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International Middle East Media Center

Israeli police destroys 3 more homes in the Negev
IMEMC – 9 Aug 2010 – Monday August 09, 2010 – 20:14, Israeli authorities demolished three houses in the western Negev, southern Israel area on Monday, Palestinian media sources reported.

Palestinian reclaims land from settlement
IMEMC – 9 Aug 2010 – Monday August 09, 2010 – 18:43, A farmer with the help of the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee reclaimed land which had been inside of an illegal Israeli settlement.

Gaza’s only power source grumbles to a limited start
IMEMC – 9 Aug 2010 – Monday August 09, 2010 – 18:27, A single generator was able to start Monday after a small amount of fuel was received.

US gimps Saudi deal over Israeli concerns
IMEMC – 9 Aug 2010 – Monday August 09, 2010 – 17:32, The US has agreed to sell Saudi Arabia fighter jets but without critical equipment over Israeli concerns of long-term Saudi intentions.

Israeli military has shortage of Arabic translators
IMEMC – 9 Aug 2010 – Monday August 09, 2010 – 16:49, The shortage mostly affects those that attempt to give testimony in regards to abuses of the Israeli military.

Ma’an News

Jordan Valley demolitions continue
8/9/2010 – TUBAS (Ma’an) — Israel’s Civil Administration began razing housing units Monday in the Ein Hilwa area of the northern Jordan Valley, campaign officials said. Save the Jordan Valley campaign coordinator Fathi Ikhdeirat said Israeli authorities, accompanied by border guards, began tearing down structures and handing down stop-work orders to residents. He described….

Farmers reclaim land from settlement
8/9/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Aided by the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee, farmers from a southern West Bank village have reclaimed lands inside an illegal Israeli settlement. Imad Ash-Shaer, 42, from Husan village, said he gave up hope 10 years ago that he would be able to farm his land, annexed by an Israeli military base….

Official: 3 more homes destroyed in Negev
8/9/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities demolished three houses in the western Negev on Monday, local officials said. The houses in Abda village belonged to the At-Tantawi family, the Abda regional council said. Ibrahim Al-Waqeely, head of the council, condemned the timing of the demolitions during a heatwave and a few days before the holy….

Hezbollah chief says Israeli agent connected to hit on Lebanon premier
8/9/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli agent told former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri years before his assassination that Hezbollah was trying to kill him, the leader of the Shiite movement said Monday. In a live address, Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah said Israeli operatives sought to frighten the late Lebanese premier with news of a….

Gaza restarts generator amid fuel crisis
8/9/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — One generator in Gaza’s sole power station was restarted on Monday morning, after receiving a limited quantity of industrial diesel, an Electricity Company spokesman said. Jamal Ad-Dardasawi said “Only 200,000 liters of diesel were delivered to the power station which is enough to run one generator for a….

PA: Israel detains media delegation in Qalqiliya
8/9/2010 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a diplomatic and media delegation in Qalqiliya on Monday, the Information Ministry reported. The ministry organized a tour of the city, which is surrounded on all sides by the separation wall, to show the delegation of foreign diplomats the effect of the wall on residents’ lives. During….

Rally organizers: Dozens suffer tear-gas inhalation
8/9/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The popular committee against the wall in Bil’in said protesters suffered tear-gas inhalation Friday, as Israeli forces deployed riot dispersal means. The march began after prayers and as the group approached the wall, Israeli forces fired sound grenades and tear-gas canisters, which induced vomiting in some, a statement said….

Palestinians rally against Gaza buffer zone
8/9/2010 – KHAN YOUNIS (Ma’an) — The Popular Resistance Campaign marched toward Israel’s no-go zone Monday in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, in protest over land confiscation and prohibited access to farm land. The march began at the Absan Al-Jadeda village east of Khan Younis toward to the zone, with protesters waving Palestinian flags and….

PA police detain 8 in Hebron, Tubas
8/9/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority police detained eight residents on a variety of charges in Hebron and Tubas, a report said Monday. In Tubas, police received several complaints that a number of shops in the district had been robbed. An investigation was launched, and police detained five as they attempted to rob another store….

Israel opens 2 Gaza crossings
8/9/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities will open two crossings into the Gaza Strip on Monday, a crossings officials said. Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said approximately 240 truckloads of goods would be permitted entry through the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Gaza. Limited quantities of domestic-use gas and industrial diesel are also scheduled….

Report: Suspected Israeli spy met with Nasrallah
8/9/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A retired Lebanese army official detained on suspicion of spying for Israel met with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah at least once, Israeli media reported Monday. According to the Israeli news site Enyan Merkazi, Brigadier General Fayez Karam, who is also a senior official with Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement….

Netanyahu: Israeli raid on flotilla legal
8/9/2010 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu has described Israel’s deadly raid of a Gaza-bound aid boat as legal and said the forces involved deserved praise for their actions, Israeli media reported Monday. Netanyahu’s comments were made before the Turkel commission panel, which was set up to investigate….

Report: Jordan engineers urged to avoid Jerusalem
8/9/2010 – AMMAN, Jordan (Ma’an) — The Jordan Engineers Association on Sunday called on its members to refrain from joining package tours to occupied Jerusalem, part of its campaign to discourage normalization between Jordan and Israel. Engineers across Jordan should “resist the temptation” to visit one of the holiest cities in Islam due to the “profound….

Israeli official dismisses Hezbollah allegations
8/9/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Hezbollah’s claim that Israel was behind the 2005 assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister reveals that the movement is deeply concerned it will be blamed for the murder, an Israeli official said Sunday.”They are looking for a way out,” an official in the Israeli Prime Minister’….

