VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 29 August, 2010: Rabbi Yusef Wishes Death To The Palestinians

29 August, 2010 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Israeli universities condemn ‘witch hunt’ by right-wing groups
IMEMC – 29 Aug 2010 – Sunday August 29, 2010 – 16:09, In a joint statement released by Israel’s largest and most prominent universities, the academic leadership challenged a foreign-funded campaign to undermine academic freedom in the name of Zionism, led by radical Israeli rightists and Christian fundamentalists.

Two Palestinian workers wounded by Israeli gunfire in Gaza
IMEMC – 29 Aug 2010 – Sunday August 29, 2010 – 14:15, According to local sources, a group of men who were gathering rubble to make cement in northern Gaza on Saturday were fired upon by Israeli forces at the Gaza-Israel border, injuring two.

Rabbi Yusef Wishes Death To The Palestinians
IMEMC – 29 Aug 2010 – Sunday August 29, 2010 – 04:06, The Israeli Radio reported that during his weekly sermon on Saturday, the spiritual leader of Shas movement in Israel, Rabbi Ovadia Yusef, wished that the Palestinians and their president be dead and be finished by “God”.

Non-violent protest in Beit Ummar attacked by Israeli forces
IMEMC – 29 Aug 2010 – Saturday August 28, 2010 – 22:34, A protest against Israeli settlements in the Hebron area was met with tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets on Saturday afternoon, when Israeli forces attacked the non-violent demonstration.

Palestinian Authority infiltrates, breaks up meeting opposing ‘direct talks’
IMEMC – 29 Aug 2010 – Saturday August 28, 2010 – 13:45, A meeting held in Ramallah this week consisting of around 200 political, academic and non-profit leaders opposed to the upcoming ‘direct talks’ in Washington was broken up when plainclothes officers from the Palestinian President’s security forces disrupted the meeting and officers outside harassed the attendees.

Israel refuses to lift ban on family unification
IMEMC – 29 Aug 2010 – Saturday August 28, 2010 – 10:15, Jerusalem-born Firas al-Maraghi has been holding a hunger strike outside the Israeli embassy in Berlin, Germany, since 26 July, protesting a decision by the Israeli government to prevent his newborn daughter from being registered as a Jerusalem resident. Al-Maraghi, who is married to a German citizen, temporarily moved to Berlin to accompany his wife as she completed her doctoral thesis, and was informed by the Israeli embassy that the couple’s daughter, Zeinab, would not be granted the identification and residency papers needed to live in their home when the family moved back to Jerusalem.

Demonstrator Suffers Moderate Wounds in Bil’in
IMEMC – 29 Aug 2010 – Friday August 27, 2010 – 23:11, During the weekly non-violent demonstration in Bil’in Friday afternoon, one demonstrator was evacuated to the Ramallah hospital with moderate injuries, after a rubber coated bullet shot at him from a short distance lodged itself in his knee.

>Ma’an News

Threat of prisoner expulsion sparks new fears
8/29/2010 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Family of a Palestinian detainee says an Israeli military court is preparing to expel him from the West Bank as a condition of his release, sending him “abroad.” Majd Ibrahim Abdallah Burghul, from the West Bank city of Jericho, completed his two and a half year sentence over six months ago….

Gaza worker killed in tunnel collapse
8/29/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 16-year-old worker was killed Sunday when a tunnel under the border between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip collapsed, a medical official said. Abed Al-Latif Abu Tuyur was taken to Abu Yousef Al-Najjar Hospital, Gaza Health Ministry emergency chief Muawiya Hassanein said. Since Israel and Egypt imposed a….

Days without water: Life in the Jordan Valley
8/28/2010 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — The daily trip taken by U’dai Ka’abneh and his siblings to find water tells the reality of life in summer for residents of Al-Jiftlik in the Jordan Valley. U’dai drags a wooden box on four small wheels, a makeshift cart he designed to help his….

2 Gaza workers injured by Israeli fire near border
8/28/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were injured by Israeli fire near the border fence separating Gaza from Israel, medics said. Director of ambulance and emergency services in Gaza Muawiya Hassanein said Sharif Sa’id Ghubn, 25, and Rami Ibrahim Ghubn, 18, were transferred to hospital with bullet wounds, which he described as….

Israeli forces shut down Beit Ummar rally
8/29/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Protesters suffered tear gas inhalation when Israeli forces shut down an anti-settlement rally Saturday in Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. The national committee against the wall organized the rally to protest the confiscation of land from Beit Ummar and Halhul to expand the illegal Karmi Zur settlement. Spokesman of the Palestinian….

PA forces assault press and rights workers at anti-talks protest
8/28/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Members of the PA General Intelligence Service reportedly assaulted two field workers from Palestinian rights group Al-Haq on Wednesday as they documented the quashing of a rally protesting the return to peace talks. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights issued a statement condemning the assault, which its own field workers documented….

Palestinian traders clear shops of settlement goods
8/29/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian traders have submitted 25,000 applications for a Dignity medal to certify their compliance with the government ban on trading in settlement produce, an official said Sunday. National Dignity Fund director Omer Qabaha said 8,000 traders have already received the medal, following inspections to check their stores are free of settlement….

Hamas ‘considering response’ after MP barred from mosque
8/29/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas officials said Friday it was considering its response to what it described as assaults against leaders by Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank. Salah Bardawil told Ma’an that leaders would determine how to exert pressure on the PA to bring an end to intimidation against…. Related: PA releases Hizb Ut-Tahrir supporters

Israel opens 1 Gaza crossing
8/29/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities will partially open the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip on Sunday for the transfer of food and fuel, a Palestinian official said. The liaison official, Raed Fattouh, said Palestinian coordinators were told to expect the entry of between 160 and 170 truckloads of aid….

WATCH: Gaza inventor changes lives
8/29/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Ramadan programs broadcast across the Middle East gave TV crews at Ma’an a new challenge: to find stories of Palestinians that encapsulated the challenges of occupation, as well as the spirit of hope and creativity that predominates. Mundhar Al-Qassas, a taxi driver from Gaza City, was one of….

Egyptian police seize arms caches in Sinai
8/28/2010 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian police raided arms depots in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, which held weapons ready to be smuggled into Gaza, Egyptian security sources said. Sources said three weapons depots were discovered in central Sinai. One cache containing 100 anti-aircraft shells was uncovered in Al-Hasana, and another, containing 90 of the….

DFLP supporters rally in Gaza against talks
8/29/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Officials and supporters of a leftist Palestinian faction gathered in Gaza City on Saturday in protest over direct negotiations with Israel “in compliance with Israel and US preconditions.”Senior Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader Salih Zeidan spoke at the rally, affirming his party’s rejection of….

