VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 13 September, 2010: Three shepherds, including elderly man, killed by Israeli forces in northern Gaza

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International Middle East Media Center

Settlers Break Into The Yards Of The Al Aqsa Mosque
IMEMC – 13 Sep 2010 – Monday September 13, 2010 – 23:41, Local sources reported that nearly 130 settlers broke into the yards of the Al Aqsa mosque on Monday morning while the Israeli police kept the Palestinians away.

Settlers Occupy Palestinian Farmlands Near Nablus
IMEMC – 13 Sep 2010 – Monday September 13, 2010 – 21:47, A group of armed fundamentalist Israeli settlers occupied on Monday morning Palestinian farmlands close to Doma village in the Nablus District and started bulldozing the lands and uprooting the trees.

13,000 Housing Units Can Be Built Without Further Government Approval
IMEMC – 13 Sep 2010 – Monday September 13, 2010 – 21:21, At the End of the Settlement Moratorium: Approx. 13,000 housing units can be built without further government approval – of which 2,000 for immediate construction, Main findings as of September 2010.

Israel: “Talks To Be Held Away From The Media”
IMEMC – 13 Sep 2010 – Monday September 13, 2010 – 21:03, The office of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, declared Monday evening that the press conference that was supposed to be held with U.S secretary of state, Hilary Clinton, at the Egyptian resort of Sharm Al Sheikh, was cancelled as direct talks with the Palestinians will be held away from the media due to enormous difference between Israel’s position and the stances of the Palestinian leadership.

Elected Legislator Released After Eight Years Imprisonment By Israel
IMEMC – 13 Sep 2010 – Monday September 13, 2010 – 09:13, The Israeli Authorities released legislator Mohammad Jamal Al Natsha, 52, of the Change and Reform Block of the Hamas movement, after imprisoning him for eight years.

Auto Parts To Be Allowed In Gaza
IMEMC – 13 Sep 2010 – Monday September 13, 2010 – 08:57, For the first time since Israel imposed the siege on Gaza on June of 2007, Israel decided to allowed the entry of auto parts to the Gaza Strip.

Three shepherds, including elderly man, killed by Israeli forces in northern Gaza
IMEMC – 13 Sep 2010 – Sunday September 12, 2010 – 23:20, Late Sunday evening, Israeli forces stationed on the Gaza-Israel border fired tank shells across the border into the Gaza Strip, killing three shepherds — although Israel claims the men were fighters preparing to fire a homemade shell into Israel.

Ma’an News

Israel reportedly razes Bedouin village for fifth time
9/13/2010 – AL-ARAQIB, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities reportedly destroyed a rebuilt unrecognized Bedouin village in the Negev on Monday for the fifth time in two months. Bulldozers entered the Al-Araqib village to raze what residents had rebuilt after the village was destroyed less than a month earlier. Israeli police reportedly detained a number of peace….

Army court to sentence Palestinian activist
9/13/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The trial of a Palestinian protest organizer will renew Wednesday after his conviction of incitement and organizing illegal demonstrations was harshly criticized by the EU, the Spanish parliament and human rights organizations. Abdallah Abu Rahmah, the coordinator of the Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, was arrested….

Peace Now: 13,000 settlement units pending
9/13/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — At least 13,000 housing units in illegal West Bank settlements are set for construction once Israel’s building moratorium ends on 30 September, a report issued by an Israeli rights group read Monday. According to Peace Now, at least 2,066 housing units are ready for construction, having received building permits….

PA official: Settlers set fire to car in ‘revenge’ attack
9/13/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers set fire to a Palestinian-owned car in the Urif village in the northern West Bank district of Nablus on Monday, spraying the word “revenge” on it, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Doughlas, charged with the northern settlement activity file, said settlers from the Yizhar settlement in the district….

Report: 2 projectiles hit western Negev
9/13/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli media reported Monday that two projectiles hit the Western Negev in the morning, with no injuries or damage reported. According to online Israeli news site Ynet, two explosions followed the sounding of the Color Red alert in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council. The projectiles, the news site reported….

Israel releases Hamas MP
9/13/2010 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israel released a Hamas-affiliated member of the Palestinian Legislative Council on Sunday after eight years in custody. Muhammad Jamal An-Natsheh was detained on 17 July 2002 and sentenced to eight years in Israeli prison. Upon his release, he was greeted by relatives and PLC members. The latest release follows that of….

Report: Quartet lobbying enriched Abbas’ family
9/13/2010 – LONDON (Ma’an) — Middle East Quartet envoy to Jerusalem Tony Blair’s lobbying in favor of a Palestinian telecommunications company enriched the family of President Mahmoud Abbas, a UK tabloid reported Sunday. A special investigation published in The Daily Mail’s weekly edition on Blair’s financial gains from lobbying on….

Gaza inquiry summons Marmara captain
9/13/2010 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — The committee probing May’s flotilla fiasco has appealed to the Turkish Embassy in Israel asking the captain of the Mavi Marmara be made available to testify, the Israeli news site Ynet reported Monday. A letter reportedly states that the committee would like to have Halid Terzi, who….

Nativity deportees appeal to Abbas ahead of talks
9/13/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Nativity Church deportees, exiled by Israel to Gaza and Europe following the siege of the Bethlehem church in 2001, appealed to President Mahmoud Abbas and his Egyptian counterpart on Monday to bring their case up during direct talks. Deportee spokesman and fellow exile Fahmi Kan’an said they….

Israel reopens major West Bank crossing
9/13/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities reopened the sole crossing between Jerusalem and the southern West Bank early Sunday, after it was suddenly closed without explanation late Saturday for several hours. The incident stranded dozens of travelers including holders of Palestinian Authority and Israeli identification documents as well as foreign nationals and journalists. Several people….

Activists mark Jewish, Muslim holidays in East Jerusalem
9/13/2010 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israelis and Palestinian from the Sheikh Jarrah solidarity movement gathered in East Jerusalem Sunday to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Fitr and the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana. The movement leads a joint Israeli-Palestinian struggle in Jerusalem against house evictions of Palestinians by the Israeli authorities. In August 2009, several….

Hamas minister condemns Al-Aqsa ‘raid’
9/14/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza-based Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs Taleb Abu Sha’ar condemned on Sunday what he described as raids by tourist groups of settlers to the Al-Aqsa Mosque area. The minister said the event was nothing new, especially saying they entered “allegedly as tourists.” He expressed concern about….

Gaza government says cars to arrive within week
9/13/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Cars will be allowed into Gaza within the coming week, a Gaza government transport ministry official revealed Monday, after an agreement was reached with the Palestinian Authority. Hassan Akasha, general director of the ministry’s technical affairs unit, said applications for the entry of cars were sent to Israel….

Accused Palestinian spy released from jail
9/13/2010 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man convicted of “providing services to an unauthorized organization” and sentenced to seven months in jail was released months early on Monday, Israeli media reported. Dr. Omar Said, who was arrested in April on suspicion of being involved in a “security-related affair,” told the Israeli news site….

Shin Bet says Hamas to resume attacks
9/13/2010 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Hamas has instructed its military wing to resume terrorist attacks to try to foil the peace talks between Israel and the PLO, a top Israeli security official said Sunday. The head of the Shin Bet security service, Yuval Diskin, told the Israeli cabinet that terrorism has decreased in the….

Fayyad thanks UAE for fulfilling budget pledges
9/13/2010 – ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (Ma’an) — Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has praised the leader of a rich Gulf nation for its financial support to the Palestinian Authority, the official Emirates News Agency reported Sunday. ”The assistance demonstrates the incessant support the sister UAE is delivering to the PNA to enable it….

EU training for crime scene technicians
9/13/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — EU police trainers participated Sunday in the opening ceremony of a 6-week training program for crime scene technicians that took place in the headquarters of the judicial police in Al-Bireh. This training program has been tailored-made for 36 police officers in comprehensive crime scene investigation consisting of the processing of….

PFLP urges Abbas: Don’t go to Sharm summit
9/13/2010 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Monday that talks scheduled for Tuesday are pointless and do not serve the interests or rights of Palestinians. The leftist movement said in a statement that the Ramallah-based Palestinian leadership and PLO negotiations team ought to stop “chasing after illusions” and….

