VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 23 June, 2010: War crimes suit filed against Barak, Livni in Belgium

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Lawsuit Filed in Belgium Against Barak, Livni
IMEMC – 23 Jun 2010 – A Palestinian-Belgian national, and 13 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, filed on Wednesday a lawsuit against 14 Israeli military and politically officials including Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, former Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, and General Matan Vilani, and former Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, for “committing crimes against humanity and for committing war crimes in Gaza”.

Turkish Military Delegation In Israel For Drone Deal
IMEMC – 23 Jun 2010 – Turkish Military officials are currently in Israel to receive instructions and test four Israeli drones, Heron, manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries, owned by Israel.

Settlers Attack Palestinian Village Near Hebron
IMEMC – 23 Jun 2010 – Dozens of armed Jewish settlers of Bat Ayin Settlement, attacked Palestinian homes in the nearby village of Safa, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Israel Launches Its Sixth Spy Satellite
IMEMC – 23 Jun 2010 – The Israeli Defense Establishment successfully launched its six spy satellite on Tuesday evening, in a move that was described as another advancement meant to boost Israel’s intelligence-gathering capabilities.

Israeli Court Begins Trial Against Palestinian Official For ‘Illegally Praying’ At al-Aqsa Mosque
IMEMC – 23 Jun 2010 – Court proceedings began Wednesday morning in Jerusalem for Hatem Abdel Qader, the Palestinian Chief of Jerusalem Affairs. He was charged with “violating a military order” preventing him from praying at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Ma’an News

Settlers attack Palestinians near Bethlehem
6/23/2010 – Hebron – Ma’an – Furious after their own government demolished two houses in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian property in the latest incident of the “price tag” phenomenon. Dozens of residents of the illegal Israeli settlement of Bat Ayin, in the Bethlehem Governorate, were seen throwing stones and empty bottles at Palestinian….

Family says son paralyzed from torture in Israeli jail
6/23/2010 – Jenin – Ma’an – The parents of a Palestinian detainee from Jenin have called on international rights groups to secure their son’s immediate release, after he was reportedly tortured in an Israeli prison. Asad Sholi, from the Kafr Dan village in Jenin, was severely beaten by Israeli Prison Service staff, during which both hands and legs were….

Israel forces surround Jerusalem home
6/23/2010 – Jerusalem – Ma’an – Israeli forces deployed around a Palestinian home south of Jerusalem following fierce clashes between local landowners and settlers attempting to expand a road in the area, onlookers said. The settlers were using bulldozers to enlarge a street in advance of plans to install a mobile home in Beit Safafa, witnesses said. Many settlements….

Protests in Jerusalem for banned Fatah official
6/23/2010 – Jerusalem/Bethlehem – Ma’an – Protesters gathered Wednesday outside an Israeli court to support a Fatah official on trial for violating an order banning him from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The trial for Fatah’s Jerusalem affairs chief Hatem Abdel Qader was postponed for the second time. Proceedings were canceled in May when Israeli protesters stormed the….

Gaza rallies against Jerusalem lawmakers’ deportation
6/23/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Gaza legislators and faction leaders gathered at the Palestinian Legislative Council building in Gaza City on Wednesday, to protest an Israeli decision to deport four Jerusalem lawmakers from the city. Deputized PLC Speaker Ahmad Bahar said the move to expel Muhammad Abu Tier, Muhammad Totah, Khaled Abu Arafa, and Ahmed Atoun, from Jerusalem….

Abu Ali Brigade says sniper shot Israeli soldier
6/23/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – The Abu Ali Mustapha Brigade said a sniper force fired at an Israeli soldier on Wednesday morning near the Abu Samra Gate, north of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. A statement issued by the brigade, affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said the Israeli force was standing….

3 detainees mark 21 years in Israeli prisons
6/23/2010 – Salfit – Ma’an – Three Palestinians from the Bruqin marked 21 years in Israeli custody on Saturday, head of Salfit Detainees Center said Wednesday. A statement released by Abdul Nasser Farawneh, himself a former detainee, said the three men were detained on 20 June 1989 and were charged with affiliation to Fatah and killing an Israeli settler….

War crimes suit filed against Barak, Livni in Belgium
6/23/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – Two Belgian lawyers working on behalf of Palestinian filed suit against 14 Israeli leaders on allegations of war crimes committed during Operation Cast Lead, news agencies reported. The respondents include Israeli opposition chairwoman Tzipi Livni for her role as foreign minister during the Gaza offensive between December 2008 and January 2009, former….

NGO runs anti-stigma campaign in Nablus
6/23/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – A workshop on early marriage and polygamy is taking place in the northern West Bank city of Nablus on Wednesday. Organized by M?ɬ©decins du Monde, the workshop is part of an anti-stigma campaign, one activity of the year-long mental health project the French organization is running in the West Bank and Gaza….

Gaza: 2 terminals open
6/23/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Israeli authorities opened two of the Gaza Strip’s terminals temporarily on Wednesday for limited deliveries of commercial goods, humanitarian aid and fuel. Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh told Ma’an that a maximum of 134 truckloads of commercial merchandise and humanitarian aid would be shipped through the southern Kerem Shalom crossing. Limited quantities of….

Egypt border guards shoot Sudanese migrant
6/23/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Egyptian police shot and injured a Sudanese migrant and detained three others who attempted to cross into Israel on Wednesday, Egyptian security sources said. The sources told Ma’an that a police patrol scanning the borders three kilometers to the south of Gaza’s Kerem Shalom crossing spotted four people trying to cut through a….

Israeli army detains 4 Nablus teenagers
6/23/2010 – Nablus – Ma’an – Israeli forces detained four Palestinian teenagers from Nablus and transferred them to the Huwwara detention center for questioning, the lawyer representing them from the Prisoners’ Society said Wednesday. After questioning, their detention was extended under the pretext of further investigation, the lawyer said. The four seized were identified by the society as:- Tareq….

