VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 5 September, 2010: Israeli says not guilty of ‘largest human trafficking case in U.S. history’

5 September, 2010 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Egypt To Host Second Round Of Talks
IMEMC – 5 Sep 2010 – Monday September 06, 2010 – 02:04, Spokesperson of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Husam Zaki, stated Sunday that Cairo will be hosting the second round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas.

Barak: “Settlement Activities Likely To Continue by the End Of September”
IMEMC – 5 Sep 2010 – Monday September 06, 2010 – 01:42, Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, stated that Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied West Bank will likely continue after Israel’s “temporary freeze” on such activities ends by the end of September.

Free Gaza Plans To Send Aid Plane To Gaza
IMEMC – 5 Sep 2010 – Monday September 06, 2010 – 01:36, The Free Gaza Movement reported that its supporters in the United States have decided to organize sending an aide plane to the Gaza Strip in order to deliver humanitarian supplies and challenge Israel’s illegal siege on the coastal region.

2 Killed, 3 Injured During Israeli Airstrike on Southern Gaza
IMEMC – 5 Sep 2010 – Sunday September 05, 2010 – 12:47, Two men have been killed in an Israeli airstrike on the southern part of the Gaza Strip, Saturday night. The assault was focused on the smuggling tunnels between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, and injured three others.

Palestine Note

Erekat: Hamas could make peace with Israel
Palestine Note 5 Sep 2010 – Washington – Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Israel’s Army Radio Sunday that Islamist group Hamas could accept a peace agreement with Israel if core Palestinian issues are resolved, The Jerusalem Post reported . Saeb Erekat, right,…

2 dead in Gaza after Israeli airstrikes
Palestine Note 5 Sep 2010 – Washington – Two bodies have been uncovered after Israeli warplanes bombed southern Gaza overnight, Gaza medical officials told Ma’an News Agency Sunday. Israeli warplanes fly overhead. [Shemer – Flickr] The Israeli military told Ma’an the airstrikes…

Abbas: No talks without freeze
Palestine Note 5 Sep 2010 – Palestinian Pres. tells Israeli PM talks will fail unless freeze extended Washington – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has informed Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu that he will pull out of direct negotiations unless Israel extends its settlement…

Abbas slams Ahmadinejad for Palestine comments
Palestine Note 5 Sep 2010 – Washington – In response to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s criticism of the Palestinian Authority reentering direct negotiations with Israel, the Palestinian President’s office lashed out Saturday, saying Ahmadinejad has no right to comment on Palestine. Iranian…

Aljazeera

Bahrain dissidents charged
AlJazeera 5 Sep 2010 – Accusations against 23 Shia suspects include forming ‘terror network’ aimed at toppling Gulf state’s government.

Israeli raids claim lives in Gaza
AlJazeera 5 Sep 2010 – Rocket fired across the border draws heavy Israeli retaliation, just two days after relaunch of peace talks.

Israel unlikely to extend ‘freeze’
AlJazeera 5 Sep 2010 – Defence minister says settlement slow down is unlikely to continue in its current form after September 26 deadline.

Israel approves new army chief
AlJazeera 5 Sep 2010 – Cabinet confirms general who led Gaza offensive for top job amid allegations he had hired publicist to smear a rival.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Shot Dead by His Son
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Field Update On Thursday, 02 September 2010, Yousef ‘Omar, from al-Jaroushiya village, north of Tulkarm, was killed as he was fired at by his son in the context of a familial dispute. This incident is a part 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 (26 Aug. — 01 Sep. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jerusalem Post

A sweet new year — for animals too
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – Israel’s SPCA’s Rosh Hashana drive includes kittens from Tel Aviv and a mongrel with a broken leg.

Abbas vs Ahmadinejad
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – The Palestinian and Iranian leaders take each other on in the diplomatic boxing match of the season

Israel eyeing nonmilitary nuclear technologies
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – Nat’l energy plan incomplete, so extent of nuclear needs still unclear; Landau has been pushing nuclear power in order for the country to meet long-term energy needs.