Report: US, France working on Israel-Syria deal
9/13/2010 – BEIRUT (Ma’an) — Along with the direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians, France and the US are acting to put in motion negotiations between Israel and Syria, the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir reported. Over the course of the holiday and yesterday, two top officials responsible for talks on this channel visited Israel, the newspaper….

Clinton to visit region
9/13/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is traveling to Egypt, Israel, the occupied Palestinian territories, and Jordan from this week, spokesman Philip Crowley said Sunday. On Tuesday, Clinton will participate in the continuation of direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians in Sharm Ash-Sheikh. She will also have a….

‘Arc’ project enlists students to lobby Obama
9/13/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — With the resumption of direct negotiations, many observers doubt that more purely political discussions will finally produce a comprehensive settlement; they suggest that some paradigm-changing idea is needed to break the deadlock. Advocacy group Friends of the Arc believes that “the Arc,” a proposed national transportation and infrastructure corridor developed by….

Abbas forms committee on World Youth Festival
9/13/2010 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree calling for the formation of a national committee to discuss events for the 1th World Youth Festival in South Africa, the Palestinian Authority’s official news site reported Monday. According to WAFA, the committee will be headed by former speaker of the Palestinian Legislative….

3 detained on suspicion of drugs possession
9/13/2010 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Police detained three residents Monday suspected of drug possession in separate incidents in the northern West Bank district of Nablus and the southern West Bank district of Hebron, officials said. A police report said authorities were informed of a resident dealing narcotics in the Beit Einun area in Hebron and dispatched….

Daoud Kuttab honored as ‘world press hero’
9/13/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab will be honored Monday by the International Press Institute in Vienna, Austria, as one of the 60 world press heroes during its 60th annual celebrations. The former Ferris professor of journalism at Princeton University will be joined by regional journalists Mai Chediack from Lebanon and Nizar Nayouf….

Bringing the Palestinian economy out of recession
9/13/2010 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The potential for the Palestinian economy to rise out of the recession caused by the outbreak of the Second Intifada and a dramatic increase in per capita GDP are deeply entrenched in the success of talks.” Economy is related to politics. There is no way one can sustain complete economic growth….

Palestine Note

Recognition of a “Jewish state” unfair and unrealistic
Palestine Note 13 Sep 2010 – Once again, an issue with one purpose – to make a peace agreement completely impossible – comes to the fore. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeated his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a…

AP’s Robert burns playing politics by replacing “settlement freeze” with “curb on housing construction”
Palestine Note 13 Sep 2010 – The Associated Press takes pride in being the leading international news agency. The short headlines that appear on Yahoo home page are almost exclusively reserved to AP stories. But even the great AP makes mistakes. Sometimes…

God’s humor in promoting Taybeh
Palestine Note 13 Sep 2010 – 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 come to me. I clearly have…

Israel: The one-state solution should be taken off the table
Palestine Note 13 Sep 2010 – “Right there, beyond those trees, is the Green Line,” our tour guide said, as he pointed to a valley on our right. I was a junior-high student in Haifa, and we were on a field trip…

“Young guns” take aim at Middle East peace
Palestine Note 13 Sep 2010 – Three Members of the House of Representatives – Paul Ryan (R-WI), Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) – have published a little book outlining their plans for America, and the world, if the Republicans re-take…

A Palestinian story
Palestine Note 13 Sep 2010 – I met the family of Mohammed by accident as I offered them a ride back to their home in Dheisheh refugee camp from Gush Etzion colonial offices where they were seeking (unsuccessfully) a permit to enter…

Heated debate on Israel as ‘Jewish state’ takes place on Twitter
Palestine Note 12 Sep 2010 – An article published by Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow at The American Task Force on Palestine in Washington, DC has caused a public twitter argument between him and MJ Rosenberg, a former staffer at the Israeli…

IDF kills three Palestinians in Gaza
Palestine Note 12 Sep 2010 – Civilians were killed after a shell hit their home Israeli defense forces killed three Palestinians on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel on Sunday, Reuters news agency reported quoting medical workers and witnesses. Hamas…

Aljazeera

Nuclear body regrets Iran decision
AlJazeera 13 Sep 2010 – Head of UN watchdog IAEA says repeated rejections of his agency’s inspectors is hindering their work.

Clinton: Time is ripe for peace
AlJazeera 13 Sep 2010 – Seeking concessions from Palestinians and Israelis, Clinton heads to Egypt for second round of direct peace talks.

Iran diplomat defects to opposition
AlJazeera 13 Sep 2010 – Hossein Alizadeh cites attacks by government forces on protesters after last year’s presidential vote.

Israeli shelling kills Palestinians
AlJazeera 12 Sep 2010 – Farmers believed to be among three dead in Beit Hanoun in barrage following rocket fire from Gaza.

Palestine News Network

Dr. Omar Said, Accused Hezbollah Spy, Released From Israeli Jail
PNN – Kufr Kanna — PNN — Dr. Omar Said was released on Monday after he have served seven months in an Israeli jail after being accused of spying for Hezbollah. Dr. Omar was…

Settlers attack northern West Bank communities and take over lands
PNN – Nablus — PNN — Israeli settlers attacked on Monday a number of Palestinian villagers located near Nablus city in northern West Bank. In the village of Aourif, settlers attacked residents’ homes and…

For The Fifth Time This Year; Israel Demolish An Arab Village In The Negev
PNN – Negev — PNN — bulldozers belonging to the Israeli Interior Ministry demolished on Monday morning the Arab village of Al Arakeeb located in the Negev region. Since the start of this year…

Reports: 13,000 Housing Units Can Be Built Without Further Government Approval
PNN – Peace Now — PNN – the Israeli Human Rights group, Peace Now, issued a report on Monday saying that by the end of the Settlement freeze order approximately 13,000 housing units can…

Israeli Shelling Leaves Three Civilians Killed In Gaza
PNN – Gaza — PNN – Three Palestinian civilians were killed on Sunday night when Israeli tanks shelled farm lands and homes near the borders with Beit Hannon town, in northern Gaza Strip. Palestinian…

Daoud Kuttab: One Of 60 World Press Freedom Heroes
PNN – Vienna – PNN- The International Press Institute will honor, Monday, journalist Daoud Kuttab as one of 60 world press heroes as part of its 60th annual celebrations held in the Austrian capital,…

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

Risby-Raz confirms Olmert told her how to book flights
Jeruslalem Post 13 Sep 2010 – Risby-Raz cries on the stand, reiterated her previous claims that she had “no idea” that the Olmert family’s travels were funded by the Rishon Tours, but eventually confesses that Olmert and Zaken told her of the arrangement.

IDF to monitor all satellites simultaneously
Jeruslalem Post 13 Sep 2010 – Under new program, soldiers introduce missions into system, which then chooses the closest satellite most suitable for the specific mission according to weather conditions.

Gaza-made film shows Israel’s destruction by Palestinians
Jeruslalem Post 13 Sep 2010 – Palestinian filmmaker calls ‘The Great Liberation’ “a gift to the people of Gaza,” a response to Operation Cast Lead.

Yishai grants Mumbai nanny citizenship for bravery
Jeruslalem Post 13 Sep 2010 – Interior ministry recognizes Indian Sandra Samuel who saved Israeli boy from 2008 terror attacks; she is “happy and very honored.”

Iran bail decision on American stirs backlash
Jeruslalem Post 13 Sep 2010 – Country’s internal battles over handling of Sarah Shourd flared as the Revolutionary Guard led the criticism against her release for $500,000.

US plans to offer Saudis new arms deal worth $60 billion
Jeruslalem Post 13 Sep 2010 – Deal aims to create stronger ally in region against Iran; Israel comfortable with sales because wont include certain long range weapons, ‘Wall Street Journal’ reports.

Assad: Turkey must mediate Israel-Syria peace talks
Jeruslalem Post 13 Sep 2010 – Syrian president meets French ME peace envoy Cousseran in Damascus; says he hopes peace process can move forward despite Israeli policies which he sees as inimical to reaching an agreement.

Misezhnikov: Airport strike costs millions of shekels a day
Jeruslalem Post 13 Sep 2010 – Tourism Minister upset that work stoppage comes at height of Israel’s best ever tourism year; calls on Steinitz to negotiate deal asap.