Emergency Arab League summit in Libya
6/23/2010 – Cairo – Ma’an – A quintuple Arab League summit will be held in Libya next week at the request of President Muammar Qaddafi in light of the “dangerous” situation in the region, Arab League chief Amr Moussa said Tuesday. Qaddafi is the rotating president of the regional body. Then an emergency Arab League summit will be held….

Israel says spy satellite launched
6/23/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – Israel has launched a spy satellite into orbit from an air force base near the center of the country, The New York Times reported Wednesday. The new satellite, known as Ofek 9, will help Israel more efficiently monitor the region, including Iran, Chaim Eshed, director of Israel’s military space program, told the….

Al-Aqsa TV still on French air as officials appeal ban
6/23/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – The Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV in Gaza said Tuesday it was in talks over a French ban threatening to take the station off air and would continue to broadcast to Europe through Thursday, Agence France-Presse reported.”We are still in negotiations with the French government and the broadcasting union and the European Union….

PA police, prosecutors get cooperation training
6/23/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Palestinian Authority police completed a two-day workshop in Ramallah on Monday aimed at improving cooperation between the prosecution and the police in criminal investigations. The workshop is part of a project initiated by EUPOL COPPS in June 2009 that included a study trip of 10 officers and prosecutors to Sweden that focused on….

Mubarak: Israel responsible for siege, not Cairo
6/23/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – Egypt strongly rejects any Israeli attempt to renounce its responsibility toward Gaza and transpose it on to Cairo, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Wednesday. Speaking before top officials of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), Mubarak Egypt will work toward lifting the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip, stressing that the Palestinian….

Egypt FM receives independent Palestinian delegation
6/23/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit received a delegation of Palestinian independent politicians on Tuesday, Egyptian media reported. Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said some members of the delegation came from Gaza and that the meeting was aimed at encouraging dialogue with all Palestinian factions to end division, the news site Egypt News….

Netanyahu: PA has no intention to enter direct talks
6/23/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Palestinian Authority of obstructing dialogue on Wednesday, as he spoke before the Knesset, Israeli media reported.”The Palestinian side promoted the Goldstone report, organized boycotts, and tried to prevent our entrance into the OECD. The Palestinian Authority has no intentions of engaging in direct talks with….

Fatah leader Hazim Qumsiyya dead at 55
6/23/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Fatah Revolutionary Council member Hazim Qumsiyya died on Wednesday morning at the age of 55. Qumsiyya, from Beit Sahour near Bethlehem, was also director of international relations for the Palestinian Teachers Union. The Fatah movement announced Qumsiyya’s death and applauded “the major role he played serving Palestine and the Palestinian people.”Qumsiyya’s funeral….

PFLP leader says unity file unchanged
6/23/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – All party statements concerning a unity deal between rival parties Hamas and Fatah are “confused and lack accuracy,” said leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Jamil Mezher on Wednesday.”The reconciliation file remains the same without any changes,” the Gaza-based leader told Ma’an.”We cannot talk about the failure….

Fire damages plastics factory near Nablus
6/23/2010 – Nablus – Ma’an – Palestinian firefighters have contained a blaze that broke out Wednesday inside a plastics factory in the Jamma’in industrial zone south of Nablus. No injuries were reported. A report issued by the civil defense said the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit in the main box. Crews from the nearby Burin and….

Palestine Note

A big corner has been turned in Gaza
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – The Israeli decision to ease the three-year-old siege of Gaza is being greeted with mild welcome in many quarters, and deep skepticism in others. The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has pleaded with the world via the…

Yediot’s legal affairs editor on “the emergence of apartheid and fascism” in Israel
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – Yediot’s legal affairs editor, Judge (ret.) Boaz Okon, lists a series of undemocratic events in the Israeli public sphere and urges his readers to come to contemplate what they mean when seen together: These dots are…

Hebron Jew won’t claim home until settlers leave
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – Washington – An elderly Jewish man born in Hebron during the British mandate period has told the city’s Palestinian mayor that he will not return to his home there until Israeli settlers leave the city. A…

Life under siege
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – PN exclusive report from Gaza: Little has changed under Israeli blockade By Erica Silverman Gaza – More than a year after Israel’s 23-day offensive, Operation Caste Lead, in the Gaza Strip, leveled city blocks still mark…

US Afghan commander dismissed
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – Washington – General Stanley McChrystal has been removed from his command by President Barack Obama. General Stanley McChrystal leaves his post as US Afghan commander after making critical and insulting remarks about the Obama administration in…

Gaza: A Kadima-made quagmire
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – The political mudslinging between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Tzipi Livni over the failure of Israel’s siege of Gaza would be amusing if it were not so disturbing. The exchange basically comes down…

Covering conflict in Palestine
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – Watch the live streaming video of a panel discussion at The Palestine Center in Washington entitled “Covering Conflict in Palestine” with Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Aqleh and former New York Times Gaza correspondent Taghreed El-Khodary….

Belgians sue Israeli officials for Gaza war crimes
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – Washington — A group of Belgians has filed suit against Israeli leaders and soldiers for alleged war crimes committed during the Israel three-week incursion into the Gaza Strip in December 2008-January 2009. Among those targeted by…

Cast Lead murder hearing begins, military procedure under reivew
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – Washington – The hearing of an Israeli soldier accused of murdering two Gaza women began yesterday, AFP news agency reported Wednesday. The above picture shows bombing damage in Gaza from Operation Cast Lead. [Workers’ Party of…

Arab League to hold special meeting
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – Washington – Current Arab League president Muammar Gaddafi has called for a special meeting of Arab League members June 28, the Jordan Times reported Wednesday. Col. Muammar Gaddafi is the current state leader of the Arab…

Israeli editor accuses state of ‘apartheid and fascism’
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – Washington – “Apartheid and fascism” are emerging in Israel, argued Boaz Okon, the legal affairs editor for the leading Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronot, Israeli blog Coteret reported Wednesday. The Israeli separation barrier, also called the “apartheid…

