine willingness to promote peace. The glaring contradiction between US President Barack Obama's words and actions are nowhere else more obvious than in his dealing with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Sayed Dhansay comments for The Electronic Intifada. 

Palestinians still deprived of their fundamental rights
Electronic Intifada: 10 Dec 2009 - Sixty-one years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Israel continues to pursue clearly discriminatory policies and practices and the violation of Palestinians' human rights have persisted, and escalated. Israel's persistent human rights violations would not be possible without the complicity or support of the international community. 

Israel: "a dead soldier is better than a captive soldier"
Electronic Intifada: 10 Dec 2009 - The fatal shooting by Israeli soldiers of an Israeli man earlier this week as he tried to scale a fence into the Gaza Strip was reportedly part of a drastic procedure the army was supposed to have phased out several years ago. Jonathan Cook reports. 

pulse
In Gaza: 6 Dec 2009 - Flu season is here, and it’s going around.  As I nurse a light case of it, through that haze of a throbbing head, congestion, and fever, I realize that am grateful for a number of things: -that I have a roof and walls, without craters from shelling, without leaks through bomb-cracked walls, with blankets and adequate protection from the cold nights -that I have the money to go to a pharmacy and buy meds -that it is only the flu, not a serious or chronic illness and that there are some light medications available, as opposed to desperately needed medecines and treatments which are denied Palestinians in Gaza under the...

Israel's Notorious Hannibal Procedure
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Dec 2009 - By Jonathan Cook - Nazareth The fatal shooting by Israeli soldiers of an Israeli man earlier this week as he tried to scale a fence into the Gaza Strip was reportedly part of a drastic procedure the army was supposed to have phased out several years ago. The Israeli media reported that Yakir Ben-Melech, 34, had bled to death after he was shot under the "Hannibal procedure", designed to prevent Israelis from being taken captive alive by enemy forces. One critic, Uri Avnery, a former Israeli legislator and leader of Gush Shalom, a small radical peace group, defined the procedure as meaning: “Liberate the soldier by killing him”. The controversial directive, which was once one of the army’s best-kept secrets, was drafted more than 20 years ago after the Israeli government had come under domestic pressure to release hundreds of enemy prisoners for the return of three captured soldiers. Israel is currently involved in just such negotiations over Gilad Shalit, a soldier who has been held prisoner in Gaza by Hamas for more than three years. According to reports, he may be freed in the near future in a deal expected to see several hundred Palestinians released from Israeli prisons. Israel was supposed to have stopped the Hannibal procedure after it withdrew its occupying army from south Lebanon in May 2000. However, there is strong evidence that it has continued to be used, particularly during the events that triggered Israel’s attack on Lebanon in the summer of 2006 and again...
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