‘Peace talks will fail if West Bank construction resumes’
Jeruslalem Post 13 Sep 2010 – In rare interview with Hamas media, top PA negotiator warns Israel against continuing construction in West Bank settlements when freeze expires on September 26.

Ben Gurion Airport workers call strike after talks fail
Jeruslalem Post 13 Sep 2010 – Israel Aviation Authority employees fail to reach agreement on pensions; all departures canceled; incoming planes landing, but luggage not unloaded.

Kuwait to announce launch of nuclear program this year
Jeruslalem Post 13 Sep 2010 – Gulf state follows Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia in plans to build nuclear reactors for energy purposes.

10th rocket hits southern Israel since Rosh Hashana began
Jeruslalem Post 13 Sep 2010 – No injuries or damage reported in apparent Kassam attack from Gaza. Sha’ar Hanegev Regional council communities plan to submit petition to High Court requesting more fortified structures and “Iron Dome” missile defense system coverage.

The bitter half
Jeruslalem Post 13 Sep 2010 – In ‘Miral,’ Julian Schnabel’s feature film about Arab-Israeli relations, Israel is portrayed as the unequivocal villain.

Watchdog: Elected officials should cut ties with Schlaff
Jeruslalem Post 12 Sep 2010 – Austrian billionaire allegedly transferred large funds to Ariel Sharon and Avigdor Lieberman.

Municipal c’tee nixes blueprints for 3 Holyland towers
Jeruslalem Post 12 Sep 2010 – Permits for previously approved additions in sprawling south Jerusalem complex permanently frozen.

Familiar faces on the Palestinian team
Jeruslalem Post 12 Sep 2010 – Most of the Palestinian officials who are participating in the US-sponsored direct talks have been negotiating with Israel since the signing of the Oslo Accords.

Settlers ready to declare ‘war’ on Netanyahu
Jeruslalem Post 12 Sep 2010 – Landau: Ending the moratorium is key to talks’ success, because it will demonstrate PM’s credibility.

Diskin: Expect more terrorism with progress in talks
Jeruslalem Post 12 Sep 2010 – Shin Bet chief tells cabinet that the quality of weaponry smuggled into the Gaza Strip has declined significantly since the assassination al-Mabhouh.

Building freeze isn’t ‘all or nothing’ proposition, PM says
Jeruslalem Post 12 Sep 2010 – Before Sharm talks, Netanyahu declares Israel will neither continue moratorium nor build massively.

Diskin: Expect terrorism to increase with progress in talks
Jeruslalem Post 12 Sep 2010 – Shin Bet chief tells cabinet that the quality of weaponry smuggled into the Gaza Strip has declined significantly since the assassination al-Mabhouh.

Iran automaker to setup plant in Sudan
Jeruslalem Post 12 Sep 2010 – Saipa, Iran’s second largest car-maker will open a plant in Sudan.

PA in dispute over who should lead negotiating team
Jeruslalem Post 12 Sep 2010 – The dispute erupted between Saeb Erekat, the head of the PLO’s Negotiations Department, and Nabil Shaath, a former PA foreign minister, in charge of the “Foreign Affairs Portfolio” in Fatah.

Video: Int’l counter-terrorism conference in Herzliya
Jeruslalem Post 12 Sep 2010 – View live stream of speeches from experts in the field including Moshe Ya’alon, Tzipi Livni, Avi Dichter, Danny Ayalon.

‘Blair uses political influence to save Palestinian firm’
Jeruslalem Post 12 Sep 2010 – Daily Mail report claims that former British PM put pressure on Israel to allow Palestinian company on verge of collapse to operate with frequencies it needed.

International Solidarity Movement

Israel shells Gaza again: 3 farm workers killed including a 91 year old and his grandson
9/13/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – When 91 year old Ibrahim Abu Sayed left his home near Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, yesterday morning, in order to check on his land and his animals which graze next to the remains of his former home, he took with him his 17-year-old grandson Hossam and the young boy’s friend and….

Bil’in’s Abdallah Abu Rahmah’s trial to enter sentencing phase on Wednesday
9/13/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – Popular Struggle – The trial of Bil’in protest organizer, Abdallah Abu Rahmah will renew this Wednesday, after his conviction of incitement and organizing illegal demonstrations was harshly criticized by the EU, the Spanish Parliament and human rights organizations. What: Beginning of sentencing phase in Abdallah Abu Rahmah’s trial. Where: Ofer Military Court….

Demonstrations against the illegal wall on the first day of Eid ul-Fitr
9/12/2010 – International Solidarity Movement – The weekend of 10-11th September saw the start of Eid ul-Fitr, which ends the fasting observed during the holy month of Ramadan in the Muslim religion. Three villages around Ramallah – Bil’in, Ni’lin and An Nabi Saleh – held protests on Friday 10th September despite it being the first day of Eid….

Ha’aretz

Plea bargain readied in Anat Kamm espionage case
Ha’aretz – Ex-soldier Anat Kamm allegedly stole classified documents while serving in the IDF Central Command and passed them on to Haaretz reporter Uri Blau.

Israel grants citizenship to Mumbai nanny for bravery
Ha’aretz – Sandra Samuel rescued 2-year-old Moshe Holtzberg from the Chabad center in Mumbai during the 2008 terror attack in which Holtzberg’s parents were killed.

Israel’s Gaza flotilla probe at odds with Mossad chief over handing over data
Ha’aretz – After threatening Mossad chief with punishment, the Turkel Committee receives the information it had requested on the intelligence agency’s activities in the run-up to the Gaza flotilla.

General strike at Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport ends after day of chaos
Ha’aretz – Israel Airports Authority employees union calls off strike after agreement reached on transfer of pensions into a trust fund.

Leading rabbi joins animal rights group’s campaign against kaparot
Ha’aretz – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel last week launched its annual information campaign against the ritual slaughter of chickens.

Peres: Israel Tal was a military, moral leader of universal fame
Ha’aretz – Speaking at the funeral of the former top IDF officer, military theorist, President Peres says his camaraderie’s with ‘Talik’ would never die.

Interior Minister: Daylight saving debate scapegoats religious Jews
Ha’aretz – Dispute over Israel’s early annual switch to winter time is ‘bizarre’, say Eli Yishai.

Don’t humiliate ex-minister over perjury, politicians urge
Ha’aretz – Politicians unite behind Tzachi Hanagbi as court prepares to sentence Kadima MK for false testimony during cronyism trial.

Israeli suspected in $2.6 million Namibia diamond heist
Ha’aretz – Erez Ben Shushan released on bail of 100,000 Namibia dollars, his passport confiscated and put under heavy police watch.

Clinton: Israel must extend settlement freeze for peace talks to succeed
Ha’aretz – Speaking upon her departure to Sharm el-Sheikh summit, U.S. secretary of state says a breakdown in negotiations would hurt chances for continued Israel security, Palestinian statehood.

U.S. to sell up to $60 billion of arms to Saudi Arabia
Ha’aretz – U.S. defense official says Congress will soon be notified of arms sale to Saudi Arabia, including 84 F-15 fighter jets and 72 Black Hawk helicopters.

Assad: Turkey vital to Israel-Syria peace talks
Ha’aretz – Syrian President Bashar Assad meets with France’s Middle East envoy in Damascus, says Syria is committed to achieving ‘just and comprehensive’ peace deal with Israel.

Israel’s Gaza flotilla probe panel summons Mavi Marmara captain
Ha’aretz – Turkel committee approaches Turkish embassy in bid to compel captain of ship, aboard which 9 activists were killed on May 31, to testify., Is it the isolation and insulation that…

Israel pushes EU to upgrade ties in light of renewed peace talks
Ha’aretz – In April 2009, the EU suspended the upgrade process after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a reassessment of the peace process and Israeli-PA talks were subsequently suspended.

Israel official: Netanyahu to offer Palestinians partial settlement freeze
Ha’aretz – The Palestinians have said they will quit the talks if the settlement freeze does not continue, and a senior Palestinian source says this remains their firm position.

Peace Now: 2,066 settlement homes to be built as soon as freeze ends
Ha’aretz – New report indicates an overall of 13,000 previously authorized West Bank housing units, construction sites could be built after the Sept. 26 freeze expiration date.

Settler leader: Extending West Bank freeze will end Netanyahu gov’t
Ha’aretz – Comment comes as PM hints he may be open to a formulation of a partial West Bank building freeze.

