VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 7 September, 2010: Report: Rights groups plan ‘Mother of all flotillas’

7 September, 2010 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Settler Open Fire At Palestinian Cars, Soldiers Arrest Civilians
IMEMC – 7 Sep 2010 – Tuesday September 07, 2010 – 18:15, An Israeli settler opened fire on Tuesday at Palestinian cars driving near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Three dying Israelis saved with organs donated from a Palestinian boy
IMEMC – 7 Sep 2010 – Tuesday September 07, 2010 – 08:49, 4-year-old Abdul Hayy Salhout who fell from the balcony in his house in Jabal Al-Mukabbir village in occupied East Jerusalem, became source of life for three dying Israeli patients when his parents decided to donate his organs.

President Abbas: Talks Will End Of Settlement Freeze Not Extended
IMEMC – 7 Sep 2010 – Tuesday September 07, 2010 – 08:33, The end of September might be the end of peace talks if Israel did not extend the settlement freeze, the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the local daily newspaper Al-Ayyam.

Adalah: Former Police Officer Convicted For Killing Arab Citizen Of Israel Got Financial Aid
IMEMC – 7 Sep 2010 – Monday September 06, 2010 – 18:10, The Palestine News Network published a report issued by Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, which indicates that a former Israeli officer convicted of killing a Palestinian resident of Israel received financial aid from the government to finance his defense in court.

Mortar shell hits Ashkol, causing no damage or injuries
IMEMC – 7 Sep 2010 – Monday September 06, 2010 – 15:03, An Israeli military source announced on Monday that a mortar shell hit Ashkol town in the southern part of Israel.

Ma’an News

Report: Rights groups plan ‘Mother of all flotillas’
9/7/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — International rights groups are preparing to send the “mother of all flotillas” to the besieged Gaza Strip, Israeli press said Tuesday. European Jews for a Just Peace is one of the organizers of the mission to send more than 30 ships to protest Israel’s four-year blockade of the coastal….

Israeli forces raid Nablus village
9/7/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided a village south of the West Bank city of Nablus Tuesday night. More than 20 Israeli military vehicles entered Al-Majdal Bani Fadel, and dozens of soldiers began to search the area, locals said, adding that forces imposed a curfew on the village. An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers….

Israel bans sheikh from entering Jerusalem
9/7/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Sheikh Ali Abu Sheikha was issued an Israeli order at 1 a. m. on Tuesday banning him from Jerusalem until 12 November. Abu Sheikha, an adviser to the Islamic Movement for Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Affair, said he received the order along with a map of Jerusalem detailing the areas he was….

PFLP to launch campaign in support of jailed leader
9/7/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A leftist Palestinian faction will begin a week of activities on 5 October to protest Israel’s decision to keep the movement’s leader in solitary confinement , a party source said Tuesday. Activities will coincide with an Israeli court hearing to determine if Popular Front for the Liberation of….

Witnesses: Settler aims gun at Palestinian drivers
9/7/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A roadside settler was threatening Palestinians driving on the Nablus – Qalqiliya road in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, witnesses said. Taxi driver Ra’fat, 27, said a settler stopped his car in the road, got out of the vehicle, and pointed his gun at passing cars, instructing drivers to….

Israel seals West Bank for Jewish holiday
9/7/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — All crossings between Israel and the West Bank will close for four days over the Jewish New Year, the Israeli army announced Tuesday. Crossings will close between midnight on 7 September and midnight on 11 September, a military statement said. The civil administration would coordinate the passage of medical personnel, NGO….

Sderot residents report projectile attack
9/7/2010 – TEL AVIV (Ma’an) — Israeli media reported a projectile fired from Gaza landing in an open area outside the Negev town of Sderot shortly after 2 a. m. on Tuesday. Israel’s daily news site Ynet said residents reported hearing an explosion, and said “it was later confirmed that a Qassam rocket fired….

Gaza ‘train’ symbol of lost connections
9/7/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — “We had a tough time collecting all the parts – mostly spares – the raw materials were mostly from dismantled cars and things, but we collected what we could until we had this: what we call a train.” The project was an initiative by Hussam Badawi and Gaza Mechanical Engineers, where he….

Egypt seizes Gaza-bound arms across Sinai
9/7/2010 – EL-ARISH (Ma’an) — Egyptian police took control of nine weapons caches across the Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, nearly a week after discovering three stores in the same area. All of the stores, officials said, were ready to be smuggled into the Gaza Strip. Several types of weaponry were discovered in the hideouts, located in….

2 Gaza crossings partially open
9/7/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian crossings officials were told to expect Israel to open two crossings into Gaza on Tuesday for the transfer of goods and fuel. Raed Fattouh, charged with coordinating the entry of goods into Gaza, said between 240 and 250 truckloads of humanitarian aid and commercial merchandise would be transferred through….

PCBS: Women 3 times more likely to be illiterate
9/7/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Women and girls make up three-quarters of illiterate Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, a study from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics found. Released in honor of International Literacy Day on 8 September, the study found 93,475 females and 29,558 males living in the West Bank and Gaza were….