Israel to transfer extra water to Bethlehem
8/9/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have approved an increase in water supplies to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Palestinian officials said Monday. Dr Shaddad Al-Attili, head of the Palestinian Water Authority, said that following negotiations with the Israeli water company Mekerot, an extra 2,000 cubic meters of water would be delivered daily for….

PA: No new local TV stations
8/9/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — No new TV or radio stations will be approved by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Telecommunications due to a lack of frequencies, an official said Sunday. PA Minister of Telecommunications Mashhour Abu Daqqa called on station owners to complete registration and new licensing procedures, following a recent shutdown of several stations….

Hamas says ties with Islamic Jihad ‘stable’
8/9/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Relations between Hamas and Islamic Jihad are “not tense at all,” a Hamas spokesman said Monday. Sami Abu Zuhri told journalists that the relationship between the two Islamist movements “is strategic. We believe there are stable relations with Islamic Jihad at the highest levels.” The spokesman said his movement consults….

Students threaten action over scholarship transfer
8/9/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Union of University Student Senates have threatened to organize protests in front of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education if scholarships and student loans were not transferred to university accounts. The union threatened to shut down universities across the West Bank during the registration process if the ministry and the….

PA official denies reports of Cabinet reshuffle
8/9/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Cabinet’s secretary-general denied on Monday that a government reshuffle was imminent. Speaking to Ma’an radio, Na’im Abu Al-Hummus said Prime Minister Salam Fayyad informed the Cabinet that it was not the right time to form a new government Monday’s weekly….

Women racers` cars not up to speed
8/9/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Six female racers competed against their male counterparts on Saturday at the Bethlehem round of races, but cars unfit for the race could mar their chances to compete. Speed Sisters’ captain Suna Oweida from Jerusalem was not among the competitors this time round, as her car was in need of….

Daylight savings time ends at Ramadan
8/9/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Clocks will be set back an hour when the holy month of Ramadan begins in coming days, the Palestinian Authority Cabinet announced Monday. Working hours for government ministries and institutions will be 9 a. m. to 2. 30 p. m. for the month, in which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk….

Palestine Note

Mitchell in renewed push for direct talks
Palestine Note 9 Aug 2010 – New York – US Mideast envoy George Mitchell will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday in a renewed effort to get the two sides to engage in direct negotiations….

Abbas to send aid to flooded Pakistan
Palestine Note 9 Aug 2010 – Washington — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to send relief food and medicine, along with Palestinian doctors, to Pakistan where heavy rains have caused severe flooding, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported Monday. Pakistanis…

As Lebanon aims to better arm LAF, Congress withholds aid
Palestine Note 9 Aug 2010 – Washington – Last week Lebanese President Michel Sleiman vowed to better outfit the Lebanese Armed Forces after a deadly skirmish with Israeli soldiers that left three Lebanese soldiers, a Lebanese journalist, and a senior Israeli officer…

Report: US reduces Saudi arms deal over Israeli concerns
Palestine Note 9 Aug 2010 – Washington — The US has signed a $30 billion deal with Saudi Arabia to sell the kingdom dozens of F-15 fighter planes, but the deal was watered down to mollify Israeli concerns, sources close to the…

Nasrallah: Israel linked to Hariri killing
Palestine Note 9 Aug 2010 – Hezbollah chief says Israel tracked Lebanon PM’s movements New York – Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said Monday that an Israeli agent was involved in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005. During…

Germany shuts down mosque associated with 9/11
Palestine Note 9 Aug 2010 – Washington – German police closed Taiba mosque in Hamburg Monday, German newspaper Der Spiegel reported . Fazel-Omar Mosque in Hamburg, Germany [Wikimedia Commons] The mosque was said to be a place of worship for the Al-Qaeda militants…

Where is Palestine’s green fund? Eco-resistance in the West Bank
Palestine Note 9 Aug 2010 – Can you imagine defending your land and resisting occupation with windmills, solar panels, and recycled car tires? If you live in Palestine, this is not an eco-Utopian dream – it is the reality of a few…

Suspected murderer of Palestinians has remand reduced
Palestine Note 9 Aug 2010 – Washington — An Israeli judge dealt a serious blow to Israeli police Monday, allowing them only two more days to detain Chaim Pearlman, who is suspected of killing four Palestinians in the 1990s, the Jerusalem Post…

Israel protests new US travel warning
Palestine Note 9 Aug 2010 – Washington — Israeli tourism minister Stas Meseznikov has cried foul at the US State Department’s recently revised travel warning for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, saying it singles out Eilat, and not Aqaba in Jordan,…

Egyptians fear bread price crisis as Russia cuts exports
Palestine Note 9 Aug 2010 – Washington — Authorities in Cairo have assured the Egyptian people that subsidized bread prices will remain the same following an announcement that Russia would suspend all wheat exports until December, UAE daily The National reported Monday….

West Bank home demolitions continue
Palestine Note 9 Aug 2010 – Washington – As Israeli-Palestinian peace talks stall, Israel’s military continues to raze Palestinian homes in the West Bank. Bulldozer tears down structure. [Michaelramallah – Flickr] Ma’an News Agency reported from Tubas in the West Bank Monday:…

Yishai on immigrant kids: ‘Put them on the next plane out of Israel’
Palestine Note 9 Aug 2010 – Washington — Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai said Monday that 400 children of illegal foreign workers should be put on the next plane out of Israel, defying his left-wing colleagues’ accusations of racism, Ynet News reported ….

Children’s relief org gets treatment for Gaza kids
Palestine Note 9 Aug 2010 – Washington – The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund , which helps Palestinian children get medical treatment abroad, has been hard at work these past few months. In recent weeks, PCRF took hand surgeon Dr. Jose Monsivais to Hebron…

Netanyahu: Turkey ignored warnings
Palestine Note 9 Aug 2010 – Israeli PM says not to blame for Gaza flotilla attack New York – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a commission of inquiry into Israel’s deadly attack on a Gaza aid flotilla that Turkey had ignored warnings…

Aljazeera

Israel implicated in Hariri murder
AlJazeera 9 Aug 2010 – Hassan Nasrallah of Hezbollah says Israel linked to ex-Lebanon PM’s assassination.