Reports: IDF shelling kills 3 Palestinians near Gaza border
Ha’aretz – Incident comes as Gaza militants fire 3 mortar shells into the northern Negev; no injuries were reported.

Shin Bet: Hamas determined to foil Mideast peace talks with terror
Ha’aretz – Yuval Diskin, speaking at weekly cabinet meeting, says intelligence shows Islamist militant group ordered Gaza, West Bank operatives to raise terror threat.

Netanyahu: New settlement freeze unlikely – but compromise possible
Ha’aretz – PM hints West Bank construction will restart after Sept. 30 deadline – but not at full pace.

Israel and Palestinians clash over agenda for direct peace talks
Ha’aretz – Netanyahu wants a formal end to the conflict – but Abbas is more concerned with the borders of a future state.

Israeli extremist settlers break into Al Aqsa
13 Sep 2010 – Jerusalem, September 13, (Pal Telegraph) Dozens of Jewish extremists stormed today morning Al Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate, accompanied by reinforced Israeli police forces.

Israeli settlers set Palestinian car on fire
13 Sep 2010 – Hebron, September 13, (Pal Telegraph) A Palestinian vehicle was burned by Israeli settlers today morning in the village of Jaffa, south of Nablus in the West Bank. Witnesses said that a group of Israeli settlers from the settlement of “Yizhar” near the village broke into the village this morning and set a Palestinian vehicle on fire to provoke the Palestinian…

IOF raids Hebron, arrests 1
13 Sep 2010 – Hebron, September 13, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation forces arrested at dawn today a citizen resides in the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, after a raid on his house. Security sources said that the Israeli occupation forces arrested citizen Dirar Abu Monshar (30 years), after raiding his house in Hebron and tampering with its contents, pointing out that…

IOF demolishes Al Araqeeb for 5th time in a row
13 Sep 2010 – West Bank, September 13, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation authorities demolished again the village of “Al Araqeeb” in the Negev south of the occupied Palestinian territories of 1948, for the fifth consecutive time in less than two months.

Spare parts for cars enter Gaza, 1st time in 4 years
13 Sep 2010 – Gaza, September 13, (Pal Telegraph) Israeli occupation authorities allowed today the entry of several trucks loaded with oil and spare parts for cars to the Gaza Strip, for the first time in four years. The Chairman of the Coordinating Committee for Gaza’s Supplies, Raed Fattouh, confirmed that the Israeli occupation authorities will allow the entry of five trucks through the…

Israel bombs Gaza, kills 3
13 Sep 2010 – Gaza, September 13, (Pal Telegraph) Three Palestinians including two members of one family were killed on Sunday evening in an Israeli artillery bombardment targeted the area of northeast of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.

Uruknet

Israeli Soldiers Sexually Abuse Palestinian Children
Uruknet September 13, 2010 – On September 10, Israel’s YnetNews.com headlined, “IDF sexually abused Palestinian children,” headlining:

PA has its Back to the Wall
Uruknet September 13, 2010 – …The very survival of the PA is at stake and it’s not only Hamas which is a threat to its existence. The PA-affiliated Fatah was the only faction of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) to approve of the talks in Washington. All the other PLO factions, including the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (…

Israel reportedly razes Bedouin village for fifth time
Uruknet September 13, 2010 – Israeli authorities reportedly destroyed a rebuilt unrecognized Bedouin village in the Negev on Monday for the fifth time in two months. Bulldozers entered the Al-Araqib village to raze what residents had rebuilt after the village was destroyed less than a month earlier. Israeli police reportedly detained a number of peace activists present at the scene…

Special investigation: How Blair rescued Palestine deal worth $200m to his £2m-a-year paymasters
Uruknet September 12, 2010 – Tony Blair mounted an intense political lobbying campaign to rescue a struggling mobile-phone business owned by a client of the bank that pays him a ¬£2‚ÄÖmillion annual salary. The firm, Wataniya, had already built a brand-new network in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian West Bank. But it almost collapsed before launching its service, jeopardising a ¬£450‚ÄÖmillion investment,…

Canadian Boat to Gaza: Get Behind the Flotilla
Uruknet September 12, 2010 – A specter is haunting the Harper government and its pro-Israel allies. It’s been dubbed CBG and it stands for Canadian Boat to Gaza. Pro-Palestinian activists recently began raising $300,000 to send a Canadian registered ship to help break Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza. The plan is to fill the ship with various supplies, a couple…

Israeli soldiers pictured aiming rifle at Palestinian detainee
Uruknet September 12, 2010 – Controversial photos taken by Nahal unit soldiers on their cell phones were released Sunday evening. The four soldiers were pictured while directing their rifles at a bound Palestinian detainee in January this year in the Jenin area, and were accused of abuse and dishonorable behavior. The photos show the soldiers pointing their weapons at the…

Gaza: A zoo without animals
Uruknet September 12, 2010 – “We haven’t had a single visit yet through Ramadan, what kind of zoo doesn’t get visitors during holidays?” asks Mahmoud Barghoud, 22, co-creator of the Marha zoo. The Marha Land zoo and children’s park lies halfway between Gaza and Deir al-Balah on the main north-south highway running Gaza’s length, waiting for customers to visit. In…

Does international law have a future?
Uruknet September 12, 2010 – … Neither American nor Israeli behavior is legal under international law. It is all a violation of Article 54 of Protocol I, Part IV, of the Geneva Conventions (1977). The law reads, “It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove or render useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population, such as ‚Ķdrinking water installations…

Israeli shelling kills 3 in north Gaza
Uruknet September 12, 2010 — Israeli shelling killed three people including an elderly man in the northern Gaza Strip late Sunday, witnesses said. The bodies of shepherds Ibrahim Abu Said, 91, and Ismail Abu Odeh, 21, were taken to a hospital in Beit Hanoun, medics said. Ibrahim was apparently Ismail’s grandfather.

Eid sees factions commemorate slain, absent
Uruknet September 11, 2010 – Delegations from Hamas, Fatah and leftist factions led memorial processions on Saturday, the first day of the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, culminating in visits to the graves of slain Palestinians and commemoration sites. In Gaza City, Hamas leaders also organized a visit to prisoners in Rafah, bearing holiday gifts, and inquiring as to prison conditions. The…

For Gaza Students, No Graduation Without Hijab
Uruknet September 11, 2010 – As in the rest of the Arab world, fewer women in the Gaza Strip wore the hijab 20 or 30 years ago. The “Islamic revival” over the last few decades has resulted in an increase in the wearing of headscarves and other forms of “Islamic” dress, a phenomenon which in Gaza grew with the rise…

On the 9th Anniversary of 9/11, A Call to Close Guant?°namo and to Hold Accountable Those Who Authorized Torture
Uruknet September 11, 2010 – On the 9th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C. on September 11, 2001 that prompted the launch of the Bush administration’s “War on Terror,” the closure of Guant?°namo and calls for accountability for those who instigated torture and established secret prisons and imprisonment without charge or trial remain as important…

Palestinian – British Political Artist Detained And Stripped Searched At Ben Gurion Airport
Uruknet September 11, 2010- On Saturday September 4th British-born Palestinian Political Hip Hop artist, Shadia Mansour, was held at gunpoint airport security and intelligence officers. Ms. Mansour was told to return to her luggage after a usual baggage xray and multiple searches, when eight agents ran towards her, weapons drawn and pointed, they aggressively kicked away her bags and surrounded…

Video – BBC Bias: The Gaza Freedom Flotilla
Uruknet September 11, 2010 – Whatever happened on the Mavi Marmara on the morning of May 31st, 2010, the BBC’s Panorama team failed to give a balanced view of it in its so-called documentary, Death in the Med. Even the title sounds more like that of a paperback mystery, rather than a serious analysis of Israel’s worst atrocity since Operation…

In Abu Ghraib, women were raped by the Americans and tortured much more than the men
Uruknet September 11, 2010 – “In Abu Ghraib, women were tortured by the Americans much more than the men,” Lima Nabil told The Independent. “One woman said she witnessed five girls being raped. Most of the women in the prison were raped — some of them left prison pregnant. Families killed some of these women — because of the shame.”…

Video: Palestinian prisoners denied visits
Uruknet September 11, 2010 – Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid, a festival that brings families together. However, Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails find it very difficult to receive visits from their families and relatives. Human rights organizations say that while Israeli convicts are allowed family and home visits, Palestinians are denied even a phone call …

Settlers vow to keep on building — at any costTalks to resume against background of resistance from hardliners
Uruknet September 11, 2010 – As Israeli and Palestinian leaders prepare for key peace talks in Egypt, hardline Jewish settlers are vowing to sabotage a political process that they fear, if successful, could endanger the survival of the Jewish state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sit down for a second round of talks on…

Stranded at Erez, Israel’s deportees mark Eid
Uruknet September 11, 2010 – Thirteen Palestinians, who once had Israeli identity cards allowing them to live with their spouses, celebrated Eid alone, in Gaza City on Friday. The men, who lived in what is now the Israeli city of Beersheba (formerly Beir Seba) were detained and deported because of small mistakes or oversights in their registration processes with Israeli…

The National

Protest against Bahrain terror arrests
The National 13 Sep 2010 – The families of Shiites arrested for alleged involvement in a terrorist network continued a vigil yesterday to protest against their treatment.