Ahmadinejad: Israeli attack would mean its own demise
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – Iranian president doubts Israel or US would attack because “they know that Iran is ready and has the potential for a decisive and wide-scale response.”

IDF shows Hizbullah removing arms from exploded home
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – IDF releases video from Friday’s explosion in the Lebanese village of Shehabiyeh showing people removing rockets from a building.

IDF shows Hizbullah removing rockets from exploded home
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – IDF releases video from Friday’s explosion in the Lebanese village of Shehabiyeh showing people removing rockets from a building.

Clinton to join 2nd round of talks in Sharm, Jerusalem
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – US officials say talks between Netanyahu and Abbas will take place in unconfirmed location on Sept.15 a day after discussions in Sharm el-Sheik.

Clinton to arrive in Jerusalem for peace talks
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – US officials say talks between Netanyahu and Abbas will take place in unconfirmed location on Sept.15.

Free Palestine Movement plans to send plane to Gaza
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – Channel 2 reports that organization to send aid to the Strip without flying over Israeli or Egyptian airspace; group says success based on not showing threat.

Lieberman: We won’t have peace for generations
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – Attacking his own government’s diplomatic efforts, FM says nation has suffered enough from the ‘adventures and experiments of irresponsible politicians.’

‘What if we make a deal and Hamas says it’s illegitimate?
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – Foreign Minister Lieberman: ‘Reaching an agreement in which the other side agrees to end conflict is not achievable in the next year or the next generation.’

Barak: Israel unlikely to extend current settlement curbs
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – Defense Minister says he does not believe the freeze will be canceled entirely, leaves option for compromise with Palestinians to continue talks, Abbas threatens to leave negotiations if freeze expired.

Vatican: stoning in Iran adultery case ‘brutal’
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was convicted in 2006 of adultery; mother of two could still face execution by hanging for adultery and other offenses.

Dahlan: Netanyahu is a con-man with no interest in peace
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – Fatah official says PM will destroy the peace process, stresses PA opposition to establishment of demilitarized Palestinian state.

‘Hamas may accept a peace agreement with Israel’
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – Palestinian negotiator Erekat says that if “core issues” are resolved during direct talks, the group could be willing to cooperate.”

Cabinet approves Yoav Galant as Israel’s 20th IDF chief
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – Ashkenazi says Galant will replace him in 6 months, wishes successor luck, refers to “Galant Document” affair as an “unpleasant time.”

Ashkenazi: Galant to take over in six months
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – IDF Chief of General staff wishes successor luck, refers to “Galant Document” affair as an “unpleasant time.”

Major pro-Israel giver funds ‘Jihad Watch’
Jeruslalem Post 5 Sep 2010 – Group opposing Ground Zero mosque is organizing rally on the 9th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks.

Why Israel tops this traveler’s list
Jeruslalem Post 4 Sep 2010 – A tourist gives 34 reasons why Israel “touches his soul;” from the people, to the sites, to the “energy and anticipation.”

International Solidarity Movement

West Bank protests against Israel’s many crimes violently dispersed by military: ten arrested
9/5/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Al Ma’sara – At around midday on Friday, thirty demonstrators including around ten international and Israeli activists, met to protest against land-theft by the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat and against the illegal military occupation. The marchers carried a banner saying there should be “No Peace Show” until the occupation ends and international….

Military police investigator’s testimony reveals additional flaws in the investigation into Rachel Corrie’s killing
9/5/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice – Haifa, Israel — On Sunday, September 5, 2010, the civil law suit filed by Rachel Corrie’s family against the State of Israel for her unlawful killing in Rafah, Gaza, resumed in the Haifa District Court. In March, the Corrie family called their witnesses to the stand….

Ha’aretz

Cabinet votes Galant in as next IDF chief of staff
Ha’aretz – Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant voted as 20th IDF chief in wake of scandal which aimed to tie him with an alleged PR to advance his candidacy.

