VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 8 September, 2010: The boycott of Israel is ‘gaining speed’

8 September, 2010 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Hamas Apologizes For Attack Against PFLP Members In Gaza
IMEMC – 9 Sep 2010 – Thursday September 09, 2010 – 04:34, The Hamas movement issued an apology to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) after members of the Hamas police, running under the Ministry of Interior in Gaza, attacked senior members of the front.

Shaath: “P.A Will Not Recognize Israel As Jewish State”
IMEMC – 9 Sep 2010 – Thursday September 09, 2010 – 03:45, Palestinian negotiator, Dr. Nabil Shaath, stated that Palestinian Authority will not recognize Israel as a Jewish State as this issue would harm the Arab residents of Israel and the internationally guaranteed Right of Return of the Palestinian Refugees.

Solidarity Ships To Sail To Gaza
IMEMC – 9 Sep 2010 – Thursday September 09, 2010 – 03:06, Deeb Hijazi, coordinator of the National Initiative Committee Against the Siege, based on Lebanon, stated that four flotillas will be sailing to Gaza on September 18.

While In Solitary, Detainees In Eshil Declare Hunger Strike
IMEMC – 9 Sep 2010 – Thursday September 09, 2010 – 02:24, Palestinian detainees placed in solitary confinement at the Eshil Israeli detention facility declared on Tuesday a hunger strike in protest to the bad meals provided to them and the bad living conditions.

P.A Releases Hamas Detainees
IMEMC – 9 Sep 2010 – Thursday September 09, 2010 – 02:09, Under direct orders from Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Security Forces in the northern West Bank City of Nablus released on Wednesday at night 46 political prisoners of the Hamas movement as a gesture of good will before Al Fitir Muslim feast.

Home-made shell fired at the Negev, lands in open area
IMEMC – 9 Sep 2010 – Wednesday September 08, 2010 – 22:24, A home-made shell hit an open space in the Negev area in the southern Israel, Israeli sources reported on Wednesday.

Hamas asks members to resist arrest by PA security forces
IMEMC – 9 Sep 2010 – Wednesday September 08, 2010 – 12:19, The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has called on all its members and affiliates to refrain from turning themselves in to the Palestinian Authority security services, the Ma’an News Agency reported Wednesday afternoon.

Settler Opens Fire at Palestinian Cars, Soldiers Arrest Civilians
IMEMC – 9 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.

President Abbas: Talks Will End if Settlement Freeze not Extended
IMEMC – 9 Sep 2010 – Tuesday September 07, 2010 – 08:33, The end of September might be the end of peace talks, if Israel refuses to extend the settlement freeze, the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the local daily newspaper Al-Ayyam.

Ma’an News

Spanish Parliament Condemns conviction of peace activist
9/8/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Spanish parliament condemned the conviction of Bil’in peace activist Abdallah Abu Rahmah in a move expected to strengthen public pressure to release the anti-wall organizer. On 24 August an Israeli military court convicted the anti-wall activist from the West bank village of Bil’in of incitement. He….

Factions: PA arrests ‘desperate attempt to quell resistance’
9/8/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian opposition factions criticized the Palestinian Authority Tuesday, for what it described as “a desperate attempt to quell resistance” in the West Bank, following a wave of detentions after the fatal shooting of four Israeli settlers in Hebron. Speaking to reporters in Gaza City, faction representatives called on the PLO….

Actress Julianne Moore backs Israeli actors’ boycott
9/8/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The list of Hollywood and Broadway stars signing a statement of support for Israeli actors boycotting a theater in an illegal West Bank settlement is growing, organizers said Tuesday. The latest signatories include Oscar-award nominated actress Julianne Moore, British actress Vanessa Redgrave and American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, a statement….

Israel to release 2 Hamas lawmakers
9/8/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israel will release two Hamas lawmakers from Hebron on Thursday, after being held in Israeli custody for 56 months without charge. The men were held in detention, and had the period of their detention extended four times by an Israeli court. On 16 August, an Israeli court reduced the sentences of….

Hamas lawmakers released from Israeli prison
9/8/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council were released into the West Bank on Wednesday gaving served several consecutive terms in Administrative Detention. Officials at the Al-Ahrar Prisoners Society said that Azzam Salhab, 45, was released after 56 months in Israeli prison without charge, and Nizar Abdel Hamid Ramadan, 50….

Israel appears blocked out of joint shooting investigations
9/8/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an/Agencies) — Palestinian security officials told Israeli media that two more men were detained on Tuesday, in connection with the shooting of two settlers near Ramallah. The detentions follow the arrest of two other men in connection with the shooting death of four Israeli settlers, attacked on 31 August, the day before….

Hamas: PA detains 25, dismisses 6
9/8/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas accused Palestinian Authority Preventative Security Services of detaining 25 party affiliates in the West Bank, a statement issued Wednesday read. The detention, Hamas said, were carried out in Ramallah, Nablus, Tulkarem, Salfit, Qalqiliya and East Jerusalem. The PA has also transferred those detained to the Juneid prison in Nablus because….

Hamas warns PA against West Bank arrests
9/8/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas has called on party members and supporters in the West Bank not to turn themselves in to Palestinian Authority security forces and “to confront all attempts at arrest,” a statement read Wednesday. The Islamist movement, which took control of the coastal enclave in 2007 in a bloody coup, warned….

Israel partially opens 1 Gaza crossing
9/8/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities were expected to partially open one crossing into Gaza on Wednesday for the transfer of food and fuel, a Palestinian liaison official said. Raed Fattouh, charged with coordinating the transfer of goods, said Palestinian officials were told to expect the entry of approximately 90 truckloads of aid and….

