VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 10 August, 2010: The “banality of evil” and Israel’s destruction of al-Araqib

10 August, 2010 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

WAFA: Hamas security forces harass Palestinian journalist in Gaza
IMEMC – 10 Aug 2010 – Tuesday August 10, 2010 – 15:09, On the other hand, the WAFA news agency said that Hamas security forces in Gaza continue to summon Palestinian journalist to their headquarter and harass him.

3 Palestinians detained by Israeli military and 5 by Palestinian security
IMEMC – 10 Aug 2010 – Tuesday August 10, 2010 – 12:07, Palestinian security forces have detained five Hamas supporters in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian media sources reported on Tuesday.

Ma’an News

Foundation says hundreds of tombstones disinterred
8/10/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers entered the Mamilla (Ma’man Allah) cemetery in West Jerusalem on Monday night, and began taking down headstones from Muslim graves, a statement from the Jerusalem-based Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage said. The destruction of graves was the third in just over a week, with Israeli officials…. Related: Bulldozer injures sheikh at Jerusalem cemetery

Bulldozer injures sheikh at Jerusalem cemetery
8/10/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Sheikh Ali Abu Sheikha was injured Tuesday when an Israeli bulldozer struck him while when he attempted to block a construction crew from bulldozing a section of a Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem. Abu Sheikha suffered moderate injuries but refused to leave the Mamilla (Ma’man Allah) cemetery, Ma’an…. Related: Foundation says hundreds of tombstones disinterred

PA lowers volume on mosques near settlements
8/10/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority has reportedly agreed to an Israeli request to lower the volume on mosque loudspeakers in Palestinian villages surrounded by settlements. The Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday that the PA has also agreed that Friday prayers will be held in one mosque per village, after several Israeli settlers….

Nasrallah: Israel tried to convince Hariri of Hezbollah plot
8/10/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Monday that Israel attempted to convince the late Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri that the Shiite movement was plotting his assassination. Nasrallah said Israel began the scheme on 13 September 1993, adding that Hezbollah had located a Lebanese spy for Israel in 1996 who compiled information on….

Family to receive remains after 34 years
8/10/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A small victory was declared by the Palestinian National Campaign for the Release of Martyrs Bodies on Tuesday, when the remains of a Palestinian fighter killed in 1976 were delivered to his family. Thousands gathered in the town of Birzeit after Israeli officials barred the reception at the Rantis checkpoint, north….

Group: Israeli forces close stores in Hebron
8/10/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers injured four Palestinians and five foreign nationals Tuesday during a demonstration against the closure of three shops in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, onlookers said. Witnesses said Israeli forces informed businessman Azzam Abu Khalaf that he had half an hour to empty his shop in the Old….

Gaza crossing opens for 220 loads of aid
8/10/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities opened Gaza’s Kerem Shalom crossing on Tuesday morning for the delivery of 220-230 truckloads of humanitarian aid and commercial goods, Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said. Fattouh, who coordinates supply transports into Gaza, said limited quantities of industrial diesel for the sole power plant and….

Gaza crossings report for 10 August
8/10/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An estimated 529 passengers left the Gaza Strip over the last week and 723 entered, officials said Tuesday. Egypt turned back 22 passengers, the Hamas-run department said in its weekly report. An estimated 246 truckloads of aid and goods, including 220 for the private sector, four for UNRWA, six for….

Report: Israeli settlers insult prophet Muhammad
8/10/2010 – TEL AVIV (Ma’an) — Under heavy guard of Israeli soldiers, about 1,000 Israeli settlers entereda village in the northern West Bank in order to pray on Monday night, the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported. Israeli forces imposed curfew on the village in order to allow the settlers to conduct religious services, the report said….

Abbas-Mitchell meeting ends without deal
8/10/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Obama administration’s Middle East envoy left Ramallah on Tuesday without convincing President Mahmoud Abbas to resume direct negotiations with Israel, a top PLO official said. Saeb Erekat, the chief PLO negotiator, said Sen. George Mitchell’s meeting at the president’s Ramallah residence did not yield….

UNRWA appeals for support
8/10/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The UN’s Palestine refugee agency is experiencing a financial shortfall of $85 million to its core budge, the representative of the commissioner-general said Monday. While signing an agreement between UNRWA and the Gaddafi Foundation on building new houses for refugees in Gaza, Peter Ford said that “unless donors come….

Human Rights Watch: Wartime inquiries fall short
8/10/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas has announced no serious investigations whatsoever for its involvement in widespread and serious allegations of unlawful conduct during fighting in the Gaza Strip, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. Israeli military investigations into the Gaza war have brought some results over the past 18 months but fall far short of addressing….

Israel to soldiers: Don’t light up during Ramadan
8/10/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The head of Israel’s Civil Administration in the occupied West Bank said Tuesday that the forces under his command were briefed over the past two weeks over how to behave during the Muslim holy month. Yoav Mordechai said soldiers have been asked not to eat, drink, or smoke at….

Report: Alleged Israel spy may be set free
8/10/2010 – LONDON (Ma’an) — A German judge will decide the future of a suspected Israeli spy, linked to the killing of a Hamas leader in Dubai, after his extradition from Poland, German state prosecutors reportedly said Tuesday.” I’m gearing up for him possibly arriving on Friday,” a spokesman for prosecutors in the western….

Turkey says Israel responsible for flotilla fiasco
8/10/2010 – LONDON (Ma’an) — Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Tuesday that Israel should admit sole responsibility for the killing of nine activists during a raid on a Gaza aid flotilla, Reuters reported.”No one else can take the blame for killing civilians in international waters,” Davutoglu was quoted by Reuters as saying….