Young pregnant mother stabbed to death, allegedly by husband
Ha’aretz – The husband, from the Galilee village of Araba, allegedly stabbed his 29-year-old wife and mother to their 4 children, during an argument and fled the scene.

Education Ministry cuts schools’ civics budget for focus on Jewish studies
Ha’aretz – Civics classes focus on issues pertaining to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and often provoke class-wide debate.

Israeli says not guilty of ‘largest human trafficking case in U.S. history’
Ha’aretz – Los Angeles-based Global Horizons Manpower CEO Mordechai Orian, 45, surrendered to federal authorities in Honolulu earlier Friday, a day after the FBI had tried to arrest him at his Southern…

U.S. plans Jerusalem talks after Egypt peace summit
Ha’aretz – Hillary Clinton to oversee extra meeting at symbolic location after Netanyahu and Abbas meet in Sharm el-Sheikh on Sept. 14.

Jordanian king: World will ‘pay price’ if direct Mideast talks fail
Ha’aretz – Failure of the negotiations will reflect negatively on all parties, warns Abdullah II in statement.

Lieberman: This generation will not see Middle East peace
Ha’aretz – Palestinian Authority is incapable of peace — but will not return to violence, says FM, calling for interim deal as substitute for final status agreement.

VIDEO / IDF film shows ‘Hezbollah evacuating illegal arms from Lebanon blast site’
Ha’aretz – Israeli drone video apparently shows militants removing missiles from south Lebanon village after huge explosion on Friday., Three down shut down over end of Ramadan fast is first since June,…

Barak: Israel unlikely to extend current settlement freeze
Ha’aretz – Freeze on West Bank construction will end as scheduled on Sept. 26 – but may continue in another form, defense minister says, hinting that Israel may compromise to keep talks…

IDF chief: I will step down in six months, as planned
Ha’aretz – Comment by Gabi Ashkenazi, coming as cabinet approves appointment of next IDF chief Galant, comes amid reports that Ashkenazi mulled an early exit as a result of tensions with Defense…

Arab Israeli MK: Netanyahu will avoid peace unless world steps in
Ha’aretz – In Los Angeles Times op-ed, Ahmed Tibi says PM may repeat his personal history of finding loopholes instead of seeing the Palestinians as equals.

Netanyahu: Creative thinking can remove obstacles on the way to Mideast peace
Ha’aretz – Speaking to his cabinet following last week’s peace summit in Washington, PM says Israel has shown it is willing to go a long way in order to achieve peace.

PA negotiator: Endgame peace deal could bring Hamas-run Gaza back into fold
Ha’aretz – Saeb Erekat tells Army Radio both sides have reached maturity in understanding that the price of war is greater than that of peace.

U.S. official: Obama ‘very pleased’ with outcome of Mideast peace summit
Ha’aretz – Prime Minister Netanyahu, senior Palestinian and Arab leaders expressed similar optimism following their meeting last week.

U.S. Chief of Staff to Turkey: Help curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions
Ha’aretz – Speaking during official Ankara visit, Mullen says both countries agree everything must be done to prevent Iran from getting hold of nuclear weapons.

Uruknet

US group says it plans to send plane to Gaza
Uruknet September 5, 2010 — A pro-Palestinian group based in the US will send a plane loaded with aid to the Gaza Strip in defiance of Israel’s air and sea blockade, an official said Sunday.”We intend to send an aircraft to Gaza in much the same way boats were used — without going through Israeli or Egyptian airspace,” said Paul…

Rachel Corrie’s parents could face men who killed her in court
Uruknet September 5, 2010 – The family of Rachel Corrie, the American activist crushed to death in Gaza seven years ago, could face the men driving the Israeli bulldozer that killed her in the second stage of their civil suit against the state. The case, which began in March, reopened at Haifa district court today and will hear Israeli state…

