VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 27 May, 2010: Israeli Government: “Solidarity Ships Will Not Be Allowed To Reach Gaza”

News

International Middle East Media Center

Israel Joins OECD
IMEMC – 27 May 2010 – Israel has officially joined the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) during a ceremony held in Paris where the organization is located.

Ten, Including A Pregnant Woman, Wounded In Jerusalem
IMEMC – 27 May 2010 – Palestinian medical sources reported that ten residents, including a pregnant women, were wounded on Thursday at night by Israeli army fire during clashes that took place in Silwan town, near Jerusalem.

Israeli Government: “Solidarity Ships Will Not Be Allowed To Reach Gaza”
IMEMC – 27 May 2010 – The Israeli government’s political cabinet decided to instruct the army and the navy not to allow the Freedom Flotilla from reaching the Gaza coast under no circumstances, and said that it will now allow anybody to break the siege.

Detainee Hospitalized Due To Sharp Health Deterioration
IMEMC – 27 May 2010 – Palestinian researched, specialized in detainees’ affairs, Abdul-Nasser Farawna, stated that the administration at the Negev desert detention camp moved a detainee to the hospital of al-Ramla prison.

US Adviser to Palestinian Security Forces May Retire
IMEMC – 26 May 2010 – The American Army general advising Palestinian security forces has requested retirement, according to sources in the Pentagon. The adviser, Lieutenant General Keith Dayton, has held his current post for five years.

Israeli Arab Women Join Israel’s Army Rescue Unit
IMEMC – 26 May 2010 – Israeli Ynet news reported that several young women, some wearing a hijab, from Kafar Qassem and Kafar Bara, have enlisted in rescue units under the Israeli Army’s Home Front Command. They will be participating in an upcoming wide-scale Israeli military drill.

Abbas to Visit Washington Soon
IMEMC – 26 May 2010 – The White House reported Wednesday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be visiting Washington soon to hold a meeting with President Barack Obama.

Nasrallah: “Israel-bound Ships Will Be Attacked if War Takes Place”
IMEMC – 26 May 2010 – Sheikh Hasan Nasrallah, secretary-general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah party, announced that in the event of war with Israel, all ships sailing to Israel will be attacked by Hezbollah fighters.

Three Farmers Wounded by Israeli Army Gunfire In Northern Gaza
IMEMC – 26 May 2010 – Three Palestinian farmers were injured Wednesday afternoon by gunfire from Israeli soldier near the Israeli border in northern Gaza.

Ma’an News

Border police night raid sees 9 injured
5/27/2010 – Hebron – Ma’an – An Israeli border police operation in the southern West Bank town of Ar-Ramadin saw nine injured when officers fired a tear-gas canister inside a home on Thursday morning, witnesses said. The Amir family home was invaded in the hours after midnight, relatives said, with officers letting off weapons inside the house, and terrifying….

Air, artillery strikes hit northern Gaza
5/28/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – An Israeli Apache helicopter launched two missiles east of Gaza City and artillery fire hit Palestinians near the Zaytoun area of the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, witnesses said. Medics said six Palestinian farmers were injured. Gaza emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Selmiyeh said the men were in an agricultural area when they….

Settlers planning ploy to continue construction: Dilani
5/27/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Settler groups are currently in discussions with the military and National Emergency Authority over proposals to build “wartime refuges” for Israelis inside the West Bank, Fatah Revolutionary Council Member Dimitri Diliani said. In a statement issued on Thursday, Dilani called the underway discussions a “ploy” to continue settlement construction even as Israeli Prime….

Israeli warships, protest boats to face off with aid flotilla
5/27/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Just as Israeli ministers agreed to intercept the Freedom Flotilla 20 nautical miles off the Gaza coast and bar it from arriving in Gaza’s main port, an Israeli activist group said its members would also await the flotilla, with one of their own. The Wednesday announcements bring internal Israeli controversy over the ships….

Israel finds 4 Gaza men guilty of endangering state security
5/27/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – The Israeli central court in Bersheba sentenced three men from the Gaza Strip to 28, 12, 10 and six years respectively, for charges of endangering the security of the state of Israel. Difa’ Abu Athra – 28 yearsSaed Al-Bol- 12 year Majed Hillis 10 yearsTareq Abu Al-Husein- six years….

Palestinian motorcade to challenge 443 restrictions
5/27/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – An additional popular protest will be added to the Friday roster, as a motorcade of Palestinian vehicles take to the formerly Israeli-only Highway 443 to protest the continued restrictions to Palestinian use. A statement from the popular struggle coordination committee released on Thursday, said residents of the villages along 443 would take their….

Report: 3 projectiles land in Israel
5/27/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israeli media reported the landing of three projectiles in the western Negev overnight on Wednesday, including two mortars and a home-made rocket, causing no injuries. No Palestinian resistance factions have claimed the launches, which come amidst a string of violence along the border area, and one day after Israeli warplanes launched a strike….

PA: Israel made no official move to revoke revenues
5/27/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Minister of Labor under the appointed Ramallah government Ahmad Majdalani told Ma’an radio that the Palestinian Authority had received no official notice that Israel planned to revoke 17% of collected taxes. On Tuesday, President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters that Israel had announced it would withhold 17% of taxes collected on behalf of the….

Amnesty report says Israeli crimes ongoing
5/27/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Amnesty International’s 2010 report, released on Wednesday, revived the issue of Israeli war crimes committed during the country’s war on Gaza last winter, and faulted western nations for failing to hold the nation to account. During the 22-day Operation Cast Lead, Israel “carried out indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks against civilians, targeted and….

Hamas calls Amnesty report a joke
5/27/2010 – Gaza -Ma’an -Hamas’ Salah Al-Bardawil said Amnesty International’s comparison of resistance projectiles to Israel’s war on Gaza last year must have been done in irony, given the total misalignment of consequences of the two.”Tens of thousands of Palestinians were killed or disfigured, their limbs were amputated or they lost their homes,” the Hamas official….

Construction materials continue to enter Gaza
5/27/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Israeli crossings officials allowed the entry of limited construction materials into Gaza for the fourth day on Thursday, a Palestinian liaison officer said, noting the goods were for UNRWA re-building projects. The official, Raed Fattouh, said between 100 to 110 truckloads of aid would enter Gaza through the southernmost Kerem Shalom crossing, noting….

In photos: Harvesting Qalqiliya strawberries
5/27/2010 – Palestinian workers pick strawberries at a field next to Israel’s separation wall in the West Bank city of Qalqiliya on 26 May 2010. MaanImages / Khaleel Reash [end]

PA crews remove, dismantle explosives
5/27/2010 – Jenin/Hebron – Ma’an – Palestinian Authority police and special forces were dispatched to two sites in the West Bank on Wednesday night, where explosive devices were dismantled and confiscated, reports said. In the northern West Bank, PA Special Forces disarmed what police documents said were explosives of unknown origin in the Deir Abu Da’if village in….

Canadians say premier ’partner in occupation’
5/27/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Canada’s Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty was accused of making his province a “partner in Israel’s ongoing occupation and its denial of Palestinian rights,” a coalition opposed to his visit to Israel last week. Canada’s Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid presented letters of protest to the provincial legislative body Queen’s Park on Wednesday, highlighting….

MK Tibi: Shalit law will backfire
5/27/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Palestinian citizen of Israel and member of the Knesset Ahmad Tibi slammed the decision-making body’s approval of the “Shalit Law,” on Wednesday, saying the move in no way secure the release of the captured soldier. Under the new legislation, prisoners in Israel affiliated to the Hamas movement would no longer be able to….

