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23 December 2011 — Haaretz
Over the decades permit regimen grows into vast, triple-digit bureaucracy.
Israel’s Civil Administration issues 101 different types of permits to govern the movement of Palestinians, whether within the West Bank, between the West Bank and Israel or beyond the borders of the state, according to an agency document of which Haaretz obtained a copy.
1 September, 2010 — URUK Net
Video – Dr. Omar Al-Kubaisy: Iraq & Depleted Uranium
Dr. Omar Al-Kubaisy answers a question from the audience in Stockholm 20100831 about Depleted Uranium. The study “Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah 2005-2009″, published in July 2010 in the International Journal of Environmental Studies and Public Health (IJERPH), shows terrifying facts…
The great Israeli Book Robbery
September 1, 2010 – I was looking for more information on the book-looting that took place during the Nakba, and quickly came across the essay below, originally published in Yitzhak Laor’s Hebrew-language anti-Zionist literary quarterly, Mitaam: a Review for Radical Thought. Gish Amit wrote it, and Rebecca Gillis translated it from the Hebrew. Ideology may or may not matter to solving the conflict, and Palestinians may or may not be willing to reprise the historic compromise of 1987. But without placing the Nakba at the core of the analysis, as the starting point for judgment, it is the Israelis who look like they are giving up land for peace when in fact in 1987 it was the Palestinians who agreed to give up land for peace…
Shin Bet arrests leader of boycott movement
Nazareth — The recent arrest of two respected public figures from Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority in night-time raids on their homes by the Shin Bet secret police — brought to light this week when a gag order was partially lifted — has sent shock waves through the community.
The arrests are not the first of their kind. The Shin Bet has been hounding and imprisoning politicians and intellectuals from the country’s Palestinian minority, a fifth of the population, since the birth of the Jewish state more than six decades ago. Currently, two MPs from Arab political parties, as well as the leader of the popular Islamic Movement, are facing trials.
But the detention of Amir Makhoul and Omar Sayid is seen differently — as the gathering storm clouds in a political climate already fiercely hostile to its Palestinian citizens.
Mohammed Zeidan, the head of the Human Rights Association in Nazareth, said: “We are used to our political leaders being persecuted but now the Shin Bet is turning its sights on the leaders of Palestinian civil society in Israel, and that’s a dangerous development.”
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11 May, 2010 — The Real News Network
Two Israeli activist leaders of Palestinian origin were secretly arrested in recent weeks.
In the past two weeks the Israeli internal intelligence agency, the Shabak / Shin Bet, arrested two prominent Israeli activists in the middle of the night. The men are well known leaders of Palestinian organizations inside Israel but were arrested and prevented the right to see counsel under emergency regulations, akin to those Palestinians in the occupied territories are subjected to. The men were arrested under secret evidence and a gag order was issued to the Israeli press regarding their arrests. The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky spoke to the men’s relatives, the legal organization representing them, and to one of them, prior to his arrest last week.
15 April, 2010 — Antiwar.com
Publish investigation, Israeli MP demands
An Arab member of the Israeli parliament is demanding that a newspaper be allowed to publish an investigative report that was suppressed days before Israel attacked Gaza in winter 2008.
The investigation by Uri Blau, who has been in hiding since December to avoid arrest, concerned Israeli preparations for the impending assault on Gaza, known as Operation Cast Lead.
In a highly unusual move, according to reports in the Israeli media, the army ordered the Haaretz newspaper to destroy all copies of an edition that included Mr Blau’s investigation after it had already gone to press and been passed by the military censor. The article was never republished.
Mr Blau has gone underground in London after the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret police, demanded he return to Israel to hand back hundreds of classified documents they claim are in his possession and to reveal his sources.
He published several additional reports for Haaretz in 2008 and 2009 that severely embarrassed senior military commanders by showing they had issued orders that intentionally violated court rulings, including to execute Palestinians who could be safely apprehended.
12 April, 2010 — The Only Democracy – Translation from Hebrew By Dimi Reider
There was one point that stood out for me in Uri Blau’s recollection of his pursuit by the Shin Bet in the Anat Kamm affair. Blau, Haaretz’s outstanding investigative reporter, recalls how as he was traveling in the Far East he got a call saying his house was broken into. “It looks like they were looking for something,” said the policeman on the phone. Reading this reminded me how they broke into my home, too.
