VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 15 August, 2010:Israel to establish new West Bank settlement

15 August, 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Hale Leaves Ramallah Following A Meeting With Abbas, P.A Officials
IMEMC – 16 Aug 2010 – Monday August 16, 2010 – 02:56, U.S envoy, David Hale, left Ramallah by midnight Sunday following a meeting with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and a number of Palestinian officials at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah.

UN Committee Starts Collecting Testimonies In Gaza
IMEMC – 16 Aug 2010 – Monday August 16, 2010 – 02:22, A U.N. special committee started Sunday collecting testimonies from residents in the Gaza Strip, the process is an implementation of recommendations set by the report of Judge Richard Goldstone who headed the U.N. Committee that investigated Israel’s war on Gaza during the period between December 27, 2008 and January 18, 2009; 1450 Palestinians, mainly civilians, died by Israeli fire shells and thousands were wounded.

Israeli government denies media report that they might return 90% of West Bank land
IMEMC – 16 Aug 2010 – Sunday August 15, 2010 – 19:53, Officials from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu categorically rejected a media report that Israel planned to return up to 90% of stolen Palestinian land in the West Bank during direct talks with Palestinian leaders.

Israel To Demolish More Homes In The Jordan Valley
IMEMC – 16 Aug 2010 – Sunday August 15, 2010 – 17:34, Israeli soldiers invaded on Sunday morning the Al Farsiyya area in the northern plains area of the Jordan Valley, and handed orders informing the residents that the army intends to demolish homes and structures.

Ma’an News

Israel to establish new West Bank settlement
8/15/2010 – TEL AVIV (Ma’an) — Israel will soon establish a new settlement in the northern West Bank, Israeli officials announced Sunday. The Hebrew-language daily Maariv reported that construction will start at the beginning of the new school year to serve students of the Ariel university, which is near the illegal Megdalim settlement east of Nablus….

Jordan Valley village to be razed for third time
8/15/2010 – TUBAS (Ma’an) — Several rebuilt structures in a Jordan Valley village will be razed again, after Israel’s Civil Administration handed out demolition warrants Sunday morning, an official said. Less than a month ago, the Al-Farisiya village saw 120 structures demolished, belonging to 28 residents. The structures were rebuilt by the Palestinian Authority….

Jerusalem resident says attacked by settlers
8/15/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Beit Safafa resident said he was attacked by four settlers in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday near the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Mohammad Ali Salah, 46, said he was with his 11-year-old son when he was accosted by a group of extremists, adding that he and his son….

Jerusalem man on hunger strike over residency rights
8/15/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Jerusalem resident entered day 20 of a hunger strike Sunday outside the Israeli embassy in Berlin, in protest over the Israeli Interior Ministry’s decision not to give his daughter an ID card. Firas Al-Maraghi was forced to apply for “family reunification” so his daughter Zeinab would receive residency….

Rabbi visits Jerusalem sit-in tent
8/16/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Rabbi and a British former MP visited the sit-in tent erected by three Palestinian lawmakers threatened with deportation in Sheikh Jarrah on Sunday. The Rabbi, from Rabbis for Human Rights, and former MP Martin Linton met with Mohammad Totah, Khaled Abu Arafah and Ahmad Atoun on the 46th day of….

Palestinian militant leader killed in Lebanon
8/15/2010 – BEIRUT, Lebanon (Ma’an) — The chief of Fatah’s military forces in Lebanon said Saturday that the men killed by Lebanese forces in Chtoura were Fatah Al-Islam and Al-Qaeda leader Abed Al-Rahman Awad and his bodyguard. Brig. Gen. Sobhi Abu Arab told the Lebanese news site NOW Lebanon that strict instructions were given….

Palestinians from Israel to enter Jenin
8/15/2010 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Palestinians with Israeli citizenship will be allowed entry to Jenin through the Jalama checkpoint for the first time since the Second Intifada during Ramadan after appealing to the EU and Quartet, the district’s governor said Sunday. Jenin Governor Qadura Moussa said the move followed “strenuous efforts” and pressure on….

British city pays tribute to flotilla victims
8/15/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Campaigners in Bristol promoted the boycott of Israeli goods on Saturday in memory of the nine passengers killed in Israel’s raid of a Gaza-bound aid ship. The protest was staged outside the main supermarket in the south-west England city, Waitrose. The store advertises a “Responsible Sourcing” policy, but failed….

Gaza: 1 crossing partially open
8/15/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities will partially open one crossing into the Gaza Strip on Sunday for the transfer of food and fuel, a Palestinian liaison official said. Raed Fattouh said the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Gaza would open for the entry of 190-200 truckloads of humanitarian aid and commercial merchandise….

