VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 30 August, 2010: McCarthy in Israel

30 August, 2010 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

East Jerusalem neighborhood attacked by Israeli soldiers; at least 4 detained
IMEMC – 31 Aug 2010 – Monday August 30, 2010 – 17:35, The Silwan neighborhood, which has been the site of an Israeli municipal plan to rid the neighborhood of its Palestinian residents, came under fire once again on Monday when Israeli forces invaded to abduct Palestinians that they claim took part in clashes with settlers last Thursday.

Israeli forces invade Rafah; clashes reported
IMEMC – 31 Aug 2010 – Monday August 30, 2010 – 17:09, Late Sunday night, Israeli tanks, bulldozers and armored vehicles invaded the southern Gaza Strip, east of Rafah, and began bulldozing land in the An-Nahda neighborhood.

53 Israeli Artists boycott new Cultural Center in Ariel settlement
IMEMC – 31 Aug 2010 – Monday August 30, 2010 – 14:18, Dozens of prominent artists in the Israeli theatre community — including actors, playwrights and directors — have signed a pledge that they will not perform in a newly-constructed cultural center in the Israeli settlement of Ariel. The pledge could cause the artists to be booted from the government-funded guild for theatre professionals, but they argue that this act of conscience is more important than their salaries.

Ma’an News

6 families ordered to vacate homes for demolition
8/30/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday told six Palestinian families in the Nablus district their homes would be demolished and ordered them to vacate within 48 hours, an official said. The families were from Um Ar-Rashash, near Duma village, Palestinian Authority settlement affairs officer Ghassan Doughlas said. He added that the PA had….

Brigade: Clashes after bulldozers enter south Gaza
8/30/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Fatah-affiliated Al-Aqsa Brigades said violent clashes followed an Israeli military incursion east of Rafah, southern Gaza, overnight Sunday. Abdul Muntaser Omar said the force was attempting to bulldoze land in the An-Nahda neighborhood. Brigade members and Israeli forces exchanged fire, forcing the troops to retreat, he added. The brigade….

Clashes reported in Silwan
8/30/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Clashes reportedly broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian residents of the flashpoint neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem on Monday morning, following a wave of detentions. Ma’an’s correspondent said Israeli police, intelligence officers and border guards stormed Wad Hilwa, Al-Bustan and other areas to arrest Palestinians….

Tutu calls on Israel to release anti-wall leader
8/30/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa expressed concern Saturday over the conviction of a Palestinian anti-wall campaign leader by an Israeli military court for his involvement in non-violent protests.” I am deeply concerned about the conviction earlier this week of Abdallah Abu Rahmah by an Israeli military court. When I met….

Gaza hospital chief warns fuel crisis imperiling lives
8/30/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The director of Gaza City’s Dar Ash-Shifa Hospital warned Monday that dozens of patients in the hospital’s care could die as a result of a fuel shortage. Hospital director Hussein Ashour told Ma’an that only 16,000 liters of fuel remained but that generators consume….

Mother of sick 3-year-old stranded in Gaza
8/30/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — The father of a 3-year-old girl suffering from cerebral atrophy is appealing for his wife and sons to be allowed to leave Gaza and return to the family home in the West Bank. Osama Rasras, from Beit Ummar near Hebron, said his three children travelled with their mother to Gaza….

Israel opens 1 Gaza crossing
8/30/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities decided to partially open two terminals between Israel and Gaza on Monday for the transfer of goods and aid, a Palestinian official said. Raed Fattouh said approximately 180 truckloads of goods would be delivered to Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing in the south. Limited quantities of domestic-use….

Jerusalem teenager says constantly harassed by police
8/30/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A 17-year-old resident of occupied East Jerusalem who was detained Sunday says he faces constant harassment from Israeli police. Na’im Al-Banna, from Silwan, said he was with friends when police detained him and and took him to a station in the city. He was searched, questioned and released….

Jerusalem man charged with contacting Hamas
8/30/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem has been indicted for contacting Hamas operatives during his studies in Cyprus and allegedly agreeing to gather intelligence on Israel, Israeli media reported Monday. The indictment filed by the Jerusalem District Prosecution said Ahmad Awad, 22, became acquainted with two Hamas affiliates from Gaza with….

Palestinians still dissatisfied despite labor law changes
8/30/2010 – BEIRUT (IRIN) — Recent amendments to Lebanese law grant work permits to Palestinians in the private sector, and some welfare benefits, and are an important step in the right direction, according to UNRWA, the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees, but many Palestinians say they fall short. The new law, which took effect on 17….

Netanyahu cancels final meeting with senior ministers
8/31/2010 – TEL AVIV (Ma’an) — The Israeli premier on Monday cancelled the final scheduled meeting with senior ministers before negotiations resume, Israeli media reported. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reasons for calling off the meeting with his “Forum of seven” inner cabinet were not known, the Israeli daily Haaretz said. Netanyahu is due….

Barghouthi: Abbas should reconsider talks
8/31/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouthi said Monday that any concessions made by Palestinians in negotiations would only embolden Israel. Speaking at a press conference in Ramallah, Barghouthi urged President Mahmoud Abbas to reconsider his decision to engage in direct talks, set to resume Thursday in Washington after a 20-month hiatus. Commenting….