A resident of Nilin is trying to restore a room in his house, completely wrecked by soldiers during a 4-day punitive curfew in response to protests, July 2008. The soldiers entered the residence while the owners were locked up in another house. Photo: Activestills.org
8 April, 2010 — Gila Svirsky
This story is a testament to the Internet. And to Anat Kam, the whistleblower, who is widely regarded in Israeli security circles as a traitor and will probably soon be charged with treason.
Anat (I’ll use her first name, though I don’t know her) is a 23-year old journalist who wrote for the popular Israeli portal Walla. Some months ago, Anat did the unthinkable: she passed on information that was decidedly newsworthy, but that the Shin Bet – Israel’s security services – did not want outsiders to have. It was a “hit list” – the names of Palestinians living in the West Bank who were on the Shin Bet’s “wanted” list. And it was a copy of the Shin Bet protocol stating that if these “wanted” figures are identified during the course of a military action, permission is granted to carry out “an interception”. Nice language for execution without trial. Reports are that Anat photocopied this classified information while serving in the IDF.
Gates Calls European Mood a Danger to Peace By BRIAN KNOWLTON
Mr. Gates’s blunt comments came just three days after the coalition government of the Netherlands collapsed in a dispute over keeping Dutch troops in Afghanistan. It now appears almost certain that most of the 2,000 Dutch troops there will be withdrawn this year. And polls show that the Afghanistan war has grown increasingly unpopular in nearly every European country.
Marja Offensive Aimed to Shape U.S. Opinion on War By Gareth Porter
Senior military officials decided to launch the current U.S.-British military campaign to seize Marja in large part to influence domestic U.S. opinion on the war in Afghanistan.
Marjah: ‘This is not Fallujah’ By Eric Walberg
So says McChrystal as the US surge goes full steam ahead in Marjah – a new “gentler” war.
Marjah also represents the US project of replacing the UN with NATO as the world’s peacekeeper. The coalition of almost 60 nations is pursuing an illegal war launched by the US , with the UN — the only legitimate forum for world peacekeeping — now in tow solely as window dressing.
South Africa deports airline official after investigation
South Africa deported an Israeli airline official last week following allegations that Israel’s secret police, the Shin Bet, had infiltrated Johannesburg international airport in an effort to gather information on South African citizens, particularly black and Muslim travellers.
The move by the South African government followed an investigation by local TV showing an undercover reporter being illegally interrogated by an official with El Al, Israel’s national carrier, in a public area of Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport.
The programme also featured testimony from Jonathan Garb, a former El Al guard, who claimed that the airline company had been a front for the Shin Bet in South Africa for many years.
Of the footage of the undercover reporter’s questioning, he commented: ‘Here is a secret service operating above the law in South Africa. We pull the wool over everyone’s eyes. We do exactly what we want. The local authorities do not know what we are doing.’
27 November, 2008, Ha’aretz Magazine
The announcement made by the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesman on June 20, 2007 was standard: “Two armed terrorists belonging to the Islamic Jihad terror organization were killed last night during the course of a joint activity of the IDF and a special force of the Border Police in Kafr Dan, northwest of Jenin. The two terrorists, Ziad Subahi Mahmad Malaisha and Ibrahim Ahmed Abd al-Latif Abed, opened fire at the force during its activity. In response the force fired at them, killing the terrorists. On their bodies two M-16 rifles, a pistol and ammunition were found. It was also discovered that the terrorists were involved in planning suicide attacks against the Israeli home front, including the attempt in Rishon Letzion last February.”
The laconic announcement ignores one important detail: Malaisha was a target for assassination. His fate had been decided several months earlier, in the office of then head of Central Command, Yair Naveh. As far as the public was concerned, on the other hand, the last declared assassination carried out by the IDF in the West Bank took place in August 2006; at the end of that year the High Court of Justice set strict criteria regarding the policy of assassinations in the territories.
The Israel Defense Forces has asked the Shin Bet security service and the police to provide it with information on left-wing figures active in the West Bank so it will be easier to issue restraining orders against them, Haaretz has learned.