Rights group receives UN experts in Gaza
8/15/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights received on Sunday members of the UN Committee of Experts mandated with monitoring the effectiveness of internal probes into the Gaza war. The committee, which includes jurists Christian Tomuschat, Mary McGowan and Davis Param Cumaraswamy, arrived in Gaza on Saturday for a three-day visit, and….

Abbas mulls direct talks
8/15/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will meet US official David Hale in Ramallah on Sunday evening to discuss the Mideast Quartet statement pushing for a resumption of direct talks. Hale, deputy to US peace envoy George Mitchell, is expected to present the final draft of the statement by Quartet members the US, the….

Palestinian factions reject direct talks
8/15/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Damascus-based Palestinian factions issued a joint statement Sunday rejecting direct talks with Israel. The statement came amidst growing international pressure on President Mahmoud Abbas, who met with US official David Hale Sunday evening to review a statement from the Mideast quartet – the EU, US, UN and Russia – pushing for a return….

Israeli ministers to refuse Quartet conditions
8/15/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli ministers decided Sunday to reject all preconditions to direct talks set by the Quartet, Israeli press reported Sunday. The Mideast Quartet – the EU, US, UN and Russia – is expected to issue a statement Monday pushing for face-to-face negotiations to resume. Israeli political sources, quoted in the Hebrew-language newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth….

Fatah official calls on PA to ease Palestinian travel
8/16/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Foreign Ministry should improve diplomatic contacts to ease residents’ travel, a Fatah official said Sunday. Fatah lawmaker Majed Abu Shamalah said thousands of Palestinians are stranded abroad due to complicated procedures which restrict their travel. Palestinians must get at least three approvals to travel abroad, and….

PA to stop referring patients to Israel and abroad
8/15/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Referrals for Palestinian patients to Israel and abroad for medical treatment so funds can be redirected to the local healthcare sector, the Palestinian Authority health minister said Saturday. Minister Fathi Abu Moghli told Ma’an radio that referrals would stop “because our hospitals can cover all medical services qualitatively.”Certain….

US envoy to meet Abbas in Ramallah
8/15/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to hold a meeting with the Obama administration’s assistant envoy to the Middle East, David Hale, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday. The two figures will review the final draft of a statement by the so-called Quartet of Middle East peace….

Gaza govt suggests ways to end power crisis
8/15/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza government has suggested assisting the Electricity Company in collecting consumer bills to provide enough funds for the increased entry of industrial diesel, an aide told Ma’an on Sunday. Yousef Rizqa, political adviser to Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh, said the collection would result in increased funds, which….

Hamas says 3 affiliates detained by PA forces
8/15/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas accused Palestinian Authority Security Services of detaining three party affiliates across the West Bank, a statement issued Sunday read. Hamas said the detentions were carried out in Ramallah, Hebron and Tulkarem, describing the latest arrests as a “campaign against the movement and its supporters.”The Islamist movement frequently accuses the….

Leftist faction condemns closure of Gaza office
8/15/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A member of a leftist Palestinian faction’s leadership criticized on Sunday the raid on a popular committee office by Hamas-affiliated security forces a day earlier in the southern Gaza Strip. The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s Ziad Jarkhoun described the closure of the Rafah….

Hebron police arrest 20 over brawl
8/15/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority police dispersed a clan brawl on Sunday in the Hebron-area town of Dura in the southern West Bank, detaining 20 involved in the fighting, police said. None of the detainees were identified. A police report said the fighting broke out between two families, with brawlers using clubs and pelting….

Gaza police inspect pharmacies
8/15/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A police campaign is underway in Gaza to inspect pharmacies across the Strip, a statement said Sunday. Police, coordinating with the Gaza-government health ministry, reported finding expired medications in pharmacies, several pharmacies operating without a license, and warehouses distributing drugs illegally. Legal action will be taken where necessary, and cases….

In photos: Roman ruins in Nablus
8/15/2010 – MaanImages / Haytham Othman – A view of the Roman-era Temple of Augustus and pillars in the West Bank village of Sebastiya near Nablus on 1 August 2010. The Nablus town is home to several important archeological sites dating back 10,000 years….

Palestine Note

Harvard University fund sells all Israel stocks
Palestine Note 15 Aug 2010 – New York – Harvard University informed the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday that it sold all its holdings in Israeli companies. The Harvard Management Company, which manages the university’s endowment, noted in a filing…

Lebanon kills Fatah Al-Islam leader
Palestine Note 15 Aug 2010 – New York – Lebanese government forces said on Saturday that they killed the leader of the Sunni Islamist group Fatah Al-Islam in an exchange of gunfire. [Photo: Wikimedia] According to government security officials Abd-al-Rahman Awad and…

Direct talks to resume?
Palestine Note 15 Aug 2010 – US official: Negotiations announcement as soon as Monday New York – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is close to agreeing to direct negotiations with Israel, a top US official told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Saturday. The…


Lebanon kills armed group leader
AlJazeera 15 Aug 2010 – Lebanese army kills one of the key leaders of Fatah al-Islam after three-year hunt.