Hamas says 5 affiliates detained by PA forces
8/10/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces have detained five Hamas supporters in the occupied West Bank, party officials said Tuesday. In a statement, the Islamic movement said the detentions were recent and targeted affiliates from Tulkarem, Nablus, and Qalqiliya….

Justice Ministry wants clearer separation of powers
8/10/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The justice sector under the Palestinian Authority needs a clear separation of powers and a clarified jurisdictional scheme to make it more effective, officials from the Ministry of Justice say. The minister and several key portfolio holders from the ministry gathered in Bethlehem on Saturday to conduct a three-day self-evaluation on….

Gaza: Drug users could face execution
8/10/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s Attorney General said drug offenses in the Strip would come under the death penalty starting this year, saying “just as drugs will be destroyed, drug dealers will also be hanged.” The announcement came as police with the Gaza government destroyed large quantities of hashish, ecstasy pills, prescription-strength….

PA to send more fuel to Gaza hospitals
8/10/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health announced Tuesday that it would double the quantity of diesel being sent to hospitals and clinics in the Gaza Strip. The ministry said in a statement that Prime Minister Salam Fayyad ordered the increase following concerns in Gaza that patients were being put at risk….

In photos: Bethlehem youngsters get media savvy
8/10/2010 – MaanImages / Listen To My Story, HO – Palestinian children take part in a media course in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on 10 August 2010. Sponsored by Bethlehem University, the two-week event trains children in photography, documentary making, editing, and drama classes….

Ramadan to begin Wednesday
8/10/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Wednesday will be the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, Palestinian officials said late Tuesday….

Palestine Note

Ashton Kutcher’s settler tour of the Holy Land
Palestine Note 10 Aug 2010 – Washington – Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher visited Israel and the West Bank over the weekend to celebrate the birthday of the founder of Jerusalem’s Kabbalah Center, the Jewish Telegraph Agency reported Sunday. Ashton Kutcher wearing an…

Hamas to enforce death penalty for drug crimes
Palestine Note 10 Aug 2010 – Washington — Gaza’s Attorney General announced Tuesday that the government would start this year enforcing the death penalty for criminals convicted of drug offenses, Ma’an News Agency reported . “Just as drugs will be destroyed, drug dealers…

Report: PA lowers volume on mosques near settlements
Palestine Note 10 Aug 2010 – Washington — The Palestinian Authority has reportedly acquiesced to Israeli settlers’ requests to lower the volume on mosque loudspeakers located near Israeli settlements. Ma’an News Agency reported Tuesday: The Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday that…

Lebanon: US aid suspension ‘unwarranted’
Palestine Note 10 Aug 2010 – Washington – The Lebanese government criticized a US lawmaker’s decision to suspend some $100 million in military aid following last week’s cross-border skirmish with Israel that left three Lebanese soldiers, a Lebanese journalist, and a senior…

BDS movement: ‘Put your money where your mouth is’
Palestine Note 10 Aug 2010 – By William McKeithen Washington — The Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement has been winning converts in Europe for years, but now after several recent victories in American have caught headlines, more are starting to question whether…

Israel threatens to back out of UN flotilla probe
Palestine Note 10 Aug 2010 – Washington – Israel could back out of the United Nation’s investigation of the May 31 high-seas raid of aid ships attempting to reach the Gaza Strip if investigators attempt to question military personnel, AFP news agency…

Abbas rebuffs Mitchell on direct talks
Palestine Note 10 Aug 2010 – Washington – US Middle East envoy George Mitchell met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah Tuesday, Palestinian official news agency WAFA reported . US Mideast Envoy George Michell holds talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at…

WATCH: Israel razes bedouin town for 3rd time
Palestine Note 10 Aug 2010 – New York – Israeli authorities demolished the Bedouin town of Al-Arakib for the third time in three weeks Tuesday. Bedouin women stand in the ruins of Al-Arakib after it was destroyed by Israeli forces for the…

Israel tells soldiers: Don’t smoke at checkpoints during Ramadan
Palestine Note 10 Aug 2010 – Washington — Israeli soldiers at checkpoints will enforce higher standards of decorum during Ramadan, refraining from eating, drinking, or smoking during daylight hours when Muslim Palestinians are fasting, Ma’an News Agency reported Tuesday. The barrier gate…

Israel DM: ‘Violence was anticipated’
Palestine Note 10 Aug 2010 – Barak testifies at flotilla hearing Washington – Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak gave his testimony Tuesday before an Israeli investigation committee aimed to uncover illegality in the May 31 flotilla raid and the surrounding circumstances, news…

BlackBerry strikes deal with Saudis, other countries still consider ban
Palestine Note 10 Aug 2010 – Washington — The BlackBerry smartphone has evaded a threatened ban in Saudi Arabia, but other countries across the Arab world continue to express concerns over security issues posed by the phone’s encryption services, Al-Jazeera English reported…

Lebanon: Politician charged in Israel spy hunt
Palestine Note 10 Aug 2010 – Washington – MP Fayez Karam from the Free Patriotic Movement is the first Lebanese politician to be implicated in the state’s effort round up those “spying” for Israel, Reuters reported Tuesday: Lebanese flags [ChamelEian – Flickr]…

Report: Shortage of translators hobbles WB investigations
Palestine Note 9 Aug 2010 – Washington — A shortage of Arabic-speaking translators is leading to increased obstacles for Palestinians filing complaints against Israeli soldiers, according to a new report by rights group Yesh Din, Haaretz reported Monday. Altercations between Israeli soldiers…

Aljazeera

Nasrallah unveils ‘Hariri proof’
AlJazeera 10 Aug 2010 – Hezbollah leader says Israel linked to ex-Lebanon PM’s assassination.