Report: Obama to visit region
8/29/2010 – TEL AVIV (Ma’an) — US President Barack Obama will visit Israel and the occupied West Bank as part of his administration’s peace efforts, a British newspaper reported Saturday. The visit would be Obama’s first to the area as president, and the report in The Daily Telegraph comes days before direct….

Jordan: Israel must choose isolation or peace
8/29/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II said Saturday that Israel must decide whether it will integrate into the region through peace or become more isolated.” Israel must choose between living in a castle and watch the region from behind walls, or living in peace, security and integration with its neighbors through….

PA condemns Israel party leader over ‘racial incitement’
8/29/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority responded Sunday to the spiritual leader of the far-right Israeli party Shas on Sunday, describing a sermon as “racial incitement.” Rabbi Ovadia Yosef said Saturday that “Abu Mazen [President Mahmoud Abbas] and all these evil people should perish from this world,” the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.”God should…. Related: PLO slams party leader’s call for ‘Palestinian genocide’

Egypt discovers 5 more Gaza smuggling tunnels
8/29/2010 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian security forces took over five tunnels along the Gaza-Egypt border area on Sunday, a day after discovering weapons, officials said. The tunnel entrance points were discovered inside farms and homes along the Salah Ad-Din border area in Rafah. Egyptian forces stormed the area finding one 1. 5 meters in…. Related: Egypt detains 4 Gaza picnickers

Barak meets Jordan king in Amman
8/29/2010 – AMMAN, Jordan (Ma’an) — Jordan’s King Abdullah met with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Amman on Sunday, four days before Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were set to resume. Abdullah and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were invited to attend a White House dinner on the eve of negotiations “in view of their critical….

PLO slams party leader’s call for ‘Palestinian genocide’
8/29/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The chief PLO negotiator on Sunday called on the Israeli government to denounce recent remarks by Israel’s former chief rabbi and to take action against outbursts of racism from other elected officials. Saeb Erekat said Shas party spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Saturday sermon, in which Yosef…. Related: PA condemns Israel party leader over ‘racial incitement’

Egypt detains 4 Gaza picnickers
8/29/2010 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Four Palestinian picnickers from Gaza were detained by Egyptian security forces Sunday as they attempted to cross into Egypt through a smuggling tunnel, a security source said. MohammadKhaled Ismael, 17, Ahmad Jamal Ismael, 18, Mohammad Abdel-Shafi Khamis, 17, and Maysara Abdel-Wahhab Mahmood, 19, will be transferred back to Gaza by…. Related: Egypt discovers 5 more Gaza smuggling tunnels

Egypt transfers $2 million Oman donation to Gaza
8/29/2010 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egypt has permitted the transfer of funds donated by Sultan of Oman Qabus Bin Sa’eed to Gaza residents for Eid and Ramadan. The $2 million donation was delivered through the Rafah crossing after Oman officials applied for permission. Egypt said the request was approved due to close relations….

27,013 travel through Allenby over the week
8/28/2010 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority police announced Saturday that 27,013 individuals crossed the Allenby Bridge terminal between Jordan and the West Bank during the week, a report read. Police further detained 15 individuals attempting to flee criminal charges, including fraud, money laundering and theft….

Tulkarem police destroy 1 ton of expired food
8/29/2010 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces and Ministry of Economy staff destroyed one ton of expired food produce in the northern West Bank district of Tulkarem on Saturday, a statement read. The food stuffs were seized and destroyed as part of an ongoing campaign to rid the market of produce not deemed suitable….

Waste management program sees landfills close
8/29/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Several landfills in Hebron were shut down this week, officials said Saturday, as part of an ongoing project to improve waste management in the southern West Bank. The closures were part of a plan by the council for waste management in the Hebron and Bethlehem districts, to shut down a total….

PA ministry clamps down on substandard produce
8/29/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority Ministry of National Economy consumer protection officers carried out 290 inspections across the West Bank last week, officials said Sunday. Officers, in cooperation with the PA Ministries of Agriculture and Health, inspected 2,498 stores, of which 210 were found to be in violation of laws and regulations, officials explained….

PA releases Hizb Ut-Tahrir supporters
8/28/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority released several Hizb Ut-Tahrir supporters detained on Friday afternoon at the main mosque in Al-Bireh in the Ramallah and Al-Bireh district in the central West Bank, a party statement read. The pan-Islamist movement said dozens of supporters were detained as they convened to hold a special sermon after…. Related: Hamas ‘considering response’ after MP barred from mosque

In photos: Chefs prepare record-breaking pastry
8/29/2010 – MaanImages / Luay Sababa – Palestinian pastry chefs and sweet makers in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem entered the Guinness Book of World Records on 27 August 2010 after preparing the largest-ever Qatayef in record time, measuring three meters in diameter. The Middle Eastern pancake, stuffed with either walnuts or sweet cheese, is traditionally made…. Related: Bethlehem enters record books with largest Qatayef

Bethlehem to raise ‘largest flagpole in Mideast’
8/29/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A local radio station announced Saturday that plans were underway to raise the largest flagpole in the Middle East to fly a 65-meter Palestinian flag. Prisoners’ Podium presenters Sami Al-A’za and Mohammad Al-Masri said the idea was based on the Aqaba flagpole in Jordan — the largest in….

Bethlehem enters record books with largest Qatayef
8/28/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The southern West Bank city of Bethlehem entered the Guinness Book of World Records on Friday with the world’s largest Qatayef pancake made in record time. The pastry, traditionally made during Ramadan, weighed approximately 50 kg and was made in just under two minutes, 40 seconds, beating the previous…. Related: In photos: Chefs prepare record-breaking pastry

>Palestine Note

Popular resistance suppressed by Israel and the Palestinian authority
Palestine Note 29 Aug 2010 – Saturday started out by some work at the university with students (research in biology) then taking a group of visitors on a tour of the area of Bethlehem that shows the impact of the wall and…

Yale university’s pro-Israeli, anti-Islamic conference
Palestine Note 29 Aug 2010 – On August 25, Yale University ended a three day global anti-Semitism “crisis” conference promoting the notion that Israeli criticism is “anti-Semitic,” no matter how justified. Boola boola, for shame, mighty Yale displaying the same type anti-Islamic…

It doesn’t matter
Palestine Note 29 Aug 2010 – One of my colleagues forwarded Jonathan Cook’s wonderful essay, “The Secrets in Israel’s Archives,” ( http://palestinenote.com/cs/blogs/blogs/archive/2010/08/18/the-secrets-in-israel-s-archives.aspx ) to our discussion group. The idea that these archives will remained sealed because there is damaging information to the Israeli narrative…