Netanyahu defends flotilla raid
AlJazeera 9 Aug 2010 – Israeli prime minister tells panel that his military acted within international law.

Palestine News Network

U.S. Consulate Provides Palestinian Students “A Summer Of Learning”
PNN – Jerusalem — PNN – Today marks the closing of the Extracurricular Enrichment Day Camp for Excelling Students, which began 14 June 2010. The U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem partnered with Al-Quds University…

Miles Of Hope 02 Aid Convoy Reaches The Egyptian Borders With Gaza
PNN – Gaza — PNN – The second Miles of Hope aid convoy reached on Monday the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing at the Gaza Strip borders. There are 45 activists from deferent…

The military levels Two Palestinian Homes In The Jordan Valley
PNN – Jordan Valley — PNN – Israeli military bulldozers destroyed on Monday morning two Palestinian homes in the village of Ein Hilwa located in the Jordan Valley. Israeli troop stormed the village early…

Israeli Soldiers Open Fire At A Nonviolent Protest In Gaza
PNN – Gaza — PNN – Israeli soldiers opened fire on Monday midday at a group of Palestinians protesting the Israeli fence surrounding the Gaza strip. Palestinians along with a number of international supporters…

In The Shade Of The Olive Trees
PNN – ANERA — PNN – Abed Abdelm’uti Abu Sneinih couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the truck pull up to the school in mid-July with more than a dozen 30-year-old olive trees….

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (29 July — 04 August 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jerusalem Post

Lebanon compiles list of spy cases against Israel
Jeruslalem Post 10 Aug 2010 – ‘Espionage accusations being used for diplomatic leverage.’

Judge: Pearlman evidence ‘insufficient’
Jeruslalem Post 10 Aug 2010 – Court extends terror suspect’s remand but says indictment unlikely.

Mitchell arrives amid low hopes
Jeruslalem Post 9 Aug 2010 – Palestinian factions warn Abbas not to enter direct talks.

Barak to face Turkel flotilla panel
Jeruslalem Post 9 Aug 2010 – PM testifies he left defense minister in charge of issue

Nasrallah: Israel murdered Hariri
Jeruslalem Post 9 Aug 2010 – J’lem has no immediate comment, but official calls claims ‘ridiculous.’

‘Israel framed us for Hariri hit’
Jeruslalem Post 9 Aug 2010 – Hizbullah head: Murder was part of plan to push Syria out of Lebanon.

‘Not enough proof in Pearlman case’
Jeruslalem Post 9 Aug 2010 – Judge extends terror suspect’s remand but says indictment unlikely.

‘Not enough evidence to indict Pearlman’
Jeruslalem Post 9 Aug 2010 – Judge extends Jewish terror suspect’s remand by two days, not eight.

Nine years after the Sbarro massacre
Jeruslalem Post 9 Aug 2010 – We, the bereaved families who feel the pain of terror every day must remind Israelis what ‘releasing prisoners’ for Gilad Schalit entails.

Report: Egypt thwarts terror attacks
Jeruslalem Post 8 Aug 2010 – 3 men arrested; plotted to bomb Sharm e-Sheikh tourist resorts.

International Solidarity Movement

Hebron, Iraq Burin, Beit Ommar rise up
8/9/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Hebron: On Saturday August 7th Palestinians were joined by Israeli and international protesters to demonstrate against the settlements and to demand the opening of Shuhada Street. About 60 people gathered to march to the gate closing off Shuhada Street. There they were met by soldiers and border police, but no arrests or injuries were made….

Ha’aretz

Investigators raid office of PR guru implicated in Galant IDF chief post affair
Ha’aretz – Investigators take documents from Tel Aviv office of political strategist Eyal Arad.

‘Not enough evidence to convict suspected Jewish terrorist Pearlman’
Ha’aretz – Court demands that police conclude in two days investigation of Chaim Pearlman, suspected of having killed four Palestinians.

Kadima: Netanyahu dodging blame for Gaza flotilla raid
Ha’aretz – Kadima Chair Livni asks to testify before panel probing the raid, citing her role in the imposition of the Gaza blockade.

Eli Yishai to foreign workers: Stop using children as human shields
Ha’aretz – Special Knesset session held to discuss issue of granting permanent residency to children of foreign workers turns into stormy debate as MKs hurl charges of racism.

University of Miami president detained for questioning at Israeli airport
Ha’aretz – Donna Shalala, of Lebanese descent, says she was questioned for 3 hours at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport during visit last month.

U.S. lawmakers block money for Lebanon’s army after border clash
Ha’aretz – Two key Democrats announce holding up $100 million that has been approved for Lebanon’s army after a deadly clash with Israel last week.

Israel: UN won’t question IDF soldiers in Gaza flotilla probe
Ha’aretz – UN Chief Ban denies having agreed to keep Israel’s military personnel out of inquiry.

U.S. envoy to press anew for direct Mideast talks in one-day visit
Ha’aretz – U.S. State Department: We think what he needs to accomplish can be done with rather quick meetings with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Nasrallah: Israel used secret agent to turn Lebanon gov’t against Hezbollah
Ha’aretz – Hezbollah chief asserts Israel assassinated ex-Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri in order to force Syria out of Lebanon., Israel allowed a Libyan-sponsored aid ship to enter Gaza in exchange for release…

What Netanyahu will only answer in secret about the Gaza flotilla raid
Ha’aretz – The PM refused to answer the questions of the Turkel commission on several occasions, saying he would only discuss those issues during a closed session.