Israel razes Negev village again
AlJazeera 10 Aug 2010 – Witness talks of “unnecessary force” in demolition of Bedouin homes.

Flotilla violence was ‘expected’
AlJazeera 10 Aug 2010 – Israeli defence minister says Gaza-bound ships were a “planned provocation”.

Lebanon charges Israeli spy suspect
AlJazeera 10 Aug 2010 – Former Lebanese army general accused of passing intelligence to Israel.

Palestine News Network

Hizbullah Leader Cliams Israel Assassinated Former Lebanese Prime Minister
PNN – PNN – In a video address to journalists from an undisclosed location on Monday, Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hizbullah said he had evidence to prove Israel’s responsibilty in former Lebanese Prime Minister…

Barak Takes “Full Responsibility” For Gaza Flotilla
PNN – Bethlehem-PNN-The Defense Minister accepted responsibility for the Gaza flotilla raid which left nine activists dead in May. He claims the government had anticipated the violence, contradicting the Prime Minister. Barak testified before…

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

IDF West Bank soldiers asked to respect Ramadan
Jeruslalem Post 11 Aug 2010 – “Refrain from eating, drinking and smoking in public during Muslim fasting month”.

ADL to Israel: Let foreign workers’ kids stay
Jeruslalem Post 10 Aug 2010 – The ADL’s statement echoes those of many of Israel’s human rights organizations.

Foreign bloggers get crash course on all things Israel
Jeruslalem Post 10 Aug 2010 – StandWithUs hosts Web communicators to provide them with dose of local reality.

Attitude towards LAF to be reviewed
Jeruslalem Post 10 Aug 2010 – IDF to reexamine rules of engagement following border clash.

IDF reexamining rules of engagement against Lebanese Army
Jeruslalem Post 10 Aug 2010 – Guidelines to be reconsidered in light of recent fatal border incident.

Barak to commission: ‚ÄòI’m responsible’
Jeruslalem Post 10 Aug 2010 – Still,”IDF should have warned of potential mission failure.”

‚ÄòI’m responsible,’ Barak tells Turkel Commission
Jeruslalem Post 10 Aug 2010 – Still, defense minister says IDF should have warned gov’t if flotilla raid success was not certain.

‘Turkey bears no responsibility’
Jeruslalem Post 10 Aug 2010 – Turkish FM speaks out as UN panel begins Gaza flotilla probe.

Braverman cancels meeting with Beduin
Jeruslalem Post 10 Aug 2010 – MK A-Sanaa’s compares Israel to Nazis after village razed third time.

‘Iran digs mass graves for US troops’
Jeruslalem Post 10 Aug 2010 – Teheran defies US Adm. Mike Mullen’s contingency strike plan.

Lebanon protests $100m. aid suspension
Jeruslalem Post 10 Aug 2010 – Any “friend of Lebanon” should not take steps to hurt the army.

Barak has more ‘chutzpa’ than Netanyahu
Jeruslalem Post 10 Aug 2010 – Kadima slams defense minister as he appears before Turkel Committee; Barak says all options “thoroughly examined by Netanyahu, Septet before decisions were made”

Barak takes responsibility for raid
Jeruslalem Post 10 Aug 2010 – Defense Minister testifies before Turkel flotilla probe.

International Solidarity Movement

CPT: Keeping the quiet (when there’s no peace to be kept) on Shuhada Street
8/10/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Sarah M, Christian Peacemaker Team — Hebron – “Excuse me!” the Israeli soldier called to us.”You can’t walk down that street.” Elizabeth and I turned toward him, questioning.”We can’t? But the German tourists here earlier walked this way,” Elizabeth recalled.”I walked down the street three days ago,” I added….

VIDEO – To Know is Not Enough: How Hampshire became the First to Divest
8/10/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Hampshire College is often credited with being the first US college to divest for the occupation, and this video attempts to understand the group and the campaign that made it happen. The video is constructed from interviews with over a dozen student activists from Hampshire College’s Students for Justice in Palestine.”To Know…. Related: Video: To Know Is Not Enough and Students for Justice in Palestine

Ethnic cleansing continues: Bedouin village Al Araqib demolished for the third time
8/10/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – 10 August 2010, Al Araqib, NEGEV – The Bedouin village of Al Araqib in Southern Israel was destroyed for the third time in two weeks this morning, Tuesday August 10th, by Israeli civil administration forces. At approximately 5. 45 this morning around 50 Israeli police and 15 border police arrived in jeeps to guard 3 caterpillar….

Ha’aretz

Twelve years for 18-year-old who stabbed ‘rapist’ stepfather
Ha’aretz – Judge acknowledges extenuating circumstances – but rules that ‘arguments must not be settled by the knife’.

Falling tree branch kills sleeping boy on Galilee camping trip
Ha’aretz – Police to investigate campsite operators for negligence after tree branch crashes into tent of sleeping family, killing 14-year-old.