Report: West Bank building freeze to ‘continue in practice’
9/8/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority and Israel are expected to come to an “unspoken understanding” that a halt to illegal settlement construction in the West Bank would continue past its formal deadline, Israeli media reported Wednesday. According to the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, a senior PA source close to President Mahmoud Abbas said….

Erekat to EU reps: Pressure Israel to extend freeze
9/8/2010 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat met with EU consuls and representatives on Tuesday to discuss the latest political and field developments in the occupied Palestinian territories. Erekat called on the EU to pressure Israel into extending its settlement moratorium and include East Jerusalem in its mandate, as well as bring an….

Clinton: Progress must always be possible
9/8/2010 – WASHINGTON (Ma’an) — Progress must “always, always” be possible in spite of difficultly, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at an Iftar dinner she hosted on Tuesday at the State Department in Washington DC. During the dinner, which marked the end of a day’s fast during the month of Ramadan, Clinton….

Report: After Egypt, talks to continue in Jericho
9/8/2010 – TEL AVIV (Ma’an) —Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas will meet in the West Bank city of Jericho ahead of 26 September, Israeli press reported Tuesday. Direct negotiations between the leaders resumed in Washington on 2 September, and will continue in Egypt’s resort town of Sharm Ash-Sheikh on….

Erekat did not intend to ‘apologize to Israel’
9/8/2010 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat issued a statement on Wednesday alleging his televised address to Israelis asking that they be his “peace partner” was altered. The negotiations official said of the video that “Unfortunately, my statements were changed and contextualized as if I were apologizing to the Israeli nation. This is….

PA to continue reducing public expenses
9/8/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority will continue efforts to reduce public sending to reduce dependence on external financial support, a spokesman told Ma’an on Tuesday. Ghassan Al-Khatib said that while the reduction alone would not suffice to limit dependence on external support, the PA would also increase revenues through investment and….

Gaza to release 90 prisoners for Eid
9/8/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza government announced Wednesday that it will be releasing 90 prisoners held on criminal charges in Hamas jails ahead of Eid Al-Fitr, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. Ihab Al-Ghussein said Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh decreed the release to mark the Muslim holiday which celebrates the end of the….

PA begins Eid prisoner release
9/8/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian security services in Nablus released 46 of an unknown total of Hamas-affiliated detainees from northern prisons on Wednesday night, on the order of President Mahmoud Abbas on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr. Informed sources told Ma’an that the decision would include prisoners in all West Bank governorates, with….

Holy Land mufti announces Eid for Friday
9/8/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – The General Mufti of the Holy Land and Palestine Sheikh Mohammad Hussein said no crescent of the new moon appeared in the sky on Wednesday night, making Thursday a final day of the Ramadan fast. With Thursday announced as an additional day of fasting, Friday is expected to the the first….

Palestine Note

New republic owner: First amendment should not protect Muslim Americans
Palestine Note 8 Sep 2010 – As Rosh Hashanah begins, and Ramadan ends, the virulent Muslim-baiting continues. The controversy over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” is only a pretense to express the hate that was already there. On Wednesday, the Republican leader…

Sept. 11th ambulance chasers
Palestine Note 8 Sep 2010 – Each year that passes, activists on both sides of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist assault try to outdo each other and themselves from the past years in over analyzing the crime. This year, another “Christian” leader…

Quran burning and the US media: It’s a question of ethics
Palestine Note 8 Sep 2010 – The first amendment is a genius piece of work. It gives American journalists the freedom to express and air information, it gives ordinary citizens the power to vocally criticize authority, and it also gives the priest…

Jon Stewart, Fox News and Park51
Palestine Note 8 Sep 2010 – New York, New York – It was September 2002, one year after the 11 September attacks. I was boarding a flight from Cairo to New York to start my new life in the United States. Twelve…

Muslim Americans have a history before 9/11
Palestine Note 8 Sep 2010 – New York, New York – I live in Harlem on a street that is home to three churches and a mosque. The mosque is next door to one of those churches and when male congregants mingle…

Relative calm?
Palestine Note 8 Sep 2010 – According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the recent killing of four Israelis shattered years of “relative calm.” 1 Relative calm? For who? In the weeks before this horrible killing, the Palestine News Network reported 14 Palestinian…

Renewed peace negotiations bring hope
Palestine Note 8 Sep 2010 – Can an Israeli-Palestinian Declaration of Reconciliation on Refugees in the Spirit of the 1997 German-Czech Agreement Help Overcome One of the Most Intractable Obstacles on the Road to Peace ? Jerusalem : After a great deal of prodding,…

TV show mocks Fatah and Hamas – and the people love it
Palestine Note 8 Sep 2010 – Washington – Ramadan for Palestinians has been marked by traditional celebrating with family but also the strain of occupation, intense heat and the realities of siege in Gaza, and entering another round of peace negotiations to…

WB settlement freeze to continue ‘in practice’
Palestine Note 8 Sep 2010 – Washington – An “unspoken understanding” to keep construction resuming in areas observant of the settlement building freeze is under way, Haaretz reported Wednesday. According to the report, the PA does not need a declaration of an…

CARE drops board member for settlement ties
Palestine Note 8 Sep 2010 – Washington – According to Israel boycott campaign Adalah-NY, global humanitarian group CARE USA has dropped one of its board members for ties to settlement builder Lev Leviev, Mondoweiss reported Wednesday. A bulldozer is photographed in front…

Hamas warns more strikes
Palestine Note 8 Sep 2010 – Group calls on PA to stop arresting Hamas members Washington – Hamas members or those believed to be affiliated with Hamas have been detained en masse by Palestinian Authority forces since two shootings targeting settlers upset…

Park 51 controversy: Symptom of a larger problem?
Palestine Note 8 Sep 2010 – By Sarah Harlan Washington – While the Park51 Islamic community center (also known as Cordoba House) was first mentioned in December 2009, it has been a hot button issue all summer, with US President Barack Obama ,…

Aljazeera

Iran suspends death by stoning case
AlJazeera 8 Sep 2010 – Controversial punishment for Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani put on hold amid “review” following international outcry.