Netanyahu to Gaza flotilla probe: IDF coordinated the deadly raid
Ha’aretz – PM tells Turkel Commission that he had put Defense Minister Barak in charge of the operation during his North American visit.

Report: U.S. downgrades Saudi arms deal over Israeli concerns
Ha’aretz – Wall Street Journal says U.S. to sell Saudis 84 F-15 fighter jets in $30 billion deal, but without long-range weapons systems.

Translator shortage hinders probes into IDF abuses in West Bank
Ha’aretz – Rights group Yesh Din says complainants often travel far to meet investigators, only for meetings to be canceled because no interpreter could be found.

Hezbollah: We have evidence linking Israel to Hariri assassination
Ha’aretz – Ma’an report comes amid claims that a UN tribunal intends to indict members of the militant group in the 2005 killing.

Turkel Committe begins interrogating Netanyahu
9 Aug 2010 – Jerusalem, August 9, (Pal Telegraph) Today, the Israeli Turkel Committee, which was established to investigate the attack of the “fleet of freedom,” started its work on Monday, where it will interrogate the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will be the first political leader to provide testimony before the Committee. According to the Israeli Hebrew newspaper “Maariv”, Netanyahu’s testimony will…

Gaza’s Electricity Crisis between hell and more hell
9 Aug 2010 – Gaza, August 9, (Pal Telegraph) Jamal Aldrdsawi, Director of public relations and media in the electricity distribution company in the Gaza Strip said today that one generator in the power plant will be working after the pumping a limited amount of industrial diesel. Aldrdsawi said in an interview that the amount that was sent yesterday of industrial diesel is 200…

IOF raids Nablus, no detentions reported
9 Aug 2010 – Nablus, August 9, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation forces stormed the town “Assira” today morning, north of the city of Nablus, in the occupied West Bank. Witnesses said that a number of IOF military vehicles stormed the town before dawn today and raided a number of houses without reported arrests. Witnesses added that Israeli forces fired flares over the village. Israeli…

Abbas renews readiness for direct talks with Israel
9 Aug 2010 – Ramallah, August 9 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday expressed his readiness for holding direct negotiations with Israel if borders for the Palestinian State can be determined and Israeli settlement activities stopped. President Abbas made his remarks during the opening ceremony of a medical complex in Ramallah, adding his leadership was ready for engagement in the…

Israel detains 2 Palestinians in Jenin
9 Aug 2010 – Jenin , August 9, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli occupation forces detained today two Palestinians in Jenin city in the West Bank. Israeli occupation forces raided Jenin camp and detained Baha Abu Tabikh, 20, and Alaa Sbrani, 32. Local sources reported that the citizens clashed with Israeli occupation forces and threw stones at them. Israeli forces raids the West Bank on…

Uruknet

Staying Human
Uruknet August 9, 2010 – Vittorio Arrigoni has written an on-the-spot account of what occurred in Gaza during Israel’s Cast Lead operation. Arrigoni — who lived in Gaza working as an authentic journalist and volunteer with International Solidarity Movement — exemplifies what it is to be a humanist. This comes through in his Gaza: Stay Human — an eyewitness chronicling…

Nasrallah: Israel implicated in Hariri murder
Uruknet August 9, 2010 – Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, has implicated Israel for the murder of Rafiq al-Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister. In a video address to journalists from an undisclosed location on Monday, Nasrallah said he had evidence to prove Israel’s complicity in al-Hariri’s assassination in a bomb explosion in the Lebanese capital, Beirut…

Israeli attacks on emergency workers still affecting Gaza’s safety
Uruknet August 9, 2010 – Outside the battered Civil Defence station in northern Gaza’s Jabalia region, Mohammed Zidan, a seven-year veteran of fire-fighting and rescue services, stands on crutches in front of battered Civil Defence vehicles. Zidan, 31, lost his right leg during the 2008-2009 Israeli war on Gaza. He is one of more than 30 Civil Defence workers who…

Gaza threatened with humanitarian disaster in wake of power failure
Uruknet August 8, 2010 – The Palestinian Ministry of Health warned that ongoing power outages and the shortage of filters, oils and other crucial equipment could lead to a real “humanitarian disaster” in the Gaza Strip. Gaza Strip’s electric current shuts down for long hours, and there is a lack of filters, oils, and UPS machines (large-scale machines that can…

Protests across the West Bank
Uruknet August 8, 2010 – An Nabi Salih: This Friday, August 6th, around 100 Palestinians, Israelis and internationals took part in An Nabi Salih’s weekly nonviolent demonstration against the illegal Halamish settlement’s theft of the village’s land and water supply. Regardless of the illegality of firing tear gas projectiles at body height, a practice which has caused many casualties in…

Eight Palestinian youths and the crime they didn’t commit
Uruknet August 8, 2010 – Eight Palestinian teenagers were tried in the court of military judge Lt. Col. Menashe Vahnish on November 11, 2008. Referring to a soldier from the Kfir Brigade, Vahnish said, “at this stage, there is no reason to cast any doubt on the witness.” According to his police testimony, on October 30, 2008 the soldier, T.M.,…

UN Committee: Israel violates housing rights, denies Palestinians water
Uruknet August 8, 2010 – The United Nations Human Rights Committee has found Israel in violation of its commitments under international law. The violations identified by the Committee include forced evictions of Palestinians from their homes, the demolition of Palestinian homes, and denying Palestinians access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The UN Human Rights Committee issued its findings against…

Iran set to execute 18-year-old on false charge of sodomy
Uruknet August 8, 2010 – An 18-year-old Iranian is facing imminent execution on charges of homosexuality, even though he has no legal representation. Ebrahim Hamidi, who is not gay, was sentenced to death for lavat, or sodomy, on the basis of “judge’s knowledge”, a legal loophole that allows for subjective judicial rulings where there is no conclusive evidence. Hamidi had…

The National

Hizbollah leader claims proof Israel killed Lebanese PM in 2005
The National 9 Aug 2010 – Hassan Nasrallah last night unveiled what he said was evidence that Israel carried out the 2005 assassination in Beirut of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, pledging to tell the story my way .