Since the IDF does not gather intelligence on Israeli citizens, the GOC Central Command depends on evaluations by the Shin Bet prior to signing restraining orders.
So far, such orders have only been issued against extreme right-wing activists suspected of subversive activities. This time, the army has focused on a number of activists protesting the security fence, those who help Palestinians harvest their olives, and others.This is apparently the first time left-wing activists have been the possible target of such orders.
[Here is an article that was published in Hebrew in Yedioth Aharonoth, Israel's largest circulation newspaper. "Stop the Lying," By B. Michel, Yedioth Aharonoth, September 5, 2008. To my knowledge It was not published in English on Yedioth Aharonoth's English internet site YNews. B. Michael is one of Israel's most respected journalists. It was translated by George Malent and published by the Israeli peace activist publication Occupation Magazine. Here is a quote from the article. "Everybody knows they all lie. And they all lie under oath. Because that’s the procedure." If only the North American press would report what is written in the Israeli press. — Ed Corrigan]
Yedioth Aharonoth 5 September 2008 Translated from Hebrew by George Malentts, that buy with such casual indifference all the nonsense on offer from the army, the police and the ISA? Clearly they have all gone too far. In order to avoid confusion, we will place each under a separate heading.
Let us start with the army.
We will not once again delve into its systematic “deep lies”. Like the “Civil Administration”, which is nothing but a tyrannical military government with all that implies. Like the shady collaboration between the army and the “hilltop” thugs. Like the routine abuse by soldiers against passers-by, just for the sake of entertainment and relief of stress. Like the scandalous military policies that for year now have prevented any serious investigation into the killing of hundreds of innocent people by soldiers’ gunfire.
The Electronic Intifada, 12 August 2008
From the moment Georgia launched a surprise attack on the tiny breakaway region of South Ossetia last week, prompting a fierce Russian counterattack, Israel has been trying to distance itself from the conflict. This is understandable: with Georgian forces on the retreat, large numbers of civilians killed and injured, and Russia’s fury unabated, Israel’s deep involvement is severely embarrassing.
The collapse of the Georgian offensive represents not only a disaster for that country and its US-backed leaders, but another blow to the myth of Israel’s military prestige and prowess. Worse, Israel fears that Russia could retaliate by stepping up its military assistance to Israel’s adversaries including Iran.
There is an obvious Israeli involvement in the present conflict between Georgia and Russia. There are hundreds of Israeli military advisers in Georgia and this is not just the claim of the rather unreliable DebkaFile but also the more respected Ha‘aretz expert Yossi Melman, the daily Ma‘ariv and also the rather reliable website “News First Class” (NFC).
Melman wrote on 25.6.2008 that Georgia became a real El Dorado for Israeli arms dealers and numerous representatives of the army and intelligence services. Some former generals like Israel Ziv and Gal Hirsh (with his company Defensive Shield) are very active there.
“Gal Hirsh and Israel Ziv are mainly training and consulting Georgian arm units. They are using the “chain” method common among Israeli arm dealers: a main contractor wins a tender and employs then sub-contractors – in this case Israeli officers and former Shin Beth employees,” wrote Melman.
The Guardian, Wednesday July 2, 2008
Two weeks ago, I presented a young Palestinian, Mohammed Omer, with the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism. Awarded in memory of the great US war correspondent, the prize goes to journalists who expose establishment propaganda, or ‘official drivel’, as Gellhorn called it. Mohammed shares the prize of £5,000 with Dahr Jamail. At 24, he is the youngest winner. His citation reads: ‘Every day, he reports from a war zone, where he is also a prisoner. His homeland, Gaza, is surrounded, starved, attacked, forgotten. He is a profoundly humane witness to one of the great injustices of our time. He is the voice of the voiceless.’ The eldest of eight, Mohammed has seen most of his siblings killed or wounded or maimed. An Israeli bulldozer crushed his home while the family were inside, seriously injuring his mother. And yet, says a former Dutch ambassador, Jan Wijenberg, ‘he is a moderating voice, urging Palestinian youth not to court hatred but seek peace with Israel’.