Abbas: Direct talks only after borders solution
5/27/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – President Mahmud Abbas told reporters in Malaysia that no second phase of proximity talks would be initiated until mediators had successfully set down borders for a Palestinian state. Speaking during the second leg of his Asia tour, Abba
s said Thursday that the current proximity talks focused on borders and security, key elements and….

Sha’ath: Continued Israeli aggression makes talks impossible
5/27/2010 – Ramallah – Ma’an – “It is impossible to succeed in proximity talks given the lack of seriousness of the Israeli government,” Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Sha’ath told visiting European Parliament members on Thursday. The official cited continued land confiscations, detentions, settlement expansion, and control measures over Jerusalem as evidence of Israeli intransigence toward a real peace….

Elections in Palestine, again
5/27/2010 – Daoud Kuttab – The Palestinian Authority is going ahead with plans to hold municipal elections on July 17. The elections are taking place despite the fact that the de facto government in Gaza has refused to accommodate them in areas under its control. Hamas has also said that it is calling on its supporters in the….

Jerusalem’s Magnificat Institute raises voices and funds Saturday
5/27/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Raising funds for the reconstruction of Jerusalem’s Magnificat Institute, a chorus of Italian singers and musicians rallied together to put on the first of some 80 productions to be staged around the Mediterranean this summer. Proceeds from the Saturday night event will go to the repair of the institute, owned by the Holy….

Police thwart boys attempt to steal exam questions
5/27/2010 – Hebron – Ma’an – Hebron police thwarted what a report called an attempt to steal final examination questions for the Nuba Boys High School in the Hebron district on Thursday. A police statement said officers apprehended three teenagers who were suspected of breaking into the high school late Wednesday night, after stealing a set of keys from….

Gaza: 24,000 NIS of drugs found in smuggled gas canister
5/27/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Gaza’s anti-drug department said it uncovered 6kgs of marijuana and inside a gas cylinder in Beit Hanoun when police detained a man suspected of drug smuggling on Thursday. The unit, under First Lieutenant Muhammad Al-Masri, said the drugs, including seeds, had a market value of some 24,000 shekels (6,245 US dollars). The announcement….

Palestine Note

Making Gaza ‘one huge summer camp’
Palestine Note 27 May 2010 – By Sarah Harlan Washington – American Near East Refugee Aid ( ANERA ) continues its humanitarian efforts in Gaza this summer by working with local organizations to provide summer camp activities for more than 500 Gaza youngsters. A…

Migrant workers urge Israel: Stop mass child deportation
Palestine Note 27 May 2010 – By Mya Guarnieri Tel Aviv – More than 6,000 demonstrators gathered in the Tel Aviv Museum courtyard Tuesday night to protest Israel’s planned deportation of some 1,200 children of undocumented migrant laborers. The protest follows in…

Did the US and EU bury the Goldstone report?
Palestine Note 27 May 2010 – New York – Amnesty International accused the US and European states on Thursday of obstructing justice by using their position on the UN Security Council to shield Israel from accountability for war crimes committed in Gaza….

Abbas says no direct talks until borders settled
Palestine Note 27 May 2010 – Washington – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters during his trip to Malaysia that there will be no second, direct phase of negotiations with Israel until borders for the future Palestinian state have been settled, Ma’an…

Makhoul indicted as ‘Hezbollah spy’
Palestine Note 27 May 2010 – New York – Israeli state prosecutors indicted two imprisoned Israeli-Palestinian activists with spying for the Lebanese group Hezbollah on Thursday. According to the Israeli daily Haaretz , community activist Ameer Makhoul, was charged with secretly meeting Hezbollah…

Israel: Gaza flotilla must unload at Ashdod
Palestine Note 27 May 2010 – UN report notes ‘sweeping’ blockade stops aid New York – The Israeli government told the organizers of a flotilla carrying 10,000 tons humanitarian goods to Gaza on Thursday to change course and dock at the Israeli…

Detained hikers reportedly engaged
Palestine Note 27 May 2010 – Washington – Two of the three American hikers held in an Iranian prison are now engaged to be married, BBC reported Monday. Shane Bauer proposed to Sarah Shourd with a ring he made in his cell,…

Makhoul, Saeed indicted as ‘Hezbollah spies’
Palestine Note 27 May 2010 – Activists ‘vehemently’ deny charges New York – Israeli state prosecutors indicted two imprisoned Israeli-Palestinian activists with spying for the Lebanese group Hezbollah on Thursday. According to the Israeli daily Haaretz , community activist Ameer Makhoul, was charged…

Blood supply dangerously low in Egypt
Palestine Note 27 May 2010 – Cairo – IRIN – Outside downtown Cairo’s teeming Ramses train station, the crowd studiously ignores the health official, despite his repeated pleas for travellers to spare a few minutes to donate blood in a nearby minivan….

The new frontiers of Israeli diplomacy, ctd: GPO sends sarcastic ‘joke e-mail’ on Gaza
Palestine Note 26 May 2010 – Below is an e-mail sent out today by Israel’s official Government Press Office (GPO) to international correspondents. Unfortunately, I received it without the links and attachments. Funny? Dignified? Professional? We report, you decide. From: Andy Lutterman…

Aljazeera

Israel to stop Gaza aid ships
AlJazeera 27 May 2010 – Army plans to halt ‘Freedom Flotilla’, a nine-ship aid convoy headed for Gaza Strip.

Ha’aretz

Emanuel visits Old City, sh
eds tear at Western Wall

Ha’aretz – Obama’s chief of staff also visited the Aish Hatorah Yeshiva, where he had a fantastic vantage point of the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

IDF outlines rules of engagement in populated areas
Ha’aretz – Army incorporates lessons gleaned from Operation Cast Lead, Goldstone report and reports by human rights groups.

Over 100 Palestinian minors report being abused in IDF, police custody in 2009
Ha’aretz – 69 minors complained of being beaten, four minors reported being sexually assaulted, and 12 said they were threatened with sexual assault.

Britain vows to change policy allowing U.K. to arrest Israeli politicians
Ha’aretz – British Foreign Secretary William Hague says it is unacceptable for Israeli politicians to feel like they can’t visit for fear of being arrested.

Rabbis, settlement leaders: Prevent demolitions, even at cost of confrontation
Ha’aretz – In unprecedented call, settlers sign letter urging masses to block junctions leading to structures slated for demolition.

Livni: I’m concerned that a generation of Israelis avoids synagogues
Ha’aretz – Opposition leader slams secular Israelis’ ignorance of Judaism as well as religious school system’s reluctance to recognize state of Israel.

Israel: Gaza aid convoy can unload cargo in Ashdod for inspection
Ha’aretz – Israeli officials reiterate that there is no shortage of humanitarian aid in Gaza, but say that 10,000 tons of aid carried by ships will be transferred to Gaza after inspection.

PA plans $50 million fund to help Palestinians boycott settlements
Ha’aretz – Palestinian government has already banned the sale of settlement products in West Bank shops.