Rabbis refuse to be questioned on incitement to kill non-Jews
Ha’aretz – Rabbis Dov Lior and Yaakov Yosef say they will not answer police questions about whether they supported the book “The King’s Torah”, by Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, that described how it…

US revises Israel travel warning after complaint
Ha’aretz – U.S. State Department eliminates references to Eilat in travel warning it issued last week in wake of rocket attack that killed a Jordanian man in Aqaba; Israel said that the…

U.S.: Iran’s actions compromise Lebanon’s sovereignty
Ha’aretz – State Department spokesman responds to Iran announcement it will support Lebanon’s army if U.S. halts its military funding.

Ban: UN Gaza flotilla probe won’t assign individual responsibility
Ha’aretz – Panel probing deadly Israeli raid on Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship to seek ‘fullest cooperation’ from Israel, Turkey.

Iran offers to support Lebanese army if U.S. withholds military aid
Ha’aretz – U.S. lawmakers hold up $100 million in military aid to Lebanon in wake of deadly border skirmish between Israel’s and Lebanon’s army., Turkey wants Israel to apologize and offer compensation…

Lebanon charges first politician with spying for Israel
Ha’aretz – Fayez Karam first politician to be charged in a widening espionage case.

Barak bombards Gaza flotilla inquiry with information broadside
Ha’aretz – Defense minister takes the stand armed to the teeth with facts, swamping bewildered panel in whirl of detail.

‘I take full responsibility,’ Barak tells Gaza flotilla probe
Ha’aretz – Government anticipated violence aboard Gaza aid boats, Defense Minister says, apparently contradicting testimony from the prime minister.

Lieberman: Libya’s demands for Israeli prisoner’s release were reasonable, logical
Ha’aretz – Israel allowed a Libyan-sponsored aid ship to enter Gaza in exchange for release of Rafael Haddad, imprisoned in Libya for 5 months.

Israel detains Palestinian in Dorah
10 Aug 2010 – Hebron , August 10, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli occupation forces detained today a Palestinian after raiding his house in Dorah, in the south of Hebron city, in the West Bank. Israeli occupation forces raided the house of Taher Al-Switi, 21, and then detained him, eyewitnesses said. Local sources reported that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) closed the street of Bair Al-Saba…

IOF raids Nablus, no detentions were reported
10 Aug 2010 – Nablus, August 10, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli occupation forces raided Tuesday number of villages in the city of Nablus in the north of the occupied West Bank, no detentions were reported. Witnesses said that the Israeli occupation forces raided Orta, Bait Forek and Dair Al-Hatab villages in the south of Nablus yesterday night, adding that they raided number…

Mitchell to meet Netanyahu, Abbas
10 Aug 2010 – West Bank, August 10, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — The United States Mideast peace envoy Gorge Mitchell will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then he will meet the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Tuesday as the Obama administration presses both sides to launch direct talks as soon as possible. George Mitchell would spend one day addressing questions…

Israel detains 3 Palestinians in WB
10 Aug 2010 – West Bank, August 10, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli occupation forces detained today three Palestinians from Tulkarem and Nablus cities in the West Bank. Israeli occupation forces took the detainees for questioning. Israeli forces raids the West Bank on a daily basis under the pretext of searching for what they call“wanted Palestinians”.

Malaysian medical team arrives in Gaza
10 Aug 2010 – Gaza, August 10, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — A Malaysian medical team arrived in Gaza Monday evening. The visit was organized by the Club “Malaysia 1 Boytra”. The team which includes 67 volunteers of doctors, directors and ten journalists will spend 13 days in the Gaza Strip. The team arrived in Gaza to make surgeries for patients in the Gaza Strip…

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…

Uruknet

Homeless Take On Israeli Forces
Uruknet August 10, 2010 – A bruising battle of will is taking place between Israeli security forces and Palestinians recently made homeless after two Palestinian villages were razed and hundreds left homeless. During the last few weeks over a thousand heavily armed Israeli riot police, soldiers and police, at times accompanied by helicopters and bulldozers, have clashed with the expelled…

Jerusalem: Foundation says hundreds of tombstones disinterred
Uruknet August 10, 2010 – Israeli bulldozers entered the Mamilla (Ma’man Allah) cemetery in West Jerusalem on Monday night, and began taking down headstones from Muslim graves, a statement from the Jerusalem-based Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage said. The destruction of graves was the third in just over a week, with Israeli officials telling Ma’an that initially, graves were…

The Charade Begins: Netanyahu’s Flotilla Massacre Probe Testimony
Uruknet August 10, 2010 – On August 9, Israel’s self-appointed Turkel Commission, its planned whitewash, began hearings into the Freedom Flotilla massacre, a humanitarian mission delivering essential aid to besieged Gazans, Israeli officials blaming the victims, not themselves. After the incident, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said organizers incited the attack. His deputy, Danny Ayalon, connected them to international terrorists, trying…

The “banality of evil” and Israel’s destruction of al-Araqib
Uruknet August 10, 2010 –

Israeli Soldiers Open Fire At A Nonviolent Protest In Gaza
Uruknet August 9, 2010 – 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 gathered in the Abssan town near the southern borders with Israel. People demanded the Israeli army to stop creating the buffer zone near the borders and building…

Palestinian female inmates appeal to the Red Cross to close Al-Damon prison
Uruknet August 9, 2010 – The female Palestinian prisoners of Al-Damon prison have called on theInternational Red Cross to put pressure on the Israeli authorities to close the “the worst jail ever,” as they “experience tragic conditions in Al-Damon.” In a statement issued by the Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC) on Sunday August 8, it stressed that the circumstances and conditions…