Group: Israeli officer who killed Palestinian received public money
Uruknet September 5, 2010 – An Israeli police officer convicted of manslaughter for killing an unarmed Palestinian received over $90,000 of Israeli public money, a rights group said Sunday. Adalah, the legal center for Arab minority rights in Israel, said Sunday that it had obtained internal Israeli police documentation revealing that officer Shahar Mizrahi received almost 350,000 shekels (over $90,000)…

Media New Battleground for Palestinians and Israelis
Uruknet September 5, 2010 – Palestinians and Israelis are using the media as a new battleground in their war to win hearts and minds across the globe, even as the protracted conflict in the Mideast drags on with no apparent end in sight. Israel has led the way for decades with its slick and professional Hasbara, or propaganda machine. This…

Israeli raids claim lives in Gaza
Uruknet September 5, 2010 – Two Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air raids in the Gaza Strip, medics and security sources say. Another person has been critically injured. The Israeli army launched three raids in the south of Gaza on Saturday after Palestinian fighters fired a rocket over the border. The flare-up of violence on the Israel-Gaza border came…

Video: RISE OF PALESTINIAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT “Should people boycott Israel?” – Interview with Omar Barghouti Pt. 5
Uruknet September 4, 2010 – Omar Barghouti is a founding committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) who is currently studying for a masters degree in philosophy at Tel Aviv University. He was born in Qatar, grew up in Egypt and later moved to Ramallah (West Bank) as an adult….

Report: Israel, Russia to sign military cooperation agreement
Uruknet September 4, 2010 – A source in the Russian Ministry of Defense said Russia and Israel are to sign an agreement on military cooperation during Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s visit to Moscow next Monday, according to the newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi. The meeting between Barak and his Russian counterpart Anatoly Serdyukov is also expected to touch on the transfer of…

Barghouthi: Settlement activity ongoing during talks
Uruknet September 4, 2010 – Israeli settlement construction has continued while Palestinian and Israeli leaders re-entered peace talks, secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative Mustafa Barghouthi said Saturday. Barghouthi said Israeli settlers illegally annexed 130 dunums of land in Qaryout, a village south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and that construction material has been brought in to…

The National

Iranian leader warns against aggression
The National 5 Sep 2010 – During a visit to Qatar yesterday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said there will be dire consequences if the United States or Israel engages the Islamic republic militarily.

Palestinian Security Services Waging Campaign of Politically-Motivated Arrests
Alternative Information Center – Al-Haq condemns the arbitrary arrest campaign undertaken by Palestinian Security Services throughout the West Bank, in the aftermath of the recent attacks against Israeli settlers in Hebron and Ramallah claimed by the military wing of Hamas….

Dozens Injured by Gas Bombs in Bilin Weekly Demonstration
Alternative Information Center – This demonstration was held on the fourth Friday in Ramadan (3 September). The popular committee for resisting the Wall and settlements in Bilin organized the demonstration, which began after the Friday prayer. They were supported by…

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

EU Contributes to Pa Payment of August Wages, Pensions
WAFA – JERUSALEM, September 6, 2010 (WAFA)- The European Union is making today its ninth contribution this year to the regular payment of salaries and pensions to more than 84,000 Palestinian civil servants

Egypt to Host 2nd Round of Negotiations
WAFA – CAIRO, September 5, 2010 (WAFA)- Egyptian Foreign Minister Hussam Zaki, announced, today, that his country will host the second round of direct negotiations in Sharm Al-Sheikh, on September 14,

Nobel Peace Laureate Calls to Release Abu Rahmah
WAFA – TEL AVIV, September 5, 2010 (WAFA)- Nobel Peace Laureate, Mairead Maguire, called upon Israeli government to release human rights defender Abdullah Abu Rahmah and calls on international

PCBS: 612 Cultural Institutes in OPT
WAFA – RAMALLAH, September 5, 2010 (WAFA)- Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said, today, that there are 612 cultural institutions in the Palestinian Territory, 476 of which are in the West

Relief Web

OPT: The EU contributes to the Palestinian Authority payment of August wages and pensions ahead of the Eid Al-Fitr celebrations
Relief Web 5 Sep 2010 – Source: European Union