Mubarak: Israel trying to ‘shirk responsibility’ for Gaza
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – Washington — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has denounced Israeli attempts to “shirk responsibility” for Gaza and place it on Cairo’s shoulders, Ynet News reported . During a speech to his ruling party Wednesday, Mubarak accused the Israeli…

Malaysia leads push for UN flotilla meeting
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – Washington – In response to Israel’s deadly assault on Gaza-bound aid ships in international waters last month, Arab and Muslim countries led by Malaysia are seeking an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss…

Israel launches spy satellite
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – Washington — Israel launched its sixth spy satellite Tuesday night, giving the state one more eye on Iran. The Ofek 9 spy satellite was launched from a base south of Tel Aviv Tuesday night, and began…

Israel holding mystery ‘Prisoner X’
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – Washington – Israel is holding a prisoner, possibly involved in an espionage case, in conditions so secret even his jailers do not know his name. [Photo: Wikimedia Commons] Israel’s Ynet news website first reported on the…

Swedish dock workers blockade Israeli cargo
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – Washington – In response to the Israel’s high-seas raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla May 31 that killed nine, the Swedish Dock Workers Union (SDWU) launched Wednesday a week-long blockade of Israeli cargo to and from…

Surviving on a crust in Cairo’s expanding slums
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – Cairo – IRIN – For seven-year-old Ahmed Yasser, it is normal to have just a crust of bread to munch on throughout the afternoon as he plays with other children in a narrow alley in the…

US calls Gaza aid ships ‘unnecessary confrontations’
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – Washington – Upon being asked if the US has “talked to the Lebanese authorities” about aid ships bound for Gaza, the US Department of State responded on Wednesday that groups wishing to deliver aid should do…

Forced evictions threatened
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – Settlers threaten to seize Palestinian houses in Jerusalem New York – Israeli settlers on Wednesday threatened to forcibly evict four Palestinian families from their homes in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem. According to the Israeli…

Mideast night beat: McChrystal’s fate in the balance
Palestine Note 23 Jun 2010 – Today in Palestine, Israel, the broader Middle East, and beyond: US Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal appears at a ceremony at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Nov. 21, 2009. [US Navy photo, Christopher Mobley] President Barack Obama has…

“Storm in pajamas”: Maariv reports US concerned by age of Flotilla investigation commissioners
Palestine Note 22 Jun 2010 – The makings of a farce: [Commission member Shabtai] Rosen’s long list of credentials did not help endear him to the Americans, who were embarrassed by the photograph of him reading material while wearing pajamas with his…

Lieberman: Kadima has conditional spot in future coalition
Palestine Note 22 Jun 2010 – Washington — Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday that the governing coalition could include the Kadima party but only if the party forfeits its support of a land-for-peace policy, accepting instead the governing coalition’s proposed…

Aljazeera

Syria sends rights activist to jail
AlJazeera 23 Jun 2010 – Award-winning lawyer given three-year sentence for “weakening national morale”.

Case filed over Gaza assault
AlJazeera 23 Jun 2010 – Belgian prosecutor to decide on merit of war-crimes charges against 14 Israeli officials.

Israel launches spy satellite
AlJazeera 23 Jun 2010 – Israel sends satellite into orbit in potential bid to monitor its enemies.

Palestine News Network

Social Class On Gaza’s Beaches
PNN – Gaza – PNN – While much of the recent press about Gaza beaches has been about the attempts to bring aid by landing ships from the Freedom Gaza flotilla there, daily life…

New Operational Procedures For Israeli Military
PNN – Gaza – PNN – For the first time, the Israeli military has drawn up operational procedures for how its troops should act in areas of civilian population during military offensives, the Jerusalem…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (10-16 June 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jerusalem Post

FM proposes peace ‘blueprint’
Jeruslalem Post 24 Jun 2010 – In ‚ÄòPost’ op-ed, Lieberman writes it’s legal to remove some Arabs’ Israeli citizenship.

PM defends diplomatic policies in Knesset
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jun 2010 – Livni: ‚ÄòTo enlist world, change old coalition’

Hamas warns Israel against Schalit rescue
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jun 2010 – Terror group’s website says captive has been watching World Cup games.

Fashion show in Christian village outrages Muslims
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jun 2010 – Hamas figure calls event ‚Äòimmoral,’ denounces PA for sponsorship and attendance.

Lieberman: Restart settlement contstruction
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jun 2010 – In meeting with Austrian chancellor, Netanyahu notes irony in using female flotilla against Israel.

UAE shuts business for trade with Iran
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jun 2010 – UN sanctions adopted in one of Teheran’s largest trading partners.

Lieberman and Netanyahu in spat
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jun 2010 – Tensions rise over efforts to bring Kadima into the coalition.

Belgian indictment against Barak, Livni
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jun 2010 – Activists call for war crimes trial on Operation Cast Lead events.

‘Egypt’s view of Israel at low’
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jun 2010 – Report: Israeli ambassador complained to J’lem about Egyptian attitude.

Lebanon warns Israel against attacking new flotilla
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jun 2010 – Beirut sends letter to UN putting responsibility on Israel.

‘Gaza is Israel’s responsibility’
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jun 2010 – Mubarak accuses Israel of trying to make Egypt responsible for Gaza.

‘No Red Cross visit for Schalit’
Jeruslalem Post 23 Jun 2010 – Hamas again denies humanitarian request over security concerns.

International Solidarity Movement

Justice for Adeeb Abu Rahma: Peaceful protest is not a crime
6/23/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – The conflict between the Israeli military and security and the popular non-violent Palestinian resistance is reaching a crisis – in large part a tribute to the worldwide credibility and admiration the resistance is steadily winning. Today in Palestine, such resistance is breaking out in larger towns, small villages, Bedouin encampments, in both Christian and Muslim areas….