Egyptian and US participation in talks seen as vital
The National 13 Sep 2010 – Direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians, relaunched with fanfare last week in Washington, limp into a second round today in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Release of US woman on bail due within days
The National 12 Sep 2010 – Backpackers seen as pawns in power struggles between Ahmadinejad and the Iranian judiciary and between Tehran and Washington.

Israel Demolishes Bedouin Village for Fifth Time in Two Months
Alternative Information Center – This morning at 5am Israeli security and special forces demolished the Bedouin village of Al Araqib for the fifth time in approximately two months. Some 100 police and special forces arrived in the village before daybreak,…

Sentencing Begins for Bil’in Popular Committee Coordinator
Alternative Information Center – The trial of Bil’in protest organizer Abdallah Abu Rahmah will continue this Wednesday, 15 September at the Ofer Military Court, and the sentencing phase will begin.

Israel Refuses Visit by EU Foreign Ministers
Alternative Information Center – A visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territory initiated by a delegation of EU foreign ministers has been refused by Israel. Israel claimed scheduling conflicts. The French, Spanish, British, German and Italian ministers had planned…

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

EUPOL COPPS Training for PCP’s Crime Scene Technicians
WAFA – RAMALLAH, September 13, 2010 (WAFA)- EUPOL COPPS participated today in the opening ceremony of a 6-week training programme for Crime Scene Technicians that took place in the Headquarters of the

Settler leader: Extending West Bank Freeze Will End Netanyahu Gov’t
WAFA – TEL AVIV, September 13, 2010 (WAFA)- A continuation of a moratorium on West Bank settlement building would usher the end of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, a prominent settler leader

Peace Now: 13,000 Settlement Housing Units Ready for Construction
WAFA – TEL AVIV, September 13, 2010 (WAFA)- More than 13,000 settlement housing units in the West Bank are ready for construction once the building moratorium ends on September 26th and at least 2,000 are

Screening’ To My Father’ Tomorrow in Haifa
WAFA – HAIFA, September 12, 2010 (WAFA)- Elika art bar cafe in Haifa is going to screen tomorrow the movie ‘To My Father’, Directed by Abed elsalam Shehade. “Those were the days when girls were prettier,

Daily Star

Coordination with Turkey central to peace talks – Syria
Daily Star 13 Sep 2010

UN nuclear body and Iran clash over barred inspectors
Daily Star 13 Sep 2010

The Guardian

Israel halts freeze on settlements and endangers peace talks
The Guardian 13 Sep 2010 – Binyamin Netanyahu says he will not renew moratorium on construction — but claims any new building work will be minor Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has signalled that he will not extend a partial, temporary freeze…

Middle East peace talks set to resume
The Guardian 13 Sep 2010 – Clinton to meet Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas in Egypt for talks amid tensions over settlements Middle East peace talks resume this week under the guidance of Hillary Clinton, amid growing tensions between all the parties…

Palestinians killed by Israeli tank fire
The Guardian 12 Sep 2010 – Gaza Strip militants had fired a rocket into Israel earlier in the day At least three Palestinians have been killed and five wounded by Israeli tank fire in the northern Gaza Strip, according to Hamas security…

Relief Web

Secretary Clinton Traveling to Sharm el-Sheikh, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman
Relief Web 13 Sep 2010 – Source: US Department of State

Construction equipment to upgrade Gaza sewage treatment facilities
Relief Web 13 Sep 2010 – Source: Government of Israel

Israel troops ‘kill three Palestinians’ after rocket fire
Relief Web 12 Sep 2010 – Source: Agence France-Presse

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: PA has its Back to the Wall
IPS The village of Bani Naim, near Hebron in the southern West Bank, was under curfew and sealed off by Israeli soldiers stationed in troop carriers and jeeps, as peace talks continued in Washington.

YNet News

Gaza university makes hijab obligatory
YNet News – Even female Christian students asked to send in pictures of them wearing….

Report: Aviation safety in Israel neglected
YNet News – State comptroller says government delaying implementation of recommendations on….

Hamas presents: ‘Liberation of TA’
YNet News – (Video) Group operatives from Gaza, West Bank create video depicting….

Strike cripples Israel’s international airport
YNet News – Thousands stranded at Israel Ben Gurion airport after workers declare go slow….

Assad hoping for ‘true developments in peace’
YNet News – Syrian president discusses peace process with French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s….

Clinton urges Israel to extend settlement freeze
YNet News – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed Monday to the Middle East urging both Israel and the Palestinians to find ways to clear the “hurdle” posed by a looming …….

Shalom: Settlement building to resume in 2 weeks
YNet News – On the eve of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) expressed his opposition to continuing the construction …….

Haniyeh’s bodyguard smuggles gold into Gaza
YNet News – Egyptian sources said security forces detained 12 gold merchants in Cairo and other parts of the country on suspicions of helping the bodyguard of Hamas Prime Minister …….

3rd Iranian diplomat defects in Europe, group says
YNet News – A third Iranian diplomat upset with Tehran’s post-election crackdown on dissidents has defected in Europe – this time in Belgium, an opposition group said Monday. The …….

Palestinian Information Center

13,000 units to be built after alleged settlement freeze expires
PIC 13 Sep 2010 – Peace Now movement said that at the end of the alleged settlement moratorium, about 13,000 housing units will be built in West Bank settlements without further government approval.

Ultra-orthodox Jews break into the Aqsa Mosque
PIC 13 Sep 2010 – 130 Jewish extremists stormed into the Aqsa Mosque Monday morning from the Maghareba Gate, accompanied by reinforced Israeli police, local sources said.

Yitzhar settlers raid south Nablus village amid escalated attacks
PIC 13 Sep 2010 – Israelis from the Yitzhar settlement raided the Orif village, south Nablus, Monday morning and set fire to a Palestinian’s car.

IOF soldiers sexually abuse detained Palestinian children
PIC 13 Sep 2010 – Israeli occupation soldiers sexually abused Palestinian children while in custody in violation of international laws and norms and in a cruel violation of human rights, according to media reports.

Abbas and Netanyahu in dispute over agenda of talks
PIC 13 Sep 2010 – A dispute over the agenda of the next round of the direct peace talks, scheduled to resume this Tuesday in Egypt, arose between Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel razes Araqib homes for the fifth time within weeks
PIC 13 Sep 2010 – For the fifth straight time in the last few weeks, ILA demolition crews took down Monday morning tin homes in the Negev desert village of Araqib under the pretext of not having licenses.

Three Palestinians killed in Israeli shelling of Beit Hanoun
PIC 13 Sep 2010 – Three Palestinians, including an elderly man and his grandson, were killed in an Israeli artillery shelling Sunday night on Beit Hanoun, north Gaza Strip.

Report: Israel stepped up its serious violations in J’lem last month
PIC 13 Sep 2010 – Human rights organizations said that Israel escalated its grave violations against international law in Jerusalem last month and called for obligating it to respect the rights of Palestinians.

Mishaal briefs Yemeni president on latest Palestinian developments
PIC 13 Sep 2010 – Khaled Mishaal, the political bureau chairman of Hamas, reached Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh over the phone on Saturday and congratulated him on the occasion of Eidul Fitr.