Japan trains women beekeepers
9/7/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Disadvantaged Hebron wives and mothers received training in sustainable beekeeping and management under a Japanese initiative to enhance the role of women in economic development, a statement read Monday. The $103,150 project selected 120 women from the Hebron-area villages of Kharas, Nuba and Sourief, training them in the production of honey….

Fayyad continues state building on Spain visit
9/7/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad landed in Madrid on Monday evening for meetings with Spanish officials in an effort to continue state-building projects in parallel with the peace process. Fayyad headed a government delegation for meetings on joint cooperation furthering agreements already in place between the two nations, Director of….

Abbas: No peace without Gaza
9/7/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority would “not leave Gaza or the West Bank to Hamas or others,” President Mahmoud Abbas told the Kuwait-based daily newspaper Ar-Ray on Tuesday. The interview followed one in the Ramallah-based Al-Ayyam newspaper on Monday, where Abbas said that if he was forced to concede on key issues such….

Report: Settlers concerned Barak will impede building
9/7/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Settler leaders met Monday night to discuss concerns that Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak would impede their construction plans, Israeli press said. The settlers pledged to resume full-scale construction when the 10-month partial freeze expires on 26 September, a report in the Hebrew-language daily Maariv said. However, leaked documents from….

Report: Abbas, Fayyad demand Geneva Initiative remove pictures
9/7/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad have reportedly asked an Israeli peace campaign to remove their pictures from a series of advertisements, Israeli media reported Tuesday. According to Israeli daily Haaretz, the two Palestinian Authority officials asked the Geneva Initiative made the request through intermediaries to remove their pictures….

Palestinian national arrested in Florida
9/7/2010 – MIAMI (Ma’an/Agencies) — A Palestinian national was arrested in South Florida, accused of attempting to buy 300 stolen weapons, the Miami news channel WSVN reported Tuesday. Abdalaziz Aziz Hamayel was arrested on 29 August at Miami International Airport as he returned from Jordan, the station reported. The criminal complaint against Hamayel said he….

Erekat confirms new meeting after Egypt talks
9/7/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — There will be a direct bilateral meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following the 14-15 September peace talks in Egypt, officials told Ma’an. The Israeli Hebrew newspaper Ma’ariv said the two would meet in Jerusalem immediately after talks. Chief PLO negotiator….

UNIFIL officer killed in south Lebanon
9/7/2010 – BEIRUT (Ma’an) — One peacekeeper was killed and a second injured in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, a UN spokesman told the Associated Press. Lieutenant Colonel Naresh Bhatt told the news wire that the incident occurred as the force was participating in “operational activity” near the town of Kfar Chouba where a UNIFIL engineering company….

Suspicious object found near US Consulate
9/7/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A suspicious package was found near the US Consulate in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Israeli sources said. Sources added that Israeli police closed the road while detonation experts investigated the object. An Israeli police spokesman was not available to comment….

Sha’ath says Netanyahu to face test
9/7/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s declarations in Washington will be tested on 30 September, PLO negotiator Nabil Sha’ath said Tuesday. Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas resumed direct peace talks in Washington on 2 September after a 20-month hiatus. Speaking at a press conference in Ramallah, Sha….

Israeli forces turn back 4 buses at Allenby
9/7/2010 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Travelers at the Allenby Bridge crossing said Israeli forces denied four buses passage into Jordan Tuesday evening. Israeli forces turned back four buses Tuesday evening at the Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan, travelers said. Allenby Bridge director Mustafa Ghannam said 35 buses had crossed the bridge into….

PCBS: West Bank schools unaffected by pollutants
9/7/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Education and environment were the central features of the latest report from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, which surveyed available resources and pollutants affecting West Bank learning. Released on Monday, the report found that the overwhelming majority of schools suffered little from noise or air pollution, and that most had….

In photos: Preparing for Eid Al-Fitr
9/7/2010 – MaanImages / Luay Sababa – Palestinian men, women and children packed West Bank markets during the final week of Ramadan, in anticipation of Eid Al-Fitr, the celebration that marks the end of the month of fasting. In Bethlehem, families inspected goods in the Old City, buying clothing, make-up, gifts and sweets as homes were prepared for the….

Elevator technician killed on the job
9/7/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An elevator technician was crushed to death on Tuesday while doing maintenance work in a building in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqab, a Palestinian Authority police report read. Muhammad Al-Qadi, 27, from Jerusalem, was working between the internal part of the building’s elevator when the accident occurred….

Palestine Note

West Bank crossings halt for Rosh Hashanah
Palestine Note 7 Sep 2010 – Washington – The Israeli military announced that crossings in and out of the West Bank will be closed for four days during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, Ma’an News Agency reported Tuesday. The crossings are…

Rights groups coordinate massive flotilla
Palestine Note 7 Sep 2010 – Washington – According to Israeli Hebrew-language daily Ma’ariv, rights groups are planning the “mother of all flotillas” to send aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, Ma’an News Agency reported Tuesday. The Turkish-owned Mavi Marmara, above, was…

Israeli ambassador ‘ashamed’ of child deportations
Palestine Note 7 Sep 2010 – Washington – Former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Dan Gillerman joined those protesting the government’s decision to deport 400 children of foreign workers, Ynet reported Tuesday. Canadian marchers demonstrate against the deportation of illegal laborers. […