Hamas warns PA over recent arrests
AlJazeera 8 Sep 2010 – Group in charge of Gaza Strip says Palestinian Authority will be targeted if it continues arresting Hamas members.

Egypt’s leprosy colony lives on
AlJazeera 8 Sep 2010 – Patients refuse right to return to their villages as the disease still carries a huge social stigma.

Palestine News Network

Convicted Israeli Soldier Of Killing British Photojournalist Get Early Release
PNN – Jerusalem — PNN – Taysir Hayb, an Israeli soldier that was convicted of killing Tom Hurndall, a British photo journalist and activist, was released from jail on Wednesday. According to Israeli sources…

Israeli Sources: Home-Made Shell Hit Open Area In The Negev
PNN – Negev — PNN — Israeli security sources reported on Wednesday that a home0made shell hit an open are in a Negev Kibutz. The sources said that the shell was fired from the…

WAFA: Israel’s Attacks Left 101 Palestinian Journalists Injured Since The Start Of 2010
PNN – Ramallah — PNN — The Palestine News And Information Agency WAFA relased a report on Wednesday documenting the Israeli violations against Palestinian Journalists since the start of 2010 until August 31st. According…

UN Study: Investing In World’s Poorest Children Can Save Millions Of Lives
PNN – Jocelyne Sambira — UN Radio – In the global push to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, the very poor are falling further behind, warns a report by United Nations Children’s…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02-07 September 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jerusalem Post

To see and be unseen
Jeruslalem Post 8 Sep 2010 – As a lesson from the Second Lebanon War, Ground Forces Command established a special camouflage unit to train regular infantry how to disappear into their surroundings. Catch them if you can.

France calls on Syria to cooperate with IAEA inspectors
Jeruslalem Post 8 Sep 2010 – Western officials bother by nagging suspicions regarding possible covert activities at alleged Syrian nuclear reactor site bombed by Israel in 2007.

Clinton: Peace talks have ‘a certain momentum’
Jeruslalem Post 8 Sep 2010 – US Secretary of State says Obama’s foreign policy is succeeding hours after Palestinian negotiator Nabil Sha’ath says PA won’t recognize the Jewish character of Israel.

Clinton: Obama foreign policy is working
Jeruslalem Post 8 Sep 2010 – Hours before Clinton’s remarks Palestinian negotiator Nabil Sha’ath says PA won’t make recognize the Jewish character of Israel, will leave talks if settlement building continues after freeze ends.

Beloved emblem of a conflicted Israel
Jeruslalem Post 8 Sep 2010 – Gilad Schalit, ‘The Jerusalem Post’ person of the year, 5770. In many ways, Gilad Schalit has become a metaphor for Israel, and for Israel’s condition.

‘PA won’t recognize Israel as a Jewish state’
Jeruslalem Post 8 Sep 2010 – Palestinian negotiator Nabil Sha’ath says PA won’t make declaration that would impede refugees right of return, will leave talks if settlement building continues.

IDF Maj.-Gen. (res.) Israel Tal dies at age 86
Jeruslalem Post 8 Sep 2010 – A senior commander, helped lay the foundations of the IDF and also conceived and established the Merkava tank project.

Ben-Gurion workers decide to postpone airport strike
Jeruslalem Post 8 Sep 2010 – Move comes after management agrees to resume negotiations over Israel Aviation Authority workers union pensions next week.

Analysis: Aiming for a drama-free end to the freeze
Jeruslalem Post 8 Sep 2010 – PM’s office takes rare step of sending out message to reporters saying AFP story attributed to Netanyahu comments he never made during meeting with Clinton.

LA activist from flotilla protest carries flag to Israel
Jeruslalem Post 8 Sep 2010 – Elad Daniel Pereg starts the New Year in J’lem and hopes to become an MK; All he needs is a school and somewhere to live.

Israel worried by Jones proposal for int’l force in W. Bank
Jeruslalem Post 8 Sep 2010 – American proposal to establish a multi-national force in the West Bank could be way to expedite a withdrawal following any peace deal with Palestinian Authority.

Ben-Gurion workers may strike Thursday over pensions
Jeruslalem Post 8 Sep 2010 – Israel Aviation Authority workers union announces strike likely, freezing all activity at Israel’s airports.

No worries? Not for the Australian olah
Jeruslalem Post 8 Sep 2010 – Rachel Risby-Raz once said that ‘anyone who’s worked for Olmert would die for him.’

Shofar, so good
Jeruslalem Post 7 Sep 2010 – For over 80 years, the same family in south Tel Aviv has been meticulously crafting rams’ horns and shipping them all over Israel and worldwide.

International Solidarity Movement

Spanish Parliament condemns Abdallah Abu Rahmah’s conviction
9/8/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Popular Struggle – The Spanish Parliament followed the footsteps of the EU and the Desmond Tutu of the Elders, and joined the rising tide of international criticism over Abu Rahmah’s conviction of incitement by an Israeli military court. The Spanish Parliament’s Intergroup for Palestine issued a statement that expressed their “deep concern…. Related: Bil’in’s Abdallah Abu Rahmah Cleared of Stone-Throwing; Convicted of Incitement

Early release of Tom Hurndall’s killer symptom of wider Israeli crimes
9/8/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – ISM London – UPDATE: Tom’s Killer was released this morning. The Hurndall family was not informed by any representative of the Israeli government. The British Foreign Office did contact Jocelyn this morning, but not before the news had reached her via ISM London. We are re-publishing our press release from July as our statement….