US gimps Saudi deal over Israeli concerns
Uruknet August 9, 2010 – The US has agreed to sell Saudi Arabia fighter jets but without critical equipment over Israeli concerns of long-term Saudi intentions. As the US was set to sell Saudi Arabia many new F-15 fighter jets, the country found itself renegotiating the terms of the deal due to Israeli questions of the deal. According to a…

Inside Gaza
Uruknet August 9, 2010 – Life in Gaza is unique. Misery is mixed with joy, pain, happiness and suffering. Siege still suffocates people via different manners and tactics. Israel which indirectly pushed Hamas and Fateh towards the split is announcing day and night that siege has been lifted. But facts on the ground are obviously different. Siege is still on…

ECESG Response to Israeli PM Netanyahu’s testimony to the TurkelCommission:Statement is a ‚Äúpointless pantomime of political propaganda.”
Uruknet August 9, 2010 – The European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza today describes the statements of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as a “pointless pantomime of political propaganda.” In light of PM Netanyahu’s statement that “Israel is a liberal, democratic country governed by the rule of law, with independent courts, a bona fide parliament, and a free press,”…

STANDING UP TO THE ENEMY …. AGAIN
Uruknet August 9, 2010 – My Associate, Mazin Qumsiyeh, had his day in court today‚Ķ.. again‚Ķ. Just days before his appearance he called the ongoing harassment of himself and other activists a blatant attempt by Israeli authorities to stifle dissent, and to silence those who would dare to speak out publicly against Israeli policies in the West Bank. The Occupied…

West Bank home demolitions continue
Uruknet August 9, 2010 – As Israeli-Palestinian peace talks stall, Israel’s military continues to raze Palestinian homes in the West Bank. Ma’an News Agency reported from Tubas in the West Bank Monday:

The National

Lebanon doubts Nasrallah’s proof’
The National 10 Aug 2010 – Most politicians say evidence displayed by Hizbollah leader regarding Israel’s involvement in Hariri assassination plot is circumstantial.

Turkey and Israel clash again over aid flotilla
The National 10 Aug 2010 – Turks reject claim by Benjamin Netanyahu that they could have prevented the deadly confrontation with Israeli troops.

Saudi Arabia buys 84 US fighter jets
The National 10 Aug 2010 – Riyadh will buy Black Hawk helicopters and F-15s, while Israel has reported been offered new F-35 fighter jet not yet available outside the United States.

On Eve of Ramadan: Police Demolished Bedouin Village for Third Time
Alternative Information Center – This morning police forces demolished the village of el Araqib for the third time in two weeks. The village residents, however, who remain on the eve of Ramadan without water and shelter under the blazing sun,…

Vanunu Released from Prison
Alternative Information Center – Mordechai Vanunu, the man renowned for revealing details of Israel’s nuclear program, was released from Israel’s Ramle Prison, on Sunday, 8 August, after serving almost 3 months in solitary confinement.

Israel Destroys Bedouin Village for Third Time
Alternative Information Center – At approximately 5:50 a.m. this morning (Tuesday 10 August), Israeli authorities demolished the Bedouin village of el Araqib for the third time in two weeks. After the demolition, authorities hauled away the remains from the demolition…

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Gaddafi Charity pledges $50 million to UNRWA Housing in Gaza
WAFA – AMMAN, August 10, 2010 (WAFA)- The Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation (GICDF) and UNRWA have signed a $50 million agreement to rebuild 1250 refugee homes in the Gaza Strip

HRW: Governments and UN Should Press for Justice
WAFA – NEW YORK, August 10, 2010 (WAFA) — Israeli military investigations into the Gaza war fall far short of addressing the widespread and serious allegations of unlawful conduct during the fighting, Human

The Guardian

With Arab opinion like this, Obama needs media advice | Jonathan Steele
The Guardian 10 Aug 2010 – The rhetoric of his Cairo speech has soured: the president can only move the debate on with a sea-change in US attitudes A year ago in Cairo Barack Obama made an impassioned appeal for Arab goodwill…

Ehud Barak accepts responsibility for Gaza flotilla raid
The Guardian 10 Aug 2010 – Israeli defence minister tells inquiry military were to blame for execution of operation which left nine activists dead Israel’s defence minister Ehud Barak today said he took “overall” responsibility for the deadly raid on the Gaza…

Relief Web

Japanese Government sponsors new maternal and child health handbook for Palestine Refugees
Relief Web 10 Aug 2010 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Ban meets with members of panel of inquiry into Gaza flotilla incident
Relief Web 10 Aug 2010 – Source: UN News Service

JORDAN VALLEY: ISRAEL DEMOLISHES PALESTINIAN HOMES
Relief Web 10 Aug 2010 – Source: Missionary International Service News Agency

OFID extends emergency support to aid Palestinian refugees in Gaza
Relief Web 10 Aug 2010 – Source: OPEC Fund for International Development

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: Homeless Take On Israeli Forces
IPS A bruising battle of will is taking place between Israeli security forces and Palestinians recently made homeless after two Palestinian villages were razed and hundreds left homeless.

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

Lebanon unconvinced by Nasrallah’s ‘proof’
YNet News – MPs say evidence displayed by Hezbollah regarding Israel’s involvement in Hariri….

Iran offers to support Lebanese army
YNet News – Islamic Republic offers aid after US suspends military funding to Lebanon over….

Turkey: Israel solely responsible for convoy deaths
YNet News – In apparent response to comments made by Netanyahu that Ankara ignored repeated….

IDF changes approach to Lebanon army
YNet News – Following last week’s deadly exchange of fire on northern border, IDF says….