Nuclear inspection of Israel sought
AlJazeera 15 Aug 2010 – Arab League urges US to press Israel to lift secrecy over its atomic programme.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (05 -11 August 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

On the Occasion of the Visit of the UN Committee of Experts to Gaza PCHR Release ‘Genuinely Unwilling: An Update’
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Ref: 66/2010 Today, 15 August 2010, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) received at its office in Gaza City the UN Committee of Experts, who are mandated to analyse the effectiveness of investigations conducted at the domestic level into alleged crimes, as reported by the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (the Goldstone Report). The Committee —

Jerusalem Post

IHH lauds new Hamas Gaza terror group
Jeruslalem Post 15 Aug 2010 – Turkish group made congratulatory video in honor of Al-Ahrar.

‘Police have Galant document’
Jeruslalem Post 15 Aug 2010 – Top IDF officers asked whether it’s a forgery and how it was leaked.

‘Police have copy of ‘Galant document’
Jeruslalem Post 15 Aug 2010 – Top IDF officers asked whether it’s a forgery and how it was leaked.

Israel to reject preconditions
Jeruslalem Post 15 Aug 2010 – Abbas to hold PLO C’tee meeting before deciding on direct talks.

Hamas opposes direct negotiations
Jeruslalem Post 15 Aug 2010 – Palestinian organizations sign statement rejecting resumption of talks.

PA health system to be self-reliant
Jeruslalem Post 15 Aug 2010 – Announcement reveals Palestinian intentions to disconnect from Israel.

‘End Israel’s nuclear secrecy’
Jeruslalem Post 15 Aug 2010 – Arab League urges US and others to push for int’l inspections.

Barak approves purchase of F-35s
Jeruslalem Post 15 Aug 2010 – Israel to receive first 20 fighters in 2015, cost estimated at $2.75b.

Gilo loses its concrete shell
Jeruslalem Post 15 Aug 2010 – IDF engineers start removing security barriers from J’lem neighborhood.

Goldstone follow-up panel visits Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 15 Aug 2010 – Panel may decide to refer cases to Int’l Criminal Court in the Hague.


Jumping into the water without negotiations or preconditions
Ha’aretz – In event organized by Friends of the Earth, a group of Israelis and Palestinian leap into the Jordan River to bring attention to the deteriorating condition of the river.

Police: No need to hand over ‘forged’ document at center of race to lead IDF
Ha’aretz – Investigators announce progress in establishing whether evidence pointing to a smear campaign by a top general against rivals to become Chief of Staff was forged.

Shlomo Dichovsky chosen to head rabbinical courts, temporarily
Ha’aretz – Two Ashkenazi members of the appointments committee walked out in protest as Dichovsky is seen as a moderate whose rulings often clashed with the worldview of Lithuanian Hasidism and Rabbi…

Top ministers: Israel will reject any Quartet preconditions for direct talks
Ha’aretz – Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators expected to announce resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, call for Palestinian state within two years.

Hamas, 10 other groups reject all forms of compromise with Israel
Ha’aretz – Joint statement comes ahead of a possible round of direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Arab nations urge U.S. to end support of Israel’s nuclear secrecy
Ha’aretz – Ignoring U.S. warning, Arab League pushes for international inspections of Israel’s nuclear program.

Israel to purchase 20 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets
Ha’aretz – Defense Minister Barak’s approval of the $2.7 billion deal comes after more than two years of tough negotiations involving the Israeli and U.S. defense establishments and Lockheed Martin., Work starts…

Turkey: We did not agree to aid Iran’s Hezbollah arms shipments
Ha’aretz – Denial comes in wake of controversy sparked after Defense Minister Ehud Barak claimed Turkey’s new top spy was a ‘friend of Iran.’