Rachel Corrie trial: Israeli military Colonel states, ‘There are no civilians in war zones’
9/8/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – 6 September 2010 – Rachel Corrie Foundation – Haifa, ISRAEL — Several State witnesses testified in Haifa District Court on Monday, September 6, 2010, in the civil law suit filed by Rachel Corrie’s family against the State of Israel for her unlawful killing in Rafah, Gaza. Rachel Corrie, an American human rights defender from Olympia…. Related: Nora Barrows-Friedman: During war there are no civilians

The lucky ones had third degree burns: survivors of Israel’s latest Rafah tunnel bombing tell the story
9/8/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – ISM Gaza – Peace talks started on September 2nd. Following the resumption of negotiations, Israel refrained from attacking Gaza for just 2 days. Then it ordered the bombing of 2 Rafah tunnels, killed 2 workers, and left 2 severely injured. ISM activists filed this report — “Out of the blue, the tunnel was bombed, there was an….

Ha’aretz

Israel in gridlock as Rosh Hashanah falls
Ha’aretz – Jewish new year festivities coincide with Muslim festival of Eid Al-Fitr, as well as anniversary of the outbreak of the second intifada.

Former top IDF officer, military theorist dies at the age of 86
Ha’aretz – Israel Tal is known as the ‘father’ of Israel’s main battle tank, the Merkava, as well as serving as both deputy IDF chief, assistant defense minister.

Israeli universities drop in international rankings
Ha’aretz – Hebrew University drops seven spots from last year, Cambridge takes top honors.

IDF soldier convicted of killing U.K. activist in Gaza released from jail
Ha’aretz – Taysir Hayb found guilty of manslaughter over the April 2003 shooting of Thomas Hurndall during an International Solidarity Movement protest in the Gaza Strip city of Rafah.

Israelis flock to Sinai despite terror warnings
Ha’aretz – Nearly 800,000 visitors have crossed Israel’s southern border into Egypt since the start of 2010 — a rise of nearly half on the same period in 2009.

Clinton: Latest effort could be last chance for Mideast peace
Ha’aretz – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says that those who doubt the prospects for success of Israel-Palestinian peace talks are ‘wrong’.

PA official: We won’t recognize Israel as a Jewish state
Ha’aretz – Senior Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath says recognizing Israel as a Jewish state would harm Israeli Arabs and negate the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

Hamas warns PA: Stop arresting our people or we’ll strike
Ha’aretz – Announcement comes after PA security officials arrest 6 Hamas-linked operatives suspected of two shooting attacks against Israelis last week.

Mortar shell from Gaza explodes between two day-care centers in south
Ha’aretz – Shell, fired from Gaza, causes no injuries and only light property damage; early warning system fails to alert of incoming shell., Two West Bank Hamas operatives arrested for September 1st…

Israel partially opens Abu Salem, keeps Karni closed
8 Sep 2010 – Gaza, September 8, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation authorities decided to partially open the Kerem Abu Salem commercial crossing, south east of the Gaza Strip, while decided to keep the Karni commercial crossing closed. The Chairman of the Coordinating Committee of Gaza’s supplies, Raed Fattouh, confirmed that the Israeli occupation will allow the entry of nearly 90 trucks through…

IOF prevents Norwegian delegation from reaching Jenin
8 Sep 2010 – Jenin, September 8, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli soldiers prevented a Norwegian delegation of solidarity of the Norwegian youth movement to support of Palestine from entering the city of Jenin in the West Bank, and forced them to return to the city of Jericho.

IOF raids Hebron, closes main markets
8 Sep 2010 – Hebron, September 8, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli authorities Prevented last night people from entering the markets of the town of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

Israel imposes full closure on WB
8 Sep 2010 – West Bank, September 8, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation authorities decided to impose a security comprehensive cordon on the West Bank that starts from midnight tonight until midnight next Sunday.

Uruknet

Nine Years After 9/11, US Court Concedes that International Laws of War Restrict President’s Wartime Powers
Uruknet September 8, 2010 – Under President George W. Bush, a small group of advisors tied closely to Vice President Dick Cheney argued that neither Congress nor the judiciary should attempt to prevent the President from doing whatever he felt was appropriate as the Commander-in-Chief of a “War on Terror” that was declared after the terrorist attacks of September 11,…

Divestment: from the campus to the streets
Uruknet September 8, 2010 – Following a sharp increase in divestment efforts across North American college campuses last spring, this academic year promises an even greater number of initiatives. The success and near-success of efforts at several campuses last year, coupled with Israel’s attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla this summer, has inspired new efforts among peace and justice activists…

Iran woman’s stoning suspended after global outcry
Uruknet September 8, 2010 – Iranian authorities have suspended the execution by stoning of a woman convicted of adultery, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday, after weeks of condemnation from around the world. “The verdict regarding the extramarital affairs has stopped and it’s being reviewed,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told Iran’s state-run English-language Press TV…

Israel: Activist Convicted After Unfair TrialLeader of Protests on Unlawful Land Confiscation Faces 20 Years in Jail
Uruknet September 8, 2010 – An Israeli military court’s conviction of Abdullah Abu Rahme, an advocate of nonviolent protests against Israel’s de facto confiscation of land from the West Bank village of Bil’in, raises grave due process concerns, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 24, 2010, Abu Rahme, who has been detained for more than eight months, was convicted…

Rachel Corrie trial: Israeli military Colonel states, “There are no civilians in war zones.”
Uruknet September 7, 2010 – Several State witnesses testified in Haifa District Court on Monday, September 6, 2010, in the civil law suit filed by Rachel Corrie’s family against the State of Israel for her unlawful killing in Rafah, Gaza. Rachel Corrie, an American human rights defender from Olympia, WA, was crushed to death on March 16, 2003, by a…

Three dying Israelis saved with organs donated from a Palestinian boy
Uruknet September 7, 2010 – 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… “My son arrived at the hospital in very serious condition, and it was impossible to save his life….