Strategic Survey for Israel 2010
Relief Web 5 Sep 2010 – Source: Institute for National Security Studies

OPT: Peace deal requires new approach – Netanyahu
Relief Web 5 Sep 2010 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet

1 killed, 3 hurt in Israeli air strikes on Gaza
Relief Web 5 Sep 2010 – Source: Agence France-Presse

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: The Lights Are Going Out on Gaza
IPS The Muslim festival Eid approaches, but not the end to power cuts that have darkened the month-long Ramadan fasting leading up to the festival. Or to the agony of Gazans, made worse by the reminder that it’s approaching festive time.

YNet News

Vatican: Stoning in Iran adultery case ‘brutal’
YNet News – In its first public statement on case, Catholic Church raises possibility of….

Minister Eitan: Galant acted like mobster
YNet News – After cabinet approves major-general’s appointment as next IDF chief, only….

Abbas: No talks without building freeze
YNet News – Palestinian president says he made it clear to Netanyahu that he would quit….

Report: Tehran pays Taliban for every US casualty
YNet News – Intelligence sources in Afghanistan, senior Taliban officials tell Sunday Times….

Government approves Galant appointment
YNet News – On backdrop of speculations around when his term will end, IDF chief Ashkenazi….

French magazine exposes largest ‘eavesdropping’ base in Israel
YNet News – Le Monde Diplomatique report offers peek into Israel’s intelligence gathering….

PA: Lieberman an impediment to peace
YNet News – Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s pessimistic prediction that peace will be remain illusive and unattainable stirred immediate controversy Sunday, with both …….

Lieberman: Peace an unattainable goal
YNet News – Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman does not share Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s optimism as to the chances of the Washington peace summit maturing into an …….

Eiland: Gov’t unfamiliar with IDF’s capabilities
YNet News – Maj-Gen (ret.) Giora Eiland, who headed the investigation into the Gaza-bound flotilla raid, alleged Sunday that the different Israeli governments are not familiar with …….

Clinton to visit J’lem, oversee direct talks
YNet News – WASHINGTON — United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to visit Jerusalem in 10 days, and supervise direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian …….

Video: Blast at Hezbollah arms cache
YNet News – An Israeli military aircraft was able to capture on film the recent explosion which took out a Hezbollah rocket storage warehouse in Lebanon. The explosion took …….

Palestinian Information Center

Settler savagely attacks seven Palestinian farmers in Bethlehem
PIC 5 Sep 2010 – Seven Palestinian farmers in Bethlehem were wounded and transferred to hospital after the tractor they were on was deliberately hit by an Israeli settler driving a speeding car.

Human rights report: Israel denies Jerusalemites basic rights
PIC 5 Sep 2010 – A human rights organization issued a report Sunday stating that Palestinian citizens in occupied Jerusalem are “selectively” subject to “unacceptable” practices and violations by Israeli authorities.

Several wounded, missing amid three Israeli raids in S. Gaza
PIC 5 Sep 2010 – Five Palestinians were injured and several missing after Israeli occupational forces launched three warplane raids late Saturday night against the southern Gaza Strip.

Barghouti: Israelis set sights on 3,000 settlement units despite peace talks
PIC 5 Sep 2010 – Palestinian National Initiative Secretary-General Mustafa Barghouti says Israeli settlement activities “are well under way” despite recent peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

Blair hit with shoes at pro-Palestinian demonstration in Dublin
PIC 5 Sep 2010 – Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was met by angry anti-Iraq war demonstrators and pro-Palestinians when heading to a book-signing in the Irish capital Dublin.

IOF attack Palestinians in Issawiya district in O. Jerusalem
PIC 5 Sep 2010 – The Israeli occupation forces provided with aerial cover stormed at dawn Sunday Issawiya district in occupied Jerusalem firing rubber bullets, stun and tear gas grenades at Palestinian homes.