Israel to demolish Al-Farisia for the 3rd time
15 Aug 2010 – West Bank, August 15, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli authorities delivered on Sunday demolition warrants to the residents of Al-Farisia village, in the north of Jordan valley. Israel claimed that the houses were built in the Area C and without permission. Israel demolished 120 structures belonging to 28 residents, but the structures were rebuilt by the Palestinian Authority, less than…

Israel removes fence surrounds Jelo settlement
15 Aug 2010 – Bethlehem, August 15, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli vehicles have started Sunday removing a concrete fence surrounds Jelo settlement near Bethlehem, in south of West Bank, Palestinian sources reported. The fence was built to secure the settlement of Jelo in 2002. Eyewitnesses from Biat Jala town which is adjacent to the settlement said that Israeli vehicles have started removing the…


Universal Jurisdiction To Hold Israel Accountable
Uruknet August 15, 2010 – The well-established universal jurisdiction principle (UJ) holds that certain crimes are too grave to ignore, including genocide, crimes of war and against humanity. Thus, under UJ, nations may investigate and prosecute foreign nationals when their country of residence or origin won’t, can’t, or hasn’t for any reason. Israel used it to convict and execute Adolph…

Video: Gazans rip apart airport tarmac
Uruknet August 15, 2010 – Hundreds of people have descended on the old international airport in Gaza, digging up the tarmac and taking away truckloads of stones to sell as construction material. Once able to handle 700,000 passengers per year, the $86m airport has faced a decade of Israeli bombardment. Now, with construction materials in short supply in Gaza, Palestinians…

Uruknet August 15, 2010 – They were the feddayin… the freedom fighters for Palestine… They became a legend, a myth. They captured the world attention. Their cause became well known. Many Arabs and foreigners joined their ranks. They were pure. Men of principles. They were young and handsome. They nourished our dreams. The feddayin were combating an immense injustice. Nowadays…

Leftist faction condemns closure of Gaza office
Uruknet August 15, 2010 – A member of a leftist Palestinian faction’s leadership criticized on Sunday the raid on a popular committee office by Hamas-affiliated security forces a day earlier in the southern Gaza Strip. The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s Ziad Jarkhoun described the closure of the Rafah refugee camp popular committee office building as “a violation…

Jordan Valley village to be razed for third time
Uruknet August 15, 2010 – Several rebuilt structures in a Jordan Valley village will be razed again, after Israel’s Civil Administration handed out demolition warrants Sunday morning, an official said. Less than a month ago, the Al-Farisiya village saw 120 structures demolished, belonging to 28 residents. The structures were rebuilt by the Palestinian Authority, but six were razed again by…

Damn It: For Once, Obama (Briefly) Happened to be Right
Uruknet August 14, 2010 – To begin, I’ve said over and over and over that Obama is a war criminal. As I also often say, it’s not an arguable point. Read this damned post. Read this one, too. If you wish to be minimally consistent, if you want to apply to the U.S. and its leaders the same standards and…

Video: Muslims oppose Israeli construction at Islamic cemetery
Uruknet August 14, 2010 – Just before midnight on August 9, the bulldozers moved in and destruction of Jerusalem’s best-known Islamic cemetery was once again under way. The controversy surrounding the project – new construction on an area overlapping the cemetery of Ma’man Allah (God’s Sanctuary) or Mamilla, as it is known in West Jerusalem – had simmered for years….

Occupied Prayer
Uruknet August 14, 2010 – On the first Friday of Ramadan, mass prayer to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem from the West Bank went smoothly – at least for men over the age of 50, and women over the age of 45. Whilst a large number of young Palestinians were prevented from entering the Old City. ST McNeil reporting and…

East Jerusalem: Settlers Take Over Another House
Uruknet August 14, 2010 – On the 29th of July another house in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City was taken over by settlers. Whilst the court makes its final decision, 8 of the 9 Palestinian families who were resident in the building for some 70 years were forced to find temporary accommodation elsewhere.Nicky Elliott visited the families…

Morgantini on silent expulsion in Jordan Valley
Uruknet August 14, 2010 – …If Area C, 60 percent of the occupied West Bank, is a synonym for expulsion and annexation for Israeli colonization, in the Jordan Valley all this is greatly intensified. A silent displacement is being carried out by Israel, through demolitions, evictions, land confiscation, and denied access to water resources: these policies have promoted the establishment…

The National

Brodsky in Israel under cloak of secrecy
The National 15 Aug 2010 – The suspected Israeli spy released by Germany on bail in a case linked to the killing last January of a Hamas leader in Dubai is reported to be back in Israel.

Sinai traffickers gun down four migrants
The National 15 Aug 2010 – The killing on Friday of seven Eritrean migrants as they tried to enter Israel illegally marks the latest in an escalating series of violent incidents involving the restive Bedouin of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

Lebanon takes aim at Fatah al-Islam militants
The National 15 Aug 2010 – Abdul Rahman Award, believed to be the military leader of the fringe Islamist group, died in a shoot-out with Lebanese forces in the Bekaa Valley.

Jerusalem Municipality Sued for Gender Discrimination
Alternative Information Center – The Jerusalem municipality is being accused of gender discrimination in the work place. Two long-term female employees filed a lawsuit against the city government last week, for unexplained pay discrepancies between male and female employees.