Turkey strengthens relations with Syria
The National 9 Aug 2010 – Israel’s deadly flotilla raid and the 2008 Gaza attack leave Ankara’s relationship with Tel Aviv frozen’.

Ahmadinejad to visit Lebanon
The National 9 Aug 2010 – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will make his first ever visit to Lebanon as Iran’s president after Ramadan, pledging support in the face of any Israeli aggression .

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

IOF Demolishes 2 Bedouin Homes in Nablus
WAFA –

Netanyahu: Israeli Army, Barak were in Charge of Flotilla Raid
WAFA – JERUSALEM, August 9, 2010 (WAFA)- The Israeli Army was responsible for deciding how to carry out the raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla of ships that ended in bloody clashes and the deaths of nine people,

President Abbas Commemorates Mahmoud Darweesh
WAFA – RAMALLAH, August 9, 2010 (WAFA)- President Mahmoud Abbas said, today, that Mahmoud Darweesh was never absent; for he is always present in our memory, in our hearts and minds. The President added, as

The Guardian

Netanyahu evidence to Gaza flotilla inquiry: extracts
The Guardian 9 Aug 2010 – Passages of the Israeli prime minister’s testimony to panel investigating naval attack on aid ship bound for Gaza Binyamin Netanyahu is testifying before an inquiry into Israel’s deadly attack on an aid convoy in which nine…

Netanyahu accuses Turkey of ignoring Gaza flotilla warnings
The Guardian 9 Aug 2010 – Israel’s prime minister tells inquiry that raid on aid convoy in which nine activists died was conducted in self-defence Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu today attacked Turkey for rejecting appeals at “the highest level” to prevent…

Relief Web

Lancement d’une nouvelle base de donn?©es juridiques pour renforcer la protection des victimes de guerre
Relief Web 9 Aug 2010 – Source: ICRC

Gaddafi International Charity & Development Foundation pledges $50 million to help UNRWA build housing in Gaza
Relief Web 9 Aug 2010 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

New legal database launched to enhance protection for war victims
Relief Web 9 Aug 2010 – Source: ICRC

OPT: Al Mezan Center Calls for Ensuring Respect and Protection of NGOs and their the Right to Work Freely in Gaza
Relief Web 9 Aug 2010 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: Injured Workers Man Battered Services
IPS Outside the battered Civil Defence station in northern Gaza’s Jabalia region, Mohammed Zidan, a seven-year veteran of fire-fighting and rescue services, stands on crutches in front of battered Civil Defence vehicles.

Stop The Wall

New Report: People versus Oppression
Stop The Wall – One year ago, Stop the Wall and Addameer released a report entitled “Repression Allowed, Resistance Denied”, which detailed the repression of Palestinian human rights defenders active against the Wall since 2002.Today, in the 6th anniversary of the ICJ ruling against the Wall, The campaign publish this new document covering the ongoing repression between March – June 2010. [

YNet News

Report: Iran jails 7 Baha’i ‘spies’
YNet News – After being held for 20 months without charges, leaders of Iran’s Baha’i….

PM to Turkel panel: IDF raid on Turkish ship legal
YNet News – Netanyahu testifies before committee probing deadly commando raid on Gaza-bound….

Israelis teach martial arts to Chinese
YNet News – Former elite IDF soldiers, Israeli security guards hold self defense training….

Libya releases Israeli man held since March
YNet News – Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman alerted to Vienna to await arrival of Rafael….

Abbas says may agree to direct talks
YNet News – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday he might end an impasse in peace talks with Israel and resume direct talks with the state for the first time in almost …….

Ban: UN panel may question IDF officers
YNet News – WASHINGTON — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denied Monday having made any agreement with Israel stipulating that the panel he had appointed to probe the IDF flotilla …….

Nasrallah describes 1997 ambush
YNet News – Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said Monday that his organization had intercepted transmissions by Israeli drones, which allowed it to set up an ambush for …….

Livni wants to testify before Turkel
YNet News – Opposition chairwoman Tzipi Livni appealed Monday to a panel investigating the IDF raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in May, asking to testify before it. The panel began …….

Lieberman thanks Libya for Israeli’s release
YNet News – Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman thanked Libya Monday for releasing Rafael Hadad, an Israeli man who has been held in the country since March on espionage charges. …….

Court: Insufficient evidence to convict ‘Jewish terrorist’
YNet News – Blow to police and Shin Bet: The remand of Jewish terror suspect Haim Pearlman has been extended by just two days Monday after the court ruled there was insufficient …….

Palestinian Information Center

Dweik lashes out at preventive security for summoning female MP
PIC 9 Aug 2010 – Dr. Aziz Dweik and Hamas PLC members on Monday lashed out at the preventive security apparatus in the West Bank for summoning former minister and MP Amal Siyam.

IOA threatens to demolish mosque, 30 houses in Salfit
PIC 9 Aug 2010 – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has threatened to raze a mosque and 30 houses in Qarawat Bani Hassan village, west of Salfit, local sources reported on Monday.

Abbas’s embassy in Pakistan hands over Palestinian to U.S. intelligence
PIC 9 Aug 2010 – The security coordination between the PA and Israel is no longer limited to the borders of occupied Palestine, but has extended abroad in a new scandal by Abbas’s Palestinian embassy in Pakistan.

Mansi: Gaza needs 120,000 housing units
PIC 9 Aug 2010 – Dr. Yousef Mansi said that the Gaza Strip was in dire need of 120,000 housing units to meet the inhabitants’ needs after the vast destruction by the Israeli invasion forces.