Ahrar: Israeli officers partake in interrogating Hamas cadres in PA jails
PIC 5 Sep 2010 – Al-Ahrar center for the defense of prisoners revealed that Israeli intelligence officers interrogated Hamas detainees in the Palestinian authority’s jails.

IOF tighten siege on Al-Khalil city, Dura town
PIC 5 Sep 2010 – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Saturday tightened their siege on Al-Khalil city and Dura town and set up abrupt checkpoints restricting the movement of Palestinians.

The Media Line

What Time is it in Israel?
The Media Line 4 Sep 2010 – A debate over daylight savings turns secular against religious in Israel. “But WHY ON EARTH do so called ‘open minded’ and ‘progressive liberals’ always manage to sound like bigoted antisemites?” reads one citizen’s comment on the…

Direct Talks Underway; Early Reports Contradictory and Pessimistic
The Media Line 4 Sep 2010 – The White House pomp and circumstance has given way to the first round of substantive talks between Israel and the Palestinians, but early reports are contradictory. A Jordanian newspaper quoted Palestinian Chief Negotiator Sa’ib ‘Ariqat as…

‘Abbas Tells Ahmadinejad to Mind His Business
The Media Line 4 Sep 2010 – Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud ‘Abbas has raised eyebrows with a message to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad telling the Iranian president to mind his own business after Ahmadinejad questioned ‘Abbas’s legitimacy as P.A. president and his right to negotiate…

Israel Claims Lebanon Explosions Occurred at Hizbullah Arms Depot
The Media Line 4 Sep 2010 – Israel’s military is offering film footage shot by a drone aircraft as proof that explosions that ripped through a residential neighborhood in the southern Lebanese village of Shehabiyeh on Friday occurred in a Hizbullah arms depot….

Los Angeles Times

Basque rebels declare cease-fire
LA Times 6 Sep 2010 – The ETA separatist group, severely weakened by arrests, internal strife and dwindling support, says it will try the ‘democratic process.’ The truce is met with skepticism by the Spanish government. Weakened and on the run, the Basque separatist group ETA said Sunday that it was declaring a cease-fire in its armed campaign against the Spanish government and that it was willing to try to achieve its aims through democratic means.

New York Times

Thin Line for Group of Muslims in Egypt
New York Times 5 Sep 2010 – The Muslim Brotherhood, the most muscular and influential of Egypt’s dissident organizations, is caught between fighting and placating the government.

Mideast Leaders Hopeful After Opening of Talks
New York Times 5 Sep 2010 – Palestinian and Israeli leaders expressed hope in their first public utterances since last week’s round of peace talks in Washington.

Misc

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

AL BWEIREH, PALESTINE: Settlers “heat up the air”; outpost dismantled
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine – Roadblocks are emblematic of a decade of military and settler harassment of Palestinians in Al Bweireh. Will the new one be more than a bump in the road for the Hill 86 settlement outpost?

PALESTINE: Ongoing action alert: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine – CPT-Palestine invites you to join people from all over the world in boycotting Israeli goods and cultural events, divesting from all companies that profit from the occupation of Palestine, and pushing for international sanctions on Israel.

Culture of impunity
Mondoweiss – AFP : Israel picks Gaza war commander as new military chief…

150 American actors, writers, directors and artists support Israeli actors’ settlement boycott
Mondoweiss – From Haaretz : More than 150 American actors, writers, directors and other artists signed a letter of support for the Israeli actors who declared they would not perform in the West Bank. The American signatories include Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda on “Sex and the City”; Mandy…

How Marty Peretz misrepresented Cordoba in Muslim history
Mondoweiss – Marty Peretz’s reading of “Islamic” history is selective . He reads Islamic history in the same manner an anti-Semite reads Jewish history (to demonize them). He quotes a claim that “Cordoba,” the name chosen for the Islamic center near Ground Zero, “is confrontational and provocative.” That the…

Ken Loach and Arundhati Roy are latest narrators of Goldstone Report
Mondoweiss – Surely you know that Goldstonefacts is an effort to dramatize the Goldstone Report on the Gaza onslaught with celeb readings. Noam Chomsky’s sonorous monotone. Norm Finkelstein’s Brooklyn twang. Well the latest chapter they’ve dramatized is a key section, about Israel’s indiscriminate attacks on civilians, Chapter 10…

Trying to enter Gaza– and my embassy gives me an appointment in 10 days
Mondoweiss – Susan Johnson of Doylestown, PA, has been invited to Gaza by two organizations seeking her assistance. She’s still waiting in Egypt. …..and I continue to sit in Cairo, in the heat, in my cheap hotel…which has proved to be a bright light in a gloomy picture….