150 Irish Artists Boycott Israel
Alternative Information Center – 150 Irish artists launched the historic “Irish artists’ pledge to boycott Israel“ on Thursday 12 August. The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) organized the pledge and announced the boycott at a lunchtime concert in Meeting House…

The OCHA Mid-Year Review on the OPT
Alternative Information Center – On 11 July, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) — Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) published its mid-year review of the Consolidated Appeals Process on the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT ). The review…

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Netanyahu Approves Building New Classrooms in Settlements
WAFA – TEL AVIV, August 16, 2010 (WAFA)- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday approved the erection of 23 mobile classrooms in West Bank settlements, even though there is no official

Kuwait Society Distributes Food on Needy Palestinian Families in Gaza
WAFA – GAZA, August 15, 2010 (WAFA) — Al-Rahma Society of Kuwait distributed Saturay 1,600 boxes of food for 1,600 needy and poor Palestinian families in Gaza Strip, donated by Kuwaiti philanthropists and

Demonstration for Free Palestine outside Ahava Shop
WAFA – LONDON, August 15, 2010 (WAFA)- Fortnightly Demonstration for a Free Palestine outside Ahava shop in Covent Garden, Demotix website reported. The protest was against the sale of goods from the

Malaysian Aid Mission Gets Tumultuous Welcome in Khan Younis
WAFA – GAZA, August 15, 2010 (WAFA) – The Kelab Putera 1Malaysia and the Malaysian Red Crescent Society humanitarian mission to Gaza was given a tumultuous welcome in Khan Younis Sunday, Malaysian news

Al-Awda Shocked by Gruesome Murder of Abu Obeida Omran
WAFA – HOUSTON, August 15, 2010 (WAFA)- Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition is shocked, saddened and outraged at the gruesome and tragic murder of Abu Obeida Abdel Salam Omran. On

Daily Star

Russia: Iran’s Bushehr plant to get nuclear fuel next week
Daily Star 13 Aug 2010

Clinton presses Netanyahu for direct peace talks
Daily Star 13 Aug 2010

Israel’s generals, intel officials oppose attack on Iran
Daily Star 13 Aug 2010

Israel steps up security for first Friday prayers of Ramadan
Daily Star 13 Aug 2010

Israel to free Palestinians in ‘swap,’ says Gadhafi son
Daily Star 13 Aug 2010

US military aid to Lebanon ‘under review,’ not blocked
Daily Star 13 Aug 2010

Government at risk of collapse if STL indicts Hizbullah
Daily Star 13 Aug 2010

Hizbullah to hand data on Hariri killing to Lebanon’s judiciary
Daily Star 13 Aug 2010

The Guardian

Gaza doctor writes book of hope despite death of three daughters
The Guardian 15 Aug 2010 – Izzeldin Abuelaish’s moving book charts harsh realities of life in Gaza and details harrowing family tragedy that may have halted ended Israeli offensive On a cool but sunny December day in Gaza, Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish took…

Relief Web

RELIEF & EARLY RECOVERY APPEAL (RERA) for Nahr el-Bared Palestine Refugees, North Lebanon – FINAL REPORT September 2008 to December 2009
Relief Web 15 Aug 2010 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Genuinely Unwilling: An Update. The Failure of Israel’s Investigative and Judicial System to Comply with the Requirements of International Law, with particular regard to the Crimes Committed during the Offensive on the Gaza Strip (27 December 2008 — 18 January 2009)
Relief Web 15 Aug 2010 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

OPT: On the Occasion of the Visit of the UN Committee of Experts to Gaza PCHR Release Genuinely Unwilling: An Update’
Relief Web 15 Aug 2010 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Kuwait society distributes food on needy Palestinian families in Gaza
Relief Web 15 Aug 2010 – Source: Kuwait News Agency

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

Arabs lobby US on anti-Israel vote
YNet News – Letter signed by Arab League chief Moussa asks world powers to press Israel to….

Israel to pay $2.7B for F-35I jets
YNet News – Defense minister approves IDF, Defense Ministry recommendation to spend NIS 10….

State to fund treatment of prostitutes with AIDS
YNet News – Two prostitutes smuggled into Israel by human traffickers to receive extensive….

PA reports year’s achievements
YNet News – In past 12 months, 34 new schools opened throughout West Bank, 44 new housing….

Christian students to defend Israel abroad
YNet News – Knesset lobby recruits Christian ‘ambassadors’ to counter pro-Palestinian….

Al-Qaeda leader: Turkey kills Muslims
YNet News – Islamic terror organization’s No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri says Turkish government….

Concern: Abbas stalling talks until after freeze
YNet News – Israeli officials estimate Palestinian president shunning negotiations until….