Mr. Obama: Thou shall not lie
PIC 13 Sep 2010 – In his remarks marking the passage of nine years since the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on 11 September, 2001, President Obama said Americans ought to remain true to their values..

The Media Line

Sides Have Different Approaches When Direct Talks Resume in Egypt
The Media Line 11 Sep 2010 – The first working session of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians following last week’s ceremonial kick-off in Washington is scheduled to take place in the Sinai resort town of Sharm A-Sheikh on Tuesday. But…

European Feathers Ruffled Over Exclusion from Peace Process
The Media Line 11 Sep 2010 – Israel’s refusal to allow a contingent of five European foreign ministers to visit Jerusalem and Ramallah this week is not likely to reverse the pique already developing within the European diplomatic community regarding its position vis-?†-vis…

Los Angeles Times

Netanyahu’s embrace of peace talks keeps Israelis guessing
LA Times 13 Sep 2010 – The Israeli prime minister risks breaking up his coalition government if he makes a bold move toward peace. Israelis have seen it before. A hawkish leader expected to be tough on the Palestinian issue instead embarks on a game-changing path to end the conflict. Menachem Begin did it. So did Yitzhak Rabin. Ariel Sharon split apart his right-wing Likud Party by withdrawing from the Gaza Strip.

American hiker Sarah Shourd may be released
LA Times 13 Sep 2010 – Bail for her is set at $500,000, but her two friends will be held for at least two more months, their defense attorney says. They are charged with spying. Iranian authorities are prepared to release on $500,000 bail one of three American hikers held since last year, Tehran’s chief prosecutor said Sunday.

New York Times

Clinton Calls Deal on Settlements Possible
New York Times 13 Sep 2010 – On her way to Egypt, where Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will resume, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton struck an optimistic tone.

After Negotiations, Israel Emerges on Twitter
New York Times 13 Sep 2010 – Israel has acquired the user name @israel on Twitter, from the Spanish owner of a pornographic Web site.

Iran to Free American Hiker on Bail
New York Times 13 Sep 2010 – A prosecutor said that an American woman held with two friends on espionage charges for more than a year would be freed, state news agencies reported.

Misc

HEBRON: Israeli Military and Policemen Shut Three Palestinian Shops
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine – Israeli soldiers and police weld shut three Palestinian shops near a regular “Open Shuhada Street” demonstration site, leaving one injured, one expelled, four imprisoned (and thousands still under military occupation).

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?

Think Before You Ink!
Palestine Monitor – Hewlett Packards sells the Basel System technology to the Israeli military, so BDS activists targeted stores in California, asking back ti school shoppers not to buy HP products. Here is a video documenting a recent action against Hewlett Packard in Emeryville.

Crossing into Israel: ‘two highly-charged narratives’
Mondoweiss – Yesterday my wife and I left Jordan and enteredIsraelat the southern border crossing, Aqaba-Eilat. We were in the Israeli baggage inspection hall when my wife said, “Who’s that handsome guy?” On the wall was a very large black-and-white photograph from the 1940s of a young Israeli…

Hillel prepares from another year of BDS on campus
Mondoweiss – From the JTA : As Daniel Sieradski pointed out on twitter , that is a rather awkward analogy between vampires and Palestinians towards the end of the video.

Peretz issues 50 percent apology for latest anti-Muslim racism
Mondoweiss – Editor-in-chief Martin Peretz, who has become the crazy uncle in The New Republic’s attic, says he is sorry for half of his most recent anti-Muslim tirade. He has been under great pressure, from Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times and from an eloquent coalition of…

Remembering Gaza
Mondoweiss – The unending death-news maelstrom assaults the reader with what seems like daily frequency. Our digital distance simultaneously transports us to and shields us from the bedlam. We are assaulted virtually — our empathy enables that — but experience none of the flechette-mangled corpsifying assault that the…

Notes on international law and the right of return
Mondoweiss – My thanks to Ahmed Moor for his continuing efforts to advance the search for political solutions in Israel-Palestine, and I offer my apologies for my extended absence from the discussion. I hope to respond to his latest proposals in the near future, but first I’ll answer…

Misc 2

Israeli Shelling Martyrs 3 Palestinians
Al-Manar 13 Sep 2010 – “An Israel forces shelling killed three Palestinians approaching the border between Israel and Gaza,” Israel Radio claimed on Sunday. Gaza medical workers and witnesses countered the Israel Radio report, saying that the IDF shelling killed the Palestinians, with Hamas security and medical officials saying two of…

Gaza Rocket Strikes “Israel”, No Casualties
Al-Manar 9 Dec 2010 – A rocket fired by Palestinian resistance fighters in the Gaza Strip struck occupied Palestine on Sunday without causing any casualties or damage, the Israeli military said according to AFP. At least seven rockets or mortar rounds have hit “Israel” in the past week, and on…

Abbas Thanks Assad for Syria’s Support of Palestinians
Al-Manar 9 Nov 2010 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas updated his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad on recent peace talks with Israel late Friday, thanking Assad for what he called his support of the Palestinian people. The phone conversation between the two leaders took place in the wake of a recent…

Israel destroys the Bedouin village of Al-Araquib… for the fifth time.
Joseph Dana 13 Sep 2010 – This morning shortly before sunrise in the wasteland of Israeli democracy, Israeli armed forces destroyed a Bedouin village in the Negav desert‚Ķfor the fifth time. According to the Ma’an news agency, “On 27 July, all 40 homes in the Al-Araqib village were destroyed and 300 residents,…

Israeli army soldier to Ni’ilin protesters: ‘Inshallah, there will be peace’
Joseph Dana 12 Sep 2010 – A Palestinian protester is seen in front of the Separation Wall in Ni’ilin. Photo by Joseph Dana As we stood on the windswept hillside with the jumbo planes landing behind us at Ben Gurion International Airport, I was struck by the gentle breeze full of fall…

Bil’in’s Abdallah Abu Rahmah’s Trial to Enter Sentencing Phase on Wednesday
Joseph Dana 12 Sep 2010 – Abdallah Abu Rahmah during the 2009 Bil’in Conference. Picture Credit: Oren Ziv/ActivStills The trial of Bil’in protest organizer, Abdallah Abu Rahmah will renew this Wednesday, after his conviction of incitement and organizing illegal demonstrations was harshly criticized by the EU, the Spanish Parliament and human rights…

The new frontiers of Israeli diplomacy: Lieberman to address UN General Assembly (!)
Coteret 13 Sep 2010 – This morning’s Israel Hayom reports: (full translated text at bottom): a decision was made that, for the first time, the Foreign Minister will address the UN General Assembly in New York at the end of the month You don’t need to be an expert to understand…

Maariv: French and American envoys working to re-start Israeli-Syrian talks
Coteret 13 Sep 2010 – Maariv summarizes a news item from theLebanese A-Safir . It’s unclear, however, whether the section on Mitchell visit is also from that source. The byline is unusual. Bardenstein is the junior diplomatic affairs correspondent and probably does not speak Arabic. Items based on direct monitoring of the…

BBC bias: the Gaza Freedom Flotilla
Palestine Think Tank 13 Sep 2010 – By Anthony Lawson* Whatever happened on the Mavi Marmara on the morning of 31 May 2010, the BBC’s Panorama team failed to give a balanced view of it in its so-called documentary, ‘Death in the Med’. Even the title sounds more like that of a paperback…

Fatah: Collaborationist Israeli Ally
Palestine Think Tank 13 Sep 2010 – By Stephen Lendman* At least since the Oslo Accords, Fatah has served Israel more than its own people. On August 25, Haaretz highlighted the latest example, headling “PA arrests dozens of Hamas, Islamic Jihad militants in West Bank,” saying, a PA source confirmed dozens made, including…

IOF soldiers sexually abuse detained Palestinian children
Sabr 13 Sep 2010 – [ 13/09/2010 – 09:15 AM ] RAMALLAH, ( PIC )— Israeli occupation soldiers sexually abused Palestinian children while in custody in violation of international laws and norms and in a cruel violation of human rights, according to media reports. Hebrew daily Yediot Ahronot said on Sunday that charges…

Palestinian prisoners denied visits
Sabr 13 Sep 2010 – Convicts in Israeli jails not allowed to receive relatives during Eid holiday. Last Modified: 11 Sep 2010 15:00 GMT Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid, a holiday that usually brings families together. However, Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails find it difficult to receive visits from…

PFLP Political Bureau calls for October mobilization for Comrade Sa’adat
Sabr 12 Sep 2010 – PFLP website Click here for French translation Click here for Italian translation The Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine issued a statement on July 18, 2010, calling for the broadest expression of solidarity and support for Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, the General…

Muhammed Natshe freed from Zionist custody, PA tries to disrupt hero-reception
Sabr 12 Sep 2010 – [ 12/09/2010 – 07:42 PM ] – PIC From Khalid Amayreh in al-Khalil Muhammed Jamal Natshe, a prominent Islamic leader from al-Khalil, was freed from Zionist custody on Sunday, after spending more than eight years in Israeli dungeons and detention camps. At the Teena crossing point south…

Jewish settlers in Israel threat
BBC 13 Sep 2010 – A Jewish settler group warns Israel’s ruling coalition could collapse over the settlement issue, ahead of talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Strike shuts main Israeli airport
BBC 13 Sep 2010 – Workers at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv go on strike, grounding all departing flights and disrupting travel during the busy holiday season.