Iran ‘digging graves’ for US troops if they attack
YNet News – (Video) Former Revolutionary Guards commander says mass graves used for burying….

Barak: Peace process will get world off our back
YNet News – Defense minister takes advantage of his testimony before committee probing….

Barak contradicts Netanyahu’s testimony on flotilla
YNet News – Defense minister testifies before committee probing deadly IDF raid on….

PM treated in hospital for foot infection
YNet News – Netanyahu arrives at Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital in Jerusalem for medical….

Modesty signs posted in Sheikh Jarrah
YNet News – Residents of east Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood were surprised to discover in recent days dozens of signs posted throughout the neighborhood streets, which urge …….

Hamas burns drugs, booze in Gaza
YNet News – Police in Gaza have publicly burned large trash bags of drugs and alcohol bottles in what they say is an expanded anti-drug campaign. Amer Issa, head of the Hamas …….

UN doesn’t rule out questioning troops
YNet News – WASHINGTON — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened a panel investigating the IDF raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla Tuesday for the first time since the members were …….

Libya denies swapping Hadad for Gaza aid
YNet News – Libyan officials denied there was any link between an agreement with Israel to underwrite the rebuilding of 1,250 Gaza Strip homes and the release this week of an Israeli …….

Palestinian Information Center

Israel releases Palestinian man’s corpse after 35 years
PIC 10 Aug 2010 – The Israeli army released Tuesday morning the body of Palestinian martyr Mashour Talab al-Arouri to his family after holding him for 35 years in the Arqam (numbers) cemetery.

Israel refuses cooperation with UN probe into flotilla attack
PIC 10 Aug 2010 – Israel threatened Tuesday not to cooperate with the UN committee of experts assigned to investigate into the deadly attack by Israel naval commandos on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Hamad: Egypt only allows travel of certain categories
PIC 10 Aug 2010 – Dr. Ghazi Hamad has said that the Egyptian authorities only allow sick people, students, and holders of foreign passports to cross the Rafah terminal.

Israel excavates 200 more graves in historical J’lem cemetery
PIC 10 Aug 2010 – Israeli forces cleared out Monday evening more than 200 graves in the Ma’manullah cemetery in Jerusalem, the Aqsa foundation for endowments and heritage reported, in an ongoing wave of attacks.

Tonge asks British premier to step in and halt deportation of Jerusalemite MPs
PIC 10 Aug 2010 – Baroness Jennifer Tonge has asked British premier David Cameron to step in and demand reversal of the Israeli decision to deport Palestinian MPs from their hometown Jerusalem.

IOA threatens to flatten 15 installations in Tulkarem village
PIC 10 Aug 2010 – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Monday evening the village of Pharaon in Tulkarem and handed Palestinian citizens demolition orders against their homes and a soccer field.

PARC: Israel wages water war on W. Bankers
PIC 10 Aug 2010 – The Palestinian agricultural relief committee said that Israel uses water as a weapon against the native owners of land and water resources in the West Bank.

Abbas: I am ready for peace talks with Israel if the int’l quartet told me so
PIC 10 Aug 2010 – Mahmoud Abbas announced his readiness to engage in direct negotiations with Israel if the international quartet gave him a go-ahead for that in accordance with the resolution it issued on March 19.

Women, children homeless after their tents razed by Israel in Negev
PIC 10 Aug 2010 – Dozens of Palestinian women and children were rendered homeless after the IOA demolished for the third consecutive time all their tents they set up in Al-Araqib village of the Negev region.

Miles of Smiles 2 arrives in Gaza
PIC 10 Aug 2010 – The second European aid convoy Miles of Smiles were allowed into the Gaza Strip on Monday evening after it was held up for long hours on the Egyptian side of Rafah border crossing.

Los Angeles Times

Iran says it will make up for the cutoff of U.S. aid to Lebanon
LA Times 11 Aug 2010 – The promise comes the day after disclosures that Reps. Berman and Lowey decided to freeze the money because of concerns that it might be buying arms that could be turned against Israel. Iran, reacting to the cutoff of U.S. aid to the Lebanese military, told Lebanese officials Tuesday that it would make up the potential $100-million loss.

New York Times

Barak Testifies in Flotilla Inquest
New York Times 10 Aug 2010 – The Israeli defense minister, Ehud Barak, said on Tuesday that Israel’s leaders were aware that the interception of a flotilla bound for Gaza could turn violent.

New Wave of Iranians Seek U.S. Studies
New York Times 10 Aug 2010 – Despite tensions between the U.S. and Iran, students in Iran are increasingly enrolling in American colleges.

Misc

Destruction, Destruction, Destruction
Palestine Monitor – 2 Palestinians and 1 Israeli have been arrested during a protest which took place on Monday afternoon against the repeated demolitions of the village of Al Arakib in the Nakab-Negev. During the night Israeli authorities demolished the village of Al-Arakib for the third time in two…

Israelis Bulldoze Village, Again
Palestine Monitor – In the early morning light of 5 August, two bulldozers, about twenty military jeeps, two border police and three civil police cars came to the village of Al-Farisiya in the north eastern corner of the West Bank in the Jordan Valley. The Israeli Authorities convoy cleared…

Passive president, busy lobby
Mondoweiss – Haaretz got the early copy of Jeffrey Goldberg’s September story in the Atlantic that seems to justify an Israeli strike on Iran under the nose of the passive president. Based on dozens of interviews the Atlantic correspondent conducted in recent months with Israeli, American and Arab…