A Leaked Speech by a Revolutionary Guard Security OfficerBehind the Scenes of the 2009 Iranian Elections
Uruknet September 7, 2010 – …All of this has become relevant again since less than a month ago when an audio file of a speech by a chief intelligence officer and interrogator from the top ranks of the Revolutionary Guards came to light describing the behind-the-scenes of Ahmadinejad’s 1989 victory. The speech was leaked to the opposition websites and spread…

Poll: Half of Israeli teens don’t want Arab students in their class
Uruknet September 7, 2010 – Sixty four percent of Israeli teens aged 15 to 18 say that Arab Israelis do not enjoy full equal rights in Israel, and from that group, 59 percent believe that they should not have full equal rights, according to a special survey prepared for the “Education in the Digital Age” conference held in Haifa on…

Israel’s evidence questioned as Corrie trial resumes
Uruknet September 7, 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. On 16 March 2003, Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American activist with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), was crushed and killed by…

World Water Week podcast: 90% of water in Gaza not safe to drink
Uruknet September 7, 2010 – Last year, during the Israeli military offensive Operation Cast Lead, the Gaza Strip sustained $6m (US dollars) worth of damage to its water and sanitation network. Since then, repairs have been nearly impossible because of the ongoing Israeli blockade of Gaza. Construction materials, such as cement and piping, which are necessary for laying water and…

The National

Pastor defiant over Quran burning plans
The National 8 Sep 2010 – An evangelical pastor insisted his plans for a mass burning of the Quran would go ahead despite the US secretary of state Hillary Clinton condemning the ceremony as “disgraceful”.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

U.S. Consul General Hosts Ramadan Iftar for Orphans in Ramallah
WAFA – RAMALLAH, September 9, 2010 (WAFA)- American Consul General Daniel Rubinstein concluded a series of Consulate General-sponsored Ramadan events on September 7 with an Iftar at the Women’s Union

HRW: Activist Convicted after Unfair Trial in Israel
WAFA – JERUSALEM, September 8, 2010 (WAFA)- An Israeli military court’s conviction of Abdullah Abu Rahme, an advocate of nonviolent protests against Israel’s de facto confiscation of land from the

Early Release of Tom Hurndall’s Killer Symptom of Wider Israeli Crimes
WAFA – LONDON, September 8, 2010 (WAFA)- Tom Hurndall’s Killer was released this morning. The Hurndall family was not informed by any representative of the Israeli government. The British Foreign Office did

CARE USA Board Member Takes Leave Due to Employer’s Support to Settlements
WAFA – NEW YORK, September 7, 2010 (WAFA)- A member of the board of directors of the leading international humanitarian aid organization CARE USA has taken a voluntary leave of absence from CARE’s board due

Daily Star

Clinton says Middle East peace talks could be last chance for settlement
Daily Star 8 Sep 2010

Hamas labels as ‘treason’ PA arrests of settler ‘attackers’
Daily Star 8 Sep 2010

Syria should do more for Kurds, UN official says
Daily Star 8 Sep 2010

UN vows not to interfere with Special Tribunal for Lebanon
Daily Star 8 Sep 2010

Hariri retraction signals Syria reclaiming clout in Lebanon
Daily Star 8 Sep 2010

Israel conducts maneuvers in tunnel combat
Daily Star 8 Sep 2010

Gemayel: Critics part of ‘orchestra’ from Syrian occupation era
Daily Star 8 Sep 2010

Berri praises Hariri’s honesty regarding Syria
Daily Star 8 Sep 2010

The Guardian

Arab rape-by-deception charge ‘was result of plea bargain’
The Guardian 8 Sep 2010 – ‚Ä¢ Israeli paper claims Palestinian man violently raped woman ‚Ä¢ Charge was reduced to spare her court ordeal, Ha’ir reports Fresh details have emerged in the case of a Palestinian man an Israeli court convicted of “…

Israeli soldier jailed for killing British activist Tom Hurndall released early
The Guardian 8 Sep 2010 – Tasyir Hayb freed from prison with two years remaining on his eight-year sentence for Briton’s manslaughter in Gaza in 2003 The Israeli soldier convicted of killing British activist Tom Hurndall was released from prison today, two…

Disarming Lebanon’s Palestinians | Ahmed Moor
The Guardian 8 Sep 2010 – Palestinian refugees must be properly integrated into Lebanese society if the country is to put the scars of civil war behind it Lebanon is regenerating. On balance, the country’s collective sloughing off of history has been…

Relief Web

OPT: Arab Partners Update Issue 4, June – August 2010
Relief Web 8 Sep 2010 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

France supports the Palestinian NGOs sector with 5 million Euros
Relief Web 8 Sep 2010 – Source: Government of France

Palestine Red Crescent Society Appeal No. MAAPS001 Mid-Year report
Relief Web 8 Sep 2010 – Source: IFRC

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02-07 September 2010)
Relief Web 8 Sep 2010 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

YNet News

Father of Merkava tank dies at 86
YNet News – Award winning Major General (res.) Israel ‘Talik’ Tal, who was responsible for….

Soldier who killed British peace activist in Gaza freed from prison
YNet News – Taysir Hayb, who was convicted of manslaughter of Tom Hurndall in 2003, released….

Mortar lands near kindergarten; no injuries
YNet News – Wave of attacks on south Israel continues as Gaza terrorists fire mortar shell….

Clinton: Burning Quran a ‘disgraceful act’
YNet News – American administration officials condemn Florida church’s call to burn copies….

Gillerman ‘ashamed’ of deportation plan
YNet News – Israel’s former UN ambassador, Dan Gillerman, joins protest of plan to deport….

Iran woman’s stoning suspended after global outcry
YNet News – Iranian authorities have reportedly suspended the death by stoning sentence inflicted on a woman convicted of adultery, the foreign ministry said Wednesday, after weeks …….