23-year-old Israeli backpacker killed in Bolivia
Ha’aretz – Ido Farran dies after falling off an all terrain vehicle during a trek with friends., Activists reject offer by father of captured IDF soldier to mediate with government if they agreed to carry parcel and letter., At OECD conference in Paris, prime minister reiterates idea he first presented before his election., In indictment against Ameer Makhoul, state prosecutors claim prominent political campaigner was recruited by Lebanese militants in Denmark., While authorities actively prepare for future threats, the Israeli public appears unfazed., Move could indicate Obama administration’s intent to lessen its involvement in peace process; Palestinians pressure U.S.: Discuss Israeli withdrawals, not gestures., Mine is, after all, the generation that gave Israel the settlements., Saying Israel is progressive and creative doesn’t work when its politicians focus on victimhood and aggression., IDF to erect investigation committee over allegations that military tank sparked the fire as its metal wheels moved over rocks., Hearing on Wednesday was to deal only with accusations in Rishon Tours case., Shoteh Hovel struck in face and body by assailant dressed as police officer, just two weeks after his car was targeted by explosives., Netanyahu says financial reform to limit private sector centralization to be implemented this year., If you’ve purchased a health insurance plan that was approved by the insurance commissioner, can you be sure a professional has made sure the coverage is reasonable and logical? Apparently not., Price of PM’s upcoming trip has risen by NIS 1.2 million due to special requests, including the installation of a double bed on the plane., Former troops leave English ports for emotional ceremony in France to mark historic WWII rescue., Moscow: We note with regret that our questions to the Polish and U.S. sides over this issue have remained unanswered., Iran President urges U.S. to accept nuclear swap deal, warns that if Obama reaches point of no return, his ‘path to friendship with Iran will be blocked forever.’, 18-day event includes theater, opera, circus, jazz and more; discounts available for certain performances., Skaat, 28, will represent Israel on Thursday night in the semifinal of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo., A list of some of the most highly reputed champagne bottles in the world raises the standard, and the price, of pleasure., Israel’s next war is just a matter of time, Israel has learned nothing from the separation fence, If Israel is democratic, why not elect an Arab PM?

Rethinking how U.S. Jews fund communities around the world
Ha’aretz –

Israeli teachers take on Education Ministry to keep Bible studies secular
Ha’aretz –

Who’s on Obama’s guest list for the opening event of Jewish Heritage Month?
Ha’aretz –

Amnesty: U.S., Europe shielding Israel over Gaza war crimes
Ha’aretz – In its annual report, the rights group accuses Israel of continually violating human rights in Gaza with its ongoing economic siege.

Gaza aid convoy refuses to deliver package to Gilad Shalit
Ha’aretz – Activists reject offer by father of captured IDF soldier to mediate with government if they agreed to carry parcel and letter., At OECD conference in Paris, prime minister reiterates idea he first presented before his election., In indictment against Ameer Makhoul, state prosecutors claim prominent political campaigner was recruited by Lebanese militants in Denmark.

ECESG: Haaretz lies regarding Gilad Shalit
27 May 2010 – In response to an article published a few minutes ago on Haaretz, regarding handing a letter to Gilad Shalit. European Campaign to End Siege on Gaza (ECESG) expressed its deep shock as Haretz failed to maintain any kind of objectivity.

Harrowing Update from Family of Ameer Makhoul
27 May 2010 – West Bank, May 27, (Pal Telegraph – Agencies) Ameer Makhoul, Director of Ittijah, a coalition of Palestinian Israeli Community Organizations, was arrested three weeks ago from his home in
Haifa. Makhoul was unable to see his lawyer for the first weeks of his arrest and now his lawyers and his family, having seen him, assert that he has been tortured….

IOF raids Nablus camps
27 May 2010 – Nablus, May 27, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces raided today Askar and Ain Bait El-Ma’ refugee camps in Nablus, in the West Bank. Number of Israeli military vehicles raided today Askar refugee camp in Nablus, eyewitnesses told SAFA news agency. The witnesses added that Israeli occupation forces raided number of houses in Ain Bait El-Ma’ refugee camp. No…

Israel detains 2 Palestinian in Bethlehem
27 May 2010 – Bethlehem, May 27, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained today two Palestinians from the city of the West Bank Bethlehem. Local source reported that the IOF detained Rami Boji, 30, after raiding his house. Besies, they detained another citizen from Al-Ghroub refugee camp while he was at the Al-Kontenar checkpoint. Eyewitness said that Israeli soldiers detained Mohammed…

Norwegian politician shows support to fleet of “Freedom”
27 May 2010 – Gaza, May 27, (Pal Telegraph) Erling folkvord, A Norwegian politician, says in an exclusive statement to the Pal Telegraph, that the peace activists have their full right to prosecute Israel before the European courts if they intercepted the ships because the ships are sailing in territorial waters that doesn’t fall under Israel’s control, as well as the fact that the…

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian cars ‘regularly’
27 May 2010 – Bethlehem, May 27, (Pal Telegraph) A group of Israeli settlers started throwing stones and empty bottles today morning near the village of “Husan” southwest of Bethlehem in the West Bank, resulting in big material damage to the Palestinian citizens’ cars.

Israeli decided to officially prevent “freedom fleet” from entering Gaza
27 May 2010 – Gaza, May 27, (Pal Telegraph) Israel decided to officially prevent the fleet of freedom from entering Gaza, hours after the Israeli military occupation’s threat to the European ships and their demands to the participants on board the ships to return and not to move forward towards the Gaza strip.

Israeli patrols raid east of Rafah
27 May 2010 – Rafah, May 27, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli military force raided yesterday the area near Karem Abu Salem crossing in the east of Rafah, in south of Gaza Strip. Security sources and eyewitnesses told SAFA news agency that four Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers raided a limited area near Abu Salem crossing and razed the area under the coverage of…

Uruknet

Humanitarian Flotilla Vs Evil Navy
Uruknet May 27, 2010 – Haaretz reports today that Israel will attempt to block the humanitarian Freedom Flotilla heading toward Gaza. However, according to the Israeli paper, the humanitarian cargo would then be unloaded, inspected and sent to Gaza overland via the United Nations. Typical for Israel, it tries to win a lost battle. On the one hand, by stopping…

Israel is alone
Uruknet May 27, 2010 – In this very moment eight ships are making their way from Europe’s main ports to the Gaza Strip, under siege by the Zionist regime since December 2007. European activists are bringing medicaments and all sorts of humanitarian aids to the population that is increasingly suffering from this illegal blockade. Over the past days, on the…

Israel indicts tortured rights activist Ameer Makhoul
Uruknet May 27, 2010 – A leading human rights activist from Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority was charged yesterday with the most serious security offenses on Israel’s statute book, including espionage. Prosecutors indicted Ameer Makhoul, the head of Ittijah, an umbrella organization for Arab human rights groups in Israel, with spying on security facilities on behalf of Hizballah after an alleged…

Gaza home demolitions spark anger, highlight housing crisis
Uruknet May 27, 2010 – Near the entrance of the al-Barahma neighborhood west of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip lie the ruins of the two-story house of Nazmi Hammad, 46, a father of 20 children and husband of three wives. Two of his wives now live in one of two tents that the family shares since their home was…

What is Gaza’s legal status?
Uruknet May 27, 2010 – While Israel withdrew its troops and colonies from the Gaza Strip in September 2005, it has failed to convince the international community that its occupation of the tiny strip of territory has ended. Israel has vowed to stop the flotilla by any means necessary, but under what legal pretext it aims to do so is…

Palestinian child (15) shot and killed by settler
Uruknet May 27, 2010 – The following information is based on DCI-Palestine’s investigations into Aysar’s killing: On 13 May 2010 Aysar Z. (15) was shot in the head by a settler travelling along route 60 near Al Mazra’a ash Sharqiya, outside Ramallah. The day before, a group of settlers had gathered threateningly around the entrance to the village of Al…

Ameer Makhoul’s arrest is an assault on all Palestinians in Israel
Uruknet May 27, 2010 – Today is the 21st day since the arrest of Ameer Makhoul at his home in Haifa, Israel, under the cover of darkness, by officers of the International Crimes Investigation Unit and General Security Service (GSS or Shabak). The arrest was conducted in a brutal and terrifying manner. Our house was raided, its contents ransacked and…

Onboard the Freedom Flotilla
Uruknet May 27, 2010 – The Gaza Freedom Flotilla has been months in the planning and now consists of nine boats which will set sail for Gaza and converge just off its shores. Being part of the 700-strong civilian ‘crew’ was an easy decision to make. Individuals such as myself have been forced to take bold steps to challenge Israel….