Ha’aretz

33 Greeks to sue Israeli officials over Gaza flotilla raid
Ha’aretz – Group of Greek citizens who took part in Gaza-bound flotilla that was taken over by the IDF last month to sue senior Israeli officials – including Defense Min. Barak, and…

Belgian lawyers to charge Barak and Livni for war crimes
Ha’aretz – Two Belgian lawyers, working on behalf of a group of Palestinians, plan to charge 14 Israeli politicians, including Ehud Olmert, Ehud Barak, Tzipi Livni and Matan Vilnai, for crimes against…

Netanyahu to human rights activists: Sail to Tehran, not Gaza
Ha’aretz – Prime minister says the real human rights violations are in Iran, warns that Israel’s legitimacy is under attack.

Balkan summit condemns Israeli raid on Gaza flotilla
Ha’aretz – 13 southeastern European countries, including Turkey, call for independent and internationally credible investigation on Gaza flotilla deaths., Suspects allegedly fired 11 bullets at Beit Yonatan settlers’ jeep, lightly wounding a…

Hamas: We won’t let Red Cross visit Shalit
Ha’aretz – Hamas official says visitation denied for fear it might lead Israel to try to free abducted IDF soldier in military operation.

Malaysia seeks emergency UN session on Gaza flotilla deaths
Ha’aretz – Diplomatic sources say effort stems from a desire to embarrass Israel in response to what Arab states consider a lax UN response to the raid.

Hamas says Gilad Shalit watches World Cup in captivity
Ha’aretz – Pro-Hamas news website reports that the captive Israeli soldier has been following daily soccer matches on pro-Hamas al-Aqsa satellite channel.

IDF Chief: We can’t let Gaza become an Iranian port
Ha’aretz – Iran announces sending aid ship to Gaza; Israel: Ships sent by Iran’s ayatollahs have nothing to do with humanitarian aid.

Israel prevents prisoners from studying
23 Jun 2010 – Palestine, June 23, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — The Israeli Prison Service prevents Palestinian prisoners from completing their university study and seized their books. Yaser Abu Baker, Palestinian leader prisoner in the Askalan Israeli jail, said that the prisoners’ conditions in the jail are very bad as a result of the brutal restrictions imposed by the jail administration. The Israeli Prison…

Israel detains 4 Palestinians in Ramallah
23 Jun 2010 – Ramallah, June 23, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained on Wednesday four Palestinians in Ramallah, in West Bank, local sources reported. The Israeli forces roamed a number of towns in Ramallah, raided houses and then detained the four Palestinians. IOF carries out search operations and raids on daily basis aim to arrest Palestinian youth under the pretext…

Israeli settlers break into Safa area
23 Jun 2010 – Hebron, June 23, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli settlers broke into Safa area north of Hebron city, in the West Bank, where they attacked the citizens. Mohammed Awad, the spokesman for the Palestinian solidarity project, said that Israeli settlers broke into Ain Al-Bida area near Bait Ain settlement and threw stones at the citizens and opened fire at air. He…

Uruknet

Turkish-Israeli relations frozen, can the Arabs turn this to their favour?
Uruknet June 23, 2010 – Turkey has been pursuing a new foreign policy since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in November 2002. Although Turkey maintained its special ties with Israel during the early years of the AKP administration, there was growing concern among Israeli leadership regarding Turkey’s increasing activism in the Middle East, particularly its relations…

Israeli Court Begins Trial Against Palestinian Official For ‘Illegally Praying’ At al-Aqsa Mosque
Uruknet June 23, 2010 – Court proceedings began Wednesday morning in Jerusalem for Hatem Abdel Qader, the Palestinian Chief of Jerusalem Affairs. He was charged with “violating a military order” preventing him from praying at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The mosque is considered the third-holiest site in Islam, but many Muslims are prohibited by Israeli authorities from praying there….

Settlers attack Palestinians near Bethlehem
Uruknet June 23, 2010 – Furious after their own government demolished two houses in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian property in the latest incident of the “price tag” phenomenon. Dozens of residents of the illegal Israeli settlement of Bat Ayin, in the Bethlehem Governorate, were seen throwing stones and empty bottles at Palestinian homes in…

Israel says spy satellite launched
Uruknet June 23, 2010 – Israel has launched a spy satellite into orbit from an air force base near the center of the country, The New York Times reported Wednesday. The new satellite, known as Ofek 9, will help Israel more efficiently monitor the region, including Iran, Chaim Eshed, director of Israel’s military space program, told the newspaper…

Ahmad Sa’adat Greets the US Social Forum
Uruknet June 23, 2010 – I greet you from inside the walls of the prisons of the occupation, with the voice of thousands of Palestinian and Arab political prisoners. On behalf of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement, the Palestinian national movement, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, I carry our salutes to the US Social Forum, this coming…

Two Hollandese Citizens on Flotilla Sue the Israeli Government
Uruknet June 22, 2010 – The Dutch Foreign Ministry informed Amin abu Rashed, the coordinator of the “European Campaign to Lift the Siege on Gaza”, who was present on the freedom flotilla, that they will pay all expenses of a lawsuit which he filed together with another Hollandese citizen against the Israeli authorities because of their abduction in the international…

Gaza’s humanitarian crisis is not a surprise—it’s what we wanted
Uruknet June 22, 2010 – …The failure of the international community to confront Israel’s decision to isolate Gaza from Israel and the West Bank is at the root of the web of crises centered on Gaza today. However understandable the international focus on Gaza’s humanitarian emergency, what is at issue is the fact that Gaza’s current nightmare is the consequence…

International campaign launched in support of parliamentarians threatened with eviction from Jerusalem
Uruknet June 22, 2010 – International campaign launched in support of parliamentarians threatened with eviction from JerusalemFollowing the Israeli interior minister’s decision to expel three Jerusalemite MPs from the city, the International Campaign for the Release of the Abducted Members of the Palestinian Parliament has sent out letters to every national parliament throughout the world, as well as international parliamentary…

Let the Truth Be Heard!
Uruknet June 22, 2010 – On June 16, 2010 the International Action Center circulated a petition entitled: Defend Gaza Freedom Flotilla Survivors’ Right to Speak! The petition concerned a scheduled event for Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 7:00 PM at House of the Lord Church, 415 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn and a speaking tour by U.S. filmmaker Iara Lee, British political…