Netanyahu lists his terms for peace
Palestine Note 29 Aug 2010 – Washington – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu spelled out Sunday the key components for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, AFP news agency reported . Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu [OECD – Flickr] A recognition of Israel…

PLO slams rabbi’s call for ‘genocide’
Palestine Note 29 Aug 2010 – Washington – Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat denounced Sunday remarks made by Shas party spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef calling for the Palestinians to “perish,” Ma’an News Agency reported Sunday. PLO Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat (right)…

WATCH Bloomberg: Park51 controversy is election year fodder
Palestine Note 29 Aug 2010 – Washington – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has been maintained a dispassionate and steadfast defense of the Park51 Islamic community center’s right to operate, said on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart that the…

Jordan-Israel meet ahead of talks
Palestine Note 29 Aug 2010 – Abdullah II: Peace is Israel’s choice Washington – Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman Sunday ahead of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington, DC this week. Ynet news reported :…

Egypt uncovers weapons cache in Sinai
Palestine Note 28 Aug 2010 – Washington – Egyptian authorities have prevented 190 antiaircraft missiles from entering the Gaza Strip, Ma’an News Agency reported Saturday. Exploded shell [Flyk3r – Flickr] The arsenal was discovered in the Sinai Peninsula, assumably bound for the…

Report: Israel planning Syria attack
Palestine Note 28 Aug 2010 – Army preparing strike on Hezbollah arms cache Washington – According to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai, the Israeli military is planning a strike on Hezbollah targets, namely arms depots and weapons manufacturing sites, in Syria, Israeli daily Haaretz…

Archbishop Tutu ‘concerned’ with Bil’in protester’s conviction
Palestine Note 28 Aug 2010 – Washington – Rights groups and international officials, including EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, have decried this week the conviction of West Bank nonviolent protest leader Abdallah Abu Rahmah, and statesman Archbishop Desmond Tutu has released…

>Aljazeera

Abbas puts onus for talks on Israel
AlJazeera 29 Aug 2010 – Palestinian President says peace talks are doomed if settlement building continues.

Leading rabbi: Abbas should perish
AlJazeera 29 Aug 2010 – Former Israeli chief rabbi calls Palestinians “evil, bitter enemies of Israel”.

Earthquake shakes northern Iran
AlJazeera 28 Aug 2010 – Three people killed as quake strikes sparsely populated area in Semnan province.

>Palestine News Network

Bethlehem: New Guinness Book Record
PNN – Bethlehem — PNN — Around 400 Palestinians gathered on Friday evening in down town Bethlehem city, southern West Bank and made a new Guinness Book record. Around 20 men from local bakeries…

Haniyeh: Palestinians Won’t Allow Negotiators To Relinquish Their National Rights
PNN – Ghassan Bannoura — PNN – Isma’el Haniyeh, the Prime Minister of the Hamas government in Gaza, announced that the Palestinian nation will not allow negotiators to relinquish their national rights. Haniyeh made…

Two Injured By Israeli Army Fire In Northern Gaza
PNN – Gaza — PNN — two Palestinian civilians were reported injured on Saturday when Israeli troops opened fire at them in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Shareef Ghupon, 24 years old…

Netanyahu’s bi-weekly meeting proposal with Abbas rejected by Erekat
PNN – Bethlehem-PNN-Chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, is being reported by the Israeli Radio on Saturday, originally cited from an interview Erekat had with BBC in Arabic, as rejecting the proposition that Netanyahu put…

Israel Today Is Tomorrow’s South Africa
PNN – By: Mitri I. Musleh – The mind boggling events in the Middle East are unfolding at a faster rate than the speeding bullet. To better comprehend such events, one must critically view…

Personal Reflections About Kairos Document
PNN – By: Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D. – Palestinian Christian leaders have issued the timely Kairos Palestine Document calling on Churches around the world “to say a word of truth and to take…

>Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Three Persons Injured in Incidents Related Misuse of Weapons in Rafah
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Field Update In the past three days, three civilians were injured, including one who sustained serious injuries, in two separate incidents related to misuse of weapons in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. These incidents are a part of the state of security chaos and misuse of weapons plaguing the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (19 -25 August 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

>Jerusalem Post

Dueling political NGOs launch new campaigns ahead of talks
Jeruslalem Post 29 Aug 2010 – Israeli, Palestinian and American officials were not the only ones preparing their strategies for talks.

Drastic fall in e. J’lem building permits worries Rivlin
Jeruslalem Post 29 Aug 2010 – Likud MKs to ask Netanyahu for explanations.

IDF preparing for more settler violence if freeze extended
Jeruslalem Post 29 Aug 2010 – Communities within so-called settlement blocs will likely be allowed to resume construction.

‘Israel will be guilty of talks failing if freeze ends’
Jeruslalem Post 29 Aug 2010 – Abbas makes televised speech as US funded campaign to persuade Palestinians to support peace negotiations with Israel launched by PA; radio and tv advertisements will promote talks.

Egypt finds more weapons in Sinai
Jeruslalem Post 29 Aug 2010 – Report: 110 anti-aircraft missiles, over 100kg explosives found.

Egyptian forces find 5 more missile,TNT cashes in Sinai
Jeruslalem Post 29 Aug 2010 – Report: 110 anti-aircraft missiles, over 100kg of explosives material found probably destined for Gaza; find comes day after anti-aircraft missiles, rockets seized.

PM distances himself from Yosef’s rant
Jeruslalem Post 29 Aug 2010 – Erekat calls on Israel to stop racist incitement against Palestinians.

PM distances himself from Rabbi Yosef’s ‘plague’ comments
Jeruslalem Post 29 Aug 2010 – Netanyahu says rabbi’s comments don’t represent his or the government’s views after PA chief negotiator Erekat slams Shas spiritual leader for “calling for the genocide of the Palestinian people.”

Erekat: Rabbi Ovadia called for ‘Palestinian genocide’
Jeruslalem Post 29 Aug 2010 – PA negotiator slams Shas spiritual leader for calling Abbas “an evil hater of Israel”; MK Tibi claims Rabbi became a spreader of hate “a long time ago.”

Iran to Replace Google with ‚ÄòOh Lord’
Jeruslalem Post 29 Aug 2010 – Home grown search engine set to go by 2012.

Barak and Abdullah meet in Amman
Jeruslalem Post 29 Aug 2010 – Defense minister meets with king to talk peace ahead of Washington summit.