Egypt warns PA against ‘wasting time’
8/30/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Egyptian government on Sunday cautioned the Palestinian Authority against wasting time before arriving at a peace deal with Israel, Arabic-language media reported. Suleiman Awwad told Asharq Al-Awsat that the PA should be wary of waiting for another opportunity while Israeli settlements are “devouring Palestinian lands day after day.”The wait….

Abbas: Negotiations must be serious
8/30/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel would be fully responsible if negotiations fail as a result of settlement expansion, in remarks in Ramallah before heading to Washington to relaunch talks. Talks are set to begin on 2 September, and will address final-status issues including Jerusalem, refugees, prisoners and security among others but….

Poll: Palestinians ‘back negotiations with Israel’
8/30/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two-thirds of Palestinians are in favor of either direct or indirect negotiations with Israel, the results of a new poll released Monday finds. The Palestinian Center for Public Opinion surveyed over 1,000 Palestinians from the West Bank, occupied East Jerusalem and Gaza earlier this month, ahead of the resumption of direct….

Hamas delivers 1 million shekels to poor families
8/31/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas officials in Rafah said Monday that they distributed 1 million shekels among the poorest families in the southern Gaza Strip district. Hamas said it handed out thousands of food parcels, financial aid and iftar meals to the families under the One Body campaign, which was donated by party members….

Gaza police to ‘deal strictly’ with clan clashes
8/31/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza government police units and stations were instructed by the general commander Monday to “deal strictly” with clan brawls, particularly when firearms are in use. Abu Ubayda Al-Jarrah told police to deploy heavily when family-related fighting breaks out. Officers have been told to “use an iron fist” and search homes….

PA Health Ministry to send fuel to Gaza hospitals
8/31/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry said Monday it would provide fuel to hospitals in Gaza. Gaza’s sole power station shut down earlier this month due to lack of fuel leading the Strip’s hospitals to declare a state of emergency. Director of Gaza City’s Dar Ash-Shifa….

Fayyad says self-sufficient economy PA’s next goal
8/31/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A year into his two-year plan to build a Palestinian state, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad says the next goal is be a self-sufficient economy. Speaking at a presentation marking the midway point of his plan, Fayyad said recent growth was a result of foreign aid, but aid-dependency must be reduced to….

Civil defense controls fires across Ramallah district
8/30/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian civil defense forces controlled several fires across the central West Bank district of Ramallah and Al-Bireh on Monday, a report read. Crews successfully put out a kitchen fire in Birzeit and a fire in a market in Um Al-Sharayet, the report read. Fires caused by the heatwave struck several telephone….

Palestinians charged with smuggling heroin from Jordan
8/30/2010 – TEL AVIV (Ma’an) — An Israeli court has charged three Palestinians with smuggling narcotics from Jordan, Israeli media reported Monday. The arrests came as the result of a joint operation between Israel’s military and Palestinian Authority security services, the Hebrew-language daily Maariv reported. The three Palestinians were accused of bringing 60 kilograms….

Palestine Note

Performing In Israel, not the settlements
Palestine Note 30 Aug 2010 – Thank God for Limor Livnat. If we didn’t have her, we’d have to make her up. Livnat, a Knesset member from the right wing of Likud and the current Minister of Culture and Sport rose through…

Israel threatens war with Lebanon
Palestine Note 30 Aug 2010 – Palestine is belligerently occupied. Threats continue against Iran and Syria as well as Lebanon, specifically Hezbollah, elected partner in the nation’s unity government, bogusly designated a US State Department Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), what Israel also…

Laser focus on equality
Palestine Note 30 Aug 2010 – The direct negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis offer a historic opportunity to achieve peace. Some have already given up hope, but given the right wing nature of the Israeli side, if peace can be made with…

NAAJA is planning it’s next journalism conference in Dearborn Nov. 12-14
Palestine Note 30 Aug 2010 – NAAJA is planning to hold its 2010 Journalism Conference in Dearborn Fri-Sun Nov. 12-14. Please mark your calendars. The conference will feature panels, include lunch and dinner on Saturday and workshops. I hope you will be…

Boycott groups: TED event normalizing occupation
Palestine Note 30 Aug 2010 – Washington – TED , a nonprofit initiative focused on exploring advances in Technology, Entertainment, and Design, has exported its forum format the world over. And a TED event called TEDxHolyLand has now raised the ire of Palestinian…

UNHRC probe of Gaza flotilla raid begins
Palestine Note 30 Aug 2010 – Washington – The UN Human Rights Council inquiry into Israel’s raid of a flotilla of Gaza-bound aid ships in international waters May 31 began Monday, AFP news agency reported . Aerial view of the Mavi Marmara, this…

Fayyad: Netanyahu must define his ‘Palestinian state’
Palestine Note 30 Aug 2010 – Washington – Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad expressed Monday doubt as to whether Israel is ready to offer a Palestinian state acceptable to the Palestinians, Reuters reported from Ramallah. Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad [Madmonk -…

Clashes in Gaza, Jerusalem
Palestine Note 30 Aug 2010 – Washington – Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades militants, the armed wing of Fatah, clashed with Israeli forced overnight Sunday after an Israeli bulldozer entered Gaza, Ma’an News Agency reported Monday. Clashes in East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood were prompted…