Continued Ethnic Cleansing and Measures Aimed at Creating Jewish Majority in Occupied Jerusalem
Uruknet June 22, 2010 – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns aggressive measures taken by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) in East Jerusalem, which are part of a series of measures aimed at ethnic cleansing and creating a Jewish majority in the city. Recent measures with this aim have included: bulldozing activities in northern Jerusalem to build…

Flotilla Resolution Breaks Zionist Propaganda
Uruknet June 22, 2010 – What follows is the resolution adopted unanimously by the municipal council of Vienna. It bears the signatures of all political parties, and this has caused the anger of the zionist colony in Vienna. In fact, the days since this resolution was adopted have seen paroxysms of rage and hatred on an almost daily basis from…

The National

Lebanon’s aid flotilla ready to set sail for Gaza despite threats and hurdles
The National 23 Jun 2010 – Despite threats by Israel, a Lebanese ship filled with humanitarian supplies could depart the northern city of Tripoli within days.

Israel hides behind Iranophobia to justify its actions
The National 23 Jun 2010 – Benjamin Netanyahu has compared Iran to Nazi Germany, but analysts say that simply justifies actions that are condemned abroad.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Bedouin Lands Case: No Clear Answers from Israel’s Expert Witness
WAFA – BEERSHEBA, June 23, 2010 (WAFA)- Judicial proceedings in the Bedouin Land Case resumed today at the Beersheba District Court, with Att. Michael Sfard continuing the cross-examination of Prof. Ruth

Improving Cooperation between PCP, Public Prosecutor’s Office
WAFA – RAMALLAH, June 23, 2010 (WAFA)- EUPOL COPPS facilitated a High Level Seminar on Improved Cooperation between the Palestinian Civil Police (PCP) and the Public Prosecution, On June 20-21 in Ramallah.

Funding Shortages Limiting UN Ability to Aid Palestinian Refugees
WAFA – CAIRO, June 23, 2010 (WAFA)- The head of the United Nations agency tasked with supporting Palestinian refugees has urged the international community to bridge a $103 million budget deficit, saying

UNRWA Unveils New Danish-Funded School in Yarmouk
WAFA – DAMASCUS, June 23, 2010 (WAFA)- The Ambassador of Denmark to Syria, Ms Christina Markus Lassen, today inaugurated a new school building in Yarmouk Camp. The Malkiyeh/Tarshiha school was built and

Daily Star

Defiant Iran hails strides in uranium enrichment
Daily Star 23 Jun 2010 TEHRAN: Iran said on Wednesday it has produced more than 17 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium, as the nation’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei branded newly imposed sanctions a “confused” act. “We have so far…

Syria jails award-winning lawyer Hasni – rights groups
Daily Star 23 Jun 2010 DAMASCUS: Award-winning Syrian human-rights lawyer Muhannad al-Hasni, charged with “spreading false information,” has been sentenced to three years in prison, Syrian rights groups said Wednesday. “The criminal court in Damascus today condemned the lawyer Muhannad al-Hasni…

Hamas TV remains on air as it appeals French ban
Daily Star 23 Jun 2010 GAZA CITY: The Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV station in Gaza said late Tuesday it was in negotiations over a French ban and would continue to broadcast to Europe through Thursday. “We are still in negotiations with the…

Israel faces war crimes complaint in Belgium
Daily Star 23 Jun 2010 BRUSSELS: A group of Palestinians filed a war crimes complaint in a Belgian court Wednesday against 14 top Israeli officials including Defense Minister Ehud Barak, their lawyer said. The complaint, presented to the Belgian federal prosecutor,…

Egypt oil minister mulls limiting offshore Suez rigs
Daily Star 23 Jun 2010 CAIRO: Egypt’s oil minister Sameh Fahmi has said the government is considering reducing drilling in the Gulf of Suez after crude washed ashore for several days, a state-owned newspaper reported on Wednesday. Environmental groups sounded the…

Inter Press Service

U.S.: Right-Wing Israel Lobby Riding High in Election Run-Up
IPS Despite the growing international condemnation and isolation incurred by the government of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the right-wing leadership of the so-called “Israel Lobby” here is riding high in the U.S. Congress.

YNet News

Gaza flotilla organizer: We’ll sue Israel at ICJ
YNet News – Audrey Bomse of Free Gaza movement says members collecting evidence, testimonies….

Israel jails brother of Ghanaian soccer player
YNet News – Brother of John Paintsil who waved Israeli flag during 2006 World Cup files for….

War crimes suit filed against Barak, Livni in Belgium
YNet News – Belgian of Palestinian descent, together with 13 Gaza Strip residents, files….

Lebanon warns Israel against attacking ships
YNet News – Beirut says will hold Jerusalem responsible for any attack against….

Preparing for flotillas like on eve of war
YNet News – IDF examining ways of improving non-violent siege-enforcement methods ahead of….

Mubarak: Israel shirking responsibility of Gaza Strip
YNet News – Egyptian leader says Israel trying to place responsibility towards Strip on….

Experts: Ofek 9 will detect Iranian activity
YNet News – The chairman of the Israel Space Agency (ISA) says the new Ofek 9 spy satellite will be able to detect any material transferred by the Iranians. Experts explain that …….

Barak to Clinton: Proximity talks won’t help
YNet News – WASHINGTON — Defense Minister Ehud Barak told US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday that the proximity talks would not help end the deadlock and solve the …….

PM: Peace activists should go to Tehran
YNet News – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening. In a joint press conference, the prime minister praised …….

‘Misleading calm on northern border’
YNet News – Northern Command Chief Major-General Gadi Eisenkot said Wednesday that the situation in northern Israel was complicated. “On the one hand, we have security and calm …….

The Media Line

Checkpoint Web Drama
The Media Line 22 Jun 2010 – Web animation game explores restrictions on Palestinian movement. You are a Palestinian ice cream manufacturer living in the Gaza Strip. You want to sell your ice cream in the West Bank. Colorful ice cream cones flash…

Israel Launches Spy Satellite
The Media Line 22 Jun 2010 – Israel has successfully launched a spy satellite atop one of its own rockets. The satellite, called Ofek 9, was produced in Israel and is set to circle the globe in low orbit 15 times a day….