Misc 2

Two Palestinian Martyrs in Israeli Raid on Gaza
Al-Manar 5 Sep 2010 – The body of a second Palestinian martyr killed in Israeli air strikes on southern Gaza was recovered on Sunday, according to Palestinian medics and witnesses. The two Palestinians were killed and another three were wounded in the strikes carried out Saturday. According t preliminary reports,…

New flaws in the IDF’s account of Rachel Corrie’s death
Joseph Dana 5 Sep 2010 – Rachel Corrie Shortly Before Being Crushed by an Israeli Military Bulldozer near Rafeh in the Gaza Strip New flaws are starting to come out in the case of American peace activist Rachel Corrie’s death in Gaza in 2003. Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli…

Report from beyond the green line: children and soldiers
Joseph Dana 5 Sep 2010 – “Colonialism is not a thinking machine, nor a body endowed with reasoning faculties. It is violence in its natural state, and it will only yield when confronted with greater violence.” -Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth Israeli Soldier in Nabi Salih. Photo by Joseph Dana….

Pope ‘may appeal’ in Iran stoning
BBC 5 Sep 2010 – The Vatican says it could appeal diplomatically to Iran to spare the life of an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.

One dead in Israeli raids on Gaza
BBC 5 Sep 2010 – Israel carries out three bombing raids on the Gaza Strip, killing one man and injuring another.

Tourism near the Gaza border
BBC 4 Sep 2010 – At the Zikim Kibbutz, near Ashkelon in southern Israel, tourists come in to see what life is like living just a short distance from the Gaza border.

Articles


Obama’s Ridiculous Mid-East Summit
Alexander Cockburn, CounterPunch9/3/2010
It has been impossible to read the agenda for the Oval Office summit between Obama, Netanyahu and Abbas without laughing out loud at the absurdity of its pretensions. The American plan was that President Obama would inform Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, representing the Palestinian Authority, that this is make-or -break time for a peaceful settlement. The US wants an agreement within a year, with the stipulations in this agreement to be phased in over a decade.
At issue: the illegal Jewish settlements, the status of East Jerusalem, the treatment of Palestinian refugees and final borders between Israel and a Palestinian state.
The man greeting Netanyahu and Abbas was no longer the icon of change who aroused the world with his address to Muslims in Cairo and who tasked former US Senator George Mitchell with setting the stage for a just settlement of issues that have remained unsettled for more than half a century.
Obama is now in poor political shape. The economy is spiraling down. The midterm elections loom as a possible bloodbath for Democrats in which they may lose at least one, if not both, houses in Congress. As the Israel lobby knows well, the Democrats crave Jewish money and Jewish votes. When it comes to Israel ‘s interests the US Congress jumps to the Lobby’s commands. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech , laden with honorifics for Netanyahu, could be construed as a fund-raising appeal for her next lunge at the Democratic presidential nomination.
Gone was any notion of twisting Netanyahu’s arm, or trying to, as when the Administration criticized one illegal Jewish settlement four months ago and when vice president Biden relayed in Tel Aviv Gen. Petraeus’ concerns that Israel’s obduracy was imperiling US security interests in the region…. more.. e-mail