Report: Hezbollah, Syria to team up against Israel
Palestine Note 30 Aug 2010 – Washington – According to a Monday report from Kuwait’s al-Rai, Syria and Lebanon-based Islamist group Hezbollah are discussing military cooperation in the event of an armed clash with Israel. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [Sleiman – Flickr]…

Settlement construction to resume 9/27
Palestine Note 30 Aug 2010 – Abbas: Israel responsible if talks fail because of building Washington – According to an Israeli Army Radio report Monday, fifty-seven settlements currently observing the building freeze will resume expansion one day after the construction moratorium ends…

Lebanon: Refugee labor law falls short
Palestine Note 30 Aug 2010 – Beirut – IRIN – Recent amendments to Lebanese law grant work permits to Palestinians in the private sector, and some welfare benefits, and are an important step in the right direction, according to the UN’s agency…

Aljazeera

Fayyad: State organs within a year
AlJazeera 30 Aug 2010 – Palestinian Authority PM pledges to create viable institutions for a state by 2011.

Egypt seizes ‘Gaza-bound weapons’
AlJazeera 30 Aug 2010 – Authorities arrest three people following discovery of arms caches in Sinai Peninsula.

Palestine News Network

Abbas: Talks Must Be Serious And According To International Resolutions
PNN – Ramallah — PNN – The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Sunday night that the Palestinian leadership had come to agree on the necessity of not changing the struggle to end the…

Netanyahu : ” I Made No Proposals To The Americans On Extending The Freeze”
PNN – Jerusalem — PNN – Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli PM, told his ministers on Sunday that he never promised the U.S administration to extend the settlement freeze in West Bank settlements. During a meeting…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

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

Jerusalem Post

Peres hosts terror victims’ bar/bat mitzvot
Jeruslalem Post 31 Aug 2010 – Schalit question disrupts Beit Hanassi ceremony.

Analysis: Reassessing US military assistance to Lebanon
Jeruslalem Post 31 Aug 2010 – Without action by the US that recognizes changes since Joe Biden announced that aid would be conditioned on the composition, any lingering benefits to Washington will disappear.

Ben-Eliezer upbeat on PA talks
Jeruslalem Post 31 Aug 2010 – MK visits Jalama checkpoint, between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, during a tour of the site of a proposed joint industrial zone.

J’lem man indicted for aiding Hamas
Jeruslalem Post 30 Aug 2010 – Beit Tsafafa resident was recruited into Muslim Brotherhood.

Israel praises Egyptian arms curb effort
Jeruslalem Post 30 Aug 2010 – Defense officials appreciate blocking of arms reaching Gaza.

Barak to head to Moscow to prevent missile sale to Syria
Jeruslalem Post 30 Aug 2010 – Defense Minister will head to Russia amid Israeli concerns regarding sale of advanced military technology to Syria and Iran.

Turkey’s new stance on Israel is welcome
Jeruslalem Post 30 Aug 2010 – US congressmen, Jewish leaders say more changes are needed.

‘I hope to find a brave partner as Begin found in Sadat’
Jeruslalem Post 30 Aug 2010 – Netanyahu speaks to Likud supporters ahead of peace talks trip; Israel putting out feelers for significant US arms package to compensate for loss of security assets in a peace deal.

Ashkenazi disavows ties with Harpaz
Jeruslalem Post 30 Aug 2010 – IDF chief distances himself from the Galant Document.

‘PA expects prerequisites for statehood within year’
Jeruslalem Post 30 Aug 2010 – Ma’an reports: Fayyad announces second year of institutional capacity-building for future Palestinian nation; earlier, PA released report of first-year achievements, blamed Israel for impeding progress.

Dissident signs petition for Gamal Mubarak’s right to run
Jeruslalem Post 30 Aug 2010 – Sociologist Saad Eddin Ibrahim was previously strongly opposed to hereditary succession in Egypt.

2,000 year-old cameo found in Jerusalem
Jeruslalem Post 30 Aug 2010 – Excavation yields intact carving of onyx cupid.

From dawn till dusk
Jeruslalem Post 30 Aug 2010 – Photo gallery: Ramadan across the West Bank.

Syria reportedly signs pact with Hizbullah
Jeruslalem Post 30 Aug 2010 – Iranian official: Teheran will hit Dimona if attacked.

‘Hizbullah, Syria to cooperate on conflicts with Israel’
Jeruslalem Post 30 Aug 2010 – Lebanese group and Syrian military have joint headquarters to plan attacks and defense; Assad urges Lebanese support for Hizbullah, calls for “calm and dialogue” in Lebanon.

Syria urges Lebanon to support Hizbullah
Jeruslalem Post 30 Aug 2010 – Syrian president Assad calls for calm in Lebanon; LAF to continue receiving military assistance from France.

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli actors to boycott new West Bank theatre
8/30/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – 29 August 2010, The Guardian – 60 actors, writers and directors argue that performing in occupied territories would legitimize illegal settlements – Dozens of Israeli actors, playwrights and directors have signed a letter refusing to take part in productions by leading theatre companies at a new cultural centre in a West Bank settlement, prompting renewed debate over…. Related: Source: The Guardian

Ha’aretz

Israeli archaeologists discover shards of ancient disposable cutlery
Ha’aretz – A Tel Aviv University excavation team found the tools around a fireplace littered with charred animal bones.