‘We can reach a stable peace for us and our children’
Jeruslalem Post 29 Aug 2010 – Netanyahu optimistic ahead of peace summit in Washington, says success of negotiations depends on “seriousness” of Palestinian leadership; PM rejects Meridor comments as “only his opinion.”

PA bans Hamas clerics from preaching
Jeruslalem Post 28 Aug 2010 – Police raid two mosques near Hebron, stopping sermons.

Thousands gather to mark Gilad Schalit’s 24th birthday
Jeruslalem Post 28 Aug 2010 – Family and friends gather in Jerusalem on kidnapped soldier’s 5th birthday as hostage; Sarah Netanyahu says PM is making great efforts, will meet with Schalits after return from Washington.

Ahmadinejad’s miscalculation
Jeruslalem Post 28 Aug 2010 – Israel is temperate, humane and pragmatic.

Egypt intercepts shipment of 190 antiaircraft missiles
Jeruslalem Post 28 Aug 2010 – Large weapons cache discovered in Sinai, probably destined for Gaza.

Report: US pressuring Syria not to sabotage peace talks
Jeruslalem Post 28 Aug 2010 – Western powers imploring Damascus to prevent Syria-based Hamas and Islamic Jihad members from damaging negotiations. Kuwaiti paper reports Israel planning attack on Hizbullah weapons depots in Syria.

>International Solidarity Movement

Join the 2010 Olive Harvest Campaign
8/29/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – At a time of increasing settler violence in the West Bank, the International Solidarity Movement is issuing an urgent call for volunteers to participate in the 2010 Olive Harvest Campaign at the invitation of Palestinian communities. The olive tree is a national symbol for Palestinians. As thousands of olive trees have been bulldozed, uprooted and….

>Ha’aretz

Proposal: Police will conduct body searches without warrants
Ha’aretz – The Justice Ministry is promoting an initiative that allows police officers to perform body searches in public places, including hospitals and bars.

Netanyahu: Israel won’t fund boycott efforts from within
Ha’aretz – Prime Minister slams boycott staged by theater personnel, who refuse to take part in performances in the West Bank settlement of Ariel.

Suspect refuses to take a lie detector test over forged army document
Ha’aretz – Defense attorney claims that admissions by Harpaz were made under pressure by police interrogators.

Prime Minister criticizes theater figures’ West Bank boycott
Ha’aretz – Fifty-three Israeli theater professionals, including performers, playwrights and directors, signed petition stating they would not appear in performances in Ariel.

Shas spiritual leader: Abbas and Palestinians should perish
Ha’aretz – Army Radio reports Rabbi Ovadia Yosef denounces Palestinians as bitter enemies of Israel ahead of upcoming direct peace talks.

Aviva Shalit to Sara Netanyahu: Don’t ignore my son
Ha’aretz – Family, friends and supporters mark IDF soldier Gilad Shalit’s fifth birthday in Hamas captivity with Jerusalem rally.

Gilad Shalit’s family mark soldier’s 5th birthday in Hamas captivity
Ha’aretz – British Foreign Office: Shalit’s detention is unjustifiable and unacceptable. The British government demands his immediate and unconditional release.

Wave of drowning victims across the country
Ha’aretz – A couple in their 50s drowned in Nahariya, and the body of a man that drowned two days ago was pulled from the Kinneret.

U.S.: Rabbi’s ‘offensive’ remarks harm peace efforts
Ha’aretz – U.S. State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley condemns Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s ‘inflammatory’ statement that all Palestinians should perish.

Mahmoud Abbas: If talks fail over settlements, only Israel will be to blame
Ha’aretz – Palestinian President: We understand Israel’s need for security, but it is not an excuse to expand settlements and steal lands.

Arab League chief: Peace talks will likely be unsuccessful
Ha’aretz – Israel’s Vice Premier: Israel won’t vote on extending temporary settlement freeze, due to expire next month, before peace talks begin.

Egyptian forces find additional missile, TNT caches in Sinai
Ha’aretz – Discovery comes one day after authorities raid three secret caches of missiles, ammunition, meant to be smuggled into Gaza., Netanyahu distances himself from remarks by Shas spiritual leader who said…

Barak to King of Jordan: Peace is a strategic Israeli objective
Ha’aretz – Defense Minister meets with King Abdullah of Jordan in Amman ahead of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington later on this week.

Netanyahu: We can reach a peace that will last for generations
Ha’aretz – Israel and the Palestinians can secure an enduring peace agreement in Washington – not just a tactical lull in hostilities, prime minister says.

Palestinians prepare to battle ‘Zionist editing’ on Wikipedia
Ha’aretz – Association of Palestinian Journalists chairman calls on Palestinians to prepare for ‘PR war’ on Israel.

Egypt police seize missiles, ammunition bound for Gaza
Ha’aretz – Palestinian news agency Ma’an reports that Egypt police raided several secret weapons depots in Sinai, discovered 190 fully assembled anti-aircraft missiles.

Egypt destroys 12 smuggling tunnels on border with Gaza
Ha’aretz – Israel has eased its embargo on the territory, but trade is still restricted, maintaining a demand for the tunnels.

Report: Palestinians reject bid for bi-weekly Netanyahu-Abbas meetings
Ha’aretz – Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat tells BBC in Arabic that it is too early to decide nature of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks meetings.

Report: Israel planning to attack Hezbollah arms depots in Syria
Ha’aretz – The Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai reports that Israel is preparing to strike Hezbollah targets in Syria; Al-Arabi Al-Quds reports that western diplomats have asked Bashar Assad to refrain from interfering…

IOF raids houses in Bethlehem
29 Aug 2010 – Bethlehem , August 29, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli occupation forces raided Sunday number of houses in the city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. Security sources said that the occupation forces raided a house in Al-Shwawra village while notified other to visit the Israeli intelligence for questioning. The occupation forces raided Taqua town and stayed in it for hours,…

IOF detains 2 Palestinians in Hebron
29 Aug 2010 – Hebron, August 29, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli occupation forces raided Sunday Dora and Al-Zahria in the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank where they detained two Palestinians, local sources reported. Security sources said that the occupation forces raided number of houses in Al-Zahria and detained Eyad Al-Jabrin. Besides, they detained Reyad Harbyat after raiding his house in…

Ramsey Muniz – Guilty of Being Latino and Activist in America
29 Aug 2010 – US, August 29, (Pal Telegraph — By Stephen Lendman) An earlier article explained America’s longstanding political repression agenda, accessed through the following link: http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2010/08/political-prisoners-in-america.html Ramiro (Ramsey) Muniz is one of the victims, imprisoned for life without parole on a bogus drug charge. Now age 67, he’s been incarcerated nearly 17 years, earlier at Leavenworth, KS federal prison, the…

IOF opens fire towards fishermen in Rafah
29 Aug 2010 – Gaza, August 29, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli gunboats stationed off the coast of Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, opened fire towards Rafah shores using its heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades against Palestinian fishing boats without reported casualties among fishermen.