Egypt: ElBaradei calls for election boycott
Palestine Note 7 Sep 2010 – Washington – Former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei has urged Egyptians to boycott the upcoming November parliamentary elections in order to challenge the stagnant…

PA asks for US intervention on settlements
Palestine Note 7 Sep 2010 – Washington – Over the weekend, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he will pull out of direct negotiations with Israel if the settlement construction freeze, due to end Sept. 26, is not extended. The Associated Press reported…

Middle East’s largest flagpole planned for Bethlehem
Palestine Note 7 Sep 2010 – Washington – The largest flagpole in the Middle East is currently planned to be set in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Ma’an News Agency reported Monday. A local radio station announced that it will fly…

King Abdullah II briefs Syrian president on peace talks
Palestine Note 7 Sep 2010 – Washington – Jordan’s King Abdullah II met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Monday to discuss the status of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks held in Washington, DC last week, Haaretz reported Monday. Jordan’s King Abdullah II (above)…

‘No peace without Gaza’
Palestine Note 7 Sep 2010 – Washington – In an interview with Kuwaiti daily Ar-Ray Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Gaza is key to any peace agreement with Israel, Ma’an News Agency reported Tuesday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Kuwaiti daily…

Abbas: ‘We won’t recognize Israel as a Jewish state’
Palestine Note 7 Sep 2010 – Washington – After Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s declaration of ” historic compromise ” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority to effect a peace deal while in Washington, DC last week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressed and…

Peace could cost $50b
Palestine Note 7 Sep 2010 – Egypt FM says PA could get billions in compensation Washington – Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit told Cairo’s official news agency Tuesday that a Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement could cost the international community $40-50 billion, mostly…

Palestine News Network

Settler Open Fire At Palestinian Cars, Soldiers Arrest Civilians
PNN – Nablus — PNN – An Israeli settler opened fire on Tuesday at Palestinian cars driving near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. According to a Palestinian driver, Raafat, the settler created…

God’s Humor In Promoting Taybeh?
PNN – By: Maria C. Khoury, Ed. D. – I am sitting in the middle of the wilderness and most of the days I am sincerely happy that the whole world is willing to…

No Restrictions: Gaza Journalist Rebel Against The Rules
PNN – Hiba Lama — PNN/Exclusive — As girls becomes women in Gaza they slowly get dragged into the world of restrictions. These rules have become an art those who govern Gaza have perfected….

Even If Peace Talks Fail, Palestine’s Independence Is Inevitable
PNN – By Daoud Kuttab – A Palestinian state is coming — it’s just not clear whether it will result from the current peace talks. It is easy to be pessimistic, or even apathetic,…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (26 Aug. — 01 Sep. 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jerusalem Post

Robot-laden ‘Nautilus’ leaves Haifa for sea-floor research
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – Research ship owned by discoverer in 1985 of shipwrecked ocean liner Titanic set sail to study Mediterranean bed off coast of Israel in a first-of-a-kind voyage.

Israel still failing to meet int’l flight safety standards
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – For the second year in a row, Israel failed to meet the requirements necessary to upgrade its Federal Aviation Authority safety ranking.

More babies give a boost to Israeli Jewish demographics
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – Current demographic trend in Israel is towards larger families, in comparison to birth rate among Jews in the Diaspora.

PA says 2 suspects nabbed for carrying out terror attacks
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – Officials say terrorists, who are both members of Hamas, arrested over the weekend and being held by Palestinian security forces; they wont be extradited to Israel.

In Rosh Hashana plea, Obama urges Israel, PA to push ahead
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – PM reportedly wants accord to be phased in over 30-40 years; Abbas says he’ll “pack his bags” if pressed for concessions on core issues.

Russian FM tells Iran to cooperate with IAEA
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – Lavrov calls for clarity on Teheran’s nuclear program, asks Islamic Regime to behave transparently for the sake of all concerned, including Iran.

Palestinian sources: Weapons caches seized in Sinai
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – Ma’an news agency says 9 new stores found; Egyptian police discover machine guns, anti-aircraft shells, bound for Gaza smuggling tunnels.

Weapons caches seized in Sinai, Palestinian sources report
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – Ma’an news agency says 9 new stores found; Egyptian police discover machine guns, anti-aircraft shells, anti-tank landmines bound for Gaza smuggling tunnels.

Israeli teachers’ salaries amongst lowest in the OECD
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – Education ministry promises changes in the coming year; also in economic organization’s report: Israel amongst highest in high school and college graduates.

Abbas: No ‘historic compromise’ on Jerusalem, borders
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – In ‘Al-Quds’ interview, PA president says Palestinians won’t recognize Israel as Jewish state, accuses PM of trying to “strip” Israeli-Arabs’ rights.

Abbas: No ‘historic compromises’ on Jerusalem, borders
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – In an interview with Palestinian newspaper, PA president says Palestinians will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state, accuses Netanyahu of trying to “strip” Israeli-Arabs of their rights.

Abbas: ‘I don’t have to recognize Israel as a Jewish state’
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – In an interview with the Palestinian media, PA president says he refuses to compromise on any of the major issues: Settlements, borders or refugees.