Netanyahu: Only Likud can forge lasting peace with Palestinians
Ha’aretz – Prime Minister addresses Likud party members ahead of Washington talks and the Jewish new year, says he hopes to find brave Palestinian partner.

Court: Police could have prevented 2006 death of 20-year-old woman
Ha’aretz – Inbal Amram was kidnapped in 2006. She died minutes before being found, after police repeatedly failed to respond to missing person reports by her family.

Israel archeologists uncover 2,000-year-old cupid in City of David dig
Ha’aretz – Israel Antiquities Authority says added inlaid semi-precious stone is of the ‘Eros in mourning,’ one of a group of visual motifs linked with mourning practices.

Defense officials: Eizenkot will not retire from IDF
Ha’aretz – Statements contradict widespread reports that Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot planned on retiring after rejecting offer to serve as deputy IDF chief.

Magen David Adom paramedic shot to death in Eilat
Ha’aretz – Police suspect that murder had to do with one of the other businesses the victim was involved in.

4 actors reverse pledge to boycott performances in settlement
Ha’aretz – Nearly 60 theater personnel signed a petition on Saturday vowing not to participate in performances staged at new cultural center in Ariel.

UN votes to keep peacekeepers on Israel-Lebanon border until 2011
Ha’aretz – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the presence of UNIFIL remains critical following the incident on August 3, during which Lebanese and Israeli forces exchanged fire.

U.S. sees Washington peace talks as start of year-long process
Ha’aretz – Washington officials and analysts express cautious optimism about direct peace negotiations, but cast doubt on one-year framework.

Fayyad: Netanyahu must explain his definition of ‘Palestinian state’
Ha’aretz – Palestinian Prime Minister has expressed doubt about whether Israel is ready to offer the Palestinians a state on terms they could accept.

Egypt urges EU to bolster U.S.-led Mideast peace bid
Ha’aretz – Mubarak and Sarkozy meet ahead of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, say the Mediterranean Union summit can provide push for peace.

Barak to visit Russia amid concern over arms sale to Syria
Ha’aretz – Defense Minister Barak will also discuss Russian interest in purchasing Israeli arms, according to an Israeli official.

Report: Israeli Arab indicted over contact with a foreign agent
Ha’aretz – Ahmad Awad, a resident of East Jerusalem, was allegedly recruited into the Muslim Brotherhood while studying in Cyprus.

Report: Hezbollah, Syria to join forces in future clash with Israel
Ha’aretz – Kuwait’s al-Rai daily says Lebanon-based group, Syrian army have created a joint military command, dividing potential war fronts.

Ahmadinejad: Iran, Lebanon militants can stand up to ‘enemies of humanity’
Ha’aretz – Comments come as Iran’s defense minister says Tehran would be prepared to assist in arming Lebanon’s military in view of a U.S. threat to cut army ties with Beirut.

Netanyahu cancels final inner cabinet meeting before direct talks begin
Ha’aretz – Yitzhak Molcho, aide to Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s chief negotiator, is due to depart for the United States to discuss opening remarks at trilateral peace summit.

Erekat: Israeli religious figure urging genocide of Palestinians
Ha’aretz – Netanyahu distances himself from remarks by Shas spiritual leader who said earlier that all Palestinians should perish.

Hebron: IOF detains 2 Palestinians
30 Aug 2010 – Hebron, August 30, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli occupation forces raided Monday Saer village 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 the house of Zedan Al-Frokh and then detained him. Besides, they detained Eyad Mojahed after raiding other areas in the…

Uruknet

How to Kill Goyim and Influence People: Israeli Rabbis Defend Book’s Shocking Religious Defense of Killing Non-Jews (with Video)
Uruknet August 30, 2010 – When I went into the Jewish religious book emporium, Pomeranz, in central Jerusalem to inquire about the availability of a book called Torat Ha’Melech, or the King’s Torah, a commotion immediately ensued. “Are you sure you want it?” the owner, M. Pomeranz, asked me half-jokingly. “The Shabak [Israel’s internal security service] is going to want…

“Once winter’s over, the sun will shine”
Uruknet August 30, 2010 – When Israel’s construction of the wall began in their village May 2008, the people of the occupied West Bank town of Nilin embarked on a campaign of unarmed grassroots resistance against the theft of their land. They have followed a philosophy of direct action, cutting through the electronic fence and razor wire on an almost…

Gaza hospital chief warns fuel crisis imperiling lives
Uruknet August 30, 2010 – The director of Gaza City’s Dar Ash-Shifa Hospital warned Monday that dozens of patients in the hospital’s care may die as a result of a fuel shortage. Hospital director Hussein Ashour told Ma’an that only 16,000 liters of fuel remained but that generators consume 7,000 liters daily. The generators will not supply electricity to the…

The National

Netanyahu sets a test for Obama
The National 30 Aug 2010 – As Benjamin Netanyahu departs for Washington before Thursday’s re-launch of peace talks with the Palestinians, his main aim for the negotiations is unlikely to be Palestinian statehood.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Malaysian NGOs Collecting Funds For Gaza Aid Mission
WAFA – KUALA LUMPUR, August 30, 2010 (WAFA)- Sixteen non-governmental organizations (NGOs) under the Lifeline For Gaza (LL4G) are collecting RM7mil for a humanitarian aid mission to Gaza in November, said