Ashton wont be in Washington when direct talks starts
29 Aug 2010 – Gaza, August 29, (Pal Telegraph) Spokesperson announced on behalf of the European Secretary of State of, Catherine Ashton, that the latter will not be able to go to Washington in early September to attend the resumption of direct negotiations between “Israel” and the Palestinian Authority because she has to be in China, in response to the request of France in…

IOF shoots Palestinian near Gaza’s borders
29 Aug 2010 – Gaza, August 29, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli army spokesman said that the Israeli troops stationed on the borders with the Gaza Strip opened fire on a Palestinian near the fence and wounded him. He claimed that the Israeli armed forces ordered the Palestinian to stop but he refused which led them to open fire at him, he was shot in the…

IOF raids Hebron, detains Palestinian
28 Aug 2010 – Hebron, August 28, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained today a Palestinian after raiding his house in Ezna village, in the west of Hebron city, while clashes were erupted in Al-Aroub camp. Security sources said to SAFA news agency that IOF detained Aref Tmizi, 22, after raiding and searching his house in Ezna. In Al-Aroub camp, clashes…

IOF shoots Gazan worker
28 Aug 2010 – Gaza, August 28, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation soldiers shot a Gazan worker near Bait Hanoon crossing , north of Gaza city south of Gaza Strip on Saturday. Said Ghaben, was wounded when Israeli occupation soldiers opened fire towards a group of workers collect gravel, Palestinian sources reported. The Director of Emergency Services at Al-Shefa Hospital, Dr. Muawiya Hassanein, said…

>Uruknet

Obama Resists Pressure for Red Line on Iran’s Nuclear Capability
Uruknet August 29, 2010 – President Barack Obama’s refusal in a White House briefing earlier this month to announce a “red line” in regard to the Iran nuclear programme represented another in a series of rebuffs of pressure from Defence Secretary Robert Gates for statement that the United States will not accept its existing stocks of low enriched uranium. The…

Resuming negotiations and the “carrot” of reassurances
Uruknet August 29, 2010 – The US administration has decided to commence direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians on 2nd September. The Palestinian Authority accepted the invitation on the basis that there will be American assurances regarding the negotiations. A question, however, arises about the development of the issue of direct negotiations since the Follow-up Committee of the…

Israel’s shameless mouthpiece
Uruknet August 29, 2010 – In yet another revealing speech, this time delivered at a symposium at IDC University in Herzliya, Tony Blair has exposed himself for what he truly is; not a “peace envoy” by any stretch of the imagination but a shameless mouthpiece for the State of Israel. Just days before direct negotiations are due to take place…

THE DEMONISATION OF THE JEWS
Uruknet August 29, 2010 – Articles have appeared on this site exposing the demonisation of Islam and those behind it. We have always condemned this. At the same time, when we see articles on the Web doing exactly the same thing to Judaism, we feel compelled to condemn these as well…It must also be remembered that there are a growing…

Shas spiritual leader: Abbas and Palestinians should perish
Uruknet August 29, 2010 – Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef denounced upcoming peace talks with the Palestinians, which are set to start September 2 in Washington, and called for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to “perish from this world,” Army Radio reported overnight Saturday. “Abu Mazen and all these evil people should perish from this world,” Rabbi Ovadia was…

Video: Gaza game exposes siege restrictions
Uruknet August 28, 2010 – Israel announced weeks ago that it would ease its siege on Gaza, but students who want to travel to the West Bank to study are still banned – as they have been for 10 years. To publicise the problem, the Israeli human rights group Gisha has created an online game that demonstrates just how difficult…

Israeli troops fire on nonviolent anti-wall protest in Al Ma’sara (Video)
Uruknet August 28, 2010 – Yesterday, the village of al Ma’sara held a nonviolent protest against the Separation Wall and settlements. A group of Palestinian, Israeli and international protesters gathered in the afternoon and peacefully chanted ‘no to occupation’ and ‘no to settlements’. After a short time, Israeli soldiers began using sound bombs and tear gas as a means of…

Israeli soldiers turn J’lem into military posts, restrict entry into Aqsa
Uruknet August 28, 2010 – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) intensified their presence in the early morning hours on Friday in occupied Jerusalem turning it into military posts in an attempt to prevent the Palestinian crowds, especially the young men, from entering the Aqsa Mosque to perform Friday prayers. Eyewitness said the IOF troops were intensively deployed all over the…

PA on the edge as opposition to talks with apartheid Israel widens
Uruknet August 28, 2010 – Security forces loyal to the Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) on Friday stormed the southern West Bank town of Dura, assaulting civilians and laying siege to two large Mosques. The forces, which were riding brand-new vehicles “donated” by the United States, and carrying the official trademark of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) prevented people from accessing…

McCarthyism and Fascism in Israel
Uruknet August 28, 2010 – When a state awards itself the right to demand from its citizens an expression of loyalty to the state and when it conditions their citizenship on this same loyalty, it no longer possesses any connection to democracy. In a democracy, the state is loyal to its citizens and obligated to protect them unconditionally. Loyalty to…

Analysis of BBC Panorama “Death on the Med” exposes blatant pro-Israel bias
Uruknet August 28, 2010 – An extraordinary document has been sent to the BBC — a carefully detailed and forensic-like analysis of the transcript of the Panorama programme “Death on the Med”, broadcast on 16 August 2010. Below is the transcript of this programme, together with the resulting dissection and complaint of bias and lack of impartiality which is now…

Two Injured By Israeli Army Fire In Northern Gaza
Uruknet August 28, 2010 — Two Palestinian civilians were reported injured on Saturday when Israeli troops opened fire at them in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Shareef Ghupon, 24 years old and 14 year old Rami Ghupon, sustained moderate wounds, local sources reported. The two were collecting construction materials from destroyed buildings at the borders near Beit Hannon…

UNRWA response to “For the sake of the Nakba” film shown on Israel’s Channel 1
Uruknet August 27, 2010 – On 7 August, IBA Channel One’s Royim Olam Programme broadcast a film made by David Bedein, titled “For the Sake of the Nakba”. The film contains many serious inaccuracies, which UNRWA drew to the attention of the host of Royim Olam Programme before it was shown. As a result, the programme showed in full the…