Sha’ath: PA will never recognize Israel as Jewish
YNet News – “The Palestinian Authority will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state,” Palestinian negotiator Nabil Sha’ath said Wednesday, just a week after Prime Minister Benjamin …….

Beirut official: Talks may raise tensions
YNet News – Lebanon’s parliament speaker warned on Wednesday that the relaunched Middle East peace talks could raise tensions on the border with Israel and ignite clashes in …….

Clinton: There may never be another chance for peace
YNet News – WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated the American administration’s optimism as to Israeli-Palestinian peace process’ chances of success …….

Israel welcomes Jewish New Year
YNet News – Israel welcomed the High Holidays Wednesday, beginning with some traditional Rosh Hashana gridlock, as thousands made their way to holiday dinners across the country. …….

West Bank victims’ relatives worry over ‘revolving door’ policy
YNet News – The relatives of the four Israelis killed during a shooting attack at Bnei Naim Junction lauded on Wednesday the Palestinian Authority’s arrest of suspected perpetrators, …….

Palestinian Information Center

Scottish activists campaign nationwide boycott against Israel
PIC 8 Sep 2010 – Activists launched a national campaign last weekend to boycott Israeli products throughout Scotland. The group said it will target Muslim-owned shops in Scotland as a first step.

Hamas, factions warn of continued PA arrest campaign in WB
PIC 8 Sep 2010 – Hamas movement issued a statement in the West Bank on Tuesday warning the authority of de facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas of persisting in its arrest campaign of Hamas leaders and cadres.

Hamdan: Resistance anticipates Zionist aggression
PIC 8 Sep 2010 – Osama Hamdan, a political bureau member of Hamas, has said that resistance forces were anticipating a Zionist attack after the expected failure of direct talks with the Ramallah authority.

Sources: Algeria refuses to receive Abbas
PIC 8 Sep 2010 – Algeria refused to receive Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas on its soil during his tour in the north African Arab countries, including Libya, Tunisia, and Morocco, well-informed Algerian sources revealed.

JP: Israel gearing up for “mother of all flotillas”
PIC 8 Sep 2010 – Israel is preparing for what is being described by its army as the “mother of all flotillas,” which could include up to 20 different ships planning to set sail for the Gaza Strip, JP reported.

Barak orders closure of West Bank, settlers fire at Palestinian driver
PIC 8 Sep 2010 – Israeli war minister Ehud Barak has ordered a complete shut down of the West Bank as of midnight Wednesday till midnight Saturday on the occasion of the Hebrew New Year.

PGD announces new initiative to break Gaza siege
PIC 8 Sep 2010 – The Pal?§stinensische Gemeinschaft in Deutschland (PGD) has announced a new initiative to break the unjust Israeli siege on Gaza Strip that is running for the fifth successive year now.

Israel baffled as U.S. group vows to bust Gaza siege by air
PIC 8 Sep 2010 – Israeli channel two says Israel fears efforts led by a pro-Palestinian U.S. organization to break the four-year siege on the Gaza Strip by air.

OCHA: Israel displaced dozens of children and their families last August
PIC 8 Sep 2010 – 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.

IOA on alert, restricts entry into Jerusalem of Islamist leader
PIC 8 Sep 2010 – Israeli police force raised level of alert to the highest point in preparation for Jewish holidays that coincide this year with the anniversary of the second intifada that broke out in September 2000.

The Media Line

Conscription in Gaza?
The Media Line 6 Sep 2010 – Hamas has announced the possibility of voluntary or mandatory conscription, but the details are shrouded in secrecy. [Gaza] It started first with the introduction of high taxes on cigarettes. It was the de facto government’s hope…

ElBaradei Calls for Election Boycott to “Bring Down Mubarak Regime”
The Media Line 6 Sep 2010 – Mohammed ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Egyptian political activist, has called for a boycott of Egypt’s national elections scheduled for November. ElBaradei is seen as a candidate to oppose long-time President…

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Defends Syria in Assassination of His Father
The Media Line 6 Sep 2010 – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri is recanting his accusation of Syrian involvement in the assassination of his father, the late Prime Minister Rafiq Al-Hariri, six years ago. At the time, it was widely believed that Damascus…

Los Angeles Times

Clinton says Mexico drug wars starting to look like insurgency
LA Times 9 Sep 2010 – Her comments reflect a striking shift in public comment by the Obama administration about the violence and come as U.S. officials weigh a large increase in aid to Mexico to help fight the cartels. Mexico’s violent drug cartels increasingly resemble an insurgency with the power to challenge the government’s control of wide swaths of its own soil, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday.

New York Times

Iran Lifts Sentence Of Stoning For Woman
New York Times 8 Sep 2010 – An Iranian official confirmed that the government halted the death sentence by stoning of a woman charged with adultery, but said she was still facing murder charges.

Court Sides With C.I.A. on Seizure of Terror Suspects
New York Times 8 Sep 2010 – A sharply divided federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit involving the C.I.A.’s “extraordinary rendition” program.

Khan Yunis Journal: Finding a Steadier Path in Gaza
New York Times 8 Sep 2010 – An American psychiatrist’s program of techniques to reduce stress has helped people in Gaza and Israel deal with the effects 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.