Erakat Condemns Shas’ Spiritual Leader’s Incitement towards Genocide
WAFA – RAMALLAH, August 30, 2010 (WAFA)- Head of the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department, Dr. Saeb Erakat, called, yesterday, on the Israeli government to denounce and take appropriate action against the

Netanyahu: I never Promised to Extend West Bank Settlement Construction Freeze
WAFA – TEL AVIV, August 30, 2010 (WAFA)- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Likud ministers on Sunday that he had not made any promises to U.S. President Barack Obama or any other American

Daily Star

Iran state media call French first lady ‘prostitute’
Daily Star 30 Aug 2010

Egypt asks EU to bolster US-led Middle East peace bid
Daily Star 30 Aug 2010

Iran ex-prosecutor suspended over prison deaths
Daily Star 30 Aug 2010

Irish groups to buy ship for new Gaza aid flotilla
Daily Star 30 Aug 2010

Egypt activist riles opposition in signing petition
Daily Star 30 Aug 2010

Assad voices support for resistance during Hariri’s visit to Damascus
Daily Star 30 Aug 2010

Hariri: ‘Security has no sectarian, religious identity’
Daily Star 30 Aug 2010

The Guardian

Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad signals make or break for two-state solution
The Guardian 30 Aug 2010 – Talks in Washington — the first direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine for 20 months — ‘can and must’ succeed, says PM The Palestinian prime minister, Salam Fayyad, warned today that a “moment of reckoning” was…

Relief Web

OPT: Kuwait Red Crescent Feeds the Fasting During Ramadan
Relief Web 30 Aug 2010 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

LEBANON: Palestinians still dissatisfied despite labour law changes
Relief Web 30 Aug 2010 – Source: Integrated Regional Information Networks

Ahead of talks, Abbas warns Israel on settlements
Relief Web 29 Aug 2010 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet

Inter Press Service

US-MIDEAST: Light At End of Tunnel Elusive, Despite Obama’s Efforts
IPS President Barack Obama will try this week to underline his progress in extricating the United States from the morass his predecessor’s “global war on terror” in the Greater Middle East.

YNet News

Irish groups to buy ship for new Gaza aid flotilla
YNet News – Public figures, journalists, activists plan to join flotilla carrying aid to….

Fayyad: PA will be prepared to establish state in a year
YNet News – Palestinian PM says second year of his plan will focus on separation of powers,….

Assad vows to defend Lebanon
YNet News – Syrian president meets Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri in Damascus, expresses his….

East Jerusalem man charged with contacting foreign agent
YNet News – According to indictment, 22-year-old Beit Safafa man contacted Hamas operatives….

Foreign legalists to defend Israel abroad?
YNet News – Foreign Ministry conference attended by 170 legal experts from 32 countries aims….

Northern Command chief Eisenkot to retire from IDF
YNet News – Major-General Gadi Eisenkot decides to turn down offer to serve as deputy IDF….

UN extends UNIFIL’s mandate in south Lebanon
YNet News – WASHINGTON – The Security Council unanimously authorized the extension of UNIFIL’s mandate in south Lebanon for another year. Israeli and Lebanese representatives …….

Iran sets 2020 target for nuclear fusion reactor
YNet News – Iran says it has set a 2020 target date to build its first experimental nuclear fusion reactor, a feat that has yet to be achieved by any nation. Iran said in July …….

Netanyahu: No one can teach me love of Israel
YNet News – “We will insist that any future agreement will be based on effective security arrangements on the ground,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said ahead of the direct …….

Zoabi to UN: Try pirate Netanyahu in int’l court
YNet News – Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi will testify on Tuesday before the UN Human Rights Council’s commission of inquiry into Israel’s raid of the Mavi Marmara in May. Zoabi will …….

B’Tselem invites theatre heads to field visit to view harm caused by Ariel
B’tselem 29 Aug 2010 – B’Tselem wrote today to the managers of Israel’s theatres, calling them to visit the Northern West Bank and see for themselves the heavy damage to human rights inflicted by the continued existence of the Ariel settlement.

Palestinian Information Center

Israeli municipality to Jerusalem man: Take down your house or pay us to do it
PIC 30 Aug 2010 – The Jerusalem municipality has given Nasri Abu Rajab, 60, from the Al-Qawmi neighborhood in Old City, the option to tear down his own house or pay a huge fee for the municipality to do the job.

Israeli court imposes tough conditions for release of female prisoner
PIC 30 Aug 2010 – The Israeli military court issued a decision to release female prisoner Tagrid Abu Galmi from Nablus city, but on condition that she pays an exorbitant fine and is placed under house arrest.

Hamdan: Abbas to concede major Palestinian rights
PIC 30 Aug 2010 – Osama Hamdan has opined that the de facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas would cede major Palestinian rights during direct talks with the Israeli occupation authority (IOA).

PFLP: PA yielded to Israeli dictates, US threats by accepting direct talks
PIC 30 Aug 2010 – The PFLP said that the PA’s insistence on engaging in direct talks with Israel despite its ongoing violations against the Palestinians is submission to Israeli diktats and American threats.