Mysterious Oil Spill Damaging Egypt’s ‚ÄòRiviera’ Red Sea Coast
The Media Line 22 Jun 2010 – With much attention focused on the spewing oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, it appears that there is another mysterious oil spill in the Red Sea that has contaminated over 60 miles of the pristine…

Misc

Birkat Goes It Alone: Silwan The Target For Ethnic Cleansing
Palestine Monitor – From Cast Lead to the Mavi Marmara, few states have displayed Israel’s commitment to unilateral action. A unique ability to deflect external criticism has allowed successive administrations to advance Israel’s expansionist interests. A microcosm can be glimpsed in Jerusalem, where Mayor Nir Birkat’s intention to re-develop…

Rundown Streets Inspire Humanitarian Genius
Palestine Monitor – Askar girls return from representing Palestine at the Intel ISEF in America, having bagged 2nd prize for their medical innovation which will help the blind on the uneven streets of Askar Refugee Camp. Nicky Elliott reporting for Palestine Monitor. The girls hold up prototypes of the…

Israeli expo in NYC markets settlement penthouses
Mondoweiss – At the Jewish Agency’s 2010 Aliyah Expo in New York last week, people asked one another, “When is your flight?”—no if’s about it. Many planned to move to a country that seems increasingly intent on ostracizing itself from the international community. And yet, during the four…

Did the State Dept cave to pressure in denying flotilla activist entry to U.S.?
Mondoweiss – When a near-capacity crowd of New Yorkers sat down in their seats to hear testimonials on June 18 from survivors of Israel’s attack on an aid flotilla trying to break the blockade of Gaza, they expected to hear from three different activists. Instead, they only heard…

Helen Thomas (and the long, anticolonial walk to freedom)
Mondoweiss – Someone recently asked me whether I thought Helen Thomas was guilty of anything. My reactions were mixed. Emotionally, I have to admit that there was something very gratifying about what she said, however flip it was. The fourteen year old boy inside of me loved it….

Gack!
Mondoweiss – NYT : WASHINGTON ‚— First came shock ‚— the venerated Politics and Prose bookstore here was up for sale. Then, almost immediately, the fantasies started ‚— what would it be like to be the new owner, an influential tastemaker at the intersection of the nation’s political and…

Sometimes Americans deserve to win
Mondoweiss – I admit it: by the end of the Algeria match right now, I had switched sides and was pulling for the United States. For a simple reason, because they (we!?) deserved to win, and if they had lost, they would have been (twice) stung by injustice….

Misc 2

Yediot: How an Israeli college succeeded in shutting out Arabs from student body elections
Coteret – In this morning’s (June 23 2010) Yediot, Uri Misgav reports on how the management of an academic college in northern Israel intervened in the student body elections in asuccessfuleffort to shut-out Palestinian-Israelirepresentatives. His conclusion: The Emek Yezreel College is currently holding its end of year exams….

Israeli NSC Arad on-record: Two states? That’s a zero-sum game!
Coteret – Yesterday (June 22 2010), In a speech to the Jewish Agency, Israeli National Security Adviser Uzi Arad, asked Israelis to ‚Äòcurb their enthusiasm’ about a two state solution to the conflict, saying that legitimizing a Palestinian State is tantamount to de-legitimizing Israel: Arad also leveled veiled…

Yediot’s legal affairs editor on “the emergence of apartheid and fascism” in Israel
Coteret – Yediot’s legal affairs editor, Judge (ret.) Boaz Okon, lists a series of undemocratic events in the Israeli public sphere and urges his readers to come to contemplate what they mean when seen together: Okon These dots are growing evidence of the lack of the spirit of…

Khalid Amayreh — Castro is right, so is Helen Thomas
Palestine Think Tank – WRITTEN By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Palestine Zionist supremacists from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles are ganging up on two elderly targets these days. The first is the 84-year-old Fidel Castro, a man who apparently made up his mind about Zionism more than six decades ago….

Mohamed Khodr — Petition: A World United for the Freedom of Humanity…Freedom of Palestine
Palestine Think Tank – By Mohamed Khodr [Author’s Note: I urge all worldwide citizens who read this petition to please consider signing it to provide a voice for the voiceless Palestinians and to disseminate it as widely as possible urging others to do the same. Thank you for your humanity.]…

Al Mezan Condemns the Israeli Ordered Forcible Transfer of Three Palestinian PLC Members and a Former Minister from Jerusalem
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights –

ISRAEL STEALS OUR BOAT
Irish4Palestine – LINK Gaza aid ship Rachel Corrie may never be returned to Irish Irish activists say it’s unlikely that Israel will return their boat. Peace activists who were on the Rachel Corrie have said they do not hold out much hope of ever getting the ship back…

Iran university reform sparks row
BBC – A row breaks out over President Ahmadinejad’s battle for control over Iran’s biggest and richest university.

Syria jails leading rights lawyer
BBC – An award-winning lawyer and activist has been jailed for three years in Syria, human rights groups say.

Israel launches ‘spy satellite’
BBC – Israel launches a spy satellite called Ofek-9 that will reportedly be used to spy on Iran’s nuclear programme.

Canadian Rendition Probe Expands to US, Syria
Antiwar.com – The Canadian government has quietly been conducting an international criminal probe of the actions of Syrian and U.S. authorities in the case of Maher Arar, the Canadian who was arrested in 2002 by U.S. officials and then rendered to a Syrian jail where he was held…

Gordon Duff: Israeli Ambassador Admits Rogue Operations, Spying And Worse
Sabbah report – ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES, MICHAEL OREN “WE DON’T SPY ON AMERICA, ROGUE ISRAELI GROUPS DID IT” By Gordon Duff* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz “…we’re talking about an event that was run by a rogue organization in the Israeli intelligence community” (Israeli Ambassador Michael…

Mohamed Khodr — Petition: A World United for the Freedom of Humanity…Freedom of Palestine
Sabbah report – By Mohamed Khodr* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz [Author’s Note: I urge all worldwide citizens who read this petition to please consider signing it to provide a voice for the voiceless Palestinians and to disseminate it as widely as possible urging others to do the same….