New Reut Institute ‚Äòcase study’ tacit admission that BDS is working
Mondoweiss – When the well-connected Israeli policy group, the Reut Institute , released a February 2010 report on what it labeled the “delegitimization challenge” from the global Palestine solidarity movement, Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada pointed out that the report “never considers for a moment that the mounting…

Career move
Mondoweiss – Ashton Kutcher visits occupied Hebron, wearing an Israeli army hat. From Noam Sheizaf , with appropriate commentary. Update: More from Sheizaf – Apparently Kutcher didn’t only visit Hebron and Jushua’s grave near Nablus on Sunday, but also stopped yesterday at Gush Etzion (south of Bethlehem), were he…

Letter to Dave Douglas on his upcoming concert in Israel
Mondoweiss – Dear Mr. Douglas, I am an Israeli citizen living in West Jerusalem. I am writing to you two weeks ahead of your scheduled concerts in the Israeli city of Eilat. I am fan of Jazz music and a fan of your work . I believe you should…

Worried, Tom Friedman tries to establish red lines on criticism
Mondoweiss – I still haven’t picked up Thomas Friedman’s wild column the other day, in which he sees everything from the Israeli point of view and justifies the slaughter of the Gaza war as, This is a tough neighborhood. The good news in the column is that Friedman…

Misc 2

Mitchell Arrives for Talks with Netanyahu, Abbas amid Low Hopes
Al-Manar 10 Aug 2010 – US Middle East envoy George Mitchell arrived on Monday evening for two days of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, even as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was coming under increased pressure from Palestinians to refuse to enter direct talks with the Israeli enemy. Mitchell,…

Spy charge for Lebanon ex-general
BBC 10 Aug 2010 – A Lebanese military court charges a former general turned Christian party politician with spying for Israel.

Gaza flotilla ‘aimed to provoke’
BBC 10 Aug 2010 – Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak says that a flotilla of ships taking aid to Gaza in May was a planned provocation.

Iran ‘boosts uranium enrichment’
BBC 10 Aug 2010 – Iran has activated more equipment to enrich uranium more efficiently – in violation of UN resolutions, the UN nuclear watchdog says.

Injured Workers Man Gaza’s Battered Services
Antiwar.com 10 Aug 2010 – GAZA CITY — Outside the battered Civil Defense station in northern Gaza’s Jabaliya region, Mohammed Zidan, a seven-year veteran of fire-fighting and rescue services, stands on crutches in front of battered Civil Defense vehicles. Zidan, 31, lost his right leg during the 2008-2009 Israeli war on…

Articles


Israel’s pillars of Samson: not quite Armageddon but…
Alan Sabrosky, Redress8/11/2010
As the US edges toward an unprovoked and utterly needless war with Iran, some remarks by an eminent and experienced observer of that part of the world caught my attention. First, he noted that“Israel and the US realize that the next war will burn much of the Middle East and may well spell the end of Israel.”
Now, Israel certainly believes that about the Middle East, and in fact hopes it happens, because that just makes its position stronger. But neither Israel nor the US — at least at a government level — accept the second part of the proposition, just the opposite, that in fact it will be the saving of Israel — because (as I’ve noted elsewhere) if the regional chaos is great enough, Israel will take the opportunity to ethnically cleanse all Palestinians (and probably Israeli Arabs as well) from“Greater Israel” by shoving them over its borders, into Jordan and the Sinai (and some into the Lebanon as well). That will leave it intact and Jewish, its neighbours overwhelmed by a few million destitute Palestinians — a second and even worse Nakba — and everyone else in ruins or teetering on the edge. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defence Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and their merry thugs won’t shed a tear or lose a second’s sleep over any of it, much less over the many Americans who will die in yet another of America’s Jewish wars.
Second, he remarked that“Every week Israel becomes weaker vis-a-vis the ’resistance axis’ and at what point does Israel decide to bring down the house and start again if it can survive with enough military power (backed by the US) to remake the region.”
But I simply don’t see Israel getting weaker, just more beleaguered, which is not the same thing. We need to keep in mind that Israel defines its usable power (and therefore its security) not only in terms of what it has, but also what it can command from its“most favoured goyim”, or gentiles, in the US — and that, now, is virtually everything…. more.. e-mail


Olmert and the Jackals
Uri Avnery, CounterPunch8/10/2010
When the Kettle Calls the Pot Black …
I cannot say that I ever liked Ehud Olmert. But now I almost feel sorry for him.
It is not pleasant to see how they pounce on him, like jackals and hyenas fighting over a carcass.
And that also raises some questions.
Was Olmert the only fallible human being in this paradise? Not at all. The stories about the envelopes stuffed with cash, the cigars and the luxury suites in posh hotels fire the imagination, but the hedonism of Olmert is no different from that of Binjamin Netanyahu or Ehud Barak. When Barak accuses Olmert it is like the kettle calling the pot black.
Netanyahu lived like a king in expensive hotels paid for by kind donors who, of course, ask for nothing in return, whose sole purpose in life is to allow him to revel in luxury. As for Barak – after decades of service as an army officer with a salary that did not reach the sky and some years as a cabinet minister with a similar income, he disappeared from public view for a short while and reappeared as a rich man. He bought a luxury apartment in one of the most expensive buildings in Tel Aviv, a structure that is a byword for ostentatious wealth. How does one get so rich in such a short time? Could it be by using connections acquired in the service of the state?
Olmert was a pioneer of this method. When still a very junior politician, just out of law school, he got rich through his connections with the heads of government departments which he made as a parliamentary aide. more.. e-mail