Lebanese army kills Fatah al-Islam leader
YNet News – Abdel Rahman Awad, head of al-Qaeda-inspired group that incited 2007 fighting….

Prominent critic of Syria’s Assad turns 80 in jail
YNet News – Human Rights Watch has called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to release one of his most outspoken critics, prominent lawyer Haitham al-Maleh who turned 80 in jail on …….

Portable classrooms to be built in 8 settlements
YNet News – Two and a half weeks before the school year opens, the government has ordered the construction of 23 portable structures in eight West Bank Jewish communities that will …….

Hamas, Palestinian groups say no to direct talks
YNet News – Hamas and 10 Damascus-based Palestinian organizations declared they oppose the resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on Sunday. …….

Palestinian Information Center

Qaradawi to participate in a break siege convoy to Gaza
PIC 15 Aug 2010 – Ihsan Hendricks, the president of the Muslim Judicial Council of Cape Town, announced that Dr. Yousef Al-Qaradawi, the chairman of IUMS, would take part in a marine convoy to Gaza Strip.

Hamas welcomes further UN investigation into the Goldstone report
PIC 15 Aug 2010 – A judicial delegation from the UN arrived in the Gaza Strip Saturday evening to complete investigations into the Goldstone report on the 2008-2009 Israeli war against the Gaza Strip.

IOF gives Farisiya residents 24 hours to evacuate ahead of demolition
PIC 15 Aug 2010 – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Sunday morning the Farisiya area of the Jordan Valley and handed out demolition notices against structures in the area, eyewitnesses said.

Palestinians protest against settlement and Judaization in Sheikh Jarrah area
PIC 15 Aug 2010 – 200 Palestinian citizens and foreign activists went on a march in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem in protest at Israel’s settlement and Judaization activities in the holy city.

Dozens of Christians in J’lem rally in solidarity with officials facing exile
PIC 15 Aug 2010 – Dozens of Christian citizens participated in a sit-in in the courtyard of the Church of the Resurrection in solidarity with the Jerusalemite officials threatened with exile from the holy city.

UAE concerned after Germany frees Mossad agent suspected in Mabhouh murder
PIC 15 Aug 2010 – The UAE said it is concerned about the German court’s decision to release an Israeli Mossad agent accused of involvement in the slaying of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai Jan. 2010.

Sources: Israel planning to expel tens of thousands of Palestinians in next war
PIC 15 Aug 2010 – Hebrew media sources said Israeli military leaders have made plans to turn out tens of thousands of Palestinians from their homes in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in future wars on the regions.

Abbas, int’l quartet waiting for Israel’s go-ahead to launch direct talks
PIC 15 Aug 2010 – A Fatah-affiliated official said that Abbas and the international quartet are waiting for Israel’s approval to engage in direct negotiations with the PA before the quartet issues its statement.

Hamas: Direct talks to help IOA evade international prosecution
PIC 15 Aug 2010 – Hamas said that the return to direct negotiations between the PA in Ramallah and the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) would serve as a lifeboat for the IOA.

Rezka: Fayyad gov’t refused two offers to settle Gaza power crisis
PIC 15 Aug 2010 – Yousef Rezka, the political advisor to Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya, has charged the illegitimate government of Salam Fayyad in Ramallah of refusing two proposals to solve the Gaza power crisis.

Los Angeles Times

Direct Mideast talks set to resume
LA Times 16 Aug 2010 – U.S. officials are said to have persuaded Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to return to the negotiating table with Israel, possibly within days. After months of quiet U.S. diplomacy, Israeli and Palestinian leaders appear poised to announce a resumption of direct peace talks, perhaps as early as this week.

New York Times

At Jerusalem’s Edge, a Barrier Is Coming Down
New York Times 15 Aug 2010 – The Israeli military began dismantling a concrete barrier that protected residents of a once-troubled district on the edge of Jerusalem from Palestinian sniper fire.


HEBRON REFLECTION: Shuhada Street: Keeping the quiet (when there’s no peace to be kept)
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine – Honest words between a soldier and peacemakers shed light on the difference between “keeping the peace“ and making it.