UAE Restricts Money Dealings with Iran
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – UN sanctions on Iran continue to slow trade between the economic allies as UAE banks observe transactions with its Iranian counterparts.

Turkel Committee requests further information from IDF
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – Flotilla probe asks its IDF counterpart, the Eiland Committee, for electronic materials and documentation about IHH activists.

Court denies Risby-Raz was hostile witness in Olmert case
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – Prosecution claimed former PM’s worker gave different testimony to police and to court, after presenting document proving Olmert approved full billing of organizations.

Risby-Raz declared hostile witness in Olmert case
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – Prosecution presents document proving former PM approved full billing of 2 organizations which invited him to speak in NY.

Yishai: ‘I wouldn’t leave one illegal family in Israel’
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – Report: Interior minister defends deportation decision, says 20,000 foreign workers’ children should be deported, not just 400, and that they will leave with their families.

Israel gearing up for ‘mother of all flotillas’
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – Coalition of NGOs plans to sail up to 20 ships to Gaza in coming months; IDF closely tracking the planned flotilla, preparing for a wide-range of scenarios, may need to stop vessels far from shore.

Ha’aretz

OECD: Israel pays teachers half of Western average
Ha’aretz – The OECD’s annual report on education shows Israel trailing other developed nations in spending per student and teacher salaries.

Christians unite in Israel for mass baptism
Ha’aretz – Over a thousand pilgrims from dozens of countries journey to Jordan River for the religious ceremony.

Ben Gurion Airport employees declare peak season strike
Ha’aretz – Starting Thursday morning, employees will operate under emergency procedures with a reduced number of staff members. Heavy delays are expected both with arrivals and departures.

Court rejects prosecution bid to deem Olmert’s former travel planner a ‘hostile witness’
Ha’aretz – Documents presented by prosecution in Rishon Tours trial show contradiction between Raz-Risby’s testimony to police and court.

Toddler critically hurt after falling from third floor of Kfar Sava building
Ha’aretz – Child taken to hospital under anesthetic and artificial respiration; police have opened probe into the incident.

Politician in Tel Aviv suburb suggests setting own clocks amid controversy over DST
Ha’aretz – Givatayim city council member: Forced return of standard (winter) time against all reason … merely for stupid whims of religious politicians, is opportunity for Givatayim to lead Israel on more reasonable…

Palestinian Authority arrests 2 in connection with West Bank shooting attack
Ha’aretz – Two Hamas operatives from village near Ramallah arrested for September 1st attack which occurred near the settlement of Kochav Hashachar and left 2 Israelis injured.

VIDEO / Obama’s Rosh Hashanah message: Seize year of opportunity for Middle East peace
Ha’aretz – U.S. president offers hope but dampens expectations as peace talks crisis looms over impending end to settlement freeze.

Report: Egypt seizes anti-aircraft weapons bound for Gaza
Ha’aretz – In a series of raids across the Sinai Peninsula, troops capture arms including machine guns, shells and anti-tank landmines.

Abbas urges U.S. to step into settlement dispute
Ha’aretz – Palestinian president calls for help to save peace talks as clock ticks toward end of Israel’s West bank settlement freeze on Sept. 26,

Netanyahu tells Israeli public: No guarantee peace talks will succeed
Ha’aretz – In New Year’s greeting, prime minister lays down security and recognition of Israel as Jewish state as two criteria for a peace agreement with Palestinians.

Egypt FM: Palestinians could get $50 billion in compensation under peace deal
Ha’aretz – Aboul-Gheit did not elaborate on where he had received that information, nor did he say who would supply the funds.

Israel urges Russia: Halt sale of missiles to Syria and Iran
Ha’aretz – Israel and Russia sign military cooperation deal, a long-term agreement which may lead to additional Russian purchases of Israeli military technology.

IOF arrests a child on checkpoint near Bethlehem
7 Sep 2010 – Hebron, September 7, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation forces arrested today a child from the town of Dura in Hebron, in the West Bank, on an Israeli military checkpoint near Bethlehem.

IOF sentences Jerusalemite for 10 years
7 Sep 2010 – Jerusalem, September 7, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli court in the city of Jerusalem, sentenced the Jerusalemite Murad Nemer (25 years) from the “Wadi Al Jouz” district in the city and charged him with actual imprisonment for 10 years and one year suspended sentence.

Clashes at Aroub refugee camp
7 Sep 2010 – Hebron, September 7, (Pal Telegraph) A Palestinian citizen was wounded and bruised after being beaten by Israeli soldiers who raided the refugee camp of Aroub, north of Hebron in the West Bank.

IOF raids Hebron, arrests a whole family
7 Sep 2010 – Hebron, September 7, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation forces arrested today a whole Palestinian family after a raid on their home in the town of Surif north-west of Hebron in the West Bank .