Pressing Netanyahu is the key to success in Mideast peace talks
Ahmad Tibi, Los Angeles Times9/3/2010
It is unfortunate that the direct Palestinian-Israeli peace talks that got underway this week are saddled with an Israeli prime minister who has made clear his unwillingness to reach an equitable two-state solution.
Nine years ago, in the West Bank settlement of Ofra, Benjamin Netanyahu was secretly recorded voicing his opinions of the Oslo accords reached during negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians in 1993. “They asked me before the election if I’d honor [the Oslo accords],” he said. “I said I would, but … I’m going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the 1967 borders.” The result according to Netanyahu? “I de facto put an end to the Oslo accords.”
This kind of talk is consistent with Netanyahu’s actions when he was last prime minister during the late 1990s. Challenged by then-President Clinton to make peace, Netanyahu instead upended the Oslo talks by exploiting every loophole he could find.
The prime minister did not enter negotiations then, nor does he enter them now, in good faith. If he can derail the talks, he will. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton surely knows his history.
I am not alone in being pessimistic. Most Palestinians are. Young people in particular have been betrayed. A whole generation of Palestinians has grown up watching as talks failed. They have seen deepening colonization rather than freedom.
To succeed this time, the international community, and the U.S. most particularly, will have to press Netanyahu. Despite a good start to his presidency, Obama has spent the last few months complying with the demands of right-wing Israelis…. — See also:Alternate source: Israel Occupation Archives more.. e-mail

Hamas, don’t blow this chance
Stuart Littlewood, Redress9/5/2010
Can the resistance exploit the fake talks, reposition itself and finally “come good”?
Stuart Littlewood argues that the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas’s threats to step up violence serve only to aid Israeli and allied Zionist propaganda. He calls on the movement to seize the moment by repositioning and rebranding itself in a manner that would give impetus to the growing public support for the Palestinian cause.
Hamas “vows to step up attacks on Israel”, say reports in the Western media.
Reading further, we learn that this escalation is either “a natural response to the crimes of the occupation” or a spiteful reaction to being left out of the talks.
Either way, Hamas surely knows better than to let such crude impressions be formed.
This is their golden opportunity. The eyes and ears of the world are focused on the Israel problem, and will refocus every two weeks.
Instead of hurling threats of more violence, which only serve to reinforce opinion that Hamas is a terrorist organization, the words and deeds of the resistance movement should be carefully chosen to harmonize with the West’s values and beliefs.
This is Hamas’s chance to “educate” the rest of the world as to the truth about the evil that stalks the Holy Land. It is perhaps a final window of opportunity to define the massive, decades-old injustice accurately. more.. e-mail

The 2010 Palestine Peace Talks
Dissident Voice: 5 Sep 2010 – A new round of peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis has just begun in the United States. The summer was one of kite-flying, on the one hand in the form of indirect contacts between the two sides so as not to further provoke Palestinians sick of the Israeli Occupation and the incompetence of the Palestinian Authority. On the other hand threats came from Mahmud Abbas saying he would not participate without a halt to settlement building and from Benjamin Netanyahu saying he would only participate if no preconditions were set. So interest in this latest of the interminable round of talks resembles the likely interest in a film of Rocky 6 . The directors and leading actors of Rocky knew they were offering entertainment barely suitable for an infantile public and for grown-ups desperate for escape. But they still managed to fool film goers around the world their production was, at…more

An Al Quds Day Letter to Tony Blair
Dissident Voice: 5 Sep 2010 – Dear Tony, Congratulations on your political memoir becoming an instant bestseller. I’m in Iran and have the only copy in the country. I can tell you, its so fiercely fought over, it’s worth its weight in WMDs. Note to Random House: have ‘A Journey’ translated into Farsi and Arabic asap, it’ll fly off the shelves in this part of the world. Tony, yesterday I went the Al Quds day protest in Tehran. You may have heard of it? It’s the rally where Iranians gather to protest against Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, including the Holy city of Jerusalem. I’m being sarcastic by asking if you’ve heard of Al Quds day, because I know you have. It is your very worst nightmare right? After all Tehran is the place where politics and Islam intertwine. Personally I’ve never understood this fear of ‘political Islam’ it seems to me that religious people should…more

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