Swedish Dockworkers Union blockade of Israeli goods begins – ten containers held
BDS – By midnight on the 23rd June the Swedish Dock-workers union week-long blockade of goods to and from Israel started. The ongoing nation-wide blockade in Swedish harbors, that is based on the request of the united Palestinian union-movement, is The Swedish Dockworkers Union’s attempt to contribute to…

Articles


The Destabilizing Logic of Zionism
Stephen J. Sniegoski, Pulse6/24/2010
This review is part of a series PULSE is publishing of important reviews of M. Shahid Alam’s work, Israeli Exceptionalism: The Destabilizing Logic of Zionism, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009
This is an excellent book that dares to transgress the regnant taboos and myths in the American mainstream on the issue of Israel. The author, M. Shahid Alam, a professor of economics at Northeastern University of Pakistani nationality, is a published writer on contemporary social and political topics that far transcend his academic field. Due to his proclivity to write on controversial and taboo topics, he has attained a place in ultra-Zionist David Horowitz’s book, “The Professors: The One Hundred and One Most Dangerous Academics in America (2006).”
“Israeli Exceptionalism” lucidly encapsulates in its relatively short 220-page narrative the essential aspects of the Zionist movement, showing how it has been able to rapidly advance from its birth to regional dominance, and how, concomitantly, its amazing success has brought the United States, its powerful patron, into the cauldron of never-ending Middle East wars. While undoubtedly hostile toward Zionism, Alam manages to write rather dispassionate prose. And it is difficult to take issue with the validity of his arguments.
The author states that book’s “primary theme” is to “focus on the germ of the Zionist idea, its core ambition‚—clearly discernible at its launching‚—to create a Jewish state in the Middle East by displacing the natives. This exclusionary colonialism would unleash a deeply destabilizing logic, if it were to succeed. It could advance only by creating and promoting conflicts between the West and the Islamicate [the social and cultural complex historically associated with Islam]. Since its creation, this primordial logic has driven the Jewish state to deepen this conflict. Overweening ambition launched Zionism, but the destabilizing logic of this idea has advanced and sustained it.”….more..e-mail

Hebron Jew won’t claim home until Palestinians return
Muhammad Oweiweih, Ma’an News Agency6/24/2010
An elderly Jewish man from Hebron has asked the city’s mayor to permit his burial in a Muslim cemetery when he dies, insisting that his body not be placed in one of the sites now controlled by Israeli settlers.
Haim Bajayo, 75, visited Mayor Khalid Al-Useili at his office in the southern West Bank city and described in detail how Jews and Arabs had generally enjoyed amiable relations until the arrival of tens of thousands of foreign immigrants from the 1920s until 1948, the year Israel was established and most of Hebron’s Jews fled to the new state established in their name.
Bajayo was born in Hebron in 1935 and grew up in its Daboya neighborhood with his family, which owned a home there and held official property documents until 1977. A decade after Israel seized control of the Palestinian city and began permitting its citizens to settle there, Bajayo ceremoniously ceded his home for the benefit of the Palestinian municipality. The mayor at that time was Fahd Al-Qawasmi.
“As long as [the settlers] are in Hebron, there is no chance of reaching an agreement” to end the six-decade conflict, he told the mayor. “I don’t want any of my property or my house back as long as Palestinian homes and lands are not returned. The same day the Palestinians regain what was taken from them in 1948, I’ll come to you and say, ’I have a house … registered in the real estate department.’”
In footage of his recent meeting with Al-Useili, obtained by Ma’an, Bajayo recalls the history of his family, which moved from Spain to Morocco before settling in Egypt. His grandfather moved to Palestine and lived in Hebron. Bajayo’s family witnessed the 1929 massacre of Hebron’s Jews. “If the Abu Haykal family hadn’t protected my grandfather at the time, I wouldn’t have been born,” he said.
At this point in the film, the mayor interrupts Bajayo insisting that a British Mandate officer was responsible for the massacre….more..e-mail

Whose protests are they?
Joseph Dana, Pulse6/23/2010
Beit Jala is a small city outside of Jerusalem. The wall that Israel is building in order to expropriate land and create a physical barrier between Israeli and Palestinian society is being built through the middle of this city. Palestinians have decided to begin a series of weekly demonstrations against the construction. The demonstrations are usually composed of Palestinians, international activists and a handful of Israelis. In the middle of last week’s protest, baking in the summer heat, I wondered how helpful the international activists were. Instead of maintaining a low profile and letting the Palestinians demonstrate, the internationals were at the front of the protest yelling slurs at the Israeli troops in the city. The Palestinian right to protest, resist and demonstrate is real, yet I am curious about the outcome when internationals to engage in the same actions, with their own style and individual behaviors. Israelis that want to assist and take on a supportive role often do so at the directive of the Palestinians. The Anarchists against the Wall are the most profound example of this movement in Israel. Are international activists who travel to Israel for short amounts of time part of the protest movement in Palestine? It is one thing to support a protest movement and another thing to join a protest movement.
It is wonderful to see an international effort to assist Palestinians in their struggle, however, the question remains: how can internationals help in the most effective way? Westerners have an incredible privilege in this conflict with their access to foreign press, social media networks and ability to travel throughout Israel and Palestine. Documenting events seems to be the clearest path of using this privilege in an effective way since the internet has opened a space of fast communication from the front lines. Rather than getting arrested in a small village, it may be that documenting and disseminating events from that village will provide more positive results. An arrest in Beit Jala or Bil’in is an event that often goes unnoticed by the Israeli and International media and only serves to reinforce negative images of the Palestinian nonviolent resistance movement in the West Bank. These actions can increase the damaging mechanism against the Palestinian population and the architecture of the occupation. Arrests of Israelis tend to carry more influence in the Israeli press than those of internationals.
The Palestinians are happy to welcome internationals to the front lines of their protests….more..e-mail

US Social Forum cancels exploitative Zionist workshop
Electronic Intifada: 23 Jun 2010 – In a historic accomplishment, the leadership of the US Social Forum voted this morning to cancel a workshop proposed by “Stand With US,” a Zionist organization that sought to represent Israel as a safe haven for LGBTQI communities and undermine the broadening support for the cause of justice in/for Palestine.