Uruknet

OCHA: Israel displaced dozens of children and their families last August
Uruknet September 7, 2010 — The UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA) reported that Israel last month displaced 50 Bedouin families at least, including 39 children and destroyed their tents in an area near Doma village in Nablus city. OCHA’s report, which covered the Israeli violations that took place between 25 and 31 August, said that Israel…

Gaza: power cuts put lives at risk
Uruknet September 7, 2010 – Khader Abu Saar lies on a couch, eyes half shut, thinking about the things he can no longer do because of his health. Most of all, he misses playing with his grandchildren. Last year, kidney failure turned 63 year-old Khader’s life upside-down. And daily power cuts at the haemodialysis department in Gaza’s Shifa hospital are…

Stopping the Water
Uruknet September 7, 2010 – At 7:00 am in the morning, the Israelis arrived too late to help a poor farmer. The men with guns were already there, sitting on the farmer’s well. An argument broke out in Hebrew between the settlers and the Israeli human rights group Taayush. Every week, they enter the West Bank to work alongside Palestinians…

For a morally consistent boycott of Israel
Uruknet September 7, 2010 – Provoked by the recent announcement of the inauguration of a cultural center in Ariel, the fourth largest Jewish colony in the occupied Palestinian territory, 150 prominent Israeli academics, writers and cultural figures have declared that they “will not take part in any kind of cultural activity beyond the Green Line, take part in discussions and…

BEYOND HIROSHIMA – THE NON-REPORTING OF FALLUJAH’S CANCER CATASTROPHE
Uruknet September 7, 2010 – The survey of 4,800 individuals in Fallujah showed a four-fold increase in all cancers and a 12-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14s. It found a 10-fold increase in female breast cancer and significant increases in lymphoma and brain tumours in adults. Researchers found a 38-fold increase in leukaemia. By contrast, Hiroshima survivors showed a…

TAKE ACTION AGAINST ISOLATION – FREE AHMAD SA’ADAT!INTERNATIONAL DAYS OF ACTION – OCTOBER 5-15, 2010
Uruknet September 6, 2010 – Imprisoned Palestinian leader Ahmad Sa’adat will be returning to court in mid-October 2010 challenging his isolation and the isolation of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons. Write letters today and take action from October 5-15, 2010 in support of Palestinian prisoners’ struggle for freedom – demand an end to isolation! Ahmad Sa’adat, the General Secretary…

Global BDS Against Israel Is Working
Uruknet September 7, 2010 –

Moment of reckoning
Uruknet September 6, 2010 – As US-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) get underway in Washington, most observers are reluctant to give them the benefit of the doubt given a long legacy of failure after many years of direct and indirect talks between the two sides, especially since the conclusion of the Oslo Accords nearly two…

Palestinian woman prevented from visiting imprisoned son for 14 years
Uruknet September 6, 2010 – A Palestinian human rights worker has reported that Israeli forces continue to prevent, Umm Ibrahim, an elderly woman in her 70s, from visiting her son after 14 years on the pretext that she poses as security threat to Israel. Umm Ibrahim had no choice but to find a Palestinian family from neighbouring area to adopt…

The National

Syria opens door to UN scrutiny on human rights
The National 7 Sep 2010 – The first ever mission to Syria by a UN human rights inspector is completed, resulting in a report criticising the international community and the Syrian authorities.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

OPT: Italian Multilateral contribution to TAP
WAFA – ROME, September 7, 2010 (WAFA)- ‘The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 1.00.000 euro to

ICRC: Gaza Power Cuts Put Lives at Risk
WAFA – GAZA, September 7, 2010 (WAFA)- A serious electricity shortage in the Gaza Strip is disrupting the lives of its people. Those hardest hit include hospital patients who depend on machines, such as the

France Contributes €5m to Palestinian NGOs Sector
WAFA РRAMALLAH, September 7, 2010 (WAFA)- A €5 million financing agreement for a support program to Palestinian NGOs was signed, Tuesday, at the Headquarters of the NGO Development Center by Ghassan

Daily Star

Abbas asks Washington to help resolve dispute over settlements
Daily Star 7 Sep 2010

World powers urge defiant Iran to cooperate with IAEA
Daily Star 7 Sep 2010

ElBaradei urges boycott of Egypt’s parliamentary polls
Daily Star 7 Sep 2010

US, Iran both favor Maliki as Iraq premier six months after polls
Daily Star 7 Sep 2010

Kahwaji briefs Sfeir on security developments
Daily Star 7 Sep 2010

Cabinet okays school funding, reacts to Hariri interview
Daily Star 7 Sep 2010

Hizbullah, Syria welcome Hariri’s change of heart on accusations
Daily Star 7 Sep 2010

The Guardian

Palestinian TV satire Watan ala Watar unites political rivals — in anger
The Guardian 7 Sep 2010 – Palestinian TV viewers drop everything to watch local politicians sent up in nightly sketch show Political rivals Hamas and Fatah are united — in anger. But the bite-sized nightly satirical sketches of Watan ala Watar have…

This time in Washington, honest brokerage is not going to be enough | Avi Shlaim
The Guardian 7 Sep 2010 – An intractable asymmetry between Palestinian and Israeli power bases means the US must intervene. Otherwise, these talks fail The pope, according to a no doubt apocryphal story, maintains that there are two possible solutions to the…

Relief Web

OPT/Gaza: power cuts put lives at risk
Relief Web 7 Sep 2010 – Source: ICRC

OPT: Italian Multilateral contribution to TAP
Relief Web 7 Sep 2010 – Source: Government of Italy

YNet News

Palestinian nabbed for arms deal in Miami
YNet News – Florida police arrest Abdalaziz Aziz Hamayel on suspicion of trying to purchase….