40% of Jenin prison population denied family visits
PIC 30 Aug 2010 – The IPA is fully denying more than 40% of the Jenin prison population the right to family visits against 30% who are denied partial visits, the Palestinian Prisoner Society reported.

Clashes erupt in Silwan during Israeli arrest raid
PIC 30 Aug 2010 – Violent clashes broke out early Monday morning between Palestinian residents of Silwan and Israeli troops amid an extensive campaign of raids against Palestinian homes.

Russia: Hebrew media lying about arms to Syria
PIC 30 Aug 2010 – Russia protested the big media outcry sparked by Israel’s media outlets about Moscow’s readiness to sell different weapons to Syria.

Israel afraid of increasing boycott of its products in Europe
PIC 30 Aug 2010 – Israeli businessmen expressed fears that the European campaign to boycott Israeli products could widen after a sharp decline in exports.

Leftist Jews set on launching flotilla to bust Gaza siege
PIC 30 Aug 2010 – Left-wing Jewish organizations active in Europe and occupied Palestine say they are preparing to sail a ship to break the Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu: Settlement building to resume within a month
PIC 30 Aug 2010 – Benjamin Netanyahu has asserted that his government’s decision regarding the settlement freeze in the West Bank did not change and that building in those settlements would resume on 26th September.

Los Angeles Times

Palestinians skeptical of new round of peace talks
LA Times 31 Aug 2010 – Mahmoud Abbas is risking his political future in agreeing to the talks. After a string of failed negotiations and with continued settlement building in the West Bank, less than 25% of Palestinians predict success. As Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas prepares to embark down a well-trod path of peace talks ‚Äî a road he’s spent a career helping to pave ‚Äî the pragmatic leader is risking his political future in what some predict could be his last trip to the negotiating table.

New York Times

Outlines Emerge of Future State in the West Bank
New York Times 31 Aug 2010 – As a Middle East summit meeting approaches in Washington, some find encouraging signs about a two-state solution in improved security and governance by the Palestinian Authority.

Actors’ Protest and Rabbi’s Sermon Stoke Tensions in Israel Ahead of Peace Talks
New York Times 30 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.

Misc

PLO urges Yale president to speak out on ‘anti-Arab hate-mongering’ conference
Mondoweiss – Last week we reported on a disgraceful 3-day conference at Yale that described criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism. Today Maen Rashid Areikat, the PLO Representative to the United States, sent a letter to Yale President Richard C. Levin, objecting to the conference. It follows: August 30,…

Rocket Redux, the Israeli fiction
Mondoweiss – A few months ago, I authored a post on the fiction that when Israel withdrew from two decades of military occupation of southern Lebanon in 2000, Hezbollah responded with thousands of rockets rained down on Israeli communities. At the time, I cited false statements to that…

Writers Oz, Yehoshua, Grossman back artists’ boycott of Ariel settlement
Mondoweiss – Where are the liberal American Zionists on this one? What will J Street do? Important news : Ynet learned on Monday that prominent Israeli authors A. B. Yehoshua, Amos Oz, David Grossman and Sami Michael are supporting a long line of actors, playwrights and artists who announced…

Stuck inside of Cairo with the Gaza blues again
Mondoweiss – Susan Johnson is a Doylestown, Pa., grandmother with two volunteer gigs in Gaza waiting for her. She’s written about her big trip earlier this summer . And here I sit in Cairo, exhausted and disappointed. I have been denied entrance to Gaza twice! I’m amazed I’m not…

40 percent of Palestinian prisoners from Jenin are denied family visits—
Mondoweiss – and other news from Today in Palestine: Land and Property Theft and Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing Israel won’t extend settlement freeze ahead of direct negotiations The Israeli cabinet will not vote on extending a partial freeze in West Bank settlement construction before the start of the peace talks…

Misc 2

Moussa Pessimistic on Israeli-Palestinian Talks
Al-Manar 30 Aug 2010 – Arab League chief Amr Moussa said Sunday he had little hope that direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which are due to start on Thursday, will be successful. He also said he will not seek re-election as secretary general of the Arab League after…

Abbas, Netanyahu Talks on Course of Collapse, before They Begin
Al-Manar 30 Aug 2010 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday just before leaving for Washington for the launch of the direct talks that Israel alone will bear responsibility should talks collapse due to continued settlement building. Abbas said during a speech in Ramallah that negotiations will be based…

Maariv: Israel a significant importer (and re-exporter) of Iranian goods
Coteret 30 Aug 2010 – This is a fairly wide-raging, if shallow, review. I found the section the section describing a botched attempt by an Israeli company to re-export Iranian marble to the US interesting.Particularlyinsightful was the justification for an Israeli double standard on this issue, as articulated by Danny Catarivas,…

CALL FOR ENDORSEMENTS AND DONATIONS FOR 2010 BDS QUEBEC CONFERENCE
Global BDS 30 Aug 2010 – Dear friends and allies, On October 22 to 24, 2010, a historic conference will take place inMontreal which aims to consolidate and move forward the movement forBoycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israeli apartheid. read more

PCHR weekly report 19/8 – 25/8/2010: 8 Palestinians including 1 child arrested during incursions, 10 Palestinians including 2 children arrested at checkpoints, 1 Norwegian activist arrested during demonstration
Sabr 30 Aug 2010 – extracts from PCHR weekly report 19/8 – 25/8/2010 : At least 800 Gazan prisoners in Israeli jails have been deprived of family visitation for more than three years. In recognition of ICRC as the guardian of the Fourth Geneva Convention, PCHR calls upon the ICRC to increase…

Iran paper calls Bruni prostitute
BBC 30 Aug 2010 – An Iranian newspaper calls France’s first lady Carla Bruni a “prostitute” after she condemns Iran’s plan to stone a woman to death.