Israeli tank kills three in Gaza
BBC 12 Sep 2010 – At least three Palestinians are reported killed by Israeli tank fire near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Iran ‘to free US hiker on bail’
BBC 12 Sep 2010 РIranian authorities are ready to release on $500,000 (£325,000) bail one of the three US hikers detained last year, state media report.

Israeli Soldiers Sexually Abuse Palestinian Children
Sabbah report 13 Sep 2010 – By Stephen Lendman* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz On September 10, Israel’s YnetNews.com headlined, “IDF sexually abused Palestinian children,” headlining: “Damning (September 9) CNN report cites uncorroborated sexual abuse charges of Palestinian children detained by IDF.” Military officials refused to “respond to abuse charges as no…

Jerusalem or Gaza — where is it worse to be Palestinian?
Sabbah report 13 Sep 2010 – Is it the isolation and insulation that Israel has imposed on Gaza, or the cynicism with which the decision makers continue to turn the population of East Jerusalem into welfare clients and slum dwellers, and then pride themselves of the national insurance payments they grant them?…

Palestinian prisoners denied visits
Sabbah report 13 Sep 2010 – Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid, a festival that brings families together. However, Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails find it very difficult to receive visits from their families and relatives. Human rights organizations say that while Israeli convicts are allowed family and home visits, Palestinians…

The Imperial Anatomy of Al-Qaeda. 9/11 and America’s Secret Terror Campaign (Part III)
Sabbah report 13 Sep 2010 – This is Part III of the three-part series, “The Imperial Anatomy of Al-Qaeda” Part 1: The Imperial Anatomy of Al-Qaeda. The CIA’s Drug-Running Terrorists and the “Arc of Crisis” Part 2: Empire, Energy and Al-Qaeda: The Anglo-American Terror Network By Andrew Gavin Marshall* | Sabbah Report…

(en) Greece, Demonstrations in Thessaloniki Saturday, September 11 2010
A-infos 12 Sep 2010 – Saturday 11th of September, is the day that many calls are published for gatherings and demonstrations in the city of Thessaloniki, by base unions from all over the country, organizations of the radical left, anarchists and others. Already, and one day before the day of the…

Articles


28 Years After the Massacre at Sabra-Shatila
Franklin Lamb, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)9/9/2010
Munir’s Story
The untreated psychic wounds are still open. Accountability, justice and basic civil rights for the survivors are still denied.
Scores of horror testimonies have been shared over the past nearly three decades by survivors of the September 1982 Sabra-Shatila massacre. More come to light only through circumstantial evidence because would-be affiants perished during the slaughter. Other eyewitness are just beginning to emerge from deep trauma or self imposed silence.
Some testimonies will be shared this month by massacre survivors at Shatila camp. They will sit with the every growing numbers of international visitors who annually come to commemorate one of the most horrific crimes of the 20th century.
There are no average massacre testimonies.
Zeina, a handsome bronzed-faced middle-aged woman, an acquaintance of Munir Mohammad’s family, asked a foreigner the other day: “How can it be 28 years? I think it was just last fall that my husband Hussam and our two daughters, Maya, 8 years old, and Sirham, 9 years old, left our two room home to search for food because the Israeli army had sealed Shatila camp nearly two days before and few inside Shatila Camp had any. I still pray and wait for them to return.”
In Shatila Palestinian refugee camp and outside Abu Yassir’s shelter, the bullet marks still cover the lower half of the 11 “walls of death” where some of the dried blood is mixed and feathered in with the thin mortar…. more.. e-mail


Returning to the Khan of Safad
Nijim Dabbour, MIFTAH9/8/2010
We found it. The place my grandparents fled Palestine from in 1948, the largest stable in the city of Safad near the Syrian border. I found it right where my eldest uncle said it would be, in the shadow of the city’s last standing mosque in the old market district. It was a special type of stable, known as a khan, with two floors designed especially to host merchant caravans on the bottom floor with the traders sleeping up above. The market district was once a bustling center of trade with Safad at a perfect location to serve as a resting place for the merchants coming from East to West on camels or donkeys. I have visited twice so far, first on my own and then with my father weeks later. It was a surreal experience to have two generations of Dabbours return to the site where our family lost everything.
The whole town, sitting at the top of the Galilee highlands, looks like a scene from a painting, a painting in which I was out of place. I had a small feeling as I walked through the streets and alleys that I was not quite welcome. The once-mixed city of mostly Palestinian Arabs had Jews making up about a sixth of the population before 1948. Today official statistics show the city to be more than 99 percent Jewish. All of the city’s Palestinians fled or were forced to leave and none were allowed to return. The city is considered to be one of Judaism’s four holy cities and the center of Jewish mysticism, and, as such, has a huge orthodox population.
I could envision my grandfather, whom I was named after, leading the Arabian horses, camels and mules to their stalls, locking them in for the night with troughs of water and hay. We walked through the halls in which he did business and gave the famous Palestinian hospitality to his guests. Today those halls have been transformed. On my first visit when I came alone, I spoke with the current owner for about 15 minutes and heard him tell the centuries-old story of the building. I told him my name, but I kept to myself the reason I was here. In the back of my mind though, I was thinking about how the last Dabbour to leave the place and the first one to return were both named Nijim. more.. e-mail

Rethinking the actors boycott
Reuven Kaminer, Ma’an News Agency9/13/2010
As we know, some 60 Israeli theater people came out a few weeks back with a declaration that they will refuse to appear at the Ariel “Culture” Hall located in the occupied territories.
It is important to stress that actors-artists are employees subordinate to the administrative and financial owners of the theater who are their employers in every sense. So, we are not speaking only of taking a courageous stand, but an act which puts the actor on a collision course with his boss. And we are not speaking of any kind of profession. An actor, without the theater, cannot work, create or make a living. Therefore, most honest people tend naturally to honor and applaud the brave tens of theater people for their act of protest.
It is also natural that the Israeli theater people received support from abroad. Indeed 150 central cultural figures, mainly from the US and the UK expressed their admiration for the courageous stand of the Israeli theater people
This chain of events is yet another component in a broad movement in Israel and abroad serving to delegitimize the occupation regime and overall Israeli policies. It is important to note that this movement is itself composed of a variety of various, independent, groups and organizations, each of which has a record of long and difficult struggle against the occupation and its evils.
Boycott in Principle
For quite a while a serious debate has been taking place in our circles and in the broad public as to whether the boycott is an appropriate instrument for our struggle…. more.. e-mail

Gaza subjected to air strikes, water crisis
Electronic Intifada: 13 Sep 2010 – Three Palestinian farmers were killed by Israeli tank shelling late at night 12 September in the northernmost occupied Gaza Strip, along the no-go “buffer zone” enforced by the Israeli military.more

No animals, no visitors at Gaza’s lone zoo
Electronic Intifada: 13 Sep 2010 – ZEITOUN, occupied Gaza Strip (IPS) – “We haven’t had a single visit yet through Ramadan, what kind of zoo doesn’t get visitors during holidays?” asks Mahmoud Barghoud, 22, co-creator of the Marha zoo. The Marha Land zoo and children’s park lies halfway between Gaza and Deir al-Balah on the main north-south highway running Gaza’s length, waiting for customers to visit.more