OECD: Israel’s education in regression
YNet News – Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s annual education report….

Report: Settler fires on Palestinian cars
YNet News – Palestinian driving near Kedumim settlement says Israeli man fired at his….

Dispute in peace talks: Borders or security first?
YNet News – Palestinian sources tell Ynet Israel trying to ‘play for time until US….

Egypt: Peace will ‘cost’ world $50B
YNet News – Cairo’s foreign minister estimates any future peace deal between Israel, PA will….

PA says nabbed West Bank terrorists
YNet News – The Palestinian Authority announced Tuesday that it had arrested six men who had carried out two terror attacks that killed four Israelis and injured two last week. …….

Sinai: Weapons stashed in cemeteries
YNet News – Egyptian security forces have discovered weapons caches in 11 different locations in the Sinai peninsula, an Egyptian source revealed Tuesday. Egypt has bolstered …….

China, Gulf states urge Iran to work with IAEA
YNet News – China called on Iran on Tuesday to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency which said the Islamic Republic was hampering its work in the country by barring …….

PM says ‘peace not at any price’ in New Year greeting
YNet News – For the first time ever, the prime minister sent a Rosh Hashana greeting to all citizens of Israel over the internet. On his YouTube channel, Prime Minister Benjamin …….

New York Times

Khan Yunis Journal: In Gaza, Finding a Steadier Path Through Shaken Lives
New York Times 7 Sep 2010 – An American psychiatrist’s program of techniques to reduce stress has helped people both in Gaza and Israel deal with the aftermath of violence.

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.

Stopping the Water
Palestine Monitor – At 7:00 am in the morning, the Israelis arrived too late to help a poor farmer. The men with guns were already there, sitting on the farmer’s well. Farmer ready with his water tanker. An argument broke out in Hebrew between the settlers and the Israeli…

Traveler
Mondoweiss – I’m off to the Middle East for a couple weeks. I wish everyone a happy end to Ramadan and happy beginning of the Jewish new year. Well— those sons and daughters of Abraham, anyway! I’m going to try and write from my destinations and keep an…

Meet the Chernicks
Mondoweiss – A few weeks back Juan Cole created a data point to explain the neocons: They have more assets than is visible on the surface. They have perhaps half of America’s 400 billionaires on their side. I am deeply grateful to Cole for that assertion. Even if…

Palestinian parents donate organs of their dead 4-year-old to save 3 Israelis
Mondoweiss – and other news from Today in Palestine: Land and Property Theft and Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing Abbas asks US to step into settlement dispute (AP) AP – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he has asked the U.S. to settle a dispute with Israel over settlement expansion that is…

Mearsheimer: There will be no two-state solution, only a greater Israel, and Palestinians will need the int’l community in the coming fight against apartheid
Mondoweiss – Something you won’t see on American television: Al Jazeera ran a long piece on the peace talks (linked here at Pulse .). “Empire” host Marwan Bishara is incisive; he speaks of the “Zionist lobby” and the emergence of a state in Kosovo with far less rigmarole than…

Right-wing Zionists hammer out their vision of one state
Mondoweiss – We got the note below from a man called Peter Paton. It is a reminder that the Zionist right is actively developing its ideas of what one state between the river and the sea will look like. And it ain’t pretty. But the right recognizes a…

Misc 2

Abbas: Intifada Destroyed Us‚Ķ PA Won’t Leave Gaza to Hamas
Al-Manar 7 Sep 2010 – Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said on Tuesday that the “Palestinian Authority would not leave Gaza or the West Bank to Hamas or others.” Speaking to the Kuwait-based daily newspaper Al-Rai, Abbas vowed to try to end rivalry through dialogue. “Everybody knows the circumstances that led…

Iran stands firm on stoning case
BBC 7 Sep 2010 – Foreign powers should stop interfering in the case of an Iranian woman who was sentenced to death by stoning, Iran’s foreign ministry says.

ElBaradei urges Egypt poll boycott
BBC 7 Sep 2010 – Egyptian opposition figure Mohammed ElBaradei calls for a boycott of November’s parliamentary election, saying it is certain to be rigged.

Lights Out in Gaza
Antiwar.com 7 Sep 2010 – GAZA CITY — 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 a festive time. The prolonged…

Media New Battleground for Palestinians and Israelis
Antiwar.com 7 Sep 2010 – RAMALLAH — 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…

The Imperial Anatomy of Al-Qaeda. The CIA’s Drug-Running Terrorists and the “Arc of Crisis” (Part 1)
Sabbah report 7 Sep 2010 – By Andrew Gavin Marshall* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Introduction As the 9th anniversary of 9/11 nears, and the war on terror continues to be waged and grows in ferocity and geography, it seems all the more imperative to return to the events of that fateful…