The Boycott Israel Movement Needs to Rethink Tactics
Antiwar.com 30 Aug 2010 – Channel 10, one of Israel’s three TV channels, aired a report this week that surely frightened a lot of viewers. Its title was “Who Is Organizing the Worldwide Hatred of Israel Movement?” and its subject was the dozens of groups in various countries which are conducting…

The Ground Zero Synagogue — Lebanon Becoming More American than America
Sabbah report 31 Aug 2010 – By Gus Bridi — www.zeropartypolitics.com“There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and…

(en) US, Update From the IMF Resistance Network* Resist The IMF and WB Meetings, Washington DC, October 9-11
A-infos 30 Aug 2010 – Greetings from the IMF Resistance Network! With five weeks to go, interest in the October demo is increasing around the world. Enter http://imfresistance.org/?page_id=22 to sign up for our announcement list —— The nice people at Occupied London have re-posted our call. Check it out at http://www.occupiedlondon.org/blog/2010/08/27/351-call-for-global-anti-imf-demonstrations-october-8-11/

Articles


McCarthy in Israel
Neve Gordon, Dissident Voice8/30/2010
On May 31, I joined some 50 students and faculty members who gathered outside Ben-Gurion University of the Negev to demonstrate against the Israeli military assault on the flotilla carrying humanitarian aid toward Gaza. In response, the next day a few hundred students marched toward the social-sciences building, Israeli flags in hand. Amid the nationalist songs and pro-government chants, there were also shouts demanding my resignation from the university faculty.
One student even proceeded to create a Facebook group whose sole goal is to have me sacked. So far over 2,100 people (many of them nonstudents) have joined. In addition to death wishes and declarations that I should be exiled, the site includes a call on students to spy on me during class. “We believe,” ends a message written to the group, “that if we conduct serious and profound work, we can, with the help of each and every one of you, gather enough material to influence ‚Ķ Neve Gordon’s status at the university, and maybe even bring about his dismissal.”
Such personal attacks are part of a much broader assault on Israeli higher education and its professors. Two recent incidents exemplify the protofascist logic that is being deployed to undermine the pillars of academic freedom in Israel, while also revealing that the assault on Israeli academe is being backed by neoconservative forces in the United States.
The first incident involves a report published by the Institute for Zionist Strategies, in Israel, which analyzed course syllabi in Israeli sociology departments and accused professors of a “post-Zionist” bias. The institute defines post-Zionism as “the pretense to undermine the foundations of the Zionist ethos and an affinity with the radical leftist stream.” In addition to the usual Israeli leftist suspects, intellectuals like Benedict Anderson and Eric Hobsbawm also figure in as post-Zionists in the report. more.. e-mail


Israel threatens war with Lebanon
Stephen Lendman, Palestine Note8/30/2010
Palestine is belligerently occupied. Threats continue against Iran and Syria as well as Lebanon, specifically Hezbollah, elected partner in the nation’s unity government, bogusly designated a US State Department Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), what Israel also calls it, repeating veiled and overt warnings, suggesting violence or an impending attack.
Why not, after so many earlier in 1978, 1982, 1993, 1996, and 2006. Also numerous incidents besides:
— refusing to comply with UN Security Council Resolution 425 by occupying South Lebanon belligerently and illegally for 18 years until mostly, but not entirely, withdrawing in May 2000 – still holding Sheba Farms, the 14-square mile water-rich land near Syria’s Golan, also illegally occupied since 1967; in addition, Ghajar, the Lebanese village bordering Golan;
— during its occupation, using a proxy Christian South Lebanon Army as enforcer, UNIFIL Blue Helmets giving them and the IDF free reign instead of maintaining peace, how UN forces always operate, as paramilitaries against people they’re supposed to protect; and
— for over 40 years, repeatedly violating Lebanon’s territory, often daily, including 12 Israeli jet overflights on August 19.
Hezbollah – Israel’s Pretext for Incursions, Violence and War
Hezbollah was born out of Israel’s 1982 Lebanon invasion, its horrific war slaughtering around 18,000 people, mostly civilians, including in the Sabra and Shatila camps, what journalist Robert Fisk called “one of the most shocking war crimes of the 20th century.”…. more.. e-mail