Open Letter to Baroness Catherine Ashton
Uruknet May 27, 2010 – Dear Baroness Ashton, The EU is, according to Liberal Democrat Leader and now Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, speaking recently at Chatham House (Institute of International Affairs) Israel’s largest trading partner. I note you are working on a diplomatic bridge, between nations. Could you be kind enough, in the interests of humanity, to remind Israel…

Israeli Government: “Solidarity Ships Will Not Be Allowed To Reach Gaza”
Uruknet May 27, 2010 – The Israeli government’s political cabinet decided to instruct the army and the navy not to allow the Freedom Flotilla from reaching the Gaza coast under no circumstances, and said that it will now allow anybody to break the siege. It stated that should human rights groups and activists want to send supplies to Gaza, they…

Amnesty report says Israeli crimes ongoing
Uruknet May 27, 2010 – Amnesty International’s 2010 report, released on Wednesday, revived the issue of Israeli war crimes committed during the country’s war on Gaza last winter, and faulted western nations for failing to hold the nation to account. During the 22-day Operation Cast Lead, Israel “carried out indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks against civilians, targeted and killed medical staff,…

Iran and Russia clash in worst row for years
Uruknet May 26, 2010 – Iran and Russia clashed on Wednesday over Kremlin support for draft U.N. sanctions against the Islamic Republic, in one of the worst rows between the two powers since the Cold War.The public clash indicates growing concern in Tehran after the United States said Russia and China, the closest thing Iran has to big-power allies, had…

Video – Bil’in, A Day in the Life: Live Fire, Tear Gas, Sound Bombs, Detentions, Torched Olive Tree.wmv
Uruknet May 25, 2010 – This morning, as is their wont, Israeli Occupation Forces intruded into the village of Bilin, this time there were only three to the forefront with backup behind them, when challenged they beat a retreat. Yesterday afternoon, villagers rushed to quench a fire in an olive tree sited close to the Apartheid-Annexation Wall which had to…

THE GAZA WORLD CUP 2010
Uruknet March 26, 2010 – …The Gaza World Cup 2010 was intended to break symbolically the siege suffocating the Gaza Strip. “Because we are prohibited to go abroad we invite the world at home”, commented a journalist. The sponsors were: UNDP; Sharek Youth Forum; the printing house Mashareq; Pepsi; Bank of Palestine, which was born in Gaza City and celebrates…

IOA murders prisoners with the policy of medical neglect
Uruknet May 26, 2010 – Palestinian prisoners said in a message to the Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights that they were suffering from the Israeli occupation authority’s (IOA) medical neglect that turned into a deliberate and systematic policy on the part of the Israeli prisons authority. They added that unlike ordinary hospitals that alleviate pains of patients,…

Israeli Army Raids Bil’in and Burns Olive Tree
Uruknet May 26, 2010 – Early Tuesday morning Israeli soldiers raided the town of Bil’in in the central West Bank. Soldiers fired tear gas, sound bombs, and live ammunition at villagers, detained three journalists attempting to document the raid, and set fire to an ancient olive tree. Bil’in has been at the forefront of the non-violent resistance movement against the…

Zionists can’t stop Freedom Flotilla
Uruknet May 26, 2010 – The decision to be a part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla was not a difficult one to make. For many years, Friends of Al Aqsa has campaigned to bring peace to Palestinians and despite our successes in raising awareness and lobbying in the UK, Israel has continued to breach international law with impunity. The situation…

The National

Arab activist accused of spying on Israel
The National 27 May 2010 – A leading human rights activist from Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority is charged with the most serious security offences on Israel’s statute book, including espionage.

Israel’s indictment of two Arab citizens raises tensions
The National 27 May 2010 – Israel has indicted an activist from its Arab minority for allegedly spying for the Lebanese militant group Hizbollah, and another for contacting a foreign agent.

International Solidarity Movement

DCI: Child blown to pieces, one maimed and two injured in drone attack
5/27/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Defense for Children International – On 7 January 2009, Husam Sobuh (11) decided to bring more food, blankets and clothes to the UNRWA school in Beit Lahiya, where he was taking refuge with his family. On his way, he met with his uncle Osama (36) and his two children, Huda (11) and Luai (9), who were….

FGM: We will resist Israel’s attempts to stop us
5/27/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Free Gaza Movement – As Israel continues to insist it will stop the seven-ship international Freedom Flotilla, two more ships departed from Greece to Gaza today. A 2000 ton cargo ship and fifty-person passenger ship owned by the European Campaign Against the Siege of Gaza, and Swedish/Greek Ship to Gaza campaigns left Athens to meet….

IPSC: Freedom Flotilla of Aid expected to reach Gaza within 48 hours despite threats from Israeli Navy
5/27/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign – The Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, which includes 11 Irish people, expects to arrive at its destination within 48 hours despite Israel’s vow to block the mission from delivering much-needed aid to the beleaguered coastal strip. A forum of seven senior Israeli ministers who met on Wednesday 26th May have decided that….

We Are All Spies: Ameer Makhoul and the Israeli Apartheid System
Alternative Information Center – Ameer Makhoul is being indicted for the crime of searching locations at Google Earth, amongst other things. If there was need to prove that Makhoul’s arrest is a scheme by Israel’s General…

Palestinian Political Prisoner Ameer Makhoul: “I reject all allegations against me”
Alternative Information Center – “This legal proceeding is invalid and I reject all the allegations against me.” So stated Ameer Makhoul to reporters outside a Haifa courthouse in response to the indictment filed against him on 27 May
for espionage,…

Palestine News Network

More Free Gaza Ships Depart From Greece, Israel Threatens
PNN – Greece — PNN – The Israeli government announced on Thursday that the free Gaza seven ship fleet will not be allowed into the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Navy says that they will…

Israeli Troops Storm Bil’in Village And Arrest A Teenager
PNN – Bil’in — PNN – The Israeli military attacked a house in the village of Bil’in, central West Bank, and arrested one teenager on Thursday midday. Soldiers stormed the home of Yasseen family…

Israeli Troops Attack A Palestinian Family And Injure All 8 Of Them
PNN – Hebron – PNN – Israeli soldiers attacked on Thursday a Palestinian family in the village of Ramadeen near Hebron, southern West Bank and injured all eight of them. Special military force stormed…

Construction Resumes in a West Bank Settlement
PNN – Salfit — PNN – Israeli settlers resumed work in the settlement of Mskiut in northern West Bank, Palestinian sources reported on Thursday. Witnesses from nearby Palestinian villages reported that truces loaded with…

U.S. General Steps Down From Palestine Post
PNN – Ramallah — PNN – The man in charge of training and equipping the Palestinian security forces, American Lieutenant General Keith Dayton, submitted a request to retire. Dayton has served in his position…

Israel Accuse activists Of Handing Security Info To Hezbollah
PNN – Jerusalem – PNN – The Israeli Secret Service provided the court on Thursday with an indictment against Ameer Makhoul and Omar Said, both leading Palestinian community organizers in Israel. Petakh Tikva Magistrates’…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (20— 26 May 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jerusalem Post

New IDF civilian-area war doctrine
Jeruslalem Post 28 May 2010 – Change follows Goldstone Report, but ‘doesn’t mean army acted wrongly during Cast Lead.’