Israeli report: Settler industry hurt by boycott
Uruknet August 27, 2010 – An article in Hebrew-language Yediot Wednesday reported the Palestinian Authority-led boycott of settlement-produced goods is having an economic effect on settlement industry, according to a translation by Israeli news blog Coteret. Officials and business owners from the Ariel settlement attested to the effects of both the Palestinian-led boycott of settlement goods as well as the…

Israel warns Palestinians about mobilizing international support against the occupation
Uruknet August 27, 2010 – Israel warns Palestinians about mobilizing international support against the occupationThe Israeli government has issued a statement warning Palestinians of the consequences of their efforts to extend a permanent appeal to the international community about Israel’s occupation. Issued by the Foreign Ministry, the document warns against Palestinian efforts to draw the attention of various UN agencies…

Lebanon’s law on Palestinian workers does not go far enough
Uruknet August 27, 2010 – Beirut pulses with expatriate lives. Foreign nationals come from everywhere for lots of different reasons. Some of them are here to teach, others come to learn Arabic, and still others come to write. Few of them stay for 62 years. It was at an expatriate gathering — an early evening Fourth of July rooftop barbecue…

>The National

Abbas is a man in exile, even among his own
The National 29 Aug 2010 – The Palestinian president appears increasingly out of touch with his own people for accepting a US invitation for direct talks with Israel in Washington.

Israeli actors shun settlement shows
The National 29 Aug 2010 – Petition signed by 57 comes in response to an announcement by six drama companies that they plan to perform in a West Bank colony.

>WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Abbas: Our Endeavors Concentrate on Ending Occupation
WAFA – RAMALLAH, August 29, 2010 (WAFA)- President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian leadership perceived that our endeavors for ending the Israeli occupation should not be deviated towards a simple

Netanyahu: Israel Won’t Fund Boycott Efforts from Within
WAFA – TEL AVIV, August 29, 2010 (WAFA)- IsraeliPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu On Sunday criticized a recent declaration by a list of prominent Israeli actors and playwrights that they would not

Haaretz: 53 Theater Figures Vow Not to Perform in Settlements
WAFA – TEL AVIV, August 29, 2010 (WAFA)- Fifty-three Israeli theater professionals, including performers, playwrights and directors, have signed a petition stating they would not appear in the West Bank

California Man’s Legacy Gives Boost to Palestinian Children
WAFA – NEW YORK, August 28, 2010 (WAFA)- A man from California, USA, has bequeathed US$25,000 to UNRWA. Stephen Mark Kaplan wanted to help Palestinian children as directly as possible, and chose the

Merlin Supports Blood Banking in Gaza Strip
WAFA – GAZA, August 28, 2010 (WAFA)- Medical Emergency Relief International (Merlin) said it is supporting blood banking services in the Gaza Strip, helping bring vital services to the conflict-affected

Rafah: 843 Palestinians Cross its Terminal
WAFA – CAIRO, August 28, 2010 (WAFA)- As many as 843 Palestinians crossed Thursday 26/08/2010 the Rafah terminal; 469 from the Gaza Strip into Egypt and 374 in the opposite direction, Government of Egypt

>Daily Star

Israel won’t extend settlement freeze ahead of direct negotiations
Daily Star 29 Aug 2010

Egypt seizes weapons ‘bound for Gaza’
Daily Star 29 Aug 2010

>Relief Web

OPT: Israel won’t extend settlement freeze ahead of talks
Relief Web 29 Aug 2010 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet

Gaza power plant reopens after Hamas does deal
Relief Web 28 Aug 2010 – Source: Agence France-Presse

843 Palestinians cross Rafah terminal
Relief Web 28 Aug 2010 – Source: Government of Egypt

>Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: Bureaucracy Limits Rights of Palestinian Women
IPS As Hamas cracks down on the rights of Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip, their sisters in the occupied West Bank are slowly gaining ground. But a bureaucracy, that is sometimes supported by foreign aid, is crippling these advances.

>Stop The Wall

Two international activists arrested and five injured at Ma’sara demonstration
Stop The Wall – The weekly protest commemorated nine years since the assassinated by Israel of the Palestinian leader Abu Ali Mustafa as well as the 23rd anniversary of the assassination of the Palestinian political cartoonist Naji al-Ali. [

4 citizens wounded in the weekly protest in Bil`in
Stop The Wall – Yesterday, the protest in Bil’in marked the ninth anniversary of the assassination by Israel of the leader Abu Ali Mustafa, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. [

>YNet News

Erekat: Rabbi Yosef called for genocide
YNet News – Chief Palestinian negotiator demands immediate condemnation from Israeli….

State goes to war against West Bank water thieves
YNet News – Campaign to root out water pilferage in south Mount Hebron leads to arrests,….

Canada: ‘Singing’ terror suspect volunteered in Israeli hospital
YNet News – Two years after auditioning for ‘Canadian Idol,’ Dr. Khurram Sher arrested for….

Barak secretly meets King Abdullah
YNet News – Defense minister visits Amman four days before commencement of direct talks with….

Turkey: We’re waiting for Netanyahu
YNet News – Senior official in Turkish Foreign Ministry sends Israel conciliatory message,….

Iran bank assets withdrawn from Europe
YNet News – Islamic Republic’s central bank chief says Tehran attempting to escape latest….

Abbas: Obama knows West Bank building will ruin talks
YNet News – In shadows of wall-to-wall criticism on the Palestinian street against direct talks with Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday just before leaving …….

Report: Egypt seizes anti-aircraft missiles, explosives in Sinai
YNet News – Egyptian security forces on Sunday discovered five weapons and explosives caches set to be smuggled into the Gaza Strip via tunnels, according to a report published in …….

Moussa pessimistic on Israeli-Palestinian talks
YNet News – Arab League chief Amr Moussa said on Sunday he had little hope that direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which are due to start on Thursday, …….

>Los Angeles Times

Obama goes out on a limb for Middle East peace talks
LA Times 30 Aug 2010 – The president personally coaxed the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to agree to talks, even as some advisors questioned the wisdom of him linking so visibly to an intractable conflict. After 18 months of faltering efforts to launch Middle East peace negotiations, President Obama is dramatically increasing his personal stake and his own political risk by hosting direct talks this week.

>New York Times

Tensions in Israel Ahead of Talks
New York Times 29 Aug 2010 – Ahead of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Israel was in an uproar over actors’ refusal to perform in settlements, and Palestinians were outraged by a rabbi’s sermon.

Iran Shifts Assets Out of Europe Banks
New York Times 29 Aug 2010 – The governor of Iran’s central bank, Mahmoud Bahmani, did not specify the amount or date of the transfers.

Doors Start to Open to Activists in Syria
New York Times 29 Aug 2010 – The government’s embrace of civil society is complicated and often does not include groups demanding greater political rights.