Articles


This time in Washington, honest brokerage is not going to be enough
Avi Shlaim, The Guardian9/7/2010
Netanyahu’s rhetoric has changed, but his policy can still be summed up in one ominous word: politicide — to deny the Palestinian people any independent political existence in Palestine.
The pope, according to a no doubt apocryphal story, maintains that there are two possible solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict — the realistic and the miraculous. The realistic solution involves divine intervention; the miraculous solution involves a voluntary agreement between the parties themselves. The American-sponsored peace talks that got under way in Washington last week may be viewed in this light. It will take nothing less than a miracle to produce a peaceful settlement of the century-old conflict between Jews and Arabs over the Holy Land.
The obstacles to peace are formidable. All previous attempts to clear them have ended in failure, most notably the Camp David summit of July 2000. An American-sponsored peace process of some sort has been going on intermittently since the Madrid conference of 1991, the mother of all Middle East peace conferences. So direct peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, with or without American peace processors, are nothing new. In the words of one American, it is deja vu all over again.
The current negotiators will have to find solutions to all the deeply sensitive issues that lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the so-called permanent status issues. These include the right of return of the 1948 Palestinian refugees, the status of Jerusalem, the future of the Jewish settlements on the West Bank, and the borders of the Palestinian entity. more.. e-mail


Ramadan in Aida Camp
Rich Wiles, Al-Ahram Weekly9/2/2010
What is Ramadan like for the inhabitants of the Palestinian refugee camps?
From the barred windows of a four-storey house, strings run across the narrow main street of Aida Camp, well above head height, to the caged fence atop the walls of the Aida Camp Basic Boys School. Small plastic Palestinian flags hang down limply from the string. The outside walls of the school are adorned with political graffiti, and its two white metal doors are scarred by bullet holes.
Two towers dominate this stretch of the street. One is tall and thin, and green lights glow from its minaret. The second tower, at the end of the street, looks much sturdier and is without damage from gunfire, unlike Aida Camp’s mosque. No lights glow from this tower, and it is impossible to tell if anyone is inside or not. The small windows in the bulletproof glass at the top of the tower are covered by thick caging with just a small purpose-built rectangular hole in the metal, its width sufficient to accommodate the barrel of a US-funded M-16 when the Israeli occupying forces, who use this watchtower in the Apartheid Wall, decide it is time to shoot at the camp. The facing wall of the four-storey house provides testimony to the effectiveness of this practice.
Stars glisten in the clear night skies overhead, but the air is still and stuffy. The heat is stifling, even though the sun set several hours ago, breaking the Ramadan fast. Placed with their backs against the school wall are a range of battered chairs and broken sofas, on which various residents of the house and assorted friends sit on every conceivable seat and broken arm. Half-empty coffee cups rest alongside everyone’s feet. This open-air living room is completed by a small crackling portable TV, powered thanks to a makeshift series of cables that lead down from the upper floors of the house via the narrow stairway…. more.. e-mail

Israel has one of world’s largest ‘eavesdropping’ intel bases
Yossi Melman, Haaretz, Israeli Occupation Archive9/5/2010
The base, near Kibbutz Urim, is central to the activities of the main Israel Defense Forces signals intelligence unit, 8200, according to report in Le Monde Diplomatique.
Israel has one of the largest signals intelligence (SIGINT) bases in the world in the western Negev, Le Monde Diplomatique reported. The base, near Kibbutz Urim, is central to the activities of the main Israel Defense Forces signals intelligence unit, 8200, the report says.
According to the report, the base has 30 antennas and satellite dishes of different sizes and types, capable of eavesdropping on telephone calls and accessing the e-mail of “governments, international organizations, foreign companies, political groups and individuals.”
One of the base’s main purposes is to listen to transmissions from ships passing in the Mediterranean, the report says. The base is also the center of intelligence activity that “taps underwater communication cables, mostly in the Mediterranean, connecting Israel with Europe.”
The data collected at the Negev site is relayed for processing to a 8200 base near Herzliya, the paper says. Other reports say 8200’s base is near the Mossad headquarters, which receives the intelligence along with IDF units, the paper says.
The report quotes a former soldier in 8200 who said her job was to intercept telephone calls and e-mails in English and French.
“It was very interesting work, which centered on locating and identifying the ‘gems’ out of routine communications,” she said. — See also: Source: Ha’aretz and Le Monde article: Israel’s omniscient ears more.. e-mail

Israel’s evidence questioned as Corrie trial resumes
Electronic Intifada: 7 Sep 2010 – Testimonies resumed in the ongoing civil suit lodged by Rachel Corrie’s family against the State of Israel in Haifa’s District Court this week, as the state’s defense team called three witnesses to the stand.more

For a morally consistent boycott of Israel
Electronic Intifada: 7 Sep 2010 – While we welcome acts of protest against any manifestation of Israel’s regime of colonialism and apartheid — including the recent announcement by 150 prominent Israeli academics, writers and cultural figures to boycott Israel’s settlements — we believe that these acts must be both morally consistent and anchored in international law and universal human rights.more

Stopping the Water
Palestine Monitor: 7 Sep 2010 – At 7:00 am in the morning, the Israelis arrived too late to help a poor farmer. The men with guns were already there, sitting on the farmer’s well. Farmer ready with his water tanker. An argument broke out in Hebrew between the settlers and the Israeli human rights group Taayush . Every week, they enter the West Bank to work alongside Palestinians threatened by settlers and soldiers. Both groups broke the rules of Shabat: settlers and activists used video cameras and cell phones as tempers rose with the temperature. One settler sat silently behind black sunglasses, a handgun tucked into his pants and a large machine gun hanging across his chest. Behind the escalating debate, the Palestinian farmer packed up his water house and readied his empty water tanker for the road home. Armed settler sitting on well of a Palestinian farmer. The army arrived soon after, slowly climbing the hill…more