“They don’t want our boys educated”
Electronic Intifada: 13 Sep 2010 – Located just north of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, the entrance to the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar is also the site of an Israeli military post. A large yellow gate is opened and closed at the will of the Israeli army, which can cut off the inhabitants of the town from the rest of the West Bank at any time. Jody McIntyre interviews Beit Ommar resident Amal al-Montallab for The Electronic Intifada.more

A zoo without animals
In Gaza: 12 Sep 2010 – Sep 12, 2010 (IPS) — “We haven’t had a single visit yet through Ramadan, what kind of zoo doesn’t get visitors during holidays?” asks Mahmoud Barghoud, 22, co-creator of the Marha zoo. The Marha Land zoo and children’s park lies halfway between Gaza and Deir al-Balah on the main north-south highway running Gaza’s length, waiting for customers to visit. In the peak of summer, the park gets a handful of visitors on a good day. During the month of Ramadan and since, there have been none. Of Gaza’s roughly ten scattered zoos and animal parks, the Marha zoo has gained the most fame for its creativity: in 2009, using women’s hair dye and a donkey, they created Gaza’s first ‘zebra’. But in the face of its ingenuity, the zoo has suffered financial and physical losses. “When we returned to the zoo after the Israeli war on Gaza stopped, the first…more

Think Before You Ink!
Palestine Monitor: 13 Sep 2010 – Hewlett Packards sells the Basel System technology to the Israeli military, so BDS activists targeted stores in California, asking back ti school shoppers not to buy HP products. Here is a video documenting a recent action against Hewlett Packard in Emeryville.more

Israeli Soldiers Sexually Abuse Palestinian Children
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Sep 2010 – By Stephen Lendman On September 10, Israel’s YnetNews.com headlined, ‘IDF sexually abused Palestinian children,’ headlining: “Damning (September 9) CNN report cites uncorroborated sexual abuse charges of Palestinian children detained by IDF.” Military officials refused to “respond to abuse charges as no details (were) provided,” a spokesman saying “We cannot address general claims on the subject in the absence of a specific complaint.” CNN’s report “featured an unidentified Palestinian boy claiming that IDF forces attempted to insert an object into his rectum,” and that dozens of officers present stood around laughing while it happened. The network cited Defence of Children International (DCI) as its source, an independent NGO involved in promoting and protecting children’s rights globally for over 30 years, founded on the date the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) passed 10 years later. In May 2010, it asked the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to investigate…more

Satan Resides in Framework Agreements
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Sep 2010 – By Uri Avnery There is a story about the man who dictated his will. He divided his property generously, provided for all the members of his family, rewarded his friends and did not forget his servants. He finished off with a short paragraph: “In case of my death, this will is null and void.” I rather fear that such a paragraph will be added to the “framework agreement” that Binyamin Netanyahu promises to sign within a year, after honest and fruitful negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, mediated by Hillary Clinton, to the greater glory of President Barack Obama. At the end of 12 months, there will be agreement on a perfect framework. All the “core issues” will be settled — the founding of the Palestinian state, borders based on the Green Line, the division of Jerusalem between two capitals, security arrangements, settlements, refugees, the division of water. Everything. And then,…more

Ramadan Reflections from a Christian
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Sep 2010 – By Tammy Obeidallah As of this writing, the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is coming to a close. The past month has been a time of unprecedented turbulence for Muslims around the world. While both natural and man-made disasters plague our brothers and sisters overseas, media-fed controversy strains Muslim/non-Muslim relations here in the United States. The unimaginable humanitarian catastrophe in the aftermath of the flooding in Pakistan has been compounded by evidence revealing India’s role in opening major dams along shared rivers. Such tactics are reminiscent of Israel’s opening of the al-Wadi dam which flooded parts of Gaza earlier this year; however due to the size and volume of the rivers, the suffering in Pakistan is much more widespread. After rainfall subsided on July 29, the Baghliar Dam located in Indian-occupied Kashmir and the Sarobi Dam near Kabul and maintained by India, were opened, causing the rivers to overflow. To…more

Banning Slaughter
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Sep 2010 – By Kathy Kelly In the early 1970’s, I spent two summers slinging pork loins in a Chicago meat-packing factory. Rose Packing Company paid a handful of college students $2.25 an hour to process pork. Donning combat boots, yellow rubber aprons, goggles, hairnets and floor length white smocks that didn’t stay white very long, we’d arrive on the factory floor. Surrounded by deafening machinery, we’d step over small pools of blood and waste, adjusting ourselves to the rancid odors, as we headed to our posts. I’d step onto a milk crate in front of a huge bin full of thawing pork loins. Then, swinging a big, steel T-hook, I’d stab a large pork loin, pull it out of the pile, and plop it on a conveyor belt carrying meat into the pickle juice machine. Sometimes a roar from a foreman would indicate a switch to processing Canadian pork butts, which involved…more

Washington Rules — Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Sep 2010 – By Jim Miles Washington Rules – America’s Path to Permanent War. Andrew J. Bacevich. Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, New York. 2010. Andrew Bacevich has written another authoritative and well written book examining the U.S. military and its influence on the United States. His writing, as with his earlier works, is provocative, challenging, well researched, informative, and logically argued. Only someone thoroughly imbued with the rhetoric of U.S. benign stewardship of global affairs and ignorant of many key events within recent and current U.S. foreign affairs might be able to ignore Bacevich’s presentations and contentions about U.S. foreign policy and U.S. militarism. This most recent work, Washington Rules, is appropriately titled and well focused on the one main theme that ‘Washington’ – the political and military structures of U.S. government – is responsible for and the only country capable of maintaining world peace through global leadership and the only…more

BBC Bias: The Gaza Freedom Flotilla
Dissident Voice: 13 Sep 2010 – Whatever happened on the Mavi Marmara on the morning of May 31st, 2010, the BBC’s Panorama team failed to give a balanced view of it in its so-called documentary, Death in the Med . Even the title sounds more like that of a paperback mystery, rather than a serious analysis of Israel’s worst atrocity since Operation Cast Lead. Documentaries should be truthful and informative and expand our understanding of situations and events; their content should be rigorously checked for errors in statements which are presented as facts and conjecture, and the personal opinions of their writers and presenters should be explicitly identified as such. But Death in the Med failed any test based on those parameters. The BBC’s television and radio services reach an audience measured in hundreds of millions, world-wide, but are primarily funded by taxes and license fees paid by the British public; not by Israel or its…more

Palestine’s Gain is Lebanon’s Pain
Dissident Voice: 13 Sep 2010 – The greatest effects of the Cast Lead massacre and the murders aboard the aid ship Mavi Marmara have been the confirmation of Israel as a criminal state, and the outpouring of overwhelming support for Palestinians as victims of Jewish fascism. The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement has become so successful that its effects have been felt in the Jewish colonies and the foreign companies that trade with Israel. Perhaps most important is the BDS cultural component. Most recently, 150 Irish artists announced a boycott of Israel; 53 Israeli actors, playwrights and directors pledged not to perform in Ariel, the largest illegal Jewish colony; and more than 150 U.S. actors and actresses endorsed the Ariel boycott. Because of the massive political damage “Cast Lead” and the Mavi Marmara attack have done to Israel and its hasbara industry, large-scale violence against Palestine is off the table, as shown by Israel’s resort to more…more

Fatah: Collaborationist Israeli Ally
Dissident Voice: 13 Sep 2010 – At least since the Oslo Accords, Fatah has served Israel more than its own people. On August 25, Haaretz highlighted the latest example, headling “PA arrests dozens of Hamas, Islamic Jihad militants in West Bank,” saying, a PA source confirmed dozens made, including “high ranking officials in (both) organizations.” On September 6, PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said hundreds were made in response to the killings of four West Bank settlers, adding, “The decision to carry out the attack was politically motivated and intended to embarrass the Palestinian Authority.” True or not, those affected included teachers, traders, workers, students, professionals, and imams, unrelated to the incident, Fatah’s Preventive Security Services and General Intelligence Services doing Israel’s dirty work, while President Mahmoud Abbas collaborates during the latest sham peace talks. Hamas responded harshly, urging supporters resist arrest by confronting PA police with force, accusing President Mahmoud Abbas of betraying his own…more

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