Occupied Prayer
Palestine Monitor – On the first Friday of Ramadan, mass prayer to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem from the West Bank went smoothly – at least for men over the age of 50, and women over the age of 45. Whilst a large number of young Palestinians were prevented…

The bubble inside the bubble
Mondoweiss – I spent the past weekend on a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, attending my nephew’s post-wedding festivities. The last time I was in the vicinity of this particular settlement was about ten years ago, when I went — together with a group of Israeli peace…

Nothing, absolutely nothing, prevents Israel from demolishing Palestinian homes
Mondoweiss – On August 11, Jeff Halper, director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), sent out the following piece about the unending project of colonizing the West Bank, mocking the peace process and consolidating one sovereign entity. It was posted on ICAHD today . Yesterday, the day…

65 years ago today, WW II ended
Mondoweiss – On August 15, 1945, Japan agreed to the unconditional surrender demanded by the Allied Forces in the Potsdam Declaration that was made three weeks earlier. My father and mother were then homeless. Though members of a minor Chinese community in Japan, the American firebombs had not…

Even ‘Haaretz’ has moral blindness re Gaza
Mondoweiss – This morning’s Haaretz has an only too revealing editorial . The editors are “troubled“ by statements by the IDF’s chief of staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, concerning the lessons of the Israeli attack on the ship carrying goods to Gaza in defiance of the Israeli siege and blockade, an…

‘NYT’ profiles Sidney Harman,
Mondoweiss – new owner of Newsweek, and leaves out any reference to his wife Jane’s Israel troubles or fondness for AIPAC. P.S. The piece’s author, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, quoted Ali Abunimah last week regarding the Islamic Center near Ground Zero. And she mentioned the Nakba in a piece…

Misc 2

Israeli Ambassador not invited to Erdogan’s Iftar, Israel shocked at insult
Coteret 15 Aug 2010 – Israel’s Ambassador to Turkey is not invited to the Erdogan’s Iftar for the diplomatic community and Israeli [Foreign Ministry sources are] shocked at this immature behavior: Jerusalem was angered by the fact that the ambassador was not invited to the dinner. “Turkey is again causing relations…

Knesset outsources US campus public diplomacy to militant ChristianZionists
Coteret 15 Aug 2010 – An article in this morning’s Yediot (full translated text at the bottom of this post) reports that that a bi-partisan group of MKs has partnered with a Christian Zionist organization to recruit evangelical students torepresentIsrael on US campuses: MKs who are members of the lobby to…

Lebanon ‘kills militant leader’
BBC 14 Aug 2010 – Lebanese security officials say they have killed the suspected leader of the militant Sunni Islamist group Fatah al-Islam.

Jerusalem projection draws tourists
BBC 15 Aug 2010 – The Tower of David is producing one of the world’s largest light shows with its new attraction.

All is not quiet on the Lebanese front — by Lawrence Davidson
Sabbah report 16 Aug 2010 – By Lawrence Davidson* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz On Tuesday 3 August 2010 violence erupted along Lebanon’s southern frontier. Almost simultaneously verbal violence against Lebanon erupted from the US House of Representatives. Soon thereafter Lebanon lost, at least temporarily, 100 million dollars in US military aid….

Israel’s pillars of Samson: not quite Armageddon but… — by Alan Sabrosky
Sabbah report 16 Aug 2010 – By Dr. Alan Sabrosky* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz 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…

Are US-Israel intelligence agencies blocking Palestinian civil rights to weaken Hezbollah? — by Franklin Lamb
Sabbah report 16 Aug 2010 – By Franklin Lamb* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz The State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (NIR) is part of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s panoply of 16 agencies, which comprise the US Intelligence Community (IC). According to Congressional sources consulted below, NIR and Israel have been…

Another insult to Christianity. Meet the Methodist Friends of Israel — by Stuart Littlewood
Sabbah report 16 Aug 2010 – By Stuart Littlewood* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz A few weeks ago the Methodist Church’s annual conference did a very courageous and praiseworthy thing. It voted to boycott products from Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestine, regarded as illegal under international law, and to encourage Methodists across…


‘Arabs, get out’
Gideon Levy, Haaretz, Israeli Occupation Archive8/15/2010
The fact that [Israeli Arabs] have yet to choose to boycott the state and its institutions and to stop participating in the game of democracy, which is corrupt to begin with, as far as they are concerned — a game from which they are almost completely excluded — is nothing short of amazing.
Alright, let’s say they succeed. Let’s say that the racist nationalist members of Knesset achieve their aspirations to kick the Arab member out of the Knesset. Let’s assume that the aspirations of the sweet-lipped extremist Otniel Schneller, the “democrat“ Ofir Akunis, and the nationalist Avigdor Lieberman come to pass and the Knesset is free of Arabs.
What would happen next? Behind this incitement campaign, like every other, there is no motivation other than arousing the darkest and most basest instincts: ‘Arabs, get out’ — not to mention ‘Death to the Arabs.’ So the Arabs are out, what then?
Even in the second round of the verbal lynching of Knesset member Hanin Zuabi this past weekend, including all the lies ( she “fought with Israeli soldiers,“ joined the “terrorists,” “objected to removing evacuating wounded soldiers”) put forward by politicians and television show hosts, calls arose to eject her from the Knesset, naturally.
It’s already completely kosher — the calls to eject Hanin, and you, Ahmed Tibi, Mohammed Barakeh, Jamal Zahalka, and their friends are no longer only right-wing fantasy. The legitimization of the calls, in the wake of the crushing silence of most other politicians, demonstrates how deeply the aspiration behind it has put down roots.
They may be ignoramuses when it comes to democratic ideals — but those calling for the ejection of Arab MKs must at least say what will happen once Israeli Arabs are deprived of representation in the Knesset. Will Arab citizens vote for Yisrael Beitenu? Doubtful. Will they vote for Akunis in the primaries? Unlikely. — See also: Source: Ha’aretz more.. e-mail