My experience with the ADL
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency8/10/2010
The aim of this op-ed is not to pile it on the Anti-Defamation League, but to show that this organization that is expected to fight hate, discrimination and defamation has little tolerance for the suffering of any group other than the Jewish population.
I was invited by the ADL sometime in 2002 to speak to a delegation of ADL chapter heads from all over the US who were making a visit to Israel. The group would not come to the Palestinian territories or even anywhere in East Jerusalem so I had to travel to see them at their hotel, the King David Hotel in West Jerusalem.
The meeting was scheduled for three in the afternoon, and the director, Abe Foxman asked if I could come ten minutes early. I did and he met with me separately saying that he had an important meeting and could not attend my talk but wanted to talk to me one on one. We talked in general terms and then I mentioned what had happened at a pro Israel rally in Washington, D.C., not long before, when the Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz was booed as he told a packed crowd of thousands that “innocent Palestinians are suffering and dying as well. It is critical that we recognize and acknowledge that fact.’’
Foxman was apologetic to me and reassured me that this was not a universal boo, but that it was a tiny minority certainly not representative of the majority of those attending the rally. Foxman then left for his meeting, and I entered the conference room where the directors of all the ADL branches were waiting for my talk.
In such situations I usually check, and I was assured that I was the only Palestinian that this group would meet. I often joke about being the token Palestinian and try to speak honestly to the group, explaining to them that I feel the responsibility of representing the entire Palestinian political spectrum and not just my own rather “moderate” point of view. more.. e-mail

Hamas creates volunteer program for Gaza’s idle youth
Electronic Intifada: 10 Aug 2010 – Israel’s siege has had a disproportionate effect on Gaza’s youth. Over half of the Gaza Strip’s 1.5 million residents are under the age of 18, and thousands of young Gazans are unemployed. Hamas authorities in Gaza recently announced a voluntary employment program for Palestinian youth to get involved in their communities. Rami Almeghari reports from the occupied Gaza Strip.more

Gaza’s emergency services battered
Electronic Intifada: 10 Aug 2010 – GAZA CITY, occupied Gaza Strip – Outside the battered Civil Defense station in northern Gaza’s Jabaliya region, Mohammed Zidan, a seven-year veteran of fire-fighting and rescue services, stands on crutches in front of battered Civil Defense vehicles.more

The “banality of evil” and Israel’s destruction of al-Araqib
Electronic Intifada: 10 Aug 2010 – In the early hours of 10 August, Israeli forces destroyed — for the third time — the Bedouin village of al-Araqib in the northern Negev desert. Israel had first destroyed the village on 27 July, and again each time the villagers have attempted to rebuild. Joseph Dana witnessed the latest destruction.more

Destruction, Destruction, Destruction
Palestine Monitor: 10 Aug 2010 – 2 Palestinians and 1 Israeli have been arrested during a protest which took place on Monday afternoon against the repeated demolitions of the village of Al Arakib in the Nakab-Negev. During the night Israeli authorities demolished the village of Al-Arakib for the third time in two weeks. Nicky Elliott witnessed the demolition. Lawyers and activists are currently negotiating the release of 3 men who were arrested for protesting against the states demolitions of a Palestinian village in the North of the Nakab (Negev). Mohammad Mahajna from Um Il Fahim and Mohammad Masarna are both students at Ben Gurion University; Eyal Nir is a teacher at the university located in Beer Sheba. The 200 strong demonstration took place at 5 o’clock on Monday evening at the Lahavim Junction near to Al Arakib’s land. The demonstration organised by residents of the village and Dukium (the Negev Forum for Coexistence), and attended by…more

Israelis Bulldoze Village, Again
Palestine Monitor: 10 Aug 2010 – In the early morning light of 5 August, two bulldozers, about twenty military jeeps, two border police and three civil police cars came to the village of Al-Farisiya in the north eastern corner of the West Bank in the Jordan Valley. The Israeli Authorities convoy cleared out the villagers and then destroyed their 27 of their homes, leaving 91 homeless. / Most of the tent structures were quickly rebuilt after a previous IOF demolition two weeks ago. Such destruction of shelter in occupied territory is illegal under the 4th Geneva Convention’s Article 53:“Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property… is prohibited except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations.” On 7 August, international activists organised by the Jordan Valley Solidarity group came to Al-Farisiya to help unearth and salvage building materials and personal items in the wreckage-strewn former village. Large tracts of scraped…more

The Charade Begins: Netanyahu’s Flotilla Massacre Probe Testimony
Dissident Voice: 10 Aug 2010 – On August 9, Israel’s self-appointed Turkel Commission, its planned whitewash, began hearings into the Freedom Flotilla massacre, a humanitarian mission delivering essential aid to besieged Gazans, Israeli officials blaming the victims, not themselves. After the incident, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said organizers incited the attack. His deputy, Danny Ayalon, connected them to international terrorists, trying to smuggle in arms, bogusly claiming weapons were found on board the mother ship, the Mavi Marmara . Netanyahu’s spokesman, Mark Regev, accused the activists of“initiat(ing) the violence,” insisting IDF commandos“were attacked with knives, clubs, and even live fire.” Chief of Staff General, Gabi Ashkenazi, said soldiers were forced by violence to open fire. He and other Israeli officials lied, clear evidence showing commandos attacked peaceful activists even before boarding, shooting others multiple times at point blank range, some in the head. Their well-planned mission was to interdict, attack, assassinate designated targets, seize the…more

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