Maybe it should have been called ‘why Israel doesn’t care about traffic accidents’
Mondoweiss – The ADL is not happy with Time. They sent the magazine a letter today in response to its current cover article, ” Why Israel Doesn’t Care About Peace .” The gist of the article is that Israel is doing so well economically that affluent Israelis don’t…

Jeff Halper to Pete Seeger: Ditch the JNF and honor the boycott
Mondoweiss – Dear Pete, All the best from your friends in Israel/Palestine. In that spirit, I was surprised to hear of your planned participation in With Earth and Each Other: A Virtual Rally for a Better Middle East . While at first blush it might seem to have something…

Bibi wants a Palestinian state…by 2040
Mondoweiss – According to the Telegraph, Netanyahu hopes to kick the Palestinian state can down the road by as much as 30 years . Mr Netanyahu is reportedly hoping that the agreements reached under an accord would be phased in stage-by-stage over as much as 30 years. Israel reportedly…

I bring a guide to the Middle East
Mondoweiss – My wife knows I’m using her on this trip and she resents it. I wanted her to see the Middle East because she’s much more intuitive than I am. I wanted her eyes and ears because I’m clueless about people. I should never have admitted this…

CARE USA drops board member over ties to Lev Leviev’s settlement building empire
Mondoweiss – Having connections to the settlements is really becoming a scarlet letter, isn’t it? Adalah-NY reports that the international humantarian organization CARE USA has dropped a member of its board of directors over their relationship to Lev Leviev’s Africa Israel which builds homes in West Bank settlements….

Misc 2

PA Says Nabbed W.Bank Attackers; Resistance Factions Condemn
Al-Manar 8 Sep 2010 – After the Palestinian military operations last week that killed four Israeli settlers and injured two others in occupied Al-Khalil, the Palestinian Authority announced Tuesday that it had arrested six men in connection with the attacks. Palestinian resistance factions criticized the PA arrests for “the desperate attempt…

Spanish parliament condemns Bil’in leader Abdallah Abu Rahmah’s conviction
Joseph Dana 8 Sep 2010 – Abdallah Abu Rahmah during a demo against the Separation Wall, while Israeli soldiers try to arrest him. Photo by Oren Ziv/activestills.org The Spanish Parliament followed the footsteps of the EU and the Desmond Tutu of the Elders, and joined the rising tide of international criticism over…

TAKE ACTION AGAINST ISOLATION – FREE AHMAD SA’ADAT! INTERNATIONAL DAYS OF ACTION – OCTOBER 5-15, 2010
Sabr 8 Sep 2010 – TAKE ACTION AGAINST ISOLATION – FREE AHMAD SA’ADAT! INTERNATIONAL DAYS OF ACTION – OCTOBER 5-15, 2010 The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat 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…

PCHR weekly report 2/9 – 7/9/2010:
Sabr 8 Sep 2010 – extracts from PCHR weekly report 2/9 – 7/9/2010 : 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…

Hamas lawmakers released from Israeli prison
Sabr 8 Sep 2010 – BETHLEHEM ( Ma’an ) — Two elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council were released into the West Bank on Wednesday gaving served several consecutive terms in Administrative Detention. Officials at the Al-Ahrar Prisoners Society said that Azzam Salhab, 45, was released after 56 months in Israeli prison…

Spanish Parliament Condemns conviction of peace activist
Sabr 8 Sep 2010 – RAMALLAH ( Ma’an ) — The Spanish parliament condemned the conviction of Bil’in peace activist Abdallah Abu Rahmah in a move expected to strengthen public pressure to release the anti-wall organizer. On 24 August an Israeli military court convicted the anti-wall activist from the West bank village of…

Secretive militia
BBC 8 Sep 2010 – West Bank crackdown pushes Hamas militia deeper underground

Risky game
BBC 7 Sep 2010 – Iran’s ‘minimalist’ approach on the nuclear stand-off

Articles


During war there are no civilians
Nora Barrows-Friedman, AlJazeera9/8/2010
Sitting in on the Rachel Corrie trial alarmingly reveals an open Israeli policy of indiscrimination towards civilians.
“During war there are no civilians,” that’s what “Yossi,” an Israeli military (IDF) training unit leader simply stated during a round of questioning on day two of the Rachel Corrie trials, held in Haifa’s District Court earlier this week. “When you write a [protocol] manual, that manual is for war,” he added.
For the human rights activists and friends and family of Rachel Corrie sitting in the courtroom, this open admission of an Israeli policy of indiscrimination towards civilians — Palestinian or foreign — created an audible gasp.
Yet, put into context, this policy comes as no surprise. The Israeli military’s track record of insouciance towards the killings of Palestinians, from the 1948 massacre of Deir Yassin in Jerusalem to the 2008-2009 attacks on Gaza that killed upwards of 1400 men, women and children, has illustrated that not only is this an entrenched operational framework but rarely has it been challenged until recently.
Rachel Corrie, the young American peace activist from Olympia, Washington, was crushed to death by a Caterpillar D9-R bulldozer, as she and other members of the nonviolent International Solidarity Movement attempted to protect a Palestinian home from imminent demolition on March 16, 2003 in Rafah, Gaza Strip. Corrie has since become a symbol of Palestinian solidarity as her family continues to fight for justice in her name.
Her parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, filed a civil lawsuit against the State of Israel for Rachel’s unlawful killing — what they allege was an intentional act — and this round of testimonies called by the State’s defense team follows the Corries’ witness testimonies last March…. — See also: Rachel Corrie trial: Israeli military Colonel states, “There are no civilians in war zones” more.. e-mail