>Misc

Bil’in: Conviction and Tears
Palestine Monitor – The weekly protest march at the village of Bil’in ended in Israeli Occupation Forces storming the crowd, hitting three activists with tear gas grenades, and shooting a man in the knee with a rubber-coated bullet from less than thirty yards away. Ashraf Khatib was rushed from…

Martin Indyk on the peace process: hoping against hope
Mondoweiss – A commenter on my blog asked me what I thought of Martin Indyk’s recent NY Times op-ed , in which he expresses a powerful optimism about the upcoming Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington. My answer? Indyk’s article represents a picture-perfect example of the inherent inequity of the…

Siun and Philip Munger say FDL has offered a platform for criticism of Israel
Mondoweiss – My post yesterday on Firedoglake suppressing criticism of Israel has hit a nerve; even neocon Eli Lake has commented on it. I’m going to respond later but in the meantime, I wanted to post two sharply-critical comments that we’ve received from two longtime contributors to FDL,…

Photos of expulsion plastered to Jewish Nat’l Fund wall reveal a society in crisis
Mondoweiss – Something that made me feel great today: a report from Israel that activists have plastered the sides of the Jewish National Fund building, the organization that for over a century has bought up land for Jews, with photographs of JNF’s work: the recent destruction of the…

‚ÄòTimes’ grants Abunimah a platform: Include Hamas
Mondoweiss – The Times has run an Op-Ed today discounting the new peace talks by Ali Abunimah. What a great journalistic moment. We will make no progress toward peace in Israel/Palestine until the right that was demolished in the leadup to Partition— the right of self-determination of peoples—is…

Slater: Goldberg’s argument is slippery
Mondoweiss – Scholar Jerry Slater has another great post at his site , an analysis of Jeffrey Goldberg’s piece in the Atlantic on the likelihood of an Israeli attack on Iran that disputes Joe Klein’s claim that Goldberg was merely reporting attitudes in the Israeli establishment. An excerpt: Here…

>Misc 2

Hamas: Talks Excuse for PA to Allow Israel to Wipe Out Palestinian Cause
Al-Manar 29 Aug 2010 – Gaza’s leaders say they will ‘step on heads of those who dare cede right of return, Jerusalem’ to Israel Hamas warned the Palestinian Authority Saturday, ahead of scheduled direct talks with Israel, that “the Izz-a-Din al-Qassam Brigades will not go soft with those who dare…

Two Palestinians Wounded by Israeli Fire in Gaza
Al-Manar 28 Aug 2010 – Israeli occupation troops shot and wounded two Palestinians on Saturday into the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medics said. The men were hit as they tried to recover construction material near the security barrier that separates the occupied territories from the Gaza strip, the medics said. …

Palestinians Counter Israeli Editing Group in Wikipedia Battle
Al-Manar 28 Aug 2010 – After a rightist group opened the first-ever Zionist editing group aimed at defending Israel on Wikipedia, a Palestinian organization plans to create its own Wikipedia editing program. Palestinian Journalists Syndicate head Abdul Nasser An-Najjar told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency that his organization plans to…

Erekat Says Israel Must Choose Peace or Settlements; Rejects Bi-Monthly Meetings
Al-Manar 28 Aug 2010 – Palestinian Authority Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat rejected Israeli Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu’s calls for bi-monthly, face-to-face meetings with PA President Mahmoud Abbas during upcoming peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, Israel Radio reported on Saturday, citing an interview Erekat conducted with the BBC in Arabic….

Nabi Saleh demo faced with military incursions; one protester arrested
Joseph Dana 29 Aug 2010 – Soldiers responded to a peacful march with an incursion that resolted in a day of clashes and one arrested protester. Residents of Nabi Saleh, supported by Palestinians from nearby villages, Israeli activists and international supporters — about 60 in number — participated in the weekly demonstration…

Demonstrator suffers moderate wounds in Bil’in
Joseph Dana 28 Aug 2010 – One demonstrator was evacuated to the Ramallah hospital with moderate injuries, after a rubber coated bullet shot at him from a short distance lodged itself in his knee. Protest against the apartheid wall, Bilin, Palestine, 8/1/2010. Photo by: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org This week’s demonstration in Bil’in…

Israeli troops fire on nonviolent anti-wall protest in Al Ma’sara (Video)
Joseph Dana 28 Aug 2010 – Demonstration against the Wall in Al Ma’sara. 26.03.2010. Photo by:Anne Paq/Activestills.org Yesterday, the village of al Ma’sara held a nonviolent protest against the Separation Wall and settlements. A group of Palestinian, Israeli and international protesters gathered in the afternoon and peacefully chanted ‚Äòno to occupation’ and…

Opponents of Israeli occupation greet truckers at port of Vancouve
Global BDS 29 Aug 2010 – Press release — for immediate release August 24, 2010 Opponents of Israeli occupation greet truckers at port of Vancouver read more

Rabbi calls for Abbas to ‘vanish’
BBC 29 Aug 2010 – An Israeli rabbi says the world would be better without Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, prompting strong criticism from US officials.

Rural exodus
BBC 29 Aug 2010 – Syria struggles as farmers flee four-year drought

More pointless talks with Israel?
Sabbah report 29 Aug 2010 – By Stuart Littlewood* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Send in the clowns The Palestinians’ champion — their White Knight — is preparing to ride forth next week and do battle at the negotiating table with the racist regime’s Black Knight and his minder, the Great Satan….

Do most Israelis and many other Jews NEED to feel persecuted?
Sabbah report 29 Aug 2010 – By Alan Hart* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz I have written and often say that very many if not most Jews do not want to know the truth of history as it relates to the making and sustaining of the conflict in and over Palestine that…

The Israeli Lobby: Declassified Documents Expose Its Influence
Sabbah report 29 Aug 2010 – By Stephen Lendman* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz James Petras’ powerful 2006 book titled, “The Power of Israel in the United States” explained the enormous Jewish Lobby influence on US Middle East policies. Often harming American interests, they’re pursued anyway because of its grassroots and high-level…

Mossad in America
Sabbah report 29 Aug 2010 – Israeli intelligence steps up its activity in the U.S. — and gets away with it. By Philip Giraldi* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Israeli government claims that it does not spy on the United States are intended for the media and popular consumption. The reality is…

(en) Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle of the anarchists against the wall with Palestinians – both within the 1948 borders and out of them
A-infos 29 Aug 2010 – Already 7 years of joint direct actions and demonstrations of the anarchists against the wall with Palestinian partners (mostly grass root activists of local communities) and radical Israelis. In spite of the Summer high temperatures and the Muslim day-fasting of the Ramadan, the struggle continue. Al…