Letters from Palestine — a very special book
Mary Rizzo, Palestine Think Tank8/14/2010
Very often, among activists for Palestine who are not Palestinians themselves, a sort of fraternity develops. Our love of Palestine is our primary common denominator, but how frequent it is (and how joyful and satisfying) when we find other affinities that create a strong bond after we’ve had such an important factor bring us together in the first place.
More often than not, the Palestinian issue is central, since most of our energies and social lives rotate around the words “Free Palestine” and many of our communications with others dwell in a range of arguments about the struggle. Yet, one thing is common between activists, we have long since abandoned abstractions such as “the Middle East Conflict” and delusions of seeing ourselves as some kind of messenger or even a sort of bridge. We come to the awareness that we are only as good at what we are doing when we are totally devoted to Palestine and listen to Palestinians more than to anyone else and when we try (hard as it is!) to let our own egos go, because they do not matter a whit in this struggle. It is also frequent that we focus our advocacy on specific places, Jenin, Gaza, Bethlehem, Bil’in, Hebron, Jerusalem, etc. and for many of us, we reach a point where we relate to the Palestinian issue as something that concerns us personally. The map of Palestine is far from the reductive one that severs the land into fragments, and the geography extends into the refugee camps dislocated in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq. All of these places are places we may not have seen, but often cherish. That’s because they are the homes of our friends and their loved ones. There is almost no place in Palestine that hasn’t been described to us, often in a tearful testimony of someone who grieves over never again seeing his or her home and land. There is practically no city or even village where we have not been invited to come as a welcome guest, part of the legendary Palestinian hospitality and kindness, but probably also a desire that we can spread the word about these places and keep them alive as part of Palestine once we know them with our hearts as well as from words.
That is why the goal of Kenneth Ring’s book, (written with Ghassan Abdullah) Letters From Palestine…. more.. e-mail

Diana Buttu: direct talks bound to fail
Electronic Intifada: 30 Aug 2010 – As US officials arrived in Jerusalem last week to meet with Palestinian Authority and Israeli government officials, The Electronic Intifada interviewed Ramallah-based lawyer and former PLO advisor Diana Buttu about this week’s US-brokered direct talks between the two parties.more

“Solidarity tastes different inside prison”
Electronic Intifada: 30 Aug 2010 – “My human dignity, basic human rights and constitutional rights are suffering from basic violations. I still have no permit to meet my lawyers without being recorded.” The Electronic Intifada publishes an edited excerpt from a 7 August 2010 letter written by Ameer Makhoul from Israeli prison.more

“Once winter’s over, the sun will shine”
Electronic Intifada: 30 Aug 2010 – When Israel’s construction of the wall began in their village May 2008, the people of Nilin embarked on a campaign of unarmed grassroots resistance against the theft of their land. They have followed a philosophy of direct action, cutting through the electronic fence and razor wire on an almost weekly basis. Jody McIntyre interviewed Mohammed Amireh, a leader of the Nilin Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements for The Electronic Intifada.more

Art as resistance: “Against the Wall” reviewed
Electronic Intifada: 30 Aug 2010 – London-based journalist and photographer William Parry’s Against the Wall serves as both a political and aesthetic document, perhaps exemplifying the German philosopher Walter Benjamin’s famous thesis that “[t]here is no document of culture that is not at the same time a document of barbarism.”more

TEDx: Equating the Colonizer and Colonized
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Aug 2010 – By Palestinians Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI) And University Teachers’ Association in Palestine – Gaza It has come to our knowledge that TED, a non-profit organization carrying the slogan ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ has started a program called the ‘TEDxHolyLand.’ This is supposed to be an experience which seeks to “bring together the people of Palestine and Israel who do not ordinarily meet to share a half day together hearing and discussing TED talks on a wide range of topics of common interest.” The Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic boycott of Israel and University Teachers’ Association in Palestine consider this an act of normalization that violates the boycott guidelines issued by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). TED seems to be unaware of the fact that the reason why “the people of Palestine and Israel” cannot get together is because…more

Letter to Cordoba Center on Behalf of a Former ‘Slave’
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Aug 2010 – By Mark Gonzales Prelude: I. The three century old remains of 20,000 African men, women, children former slaves were discovered after the clean up of the World Trade Center’s collapse. II. Between twenty and thirty percent of all stolen Africans brought to America as slaves were Muslim. A Letter on behalf of Cordova Center by one such “slave” Bismillah Is an unspoken song on the tongues of the forgotten ever wonder where will you pray when your skin has abandoned you or what religion is your skeleton A note for Manhattan city residents & Mr. President: if cemeteries have zip codes, air mail this poem to my mother courtesy of a masjid wings holding my father’s tear. New York: have you forgotten cities are built not by steel but bones that breath is turquoise colored accessory of skeletons wearing mahogany skin as Friday prayer best Bedstuy bones have a Project…more

Too Early to Write-off New Israel-Palestine Talks?
Dissident Voice: 30 Aug 2010 – In his article in the Globe and Mail , Aluf Benn asks is it “Too Early to Write-off the New Israel-Palestine Talks”? Too early to write-off direct talks? Please! Representatives for these “direct talks” on the Palestinian side in a sense do not even exist: Abbas’s election mandate timed out a year ago, and he stays in office under emergency measures — i.e, he has absolutely no democratic legitimacy. But even poor Abbas, a kind of Palestinian “step’n’fetch it” figure if ever there was one, wanted nothing to do with such talks while Israel continued stealing land. The American administration browbeat him for months, threatening him with loss of all aid, into attending. The only genuinely elected government in any of the territories of Palestine, Hamas in Gaza, remains under Israel’s brutal blockade and imprisonment — that is, those elected representatives who were not illegally arrested by Israel or murdered in…more

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