Second-class citizens
George Bisharat and Nimer Sultany, Miami Herald8/15/2010
Adalah, the Legal Center for Minority Rights in Israel, counts more than 35 Israeli laws explicitly privileging Jews over non-Jews.
Should Israel be encouraged to enact legislation guaranteeing equal rights for all of its citizens as part of any peace agreement with the Palestinians?
Israel’s systematic discrimination against Arabs was highlighted recently when Donna Shalala, University of Miami president and former Health and Human Services secretary, was detained for three hours, grilled and subjected to an extended luggage search upon her departure from Israel.
Shalala, of Lebanese Arab descent and a long-time supporter of Israel, had visited the country with other university leaders at the invitation of the American Jewish Congress, but had stayed beyond the planned itinerary for several days. It seems evident that, despite her stature, she was a victim of profiling.
But the indignities that Shalala suffered pale in comparison to those faced by the 1.3 million Palestinian citizens of Israel on a daily basis, and not just at the airport.
Adalah, the Legal Center for Minority Rights in Israel, counts more than 35 Israeli laws explicitly privileging Jews over non-Jews. Other Israeli laws appear neutral, but are applied in discriminatory fashion. For example, laws facilitating government land seizures make no reference to Palestinians, but nonetheless have been used almost exclusively to expropriate their properties for Jewish settlements.
Consider what it would be like if…. more.. e-mail

All is not quiet on the Lebanese front
Lawrence Davidson, Redress8/15/2010
“When it comes to Middle East foreign policy, men like [US congressmen] Howard Berman and Ron Klein and many others too, still stand in as agents of a foreign power. And they do so in an obvious knee-jerk fashion. I am afraid it will stay this way until Israeli behaviour becomes a voting issue in the US for more than just Zionist Americans.”
On Tuesday 3 August 2010 violence erupted along Lebanon’s southern frontier. Almost simultaneously verbal violence against Lebanon erupted from the US House of Representatives. Soon thereafter Lebanon lost, at least temporarily, 100 million dollars in US military aid. What is this all about? On the Lebanese frontier
The Lebanese border, or so-called “Blue Line“, has been a Middle East flashpoint for decades. It has been the site of repeated wars, cross-border skirmishes and often futile United Nations peacekeeping efforts to keep things below a boiling temperature. Israel says that south Lebanon has harboured Palestinian fighters in the past, and now Hezbollah fighters, all of whom endanger its security. At least publicly, Israel never asks why there is such long lasting hostility toward it. And, if its leaders do so in private, it never impacts on policy. Instead, Israel has consistently waged war on its neighbours to stop the vengeful incursions of those whose land Israel has — what? Gotten from God? Conquered from the Canaanites? Confiscated after chasing out Arab forces who identified them as European interlopers? Stolen.
The incident of 3 August was triggered by Israel’s attempt to cut down a tree along the Lebanese frontier. The Israeli armed forces claim the tree was on the Israeli side of the frontier fence. Please note that the Israeli protest about this to the United Nations and the Lebanese government actually used the word “border”….. more.. e-mail

Universal Jurisdiction to Hold Israel Accountable
Dissident Voice: 15 Aug 2010 – The well-established universal jurisdiction principle (UJ) holds that certain crimes are too grave to ignore, including genocide, crimes of war and against humanity. Thus, under UJ, nations may investigate and prosecute foreign nationals when their country of residence or origin won’t, can’t, or hasn’t for any reason. Israel used it to convict and execute Adolph Eichmann. A US court sentenced Chuckie Taylor, son of the former Liberian president, to 97 years in prison for torture. In March 2003, the Special Court for Sierre Leone (SCSL) indicted his father, Charles Taylor, for crimes of war and against humanity. His trial at The Hague’s International Court of Justice (ICC) remains ongoing. Though never held accountable for murdering Chileans and committing other human rights abuses, Britain used a Spanish court provisional warrant to apprehend Augusto Pinochet, hold him under house arrest for 18 months, and set a precedent, making other heads of state…more

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