The boycott of Israel is ‘gaining speed’
Lawrence Davidson, Redress9/9/2010
On 5 September 2010 the Israel newspaper Ha’aretz published an article the headline of which read ‘Anti-Israel economic boycotts are gaining speed’. The subtitle went on to state that “the sums involved are not large, but their international significance is huge”. Actually, what seems to have triggered the piece was not international. Rather, it was the decision of a “few dozen theatre people” to boycott “a new cultural centre in Ariel”, an illegally settled town in the occupied territories. This action drew public support from 150 academics in Israel. The response from the Israeli right, which presently controls the government and much of Israel’s information environment, was loud and hateful.
Though this affair was domestic, it provided a jumping off point for Ha’aretz to go on and examine the larger international boycott of Israel which is indeed “gaining speed”. It noted that Chile had recently pledged to boycott products from the Israeli settlements and Norway’s state pension plan had divested itself of companies involved in construction in the occupied territories. The Ha’aretz article pointed out that these incidents (and there are others that can be named in such countries as Ireland and Venezuela) are signs that the boycott movement — so long the province civil society — is now finding resonance at the level of national governments. The Israeli paper declared that “the world is changing before our eyes. Five years ago the anti-Israel movement may have been marginal. Now it is growing into an economic problem.”
The article puts forth two explanations for this turn of events one of which is problematic, and the other incomplete. Let’s take a look at them.
1. “Until now boycott organizers had been on the far left. [Now] they have a new ally: Islamic organizations… The red side has a name for championing human rights, while the green side [the Islamic side] has money.” I have some personal knowledge of the boycott movement and I find some of these particulars to be, at best, exaggerations. more.. e-mail

Divestment: from the campus to the streets
Electronic Intifada: 8 Sep 2010 – Following a sharp increase in divestment efforts across North American college campuses last spring, this academic year promises an even greater number of initiatives, as well as resistance from university administrations to embrace the social justice movement. Mohammad Talaat comments for The Electronic Intifada.more

Hamas Re-positioning Themselves?
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Sep 2010 – By Stuart Littlewood – London ‘Negotiation today does not serve the Palestinian side… Just as there is currently no parity in the field of confrontation, there is also no parity around the negotiating table,’ says Mesh’al. Hamas have been criticised recently for dragging their feet over the need to re-think their image. They now seem to have at least made a start on this important task judging by a remarkable interview with Hamas chief Khaled Mesh’al by Middle East Monitor. Headed ‘Khaled Mesh’al lays out new Hamas policy direction’, the interview runs to 14,000 words and is not an easy read unless you find yourself on a long train journey without an attractive companion. Nevertheless it makes a real effort to begin the process of ‘coming in from the cold’ and deserves a wide audience. I hope Mr Mesh’al won’t mind too much if, for convenience, I reduce his lengthy…more

Can Obama Outwit Netanyahu?
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Sep 2010 – By George S. Hishmeh — Washington, D.C. In the wake of last week’s peace talks in Washington heralding the imminent start of face-to-face peace negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders, will Benjamin Netanyahu now follow the footsteps of Anwar Sadat, Mikhail Gorbachev or Richard Nixon who reached out to their adversaries. Will he travel to Ramallah and pledge peace with the Palestinians, like Anwar Sadat when the Egyptian leader addressed the Knesset in 1977, Mikhail Gorbachev in succumbing to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991 or Richard Nixon in traveling to China in 1972 and agreeing to establish relations with the Communist regime of Mao Zedong. Each of these headline-grabbing events ushered a new historic page in international relations. It is too early, if not day-dreaming, to expect these earth-shaking gestures from Netanyahu, a man considered the master of evasion. In turn, the straight-talking Palestinian President…more

Indefensible Drones: A Ground Zero Reflection
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Sep 2010 – By Kathy Kelly Libby and Jerica are in the front seat of the Prius, and Mary and I are in back. We just left Oklahoma, we’re heading into Shamrock, Texas, and tomorrow we’ll be Indian Springs, Nevada, home of Creech Air Force Base. We’ve been discussing our legal defense. The state of Nevada has charged Libby and me, along with twelve others, with criminal trespass onto the base. On April 9, 2009, after a ten-day vigil outside the air force base, we entered it with a letter we wanted to circulate among the base personnel, describing our opposition to a massive targeted assassination program. Our trial date is set for September 14. Creech is one of several homes of the U.S. military’s aerial drone program. U.S. Air Force personnel there pilot surveillance and combat drones, unmanned aerial vehicles with which they are instructed to carry out extrajudicial killings in Afghanistan…more

Kairos: 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—the majority of whom are refugees—live 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

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

Honduran Repression Continues Unabated
Dissident Voice: 8 Sep 2010 – Earlier articles explained the June 28, 2009 coup and aftermath, the latest accessed here . For Hondurans, the event marked a new beginning, not an end to their dark history. Widespread killings and human rights abuses followed and a sham November election, installing Porfirio (Pepe) Lobo Sosa president, a US-friendly stooge heading a fascist regime. The nation’s military is firmly in control against popular resistance, street violence and death squad terror its repressive tools. The Obama administrative stands firmly supportive. It blessed the coup, the new government and provides aid, all for hardline rule, none for popular needs. Activists and journalists are especially threatened. Honduras is one of the most dangerous countries anywhere for those speaking openly about government corruption, human rights abuses, and despotism, the latest casualty — Radio Internacional reporter, Zelaya Diaz, shot dead on August 24 along a rural San Pedro Sula road. According to press reports, he…more

IAEA Report Confirms Iran’s Clean Slate
Dissident Voice: 8 Sep 2010 – Latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran’s nuclear activities reaffirms Tehran’s commitment to the agency’s rules, Iranian envoy to the watchdog group says. Commenting on the report released by IAEA’s Director General Yukiya Amano on Monday, Iran’s Ambassador to the UN nuclear watchdog Ali Asghar Soltanieh said, “After seven years of constant inspections, the report once again confirms the non-diversion of Iran’s nuclear activities towards military and banned objectives.” “Although the report has tarnished the Agency’s technical credibility by mentioning technical details and quoting some parts of UN Security Council’s resolution, it clearly shows that all of Iran’s nuclear activities, especially the enrichment efforts, have been conducted under the supervision of the agency,” Soltanieh told Mehr News Agency after Amano’s report was published Monday night. “The report reflects achievements made by the Islamic Republic and its mastery of nuclear technology, especially in the field of enrichment, and clearly…more

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