4320 Palestinian arrested in 2010 so far
PIC 9 Aug 2010 – The Prisoners’ Studies Center said Israeli authorities have recently stepped up arrests and night raids in city outskirts and villages around the West Bank.

UN official: UNRWA living in intensive care
PIC 9 Aug 2010 – Representative of the UNRWA commissioner general Peter Ford said Monday that UNRWA “is currently living in intensive care, as it faces a deficit of $85 million that may force it to close its centers.”

Batesh: PA-Israeli direct talks aimed at eliminating the Palestinian cause
PIC 9 Aug 2010 – Khaled Al-Batesh warned that Israel’s insistence on engaging in direct peace talks with the PA means that it intends to politically liquidate the Palestinian cause.

IOA to bar Palestinians from entering Aqsa Mosque in Ramadan
PIC 9 Aug 2010 – The Israeli occupation authority issued a decision on Monday to prevent the Palestinian men under age 50 and the women under age 45 from entering the Aqsa Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan.

Hamas: Turkel committee is a pre-emptive move to spoil UN probe
PIC 9 Aug 2010 – Hamas questioned the integrity of the Turkel committee formed by Israel to investigate its deadly attack on Freedom Flotilla aid convoy, saying the formation of this committee was a pre-emptive move.

Israel conducts demolition operations, military maneuvers in Jordan Valley
PIC 9 Aug 2010 – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided on Monday morning the Ain Al-Helwa region of the northern Jordan Valley, before shutting down the area and demolishing Bedouin tents..

The Media Line

Lebanon Compiles Long List of Spy Cases
The Media Line 8 Aug 2010 – The espionage accusations that rocked the country are now being used for diplomatic leverage. Lebanon has compiled a list of 150 cases of espionage, intended to be filed as a complaint against Israel to the UN…

Netanyahu Quizzed by Flotilla Investigators
The Media Line 8 Aug 2010 – Israeli prime minister takes the witness chair to outline the decision process prior to deadly raid on Gaza bound flotilla. [Jerusalem] Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a public inquiry into the deadly, late May raid…

Egyptian Minister calls on Muslim Tourists to Flood Jerusalem
The Media Line 7 Aug 2010 – Arab pilgrims seen as more effective than the failed boycott policy. Egyptian Minister of Religious Endowments Mahmoud Hamdi Zaqzouq called on Muslims worldwide to visit Jerusalem and assert its Islamic identity.In an interview with the Arab…

Israel Concerned Over U.S. Sale of F15s to Saudi Arabia
The Media Line 8 Aug 2010 – Israel is concerned over a proposed sale of F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, but is not expected to press the matter with the Obama administration any further. The issue has been bantered back-and-forth for some…

Los Angeles Times

Netanyahu says military was in charge of Gaza flotilla raid
LA Times 10 Aug 2010 – The Israeli prime minister, testifying before a public commission on the raid that killed nine activists, appears to distance himself from responsibility. Appearing before an Israeli commission investigating the deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday appeared to distance himself from responsibility, saying the operation was planned and carried out by Israel’s military.

Cairo’s poor aren’t sure how they fit in with redevelopment plans
LA Times 10 Aug 2010 – Some observers in Egypt fear the capital’s remaking will only push the poor further to the fringes to benefit developers and the rich. He kills the rats at night.

U.S. and EU fail to isolate Iran
LA Times 9 Aug 2010 – China, Russia, India and Turkey move into the lucrative void left by U.S. and EU sanctions that aim to halt Iran’s nuclear program. Efforts by the United States and its European allies to build a united front to halt Iran’s nuclear program are facing increasingly bold resistance from China, Russia, India and Turkey, which are rushing to boost their economies by seizing investment opportunities in defiance of sanctions imposed by the West.

New York Times

Netanyahu Testifies in Israel’s Flotilla Inquiry
New York Times 9 Aug 2010 – Benjamin Netanyahu told an inquiry into the naval raid on a Gaza aid flotilla that Turkey had ignored its warnings to order the ship around.

Hezbollah Leader Says Israel Was Involved in Lebanese Assassination
New York Times 9 Aug 2010 – Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, offered Monday what he contended was evidence proving Israel’s involvement in the 2005 assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri.

Misc

Bil’in, A Village in Palestine
Palestine Monitor – A large crowd, including many Israeli and international activists, met this Friday for the weekly protest again the Israeli occupation, the wall and Israeli settlements in the village of Bil’in. After Friday prayers the group marched and chanted through the village towards the wall where they…

Judt closes the door, and the ‘Times’ opens a window
Mondoweiss – William Grimes’ long obit of Tony Judt contains some of the strongest critique of Israel you have ever seen in the NYT. Most of the critique consists in reprinting Judt’s own words, but Grimes also presents fairly the “controversies” Judt has faced (including the ADL’s and…

Do we have to divide Cinderella’s castle?
Mondoweiss – This weekend the Times Fashion section ran a piece on a fastgrowing trend, American students taking junior years abroad in the Middle East, reported by Jennifer Conlin . The students go to Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, “wanting to experience the Arab world.”…

Judt: ‘You cannot help it if idiots and bigots share your views’
Mondoweiss – Earlier today I mentioned the late Tony Judt’s great moment quoting Arthur Koestler at the Cooper Union debate of the Walt-Mearsheimer thesis in 2006. Well here it is, thanks to Henry Norr. Ended the debate, really… Moderator Ann-Marie Slaughter: You [Martin Indyk and Shlomo Ben-Ami] are…

Trendsetter, I hope
Mondoweiss – Disclosures:… Mr. [Marty] Peretz and I are both Zionists. From a book review by neocon Ira Stoll. (picked up by Justin Elliott on twitter )