Kairos and Christian Advocacy in the ‘Holy Land’
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Sep 2010 – By Timothy Seidel Much is said about Palestine-Israel. There is no shortage of reporting, analysis, and opinion. And there is no shortage of expressions of personal commitments to ‘peace’. One need only glance at recent headlines to discover this, especially with another push to reinvigorate the ‘peace process’. But there is also much that is not said. For example, in many reports of Israel’s attack on an aid flotilla headed to Gaza earlier this year there was a glaring absence of a back story. Why are basic relief supplies needed in Gaza? No reference to Israel’s occupation of Gaza. No reference to the fact that the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza‚Äîthe majority of whom are refugees‚Äîlive in what is essentially the world’s largest open-air prison. No reference to the denial of access to needed services and economic opportunity with over 70 percent living in poverty, dependent on food aid. Or…more

The Misnomer of the Peace Talks
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Sep 2010 – By John Chuckman I don’t know how anyone given the task could draw a map of Israel: it is likely the only country in the world with no defined borders, and it actually has worked very hard over many decades to achieve this peculiar state. It once had borders, but the 1967 war took care of those. It has no intention of ever returning to them because it could have done so at any time in the last forty-three years (an act which would have been the clearest possible declaration of a desire for genuine peace with justice and which would have saved the immense human misery of occupation), but doing so would negate the entire costly effort of the Six Day War whose true purpose was to achieve what we see now in the Palestinian territories. As far as peace, in the limited sense of the absence of war,…more

Why Negotiate, Again?
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Sep 2010 – By Elias Akleh Another round of the Palestinian/Israeli bargaining negotiations started September 2nd despite all the predictions and expectations of miserable failure. The two parties had met for the nth time, within the last 17 years, where they had discussed the same old issues again and again, and then departed without any positive results despite the American mediation (falsely called the honest broker). Palestinian/Israeli peace negotiations started in 1993 with Oslo Accord that was supposed to end the conflict between the two parties by 1999. Yet conflict and further Israeli colonization on usurped Palestinian land continued. In 2002 came the Road Map proposed by US President George W. Bush promising to end the conflict with two states solution and the establishment of a Palestinian state by 2005. Then, came Annapolis Conference in November 2007 to postpone the creation of the Palestinian state to 2008. Yet, still nothing happened; neither peace…more

Global BDS against Israel is Working
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Sep 2010 – By Stephen Lendman In July 2005, a coalition of 171 Palestinian Civil Society organizations created the Global BDS movement for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights” for Occupied Palestinians, Israeli Arabs, and Palestinian diaspora refugees. The Tel Aviv-based Reut Institute (RI) provides “real-time strategic decision-making” support in areas of national security and socioeconomic policy. Its new report titled “The Gaza Flotilla: The Collapse of Israel’s Political Firewall” suggests it’s working. It followed an earlier one on “creating a political firewall” against Israel’s “delegitimization challenge,” recommending sabotage and subterfuge against growing global forces it fears, not an equitable solution it rejects. Focusing now on the Gaza Flotilla, it called it “the tip of the iceberg” attempt along with the BDS movement and Durban conference against racism to cause “tangible and significant damage to Israel.” Unmentioned was how expert Israel…more

Israeli Security vs. Palestinian Economy
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Sep 2010 – By Jamil Salman Following 17 years of failure under the Oslo regime and 2 years of stalemate since the last round of peace discussions (Annapolis), this week saw the commencement of renewed peace talks in Washington under the watchful gaze of American diplomats. Depending on what you read or hear, the talks seem to offer both a glimmer of hope and no abundance of pessimism. With a one year deadline having been publicly announced as a timeframe on agreeing a final peace settlement, the talks have reportedly already stalled around the issue of Israeli settlements. This in itself is not surprising considering that both sides would, reluctantly, need to accept hard compromises if any agreement is to be reached. This holds especially true for Israel, who will need to allow for various concessions when addressing the issue of rebuilding Palestinian economic structures that have been largely eroded by Israeli dominance…more

Global BDS Against Israel Is Working
Dissident Voice: 7 Sep 2010 – In July 2005, a coalition of 171 Palestinian Civil Society organizations created the Global BDS movement for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights” for Occupied Palestinians, Israeli Arabs, and Palestinian diaspora refugees. The Tel Aviv-based Reut Institute (RI) provides “real-time strategic decision-making” support in areas of national security and socioeconomic policy. Its new report titled “The Gaza Flotilla: The Collapse of Israel’s Political Firewall” suggests it’s working. It followed an earlier one on “creating a political firewall” against Israel’s “delegitimization challenge,” recommending sabotage and subterfuge against growing global forces it fears, not an equitable solution it rejects. Focusing now on the Gaza Flotilla, it called it “the tip of the iceberg” attempt along with the BDS movement and Durban conference against racism to cause “tangible and significant damage to Israel.” Unmentioned was how expert Israel is in self-inflicting…more

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