Hamas prepares welcome for activists
Jeruslalem Post 28 May 2010 – Fatah, other factions are being frozen out of the celebrations.

Fires in North consume hundreds of dunams of trees
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – Golan blazes apparently sparked by IDF artillery shells.

Israel Railways board member quits director-general race
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – Aviva Nissim-Wolf resigns,accuses Gov’t of improper conduct in the tender.

Inadequate witnesses in Olmert case
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – Judges in former PM’s Rishontours trial chide prosecution for poor witnesses.

Consternation surrounds Shas joining Zionist group
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – Shas: “We define ourselves as a Zionist party, as observant Jews who love Israel.”

Gaza: Hamas prepares heroic welcome for activists
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – Fatah, other factions are being frozen out of the celebrations.

Israel increases diplomatic, PR offensive against flotilla
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – Government calls move “nothing more than a provocation.”

Counter-flotilla plans demonstration
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – Israel advocacy group StandWithUs to surprise the European convoy at sea.

Israeli-Arab peace defined as US security priority
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – White House seeks to ensure Israeli security, viable Palestinian state.

Gov’t to compensate W. Bank settlers
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – Restitution mechanism in place for those hurt by building moratorium.

Road 443 — open from today, to nobody’s satisfaction
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 РPalestinians still have a convoluted ride to the city that provides them essential services • Israelis fear a terror upsurge

‘Charges against Mahoul part of slander campaign’
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – Relatives, friends of Israelis indicted for helping Hizbullah call allegations ‘politically motivated’

Settlers call for ‘non-violent resistance’
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – Leaders unite in call for new, more effective protest to home demolitions.

IDF writes new doctrine for battle in civilian areas
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – Change follows Goldstone Report, but ‘doesn’t mean army acted wrongly during Cast Lead.’

IDF to intercept Gaza-headed flotilla
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – Activists won’t push Hamas to allow Schalit visit for docking rights.

Ban: Iran to clarify nuclear intentions
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – Clinton cites “very serious” disagreement with Brazil’s Iran approach.

Gaza port readies for flotilla
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – Hamas workers labor round-the-clock to develop seaport ahead of international aid convoy.

Rishon Tours corruption trial resumes
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – Witness says Olmert’s funding requests seemed “excessive.”

IDF: Gaza flotilla launch attended by terrorists
Jeruslalem Po
st 27 May 2010 – Activists won’t push Hamas to allow Schalit visit for docking rights.

Gaza flotilla refuses to help Schalit
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – Activists refuse quid pro quo: Visits to soldier for docking rights.

Rattling the Cage: Living it up in Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 27 May 2010 – Gaza is a paradise if Foreign Ministry statements are any indication.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

RCA Completes Construction of Sheikh Zayed District in Jerusalem
WAFA – JERUSALEM, May 27, 2010 (WAFA) – The Dh 15 million Sheikh Zayed District in Jerusalem is one of the key construction projects being financed and undertaken by the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) in

UN Forum on Palestine Focuses on Jerusalem as Key to Peace with Israel
WAFA – ISTANBUL, May 27, 2010 (WAFA)- With tensions high in Jerusalem, and public criticism growing worldwide over the lack of action to alleviate the desperate situation of Palestinians clinging to

PCBS: Slight Increase in IPI in April
WAFA – RAMALLAH, May 27, 2010 (WAFA) – Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said Thursday that Industrial Production Index indicated a slight increase in the West Bank in April 2010 compared with

Abbas to Resume Direct Talks with Israel if Issues of Borders Security Finalised
WAFA – PUTRAJAYA, May 27 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas said he hoped direct peace talks can be resumed with Israel if both sides manage to finalise two issues – borders and security

The Guardian

Israelis and Palestinians share route 443 again despite suspicion and fear
The Guardian 27 May 2010 – Right for all to use highway that cuts through West Bank is restored, but soured by new chain of army checkpoints As the afternoon heat shimmers on the surface of a four-lane highway whipping through the…

Israeli Arabs accused of spying for Hezbollah
The Guardian 27 May 2010 – Israeli prosecutors have charged activists Ameer Makhoul and Omar Said with spying for Lebanese militant group Two prominent Arab citizens of Israel were yesterday accused of spying on behalf of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, charges…

Relief Web

OPT: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report, 19 – 25 May 2010
Relief Web 27 May 2010 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

United Nations Public Forum in Support of the Palestinian People Focuses on Jerusalem as Key to Peace with Israel
Relief Web 27 May 2010 – Source: UN General Assembly

RCA completes construction of Sheikh Zayed District in Jerusalem
Relief Web 27 May 2010 – Source: Emirates News Agency

OPT: Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) Food Security and Market Monitoring Quarterly Report, Issue n. 23, Jan-Mar 2010
Relief Web 27 May 2010 – Source: World Food Programme

YNet News

Foreign Ministry to favor ex-troops
YNet News – AG green-lights Lieberman’s decision to favor Israelis who served state as….

MK in service of Hamas?
YNet News – Balad member to join Hamas men on Gaza-bound ships, intends to ‘portray Israel….

Israel to activists: Fly home at our expense
YNet News – Authorities to receive 800 participants of Gaza aid ‘Freedom Flotilla’ in….

Rivlin tours West Bank factories, slams PA boycott
YNet News – Knesset speaker visits Barkan industrial center, talks to Palestinian workers;….

Russian foreign minister dismisses Iran criticism
YNet News – Lavrov calls Ahmadinejad’s statement that it was difficult to gauge whether….

Jihadists challenge Hamas western approach
YNet News – Hamas accuses radical Islamist Salafi movement identified with global jihad,….

Shalit family’s offer to back Gaza flotilla declined
YNet News – Kidnapped soldier’s family asks organizers of aid mission to urge Hamas to allow….

Rishon Tours affair: Judges tired of identical testimonies
YNet News – Jerusalem District Court criticizes State Prosecutor’s Office for continuously….

J’lem: Right-wing activists call Emanuel ‘anti-Semite’
YNet News – White House chief of staff’s family arrives in capital’s Old City to celebrate….

Gaza activists: Israel to put us in concentration camp
YNet News – The leader of a Gaza-bound aid mission said Thursday Israel wanted to arrest the activists and place them in a “concentration camp”. Greta Berlin, one of the …….

IDF causes disastrous blaze in Golan
YNet News – Firefighting teams succeeded Thursday in putting out a flame that devoured more than 17,000 acres of vegetation in the Golan Heights. The fire was caused by IDF fire …….

Cyprus bans Free Gaza boats
YNet News – Cyprus announced Thursday that it would not allow vessels participating in the flotilla to Gaza to gather in its territorial waters, a move Israel called “an ethical …….

Gaza region attack foiled
YNet News – Attack foiled: Several Palestinians were wounded Thursday evening as the IDF foiled an attempted terror attack near the fence, close to Kibbutz Nahal Oz. IDF forces …….