Hedges: ‘The arc of the moral universe is thundering down upon Israel’
Mondoweiss – Chris Hedges today posted his speech the other night on the Gaza boat fundraiser, at truthdig. Beautiful. Read it. Excerpt: I would like to remind them [the Israeli government] that it is they who hide in darkness. It is we who stand in the light. It…

Misc 2

Two Arrested During Nabi Saleh Demonstration
Joseph Dana 9 Aug 2010 – From the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee Residents of Nabi Saleh defied the army and the unbearable heat in another week of resilient resistance to the occupation and the theft of their lands. No less than a hundred people took to the black asphalt streets of Nabi…

One year in, the Sheikh Jarrah movement faces its biggest challenge — Zionism
Joseph Dana 9 Aug 2010 – Last Friday marked exactly one year since the beginning of the protests against the eviction of Palestinian families in the East Jerusalem neighborhood Sheikh Jarrah. The protest has grown from a handful of Israelis and some international activists to hundreds of Israelis that attend weekly Friday…

Israeli Rabbis on God-ordained Child Sex Mission
Palestine Think Tank 9 Aug 2010 – Homosexuality, theft, banditry, hypocrisy, lying, villainy, child rape, pimping ‚Ķ are all symptoms of vice, immorality and sin which are contrary to the stated principles of all religions, of the divine laws, the laws of morality and humanity. These could be applied to the two protagonists…

Khalid Amayreh — NO AMOUNT OF HASBARA CAN BEAUTIFY ISRAEL’S FACE
Palestine Think Tank 9 Aug 2010 – Israeli hasbara doctors and their mouthpieces in the West don’t stop dithering about the perceived failure of the Israeli propaganda machine “to get the message through” to western audiences. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every year and the best of the best PR firms…

Kawther Salam — The Fog of Smear
Palestine Think Tank 9 Aug 2010 – Yesterday was a special day in the history of the criticism of my journalistic work. In the morning I received an email which included some information about a writer who had criticized previous reports which I had posted on PTT defending Palestinian human rights, in which…

Antoine Raffoul — One-State, Two-State and the ATFP
Palestine Think Tank 9 Aug 2010 – (In the Photo, Hussein Ibish) Until recently, we had never heard of the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP). After some research on the subject of the One-State vs the Two-State solution, we discovered a long Study published by the ATFP in 2009 entitled “What’s Wrong…

Israel ship raid legal, says PM
BBC 9 Aug 2010 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defends a commando raid on ships bringing aid to Gaza, while giving evidence before a government-appointed commission.

Nasrallah shows Hariri ‘evidence’
BBC 9 Aug 2010 – Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah reveals what he says is evidence of Israeli involvement in the murder of ex-Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri.

Israeli jailed in Libya released
BBC 9 Aug 2010 – An Israeli man, who had been held in Libya since March on suspicion of spying, is released after prolonged, indirect negotiations.

(en) Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle picked on Friday Sheikh Jarrah solidarity demonstrations.
A-infos 9 Aug 2010 – The one year “anniversary” of the transfer of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied east Jerusalem was marked by about ten demonstration locations. Up to two thousands participated in Israel – both from Jewish and Palestinian communities: Kufr Yasif, Haifa, West Jerusalem, Dahmash, Taybe, Nazareth,…

Articles


Why I support the Olympia Co-op boycott
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Mondowiess, Israeli Occupation Archive8/4/2010
Dear friends,
The Olympia Food Co-op boycott of Israeli products (except for fair trade olive oil) has generated much controversy and emotion. I do pray for healing and understanding among those who support and those who oppose such a boycott in the community of Olympia, Washington and around the world. All of us must stand together and mourn the loss of life generated by this conflict. May their memories be a blessing.
The Food Co-op and many concerned citizens around the world have asked the question: How do we transform the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the use of nonviolence? What is meaningful action?
While negotiations, lobbying and dialogue occur, those who have been directly impacted by occupation, the Palestinians, have called upon the world to engage in meaningful nonviolent action to apply pressure upon Israel so that Israel cannot conduct the business of occupation as usual. Have we all not seen and read about life in Palestine under occupation? The Goldstone report, B’tselem, Gisha and many other organizations and individuals have documented the systematic violation of Palestinian human rights in the past several years. How do we both construct peace and engage in non-cooperation with policies that systematically violate human rights on a daily basis?
Boycott is a time honored method which was the catalyst that ended legal segregation in the United States. Boycott is the primary tool of those engaged in nonviolent resistance to systematic injustice. Boycott targets unjust policies. It is not about ‘the right to exist’; Everyone has the right to ‘exist’…. — See also: Source more.. e-mail


Only we’re allowed
Gideon Levy, Ha’aretz, Israeli Occupation Archive8/5/2010
After Tuesday’s border clash, Israel will continue to ignore UNIFIL and the Lebanese army
Those bastards, the Lebanese, changed the rules. Scandalous. Word is, they have a brigade commander who’s determined to protect his country’s sovereignty. Scandalous.
The explanation here was that he’s “indoctrinating his troops” — only we’re allowed to do that, of course — and that this was “the spirit of the commander” and that he’s “close to Hezbollah.” The nerve.
And now that we’ve recited ad nauseum the explanations of Israel Defense Forces propaganda for what happened Tuesday at the northern border, the facts should also be looked at.
On Tuesday morning, Israel requested “coordination” with UNIFIL to carry out another “exposing” operation on the border fence. UNIFIL asked the IDF to postpone the operation, because its commander is abroad. The IDF didn’t care. UNIFIL won’t stop us.
At noon the tree-cutters set out. The Lebanese and UNIFIL soldiers shouted at them to stop. In Lebanon they say their soldiers also fired warning shots in the air. If they did, it didn’t stop the IDF.
The tree branches were cut and blood was shed on both sides of the border. Shed in vain.
True, Israel maintains that the area across the fence is its territory, and UNIFIL officially confirmed that yesterday. But a fence is a fence: In Gaza it’s enough to get near the fence for us to shoot to kill. In the West Bank the fence’s route bears no resemblance to the Green Line, and still Palestinians are forbidden from crossing it. — See also: Source more.. e-mail