Integrating Palestine into the US progressive left
Electronic Intifada: 23 Jun 2010 – As progressive forces in the United States prepare to convene the second US Social Forum this week in Detroit, Noura Erakat comments on the gap between Palestinian and Arab dreams of an America committed to justice and the reality of the work it would take to achieve this dream.

Birkat Goes It Alone: Silwan The Target For Ethnic Cleansing
Palestine Monitor: 23 Jun 2010 – From Cast Lead to the Mavi Marmara, few states have displayed Israel’s commitment to unilateral action. A unique ability to deflect external criticism has allowed successive administrations to advance Israel’s expansionist interests. A microcosm can be glimpsed in Jerusalem, where Mayor Nir Birkat’s intention to re-develop in Silwan place the Municipality’s glamour project over the rights of residents, the agenda of his government and stillborn proximity talks. Far from applauding the nationalist initiative, which would see at least 22 Arab homes demolished to make way for the King David Gardens, Defence Minister Ehud Barak condemned a “lack of common sense and sense of timing”. The US State Department concurred that the move “undermined trust” ahead of proximity talks. The notional objectives of both are undermined by Monday‚Äòs announcement. The Israeli Government have stepped up diplomacy efforts in an attempt to repair their shattered image following the flotilla massacre, while the…

Rundown Streets Inspire Humanitarian Genius
Palestine Monitor: 23 Jun 2010 – Askar girls return from representing Palestine at the Intel ISEF in America, having bagged 2nd prize for their medical innovation which will help the blind on the uneven streets of Askar Refugee Camp. Nicky Elliott reporting for Palestine Monitor. The girls hold up prototypes of the sticktech Courtesy: Grant Slater -AP Whilst 14 year old Aseel Abu Lail was un-failingly modest about her recent achievements, her parents could not contain their pride, showing off the award the three young girls won, as well as signed photos of UN General Secretary Ban ki-Moon, who the girls got the opportunity to meet whilst in America this May. 9th graders Nour Al Adar, Aseel Shaar, Aseel Abu Leil and their teacher Jamila Khalid, were presented with a special award in applied engineering for stick-tech — a walking stick designed to communicate changes in terrain to the user. Jamila Khalid, teacher and supervisor of…

The Knesset Comes to Westminster
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jun 2010 – By Stuart Littlewood – London The new line-up at Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office looks like this: Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs — William Hague Minister of State — Jeremy Browne Minister of State — David Lidington Minister of State — Lord Howell of Guildford Parliamentary Under Secretary of State — Henry Bellingham Parliamentary Under Secretary of State — Alistair Burt Hague has been a Friend of Israel since the age of 15. Burt is an officer of the Conservative Friends of Israel. Naturally he’s in charge of Middle East affairs. Lidington also frolics with the Israel flag wavers. Before his elevation to the House of Lords Howell was MP for Guildford, in the south of England. His daughter is Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s wife. Here is Howell in action in a House of Lords debate on the Free Gaza flotilla a couple of weeks…more

‘Free Palestine’, Not Only Gaza
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jun 2010 – By Hasan Afif El-Hasan One thing is missing in the ‘Free Gaza’ movement. Activists and civil societies and journalists who support the Palestinian cause are rightfully angry at Israel’s murderous campaign against the aid-loaded ‘Freedom Flotilla’ that was going to the besieged and starved residents of Gaza, but they ignore the overall conditions in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the refugee camps. If the Palestinian struggle is for statehood and political and civil rights, rather than to receive international handouts, then life in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and the refugee camps is as bad as in Gaza. Unfortunately, foreign supporters of Israel and even Arab news media and journalists bought into the Israeli and US claim that the conditions in the West Bank are good, the “economic peace” is working, the growth of the economy had surpassed expectations and the people are prospering. They quote Mahmoud Abbas…more

Choose Peace: End the Siege of Gaza and Occupation of Palestine
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jun 2010 – By Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate On Saturday 5th June, 2010, 35 heavily armed Israeli Navy Seals commandeered our boat, MV Rachel Corrie, one of the Freedom Flotilla, in International waters (30 miles off the coast of Gaza). As they did so, we 19 humanitarian activists and crew, sat on the deck. We were quietly anxious, aware of the solitary figure in the wheelhouse with his hands held high against the window, in full view of the three Israeli warships, 4 approaching zodiacs and 2 commando carriers, whose guns were pointing in his direction. I personally wondered if the courageous Derek Graham would live to tell the tale, conscious of what happened on the Turkish ship, Mavi Marmara, earlier in the week. On Monday 3lst May, 2010, we heard via satellite phone that the Israeli Commandoes had boarded in International waters, from helicopter and zodiacs, the Turkish Ship, MV Mavi…more

Tales of a City by the Sea — A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Jun 2010 – By Samah Sabawi Gaza in its 43rd year of Israeli occupation The landscape constantly changes Only the sea remains the same Salty… Fluid… Mysterious… Moody A consistent presence amid the chaos Its whooshing waves whisper tales Of occupiers that have come and gone Crusaders, tyrants and warlords Riding on their horses Riding on their Tanks Riding on their F16 fighter jets Always riding through Leaving their footprints And part of their history Leaving their artifacts and ruins Leaving fire and debris Always leaving… Only the sea remains A cure for the trail of broken lives left behind A landmark untouched by human greed and destruction Oblivious to war occupation and aggression Defiant to the rules of man It embraces the shores of a battered city It makes a mockery Of those who try to break its spirit Those who think they can contain Its one and a half million beating…more

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