Daily Star

Government announcement deepens Comoros turmoil
Daily Star 27 May 2010 FOMBONI, Comoros: Fresh rioting broke out Wednesday in the Comoros after the remote African archipelago’s president appointed a new government on the eve of his original scheduled departure from office.Youths on the island of Moheli erected…

Activists vow to keep sailing for Gaza despite Israeli warning
Daily Star 27 May 2010 Pro-Palestinian activists vowed to press ahead and break an Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip on Thursday by sending in a convoy of aid ships despite Israeli warnings it will be stopped. Eight ships, including four…

Britain vows arrest rules change after Israel row
Daily Star 27 May 2010 LONDON: New Foreign Secretary William Hague vowed Thursday to “act speedily” to change the way arrests are ordered under international law in Britain, after a row over visits by Israeli ministers. Tzipi Livni, the former Israeli…

Turkey chides US in Iran row, urges support for swap
Daily Star 27 May 2010 Turkey insisted Thursday that rejecting a nuclear swap deal with Iran would be unreasonable and said that a US push for fresh sanctions on Tehran was creating an “absurd situation.” The swap deal, brokered by Turkey…

Obama’s National Security Strategy seeks US security through peace
Daily Star 27 May 2010 WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s new national security strategy says armed conflict should be a last resort when diplomacy is exhausted, stepping back from the Bush administration’s doctrine of pre-emptive war and its call for the US…

Israel indicts two Arab citizens on charges of aiding Hizbullah
Daily Star 27 May 2010 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel indicted two prominent activists from its Arab minority on Thursday for allegedly spying for the Lebanese group Hizbullah, deepening a case that has raised tensions with the country’s Arab minority. Both men denied…

Palestinian Information Center

Abbas’s militias take Israeli officers on tour in Qalqiliya
PIC 27 May 2010 – A Palestinian informed source revealed that a meeting, preceded by a field tour in Qalqiliya city, took place between Mahmoud Abbas’s security militias and Israeli officers on Tuesday evening.

Netanyahu: you can go to hell
PIC 27 May 2010 – Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has been making impossible conditions he says Palestinians must meet in order for peace to be possible.

Radwan: Israel’s threats to attack Freedom Flotilla are “piracy”
PIC 27 May 2010 – Senior Hamas official Dr. Ismail Radwan said that Israel’s threats to hijack the Freedom Flotilla convoy are an act of piracy and bravado reflecting its terrorist mentality.

Barhoum: AI report incriminates IOA
PIC 27 May 2010 – Amnesty International’s report has verified the IOF war crimes against the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip in the latest war on Gaza, Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, said on Thursday.

German school administration dismisses teacher for wearing Hijab
PIC 27 May 2010 – The German Schmidt school administration in occupied Jerusalem prevented a Palestinian female teacher from entering the school because of wearing a Hijab (a head cover worn by Muslim women).

Palestinian scholars: Helping enemies is a departure from Islam
PIC 27 May 2010 – The league of Palestinian scholars stated Wednesday that cooperating with enemies and taking them as friends or allies against Muslims is a major sin and a departure from the circle of Islam.

Israel orders its troops to hijack Freedom Flotilla convoy
PIC 27 May 2010 – The Israeli political leadership gave its security and military apparatuses a green light to attack the Freedom Flotilla aid convoy and arrest its participants if they refused to go back.

Zahhar: Hamas seeks good relations with all countries
PIC 27 May 2010 – Political bureau member of Hamas Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahhar has said that his movement was seeking good relations with all countries but would not recognize Israeli occupation on the land of Palestine.

Initiating campaign to defend Palestinian woman tortured in Abbas’s jails
PIC 27 May 2010 – A national campaign was launched on Thursday to defend Mervat Sabri, a Palestinian woman who has been exposed to excruciating torture at the hands of Mahmoud Abbas’s militias for more than two month.

Palestinian prisoner in Negev carried to hospital
PIC 27 May 2010 – The Israeli Negev prison administration transferred Palestinian prisoner Ali Al-Sarfini to Ramle prison hospital after his health condition deteriorated, Abdul Nasser Farwana said.

The Media Line

Gaza Port Readies for Flotilla
The Media Line 26 May 2010 – Hamas workers labor round-the-clock to develop seaport ahead of international aid convoy. Using rubble collected by children, Hamas is enlarging and deepening Gaza’s makeshift port in preparation for a flotilla of activist boats attempting to break…

Israel Works to Dispel Belief About Gaza Humanitarian Crisis
The Media Line 26 May 2010 – The Israeli government has apparently launched an information offensive intended to dispel the widespread characterization of a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. Officials are providing facts and figures about the economic situation and availability of…

Surge in Violence Along Israel-Gaza Border Continues
The Media Line 26 May 2010 – The surge in violence along the Israeli-Gaza border that began early in the week continued on Wednesday with additional mortar rounds being fired into Israel from Gaza and another rocket landing inside Israeli territory. The rocket…

Hizbullah Opens “Theme Park” Glorifying War Against Israel
The Media Line 26 May 2010 – Hizbullah has opened a theme park glorifying its battles against Israel on a mountaintop in southern Lebanon. The launch of the tourist site was timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Israel’s unilateral pullout from…

Los Angeles Times

Two Arab Israelis charged with spying for Hezbollah
LA Times 28 May 2010 – Amir Makhoul, head of an Arab advocacy network, and Omar Sayid, a political activist, are accused separately of aiding the militant group. Backers say officials are harassing Israel’s Arab minority. Two Arab Israelis were indicted Thursday on charges of spying for the armed Lebanese group Hezbollah, but their supporters dismissed the allegations and accused authorities of harassing Israel’s Arab minority.

Russia lashes out at Iran
LA Times 28 May 2010 – Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismisses Iranian criticism that Russia is susceptible to Western influence and says Tehran has obstinately refused to address concerns about its nuclear program. A top Russian official Thursday dismissed criticism from the Iranian president as “emotional,” and expressed frustration over what he portrayed as Tehran’s obstinate refusal to confront suspicions over its nuclear program.

New York Times

Defying Israeli Blockade, Vessels Head for Gaza
New York Times 27 May 2010 – Israel denounced a flotilla carrying activists and supplies as a political provocation and vowed not to let the boats reach the Hamas-run territory.

Obama Invites Mideast Leaders to White House, Separately
New York Times 27 May 2010 – The president invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, to the White House for separate meetings.

Misc

We Are All Spies: Ameer Makhoul and the Israeli Apartheid System
Alternative Information Center 3 – Ameer Makhoul is being indicted for the crime of searching locations at Google Earth, amongst other things. If there was need to prove that Makhoul’s arrest is a scheme by Israel’s General…

Mossad Agent Kicked Out Of Australia
Palestine Monitor – Finally a line in the sand. But what does it mean for Israel’s international relations? Reporting from Aaron Dearborn. Mural of Mahmud Al Mabhouh in Gaza As an Australian journalist based in the West Bank city of Ramallah, it is not often that I hear the…

Slamming The Lid On A Can Of Worms
Palestine Monitor – A new PR offensive initiated by the Israeli government looks doomed to failure. Officials focus on sabotage rather than dialogue. This March a leaked document from Israeli government advisers, the Reut institute, recognised that ” increasingly harsh criticism around the world is resulting in an erosion of…

Settlers Take Over Beit Safafa Home
Palestine Monitor – Last week, Palestine Monitor went with EAPPI to visit a Palestinian family evicted from their home in Bet Safafa, South-East-Jerusalem. Upon arrival, the first thing one noticed was the poverty of the place — the houses and sheds had been constructed by lashing together various everyday…