Isolating Iran is Part of the ‘Great Energy Game’
Kourosh Ziabari interviews Antony Loewenstein, Dissident Voice8/5/2010
Kourosh Ziabari: The Israeli aggression against the people of Palestine is going on incessantly. The White House hasn’t taken any serious step to signal its willingness to prevent Israel from expanding the illegal settlements in the West Bank. What will happen eventually? Will Israel go on with its expansionistic approach in the occupied lands?
Antony Loewenstein: Israeli expansion on Palestinian land has continued for decades and there is little indication that this will stop anytime soon. Successive U.S. Presidents have meekly complained about the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza but continued to fund the Zionist state. Washington claims to believe in a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians but the occupation has made this viably impossible. The alternatives are unpleasant for the Zionist mind to consider, not least a bi-national state or one-state equation, where soon Jews will be outnumbered by Arabs. But Israeli Jews should not fear this. Like the whites in South Africa under apartheid, they have to make a choice, either more years of oppressing another people and facing global isolation or a nation with equal status for all its citizens.
KZ: President Obama has recently threatened Iran with a possible nuclear strike. Can we trace the footsteps of the Zionist lobby in the provocative remarks by the U.S. president? Will the U.S. finally stage a nuclear war in the Middle East to protect its unalienable ally against an “Iranian threat”?
AL: The chance of Washington launching a nuclear strike against Iran is very slim, though the current concern is President Obama allowing Israel to use tactical nuclear weapons or simply a military adventure against the Islamic Republic in a misguided attempt to stop its supposed nuclear program. There is no doubt that many members of the U.S. Congress and the Zionist lobby are encouraging a military strike against Iran. But the real agenda is largely hidden…. more.. e-mail

Words without Borders “dialogue” violates Palestinian boycott call
Electronic Intifada: 10 Aug 2010 – An initiative recently launched by the prestigious online literature magazine Words without Borders entitled “Cross-Cultural-Dialogues in the Middle East,” rings alarm bells in light of the Palestinian civil society call for boycott divestment and sanctions on Israel. Haidar Eid comments.more

Suspected torturer gets key police job in Jerusalem
Electronic Intifada: 9 Aug 2010 – A police officer known as “Major George” who is accused of torturing Arab prisoners in his previous role as chief interrogator in a secret military jail has been appointed to oversee relations with Jerusalem’s Palestinian population, it has emerged. Jonathan Cook reports.more

New guide puts Palestine history, debates in activists’ hands
Electronic Intifada: 9 Aug 2010 – The Veritas Handbook , published free online this month, seeks to provide a comprehensive, accessible guide to Palestine’s history and key issues involved activism. Produced independently by activists and students, the book aims to meet a long neglected need.more

Israeli attacks on emergency workers still affecting Gaza’s safety
In Gaza: 9 Aug 2010 – Aug 9, 2010 (IPS) — Outside the battered Civil Defence station in northern Gaza’s Jabalia region, Mohammed Zidan, a seven-year veteran of fire-fighting and rescue services, stands on crutches in front of battered Civil Defence vehicles. Zidan, 31, lost his right leg during the 2008-2009 Israeli war on Gaza. He is one of more than 30 Civil Defence workers who were injured during the Israeli attacks. Another 13 were killed, eight of them in the first series of F-16 bombings on Dec. 27, 2008. Mohammed al-Khooli and Baha Litlooli were with Zidan on Jan. 15 when Israeli soldiers shelled the building they were in. “We were on the 11th floor of the Magoosi building when the Israelis attacked us,” says Zidan. Khooli lost one leg and Litlooli both to the Israeli shelling. Ahmed Abu Foul, 27, has worked for ten years as a medic both with the Palestinian Red Crescent…more

Bil’in, A Village in Palestine
Palestine Monitor: 9 Aug 2010 – A large crowd, including many Israeli and international activists, met this Friday for the weekly protest again the Israeli occupation, the wall and Israeli settlements in the village of Bil’in. After Friday prayers the group marched and chanted through the village towards the wall where they were confronted by Israeli soldiers. After a brief stand off the crowd was forced to retreat through the use of tear gas and sound grenades. Israeli soldiers entered the village before the protestors reached the fence’s gate which separates Bil’in from its agricultural lands. Nobody was seriously hurt but many people suffered from tear gas inhalation. All pictures by Rob Stothard Rob Stothard – Photographer http://www.robstothard.co.ukmore

Staying Human
Dissident Voice: 9 Aug 2010 – Vittorio Arrigoni has written an on-the-spot account of what occurred in Gaza during Israel’s Cast Lead operation. Arrigoni — who lived in Gaza working as an authentic journalist and volunteer with International Solidarity Movement — exemplifies what it is to be a humanist. This comes through in his Gaza: Stay Human — an eyewitness chronicling of destruction, misery, courage, inhumanity, and humanity in Gaza during the massacre that was Cast Lead. Gaza: Stay Human By Vittorio Arrigoni Translation by Daniela Filippin Preface by Ilan Pappé Publisher: Kube Publishing Ltd, New York, 2010 Paperback: 178 pages ISBN-10: 1847740197 ISBN-13: 978-1847740199 Arrigoni combats Israeli and western media disinformation without mincing words. He unequivocally states Cast Lead was a “deliberate criminal and terrorizing will to massacre civilians.” He points to the extremely dense population of the strip where aerial bombing would “inevitably butcher many civilians.” Eighty-five percent of the casualties were civilians. Yet…more

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