>Articles


The silenced minority speaks out
Georgina Reeves, Ma’an News Agency8/30/2010
For a state that ignores international laws and conventions in murdering Palestinians and internationals, and shrugs off all condemnation with no apology or regret, it’s little surprise that it spends a great deal of energy persecuting voices of dissent within its own citizenry. Particularly when that voice of dissent is Palestinian.
Ameer Makhoul, Omar Said, Hanin Zoabi, Sheikh Raed Salah, Lubna Masarweh and Mohamad Zeidan are all Palestinians with Israeli citizenship; and they are all paying a high price for their political activism challenging and confronting a state that would rather expel them than accept them as equal citizens with equal rights.
On 22 April Ameer Makhoul, director of Ittijah, a Palestinian NGO based in Haifa, was prevented from leaving Israel. Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishay said “I have reached the conviction that the exit of Ameer Makhoul from the country poses a serious threat to the security of the state.” Two weeks later Makhoul’s home was raided in the dead of night by Israel’s internal security service, the Shin Bet. Makhoul was arrested, and computers and papers were seized from his home and office.
At various stages of his detention Makhoul has been denied access to a lawyer, been repeatedly tortured to obtain a confession and, as is common with political persecution of Palestinians, neither he nor his legal team has been given access to any evidence the state claims to have. The charges are serious: assistance to the enemy in a time of war, conspiracy to assist an enemy, aggravated espionage, and contact with a foreign agent. Makhoul vigorously denies all charges.
Prior to Makhoul’s detention Dr Omar Said, a leading expert in traditional Arabic herbal medicine and an environmental activist, had already been arrested…. more.. e-mail


Popular resistance suppressed by Israel and the Palestinian authority
Mazin Qumsiyeh, Palestine Note8/20/2010
Saturday started out by some work at the university with students (research in biology) then taking a group of visitors on a tour of the area of Bethlehem that shows the impact of the wall and settlements. We also went to one of the weekly demonstrations and on this third Friday of Ramadan both here and Bilin and other places showed several injuries and use of excessive power by the Israeli occupation/apartheid army. The demonstrations commemorated the assassination of famous Palestinian Cartoonist Naji Al Ali and of the leade of the PFLP Abu Ali Mustafa.
It also came in solidarity with the “conviction” by Israel’s apartheid courts of Abdullah AbuRahma on charges of organizing nonviolent demonstrations in Bilin. I posted 5 minute of the video I took of the event (link follows). Please watch this, especially the unprovoked abduction of Kobi, an Israeli peace activist and the unprovoked attack with gas canisters that injured people. They also detained Matan (not shown on video) who was released a short while later. Kobi was released also but will have to face trial.
After the demonstration I returned to finish the work at the university and then at 4:15 PM we (George Rishmawi and I) took over 100 Palestinian women from Nazereth and other places inside the Green Line (1948 Palestine) on a tour of the walls around Bethlehem including Al-Walaja and Beit Sahour. It was an uplifting trip as we talked about resistance and I note how, despite Israel’s attempts at fragmenting us, we connect and those ladies were an inspiration to have organized this trip (with help of Sabeel and the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement).
After the iftar (breaking the fast), we visited with two needy families (one in Beit Sahour and one in Dheisheh Refugee Camp). I will tell you in future emails some of the stories of these families. For now there are other news and actions to take. — See also:VIDEO – Masara 27 August 2010 more.. e-mail

Puppet theater
Gideon Levy, Haaretz, Israeli Occupation Archive8/29/2010
The decision by our theater establishment to stage dramas in the new culture auditorium in the settlement of Ariel presents the performing public with a real test, the likes of which it has probably never seen.
We will know the answer in the coming weeks: Is there genuine theater in Israel, or is it just puppet theater? Are our theater artists really actors, playwrights and directors, or are they marionettes? Israeli theater presents “Moral Blindness” — a play with infinite acts.
The decision by our theater establishment to stage dramas in the new culture auditorium in the settlement of Ariel presents the performing public with a real test, the likes of which it has probably never seen. The challenge now facing our theater world has huge importance. The decision of the weeks ahead will refashion all our theater professionals. After years of theater that staged prudent commercial dramas alongside quite a few courageous political plays confronting deep moral questions, our actors now face the drama of their lives.
Actually, what is at stake is not a play, but rather life itself. Should they stage their productions at the Ariel facility, we will know that the actors standing there are mere recitation automatons, and their entire theatrical enterprise will be a living prison. Should Israel’s actors, directors and playwrights decide to take part in the most appalling drama of all, they will deserve at the end of their productions jeers of derision, the likes of which they have never heard.
The drama at Ariel will be the worst theatrical show ever performed here; nobody will need the verdict of theater critics to draw this conclusion. Seeing that a Cameri production of “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” may be staged as one of the premier plays at Ariel’s hall of shame, Bertolt Brecht, no doubt, will be rolling in his grave. — See also: Source: Ha’aretz more.. e-mail

Bil’in: Conviction and Tears
Palestine Monitor: 28 Aug 2010 – The weekly protest march at the village of Bil’in ended in Israeli Occupation Forces storming the crowd, hitting three activists with tear gas grenades, and shooting a man in the knee with a rubber-coated bullet from less than thirty yards away. Ashraf Khatib was rushed from the field to the Palestine Medical Center in Ramallah, according to the Bil’in local popular committee. The march started at the local popular committee headquarters near the Bil’in mosque. Activists from all over the world joined Palestinians and residents in a 150-person protest of the construction of the separation barrier through the village. ” Wahda wahda wataniya! ” they chanted. The protest carried portraits of Mustafa and masks of Rahmah. Many donned masks of Abdullah Abu Rahmah, a school teacher and leader of the popular struggle at Bil’in, who was convicted last Friday of “incitement” after an eight-month long trial. “Today we are all…more

The Muslim Mosque New York City
Dissident Voice: 28 Aug 2010 – The precise location in New York City of a new community center that includes a Muslim mosque is becoming an important national campaign issue for the Republican Party as the Nov. 2 Congressional and state election draws closer. GOP politicians, their Tea Party warriors and the right wing in general are livid about plans to situate the facility two blocks from where the twin towers of the World Trade Center were destroyed in a terrorist attack nine years ago this Sept. 11. This calculated Republican tantrum over an essentially trivial placement of an Islamic-associated community center seems to have hoodwinked a majority of Americans — over 60% — into opposing a project intended to improve relations between different faiths in the U.S., and “in particular between the Muslim world and the United States,” according to its backers. Since the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects freedom of religion and…more

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