Palestinian Political Prisoner Ameer Makhoul: “I reject all allegations against me”
Alternative Information Center 1 – “This legal proceeding is invalid and I reject all the allegations against me.” So stated Ameer Makhoul to reporters outside a Haifa courthouse in response to the indictment filed against him on 27 May for espionage, assisting an enemy at a time of war and maintaining…

‘Washington Post’ readers aren’t ready yet to learn about Nakba
Mondoweiss – Janine Zacharia covers the Ameer Makhoul case in the Washington Post . Pretty good piece, except: When Israel was created in 1948, the Palestinian Arab community was split between those who remained inside Israel’s borders — and became Israeli citizens — and those who relocated to the…

Democrats afraid of Jewish donor ‘revenge’ in midterms
Mondoweiss – The niceties of America’s often straightlaced political discourse generally preclude the use of a phrase as provocative as this: Jewish revenge . One of the virtues of the Israeli press, however, is that it can be refreshingly blunt. “Officials in the Democratic Party are afraid that the…

Propaganda on the Tennis Channel during rain delay at the French Open
Mondoweiss – What conversations we yet need. Yesterday morning during a rain delay the Tennis Channel turned into the Israel lobby. Anchor Ted Robinson praised “Shahar Peer’s reputation for standing up versus the forces of injustice,” segueing to a nine-minute video glorifying the Israeli tennis player and Israel…

‘WSJ’ runs Israeli flotsam and jetsam
about flotilla

Mondoweiss – Charles Levinson in the Wall Street Journal : Some Israeli officials see a lose-lose public-relations situation. “We can’t win on this one in terms of PR,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor says. “If we let them throw egg at us, we appear stupid with egg on…

Israel attacks the ‘gourmet’ flotilla to Gaza
Mondoweiss – At a time when Israel’s security officials should probably be focused on this week’s extensive home front security drill , it seems that that most of their attention is being paid to the flotilla of ships on its way to the Gaza Strip, laden with humanitarian supplies….

Misc 2

Yousef Munayyer — Why is Israel afraid of a few boats?
Palestine Think Tank – Hundreds of activists are on their way to the blockaded Gaza strip via a “flotilla” of boats carrying humanitarian and reconstruction supplies, which are badly lacking in the impoverished Palestinian territory. Israel has promised to intercept the good-willed boats and arrest and deport the activists. The…

ISRAEL’S BLUFF CALLED BY IRISH
Irish4Palestine – The Irish politicians call Israel’s bluff what a smart political move this is. As per the agreement offered by Shalit’s family, I now except the family of Gilad to start supporting the flotilla in the media and callig on their government to allow it though:Irish Parliamentarians…

HELP THE GAZA FLOTILLA NOW
Irish4Palestine – PLEASE LINK TO THIS AND SPREAD IT Subject: SUPPORT URGENTLY REQUIRED – TEMPLATE LETTER AND EMAIL As you may be aware that Israel has confirmed that they will stop the flotilla by any means necessary and news of temporary prision being set up for all individuals…

GUNS AND CONCENTRATION CAMPS AT THE READY
Irish4Palestine – Israel is currently building a massive white tented concentration camp where they will forcibly take 800 people, from many countries, including Parliamentarians, off their humanitarian boats, sailing on International waters. Israel has 40 buses standing by for transport to the Concentration Camp. Those who refuse to…

Israeli Arabs charged with spying
BBC – Two Israeli Arab activists are charged with being spies for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Israeli PM accepts Obama invite
BBC – The Israeli PM accepts an invitation to meet Barack Obama in Washington, for the first time since a crisdis in relations.

Israel’s Bomb Out of the Shadows
Antiwar.com – Israel faces unprecedented pressure to abandon its official policy of “ambiguity” on its possession of nuclear weapons as the international community meets at the United Nations in New York this week to consider banning such arsenals from the Middle East. Israel’s equivocal stance on its atomic…

The Strategic Ally Myth
Antiwar.com – It is difficult to understand why anyone would take Mort Zuckerman seriously. He is a New York based but Canadian born Israel firster who made a fortune in real estate before buying The New York Daily News and the US News and World Report. He now…

A Day to Remember: Resistance and Liberation Day 2010
Sabbah report – By Brenda Heard* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Anniversaries measure time. In one respect, they are an artificial concept. We decide, for instance, that twenty-five years of marriage should be celebrated, but we ignore the subsequent days as merely marking the path to twenty-six years. And reaching twenty-six…

Articles


Tribute to the people of Gaza
Mairead Maguire, International Solidarity Movement5/27/2010
I never cease to be amazed at the power of the human spirit to survive. During my last visit to Gaza in October 2008 I was amazed and deeply moved by the power of the people I witnessed. In a triumph of hope over adversity and tremendous suffering, love still abides.
Gaza comprises a small strip of land 27 miles long and 6 miles wide. This coastal strip is bordered by Israel on the one side, the Mediterranean Sea on the other and to a lesser extent by Egypt at the southern end. With one and a half million inhabitants Gaza is the fifth most densely populated place on the planet, 50% of which are under the age of 18. Two thirds of the total population hold refugees status, and comprise the victims and their descendants of previous acts of Israeli aggression.
Gaza’s people have suffered an Israeli occupation for over 40 years and even though Israel withdrew from Gaza in August 2005 it has continued to control every aspect of life in the tiny coastal strip. Hamas was democratically elected to power in the 2006 Palestinian elections and has governed the Gaza strip since the summer of 2007. It was at this time in 2007 that Israel commenced its devastating blockade of the strip. Essentially the blockade represents a draconian policy by Israel. A minimum amount of basic subsistence goods are allowed to enter the strip with the intention of holding a malnourished population just short of outright starvation. Coupled to the severe food shortages are the restrictions / ban on basic essentials such a medicine and desperately needed reconstruction materials. This blockade constitutes “Collective Punishment” of a civilian population an act illegal under Article 33 of the fourth Geneva Convention. But the Culture of Impunity, under which Israel operates, means Israel continues to ignore International Law with many of the World’s Governments and international bodies’ remaining silent.
In the words of one Israeli professor, Israel has made Gaza into the largest open air prison in the world. Whether by land, sea or air the one and a half million inhabitants of Gaza are trapped…. more.. e-mail

Humanitarian Flotilla Versus Zionist Navy
Gilad Atzmon, Dissident Voice5/27/2010
Haaretz reports that Israel will attempt to block the humanitarian Freedom Flotilla heading toward Gaza. However, according to the Israeli paper, the humanitarian cargo would then be unloaded, inspected and sent to Gaza overland via the United Nations.
Typical for Israel, it tries to win a lost battle. On the one hand, by stopping the flotilla Israel attempts to maintain its regional status as an omnipotent super power that controls the land, the air and the sea. On the other ha
nd, the Jewish state pathetically also wants to evoke sympathy for being ‘sensitive’ to humanitarian issues and the Palestinian plight.
The Israeli government fails to gather that the tide has changed. We see through them. We all know what the Jewish state stands for. We all know about the devastation in Gaza, we know about the siege, the destruction and the crimes against humanity. We all watch the Israeli separation wall cutting through Palestinian family’s houses and olive orchards. We also follow the racist ethnic cleansing in East Jerusalem. The Israelis better save us from their spins and manipulations.
In case the Israelis still fail to see it, they are dealing this time with an international flotilla that is sailing under Turkish and Greek flags, a fleet that carries 800 enthusiast activists from all over the world. The Israelis are dealing with peace lovers who are determined to break through the siege and deliver medical aid, cement, paper and food. On the deck we have 35 European parliamentarians who must have decided to say NO to Zionist fund raisers. This flotilla is a clear signal to Israel that the game is over. Israel is now all but officially isolated. All that is left for Israel is to come to terms with its true nature: a shameless racist, murderous and terrorist state.
Militarily and politically Israel locked itself into a limbo. For the Israelis it is a “no win situation…. more.. e-mail

The Arms Circus
Gordon Duff, Information Clearing House5/27/2010
Israel Keeping The World In Turmoil
The art of keeping the US at risk for fun and profit
This week, newspapers around the world received reports and signed documents from South Africa. The reports said that, in 1975, Israel agreed to sell South Africa nuclear weapons. South Africa then released an arms agreement signed by current Israeli President Shimon Peres. This is the document “heard round the world.”
Meetings being held in New York to set up a conference for 2012 to guarantee that the Middle East is nuclear free. Israel has been informed that it will not be able to hide behind denials and that the nuclear arsenal put on the sale block by Israel in 1975 and nobody knows how many times since, has to go. When Israel was finally caught, it changed at least one part of a game, but the game will go on. South Africa’s willingness to come forward has shocked the world only because of the selfless honesty of the act, something unseen, something clean and decent. Imagine, the fall of Israel at the hands of an innocent.
What does it mean? Neither South Africa nor Israel are admitting that the nukes were delivered. General beliefs are that they were, a real shock to Nelson Mandela when he took office, from prisoner of apartheid to commander of a nuclear power. What is proven by this is that Israel was, even 35 years ago, a nuclear state, in direct violation of numerous international treaties. It also proves that Israel offered nukes to South Africa, a rogue nation under sanctions that covered not only any weapons but trade as well. This made Israel a criminal state and Mr. Peres a war criminal.
More than that, it makes any aid America gives Israel illegal. If Israel is nuclear, which is now official, and in violation of international treaties, just as with Iraq and Iran, then America has to demand inspections and disarmament. more.. e-mail

Israel indicts tortured rights activist Ameer Makhoul
Electronic Intifada: 27 May 2010 – A leading human rights activist from Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority was charged yesterday with the most serious security offenses on Israel’s statute book, including espionage. Prosecutors indicted Ameer Makhoul, the head of Ittijah, an umbrella organization for Arab human rights groups in Israel, with spying on security facilities on behalf of Hizballah after an alleged meeting with one of its agents in Denmark in 2008. Jonathan Cook reports.

Gaza home demolitions spark anger, highlight housing crisis
Electronic Intifada: 27 May 2010 – On 16 May, bulldozers demolished 20 houses in the al-Barahma neighborhood west of Rafah in the southern occupied Gaza Strip. This tragic scene has been repeated all too many times in Palestine’s history, but what made this different, and a subject of great controversy and outcry, is that it was carried out by the Palestinian Land Authority (PLA), backed by police from the Hamas government. Rami Almeghari reports for The Electronic Intifada.

Rights group condemns attacks on Gaza civil society
Electronic Intifada: 27 May 2010 – In a joint press conference held with the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organization Network (PNGO) on 24 May 2010, Al-Haq’s director, Shawan Jabarin condemned two recent attacks on civil society organizations in Gaza.

Mossad Agent Kicked Out Of Australia
Palestine Monitor: 27 May 2010 – Finally a line in the sand. But what does it mean for Israel’s international relations? Reporting from Aaron Dearborn. Mural of Mahmud Al Mabhouh in Gaza As an Australian journalist based in the West Bank city of Ramallah, it is not often that I hear the names of Australian politicians on the lips of local Palestinians. But news of Australia’s expulsion of an Israeli secret service agent over the forging of passports used in the assassination of a top Hamas leader in Dubai earlier this year, have torn through the city streets like a desert wind. And with memories of Joe Biden’s humiliation in Jerusalem still fresh, its easy to understand why Australia’s decision to dismiss the Mossad operative carries a spirit of hope the local Palestinian community had long failed to see in the international community. Finally, someone stood up and drew a line in the sand. As Australia’s…

Slamming The Lid On A Can Of Worms
Palestine Monitor: 27 May 2010 – A new PR offensive initiated by the Israeli government looks doomed to failure. Officials focus on sabotage rather than dialogue. This March a leaked document from Israeli government advisers, the Reut institute, recognised that ” increasingly harsh criticism around the world is resulting in an erosion of Israel’s international image “. The 90 page report acknowledged Israel’s lack of commitment to ending occupation, failure to grant equal rights to Arab citizens and disregard for international law were turning it into a ” pariah state “. The solution? Rather than address the criticisms, which Reut themselves accepted to be well founded, pour greater resources than ever into combating ” delegitimizers “, notably human rights groups, journalists and private citizens like Noam Chomsky. During the chaotic week of March that saw 200 Palestinians injured and 300 arrested, there were numerous reports of police brutality, commonly against children. Despite the physical eviden
ce of broken-limbed children arriving at hospitals in…

Settlers Take Over Beit Safafa Home
Palestine Monitor: 27 May 2010 – Last week, Palestine Monitor went with EAPPI to visit a Palestinian family evicted from their home in Bet Safafa, South-East-Jerusalem. Upon arrival, the first thing one noticed was the poverty of the place — the houses and sheds had been constructed by lashing together various everyday materials. Most of the material was re-used and in bad condition. The expropriated house was dilapidated, without glass in the window-frames. The looming question was: who would want to live here? Samha Hassan Salah in her 90s is living in a goat shed after settlers took over her home Courtesy: EAPPI And yet the house is the object of a dispute, as two competing parties are vying for ownership. Two weeks ago, the Salah family was evicted and Yitzchak Herskovitz, a Zionist settler and American citizen, moved in. Not long after speaking to the Salah family we could see a few settlers gathering on…

Humanitarian Flotilla vs. Evil Navy
Palestine Chronicle: 27 May 2010 – By Gilad Atzmon – London Haaretz reports today that Israel will attempt to block the humanitarian Freedom Flotilla heading toward Gaza. However, according to the Israeli paper, the humanitarian cargo would then be unloaded, inspected and sent to Gaza overland via the United Nations. Typical for Israel, it tries to win a lost battle. On the one hand, by stopping the flotilla Israel attempts to maintain its regional status as an omnipotent super power that controls the land, the air and the sea. On the other hand, the Jewish state pathetically also wants to evoke sympathy for being ‘sensitive’ to humanitarian issues and the Palestinian plight. The Israeli government fails to gather that the tide has changed. We see through them. We all know what the Jewish state stands for. We all know about the devastation in Gaza, we know about the siege, the destruction and the crimes against humanity….more

‘The Internet is a Game Changer’ – A Paperless World
Palestine Chronicle: 27 May 2010 – By Ramzy Baroud The debate is no longer confined to a few academics in distant universities. It is now a widely prevalent, mainstream topic of discussion. How will the news of the future be distributed? The jury is still out, but not completely. Increasingly, we are driven to believe that the future will be paperless. Some argue that the “paper” will be taken out of the “newspaper” within a few years. Their logic might have come across as far-fetched in the late 1990s, but it can hardly be dismissed in 2010. Two American intellectuals added their voices to the chorus of those predicting that the print media would not continue to define the news for long. In October 2009, Leonard Downie Jr., vice president at large and former executive editor of The Washington Post, and Michael Schudson, professor of Communication at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, co-authored a 98-page…more

More material available from Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel – www.vtjp.org
To subscribe, please write to OccupationNews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OccupationNews/join

One thought on “VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 27 May, 2010: Israeli Government: “Solidarity Ships Will Not Be Allowed To Reach Gaza”

  1. Pingback: MMC-NEWS

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.